Test Center B357 at DTU
The new test center for Technical University Denmark are unique in a Danish context. Thus, the test center will strengthen the university’s leading position with in research of electromagnetic systems. The test center will be home to students and researchers of DTU Electro institute and house research facilities, including radio silent laboratories, meeting facilities and classrooms. The facility holds a large education laboratory with affiliated study area, here the architecture is designed to facilitate an interdisciplinary research environment among researchers, businesspeople and students. The buildings architecture will adhere to and elaborate on the existing built environment of the campus. Around the test center, the area holds several other unique research buildings, thus to support the existing research environment the test center will be connected by a passage to the existing test facilities in B353.
A test center for partnerships
In the research architecture we have prioritized a high degree of flexibility and the test areas of the building are designed to have a clear visual connection with the study area. In addition, the expansion of available research facilities for high accuracy testing of microwave technology allows more students and partners to have access to radio silent laboratories. This opens up for new areas of in-house research projects and teaching purposes, as well as measurement programmes conducted in collaboration with and by external partners:
“The new DTU Electromagnetic Test Center will give us the ideal foundation for expanding our field of research within high frequency measurements of antennas for instance to ESA’s satellites and at the same time we get the opportunity to do advanced measurements of other microwave technologies, e.g. for use in 5G cellphones, wireless networks or radars for cars.” – Says Professor Olav Breinbjert, DTU Electro, who will lead the center.
Integrating SDGs and technical demands
The ambitions for sustainability of the test center are high. To meet the ambitions and use sustainability as a design driver, we use the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals as a tool for identifying opportunities. To ensure the result and document the value created, the test center is set to be certified as Gold Class within the DGNB system. Further, the architectural concept is designed to meet the many specific demands for the performance of the buildings construction. This includes modification of the façade, regulation of temperature in the laboratories and a vibration free foundation, all insuring accuracy of the research results.