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Aarhus University is opening four new engineering departments as part of an ambitious plan to create one of the world's leading educational and research environments within the technical sciences. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2021.01.04 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering

Four new engineering departments for Denmark

At the turn of the year, Aarhus University has implemented an organisational change to open four new departments. This is part of work to enhance research and educational activities within engineering science.

Mathilde Bjerregaard (left) and Lena Fallesen (right) work with carbon and steel fibre-reinforced high-strength concrete for use in terrorism protection as a preliminary project for their Master's thesis. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Photo.

2020.12.08 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Concrete scholarships for engineering students: developing ultra-strong terrorism protection

Two MSc in engineering students who are developing a special kind of concrete for terrorism protection have each received a scholarship for a study trip to Switzerland.

"Denmark is at the forefront of research in district heating. With our projects, we will demonstrate that Denmark could be one of the first countries to exploit the existing housing stock economically as heat storage in district heating systems," says PhD Student Virginia Amato (left). On the picture is also shown Thea Broholt (middle) and Louise Christensen (right). Photo: AU Foto.

2020.11.19 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Buildings as thermal batteries in a transition towards a green energy system

Denmark is to be climate-neutral by 2050. This requires major changes in our utilities sector, and buildings will play a significant role in this context. Three PhD students at Aarhus University talk about their research to help Denmark meet targets in its climate plans.

The green distributions come in the wake of a political decision to prioritise funding for the area in 2020. Photo: AU Photo.

2020.10.30 | AU Engineering, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

DKK 14 mill. for engineering research on the green transition

Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF) has just published the 65 research projects on the green transition that have been awarded grants. Researchers from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University will receive grants for five new engineering projects.

Professor Lars Vabbersgaard Andersen is heading the Danish part of the project, which goes by the name Reconcile. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Foto.

2020.10.06 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Nordic research collaboration to examine energy consumption in public buildings

In a new project, Sweden, Norway and Denmark will gather and exchange experience from building projects in order to optimise energy consumption in public buildings.

A new test bench will make it possible to measure the impact of forces on the giant wind turbines of the future and simulate their wear and lifecycle. (Photo: Colourbox).
The Danish company, R&D Test Systems, is behind one of today's largest and most advanced test benches for wind turbines. The test bench weighs 4,000 tonnes, has a 1,500 m2 concrete foundation, and contains 200 tonnes of reinforced steel. It is currently at the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC). (Photo: R&D Test Systems)

2020.08.12 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Danish engineers to build the world's largest test bench for wind turbines

A huge test bench for nacelles will make it possible to build even bigger wind turbines in the future.

The final project aims at creating a balloon of 330 x 330 metres buried under a maximum of 25 metres of soil that will be raised by up to 14 metres when the balloon is filled up. This will store 230 MWh. Photo: AU Foto.

2020.07.19 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Aarhus University to build a test facility for technology that can store wind energy in ‘water balloons’

With a grant of almost DKK 5 million from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme, EUDP, under Danish Energy Agency, work is about to begin on building a 100 sqm test facility to demonstrate new technology that stores green surplus energy in giant underground water balloons.

"The building management team have the greatest influence on efficiency, and thereby on how much money is earned. And the way you increase efficiency is by using the methods, tools and knowledge that already exist," says Hasse Neve (right) who, together with Professor Søren Wandahl (left) and others, is behind the new research that shows how to change productivity development in the construction industry. Photo: Anders Trærup

2020.07.10 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Construction: How to turn 36 seconds into USD 5.4 billion

A team of researchers from Aarhus University have, for the first time ever, linked 40 years of productivity data from the construction industry with the actual work done. The results show that productivity in the construction industry has been declining since the 1970s. The results also explain the decline and how to achieve far more efficient…

EU's industry accounts for 20% of the overall emissions of the region and there is an urgent need for engineers to create more sustainable technologies and solutions. Photo: Colourbox

2020.04.30 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Focus on integrating sustainability into AU's engineering programmes

Sustainability is much more complex than you might think, and therefore teaching the topic is very important, says an AU researcher from the Department of Engineering.

Drifting: A driving technique originating from Japan, where the driver intentionally oversteers, thereby loosing traction while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of the corner. The book applies this analogy to the conception of Constructive Design Research. Photo: Colourbox.

2020.04.01 | AU Engineering, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

Drifting by Intention: New book on design research

Design and engineering are often seen as solution-oriented disciplines. So how do you design not only to solve a challenge, but also to build knowledge? This is the focus of a new book written by the architect, Professor Peter Gall Krogh. The book has just been published by Springer Nature.

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