Curved buildings are difficult. They require advanced supporting structures and expensive facade solutions. Or do they? This tower could be the first step on the way to more shapes in the building industry of the future. Two engineering students have built a 10-metre-high tower made of fibreglass-reinforced concrete. And it can support itself. (Photo: AU Engineering archive)

2016.03.01 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Students construct self-supporting tower

Two engineering students have worked out how to make curved buildings using facade plates with no other supporting structure. This can bring the building industry closer to shapes that have previously been impossible.

In the coming years, researchers will gain new knowledge about how to integrate gas into the Danish energy system. Pictured here is Associate Professor Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen, Department of Engineering (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2016.02.23 | Public / media, AU Engineering

More green gas on the way

In the coming years, Aarhus University will contribute with new knowledge about how to ensure better integration of gas in Denmark’s energy supply for the benefit of the climate. Innovation Fund Denmark is investing DKK 18.6 million in the project.

More stairs and not so many elevators. Researchers have been busy measuring and carrying out fieldwork among the residents of a 12-storey building to study the extent to which it is possible to change energy behaviour with the help of simple information. (Photo: Hasle Photo)
The elevator experiment is part of the Virtual Power Plant project. Here researchers are working to design intelligent buildings that automatically respond in the most sustainable way to the power requirements of consumers. Pictured here is Rune Hylsberg Jacobsen. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2016.02.09 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Simple technology makes elevators ‘green’

Having a guilty conscience about the climate makes us choose to take the stairs instead of the energy-devouring elevator – at least to a certain extent. This is the conclusion of a research project involving almost 200 residents in a 12-storey building in Aarhus.

What do you do with outdated wind turbine blades and aircraft made of expensive fibreglass? You cut them up into pieces and bury them in the ground. Or possibly in the future, you add a chemical substance that can separate the glass from the plastic fibres so they can be recycled. This is the common goal for researchers and companies in Innovation Fund Denmark’s new project called DreamWind. (Photo: Vestas archives)
There will be plenty of activity in the laboratories in the coming years when researchers develop new materials that make recycling easier. Pictured here is Associate Professor Mogens Hinge, Department of Engineering. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2016.02.04 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Wind turbine blades of the future will be recyclable

In the DreamWind project, researchers will develop a chemical substance that will make it possible to separate composite materials from each other. This means that the large and expensive fibreglass components from wind turbines will be recyclable in the future.

Using advanced signal treatment, researchers can now divide a room into sound zones that do not disturb each other. In the coming three years, they will collaborate with the Chinese acoustic company GoerTek Inc. They will develop the technology so it can be commercialised and thereby moved out of the laboratory and into our living rooms. Pictured here are PhD student Xiaohui Ma (left) and Assistant Professor Jakob Juul Larsen in the anechoic laboratory at Aarhus University. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2016.01.27 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Sound zones on the way to the living room

Aarhus University has entered into a collaborative agreement with one of the world’s major manufacturers of speakers. The aim is to fully develop a new technology that can make it possible to divide our homes into sound zones.

Queues for 3D printers at Aarhus University will soon be a thing of the past. Sixty-five researchers and students are in full swing building fifty new machines with a total value of at least DKK 1 million. (Photo: Anders Trærup)
During the course of three Friday afternoons and evenings, the researchers and students will build new printers for use in teaching and research. This is all taking place at AU Engineering’s campus in Katrinebjerg. (Photo: Jesper Rais)

2016.01.20 | Public / media, AU Engineering

Students build fifty advanced technology 3D printers

Students at Aarhus University have launched what could be Denmark’s largest production of advanced technology 3D printers. During the course of three Fridays in January, they will each build a printer so they can set up laboratories at home in their own living rooms.

Researchers will use new technology to measure groundwater from the ground surface via electromagnetic signals from an antenna. This could prove to be an efficient, inexpensive and sustainable alternative to traditional drillings. (Photo: Colourbox)

2016.01.18 | Staff, AU Engineering

Researchers will use earth antennas to find groundwater

Researchers will develop antenna technology in a new project to locate and measure groundwater without expensive drillings.

Three engineering students have developed a new technology that enables more precise and effective radiation therapy of cervical cancer. It took less than six months from the initial idea to completion of the prototype, and the first patient has already been treated. Pictured from left are Sofie Mikkelsen, Line Nørgaard Christensen and Nita Volder Hansen. (Photo: Maria Randima Brauer Sørensen)
Images from an MRI scan are put into a computer-based design program. Here the user calculates how the radioactive rays hit the cervical tumour most precisely, and then presses the print button. Nine hours later, a small holder is ready for the needles that direct the beams, and this invention can prove to have great significance for the treatment of cancer patients. (Photo: Anders Trærup)

2016.01.13 | Public / media, AU Engineering

3D print improves cancer treatment

A new medical 3D print technology can provide better and more precise radiation therapy of cervical cancer. Three engineering students are behind the invention, together with doctors at Aarhus University Hospital.

The picture shows a far better gas transport in a person with no lung diseases in contrast to a person with asthma.

2015.12.18 | AU Engineering

Researchers develop new method for looking into the lungs

For the first time, researchers have succeeded in producing 3D images showing oxygen and CO2 transport in the lungs. The new method provides hope for better treatment of COPD and lung cancer.

The Aarhus Technical School started off in this building in 1915 (Photo: Aarhus University archives)
In 2012, the Engineering College of Aarhus amalgamated with Aarhus University (Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University)
The school had some of the most advanced laboratory facilities of the time (Photo: Aarhus University archives)
Since the amalgamation with the Engineering College, Aarhus University has spent millions on new experimental facilities. In 2015, AU Engineering opened the Cardiovascular Experimental Lab, where researchers and students develop methods and implants for cardiac surgery (Photo: Maria Randima Brauer Sørensen, Aarhus University)

2015.11.05 | AU Engineering

Engineering in Aarhus celebrates its centenary

In November 2015, it is 100 years since the first engineering degree programme was established in Aarhus. Three generations of graduates have been a significant driving force in the industrialisation of the city and the region, and in developing the technology-based society we know today.

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