Building Physics and Services Laboratory

The Department of the Built Environment has a well-equipped Building Physics and Services laboratory of 2100 m2 with a highly qualified technical staff. Research is carried out in the laboratory as well as ‘on site’. The basic facilities allow for a wide range of experiments in all aspects of building physics: acoustics; light; air quality; heat, air and moisture transfer; wind flow; material science.

The laboratory provides computing power for advanced simulation software like Fluent, ESP-r, ODEON, Insul and Radiance.

One of the great assets of this laboratory facility is the ample experience in both fundamental as well as applied research in which concrete problems in the built environment are addressed. A strong interaction between fundamental research (in the department’s or related domains) and applied research has been a success factor for innovative research findings and solutions. The laboratory is equipped for both large and small projects. Small projects are for example the former innovation vouchers with which the industry gains access to research laboratories and staff for valorization of their work. Examples of such smaller projects are: CFD analysis of the Venturi roof for natural ventilation of multi-storey buildings (2009); wind environmental conditions for LNG carriers in sea canal Ferrol, Galicia, Spain (2009); wind nuisance at residential building complex Kattendijkdok, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); rain penetration in the residential tower building Uiterdijk, Pernis, The Netherlands, Hurks Oosthoek Kemper, (2008); sound insulation design of Espero movable wall systems, Waalwijk, the Netherlands, (2007).
The Laboratory also carries out externally financed research projects in the field of lighting, acoustics and monitoring museums.

The laboratory is well equipped for fundamental research in the calibration of models for simulation of the physical behavior of building elements or more fundamental physical phenomena. Experiments are carried out to provide specialist product-testing data for industry.

BPS Physics and Services Laboratory