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InnoRenew CoE researchers visit acoustic laboratories in Austria

The new InnoRenew CoE building will house an acoustics laboratory in addition to laboratories for characterization, physical testing, human health in the built environment, renewable materials composites, microscopy, high-tech computing and construction.

Eva Prelovšek Niemelä and Aarne Niemelä, InnoRenew CoE architects and researchers, together with Dr Rok Prislan, InnoRenew CoE researcher and expert in the field of acoustics, recently visited two Austrian laboratories as part of the planning process for construction and future use of the InnoRenew CoE acoustics lab.

These InnoRenew CoE researchers met with representatives from Akustik Center Austria to learn how its acoustic laboratory was built and what kind of equipment is used there for different measurements. After, there was  a meeting with researchers from the TGM Institute of Technology and a chance to visit its premises. The institute’s representatives shared experiences and practices that inspired the InnoRenew CoE researchers and gave them new ideas.

The InnoRenew CoE acoustics laboratory will be equipped to conduct research on acoustic properties of materials and structures as well as experiments to investigate human health in the built environment. For these purposes, an anechoic room and a reverberation room will be constructed within the acoustics lab. Moreover, measurements of construction isolations will take place, either in the field (within existing buildings) or in collaboration with other institutes such as the two Austrian laboratories mentioned above.

Laboratory in Austria. Image: Eva Prelovšek Niemelä