Faculty of Civil Engineering
The Department of Building Structures (DBS) at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava is one of the leading Slovak facilities devoted to building research and development. It assists in the research of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, students, the building industry, the regulatory community and others interested in building and construction practice.
The mission statement of the DBS says: “Identify, develop, and deploy sustainable and energy-efficient building system technologies by forming partnerships between university sources and industry for analysis, well-characterized experiments, technological development, and market outreach“.
The scientific and research activity of the Department is aimed at problems of thermal comfort, heat and humidity transfer through the walls and roofs of buildings and their joints, sound transmission in buildings, room and urban acoustics, the theory of day lighting and the solar energy of buildings, air infiltration and the effect of driven rain on walls and roofs of buildings and their joints, the total energy effectiveness of buildings, the durability of building materials, diagnoses, and building reconstruction.
Ongoing research and educational projects:
DBS annually publishes about 200 to 300 publications ranging from research reports and electronic communications through professional journal articles, training materials to the academic literature.
Within Slovakia KKPS cooperates or has cooperated with nearly every major industrial company and academic institution with competence in the field of construction. From among foreign institutions and enterprises especially collaboration with major universities in all neighboring countries must be picked up, then with KU Leuven, the University of Manchester and the University of Strathclyde and also with enterprises such as BASF, NV Scheldebouw and Physibel.
Fig.1 Wind tunnel – exterior view
Fig. 2: Large climatic chamber for synergistic research on heat transfer, vapour diffusion and air infiltration
Fig. 3: Rain chamber for research on water penetration through details of walls and roofs