DTU establishes new international research centre

A multi-million EUR donation from the Villum Foundation has paved the way for establishing a leading international research centre at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. DTU Civil Engineering, DTU Mechanical Engineering and DTU Wind Energy are the driving forces behind the new centre.

The Villum Foundation has donated EUR 10 million to create a new experimental DTU centre, which is to be named the ‘Villum Center for Advanced Structural and Material Testing’. Offering unique equipment and competencies, the new centre will support fundamental mechanical research and the development of new, innovative and sustainable structures and materials with the potential to save society a great deal of money and reduce environmental impact.

World-class research environment
-The challenges involved in innovating, establishing and maintaining a sustainable society can only be tackled if we acquire more knowledge about and a better understanding of the relationship between materials and structures, which we can then share in a world-class research environment. This is the task that the new centre is to assist us with, by supporting fundamental research into the development and optimisation of structures, construction materials and structural components for wind turbines, while simultaneously attracting new research projects and international researchers, explains Professor Henrik Stang, Deputy Head of Department at DTU Civil Engineering and the principal applicant.

About the Villum Foundation:
The Villum Foundation is an aid organisation founded by Villum Kann Rasmussen, the founder of the VELUX Group and other entities in the VKR Group.

Read more about the new research centre at DTU here