Chalmers has several advanced research facilities on campus, serving the different types of research conducted here. Master’s students have access to these facilities during their studies, depending on the type of assignments and projects that they undertake. Here are some examples.
Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering
Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering (C3SE) is Chalmers' infrastructure for demanding computing calculations and data storage. It provides researchers with hardware resources as well as software and knowledge of numerical modelling, simulation and analysis. The facility is one of the nodes of the Swedish supercomputer Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC).
Chalmers Simulator Centre
The Lindholmen campus has the most comprehensive simulation equipment for training and research in maritime operations. There are a number of different simulators here representing different parts of a vessel and functions on shore. Several of the simulators are connected together which makes it possible to simulate complex scenarios, such as entire shipping lanes with several operators involved.
The Simulator Centre is used for training aspiring marine officers in advanced operations, including preventing and mitigating the consequences of accidents at sea. The simulators are also used in the training of professional active marine officers.
The simulation centre is linked to the Lighthouse maritime competence centre and is used in domestic and international research projects with participants from academia, maritime authorities and maritime industries. The simulators also serve as test platforms for a range of projects, such as the evaluation of newly developed e-navigation services.
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Chalmers Power Central
Chalmers Power Central is an advanced energy research facility
based at the Johanneberg campus. Cutting edge research in combustion and
gasification of biomass is carried out here in a large-scale research
boiler along with flaming combustion and carbon capture. The Power
Central also supplies the campus with electricity, heating, cooling and
The Power central attracts users from around the world. In the open
collaboration concerning this unique facility, researchers, industry
and the public sector are engaged in efforts to contribute to a
sustainable, climate-neutral future. Based on thorough intelligence
analysis, operations are steered towards the most relevant research
questions and the equipment is being continuously updated accordingly.
HSB Living Lab
The HSB Living Lab is a collaboration project under construction, consisting of 30 apartments for students and visiting researchers on the Johanneberg campus.
Besides providing residential accommodation, the building will serve as a laboratory for the researchers − a living laboratory. This provides a great opportunity to conduct research into sustainable innovations in real-life residential environments. Measurements will be collected through sensors in the building, where water recycling, a solar panelling solution, smart booking systems, electricity consumption and sustainable building materials and components will be tested and evaluated.
Onsala Space Observatory
The Onsala Space Observatory is a national facility for radio astronomy operated by Chalmers on behalf of the Swedish Research Council. The facility is located on the Onsala peninsula, 45 km south of Gothenburg.
The area is home to a 25-metre radio telescope, and a 20-metre radio telescope for millimetre waves and the Swedish station in the European radio telescope Lofar. Onsala Space Observatory is also involved in the development of instruments for shorter wavelengths, such as for the Sest telescopes and Apex in the Andes in South America. The observatory is also involved in international projects such as the European VLBI Network, Alma, Lofar, SKA and Herschel Telescope.
Techniques developed for radio astronomy are also well suited for observations of the Earth and its atmosphere. Research at the observatory therefore also deals with the measurement of the Earth, navigation and remote analysis. A new instrument – the Onsala twin telescope – is in the process of being acquired to accurately determine continental drift.
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The Nanofabrication Laboratory is a clean room facility for
research and development in micro and nanotechnology. Here you will find
a wide range of equipment for developing and testing new ideas on a
micro and nano scale.
The Nanofabrication Laboratory is part of the national research
infrastructure Myfab, and is the national node for nanolithography,
which is a method for producing patterns in the nanometre scale.
Chalmers' expertise and extensive experience in nanolithography forms
the basis for two strategic areas in which microwave electronics and
photonics is one, while quantum components is the other. Here you have a
complete laboratory fitted out to perform all the steps from material
growth to components and circuits.
The National Laboratory in Terahertz Characterisation
The national laboratory in terahertz characterisation is a unique laboratory for the development of technology in the hard to reach terahertz frequency range, i.e. frequencies of the order of a trillion cycles per second. The Terahertz range is attractive and offers applications including space exploration, future wireless communications and radar sensors, for example for a self-propelled vehicle fleet.
The vision is to become one of the three most complete and advanced measurement laboratories for high frequencies, open to users from all around the world. A new generation of instruments allows measurements at frequencies up to and above one terahertz. The equipment is adapted to suit multiple research areas: materials, components, circuits, systems, and antennas for high frequencies.
Materials Analysis Laboratory
The Materials Analysis Laboratory uses high quality instruments –
bass instruments as well as world leading cutting edge instruments – to
analyse a wide range of materials. The purpose of the laboratory is
simply to provide access to advanced experimental methods for materials
research, both for Chalmers researchers as well as researchers from
other universities and industry.
The base for the laboratory is a collection of instruments of
various types of high-resolution, world-class electron microscopes,
known as atom probes and equipment to prepare samples prior to electron
microscopy. There is also equipment here for optical spectroscopy,
surface analysis and chemical characterisation.
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