A botanical garden at a technical university? Yes! The botanical garden is 100 years old. After the Second World War, it was seen as redundant. But in 2001, director Bob Ursem transformed the garden into a place for science and research. He started new scientific research in the garden with the help of different faculties. A fuel magnet, biological UV filters, fog removers, hygroscopical motion systems and LED lamps for greenhouses – these can all be found in TU Delft’s Botanical Garden. The garden has 26 patents to its name and these days a lot of World Congresses are held there.
Dead sound room
The dead sound room, or anechoic chamber, was the first part of the Applied Sciences building to be built. It had to be completely isolated from the rest of the building. It is built on a special foundation of pillars with rubber. The walls, ceiling and floor are covered in wedges made of glass wool. In the early 1960s, when the anechoic chamber was built, they used foam rubber. When it was renovated in the 1980s, anechoic chambers were being made of glass wool.
Don’t think black or white - unless you are playing chess. At the Faculty of Applied Sciences, you can play with a huge chessboard. Did you know that TU Delft has two chess clubs? One of them, Paris, is for students and for DSC, a Dutch student fraternity. The other one, Delftse Schaakclub, is for both students and non-students.
High Voltage lab
The High Voltage lab was completed in the 1970s. It became a centre of knowledge for high voltage engineering. Professor Kreuger of TU Delft has written several books about high voltage engineering. The laboratory is equipped to perform high skill voltage testing. Three AC 500 kV transformers can be arranged in cascades to generate up to 1,500 kV. During full-scale testing, a 600 kV DC source is also used.
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