“Zentrum am Berg”. The Res@ZaB is a European centre for research, development and testing, with a focus on the construction and operation of subsurface infrastructure. A unique research facility has been built in a dedicated part of the Styrian Erzberg (an iron mine in operation since the 11th century). It comprises two parallel tubes for road traffic and another two for rail traffic, each of about 400 m in length. These tubes lead into an existing, abandoned tunnel, which has been suitably equipped up to a length of about one kilometre. These five tubes meet in a central cavern, forming a huge tunnel complex offering numerous possibilities for research, operation and training.
This arrangement allows for investigations in novel ventilation concepts, ventilation control systems, fire-fighting technologies and many other applications under real world conditions. The existing tunnel system provides excellent conditions for testing new technology, and for endurance tests under challenging climatic conditions (changing air temperature, humidity, etc.). Access to all types of test equipment is easily available via the local rail network. Furthermore, the Res@ZaB offers unique possibilities for the training of rescue personnel and maintenance staff, as well as for training under emergency conditions. Further information can be found at http://zab.unileoben.ac.at/.
June 14th is dedicated to a detailed visit to this unique research centre. Visitors can witness fire tests and actively participate in fire-fighting training. The demonstration of novel equipment is also planned.