Short news science - Delta 11

Photo: DUT racing team.
Photo: DUT racing team.

Racing team
The Formula Student Racing team DUT12 has started building their all-electric racing car. Last month the students laminated the first half of the outer shell. They succeeded in reducing the weight and making a smoother finish by using a new production process. Other students assembled the first 30-Volt battery units from 24 modules. All parts for the engines have arrived as well, and assembly of these will start soon. The parts will also have to be tested in order to program the controllers.

Food City
How to feed 9 billion people by 2050, most of whom will live in cities? ‘Food for the City’ (NAI Publishers) is a book that offers 13 views of how to continue feeding the cities, as proposed by a farmer, philosopher, chef and an urbanist – to name a few. The book, edited by Brigitte van de Sande, will be presented this Thursday evening, 5 April, in The Hague, starting at 17:00. And yes, food will be served.

Delta conference
Students, professors and delegates from the Deltaprogramme were welcomed to the first Knowledge Conference by Rector Karel Luyben and Delta Commissioner Wim Kuijken last Tuesday. The programme ranged from multifunctional dikes to building with nature and tsunami adaptation. The tongue in cheek competition ‘Delta’s next top model’ was won by Professor Guus Stelling (CEG), who improved on his own hydrological models, which he had created 20 years ago. The letdown of the event, according to Ties Rijcken (MSc), was the absence of research funds.

Reconnecting Rotterdam
TU alumnus Aart de Koning (MSc) was rewarded the biannual ‘Cuperus Prize’ for his thesis on traffic management. MP Charlie Aptroot presented the award at the Intertraffic event, held in Amsterdam on 28 March. De Koning designed a plan to reconnect Rotterdam with its harbor by means of public transport. Running passenger trains on freight rails, transport by boat and a new public transport tunnel were some of his original ideas. De Koning graduated at both CEG and Architecture and now works with Goudappel Coffeng in Deventer.

01 september 2014 08.47

Mine Detection

Not only dogs and rats can sniff out explosives. Genetically modified bacteria can do so too. Or so students from TU Delft, Leiden University and the Hogeschool Rotterdam believe. In November they will present their invention, a modified ...
01 september 2014 08.00

Building competition

TU Delft’s entry ‘Pret-a-Loger’ at the biannual building competition Solar Decathlon earned third prize in Versailles this summer. The terraced house with a second skin was top-scorer on sustainability thanks to the choice of ...

01 september 2014 08.00

Long live qubit

Once integrated on chips, nanofabricated quantumbits hold the promise of ultra-fast quantum computing. Unfortunately however, these building blocks of future quantum computers are very unstable. Researchers from the Kavli Institute of ...
02 juni 2014

Universe’s fingerprints

Universe’s fingerprints Dr Jian-Rong Gao of the quantum transport group (AS faculty) developed a sensor that can detect infrared light from outer space with unprecedented sensitivity.

15 april 2013

Vacuum gripper

PhD student Durandus Vonck developed a vacuum tool that allows surgeons in keyhole surgery to get a grip on tissue without damaging it. It all began with the idea of using vacuum for getting a grip on tissue during an operation. ...
28 juni 2012

Short news science - Delta 19

Short news science - Delta 19 Rocket Across the road from the Sports Centre, rocket scientist, Dr Vitaly Yemets, from the University of Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine), has been testing a new highly reactive oxidizer. ”There has been no explosion, so it is a ...