Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE)
Wind turbine farms can generate much more energy
In order to generate more sustainable energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, an increasing number of wind turbines are appearing on the horizon. Especially in the sea, because they are not in anyone’s way there and more importantly there is simply much more space there. And there is another advantage: whereas once upon a time wind turbines were neatly lined up in farms, since 2030 they have become floating farms with a dynamic setup.
New grab unloads vessels faster and smarter
There was plenty of reason to celebrate for transport technologist Dingena Schott and her team at TU Delft. Not only did they develop a design method for a new grab, but the grab, built by Nemag, complied with all of the predictions generated by the models, tests and stimulations that they validated. ‘There is no precedent for this in the scientific literature. It’s definitely the crowning glory of our work,’ says Schott. This Dutch grab could potentially unload vessels in ports all over the world more efficiently and sustainably.
Thinking and talking like a doctor and a technologist
First graduating class of bachelor students in clinical technology. New technologies, such as 3D printing and sensor chips are changing medicine. But we can do better when it comes to surgical lights and stethoscopes, for example, as the theses of the first graduating class of bachelors students in clinical technology demonstrate. They want to make the lives of surgeons, doctors and patients easier with new technology.
A thrilling nail clipper
Engineering for forensics A good nail clipper can mean the difference between a murderer behind bars and one on the loose. ‘You can have the best high-tech machinery in your forensic laboratory, but if you’re not able to enter the right evidence into it, you’ll ever find the perpetrator.’
Predicting waves at sea
Thanks to this technical gadget, developed by Peter Naaijen, assistant professor of shipand offshore hydromechanics at the Delft University of Technology, everyone at sea cansee whether there are waves in the vicinity in the coming five minutes and how the shipwill respond to them. The neat thing about this new technique is that essentially allships already have radar navigation. Naaijen analyses this radar data, which containsinformation about the location and height of waves. Thanks to his innovation, it hasbecome considerably safer to perfor
Using chemistry to close the CO2 cycle
Create fuels out of it, with the aid of green electricity. If we want to make the world more sustainable, then we need to find a solution for CO2. Professor Wiebren de Jong (TU Delft) from the Department of Process & Energy (Large-Scale Energy Storage section, LSE) is working hard on this problem.