Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Symposium Civil Engineers & Geoscientists for Global Development & farewell reception Dean Bert Geerken
BioXtreme is counting on the supercomputer
How do you go about processing an endless amount of data about the DNA material of micro-organisms? When Marjet Oosterkamp was researching industrial wastewater treatment she turned for help to the national supercomputer: it takes over when the human brain and standard computers have to throw in the towel.
Micro-CT scanner reveals secrets hidden in prehistoric eggs
In 2016 archaeologists digging at a building site in Tilburg stumbled upon thirteen egg-shaped objects. Geoscientist Dominique Ngan put them in the micro-CT scanner of the Geoscience and Engineering Lab, studied the resulting 3D pictures and noticed some very interesting imprints in their shells. ‘A small find like this can shed a lot of light on a period we don’t know very much about.’
The self-reliant irrigation pump: a fine mess
Design and research often focus on how and if something works. Maurits Ertsen prefers to turn the question on its head: why does something not work the way it was meant to? When do people use an invention in an unexpected way? And does it matter? In his latest project, Maurits Ertsen has joined forces with start-up aQysta and colleague Jan Carel Diehl of the TU Delft Industrial Design department to study possible applications of an Integrated Turbine Pump (ITP).
Storm at sea: the inside story
A subject of rollicking sea shanties the world over, storms at sea have always fired people’s imaginations. But knowledge of what happens underneath the waves is not quite as universal. Femke de Jong, Caroline Katsman and Carine van der Boog are preparing to don their sou’westers to investigate the inside story.
It takes a big tank to research a megaproject
The Geoscience and Engineering lab is home to a device that looks much like an ordinary aquarium - except this one is five metres high, two meters wide and two meters deep. It is filled with a layer of submerged sand. This is where PhD Arash Maghsoudloo studies the seafloor close to the Oosterschelde storm-surge barrier, which is part of the flood defence system protecting the Netherlands from the sea.
Driving your own car is set to become the new smoking
The self-driving car is on its way. Or is it in fact already here? In June 2017, Transport Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen opened the Researchlab Automated Driving Delft (RADD) on the TU Delft campus. In the lab, automated driving experiments are being conducted under the supervision of Professors Bart van Arem and Dariu Gavrila.