Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE)
Research to improve welding process for manufacturing industries
Arc welding and additive manufacturing are hugely important for creating large metal components relatively inexpensively and quickly. New research by a team of the University of Leicester, Delft University of Technology, Diamond Light Source, University College Dublin and TATA Steel Research UK has shown how to optimise this process to improve efficiency and cost. A paper detailing the findings was recently published in Nature Communications.The research explores the internal flow behaviour in additive manufacturing of metals and arc welding –
The paint reveals the master
In the end, even the most famous painting is just paint on a canvas, says art historian Joris Dik. Studying the paint can expose forgeries, magically conjure up hidden paintings, and allow you to eavesdrop while a Rembrandt or a Picasso practices his craft.
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.