Climbing stairs, getting up from a low sofa and walking across an uneven surface, that was not a problem for paraplegic Ruben de Sain during the Cybathlon Experience on October 7, thanks to an exoskeleton, a supportive robotic suit, built by TU Delft students. The competition in Germany for bionic paraplegic athletes saw the students demonstrate the potential of an exoskeleton as an aid in daily life for people with paralysed legs.
Best graduate AE 2016-2017: Tim van Leeuwen
Career Weeks at the faculty of AE
As agile as a bird’s wing
New aircraft materials and structures can save fuel and weight. In the Aerospace Structures and Computational Mechanics research group, Dr Roeland De Breuker and his colleagues are developing the technologies, ensuring that they can be incorporated into the design, and testing them in the lab and in flight. “You have to demonstrate the extent of savings in a credible manner so that an aircraft manufacturer wants to move forward with you,” says De Breuker.
Students Delft & Amsterdam win cycle race in USA and set new Dutch speed record
Cyclist Aniek Rooderkerken broke the Dutch speed record for women last Saturday, clocking 121.5 km/h to win the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in the Nevada desert. In this competition for the most innovative cycles and riders from all over the world, Rooderkerken was riding the VeloX 7: a high-tech aerodynamic recumbent bike designed and built by the Human Power Team, a group of students from TU Delft and VU Amsterdam.