TU Delft represented physically and in research at Olympic Games Japan
From July 23 to August 8, 2021, the Summer Olympics will be held in Japan. Seven students from TU Delft will take part. In addition to physical participation, TU Delft is also represented in research into innovations in the run-up to the games, such as a new track bicycle to prevent deformation while cycling through the strong men's selection. The bicycles are specially made to measure. Research was also carried out on the water for the sailing section. A supercomputer can be used to make extremely accurate predictions about wind direction, wind speed and the type of wind pattern that helps the sailors with their decisions on the water. With an average temperature of 35 degrees Celsius and a humidity of over 70 percent, the summer games in Japan will be the hottest games ever. That will be an extra challenge for the participants. To combat the heat, the faculty of Industrial Design and Engineering, together with project leader Radboud MC, has designed team caps with cooling elements. And for the Paralympic Games, sensors were developed for the wheelchair basketball players that measure every movement. Curious to read more stories about how TU Delft, in cooperation with industry, sports institutions and sports associations, contributes to sports innovations developed for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, read the stories 'Innovation with impact' (only Dutch) to find the ultimate innovation.
Passing on knowledge to the next generation
With the subject Special Topics in Sports Engineering, which is part of the A4SEE Collaboration, TU researchers and lecturers Arend Schwab, Andrea Sciacchitano, Jason Moore and Frans van der Helm, were involved in the design of the above, working together with employees of Sheffield Hallam University and VU Amsterdam to ensure that knowledge about sports innovation reaches the next generation and can be further developed. Master's students in Mechanical Engineering, Movement Sciences, Sports Science and other related MSc programmes followed a two-week intensive and attractive programme of lectures, demonstrations, practicals and hands-on research, which they completed with a field test.
On YouTube you can find an impression of the final tests. Do you want to know more about the course? Follow Twitter and Linkedin or have a look at the website for the latest news about the TU Delft Sports Engineering Institute and the announcement for the program for upcoming year.