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Delft University of Technology (Dutch: Technische Universiteit Delft), also known as TU Delft, is the largest and oldest Dutch public technical university, located in Delft, Netherlands, sometimes popularly called Holland. With eight faculties and numerous research institutes it hosts over 19,000 students (undergraduate and postgraduate), more than 3,300 scientists and more than 2,200 people in the support and management staff.

The university was established on January 8, 1842 by King William II of the Netherlands as a Royal Academy, with the main purpose of training civil servants for the Dutch East Indies. The school rapidly expanded its research and education curriculum, becoming first a Polytechnic School in 1864, Institute of Technology in 1905, gaining full university rights, and finally changing its name to Delft University of Technology in 1986.

Dutch Nobel laureates Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, and Simon van der Meer have been associated with TU Delft. TU Delft is a member of several university federations including the IDEA League, CESAER, UNITECH, and 3TU.







Formula Student is a student engineering competition held annually in the UK. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The cars are judged on a number of criteria as listed below. It is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and uses the same rules as the original Formula SAE with supplementary regulations. The 2014 Formula Student event was held at Silverstone Circuit between the 9th and 14th July 2014.




The DUT12 is the second electric car of the DUT Racing team. The biggest difference compared to the DUT11 is the four-wheel-drive system introduced this year. This makes it possible to use the brake energy from all wheels to power the motors which results in higher efficiency. In the DUT12 the batteries are no longer placed behind the driver, but on both sides alongside the driver for better handling. Prepregs have been used to produce the monocoque, saving weight compared to the previous car.





Delft University of Technology Racing team, trading as DUT Racing or Formula Student Team Delft, is a Dutch Formula Student team based in Delft. DUT Racing is known for constructing lightweight Formula Student racing cars and has been competing in the global Formula Student competition for over a decade. Having won Formula Student UK twice (2011, 2014) and Formula Student Germany five times (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), DUT Racing is one of the top teams competing in Formula Student at the moment.


After years of loud, fuel burning machines, the competition changed and so did DUT Racing. With the introduction of an electric class in 2010 at the Formula Student UK and Formula Student Germany competition, several top-level teams made the switch to the new power source. The performance showed by the electric cars in the 2010 season, made the DUT Racing team change to the new class in 2011. Not only did the performance play a part in the decision, the challenge of redesigning almost every part of the car and thus challenging the students in their engineering capability also played a big role in the switch to electrically powered cars. And with success: 2011 is the most successful season for the team up until now. With the DUT11, the team won both the UK and Germany event.


The DUT12 was the second electric car of the DUT Racing team. The biggest difference compared to the DUT11 was the four-wheel drive system. This made it possible to use the brake energy from all wheels to recharge the batteries, thus making the car more efficient. With a second place at Formula Student UK and another win at Formula Student Germany, the electric drive was again proving successful. With a time of 3,45 seconds on the acceleration test (0-75 meter), the car set the quickest acceleration time by a Formula Student race car. The time was beaten by the ETH Zurich car (0-75m in 3,210s) at the Formula SAE Italy competition in September 2013. Later on, in September 2013, the DUT12 would set a Guinness World Record for acceleration of an electric car, by reaching 100 km/h in 2.13 seconds. This time was beaten by the ETH Zurich car in November 2014 when it accelerated to 100 km/h in 1.785 seconds.


In 2013, the DUT13 got an aerodynamics package, something the team up until then had never experimented with. Featuring 4-wheel drive, the car now also disposed of a front wing, rear wing and undertray, significantly improving the traction of the car. Additionally, part of the electronics were changed, improving the traction control features and yaw rate controllers. The team won again the Formula Student competition in Germany, and placed second in the competition in Austria.




PATENT PENDING - This 'proof of concept' model robot boat is capable of sucking up plastic waste from a body of water, first shredding solids as necessary. A full size version is designed to go out into the ocean gyres and hunt down the floating garbage dumps. It is not a competitor to Boyan Slat's passive system, it is a much needed additional tool in the fight to keep oceans clean and fish stocks healthy. The boat is solar and wind powered, hence autonomous, it is also designed to be used unmanned for the main part, or drone controlled for certain conditions of operation, such as rescuing animals caught in fishing nets.


A high speed version of this robot ship based on a SWASH hull would use no diesel fuel to monitor the oceans autonomously at relatively high speeds 24/7 and 365 days a year - only possible with the revolutionary energy harvesting system. A modular hullform is adaptable for automatic release and recovery of UAVs, ROVs or towed arrays, alternating between drone and fully autonomous modes. This vessel could pay for itself in fuel saved every ten years.




Could a teenager save the world's oceans? Student, 19, claims his invention could clean up the seas in just five years:


* Device could remove 20 billion tonnes of plastic from the world's oceans
* Boyan Slat came up with the idea of a series of floating booms and processing platforms designed to 'suck' in floating plastic rubbish
* The young engineering student's 'ocean cleanup' concept is designed to be self sufficient and harness energy from the sun and waves
* His invention could even make money by selling the plastic collected from the oceans, which kills millions of animals every year





A Dutch teenager has invented a device that he claims could clean up some 20 billion tonnes of plastic waste from the world's oceans.


Boyan Slat, 19, came up with the idea of a series of floating booms and processing platforms designed to collect floating plastic rubbish.


The 'ocean cleanup' concept is designed to capture the floating plastic but allow life like fish and plankton to pass through unharmed, while saving the waste materials to be recycled.


The engineering student believes that once operational, his device could dramatically reduce the amount of rubbish in the oceans in just five years time.


Millions of tonnes of plastic debris are littering oceans and have accumulated in areas of high concentration called gyres - which are essentially floating rubbish tips.


While he believes humans must end their reliance on disposable plastic items and manage waste responsibly, his innovation could make a big difference to the cleanliness of oceans in the shorter-term.


He proposes fixing sea water processors to the sea bed, which are also attached to the floating platform so that the water can move through them and generate energy.


His concept also includes using floating booms instead of nets to cover vast areas of water effectively, while no mesh and a very low speed, means there will be 'virtually no by-catch' and unfortunate animals getting tangled in nets that are meant to help conserve their habitat.


Writing on his website, Mr Slat said: 'Although this hypothesis still has to be tested, even the planktonic species - due to their density being close to that of the sea water - may move under the booms along with the water flow.'





In a bid to solve problems of conventional clean-up measures, including rubbish escaping, emissions and high costs, he said his contraptions are 'completely self-supportive' and get their energy from the sun and waves.


'By letting the platforms' wings sway like an actual manta ray, we can ensure contacts of the inlets with the surface, even in the roughest weather,' he said.


As well as solving an environmental problem, Mr Slat also believes his invention could make up to $500 million a year from recycling the waste collected.


He said: 'This concept is so efficient, that we estimate that by selling the plastic retrieved from the 5 gyres, we would make in fact more money than the plan would cost to execute. In other words; it may potentially be profitable.'


Mr Slat believes that many people need reminding about the environmental disaster affecting the Earth's oceans.





He said: 'One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’ because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometres.'


'By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualise the oceanic garbage patches. We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging,' VR-zone reported.


While Mr Slat is now a student at the Delft University of Technology, he came up with the idea while he as at school to win a number of prizes and the respect of more experiences marine experts.


He has now set up The Ocean Cleanup Foundation to raise funds to develop his innovation.




HOW DOES IT WORK - The Ocean Cleanup Array is an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms will span the radius of a gyre. The booms act as giant funnels where the angle of the booms effectively 'suck' rubbish in. The debris enters the platforms, where it will be filtered out of the water and eventually stored in containers until collected for recycling on land. One of the most significant advantages of using booms instead of nets is that marine life cannot be caught in them. Furthermore, because the transport of plastic along the booms is driven by the currents, it’s slow enough for organisms to escape.





Are you fascinated by ports? Do you love to watch a big container ship as it sails by? When you’re on the beach, is your gaze drawn to the drilling rigs further out at sea? In other words, if you feel inspired by ships and shipping then the Bachelor’s programme in Maritime Engineering is the right way to turn your passion into your profession.


Inland vessels, mega-tankers and container ships full of goods and raw materials travel the world, from China to Africa, from South-America to India, along the rivers of Europe. Shipping is indispensable, as are well-trained maritime engineers. And of course Maritime Engineering is all about shipbuilding. A big ship is almost like a small village and you learn to design a ship with all the necessary features and facilities. But a maritime engineer has many other skills as well. Drilling platforms, shipping companies, shipping routes, insurance, oil and gas transport, offshore installations, pipeline and cable layers and heavy transport: it all forms part of Maritime Engineering. 


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When it comes to maritime engineering the Netherlands has an outstanding position in the international league for shipbuilding yards, with commissions for top-quality tankers, naval vessels and luxury motor and sailing yachts. At TU Delft you will really get to know this sector: lecturers who work in the profession will tell you all about the latest developments and experts from the commercial sector are regular guests. And since we are a small degree programme, you will know most of your fellow students by their names and nicknames and will enjoy good contacts with the lecturers. Moreover, TU Delft’s degree programme in Maritime Engineering is unique in the Netherlands – it’s the only maritime engineering programme at university level.





Degree programme


To begin with you will follow a broad-based Bachelor's degree programme lasting 3 years. In all years you will take maritime subjects such as Maritime Operations, Hydromechanics, Ship Production and Ship Construction. You can expect some fairly challenging mathematics and physics as well. And to ensure that you don’t get a one-sided technical training, you will also study aspects of economics, philosophy, sustainability, environment and management.


You will learn to put your acquired knowledge into practice. In the first year you will be given the task of designing, building and demonstrating a floating hoist construction made from just a steel plate, piping and wire. Moreover, during your first year you will go on a short internship that will get you acquainted with the technical, organizational and social aspects of a maritime enterprise.




William II (Willem Frederik George Lodewijk van Oranje-Nassau) (6 December 1792 – 17 March 1849) was King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg from 7 October 1840 until his death in 1849.





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Nuna 5 solar powered racing car from Delft TU


NUNA 5 - Nuna is the name of a series of manned solar powered race cars that won the World solar challenge in Australia five times, of which four times in a row: in 2001 (Nuna 1 or just Nuna), 2003 (Nuna 2), 2005 (Nuna 3), 2007 (Nuna 4) and 2013 (Nuna 7). The Nunas are built by students who are part of the Nuon Solar Team at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. "Nuna" is also the Icelandic word "now."




TU Delft researchers developed many new technologies used today, including Glare, a Fibre Metal Laminate used in Airbus A380 skin and Vision in Product Design design method. Cees Dekker's lab at TU Delft demonstrated in 1998 the first transistor made out of single nanotube molecule. Delta Works plan was, in part, a child of TU Delft graduates, including Johan Ringers and Victor de Blocq van Kuffeler. TU Delft was a precursor of Open design concept.

In architecture, TU Delft is famous for Traditionalist School in Dutch architecture. TU Delft was a home to many prominent microbiologists including Martinus Beijerinck, who in 1898 discovered viruses while working at TU Delft, and Albert Jan Kluyver, father of comparative microbiology, which resulted in the creation of so-called Delft School of Microbiology.

Some recent projects being developed at the university include Flame, first humanoid robot possessing the ability to walk as humans, Superbus, project aiming to design a high speed bus reaching top speeds of 250 km/h, Nuna, solar-powered race car and four times winner of the World Solar Challenge, DUT Racing, electrical Formula Student project having won multiple competitions and holding the current Guinness World Record for fastest accelerating electric vehicle, DelFly, Micro air vehicle and the smallest ornithopter so far fitted with a camera, Fhybrid, world's first hydrogen-powered scooter, Tribler, an open source peer-to-peer client with online TV functionalities, Delfi-C3, CubeSat satellite constructed by TU Delft students, and the Delfi-n3Xt launched 21 October 2013, Forze, hydrogen fuel cell-powered racing car, Eco-Runner vehicle participating in Eco-marathon, Stratos II, a sounding rocket developed by Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering which is to set the European altitude record achieved by amateur rockets at 50 km in September/October 2014, as well as The Ocean Cleanup, a project aimed at developing a method of cleaning up the oceanic garbage patches.




NUNA 7 EVOLUTION - The main changes to the Nuna 5 from its predecessor the Nuna 4 was the diminished battery weight, changing from 30 kg in 2007 to 25 kg.Other changes required cars not be allowed to race on previously used slicks (smooth tires), instead requiring profiled (treaded or grooved) tires. Also, the driver was required to sit more upright with a seating angle of, at most, 27 degrees. It finished second.

The changes to the Nuna 6 from its predecessor is the change of solar cells to Monocrystalline silicon cells in accordance with the new rules for the World solar challenge. Also the weight of the batteries has been reduced in accordance with the rules. To improve performance the weight of the car and aerodynamic drag have been reduced

The main change to the Nuna 7 from its predecessors is that it has four wheels instead of three, as required by the new rules of the World solar challenge. The vehicle is also asymmetric, as the driver's cabin is on the right side. The weight of the batteries and vehicle are barely changed with respect to its predecessor, Nuna 6. Nuna 7 won the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.





After the end of the Second World War, TU Delft increased its rapid academic expansion. Studium Generale was established at all universities in the Netherlands, including TU Delft, to promote a free and accessible knowledge related to culture, technology, society and science. Because of the increasing number of students, in 1974 the first Reception Week for First Year Students (Ontvangst Week voor Eerstejaar Studenten, OWEE) was established, which became a TU Delft tradition since then.

On September 1, 1986, the Delft Institute of Technology officially changed its name to Delft University of Technology, underlining the quality of the education and research provided by the institution. In the course of further expansion, in 1987 Delft Top Tech institute was established, which provided a professional master education in management for people working in the technology-related companies. On September 1, 1997, the 13 faculties of the TU Delft were merged into 9, to improve the management efficiency of the growing university. In the early 1990s, because the vast majority of the students of the university were male, an initiative to increase the number female students resulted in founding a separate emancipation commission. As a result Girls Study Technology (Meiden studeren techniek) days were established. In later years the responsibilities of the commission were distributed over multiple institutes.

Since 2006 all buildings of the university are located outside of the historical city center of Delft. Relatively new building of Material Sciences department was sold, later demolished in 2007 to give place for a newly built building of the Haagse Hogeschool. Closer cooperation between TU Delft and Dutch universities of applied sciences resulted in physical transition of some of the institutes from outside to Delft. In September 2009 many institutes of applied sciences from the Hague region as well as Institute of Applied Sciences in Rijswijk, transferred to Delft, close to the location of the university, at the square between Rotterdamseweg street and Leeghwaterstraat street.

On May 13, 2008, the building of the Faculty of Architecture was destroyed by fire, presumably caused by a short circuit in a coffee machine due to a ruptured water pipe. Luckily, the architecture library, containing several thousands of books and maps, as well as many architecture models, including chairs by Gerrit Rietveld and Le Corbusier, were saved. The Faculty of Architecture is currently housed in the university's former main building.

In 2007 the three Dutch technical universities, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and University of Twente, established a federation, called 3TU.





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Typical photo following a TU Delft doctoral defense. The Promovendus (center) is accompanied by two Paranymphs. Madame Bedel is on the left, holding the staff. The red tube holds the doctoral diploma. The Promovendus, as well as the Paranymphs must wear white ties, while all professors in the defense committee wear togas.




ShipShape is a program for creating, fairing, and interpolating a set of ship’s lines. It has been configured to interface with the existing Wolfson Unit Hydrostatics and Stability suite of programs. ShipShape is Windows XP/Vista/7 32-bit and 64-bit compatible.


ShipShape is highly flexible and can be used to create many different hull forms, including merchant and fishing vessels, chine craft, yachts and multi-hulls. It employs a fairing method which is intuitive for the user and produces the exact shapes the designer wishes to achieve.


Downloads: SHIPSHAPE PROGRAM  ShipShapeManual.pdf   ShipShapeBrochure.pdf








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The ECOSTAR BE4 is shown here to scale alongside a universal Bluebird™ energy cartridge of the form suitable for most supermini city cars of today. The Ecostar is a very small and low sports car. Whereas, the service station is designed to accommodate large vans. These drawings are to give you some idea of the size plot of land that is needed. The example service station is shown here with solar panels on the roof. There would be nothing to stop an operator from having other buildings and land with more solar panels to harvest renewable energy. In addition, a service station like this is a load-leveling device for power generating stations that are on tickover between peaks. You might ask why then, that there are currently no utilities looking at this project? The reason is that coal is much cheaper for them to burn, regardless of climate change - and there is nothing to stop them doing so. Because, 2030 Euro targets are not binding on member states. Check out the report by Business Monitor International.





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