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Grete, C. (author)
The fundamental working principle of kite power generation is straightforward: a fast-flying kite pulls a tether from a drum, which drives a generator. At the maximum reel-out length, the kite is de-powered and pulled back, to initiate a new pumping cycle. The objective of this innovative technology is to make electricity generation affordable,...
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Van Zon, N. (author)
This year, the 28th Space Department has the honor of organizing the Annual Symposium of the VSV ‘Leonardo da Vinci’. On March 4, 2014, a total of 564 engineering students and Aerospace professionals visited the symposium and enjoyed seven extremely inspiring talks and interactive discussions. This day, themed ‘Planetary Exploration’ focused on...
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Ramanathan, A. (author)
The turbofan is a type of air breathing jet engine that finds wide use in aircraft propulsion. During the normal operation of a turbofan engine installed in aircraft, the combustor is supplied with fuel, flow to the combustor is cut off and the engine runs under so called Windmilling conditions being driven only by the ram pressure ratio by...
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Minde, F. (author)
Bentleys are amongst the most sought after luxury cars of the world. They are known for their performance on the road, the luxury in the cabin, their reliability and the artisanship involved in making every single one of them. It was an honor to be part of the Quality Department of a company with such a rich history in British car manufacturing...
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Kroese, R. (author)
The skin panels of the Vertical Tail Plane (VTP) are the largest single piece composite components assembled on the Airbus A380. By allowing postbuckling to these skin panels might result in severe weight reductions for the VTP of the A380. The goal of the study is to give an indication of possible weight reductions by allowing postbuckling to...
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Tase, M. (author)
The idea of increasing commercial aircraft’s effi ciency is still an engineering challenge. Increasing efficiency can be achieved through reducing the aircraft’s weight, reducing the aircraft’s drag or other methods. Accounting for more of these objectives in the same aeroelastic optimization has proven to be a challenging effort. Recent...
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Hartvelt, M. (author)
‘Working towards a sustainable, yet exciting future’ is one of the big challenges in engineering nowadays. A group of students from the TU Delft accepted this challenge and designed a zero-emission hydrogen powered race-car. Combining green technology with racing, Forze wants to show the potential of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Find out how...
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Stolwijk, J. (author)
Big airport projects have often been prone to controversy. Schiphol’s Polderbaan project, Heathrow’s expansion, and the construction of Berlin’s new airport all suffered from political, financial or technical issues. However, Denver International Airport (often referred to as DIA) caused uproar in so many ways that it easily tops any other major...
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Hassan, L. (author)
With law enforcement agencies around the world investing in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) and small commercial drone ventures popping up like weeds, the debate on the morality of drone usage has intensified in the recent months. What are the advantages of UAVs? Are they worth the disadvantages?
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Wink, J. (author), Sabbapathy, R. (author)
Dutch Space, the largest space company in the Netherlands and part of Airbus Defence and Space, appointed a new CEO last year. The Leonardo Times sat down with the CEO Arnaud de Jong for an interview. We discuss his career, developments in Dutch Space, his take on competition in the commercial space domain and his future outlook on European and...
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Wink, J. (author)
Hydrazine (N2H4) and its hypergolic mate nitrogen tetroxide (N2O4) are used on virtually all spacecraft and on a large number of launch vehicles. In recent years however, there has been an effort in identifying and developing alternatives to replace hydrazine as a rocket propellant.
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Rijks, F. (author)
The slogan, ‘Eco-Runner: the most fuel efficient vehicle in the world’ of the Eco-Runner Team Delft says it all: designing and building the most fuel efficient vehicle in the world. The Eco-Runner Team is a ‘D:DREAM Team’ where students from various faculties work together to design and build extremely efficient, hydrogen powered vehicles and...
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Li, M.O. (author)
Air-to-air refuelling is a way to improve fuel efficiency of the overall transport system without waiting for the improvement of basic aviation technology. To take full advantage of such an operation, both passenger aircraft and tanker aircraft (which deliver required fuel to the passenger aircraft in halfway) must be designed accordingly....
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Glepman, R. (author)
Shock wave-boundary layer interactions are a very common feature in both transonic and supersonic flows. They can be encountered on compressor and turbine blades, in supersonic jet inlets, on transonic wings, on the stabilization fins of missiles and in many more situations. Because of their major importance on the performance and safety of high...
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Huijbregts, F. (author)
In the Aerospace industry, before the construction of a new aircraft or engine is even realized, its performance and characteristics are already known. This knowledge is obtained through simulations in a wind-tunnel or using computational fl uid dynamics. But with complex aircraft and engines, the use of these simulations can be limited by the...
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Bergman, A. (author)
In 2011, Peter Madlener started his graduation thesis at the Aerospace Engineering faculty on a new joining technology for composite sandwich panels. The promising results gained in this thesis led to the foundation of MOCS: a young company with the ambitious goal of introducing a revolutionary joining technology in the market. At this moment,...
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Hulsman, S. (author), De Groot, J. (author), Dokter, D. (author)
Since the early years of aviation, aircraft manufacturers have taken multiple shots at aircraft that combine vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with horizontal cruise flight - an idea that to this day continues to be technologically challenging. ATMOS UAV successfully applied this concept to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) resulting in a...
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Stoop, J.A.A.M. (author)
”Aviation safety is an Integral part of my career. Being part of TU Delft’s impressive record of research on Aviation safety, my career has been with a sense of purpose and a responsibility to equip students to deal with the status quo challenges on Aviation safety, developments, Investigations and Optimizations. As I retire from the faculty...
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Wouters, M. (author)
On October 5, 2013, Marijn Wouters and two other contestants of a nation-wide competition ‘Nederland Innoveert’ underwent a space training exercise. One by one, the trainees were pushed to their limits in the Desdemona motion simulator, an experience that mimicked the Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) space flight envelope. The ultimate goal:...
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Klein, R. (author)
Most people will think of the MQ-9 Reaper, when mentioning drones. This is the drone that is used by the United States Air Force and the CIA in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia to kill terrorists. Most of the time, these drones are mentioned in the news for their collateral damage. In 2013 alone, the United States estimated that 271 people died from...
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