Short news science - Delta 11

Photo: DUT racing team.
Photo: DUT racing team.

Racing team
The Formula Student Racing team DUT12 has started building their all-electric racing car. Last month the students laminated the first half of the outer shell. They succeeded in reducing the weight and making a smoother finish by using a new production process. Other students assembled the first 30-Volt battery units from 24 modules. All parts for the engines have arrived as well, and assembly of these will start soon. The parts will also have to be tested in order to program the controllers.

Food City
How to feed 9 billion people by 2050, most of whom will live in cities? ‘Food for the City’ (NAI Publishers) is a book that offers 13 views of how to continue feeding the cities, as proposed by a farmer, philosopher, chef and an urbanist – to name a few. The book, edited by Brigitte van de Sande, will be presented this Thursday evening, 5 April, in The Hague, starting at 17:00. And yes, food will be served.

Delta conference
Students, professors and delegates from the Deltaprogramme were welcomed to the first Knowledge Conference by Rector Karel Luyben and Delta Commissioner Wim Kuijken last Tuesday. The programme ranged from multifunctional dikes to building with nature and tsunami adaptation. The tongue in cheek competition ‘Delta’s next top model’ was won by Professor Guus Stelling (CEG), who improved on his own hydrological models, which he had created 20 years ago. The letdown of the event, according to Ties Rijcken (MSc), was the absence of research funds.

Reconnecting Rotterdam
TU alumnus Aart de Koning (MSc) was rewarded the biannual ‘Cuperus Prize’ for his thesis on traffic management. MP Charlie Aptroot presented the award at the Intertraffic event, held in Amsterdam on 28 March. De Koning designed a plan to reconnect Rotterdam with its harbor by means of public transport. Running passenger trains on freight rails, transport by boat and a new public transport tunnel were some of his original ideas. De Koning graduated at both CEG and Architecture and now works with Goudappel Coffeng in Deventer.