Ten years of high-risk, high-gain projects

Since its foundation in 2007, some 70 TU Delft researchers have secured a research grant from the European Research Council. A special digital publication celebrates their and the ERC’s success.

You can read the magazine here, including a timeline of all TU Delft awardees, and interviews with a number of them.

The magazine starts off with Dr Fulvio Scarano, expert in aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics. In 2008 Scarano was awarded an ERC starting grant for his ground-breaking work on aeroacoustics. He was one of the two first TU Delft awardees, chosen from among 9,000 applicants from all over Europe. To date, he remains the only ERC grant holder at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Back in 2008, Scarano and his colleagues were working on Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry, a method to visualise airflows with the help of micro-sized droplets, which light up under laser light. “I thought that this technology we were developing, could also be used to visualise sound the moment it is generated,” says Scarano in the ERC magazine. “We had some theoretical foundation for this idea, but no proof it would work. I proposed this to the ERC, and it was recognised as an original idea.” It was also the kind of high-risk, high-gain project that the ERC aims to fund.

The last interview in the magazine is with Dr Kees Wapenaar. Wapenaar received an Advanced Grant for his VirtualSeis programme this year. He is developing virtual seismology technology that could, among others, improve the monitoring of earthquake-sensitive areas such as Groningen.