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Posted in May 2012

New Course Published: Evolving Design (Dutch)

A new Mechanical Engineering course has been published: Evolving Design. Evolving Design is a Bachelors course (in Dutch) aimed at making students understand working principles of many non-conventional mechanical systems:

Evolving Design:
"Ontwerpen is een combinatie van logisch redeneren en het creatief combineren van bestaande technieken om tot nieuwe, innovatieve ideeen te komen. Een goede werktuigkundig ontwerper put zijn creativiteit uit kennis van een groot aantal bestaande werktuigbouwkundige systemen. Hoe groter die kennis, hoe groter de kans dat nieuwe, innovatieve ontwerpconcepten ontstaan. Vooral kennis over niet-conventionele techniek bevordert dit creatieve ontwerpproces.

Het doel van het vak Evolving Design is om studenten de onderhavige werkprincipes te tonen van een grote hoeveelheid niet-conventionele werktuigbouwkundige systemen. Er wordt hierbij zowel gekeken naar bijzondere ontdekkingen uit het verleden als uit het heden, met een blik op de toekomst. De ontwerpprincipes worden niet simpelweg opgesomd, maar geplaatst in hun fascinerende, historische ontwikkeling om te laten zien hoe de ontwerpers hun creativiteit en vernuft gebruik(t)en om goedwerkende oplossingen te vinden binnen de beperkingen van de beschikbare fabricageprocessen en beschermingsmogelijkheden (patenten). Veel oplossingen uit het verleden zijn klaar om te worden toegepast in de technologie van de toekomst!

Het vak richt zich primair op het kwalitatief beschrijven van de werkprincipes van bestaande technologieen, met de nadruk op bewegende mechanische constructies. Hoewel het kwantatief, in detail uitwerken van de kracht-bewegingsvergelijkingen niet het hoofddoel van het vak is, zijn mechanische vergelijkingen wel essentieel als zij leiden tot een beter begrip"

Anka Mulder #19 on the 100 most creative people in business for 2012

Anka MulderLast week Fast Company announced their list of the 100 most creative people in business for 2012. The President of the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Secretary General of TU Delft Anka Mulder is listed 19 on the list.

Fast Company is a US magazine that emphasizes change in business, and
focuses on leadership, technology and social dimensions of business. 
Fast Company has a strong readership and is regarded as the voice of
innovation in business in the US.

We are very proud of her listing. It will certainly help to to get
more attention to OpenCourseWare, the Consortium and hopefully also TU Delft’s OpenCourseWare website.

New course published: Breakwaters and Closure Dams

Breakwaters and Closure Dams is the first master course from the track: Hydraulic Engineering in OpenCourseWare: 

http://ocw.tudelft.nl/courses/hydraulic-engineering/breakwaters-and-closure-dams/course-home/

 

Design and construction of breakwaters and closure dams in estuaries and rivers. Functional requirements, determination of boundary conditions, spatial and constructional de

Afsluitdijk

sign and construction aspects of breakwaters and dams consisting of rock, sand and caissons. Overview and history of breakwater and closure dam construction. The general design principles of a breakwater and a closure dam. Determination of boundary conditions for dams and breakwaters, with special attention to the design frequency. Methods to determine the design wave height from wave statistics. Overview of other boundary conditions (geotechnical and hydraulic). Materials, quarries and rock properties. Various properties of the different types of dams and breakwaters, like stability of riprap in current and wave conditions, design of armour layer, natural rock and concrete elements. The use of caissons for breakwaters and closure dams. Computation of element size using classical formulae, partial safety coefficients and probabilistic methods. Plan and cross section of breakwaters. Practical examples of breakwaters and closure dams. Execution (marine or land based equipment) of the works. Failure mechanisms and (cost) optimisation. One-week exercise in which a group of two or three students has to design a breakwater and a closure dam.

New course published: Irrigation and Drainage

Irrigation and Drainage is a master course of watermanagement, specialisation: Water resources management.

irrigation

Course Description:

The course will discuss the objectives and functions of water management systems for irrigation and drainage purposes. Analysing system requirements in terms of technical engineering constraints, management possibilities and water users (wishes and options) is central. This includes the design and operation of regulation structures, dams, reservoirs, weirs and conveyance systems; balancing water supply and water requirements in time and space is a main focus of analysis too. 

The study goals of this course are:

1. Analyse a (preliminary) design for an irrigation/drainage system, taking into account the proper procedures and data;

2. Discuss management implications in relation to hydraulic design and behaviour of the system;

3. Explain the importance of a number of issues in relation to irrigation, including salinisation, multiple use and sanitation. 

 

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