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Race Car Aerodynamics added to DUT Racing OpenCourseWare

Every year a multi-discplinary team of 90 students from Delft University of Technology design a new race car to compete in the Formula Student Competition.
The main goal of the team is education: giving prospective engineers the hands-on experience of developing and building an actual race car. Besides that they of course compete with their electronic 4WD car to win the Formula student competition, like they did in 2012 and 2013.

OpenCourseWare partnered with the DUT Racing team to publish a series of courses that show how the basic engineering education in Delft connects to the concrete DUT Racing engineering project.
This year special attention is paid to the aerodynamics of the DUT 14 race car. Dr. ir. Gerrit Elsinga from the Fluid Mechanics department explains the basics of Race Car Aerodynamics in two short video lectures.
Race Car Aerodynamics Part 1
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Click here for Race Car Aerodynamics Part 2

Additionally, a number of courses that apply to the design of the DUT ’14 can be found under the following categories: Chassis, Vehicle Dynamics, Control Systems, Aerodynamics, Powertrain and Electronics.
The related OpenCourseWare, together with a short introduction on the category to which they are related, can be found under ocw.tudelft.nl/dutracing or http://dutracing.nl/explore-the-car/.

Published a new course: Research Methodologies

Last week the first course of the master Aerospace Engineering: Research Methodologies  is published.

The aim of the course is to be a research-driven preparation for the aerospace engineering MSc thesis in the final year of the MSc. It will help you prepare for the challenges of your thesis work.

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The course will consist of 7 lectures and will be taught online using video lectures in periods 1, 2 and 3 and face-to-face using traditional lectures in period 4.

The lecture set up is as follows:
1. Research Design in MSc – Introduction to research, research framework
2. Research Methods – Stages of a project, Research objective, research questions, research strategy, research methods
3. Data Analysis – Quantitative & Qualitative meth

4. Validation & Verification – How to validate & verify your work?
5. Project Management & Peer review of draft Project plan – How to manage your project and your thesis progress. Project plan peer review
6. Planning – How to plan, expectations, Gannt Charts
7. Literature Review – How to carry out a scientific literature review? Differences between review and research

Please be advised that all lectures are also available via Blackboard for those following the online version. It is possible to do this course by distant learning, attendance in the 4th period, though highly appreciated, is not mandatory!


Study Goals
At the end of the course the student will:

  • be aware of the expectations of an MSc student
  • be able to formulate a research question and research aim
  • be able to set up a research plan for their MOP/Literature Study/MSc thesis
  • be able to write a literature review based on the research plan with a view to select appropriate methodologies for their MOP/MSc thesis

published a new course: Integrated Water Management

Last week a new course from Water Management has been published in OpenCourseWare: Integrated Water Management


The lectures introduce a number of topics that are important for IWRM and the modeling exercise. The lectures introduce water management issues in the Netherlands, Rhine Basin, and Volta Basin. The role-play is meant to experience some of the social processes that, together with technical knowledge, determine water management
For the modeling exercise, the class will be divided in several groups of 5 to 6 persons. Each group will model a set of integrated water resources management issues and simulate possible development scenario’s. Two of the problem sets are:
1. Heating up of the Rhine due to climate change;
2. The effects of small reservoirs for irrigation in the Volta basin.
In addition, there is room for different cases, to be discussed during the first lecture.
The simulation exercise and the reporting should incorporate the concerns of the groups that are mostly affected by the issue and the groups that can contribute most to its resolution. The report on the modeling exercise should contain concrete recommendations.

The main modeling software to be used is WEAP, which has been developed by SEI-Boston. Students of CT4450 can use this software for the duration of one year.
Study Goals Definitions of Water Resources Management (WRM) tend to be rather broad and vague. This is how it should be, but in practice, the context and the problems at hand constrain
the engineer to such an extent that any particular case quickly becomes clear. WRM is always context dependent and should always be problem-driven. This explains why, just
as in Business Management, case studies play such an important role in teaching. The general framework or theory of WRM will receive less attention in this introductory

a new course of Industrial Design Engineering in OpenCourseWare

a new course of Industrial Design Engineering is published in OpenCourseWare: Modelling



Modelling is about understanding the nature: our world, ourselves and our work. Everything that we observe has a cause (typically several) and has the effect thereof. The heart of modelling lies in identifying, understanding and quantifying these cause-and-effect relationships.

A model can be treated as a (selective) representation of a system. We create the model by defining a mapping from the system space to the model space, thus we can map system state and behaviour to model state and behaviour. By defining the inverse mapping, we may map results from the study of the model back to the system. In this course, using an overarching modelling paradigm, students will become familiar with several instances of modelling, e.g., mechanics, thermal dynamics, fluid mechanics, etc.

Study Goals

This course will educate and train students with the skills necessary to:

  • Acquaint with the modelling procedure;
  • Identify and qualify components & their relations within systems;
  • Familiarise with evaluation and optimization methods;
  • Use the modeling procedure to analyse and design practical products.

Open Education Week 2014

The TU Delft believes that offering open and online education is the future. We already offer a wide range of courses, MOOCs and even partially online master programmes. The very fact that with our MOOCs we reach more than 100.000 students makes us expect much more possibilities in this field. Therefore, starting March 10th, we kick off the Open Education Week 2014. The perfect opportunity for (teaching) staff and students to discover more about the possibilities of online and open education. During the Open Education Week the Delft Extension School organizes several free activities on three unique aspects of open and online education:

Want to learn more about the open education week? Check our website and register for one of our activities.

Image: CC BY SA OCW Consortium

Image: CC BY SA OCW Consortium

New bachelor course is published: Geology I


Today we published a new bachelor course of Applied Earth Science: Geology I



The Geology 1 course is composed of three parts dedicated to

General knowledge of the system Earth,
Tools for the 3D geometric representation of geological objects and
Methods and techniques for the recognition of fundamental minerals and rocks.

You will be able to:

Describe the first order structure and functioning of the Earth. This includes basic knowledge of i) elements, minerals and rocks, ii) of the internal structure of the Earth with particular attention to the lithosphere and the crust, and iii) of plate tectonics.
Describe the main characteristics of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and will have an understanding of how these rocks were formed.
Describe kinematics and basic physics of vertical movements (subsidence creating sedimentary basins and uplift creating relief) and horizontal deformations at lithospheric to thin section scale. They will be able to quantify simple relations between relief and crustal structure. They will be able to extract deformation scenarios from simple geological documents such as geological and seismic sections.
Describe exogene processes and their impact on the sedimentary record. Processes include climate, terrestrial water flow and oceanography.
Describe the main sedimentary environments and their evolution through time. Students will also be able to infer such evolutionary schemes from simple geological records such as stratigraphic columns and use them for simple paleogeographic reconstructions
Define and recognize the most important rock-forming minerals.
Recognize minerals and the way they are assembled (thin section and sample).
Interpret geologic maps, geologic sections and other basic documents such as seismic section to infer the 3D architecture of the area/volume of investigation
Use the techniques mentioned above to constrain larger scale processes and make predictions for spatially and temporally unknown parts of the Earth system (mainly Earth upper crust).

a new course is published in OpenCourseWare: Solar Energy

Solar Energy is published at TU Delft OpenCourseWare now.

The course Solar Energy is given earlier as a MOOC on DelftX from 16 September 2013 – 18 November 2013 More information about the MOOCs of DelftX: https://www.edx.org/school/delftx/allcourses 


The course is accessible for a broad range of students doing a BSc program. Some basic knowledge in physics is advantageous and mathematical skills as integration and differentiation are assumed to be known.

Course Description

The course Solar Energy will teach you to design a complete photovoltaic system. The course will introduce you to the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. You will understand the principles of the photovoltaic conversion (the conversion of light into electricity). You will learn about the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. The course will treat the specifications of solar modules and show you how to design a complete solar system for any particular application. The suitable semiconductor materials, device physics, and fabrication technologies for solar cells are presented. The guidelines for design of a complete solar cell system for household application are explained. Alternative storage approaches through solar fuels or conversion of solar energy in to heat will be discussed. The cost aspects, market development, and the application areas of solar cells are presented.

Inleiding Civiele Techniek nu in OpenCourseWare

Het introductievak Inleiding Civiele Techniek is nu gepubliceerd in
TU Delft OpenCourseWare.


Het voornaamste doel van dit vak is om
Verkrijgen van overzicht van het werkterrein van de civiel ingenieur;
Verkrijgen van overzicht in de verschillende vakgebieden binnen de civiele techniek;
Verkrijgen van inzicht en kennis omtrent de functies, vormgeving en uitvoering van civieltechnische en infrastructurele werken;
Verkrijgen van een basiskennis van de belangrijkste begrippen en technieken in de civiele techniek.

• Overzicht van het proces van ontwerp, uitwerking, aanbesteding, uitvoering en beheer van civiel-technische werken;
• Inzicht in verhouding opdrachtgever, ontwerper, uitvoerder en belanghebbenden;
• Taken, werkzaamheden en werkomgeving van de civiel ingenieur;
• Noodzakelijke gegevens, plaatsbepaling, maatvoering en grondonderzoek t.b.v. het ontwerp;
• Bouwrijp maken, bouwen in en op de grond;
• Waterkerende en grondkerende constructies;
• Polders en waterbeheerssystemen;
• Wegen, spoorwegen en vaarwegen;
• Waterbouwkundige constructies (duikers, sluizen, kademuren, etc);
• Vaste en beweegbare bruggen;
• Ondergronds bouwen;
• Funderingstechnieken;
• Constructiemethoden.

Weer een nieuwe cursus gepubliceerd: Statica

Er is een nieuwe bachelor cursus gepubliceerd van Werktuigbouw: Statica


Statica is de leer van mechanisch evenwicht.

Een lichaam beweegt niet (of is in een éénparige rechtlijnige beweging) als de som van de krachten die op dat lichaam werken nul is. Als ook de som van de momenten die op dat lichaam werken nul is, dan roteert het lichaam ook niet.
De consequentie van deze twee evenwichtsvoorwaarden (som van krachten =0 en som van momenten =0), is dat voor een lichaam waarop een aantal bekende krachten werken de (onbekende) reactiekrachten bepaald kunnen worden .
Dit is van groot belang omdat de grootte van de reactiekrachten de dimensionering en materiaalkeuze van toe te passen componenten bepalen.
Binnen het vak “Statica” wordt in detail ingegaan op de verschillende mechanische belastingen, vaak voorkomende constructies en hoe te rekenen met de diverse belastingen.

Voor de bachelor opleiding Maritieme Techniek wordt het vak Statica anders ingevuld dan voor Werktuigbouwkunde. De eerste 5 weken (4 ECTS) zijn identiek, terwijl de laatste 4 weken (2 ECTS) voor MT andere stof wordt behandeld dan voor WB, nl. statica voor vloeistoffen toegepast op schepen. Onderwerpen die aan bod komen zijn hydrostatica, gewichts- en zwaartepuntsbepaling, evenwichten van drijvende lichamen en schepen en (intacte) stabiliteit van schepen.
Leerdoelen Het vak Statica wordt gegeven in het eerste kwartaal van het eerste jaar. Als voorkennis wordt verondersteld kennis van wis- en natuurkunde op VWO-niveau.

Na afronding van het vak statica kan de student:

– Van een constructie vaststellen of die constructie in evenwicht is.
– In een gegeven constructie een onbepaalde kracht bepalen.

DelftX: Massive Open Online Courses

As you might have noticed, TU Delft offers ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs) on the edX-platform.The DelftX MOOCs provide a full educational experience to seemingly unlimited amounts of learners, for free!

Registration is now open!

In september TU Delft will offer two MOOCs for which you can registernow!

How does it work?

Online courses will have the same difficulty level as the campus courses: in a fixed period of eight to ten weeks and with opportunities for interaction between fellow participants. The courses include homework and exams. After succesful completion you will receive a certificate of mastery issued by DelftX.

DelftX classes take place at your convenience. Prefer to sleep in and study late? No worries. Videos and problem sets are available 24 hours a day, which means you can watch video and complete work whenever you have spare time. You simply register  and login to your course via the Internet and work through the course material, one week at a time.

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