Built Environment gets own wind tunnel facility15 October 2014
Shortly, the location where De Hal once stood – the building that housed the university library until several years back – will see a parking lot as well as a wind tunnel hall. The Executive Board recently allocated funds for the construction for a hall to conduct wind engineering research, meant for the Department of Built Environment.
The hall will be five meters high and take up twenty percent of the available surface area. The other eighty percent will be made into approximately seventy parking spaces by DH soon, and a frontage road alongside Dorgelolaan.
In the wind tunnel, Professor Bert Blocken hopes to be conducting research that's commercially viable for the department. Think of the positioning of wind turbines, or cycling teams that want to know exactly what effect wind has on their athletic performances. According to Blocken, the preliminary design for the wind tunnel is advancing rapidly, and he hopes the hall can be completed by mid October 2015. The department will be financing the hall interior, including measuring equipment, and has 750,000 earmarked to that end.
For a while now, TU/e student Guido Buntinx and his friend Christophe Westerveld (student of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences) have been attracting a lot of attention with their 'electric beer crates'. Limburg's regional TV station and the TV news program Editie NL also got wind of their creative initiative. The short internet videos showing them riding along on the public highways have been watched multiple times.
The Department of Applied Physics needs to make significant savings: one million euros on a total annual budget of nine million. This was announced last week Wednesday by Departmental Dean Gerrit Kroesen at a staff meeting. The draft reorganization plan must be ready by the end of November and, says Kroesen, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. The Departmental Council is holding talks today with the Departmental Office.
The fourth day of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia has come to an end and Solar Team Eindhoven is clearly leading the Cruiser Class. Despite earlier transport problems and the limited window for testing on site, TU/e solar car Stella Vie is performing in the outback “far beyond expectations”. With some 900 kilometers to go, a third world title seems almost a dead cert for the team from Eindhoven - but this is no time for complacency.
At this university there are students who are not taking any classes, but they are still forced to pay the full sum of their tuition fee. How is that? When you take a look at what they are doing instead of following courses, their reasons become clear. They form one of the most important cornerstones of the TU/e, they are the student board members and part of student teams.
TU/e has made a considerable leap in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings that focus on the subject areas Engineering & Technology and Computer Science. TU/e belongs to the fifteen and eighteen best European universities on these subjects respectively. The THE ranking forms an important yardstick for government departments, policymakers and international students.