Understanding aircraft behaviour
on final approach

The objective of my study was to quantify
and model the potential performance
compression improvements on final
approach for Time Based Separation


A voyage of discovery through our
solar system with lasers

My research primarily shows that it’s
vital that we not only measure the
distance extremely accurately.
Other measurements will also need to
be improved in order to make the most 
effective use of laser tracking.

Smart manufacturing

The faculty focuses on smart manufact-
uring of safety critical loadbearing
structures, such as aircraft, automobiles,
wind turbines or bridges, but expects the
technology can be used for other
production lines as well.

Glue for art’s sake

“This is the first time that the Adhesion
Institute will be developing a new type
of adhesive from scratch.”

Fighting corrosion with algae

If algae and specifically diatoms can be
used to increase the efficiency of
environmentally friendly anti-corrosion
coatings, we could protect all kinds of
structures without using toxic and
expensive materials.

One way to make composite
aircraft lighter: stop riveting and
start bonding

Provided it’s manufactured and applied
correctly, adhesive bonding (using glue
for non-material scientists) is a safe
and efficient way to join aircraft
parts together.

Glue recipes and prehistoric

Researcher Hans Poulis has tested the
strength of recreated prehistoric glues
for archaeologists Geeske Langejans
and Paul Kozowyk (Leiden University).

Research challenges in wind

`Main reason for coming up with
answers to long-term challenges is
that they can result in game changers –
radical new technologies that make it
possible for wind energy to become a
significant component of the energy

Kite power: towards affordable,
clean energy

How can we produce clean and renewable
energy in a more affordable way?
As we are confronted with climate
change and global warming, this question
represents one of the greatest challenges
of the 21st century.


Researchers at TU Delft and ESA
are working on exploration
telerobotics: bringing robotics into
space. Watch it on TU TV.


The Cyber Zoo is a research and test
laboratory for flying and walking
swarm robots. Watch it on TU TV.

Bubble Flow

At the Delft Wind Tunnel facilities
researchers developed a technique
that shows air flowing around objects.
Watch it on TU TV. 

Rocket Science

Did you ever dream of becoming an

astronaut and flying to space? This 
summer DARE launches its second 
rocket, the Stratos II+, from a flight 
base in Spain.

Seeing distances with one eye

A new theory allows drones to see 

distances with a single camera. 
Drones approaching an object with an
insect-inspired vision strategy become
unstable at a specific distance from 
the object. Turning this weakness into 
a strength, drones can use the timely
detection of that emerging instability 
to estimate distance.



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