My name is Jesse Mulderij and I am a student applied mathematics and physics at the TU Delft. Besides my studies, I am also part of the Eco-Runner Team for this year, a dreamteam connected to the TU Delft. We are building a highly fuel-efficient car which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. With this car, we are going to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon in June of 2016. Via this blog I will keep you posted on the things I do within the Eco-Runner Team this year.
My job within the team is to design and improve the wheels and brakes of the car. This task is very much about optimizing the design. For this, my mathematical background is very useful, since I also followed several optimization courses at the mathematics faculty. Also, my study mathematics allows me to have an analytical framework from which I can approach the design problems that I encounter in a structural way, even though I have never designed a car before. Furthermore, I advise and help people with other tasks in the team.
The last few months, I have been working together with Jochem, another team member of the Eco-Runner Team who is also responsible for the wheels and brakes, to improve and optimize the brakes system of the Ecorunner of last year. Also, we have been looking at the wheel system and we have developed a new measuring system to measure the alignment of the wheels. Via this measuring system, we want to determine what the optimal alignment of the wheels is, in terms of minimum resistance.
In the coming posts, I will keep you updated on the progress we are making with the wheels and brakes of the new Ecorunner!
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