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Expat Top-10: Bert Blocken, professor at TU/e

The expat top-10 aims the spotlight on the internationals that help Eindhoven progress. E52 sat down with each winning expat to talk about their experiences and perspective on the city they once came to, and never got away from. Today: Bert Blocken, professor at the Technical University Eindhoven. Name: Bert Blocken Age: 42 Profession: Professor at the TU/e Living in Eindhoven since: For 10 years now   Bert Blocken was born in Hasselt (1974), he finished studying at the University of Leuven in 1998. He did research in Montreal before he went to the TU/e, now ten years ago....

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Descending aerodynamically in the Tour de France

Fervent cycling enthusiast and professor at the TU/e and the KU Leuven, Bert Blocken, is fascinated by the wind and what that and air pressure do to the riders. After the spectacular way in which Froome descended on the eighth stage of the Tour de France in 2016, Blocken investigated the best aerodynamic descent. It wasn’t the position on the bike that made Froome win. Tuesday is the first mountain stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France, interesting to know what the most aerodynamic position is.   Once Blocken himself cycled an average of 10,000 kilometers...

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TU Eindhoven calculates ideal position of the cyclist in a peloton

In a peloton, the cyclist experiences considerably less air resistance than expected “At the very back, the air resistance is very low, but there is less opportunity to react to attacks and falls happen more often. So for classification riders or sprinters, I think the best position is in row 6, 7 or 8: then you are sufficiently shielded by other riders and you’re near enough to the front.” TU/e-research, headed by professor Bert Blocken, can lead to a different strategy of cycling teams in escape attempts. In the middle of a peloton, racing cyclists experience only 5 to...

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Laetitia Ouillet’s energy mission

“Solving problems with technology – I think that’s what this region is great at.” The energy system we are using today is not sustainable: people should either change their energy consumption behavior or come up with innovative solutions for creating a more sustainable energy system. The changes towards the new energy system should be made on different levels and in different ways. The director of the Strategic Area Energy in TU/e, Laetitia Ouillet, shares her thoughts on these changes. Laetitia Ouillet believes that it is important that the government should give an outlook on what will and will not...

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Parking Garage Stadhuisplein will be the Lungs of the City

In collaboration with ENS Technology, Air Liquide Group and Professor Bert Blocken of the TU/e, Eindhoven is going to carry out a trial to transform the parking garage underneath the Stadhuisplein into a place where the city air is cleaned up. The ‘Lungs of the City of Eindhoven‘ project is intended to provide evidence for the outcome of an earlier TU/e-study which demonstrated that the potential improvement of urban air is significant and goes beyond the immediate vicinity of the parking garages. ENS Technology BV is the pilot operator. The company focuses on air cleaning and in particular on...

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High-tech cycling in new wind tunnel TU/e

No windows on the outside, only bricks and in the middle a big red door that gives access to this new building on the TU/e campus. It’s a bit like a powerhouse, but much bigger. Once entered Ventur – that is the name of the new TU/e building – the huge steel construction immediately stands out, on the far right a steel square as high as the ceiling, which runs down funnel-shaped and turns into glass. These big windows – nine in total – continue all the way to the back of the hall, approximately 27 meters. There the...

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High Tech Crit Festival: Innovative Cycling on the Campus

A two-day cycling festival full of innovation that will put Eindhoven even more on the map as the capital of innovation: that is the goal that Bjorn van de Langenberg has in mind. If everything runs as he hopes, the High Tech Campus will be the backdrop for a major cycling event on the weekend of 16 and 17 June 2018. Van de Langenberg thinks of a criterion on the HTC’s own terrain, rides for the road bike, mountain bike and gravel bike, a thick tire race for children, food trucks and music for a real festival atmosphere and all...

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Daan Roosegaarde is Cleaning the Air by Cycling

After successfully cleaning the air with his “Smog Free Tower”, Daan Roosegaarde is planning to extend the project with Smog Free Bicycles. Eindhoven University of Technology has recently found evidence that Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog-Free Tower is really cleaning the air. Professor Bert Blocken conducted the research and concluded that the Tower, which was first set up in Rotterdam and is now active in Tianjin (China), is really helping to remove polluted particles from the air. Roosegaarde is well known in the Brainport Eindhoven region because of his Vincent van Gogh Cycling Path. The Smog Free Project, supported by the...

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11 expats, 22 opinions on Eindhoven

Early June we presented the top 10 Expats. To be completely honest, we made it into a top-11, because the jury didn’t know who to skip from the almost-final list. Milan Lenters and Bob Munten interviewed all of them. You can read their insights in these 11 stories here. Of course all of the awarded expats have strong opinions on their second home town, Eindhoven. We collected the most eye catching among them here. Enjoy! “I want to express myself and that’s all possible here. The open, welcoming attitude in Eindhoven is really nice.” Jorge Alves Lino “People here have a...

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Expat Top-10: The Hub Co-Founder Lin Pender

The expat top-10 aims the spotlight on the internationals that help Eindhoven progress. E52 sat down with each winning expat to talk about their experiences and perspective on the city they once came to, and never got away from. Today: The Hub Eindhoven for Expats co-founder Lin Pender. Name: Lin Pender Age: Just put 45, will you? Profession: Co-founder and volunteer at The Hub Eindhoven for Expats Living in Eindhoven since: 2006 Lin Pender, the expat helping other expats, co-founded the Expat Hub in Eindhoven. Their goal is to help Eindhovens internationals find their way and settle down in their new city. The...

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