Wim van der Hoek Award goes to TU/e alumnus Teun van de Sande
18 November 2020
Prize for design of a complex mechanism
The prize went to Teun van de Sande (right on the picture) who graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on the design of a complex motion mechanism. The mechanism has to function under tight space constraints and extreme low temperatures. "To that end, Teun eminently applied Van der Hoek's design principles", according to the jury. "He has been very conscientiously in setting up and elaborating this multidisciplinary design."
This award (also known as the Constructors Award) was introduced in 2006 to mark the 80th birthday of the Dutch doyen of design engineering principles, Wim van der Hoek, who passed away early last year at the age of 94. Prior to the award ceremony, the presentation of the book "Wim van der Hoek (1924-2019) – Een constructief leven", which was realised at the initiative of DSPE, took place.
The Constructors Award is presented every year to the person with the best graduation project in the field of design in mechanical engineering at the Dutch (and Belgian) universities of technology and universities of applied sciences. This award includes a certificate, a trophy made by LiS (Leidse instrumentmakers School) and a sum of money, sponsored by HTSC; the TU/e High Tech Systems Center.
Criteria for the assessment of the graduation theses include quality of the design, substantiation and innovativeness, as well as the suitability for use as teaching materials. The jury, under the presidency of DSPE board member Jos Gunsing (left on the picture), received a total of eight nominations from two universities of technology and two universities of applied sciences. "In all cases it concerned high-quality work", the jury said. The nominees have been invited to attend the DSPE Conference on Precision Mechatronics 2021 free of charge.
Eminent application of design principles
The Wim van der Hoek Award 2020 eventually went to Teun van der Sande, who studied Mechanical Engineering at TU/e. This summer, he graduated on the design of a complex motion mechanism. He performed his graduation work at Prodrive Technologies in Son (NL), where he was challenged to design a mechanism that has to function under tight space constraints and extreme low temperatures. He started his assignment with a system decomposition resulting in two major design issues to solve. In the first place, the design of a non-overdetermined support of a fragile sensor including its strict requirements on cooling. Secondly, the design of a linear-guidance-based retraction mechanism with a well-defined pretension and without end-of-stroke collision forces. "Teun's analytical and experimental skills, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, together with the ability to transfer newly obtained knowledge in a structured manner to team members, allowed him to solve both issues and to create a fully integrated product design as well", his supervisor at Prodrive, Ron Hendrix, states. The jury adds: "In his design, Teun eminently applied Van der Hoek's design principles. He has been very conscientiously in setting up this multidisciplinary design. Various concepts were elaborated well, he substantiated his design choices thoroughly and his report is a pleasure to read."