Testing at the Delftse Hout
January 28, 2019
With a lot of effort we succesfully got the vessel to the Delftse Hout in one piece! We really wanted to go to a bigger lake to test the software. And the effort was worth it, as the boat passed most of the test with succes! And, as a bonus, we could make some some pretty pictures.
January 17, 2019
Winter has arrived. Our robot now doubles as an icebreaker! Unfortunately a day later the ice became too thick to sail through, so we could not continue testing our software.
January 11, 2019
It floats! Our first tests are a succes, the robot can be controlled with a remote and the simulations are about to become reality.
January 10, 2019
The casings for the electrical components are mounted on the top plate and protect the electronics from water. A couple of holes need to be drilled to manage the last cables, and then the electronics are done!
Graphical User Interface
January 8, 2019
The GUI has been further developed and now includes an interface. With this interface we can control the vessel by giving it a new waypoint.
January 4, 2019
The topplate is now attached to the hulls, the the conveyor belt is mounted and the finishing touches are made on the boat. Next up is finalizing the electronics and testing the software.
Assembly of hulls
January 3, 2019
Before we can attach the hulls to the rest of the vessel and before we can attach the catching arms we needed to drill some holes in the wooden top plate and the hull. Through these hole we will bolt the parts together, which allows us to change the wooden plate easily if we want to test a different setup.
Arrival of the hulls
December 21, 2018
The two hulls we designed are printed by 3D-Robotprinting and have arrived at Deltares, ready to be installed.
December 7, 2018
We designed an obstacle detection and avoidance algorithm using data from a LIDAR, and it works in the simulations. When the boat is finished we can test this in a real environment.
December 6, 2018
The chlorophyll and phycocyanin sensor, the Trilux from Chelsea Technologies, arrived and we have tested the sensor with our Arduino succesfully!
November 26, 2018
The custom printed circuit board design, which consists of the battery management system and an Arduino to control the actuators, is finished and ordered. Next up is soldering the tiny components on the circuit board.
November 8, 2018
The design of the robot is finished! We have a full CAD model now of our boat, working simulations of the software and the complete electrical design. Now we focus on making these digital models a reality by building the vessel.
November 1, 2018
The software engineers have succesfully simulated the behaviour of our vessel in Gazebo, a robot simulater software. The vessel can follow waypoints and when it is pushed away by the wind it corrects its course.
October 17, 2018
Today we had a meeting with IHC where we discussed the possibility of them supporting our project. They helped us out with granting us access to a patent of theirs and by offering help with the design of the hulls, which has helped us tremendously!
Open day Deltares
October 5, 2018
Deltares had an open day where everyone could come and have a look at the projects van Deltares. We represented our project at the open day and sailed around with the prototypes build by the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
September 27, 2018
The first concepts have been created. Now we start to further develop these concepts to see which one is the best.
September 9, 2018
We, six students from the Delft University of Technology, enrolled in their minor Robotics. The TU Delft grouped us and gave us this cool project to work on.