MSc Projects

 

Delft University of Technology 

Down below you will find a collection of possible MSc projects. If you are interested in doing one of these or have some ideas in a project along similar lines please contact me.

MSc assignment Proposals

Brake Squeal in Bicycle Disk Brakes

Some brake systems have the annoying habit of making a very high pitched and loud noise while braking, which is called ‘brake squeal’. Such brake squeal is usually caused by friction induced vibration. Some seminal work on brake squeal in bicycle rim brakes has been done by Robin Walhout [1] and Jan Groenhuis [2]. We like to extend that work towards bicycle disk brakes.


Adaptive speed control
Modern e-bikes are equipped with a number of sensors which are able to measure: GPS location, forward speed, angular speed and linear acceleration of the rear frame, pedal torque support level, and the ambient temperature, at a sample rate of 2 seconds. These sensors open opportunities within the concept of IoT (Internet of Things) to have vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. This opens a whole set of new applications which can make cycling safer and more time efficient, like: collision prediction, early warning systems, adaptive speed control for green wave, or to enforce speed limits.

Early warning and crash detection in cycling
Modern e-bikes have sensors which are able to measure the forward speed, the angular speed and linear acceleration of the rear frame, the pedal torque support level, and the ambient temperature, at a sample rate of 2 seconds. A safety related question is: Can we use this sensor data to detect, at an early stage, the instability of a bicycle and can we detect if the cyclist has crashed?