As team members of the TU Delft Solar Boat Team, we developed world’s first single-track hydrofoil boat on solar power in 2013. Because of the revolutionary hydrofoil configuration, the team won the “Design Award” at the 2014 Dong Energy Solar Challenge. In the years that followed, we were often thinking along with our successors in the Solar Boat Team. By doing these things, we could apply our theoretical knowledge from university courses to a real engineering project. This gave us many new insights and has kept us enthusiastic about hydrofoil design ever since.
Gijsbert van Marrewijk is MSc. student in space systems engineering at Delft University of Technology. Back in 2013, he worked full-time at the TU Delft Solar Boat Team as Chief Hydrofoil Dynamics and Stability, where he was responsible for the dynamics of the first solar-powered single-track hydrofoil boat ever. The fruitful year has been rewarded by the Delft University Fund with the DreamTeam member of the Year award. After cum laude completion of his BSc. in Aerospace Engineering, he advised the TU Delft Solar Boat Team during the development of their new single-track hydrofoil boat. Currently, Gijsbert works on his MSc. thesis about deployable space telescope design and he is student assistant for the TopTrack programme.
Johan Schonebaum is MSc. student in high tech engineering at Delft University of Technology. In 2013 he worked full-time at the TU Delft Solar Boat Team as hydrofoil engineer in the department of Dynamics and Stability. He was responsible for the structural design of the hydrofoils and the assembly and maintenance of the entire boat. Together with Gijsbert van Marrewijk and Jodi Kooijman he came up with the idea to use only two hydrofoils for the Solar Boat. Johan is editor of the book for the BSc. course “Advanced Dynamics”. Thanks to his experiments on hydrofoil dynamics, he received an Msc. honours programme grade of 10/10. Johan is an enthusiastic student, who loves to make music with his blues rock band.
The prize-winning paper could not have been written without our advisor Dr. Ir. Arend Schwab, who has supported us with his knowledge on bicycle dynamics.