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Ocean GrazerUniversity of Groningen
Postdoc Projects
  1. VMAP: A new Interface Standard for Integrated Virtual Material Modelling in Manufacturing Industry (S. Solhjoo), Oct 2017-
  2. Ocean Grazer: Hydrodynamics of the Ocean Grazer (Y. Wei), Jun 2016-
Postdoc Project Co-supervision
  1. Laser Additive Manufacturing of Conformal Cooling Systems (A.M. Kamat; with Prof. Y.T. Pei), Aug 2017-
  2. Ocean Grazer: Mechatronics of the Ocean Grazer (J.J. Barradas-Berglind; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Dec 2015-
PhD Projects
  1. Mooring system design and control for the Ocean Grazer (R. Wang; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Jun 2017-
  2. RoSF: Bonding strength of deforming metal-polymer interfaces (R. Toljaga; with Prof. A.H. van den Boogaard, University of Twente), Oct 2016-
  3. Modeling of thermally reversible interactions in polymeric systems (J. Li), Oct 2015-
  4. Nanotribology investigations with classical molecular dynamics (S. Solhjoo), Sep 2013-Jul 2017
PhD Project Co-supervision
  1. Control system of a novel coupling mechanism for the Ocean Grazer Power Take-Off system (M. Guo; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Oct 2017-
  2. Dynamical modeling and optimal distributed control design of the Ocean Grazer's floater blanket (M.Z. Almuzakki; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Oct 2016-
  3. Synthesizing antibacterial hydroxyapatite coatings for medical applications (T. Mokabber; with Prof. Y.T. Pei and Assist. Prof. P. van Rijn), Aug 2015-
PhD Committee Participation
  1. Size-dependent plasticity in contact/friction: from discrete dislocation dynamics inside an asperity to statistical summation over asperities (Examining Committee for H. Song; Prof. E. van der Giessen, ZIAM), Nov 2016
Master Research Projects
  1. Molecular dynamics simulation of polymeric flow on atomically flat and rough surfaces (M. Kamps), Oct 2016-Jul 2017
  2. Development of the activation mechanism for the Ocean Grazer (A. van Driel), Oct 2016-Jun 2017
  3. Hydrodynamical analysis of the Ocean Grazer platform (R.J.M. Zwetsloot), Oct 2016-Jun 2017
  4. Hydrodynamic analysis of the floater blanket in the frequency domain (Z. Yu), Oct 2016-Apr 2017
  5. Visualization of mechanical constraints of the Antikythera Mechanism (O. Strack van Schijndel), Oct 2016-Apr 2017
  6. Validation of a simulation model for ductile fracture (P. Begemann), Oct 2016-Apr 2017
  7. The effect of crystal structure on surface roughness at the nanoscale (J.N.B. Huisman), Mar 2016-Feb 2017
  8. The design of a sealing system for the Ocean Grazer (O. van Hees), Oct 2015-Jul 2016
  9. The redesign of the transportation track within the Total Lab Automation system of BD Kiestra (M.R. Hegge), Sep 2015-Jul 2016
  10. Design of experimental measurements to obtain performance characteristics of a multiple ball check valve (M.A. Hassink), Oct 2015-Jun 2016
  11. Free surface roughening due to multi-stage cold forming (P.J. Halbertsma), Oct 2015-Apr 2016
  12. Design of a station keeping system for the Ocean Grazer (H.J. Houtsma), Dec 2014-Dec 2015
  13. Friction experiments and simulations to model the hot forging process at Henkel Scheemda (R.W. de Groene), Feb-Sep 2015
  14. Optimization of 3D printing for the APE group (D. ter Veen), Sep 2014-Jun 2015
  15. Designing a transmission system for the Ocean Grazer (L.J.P. Evers), Sep 2014-May 2015
  16. Analysis and dynamical modeling of a piston valve for a wave energy converter (A. Cruz Gispert; Erasmus), Sep 2014-Apr 2015
  17. The effect of media substrate topography on the carbon coating coverage; a Molecular Dynamics study at Fuji Electric (B. Ammerlaan), Jan 2014-Mar 2015
  18. Experimental validation of dynamical contact models of the Ocean Grazer (M. van Rooij), Mar 2014-Feb 2015
  19. Simulation of a piston-type hydraulic pump for the Ocean Grazer (H. Meijer), Sep 2013-Dec 2014
  20. Evaluating lubricant pick-up testing methods for media disks at Fuji Electric Malaysia (E.J. Heslinga), Apr 2013-Oct 2014
Master Research Project Co-supervision
  1. Analysis and comparison of wave energy extraction in the Ocean Grazer's wave tank experimental setup (G. Martí Manresa, Erasmus; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Feb-Sep 2017
  2. Modular modelling for the Power Take-Off system of a Wave Energy Converter (A. Fernández Vuelta, Erasmus; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Feb-Sep 2017
  3. Dynamical modeling and control of the Ocean Grazer WEC turbine
    subsystem (A.S. Ratum; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana)
    , Oct 2016-Jul 2017
  4. 2D force measurement on a bicycle ergometer (P. Papangelos; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Apr 2015-Jun 2017
  5. The Antikythera Mechanism (W. van Zanten; with dr. A.A. Geertsema), Mar 2016-Apr 2017
  6. An experimental approach to create an efficient and non-clogging solid-liquid separation method using biomimetics (J. Franke; with Prof. E.J. Stamhuis, ESRIG), Sep 2015-Mar 2017
  7. Nanoporous materials for sulfur-based cathodes of high-energy-density lithium-sulfur batteries (N. Schriever; with Prof. Y.T. Pei), Mar 2016-Jan 2017
  8. Estimating and predicting the ocean surface with radar data (C. Verhoef; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Oct 2015-Sep 2016
  9. Evaluation of the MSC Adams co-simulation interface for metal working processes (W. Wierenga; with Prof. J. Post), Nov 2015-Jul 2016
  10. Maximizing revenue of electricity generated by the Ocean Grazer (H.T. Dijkstra; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Oct 2015-Jul 2016
  11. Improving the filament extrusion performance and reliability of the Leapfrog Creatr Pro 3D printer (E. Heidstra; with Prof. Y.T Pei), Oct 2015-Apr 2016
  12. Dynamical modeling, analysis and optimization of a floater blanket (S. Clemente Pińol, Erasmus; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Sep 2014-May 2015
  13. The design of a check valve for the Ocean Grazer (D.A. Botterweg; with Prof. Y.T. Pei), Mar 2014-Feb 2015
  14. Nonlinear control design for Wave Energy Converter (B. Galván Garcia, Erasmus; with Prof. B. Jayawardhana), Mar 2014-Aug 2014
Other Master Projects (Business, Design, etc.)
  1. The design of two new quantitative wrinkle measurement methods to measure during and after ironing (L. van Tilburg, Design Project; with dr. A.A. Geertsema), Dec 2016-Sep 2017
  2. Single-material 3D printed objects with varying flexibility (K. van Ek, SBP curiculum; with dr. J. Kosinka, JBI), Feb 2017-Jul 2017
  3. Improving the campaign life of the pot hardware in the continuous galvanizing lines at Tata Steel Ijmuiden (E.M. de Ruiter, Design Project; with dr. H. Kloosterman), Nov 2016-Mar 2017
  4. Feasibility study of small-scale production of filament for 3D printing (B.J.D. Hallo, Business Project), May-Oct 2015
Bachelor Projects
  1. The Ocean Grazer floater blanket as an inflatable mattress concept (R. Bos), Feb 2017-Jun 2017
  2. Ocean Grazer: external platform structure (A. Miocevic), Feb 2017-Jun 2017
  3. Preliminary study on modelling interfacial behavior in a metal-polymer
    interface using COMSOL Multiphysics (J.P. Nienhuis)
    , Feb 2017-Jun 2017
  4. Interactive 3D models via Unity for education (N. de Vries), Feb 2017-Jun 2017
  5. The Antikythera mechanism – From the sea to 3D: Virtual Greek astronomy
    and engineering (J.E. Bos)
    , Feb 2017-Jun 2017
  6. Validating floater blanket models for the Ocean Grazer (M.J.J. Bögels), Sep 2016-Jan 2017
  7. The Antikythera mechanism, using the past to shape the future (R.M. Nienhuis), Sep 2016-Jan 2017
  8. Empirical research on multi-chamber Oscillating Water Columns (S. Vreriks), Feb 2016-Jun 2016
  9. Wave tank experiments on the prototype of the floater blanket (M.R.A. Visser), Feb 2016-Jun 2016
  10. Optimal turbine for a varying head and flow in the Ocean Grazer (P. van den Berg), Feb 2016-Jun 2016
  11. Added value of an Oscillating Water Column (R. Zaharia), Sep 2015-Jan 2016
  12. A feasibility study of the application of a piston ring system for the piston-type hydraulic pump system in the Ocean Grazer (S. Gupta), Aug-Dec 2015
  13. Creating a structural design for the floater elements for the Ocean Grazer (T. Herwig), Feb-Jun 2015
  14. Conversion of hydraulic head into electrical energy in the Ocean Grazer (N. Hartsuiker), Feb-Jun 2015
  15. Determining the amount of floater members of the Ocean Grazer (O.J. Strack van Schijndel), Feb-Jun 2015
  16. Creating a better data management system for the Ocean Grazer group (J.S. van der Molen), Feb-Jun 2015
  17. Researching the floater-piston connection of the Ocean Grazer (W. van Zanten), Sep 2014-Jan 2015
  18. Validating a surface roughness model using FEM (M. Kamps), Sep 2014-Jan 2015
  19. Creating a scale model design for the Ocean Grazer project (J. Welink), Feb-Jul 2014
  20. Designing and testing a nonlinear energy sink applied to the Ocean Grazer (W. Wierenga), Feb-Jul 2014
Bachelor Project Co-supervision
  1. Visualization of the Antikythera Mechanism's Planetarium (R. Popa, Astronomy; with M.A.M. van den Weijgaert, Kapteyn Institute), Mar 2017-Jul 2017
  2. Contact modelling of patterned liquid crystal polymer coatings (F. Kernkamp, Applied Physics; with Prof. P. Onck, ZIAM), Aug 2015-May 2016

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PhD Project

Master Project


Course Projects
  1. AE523: Contact Mechanics and SPM Nanoindentation Lab, fall 2009
  2. ME598: Nanomanufacturing Project, fall 2008 (Video)
  3. ME598: Geometric Mechanics Project, spring 2007
  4. ME440: Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanical Sys Project, fall 2006 (Video)
  5. ME598: Computational Methods in Dynamical Sys Project, spring 2006 (Video)
  6. ME598: Microtribodynamics Project, fall 2005

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Bachelor Project


Higher Technical Institute
Final Diploma Project
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