This year, by using OEM-boards, the vehicle’s electronics can already be tested and simulated before assembly into the physical car. This also allows for early trouble shooting and less time-consuming debugging during assembly and testing. In fact, Tim and Erwin give such a calm impression, that it is as if progress is being made exactly as expected. Tim: “In fact, apparently for the first time in FS Team Delft history, we [electronics department] have been able to stick to our schedule since the start of the project.” According to Erwin, this ability to effortlessly meet all deadlines is the result of a higher emphasis on time management, and the fact that the electronics are an evolution of last year’s version.
While their journey within the Electronics department has been a surprisingly smooth sailing so far, both Erwin and Tim admit that they didn’t anticipate on spending so much time on the project when they applied last summer. Erwin: “But I really don’t mind though. I’ve learnt more about electrical engineering this past year at FS Team Delft, than I have in all the years that I’ve studied it so far at university.” Tim admits: “In university education, you learn more theoretical, fundamental knowledge. But here, you learn how to apply that knowledge.” Erwin: “Before joining the team, I had studied electrical engineering for two years already, but I still didn’t know how to make a circuit board! At first, I wasn’t sure if I was up for the challenge. When I was told which components I would be responsible for, I didn’t know if I had enough knowledge to successfully complete the task. But in the process, you learn really quickly, and in the end, the task turned out less daft than I had anticipated.”
Needless to say, Tim and Erwin are certain that they want to be part of next year’s team, working on the DUT16 while completing their final Bachelor degree courses. However, while Erwin would like to work within the electronics department again next year to gain more in-depth knowledge, Tim would prefer to pursue work on another component to broaden his scope. “I would like to work on the mechanical properties of a component, a component with an electronics interface, for example working on the accumulator,” Tim says. After rounding up the interview, Tim and Erwin lean forward, continuing the assembly of one of the many load cells making up a battery unit, working in complete tranquillity with utmost precision, dedication and focus. We hope that Erwin and Tim continue to sail smoothly through the development and assembly process of the DUT15 as they have done so far, and that they will be part of next year’s team.