I am Alexander Misdorp, currently a fourth year Electrical Engineering bachelor student at the TU Delft. This is my first year at the team and I’ve been responsible for developing the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) of the car.
The ECU is a critical part of the car and is often seen as the brain of the car. It serves as an interface between components, runs control systems, and has the ability to shut off the accumulator from the rest of the car. It’s a seemingly invisible part as it’s hidden inside of the car but of critical importance to the car.
For the design of this PCB we get to work with professional design software like Altium. During our bachelor’s degree we don’t get to touch on PCB design so it’s very interesting to be able to get some hands on experience. While at first it seems like a daunting task, it was nice to see that knowledge gained during the bachelor’s degree proved to be quite useful. Especially courses like “Lineaire Schakelingen”, “Geintegreerde Schakelingen” and “Electronica” proved to be helpful.
We get to make two versions of our part. The first version just arrived and is being tested and modified to take out any imperfections. Once this is done a final design for the second version that will be used in the car will be send out. This means that my task within the team is completed quite soon. That’s why afterwards I’ll start working on assembling the accumulator, another task I look forward too!