The University of Twente is located in Enschede, about 150 km east of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is easily accessible by direct train connection from Amsterdam Airport or by road as it is reached via the A1 motorway Amsterdam-Scandinavia.
The University of Twente was founded in 1961 and is one of the youngest universities of the Netherlands. The number of Bachelor and Master students has risen since 2002 by 25% to 7,800 students. These students are supported by 2,400 employees. The University has engineering disciplines like Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and other disciplines like Business Administration and Social Sciences. The faculty of Mechanical Engineering has 600 students (inflow 100 per year) and 150 employees.
The university buildings are situated on an attractive park-like campus with meadows, wooded areas and ponds. Besides buildings for education and research, there are facilities for indoor and outdoor sports, a swimming pool, a supermarket, a medical centre, bars, restaurants and a centre for child day care. The student accommodation includes 2,000 student rooms and over 100 apartments. The conference centre Drienerburght offers facilities for workshops and conferences, including 5 lecture rooms and 100 hotel bedrooms. Off-campus accomodation is also available.
The Group of Thermal Engineering, which is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, has performed research and training on turbulent combustion since 1990. Their work applies to gas turbines and involves theoretical and experimental approaches with a strong synthesis between the two. Full-scale model combustors have been designed and built to study thermo-acoustic noise in
- premixed natural gas combustion
- non-premixed synthetic fuel gas flames
- non-premixed coal gas flames
The Group of Structural Dynamics and Acoustics, which is also part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, comprises 4 full-time staff members, 7 PhD students and about 90 master students. A major focus of their research is structural dynamics and fluid-structure interaction, with emphasis on acousto-elastic coupling of plate-type structures and the accompanying noise production. The aim of these studies is to develop and validate numerical and experimental methods to analyze and reduce (passively as well as actively) the vibration of structures and their subsequent sound radiation into the surrounding air. Another focus of their research is fatigue analysis. To this end, they use inverse dynamics to determine load spectra from nonlinear responses of structures.