Jelle Joustra

Research & Design

Design studies

Bench, made from a wind turbine blade. Jelle Joustra, 2019
The Slotted Bench, made from a decommissioned wind turbine blade.

Design studies show what challenges are found when attempting to reuse composite products. These results are used to find design guidelines: how should the initial product be designed, to facilitate reuse at end of life?


Ecobulk process, Ecobulk 2018
Project Ecobulk, closing the loop for composites in a Circular Economy

The research is embedded in Horizon2020 project Ecobulk, which aims to close the loop for composite materials in a Circular Economy.

Jelle Joustra (Msc.) does his PhD. research at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft, on design strategies for composite products in a Circular Economy. The research is embedded in the Horizon2020 project Ecobulk, which brings together partners from industry and academia to close the resource loop for composite materials. Current research includes the End-of-Life scenarios for wind turbine blades and design evaluation of products in the automotive, furniture and building industry. Building on his research and experience in product development, he will translate the findings into strategies for the initial design of composite products.

As a hobby, he makes kite aerial photographs: photo’s where the camera is lifted with a kite to get a high vantage point. When wind and weather allow, this creates great pictures of the landscapes, so check out the photo gallery!