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The Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University is one of South Africa's major producers of top quality engineers. Established in 1944, it currently has five Engineering Departments.

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  • Perceptions of professional practitioners and property developers relating to the costs of green buildings in South Africa 

    Coetzee, D. A.; Brent, A. C. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015-12)
    Sustainable design practices are a key component in ensuring that the building and civil infrastructure industry does not damage our natural environment. Green buildings – and allied initiatives in other sectors of the ...

  • Finite element analyses of the structural behaviour of pylons supporting an inclined coal conveyor 

    Perduh, M.; Strasheim, J. A. v B. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015-09)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: As part of the coal conveyance system at Medupi Power Station, an inclined coal conveyor will transport coal from the stockyard to the coal transfer tower, and from there to the boilers. The conveyor is ...

  • Dynamic behaviour of normally reinforced concrete wind turbine support structures 

    Van Zyl, W. S.; Van Zijl, G. P. A. G. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Transportation logistics of large steel towers have led to concrete towers becoming a viable option. There are currently no design codes dealing exclusively with the design of concrete wind turbine towers. ...

  • Delay and queue lengths at stop/go control during half-width construction 

    Venter, L.; Bester, C. J. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: It is common practice in South Africa that road reseal projects, road reconstruction projects or road upgrade projects on two-lane, two-way roads are constructed in half-widths, resulting in a situation ...

  • Capacity self-assessment as a catalyst for improved municipal service delivery 

    Van Baalen, S. M.; Schutte, C. S. L.; Von Leipzig, K. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This research paper illustrates that accurate and truthful capacity assessments are a fundamental phase of any capacity building process, and that capacity assessments play a fundamental role in reaching ...

  • A study on the design and material costs of tall wind turbine towers in South Africa 

    Way, A. C.; Van Zijl, G. P. A. G. (South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 2015)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The aim of this project was to study the structural design and material costing of various designs of tall wind turbine towers and the associated foundations in a South African context. Design guidelines ...

  • SAURAN : a new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africa 

    Brooks, Michael J.; Du Clou, Sven; Van Niekerk, Wikus L.; Gauche, Paul; Leonard, Corli; Mouzouris, Michael J.; Meyer, Riaan; Van der Westhuizen, Nic; Van Dyk, Ernest E.; Vorster, Frederik J. (Energy Research Centre, 2015)
    A new resource for sun strength data in Southern Africa has been established with the commissioning of a regional network of solar monitoring stations. The Southern African Universities Radiometric Network (SAURAN) is an ...

  • A roadmap framework for solar aided power generation in South Africa 

    Musango, Josephine K.; Brent, Alan C. (Energy Research Centre, 2015-11)
    Technology roadmaps are critical for decisions pertaining to technology development. They have been utilised in the renewable energy sector to assist in filtering alternative technology options in order to support energy ...

  • Energy supply in Malawi : options and issues 

    Taulo, John L.; Gondwe, Kenneth Joseph; Sebitosi, Adoniya Ben (Energy Research Centre, 2015)
    Inadequate energy supply is one of the major problems confronting Malawi and limiting its social, economic and industrial development. This paper reviews the current status of energy supply and demand in Malawi; examines ...

  • Contemporary wind generators 

    Akuru, Udochukwu Bola; Kamper, Maarten J. (Energy Research Centre, 2015)
    It is believed that wind energy is growing at a very rapid rate, especially in the last few years. When compared with other sources of renewable energy in the energy portfolio, it becomes evident that the bulk is wind ...

  • An efficient beam steerable antenna array concept for airborne applications 

    Aliakbarian, Hadi; Van Der Westhuizen, Ewald; Wiid, Riaan; Volskiy, Vladimir; Wolhuter, Riaan; Vandenbosch, Guy A. E. (Radioengineering Society, 2014)
    Deployment of a satellite borne, steerable antenna array with higher directivity and gain in Low Earth Orbit makes sense to reduce ground station complexity and cost, while still maintaining a reasonable link budget. The ...

  • A decision support model to determine the critical success factors of asset management services 

    Jooste, Johannes Lodewyk; Vlok, P. J. (SAIIE, 2015)
    Business-to-business services relating to physical asset management play an increasingly important role in industry. This is in the context of the current pressures that organisations experience in realising optimal value ...

  • A perspective on open innovation in small- and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa, and design requirements for an open innovation approach 

    Krause, Willie; Schutte, Corne (SAIIE, 2015)
    This paper provides key results from an exploratory research study aimed at understanding the current landscape in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa with regard to their appetite for, and use of, ...

  • A strategic framework for improbable circumstances 

    Kennon, Denzil; Schutte, Corne S. L. (SAIIE, 2015)
    Rare events, known as ‘Black Swans’, have determined the course of history. One of these was the global economic crisis of 2008. Such events highlight fields like strategic management and their shortcomings in helping to ...

  • An engineering approach to an integrated value proposition design framework 

    Van der Merwe, Carmen; Van Rensburg, Antonie; Schutte, Cornelius S. L. (SAIIE, 2015)
    Numerous problems with product quality and time-to-market launches can be traced back to how the product lifecycle process is managed within the organisation. This article provides insight into how an integrated value ...

  • Determining the suitability of a business process modelling technique for a particular application 

    Geyer, Rian W.; Fourie, Cornelius Jacobus (SAIIE, 2015)
    Organisations formally define and document their business processes in order to understand them and, subsequently, to enable continuous development, improvement, and management. Organisations can use business process ...

  • Effect of milling strategy and tool geometry on machining cost when cutting titanium alloys 

    Conradie, Pieter; Oosthuizen, Tiaan; Dimitrov, Dimitri; Saxe, Mike (SAIIE, 2015)
    The growing demands on aerospace manufacturers to cut more difficult-to-machine materials at increasing material removal rates require that manufacturers enhance their machining capability. This requires a better understanding ...

  • Estimating the continuous risk of accidents occurring in the mining industry in South Africa 

    Van Den Honert, Andrew Francis; Vlok, Pieter-Jan (SAIIE, 2015)
    This study contributes to the on-going efforts to improve occupational safety in the mining industry by creating a model capable of predicting the continuous risk of occupational accidents occurring. Contributing factors ...

  • Heat treatment of TI-6AL-4V produced by laserCUSING 

    Becker, Thorsten; Van Rooyen, Melody; Dimitrov, Dimitri (SAIIE, 2015)
    LaserCUSING® is a selective laser melting (SLM) process that is capable of manufacturing parts by melting powder with heat input from a laser beam. LaserCUSING demonstrates potential for producing the intricate geometries ...

  • Microstructure and mechanical properties of direct metal laser sintered TI-6AL-4V 

    Becker, Thorsten Hermann; Beck, Mathias; Scheffer, Cornie (SAIIE, 2015)
    Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is a selective laser melting (SLM) manufacturing process that can produce near net shape parts from metallic powders. A range of materials are suitable for SLM; they include various ...

  • Quantifying system reliability in rail transportation in an ageing fleet environment 

    Conradie, Pieter Daniel; Fourie, Cornelius; Vlok, Pieter; Treurnicht, Nico (SAIIE, 2015)
    In recent years the management of physical assets has become increasingly important, especially in asset-intensive organisations. This article presents an approach to quantifying the reliability of rolling stock assets in ...

  • Cluster development in the SA tooling industry 

    Von Leipzig, Konrad; Dimitrov, Dimiter (SAIIE, 2015)
    This paper explores the concept of clustering in general, analysing research and experiences in different countries and regions, and summarising factors leading to success or contributing to failure of specific cluster ...

  • Selection of a decision model for rolling stock maintenance scheduling 

    Asekun, Olabanji O.; Fourie, Cornelius Jacobus (SAIIE, 2015)
    Rolling stock is the most maintenance intensive part of the railway system and therefore, the most vulnerable if maintenance is neglected. It is therefore, essential to have an efficient maintenance schedule for rolling ...

  • The applicability of the centeno, chaudhary and lopez repair time standard methodology in a rail maintenance environment 

    Rommelspacher, Karl Otto; Fourie, Neels; Mutibura, Abel (SAIIE, 2015)
    The establishment of labour standards within a production environment has become common practice, and is receiving growing recognition in the maintenance environment. However, the application of labour standards in a transit ...

  • The learning factory : a didactic platform for knowledge transfer in South Africa 

    Van Der Merwe, A.; Hummel, V.; Matope, S. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    During the first years of their employment, the graduates are a liability to industry. The employer goes an extra mile to bridge the gap between university-exiting and profitable employment of engineering graduates. ...

  • Solution heat treatment of single crystal castings of CMSX-4 nickel-base superalloy 

    Rzyankina, E.; Pytel, M.; Mahomed, N.; Nowotnik, A. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    An investigation of the microstructure and mechanical properties for heat treated directionally cast rods, produced from the nickel-based superalloy, CMSX-4, is presented. The rods were cast using the Bridgman method for ...

  • Performance evaluation of custom manufactured WC-12wt%Co abrasive grinding wheel 

    Enever, A. A.; Oosthuizen, G. A.; Sacks, N. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    Grinding is a material removal process making use of geometrically nondefined tool edges, or abrasive particles, which is bonded together in the form of a grinding wheel to cut, or machine, a material into shape. The ...

  • Investigating the energy efficiency and surface integrity when machining titanium alloys 

    Tayisepi, N.; Laubscher, R. F.; Oosthuizen, G. A. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    Sustainable manufacturing strategies will need to address the resource efficiency and surface quality challenges in cutting processes. This paper aims to provide a systematic methodology for modelling the input and outputs ...

  • Gamification : teaching within learning factories 

    Von Leipzig, T.; Von Leipzig, K. H.; Hummel, V. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    Gamification, the use of game elements for non-gaming purposes, may just make a huge impact on education, a contribution the world in general and South Africa in particular, desperately needs. In today’s fast-paced work ...

  • Framework to develop and evaluate process chains for resource efficiency 

    Oettel, M. K.; Van Der Schyff, H.; Bezuidenhout, M. B.; Oosthuizen, G. A. (Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, Stellenbosch University, 2016)
    Continuous development of new, and the improvement of existing products yields a vast collection of concepts and prototypes. Such products do not yet necessarily have established process chains. An area therefore exists ...

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