Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

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  • Munro, Dirk Pieter (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: We investigate the simultaneous analysis and design (SAND) formulation of the topology optimisation problem. The characteristics of the formulation are presented considering the simple compliance/weight ...
  • Malan, Karel Johan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The ability of concentrating solar power (CSP) to efficiently store large amounts of energy sets it apart from other renewable energy technologies. However, cost reduction and improved efficiency is ...
  • Kooverji, Bavesh (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A measurement device was developed to accurately determine the pneumatic power performance of an Oscillating Water Column (OWC) model in a wave flume. The analysis of the pneumatic power is significant ...
  • Smit, Daniel Gideon Hugo (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The RoboCup offers a research platform to advance robotics and multi-robot cooperation in dynamic environments. This project builds on work previously done to develop a research platform for multi-robot ...
  • Koegelenberg, Suretha (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis investigates the feasibility of the laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) for use in the autonomous auscultation of the human heart. As a non-contact measurement device, the LDV could become a very ...
  • Ssebabi, Brian (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The potential benefits from saving energy have driven most industrial processing facilities to pay more attention to reducing energy wastage. Because the industrial sector is the largest user of electricity ...
  • Allen, Kenneth Guy (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Concentrating solar power plants are a promising means of generating electricity. However, they are dependent on the sun as a source of energy, and require thermal storage to supply power on demand. At ...
  • Rugbani, Ali Milud (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The research presented in this dissertation establishes a micro-CMM parallel manipulator as a viable positioning device for three degree of freedom micro measurement applications. The machine offers the ...
  • Bartle, Samantha (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The complexity of adopting a new crop-based biodiesel feedstock into South Africa given the prevailing environmental, economic and social concerns facing the country are addressed in this study by utilising ...
  • Elson, Wesley De Vere (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Patients in critical care with lung injuries need to be assisted with regards to breathing function, but current methods are not applicable for all situations. The most common method, Extracorporeal ...
  • Joubert, Pierre (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In this thesiswe approach the problem of tracking multiple people individually in a video sequence. Automatic object detection and tracking is non-trivial as humans have complex and mostly unpredictable ...
  • Joubert, Matthew James Stuart (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Over the past 50 years smart materials have made their appearance in many structures. The thermopiezoelectric ceramic is one of these smart materials. When thermal e ects are considered negligible, then ...
  • Fourie, Marna (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Carbon dioxide is a natural gas that has been used as a refrigerant as far back as the 1850s. It was then primarily used because it was easily obtainable and non-toxic. Due to the high operating pressure ...
  • Kretzschmar, Holger (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Concentrating solar power technology is a modern power generation technology in which central receiver systems play a significant role. For this technology a field of heliostats is used to reflect solar ...
  • Madaly, Kamalahasen (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Central receiver power plants generate renewable electricity by exploiting the energy provided by the sun. The conditions experienced in the Northern Cape region of South Africa provide the ideal ...
  • Tshamala, Mubenga Carl (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Traditionally nuclear reactor power plants have been optimised for electrical power generation only. In the light of the ever-rising cost of dwindling fossil fuel resources as well the global polluting ...
  • Struwig, Daniel Johannes (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Turbomachinery plays an important role in the efficiency of power generation and combustion processes used in the automotive and aerospace industries. The potential for fulfilling future energy needs has ...
  • Viana, Felipe A. C.   Venter, Gerhard   Balabanov, Vladimir (Wiley, 2010-04)
    This paper presents the translational propagation algorithm, a new method for obtaining optimal or near optimal Latin hypercube designs (LHDs) without using formal optimization. The procedure requires minimal computational ...
  • Muller, Regardt I   Booysen, Marthinus J. (South African Conference on Computational and Applied Mechanics - SACAM, 2014-01)
    The availability and depletion of natural resources is increasingly punted as the limiting factor for sustainability. A lot of focus, especially in drought-stricken countries, is placed on water conservation. One way to ...
  • Van Der Merwe, Ruan (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A wide variety of design methodologies exist in literature and the methodologies employed may differ among companies and even among design teams. Therefore a software tool, called DiDeas II, is being ...

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