Browsing Masters Degrees (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) by Title

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  • Feasibility study for wind power at SAB Newlands 

    Brosius, Walter (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-12)
    This paper describes a MEng thesis project for a MEng in Renewable Energy Systems program at the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The aim of this paper was to offer ...

  • Finite element modelling of shielded metal arc welding 

    Cronje, M. (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2005-12)
    This study involved the modelling and verification of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding of mild steel with the focus on displacement and temperature distribution prediction of welded plates. The project was divided into ...

  • A finite volume method for the analysis of the thermo-flow field of a solar chimney collector 

    Beyers, Johannes Henricus Meiring (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates the implementation of the finite volume numerical method applicable to non-orthogonal control volumes and the application of the method to calculate the thermo-flow field within ...

  • Flow through a solar chimney power plant collector-to-chimney transition section 

    Kirstein, Carl (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2004-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: One of the areas of the fluid dynamic design of solar chimney power plants that has not been investigated sufficiently is the collector-to-chimney transition section of a single turbine layout. The ...

  • Fluoroscopy based needle-positioning system for percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedures 

    Conradie, Jean-Pierre (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2008-12)
    A fluoroscopy-guided needle-positioning system is designed and tested as a first prototype for aiding urologists in gaining fast, accurate and repeatable kidney calyx access during a PCNL procedure while also reducing ...

  • Forced granular flow 

    Coetzee, C. J. (Cornelis Jacobus) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2000-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The main goal of the thesis is to validate the ability of discrete element methods (DEM) to predict forced granular flow. Granular flow occurs in a broad spectrum of industrial applications. The thesis ...

  • Grey water reclamation utilising solar thermal energy 

    Hartwig, Gerhard Rudolf (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The objective of this research was to obtain clean drinkable water from treated sewage effluent by using a solar-powered distillation cycle. Technologies and concepts were borrowed from the solar ...

  • Helicopter tail boom vibration analysis and suppression 

    Funnell, M. E. (Marc Edwin) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2002-04)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: An experimental investigation was conducted usmg a cantilever beam to illustrate an understanding of vibration techniques and phenomena. The [Tee and forced vibration of the cantilever beam was ...

  • A heliostat field control system 

    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 ...

  • Heliostat field layout optimization for a central receiver 

    Lutchman, Shanley Lawrence (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There are two methods generally used for heliostat field layout optimization: the field growth method and the pattern method. A third, less commonly used method also exists: the free variable method. ...

  • High accuracy numerical model of the SALT mirror support truss 

    De Lange, Billy (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2011-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Although a numerical model of the mirror support truss of the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has already been developed during the design thereof, this thesis focuses on the development of the ...

  • The Hybrid Pressurized Air Receiver (HPAR) for combined cycle solar thermal power plants 

    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 ...

  • A hydraulic wave energy converter 

    Du Plessis, Jacques (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: As a renewable energy source, wave energy has the potential to contribute to the increasing global demand for power. In South Africa specifically, the country’s energy needs may easily be satisfied by ...

  • Identifying the optimum storage capacity for a 100-MWe concentrating solar power plant in South Africa 

    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 ...

  • IEC 61131-3-based control of a reconfigurable manufacturing subsystem 

    Hoffman, Albert Jakobus (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The South African industry has an increasing need for manufacturing automation. However, the classical form of automation is not cost effective for the low volumes and high variance of products that are ...

  • Impact response of a continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic from a soft bodied projectile 

    Van der Westhuizen, Artho Otto (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
    AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Saamgestelde materiale het baie gewilde materiale in die lugvaart- en motor industrië geword as gevolg van die gewigsbesparende voordele wat dit inhou. Kostes en ander verwerkingsprobleme het ...

  • An improved device to measure human response to dorsiflexion and plantar flexion perturbations 

    Gildenhuys, Fourie (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2014-12)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The Dorsiflexometer is a device designed and built for the assessment of a patient’s balance capabilities. The birth of the Dorsiflexometer is due to a serious need for physiological balance assessment ...

  • Indirect measurement of reactor fuel temperature 

    Oswald, Elbrecht (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Regulators and designers of nuclear reactors regard knowledge of the pebble fuel temperature as important, due to the role that it plays in maintaining structural integrity and the production of neutrons. ...

  • Influence of geometric and environmental parameters on air-cooled steam condenser performance 

    Joubert, Retief (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2010-03)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Air-cooled steam condensers (ACSCs) are used in the power generation industry to directly condense turbine exhaust steam in areas where cooling water is expensive or unavailable. Large axial flow fans ...

  • The influence of geometry on dragline bucket filling performance 

    Esterhuyse, Schalk Willem Petrus (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1997)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis desc1ibes the procedure followed in order to establish geometry changes to the current lig!1tweight dragline bucket lmilt by Wright Equipment Compan:Y to improve its performance. The bucket ...