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 ...

    • Feasibility study of stereo vision as a stand-alone sensor for obstacle detection. 

      Nolte, Armand (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The need for obstacle detection and the estimation of the relative distance of the objects is increasing in the field of robotics. The feasibility of using stereo vision as a means of detecting objects ...

    • 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 ...

    • Heliostat cost reduction for power tower plants. 

      Pidaparthi, Arvind Sastry (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2017-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Heliostats typically contribute to about 40 % of the total installed costs in a concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plant. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of heliostat size on ...

    • 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 ...

    • Hydration sensor development for use on infants in underserved areas 

      Kieser, Eduard (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: To treat dehydration in infants a good measure of dehydration level is required. Clinical hydration scales are the standard for assessing hydration upon first examination. These scales rely on the training ...

    • 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 ...

    • The impact of wave slamming indused vibration on human factors and equipment on board the SA Agulhas II 

      Omer, Hamza (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: An investigation of wave slamming phenomenon was performed in the context of human factors on-board the S.A. Agulhas II, a South African Polar Supply and Research Vessel. Full scale vibration measurements ...

    • 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 ...