Browsing Masters Degrees (Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) by Title

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    • Rapid 3D measurement using digital video cameras 

      Van der Merwe, Willem Johannes (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2008-03)
      A rapid measurement system is implemented using two digital video cameras, presenting a faster and less expensive solution to certain metrology problems. The cameras are calibrated from one stereo image-pair of a 3D ...

    • Real time full circuit driving simulation system 

      Louw, Nicolaas Hendrik (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The requirements regarding the quality of engines and vehicles have increased constantly, requiring more and more sophisticated engine testing. At the same time, there is a strong demand to reduce lead ...

    • A reconfigurable manufacturing system for thermoplastic fibre-reinforced composite parts : a feasibility assessment 

      Claassen, Marius (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The South African manufacturing industry plays a pivotal role in the growth of its local economy. Modern manufacturing requirements include the ability to respond quickly to product variability, fluctuations ...

    • Reducing the total cost of ownership of mining haul trucks 

      Riley, Lennard Barry (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The diesel consumption of haul trucks deployed on opencast mines was investigated as a means of reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of mining haul trucks. The conceptualisation of TCO and an ...

    • Reflex sensors for telemedicine applications 

      Busch, Alexander Carlo (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2008-03)
      A solution is sought for the measurement of human deep tendon reflexes as part of a comprehensive patient condition monitoring system for use in a telemedicine context. This study focused on the development, testing and ...

    • Research into adventitious lung sound signals originating from pulmonary tuberculosis using electronic auscultation 

      Becker, Konrad Wilhelm (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2009-03)
      Pulmonary tuberculosis is a common and potentially deadly infectious disease, commonly affecting the respiratory area. Over one-third of the world’s population is infected with the tuberculosis bacterium. Since pulmonary ...

    • Robocup small size league : active ball handling system 

      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 ...

    • Screening for abnormal heart sounds and murmurs by implementing neural networks 

      Visagie, Claude (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-03)
      This thesis is concerned with the testing of an “auscultation jacket” as a means of recording heart sounds and electrocardiography (ECG) data from patients. A classification system based on Neural Networks, that is able ...

    • Seakeeping control of HYSUCATs 

      Milandri, Giovanni Sergio (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2006-03)
      This thesis investigates practical methods of modelling and control of the vertical motions of a hydrofoil assisted catamaran, the HYSUCAT. The aim of the control application is to reduce the motions, and consequently ...

    • Second order analyses methods for stirling engine design 

      Snyman, H. (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT:In the midst of the current non-renewable energy crises specifically with regard to fossil fuel, various research institutions across the world have turned their focus to renewable and sustainable ...

    • Semi-automatic extraction of primitive geometric entities from point clouds 

      Goussard, Charl Leonard (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2001-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis describes an algorithm to extract primitive geometric entities (flat planes, spheres or cylinders, as determined by the user's inputs) from unstructured, unsegmented point clouds. The ...

    • Simulation and control implications of a high-temperature modular reactor (HTMR) cogeneration plant 

      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 ...

    • Simulation based calibration of turbo-charger boost control 

      Pienaar, Schalk Willem (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2007-12)
      Electronic engine control systems utilise tables, or maps, of data to determine the set-points of the various actuators on the engine and to calculate the values of variables that cannot be directly measured. To ensure ...

    • Simulation of a syngas from coal production plant coupled to a high temperature nuclear reactor 

      Botha, Frederick Johannes (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: In light of the rapid depletion of the world’s oil reserves, concerns about energy security prompted the exploration of alternative sources of liquid fuels for transportation. One such alternative is ...

    • The simulation of the flow of polymer melt in lomolding 

      Dymond, Jacques Andrew Dryden (2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Lomolding is a new process similar to injection moulding. In this thesis a numerical model of the polymer flow into the cavity is presented. The model is used to compare the two processes with each ...

    • Simultaneous measurement of air flow conditions and resultant blade and gearbox loading at large-scale cooling system fans 

      Muiyser, Jacques (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Axial flow fans used in large-scale air-cooled steam condensers (ACSCs) may operate under distorted inflow conditions. These conditions occur due to the prevailing wind conditions, the presence of ...

    • Solar assisted power generation (SAPG) : investigation of solar preheating of feedwater 

      Pierce, Warrick Tait (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2013-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Solar Assisted Power Generation (SAPG) can be seen as a synergy of solar and fossil plants – combining the environmental benefits of the former and the scale, efficiency and reliability of the latter. ...

    • Solar Tower Power Plant Performance Characteristics 

      Pretorius, Johannes Petrus (Stellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch, 2004-04)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study investigates energy generation by large-scale solar tower power plants. The performance characteristics of a so-called reference plant with a 4000 m diameter glass collector roof and a 1500 ...

    • The specification of a small commercial wind energy conversion system for the South African Antarctic Research Base SANAE IV 

      Stander, Johan Nico (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2008-12)
      The sustainability and economy of the current South African National Antarctic Expedition IV (SANAE IV) base diesel-electric power system are threatened by the current high fuel prices and the environmental pollution ...

    • Stability and control characteristics of model helicopters 

      Visagie, Jonathan Gerhardus (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2004-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A need exists for the development of an unmanned rotorcraft capable of autonomous flight, as would be required for the survey of high voltage electricity supply lines. A program was initiated at ...