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 ...

    • Rotary regenerator design optimisation and heating surface selection 

      Swanepoel, D. C. (Daniel Coenraad) (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 1995)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The rotary regenerator is far from a new device and since its invention more than 70 years ago it has developed into a carefully engineered product. They are mainly used for gas to gas heat transfer and ...

    • 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 ...

    • Simulation of flow inside the storage tank and piping of a thermosyphon type solar water heater 

      Fourie, Tinus von Gericke (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2016-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Even though Southern Africa has some of the highest solar resource in the world, solar water heaters are not as widely implemented as elsewhere on the planet. Reasons for this include the high upfront ...

    • 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 ...

    • Small solar organic rankine cycle for electricity generation 

      Lombard, Hans Jurgens (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2015-12)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The global the demand for energy has risen dramatically in recent years and the cost of electricity has risen considerably. Local electricity sales prices followed the global trend, increasing by an ...

    • Solar air receiver using a non-uniform porous medium 

      Van Der Merwe, Philippus Carel (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch, 2016-03)
      ENGLISH ABSTRACT: A receiver concept for a CSP plant employing a Brayton cycle solar thermal power plant was designed and tested experimentally. The receiver aims to mimic the greenhouse effect and comprises of an annular ...