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van den Boomen, M. (author)
Ageing infrastructures and shortage of financing induce the need for optimising public infrastructure replacements. From an economic perspective, classical net present value comparison is traditionally the method of choice to decide on investments and replacements. The current research observes that typical infrastructure related features make...
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Guo, Y. (author)
Electron tomography is a powerful tool in materials science to characterize nanostructures in three dimensions (3D). In scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), the sample under study is exposed to a focused electron beam and tilted to obtain twodimensional (2D) projections at different angles; many imaging modes are available such as...
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Weaver, T. (author)
The Thing Itself: AA Files and the Fates of Architectural Theory explores architecture’s relationship with its editing. This is ostensibly discussed through the lens of a particular architectural journal, AA Files (part of a long tradition of journals produced by the Architectural Association in London since its inception in the mid-nineteenth...
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Pigmans, K.A.M. (author)
This research is part of the Values4Water project, which includes TU Delft, Waterschap de Dommel, Deltares, Royal HaskoningDHV and Synmind as consortium partners. Policymaking can involve as many perspectives as there are stakeholders. In case of complex societal policies, many interpretations of the problem are possible and often there is no...
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Böke, J. (author)
Under the guiding concept of a thinking skin, the research project examines the transferability of cyber-physical systems to the application field of façades. It thereby opens up potential increases in the performance of automated and adaptive façade systems and provides a conceptual framework for further research and development of intelligent...
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Mostofizadeh, S. (author)
Increase in computational power during recent years contributed to a significant development in numerical methods in mechanics. There are many methods developed that address various complex problems, yet modelling of initiation and propagation of failure in thin-walled structures requires further development. Among numerous challenges involved,...
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de Bruijckere, J. (author)
In this thesis we study charge transport through individual molecules and mainly focus on the properties of molecular spin. We fabricate nanoscale structures for transport measurements and employ the electromigration break-junction technique to realize three-terminal—transistor-like—single-molecule devices. We investigate the spin-related...
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Kattan, J.M. (author)
Humanity has achieved to decipher the most fundamental mechanics of cellular life. Nevertheless, despite intense efforts there are still considerable gaps in our understanding of cellular processes. Traditionally, biologists investigate life by observation of existing lifeforms. In order to assign functions to biological components, it is common...
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Ciullo, A. (author)
Floods are natural phenomena which have potentially catastrophic effects on societies and their economies. Flood losses have been increasing in the last years and they are expected to increase further in the future due to climatic and socio-economic changes. It is therefore paramount to design measures and plan strategies (i.e. combination of...
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Chen, P. (author)
Maritime transportation has been one of the major contributors to the global trade and economy. Accidents, however, have been continuously posing risks to individuals and societies in terms of loss of human life, economic and environmental consequences, etc. This thesis paid particular attention to the probabilistic risk analysis of ship...
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Valu, S.O. (author)
The work presented in this thesis provides new data on the behaviour of the binary mixed actinide oxides of the following systems: (Th,Pu)O2, (U,Pu)O2, (Th,U)O2, (U,Am)O2. The results were obtained by performing measurements in a large temperature interval, for some compounds the thermodynamic properties were studied in the range from about 2 to...
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Jahangir, S. (author)
Cavitation is a well-known phenomenon, occurring in a wide range of applications. In most applications, cavitation is undesirable, such as turbines, pumps, ship propellers and diesel injector nozzles. Cavitation can cause material erosion, flow blockage, noise and degradation of equipment over time. The ability to predict the behavior of this...
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Zhou, K. (author)
3D city models are increasingly used to maintain and improve urban infrastructure. Keeping 3D city models accurate and up-to-date is essential for municipalities to make decisions in a time of strongly increasing urbanization. 3D information provided by airborne laser scanning (ALS) is widely used for generating 3D city models. However, ALS data...
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Virgolin, M. (author)
Machine learning is impacting modern society at large, thanks to its increasing potential to effciently and effectively model complex and heterogeneous phenomena. While machine learning models can achieve very accurate predictions in many applications, they are not infallible. In some cases, machine learning models can deliver unreasonable...
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Rasooli, A. (author)
Accurate determination of building’s critical thermo-physical characteristics such as the walls’ thermal resistance, thermal conductivity, and volumetric heat capacity is essential to indicate effective and efficient energy conservation strategies at building level. In practice, the values of these parameters, which determine not only possible...
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Ding, D. (author)
Social skills are often an integral part of functioning in modern society, and therefore, in the past decades, social skills training has received considerable research attraction. Various physical and digital approaches have been developed to improve people’s performance in social interaction. Among these approaches, social skills training...
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Geldermans, Bob (author)
Departing from two problem statements, one concerning circularity in the built environment and one concerning flexibility in the built environment, this dissertation sets out to answer two main research questions: – In an Open Building division of support and infill, to what extent can the infill contribute to sustainable circular material &...
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Broekema, Y.B. (author)
The Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier is an icon of Dutch hydraulic engineering. Downstream of the barrier, large local erosion pits (scour holes) have formed adjacent to the applied bed protection after its construction. It was expected during the design phase that these would develop, but both the magnitude of the scour hole depth as well as...
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Dighe, V.V. (author)
Ducted Wind Turbines (DWTs) are one of the many concepts that have been proposed to improve the energy extraction from wind in comparison to bare wind turbines. In reviewing the DWT studies, investigations based on the combined use of theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques have been presented. Although indicated in these studies...
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Digna, R.F.M.O. (author)
The Eastern Nile (EN) riparian countries Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are currently<br/>developing several reservoir projects to contribute to the needs for energy and food<br/>production in the region. The Nile Basin, particularly the Eastern Nile Sub-basin, is<br/>considered one of the international river systems with potential conflicts between...
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