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Turteltaub, S.R. (author), de Jong, Gijs (author)
A multiscale fracture model is developed to study the influence of defects appearing at a microscale in a fiber-reinforced composite laminate. The model establishes a link between the geometrical characteristics of sub-ply imperfections that may be created during manufacturing and the overall fracture strength and fracture energy of the...
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Phan Khanh, L. (author)
This study explores the influence of the wave characteristics on the attenuation process of waves through coastal mangroves, which are threatened by the coastal mangrove squeeze phenomenon. Coastal mangrove squeeze is the phenomenon where coastal regions, even when sediment availability is sufficient, are eroding due to a lack of accommodation...
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Sun, J. (author)
A large number of stakeholders exist in the modern air traffic management ecosystem. Air transportation studies benefit from collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and findings between these different players. However, not all parties have equal access to information. Due to the lack of open-source tools and models, it is not always possible...
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Marinkovic, I. (author)
This thesis explores the possibility of controlling the quantum states of high frequency mechanical resonators using infra-red laser pulses. Chapter 1 gives an overview of quantum technologies based on mechanical resonators relevant for this thesis. Chapter 2 provides the basics of the theoretical background of optomechanics. The Hamiltonian...
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Costarelli, I.S. (author), Kleinhans, R.J. (author), Mugnano, Silvia (author)
The nature of housing management has often been contested between two main orientations, business-like (i.e. economic efficiency) and social welfare (i.e. social support), reflecting the dual identity of social housing providers, as both private enterprises and welfare promoters. Research shows that housing management is particularly susceptible...
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Davids, J.C. (author)
Data gaps as educational opportunities - mobilizing young researchers, citizen scientists, and mobile technology in data and resource scarce areas. This dissertation chronicles these themes through the lessons learned along the fledgling journey of SmartPhones4Water (S4W) and S4W-Nepal, from inception through the first few years of...
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Vega Garita, V.E. (author)
Photovoltaic (PV) solar energy is variable and not completely predictable; therefore, different energy storage devices have been researched. Among the variety of options, electrochemical cells (commonly called batteries) are technically feasible because of their maturity and stability. However, PV-battery systems face multiple challenges such as...
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Yu, M. (author)
During the past few decades, numerous protein-based pharmaceuticals to treat chronic and life-threatening diseases have emerged. The short plasma half-life of therapeutic proteins requests frequent administration, usually via parenteral routes. This short-coming is proposed to be solved by the development of an injectable microparticulate drug...
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Oluic, M. (author)
Among a wide variety of topics that are covered by Dynamic Security Assessment (DSA), maintaining synchronous operation and acceptable voltage profiles stand out. These two stability categories are mostly jeopardized in the seconds after a large contingency occurs. Therefore, this thesis tackles the two aspects of large disturbance stability of...
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Khodadadian, F. (author)
Photocatalysis involves the absorption of photons by a semiconductor to enhance chemical reactions. Examples of important applications include the degradation of hazardous chemicals, reduction of carbon dioxide to valuable chemicals and (partial) oxidation of hydrocarbons. Despite many successful demonstrations of this technology at lab-scale,...
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Mashhoodi, B. (author)
The vast majority of previous studies on household energy consumption (HEC) has presumed that the influencing factors of HEC are similar in each and every location regardless of the location specific circumstances. In other words, they assume that some generalizable facts explain the level of HEC and energy poverty across all areas of a city,...
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Ross, P.S. (author)
The primary goal of a drinking water company is to produce safe drinking water that meets the quality standards defined in national and international guidelines. Depending on the source water, one or multiple treatment steps are required to produce safe drinking water. Generally, the drinking water treatment plants (WTP) are very robust and over...
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Kekec, I.T. (author)
The digital era floods us with an excessive amount of text data. To make sense of such data automatically, there is an increasing demand for accurate numerical word representations. The complexity of natural languages motivates to represent words with high dimensional vectors. However, learning in a high dimensional space is challenging when the...
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Çençen, A. (author)
The research project presented in this thesis is situated in the domain of design research, and focuses on the designers of production systems. In general, it aims to support the re-search towards a better understanding of design for human-robot coproduction (HRC). The specific objective of this research project was the development of support...
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Ganjian, M. (author), Modaresifar, K. (author), Ligeon, Manon R.O. (author), Kunkels, Lorenzo B. (author), Tümer, N. (author), Angeloni, L. (author), Hagen, C.W. (author), Otten, L.G. (author), Hagedoorn, P.L. (author), Apachitei, I. (author), Fratila-Apachitei, E.L. (author), Zadpoor, A.A. (author)
Development of synthetic bactericidal surfaces is a drug-free route to the prevention of implant-associated infections. Surface nanotopographies with specific dimensions have been shown to kill various types of bacterial strains through a mechanical mechanism, while regulating stem cell differentiation and tissue regeneration. The effective...
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van Veen, J. (author)
Quantum computers can solve some problems exponentially faster than classical computers. Unfortunately, the computational power of quantum computers is currently limited by the number of working qubits. It is difficult to scale up these systems, because qubits are easily affected by noise in their environment. This noise leads to decoherence:...
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Xu, J. (author)
This PhD thesis considers the development of optimization and model-based control techniques for max-plus linear (MPL) and continuous piecewise affine (PWA) systems. The three main topics investigated in this thesis are as follows: 1. Optimistic optimization and planning for model-based control of MPL systems; 2. Optimistic optimization for MPC...
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Helsen, J. (author)
Quantum computers promise to be a revolutionary new technology. However, in order to realise this promise many hurdles must first be overcome. In this thesis we investigate two such hurdles: the presence of noise in quantum computers and limitations on the connectivity and control in large scale quantum computing architectures.In order to combat...
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Varsamopoulos, S. (author)
Quantum error correction (QEC) is key to have reliable quantum computation and storage, due to the fragility of qubits in current quantum technology and the imperfect application of quantum operations. In order to have efficient quantum computation and storage, active QEC is required. QEC consists of an encoding and a decoding process. The way...
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Roungas, B.V. (author)
GAMING simulations (games) have been closely relatedwith systems, and particularly with systems characterised as being complex. There is a long history on the evolution of systems from simply technical and social, to socio-technical (STS) and all the way to complex (adaptive) systems (CAS). Within this ever-increasing complexity, an important...
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