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Alvarez Mieles, M.G. (author)
Wetlands are among the most productive environments in the world. Around 6% of the Earth's land surface is covered by wetlands, which are key to preserving biodiversity. Wetlands provide multiple services like a source for water supply and a shelter for numerous species of fauna and flora. Wetlands are therefore of immense socio-economic as well...
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Agarwal, G. (author)
Preventing solidification cracking is an essential prerequisite for the safety of a welded structure. An undetected solidification crack has the potential to cause premature failure during service. Two conditions generated by a weld thermal cycle are responsible for the initiation of solidification cracks. The first is the presence of excessive...
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Kramer, F.C. (author)
Worldwide population growth, water scarcity, and climate change contribute to an urgent need for alternative water sources for irrigation water, industry water, and, in some countries even, drinking water. The implementation of municipal sewage reclamation is an upcoming trend in water treatment. The use of municipal sewage has the advantage of...
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Walraven, E.M.P. (author)
Developing intelligent decision making systems in the real world requires planning algorithms which are able to deal with sources of uncertainty and constraints. An example can be found in smart distribution grids, in which planning can be used to decide when electric vehicles charge their batteries, such that the capacity limits of lines are...
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Heldens, J.T. (author)
An important aspect in increasing our health and safety is the development of new sensors for screening drinking water samples for the presence of microbiological contaminants.The main problem associated with the detection and identification of these microbial contaminants is the long process time. The majority of the time is required fortheir...
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Lindemulder, N. (author)
This thesis is concerned with the maximal regularity problem for parabolic boundary value problems with inhomogeneous boundary conditions in the setting of weighted function spaces and related function space theoretic problems.
This in particularly includes weighted $L_{q}$-$L_{p}$-maximal regularity but also weighted $L_{q}$-maximal...
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Heidary Shalmany, S. (author)
Coulomb counting is a widely used method to estimate battery state-of-charge (SoC). It involves measuring and integrating the battery’s current to determine its net charge flow.
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Lejeune, J.F.M.P. (author)
Anchored by Hüppauf and Umbach’s notion of Vernacular Modernism and focusing on architecture and urbanism during Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to 1975, this thesis challenges the hegemonic and Northern-oriented narrative of urban modernity. It develops arguments about the reciprocal influences between the urban and the rural that characterize...
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Yadati, N.K. (author)
Music consumption has skyrocketed in the past few years with advancements in internet and streaming technologies. This has resulted in the rapid development of the inter-disciplinary field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR), which develops automatic methods to efficiently and effectively access the wealth of musical content. In general,...
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Zhang, C. (author)
In conventional applications, such as bio-imaging and microscopy, SPAD is typically used as a single-photon counter. However, this advantage has been challenged by other photon-counting technologies, especially from CMOS-based QIS. Comparatively, apart from single-photon counting capability, QIS is superior to SPAD in terms of intrinsic multi...
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Restrepo Perez, L. (author)
The function and phenotype of a cell is determined by a complex network of interactions between DNA, RNA, proteins and metabolites. Therefore, a comprehensive approach that integrates genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics is necessary to achieve full understanding of biological processes and disease. Recent technological...
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Huisman, B.J.A. (author)
Increasingly large sand nourishments are used for the maintenance of sandy coasts around the world. There is, however, still very limited understanding of their behaviour (i.e. redistribution) and effects on the marine environment. This PhD thesis explores the morphological reshaping of shoreface nourishments (i.e. long bunds of sand placed at...
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Bliek, L. (author)
Beamforming is a signal processing technique used in highly directional antennas. An array of antenna elements transmits the same signal, but with a different time delay for each element. By providing the right time delays for each antenna element, the whole array transmits a high-powered signal in one desired direction. This technique can be...
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Sinquin, B. (author)
The extremely large telescopes that should see first light in coming years demand so-called adaptive optics systems to overcome the devastating effect of the atmospheric turbulence on the image quality. A sensor measures the incoming distortion of the light and is used for reshaping the latter using a deformable mirror. Processing the large...
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Smits, J.E.P. (author)
It is hard to imagine a world without bridges. Bridges lie at the heart of our civilization bringing growth and prosperity to our society. It is by virtue of bridges that communities are able to physically connect to new people and to new places that were previously disconnected. However, bridges are more than mere functional assets. A well...
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Lu, T. (author)
Concrete is a brittle composite material that easily fractures under tension. Due to the fact that the early-age deformation of the concrete member is restrained by adjoining structures, cracking can occur throughout the concrete prior to application of any load. The cracks would provide preferential access for aggressive agents penetrating in...
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Davis, D.J. (author)
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Liao, F. (author)
Road transport heavily relies on fossil fuels and contributes to a series of problems including pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and fuel dependence. Replacing fossil-fuel powered vehicles with electric vehicles (EV) on a large scale is regarded as a potential or even necessary solution to alleviate these problems. Therefore, many national...
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Chen, G. (author)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), as one of the popular options for people to receive education and learn, are endowed with the mission to educate the world. Typically, there are two types of MOOC platforms: topic-agnostic and topic-specific. Topic-agnostic platforms such as edX and Coursera provide courses covering a wide range of topics,...
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De Oliveira Andrade, G.L. (author)
This thesis investigates the efficiency of wind energy conversion from three aerodynamic perspectives. The first, purely theoretical, assumes steady inviscid flow conditions to identify multi-rotor setups that can extract more power per unit area than isolated rotors. The second, more practical perspective, assesses the extent to which site...
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