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Geertsma, R.D. (author)
Shipping plays a crucial role in modern society, but has to reduce its impact on the environment. The commercial availability of power electronic converters and lithium-ion batteries provides an opportunity to improve performance of ships energy systems while reducing their environmental impact. However, the degrees of freedom in control for...
doctoral thesis 2019
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Koutrouvelis, A. (author)
The paramount importance of good hearing in everyday life has driven an exploration into the improvement of hearing capabilities of (hearing impaired) people in acoustic challenging situations using hearing assistive devices (HADs). HADs are small portable devices, which primarily aim at improving the intelligibility of an acoustic source that...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Trull, A.K. (author)
Disease model systems, such as the zebrafish, play an important role in understanding the onset of diseases like cancer and monitor the efficacy of new drugs. In the past, non-invasive methods for screening, diagnostics and treatment monitoring were intrinsically from the outside. In the past decades, there has been a strong drive to look inside...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Farahani, H. (author)
Steels are still, and probably will remain in future, the primary choice for applications as structural materials. This is not only because of the reasonable ratios of properties over production costs, but also owing to the versatile properties realisable via variety of microstructures achieved by controlling the solid-state phase...
doctoral thesis 2018
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van Beinum, A.S. (author)
In the vicinity of motorway ramps, multiple manoeuvres are performed by drivers that are entering or exiting the motorway, and by drivers that anticipate on, or cooperate with, the other entering and exiting vehicles. These manoeuvres involve lane-changes, changes in speed, and changes in headways. This results in changes in lane flow...
doctoral thesis 2018
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de Angelis, L. (author)
In this thesis, we explore the physics of optical singularities. We investigate them in light waves propagating randomly in a planar nanophotonic chip. With a custom-built nearfield microscope, we map the electromagnetic field resulting from the interference of these light waves. Our technique gives access to the full vectorial and complex...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Forgaci, C. (author)
The issue of urban resilience concerns a multitude of urban systems and spaces. This thesis focuses on Urban River Corridors (URCs)—that is, urban spaces where the overlap between the urban systems (carrying the ’social-‘) and the river system (carrying the ‘-ecological’) is at the highest intensity—as strategic spaces with a potentially high...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Ma, Y. (author)
Nowadays, wheel-rail (W/R) interfaces are suffering from the practical problems (e.g. wear, rolling contact defects) with the increase of train speed and traffic density. For accurate prediction of wear and/or growth of rolling contact defects, rapid determination of detailed contact responses (i.e. contact stresses & strains) using...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Le, T.B. (author)
Rivers have been trained for centuries by series of transverse groynes. This generally results in damages to their ecosystems as well as in undesirable longterm morphological developments. We analyze here the possibility to train rivers in a new way by subdividing their channel in parallel channels with specific functions with longitudinal...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Westra, J.M. (author)
Generation of electricity using renewable energy sources is becoming an integral part of the electrical energy mix. A substantial fraction of the electrical energy is foreseen to be generated by photovoltaic (PV) solar cells that directly convert light into electricity. Large scale application of building integrated PV is envisaged to aid the...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Fakhredin, F. (author)
The topic of this thesis is design for recycling (DfR) of electronic products. More than ever before, electronic products are intruding into our everyday life, both in the household and in industry, resulting in increasing numbers of electronic products ending up in waste streams (also known as electronic waste, or e-waste). Electronic products...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Franquet González, A. (author)
One of the pillars of the scientific method is the fact that all scientific predictions and explanations of phenomena in the universe are testable. Testing in the context of physics involves the action of measuring. Thus, the measurement process plays an important role in physics.
While classically we all understand the idea of measurement...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Cai, J. (author)
The research investigates How can the morphological approach in combination with the pattern language approach assist urban designers to achieve historical continuity in urban design both on theory and application levels.
This research overviews the developments and applications of the two approaches worldwide with a special emphasis on the...
doctoral thesis 2018
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van Ruijven, L.C. (author)
This dissertation is about improving performance of projects delivering complex systems. Examples of such systems are ships, infrastructure systems and process plants. Mostly these systems are one of a kind, so called ‘one-offs’ and are the ‘product’ of one or more coherent projects each executed by a consortium of enterprises. The lifecycle of...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Wu, J. (author)
The microstructural aspects of rolling contact fatigue in rails were studied. The rail track is a critical component of the railway system and its long-term performance contributes crucially to the sustainable development of the railway system. The increasing demands of trains with a higher speed/capacity impose more severe load conditions on...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Zhang, L. (author)
Since the 9/11 attack in New York in 2001, a lot of attention has been paid to the protection of critical infrastructures. Chemical industries are without doubt critical infrastructures due to their extreme importance for society in combination with their vulnerability. They play important roles in modern-life society, from producing and...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Ren, S. (author)
Next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies have transformed the landscape of genomic research. With the significant advances in NGS technologies, DNA sequencing is more affordable and accessible than ever before. Meanwhile, many DNA sequence analysis tools have been developed to derive useful information from the raw sequencing data produced...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Bazilinskyy, P. (author)
Automated driving may be a key to solving a number of problems that humanity faces today: large numbers of fatalities in traffic, traffic congestions, and increased gas emissions. However, unless the car drives itself fully automatically (such a car would not need to have a steering wheel, nor accelerator and brake pedals), the driver needs to...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Gude, J.C.J. (author)
Arsenic (As) mobility in water is worldwide studied since its toxicity was proven in 1888. Intake of As can lead to skin disease, cancer, kidney and heart failure, diabetes and paralysis. In the Netherlands, groundwater used for drinking water production contains As in the range from 0 – 70 μg/L. Currently, all groundwater treatment plants...
doctoral thesis 2018
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Sandaramoorthy, P.P. (author)
The repertoire of words in the English language to refer to groups of animals is quite fascinating to say the least – a congregation of alligators, an army of ants, a troop of baboons, a pride of lions, a train of camels, a destruction of cats, an intrusion of cockroaches, a mob of emus, a plague of insects, a drift of pigs, and so on. The...
doctoral thesis 2018
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