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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...
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Auping, W.L. (author)
Simulation models are increasingly used for exploring the consequences of deep uncertainty in complex societal issues. The complexity of societal grand challenges, often characterised by the interrelatedness of different elements in the systems underlying these challenges, often renders mental simulation impossible, necessitating the use of...
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Brunner, A.E. (author)
In the coming decade, a new generation of extremely large-scale ground-based astronomical telescopes will see first light. It is well known that increasing the size of the telescope aperture is only beneficial if the adaptive optics (AO) system, which compensates for turbulence-induced wavefront aberrations, scales accordingly. For the extreme...
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Tümer, N. (author)
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De Athayde Costa E Silva, M. (author)
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of small multi-mission platforms such as CubeSats, in an attempt to reduce costs of space missions. CubeSats have been used for different purposes including Earth observation, research and technology demonstration.
However, a key technology that is still under development is the...
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Loni, B. (author)
Recommender Systems have become a crucial tool to serve personalized content and to promote online products and media, but also to recommend restaurants, events, news and dating profiles. The underlying algorithms have a significant impact on the quality of recommendations and have been the subject of many studies in the last two decades. In...
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Gangurde, L.S. (author)
Resource- and energy-efficient methane (CH4) transformation to fuels and chemicals is a research topic with societal, environmental and industrial relevance owing to the great variety of methane sources, including existing gas networks, small natural gas fields, shale gas, coal beds, agricultural biogas, deep-sea methane hydrates and the...
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den Dunnen, S. (author)
Orthopedic surgery is a surgical discipline that is concerned with the treatment
of the musculoskeletal system. Many orthopedic treatments involve cutting or
drilling in bones by using rigid drills or oscillating saws. Using waterjets instead of
conventional instruments can be beneficial due to the absence of thermal damage
and a...
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Conthe Calvo, M. (author)
With its rapidly rising concentration in the atmosphere and its high global warming potential, N2O is arguably the greenhouse gas of the 21st century. The research carried out within the Nitrous Oxide Research Alliance (NORA) – of which this thesis forms part of – focused on the microbial conversions of N2O within the nitrogen cycle, the...
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Sanaan Bensi, N. (author)
The aim of this thesis is twofold. First, it offers a ‘theoretical reading’ of a historically important architectural entity – namely the bazaar – in order to propose a synthetic understanding of its complexity and to explore the multiplicity of forces and regimes involved in the bazaar’s [historical] formation. Second, by conceptualizing the...
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Fu, X. (author)
Quantum computers can accelerate solving some problems which are inefficiently solved by classical computers, such as quantum chemistry simulation. To date, quantum computer engineering has focused primarily at opposite ends of the required system stack: devising high-level programming languages and compilers to describe and optimize quantum...
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Bogaert, H (author)
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Khalilnezhad, H. (author)
Extra high voltage (EHV) power transmission systems have been traditionally constructed by using overhead lines (OHL) to transfer power over long distances. During the last decade, the opposition against the construction of new OHLs has significantly increased due to societal and environmental concerns, which has caused major obstacles for the...
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Cichecki, P (author)
The thesis focuses on on-site testing and diagnosis of transmission power cables circuits. Based on the application of methods for on-site voltage generation and its use for advanced diagnosis, comprehensive testing and diagnostic procedures have been investigated in this thesis.
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Junell, J. (author)
The use of Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) in practical applications, to solve real-world problems, is growing in demand as the technology becomes more widely known and accessible. Proposed applications already span a wide berth of fields like military, search and rescue, ecology, artificial pollinators, and more. As compared to larger Unmanned...
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Naghibzadeh, S. (author)
Fundamental scientific questions such as how the first stars were formed or how the universe came into existence and evolved to its present state drive us to observe weak radio signals impinging on the earth from the early days of the universe. During the last century, radio astronomy has been vastly advancing. Important discoveries on the...
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Groot, K.J. (author)
Laminar-turbulent transition dictates an increase in skin friction. The resulting turbulent skin friction contributes to approximately 40% of the total drag of commercial aircraft. Reducing the turbulent flow region by postponing transition can therefore significantly reduce the carbon footprint and costs of flying. Transition prediction is...
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Rieger, V.S. (author)
Emissions of road traffic crucially influence Earth’s climate. The vehicle fleet emits not only carbon dioxide (CO2), but also nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carbon monoxide (CO) which produce ozone (O3) and destroy methane (CH4) in the troposphere. As the demand of mobility is expected to further increase in future,...
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Benschop, H.O.G. (author)
A significant part of the fuel used for transportation results from the drag in turbulent flows. Techniques for turbulent drag reduction yield associated reductions of the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, which is desirable from both economic and environmental perspectives (cf. chapter 1). This thesis investigates two passive...
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van der El, K. (author)
The introduction of ever-advancing automatic control systems is rapidly changing traditional manual control tasks such as piloting of aircraft and steering of cars. In order to predict how human controllers will interact with new technology, a thorough understanding of the human’s adaptive manual control capabilities and limitations is essential...
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