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van Puffelen, Tim (author)
With the increased use of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in modern cars, the  field of surface contamination saw a resurgence. To keep the various sensors working properly it is of utmost importance to keep them clean and free of contamination. One way to achieve this is to ensure they are mounted in areas where they can be kept free...
master thesis 2024
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Sofia-Gabrion, Grégoire (author)
A series of numerical simulations was executed using the high-performance cluster at TU Delft's Aerospace Faculty. The primary objective was to gain deeper insights into the intricate dynamics of a sonic transverse jet in a supersonic crossflow with an oblique induced shock wave, especially concerning mixing. These simulations delved into the...
master thesis 2023
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Tziaros, Filotas (author)
The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is emergent throughout every industrial sector worldwide. For aviation, this has opened a market gap for small scale electric aircraft configurations (e-V/STOL). These configurations are very diverse and they are classified based on how lift is obtained. However, their flight...
master thesis 2023
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Iyer, Sowmya (author)
The thesis presents an analysis of unsteady vortex shedding and vortex induced vibrations (VIV) on wind turbine blades using a combination of Stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (SPIV) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). A spanwise uniform blade with a symmetric NACA0021 airfoil section, 0.075 m chord, and 0.4 m span was tested...
master thesis 2023
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van Steen, Floyd (author)
Developments in computational capabilities and the always increasing demand for higher performance of internal flow applications has meant that Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) has become an essential tool within the design process. A key point of interest is to couple the fluid solver with numerical optimisation techniques in order to obtain...
master thesis 2023
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Formidabile, Martina (author)
TOP contoured nozzles, with large area-ratios, are commonly employed in rocket propulsion systems as they feature an excellent thrust-to-weight ratio. A significant shortcoming to this design is that, during the startup and shutdown transients of a LRE, the internal nozzle flow progresses through a series of overexpanded flow states - Free Shock...
master thesis 2023
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Singh, Pratyush Kumar (author)
In recent years, research for turbulent boundary layer (TBL) has shifted towards developing novel approaches to reduce drag. This shift is driven by new industrial standards emphasizing fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly air transportation. As wall-bounded turbulence plays a significant role in the overall drag experienced by an...
master thesis 2023
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Knoop, Max (author)
Turbulent drag reduction (DR) is a crucial research area, as this can contribute to significant energy and emission reductions in various industrial and transportation applications. One such technique is the active flow control method of spanwise forcing. Spanwise forcing introduces a spatio-temporal spanwise wall oscillation as a boundary...
master thesis 2023
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Jakhar, Rishabh (author)
The increasing importance of drag reduction in commercial vehicles, traditionally motivated by rising energy costs, and more recently accelerated through policymaking in a bid to reduce emissions, has resulted in the development of increasingly sophisticated add-on aerodynamic devices for the semi-trailer. Of these devices, the greatest uptake...
master thesis 2021
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Hartog, Friso (author)
Turbulent drag is the largest source of fuel consumption in aviation and forms a significant contribution to climate warming. Recent numerical studies have suggested the ability of surfaces with streamwise-preferential permeability to reduce turbulent friction, and a theoretical framework behind the working mechanism has been proposed. This work...
master thesis 2021
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Miedema, Mark (author)
This master thesis investigates the aerodynamic response of the Hyperloop breach failure scenario. Using a scaled physical test setup, the air pressure inside a Hyperloop tube is lowered to 10 mbar, emulating Hyperloop conditions. By opening a breach hole inside the tube, air will flow into the tube due to the pressure difference with the...
master thesis 2021
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Barsom, Bavly (author)
Supersonic intakes are essential in assuring proper combustion for operating ramjet engines on cruise missiles. However, due to increasing threats and a rapidly changing service environment, today's intakes do not fit anymore to comply with the new set of requirements to tackle the above challenges. Therefore, a novel supersonic intake design is...
master thesis 2021
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Mc Carthy, Robert (author)
Of the many challenges involved in developing reliable and sustainable spaceflight, perhaps none are so dangerous and difficult to study as the aerothermodynamic conditions involved when re-entering the atmosphere. These dangerous conditions typically occur due to a variety of flow phenomena, one of which is shock—boundary-layer interactions ...
master thesis 2020
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Lodder, Lars (author)
The control surfaces of hypersonic lifting vehicles are some of the hardest parts to design. The reason for this is the very strong shock wave boundary-layer interactions present in front of the control surface. These interactions cannot only reduce the controllability of the vehicle, but they also cause considerable aerodynamic heating. It can...
master thesis 2020
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Kwakman, Koen (author)
Since ramjet propulsion eliminates the need for oxidizers, it provides an alternative to classic rocket engines for missiles and projectiles. However, to capture free-stream air, ramjet engines require large supersonic air intakes, which can be an operational nuisance. A possible alternative is to make the supersonic intakes flush with the...
master thesis 2019
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van den Hoek, Leonard (author)
In the quest for renewable energy for tropical islands, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) has revealed itself as one of the most promising technologies. OTEC stands or falls with the performance of the condenser. Plate Heat Exchangers (PHEs) have proven their selves as effective heat transfer<br/>equipment for low enthalpy cycles such as...
master thesis 2018
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Desouza, Gerson (author)
One of the main goals of laminar flow control is to reduce skin-friction drag by delaying the onset of laminar to turbulent transition. Over unswept wings, the leading cause of this is the growth of flow instabilities called Tollmien-Schlichting(TS) waves. This thesis aims to test the feasibility and performance of a designed Linear Quadratic...
master thesis 2018
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Hemmen, Patrick (author)
Hybrid laminar flow control (HLFC) reduces skin friction drag, by combining boundary layer suction with pressure gradient tailoring to delay boundary layer transition. This research addresses two key developments required to perform the aerodynamic design of suction-type HLFC components. First, an existing numerical transition prediction tool...
master thesis 2018
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Vijayaragavan, Naren Balaji (author)
Rowing is a competitive sport where victory is determined by fine margins. In the past, the focus has been on optimizing the shell. Due to the increasing regulations placed on the shell design, the scope for manoeuvring in this area is greatly limited. This increases the necessity to focus on the less explored option of propulsion in rowing. The...
master thesis 2018
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Ramaswamy, Deepak Prem (author)
One of the major challenges that engineers face when designing a high speed vehicle is aerodynamics heating. While ideally the external surfaces are expected to maintain a smooth profile, this is not the case in most vehicles, which might be laden with discontinuities like steps, gaps, and other protrusions. These could alter the local flow...
master thesis 2017
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