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van de Weijer, Tim (author)
An important challenge in the electrification of aircraft propulsion systems is the design of thermal management systems because of an increased heat load that needs to be dissipated. As an alternative to high-drag external heat exchangers, one can consider surface heat exchangers to dissipate the extra thermal energy. This reduces the size of...
master thesis 2024
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González Romero, Andrea (author)
As the space industry continues to grow rapidly, the development of reusable launch vehicles has become crucial in achieving cost-effective and sustainable access to space. Payload capacity optimisation has been at the forefront of this effort, leading to a renewed interest in hammerhead or bulbous payload fairing (PLF) configurations. These...
master thesis 2023
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RAGHAVARAJU, JAHNAVI (author)
Wind tunnel investigations of cycling aerodynamics are conducted in air streams that are designed to have minimum turbulence. This is not representative of the true, turbulent wind environment encountered by a track cyclist in an indoor velodrome. The goal of this thesis, broadly speaking, is to assess the effects of this turbulence on cycling...
master thesis 2023
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Kanala, Mohith (author)
master thesis 2023
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Jose, Nikhil (author)
Surfaces that induce slip at the wall have been shown to reduce skin friction drag in the turbulent regime. While superhydrophobic and liquid-infused surfaces are capable of drag reduction in turbulent hydrodynamic flows, neither would be feasible in aerodynamic applications due to the added roughness and the minuscule slip lengths created by...
master thesis 2023
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JAWAHAR, SAHANA (author)
Flat surfaces with arrays of wall-normal pores called micro-cavity arrays have shown potential to reduce turbulent skin friction drag. Their designs have been inspired by acoustic liners which are sandwich panels consisting of a honeycomb core, a perforated top plate and a solid back sheet used on...
master thesis 2022
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Taccaliti, Fabio (author)
In the last thirty years, massive improvements in flight operations and aircraft technology were implemented, reaching a 54% reduction in specific fuel consumption [1]. However, during the same period, the aviation market has tripled the number of flights per year with a consequent and direct increase in the emissions of greenhouse gasses. To...
master thesis 2022
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Zhang, Madeline (author)
Surface pressure measurements are a crucial part of aerodynamic/hydrodynamic analysis and are essential when studying complex flow phenomena. Although pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) has become established as a non-intrusive field measurement technique for high-speed applications in air, a comparable method does not yet exist for usage underwater...
master thesis 2022
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Grille Guerra, Adrian (author)
Unmanned aerial vehicles have proliferated in the last few decades, with applications that include military, commercial and recreational. Their size and typical flight velocities are characterized by moderate Reynolds numbers <i>O</i>(10^4-10^5). For such conditions, boundary layers can remain laminar and therefore are highly susceptible to...
master thesis 2022
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Costa Fernandez, José Luis (author)
The technical advancements achieved during the last decade have permitted the implementation of low-fidelity numerical methods to analyze simplified aeroelastic problems. However, the available computational power is still incapable of dealing with more realistic events involving complex structural dynamics and flow regimes. For this reason,...
master thesis 2022
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Aditya, Abhyuday (author)
Supersonic flows cause thin panels to flutter, which is characterized by high-amplitude self-sustained oscillations, increasing the risk of fatigue failure. Flutter is known to be exacerbated when a shock wave impinges on the panel, creating a shock wave/boundary-layer interaction (SWBLI) which promotes separation of flow and leads to increased...
master thesis 2022
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Carrillo Córcoles, Xavier (author)
The flared folding wingtip (FFWT) is a concept presented by Airbus to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and provide a means of load alleviation. A gate-to-gate demonstration of this concept has already been presented with the AlbatrossONE, a scaled aircraft featuring the FFWT concept. In this demonstration, the aircraft fold the wingtips...
master thesis 2022
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Mathijssen, Lucas (author)
Supersonic panel flutter is a self-excited vibration, where energy is transferred into thin flexible panels, such as skin panels in supersonic vehicles, from the (supersonic) flow around them, which can lead to their rapid fatigue failure. Relevant examples of this include the failure of skin panels in the X-15 vehicle, or violent oscillations...
master thesis 2022
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Wang, Sunyi (author)
Flow sensing exists widely in nature to help animals perform certain tasks. It has also been widely adopted in engineering applications with different types of sensing instrumentation. In particular, in the field of aerospace engineering, airflow sensing is crucial to vehicle state evaluation and flight control. This project surveys the key...
master thesis 2021
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Solergibert I Travé, Oriol (author)
Inspired by the dolphin skin, compliant coatings have been researched as a passive flow control solution to reduce drag. Both successful and drag-increasing experiments can be found in the literature. However, the mechanism is not well understood neither the combination of surface properties and flow conditions that yield a drag reduction. At...
master thesis 2021
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Lai, Yu-Jui (author)
This research studies the fluid-structure interaction (FSI) of compliant surfaces in air flows, with an objective of finding possible turbulent viscous drag reduction. A compliant surface is a thin layer of viscoelastic material drawing inspiration from dolphin epidermis, which was thought to have drag-reducing capabilities by Gray (1936)....
master thesis 2021
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Dacome, Giulio (author)
The development of air-breathing propulsion systems as a mean to propel high-altitude high-speed transport and single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) vehicles promises to be a viable alternative to chemical rocket propulsion. In order to enhance mixing, an oblique shock wave is introduced into the combustion chamber as a source of baroclinic vorticity as...
master thesis 2021
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van Zelderen, Bas (author)
Pigs are devices that are transported from time to time through a pipeline, mainly to either clean the pipeline or to inspect the integrity of the pipeline wall. Conventional models for the friction between the pig and the pipe wall, as used in the oil and gas industry, are often criticized for their inaccuracies. To obtain a more accurate model...
master thesis 2021
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Claro Dittrich, Eric (author)
Dimples are shallow surface indentations that have been recently considered as a passive viscous drag reducing technique for turbulent boundary layers. Studies so far were limited to incompressible low-Re flows and display little consensus on whether dimples can actually produce net improvements in total drag. Conversely, dimple geometry can be...
master thesis 2021
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Lin, Yuyu (author)
Dimples are shallow, indented surfaces that attempt to reduce drag in turbulent boundary layer flows. However, the underlying effect of the dimples on the drag is not entirely understood. This thesis sets out to expand our understanding; a numerical investigation of turbulent boundary layer flow over dimpled surfaces is conducted. This research...
master thesis 2021
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