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Dundulis, Tomas (author)
The concept of Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) aircraft holds great promise in achieving the goals outlined in Flightpath 2050. This involves utilizing electricity to power propellers and enhancing overall flight performance through interactions between the wings and propellers. This thesis investigates the stability and control aspects of...
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Cudell Santos Carvalho, Guiomar (author)
Manual wheelchair users, especially those with spinal cord injuries, often suffer from shoulder overuse and pain. Understanding the specific role of the muscles involved in wheelchair propulsion is essential to prevent these complications. Yet, there is uncertainty about which muscles are primarily recruited, and their contribution to propulsion...
master thesis 2024
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Agarwal, Shrutika (author)
There is a growing demand for nano-satellite missions that require advancements in micro-propulsion capabilities to facilitate a wider range of orbital maneuvers. Among these capabilities, the ability to accurately control thrust would unlock new possibilities for nano-satellite applications, including missions such as space debris removal and...
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Hermans, Julien (author)
This thesis presents a data-driven design approach for emission reduction using bunker delivery notes (BDNs) to help support the revised IMO strategy to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by international shipping close to 2050. This research supports the Horizon Europe’s Digital Twin for Green Shipping (DT4GS) project which focuses on...
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Degeling, Pieter (author)
New methods of ship propulsion are required to meet the targets for reducing global emissions of greenhouse gases. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells can be used to greatly reduce emissions, facilitating renewable shipping. Fuel cell durability is recognised as a large barrier to widespread fuel cell application. The goal of this graduation project is...
master thesis 2024
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Duplay, Emmanuel (author)
A laser-sustained plasma (LSP) generator capable of operating as a laser-thermal thruster was designed and tested. The apparatus was powered by a 3-kW 1070-nm fiber-optic laser and was operated with argon gas. The laser absorption, radiated spectrum, and change in static pressure were recorded, and high-speed video footage of the LSP was...
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Deroo, Pepijn (author)
For over 50 years, hydrazine has been the industry standard for monopropellant propulsion systems, widely used in satellite attitude and orbit control systems. However, hydrazine’s toxicity necessitates expensive handling procedures and may lead to a future ban of the propellant in Europe. This has motivated the development of novel...
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Atmaca, D. (author), Pontani, Mauro (author)
This research describes a near-optimal feedback guidance, based on nonlinear orbit control, for low-thrust Earth orbit transfers. Lyapunov stability theory leads to proving that although several equilibria exist, only the desired operational conditions are associated with a stable equilibrium. This ensures quasi-global asymptotic convergence...
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van Dijk, M.P. (author), Hoozemans, Marco J.M. (author), Berger, M.A.M. (author), Veeger, H.E.J. (author)
In wheelchair sports, there is an increasing need to monitor mechanical power in the field. When rolling resistance is known, inertial measurement units (IMUs) can be used to determine mechanical power. However, upper body (i.e., trunk) motion affects the mass distribution between the small front and large rear wheels, thus affecting rolling...
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Kapetanović, M. (author), Nunez, Alfredo (author), van Oort, N. (author), Goverde, R.M.P. (author)
This paper presents a method for estimating Well-to-Wheel (WTW) energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to the advanced railway propulsion systems implemented in conjunction with different energy carriers and their production pathways. The analysis encompasses diesel-electric multiple unit vehicles converted to their hybrid...
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van Dijk, M.P. (author), Hoozemans, Marco J.M. (author), Berger, M.A.M. (author), Veeger, H.E.J. (author)
An important performance determinant in wheelchair sports is the power exchanged between the athlete-wheelchair combination and the environment, in short, mechanical power. Inertial measurement units (IMUs) might be used to estimate the exchanged mechanical power during wheelchair sports practice. However, to validly apply IMUs for mechanical...
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van Lynden, Willem (author)
This study addresses the challenge of accurately modeling the multi-regime plasma flow through Ambipolar Plasma Thrusters (APTs), a type of Electric Propulsion (EP) system. Despite their advantages, understanding the behavior of plasma within APTs is complex due to the presence of two different flow regimes: the fluid regime inside the thruster...
master thesis 2023
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Goldman, Thomas (author)
This thesis proposes an unsupervised Physics-Informed Neural Network (PINN) for solving optimal control problems with the direct method to design and optimize transfer trajectories. The network adheres analytically to boundary conditions and includes the objective fitness as regularization in its loss function. A test scenario of a planar Earth...
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Smit, Martijn (author)
Climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions is prompting the IMO to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. This thesis focuses on designing modular propulsion systems for mid-speed sailing vessels to meet these regulations. It designs a framework to generate and swiftly evaluate propulsion system designs on the basis of five performance indicators:...
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Singh, Sampuran (author)
Small satellites require efficient propulsion systems for attitude and orbit control. This thesis focuses on the development and characterization of two distinct types of micro-resistojet thrusters, namely Vaporizing Liquid Micro-resistojet (VLM) and Low Pressure Micro-resistojet (LPM). Both concepts are developed at TU Delft and are designed to...
master thesis 2023
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Houtman, Willis (author)
Swimming is a sport where an incremental gain in performance can lead to either a medal or leaving the swimmer empty-handed. In the front crawl, water is driven backwards by the limbs where most propulsive forces come from the hands. Two main stroke patterns can be observed, the ”straight I pull” is commonly taught to generate forces with drag,...
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Hoeksma, Bram (author)
Currently, our society faces a pressing challenge: global warming. The solution lies in the energy transition, which replaces fossil fuels with clean sources. This requires a global effort across all sectors, including shipping. While a significant portion of shipping relies on polluting fuels, the European Union’s Green Deal aims for climate...
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Peeters, Michiel (author)
In pursuit of cost-effective and sustainable space access, Dawn Aerospace is pioneering innovative launch systems. Their focus lies on a semi-reusable, two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, designed for horizontal take-off and landing. While current launch vehicles rely solely on rocket propulsion, the potential of airbreathing engines on the first...
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Abhyankar, Aashay (author)
Global average temperatures are setting new records compared to the previous decade, primarily due to the accumulation of greenhouse gases such as CO<sub>2</sub>. The growth potential in emerging economies worsens the current global situation. These CO<sub>2</sub> emissions are needed to be curtained and efforts are underway. The emissions...
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van den Berg, Ruben (author)
The electric-pump cycle is a rocket engine configuration that uses an electric motor to power the pumps instead of a turbine. This offers several expected advantages such as simpler design, lower development costs, and easier restartability, but comes with reduced performance compared to conventional cycles. Previous research has primarily...
master thesis 2023
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