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Kukkola, Max (author)
Heterogeneous materials are vital for both the modern engineer and inquisitive scientist alike. They make up a vital material class that can either form inevitably as a result of material processing (such as crystallization in metals) or can be intentionally designed for to gain desirable properties (such as anisotropy in composites). As such,...
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van Dijk, M.P. (author)
From the perspective of wheelchair sports practice, there is a growing need to provide feedback on power output. Power can be used to monitor athletes' fitness and fatigue levels, thereby preventing overtraining and potential injuries, to individualize and analyze training programs, and it is also an objective measure of effort or intensity....
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Raue, Timothy (author)
This thesis introduces a new computational methodology to solve partial differential equations within cracked domains, focusing on coupling in-crack physics with the adjacent environment. The crack is represented discretely, allowing to describe explicitly the crack opening, which is a key parameter in the description of the in-crack physics....
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Bagirov, Aslan (author)
Structural design for unconventional aircraft can be quite challenging and could undergo<br/>many iterations until a solution is found for all load-cases such as static sizing, stability and<br/>crashworthiness. Ultimately, all of the design aspect are integrated in the earliest design<br/>changes for which Topology Optimization (TO) could...
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Sousamli, M. (author)
There is a very popular fable, dating back to the early 1800s, about three little pigs that build their houses of different materials and a wolf that tries to catch them by blowing down their houses. From the three houses built from straws, sticks or bricks, only the house made out of bricks withstands the blow of the wolf. Although the moral of...
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Durieux, Killian (author)
Dynamic balancing can offer significant benefits to applications where moving parts are present. It aims to reduce the reaction forces and moments due to inertia of the parts, thereby reducing vibrations. Dynamic balancing receives significant academic interest for planar and spatial applications, but limited attention for spherical mechanisms....
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Novikov, A. (author)
Safe and sustainable exploitation of geo-energy resources requires not only a comprehensive evaluation of the performance and economics of the corresponding projects but also the assessments of the associated risks, including the risk of induced seismicity. Indeed, seismic events may arise from the reactivation of natural faults and fractures...
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van Velden, Joran (author)
In this study, a promising design for a compact, ultra-linear Compliant Torsion Reinforced Sarrus mechanism (CORS), capable of achieving ultra-linear motion is presented. The CORS prototype, made entirely of aluminum, is produced monolithically using electric discharge machining (EDM). The design incorporates four torsion-reinforced folded leaf...
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Zhang, A. (author)
Bio-mediated methods, such as microbially induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) and enzyme induced carbonate precipitation (EICP), have gained considerable attention as alternatives to invasive ground improvement techniques. MICP and EICP use biogeochemical processes to drive carbonate precipitation and bind soil grains, thereby improving the...
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Maggioli, Filippo (author)
Finite Element Methods (FEMs) are widely employed for damage simulation in composites, with the Cohesive Zone Model (CZM) being particularly favored for its robustness and scalability. Despite the CZM's mesh-dependent nature, the Discontinuous Galerkin Cohesive Zone Model (DG/CZM) formulation allows for relatively arbitrary crack propagation...
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de Bie, Melissa (author)
Introduction<br/>Patient-ventilator asynchrony (PVA) poses a significant challenge in the management of mechanically ventilated patients, contributing to adverse clinical outcomes. Current methods of detecting PVA rely on visual assessment by clinicians, leading to subjectivity and inconsistency. Therefore, there is a need for automated...
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Ren, S. (author)
The increasing popularity of sustainable asphalt pavement stems from its advantageous attributes, such as cost-saving, environmental protection, and reductions in energy and material consumption. Although there is a desire to maximize the reuse of reclaimed asphalt (RA) waste materials in road construction, this is hindered by the poor...
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Ma, L. (author)
Extensive transportation infrastructure is crucial for enabling efficient transportation and fostering economic development. However, the operation of roadways contributes to escalating environmental and societal issues, including noise pollution and carbon emissions. To achieve a balance between economy, environment, and society, growing focus...
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Volkers, Bas (author)
Individualizing mechanical ventilation treatment regimes remains a challenge in the intensive care unit (ICU). Reinforcement Learning (RL) offers the potential to improve patient outcomes and reduce mortality risk, by optimizing ventilation treatment regimes. We focus on the Offline RL setting, using Offline Policy Evaluation (OPE), specifically...
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Shenoy, Rajath (author)
The human eye is a very delicate yet highly intricate organ, and treatments such as cataract surgery call for meticulous precision. Ophthalmologists hone their skills over years of practice, which they initially acquired during their studies in medical schools. Basic skills such as globe fixation and capsulorhexis training have a very steep...
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de Groot, Patrick (author)
Current service and installation activities for offshore wind turbines are carried out by jack-up vessels, which eliminate wave disturbances to a large extent. The use of these vessels imposes several disadvantages, including high operational costs and the limitation of operating in restricted water depths. An alternative is a crane mounted on a...
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Bom, Alexander (author)
Drones are increasingly used nowadays, primarily for visual inspection tasks facilitated by onboard cameras. The field of aerial manipulation tries to expand the capabilities of drones by attaching a manipulator, enabling physical interaction. Unfortunately, the usability of aerial manipulators is hindered by disturbances resulting from the...
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Zheng, Qinyi (author)
Micro-indentation testing has shown great promise in extracting local mechanical properties of ductile metal materials. Although the relevant contact physics has been well revealed since the 19th century, interpreting the indentation data still poses many challenges at the application level. Regarding one of the mainstream methodologies for...
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Theodorakis, Petros (author)
There is no argument against the need to achieve other value types in infrastructure projects to meet the actors' expectations and broader organizational goals. The value engineering approach, later adjusted under the term 'value management,' achieves desired functions at the lowest cost through a set of workshop activities. Integrating value...
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Hompes, Jouke (author)
Flexible robotics offers promising solutions for navigating complex environments, and this study contributes to its advancement through innovative methodologies optimizing both flexible robotic arm kinematics and a novel flexible actuator. The first methodology focuses on optimizing kinematics using quadratic programming, enabling the...
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