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Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Opto-Mechanical Design of a Chromotomographic Imager Direct-Vision Prism Element, Timothy E. Coon

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Evaluation of the Thorax of Manduca Sexta for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Applications, Brian C. Cranston

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Application of Finite Element to Evaluate Material with Small Modulus of Elasticity, Boyce H. Dauby

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Characterization of Rotating Detonation Engine Exhaust Through Nozzle Guide Vanes, Nick D. DeBarmore

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Aerodynamic Performance and Particle Image Velocimetery of Piezo Actuated Biomimetic Manduca Sexta Engineered Wings Towards the Design and Application of a Flapping Wing Flight Vehicle., Anthony M. DeLuca

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Biaxial (Tension-Torsion) Testing of an Oxide/Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite, Joseph M. DeRienzo

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Real-Time, Multiple Pan/Tilt/Zoom Computer Vision Tracking and 3D Positioning System for Unmanned Aerial System Metrology, Daniel D. Doyle

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Computational Simulation of Explosively Generated Pulsed Power Devices, Mollie C. Drumm

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Using Hysteretic Energy to Evaluate Damping Characteristics of Hard Coating on Titanium, Colin C. Engebretsen

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Crack Initiation and Growth Behavior at Corrosion Pit in 7075-T6 High Strength Aluminum Alloy, Eric M. Hunt

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Effects of Temperature on the Performance of a Small Internal Combustion Engine at Altitude, Travis D. Husaboe

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Dynamic Constellation Tasking and Management, Steven P. Ingraham

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Design of a Control Moment Gyroscope Attitude Actuation System for the Attitude Control Subsystem Proving Ground, Samuel C. Johnson

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A Study of the Thermal Environment Developed by a Traveling Slipper at High Velocity, Kathleen H. Le

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Development of Optimized Piezoelectric Bending Actuators for Use in an Insect Sized Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle, Robert K. Lenzen

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Finite Element Analysis of a Highly Flexible Flapping Wing, Justin K. Mason

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Design of a Lighter than Air Vehicle that Achieves Positive Buoyancy in Air Using a Vacuum, Trent T. Metlen

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Experimental Characterization of the Structural Dynamics and Aero-Structural Sensitivity of a Hawkmoth Wing Toward the Development of Design Rules for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, Aaron G. Norris

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Training Maneuver Evaluation for Reduced Order Modeling of Stability & Control Properties Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Craig C. Porter

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Film Cooling in Fuel Rich Environments, Jacob J. Robertson

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Trajectory Optimization for Spacecraft Collision Avoidance, James W. Sales

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Creep of Hi-Nicalon S Fiber Tows at Elevated Temperature in Air and in Steam, Theodore R. Shillig

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Heat Exchanger Design and Testing for a 6-Inch Rotating Detonation Engine, Scott W. Theuerkauf

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Experimental Analysis of Dampened Breathing Mode Oscillation on Hall Effect Thruster Performance, Christopher D. Vineski

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Characterizing G-Loading, Swirl Direction and Rayleigh Losses in an Ultra Compact Combustor, Jacob D. Wilson

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Porous Emitter Colloid Thruster Performance Characterization Using Optical Techniques, Eric T. Wolf

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Material Characterization for Composite Materials in Load Bearing Wave Guides, Gabriel Almodovar

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Integration, Testing and Validation, of a Small Hybrid-Electric Remotely-Piloted Aircraft, Joseph K. Ausserer

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Satellite Relative Motion Control for MIT's SPHERES Program, Samuel P. Barbaro

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CubeSat Attitude Determination and Helmholtz Cage Design, Megan R. Brewer

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Plume Characterization of Busek 600W Hall Thruster, Duc Minh Bui

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Accurate Modeling of Stability and Control Properties for Fighter Aircraft from CFD, Jedediah H. Butler

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Determination of Effective Crossover Location and Dimensions for Branched Detonation in a Pulsed Detonation Engine, Louis A. Camardo II

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Investigation into Suitability of Geopolymers (Illite & Metakaolin) for the Space Environment, Brandon T. Cesul

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Computational Analysis and Characterization of RC-135 External Aerodynamics, Michael G. Chenery

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Operationally Responsive Spacecraft Using Electric Propulsion, Thomas C. Co

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Hybrid Solution of Stochastic Optimal Control Problems using Gauss Pseudospectral Method and Generalized Polynomial Chaos Algorithms, Gerald C. Cottrill

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Increasing Reliability of a Small 2-Stroke Internal Combustion Engine for Dynamically Changing Attitudes, Steven C. Crosbie

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Gravitational Lens: Deep Space Probe Design, Berkley R. Davis

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Impact of Trench and Ramp Film Cooling Designs to Reduce Heat Release Effects in a Reacting Flow, Michael R. DeLallo

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Conceptual Layout of Wing Structure using Topology Optimization for Morphing Micro Air Vehicles in a Perching Maneuver, James R. Elgersma

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Effect of Accessory Power Take-off Variation on a Turbofan Engine Performance, Anis Faidi

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Freedrop Testing and CFD Simulation of Ice Models from a Cavity into Supersonic Flow, Thomas J. Flora

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Applications of Aerodynamic Forces for Spacecraft Orbit Maneuverability in Operationally Responsive Space and Space Reconstitution Needs, Matthew N. Goodson

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CFD Transient Simulation of an Isolator Shock Train in a Scramjet Engine, Troy C. Hoeger

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Evaluation of the Thorax of Manduca Sexta for Flapping-Wing Micro Air Vehicle Applications, Alex C. Hollenbeck

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Validation of the Chemistry Module for the Euler Solver in Unified Flow Solver, William C. Humphrey Jr.

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Electromagnetic Interference Behavior of Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes and Carbon Nanofibers Composites Under Fatigue, Peter A. Hunt

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Cooling Requirements for the Ultra Compact Combuster, Donald D. Johnson

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Genetic Algorithm Optimization of a Film Cooling Array on a Modern Turbine Inlet Vane, Jamie J. Johnson

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Novel Discretization Schemes for the Numerical Simulation of Membrane Dynamics, Kyle F. Kolsti

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Characterization of Centrifugally-Loaded Flame Migration for Ultra-Compact Combustors, Kenneth D. LeBay

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Effects of Front-Loading and Stagger Angle on Endwall Losses of High Lift Low Pressure Turbine Vanes, Michael E. Lyall

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Methane Dual Expander Aerospike Nozzle Rocket Engine, Michael D. Moen

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The Characterization of Material Properties and Structural Dynamics of the Manduca Sexta Forewing for Application to Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Design, Ryan P. O'Hara

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Application of Multi-Input Multi-Output Feedback Control for F-16 Ventral Fin Buffet Alleviation Using Piezoelectric Actuators, Tomoyuki D. Ono

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Development of a Star Tracker-Based Reference System for Accurate Attitude Determination of a Simulated Spacecraft, Jorge G. Padro

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Desensitizing Flame Structure and Exhaust Emissions to Flow Parameters in an Ultra-Compact Combuster, Adam K. Parks

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Creep Behavior in Interlaminar Shear of a CVI SiC/SiC Composite at Elevated Temperatures in Air and Steam, Matthew T. Pope

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Unsteady Specific Work and Isentropic Efficiency of a Radial Turbine Driven by Pulsed Detonations, Kurt P. Rouser

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The Effect of Elevated Temperature on the Inelastic Deformation Behavior of PMR-15 Solid Polymer, Chad E. C. Ryther

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The Effects of Observations and Maneuvers on Orbit Solutions, Christine M. Schudrowitz

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Development and Testing of a Rotating Detonation Engine Run on Hydrogen and Air, Jason C. Shank

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Scaling Study of Wave Rotor Turbo-normalization of a Small Internal Combustion Engine, Brandon D. Smith

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Creep of Hi-Nicalon S Ceramic Fiber Tows at Elevated Temperature in Air and in Steam, Benjamin R. Steffens

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Characteristics, Causes, and Evaluation of Helicopter Particulate Obstruction, Michael P. Sullivan

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A Finite Element Analysis of a Carbon Fiber Composite Micro Air Vehicle Wing, Theodore A. Szelag

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Reynolds Number Effects on Thrust Coefficients and PIV for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, John P. Tekell

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Build Up and Operation of an Axial Turbine Driven by a Rotary Detonation Engine, Jonathan R. Tellefsen

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Empirical Characterization of Unconstrained Tape Spring Deployment Dynamics, Daniel M. Williams

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Boundary Layer Measurements in the Trisonic Gas-dynamics Facility using Particle Image Velocimetry with CO₂ Seeding, Daniel B. Wolfe

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Predicting the Wear of High Speed Rocket Sleds, Lauren B. Wuertemberger

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Trajectory Control and Optimization for Responsive Spacecraft, Constantinos Zagaris

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Design and Control of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, Michael L. Anderson

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Creep Performance of Oxide Ceramic Fiber Materials at Elevated Temperature in Air and in Steam, Clinton J. Armani

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Time Resolved Filtered Rayleigh Scattering Measurement of a Centrifugally Loaded Buoyant Jet, Firas Benhassen

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Spacecraft Demand Tasking and Skip Entry Responsive Maneuvers, Robert A. Bettinger

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Analysis of Flow Migration in an Ultra-Compact Combustor, Brian T. Bohan

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Airborne Wind Energy: Implementation and Design for the U.S. Air Force, Troy L. Cahoon

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Photogrammetric Measurement of Recession Rates of Low Temperature Ablators Subjected to High Speed Flow, David W. Callaway

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A Relay-Rover Differential Game, Youngdong Choi

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Evaluation of Nanocomposites for Shielding Electromagnetic Interference, Kenneth Y. Chong

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An Investigation of Cavity Resonance and its Relationship to Store Force and Moment Loading, Christopher J. Coley

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Repeatable Manufacture of Wings for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles Using Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) Fabrication Techniques, David S. Dawson

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Performance Characterization of a Novel Plasma Thruster to Provide a Revolutionary Operationally Responsive Space Capability with Micro- and Nano-Satellites, John-David C. De la Harpe

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Manufacturing and Evaluation of a Biologically Inspired Engineered MAV Wing Compared to the Manduca Sexta Wing Under Simulated Flapping Conditions, Nathanial E. Deleon

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CH-47D Rotating System Fault Sensing for Condition Based Maintenance, Stephen M. Dickerson

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An Experimental Characterization of the Mechanical Properties of Thermal Barrier Coatings at Elevated Temperatures, Oliver T. Easterday

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Vibration Interaction in a Multiple Flywheel System, Jordan A. Firth

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Radial Distribution of Absorption in a Cesium Heat Pipe with Axial Laser Heating, Charles D. Fox

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KAM Torus Frequency Generation from Two-Line Element Sets, Gregory R. Frey

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Implementation of a Rule-Based Open-Loop Control Strategy for a Hybrid-Electric Propulsions System on a Small RPA, Collin Greiser

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Effects of Air Drag and Lunar Third-Body Perturbations on Motion Near a Reference KAM Torus, Luke J. Hagen

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Optimized Dual Expander Aerospike Rocket, Joshua N. Hall

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Background-Oriented Schlieren Pattern Optimization, Jeffery E. Hartberger

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Characterization of Horizontally-Issuing Reacting Buoyant Jets, Joshua J. Heffernen

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Osculating Relative Orbit Elements Resulting from Chief Eccentricity and J2 Perturbing Forces, Joshuah A. Hess

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Revolutionizing Space Propulsion Through the Characterization of Iodine as Fuel for Hall-Effect Thrusters, Adam C. Hillier

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The Use of Various Failure Criteria as Applied to High Speed Wear, David A. Huber

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Scramjet Isolator Modeling and Control, John R. Hutzel