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Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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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

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Study of Varying Boundary Layer Height on Turret Flow Structures, Renato Jelic

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Fixed-wing Aircraft Combat Survivability Analysis for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Christopher L. Jerome

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Tension-Compression Fatigue of Hi-Nicalon/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composite at 1200°C in Air and Steam, Tyler P. Jones

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X-HALE: the Development of a Research Platform for the Validation of Nonlinear Aeroelastic Codes, Alexander A. Kaszynski

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Simulations for the Test Flight of an Experimental HALE Aircraft, Brooke E. Kaszynski

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Follower-Force Experiments with Geometric Non-Linear Coupling for Analytical Validation, Tae H. Kim

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Notch Sensitivity of Fatigue Behavior of a Hi-Nicalon/SiC Ceramic Composite with an Oxidation Inhibited Matrix at 1200°C in Air and in Steam, Garrett M. Kurtz

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Two-Dimensional, Time-Dependent Plasma Structures of a Hall Effect Thruster, David Liu

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Heat Transfer Experiments on a Pulse Detonation Driven Combustor, Nicholas C. Longo

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Coupled Radiation-Gasdynamic Solution Method for Hypersonic Shock Layers in Thermochemical Nonequilibrium, Christopher L. Martin Jr.

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Design of Attitude Control Actuators for a Simulated Spacecraft, Christopher G. McChesney

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Small Internal Combustion Engine Testing for a Hybrid-Electric Remotely-Piloted Aircraft, Isseyas H. Mengistu

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Development of Photographic Dynamic Measurements Applicable to Evaluation of Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, Jeremy C. Murray

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Design and Characterization of a Space Based Chromotomographic Hyperspectral Imaging Experiment, Jason D. Niederhauser

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Detonation Propagation through Ducts in a Pulsed Detonation Engine, Jeffrey M. Nielsen

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CubeSat Packaged Electrospray Thruster Evaluation for Enhanced Operationally Responsive Space Capabilities, Scott T. Ober

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Airborne Pseudolites in a Global Positioning System Degraded, Halit Oktay

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Experimental Measurements of Store Separation Using Dry Ice Models in a Subsonic Flow, Michael C. Paul

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Conceptual Design Tool to Analyze Electrochemically-Powered Micro Air Vehicles, Douglas J. Pederson

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Sizing Analysis for Aircraft Utilizing Hybrid-Electronic Propulsion Systems, Matthew D. Rippl

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Stochastic Real-time Optimal Control: A Pseudospectral Approach for Bearing-Only Trajectory Optimization, Steven M. Ross

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Optimization of Hybrid-Electric Propulsion Systems for Small Remotely-Piloted Aircraft, Todd A. Rotramel

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Operational Characteristics of a Rotating Detonation Engine Using Hydrogen and Air, Rachel M. Russo

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Effect of Atmospheric Pressure and Temperature on a Small Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engine's Performance, Peter J. Schmick

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Increasing the Performance of a Sliding Discharge Actuator Through the Application of Multiple Potentials, Steven D. Seney Jr.

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Process for Refining and Validating a Finite Element Model of an Experimental High-Altitude, Long-Endurance (HALE) Aircraft, Nicholas A. Sinnokrak

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Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle Wing Manufacture and Force Testing, Nathanael J. Sladek

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Nonintrusive Microwave Diagnostics of Collisional Plasmas in Hall Thrusters and Dielectric Barrier Discharges, Joshua A. Stults

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Improved Collision Modeling for Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Methods, Sarah E. Summers

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Biological investigation of the stimulated flapping motions of the moth, Manduca sexta, Travis B. Tubbs

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Perimeter Security and Intruder Detection Using Gravity Gradiometry: A Feasibility Study, Jared D. Tuinstra

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Using a Gatling-Gun Configured Micro Pulsed Plasma Thruster as a Means to Control Micro Satellites with Extreme Precision, Lee I. Watson

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Stochastic Orbit Prediction Using KAM Tori, Max W. Yates

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Assembly, Integration, and Test Methods for Operationally Responsive Space Satellites, Lisa A. Baghal

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Development of a Flapping Wing Design Incorporating Shape Memory Alloy Actuation, Jeffrey A. Barrett

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Minimizing Losses in a Space Laser Power Beaming System, Charlie T. Bellows