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Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Flexible Twist for Pitch Control in a High Altitude Long Endurance Aircraft with Nonlinear Response, Vanessa L. Bond

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Creep-Rupture and Fatigue Behavior of a Notched Oxide/Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite at Elevated Temperature, Barth H. Boyer

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Finite Element Simulation Methods for Dry Sliding Wear, Aaron J. Chmiel

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Extending CFD Modeling to Near-Continuum Flows Using Enhanced Thermophysical Modeling, Abram E. Claycomb

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A Comparison of Moiré Interferometry And Digital Image Correlation, Ryan J. Davidson

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Modeling GPS Satellite Orbits Using KAM Tori, Rachel M. Derbis

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Hypermixer Pylon Fuel Injection for Scramjet Combustors, Jason C. Doster

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The Impact of Heat Release in Turbine Film Cooling, Dave S. Evans

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PIV-Based Examination of Deep Stall on an Oscillating Air foil, Daniel E. Fredberg

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Pylon Effects on a Scramjet Cavity Flameholder Flowfield, Andrew B. Freeborn

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An Experimental Technique for Developing Intermediate Strain Rates in Ductile Metals, Hugh E. Gardenier IV

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Effects of Environment on Creep Behavior of Nextel 720/Alumina-Mullite Ceramic Composite at 1200°C, Christopher L. Genelin

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Characterization and Control of Carbon Dioxide Seed Particle Image Velocimetry, Bartt G. Greene

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Uncorrelated Track Avoidance, Darrell L. Grob

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Determining the Capability Requirements for a Space Based Optical Sensor to Determine the Trajectory of an Incoming Antisatellite Weapon, Mesut Gulmus

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Demonstrative Maneuvers for Aircraft Agility Predictions, David M. Hall

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Laser Diagnostic System Validation and Ultra-Compact Combustor Characterization, Terry B. Hankins

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Evaluation of Nanocomposites as Lightweight Electronic Enclosures for Satellites' Applications, Benjamin T. Harder

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Direct Initiation through Detonation Branching in a Pulsed Detonation Engine, Alexander R. Hausman

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Dynamic Supersonic Base Store Ejection Simulation Using Beggar, Michael D. Johnson

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A Constraint Based Approach for Building Operationally Responsive Satellites, Mesut O. Kahraman

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Optimal Re-entry Trajectory Terminal State Due to Variations in Waypoint Locations., William J. Karasz

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Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Skip Entry Trajectory, Emre Kaya

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Contamination Study of Micro Pulsed Plasma Thrusters, Ceylan Kesenek

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On-Board Thermal Management of Waste Heat from a High-Energy Device, Nathan D. Klatt

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Laser-Induced Fluorescence and Performance Analysis of the Ultra-Compact Combustor, Patrick J. Lakusta

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A Novel Method Characterizing the Impact Response of Functionally Graded Plates, Reid A. Larson

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Analysis of Multi-Layered Materials under High Velocity Impact Using CTH, Jason K. Lee

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Computational Design of Upperstage Chamber, Aerospike, & Cooling Jacket for Dual-Expander Rocket Engine, David F. Martin II

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Heat Transfer Due to Unsteady Effects as Investigated in a High-Speed, Full-Scale, Fully-Cooled Turbine Vane and Rotor Stage, Jonathan R. Mason

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Extension of Viscoplasticity Based on Overstress to Capture the Effects of Prior Aging on the Time Dependent Deformation Behavior of a High-Temperature Polymer: Experiments and Modeling, Amber J. W. McClung

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Velocity Estimate Following Air Data System Failure, Scott A. Mclaren

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Filtered Rayleigh Scattering Measurements in a Buoyant Flow Field, Steven M. Meents

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Fuel Composition Analysis of Endothermically Heated JP-8 Fuel for Use in a Pulse Detonation Engine, Eric A. Nagley

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The Effect of Elevated Temperature on the Fretting Fatigue Behavior of Nickel Alloy IN-100, John F. Ownby

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Vibration Analysis of Commercial Thermal Barrier Coatings, Lindell E. Pearson

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A Static Aeroelastic Analysis of a Flexible Wing Mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Nathan A. Pitcher

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Initial Determination of Low Earth Orbits Using Commercial Telescopes, Matthew M. Schmunk

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Hall Thruster Plume Diagnostics Utilizing Microwave Interferometry, Vipul Sharma

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Handling Qualities Evaluation of a Supersonic Tailless Air Vehicle, Steven W. Speares

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Optimal Control of Electrodynamic Tethers, Robert E. Stevens

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Design of an Oxygen Turbopump for a Dual Expander Cycle Rocket Engine, William S. Strain

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Biomimetic Micro Air Vehicle Testing Development and Small Scale Flapping-Wing Analysis, Craig E. Svanberg

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Real-Time Navigation and Flight Path Generation for Tracking Stop-and-Go Targets with Miniature Air Vehicles, Nate A. Terning

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Space Based Satellite Tracking and Characterization Utilizing Non-Imaging Passive Sensors, Bradley R. Townsend

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Damage Detection Analysis Using Lamb Waves in Restricted Geometry for Aerospace Applications, Roman T. Underwood

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Advanced Cathodes for Next Generation Electric Propulsion Technology, Dustin J. Warner

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Analyzing Carbohydrate-Based Regenerative Fuel Cells as a Power Source for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Olek Wojnar

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Minimizing Secular J2 Perturbation Effects on Satellite Formations, Jonathan W. Wright

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Creep Behavior of Oxide/Oxide Composites with Monazite Fiber Coating at 1100°C in Air and in Steam Environments, Tufan Yeleser

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Structural Stability of a Joined-Wing Sensorcraft, Brandon J. Adams

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Design, Construction, and Validation of the AFIT Small Scale Combustion Facility and Section Model of the Ultra-Compact Combustor, Wesley S. Anderson

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Lamb Wave Propagation in Varying Thermal Environments, Jennifer P. Andrews

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Comparative Analysis of a High Bypass Turbofan using a Pulsed Detonation Combustor, Ionio Q. Andrus

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Raman Scattering Study of Supercritical Bi-Component Mixtures Injected into a Subcritical Environment, Young Man An

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Effects of Prior Aging on the Creep Response of Carbon Fiber Reinforced PMR-15 Neat Resin at 288°C in an Air Environment, Christopher A. Back

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Optimal Control of a Circulare Satellite Formation Subject to Gravitational Perturbations, Jason L. Baldwin

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Investigation into Nanocomposites for Applications in Lightning Strike Protection, Matthew S. Bond, James A. Rodriguez, and Hieut T. Nguyen

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Effects of Temperature and Environment on Creep Behavior of an Oxide-Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite, Jason C. Braun

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Effects of Prior Aging at Elevated Temperature in Air and in Argon Environments on Creep Response of PMR-15 Neat Resin, Joseph L. Broeckert

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Spacecraft Proximity Operations Used to Estimate the Dynamical & Physical Properties of a Resident Space Object, Abraham F. Brunner

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Comparative Study of Aerodynamic Interference During AFT Dispense of Munitions, Matthew G. Burkinshaw

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Autonomous Unmarked Aerial Rendezvous for Automated Aerial Refueling (AAR), Brian S. Burns

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An Evaluation of High Velocity Wear, Gregory J. Cameron

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Investigating Hastily-Formed Collaborative Networks, Joshua S. Campbell, Stanley L. Cooley, Matthew F. Durkin, and Brian K. Maddocks

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Quantifying Non-Equilibrium in Hypersonic Flows Using Entropy Generation, Ryan W. Carr

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CFD Investigation of Flow Past Idealized Engine Nacelle Clutter /// Computational fluid dynamics investigation of flow past idealized engine nacelle clutter, Matthew S. Caspers

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Damage Detection Using Lamb Waves for Structural Health Monitoring, Jeffrey S. Crider II

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Development of Cursor-on-Target Control for Semi-Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Joshua D. Crouse

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Automated Carrier Landing of an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle Using Dynamic Inversion, Nicholas A. Denison

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Flight Dynamic Response of HALE Aircraft to KC-135 Flowfield, Amanda J. Devuono

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Experimental Investigation of Oblique Wing Aerodynamics at Low Speed, Matthew J. Dillsaver

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An Analysis of Aircraft Handling Quality Data Obtained from Boundary Avoidance Tracking Flight Test Techniques, Jason D. Dotter

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Dynamic Response of a Collidant Impacting a Low Pressure Airbag, Peter A. Dreher

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CFD Investigation of Effect of Depth to Diameter Ratio on Dimple Flow // Computational fluid dynamics investigation of effect of depth to diameter ratio on dimple flow dynamics, Robert B. Etter

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Active Control of a Thin Deformable In-Plane Actuated Mirror, Thomas P. Gabriele Jr.

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Optimal Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Aerodynamic Torques, Michael L. Gargasz

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A Systems Engineering Approach to Analyzing Weather Input Sensitivities of the Joint Precision Air Drop System, David L. Gemas

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Satellite Attitude Control Using Atmopheric Drag, David B. Guettler

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Satellite Formation Control Using Atmospheric Drag, Blake B. Hajovsky

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Finite Element Analysis of Lamb Waves Acting within a Thin Aluminum Plate, SeJin Han

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Experimental Characterization of Turbulent Flow Around Cylinder Arrays, Adam D. Harder

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Fuel Estimation Using Dynamic Response, Michael S. Hines

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Experimental Investigation of Turbojet Thrust Augmentation Using an Ejector, David A. Hoffman

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Catalytic Partial Oxidation Reforming of JP8 and S8, Thomas G. Howell

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Optimal Control Strategies for Constrained Relative Orbits, David J. Irvin Jr.

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Common Aero Vehicle Autonomous Reentry Trajectory Optimization Satisfying Waypoint and No-Fly Zone Constraints, Timothy R. Jorris

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Tension-Compression Fatigue Behavior of a Carbon Fiber/Epoxy (IM7/EPON 862) Composite Fabricated Using Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding Process, David W. Katwyk

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The Aerodynamic Performance of the Houck Configuration Flow Guides, Dermot N. Killian II

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Validation of the AFIT Small Scale Combustion Facility and OH Laser-Induced Fluorescence of an Atmospheric Laminar Premiext ed Flame, Stephen J. Koether

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Effect of Prior Aging on Fatigue Behavior of IM7/BMI 5250-4 Composite at 191°C, Christine G. Ladrido

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The Effects of Environment on the Interlaminar Shear Performance of an Oxide/Oxide Ceramic Matrix Composite at Elevated Temperature, Patrick D. Laffey

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High Temperature Degradation of 5250-4 Polymer Resin, Patrick E. Link

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Wide Area Search and Engagement Simulation Validation, Michael J. Marlin

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Filtered Rayleigh Scattering Measurements in a Bouyant Flowfield, Christopher C. McGaha

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Demonstration of Clean Particle Seeding for Particle Image Velocimetry in a Closed Circuit supersonic Wind Tunnel, Charles M. McNiel

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Damage Considerations of a Flexible Micro Air Vehicle Wing Using 3-D Laser Vibrometry, Leo L. Mendoza Jr.

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Final Development, Testing, and Flight Preparation of the Rigidizable Get-Away-Special Experiment (RIGEX), Zachary R. Miller

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Quick-Turn Finite Element Analysis for Plug-and Play Satellite Structures, Jeffrey E. Naff

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Process Improvements for the AH-64 Tail Rotor Vibration Analysis, Mark C. Newkirk