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Theses from 2023 2023.

Device Design for Inducing Aneurysm-Susceptible Flow Conditions Onto Endothelial Cells , hans f. foelsche, Mechanical Engineering

Thermal Conductivity and Mechanical Properties of Interlayer-Bonded Graphene Bilayers , Afnan Mostafa, Mechanical Engineering

Wind-Wave Misalignment Effects on Multiline Anchor Systems for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines , Doron T. Rose, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2022 2022

A Simplified Fluid Dynamics Model of Ultrafiltration , Christopher Cardimino, Mechanical Engineering

Local Nanomechanical Variations of Cold-sprayed Tantalum Coatings , Dhrubajyoti Chowdhury, Mechanical Engineering

Aerodynamically Augmented Air-Hockey Pucks , Madhukar Prasad, Mechanical Engineering

Analysis of Low-Induction Rotors for Increased Power Production , Jack E. Rees, Mechanical Engineering

Application of the New IEC International Design Standard for Offshore Wind Turbines to a Reference Site in the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy Area , Samuel C. Roach, Mechanical Engineering

Applications of Thermal Energy Storage with Electrified Heating and Cooling , Erich Ryan, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2021 2021

Design and Testing of a Foundation Raised Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter , Jacob R. Davis, Mechanical Engineering

Wind Turbine Power Production Estimation for Better Financial Agreements , Shanon Fan, Mechanical Engineering

Finite Element Analysis of Impact and Cohesion of Cold Sprayed Particles onto Non-Planar Surfaces , Zhongkui Liu, Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Design and Analysis: High-Precision Microcontact Printhead for Roll-to-Roll Printing of Flexible Electronics , Mehdi Riza, Mechanical Engineering

Jet Breakup Dynamics of Inkjet Printing Fluids , Kashyap Sundara Rajan, Mechanical Engineering

Ground Source Heat Pumps: Considerations for Large Facilities in Massachusetts , Eric Wagner, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2020 2020

Modeling of Electrical Grid Systems to Evaluate Sustainable Electricity Generation in Pakistan , Muhammad Mustafa Amjad, Mechanical Engineering

A Study on Latent Thermal Energy Storage (LTES) using Phase Change Materials (PCMs) 2020 , Ritvij Dixit, Mechanical Engineering

SunDown: Model-driven Per-Panel Solar Anomaly Detection for Residential Arrays , Menghong Feng, Mechanical Engineering

Nozzle Clogging Prevention and Analysis in Cold Spray , Alden Foelsche, Mechanical Engineering

Short Term Energy Forecasting for a Microgird Load using LSTM RNN , Akhil Soman, Mechanical Engineering

Optimization of Thermal Energy Storage Sizing Using Thermodynamic Analysis , Andrew Villanueva, Mechanical Engineering

Fabrication of Binder-Free Electrodes Based on Graphene Oxide with CNT for Decrease of Resistance , Di Zhang, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2019 2019

Computational Fluid Dynamics Models of Electromagnetic Levitation Experiments in Reduced Gravity , Gwendolyn Bracker, Mechanical Engineering

Forecasting the Cost of Electricity Generated by Offshore Wind Turbines , Timothy Costa, Mechanical Engineering

Optical-Fiber-Based Laser-Induced Cavitation for Dynamic Mechanical Characterization of Soft Materials , Qian Feng, Mechanical Engineering

On the Fuel Spray Applications of Multi-Phase Eulerian CFD Techniques , Gabriel Lev Jacobsohn, Mechanical Engineering

Topology Network Optimization of Facility Planning and Design Problems , Ravi Ratan Raj Monga, Mechanical Engineering

The Promise of VR Headsets: Validation of a Virtual Reality Headset-Based Driving Simulator for Measuring Drivers’ Hazard Anticipation Performance , Ganesh Pai Mangalore, Mechanical Engineering

Ammonia Production from a Non-Grid Connected Floating Offshore Wind-Farm: A System-Level Techno-Economic Review , Vismay V. Parmar, Mechanical Engineering

Calculation of Scalar Isosurface Area and Applications , Kedar Prashant Shete, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2018 2018

Electroplating of Copper on Tungsten Powder , Richard Berdos, Mechanical Engineering


Streamwise Flow-Induced Oscillations of Bluff Bodies - The Influence of Symmetry Breaking , Tyler Gurian, Mechanical Engineering

Thermal Radiation Measurement and Development of Tunable Plasmonic Thermal Emitter Using Strain-induced Buckling in Metallic Layers , Amir Kazemi-Moridani, Mechanical Engineering

Restructuring Controllers to Accommodate Plant Nonlinearities , Kushal Sahare, Mechanical Engineering

Application and Evaluation of Lighthouse Technology for Precision Motion Capture , Soumitra Sitole, Mechanical Engineering

High Strain Rate Dynamic Response of Aluminum 6061 Micro Particles at Elevated Temperatures and Varying Oxide Thicknesses of Substrate Surface , Carmine Taglienti, Mechanical Engineering

The Effects of Mechanical Loading and Tumor Factors on Osteocyte Dendrite Formation , Wenbo Wang, Mechanical Engineering

Microenvironment Regulates Fusion of Breast Cancer Cells , Peiran Zhu, Mechanical Engineering

Design for Sustainability through a Life Cycle Assessment Conceptual Framework Integrated within Product Lifecycle Management , Renpeng Zou, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2017 2017

Improving the Efficiency of Wind Farm Turbines using External Airfoils , Shujaut Bader, Mechanical Engineering

Evaluation Of Impedance Control On A Powered Hip Exoskeleton , Punith condoor, Mechanical Engineering

Experimental Study on Viscoelastic Fluid-Structure Interactions , Anita Anup Dey, Mechanical Engineering

BMI, Tumor Lesion and Probability of Femur Fracture: a Probabilistic Biomechanics Approach , Zhi Gao, Mechanical Engineering

A Magnetic Resonance Compatible Knee Extension Ergometer , Youssef Jaber, Mechanical Engineering

Non-Equispaced Fast Fourier Transforms in Turbulence Simulation , Aditya M. Kulkarni, Mechanical Engineering


Effects of Malformed or Absent Valves to Lymphatic Fluid Transport and Lymphedema in Vivo in Mice , Akshay S. Pujari, Mechanical Engineering

Electroless Deposition & Electroplating of Nickel on Chromium-Nickel Carbide Powder , Jeffrey Rigali, Mechanical Engineering

Numerical Simulation of Multi-Phase Core-Shell Molten Metal Drop Oscillations , Kaushal Sumaria, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2016 2016

Cold Gas Dynamic Spray – Characterization of Polymeric Deposition , Trenton Bush, Mechanical Engineering

Intent Recognition Of Rotation Versus Translation Movements In Human-Robot Collaborative Manipulation Tasks , Vinh Q. Nguyen, Mechanical Engineering

A Soft Multiple-Degree of Freedom Load Cell Based on The Hall Effect , Qiandong Nie, Mechanical Engineering

A Haptic Surface Robot Interface for Large-Format Touchscreen Displays , Mark Price, Mechanical Engineering

Numerical Simulation of High Velocity Impact of a Single Polymer Particle during Cold Spray Deposition , Sagar P. Shah, Mechanical Engineering

Tunable Plasmonic Thermal Emitter Using Metal-Coated Elastomeric Structures , Robert Zando, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2015 2015

Thermodynamic Analysis of the Application of Thermal Energy Storage to a Combined Heat and Power Plant , Benjamin McDaniel, Mechanical Engineering

Towards a Semantic Knowledge Management Framework for Laminated Composites , Vivek Premkumar, Mechanical Engineering


Optimal Topological Arrangement of Queues in Closed Finite Queueing Networks , Lening Wang, Mechanical Engineering

Creating a New Model to Predict Cooling Tower Performance and Determining Energy Saving Opportunities through Economizer Operation , Pranav Yedatore Venkatesh, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2014 2014

New Generator Control Algorithms for Smart-Bladed Wind Turbines to Improve Power Capture in Below Rated Conditions , Bryce B. Aquino, Mechanical Engineering


Design and Control of a Two-Wheeled Robotic Walker , Airton R. da Silva Jr., Mechanical Engineering

Free Wake Potential Flow Vortex Wind Turbine Modeling: Advances in Parallel Processing and Integration of Ground Effects , Nathaniel B. Develder, Mechanical Engineering

Buckling of Particle-Laden Interfaces , Theo Dias Kassuga, Mechanical Engineering

Modeling Dynamic Stall for a Free Vortex Wake Model of a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine , Evan M. Gaertner, Mechanical Engineering

An Experimental Study of the C-Start of a Mechanical Fish , Benjamin Kandaswamy Chinna Thambi, Mechanical Engineering

Measurement and Verification - Retro-Commissioning of a LEED Gold Rated Building Through Means of an Energy Model: Are Aggressive Energy Simulation Models Reliable? , Justin M. Marmaras, Mechanical Engineering

Development of a Support Structure for Multi-Rotor Wind Turbines , Gaurav Murlidhar Mate, Mechanical Engineering

Towards Accessible, Usable Knowledge Frameworks in Engineering , Jeffrey Mcpherson, Mechanical Engineering

A Consistent Algorithm for Implementing the Space Conservation Law , Venkata Pavan Pillalamarri Narasimha Rao, Mechanical Engineering

Kinetics of Aluminization and Homogenization in Wrought H-X750 Nickel-Base Superalloy , Sean Reilly, Mechanical Engineering

Single-Phase Turbulent Enthalpy Transport , Bradley J. Shields, Mechanical Engineering

CFD Simulation of the Flow around NREL Phase VI Wind Turbine , Yang Song, Mechanical Engineering

Selection of Outputs for Distributed Parameter Systems by Identifiability Analysis in the Time-scale Domain , Teergele, Mechanical Engineering

The Optimization of Offshore Wind Turbine Towers Using Passive Tuned Mass Dampers , Onur Can Yilmaz, Mechanical Engineering

Design of a Passive Exoskeleton Spine , Haohan Zhang, Mechanical Engineering


Theses from 2013 2013

Optimization of Mixing in a Simulated Biomass Bed Reactor with a Center Feeding Tube , Michael T. Blatnik, Mechanical Engineering

Continued Development of a Chilled Water System Analysis Tool for Energy Conservation Measures Evaluation , Ghanshyam Gaudani, Mechanical Engineering

Application of Finite Element Method in Protein Normal Mode Analysis , Chiung-fang Hsu, Mechanical Engineering

Asymmetric Blade Spar for Passive Aerodynamic Load Control , Charles Mcclelland, Mechanical Engineering

Background and Available Potential Energy in Numerical Simulations of a Boussinesq Fluid , Shreyas S. Panse, Mechanical Engineering

Techno-Economic Analysis of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems Used as an Electricity Storage Technology in a Wind Farm with Large Amounts of Intermittent Energy , Yash Sanghai, Mechanical Engineering

Multi Rotor Wind Turbine Design And Cost Scaling , Preeti Verma, Mechanical Engineering

Activity Intent Recognition of the Torso Based on Surface Electromyography and Inertial Measurement Units , Zhe Zhang, Mechanical Engineering

Theses from 2012 2012

Simulations of Non-Contact Creep in Regimes of Mixed Dominance , Maija Benitz, Mechanical Engineering

Techniques for Industrial Implementation of Emerging Semantic Technologies , Jay T. Breindel, Mechanical Engineering

Environmental Impacts Due to Fixed and Floating Offshore Wind Turbines , Micah K. Brewer, Mechanical Engineering

Physical Model of the Feeding Strike of the Mantis Shrimp , Suzanne M. Cox, Mechanical Engineering

Investigating the Relationship Between Material Property Axes and Strain Orientations in Cebus Apella Crania , Christine M. Dzialo, Mechanical Engineering

A Multi-Level Hierarchical Finite Element Model for Capillary Failure in Soft Tissue , Lu Huang, Mechanical Engineering

Finite Element Analysis of a Femur to Deconstruct the Design Paradox of Bone Curvature , Sameer Jade, Mechanical Engineering

Vortex-Induced Vibrations of an Inclined Cylinder in Flow , Anil B. Jain, Mechanical Engineering

Experimental Study of Stability Limits for Slender Wind Turbine Blades , Shruti Ladge, Mechanical Engineering

Semi-Active Damping for an Intelligent Adaptive Ankle Prosthesis , Andrew K. Lapre, Mechanical Engineering

A Finite Volume Approach For Cure Kinetics Simulation , Wei Ma, Mechanical Engineering

Effect of Slip on Flow Past Superhydrophobic Cylinders , Pranesh Muralidhar, Mechanical Engineering

High Speed Flow Simulation in Fuel Injector Nozzles , Sukanta Rakshit, Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering Theses and Dissertations

Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Metachronal Locomotion: Swimming, Scaling, and Schooling , Kuvvat Garayev

A Human-in-the-Loop Robot Grasping System with Grasp Quality Refinement , Tian Tan

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Health Effects of Oil Spills and Dispersal of Oil Droplets and Zooplankton by Langmuir Cells , Sanjib Gurung

Estimating the As-Placed Grout Volume of Auger Cast Piles , Tristen Mee

Hybrid RANS-LES Hemolytic Power Law Modeling of the FDA Blood Pump , Joseph Tarriela

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Dynamic Loading Directed Neural Stem Cell Differentiation , Abdullah Revaha Akdemir

An Investigation of Cross-links on Crystallization and Degradation in a Novel, PhotoCross-linkable Poly (Lactic Acid) System , Nicholas Baksh

A Framework to Aid Decision Making for Smart Manufacturing Technologies in Small-and Medium-Sized Enterprises , Purvee Bhatia

Formation of Gas Jets and Vortex Rings from Bursting Bubbles: Visualization, Kinematics, and Fluid Dynamics , Ali A. Dasouqi

Development of Carbon and Silicon Carbide Based Microelectrode Implantable Neural Interfaces , Chenyin Feng

Sulfate Optimization in the Cement-Slag Blended System Based on Calorimetry and Strength Studies , Mustafa Fincan

Interrelation of Thermal Stimulation with Haptic Perception, Emotion, and Memory , Mehdi Hojatmadani

Modeling the Ambient Conditions of a Manufacturing Environment Using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) , Yang Liu

Flow Visualization and Aerosol Characterization of Respiratory Jets Exhaled from a Mannequin Simulator , Sindhu Reddy Mutra

A Constitutive-Based Deep Learning Model for the Identification of Active Contraction Parameters of the Left Ventricular Myocardium , Igor Augusto Paschoalotte Nobrega

Sensible/Latent Hybrid Thermal Energy Storage for the Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Brayton Cycle , Kelly Osterman

Evaluating the Performance of Devices Engineering to Quantify the FARS Test , Harsh Patel

Event-Triggered Control Architectures for Scheduling Information Exchange in Uncertain and Multiagent Systems , Stefan Ristevski

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Experimental Investigation of Liquid Height Estimation and Simulation Verification of Bolt Tension Quantification Using Surface Acoustic Waves , Hani Alhazmi

Investigation of Navigation Systems for Size, Cost, and Mass Constrained Satellites , Omar Awad

Simulation and Verification of Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage , Marwan Mosubah Belaed

Control of a Human Arm Robotic Unit Using Augmented Reality and Optimized Kinematics , Carlo Canezo

Manipulation and Patterning of Mammalian Cells Using Vibrations and Acoustic Forces , Joel Cooper

Stable Adaptive Control Systems in the Presence of Unmodeled and Actuator Dynamics , Kadriye Merve Dogan

The Design and Development of a Wrist-Hand Orthosis , Amber Gatto

ROBOAT - Rescue Operations Bot Operating in All Terrains , Akshay Gulhane

Mitigation of Electromigration in Metal Interconnects Passivated by Ångstrom-Thin 2D Materials , Yunjo Jeong

Swimming of Pelagic Snails: Kinematics and Fluid Dynamics , Ferhat Karakas

Functional Gait Asymmetries Achieved Through Modeling and Understanding the Interaction of Multiple Gait Modulations , Fatemeh Rasouli

Distributed Control of Multiagent Systems under Heterogeneity , Selahattin Burak Sarsilmaz

Design and Implementation of Intuitive Human-robot Teleoperation Interfaces , Lei Wu

Laser Micropatterning Effects on Corrosion Resistance of Pure Magnesium Surfaces , Yahya Efe Yayoglu

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Synthesis and Characterization of Molybdenum Disulfide/Conducting Polymer Nanocomposite Materials for Supercapacitor Applications , Turki S. Alamro

Design of Shape-Morphing Structures Consisting of Bistable Compliant Mechanisms , Rami Alfattani

Low Temperature Multi Effects Desalination-Mechanical Vapor Compression Powered by Supercritical Organic Rankine Cycle , Eydhah Almatrafi

Experimental Results of a Model Reference Adaptive Control Approach on an Interconnected Uncertain Dynamical System , Kemberly Cespedes

Modeling of Buildings with Electrochromic Windows and Thermochromic Roofs , Hua-Ting Kao

Design and Testing of Experimental Langmuir Turbulence Facilities , Zongze Li

Solar Thermal Geothermal Hybrid System With a Bottoming Supercritical Organic Rankine Cycle , Francesca Moloney

Design and Testing of a Reciprocating Wind Harvester , Ahmet Topcuoglu

Distributed Spatiotemporal Control and Dynamic Information Fusion for Multiagent Systems , Dzung Minh Duc Tran

Controlled Wetting Using Ultrasonic Vibration , Matthew A. Trapuzzano

On Distributed Control of Multiagent Systems under Adverse Conditions , Emre Yildirim

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Synthesis and Characterization of Alpha-Hematite Nanomaterials for Water-Splitting Applications , Hussein Alrobei

Control of Uncertain Dynamical Systems with Spatial and Temporal Constraints , Ehsan Arabi

Simulation and Optimization of a Sheathless Size-Based Acoustic Particle Separator , Shivaraman Asoda

Simulation of Radiation Flux from Thermal Fluid in Origami Tubes , Robert R. Bebeau

Toward Verifiable Adaptive Control Systems: High-Performance and Robust Architectures , Benjamin Charles Gruenwald

Developing Motion Platform Dynamics for Studying Biomechanical Responses During Exercise for Human Spaceflight Applications , Kaitlin Lostroscio

Design and Testing of a Linear Compliant Mechanism with Adjustable Force Output , William Niemeier

Investigation of Thermal History in Large Area Projection Sintering, an Additive Manufacturing Technology , Justin Nussbaum

Acoustic Source Localization with a VTOL sUAV Deployable Module , Kory Olney

Defect Detection in Additive Manufacturing Utilizing Long Pulse Thermography , James Pierce

Design and Testing of a Passive Prosthetic Ankle Foot Optimized to Mimic an Able-Bodied Gait , Millicent Schlafly

Simulation of Turbulent Air Jet Impingement for Commercial Cooking Applications , Shantanu S. Shevade

Materials and Methods to Fabricate Porous Structures Using Additive Manufacturing Techniques , Mohsen Ziaee

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Large Area Sintering Test Platform Design and Preliminary Study on Cross Sectional Resolution , Christopher J. Gardiner

Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Remediation of Organics in Water Using Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide Nanostructures , Srikanth Gunti

Heat Flux Modeling of Asymmetrically Heated and Cooled Thermal Stimuli , Matthew Hardy

Simulation of Hemiparetic Function Using a Knee Orthosis with Variable Impedance and a Proprioception Interference Apparatus , Christina-Anne Kathleen Lahiff

Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Molybdenum Oxide Nanomaterials , Michael S. McCrory

Effects of Microstructure and Alloy Concentration on the Corrosion and Tribocorrosion Resistance of Al-Mn and WE43 Mg Alloys , Hesham Y. Saleh Mraied

Novel Transducer Calibration and Simulation Verification of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Channels on Acoustic Microfluidic Devices , Scott T. Padilla

Force Compensation and Recreation Accuracy in Humans , Benjamin Rigsby

Experimental Evaluation of Cooling Effectiveness and Water Conservation in a Poultry House Using Flow Blurring ® Atomizers , Rafael M. Rodriguez

Media Velocity Considerations in Pleated Air Filtration , Frederik Carl Schousboe

Orthoplanar Spring Based Compliant Force/Torque Sensor for Robot Force Control , Jerry West

Experimental Study of High-Temperature Range Latent Heat Thermal Energy Storage , Chatura Wickramaratne

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Al/Ti Nanostructured Multilayers: from Mechanical, Tribological, to Corrosion Properties , Sina Izadi

Molybdenum Disulfide-Conducting Polymer Composite Structures for Electrochemical Biosensor Applications , Hongxiang Jia

Waterproofing Shape-Changing Mechanisms Using Origami Engineering; Also a Mechanical Property Evaluation Approach for Rapid Prototyping , Andrew Jason Katz

Hydrogen Effects on X80 Steel Mechanical Properties Measured by Tensile and Impact Testing , Xuan Li

Application and Analysis of Asymmetrical Hot and Cold Stimuli , Ahmad Manasrah

Droplet-based Mechanical Actuator Utilizing Electrowetting Effect , Qi Ni

Experimental and Computational Study on Fracture Mechanics of Multilayered Structures , Hai Thanh Tran

Designing the Haptic Interface for Morse Code , Michael Walker

Optimization and Characterization of Integrated Microfluidic Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors and Transducers , Tao Wang

Corrosion Characteristics of Magnesium under Varying Surface Roughness Conditions , Yahya Efe Yayoglu

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 ) Emissions, Human Energy, and Cultural Perceptions Associated with Traditional and Improved Methods of Shea Butter Processing in Ghana, West Africa , Emily Adams

Experimental Investigation of Encapsulated Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage , Tanvir E. Alam

Design Of Shape Morphing Structures Using Bistable Elements , Ahmad Alqasimi

Heat Transfer Analysis of Slot Jet Impingement onto Roughened Surfaces , Rashid Ali Alshatti

Systems Approach to Producing Electrospun Polyvinylidene Difluoride Fiber Webs with Controlled Fiber Structure and Functionality , Brian D. Bell

Self-Assembly Kinetics of Microscale Components: A Parametric Evaluation , Jose Miguel Carballo

Measuring Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Mechanical Properties Using Flat Punch Nanoindentation Focusing on Obtaining Full Contact , Federico De Paoli

A Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Flow Induced Noise In Hydraulic Counterbalance Valves , Mutasim Mohamed Elsheikh

An Experimental Study on Passive Dynamic Walking , Philip Andrew Hatzitheodorou

Use of Anaerobic Adhesive for Prevailing Torque Locking Feature on Threaded Product , Alan Hernandez

Viability of Bismuth as a Green Substitute for Lead in Jacketed .357 Magnum Revolver Bullets , Joel A. Jenkins

A Planar Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model for Cantilevers Experiencing Combined Endpoint Forces and Uniformly Distributed Loads Acting in Parallel , Philip James Logan

Kinematic Control of Redundant Mobile Manipulators , Mustafa Mashali

Passive Symmetry in Dynamic Systems and Walking , Haris Muratagic

Mechanical Properties of Laser-Sintered-Nylon Diamond Lattices , Clayton Neff

Design, Fabrication and Analysis of a Paver Machine Push Bar Mechanism , Mahendra Palnati

Synthesis, Characterization, and Electrochemical Properties of Polyaniline Thin Films , Soukaina Rami

A Technical and Economic Comparative Analysis of Sensible and Latent Heat Packed Bed Storage Systems for Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Plants , Jamie Trahan

Use of FDM Components for Ion Beam and Vacuum Applications , Eric Miguel Tridas

The Development of an Adaptive Driving Simulator , Sarah Marie Tudor

Dual 7-Degree-of-Freedom Robotic Arm Remote Teleoperation Using Haptic Devices , Yu-Cheng Wang

Ductility and Use of Titanium Alloy and Stainless Steel Aerospace Fasteners , Jarrod Talbott Whittaker

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Experimental Validation of a Vibration-Based Sound Power Method , Trent P. Bates

Detecting Lumbar Muscle Fatigue Using Nanocomposite Strain Gauges , Darci Ann Billmire

Cooperative Navigation of Autonomous Vehicles in Challenging Environments , Brendon Peter Forsgren

Heat Transfer to Rolling or Sliding Drops on Inclined Heated Superhydrophobic Surfaces , Joseph Merkley Furner

Lumbar Skin Strain Fields in the Context of Skin Adhered Wearables , Andrew Kent Gibbons

A Statistical Approach for Analyzing Expectations Alignment Between Design Teams and their Project Stakeholders , Matthew Christian Goodson

Interaction of Natural Convection and Real Gas Radiation Over a Vertical Flat Plate , Nathan Hale

Thermal Atomization of Impinging Drops on Superheated Superhydrophobic Surfaces , Eric Lee

Gradient-Based Optimization of Highly Flexible Aeroelastic Structures , Taylor G. McDonnell

Friction and Heat Transfer Modeling of the Tool and Workpiece Interface in Friction Stir Welding of AA 6061-T6 for Improved Simulation Accuracy , Ryan Melander

Designed for Better Control: Using Kinematic and Dynamic Metrics to Optimize Robot Manipulator Design , John R. Morrell

Numerical Evaluation of Forces Affecting Particle Motion in Time-Invariant Pressurized Jet Flow , Donald E. Peterson

Evaluating Effects of Urban Growth Within the Greater Salt Lake Area on Local Meteorological Conditions Using Urban Canopy Modeling , Corey L. Smithson

Soft Robot Configuration Estimation: Towards Load-Agnostic Soft-Bodied Proprioception , Christian Peter Sorensen

Perfusion Pressure-Flow Relationships in Synthetic Poroelastic Vocal Fold Models , Cooper B. Thacker

Methods for Designing Compact and Deployable Origami-Inspired Flat-Foldable Spacecraft Antennas and Other Systems , Collin Ryan Ynchausti

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Mechanisms for Improvement of Key Mechanical Properties in Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Processes , Clinton Spencer Abbott

Reformulated Vortex Particle Method and Meshless Large Eddy Simulation of Multirotor Aircraft , Eduardo J. Alvarez

Improving Ideation of User Actions Using a Novel Ideation Method , Thomas L. Ashworth

Temperature and Radiation Measurements in a Pressurized Oxy-Coal Reactor , Dustin Peter Badger

Midfoot Motion and Stiffness: Does Structure Predict Function? , Kirk Evans Bassett

The Effects of Various Inlet Distortion Profiles on Transonic Fan Performance , Andrew Michael Bedke

Optical Observation of Large Area Projection Sintering , Derek Black

Investigations into Pressure Profile and Pressure Control in Wrist-Worn Health Monitoring Devices , Roger McAllister Black

Selecting and Optimizing Origami-Based Patterns for Deployable Space Systems , Diana Stefania Bolanos

Developing an Accurate Simulation Model for Predicting Friction Stir Welding Processes in 2219 Aluminum Alloy , Kennen Brooks

An Augmented Reality Maintenance Assistant with Real-Time Quality Inspection on Handheld Mobile Devices , James Thomas Frandsen

Motion Analysis of Physical Human-Human Collaboration with Varying Modus , Seth Michael Freeman

Effects of Optical Configuration and Sampling Efficiency on the Response of Low-Cost Optical Particle Counters , Brady Scott Hales

Developing Ultra-High Resolution 3D Printing for Microfluidics , Kent Richard Hooper

Controlled Pre-Wetting of Spread Powder and Its Effects on Part Formation and Printing Parameters in Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing , Colton G. Inkley

Enabling Successful Human-Robot Interaction Through Human-Human Co-Manipulation Analysis, Soft Robot Modeling, and Reliable Model Evolutionary Gain-Based Predictive Control (MEGa-PC) , Spencer W. Jensen

Demonstration of a Transient Hot Wire Measurement System Towards a Carbide-Based Sensor for Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of Molten Salts , Peter Charles Kasper

Measured Spectral, Directional Radiative Behavior of Corrugated Surfaces , Kyle S. Meaker

Modified Transient Hot-Wire Needle Probe for Experimentally Measuring Thermal Conductivity of Molten Salts , Brian N. Merritt

Parametric Models of Maize Stalk Morphology , Michael Alan Ottesen

A Formal Consideration of User Tactics During Product Evaluation in Early-Stage Product Development , Trenton Brady Owens

Airship Systems Design, Modeling, and Simulation for Social Impact , Daniel C. Richards

Sub-Grain Characterization of Slip Activity in BCC Tantalum , Tristan Kirby Russell

Tidally Generated Internal Waves from Dual-Ridge Topography , Ian Derik Sanderson

Methods for Engineers to Understand, Predict, and Influence the Social Impacts of Engineered Products , Phillip Douglas Stevenson

Principles for Using Remote Data Collection Devices and Deep Learning in Evaluating Social Impact Indicators of Engineered Products for Global Development , Bryan J. Stringham

Improvement of Ex Vivo Testing Methods for Spine Biomechanical Characterization , Aubrie Lisa Taylor

Gradient-Based Wind Farm Layout Optimization , Jared Joseph Thomas

Material Development Toward an Index-Matched Gadolinium-Based Heterogenous Capture-Gated Neutron Detector , Aaron J. Thorum

Optimization of a Smart Sensor Wearable Knee Sleeve for Measuring Skin Strain to Determine Joint Biomechanics , David Steven Wood

Multi-Material 3D-Printed Silicone Vocal Fold Models , Clayton Adam Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Laser Forming of Compliant Mechanisms and Flat-Foldable Furniture , Daniel Calvin Ames

Effects of Static and Dynamic Thermal Gradients in Gas Chromatography , Samuel Avila

Five Degree-of-Freedom Property Interpolation of Arbitrary Grain Boundaries via Voronoi Fundamental Zone Octonion Framework , Sterling Gregory Baird

Optimization of Solar-Coal Hybridization for Low Solar Augmentation , Aaron T. Bame

Characterizing Behaviors and Functions of Joints for Design of Origami-Based Mechanical Systems , Nathan Chandler Brown

Thermal Transport to Impinging Droplets on Superhydrophobic Surfaces , Jonathan C. Burnett

3D Permeability Characterization of Sheared Fiber Reinforcement for Liquid Composite Molding Process Simulation , Collin William Childs

The Impact of Inkjet Parameters and Environmental Conditions in Binder Jetting Additive Manufacturing , Trenton Miles Colton

Control of Post-Weld Fracture Toughness in Friction Stir Processed X-80 HSLA Steel , Nolan Tracy Crook

Sensitivity of Tremor Propagation to Model Parameters , Charles Paul Curtis Jr.

Feasibility and Impact of Liquid/Liquid-encased Dopants as Method of Composition Control in Laser Powder Bed Fusion , Taylor Matthew Davis

Design Validation of a Multi-Stage Gradually Deploying Stent , Dillon J. Despain

Analysis of Closed-Loop Digital Twin , Andrew Stuart Eyring

Completion and Initial Testing of a Pressurized Oxy-Coal Reactor , Scott Hunsaker Gardner

Method for Creating Subject-specific Models of the Wrist in both Degrees of Freedom Using Measured Muscle Excitations and Joint Torques , Blake Robert Harper

CEDAR: A Dimensionally Adaptive Flow Solver for Cylindrical Combustors , Ty R. Hosler

Modeling Current and Future Windblown Utah Dust Events Using CMAQ 5.3.1 , Zachary David Lawless

Acclimation of Contact Impedance and Wrist-Based Pulsatile Signal Measurements Through Electrical Bioimpedance , Diego A. Leon

Characterizing Bacterial Resistance and Microstructure-Related Properties of Carbon-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Surface Coatings with Applications in Medical Devices , Stephanie Renee Morco

Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Inhibitory Control Processes , Bennett Alan Mortensen

Exploration of Constant-Force Wristbands for a Wearable Health Device , Thomas Alexander Naylor

Effect of Ported Shroud Casing Treatment Modifications on Operational Range and Limits in a Centrifugal Compressor , Alexander A. Newell

Considering Social Impact when Engineering for Global Development , Hans Jorgen Ottosson

A New Method of Measuring Flow Stress for Improved Modeling of Friction Stir Welding , David John Prymak

Constrained Nonlinear Heuristic-Based MPC for Control of Robotic Systems with Uncertainty , Tyler James Quackenbush

A Study in Soft Robotics: Metrics, Models, Control, and Estimation , Levi Thomas Rupert

Development of an Origami Inspired Composite Deployable Structure Utilizing Compliant Joints as Surrogate Folds , Samuel Porter Smith

Development and Evaluation of an Improved Microbial Inactivation Model for Analyzing Continuous Flow UV-LED Air Treatment Systems , Cole Holtom Thatcher

Micromechanisms of Near-Yield Deformation in BCC Tantalum , Joshua Jr-Syan Tsai

Effects of Carbon-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Growth on the Biocompatibility of 316L Stainless Steel , Sterling Charles Voss

Active Thermography for Additive Manufacturing Processes , Nicholas Jay Wallace

System Identification of Postural Tremor in Wrist Flexion-Extension and Radial-Ulnar Deviation , Sydney Bryanna Ward

Effective Temperature Control for Industrial Friction Stir Technologies , Arnold David Wright

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Characterization of the Factors Influencing Retained Austenite Transformation in Q&P Steels , Derrik David Adams

Instructional Case Studies in the Field of Windfarm Optimization , N. Francesco Baker

LCM Permeability Characterization Over Mold Curvature , Benjamin Grant Betteridge

Linear and Nonlinear Dimensionality-Reduction-Based Surrogate Models for Real-Time Design Space Exploration of Structural Responses , Gregory David Bird

Electrochemical Sensors Enhanced by Convection and by 3D Arrays of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes , Benjamin James Brownlee

In Vivo Silicon Lance Array Transfection of Plant Cells , Taylor Andrew Brown

Real Time Design Space Exploration of Static and Vibratory Structural Responses in Turbomachinery Through Surrogate Modeling with Principal Components , Spencer Reese Bunnell

On Creases and Curved Links: Design Approaches for Predicting and Customizing Behaviors in Origami-Based and Developable Mechanisms , Jared J. Butler

Jet Impingement Heat Transfer from Superheated, Superhydrophobic Surfaces , David Jacob Butterfield

A Framework for Simulating and Analyzing Multi-UAV Persistent Search and Retrieval with Stochastic Target Appearance , Ryan David Day

Thermal Atomization Due to Boiling During Droplet Impingement on Superhydrophobic Surfaces , Preston Todd Emerson

Error-State Estimation and Control for a Multirotor UAV Landing on a Moving Vehicle , Michael David Farrell

Silicone 3D Printing Processes for Fabricating Synthetic, Self-Oscillating Vocal Fold Models , Taylor Eugene Greenwood

Tidally Generated Internal Waves from Asymmetric Topographies , Kyle Jeffrey Hakes

Development and Analysis of a Vibration Based Sleep Improvement Device , Benjamin John Himes

Defect Detection in Friction Stir Welding by Measureable Signals , Johnathon Bryce Hunt

Designing Developable Mechanisms on Conical and Cylindrical Developable Surfaces , Lance Parker Hyatt

Robust Real-Time Model Predictive Control for High Degree of Freedom Soft Robots , Phillip Edmond Hyatt

Increasing the Manufacturing Readiness of Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding , Brigham Ammon Larsen

Development of a Parameterized Model of Transverse Maize (Zea maysL.) Stalk Morphology , Ryan A. Larson

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ABSTRACT This project tittle ‘’basic principle of machining’’ deal with the operations on lathe, milling and some part of arc welding, turning, taper turning, threading, knurling and chamfering, while on milling machine spur Gears were cut, forming a hexagon shape and square shape were all done on milling machine. A simple component/part which contained all the above mention operation were produced in one work piece. In conclusion we are able to produce spurs gears, square thread, an...

Design and Development of a Hybrid Bicycle

This project involved the conversion of a conventional bicycle into an electric hybrid bicycle using a hub motor, battery, controller, throttle, and battery indicator. The selection of a flywheel-based regenerative mechanism was justified based on its superior energy storage capabilities. The challenges faced during the assembly, including bearing and clutch drive iterations, were overcome through the use of multiple bearings, metal casting, and welding. The implementation of an indirect...

Multi-function e-scarecrow (MFeSC)

Humans have taken the (scarecrow) as a protector for these crops from the birds. There are various different types and designs for the scarecrows around the world. In this project we will develop the traditional scarecrows to become electronic and do more than one function at the same time (Multi-functions mechanism) .The (MFESC) consists of several components, the most important of them is the sensor, which performs many functions, including sensing the presence of birds’ sounds, as well a...

How Mechanical Engineering can Proffer Solution to the Economic and Political Situation in Nigeria

The process passed through in the production of marble through different species..

CASE STUDY: ONSHORE FRONTIER LIMITED ❖Marble ❖The process passed through in the production of marble times through different species. AND Machines and processes involved in the production of marble tiles.

Optimize the Operational Parameters through Simulation to Increase the Efficiency of Combined Cycle Power Plants

ABSTRACT  Electric power generation is one of the important factors for the development of peoples and can take an advantage of energy extraction technology of combined cycle in Sudan, which is highly effective in the States instead of remote power generation and combined cycle power plant also be economically feasible for use in sugar refineries in Sudan. . The purpose of this study is to find the maximum efficiency and minimum cost of power generation in combined cycle power plant by simul...

Design Analysis of HCCI Engine Piston

The piston is a heart of the engine and its working condition is the most exceedingly bad one of the key parts of the engine in the workplace. A piston is a segment of responding piston, responding pumps, gas compressors and pneumatic chambers, among other comparative systems. It is the moving part that is contained by a barrel and is made gas-tight by piston rings. In a piston, its motivation is to exchange force from growing gas in the barrel to the crankshaft through a piston bar and addit...

Energy and Exergy Analysis of Boiler Systems

ABSTRACT  In this work, the results of the analysis of the NBC boiler plant using energetic and exergetic methods are presented. The main aim of this study is to investigate the effects of boiler rotary burner cup speed, oil nozzle size, excess air and fuel types on its performance and emissions with a view to identifying and quantifying components having greatest losses of energy and exergy efficiencies. Optimization of the boiler operating system is also carried out. The specific objective...

Exergetic Efficiency of Passive Solar Air Heater with Phase Change Energy Storage Material

ABSTRACT  Energy and exergy analysis of solar air heater with phase change material energy storage is considered in this research work. Energy and exergy models for component systems like flat plate solar collector and phase change material in one-dimensional heat conduction in a cylindrical pipe, for storing periods were obtained. Exergy analysis, which is based on the second law of thermodynamics, and energy analysis, which is based on first law, was applied to improve system efficiency. M...

Fracture Mechanics of Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester Composites (Gfrp) Subjected to Impact Load

ABSTRACT Glass mat reinforcement, which can be easily shattered, is widely used across the world in military, automobile, civil, railway and electronic engineering among others. This research investigated the fracture mechanics of reinforced polyester composites on exposure to sudden impact force, using experimental and analytical methods based on impact and Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM) test procedures, to study the stress distribution around crack tip and zone. Plies of randomly...

Use of Finite Time Thermodynamic Simulation of Performance of an Otto Cycle with Variable Specific Heats of Working Fluid

Abstract  A finite time thermodynamic modelling and simulation of irreversible Otto cycle engines has been developed taking into account the variability of specific heats for working fluid due to temperature variation. The effect of three different parameters on the engine was discussed, which are: the internal irreversibility, the heat losses and the friction losses. A program was developed by using MATLAB software to perform the necessary calculations of thermodynamic model. According to t...

Effect of Delay Period on Performance of Compression Engine Running on Jatropha Fuel

Abstract Jatropha Biodiesel was tested in a single cylinder direct-injection, water cooled diesel engine to investigate the operational parameters of a small capacity diesel engine under five engine loads, constant speed test. The jatropha oil is used as a non edible oil to produce the biodiesel. The investigated blends were B0, B25, B50, B75 and B100, where (B#) denotes bio-diesel fuel volume percentage in diesel oil. The jatropha biodiesel was prepared locally in Sudan, specifications of wh...

Design and Construction of a Machine for the Production of Pulverized Coal-Rice Husk Briquettes

ABSTRACT The first part was the design and construction of a machine model using wood and the second part w pulverized coal-rice husk briquettes. The dt find the different loads due to shear stress on varlous parts or the nlachlne as the materials flow during consolidation. The loads obtained were used to dimension gears, shafts and pulleys that form the power transmission system of the machine. The machine was then drawn to produce a detail dimensional model in software form using AutoCAD. A...

Optimum Buckling Response Model of Grp Composites

ABSTRACT Relevant literature for the modeling and analysis of failure of GRP composites were reviewed. Samples of GRP composites were prepared by hand-lay up. Composites samples were subjected to compressive tests using a tensometer. Mechanical characteristics, such as modulus of elasticity; compressive strength, proportionality limit, elastic limit and critical strain of composites were evaluated from compression tests results. It was found that the compressive strength of all the samples is...

Improvement of the Performance of Thermal Power Systems Through Energy and Exergy Analysis

ABSTRACT This research work is aimed at using the energy and exergy analysis with thermodynamic data to suggest improvements in the performance of steam and gas turbine power plants. In this regard, specific data from Egbin steam power plant and Geregu I gas turbine power plant were used for the analysis. In the analysis, scientific tools such as Engineering Equation Solver (EES) programme with built-in functions for most thermodynamic and transport properties was used to calculate the enthal...

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Thesis Projects (last update May 22, 2023)

The Honours Thesis research projects listed below are available only to McGill Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate students in the Honours program and registered for MECH 403-404 courses .

If you are interested in one of the thesis projects, please send an expression of interest to the contact email provided. Although we do our best to keep this list up-to-date, some projects may no longer be available.

If you are a professor who would like to add or remove a thesis project, please complete the honours project posting form . 

Projects for 2023-2024 school year:

Thesis project 2023-1.

Title: Development of a method for recycling fibreglass composite wind turbines Supervisor : Prof. Larry Lessard The term(s) to begin:  Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 Brief description: There is growing concern about recycling of end-of-life composite materials. Waste fiber and other materials cannot be put into landfills so recycling methods must be developed. Used wind turbine blades can be recycled to recover the fibers and these fibers can be re-used to make materials for 3D printing. So this project aims to solve two simultaneous problems: that of growing amounts of waste and the need for stronger/more high tech materials for the growing 3D printing industry. The project involves experimental manufacturing based on composite materials theory. Contact e-mail : larry.lessard [at] mcgill.ca

Updated: May 2, 2023

Thesis Project 2023-2

Title: Multi-robot collaborative state estimation Supervisor : Prof. James Richard Forbes The term(s) to begin : Fall 2023, Winter 2024 Brief description : Autonomous vehicles, such as autonomous cars, trucks, and trains, must fuse various forms of sensor data together in order to ascertain their position, attitude, velocity, and angular velocity. Typical sensor data includes inertial measurement unit (IMU) data and some sort of position data, such as GPS data, or range data, such as optical camera, radar, or LIDAR data. In multi-robot systems, an individual robot can also utilize information from its neighbors by having the robots communicate their state estimates. However, the estimates of different robots are often correlated, and without properly modelling these cross-correlations, the performance of the estimator might be very poor. This project will then focus on modelling those cross-correlations for collaborative state estimation in multi-robot systems. The main task will involve the development and coding of a sigma point Kalman filter to enable multi-robot navigation; however, based on the student’s interests and background, alternatives to the sigma point Kalman filter could be considered. Students best fit for this project are those interested in using mathematical tools, such as linear algebra, numerical methods, probability theory, and numerical optimization, to solve problems found in robotics. Experience with Matlab and/or C programming is desired. Contact e-mail : james.richard.forbes [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2023-3

Title:  Robot navigation Supervisor : Prof. James Richard Forbes The term(s) to begin : Fall 2023, Winter 2024 Brief description :  Autonomous vehicles, such as autonomous cars, trucks, and trains, must fuse various forms of sensor data together in order to ascertain their position, attitude, velocity, and angular velocity. Typical sensor data includes inertial measurement unit (IMU) data and some sort of position data, such as GPS data, or range data, such as optical camera, radar, or LIDAR data. This project will focus on sensor fusion for robot navigation. The first task will be the development and coding of a matrix Lie group integrator, in the spirit of a Runge-Kutta integrator, but tailor to matrix Lie groups. The second task will be the development and coding of a cascaded sigma point Kalman filter to enable multi-agent navigation (i.e., navigation of many robots). Students best fit for this project are those interested in using mathematical tools, such as linear algebra, numerical methods, probability theory, and numerical optimization, to solve problems found in robotics. Experience with python and/or C++ programming is desired. Contact e-mail : james.richard.forbes [at] mcgill.ca

Posted: May 2, 2023

Thesis Project 2023-4

Title : Reconfigurable metamaterials for soft robotics Supervisor : Prof. Damiano Pasini The term(s) to begin : Fall 2023, Winter 2024 Brief description: Mechanical metamaterials are manmade materials, usually fashioned from repeating units, which are engineered to achieve extreme mechanical properties, often beyond those found in most natural materials. In this project, the student will use the lens of mechanics of materials to generate material concepts for soft robotics. Additive manufacturing techniques will be employed to fabricate prototypes and their performance will be examined through mechanical testing. Contact e-mail : damiano.pasini [at] mcgill.ca

Updated: May 9, 2023

Thesis Project 2023-5

Title : Nonlinear dynamics/vibrations of architected materials for aerospace applications Supervisor : Prof. Damiano Pasini and Prof. Mathias Legrand The term(s) to begin : Fall 2023, Winter 2024 Brief description: When launched in space, satellites need to endure an explosive upright boost that generates extremely large vibrations throughout their bodies. If uncontrolled, these vibrations end up spoiling the performance of their components with the risk of making them nonfunctional. In this project we study the nonlinear vibrations of a satellite component made of ultralight weight architected materials of unprecedented performance. The goal is to model its dynamic behaviour and understand the geometric factors that control its highly nonlinear response at the onset of a launch in space. The work involves a combination of theoretical and computational analysis. Contact e-mail : damiano.pasini [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2023-6

Title: Can you hear the shape of a robot? Supervisor : Prof. Audrey Sedal The term(s) to begin : Fall 2023, Winter 2024 Brief description : Unlike traditional robots, soft robots can take a variety of unusual 3D shapes. However, it is challenging to estimate the shape of a soft robot while it operates, which makes precise control difficult. Inspired by Mark Kac’s question, “Can one hear the shape of a drum?” Short answer: not all the time, due to the existence of isospectral manifolds. This project investigates fusion of acoustic sensing with other modes (e.g., cameras) to estimate the 3D shape of soft robots as they operate. You will build a variety of soft robot prototypes, develop sensing frameworks, and evaluate their performance. This project will involve fabrication, hardware development, programming, and a little bit of geometry.

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Contact e-mail : audrey.sedal [at] mcgill.ca

Updated: May 22, 2023

Projects for 2018-2019 school year: may or may not be still available - you may use contact e-mails to find out.

Thesis project 2018-11.

Title:  Dynamics of photon-driven lightsails for interstellar flight Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : The use of lasers to propel sails via direct photon pressure has the potential to achieve very high velocity spaceflight, greatly exceeding traditional chemical and electric propulsion sources, and enables the serious consideration of interstellar flight.  However, the dynamics and stability of thin sails (lightsails) under intense laser illumination is an outstanding problem.  This project will examine the dynamics of very thin membranes both theoretically and experimentally.  The response of a lightsail to perturbation will be analyzed both analytically and via computer simulation. Use of gasdynamic loading techniques (shock tube) will enable the same driving load to be applied in the laboratory, but without the use of megawatt-class lasers.  Experimental diagnostic techniques (photonic doppler velocimetry, 3-D digital image correlation) will be developed to study the lightsail dynamics that will eventually be applied to a laser-driven sail proof-of-concept facility. Personnel sought:  Student should have a strong interest in advanced space exploration concepts, with general background in physical optics, numerical simulation, and experimental techniques. Skills involved:  Experience with photography and high-speed data acquisition would be helpful.  Completion of Mech 321 (Mechanics of Deformable Solids) and Mech 430 (Fluids 2) is required for the project. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

Posted: September 12, 2018

Thesis Project 2018-12

Title:  Dynamic soaring on a shock wave Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : Dynamic soaring is a technique exploited by birds and sailplanes to increase their flight speed by exploiting differences in airspeed of different masses of air.  This project will explore this approach by examining dynamic soaring of a hypersonic glider on a shock wave.  In essence, the technique consists of “bouncing” back and forth from either side of a shock wave via a high lift-to-drag turn, increasing the net velocity of the glider.  The ability to “surf” on a very strong blast wave (such as resulting from a thermonuclear blast or asteroid impact) from ground all the way to space will be explored. The use of the technique on shock waves that occur in interplanetary space (coronal mass ejections, etc.) that might enable spacecraft to be accelerated to very high velocities “for free” will also be explored. Personnel sought:  Student should have a strong interest in advanced space exploration concepts and flight dynamics, with general background in numerical simulation. Skills involved:  Completion of Mech 430 (Fluids 2) is required for the project. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2018-13

Title:  Rapid transit within the solar system via directed energy: laser thermal vs. laser electric propulsion Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : Directed energy in the form of a ground or space-based laser providing power to a spacecraft is a disruptive technology that could enable a number of rapid-transit missions in the solar system and interstellar precursor missions.  This project will compare two different approaches for a spacecraft to utilize beamed laser power:  (1) laser thermal propulsion, wherein a laser is focused into a chamber to heat propellant that is expanded through a nozzle and (2) laser electric propulsion, wherein a laser  directed onto a photovoltaic array generates electricity to power electric propulsion (ion engine, etc.).  These two concepts will be compared for a number of missions of interest, as defined by NASA:  (1) Earth orbit to Mars orbit in no more than 45 days and (2) Traversing a distance of 125 AU in no more than ten years. Personnel sought:  Student should have a strong interest in advanced space exploration concepts, with general background in physical optics and numerical simulation. Skills involved:  Prior exposure to spacecraft mission design (e.g., experience with ‎Kerbal Space Program, etc.) would be helpful.  Completion of Mech 430 (Fluids 2) and Mech 346 (Heat Transfer) is required for the project. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2018-14

Title:  Impact of dust grain on lightsails for interstellar flight Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : Laser-driven lightsails are a promising technique for interstellar flight, however, sails will experience impacts of dust grains in the interplanetary and interstellar medium.  The impact of a sub-micron grain can deposit as much as 1 J of energy into the sail when travelling at speeds necessary for interstellar flight.  This project will examine the subsequent dynamics of the sail and the damage incurred.  This problem will be modelled both analytically and numerically, and experiments will be performed in the lab with gas gun-launched particles onto candidate thin-film materials. Personnel sought:  Student should have a strong interest in advanced space exploration concepts, with general background in materials and stress/strain, numerical simulation, and experimental techniques. Skills involved:  Experience with ANSYS would be very enabling for the project. Experience with photography and high-speed data acquisition would be helpful.  Completion of Mech 321 (Mechanics of Deformable Solids) is required for the project. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2018-15

Title:  Percolation model for detonation in a system of discrete energy sources Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : Detonation waves propagating in combustible gas mixtures exhibit very complex dynamics, with transverse and longitudinal shock waves that sweep across the front.  This project will attempt to model this process by treating detonation as an ensemble of interacting blast waves.  Approximate, analytic solutions of blast waves will be used to treat the problem.  Results will be interpreted with the assistance of percolation theory, a branch of statistical physics.  Results will also be compared to reactive Euler simulations using supercomputing resources. Skills required:  Strong coding skills (language of your choice) and awareness in advanced mathematics is of interest. Personnel sought:  Completion of Mech 430 (Fluids 2) is required for this project. Interest in nonlinear physics and pattern formation in nature would provide helpful motivation for this project. Exposure to concepts in statistical physics (Ad. Thermo) is also desirable. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

Thesis Project 2018-16

Title:  Pellet stream propulsion for interstellar flight Supervisor : Prof. Andrew Higgins The term(s) to begin :Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019 Brief description : A promising approach to deep space propulsion that may enable interstellar flight is pellet stream propulsion, wherein high velocity pellets (with velocity exceeding that of the spacecraft) are used to impart momentum onto a spacecraft.  Such a pellet stream may be able to be collimated and focused over much greater distances than a laser beam, making it an attractive alternative to laser-driven directed energy.  This project will examine the ability of a charged particle to be steered and re-directed via a static magnetic field (e.g., quadrupole beam steering, etc.), both via computer simulation and experimental testing in the lab.  The ability to steer a small (mm to cm scale) pellet via magnetic field of rare earth magnets at speeds of ~1 km/s would be a significant validation of the concept. Personnel sought:  Student should have a strong interest in advanced space exploration concepts, with strong background in electromagnetism and physics. Interest in or familiarity with conventional, fundamental particle accelerators would be desirable. Skills involved:  Basic coding skills (language of your choice) and numerical simulation is required. Experience with basic electronics and microcontrollers (Arduino, etc.) and 3-D printing would be very helpful for the project. Contact e-mail : andrew.higgins [at] mcgill.ca

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