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LowSpeed Stability and Control of Exploratory Tailless LongRange Supersonic Configurations
This thesis presents studies of the lowspeed stability and control of a representative longrange supersonic flight vehicle. The aircraft of interest is a research uninhabited aerial vehicle (RUAV), a 1/16th scaled model ... 
MHD Modeling in Complex 3D Geometries: Towards Predictive Simulation of SIHI Current Drive
(20140430)The HITSI experiment studies Steady Inductive Helicity Injection (SIHI) for the purpose of forming and sustaining a spheromak plasma. A spheromak is formed in a nearly axisymmetric flux conserver, with a bow tie cross ... 
Modeling Aircraft Position and Conservatively Calculating Airspace Violations for an Autonomous Collision Awareness System for Unmanned Aerial Systems
With the scheduled 30 September 2015 integration of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) into the national airspace, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is concerned with UAS capabilities to sense and avoid conflicts. Since ... 
Modeling and Control of a Quadrotor with Dynamic Inertia
(20130723)As the support and technology for unmanned vehicles has increased, so have the possible applications for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). From military intelligence gathering missions, to civilian search and rescue missions, ... 
Multifunctional Thin Film Lithium Ion  Graphite Composite Structural Laminates
(20140224)The consolidation of batteries and airframe into a multifunctional structure can theoretically reduce the aircraft weight by exploiting the battery components as load bearing elements and by enabling a distributed power ... 
Networked Dynamic Systems: Identification, Controllability, and Randomness
(20130723)The presented dissertation aims to develop a graphcentric framework for the analysis and synthesis of networked dynamic systems (NDS) consisting of multiple dynamic units that interact via an interconnection topology. ... 
Nonlinear Aeroelastic Behavior of Tail / Rudder Systems with Freeplay and Actuator Failure
(20130725)This thesis discusses the development of numerical simulations implemented in MATLAB and of an experimental tail/rudder model for the investigation of the effects of nonlinearities on control surface flutter of a threedegree ... 
A Numerical Investigation of Rectangular Cylinders with Interest in Maximizing Drag
In this dissertation, rectangular cylinder flow is explored through a series of numerical simulations. First, rectangular cylinders at a Reynolds number of 20,000 are simulated using ReynoldsAveraged NavierStokes (RANS) ... 
Numerical Methods for 3dimensional Magnetic Confinement Configurations using TwoFluid Plasma Equations
(UMI, 20100624)The 5moment twofluid plasma model uses Euler equations to describe the ion and electron fluids, and Maxwell's equations to describe the electric and magnetic fields. Twofluid physics becomes significant when the ... 
Numerical simulation of unsteady hypersonic chemically reacting flow
(1995)The goal of this research is to develop and evaluate a new algorithm for the numerical solution of the axisymmetric NavierStokes equations for unsteady hypersonic flow with chemically reacting gas species. The LUSGS ... 
Numerically Generated Tangent Stiffness Matrices for Geometrically NonLinear Structures
(20130725)The aim of this thesis is to develop a general numerical solution method for geometrically nonlinear structures. Most common work involves tedious derivations of analytic tangent stiffness matrices. The major objective ... 
Observability Based Path Planning in Rangeonly Localization
(20131114)The motivations of oceanographic research have driven the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) now capable of great feats of autonomy and endurance. It is anticipated that the future of autonomous oceanographic ... 
ObservabilityBased Guidance and Sensor Placement
Control system performance is highly dependent on the quality of sensor information available. In a growing number of applications, however, the control task must be accomplished with limited sensing capabilities. This ... 
On the Quasi OneDimensional Structure of TwoDimensional Cellular Detonations in a Duct
Adaptive mesh refinement combined with a WENOTCD hybrid numerical method are used to simulate cellular detonations in ducts using a detailed chemical mechanism linked to the inviscid Euler equations. Using this computational ... 
Operation of Polycarbonate Projectiles in the Ram Accelerator
(20131114)The ram accelerator is a hypervelocity launcher with direct space launch applications in which a subcaliber projectile, analogous to the centerbody of a ramjet engine, flies through fuel and oxidizer that have been ... 
Parallel Adaptive Simulation of Detonation Waves Using a Weighted Essentially NonOscillatory Scheme
The purpose of this thesis was to develop a code that could be used to develop a better understanding of the physics of detonation waves. First, a detonation was simulated in one dimension using ZND theory. Then, using the ... 
Paramagnetic spinup of a field reversed configuration with rotating magnetic field current drive
(2003)A transverse Rotating Magnetic Field (RMF) can drive toroidal current and sustain the poloidal flux of a Field Reversed Configuration (FRC) through the application of a 〈vz x Br〉 Lorentz force on the electrons, where vz ... 
A Parametric Analysis of the Aerodynamic Characteristics of Volleyballs in Turbulent Flow
(20120810)A wind tunnel experiment was conducted to compare the flight path characteristics and drag of current models of volleyballs. An open circuit low speed wind tunnel was primarily used to gather lift and drag data on multiple ... 
PID Control Simulation and Kalman Filter State Estimation of HITSIInjector Flux Circuit
In order to implement an optimal modern control system on the HITSI injector voltage and flux circuits, it is first necessary to apply state estimation techniques, allowing the physical system to be observed by the ...