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Designing optimisation of a cane haulage vehicle.
The sugar industry transports in excess of 20 million tons of sugarcane per annum, equating to approximately 800 000 road consignments. This entails substantial expenditure on vehicle capital and operational costs. There ...
Experimental and theoretical analysis of heat transfer on a transonic blade.
This dissertation involves the experimental and numerical analysis of heat transfer on a transonic high turning angle gas turbine blade, which has been performed on the supersonic cascade experimental facility at the ...
Autonomous mobile materials handling platform architecture for mass customisation.
In order to facilitate the materials handling requirements of production structures configured for Mass Customisation Manufacturing, the design of requisite materials handling and routing systems must encompass new conceptual ...
A mechanistic evaluation and design of tunnel support systems for deep level South African mines.
The design of support systems, comprising rock bolt reinforcement and fabric containment components for tunnels in deep level mining environments does not currently cater well for adverse rock mass conditions. This often ...
Autonomous materials handling robot for reconfigurable manufacturing systems.
The concept of mass producing custom products, though extremely beneficial to the commercial, and retail industries, does come with some limitations. One of these is the occurrence of bottlenecks in the materials handling ...
A study and implementation analysis of an anti-sagging device for power transmission lines using shape memory alloys
Shape memory alloys (SMA’s) are a family of metals that exhibit properties of pseudo-elasticity
Parallel robot design incorporating a direct end effector sensing system.
This dissertation details the development of a parallel robot with an integrated direct end effector sensing system, from concept to prototype model and includes details of research, design, simulation, construction, ...
Performance based analysis of current South African semi trailer and b-double trailer designs
South African heavy vehicles are currently designed according to prescriptive standards designed and enforced by the National Department of Transport (DoT); these standards are regulated in terms of mass, dimensions and ...
Modelling of carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube-reinforced polymers with applications to composite structures.
Owing to their exceptional mechanical and physical properties, carbon nanotubes seem to
An investigation into the performance of plasma and laser coatings under rolling contact.
Rolling contact is experienced by a large number of components in mechanical designs. Examples include roller bearings and ink distribution rollers in the printing industry. Rolling contact results in surface wear. It is ...