Ph.D., M.Sc. and M.Eng. Theses

Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Heller, L. (2017). “Development of a dual-pressure air receiver system for the SUNDISC cycle”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101315.
  • Landman, W.A. (2017). “Optical Performance of the Reflective Surface Profile of a Heliostat”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101210.
  • Lubkoll, M. (2017). “Performance Characteristics of a Spiky Central Receiver Air Pre-heater (SCRAP)”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101295.
  • Gauche, P. (2016). “Spatial Temporal model to evaluate the system potential of concentrating Solar Power Towers in South Africa”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100151.
  • Brooks, M.J. (2015). “Application of a perforated shadow band to the decomposition of global solar irradiance”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97959.
  • Kotze, J. P. (2014). “Thermal energy storage in metallic phase change materials”.  Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96049.
  • Allen, K. G. (2014). “Rock bed thermal storage for concentrating solar power plants”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/4329.
  • Strauss, J. M. (2013). “Direct piston displacement control of free-piston Stirling engines”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/85604 .
  • Owen, M. T. F. (2013). “Air-cooled condenser steam flow distribution and related dephlemator design considerations”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/85731.
  • von Backström, T. W. (2012). “From turbo-machines to solar chimneys”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/71762.
  • Fluri, T. P. (2008). “Turbine layout for and optimization of solar chimney power conversion units”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/4402.
  • Pretorius, J. P. (2007). “Optimization and control of a large-scale solar chimney power plant”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/349.
  • Gannon, A. J. (2002). “Solar chimney turbine performance”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1402.
  • Conradie, A. E. (1995). “Performane optimization of engineering systems with particular reference to dry-cooled power plants”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1326 .
  • Du Preez, A. F. (1992). “The influence of cross-winds on the performance of natural draft dry-cooling towers”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1426.

M.Sc. & M.Eng. theses

  • Dall, E.P. (2017). “Integrating desalination with concentrating solar power: Large scale cogeneration of water and electricity”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101238.
  • Nolte, A.L. (2017). “Feasibility study of stereo vision as a stand-alone sensor for obstacle detection”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101168.
  • Pidaparthi, A.S. (2017). “Heliostat cost reduction for power tower plants”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101184.
  • Poole, I.V. (2017). “Concentrating solar power in South Africa – A comparison of parabolic trough and central receiver technologies with molten salt as heat transfer fluid”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101228.
  • Beukes, H.T. (2016). “Opportunities for solar thermal process heat integration in South African sugar mills”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98808.
  • Fourie, T.V.G. (2016). “Simulation of flow inside the storage tank and piping of a thermosyphon type solar water heater”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98622.
  • Lock, J.C. (2016). “Poor error estimation of a quadcopter in the outdoors”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98678.
  • Musango, J. (2016). “Measuring and modelling the influence of weather factors on CSP reflector soiling”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100219.
  • Oppong, F. (2016). “Micro gas turbine performance evaluation”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100232.
  • Van Breda, R.J. (2016). “Vector field histogram star obstacle avoidance system for multicopters”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100319.
  • Van Der Merwe, C.P. (2016). “Solar air receiver using a non-uniform porous medium”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98939.
  • Zhang, Y. (2016). “Pre-Study for conversion of a gas turbine from liquid to gaseous fuel”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98663.
  • Craig, O.O. (2015). “A stand-alone parabolic dish solar cooker for African conditions”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98096.
  • Lombard, H.J. (2015). “Small solar organic rankine cycle for electricity generation”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97980.
  • Homann, C. (2015). “Effects of solar hybridization on the performance of a gas turbine”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97928.
  • Sangweni, L.S. (2015). “Experimental and numerical modelling investigations of the response of a two-phase natural circulation multi-parallel channel system”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97140.
  • Terblanche, J.P. (2015). “Design and performance evaluation of a HYDROSOL space heating and cooling system”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97095
  • Auret, C.  (2015).  “Scenario Modelling for short to long term rollout of Concentrating Solar Power in South Africa”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://etd.sun.ac.za/handle/10019/14614 .
  • Grobler, A. (2015).  “Aiming Strategies for Small Central Receiver Systems”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97051
  • Hariram, A. (2015).  “The use of CFD for Heliostat Wind Load Analysis”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97048
  • Kretzschmar, H. (2014). “The Hybrid Pressurized Air Receiver (HPAR) for combined cycle solar thermal power plants”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86377.
  • Lutchman, S.L. (2014).  “Heliostat field layout optimization for a central receiver”.  MEng.  Stellenbosch University.  URL:  http://etd.sun.ac.za/handle/10019/13099.
  • Malan, K. J. (2014). “A heliostat field control system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86674 .
  • Malan, D.J. (2014).  “Latent heat thermal energy storage for solar water heating using flat heat pipes and aluminum fins as heat transfer enhancers”.  M.Eng.  Stellenbosch University.  URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96140.
  • Madaly, K. (2014). “Identifying the optimum storage capacity for a 100-MWe concentrating solar power plant in South Africa”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86276.
  • Malan, D.J. (2014).  “Latent heat thermal energy storage for solar water heating using flat heat pipes and aluminum fins as heat transfer enhancers”.  M.Eng.  Stellenbosch University.   http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96137.
  • Prinsloo, G.J. (2014).  “Automatic positioner and control system for a motorized parabolic solar reflector”.  M. Eng.  Stellenbosch University:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96137.
  • Walker, G. S. (2013). “Development of a low cost linear Fresnel solar concentrator”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/85762.
  • Nel, R. G. (2013). “Discrete element modelling of packed rock beds for thermal storage applications”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/80147.
  • Giglmayr, S. (2013). “Development of a Renewable Energy Power Supply Outlook 2015 for the Republic of South Africa”. M.Sc.Eng. Technikum Wien. URL: http://sterg.sun.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Giglmayr_MasterThesis1.pdf.
  • Pierce, W. T. (2013). “Solar assisted power generation (SAPG): investigation of solar preheating of feedwater”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/80139.
  • Heller, L. (2012). “Investigation of the Thermal Storage System for a 5MWEL Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Pilot Plant”. Dipl.-Ing. Technische Universität Dresden. URL: http://sterg.sun.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/thesis_HELLER_Lukas_201207211.pdf.
  • Lubkoll, M. (2011). “A pre-feasibility study of a concentrating solar power system to offset electricity consumption at the Spier Estate”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/17809.
  • Louw, F. G. (2011). “Performance trends of a large air-cooled steam condenser during windy conditions”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/6593.
  • Allen, K. G. (2010). “Performance characteristics of packed bed thermal energy storage for solar thermal power plants”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/4329.
  • Joubert, R. (2010). “Influence of geometric and environmental parameters on air-cooled steam condenser performance”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/4153.
  • Beviss-Challinor, L. M. (2007). “Design build and test a passive thermal system for a loft: a roof solar chimney application for South African weather conditions”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/348.
  • Brooks, M. J. (2005). “Performance of a parabolic trough solar collector”.
  • Hedderwick, R. A. (2000). “Performance evaluation of a solar chimney power plant”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/1983.