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

Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Craig, O.O. (2018). “Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology adoption in South Africa”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104852
  • De Meyer, O.A.J. (2018). “Optimisation in plant operations for a 100 MW central receiver CSP plant with focus on the plant operating strategies”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103811
  • Engelbrecht, R.A. (2018). “Numerical investigation of fan performance in a forced-draft air-cooled heat exchanger”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105082
  • Mabaso, M. (2018). “Community distributed energy systems: An end-user energy services approach”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104985
  • Prinsloo, G.J. (2018). “Synthesis of an off-grid solar thermal cogeneration and intelligent smartgrid control system for rural applications”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103804
  • 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.
  • Louw, F.G. (2015). “Investigation of the flow field in the vicinity of an axial flow fan during low flow rates”. Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97987
  • 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.
  • Kotze, J.P. (2014). “Thermal energy storage in metallic phase change materials”.  Ph.D. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96049.
  • 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.

M.Sc. & M.Eng. theses

  • Basson, E.J.J. (2019). “Development and Testing of an Externally Finned Tube Cavity Receiver for Brayton Cycle Preheating Purposes”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106106
  • Craeye, C.A. (2019). “The Potential of Optical Flow in Quadcopter Navigation”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106146
  • Erasmus, S.J. (2019). “Design and Development of a Next Generation Thermal Rock Bed Storage Experimental Facility”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105862
  • Fourie, D. (2019). “Solar Process Heat Systems: Development of an Open Sourcee Simulation Package”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106235
  • Grobbelaar, D. (2019). “Improving the Heat Transfer Characteristics of the Spiky Central Receiver Air Pre-Heater (SCRAP) using Helically Swirled Fins”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105893
  • Haller, M.C. (2019). “Experimental Investigation of a Gimbal in the Frequency Domain”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105972
  • Joubert, H. (2019). “Development of a Web-Based Control System for a Heliostat Test Facility”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106147
  • Kanhukamwe, F.N.K. (2019). “Matching renewable energy to the South African electricity system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106227
  • Kapp, M. (2019). “Modelling of a fuel cell propulsion system for multicopters”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106056
  • Marincowitz, F.S. (2019). “Experimental investigation of the effects of windscreens on air-cooled condenser fan performance and dynamic blade loading”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106058
  • Marsh, D.A. (2019). “Conversion of a Kerosene-Fuelled Gas Turbine to Run on Propane”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106094
  • McDougall, D.M. (2019). “Numerical simulation of jet impingement cooling of the inside of a hemisphere with application to SCRAP”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106154
  • Rohwer, J.N. (2019). “Blade surface pressure measurements of an axial flow fan”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106195
  • Schommarz, T.M. (2019). “Analysis, Design and Manufacture of a Solarised Gas Turbine Compressor”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106027
  • Walsh, G.L. (2019). “A feasibility analysis into the inference of a generic object tracking algorithm on a general-purpose single board computer”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/106237
  • Amadi, C.A. (2018). “Design and implementation of a model predictive control on a pixhawk flight controller”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105078
  • Da Silva, B. (2018). “The development, construction and testing of a piston-expander for small-scale solar-thermal power plants”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103800
  • Gouws, J.E. (2018). “Calibration of heliostats using a drone”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105070
  • Karsten, L. (2018). “The analysis of an Organic Rankine Cycle for smaller concentrated solar powered systems”.  M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105075
  • Krog, W. (2018). “Solar live steam generation and solar bagasse drying for South African sugar mills”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103768
  • Meissner, T.W. (2018). “Numerical investigation of the effect of scaling on the performance of large scale axial flow fan”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105072
  • Oosthuizen, D. (2018). “Opportunities for solar process heat integration and heat recovery in the South African fishmeal industry”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103640
  • Prentice, G.S.K. (2018). “A strategic management framework for the commercialisation of multi-technology renewable energy sytems: The case of concentrating solar power technologies in South Africa”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/103381
  • Barnes, R.C. (2017). ” Performance modelling, validation and operational feasibility of a parabolic trough power plant”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102820
  • Bode, S.J. (2017). “Development of a ray tracer for concentrating solar power systems”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102825
  • Coetzee, J.S. (2017). “Obstacle avoidance with a multicopter in a dynamic two-dimensional environment”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101065
  • Dall, E.P. (2017). “Integrating desalination with concentrating solar power: Large scale cogeneration of water and electricity”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101238.
  • Laubscher, H.F. (2017). “Developing and testing a cost effective thermal rock bed storage system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102842
  • Minnaar, N.J. (2017). “State estimation in unmanned aerial vehicles: theoretical approaches for increasing accuracy”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102867
  • Nel, J.C. (2017). “Development of an open volumetric air receiver for a rock bed thermal storage system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102918
  • Niit, E.A. (2017). ” Design and implementation of an adaptive controller for a quadcopter”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102790
  • Nolte, A.L. (2017). “Feasibility study of stereo vision as a stand-alone sensor for obstacle detection”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101168.
  • Pidaparthi, A.S. (2017). “Heliostat cost reduction for power tower plants”. M.Eng. 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”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101228.
  • Rudman, J. (2017). “Investigating the direct environmental impacts of emerging solar power and shale gas developments in two arid biomes of South Africa”. M.Sc.Cons.Ecol. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100637
  • Swart, B.D. (2017). “A method for accurate measurement of heliostat mirror orientation”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101038
  • Swart, J.J. (2017). “One-dimensional transient cold filling simulation of a molten salt receiver pipe”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102907
  • Wilkinson, M.B. (2017). “The design of an axial flow fan for air-cooled heat exchanger applications”. MEng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102840
  • Zheng, X. (2017). “An error propagation model of a heliostat”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/101249
  • Beukes, H.T. (2016). “Opportunities for solar thermal process heat integration in South African sugar mills”. M.Eng. 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”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98622.
  • Lock, J.C. (2016). “Poor error estimation of a quadcopter in the outdoors”. M.Eng. 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”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100219.
  • Oppong, F. (2016). “Micro gas turbine performance evaluation”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100232.
  • Potgieter, F. (2016). “Navigational precision of an autonomous ground vehicle using multiple sensors”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98683
  • Van Breda, R.J. (2016). “Vector field histogram star obstacle avoidance system for multicopters”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100319.
  • Van Der Merwe, P.C. (2016). “Solar air receiver using a non-uniform porous medium”. M.Eng. 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”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98663.
  • Auret, C.  (2015).  “Scenario Modelling for short to long term rollout of Concentrating Solar Power in South Africa”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96941
  • Basson, N.R. (2015). “Investigating the effect of aerodynamic damping on an axial flow fan blade”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97885
  • Craig, O.O. (2015). “A stand-alone parabolic dish solar cooker for African conditions”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98096.
  • Grobler, A. (2015).  “Aiming Strategies for Small Central Receiver Systems”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97051
  • Hariram, A. (2015).  “The use of CFD for Heliostat Wind Load Analysis”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97048
  • Hobbs, K. (2015). “Thermally Driven Natural Circulation Water Pump”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97066
  • Homann, C. (2015). “Effects of solar hybridization on the performance of a gas turbine”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97928.
  • Lilongeni, K. (2015). “Feasibility study and business plan for manufacturing a 3 kW-electrical solar Stirling engine and dish for stand-alone power supply units”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97773
  • Lombard, H.J. (2015). “Small solar organic rankine cycle for electricity generation”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97980.
  • Luiten, R.V. (2015). “Performance improvement of the Rover 1S/60 Gas Turbine Compressor”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97049
  • Terblanche, J.P. (2015). “Design and performance evaluation of a HYDROSOL space heating and cooling system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97095
  • 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.
  • Louw, A.D.R. (2014). “Discrete and porous computational fluid dynamics modelling of an air-rock bed thermal energy storage system”. M.Sc.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86233
  • Lutchman, S.L. (2014).  “Heliostat field layout optimization for a central receiver”.  M.Eng.  Stellenbosch University.  URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96043
  • 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.  URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/96140.
  • Malan, K. J. (2014). “A heliostat field control system”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86674 .
  • 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.
  • Ssebabi, B. (2014). “Experimental evaluation of a low temperature and low pressure turbine”. M.Eng. Stellenbosch University. URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/86563
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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