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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Stabilization system environmental disturbance modeling and analysis

Sieb, Lawrence E. 11 1900 (has links) (PDF)
Florida Technological University College of Engineering Thesis / Systems that operate in airborne environments and rely on the resolution provided by optical sensors require a stabilization system to isolate the line-of-sight (LOS) from the operating environment. For systems employing television sensors, stabilization accuracy is of prime importance in maintaining sufficient picture resolution to allow target identification and recognition at maximum ranges. The development of system models that accurately predict stabilization performance is important both in design trade-offs and in the system design and testing [l]. Two basic concepts are available for achieving LOS stabilization; momentum stabilization which employs a spinning mass and rate stabilization which utilizes inertial rate sensors. Previously rate stabilized platforms have been employed for high performance laser designator systems mounted in aircraft while momentum stabilized platforms have been used on tactical missiles. Rate stabilized platforms have not been used often in tactical missiles due to their higher cost and the lack of high performance stabilization requirements over large field-of-regards on the missile seekers. / M.S. / Masters; / Graduate Studies Program / Engineering / Engineering / 60 p. / iv, 57 l. : ill. ; 29 cm.

Output feedback stabilization of linear systems

Chen, Raymond, January 1979 (has links)
Thesis--University of Florida. / Description based on print version record. Typescript. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 77-79).

Aspects of nonlinear system stability.

Christensen, Gustav Strom January 1966 (has links)
This thesis treats system stabilty from three separate points of view. 1. State Space Analysis 2. Complex Frequency Plane Analysis 3. Time Domain Analysis Asymptotic stability is considered in state space. Using state space and the gradient method an expression is derived for the total time derivative of the Liapunov function. This expression is a special case of the general Zubov equation, however, it does not lend itself to an explicit, exact solution except in special cases. Global asymptotic stability and bounded input -bounded output stability is considered in the complex frequency plane. Here a method developed by Sandberg has been applied to some systems the linear part of which has poles on the imaginary axis. The solution of an example of this type via the Sandberg method and the Popov method shows that the two methods give essentially the same result for the example considered. Bounded input - bounded output stability is considered in the time domain using two separate methods. One, a method developed by Barrett using Volterra series has been extended to cover cases with a nonlinearity of 2nd and 4th degree. Two, a method depending on the contraction mapping principle is developed and applied to several types of systems. It is shown that this method generates the Volterra series found by Barrett's method, and thus we can actually determine a region where, the solution of a given differential equation can be represented in the form of a Volterra series. / Applied Science, Faculty of / Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of / Graduate

On the dynamic stability of flexible supersonic vehicles

Drummond, Alastair Milne January 1963 (has links)
The dynamic stability of a long, slender-bodied vehicle with a flexible fuselage is examined analytically in the supersonic speed regime. The small aspect ratio lifting surfaces are considered to be rigid but dependence of their angles of attack on fuselage flexibility is accounted for. The amplitude of pitching oscillation is restricted to ±10° about the zero-lift line by the nature of the unsteady, supersonic aerodynamic theory used. The stability problem is formulated by a set of non-linear differential equations with the non-linear contributions arising from both the inertia and the aerodynamic forces. The present analysis accounts for non-linear contributions up to third degree in the rigid body angle of attack. The stability of the short period mode is investigated using Routh-Hurwitz criteria and an expression representing a stiffness criterion for dynamic stability is obtained. The analytical development is so presented as to make it easily applicable to a supersonic, flexible vehicle with or without wings, e.g. a supersonic transport or a missile. Moreover to facilitate the evaluation of the effect of flexibility and non-linearities on dynamic stability, four cases are considered separately: a. Rigid body equations of motion, without non-linear terms b. Rigid body equations of motion, with non-linear terms c. Flexible body equations of motion, without non-linear terms d. Flexible body equations of motion, with non-linear terms. A numerical example is presented towards the end which investigates the dynamic stability of a flexible, supersonic transport configuration. The conclusions from the example are: 1. The non-linearities can be safely neglected for rigid aircraft, but not for wingless vehicles. 2. Flexibility affects the stability through the lift and pitching moment and also by introducing two more possible equilibrium points. 3. The amount of work involved in finding a solution is markedly increased by the necessity of solution of more characteristic equations of higher degree. 4. The stiffness criterion can be used to adjust the stiffness distribution to one that can make an unstable configuration stable. The usefulness of the method is two-fold. For a flexible vehicle with known geometric, mass and elastic properties, the method can predict its dynamic stability. This feature is of considerable importance particularly in the design stage. On the other hand, if an aircraft with known geometry, total mass and centre-of-gravity location proves to be dynamically unstable, then the analysis provides a stiffness criterion by which it can be made stable. The analysis involves a considerable amount of computation and hence seems to be particularly suited for solution by a digital computer. / Applied Science, Faculty of / Mechanical Engineering, Department of / Graduate

Stability of water-in-diluted bitumen emulsion droplets

Gao, Song Unknown Date
No description available.

Improving the Educational Outcomes for Minorities: A Study of the Interactive Effects of Personnel Stability and Representative Bureacracy

Morton, Tabitha Susan 16 December 2013 (has links)
The goal of this dissertation is to determine how to create more equal public policy outcomes within the realm of public education. It is a well known fact that despite the passage of legal decisions such as Brown (1954) and federal policies like No Child Left Behind (2001), Latino and African American students still perform at lower rates than Anglo students. This poor academic performance results in lower graduation rates, lower college attendance, and a lower socioeconomic status than Anglos. This dissertation therefore sought to determine if two common bureaucratic theories, representative bureaucracy and personnel stability, could be used in combination with one another in order to improve the educational policy outcomes for African American and Latino students. Using data from Texas school districts from 1994-2010 and a cross-sectional longitudinal research design, I find that while each theory on its own improved the outcomes for these groups, the two did not have a significant combined effect on every indicator. Instead I find evidence of a substitution effect which allows one strategy to be used in place of the other in order to improve the academic performance of minority students. This creates a unique situation as this analysis suggests that there are other bureaucratic factors working to prevent an interactive effect from occurring on a consistent basis. Thus the next steps are to apply the same theories to other public organizations in order to determine if my findings are unique to public education and to determine if other public administration theories can be used to improve the outcomes for African American and Latino students.

Numerical modelling of ground deformation around underground development roadways, with particular emphasis on three dimensional modelling of the effects of high horizontal stress

Meyer, Lewis Harvey Ian January 2002 (has links)
No description available.

Design of ro-ro cargo ships with particular reference to damage survivability

Wimalsiri, Walallawita K. January 1991 (has links)
No description available.

Stability of water-in-diluted bitumen emulsion droplets

Gao, Song 06 1900 (has links)
There are several technical challenges in large scale heavy oil processing. In the oil sand industry, for example, the existence of water-in-oil emulsion in diluted bitumen produced from froth treatment presents a great challenge to the industry. In this work, the effect of different bitumen components, including asphaltenes, maltenes (deasphalted bitumen) and indigenous naphthenic acids (NAs), on the stability of water-in-diluted model oil emulsion was systematically investigated. A biodegradable polymer was developed and introduced to break the water-in-oil emulsions. The stability of water-in-oil emulsions depends on the mechanical barrier between two approaching water droplets in model oil with bitumen components. The micron-scale techniques are used in this study to study the mechanical behavior of emulsion drops due to its priority to maintain the surface area to volume ratio which is representative of the commercially observed emulsions. Several parameters, including interfacial tension isotherm, crumpling ratio and probability of coalescence, were measured to understand the interfacial reheology. Based on these experiments, the mechanical properties of emulsion drops can be evaluated in situ. A non-toxic and biodegradable polymer, ethylcellulose, was used to break up the water-in-diluted bitumen emulsion. The demulsification mechanism was studied in this work. The knowledge from this work provides improved insights on molecular mechanism of emulsion stability/demulsification and contributes to the design of demulsification systems in industrial oil sands extraction processes. / Chemical Engineering

The effect of beam seas on a stationary ship in shallow water

Taylor, Peter James January 1971 (has links)
vi, 92 leaves : appendices / Title page, contents and abstract only. The complete thesis in print form is available from the University Library. / Thesis (Ph.D.)--Dept. of Applied Mathematics, University of Adelaide, 1971

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