Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides access to master’s theses submitted since 1988. Access is restricted to current ERAU students, faculty, and staff.

Each Daytona Beach master’s degree candidate is required to submit a copy of his or her master’s thesis to the Hunt Library in electronic and print formats. The electronic version of the thesis will be uploaded to Scholarly Commons. For more information on submitting a master’s thesis, please consult Thesis Binding and Submission Process.

Since the inception of Scholarly Commons, requests by researchers from other institutions (academic, commercial, military, and government) to read our graduate research theses have grown tremendously, and continue to increase every semester. To meet this demand, ERAU began offering our entire Master’s Theses collection as open access in December 2016.

If you do not wish your thesis to be open access, please email your name and title of your thesis to commons@erau.edu. Your thesis will be restricted to ERAU students, faculty, and staff within three business days.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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An Experimental Study of Momentum-Driven Unsteady Jets, Sravan Kumar Artham

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Detecting Delamination in Carbon Fiber Composites Using Piezoresistive Nanocomposites, Sandeep Chava

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Computational Investigation of Impingement Cooling for Regeneratively Cooled Rocket Nozzles, Bianca A. De Angelo

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An Aircraft Evacuation Simulation Baseline Using DES for Passenger Path Planning, Xiaoqing Deng

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Vibration Analysis of a Composite Wing Box with Arbitrarily Shaped Spars and Ribs, Rossana R. Fernandes

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Investigation of Pin Fin Cooling Channels for Applications in Gas Turbines, Royce Fernandes

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The Effect of Axial Spacing of Constant and Variable Blockages on the Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition in a Pulse Detonation Engine, Nicole Gagnon

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Optical Tracking and Spectral Characterization of Cubesats for Operational Missions, Forrest Gasdia

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Forecast Verification of the Current Icing Potential (CIP) to Predict Lightning Hazards at U.S. Spaceports, Robert Edward Haley

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Closed-Loop CFD Analysis of the Fontan Cardiovascular Circulation, Marwan Hameed

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Numerical Case Study of an Atom-Photon Interaction in a Cavity Exploring Quantum Control, Javier Jalandoni

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Real-Time Optimization Based Power Flow Controller for Energy Consumption and Emissions Reduction in a Parallel HEV, Abdulla Abdulaziz Karmustaji

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An Experimental Study of Synthetic Jet Actuators with Application in Airfoil LCO Control, Sanjay Krishnappa

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Mechanical and Electrical Characterization of Hybrid Carbon Nanotube Sheet-Graphene Nanocomposites for Sensing Applications, Jiukun Li

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Fluidic Jet Turbulence Generators for Deflagration to Detonation Transition in Pulsed Detonation Combustors, Jarrett E. Lowe

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Magneto-Rheological Fluid Device as Artificial Feel Force System on Aircraft Control Stick, Vignesh Manoharan

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Nonlinear Control of a Thermoacoustic System with Multiple Heat Sources and Actuators, Mikael O. Molina Sandoval

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Study of Hybrid Magneto-Active Propellant Management Device for Slosh Damping, Leander Paul

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2D Aeroacoustic Analysis of Flow in the Flame Trench, Meghan Pokorski

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A Hybrid Vortex Solution for Surge Margin Enhancement in Axial Compressors, Daniel Port

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Analysis of a Coupled Micro- and Triple-Impingement Cooling Configuration in the C3X Vane, Chase D. Rossman

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Prediction of Tonal Acoustic Radiation Due to Feedback-Loop Resonant Interactions in Transitional Airfoils, Seyyed Saman Salehian

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Vision-Aided Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles Using Tracked Feature Points, Ahmed Saber Soliman Sayem

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Sensing, Actuation, and Embedded Control for a Custom SCR Nitrogen Oxides Emissions Reduction System, Anuj Kalidas Sharma

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SAFTE-VAT Functionality Effects on Flight Instructors' Situation Awareness and Instrument Student Pilots' Performance during FTD Training, Rafael E. Abreu Vega

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UAV as a Service: Providing On-Demand Access and On-The-Fly Retasking of Multi-Tenant UAVs Using Cloud Services, Justin Yapp

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Direct Adaptive Control for Stability and Command Augmentation System of an Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicle, Ron Aditya

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Cubesat Wakes in the Earth’s Ionosphere, Robert M. Albarran II

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Low-velocity Impact Analysis of Composite Repair Patches of Different Shapes, Sarvesh Baliga

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Supersonic Retro-Propulsion Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis Applied to Future Mars Mission, Margarita Nataly Brandt

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The Three-Dimensional Turbulent Boundary Layer on a Rotating Disk, Daniel Digre

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Attitude Determination & Control System Design and Implementation for a 6U CubeSat Proximity Operations Mission, Francisco J. Franquiz

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Scalloped Leading Edge Vaned Diffuser Analysis for a Compact High Pressure Ratio Centrifugal Compressor, Vinod Poonamchand Gehlot

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Investigation of Mountain Waves in the Mesosphere over the Andes Mountains, Jaime Aguilar Guerrero

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Aerodynamic and Structural Design of a Winglet for Enhanced Performance of a Business Jet, Nicolas El Haddad

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Design and Validation of Hardware-in-the-Loop Testbed for Proximity Operations Payloads, Kristia K. Harris

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Numerical Investigation of Tonal Noise on a Transitional Airfoil under Varying Conditions, Warren W. Hiner

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Computation of Hypersonic Flows with Lateral Jets Using k-ω Turbulence Model, Spatika Dasharati Iyengar

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Design and Manufacturing of a Mecanum Wheel for the Magnetic Climbing Robot, Shruti Deepak Kamdar

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Hybrid Electric Power System Validation through Parameter Optimization, Hasnaa Khalifi

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The Lunar Exosphere: Spatial and Temporal Variations of Sodium and Potassium Emissions from November 2013 to May 2014, Dona Chathuni P. Kuruppuaratchi

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Benchmarking of Computational Models Against Experimental Data for Adiabatic Film-Cooling Effectiveness for Large Spacing Compound Angle Full Coverage Film Cooling Arrays, Simon R. Martinez

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Determination of a Simplified High-Order Vortex Equation for Radial Equilibrium with CFD Verification, Travis K. Matsumoto

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Experimental and Computational Investigation of Ribbed Channels for Gas Turbine Thermal Management, Yash T. Mehta

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Phased Array Beamsteering in Composite Laminates for Guided Wave Structural Health Monitoring, Peter Osterc

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Design of Synthetic Jet Actuator for Flight Control of Small UAV, Priyanka Pagadala

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Lumped Parameter Model for a Self Powered Fontan Palliation of the Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, Jang Ho Park

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Aircraft De-Icing System Using Thermal Conductive Fibers, Min Soon Park

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Surface Structure and Its Effect on Reducing Drag, Ragini Ramachandran

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Similarity Analysis of a Swirling Counter-Flow, Jitesh Rane

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Lagrangian Points and Jacobi Constants for a Class of Asteroids, Tasneem Rashid

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Aerodynamic Trade Study of Compound Helicopter Concepts, Julian Roche

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An Approach to Automotive Electrification and Testing, Christopher Rowe

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Numerical Study of Synthetic-Jet Actuation Effect on Airfoil Trailing Edge Noise, Marco Sansone

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Design, Fabrication, and Testing of a Proprioceptive Electroadhesion Pad for Space Applications, Walter Saravia

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Modeling and Simulation of Radiation from Electronic Transitions in Hypersonic Atmospheric Reentry Flow, Curtis Scholz

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The Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Analysis and Redesign of an Aircraft Refueling Door Hinge Utilizing Additive Manufacturing, Kurt A. Schwarz

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Sensor Fusion and Obstacle Avoidance for an Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Gurasis Singh

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Development and Prototype Validation of an Additive Manufactured Cubesat Propulsion Tank, Geovanni A. Solorzano

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An Experimental Method to Calculate Coefficient of Friction in Mecanum Wheel Rollers and Cost Analysis Using DFMA Techniques, Nishant Sonawane

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Investigation of Pulse Detonation Engines: the Effect of Variable Blockage Ratio on the Deflagration to Detonation Transition, Christopher Tate

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Identifying Secondary Crashes by Using Geographic Information System (GIS) and Determining the Secondary Crashes Characteristics, Yuan Tian

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Analysis of a Hybrid Rocket Burn Using Generalized Compressible Flow, Naveen Sri Uddanti

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An Investigation of Cooling Configurations in Gas Turbine Engines Using Jet Impingement, Bhushan Upalkar

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Comparing Different Methods for Estimating Total Open Heliospheric Magnetic Flux, Samantha J. Wallace

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Modeling and Experimental Investigation of Parabolic Trough Solar Collector, Mohanad Abdulazeez Abdulraheem Alfellag

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Enhancement Techniques of Boiling Heat Transfer, Basim Qasim Ali Al-Sukaini

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Design Optimization of a Composite Wing Box for High-Altitude Long-Endurance Aircraft, Philip T. Arévalo

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Human Behavior During Spaceflight: Evidence from an Analog Environment, Kenny Mikael Arnaldi

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Finite Element Modeling of Macro Fiber Composite Actuators with Application to Wing De-icing, Boutros Youssef Azizi

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Decreasing the Power Consumption of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Architectures, Domenic Leo Barsotti

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Early Damage State Criterion from a Fault-Seeded Helicopter Gear Using Acoustic Emission and Neural Networks, Rudy L. Baum

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Proof of Concept Test for Dual-Axis Resonant Phase-Locked Excitation (PhLEX) Fatigue Testing Method for Wind Turbine Blades, Jenna Austin Beckwith

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Langmuir Probe Instrument Suite for Mesosphere Turbulence Experiment Mission, Adam Blake

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Execution of a Hybrid Vehicle Controls Development Effort Utilizing Model-Based Design, Hardware-in-the-loop Testing, Agile Scrum Methods and Requirements Engineering, Derek Simon Bonderczuk

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Evaluation of Mixing-Limited Quasi-Global Wind-US Model for HIFiRE 2 Flowpath, Michael R. Borghi Jr.

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Development of a System Architecture for Unmanned Systems Across Multiple Domains, Charles Randall Breingan Jr.

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An Analysis of Helicopter EMS Accidents using HFACS: 2000-2012, Christopher G. Bryan

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Assessment of the Thermal Advantages of Biased Supersonic Cooling, Michael J. Carkin

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Evaluation and Flight Assessment of a Scale Glider, Alvydas Anthony Civinskas

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Speaker Dependent Voice Recognition with Word-Tense Association and Part-of-Speech Tagging, Theodore Philip King Ernst

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Investigation of Pulse Detonation Engine Flow Conditions for Turbomachinery Integration, Luis Estefano Ferrer-Vidal Espa˜na-Heredia

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Liquid Slosh Analysis Using Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Kristopher S. Field

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Fatigue Damage Prognosis of Internal Delamination in Composite Plates Under Cyclic Compression Loadings Using Affine Arithmetic as Uncertainty Propagation Tool, Audrey J-M Gbaguidi

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Investigation of Traditional and Alternate Living Hinge Designs for Fused Deposition Modeling Additive Manufacturing Process, Cassandra Sue Gribbins

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The Effect of the 2-Dimensional Magnetic Field Profile in Hall Thrusters, Megan Lewis Harvey

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3D Simulation of the Velodyne HDL-32E Lidar Integrated with an Autonomous Marine Vehicle, Alecia A. Hurst

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Vision-Aided Navigation for GPS-Denied Environments Using Landmark Feature Identification, Tennyson Samuel John

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Exploration of a Computational Fluid Dynamics Integrated Design Methodology for Potential Application to a Wind Turbine Blade, Gaurav Kapoor

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Development of an Exteroceptive Sensor Suite on Unmanned Surface Vessels for Real-Time Classification of Navigational Markers, Christopher Lloyd Kennedy

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A Continuous/Discontinuous FE Method for the 3D Incompressible Flow Equations, Nikolaos Kyriazis

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Modeling Hydrodynamic Stability of Incline-Liquid Airblast Nozzle for Gas Turbine Combustion, Kevin Matiko

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To Study the Effect of Catalyst on the Physical Parameters of Carbon Spheres, Tejas Shailesh Mehta

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Free-Piston Stirling Convertor Model Development, Validation, and Analysis for Space Power Systems, Jonathan F. Metscher

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Bio-Inspired Mechanism for Aircraft Assessment Under Upset Conditions, Israel A. Moguel

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Fundamentals of Machine Design and Manufacturing: Design of a Compliant Winding Machine, Gazal Kaur Nagi

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Aerodynamic Study of Forces due to Wind Velocity and Angle of Attack on Parabolic Solar Troughs, Brian Northshield

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Energy Conservation By Intermittently Recirculating and Aerating an Aquaponics System with an Airlift, Bjorg Magnea Olafs

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Robust and Adaptive Nonlinear Control of Limit Cycle Oscillations in UAVs Using Synthetic Jet Actuators, Natalie Ramos Pedroza

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Design and Development of Scalable Solar Powered Water Purification Systems for Developing Nations, Shavin Pinto