Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University provides access to master’s theses submitted since 1988.

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.

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Theses - Daytona Beach from 2015

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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

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Aircraft Detection and Tracking Using UAV-Mounted Vision System, Yan Zhang

Theses - Daytona Beach 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

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Design and Dynamic Analysis of a Variable-Sweep, Variable-Span Morphing UAV, Nirmit Prabhakar

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Ion-Cyclotron Resonance Heating of O+ in the Topside Ionosphere and Mapping Outflows to the Magnetosphere, Anthony W. Pritchard

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Winglet Performance Evaluation through the Vortex Lattice Method, Phil R. Rademacher

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Separation Bubbles and Vortex Formation in Cavity Flows, Kartheek Ravulapati

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Run-Time HEV Engine-Generator Power-Speed Optimization for Fuel Consumption and Emissions Reduction, Chester Paul Rowe II

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Inverse Volume-of-Fluid Meshless Method for Efficient Non-Destructive Thermographic Evaluation, Hussein Awad Kurdi Saad

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Flow Separation Control Using Synthetic Jets on a Flat Plate, Karunakaran Saambavi

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Design of a Lean Manufacturing System for the Production of Compliant Wind at Sparton Electronics, Arash Sabet-Rasekh

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A CFD Investigation of the Hydrodynamic Characteristics of Fluid Flow through an Impeller and Multi-Objective Design Optimization of a Centrifugal Pump, Mohammed Khammat Sagban

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Slosh Damping with Floating Magnetoactive Micro-Baffles, Vijay Santhanam

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Extreme Value Analysis of Rainfall Events Over the Kennedy Space, Adam David Schnapp

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Extreme Value Analysis of Rainfall Events Over the Kennedy Space Center Complex, Adam David Schnapp

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Experimental Validation of a New Distributed Cooperative Control Algorithm for Multi-agent Systems with Switching Communication Topologies and Time-Delays, Junzhen Shao

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3D Aerodynamic Optimization of NREL VI Wind Turbine Blade for Increased Power Output and Visualization of Flow Characteristics, Tsewang Rabga Shrestha

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Performance Improvement through Velocity Triangle Optimization-Driven Redesign for Mitigating the Horseshoe Vortex in Axial Turbines, Vladislav Shulman

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Development, Analysis, and Comparison of Electromechanical Properties and Electrode Morphology of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites, Balaji Sivasubramanian

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A Comparative Study of the Low Speed Performance of Two Fixed Planforms versus a Variable Geometry Planform for a Supersonic Business Jet, Aaron C. Smelsky

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Axial Compressor Design with Counter-Rotation and Variable RPM for Stall Mitigation, Madhur Tiwari

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Characterization of Electron Number Density of Rocket Exhaust Plumes Through Microwave Transmissions, Jorge Torres

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Unsteady Viscous Cavity Flow Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, Chandramouli Vadlamudi

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Pathology and Motivation in Players of Grand Theft Auto IV, Christopher M. Via

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The Effects of Rewards on the Ability of an Autonomous UAV Controlled by a Reinforcement Learning Agent to Accomplish a Target Localization Task, Hemali Dinesh Virani

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Scalable, Solar Powered Membrane-Based Water Purification Systems for Community Development in Developing Countries, Yung Wong

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Incoherent Scatter Radar Observations of Dynamic Ion Composition Changes at High Latitudes during Geomagnetic Storms, Bryan C. Wright

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Reduction of Secondary Flow Losses in a Turbine for Use in Man-Portable Power Generation, Andrew J. Yatsko E.I.

Theses - Daytona Beach from 2013

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An Ergonomic Evaluation of Aircraft Pilot Seats, Yolanda Nicole Andrade

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Robust Image-Based Visual Servo Control of an Uncertain Missile Airframe, Murat Tunca Aygun

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Hydrodynamic Impact Analysis and Testing of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Isabel Bird

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The Effects of Angle-of-Attack Indication on Aircraft Control in the Event of an Airspeed Indicator Malfunction, Claas Tido Boesser

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Analysis of Fatal General Aviation Accidents Occurring from Loss of Control on Approach and Landing, Brittnee Nicholle Branham

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Auroral Ion Upflows: Sources, High Altitude Dynamics, and Neutral Wind Effects, Meghan R. Burleigh

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Mapping Automotive Like Controls to a General Aviation Aircraft, Christopher G. Carvalho

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Geometric and Pattern Recognition Combined Algorithms Applied to Digital Image Processing in Aerial Search and Rescue Applications, Jamil Efren Anaguano Correa

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Comparison of Voice and Text ATC Communications in the Cockpit for ESL Pilots, Shannon Marie Cummings

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Estimation of Real-Time Runway Surface Contamination Using Flight Data Recorder Parameters, Donovan C. Curry

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A Novel Resistance Exercise Machine for Use in a Lower Body Negative Pressure Box to Counteract the Effects of Weightlessness, Christine M. Dailey

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Effective CFD Integration into Product Development and Validation of Wind Tunnel Data for Transonic Launch Vehicle, Miraj Mukesh Desai

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A Preliminary Study of Acoustic Prediction Technology Based on Detached Eddy Simulations for Supersonic Jets Impinging on Flat Plates, Yuvraj Dewan

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A Descriptive Analysis of Public Comments Submitted in Response to Notice of Proposed Rules on Air Carrier Pilot Qualification, Amy Chaffee Doolittle

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Mapping of the Quasi-periodic Oscillations at the Flank Magnetopause into the Ionosphere, Emily R. Dougal

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The Identification and Classification of Flow Disruptions in the Operating Room during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Open Hernia Repair Procedures, Sacha N. Duff

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Investigation of a Lagrangian-point Propellant Depot Rendezvous Approach for an Interplanetary Mission to Mars, Joshua W. Ehrlich

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Computing Radiation Exchange, Jonathan L. Nutzati Fontaine

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Investigation of Grid Adaptation to Reduce Computational Efforts for a 2-D Hydrogen-Fueled Dual-Mode Scramjet, Kam Keong Foo

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Investigation of Videogame Flow: Effects of Expertise and Challenge, Jolie G. Gascon

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Analyzing Communication Performance: A Comparison of Native-English Speakers and Non-Native English Speakers, Tami Marie Gibbs

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Moral Development in the Military: The Efficacy of ROTC Morality Training at the Sophomore Level, Paul A. Gillett

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The Effects of Acute Psychosocial Stress on Cognitive Performance, Anne I.S. Gray

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Estimating Cell Capacity for Multi-Cell Electrical Energy System, Iman Ahari Hashemi

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Controllability of Open Quantum Optical Systems: Photon Fock States in a Cavity, Byron Henry Lowry

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Molecular Dynamics Model of Carbon Nanotubes in EPON 862/DETDA Polymer, Guttormur Arnar Ingvason

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A Naturalistic Study of Long-term Working Memory Capacity for Meaningful Visual and Auditory Stimuli, Joseph M. Jaworski

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Comparison of Three Angle of Attack (AOA) Indicators: A Usability Study, Camilo Jimenez

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Spatial Cognition Differences between Men and Women in Spatial Cue Environments during Flight Simulation, Heidi Crystal Kim

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A 3-D Model of the Auroral Ionosphere, Yishi Lee

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Time Perception during Retrospective and Prospective Paradigms with a Distraction, Kristi L. Lontz