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State switching in multi-stable systems: control and optimisation. (2020)
Thesis
LIU, B. 2020. State switching in multi-stable systems: control and optimisation. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis studies state-switching in multistable systems, so that they can switch from inefficient operating states to a more efficient one, in order to achieve performance enhancement in real-life engineering systems. Multistable systems have more... Read More about State switching in multi-stable systems: control and optimisation..

Automated anomaly recognition in real time data streams for oil and gas industry. (2020)
Thesis
MAJDANI SHABESTARI, F. 2020. Automated anomaly recognition in real time data streams for oil and gas industry. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

There is a growing demand for computer-assisted real-time anomaly detection - from the identification of suspicious activities in cyber security, to the monitoring of engineering data for various applications across the oil and gas, automotive and ot... Read More about Automated anomaly recognition in real time data streams for oil and gas industry..

Assessment of nanoparticle emission of polypropylene, polyester and epoxy nanocomposites during automated drilling process. (2020)
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STAROST, K.J. 2020. Assessment of nanoparticle emission of polypropylene, polyester and epoxy nanocomposites during automated drilling process. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Polymer nanocomposites are becoming established widely across the industry due to (among other reasons) their lightweight performance advantages, and ability to meticulously target material properties with great control and precision. Despite the ben... Read More about Assessment of nanoparticle emission of polypropylene, polyester and epoxy nanocomposites during automated drilling process..

Uncertainty reduction in reservoir parameters prediction from multiscale data using machine learning in deep offshore reservoirs. (2020)
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ARIGBE, O.D. 2020. Uncertainty reduction in reservoir parameters prediction from multiscale data using machine learning in deep offshore reservoirs. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Developing a complete characterization of reservoir properties involved in subsurface multiphase flow is a very challenging task. In most cases, these properties - such as porosity, water saturation, permeability (and their variants), pressure, wetta... Read More about Uncertainty reduction in reservoir parameters prediction from multiscale data using machine learning in deep offshore reservoirs..

DNA profiling of single sperm cells and single skin flakes in forensics using micromanipulation and whole genome amplification. (2020)
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THEUNISSEN, G.M.G. 2020. DNA profiling of single sperm cells and single skin flakes in forensics using micromanipulation and whole genome amplification. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

In forensic DNA profiling, the occurrence of complex mixed profiles is currently a common issue. Cases involving intimate swabs or skin flake tape liftings are prone to mixed profiles, because of more than one donor contributing to a DNA sample. By D... Read More about DNA profiling of single sperm cells and single skin flakes in forensics using micromanipulation and whole genome amplification..

Research and evidence use in experiential learning: perspectives and experiences of undergraduate nursing students. (2020)
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JOHNSON, N. 2020. Research and evidence use in experiential learning: perspectives and experiences of undergraduate nursing students. Robert Gordon University [online], DPP thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

For a number of years, research and evidence-based practice (EBP) have become essential concepts in the global provision of healthcare, and have become increasingly reflected in professional codes and educational standards. There have been considerab... Read More about Research and evidence use in experiential learning: perspectives and experiences of undergraduate nursing students..

Electrochemical determination of gallic acid in food matrices using novel materials. (2020)
Thesis
CHIKERE, C.O. 2020. Electrochemical determination of gallic acid in food matrices using novel materials. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Gallic acid (GA), as an endogenous polyphenol, has shown many different important properties that have influenced its use in the food and pharmaceutical industry. These properties include its antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-tumor, anti-HIV and anti-ul... Read More about Electrochemical determination of gallic acid in food matrices using novel materials..

Exploitation of underused Streptomyces through a combined metabolomics-genomics workflow to enhance natural product diversity. (2020)
Thesis
BURNS, J. 2020. Exploitation of underused streptomyces through a combined metabolomics-genomics workflow to enhance natural product diversity. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The genus Streptomyces is the source of approximately two-thirds of all clinically-used antibiotics. Despite being the source of so many specialised metabolites, genomic analysis indicates that most Streptomyces strains have the potential to produce... Read More about Exploitation of underused Streptomyces through a combined metabolomics-genomics workflow to enhance natural product diversity..

The role of information in postgraduates' decision-making cycle. (2020)
Thesis
MCNICHOLAS, C. 2020. The role of information in postgraduates' decision-making cycle. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The global market for international postgraduate students is becoming increasingly competitive as more institutions offer Masters level courses and universities need to increase revenues. The UK Government and universities want to stop the declining... Read More about The role of information in postgraduates' decision-making cycle..

An investigation into the oil and gas contractual and legal relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq Federal Government (IFG). (2020)
Thesis
KADIRGOLAM, B. 2020. An investigation into the oil and gas contractual and legal relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq Federal Government (IFG). Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) production-sharing contracts (PSCs) with international oil companies (IOCs) have dominated the relationship crises between the KRG and the Iraqi Federal Government (IFG) for the last fifteen years. During thi... Read More about An investigation into the oil and gas contractual and legal relationship between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraq Federal Government (IFG)..

Processing, structure and thermo-mechanical properties of reclaimed nanoclay, and its application in polyamide 6 and low-density polyethylene nanocomposites. (2020)
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SIDDIQUE, S.A. 2020. Processing, structure and thermo-mechanical properties of reclaimed nanoclay, and its application in polyamide 6 and low-density polyethylene nanocomposites. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Oil-based mud (OBM) wastes are generated every year all over the world, and remain a serious challenge for the oil and gas industry. The potential solution for this global problem is either to destroy these hazardous chemicals completely - a signific... Read More about Processing, structure and thermo-mechanical properties of reclaimed nanoclay, and its application in polyamide 6 and low-density polyethylene nanocomposites..

The identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities on family-owned estates in the north-east of Scotland. (2020)
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GRANT, G.A.I. 2020. The identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities on family-owned estates in the north-east of Scotland. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Family-owned estates face challenges achieving economic stability. Estate owners, including those in the North East of Scotland (the focus of this study) are committed to perpetuating family ownership. To enable this, entrepreneurial diversification... Read More about The identification and exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities on family-owned estates in the north-east of Scotland..

CFD modelling of flow-induced vibration under multiphase flow regimes. (2020)
Thesis
ASIEGBU, N.M. 2020. CFD modelling of flow-induced vibration under multiphase flow regimes. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Internal multiphase flow-induced vibration (MFIV) in pipe bends poses serious problems in oil and gas, nuclear and chemical flow systems. The problems include: high amplitude displacement of the pipe structure due to resonance; fatigue failure due to... Read More about CFD modelling of flow-induced vibration under multiphase flow regimes..

CFD modelling of pipe erosion under multiphase flow regimes. (2020)
Thesis
OGUNSESAN, O.A. 2020. CFD modelling of pipe erosion under multiphase flow regimes. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Pipe erosion due to sand transport can have an adverse effect on the production efficiency of pipe-lines and other related flow systems. Proper knowledge of the flow characteristics, particle behaviour and geometric effects is very important in the a... Read More about CFD modelling of pipe erosion under multiphase flow regimes..

Coaches' naturalistic decision-making: injury prevention in youth elite soccer players. (2020)
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SOMERS, S. 2020. Coaches' naturalistic decision-making: injury prevention in youth elite soccer players. Robert Gordon University [online], MRes thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The purpose of this study is to uncover and understand the naturalistic decision-making process in youth academy soccer coaches, when making decisions for mitigating injury in youth soccer players. Data were collected on seven youth academy soccer co... Read More about Coaches' naturalistic decision-making: injury prevention in youth elite soccer players..

Design and analysis of current stress minimalisation controllers in multi-active bridge DC-DC converters. (2020)
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HEBALA, O.M. 2020. Design and analysis of current stress minimalisation controllers in multi-active bridge DC-DC converters. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Multi active bridge (MAB) DC-DC converters have attracted significant research attention in power conversion applications within DC microgrids, medium voltage DC and high voltage DC transmission systems. This is encouraged by MAB's several functional... Read More about Design and analysis of current stress minimalisation controllers in multi-active bridge DC-DC converters..

Identifying and facilitating a community of practice in information literacy in higher education. (2020)
Thesis
DEAN, C.J. 2020. Identifying and facilitating a community of practice in information literacy in higher education. Robert Gordon University [online], DInfSci thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This research project focuses upon the role of the academic librarian in higher education. It explores the concept of communities of practice in information literacy in that sector via a study of a specific university in the United Kingdom, with an a... Read More about Identifying and facilitating a community of practice in information literacy in higher education..

A stakeholder-grounded evaluation of the seven functions model of technological innovation systems theory in UK offshore wind and marine renewables. (2020)
Thesis
ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS, J. 2020. A stakeholder-grounded evaluation of the seven functions model of technological innovation systems theory in UK offshore wind and marine renewables. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Technological innovation systems theory (TIS) provides a useful framework within which to consider energy transitions. The "seven functions" framework allows researchers to examine the progress of emergence of new technologies, but has not hitherto b... Read More about A stakeholder-grounded evaluation of the seven functions model of technological innovation systems theory in UK offshore wind and marine renewables..

An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng). (2019)
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MONARE, K.S. 2019. An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng). Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Governments around the world are actively developing policies that encourage consumers to move from passive to active engagement in localised renewable energy projects. In particular, small-scale, decentralised community renewable projects are being... Read More about An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng)..

Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East. (2019)
Thesis
THOMAS, B. 2019. Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The "Medication Without Harm, WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge", published by the World Health Organization in 2017, calls for action to reduce patient harm as a result of unsafe medication practices and medication errors. Medication error-related... Read More about Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East..