58 Works

Defect detection and condition assessment of adhesively-bonded joints using acoustic emission techniques

Alasdair Crawford
The aim of this study is to investigate the application of acoustic emission (AE) techniques to the defect detection and monitoring of adhesively-bonded joints. Pencil Lead Breaks (PLBs) have been used as a simulated AE source to experimentally investigate the characteristics of AE wave-propagation in adhesively-bonded joints, and have been combined with Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) to provide a novel method of defect detection and sizing. Modal AE analysis has been applied to destructive testing...

Proceedings of the 3rd Research Support Games Day (RSGD #3)

George Bray & Valerie McCutcheon
These materials were presented at "Research Support Games Day #3", an online event that was hosted on Tuesday 15th February 2022, 14:00-16:00 GMT. The event was targeted primarily at people who support researchers (for example, library and research office staff). It aimed to promote the use of games-based learning, both when training researchers and also when research support staff are undertaking professional development themselves.

Changing society: pioneering women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia

Sosan Algahtani
The research examines the role of institutions influencing Saudi female entrepreneurs, and how they became enabled to be social agents and institutional entrepreneurs in a very traditional, family-orientated society - albeit facing pressures to change. In acknowledging the uniqueness of the social-cultural context in Saudi Arabia, this study adopts a qualitative design. Specifically, purposive and snowball sampling techniques were implemented to gather primary qualitative data. The data draw on 31 interviews with female entrepreneurs residing...

The education of undergraduate product designers in the principles and practice of sustainable design

Kirsty Amanda Cull
There is a growing recognition that product designers have a responsibility to ensure that their designs are intrinsically sustainable and do not add to the growing pressures on the environment. Developing sustainable products requires designers to be aware of the conflicting issues and constraints that need to be taken into account as part of the design process. Finding appropriate ways to provide the essential knowledge to support designers so that they can develop sustainable products...

Development and evaluation of computer-based self-study materials using multimedia

Valerie Cooper
Advances in technology such as increased Internet access and digital multimedia provide opportunities for developing innovative teaching and learning materials. Learning theory supports the use of computer-based learning materials in providing flexible access to self-study materials, which can be tailored to the needs of specific courses and may appeal to students with a wide range of learning styles. There is some evidence to support the use of these technologies in facilitating learning, but evaluations apply...

Implementing environmental policy in Scotland: an analysis of water pollution regulation and government support for the voluntary environmental sector

Calum MacLeod
This thesis presents an empirical analysis of the implementation of environmental policy in Scotland as undertaken through the use of specific regulatory and distributive policy instruments. In particular, it examines the implementation of regulatory water pollution control policy by one of Scotland's former River Purification Boards (RPBs) through the policy instrument of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 (COPA 1974). The thesis also examines The Scottish Office's implementation of distributive environmental policy towards the voluntary...

An environmental-psychological study of sustainable housing: a transactional approach

Tony Craig
The main aim of this thesis is to utilise the transactional approach from environmental psychology for the study of sustainable housing. The interdisciplinary field of environmental psychology has recognised for some time the importance of considering human behaviour not only in terms of personal psychological processes, but also in terms of the broader social and physical context in which behaviour occurs. This need to consider phenomena at different levels of analysis sits comfortably with the...

Designing an enhanced web user experience: the use of \"emotional probes\" as a user-centred methodology for designing emotionally-engaged web interaction

Tsen-Yao Chang
This research project explores the importance of balancing aesthetics and usability of Web design to enhance user experience. It aims to develop an effective methodology to better understand the dimensions of users' emotions, experienced in interaction with Web pages. The proposed methodological approach, called "Emotional Probes" (EPs), combines ethnographic surveys with the Cultural Probes (CPs) approach. The EPs method is applied to investigate the ongoing phenomenon of Web communication, for the impact of emotional factors...

Investigation into the effect of wind power based embedded generators on distribution networks

Ibrahim Moh'd Ali Rida
Wind turbine-generators are usually integrated into utilities' electrical networks at distribution voltage levels, and they are commonly known as "Embedded Generators" (EGs). Recently, it has been reported that the integration of wind power-based embedded generators (WPBEGs) into distribution networks could cause maloperation of automatic voltage control (AVC) relays. Further investigation is therefore required to improve the performance of AVC relays in the presence of EGs. On the other hand, the dynamic effects of WPBEGs on...

Physical literacy: impact and cost effectiveness in primary school settings

David Kidd
Physical activity and academic attainment of children are internationally regarded as some of the most significant areas of public concern and interest (World Health Organisation, 2010; Scottish Government, 2018). There are a range of interventions discussed in literature seeking to enhance both outcomes, as well as a growing body of literature regarding the ability of enhanced physical activity to improve the attainment and development of children. There is a growing demand for cost effectiveness analysis...

The relationship between the social licence and law in the context of the Scottish fracking debate: a textual, thematic and comparative analysis of environmental and planning law governing onshore oil and gas authorisations in Scotland

Andrew Jones
The Governments of the constituent parts of the UK have, in recent years, considered promoting the exploitation of UK shale formations via fracking in order to recover oil and gas. In all jurisdictions, this has been met with opposition groups citing environmental risks. Various groups have called for either an outright ban on this process or for regulatory reform to address specific concerns. In Scotland, this led to an impasse, with the Scottish Government eventually...

The analysis of stock returns in the London Stock Exchange in the context of the cyclical adjusted price to earnings ratio signals

Waleed Alshaer
This thesis aimed to analyse the signalling capability of the Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings (CAPE) ratio and to analyse the performance of asset pricing models in the context of different market sentiments, as highlighted by the CAPE ratio. The behaviour of stock returns in the light of different asset pricing models is evaluated and compared in different subsamples classified as under priced, fairly priced and overpriced markets. The two main models used in this...

The importance of the protection of micro enterprises in B2B international commercial contracts

Oyefunke Adetoba
This thesis examines the growing disparity in the application of the doctrine of freedom of contract in international commercial contracts, because of the need to protect perceived weaker parties. Using the qualitative doctrinal legal research and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to enquiry, it weighs the current protection available to micro enterprises against the vast protection given to consumers in international commercial contracts, under the relevant EU Directives and Regulations, and under English law (pre- and...

The development of an electrochemical sensing device for controlled drugs

Stuart Waddell
Forensic chemists can be faced with a wide array of substances to test when attending clandestine drug manufacture crime scenes. Whilst many techniques exist at their disposal - such as chemical colour test reagents and immunoassays - these methods are at best semi-quantitative and often subject to false positives. Electrochemical methods of detection offer a potential solution to this problem, as the equipment is portable, cheap and robust. The analysis is quantitative and, if the...

Automated assessment of non-objective textual submissions

James Rennie Christie
The author sought to explore the methodology of automated marking of non-objective textual submissions. In so doing he tasked himself to discover how far automated assessment of text could be applied in the range of submissions from the single word to a multi-sentence, multi-paragraph piece of text. In the course of his research, the author had to determine the extent and severity of any problems associated with manual marking of such submissions. In fact, the...

Tuneable magnetic nanocomposites for remote self-healing?

Ranjeet Gupta, Charles Footer, Gavin Stenning, Jawwad Darr & Ketan Pancholi
The aim of this research is to develop a method to prepare a multiferroic-Polyamide 6 (PA6) nanocomposite with tuneable magnetocaloric properties for self-healing structure. It was shown that maintaining the low interaction radius through the dispersion of the low coercivity MNPs, could allow tuning of the bulk magnetocaloric properties of the resulting mesostructures. An in-situ polymerisation method improved dispersion and reduced maximum interaction radius value from ca. 806 to 371 nm as well as increased...

The utility of mathematical fitness-fatigue models for assisting with the planning of physical training for sport: from in silico experiments employing synthetic data, lower-bound operational conditions and model estimation, to the development of software resources for future research

Benedict H. Stephens Hemingway
The greatest potential application of mathematical models in sport science is to predict future performance of individual athletes in response to training, with sufficient accuracy to assist with planning of training programs and short tapering periods. The most widely known and investigated set of mathematical models include the fitness-fatigue models (FFMs). However, despite over 45 years of FFM study, problems remaining within the research base and gaps in existing knowledge have limited interpretation of prior...

Computational fluid dynamics modelling of multi-phase flow transition in presence of solid particles

David Alaita
Multi-phase flow is the type of flow common in the oil and gas industry, as oil reservoirs contain mixtures of oil, gas and water with sand particles from sandstone reservoirs. Accurate design of oil and gas production equipment greatly depends on detailed understanding of this flow phenomena. Previously, multi-phase studies relied upon empirical correlation and mechanistic equations developed from experimental data, but these approaches have limitations because of limited experimental data and underlying simplified assumptions....

The relevance of trait theory for the professionalisation of the new corporate professions: a case study of project management

Alison Lawman
The aim of this study is to explore the extent to which trait theory is relevant to the new corporate professions through a case study of project management. The award of a Royal Charter to the UK-based professional body, Association for Project Management (APM), in 2017 was seen as the culmination of significant efforts to raise the profile of project management, and to recognise the profession and its contribution to society. It is a complex...

Exploring acceptability and feasibility of a wearable device to facilitate home phototherapy treatment for newborn jaundice in rural Scotland: an interpretive description study

Jo Lironi
Jaundice is a common condition in newborn infants, turning skin colour yellow due to the build-up of bilirubin. Internationally, jaundice continues to result in newborn infants' hospital admission, forcing separation of family units at the pivotal point for breastfeeding initiation and bonding. The aim of this research was to explore - with healthcare professionals and parents - the acceptability and feasibility of a wearable device to facilitate home phototherapy treatment for newborn jaundice in rural...

A design technique for geometric optimisation of resonant coil sizes in low to mid frequency inductive power transmission systems

Maryam Heidarian
Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a well-established method of energising electrically-powered devices. Among the different available WPT techniques, Resonant Inductive Power Transfer (RIPT) has been adapted for use in a wide range of applications. The primary reason is the relatively higher Power Transfer Efficiency (PTE) that RIPT can provide. RIPT systems operate on the principle of magnetic resonance coupling between a Transmitter (Tx) and a Receiver (Rx) coil. Maximising the PTE is a key driver...

Enhancing service delivery for chronic low back pain: evidence for patient-centred physiotherapy and the objective measurement of outcome

Kay Cooper
This thesis incorporates two studies, whose combined aims were to inform and improve the physiotherapy management of chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients in primary care. A qualitative study explored patients' perceptions of physiotherapy for CLBP, in order to influence service redesign. Twenty-five people who had received physiotherapy for CLBP were purposively sampled. They participated in semi-structured interviews that explored their physiotherapy experience. Framework analysis was conducted on the data. The findings demonstrated that CLBP...

The analysis of environmental information: a study of the dissemination, mediation and interpretation of news

Fiona Catherine Brown Campbell
The project arose out of the fact that information changes as journalists gather, interpret and disseminate environmental information. A model was developed describing the flow of environmental information in the media, which shows that journalists retrieve information from a complex range of sources before repackaging it into an apparently simplified format. The preliminary stage of this model was enhanced to a secondary level by the data elicited from interviewing journalists, media librarians and scientific personnel....

Evaluation of the effect of urbanization on urban thermal behaviour using urban heat island indicators: the case of the CBD of Accra

James Gyasi-Addo
Various studies have shown that urban heat island (UHI) can significantly affect the local climate of the built environment. Extreme air temperatures and heat waves adversely affect people's health, their overall well-being and productivity. Tropical urban sites are constantly under the threats of the harsh urban heat island (UHI) effects – a situation which is aggravated by climate change. Several urban morphological factors can potentially modify urban climate and, consequently, the potential energy demand and...

Thinking with the Harrisons: what does now demand?

Anne Douglas & Chris Fremantle
How can we learn to think ecologically when our technological, social, aesthetic and political systems are built on the primacy of human rationality? Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018) and Newton Harrison's (b. 1932) practice as artists borrows from that very rationality to offer a repositioning of the human within the ecological. It is founded in the deceptively simple principle of only making work that in some way addresses the wellbeing of the web of life. We...

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