Design and Synthesis of a Robust Power Supply for Harsh Environments
Research and control applications often takes place in harsh environments where equipment is exposed to less-than-ideal environmental conditions. This dissertation relies on a proven engineering process to design and synthesise a robust artefact suitable for deployment in harsh environments such as scientific and industrial applications. Part of the design for this artefact is the flexibility in application it provides. More specifically does it provide continuation of research such as that which has been conducted at the Centre for Space Research at the North West University. This research programme on cosmic rays has been in operation since the late 1950s. It utilises neutron monitors as far south as Antarctica and with the highest latitude monitor located in the semi-desert of Namibia. Long term scientific data pertaining to space weather provides a sound scientific understanding of the environment in which our technology is required to operate. Powering research and industrial equipment under harsh environmental conditions is a challenge to any design and requires a thorough understanding of both the environment as well as the engineering solutions required. The outcome of this research is the fully verified and validated design and synthesis of a power supply prototype suitable for deployment in a range of harsh conditions and accordingly, makes a significant contribution to, inter alia, neutron monitor-based research.
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