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Author: Jim2B Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 311070  
Subject: Re: Booa's Dissertation Defense Date: 9/9/2006 12:27 AM
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FWIW, my defense was a breeze, it took the committee <5 minutes to pass me (two of the thesis committee asked me whether they could use my work & results in their research). However, writing my thesis required 6.5 years to complete! All during that time I felt guilty whenever I spent time relaxing - because I always thought "I need to be working on my thesis!"

For more than a year after completing my defense, I would get "flash backs" when awake and bad dreams when asleep about having to go work on the thesis. It amounted to a very long and difficult period of my life.

Don't get me wrong, I'm exceedingly pleased with the result AND it's useful to know that you can screw up your determination to finish such work, BUT IT SURE IS GREAT TO BE DONE!



PS My thesis (213 pages): Numerical Investigation of Equilibrium Chemistry of Hydrogen Injection into a Supersonic Combustion Ramjet - available in the Library of Congress

Basically I modeled SCRAMJets using much faster but less accurate code than the finite reaction rate chemistry models used by major researchers. Finite reaction rate chemistry eats up too much CPU time. My chemistry code bounded the finite reaction rate chemistry code results and could model design changes to engines much faster than the finite reaction rate chemistry codes.
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