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  1. Development of AC impedance methods for evaluating corroding metal surfaces and coatings

    Knockemus, Ward

    1986-01-01

    In an effort to investigate metal surface corrosion and the breakdown of metal protective coatings the AC Impedance Method was applied to zinc chromate primer coated 2219-T87 aluminum. The model 368-1 AC Impedance Measurement System recently acquired by the MSFC Corrosion Research Branch was used to monitor changing properties of coated aluminum disks immersed in 3.5% NaCl buffered at ph 5.5 over three to four weeks. The DC polarization resistance runs were performed on the same samples. The corrosion system can be represented by an electronic analog called an equivalent circuit that consists of transistors and capacitors in specific arrangements. This equivalent circuit parallels the impedance behavior of the corrosion system during a frequency scan. Values for resistances and capacities that can be assigned in the equivalent circuit following a least squares analysis of the data describe changes that occur on the corroding metal surface and in the protective coating. A suitable equivalent circuit was determined that predicts the correct Bode phase and magnitude for the experimental sample. The DC corrosion current density data are related to equivalent circuit element parameters.

  2. Characterization of Plasticized PEO Based Solid Polymer Electrolyte by XRD and AC Impedance Methods

    K. Ragavendran

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The ionic conductivity of lithium based solid polymer films prepared from poly (ethylene oxide (PEO and lithium hexafluoarsenate (LiAsF6 with varying compositions of plasticizers likedibutyl sebacate (DBS and ethylene carbonate (EC was measured by AC impedance method. Polymer film composition viz. (PEO8-LiAsF6-(DBS0.4-(EC0.1 has been evaluated as an optimum composition as evidenced from its high conductivity and freestanding ability. The high conductivity observed for the polymer electrolyte with this composition has been attributed to an enhanced amorphous character and a reduced energy barrier to the segmental motion of lithium ions in the matrix. The temperature dependence of conductivity on the polymer films, with and without plasticizers, appears to obey the Arrhenius law. However, the activation energy of the plasticized polymer film is 0.81 KJ/mol, a value considerably lower than 10 KJ/mol obtained for the unplasticized electrolyte, making the polymer to be a prospective candidate as lithium-ion conducting electrolyte for rechargeable lithium batteries.

  3. An electrochemical study of corrosion protection by primer-topcoat systems on 4130 steel with ac impedance and dc methods

    Mendrek, M. J.; Higgins, R. H.; Danford, M. D.

    1988-01-01

    To investigate metal surface corrosion and the breakdown of metal protective coatings, the ac impedance method is applied to six systems of primer coated and primer topcoated 4130 steel. Two primers were used: a zinc-rich epoxy primer and a red lead oxide epoxy primer. The epoxy-polyamine topcoat was used in four of the systems. The EG and G-PARC Model 368 ac impedance measurement system, along with dc measurements with the same system using the polarization resistance method, were used to monitor changing properties of coated 4230 steel disks immersed in 3.5 percent NaCl solutions buffered at pH 5.4 over periods of 40 to 60 days. The corrosion system can be represented by an electronic analog called an equivalent circuit consisting of resistors and capacitors in specific arrangements. This equivalent circuit parallels the impedance behavior of the corrosion system during a frequency scan. Values for the resistors and capacitors, that can be assigned in the equivalent circuit following a least-squares analysis of the data, describe changes that occur on the corroding metal surface and in the protective coatings. Two equivalent circuits have been determined that predict the correct Bode phase and magnitude of the experimental sample at different immersion times. The dc corrosion current density data are related to equivalent circuit element parameters. Methods for determining corrosion rate with ac impedance parameters are verified by the dc method.

  4. AC Impedance Behaviour of Black Diamond Films

    Haitao YE; Olivier GAUDIN; Richard B.JACKMAN

    2005-01-01

    The first measurement of impedance on free-standing diamond films from 0.1 Hz to 10 MHz up to 300℃ were reported. A wide range of chemical vapour deposition (CVD) materials were investigated, but here we concentrate are well fitted to a RC parallel circuit model and the equivalent resistance and capacitance for the diamond films have been estimated using the Zview curve fitting. The results show only one single semicircle response at each temperature measured. It was found that the resistance decreases from 62 MΩ at room temperature to 4 kΩ at300℃, with an activation energy around 0.51 eV. The equivalent capacitance is maintained at the level of 100 pF up to 300℃ suggesting that the diamond grain boundaries are dominating the conduction. At 400℃, the impedance at low frequencies shows a linear tail, which can be explained that the AC polarization of diamond/Au interface occurs.

  5. A short tutorial contribution to impedance and AC-electrokinetic characterization and manipulation of cells and media: Are electric methods more versatile than acoustic and laser methods?

    Jan Gimsa

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Lab-on-chip systems (LOCs can be used as in vitro systems for cell culture or manipulation in order to analyze or monitor physiological cell parameters. LOCs may combine microfluidic structures with integrated elements such as piezo-transducers, optical tweezers or electrodes for AC-electrokinetic cell and media manipulations. The wide frequency band (<1 kHz to >1 GHz usable for AC-electrokinetic manipulation and characterization permits avoiding electrochemical electrode processes, undesired cell damage, and provides a choice between different polarization effects that permit a high electric contrast between the cells and the external medium as well as the differentiation between cellular subpopulations according to a variety of parameters. It has been shown that structural polarization effects do not only determine the impedance of cell suspensions and the force effects in AC-electrokinetics but can also be used for the manipulation of media with inhomogeneous temperature distributions. This manuscript considers the interrelations of the impedance of suspensions of cells and AC-electrokinetic single cell effects, such as electroorientation, electrodeformation, dielectrophoresis, electrorotation, and travelling wave (TW dielectrophoresis. Unified models have allowed us to derive new characteristic equations for the impedance of a suspension of spherical cells, TW dielectrophoresis, and TW pumping. A critical review of the working principles of electro-osmotic, TW and electrothermal micropumps shows the superiority of the electrothermal pumps. Finally, examples are shown for LOC elements that can be produced as metallic structures on glass chips, which may form the bottom plate for self-sealing microfluidic systems. The structures can be used for cell characterization and manipulation but also to realize micropumps or sensors for pH, metabolites, cell-adhesion, etc.

  6. HVDC-AC system interaction from AC harmonics. Volume 1. Harmonic impedance calculations. Final report

    Breuer, G D; Chow, J H; Lindh, C B; Miller, N W; Numrich, F H; Price, W W; Turner, A E; Whitney, R R

    1982-09-01

    Improved methods are needed to characterize ac system harmonic behavior for ac filter design for HVDC systems. The purpose of this General Electric Company RP1138 research is to evaluate the present filter design practice and to investigate methods for calculating system harmonic impedances. An overview of ac filter design for HVDC systems and a survey of literature related to filter design have been performed. Two methods for calculating system harmonic impedances have been investigated. In the measurement method, an instrumentation system for measuring system voltage and current has been assembled. Different schemes of using the measurements to calculate system harmonic impedances have been studied. In the analytical method, a procedure to include various operating conditions has been proposed. Computer programs for both methods have been prepared, and the results of the measurement and analytical methods analyzed. A conclusion of the project is that the measurement and analytical methods both provided reasonable results. There are correlations between the measured and analytical results for most harmonics, although there are discrepancies between the assumptions used in the two methods. A sensitivity approach has been proposed to further correlate the results. From the results of the analysis, it is recommended that both methods should be tested further. For the measurement method, more testing should be done to cover different system operating conditions. In the analytical method, more detailed models for representing system components should be studied. In addition, alternative statistical and sensitivity approaches should be attempted.

  7. Impedance Localization Measurements using AC Dipoles in the LHC

    Biancacci, Nicolo; Papotti, Giulia; Persson, Tobias; Salvant, Benoit; Tomás, Rogelio

    2016-01-01

    The knowledge of the LHC impedance is of primary importance to predict the machine performance and allow for the HL-LHC upgrade. The developed impedance model can be benchmarked with beam measurements in order to assess its validity and limit. This is routinely done, for example, moving the LHC collimator jaws and measuring the induced tune shift. In order to localize possible unknown impedance sources, the variation of phase advance with intensity between beam position monitors can be measured. In this work we will present the impedance localization measurements performed at injection in the LHC using AC dipoles as exciter as well as the underlying theory.

  8. MD 349: Impedance Localization with AC-dipole

    Biancacci, Nicolo; Metral, Elias; Salvant, Benoit; Papotti, Giulia; Persson, Tobias Hakan Bjorn; Tomas Garcia, Rogelio; CERN. Geneva. ATS Department

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this MD is to measure the distribution of the transverse impedance of the LHC by observing the phase advance variation with intensity between the machine BPMs. Four injected bunches with different intensities are excited with an AC dipole and the turn by turn data is acquired from the BPM system. Through post-processing analysis the phase variation along the machine is depicted and, from this information, first conclusions of the impedance distribution can be drawn.

  9. Fiber Materials AC Impedance Characteristics and Principium Analysis

    Wang, Jianjun; Li, Xiaofeng

    With an invariable amplitude and variable frequency inspiriting, impedance of fiber materials rapidly decrease at first and then increase speedy followed with increasing of signal frequency. For the impedance curve of frequency is section of bathtub, this phenomenon is defined as alternating current electric conductive bathtub effect of fiber material. With analysis tools,of circuit theory and medium polarization theory, the phenomenon can be deeply detected that in AC electric field there are four different kind of currents in fiber material: absorbing current, conductance current, charging current and superficial current. With more analyzing it's discovered this phenomenon can be explained by medium polarize theory. Make using of fiber AC electric conductivity bathtub effect, fast testing equipment on fiber moisture regain can be invent, and disadvantages of conventional impedance technique, such as greatness test error and electrode polarization easily. This paper affords directions to design novel speediness fiber moisture test equipments in theory.

  10. Construction of Tunnel Diode Oscillator for AC Impedance Measurement

    Shin, J. H.; Kim, E.

    2014-03-01

    We construct a tunnel diode oscillator (TDO) to study electromagnetic response of a superconducting thin film. Highly sensitive tunnel diode oscillators allow us to detect extremely small changes in electromagnetic properties such as dielectric constant, ac magnetic susceptibility and magnetoresistance. A tunnel diode oscillator is a self-resonant oscillator of which resonance frequency is primarily determined by capacitance and inductance of a resonator. Amplitude of the signal depends on the quality factor of the resonator. The change in the impedance of the sample electromagnetic coupled to one of inductors in the resonator alters impedance of the inductor, and leads to the shift in the resonance frequency and the change of the amplitude.

  11. AC Complex Impedance Analysis of Doped Strontium Titanate Multifunctional Ceramics

    2002-01-01

    Doped SrTiO3 capacitor-varistor multifunctional ceramics were fabricated by a single sintering process. AC compleximpedance analysis was performed to investigate electrical features ofgrains and grain boundaries for both as-reducedceramic and reoxidized ceramics. The results showed that the as-reduced ceramic exhibited inductive response athigh frequencies above 2 MHz, which is attributed to the contribution of electron behavior in semiconducting grains.The high frequency inductive response disappeared in impedance plots of reoxidized ceramics.

  12. Power flow analysis for droop controlled LV hybrid AC-DC microgrids with virtual impedance

    Li, Chendan; Chaudhary, Sanjay; Vasquez, Juan Carlos;

    2014-01-01

    The AC-DC hybrid microgrid is an effective form of utilizing different energy resources and the analysis of this system requires a proper power flow algorithm. This paper proposes a suitable power flow algorithm for LV hybrid AC-DC microgrid based on droop control and virtual impedance. Droop and...... algorithm makes it a potential method for planning, dispatching and operation of droop controlled LV hybrid AC-DC....... virtual impedance concepts for AC network, DC network and interlinking converter are reviewed so as to model it in the power flow analysis. The validation of the algorithm is verified by comparing it with steady state results from detailed time domain simulation. The effectiveness of the proposed...

  13. AC impedance studies of V2O5 containing glasses

    Glasses with composition V2O5-BaO-MO-B2O3(MO=SiO2,GeO2,P2O5) were studied using AC impedance analyzer. The measurements show that conductivities increase with V2O5 contents, and the P2O5 containing glasses have higher conductivities. The electric modulus was analyzed based on the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) relaxation function, φ(t)=exp[-(t/τ0)1-n]. The exponent n increases with V2O5 content. In addition, as the temperature approaches glass transition temperature, n increases with temperature. The results are interpreted in terms of Ngai's coupling model when applied to polaron conductivity relaxation

  14. Power Flow Analysis for Low-Voltage AC and DC Microgrids Considering Droop Control and Virtual Impedance

    Li, Chendan; Chaudhary, Sanjay Kumar; Savaghebi, Mehdi;

    2016-01-01

    In the Low-Voltage (LV) AC microgrids (MGs), with a relatively high R/X ratio, virtual impedance is usually adopted to improve the performance of droop control applied to Distributed Generators (DGs). At the same time, LV DC microgrid using virtual impedance as droop control is emerging without...... adequate power flow studies. In this paper, power flow analyses for both AC and DC microgrids are formulated and implemented. The mathematical models for both types of microgrids considering the concept of virtual impedance are used to be in conformity with the practical control of the distributed...... generators. As a result, calculation accuracy is improved for both AC and DC microgrid power flow analyses, comparing with previous methods without considering virtual impedance. Case studies are conducted to verify the proposed power flow analyses in terms of convergence and accuracy. Investigation of the...

  15. Impedance-estimation methods, modeling methods, articles of manufacture, impedance-modeling devices, and estimated-impedance monitoring systems

    Richardson, John G.

    2009-11-17

    An impedance estimation method includes measuring three or more impedances of an object having a periphery using three or more probes coupled to the periphery. The three or more impedance measurements are made at a first frequency. Three or more additional impedance measurements of the object are made using the three or more probes. The three or more additional impedance measurements are made at a second frequency different from the first frequency. An impedance of the object at a point within the periphery is estimated based on the impedance measurements and the additional impedance measurements.

  16. AC impedance electrochemical modeling of lithium-ion positive electrodes

    Under Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Development Program,various analytical diagnostic studies are being carried out to examine the lithium-ion battery technology for hybrid electric vehicle applications, and a series of electrochemical studies are being conducted to examine the performance of these batteries. An electrochemical model was developed to associate changes that were observed in the post-test analytical diagnostic studies with the electrochemical performance loss during testing of lithium ion batteries. While both electrodes in the lithium-ion cell have been studied using a similar electrochemical model, the discussion here is limited to modeling of the positive electrode. The positive electrode under study has a composite structure made of a layered nickel oxide (LiNi0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2) active material, a carbon black and graphite additive for distributing current, and a PVDF binder all on an aluminum current collector. The electrolyte is 1.2M LiPF6 dissolved in a mixture of EC and EMC and a Celgard micro-porous membrane is used as the separator. Planar test cells (positive/separator/negative) were constructed with a special fixture and two separator membranes that allowed the placement of a micro-reference electrode between the separator membranes (1). Electrochemical studies including AC impedance spectroscopy were then conducted on the individual electrodes to examine the performance and ageing effects in the cell. The model was developed by following the work of Professor Newman at Berkeley (2). The solid electrolyte interface (SEI) region, based on post-test analytical results, was assumed to be a film on the oxide and an oxide layer at the surface of the oxide. A double layer capacity was added in parallel with the Butler-Volmer kinetic expression. The pertinent reaction, thermodynamic, and transport equations were linearized for a small sinusoidal perturbation (3). The resulting system of differential equations was solved numerically

  17. An Impedance-Based Stability Analysis Method for Paralleled Voltage Source Converters

    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Loh, Poh Chiang

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyses the stability of paralleled voltage source converters in AC distributed power systems. An impedance-based stability analysis method is presented based on the Nyquist criterion for multiloop system. Instead of deriving the impedance ratio as usual, the system stability is asses...

  18. A.c. impedance and constant current chronopotentiometry in detection of changes in protein structures

    Ostatná, Veronika; Paleček, Emil

    Třesť, 2008. s. 1. [41st Heyrovský Discussion on Electrochemical Impedance Analysis. 15.06.2008-19.06.2008, Třešť] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP202/07/P497; GA MŠk(CZ) LC06035 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50040507; CEZ:AV0Z50040702 Keywords : a.c. impedance * constant current chronopotentiometry * denaturation and aggregation Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics

  19. Ac Impedance Spectroscopy Of Al/A-Sic/C-Si(P)/Al Heterostructure under Illumination

    Perný, Milan; Šály, Vladimír; Váry, Michal; Mikolášek, Miroslav; Huran, Jozef; Packa, Juraj

    2014-05-01

    The amorphous silicon carbide/crystalline silicon heterojunction was prepared and analyzed. The current-voltage (I - V ) measurements showed the barrier properties of prepared sample. Biased impedance spectra of Al/a-SiC/c-Si(p)/Al heterojunction under the standard illumination are reported and analyzed. AC measurements in the illuminated conditions were processed in order to identify electronic behavior using equivalent AC circuit which was suggested and obtained by fitting the measured impedance data. A phenomenon of negative capacitance/resistance in certain frequency range has been observed.

  20. Asymmetrical magneto-impedance in a sandwich film with a transverse anisotropy using an AC bias

    Makhnovskiy, D P; Mapps, D J

    2000-01-01

    A new method of obtaining asymmetrical magneto-impedance in a film system consisting of two outer magnetic layers and an inner conductive lead is proposed, which utilizes a high-frequency longitudinal bias field. For a certain magnetic structure, as in the case of antisymmetrical transverse magnetization in the outer layers, in the presence of a longitudinal DC magnetic field H sub e sub x the AC bias field induces a high-frequency circulatory magnetization which contributes to the voltage measured across the film. Depending on the sign of H sub e sub x , this voltage is in phase or counter-phase with that induced by the current flowing along the film layers. As a result, the total voltage does not respond in the same way to positive and negative H sub e sub x. This process is described in terms of the surface impedance tensor. The contribution to the voltage due to the current and the bias field is given by the diagonal and off-diagonal components of this tensor, respectively, which have a different symmetry...

  1. New methods of measuring normal acoustic impedance

    Wayman, James L.

    1984-01-01

    In recent years new methods based on signal processing technical have been developed to measure the normal acoustic impedance of materials. These methods proved to be considerably faster easier to implement than the SRW method rhey replace. Mathematical, hardware and software aspects of these techniques are discussed and results obtained over a frequency range of 200-4000 Hz for several architectural materials are presented. NPS Foundation Research Program http://archive....

  2. Method for conducting nonlinear electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

    Adler, Stuart B.; Wilson, Jamie R.; Huff, Shawn L.; Schwartz, Daniel T.

    2015-06-02

    A method for conducting nonlinear electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The method includes quantifying the nonlinear response of an electrochemical system by measuring higher-order current or voltage harmonics generated by moderate-amplitude sinusoidal current or voltage perturbations. The method involves acquisition of the response signal followed by time apodization and fast Fourier transformation of the data into the frequency domain, where the magnitude and phase of each harmonic signal can be readily quantified. The method can be implemented on a computer as a software program.

  3. Virtual Impedance Based Fault Current Limiters for Inverter Dominated AC Microgrids

    Lu, Xiaonan; Wang, Jianhui; Guerrero, Josep M.;

    2016-01-01

    ), FCLs are employed to suppress the fault current and the subsequent oscillation and even instabilit y in the modern distribution network with microgrids. In this study, rather than involving extra hardware equipment, the functionality of FCL is achieved in the control diagram of DG inv erters by...... employing additional virtual impedance control loops. The proposed VI-FCL features flexible and low-cost implementation and can effectively suppre ss the fault current and the osc illation in the following fault restoration process in AC microgr ids. The systematic model of the inverter dominated AC...

  4. Using A Particular Sampling Method for Impedance Measurement

    Lentka Grzegorz

    2014-01-01

    The paper presents an impedance measurement method using a particular sampling method which is an alternative to DFT calculation. The method uses a sine excitation signal and sampling response signals proportional to current flowing through and voltage across the measured impedance. The object impedance is calculated without using Fourier transform. The method was first evaluated in MATLAB by means of simulation. The method was then practically verified in a constructed simple impedance measu...

  5. Effect of temperature on the AC impedance of protein and carbohydrate biopolymers

    S Muthulakshmi; S Iyyapushpam; D Pathinettam Padiyan

    2014-12-01

    The influence of temperature on the electrical behaviour of protein biopolymer papain and carbohydrate biopolymers like gum acacia, gum tragacanth and guar gum has been investigated using AC impedance technique. The observed semi-circles represent the material’s bulk electrical property that indicate the single relaxation process in the biopolymers. An increase in bulk electrical conductivity in the biopolymers with temperature is due to the hopping of charge carriers between the trapped sites. The depression parameter reveals the electrical equivalent circuit for the biopolymers. The AC electrical conductivity in the biopolymers follows the universal power law. From this, it is observed that the AC conductivity is frequency dependent and the biopolymer papain obeys large polaron tunnelling model, gum acacia and gum guar obey ion or electron tunnelling model, and gum tragacanth obeys the correlated barrier hopping model of conduction mechanisms.

  6. The ac quantum Hall resistance as an electrical impedance standard and its role in the SI

    Since 1990, the quantum Hall resistance measured with direct current (dc) has been established to represent and maintain the dc resistance unit and thereby has replaced the former derivation from calculated inductance and capacitance standards. Because of this success, it has been suggested to measure this quantum effect with alternating current (ac) and in this way to derive the units of resistance, capacitance and inductance consistently from the same quantum effect. In this paper, we recall the relations between these units, their role in the determination of the von Klitzing constant and the relations between the fundamental constants involved in the conventional and the quantum approach. Then, we review the first ac measurements of the quantum Hall resistance and show how the difficulties uncovered have been solved by relatively simple means. As a result, the measurement of the ac quantum Hall resistance has become as precise and reliable as its dc counterpart and much more accurate than any conventional impedance artefact. (paper)

  7. Using A Particular Sampling Method for Impedance Measurement

    Lentka Grzegorz

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an impedance measurement method using a particular sampling method which is an alternative to DFT calculation. The method uses a sine excitation signal and sampling response signals proportional to current flowing through and voltage across the measured impedance. The object impedance is calculated without using Fourier transform. The method was first evaluated in MATLAB by means of simulation. The method was then practically verified in a constructed simple impedance measurement instrument based on a PSoC (Programmable System on Chip. The obtained calculation simplification recommends the method for implementation in simple portable impedance analyzers destined for operation in the field or embedding in sensors.

  8. AC Impedance Studies of Polymer Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells and Light-emitting Diodes

    Li, Yongfang; Gao, Jun; Heeger, Alan J.; Yu, Gang; Cao, Yong

    1998-03-01

    The alternating current (ac) impedance of polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) is studied and compared with that of polymer light-emitting diodes(LEDs) in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 5 M Hz. The device capacitance, resistance and interface characteristics are analyzed using the frequency dependence of the impedance and plots of the imaginary component of the impedance (Z") vs. the real part (Z'). At low bias voltages, polymer LEDs behave as pure capacitors whereas the polymer blend in the LEC exhibits an ionic conductivity contribution to the impedance. With dc bias higher than the energy gap of the semiconducting polymer (eV > Eg), the Z" vs. Z' plot of the LEC is a flattened semicircle, while that of LED is a semicircle with a small tail at low frequencies. In the LED, the capacitance is independent of voltages, the film resistance decreases as the bias voltage is increased in forward bias due to charge injection at higher voltages. In the LEC, the capacitance increases at voltages sufficient to induce electrochemical redox and doping near the electrodes. From this increase, the thickness of the i-layer of the p-i-n junction is estimated to approximately 0.8 of the film thickness (at the bias voltage of 3 V). Thus, in the LEC under operating conditions, the crossover region from p-type occupies most of the film thickness.

  9. Poly Meta-Aminophenol: Chemical Synthesis, Characterization and Ac Impedance Study

    Thenmozhi Gopalasamy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work is an investigation of AC impedance behaviour of poly(meta-aminophenol. The polymer was prepared by oxidative chemical polymerization of meta-aminophenol in aqueous HCl using ammonium persulfate as an oxidant at 0–3°C. The synthesized polymer was characterized by GPC, Elemental analysis, UV-VIS-NIR, FT-IR, 1H NMR, XRD, SEM, and TGA-DTA. The AC conductivity and dielectric response were measured at a temperature range from 303 to 383 K in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 106 Hz. The AC conductivity data could be described by the relation σacω=AωS, where the parameter “S” and Rb values decrease in the entire range of study and hence follow Correlated Barrier Hopping conduction mechanism. Both dielectric constant and dielectric loss increase with the decrease of frequency exhibiting strong interfacial polarization at low frequency and the dissipation factor also decreases with frequency. Complex electric modulus and dissipation factor exhibit two relaxation peaks, indicating two-phase structure as indicated by a bimodal distribution of relaxation process. The activation energies corresponding to these two relaxation processes were found to be 0.07 and 0.1 eV.

  10. Analytic methods for calculating coupling impedances

    These lecture notes describe a variety of analytic techniques to calculate the longitudinal and transverse impedances of obstacles in a beam pipe. They also treat the effort to shield these impedances from the beam by appropriate use of thin conducting layers. (orig.)

  11. Impedance adaptation methods of the piezoelectric energy harvesting

    Kim, Hyeoungwoo

    In this study, the important issues of energy recovery were addressed and a comprehensive investigation was performed on harvesting electrical power from an ambient mechanical vibration source. Also discussed are the impedance matching methods used to increase the efficiency of energy transfer from the environment to the application. Initially, the mechanical impedance matching method was investigated to increase mechanical energy transferred to the transducer from the environment. This was done by reducing the mechanical impedance such as damping factor and energy reflection ratio. The vibration source and the transducer were modeled by a two-degree-of-freedom dynamic system with mass, spring constant, and damper. The transmissibility employed to show how much mechanical energy that was transferred in this system was affected by the damping ratio and the stiffness of elastic materials. The mechanical impedance of the system was described by electrical system using analogy between the two systems in order to simply the total mechanical impedance. Secondly, the transduction rate of mechanical energy to electrical energy was improved by using a PZT material which has a high figure of merit and a high electromechanical coupling factor for electrical power generation, and a piezoelectric transducer which has a high transduction rate was designed and fabricated. The high g material (g33 = 40 [10-3Vm/N]) was developed to improve the figure of merit of the PZT ceramics. The cymbal composite transducer has been found as a promising structure for piezoelectric energy harvesting under high force at cyclic conditions (10--200 Hz), because it has almost 40 times higher effective strain coefficient than PZT ceramics. The endcap of cymbal also enhances the endurance of the ceramic to sustain ac load along with stress amplification. In addition, a macro fiber composite (MFC) was employed as a strain component because of its flexibility and the high electromechanical coupling

  12. Validation of a Numerical Method for Determining Liner Impedance

    Watson, Willie R.; Jones, Michael G.; Tanner, Sharon E.; Parrott, Tony L.

    1996-01-01

    This paper reports the initial results of a test series to evaluate a method for determining the normal incidence impedance of a locally reacting acoustically absorbing liner, located on the lower wall of a duct in a grazing incidence, multi-modal, non-progressive acoustic wave environment without flow. This initial evaluation is accomplished by testing the methods' ability to converge to the known normal incidence impedance of a solid steel plate, and to the normal incidence impedance of an absorbing test specimen whose impedance was measured in a conventional normal incidence tube. The method is shown to converge to the normal incident impedance values and thus to be an adequate tool for determining the impedance of specimens in a grazing incidence, multi-modal, nonprogressive acoustic wave environment for a broad range of source frequencies.

  13. Validation of an Impedance Education Method in Flow

    Watson, Willie R.; Jones, Michael G.; Parrott, Tony L.

    2004-01-01

    This paper reports results of a research effort to validate a method for educing the normal incidence impedance of a locally reacting liner, located in a grazing incidence, nonprogressive acoustic wave environment with flow. The results presented in this paper test the ability of the method to reproduce the measured normal incidence impedance of a solid steel plate and two soft test liners in a uniform flow. The test liners are known to be locally react- ing and exhibit no measurable amplitude-dependent impedance nonlinearities or flow effects. Baseline impedance spectra for these liners were therefore established from measurements in a conventional normal incidence impedance tube. A key feature of the method is the expansion of the unknown impedance function as a piecewise continuous polynomial with undetermined coefficients. Stewart's adaptation of the Davidon-Fletcher-Powell optimization algorithm is used to educe the normal incidence impedance at each Mach number by optimizing an objective function. The method is shown to reproduce the measured normal incidence impedance spectrum for each of the test liners, thus validating its usefulness for determining the normal incidence impedance of test liners for a broad range of source frequencies and flow Mach numbers. Nomenclature

  14. Measurements of the surface impedance and the ac critical field of superconducting thin tin films at 10 GHz

    The surface impedances and ac critical fields of superconducting thin tin films were studied. These experiments were performed using a superconducting frequency stabilized microwave cavity of high Q. Measurements of the power losses in the cavity and the center frequency of the cavity were used to determine the surface impedance and the critical field of a thin film sample placed in the cavity. In this case a theoretical treatment based on a model proposed by I.O. Kulik was used to fit the data. The general agreement between the modified Kulik treatment and the data, obtained in this experiment, was substantial. The second method was to modify the thin film data to correspond to a bulk situation. This modification was accomplished by taking into account the measuring techniques used and the geometric consideration inherent in the experiment. The comparison between the modified experimental data and calculations obtained from the Mattis-Bardeen bulk model was generally very good. One aspect of the results which was not explained was the presence of a slight increase in the surface resistance in the vicinity of the transition temperature. The critical field measurements were compared to the (1 - (T/T/sub c/)/sup 1/2) dependence predicted by Bardeen. If it is assumed that substantial microwave heating took place in the sample near T/sub c/, then remarkable agreement with the Bardeen model can be reached

  15. Modelling carbon steels corrosion during a long period in soils: Contribution of A.C. impedance spectroscopy

    The corrosion of historical objects from World War I fields were studied by using two methods: characterization of the corrosion products by Raman Laser Spectroscopy, and behaviour of the corrosion layers by using electrochemical studies. The first technique, previously used, had shown that two layers are present on these objects, containing both different oxides and oxy-hydroxides of iron. In the present part of the work, the A.C. Impedance Spectroscopy was used to show the differences between the two layers concerning the corrosion of these objects. In order to observe the different behaviours, the specimens were studied in three surface states: with the two layers, with the internal layer only, and without oxide. The results have shown that the internal layer limits the corrosion kinetics. Then this layer was especially studied, particularly its porosity, by a comparison of the impedance results in two media with very different conductivity, and the evolution of these results with different immersion times. The buried objects had the behaviour of a porous electrode, due to the presence of the internal layer. Thus, this behaviour can be modelled with the simplified De Levie's theory, considering that each porosity is a semi-infinite hole. It appeared that the corrosion process at the oxidized interface corresponds to the transport in the electrolyte in the pores completed by a part of transport in the solid phase. These properties can be used to predict the long term corrosion behaviour of carbon steels in soils for long periods. (authors)

  16. Stability Analysis of Three-Phase AC Power Systems Based on Measured D-Q Frame Impedances

    Wen, Bo

    2015-01-01

    Small-signal stability is of great concern for distributed power systems with a large number of regulated power converters. These converters are constant-power loads (CPLs) exhibit a negative incremental input resistance within the output voltage regulation bandwidth. In the case of dc systems, design requirements for impedances that guarantee stability have been previously developed and are used in the design and specification of these systems. In terms of three-phase ac systems, a mathemati...

  17. Nuclear EMP: stripline test method for measuring transfer impedance

    A method for measuring the transfer impedance of flat metal joints for frequencies to 100 MHz has been developed which makes use of striplines. The stripline method, which has similarities to the quadraxial method used for cylindrical components, is described and sets of test results are given. The transfer impedance of a simple joint is modeled as a spurious hyperbolic curve, and a close curve fit to transfer impedance test data from various samples is demonstrated for both the stripline and the quadraxial methods. Validity checks of the test data are discussed using the curve model and other criteria. The method was developed for testing riveted joints which form the avionics bays on B-1s. The joints must provide shielding from EMP currents

  18. The nonaqueous inhibition of Fe-Co-B-Si amorphous electrodes: An a.c. impedance study in HCl solutions

    An electrochemical study on Fe-Co-B-Si amorphous electrodes has been conducted. The study was focused on determining the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of four different alloys of Fe-Co-B-Si in various HCl acid solutions. The A.C. impedance and the capacitance of Fe-Co-B-Si, Co-Fe-Ni-B-Si, Co-Fe-Mn-B-Si, and Co-Fe-Ni-Mo-B-Si alloys were obtained in 25, 50, 75 and 100% of HCl acid at room temperature. Electrochemical parameters, i.e., impedance, were found to vary depending on additions of the Ni, Mn, Ni-Mo to Fe-Co-B-Si alloy, the acid concentration, and the nanoscopic surface roughness of the electrodes. Consequently, a correlation between the obtained data is established

  19. Method and device for bio-impedance measurement with hard-tissue applications

    Bio-impedance measurements can be used to detect and monitor several properties of living hard-tissues, some of which include bone mineral density, bone fracture healing or dental caries detection. In this paper a simple method and hardware architecture for hard tissue bio-impedance measurement is proposed. The key design aspects of such architecture are discussed and a commercial handheld ac impedance device is presented that is fully certified to international medical standards. It includes a 4-channel multiplexer and is capable of measuring impedances from 10 kΩ to 10 MΩ across a frequency range of 100 Hz to 100 kHz with a maximum error of 5%. The device incorporates several user interface methods and a Bluetooth link for bi-directional wireless data transfer. Low-power design techniques have been implemented, ensuring the device exceeds 8 h of continuous use. Finally, bench test results using dummy cells consisting of parallel connected resistors and capacitors, from 10 kΩ to 10 MΩ and from 20 pF to 100 pF, are discussed

  20. Short circuit currents calculation by using the impedance correction method

    Schaefer, W.

    1985-01-01

    By introduction of correction factors for the impedances of generators and power station unit transformers into the known guidings according to VDE 0102 (basis principle of short circuit current calculation) it is possible to limit the deviation to less then +-5% of the value of the complete superposition method apart from some exceptions. The correction factors are valid for calculation of the maximum short circuit currents considering the practically admissible operating conditions. The separated correction of the impedances of generators and power station unit transformers can be used without restriction for all short circuit points of interest.

  1. A method for suppressing cardiogenic oscillations in impedance pneumography

    The transthoracic electrical impedance signal originates from the cardiac and respiratory functions. In impedance pneumography (IP) the lung function is assessed and the cardiac impedance signal, cardiogenic oscillations (CGOs), is considered an additive noise in the measured signal. In order to accurately determine pulmonary flow parameters from the signal, the CGO needs to be attenuated without distorting the respiratory part of the signal. We assessed the suitability of a filtering technique, originally described by Schuessler et al (1998 Ann. Biomed. Eng. 26 260–7) for an esophageal pressure signal, for CGO attenuation in the IP signal. The technique is based on ensemble averaging the CGO events using the electrocardiogram (ECG) R-wave as the trigger signal. Lung volume is known to affect the CGO waveforms. Therefore we modified the filtering method to produce a lung volume-dependent parametric model of the CGO waveform. A simultaneous recording of ECG, IP and pneumotachograph (PNT) was conducted on 41 healthy, sitting adults. The performance of the proposed method was compared to a low-pass filter and a Savitzky–Golay filter in terms of CGO attenuation and respiratory signal distortion. The method was found to be excellent, exhibiting CGO attenuation of 35.0±12.5 dB (mean±SD) and minimal distortion of the respiratory part of the impedance signal

  2. NEW BIOTESTING METHOD WITH THE APPLICATION OF MODERN IMPEDANCE TECHNOLOGIES

    Sibirtsev V.S.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with new concepts of biotesting method updating. Modern conductometric technologies and the analysis of microbial «growth curves» are used. The registration occurs in a real time mode for the set of parallel samples. Results are shown for comparison of the proposed impedance biotesting technique with standard cultural determination method for total amount of microorganismes in the tested samples. Results are presented for practical application of the proposed impedance biotesting technique to the analysis as inhibitory action of clorhexidine disinfectant on the vital activity of Escherichia coli, as milk ripening process at the presence of various microorganisms species and protein preparations. The impedance biotesting method, proposed in the present work, provides high level of its own data convergence with the data, being received as a result of application of standard cultural biotesting techniques. Thus, the proposed method has such advantages, as: an opportunity of the detailed information reception about dynamics change of magnitude of population and intensity of test microorganisms metabolism, significant reduction of the culture media amount used, as well as researcher's temporary and labor efforts while the analyses realization, and the growth of analysis objectivity.

  3. On second order shape optimization methods for electrical impedance tomography

    Afraites, Lekbir; Dambrine, Marc; Kateb, Djalil

    2007-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the analysis of a second order method for recovering the \\emph{a priori} unknown shape of an inclusion $\\omega$ inside a body $\\Omega$ from boundary measurement. This inverse problem - known as electrical impedance tomography - has many important practical applications and hence has focussed much attention during the last years. However, to our best knowledge, no work has yet considered a second order approach for this problem. This paper aims to fill that void: we in...

  4. Electrical impedance tomography and the fast multipole method

    Bikowski, Jutta; Mueller, Jennifer L.

    2004-10-01

    A 3-D linearization-based reconstruction algorithm for Electrical Impedance Tomography suitable for breast cancer detection using data collected on a rectangular array was introduced by Mueller et al. [IEEE Biomed. Eng., 46(11), 1999]. By considering the scenario as an electrostatic problem, it is possible to model the electrodes with various charges, facilitating the use of the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) for calculating particle interactions and also supporting the use of different electrode models. In this paper the use of FMM is explained and results in form of reconstructed images from experimental data show that this method is an improvement.

  5. Recent progress on the factorization method for electrical impedance tomography.

    Harrach, Bastian

    2013-01-01

    The Factorization Method is a noniterative method to detect the shape and position of conductivity anomalies inside an object. The method was introduced by Kirsch for inverse scattering problems and extended to electrical impedance tomography (EIT) by Brühl and Hanke. Since these pioneering works, substantial progress has been made on the theoretical foundations of the method. The necessary assumptions have been weakened, and the proofs have been considerably simplified. In this work, we aim to summarize this progress and present a state-of-the-art formulation of the Factorization Method for EIT with continuous data. In particular, we formulate the method for general piecewise analytic conductivities and give short and self-contained proofs. PMID:24069064

  6. Diffusion and Gas Conversion Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells at Loads via AC Impedance

    Robert U. Payne

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Impedance measurements were conducted under practical load conditions in solid oxide fuel cells of differing sizes. For a 2 cm2 button cell, impedance spectra data were separately measured for the anode, cathode, and total cell. Improved equivalent circuit models are proposed and applied to simulate each of measured impedance data. Circuit elements related to the chemical and physical processes have been added to the total-cell model to account for an extra relaxation process in the spectra not measured at either electrode. The processes to which elements are attributed have been deduced by varying cell temperature, load current, and hydrogen concentration. Spectra data were also obtained for a planar stack of five 61 cm2 cells and the individual cells therein, which were fitted to a simplified equivalent circuit model of the total button cell. Similar to the button cell, the planar cells and stack exhibit a pronounced low-frequency relaxation process, which has been attributed to concentration losses, that is, the combined effects of diffusion and gas conversion. The simplified total-cell model approximates well the dynamic behavior of the SOFC cells and the whole stack.

  7. A new method to measure the acoustic surface impedance outdoors

    In the European countries noise pollution is considered to be one of the most important environmental problems. With respect to traffic noise, different researchers are working on the reduction of noise at the source, on the modelling of the acoustic absorption of the road structure and on the effects of the pavement on the propagation. The aim of this paper is to propose a new method to measure the acoustic impedance of surfaces located outdoors, which allows us to further noise propagation models, in order to evaluate exactly the noise exposure. (authors)

  8. Evaluation of the electrode performance for PAFC by using acid absorption, acceleration and ac-impedance measurement

    Kim, Chang-Soo; Song, Rak-Hyun; Choi, Byung-Woo [Korea Institute of Energy Research, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    In PAFC, the degradation on cathode electrode caused by carbon corrosion, platinum dissolution and growth is especially severe. An acceleration test is a good technique for evaluating the degradation of electrode performance, because it does not need long time. Coleman et al used thermal cycling and on-off cycling as an acceleration test. Song et al showed that hydrogen shortage decreased the electrode performance more rapidly than that of air shortage in gas shortage test. Honji et al reported that the rate of coarsening of Pt particle is rapid in open circuit potential and this is one of major causes on the performance degradation of electrode. The cathode performance has been studied by using acid absorption, acceleration and ac-impedance measurements as functions of the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) contents and sintering temperatures of the electrode.

  9. Reprogramming carcinoma associated fibroblasts by AC1MMYR2 impedes tumor metastasis and improves chemotherapy efficacy.

    Ren, Yu; Zhou, Xuan; Liu, Xia; Jia, Huan-Huan; Zhao, Xiao-Hui; Wang, Qi-Xue; Han, Lei; Song, Xin; Zhu, Zhi-Yan; Sun, Ting; Jiao, Hong-Xiao; Tian, Wei-Ping; Yang, Yu-Qi; Zhao, Xiu-Lan; Zhang, Lun; Mei, Mei; Kang, Chun-Sheng

    2016-04-28

    Carcinoma associated fibroblasts (CAFs) produce a nutrient-rich microenvironment to fuel tumor progression and metastasis. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and the inflammation pathway co-operate to transform CAFs. Therefore, elucidating the mechanism mediating the activity of CAFs might identify novel therapies. Abnormal miR-21 expression was reported to be involved in the conversion of resident fibroblasts to CAFs, yet the factor that drives transformation was poorly understood. Here, we reported that high miR-21 expression was strongly associated with lymph node metastasis in breast cancer, and the activation of the miR-21/NF-кB was required for the metastatic promoting effect of CAFs. AC1MMYR2, a small molecule inhibitor of miR-21, attenuated NF-кB activity by directly targeting VHL, thereby blocking the co-precipitation of NF-кB and ß-catenin and nuclear translocation. Taxol failed to constrain the aggressive behavior of cancer cells stimulated by CAFs, whereas AC1MMYR2 plus taxol significantly suppressed tumor migration and invasion ability. Remodeling and depolarization of F-actin, decreased levels of β-catenin and vimentin, and increased E-cadherin were also detected in the combination therapy. Furthermore, reduced levels of FAP-α and α-SMA were observed, suggesting that AC1MMYR2 was competent to reprogram CAFs via the NF-кB/miR-21/VHL axis. Strikingly, a significant reduction of tumor growth and lung metastasis was observed in the combination treated mice. Taken together, our findings identified miR-21 as a critical mediator of metastasis in breast cancer through the tumor environment. AC1MMYR2 may be translated into the clinic and developed as a more personalized and effective neoadjuvant treatment for patients to reduce metastasis and improve the chemotherapy response. PMID:26872723

  10. The factorization method for three dimensional electrical impedance tomography

    The use of the factorization method for electrical impedance tomography has been proved to be very promising for applications in the case where one wants to find inhomogeneous inclusions in a known background. In many situations, the inspected domain is three dimensional and is made of various materials. In this case, the main challenge in applying the factorization method is in computing the Neumann Green's function of the background medium. We explain how we solve this difficulty and demonstrate the capability of the factorization method to locate inclusions in realistic inhomogeneous three dimensional background media from simulated data obtained by solving the so-called complete electrode model. We also perform a numerical study of the stability of the factorization method with respect to various modelling errors. (paper)

  11. Low-to-Medium-Frequency AC Impedance Spectroscopy Investigations of Nanocrystalline Calcium Silicate Hydrate Dried Powders

    Low-to-medium-frequency range impedance spectroscopy was used to investigate two series of dried calcium silicate hydrates with or without aluminum atoms, C-S-H and C-A-S-H. Over four decades in frequency, sample Nyquist plots were fitted by adopting an equivalent circuit using constant phase elements (CPE). Conductivity values of the order of 10-9-10-10 S/cm were obtained at 316 K. The presence of CPE characteristic of the depleted semicircle at high frequency was related to a fractal dimension ranging from 2.4 up to 2.7. Above 316 K, the impedance spectra behaved unpredictably due to the dehydration process, while below 316 K the behavior was followed by adopting the modulus loss factor. The associated peak maximum variation is of the Arrhenius-type. The entire behavior may be interpreted by ionic motion and charge accumulation in addition to dielectric polarization at the grain boundaries associated to low fractal surface. (authors)

  12. Adaptive Kaczmarz method for image reconstruction in electrical impedance tomography

    We present an adaptive Kaczmarz method for solving the inverse problem in electrical impedance tomography and determining the conductivity distribution inside an object from electrical measurements made on the surface. To best characterize an unknown conductivity distribution and avoid inverting the Jacobian-related term JTJ which could be expensive in terms of computation cost and memory in large-scale problems, we propose solving the inverse problem by applying the optimal current patterns for distinguishing the actual conductivity from the conductivity estimate between each iteration of the block Kaczmarz algorithm. With a novel subset scheme, the memory-efficient reconstruction algorithm which appropriately combines the optimal current pattern generation with the Kaczmarz method can produce more accurate and stable solutions adaptively as compared to traditional Kaczmarz- and Gauss–Newton-type methods. Choices of initial current pattern estimates are discussed in this paper. Several reconstruction image metrics are used to quantitatively evaluate the performance of the simulation results. (paper)

  13. Surface impedance based microwave imaging method for breast cancer screening: contrast-enhanced scenario

    Güren, Onan; Çayören, Mehmet; Tükenmez Ergene, Lale; Akduman, Ibrahim

    2014-10-01

    A new microwave imaging method that uses microwave contrast agents is presented for the detection and localization of breast tumours. The method is based on the reconstruction of breast surface impedance through a measured scattered field. The surface impedance modelling allows for representing the electrical properties of the breasts in terms of impedance boundary conditions, which enable us to map the inner structure of the breasts into surface impedance functions. Later a simple quantitative method is proposed to screen breasts against malignant tumours where the detection procedure is based on weighted cross correlations among impedance functions. Numerical results demonstrate that the method is capable of detecting small malignancies and provides reasonable localization.

  14. On second order shape optimization methods for electrical impedance tomography

    Afraites, Lekbir; Kateb, Djalil

    2007-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the analysis of a second order method for recovering the \\emph{a priori} unknown shape of an inclusion $\\omega$ inside a body $\\Omega$ from boundary measurement. This inverse problem - known as electrical impedance tomography - has many important practical applications and hence has focussed much attention during the last years. However, to our best knowledge, no work has yet considered a second order approach for this problem. This paper aims to fill that void: we investigate the existence of second order derivative of the state $u$ with respect to perturbations of the shape of the interface $\\partial\\omega$, then we choose a cost function in order to recover the geometry of $\\partial \\omega$ and derive the expression of the derivatives needed to implement the corresponding Newton method. We then investigate the stability of the process and explain why this inverse problem is severely ill-posed by proving the compactness of the Hessian at the global minimizer.

  15. A method to separate process contributions in impedance spectra by variation of test conditions

    Jensen, Søren Højgaard; Hauch, Anne; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Bonanos, Nikolaos; Jacobsen, Torben

    2007-01-01

    Many processes contribute to the overall impedance of an electrochemical cell, and these may be difficult to separate in the impedance spectrum. Here, we present an investigation of a solid oxide fuel cell based on differences in impedance spectra due to a change of operating parameters and present...... the result as the derivative of the impedance with respect to ln(f). The method is used to separate the anode and cathode contributions and to identify various types of processes....

  16. Intercalation of polyoxomolybdate in polyaniline matrix: Enhancement in AC impedance and gas sensing properties

    The electrochemically prepared polyaniline-12-molybdophosphoric acid (P12MPA) thin films in conducting emeraldine salt form of polyaniline (PAni) matrix is verified by the presence of redox peaks in the UV-vis spectra for different dopant concentrations. The optical band gap energy in these films is dopant concentration dependant and tunable. From the FTIR spectra, it is evidenced that, the characteristic peaks of PAni is present in P12MPA thus there is only conformational change due to the inclusion of molybdophosphoric acid (12MPA) in the polymer matrix. The amorphous nature of the film is proved from the XRD. XPS peaks of PAni and P12MPA thin films have shown the evidence for the presence of quinoid imine, benzenoid amine and the polaronic nitrogen and the oxidation level is quantitatively analysed. P12MPA has the oxidation level of around 51% which matches with that of protonated emeraldine form. Due to the inclusion of 12MPA, in addition to para coupling of the monomer, ortho coupling also takes place. Impedance analysis shows the role of temperature in crosslinking of polymer chain and dopant anions. The high response of P12MPA (64.8%) towards acetone vapor provides evidence for improved sensing behaviour of the doped polymer.

  17. Equivalent circuit modeling of the ac response of Pd-ZrO2 granular metal thin films using impedance spectroscopy

    The ac response in the dielectric regime of thin films consisting of Pd nanoparticles embedded in a ZrO2 insulating matrix, fabricated by co-sputtering, was obtained from impedance spectroscopy measurements (11 Hz–2 MHz) in the temperature range 30–290 K. The response was fitted to an equivalent circuit model whose parameters were evaluated assuming that, as a consequence of the bimodal size distribution of the Pd particles, two mechanisms appear. At low frequencies, a first element similar to a parallel RC circuit dominates the response, due to two competing paths. One of them is associated with thermally-activated tunneling conductance among most of the smallest Pd particles (size ∼ 2 nm), which make up the dc tunneling backbone of the sample. The other one is related to the conductance associated with the capacitive paths among larger Pd particles (size  >  5 nm). At low temperature and intermediate frequencies (∼1 kHz), a shortcut process between the larger particles connects regions initially isolated from the backbone at low frequencies. These regions, populated by some additional smaller particles located around two bigger particles, were isolated because the bigger particles separation is too large for the tunneling current. Once connected to the backbone, current may also flow through them by means of the so-called thermally-activated assisted tunneling resistive paths, yielding the second element of the equivalent circuit (a parallel RLC element). At high temperature, the thermal energy shifts the onset of the shortcut process high frequencies and, thus, only the first element is observed. Considering these results, controlling the particle size distribution could be helpful to tune up the frequency at which tunneling conductance dominates the ac response of these granular metals. (paper)

  18. Electrochemical characterization and modeling of fuel cells via AC impedance and residence time distribution

    Payne, Robert R. U.

    The performance of commercially available fuel cells was tested under a variety of test conditions and models were formulated to explain the experimental results. Several techniques were applied to single cells and groups of cells, each probing a different phenomenon responsible for limiting the power output of the cells. Nonuiformity of fuel cells in a stack can drastically affect the total power output, because a stack of cells in series can only provide as much electrical current as the weakest cell. Uniformity of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell voltage was measured for each cell of the 47 cells in a Nexa(TM) stack operating with 0 W and 800W supplied to an external load. Manufacturing consistency was assessed by comparing the mean cell potential of 10 different stacks. To minimize the cost of operating a stack, PEM fuel cells must be capable of withstanding higher impurity concentrations, which was accomplished by adding a manual purge line into the fuel exhaust line of a Nexa(TM) stack. The critical flow rate of the anode exhaust was determined by feeding gas diluted with up to 7% N2 to a stack supplying up to 200 W to an external load. The residence time distribution (RTD) of impurities in the stack was evaluated by injecting a pulse of inert gas and simultaneously measuring the time dependent voltage of each cell in the stack. A number of different compartmental flow models were developed to replicate the experimental data, but with minimal success; however, the added exhaust line successfully improved the impurity tolerance of the stack. Determining which and to what extent physical processes limit the electrical output of fuel cells is critical for evaluating system designs and performing diagnostics. Impedance spectroscopy was applied to cells to test the dynamic response of fuel cells and stacks thereof. Equivalent circuit models were fitted to the data, with each circuit element representing a different physical phenomenon. Data were

  19. Electromechanical impedance method to assess dental implant stability

    Tabrizi, Aydin; Rizzo, Piervincenzo; Ochs, Mark W.

    2012-11-01

    The stability of a dental implant is a prerequisite for supporting a load-bearing prosthesis and establishment of a functional bone-implant system. Reliable and noninvasive methods able to assess the bone interface of dental and orthopedic implants (osseointegration) are increasingly demanded for clinical diagnosis and direct prognosis. In this paper, we propose the electromechanical impedance method as a novel approach for the assessment of dental implant stability. Nobel Biocare® implants with a size of 4.3 mm diameter ×13 mm length were placed inside bovine bones that were then immersed in a solution of nitric acid to allow material degradation. The degradation simulated the inverse process of bone healing. The implant-bone systems were monitored by bonding a piezoceramic transducer (PZT) to the implants’ abutment and measuring the admittance of the PZT over time. It was found that the PZT’s admittance and the statistical features associated with its analysis are sensitive to the degradation of the bones and can be correlated to the loss of calcium measured by means of the atomic absorption spectroscopy method. The present study shows promising results and may pave the road towards an innovative approach for the noninvasive monitoring of dental implant stability and integrity.

  20. Electromechanical impedance method to assess dental implant stability

    The stability of a dental implant is a prerequisite for supporting a load-bearing prosthesis and establishment of a functional bone–implant system. Reliable and noninvasive methods able to assess the bone interface of dental and orthopedic implants (osseointegration) are increasingly demanded for clinical diagnosis and direct prognosis. In this paper, we propose the electromechanical impedance method as a novel approach for the assessment of dental implant stability. Nobel Biocare® implants with a size of 4.3 mm diameter ×13 mm length were placed inside bovine bones that were then immersed in a solution of nitric acid to allow material degradation. The degradation simulated the inverse process of bone healing. The implant–bone systems were monitored by bonding a piezoceramic transducer (PZT) to the implants’ abutment and measuring the admittance of the PZT over time. It was found that the PZT’s admittance and the statistical features associated with its analysis are sensitive to the degradation of the bones and can be correlated to the loss of calcium measured by means of the atomic absorption spectroscopy method. The present study shows promising results and may pave the road towards an innovative approach for the noninvasive monitoring of dental implant stability and integrity. (paper)

  1. Measurement of longitudinal impedance for a KAON test pipe model with TSD-calibration method

    The authors report measurements of longitudinal impedances for a KAON factory beam pipe model by means of the TSD-calibration method. The experimental method and the results are discussed. The frequency band is from 48 MHz up to 900 MHz, within which range the method produces measured impedances accurate enough to be useful in indicating whether a test pipe will have a suitably low impedance

  2. Mutual Coupling Compensation for Direction-of-Arrival Estimations Using the Receiving-Mutual-Impedance Method

    Hon Tat Hui

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A short review of the receiving-mutual-impedance method (RMIM for mutual coupling compensation in direction finding applications using linear array is conducted. The differences between the conventional-mutual-impedance method (CMIM and RMIM, as well as the three different determination methods for receiving mutual impedance (RMI, will be discussed in details. As an example, direction finding with better accuracies is used for demonstrating the superiority of mutual coupling compensation using RMIM.

  3. Mutual Coupling Compensation for Direction-of-Arrival Estimations Using the Receiving-Mutual-Impedance Method

    Hon Tat Hui; Hoi Shun Lui

    2010-01-01

    A short review of the receiving-mutual-impedance method (RMIM) for mutual coupling compensation in direction finding applications using linear array is conducted. The differences between the conventional-mutual-impedance method (CMIM) and RMIM, as well as the three different determination methods for receiving mutual impedance (RMI), will be discussed in details. As an example, direction finding with better accuracies is used for demonstrating the superiority of mutual coupling compensation u...

  4. Complex permittivity of FeCl3/AOT/CCl4 microemulsions probed by AC impedance spectroscopy.

    Calandra, Pietro; Ruggirello, Angela; Turco Liveri, Vincenzo

    2009-09-01

    The complex permittivity of FeCl(3)/AOT/CCl(4) microemulsions in the 1-10(5) Hz frequency range has been measured by the conventional AC complex impedance technique. Measurements as a function of the volume fraction of the dispersed phase (FeCl(3)+AOT) and temperature at fixed salt-to-AOT molar ratio (R, R = 0.5) show that the entrapment of FeCl(3) clusters significantly enhances the local permittivity of the AOT reverse micelles and the number density of charge carriers resulting from the peculiar state of the confined inorganic salt. An estimate of the apparent static permittivity of the FeCl(3) ionic clusters entrapped in the core of AOT reverse micelles gives the very high and quite surprisingly value of about 237. Moreover, a thorough analysis of conductivity data and of their temperature dependence strongly supports the hypothesis that the charge transport in these systems is mainly sustained by a mechanism of hopping consisting in the continuous jumping of charged species within supra-micellar aggregates of AOT reverse micelles whose aggregation is driven by fluctuating opposite charges on contacting micelles. PMID:19481764

  5. Oxygen diffusion in niobia-doped zirconia as surrogate for oxide film on Zr–Nb alloy: AC impedance analysis

    The oxygen conductivities and crystallographic properties of niobia-doped yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia with 0.0–2.6 wt% Nb2O5 were evaluated by the AC impedance analysis and the X-ray diffraction measurement, respectively. The tetragonality of zirconia increased with niobia content and approached ∼1.017 while the tetragonal-to-monoclinic phase transition occurred above ca. 1 wt% Nb2O5. On the other hand, oxygen conductivities of bulk and grain-boundary (GB) decreased with increasing niobia content. The bulk conductivity controlled the total ionic conductivity at high temperatures, and its activation energy had smaller dependence on temperature than that of GB. In addition to the effect of [VO··] depletion by niobia addition, the behaviors of bulk and GB conductivities might be explained by the decrease of mobility of oxygen ion due to Coulomb repulsion between Nb5+ and VO·· and by no segregation of Nb ions in the space-charge layers, respectively

  6. Oxygen diffusion in niobia-doped zirconia as surrogate for oxide film on Zr–Nb alloy: AC impedance analysis

    Yamana, Teppei; Arima, Tatsumi, E-mail: arima@nucl.kyushu-u.ac.jp; Yoshihara, Takatoshi; Inagaki, Yaohiro; Idemitsu, Kazuya

    2013-11-15

    The oxygen conductivities and crystallographic properties of niobia-doped yttria-stabilized tetragonal zirconia with 0.0–2.6 wt% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} were evaluated by the AC impedance analysis and the X-ray diffraction measurement, respectively. The tetragonality of zirconia increased with niobia content and approached ∼1.017 while the tetragonal-to-monoclinic phase transition occurred above ca. 1 wt% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}. On the other hand, oxygen conductivities of bulk and grain-boundary (GB) decreased with increasing niobia content. The bulk conductivity controlled the total ionic conductivity at high temperatures, and its activation energy had smaller dependence on temperature than that of GB. In addition to the effect of [V{sub O}{sup ··}] depletion by niobia addition, the behaviors of bulk and GB conductivities might be explained by the decrease of mobility of oxygen ion due to Coulomb repulsion between Nb{sup 5+} and V{sub O}{sup ··} and by no segregation of Nb ions in the space-charge layers, respectively.

  7. Iterative Reconstruction Methods for Hybrid Inverse Problems in Impedance Tomography

    Hoffmann, Kristoffer; Knudsen, Kim

    2014-01-01

    For a general formulation of hybrid inverse problems in impedance tomography the Picard and Newton iterative schemes are adapted and four iterative reconstruction algorithms are developed. The general problem formulation includes several existing hybrid imaging modalities such as current density...

  8. Application of impedance spectroscopy method for analysis of benzanol fuels

    Mamykin A. V.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The authors have developed a method for express control of three component «gasoline-alcohol-water» fuel mixtures based on the spectral impedance investigation of benzanol mixture in the frequency range of 500 Hz — 10 kHz. A correlation dependence between the dielectric constant and the specific resistance of the fuel mixture on content of ethanol and water in the mixture has been found. On the basis of this dependence a calibration nomogram to quantify the gasoline and water-alcohol components content in the test benzanol fuel in the actual range of concentrations has been formed. The nomogram allows determining the water-alcohol and gasoline parts in the analyzed fuel with an error of no more than 1% vol., while the strength of water-alcohol solution is determined with an error of no more than 0.8% vol. The obtained nomogram can also give information about critical water content in the benzanol fuel to prevent its eventual phase separation. It is shown that the initial component composition of different gasoline brands has no significant effect on the electrical characteristics of the studied benzanol fuels, which makes the evaluation of alcohol and water content in the fuel sufficiently accurate. for practical applications.

  9. Mode Adaptive Droop Control with Virtual Output Impedances for an Inverter-Based Flexible AC Microgrid

    Kim, Jaehong; Guerrero, Josep M.; Rodriguez, Pedro; Teodorescu, Remus; Nam, Kwanghee

    2011-01-01

    A decentralized power control method in a singlephase flexible acmicrogrid is proposed in this paper. Droop control is widely considered to be a good choice for managing the power flows between microgrid converters in a decentralized manner. In this work, to enhance the power loop dynamics, droop...

  10. Investigations on the Sensing Mechanism of Humidity Sensors Based on Poly(4-vinylpyridine)/carbon Black Composite by AC Impedance Spectra

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Investigations on the sensing mechanism is important for understanding the electrical responses of humidity sensors to humidity change,and could provide guidelines for the design and synthesis of humidity sensitive materials with desirable properties.In this work,the sensing mechanism of humidity sensors based on quaternized poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP)/carbon black (CB) composite[1] was studied by measuring their AC impedance spectra at various humidities at room temperature.Under low humidity...

  11. Estimation of fatigue evolution of aluminum alloy plated with electroless NI–CO–P by using electromagnetic impedance method

    Kinoshita, Katsuyuki

    2015-02-01

    We have developed a method for detecting fatigue in aluminum alloys that is based on a applying a ferromagnetic electroless Ni–Co–P plating and then using an electromagnetic impedance (EMI) method to determine its permeability properties by measuring the high-frequency AC impedance of a coil sensor in the presence of a static magnetic field. The results obtained confirmed that this method can estimate the fatigue evolution of a specimen until the point at which the cumulative strain becomes saturated by using measurements obtained by the EMI method under tensile deformation and FEM analysis results. - Highlights: • Plating aluminum alloy with Ni–Co–P film increases its fatigue strength by 13−16%. • The tensile direction is the stress induced “hard axis” of the Ni–Co–P plating. • In-plane permeability determines the coil impedance for out-of-plane excitation. • This method can measure fatigue up to saturation of the substrate's residual strain.

  12. Estimation of fatigue evolution of aluminum alloy plated with electroless NI–CO–P by using electromagnetic impedance method

    We have developed a method for detecting fatigue in aluminum alloys that is based on a applying a ferromagnetic electroless Ni–Co–P plating and then using an electromagnetic impedance (EMI) method to determine its permeability properties by measuring the high-frequency AC impedance of a coil sensor in the presence of a static magnetic field. The results obtained confirmed that this method can estimate the fatigue evolution of a specimen until the point at which the cumulative strain becomes saturated by using measurements obtained by the EMI method under tensile deformation and FEM analysis results. - Highlights: • Plating aluminum alloy with Ni–Co–P film increases its fatigue strength by 13−16%. • The tensile direction is the stress induced “hard axis” of the Ni–Co–P plating. • In-plane permeability determines the coil impedance for out-of-plane excitation. • This method can measure fatigue up to saturation of the substrate's residual strain

  13. Comparison of Methods for Stroke Volume Computing from Impedance Cardiography

    Jurák, Pavel; Halámek, Josef; Vondra, Vlastimil; Kára, T.; Nykodým, J.; Číp, Ondřej; Eisenberger, M.; Leinveber, P.; Fráňa, P.; Meluzín, J.; Souček, M.

    Brno : Brno University of Technology, 2004, s. 69-71. ISBN 80-214-2633-0. ISSN 1211-412X. [Biosignal 2004 /17./. Brno (CZ), 23.06.2004-25.06.2004] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/02/1339 Keywords : Impedance Cardiography * Stroke Volume Subject RIV: FA - Cardiovascular Diseases incl. Cardiotharic Surgery

  14. An Analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources Solution for Plane Wave Scattering by Impedance Cylinders

    Larsen, Niels Vesterdal; Breinbjerg, Olav

    Analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources solutions for plane wave scattering by circular impedance cylinders are derived by transformation of the exact eigenfunction series solutions employing the Hankel function wave transformation. The analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources solution thus obtained...

  15. Frequency Synchronization Analysis in Digital lock-in Methods for Bio-impedance Determination

    Brajkovič Robert; Žagar Tomaž; Križaj Dejan

    2014-01-01

    The lock-in method is one of the most frequently used methods for reconstruction of measured signals and as such frequently applied in the (bio)impedance method to determine the modulus and phase of the (bio)impedance. In implementation of the method in a (bio)impedance measurement device one has to consider possible non synchronized frequencies of the reference and the analyzed signals as well as potential sources of noise. In this work we analyzed these errors theoretically and experimental...

  16. An impedance-based high-throughput method for evaluating the cytotoxicity of nanoparticles

    Impedance-based assays can constitute a reliable alternative to the conventional methods used in nanotoxicology due to the important advantages of being label-free and monitoring the cells in real-time. In this study, the suitability of impedance-monitoring for the screening of nanoparticle (NP)-induced cytotoxicity was assessed. The effect of titanium dioxide (TiO2)-NPs on cellular proliferation, viability, spreading, and detachment from substrate was evaluated by continuous impedance-based measurements made with an xCELLigence system. Fibroblasts seeded in microelectrode-embedded E-plates were exposed to spherical anatase nano-TiO2 (5, 10, and 40 nm in diameter) for up to 120 h. An alternative excitation signal (20 mV control voltage amplitude) was applied at 10, 25, and 50 kHz to the microelectrodes in the E-plates. Cells attached to the electrode surfaces act as insulators and lead to an increase in impedance. For validating the impedance-method, Trypan Blue exclusion and ultrahigh resolution imaging (URI) were employed. The general trend observed was a decrease in impedance following exposure to TiO2-NPs. Impedance-based results were in most instances in accordance with those from the Trypan Blue exclusion and URI assays indicating that the impedance-based approach has merit. Further studies are needed to validate it as a high-throughput method for evaluating NPs' cytotoxicity.

  17. An impedance-based high-throughput method for evaluating the cytotoxicity of nanoparticles

    Cimpan, M. R.; Mordal, T.; Schölermann, J.; Allouni, Z. E.; Pliquett, U.; Cimpan, E.

    2013-04-01

    Impedance-based assays can constitute a reliable alternative to the conventional methods used in nanotoxicology due to the important advantages of being label-free and monitoring the cells in real-time. In this study, the suitability of impedance-monitoring for the screening of nanoparticle (NP)-induced cytotoxicity was assessed. The effect of titanium dioxide (TiO2)-NPs on cellular proliferation, viability, spreading, and detachment from substrate was evaluated by continuous impedance-based measurements made with an xCELLigence system. Fibroblasts seeded in microelectrode-embedded E-plates were exposed to spherical anatase nano-TiO2 (5, 10, and 40 nm in diameter) for up to 120 h. An alternative excitation signal (20 mV control voltage amplitude) was applied at 10, 25, and 50 kHz to the microelectrodes in the E-plates. Cells attached to the electrode surfaces act as insulators and lead to an increase in impedance. For validating the impedance-method, Trypan Blue exclusion and ultrahigh resolution imaging (URI) were employed. The general trend observed was a decrease in impedance following exposure to TiO2-NPs. Impedance-based results were in most instances in accordance with those from the Trypan Blue exclusion and URI assays indicating that the impedance-based approach has merit. Further studies are needed to validate it as a high-throughput method for evaluating NPs' cytotoxicity.

  18. Improved Design Methods for Robust Single- and Three-Phase ac-dc-ac Power Converters

    Qin, Zian

    proposed new active power decoupling method, the ripple power in the converter can be compensated in a more efficient and more compact way. Then, Chapter 5 changes the scope of the thesis to three-phase converters, and the nine-switch converter, as a reduced switch version of two three-phase full......-bridges connected back-to-back, is studied. Application criteria of the nine-switch converter are investigated for reducing the relatively high stress introduced by the less number of switches. In Chapter 6 a rotating speed controller design method is proposed for improving the thermal loading of the three...... to users. Their performances including cost, efficiency, reliability, and so on, therefore are more important concerns than they were. The objective of this thesis is to study and propose advanced design methods for robust ac-dc-ac converters, which are widely used interfaces in energy conversion...

  19. Perturbation method for calculation of narrow-band impedance and trapped modes

    An iterative method for calculation of the narrow-band impedance is described for a system with a small variation in boundary conditions, so that the variation can be considered as a perturbation. The results are compared with numeric calculations. The method is used to relate the origin of the trapped modes with the degeneracy of the spectrum of an unperturbed system. The method also can be applied to transverse impedance calculations. 6 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab

  20. Beam-chamber interaction in accelerators. Methods for calculating coupling impedances

    A review of methods for calculating the coupling impedances of the vacuum chamber of accelerators is given. The definitions of the coupling impedances, their properties and relations to the wake potentials are discussed in detail. The main attention is paid to the techniques applied at low frequencies and in the resonant region. An attempt to classify these methods is made. The paper presents a collection of formulae and can be used as a reference guide. 126 refs.; 1 fig.; 1 tab

  1. Ultrahigh impedance method to assess electrostatic accelerator performance

    Lobanov, Nikolai R.; Linardakis, Peter; Tsifakis, Dimitrios

    2015-06-01

    This paper describes an investigation of problem-solving procedures to troubleshoot electrostatic accelerators. A novel technique to diagnose issues with high-voltage components is described. The main application of this technique is noninvasive testing of electrostatic accelerator high-voltage grading systems, measuring insulation resistance, or determining the volume and surface resistivity of insulation materials used in column posts and acceleration tubes. In addition, this technique allows verification of the continuity of the resistive divider assembly as a complete circuit, revealing if an electrical path exists between equipotential rings, resistors, tube electrodes, and column post-to-tube conductors. It is capable of identifying and locating a "microbreak" in a resistor and the experimental validation of the transfer function of the high impedance energy control element. A simple and practical fault-finding procedure has been developed based on fundamental principles. The experimental distributions of relative resistance deviations (Δ R /R ) for both accelerating tubes and posts were collected during five scheduled accelerator maintenance tank openings during 2013 and 2014. Components with measured Δ R /R >±2.5 % were considered faulty and put through a detailed examination, with faults categorized. In total, thirty four unique fault categories were identified and most would not be identifiable without the new technique described. The most common failure mode was permanent and irreversible insulator current leakage that developed after being exposed to the ambient environment. As a result of efficient in situ troubleshooting and fault-elimination techniques, the maximum values of |Δ R /R | are kept below 2.5% at the conclusion of maintenance procedures. The acceptance margin could be narrowed even further by a factor of 2.5 by increasing the test voltage from 40 V up to 100 V. Based on experience over the last two years, resistor and insulator

  2. Impedance ratio method for urine conductivity-invariant estimation of bladder volume

    Thomas Schlebusch; Jakob Orschulik; Jaakko Malmivuo; Steffen Leonhardt; Dorothea Leonhäuser; Joachim Grosse; Michael Kowollik; Ruth Kirschner-Hermanns; Marian Walter

    2014-01-01

    Non-invasive estimation of bladder volume could help patients with impaired bladder volume sensation to determine the right moment for catheterisation. Continuous, non-invasive impedance measurement is a promising technology in this scenario, although influences of body posture and unknown urine conductivity limit wide clinical use today. We studied impedance changes related to bladder volume by simulation, in-vitro and in-vivo measurements with pigs. In this work, we present a method to redu...

  3. Electrometric method to determine the surface impedance of an ice-sea water bilayer system

    Bashkuev, Yu. B.; Naguslaeva, I. B.; Khaptanov, V. B.; Dembelov, M. G.

    2016-02-01

    An electrometric method to determine the surface impedance of an ice-sea water bilayer system is suggested. The complex impedance (its magnitude and phase) of this system is determined at very low, low, and medium frequencies from electrometric, rather than radio, measurements. For the ice-sea water system, it is sufficient to determine the conductivity and thickness of a water sample from drilling data.

  4. Impedance and a.c. conductivity studies of Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic

    Impedance and electrical conduction studies of Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic prepared through conventional ceramic fabrication technique are presented. The crystal symmetry, space group and unit cell dimensions were estimated using Rietveld analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated the formation of a single-phase cubic structure with space group, Pm3¯m. EDAX and SEM studies were carried out to study the quality and purity of compound. To find a correlation between the response of the real system and idealized model circuit composed of discrete electrical components, the model fittings were presented using impedance data. Complex impedance as well as electric modulus analyses suggested dielectric relaxation to be of non-Debye type and negative temperature coefficient of resistance character. The correlated barrier hopping model was employed to successfully explain the mechanism of charge transport in Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3. The a.c. conductivity data were used to evaluate density of states at Fermi level, minimum hopping length and apparent activation energy. (author)

  5. Impedance and a.c. conductivity studies of Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic

    K Amar Nath; K Prasad; K P Chandra; A R Kulkarni

    2013-08-01

    Impedance and electrical conduction studies of Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3 ceramic prepared through conventional ceramic fabrication technique are presented. The crystal symmetry, space group and unit cell dimensions were estimated using Rietveld analysis. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated the formation of a single-phase cubic structure with space group, $\\bar{3}$. EDAX and SEM studies were carried out to study the quality and purity of compound. To find a correlation between the response of the real system and idealized model circuit composed of discrete electrical components, the model fittings were presented using impedance data. Complex impedance as well as electric modulus analyses suggested dielectric relaxation to be of non-Debye type and negative temperature coefficient of resistance character. The correlated barrier hopping model was employed to successfully explain the mechanism of charge transport in Ba(Pr1/2Nb1/2)O3. The a.c. conductivity data were used to evaluate density of states at Fermi level, minimum hopping length and apparent activation energy.

  6. Piezoelectric, impedance, electric modulus and AC conductivity studies on (Bi0.5Na0.50.95Ba0.05TiO3 ceramic

    Ansu K. Roy

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Lead-free piezoelectric perovskite ceramic (Bi0.5Na0.50.95Ba0.05TiO3 (BNT-BT0.05, prepared by conventional high temperature solid state reaction technique at 1160 °C/3h in air atmosphere, is investigated by impedance and modulus spectroscopy in a temperature range 35–400 °C, over a frequency range 100 Hz–1 MHz. The crystal structure, microstructure, and piezoelectric properties as well as the AC conductivity of the sample were studied. Powder X-ray diffraction pattern derived from the resulting data at the room temperature subjected to Rietveld refinements and Williamson-Hall plot analysis confirmed the formation of phase pure compound with monoclinic unit cells having a crystallite-size ~33.8 nm. Observed SEM micrograph showed a uniform distribution of grains inside the sample having an average grain size ~3 mm. Longitudinal piezoelectric charge coefficient of the sample poled under a DC electric field of ~ 2.5 kV/mm at 80 °C in a silicone oil bath was found to be equal to 95 pC/N. The frequency and temperature dependent electrical data analysed in the framework of AC conductivity, complex impedance as well as electric modulus formalisms showed negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR character of the material and the dielectric relaxation in the material to be of non-Debye type. Double power law for the frequency-dependence of AC conductivity and Jump Relaxation Model (JRM were found to explain successfully the mechanism of charge transport in BNT-BT0.05.

  7. Hybrid immersed interface-immersed boundary methods for AC dielectrophoresis

    Hossan, Mohammad Robiul; Dillon, Robert; Dutta, Prashanta

    2014-08-01

    Dielectrophoresis, a nonlinear electrokinetic transport mechanism, has become popular in many engineering applications including manipulation, characterization and actuation of biomaterials, particles and biological cells. In this paper, we present a hybrid immersed interface-immersed boundary method to study AC dielectrophoresis where an algorithm is developed to solve the complex Poisson equation using a real variable formulation. An immersed interface method is employed to obtain the AC electric field in a fluid media with suspended particles and an immersed boundary method is used for the fluid equations and particle transport. The convergence of the proposed algorithm as well as validation of the hybrid scheme with experimental results is presented. In this paper, the Maxwell stress tensor is used to calculate the dielectrophoretic force acting on particles by considering the physical effect of particles in the computational domain. Thus, this study eliminates the approximations used in point dipole methods for calculating dielectrophoretic force. A comparative study between Maxwell stress tensor and point dipole methods for computing dielectrophoretic forces are presented. The hybrid method is used to investigate the physics of dielectrophoresis in microfluidic devices using an AC electric field. The numerical results show that with proper design and appropriate selection of applied potential and frequency, global electric field minima can be obtained to facilitate multiple particle trapping by exploiting the mechanism of negative dielectrophoresis. Our numerical results also show that electrically neutral particles form a chain parallel to the applied electric field irrespective of their initial orientation when an AC electric field is applied. This proposed hybrid numerical scheme will help to better understand dielectrophoresis and to design and optimize microfluidic devices.

  8. Hybrid immersed interface-immersed boundary methods for AC dielectrophoresis

    Dielectrophoresis, a nonlinear electrokinetic transport mechanism, has become popular in many engineering applications including manipulation, characterization and actuation of biomaterials, particles and biological cells. In this paper, we present a hybrid immersed interface–immersed boundary method to study AC dielectrophoresis where an algorithm is developed to solve the complex Poisson equation using a real variable formulation. An immersed interface method is employed to obtain the AC electric field in a fluid media with suspended particles and an immersed boundary method is used for the fluid equations and particle transport. The convergence of the proposed algorithm as well as validation of the hybrid scheme with experimental results is presented. In this paper, the Maxwell stress tensor is used to calculate the dielectrophoretic force acting on particles by considering the physical effect of particles in the computational domain. Thus, this study eliminates the approximations used in point dipole methods for calculating dielectrophoretic force. A comparative study between Maxwell stress tensor and point dipole methods for computing dielectrophoretic forces are presented. The hybrid method is used to investigate the physics of dielectrophoresis in microfluidic devices using an AC electric field. The numerical results show that with proper design and appropriate selection of applied potential and frequency, global electric field minima can be obtained to facilitate multiple particle trapping by exploiting the mechanism of negative dielectrophoresis. Our numerical results also show that electrically neutral particles form a chain parallel to the applied electric field irrespective of their initial orientation when an AC electric field is applied. This proposed hybrid numerical scheme will help to better understand dielectrophoresis and to design and optimize microfluidic devices

  9. Hybrid immersed interface-immersed boundary methods for AC dielectrophoresis

    Hossan, Mohammad Robiul [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States); Department of Engineering and Physics, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 73034-5209 (United States); Dillon, Robert [Department of Mathematics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-3113 (United States); Dutta, Prashanta, E-mail: dutta@mail.wsu.edu [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2920 (United States)

    2014-08-01

    Dielectrophoresis, a nonlinear electrokinetic transport mechanism, has become popular in many engineering applications including manipulation, characterization and actuation of biomaterials, particles and biological cells. In this paper, we present a hybrid immersed interface–immersed boundary method to study AC dielectrophoresis where an algorithm is developed to solve the complex Poisson equation using a real variable formulation. An immersed interface method is employed to obtain the AC electric field in a fluid media with suspended particles and an immersed boundary method is used for the fluid equations and particle transport. The convergence of the proposed algorithm as well as validation of the hybrid scheme with experimental results is presented. In this paper, the Maxwell stress tensor is used to calculate the dielectrophoretic force acting on particles by considering the physical effect of particles in the computational domain. Thus, this study eliminates the approximations used in point dipole methods for calculating dielectrophoretic force. A comparative study between Maxwell stress tensor and point dipole methods for computing dielectrophoretic forces are presented. The hybrid method is used to investigate the physics of dielectrophoresis in microfluidic devices using an AC electric field. The numerical results show that with proper design and appropriate selection of applied potential and frequency, global electric field minima can be obtained to facilitate multiple particle trapping by exploiting the mechanism of negative dielectrophoresis. Our numerical results also show that electrically neutral particles form a chain parallel to the applied electric field irrespective of their initial orientation when an AC electric field is applied. This proposed hybrid numerical scheme will help to better understand dielectrophoresis and to design and optimize microfluidic devices.

  10. Evaluation of characteristic impedance of the electrode and its fabrication method in stripline-type BPMs

    A relationship between characteristic impedance and its fabrication method of the electrode edge in stripline-type beam potion monitors (SBPMs) was investigated on the basis of experiments and theoretical calculations. The upgrade of the SBPMs with higher accuracy and resolution in the beam-position measurement is strongly required in the Super KEK B-factory (SKEKB), which has been started in 2010 while the main development of the SBPMs is for the signal-detection system. Such SBPMs are widely used in order to precisely measure the transverse beam positions in linear accelerators. Although conventional SBPMs were first developed at the KEKB injector linac in 1995, the author has reconsidered the fabrication method with having higher mechanical accuracy. As a result it was found that the modification of the fabrication method clearly affected the characteristic impedance of the electrode. In this report, the modification of the fabrication method and its quantitative effect to the characteristic impedance are discussed in detail. (author)

  11. A New Method of On-line Grid Impedance Estimation for PV Inverter

    Teodorescu, Remus; Asiminoaei, Lucian; Blaabjerg, Frede;

    2004-01-01

    The recent increase in photo-voltaic (PV) installations calls for new and better power quality requirements with respect to connection to the grid supply. Therefore, different methods are typically used for continuous grid monitoring, usually by using external devices. In this paper a new method...... for on-line measuring the grid impedance is presented. The presented method requires no extra hardware being accommodated by typical PV inverters, sensors and CPU, to provide a fast and low cost approach of on-line impedance measurement. By injecting a non-characteristic harmonic current and measuring...

  12. On the Use of Experimental Methods to Improve Confidence in Educed Impedance

    Jones, Michael G.; Watson, Willie R.

    2011-01-01

    Results from impedance eduction methods developed by NASA Langley Research Center are used throughout the acoustic liner community. In spite of recent enhancements, occasional anomalies persist with these methods, generally at frequencies where the liner produces minimal attenuation. This investigation demonstrates an experimental approach to educe impedance with increased confidence over a desired frequency range, by combining results from successive tests with different cavity depths. A series of tests is conducted with three wire-mesh facesheets, for which the results should be weakly dependent on source sound pressure level and mean grazing flow speed. First, a raylometer is used to measure the DC flow resistance of each facesheet. These facesheets are then mounted onto a frame and a normal incidence tube is used to determine their respective acoustic impedance spectra. A comparison of the acoustic resistance component with the DC flow resistance for each facesheet is used to validate the measurement process. Next, each facesheet is successively mounted onto three frames with different cavity depths, and a grazing flow impedance tube is used to educe their respective acoustic impedance spectra with and without mean flow. The no-flow results are compared with those measured in the normal incidence tube to validate the impedance eduction method. Since the anti-resonance frequency varies with cavity depth, each sample provides robust results over a different frequency range. Hence, a combination of results can be used to determine the facesheet acoustic resistance. When combined with the acoustic reactance, observed to be weakly dependent on the source sound pressure level and grazing flow Mach number, the acoustic impedance can be educed with increased confidence. Representative results of these tests are discussed, and the complete database is available in electronic format upon request.

  13. AC impedance and dielectric spectroscopic studies of Mg2+ ion conducting PVA–PEG blended polymer electrolytes

    Anji Reddy Polu; Ranveer Kumar

    2011-08-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)–polyethylene glycol (PEG) based solid polymer blend electrolytes with magnesium nitrate have been prepared by the solution cast technique. Impedance spectroscopic technique has been used, to characterize these polymer electrolytes. Complex impedance analysis was used to calculate bulk resistance of the polymer electrolytes. The a.c.-impedance data reveal that the ionic conductivity of PVA–PEG–Mg(NO3)2 system is changed with the concentration of magnesium nitrate, maximum conductivity of 9.63 × 10-5 S/cm at room temperature was observed for the system of PVA–PEG–Mg(NO3)2 (35–35–30). However, ionic conductivity of the above system increased with the increase of temperature, and the highest conductivity of 1.71 × 10-3 S/cm was observed at 100°C. The effect of ionic conductivity of polymer blend electrolytes was measured by varying the temperature ranging from 303 to 373 K. The variation of imaginary and real parts of dielectric constant with frequency was studied.

  14. An approach to the diagnosis of metabolic syndrome by the multi-electrode impedance method

    Furuya, N.; Sakamoto, K.; Kanai, H.

    2010-04-01

    It is well known that metabolic syndrome can induce myocardial infarction and cerebral infarction. So, it is very important to measure the visceral fat volume. In the electric impedance method, information in the vicinity of the electrodes is strongly reflected. Therefore, we propose a new multi-electrode arrangement method based on the impedance sensitivity theorem to measure the visceral fat volume. This electrode arrangement is designed to enable high impedance sensitivity in the visceral and subcutaneous fat regions. Currents are simultaneously applied to several current electrodes on the body surface, and one voltage electrode pair is arranged on the body surface near the organ of interest to obtain the visceral fat information and another voltage electrode pair is arranged on the body surface near the current electrodes to obtain the subcutaneous fat information. A simulation study indicates that by weighting the impedance sensitivity distribution, as in our method, a high-sensitivity region in the visceral and the subcutaneous fat regions can be formed. In addition, it was confirmed that the visceral fat volume can be estimated by the measured impedance data.

  15. A direct-display oscillation method for measurement of respiratory impedance.

    Franetzki, M; Prestele, K; Korn, V

    1979-05-01

    The basic principle of the method described here is derived from a variant of the oscillation method. A reference impedance is connected to the mouth; between these two an oscillating flow is imposed. As a reference impedance we use a flexible tube, which acts as a virtually pure inductance or inertance. Respiration is hardly impeded. The only measured parameter is the alternating pressure in front of the mouth and this is easily picked up by a simple microphone. In contrast to former direct-display methods, the inertia and elasticity of the respiratory gas and the respiratory tract, i.e., airways including lungs and thorax, are also taken into account for the evaluation. The respiratory resistance is studied as a complex parameters, i.e., as an impedance. With the aid of diagrams or via electronic computation circuitry, the direct and continuous display of all impedance components such as its magnitude and phase, resistance, and reactance is possible. They can be read out as a function of time, respiratory flow, or volume. PMID:468614

  16. Impedance feedback control for scanning electrochemical microscopy.

    Alpuche-Aviles, M A; Wipf, D O

    2001-10-15

    A new constant-distance imaging method based on the relationship between tip impedance and tip-substrate separation has been developed for the scanning electrochemical microscope. The tip impedance is monitored by application of a high-frequency ac voltage bias between the tip and auxiliary electrode. The high-frequency ac current is easily separated from the dc-level faradaic electrochemistry with a simple RC filter, which allows impedance measurements during feedback or generation/collection experiments. By employing a piezo-based feedback controller, we are able to maintain the impedance at a constant value and, thus, maintain a constant tip-substrate separation. Application of the method to feedback and generation/collection experiments with tip electrodes as small as 2 microm is presented. PMID:11681463

  17. A Convergent Method of Auxiliary Sources for Two-Dimensional Impedance Scatterers With Edges

    Karamehmedovic, Mirza; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2001-01-01

    A modification to the Method of Auxiliary Sources (MAS) is introduced which renders the method operational for two-dimensional impedance scatterers with edges. The modification consists in letting the auxiliary surface converge to the scatterer physical surface for increasing number of auxiliary ...

  18. Accuracy of Platelet Counting by Optical and Impedance Methods in Patients with Thrombocytopaenia and Microcytosis

    Mohamed-Rachid Boulassel

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Obtaining accurate platelet counts in microcytic blood samples is challenging, even with the most reliable automated haematology analysers. The CELL-DYN™ Sapphire (Abbott Laboratories, Chicago, Illinois, USA analyser uses both optical density and electronic impedance methods for platelet counting. This study aimed to evaluate the accuracy of optical density and electrical impedance methods in determining true platelet counts in thrombocytopaenic samples with microcytosis as defined by low mean corpuscular volume (MCV of red blood cells. Additionally, the impact of microcytosis on platelet count accuracy was evaluated. Methods: This study was carried out between February and December 2014 at the Haematology Laboratory of the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, Oman. Blood samples were collected and analysed from 189 patients with thrombocytopaenia and MCV values of <76 femtolitres. Platelet counts were tested using both optical and impedance methods. Stained peripheral blood films for each sample were then reviewed as a reference method to confirm platelet counts. Results: The platelet counts estimated by the impedance method were on average 30% higher than those estimated by the optical method (P <0.001. The estimated intraclass correlation coefficient was 0.52 (95% confidence interval: 0.41–0.62, indicating moderate reliability between the methods. The degree of agreement between methods ranged from -85.5 to 24.3 with an estimated bias of -30, suggesting that these methods generate different platelet results. Conclusion: The impedance method significantly overestimated platelet counts in microcytic and thrombocytopaenic blood samples. Further attention is therefore needed to improve the accuracy of platelet counts, particularly for patients with conditions associated with microcytosis.

  19. Experimental facility and void fraction calibration methods for impedance probes

    An experimental facility was designed and constructed with aims of to calibrate a capacitance probe for gas-liquid flow void fraction measurements. The facility is composed of a metallic hack with a vertical 2,300 mm high glass tube with 38 mm ID with stagnant water and compressed air bubbling system simulating the gas phase (vapor). At the lower part, a mixing section with a porous media element releases the air bubbles into the water, and the compressed air flow is measured by two calibrated rotameters. At the upper part a stagnant water tank separates the liquid and gas. Two pressure taps are located near the lower and upper sides of the glass tube for pressure difference measurement. The pressure difference is used for low void fraction values (0-15%) calibration methods, as described in the work. Two electrically controlled quick closing valves are installed between the porous media element and the upward separation tank for high void fraction values measurement (15-50%) used to calibrate the capacitance probe. The experimental facility design, construction, capacitance probe calibration methods and results, as well as flow pattern visualization, are presented. Finally, the capacitance probe will be installed on a natural circulation circuit mounted at the Nuclear Engineering Center (CEN/IPEN/CNEN-SP) for measurement of the instantaneous bulk void. Instantaneous signals generated by the capacitance probe will allow the determination of natural circulation loop global energy balance. (author)

  20. Impedance-Source Networks for Electric Power Conversion Part II

    Siwakoti, Yam P.; Peng, Fang Zheng; Blaabjerg, Frede;

    2015-01-01

    -source-network-based power converters has been covered in a previous paper and main topologies were discussed from an application point of view. Now Part II provides a comprehensive review of the most popular control and modulation strategies for impedance-source network-based power converters/inverters. These methods are......Impedance-source networks cover the entire spectrum of electric power conversion applications (dc-dc, dc-ac, ac-dc, ac-ac) controlled and modulated by different modulation strategies to generate the desired dc or ac voltage and current at the output. A comprehensive review of various impedance...... topology at a certain power level, switching frequency and demanded dynamic response....

  1. Impedance ratio method for urine conductivity-invariant estimation of bladder volume

    Thomas Schlebusch

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Non-invasive estimation of bladder volume could help patients with impaired bladder volume sensation to determine the right moment for catheterisation. Continuous, non-invasive impedance measurement is a promising technology in this scenario, although influences of body posture and unknown urine conductivity limit wide clinical use today. We studied impedance changes related to bladder volume by simulation, in-vitro and in-vivo measurements with pigs. In this work, we present a method to reduce the influence of urine conductivity to cystovolumetry and bring bioimpedance cystovolumetry closer to a clinical application.

  2. Improvement of dielectrophoretic impedance measurement method by bacterial concentration utilizing negative dielectrophoresis

    Hamada, R [R and D Center, Panasonic Healthcare Co., Ltd., 2131-1, Minanikata, Toon, Ehime (Japan); Takayama, H; Shonishi, Y; Hisajima, T; Mao, L; Nakano, M; Suehiro, J, E-mail: hamada.ryo@jp.panasonic.com [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2011-08-17

    In this study, the concept design for the improvement of the bacterial detection sensitivity of the DEPIM (Dielectrophoretic Impedance Measurement) method has been proposed. The cells in the micro-chamber are repelled and concentrated by n-DEP (negative dielectrophosesis). The concentrated cells are captured by p-DEP (positive DEP) and detected by measuring the change in the electrical impedance. The numerical simulations and the preliminary test were performed to investigate the effectiveness of the n-DEP concentration. When n-DEP concentration was employed, the increase in the rate of the conductance became approximately two times higher than that obtained without n-DEP.

  3. Improvement of dielectrophoretic impedance measurement method by bacterial concentration utilizing negative dielectrophoresis

    In this study, the concept design for the improvement of the bacterial detection sensitivity of the DEPIM (Dielectrophoretic Impedance Measurement) method has been proposed. The cells in the micro-chamber are repelled and concentrated by n-DEP (negative dielectrophosesis). The concentrated cells are captured by p-DEP (positive DEP) and detected by measuring the change in the electrical impedance. The numerical simulations and the preliminary test were performed to investigate the effectiveness of the n-DEP concentration. When n-DEP concentration was employed, the increase in the rate of the conductance became approximately two times higher than that obtained without n-DEP.

  4. Method, system and computer-readable media for measuring impedance of an energy storage device

    Morrison, John L.; Morrison, William H.; Christophersen, Jon P.; Motloch, Chester G.

    2016-01-26

    Real-time battery impedance spectrum is acquired using a one-time record. Fast Summation Transformation (FST) is a parallel method of acquiring a real-time battery impedance spectrum using a one-time record that enables battery diagnostics. An excitation current to a battery is a sum of equal amplitude sine waves of frequencies that are octave harmonics spread over a range of interest. A sample frequency is also octave and harmonically related to all frequencies in the sum. A time profile of this sampled signal has a duration that is a few periods of the lowest frequency. A voltage response of the battery, average deleted, is an impedance of the battery in a time domain. Since the excitation frequencies are known and octave and harmonically related, a simple algorithm, FST, processes the time profile by rectifying relative to sine and cosine of each frequency. Another algorithm yields real and imaginary components for each frequency.

  5. A method of phase control and impedance matching of mutually coupled ICRF antennas in LHD

    In the Large Helical Device (LHD), the installation of a pair of ion cyclotron range of frequencies (ICRF) antennas from upper and lower ports is planned. These antennas are geometrically symmetrical and located side by side. By changing the current phase on the straps, the wave number parallel to the magnetic field line can be controlled. However, antenna impedances will also be changed and reflected power will increase due to mutual coupling. For efficient power injection and the protection of tetrode tubes, the parameters of impedance matching devices must be controlled together with the current phase. A method was formulated and trials of phase control and impedance matching were successfully conducted with a simplified two-port dummy antenna. (author)

  6. Error Correction of EMTDC Line and Cable Series Impedance Calculations Compared to Traditional Methods

    Sørensen, Stefan; Nielsen, Hans Ove

    2002-01-01

    % deviation to other methods. The correction is done by adjusting he earth return path impedance for the cable model, and will thereby form the basis for a future comparison with measured data from a real full scale earth fault experiment on a mixed line and cable network....

  7. Swelling kinetics characterization of polymer gels by the method of impedance spectrometry

    A method for swelling kinetics determination of polymer gel made of alginate (a natural bio polymer) has been presented by working with impedance analyser and measurement of the frequency spectra of electrical conductance and dielectric loss of calcium alginate gel exposed to sodium salt fluid. (Author)

  8. Application of the Method of Auxiliary Sources for the Analysis of Electromagnetic Scattering by Impedance Spheres

    Karamehmedovic, Mirza; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2002-01-01

    The Method of Auxiliary Sources (MAS) is applied to 3D scattering problems involving spherical impedance scatterers. The MAS results are compared with the reference spherical wave expansion (SWE) solution. It is demonstrated that good agreement is achieved between the MAS and SWE results....

  9. Absorption and impedance boundary conditions for phased geometrical-acoustics methods

    Jeong, Cheol-Ho

    2012-01-01

    Defining accurate acoustical boundary conditions is of crucial importance for room acoustic simulations. In predicting sound fields using phased geometrical acoustics methods, both absorption coefficients and surface impedances of the boundary surfaces can be used, but no guideline has been...... reasonable results with some exceptions at low frequencies for acoustically soft materials....

  10. System and method for determining stator winding resistance in an AC motor using motor drives

    Lu, Bin; Habetler, Thomas G; Zhang, Pinjia

    2013-02-26

    A system and method for determining the stator winding resistance of AC motors is provided. The system includes an AC motor drive having an input connectable to an AC source and an output connectable to an input terminal of an AC motor, a pulse width modulation (PWM) converter having switches therein to control current flow and terminal voltages in the AC motor, and a control system connected to the PWM converter. The control system generates a command signal to cause the PWM converter to control an output of the AC motor drive corresponding to an input to the AC motor, selectively generates a modified command signal to cause the PWM converter to inject a DC signal into the output of the AC motor drive, and determines a stator winding resistance of the AC motor based on the DC signal of at least one of the voltage and current.

  11. Pulse wave detection method based on the bio-impedance of the wrist

    He, Jianman; Wang, Mengjun; Li, Xiaoxia; Li, Gang; Lin, Ling

    2016-05-01

    The real-time monitoring of pulse rate can evaluate the heart health to some extent, and the measurement of bio-impedance has the potential in wearable health monitoring system. In this paper, an effective method, which contains self-balancing bridge, flexible electrode, and high-speed digital lock-in algorithm (DLIA) with over-sampling, was designed to detect the impedance pulse wave at the wrist. By applying the self-balancing bridge, the basic impedance can be compensated as much as possible, and the low amplitude of impedance variation related to heart pulse can be obtained more easily. And the flexible conductive rubber electrode used in our experiment is human-friendly. Besides, the over-sampling method and high-speed DLIA are used to enhance the effective resolution of the existing data sampled by analog to digital converter. With the high-speed data process and simple circuit above, this proposed method has the potential in wrist-band wearable systems and it can satisfy quests of small volume and low power consumption.

  12. Method to detect the end-point for PCR DNA amplification using an ionically labeled probe and measuring impedance change

    Miles, Robin R.; Belgrader, Phillip; Fuller, Christopher D.

    2007-01-02

    Impedance measurements are used to detect the end-point for PCR DNA amplification. A pair of spaced electrodes are located on a surface of a microfluidic channel and an AC or DC voltage is applied across the electrodes to produce an electric field. An ionically labeled probe will attach to a complementary DNA segment, and a polymerase enzyme will release the ionic label. This causes the conductivity of the solution in the area of the electrode to change. This change in conductivity is measured as a change in the impedance been the two electrodes.

  13. Impedance measurement of irradiated potatoes: a method to identify radiation processing

    The potato is firmly established in many parts of the world as a major staple food. Then, radiation processing of potato is approved in many countries for sprouting inhibition and extension of shelf life in a dose range from about 0.01 to 0.15 kGy of 60 Co. The use of electrical conductance methods for the detection of Salmonella, some virus or the action of herbicides on plant has been reported and differences have been observed between instruments in respect of the magnitude of conductance change or rates of change in conductance response. A reliable technique to identify potatoes or other food products has not been established so far, though several methods have been reported. Electrical impedance might thus serve for characterization of unirradiated and irradiated tissues and cells. In this work, potato tubers from an European variety, named Bintje, grown in Sao Paulo State were employed. Potatoes were punctured with steel electrodes and impedance measured at different frequencies (1 k Hz-100 k Hz) by passing 3-5 m A alternating current through it. The impedance ratio of 50 k Hz/5 k Hz calculated from ten replicate samples decreases with the increment of the dose when doses of O 0.75 and 0.15 kGy from a Gamma Cell 220 were utilized. The impedance measurement were slightly affected by the place of puncture. (author)

  14. The electrochemical impedance of metal hydride electrodes

    Valøen, Lars Ole; Lasia, Andrzej; Jensen, Jens Oluf; Tunold, Reidar

    2002-01-01

    The electrochemical impedance responses for different laboratory type metal hydride electrodes were successfully modeled and fitted to experimental data for AB5 type hydrogen storage alloys as well as one MgNi type electrode. The models fitted the experimental data remarkably well. Several AC......, explaining the experimental impedances in a wide frequency range for electrodes of hydride forming materials mixed with copper powder, were obtained. Both charge transfer and spherical diffusion of hydrogen in the particles are important sub processes that govern the total rate of the electrochemical...... observed. The impedance analysis was found to be an efficient method for characterizing metal hydride electrodes in situ....

  15. New Modified Band Limited Impedance (BLIMP) Inversion Method Using Envelope Attribute

    Maulana, Z. L.; Saputro, O. D.; Latief, F. D. E.

    2016-01-01

    Earth attenuates high frequencies from seismic wavelet. Low frequency seismics cannot be obtained by low quality geophone. The low frequencies (0-10 Hz) that are not present in seismic data are important to obtain a good result in acoustic impedance (AI) inversion. AI is important to determine reservoir quality by converting AI to reservoir properties like porosity, permeability and water saturation. The low frequencies can be supplied from impedance log (AI logs), velocity analysis, and from the combination of both data. In this study, we propose that the low frequencies could be obtained from the envelope seismic attribute. This new proposed method is essentially a modified BLIMP (Band Limited Impedance) inversion method, in which the AI logs for BLIMP substituted with the envelope attribute. In low frequency domain (0-10 Hz), the envelope attribute produces high amplitude. This low frequency from the envelope attribute is utilized to replace low frequency from AI logs in BLIMP. Linear trend in this method is acquired from the AI logs. In this study, the method is applied on synthetic seismograms created from impedance log from well ‘X’. The mean squared error from the modified BLIMP inversion is 2-4% for each trace (variation in error is caused by different normalization constant), lower than the conventional BLIMP inversion which produces error of 8%. The new method is also applied on Marmousi2 dataset and show promising result. The modified BLIMP inversion result from Marmousi2 by using one log AI is better than the one produced from the conventional method.

  16. RF impedance method for nondestructive moisture content determination for in-shell peanuts

    Kandala, C. V. K.; Nelson, S. O.

    2007-04-01

    A method was developed earlier for estimating the moisture content (mc) in samples of wheat, corn and peanut kernels, nondestructively, by measuring their complex impedance values. In this method, capacitance (C), phase angle (θ) and dissipation factor (D) were measured with an impedance analyser at 1 and 5 MHz on a parallel-plate capacitor holding a few kernels of a particular commodity between the plates. These values were then used in an empirical equation based on the parameters C, θ and D, and the moisture content was calculated. The calculated mc values were within 1% of the air-oven values for about 85% of the kernel samples tested in the moisture range from 6% to 20% for wheat, corn and peanuts. However, it would be useful during drying and processing of peanuts, if the mc could be determined without shelling them. In this work, the feasibility of determining the moisture content of in-shell peanuts (pods) by similar impedance measurements was investigated. Values of capacitance, phase angle and dissipation factor measured at 24 °C and at three frequencies were used in a modified prediction equation and the moisture content was estimated within 1% of the air-oven values for over 90% of the pod samples tested in the moisture range from 6% to 25%. The method is rapid and nondestructive and may be used in the development of a commercial instrument.

  17. AC impedance behaviour and state-of-charge dependence of Zr0.5Ti0.5V0.6Cr0.2Ni1.2 metal-hydride electrodes

    S Rodrigues; N Munichandraiah; A K Shukla

    2001-10-01

    Metal-hydride electrodes made of an AB2 alloy of the composition Zr0.5Ti0.5V0.6Cr0.2Ni1.2 are studied for AC impedance behaviour at several of their state-of-charge values. Impedance data at any state-of-charge comprise two RC-time constants and accordingly are analysed by using a nonlinear-least-square-fitting procedure. Resistance of the electrode and frequency maximum (*) of the lowfrequency semicircle are found useful for predicting state-of-charge of the metalhydride electrodes.

  18. Impedance and AC conductivity study of nano crystalline, fine grained multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3, synthesized by microwave sintering

    Jayant Kolte

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, major reduction in sintering time,temperautre and significant improvement over final density of sitnered sample is reported for the microwave sintered nanocrystalline BiFeO3 (BFO ceramic. Also, different sintering time and temperatures have been used to tailor the grain size and the final density of the resulting BFO ceramics synthesized from phase pure BFO nanoparticles ( d ̄   ≈ 10   n m . Microwave sintering resulted in reducing the sintering time substantially (by 1h, and has resulted in submicron sized grains and high resistivity ∼1.8 GΩ-cm. The AC conductivity is seen to follow the Jonscher’s power law behavior, suggesting correlated barrier hopping (CBH mechanism in the sample. The role of oxygen vacancies at high temperature, due to volatility of bismuth, in dielectric and conductivity behavior is also discussed. Further, the sample displayed dielectric anomaly near magnetic transition temperature (∼180 °C indicating bearing of magnetic moments on the dielectric properties. Using Impedance Spectroscopy (IS we have established, the electrical heterogeneity of the ceramic BFO reavealing semiconducting nature of grains and insulating nature of grain boundary. This, formation of network of insulating grain boundaries and semiconducting grains could lead to formation of internal barrier layer capacitance (IBLC leading to high dielectric constant in microwave sintered BFO.

  19. AC impedance analysis of ionic and electronic conductivities in electrode mixture layers for an all-solid-state lithium-ion battery

    Siroma, Zyun; Sato, Tomohiro; Takeuchi, Tomonari; Nagai, Ryo; Ota, Akira; Ioroi, Tsutomu

    2016-06-01

    The ionic and electronic effective conductivities of an electrode mixture layers for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries containing Li2Ssbnd P2S5 as a solid electrolyte were investigated by AC impedance measurements and analysis using a transmission-line model (TLM). Samples containing graphite (graphite electrodes) or LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM electrodes) as the active material were measured under a "substrate | sample | bulk electrolyte | sample | substrate" configuration (ion-electron connection) and a "substrate | sample | substrate" configuration (electron-electron connection). Theoretically, if the electronic resistance is negligibly small, which is the case with our graphite electrodes, measurement with the ion-electron connection should be effective for evaluating ionic conductivity. However, if the electronic resistance is comparable to the ionic resistance, which is the case with our NCM electrodes, the results with the ion-electron connection may contain some inherent inaccuracy. In this report, we theoretically and practically demonstrate the advantage of analyzing the results with the electron-electron connection, which gives both the ionic and electronic conductivities. The similarity of the behavior of ionic conductivity with the graphite and NCM electrodes confirms the reliability of this analysis.

  20. Determination of abdominal fat thickness using dual electrode separation in the focused impedance method (FIM)

    Subcutaneous fat layer thickness in the abdomen is a risk indicator of several diseases and disorders like diabetes and heart problems and could be used as a measure of fitness. Skinfold measurement using mechanical calipers is simple but prone to error. Ultrasound scanning techniques are yet to be established as accurate methods for this purpose. magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans can provide the answer but are expensive and not available widely. Some initiatives were made earlier to use electrical impedance to this end, but had inadequacies. In the first part of this paper, a 4-electrode focused impedance method (FIM) with different electrode separations has been studied for its possible use in the determination of abdominal fat thickness in a localized region. For this, a saline phantom was designed to provide different electrode separations and different layers of resistive materials adjacent to the electrodes. The background saline simulated the internal organs having low impedance while the resistive layers simulated the subcutaneous fat. The plot of the measured impedance with electrode separation had different ‘slopes’ for different thicknesses of resistive layers, which offered a method to obtain an unknown thickness of subcutaneous fat layer. In the second part, measurements were performed on seven human subjects using two electrode separations. Fat layer thickness was measured using mechanical calipers. A plot of the above ‘slope’ against fat thickness could be fitted using a straight line with an R2 of 0.93. Then this could be used as a calibration curve for the determination of unknown fat thickness. Further work using more accurate CT and MRI measurements would give a better calibration curve for practical use of this non-invasive and low-cost technique in abdominal fat thickness measurement. (paper)

  1. A new lithium-ion battery internal temperature on-line estimate method based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement

    Zhu, J. G.; Sun, Z. C.; Wei, X. Z.; Dai, H. F.

    2015-01-01

    The power battery thermal management problem in EV (electric vehicle) and HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) has been widely discussed, and EIS (electrochemical impedance spectroscopy) is an effective experimental method to test and estimate the status of the battery. Firstly, an electrochemical-based impedance matrix analysis for lithium-ion battery is developed to describe the impedance response of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Then a method, based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement, has been proposed to estimate the internal temperature of power lithium-ion battery by analyzing the phase shift and magnitude of impedance at different ambient temperatures. Respectively, the SoC (state of charge) and temperature have different effects on the impedance characteristics of battery at various frequency ranges in the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experimental study. Also the impedance spectrum affected by SoH (state of health) is discussed in the paper preliminary. Therefore, the excitation frequency selected to estimate the inner temperature is in the frequency range which is significantly influenced by temperature without the SoC and SoH. The intrinsic relationship between the phase shift and temperature is established under the chosen excitation frequency. And the magnitude of impedance related to temperature is studied in the paper. In practical applications, through obtaining the phase shift and magnitude of impedance, the inner temperature estimation could be achieved. Then the verification experiments are conduced to validate the estimate method. Finally, an estimate strategy and an on-line estimation system implementation scheme utilizing battery management system are presented to describe the engineering value.

  2. Effect of a spherical object in 4 electrode Focused Impedance Method (FIM): measurement and simulation

    Focused Impedance Method (FIM) gives enhanced localized sensitivity at the centre of a zone defined by a simple system of electrodes, of which a 4-electrode version with electrodes at the corners of a square region has been studied in detail in the present work. The present work studies the effect of a large sphere whose diameter almost equals the dimensions of the central focused zone, or, the Focused Impedance. The sphere is placed at different positions with respect to the centre of the system at the electrode plane. The study has been made using a phantom in which the electrodes are fixed on a side wall while an insulating ball is hung at various positions inside the saline and moved with respect to the electrodes in their vicinity. The same was then simulated by providing appropriate parameters in COMSOL multiphysics, a software package utilizing Finite Element Method, by providing appropriately matching parameters. The measured impedance decreases as the ball is moved away from the centre in the electrode plane or along the depth. The sensitivity also decreases with an increase in electrode spacing. Although the behaviours were similar in both the studies, simulated values by COMSOL deviated from the measured values significantly. It suggests that COMSOL may not give accurate simulations for large objects.

  3. Estimation of harmonic emission levels with harmonic current vector method with reference impedances

    Pfajfar, T.; Blazic, B.; Papic, I. [Ljubljana Univ., Ljubljana (Slovenia). Faculty of Electrical Engineering

    2007-07-01

    The influence that customer have on power systems at connection points must be assessed in order to ensure high power quality. Harmonics present an important factor in power quality because of the widespread use of power electronic loads. Harmonics problems arise particularly in cases when capacitance in the system results in resonance at a critical harmonics frequency. Therefore, an estimation of harmonic emission levels and determination of responsibility for harmonic distortion is necessary. This paper proposed a method for estimating customer harmonic emission levels at the point of common coupling. The proposed method was based on the harmonic current vector method where reference impedances are introduced. The results of the proposed method were compared with the results of a method where customer harmonic estimation levels are determined with switching manoeuvres of the customer distorting load. The paper described the harmonic current vector method with reference impedances as well as description of the simulation study. It was concluded that although the method has the right approach, practical implementation of the method remains to be realized. 7 refs., 9 tabs., 3 figs.

  4. AC conductivity, dielectric and impedance studies of Cd0.8−xPbxZn0.2S mixed semiconductor compounds

    Graphical abstract: A plot of 1−s versus T (K) for Cd0.8−xPbxZn0.2S (x = 0, 0.1–0.8), inset: plot of s versus T (K) for x = 0. - Highlights: • Activation energy of relaxation process of Cd0.8−xPbxZn0.2S (x = 0, 0.1–0.8) compounds has been determined. • Grain resistances and grain capacitances of the compounds were estimated at different temperatures. • Relaxation time for all the compounds has been determined at different temperatures. - Abstract: The samples of Cd0.8−xPbxZn0.2S (x = 0, 0.1–0.8) are prepared by Controlled Co-Precipitation Method. X-ray diffraction studies have confirmed the polycrystalline nature of the samples with Hexagonal and Cubic phases of Wurtzite structure. AC conductivity (σac) measurements of Cd0.8−xPbxZn0.2S samples at different temperatures (between 40 and 300 °C), in the frequency range 5 kHz–20 MHz were made. The results showed that σac obeys the relation σac(ω) = Aωs. The exponent “s” was found to decrease with increase in temperature. Further analysis revealed that, the AC conductivity of the samples follow correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model. The dielectric constant (∊′) and dielectric loss (Tan δ) were observed to (i) increase with the increase in temperature and the increase is higher at lower frequencies and (ii) decrease rapidly at low frequencies and remains almost constant at higher frequencies. The cole–cole plot showed a single semicircle, indicating an equivalent circuit with a single parallel resistor Rg and capacitance Cg network with a series resistance Rs. The plots also show the grain contribution toward AC conductivity. The relaxation frequencies, determined from these plots are used to calculate the activation energies Ea of relaxation process using Log τ versus 103/T plots. The values of Ea for all the studied compounds range from 0.05 to 0.28 eV and the results are explained based on the defects formed due to the addition of Pb into the Cd0.8Zn0.2S compound

  5. D-bar method for electrical impedance tomography with discontinuous conductivities

    Knudsen, Kim; Lassas, Matti; Mueller, Jennifer L.;

    The effects of truncating the (approximate) scattering transform in the D-bar reconstruction method for 2-D electrical impedance tomography are studied. The method is based on Nachman s uniqueness proof [Ann. of Math. 143 (1996)] that applies to twice differentiable conductivities. However, the...... reconstruction algorithm has been successfully applied to experimental data, which can be characterized as piecewise smooth conductivities. The truncation is shown to stabilize the method against measurement noise and to have a smoothing effect on the reconstructed conductivity. Thus the truncation can be...... interpreted as regularization of the D-bar method. Numerical reconstructions are presented demonstrating that features of discontinuous high contrast conductivities can be recovered using the D-bar method. Further, a new connection between Calder´on s linearization method and the D-bar method is established...

  6. Soil-structure interaction. A general method to calculate soil impedance

    A correct analysis of the seismic response of nuclear power plant buildings needs to take into account the soil structure interaction. The most classical and simple method consists in characterizing the soil by a stiffness and a damping function for each component of the translation and rotation of the foundation. In a more exact way an impedance function of the frequency may be introduced. Literature provides data to estimate these coefficients for simple soil and foundation configurations and using linear hypothesis. This paper presents a general method to calculate soil impedances which is based on the computation of the impulsive response of the soil using an axisymmetric 2D finite element code (INCA). The Fourier transform of this response is made in the time interval before the return of the reflected waves on the boundaries of the F.E. domain. This procedure which limits the perturbing effects of the reflections is improved by introducing absorbing boundary elements. A parametric study for homogeneous and layered soils has been carried out using this method

  7. The influence of some new 2,5-disubstituted 1,3,4-thiadiazoles on the corrosion behaviour of mild steel in 1 M HCl solution: AC impedance study and theoretical approach

    The new 2,5-disubstituted 1,3,4-thiadiazoles were investigated as corrosion inhibitors of mild steel in 1 M HCl using AC impedance technique. Four of these compounds exhibit good inhibition properties, while two of them, 2,5-bis(4-nitrophenyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazole and 2,5-bis(4-chlorophenyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazole, stimulate the corrosion process especially at low concentrations. The experimental data obtained from this method show a frequency distribution and therefore a modelling element with frequency dispersion behaviour, a constant phase element (CPE) has been used. Possible correlations between experimental inhibition efficiencies and quantum chemical parameters such as dipole moment (μ), highest occupied (E HOMO) and lowest unoccupied (E LUMO) molecular orbitals were investigated. The models of the inhibitors were optimised with the Density Functional Theory formalism (DFT) using hybrid B3LYP/6-31G (2d,2p) as a higher level of theory. The Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship (QSAR) approach has been used and composite index of some quantum chemical parameters were constructed in order to characterize the inhibition performance of the tested molecules

  8. Decomposition method of an electrical bio-impedance signal into cardiac and respiratory components

    The paper presents a method for adaptive decomposition of an electrical bio-impedance (BI) signal into two components: cardiac and respiratory. The decomposition of a BI signal is not a trivial process because of the non-stationarity of the signal components and overlapping of their harmonic spectra. An application specific orthonormal basis (ASOB) was designed to solve the decomposition task using the Jacobi weighting function in the standard Gram–Schmidt process. The key element of the bio-impedance signal decomposer (BISD) is a model of the cardiac BI signal, which is constructed from the components of the ASOB and is intended for use in the BISD for on-line tracking of the cardiac BI signal. It makes it possible to separate the cardiac and respiratory components of the total BI signal in non-stationary conditions. In combination with the signal-shape locked loop (SSLL), the BISD allows us to decompose the BI signals with partially overlapping spectra. The proposed BISD based method is accomplished as a PC software digital system, but it is oriented towards applications in portable and stationary cardiac devices and in clinical settings

  9. Evaluation of segmental body composition by gender in obese children using bioelectric impedance analysis method

    İhsan Çetin

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: In this study, it was aimed to evaluate segmental body composition of children diagnosed with obesity using bioelectrical impedance analysis method in terms of different gender. Methods: 48 children, aged between 6-15 years, 21 of whom were boys while 27 were girls, diagnosed with obesity in Erciyes University Medical Faculty Department of Pediatric Endocrinology Outpatient Clinic were included in our study from April to June in 2011. Those over 95 percentile were defined as obese group. Tanita BC-418 device was used to analyze the body composition. Results: As a result of bioelectrical impedance analysis, lean body mass and body muscle mass were found to be statistically significantly higher in obese girls compared with obese boys. However, lean mass of the left arm, left leg muscle mass and basal metabolic rate were found to be statistically significantly lower in obese girls compared with obese boys. Conclusion: Consequently, it may be suggest that segmental analysis, where gender differences are taken into account, can provide proper exercise pattern and healthy way of weight loss in children for prevention of obesity and associated diseases including obesity and type 2 diabetics and cardiovascular diseases.

  10. Decomposition method of an electrical bio-impedance signal into cardiac and respiratory components.

    Krivoshei, A; Kukk, V; Min, M

    2008-06-01

    The paper presents a method for adaptive decomposition of an electrical bio-impedance (BI) signal into two components: cardiac and respiratory. The decomposition of a BI signal is not a trivial process because of the non-stationarity of the signal components and overlapping of their harmonic spectra. An application specific orthonormal basis (ASOB) was designed to solve the decomposition task using the Jacobi weighting function in the standard Gram-Schmidt process. The key element of the bio-impedance signal decomposer (BISD) is a model of the cardiac BI signal, which is constructed from the components of the ASOB and is intended for use in the BISD for on-line tracking of the cardiac BI signal. It makes it possible to separate the cardiac and respiratory components of the total BI signal in non-stationary conditions. In combination with the signal-shape locked loop (SSLL), the BISD allows us to decompose the BI signals with partially overlapping spectra. The proposed BISD based method is accomplished as a PC software digital system, but it is oriented towards applications in portable and stationary cardiac devices and in clinical settings. PMID:18544800

  11. Ensemble averaged surface normal impedance of material using an in-situ technique: preliminary study using boundary element method.

    Otsuru, Toru; Tomiku, Reiji; Din, Nazli Bin Che; Okamoto, Noriko; Murakami, Masahiko

    2009-06-01

    An in-situ measurement technique of a material surface normal impedance is proposed. It includes a concept of "ensemble averaged" surface normal impedance that extends the usage of obtained values to various applications such as architectural acoustics and computational simulations, especially those based on the wave theory. The measurement technique itself is a refinement of a method using a two-microphone technique and environmental anonymous noise, or diffused ambient noise, as proposed by Takahashi et al. [Appl. Acoust. 66, 845-865 (2005)]. Measured impedance can be regarded as time-space averaged normal impedance at the material surface. As a preliminary study using numerical simulations based on the boundary element method, normal incidence and random incidence measurements are compared numerically: results clarify that ensemble averaging is an effective mode of measuring sound absorption characteristics of materials with practical sizes in the lower frequency range of 100-1000 Hz, as confirmed by practical measurements. PMID:19507960

  12. Estimation of Metabolism Characteristics for Heat-Injured Bacteria Using Dielectrophoretic Impedance Measurement Method

    Amako, Eri; Enjoji, Takaharu; Uchida, Satoshi; Tochikubo, Fumiyoshi

    Constant monitoring and immediate control of fermentation processes have been required for advanced quality preservation in food industry. In the present work, simple estimation of metabolic states for heat-injured Escherichia coli (E. coli) in a micro-cell was investigated using dielectrophoretic impedance measurement (DEPIM) method. Temporal change in the conductance between micro-gap (ΔG) was measured for various heat treatment temperatures. In addition, the dependence of enzyme activity, growth capacity and membrane situation for E. coli on heat treatment temperature was also analyzed with conventional biological methods. Consequently, a correlation between ΔG and those biological properties was obtained quantitatively. This result suggests that DEPIM method will be available for an effective monitoring technique for complex change in various biological states of microorganisms.

  13. Use of stochastic methods for robust parameter extraction from impedance spectra

    Bueschel, Paul, E-mail: paul.bueschel@etit.tu-chemnitz.de; Troeltzsch, Uwe; Kanoun, Olfa

    2011-09-30

    The fitting of impedance models to measured data is an essential step in impedance spectroscopy (IS). Due to often complicated, nonlinear models, big number of parameters, large search spaces and presence of noise, an automated determination of the unknown parameters is a challenging task. The stronger the nonlinear behavior of a model, the weaker is the convergence of the corresponding regression and the probability to trap into local minima increases during parameter extraction. For fast measurements or automatic measurement systems these problems became the limiting factors of use. We compared the usability of stochastic algorithms, evolution, simulated annealing and particle filter with the widely used tool LEVM for parameter extraction for IS. The comparison is based on one reference model by J.R. Macdonald and a battery model used with noisy measurement data. The results show different performances of the algorithms for these two problems depending on the search space and the model used for optimization. The obtained results by particle filter were the best for both models. This method delivers the most reliable result for both cases even for the ill posed battery model.

  14. Focused Impedance Method (FIM) and Pigeon Hole Imaging (PHI) for localized measurements - a review

    Siddique-e Rabbani, K.

    2010-04-01

    This paper summarises up to date development in Focused Impedance Method (FIM) initiated by us. It basically involves taking the sum of two orthogonal tetra-polar impedance measurements around a common central region, giving a localized enhanced sensitivity. Although the basic idea requires 8 electrodes, versions with 6- and 4-electrodes were subsequently conceived and developed. The focusing effect has been verified in 2D and 3D phantoms and through numerical analysis. Dynamic stomach emptying, and ventilation of localized lung regions have been studied successfully suggesting further applications in monitoring of gastric acid secretion, artificial respiration, bladder emptying, etc. Multi-frequency FIM may help identify some diseases and disorders including certain cancers. FIM, being much simpler and having less number of electrodes, appears to have the potential to replace EIT for applications involving large and shallow organs. An enhancement of 6-electrode FIM led to Pigeon Hole Imaging (PHI) in a square matrix through backprojection in two orthogonal directions, good for localising of one or two well separated objects.

  15. Feature Extraction Method for High Impedance Ground Fault Localization in Radial Power Distribution Networks

    Jensen, Kåre Jean; Munk, Steen M.; Sørensen, John Aasted

    1998-01-01

    A new approach to the localization of high impedance ground faults in compensated radial power distribution networks is presented. The total size of such networks is often very large and a major part of the monitoring of these is carried out manually. The increasing complexity of industrial...... processes and communication systems lead to demands for improved monitoring of power distribution networks so that the quality of power delivery can be kept at a controlled level. The ground fault localization method for each feeder in a network is based on the centralized frequency broadband measurement of...... three phase voltages and currents. The method consists of a feature extractor, based on a grid description of the feeder by impulse responses, and a neural network for ground fault localization. The emphasis of this paper is the feature extractor, and the detection of the time instance of a ground fault...

  16. Analysis and Imaging in Magnetic Induction Tomography using the Impedance Method

    This article discusses the utilization of the impedance method in computation of the forward problem in magnetic induction tomography (MIT). The algorithms for the inverse problem were also developed. The new approach for solving the resulting ill-conditioned linear system of the inverse problem is proposed and the quality of images obtained is discussed based on a quality index proposed in the literature. The results show the prevalence of TAS in relation to linear correlation between the real image and obtained image. With respect to contrast TRT prevalece in relation TAS. The indices of average luminance presents similarity for the both methods. TAS prevails for smaller objects and TRT for larger objects, showing the greater robustness of TAS.

  17. Evaluation of different methods for measuring the impedance of Lithium-ion batteries during ageing

    Stroe, Daniel Loan; Swierczynski, Maciej Jozef; Stroe, Ana-Irina;

    2015-01-01

    The impedance represents one of the most important performance parameters of the Lithium-ion batteries since it used for power capability calculations, battery pack and system design, cooling system design and also for state-of-health estimation. In the literature, different approaches are...... presented for measuring the impedance of Lithium-ion batteries and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and dc current pulses are the most used ones; each of these approaches has its own advantages and drawbacks. The goal of this paper is to investigate which of the most encountered impedance measurement...

  18. Density, ultrasound velocity, acoustic impedance, reflection and absorption coefficient determination of liquids via multiple reflection method.

    Hoche, S; Hussein, M A; Becker, T

    2015-03-01

    The accuracy of density, reflection coefficient, and acoustic impedance determination via multiple reflection method was validated experimentally. The ternary system water-maltose-ethanol was used to execute a systematic, temperature dependent study over a wide range of densities and viscosities aiming an application as inline sensor in beverage industries. The validation results of the presented method and setup show root mean square errors of: 1.201E-3 g cm(-3) (±0.12%) density, 0.515E-3 (0.15%) reflection coefficient and 1.851E+3 kg s(-1) m(-2) (0.12%) specific acoustic impedance. The results of the diffraction corrected absorption showed an average standard deviation of only 0.12%. It was found that the absorption change shows a good correlation to concentration variations and may be useful for laboratory analysis of sufficiently pure liquids. The main part of the observed errors can be explained by the observed noise, temperature variation and the low signal resolution of 50 MHz. In particular, the poor signal-to-noise ratio of the second reflector echo was found to be a main accuracy limitation. Concerning the investigation of liquids the unstable properties of the reference material PMMA, due to hygroscopicity, were identified to be an additional, unpredictable source of uncertainty. While dimensional changes can be considered by adequate methodology, the impact of the time and temperature dependent water absorption on relevant reference properties like the buffer's sound velocity and density could not be considered and may explain part of the observed deviations. PMID:25465962

  19. Multi-phase flow monitoring with electrical impedance tomography using level set based method

    Liu, Dong [Department of Applied Physics, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio FIN-70211 (Finland); Khambampati, Anil Kumar [Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology, Jeju National University, Jeju 690-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sin [School of Energy Systems Engineering, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 156-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Kyung Youn, E-mail: kyungyk@jejunu.ac.kr [Department of Electronic Engineering, Jeju National University, Jeju 690-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • LSM has been used for shape reconstruction to monitor multi-phase flow using EIT. • Multi-phase level set model for conductivity is represented by two level set functions. • LSM handles topological merging and breaking naturally during evolution process. • To reduce the computational time, a narrowband technique was applied. • Use of narrowband and optimization approach results in efficient and fast method. - Abstract: In this paper, a level set-based reconstruction scheme is applied to multi-phase flow monitoring using electrical impedance tomography (EIT). The proposed scheme involves applying a narrowband level set method to solve the inverse problem of finding the interface between the regions having different conductivity values. The multi-phase level set model for the conductivity distribution inside the domain is represented by two level set functions. The key principle of the level set-based method is to implicitly represent the shape of interface as the zero level set of higher dimensional function and then solve a set of partial differential equations. The level set-based scheme handles topological merging and breaking naturally during the evolution process. It also offers several advantages compared to traditional pixel-based approach. Level set-based method for multi-phase flow is tested with numerical and experimental data. It is found that level set-based method has better reconstruction performance when compared to pixel-based method.

  20. Gastric motility measurement and evaluation of functional dyspepsia by a bio-impedance method

    method of impedance can be a potential tool for the noninvasive assessment of gastric motility under gastrointestinal physiology and pathology conditions

  1. Ac superconducting articles and a method for their manufacture

    A novel ac superconducting article is described comprising a composite structure having a superconducting surface along with a high thermally conductive material wherein the superconducting surface has the desired physical properties, geometrical shape and surface finish produced by the steps of depositing a superconducting layer upon a substrate having a predetermined surface finish and shape which conforms to that of the desired superconducting article, depositing a supporting layer of material on the superconducting layer and removing the substrate, the surface of the superconductor being a replica of the substrate surface. (auth)

  2. A multi-sensing electromechanical impedance method for non-destructive evaluation of metallic structures

    One of the problems with regard to the electromechanical impedance (EMI) method in the field of structural health monitoring is the relatively high cost requirement of the system. Since the EMI method utilizes a piezoelectric material in small sizes, numerous pieces of equipment are usually required to cover a large area. Thus, in order to compete for the increasing demand for structural health monitoring of components and structures, the technique must be cost effective and large areas need to be rapidly scanned with minimal disruption to the structure’s operation. In this study, a technique is proposed for the EMI method to allow sensing of multiple areas with a single frequency sweep, minimizing both the time and the cost of the method. The principle of the proposed technique is the utilization of different resonance frequencies with the piezoelectric material, allowing one to find the location of the damage. Experiments show exceptional results, bringing the EMI method a step closer for real field application. (paper)

  3. A new method for calculation of low-frequency coupling impedance

    In high-energy proton accelerators and storage rings the bunch length is typically at least a few times larger than the radius of the vacuum chamber. For example, the SSC will have an rms bunch length above 6 cm and a beam-pipe radius below 2 cm. The main concern for beam stability in such a machine is the low-frequency impedance, i.e., the coupling impedance at frequencies wen below the cut-off frequency of the vacuum chamber. In the present paper we develop a new analytical approach for calculation of the low-frequency impedance of axisymmetric structures that allows us to give quick and reliable estimates of contributions to the impedance from various chamber discontinuities. Simple formulae for the longitudinal impedance of some typical discontinuities are obtained

  4. A new method for calculation of low-frequency coupling impedance

    Kurennoy, S.S.; Stupakov, G.V.

    1993-05-01

    In high-energy proton accelerators and storage rings the bunch length is typically at least a few times larger than the radius of the vacuum chamber. For example, the SSC will have an rms bunch length above 6 cm and a beam-pipe radius below 2 cm. The main concern for beam stability in such a machine is the low-frequency impedance, i.e., the coupling impedance at frequencies wen below the cut-off frequency of the vacuum chamber. In the present paper we develop a new analytical approach for calculation of the low-frequency impedance of axisymmetric structures that allows us to give quick and reliable estimates of contributions to the impedance from various chamber discontinuities. Simple formulae for the longitudinal impedance of some typical discontinuities are obtained.

  5. Progress in electrical impedance imaging of binary media: 1: Analytical and numerical methods

    This is the first of two papers summarizing the use of electrical impedance excitation/measurement for producing cross sectional images of the distribution of insulating media imbedded in conducting media. This computed tomographic approach finds the distribution of electrical properties of an electric field which minimizes in the least squares sense the difference between measured and computed boundary response to excitation. In this paper we briefly review the basic analytical methods developed for this system. We then extend these methods to three dimensions, add a method for preconditioning voltages for error correction, describe methods for optimizing the resolution of a target by providing optimal excitation patterns and then describe the overall numerical sensitivity. The second paper then demonstrates the ability of this system to image multiple, separate, differently-sized two-dimensional or three-dimensional targets with demonstrated linear sensitivity of over 30:1 with maximum possible linear sensitivity of one part in 1300 based on our ability to distinguish variations from a homogeneous background. (author)

  6. Segmented superconducting tape having reduced AC losses and method of making

    Foltyn, Stephen R. (Los Alamos, NM); Jia, Quanxi (Los Alamos, NM); Arendt, Paul N. (Los Alamos, NM); Holesinger, Terry G. (Los Alamos, NM); Wang, Haiyan (Los Alamos, NM)

    2009-09-22

    A superconducting tape having reduced AC losses. The tape has a high temperature superconductor layer that is segmented. Disruptive strips, formed in one of the tape substrate, a buffer layer, and the superconducting layer create parallel discontinuities in the superconducting layer that separate the current-carrying elements of the superconducting layer into strips or filament-like structures. Segmentation of the current-carrying elements has the effect of reducing AC current losses. Methods of making such a superconducting tape and reducing AC losses in such tapes are also disclosed.

  7. Vanadium Pentoxide Nanobelt-Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanosheet Composites as High-Performance Pseudocapacitive Electrodes: ac Impedance Spectroscopy Data Modeling and Theoretical Calculations

    Sanju Gupta

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Graphene nanosheets and graphene nanoribbons, G combined with vanadium pentoxide (VO nanobelts (VNBs and VNBs forming GVNB composites with varying compositions were synthesized via a one-step low temperature facile hydrothermal decomposition method as high-performance electrochemical pseudocapacitive electrodes. VNBs from vanadium pentoxides (VO are formed in the presence of graphene oxide (GO, a mild oxidant, which transforms into reduced GO (rGOHT, assisting in enhancing the electronic conductivity coupled with the mechanical robustness of VNBs. From electron microscopy, surface sensitive spectroscopy and other complementary structural characterization, hydrothermally-produced rGO nanosheets/nanoribbons are decorated with and inserted within the VNBs’ layered crystal structure, which further confirmed the enhanced electronic conductivity of VNBs. Following the electrochemical properties of GVNBs being investigated, the specific capacitance Csp is determined from cyclic voltammetry (CV with a varying scan rate and galvanostatic charging-discharging (V–t profiles with varying current density. The rGO-rich composite V1G3 (i.e., VO/GO = 1:3 showed superior specific capacitance followed by VO-rich composite V3G1 (VO/GO = 3:1, as compared to V1G1 (VO/GO = 1:1 composite, besides the constituents, i.e., rGO, rGOHT and VNBs. Composites V1G3 and V3G1 also showed excellent cyclic stability and a capacitance retention of >80% after 500 cycles at the highest specific current density. Furthermore, by performing extensive simulations and modeling of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data, we determined various circuit parameters, including charge transfer and solution resistance, double layer and low frequency capacitance, Warburg impedance and the constant phase element. The detailed analyses provided greater insights into physical-chemical processes occurring at the electrode-electrolyte interface and highlighted the comparative performance of

  8. Intracardiac impedance as a method for ventricular volume monitoring - Investigation by a finite-element model and clinical data

    Lippert, M.; Berdyshev, S.; Czygan, G.; Bocchiardo, M.; Hensel, B.

    2010-04-01

    A method for monitoring left ventricular (LV) volume changes of the human heart by intracardiac impedance measurement was developed. In order to model this method, we simulated the ventricular contraction using a finite-element model (FEM). The myocardium comprised three layers with anatomical fiber orientation. During excitation propagation contraction forces were applied, taking into account the myocardial elastic properties and the blood pressure time course. For a set of 21 contraction stages we calculated the intracardiac impedance Z between the right ventricular (RV) and LV leads for a set of common LV lead positions. The FEM results were compared to clinical data. Impedance and stroke volume were determined during overdrive pacing and end diastolic volume (EDV) at rest in 14 patients. All clinical EDV values were in the range of 147-394ml. Both the clinical data and the FEM in this volume range showed a linear correlation between admittance Y=1/Z and ventricular volume. For a quantitative comparison end diastolic impedance EDZ and the slope dY/dV were calculated. The model results across all LV lead positions were EDZ=0.16-1.2Ω, and dY/dV=3.3-21mS/ml, corresponding to clinical values of EDZ=0.14-1.46Ω and dY/dV=1-64mS/ml. In conclusion, the FEM resembled the clinical measurement data and serves as theoretical basis for ventricular volume monitoring via intracardiac impedance.

  9. NUMERICAL SIMULATION OF ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE TOMOGRAPHY PROBLEM AND STUDY OF APPROACH BASED ON FINITE VOLUME METHOD

    Ye. S. Sherina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This research has been aimed to carry out a study of peculiarities that arise in a numerical simulation of the electrical impedance tomography (EIT problem. Static EIT image reconstruction is sensitive to a measurement noise and approximation error. A special consideration has been given to reducing of the approximation error, which originates from numerical implementation drawbacks. This paper presents in detail two numerical approaches for solving EIT forward problem. The finite volume method (FVM on unstructured triangular mesh is introduced. In order to compare this approach, the finite element (FEM based forward solver was implemented, which has gained the most popularity among researchers. The calculated potential distribution with the assumed initial conductivity distribution has been compared to the analytical solution of a test Neumann boundary problem and to the results of problem simulation by means of ANSYS FLUENT commercial software. Two approaches to linearized EIT image reconstruction are discussed. Reconstruction of the conductivity distribution is an ill-posed problem, typically requiring a large amount of computation and resolved by minimization techniques. The objective function to be minimized is constructed of measured voltage and calculated boundary voltage on the electrodes. A classical modified Newton type iterative method and the stochastic differential evolution method are employed. A software package has been developed for the problem under investigation. Numerical tests were conducted on simulated data. The obtained results could be helpful to researches tackling the hardware and software issues for medical applications of EIT.

  10. Voltage Swell Mitigation Using Flexible AC Transmission Systems Based on Evolutionary Computing Methods

    Marwa Shahin; Ebtisam Saied; M.A. Moustafa Hassan; Fahmy Bendary

    2014-01-01

    The main subject of these paper deals with enhancing the steady-state and dynamics performance of the power grids by using new idea namely Advanced Flexible AC Transmission Systems based on Evolutionary Computing Methods. Control of the electric power system can be achieved by using the new trends as Particle Swarm Optimization applied to this subject to enhance the characteristics of controller performance. This paper studies and analyzes Advanced Flexible AC Transmission System to mitigate ...

  11. Assessment of dental implant stability by means of the electromechanical impedance method

    Implant stability is a prerequisite for functional recovery in load-bearing prostheses. Robust, reliable and noninvasive methods to assess the bone interface of dental and orthopedic implants are increasingly demanded for clinical diagnosis and direct prognosis. In this paper, a study of the feasibility of a noninvasive method based on electromechanical impedance (EMI) to assess dental prostheses stability is presented. Two different dental screws were entrenched in polyurethane foams (Sawbones®) and immersed in a solution of nitric acid to allow material degradation, inversely simulating a bone healing process. This process was monitored by bonding a piezoceramic transducer (PZT) to the implant and measuring the admittance of the PZT over time. It was found that the PZT's conductance and the statistical features associated with its analysis were sensitive to the degradation of the foams and can be correlated to the Sawbones mechanical properties. The present study shows promising results and may pave the road towards an innovative approach for the noninvasive monitoring of implanted prostheses

  12. A decomposition method for network-constrained unit commitment with AC power flow constraints

    To meet the increasingly high requirement of smart grid operations, considering AC power flow constraints in the NCUC (network-constrained unit commitment) is of great significance in terms of both security and economy. This paper proposes a decomposition method to solve NCUC with AC power flow constraints. With conic approximations of the AC power flow equations, the master problem is formulated as a MISOCP (mixed integer second-order cone programming) model. The key advantage of this model is that the active power and reactive power are co-optimised, and the transmission losses are considered. With the AC optimal power flow model, the AC feasibility of the UC result of the master problem is checked in subproblems. If infeasibility is detected, feedback constraints are generated based on the sensitivity of bus voltages to a change in the unit reactive power generation. They are then introduced into the master problem in the next iteration until all AC violations are eliminated. A 6-bus system, a modified IEEE 30-bus system and the IEEE 118-bus system are used to validate the performance of the proposed method, which provides a satisfactory solution with approximately 44-fold greater computational efficiency. - Highlights: • A decomposition method is proposed to solve the NCUC with AC power flow constraints • The master problem considers active power, reactive power and transmission losses. • OPF-based subproblems check the AC feasibility using parallel computing techniques. • An effective feedback constraint interacts between the master problem and subproblem. • Computational efficiency is significantly improved with satisfactory accuracy

  13. VALIDITY OF BODY DENSITY WITH METHODS OF BODY MASS INDEX, SKIN FOLD, BIO- ELECTRICAL IMPEDANCE & CRITERION METHOD OF HYDROSTATIC IN MEN ATHLETES OF SWIMMING

    M Bayat KASHKOLİ

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The goal of present research is estimating and validity of body density with methods of Body Mass Index, Skin Fold, Bio-Electrical Impedance and Criterion Method of Hydrostatic in men athletes of swimming. The present research has been conducted with semi-experimental and functional method. For doing so 25 men swimming athletes were randomly selected (N= 120. Statistical analysis was conducted with Pearson coefficient, correlated T-test, TE & SEE. The results of statistical analysis show that the method of Skin Fold Stat with hydrostatic criterion method has meaningful difference in society of swimmers. Also there is meaningful difference between body mass index and criterion method. There was not any meaningful difference between bio-electrical impedance and criterion method in swimmers. (TE=3.01, SEE=2.91, R=0.924, P=0.064. The findings show that that bio-electrical impedance in swimmer athletes is more suitable method.

  14. Comparison of experimental and bioelectrical impedance analysis methods in calculation of dry weight in peritoneal dialysis patients

    A Emami Naini

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: The study showed that there is significant difference between the two methods. However, there was 98% direct correlation between them. It is concluded that bioelectrical impedance analysis could be a better alternative for accurate evaluation of dry weight in PD patients because it is a fast and cheap method and does not depend on examiner′s capability. Further studies based on the results of this method are recommended to consider this method as the gold standard.

  15. Characterization of the Minimum Effective Layer of Thermal Insulation Material Tow-plaster from the Method of Thermal Impedance

    M.S. Ould Brahim

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Our objective in this study is to determine the effective thermal insulating layer of a composite towplaster. The characterization of thermal insulating material is proposed from the study of the thermal impedance in dynamic two-dimensional frequency. Thermo physical properties of the material tow-plaster are determined from the study of the thermal impedance. Nyquist representations have introduced an interpretation of certain phenomena of heat transfer from the series and shunt resistors. The overall coefficient of heat exchange is determined from the Bode plots. A method for determining the thermal conductivity is proposed.

  16. Application of the Method of Auxiliary Sources for the Analysis of Plane-Wave Scattering by Impedance Spheres

    Karamehmedovic, Mirza; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2002-01-01

    The Method of Auxiliary Sources (MAS) is applied to 3D scattering problems involving spherical impedance scatterers. The MAS results are compared with the reference spherical wave expansion (SWE) solution. It is demonstrated that good agreement is achieved between the MAS and SWE results....

  17. Calorimetric method of ac loss measurement in a rotating magnetic field

    Ghoshal, P. K. [Oxford Instruments NanoScience, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 5QX (United Kingdom); Coombs, T. A.; Campbell, A. M. [Department of Engineering, Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2010-07-15

    A method is described for calorimetric ac-loss measurements of high-T{sub c} superconductors (HTS) at 80 K. It is based on a technique used at 4.2 K for conventional superconducting wires that allows an easy loss measurement in parallel or perpendicular external field orientation. This paper focuses on ac loss measurement setup and calibration in a rotating magnetic field. This experimental setup is to demonstrate measuring loss using a temperature rise method under the influence of a rotating magnetic field. The slight temperature increase of the sample in an ac-field is used as a measure of losses. The aim is to simulate the loss in rotating machines using HTS. This is a unique technique to measure total ac loss in HTS at power frequencies. The sample is mounted on to a cold finger extended from a liquid nitrogen heat exchanger (HEX). The thermal insulation between the HEX and sample is provided by a material of low thermal conductivity, and low eddy current heating sample holder in vacuum vessel. A temperature sensor and noninductive heater have been incorporated in the sample holder allowing a rapid sample change. The main part of the data is obtained in the calorimetric measurement is used for calibration. The focus is on the accuracy and calibrations required to predict the actual ac losses in HTS. This setup has the advantage of being able to measure the total ac loss under the influence of a continuous moving field as experienced by any rotating machines.

  18. Calorimetric method of ac loss measurement in a rotating magnetic field

    Ghoshal, P. K.; Coombs, T. A.; Campbell, A. M.

    2010-07-01

    A method is described for calorimetric ac-loss measurements of high-Tc superconductors (HTS) at 80 K. It is based on a technique used at 4.2 K for conventional superconducting wires that allows an easy loss measurement in parallel or perpendicular external field orientation. This paper focuses on ac loss measurement setup and calibration in a rotating magnetic field. This experimental setup is to demonstrate measuring loss using a temperature rise method under the influence of a rotating magnetic field. The slight temperature increase of the sample in an ac-field is used as a measure of losses. The aim is to simulate the loss in rotating machines using HTS. This is a unique technique to measure total ac loss in HTS at power frequencies. The sample is mounted on to a cold finger extended from a liquid nitrogen heat exchanger (HEX). The thermal insulation between the HEX and sample is provided by a material of low thermal conductivity, and low eddy current heating sample holder in vacuum vessel. A temperature sensor and noninductive heater have been incorporated in the sample holder allowing a rapid sample change. The main part of the data is obtained in the calorimetric measurement is used for calibration. The focus is on the accuracy and calibrations required to predict the actual ac losses in HTS. This setup has the advantage of being able to measure the total ac loss under the influence of a continuous moving field as experienced by any rotating machines.

  19. Calorimetric method of ac loss measurement in a rotating magnetic field

    A method is described for calorimetric ac-loss measurements of high-Tc superconductors (HTS) at 80 K. It is based on a technique used at 4.2 K for conventional superconducting wires that allows an easy loss measurement in parallel or perpendicular external field orientation. This paper focuses on ac loss measurement setup and calibration in a rotating magnetic field. This experimental setup is to demonstrate measuring loss using a temperature rise method under the influence of a rotating magnetic field. The slight temperature increase of the sample in an ac-field is used as a measure of losses. The aim is to simulate the loss in rotating machines using HTS. This is a unique technique to measure total ac loss in HTS at power frequencies. The sample is mounted on to a cold finger extended from a liquid nitrogen heat exchanger (HEX). The thermal insulation between the HEX and sample is provided by a material of low thermal conductivity, and low eddy current heating sample holder in vacuum vessel. A temperature sensor and noninductive heater have been incorporated in the sample holder allowing a rapid sample change. The main part of the data is obtained in the calorimetric measurement is used for calibration. The focus is on the accuracy and calibrations required to predict the actual ac losses in HTS. This setup has the advantage of being able to measure the total ac loss under the influence of a continuous moving field as experienced by any rotating machines.

  20. A high-speed bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy system based on the digital auto-balancing bridge method

    Li, Nan; Xu, Hui; Wang, Wei; Zhou, Zhou; Qiao, Guofeng; D-U Li, David

    2013-06-01

    A novel bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy system based on the digital auto-balancing bridge method improved from the conventional analogue auto-balancing method is presented for bioelectrical impedance measurements. The hardware of the proposed system consists of a reference source, a null detector, a variable source, a field programmable gate array, a clock generator, a flash and a USB controller. Software implemented in the field programmable gate array includes three major blocks: clock management, peripheral control and digital signal processing. The principle and realization of the least-mean-squares-based digital auto-balancing algorithm is introduced in detail. The performances of our system were examined by comparing with a commercial impedance analyzer. The results reveal that the proposed system has high speed (less than 3.5 ms per measurement) and high accuracy in the frequency range of 1 kHz-10 MHz. Compared with the commercial instrument based on the traditional analogue auto-balancing method, our system shows advantages in measurement speed, compactness and flexibility, making it suitable for various bioelectrical impedance measurement applications.

  1. A high-speed bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy system based on the digital auto-balancing bridge method

    A novel bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy system based on the digital auto-balancing bridge method improved from the conventional analogue auto-balancing method is presented for bioelectrical impedance measurements. The hardware of the proposed system consists of a reference source, a null detector, a variable source, a field programmable gate array, a clock generator, a flash and a USB controller. Software implemented in the field programmable gate array includes three major blocks: clock management, peripheral control and digital signal processing. The principle and realization of the least-mean-squares-based digital auto-balancing algorithm is introduced in detail. The performances of our system were examined by comparing with a commercial impedance analyzer. The results reveal that the proposed system has high speed (less than 3.5 ms per measurement) and high accuracy in the frequency range of 1 kHz–10 MHz. Compared with the commercial instrument based on the traditional analogue auto-balancing method, our system shows advantages in measurement speed, compactness and flexibility, making it suitable for various bioelectrical impedance measurement applications. (paper)

  2. System-on-Chip Integration of a New Electromechanical Impedance Calculation Method for Aircraft Structure Health Monitoring

    Boukabache, Hamza; Escriba, Christophe; Zedek, Sabeha; Medale, Daniel; Rolet, Sebastien; Fourniols, Jean Yves

    2012-01-01

    The work reported on this paper describes a new methodology implementation for active structural health monitoring of recent aircraft parts made from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. This diagnosis is based on a new embedded method that is capable of measuring the local high frequency impedance spectrum of the structure through the calculation of the electro-mechanical impedance of a piezoelectric patch pasted non-permanently onto its surface. This paper involves both the laboratory based E/M impedance method development, its implementation into a CPU with limited resources as well as a comparison with experimental testing data needed to demonstrate the feasibility of flaw detection on composite materials and answer the question of the method reliability. The different development steps are presented and the integration issues are discussed. Furthermore, we present the unique advantages that the reconfigurable electronics through System-on-Chip (SoC) technology brings to the system scaling and flexibility. At the end of this article, we demonstrate the capability of a basic network of sensors mounted onto a real composite aircraft part specimen to capture its local impedance spectrum signature and to diagnosis different delamination sizes using a comparison with a baseline. PMID:23202013

  3. Novel esophageal speech therapy method in total laryngectomized patients: biofeedback by intraesophageal impedance.

    Şahin, M; Ogut, M F; Vardar, R; Kirazli, T; Engin, E Z; Bor, S

    2016-01-01

    The loss of the best communication port after total laryngectomy surgery makes speech rehabilitation an important goal. Our aim was to improve the quality of esophageal speech (ES) using online esophageal multichannel intra-luminal impedance (MII) as a new biofeedback method. Twenty-six total laryngectomized patients were included. Before ES therapy, an esophageal motility test was carried out. MII catheters were placed in all subjects who were then randomized into two groups. Group 1 included 13 cases, who were retrained according to the classical method. Group 2 included 13 cases, who were retrained according to the simplified animation of air movements within the esophagus and upper stomach resulting from the modifications of intra-esophageal air kinetics gained by MII. The level of speech proficiency was evaluated relative to pretraining levels using perceptual scales in the third and sixth months. Acoustic voice was analyzed. The number of syllables read per minute and the intelligibility of monosyllabic and dissyllabic words were calculated. In this study, MII was used for the first time in alaryngeal speech rehabilitation as a biofeedback method; an overall sufficient speech level was achieved by 68.4% at the end of therapy, whereas attendance was 90%. A statistically significant improvement was found in both groups in terms of ES level compared with the pretraining period although there was no significant difference between groups. Although we did not observe the expected difference between groups suggested by our hypothesis, MII may be used as an objective tool to show patients how to swallow and regurgitate air during training, and may thus expedite ES theraphy both for the speech therapist and the patient in the future. PMID:25515163

  4. Applicability of impedance measuring method to the detection of irradiation treatment of potatoes

    The incubation condition of potato tubers prior to impedance measurement greatly influenced the reliability of detection of irradiated potatoes; the impedance ratio at 5 kHz to 50 kHz (Z5k/Z50k) determined at 22degC at an apical region of tuber which was pre-incubated at 22degC for 3 days or longer resulted in the best detection of radiation treatment of potatoes. The impedance ratio was dependent upon dose applied to potato tubers. Potatoes irradiated at 100 Gy could be distinguished from unirradiated potatoes for 10 cultivars of potatoes. The impedance ratio of potatoes irradiated at the same dose was little influenced by the planting locality if the cultivar was the same, although the ratio varied with potato cultivars. These results indicate that irradiated potatoes can be detected if the potato cultivar is known. Potatoes 'Danshaku' commercially irradiated at the Shihiro Potato Irradiation Center could be differentiated from unirradiated 'Danshaku' at different planting localities; the impedance ratio was lower than 2.75 for the unirradiated potatoes and higher than 2.75 for the irradiated ones. (author)

  5. Impedances of electrochemically impregnated nickel electrodes as functions of potential, KOH concentration, and impregnation method

    Reid, Margaret A.

    1989-01-01

    Impedances of fifteen electrodes form each of the four U.S. manufactures were measured at 0.200 V vs. the Hg/HgO reference electrode. This corresponds to a voltage of 1.145 for a Ni/H2 cell. Measurements were also made of a representative sample of these at 0.44 V. At the higher voltage, the impedances were small and very similar, but at the lower voltage there were major differences between manufacturers. Electrodes from the same manufacturers showed only small differences. The impedances of electrodes from two manufacturers were considerably different in 26 percent KOH from those in 31 percent KOH. These preliminary results seen to correlate with the limited data from earlier life testing of cells from these manufacturers. The impedances of cells being tested for Space Station Freedom are being followed, and more impendance measurements of electrodes are being performed as functions of manufacturer, voltage, electrolyte concentration, and cycle history in hopes of finding better correlations of impedance with life.

  6. Body composition measures of obese adolescents by the deuterium oxide dilution method and by bioelectrical impedance

    C.M.M. Resende

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of the present study were to describe and compare the body composition variables determined by bioelectrical impedance (BIA and the deuterium dilution method (DDM, to identify possible correlations and agreement between the two methods, and to construct a linear regression model including anthropometric measures. Obese adolescents were evaluated by anthropometric measures, and body composition was assessed by BIA and DDM. Forty obese adolescents were included in the study. Comparison of the mean values for the following variables: fat body mass (FM; kg, fat-free mass (FFM; kg, and total body water (TBW; % determined by DDM and by BIA revealed significant differences. BIA overestimated FFM and TBW and underestimated FM. When compared with data provided by DDM, the BIA data presented a significant correlation with FFM (r = 0.89; P < 0.001, FM (r = 0.93; P < 0.001 and TBW (r = 0.62; P < 0.001. The Bland-Altman plot showed no agreement for FFM, FM or TBW between data provided by BIA and DDM. The linear regression models proposed in our study with respect to FFM, FM, and TBW were well adjusted. FFM obtained by DDM = 0.842 x FFM obtained by BIA. FM obtained by DDM = 0.855 x FM obtained by BIA + 0.152 x weight (kg. TBW obtained by DDM = 0.813 x TBW obtained by BIA. The body composition results of obese adolescents determined by DDM can be predicted by using the measures provided by BIA through a regression equation.

  7. Module Twelve: Series AC Resistive-Reactive Circuits; Basic Electricity and Electronics Individualized Learning System.

    Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, DC.

    The module covers series circuits which contain both resistive and reactive components and methods of solving these circuits for current, voltage, impedance, and phase angle. The module is divided into six lessons: voltage and impedance in AC (alternating current) series circuits, vector computations, rectangular and polar notation, variational…

  8. The faradaic impedance method on corrosion studies. Part 2. Some practical applications

    Several models are shown which simulate real situations, these are far from the ideal behaviour shown in the first part of this paper. The situation is analysed when a nonuniform distribution of alternating current density on an electrode is produced, the impedance diagram appears somewhat flattened, with the centre of the semi-circle below the real part, the faradaic resistance at the rest potential and the effect of adsorption of corrosion products on the electrode surface. Finally, some fields which will have bearing on the future of the impedance technique are discussed. (author)

  9. A numerical method to estimate AC loss in superconducting coated conductors by finite element modelling

    Hong, Z; Jiang, Q; Pei, R; Campbell, A M; Coombs, T A [Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2007-04-15

    A finite element method code based on the critical state model is proposed to solve the AC loss problem in YBCO coated conductors. This numerical method is based on a set of partial differential equations (PDEs) in which the magnetic field is used as the state variable. The AC loss problems have been investigated both in self-field condition and external field condition. Two numerical approaches have been introduced: the first model is configured on the cross-section plane of the YBCO tape to simulate an infinitely long superconducting tape. The second model represents the plane of the critical current flowing and is able to simulate the YBCO tape with finite length where the end effect is accounted. An AC loss measurement has been done to verify the numerical results and shows a good agreement with the numerical solution.

  10. A More Accurate and Efficient Technique Developed for Using Computational Methods to Obtain Helical Traveling-Wave Tube Interaction Impedance

    Kory, Carol L.

    1999-01-01

    The phenomenal growth of commercial communications has created a great demand for traveling-wave tube (TWT) amplifiers. Although the helix slow-wave circuit remains the mainstay of the TWT industry because of its exceptionally wide bandwidth, until recently it has been impossible to accurately analyze a helical TWT using its exact dimensions because of the complexity of its geometrical structure. For the first time, an accurate three-dimensional helical model was developed that allows accurate prediction of TWT cold-test characteristics including operating frequency, interaction impedance, and attenuation. This computational model, which was developed at the NASA Lewis Research Center, allows TWT designers to obtain a more accurate value of interaction impedance than is possible using experimental methods. Obtaining helical slow-wave circuit interaction impedance is an important part of the design process for a TWT because it is related to the gain and efficiency of the tube. This impedance cannot be measured directly; thus, conventional methods involve perturbing a helical circuit with a cylindrical dielectric rod placed on the central axis of the circuit and obtaining the difference in resonant frequency between the perturbed and unperturbed circuits. A mathematical relationship has been derived between this frequency difference and the interaction impedance (ref. 1). However, because of the complex configuration of the helical circuit, deriving this relationship involves several approximations. In addition, this experimental procedure is time-consuming and expensive, but until recently it was widely accepted as the most accurate means of determining interaction impedance. The advent of an accurate three-dimensional helical circuit model (ref. 2) made it possible for Lewis researchers to fully investigate standard approximations made in deriving the relationship between measured perturbation data and interaction impedance. The most prominent approximations made

  11. Method for Flow Measurement in Microfluidic Channels Based on Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy

    Arjmandi, Nima; Van Roy, Willem; Lagae, Liesbet; Borghs, Gustaaf; 10.1007/s10404-011-0843-0

    2012-01-01

    We have developed and characterized two novel micro flow sensors based on measuring the electrical impedance of the interface between the flowing liquid and metallic electrodes embedded on the channel walls. These flow sensors are very simple to fabricate and use, are extremely compact and can easily be integrated into most microfluidic systems. One of these devices is a micropore with two tantalum/platinum electrodes on its edges; the other is a micro channel with two tantalum /platinum electrodes placed perpendicular to the channel on its walls. In both sensors the flow rate is measured via the electrical impedance between the two metallic electrodes, which is the impedance of two metal-liquid junctions in series. The dependency of the metal-liquid junction impedance on the flow rate of the liquid has been studied. The effects of different parameters on the sensor's outputs and its noise behavior are investigated. Design guidelines are extracted and applied to achieve highly sensitive micro flow sensors wit...

  12. Evaluation of different methods for measuring the impedance of Lithium-ion batteries during ageing

    Stroe, Daniel Loan; Swierczynski, Maciej Jozef; Stroe, Ana-Irina; Knap, Václav; Teodorescu, Remus; Andreasen, Søren Juhl

    The impedance represents one of the most important performance parameters of the Lithium-ion batteries since it used for power capability calculations, battery pack and system design, cooling system design and also for state-of-health estimation. In the literature, different approaches are...

  13. Impedance and a.c. conductivity studies on Ba(Nd0.2Ti0.6Nb0.2)O3 ceramic prepared through conventional and microwave sintering route

    Syed Mahboob; G Prasad; G S Kumar

    2006-08-01

    Electrical conduction studies on Ba(Nd0.2Ti0.6Nb0.2)O3 ceramic samples prepared through conventional and microwave sintering route are presented in this paper. D.C. and a.c. conductivities of these samples as a function of temperature from 300–900 K have been studied. Two types of conduction processes are evident from the frequency dependant conductivity plots, i.e. low-frequency conduction due to short-range hopping and high-frequency conduction due to the localized relaxation (reorientational) hopping mechanism. Grain and grain boundary contributions to the conductivity in these samples are obtained from impedance/admittance measurements via equivalent circuit modelling.

  14. Comparison and optimization of the method for Cry1Ac protoxin preparation in HD73 strain

    ZHOU Zi-shan; YANG Su-juan; SHU Chang-long; SONG Fu-ping; ZHOU Xue-ping; ZHANG Jie

    2015-01-01

    Bacil us thuringiensis is one of the most widely used bioinsecticides, and cry gene is the major insecticidal gene. Because Cry1Ac protein shows strong toxicity against many lepidopteran species, it has been applied widely in spraying products and transgenic Bt-crops. The preparation of Cry protoxin is the ifrst step in the very important processes of understanding the insecticidal mechanism, resistance screening, and biosafety assessments. The media for crystal production and the method for Cry protoxin preparation were varied, however, it was not clear which was better for preparing a larger amount of Cry protoxin. In this paper, three media for crystal production and the method for Cry1Ac protoxin preparation from HD73 strain were compared to ifnd an efifcacious way to prepare a large number of Cry1Ac protoxin. The results showed that the 1/2 LB (Luria-Bertani) medium was the ideal medium for crystal production, because the total yield of Cry1Ac protoxin in 300 mL 1/2 LB medium was (112.38±5.64) mg, the highest one among three media;the repeated crystal solubilization method was better for the preparation of the Cry protoxin comparing with the continuous crystal solubilization method. It wil be a reference for other Cry protoxin preparation, especial y for larger number.

  15. A physical criterion for validating the method used to design mechanical impedance matchers for Mario Schenberg's transducers

    This work reports improvements made in the modelling of mechanical impedance matchers with mushroom shape using the finite elements method when shell elements type were used instead of tetrahedron elements type. Also, it is presented here an original methodology which makes use of the symmetry of the system and its influence on the mechanical vibrational modes to validate the modelling that was the base for the simulations performed.

  16. Estimating the absorptive root area in Norway spruce by using the common direct and indirect earth impedance methods

    Čermák, J.; Cudlín, Pavel; Gebauer, R.; Borja, I.; Martinková, M.; Staněk, Z.; Koller, J.; Neruda, J.; Nadezhdina, N.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 372, 1-2 (2013), s. 401-415. ISSN 0032-079X R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073; GA MŠk OC10023 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : Active absorptive fine root area index * Fine root surface * Modified earth impedance * Picea abies * Root research methods Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour Impact factor: 3.235, year: 2013

  17. A flexible Bloch mode method for computing complex band structures and impedances of two-dimensional photonic crystals

    Lawrence, Felix J; Dossou, Kokou B; McPhedran, R C; de Sterke, C Martijn

    2011-01-01

    We present a flexible method that can calculate Bloch modes, complex band structures, and impedances of two-dimensional photonic crystals from scattering data produced by widely available numerical tools. The method generalizes previous work which relied on specialized multipole and FEM techniques underpinning transfer matrix methods. We describe the numerical technique for mode extraction, and apply it to calculate a complex band structure and to design two photonic crystal antireflection coatings. We do this for frequencies at which other methods fail, but which nevertheless are of significant practical interest.

  18. A New Method to Calculate the Degree of Electromagnetic Impedance Matching in One-Layer Microwave Absorbers

    MA Zhi; CAO Chen-Tao; LIU Qing-Fang; WANG Jian-Bo

    2012-01-01

    A delta-function method is proposed to quantitatively evaluate the electromagnetic impedance matching degree.Measured electromagnetic parameters of α-Fe/Fe3B/V2O3 nanocomposites are applied to calculate the matching degree by the method.Compared with reflection loss and quarter-wave principle theory,the method accurately reveals the intrinsic mechanism of microwave transmission and reflection properties.A possible honeycomb structure with promising high-performance microwave absorption,devised according to the method,is also proposed.

  19. Evaluation of the usefulness of visceral fat area measurement by the bioelectrical impedance method during workplace health screening

    In the field of occupational health, health guidance concerning obesity is often conducted in order to prevent lifestyle-related diseases. With recent awareness of the concept of metabolic syndrome, measurement of the visceral fat area (VFA) by CT has been useful for health guidance, but it is difficult in workplace health screening. Presently, the BMI (Body Mass Index), body fat percentage measured by the bioelectrical impedance method, and waist girth at the umbilical level (abdominal girth) are practical indices of obesity used in such health screening. In this study, VAF was measured in 590 clerical or sales workers in the manufacturing industry using a body fat meter capable of a visceral fat measurement by the bioelectrical impedance method. The relationship of this value to the results of biochemical tests and lifestyle was then evaluated using analysis of covariance structures. Analysis indicated that the risk of lifestyle-related disease was closely related to the degree of obesity. Among indices of the degree of obesity, VFA was more closely related than BMI or body fat percentage, and only slightly less closely related than abdominal girth to the risk of lifestyle-related diseases. Since VFA is effective in screening for latent obesity, health guidance based on digital data, and the subjects' body imaging, its measurement by the bioelectrical impedance method is considered useful for workplace health management. (author)

  20. Micro pumping methods based on AC electrokinetics and Electrorheologically actuated PDMS valves

    Soni, Gaurav; Squires, Todd; Meinhart, Carl

    2006-11-01

    We have developed 2 different micropumping methods for transporting ionic fluids through microchannels. The first method is based on Induced Charge Electroosmosis (ICEO) and AC flow field-effect. We used an AC electric field to produce a symmetric ICEO flow on a planar electrode, called `gate'. In order to break the symmetry of ICEO, we applied an additional AC voltage to the gate electrode. Such modulation of the gate potential is called field effect and produces a unidirectional pumping over the gate surface. We used micro PIV to measure pumping velocities for a range of ionic concentration, AC frequency and gate voltage. We have also conducted numerical simulations to understand the deteriorating effect of lateral conduction of surface charge on the pumping velocities. The second method is based on vibration of a flexible PDMS diaphragm actuated by an electrorheological (ER) fluid. ER fluid is a colloidal suspension exhibiting a reversible liquid-to-solid transition under an electric field. This liquid-to-solid transition can yield very high shear stress and can be used to open and close a PDMS valve. Three such valves were fabricated and actuated in a peristaltic fashion in order to achieve positive displacement pumping of fluids.

  1. The point source method for reconstructing an inclusion from boundary measurements in electrical impedance tomography and acoustic scattering

    Erhard, Klaus; Potthast, Roland

    2003-10-01

    We employ the point source method (PSM) for the reconstruction of some field u on parts of a domain Omega from the Cauchy data for the field on the boundary partialOmega of the domain. Then, the boundary condition for a perfectly conducting inclusion or a sound-soft object in Omega can be used to find the location and shape of the inhomogeneity. The results show that we can detect perfectly conducting inclusions in impedance tomography from the voltages for one injected current. For acoustic scattering a sound-soft object is found from the knowledge of one (total) field and its normal derivative on partialOmega. The work redesigns the PSM, which was first proposed in the framework of inverse scattering, to solve inverse boundary value problems. Numerical examples are provided for impedance tomography and the sound-soft acoustic boundary value problem.

  2. Mechanical impedance

    Couroussé, Damien

    2007-01-01

    Mechanical impedance is a transposition to mechanics of the term impedance that is used and defined in circuit theory. The theory of circuit (theory of Kirchhoff networks) is basically applicable to electric networks but can be considered more generally as a unifying simplified theory of physics available in several domains like mechanics, electromagnetism, aero-acoustics and fluids mechanics.

  3. Adjunctive Diagnostic Value of Targeted Electrical Impedance Imaging to Conventional Methods in the Evaluation of Breast Lesions

    Purpose: To determine the diagnostic accuracy of targeted electrical impedance imaging in characterizing breast lesions, and to evaluate whether lesion size, depth and histopathology affect the diagnosis. Material and Methods: A total of 137 women with 145 lesions (79 malignant and 66 benign) found by palpation or mammography were prospectively enrolled in this study. The patients were examined by means of clinical breast examination, mammography, ultrasonography, and electrical impedance imaging with TransScan TS2000. A level of suspicion (LOS) post-processing algorithm (v2.67) was used for TS2000 lesion assessment. Imaging findings were correlated with cytologic ( n=54) and histologic diagnoses ( n=91). Patients with benign lesions were followed up for a mean of 36 months. Results: TS2000 showed a high sensitivity (86%) which did not differ significantly from that of mammography (87%) and ultrasonography (US) (75%). The specificity of TS2000 (49%) was significantly lower compared to mammography (97%, Pz=0.68), as measured by the area under the ROC curve, was significantly lower than for mammography (Az=0.93, P <0.0001) and for US (Az=0.91, P <0.0001). When using TS2000 in addition to mammography and US (Az=0.86), a significant impairment was found (P=0.0003). Conclusion: The role of targeted electrical impedance imaging as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasonography in the diagnosis of breast lesions is not justified by the result of this study

  4. Novel ac Heating-dc Detection Method for Active Thermoelectric Scanning Thermal Microscopy

    Miao, Tingting; Ma, Weigang; Zhang, Xing

    2015-11-01

    A novel and reliable ac heating-dc detection method is developed for active thermoelectric scanning thermal microscopy, which can map out local thermal property imaging by point-heating and point-sensing with nanoscale spatial resolution. The thermoelectric probe is electrically heated by an ac current, and the corresponding dc thermoelectric voltage is detected. Using the measured dc voltage, the temperature information can be extracted with the known Seebeck coefficient of the thermoelectric probe. The validity and accuracy of this method have been verified by a 25.4 \\upmu m thick K-type thermocouple by both experiment and numerical simulation in high vacuum and in air. The experimental results show that the proposed method is reliable and convenient to monitor the temperature of the junction.

  5. A New Method for Measuring the Wall Charge Waveforms of AC PDP

    梁志虎; 刘祖军; 刘纯亮

    2004-01-01

    A new method is developed to measure the wall charge waveforms in coplanar alternating current plasma display panel (AC PDP). In the method, two groups of display electrodes are selected from a coplanar AC PDP and two capacitors are respectively connected with these two groups of display electrodes in series, and a measuring circuit and a reference circuit are thus constructed. With the help of special processing, discharge takes place in the cells included in the measuring circuit under a normal drive voltage but no discharge takes place in the cells included in the reference circuit under a normal drive voltage. The wall charge waveforms are obtained from the voltage difference between the two capacitors. Using the method, the wall charge waveforms are measured during resetting period, addressing period and sustaining period for the 304.8 mm (12-inch) test PDP panel. The result shows that the wall voltage is about 96 V during the sustaining period.

  6. Investigating the superhydrophobic behavior for underwater surfaces using impedance-based methods.

    Tuberquia, Juan C; Song, Won S; Jennings, G Kane

    2011-08-15

    We have investigated the impedance behavior of immersed superhydrophobic (SH) polymethylene surfaces by tailoring the surface tension of the contacting liquid phase to gradually transition the surface from the Cassie to the Wenzel state. Control over the surface tension is accomplished by varying the ethanol content of the aqueous phase. To establish the mechanism of the transition, we imaged the interface of the film and identified three distinct events of this process: a nucleation event at low concentrations of ethanol in which small areas beneath the liquid phase transition into the Wenzel state, a propagation event characterized by the enlargement of the Wenzel domains and the lateral displacement of air, and a final event at higher concentrations of ethanol in which the thin air layer at the interface morphs into isolated pockets of air. Using this visualization of the transition, we characterized the Cassie and the Wenzel states by measuring the impedance at a frequency of 1 kHz for an initially SH film that changes its wetting behavior upon addition of ethanol. Establishment of the Cassie and Wenzel state conditions was based on concepts of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and quantitatively validated using both the Helmholtz theory and the analytical description of the electrochemical system in terms of the circuit model of a metal surface covered by a polymer film. Finally, we apply this strategy to determine the possibility for SH polymethylene (PM) films to reversibly transition between the Cassie and the Wenzel states. Results show that after rinsing and drying at ambient conditions for 24 h, the film recovers the SH state, suggesting the applicability of these SH films in outdoor environments with occasional periodic submersion in water. PMID:21696148

  7. Comparison of methods for optimal choice of the regularization parameter for linear electrical impedance tomography of brain function

    Electrical impedance tomography has the potential to provide a portable non-invasive method for imaging brain function. Clinical data collection has largely been undertaken with time difference data and linear image reconstruction methods. The purpose of this work was to determine the best method for selecting the regularization parameter of the inverse procedure, using the specific application of evoked brain activity in neonatal babies as an exemplar. The solution error norm and image SNR for the L-curve (LC), discrepancy principle (DP), generalized cross validation (GCV) and unbiased predictive risk estimator (UPRE) selection methods were evaluated in simulated data using an anatomically accurate finite element method (FEM) of the neonatal head and impedance changes due to blood flow in the visual cortex recorded in vivo. For simulated data, LC, GCV and UPRE were equally best. In human data in four neonatal infants, no significant differences were found among selection methods. We recommend that GCV or LC be employed for reconstruction of human neonatal images, as UPRE requires an empirical estimate of the noise variance

  8. Internal thoracic impedance - a useful method for expedient detection and convenient monitoring of pleural effusion.

    Gideon Charach

    Full Text Available Measurement of internal thoracic impedance (ITI is sensitive and accurate in detecting acute pulmonary edema even at its preclinical stage. We evaluated the suitability of the highly sensitive and noninvasive RS-207 monitor for detecting pleural effusion and for demonstrating increased ITI during its resolution. This prospective controlled study was performed in a single department of internal medicine of a university-affiliated hospital between 2012-2013. One-hundred patients aged 25–96 years were included, of whom 50 had bilateral or right pleural effusion of any etiology (study group and 50 had no pleural effusion (controls. ITI, the main component of which is lung impedance, was continuously measured by the RS-207 monitor. The predictive value of ITI monitoring was determined by 8 measurements taken every 8 hours. Pleural effusion was diagnosed according to well-accepted clinical and roentgenological criteria. During treatment, the ITI of the study group increased from 32.9±4.2 ohm to 42.8±3.8 ohm (p<0.0001 compared to non-significant changes in the control group (59.6±6.6 ohm, p = 0.24. Prominent changes were observed in the respiratory rate of the study group: there was a decrease from 31.2±4.0 to 19.5±2.4 ohm (35.2% compared to no change for the controls, and a mean increase from 83.6± 5.3%-92.5±1.6% (13.2% in O2 saturation compared to 94.2±1.7% for the controls. Determination of ITI for the detection and monitoring of treatment of patients with pleural effusion enables earlier diagnosis and more effective therapy, and can prevent hospitalization and serious complications, such as respiratory distress, and the need for mechanical ventilation.The study is registered at ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01601444.

  9. A method for removing artefacts from continuous EEG recordings during functional electrical impedance tomography for the detection of epileptic seizures

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a portable, non-invasive medical imaging method, which could be employed to image the seizure onset in subjects undergoing assessment prior to epilepsy surgery. Each image is obtained from impedance measurements conducted with imperceptible current at tens of kHz. For concurrent imaging with video electroencephalogram (EEG), the EIT introduces a substantial artefact into the EEG due to current switching at frequencies in the EEG band. We present here a method for its removal, so that EIT and the EEG could be acquired simultaneously. A low-pass analogue filter for EEG channels (−6 dB at 48 Hz) and a high-pass filter (−3 dB at 72 Hz) for EIT channels reduced the artefact from 2–3 mV to 50–300 µV, but still left a periodic artefact at about 3 Hz. This was reduced to less than 10 µV with a software filter, which subtracted an artefact template from the EEG raw traces. The EEG was made clinically acceptable at four times its acquisition speed. This method could enable EIT to become a technique for imaging on telemetry units alongside EEG, without interfering with routine EEG reporting

  10. Mechanistic insights into UV-induced electron transfer from PCBM to titanium oxide in inverted-type organic thin film solar cells using AC impedance spectroscopy.

    Kuwabara, Takayuki; Iwata, Chiaki; Yamaguchi, Takahiro; Takahashi, Kohshin

    2010-08-01

    An inverted organic bulk-heterojunction solar cell containing amorphous titanium oxide (TiOx) as an electron collection electrode with the structure ITO/TiO(x)/[6,6]-phenyl C(61) butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM): regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxylenethiophene):poly(4-styrene sulfonic acid)/Au (TiO(x) cell) was fabricated. Its complicated photovoltaic properties were investigated by photocurrent-voltage and alternating current impedance spectroscopy measurements. The TiO(x) cell required a significant amount of time (approximately 60 min) to reach its maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 2.6%. To investigate the reason for this slow photoresponse, we investigated the influences of UV light and water molecules adsorbed on the TiO(x) layer. Surface treatment of the TiO(x) cell with water induced a rapid photoresponse and enhanced the performance, giving a PCE of 2.97%. However, the durability of the treated cell was considerably inferior that of the untreated cell because of UV-induced photodegradation. The cause of the rapid photoresponse of the treated cell was attributed to the formation of hydrogen bonds between adsorbed water molecules and carbonyl oxygen atoms in PCBM close to the TiO(x) surface. When the TiO(x) surface was positively charged by UV-induced holes, the carbonyl oxygen in PCBM close to the TiO(x) surface can quickly join to the TiO(x) surface, rapidly transporting photogenerated electrons from PCBM to TiO(x) in competition with the photocatalyzed degradation. The experimental results suggested that the slow photoresponse of the untreated TiO(x) cell was because the morphology of the photoactive organic layer changed gradually upon irradiation to improve the transport of photocarriers at the TiO(x)/PCBM:P3HT interface. PMID:20735096

  11. Complex Impedance as a Diagnostic Tool for Characterizing Thermal Detectors

    Vaillancourt, J E

    2004-01-01

    The complex a.c. impedance of a bolometer or microcalorimeter detector is easily measured and can be used to determine thermal time constants, thermal resistances, heat capacities, and sensitivities. Accurately extracting this information requires an understanding of the electrical and thermal properties of both the detector and the measurement system. We show that this is a practical method for measuring parameters in detectors with moderately complex thermal systems.

  12. Transoesophageal detection of heart graft rejection by electrical impedance: Using finite element method simulations

    Giovinazzo, G.; Ribas, N.; Cinca, J.; Rosell-Ferrer, J.

    2010-04-01

    Previous studies have shown that it is possible to evaluate heart graft rejection level using a bioimpedance technique by means of an intracavitary catheter. However, this technique does not present relevant advantages compared to the gold standard for the detection of a heart rejection, which is the biopsy of the endomyocardial tissue. We propose to use a less invasive technique that consists in the use of a transoesophageal catheter and two standard ECG electrodes on the thorax. The aim of this work is to evaluate different parameters affecting the impedance measurement, including: sensitivity to electrical conductivity and permittivity of different organs in the thorax, lung edema and pleural water. From these results, we deduce the best estimator for cardiac rejection detection, and we obtain the tools to identify possible cases of false positive of heart rejection due to other factors. To achieve these objectives we have created a thoracic model and we have simulated, with a FEM program, different situations at the frequencies of 13, 30, 100, 300 and 1000 kHz. Our simulation demonstrates that the phase, at 100 and 300 kHz, has the higher sensitivity to changes in the electrical parameters of the heart muscle.

  13. An Analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources Solution for Plane Wave Scattering by Impedance Cylinders - A Reference Solution for the Numerical Method of Auxiliary Sources

    Larsen, Niels Vesterdal; Breinbjerg, Olav

    2004-01-01

    To facilitate the validation of the numerical Method of Auxiliary Sources an analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources solution is derived in this paper. The Analytical solution is valid for transverse magnetic, and electric, plane wave scattering by circular impedance Cylinders, and it is derived by...... singularities at different positions away from the origin. The transformation necessitates a truncation of the wave transformation but the inaccuracy introduced hereby is shown to be negligible. The analytical Method of Auxiliary Sources solution is employed as a reference to investigate the accuracy of the...... numerical Method of Auxiliary Sources for a range of scattering configurations....

  14. Development of the Adaptive Collision Source (ACS) method for discrete ordinates

    We have developed a new collision source method to solve the Linear Boltzmann Equation (LBE) more efficiently by adaptation of the angular quadrature order. The angular adaptation method is unique in that the flux from each scattering source iteration is obtained, with potentially a different quadrature order. Traditionally, the flux from every iteration is combined, with the same quadrature applied to the combined flux. Since the scattering process tends to distribute the radiation more evenly over angles (i.e., make it more isotropic), the quadrature requirements generally decrease with each iteration. This allows for an optimal use of processing power, by using a high order quadrature for the first few iterations that need it, before shifting to lower order quadratures for the remaining iterations. This is essentially an extension of the first collision source method, and we call it the adaptive collision source method (ACS). The ACS methodology has been implemented in the TITAN discrete ordinates code, and has shown a relative speedup of 1.5-2.5 on a test problem, for the same desired level of accuracy. (authors)

  15. Compensation methods applied in current control schemes for large AC drive systems

    Rus, D. C.; Preda, N. S.; Teodorescu, Remus; Imecs, M.

    The paper deals with modified PI current control structures for large AC drive systems which use surface mounted permanent magnet synchronous machines or squirrel-cage induction motors supplied with voltage source inverters. In order to reduce the power losses caused by high frequency switching of...... the semiconductor devices, various compensation methods are used and a modified structure for a PI current controller is proposed, to reduce the switching frequency of the inverter for the same operating frequency of the drive. Simulation, experimental development and test results are presented in...

  16. A simple method to estimate impedance of rigid foundation and an application to time history response analysis of structure on surface of multi-layered soil

    It is important to estimate the influence of the layered soil in soil-structure interaction analysis. Although great numbers of investigation were presented on this subject, practical methods without complex calculation are very few. In this paper, a simple and practical method to estimate the horizontal impedance of the rigid foundation on the surface of multi-layered soil is proposed. By this method, the time domain impedance function is calculated directly and easily with good accuracy. The efficiency of the time history response analysis of this method is also confirmed. (author)

  17. Acoustic impedances of ear canals measured by impedance tube

    Ciric, Dejan; Hammershøi, Dorte

    2007-01-01

    During hearing sensitivity tests, the sound field is commonly generated by an earphone placed on a subject ear. One of the factors that can affect the sound transmission in the ear is the acoustic impedance of the ear canal. Its importance is related to the contribution of other elements involved...... in the transmission such as the earphone impedance. In order to determine the acoustic impedances of human ear canals, the standardized method for measurement of complex impedances used for the measurement of the audiometric earphone impedances is applied. It is based on the transfer function between...... two microphone locations in an impedance tube. The end of the tube representing the measurement plane is placed at the ear canal entrance. Thus, the impedance seen from the entrance inward is measured on 25 subjects. Most subjects participated in the previous measurement of the ratio between the...

  18. Development of an AC power source for CSEM method using full-bridge switching configuration

    Indrasari, Widyaningrum; Srigutomo, Wahyu; Djamal, Mitra; S, Rahmondia N.

    2015-04-01

    The electromagnetic (EM) method has been widely used in geophysical surveys. It is a non-destructive method that utilizes electromagnetic waves in characterizing subsurface profiles. Generally, EM method can be divided into passive EM and active EM. The passive EM uses the natural electromagnetic field sources, while the active EM or Controlled Source EM (CSEM) uses artificial source to generate electromagnetic wave. In this paper, we present the development of AC power source for CSEM transmitter. As the power source we used AC source with sine wave signal. To satisfy a high power and high voltage in the equipment, we used the full-bridge configuration switching. It works on 990 Hz maximum frequency, and can deliver maximum current of 1.9 A at 620 V. The switching is controlled by microcontroller using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) and the driver of inverter is built using IGBT. The output frequency can be varied from 1 Hz to 990 Hz. For varied frequencies the harmonic distortion is different due to switching speed. As frequency increase the harmonic distortion also increase. We found that the total harmonic distortion can be reduced to 1 % at the output with 330 Hz.

  19. An impedance method for spatial sensing of 3D cell constructs – towards applications in tissue engineering

    Canali, Chiara; Mazzoni, Chiara; Larsen, Layla Bashir;

    2015-01-01

    We present the characterisation and validation of multiplexed 4-terminal (4T) impedance measurements as a method for sensing the spatial location of cell aggregates within large three-dimensional (3D) gelatin scaffolds. The measurements were performed using an array of four rectangular chambers......, each having eight platinum needle electrodes for parallel analysis. The electrode positions for current injection and voltage measurements were optimised by means of finite element simulations to maximise the sensitivity field distribution and spatial resolution. Eight different 4T combinations were...... experimentally tested in terms of the spatial sensitivity. The simulated sensitivity fields were validated using objects (phantoms) with different conductivity and size placed in different positions inside the chamber. This provided the detection limit (volume sensitivity) of 16.5%, i.e. the smallest detectable...

  20. A two-dimensional finite element method to calculate the AC loss in superconducting cables, wires and coated conductors

    In order to utilize HTS conductors in AC electrical devices, it is very important to be able to understand the characteristics of HTS materials in the AC electromagnetic conditions and give an accurate estimate of the AC loss. A numerical method is proposed in this paper to estimate the AC loss in superconducting conductors including MgB2 wires and YBCO coated conductors. This method is based on solving a set of partial differential equations in which the magnetic field is used as the state variable to get the current and electric field distributions in the cross sections of the conductors and hence the AC loss can be calculated. This method is used to model a single-element and a multi-element MgB2 wires. The results demonstrate that the multi-element MgB2 wire has a lower AC loss than a single-element one when carrying the same current. The model is also used to simulate YBCO coated conductors by simplifying the superconducting thin tape into a one-dimensional region where the thickness of the coated conductor can be ignored. The results show a good agreement with the measurement

  1. A two-dimensional finite element method to calculate the AC loss in superconducting cables, wires and coated conductors

    Hong, Z; Jiang, Y; Pei, R; Coombs, T A [Electronic, Power and Energy Conversion Group, Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom); Ye, L [Department of Electrical Power Engineering, CAU, P. O. Box 210, Beijing 100083 (China); Campbell, A M [Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Superconductivity, University of Cambridge, CB3 0HE (United Kingdom)], E-mail: Zh223@cam.ac.uk

    2008-02-15

    In order to utilize HTS conductors in AC electrical devices, it is very important to be able to understand the characteristics of HTS materials in the AC electromagnetic conditions and give an accurate estimate of the AC loss. A numerical method is proposed in this paper to estimate the AC loss in superconducting conductors including MgB{sub 2} wires and YBCO coated conductors. This method is based on solving a set of partial differential equations in which the magnetic field is used as the state variable to get the current and electric field distributions in the cross sections of the conductors and hence the AC loss can be calculated. This method is used to model a single-element and a multi-element MgB{sub 2} wires. The results demonstrate that the multi-element MgB{sub 2} wire has a lower AC loss than a single-element one when carrying the same current. The model is also used to simulate YBCO coated conductors by simplifying the superconducting thin tape into a one-dimensional region where the thickness of the coated conductor can be ignored. The results show a good agreement with the measurement.

  2. Microwave Impedance Measurement for Nanoelectronics

    M. Randus

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The rapid progress in nanoelectronics showed an urgent need for microwave measurement of impedances extremely different from the 50Ω reference impedance of measurement instruments. In commonly used methods input impedance or admittance of a device under test (DUT is derived from measured value of its reflection coefficient causing serious accuracy problems for very high and very low impedances due to insufficient sensitivity of the reflection coefficient to impedance of the DUT. This paper brings theoretical description and experimental verification of a method developed especially for measurement of extreme impedances. The method can significantly improve measurement sensitivity and reduce errors caused by the VNA. It is based on subtraction (or addition of a reference reflection coefficient and the reflection coefficient of the DUT by a passive network, amplifying the resulting signal by an amplifier and measuring the amplified signal as a transmission coefficient by a common vector network analyzer (VNA. A suitable calibration technique is also presented.

  3. In vivo assessment of the impedance ratio method used in electronic foramen locators

    Rambo Marcos VH; Gamba Humberto R; Borba Gustavo B; Maia Joaquim M; Ramos Carlos AS

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background The results of an in vivo study on the "ratio method" used in electronic foramen locators (EFL) are presented. EFLs are becoming widely used in the determination of the working length (WL) during the root canal treatment. The WL is the distance from a coronal reference point to the point at which canal preparation and filling should terminate. The "ratio method" was assessed by many clinicians with the aim of determining its ability to locate the apical foramen (AF). Never...

  4. Progressive damage detection using the reusable electromechanical impedance method for metal structures with a possibility of weight loss identification

    Na, Wongi S.

    2016-05-01

    Damage accumulation in structures may result in a structural failure which is a serious problem when ensuring public safety. Although various non-destructive techniques are available to seek for the existence of damage at an early stage, most of these techniques rely on the experience of the experts. To date, automated structural health monitoring systems have been extensively researched and one of the methods, known as the electromechanical impedance (EMI) method, has shown promising results. However, the EMI method is a local method requiring a large number of sensors for covering large areas such as in bridges and buildings. In addition, attaching these sensors onto a surface can be time consuming since adhesives are used for attaching the sensors where its curing time increases the setting up time even further. In this study, the performance of the reusable piezoelectric (PZT) device for metal structures is examined against two different types of progressive damage scenarios. Overall, the reusable PZT device shown in this study has successfully identified damage with a possibility of weight loss detection.

  5. Effect of HIPing on conductivity and impedance measurements of DyBi5Fe2Ti3O18 ceramics

    N V Prasad; G Prasad; Mahendra Kumar; S V Suryanarayana; T Bhimasankaram; G S Kumar

    2000-12-01

    X-ray diffraction, a.c. impedance and conductivity (a.c. and d.c.) have been used to characterize DyBi5Fe2Ti3O18. Samples were prepared by solid state double sintering method. A few samples were also subjected to hot isostatic pressing (HIP) at 800°C for 2 h at 100 MPa pressure. The data on XRD, impedance and conductivity of two sets of samples are compared to understand study of effect of HIPing on the properties of DyBi5Fe2Ti3O18.

  6. Evaluation of Chang's attenuation correction method in the ACS software

    Massicano, Felipe; Cintra, Felipe B.; Coelho, Talita S.; Massicano, Adriana V.F.; Viana, Rodrigo S.S.; Yoriyaz, Helio [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    In patient-specific treatment planning systems the internal dosimetry procedures calculates the spatial dose distribution (3D) within the patient. These procedures were performed using Monte Carlo codes with photon and electron transport simulation. Such systems use patient specific data giving a more realistic anatomical model than the simple geometrical models used habitually. CT images can be used to provide this anatomical information. It is also essential a prior knowledge of activity distributions within the patient which can be obtained from SPECT images. At the moment, this methodology is under development in the Nuclear Engineering Center at IPEN. In order to obtain the functional information the ACS (Attenuation Correction SPECT) software has been developed. It performs the attenuation correction in SPECT images through Chang's method first order. Finally, the software creates the activity distribution within the patient that will be used for the Monte Carlo simulation for dose assessment. The present paper describes the development of the ACS software and its validation. (author)

  7. Complex Impedance of Manganese Ferrite Powders Obtained by Two Different Methods

    Mălăescu I.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Two samples of manganese ferrite powder were obtained by the calcination method (sample A and hydrothermal method (sample B. The crystal structure of the samples has been determined using X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD. The results shown that the sample A has three phases (FeMnO3, Mn2O3 and Fe2O3 and the prevailing phase is FeMnO3 with perovskite structure and the sample B has only a single phase (MnFe2O4.

  8. Development of nuclear thermal hydraulic verification tests and evaluation technology - Development of a sensor for two-phase flow measurement using impedance method

    Kim, Moo Whan; Kang, Hie Chan; Kwon, Jung Tae; Huh, Deok; Yang, Hoon Cheul [Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea)

    2000-04-01

    Impedance method was carried out to design the electrode that can measure the void fraction of the bubbly flow in pool reservoir. To find out the optimum electrode shape, Styrofoam-Simulator tests were performed in a specially designed acrylic reservoir. Three kinds of electrodes were designed to compare the measuring characteristics of water-air flow. The resistance increased with the increase of the void fraction and the capacitance decreased with the increase of the void fraction. The resistance is a main parameter to express the nature of the water-air flow in impedance method. Almost of impedance values come out from the resistance. The degree of deviation from the mean-resistance values showed reasonable results. Electrode type-I expressed excellent results among the three electrode shapes. The sensor developed can simultaneously measure the void fraction and the water level. 7 refs., 51 figs., 4 tabs. (Author)

  9. Frequency Synchronization Analysis in Digital lock-in Methods for Bio-impedance Determination

    Brajkovič Robert

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The lock-in method is one of the most frequently used methods for reconstruction of measured signals and as such frequently applied in the (bioimpedance method to determine the modulus and phase of the (bioimpedance. In implementation of the method in a (bioimpedance measurement device one has to consider possible non synchronized frequencies of the reference and the analyzed signals as well as potential sources of noise. In this work we analyzed these errors theoretically and experimentally. We show that both amplitude and phase errors depend on the relative difference of the frequencies of the reference and investigated signal as well as the number of integration periods. Theoretically, these errors vanish during the determination of the (bioimpedance modulus and phase. In practical implementation the inaccuracies appear at points of very low determined signal amplitudes due to the limited accuracy of analog to digital converters and are distributed around these points due to other sources of noise inherent in implementation of the measurement device.

  10. AC/RF Superconductivity

    Ciovati, G.

    2015-01-01

    This contribution provides a brief introduction to AC/RF superconductivity, with an emphasis on application to accelerators. The topics covered include the surface impedance of normal conductors and superconductors, the residual resistance, the field dependence of the surface resistance, and the superheating field.

  11. AC/RF Superconductivity

    Ciovati, Gianluigi [JLAB

    2015-02-01

    This contribution provides a brief introduction to AC/RF superconductivity, with an emphasis on application to accelerators. The topics covered include the surface impedance of normal conductors and superconductors, the residual resistance, the field dependence of the surface resistance, and the superheating field.

  12. A method for rapid production of subject specific finite element meshes for electrical impedance tomography of the human head

    Finite element (FE) methods are widely used in electrical impedance tomography (EIT) to enable rapid image reconstruction of different tissues based on their electrical conductivity. For EIT of brain function, anatomically-accurate (head-shaped) FE meshes have been shown to improve the quality of the reconstructed images. Unfortunately, given the lack of a computational protocol to generate patient-specific meshes suitable for EIT, production of such meshes is currently ad hoc and therefore very time consuming. Here we describe a robust protocol for rapid generation of patient-specific FE meshes from MRI or CT scan data. Most of the mesh generation process is automated and uses freely available user-friendly software. Other necessary custom scripts are provided as supplementary online data and are fully documented. The patient scan data is segmented into four surfaces: brain, cerebrospinal fluid, skull and scalp. The segmented surfaces are then triangulated and used to generate a global mesh of tetrahedral elements. The resulting meshes exhibit high quality when tested with different criteria and were validated in computational simulations. The proposed protocol provides a rapid and practicable method for generation of patient-specific FE meshes of the human head that are suitable for EIT. This method could eventually be extended to other body regions and might confer benefits with other imaging techniques such as optical tomography or EEG inverse source imaging. (paper)

  13. A sub-domain based regularization method with prior information for human thorax imaging using electrical impedance tomography

    In Kang, Suk; Khambampati, Anil Kumar; Jeon, Min Ho; Kim, Bong Seok; Kim, Kyung Youn

    2016-02-01

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that can be used as a bed-side monitoring tool for human thorax imaging. EIT has high temporal resolution characteristics but at the same time it suffers from poor spatial resolution due to ill-posedness of the inverse problem. Often regularization methods are used as a penalty term in the cost function to stabilize the sudden changes in resistivity. In human thorax monitoring, with conventional regularization methods employing Tikhonov type regularization, the reconstructed image is smoothed between the heart and the lungs, that is, it makes it difficult to distinguish the exact boundaries of the lungs and the heart. Sometimes, obtaining structural information of the object prior to this can be incorporated into the regularization method to improve the spatial resolution along with helping create clear and distinct boundaries between the objects. However, the boundary of the heart is changed rapidly due to the cardiac cycle hence there is no information concerning the exact boundary of the heart. Therefore, to improve the spatial resolution for human thorax monitoring during the cardiac cycle, in this paper, a sub-domain based regularization method is proposed assuming the lungs and part of background region is known. In the proposed method, the regularization matrix is modified anisotropically to include sub-domains as prior information, and the regularization parameter is assigned with different weights to each sub-domain. Numerical simulations and phantom experiments for 2D human thorax monitoring are performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed regularization method. The results show a better reconstruction performance with the proposed regularization method.

  14. A sub-domain based regularization method with prior information for human thorax imaging using electrical impedance tomography

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a non-invasive imaging technique that can be used as a bed-side monitoring tool for human thorax imaging. EIT has high temporal resolution characteristics but at the same time it suffers from poor spatial resolution due to ill-posedness of the inverse problem. Often regularization methods are used as a penalty term in the cost function to stabilize the sudden changes in resistivity. In human thorax monitoring, with conventional regularization methods employing Tikhonov type regularization, the reconstructed image is smoothed between the heart and the lungs, that is, it makes it difficult to distinguish the exact boundaries of the lungs and the heart. Sometimes, obtaining structural information of the object prior to this can be incorporated into the regularization method to improve the spatial resolution along with helping create clear and distinct boundaries between the objects. However, the boundary of the heart is changed rapidly due to the cardiac cycle hence there is no information concerning the exact boundary of the heart. Therefore, to improve the spatial resolution for human thorax monitoring during the cardiac cycle, in this paper, a sub-domain based regularization method is proposed assuming the lungs and part of background region is known. In the proposed method, the regularization matrix is modified anisotropically to include sub-domains as prior information, and the regularization parameter is assigned with different weights to each sub-domain. Numerical simulations and phantom experiments for 2D human thorax monitoring are performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed regularization method. The results show a better reconstruction performance with the proposed regularization method. (paper)

  15. Impedance-Source Networks for Electric Power Conversion Part I

    Siwakoti, Yam P.; Peng, Fang Zheng; Blaabjerg, Frede;

    2015-01-01

    Impedance networks cover the entire of electric power conversion from dc (converter, rectifier), ac (inverter), to phase and frequency conversion (ac-ac) in a wide range of applications. Various converter topologies have been reported in the literature to overcome the limitations and problems of ...

  16. Hybrid topological derivative and gradient-based methods for electrical impedance tomography

    We present a technique to reconstruct the electromagnetic properties of a medium or a set of objects buried inside it from boundary measurements when applying electric currents through a set of electrodes. The electromagnetic parameters may be recovered by means of a gradient method without a priori information on the background. The shape, location and size of objects, when present, are determined by a topological derivative-based iterative procedure. The combination of both strategies allows improved reconstructions of the objects and their properties, assuming a known background. (paper)

  17. Modeling and Analysis of Harmonic Stability in an AC Power-Electronics-Based Power System

    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wu, Weimin

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses the harmonic stability caused by the interactions among the wideband control of power converters and passive components in an AC power-electronicsbased power system. The impedance-based analytical approach is employed and expanded to a meshed and balanced threephase network which is dominated by multiple current- and voltage- controlled inverters with LCL- and LC-filters. A method of deriving the impedance ratios for different inverters is proposed by means of the nodal a...

  18. Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA): a proposal for standardization of the classical method in adults

    The accuracy of BIA measurements is limited by different sources of error such as physical model, cross sectional area, ethnicity, body hydration, age and level of body fat among other variables. Equation for each population is required as they can produce overestimation when manufacturer's equations are used. The classical measurements hand to foot has shown better correlation against hydrodensitometry than foot to foot or hand to hand. However there is a lack for an accepted standard of BIA procedures. This is compounded when there is not a good report of the BIA study's methodology; hence the comparability between the results is poor and reduces the reliability of the method. Perhaps, standardization of methods would be the first step for BIA studies to move forward and subsequently improve its accuracy. Standardized procedures could also minimize the impact of these variables on studies results. The aim of this study was to propose a protocol as a checklist to standardize BIA procedures and produce comparable results from future studies performed with the classic hand-foot configuration in adults.

  19. A non-iterative method for the electrical impedance tomography based on joint sparse recovery

    Lee, Ok Kyun; Kang, Hyeonbae; Ye, Jong Chul; Lim, Mikyoung

    2015-07-01

    The purpose of this paper is to propose a non-iterative method for the inverse conductivity problem of recovering multiple small anomalies from the boundary measurements. When small anomalies are buried in a conducting object, the electric potential values inside the object can be expressed by integrals of densities with a common sparse support on the location of anomalies. Based on this integral expression, we formulate the reconstruction problem of small anomalies as a joint sparse recovery and present an efficient non-iterative recovery algorithm of small anomalies. Furthermore, we also provide a slightly modified algorithm to reconstruct an extended anomaly. We validate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm over the linearized method and the multiple signal classification algorithm by numerical simulations. This work is supported by the Korean Ministry of Education, Sciences and Technology through NRF grant No. NRF-2010-0017532 (to H K), the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning; through NRF grant No. NRF-2013R1A1A3012931 (to M L), the R&D Convergence Program of NST (National Research Council of Science & Technology) of Republic of Korea (Grant CAP-13-3-KERI) (to O K L and J C Y).

  20. AC hot wire measurement of thermophysical properties of nanofluids with 3ω method

    Turgut, A.; Sauter, C.; Chirtoc, M.; Henry, J. F.; Tavman, S.; Tavman, I.; Pelzl, J.

    2008-01-01

    We present a new application of a hot wire sensor for simultaneous and independent measurement of thermal conductivity k and diffusivity α of (nano)fluids, based on a hot wire thermal probe with ac excitation and 3 ω lock-in detection. The theoretical modeling of imaginary part of the signal yields the k value while the phase yields the α value. Due to modulated heat flow in cylindrical geometry with a radius comparable to the thermal diffusion length, the necessary sample quantity is kept very low, typically 25 μl. In the case of relative measurements, the resolution is 0.1% in k and 0.3% in α. Measurements of water-based Aerosil 200V nanofluids indicate that ultrasound treatment is more efficient than high pressure dispersion method in enhancing their thermal parameters.

  1. Sound radiation contrast in MR phase images. Method for the representation of elasticity, sound damping, and sound impedance changes

    The method presented in this thesis combines ultrasound techniques with the magnetic-resonance tomography (MRT). An ultrasonic wave generates in absorbing media a static force in sound-propagation direction. The force leads at sound intensities of some W/cm2 and a sound frequency in the lower MHz range to a tissue shift in the micrometer range. This tissue shift depends on the sound power, the sound frequency, the sound absorption, and the elastic properties of the tissue. A MRT sequence of the Siemens Healthcare AG was modified so that it measures (indirectly) the tissue shift, codes as grey values, and presents as 2D picture. By means of the grey values the sound-beam slope in the tissue can be visualized, and so additionally sound obstacles (changes of the sound impedance) can be detected. By the MRT images token up spatial changes of the tissue parameters sound absorption and elasticity can be detected. In this thesis measurements are presented, which show the feasibility and future chances of this method especially for the mammary-cancer diagnostics.

  2. Characterization of the Minimum Effective Layer of Thermal Insulation Material Tow-plaster from the Method of Thermal Impedance

    M.S. Ould Brahim; I. Diagne, S. Tamba, F. Niang and G. Sissoko

    2011-01-01

    Our objective in this study is to determine the effective thermal insulating layer of a composite towplaster. The characterization of thermal insulating material is proposed from the study of the thermal impedance in dynamic two-dimensional frequency. Thermo physical properties of the material tow-plaster are determined from the study of the thermal impedance. Nyquist representations have introduced an interpretation of certain phenomena of heat transfer from the series and shunt resistors. T...

  3. A.c. conductivity and dielectric study of LiNiPO4 synthesized by solid-state method

    M Ben Bechir; A Ben Rhaiem; K Guidara

    2014-05-01

    LiNiPO4 compound was prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction. The sample was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, infrared, Raman analysis spectroscopy and electrical impedance spectroscopy. The compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group with = 10.0252(7) Å, = 5.8569(5) Å and = 4.6758(4) Å. Vibrational analysis was used to identify the presence of PO$^{3-}_{4}$ group in this compound. The complex impedance has been measured in the temperature and frequency ranges 654–716 K and 242 Hz–5 MHz, respectively. The ' and '' vs frequency plots are well-fitted to an equivalent circuit consisting of series of combination of grains and grain boundary elements. Dielectric data were analysed using complex electrical modulus * for the sample at various temperatures. The modulus plots are characterized by the presence of two peaks thermally activated. The frequency dependence of the conductivity is interpreted in terms of equation: _a.c.() = [g/(1 + 22) + (∞22/1 + 22) + An]. The near values of activation energies obtained from the analysis of ", conductivity data and equivalent circuit confirms that the transport is through ion hopping mechanism dominated by the motion of Li+ in the structure of the investigated material.

  4. Optically stimulated differential impedance spectroscopy

    Maxey, Lonnie C; Parks, II, James E; Lewis, Sr., Samuel A; Partridge, Jr., William P

    2014-02-18

    Methods and apparatuses for evaluating a material are described. Embodiments typically involve use of an impedance measurement sensor to measure the impedance of a sample of the material under at least two different states of illumination. The states of illumination may include (a) substantially no optical stimulation, (b) substantial optical stimulation, (c) optical stimulation at a first wavelength of light, (d) optical stimulation at a second wavelength of light, (e) a first level of light intensity, and (f) a second level of light intensity. Typically a difference in impedance between the impedance of the sample at the two states of illumination is measured to determine a characteristic of the material.

  5. DESCRIPTIVE PROFILE OF BODY STRUCTURE OF TOP GRECO-ROMAN STYLE WRESTLERS DEFINED WITH METHOD OF MULTICHANNEL BIOELECTRIC IMPEDANCE

    Milivoj Dopsaj

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Because of the specificity of given sport and weight categories wrestlers are characterized by specific morphologic characteristics. With the development of new measurement technologies there are some new opportunities for the development of new ways of obtaining information relevant to the sports system. One of the new technologies, which are used in area of measurement of body composition structure, is a method of bioimpedace, and the latest generations use a variant of the multichannel bioelectrical bioimpedance. The goal of this study is to define morphological model of top senior wrestlers by using the latest technological methods that will revalidate the existing knowledge about the given area. The sample of respondents is made of 22 male wrestlers, Greco-Roman style, top senior level athletes from four different countries: Serbia (n = 10, Croatia (n = 9, Montenegro (n = 2 and Greece (n = 1. Measurement of body composition is made with method of multichannel bioelectric impedance with professional apparatus of latest generation - InBody 720 Tetrapolar 8-Point Tactile Electrode System (Biospace, Co., Ltd. The most important result of this research is definition of generic (general four-dimensional model (4D model of body composition with quality international level wrestlers with following characteristics: in regards to average body mass of sample wrestlers – 81.95 kg, the amount of water is 55.08 L or 67.24 %, the amount of proteins is 15.00 kg or 18.33%, minerals 4.98 kg or 5.97% and fat mass 6.99 kg or 8.49 %.

  6. A new method to assess skin treatments for lowering the impedance and noise of individual gelled Ag-AgCl electrodes.

    Piervirgili, G; Petracca, F; Merletti, R

    2014-10-01

    A model-based new procedure for measuring the single electrode-gel-skin impedance (ZEGS) is presented. The method is suitable for monitoring the contact impedance of the electrodes of a large array with limited modifications of the hardware and without removing or disconnecting the array from the amplifier. The procedure is based on multiple measurements between electrode pairs and is particularly suitable for electrode arrays. It has been applied to study the effectiveness of three skin treatments, with respect to no treatment, for reducing the electrode-gel-skin impedance (ZEGS) and noise: (i) rubbing with alcohol; (ii) rubbing with abrasive conductive paste; (iii) stripping with adhesive tape. The complex impedances ZEGS of the individual electrodes were measured by applying this procedure to disposable commercial Ag-AgCl gelled electrode arrays (4  ×  1) with a 5 mm(2) contact area. The impedance unbalance ΔZ = ZEGS1 - ZEGS2 and the RMS noise (VRMS) were measured between pairs of electrodes. The tissue impedance ZT was also obtained, as a collateral result. Measurements were repeated at t0 = 0 min and at t30 = 30 min from the electrode application. Mixed linear models and linear regression analysis applied to ZEGS, ΔZ and noise VRMS for the skin treatment factor demonstrated (a) that skin rubbing with abrasive conductive paste is more effective in lowering ZEGS, ΔZ and VRMS (p Rubbing with abrasive conductive paste significantly decreased the noise VRMS with respect to other treatments or no treatment. PMID:25243492

  7. A new method to assess skin treatments for lowering the impedance and noise of individual gelled Ag–AgCl electrodes

    A model-based new procedure for measuring the single electrode–gel–skin impedance (ZEGS) is presented. The method is suitable for monitoring the contact impedance of the electrodes of a large array with limited modifications of the hardware and without removing or disconnecting the array from the amplifier. The procedure is based on multiple measurements between electrode pairs and is particularly suitable for electrode arrays. It has been applied to study the effectiveness of three skin treatments, with respect to no treatment, for reducing the electrode–gel–skin impedance (ZEGS) and noise: (i) rubbing with alcohol; (ii) rubbing with abrasive conductive paste; (iii) stripping with adhesive tape. The complex impedances ZEGS of the individual electrodes were measured by applying this procedure to disposable commercial Ag–AgCl gelled electrode arrays (4  ×  1) with a 5 mm2 contact area. The impedance unbalance ΔZ = ZEGS1 − ZEGS2 and the RMS noise (VRMS) were measured between pairs of electrodes. The tissue impedance ZT was also obtained, as a collateral result. Measurements were repeated at t0 = 0 min and at t30 = 30 min from the electrode application. Mixed linear models and linear regression analysis applied to ZEGS, ΔZ and noise VRMS for the skin treatment factor demonstrated (a) that skin rubbing with abrasive conductive paste is more effective in lowering ZEGS, ΔZ and VRMS (p < 0.01) than the other treatments or no treatment, and (b) a statistically significant decrement (p < 0.01), between t0 and t30, of magnitude and phase of ZEGS. Rubbing with abrasive conductive paste significantly decreased the noise VRMS with respect to other treatments or no treatment. (paper)

  8. Results from a Novel Method for Corrosion Studies of Electroplated Lithium Metal Based on Measurements with an Impedance Scanning Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance

    Martin Winter

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A new approach to study the chemical stability of electrodeposited lithium on a copper metal substrate via measurements with a fast impedance scanning electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance is presented. The corrosion of electrochemically deposited lithium was compared in two different electrolytes, based on lithium difluoro(oxalato borate (LiDFOB and lithium hexafluorophosphate, both salts being dissolved in solvent blends of ethylene carbonate and diethyl carbonate. For a better understanding of the corrosion mechanisms, scanning electron microscopy images of electrodeposited lithium were also consulted. The results of the EQCM experiments were supported by AC impedance measurements and clearly showed two different corrosion mechanisms caused by the different salts and the formed SEIs. The observed mass decrease of the quartz sensor of the LiDFOB-based electrolyte is not smooth, but rather composed of a series of abrupt mass fluctuations in contrast to that of the lithium hexafluorophosphate-based electrolyte. After each slow decrease of mass a rather fast increase of mass is observed several times. The slow mass decrease can be attributed to a consolidation process of the SEI or to the partial dissolution of the SEI leaving finally lithium metal unprotected so that a fast film formation sets in entailing the observed fast mass increases.

  9. 基于ACS-GA算法的车辆路径问题研究%An ACS-GA Hybrid Optimization Method to Solve Vehicle Routing Problem

    赵婉忻; 曲仕茹

    2011-01-01

    Vehicle routing problem is an important research area in intelligent transportation and business logistics. Planning the vehicle routes reasonably, reducing the delivery mileage and minimizing the cost of logistic distribution are great significance to increase economic efficiency. The paper focuses on vehicle routing problem with time windows in logistic distribution and establishes an improved mathematical model in which the delivery time and delivery distance is shortest. A novel hybrid optimization method integrating ant colony system with genetic algorithm ( ACS - GA) is presented. The initial solution is obtained by ant colony system. A genetic algorithm is used to improve the performance of ACS by reproduction, crossover and mutation operations. The ACS - GA hybrid optimization method can overcome the premature phenomenon and enhance the global search ability. Based on the benchmark datasets of vehicle routing problem with time windows, the experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method has a better ability to search the global optimal solution than other optimization methods.%物流配送车辆路径问题是智能交通和商业物流领域中一个重要研究方面.合理规划车辆的行驶路线,减少配送里程,降低物流成本,对提高经济效益具有重要意义.重点分析了带时间窗的物流配送车辆路径问题,建立了兼顾配送时间与配送距离最短的改进数学模型.提出了基于蚁群系统算法和遗传算法相融合的混合算法.该算法利用蚁群系统算法得到初始解,运用遗传算法中复制、交叉、变异操作对解的种群多样性进行扩充,克服了蚁群系统算法的早熟现象,增强了算法的全局搜索能力.基于标准数据集的实验结果表明,该算法与其他优化方法相比较,具有较好的搜索车辆路径最优解的能力.

  10. Total respiratory impedance measurement by forced oscillations: a noninvasive method to assess bronchial response in occupational medicine.

    Wouters, E F

    1990-01-01

    The forced oscillation technique is a noninvasive and effort-independent test to characterize the mechanical impedance of the respiratory system. By applying a complex signal, the frequency-dependent behavior of the respiratory system can be measured over an extended spectrum. For clinical practice, the input impedance is used most frequently; pressure and flow are measured at the same place. The impedance can be partitioned into a real part or resistance and an imaginary part or reactance. At low frequencies, reactance is determined by the capacitance of the system and at high frequencies by the inertial properties of the system. Equipment and impedance data in normal subjects and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are discussed. The frequency-dependent behavior of the respiratory system is described with the use of an electrical model characterized by partitioning of airway resistance and the presence of shunt compliance represented by the compliance of the intrathoracic airway walls. Influences of peripheral resistance, airway compliance, lung volumes, chest wall and pulmonary resistance, and resistance of the cheeks and upper airways are analyzed. Input impedance can be applied to the detection of bronchoconstriction and bronchodilation, but this technique is suitable for detecting early airway abnormalities caused by smoking or occupational hazards. PMID:2307147

  11. Voltage relaxation and impedance spectroscopy as in-operando methods for the detection of lithium plating on graphitic anodes in commercial lithium-ion cells

    Schindler, Stefan; Bauer, Marius; Petzl, Mathias; Danzer, Michael A.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, voltage relaxation and impedance spectroscopy are introduced as in-operando methods for detecting lithium plating in commercial lithium-ion cells with graphitic anodes. Voltage relaxation is monitored subsequent to defined charge steps of variable amplitudes, charge throughputs, termination criteria and at different ambient temperatures yielding dependencies over a wide experimental parameter range. An adapted differential voltage analysis is presented to resolve the characteristic mixed potential evolving in case of plating. Impedance spectroscopy is applied in parallel to the relaxation phase to trace a possible alteration of the cell's impedance due to the concurrent depletion of reversibly deposited lithium. The introduced voltage differentials are shown to resolve the mixed potential with restrictions only for little charge throughputs. The comparison of voltage relaxation and already established stripping discharge reveals similarities of the underlying physicochemical processes and allows an estimate of the amount of deposited lithium in case of relaxation. In the evolution of the cell's impedance, a reversible shrinkage of the high frequency intersection resistance and the arc representing the anodic charge transfer process are identified as indicators towards plating. The presented methods solely rely on non-destructive measurement quantities and thus are fully suitable for the application in battery management systems.

  12. A Secondary Voltage Control Method for an AC/DC Coupled Transmission System Based on Model Predictive Control

    Xu, Fengda; Guo, Qinglai; Sun, Hongbin;

    2015-01-01

    For an AC/DC coupled transmission system, the change of transmission power on the DC lines will significantly influence the AC systems’ voltage. This paper describes a method to coordinated control the reactive power of power plants and shunt capacitors at DC converter stations nearby, in order to...... keep the voltage of the pilot bus tracking its set point considering the DC system’s transmission schedule change. The approach is inspired by model predictive control (MPC) to compensate for predictable voltage change affected by DC side transmission power flow and the potential capacitor switching at...

  13. A simple technique for measuring the thermal impedance and the thermal resistance of HBTs.

    Lonac, J. A.; Santarelli, A.; Melczarsky, I.; Filicori, F.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents a new and simple method for characterizing the thermal behavior ofHeterojunction Bipolar Transistors, based on DC, AC andlow frequency small signal measures of H (hybrid)parameters. Static characterization of the thermal behavioris achieved through the calculation of a thermal resistance, while a thermal impedance is used to describe thermaldynamic behavior. Validation results for the method obtained from both simulations and experimental data areincluded in the paper for ...

  14. An improvement to the data processing course of electrochemical impedance technique

    Yinglv Jiang; Yinshun Wu; Hong Chu

    2003-01-01

    For some electrochemical systems the traditional data processing methods can not be met, so it is necessary to develop a new method to deal with these problems. When processing the electrochemical AC impedance data of titanium alloy TA12 in 3% NaC1 solution (at free corrosion potential, room temperature) a new method is developed which can detach the information of the interface resistance demonstrably from the interface capacitance. The results show that the interface resistance and capacitance are all functions of frequency. And the AC impedance of the resistance and capacitance obey the following relations: C(f) = 104.01982 f-0.9292,R(f) =104.80011 (f+0.008)-0.90897, which is completely different from the traditional conception that the interface resistance and capacitance are constants. And this phenomenon is ubiquitous in titanium alloys according to the study. So perhaps it is an innate characteristic of interface.

  15. Electrochemical impedance studies of methanol oxidation on GC/Ni and GC/NiCu electrode

    Danaee, I.; Jafarian, M.; Forouzandeh, F.; Mahjani, M.G. [Department of Chemistry, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, PO Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran); Gobal, F. [Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11365-9516, Tehran (Iran)

    2009-01-15

    The electro-oxidation of methanol on nickel and nickel-copper alloy modified glassy carbon electrodes (GC/Ni and GC/NiCu) in a 1 M NaOH solution at different concentrations of methanol was studied by the method of ac-impedance spectroscopy. Two semicircles in the first quadrant of a Nyquist diagram were observed for electro-oxidation of methanol on GC/Ni corresponding to charge transfer resistance and adsorption of intermediates. Electro-oxidation of methanol on GC/NiCu shows negative resistance in impedance plots as signified by semi-circles terminating in the second quadrant. The impedance behavior shows different patterns at different applied anodic potential. The influence of the electrode potential on impedance pattern is studied and a mathematical model was put forward to quantitatively account for the impedance behavior of methanol oxidation. At potentials higher than 0.49 V vs. Ag/AgCl, a pseudoinductive behavior is observed but at higher than 0.58 V, impedance patterns terminate in the second quadrant. The conditions required for this behavior are delineated with the use of the impedance model. (author)

  16. Eddy Current Rail Inspection Using AC Bridge Techniques

    Liu, Ze; Koffman, Andrew D; Waltrip, Bryan C; Wang, Yicheng

    2013-01-01

    AC bridge techniques commonly used for precision impedance measurements have been adapted to develop an eddy current sensor for rail defect detection. By using two detection coils instead of just one as in a conventional sensor, we can balance out the large baseline signals corresponding to a normal rail. We have significantly enhanced the detection sensitivity of the eddy current method by detecting and demodulating the differential signal of the two coils induced by rail defects, using a di...

  17. Impedance spectroscopy and electrical modeling of electrowetting on dielectric devices

    Using impedance spectroscopy, we have determined models for the elements which determine the ac electrical behavior in electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) systems. Three commonly used EWOD electrode configurations were analyzed. In each case, the impedance can be modeled by a combination of elements, including the solution resistance, the capacitance of the dielectric layer, and the constant phase impedance of the electrode double layers. The sensitivity of the system’s impedance to variations in the electrowetted area is also analyzed for these common configurations. We also demonstrate that the impedance per unit area of typical EWOD systems is invariant to bias voltage. (paper)

  18. Ionic conductivity measurements of zirconia under pressure using impedance spectroscopy

    Takebe, H; Ohtaka, O; Fukui, H; Yoshiasa, A; Yamanaka, T; Ota, K; Kikegawa, T

    2002-01-01

    We have set up an electrical conductivity measurement system under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions with a multi-anvil high-pressure apparatus using an AC complex impedance method. With this system, we have successfully measured the electrical conductivity of stabilized ZrO sub 2 (Y sub 2 O sub 3 -ZrO sub 2 solid solution) under pressures up to 5 GPa in the temperature range from 300 to 1200 K. The electrical conductivities obtained under pressure are compatible with those of previous results measured at ambient pressure.

  19. Methods, systems and apparatus for controlling operation of two alternating current (AC) machines

    Gallegos-Lopez, Gabriel; Nagashima, James M.; Perisic, Milun; Hiti, Silva

    2012-06-05

    A system is provided for controlling two alternating current (AC) machines via a five-phase PWM inverter module. The system comprises a first control loop, a second control loop, and a current command adjustment module. The current command adjustment module operates in conjunction with the first control loop and the second control loop to continuously adjust current command signals that control the first AC machine and the second AC machine such that they share the input voltage available to them without compromising the target mechanical output power of either machine. This way, even when the phase voltage available to either one of the machines decreases, that machine outputs its target mechanical output power.

  20. Generator method of 225Ac production without a carrier for nuclear medicine

    The two-steps isotope generator scheme of 225Ac production from 229Th has been developed. The first step is used for separation of thorium, actinium, radium and daughter decay products (DDP), and removals of parent radionuclide. The second step provides additional separation of actinium from traces of radium and DDP, and conversion of actinium in the nitrate form. The chosen solutions provide optimal conditions for carry out of process. The yield of the 225Ac was 99.9% at minimal losses of parent 229Th (less than 0.1%)

  1. Measurement of the impedance of very thin superconducting YBaCuO films at 10 GHz with a cavity perturbation method between 4 and 300 K

    We have measured the complex film impedance 1/σd (σ conductivity, d film thickness) of three YBaCuO thin films with d=44, 115, and 168 nm on MgO substrates at 10.2 GHz in the temperature range between 300 and 4 K. Below Tc, the experimental results are discussed in terms of the two-fluid model and the BCS theory. The residual resistance decreases with the film thickness. The thinnest film has a residual surface resistance of 3.10-4 Ω. For this film, the complex microwave conductivity is calculated and compared with the models. Apart from the residual resistance, the measured conductivity is in agreement with the peak caused by the energy gap of the BCS theory. All measurements were performed with a cavity perturbation method which we have to our knowledge applied for the first time to superconducting thin films. The method allows to determine the complex impedance of films with arbitrary thickness. In particular, films with thicknesses small compared to the skin depth δ or the London penetration depth λ can be measured. Therefore, we are able to measure the impedance both in the normal and superconducting state. (orig.)

  2. On the relationship between corrosion inhibiting effect and molecular structure of 2,5-bis(n-pyridyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazole derivatives in acidic media: Ac impedance and DFT studies

    Bentiss, F., E-mail: fbentiss@enscl.f [Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination et d' Analytique (LCCA), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Chouaib Doukkali, B.P. 20, M-24000 El Jadida (Morocco); Mernari, B. [Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination et d' Analytique (LCCA), Faculte des Sciences, Universite Chouaib Doukkali, B.P. 20, M-24000 El Jadida (Morocco); Traisnel, M. [Unite Materiaux et Transformations (UMET), Ingenierie des Systemes Polymeres, CNRS UMR 8207, ENSCL, B.P. 90108, F-59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Vezin, H. [Laboratoire de Spectrochimie Infrarouge et Raman (LASIR), UMR-CNRS 8516, Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Batiment C5, F-59655 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Lagrenee, M., E-mail: michel.lagrenee@ensc-lille.f [Unite de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide (UCCS), UMR-CNRS 8181, ENSCL, B.P. 90108, F-59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France)

    2011-01-15

    Research highlights: {yields}2,5-Bis(n-pyridyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazoles (n-PTH) act as good inhibitors for the mild steel in acidic media. {yields}The inhibiting protection depends on the position of the nitrogen on the pyridinium substituent according to order 3-PTH > 2-PTH > 4-PTH. {yields}The adsorption of n-PTH is found to follow the Langmuir's adsorption isotherm. {yields}Data obtained from quantum chemical calculations using DFT method were correlated to the experimentally obtained inhibition efficiencies. - Abstract: The inhibition properties of 2,5-bis(n-pyridyl)-1,3,4-thiadiazoles (n-PTH) on corrosion of mild steel in different acidic media (1 M HCl, 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and 1 M HClO{sub 4}) were analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The n-PTH derivatives exhibit good inhibition properties in different acidic solutions and the calculated values of {Delta}G{sub ads}{sup 0} revealed that the adsorption mechanism of n-PTH on steel surface is mainly due to chemisorption. While in 1 M HClO{sub 4}, both 2-PTH and 4-PTH isomers stimulate the corrosion process especially at low concentrations. Quantum chemical calculations using the density functional theory (DFT) were performed on n-PTH derivatives to determine the relationship between molecular structure and their inhibition efficiencies. The results of the quantum chemical calculations and experimental inhibition efficiency were subjected to correlation analysis and indicate that the inhibition effects of n-PTH may be explained in terms of electronic properties.

  3. Development of brain damage as measured by brain impedance recordings, and changes in heart rate, and blood pressure induced by different stunning and killing methods.

    Savenije, B; Lambooij, E; Gerritzen, M A; Korf, J

    2002-04-01

    Poultry are electrically stunned before slaughter to induce unconsciousness and to immobilize the chickens for easier killing. From a welfare point of view, electrical stunning should induce immediate and lasting unconsciousness in the chicken. As an alternative to electroencephalography, which measures brain electrical activity, this study used brain impedance recordings, which measure brain metabolic activity, to determine the onset and development of brain damage. Fifty-six chickens were surgically equipped with brain electrodes and a canula in the wing artery and were subjected to one of seven stunning and killing methods: whole body electrical stunning; head-only electrical stunning at 50, 100 or 150 V; or an i.v. injection with MgCl2. After 30 s, the chickens were exsanguinated. Brain impedance and blood pressure were measured. Extracellular volume was determined from the brain impedance data and heart rate from the blood pressure data. An immediate and progressive reduction in extracellular volume in all chickens was found only with whole body stunning at 150 V. This treatment also caused cardiac fibrillation or arrest in all chickens. With all other electrical stunning treatments, extracellular volume was immediately reduced in some but not all birds, and cardiac fibrillation or arrest was not often found. Ischemic conditions, caused by cessation of the circulation, stimulated this epileptic effect. A stunner setting of 150 V is therefore recommended to ensure immediate and lasting unconsciousness, which is a requirement for humane slaughter. PMID:11989758

  4. RF impedance measurement calibration

    The intent of this note is not to explain all of the available calibration methods in detail. Instead, we will focus on the calibration methods of interest for RF impedance coupling measurements and attempt to explain: (1). The standards and measurements necessary for the various calibration techniques. (2). The advantages and disadvantages of each technique. (3). The mathematical manipulations that need to be applied to the measured standards and devices. (4). An outline of the steps needed for writing a calibration routine that operated from a remote computer. For further details of the various techniques presented in this note, the reader should consult the references

  5. Fractal AC circuits and propagating waves on fractals

    Akkermans, Eric; Dunne, Gerald; Rogers, Luke G; Teplyaev, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    We extend Feynman's analysis of the infinite ladder AC circuit to fractal AC circuits. We show that the characteristic impedances can have positive real part even though all the individual impedances inside the circuit are purely imaginary. This provides a physical setting for analyzing wave propagation of signals on fractals, by analogy with the Telegrapher's Equation, and generalizes the real resistance metric on a fractal, which provides a measure of distance on a fractal, to complex impedances.

  6. Biomass production and control of nutrient leaching of willows using different planting methods with special emphasis on an appraisal of the electrical impedance for roots

    Yang Cao

    2011-07-01

    Willow reproduction can be achieved through vertically or horizontally planted cuttings. Conventionally, plantations are established by inserting cuttings vertically into the soil. There is, however, a lack of information about the biomass production and nutrient leaching of plantations established through horizontally planted cuttings. A greenhouse experiment and a field trial were carried out to investigate whether horizontally planted Salix schwerinii cuttings have a positive effect on stem yield, root distribution and nutrient leaching in comparison with vertically planted cuttings with different planting densities. The shoots' height of horizontally planted cuttings was significantly smaller than that of vertically planted cuttings during the first two weeks after planting in the pot experiment. Thereafter, no significant effect of planting orientation on the stem biomass was observed in the two conducted experiments. In both experiments the total stem biomass increased with the planting density. It was also found that the fine root biomass and the specific root length were not affected by the planting orientation or density, while the fine root surface area and the absorbing root surface area (ARSA) were affected only by the planting density. The planting orientation did not affect the nutrient concentrations in the soil leachate, apart from SO{sub 4}-S and PO{sub 4}-P in the pot experiment. The ARSA in the pot experiment was assessed by using the earth impedance method. The applicability of this method was evaluated in a hydroponic study of willow cuttings where root and stem were measured independently. Electrical resistance had a good correlation with the contact area of the roots with the solution. However, the resistance depended strongly on the contact area of the stem with the solution, which caused a bias in the evaluation of root surface area. A similar experimental set-up with electrical impedance spectroscopy was employed to study the

  7. Extraction, Analytical and Advanced Methods for Detection of Allura Red AC (E129) in Food and Beverages Products

    Rovina, Kobun; Siddiquee, Shafiquzzaman; Shaarani, Sharifudin M.

    2016-01-01

    Allura Red AC (E129) is an azo dye that widely used in drinks, juices, bakery, meat, and sweets products. High consumption of Allura Red has claimed an adverse effects of human health including allergies, food intolerance, cancer, multiple sclerosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain damage, nausea, cardiac disease and asthma due to the reaction of aromatic azo compounds (R = R′ = aromatic). Several countries have banned and strictly controlled the uses of Allura Red in food and beverage products. This review paper is critically summarized on the available analytical and advanced methods for determination of Allura Red and also concisely discussed on the acceptable daily intake, toxicology and extraction methods. PMID:27303385

  8. Method and apparatus for reducing the harmonic currents in alternating-current distribution networks

    Beverly, Leon H.; Hance, Richard D.; Kristalinski, Alexandr L.; Visser, Age T.

    1996-01-01

    An improved apparatus and method reduce the harmonic content of AC line and neutral line currents in polyphase AC source distribution networks. The apparatus and method employ a polyphase Zig-Zag transformer connected between the AC source distribution network and a load. The apparatus and method also employs a mechanism for increasing the source neutral impedance of the AC source distribution network. This mechanism can consist of a choke installed in the neutral line between the AC source and the Zig-Zag transformer.

  9. Raman and impedance spectroscopy methods of P{sub 2}O{sub 5}–Li{sub 2}O–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass system doped with MgO

    Jlassi, I., E-mail: ifa.jlassi@fst.rnu.tn [Laboratoire Physico-chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Tunis ElManar, Campus Universitaire Farhat Hachad, ElManar 2092 (Tunisia); Sdiri, N. [Laboratoire Physico-chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Elhouichet, H. [Laboratoire Physico-chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Université de Tunis ElManar, Campus Universitaire Farhat Hachad, ElManar 2092 (Tunisia); Ferid, M. [Laboratoire Physico-chimie des Matériaux Minéraux et leurs Applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95, Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • We have prepared a new lithium diphosphate glasses doped MgO. • Investigate structural and electrical properties at room temperature. • Investigate relation between structure and electrical conductivity of the glass. - Abstract: Lithium diphosphate glasses doped MgO was prepared via a melt quenching technique. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and impedance spectroscopy. XRD spectra reflected the amorphous nature of the glasses Raman spectra show structural network modifications with the composition variations of the studied glasses. Raman spectra of the studied glasses contain also typical phosphate glasses bands. Thus the band at ∼698 cm{sup −1} assigned to symmetric stretching vibrations of P−O−P groups and that from ∼1168 cm{sup −1} is attributed to symmetric stretching motions of the non-bridging oxygen (NBO) atoms bonded to phosphorous atoms (PO{sub 2}) in phosphate tetrahedron. Electric properties were investigated using complex impedance spectroscopy in a frequency range from 40 Hz to 6 MHz at room temperature. The impedance spectra were analyzed in terms of equivalent circuits involving resistors, capacitors and constant phase elements (CPE). Constant-phase elements (CPE) are used in equivalent electrical circuits for the fitting of experimental impedance data. The AC conductivity exhibited a Jonscher’s universal power law according with the relation σ(ω) = σ(0) + Aω{sup s} and it is observed that as the MgO content increases, frequency exponent (s) decreases.

  10. A high-speed electrical impedance measurement circuit based on information-filtering demodulation

    In the paper, an information-filtering demodulation method is proposed and a high-speed ac-based electrical impedance measurement circuit with a simple configuration is presented. As a crucial part of the ac-based impedance measurement circuit, the information-filtering demodulator can output a preliminary demodulation result by processing only a small number of sampling data within a signal period and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) can be further improved by involving more sampling data. Compared with other digital demodulators requiring integer multiples of the signal's period, the information-filtering demodulator is more advantageous in flexibility. Moreover, compared with the recursive least-squares-based demodulator, the proposed demodulator is of relatively low computation complexity and suitable to be implemented on a field programmable gate array. Using this demodulator, the ac impedance measurement circuit based on the ac self-balancing bridge can achieve a high measurement speed. Experimental results showed that one measurement can be accomplished in 17 µs, corresponding to one-third of the signal period, at an excitation frequency of 20 kHz, and the demodulation SNR can reach up to 65 dB. If the data of a complete signal period are used for demodulation like other widely used digital demodulators, the SNR of amplitude demodulation will be higher than 75 dB and the standard deviation of the demodulated phase is below 0.012°, which validates the good performance of both the new demodulator and the impedance measurement circuit. (paper)