Sample records for aggregate gradation


    Chen Ken; John Zaniewski; Zhao Pan; Yang Ren'er


    Acquiring the size gradation for particle aggregates is a common practice in the granule related industry, and mechanical sieving or screening has been the normal method. Among many drawbacks of this conventional means, the major ones are time-consuming, labor-intensive, and being unable to provide real-time feedback for process control. In this letter, an optical sieving approach is introduced. The two-dimensional images are used to develop methods for inferring particle volume and sieving behavior for gradation purposes. And a combination of deterministic and probabilistic methods is described to predict the sieving behaviors of the particles and to construct the gradation curves for the aggregate sample. Comparison of the optical sieving with standard mechanical sieving shows good correlation.

  2. Research on the relationship between water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement

    Zhao Bing; Zhao Bo


    In the early destruction of asphalt pavement, water damage is the most major form.In this paper, experimental study was conducted on the composition of asphalt concrete,Marshall specimens were made in different types of aggregate gradation with the same kind of asphalt. Water immersion tests were conducted in order to analysis the relationship between the water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement.

  3. Effect of Aggregate Gradation with Fuller Distribution on Properties of Sulphoaluminate Cement Concrete

    GONG Chenchen; ZHANG Jie; WANG Shoude; LU Lingchao


    Experimental investigations on mechanical property and durability of sulphoaluminate cement concrete with aggregate gradations according to Fuller distribution are presented in this paper. Compressive strength, water impermeability and resistance capability to sulfate attack of SACC have the same trend of concrete with fine aggregates of Fuller distribution gradationaggregates of Fuller distribution gradationaggregates of Fuller distribution gradation. The relationship between bulk density of aggregate and water penetration depth obeyed the second-order polynomialy=0.002x2-6.863 8x+5 862.3, and had a notable correlationR2=0.979 9. The sulphoaluminate cement concrete with total aggregate gradation with Fuller distribution forh=0.50 had the best resistance capability to sulfate attack. It was a second-order polynomial relationship between bulk density of aggregates and water penetration depth of y=0.002x2-6.863 8x+5 862.3 withR2=0.979 9, which indicated notable correlation. The iftting formula between bulk density of aggregates and sulfate resistance coefifcient of SACC wasy=0.000 5x+0.370 4 withR2=0.958 5.

  4. Effect of Aggregate Gradation with Fuller Distribution on Properties of Sulfoaluminate Cement Concrete

    Gong, Chenchen; Jie ZHANG; Wang, Shoude; Zong, Wen; Lu, Lingchao


    Aggregate, the main ingredient of concrete, has a great effect on mechanical property and durability of concrete. Sulfoaluminate cement has lots of special properties such as high early-age compressive strength, fast hydration and setting rate, and hydration with slight swelling. But effect of aggregate gradation with Fuller distribution on properties of sulfoaluminate cement concrete was seldom studied. Hence, in this paper, experimental investigations on mechanical property and durability o...

  5. The Aggregate Gradation for the Porous Concrete Pervious Road Base Material

    YANG Zhifeng; MA Wei; SHEN Weiguo; ZHOU Mingkai


    The effects of the proportion of fine aggregate, the maximum size of the aggregate and the proportion of the 9.5mm to 4.75mm particle in the coarse aggregate on the properties of the porous concrete are investigated. Results indicate that the porous concrete with a cement dosage only 150kg/m3 has high strength and satisfying permeability when the aggregate has a passing percentage of 4.75mm around 10% to 5%, with the increase of the maximum size of the aggregate, the strength of the porous concrete decreases and the permeability increases. When the proportion of the 9.5mm to 4.75mm particle in the coarse aggregate is about 20%, there are no interference among the particles by Weymouth theory, the strength of the pervious porous concrete reaches the peak value. The optimum continues gradation limit of the aggregate for porous concrete pervious road base material is recommended according to the theoretical calculation and experimental results.

  6. Mechanical Characteristic of Pervious Concrete Considering the Gradation and Size of Coarse Aggregates

    Alireza Joshaghani


    Full Text Available Pervious concrete is a kind of sustainable pavement with high permeability which is becoming more common as a storm water management. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of coarse aggregate on physical and mechanical properties of the pervious concrete such as density, strength, porosity and permeability at 7, 28, 56 days. This experimental investigation conducted by comparing nine different mixtures. Taguchi design of experiments used to optimize the performance of these characteristics. To test the influence of aggregate systematically, water to cement ratio (w/c, paste content and coarse aggregate size were kept constant at 3 levels. 9.5, 12.5 and 19.0 mm were used for maximum aggregate sizes. The relationship between strength and porosity for pervious concrete are found to be dependent on coarse aggregate size. The test results demonstrated when the maximum size of the coarse aggregate increased, the strength decreases and the permeability and porosity grows up. An increased aggregate amount resulted in a significant decrease in compressive strength due to the subsequent decrease in paste amount. Age and coarse aggregate size had effect on the pervious concrete characteristic. To meet the specification requirements in the mix design of pervious concrete, considering both compressive strength and permeability is necessary. Finally, a parametric study is conducted to investigate the influence of design factors on the properties of porous concrete. The general equations for pervious concrete are related to compressive strength and void ratio for different aggregate sizes.

  7. Mechanical Characteristic of Pervious Concrete Considering the Gradation and Size of Coarse Aggregates

    Alireza Joshaghani; Ali Akbar Ramezanianpour; Mohammad Jaberizadeh


    Pervious concrete is a kind of sustainable pavement with high permeability which is becoming more common as a storm water management. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of coarse aggregate on physical and mechanical properties of the pervious concrete such as density, strength, porosity and permeability at 7, 28, 56 days. This experimental investigation conducted by comparing nine different mixtures. Taguchi design of experiments used to optimize the performance of these...

  8. 混凝土配合比设计中骨料合理级配初探%On the Reasonable Aggregate Gradation in the Design Process of Concrete Mix Proportion



    This paper simply introduces the reasonable selection method of aggregate gradation and sand coarse aggregate ratio in the design process of concrete mix proportion, expounds the importance of the reasonable graduation and the selection of sand coarse aggregate ratio.%简要介绍混凝土配合比设计过程中粗骨料级配和砂率的合理选取方法,阐述了合理级配、砂率选取的重要性。

  9. Effect of Gradation Optimization of Aggregate on Binder Content in Concrete%骨料级配优化对混凝土胶凝材料用量的影响

    蔡杰龙; 杨永民; 李伟


    骨料级配优化对于改善混凝土工作性能和节省胶凝材料用量具有重要的意义。该文分别对粗细骨料级配进行优化得到堆积密度大、空隙率小的细骨料和粗骨料,并分2种类型(直卸、泵送)和3种标号( C20、 C25、 C30)进行混凝土配合比试验对比骨料级配优化前后单方混凝土胶凝材料用量,最后通过实例进行验算。试验结果表明,当砂中0.315 mm以下细砂含量控制在一定比例,并在连续级配的5~31.5 mm碎石或5~25 mm碎石中掺入一定比例的5~10 mm石时,每m3混凝土中胶凝材料用量均可得到一定程度的降低,与理论验算结果较为吻合。骨料级配优化可操作性强,适合在混凝土生产企业中推广。%Aggregate Gradation optimization is of great importance in improving the working performance of concrete and saving binder content.In this article, gradation of coarse aggregate and fine aggregate is respectively optimized to obtain the aggregate with higher bulk density and lower voidage .Then design mix of concrete experiments on two kinds of concrete ( field concrete , pump concrete) and three kinds of grades(C20, C25, C30) are carried out to compared the binder content in an unit of concrete before and after gradation of aggregate is optimized .Finally, checking computations is implemented by example .It is shown that the binder content in an unit of concrete gets an certain degree of reduction if the ratio of fine sand (≤0.315mm) in fine aggregate is proper and a certain proportion of 5 ~10mm gravel is mixed into 5 ~31.5mm or 5 ~25mm gravel.And the result accords with the theoretical checking computations .Gradation optimization of aggregate is easily operability and suitable for promotion in concrete manufacturing enterprise .

  10. Influence of Foamed Asphalt Content and Aggregate Gradation on Mixing Moisture Content of Mixture%泡沫沥青用量和矿料级配对混合料拌和用水量影响



    为了研究泡沫沥青用量和矿料级配对泡沫沥青混合料所需合理拌和用水量的影响,设计了3种矿料级配组成OA1、OA2和OA3,通过变化4种沥青用量2%、3%、4%、5%(相对于矿料干重的百分比),5种拌和用水量,即混合料最佳击实含水率(OMC)的60%、70%、80%、90%、100%,将各组合下制备成的泡沫沥青混合料成型试件,测定其间接拉伸强度和干密度.结果表明:不同的矿料级配、泡沫沥青用量和拌和用水量条件下制备的泡沫沥青混合料具有不同的间接拉伸强度和干密度.不同的矿料级配和不同的混合料拌和用水量存在最佳泡沫沥青用量3%.综合推荐出泡沫沥青混合料OA1、OA2和OA3适宜的拌和用水量范围分别为65%~80%OMC、70%~85%OMC和75% -85%OMC.通过试验路的铺筑观测发现,使用状况良好,验证了此研究结果是合理的.%The reasonable water consumption of foamed asphalt mixture is influenced by the content of foamed asphalt and mineral aggregate gradation. This paper studied the indirect tensile strength and dry density of foamed asphalt mixture model using three types of mineral aggregate gradation, four different asphalt contents and five kinds of optimum compaction water content. The results show that the foamed asphalt mixture has different indirect tensile strengths and dry densities with various mineral aggregate gradations, foamed asphalt contents and water consumptions. The optimum content of foamed asphalt is determined by 3% according to different gradations and water consumptions of asphalt mixture. The tests indicate that appropriate water consumption ranges are 65% -80%OMC, 70% -85%OMC and 70% -85%OMC for asphalt mixture OA,, OA2 and OA3, respectively. The conclusions are verified by a lot of test results.

  11. Modeling of sintering of functionally gradated materials

    The functionally gradated materials (FGMs) are distinguished from isotropic materials by gradients of composition, phase distribution, porosity, and related properties. For FGMs made by powder metallurgy, sintering control is one of the most important factors. In this study sintering process of FGMs is modeled and simulated with a computer. A new modeling approach was used to formulate equation systems and the model for sintering of gradated hard metals, coupled with heat transfer and grain growth. A FEM module was developed to simulate FGM sintering in conventional, microwave and hybrid conditions, to calculate density, stress and temperature distribution. Behavior of gradated WC-Co hardmetal plate and cone specimens was simulated for various conditions, such as mean particle size, green density distribution and cobalt gradation parameter. The results show that the deformation behavior and stress history of graded powder compacts during heating, sintering and cooling could be predicted for optimization of sintering process. (author)

  12. Image analysis of aggregate,mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture%Image analysis of aggregate, mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture

    ADHIKARI Sanjeev; YOU Zhan-ping; HAO Pei-wen; WANG Hai-nian


    The shape characterization and spatial distribution of aggregate,mastic and air void phases for asphalt mixture were analyzed.Three air void percentage asphalt mixtures,4%,7% and 8%,respectively,were cut into cross sections and polished.X-ray scanning microscope was used to capture aggregate,mastic,air void phase by the image.The average of polygon diameter was chosen as a threshold to determine which aggregates would be retained on a given sieve.The aggregate morphological image from scanned image was utilized by digital image processing method to calculate the gradation of aggregate and simulate the real gradation.Analysis result shows that the air void of asphalt mixture has influence on the correlation between calculation gradation and actual gradation.When comparing 4.75 mm sieve size of 4%,7% and 8% air void asphalt mixtures,7% air void asphalt mixture has 55% higher than actual size gradation,8% air void asphalt mixture has 8% higher than actual size gradation,and 4% air void asphalt mixture has 3.71% lower than actual size gradation.4% air void asphalt mixture has the best correlation between calculation gradation and actual gradation comparing to other specimens.The air void percentage of asphalt mixture has no obvious influence on the air void orientation,and three asphalt mixtures show the similar air orientation along the same direction.4 tabs,7 figs,17 refs.

  13. Influence of crumb rubber gradation on asphalt-rubber properties

    Neto, Silvrano Adonias Dantas; Farias, Márcio Muniz de; Pais, Jorge C.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.


    Asphalt rubber is a material produced by the incorporation of crumb rubber obtained from ground tires in straight asphalt and its properties are influenced by the components properties. The crumb rubber gradation is one of the variables which have a significant influence on asphalt rubber properties. Thus, this work studies the influence of crumb rubber gradation on the asphalt rubber properties expressed by penetration, rotational viscosity (using the Brookfield viscometer), r...

  14. Method study of classification and gradation of earthquake disasters

    MAO Guo-min; GU Jian-hua; WU Xin-yan


    Based on data of earthquake disaster events during 1954~2005 in the Chinese mainland, the classification and gradation of earthquake disasters have been studied by multivariate statistical analysis. Three fundamental structures of earthquake disasters have been found and an FAPE (factor analysis-principal component-equamax rotation) classification model and an HCWS (hierarchical cluster-ward method-seuclid) gradation model have been constructed. Earthquake disasters are divided into eight classes and five grades respectively in the models, which give a reasonable explanation to the phenomenon of earthquake disasters.

  15. Effect of crumb rubber gradation on a rubberized cold recycled mixture for road pavements

    Pettinari, Matteo; Simone, Andrea


    Cold recycling technique represents the most environmental friendly solution for pavement rehabilitation nowadays. In fact, this technique allows the use of the highest percentage of reclaimed asphalt avoiding the energy consumption related to aggregates heating required by the traditional hot mix...... asphalt design. The mix design represents a key phase of the cold mix production. The study of workability and compactability properties combined with a deep laboratory investigation is required. The idea of introducing crumb rubber in the cold mixtures was developed based on the concept of maximizing...... the valorization of recycled materials together with the goal of achieving high performance. In the present research project, two different gradations of crumb rubber, processed with the traditional grading method, have been adopted for the production of a cold recycled mixture stabilized with bitumen emulsion...

  16. The Comparison of Engineering Properties Between Single and Double Layer Porous Asphalt made of Packing Gradation

    Hardiman M. Y


    Full Text Available is paper presents the comparison of engineering properties between single and double layer porous asphalt (SLPA and DLPA made of packing gradation. Three nominal maximum aggregate sizes (NMAS were tested each made up of 10, 14, and 20 mm for SLPA. While for the DLPA with 30, 20, and 15 mm top layer are made of 10 and 14 mm NMAS, with a base layer of 20 mm NMAS. Total thickness of all mixes is 70 mm. Binders used are 60/70 penetration base bitumen and polymer binder styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS. The result shows that the properties of SLPA mix namely permeability and resistance to abrasion loss decreases when the NMAS in SLPA decreases. The abrasion loss of DLPA mixes increases when the porous asphalt top layer thickness decreases, while drainage time value decreases. However, SLPA with 20 mm NMAS exhibits higher abrasion loss compared to all DLPA mixes.


    Imad Al-Shalout


    Full Text Available This study deals with the durability of asphalt concrete, including the effects of different gradations, compaction temperatures and immersion time on the durability potential of mixtures. The specific objectives of this study are: to investigate the effect of compaction temperature on the mechanical properties of asphalt concrete mixtures; investigate the effect of bitumen content and different aggregate gradations on the durability potential of bituminous mixtures.

  18. The Algorithm to Detect Color Gradation on Silk



    Full Text Available The process of silk dyeing with natural dye extracts will produce a certain color. Using extracts of wood, leaf and their combinations will give some color gradations. This paper aims to create a new algorithm which can help one, whose intention is to formulate the combination of coloring process to achieve the desired color through combining coloring materials on silk fabric. This algorithm will be expected to be able to formulate the combination of colors with more than 75 percent of accuracy. The natural dyes used were Ceriops candolleana arn wood for the red, Cudraina javanensis wood for the yellow, and indigofera leaf for the blue base color.

  19. Porosity and size gradation of saturated gravel with percolated fines

    Núñez González, Francisco; Martín Vide, Juan Pedro; Kleinhans Maarten, G.


    This is the accepted version of the following article: [Núñez-González, F., Martín-Vide, J. P., Kleinhans, M. G. (2016), Porosity and size gradation of saturated gravel with percolated fines. Sedimentology, 63: 1209–1232. doi: 10.1111/sed.12257], which has been published in final form at Fine particles may infiltrate through coarse alluvial beds and eventually saturate the subsurface pore space. It is essential to understand the...

  20. Electrospun nanofiber scaffolds with gradations in fiber organization.

    Khandalavala, Karl; Jiang, Jiang; Shuler, Franklin D; Xie, Jingwei


    The goal of this protocol is to report a simple method for generating nanofiber scaffolds with gradations in fiber organization and test their possible applications in controlling cell morphology/orientation. Nanofiber organization is controlled with a new fabrication apparatus that enables the gradual decrease of fiber organization in a scaffold. Changing the alignment of fibers is achieved through decreasing deposition time of random electrospun fibers on a uniaxially aligned fiber mat. By covering the collector with a moving barrier/mask, along the same axis as fiber deposition, the organizational structure is easily controlled. For tissue engineering purposes, adipose-derived stem cells can be seeded to these scaffolds. Stem cells undergo morphological changes as a result of their position on the varied organizational structure, and can potentially differentiate into different cell types depending on their locations. Additionally, the graded organization of fibers enhances the biomimicry of nanofiber scaffolds so they more closely resemble the natural orientations of collagen nanofibers at tendon-to-bone insertion site compared to traditional scaffolds. Through nanoencapsulation, the gradated fibers also afford the possibility to construct chemical gradients in fiber scaffolds, and thereby further strengthen their potential applications in fast screening of cell-materials interaction and interfacial tissue regeneration. This technique enables the production of continuous gradient scaffolds, but it also can potentially produce fibers in discrete steps by controlling the movement of the moving barrier/mask in a discrete fashion. PMID:25938562

  1. Gradation Optimization Design of Skeleton Denseness Asphalt Mixture%骨架密实型沥青混合料级配优化设计

    李林萍; 张金辉; 胡邦燕


    以骨架密实级配为研究对象,探讨集料级配与沥青混合料骨架稳定性之间的联系,提出骨架密实级配优化设计方法。运用分形级配理论对 SMA 型级配进行分析,得出各级配粗、细集料的组成特点。采用离散单元程序建立骨架密实级配的直观离散元数值模型,推导了模型颗粒生成的计算式,并进行骨架结构稳定性虚拟试验。得出优化骨架密实级配的分维数范围以及分维数对骨架结构稳定性的影响,可以为骨架密实级配优化设计提供参考。%To explore the relationship of gradation and asphalt mixture structure stability,selecting skeleton-density gradation as the research object,propose optimization design method of skeleton dense-ness asphalt mixture.Applying fractal grading theory analyze SMA gradation,conclude its composition fea-ture of aggregates and range of fractal dimensions.Adopting discrete element software establish the model of skeleton-density gradation.The virtual tests on the mixture structure stability were done.The simulation re-sults showed that,aggregates fractal dimensions make a great influence on structure stability.

  2. Possibilities of usage of aboveground invertebrates for indication of gradations of edaphotope moistening in forest ecosystems

    V. V. Brygadyrenko


    By using the variance analysis the absence of a correlation between the different gradations of soil humidity and the number of dominant taxons of litter invertebrates, the ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae), separate life-forms of the ground beetles and the indices of species diversity is demonstrated. The most sensitive indicator of soil humidity gradations in forest ecosystems is the mixophytophages part in the ground beetles’ complex.

  3. Basics of a Good Road: Asphalt and Aggregates

    Huber, Gerry


    This Asphalt 101 presentation will focus on binder (liquid asphalt) production, covering the following specific topics: how it is produced, PG grades and modification (certified binder supplier program), product transportation, and storage at plant. Additionally, aggregate production will be covered, including sizing, gradations, types (slag, limestone, gravel), and Indiana sources and quality (CAPP).

  4. Evaluation of Colemanite Waste as Aggregate Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete

    Nihat MOROVA


    Full Text Available In this study usability of waste colemanite which is obtained after cutting block colemanite for giving proper shape to blocks as an aggregate in hot mix asphalt. For this aim asphalt concrete samples were prepared with four different aggregate groups and optimum bitumen content was determined. First of all only limestone was used as an aggregate. After that, only colemanite aggregate was used with same aggregate gradation. Then, the next step of the study, Marshall samples were produced by changing coarse and fine aggregate gradation as limestone and colemanite and Marshall test were conducted. When evaluated the results samples which produced with only limestone aggregate gave the maximum Marshall Stability value. When handled other mixture groups (Only colemanite, colemanite as coarse aggregate-limestone as fine aggregate, colemanite as fine aggregate-limestone as coarse aggregate all groups were verified specification limits. As a result, especially in areas where there is widespread colemanite waste, if transportation costs did not exceed the cost of limestone, colemanite stone waste could be used instead of limestone in asphalt concrete mixtures as fine aggregate

  5. Integrated Indicators-based Gradation of Cultivated Land Quality in Mountainous Region of Southwestern China

    SHAO Jing'an; WEI Chaofu; XIE Deti; ZHOU Yan


    The gradation of cultivated land is to assess the suitability of cultivated land for agricultural production in terms of natural and economic properties of land. It can be used to evaluate sustainability of land use and soil management practices. Formal and informal surveys, Delphi and comprehensive index method are adopted to identify appropriate integrated indicators, and measure the gradation of cultivated land quality. The determination of integrated indicators presents three basic features of cultivated land quality: stable plant productivity, social acceptability and maintenance of environmental quality.Pronounced concentration-dissipation law of total function score value occurs in paddy field units, with three ranges, I.e., 79-68.5, 68.5~59 and 59-51. Total function score value in dryland units mainly ranges from 40 to 70, but slight concentration-dissipation law of each unit is still observed, with four ranges, I.e., 79~68, 68~51, 51~37 and 37~15. Paddy field quality is divided into three gradations, and the scales are 18 220.9 ha, 5410.6 ha and 2890.9 ha. Dryland quality is classified into four gradations, and the scales are 1548.6 ha, 8153.8 ha, 3316.3 ha and 685.2 ha. The total function score value of every gradation unit is conformed to the results of farmers' assessment. Research results meet with the needs of accurate degree of the gradation of cultivated land quality. Integrated indicators-based gradation of cultivated land assessment accords with the characteristics of land resources and human preference in the mountains of southwestern China. This study will be useful to promote the monitoring of cultivated land quality, and to supply fine ground and knowledge for establishing appropriate cultivated land management practices in Southwestern China.

  6. Comparison of different forms of gravel as aggregate in concrete

    Sikiru ORITOLA; Abd. Latif SALEH; Abdul Rahman MOHD SAM


    Gradation plays an important role in the workability, segregation, and pump ability of concrete. Uniformly distributed aggregates require less paste which will also decrease bleeding, creep and shrinkage while producing better workability, more durable concrete and higher packing. This attempt looks at the effect of particle size distribution pattern for five types of gravel aggregate forms, angular, elongated, smooth rounded, irregular and flaky as related to the strength of concrete produce...

  7. Comparison of different forms of gravel as aggregate in concrete

    Sikiru ORITOLA


    Full Text Available Gradation plays an important role in the workability, segregation, and pump ability of concrete. Uniformly distributed aggregates require less paste which will also decrease bleeding, creep and shrinkage while producing better workability, more durable concrete and higher packing. This attempt looks at the effect of particle size distribution pattern for five types of gravel aggregate forms, angular, elongated, smooth rounded, irregular and flaky as related to the strength of concrete produced. Different forms of naturally existing gravel aggregate were collected from a particular location and tests were carried out on them to determine their gradation. Based on the gradation the aggregates were used to prepare different samples of grade 20 concrete with water-cement ratio of 0.5. The particle size distribution resulted in coefficients of uniformity ranging from 1.24 to 1.44. The granite aggregate, which serves as a reference, had a coefficient of uniformity of 1.47. Tests were conducted on fresh and hardened concrete cube samples. The concrete sample CT5 recorded a slump of 32mm and highest compressive strength value of 21.7 N/mm2, among the concrete produced from different forms of gravel.

  8. Evaluation of the effect of aggregate mineralogy on the durability of asphalt pavements

    Anastasio, Sara


    Shape, gradation, hardness and texture are among the aggregate characteristics necessary to consider during the asphalt mixture design process. However these characteristics do not provide direct information on the compatibility between the aggregate and the bitumen, nor do they give any indication on how this compatibility evolves when other factors as water, additives and other chemicals interact with the mixture. Other aspects, such as aggregate chemistry, can also significa...

  9. Effect of Fractal Dimension of Fine Aggregates on the Concrete Chloride Resistance

    Xue, Wen; J. Chen


    The relationship between fractal dimension of fine aggregates and the chloride resistance of concrete was investigated in this study. Both concrete and mortar specimens were cast. Concrete specimens were in the same mix design as the mortar specimens except for the coarse aggregates. The specimens were divided into different groups based on the gradation of the fine aggregates. The chloride resistances of concrete specimens were tested by using the rapid chloride migration method. The results...

  10. Chosen manufacture methods of Polymeric Graded Materials with electrical and magnetic properties gradation

    J. Stabik


    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to present main results of Polymeric Graded Materials (PGMs investigations realized in Silesian University of Technology, Division of Metallic and Polymeric Materials Processing. Methods of PGMs manufacture with electrical and magnetic properties gradation are mainly discussed.Design/methodology/approach: In short introduction general remarks on functionally graded materials (FGMs and PGMs are presented. Next, methods used to prepare PGMs are presented together with physical basics determining composition, structure and properties gradation. Research methodology and chosen results showing PGMs structure and properties are also presented.Findings: Achieved results show that it is possible do design graded material structure and composition and to manufacture PGM that not precisely but in high extend meets designed requirements. The basic condition to accomplish this task is that physical basics of structure and composition gradient formation are known and relations between technological process parameters and ready material characteristics are properly applied.Research limitations/implications: Only chosen methods of PGMs manufacture are presented and only chosen PGMs characteristics are discussed.Practical implications: Presented technologies are widely used in industry to processing polymeric materials. Defined changes in parameters and properly designed composition will allow to utilize these technologies to PGMs manufacture. Ready parts with properties gradation may be applied in almost all industry branches. Few possible applications are presented in the text.Originality/value: New types of PGMs are described in the paper. Attention is paid mainly to materials with gradation of electrical and magnetic properties. The paper may be interesting for scientists involved in PGMs and for industry engineers looking for materials with electrical and magnetic properties gradation.Keywords: Multifunctional materials

  11. Relationships Between Intensity Gradation and Evolution of Soil Erosion: A Case Study of Changting in Fujian Province, China

    LIN Chen; ZHOU Sheng-Lu; WU Shao-Hua; LIAO Fu-Qiang


    Soil erosion gradation is a robust and objective quantitative indicator of soil erosion intensity.Recent applications of soil erosion gradation have focused on monitoring soil erosion with models or simulation of soil erosion through gradation trends.However,soil erosion simulation accuracy is generally being reduced due to the rare consideration of the relationship between soil erosion gradation and erosion evolution.In this study,we investigated different soil erosion intensity grades to demonstrate their sensitivity to types and rates of erosion.Specifically,the objective was to define the relationship between soil erosion gradation and soil erosion evolution in Changting,an undeveloped area in Fujian Province,China,for four time intervals (1975,1990,1999,and 2006).The time series of erosion gradation were developed by modeling analysis with integration of several erosion indicators,and the relationships between the erosion grades and evolution types and rates were quantified.Comparison of the collapsing forces with natural and restoring forces based on human activity demonstrated that there existed an obvious spatial uncertainty in the erosion evolution types,both positive and negative succession coexisted,and the evolution rates were mostly influenced by the force of policy orientation.The impacts of these driving forces were eventually reflected in the erosion intensity gradation and erosion evolution.The correlation between the negative succession rate and erosion intensity gradation was weak and showed a poor contribution to the average succession rate,while the negative correlation between the positive succession rate and erosion intensity gradation would be increasingly clear as time passed.

  12. The Role of Primacy of Existence and Analogical Gradation on Substantial Movement's Theory

    Mohsen Kadivar; Maryam Khoshdel Rouhani


    According to the theory of Molla Sadra, primacy of existence (esalat-e wujood) constitutes reality. Existence is one but graded in intensity. These (tashkik-e wujood) two principles namely reality of existence and analogical gradation hold a definite role in the foundation of accepted concept in this paper. Non-acceptance of the two mentioned principles leads one to various results particularly in this case the consequent non-acceptance of substantial movement to understand reality of existen...

  13. Assessment of optimum threshold and particle shape parameter for the image analysis of aggregate size distribution of concrete sections

    Ozen, Murat; Guler, Murat


    Aggregate gradation is one of the key design parameters affecting the workability and strength properties of concrete mixtures. Estimating aggregate gradation from hardened concrete samples can offer valuable insights into the quality of mixtures in terms of the degree of segregation and the amount of deviation from the specified gradation limits. In this study, a methodology is introduced to determine the particle size distribution of aggregates from 2D cross sectional images of concrete samples. The samples used in the study were fabricated from six mix designs by varying the aggregate gradation, aggregate source and maximum aggregate size with five replicates of each design combination. Each sample was cut into three pieces using a diamond saw and then scanned to obtain the cross sectional images using a desktop flatbed scanner. An algorithm is proposed to determine the optimum threshold for the image analysis of the cross sections. A procedure was also suggested to determine a suitable particle shape parameter to be used in the analysis of aggregate size distribution within each cross section. Results of analyses indicated that the optimum threshold hence the pixel distribution functions may be different even for the cross sections of an identical concrete sample. Besides, the maximum ferret diameter is the most suitable shape parameter to estimate the size distribution of aggregates when computed based on the diagonal sieve opening. The outcome of this study can be of practical value for the practitioners to evaluate concrete in terms of the degree of segregation and the bounds of mixture's gradation achieved during manufacturing.

  14. Production of bio-oil from algal biomass and its up-gradation. Recent developments

    Mondal, Prasenjit; Kumar Soni, Nitesh [Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand (India). Dept. of Chemical Engineering


    Algae, particularly microalgae are getting strong ground as a potential and environment friendly feedstock for biodiesel production in recent years due to its high growth rate (biomass yield) and high lipid content in some species. In the present paper the potential of algae as a feedstock for bio-oil production has been described. Mechanistic approach and optimum conditions for the algal growth as well as bio-oil production has been explained. Performance of various types of photo bioreactors has been critically analyzed to select suitable route for algal growth. Conventional methods such as mechanical and chemical extraction processes for the production of bio-oil form algal biomass have been described along with recent developments including supercritical extraction and microwave assisted processes. Various processes and catalysts for the up-gradation of bio-oil to biodiesel along with recent developments have also been described and compared. Effects of catalyst properties on the up-gradation of bio-oil have been critically analyzed for designing more efficient catalyst and consequently to improve the efficiency of the up-gradation process. Production of drop-in bio-fuel through hydrotreating of bio-oil is described. World scenario on the production of bio-fuel from algal biomass has also been provided. (orig.)


    Joanna Ochremiak


    In the paper we present an introduction to the theory of judgment aggregation and discuss its relation to the theory of preference aggregation. We compare the formal model of judgment aggregation, based on logic, with the formal model of preference aggregation. Finally, we present a theorem in judgmentaggregation which is an exact analogue of Arrow's theorem for strict preferences.

  16. Engineering change management during replacement and up-gradation of reactor systems of Dhruva

    Dhruva, 100 MWth, tank type research reactor has been operating since 1985 at Mumbai, India with maximum thermal neutron flux of 1.8 Χ 1014 n/cm2/sec. Natural metallic uranium is used as fuel and heavy water as coolant, moderator and reflector. The reactor has been well utilized for over 27 years with high availability and excellent safety record. Initial design of SSCs of Dhruva was carried out with stringent specifications and strict quality control to assure safe and reliable operation for the entire service life. During operational phase, a well formulated in service inspection and surveillance programme has been put in place to provide timely feedback on the healthiness of systems, structures and components (SSC) important to safety. Based on systematic inservice inspection (ISI) programme, insights from regular surveillance programme and structured system performance monitoring and review, certain incipient degradations in the reactor systems could be noted in time and replacement of certain systems/components, like secondary coolant heat exchangers, certain portion of emergency cooling water pipelines have been undertaken. Technological obsolescence has necessitated some of the replacement/up-gradation actions for power supply and controls and instrumentation systems of the reactor. Replacement of 150 kVA class II MA set with 250 kVA MA set, up-gradation of 20 kVA class II inverters, complete up-gradation of control room and fuelling machine instrumentation was taken up, without significantly affecting the reactor availability. While implementing these changes in the reactor systems, although the initial and the final system configuration were well analyzed and well established, during the transition phase adequate care had to be exercised in order to ensure that the system configuration does not lead to an unsafe state, taking into account various possible failures in the system under commissioning. Further, in order to ensure this requirement, the system

  17. Evaluating the molecular weight and characteristics of humic acids gradations using gel filtration and radioisotope tracer technique

    The measurement for molecular weight of humic acids gradations in the drab soil showed that the humic acid could be separated into three gradations of molecular weight using gel filtration by G-50 and two gradations by G-100, the molecular weights by G-50 were 78180, 48339, 22863 and molecular weights by G-100 were 63343 and 19870 respectively. While fulvic acid had only one gradation by both G-50 and G-100, the molecular weight was 2300 approximately. The measurement for complexation capacity of cadmium (zinc)-humic acids showed that the contents of Cd(Zn)-humic acid had two peak values with the volume of eluent compounded by cadmium (or zinc). The Cd(or Zn)-fulvic acid had only one peak value. The curve between contents of Cd (Zn)-humic acid and the volume of eluent met with the curve between spectrum and the volume of eluent. The experiment conducted by radioisotope tracer technique indicated that the complexation capacity of 65Zn-humic acids changed with different gradations of humic acids, the complexation curve met with the spectrum curve on the whole, i.e. the value of 65Zn-humic acid had two peak values, while the 65Zn-fulvic acid had only one, indicating that the use of radioisotope tracer technique could eliminate the intervention accompanied by other heavy metal ions

  18. Effect of void ratio and gradation on shear strength parameters of granular soils

    This paper was mainly focused on an experimental study conducted to investigate the effects of changing grain size distribution on shear strength characteristics of sandy soils. Ravi sand, Chenab Sand and Lawrencepur sand were mixed with each other in varying proportions to constitute sand samples of varying gradations. Grain size analysis (GSA), specific gravity, index density and direct shear tests were performed to investigate the effects of changing gradation on void ratios and the shear strength parameters, respectively. Based on the experimental results of GSA and direct shear tests, multivariate regression analysis was carried out and correlation between GSA parameters and internal friction angle was proposed. In order to validate the proposed model, an independent set of data based on testing of thirty sand samples was used. The value of internal friction angle measured experimentally differed by about +- 5% from value predicted by the proposed correlation. It was also observed that by changing the mean grain size, the void ratios first decreased and afterwards it increased. In addition to this, direct shear tests were also performed on sand samples by adding non plastic fines up to 30% in three basic sands to examine their effect on shear strength parameters of sandy soils. The friction angle decreased as fine content increased where as the apparent cohesion increased with the increase in the fines within the range of fine contents investigated. (author)

  19. Optimisation of functionally gradated material thermoelectric cooler for the solar space power system

    New solar space power system (SSPS) is designed for harvesting solar energy in space and its conversion and transmission to the Earth using laser radiation. This laser system needs to be kept within constant temperature range and the cooling system should have no moving parts, which makes a Peltier device (thermoelectric cooling; TEC) to be a viable option. The challenge of the TEC system is low coefficient of performance and need of a huge radiator to dissipate excess low-grade heat into the space. The present study analyses and optimizes the TEC system for SSPS with use of functionally gradated material (FGM) semiconductors. The performance of FGM semiconductors is calculated against set of objectives and constrains, taking into account temperature-dependent properties. Application of FGM vs. homogeneous TEC materials allows increase of COP by several times, halving current to form-factor ratio. - Highlights: •Heat management concept for new solar space power system (SSPS) has been analysed. •The thermoelectric cooling was designed using functionally gradated materials (FGM). •Optimal current/form-factor ratio could be decreased almost twice for FGM case. •Higher COP values (even 36 times) could be obtained vs. homogeneous materials. •The results demonstrate the benefits of FGM solutions for “smart” thermal designs

  20. Finite element analysis of the residual thermal stresses on functionally gradated dental restorations.

    Henriques, B; Miranda, G; Gasik, M; Souza, J C M; Nascimento, R M; Silva, F S


    The aim of this work was to study, using the finite element method (FEM), the distribution of thermal residual stresses arising in metal-ceramic dental restorations after cooling from the processing temperature. Three different interface configurations were studied: with conventional sharp transition; one with a 50% metal-50% ceramic interlayer; and one with a compositionally functionally gradated material (FGM) interlayer. The FE analysis was performed based on experimental data obtained from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and Dilatometry (DIL) studies of the monolithic materials and metal/ceramic composites. Results have shown significant benefits of using the 50% metal-50% ceramic interlayer and the FGM interlayer over the conventional sharp transition interface configuration in reduction of the thermal residual stress and improvement of stress profiles. Maximum stresses magnitudes were reduced by 10% for the crowns with 50% metal-50% ceramic interlayer and by 20% with FGM interlayer. The reduction in stress magnitude and smoothness of the stress distribution profile due to the gradated architectures might explain the improved behavior of these novel dental restorative systems relative to the conventional one, demonstrated by in-vitro studies already reported in literature. PMID:26122789

  1. Biofilm effects on size gradation, drag coefficient and settling velocity of sediment particles

    Qian-qian SHANG; Hong-wei FANG; Hui-ming ZHAO; Guo-jian HE; Zheng-hui CUI


    Sediment particles are often colonized by biofilm in a natural aquatic ecological system, especially in eutrophic water body. A series of laboratory experiments on particle size gradation, drag coefficient and settling velocity were conducted after natural sediment was colonized by biofilm for 5, 10, 15 and 20 days. Particle image acquisition, particle tracking techniques of Particle Image Velocimetry and Particle Tracking Velocimetry were utilized to analyze the changes of these properties. The experimental results indicate that the size gradation, the drag force exerted on bio-particles, and the settling velocity of bio-particles underwent significant change due to the growth of biofilm onto the sediment surface. The study proposes a characteristic particle size formula and a bio-particle settling velocity formula based on the regression of experiment results, that the settling velocity is only 50% to 60%as the single particle which has the same diameter and density. However, biofilm growth causes large particle which the settling velocities are approximately 10 times larger than that of primary particles. These results may be specifically used in the low energy reservoir or lake environment.

  2. gradation du milieu et aménagement dans le Plateau central, Burkina Faso

    Nébié, Ousmane


    Depuis plus de deux décennies, l'autosuffisance alimentaire demeure un objectif à atteindre au Burkina Faso, alors que la régression cumulative du développement s'accentue et provoque une détérioration des conditions de vie des populations, détérioration étroitement liée à la dégradation du milieu naturel et aux difficultés économiques. Sur le Plateau central où la situation est très critique, les agriculteurs sont en proie à une crise foncière qui se traduit par des difficultés d'accès à la ...

  3. A Pulsed Power Supply with Sag Compensation using Controlled Gradational Voltage

    Suzuki, Akihiro; Yamada, Masaki; Tashiro, Shojirou; Iwata, Akihiko

    A pulsed power supply with sag compensation using controlled gradational voltage to increase the flatness of output waveforms has been developed.The sag compensation circuit consists of compensation units connected in series. Each compensation unit consists of capacitances, diodes, and semiconductor switches. The capacitances of each unit are charged with different voltages by 2n (V0, 2V0, 4V0, ···). The compensation voltages, which has 2n-1 steps, is generated by switching the semiconductor switches of each unit in a binary sequence. Using this method, compensation voltage waveforms up to 6.2kV with 31 steps can be obtained with 5 compensation units. The sag compensation circuit has been adapted to a direct switch type pulsed power supply, which generates 7kV pulsed voltage with a pulse width of 700μs, thus realizing sag compensation.

  4. Attempts to improve nitrogen utilization efficiency of aquaponics through nitrifies addition and filler gradation.

    Zou, Yina; Hu, Zhen; Zhang, Jian; Xie, Huijun; Liang, Shuang; Wang, Jinhe; Yan, Runxin


    Aquaponics has attracted worldwide attention in recent years and is considered as an alternative technology for conventional aquaculture. In this study, common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and pakchoi (Brassica chinensis) were cultured in lab-scale aquaponics, and attempts were conducted to enhance its nitrogen utilization efficiency (NUE) through two optimization methods, i.e., nitrifies addition (NA) and filler gradation (FG). Results showed that NA and FG could improve the NUE of aquaponics by 8.8 and 16.0%, respectively, compared with control. The total ammonia (TAN) and nitrite (NO2(-)) concentrations in NA and FG systems were maintained at relatively low level (TAN aquaponics also contributed to global warming. Although the two proposed attempts in this study caused more N2O emission, they made new breakthrough in improving the NUE of aquaponics. PMID:26645232

  5. Rational Aggregation

    Bruce Chapman


    In two recent papers, Christian List and Philip Pettit have argued that there is a problem in the aggregation of reasoned judgements that is akin to the aggregation of the preference problem in social choice theory.1 Indeed, List and Pettit prove a new general impossibility theorem for the aggregation of judgements, and provide a propositional interpretation of the social choice problem that suggests it is a special case of their impossibility result.2 Specifically, they show that no judgemen...

  6. Application of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Technique for Gradation of Jute Fibres

    Choudhuri, P. K.


    Multi-Criteria Decision Making is a branch of Operation Research (OR) having a comparatively short history of about 40 years. It is being popularly used in the field of engineering, banking, fixing policy matters etc. It can also be applied for taking decisions in daily life like selecting a car to purchase, selecting bride or groom and many others. Various MCDM methods namely Weighted Sum Model (WSM), Weighted Product Model (WPM), Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solutions (TOPSIS) and Elimination and Choice Translating Reality (ELECTRE) are there to solve many decision making problems, each having its own limitations. However it is very difficult to decide which MCDM method is the best. MCDM methods are prospective quantitative approaches for solving decision problems involving finite number of alternatives and criteria. Very few research works in textiles have been carried out with the help of this technique particularly where decision taking among several alternatives becomes the major problem based on some criteria which are conflicting in nature. Gradation of jute fibres on the basis of the criteria like strength, root content, defects, colour, density, fineness etc. is an important task to perform. The MCDM technique provides enough scope to be applied for the gradation of jute fibres or ranking among several varieties keeping in view a particular object and on the basis of some selection criteria and their relative weightage. The present paper is an attempt to explore the scope of applying the multiplicative AHP method of multi-criteria decision making technique to determine the quality values of selected jute fibres on the basis of some above stated important criteria and ranking them accordingly. A good agreement in ranking is observed between the existing Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) grading and proposed method.

  7. Classification and Gradation of Cultivated Land Quality in Bishan County of Chongqing, China

    SHAO Jing'an; GE Xiaofeng; WEI Chaofu; XIE Deti


    The conflicts among food security, economic development and ecological protection are the "sticking point"of undeveloped southwestern mountainous areas of China. The objectives of this study are to identify appropriate integrated indicators influencing the classification and gradation of cultivated land quality in the southwestern mountainous area of China based on semi-structure interview, and to promote the monitoring of cultivated land quality in this region.Taking Bishan County of Chongqing as a study case, the integrated indicators involve the productivity, protection, acceptability, and stability of cultivated land. The integrated indicators accord with the characteristics of land resources and human preference in southwestern mountainous area of China. In different agricultural zones, we emphasize different indicators, such as emphasizing productivity, stabilization and acceptability in low hilly and plain agricultural integrative zone (LHP-AIZ), protection, productivity and stability in low mountain and hill agro-forestry ecological zone (LMH-AEZ), and acceptability in plain outskirts integrative agricultural zone (PO-IAZ), respectively. The pronounced difference of classification and gradation of cultivated land, regardless of inter-region or intra-region, is observed, with the reducible rank from PO-IAZ, LHP-AIZ to LMH-AEZ. Research results accord with the characteristics of assets management and intensive utilization of cultivated land resources in the southwestern mountainous area of China.Semi-structure interview adequately presents the principal agent of farmers in agricultural land use and rural land market.This method is very effective and feasible to obtain data of the quality of cultivated land in the southwestern mountainous area of China.

  8. Weighted aggregation

    Feiveson, A. H. (Principal Investigator)


    The use of a weighted aggregation technique to improve the precision of the overall LACIE estimate is considered. The manner in which a weighted aggregation technique is implemented given a set of weights is described. The problem of variance estimation is discussed and the question of how to obtain the weights in an operational environment is addressed.



    This letter explores the distributed multisensor dynamic system, which has uniform sampling velocity and asynchronous sampling data for different sensors, and puts forward a new gradation fusion algorithm of multisensor dynamic system. As the total forecasted increment value between the two adjacent moments is the forecasted estimate value of the corresponding state increment in the fusion center, the new algorithm models the state and the forecasted estimate value of every moment. Kalman filter and all measurements arriving sequentially in the fusion period are employed to update the evaluation of target state step by step, on the condition that the system has obtained the target state evaluation that is based on the overall information in the previous fusion period. Accordingly, in the present period, the fusion evaluation of the target state at each sampling point on the basis of the overall information can be obtained. This letter elaborates the form of this new algorithm. Computer simulation demonstrates that this new algorithm owns greater precision in estimating target state than the present asynchronous fusion algorithm calibrated in time does.

  10. Gradation of proteins and cells attached to the surface of bio-inert zwitterionic polymer brush.

    Li, Lifu; Nakaji-Hirabayashi, Tadashi; Kitano, Hiromi; Ohno, Kohji; Kishioka, Takahiro; Usui, Yuki


    A self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of a 2-bromoisobutyryl end group-carrying initiator for atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was constructed on the surface of silicon wafer or glass substrates via a silane-coupling reaction. When the initiator SAM was irradiated with UV light at 254nm, the surface density of bromine atoms was reduced by the scission of CBr bonds as observed by XPS. With the surface-initiated ATRP of the zwitterionic vinyl monomer, carboxymethyl betaine (CMB), the surface density of PCMB brushes could be easily varied by changing the irradiation period of UV light prior to the polymerization. Furthermore, by using a UV-cut shutter sliding above the initiator SAM-modified substrate at a constant speed, the degree of bromine atom removal could be linearly varied along the direction of movement of the shutter. Consequently, the amount of both proteins adsorbed and cells adhered to the PCMB brush-covered substrate could easily be controlled by the gradation of the surface density of PCMB brushes, which suppressed protein adsorption and cell adhesion. Such a technique is very simple and useful for the regulation of the surface density of adsorbed proteins and adhered cells on an originally bio-inert surface. PMID:27085477

  11. Status in physical properties of coloured rice varieties before and after inducing retro-gradation.

    Itagi, HameedaBanu N; Singh, Vasudeva


    Three varieties of paddy in brown, red (non-waxy) and black (waxy) forms were de-husked and milled before and after inducing retro-gradation and their physical properties were studied. Normalized grain weight, porosity of parboiled paddy (PP) and its de-husked rice (DR), were high compared to their respective native. True and bulk density were lowest for black variety, its DR, its raw and parboiled forms compared to other varieties of paddy. Angle of repose increased from raw paddy to PP whereas it decreased from raw DR to parboiled DR. Under similar conditions of milling of DR, raw and parboiled milled rice of black variety was the darkest. Raw husk showed higher EMC compared to husk of parboiled. Hardness followed the pattern: Raw: Paddy (~230-280 N) > DR (~120-260 N) > Milled rice (~110 N); for parboiled: DR (~270-480 N) > PP (~260-425 N) > Parboiled milled rice (~250-340 N). Cooking time was high for DR of parboiled ones and least for waxy raw milled rice. Results of this study will be helpful in understanding the quality of pigmented rice cultivars, design and fabrication of some of the equipments in rice processing industry. PMID:26604348

  12. Analysis of Beams with Transversal Gradations of the Young's Modulus and Variable Depths by the Meshless Method

    Sátor, Ladislav; Sládek, Vladimír; Sládek, Ján


    A numerical analysis based on the meshless local Petrov- Galerkin (MLPG) method is proposed for a functionally graded material FGM (FGMfunctionally graded material) beam. The planar bending of the beam is considered with a transversal gradation of Young's modulus and a variable depth of the beam. The collocation formulation is constructed from the equilibrium equations for the mechanical fields. Dirac's delta function is employed as a test function in the derivation of a strong formulation. The Moving Least Squares (MLS) approximation technique is applied for an approximation of the spatial variations of all the physical quantities. An investigation of the accuracy, the convergence of the accuracy, the computational efficiency and the effect of the level of the gradation of Young's modulus on the behaviour of coupled mechanical fields is presented in various boundary value problems for a rectangular beam with a functionally graded Young's modulus.

  13. Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology

    Susanto Basu; John G. Fernald


    Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology are meaningful but distinct concepts. We show that a slightly-modified Solow productivity residual measures changes in economic welfare, even when productivity and technology differ because of distortions such as imperfect competition. We then present a general accounting framework that identifies several new non-technological gaps between productivity and technology, gaps reflecting imperfections and frictions in output and factor markets. Empi...

  14. Carbon Sequestration Potential of Teak Plantations of Different Agro-Climatic Zones and Age-Gradations of Southern India

    Milkuri Chiranjeeva Reddy; R. M. Priya; S. L. Madiwalar


    Carbon sequestration potential of teak plantations in different agro-climatic zones of Southern India, viz. Northern Dry Zone, Northern Transition Zone, and Hilly Zone were studied. Teak plantations belonging to three age gradations viz. 10, 15 and 20 years were considered for the study. Above ground biomass was computed based on volume estimation and wood density after considering three 10 x 10 m plots. Carbon sequestration potential of teak plantations on farmlands differed significantly wi...

  15. Aggregate assesment and durability evaluation of optimized graded concrete in the state of Oklahoma

    Ghaeezadeh, Ashkan

    This research is a part of a larger project that emphasizes on creating a more scientific approach to designing concrete mixtures for concrete pavements that use less cement and more aggregate which is called optimized graded concrete. The most challenging obstacle in optimized mixtures is reaching enough workability so that one doesn't have to add more cement or super-plasticizer to reach the desired level of flowability. Aggregate gradation and characteristics have found to be very important when it comes to the workabaility of optimized graded concrete. In this research a new automated method of aggregate assessment was used to compare the shape and the surface of different aggregates as well as their influence on the concrete flowability. At the end, the performance of optimized graded concrete against drying shrinkage and freezing and thawing condition were investigated.

  16. Inférence statistique pour un modèle de dégradation en présence de variables explicatives

    Salami, Ali


    Dans cette thèse, on modélise le fonctionnement d'un système soumis à une dégradation continue. Ce système est considéré en panne dès que le niveau de dégradation dépasse un certain seuil critique fixé a priori. Dans ce travail, on s'intéresse tout d'abord aux temps d'atteinte de seuils critiques (déterministe ou aléatoire) pour un processus gamma non homogène. Une nouvelle approche est proposée ensuite pour décrire la dégradation d'un système. Cette approche consiste à considérer que la dégr...

  17. Aggregation of Scale Efficiency

    Valentin Zelenyuk


    In this article we extend the aggregation theory in efficiency and productivity analysis by deriving solutions to the problem of aggregation of individual scale efficiency measures, primal and dual, into aggregate primal and dual scale efficiency measures of a group. The new aggregation result is coherent with aggregation framework and solutions for the other related efficiency measures that already exist in the literature.

  18. Processing of styrene butadiene rubber-carbon black nanocomposites with gradation of crosslink density: Static and dynamic mechanical characterization

    The concentrations of sulfur and accelerator were varied in the nanocomposites of carbon black (CB)-filled styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) matrix to introduce the gradation of the crosslink density. These curatives were varied from 1 to 11 phr (per hundred rubber) along the span of 3-mm thick sheet using the construction-based layering method. The static and dynamic mechanical characterizations of these functionally graded polymeric nanocomposites (FGPNCs) were carried out. With increasing crosslink density along thickness, hardness and modulus increase while the ultimate properties like tensile strength and elongation at break droop down. The dynamic mechanical analysis of FGPNCs exhibits the increment in the storage modulus than the uniformly dispersed polymeric nanocomposites (UDPNCs) employing the same average amount of curatives. The peak position of tan δmax remains at the same temperature while the value mitigates in FGPNCs. In FGPNCs, tan δ peak intimates the broadness in the transition region

  19. 煤粉分级浮沉试验方法的探索%Exploration on methods of sedimentation test for gradation of coal fines

    孙再征; 沈丽娟; 高伟; 常发军


    The paper analyzes the existing problems during direct gradation of coal fines in gravity fields or centrifuge fields, and introduces the principle of sedimentation test for gradation of slime-bearing coal fines. After the force analysis of single coal fine particle in gravity fields and centrifuge fields are carried out, the method of sedimentation test for gradation of slime-bearing coal fines in centrifuge fields is proposed, and it proves feasible through experiments and t test. It solves such the problems as long sedimentation period, high cost and mixing of materials with different densities during gradation of coal fines.%分析了煤粉在离心力场或重力场中直接分级浮沉存在的问题,介绍了煤粉掺泥分级浮沉试验的原理。通过对单个煤粉颗粒在离心力场和重力场中的受力分析,提出了离心力场中煤粉掺泥分级浮沉试验的方法,并通过试验和t检验验证了试验的可行性,成功地解决了细粒煤粉分级浮沉周期长、成本高和各密度级物料混杂的问题。


    李燕; 申向东



  1. Consistent Trade Policy Aggregation

    Anderson, James E.


    Much empirical work requires the aggregation of policies. This paper provides methods of policy aggregation that are consistent with two common objectives of empirical work. One is to preserve real income. The other is to preserve the real volume of activity in one or more parts of the economy. Trade policy aggregation is an acute example of the aggregation problem with thousands of highly dispersed trade barriers to be aggregated. An application to India shows that the standard atheoretic me...

  2. Consistency in Aggregation

    Ludwig Auer


    In empirical economic research, individual prices are often aggregated into average prices of sub-aggregates. Then, these average prices are aggregated to produce the average price of the total aggregate. Often, such two stage procedures help to illuminate the underlying forces driving the overall result. Since price data are usually published as price changes, this two stage aggregation is typically based on some price index formula. In this paper, various screening devices are introduced wh...

  3. Information-aggregation bias

    Goodfriend, Marvin


    Aggregation in the presence of data-processing lags distorts the information content of data, violating orthogonality restrictions that hold at the individual level. Though the phenomenon is general, it is illustrated here for the life-cycle-permanent-income model. Cross-section and pooled-panel data induce information-aggregation bias akin to that in aggregate time series. Calculations show that information aggregation can seriously bias tests of the life-cycle model on aggregate time series...

  4. Méthodes de prévision des dégradations des structures bâties en zone d'affaissement minier

    Deck, Olivier; AL HEIB, Marwan; Homand, Françoise; Gueniffey, Yves; Wojtkowiak, Francis


    Les mines et carrières souterraines, en activité ou abandonnées, sont susceptibles d'être à l'origine d'affaissements des terrains en surface. Qu'ils résultent de la méthode d'exploitation ou qu'ils s'avèrent accidentels, ces derniers induisent d'importants mouvements permanents en surface qui peuvent entraîner des dégradations du bâti et des infrastructures. La gestion des zones urbanisées concernées passe par la hiérarchisation du risque de dégradation et la proposition de dispositions cons...

  5. Platelet aggregation test

    The platelet aggregation blood test checks how well platelets , a part of blood, clump together and cause blood to clot. ... Decreased platelet aggregation may be due to: Autoimmune ... Fibrin degradation products Inherited platelet function defects ...

  6. Aggregation in manpower planning

    Wijngaard, J


    In manpower planning, as in all other kinds of planning, an important choice is the level of aggregation. The proper level of aggregation depends on the flexibility (mobility) of the personnel. This dependency is investigated in this paper. The manpower system considered is characterized by two dimensions, level and function group. Conditions are derived for aggregate long-term planning (aggregation over function group) combined with one-period disaggregation being optimal.

  7. Aggregating Reputation Feedback

    Garcin, Florent; Faltings, Boi; Jurca, Radu


    A fundamental task in reputation systems is to aggregate multiple feedback ratings into a single value that can be used to compare the reputation of different entities. Feedback is most commonly aggregated using the arithmetic mean. However, the mean is quite susceptible to outliers and biases, and thus may not be the most informative aggregate of the reports. We consider three criteria to assess the quality of an aggregator: the informativness, the robustness and the strategyproofness, and a...

  8. Protein aggregation and bioprocessing

    Cromwell, Mary E. M.; Hilario, Eric; Jacobson, Fred


    Protein aggregation is a common issue encountered during manufacture of biotherapeutics. It is possible to influence the amount of aggregate produced during the cell culture and purification process by carefully controlling the environment (eg, media components) and implementing appro-priate strategies to minimize the extent of aggregation. Steps to remove aggregates have been successfully used at a manufacturing scale. Care should be taken when developing a process to monitor the compatibili...

  9. Relationship Between Serum Creatine Kinase Isoenzyme MM Subbands and the Gradation of Coronary Stenosis in Patients with Unstable Angina Pectoris

    Wu Ziqiang; Zhu shanju; Meng Suron; Sun Yueh


    Objective To observe the relationship between serum creatine kinase isoenzyme MM sub-bands (CKMM3/MM1 ratio) and the gradation of coronary stenosis and provide a simple, reliable, and economical method for identifying high-risk unstable angina pectoris (UAP). Mehtods Blood samples were drawn at different time after onset of chest pain in 21 patients with UAP and only once in 20 each volunteers for control. CKMM3/MM1 ratio was detected by nonserial buffer agarose gel electrophoresis. CKMB and CK were observed by velocity method. An emergent coronary arteriography was performed as soon as patients were admitted into hospital. Results Patients with UAP were divided into two subgroups:patients with elevated serum enzyme [P( + )] and patients with normal serum enzyme [P( - ) ] according to CKMM3/MM1 ratio < 0.5. Patients with UAP(+)had higher serum CKMM3/MM1 ratios from 0.5 to 12hrs and serum CKMB from 2 to 12 hrs than those with UAP( - ) and control ( P < 0.05) . Serum enzyme concentrations of patients with UAP whose coronary lumen had 90% or more than 90% stenosis were significantly higher than those whose coronary lumen had less than 90% stenosis (P<0.01) . AnyCKMM3/MM1 ratio was less than 1.0 and CK within the normal range in patients with UAP( + ) group. Conclusions CKMM3/MM1 ratios in patients with UAP can reflect severity of myocardial ischemia. Serum CKMM3/MM1 ratio provides a simple, reliable, and economical method for identifying high-risk UAP.

  10. Provenance for Aggregate Queries

    Yael Amsterdamer; Daniel Deutch; Val Tannen


    We study in this paper provenance information for queries with aggregation. Provenance information was studied in the context of various query languages that do not allow for aggregation, and recent work has suggested to capture provenance by annotating the different database tuples with elements of a commutative semiring and propagating the annotations through query evaluation. We show that aggregate queries pose novel challenges rendering this approach inapplicable. Consequently, we propose...

  11. Diffusion in aggregated soil.

    Rappoldt, C.


    The structure of an aggregated soil is characterized by the distribution of the distance from an arbitrary point in the soil to the nearest macropore or crack. From this distribution an equivalent model system is derived to which a diffusion model can be more easily applied. The model system consists of spherical, or cylindrical or plane aggregates, which do not represent the individual aggregates of the soil, however. The radii of the spheres, cylinders or plane sheets represent different le...

  12. The Aggregate-Supply/Aggregate-Demand Model

    BARRO, Robert J.


    The aggregate-supply/ aggregate-demand (AS-AD) model is popular in textbooks, but has problems with logical consistency. In one interpretation, the Keynesian underpinnings of the AD curve-derived from the IS/LM model with downward price stickiness-conflict with the determination of the price level at the intersection of the AS and AD curves. In another view, the model corresponds to rational-expectations theories in which Keynesian properties are absent. In a third interpretation, the model i...

  13. Up-gradation of MoO3 and separation of copper, iron, zinc from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process

    Jin-Young Lee; Jyothi Rajesh Kumar; Ho-Seok Jeon; Joon-Soo Kim


    The present research paper deals with the oxidation process of molybdenum ore. The main target of the present study is the up-gradation of MoO3 from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process without waste generation. The most important application of hydrometallurgical processing is the leaching process of the ore and it is the primary process to make pure metal from ore. The present investigations optimize the following experimental parameters to improve the concentration of MoO3 as well ...

  14. An Aggregation Matrix MATLAB Function

    Caleb Stair


    This Technical Document describes the foundations for an aggregation matrix function implemented in MATLAB, including the format and structure of the required aggregation vector used as an argument to the function. The function is passed with the N-dimensional aggregation vector as an argument. The aggregation vector contains N values ranging from 1 to M, each of which is the aggregate index corresponding to the N pre-aggregation indices. The function returns an aggregation matrix with M rows...


    Shumway, C. Richard; Davis, George C.


    Consistent aggregation assures that behavioral properties which apply to disaggregate relationships also apply to aggregate relationships. The agricultural economics literature is reviewed which has tested for consistent aggregation or measured statistical bias and/or inferential errors due to aggregation. Tests for aggregation bias and errors of inference are conducted using indices previously tested for consistent aggregation. Failure to reject consistent aggregation in a partition did not ...


    Shumway, C. Richard; Davis, George C.


    Consistent aggregation assures that behavioral properties, which apply to disaggregate relationships also, apply to aggregate relationships. The agricultural economics literature is reviewed which has tested for consistent aggregation or measured statistical bias and/or inferential errors due to aggregation. Tests for aggregation bias and errors of inference are conducted using indices previously tested for consistent aggregation. Failure to reject consistent aggregation in a partition did no...

  17. Design modifications and up gradations in Indus 2 RF safety interlock system for the safety of recently commissioned insertion devices U1 and U2

    GeV/200 mA particle accelerator Indus-2 is located at RRCAT Indore, MP. Presently it is being operated regularly at 150 mA/2.5 GeV in user mode. In order to provide the higher flux intensity to the beam line users, recently it has been upgraded from second generation to third generation synchrotron source by installing and commissioning two numbers of insertion devices (Undulators) namely 'U1' and 'U2' in LS2 and LS3 respectively. Further additional three numbers of insertion devices are also proposed to be installed in LS4, LS5 and LS6 of Indus-2. For the safety of these five precious devices, necessary modifications and up gradations have been done in the machine safety interlock system of Indus-2. RF interlock system has also been upgraded and modified to meet the new requirements. Apart from machine access interlock and beam dump interlock, it also includes over temperature, water flow interlock and beam position interlocks for all five insertion devices. This paper discusses about the design modifications and up gradations in Indus-2 RF safety interlock system carried out to deal with the issues and challenges related to the human safety due to the possible accidental exposure to the ionizing radiation inside the Indus-2 beam tunnel and the safety of the recently commissioned insertion devices 'U1' and 'U2'. (author)

  18. Charged Dust Aggregate Interactions

    Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell


    A proper understanding of the behavior of dust particle aggregates immersed in a complex plasma first requires a knowledge of the basic properties of the system. Among the most important of these are the net electrostatic charge and higher multipole moments on the dust aggregate as well as the manner in which the aggregate interacts with the local electrostatic fields. The formation of elongated, fractal-like aggregates levitating in the sheath electric field of a weakly ionized RF generated plasma discharge has recently been observed experimentally. The resulting data has shown that as aggregates approach one another, they can both accelerate and rotate. At equilibrium, aggregates are observed to levitate with regular spacing, rotating about their long axis aligned parallel to the sheath electric field. Since gas drag tends to slow any such rotation, energy must be constantly fed into the system in order to sustain it. A numerical model designed to analyze this motion provides both the electrostatic charge and higher multipole moments of the aggregate while including the forces due to thermophoresis, neutral gas drag, and the ion wakefield. This model will be used to investigate the ambient conditions leading to the observed interactions. This research is funded by NSF Grant 1414523.

  19. Aggregated Computational Toxicology Online Resource

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Aggregated Computational Toxicology Online Resource (AcTOR) is EPA's online aggregator of all the public sources of chemical toxicity data. ACToR aggregates data...

  20. Protein Colloidal Aggregation Project

    Oliva-Buisson, Yvette J. (Compiler)


    To investigate the pathways and kinetics of protein aggregation to allow accurate predictive modeling of the process and evaluation of potential inhibitors to prevalent diseases including cataract formation, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and others.

  1. Platelet activation and aggregation

    Jensen, Maria Sander; Larsen, O H; Christiansen, Kirsten; Fenger-Eriksen, C; Ingerslev, J; Sørensen, Benny


    This study introduces a new laboratory model of whole blood platelet aggregation stimulated by endogenously generated thrombin, and explores this aspect in haemophilia A in which impaired thrombin generation is a major hallmark. The method was established to measure platelet aggregation initiated...... by tissue factor evaluated by means of impedance aggregometry. Citrated whole blood from healthy volunteers and haemophilia A patients with the addition of inhibitors of the contact pathway and fibrin polymerization was evaluated. In healthy persons, a second wave of platelet aggregation was found to...... coincide with the thrombin burst and to be abolished by thrombin inhibitors. In this system, platelet aggregation in severe haemophilia A (n = 10) was found to be significantly decreased as compared with healthy individuals (912 ± 294 vs. 1917 ± 793 AU × min, P = 0.003), most probably due to the weak level...

  2. Recycled aggregates concrete: aggregate and mix properties

    González-Fonteboa, B.


    Full Text Available This study of structural concrete made with recycled concrete aggregate focuses on two issues: 1. The characterization of such aggregate on the Spanish market. This involved conducting standard tests to determine density, water absorption, grading, shape, flakiness and hardness. The results obtained show that, despite the considerable differences with respect to density and water absorption between these and natural aggregates, on the whole recycled aggregate is apt for use in concrete production. 2. Testing to determine the values of basic concrete properties: mix design parameters were established for structural concrete in non-aggressive environments. These parameters were used to produce conventional concrete, and then adjusted to manufacture recycled concrete aggregate (RCA concrete, in which 50% of the coarse aggregate was replaced by the recycled material. Tests were conducted to determine the physical (density of the fresh and hardened material, water absorption and mechanical (compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and modulus of elasticity properties. The results showed that, from the standpoint of its physical and mechanical properties, concrete in which RCA accounted for 50% of the coarse aggregate compared favourably to conventional concrete.

    Se aborda el estudio de hormigones estructurales fabricados con áridos reciclados procedentes de hormigón, incidiéndose en dos aspectos: 1. Caracterización de tales áridos, procedentes del mercado español. Para ello se llevan a cabo ensayos de densidad, absorción, granulometría, coeficiente de forma, índice de lajas y dureza. Los resultados obtenidos han puesto de manifiesto que, a pesar de que existen diferencias notables (sobre todo en cuanto a densidad y absorción con los áridos naturales, las características de los áridos hacen posible la fabricación de hormigones. 2. Ensayos sobre propiedades básicas de los hormigones: se establecen parámetros de dosificaci

  3. Coagulation with limited aggregations

    Bertoin, Jean


    Smoluchowski's coagulation equations can be used as elementary mathematical models for the formation of polymers. We review here some recent contributions on a variation of this model in which the number of aggregations for each atom is a priori limited. Macroscopic results in the deterministic setting can be explained at the microscopic level by considering a version of stochastic coalescence with limited aggregations, which can be related to the so-called random configuration model of random graph theory.

  4. The Aggregation Dilemma

    Ingmar Schumacher


    The results in this paper show that the level of aggregation used in a social welfare func- tion matters significantly for policy analysis. Using climate change as an example, it is shown that, under the mild and widely-accepted assumptions of asymmetric climate change impacts and declining marginal utility, an aggregation dilemma may arise that dwarfs most other policy-relevant aspects in the climate change cost-benefit analysis. Estimates based on the RICE-99 model (Nordhaus and Boyer 2000)...

  5. Glycine reduces platelet aggregation

    Schemmer, Peter; Zhong, Zhi; Galli, Uwe; Wheeler, Michael D.; Xiangli, Li; Bradford, Blair U.; Conzelmann, Lars O.; Forman, Dow; Boyer, José; Thurman, Ronald G


    It has been demonstrated that a wide variety of white blood cells and macrophages (i.e. Kupffer cells, alveolar and peritoneal macrophages and neutrophils) contain glycine-gated chloride channels. Binding of glycine on the receptor stimulates Cl− influx causing membrane hyperpolarization that prevents agonist-induced influx of calcium. Since platelet-aggregation is calcium-dependent, this study was designed to test the hypothesis that glycine would inhibit platelet aggregation. Rats were fed ...

  6. Engineering consideration and experience related to refurbishment and safety up-gradation of 40 MWT research reactor CIRUS

    CIRUS, a 40 MWt research reactor located at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, went into operation in 1960. CIRUS is a vertical tank type reactor using natural uranium metal as fuel, heavy water as moderator, helium as cover gas and light water as primary coolant flowing in a closed re-circulating loop. Heat from the primary coolant is transferred to seawater flowing in a once-through mode. After over 3 decades of satisfactory operation, signs of ageing related degradation started appearing in some of the reactor systems. Detailed ageing studies of the systems, structures and components of the reactor were carried out during the years 1992-95 to assess the condition of their health and to identify refurbishing requirements towards safe life extension and safety up-gradation for continued safe operation and better utilization of the reactor. Based on the results of the detailed ageing studies, refurbishing requirements were finalized and a refurbishment outage of the reactor was taken up towards the end of 1997. Additional inspections, which could not be done earlier with irradiated fuel present in the core, were also undertaken after the reactor shut-down. This mainly involved: extensive examination of subsoil (buried) sections of primary coolant carbon steel piping all over its length by employing various non-destructive techniques like in-situ metallography, advanced ultrasonic flaw detector cum imaging technique; examination of emergency core cooling storage tank, a pre-stressed concrete structure using rebound hammer test, ultrasonic pulse velocity test, corrosion potential measurement and assessment of compressive strength of concrete by core sampling; inspection of lattice tubes of the reactor vessel by eddy current technique. During refurbishment, many repair activities required considerable engineering development work. One of the most challenging work was rectification of leaks from helium pipeline flange joints located in the reactor structure

  7. Up-gradation of MoO3 and separation of copper, iron, zinc from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process

    Jin-Young Lee


    Full Text Available The present research paper deals with the oxidation process of molybdenum ore. The main target of the present study is the up-gradation of MoO3 from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process without waste generation. The most important application of hydrometallurgical processing is the leaching process of the ore and it is the primary process to make pure metal from ore. The present investigations optimize the following experimental parameters to improve the concentration of MoO3 as well as the separation of copper, iron and zinc in roasted molybdenum ore: effect of acid concentration, temperature, pulp density and leaching time were studied systematically. The temperature study was carried out at 550-595 ºC for the oxidation process. The XRD result shows that oxidation process of molybdenum ore and SEM pictures were taken for particles before and after the oxidation process at 585 ºC for 360 min.

  8. Up-gradation of MoO3 and separation of copper, iron, zinc from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process

    The present research paper deals with the oxidation process of molybdenum ore. The main target of the present study is the up-gradation of MoO3 from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process without waste generation. The most important application of hydrometallurgical processing is the leaching process of the ore and it is the primary process to make pure metal from ore. The present investigations optimize the following experimental parameters to improve the concentration of MoO3 as well as the separation of copper, iron and zinc in roasted molybdenum ore: effect of acid concentration, temperature, pulp density and leaching time were studied systematically. The temperature study was carried out at 550-595 °C for the oxidation process. The XRD result shows that oxidation process of molybdenum ore and SEM pictures were taken for particles before and after the oxidation process at 585 °C for 360 min. (author)

  9. Up-gradation of MoO{sub 3} and separation of copper, iron, zinc from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process

    Jin-Young, Lee; Jyothi Rajesh, Kumar; Ho-Seok, Jeon; Joon-Soo, Kim, E-mail:, E-mail: [Extractive Metallurgy Department, Mineral Resources Research Division, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) (Korea, Republic of)


    The present research paper deals with the oxidation process of molybdenum ore. The main target of the present study is the up-gradation of MoO{sub 3} from roasted molybdenum ore by a leaching process without waste generation. The most important application of hydrometallurgical processing is the leaching process of the ore and it is the primary process to make pure metal from ore. The present investigations optimize the following experimental parameters to improve the concentration of MoO{sub 3} as well as the separation of copper, iron and zinc in roasted molybdenum ore: effect of acid concentration, temperature, pulp density and leaching time were studied systematically. The temperature study was carried out at 550-595 Degree-Sign C for the oxidation process. The XRD result shows that oxidation process of molybdenum ore and SEM pictures were taken for particles before and after the oxidation process at 585 Degree-Sign C for 360 min. (author)

  10. Deformations during saturation of the crushed aggregate, Olkiluoto tonalite

    Crushed aggregate tonalite produced of crystalline tonalite or a correspondent rock with particle size up to 8 mm (or 16 mm) will be used as backfill material in the VLJ repository caverns at Olkiluoto (in Finland). The backfill material has to retard radionuclides, to restrict the groundwater perlocation and to support mechanically the concrete structure of the repository silos. Mechanical and hydraulic behaviour of crushed tonalite when effected by stresses applied during compaction of the backfill and due to groundwater perlocation was studied at three batches having different gradations. Information about the phenomenon of settlement due to saturation and as a function of the compaction methods was obtained from a literature survey. The maximum amount of possible deformation due to compaction was analyzed with a gyratory device, known to have a good repeatability. In a group of simulation tests using a large oedometer cell the amount of compression due to the saturation process was measured. Also studies on the suitability of different compaction methods could be done with these tests. (43 refs., 49 figs., 3 tabs.)

  11. Sustainable Concrete with Recycled Aggregate

    Kara, P


    Concretes produced with recycled aggregates are the subject of several papers recently published in the technical literature. Substitution of natural aggregates can be one of possibilities to take care of landfills and increase of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere in Latvia. Recycled aggregate is a valuable resource; value-added consumption of recycled aggregate, as replacement for virgin aggregate in concrete, can yield significant energy and environmental benefits. In present study recycled...

  12. Arrow's Theorem in Judgement Aggregation

    Franz Dietrich; Christian List


    In response to recent work on the aggregation of individual judgements on logically connected propositions into collective judgements, it is often asked whether judgement aggregation is a special case of Arrowian preference aggregation. We argue the opposite. After proving a general impossibility theorem, we construct an embedding of preference aggregation into judgement aggregation and prove Arrow's theorem as a corollary of our result. Although we provide a new proof of Arrow's theorem, our...

  13. Absorption Spectra of Astaxanthin Aggregates

    Olsina, Jan; Durchan, Milan; Minofar, Babak; Polivka, Tomas; Mancal, Tomas


    Carotenoids in hydrated polar solvents form aggregates characterized by dramatic changes in their absorption spectra with respect to monomers. Here we analyze absorption spectra of aggregates of the carotenoid astaxanthin in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide. Depending on water content, two types of aggregates were produced: H-aggregates with absorption maximum around 390 nm, and J-aggregates with red-shifted absorption band peaking at wavelengths >550 nm. The large shifts with respect to absorption...

  14. Aggregate Oligopoly Games with Entry

    Anderson, Simon P.; Erkal, Nisvan; Piccinin, Daniel


    We use cumulative reaction functions to compare long-run market structures in aggregative oligopoly games. We first compile an IO toolkit for aggregative games. We show strong neutrality properties across market structures. The aggregator stays the same, despite changes in the number of firms and their actions. The IIA property of demands (CES and logit) implies that consumer surplus depends on the aggregator alone, and that the Bertrand pricing game is aggregative. We link together the follo...

  15. Commercial Demonstration of the Manufactured Aggregate Processing Technology Utilizing Spray Dryer Ash

    Milton Wu; Paul Yuran


    Universal Aggregates LLC (UA) was awarded a cost sharing Co-operative Agreement from the Department of Energy (DOE) through the Power Plant Improvement Initiative Program (PPII) to design, construct and operate a lightweight aggregate manufacturing plant at the Birchwood Power Facility in King George, Virginia in October 2001. The Agreement was signed in November 2002. The installation and start-up expenses for the Birchwood Aggregate Facility are $19.5 million. The DOE share is $7.2 million (37%) and the UA share is $12.3 million (63%). The original project team consists of UA, SynAggs, LLC, CONSOL Energy Inc. and P. J. Dick, Inc. Using 115,000 ton per year of spray dryer ash (SDA), a dry FGD by-product from the power station, UA will produce 167,000 tons of manufactured lightweight aggregate for use in production of concrete masonry units (CMU). Manufacturing aggregate from FGD by-products can provide an economical high-volume use and substantially expand market for FGD by-products. Most of the FGD by-products are currently disposed of in landfills. Construction of the Birchwood Aggregate Facility was completed in March 2004. Operation startup was begun in April 2004. Plant Integration was initiated in December 2004. Integration includes mixing, extrusion, curing, crushing and screening. Lightweight aggregates with proper size gradation and bulk density were produced from the manufacturing aggregate plant and loaded on a stockpile for shipment. The shipped aggregates were used in a commercial block plant for CMU production. However, most of the production was made at low capacity factors and for a relatively short time in 2005. Several areas were identified as important factors to improve plant capacity and availability. Equipment and process control modifications and curing vessel clean up were made to improve plant operation in the first half of 2006. About 3,000 tons of crushed aggregate was produced in August 2006. UA is continuing to work to improve plant

  16. Aggregation on heterogeneous surface

    Lu Hang-Jun; Wu Feng-Min; Fang Yun-Zhang


    Chessboard-like substrates are introduced in this paper, in order to study the diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA)and the motion of poly-atoms on heterogeneous surfaces. The effect of morphology of such substrates upon the cluster aggregation is investigated using the Monte Carlo simulation. It is found that the growth process and the cluster morphology are governed by the energetic topography of the substrates. Our simulation also indicate that the island density and the fractal dimension of the clusters depend strongly on the substrate topography and the activation energy.

  17. Aggregates, broccoli and cauliflower

    Grey, Francois; Kjems, Jørgen K.


    Naturally grown structures with fractal characters like broccoli and cauliflower are discussed and compared with DLA-type aggregates. It is suggested that the branching density can be used to characterize the growth process and an experimental method to determine this parameter is proposed.

  18. Diffusion in aggregated soil.

    Rappoldt, C.


    The structure of an aggregated soil is characterized by the distribution of the distance from an arbitrary point in the soil to the nearest macropore or crack. From this distribution an equivalent model system is derived to which a diffusion model can be more easily applied. The model system consist

  19. Aggregation Algorithms in Heterogeneous Tables

    Titus Felix FURTUNA; Ivan, Ion; Marian DARDALA


    The heterogeneous tables are most used in the problem of aggregation. A solution for this problem is to standardize these tables of figures. In this paper, we proposed some methods of aggregation based on the hierarchical algorithms.


    Ahmad Mujahid Ahmad Zaidi


    Used of recycled aggregate (RA) in concrete can be described in environmental protection and economical terms. The application of recycled aggregate to use in construction activities have been practice by developed European countries and also of some Asian countries. This paper reports the results of an experimental study on the mechanical properties of recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) as compared to natural aggregate concrete (NAC). The effects of size of RA on compressive strength were dis...

  1. Judgement aggregation and distributed thinking

    Spiekermann, Kai


    In recent years, judgement aggregation has emerged as an important area of social choice theory. Judgement aggregation is concerned with aggregating sets of individual judgements over logically connected propositions into a set of collective judgements. It has been shown that even seemingly weak conditions on the aggregation function make it impossible to find functions that produce rational collective judgements from all possible rational individual judgements. This implies...

  2. Aggregating governance indicators

    Kaufmann, Daniel; Kraay, Aart; Zoido-Lobaton, Pablo


    In recent years the growing interest of academics and policymakers in governance has been reflected in the proliferation of cross-country indices measuring various aspects of governance. The authors explain how a simple variant of an unobserved components model can be used to combine the information from these different sources into aggregate governance indicators. The main advantage of this method us that it allows quantification of the precision of both individual sources of governance data...

  3. Study of Recycled Concrete Aggregates

    Jitender Sharma; Sandeep Singla


    This paper describes the introduction and production of recycled concrete aggregates and its various applications in the construction industry. In this paper, properties of recycled aggregates and its comparison with the natural aggregates are also mentioned. Future recommendations about RCA are also included.

  4. Proteins aggregation and human diseases

    Hu, Chin-Kun


    Many human diseases and the death of most supercentenarians are related to protein aggregation. Neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer's disease (AD), Huntington's disease (HD), Parkinson's disease (PD), frontotemporallobar degeneration, etc. Such diseases are due to progressive loss of structure or function of neurons caused by protein aggregation. For example, AD is considered to be related to aggregation of Aβ40 (peptide with 40 amino acids) and Aβ42 (peptide with 42 amino acids) and HD is considered to be related to aggregation of polyQ (polyglutamine) peptides. In this paper, we briefly review our recent discovery of key factors for protein aggregation. We used a lattice model to study the aggregation rates of proteins and found that the probability for a protein sequence to appear in the conformation of the aggregated state can be used to determine the temperature at which proteins can aggregate most quickly. We used molecular dynamics and simple models of polymer chains to study relaxation and aggregation of proteins under various conditions and found that when the bending-angle dependent and torsion-angle dependent interactions are zero or very small, then protein chains tend to aggregate at lower temperatures. All atom models were used to identify a key peptide chain for the aggregation of insulin chains and to find that two polyQ chains prefer anti-parallel conformation. It is pointed out that in many cases, protein aggregation does not result from protein mis-folding. A potential drug from Chinese medicine was found for Alzheimer's disease.

  5. Absorption Spectra of Astaxanthin Aggregates

    Olsina, Jan; Minofar, Babak; Polivka, Tomas; Mancal, Tomas


    Carotenoids in hydrated polar solvents form aggregates characterized by dramatic changes in their absorption spectra with respect to monomers. Here we analyze absorption spectra of aggregates of the carotenoid astaxanthin in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide. Depending on water content, two types of aggregates were produced: H-aggregates with absorption maximum around 390 nm, and J-aggregates with red-shifted absorption band peaking at wavelengths >550 nm. The large shifts with respect to absorption maximum of monomeric astaxanthin (470-495 nm depending on solvent) are caused by excitonic interaction between aggregated molecules. We applied molecular dynamics simulations to elucidate structure of astaxanthin dimer in water, and the resulting structure was used as a basis for calculations of absorption spectra. Absorption spectra of astaxanthin aggregates in hydrated dimethylsulfoxide were calculated using molecular exciton model with the resonance interaction energy between astaxanthin monomers constrained by semi-e...

  6. Gradation from oceanic to estuarine beaches in a ría environment: A case study in the Ría de Vigo

    Bernabeu, Ana M.; Lersundi-Kanpistegi, Aimar V.; Vilas, Federico


    Beaches are an important consideration in coastal management. Morphodynamic classification of sandy beaches is used for open-ocean, wave-dominated environments, but fails to describe the shape of natural sandy beaches located in low-energy environments. An important consequence of this is that these environments are excluded from current morphodynamic models, making the design of efficient coastal management plans difficult to achieve. Many of these types of beaches occur in quick succession along the coastline in protected environments such as estuaries, lagoons, fjords and rías, which are favourite sites for human settlements. These particular environments are of enormous economic importance and constitute the zones of greatest human impact on the coast. Correct management requires a good understanding of the physical factors that affect each type of beach and of the interactions between such factors. Fifteen beaches in the Ría de Vigo (NW Spain) were studied in order to determine how the gradational changes from oceanic to estuarine conditions affect the beach morphology and intertidal sediments. The balance between wave action and sedimentary supply was found to be the controlling factor in the ría. The results of this study provide useful information about a coastal ría environment, which will enable better design of a suitable integrated coastal plan for management of rías.

  7. Aggregate Demand and Supply

    Farmer, Roger E.A.


    This paper is part of a broader project that provides a microfoundation to the General Theory of J.M. Keynes. I call this project 'old Keynesian economics' to distinguish it from new-Keynesian economics, a theory that is based on the idea that to make sense of Keynes we must assume that prices are sticky. I describe a multi-good model in which I interpret the definitions of aggregate demand and supply found in the General Theory through the lens of a search theory of the labor market. I argue...

  8. Aggregation of smooth preferences

    Norman Schofield


    Suppose p is a smooth preference profile (for a society, N) belonging to a domain PN. Let be a voting rule, and (p)(x) be the set of alternatives in the space, W, which is preferred to x. The equilibrium E((p)) is the set {x∈W:(p)(x) is empty}. A sufficient condition for existence of E((p)) when p is convex is that a "dual", or generalized gradient, d(p)(x), is non-empty at all x. Under certain conditions the dual "field", d(p), admits a "social gradient field" (p). is called an "aggregator" ...

  9. Concrete = aggregate, cement, water?

    Concrete for the Temelin nuclear power plant is produced to about 70 different formulae. For quality production, homogeneous properties of aggregates, accurate proportioning devices, technological discipline and systematic inspections and tests should be assured. The results are reported of measuring compression strength after 28 days for different concrete samples. The results of such tests allow reducing the proportion of cement, which brings about considerable savings. Reduction in cement quantities can also be achieved by adding ash to the concrete mixes. Ligoplast, a plasticizer addition is used for improving workability. (M.D). 8 figs

  10. Taurine and platelet aggregation

    Taurine is a putative neurotransmitter or neuromodulator. The endogenous taurine concentration in human platelets, determined by amino acid analysis, is 15 μM/g. In spite of this high level, taurine is actively accumulated. Uptake is saturable, Na+ and temperature dependent, and suppressed by metabolic inhibitors, structural analogues, and several classes of centrally active substances. High, medium and low affinity transport processes have been characterized, and the platelet may represent a model system for taurine transport in the CNS. When platelets were incubated with 14C-taurine for 30 minutes, then resuspended in fresh medium and reincubated for one hour, essentially all of the taurine was retained within the cells. Taurine, at concentrations ranging from 10-1000 μM, had no effect on platelet aggregation induced by ADP or epinephrine. However, taurine may have a role in platelet aggregation since 35-39% of the taurine taken up by human platelets appears to be secreted during the release reaction induced by low concentrations of either epinephrine or ADP, respectively. This release phenomenon would imply that part of the taurine taken up is stored directly in the dense bodies of the platelet

  11. Holographic characterization of protein aggregates

    Wang, Chen; Zhong, Xiao; Ruffner, David; Stutt, Alexandra; Philips, Laura; Ward, Michael; Grier, David

    Holographic characterization directly measures the size distribution of subvisible protein aggregates in suspension and offers insights into their morphology. Based on holographic video microscopy, this analytical technique records and interprets holograms of individual aggregates in protein solutions as they flow down a microfluidic channel, without requiring labeling or other exceptional sample preparation. The hologram of an individual protein aggregate is analyzed in real time with the Lorenz-Mie theory of light scattering to measure that aggregate's size and optical properties. Detecting, counting and characterizing subvisible aggregates proceeds fast enough for time-resolved studies, and lends itself to tracking trends in protein aggregation arising from changing environmental factors. No other analytical technique provides such a wealth of particle-resolved characterization data in situ. Holographic characterization promises accelerated development of therapeutic protein formulations, improved process control during manufacturing, and streamlined quality assurance during storage and at the point of use. Mrsec and MRI program of the NSF, Spheryx Inc.

  12. Biomimetic Dye Aggregate Solar Cells

    Marek, Peter L.


    A biomimetic self-assembling dye, which forms aggregates that mimic the natural light-harvesting system of special photosynthetic active bacteria, has been investigated towards its applicability to solar cells. This fully synthetic dye, self-assembles to orderly structured nano- to micrometer sized rod-shaped aggregates, which might improve solar cells based on conventional organic dyes. In order to use the full potential of the dye aggregates, the self-assembly needed to be controlled and a ...

  13. Aggregation in Large Dynamic Panels

    Pesaran, Mohammad Hashem; Chudik, Alexander


    This paper considers the problem of aggregation in the case of large linear dynamic panels, where each micro unit is potentially related to all other micro units, and where micro innovations are allowed to be cross sectionally dependent. Following Pesaran (2003), an optimal aggregate function is derived, and the limiting behavior of the aggregation error is investigated as N (the number of cross section units) increases. Certain distributional features of micro parameters are also identi...

  14. Modifiers of mutant huntingtin aggregation

    Teuling, Eva; Bourgonje, Annika; Veenje, Sven; Thijssen, Karen; Boer, Jelle de; van der Velde, Joeri; Swertz, Morris; Nollen, Ellen


    Protein aggregation is a common hallmark of a number of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and polyglutamine-expansion disorders such as Huntington’s disease, but how aggregation-prone proteins lead to pathology is not known. Using a genome-wide RNAi screen in a C. elegans-model for polyglutamine aggregation, we previously identified 186 genes that suppress aggregation. Using an RNAi screen for human orthologs of these genes, we here present 26 human g...

  15. Aggregation dynamics of rigid polyelectrolytes

    Tom, Anvy Moly; Rajesh, R.; Vemparala, Satyavani


    Similarly charged polyelectrolytes are known to attract each other and aggregate into bundles when the charge density of the polymers exceeds a critical value that depends on the valency of the counterions. The dynamics of aggregation of such rigid polyelectrolytes are studied using large scale molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the morphology of the aggregates depends on the value of the charge density of the polymers. For values close to the critical value, the shape of the aggregates is cylindrical with height equal to the length of a single polyelectrolyte chain. However, for larger values of charge, the linear extent of the aggregates increases as more and more polymers aggregate. In both the cases, we show that the number of aggregates decrease with time as power laws with exponents that are not numerically distinguishable from each other and are independent of charge density of the polymers, valency of the counterions, density, and length of the polyelectrolyte chain. We model the aggregation dynamics using the Smoluchowski coagulation equation with kernels determined from the molecular dynamics simulations and justify the numerically obtained value of the exponent. Our results suggest that once counterions condense, effective interactions between polyelectrolyte chains short-ranged and the aggregation of polyelectrolytes are diffusion-limited.

  16. Novel aspects of platelet aggregation

    Roka-Moya Y. M.


    Full Text Available The platelet aggregation is an important process, which is critical for the hemostatic plug formation and thrombosis. Recent studies have shown that the platelet aggregation is more complex and dynamic than it was previously thought. There are several mechanisms that can initiate the platelet aggregation and each of them operates under specific conditions in vivo. At the same time, the influence of certain plasma proteins on this process should be considered. This review intends to summarize the recent data concerning the adhesive molecules and their receptors, which provide the platelet aggregation under different conditions.

  17. Platelet aggregation following trauma

    Windeløv, Nis A; Sørensen, Anne M; Perner, Anders;


    We aimed to elucidate platelet function in trauma patients, as it is pivotal for hemostasis yet remains scarcely investigated in this population. We conducted a prospective observational study of platelet aggregation capacity in 213 adult trauma patients on admission to an emergency department (ED......). Inclusion criteria were trauma team activation and arterial cannula insertion on arrival. Blood samples were analyzed by multiple electrode aggregometry initiated by thrombin receptor agonist peptide 6 (TRAP) or collagen using a Multiplate device. Blood was sampled median 65 min after injury; median injury...... severity score (ISS) was 17; 14 (7%) patients received 10 or more units of red blood cells in the ED (massive transfusion); 24 (11%) patients died within 28 days of trauma: 17 due to cerebral injuries, four due to exsanguination, and three from other causes. No significant association was found between...

  18. Fractal Aggregation Under Rotation

    WUFeng-Min; WULi-Li; LUHang-Jun; LIQiao-Wen; YEGao-Xiang


    By means of the Monte Carlo simulation, a fractal growth model is introduced to describe diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) under rotation. Patterns which are different from the classical DLA model are observed and the fractal dimension of such clusters is calculated. It is found that the pattern of the clusters and their fractal dimension depend strongly on the rotation velocity of the diffusing particle. Our results indicate the transition from fractal to non-fractal behavior of growing cluster with increasing rotation velocity, i.e. for small enough angular velocity ω; thefractal dimension decreases with increasing ω;, but then, with increasing rotation velocity, the fractal dimension increases and the cluster becomes compact and tends to non-fractal.

  19. Fractal Aggregation Under Rotation

    WU Feng-Min; WU Li-Li; LU Hang-Jun; LI Qiao-Wen; YE Gao-Xiang


    By means of the Monte Carlo simulation, a fractal growth model is introduced to describe diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) under rotation. Patterns which are different from the classical DLA model are observed and the fractal dimension of such clusters is calculated. It is found that the pattern of the clusters and their fractal dimension depend strongly on the rotation velocity of the diffusing particle. Our results indicate the transition from fractal to non-fractal behavior of growing cluster with increasing rotation velocity, i.e. for small enough angular velocity ω the fractal dimension decreases with increasing ω, but then, with increasing rotation velocity, the fractal dimension increases and the cluster becomes compact and tends to non-fractal.

  20. Research on Judgment Aggregation Based on Logic

    Li Dai; Jihua Zhang


    Preference aggregation and judgment aggregation are two basic research models of group decision making. And preference aggregation has been deeply studied in social choice theory. However, researches of social choice theory gradually focus on judgment aggregation which appears recently. Judgment aggregation focuses on how to aggregate many consistent logical formulas into one, from the perspective of logic. We try to start with judgment aggregation model based on logic and then explore differ...

  1. Topics in Probabilistic Judgment Aggregation

    Wang, Guanchun


    This dissertation is a compilation of several studies that are united by their relevance to probabilistic judgment aggregation. In the face of complex and uncertain events, panels of judges are frequently consulted to provide probabilistic forecasts, and aggregation of such estimates in groups often yield better results than could have been made…

  2. J-aggregates, v.2

    Kobayashi, Takayoshi


    This work deals with J-aggregates, which have a long history of research. The volume covers electronic states, linear and nonlinear optical properties. Various properties and processes of J-aggregates, such as super-radiance, excitons, photon echo, geometrical structure, electron transfer and femtosecond spectroscopy, are discussed.

  3. Molecular aggregation of humic substances

    Wershaw, R. L.


    Humic substances (HS) form molecular aggregates in solution and on mineral surfaces. Elucidation of the mechanism of formation of these aggregates is important for an understanding of the interactions of HS in soils arid natural waters. The HS are formed mainly by enzymatic depolymerization and oxidation of plant biopolymers. These reactions transform the aromatic and lipid plant components into amphiphilic molecules, that is, molecules that consist of separate hydrophobic (nonpolar) and hydrophilic (polar) parts. The nonpolar parts of the molecules are composed of relatively unaltered segments of plant polymers and the polar parts of carboxylic acid groups. These amphiphiles form membrane-like aggregates on mineral surfaces and micelle-like aggregates in solution. The exterior surfaces of these aggregates are hydrophilic, and the interiors constitute separate hydrophobic liquid-like phases.

  4. Immunogenicity of Therapeutic Protein Aggregates.

    Moussa, Ehab M; Panchal, Jainik P; Moorthy, Balakrishnan S; Blum, Janice S; Joubert, Marisa K; Narhi, Linda O; Topp, Elizabeth M


    Therapeutic proteins have a propensity for aggregation during manufacturing, shipping, and storage. The presence of aggregates in protein drug products can induce adverse immune responses in patients that may affect safety and efficacy, and so it is of concern to both manufacturers and regulatory agencies. In this vein, there is a lack of understanding of the physicochemical determinants of immunological responses and a lack of standardized analytical methods to survey the molecular properties of aggregates associated with immune activation. In this review, we provide an overview of the basic immune mechanisms in the context of interactions with protein aggregates. We then critically examine the literature with emphasis on the underlying immune mechanisms as they relate to aggregate properties. Finally, we highlight the gaps in our current understanding of this issue and offer recommendations for future research. PMID:26869409


    F.; Einar; Kruis


    A new procedure was developed for estimating the effective collision diameter of an aggregate composed of primary particles of any size. The coagulation coefficient of two oppositely charged particles was measured experimentally and compared with classic Fuchs theory, including a new method to account for particle non-sphericity. A second set of experiments were performed on well-defined nanoparticle aggregates at different stages of sintering, i.e. from the aggregate to the fully sintered stage. Here, electrical mobility was used to characterize the particle drag. The aggregates are being built from two different size-fractionated nanoparticle aerosols, the non-aggregated particles are discarded by an electrofilter and then they are passed through a furnace at concentrations low enough not to induce coagulation.

  6. Mechanics of fire ant aggregations

    Tennenbaum, Michael; Liu, Zhongyang; Hu, David; Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto


    Fire ants link their bodies to form aggregations; these can adopt a variety of structures, they can drip and spread, or withstand applied loads. Here, by using oscillatory rheology, we show that fire ant aggregations are viscoelastic. We find that, at the lowest ant densities probed and in the linear regime, the elastic and viscous moduli are essentially identical over the spanned frequency range, which highlights the absence of a dominant mode of structural relaxation. As ant density increases, the elastic modulus rises, which we interpret by alluding to ant crowding and subsequent jamming. When deformed beyond the linear regime, the aggregation flows, exhibiting shear-thinning behaviour with a stress load that is comparable to the maximum load the aggregation can withstand before individual ants are torn apart. Our findings illustrate the rich, collective mechanical behaviour that can arise in aggregations of active, interacting building blocks.

  7. Erythrocyte aggregation in flowing blood

    This paper addresses the issue of whether nonionic contrast media (CM) promote thrombosis by the formation of large, irregular red blood cell aggregates with videomicroscopy and a flow chamber, red blood cell aggregates adjacent to an endothelial cell monolayer were imaged at 17 sec-1 in dilute suspensions (hematocrit, --8) at 370C in plasma with 20% CM by non-red blood cell volume. All aggregates were rouleaux (<100 μm) readily dispersed at higher shear rates. Aggregate length in eight experiments was increased 11% by ioxaglate (320 mg of iodine per milliliter), decreased 58% by diatrizoate (370 mg of iodine per milliliter) but reduced similarly (16%) by iohexol (350 mg of iodine per milliliter) and saline. Iohexol did not enhance platelet aggregation on injured monolayers

  8. 基于集料特性及级配的沥青路面抗滑力模型研究%Development of a Model for Asphalt Pavement Skid Resistance Based on Aggregate Characteristics and Gradation

    Arash Rezaei; Eyad Masad; Arif Chowdhury; 方明伟



  9. RankAggreg, an R package for weighted rank aggregation

    Datta Susmita


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Researchers in the field of bioinformatics often face a challenge of combining several ordered lists in a proper and efficient manner. Rank aggregation techniques offer a general and flexible framework that allows one to objectively perform the necessary aggregation. With the rapid growth of high-throughput genomic and proteomic studies, the potential utility of rank aggregation in the context of meta-analysis becomes even more apparent. One of the major strengths of rank-based aggregation is the ability to combine lists coming from different sources and platforms, for example different microarray chips, which may or may not be directly comparable otherwise. Results The RankAggreg package provides two methods for combining the ordered lists: the Cross-Entropy method and the Genetic Algorithm. Two examples of rank aggregation using the package are given in the manuscript: one in the context of clustering based on gene expression, and the other one in the context of meta-analysis of prostate cancer microarray experiments. Conclusion The two examples described in the manuscript clearly show the utility of the RankAggreg package in the current bioinformatics context where ordered lists are routinely produced as a result of modern high-throughput technologies.

  10. Perspectives on Preference Aggregation.

    Regenwetter, Michel


    For centuries, the mathematical aggregation of preferences by groups, organizations, or society itself has received keen interdisciplinary attention. Extensive theoretical work in economics and political science throughout the second half of the 20th century has highlighted the idea that competing notions of rational social choice intrinsically contradict each other. This has led some researchers to consider coherent democratic decision making to be a mathematical impossibility. Recent empirical work in psychology qualifies that view. This nontechnical review sketches a quantitative research paradigm for the behavioral investigation of mathematical social choice rules on real ballots, experimental choices, or attitudinal survey data. The article poses a series of open questions. Some classical work sometimes makes assumptions about voter preferences that are descriptively invalid. Do such technical assumptions lead the theory astray? How can empirical work inform the formulation of meaningful theoretical primitives? Classical "impossibility results" leverage the fact that certain desirable mathematical properties logically cannot hold in all conceivable electorates. Do these properties nonetheless hold true in empirical distributions of preferences? Will future behavioral analyses continue to contradict the expectations of established theory? Under what conditions do competing consensus methods yield identical outcomes and why do they do so? PMID:26158988

  11. Anonymous aggregator election and data aggregation in wireless sensor networks

    Tamás Holczer; Levente Buttyán


    In mission critical cyber-physical systems, dependability is an important requirement at all layers of the system architecture. In this paper, we propose protocols that increase the dependability of wireless sensor networks, which are potentially useful building blocks in cyber-physical systems. More specifically, we propose two private aggregator node election protocols, a private data aggregation protocol, and a corresponding private query protocol for sensor networks that allow for secure ...

  12. On exploration for gradation design methods for SMA mixture framework%SMA混合料骨架级配设计方法的探讨

    郑嘉; 赵阳; 史洋博


    针对沥青玛脂碎石混合料(SMA)特有的骨架结构特点,采用球状模型对粗集料骨架构成进行分析,根据此原理,计算了两种集料分布下不使粗集料发生推移所需细集料的尺寸,结果表明:该理论可分析与控制混合料中的石—石接触,对沥青玛脂碎石混合料集料配合比设计具有参考价值。%According to the typical framework structure features of the Stone Matrix Asphalt(SMA) mixture, the paper adopts the spherical model to analyze the aggregate framework, calculates the sizes of the fine aggregates of the two aggregate distributions without shifting the coarse aggragate according to the principle, and proves by the result that the theory carl analyze and control the stone-stone contacting in the mixture, so it has the reference value for the aggregate mixing proportion for the SMA mixture.

  13. Arrow’s theorem in judgment aggregation

    Dietrich, Franz; List, Christian


    In response to recent work on the aggregation of individual judgments on logically connected propositions into collective judgments, it is often asked whether judgment aggregation is a special case of Arrowian preference aggregation. We argue for the converse claim. After proving two impossibility theorems on judgment aggregation (using “systematicity” and “independence” conditions, respectively), we construct an embedding of preference aggregation into judgment aggregation and prove Arrow’s ...

  14. COIN Project: Towards a zero-waste technology for concrete aggregate production in Norway

    Cepuritis, Rolands; Willy Danielsen, Svein


    COIN Project: Towards a zero-waste technology for concrete aggregate production in Norway Rolands Cepuritis, Norcem/NTNU and Svein Willy Danielsen, SINTEF Aggregate production is a mining operation where no purification of the "ore" is necessary. Still it is extremely rare that an aggregate production plant is operating on the basis of zero-waste concept. This is since historically the fine crushed aggregate (particles with a size of less than 2, 4 or sometimes 8 mm) has been regarded as a by-product or waste of the more valuable coarse aggregate production. The reason is that the crushed coarse aggregates can easily replace coarse rounded natural stones in almost any concrete composition; while, the situation with the sand is different. The production of coarse aggregate normally yields fine fractions with rough surface texture, flaky or elongated particles an inadequate gradation. When such a material replaces smooth and rounded natural sand grains in a concrete mix, the result is usually poor and much more water and cement has to be used to achieve adequate concrete flow. The consequences are huge stockpiles of the crushed fine fractions that can't be sold (mass balance problems) for the aggregate producers, sustainability problems for the whole industry and environmental issues for society due to dumping and storing of the fine co-generated material. There have been attempts of utilising the material in concrete before; however, they have mostly ended up in failure. There have been attempts to adjust the crushed sand to the properties of the natural sand, which would still give a lot of waste, especially if the grading would have to be adjusted and the high amounts of fines abundantly present in the crushed sand would have to be removed. Another fundamental reason for failure has been that historically such attempts have mainly ended up in a research carried out by people (both industrial and academic) with aggregate background (= parties willing to find market

  15. Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACTOR)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Aggregated Computational Toxicology Resource (ACTOR) is a database on environmental chemicals that is searchable by chemical name and other identifiers, and by...

  16. Isolation and Aggregation in Economics

    Schlicht, Ekkehart


    In explaining economic phenomena, economic analysis concentrates on selected influences and fixes the host of other factors under a ceteris paribus clause. This view, which goes back to Alfred Marshall (1842-1924), is developed in the first part of the book. Aggregation is viewed as a particular application of ceteris paribus analysis - isolation from "structural effects". This leads to an approach, called "closed aggregation", which was introduced by Kenneth May and is also implicit in Keyne...

  17. Judgment aggregation with consistency alone

    Dietrich, Franz; List, Christian


    All existing impossibility theorems on judgment aggregation require individ- ual and collective judgment sets to be consistent and complete (in some recent results with completeness relaxed to deductive closure), arguably a demand- ing rationality requirement. They do not carry over to aggregation functions mapping pro…les of (merely) consistent individual judgment sets to (merely) consistent collective ones. We prove that, whenever the agenda of propositions under consideration exhibits mild...

  18. Judgment aggregation without full rationality

    Dietrich, Franz; List, Christian


    Several recent results on the aggregation of judgments over logically connected propositions show that, under certain conditions, dictatorships are the only independent (i.e., propositionwise) aggregation rules generating fully rational (i.e., complete and consistent) collective judgments. A frequently mentioned route to avoid dictatorships is to allow incomplete collective judgments. We show that this route does not lead very far: we obtain (strong) oligarchies rather than dictatorships if i...

  19. Familial aggregation of cluster headache

    Cruz, S; Lemos, C; Monteiro, JM


    Several studies suggest a strong familial aggregation for cluster headache (CH), but so far none of them have included subjects with probable cluster headache (PCH) in accordance with the International Classification of Headache Disorders. OBJECTIVE: To identify cases of probable cluster headache and to assess the familial aggregation of cluster headache by including these subjects. METHOD: Thirty-six patients attending a headache consultation and diagnosed with trigeminal autonom...

  20. Familial aggregation of cluster headache

    Simao Cruz; Carolina Lemos; Jose Maria Pereira Monteiro


    Several studies suggest a strong familial aggregation for cluster headache (CH), but so far none of them have included subjects with probable cluster headache (PCH) in accordance with the International Classification of Headache Disorders. Objective To identify cases of probable cluster headache and to assess the familial aggregation of cluster headache by including these subjects. Method Thirty-six patients attending a headache consultation and diagnosed with trigeminal autonomic headache...

  1. Glycation precedes lens crystallin aggregation

    Non-enzymatic glycosylation (glycation) seems to have the potential to alter the structure of crystallins and make them susceptible to thiol oxidation leading to disulfide-linked high molecular weight (HMW) aggregate formation. They used streptozotocin diabetic rats during precataract and cataract stages and long-term cell-free glycation of bovine lens crystallins to study the relationship between glycation and lens crystallin aggregation. HMW aggregates and other protein components of the water-soluble (WS) and urea-soluble (US) fractions were separated by molecular sieve high performance liquid chromatography. Glycation was estimated by both [3H]NaBH4 reduction and phenylboronate agarose affinity chromatography. Levels of total glycated protein (GP) in the US fractions were about 2-fold higher than in the WS fractions and there was a linear increase in GP in both WS and US fractions. This increase was parallelled by a corresponding increase in HMW aggregates. Total GP extracted by the affinity method from the US fraction showed a predominance of HMW aggregates and vice versa. Cell-free glycation studies with bovine crystallins confirmed the results of the animals studies. Increasing glycation caused a corresponding increase in protein insolubilization and the insoluble fraction thus formed also contained more glycated protein. It appears that lens protein glycation, HMW aggregate formation, and protein insolubilization are interrelated

  2. Kinetic model for erythrocyte aggregation.

    Bertoluzzo, S M; Bollini, A; Rasia, M; Raynal, A


    It is well known that light transmission through blood is the most widely utilized method for the study of erythrocyte aggregation. The curves obtained had been considered empirically as exponential functions. In consequence, the process becomes characterized by an only parameter that varies with all the process factors without discrimination. In the present paper a mathematical model for RBC aggregation process is deduced in accordance with von Smoluchowski's theory about the kinetics of colloidal particles agglomeration. The equation fitted the experimental pattern of the RBC suspension optical transmittance closely and contained two parameters that estimate the most important characteristics of the aggregation process separately, i.e., (1) average size of rouleaux at equilibrium and (2) aggregation rate. The evaluation of the method was assessed by some factors affecting erythrocyte aggregation, such as temperature, plasma dilutions, Dextran 500, Dextran 70 and PVP 360, at different media concentrations, cellular membrane alteration by the alkylating agent TCEA, and decrease of medium osmolarity. Results were interpreted considering the process characteristics estimated by the parameters, and there were also compared with similar studies carried out by other authors with other methods. This analysis allowed us to conclude that the equation proposed is reliable and useful to study erythrocyte aggregation. PMID:10660481




    Full Text Available Continuous aggregation queries are used to monitor the changes in data with time varying for online decision making. For continuous queries low cost and scalable techniques used a network of aggregators. Individual node cannot by itself determine its inclusion in the query result for this a different algorithmic challenges from aggregate and selection queries are presented. At specific coherencies each data item can serve for a set of data aggregators. Technique involves disseminating query into sub query and sub queries are executed on the chosen data aggregators. We build a query cost model which can be used to estimate the number of refresh messages which is required to satisfy the client specified incoherency bound. Performance results shows that by our method the query can be executed using less than one third the messages required for existing schemes. Our adaptive strategy employs distributed decisions made by the distributed servers independently based on localized statistics collected by each server at runtime. When comparatively static environment, propose two motionless tree construction algorithms relying on apriori system statistics. These static trees can also be used as early trees in a dynamic environment and apply our schemes to both single- and multi object distribution. Our extensive performance study illustrate that the adaptive mechanisms.

  4. Late Amazonian aeolian features, gradation, wind regimes, and Sediment State in the Vicinity of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, Meridiani Planum, Mars

    Fenton, Lori K.; Michaels, Timothy I.; Chojnacki, Matthew


    The 2° × 2° region surrounding the landing site and traverse of Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity is richly blanketed with several generations and classes of aeolian features, including coarse-grained ripples, large dark dunes (LDDs), transverse aeolian ridges (TARs), erosional scars, depositional wind streaks of two types, and a new class of wind streak comprised entirely of coarse-grained ripples. The extensive observation campaigns from orbiting spacecraft in support of the MER and 2016 ExoMars missions, as well as in situ data from Opportunity, have provided unprecedented coverage of the region, permitting further interpretation of the local aeolian history than is typically possible on Mars. We present an analysis of bedform construction, sediment-transporting wind patterns, crater gradation and resulting erosion rate, sand provenance, and sediment state resulting from surficial mapping and geomorphic backstripping of aeolian features. Coarse-grained ripples on the intercrater plains formed from local sediments, with induration and low wind speeds preventing them from migrating more than roughly one bedform wavelength from their source region. Limited migration and a likely local, planar sand source of plains bedforms suggests their provenance is previously-eroded layers within the underlying Burns Formation. Although the bedform stabilization process is different from that of Earth, these ripples appear to be analogous to coarse-grained ripples that form and quickly stabilize on the Argentinean Puna. Some small craters (ripples. The erosion rate leading to this relief is ∼0.014 m/Myr over the past 71 ± 2 Ma, falling between values estimated for younger and older surfaces. Present-day winds are not represented uniformly in the region, with most active sandy wind streaks on the plains formed by a southeasterly wind and intracrater LDD morphology and migration dominated by a northwesterly wind. This apparent inconsistency may be caused by spatial

  5. Fractal Aggregates in Tennis Ball Systems

    Sabin, J.; Bandin, M.; Prieto, G.; Sarmiento, F.


    We present a new practical exercise to explain the mechanisms of aggregation of some colloids which are otherwise not easy to understand. We have used tennis balls to simulate, in a visual way, the aggregation of colloids under reaction-limited colloid aggregation (RLCA) and diffusion-limited colloid aggregation (DLCA) regimes. We have used the…

  6. An exact approach for aggregated formulations

    Gamst, Mette; Spoorendonk, Simon; Røpke, Stefan

    Aggregating formulations is a powerful approach for problems to take on tractable forms. Aggregation may lead to loss of information, i.e. the aggregated formulation may be an approximation of the original problem. In branch-and-bound context, aggregation can also complicate branching, e.g. when...... optimality cannot be guaranteed by branching on aggregated variables. We present a generic exact solution method to remedy the drawbacks of aggregation. It combines the original and aggregated formulations and applies Benders' decomposition. We apply the method to the Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem....

  7. Destructive Strength Properties of Recycled Coarse Aggregate

    Chetna M Vyas,; Darshana R Bhatt,


    Due to a critical shortage of natural aggregate, the availability of demolished concrete for use as recycled coarse aggregate (RCA) is increasing. Use of waste concrete as RCA conserves natural aggregate, reduces the impact on landfills, save energy and can provide cost benefit. Recycled aggregates are the materials for the future. The application of recycled aggregate has been started in many Asian & Western countries for construction projects. Research Paper reports the basic strength prope...

  8. Erythrocyte aggregation: Basic aspects and clinical importance

    Başkurt, Oğuz K.; Meiselman, Herbert J.


    Red blood cells (RBC) aggregate to form two- and three-dimensional structures when suspended in aqueous solutions containing large plasma proteins or polymers; this aggregation is reversible and shear dependent (i.e., dispersed at high shear and reformed at low or stasis). The extent of aggregation is the main determinant of low shear blood viscosity, thus predicting an inverse relationship between aggregation and in vivo blood flow. However, the effects of aggregation on hemodynamic mechanis...

  9. Individual income, incomplete information, and aggregate consumption

    Pischke, J.


    In this paper I study a model of life-cycle consumption in which individuals react optimally to their own income process but ignore economy wide information. Since individual income is less persistent than aggregate income consumers will react too little to aggregate income variation. Aggregate consumption will be excessively smooth. Since aggregate information is slowly incorporated into consumption, aggregate consumption will be autocorrelated and correlated with lagged income. The second p...

  10. Turbulent breakage of ductile aggregates

    Marchioli, Cristian


    In this paper we study breakage rate statistics of small colloidal aggregates in non-homogeneous anisotropic turbulence. We use pseudo-spectral direct numerical simulation of turbulent channel flow and Lagrangian tracking to follow the motion of the aggregates, modelled as sub-Kolmogorov massless particles. We focus specifically on the effects produced by ductile rupture: This rupture is initially activated when fluctuating hydrodynamic stresses exceed a critical value, $\\sigma>\\sigma_{cr}$, and is brought to completion when the energy absorbed by the aggregate meets the critical breakage value. We show that ductile rupture breakage rates are significantly reduced with respect to the case of instantaneous brittle rupture (i.e. breakage occurs as soon as $\\sigma>\\sigma_{cr}$). These discrepancies are due to the different energy values at play as well as to the statistical features of energy distribution in the anisotropic turbulence case examined.

  11. Equilibrium structure of ferrofluid aggregates

    We study the equilibrium structure of large but finite aggregates of magnetic dipoles, representing a colloidal suspension of magnetite particles in a ferrofluid. With increasing system size, the structural motif evolves from chains and rings to multi-chain and multi-ring assemblies. Very large systems form single- and multi-wall coils, tubes and scrolls. These structural changes result from a competition between various energy terms, which can be approximated analytically within a continuum model. We also study the effect of external parameters such as magnetic field on the relative stability of these structures. Our results may give insight into experimental data obtained during solidification of ferrofluid aggregates at temperatures where thermal fluctuations become negligible in comparison to inter-particle interactions. These data may also help to experimentally control the aggregation of magnetic particles.

  12. Molecular Aggregation in Disodium Cromoglycate

    Singh, Gautam; Agra-Kooijman, D.; Collings, P. J.; Kumar, Satyendra


    Details of molecular aggregation in the mesophases of the anti-asthmatic drug disodium cromoglycate (DSCG) have been studied using x-ray synchrotron scattering. The results show two reflections, one at wide angles corresponding to π-π stacking (3.32 å) of molecules, and the other at small angles which is perpendicular to the direction of molecular stacking and corresponds to the distance between the molecular aggregates. The latter varies from 35 - 41 å in the nematic (N) phase and 27 -- 32 å in the columnar (M) phase. The temperature evolution of the stack height, positional order correlations in the lateral direction, and orientation order parameter were determined in the N, M, and biphasic regions. The structure of the N and M phases and the nature of the molecular aggregation, together with their dependence on temperature and concentration, will be presented.

  13. Photostimulated Aggregation of Metal Aerosols

    Karpov, Sergei V


    The effect of optical radiation on the rate of aggregation of nanoscopic particles is studied in metal aerosols. It has been shown that under light exposure, polydisperse metal aerosols can aggregate up to two orders faster due to the size dependent photoelectron effect from nanoparticles. Different size nanoparticles undergo mutual heteropolar charging when exchanging photoelectrons through the interparticle medium to result in an increased rate of aggregation. It is shown that long-range electrostatic attractive forces drive the particles into closer distances where the short-range Van-der-Waals forces become dominating. Attention is drawn to the fact that this effect may occur in various types of dispersed systems as well as in natural heteroaerosols.

  14. Quantum Diffusion-Limited Aggregation

    Johnson, David B


    Though classical random walks have been studied for many years, research concerning their quantum analogues, quantum random walks, has only come about recently. Numerous simulations of both types of walks have been run and analyzed, and are generally well-understood. Research pertaining to one of the more important properties of classical random walks, namely, their ability to build fractal structures in diffusion-limited aggregation, has been particularly noteworthy. However, only now has research begun in this area in regards to quantum random motion. The study of random walks and the structures they build has various applications in materials science. Since all processes are quantum in nature, it is important to consider the quantum variant of diffusion-limited aggregation. Recognizing that Schr\\"odinger equation and a classical random walk are both diffusion equations, it is possible to connect and compare them. Using similar parameters for both equations, we ran various simulations aggregating particles....

  15. Balancing energy flexibilities through aggregation

    Valsomatzis, Emmanouil; Hose, Katja; Pedersen, Torben Bach


    in both energy production and consumption, is the key to solving these problems. Flexibilities can be expressed as flex-offers, which due to their high number need to be aggregated to reduce the complexity of energy scheduling. In this paper, we discuss balance aggregation techniques that already......One of the main goals of recent developments in the Smart Grid area is to increase the use of renewable energy sources. These sources are characterized by energy fluctuations that might lead to energy imbalances and congestions in the electricity grid. Exploiting inherent flexibilities, which exist...... during aggregation aim at balancing flexibilities in production and consumption to reduce the probability of congestions and reduce the complexity of scheduling. We present results of our extensive experiments....

  16. Studies on recycled aggregates-based concrete.

    Rakshvir, Major; Barai, Sudhirkumar V


    Reduced extraction of raw materials, reduced transportation cost, improved profits, reduced environmental impact and fast-depleting reserves of conventional natural aggregates has necessitated the use of recycling, in order to be able to conserve conventional natural aggregate. In this study various physical and mechanical properties of recycled concrete aggregates were examined. Recycled concrete aggregates are different from natural aggregates and concrete made from them has specific properties. The percentages of recycled concrete aggregates were varied and it was observed that properties such as compressive strength showed a decrease of up to 10% as the percentage of recycled concrete aggregates increased. Water absorption of recycled aggregates was found to be greater than natural aggregates, and this needs to be compensated during mix design. PMID:16784165

  17. Diversity, intent, and aggregated search

    M. de Rijke


    Diversity, intent and aggregated search are three core retrieval concepts that receive significant attention. In search result diversification one typically considers the relevance of a document in light of other retrieved documents. The goal is to identify the probable "aspects" of an ambiguous que

  18. Child Labor and Aggregate Fluctuations

    Stéphane Pallage; Alice Fabre


    In this paper, we build a dynamic general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents to measure the welfare effect of banning child labor in an economy with aggregate fluctuations and idiosyncratic shocks to employment. We then design an unemployment insurance system that generates the endogenous elimination of child labor.

  19. Using Information Aggregation Markets for Decision Support

    Patrick Buckley


    Full Text Available Information Aggregation Markets, often referred to as prediction markets, are markets that are designed to aggregate information from a disparate pool of human individuals to make predictions about the likely outcome of future uncertain events. This paper looks at how Information Aggregation Markets can be incorporated into the standard body of decision making theory. It examines how Information Aggregation Markets can be used as decision support systems, and provides empirical evidence from a wide variety of sources as to the effectiveness and practicality of Information Aggregation Markets. Finally, this paper details some future research questions to be addressed in the area of Information Aggregation Markets.

  20. Biodégradation des herbicides en sols tempérés - Contrôle des communautés bactériennes dégradantes par la bioturbation du sol

    Monard, Cécile


    L'intensification de l'agriculture s'est accompagnée d'une utilisation importante de pesticides qui a généré une pollution généralisée des sols et des eaux, problème environnemental majeur et actuel. Sous la pression de sélection liée à l'usage régulier de pesticides (molécules xénobiotiques) des bactéries du sol se sont adaptées à ces molécules et ont acquis la capacité de les utiliser comme source nutritive et donc de les dégrader. La biodégradation constitue un service écologique majeur fo...

  1. Etude expérimentale et numérique de la dégradation cyclique des électrodes en CuCr1Zr lors du soudage par résistance par point

    Gauthier, Elise


    Le soudage par point est utilisé par l'industrie automobile pour assembler des tôles minces en acier. L'accumulation des points de soudage entraîne une usure des faces actives des électrodes surtout dans le cas du soudage de tôles galvanisées à haute limite d'élasticité. Cette étude, expérimentale et numérique, porte sur la compréhension des mécanismes de dégradation des électrodes en CuCr1Zr, avec une attention particulière portée à l'influence de l'adoucissement lié à l'état de précipitatio...

  2. La lutte internationale contre le réchauffement climatique comme étant une source de dégradation des ressources marines The international fight against global warming as a source of degradation of marine resources

    Syrine Ismaili


    Full Text Available Les ressources marines constituent une richesse économique d'une grande importance pour un grand nombre de pays de la planète. Du fait de l'action de l'homme, ces ressources subissent une fragilisation et une raréfaction dues entre autres à la pollution, à la surpêche, à l'urbanisation intensive...S'ajoute à cette liste, depuis quelques années, le réchauffement de la planète qui affecte d'une manière sensible la diversité biologique marine. Pourtant les réponses internationales face à cette dégradation, au delà du fait qu'elles soient timides, sont rares. Il faudra dès lors se rabattre sur les solutions de lutte globale contre le réchauffement de la planète entreprise par la communauté internationale afin de contrer cette dégradation.Marine resources are a wealth of great economic importance for many countries in the world. Due to the action of man, these resources undergo embrittlement and rarification among others to pollution, overfishing, urbanization, intensive ... Added to this list in recent years, the global warming that affects a significantly marine biodiversity. Yet the international response to this degradation, beyond the fact that they are shy, is rare. It will therefore fall back on solutions to the global fight against global warming taken by the international community to counter this degradation.

  3. Estimation of line efficiency by aggregation

    Koster, de, MBM René


    textabstractPresents a multi-stage flow lines with intermediate buffers approximated by two-stage lines using repeated aggregation. Characteristics of the aggregation method; Problems associated with the analysis and design of production lines.

  4. Aggregation of metallochlorophylls - Examination by spectroscopy

    Boucher, L. J.; Katz, J. J.


    Nuclear magnetic resonance measurements determine which metallochlorophylls, besides magnesium-containing chlorophylls, possess coordination aggregation properties. Infrared spectroscopy reveals that only zinc pheophytin and zinc methyl pheophorbide showed significant coordination aggregation, whereas divalent nickel and copper did not.

  5. Yeast prions: protein aggregation is not enough.

    Sherman, Michael Y


    Although many proteins -- both damaged and normal -- have a tendency to aggregate, only some are capable of dividing and propagating. What does it take to turn a protein aggregate into an infectious prion?

  6. Estimation of Line Efficiency by Aggregation

    M.B.M. de Koster (René)


    textabstractPresents a multi-stage flow lines with intermediate buffers approximated by two-stage lines using repeated aggregation. Characteristics of the aggregation method; Problems associated with the analysis and design of production lines.

  7. Elections, information aggregation, and strategic voting

    Feddersen, Timothy; Pesendorfer, Wolfgang


    A central role of elections is the aggregation of information dispersed within a population. This article surveys recent work on elections as mechanisms for aggregating information and on the incentives for voters to vote strategically in such elections.

  8. Bacterial Association with Particles: Aggregation to Dissolution

    DeSouza, M.J.B.D.

    stick to phytoplankton cells to form larger particles called marine snow that enhance the sinking flux of organic carbon. However, Smith et al. (1992) and Ploug et al. (1999) found that once the bacteria colonize the aggregate they solubilize... trophic levels of the aquatic food web (Kiorboe et al., 2002). Caron et al. (1982) thought that aggregates are important loci of microbial activity in the water column, similar to the much larger oceanic ?marine snow? aggregates. Marine snow aggregates...


    Feys, Charles; Joseph, Miquel; Boehme, Luc; Zhang, Yunlian


    In this study, the influence of fine recycled concrete aggregates as replacement for sand in mortar and the use as cement replacement and filler is investigated. Mortar with fine recycled aggregates is examined on its mechanical and physical properties. The samples are also examined on a microscopic scale. The fine recycled concrete aggregates are made with one-year old concrete made in the laboratory. Fine recycled aggregates (FRCA) are added as a cement replacement (0 %, 10 %...

  10. Revisiting Aggregation Techniques for Data Intensive Applications

    Wen, Jian


    Aggregation has been an important operation since the early days of relational databases. Today's Big Data applications bring further challenges when processing aggregation queries, demanding robust aggregation algorithms that can process large volumes of data efficiently in a distributed, share-nothing architecture. Moreover, aggregation on each node runs under a potentially limited memory budget (especially in multiuser settings). Despite its importance, the design and evaluation of aggrega...

  11. Computers and Productivity: Are Aggregation Effects Important?

    Robert H. McGuckin; Kevin Stiroh


    This paper examines the empirical implications of aggregation bias when measuring the productive impact of computers. To isolate two specific aggregation problems relating to "aggregation in variables" and "aggregation in relations," we compare various production function estimates across a range of specifications, econometric estimators, and data levels. The results show that both sources of bias are important, especially as one moves from the sector to the economy level, and when the elasti...

  12. Internal water curing with Liapor aggregates

    Lura, Pietro


    Internal water curing is a very efficient way to counteract self-desiccation and autogenous shrinkage in high performance concrete, thereby reducing the likelihood of early-age cracking. This paper deals with early-age volume changes and moisture transport in lightweight aggregate concrete realized...... with wet lightweight aggregates. Lightweight aggregate concrete mixtures with different degree of saturation and different particle size of the lightweight aggregates were studied and compared to normal weight concrete. Autogenous deformations, selfinduced stresses in fully restrained conditions...

  13. Aggregation resistant zwitterated superparamagnetic nanoparticles

    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are promising for biomedical applications since they can be directed toward the organ of interest using an external magnetic field. They are also good contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging and have potential for the treatment of malignant tumors (i.e., hyperthermia). Therefore, there is a need to produce stable, non-aggregating superparamagnetic nanomaterials that can withstand the in vivo environment. In this work, the colloidal stability of a dispersion of iron oxide NPs was enhanced by functionalizing them with a short zwitterionic siloxane shell in aqueous media. The stabilization procedure yields superparamagnetic nanomaterials, ca. 10 nm in diameter, with saturation magnetization of about 54 emu/g that resist aggregation at physiological salt concentration, temperature, and pH. The loading of the zwitterionic shell was established with diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis. X-ray and electron diffraction verified the starting magnetite phase, and that no change in phase occurred on surface functionalization.

  14. Aggregating and Disaggregating Flexibility Objects

    Siksnys, Laurynas; Valsomatzis, Emmanouil; Hose, Katja;


    In many scientific and commercial domains we encounter flexibility objects, i.e., objects with explicit flexibilities in a time and an amount dimension (e.g., energy or product amount). Applications of flexibility objects require novel and efficient techniques capable of handling large amounts...... of such objects while preserving flexibility. Hence, this paper formally defines the concept of flexibility objects (flex-objects) and provides a novel and efficient solution for aggregating and disaggregating flex-objects. Out of the broad range of possible applications, this paper will focus on smart grid...... energy data management and discuss strategies for aggregation and disaggregation of flex-objects while retaining flexibility. This paper further extends these approaches beyond flex-objects originating from energy consumption by additionally considering flex-objects originating from energy production...

  15. Containing Internal Diffusion Limited Aggregation

    Duminil-Copin, Hugo; Yadin, Ariel; Yehudayoff, Amir


    Internal Diffusion Limited Aggregation (IDLA) is a model that describes the growth of a random aggregate of particles from the inside out. Shellef proved that IDLA processes on supercritical percolation clusters of integer-lattices fill Euclidean balls, with high probability. In this article, we complete the picture and prove a limit-shape theorem for IDLA on such percolation clusters, by providing the corresponding upper bound. The technique to prove upper bounds is new and robust: it only requires the existence of a "good" lower bound. Specifically, this way of proving upper bounds on IDLA clusters is more suitable for random environments than previous ways, since it does not harness harmonic measure estimates.

  16. Recycled aggregate concrete; an overview

    Sorato, Renan


    The aim of this Bachelor’s thesis was to investigate whether recycled materials can be incorporated into the production of concrete without compromising the compressive strength of the concrete produced. In order to shed light on the compressive strength of concrete made from recycled materials, the thesis reviewed studies in which waste materials are utilised as recycled aggregates in the composition of concrete and presented the results of this synthesis and analysis. It was found that som...

  17. Judgment aggregation functions and ultraproducts

    Herzberg, Frederik


    The relationship between propositional model theory and social decision making via premise-based procedures is explored. A one-to-one correspondence between ultrafilters on the population set and weakly universal, unanimity-respecting, systematic judgment aggregation functions is established. The proof constructs an ultraproduct of profiles, viewed as propositional structures, with respect to the ultrafilter of decisive coalitions. This representation theorem can be used to prove other proper...

  18. Underground economy and aggregate fluctuations

    Juan Carlos Conesa Roca; Carlos Díaz Moreno; José Enrique Galdón Sánchez


    This paper explores the role of underground economic activities as an explanation of differences in registered aggregate fluctuations. In order to do so, we introduce an underground economy sector in an otherwise standard Real Business Cycle model and calibrate it to the USA economy. We find that, at low frequencies, Europe fluctuates more than the USA, while its participation rate is smaller. The existence of underground activities rationalizes the negative relationship between participation...

  19. Credit contagion and aggregate losses

    Giesecke, Kay; Weber, Stefan


    Credit contagion refers to the propagation of economic distress from one firm or sovereign government to another. In this paper we model credit contagion phenomena and study the fluctuation of aggregate credit losses on large portfolios of financial positions. The joint dynamics of firms’ credit ratings is modeled by a voter process, which is well-known in the theory of interacting particle systems. We clarify the structure of the equilibrium joint rating distribution using ergodic decomposit...

  20. Aggregating Labels in Crowdsourcing Data

    Priisalu, Maria; Grey, Francois; Segal, Ben


    Project Specification Crowdsourcing is gaining popularity in academia with the launch of crowdsourcing platforms such as Crowdcrafting [Lombraña, 2015] and GeoTagX [UNOSAT, 2015]. There have been a number of proposed algorithms for the aggregation of true labels and a confusion matrix from crowdsourced labels for ordinal, nominal and binary labels. The work here consists of an implementation of the Dawid Skene [Dawid 1979] adaptation of the Expectation Maximization algorithm [D...

  1. Protein aggregates in Huntington's disease

    Arrasate, M.; Finkbeiner, S


    Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterized by abnormal motor movements, personality changes, and early death. HD is caused by a mutation in the IT-15 gene that expands abnormally the number of CAG nucleotide repeats. As a result, the translated protein huntingtin contains disease-causing expansions of glutamines (polyQ) that make it prone to misfold and aggregate. While the gene and mutations that cause HD are known, the mechanisms underlying HD pathogen...

  2. Intuitionistic fuzzy aggregation and clustering

    Xu, Zeshui


    This book offers a systematic introduction to the clustering algorithms for intuitionistic fuzzy values, the latest research results in intuitionistic fuzzy aggregation techniques, the extended results in interval-valued intuitionistic fuzzy environments, and their applications in multi-attribute decision making, such as supply chain management, military system performance evaluation, project management, venture capital, information system selection, building materials classification, and operational plan assessment, etc.

  3. Belt conveyor for recycle aggregate

    Bezrodný, Roman


    This bachelor thesis deals with the belt conveyor for the transport of recycled aggregate in an oblique direction. The aim is to find constructional solutions to the belt conveyor for the assigned transport capacity of 95 000 kg per hour, and the assigned axial distance of 49 m and different height of 12 m. The thesis contains a brief description of the belt conveyor and a description of basic constructional components. It also contains a functional calculation of the capacity and forces acco...

  4. Aggregate Uncertainty, Money and Banking

    Hongfei Sun


    This paper studies the problem of monitoring the monitor in a model of money and banking with aggregate uncertainty. It shows that when inside money is required as a means of bank loan repayment, a market of inside money is entailed at the repayment stage and generates information-revealing prices that perfectly discipline the bank. The incentive problem of a bank is costlessly overcome simply by involving inside money in repayment. Inside money distinguishes itself from outside money by its ...

  5. Economic Instability and Aggregate Investment

    Robert S. Pindyck; Solimano, Andres


    Recent literature suggests that because investment expenditures are irreversible and can be delayed, they may be highly sensitive to uncertainty. The authors briefly summarize the theory, stressing its empirical implications. Then, using cross-section and time-series data for a set of developing and industrial countries, they explore the empirical relevance of irreversibility and uncertainty to aggregate investment. They find that: (a) the volatility of the marginal profitability of capital (...

  6. Parametric characterization of aggregation functions

    Mesiar, Radko; Kolesárová, A.


    Roč. 160, č. 6 (2009), s. 816-831. ISSN 0165-0114 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA402/08/0618 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Aggregation function * Conjunction measure * Disjunction measure * Global/local parametric characterization * Idempotency measure Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 2.138, year: 2009

  7. 78 FR 68945 - Aggregation of Positions


    ... (``1979 Aggregation Policy''), 44 FR 33839, 33843 (June 13, 1979). Note, however, that consistent with the... the ownership criteria of aggregation. \\40\\ See, e.g., 53 FR 13290, 13292 (1988) (proposal). The 1988... approach best resolves those issues while maintaining a bright-line aggregation test? \\41\\ See 77 FR...

  8. Aggregation functions: an approach using copulae

    Marta Cardin; Maddalena Manzi


    In this paper we present the extension of the copula approach to aggregation functions. In fact we want to focus on a class of aggregation functions and present them in the multilinear form with marginal copulae. Moreover, we define the joint aggregation density function.

  9. 28 CFR 2.5 - Sentence aggregation.


    ... 28 Judicial Administration 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Sentence aggregation. 2.5 Section 2.5 Judicial Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PAROLE, RELEASE, SUPERVISION AND RECOMMITMENT OF PRISONERS... aggregation. When multiple sentences are aggregated by the Bureau of Prisons pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 4161...

  10. Aggregated Authentication (AMAC) Using Universal Hash Functions

    Znaidi, Wassim; Minier, Marine; Lauradoux, Cédric

    Aggregation is a very important issue to reduce the energy consumption in Wireless Sensors Networks (WSNs). There is currently a lack of cryptographic primitives for authentication of aggregated data. The theoretical background for Aggregated Message Authentication Codes (AMACs) has been proposed by Chan and Castelluccia at ISIT 08.

  11. Aggregation of erythrocytes in burn disease

    Levin, Grigory Y; Egorihina, Marpha N


    The manuscript describes experiments designed to examine factors that influence erythrocytes aggregation within the blood of burn patients. Results showed that the rate and degree of erythrocytes aggregation increased significantly in burn patients, and what is especially unfavorable for microcirculation, erythrocytes disaggregation decreased. We show that normalization of blood plasma contents completely restores erythrocytes aggregation and disaggregation of burn patients. The rate and degr...

  12. Network Provisioning Using Multimedia Aggregates

    Joan Vila-Carbó


    Full Text Available Multimedia traffic makes network provisioning a key issue. Optimal provisioning of network resources is crucial for reducing the service cost of multimedia transmission. Multimedia traffic requires not only provisioning bandwidth and buffer resources in the network but also guaranteeing a given maximum end-to-end delay. In this paper we present methods and tools for the optimal dimensioning of networks based on multimedia aggregates. The proposed method minimises the network resources reservations of traffic aggregates providing a bounded delay. The paper also introduces several methods to generate multimedia traffic aggregation using real video traces. The method is evaluated using a network topology based on the European GÉANT network. The results of these simulations allow us to discover the relationship between a required delay and the necessary bandwidth reservation (or the achievable utilisation limit. An interesting conclusion of these scenarios is that, following several recommendations, the network utilisation can reach values of around 80% or higher.


    Sheremet'ev, Yu A; Popovicheva, A N; Rogozin, M M; Levin, G Ya


    An aggregation of erythrocytes in autologous plasma after blood storage for 14 days at 4 °C was studied using photometry and light microscopy. The decrease of ATP content, the formation of echinocytes and spheroechinocytes, the decrease of rouleaux form of erythrocyte aggregation were observed during the storage. On the other hand the aggregates of echinocytes were formed in the stored blood. The addition of plasma from the fresh blood didn't restore the normal discocytic shape and aggregation of erythrocytes in the stored blood. The possible mechanisms of erythrocytes and echinocytes aggregation are discussed. PMID:27220249

  14. [Lysophosphatidic acid and human erythrocyte aggregation].

    Sheremet'ev, Iu A; Popovicheva, A N; Levin, G Ia


    The effects of lysophosphatidic acid on the morphology and aggregation of human erythrocytes has been studied. Morphology of erythrocytes and their aggregates were studied by light microscopy. It has been shown that lysophosphatidic acid changes the shape of red blood cells: diskocyte become echinocytes. Aggregation of red blood cells (rouleaux) was significantly reduced in autoplasma. At the same time there is a strong aggregation of echinocytes. This was accompanied by the formation of microvesicles. Adding normal plasma to echinocytes restores shape and aggregation of red blood cells consisting of "rouleaux". A possible mechanism of action of lysophosphatidic acid on erythrocytes is discussed. PMID:25509147

  15. Aggregation of Diesel Contaminated Soil for Bioremediation

    Yu Ying; Shi Xiu-hong; Li Song; Xu Jing-gang


    Diesel contaminated soil (DCS) contained a large amount of the hydrocarbons and salt which was dominated by soluble sodium chloride. Aggregation process which made the desired aggregate size distribution could speed up the degradation rate of the hydrocarbons since the aggregated DCS had better physical characteristics than the non-aggregated material. Artificial aggregation increased pores >30 µm by approximately 5% and reduced pores <1 µm by 5%, but did not change the percentage of the pores between 1 and 30 µm. The saturated hydraulic conductivity of non-aggregated DCS was 5×10-6 m• s-l, but it increased to 1×10-5 m• s-l after aggregation. The compression index of the non-aggregated DCS was 0.0186; however, the artificial aggregates with and without lime were 0.031 and 0.028, respectively. DCS could be piled 0.2 m deep without artificial aggregation; however, it could be applied 0.28 m deep when artificial aggregates were formed without limiting O2 transport.

  16. Bouncing Behavior of Microscopic Dust Aggregates

    Seizinger, Alexander


    Context: Bouncing collisions of dust aggregates within the protoplanetary may have a significant impact on the growth process of planetesimals. Yet, the conditions that result in bouncing are not very well understood. Existing simulations studying the bouncing behavior used aggregates with an artificial, very regular internal structure. Aims: Here, we study the bouncing behavior of sub-mm dust aggregates that are constructed applying different sample preparation methods. We analyze how the internal structure of the aggregate alters the collisional outcome and determine the influence of aggregate size, porosity, collision velocity, and impact parameter. Methods: We use molecular dynamics simulations where the individual aggregates are treated as spheres that are made up of several hundred thousand individual monomers. The simulations are run on GPUs. Results: Statistical bulk properties and thus bouncing behavior of sub-mm dust aggregates depend heavily on the preparation method. In particular, there is no uni...

  17. An exact approach for aggregated formulations

    Gamst, Mette; Spoorendonk, Simon

    Aggregating formulations is a powerful approach for transforming problems into taking more tractable forms. Aggregated formulations can, though, have drawbacks: some information may get lost in the aggregation and { put in a branch-and-bound context { branching may become very di_cult and even...... mathematical formulation and the aggregated formulation. The method allows usage of relaxed aggregated formulations and enables branching on both aggregated and disaggregated variables. Also, the method guarantees an LP bound at least as good as those for the disaggregated and aggregated formulations. The...... paper includes general considerations on types of problems for which the method is of particular interest. Furthermore, we prove the correctness of the procedure and consider how to include extensions such as cutting planes and advanced branching strategies....

  18. Microwave extinction characteristics of nanoparticle aggregates

    Wu, Y. P.; Cheng, J. X.; Liu, X. X.; Wang, H. X.; Zhao, F. T.; Wen, W. W.


    Structure of nanoparticle aggregates plays an important role in microwave extinction capacity. The diffusion-limited aggregation model (DLA) for fractal growth is utilized to explore the possible structures of nanoparticle aggregates by computer simulation. Based on the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method, the microwave extinction performance by different nano-carborundum aggregates is numerically analyzed. The effects of the particle quantity, original diameter, fractal structure, as well as orientation on microwave extinction are investigated, and also the extinction characteristics of aggregates are compared with the spherical nanoparticle in the same volume. Numerical results give out that proper aggregation of nanoparticle is beneficial to microwave extinction capacity, and the microwave extinction cross section by aggregated granules is better than that of the spherical solid one in the same volume.

  19. Credit, Money, and Aggregate Demand

    Bernanke, Ben S.; Alan S. Blinder


    Standard models of aggregate demand treat money and credit asymmetrically; money is given a special status, while loans, bonds, and other debt instruments are lumped together in a "bond market" and suppressed by Walras' Law. This makes bank liabilities central to the monetary transmission mechanism, while giving no role to bank assets. We show how to modify a textbook IS-UI model so as to permit a more balanced treatment. As in Tobin (1969) and Brunner-Meltzer (1972), the key assumption is th...

  20. Strategy-proof Preference Aggregation

    Bossert, Walter; Sprumont, Yves


    An aggregation rule maps each profile of individual strict preference orderings over a set of alternatives into a social ordering over that set. We call such a rule strategyproof if misreporting one’s preference never produces a social ordering that is strictly between the original ordering and one’s own preference. After describing a few examples of manipulable rules, we study in some detail three classes of strategy-proof rules: (i) rules based on a monotonic alteration of the majority rela...

  1. Inhomogeneous diffusion-limited aggregation

    Selinger, Robin Blumberg; Nittmann, Johann; Stanley, H. E.


    It is demonstrated here that inhomogeneous diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) model can be used to simulate viscous fingering in a medium with inhomogeneous permeability and homogeneous porosity. The medium consists of a pipe-pore square-lattice network in which all pores have equal volume and the pipes have negligible volume. It is shown that fluctuations in a DLA-based growth process may be tuned by noise reduction, and that fluctuations in the velocity of the moving interface are multiplicative in form.


    Dominique Jeulin


    Full Text Available The percolation threshold ρc of Boolean models of cylinders with their axis parallel to a given direction is studied by means of simulations. An efficient method of construction of percolating connected components was developed, and is applied to one or two scales Boolean model, in order to simulate the presence of aggregates. The invariance of the percolation threshold with respect to affine transformations in the common direction of the axis of cylinders is approximately satisfied on simulations. The prediction of the model (ρc close to 0.16 is consistent with experimental measurements on plasma spray coatings, which motivated this study.

  3. Utilization Possibility of Natural Aggregate Resources in Central Town of Tokat as Concrete Aggregate

    S. I. Tutmaz


    Full Text Available In this study, aggregates of three quarries sampled from Tokat Province were tested to evaluate their suitability for concrete production. The aggregates were supplied from Yesilirmak River, and largely used in agricultural structures constructed in Tokat. Standard aggregate tests approved by Turkish Standards Institute were carried out to analyze the samples. Granulation, unit weight, specific weight, water absorption rate, resistance to frost, resistance against abrasion, ratio of fine materials, organic material contents and, mineralogical analysis of aggregates sampled from aggregate quarries were determined. Pressure resistance tests were conducted on concrete prepared by the aggregates. The results indicated that the aggregate granulation distribution of aggregate quarries evaluated was not suitable however other parameters determined were appropriate for concrete production. The resultant concrete had sufficient pressure resistance. The possible solutions to improve the improper characteristics of aggregates used in concrete were also determined and introduced with this study.


    汪炉林; 马育红; 周昊; 杨万泰


    A novel and facile method using a printed gradation photomask combined with photoreactions for preparing polymer surfaces with gradient distribution of surface energy, grafting layer thickness and grafting chain density was developed. The gradation photomask with gradient change of photo transmittance intensity,almost in the range of 0 ~ 100% at both 254 nm and 365 nm, has been successfully prepared by direct printing black ink onto the biaxially oriented polypropylene and silica (BOPP/SiOx) hybrid film. The applications of the gradient photomask in photo-induced reactions, such as confined photo-catalytic oxidation (CPO) and photografting polymerizations, have been exploited. In CPO reaction with a printed gradient photomask, the static water contact angles (CAs) of modified surfaces of BOPP and PET films exhibited the surface energy gradient properties, for example, the CAs of BOPP decreased almost linearly from about 103° (unmodified) to about 39° and PET film from about 78° (unmodified) to less than 10° respectively. In UV induced surface grafting polymerization of scrylic acid (AA), the dry thickness of PAA brushes showed a gradient change from about several nanometers to bout 750 nm on the BOPP film substrate. While in precipitation-photografting polymerization of acrylamide ( AM), ATR-FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy ( XPS), fluorescence microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) demonstrated the existence of the gradient grafting chain density on the polymer surfaces, i. e, the content of Nitrogen determined by XPS increased from about 0 wt% of pristine BOPP film to about 11.28%. So far, this is one of the most convenient methods reported for preparation of polymer gradient surfaces, and it is a versatile facile method in preparation of a gradient surface controlled by the gradation photomask.%以自制杂化双向拉伸聚丙烯/氧化硅(BOPP/SiOx)有机/无机杂化膜为基材,由喷墨打印机直接在杂化膜表面打印色

  5. Protein aggregates in Huntington's disease.

    Arrasate, Montserrat; Finkbeiner, Steven


    Huntington's disease (HD) is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterized by abnormal motor movements, personality changes, and early death. HD is caused by a mutation in the IT-15 gene that expands abnormally the number of CAG nucleotide repeats. As a result, the translated protein huntingtin contains disease-causing expansions of glutamines (polyQ) that make it prone to misfold and aggregate. While the gene and mutations that cause HD are known, the mechanisms underlying HD pathogenesis are not. Here we will review the state of knowledge of HD, focusing especially on a hallmark pathological feature-intracellular aggregates of mutant Htt called inclusion bodies (IBs). We will describe the role of IBs in the disease. We speculate that IB formation could be just one component of a broader coping response triggered by misfolded Htt whose efficacy may depend on the extent to which it clears toxic forms of mutant Htt. We will describe how IB formation might be regulated and which factors could determine different coping responses in different subsets of neurons. A differential regulation of IB formation as a function of the cellular context could, eventually, explain part of the neuronal vulnerability observed in HD. PMID:22200539

  6. Asphaltene Aggregation and Fouling Behavior

    Derakhshesh, Marzie

    This thesis explored the properties of asphaltene nano-aggregates in crude oil and toluene based solutions and fouling at process furnace temperatures, and the links between these two phenomena. The link between stability of asphaltenes at ambient conditions and fouling at the conditions of a delayed coker furnace, at over 450 °C, was examined by blending crude oil with an aliphatic diluent in different ratios. The stability of the blends were measured using a S-value analyzer, then fouling rates were measured on electrically heated stainless steel 316 wires in an autoclave reactor. The less stable the blend, the greater the rate and extent of fouling. The most severe fouling occurred with the unstable asphaltenes. SEM imaging of the foulant illustrates very different textures, with the structure becoming more porous with lower stability. Under cross-polarized light, the coke shows the presence of mesophase in the foulant layer. These data suggest a correlation between the fouling rate at high temperature furnace conditions and the stability index of the crude oil. Three organic polysulfides were introduced to the crude oil to examine their effect on fouling. The polysulfides are able to reduce coking and carbon monoxide generation in steam crackers. The fouling results demonstrated that polysulfide with more sulfur content increased the amount of corrosion-fouling of the wire. Various additives, solvents, ultrasound, and heat were employed to attempt to completely disaggregate the asphaltene nano-aggregates in solution at room temperature. The primary analytical technique used to monitor the nano-aggregation state of the asphaltenes in solution was the UV-visible spectroscopy. The results indicate that stronger solvents, such as pyridine and quinoline, combined with ionic liquids yield a slight reduction in the apparent absorbance at longer wavelengths, indicative of a decrease in the nano-aggregate size although the magnitude of the decrease is not significant

  7. One-dimensional long-range diffusion-limited aggregation III -- The limit aggregate

    Amir, Gideon


    In this paper we study the structure of the limit aggregate (the union of all finite-time aggregates) of the one-dimensional long range diffusion limited aggregation process defined in [arXiv:0910.4416] . We show (under some regularity conditions) that for walks with finite third moment the limit aggregate has renewal structure and positive density, while for walks with finite variance the renewal structure no longer exists and the limit aggregate has 0 density. We define a tree structure on the aggregates and show some results on the degrees and number of ends of these random trees.

  8. A vertically resolved model for phytoplankton aggregation

    Iris Kriest; Geoffrey T Evans


    This work presents models of the vertical distribution and flux of phytoplankton aggregates, including changes with time in the distribution of aggregate sizes and sinking speeds. The distribution of sizes is described by two parameters, the mass and number of aggregates, which greatly reduces the computational cost of the models. Simple experiments demonstrate the effects of aggregation on the timing and depth distribution of primary production and export. A more detailed ecological model is applied to sites in the Arabian Sea; it demonstrates that aggregation can be important for deep sedimentation even when its effect on surface concentrations is small, and it presents the difference in timing between settlement of aggregates and fecal pellets.

  9. Aggregation server for grid-integrated vehicles

    Kempton, Willett


    Methods, systems, and apparatus for aggregating electric power flow between an electric grid and electric vehicles are disclosed. An apparatus for aggregating power flow may include a memory and a processor coupled to the memory to receive electric vehicle equipment (EVE) attributes from a plurality of EVEs, aggregate EVE attributes, predict total available capacity based on the EVE attributes, and dispatch at least a portion of the total available capacity to the grid. Power flow may be aggregated by receiving EVE operational parameters from each EVE, aggregating the received EVE operational parameters, predicting total available capacity based on the aggregated EVE operational parameters, and dispatching at least a portion of the total available capacity to the grid.

  10. Influence of shear stress on erythrocyte aggregation.

    Kim, Jeong-Ho; Lee, Hoyoon; Lee, Byoung-Kwon; Shin, Sehyun


    Shear stress is known to induce platelet activation and aggregation. The red blood cell (RBC) aggregation test requires the application of shear stress for the cells to disaggregate for initialization. We tested the hypothesis that applying shear stress may activate platelets, which can influence RBC aggregation. The present study used a commercial microchip-based aggregometer (RheoSCan-AnD300) with a rotating stirrer for RBC disaggregation. Whole blood samples were exposed to different magnitudes of shear stress with various shearing times. As the rotational speed was increased up to 2800 rpm, the RBC aggregation index (AI) of the whole blood increased by up to 30% (p <  0.05), whereas that of the platelet-excluded blood samples did not show any apparent alteration. The AI also increased in proportion with the stirring time. The data suggest that high shear stress affects RBC aggregation through shear-induced platelet aggregation. PMID:26444600

  11. A dimension map for molecular aggregates.

    Jian, Cuiying; Tang, Tian; Bhattacharjee, Subir


    A pair of gyradius ratios, defined from the principal radii of gyration, are used to generate a dimension map that describes the geometry of molecular aggregates in water and in organic solvents. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed on the aggregation of representative biomolecules and polyaromatic compounds to demonstrate application of the dimension map. It was shown that molecular aggregate data on the dimension map were bounded by two boundary curves, and that the map could be separated into three regions representing three groups of structures: one-dimensional rod-like structures; two-dimensional planar structures or short-cylinder-like structures; and three-dimensional sphere-like structures. Examining the location of the aggregates on the dimension map and how the location changes with solvent type and solute material parameter provides a simple yet effective way to infer the aggregation manner and to study solubility and mechanism of aggregation. PMID:25768393

  12. Recycled aggregate concrete exposed to elevated temperature

    Arundeb Gupta; Saroj Mandal; Somnath Ghosh


    An experimental investigation has been conducted to study the mechanical as well as micro structural properties of Recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) exposed to elevated temperature. Fly ash (as replacement of cement) was added while making concrete. Recycled aggregates are mixed with natural aggregates also to prepare concrete. Cubes and cylinder test specimens were prepared and cured under water for 28 days. Test specimens were exposed to different levels of temperature (200oC, 400oC, 600oC,...

  13. Constraint Aggregation Principle in Convex Optimization

    Y.M. Ermoliev; Kryazhimskiy, A.V.; Ruszczynski, A.


    A general constraint aggregation technique is proposed for convex optimization problems. At each iteration a set of convex inequalities and linear equations is replaced by a single inequality formed as a linear combination of the original constraints. After solving the simplified subproblem, new aggregation coefficients are calculated and the iteration continues. This general aggregation principle is incorporated into a number of specific algorithms. Convergence of the new methods is pro...

  14. Linguistic Weighted Aggregation under Confidence Levels


    We develop some new linguistic aggregation operators based on confidence levels. Firstly, we introduce the confidence linguistic weighted averaging (CLWA) operator and the confidence linguistic ordered weighted averaging (CLOWA) operator. These two new linguistic aggregation operators are able to consider the confidence level of the aggregated arguments provided by the information providers. We also study some of their properties. Then, based on the generalized means, we introduce the confide...

  15. Simulations of kinetically irreversible protein aggregate structure.

    Patro, S Y; Przybycien, T M


    We have simulated the structure of kinetically irreversible protein aggregates in two-dimensional space using a lattice-based Monte-Carlo routine. Our model specifically accounts for the intermolecular interactions between hydrophobic and hydrophilic protein surfaces and a polar solvent. The simulations provide information about the aggregate density, the types of inter-monomer contacts and solvent content within the aggregates, the type and extent of solvent exposed perimeter, and the short-...

  16. Familial aggregation analysis of gene expressions

    Rao Shao-Qi; Xu Liang-De; Zhang Guang-Mei; Li Xia; Li Lin; Shen Gong-Qing; Jiang Yang; Yang Yue-Ying; Gong Bin-Sheng; Jiang Wei; Zhang Fan; Xiao Yun; Wang Qing K


    Abstract Traditional studies of familial aggregation are aimed at defining the genetic (and non-genetic) causes of a disease from physiological or clinical traits. However, there has been little attempt to use genome-wide gene expressions, the direct phenotypic measures of genes, as the traits to investigate several extended issues regarding the distributions of familially aggregated genes on chromosomes or in functions. In this study we conducted a genome-wide familial aggregation analysis b...

  17. Making Sense of the Aggregator Bank


    On Tuesday, 10 February 2009, Treasury Secretary Geithner proposed the aggregator bank (“public-private investment fund”) as a key instrument to resolve the financial crisis ( The Treasury description leaves many issues unanswered. Here we explain how an aggregator bank might operate in practice. We fill in some of the major details so as to enhance the effectiveness of the aggregator bank. In particular, the approach emphasizes transparency and value to the taxpay...

  18. A File Aggregation Scheme for FLUTE

    Neumann, Christoph; Roca, Vincent; Walsh, Rod


    This document introduces a logical and physical file aggregation scheme for File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE). The logical file aggregation mechanism is a generalized grouping mechanism, allowing to logically group files. The physical file aggregation scheme allows, additionally to a logical grouping, to more efficiently use Forward Error Correction (FEC) in the context of FLUTE, in particular when dealing with a large number of "small" files. Unlike a solution based on the ...

  19. Regulated protein aggregation: stress granules and neurodegeneration

    Wolozin Benjamin


    Abstract The protein aggregation that occurs in neurodegenerative diseases is classically thought to occur as an undesirable, nonfunctional byproduct of protein misfolding. This model contrasts with the biology of RNA binding proteins, many of which are linked to neurodegenerative diseases. RNA binding proteins use protein aggregation as part of a normal regulated, physiological mechanism controlling protein synthesis. The process of regulated protein aggregation is most evident in formation ...

  20. Temporal aggregation of an ESTAR process

    I Paya; Peel, D


    Nonlinear models of deviations from PPP have recently provided an important, theoretically well motivated, contribution to the PPP puzzle. Most of these studies use temporally aggregated data to empirically estimate the nonlinear models. As noted by Taylor (2001), if the true DGP is nonlinear, the temporally aggregated data could exhibit misleading properties regarding the adjustment speeds. We examine the effects of different levels of temporal aggregation on estimates of ESTAR models of rea...

  1. Aggregate expenditure ceilings and allocative flexibility

    Marc Robinson


    This article shows how to combine top-down budgeting – in the core sense of the establishment of a hard aggregate expenditure ceiling at the start of the budget preparation process – with flexibility in the allocation of the aggregate ceiling between spending ministries during budget preparation. It argues strongly against determining spending ministry shares of the aggregate expenditure ceiling without any prior opportunity for them to present formal new spending proposals. The keys to recon...

  2. Testing aggregation consistency across geography and commodities

    Liu, Qinghua; Shumway, C. Richard


    Consistent aggregation of production data across commodities and states was tested using Lewbel's generalized composite commodity theorem (GCCT). This was the first empirical GCCT test for consistent geographic aggregation and was applied to two groups of states. Consistent commodity aggregation was tested in all states for two output groups and three input groups and in one state for a larger number of groups. Using a more powerful test procedure than previously applied to production data, m...

  3. A revised model of platelet aggregation

    Kulkarni, Suhasini; Dopheide, Sacha M.; Yap, Cindy L.; Ravanat, Catherine; Freund, Monique; Mangin, Pierre; Heel, Kathryn A.; Street, Alison; Harper, Ian S.; Lanza, Francois; Jackson, Shaun P.


    In this study we have examined the mechanism of platelet aggregation under physiological flow conditions using an in vitro flow-based platelet aggregation assay and an in vivo rat thrombosis model. Our studies demonstrate an unexpected complexity to the platelet aggregation process in which platelets in flowing blood continuously tether, translocate, and/or detach from the luminal surface of a growing platelet thrombus at both arterial and venous shear rates. Studies of platelets congenitally...

  4. Diffusion Limited Aggregation: Algorithm optimization revisited

    Braga, F. L.; Ribeiro, M. S.


    The Diffusion Limited Aggregation (DLA) model developed by Witten and Sander in 1978 is useful in modeling a large class of growth phenomena with local dependence. Besides its simplicity this aggregation model has a complex behavior that can be observed at the patterns generated. We propose on this work a brief review of some important proprieties of this model and present an algorithm to simulate a DLA aggregates that simpler and efficient compared to others found in the literature.

  5. Secure Data Aggregation in Wireless Sensor Networks

    Dr. Debmalya Bhattacharya


    The Security in sensor networks has become most important aspect along with low power as the sensors are unattended so there is more possibility of attack in WSN than usual networks, data aggregation security is an important task as if some false node injects a highly odd value it will affect the whole aggregation process, The paper reviews the need of security for data aggregation and propose an architecture which can eliminate the false values injection as well as provides e...

  6. A canonical representation for aggregated Markov processes

    Larget, Bret


    A deterministic function of a Markov process is called an aggregated Markov process. We give necessary and sufficient conditions for the equivalence of continuous-time aggregated Markov processes. For both discrete- and continuous-time, we show that any aggregated Markov process which satisfies mild regularity conditions can be directly converted to a canonical representation which is unique for each class of equivalent models, and furthermore, is a minimal parameterization ...

  7. Familial aggregation and heritability of pyloric stenosis

    Krogh, Camilla; Fischer, Thea K; Skotte, Line;


    first year of life, during which 3362 children had surgery for pyloric stenosis. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Familial aggregation of pyloric stenosis, evaluated by rate ratios. RESULTS: The incidence rate (per 1000 person-years) of pyloric stenosis in the first year of life was 1.8 for singletons and 3.1 for......CONTEXT: Pyloric stenosis is the most common condition requiring surgery in the first months of life. Case reports have suggested familial aggregation, but to what extent this is caused by common environment or inheritance is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To investigate familial aggregation of pyloric...... strong familial aggregation and heritability....

  8. Aggregated Dynamic Dataflow Graph Generation and Visualization

    I. Szabó


    Full Text Available Aggregated Dynamic Dataflow Graphs can assist programmers to uncover the main data paths of a given algorithm. This information can be useful when scaling a singlethreaded program into a multi-core architecture. The amount of data movements is crucial when targeting for cache incoherent and/or heterogeneous platforms. This paper presents two methods for generating function-level Aggregated Dynamic Dataflow Graphs. Instruction level trace log was used as a basis, which was generated by Microsoft Giano processor simulator platform. Top-down aggregation strategy and relational database was used to speed up the generation of different views of the aggregated dataflow and call graphs.

  9. Microbial aggregates in anaerobic wastewater treatment.

    Kosaric, N; Blaszczyk, R


    The phenomenon aggregation of anaerobic bacteria gives an opportunity to speed up the digestion rate during methanogenesis. The aggregates are mainly composed of methanogenic bacteria which convert acetate and H2/CO2 into methane. Other bacteria are also included in the aggregates but their concentration is rather small. The aggregates may also be formed during acetogenesis or even hydrolysis but such aggregates are not stable and disrupt quickly when not fed. A two stage process seems to be suitable when high concentrated solid waste must be treated. Special conditions are necessary to promote aggregate formation from methanogenic bacteria but aggregates once formed are stable without feeding even for a few years. The structure, texture and activity of bacterial aggregates depend on several parameters: (1)--temperature and pH, (2)--wastewater composition and (3)--hydrodynamic conditions within the reactor. The common influence of all these parameters is still rather unknown but some recommendations may be given. Temperature and pH should be maintained in the range which is optimal for methanogenic bacteria e.g. a temperature between 32 and 50 degrees C and a value pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Wastewaters should contain soluble wastes and the specific loading rate should be around one kgCOD(kgVSS)-1 d-1. The concentration of the elements influences aggregate composition and probably structure and texture. At high calcium concentration a change in the colour of the granules has been observed. Research is necessary to investigate the influence of other elements and organic toxicants on maintenance of the aggregates. Hydrodynamic conditions seem to influence the stability of the granules over long time periods. At low liquid stream rates, aggregates may starve and lysis within the aggregates is possible which results in hollowing of aggregates and their floating. At high liquid stream rates the aggregates may be disrupted and washed out of the reactor as a flocculent

  10. Fracture model for cemented aggregates

    Aleksander Zubelewicz


    Full Text Available A mechanisms-based fracture model applicable to a broad class of cemented aggregates and, among them, plastic-bonded explosive (PBX composites, is presented. The model is calibrated for PBX 9502 using the available experimental data under uniaxial compression and tension gathered at various strain rates and temperatures. We show that the model correctly captures inelastic stress-strain responses prior to the load peak and it predicts the post-critical macro-fracture processes, which result from the growth and coalescence of micro-cracks. In our approach, the fracture zone is embedded into elastic matrix and effectively weakens the material's strength along the plane of the dominant fracture.

  11. Collisional Aggregation Due to Turbulence

    Pumir, Alain; Wilkinson, Michael


    Collisions between particles suspended in a fluid play an important role in many physical processes. As an example, collisions of microscopic water droplets in clouds are a necessary step in the production of macroscopic raindrops. Collisions of dust grains are also conjectured to be important for planet formation in the gas surrounding young stars and to play a role in the dynamics of sand storms. In these processes, collisions are favored by fast turbulent motions. Here we review recent advances in the understanding of collisional aggregation due to turbulence. We discuss the role of fractal clustering of particles and caustic singularities of their velocities. We also discuss limitations of the Smoluchowski equation for modeling such processes. These advances lead to a semiquantitative understanding on the influence of turbulence on collision rates and point to deficiencies in the current understanding of rainfall and planet formation.

  12. Morphological classification of nanoceramic aggregates

    Crosta, Giovanni F.; Kang, Bongwoo; Ospina, Carolina; Sung, Changmo


    Aluminum silicate nanoaggregates grown at near-room temperature on an organic template under a variety of experimental conditions have been imaged by transmission electron microscopy. Images have been automatically classified by an algorithm based on "spectrum enhancement", multivariate statistics and supervised optimization. Spectrum enhancement consists of subtracting, in the log scale, a known function of wavenumber from the angle averaged power spectral density of the image. Enhanced spectra of each image, after polynomial interpolation, have been regarded as morphological descriptors and as such submitted to principal components analysis nested with a multiobjective parameter optimization algorithm. The latter has maximized pairwise discrimination between classes of materials. The role of the organic template and of a reaction parameter on aggregate morphology has been assessed at two magnification scales. Classification results have also been related to crystal structure data derived from selected area electron diffraction patterns.

  13. Collisional Aggregation due to Turbulence

    Pumir, Alain


    Collisions between particles suspended in a fluid play an important role in many physical processes. As an example, collisions of microscopic water droplets in clouds are a necessary step in the production of macroscopic raindrops. Collisions of dust grains are also conjectured to be important for planet formation in the gas surrounding young stars, and also to play a role in the dynamics of sand storms. In these processes, collisions are favoured by fast turbulent motions. Here we review recent advances in the understanding of collisional aggregation due to turbulence. We discuss the role of fractal clustering of particles, and caustic singularities of their velocities. We also discuss limitations of the Smoluchowski equation for modelling these processes. These advances lead to a semi-quantitative understanding on the influence of turbulence on collision rates, and point to deficiencies in the current understanding of rainfall and planet formation.

  14. Colloidal aggregation in polymer blends.

    Benhamou, M; Ridouane, H; Hachem, E-K; Derouiche, A; Rahmoune, M


    We consider here a low-density assembly of colloidal particles immersed in a critical polymer mixture of two chemically incompatible polymers. We assume that, close to the critical point of the free mixture, the colloids prefer to be surrounded by one polymer (critical adsorption). As result, one is assisted to a reversible colloidal aggregation in the nonpreferred phase, due the existence of a long-range attractive Casimir force between particles. This aggregation is a phase transition driving the colloidal system from dilute to dense phases, as the usual gas-liquid transition. We are interested in a quantitative investigation of the phase diagram of the immersed colloids. We suppose that the positions of particles are disordered, and the disorder is quenched and follows a Gaussian distribution. To apprehend the problem, use is made of the standard phi(4) theory, where the field phi represents the composition fluctuation (order parameter), combined with the standard cumulant method. First, we derive the expression of the effective free energy of colloids and show that this is of Flory-Huggins type. Second, we find that the interaction parameter u between colloids is simply a linear combination of the isotherm compressibility and specific heat of the free mixture. Third, with the help of the derived effective free energy, we determine the complete shape of the phase diagram (binodal and spinodal) in the (Psi,u) plane, with Psi as the volume fraction of immersed colloids. The continuous "gas-liquid" transition occurs at some critical point K of coordinates (Psi(c) = 0.5,u(c) = 2). Finally, we emphasize that the present work is a natural extension of that, relative to simple liquid mixtures incorporating colloids. PMID:16035822

  15. Aggregate composition and stability of structural aggregates of non-calcareous rendzinas in Eastern Serbia

    Gajić Boško; Živković Miodrag


    The present study includes the results of comparative investigations of aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in humus horizons of non-calcareous rendzina under native forest and pasture vegetations and the same rendzina utilized long-term as arable field. The results show that aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in the cultivated non-calcareous rendzina are significantly impaired due to a long-term anthropogenization. In the cultiva...

  16. Shrinkage of concrete with replacement of aggregate with recycled concrete aggregate

    Gómez Soberón, José Manuel Vicente


    In this paper we present the experimental analysis of samples of concrete where portion of the natural aggregate were replaced with recycled aggregate originating from concrete (RCA). Experimental analysis to obtain the shrinkage properties (basic and dried) of the concrete containing recycled concrete aggregate (CRCA) was performed. The percentages of replacement of natural aggregate with RCA were 0%, 15%, 30%, 60% and 100% with test conditions of 50% RH and 20°C. The results of these ...

  17. Towards Better Understanding of Concrete Containing Recycled Concrete Aggregate

    Hisham Qasrawi; Iqbal Marie


    The effect of using recycled concrete aggregates (RCA) on the basic properties of normal concrete is studied. First, recycled aggregate properties have been determined and compared to those of normal aggregates. Except for absorption, there was not a significant difference between the two. Later, recycled aggregates were introduced in concrete mixes. In these mixes, natural coarse aggregate was partly or totally replaced by recycled aggregates. Results show that the use of recycled aggregates...

  18. Radiation pressure cross section for fluffy aggregates

    We apply the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) to estimate the radiation pressure cross section for fluffy aggregates by computing the asymmetry parameter and the cross sections for extinction and scattering. The ballistic particle-cluster aggregate and the ballistic cluster-cluster aggregate consisting of either dielectric or absorbing material are considered to represent naturally existing aggregates. We show that the asymmetry parameter perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation is maximized where the wavelength is comparable to the aggregate size, which may be characterized by the area-equivalent radius or the radius of gyration rather than the volume-equivalent radius. The asymmetry parameter for the aggregate depends on the morphology of the particle, but not on the constituent material. Therefore, the dependence of the radiation pressure cross section on the material composition arises mainly from that of the extinction and scattering cross sections, in other words, the single-scattering albedo. We find that aggregates consisting of high-albedo material show a large deviation of radiation pressure from the direction of incident radiation. When the aggregates are illuminated by blackbody radiation, the deviation of the radiation pressure increases with increasing temperature of the blackbody. Since the parallel component of the radiation pressure cross section for the aggregates is smaller than that for the volume-equivalent spheres at the size parameter close to unity, the Planck-mean radiation pressure cross section for the aggregates having radius comparable to the effective wavelength of radiation shows a lower value, compared with the volume-equivalent sphere. Consequently, the slope of the radiation pressure force per mass of the particle as a function of particle mass shows a lower maximum for the aggregates than for compact spherical particles. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  19. Aggregate size distribution of the soil loss

    Szabó, Judit Alexandra; Jakab, Gergely; Szabó, Boglárka; Józsa, Sándor; Szalai, Zoltán; Centeri, Csaba


    In agricultural areas the soil erosion and soil loss estimation is vital information in long-term planning. During the initial period of the erosion a part of the soil particles and aggregates get transportable and nutrients and organic matter could be transported due to the effect of water or wind. This preliminary phase was studied with laboratory-scale rainfall simulator. Developed surface crust and aggregate size composition of the runoff was examined in six different slope-roughness-moisture content combination of a Cambisol and a Regosol. The ratio of micro- and macro aggregates in the runoff indicate the stability of the aggregates and determine the transport capacity of the runoff. Both soil samples were taken from field where the water erosion is a potential hazard. During the experiment the whole amount of runoff and sediment was collected through sieve series to a bucket to separate the micro- and macro aggregates. In case of both samples the micro aggregates dominate in the runoff and the runoff rates are similar. Although the runoff of the Regosol - with dominant >1000μm macro aggregate content - contained almost nothing but ratio 250-1000μm sized macro aggregates. This difference occurred because the samples are resistant against drop erosion differently. In case of both sample the selectivity of the erosion and substance matrix redistribution manifested in mineral crusts in the surface where the quartz deposited in place while the lighter organic matter transported with the sediment. The detachment of the aggregates and the redistribution of the particles highly effect on the aggregate composition of the runoff which is connected with the quality of the soil loss. So while the estimation of soil loss quantity is more or less is easy, measuring aggregate size distribution which is led to nutrient and organic matter redistribution is one of a key questions to improve erosion estimation. G. Jakab was supported by the János Bolyai fellowship of the


    Patrizia Guidi


    Full Text Available For the identification of C pools involved in soil aggregation, a physically-based aggregate fractionation was proposed, and  additional pretreatments were used in the measurement of the 1-2 mm aggregate stability in order to elucidate the relevance of the role of soil microorganisms with respect to the different aggregate breakdown mechanisms. The study was carried out on three clay loam Regosols, developed on calcareous shales, known history of organic cultivation.Our results showed that the soil C pool controlling the process of stabilisation of aggregates was related to the microbial community. We identified the resistance to fast wetting as the major mechanism of aggregate stability driven by microorganims. The plausible hypothesis is that organic farming promotes fungi growth, improving water repellency of soil aggregates by fungal hydrophobic substances. By contrast, we failed in the identification of C pools controlling the formation of aggregates, probably because of the disturbance of mechanical tillage which contributes to the breakdown of soil aggregates.The physically-based aggregate fractionation proposed in this study resulted useful in the  mechanistically understanding of the role of microorganisms in soil aggregation and it might be suggested for studying the impact of management on C pools, aggregates properties and their relationships in agricultural soils.

  1. Protein aggregation and lyophilization: Protein structural descriptors as predictors of aggregation propensity

    Roughton, Brock C.; Iyer, Lavanya K.; Bertelsen, Esben; Topp, Elizabeth M.; Camarda, Kyle V.


    Lyophilization can induce aggregation in therapeutic proteins, but the relative importance of protein structure, formulation and processing conditions are poorly understood. To evaluate the contribution of protein structure to lyophilization-induced aggregation, fifteen proteins were co-lyophilized with each of five excipients. Extent of aggregation following lyophilization, measured using size-exclusion chromatography, was correlated with computational and biophysical protein structural desc...

  2. 24 CFR 50.21 - Aggregation.


    ... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Aggregation. 50.21 Section 50.21 Housing and Urban Development Office of the Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development... Aggregation. Activities which are geographically related and are logical parts of a composite of...

  3. 42 CFR 411.106 - Aggregation rules.


    ... 42 Public Health 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Aggregation rules. 411.106 Section 411.106 Public Health CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES MEDICARE PROGRAM... Under Group Health Plans: General Provisions § 411.106 Aggregation rules. The following rules apply...

  4. 24 CFR 58.32 - Project aggregation.


    ... other activities and actions. (See 40 CFR 1508.25(a)). (2) Consider reasonable alternative courses of... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Project aggregation. 58.32 Section... Environmental Review Process: Documentation, Range of Activities, Project Aggregation and Classification §...

  5. 24 CFR 55.24 - Aggregation.


    ... 24 CFR part 58), individual or aggregated approvals may be issued. A single compliance review and... 24 Housing and Urban Development 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Aggregation. 55.24 Section 55.24... FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management § 55.24...

  6. Choosing Aggregation Rules for Composite Indicators

    Munda, Giuseppe


    From a formal point of view, a composite indicator is an aggregate of all dimensions, objectives, individual indicators and variables used for its construction. This implies that what defines a composite indicator is the set of properties underlying its mathematical aggregation convention. In this article, I try to revise the theoretical debate on…

  7. Morphology and mobility of synthetic colloidal aggregates.

    Melas, Anastasios D; Isella, Lorenzo; Konstandopoulos, Athanasios G; Drossinos, Yannis


    The relationship between geometric and dynamic properties of fractal-like aggregates is studied in the continuum mass and momentum-transfer regimes. The synthetic aggregates were generated by a cluster-cluster aggregation algorithm. The analysis of their morphological features suggests that the fractal dimension is a descriptor of a cluster's large-scale structure, whereas the fractal prefactor is a local-structure indicator. For a constant fractal dimension, the prefactor becomes also an indicator of a cluster's shape anisotropy. The hydrodynamic radius of orientationally averaged aggregates was calculated via molecule-aggregate collision rates determined from the solution of a Laplace equation. An empirical expression that relates the aggregate hydrodynamic radius to its radius of gyration and the number of primary particles is proposed. The suggested expression depends only on geometrical quantities, being independent of statistical (ensemble-averaged) properties like the fractal dimension and prefactor. Hydrodynamic radius predictions for a variety of fractal-like aggregates are in very good agreement with predictions of other methods and literature values. Aggregate dynamic shape factors and DLCA individual monomer hydrodynamic shielding factors are also calculated. PMID:24407656

  8. Streaming instability of aggregating slime mold amoebae

    Levine, Herbert; Reynolds, William


    We propose a new model of aggregation in the cellular slime mold D. Discoideum. Our approach couples the excitable signaling system to amoeba chemotaxis; the resultant system of equations is tractable to analytical and numerical approaches. Using our model, we derive the existence of a streaming instability for the concentric target aggregation pattern.

  9. Teaching Aggregate Demand and Supply Models

    Wells, Graeme


    The author analyzes the inflation-targeting model that underlies recent textbook expositions of the aggregate demand-aggregate supply approach used in introductory courses in macroeconomics. He shows how numerical simulations of a model with inflation inertia can be used as a tool to help students understand adjustments in response to demand and…

  10. Teaching Aggregate Demand and Supply Models

    Wells, Graeme


    This note analyses the inflation-targeting model that underlies recent textbook expositions of the Aggregate Demand-Aggregate Supply approach used in introductory courses in macroeconomics. The paper shows how numerical simulations of a model with inflation inertia can be used as a tool to help students understand adjustments in response to demand and supply shocks of various kinds.