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  1. Demonstration Assessment of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Roadway Lighting at the I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis, MN

    Kinzey, Bruce R.; Myer, Michael


    This report describes the process and results of a demonstration of solid-state lighting (SSL) technology conducted in 2009 at the recently reconstructed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, MN. The project was supported under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solid-State Lighting GATEWAY Technology Demonstration Program. Other participants in the demonstration project included the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), Federal Highways Administration (FHWA), and BetaLED™ (a division of Ruud Lighting). Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) conducted the measurements and analysis of the results. DOE has implemented a three-year evaluation of the LED luminaires in this installation in order to develop new longitudinal field data on LED performance in a challenging, real-world environment. This document provides information through the initial phase of the I-35W bridge project, up to and including the opening of the bridge to the public and the initial feedback received on the LED lighting installation from bridge users. Initial findings of the evaluation are favorable, with minimum energy savings level of 13% for the LED installation relative to the simulated base case using 250W high-pressure sodium (HPS) fixtures. The LEDs had an average illuminance level of 0.91 foot candles compared to 1.29 fc for the HPS lamps. The LED luminaires cost $38,000 more than HPS lamps, yielding a lengthy payback period, however the bridge contractor had offered to include the LED luminaires as part of the construction package at no additional cost. One potentially significant benefit of the LEDs in this installation is avoiding rolling lane closures on the heavily-traveled interstate bridge for the purpose of relamping the HPS fixtures. Rolling lane closures involve multiple crew members and various maintenance and safety vehicles, diversion of traffic, as well as related administrative tasks (e.g., approvals, scheduling, etc.). Mn/DOT records show an average cost of

  2. 78 FR 31628 - Environmental Impact Statement for the Milwaukee, WI to Minneapolis, MN Rail Corridor


    ... be prepared for the Milwaukee, WI to Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (Milwaukee-Twin Cities) High-Speed Rail... construction of a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities. Alternatives originally under... environmental impacts associated with proposed changes in passenger rail train frequency, speed, and...

  3. Long-term Testing Results for the 2008 Installation of LED Luminaires at the I-35 West Bridge in Minneapolis

    Kinzey, Bruce R.; Davis, Robert G.


    This document reports the long-term testing results from an extended GATEWAY project that was first reported in “Demonstration Assessment of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Roadway Lighting at the I-35W Bridge, in Minneapolis, MN,” August 2009. That original report presented the results of lighting the newly reconstructed I 35W Bridge using LEDs in place of conventional high-pressure sodium (HPS) roadway luminaires, comparing energy use and illuminance levels with a simulated baseline condition. That installation was an early stage implementation of LED lighting and remains one of the oldest installations in continued operation today. This document provides an update of the LED system’s performance since its installation in September 2008.

  4. Demonstration Assessment of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Roadway Lighting, I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Phase I Report

    Kinzey, B. R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Myer, M. A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)


    On the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the GATEWAY program conducted a two-phase demonstration of LED roadway lighting on the main span, which is one of the country's oldest continuously operated exterior LED lighting installations. The Phase I report provides an overview of initial project results including lighting performance, economic performance, and potential energy savings.

  5. Demonstration Assessment of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Roadway Lighting, I-35W Bridge, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Phase II Report

    Kinzey, B. R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Davis, R. G. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)


    On the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the GATEWAY program conducted a two-phase demonstration of LED roadway lighting on the main span, which is one of the country's oldest continuously operated exterior LED lighting installations. The Phase II report documents longer-term performance of the LED lighting system that was installed in 2008, and is the first report on the longer-term performance of LED lighting in the field.

  6. Temporal and spatial variability in water quality of wetlands in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area: Implications for monitoring strategies and designs.

    Detenbeck, N E; Taylor, D L; Lima, A; Hagley, C


    Temporal and spatial variability in wetland water-quality variables were examined for twenty-one wetlands in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and eighteen wetlands in adjacent Wright County. Wetland water quality was significantly affected by contact with the sediment (surface water vs. groundwater), season, degree of hydrologic isolation, wetland class, and predominant land-use in the surrounding watershed (pedaphic factors>detritivory>land-use factors>biotic-redox or other multiple factors.For two wetlands sampled intensively, soluble reactive phosphate and total dissolved phosphorus were the most spatially variable (c.v.=76-249%), while temperature, color, dissolved organic carbon, and DO were least variable (c.v.=6-43%). Geostatistical analyses demonstrated that the average distance across which water-quality variables were spatially correlated (variogram range) was 61-112% of the mean radius of each wetland. Within the shallower of the two wetlands, nitrogen speciation was explained as a function of dissolved oxygen, while deeper marsh water-quality variables were explained as a function of water depth or distance from the wetland edge. Compositing water-quality samples produced unbiased estimates of individual sample means for all water quality variables examined except for ammonium. PMID:24198069

  7. Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota: Solar in Action (Brochure)


    This brochure provides an overview of the challenges and successes of Minneapolis, MN, a 2008 Solar America City awardee, on the path toward becoming a solar-powered community. Accomplishments, case studies, key lessons learned, and local resource information are given.

  8. Their Minneapolis : Novels of Norwegian-American Life in Minneapolis


    This thesis examines four Norwegian-American novels in order to investigate what light they might shed on the urban Norwegian-American immigrant community in Minneapolis. The four novels are A Saloonkeeper’s Daughter by Drude Krog Janson, Bag gardinet by Kristofer Janson, Scenes from the Life of a Newcomer: Jonas Olsen’s First Years in America by Johannes B. Wist, and The Boat of Longing by Ole E. Rølvaag. The novels are set in Minneapolis in the period between 1880 and the early 1900s, ...

  9. Ferromagnetic exchange in a twisted, oxime-bridged [MnIII2] dimer

    Houton, Edel; Taylor, Stephanie M.; Beedle, Christopher C.;


    The dimeric complex [Mn(III)(2)(Naphth-sao)(2)(Naphth-saoH)(2)(MeOH)(2)]·4MeOH (1·4MeOH), acts as a simple model complex with which to examine the magneto-structural relationship in polymetallic, oxime-bridged Mn(III) complexes. Dc magnetic susceptibility studies reveal that ferromagnetic exchang...

  10. Turn the Page in Minneapolis

    Burns, Ty R.; Steele, Cheryl Watson


    In this article, the authors talk about the AASL 15th National Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis. The wide range of topics and presenters guarantees that all school library professionals will find something helpful, useful, thought-provoking, and just plain fun--whether new to the profession or a seasoned veteran like the conference…

  11. Cyanide- and phenoxo-bridged heterobimetallic Fe(III)-Mn(III) complexes: Synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties

    Daopeng Zhang; Ping Wang; Kexun Chen; Xia Chen


    By employing two -tricyanidoiron(III) precursors [Ph4P][FeIII(pcq)(CN)3] and [Ph4P][FeIII (pzq)(CN)3] as building blocks and a salen-tpye Schiff-basemanganese (III) compound as assembling segment, two tetranuclear cyanide- and phenoxo- bridged heterobimetallic Fe(III)-Mn(III) complexes {[Mn(saltmen)] [Fe(pcq)(CN)3]}2·2CH3OH (1) and {[Mn(saltmen)] [Fe(pzq)(CN)3]}2·2CH3OH (2) (pcq = 8-(pyridine-2-carboxamido, pzq = 8-(pyrazine-2-carboxamido, saltmen2− = N,N′-(1,1,2,2-tetramethylethylene)bis(salicylideneaminato) dianion) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy and X-ray structure determination. Single x-ray analysis reveals their isostructural cyanide-bridged Fe(III)-Mn(III) binuclear structure. The binuclear entity is self-complementary through phenoxo oxygen from the neighbouring complex, giving cyanide- and phenoxo- bridged tetranuclear structure. Furthermore, under the help of the intermolecular - interaction, these two complexes can be constructed into 1D infinite chain supramolecular structure. Investigation over magnetic susceptibilities reveals the overall ferromagnetic coupling between the adjacent Fe(III) and Mn(III) ions bridged by cyanide group with = 5.34 cm-1 and 5.55 cm-1 for complexes 1 and 2, respectively.

  12. Minneapolis district-heating options

    Stovall, T. K.; Borkowski, R. J.; Karnitz, M. A.; Strom, S.; Linwick, K.


    The feasibility of a large-scale district heating system for the Minneapolis central city area was investigated. The analysis was based on a previous city of St. Paul Hot-water district heating study and other studies done by a Swedish engineering firm. Capital costs such as building and heat source conversion, pipeline construction, and equipment were used in comparing the projected expenses of various district heating scenarios. Options such as coal, refuse-derived fuel burning, and cogeneration at the Riverside Power Station were discussed as energy supplies for a cost-effective district heating system.

  13. Structure and magnetic characteristics of an oxalate-bridged U(IV)-Mn(II) three-dimensional network

    The construction of extended solids from molecular building blocks may afford materials with controlled and tunable properties. This report describes a compound involving the 5f5 U(IV) and 3d5 Mn(II) ions. The reaction of the tetraoxalato uranate compound, K4U(C2O4)4, with Mn(II) in H2O leads to well-shaped single crystals of K2-MnU(C2O4)4·9H2O suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. As a result of the reaction, an U(IV) ion also consists of four oxalate-U linkages. Hence, every metal ion is linked four times by oxalate bridges to the other metal ion. In this architecture the Mn(II) sites are surrounded by eight oxygen atoms

  14. An experimental investigation of innovative bridge columns with engineered cementitious composites and Cu-Al-Mn super-elastic alloys

    Hosseini, F.; Gencturk, B.; Lahpour, S.; Ibague Gil, D.


    Recent strong earthquakes have shown that reinforced concrete (RC) bridge columns constructed using conventional materials and techniques suffer from major damage and permanent deformations. The yielding of the longitudinal reinforcement as the main source of energy absorption, and cracking and spalling of concrete results in a dysfunctional bridge structure that does not support the post-disaster recovery efforts. This paper investigates the use of engineered cementitious composites (ECCs) and Cu-Al-Mn super-elastic alloys (SEAs) to improve the performance of bridge columns under seismic loads. A new column design is proposed, which is composed of a pre-fabricated ECC tube that encompasses the longitudinal and transverse steel reinforcement (rebar). The rebar in the plastic hinge region of the cantilever columns was totally or partially replaced with Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars. The tube was filled with conventional concrete after it was placed inside the rebar cage of the foundation. ECC exhibits superior tensile ductility, bonding with steel, energy absorption and shear resistance, in addition to lower permeability and reduced crack widths compared to conventional concrete. Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars are capable of recovering large inelastic deformations exceeding 12% strain. The proposed approach capitalizes on the deformability of ECC with reduced damage, and the energy absorption capacity of Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars without permanent deformation. A total of six column specimens were constructed and tested under simulated seismic loading. The number of rebars replaced with Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars, ECC mixture design, and the ratio of the concrete core area to total column cross-sectional area were the variables investigated in the test program. A comparison of the results indicated that the proposed concept with no Cu-Al-Mn SEA bars provides higher lateral strength, similar energy absorption and reduced damage compared to conventional RC columns; however, similar to a conventional column, it

  15. Synthesis, structure and magnetism of new single molecule magnets composed of MnII2MnIII2 alkoxo-carboxylate bridged clusters capped by triethanolamine ligands.

    Wittick, Lisa M; Murray, Keith S; Moubaraki, Boujemaa; Batten, Stuart R; Spiccia, Leone; Berry, Kevin J


    A family of tetranuclear mixed-valent Mn(II)(2)/Mn(III)(2) complexes of type [Mn(4)(LH(2))(2)(LH)(2)(H(2)O)(x)(RCO(2))(2)](Y)2.nS has been synthesised and structurally characterised, where LH(3) = triethanolamine (N(CH(2)CH(2)OH)(3)), (R=CH(3), x=2, Y = CH(3)CO(2)-, n=2, S = H(2)O; 1), (R=C(6)H(5), x=0, Y=C(6)H(5)CO(2)-, n=1, S = CH(3)CN; 2), (R=C(2)H(5), x=0, Y=ClO(4)(-), n=0; 3). A common structural core was deduced from X-ray crystallography and consists of a rhomboidal (planar-diamond) array with two 7-coordinate Mn(II) "wingtip (w)" centres and two 6-coordinate Mn(III) "body (b)" centres. The Mn(III) ions are bridged to the Mn(II) ions by mu3-oxygen atoms from a deprotonated alcohol "arm" of each tridentate LH(2-) ligand and by mu2-oxygen atoms from each tetradentate LH(2)(-) ligand. The four nitrogen atoms from LH(2-) and LH(2)(-) groups, together with bridging and terminal carboxylates oxygens complete the outer coordination sites around the Mn atoms. A feature of these clusters is that they are linked together in the crystal lattice by hydrogen-bonding interactions involving a non-coordinated hydroxyl arm on each LH(2-) group. Detailed DC and AC magnetic susceptibility measurements and magnetisation isotherms have been made on the three complexes and show that intra-cluster ferromagnetic coupling is occurring between the S = 2 Mn(III) and S = 5/2 Mn(II) ions to yield S = 9 ground states. The g, J(bb) and J(wb) parameters have been deduced. Inter-cluster antiferromagnetic coupling was noted in and this influences the magnetisation versus field behaviour and the temperature and magnitude of the out-of-phase AC chi"M maxima in comparison to those observed for and. An Arrhenius plot of the reciprocal temperature of the maxima in chi"M obtained at different frequencies (10 to 1500 Hz), in the range 1.75 K to 4 K, against the natural logarithm of the magnetization relaxation rate (1/tau) yielded values of the activation energies and pre-exponential factors for

  16. Tuning of exchange coupling by the Mn-O distance and phenoxido bridging angle: an experimental and theoretical study of the family of Mn(iii) dimers with salen type ligands.

    Seth, Piya; Giri, Sanjib; Ghosh, Ashutosh


    Three new Mn(III) complexes [Mn2L2(ClO4)2] (1), [Mn2L2(NCS)2] (2) and [Mn2L2N(CN)2]ClO4·CH3CN (3) have been synthesized from the Schiff base ligand H2L (where H2L = N,N′-bis(2-hydroxypropiophenone)-1,2- ethanediamine) and various anionic coligands e.g. perchlorate, thiocyanate and dicyanamide. X-ray crystal structure analysis reveals that 1 and 2 are dinuclear complexes, joined together by Mn⋯O (phenoxido) interactions. Whereas 3 consists of an alternating phenoxido and μ1,5 dicyanamido bridge, resulting in a 1D chain. In 1 and 2 ferromagnetic coupling exists between the Mn(III) centres within the dimer but 3 possesses antiferromagnetic interaction. This difference in magnetic exchange interactions has been rationalized on the basis of structural parameters like longer bridging Mn-O distance and Mn-O-Mn angle in these complexes with the help of DFT calculations. PMID:26102087

  17. Synthesis, structures and magnetic properties of two 3D 3,4-pyridinedicarboxylate bridged manganese(II) coordination polymers incorporating 1D helical Mn(carboxylate)2 chain or Mn3(OH)2 chain

    The hydrothermal reactions of MnCl2.4H2O, 3,4-pyridinedicarboxylic acid (3,4-pydaH2) and triethylamine in aqueous medium yield two 3D metal-organic hybrid materials, [Mn(3,4-pyda)] (1) and [Mn3(OH)2(3,4-pyda)2(H2O)2] (2), respectively. In both complexes, each 3,4-pyda acts as a pentadentate ligand to connect five Mn(II) atoms via the pyridyl group and the two μ2-carboxylate groups (one in syn,anti-mode and one in syn-syn mode for 1 and both in syn,anti-mode for 2). Complex 1 possesses an interesting 3D coordination polymeric structure incorporating 1D helical Mn(μ2-carboxylate)2 chain units, in which each Mn(II) atom is coordinated in less common square pyramidal geometry to four carboxylato oxygen atoms and one pyridyl nitrogen atom. Each 3,4-pyda links three helical Mn(μ2-carboxylate)2 chains and each Mn(μ2-carboxylate)2 chain is linked by other eight helical Mn(μ2-carboxylate)2 chains via sharing 3,4-pyda bridges. Complex 2 is a 3D coordination network consisting of 1D Mn3(OH)2 chains and 3,4-pyda bridges. The repeating trimeric structural unit in the manganese(II) hydroxide chain consists of two edge-sharing symmetry-related manganese octahedra linked via μ3-OH to a vertex of Mn2 octahedron. Each 3,4-pyda links three Mn3(OH)2 chains and each Mn3(OH)2 chain is linked by other six Mn3(OH)2 chains via 3,4-pyda bridges, resulting in a 3D coordination solid. Magnetic measurements reveal that a weak antiferromagnetic interaction between the MnII ions occurs in complex 1 and a 3D magnetic ordering at about 7.0K in complex 2

  18. Oximato bridged Rh$^{\\text{III}}_2$MII and RhIIIMI species (MII = Mn, Co, Ni; MI = Cu, Ag)

    Indranil Bhattacharyya; Sanjib Ganguly; Bikash Kumar Panda; Animesh Chakravorty


    The reaction of [RhCl2(HPhL)(PhL)] with MII(ClO4)2.6H2O in presence of alkali has furnished trinuclear [RhCl2(PhL)2]2M(H2O)2.H2O (HPhL is phenylazobenzaldoxime; M = Mn, Co, Ni). A similar reaction with MI(PPh3)2NO3 yielded binuclear [RhCl2(PhL)2]M(PPh3)2 (M = Cu, Ag). In these molecules the oximato group acts as a bridge between RhIII (bonded at N) and MII or MI (bonded at O). In structurally characterized [RhIIICl2(PhL)2]2Mn(H2O)2.H2O the centrosymmetric distorted octahedral MnO6 coordination sphere is spanned by four oximato oxygen atoms and two water molecules lying in trans position. In the lattice the neighbouring molecules are held together by H2O$\\cdots$H2O$\\cdots$H2O hydrogen bonds generating infinite zigzag chains. The manganese atoms lie parallel to the C-axis, the shortest Mn…Mn distance being 7.992 Å. Magnetic exchange interactions if any are small as seen in room temperature magnetic moments. The manganese system displays a strong EPR signal near = 2.00. In the complex [RhCl2(PhL)2]Cu(PPh3)2 the copper atom is coordinated to two oximato oxygen atoms and the two phosphorus atoms in a distorted tetrahedral geometry. The softness of the phosphine ligand is believed to sustain the stable coordination of hard oximato oxygen to soft CuI. The coordination sphere of the RhIII atom in both the complexes is uniformly trans-RhN4Cl2.

  19. The Private Management of Public Schools: The Minneapolis, Minnesota, Experience.

    Jackson, Lemuel

    In 1993, the Minneapolis School District entered into a 3-year contract with a private company, Public Strategies Group (PSG). Under the contract, the president of PSG was to serve as the district superintendent and meet certain goals and objectives determined by the district. This paper presents findings of an evaluation of the Minneapolis/PSG…

  20. The Minneapolis Accountability Project: 1972-1976. Final Report.

    Faunce, R.W.; Walen, Tracey

    The Minneapolis Accountability Project was an effort of the Minneapolis Public Schools to provide greater accountability to the public by helping citizens evaluate school programs. Citizens' study groups were provided with staff to help them in a year-long study of a topic selected by a citizen's advisory board. Study committees met weekly…

  1. Integrated solid waste management of Minneapolis, Minnesota



    The subject document reports the results of an in-depth investigation of the fiscal year 1992 cost of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota (Hennepin County) integrated municipal solid waste management (IMSWM) system, the energy consumed to operate the system, and the environmental performance requirements for each of the system`s waste-processing and disposal facilities. Actual data from records kept by participants is reported in this document. Every effort was made to minimize the use of assumptions, and no attempt is made to interpret the data reported. Analytical approaches are documented so that interested analysts may perform manipulation or further analysis of the data. As such, the report is a reference document for municipal solid waste (MSW) management professionals who are interested in the actual costs and energy consumption for a one-year period, of an operating IMSWM system.

  2. Civil and environmental engineering faculty members to serve as principal investigators on bridge project

    Daniilidi, Christina


    Is there a doctor in the house to check on this bridge? A bridge is like a living organism. It requires frequent health check-ups and maintenance, and its lifespan is 50 years on the average. With limited resources and an aging bridge population, bridge owners need reliable information on bridge health in order to manage their bridge inventory efficiently and economically. Although the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis in the summer of 2007 was not attributed to poor maintenance, everyone...

  3. Discrepancies in racial designations of school children in Minneapolis.

    Gillum, R F; Gomez-Marin, O; Prineas, R J


    To determine the frequency of inaccuracies in racial designations of school children in a health survey, racial designations were examined for a sample of 1,509 children in Minneapolis public schools who participated in the first home interview of the Minneapolis Children's Blood Pressure Study. The data were obtained from three sources: the school enrollment data based on parentally supplied information and teachers' visual judgments, school survey interviewers participating in a research pr...

  4. Planar Hall effect bridge sensors with NiFe/Cu/IrMn stack optimized for self-field magnetic bead detection

    Henriksen, Anders Dahl; Rizzi, Giovanni; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt


    The stack composition in trilayer Planar Hall effect bridge sensors is investigated experimentally to identify the optimal stack for magnetic bead detection using the sensor self-field. The sensors were fabricated using exchange-biased stacks Ni80Fe20(tFM)/Cu(tCu)/Mn80Ir20(10 nm) with tFM = 10, 20...... of the sensors and, thus, that the magnetic stacks should be compared at constant power consumption. For a fixed sensor geometry, the figure of merit for this comparison is the magnetic field sensitivity normalized by the sensor bias voltage. In this regard, we found that sensors with tFM = 20 nm or...

  5. Self-assembly of linear [Mn II 2 Mn III ] units with end-on azido bridges: the construction of a ferromagnetic chain using S T = 7 high-spin trimers

    Jiang, Yuan


    © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2015. The controlled organization of high-spin complexes into 1D coordination polymers is a challenge in molecular magnetism. In this work, we report a ferromagnetic Mn trimer Mn3(HL)2(CH3OH)6(Br)4·Br·(CH3OH)21 (H2L = 2-[(9H-fluoren-9-yl)amino]propane-1,3-diol) with the ground spin state of ST = 7 that can be assembled into a one-dimensional coordination chain [Mn3(HL)2(CH3OH)2(Br)4(N3)(H2O)·CH3OH]2 using azido bridging ligands. Interestingly, the ferromagnetic nature of 1 is well retained in 2. However, due to the negligible magnetic anisotropy in 1, both 1 and 2 do not show slow-relaxation of magnetization, which indicates that during the process of molecular assembly not only the intratrimer magnetic interaction but also the magnetic anisotropy of the trimer can be reserved.

  6. Minneapolis Multi-Ethnic Curriculum Project--Prejudice/Discrimination Unit.

    Skjervold, Christian K.; And Others

    The student booklet presents short chapters illustrating the prejudice/discrimination unit of the Minneapolis Multi-Ethnic Curriculum Project for secondary schools. Fifteen brief chapters describe the ways Americans have and still do discriminate against the people of various ethnic groups. Topics cover the history and policies of the Know-Nothing…

  7. Integrating Health Care for the Most Vulnerable: Bridging the Differences in Organizational Cultures Between US Hospitals and Community Health Centers.

    Ko, Michelle; Murphy, Julia; Bindman, Andrew B


    Policymakers have increasingly promoted health services integration to improve quality and efficiency. The US health care safety net, which comprises providers of health care to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients, remains a largely fragmented collection of providers. We interviewed leadership from safety net hospitals and community health centers in 5 US cities (Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; and San Francisco, CA) throughout 2013 on their experiences with service integration. We identify conflicts in organizational mission, identity, and consumer orientation that have fostered reluctance to enter into collaborative arrangements. We describe how smaller scale initiatives, such as capitated model for targeted populations, health information exchange, and quality improvements led by health plans, can help bridge cultural differences to lay the groundwork for developing integrated care programs. PMID:26509286

  8. Study of Pilot-scale Filtration at Minneapolis Water Works

    Seip, Nils Darre


    Minneapolis Water Works (MWW) in Minnesota, United States, have experienced occasional taste and odor episodes with their river water source. This thesis investigates the potential benefits of installing granular activated carbon (GAC) filters at MWW, replacing existing anthracite medium filters and eliminating the need for powdered activated carbon as taste and odor protection. Pilot scale filters of GAC and anthracite media have been studied and batch reactor tests have been performed –...

  9. New family of thiocyanate-bridged Re(IV)-SCN-M(II) (M = Ni, Co, Fe, and Mn) heterobimetallic compounds: synthesis, crystal structure, and magnetic properties.

    González, Ricardo; Acosta, Alvaro; Chiozzone, Raúl; Kremer, Carlos; Armentano, Donatella; De Munno, Giovanni; Julve, Miguel; Lloret, Francesc; Faus, Juan


    The heterobimetallic complexes of formula [(Me(2)phen)(2)M(μ-NCS)Re(NCS)(5)]·CH(3)CN [Me(2)phen = 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline and M = Ni (1), Co (2), Fe (3), and Mn (4)] have been prepared, and their crystal structures have been determined by X-ray diffraction on single crystals. Compounds 1-4 crystallize in the monoclinic C2/c space group, and their structure consists of neutral [(Me(2)phen)(2)M(μ-NCS)Re(NCS)(5)] heterodinuclear units with a Re-SCN-M bridge. Each Re(IV) ion in this series is six-coordinated with one sulfur and five nitrogen atoms from six thiocyanate groups building a somewhat distorted octahedral environment, whereas the M(II) metal ions are five-coordinated with four nitrogen atoms from two bidentate Me(2)phen molecules and a nitrogen atom from the bridging thiocyanate describing distorted trigonal bipyramidal surroundings. The values of the Re···M separation through the thiocyanate bridge in 1-4 vary in the range 5.903(1)-6.117(3) Å. The magnetic properties of 1-4 as well as those of the parent mononuclear Re(IV) compounds (NBu(4))(2)[Re(NCS)(6)] (A1) (NBu(4)(+) = tetra-n-butylammonium cation) and [Zn(NO(3))(Me(2)phen)(2)](2)[Re(NCS)(5)(SCN)] (A2) were investigated in the temperature range 1.9-300 K. Weak antiferromagnetic interactions between the Re(IV) and M(II) ions across the bridging thiocyanate were found in 1-4 [J = -4.3 (1), -2.4 (2), -1.8 (3), and -1.2 cm(-1) (4), the Hamiltonian being defined as Ĥ = -JŜ(Re)·Ŝ(M)]. The magnetic behavior of A2 is that of a magnetically diluted Re(IV) complex with a large and positive value of the zero-field splitting for the ground level (D(Re) = +37.0 cm(-1)). In the case of A1, although its magnetic behavior is similar to that of A2 in the high-temperature range (D(Re) being +19.0 cm(-1)), it exhibits a weak ferromagnetism below 3.0 K with a canting angle of 1.3°. PMID:22574893

  10. Crystal structure and spectroscopic analysis of a new oxalate-bridged MnII compound: catena-poly[guanidinium [[aquachloridomanganese(II]-μ2-oxalato-κ4O1,O2:O1′,O2′] monohydrate

    Hiba Sehimi


    Full Text Available As part of our studies on the synthesis and the characterization of oxalate-bridged compounds M–ox–M (ox = oxalate dianion and M = transition metal ion, we report the crystal structure of a new oxalate-bridged MnII phase, {(CH6N3[Mn(C2O4Cl(H2O]·H2O}n. In the compound, a succession of MnII ions (situated on inversion centers adopting a distorted octahedral coordination and bridged by oxalate ligands forms parallel zigzag chains running along the c axis. These chains are interconnected through O—H...O hydrogen-bonding interactions to form anionic layers parallel to (010. Individual layers are held together via strong hydrogen bonds involving the guanidinium cations (N—H...O and N—H...Cl and the disordered non-coordinating water molecule (O—H...O and O—H...Cl, as well as by guanidinium π–π stacking. The structural data were confirmed by IR and UV–Visible spectroscopic analysis.

  11. Crystal structure and spectroscopic analysis of a new oxalate-bridged Mn(II) compound: catena-poly[guanidinium [[aqua-chlorido-manganese(II)]-μ2-oxalato-κ(4) O (1),O (2):O (1'),O (2')] monohydrate].

    Sehimi, Hiba; Chérif, Ichraf; Zid, Mohamed Faouzi


    As part of our studies on the synthesis and the characterization of oxalate-bridged compounds M-ox-M (ox = oxalate dianion and M = transition metal ion), we report the crystal structure of a new oxalate-bridged Mn(II) phase, {(CH6N3)[Mn(C2O4)Cl(H2O)]·H2O} n . In the compound, a succession of Mn(II) ions (situated on inversion centers) adopting a distorted octa-hedral coordination and bridged by oxalate ligands forms parallel zigzag chains running along the c axis. These chains are inter-connected through O-H⋯O hydrogen-bonding inter-actions to form anionic layers parallel to (010). Individual layers are held together via strong hydrogen bonds involving the guanidinium cations (N-H⋯O and N-H⋯Cl) and the disordered non-coordinating water mol-ecule (O-H⋯O and O-H⋯Cl), as well as by guanidinium π-π stacking. The structural data were confirmed by IR and UV-Visible spectroscopic analysis. PMID:27308028

  12. Building America Case Study: Demonstration House of Cold-Climate Solutions for Affordable Housing, Minneapolis, Minnesota


    Single family homes in urban areas that are available for renovation by nonprofit developers are often in rough shape (1MM to 2MM nationally). Budgeting has historically focused on improving homes to meet basic housing standards. A rising interest in the long-term impact of homeownership has introduced the need to balance basic needs with home performance. This demonstration project aims to help nonprofit affordable housing developers become familiar with three Building America performance measures, the installation processes, and impacts and benefits of each. A story and a half home in North Minneapolis, MN was presented by Urban Homeworks our local nonprofit partner. The team helped them install three researched upgrade measures: exterior roof insulation or 'overcoat,' exterior foundation insulation, or 'excavationless', and a combined space and water heating HVAC system or 'combi'. To maximize efficiency of application and to address budget issues, the Team worked with Urban Homeworks to identify ways to use volunteers and construction training programs to install the measures. An open invitation to visit the job site was extended to other nonprofit developers and industry partners to encourage dialog about the systems during live installation.

  13. The crystal structure and magnetic properties of 3-pyridinecarboxylate-bridged Re(II)M(II) complexes (M = Cu, Ni, Co and Mn).

    Pacheco, Mario; Cuevas, Alicia; González-Platas, Javier; Lloret, Francesc; Julve, Miguel; Kremer, Carlos


    The novel Re(II) complex NBu4[Re(NO)Br4(Hnic)] (1) and the heterodinuclear compounds [Re(NO)Br4(μ-nic)Ni(dmphen)2]·½CH3CN (2), [Re(NO)Br4(μ-nic)Co(dmphen)2]·½MeOH (3), [Re(NO)Br4(μ-nic)Mn(dmphen)(H2O)2]·dmphen (4), [Re(NO)Br4(μ-nic)Cu(bipy)2] (5) [Re(NO)Br4(μ-nic)Cu(dmphen)2] (5') (NBu4(+) = tetra-n-butylammonium cation, Hnic = 3-pyridinecarboxylic acid, dmphen = 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline, bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine) have been prepared and the structures of 1-5 determined using single crystal X-ray diffraction. The structure of 1 consists of [Re(NO)Br4(Hnic)](-) anions and NBu4(+) cations. Each Re(II) is six-coordinate with four bromide ligands, a linear nitrosyl group and a nitrogen atom from the Hnic molecule, in a distorted octahedral surrounding. The structures of 2-5 are made up of discrete heterodinuclear Re(II)M(II) units where the fully deprotonated [Re(NO)Br4(nic)](2-) entity acts as a didentate ligand through the carboxylate group towards the [Ni(dmphen)2](2+) (2), [Co(dmphen)2](2+) (3), [Mn(dmphen)(H2O)2](2+) (4) and [Cu(bipy)2](2+) (5) fragments, the Re-M separation across the nic bridge being 7.8736(8) (2), 7.9632(10) (3), 7.7600(6) (4) and 8.2148(7) Å (5). The environment of the Re(II) ion in 2-5 is the same as 1 that in and all M(II) are six-coordinate in highly distorted octahedral surroundings, the main source of the distortion being due to the reduced bite of the chelating carboxylate. The magnetic properties of 1-5' were investigated in the temperature range 1.9-300 K. 1 behaves as a quasi-magnetically isolated spin doublet with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions through space Br···Br contacts. Its magnetic susceptibility data were successfully modeled through a deep analysis of the influence of the ligand field, spin-orbit coupling, tetragonal distortion and covalence effects as variable parameters. Compounds 2-5' exhibit weak antiferromagnetic interactions. The intramolecular exchange pathway in this family being

  14. Planar Hall effect bridge sensors with NiFe/Cu/IrMn stack optimized for self-field magnetic bead detection

    Henriksen, Anders Dahl; Rizzi, Giovanni; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt


    The stack composition in trilayer Planar Hall effect bridge sensors is investigated experimentally to identify the optimal stack for magnetic bead detection using the sensor self-field. The sensors were fabricated using exchange-biased stacks Ni80Fe20(tFM)/Cu(tCu)/Mn80Ir20(10 nm) with tFM = 10, 20, and 30 nm, and 0 ≤ tCu ≤ 0.6 nm. The sensors were characterized by magnetic hysteresis measurements, by measurements of the sensor response vs. applied field, and by measurements of the sensor response to a suspension of magnetic beads magnetized by the sensor self-field due to the sensor bias current. The exchange bias field was found to decay exponentially with tCu and inversely with tFM. The reduced exchange field for larger values of tFM and tCu resulted in higher sensitivities to both magnetic fields and magnetic beads. We argue that the maximum magnetic bead signal is limited by Joule heating of the sensors and, thus, that the magnetic stacks should be compared at constant power consumption. For a fixed sensor geometry, the figure of merit for this comparison is the magnetic field sensitivity normalized by the sensor bias voltage. In this regard, we found that sensors with tFM = 20 nm or 30 nm outperformed those with tFM = 10 nm by a factor of approximately two, because the latter have a reduced AMR ratio. Further, the optimum layer thicknesses, tCu ≈ 0.6 nm and tFM = 20-30 nm, gave a 90% higher signal compared to the corresponding sensors with tCu = 0 nm.

  15. Building a municipal food policy regime in Minneapolis: implications for urban climate governance

    Jane E Shey; David Belis


    With this paper we analyze Minneapolis’s urban food policy regime and attempt to make a case for applying urban regime theory (URT) to study climate change governance at the municipal level. In 2008 Minneapolis launched Homegrown Minneapolis, a multiple stakeholder initiative bringing together local government actors, businesses, and NGOs to build a sustainable and local food system. As the link between food systems and climate change is increasingly acknowledged in the literature, the analys...

  16. Single-ion anisotropy and exchange interactions in the cyano-bridged trimers MnIII2MIII(CN)6 (MIII = Co, Cr, Fe) species incorporating [Mn(5-Brsalen)]+ units: an inelastic neutron scattering and magnetic susceptibility study

    Tregenna-Piggott, Philip L W; Sheptyakov, Denis; Keller, Lukas;


    The electronic structures of the compounds K[(5-Brsalen)(2)(H(2)O)(2)-Mn(2)M(III)(CN)(6)].2H(2)O (M(III) = Co(III), Cr(III), Fe(III)) have been determined by inelastic neutron scattering (INS) and magnetic susceptibility studies, revealing the manganese(III) single-ion anisotropy and exchange int...

  17. Bridge? What's a Bridge?

    Gutsche, George


    Considers the metaphor of the "bridge" as it applies to Russian-language courses at the university level. The article examines broader curricular issues of technology, innovation, and outside pressures on language teaching. (22 references) (CK)

  18. 75 FR 34097 - Expansion of Foreign-Trade Zone 119; Minneapolis-St. Paul Area


    .../21/09); Whereas, notice inviting public comment was given in the Federal Register (74 FR 26652, 6/3... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office ] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board Expansion of Foreign-Trade Zone 119; Minneapolis-St. Paul Area Pursuant to...

  19. Screening for Asthma in an Inner-City Elementary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Bauer, Ellen Jones; Lurie, Nicole; Yeh, Carol; Grant, Evalyn N.


    Describes schoolwide asthma screening in an inner-city Minneapolis elementary school, discussing the effectiveness and feasibility of the screening efforts. Screening methodology resulted in a simple, noninvasive, efficient approach for identifying children with current asthma in a school setting. The paper proposes how such a screening program…

  20. "Romeo and Juliet" in the Minneapolis Public Schools: Accurate Text or Bowdlerized Text?

    Reed, Margaret A.

    In 1984, parents of a Minneapolis, Minnesota, ninth grader came before the school district's "Students' Right to Learn Committee" to object to what they described as a bowdlerized version of "Romeo and Juliet" in the Scott, Foresman text, and the publisher's failure to acknowledge in the text that the play was abridged. The committee concurred…

  1. Limits of the Press as an Agent of Reform: Minneapolis, 1900-1905.

    Kielbowicz, Richard B.

    The limited effectiveness of the press as an agent of reform is considered in this paper in view of the role of the Minneapolis press in the rise and decline of a corrupt city administration from 1900 to 1905. The paper first posits a continuum along which press effects on reform may be pinpointed; it then discusses the muckraking era, which…

  2. A Fiscal Analysis of Proposed Education Access Grants in Minneapolis. School Choice Issues in the State

    Maas, Ericca


    This study examines the fiscal impact of model legislation that would create Education Access Grants in Minnesota. The legislation would provide grants for low-income students to attend private schools. Specifically, this study examines the effect of implementing Education Access Grants in Minneapolis, the state's largest metropolitan area. It…

  3. Music at Lincoln Junior High (Minneapolis) and the Lincoln Junior High Girls' Band: 1923-1940

    Hamann, Keitha Lucas


    Examination of the music opportunities available to students in the junior high schools of the early twentieth century lends historical perspective to current challenges facing middle level music educators. This article describes the specific music offerings at Lincoln Junior High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from the school opening in 1923…

  4. Railroad Bridges

    Department of Homeland Security — Bridges-Rail in the United States According to The National Bridge Inspection Standards published in the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 650.3), a bridge isA...

  5. Cluster cyanido-bridged heterometallic coordination polymers: synthesis and crystal structure of the [{Cu2(dien)2(CN)}2{Mo4Te4(CN)12}]·14.5H2O and (H3O)3K[{Mn(H2O)2}2{Mn(H2O)2(NO3)}4{W4Te4(CN)12}2]·8H2O

    Two new cyanido-bridged heterometallic coordination polymers of the composition [{Cu2(dien)2(CN)2}2{Mo4Te4(CN)12}]·14.5H2O (1) and (H3O)3K[{Mn(H2O)2}2{Mn(H2O)2(NO3)}4{W4Te4(CN)12}2]·8H2O (2) were prepared by interaction of anionic cyanide cubane clusters of molybdenum and tungsten with salt of copper(II) and manganese(II), their structure being determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Compound 1 has a laminated structure, in which cubane cluster fragments {Mo4Te4(CN)12}6- are connected via bridge CN groups with copper atoms. Coordination polymer 2 has a frame-type structure, in which cluster fragments {W4Te4(CN)12}6- are joined via bridge CN groups to manganese(II) aquacomplexes

  6. Evaluating the Effects of I-35W Bridge Collapse on Road-Users in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region

    Feng Xie; David Levinson


    This study evaluates the effects of I-35W bridge collapse on road-users in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area. We adopted the seven-County travel demand model developed in previous research, re-calibrated it against July 2007 loop detector traffic data, and used this model to carry out an evaluation of economic loss incurred by increased travel delay in alternative scenarios before and after the bridge collapse. We concluded that the failure of the I-35W bridge resulted in an economic...

  7. Myocardial Bridging.

    Yuan, Shi-Min


    Myocardial bridging is rare. Myocardial bridges are most commonly localized in the middle segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The anatomic features of the bridges vary significantly. Alterations of the endothelial morphology and the vasoactive agents impact on the progression of atherosclerosis of myocardial bridging. Patients may present with chest pain, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia and even sudden death. Patients who respond poorly to the medical treatment with β-blockers warrant a surgical intervention. Myotomy is a preferred surgical procedure for the symptomatic patients. Coronary stent deployment has been in limited use due to the unsatisfactory long-term results. PMID:27074276

  8. Myocardial Bridging

    Shi-Min Yuan


    Full Text Available Abstract Myocardial bridging is rare. Myocardial bridges are most commonly localized in the middle segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The anatomic features of the bridges vary significantly. Alterations of the endothelial morphology and the vasoactive agents impact on the progression of atherosclerosis of myocardial bridging. Patients may present with chest pain, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia and even sudden death. Patients who respond poorly to the medical treatment with β-blockers warrant a surgical intervention. Myotomy is a preferred surgical procedure for the symptomatic patients. Coronary stent deployment has been in limited use due to the unsatisfactory long-term results.

  9. Revisit of I35W Bridge Collapse: A preliminary analysis at 2007 and conclusions today

    August 1st of 2007, 6:05PM, the interstate highway I35W Bridge in the City Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed suddenly. The 8 traffic-lane, 1000-foot-long deck of the 1907-foot-long bridge fell into Mississippi River within seconds, resulted in 13 fatalities and 145 injuries. This paper is based on a report of a preliminary analysis of this disaster, which was submitted to the related administrative agencies at the September of 2007. By comparing the results in that report with the materials' evidences of National Safety Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official investigation and recent in-depth analyses, it seems that the issues addressed in this earlier analysis may still have certain significance for the safety assessment of those similarly-structured steel bridges today. A bridge's service life is 75 years or longer. According to a NTSB's document, there are more than hundreds this kind of bridges still on service.

  10. Interpreting STM images of the MnCu/Cu(100) surface alloy

    c(2x2)MnCu/Cu(100) is an ordered two-dimensional surface alloy that exhibits a checkerboard arrangement of Mn and Cu atoms on the Cu(100) surface. Mn buckles outwards by 0.3 A with respect to Cu and in all previous scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments only one chemical species was imaged which was assumed to be Mn. We analyze the STM results by first-principles calculations based on the density-functional theory and show that Cu rather than Mn is imaged, while indeed Mn is imaged as single Mn impurities at Cu(100). We explain this result in terms of the formation of Mn states bridging over the Cu atoms. These Mn states are characteristic for Mn in a c(2x2)MnCu surface alloy. Missing Mn atoms break this bridging bond and the surrounding Cu atoms are imaged as depressions

  11. Bridge Management Systems

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper bridge management systems are discussed with special emphasis on management systems for reinforced concrete bridges. Management systems for prestressed concrete bridges, steel bridges, or composite bridges can be developed in a similar way....

  12. Programmevaluierung Bridge

    Warta, Katharina; Good, Barbara; Geyer, Anton


    BRIDGE is an initiative funded by the Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) that aims to close the “funding gap” between basic and applied research in stand-alone projects with the primary objective of jointly developing the potential of basic and applied research. BRIDGE acts as an  umbrella structure under which the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the  Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) coordinate two thematically open funding programmes: The ...

  13. Nocturnal Propagating Thunderstorms May Favor Urban "Hot-Spots": A Model-Based Study over Minneapolis

    Ganeshan, Manisha; Murtugudde, Raghu


    High-resolution WRF model sensitivity experiments are carried out (with and without urban land cover) to study urban impacts on nocturnal propagating thunderstorms over the city of Minneapolis. It is found that the storm spatial characteristics, especially the position of the storm cell, are appreciably altered by the presence of urban land cover. The most robust urban instability during stormy conditions is the enhanced surface convergence due to increased frictional drag. No urban impact is visible on the rainfall intensity simulated by the model. The frictional convergence, aided by the nocturnal Urban Heat Island (UHI), appears to be responsible for attracting propagating storms towards the urban center. Advanced modeling experiments are needed to quantify the mechanical and thermal influence along with similar studies in other cities to further investigate the urban impact on the frequency and trajectory of nocturnal propagating storms.

  14. National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Bridges

    Department of Homeland Security — The NBI is a collection of information (database) describing the more than 600,000 of the Nation's bridges located on public roads, including Interstate Highways,...

  15. Building Bridges

    The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust...... in the Media”, “Audience Interactivity and Participation”, “The Role of Media and ICT Use for Evolving Social Relationships” and “Audience Transformations and Social Integration”. Building Bridges is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the Action and non-academic stakeholders in the field of audience...

  16. Stone bridges

    Drdácký, Miloš; Slížková, Zuzana

    Prague : Institute of theoretical and applied mechanics AS CR, v.v.i, 2011 - (Drdácký, M.; Binda, L.; Hennen, I.; Kőpp, C.; Lanza, L.), s. 122-129 ISBN 978-80-86246-37-6 Grant ostatní: evropská komise(XE) CHEF-SSPI-044251 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : flood * stone bridge * cultural heritage Subject RIV: AL - Art, Architecture, Cultural Heritage

  17. I35W collapse, rebuild, and structural health monitoring - challenges associated with structural health monitoring of bridge systems

    During evening rush hour traffic on August 1, 2007, the major interstate highway bridge carrying I35W over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis catastrophically failed, tragically taking the lives of thirteen people and injuring many more. The steel truss bridge, constructed in 1967, was undergoing deck reconstruction during the collapse, and was estimated to carry more than 140,000 vehicles daily. This tragedy generated great interest in employment of structural health monitoring systems. The I35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge, a post-tensioned concrete box bridge constructed to replace the collapsed steel truss bridge, contains over 500 instruments to monitor the structural behavior. Numerical models of the bridge are being developed and calibrated to the collected data obtained from truck load tests and thermal effects. The data obtained over the first few years of monitoring are being correlated with the calibrated models and used to develop the baseline bridge behavior. This information is being used to develop a system to monitor and interpret the long-term behavior of the bridge. This paper describes the instrumentation, preliminary results from the data and model calibration, the plan for developing long-term monitoring capabilities, and the challenges associated with structural health monitoring of bridge systems. In addition, opportunities and directions for future research required to fully realize the objectives of structural health monitoring are described.

  18. Cable Supported Bridges

    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen

    Cable supported bridges in the form of suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges are distinguished by their ability to overcome large spans.The book concentrates on the synthesis of cable supported bridges, covering both design and construction aspects. The analytical part covers simple methods...

  19. Colloid particle sizes in the Mississippi River and some of its tributaries, from Minneapolis to below New Orleans

    Rostad, C.E.; Rees, T.F.; Daniel, S.R.


    An on-board technique was developed that combined discharge-weighted pumping to a high-speed continuous-flow centrifuge for isolation of the particulate-sized material with ultrafiltration for isolation of colloid-sized material. In order to address whether these processes changed the particle sizes during isolation, samples of particles in suspension were collected at various steps in the isolation process to evaluate changes in particle size. Particle sizes were determined using laser light-scattering photon correlation spectroscopy and indicated no change in size during the colloid isolation process. Mississippi River colloid particle sizes from twelve sites from Minneapolis to below New Orleans were compared with sizes from four tributaries and three seasons, and from predominantly autochthonous sources upstream to more allochthonous sources downstream. ?? 1998 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

  20. Enhanced Mn2+ emission in ZnS:Mn nanoparticles by surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles

    Zhou, Shuyao; Chu, Xueying; Li, Jinhua; Fang, Fang; Fang, Xuan; Wei, Zhipeng; Chen, Feng; Wang, Xiaohua


    The Mn2+ emission of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles was enhanced by a simple procedure. 3-Mercaptopropionic acid was used as a complexing agent in the synthesis of ZnS:Mn nanoparticles. Sulfydryl groups of 3-mercaptopropionic acid acted as bridging groups, to form composites of ZnS:Mn and Au nanoparticles. The peak wavelength of Au surface plasmons was red-shifted by 5 nm upon compositing. The intensity of Mn2+ emission at 590 nm because of the 4T1-6A1 transition was enhanced by 469% from the effects of the surface plasmon resonance. The enhancement was greatly influenced by the ratio of ZnS:Mn and Au. Enhancement was primarily attributed to localized surface plasmon resonance on the Au nanoparticle surface.

  1. PM[sub 10] ozone, and hospital admissions for the elderly in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

    Schwartz, J. (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (United States))

    Several recent studies have reported associations between airborne particles and/or ozone and hospital admissions for respiratory disease. PM[sub 10] has rarely been used as the particle exposure measure, however. This study examined whether such an association could be seen in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, which has daily monitoring data for PM[sub 10]. Data on hospital admissions in persons aged 65 y and older were obtained from Medicare records for the years 1986 through 1989. Daily counts of admissions, by admit date, were computed for pneumonia (ICD9 480-487) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (ICD9 490-496). Classification was by discharge diagnosis. Daily air pollution data from all monitoring stations for ozone and PM[sub 10] in Minneapolis-St. Paul were obtained, and the daily average for each pollutant was computed. An average of approximately six pneumonia admissions and two admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease occurred each day. Poisson regression analysis was used to control for time trends, seasonal fluctuations, and weather. PM[sub 10] was a risk factor for pneumonia admissions (relative risk [RR] = 1.17, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.33-1.02) and COPD admissions (RR = 1.57, 95% CI = 2.06-1.20). Ozone was also associated with pneumonia admissions (RR = 1.15, 95% CI = 1.36-0.97). The relative risks are for an increase of 100 [mu]g/m[sup 3] in daily PM[sub 10] and 50 ppb in daily ozone concentration. Several alternative methods for controlling for seasonal patterns and weather were used, including nonparametric regression techniques. The results were not sensitive to the methods. When days exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for either pollutant were excluded, the association remained for both pneumonia (RR = 1.18, 95% CI = 1.34-1.03 for PM[sub 10] and RR = 1.18, 95% CI = 1.41-0.99 for ozone) and COPD (RR = 1.54, 95% CI = 2.06-1.16 for PM[sub 10]). 48 refs., 6 figs., 5 tabs.

  2. Generalized Gaussian Bridges

    Sottinen, Tommi


    A generalized bridge is the law of a stochastic process that is conditioned on linear functionals of its path. We consider two types of representations of such bridges: orthogonal and canonical. In the canonical representation the filtrations and the linear spaces generated by the bridge process and the original process coincide. In the orthogonal representation the bridge is constructed from the entire path of the underlying process. The orthogonal representation is given for any continuous Gaussian process but the canonical representation is given only for so-called prediction-invertible Gaussian processes. Finally, we apply the canonical bridge representation to insider trading by interpreting the bridge from an initial enlargement of filtration point of view.

  3. Concrete bridge prioritization system

    Kesselring, Debbie Anne


    An alternative method of prioritization for concrete bridge maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation activities is required due to the inability of the current system to manage the increasing nmnber of aging concrete bridges. The Concrete Bridge Prioritization System was proposed because of its ability to address the critical technical parameters of safety and cost benefit in prioritization of funding and work allocation. The analysis includes four parts, service life assessment, s...

  4. Bridging the Gap

    Kramer Overgaard, Majken; Broeng, Jes; Jensen, Monika Luniewska;

    Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures.......Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures....

  5. Bridging the Gap

    Kramer Overgaard, Majken; Broeng, Jes; Jensen, Monika Luniewska; Murdock, Karen; Schmidt, Iben Julie


    Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures. Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ve...

  6. Measurement of Niacin in a Variety of Food Samples by High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Stable Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry (AOAC Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Sept. 2006)

    The availability of deuterium-labeled nicotinic acid makes stable isotope dilution mass spectrometry (SIDMS) coupled with liquid chromatography (LC) an attractive option for the determination of the water-soluble B-vitamin, niacin, in food samples. We have developed a method based on AOAC Peer-Verif...

  7. Single Laboratory Validation of a LC/UV/MS Method for Determination of Multiple Water Soluble Vitamins in Dietary Supplements (AOAC Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Sept, 2006)

    Today there is increased interest in accurately assessing the total dietary intake of vitamins from all sources, including foods and dietary supplements. A dietary supplement ingredient database comprising analytical values is under joint development by the ARS and the ODS/NIH. While current “offic...

  8. Structures of Mn clusters

    Tina M Briere; Marcel H F Sluiter; Vijay Kumar; Yoshiyuki Kawazoe


    The geometries of several Mn clusters in the size range Mn13–Mn23 are studied via the generalized gradient approximation to density functional theory. For the 13- and 19-atom clusters, the icosahedral structures are found to be most stable, while for the 15-atom cluster, the bcc structure is more favoured. The clusters show ferrimagnetic spin configurations.

  9. Principles of Bridge Reliability

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Nowak, Andrzej S.

    The paper gives a brief introduction to the basic principles of structural reliability theory and its application to bridge engineering. Fundamental concepts like failure probability and reliability index are introduced. Ultimate as well as serviceability limit states for bridges are formulated...

  10. The floating water bridge

    When high voltage is applied to distilled water filled in two glass beakers which are in contact, a stable water connection forms spontaneously, giving the impression of a floating water bridge. A detailed experimental analysis reveals static and dynamic structures as well as heat and mass transfer through this bridge

  11. Two-dimensional manganese(II) coordination polymer based on phthalate and pyrazine bridges exhibiting antiferromagnetic properties

    Magnetic for the 2D coordination polymer [Mn(Pht)(Pyz)(H2O)2]n, in which metal centres are linked together by pyrazine (Pyz) and 1,6-bridging o-phthalate ligand (Pht2-), revealed antiferromagnetic interactions between Mn(II) ions. (authors)

  12. Bridge technology report


    Please note this is a Short Discount publication. As LANs have proliferated, new technologies and system concepts have come to the fore. One of the key issues is how to interconnect networks. One means of interconnection is to use a 'bridge'. Other competing technologies are repeaters, routers, and gateways. Bridges permit traffic isolation, connect network segments together and operate at the MAC layer. Further, because they operate at the MAC layer, they can handle a variety of protocols such as TCP/IP, SNA, and X.25. This report focuses on the specific technology of bridging two netw

  13. Bridge Management Systems:present and future

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle


    In this paper bridge management systems are discussed with special emphasis on management systems for reinforced concrete bridges. Management systems for prestressed concrete bridges, steel bridges, or composite bridges can be developed in a similar way.

  14. Bridging a cultural gap

    Leviatan, Talma


    There has been a broad wave of change in tertiary calculus courses in the past decade. However, the much-needed change in tertiary pre-calculus programmes—aimed at bridging the gap between high-school mathematics and tertiary mathematics—is happening at a far slower pace. Following a discussion on the nature of the gap and the objectives of a potential bridging programme, this paper aims at demonstrating that the gap can be bridged, by presenting an ongoing modular bridging programme especially designed for the diverse types of student populations in teachers training colleges. We also present here some innovative teaching and assessment methods that were judged essential for the success of these programmes—focusing mainly on the "Questionnaire Based Instruction Method". Finally we suggest directions of follow up and research.

  15. Bridged Race Population Estimates

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Population estimates from "bridging" the 31 race categories used in Census 2000, as specified in the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) race and ethnicity...

  16. Structural stability, half-metallicity and magnetism of the CoFeMnSi/GaAs(0 0 1) interface

    Feng, Yu; Chen, Xiaorui; Zhou, Ting; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong


    The ferromagnet/semiconductor interface plays a crucial role in the performance of advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) built of ferromagnetic electrodes and semiconductor as a spacer. We investigate the interface character between LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy CoFeMnSi and semiconductor GaAs by using the first-principles density functional simulations. In our calculations, we build two kinds of interface structures, namely the top-type and the bridge-type structure by connecting the termination of nine CoFeMnSi layers to the top of the As-terminated GaAs layer and the bridge site between interface As atoms, respectively. The calculated phase diagram indicated that the CoFe-terminated interface is more stable in the bridge-type structure than in the top-type structure, and a favored MnMn- or MnSi-terminated interface will appear in the top-type structure instead of the bridge-type structure under Fe-rich conditions. Besides, our calculation reveals that interface Mn and interface Fe atoms prefer to extend outward and their atom-resolved spin magnetic moments are enhanced due to the rehybridization caused by the symmetry breaking at the interface, while interface Co atoms shrink inward and their moments are decreased compared with the bulk value. Further analysis on DOS and PDOS indicates that owing to the interface effect, the half metallicity of CoFe-, MnSi-, and SiSi-terminated interfaces is completely destroyed. However, the MnMn-terminated interface in the top-type structure preserves 100% spin polarization, indicating that the CoFeMnSi/GaAs heterostructure with the top-type MnMn-terminated interface has more advantages than other atomic terminations in spintronics applications.

  17. Integral Abutment and Jointless Bridges

    Cristian-Claudiu Comisu


    Integral bridges, or integral abutment and jointless bridges, as they are more commonly known in the USA, are constructed without any movement joints between spans or between spans and abutments. Typically these bridges have stub-type abutments supported on piles and continuous bridge deck from one embankment to the other. Foundations are usually designed to be small and flexible to facilitate horizontal movement or rocking of the support. Integrally bridges are simple or multiple span ones t...

  18. Unsaturated Mn complex decorated hybrid thioarsenates: Syntheses, crystal structures and physical properties

    Yue, Cheng-Yang; Lei, Xiao-Wu; Tian, Ya-Wei; Xu, Jing; Bai, Yi-Qun; Wang, Fei; Zhou, Peng-Fei; Liu, Xiao-Fan; Yi, Fei-Yan


    The incorporation of unsaturated [Mn(1,2-dap)]2+, [Mn(1,2-dap)2]2+, [Mn(2,2-bipy)]2+ (1,2-dap=1,2-diaminopropane) complex cations with thioarsenate anions of [AsIIIS3]3- and [AsVS4]3- led to three new hybrid manganese thioarsenates, namely, [Mn(1,2-dap)]2MnAs2S6 (1), [Mn(1,2-dap)2]{[Mn(1,2-dap)]2As2S8} (2) and (NH4)[Mn(2,2-bipy)2]AsS4 (3). In compound 1, the unsaturated [Mn(1,2-dap)]2+ complexes, [MnS4]6- tetrahedra and [AsIIIS3]3- trigonal-pyramids are condensed to form the 1D [Mn(1,2-dap)]2MnAs2S6 chain, whereas compound 2 features 2D layer composed of [Mn(1,2-dap)]2+ and [Mn(1,2-dap)2]2+ complexes as well as [AsVS4]3- tetrahedral units. For compound 3, two [AsVS4]3- anions bridge two [Mn(2,2-bipy)]2+ complex cations into a butterfly like {[Mn(2,2-bipy)]2As2S8}2- anionic unit. Magnetic measurements indicate the ferrimagnetic behavior for compound 1 and antiferromagnetic (AF) behaviors for compounds 2-3. The UV-vis diffuse-reflectance measurements and electronic structural calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) revealed the title compounds belong to semiconductors with band gaps of 2.63, 2.21, and 1.97 eV, respectively. The narrow band-gap of compound 3 led to the efficient and stable photocatalytic degradation activity over organic pollutant than N-doped P25 under visible light irradiation.

  19. Advanced materials for control of post-earthquake damage in bridges

    This paper presents analytical modeling to study the seismic response of bridge systems with conventional and advanced details. For validation, a 33 m quarter-scale model of a four-span bridge incorporating innovative materials and details seismically tested on the shake tables at the University of Nevada, Reno was taken. The bridge specimen involved use of advanced materials and details to reduce damage at plastic hinges and minimize residual displacements. A three-dimensional, nonlinear model incorporating the response of the innovative materials was developed to study the bridge response using the finite-element software OpenSees. Existing finite-element formulations were used to capture the response of the advanced materials used in the bridge. The analytical model was found to be able to reproduce comparable bent displacements and bent shear forces within reasonable accuracy. The validated model was further used to study different types of bridges under suite of scaled bi-directional near-fault ground motions. Comparisons were made on behavior of five different bridge types, first conventional reinforced concrete bridge, second post-tensioned column bridge, third bridge with elastomeric rubber elements at the plastic hinge zone, fourth bridge with nickel–titanium superelastic shape memory alloy (SMA) reinforcing bar and fifth bridge with CuAlMn superelastic SMA reinforcing bar. Both the SMA used bridges also utilized engineered cementitious composite element at the plastic hinge zone. The results showed effectiveness of the innovative interventions on the bridges in providing excellent recentering capabilities with minimal damage to the columns. (paper)

  20. Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014

    Gülkan, Polat; Mahmoud, Khaled


      The book includes peer-reviewed contributions selected from presentations given at the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014, held from August 11 – 13 in Istanbul, Turkey. It reports on the current challenges in bridge engineering faced by professionals around the globe, giving a special emphasis to recently developed techniques, innovations and opportunities. The book covers key topics in the field, including modeling and analysis methods; construction and erection techniques; design for extreme events and condition assessment and structural health monitoring. There is a balanced presentation of theory, research and practice. This book, which provides the readers with a comprehensive and timely reference guide on current practices in bridge engineering, is intended for professionals, academic researchers and students alike.

  1. Active Control of Suspension Bridges

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper some recent research on active control of very long suspension bridges, is presented. The presentation is based on research work at Aalborg University, Denmark. The active control system is based on movable flaps attached to the bridge girder. Wind load on bridges with or without...... flaps attached to the girder is briefly presented. A simple active control system is discussed. Results from wind tunnel experiments with a bridge section show that flaps can be used effectively to control bridge girder vibrations. Flutter conditions for suspension bridges with and without flaps are...

  2. Building Migratory Bridges

    Roy, Michael; Doss, Laurie K.


    The Building Migratory Bridges (BOMB) program--a collaboration between the Marvel wood School and Audubon Sharon in Connecticut and Conservation Research Education Action (CR EA), a U.S. not-for-profit in Panama--uses nontropical migratory bird research in the United States and Panama to demonstrate how negative environmental impacts in one…

  3. Quantum Bidding in Bridge

    Muhammad, Sadiq; Tavakoli, Armin; Kurant, Maciej; Pawłowski, Marcin; Żukowski, Marek; Bourennane, Mohamed


    Quantum methods allow us to reduce communication complexity of some computational tasks, with several separated partners, beyond classical constraints. Nevertheless, experimental demonstrations of this have thus far been limited to some abstract problems, far away from real-life tasks. We show here, and demonstrate experimentally, that the power of reduction of communication complexity can be harnessed to gain an advantage in a famous, immensely popular, card game—bridge. The essence of a winning strategy in bridge is efficient communication between the partners. The rules of the game allow only a specific form of communication, of very low complexity (effectively, one has strong limitations on the number of exchanged bits). Surprisingly, our quantum technique does not violate the existing rules of the game (as there is no increase in information flow). We show that our quantum bridge auction corresponds to a biased nonlocal Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt game, which is equivalent to a 2→1 quantum random access code. Thus, our experiment is also a realization of such protocols. However, this correspondence is not complete, which enables the bridge players to have efficient strategies regardless of the quality of their detectors.

  4. Bridge of Light


    Lying gleaming white under a brooding sky,the Lhasa River Railway Bridge forms a gate to Lhasa City.Built as a part of Qinghai-Tibet Railway,on July 1,2011, the highest altitude railway in the world has been in service for five years. Lhasa,Tibet

  5. Bridge over troubled water?

    Svendsen, Gunnar Lind Haase; Nannestad, Peter; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard


    The problem of integrating non-Western immigrants into Western welfare states is the focus of this paper. To address this issue, we suggest a social capital approach in which we apply the conceptual pair of bridging social capital (BR), which connects an individual to the broader social structure...

  6. One-pot synthesis of an Mn(III)-Cu(II)-Mn(III) trinuclear heterometallic compound formed by Mn$\\cdots$S-Cu-S$\\cdots$Mn supramolecular interactions: Crystal structure of [{MnIII(salph)(H2O)}2{CuII(mnt)2}]$\\cdot$4DMF

    Vedichi Madhu; Samar K Das


    A one-pot synthesis, that includes CuCl2$\\cdot$2H2O, Na2mnt, H2salph and Mn(CH3COO)3$\\cdot$H2O, leads to the isolation of a trinuclear heterometallic compound [{MnIII(salph)(H2O)}2{CuII(mnt)2}]$\\cdot$4DMF (1) formed by Mn$\\cdots$S-Cu-S$\\cdots$Mn supramolecular interactions. Compound 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group 21/ with = 13.433(4), = 16.283(5), = 15.072(4) Å, = 107.785(4)°, = 2. In the crystal structure, the complex anion [CuII(mnt)2]2- bridges two [MnIII(salph)(H2O)]1+ cations through Mn$\\cdots$S contacts. The non-covalent hydrogen bonding and - interactions among the trinuclear [{MnIII(salph)(H2O)}2{CuII(mnt)2}] complexes lead to an extended chain-like arrangement of [MnIII(salph) (H2O)]1+ cations with [CuII(mnt)2]2- anions embedded in between these chains.

  7. Revised Rules for Concrete Bridges

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Jensen, F. M.; Middleton, C.; Blackmore, A.

    This paper is based on research performed for the Highway Agency, London, UK under the project DPU/9/44 "Revision of Bridge Assessment Rules Based on Whole Life Performance: Concrete Bridges" It contains details of a methodology which can be used to generate Whole Life (WL) reliability profiles....... These WL reliability profiles may be used to establish revised rules for Concrete Bridges....

  8. A low-noise ac-bridge amplifier for ballistocardiogram measurement on an electronic weighing scale

    Ballistocardiography is a non-invasive technique for evaluating cardiovascular health. This note presents an ac-bridge amplifier for low-noise ballistocardiogram (BCG) recording from a modified weighing scale. The strain gauges in a commercial scale were excited by an ac source—square or sine wave—and the differential output voltage resulting from the BCG was amplified and demodulated synchronously with the excitation waveform. A standard BCG amplifier, with a simple dc-bridge excitation, was also built and the performance was compared to both the square- and sine-wave excited ac-bridge amplifiers. The total input-referred voltage noise (rms) integrated over the relevant BCG bandwidth of 0.3–10 Hz was found to be 30 nV (square wave source) or 25 nV (sine-wave source) for the ac-bridge amplifier and 52 nV for the standard amplifier: an improvement of 4.8 dB or 6 dB, respectively. These correspond to input-referred force noise (rms) values of 5 mN, 4 mN and 8.3 mN. The improvement in SNR was also observed in recorded waveforms from a seated subject whose BCG signal was measured with both dc- and ac-bridge circuits. (note)

  9. [Retention of adhesive bridges].

    Raes, F; De Boever, J


    Since the development of adhesive bridges in the early seventies, the retention and therefore the durability of these bridges has been tremendously improved. Conditioning of the non-precious metal by silanisation, careful acid etching of the enamel and the use of the appropriate composite resin are of prime importance. Furthermore, the meticulous preparation with enough interproximal embrace, occlusal rests, interocclusal clearance and cingulum stops is equally important. Including more teeth in the design does not necessarily lead to an improved retention. Besides the material and technical aspects, the whole clinical procedure needs much attention. The retention does not depend on one single factor, but on the precision of all the necessary clinical steps and on a well-defined selection of the material. In this way a five-year survival rate of close to 80% can be obtained. PMID:11830965

  10. Nasal Bridge Intramuscular Hemangioma

    Zulkifli Hamir Basah; Irfan Mohamad; Ramiza Ramza Ramli; Maha Khadum Gayadh; Samarendra Singh Mutum


    Intramuscular haemangioma (IMH) is a benign mesenchymal tumour. It appears as a deep, nontender mass within the soft tissue, particularly in the extremities. This tumour may not be obvious on clinical examination. Head and neck IMHs represent only 13.5% of the total IMHs. The most common site for a head and neck IMH is the masseter muscle, followed by trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, and very rarely temporalis muscle. We present a patient with left nasal bridge swelling which was excised and h...




    Bridging the Service quality gaps is one of the foremost areas of concern for amarketer. Service marketing is inherently different from product or goods marketing.Services are distinctively characterized by their intangible, heterogeneous, inseparableand perishable nature. The importance of the service sector in today's world is a verywidely accepted and renowned idea. “We are already experiencing a service society“services do have some basic characteristics which make them fundamentally diff...

  12. Bridging as Coercive Accommodation

    Bos, J W; Mineur, A M; Bos, Johan; Buitelaar, Paul; Mineur, Anne-Marie


    In this paper we discuss the notion of "bridging" in Discourse Representation Theory as a tool to account for discourse referents that have only been established implicitly, through the lexical semantics of other referents. In doing so, we use ideas from Generative Lexicon theory, to introduce antecedents for anaphoric expressions that cannot be "linked" to a proper antecedent, but that do not need to be "accommodated" because they have some connection to the network of discourse referents that is already established.

  13. Nematic liquid crystal bridges

    Doss, Susannah; Ellis, Perry; Vallamkondu, Jayalakshmi; Danemiller, Edward; Vernon, Mark; Fernandez-Nieves, Alberto

    We study the effects of confining a nematic liquid crystal between two parallel glass plates with homeotropic boundary conditions for the director at all bounding surfaces. We find that the free surface of the nematic bridge is a surface of constant mean curvature. In addition, by changing the distance between the plates and the contact angle with the glass plates, we transition between loops and hedgehogs that can be either radial or hyperbolic.

  14. Structural stability, half-metallicity and magnetism of the CoFeMnSi/GaAs(0 0 1) interface

    Highlights: • CoFeMnSi is one of LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy. • The phase diagram of various investigated interfaces is calculated. • Top-type MnMn-terminated interface preserves perfect 100% spin polarization. - Abstract: The ferromagnet/semiconductor interface plays a crucial role in the performance of advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) built of ferromagnetic electrodes and semiconductor as a spacer. We investigate the interface character between LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy CoFeMnSi and semiconductor GaAs by using the first-principles density functional simulations. In our calculations, we build two kinds of interface structures, namely the top-type and the bridge-type structure by connecting the termination of nine CoFeMnSi layers to the top of the As-terminated GaAs layer and the bridge site between interface As atoms, respectively. The calculated phase diagram indicated that the CoFe-terminated interface is more stable in the bridge-type structure than in the top-type structure, and a favored MnMn- or MnSi-terminated interface will appear in the top-type structure instead of the bridge-type structure under Fe-rich conditions. Besides, our calculation reveals that interface Mn and interface Fe atoms prefer to extend outward and their atom-resolved spin magnetic moments are enhanced due to the rehybridization caused by the symmetry breaking at the interface, while interface Co atoms shrink inward and their moments are decreased compared with the bulk value. Further analysis on DOS and PDOS indicates that owing to the interface effect, the half metallicity of CoFe-, MnSi-, and SiSi-terminated interfaces is completely destroyed. However, the MnMn-terminated interface in the top-type structure preserves 100% spin polarization, indicating that the CoFeMnSi/GaAs heterostructure with the top-type MnMn-terminated interface has more advantages than other atomic terminations in spintronics applications

  15. Structural stability, half-metallicity and magnetism of the CoFeMnSi/GaAs(0 0 1) interface

    Feng, Yu; Chen, Xiaorui; Zhou, Ting; Yuan, Hongkuan; Chen, Hong, E-mail:


    Highlights: • CoFeMnSi is one of LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy. • The phase diagram of various investigated interfaces is calculated. • Top-type MnMn-terminated interface preserves perfect 100% spin polarization. - Abstract: The ferromagnet/semiconductor interface plays a crucial role in the performance of advanced magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) built of ferromagnetic electrodes and semiconductor as a spacer. We investigate the interface character between LiMgPbSb-type Heusler alloy CoFeMnSi and semiconductor GaAs by using the first-principles density functional simulations. In our calculations, we build two kinds of interface structures, namely the top-type and the bridge-type structure by connecting the termination of nine CoFeMnSi layers to the top of the As-terminated GaAs layer and the bridge site between interface As atoms, respectively. The calculated phase diagram indicated that the CoFe-terminated interface is more stable in the bridge-type structure than in the top-type structure, and a favored MnMn- or MnSi-terminated interface will appear in the top-type structure instead of the bridge-type structure under Fe-rich conditions. Besides, our calculation reveals that interface Mn and interface Fe atoms prefer to extend outward and their atom-resolved spin magnetic moments are enhanced due to the rehybridization caused by the symmetry breaking at the interface, while interface Co atoms shrink inward and their moments are decreased compared with the bulk value. Further analysis on DOS and PDOS indicates that owing to the interface effect, the half metallicity of CoFe-, MnSi-, and SiSi-terminated interfaces is completely destroyed. However, the MnMn-terminated interface in the top-type structure preserves 100% spin polarization, indicating that the CoFeMnSi/GaAs heterostructure with the top-type MnMn-terminated interface has more advantages than other atomic terminations in spintronics applications.

  16. A possible evolutionary origin for the Mn4 cluster of the photosynthetic water oxidation complex from natural MnO2 precipitates in the early ocean

    Sauer, Kenneth; Yachandra, Vittal K.


    The photosynthetic water oxidation complex consists of a cluster of 4 Mn atoms bridged by O atoms, associated with Ca2+ and Cl- and incorporated into protein. The structure is similar in higher plants and algae, as well as in cyanobacteria of more ancient lineage, dating back more than 2.5 Ga on Earth. It has been proposed that the proto-enzyme derived from a component of a natural early marine manganese precipitate that contained a CaMn4O9 cluster. A variety of MnO2 minerals is found in nature. Three major classes are spinels, sheet-like layered structures and 3-dimensional networks that contain parallel tunnels. These relatively open structures readily incorporate cations (Na+, Li+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Ba2+, H+ and even Mn2+) and water. The minerals have different ratios of Mn(III) and Mn(IV) octahedrally coordinated to oxygens. Using X-ray spectroscopy we compare the chemical structures of Mn in the minerals with what is known about the arrangement in the water-oxidation complex to define the parameters of a structural model for the photosynthetic catalytic site. This comparison provides for the structural model a set of candidate Mn4 clusters -- some previously proposed and considered and others entirely novel.

  17. Vulnerability of bridges to fire

    Giuliani, Luisa; Crosti, C.; Gentili, F.


    Even if recent effort in developing methodology and measures for design structures against fire and explosions has been mostly focused on buildings, bridges can also be very sensitive to those actions, as witnesses by some recent bridge accidents, which caused major economic losses and also...... endangered people safety in few cases. Purpose of this paper is making a focus on the state of the art of the research and current regulations concerning the response of bridges to fire. Several cases of bridge fires are reported and a focus is made on the occurrence and consequence of bridge fires......, considering both the costs deriving by structural damages and by limited serviceability and other indirect societal aspects. Few cases of recent bridge fire are reviewed in detail and structural consequences are highlighted, distinguishing between damages directly induced by fire and damages induced by local...

  18. Monitoring of concrete bridges

    Pirner, Miroš; Urushadze, Shota

    Orlando,Florida: Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc, 2007 - (Wicks, A.), s. 250-257 ISBN 0-912053-97-6. [IMAC, Conference & Exposition on Structural Dynamics/25./. Orlando (US), 17.02.2007-19.02.2007] R&D Projects: GA MDS(CZ) 1F45D/013/120; GA ČR(CZ) GA103/05/2066 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20710524 Keywords : Long-term measurements * Dynamic response * Bridge * Strain gauges * Rain-flow Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering

  19. Theory of bridge aerodynamics

    Strømmen, Einar


    This text book is intended for studies in wind engineering, with focus on the stochastic theory of wind induced dynamic response calculations for slender bridges or other line ?like civil engineering type of structures. It contains the background assumptions and hypothesis as well as the development of the computational theory that is necessary for the prediction of wind induced fluctuating displacements and cross sectional forces. The simple cases of static and quasi-static structural response calculations are for the sake of completeness also included. The text is at an advanced level in the

  20. Synthesis of mixed-valence hexanuclear Mn(II/III) clusters from its Mn(II) precursor: variations of catecholase-like activity and magnetic coupling.

    Kar, Paramita; Ida, Yumi; Kanetomo, Takuya; Drew, Michael G B; Ishida, Takayuki; Ghosh, Ashutosh


    One Mn(II) coordination polymer, [Mn(o-(NO2)C6H4COO)2(pyz)(H2O)]n (1), has been synthesized and oxidized with n-Bu4NMnO4 in non-aqueous media to two mixed-valence hexanuclear Mn(II/III) complexes [MnIII2MnII4O2(pyz)0.61/(MeOH)0.39(o-(NO2)C6H4COO)10·(H2O)·{(CH3)2CO}2]·(CH3)2CO (2) and [MnIII2MnII4O2(pyz)0.28/(MeCN)3.72(o-(NO2)C6H4COO)10·(H2O)] (3) (where pyz = pyrazine). All three complexes were characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectroscopy, single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses, and variable-temperature magnetic measurements. The structural analyses reveal that complex 1 is comprised of linear chains of pyz bridged Mn(II), which are further linked to one another by syn–anti carboxylate bridges, giving rise to a two-dimensional (2D) net. Complexes 2 and 3 feature mixed valence [MnIII2MnII4] units in which each of the six manganese centres reside in an octahedral environment. Apart from the variations in terminal ligands (acetone for 2 and acetonitrile for 3), the complexes are very similar. Using 3,5-di-tert-butyl catechol (3,5-DTBC) as the substrate, the catecholase-like activity of the complexes has been studied and it is found that the mixed valent Mn6 complexes (2 and 3) are much more active towards aerial oxidation of catechol compared to the Mn(II) complex (1). Variable-temperature (1.8–300 K) magnetic susceptibility measurements showed the presence of antiferromagnetic coupling in all three complexes. The magnetic data have been fitted with a 2D quadratic model derived by Lines, giving the exchange constant J/kB = −0.0788(5) K for 1. For 2 and 3, antiferromagnetic interactions within the Mn6 cluster have been fitted with models containing three exchange constants: JA/kB = −70 K, JB/kB = −0.5 K, JC/kB = −2.9 K for 2 and JA/kB = −60 K, JB/kB = −0.3 K, JC/kB = −2.8 K for 3. PMID:25928181

  1. Nondestructive testing for bridge diagnosis

    There are many motivations for bridge diagnosis using Nondestructive testing (NDT) to monitor its integrity. The measured frequency and damping on real bridge are compared in one figure as a function of span length and general aspects are explained. These date were measured in every construction of bridges and applied to design new bridges. Ultrasonic testing is also well used for concrete and steel members mainly to detect internal damages or delaminations. Detail analysis on reflected waves gives us more accurate information about the defect. Experimental results are shown as examples in this paper.

  2. Modelling railway bridge asset management

    Le, Bryant Linh Hai


    The UK has a long history in the railway industry with a large number of railway assets. Railway bridges form one of the major asset groups with more than 35,000 bridges. The majority of the bridge population are old being constructed over 100 years ago. Many of the bridges were not designed to meet the current network demand. With an expected increasing rate of deterioration due to the increasing traffic loads and intensities, the management authorities are faced with the difficult task of k...

  3. MnBr2/18-crown-6 coordination complexes showing high room temperature luminescence and quantum yield.

    Hausmann, David; Kuzmanoski, Ana; Feldmann, Claus


    The reaction of manganese(ii) bromide and the crown ether 18-crown-6 in the ionic liquid [(n-Bu)3MeN][N(Tf)2] under mild conditions (80-130 °C) resulted in the formation of three different coordination compounds: MnBr2(18-crown-6) (), Mn3Br6(18-crown-6)2 () and Mn3Br6(18-crown-6) (). In general, the local coordination and the crystal structure of all compounds are driven by the mismatch between the small radius of the Mn(2+) cation (83 pm) and the ring opening of 18-crown-6 as a chelating ligand (about 300 pm). This improper situation leads to different types of coordination and bonding. MnBr2(18-crown-6) represents a molecular compound with Mn(2+) coordinated by two bromine atoms and only five oxygen atoms of 18-crown-6. Mn3Br6(18-crown-6)2 falls into a [MnBr(18-crown-6)](+) cation - with Mn(2+) coordinated by six oxygen atoms and Br - and a [MnBr(18-crown-6)MnBr4](-) anion. In this anion, Mn(2+) is coordinated by five oxygen atoms of the crown ether as well as by two bromine atoms, one of them bridging to an isolated (MnBr4) tetrahedron. Mn3Br6(18-crown-6), finally, forms an infinite, non-charged [Mn2(18-crown-6)(MnBr6)] chain. Herein, 18-crown-6 is exocyclically coordinated by two Mn(2+) cations. All compounds show intense luminescence in the yellow to red spectral range and exhibit remarkable quantum yields of 70% (Mn3Br6(18-crown-6)) and 98% (Mn3Br6(18-crown-6)2). The excellent quantum yield of Mn3Br6(18-crown-6)2 and its differentiation from MnBr2(18-crown-6) and Mn3Br6(18-crown-6) can be directly correlated to the local coordination. PMID:26956783

  4. Structural Changes in the Mn4Ca Cluster and the Mechanism of Photosynthetic Water Splitting

    Pushkar, Y.; Yano, J.; Sauer, K.; Boussac, A.; Yachandra, V.K.


    Photosynthetic water oxidation, where water is oxidized to dioxygen, is a fundamental chemical reaction that sustains the biosphere. This reaction is catalyzed by a Mn4Ca complex in the photosystem II (PS II) oxygen-evolving complex (OEC): a multiproteinassembly embedded in the thylakoid membranes of green plants, cyanobacteria, and algae. The mechanism of photosynthetic water oxidation by the Mn4Ca cluster in photosystem II is the subject of much debate, although lacking structural characterization of the catalytic intermediates. Biosynthetically exchanged Ca/Sr-PS II preparations and x-ray spectroscopy, including extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), allowed us to monitor Mn-Mn and Ca(Sr)-Mn distances in the four intermediate S states, S0 through S3, of the catalytic cycle that couples the one-electron photochemistry occurring at the PS II reaction center with the four-electron water-oxidation chemistry taking place at the Mn4Ca(Sr) cluster. We have detected significant changes in the structure of the complex, especially in the Mn-Mn and Ca(Sr)-Mn distances, on the S2-to-S3 and S3-to-S0 transitions. These results implicate the involvement of at least one common bridging oxygen atom between the Mn-Mn and Mn-Ca(Sr) atoms in the O-O bond formation. Because PS II cannot advance beyond the S2 state in preparations that lack Ca(Sr), these results show that Ca(Sr) is one of the critical components in the mechanism of the enzyme. The results also show that Ca is not just a spectator atom involved in providing a structural framework, but is actively involved in the mechanism of water oxidation and represents a rare example of a catalytically active Ca cofactor.

  5. Environmental life cycle assessment comparison between two bridge types: reinforced concrete bridge and steel composite bridge

    Du, Guangli; Karoumi, Raid


    The concept of sustainable construction has attracted an increased attention. Bridge infrastructures and their belonged construction activities consume considerable material and energy, which is responsible for large environmental burdens. However, the environmental assessment of bridges has not...... been integrated into the decision-making process. This paper presents a systematic LCA method for quantifying the environmental impacts for bridges. The comparison study is performed between a reinforced concrete bridge and a steel bridge as an alternative design, with several key maintenance and EOL...... scenarios outlined. LCA study is performed with the ReCiPe methodology with life cycle inventories data from public database. Five selected mid-point level impact categories and the energy consumption are presented. The result shows that the steel bridge has a better environmental performance due to the...

  6. Energy levels of 56Mn

    Van Assche, P. H. M.; Baader, H. A.; Koch, H. R.;


    The low-energy spectrum of the 55Mn(n,γ)56 Mn reaction has been studied with a γ-diffraction spectrometer. These data allowed the construction of a level scheme for 56Mn with two previously unobserved doublets. High-energy γ-transitions to the low-energy states have been measured for different...

  7. Thermal bridges of modern windows

    Hansen, Ernst Jan de Place; Møller, Eva B.; Nielsen, Anker;


    With its focus on reduced energy consumption, contemporary housing construction requires a highly insulated and airtight building envelope with as few thermal bridges as possible.Windows must be carefully designed, as thermal bridges can lead to surface condensation or mold growth, even if the wi...

  8. Vulnerability of bridges to fire

    Giuliani, Luisa; Crosti, C.; Gentili, F.


    Even if recent effort in developing methodology and measures for design structures against fire and explosions has been mostly focused on buildings, bridges can also be very sensitive to those actions, as witnesses by some recent bridge accidents, which caused major economic losses and also endan...

  9. Superconductivity in small metal bridges

    Josephson effects in weaklinks are discussed for low and high frequency regimes using simple perturbation techniques. It is proven that no measurement of the supercurrent dependence upon frequency above the Riedel peak frequency can be made using rf sources whose frequencies are below the Riedel peak. Thus the bulk of work done in the field on the high frequency structure of the Josephson current is shown to be invalid. Metal bridges shorter than a newly defined temperature independent length for superconductors, l/sub PHONON/, are proven to be identical in their Josephson current behavior to tunneling junctions. The BCS gap equation is generalized to include voltage gradient effects on pairs within the bridge. The oscillation frequency for long bridges (l/sub BRIDGE/ greater than l/sub PHONON/) is shown to be limited to less than 10'' Hz. An experimental test of the new voltage dependent gap is made as well as tests of the pair reforming time of bridges

  10. Bridge Coupler for APT

    Greninger, P T; Spalek, G; Greninger, Paul T.; Rodarte, Henry J.


    The Coupled Cavity Drift Tube Linac (CCDTL) used in the Accelerator for the Production of Tritium (APT) is fully described elsewhere [1]. The modules are composed of several machined and brazed segments that must account for the accumulation of dimensional tolerances in the build up of the stack. In addition, space requirements dictate that power fed to the accelerator cannot be through the accelerating cavities. As well, we would like to remove a single segment of the accelerator without removing additional segments. These requirements combined with phasing relationships of the design and space limitations have resulted in a different bridge coupling method used in the module comprising 3-gap segments. The coupling method, phasing relationships and other features that enhance the flexibility of the design will be discussed.

  11. Half Bridge Inductive Heater



    Full Text Available Induction heating performs contactless, efficient and fast heating of conductive materials, therefore became one of the preferred heating procedure in industrial, domestic and medical applications. During induction heating the high-frequency alternating currents that heat the material are induced by means of electromagnetic induction. The material to be heated is placed inside the time-varying magnetic field generated by applying a highfrequency alternating current to an induction coil. The alternating electromagnetic field induces eddy currents in the workpiece, resulting resistive losses, which then heat the material. This paper describes the design of a power electronic converter circuit for induction heating equipment and presents the obtained results. The realized circuit is a low power half bridge resonant inverter which uses power MOS transistors and adequate driver circuits.

  12. Nanoparticle bridge DNA biosensor

    Huang, Hong-Wen

    A new DNA sensing method is demonstrated in which DNA hybridization events lead to the formation of nanoparticle satellites that bridge two electrodes and are detected electrically. The hybridization events are exclusively carried out only on specific locations, the surfaces of C-ssDNA modified 50 nm GNPs. The uniqueness of this work is that only a small number of T-ccDNA molecules (target DNA and three-base-pair-mismatched DNA in 20nM concentrations. Three single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) system is used in our experiment which includes Capture-ssDNA (C-ssDNA), Target-ssDNA (T-ssDNA) and Probe-ssDNA (P-ssDNA). Both C-ssDNA and P-ssDNA are modified by a thiol group and can hybridize with different portions of T-ssDNA. T-ssDNA requires no modification in three ssDNA system, which is beneficial in many applications. C-ssDNA modified 50nm gold nanoparticle (C-50au) and P-ssDNA modified 30nm gold nanoparticle (P-30au) are prepared through the reaction of thiol-gold chemical bonding between thiolated ssDNA and gold nanoparticle (GNP) (C-ssDNA with 50nm GNP, P-ssDNA with 30nm GNP). We controllably place the C-50au only on the SiO2 band surface (˜ 90nm width) between two gold electrodes (source and drain electrodes) by forming positively- and negatively-charged self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on SiO2 and gold surface, respectively. DNA modified GNP is negatively charged due to ionization of phosphate group on DNA back bone. C-50au therefore is negatively charged and can only be attracted toward SiO2 area (repelled by negatively charged gold electrode surface). The amine group of positively-charged SAMs on SiO2 surface is then passivated by converting to non-polar methyl functional group after C-50au placement. P-30au is first hybridized with T-ssDNA in the solution phase (T-P- 30au formed) and is introduced into DNA detection device in which C-50au are immobilized on ˜90nm width SiO2 band (between two gold electrodes). The passivation step ensures every TP-30au are attached

  13. Association Between Food Opportunities During the School Day and Selected Dietary Behaviors of Alternative High School Students, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2006

    Chrisa Arcan, PhD, MHS, MBA


    Full Text Available IntroductionAvailability of competitive foods in schools has been linked to unhealthful dietary behaviors of students. Little is known about the food environment of alternative high schools, schools that enroll students at risk of academic failure. We examined correlations between food opportunities during the school day and selected dietary behaviors of students attending alternative high schools.MethodsBaseline data were collected in fall 2006 as part of the Team COOL (Controlling Overweight and Obesity for Life pilot study, a group randomized obesity prevention trial. Students (n = 145 attending 6 alternative high schools in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota, completed a survey on food opportunities during the school day and selected dietary behaviors. We used mixed-model multivariate cross-sectional analysis and adjusted for demographic characteristics to examine associations of interest.ResultsFood opportunities during the school day were positively associated with overall consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, high-fat foods, and fast-food restaurant use.ConclusionsHaving many food opportunities during the school day at alternative high schools was linked to the consumption of foods and beverages high in sugar and fat and low in nutrients. School-based interventions should focus on changing the food environment in alternative high schools to decrease less healthful eating opportunities and to increase the availability of healthful foods and beverages.

  14. Synthesis and characterisation of In-doped MnWO4-type solid-solutions: Mn1−3xIn2x□xWO4 (x=0–0.11)

    Substitution of In3+ for Mn2+ in MnWO4, which is one of the most studied multiferroics, was conducted systematically by solid-state reactions at 1050 °C to obtain a series of Mn(1−3x)In2x□xWO4 solid solutions (x=0–0.11; the box indicates vacancy). The successful In-doping could be proven by electron microprobe, and statically disordered structures of this solid solution series were elucidated by Rietveld analyses with X-Ray powder diffraction (XPD) data. Its average structure maintains the space group P2/c at least up to the replacement of 33 at% Mn. The tendency of their unit cells proportionally enlarging with In-doping is an unexpected observation because In3+ is smaller than Mn2+. This could not be explained alone by average atomic bonding distances and angles evaluated from XPD data analyses. Complimentarily, micro-Raman spectra of Mn(1−3x)In2x□xWO4 materials feature a hardening of Raman modes due to stronger atomic bonds in W2O4 and WO2 units with increasing In-doping. This is considered as an inevitable consequence of broken bonding in directly neighbouring Mn–O bonds as the presence of In3+ in MnWO4 accompanies the creation of defects at Mn sites. The current study using XRD and micro-Raman suggests the enlarging local space around the bridging oxygen as the reason for the unexpected cell expansion when smaller In3+ along with defects replace Mn2+ in MnWO4. - Graphical abstract: Despite of substitution of smaller In3+ for larger Mn2+, the In-rich solid solution Mn0.71(2)In0.19(1)□0.10WO4 undergoes a volume expansion of 0.4% with respect to MnWO4. This could be explained by a local space expansion of 0.13% around bridging oxygen at O2 sites, as illustrated by dashed lines for clarity. - Highlights: • Investigation of Mn(1−3x)In2x□xWO4 solid solutions (x=0–0.11). • An unexpected lattice expansion by In-doping. • Strong change in local environment around bridging oxygens. • Enhancement of atomic bonds in W2O4 and WO2 units with

  15. First tetrazole-bridged d-f heterometallic MOFs with a large magnetic entropy change.

    Hu, Huan-Cheng; Kang, Xiao-Min; Cao, Chun-Shuai; Cheng, Peng; Zhao, Bin


    A novel 3D tetrazole-bridged 3d-4f heterometallic MOF {(H3O)3[Gd3Mn2(Trz)4]·12H2O}n (1) with a hexanuclear [Gd6] cluster was obtained via in situ [2+3] cycloaddition reaction and structurally characterized, possessing good solvent and thermal stabilities, as well as a large magnetic entropy change -ΔS(m) = 40.3 J kg(-1) K(-1) for ΔH = 7 T at 2.0 K. To our knowledge, it is the first example of tetrazole-bridged 3d-4f heterometallic MOFs. PMID:26051815

  16. Mn bioavailability by polarized Caco-2 cells: comparison between Mn gluconate and Mn oxyprolinate

    Fulgenzi Alessandro


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Micronutrient inadequate intake is responsible of pathological deficiencies and there is a need of assessing the effectiveness of metal supplementation, frequently proposed to rebalance poor diets. Manganese (Mn is present in many enzymatic intracellular systems crucial for the regulation of cell metabolism, and is contained in commercially available metal supplements. Methods We compared the effects of two different commercial Mn forms, gluconate (MnGluc and oxyprolinate (MnOxP. For this purpose we used the polarized Caco-2 cells cultured on transwell filters, an established in vitro model of intestinal epithelium. Since micronutrient deficiency may accelerate mitochondrial efficiency, the mitochondrial response of these cells, in the presence of MnGluc and MnOxP, by microscopy methods and by ATP luminescence assay was used. Results In the presence of both MnOxP and MnGluc a sustained mitochondrial activity was shown by mitoTraker labeling (indicative of mitochondrial respiration, but ATP intracellular content remained comparable to untreated cells only in the presence of MnOxP. In addition MnOxP transiently up-regulated the antioxidant enzyme Mn superoxide dismutase more efficiently than MnGluc. Both metal treatments preserved NADH and βNADPH diaphorase oxidative activity, avoided mitochondrial dysfunction, as assessed by the absence of a sustained phosphoERK activation, and were able to maintain cell viability. Conclusions Collectively, our data indicate that MnOxP and MnGluc, and primarily the former, produce a moderate and safe modification of Caco-2 cell metabolism, by activating positive enzymatic mechanisms, thus could contribute to long-term maintenance of cell homeostasis.

  17. Liquid-Bridge Breaking Limits

    Macner, Ashley; Steen, Paul


    Wet adhesion by liquid bridges in large arrays shows promise for use in lightweight, controllable on-demand devices. Applications include grab/release of wafer substrates, transport of micron-sized tiles for use in 3D printing and micro-dosing of personalized pharmaceutical drugs. By wetting and spreading, a drop can form a bridge and thereby ``grab'' a nearby solid substrate. By volume decrease or extension, the bridge can break. The breaking limit corresponds to bridge instability which can be predicted, knowing the static mechanical response of the bridge. Mechanical behaviors include force-volume (FV), pressure-volume (pV) and force-length (FL) responses. Instability crucially depends on the mode of failure - failure under constant-force or constant length are typical cases. We study single bridge equilibria for their breaking limits. FV diagrams for the pin-pin equal and pin-pin unequal radii boundary conditions for different bridge heights are measured in the laboratory. The FL response in the case of pin-pin equal radii is also measured. Results are compared to predictions of static theory. Static results are then used to compare to dynamical sequences where volume is driven quasistatically by syringe or an electro-osmotic pump. As the breaking limit is approached, the shape deformation accelerates leading to non-equilibrium shapes not captured by the static analysis.

  18. Bridge Creek IMW database - Bridge Creek Restoration and Monitoring Project

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The incised and degraded habitat of Bridge Creek is thought to be limiting a population of ESA-listed steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). A logical restoration...

  19. National Bridge Inventory - National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Bridges

    Department of Transportation — The NBI (NTAD 2015) is a collection of information (database) describing the more than 610,000 of the Nation's bridges located on public roads, including Interstate...

  20. Reliability Assessment of Concrete Bridges

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Middleton, C. R.

    This paper is partly based on research performed for the Highways Agency, London, UK under the project DPU/9/44 "Revision of Bridge Assessment Rules Based on Whole Life Performance: concrete bridges". It contains the details of a methodology which can be used to generate Whole Life (WL) reliability...... profiles. These WL reliability profiles may be used to establish revised rules for concrete bridges. This paper is to some extend based on Thoft-Christensen et. al. [1996], Thoft-Christensen [1996] et. al. and Thoft-Christensen [1996]....

  1. Bridging the urological divide.

    Roberts, Robin


    The advanced disease clinical presentations, higher morbidity and mortality rates and lack of available treatment options in prostate cancer care, attest to disparities in the delivery and outcomes of urological services in Black men of African lineage in both the Developed and Developing countries. This gap in health care and services in the global management of prostate cancer denotes the urological divide.Through the experience of a Developing country urologist with a comparative literature review, this presentation defines the determinants of the disparity through deficiencies in human, material and financial resources, as is most prevalent in Developing countries.Solutions to ending health care disparities must take into account the existing development phase of Third World countries and thus determine whether the Developed countries should export a total service delivery system or seek primarily to advance the competence and skills of the existing Developing country resources.Collaboration in prostate cancer research has the greatest promise and sustainability of bridging this urological divide and is of mutual benefit to both entities. PMID:21992183

  2. Mineral bridges in nacre revisited

    Checa, Antonio G; Willinger, Marc-Georg


    We confirm with high-resolution techniques the existence of mineral bridges between superposed nacre tablets. In the towered nacre of both gastropods and the cephalopod Nautilus there are large bridges aligned along the tower axes, corresponding to gaps (150-200 nm) in the interlamellar membranes. Gaps are produced by the interaction of the nascent tablets with a surface membrane that covers the nacre compartment. In the terraced nacre of bivalves bridges associated with elongated gaps in the interlamellar membrane (> 100 nm) have mainly been found at or close to the edges of superposed parental tablets. To explain this placement, we hypothesize that the interlamellar membrane breaks due to differences in osmotic pressure across it when the interlamellar space below becomes reduced at an advanced stage of calcification. In no cases are the minor connections between superimposed tablets (< 60 nm), earlier reported to be mineral bridges, found to be such.

  3. Bridge Culture of Langde Village


    Langde, a village in Leishan County ofsouthwestern Guizhou province, is known for itslarge number of unique bridges bearing the distinctdesign style of the Miao ethnic group. Animpressive variety of well-preserved ancient

  4. Simulation of multivariate diffusion bridges

    Bladt, Mogens; Finch, Samuel; Sørensen, Michael

    We propose simple methods for multivariate diffusion bridge simulation, which plays a fundamental role in simulation-based likelihood and Bayesian inference for stochastic differential equations. By a novel application of classical coupling methods, the new approach generalizes a previously...

  5. Applications of overburden conveyor bridges

    Schachtschneider, H.


    In large scale surface mines of the capacities required today, a cross-pit operation with overburden conveyor bridges is the most economical method of overburden removal and disposal. In order to provide the production capacity required in surface mining equipment by the GDR brown coal industry, VEB Schwermaschinenbau Lauchhammerwerk undertook the design and manufacture of standard overburden conveyor bridges for cut heights of 34 m, 45 m and 60 m. All three base types may be equipped to match the site specific geological and geotechnical conditions, and to meet customer's demands. Specifications of the bridges are given as well as details of conveyor belt speeds, modifications to the standards, and number manufactured. Design problems faced with the 60 m bridge are discussed, together with details of the superstructure, method of operation, transportation rates, structural steel used, assembly and power supply. 5 refs.


    Sujatha. M


    Full Text Available Introduction: The segment of epicardial coronary artery that traverses intramurally through the myocardium and bridged by a bunch of cardiac muscle fibers is called tunneled artery or intramural artery. The band of cardiac muscle fibers passing over the tunneled artery segment is named as myocardial bridge. During angiography milking effect is observed during systole due to the external pressure of muscle fibers on the tunneled artery that leads to narrowing of vessel lumen and further ischemia. Materials & Methods: It is a prospective study performed from 2012- 2015 in cardiac centers available around Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, South India. A total number of 2015 adult patients who underwent diagnostic coronary angiography were evaluated to detect myocardial bridges. With the informed consent the relevant data was collected from the patients and analyzed. Results: The prevalence of myocardial bridges was 3.17%. Among the 2015 patients 70.7% are males and 29.2% are females. Among 64 myocardial bridge positive cases 62.5% were male and 37.5% were female patients. Regarding coronary dominance 84% were right dominant and 14.4% were left dominant and 1.6% are balanced. The percentage incidence of myocardial bridging according to dominance was 3.01% for right dominant patients, 4.12% for left dominant patients and 3.1% for balanced dominant patients. In all the myocardial bridge positive cases they were located on the left anterior descending artery (LAD. According to diagnosis the patients with normal coronaries were 22.6%, patients with MILD CAD were 17.9%, patients with single vessel disease were 23.4%, patients with two vessel disease were 14.7% and the patients with triple vessel disease were 21.3%. The 64 myocardial bridging cases were grouped in to three groups according to their age. Incidence of double bridges was observed in 3 cases of which 66.7% males & 33.3% in females. Conclusion: These results show that Andhra Pradesh population are


    Sujatha M; V Subhadra Devi; C. S. S. Raju; B. Yugandhar; Nagaraju


    Introduction: The segment of epicardial coronary artery that traverses intramurally through the myocardium and bridged by a bunch of cardiac muscle fibers is called tunneled artery or intramural artery. The band of cardiac muscle fibers passing over the tunneled artery segment is named as myocardial bridge. During angiography milking effect is observed during systole due to the external pressure of muscle fibers on the tunneled artery that leads to narrowing of vessel lumen and further isc...


    N. Maghamipour N. Safaei


    Myocardial bridging with systolic compression of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) may be associated with myocardial ischemia. In symptomatic myocardial bridging unresponsive to medical treatment, surgical unroofing of the left LAD can be performed. Little information is available about the long-term prognosis of patients with this coronary anomaly after the surgical unroofing, so we decided to evaluate the result of this operation. A total of 26 patients underwent surgical u...

  9. Stability of liquid crystalline bridges

    Mahajan, Milind P.; Tsige, Mesfin; Taylor, P. L.; Rosenblatt, Charles


    The stability of cylindrical bridges of the liquid crystal octylcyanobiphenyl in an immiscible liquid bath was investigated in the nematic and smectic A phases. In the nematic phase the bridge was found to destabilize at a length-to-diameter (slenderness) ratio R similar to that of ordinary Newtonian fluids. On the other hand, the Bingham behavior of the smectic A phase, i.e., an apparent yield stress, enabled the formation of stable columns with R well in excess of π.


    N. Maghamipour N. Safaei


    Full Text Available Myocardial bridging with systolic compression of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD may be associated with myocardial ischemia. In symptomatic myocardial bridging unresponsive to medical treatment, surgical unroofing of the left LAD can be performed. Little information is available about the long-term prognosis of patients with this coronary anomaly after the surgical unroofing, so we decided to evaluate the result of this operation. A total of 26 patients underwent surgical unroofing of myocardial bridging. Patients had a myocardial bridge of at least 3 cm in length in the middle of LAD and with more than 70% compression during systole. Unroofing was performed with cardiopulmonary bypass in 16 and with off pump technique in 10 patients. In 6 patients repeat angiographies for control of myotomy were done. In one of them a nonsignificant 20% narrowing was seen. Postoperative scintigraphic and angiographic studies demonstrated restoration of coronary flow and myocardial perfusion without residual myocardial bridges under beta-stimulation in 24 patients. Two patients had residual narrowing. With off pump technique, 1 patient had perforation of the right ventricle and 1 patient underwent reoperation because of incomplete unroofing during the first operation. None of the patients with cardiopulmonary bypass technique had residual chest pain or other complications. Surgical unroofing of myocardial bridging with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass is a safe and easy procedure with low operative risk and with excellent functional results.

  11. Wave-current force on bridge foundation

    Pan, J.N.; Wang, D.T.; Wang, X. G.; Nie, F


    Many cross-sea bridges have been constructed or in construction in the Chinese coastal areas, such as Hangzhou Bay Bridge, East China Sea Bridge and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, etc. Usually the foundations of cross-sea bridges will bear the load of wave and current simultaneously, the extreme value of which is an important factor for bridge design. It is quite difficult to estimate the extreme wave-current forces on bridge foundations due to their complex form, for example a polygonal plat...

  12. Redundancy Evaluation of Fracture Critical Bridges

    Bapat, Amey Vivek


    Cases of brittle fractures in major bridges prompted AASHTO to publish its first fracture control plan in 1978. It focused on material and fabrication standards, and required periodic 24-month hands-on inspection of bridges with fracture critical members. The practical result of this plan was to significantly increase the life cycle cost of these bridges, rendering them uneconomical. Apart from the Point Pleasant Bridge that failed in 1967, no other bridge has collapsed in the USA following a...

  13. Lithium and oxygen adsorption at the b-MnO2 (110) surface

    Mellan, Thomas A.; Maenetja, Khomotso P.; Ngoepe, Phuti E.; Woodley, Scott M.; Catlow , C Richard A; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo


    The adsorption and co-adsorption of lithium and oxygen at the surface of rutile-like manganese dioxide(b-MnO2), which are important in the context of Li–air batteries, are investigated using density functional theory. In the absence of lithium, the most stable surface of b-MnO2, the (110), adsorbs oxygen in the form of peroxo groups bridging between two manganese cations. Conversely, in the absence of excess oxygen, lithium atoms adsorb on the (110) surface at two different sites, which ar...

  14. Lithium and oxygen adsorption at the beta-MnO2 (110) surface

    Mellan, T. A.; Maenetja, K. P.; Ngoepe, P.E.; Woodley, S. M.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Grau-Crespo, R.


    The adsorption and co-adsorption of lithium and oxygen at the surface of rutile-like manganese dioxide (β-MnO2), which are important in the context of Li–air batteries, are investigated using density functional theory. In the absence of lithium, the most stable surface of β-MnO2, the (110), adsorbs oxygen in the form of peroxo groups bridging between two manganese cations. Conversely, in the absence of excess oxygen, lithium atoms adsorb on the (110) surface at two different sites, which are ...

  15. Redetermination of brackebuschite, Pb2Mn3+(VO42(OH

    Barbara Lafuente


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of brackebuschite, ideally Pb2Mn3+(VO42(OH [dilead(II manganese(III vanadate(V hydroxide], was redetermined based on single-crystal X-ray diffraction data of a natural sample from the type locality Sierra de Cordoba, Argentina. Improving on previous results, anisotropic displacement parameters for all non-H atoms were refined and the H atom located, obtaining a significant improvement of accuracy and an unambiguous hydrogen-bonding scheme. Brackebuschite belongs to the brackebuschite group of minerals with general formula A2M(T1O4(T2O4(OH, H2O, with A = Pb2+, Ba, Ca, Sr; M = Cu2+, Zn, Fe2+, Fe3+, Mn3+, Al; T1 = As5+, P, V5+; and T2 = As5+, P, V5+, S6+. The crystal structure of brackebuschite is based on a cubic closest-packed array of O and Pb atoms with infinite chains of edge-sharing [Mn3+O6] octahedra located about inversion centres and decorated by two unique VO4 tetrahedra (each located on a special position 2e, site symmetry m. One type of VO4 tetrahedra is linked with the 1∞[MnO4/2O2/1] chain by one common vertex, alternating with H atoms along the chain, while the other type of VO4 tetrahedra link two adjacent octahedra by sharing two vertices with them and thereby participating in the formation of a three-membered Mn2V ring between the central atoms. The 1∞[Mn3+(VO42OH] chains run parallel to [010] and are held together by two types of irregular [PbOx] polyhedra (x = 8, 11, both located on special position 2e (site symmetry m. The magnitude of the libration component of the O atoms of the 1∞[Mn3+(VO42OH] chain increases linearly with the distance from the centerline of the chain, indicating a significant twisting to and fro of the chain along [010]. The hydroxy group bridges one Pb2+ cation with two Mn3+ cations and forms an almost linear hydrogen bond with a vanadate group of a neighbouring chain. The O...O distance of this interaction determined from the structure refinement agrees well with Raman

  16. A strange bridge by Leonardo

    Huylebrouck, Dirk


    On folio 855 recto of the Codex Atlanticus, Leonardo da Vinci drew three 'easily movable' bridges, but one of them is enigmatic: all 'replicas' in Leonardo museums and exhibitions come as a surprise, to say the least, to any engineer or architect whose attention is drawn to it. This is the case for models in Amboise (France), Chicago and Portland (USA), Florence (Italy) and for the one of the traveling exhibition by the Australian company 'Grande Exhibitions' that already visited 40 major cities in the world. All 'replicas' of the bridge model attributed to Leonardo have pillars standing on the deck of the bridge, while the deck is suspended by cables attached on these pillars. At first sight this problem does not catch the attention of the observer, as the bridge seems to be a mixed form of a beam and a suspension bridge, but it was not overlooked by my colleague architect-engineer Dr. Laurens Luyten (Gent, Belgium). Yet, after a TV-interview in Brussels so much pressure was exerted by some of the museum col...

  17. Floating liquid bridge charge dynamics

    Teschke, Omar; Soares, David Mendez; Gomes, Whyllerson Evaristo; Valente Filho, Juracyr Ferraz


    The interaction of liquid with electric fields is investigated in a configuration where up to 13 kV are applied between electrodes resulting in a 106 V/m electric field in the capillaries and where there is the formation of a free-standing fluid bridge in the interelectrode gap. The Mott-Gurney equation was fitted to the measured ionization current vs applied voltage curve which indicates that the ionization rate at the high-voltage anode electrode dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) interface and space charging in the interelectrode gap determine the floating liquid bridge current for a given cathode-to-anode voltage. Space charge effects were measured in the cathode becker and also at the liquid bridge since the ionized charges at the anode migrate to the bridge outer surface and decrease the interfacial tension from 43 mJ/m2 to 29 mJ/m2. Two distinct structural regions then form the bridge, a charged plastic (bulk modulus ˜100 MPa) conducting outer layer with a surface conductivity of ˜10-9 Ω-1, which shapes and supports the floating fluid structure, and an inner liquid cylinder, where DMSO molecules flow.

  18. Major differences between the binuclear manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 and its isoelectronic chromium carbonyl analogue Cr2(CO)11.

    Chang, Yu; Li, Qian-Shu; Xie, Yaoming; King, R Bruce


    The lowest energy structures of the manganese boronyl carbonyl Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 by more than 8 kcal/mol are found to have a single end-to-end bridging BO group bonding to one manganese atom through its boron atom and to the other manganese atom through its oxygen atom. The long Mn···Mn distances in these structures indicate the lack of direct manganese-manganese bonding as confirmed by essentially zero Wiberg bond indices. These Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures are favored thermochemically by more than 25 kcal/mol over dissociation into mononuclear fragments and thus appear to be viable synthetic objectives. This contrasts with the isoelectronic Cr2(CO)11 system, which is predicted to be disfavored relative to the mononuclear fragments Cr(CO)6 + Cr(CO)5. Analogous Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures with an end-to-end bridging CO group lie ∼17 kcal/mol in energy above the corresponding structures with end-to-end bridging BO groups. The lowest energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures without an end-to-end bridging BO group provide unprecedented examples of the coupling of two terminal BO groups to form a terminal dioxodiborene (B2O2) ligand with a B-B distance of ∼1.9 Å. Still higher energy Mn2(BO)2(CO)9 structures include singly bridged and doubly semibridged structures analogous to the previously optimized lowest energy Cr2(CO)11 structures. PMID:23402266

  19. Cruce de fronteras y género: subordinación, transgresión y liberación en el circuito migratorio de Axochiapan a Minneapolis

    Palmerín Velasco, Diana Gabriela


    A través de la investigación del flujo migratorio de Axochiapan, Morelos, México a Minneapolis, Minnesota, Estados Unidos, este artículo busca indagar en torno a las formas en que el género incide en los significados adquiridos por la migración en un grupo de mujeres que la vivieron directamente al haber migrado por sí mismas, o, indirectamente al haberla experimentado desde su comunidad de origen a través del cruce de frontera de sus parejas. Analizando las narrativas recolectadas y privileg...

  20. Bridge Decomposition of Restriction Measures

    Alberts, Tom


    Motivated by Kesten's bridge decomposition for two-dimensional self-avoiding walks in the upper half plane, we show that the conjectured scaling limit of the half-plane SAW, the SLE(8/3) process, also has an appropriately defined bridge decomposition. This continuum decomposition turns out to entirely be a consequence of the restriction property of SLE(8/3), and as a result can be generalized to the wider class of restriction measures. Specifically we show that the restriction hulls with index less than one can be decomposed into a Poisson Point Process of irreducible bridges in a way that is similar to Ito's excursion decomposition of a Brownian motion according to its zeros.

  1. Bridge Number and Conway Products

    Blair, Ryan C.


    Schubert proved that, given a composite link $K$ with summands $K_{1}$ and $K_{2}$, the bridge number of $K$ satisfies the following equation: $$\\beta(K)=\\beta(K_{1})+\\beta(K_{2})-1.$$ In ``Conway Produts and Links with Multiple Bridge Surfaces", Scharlemann and Tomova proved that, given links $K_{1}$ and $K_{2}$, there is a Conway product $K_{1}\\times_{c}K_{2}$ such that $$\\beta(K_{1}\\times_{c} K_{2}) \\leq \\beta(K_{1}) + \\beta(K_{2}) - 1$$ In this paper, we define the generalized Conway prod...

  2. Optimum selection on bridge erection with floating crane in East China Sea Bridge and Hangzhou Bay Bridge

    Shunquan Qin; Pu Zhou; Youheng Hua


    @@ Introduction With the rapid development of China′s economy, many bridges will be built over the Chinese coastal waters of Pacific Ocean. Among them, construction of East China Sea Bridge has been commenced in June 2001, and will be completed at the end of 2005, Hangzhou Bay Bridge was also started to construct in June 2003(Fig. 1). These two ultralong bridges are designed as twin expressway bridges standing side by side each carries a 3-lane one-way carriageway. The total width is 31.5m and 33.0m respectively. East China Sea Bridge starts from Nanhui District, Shanghai and extends to the Yangshan Deep Water Port Area, which is located at one of the Qiqu Islands. The total length of the bridge is about 31.0 km, in which 25 km are on the sea, and 22 km is in the unnavigable region. Hangzhou Bay Bridge across the mouth of Qiantang River.

  3. SrMnII2MnIII(PO43

    Ghaleb Alhakmi


    Full Text Available The title compound, strontium trimanganese tris(orthophosphate, was synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. Its structure is isotypic to that of the lead analogue PbMnII2MnIII(PO43. Two O atoms are in general positions, whereas all others atoms are in special positions. The Sr and one P atom exhibit mm2 symmetry, the MnII atom 2/m symmetry, the MnIII atom and the other P atom .2. symmetry and two O atoms are located on mirror planes. The three-dimensional network of the crystal structure is made up of two types of chains running parallel to [010]. One chain is linear and is composed of alternating MnIIIO6 octahedra and PO4 tetrahedra sharing vertices; the other chain has a zigzag arrangement and is built up from two edge-sharing MnIIO6 octahedra connected to PO4 tetrahedra by edges and vertices. The two types of chains are linked through PO4 tetrahedra, leading to the formation of channels parallel to [100] and [010] in which the SrII ions are located. They are surrounded by eight O atoms in the form of a slightly distorted bicapped trigonal prism.

  4. An Expert System for Concrete Bridge Management

    Brito, J. de; Branco, F. A.; Thoft-Christensen, Palle;


    The importance of bridge repair versus new bridge construction has risen in recent decades due to high deterioration rates that have been observed in these structures. Budgets both for building new bridges and keeping the existing ones are always limited. To help rational decision-making, bridge ...... information complemented by a knowledge-based interactive system, BRIDGE-1. To optimize management strategies at the headquarters, the BRIDGE-2 module was implemented, including three submodules: inspection strategy, maintenance and repair....... management systems are presently being implemented by bridge authorities in several countries. The prototype of an expert system for concrete bridge management is presented in this paper, with its functionality relying on two modules. The inspection module relies on a periodic acquisition of field...

  5. Intercellular bridges in vertebrate gastrulation.

    Luca Caneparo

    Full Text Available The developing zebrafish embryo has been the subject of many studies of regional patterning, stereotypical cell movements and changes in cell shape. To better study the morphological features of cells during gastrulation, we generated mosaic embryos expressing membrane attached Dendra2 to highlight cellular boundaries. We find that intercellular bridges join a significant fraction of epiblast cells in the zebrafish embryo, reaching several cell diameters in length and spanning across different regions of the developing embryos. These intercellular bridges are distinct from the cellular protrusions previously reported as extending from hypoblast cells (1-2 cellular diameters in length or epiblast cells (which were shorter. Most of the intercellular bridges were formed at pre-gastrula stages by the daughters of a dividing cell maintaining a membrane tether as they move apart after mitosis. These intercellular bridges persist during gastrulation and can mediate the transfer of proteins between distant cells. These findings reveal a surprising feature of the cellular landscape in zebrafish embryos and open new possibilities for cell-cell communication during gastrulation, with implications for modeling, cellular mechanics, and morphogenetic signaling.

  6. Architectural engineering of FRP bridges

    Smits, J.E.P.


    This paper deals with the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP's) in architectural and structural bridge design. The challenges and opportunities that come with this relatively new material are discussed. An inventory is made of recent engineers' solutions in FRP, followed by a discussion on architectural application of FRP's derived from the authors architectural practice.

  7. Artropathies that produce osseous bridges

    In this paper, it is reviewed the most common artropathies that are presented with osseous bridging, with emphasis in the radiological finding of the spine. Also, it's showed other different radiological finding that can help in the differential diagnosis of this disease, such us the sacroilitis in the ankylosing spondylitis or the osteolysis in the psoriatic arthritis

  8. Bridge Aesthetics and Structural Honesty

    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen


    In bridges the overall form must be chosen with due respect to the transmission of forces if efficient structures shall be created, The design must therefore be governed by experienced structural engineers - in some cases assisted by aesthetic advisers on specific issues. Some basic requirements ...

  9. Effects of disorder in the Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}MnSi and properties of the Co{sub 2}MnSi(100)/MgO interface; Effekte von Unordnung in der Heusler-Legierung Co{sub 2}MnSi und Eigenschaften der Co{sub 2}MnSi (100)/MgO-Grenzflaeche

    Huelsen, Bjoern


    Mn{sub 3}Si at room temperature. In the third part of this work structural, magnetic and electronic properties of the Co{sub 2}MnSi(100)/MgO interface are investigated. The stability of different terminations (CoCo, MnSi, MnMn and SiSi) at different registries with respect to MgO (O-top, Mg-top, bridge and hollow site) are estimated with the method of ab initio thermodynamics. In thermodynamic equilibrium the CoCo/O and the MnSi/O heterojunctions are stable. They show interface states at the Fermi energy in the spin down channel and therefore have reduced spin polarization. The metastable MnMn terminated interface has a band gap. (orig.)

  10. Radiation and chemotherapy bystander effects induce early genomic instability events: telomere shortening and bridge formation coupled with mitochondrial dysfunction.

    Gorman, Sheeona


    The bridge breakage fusion cycle is a chromosomal instability mechanism responsible for genomic changes. Radiation bystander effects induce genomic instability; however, the mechanism driving this instability is unknown. We examined if radiation and chemotherapy bystander effects induce early genomic instability events such as telomere shortening and bridge formation using a human colon cancer explant model. We assessed telomere lengths, bridge formations, mitochondrial membrane potential and levels of reactive oxygen species in bystander cells exposed to medium from irradiated and chemotherapy-treated explant tissues. Bystander cells exposed to media from 2Gy, 5Gy, FOLFOX treated tumor and matching normal tissue showed a significant reduction in telomere lengths (all p values <0.018) and an increase in bridge formations (all p values <0.017) compared to bystander cells treated with media from unirradiated tissue (0Gy) at 24h. There was no significant difference between 2Gy and 5Gy treatments, or between effects elicited by tumor versus matched normal tissue. Bystander cells exposed to media from 2Gy irradiated tumor tissue showed significant depolarisation of the mitochondrial membrane potential (p=0.012) and an increase in reactive oxygen species levels. We also used bystander cells overexpressing a mitochondrial antioxidant manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) to examine if this antioxidant could rescue the mitochondrial changes and subsequently influence nuclear instability events. In MnSOD cells, ROS levels were reduced (p=0.02) and mitochondrial membrane potential increased (p=0.04). These events were coupled with a decrease in percentage of cells with anaphase bridges and a decrease in the number of cells undergoing telomere length shortening (p values 0.01 and 0.028 respectively). We demonstrate that radiation and chemotherapy bystander responses induce early genomic instability coupled with defects in mitochondrial function. Restoring mitochondrial

  11. Transition Slabs of Integral Abutment Bridges

    Dreier, Damien; Muttoni, Aurelio; BURDET, Olivier


    Over the past decades, an increasing number of bridges with integral abutment have been built in Switzerland. This type of bridge offers various advantages over standard bridges with abutments, equipped with expansion joints and bearings that require regular inspection and maintenance. One main concern of integral abutment bridges is related to the soil-structure interaction, in particular between the transition slab and the embankment. To avoid any expansion joints, transition slabs are dire...

  12. Dynamic identification of paradela historic railway bridge

    Ramos, Luís F.; Valente, Isabel; Guimarães, Paulo; Vazquez, Kevin; Lourenço, Paulo B.


    Paradela Bridge is a metallic bridge located along the bank of the Tua River in northern Portugal. While the bridge is not currently in service, its structure is representative of many metallic truss structures built across the country between the 19th and the 20th century. The construction of the Paradela Bridge was completed in 1886 and served for about 120 years connecting northern Portugal. Tua Line belongs to the Douro area that UNESCO recently declared as world heritage. This work acqui...

  13. Path transformations of first passage bridges

    Bertoin, Jean


    We define the first passage bridge from 0 to $\\lambda$ as the Brownian motion on the time interval $[0,1]$ conditioned to first hit $\\lambda$ at time 1. We show that this process may be related to the Brownian bridge, the Bessel bridge or the Brownian excursion via some path transformations, the main one being an extension of Vervaat's transformation. We also propose an extension of these results to certain bridges with cyclically exchangeable increments.

  14. 47 CFR 80.331 - Bridge-to-bridge communication procedure.


    ... 47 Telecommunication 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Bridge-to-bridge communication procedure. 80..., Alarm, Urgency and Safety Procedures § 80.331 Bridge-to-bridge communication procedure. (a) Vessels... position). I plan to (give proposed course of action). Over. (3) (Coast station), this is (vessel's...

  15. Bridge spectra of iterated torus knots

    Zupan, Alexander


    We determine the set of all genus g bridge numbers of many iterated torus knots, listing these numbers in a sequence called the bridge spectrum. In addition, we prove a structural lemma about the decomposition of a strongly irreducible bridge surface induced by cutting along a collection of essential surfaces.

  16. Two bridges with composite prestressed tension chord

    Muttoni, Aurelio


    the bridges over the river Capriasca (1996) and over the river Ticino (1997) are characterised by the application of an innovative structural system. The central part of the main span of both bridges is constituted by the bridge concrete deck with two longitudinal stiffening girders, constituted by polygonal steel members that contain two prestressing tendons each.

  17. Stabilizer for seismically exposed bridge cranes

    The invention concerns a stabilizer for seismically exposed bridge cranes in reactor buildings. The trolley and the crane bridge are fitted with the stabilizer consisting of a bipartite safety catch which is connected with a joint and able to take up the vertical loads during an earthquake. This stabilizer is suitable for all kinds of bridge cranes operated in seismically active regions

  18. Remediation: Higher Education's Bridge to Nowhere

    Complete College America, 2012


    The intentions were noble. It was hoped that remediation programs would be an academic bridge from poor high school preparation to college readiness. Sadly, remediation has become instead higher education's "Bridge to Nowhere." This broken remedial bridge is travelled by some 1.7 million beginning students each year, most of whom will…

  19. Determination of Vitamin C in a LC/DAD Method for Analyzing Water Soluble Vitamins in Multi-Vitamin Dietary Supplements Containing Multi-Minerals (AOAC Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, Sept, 2006)

    We have recently reported a method for the simultaneous determination by liquid chromatography with diode array detection of a suite of water soluble vitamins in multi-vitamin/multi-mineral dietary supplements (MV/MM) (1). In that work, although there was good extraction of vitamin C and good chrom...

  20. Characterization of Danio rerio Mn2+-dependent ADP-ribose/CDP-alcohol diphosphatase, the structural prototype of the ADPRibase-Mn-like protein family.

    Joaquim Rui Rodrigues

    Full Text Available The ADPRibase-Mn-like protein family, that belongs to the metallo-dependent phosphatase superfamily, has different functional and structural prototypes. The functional one is the Mn(2+-dependent ADP-ribose/CDP-alcohol diphosphatase from Rattus norvegicus, which is essentially inactive with Mg(2+ and active with low micromolar Mn(2+ in the hydrolysis of the phosphoanhydride linkages of ADP-ribose, CDP-alcohols and cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR in order of decreasing efficiency. The structural prototype of the family is a Danio rerio protein with a known crystallographic structure but functionally uncharacterized. To estimate the structure-function correlation with the same protein, the activities of zebrafish ADPRibase-Mn were studied. Differences between zebrafish and rat enzymes are highlighted. The former showed a complex activity dependence on Mn(2+, significant (≈25% Mg(2+-dependent activity, but was almost inactive on cADPR (150-fold less efficient than the rat counterpart. The low cADPR hydrolase activity agreed with the zebrafish genome lacking genes coding for proteins with significant homology with cADPR-forming enzymes. Substrate-docking to zebrafish wild-type protein, and characterization of the ADPRibase-Mn H97A mutant pointed to a role of His-97 in catalysis by orientation, and to a bidentate water bridging the dinuclear metal center as the potential nucleophile. Finally, three structural elements that delimit the active site entrance in the zebrafish protein were identified as unique to the ADPRibase-Mn-like family within the metallo-dependent phosphatase superfamily.

  1. Comprehensive Real-Time Bridge Health Monitoring System of Tongtai Bridge

    Lei Su-su; Gao Yong-tao; Pan Dan-guang


    Tongtai Bridge is the world’s largest suspension curve-girder-skew-arch bridge, which is located in Zhangjiakou, China. The understanding of mechanics characteristics is limited to such complex bridges, so it is necessary to establish reliable health monitoring system to investigate the static and dynamic responses and monitor the safety of the bridge. A comprehensive real-time bridge health monitoring system is establish, which includes four aspects: sensor system, data acquisition and trans...

  2. Growth and properties of (Ga,Mn)As films with high Mn concentration

    Takamura, K.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, Y.; Ohno, H.


    (Ga, Mn)As films with high nominal Mn concentration (00.1, which turn to polycrystalline features when x>0.3. X-ray diffraction shows the formation of MnAs together with the growth of (Ga, Mn)As. The lattice constant of the layers suggests that (Ga, Mn)As with high Mn composition as high as 17% can be grown by LT-MBE.

  3. Theory of water and charged liquid bridges.

    Morawetz, K


    The phenomenon of liquid bridge formation due to an applied electric field is investigated. A solution of a charged catenary is presented, which allows one to determine the static and dynamical stability conditions where charged liquid bridges are possible. The creeping height, the bridge radius and length, as well as the shape of the bridge are calculated showing an asymmetric profile, in agreement with observations. The flow profile is calculated from the Navier-Stokes equation leading to a mean velocity, which combines charge transport with neutral mass flow and which describes recent experiments on water bridges. PMID:23005849

  4. New Concept for Durable Concrete Bridges

    Damek, Marek


    This master’s thesis covers the design of a post-tensioned concrete bridge in Trondheim municipality in Norway, in collaboration with Statens vegvesen (SVV). The concept of the bridge is inspired by Egg-Graben-Brücke in Austria, which was designed and built without steel reinforcement in the bridge deck. The idea is to eliminate steel reinforcement which can corrode in the bridge deck. The total length of the bridge is 73 meters and it is divided into 3 spans. The crosssection ...

  5. Noise Considerations in Resistance Bridges

    Diamond, Joseph M.


    thermometry, where the noise in the unknown resistor will predominate strongly. An impedance step-up device (transformer or tuned circuit) is valuable in raising the bridge signal and noise level above the noise of the first amplifier tube. However, as the step-up ratio is increased, two counterfactors appear......, namely, noise in the loss resistance of the step-up device, and grid current noise. There is therefore an optimum step-up ratio, which has been found. The step-up device is permitted to have a different temperature from the unknown and standard resistors, to evaluate the advantage of cooling it....... With certain assumptions about the noise and grid current of the first tube it is found that the equivalent temperature of a unity ratio (Mueller) bridge used for liquid helium measurements may be 400°K....

  6. Full-bridge capacitive extensometer

    Peters, Randall D.


    Capacitive transducers have proven to be very effective sensors of small displacements, because of inherent stability and noninvasive high resolution. The most versatile ones have been those of a differential type, in which two elements are altered in opposite directions in response to change of the system parameter being monitored. Oftentimes, this differential pair has been incorporated into a bridge circuit, which is a useful means for employing synchronous detection to improve signal to noise ratios. Unlike previous differential capacitive dilatometers which used only two active capacitors, the present sensor is a full-bridge type, which is well suited to measuring low-level thermal expansions. This analog sensor is capable of 0.1 μm resolution anywhere within a range of several centimeters, with a linearity of 0.1%. Its user friendly output can be put on a strip chart recorder or directed to a computer for sophisticated data analysis.

  7. The radiography of Swaythling Bridge

    The particular application of high energy radiography described in this paper was developed by the Harwell Nondestructive Testing Centre (NDTC) under the sponsorship of Radiation Dynamics Ltd, (RDL) who manufacture the 'Super-X' linear accelerator (Linac) used for the work. An initial evaluation determined the limits for thickness of concrete structures which could be radiographed with the linac under practical conditions. The technique was then applied to carry out a test on a bridge carrying a main trunk road over a small river in an urban environment. A situation which demanded the utmost care in deciding safety parameters and minimal disturbance to the surrounding environment. The safety parameters were defined by the Environmental and Medical Sciences Division of AERE Harwell (EMSc). The test was successfully carried out, within all the control parameters laid down beforehand, and very important engineering data were obtained for the Bridge Engineering Departments of Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council. (author)

  8. Bridging history and social psychology

    Glaveanu, Vlad Petre; Yamamoto, Koji


    This special issue aims to bridge history and social psychology by bringing together historians and social psychologists in an exercise of reading and learning from each other’s work. This interdisciplinary exercise is not only timely but of great importance for both disciplines. Social psycholog......This special issue aims to bridge history and social psychology by bringing together historians and social psychologists in an exercise of reading and learning from each other’s work. This interdisciplinary exercise is not only timely but of great importance for both disciplines. Social...... psychologists can benefit from engaging with historical sources by being able to contextualise their findings and enrich their theoretical models. It is not only that all social and psychological phenomena have a history but this history is very much part of present-day and future developments. On the other...

  9. 2015 Bridge Inspection ERC Training

    Dougherty, Merril


    This presentation will discuss recent changes to the County Bridge Inspection Program from the perspective of both the FHWA and INDOT. We will also discuss the responsibilities of the local public agency’s (LPA’s) employee in responsible charge (ERC) with respect to managing this program. As this course is a yearly requirement, all county ERCs are encouraged to attend. Pre-registering is strongly encouraged by e-mailing your contact information to .

  10. Severe ASR damaged concrete bridges

    Antonio Barbosa, Ricardo; Gustenhoff Hansen, Søren


    Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have conducted several full-scale experiments with severe ASR deteriorated bridges. This paper presents few and preliminary results from both the shear tests and the measuring of the material properties. The shear tests...... show that the shear capacity is almost unaffected of ASR despite significant reduction in compressive concrete strength. Furthermore, measurements show a significant tensile reinforcement strain developed due to ASR expansion....

  11. Stability of Axisymmetric Liquid Bridges

    Rubinstein, Boris


    We study stability of axisymmetric liquid bridges between two axisymmetric solid bodies in the absence of gravity under arbitrary asymmetric perturbations which are expanded into a set of angular Fourier modes. We determine the stability region boundary for every angular mode in case of both fixed and free contact lines. Application of this approach allows us to demonstrate existence of stable convex nodoid menisci between two spheres.

  12. The Bridge Program - Participant Perspectives

    Rönnqvist, Riitta; Hakonen, Anu; Vartiainen, Matti


    The Nokia Bridge Program was established in summer 2011 in order to "make the best of the restructuring: create meaningful opportunities for individuals and local economies impacted by workforce reductions" and to "assist individuals in re-employment". This document reports whether and how the program helped individuals avoid the known negative effects of job loss and find meaningful re-employment. The document also reports how affected employees formed perceptions about Nokia´s fairness and ...

  13. Inspection Strategies for Concrete Bridges

    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper an optimal inspection strategy for concrete bridges based on periodic routine and detailed inspections is presented. The failure mode considered is corrosion of the reinforcement due to chlorides. A simple modelling of the corrosion and of the inspection strategy is presented. The...... optimal inspection strategy is determined from an optimization problem, where the design variables are time intervals between detailed inspections and the concrete cover. The strategy is illustrated on a simple structure, namely a reinforced concrete beam....

  14. Development of a parent version of the Manchester-Minneapolis quality of life survey for use by parents and carers of UK children: MMQL-UK (PF

    Williams John G


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although it is now widely endorsed that children should as far as possible rate their own health related quality of life (HRQL, there are situations where proxy information on child HRQL may be useful, especially where a child is too ill or young to provide their own HRQL assessment. There is limited availability of generic HRQL scales that have a parallel child and parent version and that are reliable, valid, brief, comprehensible and suitable for use in UK populations. The aims of this study were therefore to develop and validate a parent version of the anglicised Manchester-Minneapolis Quality of Life child form (MMQL-UK (CF and to determine the level of association between the child and parent versions of this form. Methods This study was undertaken concurrently with the anglicisation and validation of the MMQL, a measure of HRQL developed for use with children in North America. At that time, no parent version existed, so the MMQL form for children (MMQL-UK (CF was used as the basis for the development of the MMQL-UK parent form (PF. The sample included a control group of healthy children and their parents and five exemplar groups; children diagnosed with asthma, diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease and their parents, children in remission from cancer and their parents and children in public care and their carers. Consistency of the MMQL-UK (PF components were assessed by calculating Cronbach's alpha. Validation of the parent questionnaire was undertaken by comparing MMQL-UK (PF component scores with comparable components on the proxy PedsQL™ quality of life scales, comparing MMQL-UK (PF component scores between parents of healthy and chronic disease children and by comparison of component scores from children and their parents or carers. Reproducibility and responsiveness were assessed by retesting parents by follow-up questionnaires. Results A total of 874 children (completing MMQL-UK (CF and 572 parents or carers

  15. Adsorption of polymeric brushes: Bridging

    Johner, Albert; Joanny, Jean-François


    We study the adsorption of grafted polymer layers on a planar surface parallel to the grafting surface. The layer consists of two types of chains: nonadsorbed chains with a free end and adsorbed chains forming bridges between the two plates. In the limit of strong adsorption a dead zone exists in the vicinity of the adsorbing plate; its size increases with the adsorption strength. Two adsorption mechanisms are possible: adsorption of the last monomer only and adsorption of all the monomers. In both cases the adsorption regimes at equilibrium (when no external force acts on the plates) are discussed within the framework of the self-consistent mean-field theory. We also give scaling laws taking into account excluded volume correlations. Finally, we consider situations where a finite external force, either tangential or normal to the plates, is applied on the adsorbing plate. Pulling and tangential forces both reduce the fraction of bridges and eventually lead to rupture, whereas compressional forces favor bridging. For normal forces, force vs distance profiles between planes and crossed cylinders are given.

  16. Halliburton Composite Bridge Plug Assembly

    Starbuck, J.M.; Luttrell, C.R.; Aramayo, G.


    The overall objectives of this CRADA were to assist Halliburton in analyzing a composite bridge plug and to determine why their original design was failing in the field. In Phase 1, finite element analyses were done on the original composite slip design and several alternative designs. The composite slip was the component in the bridge plug that was failing. The finite element code ABAQUS was used for these calculations and I-DEAS was used as the pre- and post-processor in the analyses. Several different designs and materials were analyzed and recommendations were made towards improving the design. In Phase 2, the objective was to develop finite element models that would accurately represent the deformations in the entire all-composite 4-1/2' diameter bridge plug assembly. The finite element code LS-DYNA was used and the results from this effort were intended to expand Halliburton's composite design and analysis capabilities with regard to developing future composite components for downhole tools. In addition to the finite element modeling, this effort involved the utilization of micromechanics to determine the necessary composite material properties that were needed as input for finite element codes.

  17. Synthesis, crystal structures and magnetic properties of mer-cyanideiron(III)-based 1D heterobimetallic cyanide-bridged chiral coordination polymers.

    Zhang, Daopeng; Zhuo, Shuping; Zhang, Hongyan; Wang, Ping; Jiang, Jianzhuang


    Two pairs of cyanide-bridged Fe(III)–Mn(III)/Cu(II) chiral enantiomer coordination polymers {[Mn(S,S/R,R-Salcy)(CH3OH)2]{[Mn(S,S/R,R-Salcy)][Fe(bbp)(CN)3]}}2n (1,2) (bbp = bis(2-benzimidazolyl)pyridine dianion) and {[Cu(S,S/R,R-Chxn)2]2[Fe2(tbbp)(CN)6]}n (3,4) (tbbp = tetra(3-benzimidazolyl)-4,4′-bipyridine tetraanion) have been successfully prepared by employing mer-tricyanometallate [PPh4]2[Fe(bbp)(CN)3] or the newly bimetallic mer-cyanideiron(III) precursor K4[Fe2(tbbp)(CN)6] as building blocks and with chiral manganese(III)/copper(II) compounds as assemble segments. The four complexes have been characterized by elemental analysis, IR spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectra. Single X-ray diffraction reveals that complexes 1 and 2 possess a single anionic chain structure consisting of the asymmetric chiral {[Mn(S,S/R,R-Salcy)][Fe(bbp)(CN)3]}2(2−) unit with free [Mn(S,S/R,R-Salcy)](+) as balanced cations. The cyanide-bridged Fe(III)–Cu(II) complexes 3 and 4 can be structurally characterized as neutral ladder-like double chains composed of the alternating cyanide-bridged Fe–Cu units. Our investigation of magnetic susceptibilities reveals the antiferromagnetic coupling between the cyanide-bridged Fe(III) and Mn(III)/Cu(II) ions for complexes 1–4. These results have been further confirmed by theoretical simulation through numerical matrix diagonalization techniques using a Fortran program or a uniform chain model, leading to the coupling constants J = −7.36 cm(−1), D = −1.52 cm(−1) (1) and J = −4.35 cm(−1) (3), respectively. PMID:25661782

  18. Manganese (Mn oxidation increases intracellular Mn in Pseudomonas putida GB-1.

    Andy Banh

    Full Text Available Bacterial manganese (Mn oxidation plays an important role in the global biogeochemical cycling of Mn and other compounds, and the diversity and prevalence of Mn oxidizers have been well established. Despite many hypotheses of why these bacteria may oxidize Mn, the physiological reasons remain elusive. Intracellular Mn levels were determined for Pseudomonas putida GB-1 grown in the presence or absence of Mn by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS. Mn oxidizing wild type P. putida GB-1 had higher intracellular Mn than non Mn oxidizing mutants grown under the same conditions. P. putida GB-1 had a 5 fold increase in intracellular Mn compared to the non Mn oxidizing mutant P. putida GB-1-007 and a 59 fold increase in intracellular Mn compared to P. putida GB-1 ∆2665 ∆2447. The intracellular Mn is primarily associated with the less than 3 kDa fraction, suggesting it is not bound to protein. Protein oxidation levels in Mn oxidizing and non oxidizing cultures were relatively similar, yet Mn oxidation did increase survival of P. putida GB-1 when oxidatively stressed. This study is the first to link Mn oxidation to Mn homeostasis and oxidative stress protection.

  19. Tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance at La0.67Sr0.33MnO3-graphene interfaces

    Phillips, L. C.; Lombardo, A.; Ghidini, M.; Yan, W.; Kar-Narayan, S.; Hämäläinen, S. J.; Barbone, M.; Milana, S.; van Dijken, S.; Ferrari, A. C.; Mathur, N. D.


    Using ferromagnetic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 electrodes bridged by single-layer graphene, we observe magnetoresistive changes of ˜32-35 MΩ at 5 K. Magneto-optical Kerr effect microscopy at the same temperature reveals that the magnetoresistance arises from in-plane reorientations of electrode magnetization, evidencing tunnelling anisotropic magnetoresistance at the La0.67Sr0.33MnO3-graphene interfaces. Large resistance switching without spin transport through the non-magnetic channel could be attractive for graphene-based magnetic-sensing applications.

  20. 三维异核Mn-Na配合物[MnNa(N3)4(C5H5N)4]的合成与表征%Synthesis and Characterization of a Three-dimensional Heteronuclear Mn-Na Complex[MnNa(N3)4(C5H5N)4

    马运声; 王君袁; 袁荣鑫


    Azide-containing coordination polymers have received considerable attention for the construction of new molecule-based magnets.A three dimensional heteronuclear Mn-Na compound[MnNa(N3)4(C5H5N)4]was obtained by reaction of[Mn3O(O2CCH3)6(py)3]ClO4 and NaN3 in pyndine solvents.The title compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group C2/c,a=1.536 6(2),b=1.045 3(2),c=1.576 3(2)nm,β=90.309(3).,V=2.531 8(6)nm3,Z=4.In the structure,each Mn3+and Na+ion coordinated with four N atoms from four N3-and two N atoms from two pyridine molecules.Each pair of Mn3+and Na+ion are linked by N3-bridges into a 3D polymer with PtS topology.CCDC:706250.

  1. Mn-based nanostructured building blocks: Synthesis, characterization and applications

    Beltran Huarac, Juan

    -up approaches towards the fabrication of different types of functional MBNs. Likewise, strategic procedures that advance the facile integration of these self-assembled nanostructures with carbon-based and magnetic/optical materials, chalcogenides, oxides, and ferroics are widely analyzed and discussed. Furthermore, we present the attractive peculiarities of three versatile MBN systems (bridging the gap between their advantageous properties and the lack of methods for their fabrication): single-crystal saw-like MnS NRs, and single-crystal MnS NWs conformally coated with carbon; doped rare-earth manganite NCs, and carbon NTs conformally coated with doped rare-earth manganite; and ZnS:Mn NPs, and Fe3O4/ZnS:Mn NCs. Concerning the applicative significance, the main features of these three systems obtained by our method are suitable to advance direct applications in nanotechnology. In this regard, this work represents a step ahead in the following areas: i) alternative anode materials to enhance the capacity and cycling performance of low-drain, long-life, low-cost, high-energy density light-weight and safer lithium-ion batteries; ii) promising luminescent materials to improve the optoelectronic performance of visible light emitters; iii) new elements for field-effect transistors that outperform the transport properties of conventional carbon-based channels; iv) bifunctional materials exhibiting optical response sensitive to external magnetic fields vital for DMS; v) novel types of nanocantilevers useful for nanosensors and nanotweezers; vi) unique multiferroics materials that exhibit magnetoelectric coupling at room temperature for spintronics; vii) potential core-shell materials showing stress-free and protective carbon shells for shock-resistance semiconductors; and viii) high-quality ceramics useful as starting materials to deposit films by pulsed laser deposition, sputtering and thermal evaporation techniques.

  2. The rhetoric of communicating knowledge through the project website

    Kampf, Constance

    Although the field of project management recognizes the need for project managers to communicate, (Mantell et al 2000, Maylor 2005, Smith & Umbrie 2005) the conceptual space for understanding the social action (Miller 1985) inherent in project management documentation practices lies in the domain...... of rhetoric.  This paper looks at the I35 W bridge reconstruction project in Minneapolis through web-based communication by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) about the project. The MnDOT bridge reconstruction website will be examined using a combination of 1). Weick's notion of...

  3. Tetranuclear polybipyridyl complexes of Ru(II) and Mn(II), their electro- and photo-induced transformation into di-mu-oxo Mn(III)Mn(IV) hexanuclear complexes.

    Romain, Sophie; Baffert, Carole; Dumas, Stéphane; Chauvin, Jérôme; Leprêtre, Jean-Claude; Daveloose, Denis; Deronzier, Alain; Collomb, Marie-Noëlle


    Three heterotetranuclear complexes, [{Ru(II)(bpy)(2)(L(n))}(3)Mn(II)](8+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine, n = 2, 4, 6), in which a Mn(II)-tris-bipyridine-like centre is covalently linked to three Ru(II)-tris-bipyridine-like moieties using bridging bis-bipyridine L(n) ligands, have been synthesised and characterised. The electrochemical, photophysical and photochemical properties of these complexes have been investigated in CH(3)CN. The cyclic voltammograms of the three complexes exhibit two successive very close one-electron metal-centred oxidation processes in the positive potential region. The first, which is irreversible, corresponds to the Mn(II)/Mn(III) redox system (E(pa) approximately 0.82 V vs Ag/Ag(+) 0.01 M in CH(3)CN-0.1 M Bu(4)NClO(4)), whereas the second which is, reversible, is associated with the Ru(II)/Ru(III) redox couple (E(1/2) approximately 0.91 V). In the negative potential region, three successive reversible four electron systems are observed, corresponding to ligand-based reduction processes. The three stable dimeric oxidized forms of the complexes, [Mn(2)(III,IV)O(2){Ru(II)(bpy)(2)(L(n))}(4)](11+), [Mn(2)(IV,IV)O(2){Ru(II)(bpy)(2)(L(n))}(4)](12+) and [Mn(2)(IV,IV)O(2){Ru(III)(bpy)(2)(L(n))}(4)](16+) are obtained in fairly good yields by sequential electrolyses after consumption of respectively 1.5, 0.5 and 3 electrons per molecule of initial tetranuclear complexes. The formation of the di-micro-oxo binuclear complexes are the result of the instability of the {[Ru(II)(bpy)(2)(L(n))](3)Mn(III)}(9+) species, which react with residual water, via a disproportionation reaction and the release of one ligand, [Ru(II)(bpy)(2)(L(n))](2+). A quantitative yield can be obtained for these reactions if the electrochemical oxidations are performed in the presence of an added external base like 2,6-dimethylpyridine. Photophysical properties of these compounds have been investigated showing that the luminescence of the Ru(II)-tris-bipyridine-like moieties is little

  4. Ferromagnetic resonance study of MnAs /(Ga,Mn)As bilayers

    Cubukcu, M.; von Bardeleben, H. J.; Khazen, Kh.; Cantin, J. L.; Zhu, M.; Wilson, M. J.; Schiffer, P.; Samarth, N.


    We report the investigation of the static and dynamic magnetic properties of type-A MnAs /Ga0.945Mn0.055As (001) bilayers. Static magnetization measurements show them to be ferromagnetically coupled with an exchange bias field of ˜340Oe. The magnetocrystalline anisotropy constants of the (Ga,Mn)As layer were determined by X-band ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectroscopy. The (Ga,Mn)As layers are magnetically inhomogeneous as evidenced by a strong broadening of the (Ga,Mn)As uniform mode linewidth. The MnAs FMR spectra reveal the presence of a small MnAs fraction with a different orientation.

  5. A bridge to advanced mathematics

    Sentilles, Dennis


    This helpful workbook-style ""bridge"" book introduces students to the foundations of advanced mathematics, spanning the gap between a practically oriented calculus sequence and subsequent courses in algebra and analysis with a more theoretical slant. Part 1 focuses on logic and number systems, providing the most basic tools, examples, and motivation for the manner, method, and concerns of higher mathematics. Part 2 covers sets, relations, functions, infinite sets, and mathematical proofs and reasoning. Author Dennis Sentilles also discusses the history and development of mathematics as well a

  6. Fatigue problems of steel bridges

    Urushadze, Shota; Frýba, Ladislav; Škaloud, Miroslav; Pirner, Miroš; Zörnerová, Marie

    Stirlingshire : Civil-Comp Press, 2012 - (Pombo, J.), s. 142-151 ISBN 978-1-905088-53-9. ISSN 1759-3433. [International Conference on Railway Technology: Research, Development and Maintenance /1./. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES), 18.04.2012-20.04.2012] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7E08098 Grant ostatní: evropská komise(XE) RFSR-CT-2008-00033 (BRIFAG); GA ČR(CZ) GA103/08/1340 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : steel bridges * fatigue * S-N curve * orthotropic deck * web breathing Subject RIV: JM - Building Engineering

  7. Nanoclusters a bridge across disciplines

    Jena, Purusottam


    This comprehensive book on Nanoclusters comprises sixteen authoritative chapters written by leading researchers in the field. It provides insight into topics that are currently at the cutting edge of cluster science, with the main focus on metal and metal compound systems that are of particular interest in materials science, and also on aspects related to biology and medicine. While there are numerous books on clusters, the focus on clusters as a bridge across disciplines sets this book apart from others. Delivers cutting edge coverage of cluster science Covers a broad range of topics in

  8. Seismic Evaluation of Highway Bridges - Phase 1

    Ramirez, J.A.; Pan, Austin D.; Mwakasisi, Frank Thompson


    The primary objective of the study was to establish the guidelines for screening, assessing, and ranking Indiana bridges for seismic upgrade. The outcome of the study is a complete strategy for the detailed structural assessment of Indiana highway bridges subjected to seismic forces. The structural evaluation is conducted using a nonlinear time-history analysis of the bridge for simulated or actual records. The specific soil conditions at the site are accounted in terms of the ground motio...

  9. REPORT: BioMedBridges standards workshop

    Conte, Nathalie; Hancocks, Tom; Suhr, Stephanie


    This workshop, co-organized by BioMedBridges WP3 and 12, was held on 24-25 June and hosted by BioMedBridges partners at VUMC in Amsterdam. Attendees included BioMedBridges personnel, members from the ESFRI BMS research infrastructures and invited external experts from existing standards organisations. The following aspects of data standardisation were explored: Defining entity identifiers and identifiers best practice Development of a Meta models and Mappings Registry for bio...

  10. Bridges and wildlife: issues and solutions

    Carey, Marion


    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) owns over 3,000 steel and concrete bridges, many of which are occupied by wildlife. Species documented occupying bridges range from birds of prey, such as ospreys, peregrines and owls, to mammals such as raccoons, bats and bushy tailed wood rats. While the bridges are playing an important role in providing habitat for wildlife, their presence can also lead to costly project delays. Project Objective The project objective is to develop ...

  11. Markovian Bridges: Weak continuity and pathwise constructions

    Chaumont, Loïc; Uribe Bravo, Gerónimo


    A Markovian bridge is a probability measure taken from a disintegration of the law of an initial part of the path of a Markov process given its terminal value. As such, Markovian bridges admit a natural parameterization in terms of the state space of the process. In the context of Feller processes with continuous transition densities, we construct by weak convergence considerations the only versions of Markovian bridges which are weakly continuous with respect to their parameter. We use this ...

  12. Bridge Engineering-Oriented Parametric Model

    周凌远; 李乔


    A new model is proposed to improve the efficiency of structural modeling. In this model, the bridge structural components are expressed with component description, parametric description and geometric description in a software system. This model provides both convenience and flexibility for users in structural modeling process. The object-oriented method is applied in the model implementation. A bridge analysis preprocessor is developed on the basis of this model. It provides an effective way for bridge modeling.

  13. Maximal liquid bridges between horizontal cylinders

    Cooray, Himantha; Huppert, Herbert E.; Neufeld, Jerome A


    We investigate two-dimensional liquid bridges trapped between pairs of identical horizontal cylinders. The cylinders support forces due to surface tension and hydrostatic pressure which balance the weight of the liquid. The shape of the liquid bridge is determined by analytically solving the nonlinear Laplace-Young equation. Parameters that maximize the trapping capacity (defined as the cross-sectional area of the liquid bridge) are then determined. The results show that these parameters can ...

  14. Bridge engineering handbook construction and maintenance

    Chen, Wai-Fah


    Over 140 experts, 14 countries, and 89 chapters are represented in the second edition of the Bridge Engineering Handbook. This extensive collection highlights bridge engineering specimens from around the world, contains detailed information on bridge engineering, and thoroughly explains the concepts and practical applications surrounding the subject.Published in five books: Fundamentals, Superstructure Design, Substructure Design, Seismic Design, and Construction and Maintenance, this new edition provides numerous worked-out examples that give readers step-by-step design procedures, includes c

  15. Life Cycle Assessment of a Norwegian Bridge

    Dequidt, Thomas Charles Edouard


    Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology aims at evaluating the environmental impacts of a product or system from a holistic approach. In this methodology, all life cycle phases of the product are identified and assessed, from the raw material acquisition to the end-of-life phase. This master thesis is dealing with the LCA of a Norwegian bridge. First, a literature review is realized by going through 14 bridge LCA references. Then, a detailed description of bridge LCA methodology ...

  16. Measurement of Deflection Line on Bridges

    Urban, Rudolf; Štroner, Martin


    Prestressed concrete bridges are very sensitive to the increase in long-term deflections. Reliable forecasts of deflections of bridge structures during construction and durability are crucial for achieving good durability. The main results of measurements are the changes of the deflection line of the bridge structures, which places special demands on the measurement procedure. Results from measurements are very useful for the improvement of mathematical prediction methods of behaviour of long span prestressed concrete structures.

  17. Axisymmetric long liquid bridges stability and resonances

    Meseguer Ruiz, José; Sanz Andres, Angel Pedro; Perales Perales, José Manuel


    In this paper mathematical expressions for minimum-volume stability limits and resonance frequencies of axisymmetric long liquid bridges are presented. These expressions are valid for a wide range of liquid bridge configurations, accounting for ef-fects like unequal disks and axial microgravity in the case of minimum-volume stability limits,and unequal disks, axial microgravity,non-zero viscosity and liquid bridge volume different from the cylindrical one in the case of resonance frequenc...

  18. Myocardial bridges: morphological and functional aspects.

    A.G. Ferreira; Trotter, S E; König, B; Décourt, L V; Fox, K; Olsen, E G


    OBJECTIVE--To assess the arrangement of myocardial bridges. DESIGN--A necropsy study of 90 consecutive hearts (56 male, 34 female). RESULTS--Myocardial bridges, either single or multiple, were seen in 50 (55.6%) of the 90 hearts. The left anterior descending artery was the most commonly affected artery. Thirty five of the 50 hearts which contained in total 41 muscle bridges were dissected further with a magnifying glass. Two different types of muscle bridges could be identified. Thirty one of...

  19. Review of Energy Harvesters Utilizing Bridge Vibrations

    Farid Ullah Khan


    Full Text Available For health monitoring of bridges, wireless acceleration sensor nodes (WASNs are normally used. In bridge environment, several forms of energy are available for operating WASNs that include wind, solar, acoustic, and vibration energy. However, only bridge vibration has the tendency to be utilized for embedded WASNs application in bridge structures. This paper reports on the recent advancements in the area of vibration energy harvesters (VEHs utilizing bridge oscillations. The bridge vibration is narrowband (1 to 40 Hz with low acceleration levels (0.01 to 3.8 g. For utilization of bridge vibration, electromagnetic based vibration energy harvesters (EM-VEHs and piezoelectric based vibration energy harvesters (PE-VEHs have been developed. The power generation of the reported EM-VEHs is in the range from 0.7 to 1450000 μW. However, the power production by the developed PE-VEHs ranges from 0.6 to 7700 μW. The overall size of most of the bridge VEHs is quite comparable and is in mesoscale. The resonant frequencies of EM-VEHs are on the lower side (0.13 to 27 Hz in comparison to PE-VEHs (1 to 120 Hz. The power densities reported for these bridge VEHs range from 0.01 to 9539.5 μW/cm3 and are quite enough to operate most of the commercial WASNs.

  20. Risk assessment of strait crossing bridges

    Forsnes, Mari Krogness


    The purpose of this thesis is to try to provide an overall risk picture for the planned strait cross- ing (SC) bridges on coastal highway E39 between Trondheim and Kristiansand in Norway. The thesis starts off by explaining the concepts and solutions of SC bridges to understand what the National Public Road Administration (NPRA) is planning to accomplish with the coastal high- way E39. The SC bridges cannot be compared to any other bridge structures in the world, which will lead to some chall...

  1. Electronic and magnetic properties GaN/MnN/GaN and MnN/GaN/MnN interlayers

    Ortega López, C.; Casiano Jímenez, G.; Espitia, M. J.


    In this work we execute computational calculations to investigate the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the GaN/MnN/GaN and MnN/GaN/MnN interlayers. The calculations were carried out by a method based on pseudopotentials, as implemented in the Quantum ESPRESSO code. For the description of the electron-electron interaction, generalized gradient approximation (GGA) was used. The total energy calculation reveal that the GaN/MnN/GaN interlayer is energetically most favourable that the MnN/GaN/MnN. Analysis of the density of states show that the interlayers have metallic behaviour that comes essentially from the hybridization and polarization states Mn-d and N-p cross the Fermi level. The interlayers have magnetic properties with a magnetic moment of 8μβ/cell. Due these properties the superlattices can be potentially used in the field of spintronic.

  2. 33 CFR 118.140 - Painting bridge piers.


    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Painting bridge piers. 118.140 Section 118.140 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY BRIDGES BRIDGE LIGHTING AND OTHER SIGNALS § 118.140 Painting bridge piers. The District Commander may require painting the sides of bridge channel piers...

  3. 23 CFR 650.409 - Evaluation of bridge inventory.


    ... 23 Highways 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Evaluation of bridge inventory. 650.409 Section 650.409... Evaluation of bridge inventory. (a) Sufficiency rating of bridges. Upon receipt and evaluation of the bridge inventory, a sufficiency rating will be assigned to each bridge by the Secretary in accordance with...

  4. 49 CFR 237.101 - Scheduling of bridge inspections.


    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Scheduling of bridge inspections. 237.101 Section... ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BRIDGE SAFETY STANDARDS Bridge Inspection § 237.101 Scheduling of bridge inspections. (a) Each bridge management program shall include a provision for scheduling...

  5. 33 CFR 118.85 - Lights on vertical lift bridges.


    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Lights on vertical lift bridges... BRIDGES BRIDGE LIGHTING AND OTHER SIGNALS § 118.85 Lights on vertical lift bridges. (a) Lift span lights. The vertical lift span of every vertical lift bridge shall be lighted so that the center of...

  6. Effects of bonding type and interface geometry on coherent transport through the single-molecule magnet Mn12

    Park, Kyungwha; Barraza-Lopez, Salvador; García-Suárez, Víctor M.; Ferrer, Jaime


    We examine theoretically coherent electron transport through the single-molecule magnet Mn-12, bridged between Au(111) electrodes, using the nonequilibrium Green's function method and the density-functional theory. We analyze the effects of bonding type, molecular orientation, and geometry relaxation on the electronic properties and charge and spin transport across the single-molecule junction. We consider nine interface geometries leading to five bonding mechanisms and two molecular orientat...

  7. Scandium phosphate alloyed with Mn4+

    Interaction of manganese dioxide with ScPO4 matrix with xynothyme structure is investigated by X ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, ESR and luminescent spectroscopy method. It is ascertained that the manganese ions (up to 1.5 mas. %) are incorporated into ScPO4 crystal lattice without changing its structure. Being disproportionate according to Mn4+ → Mn2+ + Mn5+ scheme manganese is present in ScPO4 crystal lattice in the form of Mn2+ (Sc3+ → Mn2+) and MnO43- ion similar to PO43- one. Isovalent substitution Sc3+ → Mn3+ cannot be excluded either. Manganese ions are rigidly fixed inside ScPO4 structure positions

  8. Bridge weigh-in-motion on steel orthotropic decks and application to bridge assessment

    Jacob, Bernard; Ieng, Sio Song; SCHMIDT, Franziska


    Bridge weigh-in-motion uses an instrumented bridge as a scale to weigh vehicles. Several types of bridges may be used, if being sensitive to wheel or axle loads. Here some strains of steel orthotropic deck bridges are measured by extensometers and analyzed by software, to calculate axle loads and gross vehicle weights. Between 2009 and 2011, several large scale tests were done on the Millau viaduct (France), the tallest cable stayed bridge in the world. These tests showed that the system meet...

  9. Bridge Lock-up Device System

    ECT Team, Purdue


    The Colebrand Lock-up Device (LUD) provides additional substructure strength to resist seismic forces as a structural shock transmission unit for highway bridges. This system can provide a temporary rigid link between bridge structural members under seismic, braking, or other fast-acting type loads, while permitting slow thermal movements.

  10. Analysis of Biaxially Stressed Bridge Deck Plates

    Jönsson, Jeppe; Bondum, Tommi Højer

    The ultimate state analysis of bridge deck plates at the intersection zone between main girders and transverse beams is complicated by biaxial membrane stresses, which may be in compression or tension in either direction depending on the bridge configuration and the specific location. This paper ...

  11. Re-Assessment of Concrete Bridges

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper two aspects of re-assessment of the reliability of concrete bridges are discussed namely modelling of the corrosion of reinforcement and updating of uncertain variables. The main reason for deterioration of concrete bridges is corrosion of the reinforcement. Therefore, modelling of...

  12. Paul Dirac:. Building Bridges of the Mind

    Brown, Laurie M.


    Paul Dirac was a brilliant and original thinker. He used his physical intuition and his ideal of mathematical beauty to construct bridges between major areas of physics. This article discusses several such important works, including the bridge between quantum mechanics and relativity that led to his prediction of the existence of antimatter.

  13. Fast response Full Bridge Power Factor Corrector

    Chan, CH; Pong, MH


    A fast response Full Bridge Power Factor Corrector (FBPFC) is presented in this paper. The converter is combined by two interleaved boost cells and a conventional full bridge converter. As the interleaving technique is applied, the input ripple current of FBPFC are reduced. Experimental result shows that the maximum power factor is 0.98 even without input filter.


    Niteen V. Dandekar


    The main objective of this paper is to make a thought provoking discussion on the role barriers in bridging communication. It focuses on the concept of communication, process and the role of language related barriers in bridging communication. It studies the significance of communication in modern human life.

  15. Heavy Vehicles on Minor Highway Bridges

    Kirkegaard, Poul Henning; Nielsen, Søren R. K.; Enevoldsen, I.

    the results obtained using the numerical models given in details in "Heavy Vehicles on Minor Highway Bridges : dynamic modelling of vehicles and bridges". The models are established using a ordinary vehicle which consists of a 48 t Scania with a 3 axle tractor and a 3 axle trailer, joined in a flexible hinge...

  16. General framework for bridge life cycle design

    Junhai MA; Airong CHEN; Jun HE


    Based on a detailed illustration for bridge life cycle design which comprises the processes of service life design, aesthetics design, performance design, environ-mental and ecological design, inspection, maintenance and repair design as well as cost analysis, this paper presented a general framework for bridge life cycle design comprising three design phases and six design processes.

  17. History of cable-stayed bridges

    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen


    The principle of supporting a bridge deck by inclined tension members leading to towers on either side of the span has been known for centuries. However, the real development of cable-stayed bridges did not begin before the 1950s. Since then the free span has been increased from 183 m in the Strö...


    陈炎; 黄小清; 马友发


    By applying the sinusoidal wave mode to simulate the rugged surface of bridge deck,accounting for vehicle-bridge interaction and using Euler-Bernoulli beam theory, a coupling vibration model of vehicle-bridge system was developed. The model was solved by mode analyzing method and Runge-Kutta method, and the dynamic response and the resonance curve of the bridge were obtained. It is found that there are two resonance regions, one represents the main resonance while the other the minor resonance, in the resonance curve. The influence due to the rugged surface, the vibration mode of bridge, and the interaction between vehicle and bridge on vibration of the system were discussed. Numerical results show that the influence due to these parameters is so significant that the effect of roughness of the bridge deck and the mode shape of the bridge can't be ignored and the vehicle velocity should be kept away from the critical speed of the vehicle.

  19. Optimum Maintenance Strategies for Highway Bridges

    Frangopol, Dan M.; Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Das, Parag C.;

    expected life-cycle costs or maximum life-cycle benefits. This is because many maintenance activities can be associated with significant costs, but their effects on bridge safety can be minor. In this paper, the program of an investigation on optimum maintenance strategies for different bridge types is......As bridges become older and maintenance costs become higher, transportation agencies are facing challenges related to implementation of optimal bridge management programs based on life cycle cost considerations. A reliability-based approach is necessary to find optimal solutions based on minimum...... described. The end result of this investigation will be a general reliability-based framework to be used by the UK Highways Agency in order to plan optimal strategies for the maintenance of its bridge network so as to optimize whole-life costs....

  20. Modeling walker synchronization on the Millennium Bridge

    Eckhardt, Bruno; Ott, Edward; Strogatz, Steven H.; Abrams, Daniel M.; McRobie, Allan


    On its opening day the London Millennium footbridge experienced unexpected large amplitude wobbling subsequent to the migration of pedestrians onto the bridge. Modeling the stepping of the pedestrians on the bridge as phase oscillators, we obtain a model for the combined dynamics of people and the bridge that is analytically tractable. It provides predictions for the phase dynamics of individual walkers and for the critical number of people for the onset of oscillations. Numerical simulations and analytical estimates reproduce the linear relation between pedestrian force and bridge velocity as observed in experiments. They allow prediction of the amplitude of bridge motion, the rate of relaxation to the synchronized state and the magnitude of the fluctuations due to a finite number of people.

  1. Building bridges … and accelerators


    Lyn Evans, the LHC project leader, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) to celebrate his role not just in building accelerators, but also in building bridges between nations. He was one of four notables honoured at the event on Friday 5 June, coinciding with the University’s 450th Anniversary. Lyn Evans arriving at the ceremony with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. "It was a big surprise when I found out I’d been nominated," recounts Evans, "but it was an even bigger surprise to find out with whom I’d been nominated". At the ceremony Evans was awarded the honorary doctorate along with three others: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was acclaimed for his fight against apartheid in South Africa, Mary Robinson, first woman president of Ireland and former United Nations’ high commissioner of human rights, and Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization. The award ceremony, known as the �...

  2. Modified Geometry of Transition Slabs for Integral Bridges

    Dreier, Damien


    Over the past decades, an increasing number of integral bridges have been built. This type of bridge offers various advantages in comparison with standard bridges equipped with expansion joints and bearings. In particular, integral bridges require less maintenance since they require less mechanical elements. Transition slabs, which are used in integral bridges, are directly connected to the bridge deck and therefore they are subjected to large displacements caused by creep, shrinkage and temp...

  3. Finite element of multilayer surfacing systems on orthotropic steel bridges

    Li, J.; Liu, X.; Scarpas, A.; Tzimiris, G.


    Light weight orthotropic steel bridge decks have been widely utilized for bridges in seismic zones, movable bridges and long span bridges. In the last three decades, severe problems were reported in relation to asphaltic surfacing materials on orthotropic steel deck bridges. Earlier investigations have shown that the bonding strength of membrane layers to the surrounding materials has a strong influence on the structural response of orthotropic steel bridge decks. The most important requireme...

  4. Physical properties of Mn oxypnictide (LaO)MnPn; Pn = P, As, Sb

    Onizawa, M.; Otsuka, S.; Takeda, R.; Kato, K.; Umeyama, N.; Ikeda, S.; Hiramoto, S.; Yoshida, F.; Moriyoshi, C.; Kuroiwa, Y.; Tobimatu, K.; Sato, H.; Sawada, M.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Watanabe, T.; Takano, Y.; Takase, K.


    We have investigated physical properties of the layered Mn oxypnictides (LaO)MnPn; Pn = P, As, Sb. Electrical resistivity of three samples, indicting semiconducting behaviors, drastically increases with lowering temperature. The optical band gaps estimated from the diffusive reflectance are about 1.6 eV and they don't depend on pnictogen atoms even though the lattice constants widely change. Magnetizations of (LaO)MnAs and (LaO)MnSb show very weak temperature dependence with positive slope against temperature. Some magnetic order is expected to exist at higher temperature than room temperature. Consequently, the Mn oxypnictides (LaO)MnPn are magnetic semiconductors.

  5. Mn(ii) mediated degradation of artemisinin based on Fe3O4@MnSiO3-FA nanospheres for cancer therapy in vivo

    Chen, Jian; Zhang, Weijie; Zhang, Min; Guo, Zhen; Wang, Haibao; He, Mengni; Xu, Pengping; Zhou, Jiajia; Liu, Zhenbang; Chen, Qianwang


    Artemisinin (ART) is a natural drug with potent anticancer activities related with Fe2+ mediated cleavage of the endoperoxide bridge in ART. Herein, we reported that Mn2+ could substitute for Fe2+ to react with ART and generate toxic products, inducing a much higher anticancer efficiency. On this basis, we prepared pH-responsive Fe3O4@MnSiO3-FA nanospheres which can efficiently deliver hydrophobic ART into tumors in mice models. Mn2+ was released in acidic tumor environments and intracellular lysosomes, interacting with ART to kill cancer cells. The ART-loaded nanocarriers could suppress tumor growth more efficiently than free ART, which could be further illustrated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Histological analysis revealed that the drug delivery system had no obvious effect on the major organs of mice. ART has been reported to have lower toxicity than chemotherapeutics. The ART-loaded nanocarriers are promising to be used in improving the survival of chemotherapy patients, providing a novel method for clinical tumor therapy.Artemisinin (ART) is a natural drug with potent anticancer activities related with Fe2+ mediated cleavage of the endoperoxide bridge in ART. Herein, we reported that Mn2+ could substitute for Fe2+ to react with ART and generate toxic products, inducing a much higher anticancer efficiency. On this basis, we prepared pH-responsive Fe3O4@MnSiO3-FA nanospheres which can efficiently deliver hydrophobic ART into tumors in mice models. Mn2+ was released in acidic tumor environments and intracellular lysosomes, interacting with ART to kill cancer cells. The ART-loaded nanocarriers could suppress tumor growth more efficiently than free ART, which could be further illustrated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Histological analysis revealed that the drug delivery system had no obvious effect on the major organs of mice. ART has been reported to have lower toxicity than chemotherapeutics. The ART-loaded nanocarriers are promising to be used in

  6. The effect of Ca2+ ions and ionic strength on Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. SG-1

    Toyoda, Kazuhiro; Tebo, Bradley M.


    Manganese(IV) oxides, believed to form primarily through microbial activities, are extremely important mineral phases in marine environments where they scavenge a variety of trace elements and thereby control their distributions. The presence of various ions common in seawater are known to influence Mn oxide mineralogy yet little is known about the effect of these ions on the kinetics of bacterial Mn(II) oxidation and Mn oxide formation. We examined factors affecting bacterial Mn(II) oxidation by spores of the marine Bacillus sp. strain SG-1 in natural and artificial seawater of varying ionic conditions. Ca2+ concentration dramatically affected Mn(II) oxidation, while Mg2+, Sr2+, K+, Na+ and NO3- ions had no effect. The rate of Mn(II) oxidation at 10 mM Ca2+ (seawater composition) was four or five times that without Ca2+. The relationship between Ca2+ content and oxidation rate demonstrates that the equilibrium constant is small (on the order of 0.1) and the binding coefficient is 0.5. The pH optimum for Mn(II) oxidation changed depending on the amount of Ca2+ present, suggesting that Ca2+ exerts a direct effect on the enzyme perhaps as a stabilizing bridge between polypeptide components. We also examined the effect of varying concentrations of NaCl or KNO3 (0-2000 mM) on the kinetics of Mn(II) oxidation in solutions containing 10 mM Ca2+. Mn(II) oxidation was unaffected by changes in ionic strength (I) below 0.2, but it was inhibited by increasing salt concentrations above this value. Our results suggest that the critical coagulation concentration is around 200 mM of salt (I = ca. 0.2), and that the ionic strength of seawater (I > 0.2) accelerates the precipitation of Mn oxides around the spores. Under these conditions, the aggregation of Mn oxides reduces the supply of dissolved O2 and/or Mn2+ and inhibits the Mn(II) → Mn(III) step controlling the enzymatic oxidation of Mn(II). Our results suggest that the hardness and ionic strength of the aquatic environment

  7. Porous Coordination Polymers Based on {Mn6} Single-Molecule Magnets.

    Jiang, Xiang; Liu, Cai-Ming; Kou, Hui-Zhong


    In this paper, three isostructural porous coordination polymers, namely, [Mn6(μ3-O)2(sao)6(DMF)4(L(1))2/3]·4DMF·2H2O·2CH3OH (1), [Mn6(μ3-O)2(sao)6(DMF)4(L(2))2/3]·4DMF·2H2O·2CH3OH (2), and [Mn6(μ3-O)2(sao)6(DMF)4(L(3))2/3]·4DMF·4H2O·2CH3OH (3) (DMF = dimethylformamide, H2sao = salicylaldoxime, H3L(1) = benzene-1,3,5-trisbenzoic acid, H3L(2) = 4,4',4″-s-triazine-2,4,6-triyltribenzoic acid, and H3L(3) = 2,4,6-tris(4-carboxyphenoxy)-1,3,5-s-triazine), based on the oximato-bridged {Mn6} single-molecule magnet (SMM) and tricarboxylic acid ligands, were designed and synthesized. X-ray structural analysis shows that they possess a two-dimensional layered structure, where the {Mn6} moieties are linked by the corresponding (L(x))(3-) carboxylate ligands (x = 1, 2, 3) forming a huge honeycomb layer. These compounds not only show the SMM behavior as confirmed by alternative current susceptibility measurements but also show selectivity for CO2 over N2 at 273 K. On the basis of the magnetic fitting to the magnetic susceptibilities and the field dependence of magnetization for complexes 1-3, the spin ground states are S = 4. Compared with isolated {Mn6} SMMs with S = 4, the out-of-phase susceptibilities of 1-3 show obvious peaks only under the external direct-current field of 2 kOe. However, no peaks in χm″ are observed in the partially desolvated sample of compound 1. PMID:27258680

  8. Electronic structural flexibility of heterobimetallic Mn/Fe cofactors: R2lox and R2c proteins.

    Shafaat, Hannah S; Griese, Julia J; Pantazis, Dimitrios A; Roos, Katarina; Andersson, Charlotta S; Popović-Bijelić, Ana; Gräslund, Astrid; Siegbahn, Per E M; Neese, Frank; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Högbom, Martin; Cox, Nicholas


    The electronic structure of the Mn/Fe cofactor identified in a new class of oxidases (R2lox) described by Andersson and Högbom [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2009, 106, 5633] is reported. The R2lox protein is homologous to the small subunit of class Ic ribonucleotide reductase (R2c) but has a completely different in vivo function. Using multifrequency EPR and related pulse techniques, it is shown that the cofactor of R2lox represents an antiferromagnetically coupled Mn(III)/Fe(III) dimer linked by a μ-hydroxo/bis-μ-carboxylato bridging network. The Mn(III) ion is coordinated by a single water ligand. The R2lox cofactor is photoactive, converting into a second form (R2loxPhoto) upon visible illumination at cryogenic temperatures (77 K) that completely decays upon warming. This second, unstable form of the cofactor more closely resembles the Mn(III)/Fe(III) cofactor seen in R2c. It is shown that the two forms of the R2lox cofactor differ primarily in terms of the local site geometry and electronic state of the Mn(III) ion, as best evidenced by a reorientation of its unique (55)Mn hyperfine axis. Analysis of the metal hyperfine tensors in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations suggests that this change is triggered by deprotonation of the μ-hydroxo bridge. These results have important consequences for the mixed-metal R2c cofactor and the divergent chemistry R2lox and R2c perform. PMID:25153930

  9. The Influence of the Recommended LRFD Guidelines for the Seismic Design of Highway Bridges on Virginia Bridges

    Widjaja, Matius Andy


    THE INFLUENCE OF THE RECOMMENDED LRFD GUIDELINES FOR THE SEISMIC DESIGN OF HIGHWAY BRIDGES ON VIRGINIA BRIDGES by Matius A. Widjaja Committee Chairwoman: Prof. Carin Roberts-Wollmann Civil Engineering (ABSTRACT) The influence of the recommended LRFD Guidelines for the seismic design of highway bridges in Virginia was investigated by analyzing two existing bridges. The first bridge has prestressed concrete girders and is located in the Richmond area. The second bridge has...

  10. XPS Determination of Mn Oxidation States in Mn (Hydr)oxides

    Ilton, Eugene S.; Post, Jeffrey E.; Heaney, Peter J.; Ling, Florence T.; Kerisit, Sebastien N.


    Hydrous manganese oxides are an important class of minerals that help regulate the geochemical redox cycle in near-surface environments and are also considered to be promising catalysts for energy applications such as the oxidation of water. A complete characterization of these minerals is required to better understand their catalytic activity. In this contribution an empirical methodology using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is developed to quantify the oxidation state of hydrous multivalent manganese oxides with an emphasis on birnessite, a common layered structure that occurs readily in Nature but is also the oxidized endmember in biomimetic water-oxidation catalysts. The Mn2p3/2, Mn3p, and Mn3s lines of near monovalent Mn(II), Mn(III), and Mn(IV) oxides were fit with component peaks; after the best fit was obtained the relative widths, heights and binding energies of the components were fixed. Unknown multivalent samples were fit such that binding energies, intensities, and widths of each oxidation state, composed of a packet of correlated component peaks, were allowed vary. whereas widths were constrained to maintain the difference between the standards. Both average and individual mole fraction oxidation states for all three energy levels were strongly correlated with close agreement between Mn3s and Mn3p, whereas Mn2p3/2 gave systematically more reduced results. Limited stoichiometric analyses were consistent with Mn3p and Mn3s. Further, evidence indicates the shape of the Mn3p line was less sensitive to the bonding environment than Mn2p. Consequently, fitting the Mn3p and Mn3s lines yields robust quantification of oxidation states over a range of hydrous Mn oxide polytypes and compositions. In contrast, a common method for determining oxidation states that utilizes the multiplet splitting of the Mn3s line is not appropriate for birnessites.

  11. Oxygen Isotope Evidence for Mn(II)-Catalyzed Recrystallization of Manganite (γ-MnOOH).

    Frierdich, Andrew J; Spicuzza, Michael J; Scherer, Michelle M


    Manganese is biogeochemically cycled between aqueous Mn(II) and Mn(IV) oxides. Aqueous Mn(II) often coexists with Mn(IV) oxides, and redox reactions between the two (e.g., comproportionation) are well known to result in the formation of Mn(III) minerals. It is unknown, however, whether aqueous Mn(II) exchanges with structural Mn(III) in manganese oxides in the absence of any mineral transformation (similar to what has been reported for aqueous Fe(II) and some Fe(III) minerals). To probe whether atoms exchange between a Mn(III) oxide and water, we use a (17)O tracer to measure oxygen isotope exchange between structural oxygen in manganite (γ-MnOOH) and water. In the absence of aqueous Mn(II), about 18% of the oxygen atoms in manganite exchange with the aqueous phase, which is close to the estimated surface oxygen atoms (∼11%). In the presence of aqueous Mn(II), an additional 10% (for a total of 28%) of the oxygen atoms exchange with water, suggesting that some of the bulk manganite mineral (i.e., beyond surface) is exchanging with the fluid. Exchange of manganite oxygen with water occurs without any observable change in mineral phase and appears to be independent of the rapid Mn(II) sorption kinetics. These experiments suggest that Mn(II) catalyzes manganese oxide recrystallization and illustrate a new pathway by which these ubiquitous minerals interact with their surrounding fluid. PMID:27249316

  12. Track-Bridge Longitudinal Interaction of Continuous Welded Rails on Arch Bridge

    Rong Chen


    Full Text Available Taking arch bridges, including deck, half-through, and through arch bridges (short for DAB, HTAB, and TAB as examples, mechanics analysis models of longitudinal interaction between continuously welded rails (short for CWRs and arch bridges are established. Based on the finite element method (FEM, the longitudinal interaction calculation software of CWR on arch bridges has been developed. Focusing on an HTAB, the tension, compression, and deflection conditions are calculated and analyzed. The results show that the mechanics analysis models of three types of arch bridges can truly reflect the real state of the structure; the calculation software can be used for systematic research of the CWR on arch bridge; as for HTAB, temperature difference of arch rib has a small effect on rail tension/compression, and arch bridge can be simplified as a continuous beam for rail tension/compression additional force calculation; in calculation of deflection conditions of HTAB, it is suggested that train loads are arranged on half span and full span and take the direction of load entering bridge into account. Additionally, the deflection additional force variation of CFST basket handle arch bridge is different from that of ordinary bridge.

  13. Further study on highly sensitive AMS measurement of 53Mn

    Kejun, Dong; Hao, Hu; Xianggao, Wang; Chaoli, Li; Ming, He; Zhenyu, Li; Shaoyong, Wu; Jiancheng, Liu; Guowen, Zheng; Heng, Li; Zhigang, Chen; Guangshan, Liu; Jian, Yuan; Shan, Jiang


    The AMS facility at China Institute of Atomic Energy has been equipped with a ΔE-Q3D detection system for the measurements of 53Mn. While the sample material of MnO2 and the extraction ions of MnO- were used previously in AMS measurement of 53Mn with fairly good results, a method has recently been developed with the extraction of MnF- from ion source using MnF2 and MnO2 + PbF2 as sample materials. As a result, a sensitivity of 10-14 (53Mn/Mn) has been achieved. Compared with the original MnO-/MnO2 approach, the method of MnF- extraction, combined with ΔE-Q3D detection technique, demonstrated an improved sensitivity for AMS measurement of 53Mn.

  14. Signal and noise in bridging PCR

    Thaler David S


    Full Text Available Abstract Background In a variant of the standard PCR reaction termed bridging, or jumping, PCR the primer-bound sequences are originally on separate template molecules. Bridging can occur if, and only if, the templates contain a region of sequence similarity. A 3' end of synthesis in one round of synthesis that terminates in this region of similarity can prime on the other. In principle, Bridging PCR (BPCR can detect a subpopulation of one template that terminates synthesis in the region of sequence shared by the other template. This study considers the sensitivity and noise of BPCR as a quantitative assay for backbone interruptions. Bridging synthesis is also important to some methods for computing with DNA. Results In this study, BPCR was tested over a 328 base pair segment of the E. coli lac operon and a signal to noise ratio (S/N of approximately 10 was obtained under normal PCR conditions with Taq polymerase. With special precautions in the case of Taq or by using the Stoffel fragment the S/N was improved to 100, i.e. 1 part of cut input DNA yielded the same output as 100 parts of intact input DNA. Conclusions In the E. coli lac operator region studied here, depending on details of protocol, between 3 and 30% per kilobase of final PCR product resulted from bridging. Other systems are expected to differ in the proportion of product that is bridged consequent to PCR protocol and the sequence analyzed. In many cases physical bridging during PCR will have no informational consequence because the bridged templates are of identical sequence, but in a number of special cases bridging creates, or, destroys, information.

  15. Electron channelling enhanced microanalysis on Ni-Al-Mn and Al-Mn-Si

    Atom location by channelling enhanced microanalysis (ALCHEMI) was performed for Ni-Al-Mn compounds and Al-Mn-Si quasicrystals. For Ni75Al25-xMnx (x=5,9) with the L12-type structure, an occupation fraction of Mn atoms at the Ni site was quantitatively determined using planar channelling conditions. The occupation fraction increases with the Mn concentration or by quenching the compound from high temperature. In quasicrystals of Al74Mn20Si6 and Al68Mn20Ru8Si4, axial channelling conditions were used to locate Si and Ru, respectively. It was shown that Si atoms occupy the Al site in Al74Mn20Si6 whereas Ru atoms occupy the site different from that of Al in Al68Mn20Ru8Si4. (author)

  16. 55Mn NMR study in Mn1-xTixAs

    Amako, Yasushi; Nagai, Hiroyuki; Ido, Hideaki


    The nuclear magnetic resonance of 55Mn nuclei in Mn1-xTixAs has been measured at 4K. 55Mn resonance frequency in zero external field is 237MHz for MnAs of which the spontaneous magnetization at 4.2K is 3.4μB/f.u. Zero field 55Mn NMR spectra shift at the high-frequency side and they split in three signals by substituting Mn for Ti though the magnetic moment per Mn atom is constant for x less than 0.55. The transferred hyperfine field due to the nearest neighbor Mn moment is estimated to be +21kOe.

  17. Bridge and brick motifs in complex networks

    Huang, Chung-Yuan; Sun, Chuen-Tsai; Cheng, Chia-Ying; Hsieh, Ji-Lung


    Acknowledging the expanding role of complex networks in numerous scientific contexts, we examine significant functional and topological differences between bridge and brick motifs for predicting network behaviors and functions. After observing similarities between social networks and their genetic, ecological, and engineering counterparts, we identify a larger number of brick motifs in social networks and bridge motifs in the other three types. We conclude that bridge and brick motif content analysis can assist researchers in understanding the small-world and clustering properties of network structures when investigating network functions and behaviors.

  18. Partially entangled states bridge in quantum teleportation

    Cai, Xiao-Fei; Yu, Xu-Tao; Shi, Li-Hui; Zhang, Zai-Chen


    The traditional method for information transfer in a quantum communication system using partially entangled state resource is quantum distillation or direct teleportation. In order to reduce the waiting time cost in hop-by-hop transmission and execute independently in each node, we propose a quantum bridging method with partially entangled states to teleport quantum states from source node to destination node. We also prove that the designed specific quantum bridging circuit is feasible for partially entangled states teleportation across multiple intermediate nodes. Compared to two traditional ways, our partially entanglement quantum bridging method uses simpler logic gates, has better security, and can be used in less quantum resource situation.

  19. Active Control of Long Bridges Using Flaps

    Hansen, H. I.; Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    The main problem in designing ultra-long span suspension bridges is flutter. A solution to this problem might be to introduce an active flap control system to increase the flutter wind velocity. The investigated flap control system consists of flaps integrated in the bridge girder so each flap is...... different flap configurations for a bridge section model by using aerodynamic derivatives for a flat plate. The example shows that different flap configurations can either increase or decrease the flutter wind velocity. for optimal flap configurations flutter will not occur....

  20. Human Errors and Bridge Management Systems

    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Nowak, A. S.

    Human errors are divided in two groups. The first group contains human errors, which effect the reliability directly. The second group contains human errors, which will not directly effect the reliability of the structure. The methodology used to estimate so-called reliability distributions on...... basis of reliability profiles for bridges without human errors are extended to include bridges with human errors. The first rehabilitation distributions for bridges without and with human errors are combined into a joint first rehabilitation distribution. The methodology presented is illustrated for...

  1. Maxwell Tension Supports the Water Bridge

    Widom, A.; Srivastava, Y. N.; Swain, J.; Sivasubramanian, S.


    A cylindrical flexible cable made up of pure fluid water can be experimentally spanned across a spatial gap with cable endpoints fixed to the top edges of two glass beakers. The cable has been called a water bridge in close analogy to iron cables employed to build ordinary span bridges. A necessary condition for the construction of a water bridge is that a large electric field exists parallel to and located within the water cable. Presently, there is no accepted detailed theory which quantita...

  2. Building the clinical bridge: an Australian success.

    Wallis, Marianne; Chaboyer, Wendy


    Nursing effectiveness science includes primary, secondary, and translational, clinically focused research activities which aim to improve patient or client outcomes. It is imperative, for the successful conduct of a program of nursing effectiveness science, that a clinical bridge is established between academic and healthcare service facilities. An Australian example of the development of a robust clinical bridge through the use of jointly funded positions at the professorial level is outlined. In addition, an analysis of the practical application of Lewin's model of change management and the contribution of both servant and transformational leadership styles to the bridge building process is provided. PMID:22577536

  3. Pilot testing of a hydraulic bridge exciter

    Andersson Andreas; Ülker-Kaustell Mahir; Borg Richard; Dymén Olivier; Carolin Anders; Karoumi Raid


    This paper describes the development of a hydraulic bridge exciter and its first pilot testing on a full scale railway bridge in service. The exciter is based on a hydraulic load cylinder with a capacity of 50 kN and is intended for controlled dynamic loading up to at least 50 Hz. The load is applied from underneath the bridge, enabling testing while the railway line is in service. The system is shown to produce constant load amplitude even at resonance. The exciter is used to experimentally ...

  4. Element spots in HgMn stars

    Korhonen, Heidi


    A fraction of late B-type stars, the so-called HgMn stars, exhibit enhanced absorption lines of certain chemical elements, notably Hg and Mn, combined with an underabundance of He. For about a decade now the elements with anomalously high abundances in HgMn stars are known to be distributed inhomogeneously over the stellar surface. Temporal evolution of these elemental spots have been reported in a few HgMn stars, first secular evolution of the mercury spots in alpha And, and recently also a ...

  5. 53Mn in ferromanganese encrustations

    Full text: Hydrogenetic deep-sea ferromanganese crusts reflect the changes of chemical composition of sea water on geological time scales. They grow extremely slowly with only a few mm/Myr and cover time spans up to 60Myr. Therefore, they are an important archive for the reconstruction of paleo-oceanographic, paleogeographic, paleoclimatic, and even 'paleoastronomic' events. Usually, ferromanganese crusts are dated radiometrically. The assumption of a known input of a radionuclide and the measurement of its decrease with depth allows a determination of the crust's growth rate and hence gives an age-to-depth relation. For time spans beyond about 1 Myr the cosmogenic nuclide 10Be (T1/2 = (1.51±0.06) Myr) allows dating up to ∼ 10Myr. However, the production rate of 10Be depends the magnitude of solar and geomagnetic fields, which reflect the cosmic rays. Cosmic ray fluxes and thus 10Be production rates in the past are not exactly known. In this study the feasibility of dating with 53Mn (T1/2 = (3.7 ± 0.2) Myr) is being investigated, which is advantageous and/or complementary to 10Be for different reasons: i) 53Mn has more than twice the half-life of 10Be, thus dating of longer time-spans should be possible. ii) 53Mn is not significantly produced in the atmosphere (due to the lack of targets heavier than argon) but only in extraterrestrial dust particles. Therefore, its input is not influenced by geomagnetic field fluctuations. However, a constant flux of extraterrestrial matter has to be assumed. We have measured several crusts originating from the pacific ocean. Near-continent crusts will be compared with fare-continent crusts. The results will be shown and compared with the 10Be measurements. (author)

  6. A Comparison of Half Bridge & Full Bridge Isolated DC-DC Converters for Electrolysis Application

    R.Samuel Rajesh Babu; Joseph Henry


    This paper presents a comparison of half bridgeand full bridge isolated, soft-switched, DC-DC converters forElectrolysis application. An electrolyser is a part of renewableenergy system which generates hydrogen from water electrolysisthat used in fuel cells. A DC-DC converter is required to coupleelectrolyser to system DC bus. The proposed DC-DC converter isrealized in both full-bridge and half-bridge topology in order toachieve zero voltage switching for the power switches and toregulate the...

  7. Practical Approach to Fragility Analysis of Bridges

    Yasamin Rafie Nazari


    Full Text Available Damages during past earthquakes reveal seismic vulnerability of bridge structures and the necessity of probabilistic approach toward seismic performance evaluation of bridges and its interpretation in terms of decision variables such as repair cost, downtime and life loss. This Procedure involves hazard analysis, structural analysis, damage analysis and loss analysis. The purpose of present study is reviewing different methods developed to derive fragility curves for damage analysis of bridges and demonstrating a simple procedure for fragility analysis using Microsoft Office Excel worksheet to reach probability of occurring predefined level of damage due to different levels of seismic demand parameters. The input of this procedure is the intensity of ground motion and the output is an appropriate estimate of the expected damage. Different observed damages of the bridges are discussed and compared the practical definition of damage states. Different methods of fragility analyses are discussed and a practical step by step example is illustrated.

  8. Active aerodynamic stabilisation of long suspension bridges

    Nissen, Henrik Ditlev; Sørensen, Paul Haase; Jannerup, Ole Erik


    use of control analysis and design techniques, a linear model of the structural and aerodynamic motion around equilibriun is developed. The model is validated through comparison with finite element calculations and wind tunnel experimental data on the Great Belt East Bridge in Denmark. The developed......The paper describes the addition of actively controlled appendages (flaps) attached along the length of the bridge deck to dampen wind-induced oscillations in long suppension bridges. A novel approach using control systems methods for the analysis of dynamic stability is presented. In order to make...... active control scheme is local in that the flap control signal at a given longitudinal position along the bridge only depends on local motion measurements. The analysis makes use of the Nyquist stability criteria and an anlysis of the sensitivity function for stability analysis. The analysis shows that...

  9. Bridging the Chasm between Policymakers and Educators.

    Marshall, Catherine


    In an attempt to lessen the tension which often exists between educators and policymakers, this article discusses each sector's world and then offers suggestions on how to construct bridges between these worlds so that mutual goals may be attained. (JL)

  10. Allegheny County-Owned Bridges Points

    Allegheny County / City of Pittsburgh / Western PA Regional Data Center — This dataset shows the location of bridges owned by Allegheny County as centroids. If viewing this description on the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center’s...