Sample records for clamps

  1. To clamp or not to clamp late?

    Nicoletta Iacovidou


    Full Text Available When resuscitating a neonate, one encounters controversial issues and a great deal of confusion. These issues include the question as to when should the umbilical cord be clamped. Clamping and cutting the umbilical cord at birth is the oldest intervention in humans. Even though many aspects of the timing for cord clamping have been clarified, some questions still remain unanswered. If delayed cord clamping is to become a standard approach which timing is the optimal? And depending on the mode of delivery should timing be the same or different for normal vaginal delivery or for caesarean section? What about  the compromised neonate, or the very preterm one? We have more questions than answers. More randomized controlled studies are needed in normal and pathologic neonates, in order to address these questions, before we practice delayed cord clamping with safety for the babies and the mothers.

  2. Servodrive Clamping Unit

    Štefánek, Tomáš


    Design servodrive clamping unit with pneumatic or mechanic multiplier. Unit has be instrumental to strength clamp parts in tension technical machines. Frame unit’s is complicate from massive and movable clamping board and is self-supporting. Unit has be solution like incorporated modulus. Target is proposal main driving period for movable clamping board. Work up proposal constructional solution, drawing listings, production drawing of the three engaged part of, BOM. Computational report must ...

  3. Photovoltaic panel clamp

    Brown, Malcolm P.; Mittan, Margaret Birmingham; Miros, Robert H. J.; Stancel, Robert


    A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.

  4. Insulated pipe clamp design

    Thin wall large diameter piping for breeder reactor plants can be subjected to significant thermal shocks during reactor scrams and other upset events. On the Fast Flux Test Facility, the addition of thick clamps directly on the piping was undesired because the differential metal temperatures between the pipe wall and the clamp could have significantly reduced the pipe thermal fatigue life cycle capabilities. Accordingly, an insulated pipe clamp design concept was developed. The design considerations and methods along with the development tests are presented. Special considerations to guard against adverse cracking of the insulation material, to maintain the clamp-pipe stiffness desired during a seismic event, to minimize clamp restraint on the pipe during normal pipe heatup, and to resist clamp rotation or spinning on the pipe are emphasized

  5. Laser beam guard clamps

    Dickson, Richard K.


    A quick insert and release laser beam guard panel clamping apparatus having a base plate mountable on an optical table, a first jaw affixed to the base plate, and a spring-loaded second jaw slidably carried by the base plate to exert a clamping force. The first and second jaws each having a face acutely angled relative to the other face to form a V-shaped, open channel mouth, which enables wedge-action jaw separation by and subsequent clamping of a laser beam guard panel inserted through the open channel mouth. Preferably, the clamping apparatus also includes a support structure having an open slot aperture which is positioned over and parallel with the open channel mouth.

  6. Clamping characteristics study on different types of clamping unit

    Plastic products are becoming more and more widely used in aerospace, IT, digital electronics and many other fields. With the development of technology, the requirement of product precision is getting higher and higher. However, type and working performance of clamping unit play a decisive role in product precision. Clamping characteristics of different types of clamping unit are discussed in this article, which use finite element numerical analysis method through the software ABAQUS to study the clamping uniformity, and detect the clamping force repeatability precision. The result shows that compared with toggled three-platen clamping unit, clamping characteristics of internal circulation two-platen clamping unit are better, for instance, its mold cavity deformation and force that bars and mold parting surface suffered are more uniform, and its clamping uniformity and repeatability precision is also better

  7. Neuronal Response Clamp

    Avner Wallach


    Full Text Available Responses of individual neurons to ongoing input are highly variable, reflecting complex threshold dynamics. Experimental access to this threshold dynamics is required in order to fully characterize neuronal input-output relationships. The challenge is practically intractable using present day experimental paradigms due to the cumulative, nonlinear interactions involved. Here we introduce the Neuronal Response Clamp, a closed-loop technique enabling control over the instantaneous response probability of the neuron. The potential of the technique is demonstrated by showing direct access to threshold dynamics of cortical neuron in-vitro using extracellular recording and stimulation, over timescales ranging from seconds to many hours. Moreover, the method allowed us to expose the sensitivity of threshold dynamics to spontaneous input from the network in which the neuron is embedded. The Response Clamp technique follows the rationale of the voltage-clamp and dynamic-clamp approaches, extending it to the neuron's spiking behavior. The general framework offered here is applicable in the study of other neural systems, beyond the single neuron level.

  8. Cantilever clamp fitting

    Melton, Patrick B. (Inventor)


    A device is disclosed for sealing and clamping a cylindrical element which is to be attached to an object such as a wall, a pressurized vessel or another cylindrical element. The device includes a gland having an inner cylindrical wall, which is threaded at one end and is attached at a bendable end to a deformable portion, which in turn is attached to one end of a conical cantilever structure. The other end of the cantilever structure connects at a bendable area to one end of an outer cylindrical wall. The opposite end of cylindrical wall terminates in a thickened portion, the radially outer surface of which is adapted to accommodate a tool for rotating the gland. The terminal end of cylindrical wall also includes an abutment surface, which is adapted to engage a seal, which in turn engages a surface of a receiver. The receiver further includes a threaded portion for engagement with the threaded portion of gland whereby a tightening rotation of gland relative to receiver will cause relative movement between cylindrical walls and of gland. This movement causes a rotation of the conical structure and thus a bending action at bending area and at the bending end of the upper end of inner cylindrical wall. These rotational and bending actions result in a forcing of the deformable portion radially inwardly so as to contact and deform a pipe. This forcible contact creates a seal between gland and pipe, and simultaneously clamps the pipe in position.

  9. PKM Mechatronic Clamping Adaptive Device

    Alberto Borboni; Francesco Aggogeri; Angelo Merlo; Nicola Pellegrini; Cinzia Amici


    This study proposes a novel adaptive fixturing device based on active clamping systems for smart micropositioning of thin-walled precision parts. The modular architecture and the structure flexibility make the system suitable for various industrial applications. The proposed device is realized as a Parallel Kinematic Machine (PKM), opportunely sensorized and controlled, able to perform automatic error-free workpiece clamping procedures, drastically reducing the overall fixturing set-up time. ...

  10. Temperature compensating stiff pipe clamp

    A new type of non-integral pipe attachment for nuclear piping seismic restraint that allows the pipe free thermal diametric expansion without constraint when using dissimilar pipe and clamp material is described. The clamp has a high spring rate that can be controlled by variable stiffness parameters in the design. Described in detail are thermal constraint stress, load stress distribution, spring rates, load angles and design philosophy. Analytical methods of code design, fabrication techniques, cost benefits and lead time reduction techniques are presented. 5 refs

  11. Clamp wins pipe repair prize



    This paper describes the permanent pipeline repair system, developed by Tekmar, which is powered by seawater hydraulics and is easily installed and tested by any workclass remotely operated vehicle (rov). Details are given of the two main components of the system, namely, the diverless high pressure split repair clamp and the rov-operated tool to install it.

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  13. Dynamics of Open DNA Sliding Clamps.

    Aaron J Oakley

    Full Text Available A range of enzymes in DNA replication and repair bind to DNA-clamps: torus-shaped proteins that encircle double-stranded DNA and act as mobile tethers. Clamps from viruses (such as gp45 from the T4 bacteriophage and eukaryotes (PCNAs are homotrimers, each protomer containing two repeats of the DNA-clamp motif, while bacterial clamps (pol III β are homodimers, each protomer containing three DNA-clamp motifs. Clamps need to be flexible enough to allow opening and loading onto primed DNA by clamp loader complexes. Equilibrium and steered molecular dynamics simulations have been used to study DNA-clamp conformation in open and closed forms. The E. coli and PCNA clamps appear to prefer closed, planar conformations. Remarkably, gp45 appears to prefer an open right-handed spiral conformation in solution, in agreement with previously reported biophysical data. The structural preferences of DNA clamps in solution have implications for understanding the duty cycle of clamp-loaders.

  14. Loading dynamics of a sliding DNA clamp.

    Cho, Won-Ki


    Sliding DNA clamps are loaded at a ss/dsDNA junction by a clamp loader that depends on ATP binding for clamp opening. Sequential ATP hydrolysis results in closure of the clamp so that it completely encircles and diffuses on dsDNA. We followed events during loading of an E. coli β clamp in real time by using single-molecule FRET (smFRET). Three successive FRET states were retained for 0.3 s, 0.7 s, and 9 min: Hydrolysis of the first ATP molecule by the γ clamp loader resulted in closure of the clamp in 0.3 s, and after 0.7 s in the closed conformation, the clamp was released to diffuse on the dsDNA for at least 9 min. An additional single-molecule polarization study revealed that the interfacial domain of the clamp rotated in plane by approximately 8° during clamp closure. The single-molecule polarization and FRET studies thus revealed the real-time dynamics of the ATP-hydrolysis-dependent 3D conformational change of the β clamp during loading at a ss/dsDNA junction.

  15. How Does Patch Clamp Work?--An easy approach to understanding patch clamp mechanism

    关兵才; 李之望


    In order to help patch clamp users,most of whom are not good enough at electrics and electronics,to understandthe complicated principles of patch clamp technique,we present a readily accessible explanation of patch clamp mechanism,in-cluding basic analysis of membrane currents under voltage clamp,achievement of voltage clamp and current recording,capaci-tance compensation,series resistance compensation,voltage offset correction,leak subtraction and current clamp,based on ourworking and teaching experience and with the aid of some useful formulae.

  16. Protein folding in a force clamp

    Cieplak, Marek; Szymczak, P.


    Kinetics of folding of a protein held in a force clamp are compared to an unconstrained folding. The comparison is made within a simple topology-based dynamical model of ubiquitin. We demonstrate that the experimentally observed variations in the end-to-end distance reflect microscopic events during folding. However, the folding scenarios in and out of the force clamp are distinct.

  17. Dynamic clamp with StdpC software


    Dynamic clamp is a powerful method that allows the introduction of artificial electrical components into target cells to simulate ionic conductances and synaptic inputs. This method is based on a fast cycle of measuring the membrane potential of a cell, calculating the current of a desired simulated component using an appropriate model and injecting this current into the cell. Here, we present a dynamic clamp protocol using free, fully integrated, open-source software (StdpC, Spike timing dependent plasticity Clamp). Use of this protocol does not require specialist hardware, costly commercial software, experience in real time operating systems or a strong programming background. The software enables the configuration and operation of a wide range of complex and fully automated dynamic clamp experiments via an intuitive and powerful interface with a minimal initial lead-time of a few hours. After initial configuration, experimental results can be generated within minutes of cell impalement. PMID:21372819

  18. Inequalities for the Vibrating Clamped Plate Problem

    MCHALE, K.P.


    We study the eigenvalues of the vibrating clamped plate problem. We have made improvements on the bounds of the ratios of the eigenvalues of the biharmonic operator (clamped plate) using the methods of Payne, Polya, and Weinberger. The difference in our proof lies mainly with the trial functions and the orthogonality arguments. While Payne, Polya, and Weinberger and Hile and Yeh project away components along u1,u2,...,uk to meet the orthogonality conditions,we use a translation/rotation ...

  19. Protein folding in a force-clamp

    Cieplak, Marek; Szymczak, Piotr


    Kinetics of folding of a protein held in a force-clamp are compared to an unconstrained folding. The comparison is made within a simple topology-based dynamical model of ubiquitin. We demonstrate that the experimentally observed rapid changes in the end-to-end distance mirror microscopic events during folding. However, the folding scenarios in and out of the force-clamp are distinct.

  20. Protein folding in a force-clamp

    Cieplak, Marek; Szymczak, Piotr


    Kinetics of folding of a protein held in a force-clamp are compared to an unconstrained folding. The comparison is made within a simple topology-based dynamical model of ubiquitin. We demonstrate that the experimentally observed variations in the end-to-end distance reflect microscopic events during folding. However, the folding scenarios in and out of the force-clamp are distinct.

  1. Piezoresistive cantilever force-clamp system

    Park, Sung-Jin; Petzold, Bryan C.; Pruitt, Beth L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Goodman, Miriam B. [Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)


    We present a microelectromechanical device-based tool, namely, a force-clamp system that sets or ''clamps'' the scaled force and can apply designed loading profiles (e.g., constant, sinusoidal) of a desired magnitude. The system implements a piezoresistive cantilever as a force sensor and the built-in capacitive sensor of a piezoelectric actuator as a displacement sensor, such that sample indentation depth can be directly calculated from the force and displacement signals. A programmable real-time controller operating at 100 kHz feedback calculates the driving voltage of the actuator. The system has two distinct modes: a force-clamp mode that controls the force applied to a sample and a displacement-clamp mode that controls the moving distance of the actuator. We demonstrate that the system has a large dynamic range (sub-nN up to tens of {mu}N force and nm up to tens of {mu}m displacement) in both air and water, and excellent dynamic response (fast response time, <2 ms and large bandwidth, 1 Hz up to 1 kHz). In addition, the system has been specifically designed to be integrated with other instruments such as a microscope with patch-clamp electronics. We demonstrate the capabilities of the system by using it to calibrate the stiffness and sensitivity of an electrostatic actuator and to measure the mechanics of a living, freely moving Caenorhabditis elegans nematode.

  2. An Ultrasonic Clamp for Bloodless Partial Nephrectomy

    Lafon, Cyril; Bouchoux, Guillaume; Murat, François Joseph; Birer, Alain; Theillère, Yves; Chapelon, Jean Yves; Cathignol, Dominique


    Maximum conservation of the kidney is preferable through partial nephrectomy for patients at risk of disease recurrence of renal cancers. Haemostatic tools are needed in order to achieve bloodless surgery and reduce post surgery morbidity. Two piezo-ceramic transducers operating at a frequency of 4 MHz were mounted on each arm of a clamp. When used for coagulation purposes, two transducers situated on opposite arms of the clamp were driven simultaneously. Heat delivery was optimized as each transducers mirrored back to targeted tissues the wave generated by the opposite transducer. Real-time treatment monitoring with an echo-based technique was also envisaged with this clamp. Therapy was periodically interrupted so one transducer could generate a pulse. The echo returning from the opposite transducer was treated. Coagulation necroses were obtained in vitro on substantial thicknesses (23-38mm) of pig liver over exposure durations ranging from 30s to 130s, and with acoustic intensities of less than 15W/cm2 per transducer. Both kidneys of two pigs were treated in vivo with the clamp (14.5W/cm2 for 90s), and the partial nephrectomies performed proved to be bloodless. In vitro and in vivo, wide transfixing lesions corresponded to an echo energy decrease superior to -10dB and parabolic form of the time of flight versus treatment time. In conclusion, this ultrasound clamp has proven to be an excellent mean for achieving monitored haemostasis in kidney.

  3. IMPORTANT: Fluke is recalling Digital Clamp Meters


    Fluke is voluntarily recalling four models of Digital Clamp Meters: Fluke 373, 374, 375 and 376. If you own one of these clamp meters, please stop using it and send it back to Fluke for repair even if you have not experienced problems.   Description of the problem: "The printed circuit assembly may not be properly fastened to the test lead input jack. This may result in inaccurate voltage readings, including a low or no-voltage reading on a circuit energised with a hazardous voltage, presenting a shock, electrocution or thermal burn hazard." To determine if your clamp meter is affected by this recall notice, and for more information, click here.

  4. Design and application of multifunctional stomach clamp

    Yun Fu Lu; Pi Wu Li; Xir Xin Zhang


    AIM Pylorus and pyloric vagus preserving gastrectomy (PPVPG) is an efficient operation mode for treatinggastric and duodenal ulcers. For its better application and popularization, we have designed andmanufactured a special multifunctional stomach clamp.METHODS The clamp has been designed carefully in view of the different sizes of the patients' stomachsand the different starting points of Latarjer nerves so as to facilitate the execution of the present operationmode, which requires the preservation of the vagus innervated pyloric region so as to make the remnantstomach maintain its normal physiological function and the vagus branches clinging antral seromuscular flapkept in proper size so that avoiding too much remaining antral mucosa is removed to cause greater difficultyin operation. With this in view, we observed and measured the distance between the Latarjer nerves distribution and the pyloric rings of 42 patients' stomachs in the course of operations. We bent an aluminumstring 3 mm thick for each stomach according to the size of antral seromuecular flap and chose an optimalcurvature from the 42 sizes for manufacturing the clamp. The clamp is made of 3 Cr13 stainless steel,consisting of three parts, the curved head, the fastening ring and the handle. The curved head is shapedalmost exactly like the remained antral seromuscular flap. The ring at its tip when in place fastens the twosides of the clamp so that the tissue of the stomach between will be clutched by an even force. On one sideare three cuts for moving the ring upwards, each cut representing 1 mm for fastening and adjustments can bemade in view of the thickness or thinness of the tissue. The handles bend backward for fighting shy of thecuts so as to facilitate the operation.RESULTS With the stomach disassociated in the light of PPVPG procedures, the clamp may easily beapplied from the upper part of the Latarjer nerves. The following merits can be noted. ① The curving line ofthe flap can be precisely

  5. Prolonged penile strangulation with metal clamps

    Chirag Patel; Richard Kim; Michael Delterzo; Run Wang


    Various different objects have been reported to strangulate the penis. We reported on a patient who used metal radiator clamps for an extended period of time. Workup included history, physical examination and urinalysis. The patient was taken to the operating room for further evaluation with cystourethroscopy and orthopedic wire cutters were used to break the metal bands.

  6. Multilevel-clamped multilevel converters (MLC2)

    Rodriguez, Pedro; Bellar, Maria Dias; Muñoz-Aguliar, Raúl Santiago; Busquets-Monge, Sergio; Blaabjerg, Frede


    This letter introduces a new series of multilevel (ML) converters based on the ML clamping concept. By applying this technique, a ML clamping unit (MCU) conveys additional levels for synthesizing the output waveforms of a diode-clampedML dc– ac power converter. The basic building block of the ML ...

  7. Γ-source Neutral Point Clamped Inverter

    Mo, Wei; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede

    Transformer based Z-source inverters are recently proposed to achieve promising buck-boost capability. They have improved higher buck-boost capability, smaller size and less components count over Z-source inverters. On the other hand, neutral point clamped inverters have less switching stress and...... better output performance comparing with traditional two-level inverters. Integrating these two types of configurations can help neutral point inverters achieve enhanced votlage buck-boost capability....

  8. π-Clamp-mediated cysteine conjugation

    Zhang, Chi; Welborn, Matthew; Zhu, Tianyu; Yang, Nicole J.; Santos, Michael S.; van Voorhis, Troy; Pentelute, Bradley L.


    Site-selective functionalization of complex molecules is one of the most significant challenges in chemistry. Typically, protecting groups or catalysts must be used to enable the selective modification of one site among many that are similarly reactive, and general strategies that selectively tune the local chemical environment around a target site are rare. Here, we show a four-amino-acid sequence (Phe-Cys-Pro-Phe), which we call the ‘π-clamp’, that tunes the reactivity of its cysteine thiol for site-selective conjugation with perfluoroaromatic reagents. We use the π-clamp to selectively modify one cysteine site in proteins containing multiple endogenous cysteine residues. These examples include antibodies and cysteine-based enzymes that would be difficult to modify selectively using standard cysteine-based methods. Antibodies modified using the π-clamp retained binding affinity to their targets, enabling the synthesis of site-specific antibody-drug conjugates for selective killing of HER2-positive breast cancer cells. The π-clamp is an unexpected approach to mediate site-selective chemistry and provides new avenues to modify biomolecules for research and therapeutics.

  9. Hyperinsulinemic Euglycemic clamp for cardiac PET

    The aim of this study was to assess the adequacy of Hyperinsulinemic Euglycaemic clamp to yield technically adequate and clinically meaningful cardiac scans. The F- 18 Fluorodeoxyglucose scans obtained in diabetic patients are of sub-optimal quality as high level of glucose competes with radioactive Fluorodeoxyglucose for cardiac uptake. Thus to allow quick stabilization of metabolic environment and to get superior quality images, insulin clamp is an accepted technique. Thirty patients (20 males and 5 females) with ages ranging from 43 to 69 years, who were referred for post-myocardial infarction estimation of myocardial viability, were evaluated in this study. All patients reported for the test after 6 hours of fasting. At first myocardial perfusion studies were carried out in all patients with Tc-99m Tetrofosmin on a GE dual head gamma camera. Blood glucose levels were checked. The blood sugar levels in the patients were in the range of 130 - 190 mg%. Insulin clamp was applied depending upon the glucose level obtained, according to ASNC guidelines for PET Myocardial Glucose Metabolism and Perfusion Imaging. On stabilization of blood glucose levels, 10 mCi of F-18 FDG was injected and imaging was performed at 1 hour on a dedicated 16 slice STE GE PET -- CT scanner. Three patients had incidence of hypoglycemia as a side effect during the procedure, their blood sugar falling to 40 mg%. They were treated with 25ml of 25% dextrose intravenously following which there was stabilization of blood sugar. Entire procedure including Tetrofosmin imaging took approximately 4-6 hours. Good quality images were obtained after the use of insulin clamp. Infusion of insulin and glucose gives stable plasma glucose levels during imaging. The insulin clamp technique makes it possible to adjust and maintain a metabolic steady state during the PET study. It does not alter F-18 FDG uptake patterns in different myocardial areas and gives superior quality images. The technique is safe and

  10. Condition of chromic acid anodized aluminum clamps flown

    Plagemann, W. L.


    A survey of the condition of the chromic acid anodized (CAA) coating on selected LDEF tray clamps was carried out. Measurements of solar absorptance and thermal emittance were carried out at multiple locations on both the space exposed and spacecraft facing sides of the clamps. Multiple clamps from each available angle relative to the ram direction were examined. The diffuse component of the reflectance spectrum was measured for a selected subset of the clamps. The thickness of the CAA was determined for a small set of clamps. Examples of variation in integrity of the coatings from leading to trailing edge will be shown.

  11. Biological cell controllable patch-clamp microchip

    Penmetsa, Siva; Nagrajan, Krithika; Gong, Zhongcheng; Mills, David; Que, Long


    A patch-clamp (PC) microchip with cell sorting and positioning functions is reported, which can avoid drawbacks of random cell selection or positioning for a PC microchip. The cell sorting and positioning are enabled by air bubble (AB) actuators. AB actuators are pneumatic actuators, in which air pressure is generated by microheaters within sealed microchambers. The sorting, positioning, and capturing of 3T3 cells by this type of microchip have been demonstrated. Using human breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 as the model, experiments have been demonstrated by this microchip as a label-free technical platform for real-time monitoring of the cell viability.

  12. Design of a hot clamp for small diameter LMFBR piping

    In order to evaluate the feasibility of using a strap-type clamp on breeder reactor small diameter piping, a series of analyses were conducted to determine the thermal and mechanical stresses induced in the pipe by the clamp. The effect of using a thin layer of insulation of varying thickness between the pipe and clamp was also investigated. A thermal analysis of the pipe and clamp was conducted for each thermal transient rate. Various insulation values ranging from metal-to-metal condition to perfect insulation between the pipe and clamp were analyzed to determine the effect of insulating the pipe from the clamp. An axisymmetric finite element model was used to determine the axial thermal and stress patterns

  13. Combination Space Station Handrail Clamp and Pointing Device

    Hughes, Stephen J. (Inventor)


    A device for attaching an experiment carrier to a space station handrail is provided. The device has two major components, a clamping mechanism for attachment to a space station handrail, and a pointing carrier on which an experiment package can be mounted and oriented. The handrail clamp uses an overcenter mechanism and the carrier mechanism uses an adjustable preload ball and socket for carrier positioning. The handrail clamp uses a stack of disk springs to provide a spring loaded button. This configuration provides consistent clamping force over a range of possible handrail thicknesses. Three load points are incorporated in the clamping mechanism thereby spreading the clamping load onto three separate points on the handrail. A four bar linkage is used to provide for a single actuation lever for all three load points. For additional safety, a secondary lock consisting of a capture plate and push lock keeps the clamp attached to the handrail in the event of main clamp failure. For the carrier positioning mechanism, a ball in a spring loaded socket uses friction to provide locking torque; however. the ball and socket are torque limited so that the ball ran slip under kick loads (125 pounds or greater). A lead screw attached to disk spring stacks is used to provide an adjustable spring force on the socket. A locking knob is attached to the lead screw to allow for hand manipulation of the lead screw.

  14. New active load voltage clamp for HF-link converters

    Ljusev, Petar; Andersen, Michael Andreas E.


    This paper proposes a new active clamp for HF-link converters, which features very high efficiency by returning the clamped energy back to the primary side through a small auxiliary converter. It also increases the reliability of HF-link converters by providing an alternative load current path...

  15. Analysis of Contact Characteristic of Overhead Line and Suspension Clamp

    Zhao Xinze


    Full Text Available In this paper, a LGJ150/25 type ACSR transmission line and a CGU-3 type suspension clamp are taken as research objects. A contact model of the conductor and the clamp was established by using finite element method. The effects of sag angle of the conductor, holding force and tension force in section are analyzed. The results showed that the contact area in the middle of the clamp is of belt-like type. The extreme values of tress were observed on the edge of the contact area and near the edge of keeper. In clamp section, suspension angle had the greatest influence on contact stress, and then the clamp force. The tension force in section played a most important role in these affecting factors. In the exit section of clamp, the biggest impact factor was tension force in this section, then the suspension angle, the third was clamp force. The results provide theoretical basis on reducing corona loss, optimization the clamp. Doubtlessly, the conclusion has important theoretical significance and application value.

  16. 21 CFR 876.5160 - Urological clamp for males.


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Urological clamp for males. 876.5160 Section 876.5160 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GASTROENTEROLOGY-UROLOGY DEVICES Therapeutic Devices § 876.5160 Urological clamp for...

  17. Applications of alcohol clamping in early drug development

    Zoethout, Remco Wiebe Martijn


    This thesis describes the development of a novel alcohol clamp, a new method to obtain stable plasma levels of alcohol and its application in CNS-research. The method might have several advantages that were explored in subsequent studies described in this thesis. The stability of the alcohol clamp w

  18. Dynamic clamp: a powerful tool in cardiac electrophysiology.

    Wilders, Ronald


    Dynamic clamp is a collection of closely related techniques that have been employed in cardiac electrophysiology to provide direct answers to numerous research questions regarding basic cellular mechanisms of action potential formation, action potential transfer and action potential synchronization in health and disease. Building on traditional current clamp, dynamic clamp was initially used to create virtual gap junctions between isolated myocytes. More recent applications include the embedding of a real pacemaking myocyte in a simulated network of atrial or ventricular cells and the insertion of virtual ion channels, either simulated in real time or simultaneously recorded from an expression system, into the membrane of an isolated myocyte. These applications have proven that dynamic clamp, which is characterized by the real-time evaluation and injection of simulated membrane current, is a powerful tool in cardiac electrophysiology. Here, each of the three different experimental configurations used in cardiac electrophysiology is reviewed. Also, directions are given for the implementation of dynamic clamp in the cardiac electrophysiology laboratory. With the growing interest in the application of dynamic clamp in cardiac electrophysiology, it is anticipated that dynamic clamp will also prove to be a powerful tool in basic research on biological pacemakers and in identification of specific ion channels as targets for drug development. PMID:16873403


    I Gusti Agung Ayu Sri Wulandari Pramana; Ketut Putera Kemara; I Wayan Megadhana


    Delayed Cord Clamping is still a controversial issue in the world of medicine. Until recently, the perfect times to do a Delayed Cord Clamping in various parts of the Earth in the world are still very diverse. There are a few things that became a major concern associated with Delayed Cord Clamping, one of which is the increase in blood volume due to an increase in the number of erythrocytes which led to occurrence of neonatal polycythemia which later can lead to various complications. Polycy...

  20. Planar patch-clamp force microscopy on living cells

    Pamir, Evren [Center for Nano Science, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Amalienstr 54, 80799 Munich (Germany); George, Michael; Fertig, Niels [Nanion Technologies GmbH, Erzgiessereistr. 4, 80335 Munich (Germany); Benoit, Martin [Center for Nano Science, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Amalienstr 54, 80799 Munich (Germany)], E-mail:


    Here we report a new combination of the patch-clamp technique with the atomic force microscope (AFM). A planar patch-clamp chip microstructured from borosilicate glass was used as a support for mechanical probing of living cells. The setup not only allows for immobilizing even a non-adherent cell for measurements of its mechanical properties, but also for simultaneously measuring the electrophysiological properties of a single cell. As a proof of principle experiment we measured the voltage-induced membrane movement of HEK293 and Jurkat cells in the whole-cell voltage clamp configuration. The results of these measurements are in good agreement with previous studies. By using the planar patch-clamp chip for immobilization, the AFM not only can image non-adhering cells, but also gets easily access to an electrophysiologically controlled cellular probe at low vibrational noise.

  1. Insulin Tolerance Test and Hyperinsulinemic-Euglycemic Clamp

    Paschos, Georgios K.; FitzGerald, Garret A.


    The two tests are used to evaluate in vivo sensitivity to insulin in mouse. The hypoerinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp provides information about the sensitivity to insulin in liver and other metabolically relevant tissues.

  2. Usefulness of Kelly clamp crushing technique during hepatic resection

    Kim, K. H.; Lee, S G


    Introduction. Recently, there are various kinds of parenchymal transection methods. The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of the Kelly clamp crushing technique compared to ultrasonic dissector during hepatic resection. Materials and methods. Comparisons between 10 ultrasonic dissector group and 10 Kelly clamp crushing technique group were performed by using nine items (transaction time, right lobe volume, perioperative transfusion, total bilirubin (TB), aspartate aminotransferas...

  3. Ventilation onset prior to umbilical cord clamping (physiological-based cord clamping improves systemic and cerebral oxygenation in preterm lambs.

    Graeme R Polglase

    Full Text Available As measurement of arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2 is common in the delivery room, target SpO2 ranges allow clinicians to titrate oxygen therapy for preterm infants in order to achieve saturation levels similar to those seen in normal term infants in the first minutes of life. However, the influence of the onset of ventilation and the timing of cord clamping on systemic and cerebral oxygenation is not known.We investigated whether the initiation of ventilation, prior to, or after umbilical cord clamping, altered systemic and cerebral oxygenation in preterm lambs.Systemic and cerebral blood-flows, pressures and peripheral SpO2 and regional cerebral tissue oxygenation (SctO2 were measured continuously in apnoeic preterm lambs (126±1 day gestation. Positive pressure ventilation was initiated either 1 prior to umbilical cord clamping, or 2 after umbilical cord clamping. Lambs were monitored intensively prior to intervention, and for 10 minutes following umbilical cord clamping.Clamping the umbilical cord prior to ventilation resulted in a rapid decrease in SpO2 and SctO2, and an increase in arterial pressure, cerebral blood flow and cerebral oxygen extraction. Ventilation restored oxygenation and haemodynamics by 5-6 minutes. No such disturbances in peripheral or cerebral oxygenation and haemodynamics were observed when ventilation was initiated prior to cord clamping.The establishment of ventilation prior to umbilical cord clamping facilitated a smooth transition to systemic and cerebral oxygenation following birth. SpO2 nomograms may need to be re-evaluated to reflect physiological management of preterm infants in the delivery room.


    T. A. Raghavendiran; C.L.Kuppuswamy


    A Multilevel Inverter (MLI) can eliminate the need for the step-up transformer and reduce the harmonics produced by the inverter. This paper presents Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) seven level inverter with less number of clamping diodes which is suitable for regenerative loads such as three phase induction motor with regenerative braking. To reduce the stress across the main switches, diodes are clamped anti-parallel to the main switches. In Earlier configurations, the numbers of clamping diode...

  5. [Pedicular clamping in major hepatectomies: clamping "of principle" or "of necessity"? A comparative study].

    Le Treut, Y P; Christophe, M; Banti, J C; Berthet, B; Bricot, R


    Fifty-two consecutive patients undergoing major hepatic resection for liver tumor were divided into two groups according to the operative procedure. Group A consisted of 34 patients in whom vascular inflow occlusion was performed "de principle" during parenchymal division and intrahepatic approach of the portal structures; the mean duration of the portal triad clamping was 43 mn (ranged 17 to 70 mn). Group B patients (18 cases) had hilar division of the structures of that portion of the liver due to be removed, prior to parenchymal division was performed without vascular arrest, except in five "de necessitate" cases during 5 to 22 mn. Groups A and B were comparable in terms of patient age or status, of king of liver tumors and extent of resection. Mean operating duration (215 vs 263 mn), volume of intraoperative blood transfusion (557 vs 1019 ml), intensive care (2.5 vs 4.2 days) and total hospital stays (19.6 vs 30.5 days) were significantly reduced in group A. A higher but transient increase of amino-transferase level was the only biochemical consequence of liver ischemia in group A, whereas postoperative disturbance in serum bilirubin, prothrombin time, fibrinogen, and total protein were significantly greater in group B, probably because of the greater volume of blood transfusion in this group. Thus, routine vascular inflow occlusion with transhepatic approach of the portal structures may be an effective and innocuous procedure for major liver resection. PMID:7751341

  6. Improved DNA clamps by stacking to adjacent nucleobases

    Fatthalla, M.I.; Pedersen, Erik Bjerregaard


    Three or four aromatic rings interconnected by acetylene bridges form a stiff conjugated system with sufficient conformational freedom to make it useful to link together the two strands of a DNA clamp. Upon targeting a ssDNA, the conformational flexibility allows better stacking of the linker to...... the underlying non-planar base triplet in the formed triplex. This type of triplexes has a substantially higher thermal melting temperature which can be further improved by inserting locked nucleic acids (LNAs) in the Hoogsteen part of the clamp. An extremely high sensitivity to mismatches is observed...

  7. Plasma temperature clamping in filamentation laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

    Harilal, Sivanandan S.; Yeak, J.; Phillips, Mark C.


    Ultrafast laser filament induced breakdown spectroscopy is a very promising method for remote material detection. We present characteristics of plasmas generated in a metal target by laser filaments in air. Our measurements show that the temperature of the ablation plasma is clamped along the filamentation channel due to intensity clamping in a filament. Nevertheless, significant changes in radiation intensity are noticeable, and this is essentially due to variation in the number density of emitting atoms. The present results also partly explains the reason for the occurrence of atomic plume during fs LIBS in air compared to long-pulse ns LIBS.

  8. New active load voltage clamp for HF-link converters

    Ljusev, P.; Andersen, M.A.E.


    This paper proposes a new active clamp for HF-link converters, which features very high efficiency by returning the clamped energy back to the primary side through a small auxiliary converter. It also increases the reliability of HF-link converters by providing an alternative load current path during malfunctions of the secondary bidirectional bridge. The feasibility of the approach is shown on audio power amplifier prototype. New integrated magnetics design is presented that incorporates both the main power and auxiliary transformer on the same magnetic core. (au)

  9. The problem of isotropic rectangular plate with four clamped edges

    C Erdem İmrak; Ismail Gerdemeli


    The examination of the exact solution of the governing equation of the rectangular plate is important for many reasons. This report discusses in exact solution of the governing equation of an isotropic rectangular plate with four clamped edges. A numerical method for clamped isotropic rectangular plate under distributed loads and an exact solution of the governing equation in terms of trigonometric and hyperbolic function are given. Finally, an illustrative example is given and the results are compared with those reported earlier. This method is found to be easier and effective. The results show reasonable agreement with other available results, but with a simpler and practical approach.


    ZhengHuiming; HeZeng; LiMing; ZhaoGaoyu


    This paper investigates how the magnetic constrained layer damping (MCLD) treatment suppresses the displacement and acceleration resonant peak of a clamped-clamped beam. Because MCLI) treatment reduces input work and gives more dissipation energy, the vibration from external excitation can be effectively suppressed.The vibration reduction effects of MCLD and other conventional constrained damping treatments are also evaluated. In many cases, using MCLD treatments can yield smaller displacement and acceleration resonant peak especially in mode 1 compared to the other treatments without greatly changing the natural frequencies of the base beam.

  11. Mechanical stability of multidomain proteins and novel mechanical clamps.

    Sikora, Mateusz; Cieplak, Marek


    We estimate the size of mechanostability for 318 multidomain proteins which are single-chain and contain up to 1021 amino acids. We predict existence of novel types of mechanical clamps in which interdomain contacts play an essential role. Mechanical clamps are structural regions which are the primary source of a protein's resistance to pulling. Among these clamps there is one that opposes tensile stress due to two domains swinging apart. This movement strains and then ruptures the contacts that hold the two domains together. Another clamp also involves tensile stress but it originates from an immobilization of a structural region by a surrounding knot-loop (without involving any disulfide bonds). Still another mechanism involves shear between helical regions belonging to two domains. We also consider the amyloid-prone cystatin C which provides an example of a two-chain 3D domain-swapped protein. We predict that this protein should withstand remarkably large stress, perhaps of order 800 pN, when inducing a shearing strain. The survey is generated through molecular dynamics simulations performed within a structure-based coarse grained model. PMID:21465555

  12. Hyperinsulinemic Euglycemic Clamp for cardiac PET: An Initial Experience

    Full text: Aim: To study the adequacy of hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp to yield technically adequate and clinically meaningful cardiac scans in diabetic patients. 18 F- FDG scans are of suboptimal quality as high level of glucose competes with flurodeoxyglucose for cardiac uptake. Thus to allow quick stabilization of metabolic environment and to get superior quality images, insulin clamp is an accepted technique. Methods: 8 patients (7 males and 1 female) of ages ranging from 43 to 69 years were evaluated in this ongoing study, referred for estimation of myocardial viability post myocardial infarction. All patients were required 6 hours fasting. Initially they were injected with 20 milicurie of Technetium Tetrofosmin and myocardial perfusion imaging done 1 hour later on GE dual head gamma camera. Blood glucose levels were checked. Their blood sugars were in the range of 130mg% - 170mg%. Insulin clamp was applied depending upon the glucose level obtained, according to ASNC guidelines for PET Myocardial Glucose Metabolism and Perfusion Imaging. On stabilization of blood glucose levels, 10 milicurie of 18 F- FDG was injected. Imaging was done 1 hour later on Dedicated 16 slice STE PET CT scanner. There was no incidence of hypoglycemia or any other side effects during the procedure. Entire procedure including tetrofosmin imaging took approximately 4 hours. Results: Good quality images were obtained after the use of insulin clamp. Conclusion: Infusion of insulin and glucose gives stable plasma glucose and serum insulin levels during imaging. The insulin clamp technique makes it possible to adjust and maintain a metabolic steady state during PET study. It does not alter 18F-FDG uptake patterns in different myocardial areas. It permits the use of smaller FDG doses for the patient and gives superior quality images. The technique is safe and should improve both the clinical use and cost effectiveness of FDG-PET imaging for identification of injured but viable myocardium

  13. Vibration control of a flexible clamped-clamped plate based on an improved FULMS algorithm and laser displacement measurement

    Xie, Lingbo; Qiu, Zhi-cheng; Zhang, Xian-min


    This paper presents a novel active resonant vibration control experiment of a flexible clamped-clamped plate using an improved filtered-U least mean square (FULMS) algorithm and laser displacement measurement. Different from the widely used PZT sensors or acceleration transducers, the vibration of the flexible clamped-clamped plate is measured by a non-contact laser displacement measurement sensor with higher measurement accuracy and without additional load to the plate. The conventional FULMS algorithm often uses fixed step size and needs reference signal related to the external disturbance signal. However, the fixed step size method cannot obtain a fast convergence speed and it will result in a low residual error. Thus, a variable step size method is investigated. In addition, it is difficult to extract reference signal related to the vibration source directly in the practical application. Therefore, it is practically useful that a reference signal is constructed by both the controller parameters and the vibration residual signal. The experimental results demonstrate that the improved FULMS algorithm has better vibration control effect than the proportional derivative (PD) feedback control algorithm and the fixed step-size control algorithm.

  14. Four- year thyroidectomy procedures: Ligasure Vs. clamp & tie

    Pazoki AR


    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: The electrothermal bipolar vessel sealing system is an adjunct to the hemostatic technique, which has been successfully used in many abdominal operation, recently made available to thyroid surgery. The purpose of this was compare the outcomes of new hemostatic technique with traditional method of clamp and tie."n"nMethods: In this retrospective cross-sectional study has been done in surgery's wards of Milad & Rasul- Akram hospitals in Tehran, Iran. During three- year period between 2005-2008 all patients with different kind of pathology that need operation were assessed. Time duration of surgery and hospital stay and post surgery complication in two group, ligasure (n=45 and clamp & tie (n=145 were compared with each others."n"nResults: No difference was seen between two groups in time duration of surgery. Significant difference was seen in hospital stay and complications of surgery. Time of operation in Ligasure group was 132/22 minute and in clamp and tie group was 130/10 minute. There was found significant difference in duration of hospital stay and postoperative complication. Hypocalcemia were seen in two and 24 cases in Ligasure and Clamp & Tie group, respectively (p<0.05. Hospital stay was 2

  15. Review: The lord of the rings: Structure and mechanism of the sliding clamp loader.

    Kelch, Brian A


    Sliding clamps are ring-shaped polymerase processivity factors that act as master regulators of cellular replication by coordinating multiple functions on DNA to ensure faithful transmission of genetic and epigenetic information. Dedicated AAA+ ATPase machines called clamp loaders actively place clamps on DNA, thereby governing clamp function by controlling when and where clamps are used. Clamp loaders are also important model systems for understanding the basic principles of AAA+ mechanism and function. After nearly 30 years of study, the ATP-dependent mechanism of opening and loading of clamps is now becoming clear. Here I review the structural and mechanistic aspects of the clamp loading process, as well as comment on questions that will be addressed by future studies. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Biopolymers 105: 532-546, 2016. PMID:26918303

  16. Design of Voltage-clamp-controlled Current-clamp%电压钳控制电流钳的设计

    熊俊; 樊枫; 瞿安连


    研究证明,传统膜片钳放大器在电流钳模式下记录到的快速电压信号会存在失真,且造成失真的根本原因是由于膜片钳的探头电路设计.为了克服这些缺陷重新设计了一种探头,新探头电路不仅能像传统的电压跟随器一样测量瞬态电压,而且适用于传统的电压钳工作模式.此外,一种命名为电压钳控制的电流钳技术被应用来改进传统的膜片钳放大器.用可变的低通滤波器来调整电压钳模块的响应速度,从而在实现膜电位钳位的同时准确记录快速电压信号.桥平衡电路用来消除命令电流流过串联电阻时带来的电压误差.而传统膜片钳中的快电容补偿环节则被改进用来补偿电极分布电容和探头放大器输入电容并提高电流钳模式下系统的响应速度.细胞模型实验结果表明,改进后的膜片钳放大器能够满足电生理研究中快速电位变化测量的需要.%Previous research rcvealed that distortion is detected in transient voltage signal recorded with traditional patch clamp amplifier under current clamp mode, which is essentially resulted by electronic design of the headstage of the patch clamp. A new kind of headstage is designed to modify the defect, the circuit of which not only measures the transient potentials as the classical voltage follower does but also is quite suitable for the standard voltage-clamp mode. Furthermore, the technique of voltage-clamp-controlled current-clamp is applied for modifying the conventional patch-clamp amplifier, the variable low-pass filter is added into the circuit to reduce the response speed of voltage-clamp module, thus the transient potentials changes can be measured while membrane potential is kept at a constant value. Bridge balance circuitry is designed to eliminate the voltage drop while the variable current injected into the electrode. And fast capacitance compensation stage of conventional PCA is modified to nentralize the

  17. Gigaseal formation in patch clamping with applications of nanotechnology

    Malboubi, Majid


    This book presents an investigation of gigaseal formation using micro/nanotechnology. The aims of the book are twofold. First, it explains the mechanisms of gigaseal formation using the latest discoveries. Second, it provides practical techniques for frequent formation of high resistance seals. The formation of a high-resistance electrical seal, also known as a gigaseal, between a cell membrane and a glass micropipette tip is essential in patch-clamp experiments. Even though four decades have passed since the introduction of the patch-clamping technique by Neher and Sakmann, gigaseal formation remains an obstacle in developing the high-throughput ion channel screening systems required by the pharmaceutical industry. Here the authors share their latest methods for achieving gigaseal formation and describe techniques that are highly desirable at both research and industrial levels. Nanotechnology has been found to be a powerful tool for studying and modifying glass micropipettes and in tackling the problem of g...

  18. A new configuration for multilevel converters with diode clamped topology

    Nami, A.; Zare, F.; Ledwich, G.; Ghosh, A.; Blaabjerg, Frede

    points in this type of converter is dc-voltage control. In this paper, a novel multi output dc-dc converter connected to a diode clamped topology is presented. This converter, for a given duty cycles, is able to regulate the capacitor voltage to provide an appropriate input voltage for NPC regardless of......Due to the increased use of renewable energy and power elctronic applications, more multilevel converters (MLC) are developed. A Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) inverter is one of the most used multilevel topologies for wind turbine (WT) and photovoltaic (PV) applications. One of the most crucial...... load changes which can avoid neutral point balancing problem in such converters. In addition, the presented topology is suitable for renewable energy systems to boost the low rectified output-voltage. In order to verify the proposed topology, steady state analysis, modelling and simulations are carried...

  19. The early effects of delayed cord clamping in term infants born to Libyan mothers

    Emhamed, Musbah Omar; van Rheenen, Patrick; Brabin, Bernard J


    This study was conducted to evaluate the haematological effects of the timing of umbilical cord clamping in term infants 24 h after birth in Libya. Mother-infant pairs were randomly assigned to early cord clamping (within 10s after delivery) or delayed clamping (after the cord stopped pulsating). Ma

  20. Gamma radiation methods for clamp-on multiphase flow metering

    Blaney, S


    The development of a cost-effective multiphase flow meter to determine the individual phase flow rates of oil, water and gas was investigated through the exploitation of a single clamp-on gamma densitometer and signal processing techniques. A fast-sampling (250 Hz) gamma densitometer was installed at the top of the 10.5 m high, 108.2 mm internal diameter, stainless steel catenary riser in the Cranfield University multiphase flow test facility. Gamma radiation attenuation data w...

  1. Analysis of Control Strategies for Diode Clamped Multilevel Inverter

    C. R. Balamurugan; S. P. NATARAJAN; R. Revathy


    This paper presents the comparison of various Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) strategies for the three phase Diode Clamped Multi Level Inverter (DCMLI). The main contribution of this paper is the proposal of new modulation schemes with Variable Amplitude (VA) and various new schemes adopting the constant switching frequency and also variable switching frequency multicarrier control freedom degree combination concepts are developed and simulated for the chosen three phase DCMLI. The three phase D...

  2. Stretching of proteins in a force-clamp

    Szymczak, Piotr; Cieplak, Marek


    Mechanically induced protein unfolding in the force-clamp apparatus is shown, in a coarse-grained model of ubiquitin, to have lognormal statistics above a treshold force and exponential below it. Correspondingly, the mean unfolding time is slowly varying and exponentially decreases as a function of the force. The time dependencies of the end-to-end distances are also distinct. The time sequence of unfolding events weakly depends on force and much of it resembles that for stretching at constan...

  3. The human dynamic clamp as a paradigm for social interaction

    Dumas, Guillaume; de Guzman, Gonzalo C.; Tognoli, Emmanuelle; Kelso, J. A. Scott


    The human dynamic clamp (HDC) is proposed as a general paradigm for studies of elementary forms of social behavior in complex biological systems. HDC enables parametric control of real-time bidirectional interaction between humans and empirically grounded theoretical models of coordination dynamics. It thus provides necessary experimental access for laboratory investigations, while preserving the reciprocity and open boundary conditions inherent in daily life social interactions. As proof of ...


    I Gusti Agung Ayu Sri Wulandari Pramana


    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Delayed Cord Clamping is still a controversial issue in the world of medicine. Until recently, the perfect times to do a Delayed Cord Clamping in various parts of the Earth in the world are still very diverse. There are a few things that became a major concern associated with Delayed Cord Clamping, one of which is the increase in blood volume due to an increase in the number of erythrocytes which led to occurrence of neonatal polycythemia which later can lead to various complications. Polycythemia in neonates is a situation where the value of venous blood hematokrit over 65% (0.65 or the amount of hemoglobin more than 22gr/Dl. However, to date the data from a variety of the latest research and analysis of the studies mention that the polycythemia that occurs in neonates with umbilical cord pinching the flush delay was mild polycythemia that can improve after 48 to 72 hours after the baby is born.

  5. Investigation of the Dynamics of a Clamped-Clamped Microbeam Near the Third Mode Using a Partial Electrode

    Masri, Karim M.


    We present an investigation of the dynamics of a clamped-clamped microbeam excited electrostatically near its third mode. To maximize the response at the third mode, a partial electrode configuration is utilized. A multi-mode Galerkin method is used to develop a reduced order model (ROM) of the beam. A shooting method to find the periodic motion is utilized to generate frequency response curves. The curves show hardenining behavior and dynamic pull-in. We show that the dynamic amplitude of the partial configuration is higher than that of a full electrode configuration. These results are promising for the use of higher-order modes for mass detection and for ultra sensitive resonant sensors.

  6. M. tuberculosis Sliding β-Clamp Does Not Interact Directly with the NAD+ -Dependent DNA Ligase

    Vandna Kukshal; Taran Khanam; Deepti Chopra; Nidhi Singh; Sabyasachi Sanyal; Ravishankar Ramachandran


    The sliding β-clamp, an important component of the DNA replication and repair machinery, is drawing increasing attention as a therapeutic target. We report the crystal structure of the M. tuberculosis β-clamp (Mtbβ-clamp) to 3.0 Å resolution. The protein crystallized in the space group C222(1) with cell-dimensions a = 72.7, b = 234.9 & c = 125.1 Å respectively. Mtbβ-clamp is a dimer, and exhibits head-to-tail association similar to other bacterial clamps. Each monomer folds into three domains...

  7. Analysis of dynamic properties of boring bars concerning different clamping conditions

    Åkesson, Henrik; Smirnova, Tatiana; Håkansson, Lars


    Boring bars are frequently used in the manufacturing industry to turn deep cavities in workpieces and are usually associated with vibration problems. This paper focuses on the clamping properties' influence on the dynamic properties of clamped boring bars. A standard clamping housing of the variety commonly used in industry today has been used. Both a standard boring bar and a modified boring bar have been considered. Two methods have been used: Euler-Bernoulli beam modeling and experimental modal analysis. It is demonstrated that the number of clamping screws, the clamping screw diameter sizes, the screw tightening torques, the order the screws are tightened has a significant influence on a clamped boring bars eigenfrequencies and its mode shapes orientation in the cutting speed—cutting depth plane. Also, the damping of the modes is influenced. The results indicate that multi-span Euler-Bernoulli beam models with pinned boundary condition or elastic boundary condition modeling the clamping are preferable as compared to a fixed-free Euler-Bernoulli beam for modeling dynamic properties of a clamped boring bar. It is also demonstrated that a standard clamping housing clamping a boring bar with clamping screws imposes non-linear dynamic boring bar behavior.

  8. Nonlinear vibrations of fluid-filled clamped circular cylindrical shells

    Karagiozis, K. N.; Amabili, M.; Païdoussis, M. P.; Misra, A. K.


    In this study, the nonlinear vibrations are investigated of circular cylindrical shells, empty or fluid-filled, clamped at both ends and subjected to a radial harmonic force excitation. Two different theoretical models are developed. In the first model, the standard form of the Donnell's nonlinear shallow-shell equations is used; in the second, the equations of motion are derived by a variational approach which permits the inclusion of constraining springs at the shell extremities and taking in-plane inertial terms into account. In both cases, the solution includes both driven and companion modes, thus allowing for a travelling wave in the circumferential direction; they also include axisymmetric modes to capture the nonlinear inward shell contraction and the correct type (softening) nonlinear behaviour observed in experiments. In the first model, the clamped beam eigenfunctions are used to describe the axial variations of the shell deformation, automatically satisfying the boundary conditions, leading to a 7 degree-of-freedom (dof) expansion for the solution. In the second model, rotational springs are used at the ends of the shell, which when large enough reproduce a clamped end; the solution involves a sine series for axial variations of the shell deformation, leading to a 54 dof expansion for the solution. In both cases the modal expansions satisfy the boundary conditions and the circumferential continuity condition exactly. The Galerkin method is used to discretize the equations of motion, and AUTO to integrate the discretized equations numerically. When the shells are fluid-filled, the fluid is assumed to be incompressible and inviscid, and the fluid structure interaction is described by linear potential flow theory. The results from the two theoretical models are compared with existing experimental data, and in all cases good qualitative and quantitative agreement is observed.

  9. Stretching of proteins in a force-clamp

    Szymczak, P [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, ulica Hoza 69, 00-681 Warsaw (Poland); Cieplak, Marek [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Aleja Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)


    Mechanically induced protein unfolding in the force-clamp apparatus is shown, in a coarse-grained model of ubiquitin, to have lognormal statistics above a threshold force and exponential statistics below it. Correspondingly, the mean unfolding time is slowly varying and exponentially decreases as a function of the force. The time dependences of the end-to-end distances are also distinct. The time sequence of unfolding events weakly depends on force and much of it resembles that for stretching at constant speed. A more complicated time dependence arises for integrin. (letter to the editor)

  10. Five-level Z-source diode-clamped inverter

    Gao, F.; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede;


    This study proposes a five-level Z-source diode-clamped inverter designed with two intermediate Z-source networks connected between the dc input sources and rear-end inverter circuitry. By partially shorting the Z-source networks, new operating states not previously reported for two-level Z...... scheme, which always inserts two partial shoot-through states per half carrier cycle for smooth balanced operation. Theoretical findings and practical issues identified are eventually verified by constructing a scaled down laboratory prototype for testing....


    T. A. Raghavendiran


    Full Text Available A Multilevel Inverter (MLI can eliminate the need for the step-up transformer and reduce the harmonics produced by the inverter. This paper presents Neutral Point Clamped (NPC seven level inverter with less number of clamping diodes which is suitable for regenerative loads such as three phase induction motor with regenerative braking. To reduce the stress across the main switches, diodes are clamped anti-parallel to the main switches. In Earlier configurations, the numbers of clamping diodes were increased proportionately with thenumber of levels and the number of impedance network required increases with increase number of levels. Therefore the cost and converter size increases as the number of levels goes high. In this paper a single impedance network based seven level neutral point clamped inverter with reduced number of clamping diodes without deterioration in performance is proposed, the simulation of proposed circuit is carried out using MATLAB/Simulink and the results for the same are presented. The MOSFET internal capacitance and body diodes are used for active clamping which eliminates the need for snubber circuit.

  12. Performance Evaluation of Multicarrier SPWM Strategies for Three Phase Z - source Seven Level Diode Clamped Inverter

    V.Arun#1 , B.Shanthi


    This paper presents multicarrier PWM strategies for three phase diode clamped seven level Z-source inverter. Multilevel inverters posses the advantage of reduced harmonics,high power capability and high voltage level. Impedance network in the diode clamped multilevel inverter circuit will perform boost operation. This paper focuses on multicarriersinusoidal pulse width modulation (MCSPWM) strategy for the three phase seven level Z-source diode clamped inverter. Performance parameters of three...

  13. Microchip amplifier for in vitro, in vivo, and automated whole cell patch-clamp recording.

    Harrison, Reid R; Kolb, Ilya; Kodandaramaiah, Suhasa B; Chubykin, Alexander A; Yang, Aimei; Bear, Mark F; Boyden, Edward S; Forest, Craig R


    Patch clamping is a gold-standard electrophysiology technique that has the temporal resolution and signal-to-noise ratio capable of reporting single ion channel currents, as well as electrical activity of excitable single cells. Despite its usefulness and decades of development, the amplifiers required for patch clamping are expensive and bulky. This has limited the scalability and throughput of patch clamping for single-ion channel and single-cell analyses. In this work, we have developed a custom patch-clamp amplifier microchip that can be fabricated using standard commercial silicon processes capable of performing both voltage- and current-clamp measurements. A key innovation is the use of nonlinear feedback elements in the voltage-clamp amplifier circuit to convert measured currents into logarithmically encoded voltages, thereby eliminating the need for large high-valued resistors, a factor that has limited previous attempts at integration. Benchtop characterization of the chip shows low levels of current noise [1.1 pA root mean square (rms) over 5 kHz] during voltage-clamp measurements and low levels of voltage noise (8.2 μV rms over 10 kHz) during current-clamp measurements. We demonstrate the ability of the chip to perform both current- and voltage-clamp measurement in vitro in HEK293FT cells and cultured neurons. We also demonstrate its ability to perform in vivo recordings as part of a robotic patch-clamping system. The performance of the patch-clamp amplifier microchip compares favorably with much larger commercial instrumentation, enabling benchtop commoditization, miniaturization, and scalable patch-clamp instrumentation. PMID:25429119

  14. Modeling of SVM Diode Clamping Three-Level Inverter Connected to Grid

    Guo, Yougui; Zeng, Ping; Zhu, Jieqiong;


    PLECS is used to model the diode clamping three-level inverter connected to grid and good results are obtained. First the output voltage SVM is described for diode clamping three-level inverter with loads connected to Y. Then the output voltage SVM of diode clamping three-level inverter is simply...... very powerful tool to real power circuits and it is very easy to simulate them. They have also verified that SVM control strategy is feasible to control the diode clamping three-level inverter....

  15. Cryogenic Clamp-on Ultrasonic Flowmeters using Single Crystal Piezoelectric Transducers Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Clamp-on ultrasound cryogenic flowmeters using single crystal piezoelectric transducers are proposed to enable reliable, accurate cryogenic instrumentation needs in...

  16. Self-clamping arc light reflector for welding torch

    Gordon, Stephen S.


    This invention is directed to a coaxial extending metal mirror reflector attached to the electrode housing or gas cup on a welding torch. An electric welding torch with an internal viewing system for robotic welding is provded with an annular arc light reflector to reflect light from the arc back onto the workpiece. The reflector has a vertical split or gap in its surrounding wall to permit the adjacent wall ends forming the split to be sprung open slightly to permit the reflector to be removed or slipped onto the torch housing or gas cup. The upper opening of the reflector is slightly smaller than the torch housing or gas cup and therefore, when placed on the torch housing or gas cup has that springiness to cause it to clamp tightly on the housing or gas cup. The split or gap also serves to permit the feed of weld wire through to the weld area,

  17. Trans-Z-source Neutral Point Clamped inverter

    Mo, W.; Loh, P. C.; Li, D.;


    Transformer based Z-source (trans-Z-source) inverters are recently proposed by extending the traditional Z-source inverter with higher buck-boost capability as well as reducing the passive components at the same time. Multi-Level Z-source inverters are single-stage topological solutions used for...... buck-boost energy conversion with all the favourable advantages of multi-level switching retained. This paper presents three-level trans-Z-source Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) inverter topology, which achieves both the advantages of trans-Z-source and three-level NPC inverter configuration. With proper...... modulation scheme, the three-level trans-Z-source inverter can function with minimum of six device commutations per half carrier cycle (same as the traditional buck NPC inverter), while maintaining to produce the designed volt-sec average and inductive voltage boosting at ac output terminals. The designed...

  18. Whole-cell Patch-clamp Recordings in Brain Slices.

    Segev, Amir; Garcia-Oscos, Francisco; Kourrich, Saïd


    Whole-cell patch-clamp recording is an electrophysiological technique that allows the study of the electrical properties of a substantial part of the neuron. In this configuration, the micropipette is in tight contact with the cell membrane, which prevents current leakage and thereby provides more accurate ionic current measurements than the previously used intracellular sharp electrode recording method. Classically, whole-cell recording can be performed on neurons in various types of preparations, including cell culture models, dissociated neurons, neurons in brain slices, and in intact anesthetized or awake animals. In summary, this technique has immensely contributed to the understanding of passive and active biophysical properties of excitable cells. A major advantage of this technique is that it provides information on how specific manipulations (e.g., pharmacological, experimenter-induced plasticity) may alter specific neuronal functions or channels in real-time. Additionally, significant opening of the plasma membrane allows the internal pipette solution to freely diffuse into the cytoplasm, providing means for introducing drugs, e.g., agonists or antagonists of specific intracellular proteins, and manipulating these targets without altering their functions in neighboring cells. This article will focus on whole-cell recording performed on neurons in brain slices, a preparation that has the advantage of recording neurons in relatively well preserved brain circuits, i.e., in a physiologically relevant context. In particular, when combined with appropriate pharmacology, this technique is a powerful tool allowing identification of specific neuroadaptations that occurred following any type of experiences, such as learning, exposure to drugs of abuse, and stress. In summary, whole-cell patch-clamp recordings in brain slices provide means to measure in ex vivo preparation long-lasting changes in neuronal functions that have developed in intact awake animals

  19. The deformation of an elastic rod with a clamp sliding along a smooth and curved profile

    Misseroni, D; Zaccaria, D; Bigoni, D


    The design of compliant mechanisms is crucial in several technologies and relies on the availability of solutions for nonlinear structural problems. One of these solutions is given and experimentally validated in the present article for a compliant mechanism moving along a smooth curved profile. In particular, a deformable elastic rod is held by two clamps, one at each end. The first clamp is constrained to slide without friction along a curved profile, while the second clamp moves in a straight line transmitting its motion through the elastic rod to the first clamp. For this system it is shown that the clamp sliding on the profile imposes nontrivial boundary conditions (derived via a variational and an asymptotic approach), which strongly influence buckling and nonlinear structural behaviour. Investigation of this behaviour shows that a compliant mechanism can be designed, which gives an almost neutral response in compression. This behavior could easily be exploited to make a force limiting device. Finally a...

  20. A reduction clamp for an aiming component in associated acetabular fractures

    Zhang-Fu Wang


    Full Text Available Background: The treatment of acetabular fractures is complex and requires specialized equipment. However, all currently available instruments have some disadvantages. A new reduction clamp that can firmly enable reduction and not hinder subsequent fixation procedures for some special fracture types is needed. Materials and Methods: In this study, we introduce a new acetabular clamp and its preliminary clinical application in three T-shaped acetabular fractures. Results: This new clamp can successfully pull the posterior column back to the anterior column and firmly maintain the reduction. This clamp′s aiming plate can facilitate the insertion of long lag screws. The clamp is also easy to assemble and use. Conclusion: This reduction clamp is a useful instrument that can facilitate open reduction and internal fixation of acetabular fractures.

  1. Clamp ultrastructure of the basal monogenean Chimaericola leptogaster (Leuckart, 1830) (Polyopisthocotylea: Chimaericolidae).

    Poddubnaya, Larisa G; Hemmingsen, Willy; Gibson, David I


    The ultrastructure of the haptoral clamps of the chimaericolid monogenean Chimaericola leptogaster, a basal polyopisthocotylean from the gills of a holocephalan fish, is described. These clamps are characterized by the presence of two muscle blocks interrupted mid-anteriorly and mid-posteriorly and different kinds of hard structures: a single median and paired lateral sclerites embedded in the clamp wall; six spine-like structures directed towards the clamp lumen; and electron dense surface structures along the internal surface of the anterior clamp lips and along the luminal surface of the tegument of the clamp lumen. The lateral sclerites are situated deep within muscular tissue and are closely bounded by radial myofibrils, possessing a uniform electron dense matrix within which are hollow areas of different sizes. The median sclerite occupies an area between the clamp wall myofibrils and the luminal epithelium, is surrounded by a basement lamina and is composed of a heterogeneous matrix comprising two different morphological layers related to variations in the type and concentration of fibrils. Four of the spine-like structures are extensions of the margins of the two spindle-like muscle blocks in the clamps, i.e. the two anterior and two posterior structures, and the two others are situated at the lateral constrictions of the left and right muscle blocks. The electron dense surface structures are derivations of the clamp tegument or, to be more precise, its outer, densely fibrous region. These results are discussed in relation to the evidence that the haptoral clamps of C. leptogaster are apparently ancient origin. PMID:25112214

  2. Voltage clamping single cells in intact malpighian tubules of mosquitoes.

    Masia, R; Aneshansley, D; Nagel, W; Nachman, R J; Beyenbach, K W


    Principal cells of the Malpighian tubule of the yellow fever mosquito were studied with the methods of two-electrode voltage clamp (TEVC). Intracellular voltage (V(pc)) was -86.7 mV, and input resistance (R(pc)) was 388.5 kOmega (n = 49 cells). In six cells, Ba(2+) (15 mM) had negligible effects on V(pc), but it increased R(pc) from 325.3 to 684.5 kOmega (P usefulness of TEVC methods in single principal cells of the intact Malpighian tubule. Dinitrophenol (0.1 mM) reversibly depolarized V(pc) from -94.3 to -10.7 mV (P < 0.001) and reversibly increased R(pc) from 412 to 2,879 kOmega (P < 0.001), effects that were duplicated by cyanide (0.3 mM). Significant effects of metabolic inhibition on voltage and resistance suggest a role of ATP in electrogenesis and the maintenance of conductive transport pathways. PMID:10997925

  3. Analysis of Control Strategies for Diode Clamped Multilevel Inverter

    C. R. Balamurugan


    Full Text Available This paper presents the comparison of various Pulse Width Modulation (PWM strategies for the three phase Diode Clamped Multi Level Inverter (DCMLI. The main contribution of this paper is the proposal of new modulation schemes with Variable Amplitude (VA and various new schemes adopting the constant switching frequency and also variable switching frequency multicarrier control freedom degree combination concepts are developed and simulated for the chosen three phase DCMLI. The three phase DCMLI, is controlled in this paper with Sinusoidal PWM (SPWM reference along with triangular carriers and analysis is made among both without carrier overlapping and with Carrier Overlapping (CO techniques to choose the better strategy by performing simulation using MATLAB-SIMULINK. The variation of Total Harmonic Distortion (THD and fundamental RMS output voltage is observed for various modulation indices. It is observed that among the various equal amplitude PWM strategies, COPWM-C provides less THD and higher RMS voltage. It is recognized that among the various variable amplitude PWM strategies, VACOPWM-C provides less THD and VACOPWM-B provides higher RMS voltage. By comparing the equal amplitude PWM strategies with the variable amplitude PWM strategies it is inferred that VACOPWM-C provides less THD and VACOPWM-B provides higher RMS voltage. It is also inferred that carrier overlapping techniques provides better results compared to the without carrier overlapping techniques.

  4. Position clamping in a holographic counterpropagating optical trap.

    Bowman, Richard; Jesacher, Alexander; Thalhammer, Gregor; Gibson, Graham; Ritsch-Marte, Monika; Padgett, Miles


    Optical traps consisting of two counterpropagating, divergent beams of light allow relatively high forces to be exerted along the optical axis by turning off one beam, however the axial stiffness of the trap is generally low due to the lower numerical apertures typically used. Using a high speed spatial light modulator and CMOS camera, we demonstrate 3D servocontrol of a trapped particle, increasing the stiffness from 0.004 to 1.5 μN m(-1). This is achieved in the "macro-tweezers" geometry [Thalhammer, J. Opt. 13, 044024 (2011); Pitzek, Opt. Express 17, 19414 (2009)], which has a much larger field of view and working distance than single-beam tweezers due to its lower numerical aperture requirements. Using a 10×, 0.2 NA objective, active feedback produces a trap with similar effective stiffness to a conventional single-beam gradient trap, of order 1 μN m(-1) in 3D. Our control loop has a round-trip latency of 10 ms, leading to a resonance at 20 Hz. This is sufficient bandwidth to reduce the position fluctuations of a 10 μm bead due to Brownian motion by two orders of magnitude. This approach can be trivially extended to multiple particles, and we show three simultaneously position-clamped beads. PMID:21643247

  5. Concentrations of plastic strains in the clamping region of cylindrical shells under excessive loading

    Different clamping conditions and variations of the material behaviour are considered. Especially the plastic strain concentrations at the shell clamping are determined. The analyses have been carried out with a finite-element code. Standard stress analysis procedures like the ASME-code are critically assessed. The results show that only minor plastic strain concentrations have to be expected for a rigidly clamped shell loaded by internal pressure. The work hardening characteristic of the material has little influence on these strain concentrations. On the other hand considerable plastic strain concentrations have to be expected at a flange type clamping loaded by axial stresses in the shell. These concentrations depend on the work hardening characteristic of the material. Comparison of these analyses with standard stress analysis procedures shows that these procedures are conservative, provided the classification of the different types of stresses has been done in a correct way which, however, may be difficult for some problems. For instance, for the rigidly clamped shell bending stresses can be classified as secondary stresses, but for a flange type clamping bending stresses must be treated as primary stresses with lower limits. With these results the structural integrity of the core barrel clamping of a PWR under blowdown loading has been assessed. Even in case of a sudden and complete pipe break the structure is able to withstand blowdown loading. (orig./HP)

  6. Modelling the clamping force distribution among chips in press-pack IGBTs using the finite element method

    Hasmasan, Adrian Augustin; Busca, Christian; Teodorescu, Remus;


    In this paper, a FEM (finite element method) based mechanical model for PP (press-pack) IGBTs (insulated gate bipolar transistors) is presented, which can be used to calculate the clamping force distribution among chips under various clamping conditions. The clamping force is an important parameter...

  7. Voltage clamp of the cardiac sodium current at 37 degrees C in physiologic solutions.

    Murray, K T; Anno, T.; Bennett, P B; Hondeghem, L M


    The cardiac sodium current was studied in guinea pig ventricular myocytes using the cell-attached patch voltage clamp at 37 degrees C in the presence of 145 mM external sodium concentration. When using large patch pipettes (access resistance, 1-2 M omega), the capacity current transient duration was typically 70 microseconds for voltage clamp steps up to 150 mV. At 37 degrees C the maximum inward sodium current peaked in approximately 200 microseconds after the onset of a clamp step and at th...

  8. Nuclear EMP: voltage clamping levels for several TransZorb transient suppression devices

    Voltage clamping levels for the 1N5629A, 1N5545A, 1N5654A, and 1N5664A TransZorb/sup T.M./ silicon transient-suppression devices in a DO-13 package are presented as data in photographs of test waveforms. A graph is compiled which illustrates the clamping voltage at a time point of 80 nsec for each of the devices. The duration of the test pulse was 250 nsec with a slope of 4 kV per nsec for the rise portion. Clamping levels are nearly constant for test current amplitudes of up to 120 A

  9. Analysis of the role of PCNA-DNA contacts during clamp loading

    Goedken Eric R


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sliding clamps, such as Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA in eukaryotes, are ring-shaped protein complexes that encircle DNA and enable highly processive DNA replication by serving as docking sites for DNA polymerases. In an ATP-dependent reaction, clamp loader complexes, such as the Replication Factor-C (RFC complex in eukaryotes, open the clamp and load it around primer-template DNA. Results We built a model of RFC bound to PCNA and DNA based on existing crystal structures of clamp loaders. This model suggests that DNA would enter the clamp at an angle during clamp loading, thereby interacting with positively charged residues in the center of PCNA. We show that simultaneous mutation of Lys 20, Lys 77, Arg 80, and Arg 149, which interact with DNA in the RFC-PCNA-DNA model, compromises the ability of yeast PCNA to stimulate the DNA-dependent ATPase activity of RFC when the DNA is long enough to extend through the clamp. Fluorescence anisotropy binding experiments show that the inability of the mutant clamp proteins to stimulate RFC ATPase activity is likely caused by reduction in the affinity of the RFC-PCNA complex for DNA. We obtained several crystal forms of yeast PCNA-DNA complexes, measuring X-ray diffraction data to 3.0 Å resolution for one such complex. The resulting electron density maps show that DNA is bound in a tilted orientation relative to PCNA, but makes different contacts than those implicated in clamp loading. Because of apparent partial disorder in the DNA, we restricted refinement of the DNA to a rigid body model. This result contrasts with previous analysis of a bacterial clamp bound to DNA, where the DNA was well resolved. Conclusion Mutational analysis of PCNA suggests that positively charged residues in the center of the clamp create a binding surface that makes contact with DNA. Disruption of this positive surface, which had not previously been implicated in clamp loading function, reduces RFC

  10. Finite element analysis on factors influencing the clamping force in an electrostatic chuck

    As one of the core components of IC manufacturing equipment, the electrostatic chuck (ESC) has been widely applied in semiconductor processing such as etching, PVD and CVD. The clamping force of the ESC is one of the most important technical indicators. A multi-physics simulation software COMSOL is used to analyze the factors influencing the clamping force. The curves between the clamping force and the main parameters such as DC voltage, electrode thickness, electrode radius, dielectric thickness and helium gap are obtained. Moreover, the effects of these factors on the clamping force are investigated by means of orthogonal experiments. The results show that the factors can be ranked in order of voltage, electrode radius, helium gap and dielectric thickness according to their importance, which may offer certain reference for the design of ESCs. (semiconductor devices)

  11. BER improvement using optical gain clamped amplifier for burst transmission and critical cases studies

    Zannin, Marcelo; Ennser, Karin; Taccheo, Stefano; Careglio, Davide; Solé Pareta, Josep; Aracil Rico, Javier


    This paper demonstrates significant BER improvement in burst traffic transmission using optical-gain clamped amplifiers. Critical chaotic cases are identified for peculiar burst sequences and their impact in transmission is assessed.

  12. Effective amplification of real WDM burst traffic using optical gain clamping

    Zannin, Marcelo; Taccheo, Stefano; Ennser, Karin; Careglio, Davide; Solé Pareta, Josep


    Experimental studies of real optical burst traffic in WDM systems are performed with optical gain clamping for stabilizing the EDFA amplification. Impairments of power variation due to burst are shown to be negligible.

  13. Suppression of Spiral Waves by Voltage Clamp Techniques in a Conductance-Based Cardiac Tissue Model

    YU Lian-Chun; MA Jun; ZHANG Guo-Yong; CHEN Yong


    A new control method is proposed to control the spatio-temporal dynamics in excitable media, which is described by the Morris-Lecar cells model. It is confirmed that successful suppression of spiral waves can be obtained by spatially clamping the membrane voltage of the excitable cells. The low voltage clamping induces breakup of spiral waves and the fragments are soon absorbed by low voltage obstacles, whereas the high voltage clamping generates travel waves that annihilate spiral waves through collision with them. However, each method has its shortcomings. Furthermore, a two-step method that combines both low and high voltage clamp techniques is then presented as a possible way of out this predicament.

  14. A novel voltage clamp technique for mapping ionic currents from cultured skeletal myotubes.

    Anson, B D; Roberts, W M


    The biophysical properties and cellular distribution of ion channels largely determine the input/output relationships of electrically excitable cells. A variety of patch pipette voltage clamp techniques are available to characterize ionic currents. However, when used by themselves, such techniques are not well suited to the task of mapping low-density channel distributions. We describe here a new voltage clamp method (the whole cell loose patch (WCLP) method) that combines whole-cell recordin...

  15. Delayed umbilical cord clamping after childbirth: potential benefits to baby's health

    Uwins C


    Full Text Available Christina Uwins,1 David JR Hutchon2 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Croydon University Hospital, Croydon, 2Department of Obstetrics, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington, UKAbstract: Early cord clamping was initially introduced as part of the package of care known as “active management of the third stage”, which was implemented to reduce postpartum hemorrhage. It has now been shown to provide no benefit to the mother and to result in harm to the neonate. The clinical trial evidence relating to delayed cord clamping compared to immediate cord clamping is presented and the physiological rationale for delayed cord clamping is discussed in this paper. Most organizations (eg World Health Organization (WHO, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG, Resuscitation Council (UK,The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO, International Confederation of Midwives, International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR and the European Resuscitation Council now advise a delay of 1–3 minutes before clamping the cord in term and preterm infants, and clinicians need to be aware of this change. Healthy neonates benefit from a more physiological and gentle transition from placental to pulmonary respiration, and we explain why this benefit should be provided to all neonates until there is any evidence to the contrary. The harm of early cord clamping is not limited to anemia and iron deficiency, and evidence for a wide range of possible harms of early cord clamping is presented. The need for resuscitation is one of the most common concerns, and ways of overcoming these concerns are described.Keywords: transition, cord clamping, hypovolemia, intraventricular hemorrhage

  16. Development of a Reusable, Low-Shock Clamp Band Separation System for Small Spacecraft Release Applications

    Dowen, David; Christiansen, Scott; Peffer, Andrew


    In small spacecraft, the proximity of sensitive components to release systems has led to the need for lowshock spacecraft release systems. Marmon band systems are often desirable for their flight history, structural capability, and reliability. Until recently, only pyrotechnically released clamp bands were readily available. The clamp band system described in ths paper reduces shock in two ways: it eliminates shock typically associated with pyrotechnic release devices as well as utilizing a r...

  17. Patch Clamp: A Powerful Technique for Studying the Mechanism of Acupuncture

    D. Zhang


    Full Text Available Cellular and molecular events can be investigated using electrophysiological techniques. In particular, the patch-clamp method provides detailed information. In addition, the patch-clamp technique has become a powerful method for investigating the mechanisms underlying the effects of acupuncture. In this paper, recent researches on how acupuncture might modulate electrophysiological responses in the central nervous system (CNS and affect peripheral structures are reviewed.

  18. Three Level Diode Clamped Inverter Fed Induction Motor with Dtc-Svm

    V. Ranjith Kumar


    This project presents a three-level diode-clamped inverter feeding an asynchronous motor drive with direct torque control (DTC). The control method is based on DTC operating principles. The stator voltage vector reference is computed from the stator flux and torque errors imposed by the flux and torque controllers. This voltage reference is then generated using a diode-clamped inverter, where each phase of the inverter can be implemented using a dc source, which would be available from fuel c...

  19. Active Clamped ZVS Forward Converter With Soft-Switched Synchronous Rectifier

    AÇIK, Adnan; ÇADIRCI, Işık


    This paper presents the analysis, design and implementation of an active-clamped, ZVS forward converter equipped with a soft-switched synchronous rectifier (ACFC-SR) proposed for high-efficiency, low output voltage dc-dc converter applications. The converter efficiency is maximized due to the soft-switching of the main, active clamp, synchronous rectifier and freewheeling MOSFET switches. The operating principles of the ACFC-SR are analyzed in detail and the converter performance is ...

  20. Deformation and perforation of clamped work-hardening plates struck transversely by blunt missiles

    A simple theory is given in this paper for the behaviour of clamped circular work-hardening plates struck transversely by flat-ended projectiles which travel at low velocities. By closely following the previous studies, force-displacement relationships are obtained and used to predict the deformation and perforation of the plates. It is shown that the theoretical predictions agree well with the experimental results on fully clamped steel plates when strain rate effects are taken into account. (orig.)

  1. Single-stage active clamp power factor correction AC/DC converter


    A simple single-stage AC/DC converter circuit with active clamp is presented. The operation theory and state are analyzed. The experimental results show that the voltage across main switch can be clamped to a certain value, and zero voltage switching (ZVS) can be achieved. The voltage stress and switching loss are both decreased. In range of the whole load, power factors can be always more than 97%, and the highest efficiency can reach 88%.

  2. Modeling CICR in rat ventricular myocytes: voltage clamp studies

    Palade Philip T


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The past thirty-five years have seen an intense search for the molecular mechanisms underlying calcium-induced calcium-release (CICR in cardiac myocytes, with voltage clamp (VC studies being the leading tool employed. Several VC protocols including lowering of extracellular calcium to affect Ca2+ loading of the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR, and administration of blockers caffeine and thapsigargin have been utilized to probe the phenomena surrounding SR Ca2+ release. Here, we develop a deterministic mathematical model of a rat ventricular myocyte under VC conditions, to better understand mechanisms underlying the response of an isolated cell to calcium perturbation. Motivation for the study was to pinpoint key control variables influencing CICR and examine the role of CICR in the context of a physiological control system regulating cytosolic Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]myo. Methods The cell model consists of an electrical-equivalent model for the cell membrane and a fluid-compartment model describing the flux of ionic species between the extracellular and several intracellular compartments (cell cytosol, SR and the dyadic coupling unit (DCU, in which resides the mechanistic basis of CICR. The DCU is described as a controller-actuator mechanism, internally stabilized by negative feedback control of the unit's two diametrically-opposed Ca2+ channels (trigger-channel and release-channel. It releases Ca2+ flux into the cyto-plasm and is in turn enclosed within a negative feedback loop involving the SERCA pump, regulating[Ca2+]myo. Results Our model reproduces measured VC data published by several laboratories, and generates graded Ca2+ release at high Ca2+ gain in a homeostatically-controlled environment where [Ca2+]myo is precisely regulated. We elucidate the importance of the DCU elements in this process, particularly the role of the ryanodine receptor in controlling SR Ca2+ release, its activation by trigger Ca2+, and its

  3. MEMS-based clamp with a passive hold function for precision position retaining of micro manipulators

    In this paper the design, modeling and fabrication of a precision MEMS-based clamp with a relatively large clamping force are presented. The purpose of the clamp is to mechanically fix a six-degree-of-freedom (DOF) MEMS-based sample manipulator (Brouwer et al J. Int. Soc. Precis. Eng. Nanotechnol. submitted) once the sample has been positioned in all DOFs. The clamping force is generated by a rotational electrostatic comb-drive actuator and can be latched passively by a parallel plate type electrostatically driven locking device. The clamp design is based on the principles of exact constraint design, resulting in a high actuation compliance (flexibility) combined with a high suspension stiffness. Therefore, a relatively large blocking force of 1.4 mN in relation to the used area of 1.8 mm2 is obtained. The fabrication is based on silicon bulk micromachining technology and combines a high-aspect-ratio deep reactive ion etching (DRIE), conformal deposition of low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) silicon nitride and an anisotropic potassium hydroxide (KOH) backside etching technology. Special attention is given to void reduction of SixNy trench isolation and reduction of heating phenomena during front-side release etching. Guidelines are given for the applied process. Measurements showed that the clamp was able to fix, hold and release a test actuator. The dynamic behavior was in good agreement with the modal analysis

  4. Early identification of hERG liability in drug discovery programs by automated patch clamp

    Timm eDanker


    Full Text Available Blockade of the cardiac ion channel coded by hERG can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, which has become a major concern in drug discovery and development. Automated electrophysiological patch clamp allows assessment of hERG channel effects early in drug development to aid medicinal chemistry programs and has become routine in pharmaceutical companies. However, a number of potential sources of errors in setting up hERG channel assays by automated patch clamp can lead to misinterpretation of data or false effects being reported. This article describes protocols for automated electrophysiology screening of compound effects on the hERG channel current. Protocol details and the translation of criteria known from manual patch clamp experiments to automated patch clamp experiments to achieve good quality data are emphasized. Typical pitfalls and artifacts that may lead to misinterpretation of data are discussed. While this article focuses on hERG channel recordings using the QPatch (Sophion A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark technology, many of the assay and protocol details given in this article can be transferred for setting up different ion channel assays by automated patch clamp and are similar on other planar patch clamp platforms.

  5. Effect of non-ideal clamping shape on the resonance frequencies of silicon nanocantilevers

    Guillon, Samuel; Saya, Daisuke; Mazenq, Laurent; Nicu, Liviu [CNRS, LAAS, 7 Avenue du Colonel Roche, F-31077 Toulouse Cedex 4 (France); Perisanu, Sorin; Vincent, Pascal [LPMCN, Universite Claude Bernard Lyon 1 et CNRS, 43 boulevard du 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Lazarus, Arnaud; Thomas, Olivier, E-mail: [Structural Mechanics and Coupled Systems Laboratory, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, 2 rue Conte, 75003 Paris (France)


    In this paper, we investigate the effects of non-ideal clamping shapes on the dynamic behavior of silicon nanocantilevers. We fabricated silicon nanocantilevers using silicon on insulator (SOI) wafers by employing stepper ultraviolet (UV) lithography, which permits a resolution of under 100 nm. The nanocantilevers were driven by electrostatic force inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Both lateral and out-of-plane resonance frequencies were visually detected with the SEM. Next, we discuss overhanging of the cantilever support and curvature at the clamping point in the silicon nanocantilevers, which generally arises in the fabrication process. We found that the fundamental out-of-plane frequency of a realistically clamped cantilever is always lower than that for a perfectly clamped cantilever, and depends on the cantilever width and the geometry of the clamping point structure. Using simulation with the finite-elements method, we demonstrate that this discrepancy is attributed to the particular geometry of the clamping point (non-zero joining curvatures and a flexible overhanging) that is obtained in the fabrication process. The influence of the material orthotropy is also investigated and is shown to be negligible.

  6. Peptide- and proton-driven allosteric clamps catalyze anthrax toxin translocation across membranes.

    Das, Debasis; Krantz, Bryan A


    Anthrax toxin is an intracellularly acting toxin in which sufficient information is available regarding the structure of its transmembrane channel, allowing for detailed investigation of models of translocation. Anthrax toxin, comprising three proteins-protective antigen (PA), lethal factor (LF), and edema factor-translocates large proteins across membranes. Here we show that the PA translocase channel has a transport function in which its catalytic active sites operate allosterically. We find that the phenylalanine clamp (ϕ-clamp), the known conductance bottleneck in the PA translocase, gates as either a more closed state or a more dilated state. Thermodynamically, the two channel states have >300-fold different binding affinities for an LF-derived peptide. The change in clamp thermodynamics requires distant α-clamp and ϕ-clamp sites. Clamp allostery and translocation are more optimal for LF peptides with uniform stereochemistry, where the least allosteric and least efficiently translocated peptide had a mixed stereochemistry. Overall, the kinetic results are in less agreement with an extended-chain Brownian ratchet model but, instead, are more consistent with an allosteric helix-compression model that is dependent also on substrate peptide coil-to-helix/helix-to-coil cooperativity. PMID:27506790

  7. A High Step-Down Interleaved Buck Converter with Active-Clamp Circuits for Wind Turbines

    Chih-Lung Shen


    Full Text Available In this paper, a high step-down interleaved buck coupled-inductor converter (IBCC with active-clamp circuits for wind energy conversion has been studied. In high step-down voltage applications, an IBCC can extend duty ratio and reduce voltage stresses on active switches. In order to reduce switching losses of active switches to improve conversion efficiency, a IBCC with soft-switching techniques is usually required. Compared with passive-clamp circuits, the IBCC with active-clamp circuits have lower switching losses and minimum ringing voltage of the active switches. Thus, the proposed IBCC with active-clamp circuits for wind energy conversion can significantly increase conversion efficiency. Finally, a 240 W prototype of the proposed IBCC with active-clamp circuits was built and implemented. Experimental results have shown that efficiency can reach as high as 91%. The proposed IBCC with active-clamp circuits is presented in high step-down voltage applications to verify the performance and the feasibility for energy conversion of wind turbines.

  8. M. tuberculosis sliding β-clamp does not interact directly with the NAD+-dependent DNA ligase.

    Vandna Kukshal

    Full Text Available The sliding β-clamp, an important component of the DNA replication and repair machinery, is drawing increasing attention as a therapeutic target. We report the crystal structure of the M. tuberculosis β-clamp (Mtbβ-clamp to 3.0 Å resolution. The protein crystallized in the space group C222(1 with cell-dimensions a = 72.7, b = 234.9 & c = 125.1 Å respectively. Mtbβ-clamp is a dimer, and exhibits head-to-tail association similar to other bacterial clamps. Each monomer folds into three domains with similar structures respectively and associates with its dimeric partner through 6 salt-bridges and about 21 polar interactions. Affinity experiments involving a blunt DNA duplex, primed-DNA and nicked DNA respectively show that Mtbβ-clamp binds specifically to primed DNA about 1.8 times stronger compared to the other two substrates and with an apparent K(d of 300 nM. In bacteria like E. coli, the β-clamp is known to interact with subunits of the clamp loader, NAD(+-dependent DNA ligase (LigA and other partners. We tested the interactions of the Mtbβ-clamp with MtbLigA and the γ-clamp loader subunit through radioactive gel shift assays, size exclusion chromatography, yeast-two hybrid experiments and also functionally. Intriguingly while Mtbβ-clamp interacts in vitro with the γ-clamp loader, it does not interact with MtbLigA unlike in bacteria like E. coli where it does. Modeling studies involving earlier peptide complexes reveal that the peptide-binding site is largely conserved despite lower sequence identity between bacterial clamps. Overall the results suggest that other as-yet-unidentified factors may mediate interactions between the clamp, LigA and DNA in mycobacteria.

  9. Yielding of the clamped-wire system in the Ilizarov external fixator.

    Watson, M A; Matthias, K J; Maffulli, N; Hukins, D W L


    This study demonstrates that the clamped-wire system used to suspend bones within an Ilizarov external fixator yields when the perpendicular load exceeds 50 N per wire. Cyclic loading was applied to tensioned wires clamped within an Ilizarov ring component, with steadily increasing load amplitude. Wires were tested at four initial tension settings. The amount of energy lost within the clamped-wire system per load cycle was calculated for every test. The results showed that there was a consistent trend to increasing non-recoverable energy loss per load cycle when peak loads exceed 50 N for all initial tension settings. A finite element (FE) model replicating the experimental conditions was performed to investigate the levels of stress within the loaded wires. The FE model analyses showed that high stresses were generated in the wires close to the clamping sites, and that the stress levels could reasonably be expected to exceed the material yield stress when loaded to about 55 N, for all initial tension settings. The results show that material yield, accompanied by some wire slippage through the clamps, is responsible for system yield, in agreement with previous studies. Although the initial wire tension has an appreciable effect on the wire stiffness, it did not affect the elastic load range of the clamped-wire system. To prevent yield of the clamped-wire system in practice, the fixator should be assembled with sufficient wires to ensure that the load transmitted to each wire by the patient does not exceed 50 N. PMID:14558649

  10. Intermittent selective clamping improves rat liver regeneration by attenuating oxidative and endoplasmic reticulum stress.

    Ben Mosbah, I; Duval, H; Mbatchi, S-F; Ribault, C; Grandadam, S; Pajaud, J; Morel, F; Boudjema, K; Compagnon, P; Corlu, A


    Intermittent clamping of the portal trial is an effective method to avoid excessive blood loss during hepatic resection, but this procedure may cause ischemic damage to liver. Intermittent selective clamping of the lobes to be resected may represent a good alternative as it exposes the remnant liver only to the reperfusion stress. We compared the effect of intermittent total or selective clamping on hepatocellular injury and liver regeneration. Entire hepatic lobes or only lobes to be resected were subjected twice to 10 min of ischemia followed by 5 min of reperfusion before hepatectomy. We provided evidence that the effect of intermittent clamping can be damaging or beneficial depending to its mode of application. Although transaminase levels were similar in all groups, intermittent total clamping impaired liver regeneration and increased apoptosis. In contrast, intermittent selective clamping improved liver protein secretion and hepatocyte proliferation when compared with standard hepatectomy. This beneficial effect was linked to better adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) recovery, nitric oxide production, antioxidant activities and endoplasmic reticulum adaptation leading to limit mitochondrial damage and apoptosis. Interestingly, transient and early chaperone inductions resulted in a controlled activation of the unfolded protein response concomitantly to endothelial nitric oxide synthase, extracellular signal-regulated kinase-1/2 (ERK1/2) and p38 MAPK activation that favors liver regeneration. Endoplasmic reticulum stress is a central target through which intermittent selective clamping exerts its cytoprotective effect and improves liver regeneration. This procedure could be applied as a powerful protective modality in the field of living donor liver transplantation and liver surgery. PMID:24603335

  11. Clampe de Ganz no tratamento de urgência em lesões do anel pélvico Ganz clamps to treat emergencies in pelvic ring lesions

    Gilberto José Cação Pereira


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficiência do clampe de Ganz na estabilização e redução dos deslocamentos da pelve, quando utilizado no tratamento de urgência, além de aquilatar eventuais dificuldades e facilidades do método. MÉTODOS: O clampe de Ganz foi utilizado no tratamento de urgência em 31 pacientes com graves lesões do anel pélvico (Tile C associadas a importante instabilidade hemodinâmica. RESULTADO: Entre os pacientes, 27 (87,1% apresentaram evolução favorável, com estabilização, redução dos deslocamentos e compressão da região posterior do anel, além de estabilização hemodinâmica, e quatro (12,9% evoluíram para óbito. CONCLUSÃO: O clampe de Ganz mostrou-se eficiente ferramenta no tratamento de urgência das lesões do anel pélvico, por ser de concepção simples, de rápida colocação, não impedir ou dificultar procedimentos no abdome e, principalmente, por permitir a estabilização da pelve, redução dos deslocamentos e compressão na região posterior do anel, local onde ocorrem os maiores sangramentos, reduzindo-os ou eliminando-os.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of Ganz clamp to stabilize and reduce pelvic dislocations in emergency situations, and to assess possible difficult and easy aspects of the method. METHOD: Ganz clamp was used in the emergency treatment of 31 patients with severe lesions of the pelvic ring (Tile C associated to major hemodynamic instability. RESULTS: Among the patients, 27 (87.1% presented a favorable evolution, with stabilization, reduction of dislocations, and compression of the posterior portion of the ring, and also hemodynamic stabilization, and 4 (12.9% died. CONCLUSION: The Ganz clamp was found to be an effective tool in the emergency treatment of pelvic ring lesions because it has an uncomplicated conception, allowing for a fast placement, because it does not prevent nor make it difficult for abdominal procedures, and most of all because it allows for the

  12. A bacterial toxin inhibits DNA replication elongation through a direct interaction with the β sliding clamp.

    Aakre, Christopher D; Phung, Tuyen N; Huang, David; Laub, Michael T


    Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are ubiquitous on bacterial chromosomes, yet the mechanisms regulating their activity and the molecular targets of toxins remain incompletely defined. Here, we identify SocAB, an atypical TA system in Caulobacter crescentus. Unlike canonical TA systems, the toxin SocB is unstable and constitutively degraded by the protease ClpXP; this degradation requires the antitoxin, SocA, as a proteolytic adaptor. We find that the toxin, SocB, blocks replication elongation through an interaction with the sliding clamp, driving replication fork collapse. Mutations that suppress SocB toxicity map to either the hydrophobic cleft on the clamp that binds DNA polymerase III or a clamp-binding motif in SocB. Our findings suggest that SocB disrupts replication by outcompeting other clamp-binding proteins. Collectively, our results expand the diversity of mechanisms employed by TA systems to regulate toxin activity and inhibit bacterial growth, and they suggest that inhibiting clamp function may be a generalizable antibacterial strategy. PMID:24239291

  13. Dynamics of beta and proliferating cell nuclear antigen sliding clamps in traversing DNA secondary structure.

    Yao, N; Hurwitz, J; O'Donnell, M


    Chromosomal replicases of cellular organisms utilize a ring shaped protein that encircles DNA as a mobile tether for high processivity in DNA synthesis. These "sliding clamps" have sufficiently large linear diameters to encircle duplex DNA and are perhaps even large enough to slide over certain DNA secondary structural elements. This report examines the Escherichia coli beta and human proliferating cell nuclear antigen clamps for their ability to slide over various DNA secondary structures. The results show that these clamps are capable of traversing a 13-nucleotide ssDNA loop, a 4-base pair stem-loop, a 4-nucleotide 5' tail, and a 15-mer bubble within the duplex. However, upon increasing the size of these structures (20-nucleotide loop, 12-base pair stem-loop, 28-nucleotide 5' tail, and 20-nucleotide bubble) the sliding motion of the beta and proliferating cell nuclear antigen over these elements is halted. Studies of the E. coli replicase, DNA polymerase III holoenzyme, in chain elongation with the beta clamp demonstrate that upon encounter with an oligonucleotide annealed in its path, it traverses the duplex and resumes synthesis on the 3' terminus of the oligonucleotide. This sliding and resumption of synthesis occurs even when the oligonucleotide contains a secondary structure element, provided the beta clamp can traverse the structure. However, upon encounter with a downstream oligonucleotide containing a large internal secondary structure, the holoenzyme clears the obstacle by strand displacing the oligonucleotide from the template. Implications of these protein dynamics to DNA transactions are discussed. PMID:10625694

  14. Functional dissection of synaptic circuits: in vivo patch-clamp recording in neuroscience

    Yi Zhou


    Full Text Available Neuronal activity is dominated by synaptic inputs from excitatory or inhibitory neural circuits. With the development of in vivo patch-clamp recording, especially in vivo voltage-clamp recording, researchers can not only directly measure neuronal activity, such as spiking responses or membrane potential dynamics, but also quantify synaptic inputs from excitatory and inhibitory circuits in living animals. This approach enables researchers to directly unravel different synaptic components and to understand their underlying roles in particular brain functions. Combining in vivo patch-clamp recording with other techniques, such as two-photon imaging or optogenetics, can provide even clearer functional dissection of the synaptic contributions of different neurons or nuclei. Here, we summarized current applications and recent research progress using the in vivo patch-clamp recording method and focused on its role in the functional dissection of different synaptic inputs. The key factors of a successful in vivo patch-clamp experiment and possible solutions based on references and our experiences were also discussed.

  15. Gain-clamping techniques in two-stage double-pass L-band EDFA

    S W harun; N Md Samsuri; H Ahmad


    Two designs of long-wavelength band erbium-doped fiber amplifier (L-band EDFA) for gain clamping in double-pass systems are demonstrated and compared. The first design is based on ring laser technique where a backward amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) from the second stage is routed into the feedback loop to create an oscillating laser for gain clamping. The gain is clamped at 18.6 dB from -40 to -8 dBm with a gain variation of less than ± 0.1 dB and a noise figure of less than 6 dB. Another scheme is based on partial reflection of ASE into the EDFA, which is demonstrated using a narrowband fiber Bragg grating. This scheme achieves a good gain clamping characteristic up to -12 dBm of input signal power with a gain variation of less than ± 0.3 dB from a clamped gain of 22 dB. The noise figure of a 1580 nm signal is maintained below 5 dB in this amplifier since this scheme is not based on lasing mechanism. The latter scheme is also expected to be free from the relaxation oscillation problem.

  16. Nonlinear Bending Stiffness of Plates Clamped by Bolted Joints under Bending Moment

    Naruse, Tomohiro; Shibutani, Yoji

    Equivalent stiffness of plates clamped by bolted joints for designing should be evaluated according to not only the strength of bolted joints but also the deformation and vibration characteristics of the structures. When the applied external axial load or the bending moment is sufficiently small, the contact surfaces of the bolted joint are stuck together, and thus both the bolt and the clamped plates deform linearly. Although the sophisticated VDI 2230 code gives the appropriate stiffness of clamped plates for the infinitesimal deformation, the stiffness may vary nonlinearly with increasing the loading because of changing the contact state. Therefore, the present paper focuses on the nonlinear behaviour of the bending stiffness of clamped plates by using Finite Element (FE) analyses, taking the contact condition on bearing surfaces and between the plates into account. The FE models of the plates with thicknesses of 3.2, 4.5, 6.0 and 9.0 mm tightened with M8, 10, 12 and 16 bolts were constructed. The relation between bending moment and bending compliance of clamped plates is found to be categorized into three regions, namely, (i) constant compliance with fully stuck contact surfaces, (ii) transition showing the nonlinear compliance, and (iii) constant compliance with one-side contact surfaces. The mechanical models for these three regions are proposed and compared with FEM solutions. The prediction on the bounds of three regions is in a fairly good agreement except the case with smaller bolts and thicker plates.

  17. Combined Triplex/Duplex Invasion of Double-Stranded DNA by "Tail-Clamp" Peptide Nucleic Acid

    Bentin, Thomas; Larsen, H. J.; Nielsen, Peter E.


    "Tail-clamp" PNAs composed of a short (hexamer) homopyrimidine triplex forming domain and a (decamer) mixed sequence duplex forming extension have been designed. Tail-clamp PNAs display significantly increased binding to single-stranded DNA compared with PNAs lacking a duplex-forming extension as...... determined by T-m measurements. Binding to double-stranded (ds) DNA occurred by combined triplex and duplex invasion as analyzed by permanganate probing. Furthermore, C-50 measurements revealed that tail-clamp PNAs consistently bound the dsDNA target more efficiently, and kinetics experiments revealed that...... this was due to a dramatically reduced dissociation rate of such complexes. Increasing the PNA net charge also increased binding efficiency, but unexpectedly, this increase was much more pronounced for tailless-clamp PNAs than for tail-clamp PNAs. Finally, shortening the tail-clamp PNA triplex invasion...

  18. Delayed cord clamping in red blood cell alloimmunization: safe, effective, and free?

    McAdams, Ryan M


    Hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN), an alloimmune disorder due to maternal and fetal blood type incompatibility, is associated with fetal and neonatal complications related to red blood cell (RBC) hemolysis. After delivery, without placental clearance, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia may develop from ongoing maternal antibody-mediated RBC hemolysis. In cases refractory to intensive phototherapy treatment, exchange transfusions (ET) may be performed to prevent central nervous system damage by reducing circulating bilirubin levels and to replace antibody-coated red blood cells with antigen-negative RBCs. The risks and costs of treating HDN are significant, but appear to be decreased by delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth, a strategy that promotes placental transfusion to the newborn. Compared to immediate cord clamping (ICC), safe and beneficial short-term outcomes have been demonstrated in preterm and term neonates receiving delayed cord clamping (DCC), a practice that may potentially be effective in cases RBC alloimmunization. PMID:27186530

  19. Significance of Shrinkage Induced Clamping Pressure in Fiber-Matrix Bonding in Cementitious Composite Materials

    Stang, Henrik


    The present paper accesses the significance of shrinkage inducedclamping pressure in fiber/matrix bonding mechanisms incementitious composite materials. The paper contains a description of an experimental setup whichallows mbox{measurement} of the clamping pressure which develops on anelastic...... inhomogeneity embedded in a matrix consisting of acementitious material undergoing shrinkage during hydration(autogenous shrinkage). Furthermore, the paperpresents the analysis necessary to perform an interpretation of the experimental results and which allows for thedetermination of the clamping pressure...... used in high performance cementitious composite materials.Assuming a Coulomb type of friction on the fiber/matrix interface andusing typical values for the frictional coefficient it is shownthat the shrinkage induced clamping pressure could be one of the mostimportant factors determining the frictional...

  20. Enhancing endogenous stem cells in the newborn via delayed umbilical cord clamping

    Christopher Lawton


    Full Text Available There is currently no consensus among clinicians and scientists over the appropriate or optimal timing for umbilical cord clamping. However, many clinical studies have suggested that delayed cord clamping is associated with various neonatal benefits including increased blood volume, reduced need for blood transfusion, increased cerebral oxygenation in pre-term infants, and decreased frequency of iron deficiency anemia in term infants. Human umbilical cord blood contains significant amounts of stem and progenitor cells and is currently used in the treatment of several life-threatening diseases. We propose that delayed cord clamping be encouraged as it enhances blood flow from the placenta to the neonate, which is accompanied by an increase supply of valuable stem and progenitor cells, as well as may improve blood oxygenation and increase blood volume, altogether reducing the infant′s susceptibility to both neonatal and age-related diseases.

  1. Enhancing endogenous stem cells in the newborn via delayed umbilical cord clamping.

    Lawton, Christopher; Acosta, Sandra; Watson, Nate; Gonzales-Portillo, Chiara; Diamandis, Theo; Tajiri, Naoki; Kaneko, Yuji; Sanberg, Paul R; Borlongan, Cesar V


    There is currently no consensus among clinicians and scientists over the appropriate or optimal timing for umbilical cord clamping. However, many clinical studies have suggested that delayed cord clamping is associated with various neonatal benefits including increased blood volume, reduced need for blood transfusion, increased cerebral oxygenation in pre-term infants, and decreased frequency of iron deficiency anemia in term infants. Human umbilical cord blood contains significant amounts of stem and progenitor cells and is currently used in the treatment of several life-threatening diseases. We propose that delayed cord clamping be encouraged as it enhances blood flow from the placenta to the neonate, which is accompanied by an increase supply of valuable stem and progenitor cells, as well as may improve blood oxygenation and increase blood volume, altogether reducing the infant's susceptibility to both neonatal and age-related diseases. PMID:26604879

  2. Enhancing endogenous stem cells in the newbornvia delayed umbilical cord clamping

    Christopher Lawton; Sandra Acosta; Nate Watson; Chiara Gonzales-Portillo; hTeo Diamandis; Naoki Tajiri; Yuji Kaneko; Paul R. Sanberg; Cesar V. Borlongan


    There is currently no consensus among clinicians and scientists over the appropriate or optimal timing for umbilical cord clamping. However, many clinical studies have suggested that delayed cord clamping is associated with various neonatal beneifts including increased blood volume, reduced need for blood transfusion, increased cerebral oxygenation in pre-term infants, and decreased frequency of iron deifciency anemia in term infants. Human umbilical cord blood con-tains signiifcant amounts of stem and progenitor cells and is currently used in the treatment of several life-threatening diseases. We propose that delayed cord clamping be encouraged as it en-hances blood lfow from the placenta to the neonate, which is accompanied by an increase supply of valuable stem and progenitor cells, as well as may improve blood oxygenation and increase blood volume, altogether reducing the infant’s susceptibility to both neonatal and age-related diseases.

  3. Development of planar patch clamp technology and its application in the analysis of cellular electrophysiology

    Peihua Chen; Wei Zhang; Jun Zhou; Ping Wang; Lidan Xiao; Mo Yang


    A patch clamp chip, as a novel cell-based chip for electrophysiological recordings, has many prominent advantages such as high res-olution, accuracy, high throughput and automation. It can be used to perform multivariate and real-time measurements of cell networks in situ. Therefore, this technology will dramatically promote the research on ionic channels, neuronal networks and the application of this technology in drug screening. This paper reviews the development of planar patch clamp technology and its applications in detail. The latest progress in the research of taste cells electrophysiology and taste transduction is also presented. Finally, this paper analyzes the methodology of neural chips. Based on the current research of our laboratory, the prospective applications of a patch clamp chip in the research of taste sensation and transduction mechanisms at molecular and cellular levels are discussed.

  4. Delayed cord clamping for prevention of iron deficiency anemia in term infants

    Olga Rasiyanti Siregar


    Full Text Available Background Iron deficiency anemia (IDA during infancy and childhood is a concern due to its potentially detrimental effects on development, some of which may be irreversible even after iron treatment. Delayed cord clamping may prevent IDA by increasing an infant’s iron reserve at birth. Objective We aimed to evaluate the effect of delayed umbilical cord clamping at birth on the iron status in newborns at age 24 hours of life. Methods This randomized, single-blind study was conducted from March to May 2009, at two general hospitals in Medan, North Sumatera Province. Eligible newborn infants were randomly assigned to one of two groups: early cord clamping (ECC performed 15 seconds after delivery or delayed cord clamping (DCC performed 2 minutes after delivery. Infants were placed on their mothers’ abdomens before the umbilical cords were clamped. Hematologic status was determined from umbilical cord blood. Results Sixty-three subjects were included in our study, consisting of 31 infants in the ECC group and 32 infants in the DCC group. We found that mean neonatal hemoglobin level was higher in the DCC group than in the ECC group (18.4 g% and 16.2 g%, respectively, P=0.0001. Also, mean ferritin level was higher in the DCC group than in the ECC group (556 mg/dL and 329 mg/dL, respectively, P=0.015. Other hematological status indicators, including mean hematocrit and mean corpuscular volume (MCV level, were also higher in the DCC group. However, mean red blood cell levels were not significantly different between the two groups. Nor was there a significant difference in mean bilirubin level between the DCC and ECC groups. Conclusion Delayed cord clamping may improve iron status and prevent IDA in term infants.

  5. Role of the α Clamp in the Protein Translocation Mechanism of Anthrax Toxin.

    Brown, Michael J; Thoren, Katie L; Krantz, Bryan A


    Membrane-embedded molecular machines are utilized to move water-soluble proteins across these barriers. Anthrax toxin forms one such machine through the self-assembly of its three component proteins--protective antigen (PA), lethal factor, and edema factor. Upon endocytosis into host cells, acidification of the endosome induces PA to form a membrane-inserted channel, which unfolds lethal factor and edema factor and translocates them into the host cytosol. Translocation is driven by the proton motive force, composed of the chemical potential, the proton gradient (ΔpH), and the membrane potential (Δψ). A crystal structure of the lethal toxin core complex revealed an "α clamp" structure that binds to substrate helices nonspecifically. Here, we test the hypothesis that, through the recognition of unfolding helical structure, the α clamp can accelerate the rate of translocation. We produced a synthetic PA mutant in which an α helix was crosslinked into the α clamp to block its function. This synthetic construct impairs translocation by raising a yet uncharacterized translocation barrier shown to be much less force dependent than the known unfolding barrier. We also report that the α clamp more stably binds substrates that can form helices than those, such as polyproline, that cannot. Hence, the α clamp recognizes substrates by a general shape-complementarity mechanism. Substrates that are incapable of forming compact secondary structure (due to the introduction of a polyproline track) are severely deficient for translocation. Therefore, the α clamp and its recognition of helical structure in the translocating substrate play key roles in the molecular mechanism of protein translocation. PMID:26344833

  6. Analysis and testing of the DIII-D ohmic heating coil lead repair clamp

    DIII-D has been operating for the last year with limited volt-second capabilities due to structural failure of a conductor lead to one of the ohmic heating (OH) solenoids. The conductor failure was due to poor epoxy impregnation of the overwrap of the lead pack, resulting in copper fatigue and a water leak. A number of structural analyses were performed to assist in determining the failure scenario and to evaluate various repair options. A fatigue stress analysis of the leads with a failed epoxy overwrap indicated crack initiation after 1,000 cycles at the maximum operating conditions. The failure occurred in a very inaccessible area which restricted design repair options to concepts which could be implemented remotely. Several design options were considered for repairing the lead so that it can sustain the loads for 7.5 Vs conditions at full toroidal field. A clamp, along with preloaded banding straps and shim bags, provides a system that guarantees that the stress at the crack location is always compressive and prevents further crack growth in the conductor. Due to the limited space available for the repair, it was necessary to design the clamp system to operate at the material yield stress. The primary components of the clamp system were verified by load tests prior to installation. The main body of the clamp contains a load cell and potentiometer for monitoring the load-deflection characteristics of the clamp and conductors during plasma operation. Strain gages provides redundant instrumentation. If required, the preload on the conductors can be increased remotely by a special wrench attached to the clamp assembly

  7. Cracking associated with micrometeoroid impact craters in anodized aluminum alloy clamps on LDEF

    Murr, Lawrence E.; Niou, Chorng S.; Quinones, Stella; Murr, Kyle S.


    The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) is a reusable hollow-cylindrical satellite sustaining a total of 57 different experiments. The 130 sq m of spacecraft surface area included anodized 6061-T6 Al alloy bay frames and clamps for holding experiment trays in the bay areas. Attention is presently given to the micrometeoroid impact crater features observed on two tray clamps recovered from the LDEF leading-edge locations. It is found that even very subtle surface modifications in structural alloy anodizing can influence micrometeoroid impact crater cracking, notable radial cracking due to the ejecta-rim of the impact craters.

  8. High pressure clamp for electrical measurements up to 8 GPa and temperature down to 77 K

    Bandyopadhyay, A. K.; Nalini, A. V.; Gopal, E. S. R.; Subramanyam, S. V.


    A compact clamp-type high pressure cell for carrying out electrical conductivity measurements on small solid samples of size 1 mm or less at pressures upto 8 GPa (i.e., 80 kbar) and for use down to 77 K has been designed and fabricated. The pressure generated in the sample region has been calibrated at room temperature against the polymorphic phase transitions of Bismuth and Ytterbium. The pressure relaxation of the clamp at low temperatures has been estimated by monitoring the electrical conductivity behavior of lead.

  9. In vivo patch clamp recording technique in the study of neurophysiology

    Lan-Wei CUI; Yu-Rong LI


    The patch clamp recording technique in vivois a blind patch clamp recording methods to record the current of the spinal or cereral neurons of anaesthesia ( or awake) animals. This technique can be used to study the synaptic function and plasticity in central nervous system in vivoin order to understand the physiological properties of the ion channels from an integrated point of view. The advantage of this technique have already presented itself in the study of the synaptic transmission and nervous network. Nowadays, in vivo patch whole-cell recording technique in combination with other techniques is becoming a common method in the research fields.

  10. Two-Dimensional Fiber Positioning and Clamping Device for Product-Internal Microassembly

    Henneken, V.A.; Sassen, W.P.; Van der Vlist, W.; Wien, W.H.A.; Tichem, M.; Sarro, P.M.


    In this paper, we present a microelectromechanical systems-based two-degrees-of-freedom positioning device combined with a clamping structure for positioning and constraining an optical fiber. The fiber position can be controlled in the two directions perpendicular to the fiber axis using two specif


    Uterine ischemia results in severe cardiac disturbances in the fetus. It has been postulated that these effects are due to interaction with the ischemic uterus or placenta and not due to hypoxia or build up of metabolites in the fetus. The fetal cardiac responses to uterine clamp...

  12. The Response Clamp: Functional characterization of neural systems using closed-loop control

    Avner Wallach


    Full Text Available The voltage clamp method, pioneered by Hodgkin, Huxley and Katz, laid the foundations to neurophysiological research. Its core rationale is the use of closed-loop control as a tool for system characterization. A recently introduced method, the response clamp, extends the voltage clamp rationale to the functional, phenomenological level. The method consists of on-line estimation of a response variable of interest (e.g. the probability of response or its latency and a simple feedback control mechanism designed to tightly converge this variable towards a desired trajectory. In the present contribution I offer a perspective on this novel method and its applications in the broader context of system identification and characterization. First, I demonstrate how internal state variables are exposed using the method, and how the use of several controllers may allow for a detailed, multi-variable characterization of the system. Second, I discuss three different categories of applications of the method: (i exploration of intrinsically generated dynamics, (ii exploration of extrinsically generated dynamics and (iii generation of input-output trajectories. The relation of these categories to similar uses in the voltage clamp and other techniques is also discussed. Finally, I discuss the method’s limitations, as well as its possible synthesis with existing complementary approaches.

  13. Early vs delayed clamping of the umbilical cord in full term, preterm and very preterm infants

    Moller, N.K.; Weber, T.


    Randomized studies from 2006 and two meta-analyses published in 2007 agree that clamping of the umbilical cord can be delayed. For the preterm and very preterm infant benefits include less need for blood transfusion and less morbidity, especially for the very preterm male infant. For the term...

  14. Experimental and numerical analysis of clamped joints in front motorbike suspensions

    Vincenzi N.


    Full Text Available Clamped joints are shaft-hub connections used, as an instance, in front motorbike suspensions to lock the steering plates with the legs and the legs with the wheel pin, by means of one or two bolts. The preloading force, produced during the tightening process, should be evaluated accurately, since it must lock safely the shaft, without overcoming the yielding point of the hub. Firstly, friction coefficients have been evaluated on “ad-hoc designed” specimens, by applying the Design of Experiment approach: the applied tightening torque has been precisely related to the imposed preloading force. Then, the tensile state of clamps have been evaluated both via FEM and by leveraging some design formulae proposed by the Authors as function of the preloading force and of the clamp geometry. Finally, the results have been compared to those given by some strain gauges applied on the tested clamps: the discrepancies between numerical analyses, the design formulae and the experimental results remains under a threshold of 10%.

  15. Two simple finite element methods for Reissner--Mindlin plates with clamped boundary condition

    Bishnu P. Lamichhane


    We present two simple finite element methods for the discretization of Reissner--Mindlin plate equations with {\\em clamped} boundary condition. These finite element methods are based on discrete Lagrange multiplier spaces from mortar finite element techniques. We prove optimal a priori error estimates for both methods.

  16. Trans-Z-source and Γ-Z-source neutral-point-clamped inverters

    Wei, Mo; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede;


    Z-source neutral-point-clamped (NPC) inverters are earlier proposed for obtaining voltage buck-boost and three-level switching simultaneously. Their performances are, however, constrained by a trade-off between their input-to-output gain and modulation ratio. This trade-off can lead to high...

  17. An Efficient Single Impedance Network Three Level Z-Source Neutral Point Clamped Inverter



    Full Text Available A multilevel inverter can eliminate the need for the step-up transformer and reduce the harmonics produced by the inverter. Although the multilevel inverter structure was initially introduced as a means of reducing the output waveform harmonic content, it was found that the dc bus voltage could be increased beyond the voltage rating of an individual power device by the use of a voltage clamping network consisting of diodes. By using voltage clamping techniques, the system KV rating can be extended beyond limits of an individual device. This paper presents Impedance (Z Source Neutral Point Clamped (NPC three level inverter with reduced number of impedance source networks and clamping diodes for non-linear loads. Earlier for a three level NPC inverter two separate impedance networks were used. But to reduce the circuit complexity without compromising with output requirement; only one impedance network is used and to substantiate this, the simulation of proposed circuit is carried out using MATLAB/Simulink for a 48 V input supply. A prototype is developed for an input voltage of 26V and the experimental results for the same are presented in this paper.

  18. A direct proofreader-clamp interaction stabilizes the Pol III replicase in the polymerization mode

    Jergic, Slobodan; Horan, Nicholas P.; Elshenawy, Mohamed M.; Mason, Claire E.; Urathamakul, Thitima; Ozawa, Kiyoshi; Robinson, Andrew; Goudsmits, Joris M. H.; Wang, Yao; Pan, Xuefeng; Beck, Jennifer L.; van Oijen, Antoine M.; Huber, Thomas; Hamdan, Samir M.; Dixon, Nicholas E.


    Processive DNA synthesis by the alpha epsilon theta core of the Escherichia coli Pol III replicase requires it to be bound to the beta(2) clamp via a site in the a polymerase subunit. How the epsilon proofreading exonuclease subunit influences DNA synthesis by alpha was not previously understood. In

  19. Common voltage eliminating of SVM diode clamping three-level inverter connected to grid

    Guo, Yougui; Zeng, Ping; Zhu, Jieqiong;


    A novel method of common voltage eliminating is put forward for SVM diode clamping three-level inverter connected to grid by calculation of common voltage of its various switching states. PLECS is used to model this three-level inverter connected to grid and good results are obtained. First...

  20. Applicability of fiber model in seismic response analysis for center-clamp type bushings on transformers

    A bushing is a device for insulation and support of a conductor. Especially it is called center-clamp type when it is connected with a metal holder through clamping force. As a consequence of damage of center-clamp type bushings in Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, refinement of the response analysis method and review of the seismic design procedure became necessary. In the present report, the fiber model, which can evaluate non-linear behavior in the section subjected to axial force and bending moment, was implemented to the CRIEPI's finite element analysis program 'Mastrd' considering following characteristics of center-clamp type bushings. a) The gasket section between a porcelain tube and a metal holder has a torus shape. b) Springs around the top of the bushing give clamping force, but they lock in excessive base rotation. c) The gasket does not resist against tension. d) Local resistance against compression due to bending increases in use of very thin gaskets. The developed program was verified through comparison with the shaking table test result for real bushings whose voltage classes were 154 kV and 275 kV. Deformation indices as rotation angle and base opening due to bending were influenced by damping conditions. Though there was not the condition which brought about remarkable underestimation, reduction of damping for a fiber model element was preferable for safety. On the other hand, bending moment was consistent with experimental results because it tended not to fluctuate in the non-linear region. (author)

  1. Free Vibration Analysis of an Alround-Clamped Rectangular Thin Orthotropic Plate Using Taylor-Mclaurin Shape Function

    D.O Onwuka


    Full Text Available A comprehensive free vibration analysis of an alround-clamped rectangular thin or thotropic plate, was carried out using Taylor- Mclaurin shape function, and Ritz method. The Taylor-Mclaurin shape function truncated at the fourth term satisfied all the boundary conditions of the alround-clamped thin orthotropic plate. The shape function was substituted into the total energy functional, which was subsequently minimized. From the minimized equation, the natural frequency equation for the clamped plate, was derived. The resulting equation was used to calculate fundamental natural frequencies of the clamped plate for various aspect ratios, p and different combinations of flexural rigidity ratios, φ. The fundamental frequencies for a clamped plate vibrating in the first mode are given in Tables1-5, for different flexural rigidities, φ and aspect ratios varying from 0.1 to 2 at increments of 0.1. The average percentage difference in the values of natural frequency for the flexural rigidity ratios, φ1, φ2, and φ3, are 1.532%,1.367% and 1.425% for different values of the aspect ratio, = ; and 1.149%, 1.506% and……..for different values of the aspect ratio, = . These average percentage differences indicate that the formulated deflection function for the clamped plate, is a very good approximation to the exact deflection function of the free vibration of a clamped rectangular thin orthotropic plate

  2. Comparison between symmetrical and asymmetrical single phase multilevel inverter with diode-clamped topology

    Blaabjerg, Frede; Nami, A.; Zare, F.; Ledwich, G.; Ghosh, A.

    In this paper, a different configuration based on different DC bus voltage for a diode-clamped multilevel inverter has been presented. Two different symmetrical and asymmetrical arrangements of a four-level diode clamped inverters have been compared, in order to find an optimum arrangement with...... lower switching losses and optimised output voltage quality. The optimised asymmetrical arrangement has been compared with a conventional four- level inverter. The comparison results show that an asymmetrical configuration can obtain more voltage levels in output voltage with same number of component...... compared with the conventional four-level inverter and this will lead to the reduction of harmonic content of output voltage. A predictive current control technique has been carried out to verify the viability of new configuration. The advantages of this control method are simplicity and applicability for...

  3. High Efficiency Interleaved Active Clamped Dc-Dc Converter with Fuel Cell for High Voltage Applications

    Sona P


    Full Text Available A high efficiency interleaved ZVS active clamped current fed dc-dc converter is proposed in this paper specially used for fuel cell applications. As the fuel cell output is very low we are in need of a step up dc-dc converter. Here a current fed dc-dc converter is used. Two current fed dc-dc converters are interleaved by connecting their inputs in parallel and outputs in series. With this proposed methodology input current ripples in the fuel cell stacks can be reduced and a regulated output voltage ripples can be obtained. The active clamping circuit used in this model absorbs the turn off voltage spikes hence low voltage devices with low on state resistance can be used.Voltage doubler circuits will give double the output voltage than normal with smaller transformer turns ratio and flexibility. The proposed method is simulated in MATLAB for verifying the accuracy of the proposed design.

  4. Short Hypoxia Does not Affect Plasma Leptin in Healthy Men under Euglycemic Clamp Conditions

    Andre Schmoller


    Full Text Available Leptin is involved in the endocrine control of energy expenditure and body weight regulation. Previous studies emphasize a relationship between hypoxic states and leptin concentrations. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of acute hypoxia on leptin concentrations in healthy subjects. We examined 14 healthy men. Hypoxic conditions were induced by decreasing oxygen saturation to 75% for 30 minutes. Plasma leptin concentrations were determined at baseline, after 3 hours of euglycemic clamping, during hypoxia, and repeatedly the following 2.5 hours thereafter. Our results show an increase of plasma leptin concentrations in the course of 6 hours of hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamping which may reflect diurnal rhythmicity. Notwithstanding, there was no difference between levels of leptin in the hypoxic and the normoxic condition (=.2. Since we did not find any significant changes in leptin responses upon hypoxia, plasma leptin levels do not seem to be affected by short hypoxic episodes of moderate degree.

  5. Membrane tether formation from voltage-clamped outer hair cells using optical tweezers

    Qian, Feng; Ermilov, Sergey A.; Murdock, David R.; Brownell, William E.; Anvari, Bahman


    Outer hair cells contribute an active mechanical feedback to the vibrations of the cochlear structures resulting in the high sensitivity and frequency selectivity of normal hearing. We have designed and implemented a novel experimental setup that combines optical tweezers with patch-clamp apparatus to investigate the electromechanical properties of cellular plasma membranes. A micron-size bead trapped by the optical tweezers is brought in contact with the membrane of a voltage-clamped cell, and subsequently moved away to form a plasma membrane tether. Bead displacement during tether elongation is monitored by a quadrant photodetector to obtain time-resolved measurements of the tethering force. Salient information associated with the mechanical properties of the membrane tether can thus be obtained. Tethers can be pulled from the cell membrane at different holding potentials, and the tether force response can be measured while changing transmembrane potential. Experimental results from outer hair cells and human embryonic kidney cells are presented.

  6. Detailed Theoretical Model for Adjustable Gain-Clamped Semiconductor Optical Amplifier

    Lin Liu


    Full Text Available The adjustable gain-clamped semiconductor optical amplifier (AGC-SOA uses two SOAs in a ring-cavity topology: one to amplify the signal and the other to control the gain. The device was designed to maximize the output saturated power while adjusting gain to regulate power differences between packets without loss of linearity. This type of subsystem can be used for power equalisation and linear amplification in packet-based dynamic systems such as passive optical networks (PONs. A detailed theoretical model is presented in this paper to simulate the operation of the AGC-SOA, which gives a better understanding of the underlying gain clamping mechanics. Simulations and comparisons with steady-state and dynamic gain modulation experimental performance are given which validate the model.

  7. Simplified Estimating Method for Shock Response Spectrum Envelope of V-Band Clamp Separation Shock

    Iwasa, Takashi; Shi, Qinzhong

    A simplified estimating method for the Shock Response Spectrum (SRS) envelope at the spacecraft interface near the V-band clamp separation device has been established. This simplified method is based on the pyroshock analysis method with a single degree of freedom (D.O.F) model proposed in our previous paper. The parameters required in the estimating method are only geometrical information of the interface and a tension of the V-band clamp. According to the use of these parameters, a simplified calculation of the SRS magnitude at the knee frequency is newly proposed. By comparing the estimation results with actual pyroshock test results, it was verified that the SRS envelope estimated with the simplified method appropriately covered the pyroshock test data of the actual space satellite systems except some specific high frequency responses.

  8. Study of transmembrane La3+ movement in rat ventricular myocytes by the patch-clamp technique


    We have studied transmembrane La3+ movement in rat ventricular myocytes for the first time by using the whole-cell patch-clamp recording mode. La3+ (0.01-5.0 mmol/L) could not bring out inward currents through the L-type calcium channel in rat ventricular myocytes, while it could enter the cells by the same way carried by 1μmol/L ionomycin. When the outward Na+ concentration gradient is formed, La3+ can enter the cells via Na-Ca exchange, and the exchange currentsincrease with the increase of external La3+ concentrations. But compared with Na-Ca exchange currents in the same concentration, the former is only 14%-38% of the latter. The patch-clamp experiment indicates that La3+ normally can not enter ventricular myocytes through L-type calcium channel, but it can enter the cells via Na-Ca exchange.

  9. Experimental validation of new mathematical solutions for orthotropic plates with clamped edges

    Sprinťu, Iuliana; Roateşi, Simona


    This paper deals with analytical solutions for the bending deformation of rectangular orthotropic elastic composite plates with various boundary conditions. The models are based on the classical laminated plate theory (CLPT). The Ritz method, in conjunction with the weighted residue method for the coefficients calculation is used to analytically determine the bending solutions of orthotropic laminated plates subjected to uniform pressure on the bottom laminate, having clamped edges or possessing two opposite edges simply supported and the remaining two edges clamped, respectively. Numerical examples of laminated plates considering similar boundary value problems as treated analytically are presented. It is presented the experimental device and the experimental test results, as well. Thorough comparison between analytical solutions, numerical results and experimental data is performed and a good agreement is obtained.

  10. Anthropomorphizing the Mouse Cardiac Action Potential via a Novel Dynamic Clamp Method

    Ahrens-Nicklas, Rebecca C.; Christini, David J.


    Abstract Interspecies differences can limit the translational value of excitable cells isolated from model organisms. It can be difficult to extrapolate from a drug- or mutation-induced phenotype in mice to human pathophysiology because mouse and human cardiac electrodynamics differ greatly. We present a hybrid computational-experimental technique, the cell-type transforming clamp, which is designed to overcome such differences by using a calculated compensatory current to convert the macroscopic electrical behavior of an isolated cell into that of a different cell type. We demonstrate the technique's utility by evaluating drug arrhythmogenicity in murine cardiomyocytes that are transformed to behave like human myocytes. Whereas we use the cell-type transforming clamp in this work to convert between mouse and human electrodynamics, the technique could be adapted to convert between the action potential morphologies of any two cell types of interest. PMID:19917221

  11. Duration of Cord Clamping and Neonatal Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants.

    Dongli Song

    Full Text Available Delayed cord clamping (DCC, ≥30 s increases blood volume in newborns and is associated with fewer blood transfusions and short-term neonatal complications. The optimal timing of cord clamping for very preterm infants should maximize placental transfusion without interfering with stabilization and resuscitation.We compared the effect of different durations of DCC, 30-45 s vs. 60-75 s, on delivery room (DR and neonatal outcomes in preterm infants 48 hours of antenatal steroid exposure. There was no difference between the two groups in neonatal death, intraventricular hemorrhage, chronic lung disease, late onset sepsis, necrotizing enterocolitis and severe retinopathy of prematurity.In this study cohort increasing DCC duration from 30-45 s to 60-75 s is associated with decreased hypothermia on admission, neonatal respiratory interventions and red blood cell transfusions without increase in neonatal mortality and morbidities.

  12. The effect of adrenergic β2 receptor agonist on paraplegia following clamping of abdominal aorta

    Lee, Bok Y.; Al-Waili, Noori; Butler, Glenn


    Introduction Surgical repair of an aortic aneurysm might be complicated by spinal cord injury and paraplegia. Since β-adrenoreceptor agonists showed neuroprotective effects, the study was designed to investigate the effect of clenbuterol on post-aortic clamping paraplegia and to identify if there is hyperemia associated with paraplegia. Material and methods Material and methods: Thirty rabbits were divided into two groups: 15 control and 15 experimental (given clenbuterol 9 mg in drinking wat...

  13. Ionic diffusion in voltage-clamped isolated cardiac myocytes. Implications for Na,K-pump studies.

    Mogul, D J; Singer, D H; ten Eick, R E


    The whole-cell voltage-clamp technique employing electrolyte-filled micro-pipette suction electrodes is widely used to investigate questions requiring an electrophysiological approach. With this technique, the ionic composition of the cytosol is assumed to be strongly influenced (as result of diffusion) by the ionic composition of the solution contained in the electrode. If this assumption is valid for isolated cardiac myocytes, the technique would be particularly powerful for studying the de...

  14. Evidence for cooperativity between nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in patch clamp records.

    Keleshian, A M; Edeson, R. O.; G.J. Liu; Madsen, B W


    It is often assumed that ion channels in cell membrane patches gate independently. However, in the present study nicotinic receptor patch clamp data obtained in cell-attached mode from embryonic chick myotubes suggest that the distribution of steady-state probabilities for conductance multiples arising from concurrent channel openings may not be binomial. In patches where up to four active channels were observed, the probabilities of two or more concurrent openings were greater than expected,...

  15. Direct Tensile Strength of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete by Using Clamping Grips

    ISHIGURO, Satoru; NAKAYA, Mitsuo


    This report presents the tensile strength behavior of steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC). In this experimental work, direct tensile test by using clamping grips is carried out for the prismatic mortar and concrete specimens reinforced with steel fibers. The volume content of steel fibers varies from 1.0 percent to 2.0 percent of the concrete volume. Test results for different fiber content, fiber length, and specimen size are presented. The results are compared with the results of indirec...

  16. A clinical comparative analysis of crush/clamp, stapler, and dissecting sealer hepatic transection methods1

    Castaldo, Eric T.; Earl, T. Mark; Chari, Ravi S.; Gorden, D. Lee; Merchant, Nipun B; Wright, J. Kelly; Feurer, Irene D; Pinson, C Wright


    Introduction. Several methods for hepatic parenchymal division exist. The primary aim was to assess differences in postoperative bile leaks, operative blood loss, and margin status between three transection methods: crush/clamp (CC), stapler (SP), or dissecting sealer (DS). Methods. A single institution, retrospective cohort study was performed on data collected over a three-year period in patients undergoing elective liver resection using the CC, SP, or DS. Patients were excluded if multiple...

  17. Visual patch clamp recording of neurons in thick portions of the adult spinal cord

    Munch, Anders Sonne; Smith, Morten; Moldovan, Mihai; Perrier, Jean-Francois Marie


    enlargement of the spinal cord. With a conventional upright microscope in which the light condenser was carefully adjusted, we could visualize neurons present at the surface of the slice and record them with the whole-cell patch clamp technique. We show that neurons present in the middle of the preparation...... currents (IPSCs) remains constant. These preliminary data suggest that inhibitory and excitatory synaptic connections are balanced locally while excitation dominates long-range connections in the spinal cord....

  18. Study of hepatocellular function in the murine model following hepatic artery selective clamping

    Tralhão, JG; Abrantes, AM; Gonçalves, AC; Hoti, E.; Laranjo, M; Martins, R.; Oliveiros, B.; Cardoso, D; Sarmento-Ribeiro, AB; Botelho, MF; Castro e Sousa, F


    PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of selective hepatic artery clamping (SHAC) in hepatocellular function. METHODS: Three groups of Wistar male rats were subjected to SHAC ischemia period of 60min: Group A continuous SHAC were subjected to SHAC ischemia period of 60min, Group B intermittent SHAC of 30min with 5min of reperfusion and Group C intermittent SHAC of 15min with 5min of reperfusion. Animals without SHAC were included-Group D. To evaluate hepatocellular function blood marker...

  19. Resolution of DNA molecules greater than 5 megabases by contour-clamped homogeneous electric fields.

    Vollrath, D; Davis, R.W.


    Excellent resolution of chromosomal DNA molecules from Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Candida albicans and Schizosaccharomyces pombe has been obtained using alternating contour-clamped homogeneous electric field (CHEF) gel electrophoresis. The largest of these molecules is greater than 5 Mb in size and is resolved after 130 hours in a 0.6% agarose gel at a field strength of 1.3 V/cm and a switching interval of 1 hour. Separation of concatamers of phage lambda DNA reveals four regions of resolution...

  20. High Speed On-Off Valve Self-adapting Clamping System

    Bing Wang


    The high-speed switch electromagnetic valve was a new type of element in the electro-hydraulic control system. The study aimed at the functional requirements and technical specifications of the turbine governor system for high speed on-off valve, designed the new Pulse Width Modulation high speed on-off valve. The high speed on-off valve could control fixture clamping force. Through the analysis of the working characteristics of the hydraulic actuator and h...

  1. Development of a computer interface for a clamp-on ultrasonic flow meter

    Sundin, Peter


    The section for volume, flow and temperature at SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden performs measurements of volume, flow and temperature in liquids. Flow meters are best calibrated in its installation to take sources of error like installation effects and the medium into account. If this can be done without having to place measurement equipment inside the pipe it will mean several practical benefits. Since many years, clamp-on ultrasonic flow meters have been available on the market. B...

  2. Higher Accurate Estimation of Axial and Bending Stiffnesses of Plates Clamped by Bolts

    Naruse, Tomohiro; Shibutani, Yoji

    Equivalent stiffness of clamped plates should be prescribed not only to evaluate the strength of bolted joints by the scheme of “joint diagram” but also to make structural analyses for practical structures with many bolted joints. We estimated the axial stiffness and bending stiffness of clamped plates by using Finite Element (FE) analyses while taking the contact condition on bearing surfaces and between the plates into account. The FE models were constructed for bolted joints tightened with M8, 10, 12 and 16 bolts and plate thicknesses of 3.2, 4.5, 6.0 and 9.0 mm, and the axial and bending compliances were precisely evaluated. These compliances of clamped plates were compared with those from VDI 2230 (2003) code, in which the equivalent conical compressive stress field in the plate has been assumed. The code gives larger axial stiffness for 11% and larger bending stiffness for 22%, and it cannot apply to the clamped plates with different thickness. Thus the code shall give lower bolt stress (unsafe estimation). We modified the vertical angle tangent, tanφ, of the equivalent conical by adding a term of the logarithm of thickness ratio t1/t2 and by fitting to the analysis results. The modified tanφ can estimate the axial compliance with the error from -1.5% to 6.8% and the bending compliance with the error from -6.5% to 10%. Furthermore, the modified tanφ can take the thickness difference into consideration.

  3. A helping clamp for thoracoscopic plication of eventration of the diaphragm

    Reju Joseph Thomas; Ravi Kishore; Sundeep Kisku


    Background and Aim: It is difficult to suture an extremely thin and billowed up congenital eventration of the diaphragm thoracoscopically, without insufflation. Materials and Methods: The authors describe their technique using an intestinal clamp to control the redundant tissue and a feeding tube as a flexible knot pusher, to perform the thoracoscopic plication without risking hypercapnia. Results: A satisfactory result was obtained in all the four children. Conclusion: This is a useful adjun...

  4. A helping clamp for thoracoscopic plication of eventration of the diaphragm

    Reju Joseph Thomas


    Full Text Available Background and Aim: It is difficult to suture an extremely thin and billowed up congenital eventration of the diaphragm thoracoscopically, without insufflation. Materials and Methods: The authors describe their technique using an intestinal clamp to control the redundant tissue and a feeding tube as a flexible knot pusher, to perform the thoracoscopic plication without risking hypercapnia. Results: A satisfactory result was obtained in all the four children. Conclusion: This is a useful adjunctive for thoracoscopic plication of diaphragmatic eventration.

  5. Prediction of numerical distortion after welding with various welding sequences and clampings

    S. Kastelic; J. Medved; Mrvar, P.


    Welding simulation of a test cover for hydropower plant was made due to very large dimensions of the cover. The main aim was to predict distortion after welding in order to avoid machining the cover. Welding process was simulated with the Sysweld program to keep distortion in desired limits. Various welding sequences and clamping conditions were calculated to reduce the distortion. Calculation of microstructure constituents in virtual complex geometry of joints was also analyzed.

  6. Efficient Power Conversion in Common Active Clamp for Interleaved Dc-Dc Boost

    V. Rathinavel Subramaniam


    Full Text Available This project presents a high-efficiency and high-step-up non isolated interleaved dc to dc converter with a common active-clamp circuit. In the presented converter, the coupled-inductor boost converters are interleaved. A boost converter is used to clamp the voltage stresses of all the switches in the interleaved converters, caused by the leakage inductances present in the practical coupled inductors, to a low voltage level. The leakage energies of the inter-leaved converters are collected in a clamp capacitor and recycled to the output by the clamp boost converter. The proposed converter achieves high efficiency because of the recycling of the leakage energies, reduction of the switch voltage stress, mitigation of the output diode is reverse recovery problem, and interleaving of the converters. In many applications, high-efficiency, high-voltage step-up dc–dc converters are required as an interface between the available low voltage sources and the output loads, which are operated at much higher voltages. Examples of such applications are as follows. Different distributed energy storage components such as batteries, fuel cells, and ultra capacitors are used in the power trains of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV, electric vehicles (EV, and fuel cell vehicles (FCV. In the present power train architectures of these vehicles, the voltage levels of the energy storage elements are usually low; whereas the motors of the vehicles are driven at much higher voltages. The telecom and the computer industry utilize the standard batteries, with low voltage levels, as a back-up power source. The dc–dc converter, used in this case, is required to boost the low-input voltage of the batteries to the high voltage of the dc bus. Another example is the automotive headlamps, using the high-intensity discharge lamp ballasts..

  7. A Color LED Driver Implemented by the Active Clamp Forward Converter

    C. H. Chang; Cheng, H L; C. A. Cheng; E. C. Chang


    Because light emitting diodes (LEDs) have the advantages of dc working voltage, high luminescent efficiency, shortignition time, high reliability and pollution free, they have substituted for incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lampsgradually. In order to simplify circuit complexity, an active clamp forward converter with the sequential color display(SCD) control is proposed to drive red, green and blue (RGB) LED arrays. The proposed converter has zero-voltageswitching (ZVS) operations of both...

  8. Photoluminescence clamping with few excitons in a single-walled carbon nanotube

    Xiao, Y. -F.; Nhan, T. Q.; Wilson, M. W. B.; Fraser, J. M.


    Single air-suspended carbon nanotubes (length 2 - 5 microns) exhibit high optical quantum efficiency (7 - 20%) for resonant pumping at low intensities. Under ultrafast excitation, the photoluminescence dramatically saturates for very low injected exciton numbers (2 to 6 excitons per pulse per SWCNT). This PL clamping is attributed to highly efficient exciton-exciton annihilation over micron length scales. Stochastic modeling of exciton dynamics and femtosecond excitation correlation spectrosc...

  9. What we talk about when we talk about capacitance measured with the voltage-clamp step method

    Taylor, Adam L.


    Capacitance is a fundamental neuronal property. One common way to measure capacitance is to deliver a small voltage-clamp step that is long enough for the clamp current to come to steady state, and then to divide the integrated transient charge by the voltage-clamp step size. In an isopotential neuron, this method is known to measure the total cell capacitance. However, in a cell that is not isopotential, this measures only a fraction of the total capacitance. This has generally been thought ...

  10. A capacitor-clamped inverter based torsional oscillation damping method for electromechanical drivetrains

    Shagar Viknash


    Full Text Available A typical electromechanical drivetrain consists of an electric motor, connecting shafts and gears. Premature failures of these shafts and gears have been reported which are mainly due to fatigue caused by extreme loads and torsional oscillations. Overdesign and passive damping are the common approaches taken to increase the fatigue life. Nevertheless, they increase the system cost, weight and volume. Alternatively, active damping through advanced inverter control of the motor drive has been identified as a promising solution that does not require overdesign or alterations to the existing system. Even with the active damping control, oscillations propagate into the dc side of the power converter and subsequently to the upstream power bus. Generally, a large capacitor or an additional energy storage system is placed to suppress these oscillations. This paper proposes to use the clamping capacitors of the capacitor-clamped inverter as energy storage elements and thereby eliminate the need for a large dc side capacitor or an additional energy storage system. The efficacy of the proposed method has been verified with computer simulations. Simulation results show that the clamping capacitors are capable of containing torsional oscillations within the inverter without passing them to the upstream power bus.

  11. An ANN Based Capicitor Voltage Balancing Method For Neutral Point Clamped Multi-Level Inverter

    P.J.S. Praveen,


    Full Text Available Multi-level inverters are became popular for usage in medium voltage, low voltage power applications due to flexibility in control and better performance characteristics in terms of harmonic regulation. Neutral point clamped are popular as they require less number of sources as their input when compared with their counter parts i.e. cascaded multi-level inverters and found to be reliable when compared with flying capacitor based multi-level inverters. But when neutral clamped technologies are used for generation of three-phase voltages, the capacitors that are connected at input side experiences imbalance in their voltages, this makes neutral point clamped multi-level inverters less reliable. In the proposed work an attempt is made to study circuits that balances the capacitor voltages and a scheme is investigated for balancing the capacitor voltages. Method proposed in [1] uses PID controller for balancing the capacitor voltages. In this project PI based control scheme and artificial neural network (ANN based control scheme for the front end circuit shown in [1] are designed for achieving balance among the capacitor voltages. The proposed control scheme is simulated with the help of Simpowersystems block set and neural network toolbox of MATLAB software for different load conditions. Results obtained from ANN based controller and PI controller are presented.

  12. Desktop Software for Patch-Clamp Raw Binary Data Conversion and Preprocessing

    Ning Zhang


    Full Text Available Since raw data recorded by patch-clamp systems are always stored in binary format, electrophysiologists may experience difficulties with patch clamp data preprocessing especially when they want to analyze by custom-designed algorithms. In this study, we present desktop software, called PCDReader, which could be an effective and convenient solution for patch clamp data preprocessing for daily laboratory use. We designed a novel class module, called clsPulseData, to directly read the raw data along with the parameters recorded from HEKA instruments without any other program support. By a graphical user interface, raw binary data files can be converted into several kinds of ASCII text files for further analysis, with several preprocessing options. And the parameters can also be viewed, modified and exported into ASCII files by a user-friendly Explorer style window. The real-time data loading technique and optimized memory management programming makes PCDReader a fast and efficient tool. The compiled software along with the source code of the clsPulseData class module is freely available to academic and nonprofit users.

  13. A phage-encoded inhibitor of Escherichia coli DNA replication targets the DNA polymerase clamp loader.

    Yano, Sho T; Rothman-Denes, Lucia B


    Coliphage N4 infection leads to shut-off of host DNA replication without inhibition of host transcription or translation. We report the identification and characterization of gp8, the N4 gene product responsible for this phenotype. N4 gp8 is an Escherichia coli bacteriostatic inhibitor that colocalizes with the E. coli replisome in a replication-dependent manner. Gp8 was purified and observed to cross-link to complexes containing the replicative DNA polymerase, DNAP III, in vivo. Purified gp8 inhibits DNA polymerization by DNA polymerase III holoenzyme in vitro by interfering with polymerase processivity. Gp8 specifically inhibits the clamp-loading activity of DNAP III by targeting the delta subunit of the DNAP III clamp loader; E. coli mutations conferring gp8 resistance were identified in the holA gene, encoding delta. Delta and gp8 interact in vitro; no interaction was detected between gp8 inactive mutants and wild-type delta or between delta gp8-resistant mutants and wild-type gp8. Therefore, this work identifies the DNAP III clamp loader as a new target for inhibition of bacterial growth. Finally, we show that gp8 is not essential in N4 development under laboratory conditions, but its activity contributes to phage yield. PMID:21205014

  14. Molecular jamming--the cystine slipknot mechanical clamp in all-atom simulations.

    Pepłowski, Lukasz; Sikora, Mateusz; Nowak, Wiesław; Cieplak, Marek


    A recent survey of 17 134 proteins has identified a new class of proteins which are expected to yield stretching induced force peaks in the range of 1 nN. Such high force peaks should be due to forcing of a slip-loop through a cystine ring, i.e., by generating a cystine slipknot. The survey has been performed in a simple coarse grained model. Here, we perform all-atom steered molecular dynamics simulations on 15 cystine knot proteins and determine their resistance to stretching. In agreement with previous studies within a coarse grained structure based model, the level of resistance is found to be substantially higher than in proteins in which the mechanical clamp operates through shear. The large stretching forces arise through formation of the cystine slipknot mechanical clamp and the resulting steric jamming. We elucidate the workings of such a clamp in an atomic detail. We also study the behavior of five top strength proteins with the shear-based mechanostability in which no jamming is involved. We show that in the atomic model, the jamming state is relieved by moving one amino acid at a time and there is a choice in the selection of the amino acid that advances the first. In contrast, the coarse grained model also allows for a simultaneous passage of two amino acids. PMID:21361557

  15. Molecular jamming—The cystine slipknot mechanical clamp in all-atom simulations

    Pepłowski, Łukasz; Sikora, Mateusz; Nowak, Wiesław; Cieplak, Marek


    A recent survey of 17 134 proteins has identified a new class of proteins which are expected to yield stretching induced force peaks in the range of 1 nN. Such high force peaks should be due to forcing of a slip-loop through a cystine ring, i.e., by generating a cystine slipknot. The survey has been performed in a simple coarse grained model. Here, we perform all-atom steered molecular dynamics simulations on 15 cystine knot proteins and determine their resistance to stretching. In agreement with previous studies within a coarse grained structure based model, the level of resistance is found to be substantially higher than in proteins in which the mechanical clamp operates through shear. The large stretching forces arise through formation of the cystine slipknot mechanical clamp and the resulting steric jamming. We elucidate the workings of such a clamp in an atomic detail. We also study the behavior of five top strength proteins with the shear-based mechanostability in which no jamming is involved. We show that in the atomic model, the jamming state is relieved by moving one amino acid at a time and there is a choice in the selection of the amino acid that advances the first. In contrast, the coarse grained model also allows for a simultaneous passage of two amino acids.

  16. Is Near-Infrared Spectroscopy a Reliable Method to Evaluate Clamping Ischemia during Carotid Surgery?

    Luciano Pedrini


    Full Text Available Guidelines do not include cerebral oximetry among monitoring for carotid endarterectomy (CEA. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS in the detection of clamping ischemia and in the prevention of clamping-related neurologic deficits using, as a cutoff for shunting, a 20% regional cerebral oxygen saturation (rSO2 decrease if persistent more than 4 minutes, otherwise a 25% rSO2 decrease. Bilateral rSO2 was monitored continuously in patients undergoing CEA under general anesthesia (GA. Data was recorded after clamping, declamping, during shunting and lowest values achieved. Preoperative neurologic, CT-scan, and vascular lesions were recorded. We reviewed 473 cases: 305 males (64.5% mean age 73.3±7.3. Three patients presented transient ischemic deficits at awakening, no perioperative stroke or death; 41 (8.7% required shunting: 30 based on the initial rSO2 value and 11 due to a decrease during surgery. Using the ROC curve analysis we found, for a >25% reduction from baseline value, a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 90.6%. Reliability, PPV, and NPV were 95.38%, 9%, and 100%, respectively. In conclusion, this study indicates the potential reliability of NIRS monitoring during CEA under GA, using a cutoff of 25% or a cutoff of 20% for prolonged hypoperfusion.

  17. Three Level Diode Clamped Inverter Fed Induction Motor with Dtc-Svm

    V. Ranjith Kumar


    Full Text Available This project presents a three-level diode-clamped inverter feeding an asynchronous motor drive with direct torque control (DTC. The control method is based on DTC operating principles. The stator voltage vector reference is computed from the stator flux and torque errors imposed by the flux and torque controllers. This voltage reference is then generated using a diode-clamped inverter, where each phase of the inverter can be implemented using a dc source, which would be available from fuel cells, batteries, or ultra capacitors. This inverter provides nearly sinusoidal voltages with very low distortion, even without filtering, using fewer switching devices. In addition, the multilevel inverter can generate a high and fixed switching frequency output voltage with fewer switching losses, since only the small power cells of the inverter operate at a high switching rate. Therefore, a high performance and also efficient torque and flux controllers are obtained, enabling a DTC solution for multilevel-inverter-powered motor drives. The Pulse Width modulation technique for an inverter permits to obtain three phase system voltages, which can be applied to the controlled output. Space Vector Modulation (SVPWM principle differs from other PWM processes in the fact that all three drive signals for the inverter will be created simultaneously. The implementation of SVPWM process in digital systems necessitates less operation time and also less program memory. This project uses SVPWM technique for generation of pulses for three-level diode clamped inverter. Simulation is carried out on MATLAB-Simulink software.

  18. Experimental determination of optimal clamping torque for AB-PEM Fuel cell

    Noor Ul Hassan


    Full Text Available Polymer electrolyte Membrane (PEM fuel cell is an electrochemical device producing electricity by the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen without combustion. PEM fuel cell stack is provided with an appropriate clamping torque to prevent leakage of reactant gases and to minimize the contact resistance between gas diffusion media (GDL and bipolar plates. GDL porous structure and gas permeability is directly affected by the compaction pressure which, consequently, drastically change the fuel cell performance. Various efforts were made to determine the optimal compaction pressure and pressure distributions through simulations and experimentation. Lower compaction pressure results in increase of contact resistance and also chances of leakage. On the other hand, higher compaction pressure decreases the contact resistance but also narrows down the diffusion path for mass transfer from gas channels to the catalyst layers, consequently, lowering cell performance. The optimal cell performance is related to the gasket thickness and compression pressure on GDL. Every stack has a unique assembly pressure due to differences in fuel cell components material and stack design. Therefore, there is still need to determine the optimal torque value for getting the optimal cell performance. This study has been carried out in continuation of deve­lopment of Air breathing PEM fuel cell for small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV application. Compaction pressure at minimum contact resistance was determined and clamping torque value was calcu­la­ted accordingly. Single cell performance tests were performed at five different clamping torque values i.e 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 N m, for achieving optimal cell per­formance. Clamping pressure distribution tests were also performed at these torque values to verify uniform pressure distribution at optimal torque value. Experimental and theoretical results were compared for making inferences about optimal cell perfor­man­ce. A

  19. In vivo measurements of whole body (WB) and skeletal muscle glucose metabolism under basal and euglycemic insulin clamp (Clamp) by combined PET and stable isotope (SI) tracer studies

    Aim/Background: Primed-constant infusion of SI labeled tracers is a classic technique for studying metabolism at the WB level, however, this procedure provides no information about the metabolism of specific tissues. In contrast PET provides primarily tissue specific data. In this study, we combined PET with SI techniques to measure glucose metabolism in WB and lower limb skeletal muscle (LLM) of humans under Basal and Clamp conditions. Methods and Materials: Four healthy volunteers (73.0 ± 6.0 kg, mean ± sem) were studied. After fasting overnight, each subject was injected with 10 mCi of 18FDG and serial 1.0 min. PET images of the mid-thigh region were acquired over 90 min. Arterial blood samples were collected in parallel. Glucose metabolic rate (GM) was calculated with a 3-compartment / 4 rate constant model; LC assumed to be 1.0. A primed constant infusion of [6,6, 2H2]glucose was performed in parallel with the PET measurements. On another day, the PET and SI measurements were repeated under clamp conditions. All results are expressed as mean ± sem. Results: The glucose kinetics in whole body and in low limb skeletal muscles are shown. Under in vivo conditions, Clamp caused: 1) a 10.2 ± 2.3 fold increase in GM by LLM but only a 4.7 ± 0.4 fold increase in GM by MB. 2) Increased contribution of LLM to WB GM, indicating that LLM GM is more sensitive to insulin compared with anterior LLM (extensors). Discussion: The study demonstrated the unique advantages of using PET to study substrate metabolism in specific tissues in human subjects: i) It is less invasive than the conventional A-V difference and muscle biopsy method. ii) It provides a more detailed picture of substrate metabolism in different parts of the muscle in the same limb, as compared to one spot muscle biopsy. Data in demonstrated that GM in posterior LLM is more sensitive to insulin than that in anterior LLM. iii) It can detect substrate metabolism in deep muscles which cannot be reached by biopsy

  20. Simulation Based Performance analysis of Active Clamp DHB ZVZCS Bidirectional DC-DC converter for Low Power Applications

    V.V.Subrahmanya Kumar Bhajana


    Full Text Available A novel active clamp dual half bridge DC/DC converter with bidirectional power flow is proposed in this paper and comparative analysis between active clamp DHB ZVZCS and ZVS-ZCS bidirectional DC-DC converter topologies is also presented. By adding active clamping circuits to both bridges, zero voltage and zero current switching are achieved to improve the performance of the bidirectional DC/DC converter. The principle of operation is analyzed and simulated. With the proposed active clamp ZVZCS concept, the MATLAB simulation results of the applications of the fuel cell and battery have been obtained and compared with those of ZVS-ZCS bidirectional converter. The simulation results of proposed converter is compared with the ZVS-ZCS bidirectional DC-DC converter, efficiency, switching losses are the key parameters compared.

  1. Robotic clamp and index tool and method for their use in repairing certain elements with in a nuclear reactor

    This patent describes a clamp-and-index tool for use in the replacement of old split-pin assemblies of a guide tube of a nuclear reactor by new split-pin assemblies, the old split-pin assemblies and the guide tube being radioactive and the clamp-and-index tool to operate under a pool of water. The tool includes means, to be connected to the guide tube, for suspending the guide tube in a first position in which the tube is to be processed to effect the replacement. The tool also includes a means, connected to the suspending means, for rotating the guide tube to a second position in which the tube is to be processed to effect the replacement and clamping means, connected to the suspending means and to be connected to the guide tube, for selectively clamping the guide tube in the first or second position

  2. Structure-function analysis of the C-clamp of TCF/Pangolin in Wnt/ß-catenin signaling.

    Aditi J Ravindranath

    Full Text Available The evolutionarily conserved Wnt/ß-catenin (Wnt/ß-cat pathway plays an important role in animal development in metazoans. Many Wnt targets are regulated by members of the TCF/LEF1 (TCF family of transcription factors. All TCFs contain a High Mobility Group (HMG domain that bind specific DNA sequences. Invertebrate TCFs and some vertebrate TCF isoforms also contain another domain, called the C-clamp, which allows TCFs to recognize an additional DNA motif known as the Helper site. While the C-clamp has been shown to be important for regulating several Wnt reporter genes in cell culture, its physiological role in regulating Wnt targets is less clear. In addition, little is known about this domain, except that two of the four conserved cysteines are functionally important. Here, we carried out a systematic mutagenesis and functional analysis of the C-clamp from the Drosophila TCF/Pangolin (TCF/Pan protein. We found that the C-clamp is a zinc-binding domain that is sufficient for binding to the Helper site. In addition to this DNA-binding activity, the C-clamp also inhibits the HMG domain from binding its cognate DNA site. Point mutations were identified that specifically affected DNA-binding or reduced the inhibitory effect. These mutants were characterized in TCF/Pan rescue assays. The specific DNA-binding activity of the C-clamp was essential for TCF/Pan function in cell culture and in patterning the embryonic epidermis of Drosophila, demonstrating the importance of this C-clamp activity in regulating Wnt target gene expression. In contrast, the inhibitory mutation had a subtle effect in cell culture and no effect on TCF/Pan activity in embryos. These results provide important information about the functional domains of the C-clamp, and highlight its importance for Wnt/ß-cat signaling in Drosophila.

  3. The Analysis of Clamping Mechanism Theory and the Application Design of Tobacco Leaves'Clamping Tool%夹紧机构的理论分析及烘烤烟叶夹的应用设计

    徐远龙; 孙有祥


    In view of the complicated manual skill of the tobacco leaf weaving, the study and design of a kind tool clamping tobacco leaf is proposed by our actual investigation; According to the predetermined function demand and the available clamping mechanism, the principle of the clamping tool is studied out, the structural design scheme of the clamping tool is worked out and the clamping tool is made by the theory analysis of mechanism design and the study of clamping mechanism. The clamping tool tested by the surveyor is good in use, which is welcome to use by the peasants and the economy benefit of the market can be achieved highly.%通过对烟叶烘烤生产工艺的实际调研,针对手工繁杂的编烟技术,提出了研究设计一种烘烤烟叶夹持工具;针对烘烤烟叶夹的预定功能要求,参考现有的实用夹紧机构,通过对机械产品机构设计的理论分析和夹紧机构的力学研究,确定了夹紧烟叶的力学原理,提出了烘烤烟叶夹的结构设计方案,设计制造出烘烤烟叶夹;该烘烤烟叶夹通过了产品的质量检测,使用效果良好,烟农用户普遍接受使用,预计有较高的市场经济效益.

  4. Clamping end-tidal carbon dioxide during graded exercise with control of inspired oxygen.

    Farra, Saro D; Kessler, Cathie; Duffin, James; Wells, Greg D; Jacobs, Ira


    Exercise- and hypoxia-induced hyperventilation decreases the partial pressure of end-tidal carbon dioxide (PETCO2), which in turn exerts many physiological effects. Several breathing circuits that control PETCO2 have been previously described, but their designs are not satisfactory for exercise studies where changes in inspired oxygen (FIO2) may be desired. This study is the first report of a breathing system that can maintain PETCO2 constant within a single session of graded submaximal exercise and graded hypoxia. Thirteen fit and healthy subjects completed two bouts of exercise consisting of three 3min stages on a cycle ergometer with increasing exercise intensity in normoxia (Part A; 142±14, 167±14, 192±14W) or with decreasing FIO2 at a constant exercise intensity (Part B; 21, 18, and 14%). One bout was a control (CON) where PETCO2 was not manipulated, while during the other bout the investigator clamped PETCO2 within 2mmHg (CO2Clamp) using sequential gas delivery (SGD). During the final 30s of each exercise stage during CO2Clamp, PETCO2 was successfully maintained in Part A (43±4, 44±4, 44±3mmHg; P=0.44) and Part B (45±3, 46±3, 45±3mmHg; P=0.68) despite the increases in ventilation due to exercise. These findings demonstrate that this SGD circuit can be used to maintain isocapania in exercising humans during progressively increasing exercise intensities and changing FIO2. PMID:27236039

  5. Plasmodium falciparum: analysis of chromosomes separated by contour-clamped homogenous electric fields.

    Gu, H; Inselburg, J W; Bzik, D J; Li, W B


    We have established improved conditions for separating the chromosomes of Plasmodium falciparum by pulsed field gradient gel electrophoresis (PFG) using a contour-clamped homogenous electric field (CHEF) apparatus. Thirteen clearly separable chromosomal bands were reproducibly isolated from the strain FCR3 and their sizes have been determined. Evidence that indicates one band may contain two chromosomes is presented. The relationship between the PFG separable DNA and the number of unique chromosomes in P. falciparum is considered. We have established a relationship between the maximum resolvable sizes of the chromosomes and the pulse times. The chromosomal location of twenty-seven P. falciparum DNA probes is also reported. PMID:2197113

  6. Enhanced Buck-Boost Three-Level Neutral-Point-Clamped Inverters

    Tan, K. K.; Gao, F.; Chiang Loh, Poh; Blaabjerg, Frede

    In traditional three-level neutral-point-clamped (NPC) inverters, a major issue is capacitor voltage imbalance, which results in low order harmonics. The compensation of the capacitor voltages often require additional control complexity, which cannot be conveniently implemented. The "alternative...... method, with the ability to easily adjust for capacitor voltage imbalances. To further improve the boost capability of the three-level NPC inverters, another new topology introduces 2 additional diodes,achieving higher boost performance while totally eliminating thepossibility of capacitor voltage...

  7. Trans-Z-source and Γ-Z-source neutral-point-clamped inverters

    Wei, Mo; Loh, Poh Chiang; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wang, Peng


    Z-source neutral-point-clamped (NPC) inverters are earlier proposed for obtaining voltage buck-boost and three-level switching simultaneously. Their performances are, however, constrained by a trade-off between their input-to-output gain and modulation ratio. This trade-off can lead to high-voltage...... stress across the inverter bridge and poor output voltage spectrum. As alternatives with improved performances, two transformer-based Z-source NPC inverters are proposed, whose gain can be adjusted by varying the transformer turns ratio, and is hence less dependent on the inverter modulation ratio...

  8. HERG channel (dys)function revealed by dynamic action potential clamp technique

    Berecki, G; Zegers, J.G.; Verkerk, A.O.; Bhuiyan, Z.A.; Jonge, de, M.J.I.; Veldkamp, M.W.; Wilders, R; Ginneken, van, CJJM Kees


    The human ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG) encodes the rapid component of the cardiac delayed rectifier potassium current (IKr). Per-Arnt-Sim domain mutations of the HERG channel are linked to type 2 long-QT syndrome. We studied wild-type and/or type 2 long-QT syndrome-associated mutant (R56Q) HERG current (IHERG) in HEK-293 cells, at both 23 and 36°C. Conventional voltage-clamp analysis revealed mutation-induced changes in channel kinetics. To assess functional implication(s) of the mutatio...

  9. Strong localization induced by one clamped point in thin plate vibrations.

    Filoche, Marcel; Mayboroda, Svitlana


    We discover a strong localization of flexural (bi-Laplacian) waves in rigid thin plates. We show that clamping just one point inside such a plate not only perturbs its spectral properties, but essentially divides the plate into two independently vibrating regions. This effect progressively appears when increasing the plate eccentricity. Such a localization is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the results known for the Laplacian waves in domains of irregular boundary. It would allow us to control the confinement of mechanical vibrations in rigid plates and of eddies in the slow Stokes flow. PMID:20366256

  10. Sodium influxes in internally perfused squid giant axon during voltage clamp.

    Atwater, I; Bezanilla, F; Rojas, E


    1. An experimental method for measuring ionic influxes during voltage clamp in the giant axon of Dosidicus is described; the technique combines intracellular perfusion with a method for controlling membrane potential.2. Sodium influx determinations were carried out while applying rectangular pulses of membrane depolarization. The ratio ;measured sodium influx/computed ionic flux during the early current' is 0.92 +/- 0.12.3. Plots of measured sodium influx and computed ionic flux during the early current against membrane potential are very similar. There was evidence that the membrane potential at which the sodium influx vanishes is the potential at which the early current reverses. PMID:5767887

  11. Thermal and Efficiency Analysis of Five-Level Multilevel-Clamped Multilevel Converter Considering Grid Codes

    Ma, Ke; Muñoz-Aguilar, R. S.; Rodriguez, Pedro; Blaabjerg, Frede


    In this paper, a five-level multilevel-clamped multilevel converter (5L- MLC2) topology is analyzed based on a typical grid integration application for renewable energy system. The loss and thermal distributions of the power devices in different switching legs are investigated and illustrated under...... rated condition. Afterward, a loss and efficiency evaluation method is proposed and applied which takes into account various injected reactive power ranges regulated by the grid codes. It is concluded that the loss and thermal distributions of the 5L- MLC2 multilevel topology are unequal between the...

  12. Surface analysis of anodized aluminum clamps from NASA-LDEF satellite

    Grammer, H. L.; Wightman, J. P.; Young, Philip R.


    Surface analysis results of selected anodized aluminum clamps containing black (Z306) and white (A276) paints which received nearly six years of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) exposure on the Long Duration Exposure Facility are reported. Surface analytical techniques, including x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive analysis by x-ray (SEM/EDAX), showed significant differences in the surface composition of these materials depending upon the position on the LDEF. Differences in the surface composition are attributed to varying amounts of atomic oxygen and vacuum ultraviolet radiation (VUV). Silicon containing compounds were the primary contaminant detected on the materials.

  13. Modeling of Busbars in High Power Neutral Point Clamped Three-Level Inverters

    YI Rung; ZHAO Zhengming; ZHONG Yulin


    The busbars in high power neutral point clamped three-level inverters are modeled using the Maxwell Q3D Extractor software, which is based on the partial element equivalent circuits method. The equivalent circuits of the busbars and devices model are simulated in the electric simulator PSIM to analyze the effects of the parasitic inductance on the switching characteristics of the integrated gate commutatedthyristor (IGCT) in different topology positions. The simulation results agree well with the measured imped-ance analyzer results and the IGCT test results, which proves the effectiveness of the modeling method for the large, complex busbars.

  14. Direct-conversion switching-mode audio power amplifier with active capacitive voltage clamp

    Ljusev, P.; Andersen, Michael A.E.


    This paper discusses the advantages and problems when implementing direct energy conversion switching-mode audio power amplifiers. It is shown that the total integration of the power supply and Class D audio power amplifier into one compact direct converter can simplify design, increase efficiency and integration level, reduce product volume and lower its cost. As an example, the principle of operation and the measurements made on a direct-conversion switching-mode audio power amplifier with active capacitive voltage clamp are presented. (au)

  15. A broadly tunable fiber ring laser employing a gain-clamped semiconductor optical amplifier

    A widely tunable fiber ring laser is demonstrated experimentally using a specially designed gain-clamped semiconductor optical amplifier (GC-SOA). The 3 dB bandwidth of the generated amplified spontaneous emission is increased by 10 nm using the GC-SOA. The lasing wavelength is continuously tunable in a range from 1522 nm to almost 1600 nm using a thin-film Fabry–Pérot tunable filter. A side-mode-suppression ratio of greater than 55 dB is achieved over the entire tuning range. (paper)

  16. Paired Patch Clamp Recordings from Motor-neuron and Target Skeletal Muscle in Zebrafish

    Wen, Hua; Brehm, Paul


    Larval zebrafish represent the first vertebrate model system to allow simultaneous patch clamp recording from a spinal motor-neuron and target muscle. This is a direct consequence of the accessibility to both cell types and ability to visually distinguish the single segmental CaP motor-neuron on the basis of morphology and location. This video demonstrates the microscopic methods used to identify a CaP motor-neuron and target muscle cells as well as the methodologies for recording from each c...

  17. Effect of La3+ on myocardiac potassium channels revealed by patch-clamp technique

    XUE Shaowu; YANG Pin


    The effect of La3+ on potassium channels in rat ventricular myocytes was investigated using the whole-cell patch-clamp recording mode. The Ca2+-independent voltage- activated outward K+ current was activated by the depolarizing pulse in enzymatically isolated rat ventricular myocytes. After addition of different concentrations La3+ to the bath solution, the outward K+ current was depressed gradually. The inhibition effect was in a concentration-dependent manner. The phenomena of the outward K+ current, being the main repolarizing current suppressed by La3+, suggest that the effect of lanthanides on myocardial function should be exploited further.

  18. Patch Clamp Recordings in Inner Ear Hair Cells Isolated from Zebrafish

    Einarsson, Rachel; Haden, Marshall; DiCiolli, Gabrielle; Lim, Andrea; Mah-Ginn, Kolina; Aguilar, Kathleen; Yazejian, Lucy; Yazejian, Bruce


    Patch clamp analyses of the voltage-gated channels in sensory hair cells isolated from a variety of species have been described previously1-4 but this video represents the first application of those techniques to hair cells from zebrafish. Here we demonstrate a method to isolate healthy, intact hair cells from all of the inner ear end-organs: saccule, lagena, utricle and semicircular canals. Further, we demonstrate the diversity in hair cell size and morphology and give an example of the kind...

  19. Micro-agar salt bridge in patch-clamp electrode holder stabilizes electrode potentials

    Shao, Xuesi M; Feldman, Jack L.


    Maintaining a stable electrode potential is critical for patch-clamp measurements. The electrode potential of conventional patch electrode-holder assembly, where an Ag/AgCl wire is in direct contact with the patch pipette filling solution, is subject to drift if the pipette solution contains a low concentration of chloride ions (Cl−). We developed an agar bridge of 3 M KCl filled in a polyimide microtubing which forms an electrical connection between an Ag/AgCl wire and the pipette solution. ...

  20. Voltage-clamp frequency domain analysis of NMDA-activated neurons.

    Moore, L E; Hill, R H; Grillner, S


    1. Voltage and current-clamp steps were added to a sum of sine waves to measure the tetrodotoxin-insensitive membrane properties of neurons in the intact lamprey spinal cord. A systems analysis in the frequency domain was carried out on two types of cells that have very different morphologies in order to investigate the structural dependence of their electrophysiological properties. The method explicitly takes into account the geometrical shapes of (i) nearly spherical dorsal cells with one or two processes and (ii) motoneurons and interneurons that have branched dendritic structures. Impedance functions were analysed to obtain the cable properties of these in situ neurons. These measurements show that branched neurons are not isopotential and, therefore, a conventional voltage-clamp analysis is not valid. 2. The electrophysiological data from branched neurons were curve-fitted with a lumped soma-equivalent cylinder model consisting of eight equal compartments coupled to an isopotential cell body to obtain membrane parameters for both passive and active properties. The analysis provides a quantitative description of both the passive electrical properties imposed by the geometrical structure of neurons and the voltage-dependent ionic conductances determined by ion channel kinetics. The model fitting of dorsal cells was dominated by a one-compartment resistance and capacitance in parallel (RC) corresponding to the spherical, non-branched shape of these cells. Branched neurons required a model that contained both an RC compartment and a cable that reflected the structure of the cells. At rest, the electrotonic length of the cable was about two. Uniformly distributed voltage-dependent ionic conductance sites were adequate to describe the data at different membrane potentials. 3. The frequency domain admittance method in conjunction with a step voltage clamp was used to control and measure the oscillatory behavior induced by N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) on lamprey spinal

  1. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stretching of proteins in a force-clamp

    Szymczak, P.; Cieplak, Marek


    Mechanically induced protein unfolding in the force-clamp apparatus is shown, in a coarse-grained model of ubiquitin, to have lognormal statistics above a threshold force and exponential statistics below it. Correspondingly, the mean unfolding time is slowly varying and exponentially decreases as a function of the force. The time dependences of the end-to-end distances are also distinct. The time sequence of unfolding events weakly depends on force and much of it resembles that for stretching at constant speed. A more complicated time dependence arises for integrin.

  2. Acute hypotension induced by aortic clamp vs. PTH provokes distinct proximal tubule Na+ transporter redistribution patterns

    Leong, Patrick K K; Yang, Li E; Lin, Harrison W;


    renal cortical membranes fractionated on sorbitol density gradients. Aortic clamp-induced acute hypotension (from 100 +/- 3 to 78 +/- 2 mmHg) provoked a 62% decrease in urine output and a significant decrease in volume flow from the proximal tubule detected as a 66% decrease in endogenous lithium...... clearance. There was, however, no significant change in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) or subcellular distribution of NHE3 and NaPi2. In contrast, high-dose PTH rapidly (<2 min) decreased arterial blood pressure to 51 +/- 3 mmHg, decreased urine output, and shifted NHE3 and NaPi2 out of the low...

  3. Characterization of the insulin sensitivity of ghrelin receptor KO mice using glycemic clamps

    Morgan Kristen


    Full Text Available Abstract Background We and others have demonstrated previously that ghrelin receptor (GhrR knock out (KO mice fed a high fat diet (HFD have increased insulin sensitivity and metabolic flexibility relative to WT littermates. A striking feature of the HFD-fed GhrR KO mouse is the dramatic decrease in hepatic steatosis. To characterize further the underlying mechanisms of glucose homeostasis in GhrR KO mice, we conducted both hyperglycemic (HG and hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic (HI-E clamps. Additionally, we investigated tissue glucose uptake and specifically examined liver insulin sensitivity. Results Consistent with glucose tolerance-test data, in HG clamp experiments, GhrR KO mice showed a reduction in glucose-stimulated insulin release relative to WT littermates. Nevertheless, a robust 1st phase insulin secretion was still achieved, indicating that a healthy β-cell response is maintained. Additionally, GhrR KO mice demonstrated both a significantly increased glucose infusion rate and significantly reduced insulin requirement for maintenance of the HG clamp, consistent with their relative insulin sensitivity. In HI-E clamps, both LFD-fed and HFD-fed GhrR KO mice showed higher peripheral insulin sensitivity relative to WT littermates as indicated by a significant increase in insulin-stimulated glucose disposal (Rd, and decreased hepatic glucose production (HGP. HFD-fed GhrR KO mice showed a marked increase in peripheral tissue glucose uptake in a variety of tissues, including skeletal muscle, brown adipose tissue and white adipose tissue. GhrR KO mice fed a HFD also showed a modest, but significant decrease in conversion of pyruvate to glucose, as would be anticipated if these mice displayed increased liver insulin sensitivity. Additionally, the levels of UCP2 and UCP1 were reduced in the liver and BAT, respectively, in GhrR KO mice relative to WT mice. Conclusions These results indicate that improved glucose homeostasis of GhrR KO mice is

  4. Impact of early versus delayed umbilical cord clamping on post partum blood loss: a randomized controlled trial

    Yogiraj Vaijanathrao Chidre,Vijayalakshmi Chirumamilla


    Methods: A randomized, controlled trial was performed on 183 consenting women fulfilling eligibility criteria in labour ward of a teaching hospital in India. They were randomly assigned into early cord clamping or delayed cord clamping group; other components of active management of third stage of labour being same for all. The duration of third stage of labour was noted. Quantitative assessment of post partum blood loss was done using BRASSS-V drapes and weighing blood soaked pads. Cord blood haemoglobin and hematocrit at birth and infant haemoglobin and hematocrit at 90 +/-7 days were estimated. Statistical analysis done using students unpaired and lsquo;t' test. Results: No difference was noted in the mean blood loss (203.52 +/- 122.74 ml versus 200.74+/- 104.07 ml in early and delayed cord clamping respectively and the duration of third stage of labour (Mean: 296.59+/- 98.97 seconds versus 281.79+/-104.59 seconds for early and delayed clamping respectively. Infant haemoglobin at 90 +/-7 days was 11.07 +/- 1.27 gm/dl versus 12.70+/- 1.41 gm/dl (p=0.0000 and infant hematocrit at 90 +/-7 days was 34.13+/-3.93 % versus 39.33 +/-4.88 % in early and delayed clamping respectively (p=0.0000. Conclusion: The timing of cord clamping has no impact on the mean blood loss and duration of third stage of labour. Delayed clamping significantly increases mean venous haemoglobin and hematocrit at 90 +/-7 days without increasing NICU admissions. [Int J Reprod Contracept Obstet Gynecol 2015; 4(4.000: 1103-1108

  5. Direct Torque Control for Three-Level Neutral Point Clamped Inverter-Fed Induction Motor Drive

    M. K. Sahu


    Full Text Available Direct torque control (DTC is a control technique in AC drive systems to obtain high performance torque control. The classical DTC drive contains a pair of hysteresis comparators and suffers from variable switching frequency and high torque ripple. These problems can be solved by using space vector depending on the reference torque and flux. In this paper the space vector modulation technique is applied to the three-level Neutral Point Clamped (NPC inverter control in the proposed DTC-based induction motor drive system, resulting to a significant reduce of torque ripple. Three-level neutral point clamped inverters have been widely used in medium voltage applications. This type of inverters have several advantages over standard two-level VSI, such as greater number of levels in the output voltage waveforms, less harmonic distortion in voltage and current waveforms and lower switching frequencies. This paper emphasizes the derivation of switching states using the Space Vector Pulse Width Modulation (SVPWM technique. The control scheme is implemented using Matlab/Simulink. Experimental results using dSPACE validate the steady-state and the dynamic performance of the proposed control strategy.

  6. Testing of Diode-Clamping in an Inductive Pulsed Plasma Thruster Circuit

    Toftul, Alexandra; Polzin, Kurt A.; Martin, Adam K.; Hudgins, Jerry L.


    Testing of a 5.5 kV silicon (Si) diode and 5.8 kV prototype silicon carbide (SiC) diode in an inductive pulsed plasma thruster (IPPT) circuit was performed to obtain a comparison of the resulting circuit recapture efficiency,eta(sub r), defined as the percentage of the initial charge energy remaining on the capacitor bank after the diode interrupts the current. The diode was placed in a pulsed circuit in series with a silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) switch, and the voltages across different components and current waveforms were collected over a range of capacitor charge voltages. Reverse recovery parameters, including turn-off time and peak reverse recovery current, were measured and capacitor voltage waveforms were used to determine the recapture efficiency for each case. The Si fast recovery diode in the circuit was shown to yield a recapture efficiency of up to 20% for the conditions tested, while the SiC diode further increased recapture efficiency to nearly 30%. The data presented show that fast recovery diodes operate on a timescale that permits them to clamp the discharge quickly after the first half cycle, supporting the idea that diode-clamping in IPPT circuit reduces energy dissipation that occurs after the first half cycle

  7. A Clamped Be Window for the Dump of the HiRadMat Experiment at CERN

    Delonca, M; Grenier, D; Maglioni, C; Sarrio Martinez, A


    At CERN, the High Radiation to Materials facility (HiRadMat) is designed to test accelerator components under the impact of high-intensity pulsed beams and will start operation in 2012. In this frame an LHC TED-type dump was installed at the end of the line, working in nitrogen overpressure, and a 254μm-thick beryllium window was placed as barrier between the inside of the dump and the external atmosphere. Because of the special loading conditions, a clamped window design was especially developed, optimized and implemented, the more standard welded window not being suitable for such loads. Considering then the clamping force and the applied differential pressures, the stresses on the window components were carefully evaluated thanks to empirical as well as numerical models, to guarantee the structural integrity of the beryllium foil. This paper reports on choices and optimizations that led to the final design, presenting also comparative results from different solutions and the detailed results for the adopt...

  8. Mechanically clamped PZT ceramics investigated by First-order reversal curves diagram

    Laurentiu Stoleriu


    Full Text Available The First Order Reversal Curves (FORC diagrams method was developed for characterizing the switching properties of ferroelectrics. In the present paper, the FORC method was applied for hard Pb(Zr,TiO3 ceramics with symmetric and asymmetric clamping. An ideal high-oriented single-crystalline ferroelectric with rectangular P(E loop would be characterised by a delta-function FORC distribution, while real ferroelectrics and mostly the polycrystalline ceramics show dispersed FORC distributions. All the investigated ceramics show FORC distributions with non-Gaussian shape, slightly elongated along the coercitive axis, meaning a high dispersion of the energy barriers separating the two bi-stable polarizations ±P. The degree of dispersion is enhanced by clamping. The maximum FORC coercivity is located at ~ (1.9-2 MV/m for all the hard ceramics. The FORC cycling experiment causes the reversal of the initial poling and result in a positive/negative bias on the FORC diagrams. According to the observed features, it results that FORC coercivity is more related to the nature of the material, while the bias field is more sensitive to the electrical and mechanical boundary conditions in which the ferroelectric ceramics evolves while switching.


    ZHOU Yunshan; LIU Jin'gang; CAI Yuanchun; ZOU Naiwei


    Associated dynamic performance of the clamping force control valve used in continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optimized. Firstly, the structure and working principle of the valve are analyzed, and then a dynamic model is set up by means of mechanism analysis. For the purpose of checking the validity of the modeling method, a prototype workpiece of the valve is manufactured for comparison test, and its simulation result follows the experimental result quite well. An associated performance index is founded considering the response time, overshoot and saving energy, and five structural parameters are selected to adjust for deriving the optimal associated performance index. The optimization problem is solved by the genetic algorithm (GA) with necessary constraints. Finally, the properties of the optimized valve are compared with those of the prototype workpiece, and the results prove that the dynamic performance indexes of the optimized valve are much better than those of the prototype workpiece.Key words: Dynamic modeling Optimal design Genetic algorithm Clamping force control valve Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

  10. Influence of non-steady state during isoglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp in hypertension. A LIFE substudy

    Olsen, M H; Andersen, U B; Wachtell, K;


    We wanted to investigate whether time to steady state was reached within 2 h of insulin infusion during isoglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp, comparing the glucose uptake index (M/IG) with Bergman's insulin sensitivity index (Sip). We performed a 2-h oral glucose tolerance test and a 3-h isoglycemic...... hyperinsulinemic clamp in 26 young, healthy subjects and 43 elderly patients with unmedicated essential hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. The 3-h Sip correlated strongly with the 2-h M/IG in the patients (r = 0.88, p <0.001) as well as in the healthy subjects (r = 0.96, p <0.001) with relatively...... narrow limits of agreement in the patients. However, during the third hour of insulin infusion, M/IG (10.0 vs 12.21(2) x kg(-1) x min(-1) x mmol(-1), p <0.001) as well as Sip (7.1 vs 9.41(2) x kg(-1) x min(-1) x mmol(-1), p <0.001) increased significantly in the patients, but not in the healthy subjects...

  11. High Performance ZVT with Bus Clamping Modulation Technique for Single Phase Full Bridge Inverters

    Xia, Yinglai; Ayyanar, Raja


    This paper proposes a topology based on bus clamping modulation and zero-voltage-transition (ZVT) technique to realize zero-voltage-switching (ZVS) for all the main switches of the full bridge inverters, and inherent ZVS and/or ZCS for the auxiliary switches. The advantages of the strategy include significant reduction in the turn-on loss of the ZVT auxiliary switches which typically account for a major part of the total loss in other ZVT circuits, and reduction in the voltage ratings of auxiliary switches. The modulation scheme and the commutation stages are analyzed in detail. Finally, a 1kW, 500 kHz switching frequency inverter of the proposed topology using SiC MOSFETs has been built to validate the theoretical analysis. The ZVT with bus clamping modulation technique of fixed timing and adaptive timing schemes are implemented in DSP TMS320F28335 resulting in full ZVS for the main switches in the full bridge inverter. The proposed scheme can save up to 33 % of the switching loss compared with no ZVT case.

  12. Indirect Field Oriented Control for Five Phase Three Level Neutral Point Clamped Inverter Fed PMSM Drive

    S. Sengottaian


    Full Text Available This study deals with a five phase three level Neutral Point Clamped (NPC inverter fed PMSM drive application. The motor performances depend upon mathematical model so the parameters vary are: noise, common mode voltage, flux variation and harmonic levels of the inverter or motor. Voltage saturation is one of the major problems of a motor which occurs due to speed oscillations, more current fluctuations. This problem can be solved by using PWM technique depends on the reference motor torque and flux. In this study Indirect Field Oriented Control (IFOC NPC inverter is suggested to reduce the voltage saturation. The three level neutral point clamped inverter is widely used for medium and high level applications. Compared with standard two level inverter, this type of NPC inverters have more merits. It generates greater number of levels output waveform in lower harmonic content at the same switching frequency and less voltage stress across the semiconductor switches; finally motor performance and control schemes are verified by using MATLAB/SIMULINK.

  13. Estimating residual stress, curvature and boundary compliance of doubly clamped MEMS from their vibration response

    Structural parameters of doubly clamped microfabricated beams such as initial curvature, boundary compliance, thickness and mean residual stress are often critical to the performance of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and need to be estimated as a part of quality control of the microfabrication process. However, these parameters couple and influence many metrics of device response and thus are very difficult to disentangle and estimate using conventional methods such as the M-test, static mechanical tests, pull-in measurements or dynamic mechanical tests. Here we present a simple, non-destructive experimental method to extract these parameters based on the non-contact measurement of the natural frequencies of the lowest few eigenmodes of the microfabricated beam, and knowledge of Young's modulus and plan dimensions of the beam alone. The method exploits the fact that certain eigenmodes are insensitive to some of these structural parameters which enable a convenient decoupling and estimation of the parameters. As a result, the method does not require complicated finite element analysis, is insensitive to the gap height and introduces no contact wear or dielectric charging effects. Experiments are performed using laser Doppler vibrometry to measure the natural frequencies of doubly clamped, nickel, RF-MEMS capacitive switches and the method is applied to extract the residual stress, beam thickness, boundary compliance and post-release curvature. (paper)

  14. Temporary clamping of bilateral external carotid arteries for surgical excision of a complex dural arteriovenous fistula

    Shih-Chieh Shen


    Full Text Available Background: Some complex dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs are lesions that typically have numerous arterial feeders. Surgery, including resection of fistulas or skeletonization of the diseased sinus, is still one of the important treatments for these lesions. However, major blood loss is usually encountered during craniotomy because of abundant arterial feeders from the scalp and transosseous vessels. We present a novel approach for obliteration of the fistulas with less blood loss. Methods: Our first case was a 52-year-old male who suffered from syncope and seizure. Cerebral digital subtraction angiography (DSA revealed complex DAVFs with numerous arterial feeders from bilateral external carotid arteries (ECAs and drainage into the superior sagittal sinus with cerebral venous reflux. The second case was a 48-year-old male presenting with chronic headache. His DSA also showed complex DAVFs along the superior sagittal sinus with cerebral venous reflux. In both cases, we performed the surgical procedure to obliterate the pathological fistulas after temporary clamping of bilateral ECAs and noted less blood loss than in the conventional surgery. Results: The follow-up DSA showed successful obliteration of the complex DAVFs on the first case and partial improvement on the second case followed by transarterial embolization (TAE. The symptoms of the both patients were relieved after surgery with good recovery. Conclusion: Temporary clamping of bilateral ECAs can improve the safety and ease the surgical excision for complex DAVFs. By using this technique, neurosurgeons can deal with aggressive DAVFs more confidently and calmly.

  15. A Clamped Be Window for the Dump of the HiRadMat Experiment at CERN

    Delonca, M; Grenier, D; Maglioni, C; Sarrio Martinez, A


    At CERN, the High Radiation to Materials facility (HiRadMat) is designed to test accelerator components under the impact of high-intensity pulsed beams and will start operation in 2012. In this frame an LHC TED-type dump was installed at the end of the line, working in nitrogen over-pressure, and a 254μm-thick beryllium window was placed as barrier between the inside of the dump and the external atmosphere. Because of the special loading conditions, a clamped window design was especially developed, optimized and implemented, the more standard welded window not being suitable for such loads. Considering then the clamping force and the applied differential pressures, the stresses on the window components were carefully evaluated thanks to empirical as well as numerical models, to guarantee the structural integrity of the beryllium foil. This paper reports on choices and optimizations that led to the final design, presenting also comparative results from different solutions and the detailed results for the adop...

  16. Interleukin-2 activity can be fine tuned with engineered receptor signaling clamps.

    Mitra, Suman; Ring, Aaron M; Amarnath, Shoba; Spangler, Jamie B; Li, Peng; Ju, Wei; Fischer, Suzanne; Oh, Jangsuk; Spolski, Rosanne; Weiskopf, Kipp; Kohrt, Holbrook; Foley, Jason E; Rajagopalan, Sumati; Long, Eric O; Fowler, Daniel H; Waldmann, Thomas A; Garcia, K Christopher; Leonard, Warren J


    Interleukin-2 (IL-2) regulates lymphocyte function by signaling through heterodimerization of the IL-2Rβ and γc receptor subunits. IL-2 is of considerable therapeutic interest, but harnessing its actions in a controllable manner remains a challenge. Previously, we have engineered an IL-2 "superkine" with enhanced affinity for IL-2Rβ. Here, we describe next-generation IL-2 variants that function as "receptor signaling clamps." They retained high affinity for IL-2Rβ, inhibiting binding of endogenous IL-2, but their interaction with γc was weakened, attenuating IL-2Rβ-γc heterodimerization. These IL-2 analogs acted as partial agonists and differentially affected lymphocytes poised at distinct activation thresholds. Moreover, one variant, H9-RETR, antagonized IL-2 and IL-15 better than blocking antibodies against IL-2Rα or IL-2Rβ. Furthermore, this mutein prolonged survival in a model of graft-versus-host disease and blocked spontaneous proliferation of smoldering adult T cell leukemia (ATL) T cells. This receptor-clamping approach might be a general mechanism-based strategy for engineering cytokine partial agonists for therapeutic immunomodulation. PMID:25992859

  17. A direct proofreader-clamp interaction stabilizes the Pol III replicase in the polymerization mode

    Jergic, Slobodan


    Processive DNA synthesis by the αÉ"θ core of the Escherichia coli Pol III replicase requires it to be bound to the β 2 clamp via a site in the α polymerase subunit. How the É" proofreading exonuclease subunit influences DNA synthesis by α was not previously understood. In this work, bulk assays of DNA replication were used to uncover a non-proofreading activity of É". Combination of mutagenesis with biophysical studies and single-molecule leading-strand replication assays traced this activity to a novel β-binding site in É" that, in conjunction with the site in α, maintains a closed state of the αÉ"θ-β 2 replicase in the polymerization mode of DNA synthesis. The É"-β interaction, selected during evolution to be weak and thus suited for transient disruption to enable access of alternate polymerases and other clamp binding proteins, therefore makes an important contribution to the network of protein-protein interactions that finely tune stability of the replicase on the DNA template in its various conformational states. © 2013 European Molecular Biology Organization.

  18. Influence of non-steady state during isoglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp in hypertension. A LIFE substudy

    Olsen, M H; Andersen, U B; Wachtell, K;


    We wanted to investigate whether time to steady state was reached within 2 h of insulin infusion during isoglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp, comparing the glucose uptake index (M/IG) with Bergman's insulin sensitivity index (Sip). We performed a 2-h oral glucose tolerance test and a 3-h isoglycemic...... narrow limits of agreement in the patients. However, during the third hour of insulin infusion, M/IG (10.0 vs 12.21(2) x kg(-1) x min(-1) x mmol(-1), p <0.001) as well as Sip (7.1 vs 9.41(2) x kg(-1) x min(-1) x mmol(-1), p <0.001) increased significantly in the patients, but not in the healthy subjects....... Because the 2-h M/IG correlated strongly with the 3-h Sip with relatively narrow limits of agreement, it is a good measure of insulin sensitivity. However, a 2-h clamp results in lower insulin sensitivity values in elderly, hypertensive patients due to the fact that steady state is not reached...

  19. Automatic Calibration of Frequency Compensation System in Computer-Controlled Patch-Clamp Amplifier

    Jun Xion


    Full Text Available Computer-controlled patch-clamp amplifier is a digitally controlled analog device used to record the cellular ion channel currents in electrophysiology research. The inherent bandwidth and performance of the headstage is limited by the stray capacitance and distributed capacitance across the feedback resistors. In order to effectively improve the performance of the headstage, the paper advanced a simplified automatic calibration method of frequency compensation system in resistor-feedback patch-clamp amplifier. The dynamic model of headstage was approximate as a two poles and one zero system in the transfer function by experience and test results, so the dynamic characteristics of the headstage were obtained employing least squares parameter estimation algorithm. Further more, the compensation parameter of high frequency booster can be estimated by the time constant of main pole of headstage. And automatic adjustment of the parameters in transient response correction stage was performed as a least squares fitting problem. The software routine running on the host computer conducted all operations of frequency compensation. Experimental results demonstrate that the simplified automatic calibration method can substantially extend the bandwidth and minimize step response error of headstage.

  20. A patch-clamp study on human sperm Cl-channel reassembled into giant liposome

    Jun-Ping BAI; Yu-Liang SHI


    Aim: To record the single-channel currents and characterize the electrophysiological properties of the Cl-channels in human sperm membrane. Methods: The membrane proteins extracted from the human sperm were reassembled into liposome bilayer, and the liposomes were fused into giant liposomes with a diameter more than 10 μm by dehydrationrehydration procedure. The giant liposomes were used to study the Cl-channel activities by patch-clamp technique.Results: By patch clamping the giant liposome in an asymmetric NMDG (N-methyl-D-glucamine)-Cl (bath 100//pipette 200 mmol/L) solution system, three kinds of single-channel events with unit conductances of (74.1 ± 8.3) pS,( 117.0 ± 5.7) pS and ( 144.7 ±+ 4.5 ) pS, respectively, were detected. Their activities were voltage-dependent and all manner. By constructing the open and close dwell time distribution histograms and then fitting them with exponential function, two time constants were obtained in both the open and the close states. The burst activity and conductance substate of the channels were observed. Conclusion: There exist three kinds of Cl-channels with different conductance in human sperm membrane at least.

  1. Effect of organometallic clamp properties on the apparent diversity of tensile response of nanowires

    The influence of the experimental boundary conditions used for tensile testing of individual nanowires on the measured apparent mechanical response is reported. Using a microelectromechanical platform designed for in situ tensile testing, in combination with digital image correlation of sequences of scanning electron microscope images, the mechanical behavior of single crystalline Si, Pd, and Ge2Sb2Te5 nanowires was measured during load–unload cycles. In situ testing enables direct determination of the nanowire strain. Comparison of the direct strain with common metrics for apparent strain that include any compliance or slipping of the clamping materials (electron-beam induced Pt-containing deposits) highlights several different artifacts that may be manifested. Calculation of the contact stiffness is thus enabled, providing guidelines for both proper strain measurement and selection of clamping materials and geometries that facilitate elucidation of intrinsic material response. Our results suggest that the limited ability to tailor the stiffness of electron-beam induced deposits results from the predominance of the organic matrix in controlling its mechanical properties owing to relatively low Pt content and sparse morphology. (paper)

  2. Quantification of material slippage in the iliotibial tract when applying the partial plastination clamping technique.

    Sichting, Freddy; Steinke, Hanno; Wagner, Martin F-X; Fritsch, Sebastian; Hädrich, Carsten; Hammer, Niels


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential of the partial plastination technique in minimizing material slippage and to discuss the effects on the tensile properties of thin dense connective tissue. The ends of twelve iliotibial tract samples were primed with polyurethane resin and covered by plastic plates to provide sufficient grip between the clamps. The central part of the samples remained in an anatomically unfixed condition. Strain data of twelve partially plastinated samples and ten samples in a completely anatomically unfixed state were obtained using uniaxial crosshead displacement and an optical image tracking technique. Testing of agreement between the strain data revealed ongoing but markedly reduced material slippage in partially plastinated samples compared to the unfixed samples. The mean measurement error introduced by material slippage was up to 18.0% in partially plastinated samples. These findings might complement existing data on measurement errors during material testing and highlight the importance of individual quantitative evaluation of errors that come along with self-made clamping techniques. PMID:26005842

  3. Laser microsurgery of higher plant cell walls permits patch-clamp access

    Henriksen, G. H.; Taylor, A. R.; Brownlee, C.; Assmann, S. M.; Evans, M. L. (Principal Investigator)


    Plasma membranes of guard cells in epidermal peels of Vicia faba and Commelina communis can be made accessible to a patch-clamp pipet by removing a small portion (1-3 micrometers in diameter) of the guard cell wall using a microbeam of ultraviolet light generated by a nitrogen laser. Using this laser microsurgical technique, we have measured channel activity across plasma membranes of V. faba guard cells in both cell-attached and isolated patch configurations. Measurements made in the inside-out patch configuration revealed two distinct K(+)-selective channels. Major advantages of the laser microsurgical technique include the avoidance of enzymatic protoplast isolation, the ability to study cell types that have been difficult to isolate as protoplasts or for which enzymatic isolation protocols result in protoplasts not amenable to patch-clamp studies, the maintenance of positional information in single-channel measurements, reduced disruption of cell-wall-mediated signaling pathways, and the ability to investigate intercellular signaling through studies of cells remaining situated within tissue.

  4. Enhanced brain release of erythropoietin, cytokines and NO during carotid clamping.

    Carelli, Stephana; Ghilardi, Giorgio; Bianciardi, Paola; Latorre, Elisa; Rubino, Federico; Bissi, Marina; Di Giulio, Anna Maria; Samaja, Michele; Gorio, Alfredo


    Although effective and safe, carotid endarterectomy (CEA) implies a reduced blood flow to the brain and likely an ischemia/reperfusion event. The high rate of uneventful outcomes associated with CEA suggests the activation of brain endogenous protection mechanisms aimed at limiting the possible ischemia/reperfusion damage. This study aims at assessing whether CEA triggers protective mechanisms such as brain release of erythropoietin and nitric oxide. CEA was performed in 12 patients; blood samples were withdrawn simultaneously from the surgically exposed ipsilateral jugular and leg veins before, during (2 and 40 min) and after clamp removal (2 min). Plasma antioxidant capacity, carbonylated proteins, erythropoietin, nitrates and nitrites (NOx) were determined. No changes in intraoperative EEG, peripheral and transcranial blood oxygen saturation were detectable, and no patients showed any neurologic sign after the intervention. Antioxidant capacity and protein carbonylation in plasma were unaffected. Differently, erythropoietin, VEGF, TNF-α and NOx increased during clamping in the jugular blood (2 and 40 min), while no changes were observed in the peripheral circulation. These results show that blood erythropoietin, VEGF, TNF-α, and NOx increased in the brain during uncomplicated CEA. This may represent an endogenous self-activated neuroprotective mechanism aimed at the prevention of ischemia/reperfusion damage. PMID:26494654

  5. Attachment ability of a clamp-bearing fish parasite, Diplozoon paradoxum (Monogenea), on gills of the common bream, Abramis brama.

    Wong, Wey-Lim; Gorb, Stanislav N


    Monogeneans, which are mainly fish ectoparasites, use various types of haptoral (posterior) attachment apparatus to secure their attachment onto their hosts. However, it remains unclear how strongly a monogenean can attach onto its host. In the present study, we aimed for the first time to (1) measure pull-off forces required to detach a pair of clamp-bearing monogeneans, Diplozoon paradoxum, from gills of Abramis brama and (2) determine the contribution of muscles to the clamp movements. A mean force of 6.1±2.7 mN (~246 times the animals' weight) was required to dislodge a paired D. paradoxum vertically from the gills. There were significant differences (Pfiltered lake water (20.16±8.63 μm). This suggests that the closing of the clamps is probably not due to the continuous contraction of extrinsic muscles but is caused by the elasticity of the clamp material and that muscle activity is required for clamp opening. PMID:23580722

  6. An accurate online calibration system based on combined clamp-shape coil for high voltage electronic current transformers

    Electronic transformers are widely used in power systems because of their wide bandwidth and good transient performance. However, as an emerging technology, the failure rate of electronic transformers is higher than that of traditional transformers. As a result, the calibration period needs to be shortened. Traditional calibration methods require the power of transmission line be cut off, which results in complicated operation and power off loss. This paper proposes an online calibration system which can calibrate electronic current transformers without power off. In this work, the high accuracy standard current transformer and online operation method are the key techniques. Based on the clamp-shape iron-core coil and clamp-shape air-core coil, a combined clamp-shape coil is designed as the standard current transformer. By analyzing the output characteristics of the two coils, the combined clamp-shape coil can achieve verification of the accuracy. So the accuracy of the online calibration system can be guaranteed. Moreover, by employing the earth potential working method and using two insulating rods to connect the combined clamp-shape coil to the high voltage bus, the operation becomes simple and safe. Tests in China National Center for High Voltage Measurement and field experiments show that the proposed system has a high accuracy of up to 0.05 class

  7. del Nido versus St. Thomas Cardioplegia Solutions: A Single-Center Retrospective Analysis of Post Cross-Clamp Defibrillation Rates.

    Buel, Shane T; Striker, Carrie Whittaker; O'Brien, James E


    There are many cardioplegia solutions currently in use for pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The most common being del Nido solution. Another common cardioplegia solution used for pediatric CPB is St. Thomas. In October 2014, Children's Mercy Kansas City changed from the use of modified St. Thomas to del Nido. This study compared rates of post cross-clamp fibrillation requiring defibrillation between del Nido solution and modified St. Thomas solution stratified by weight at Children's Mercy Kansas City. This retrospective study consisted of 394 patients who underwent cardiac surgery requiring cardioplegia between January 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015. The outcome measured was defibrillation upon cross-clamp removal. Statistical significance was determined using Fishers exact test with a two-sided significance level of .05. Incidence of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal was 4.4% in the del Nido group and 26.8% in the St. Thomas group (p 60-kg category had an incidence of defibrillation of 16.7% in the del Nido group and 63% in the St. Thomas group (p < .0623). This study demonstrates a 6-fold decrease in the overall rate of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal between St. Thomas and del Nido cardioplegia solutions. Analyses of weight stratifications demonstrate a decrease in the rate of defibrillation post cross-clamp removal in all categories within the del Nido group. PMID:27578896

  8. A Hybrid Cascade Converter Topology With Series-Connected Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Diode-Clamped H-Bridge Cells

    Nami, Alireza; Zare, Firuz; Ghosh, Arindam; Blaabjerg, Frede


    A novel H-bridge multilevel pulsewidth modulation converter topology based on a series connection of a high-voltage diode-clamped inverter and a low-voltage conventional inverter is proposed in this paper. A dc link voltage arrangement for the new hybrid and asymmetric solution is presented to have...... configuration to approach a very low total harmonic distortion of voltage and current, which leads to the possible elimination of the output filter. Regarding the proposed configuration, a new cascade inverter is verified by cascading an asymmetrical diode-clamped inverter, in which 19 levels can be synthesized...... in output voltage with the same number of components. To balance the dc link capacitor voltages for the maximum output voltage resolution as well as synthesize asymmetrical dc link combination, a new multi-output boost converter is utilized at the dc link voltage of a seven-level H-bridge diode-clamped...

  9. Comparison: Simulation and Experimental Characterisation of an all-Optical Gain-Clamped Erbium-Doped Fibre Amplifier

    T. Subramaniam M. A. Mahdi P. Poopalan, and H. Ahmad


    Full Text Available This paper presents the GC-EDFA characteristics comparison between the simulated results (using EDFA_Design software and experimental results. The comparisons reveal the usefulness of the software in simulating the behaviour of an all-optical GC-EDFA system. Comparisons are made for values obtained from the system operated at high laser power, in order to highlight the differences between the experimental and simulated values. The main objective for this comparison is to prove the capability of the software in simulating the gain-clamped system. Therefore, the software can be used to test new configurations, aimed at improvising current gain-clamped EDFA performances.Keywords optical, gain-clamping, erbium, fibre amplifier, simulation, experiment

  10. Negligible substrate clamping effect on piezoelectric response in (111)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr, Ti)O{sub 3} films

    Yamada, Tomoaki, E-mail: [Department of Materials, Physics and Energy Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 4-1-8 Honcho, Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); Yasumoto, Jun; Ito, Daisuke; Yoshino, Masahito; Nagasaki, Takanori [Department of Materials, Physics and Energy Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Sakata, Osami [Synchrotron X-ray Station at SPring-8 and Synchrotron X-ray Group, National Institute for Materials Science, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Imai, Yasuhiko [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, SPring-8, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Kiguchi, Takanori [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577 (Japan); Shiraishi, Takahisa; Shimizu, Takao; Funakubo, Hiroshi [Department of Innovative and Engineered Material, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan)


    The converse piezoelectric responses of (111)- and (001)-epitaxial tetragonal Pb(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.65})O{sub 3} [PZT] films were compared to investigate the orientation dependence of the substrate clamping effect. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD) and piezoelectric force microscopy revealed that the as-grown (111)-PZT film has a polydomain structure with normal twin boundaries that are changed by the poling process to inclined boundaries, as predicted by Romanov et al. [Phys. Status Solidi A 172, 225 (1999)]. Time-resolved synchrotron XRD under bias voltage showed the negligible impact of substrate clamping on the piezoelectric response in the (111)-PZT film, unlike the case for (001)-PZT film. The origin of the negligible clamping effect in the (111)-PZT film is discussed from the viewpoint of the elastic properties and the compensation of lattice distortion between neighboring domains.

  11. Stress-stimulated current of dry rocks with constant clamping stress

    Dahlgren, R. P.; Vanderbilt, V. C.; Johnston, M. J. S.


    A set of nominally dry rocks (gabbro, granite, limestone, marble, and sandstone) were subjected to asymmetric loading with a large hydraulic press. A pair of precision platens made from 1018 low carbon steel were used to apply uniaxial compressive stress (σ) to the sample, via a thin electrical insulator made from ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene. Self-adhesive copper electrodes were applied and burnished on the end faces and the stress-stimulated current (SSC) was monitored using a Keithley 617 instrument. A preload stress level of 5.5 MPa was applied to firmly clamp the assembly throughout the experiment. From this baseline, σ was increased to 22.25 MPa and held for 100 seconds before returning to the clamping stress level. This loading profile was repeated for four or more cycles, with a stress rate on the order of 5MPa/sec. After the first load cycle, the SSC transients (and SSV offsets) are reversible when σ returned to its baseline level. All samples showed alternating unipolar SSC transients at the beginning and end of each load cycle. SSC from limestone, Westerly granite and marble were at, or below, the measurement limit (±1 pA). All other samples except sandstone showed a negative SSC with increasing stress. For stress-stimulated voltage (SSV) there was a richer variety of transients observed such as unipolar, bipolar and more complex transient dynamics. Limestone was the only sample tested with no SSV transients although this particular rock had a major calcite inclusion in the sample. White granite tended to have the least stable SSC and SSV values. Of the six different rock samples tested under identical conditions, the SSC and SSV observed were not greater than -15 pA, presumably due to improved experimental procedures. The response for rocks with semiconductor properties (gabbro, granite) is the same as those without semiconductor properties (limestone, marble), although the values for marble were below the noise. For repetitive

  12. An Experimental Method for Measuring the Clamping Force in Double Lap Simple Bolted and Hybrid (Bolted-Bonded) Joints

    Goldarag, Firooz Esmaeili; Barzegar, Sajjad; Babaei, Alireza


    In this research, an experimental method for measuring the clamping force as a result of tightening torque in double lap simple bolted and hybrid (bolted-bonded) joints is proposed. Two types of joints, i.e. double lap simple and hybrid (bolted-bonded) joints were prepared for testing. In order to measure the clamping force or pretension resulting from the tightening torque at different applied torques, for both types of joints, a special experimental method was designed using a steel bush th...

  13. A novel latch-up free SCR-LDMOS with high holding voltage for a power-rail ESD clamp

    The low snapback holding voltage of the SCR-LDMOS device makes it susceptible to latch-up failure, when used in power-rail ESD (electro-static discharge) clamp circuits. In order to eliminate latch-up risk, this work presents a novel SCR-LDMOS structure with an N-type implantation layer to achieve a 17 V holding voltage and a 5.2 A second breakdown current. The device has been validated using TLP measurement analysis and is applied to a power-rail ESD clamp in half-bridge driver ICs. (semiconductor devices)

  14. A novel latch-up free SCR-LDMOS with high holding voltage for a power-rail ESD clamp

    Pan Hongwei; Liu Siyang; Sun Weifeng


    The low snapback holding voltage of the SCR-LDMOS device makes it susceptible to latch-up failure,when used in power-rail ESD (electro-static discharge) clamp circuits.In order to eliminate latch-up risk,this work presents a novel SCR-LDMOS structure with an N-type implantation layer to achieve a 17 V holding voltage and a 5.2 A second breakdown current.The device has been validated using TLP measurement analysis and is applied to a power-rail ESD clamp in half-bridge driver ICs.

  15. Nonlinear dynamic behaviors of clamped laminated shallow shells with one-to-one internal resonance

    Abe, Akira; Kobayashi, Yukinori; Yamada, Gen


    This paper investigates one-to-one internal resonance of laminated shallow shells with rigidly clamped edges. It is assumed that the natural frequencies ω2 and ω3 of two asymmetric (second and third) vibration modes have the relationship ω2≈ ω3. The displacements are expressed by using eigenvectors for linear vibration modes calculated by the Ritz method. Applying Galerkin's procedure to the equation of motion, nonlinear differential equations are derived. By considering the first vibration mode in addition to the two asymmetric vibration modes, quadratic nonlinear terms expressing the interaction between the asymmetric and the first modes appear in the differential equations. Shooting method is used to obtain the steady-state response when the driving frequency Ω is near ω2. The dynamic characteristics of the shells with the internal resonance are discussed.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of GaN nanowire doubly clamped resonators

    Maliakkal, Carina B.; Mathew, John P.; Hatui, Nirupam; Rahman, A. Azizur; Deshmukh, Mandar M.; Bhattacharya, Arnab


    Gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) have been intensely researched as building blocks for nanoscale electronic and photonic device applications; however, the mechanical properties of GaN nanostructures have not been explored in detail. The rigidity, thermal stability, and piezoelectric properties of GaN make it an interesting candidate for nano-electromechanical systems. We have fabricated doubly clamped GaN NW electromechanical resonators on sapphire using electron beam lithography and estimated the Young's modulus of GaN from resonance frequency measurements. For wires of triangular cross section with side ˜90 nm, we obtained values for the Young's modulus to be about 218 and 691 GPa, which are of the same order of magnitude as the values reported for bulk GaN. We also discuss the role of residual strain in the nanowire on the resonant frequency and the orientation dependence of the Young's modulus in wurtzite crystals.

  17. Fabrication of Si-based planar type patch clamp biosensor using silicon on insulator substrate

    The aim of this paper is to fabricate the planar type patch clamp ion-channel biosensor, which is suitable for the high throughput screening, using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. The micropore with 1.2 μm diameter is formed through the top Si layer and the SiO2 box layer of the SOI substrate by focused ion beam (FIB). Then the substrate is assembled into the microfluidic circuit. The human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK-293) cell transfected with transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) is positioned on the micropore and the whole-cell configuration is formed by the suction. Capsaicin is added to the extracellular solution as a ligand molecule, and the channel current showing the desensitization unique to TRPV1 is measured successfully

  18. Fabrication of Si-based planar type patch clamp biosensor using silicon on insulator substrate

    Zhang, Z.L.; Asano, T. [Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Uno, H. [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Tero, R. [Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Suzui, M.; Nakao, S. [Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Kaito, T. [SII NanoTechnology Inc., 36-1, Takenoshita, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka, 410-1393 (Japan); Shibasaki, K.; Tominaga, M. [Okazaki Institute for Integrative Bioscience, 5-1, Higashiyama, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8787 (Japan); Utsumi, Y. [Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry, University of Hyogo, 3-1-2, Koto, Kamigori, Ako-gun, Hyogo, 678-1205 (Japan); Gao, Y.L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester University, Rochester, New York 14627 (United States); Urisu, T. [Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan); Institute for Molecular Science, Myodaiji, Okazaki, 444-8585 (Japan)], E-mail:


    The aim of this paper is to fabricate the planar type patch clamp ion-channel biosensor, which is suitable for the high throughput screening, using silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate. The micropore with 1.2 {mu}m diameter is formed through the top Si layer and the SiO{sub 2} box layer of the SOI substrate by focused ion beam (FIB). Then the substrate is assembled into the microfluidic circuit. The human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK-293) cell transfected with transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) is positioned on the micropore and the whole-cell configuration is formed by the suction. Capsaicin is added to the extracellular solution as a ligand molecule, and the channel current showing the desensitization unique to TRPV1 is measured successfully.

  19. Harmonic Mitigated Front End Three Level Diode Clamped High Frequency Link Inverter by Using MCI Technique

    Sreedhar Madichetty


    Full Text Available In this paper it proposes a high efficient soft-switching scheme based on zero-voltage-switching (ZVS and zero-current-switching(ZCS principle operated with a simple auxiliary circuit extended range for the front-end isolated DC-AC-DC-AC high power converter with an three phase three level diode clamped multi level inverter by using Minority Charge Carrier inspired optimization technique (MCI with Total Harmonic Distortion(THD,Switching losses, Selective harmonic elimination maintaining with its fundamental as an objective function. Input to the inverter is obtained by the photo voltaic cells and with battery bank. The switching scheme is optimized by MCI technique, analyzed and executed in Matlab and implemented with a digital signal processor (DSP .Experimental results with different loads have observed and shows its effectives, robustness of the applied technique.

  20. Note: Decoupling design for high frequency piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers with their clamping connections

    Wang, F. J., E-mail:; Liang, C. M.; Tian, Y. L.; Zhao, X. Y.; Zhang, D. W. [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Equipment Design and Manufacturing Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhang, H. J. [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Modern Mechatronics Equipment Technology, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387 (China)


    This work presents the flexure-mechanism based decoupling design between high frequency piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers and their clamping connections to improve ultrasonic energy transmission efficiency. The ring, prismatic beam, and circular notched hinge based flanges were presented, and the crucial geometric dimensions of the transducers with the flexure decoupling flanges were determined. Finite element analysis (FEA) was carried out to investigate the dynamic characteristics of the transducers. Finally, experiments were conducted to examine and verify the effects of the proposed decoupling flanges. FEA and experimental results show that smaller frequency deviations and larger tip displacement amplitudes have been achieved by using the transducers with the flexure flanges compared with the transducer with a rigid ring-type flange, and thus the ultrasonic transmission efficiency can be improved through the flexure flanges.

  1. Nanoscale-targeted patch-clamp recordings of functional presynaptic ion channels.

    Novak, Pavel; Gorelik, Julia; Vivekananda, Umesh; Shevchuk, Andrew I; Ermolyuk, Yaroslav S; Bailey, Russell J; Bushby, Andrew J; Moss, Guy W J; Rusakov, Dmitri A; Klenerman, David; Kullmann, Dimitri M; Volynski, Kirill E; Korchev, Yuri E


    Direct electrical access to presynaptic ion channels has hitherto been limited to large specialized terminals such as the calyx of Held or hippocampal mossy fiber bouton. The electrophysiology and ion-channel complement of far more abundant small synaptic terminals (≤ 1 μm) remain poorly understood. Here we report a method based on superresolution scanning ion conductance imaging of small synapses in culture at approximately 100-150 nm 3D resolution, which allows presynaptic patch-clamp recordings in all four configurations (cell-attached, inside-out, outside-out, and whole-cell). Using this technique, we report presynaptic recordings of K(+), Na(+), Cl(-), and Ca(2+) channels. This semiautomated approach allows direct investigation of the distribution and properties of presynaptic ion channels at small central synapses. PMID:24050398

  2. Multi-mode excitation of a clamped–clamped microbeam resonator

    Younis, Mohammad I.


    We present modeling and simulation of the nonlinear dynamics of a microresonator subjected to two-source electrostatic excitation. The resonator is composed of a clamped–clamped beam excited by a DC voltage load superimposed to two AC voltage loads of different frequencies. One frequency is tuned close to the first natural frequency of the beam and the other is close to the third (second symmetric) natural frequency. A multi-mode Galerkin procedure is applied to extract a reduced-order model, which forms the basis of the numerical simulations. Time history response, Poincare’ sections, Fast Fourier Transforms FFT, and bifurcation diagrams are used to reveal the dynamics of the system. The results indicate complex nonlinear phenomena, which include quasiperiodic motion, torus bifurcations, and modulated chaotic attractors.

  3. A New Preparation of Pancreatic Ducts for Patch-Clamp Studies

    Novak, Ivana; Hug, M.J.


    -containing solutions. Duct cells were found to have a resting membrane voltage, Vm, of-55 ± 2 mV (n = 63). An increase in the bath K+ concentration (to 19 mmol/l) or an introduction of Ba2+ (3-5 mmol/l) into the bathing solution depolarized Vm by 16 and 22 mV (n = 21; 7), respectively. Secretin (10-9 mol/l) and...... parameters, monitored with the whole-cell patch-clamp method, and those in isolated perfused ducts, monitored with the conventional microelectrodes [Novak I, Greger R: Pflügers Arch 1988;411:58-68, 546-553], are comparable. Similar conclusion can be made about the calcium measurements [Hug M, et al: Pflügers...

  4. A DTC Algorithm for Induction Motor Drives with 3-level Diode-Clamped Inverters

    M. Cirrincione


    Full Text Available This paper presents a novel Direct Torque Control (DTC algorithm for induction motor electrical drives supplied by 3-level diode clamped inverters. It is the natural extension of the classic Switching Table (ST based DTC, modified for a 3-level inverter supply. It presents also a very simple algorithm for the minimization of the capacitor voltage ripple. Results obtained with numerical simulations show that the employment of a 3-level inverter in such a control scheme permits to obtain the same dynamical performances as those obtained with a 2-level inverter with resulting lower torque and flux ripples as well as a lower harmonic content in the stator voltages and currents. Some considerations about the consequent benefits as for EMC of this drive are also presented.

  5. Single stage buck-boost DC-AC neutral point clamped inverter

    Mo, Wei; Loh, Poh Chiang; Andrew, A.;


    windings thus preventing the core from saturation; lowers the voltage stresses and power losses of inverter switches and reduces the sizes of filtering devices and as well as obtains better output performance compared to the original two-level Z-source inverters. A phase disposition pulse width modulation......This paper proposes a new single stage buck-boost DC-AC neutral point clamped inverter topology which integrates the cascaded configurations of recently introduced inductor-capacitor-capacitor-transformer impedance source network (by Adamowicz) and classic NPC configuration. As a consequence, it...... has enhanced buck-boost functionality and low output voltage distortions compared to the traditional Z-source inverter; it has continuous input current which reduces the source stress and inverter noise; it also contains two built-in capacitors which can block the DC current in the transformer...

  6. Pulse-Width-Modulation of Neutral-Point-Clamped Sparse Matrix Converter

    Loh, P.C.; Blaabjerg, Frede; Gao, F.;


    Sparse matrix converter is an alternative "allsemiconductor" energy processor proposed recently for converting an ac source with fixed magnitude and frequency to a variable voltage and frequency supply that can meet the requirements of a particular industry application. In principle, sparse matrix...... input current and output voltage can be achieved with minimized rectification switching loss, rendering the sparse matrix converter as a competitive choice for interfacing the utility grid to (e.g.) defense facilities that require a different frequency supply. As an improvement, sparse matrix converter...... literature. Addressing the afore-described issues, this paper focuses on the operational mode analysis of a three-level sparse matrix converter implemented using a neutral-point-clamped inversion stage, and  the design of a number of PWM and modulation ratio compensation schemes for controlling the converter...

  7. Comparative Evaluation of Pulsewidth Modulation Strategies for Z-Source Neutral-Point-Clamped Inverter

    Loh, P.C.; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wong, C.P.


    modulation (PWM) strategies for controlling the Z-source NPC inverter. While developing the PWM techniques, attention has been devoted to carefully derive them from a common generic basis for improved portability, easier implementation, and most importantly, assisting readers in understanding all concepts......Z-source neutral-point-clamped (NPC) inverter has recently been proposed as an alternative three-level buck-boost power conversion solution with an improved output waveform quality. In principle, the designed Z-source inverter functions by selectively "shooting through" its power sources, coupled...... to the inverter using two unique Z-source impedance networks, to boost the inverter three-level output waveform. Proper modulation of the new inverter would therefore require careful integration of the selective shoot-through process to the basic switching concepts to achieve maximal voltage...

  8. Ultra-coherent nanomechanical resonators via soft clamping and dissipation dilution

    Tsaturyan, Yeghishe; Polzik, Eugene S; Schliesser, Albert


    The small mass and high coherence of nanomechanical resonators render them the ultimate force probe, with applications ranging from biosensing and magnetic resonance force microscopy, to quantum optomechanics. A notorious challenge in these experiments is thermomechanical noise related to dissipation through internal or external loss channels. Here, we introduce a novel approach to defining nanomechanical modes, which simultaneously provides strong spatial confinement, full isolation from the substrate, and dilution of the resonator material's intrinsic dissipation by five orders of magnitude. It is based on a phononic bandgap structure that localises the mode, without imposing the boundary conditions of a rigid clamp. The reduced curvature in the highly tensioned silicon nitride resonator enables mechanical $Q>10^{8}$ at $ 1 \\,\\mathrm{MHz}$, yielding the highest mechanical $Qf$-products ($>10^{14}\\,\\mathrm{Hz}$) yet reported at room temperature. The corresponding coherence times approach those of optically t...

  9. Simple Switching Strategy for High-Torque Control Performance utilizing Neutral Point Clamped Multilevel Inverter

    Nor Faezah Alias


    Full Text Available Three-level Neutral Point Clamped (NPC inverter allows the configuration of switching devices to operate at high voltage and produce lower current/voltage harmonics. It is known that, DTC of induction machine which employs hysteresis controller has major drawbacks namely larger torque ripple and variable switching frequency. This paper aims to propose a suitable voltage vector selection to provide better torque regulation and lower switching frequency by employing DTC with 3-level NPC multilevel inverter. A simple switching strategy was formulated using 7-level torque hysteresis and 2-level flux hysteresis controllers to give more options in selecting an appropriate voltage vector, inherently, according the motor operation conditions. The improvements offered were verified through simulations.

  10. Influence of pipe wall effects on clamp-on ultrasonic flow measurement

    Funck, B.; Mitzkus, A. [Flexim GmbH, Berlin (Germany); Panicke, M.; Specht, O.; Fiedler, O. [Flexim GmbH, Berlin (Germany)]|[Rostock Univ. (Germany). FB Elektrotechnik


    Clamp-on ultrasonic flowmeters enable the noninvasive measurement of flow in pipes. The transducers are coupled to the pipe wall and cover a wide range of rated inside diameters when suitably dimensioned. The transit time technique is applicable at sufficiently pure fluids. The time difference of contrapropagating signals is related to the velocity of flow on the path defined by the transducers. The Doppler method utilizes the signals scattered by particles or bubbles. The calibration factor depends on the size and position of the volume determined by the intersection of the transducer beams. The paper reports on effects of the pipe wall on both the transit time technique and the Doppler method of flow measurement. The sound propagation between the transducer is described by acoustic transfer functions. (orig.)