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  1. ENHANCEMENT OF MATERIAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING PROGRAMS THROUGH THE CONDUCT OF GAP ANALYSIS AND THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE MCA PROGRAM PLAN

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    Hasty, T

    2008-06-10

    An effective safeguards program for nuclear materials is dependent on the integration of activities in the traditional safeguards elements: physical protection, protective force, and material control and accounting (MC&A). The design and integration of these traditional safeguards elements must be based on a technical analysis performed in characterizing the vulnerabilities and related risks of the facility against a designed-basis threat. Each of these elements requires a near seamless integration with each other, as well as within a site's operations organization. One of the key objectives of an effective nuclear Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) program is to address the threat posed by an active or passive 'insider' who, acting alone or in collusion, could attempt protracted or abrupt diversion or theft of special nuclear material (SNM). The function of material accountancy is to detect the loss or unauthorized removal of special nuclear material from the plant or facility in a timely manner. Detection is accomplished by means of measurements and transfer records of material movements and periodic inventories to verify that all material is accounted for. The function of material control is to assure the integrity of the nuclear material and the accountancy data. This paper focuses on the development and implementation of a detailed material control and accounting program plan that considers both regulatory compliance demands and performance standards. Consideration of both of these demands is necessary to reduce exposure to theft and diversion, to reduce regulatory jeopardy, and to minimize to the extent possible adverse impacts with site operations.

  2. Development of the Taiwanese Mandarin Main Concept Analysis (TM-MCA: Normative and Preliminary Aphasic Data

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    Anthony Pak Hin Kong

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Compared to the English literature, there is a great paucity of studies focusing on quantitative analysis of aphasic oral discourse in Chinese, especially for native speakers of Taiwanese-Mandarin residing in Taiwan. Several studies that investigated deficits of aphasic discourse have been conducted in Cantonese Chinese, including the Cantonese Linguistic Communication Measure (CLCM, Kong & Law, 2004, Main Concept Analysis (MCA; Kong, 2009, and Cantonese version of the Quantitative Production Analysis (Law, 2001; Yiu & Worrall, 1996. Clinical or research application of these systems to the Taiwanese population is limited by the differences of phonology, semantics, and grammar between Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese. The current study, therefore, aimed to develop a culturally appropriate Taiwan Mandarin Main Concept Analysis (TM-MCA, by translating and adapting the MCA in Cantonese (Kong, 2009, 2011, and then to validate the tool on the basis of normal speakers and people with aphasia in Taiwan. Method Picture stimuli and main concepts for the TM-MCA: Eight certified Taiwanese SLPs participated and listed all main concepts upon presentation of the sequential pictures in Kong (2009. A main concept referred to a statement consisting of only one main verb with two or more pieces of essential information accurately related to the pictures and informative about the content. All main concepts mentioned by six out of eight SLPs were included in a preliminary main concept list. Further validation of the list involved recruiting eight normal speakers to orally describe the same picture sets. Only those scored as Accurate and Complete (AC or Accurate but Incomplete (AI by at least five speakers were put in the final list. Normative and aphasic data collection and analysis: Thirty six native Taiwanese Mandarin speakers and ten individuals with aphasia orally perform the same picture description tasks. Six measures, including Number of Accurate and Complete (AC, Accurate but Incomplete (AI, Inaccurate (IN, and Absent (AB concepts, overall main concept score (MC, as well as AC per minute, were used to analyze each language samples. A pair-sample t-test was conducted to evaluate the different performance between the aphasic and control groups. External validity of the TM-MCA was established by conducting Pearson product-moment correlations between the TM-MCA measures and the overall aphasia score in the Concise Chinese Aphasia Test (CCAT; Chung, Li, & Chang, 2003 and Linguistic Communication Measure adapted for Taiwanese Mandarin (TM-LCM. Results and Discussion The results suggested that both age and education affected the oral discourse performance in our normal subjects. Significant differences on the measures in TM-MCA were noted between the normal and aphasic groups. It was also found that overall aphasia severity, as reflected by the CCAT, affected the picture description performances. Finally, significant correlations between most TM-MCA measures and related TM-LCM indices were noted. In conclusion, the TM-MCA is culturally appropriate to the Taiwanese Mandarin population as a supplement to existing standardized aphasia batteries, which typically do not include comprehensive and objective evaluation of oral discourse.

  3. Performance analysis of morphological component analysis (MCA) method for mammograms using some statistical features

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    Gardezi, Syed Jamal Safdar; Faye, Ibrahima; Kamel, Nidal; Eltoukhy, Mohamed Meselhy; Hussain, Muhammad

    2014-10-01

    Early detection of breast cancer helps reducing the mortality rates. Mammography is very useful tool in breast cancer detection. But it is very difficult to separate different morphological features in mammographic images. In this study, Morphological Component Analysis (MCA) method is used to extract different morphological aspects of mammographic images by effectively preserving the morphological characteristics of regions. MCA decomposes the mammogram into piecewise smooth part and the texture part using the Local Discrete Cosine Transform (LDCT) and Curvelet Transform via wrapping (CURVwrap). In this study, simple comparison in performance has been done using some statistical features for the original image versus the piecewise smooth part obtained from the MCA decomposition. The results show that MCA suppresses the structural noises and blood vessels from the mammogram and enhances the performance for mass detection.

  4. 'Membership matters': applying Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA) to qualitative data using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis (CAQDAS) Software

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    King, A.

    2010-01-01

    This paper introduces and outlines a methodology that may be unfamiliar to some qualitative researchers: Membership Categorisation Analysis (MCA). The first section of the paper explains the basic principles of MCA and why it is a valid method for exploring the power of categorisations in texts and talk. Additionally, it explains why MCA differs from other forms of qualitative data analysis. The second section begins with a discussion of why researchers might or might not use Computer?Assiste...

  5. Performance analysis of gamma ray spectrometric parameters on digital signal and analog signal processing based MCA systems using NaI(Tl) detector

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    Accurate and speedy estimations of ppm range uranium and thorium in the geological and rock samples are most useful towards ongoing uranium investigations and identification of favorable radioactive zones in the exploration field areas. In this study with the existing 5 in.×4 in. NaI(Tl) detector setup, prevailing background and time constraints, an enhanced geometrical setup has been worked out to improve the minimum detection limits for primordial radioelements K40, U238 and Th232. This geometrical setup has been integrated with the newly introduced, digital signal processing based MCA system for the routine spectrometric analysis of low concentration rock samples. Stability performance, during the long counting hours, for digital signal processing MCA system and its predecessor NIM bin based MCA system has been monitored, using the concept of statistical process control. Monitored results, over a time span of few months, have been quantified in terms of spectrometer's parameters such as Compton striping constants and Channel sensitivities, used for evaluating primordial radio element concentrations (K40, U238 and Th232) in geological samples. Results indicate stable dMCA performance, with a tendency of higher relative variance, about mean, particularly for Compton stripping constants. - Highlights: ► Geometrical enhancement for ppm range primordial radio elemental determination. ► Experimental constraints include detector setup, background and counting time. ► Gamma spectrometric performance monitored on digital and analog MCA systems. ► Study indicates higher variance of Compton stripping constants on digital MCA system.

  6. Design and implementation of an MCA card with double ADC for nuclear radiation analysis

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    The rapid development of technology has triggered several interesting trends in nuclear instrumentation. In particular, the introduction of add-on cards that can serve as multichannel analyzer and offer adequate performance for most of the nuclear applications. The purpose of this thesis has been the design of a multichannel analyser inserted into microcomputer. The originality of this prototype MCA card with its innovative concept is the use of two analog digital converters or ADC of which the objective is to reduce to minima the lost of pulses during the acquisition and the signals processing. The first ADC works as the main converter (or master) and the second ADC the slave converter. The first ADC begins the first signals acquisition, while it will be busy for the processing, the second ADC continues the acquisition, thus there will be no lost pulses or precisely lost of pulses will be reduced to minima.The three main points for a multichannel analyzer will be studied such a the pile-up, the differential non-linearity or 'DNL' and the dead time. In the first part of this thesis the function of the MCA has been described and the different roles of the composed modules have been developed. In the second part, spectra analysis has been done with the MCA prototype as well the comparison with other MCAs such as MCAs S100, TISA, MCA35+, and the Inspector.

  7. Use of multiple correspondence analysis (MCA) to identify interactive meteorological conditions affecting relative throughfall

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    Van Stan, John T.; Gay, Trent E.; Lewis, Elliott S.

    2016-02-01

    Forest canopies alter rainfall reaching the surface by redistributing it as throughfall. Throughfall supplies water and nutrients to a variety of ecohydrological components (soil microbial communities, stream water discharge/chemistry, and stormflow pathways) and is controlled by canopy structural interactions with meteorological conditions across temporal scales. This work introduces and applies multiple correspondence analyses (MCAs) to a range of meteorological thresholds (median intensity, median absolute deviation (MAD) of intensity, median wind-driven droplet inclination angle, and MAD of wind speed) for an example throughfall problem: identification of interacting storm conditions corresponding to temporal concentration in relative throughfall beyond the median observation (⩾73% of rain). MCA results from the example show that equalling or exceeding rain intensity thresholds (median and MAD) corresponded with temporal concentration of relative throughfall across all storms. Under these intensity conditions, two wind mechanisms produced significant correspondences: (1) high, steady wind-driven droplet inclination angles increased surface wetting; and (2) sporadic winds shook entrained droplets from surfaces. A discussion is provided showing that these example MCA findings agree well with previous work relying on more historically common methods (e.g., multiple regression and analytical models). Meteorological threshold correspondences to temporal concentration of relative throughfall at our site may be a function of heavy Tillandsia usneoides coverage. Applications of MCA within other forests may provide useful insights to how temporal throughfall dynamics are affected for drainage pathways dependent on different structures (leaves, twigs, branches, etc.).

  8. Project evaluation, sustainability and accountability: combining cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and multi-criteria analysis (MCA)

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    Sijtsma, F.J.

    2006-01-01

    General abstract Decision-makers in governments and businesses must choose among different project alternatives which, in varying degrees, contribute to sustainability. Decision-makers also have to account for their choices to a large audience or a broad range of stakeholders. This thesis is about the positive and negative aspects of using the main judgement-oriented evaluation tools of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) together in the context of sustainability and...

  9. Dual function of the McaS small RNA in controlling biofilm formation

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    Jørgensen, Mikkel Girke; Thomason, Maureen K.; Havelund, Johannes; Valentin-Hansen, P.; Storz, G.

    2013-01-01

    S activates synthesis of the exopolysaccharide beta-1,6 N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (PGA) by binding the global RNA-binding protein CsrA, a negative regulator of pgaA translation. The McaS RNA bears at least two CsrA-binding sequences, and inactivation of these sites compromises CsrA binding, PGA regulation, and...

  10. Steady State Assessment of Shunt Compensated EHV Insulated Cables by Means of Multiconductor Cell Analysis (MCA

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    Roberto Benato

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The author has already presented some papers which allow studying cable systems by means of the multiconductor cell analysis (MCA. This method considers the cable system in its real asymmetry without simplified and approximated hypotheses. The multiconductor matrix procedure based on the use of admittance matrices, which account for the line cells (with earth return currents, different types of screen bonding, possible multiple circuits (single and double circuit or more, allows predicting the steady-state regime of any cable system. In the previous papers, these matrix algorithms have been presented with reference to a short extra-high voltage (EHV double-circuit cross-bonded (CB underground cable (UGC system. Since the cable link was short, the shunt reactive compensation was not necessary and consequently not considered. In this paper the procedure is generalized in order to take into account three single-phase (or also one three-phase reactors installed at the cable ends or also at intermediate locations.

  11. System of accounting and control of nuclear materials (MCA) relative to IAEA safeguards and improvement of radioecological situation of the Joint Stock Company ULBA Metallurgical Plant

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    Following goals must be accomplished following this Project : - Develop computerized and automated MCA data system; - Provide up-to-date and reliable accounting and control of availability and transfer of nuclear materials, detect loss or theft of nuclear materials; - Improve book keeping of nuclear materials, provide paperwork for raw materials and finished products sales and purchase control, process nuclear materials shipment data; - Reduce sampling error and to obtain precise measure of nuclear materials to obtain ESADRA target values; - Thorium concentrates transfer preliminary released from raw Beryllium to the new storage to prevent environment radiation pollution and obvious fire accidents; - Improve radioecological situation of the territory caused by old storage dismantling and decontamination of site; - Improve accounting, storing and Physical Protection of Thorium Following is the proposal to obtain goals of the Project : - Develop accounting and control systems - Develop basic standards and procedures for MCA system - Develop users specifications of MCA data system - Develop software of MCA data system - Assembly and adjustment of local network at the production facilities - Automated MCA data system personnel training - Develop measurement system - Determination of the mistakes in sampling and measurement of Uranium and isotopes content - Develop the procedures of sampling and measurement of Uranium and isotopes content providing ESADRA target values - Develop measure control program covering scales and analytical equipment and measuring methods - Develop software for measure control program support - Thorium shipment, decontamination and improvement of Physical Protection of Thorium storage - Accounting of Thorium containing materials when transferring to the new storage - Arrange storage decontamination - Develop new systems of Thorium Containment/Surveillance and Physical Protection

  12. The hardware design of digital MCA based on FPGA and USB

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    An digital MCA (multi-channel analyzer) based on FPGA and USB2.0 technology is introduced. FPGA is the main processor. The nuclear signal through the amplifier circuit and AD converter is processed in FPGA. then the result is transferred to host computer through USB2.0 interface. The design achieves full digital control. Verilog HDL is used for FPGA programming and the interface software on the host computer is written in QT. The software on the host computer accomplishes the acquisition and display of the input signal and the MCA spectrum. The MCA pulse-amplitude analysis is achieved digitally in FPGA. (authors)

  13. NTS MC&A History

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    Mary Alice Price; Kim Young

    2008-07-01

    Within the past three and a half years, the Nevada Test Site (NTS) has progressed from a Category IV to a Category I nuclear material facility. In accordance with direction from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator, NTS received shipments of large quantities of special nuclear material from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and other sites in the DOE complex. December 2004 was the first occurrence of Category I material at the NTS, with the exception of two weeks of sub-critical underground testing in 2001, since 1992. The Material Control and Accountability (MC&A) program was originally a jointlab effort by LANL, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Bechtel Nevada, but in March 2006 the NNSA Nevada Site Office appointed the NTS Management and Operations contractor with sole responsibility. This paper will discuss the process and steps taken to transition the NTS MC&A program from multiple organizations to a single entity and from a Category IV to a Category I program. This transition flourished as MC&A progressed from the 2004 Office of Assessment (OA) rating of Significant Weakness to the 2007 OA assessment rating of Effective Performance. The paper will provide timelines, funding and staffing issues, OA assessment findings and corrective actions, and future expectations. The process has been challenging, but MC&As innovative responses to the challenges have been very successful.

  14. Assessment of Cerebrovascular Reserve before and after STA-MCA Bypass Surgery by SPECT and SPM Analysis

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    The purpose of this study was to objectively assess the efficacy of superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) bypass surgery using Technetium (Tc)-99m-ethyl cysteinate dimer (ECD) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients who underwent STA-MCA bypass surgery. Brain perfusion SPECT images obtained at baseline and after the administration of acetazolamide were reconstructed using statistical parametric mapping in 23 patients, both before and after STA-MCA bypass surgery. The clinical outcomes of the surgery were also recorded and compared with the hemodynamic changes. A voxel with an uncorrected p-value of less than 0.001 was considered to be statistically significant. SPECT images of the territory supplied by the bypass graft showed an increase in both cerebrovascular flow and reserve at baseline, and the increase was significantly higher following the administration of acetazolamide. All patients showed improvement of clinical symptoms and increased blood flow to the left temporal, parietal, and frontal cortices as well as the thalamus. Brain SPECT effectively and objectively demonstrated the improved outcomes of STA-MCA bypass surgery, and thus may be used in postoperative analyses

  15. Evaluating the anomaly resolution capability of an MC&A system

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    Saleh, R.; Smith, G.

    1991-07-01

    Discrepancies in accounting for Special Nuclear Material (SNM) require quick and accurate resolution. The ability to make a definitive resolution often depends on the types of measurement data available and on the way records are maintained in the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) system. A new method is presented for systematically evaluating the overall anomaly detection and resolution capability of an MC&A system. The method begins with a detailed specification of the material process cycle including, all authorized material locations, possible unauthorized locations, and the procedures for measuring and recording movement between locations. The analysis proceeds by identifying the types of errors that could logically occur in the measurement and recording system and estimating their frequency. A method is described for quantifying the detection capability and resolution effectiveness for each possible error. A new metric is also proposed for quantifying the overall effectiveness of the MC&A system.

  16. A Study of MCA Learning Algorithm for Incident Signals Estimation

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    Rashid Ahmed

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Many signal subspace-based approaches have already been proposed for determining the fixed Direction of Arrival (DOA of plane waves impinging on an array of sensors. Two procedures for DOA estimation based neural network are presented. Firstly, Principal Component Analysis (PCA is employed to extract the maximum eigenvalue and eigenvector from signal subspace to estimate DOA. Secondly, Minor component analysis (MCA is a statistical method of extracting the eigenvector associated with the smallest eigenvalue of the covariance matrix. In this paper, we will modify a MCA learning algorithm to enhance the Convergence, where a Convergence is essential for MCA algorithm towards practical applications. The learning rate parameter is also presented, which ensures fast convergence of the algorithm, because it has direct effect on the convergence of the weight vector and the error level is affected by this value. MCA is performed to determine the estimated DOA. Simulation results will be furnished to illustrate the theoretical results achieved.

  17. MCA Learning Algorithm for Incident Signals Estimation:A Review

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    Rashid Ahmed

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Recently there has been many works on adaptive subspace filtering in the signal processing literature. Most of them are concerned with tracking the signal subspace spanned by the eigenvectors corresponding to the eigenvalues of the covariance matrix of the signal plus noise data. Minor Component Analysis (MCA is important tool and has a wide application in telecommunications, antenna array processing, statistical parametric estimation, etc. As an important feature extraction technique, MCA is a statistical method of extracting the eigenvector associated with the smallest eigenvalue of the covariance matrix. In this paper, we will present a MCA learning algorithm to extract minor component from input signals, and the learning rate parameter is also presented, which ensures fast convergence of the algorithm, because it has direct effect on the convergence of the weight vector and the error level is affected by this value. MCA is performed to determine the estimated DOA. Simulation results will be furnished to illustrate the theoretical results achieved.

  18. Improved MCA-TV algorithm for interference hyperspectral image decomposition

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    Wen, Jia; Zhao, Junsuo; Cailing, Wang

    2015-12-01

    The technology of interference hyperspectral imaging, which can get the spectral and spatial information of the observed targets, is a very powerful technology in the field of remote sensing. Due to the special imaging principle, there are many position-fixed interference fringes in each frame of the interference hyperspectral image (IHI) data. This characteristic will affect the result of compressed sensing theory and traditional compression algorithms used on IHI data. According to this characteristic of the IHI data, morphological component analysis (MCA) is adopted to separate the interference fringes layers and the background layers of the LSMIS (Large Spatially Modulated Interference Spectral Image) data, and an improved MCA and Total Variation (TV) combined algorithm is proposed in this paper. An update mode of the threshold in traditional MCA is proposed, and the traditional TV algorithm is also improved according to the unidirectional characteristic of the interference fringes in IHI data. The experimental results prove that the proposed improved MCA-TV (IMT) algorithm can get better results than the traditional MCA, and also can meet the convergence conditions much faster than the traditional MCA.

  19. A data processor interface for 4-K MCA

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    A data processing system has been designed for use with the indigenous 4-K MCA. It consists of Micro 2200 - a programmable calculator, Micro data Interface (MDI), floppy disk attachment to Micro and a Data Interface specially designed for the transfer of data from MCA to Micro 2200 and for reverse transfer. This complete system enables one to transfer the spectrum from MCA, and to carry out desired spectrum analysis. The system has been used for routine analysis of energy dispersive XRF spectra. The report describes the hardware design of the Data Interface and the software of data transfer and standard spectrum analysis routines. Listing of Micro programmes for transfer and analysis are also given in the report. (author)

  20. The development of a portable MCA

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    The paper describes the Multichannel Analyzer (MCA) based on digital peak searching technology. The peak-searching function is implemented in the complex programmable logic devices (CPLD) and is designed using the hardware description language which is quite flexible and convenient. After completion of peak searching, the MCU takes the responsibility of data acquisition, and management. The data are transported to the host computer by the USB port. Compared with the traditional MCA, our design has advantages such as small size, low power consumption, easy to operate and so on. (authors)

  1. ScoutTM, a portable MCA system

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    Quantrad Sensor's hand-held multichannel analyzer (MCA), the ScoutTM, has evolved considerably from the initial licensing from Pacific Northwest Laboratories (operated by Battelle Memorial Institute for the U.S. DOE). The ScoutTM has grown into a flexible MCA system with alpha-, gamma-, X-ray and neutron detection capabilities with wide ranging applications. The development philosophy is discussed along with specific examples of design choices in areas such as manufacturability, upgradability, probe interchangability and software user interface. Recently introduced products include: software enhancements, additional probes, customized software and a second generation instrument, the Scout512TM, that boasts increased capabilities. Future developments are also discussed. (author)

  2. Improved MCA programmed by LabVIEW language

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    PC based Multichannel analyser (MCA) is a popular instrument in the nuclear physics experiment. The authors introduce one kind of improved MCA which is programmed by LabVIEW language. This MCA has many advantages such as powerful data processing capability, more friendly interface and is easy to use. The basic principle of this MCA and the core technology of its software are described. Some results of experiment are presented too

  3. Band-to-band registration and ortho-rectification of multilens/multispectral imagery: A case study of MiniMCA-12 acquired by a fixed-wing UAS

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    Jhan, Jyun-Ping; Rau, Jiann-Yeou; Huang, Cho-Ying

    2016-04-01

    MiniMCA (Miniature Multiple Camera Array) is a lightweight, frame-based, and multilens composed multispectral sensor, which is suitable to mount on an unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to acquire high spatial and temporal resolution imagery for various remote sensing applications. Since MiniMCA has significant band misregistration effect, an automatic and precise band-to-band registration (BBR) method is proposed in this study. Based on the principle of sensor plane-to-plane projection, a modified projective transformation (MPT) model is developed. It is to estimate all coefficients of MPT from indoor camera calibration, together with two systematic errors correction. Therefore, we can transfer all bands into the same image space. Quantitative error analysis shows that the proposed BBR scheme is scene independent and can achieve 0.33 pixels of accuracy, which demonstrating the proposed method is accurate and reliable. Meanwhile, it is difficult to mark ground control points (GCPs) on the MiniMCA images, as its spatial resolution is low when the flight height is higher than 400 m. In this study, a higher resolution RGB camera is adopted to produce digital surface model (DSM) and assist MiniMCA ortho-image generation. After precise BBR, only one reference band of MiniMCA image is necessary for aerial triangulation because all bands have same exterior and interior orientation parameters. It means that all the MiniMCA imagery can be ortho-rectified through the same exterior and interior orientation parameters of the reference band. The result of the proposed ortho-rectification procedure shows the co-registration errors between MiniMCA reference band and the RGB ortho-images is less than 0.6 pixels.

  4. A Simulation of Energy Storage System for Improving the Power System Stability with Grid-Connected PV using MCA Analysis and LabVIEW Tool

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    Jindrich Stuchly

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The large-scale penetration of distributed, Renewable power plants require transfers of large amounts of energy. This, in turn, puts a high strain on the energy delivery infrastructure. In particular, photovoltaic power plants supply energy with high intermittency, possibly affecting the stability of the grid by changing the voltage at the plant connection point. In this contribution, we summarize the main negative effects of selected and real-operated grid connected photovoltaic plant. Thereafter a review of suitable Energy storage systems to mitigate the negative effects has been carried out, compared and evaluated using Multi-criterion analysis. Based on this analysis, data collected at the plant and the grid, are used to design the energy storage systems to support connection of the plant to the grid. The cooperation of these systems is then analysed and evaluated using simulation tools created in LabVIEW for this purpose. The simulation results demonstrate the capability of energy storage system solutions to significantly reduce the negative feedback effects of Photovoltaic Power Plan to the low voltage grid.

  5. Metabolic Control Analysis: A Tool for Designing Strategies to Manipulate Metabolic Pathways

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    Emma Saavedra

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available The traditional experimental approaches used for changing the flux or the concentration of a particular metabolite of a metabolic pathway have been mostly based on the inhibition or over-expression of the presumed rate-limiting step. However, the attempts to manipulate a metabolic pathway by following such approach have proved to be unsuccessful. Metabolic Control Analysis (MCA establishes how to determine, quantitatively, the degree of control that a given enzyme exerts on flux and on the concentration of metabolites, thus substituting the intuitive, qualitative concept of rate limiting step. Moreover, MCA helps to understand (i the underlying mechanisms by which a given enzyme exerts high or low control and (ii why the control of the pathway is shared by several pathway enzymes and transporters. By applying MCA it is possible to identify the steps that should be modified to achieve a successful alteration of flux or metabolite concentration in pathways of biotechnological (e.g., large scale metabolite production or clinical relevance (e.g., drug therapy. The different MCA experimental approaches developed for the determination of the flux-control distribution in several pathways are described. Full understanding of the pathway properties when working under a variety of conditions can help to attain a successful manipulation of flux and metabolite concentration.

  6. TOWARD A CONTROL THEORY ANALYSIS OF AGING

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    Murphy, Michael P.; Partridge, Linda

    2015-01-01

    Aging is due to the accumulation of damage over time that affects the function and survival of the organism; however, it has proven difficult to infer the relative importance of the many processes that contribute to aging. To address this, here we outline an approach that may prove useful in analyzing aging. In this approach, the function of the organism is described as a set of interacting physiological systems. Degradation of their outputs leads to functional decline and death as a result of aging. In turn, degradation of the system outputs is attributable to changes at the next hierarchical level down, the cell, through changes in cell number or function, which are in turn a consequence of the metabolic history of the cell. Within this framework, we then adapt the methods of metabolic control analysis (MCA) to determine which modifications are important for aging. This combination of a hierarchical framework and the methodologies of MCA may prove useful both for thinking about aging and for analyzing it experimentally. PMID:18318658

  7. MCA Model for Simulating the Failure of Microinhomogeneous Materials

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    Yunliang Tan; Guirong Teng; : Haitao Li

    2008-01-01

    A special cellular automaton (CA) model called mechanical cellular automaton (MCA) is built, in which inhomogeneity of material cell can be evaluated by Weibull's distribution function. In MCA, such material physical parameters as energy or strength and anisotropy defined by the different transferring energies along different directions are adopted. To simulate a crack or a weak zone, a cluster of weak energy cells are disposed. By the MCA, examples of failure evolving process of material con...

  8. The SO-20.3 MC&A modernization plan final report.

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    Longmire, V. L. (Victoria L.); Ensslin, Norbert; Files, C. (Chistina); Joseph, Joshua A., Jr.; Rudy, C. R. (Clifford R.); Smith, M. K. (Morag K.); Russo, P. A. (Phyllis A.); Stevens, R. S. (Rebecca S.); Strittmatter, R. B. (Richard B.); Wilkey, D. D. (David Dennis); Pickett, C. (Chris); Brosey, W. (William); Swanson, J. (Joel)

    2004-01-01

    Materials Control and Accountability (MC&A) provides assurance to the nation that nuclear materials are controlled in accordance with their strategic and economic importance and that the misuse, theft or diversion of these materials will be detected. MC&A plays an important part in security at nuclear facilities, especially in addressing threats such as theft of materials, environmental contamination, and nuclear safety incidents associated with nuclear materials. For this reason, it is important that MC&A takes advantage of new technologies and methods in order to provide information on a site's nuclear materials in the most timely and useful manner possible. Within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Security Policy, Policy Integration and Technical Support Program (SO-20.3) is responsible for the development of safeguards and security technology that enables DOE and NNSA facilities to safeguard their Special Nuclear Materials. The SO-20.3 Program tasked safeguards personnel at Los Alamos National Laboratory to lead a project with representatives from the Y-12 Plant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Savannah River Site to prepare an MC&A Modernization Plan that provides recommendations for development new technologies and methodologies for MC&A in both new and existing DOE facilities. The team was tasked with taking into account new concerns about the protection of nuclear material following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Opportunities for applying new MC&A approaches and technologies that provide increased freedom of operation, increased security and provide a potential for cost savings in existing and new DOE facilities are discussed in this report.

  9. Cortical Reorganization of Language Functioning Following Perinatal Left MCA Stroke

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    Tillema, Jan-Mendelt; Byars, Anna W.; Jacola, Lisa M.; Schapiro, Mark B.; Schmithorst, Vince J.; Szaflarski, Jerzy P.; Holland, Scott K.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Functional MRI was used to determine differences in patterns of cortical activation between children who suffered perinatal left middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke and healthy children performing a silent verb generation task. Methods: Ten children with prior perinatal left MCA stroke (age 6-16 years) and ten healthy age matched

  10. Cortical Reorganization of Language Functioning Following Perinatal Left MCA Stroke

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    Tillema, Jan-Mendelt; Byars, Anna W.; Jacola, Lisa M.; Schapiro, Mark B.; Schmithorst, Vince J.; Szaflarski, Jerzy P.; Holland, Scott K.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Functional MRI was used to determine differences in patterns of cortical activation between children who suffered perinatal left middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke and healthy children performing a silent verb generation task. Methods: Ten children with prior perinatal left MCA stroke (age 6-16 years) and ten healthy age matched…

  11. Linear analysis near a steady-state of biochemical networks: Control analysis, correlation metrics and circuit theory

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    Heuett, William J; Beard, Daniel A; Qian, Hong

    2008-01-01

    Background Several approaches, including metabolic control analysis (MCA), flux balance analysis (FBA), correlation metric construction (CMC), and biochemical circuit theory (BCT), have been developed for the quantitative analysis of complex biochemical networks. Here, we present a comprehensive theory of linear analysis for nonequilibrium steady-state (NESS) biochemical reaction networks that unites these disparate approaches in a common mathematical framework and thermodynamic basis. Results In this theory a number of relationships between key matrices are introduced: the matrix A obtained in the standard, linear-dynamic-stability analysis of the steady-state can be decomposed as A = SRT where R and S are directly related to the elasticity-coefficient matrix for the fluxes and chemical potentials in MCA, respectively; the control-coefficients for the fluxes and chemical potentials can be written in terms of RTBS and STBS respectively where matrix B is the inverse of A; the matrix S is precisely the stoichiometric matrix in FBA; and the matrix eAt plays a central role in CMC. Conclusion One key finding that emerges from this analysis is that the well-known summation theorems in MCA take different forms depending on whether metabolic steady-state is maintained by flux injection or concentration clamping. We demonstrate that if rate-limiting steps exist in a biochemical pathway, they are the steps with smallest biochemical conductances and largest flux control-coefficients. We hypothesize that biochemical networks for cellular signaling have a different strategy for minimizing energy waste and being efficient than do biochemical networks for biosynthesis. We also discuss the intimate relationship between MCA and biochemical systems analysis (BSA). PMID:18482450

  12. Linear analysis near a steady-state of biochemical networks: control analysis, correlation metrics and circuit theory

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    Qian Hong

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background: Several approaches, including metabolic control analysis (MCA, flux balance analysis (FBA, correlation metric construction (CMC, and biochemical circuit theory (BCT, have been developed for the quantitative analysis of complex biochemical networks. Here, we present a comprehensive theory of linear analysis for nonequilibrium steady-state (NESS biochemical reaction networks that unites these disparate approaches in a common mathematical framework and thermodynamic basis. Results: In this theory a number of relationships between key matrices are introduced: the matrix A obtained in the standard, linear-dynamic-stability analysis of the steady-state can be decomposed as A = SRT where R and S are directly related to the elasticity-coefficient matrix for the fluxes and chemical potentials in MCA, respectively; the control-coefficients for the fluxes and chemical potentials can be written in terms of RT BS and ST BS respectively where matrix B is the inverse of A; the matrix S is precisely the stoichiometric matrix in FBA; and the matrix eAt plays a central role in CMC. Conclusion: One key finding that emerges from this analysis is that the well-known summation theorems in MCA take different forms depending on whether metabolic steady-state is maintained by flux injection or concentration clamping. We demonstrate that if rate-limiting steps exist in a biochemical pathway, they are the steps with smallest biochemical conductances and largest flux control-coefficients. We hypothesize that biochemical networks for cellular signaling have a different strategy for minimizing energy waste and being efficient than do biochemical networks for biosynthesis. We also discuss the intimate relationship between MCA and biochemical systems analysis (BSA.

  13. MCA Vmean and the arterial lactate-to-pyruvate ratio correlate during rhythmic handgrip

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    Rasmussen, Peter; Plomgaard, Peter; Krogh-Madsen, Rikke; Kim, Yu-Sok; van Lieshout, Johannes J; Secher, Niels H; Quistorff, Bjørn

    2006-01-01

    Regulation of cerebral blood flow during physiological activation including exercise remains unknown but may be related to the arterial lactate-to-pyruvate (L/P) ratio. We evaluated whether an exercise-induced increase in middle cerebral artery mean velocity (MCA Vmean) relates to the arterial L....../P ratio at two plasma lactate levels. MCA Vmean was determined by ultrasound Doppler sonography at rest, during 10 min of rhythmic handgrip exercise at approximately 65% of maximal voluntary contraction force, and during 20 min of recovery in seven healthy male volunteers during control and a.......0) with a corresponding MCA Vmean of 46.7 +/- 4.5 cm/s. During rhythmic handgrip the increase in MCA Vmean to 51.2 +/- 4.6 cm/s was related to the increased L/P ratio (23.8 +/- 2.5; r2 = 0.79; P < 0.01). Hyperglycemia increased arterial lactate and pyruvate to 1.9 +/- 0.2 mmol/l and 115 +/- 4 micromol...

  14. Non-stationary Metabolic Control Analysis of E. coli Central Metabolism by a Mathematical Model Simulation

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    Tušek, A.; Kurtanjek, Ž

    2009-01-01

    A non-stationary metabolic control analysis (MCA) of E. coli central metabolism upon a response to a glucose impulse with an aim to discern the enzyme level regulation is applied. Results are obtained by a mathematical model simulation of the kinetic model derived from experimental data with a glucose impulse introduced after a 30-minute period of deprivation. The model includes 10 coupled metabolite balances, 24 highly nonlinear enzyme kinetic rate expressions and 132 kinetic parameters. Det...

  15. Estimating the robustness of composite CBA & MCA assessments by variation of criteria importance order

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    Jensen, Anders Vestergaard; Barfod, Michael Bruhn; Leleur, Steen

    This paper discusses the concept of using rank variation concerning the stake-holder prioritising of importance criteria for exploring the sensitivity of criteria weights in multi-criteria analysis (MCA). Thereby the robustness of the MCA-based decision support can be tested. The analysis described....... Furthermore, the relative weights can make a large difference in the resulting assessment of alternatives [1]. Therefore it is highly relevant to introduce a procedure for estimating the importance of criteria weights. This paper proposes a methodology for estimating the robustness of weights used in additive...... importance of criteria weights is not limited to the ROD and COSIMA methods described above. The proposed framework is applied to the case of choosing the best corridor for a high speed railway in Sweden, between Linköping and Norrköping. This link is a part of a larger railway project called Ostlänken. 4...

  16. 32 CFR 644.417 - For MCA family housing.

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    ... 32 National Defense 4 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true For MCA family housing. 644.417 Section 644.417... family housing. The Act of 1 September 1954, Pub. L. 765, 83rd Congress (68 Stat. 1119), as amended by... Construction-Army Family Housing at Military Installations and Facilities.”...

  17. The research of methods of multi-criteria analysis for increase of reliability of distribution networks by remote-controlled elements

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    Hradilek, Z.; Krejci, P. [Technical Univ. of Ostrava, Ostrava (Czech Republic)

    2005-07-01

    Multi-criteria analysis (MCA) was used to evaluate the remote control components of an electrical network. The study included assessments of the weighted sum approach; ideal points analysis; the technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution (TOPSIS); and, concordance-discordance analysis. A standardized matrix was created for the evaluation. A weight was assigned to each criterion in order to assess the importance of particular criteria in relation to other criteria. The Fuller triangle method was then used to determine the number of preferences over other criteria. The Saaty method was used to calculate the eigen vector. Results of the study showed that the application of remote control components shortened the duration of faults in the network by accelerating handling times. Methods of paired comparison provided optimal solutions for the problems presented during the analysis. It was concluded that the MCA method successfully located areas in the network that were suitable for remote control components. 5 refs., 4 figs.

  18. MCA Based Performance Evaluation of Project Selection

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    Bakshi, Tuli

    2011-01-01

    Multi-criteria decision support systems are used in various fields of human activities. In every alternative multi-criteria decision making problem can be represented by a set of properties or constraints. The properties can be qualitative & quantitative. For measurement of these properties, there are different unit, as well as there are different optimization techniques. Depending upon the desired goal, the normalization aims for obtaining reference scales of values of these properties. This paper deals with a new additive ratio assessment method. In order to make the appropriate decision and to make a proper comparison among the available alternatives Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and ARAS have been used. The uses of AHP is for analysis the structure of the project selection problem and to assign the weights of the properties and the ARAS method is used to obtain the final ranking and select the best one among the projects. To illustrate the above mention methods survey data on the expansion of optic...

  19. Effect of STA-MCA bypass based on the motor activation SPECT

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    The effect of STA-MCA bypass for ischemic cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs) on pure motor function using motor activation SPECT was evaluated and analyzed, and this effect with the resting cerebral blood flow and reserved capacity was compared. Motor activation SPECT were carried out on 22 cases with STA-MCA bypass for symptomatic ischemic CVDs. All motors activation SPECT using the finger opposition task on the affected side were performed before bypass, at 1 month, and 3 months after the bypass. Visual inspection was used to determine whether the result of the motor activation SPECT was as negative or positive. The activated region was detected anatomically precisely by superimposing the SPECT on the MRI. Before this study, the same examination was performed on normal controls. In controls, 91% showed the activated area on the sensorimotor cortex after the finger opposition tasks. Before bypass, the resting SPECT revealed reduction of cerebral blood flow (CBF) on the affected side in all cases. All cases also showed a disturbed response to acetazolamide (ACZ). Nine cases were positive in the motor activation SPECT. One month after bypass, the resting CBF increased in 11 cases. Seven showed preoperative positive motor activation. Fifteen cases were positive in the motor activation SPECT. Three months after bypass, 20 cases showed improvement in the resting CBF, and 19 cases were positive in the motor activation SPECT. Ten cases were negative in the preoperative motor activation SPECT. At one month after surgery, ACZ activation SPECT was performed in 12 cases. Five showed improvement of the response to ACZ. At 3 months after surgery, 8 of 12 cases treated with ACZ activation SPECT showed improved response to ACZ. In most of the cases, improved response to ACZ could be seen after response to motor activation improved. STA-MCA bypass is useful not only for resting CBF but also for pure motor function based on motor activation SPECT. (K.H.)

  20. MATERIAL CONTROL ACCOUNTING INMM

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    Hasty, T.

    2009-06-14

    Since 1996, the Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC - formerly known as K-26), and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) have been cooperating under the cooperative Nuclear Material Protection, Control and Accounting (MPC&A) Program between the Russian Federation and the U.S. Governments. Since MCC continues to operate a reactor for steam and electricity production for the site and city of Zheleznogorsk which results in production of the weapons grade plutonium, one of the goals of the MPC&A program is to support implementation of an expanded comprehensive nuclear material control and accounting (MC&A) program. To date MCC has completed upgrades identified in the initial gap analysis and documented in the site MC&A Plan and is implementing additional upgrades identified during an update to the gap analysis. The scope of these upgrades includes implementation of MCC organization structure relating to MC&A, establishing material balance area structure for special nuclear materials (SNM) storage and bulk processing areas, and material control functions including SNM portal monitors at target locations. Material accounting function upgrades include enhancements in the conduct of physical inventories, limit of error inventory difference procedure enhancements, implementation of basic computerized accounting system for four SNM storage areas, implementation of measurement equipment for improved accountability reporting, and both new and revised site-level MC&A procedures. This paper will discuss the implementation of MC&A upgrades at MCC based on the requirements established in the comprehensive MC&A plan developed by the Mining and Chemical Combine as part of the MPC&A Program.

  1. Automation of a pneumatic system by controlling a microcomputer equipped with a custom add on board for neutron activation analysis

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    An automated sample transfer system associated with a 3 x 592 GBq Am-Be neutron source has been constructed at the Ankara Nuclear Research and Training Center (ANRTC) for Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA) and Cyclic Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (CINAA). The pneumatic transfer system is controlled by an IBM PS/1 personal computer which is equipped with a custom add-on board for relevant hardware and control software written in Turbo Pascal. The system computer interactively works with a Multichannel Analyzer (MCA) for proper data acquisition. The sample transfer system also runs manually. The design and performance of the hardware and software are discussed. (Author)

  2. Real-time PCR/MCA assay using fluorescence resonance energy transfer for the genotyping of resistance related DHPS-540 mutations in Plasmodium falciparum

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    Dujardin Jean-Claude

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine has been abandoned as first- or second-line treatment by most African malaria endemic countries in favour of artemisinin-based combination treatments, but the drug is still used as intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy. However, resistance to sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine has been increasing in the past few years and, although the link between molecular markers and treatment failure has not been firmly established, at least for pregnant women, it is important to monitor such markers. Methods This paper reports a novel sensitive, semi-quantitative and specific real-time PCR and melting curve analysis (MCA assay using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET for the detection of DHPS-540, an important predictor for SP resistance. FRET/MCA was evaluated using 78 clinical samples from malaria patients and compared to PCR-RFLP. Results Sixty-two samples were in perfect agreement between both assays. One sample showed a small wild type signal with FRET/MCA that indicates a polyclonal infection. Four samples were not able to generate enough material in both assays to distinguish mutant from wild-type infection, six samples gave no signal in PCR-RFLP and five samples gave no amplification in FRET/MCA. Conclusion FRET/MCA is an effective tool for the identification of SNPs in drug studies and epidemiological surveys on resistance markers in general and DHPS-540 mutation in particular.

  3. Pathway kinetics and metabolic control analysis of a high-yielding strain of Penicillium chrysogenum during fed-batch cultivations

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    Pissarra, Pedro de N.; Nielsen, Jens Bredal; Bazin, M. J.

    1996-01-01

    A kinetic model representing the pathway for the biosynthesis of penicillin by P. chrysogenum has been developed. The model is capable of describing the flux through the biosynthetic pathway, and model simulations correspond well with measurements of intermediates and end products. One feature of...... has on the rate of the reaction catalyzed by this enzyme, and consequently as an enhancer of the specific rate of penicillin production. Using the kinetic model, metabolic control analysis (MCA) of the pathway was performed. The determined flux control coefficients suggested that, during the...

  4. MCaVoH: A toolkit for mining, classification and visualization of human microbiota.

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    Nisar, Maryum; Noureen, Nighat; Fazal, Sahar; Qadir, Muhammad Abdul

    2015-10-01

    Human body is the home for a large number of microbes. The complexity of enterotype depends on the body site. Microbial communities in various samples from different regions are being classified on the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequences. With the improvement in sequencing technologies various computational methods have been used for the analysis of microbiome data. Despite several available machine learning techniques there is no single platform available which could provide several techniques for clustering, multiclass classification, comparative analysis and the most significantly the identification of the subgroups present within larger groups of human microbial communities. We present a tool named MCaVoH for this purpose which performs clustering and classification of 16S rRNA sequence data and highlight various groups. Our tool has an added facility of biclustering which produces local group of communities present within larger groups (clusters). The core objective of our work was to identify the interaction between various bacterial species along with monitoring the composition and variations in microbial communities. MCaVoH also evaluates the performance and efficiency of different techniques using comparative analysis. The results are visualized through different plots and graphs. We implemented our tool in MATLAB. We tested our tool on several real and simulated 16S rRNA data sets and it outperforms several existing methods. Our tool provides a single platform for using multiple clustering, classification algorithms, local community identification along with their comparison which has not been done so far. Tool is available at https://sourceforge.net/projects/mcavoh/. PMID:26193336

  5. Comparison of magnetic resonance angiography to digital subtraction angiography for diagnosis of MCA stenosis

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    Objective: To evaluate the diagnostic value of MRA in detecting MCA stenosis or occlusion compared with DSA. Methods: 35 patients with ischemic cerebrovascular disease underwent both MRA and DSA. Based on the results of DSA, the gold standard, we analyzed the diagnostic value of MRA for detecting MCA stenosis of different degrees. Results: 70 middle cerebral arteries (MCA) are examined in 35 patients. Based on the results of MRA, 28 arteries are normal, 42 arteries are stenostic or occlusive, and 47 segments are stenostic or occlusive. 53 segments are diagnosed consistently by MRA and DSA. The rate of coincidence is 70.67%. The degree of stenosis in MRA is higher than in DSA in 22 segments. In mild degree stenosis, the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, positive predictive value, negative predictive value of MRA are 100%, positive Likelihood Ratio is ?, and negative predictive value is 0. In moderate degree, they are 100%, 71.4%, 73.1%, 17.6%, 100%, 3.5, 0; In severe degree, they are 100%, 81.4%, 82%, 15.4%, 100%, 5.38, 0; In occlusive MCA, they are 100%, 96.8%, 977.3%, 86.7%, 100%, 31.25, 0. For diagnosis of MRA in mild, moderate, severe degree of stenotic or occlusive MCA, Kappa values are 1.0, 0.224, 0.222, 0.912. Conclusion: Compared with DSA, the diagnostic values of MRA for detecting MCA stenosis are different according to different degrees of stenosis. The sensitivity and specificity are highest in MRA diagnosis of mild degree MCA stenosis. So MRA is a suitable option for MCA stenosis screening. The diagnostic values of MRA are lower in moderate, and severe degree MCA stenosis. The means of DSA is more helpful. Though there is a high accordance rate in occlusive MCA, the results of MRA should be also treated carefully. (authors)

  6. Inspector-2000. A DSP-based, portable, multi-purpose MCA

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    Various in-situ gamma-spectroscopy applications need a versatile, multi-purpose, portable multi-channel analyzer (MCA). Recently, Canberra has introduced the Inspector-2000 for this purpose. It uses digital signal processing (DSP) technology and weighs only about 1.2 kg. It also supports CdTe, NaI and Ge detectors. Due to its use of DSP technology, the Inspector-2000 also provides a longer battery life, a better detector resolution and a better temperature stability than most portable MCAs. A short description of the Inspector-2000 MCA is included and its performance characteristics compared to an analog MCA. (author)

  7. Applications of a portable MCA in nuclear safeguards

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    The DSD-2056-4K portable multi-channel analyzer (PMCA) is a standard tool used in both international and domestic safeguards. This tool and the built-in user programs have been field proven. For applications where the manpower to program built-in programs is not available, programs in external computers can control the PMCA. A set of general purpose setup and analysis subroutines have been written in BASIC to be used directly or as a guide in the external applications. While safeguards and the nuclear industry are just beginning to make use of the present PMCA, we are looking into ways of making it easier to write internal programs for the PMCA and into replacing its current 8-bit processor with a 16-bit processor to give it the capability to do very involved analysis such as peak fitting and detailed plutonium isotopic analysis. 8 refs., 3 figs

  8. In-house development of an FPGA-based MCA8K for gamma-ray spectrometer.

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    Lanh, Dang; Son, Pham Ngoc; Son, Nguyen An

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this work is domestic development of electronics instruments. It used for measuring ionization radiation and practical training at Nuclear Research Institute (NRI), Dalat, Vietnam. The aim of this work is to study and develop a novel MCA8k for Gamma-ray spectrometer concerning experimental nuclear physics. An approach for design and construction of the aforementioned instrument is to apply logic integrating techniques via Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) under Max?+?PlusII, Altera. The instrument allows interfacing to PC with self-developed application software. Scientific significance of this work is partly to contribute to opening a research direction in the field of nuclear electronics science for design and construction of radiation measurement instruments with the advanced IC technology in Vietnam. Practical significance of this work is partly to contribute to enhancement of capabilities in developing radiation measurement instruments for experimental research as well as practical training in nuclear physics. The advantages of FPGA: overcoming ballistic deficit, decrement of serial and parallel noise, flexible in programming, control of the system by software without an interfere of hardware. The disadvantages of FPGA: requirement of good knowledge of VHDL and professional tools for development of a expected project. A new electronics module of MCA8k has been achieved. Some main results obtained from the experimental testing are as follows: differential nonlinearity (DNL) of FPGA-MCA8k approximately 1.27%, integral nonlinearity (INL) = 0.607%, time conversion???2.2?s, deadtime (DT) is 0.75%. Data Acquisition Program MCANRI written in VC (+ +)6.0, self-executed under Windows XP environment. PMID:25485201

  9. Construction of a reasonable multi channel analyzer (MCA) with an educational FPGA board

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    In resent years, the performances of new electronic devices, for example FPGA or so on, have been improved, and these devices become more cost-effective ones year by year. Moreover, prices of personal computers have become less expensive, and the programming environment on PC becomes much user-friendly and easy to operate in this decimal year. These advancements have possibilities to provide a great help for self-constructions of radiation measurement equipments, which needed huge cost and work to construct in the past. Then, I tried to construct a reasonable Mulch Channel Analyzer (MCA) with an educational FPGA board named EDX-005 (HuMANDATA ltd.), and conduct test measurements of the MCA. The MCA was constructed in a short period, and its cost was just under 50 thousands yen. The MCA normally works at 200 [cps/ch] count rate with a NaI(Tl) scintillation counter. The description of the MCA and some points of self-constructions of radiation measurement equipments are provided in this paper. (author)

  10. MIIGe(PO4)2 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba): Crystal structure, phase transitions and thermal expansion

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    Three earth alkali-germanium monophosphates MIIGe(PO4)2 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) were prepared by solid state reaction and their structures, previously unknown, studied by Rietveld analysis. BaGe(PO4)2 and high-temperature ?-SrGe(PO4)2 (space group C2/m, Z=2) are fully isotypic with yavapaiite, whereas CaGe(PO4)2 and low-temperature ?-SrGe(PO4)2 (C2/c, Z=4) are distorted derivatives. The phase transition between the two forms is observed for the first time. The thermal expansion, resulting from several structural mechanisms, is very anisotropic. - Graphical abstract: The superstructure of SrGe(PO4)2 at room temperature (?) results from the off-centering of cation SrII. Highlights: ? Crystal structures of yavapaiite-type MIIGe(PO4)2 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) have been solved. ? Distortion and superstructure result from Ca and Sr off-centering. ? A global scheme for the polymorphism of yavapaiites is proposed.

  11. Controllability analysis of networks

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    Lombardi, Anna; Hörnquist, Michael

    2007-05-01

    The concept of controllability of linear systems from control theory is applied to networks inspired by biology. A node is in this context controllable if an external signal can be applied which can adjust the level (e.g., protein concentration) of the node in a finite time to an arbitrary value, regardless of the levels of the other nodes. The property of being downstream of the node to which the input is applied turns out to be a necessary but not a sufficient condition for being controllable. An interpretation of the controllability matrix, when applied to networks, is also given. Finally, two case studies are provided in order to better explain the concepts, as well as some results for a gene regulatory network of fission yeast.

  12. Linking least-cost energy system costs models with MCA: An assessment of the EU renewable energy targets and supporting policies

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    There are several technoeconomic modeling approaches that provide quantitative results such as costs and the level of achievement of certain renewable energy (RE) policy targets. These approaches often do not consider other important factors for policy implementation (such as socio-political aspects and stakeholders' preferences). Recent multicriteria analysis (MCA) approaches attempt to integrate these multiple aspects in decision making process. In this respect, aim of this paper is to combine technoeconomic modeling and MCA approaches in a general analytical framework incorporating multiple aspects. Each method in an RE policy interaction problem can feed in the necessary policy information for the subsequent steps of an ex-ante and an ex-post assessment in a decision tree, starting from recognizing the need for implementing a new policy in parallel to the incumbent ones, assessing the actual policy costs and finally identifying the social acceptability of these RE policies.

  13. MCA and CA-125 tumor markers in diagnosis and follow-up of breast cancer

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    Clinical information content in determination of MCA and CA-125 tumor markers at the stages of diagnosis and treatment was considered on a basis of examination results of 320 health women and 85 patients with breast cancer. The method of combined treatment of patients consisted in large-fraction preoperative gamma-therapy with integral foci dose of 24 Gy and polychemotherapy. It was concluded that MCA could be used for diagnosis of breast cancer with rather significance. Increase of Ca-125 concentration in blood was observed in progression of the process more than in 60% of cases. Simultaneous determination of MCA and Ca-125 in blood permits to diagnose the process progression more than in 90% of cases

  14. CONCEPT ANALYSIS OF PERCEIVED CONTROL

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Background. Perceived control is a personality characteristic that contributes psychological adjustment. It was derived from various theories, so that definitions of perceived control were ambiguous meaning. Disclosing concept of perceived control is required.Objective. The analysis aims to identify definition and use of perceived control, examine the basic attributes of perceived control, and the measurements of perceived control.Method. Databases searched for electronic journals and books that were published from 1994 to 2010 were analyzed.Result. Perceived control is personal belief that refers to controllability on behalf of one’s self and ability to control threats or events. The use of perceived control includes maternal, pediatric, medical, surgical, psychiatric, community nursing, and pain management. Perceived control was composed of two dimensions: belief about controllability and belief about ability to control to threats.Conclusion. Instrument of Anxiety Control Questionnaire most closely corresponds to two dimensions: belief about controllability and ability to control. Defining attributes and dimensions of perceived control are useful for developing tool.Keywords: perceived control, controllability, ability to control, and agency

  15. Status report on the TSA Systems, Ltd., MCA465 gamma-ray confirmation instrument

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    The TSA Systems, Ltd., MCA465 is hand-portable, low resolution, gamma-ray instrument for confirming special nuclear materials (SNM) and related applications. The instrument evolved from earlier TSA Systems hand-held instruments, and, since its inception in 1991, it has been undergoing cycles of evaluation and then repair or redesign to correct problems. Through the efforts of Los Alamos, Rocky Flats, and TSA Systems, the MCA465 now has achieved commendable progress toward achieving quality performance as a rapid confirmation tool for SNM

  16. Reprint of "Cortical Reorganization of Language Functioning Following Perinatal Left MCA Stroke" [Brain and Language 105 (2008) 99-111

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    Tillema, Jan-Mendelt; Byars, Anna W.; Jacola, Lisa M.; Schapiro, Mark B.; Schmithorst, Vince J.; Szaflarski, Jerzy P.; Holland, Scott K.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Functional MRI was used to determine differences in patterns of cortical activation between children who suffered perinatal left middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke and healthy children performing a silent verb generation task. Methods: Ten children with prior perinatal left MCA stroke (age 6-16 years) and ten healthy age matched

  17. Serodiagnosis of leptospirosis in China by the one-point MCA method.

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    Arimitsu, Y.; Matuhasi, T.; Kobayashi, S.; Sato, T; Cui, J. J.

    1987-01-01

    The one-point MCA method is very simple to perform and useful as a screening test in diagnosing leptospirosis in routine clinical laboratories. The kit, sensitized with six serovars occurring in Japan, was also useful in detecting serum antibodies of patients with leptospirosis in China.

  18. NuSTAR ground calibration: The Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF)

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    Brejnholt, Nicolai; Christensen, Finn Erland; Jakobsen, Anders Clemen; Hailey, Charles J.; Koglin, Jason E.; Blaedel, Kenneth L.; Stern, Marcela; Thornhill, Doug; Sleator, Clio; Zhang, Shuo; Craig, William W.; Madsen, Kristin K.; Decker, Todd; Pivovaroff, Michael J.; Vogel, Julia K.

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    The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) is a NASA Small Explorer mission that will carry the first focusing hard X-ray (5-80 keV ) telescope to orbit. The ground calibration of the three flight optics was carried out at the Rainwater Memorial Calibration Facility (RaMCaF) built for thi...

  19. Integrated modeling and control of flexible aircraft wings

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    Wehr, Dagmara Anna

    Structural control for vibration reduction has important applications in many research areas, including the effect of earthquakes on buildings and aerodynamic forces on aircraft stability and performance. Both passive and active control techniques have been implemented, with the best solution usually involving a passive approach followed by an active one. This thesis presents an integrated modeling and controller design approach. Modal Cost Analysis (MCA) and Output Covariance Constraint (OCC) control are used to reduce a high-order aeroelastic wing model to establish the best controller for the reduced-order model, with a constraint on the covariance of the vibration outputs. MCA seeks to keep the modes that have the highest contribution to a given cost function. Using iterations on the two processes will allow a lower-order controller to be designed and result in the same performance. The OCC and MCA methods and their respective algorithms are presented, and an approach to integrate the two procedures is given. NASA's model used in this thesis is applied to the MCA and OCC algorithms using MATLAB. A 40 th-order wing model is derived. The model reduction technique initially reduces the system to a 12th order one. A simulation of the OCC algorithm is performed on the reduced-order model and applied to the full-order model. The controller resulting in the best closed-loop performance is shown to significantly reduce the vibrations due to wind. A corresponding weighting matrix used in OCC is then used for a second round of MCA to further reduce the model to an 8th order model. A lower-order controller designed for this second model is shown to similarly reduce the output vibrations.

  20. An unexpected evolution of symptomatic mild middle cerebral artery (MCA stenosis: asymptomatic occlusion

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The intracranial localization of large artery disease is recognized as the main cause of ischemic stroke in the world, considering all countries, although its global burden is widely underestimated. Indeed it has been reported more frequently in Asians and African-American people, but the finding of intracranial stenosis as a cause of ischemic stroke is relatively common also in Caucasians. The prognosis of patients with stroke due to intracranial steno-occlusion is strictly dependent on the time of recanalization. Moreover, the course of the vessel involvement is highly dynamic in both directions, improvement or worsening, although several data are derived from the atherosclerotic subtype, compared to other causes. Case description We report the clinical, neurosonological and neuroradiological findings of a young woman, who came to our Stroke Unit because of the abrupt onset of aphasia during her work. An urgent neurosonological examination showed a left M1 MCA stenosis, congruent with the presenting symptoms; magnetic resonance imaging confirmed this finding and identified an acute ischemic lesion on the left MCA territory. The past history of the patient was significant only for a hyperinsulinemic condition, treated with metformine, and a mild overweight. At this time a selective cerebral angiography was not performed because of the patient refusal and she was discharged on antiplatelet and lipid-lowering therapy, having failed to identify autoimmune or inflammatory diseases. Within 1 month, she went back to our attention because of the recurrence of aphasia, lasting about ten minutes. Neuroimaging findings were unchanged, but the patient accepted to undergo a selective cerebral angiography, which showed a mild left distal M1 MCA stenosis. During the follow-up the patient did not experienced any recurrence, but a routine neurosonological examination found an unexpected evolution of the known MCA stenosis, i.e. left M1 MCA occlusion. Neuroradiological imaging did not identify new lesions of the brain parenchyma and a repeated selective cerebral angiography confirmed the left M1 MCA occlusion. Conclusions Regardless of the role of metabolic and/or inflammatory factors on the aetiology of the intracranial stenosis in this case, the course of the vessel disease was unexpected and previously unreported in the literature at our knowledge.

  1. Hemodynamic effects of decompressive craniotomy in MCA infarction: evaluation with perfusion CT

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    Decompressive craniotomy in hemispheric infarction has been reported to reduce mortality and improve outcome. Identifying tissue at risk and monitoring the benefit of craniotomy is hardly practical and has not been reported thus far. Perfusion CT was applied before and immediately after decompressive craniotomy in a patient with space-occupying middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. Before surgery, perfusion CT revealed malperfused but still vital tissue in the vicinity of the infarction core which returned to normal after decompressive surgery. The final infarct size did not exceed the area of the initial hypodensity on unenhanced CT scan. In critically ill patients, the practicability of perfusion CT allows for demonstration of tissue at risk around the infarct core in space-occupying MCA infarction. Moreover, it may be used to monitor the effect of decompressive craniotomy. (orig.)

  2. Performance Evaluation of Two Different Industrial Foam Filters with LiMCA II Data

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    Syvertsen, Martin; Bao, Sarina

    2015-04-01

    Plant-scale filtration experiments with molten aluminum have been carried out with two different types of 10 × 10 × 2 in, 30 ppi ceramic foam filters. The filters were produced in the same production line where the only difference was the composition of the ceramic slurry used for the filter production. The inclusion contents in the aluminum melt before and after the filters were measured with two constantly running liquid metal cleanliness analyzer (LiMCA) II units. Three methods for analyzing the recorded data are presented. A significant difference in the filtration performance as function of time was found when settling of inclusions in the melt was taken into account. Statistical treatment of the time dependent LiMCA II data was performed.

  3. NATO-ASTEC-matrix-research environment, information sharing and MCA

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    The successful implementations of the NATO-ASTECMATRIX project in Armenia are essential contribution into security, stability and solidarity among regional nations, by applying the best technical expertise to problem solving. Collaboration, networking and capacity-building are means used to accomplish these goals. A further aim is to promote the co-operation with new partners and the ASTEC are creating links between scientists and organizations in formerly separated communities, developing new strategy concentrating support on security related collaborative projects and finding answers to critical questions and a way of connecting nations. The NATO-ASTECMATRIX within Armenia leads to a network of high standards laboratories that will drastically improve the overview and the technical infrastructure for monitoring, accounting and control of CBRN materials in the Armenia. This new infrastructure will enhance the exchange of information on this vital issue via the IRIS. In follow-up phases, it will also help to better define the needs and requirements for a policy to enhance legal tools for the management of these materials, and for the creation of one or several agencies aiming at dealing with wastes or no longer useful materials containing CBRN components in Armenia

  4. Treatment of a pediatric recurrent fusiform middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm with a flow diverter

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    Burrows, Anthony M; Zipfel, Gregory; Lanzino, Giuseppe

    2012-01-01

    Pediatric patients with aneurysm often have different localizations and morphologies from adults and recurrences are not uncommon after successful clip reconstruction/obliteration. Treatment of a recurrent pediatric aneurysm after clip ligation is a technical challenge. We present the case of an adolescent with a middle cerebral artery (MCA) fusiform aneurysm which recurred following clip reconstruction and bypass. The aneurysm was successfully treated with endovascular flow diversion.

  5. Application Of The Digital Signal Processing Technique For The Design And Construction Of Gamma DSP-Based MCA 8K

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    DSP is one of the most useful tools for development of nuclear electronics instruments. The method can be carried out by either a special digital signal processor or FPGA which is programmed through VHDL. In this case, Digital signal processing (DPS) is performed by VHDL code then programing into FPGA device. The aim of this project is to study on digital signal processing technique then application for design and construction of DSP-based MCA 8K. VHDL standards for VHSIC hardware description language. Due to VHDL, almost component such as low pass filter, high pass filter, math function module as adder/subtractor and multiplier, logic control, First In First Out, register, memory and Central processing unit needed for our design can be synthesized and implemented. The VHDL source design has been compiled and implemented by xilinx ISE 10.1 software toolkit and then used to configuration the Spartan XC3S400 device. The main Spartan 3 development board named Siphec XC3S400-TB is used for design of the project. An application software is written in LabVIEW 8.5. The firmware to control the USB interface and interface between FPGA and PC is design in Keil C51 compiler toolkit. (author)

  6. Best interests in the MCA 2005--what can healthcare law learn from family law?

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    Choudhry, Shazia

    2008-09-01

    The 'best interests' standard is a highly seductive standard in English law. Not only does it appear to be fairly uncontroversial but it also presents as the most sensible, objective and 'fair' method of dealing with decision making on behalf of those who are perceived to be the most vulnerable within society. This article aims to provide a critical appraisal of how the standard has been applied within family law, to outline how the standard is to be applied within healthcare law and, finally, to assess the relevance of the family law experience of the best interests standard to the operation of the standards as envisaged by the MCA. PMID:18677570

  7. Ukrainian National System of MC&A Training on Regular Basis at the George Kuzmych Training Center

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    The George Kuzmych Training Center (GKTC) was created at the Kyiv Institute for Nuclear Research as a result of collaborative efforts between the United States and Ukraine in 1998. Later the European Commission (EC) and Sweden joined the USA supporting MC&A aspects of the GKTC activity. The GKTC was designated by the Ukrainian Government to provide the MPC&A training and methodological assistance to nuclear facilities and nuclear specialists. In order to increase the efficiency of State MC&A system an essential number of new regulations, norms and rules was developed demanding regular and more intensive MC&A experts training from the Regulatory Body of Ukraine and all nuclear facilities. For this purpose ten training courses were developed by the GKTC under the EC contract taking into account both specifics of Ukrainian nuclear facilities and expertise level of their personnel. Along with the NDA training laboratory created with the US DOE financial support and methodological assistance in 2003, a new surveillance and containment laboratory was created under the EC contract and with US DOE financial support as well. Moreover, under the EC contract the laboratory was equipped with the state-of-the-art and most advanced means of surveillance and containment strengthening even more the GKTC training opportunities. As a result, the MC&A experts from all nuclear facilities and Regulatory Body of Ukraine can regularly be trained practically on all MC&A issues. This paper briefly describes the practical efforts applied to improve Ukrainian MC&A systems both at the State and facility levels and real results on the way to develop the National System for MC&A regular training at the GKTC, problems encountered and their solution, comments, suggestions and recommendations for the future activity to promote and improve the nuclear security culture in Ukraine. (author)

  8. Multiscale Modeling and Simulation of Directional Solidification Process of Turbine Blade Casting with MCA Method

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    Xu, Qingyan; Zhang, Hang; Qi, Xiang; Liu, Baicheng

    2014-04-01

    Nickel-based superalloy turbine blade castings are widely used as a key part in aero engines. However, due to the complex manufacturing processes, the complicated internal structure, and the interaction between different parts of the turbine blade, casting defects, such as stray grains, often happen during the directional solidification of turbine blade castings, which causes low production yield and high production cost. To improve the quality of the directionally solidified turbine blade castings, modeling and simulation technique has been employed to study the microstructure evolution as well as to optimize the casting process. In this article, a modified cellular automaton (MCA) method was used to simulate the directional solidification of turbine blade casting. The MCA method was coupled with macro heat transfer and micro grain growth kinetics to simulate the microstructure evolution during the directional solidification. In addition, a ray tracing method was proposed to calculate the heat transfer, especially the heat radiation of multiple blade castings in a Bridgman furnace. A competitive mechanism was incorporated into the grain growth model to describe the grain selection behavior phenomena of multiple columnar grains in the grain selector. With the proposed models, the microstructure evolution and related defects could be simulated, while the processing parameters optimized and the blade casting quality guaranteed as well. Several experiments were carried out to validate the proposed models, and good agreement between the simulated and experimental results was achieved.

  9. Detection of methylation in promoter sequences by melting curve analysis-based semiquantitative real time PCR

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    Lzcoz Paula

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We present two melting curve analysis (MCA-based semiquantitative real time PCR techniques to detect the promoter methylation status of genes. The first, MCA-MSP, follows the same principle as standard MSP but it is performed in a real time thermalcycler with results being visualized in a melting curve. The second, MCA-Meth, uses a single pair of primers designed with no CpGs in its sequence. These primers amplify both unmethylated and methylated sequences. In clinical applications the MSP technique has revolutionized methylation detection by simplifying the analysis to a PCR-based protocol. MCA-analysis based techniques may be able to further improve and simplify methylation analyses by reducing starting DNA amounts, by introducing an all-in-one tube reaction and by eliminating a final gel stage for visualization of the result. The current study aimed at investigating the feasibility of both MCA-MSP and MCA-Meth in the analysis of promoter methylation, and at defining potential advantages and shortcomings in comparison to currently implemented techniques, i.e. bisulfite sequencing and standard MSP. Methods The promoters of the RASSF1A (3p21.3, BLU (3p21.3 and MGMT (10q26 genes were analyzed by MCA-MSP and MCA-Meth in 13 astrocytoma samples, 6 high grade glioma cell lines and 4 neuroblastoma cell lines. The data were compared with standard MSP and validated by bisulfite sequencing. Results Both, MCA-MSP and MCA-Meth, successfully determined promoter methylation. MCA-MSP provided information similar to standard MSP analyses. However the analysis was possible in a single tube and avoided the gel stage. MCA-Meth proved to be useful in samples with intermediate methylation status, reflected by a melting curve position shift in dependence on methylation extent. Conclusion We propose MCA-MSP and MCA-Meth as alternative or supplementary techniques to MSP or bisulfite sequencing.

  10. Analysis of control power in controlled remote state preparation schemes

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    Li, Xihan; Ghose, Shohini

    2016-01-01

    We quantify and analyze the controller's power in controlled remote state preparation schemes. Our analysis provides a lower bound on the control power required for controlled remote preparation of arbitrary D-dimensional states. We evaluate several existing controlled remote state preparation protocols and show that some proposed non-maximally entangled channels are not suitable for perfect controlled remote preparation of arbitrary quantum states from the con- troller's point of view. We fi...

  11. The Foetal ′Mind′ as a Reflection of its Inner Self: Evidence from Colour Doppler Ultrasound of Foetal MCA

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    Sushil Ghanshyam Kachewar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The unborn healthy foetus is looked upon as a blessing by one and all. A plethora of thoughts arise in the brains of expectant parents. But what goes on in the brain of the yet unborn still remains a mystery. ′Foetal mind′ is a reflection of functions of its organs of sense, an instrument of knowledge that may even be reduced to machine to demonstrate the effect of sense organs and brain contact. Testimony to this fact are the various waveform patterns obtained non-invasively from the foetal Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA by using Colour Doppler Ultrasound. Our study, conducted for evaluating the foetal MCA in a rural obstetric population in Maharashtra, India, explains how the MCA - a major artery supplying foetal brain, can give abundant information about foetal heart and foetal stress. When only the foetal heart is stressed by the presence of arrhythmias or ectopic beats, these changes are manifest in the foetal MCA velocity waveform pattern as seen on Colour Doppler study. When the entire foetus is under stress, as in cases of intra uterine growth retardation (IUGR, changes again manifest in the foetal MCA velocity waveform pattern and are designated as the foetal Brain Sparing Effect. Thus scientific evaluation of foetal MCA waveform can objectively demonstrate that the overtly non-communicating foetal brain indeed remains an internal organ of sense and a vital instrument of knowledge to clarify the various effects of sense organs and brain contact. Although the brain parenchyma or cerebral metabolism has not been studied here, cerebral vessels serve as a window to cerebral metabolism, as auto regulatory function of brain leads to changes in haemodynamics of cerebral vessels. Also, like other vessels, MCA mirrors foetal distress and IUGR; but unlike other vessels, e.g. the umbilical or uterine artery, which show these changes in the form of reduction or even reversal of diastolic flow, MCA shows an increase in diastolic component due to brain sparing effect. The unique connection between physical changes in the foetal heart, brain and mental operations are thus critically clarified to some extent, and this helps untangle and comprehend the lattice of mental operations. Although this preliminary study has its limitations, it still carries forward the present corpus of knowledge on the strength of its evidential and critical enquiry and helps unravel the concept of foetal consciousness.

  12. 78 FR 67225 - Amendments to Material Control and Accounting Regulations

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    ... COMMISSION 10 CFR Parts 40, 70, 72, 74, and 150 RIN 3150-AI61 Amendments to Material Control and Accounting... Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend its regulations for material control and accounting (MC&A) of special.... Introduction and Summary of Proposed Revisions to MC&A Regulations III. Specific Request for Comments on...

  13. Controllability analysis of decentralised linear controllers for polymeric fuel cells

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    Serra, Maria; Aguado, Joaquin; Ansede, Xavier; Riera, Jordi [Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, C. Llorens i Artigas 4, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2005-10-10

    This work deals with the control of polymeric fuel cells. It includes a linear analysis of the system at different operating points, the comparison and selection of different control structures, and the validation of the controlled system by simulation. The work is based on a complex non linear model which has been linearised at several operating points. The linear analysis tools used are the Morari resiliency index, the condition number, and the relative gain array. These techniques are employed to compare the controllability of the system with different control structures and at different operating conditions. According to the results, the most promising control structures are selected and their performance with PI based diagonal controllers is evaluated through simulations with the complete non linear model. The range of operability of the examined control structures is compared. Conclusions indicate good performance of several diagonal linear controllers. However, very few have a wide operability range. (author)

  14. Detection of focal hypoxic-ischemic injury and neuronal stress in a rodent model of unilateral MCA occlusion/reperfusion using radiolabeled annexin V

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    In this study we wished to determine whether technetium-99m annexin V, an in vivo marker of cellular injury and death, could be used to noninvasively monitor neuronal injury following focal middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion/reperfusion injury. Sixteen adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (along with four controls) underwent left (unilateral) MCA intraluminal beaded thread occlusion for 2 h followed by reperfusion. One hour following tail vein injection of 5-10 mCi of 99mTc-annexin V, animals underwent either single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) or autoradiography followed by immunohistochemical analyses. There was abnormal, bilateral, multifocal uptake of 99mTc-annexin V in each cerebral hemisphere as seen by both SPECT and autoradiography at 4 h and 1, 3, and 7 days after initiation of occlusion. The average maximal annexin V uptake at 4 h was 310%±85% and 365%±151% above control values (P<0.006) within the right and left hemispheres, respectively, peaking on day 3 with values of 925%±734% and 1,194%±643% (P<0.03) that decreased by day 7 to 489%±233% and 785%±225% (P<0.01). Total lesional volume of the left hemisphere was 226%, 261%, and 451% (P<0.03) larger than the right at 4, 24, and 72 h after injury, respectively. Annexin V localized to the cytoplasm of injured neurons ipsilateral to the site of injury as well as to otherwise normal-appearing neurons of the contralateral hemisphere as confirmed by dual fluorescent microscopy. It is concluded that there is abnormal bilateral, multifocal annexin V uptake, greater on the left than on the right side, within 4 h of unilateral left MCA ischemic injury and that the uptake peaks at 3 days and decreases by 7 days after injury. This pattern suggests that neuronal stress may play a role in the response of the brain to focal injury and be responsible for annexin V uptake outside the region of ischemic insult. (orig.)

  15. Control stability analysis for cigarette mean weight controller

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    Based on the research about the mean weight controller which was produced by Molins Company (Britain), we worked for controlling stability analysis of this unit. We established the controlling Model and their transmission functions. Good results in the regulation of the system are obtained

  16. Four sibs with dislocated elbows, bowed tibiae, scoliosis, deafness, cataract, microcephaly, and mental retardation: a new MCA/MR syndrome.

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    Mégarbané, A.; Kharrat, K; Kreichati, G

    1998-01-01

    We report four sibs with an MCA/MR syndrome whose parents were first cousins. The sibs had mental retardation, microcephaly, hearing problems, cataract, and multiple osseous malformations, such as dislocated elbows, bowed tibiae, and scoliosis. Review of published reports and the use of the London Dysmorphology Database suggest that this family presents a new syndrome.

  17. Modular Control Flow Analysis for Libraries

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    Probst, Christian W.

    2002-01-01

    One problem in analyzing object oriented languages is that the exact control flow graph is not known statically due to dynamic dispatching. However, this is needed in order to apply the large class of known interprocedural analysis. Control Flow Analysis in the object oriented setting aims at...... determining run-time types of variables, thus allowing to possibly targeted method implementations. We present a flow sensitive analysis that allows separate handling of libraries and thereby efficient analysis of whole programs....

  18. 78 FR 67223 - Proposed Guidance for Fuel Cycle Facility; Material Control and Accounting Plans and Completing...

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    ... and Content for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A) Plan Required for Strategic Special Nuclear Material;'' NUREG-2159, ``Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Material Control and Accounting..., Revision 3, ``Acceptable Standard Format and Content for the Material Control and Accounting (MC&A)...

  19. Measurement Control Workshop Instructional Materials

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    Gibbs, Philip [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Crawford, Cary [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); McGinnis, Brent [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States) and Insolves LLC

    2014-04-01

    A workshop to teach the essential elements of an effective nuclear materials control and accountability (MC&A) programs are outlined, along with the modes of Instruction, and the roles and responsibilities of participants in the workshop.

  20. Measurement Control Workshop Instructional Materials

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    A workshop to teach the essential elements of an effective nuclear materials control and accountability (MC&A) programs are outlined, along with the modes of Instruction, and the roles and responsibilities of participants in the workshop.

  1. Subcubic Control Flow Analysis Algorithms

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    Midtgaard, Jan; Van Horn, David

    runs in time O(n^3/log n) on a unit cost random-access memory model machine. Moreover, we refine the initial flow analysis into two more precise analyses incorporating notions of reachability. We give subcubic algorithms for these more precise analyses and relate them to an existing analysis from the...

  2. Structural analysis of safety control systems

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    The structural analysis of reliability of the safety control system of an NPP according to information control theory is given. The theory of the mistake operator minimization optimizing the structure of a control safety system is prepared. The theoretical basis of the protection-in-depth conception is illustrated.

  3. Robustness analysis of chiller sequencing control

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    Highlights: Uncertainties with chiller sequencing control were systematically quantified. Robustness of chiller sequencing control was systematically analyzed. Different sequencing control strategies were sensitive to different uncertainties. A numerical method was developed for easy selection of chiller sequencing control. - Abstract: Multiple-chiller plant is commonly employed in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system to increase operational feasibility and energy-efficiency under part load condition. In a multiple-chiller plant, chiller sequencing control plays a key role in achieving overall energy efficiency while not sacrifices the cooling sufficiency for indoor thermal comfort. Various sequencing control strategies have been developed and implemented in practice. Based on the observation that (i) uncertainty, which cannot be avoided in chiller sequencing control, has a significant impact on the control performance and may cause the control fail to achieve the expected control and/or energy performance; and (ii) in current literature few studies have systematically addressed this issue, this paper therefore presents a study on robustness analysis of chiller sequencing control in order to understand the robustness of various chiller sequencing control strategies under different types of uncertainty. Based on the robustness analysis, a simple and applicable method is developed to select the most robust control strategy for a given chiller plant in the presence of uncertainties, which will be verified using case studies

  4. In-house development of an FPGA-based MCA8K for gamma-ray spectrometer

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    Lanh, Dang; Son, Pham Ngoc; Son, Nguyen An

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this work is domestic development of electronics instruments. It used for measuring ionization radiation and practical training at Nuclear Research Institute (NRI), Dalat, Vietnam. The aim of this work is to study and develop a novel MCA8k for Gamma-ray spectrometer concerning experimental nuclear physics. An approach for design and construction of the aforementioned instrument is to apply logic integrating techniques via Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) under Max?+?Plus...

  5. Thermochemistry of uranium-containing compounds of the series M2+(PUO6)2 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Reaction enthalpies of uranium-containing compounds M2+(PUO6)2, where M=Ca, Sr, Ba compounds 1,2,3 with aqueous solution of hydrochloric acid have been defined by the calorimetry method. On the basis of the experimental data obtained the standard formation enthalpies of crystalline compounds 1,2,3 at 298.15 K were calculated being -5055+-14, -5081+-17 and -5076+-16 kJ/mol respectively. Refs. 13

  6. Preoperative cerebral perfusion SPECT identify patients at risk for transient neurological deterioration after STA-MCA bypass surgery

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    Transient neurological deterioration (TND) is one of the most fatal complications after extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery and it has been assumed to be caused by transient hyperperfusion. This study was performed to evaluate the relationship between TND and preoperative cerebral perfusion status on brain SPECT to identify patients who are at risk of TND following superficial temporal artery middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) bypass surgery. Sixty patients who underwent STA-MCA bypass surgery were enrolled. The resting cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral vascular reserve (CVR) after acetazolamide challenge were measured before and 10 days after surgery using Tc-99m ethylcysteinate dimmer SPECT. Moreover, the CBF was measured on the third day postoperation. Follow up perfusion SPECT 6 month after surgery were obtained in 42 patients. With the use of the statistical parametric mapping and probabilistic brain atlas, the counts for the MCA territory were calculated for each image and statistical analyses were performed. In 6 of 60 patients (10%), TND occurred after surgery. The average CBF on the third postoperative day was significantly higher than the preoperative CBF (p 0.003). Furthermore, in 42 patients who had brain SPECT in the 6 months following operation, cerebral perfusion in the 6 months post operation was still higher than that observed before the operation. The increase in CBF from the preoperative day to the third postoperative day negatively correlated with preoperative perfusion (correlation coefficient = -0.66, p 0.0006). In TND patients, basal CBF on preoperative SPECT was significantly lower (p=0.01), and the changes in CBF on the third day after surgery was significant higher (p = 0.008). However, CVR did not significantly correlate with the increased perfusion after operation. The preoperative CBF and the subsequent changes in CBF after operation can help identify the risk of TND after STA-MCA bypass surgery

  7. Thermal and stress analysis of control rod

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    In order to survey the mechanical integrity of a control rod in the high temperature core of the VHTR, thermal analysis and thermal stress analysis were carried out by means of calculus of finite differentials and finite element methods for the plant under the normal operating condition as well as under several abnormal conditions. The results of the analyses have been applied to refine the mechanical design of the control rod

  8. LANMAS Gap Analysis Report

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    Parrish, C.; Yee, W.; Okuda, V.; Watson, B.; Storch, N

    2000-08-25

    In July, 2000, the Controlled Materials Accountability and Tracking System (COMATS) Team, with the assistance of a representative of the Local Area Network Materials Accountability System (LANMAS) development team from Savannah River, performed an evaluation to enumerate and qualify differences between the current LANMAS functionality and LLNL requirements as implemented by COMATS. The differences found range from minor to serious deficiencies of LANMAS in relation to current LLNL MC&A practice. Therefore, we recommend a gradual integration of LANMAS into a hybrid system which uses LANMAS to satisfy DOE/NNSA MC&A and reporting requirements and uses COMATS to satisfy LLNL-specific MC&A and operational requirements.

  9. Control Flow Analysis for BioAmbients

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    Nielson, Flemming; Nielson, Hanne Riis; Priami, C.; Rosa, D. Schuch da

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a static analysis for investigating properties of biological systems specified in BioAmbients. We exploit the control flow analysis to decode the bindings of variables induced by communications and to build a relation of the ambients that can interact with each other. We...

  10. Aircraft Loss-of-Control Accident Analysis

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    Belcastro, Christine M.; Foster, John V.

    2010-01-01

    Loss of control remains one of the largest contributors to fatal aircraft accidents worldwide. Aircraft loss-of-control accidents are complex in that they can result from numerous causal and contributing factors acting alone or (more often) in combination. Hence, there is no single intervention strategy to prevent these accidents. To gain a better understanding into aircraft loss-of-control events and possible intervention strategies, this paper presents a detailed analysis of loss-of-control accident data (predominantly from Part 121), including worst case combinations of causal and contributing factors and their sequencing. Future potential risks are also considered.

  11. Development of a robotized sample changing system for activation analysis

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    An automatic sample changing system with a small robot has been developed and constructed for instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). The developed system composed of a model A151 small robot (CRS Plus Inc., Canada), a NEC PC-980m2 personal computer having two of 1 Mbyte floppy-disk drivers, a NAIG NLAB-MCA multichannel analyzer (Toshiba), Ge detector settled in a low background shield and a tray stored 20 dishes containing a sample. The robot has a five-axis articulated arm (reach: 560 mm, payload: 2 kg, speed: 17 m/s, repeatability: 0.13 mm, weight: 17 kg). The robot and the multichannel analyzer (MCA) are controlled by the personal computer via RS-232C or GP-IB interface. (author)

  12. Analysis and control of underactuated mechanical systems

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    Choukchou-Braham, Amal; Djemaï, Mohamed; Busawon, Krishna

    2014-01-01

    This monograph provides readers with tools for the analysis, and control of systems with fewer control inputs than degrees of freedom to be controlled, i.e., underactuated systems. The text deals with the consequences of a lack of a general theory that would allow methodical treatment of such systems and the ad hoc approach to control design that often results, imposing a level of organization whenever the latter is lacking. The authors take as their starting point the construction of a graphical characterization or control flow diagram reflecting the transmission of generalized forces through the degrees of freedom. Underactuated systems are classified according to the three main structures by which this is found to happen—chain, tree, and isolated vertex—and control design procedures proposed. The procedure is applied to several well-known examples of underactuated systems: acrobot; pendubot; Tora system; ball and beam; inertia wheel; and robotic arm with elastic joint. The text is illustrated with MATL...

  13. Analysis and design of hybrid control systems

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    Malmborg, J.

    1998-05-01

    Different aspects of hybrid control systems are treated: analysis, simulation, design and implementation. A systematic methodology using extended Lyapunov theory for design of hybrid systems is developed. The methodology is based on conventional control designs in separate regions together with a switching strategy. Dynamics are not well defined if the control design methods lead to fast mode switching. The dynamics depend on the salient features of the implementation of the mode switches. A theorem for the stability of second order switching together with the resulting dynamics is derived. The dynamics on an intersection of two sliding sets are defined for two relays working on different time scales. The current simulation packages have problems modeling and simulating hybrid systems. It is shown how fast mode switches can be found before or during simulation. The necessary analysis work is a very small overhead for a modern simulation tool. To get some experience from practical problems with hybrid control the switching strategy is implemented in two different software environments. In one of them a time-optimal controller is added to an existing PID controller on a commercial control system. Successful experiments with this hybrid controller shows the practical use of the method 78 refs, 51 figs, 2 tabs

  14. Optimal control concepts in design sensitivity analysis

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    Belegundu, Ashok D.

    1987-01-01

    A close link is established between open loop optimal control theory and optimal design by noting certain similarities in the gradient calculations. The resulting benefits include a unified approach, together with physical insights in design sensitivity analysis, and an efficient approach for simultaneous optimal control and design. Both matrix displacement and matrix force methods are considered, and results are presented for dynamic systems, structures, and elasticity problems.

  15. TARA control, data acquisition and analysis system

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    The MIT tandem mirror (TARA) control, data acquisition and analysis system consists of two major parts: (1) a Gould 584 industrial programmable controller (PC) to control engineering functions; and (2) a VAX 11/750 based data acquisition and analysis system for physics analysis. The PC is designed for use in harsh industrial environments and has proven to be a reliable and cost-effective means for automated control. The PC configuration is dedicated to control tasks on the TARA magnet, vacuum, RF, neutral beam, diagnostics, and utility systems. The data transfer functions are used to download system operating parameters from menu selectable tables. Real time status reports are provided to video terminals and as blocks of data to the host computer for storage. The data acquisition and analysis system for TARA was designed to provide high throughput and ready access to data from earlier runs. The adopted design uses pre-existing software packages in a system which is simple, coherent, fast, and which requires a minimum of new software development. The computer configuration is a VAX 11/750 running VMS with 124 M byte massbus disk and 1.4 G byte unibus disk subsystem

  16. Applied behavior analysis and statistical process control?

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    Hopkins, B L

    1995-01-01

    This paper examines Pfadt and Wheeler's (1995) suggestions that the methods of statistical process control (SPC) be incorporated into applied behavior analysis. The research strategies of SPC are examined and compared to those of applied behavior analysis. I argue that the statistical methods that are a part of SPC would likely reduce applied behavior analysts' intimate contacts with the problems with which they deal and would, therefore, likely yield poor treatment and research decisions. Ex...

  17. Adult Moyamoya disease: 320-Multidetector row CT for evaluation of revascularization in STA–MCA bypasses surgery

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    Purpose: To evaluate the utility of 320-multidetector row whole-brain computed tomography perfusion (WBCTP) and whole-head subtracted dynamic angiography (WHSDCTA) for assessing the revascularization of blood flow after superficial temporal artery (STA) to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass surgery in adults with Moyamoya disease (MD) in the short and long term. Patients and methods: 320-multidetector row WBCTP and WHSDCTA were applied in 20 patients with MD before and after surgery (for an average of 3 days and 3 months). The bypass arteries were investigated using WHSDCTA and compared with DSA. The regions of interests (ROIs) in the surgical and mirror sides of the cerebral cortex were drawn on a Vitrea Workstation. Cerebral blood volume (CBV), time to peak (TTP), cerebral blood flow (CBF), mean transit time (MTT), and delay time were recorded. Preoperative and postoperative perfusion parameters in the MCA distribution were compared using the paired t-test. Results: WHSDCTA could clearly demonstrate 24 bypass arteries in 26 arteries for 20 patients, results which were in accordance with the results of digital subtraction angiography (DSA). When comparing preoperative values to those within 3 days after surgery, only TTP and delay time were significantly different (P < 0.05). Values of CBV, TTP, CBF, delay time, and MTT 3 months after surgery were significantly different (P < 0.05) from those of preoperative perfusion. Conclusion: These data suggest that 320-multidetector row WBCTP and WHSDCTA can be used to evaluate the revascularization of blood flow after STA–MCA bypass surgery in patients with MD in the short and long term

  18. Adult Moyamoya disease: 320-Multidetector row CT for evaluation of revascularization in STA–MCA bypasses surgery

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    Tian, Bing; Xu, Bing; Liu, Qi; Hao, Qiang; Lu, Jianping, E-mail: cjr.lujianping@vip.163.com

    2013-12-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the utility of 320-multidetector row whole-brain computed tomography perfusion (WBCTP) and whole-head subtracted dynamic angiography (WHSDCTA) for assessing the revascularization of blood flow after superficial temporal artery (STA) to middle cerebral artery (MCA) bypass surgery in adults with Moyamoya disease (MD) in the short and long term. Patients and methods: 320-multidetector row WBCTP and WHSDCTA were applied in 20 patients with MD before and after surgery (for an average of 3 days and 3 months). The bypass arteries were investigated using WHSDCTA and compared with DSA. The regions of interests (ROIs) in the surgical and mirror sides of the cerebral cortex were drawn on a Vitrea Workstation. Cerebral blood volume (CBV), time to peak (TTP), cerebral blood flow (CBF), mean transit time (MTT), and delay time were recorded. Preoperative and postoperative perfusion parameters in the MCA distribution were compared using the paired t-test. Results: WHSDCTA could clearly demonstrate 24 bypass arteries in 26 arteries for 20 patients, results which were in accordance with the results of digital subtraction angiography (DSA). When comparing preoperative values to those within 3 days after surgery, only TTP and delay time were significantly different (P < 0.05). Values of CBV, TTP, CBF, delay time, and MTT 3 months after surgery were significantly different (P < 0.05) from those of preoperative perfusion. Conclusion: These data suggest that 320-multidetector row WBCTP and WHSDCTA can be used to evaluate the revascularization of blood flow after STA–MCA bypass surgery in patients with MD in the short and long term.

  19. SURFACE TEXTURE ANALYSIS FOR FUNCTIONALITY CONTROL

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    De Chiffre, Leonardo; Andreasen, Jan Lasson; Tosello, Guido

    This document is used in connection with three exercises of 3 hours duration as a part of the course VISION ONLINE – One week course on Precision & Nanometrology. The exercises concern surface texture analysis for functionality control, in connection with three different case stories. This document...

  20. Special Quality Control Features of Activation Analysis

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    2002-01-01

    Roč. 87, - (2002), s. 47. ISSN 0003-018X. [Transactions of the American Nuclear Society. Washington, D.C., 17.01.2002-21.01.2002] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4055109 Keywords : quality control * activation analysis Subject RIV: DN - Health Impact of the Environment Quality

  1. Applied Behavior Analysis and Statistical Process Control?

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    Hopkins, B. L.

    1995-01-01

    Incorporating statistical process control (SPC) methods into applied behavior analysis is discussed. It is claimed that SPC methods would likely reduce applied behavior analysts' intimate contacts with problems and would likely yield poor treatment and research decisions. Cases and data presented by Pfadt and Wheeler (1995) are cited as examples.

  2. Safety analysis of control rod drive computers

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    The analysis of the most significant user programmes revealed no errors in these programmes. The evaluation of approximately 82 cumulated years of operation demonstrated that the operating system of the control rod positioning processor has a reliability that is sufficiently good for the tasks this computer has to fulfil. Computers can be used for safety relevant tasks. The experience gained with the control rod positioning processor confirms that computers are not less reliable than conventional instrumentation and control system for comparable tasks. The examination and evaluation of computers for safety relevant tasks can be done with programme analysis or statistical evaluation of the operating experience. Programme analysis is recommended for seldom used and well structured programmes. For programmes with a long, cumulated operating time a statistical evaluation is more advisable. The effort for examination and evaluation is not greater than the corresponding effort for conventional instrumentation and control systems. This project has also revealed that, where it is technologically sensible, process controlling computers or microprocessors can be qualified for safety relevant tasks without undue effort. (orig./HP)

  3. Effect of OK-432 on the Lymphnode Metastasis of MCA-sarcoma Cell Lines: A New Therapeutic Approach

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    Inoh, Akira; Kodama, Yuso; Yokoro, Kenjiro

    1989-01-01

    The two unique highly metastatic MCA-sarcoma cell lines have been established by the present authors. The inoculation of 1153Ln, one of the cell lines, either into footpad or subcutaneously on the back of syngeneic mice resulted in the development of metastasis exclusively in almost all lymphnodes of the body. We evaluated the therapeutic effect of a streptococcal preparation, OK-432, on the lymphnode metastasis. Two KE per mouse of OK-432 were injected intratumorally (it) at 4, 7 or 10 days ...

  4. Importance of criteria weights in composite appraisal of transport projects – a robustness analysis

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    Jensen, Anders Vestergaard

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a framework for estimating the robustness of appraisal of transport projects using composite appraisal methodology which makes use of both cost benefit analysis (CBA) and multi criteria analysis (MCA). The setting of criteria weights in MCA is often seen as the most subjective...

  5. Financial Analysis, Budgeting, Decision and Control

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The economic processes taking place in the economic environment are stochastic processes that involve and imply risks, arising from product diversification, competition, financial derivatives transactions: swaps, futures, options and from the large number of actors involved in the stock market with a higher or a smaller uncertainty degree. Competition and competitiveness, led to major and rapid change in the business environment, they determined actors participating in the economy to find solutions and methods of collecting and processing data, in such a way that, after being transformed into information they quickly help based on their analysis in decision making, planning and financial forecasting, having an effect on increasing their economic efficiency. In these circumstances the financial analysis, decision, forecasting and control, should be based on quality information that should be a value creation source. The active nature of the financial function implies the existence of a substantially large share of financial analysis, financial decision, forecasting and control.

  6. The Mechanical Control Absorber reactivity dependence on the enrichment and burn-up in Candu-SEU super-cells

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    Balaceanu, Victoria; Constantin, Marin [Institute for Nuclear research, Pitesti (Romania)

    2008-07-01

    The objective of this work is to highlight some aspects of the local neutronic behaviour of the Candu SEU-43 fuel bundles (Slightly Enriched Uranium fuel bundles with 43 fuel elements). More exactly, the study refers to the dependence of some local neutronic parameters, mainly the reactivity, on the enrichment and the burn-up of the fuel. It was taken in consideration two types of super-cells: reference supercell (containing only fuel bundle and moderator) and perturbed supercell (containing fuel bundle, moderator and additionally a strong reactivity device). The considered reactivity device is the Mechanical Control Absorber (MCA). The performed parameters are: k{sub eff}. values, MCA reactivities and flux distributions. For reaching this objective, it is used a local neutronic calculation methodology based on WIMS and PIJXYZ codes. The paper ends with an analysis of the obtained results. (authors)

  7. Modeling Controller Tasks for Safety Analysis

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    Brown, Molly; Leveson, Nancy G.

    1998-01-01

    As control systems become more complex, the use of automated control has increased. At the same time, the role of the human operator has changed from primary system controller to supervisor or monitor. Safe design of the human computer interaction becomes more difficult. In this paper, we present a visual task modeling language that can be used by system designers to model human-computer interactions. The visual models can be translated into SpecTRM-RL, a blackbox specification language for modeling the automated portion of the control system. The SpecTRM-RL suite of analysis tools allow the designer to perform formal and informal safety analyses on the task model in isolation or integrated with the rest of the modeled system.

  8. A portable, photon analysis spectrometer for the assay of X- and gamma-ray emitting radionuclides

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    A portable, battery-po dered, multichannel analyzer (MCA) for use with Ge spectrometers has been developed for in-field use for the assay of x- and γ-ray emitting radionuclides. The spectrometer is capable of operating to rates greater than 150,000 counts per second. The analyzer is a Canberra InSpector MCA, that is equipped with the INEEL ultra-stable dual-energy pulser, and pulse injection with subsequent removal (PISR) circuitry. PCGAP, a set of MCA control and spectral analysis programs, was developed for use on a PC with a Windows NT Operating System. It includes an interactive peak analysis program as well as automatic spectral analysis programs for the X- and γ-ray regions, and a number of utility programs. The pulser peaks are calibrated with radioactive sources in terms of energy (i.e., their energy equivalents are measured) using the PCGAP spectral analysis package so that energy shifts, including those due to changes in temperature or count rate, do not cause a loss of energy calibration. The number of injected low- and high-energy-equivalent pulses is known so the stored pulser pulses can be used for a dead-time and random summing correction. The pulser peaks are also used to monitor any deterioration in spectral quality caused by noise, ground loops, etc. The results of performance tests to demonstrate the capabilities of this pulser-equipped InSpector are reported. (author)

  9. Analysis and control of distributed cooperative systems.

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    Feddema, John Todd; Parker, Eric Paul; Wagner, John S.; Schoenwald, David Alan

    2004-09-01

    As part of DARPA Information Processing Technology Office (IPTO) Software for Distributed Robotics (SDR) Program, Sandia National Laboratories has developed analysis and control software for coordinating tens to thousands of autonomous cooperative robotic agents (primarily unmanned ground vehicles) performing military operations such as reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition; countermine and explosive ordnance disposal; force protection and physical security; and logistics support. Due to the nature of these applications, the control techniques must be distributed, and they must not rely on high bandwidth communication between agents. At the same time, a single soldier must easily direct these large-scale systems. Finally, the control techniques must be provably convergent so as not to cause undo harm to civilians. In this project, provably convergent, moderate communication bandwidth, distributed control algorithms have been developed that can be regulated by a single soldier. We have simulated in great detail the control of low numbers of vehicles (up to 20) navigating throughout a building, and we have simulated in lesser detail the control of larger numbers of vehicles (up to 1000) trying to locate several targets in a large outdoor facility. Finally, we have experimentally validated the resulting control algorithms on smaller numbers of autonomous vehicles.

  10. Statistical quality control through overall vibration analysis

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    Carnero, M. a. Carmen; González-Palma, Rafael; Almorza, David; Mayorga, Pedro; López-Escobar, Carlos

    2010-05-01

    The present study introduces the concept of statistical quality control in automotive wheel bearings manufacturing processes. Defects on products under analysis can have a direct influence on passengers' safety and comfort. At present, the use of vibration analysis on machine tools for quality control purposes is not very extensive in manufacturing facilities. Noise and vibration are common quality problems in bearings. These failure modes likely occur under certain operating conditions and do not require high vibration amplitudes but relate to certain vibration frequencies. The vibration frequencies are affected by the type of surface problems (chattering) of ball races that are generated through grinding processes. The purpose of this paper is to identify grinding process variables that affect the quality of bearings by using statistical principles in the field of machine tools. In addition, an evaluation of the quality results of the finished parts under different combinations of process variables is assessed. This paper intends to establish the foundations to predict the quality of the products through the analysis of self-induced vibrations during the contact between the grinding wheel and the parts. To achieve this goal, the overall self-induced vibration readings under different combinations of process variables are analysed using statistical tools. The analysis of data and design of experiments follows a classical approach, considering all potential interactions between variables. The analysis of data is conducted through analysis of variance (ANOVA) for data sets that meet normality and homoscedasticity criteria. This paper utilizes different statistical tools to support the conclusions such as chi squared, Shapiro-Wilks, symmetry, Kurtosis, Cochran, Hartlett, and Hartley and Krushal-Wallis. The analysis presented is the starting point to extend the use of predictive techniques (vibration analysis) for quality control. This paper demonstrates the existence of predictive variables (high-frequency vibration displacements) that are sensible to the processes setup and the quality of the products obtained. Based on the result of this overall vibration analysis, a second paper will analyse self-induced vibration spectrums in order to define limit vibration bands, controllable every cycle or connected to permanent vibration-monitoring systems able to adjust sensible process variables identified by ANOVA, once the vibration readings exceed established quality limits.

  11. TARA control, data acquisition and analysis system

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    The TARA control, data acquisition and analysis system consists of two major parts: (1) a Gould 584 industrial programmable controller (PC); (2) a VAX 11/750 based data acquisition and analysis system. The PC is designed for use in harsh industrial environments and has proven to be a reliable and cost-effective means for automated control. The PC configuration is dedicated to control tasks on the TARA magnet, vacuum, RF, neutral beam, diagnostics, and utility systems. The data transfer functions are used to download system operating parameters from menu selectable tables. Real time status reports are provided to video terminals and as blocks of data to the host computer for storage. The data acquisition and analysis system for TARA was designed to provide a high throughput and ready access to data from earlier runs. The adopted design uses pre-existing software packages in a system which is simple, coherent, fast and which requires a minimum of new software development. The computer configuration is a VAX 11/750 running VMS with 124 M BYTE massbuss disk and 1.4 G BYTE unibus disk subsystem. The front end for the data is a kinetic systems camac serial highway interface, and the graphics I/0 is done through a DMA terminal multiplexer. The data system provides a set of standard tools for use in user-written analysis programs. These tools allow access to current shot data as well as past shots with a minimum of overhead. The acquisition, archival, basic analysis, and display of 1 M BYTE of data for every shot is accomplished once each 3 to 5 minutes, and any shot may be easily reanalyzed

  12. Quantitative resilience analysis through control design.

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    Sunderland, Daniel; Vugrin, Eric D.; Camphouse, Russell Chris (Sandia National Laboratories, Carlsbad, NM)

    2009-09-01

    Critical infrastructure resilience has become a national priority for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security. System resilience has been studied for several decades in many different disciplines, but no standards or unifying methods exist for critical infrastructure resilience analysis. Few quantitative resilience methods exist, and those existing approaches tend to be rather simplistic and, hence, not capable of sufficiently assessing all aspects of critical infrastructure resilience. This report documents the results of a late-start Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project that investigated the development of quantitative resilience through application of control design methods. Specifically, we conducted a survey of infrastructure models to assess what types of control design might be applicable for critical infrastructure resilience assessment. As a result of this survey, we developed a decision process that directs the resilience analyst to the control method that is most likely applicable to the system under consideration. Furthermore, we developed optimal control strategies for two sets of representative infrastructure systems to demonstrate how control methods could be used to assess the resilience of the systems to catastrophic disruptions. We present recommendations for future work to continue the development of quantitative resilience analysis methods.

  13. Airphoto analysis of erosion control practices

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    Morgan, K. M.; Morris-Jones, D. R.; Lee, G. B.; Kiefer, R. W.

    1980-01-01

    The Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) is a widely accepted tool for erosion prediction and conservation planning. In this study, airphoto analysis of color and color infrared 70 mm photography at a scale of 1:60,000 was used to determine the erosion control practice factor in the USLE. Information about contour tillage, contour strip cropping, and grass waterways was obtained from aerial photography for Pheasant Branch Creek watershed in Dane County, Wisconsin.

  14. Radiation control and protection

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    For radiation control and protection in a particle beam therapy facility, the use of radiation is regulated by Medical Care Act (MCA) in addition to Act on Prevention of Radiation Disease Due to Radioisotopes etc., because it is not only a radiation but also a medical facility. X-ray radiographic equipments are regulated only by the MCA. On the other hand, the regulations for the facility having accelerators are essentially similar to those for general radiation facilities. In this article, designing and operation of a particle beam therapy facility are summarized from the aspect of radiation control and protection. (author)

  15. PROMETHEE Method and Sensitivity Analysis in the Software Application for the Support of Decision-Making

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available PROMETHEE is one of methods, which fall into multi-criteria analysis (MCA. The MCA, as the name itself indicates, deals with the evaluation of particular variants according to several criteria. Developed software application (MCA8 for the support of multi-criteria decision-making was upgraded about PROMETHEE method and a graphic tool, which enables the execution of the sensitivity analysis. This analysis is used to ascertain how a given model output depends upon the input parameters. The MCA8 software application with mentioned graphic upgrade was developed for purposes of solving multi-criteria decision tasks. In the MCA8 is possible to perform sensitivity analysis by a simple form through column graphs. We can change criteria significances (weights in these column graphs directly and watch the changes of the order of variants immediately.

  16. Application of dimensional analysis in systems modeling and control design

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    2013-01-01

    Dimensional analysis is an engineering tool that is widely applied to numerous engineering problems, but has only recently been applied to control theory and problems such as identification and model reduction, robust control, adaptive control, and PID control. Application of Dimensional Analysis in Systems Modeling and Control Design provides an introduction to the fundamentals of dimensional analysis for control engineers, and shows how they can exploit the benefits of the technique to theoretical and practical control problems.

  17. Human reliability analysis of control room operators

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    Santos, Isaac J.A.L.; Carvalho, Paulo Victor R.; Grecco, Claudio H.S. [Instituto de Engenharia Nuclear (IEN), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    Human reliability is the probability that a person correctly performs some system required action in a required time period and performs no extraneous action that can degrade the system Human reliability analysis (HRA) is the analysis, prediction and evaluation of work-oriented human performance using some indices as human error likelihood and probability of task accomplishment. Significant progress has been made in the HRA field during the last years, mainly in nuclear area. Some first-generation HRA methods were developed, as THERP (Technique for human error rate prediction). Now, an array of called second-generation methods are emerging as alternatives, for instance ATHEANA (A Technique for human event analysis). The ergonomics approach has as tool the ergonomic work analysis. It focus on the study of operator's activities in physical and mental form, considering at the same time the observed characteristics of operator and the elements of the work environment as they are presented to and perceived by the operators. The aim of this paper is to propose a methodology to analyze the human reliability of the operators of industrial plant control room, using a framework that includes the approach used by ATHEANA, THERP and the work ergonomics analysis. (author)

  18. Multi-channel analyzer controlled by applet and flash

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    Both java applet and flash were applied to emulate virtual panel of multi-channel pulse height analyzer (MCA), and Microsoft IE browser was used to control MCA through internet to measure the ?-ray energy spectrum of 137Cs. It was shown that most of the work completed by applet can be done by flash too, and with flash, more beautiful panel of the remote controlled instruments can be easily designed

  19. Analysis of Morgantown vehicle steering control

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    Lin, H. S.; Marsh, E. L.

    1972-01-01

    The proposed Morgantown public transportation system will use a fleet of computer-controlled vehicles operating on a separate dedicated network of roadways called a guideway. An automatic steering system on each vehicle will permit the traversal of the proposed route of various guideway sections. A preliminary study was made to analyze the steering control for the Morgantown vehicles. The primary requirement was to design an automatic steering system that would achieve a smooth ride and eliminate the need for excess margin in the guideway width. Front and rear wheel steering and front and rear sensing capabilities were assumed in the analysis. The system finally adopted front and rear wheel steering and front sensing was shown by computer simulation and vehicle steering experiments to be adequate.

  20. Large scale systems approximation: Analysis and control

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    This work concerns the study of the approximation of high dimensional systems by low order models. This approximation is defined by aggregation methods, the method based on singular perturbations and a relatively recent method. This later one is formulated in a particular representation of the system and is called balanced realisation method. The application of the approximation is then studied in the case of suboptimal control theory for the several defined models. The results of numerical simulation for the analysis and control are carried on two examples defined by a model of a nuclear reactor core of order nine and a steam generator of a fuel station of order twenty and permitted to develop a comparative study of the performances of the different methods analysed in the case of open loop and closed loop models

  1. Studying On Digital Signal Processing Method For Tested Design And The Construction Of DSP-Based MCA 1K

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    DSP is one of the most useful tools for development of nuclear electronics instruments for Physics research. The method can be carried out by either a special digital signal processor or FPGA which is programmed through VHDL. In this case, Digital signal processing (DPS) is performed by VHDL. The aim of this project is to study on digital signal processing for tested design and construction of DSP-based MCA 1K. VHDL standards for VHSIC hardware description language. Due to VHDL, memory and Central processing unit are created. An application software for receiving data is written in LabVIEW 8.5. Spartan 3E starter kit is used for design of the project, combining with ISE software, XilinX 9.2i. (author)

  2. Coupling between the blood lactate-to-pyruvate ratio and MCA Vmean at the onset of exercise in humans

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    Rasmussen, Peter; Madsen, Camilla A; Nielsen, Henning B; Zaar, Morten; Gjedde, Albert; Secher, Niels H; Quistorff, Bjørn

    2009-01-01

    Activation-induced increase in cerebral blood flow is coupled to enhanced metabolic activity, maybe with brain tissue redox state and oxygen tension as key modulators. To evaluate this hypothesis at the onset of exercise in humans, blood was sampled at 0.1 to 0.2 Hz from the radial artery and right...... oxygen tension decreased by 2.7 mmHg after 5 s (P < 0.05), while MCA V(mean) increased only after 30 s. Furthermore, there was an unaccounted cerebral carbohydrate uptake relative to the uptake of oxygen that became significant 50 s after the onset of exercise. These findings support brain tissue redox...... state and oxygenation as potential modulators of an increase in cerebral blood flow at the onset of exercise....

  3. Intensive post-operative follow-up of breast cancer patients with tumour markers: CEA, TPA or CA15.3 vs MCA and MCA-CA15.3 vs CEA-TPA-CA15.3 panel in the early detection of distant metastases

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    Nicolini, Andrea; Tartarelli, Gianna; Carpi, Angelo; Metelli, Maria Rita; Ferrari, Paola; Anselmi, Loretta; Conte, Massimo; Berti, Piero; Miccoli, Paolo

    2006-01-01

    Background In breast cancer current guidelines do not recommend the routine use of serum tumour markers. Differently, we observed that CEA-TPA-CA15.3 (carcinoembryonic (CEA) tissue polypeptide (TPA) and cancer associated 115D8/DF3 (CA15.3) antigens) panel permits early detection and treatment for most relapsing patients. As high sensitivity and specificity and different cut-off values have been reported for mucin-like carcinoma associated antigen (MCA), we compared MCA with the above mentioned tumour markers and MCA-CA15.3 with the CEA-TPA-CA15.3 panel. Methods In 289 breast cancer patients submitted to an intensive post-operative follow-up with tumour markers, we compared MCA (cut-off values, ? 11 and ? 15 U/mL) with CEA or CA15.3 or TPA for detection of relapse. In addition, we compared the MCA-CA15.3 and CEA-TPA-CA15.3 tumour marker panels. Results Distant metastases occurred 19 times in 18 (6.7%) of the 268 patients who were disease-free at the beginning of the study. MCA sensitivity with both cut-off values was higher than that of CEA or TPA or CA15.3 (68% vs 10%, 26%, 32% and 53% vs 16%, 42%, 32% respectively). With cut-off ? 11 U/mL, MCA showed the lowest specificity (42%); with cut-off ? 15 U/mL, MCA specificity was similar to TPA (73% vs 72%) and lower than that of CEA and CA15.3 (96% and 97% respectively). With ? 15 U/mL MCA cut-off, MCA sensitivity increased from 53% to 58% after its association with CA15.3. Sensitivity of CEA-TPA-CA15.3 panel was 74% (14 of 19 recurrences). Eight of the 14 recurrences early detected with CEA-TPA-CA15.3 presented as a single lesion (oligometastatic disease) (5) or were confined to bony skeleton (3) (26% and 16% respectively of the 19 relapses). With ? 11 U/mL MCA cut-off, MCA-CA15.3 association showed higher sensitivity but lower specificity, accuracy and positive predictive value than the CEA-TPA-CA15.3 panel. Conclusion At both the evaluated cut-off values serum MCA sensitivity is higher than that of CEA, TPA or CA15.3 but its specificity is similar to or lower than that of TPA. Overall, CEA-TPA-CA15.3 panel is more accurate than MCA-CA15.3 association and can "early" detect a few relapsed patients with limited metastatic disease and more favourable prognosis. These findings further support the need for prospective randomised clinical trial to assess whether an intensive post-operative follow-up with an appropriate use of serum tumour markers can significantly improve clinical outcome of early detected relapsing patients. PMID:17116247

  4. MAP Attitude Control System Design and Analysis

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    Andrews, S. F.; Campbell, C. E.; Ericsson-Jackson, A. J.; Markley, F. L.; ODonnell, J. R., Jr.

    1997-01-01

    The Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) is a follow-on to the Differential Microwave Radiometer (DMR) instrument on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) spacecraft. The MAP spacecraft will perform its mission in a Lissajous orbit around the Earth-Sun L(sub 2) Lagrange point to suppress potential instrument disturbances. To make a full-sky map of cosmic microwave background fluctuations, a combination fast spin and slow precession motion will be used. MAP requires a propulsion system to reach L(sub 2), to unload system momentum, and to perform stationkeeping maneuvers once at L(sub 2). A minimum hardware, power and thermal safe control mode must also be provided. Sufficient attitude knowledge must be provided to yield instrument pointing to a standard deviation of 1.8 arc-minutes. The short development time and tight budgets require a new way of designing, simulating, and analyzing the Attitude Control System (ACS). This paper presents the design and analysis of the control system to meet these requirements.

  5. Radioactivity analysis of food and accuracy control

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    From the fact that radioactive substances have been detected from the foods such as agricultural and livestock products and marine products due to the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare stipulated new standards geared to general foods on radioactive cesium by replacing the interim standards up to now. Various institutions began to measure radioactivity on the basis of this instruction, but as a new challenge, a problem of the reliability of the data occurred. Therefore, accuracy control to indicate the proof that the quality of the data can be retained at an appropriate level judging from an objective manner is important. In order to consecutively implement quality management activities, it is necessary for each inspection agency to build an accuracy control system. This paper introduces support service, as a new attempt, for establishing the accuracy control system. This service is offered jointly by three organizations, such as TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd., Japan Frozen Foods Inspection Corporation, and Japan Chemical Analysis Center. This service consists of the training of radioactivity measurement practitioners, proficiency test for radioactive substance measurement, and personal authentication. (O.A.)

  6. Improving Software Systems By Flow Control Analysis

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Using agile methods during the implementation of the system that meets mission critical requirements can be a real challenge. The change in the system built of dozens or even hundreds of specialized devices with embedded software requires the cooperation of a large group of engineers. This article presents a solution that supports parallel work of groups of system analysts and software developers. Deployment of formal rules to the requirements written in natural language enables using formal analysis of artifacts being a bridge between software and system requirements. Formalism and textual form of requirements allowed the automatic generation of message ?ow graph for the (sub system, called the big-picture-model. Flow diagram analysis helped to avoid a large number of defects whose repair cost in extreme cases could undermine the legitimacy of agile methods in projects of this scale. Retrospectively, a reduction of technical debt was observed. Continuous analysis of the big picture model improves the control of the quality parameters of the software architecture. The article also tries to explain why the commercial platform based on UML modeling language may not be su?cient in projects of this complexity.

  7. Decision-tree analysis of control strategies.

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    Weber, Romann M; Fajen, Brett R

    2015-06-01

    A major focus of research on visually guided action is the identification of control strategies that map optical information to actions. The traditional approach has been to test the behavioral predictions of a few hypothesized strategies against subject behavior in environments in which various manipulations of available information have been made. While important and compelling results have been achieved with these methods, they are potentially limited by small sets of hypotheses and the methods used to test them. In this study, we introduce a novel application of data-mining techniques in an analysis of experimental data that is able to both describe and model human behavior. This method permits the rapid testing of a wide range of possible control strategies using arbitrarily complex combinations of optical variables. Through the use of decision-tree techniques, subject data can be transformed into an easily interpretable, algorithmic form. This output can then be immediately incorporated into a working model of subject behavior. We tested the effectiveness of this method in identifying the optical information used by human subjects in a collision-avoidance task. Our results comport with published research on collision-avoidance control strategies while also providing additional insight not possible with traditional methods. Further, the modeling component of our method produces behavior that closely resembles that of the subjects upon whose data the models were based. Taken together, the findings demonstrate that data-mining techniques provide powerful new tools for analyzing human data and building models that can be applied to a wide range of perception-action tasks, even outside the visual-control setting we describe. PMID:25316047

  8. An informal analysis of flight control tasks

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    Andersen, George J.

    1991-01-01

    Issues important in rotorcraft flight control are discussed. A perceptual description is suggested of what is believed to be the major issues in flight control. When the task is considered of a pilot controlling a helicopter in flight, the task is decomposed in several subtasks. These subtasks include: (1) the control of altitude, (2) the control of speed, (3) the control of heading, (4) the control of orientation, (5) the control of flight over obstacles, and (6) the control of flight to specified positions in the world. The first four subtasks can be considered to be primary control tasks as they are not dependent on any other subtasks. However, the latter two subtasks can be considered hierarchical tasks as they are dependent on other subtasks. For example, the task of flight control over obstacles can be decomposed as a task requiring the control of speed, altitude, and heading. Thus, incorrect control of altitude should result in poor control of flight over an obstacle.

  9. Flexible space structure model reduction by modal cost analysis

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    Skelton, R. E.; Hughes, P. C.

    1979-01-01

    It is noted that reduced models and reduced controllers for flexible space structures are obtained by retaining those modes which make the greatest contribution to quadratic control objectives. Attention is given to the relative importance of damping, frequency and mode shapes in the mode truncation decisions for the following control objectives: attitude control, vibration suppression and figure control. It is also shown that using Modal Cost Analysis (MCA) on the closed loop modes of the optimally controlled system allows the construction of reduced control policies which feedback only those closed loop coordinates which are most critical to the quadratic control performance criterion. In this manner, the modes which need to be controlled are deduced from truncations of the optimal controller.

  10. [Detection of epileptic spike wave in EEG signals based on morphological component analysis].

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    Ma, Donghua; Zheng, Xuyuan; Wang, Zhen

    2013-08-01

    This paper proposed a morphological component analysis (MCA) method, which is based on sparse representation, to detect the spike wave in electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. It takes the advantage of MCA being able to extract the background waves and the spike waves from the EEG signals, respectively,as the dictionaries and chooses the discrete cosine transform (DCT) and the daubechies order 4 wavelet (db4) transformation as the dictionaries of MCA to detect the spike waves from the epileptic EEG. The experiment results showed that the MCA could detect epileptic spike waves in EEG signals very effectively, and it yielded high selectivity of 89.01% and sensitivity of 90.71%. As a feature extraction/decomposition algorithm, MCA can be used to extract the spike waves from EEG signals. PMID:24059041

  11. User controlled analysis of gamma ray spectra

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    The program 'ANGES' was designed as a general purpose high-resolution γ ray spectrometry program. It offers all main features as commercial software packages except control of acquisition process. The program is able to perform automatic analysis of spectra but it is announced as 'user controlled' because it supplies all intermediate results and gives the opportunity these results to be analyzed and corrected by the user. ANGES offers: multi document Windows interface; detailed visualization of spectra; nuclide library based on another contribution to CRP; energy and FWHM calibrations calculated by means of orthonormal polynomial fitting; peak processing engine based on a non-linear LSQ method for fitting peaks; peak location engine, based on first derivative method is provided to ease the preparation of a spectrum for processing; two methods for efficiency calibration (an efficiency calibration curve and reference table); peak identification and activity calculation procedure; a number of corrections (true coincidence summing, background correction, pile up rejection and so on); an option for processing series of similar spectra. The fitting procedure can be applied to the whole spectrum or to a single Region-of-Interest (ROI). The assumed peak shape is pure Gaussian. All peaks in single ROI are assumed to have the same FWHM. The maximum number of peaks in a single ROI is restricted to 25, the maximum ROI length is 512 channels, and the baseline is described with a polynomial of a degree up to 4. As a result of the identification procedure a report file is issued containing spectrum processing results, list of identified and not identified peaks, list of identified nuclides and background nuclides. (author)

  12. Some chaotic behaviors in a MCA learning algorithm with a constant learning rate

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    Douglas's minor component analysis algorithm with a constant learning rate has both stability and chaotic dynamical behavior under some conditions. The paper explores such dynamical behavior of this algorithm. Certain stability and chaos of this algorithm are derived. Waveform plots, Lyapunov exponents and bifurcation diagrams are presented to illustrate the existence of chaotic behavior

  13. MPO4:Nd3+ (M=Ca, Gd), Luminomagnetic Nanophosphors with Optical and Magnetic Features for Multimodal Imaging Applications

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    Rightsell, Chris; Mimun, Lawrence C.; Kumar, Ajith G.; Sardar, Dhiraj K.

    2015-03-01

    Nanomaterials with multiple functionalities play a very important role in several high technology applications. A major area of such applications is the biomedical industry, where contrast agents with multiple imaging modalities can provide better results than conventional materials. Many of the contrast agents available now have drawbacks such as toxicity, photobleaching, low contrast, size restrictions, and overall cost of the imaging system. Rare-earth doped inorganic nanophosphors are alternatives to circumvent several of these issues, together with the added advantage of super high resolution imaging due to the excellent near infrared sensitivity of the phosphors. In addition to optical imaging features, by adding a magnetic ion such as Gd3+ at suitable lattice positions, the phosphor can be made magnetic, yielding dual imaging functionalities. In this research, we are presenting the optical and magnetic imaging features of sub-nanometer size MPO4:Nd3+ (M=Ca, Gd) phosphors for the potential application of these nanophosphors as multimodal contrast agents. Cytotoxicity, in vitro and in vivo imaging, penetration depth etc. are studied for various phosphor compositions, and optimized compositions are explored. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (NSF-PREM) Grant N0-DMR-0934218.

  14. Logic reliability analysis of adaptive control strategies

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    An approach is developed for the evaluation of the reliability of logic of adaptive control strategies, taking into account logic structural complexity and potential failure of programming modules. Flaws in the control system algorithm may not be discovered during debugging or initial testing and may only affect the performance under abnormal situations although the system may appear reliable in normal operations. Considering an adaptive control system designed for use in control of equipment employed in nuclear power stations, logic reliability evaluation is demonstrated. The approach given is applicable to any other designs and may be used to compare different control system logic structures from the reliability viewpoint. Evaluation of the reliability of control systems is essential to automated operation of equipment used in nuclear power plants. (author)

  15. PID control system analysis and design

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    Li, Y.; Ang, K.H.; Chong, G.C.Y.

    2006-01-01

    With its three-term functionality offering treatment of both transient and steady-state responses, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control provides a generic and efficient solution to realworld control problems. The wide application of PID control has stimulated and sustained research and development to "get the best out of PID", and "the search is on to find the next key technology or methodology for PID tuning". This article presents remedies for problems involving the...

  16. Power flow analysis for DC voltage droop controlled DC microgrids

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    Li, Chendan; Chaudhary, Sanjay; Dragicevic, Tomislav; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Josep M. Guerrero

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes a new algorithm for power flow analysis in droop controlled DC microgrids. By considering the droop control in the power flow analysis for the DC microgrid, when compared with traditional methods, more accurate analysis results can be obtained. The algorithm verification is carried out by comparing the calculation results with detailed time domain simulation results. With the droop parameters as variables in the power flow analysis, their effects on power sharing and secon...

  17. Control and Analysis of Droop and Reverse Droop Controllers for Distributed Generations

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    Wu, Dan; Tang, Fen; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2014-01-01

    a more complete primary control for DG systems that integrates with both VCM and CCM units. The power management can be uniformly achieved by designing proportional droop and reverse droop parameters. And the power sharing effect among CCM and VCM DG units is discussed. Finally, hardware......This paper addresses control and analysis of droop and reverse droop control for distributed generations (DG). The droop control is well known applied to the voltage control mode (VCM) DG units, but has limitation when implemented on the current control mode (CCM) units. Therefore, this paper gives......-in-the-loop simulations are carried out to validate the proposed control and analysis....

  18. Flexible manipulator control experiments and analysis

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    Yurkovich, S.; Ozguner, U.; Tzes, A.; Kotnik, P. T.

    1987-01-01

    Modeling and control design for flexible manipulators, both from an experimental and analytical viewpoint, are described. From the application perspective, an ongoing effort within the laboratory environment at the Ohio State University, where experimentation on a single link flexible arm is underway is described. Several unique features of this study are described here. First, the manipulator arm is slewed by a direct drive dc motor and has a rigid counterbalance appendage. Current experimentation is from two viewpoints: (1) rigid body slewing and vibration control via actuation with the hub motor, and (2) vibration suppression through the use of structure-mounted proof-mass actuation at the tip. Such an application to manipulator control is of interest particularly in design of space-based telerobotic control systems, but has received little attention to date. From an analytical viewpoint, parameter estimation techniques within the closed-loop for self-tuning adaptive control approaches are discussed. Also introduced is a control approach based on output feedback and frequency weighting to counteract effects of spillover in reduced-order model design. A model of the flexible manipulator based on experimental measurements is evaluated for such estimation and control approaches.

  19. Control and Analysis of Droop and Reverse Droop Controllers for Distributed Generations

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    Wu, Dan; Tang, Fen; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Josep M. Guerrero

    2014-01-01

    This paper addresses control and analysis of droop and reverse droop control for distributed generations (DG). The droop control is well known applied to the voltage control mode (VCM) DG units, but has limitation when implemented on the current control mode (CCM) units. Therefore, this paper gives a more complete primary control for DG systems that integrates with both VCM and CCM units. The power management can be uniformly achieved by designing proportional droop and reverse droop paramete...

  20. Set-Up of Digital MCA with HPGE Detector in High Gamma Fields

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    The processing time adjustability of a commercial portable spectroscopy workstation based on Digital Signal Processing technology was investigated in areas from highly contaminated (mSv/h dose rate) to high energies (up to 8 MeV) to throughput and resolution performance coaxial Germanium detector. Altering the rise/fall and flat top times of the trapezoidal filter, it was estimated the full width at half maximum at the following peaks: 54Mn 834.8 keV, 60Co 1332.5 keV, 16O(n, p)16N 6129.9 keV, 56Fe(n, γ) 7631.1 keV and 56Fe(n, γ) 7645.5 keV. First type measurement for ultra-high counting and throughput rates was performed at ionex filter which capture activation products (54Mn, 60Co) from primary cooling medium and second type measurement for highest resolution was carried out at pressure water reactor platform during nominal power level giving high energy gamma 6129.9 keV from interaction fast neutrons 16O(n, p)16N and 7631.1 keV, 7645.5 keV from radiation capturing thermal neutrons by 56Fe(n, γ). To measure through energy range up to 8 MeV was reached setting coarse and fine gain to lower range and measuring at contaminated ionex filter by GBq activity was allowed using 50 mm cylindrical collimator by 30 mm diameter, without using this collimator was destroyed whole gamma spectrum despite altering rise/flat times. The results, which are presented, provide optimum performance for high throughput: FWHM 1.71 keV/834.8 keV (54Mn) and 2.00 keV/1332.5 keV (60Co) and best resolution: FWHM 4.49 keV/6129.9 keV (16N), 4.97 keV/7631.1 keV/7645.5 keV (prompt gamma iron) setting 2.8 μs rise time and 0.6 μs flat top time. For 0.8/1.2 μs rise time and 0.2 μs flat top time occurred results with destroyed resolution broadening and peak shift at 6129.9 keV and 7631.1/7645.5 keV. For rise time above 8.8 μs and flat time above 0.8 μs were peaks at 834.8 keV and 1332.5 keV unusable for purpose peak analysis process. (author)

  1. Distributional Analysis for Model Predictive Deferrable Load Control

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    Chen, Niangjun; Gan, Lingwen; Low, Steven H.; Wierman, Adam

    2014-01-01

    Deferrable load control is essential for handling the uncertainties associated with the increasing penetration of renewable generation. Model predictive control has emerged as an effective approach for deferrable load control, and has received considerable attention. In particular, previous work has analyzed the average-case performance of model predictive deferrable load control. However, to this point, distributional analysis of model predictive deferrable load control has been elusive. In ...

  2. Sub-7-second genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphism by high-resolution melting curve analysis on a thermal digital microfluidic device.

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    Chen, Tianlan; Jia, Yanwei; Dong, Cheng; Gao, Jie; Mak, Pui-In; Martins, Rui P

    2016-02-21

    We developed a thermal digital microfluidic (T-DMF) device enabling ultrafast DNA melting curve analysis (MCA). Within 7 seconds, the T-DMF device succeeded in differentiating a melting point difference down to 1.6 °C with a variation of 0.3 °C in a tiny droplet sample (1.2 μL), which was 300 times faster and with 20 times less sample spending than the standard MCA (35 minutes, 25 μL) run in a commercial qPCR machine. Such a performance makes it possible for a rapid discrimination of single-nucleotide mutation relevant to prompt clinical decision-making. Also, aided by electronic intelligent control, the T-DMF device facilitates sample handling and pipelining in an automatic serial manner. An optimized oval-shaped thermal electrode is introduced to achieve high thermal uniformity. A device-sealing technique averts sample contamination and permits uninterrupted chemical/biological reactions. Simple fabrication using a single chromium layer fulfills both the thermal and typical transport electrode requirements. Capable of thermally modulating DNA samples with ultrafast MCA, this T-DMF device has the potential for a wide variety of life science analyses, especially for disease diagnosis and prognosis. PMID:26781669

  3. Control Engineering Analysis of Mechanical Pitch Systems

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    With the help of a local stability analysis the coefficient range of a discrete damper, used for centrifugal forced, mechanical pitch system of small wind turbines (SWT), is gained for equilibrium points. – By a global stability analysis the gained coefficient range can be validated. An appropriate approach by Takagi-Sugeno is presented in the paper

  4. Analysis of inventory difference using fuzzy controllers

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    The principal objectives of an accounting system for safeguarding nuclear materials are as follows: (a) to provide assurance that all material quantities are present in the correct amount; (b) to provide timely detection of material loss; and (c) to estimate the amount of any loss and its location. In fuzzy control, expert knowledge is encoded in the form of fuzzy rules, which describe recommended actions for different classes of situations represented by fuzzy sets. The concept of a fuzzy controller is applied to the forecasting problem in a time series, specifically, to forecasting and detecting anomalies in inventory differences. This paper reviews the basic notion underlying the fuzzy control systems and provides examples of application. The well-known material-unaccounted-for diffusion plant data of Jaech are analyzed using both feedforward neural networks and fuzzy controllers. By forming a deference between the forecasted and observed signals, an efficient method to detect small signals in background noise is implemented

  5. Plasma membrane protein OsMCA1 is involved in regulation of hypo-osmotic shock-induced Ca2+ influx and modulates generation of reactive oxygen species in cultured rice cells

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    Kurusu Takamitsu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mechanosensing and its downstream responses are speculated to involve sensory complexes containing Ca2+-permeable mechanosensitive channels. On recognizing osmotic signals, plant cells initiate activation of a widespread signal transduction network that induces second messengers and triggers inducible defense responses. Characteristic early signaling events include Ca2+ influx, protein phosphorylation and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS. Pharmacological analyses show Ca2+ influx mediated by mechanosensitive Ca2+ channels to influence induction of osmotic signals, including ROS generation. However, molecular bases and regulatory mechanisms for early osmotic signaling events remain poorly elucidated. Results We here identified and investigated OsMCA1, the sole rice homolog of putative Ca2+-permeable mechanosensitive channels in Arabidopsis (MCAs. OsMCA1 was specifically localized at the plasma membrane. A promoter-reporter assay suggested that OsMCA1 mRNA is widely expressed in seed embryos, proximal and apical regions of shoots, and mesophyll cells of leaves and roots in rice. Ca2+ uptake was enhanced in OsMCA1-overexpressing suspension-cultured cells, suggesting that OsMCA1 is involved in Ca2+ influx across the plasma membrane. Hypo-osmotic shock-induced ROS generation mediated by NADPH oxidases was also enhanced in OsMCA1-overexpressing cells. We also generated and characterized OsMCA1-RNAi transgenic plants and cultured cells; OsMCA1-suppressed plants showed retarded growth and shortened rachises, while OsMCA1-suppressed cells carrying Ca2+-sensitive photoprotein aequorin showed partially impaired changes in cytosolic free Ca2+ concentration ([Ca2+]cyt induced by hypo-osmotic shock and trinitrophenol, an activator of mechanosensitive channels. Conclusions We have identified a sole MCA ortholog in the rice genome and developed both overexpression and suppression lines. Analyses of cultured cells with altered levels of this putative Ca2+-permeable mechanosensitive channel indicate that OsMCA1 is involved in regulation of plasma membrane Ca2+ influx and ROS generation induced by hypo-osmotic stress in cultured rice cells. These findings shed light on our understanding of mechanical sensing pathways.

  6. Controllability Analysis for Multirotor Helicopter Rotor Degradation and Failure

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    Du, Guang-Xun; Quan, Quan; Yang, Binxian; Cai, Kai-Yuan

    2015-05-01

    This paper considers the controllability analysis problem for a class of multirotor systems subject to rotor failure/wear. It is shown that classical controllability theories of linear systems are not sufficient to test the controllability of the considered multirotors. Owing to this, an easy-to-use measurement index is introduced to assess the available control authority. Based on it, a new necessary and sufficient condition for the controllability of multirotors is derived. Furthermore, a controllability test procedure is approached. The proposed controllability test method is applied to a class of hexacopters with different rotor configurations and different rotor efficiency parameters to show its effectiveness. The analysis results show that hexacopters with different rotor configurations have different fault-tolerant capabilities. It is therefore necessary to test the controllability of the multirotors before any fault-tolerant control strategies are employed.

  7. Integration of Design and Control Through Model Analysis

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    Russel, Boris Mariboe; Henriksen, Jens Peter; Jørgensen, Sten Bay; Gani, Rafiqul

    A systematic analysis of the process model is proposed as a pre-solution step for integration of design and control problems. It is shown that the same set of process (control) variables and design (manipulative) variables is employed with different objectives in design and control. Analysis of the...... phenomena models representing the process model identify the relationships between the important process and design variables, which help to understand, define and address some of the issues related to integration of design and control issues. The model analysis is highlighted through examples involving...

  8. A new microcomputer-controlled neutron activation and analysis system

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    A microcomputer-controlled irradiation and measurement system and a microprocessor-controlled sample changer have been installed at the SLOWPOKE-2 Facility at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). These systems can provide the gamut of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) techniques for the analyst. Custom software has been created for system control, data acquisition, and off-line spectral analysis using programs that incorporate Gaussian peak-fitting methods of analysis. The design and use of the equipment is discussed, and the performance is illustrated with results obtained from the analysis of marine sediment and biological reference materials

  9. INTERNAL AUDIT COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS - MANAGEMENT CONTROL CONCEPTS

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    MIHAI-DOREL JURCHESCU

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Given Romania's integration into the European Union we consider it appropriate to clarify some terms used in auditing activities of both public funds and European funds. International practice requires a clear separation of internal audit activities from other management control concepts and recommend to establish an internal controlling system as well as an internal audit structure under the coordination of the manager as being the only ways cap able to respond to current risks faced by public entities. Internal Audit, along its evolution - characterized by complex dynamics and adaptability - created confusion regarding the concept of control. The research presented in this paper is based on works published to date regarding the conceptual boundaries of this notion.

  10. Solar Dynamic Power System Stability Analysis and Control

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    Momoh, James A.; Wang, Yanchun

    1996-01-01

    The objective of this research is to conduct dynamic analysis, control design, and control performance test of solar power system. Solar power system consists of generation system and distribution network system. A bench mark system is used in this research, which includes a generator with excitation system and governor, an ac/dc converter, six DDCU's and forty-eight loads. A detailed model is used for modeling generator. Excitation system is represented by a third order model. DDCU is represented by a seventh order system. The load is modeled by the combination of constant power and constant impedance. Eigen-analysis and eigen-sensitivity analysis are used for system dynamic analysis. The effects of excitation system, governor, ac/dc converter control, and the type of load on system stability are discussed. In order to improve system transient stability, nonlinear ac/dc converter control is introduced. The direct linearization method is used for control design. The dynamic analysis results show that these controls affect system stability in different ways. The parameter coordination of controllers are recommended based on the dynamic analysis. It is concluded from the present studies that system stability is improved by the coordination of control parameters and the nonlinear ac/dc converter control stabilize system oscillation caused by the load change and system fault efficiently.

  11. HIV control in vivo: Dynamical analysis

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    Gumel, A. B.; Moghadas, S. M.

    2004-10-01

    A deterministic model for the immunological and therapeutic control of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in vivo is studied qualitatively. In addition to analyzing the local stability of the equilibria, the global stability of the infection-free equilibrium is established. The optimal efficacy level of anti-retroviral therapy needed to eradicate HIV from the body of an HIV-infected individual is obtained.

  12. Time Series Analysis Forecasting and Control

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    Box, George E P; Reinsel, Gregory C

    2011-01-01

    A modernized new edition of one of the most trusted books on time series analysis. Since publication of the first edition in 1970, Time Series Analysis has served as one of the most influential and prominent works on the subject. This new edition maintains its balanced presentation of the tools for modeling and analyzing time series and also introduces the latest developments that have occurred n the field over the past decade through applications from areas such as business, finance, and engineering. The Fourth Edition provides a clearly written exploration of the key methods for building, cl

  13. Analysis of Reconfigured Control Loop with a Virtual Actuator

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Control reconfiguration changes the control structure in response to a fault detected in the plant. This becomes necessary, because a major fault like loss of an actuator breaks the corresponding control loop and therefore renders the whole system inoperable.  An important aim of control reconfiguration is to change the control structure as little as possible, since every change bears the potential of practical problems. The proposed solution is to keep the original controller in the loop and to add an extension called virtual actuator that implements the necessary changes of the control structure. The virtual actuator translates between the signals of the nominal controller and the signal of the faulty plants. This paper is concerned with the analysis of reconfigured loop with a virtual actuator for the system with the faulty actuator. The proposed analysis is illustrated on numerical example.

  14. Stability Analysis for Car Following Model Based on Control Theory

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    Meng, Xiang-Pei; Li, Zhi-Peng; Ge, Hong-Xia

    2014-05-01

    Stability analysis is one of the key issues in car-following theory. The stability analysis with Lyapunov function for the two velocity difference car-following model (for short, TVDM) is conducted and the control method to suppress traffic congestion is introduced. Numerical simulations are given and results are consistent with the theoretical analysis.

  15. Information Control Analysis of Business Group

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    Wang Wen-Sheng; Dong Meng

    2013-01-01

    The implementation of modern enterprise strategy needs the support of information system and networked information technology. This study confirms the importance of business group information construction by the analysis of information technology dynamics and the result of information technology development effected industry. Besides, it discussed the common features of Executive Information Systems (EIS) and the balanced scorecard application in the exploi...

  16. PID control system analysis, design, and technology

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    Ang, K.H.; Chong, G.C.Y.; Li, Y

    2005-01-01

    Designing and tuning a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller appears to be conceptually intuitive, but can be hard in practice, if multiple (and often conflicting) objectives such as short transient and high stability are to be achieved. Usually, initial designs obtained by all means need to be adjusted repeatedly through computer simulations until the closed-loop system performs or compromises as desired. This stimulates the development of "intelligent" tools...

  17. Welfare Analysis of Pollution Control With Spatial Alternatives

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    1983-01-01

    This paper deals with the welfare losses resulting from emission control policies which do not take into account differences in control costs among firms and in benefits across regions. In contrast, an optimal policy considers these differences, and on their basis, requires differential controls among regions, presumably encouraging spatial adaptation of production. Drawing on an empirical analysis of welfare benefits and welfare costs of controlling particulate emissions from the iron and st...

  18. OPTIMAL DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF A CHEMICAL PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

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    Ashis Kumar Das

    2013-01-01

    The present work describes the design and analysis of a chemical process control system. The design is accomplished to attain the optimality of control operation. The total system is supposed to consist of the suitable controller operated in the closed loop manner with negative feedback path, affording the suitable output to the input. The optimality of the performance for the system is considered to be attained with gain of the (PD) controller [1], so chosen that the integral square error be...

  19. Analysis and Comparison of Access Control Policies Validation Mechanisms

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    Muhammad Aqib; Riaz Ahmed Shaikh

    2014-01-01

    Validation and verification of security policies is a critical and important task to ensure that access control policies are error free. The two most common problems present in access control policies are: inconsistencies and incompleteness. In order to detect such problems, various access control policy validation mechanisms are proposed by the researchers. However, comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the existing access control policy validation techniques is missing in the literature....

  20. Nonlinear analysis and control of a continuous fermentation process

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    Szederkényi, G.; Kristensen, Niels Rode; Hangos, K.M; Jørgensen, Sten Bay

    Different types of nonlinear controllers are designed and compared for a simple continuous bioreactor operating near optimal productivity. This operating point is located close to a fold bifurcation point. Nonlinear analysis of stability, controllability and zero dynamics is used to investigate...... are recommended for the simple fermenter. Passivity based controllers have been found to be globally stable, not very sensitive to the uncertainties in the reaction rate and controller parameter but they require full nonlinear state feedback....

  1. Analysis of the Body Control System Related to Mental Workload

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    Seiji Naito; Youngwoo Kim; Goro Obinata

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we present a model‐based analysis of the standing posture control mechanism with consideration to mental workload and the physiological features of sensory feedback. It has been known that standing posture control is not performed autonomously or unconsciously but is affected by “working memory” [1]. In order to investigate how mental workload in working memory influences standing posture control, we consider the feedback groups in the standing posture control mechanism which i...

  2. The macroscopic analysis of radio – control problem

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    V. O. Bychkovskyi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Contemporary stage technique’s development is to characterize of radio – control systems broad application. Analysis radio – control systems is based usually on microscopic principle. Actual task is macroscopic point of view in radio – control problem. Problem statement. For radio control problem decision it is necessary describe the dynamics of process in generalize form. It is possible in conditions when macroscopic analysis is principal method. In this method it is actual the discount of probability of task fulfillment and information quantity. It is necessary find out the dependence between information quantity, relative error and dynamic characters of systems. Theoretical results. The regularities of task probability fulfillment in radio – control problem were consideration in dependence from control information quantity, information ability and relative error of radio – control system. Time of task fulfillment was determined for radio – control. The influence of speed increase coefficient of task fulfillment was determined. Typical substitution models for radio- control systems and relative errors were considerate. The information abilities of substitution models with discount of time constants and belated time were determined. For task fulfillment probability of radio – control were determine the dependences from time constants, belated time and speed increase coefficient of task fulfillment probability. Conclusion. Achieve results permit transfer the analysis of radio – control process on new quality level. Information, probability and characters of radio – control systems were taken into consideration. The ability for determination of task fulfillment time was open.

  3. Integration of Design and Control through Model Analysis

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    Russel, Boris Mariboe; Henriksen, Jens Peter; Jørgensen, Sten Bay; Gani, Rafiqul

    2002-01-01

    A systematic computer aided analysis of the process model is proposed as a pre-solution step for integration of design and control problems. The process model equations are classified in terms of balance equations, constitutive equations and conditional equations. Analysis of the phenomena models...... representing the constitutive equations identify the relationships between the important process and design variables, which help to understand, define and address some of the issues related to integration of design and control. Furthermore, the analysis is able to identify a set of process (control) variables...

  4. Analysis and design of networked control systems

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    You, Keyou; Xie, Lihua

    2015-01-01

    This monograph focuses on characterizing the stability and performance consequences of inserting limited-capacity communication networks within a control loop. The text shows how integration of the ideas of control and estimation with those of communication and information theory can be used to provide important insights concerning several fundamental problems such as: ·         minimum data rate for stabilization of linear systems over noisy channels; ·         minimum network requirement for stabilization of linear systems over fading channels; and ·         stability of Kalman filtering with intermittent observations. A fundamental link is revealed between the topological entropy of linear dynamical systems and the capacities of communication channels. The design of a logarithmic quantizer for the stabilization of linear systems under various network environments is also extensively discussed and solutions to many problems of Kalman filtering with intermittent observations are de...

  5. Controllability analysis of modified Petlyuk structures

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    Tamayo-Galvan, V.E.; Segovia-Hernandez, J.G.; Hernandez, S.; Hernandez, H. [Guanajuato Univ. (Mexico). Faculty of Chemistry

    2008-02-15

    Distillation columns can consume a large portion of energy in chemical industry processes. Integrated Petlyuk columns have been shown to improve energy efficiencies by between 20 and 40 per cent, and thermally coupled distillation columns can serve as an alternative to conventional distillation sequences in multicomponent mixture separation processes. Until recently, operational difficulties have limited the wider introduction of Petlyuk columns in industrial applications. Alternative Petlyuk-type schemes have now been developed to provide improved operation properties. This paper discussed, evaluated, and compared the theoretical control properties of 6 different Petlyuk schemes. Computations were performed using a singular value decomposition (SVD) technique in the frequency domain. Dynamic closed-loop responses for set point tracking, and disturbance rejections were derived in order to support each scheme's theoretical control properties. Results of the comparative evaluation demonstrated that reductions in the number of interconnections and the use of unidirectional flows impacted the dynamic properties of the schemes, and led to operational improvements in thermally coupled distillation sequences. It was concluded that Petyluk properties can be improved through the correction of the bidirectionality of interconnecting streams. 30 refs., 10 tabs., 9 figs.

  6. 21 CFR 123.6 - Hazard analysis and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.

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    ... Control Point (HACCP) plan. 123.6 Section 123.6 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF... Provisions § 123.6 Hazard analysis and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. (a) Hazard... fish or fishery product being processed in the absence of those controls. (b) The HACCP plan....

  7. The Importance of Variance Analysis for Costs Control in Organizations

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    Okoh, L. O.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available This review aimed at examining the importance of variance analysis for cost control in organizations. The study x-rayed the concept of variance analysis, types, sources, objectives and its significance. The study reported that variance analysis has significant influence in evaluating individual performance in organizations, assignment of responsibilities to individuals and assisting management to rely on the principle of management by exception and recommended among others, variances analysis should be based upon scientifically established standards.

  8. The Importance of Variance Analysis for Costs Control in Organizations

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    Okoh, L. O.; Uzoka, P.

    2012-01-01

    This review aimed at examining the importance of variance analysis for cost control in organizations. The study x-rayed the concept of variance analysis, types, sources, objectives and its significance. The study reported that variance analysis has significant influence in evaluating individual performance in organizations, assignment of responsibilities to individuals and assisting management to rely on the principle of management by exception and recommended among others, variances analysis...

  9. A Case Study in Forensic Analysis of Control

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    Fred Cohen

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a case study in which a method for forensic analysis of control was applied to resolve probative technical issues in a legal action. It describes one instance in which the analysis was successfully applied without challenge, addresses the details of most of the different facets of the analysis method, and demonstrates how such analysis provides a systematic approach to using technical methods to address legal issues as a case study. 

  10. Complexity, Analysis and Control of Singular Biological Systems

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    Zhang, Qingling; Zhang, Xue

    2012-01-01

    Complexity, Analysis and Control of Singular Biological Systems follows the control of real-world biological systems at both ecological and phyisological levels concentrating on the application of now-extensively-investigated singular system theory. Much effort has recently been dedicated to the modelling and analysis of developing bioeconomic systems and the text establishes singular examples of these, showing how proper control can help to maintain sustainable economic development of biological resources. The book begins from the essentials of singular systems theory and bifurcations before tackling  the use of various forms of control in singular biological systems using examples including predator-prey relationships and viral vaccination and quarantine control. Researchers and graduate students studying the control of complex biological systems are shown how a variety of methods can be brought to bear and practitioners working with the economics of biological systems and their control will also find the ...

  11. Analysis and decoupling control of a permanent magnet spherical actuator

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    Zhang, Liang; Chen, Weihai; Liu, Jingmeng; Wu, Xingming

    2013-12-01

    This paper presents the analysis and decoupling control of a spherical actuator, which is capable of performing three degree-of-freedom motion in one joint. The proposed actuator consists of a rotor with multiple PM (Permanent Magnet) poles in a circle and a stator with circumferential coils in three layers. Based on this actuator design, a decoupling control approach is developed. Unlike existing control methods that each coil is responsible for both the spinning and tilting motion, the proposed control strategy specifies the function of each coil. Specifically, the spinning motion is governed by the middle layer coils with a step control approach; while the tilting motion is regulated by upper and lower coils with a computed torque control method. Experiments have been conducted on the prototype to verify the validity of the design procedure, and the experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the analysis and control strategy.

  12. Analysis of communication based distributed control of MMC for HVDC

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    Huang, Shaojun; Teodorescu, Remus; Mathe, Laszlo

    2013-01-01

    suitable communication technologies, modulation and control techniques for the proposed distributed control system are discussed and compared. Based on the frequency domain modeling and analysis of the distributed control system, the controllers of the different control loops are designed by analytical...... high power and high voltage application is a very challenging task. For the reason that distributed control architecture could maintain the modularity of the MMC, this control architecture will be investigated and a distributed control system dedicated for MMC will be proposed in this paper. The...... methods and Matlab tools. Finally, sensitiveness of the distributed control system to modulation effect (phase-shifted PWM), communication delay, individual carrier frequency and sampling frequency is studied through simulations that are made in Matlab Simulink and PLECS....

  13. Power flow analysis for DC voltage droop controlled DC microgrids

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    Li, Chendan; Chaudhary, Sanjay; Dragicevic, Tomislav; Vasquez, Juan Carlos; Guerrero, Josep M.

    This paper proposes a new algorithm for power flow analysis in droop controlled DC microgrids. By considering the droop control in the power flow analysis for the DC microgrid, when compared with traditional methods, more accurate analysis results can be obtained. The algorithm verification is...... carried out by comparing the calculation results with detailed time domain simulation results. With the droop parameters as variables in the power flow analysis, their effects on power sharing and secondary voltage regulation can now be analytically studied, and specialized optimization in the upper level...

  14. Proposed design for a high quality PC-MCA add on card with reduced electronic hardware [Paper No.: I4

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    This paper describes the design and construction of an 8 k personal computer analyser (PCA), used for nuclear pulse height analysis. The complete PCA uses a single card that can be mounted in a slot of personal computer. The PCA circuit consists of an interface memory circuit and an 8-K nuclear ADC along with its associated controls giving differential non-linearity (DNL) of ≤ ± 1% with conversion time of nearly 15 micro sec. All standard facilities like selection of conversion gain, digital offset etc. are provided. (author). 3 refs., 2 figs

  15. Supercritical carbon dioxide cycle control analysis

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    This report documents work carried out during FY 2008 on further investigation of control strategies for supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO2) Brayton cycle energy converters. The main focus of the present work has been on investigation of the S-CO2 cycle control and behavior under conditions not covered by previous work. An important scenario which has not been previously calculated involves cycle operation for a Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) following a reactor scram event and the transition to the primary coolant natural circulation and decay heat removal. The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Plant Dynamics Code has been applied to investigate the dynamic behavior of the 96 MWe (250 MWt) Advanced Burner Test Reactor (ABTR) S-CO2 Brayton cycle following scram. The timescale for the primary sodium flowrate to coast down and the transition to natural circulation to occur was calculated with the SAS4A/SASSYS-1 computer code and found to be about 400 seconds. It is assumed that after this time, decay heat is removed by the normal ABTR shutdown heat removal system incorporating a dedicated shutdown heat removal S-CO2 pump and cooler. The ANL Plant Dynamics Code configured for the Small Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor (SSTAR) Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) was utilized to model the S-CO2 Brayton cycle with a decaying liquid metal coolant flow to the Pb-to-CO2 heat exchangers and temperatures reflecting the decaying core power and heat removal by the cycle. The results obtained in this manner are approximate but indicative of the cycle transient performance. The ANL Plant Dynamics Code calculations show that the S-CO2 cycle can operate for about 400 seconds following the reactor scram driven by the thermal energy stored in the reactor structures and coolant such that heat removal from the reactor exceeds the decay heat generation. Based on the results, requirements for the shutdown heat removal system may be defined. In particular, the peak heat removal capacity of the shutdown heat removal loop may be specified to be 1.1 % of the nominal reactor power. An investigation of the oscillating cycle behavior calculated by the ANL Plant Dynamics Code under specific conditions has been carried out. It has been found that the calculation of unstable operation of the cycle during power reduction to 0 % may be attributed to the modeling of main compressor operation. The most probable reason for such instabilities is the limit of applicability of the currently used one-dimensional compressor performance subroutines which are based on empirical loss coefficients. A development of more detailed compressor design and performance models is required and is recommended for future work in order to better investigate and possibly eliminate the calculated instabilities. Also, as part of such model development, more reliable surge criteria should be developed for compressor operation close to the critical point. It is expected that more detailed compressor models will be developed as a part of validation of the Plant Dynamics Code through model comparison with the experiment data generated in the small S-CO2 loops being constructed at Barber-Nichols Inc. and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Although such a comparison activity had been planned to be initiated in FY 2008, data from the SNL compression loop currently in operation at Barber Nichols Inc. has not yet become available by the due date of this report. To enable the transient S-CO2 cycle investigations to be carried out, the ANL Plant Dynamics Code for the S-CO2 Brayton cycle was further developed and improved. The improvements include further optimization and tuning of the control mechanisms as well as an adaptation of the code for reactor systems other than the Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR). Since the focus of the ANL work on S-CO2 cycle development for the majority of the current year has been on the applicability of the cycle to SFRs, work has started on modification of the ANL Plant Dynamics Code to allow the dynamic simulation of the ABTR. The code modifications have reached the point where a transient simulation can be run in steady state mode; i.e., to determine the steady state initial conditions at full power without an initiating event. The results show that the steady state solution is maintained with minimal variations during at least 4,000 seconds of the transient. More SFR design specific modifications to the ANL Plant Dynamics Code are required to run the code in a full transient mode, including models for the sodium pumps and their control as well as models for reactivity feedback and control of the reactor power.

  16. Effects of chemical carcinogens on hemopoiesis, immunopoiesis and viral oncogenesis. Three year technical progress report, February 1, 1977-September 30, 1979. [MMS; BP; DMBA; propane sultone; MCA; mice

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    OKunewick, J.P.; Raikow, R.B.; Meredith, R.F.

    1979-09-01

    Studies were initiated to evaluate in an in vitro system selected chemical carcinogens derived from energy producing hydrocarbons for their effect on the hematopoietic and immune systems. Studies were also conducted to determine whether the selected carcinogens could interact with leukemogenic virus to produce leukemia in mice. Five compounds have been investigated thus far: (1) methylmethane sulfonate (MMS); (2) benzo(a)pyrene (BP); (3) 7,12 dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA); (4) propane sultone (PS); and (5) 20-methylcholanthrene (MCA). MMS inhibited both the colony forming ability of CFU-S and the immune response of PFC. MMS also potentiated the development of Friend viral leukemia when given to mice before the virus. The observed potentiation did not appear to correlate with the suppressed antibody formation response of the PFC. Good temporal correlation was found between leukemia potentiation and suppression of the colony forming ability of the CFU-S. DNA synthetic activity was also increased without a substantial increase in the number of CFU-S over that found for normal mice. BP also inhibited colony forming by the CFU-S. Effects of BP on PFC response were of a mixed nature, varying as a function of time. When given in conjunction with Friend leukemia virus, a potentiation of leukemia development was observed. To date no suppressive effect of DMBA on PFC response has been observed. The results on potentiation of viral leukemogenesis are also varied. With a high virus dose, DMBA inhibited leukemia development. However, when a subthreshold dose of virus was employed, injections of DMBA resulted in potentiation. Studies with MCA and PS were only recently begun. The effects of PS on PFC response were measured at selected dates. Suppression was found only at one time. Initial data suggests that MCA may potentiate the development of viral leukemogenesis when given before the virus. (ERB)

  17. Applications of functional analysis to optimal control problems

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    Some basic concepts in functional analysis, a general norm, the Hoelder inequality, functionals and the Hahn-Banach theorem are described; a mathematical formulation of two optimal control problems is introduced by the method of functional analysis. The problem of time-optimal control systems with both norm constraints on control inputs and on state variables at discrete intermediate times is formulated as an L-problem in the theory of moments. The simplex method is used for solving a non-linear minimizing problem inherent in the functional analysis solution to this problem. Numerical results are presented for a train operation. The second problem is that of optimal control of discrete linear systems with quadratic cost functionals. The problem is concerned with the case of unconstrained control and fixed endpoints. This problem is formulated in terms of norms of functionals on suitable Banach spaces. (author)

  18. Modeling and Analysis of PI Controller Based Speed Control of Brushless DC Motor Drive.

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    Mr.P.Nagasekhar Reddy

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The Brushless DC motors (BLDC find widespread applications in domestic and industries due to their low and high power density and ease of speed control. To accomplish desired level of performance the motor requires suitable speed controllers. In case of permanent magnet Brushless DC motors, usually control of speed is reached by using proportional integral (PI controller. Although the conventional PI controllers are widely used in the industry due to their simple control structure and ease of implementation, these controllers pose difficulties where there are some control complexity such as nonlinearity, load disturbances and parametric variations. Moreover PI controllers require precise linear mathematical models. In this paper, the analysis and mathematical modeling of BLDC motor is implemented. Also, speed control of three phase BLDC motor drive using power electronic device is projected by using matlab/Simulink. The simulation result shows the improved performance of developed Brushless DC motor drive.

  19. Comparative Performance Analysis between Fuzzy Logic Controller (FLC and PID Controller for an Inverted Pendulum System

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    Aleem Ahmed Khan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The idea of this paper is to compare the time-response performance characteristics between two controllers having different strategy for an inverted pendulum system. The main objective is to determine which control strategy brings the better results in comparative analysis with regard to pendulums angle and carts position of the system. The inverted pendulum system in fact a critical and challenging control problem, which continually moves away from a stable state. Two Control strategies for an Inverted pendulum system model are presented for stabilized controlling such as Proportional-Integral-Derivatives (PID and Fuzzy Logic Controller (FLC Controllers. Matlab Simulation has been performed on Simulink platform shows that both controllers successfully controls Multi-output Inverted pendulum system. However PID is more efficient and has a better time response characteristics than FLC control strategy.

  20. THE ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM BASED ON LINEAR DISCRIMINANT ANALYSIS

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    Widodo Budiharto

    2014-01-01

    Face recognition represents an important computer vision domain that has been researched in the last decades. The objective of this research is to develop an Access Control System based on Face Recognition using Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) method. The analysis is done by making an application of face recognition using LDA for extracting features of the face and the output for controlling relay as a simulation of a door using AVR Microcontroller. The result achieved by the application i...

  1. Aircraft Accident Prevention: Loss-of-Control Analysis

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    Kwatny, Harry G.; Dongmo, Jean-Etienne T.; Chang, Bor-Chin; Bajpai, Guarav; Yasar, Murat; Belcastro, Christine M.

    2009-01-01

    The majority of fatal aircraft accidents are associated with loss-of-control . Yet the notion of loss-of-control is not well-defined in terms suitable for rigorous control systems analysis. Loss-of-control is generally associated with flight outside of the normal flight envelope, with nonlinear influences, and with an inability of the pilot to control the aircraft. The two primary sources of nonlinearity are the intrinsic nonlinear dynamics of the aircraft and the state and control constraints within which the aircraft must operate. In this paper we examine how these nonlinearities affect the ability to control the aircraft and how they may contribute to loss-of-control. Examples are provided using NASA s Generic Transport Model.

  2. Supercritical carbon dioxide cycle control analysis.

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    Moisseytsev, A.; Sienicki, J. J. (Nuclear Engineering Division)

    2011-04-11

    This report documents work carried out during FY 2008 on further investigation of control strategies for supercritical carbon dioxide (S-CO{sub 2}) Brayton cycle energy converters. The main focus of the present work has been on investigation of the S-CO{sub 2} cycle control and behavior under conditions not covered by previous work. An important scenario which has not been previously calculated involves cycle operation for a Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) following a reactor scram event and the transition to the primary coolant natural circulation and decay heat removal. The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Plant Dynamics Code has been applied to investigate the dynamic behavior of the 96 MWe (250 MWt) Advanced Burner Test Reactor (ABTR) S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle following scram. The timescale for the primary sodium flowrate to coast down and the transition to natural circulation to occur was calculated with the SAS4A/SASSYS-1 computer code and found to be about 400 seconds. It is assumed that after this time, decay heat is removed by the normal ABTR shutdown heat removal system incorporating a dedicated shutdown heat removal S-CO{sub 2} pump and cooler. The ANL Plant Dynamics Code configured for the Small Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor (SSTAR) Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR) was utilized to model the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle with a decaying liquid metal coolant flow to the Pb-to-CO{sub 2} heat exchangers and temperatures reflecting the decaying core power and heat removal by the cycle. The results obtained in this manner are approximate but indicative of the cycle transient performance. The ANL Plant Dynamics Code calculations show that the S-CO{sub 2} cycle can operate for about 400 seconds following the reactor scram driven by the thermal energy stored in the reactor structures and coolant such that heat removal from the reactor exceeds the decay heat generation. Based on the results, requirements for the shutdown heat removal system may be defined. In particular, the peak heat removal capacity of the shutdown heat removal loop may be specified to be 1.1 % of the nominal reactor power. An investigation of the oscillating cycle behavior calculated by the ANL Plant Dynamics Code under specific conditions has been carried out. It has been found that the calculation of unstable operation of the cycle during power reduction to 0 % may be attributed to the modeling of main compressor operation. The most probable reason for such instabilities is the limit of applicability of the currently used one-dimensional compressor performance subroutines which are based on empirical loss coefficients. A development of more detailed compressor design and performance models is required and is recommended for future work in order to better investigate and possibly eliminate the calculated instabilities. Also, as part of such model development, more reliable surge criteria should be developed for compressor operation close to the critical point. It is expected that more detailed compressor models will be developed as a part of validation of the Plant Dynamics Code through model comparison with the experiment data generated in the small S-CO{sub 2} loops being constructed at Barber-Nichols Inc. and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Although such a comparison activity had been planned to be initiated in FY 2008, data from the SNL compression loop currently in operation at Barber Nichols Inc. has not yet become available by the due date of this report. To enable the transient S-CO{sub 2} cycle investigations to be carried out, the ANL Plant Dynamics Code for the S-CO{sub 2} Brayton cycle was further developed and improved. The improvements include further optimization and tuning of the control mechanisms as well as an adaptation of the code for reactor systems other than the Lead-Cooled Fast Reactor (LFR). Since the focus of the ANL work on S-CO{sub 2} cycle development for the majority of the current year has been on the applicability of the cycle to SFRs, work has started on modification of the ANL Plant Dynamics Code to allow

  3. Analysis and experimental studies of the control of hang gliders

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    Phillips, W. H.

    1974-01-01

    A theoretical analysis of the longitudinal and lateral characteristics of hang gliders in straight flight, pullups, and turns is presented. Some examples of the characteristics of a straight-wing configuration and a Rogallo-wing configuration are given. A means for improving the control of hang gliders while retaining the same basic control feel is proposed.

  4. Updated Meta-Analysis of Learner Control within Educational Technology

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    Karich, Abbey C.; Burns, Matthew K.; Maki, Kathrin E.

    2014-01-01

    Giving a student control over their learning has theoretical and intuitive appeal, but its effects are neither powerful nor consistent in the empirical literature base. This meta-analysis updated previous meta-analytic research by Niemiec, Sikorski, and Walberg by studying the overall effectiveness of providing learner control within educational

  5. Control of precious metal plating baths using electrogravimetric analysis

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    Yelton, W. G.

    This paper is an outline of an electrogravimetric method for inventory control of precious metal plating baths. The procedure is meant to be applicable to a plating shop environment to provide in-process control. A short review of procedural techniques for sample preparation and analysis are included. The paper deals with the basic how to approach for developing a practical system of analytical control of precious metal electroplating baths permitting accountability of 99% or greater.

  6. A performance requirements analysis of the SSC control system

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    This paper presents the results of analysis of the performance requirements of the Superconducting Super Collider Control System. We quantify the performance requirements of the system in terms of response time, throughput and reliability. We then examine the effect of distance and traffic patterns on control system performance and examine how these factors influence the implementation of the control network architecture and compare the proposed system against those criteria. (author)

  7. Using the Prony Analysis for Assessing Servo Drive Control

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    Reimund Neugebauer; Ruben Schnherr; Holger Schlegel

    2011-01-01

    The Prony Analysis is already used in different fields of science and industries. The described new approach intends assessing the performance of Servo Drive Control. The basic approach is, that two important dynamic parameters of closed loop behavior, damping and frequency, are estimated by the Prony method. Hence analyzing a control loop in this way leads to a statement concerning the quality of control and allows comparing different parameter sets. The paper presents results achieved by us...

  8. Manual-control Analysis Applied to the Money-supply Control Task

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    Wingrove, R. C.

    1984-01-01

    The recent procedure implemented by the Federal Reserve Board to control the money supply is formulated in the form of a tracking model as used in the study of manual-control tasks. Using this model, an analysis is made to determine the effect of monetary control on the fluctuations in economic output. The results indicate that monetary control can reduce the amplitude of fluctuations at frequencies near the region of historic business cycles. However, with significant time lags in the control loop, monetary control tends to increase the amplitude of the fluctuations at the higher frequencies. How the investigator or student can use the tools developed in the field of manual-control analysis to study the nature of economic fluctuations and to examine different strategies for stabilization is examined.

  9. Regulatory control analysis and design for sewer systems

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    Mollerup, Ane Loft; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen; Thornberg, Dines; Sin, Gürkan

    2015-01-01

    A systematic methodology for regulatory control analysis and design is adapted for sewer system operation and evaluated. The main challenge with adapting the methodology is the handling of the stochastic and transient nature of the rainfall disturbances, inherent to sewer system operation. To this......-loop testing. The methodology is a promising tool for systematic generation of solutions for sewer system control....... end, four distinct modes of operation are identified (dry weather, filling, saturation and emptying) and for each of these the process gain matrix is found. Based on the gain matrices a controllability analysis is performed, to screen for suitable pairings between measurements and actuators in the...

  10. Power system small signal stability analysis and control

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    Mondal, Debasish; Sengupta, Aparajita

    2014-01-01

    Power System Small Signal Stability Analysis and Control presents a detailed analysis of the problem of severe outages due to the sustained growth of small signal oscillations in modern interconnected power systems. The ever-expanding nature of power systems and the rapid upgrade to smart grid technologies call for the implementation of robust and optimal controls. Power systems that are forced to operate close to their stability limit have resulted in the use of control devices by utility companies to improve the performance of the transmission system against commonly occurring power system

  11. Discontinuous control systems frequency-domain analysis and design

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    Boiko, Igor

    2008-01-01

    This book provides new insight on the problem of closed-loop performance and oscillations in discontinuous control systems, covering the class of systems that do not necessarily have low-pass filtering properties. The author provides a practical, yet rigorous and exact approach to analysis and design of discontinuous control systems via application of a novel frequency-domain tool: the locus of a perturbed relay system. Presented are a number of practical examples applying the theory to analysis and design of discontinuous control systems from various branches of engineering, including electro

  12. Stability Analysis for Car Following Model Based on Control Theory

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    Stability analysis is one of the key issues in car-following theory. The stability analysis with Lyapunov function for the two velocity difference car-following model (for short, TVDM) is conducted and the control method to suppress traffic congestion is introduced. Numerical simulations are given and results are consistent with the theoretical analysis. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  13. A Calculus for Control Flow Analysis of Security Protocols

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    Buchholtz, Mikael; Nielson, Hanne Riis; Nielson, Flemming

    The design of a process calculus for anaysing security protocols is governed by three factors: how to express the security protocol in a precise and faithful manner, how to accommodate the variety of attack scenarios, and how to utilise the strengths (and limit the weaknesses) of the underlying...... analysis methodology. We pursue an analysis methodology based on control flow analysis in flow logic style and we have previously shown its ability to analyse a variety of security protocols. This paper develops a calculus, LysaNS that allows for much greater control and clarity in the description of...

  14. LOFT PSMG Speed Control System frequency response analysis

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    An analysis was done to gain insight into the shape of the open loop frequency response of the PSMG Speed Control System. The results of the analysis were used as a guide to groom the proportional band and reset time settings of the 2 mode controller in the speed control system. The analysis shows that when an actuator with a timing of 90 degrees per 60 seconds is installed in the system the proportional band and reset time should be 316% and 1 minute. Whereas when grooming the system a proportional band and reset time of 150% and 1.5 minutes were found to be appropriate. The closeness of the settings show that even though a linear model was used to describe the non-linear PSMG Speed Control System, it was accurate enough to be used as a guide to groom the proportional band and reset time settings

  15. Control design and analysis for underactuated robotic systems

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    Xin, Xin

    2014-01-01

    The last two decades have witnessed considerable progress in the study of underactuated robotic systems (URSs). Control Design and Analysis for Underactuated Robotic Systems presents a unified treatment of control design and analysis for a class of URSs, which include systems with multiple-degree-of-freedom and/or with underactuation degree two. It presents novel notions, features, design techniques, and strictly global motion analysis results for these systems. These new materials are shown to be vital in studying the control design and stability analysis of URSs. Control Design and Analysis for Underactuated Robotic Systems includes the modelling, control design, and analysis presented in a systematic way particularly for the following examples: l  directly and remotely driven  Acrobots l  Pendubot l  rotational pendulum l  counter-weighted Acrobot 2-link underactuated robot with flexible elbow joint l  variable-length pendulum l  3-link gymnastic robot with passive first joint l  n-link planar robo...

  16. Analysis and experimental study of MIMO control in refrigeration system

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    For various operating conditions and loads of refrigeration systems, converters are used to change the compressor's speed, and electronic expansion valves are adopted to regulate refrigerant flow rates. The refrigeration system, as a process under control, is a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and nonlinear complex system. Based on the analysis of fuzzy and neural networks control, a self organized fuzzy neural network controller with the capacity of construction and parameter learning is proposed according to the simplified fuzzy control algorithm and the similarity between structure and function of a counter propagation network (CPN). This controller is easily structured with the feature of fuzzy control, and it also possesses the learning ability of neutral networks. The air cooled refrigeration experimental results show that the present controller can modulate the evaporation pressure and the superheating

  17. Analysis and experimental study of MIMO control in refrigeration system

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    Tian, Jian; Feng, Quanke; Zhu, Ruiqi [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiao Tong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2008-05-15

    For various operating conditions and loads of refrigeration systems, converters are used to change the compressor's speed, and electronic expansion valves are adopted to regulate refrigerant flow rates. The refrigeration system, as a process under control, is a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and nonlinear complex system. Based on the analysis of fuzzy and neural networks control, a self organized fuzzy neural network controller with the capacity of construction and parameter learning is proposed according to the simplified fuzzy control algorithm and the similarity between structure and function of a counter propagation network (CPN). This controller is easily structured with the feature of fuzzy control, and it also possesses the learning ability of neutral networks. The air cooled refrigeration experimental results show that the present controller can modulate the evaporation pressure and the superheating. (author)

  18. Analysis and experimental study of MIMO control in refrigeration system

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    Tian Jian [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiao Tong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)], E-mail: tjian@mailst.xjtu.edu.cn; Feng Quanke; Zhu Ruiqi [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiao Tong University, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2008-05-15

    For various operating conditions and loads of refrigeration systems, converters are used to change the compressor's speed, and electronic expansion valves are adopted to regulate refrigerant flow rates. The refrigeration system, as a process under control, is a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and nonlinear complex system. Based on the analysis of fuzzy and neural networks control, a self organized fuzzy neural network controller with the capacity of construction and parameter learning is proposed according to the simplified fuzzy control algorithm and the similarity between structure and function of a counter propagation network (CPN). This controller is easily structured with the feature of fuzzy control, and it also possesses the learning ability of neutral networks. The air cooled refrigeration experimental results show that the present controller can modulate the evaporation pressure and the superheating.

  19. Ribonucleoprotein particles of bacterial small non-coding RNA IsrA (IS61 or McaS) and its interaction with RNA polymerase core may link transcription to mRNA fate.

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    van Nues, Rob W; Castro-Roa, Daniel; Yuzenkova, Yulia; Zenkin, Nikolay

    2016-04-01

    Coupled transcription and translation in bacteria are tightly regulated. Some small RNAs (sRNAs) control aspects of this coupling by modifying ribosome access or inducing degradation of the message. Here, we show that sRNA IsrA (IS61 or McaS) specifically associates with core enzyme of RNAPin vivoandin vitro, independently of σ factor and away from the main nucleic-acids-binding channel of RNAP. We also show that, in the cells, IsrA exists as ribonucleoprotein particles (sRNPs), which involve a defined set of proteins including Hfq, S1, CsrA, ProQ and PNPase. Our findings suggest that IsrA might be directly involved in transcription or can participate in regulation of gene expression by delivering proteins associated with it to target mRNAs through its interactions with transcribing RNAP and through regions of sequence-complementarity with the target. In this eukaryotic-like model only in the context of a complex with its target, IsrA and its associated proteins become active. In this manner, in the form of sRNPs, bacterial sRNAs could regulate a number of targets with various outcomes, depending on the set of associated proteins. PMID:26609136

  20. Analysis and Comparison of Access Control Policies Validation Mechanisms

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    Muhammad Aqib

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Validation and verification of security policies is a critical and important task to ensure that access control policies are error free. The two most common problems present in access control policies are: inconsistencies and incompleteness. In order to detect such problems, various access control policy validation mechanisms are proposed by the researchers. However, comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the existing access control policy validation techniques is missing in the literature. In this paper, we have provided a first detailed survey of this domain and presented the taxonomy of the access control policy validation mechanisms. Furthermore, we have provided a qualitative comparison and trend analysis of the existing schemes. From this survey, we found that only few validation mechanisms exist that can handle both inconsistency and incompleteness problem. Also, most of the policy validation techniques are inefficient in handling continuous values and Boolean expressions.

  1. Analysis of admission control mechanisms using non-linear control theory

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    Kihl, Maria; Robertsson, Anders; Wittenmark, Björn

    2003-01-01

    All service control nodes can be modelled as a server system with one or more servers processing incoming requests. In this paper we show how non-linear control theory may be used when analyzing admission control mechanisms for server systems. Two models are developed, one linear and one non-linear. We show that, due to the non-linearities appearing in a real server system, linear control theory is sufficient when designing controllers for these systems. With non-linear analysis, however, the...

  2. Stability Analysis Method for Fuzzy Control Systems Dedicated Controlling Nonlinear Processes

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    Marius-Lucian Tomescu; Stefan Preitl; Radu-Emil Precup; Tar, József K.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a new stability analysis method for nonlinear processes withTakagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy logic controllers (FLCs). The design of the FLCs is based onheuristic fuzzy rules. The stability analysis of these fuzzy control systems is performed usingLaSalle’s invariant set principle with non-quadratic Lyapunov candidate function. Thispaper proves that if the derivative of Lyapunov function is negative semi-definite in theactive region of each fuzzy rule, then the overall system wil...

  3. Coarse-grained Dynamic Taint Analysis for Defeating Control and Non-control Data Attacks

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    Kohli, Pankaj

    2009-01-01

    Memory corruption attacks remain the primary threat for computer security. Information flow tracking or taint analysis has been proven to be effective against most memory corruption attacks. However, there are two shortcomings with current taint analysis based techniques. First, these techniques cause application slowdown by about 76% thereby limiting their practicality. Second, these techniques cannot handle non-control data attacks i.e., attacks that do not overwrite control data such as re...

  4. Analysis and control design of two cascaded boost converter

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    Moutabir A.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to study a cascade of two BOOST converters. First, a non- linear model of the whole controlled system is developed. Then, a robust non-linear controller of currents is synthesized using a backstepping design technique. A formal analysis based on Lyapunov stability and average theory is developed to describe the control currents loops performances. A classical PI controller is used for the voltages loops. The study of the stability of the system will also be discussed. Simulated results are displayed to validate the feasibility and the effectiveness of the proposed strategy.

  5. T Cell Intrinsic USP15 Deficiency Promotes Excessive IFN-γ Production and an Immunosuppressive Tumor Microenvironment in MCA-Induced Fibrosarcoma

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    Qiang Zou

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available USP15 is a deubiquitinase that negatively regulates activation of naive CD4+ T cells and generation of IFN-γ-producing T helper 1 (Th1 cells. USP15 deficiency in mice promotes antitumor T cell responses in a transplantable cancer model; however, it has remained unclear how deregulated T cell activation impacts primary tumor development during the prolonged interplay between tumors and the immune system. Here, we find that the USP15-deficient mice are hypersensitive to methylcholantrene (MCA-induced fibrosarcomas. Excessive IFN-γ production in USP15-deficient mice promotes expression of the immunosuppressive molecule PD-L1 and the chemokine CXCL12, causing accumulation of T-bet+ regulatory T cells and CD11b+Gr-1+ myeloid-derived suppressor cells at tumor site. Mixed bone marrow adoptive transfer studies further reveals a T cell-intrinsic role for USP15 in regulating IFN-γ production and tumor development. These findings suggest that T cell intrinsic USP15 deficiency causes excessive production of IFN-γ, which promotes an immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment during MCA-induced primary tumorigenesis.

  6. The pharmacologic inhibition of the xc- antioxidant system improves the antitumor efficacy of COX inhibitors in the in vivo model of 3-MCA tumorigenesis.

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    Balza, Enrica; Castellani, Patrizia; Delfino, Laura; Truini, Mauro; Rubartelli, Anna

    2013-03-01

    The chemopreventive and therapeutic efficacy of the cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor ibuprofen (IB) and of sulfasalazine (SASP), a drug that targets the antioxidant xc- system, were exploited in the experimental model of 3-methylcholantrene (3-MCA)-induced mouse sarcoma. The chemopreventive treatments gave unsatisfactory results because administration of IB one day after the 3-MCA injection only slightly delayed the tumor development, whereas SASP dispensed under the same conditions resulted in accelerated tumorigenesis. Similarly, the therapeutic treatment with either drug, administrated daily from the tumor detection, decreased the proliferation rate of tumor cells and increased the survival of treated mice only at a low extent. Remarkably, the combined chemopreventive treatment with IB and therapeutic treatment with SASP displayed a better efficacy, with strong delay of sarcoma growth, reduced tumor size and increased survival of treated mice. The two drugs target not only tumor cells but also tumor-associated macrophages that were dramatically decreased in the tumor infiltrate of mice subjected to the combined treatment. The synergistic effects of the association between a broad anti-inflammatory compound, such as IB, and a redox-directed drug, such as SASP, shed new light in the role of inflammation and of the redox response in chemical tumorigenesis and point to the combined chemopreventive plus therapeutic treatment with IB and SASP as a promising novel approach for antitumor therapy. PMID:23161574

  7. 10 CFR 74.43 - Internal controls, inventory, and records.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 74.43 Energy NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION (CONTINUED) MATERIAL CONTROL AND ACCOUNTING OF SPECIAL...) Internal controls. (1) A management structure shall be established, documented, and maintained that assures: (i) Clear overall responsibility for material control and accounting (MC&A) functions;...

  8. Performance Analysis and FPGA Implementation of Digital PID Controller for Speed Control of DC Motor

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    Charul Agarwal

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the performance analysis and implementation of PID(Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller on FPGA platform.The hardware implementation has been done on Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA board.The software implementation has been done using Xilinx ISE 8.1i as a tool and simulation is performed using ModelSim 5.4a as a simulator.The PWM signal is generated by FPGA board,which further given to dc motor for its speed control. A new technique has been introduced for the generation of the control input as a PWM signal for controlling the motor driver circuit and decoding the optical encoder data for using it for the speed feedback in the PID control loop. The VHDL algorithm for the proposed implementation has been presented in this paper. Performance analysis of PID controller using MATLAB software shows the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  9. Using bioluminescent biosensors for hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) in wastewater control.

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    Valat, C; Champiat, D; Degorce-Dumas, J R; Thomas, O

    2004-01-01

    Starting from a new approach for water pollution control and wastewater treatment plant management, the hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) quality concept, the interest for the development of new rapid and sensitive methods such as bioluminescence-based methods is evident. After an introduction of the HACCP procedure, a bibliographic study of the bioluminescence potentiality is presented and discussed. PMID:14979548

  10. REVIEW OF NRC APPROVED DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

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    1999-09-17

    Preliminary design concepts for the proposed Subsurface Repository at Yucca Mountain indicate extensive reliance on modern, computer-based, digital control technologies. The purpose of this analysis is to investigate the degree to which the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted and approved the use of digital control technology for safety-related applications within the nuclear power industry. This analysis reviews cases of existing digitally-based control systems that have been approved by the NRC. These cases can serve as precedence for using similar types of digitally-based control technologies within the Subsurface Repository. While it is anticipated that the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) will not contain control systems as complex as those required for a nuclear power plant, the review of these existing NRC approved applications will provide the YMP with valuable insight into the NRCs review process and design expectations for safety-related digital control systems. According to the YMP Compliance Program Guidance, portions of various NUREGS, Regulatory Guidelines, and nuclear IEEE standards the nuclear power plant safety related concept would be applied to some of the designs on a case-by-case basis. This analysis will consider key design methods, capabilities, successes, and important limitations or problems of selected control systems that have been approved for use in the Nuclear Power industry. An additional purpose of this analysis is to provide background information in support of further development of design criteria for the YMP. The scope and primary objectives of this analysis are to: (1) Identify and research the extent and precedence of digital control and remotely operated systems approved by the NRC for the nuclear power industry. Help provide a basis for using and relying on digital technologies for nuclear related safety critical applications. (2) Identify the basic control architecture and methods of key digital control systems approved for use in the nuclear power industry by the NRC. (3) Identify and discuss key design issues, features, benefits, and limitations of these NRC approved digital control systems that can be applied as design guidance and correlated to the Monitored Geologic Repository (MGR) design requirements. (4) Identify codes and standards used in the design of these NRC approved digital control systems and discuss their possible applicability to the design of a subsurface nuclear waste repository. (5) Evaluate the NRC approved digital control system's safety, reliability and maintainability features and issues. Apply these to MGR design methodologies and requirements. (6) Provide recommendations for use in developing design criteria in the System Description Documents for the digital control systems of the subsurface nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. (7) Develop recommendations for applying NRC approval methods for digital control systems for the subsurface nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. This analysis will focus on the development of the issues, criteria and methods used and required for identifying the appropriate requirements for digital based control systems. Attention will be placed on development of recommended design criteria for digital controls including interpretation of codes, standards and regulations. Attention will also focus on the use of digital controls and COTS (Commercial Off-the-shelf) technology and equipment in selected NRC approved digital control systems, and as referenced in applicable codes, standards and regulations. The analysis will address design issues related to COTS technology and how they were dealt with in previous NRC approved digital control systems.

  11. REVIEW OF NRC APPROVED DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

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    Preliminary design concepts for the proposed Subsurface Repository at Yucca Mountain indicate extensive reliance on modern, computer-based, digital control technologies. The purpose of this analysis is to investigate the degree to which the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has accepted and approved the use of digital control technology for safety-related applications within the nuclear power industry. This analysis reviews cases of existing digitally-based control systems that have been approved by the NRC. These cases can serve as precedence for using similar types of digitally-based control technologies within the Subsurface Repository. While it is anticipated that the Yucca Mountain Project (YMP) will not contain control systems as complex as those required for a nuclear power plant, the review of these existing NRC approved applications will provide the YMP with valuable insight into the NRCs review process and design expectations for safety-related digital control systems. According to the YMP Compliance Program Guidance, portions of various NUREGS, Regulatory Guidelines, and nuclear IEEE standards the nuclear power plant safety related concept would be applied to some of the designs on a case-by-case basis. This analysis will consider key design methods, capabilities, successes, and important limitations or problems of selected control systems that have been approved for use in the Nuclear Power industry. An additional purpose of this analysis is to provide background information in support of further development of design criteria for the YMP. The scope and primary objectives of this analysis are to: (1) Identify and research the extent and precedence of digital control and remotely operated systems approved by the NRC for the nuclear power industry. Help provide a basis for using and relying on digital technologies for nuclear related safety critical applications. (2) Identify the basic control architecture and methods of key digital control systems approved for use in the nuclear power industry by the NRC. (3) Identify and discuss key design issues, features, benefits, and limitations of these NRC approved digital control systems that can be applied as design guidance and correlated to the Monitored Geologic Repository (MGR) design requirements. (4) Identify codes and standards used in the design of these NRC approved digital control systems and discuss their possible applicability to the design of a subsurface nuclear waste repository. (5) Evaluate the NRC approved digital control system's safety, reliability and maintainability features and issues. Apply these to MGR design methodologies and requirements. (6) Provide recommendations for use in developing design criteria in the System Description Documents for the digital control systems of the subsurface nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. (7) Develop recommendations for applying NRC approval methods for digital control systems for the subsurface nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. This analysis will focus on the development of the issues, criteria and methods used and required for identifying the appropriate requirements for digital based control systems. Attention will be placed on development of recommended design criteria for digital controls including interpretation of codes, standards and regulations. Attention will also focus on the use of digital controls and COTS (Commercial Off-the-shelf) technology and equipment in selected NRC approved digital control systems, and as referenced in applicable codes, standards and regulations. The analysis will address design issues related to COTS technology and how they were dealt with in previous NRC approved digital control systems

  12. Task analysis methods applicable to control room design review (CDR)

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    This report presents the results of a research study conducted in support of the human factors engineering program of the Atomic Energy Control Board in Canada. It contains five products which may be used by the Atomic Enegy Control Board in relation to Task Analysis of jobs in CANDU nuclear power plants: 1. a detailed method for preparing for a task analysis; 2. a Task Data Form for recording task analysis data; 3. a detailed method for carrying out task analyses; 4. a guide to assessing alternative methods for performing task analyses, if such are proposed by utilities or consultants; and 5. an annotated bibliography on task analysis. In addition, a short explanation of the origins, nature and uses of task analysis is provided, with some examples of its cost effectiveness. 35 refs

  13. Shock analysis on hydraulic drive control rod during scram

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    Control rod hydraulic drive mechanism (CRHDM) is a new invention of Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology of Tsinghua University. The hydraulic absorber buffers the control rod when it scrams. The control rod fast drop impact experiment was conducted and the key parameters of control rod hydraulic buffering performance were obtained. Based on the test results and according to D'Alembert principle, the maximum inertial impact force on the control rod during the fast drop period was applied as equivalent static load force on the control rod. The deformations and stress distributions on the control rod in this worst case were calculated by using finite element software ABAQUS. Calculation results were compared with the experiment results, and it was verified that nonlinear transient dynamics analysis in this problem can be simplified as static analysis. Damage criterion of the control rod fast drop impact process was also given. And it lays foundation for optimal design of the control rod and hydraulic absorber. (authors)

  14. History of Nonlinear Principal Component Analysis

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    de Leeuw, Jan

    2013-01-01

    We discuss several forms of Nonlinear Principal Component Analysis (NLPCA) that have been proposed over the years: Linear PCA with optimal scaling, aspect analysis of correlations, Guttman’s MSA, Logit and Probit PCA of binary data, and Logistic Homogeneity Analysis. They are compared with Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA), which we also consider to be a form of NLPCA.

  15. Design and Analysis of Morpheus Lander Flight Control System

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    Jang, Jiann-Woei; Yang, Lee; Fritz, Mathew; Nguyen, Louis H.; Johnson, Wyatt R.; Hart, Jeremy J.

    2014-01-01

    The Morpheus Lander is a vertical takeoff and landing test bed vehicle developed to demonstrate the system performance of the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) system capability for the integrated autonomous landing and hazard avoidance system hardware and software. The Morpheus flight control system design must be robust to various mission profiles. This paper presents a design methodology for employing numerical optimization to develop the Morpheus flight control system. The design objectives include attitude tracking accuracy and robust stability with respect to rigid body dynamics and propellant slosh. Under the assumption that the Morpheus time-varying dynamics and control system can be frozen over a short period of time, the flight controllers are designed to stabilize all selected frozen-time control systems in the presence of parametric uncertainty. Both control gains in the inner attitude control loop and guidance gains in the outer position control loop are designed to maximize the vehicle performance while ensuring robustness. The flight control system designs provided herein have been demonstrated to provide stable control systems in both Draper Ares Stability Analysis Tool (ASAT) and the NASA/JSC Trick-based Morpheus time domain simulation.

  16. Control Flow Analysis for the Pi-calculus

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    Bodei, C.; Degano, P.; Nielson, Flemming; Nielson, Hanne Riis

    Control Flow Analysis is a static technique for predicting safe and computable approximations to the set of values that the objects of a program may assume during its execution. We present an analysis for the pi-calculus that shows how names will be bound to actual channels at run time. The...... formulation of the analysis requires no extensions to the pi-calculus, except for assigning ``channels'' to the occurrences of names within restrictions, and assigning ``binders'' to the occurrences of names within input prefixes. The result of our analysis establishes a super-set of the set of names to which...

  17. Genetic diversity analysis in rice mutants using isozyme and Morphological markers

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    In this work, isozyme and agromorphologic variability of radiation-induced rice mutants with different cytoplasm base was surveyed. Agromorphologic data (plant type, lodging resistance, life cycle and yielding) were transformed into binary data. This markers, along with isozyme (Peroxidases, Esterases, Catalases, Alcohol Dehydrogenases and Polyphenoloxidase) data, were considered for genetic diversity analyses in order to estimate the extent of diversity generated by ionizing radiation. Genetic Similarity between individuals was obtained based on Dice's Coefficient. The UPGMA phenogram defined three main clusters that clearly corresponded to the different cytoplasm sources. However, further discrimination between control varieties and their mutants could be obtained. Bootstrapping analysis was performed to estimate the robustness of the group in the phenogram. According to their bootstrap P value (99.6%), Basmati-370 mutant lines could be considered statistically different from their control. This analysis is suggested as an useful supporting tool for an accurate varietal validation. A Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) showed individuals dispersion around the three principal axis of variation. In general the UPGMA phenogram pattern was corroborated at MCA. Variables such as life cycle, presence of bands Est-a and Prx-m and the absence of Est-i, Prx-h and Prx-i accounted for the higher contribution to variation. The adequacy of morphological and isozyme descriptors for new mutant lines validation is also discussed

  18. Stability and Sensitivity Analysis of Fuzzy Control Systems. Mechatronics Applications

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    Radu-Emil Precup

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of fuzzy control systems is usually performed by heuristicmeans, incorporating human skills, the drawback being in the lack of general-purposedevelopment methods. A major problem, which follows from this development, is theanalysis of the structural properties of the control system, such as stability, controllabilityand robustness. Here comes the first goal of the paper, to present a stability analysismethod dedicated to fuzzy control systems with mechatronics applications based on the useof Popov’s hyperstability theory. The second goal of this paper is to perform the sensitivityanalysis of fuzzy control systems with respect to the parametric variations of the controlledplant for a class of servo-systems used in mechatronics applications based on theconstruction of sensitivity models. The stability and sensitivity analysis methods provideuseful information to the development of fuzzy control systems. The case studies concerningfuzzy controlled servo-systems, accompanied by digital simulation results and real-timeexperimental results, validate the presented methods.

  19. Control of Spatially Heterogeneous and Time-Varying Cellular Reaction Networks A New Summation Law

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    Peletier, M A; Kholodenko, B N; Peletier, Mark A.; Westerhoff, Hans V.; Kholodenko, Boris N.

    2002-01-01

    A hallmark of a plethora of intracellular signaling pathways is the spatial separation of activation and deactivation processes that potentially results in precipitous gradients of activated proteins. The classical Metabolic Control Analysis (MCA), which quantifies the influence of an individual process on a system variable as the control coefficient, cannot be applied to spatially separated protein networks. The present paper unravels the principles that govern the control over the fluxes and intermediate concentrations in spatially heterogeneous reaction networks. Our main results are two types of the control summation theorems. The first type is a non-trivial generalization of the classical theorems to systems with spatially and temporally varying concentrations. In this generalization, the process of diffusion, which enters as the result of spatial concentration gradients, plays a role similar to other processes such as chemical reactions and membrane transport. The second summation theorem is completely ...

  20. Moving shape analysis and control applications to fluid structure interactions

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    Moubachir, Marwan

    2006-01-01

    Problems involving the evolution of two- and three-dimensional domains arise in many areas of science and engineering. Emphasizing an Eulerian approach, Moving Shape Analysis and Control: Applications to Fluid Structure Interactions presents valuable tools for the mathematical analysis of evolving domains. The book illustrates the efficiency of the tools presented through different examples connected to the analysis of noncylindrical partial differential equations (PDEs), such as Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible fluids in moving domains. The authors first provide all of the details of existence and uniqueness of the flow in both strong and weak cases. After establishing several important principles and methods, they devote several chapters to demonstrating Eulerian evolution and derivation tools for the control of systems involving fluids and solids. The book concludes with the boundary control of fluid-structure interaction systems, followed by helpful appendices that review some of the advanced m...

  1. Development of a thermohydraulic analysis tool for control rods

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    In view of the thermal striping of the upper core structures, a thermohydraulic analysis tool is considered useful for determination of the total coolant flow rate per control rod and evaluation of the coolant outlet temperatures at the control rod through the operational cycle. A computing-code system SYTHCO is developed in which the gross-analysis and subchannel-analysis modules are combined. The system is applied to four types of control rods with different numbers of absorber pins, whose arrangement pattern is triangular or concentric-circular. The results indicate that the concentric-circular arrangement is preferable to the triangular one, and suggest that the leakage flow of the coolant along the outside wall of the guide tube should be reduced in view of the thermal striping. (orig.)

  2. REACTOR ANALYSIS AND VIRTUAL CONTROL ENVIRONMENT (RAVEN) FY12 REPORT

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    Cristian Rabiti; Andrea Alfonsi; Joshua Cogliati; Diego Mandelli; Robert Kinoshita

    2012-09-01

    RAVEN is a complex software tool that will have tasks spanning from being the RELAP-7 user interface, to using RELAP-7 to perform Risk Informed Safety Characterization (RISMC), and to controlling RELAP-7 calculation execution. The goal of this document is to: 1. Highlight the functional requirements of the different tasks of RAVEN 2. Identify shared functions that could be aggregate in modules so to obtain a minimal software redundancy and maximize software utilization. RAVEN is in fact a software framework that will allow exploiting the following functionalities: • Derive and actuate the control logic required to: o Simulate the plant control system o Simulate the operator (procedure guided) actions o Perform Monte Carlo sampling of random distributed events o Perform event three based analysis • Provide a GUI to: o Input a plant description to RELAP-7 (component, control variable, control parameters) o Concurrent monitoring of Control Parameters o Concurrent alteration of control parameters • Provide Post Processing data mining capability based on o Dimensionality reduction o Cardinality reduction In this document it will be shown how an appropriate mathematical formulation of the control logic and probabilistic analysis leads to have most of the software infrastructure leveraged between the two main tasks. Further, this document will go through the development accomplished this year, including simulation results, and priorities for the next years development

  3. Tobacco control in the Russian Federation- a policy analysis

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    Lunze, Karsten; Migliorini, Luigi

    2013-01-01

    Background The Russian Federation (Russia) has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The purpose of this study is to analyze past and current trends of the tobacco epidemic in the Russian Federation, review current tobacco control policy responses, and identify areas of opportunity for policy priorities. Methods We used a policy triangle as analytical framework to examine content, context, and processes of Russian tobacco control policy. The analysis was based on secondary data on su...

  4. Analysis of Dynamic Road Traffic Congestion Control (DRTCC) Techniques

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    Pardeep Mittal; Yashpal Singh,; Yogesh Sharma

    2015-01-01

    : Dynamic traffic light control at intersection has become one of the most active research areas to develop the Dynamic transportation systems (ITS). Due to the consistent growth in urbanization and traffic congestion, such a system was required which can control the timings of traffic lights dynamically with accurate measurement of traffic on the road. In this paper, analysis of all the techniques that has been developed to automate the traffic lights has been done.. The efficacy...

  5. Analysis of Droop Controlled Parallel Inverters in Islanded Microgrids

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    Mariani, Valerio; Vasca, Francesco; Josep M. Guerrero

    2014-01-01

    Three-phase droop controlled inverters are widely used in islanded microgrids to interface distributed energy resources and to provide for the loads active and reactive powers demand. The assessment of microgrids stability, affected by the control and line parameters, is a stringent issue. This paper shows a systematic approach to derive a closed loop model of the microgrid and then to perform an eigenvalues analysis that highlights how the system’s parameters affect the stability of the netw...

  6. Adaptive Backstepping Control and Safety Analysis for Modern Fighter Aircraft:

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    Van Oort, E.R.

    2011-01-01

    There exist many examples of aircraft incidents in which the pilots have successfully used the remaining control authority over an aircraft to save the airframe and its passengers and cargo from apparently hopeless failure conditions. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Several accidents happened in which the crew was not able to save the aircraft, although post-flight analysis showed that it was possible with alternative, perhaps unconventional, control strategies. These aircraft accid...

  7. THE IMPLICATIONS OF BUDGETARY CONTROL IN BUSINESS PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the role of budgetary control in the detection and analysis of deviations from the budget, by comparing the results with the expected situation. The specialized literature presents several models for the analysis of deviations from budgeted values. Budgetary management of the company includes all the levels of management, the company’s goals and also goals achievement. Budgeting involves management responsibilities, and approval of the budget allows to accomplish all the activities included. The company's budget system and budget execution control should lead to increased business performance and saving available resources.

  8. Reactor axial power distribution control and power capability analysis

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    A computer code developed for reactor axial power distribution control and power capability analysis based on one-dimensional equivalent principle and synthetic technique is introduced. The calculation precision of the code is in agreement with that of the requirements for engineering designs. In nuclear design of 2 x 600 MWe reactors of Qinshan NPP-2, using the code, the load following calculation and various typical operating power transient analysis of the 600 MWe nuclear power plant reactor have been finished and an operational control mode and axial power offset safety protective setting values of the reactor have been established. (9 figs., 1 tab.)

  9. Analysis and control of an anaerobic upflow Fixed bed bioreactor

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    This paper presents the bifurcation analysis in an anaerobic upflow fixed bed bioreactor, which is an anaerobic digestion system useful for wastewater treatment. In the dynamic analysis part, the equilibrium points, linear stability and bifurcation curves are studied, focusing in the washout condition. For the self tuning regulator the parameter estimation and control law are designed, and an integral action is introduced in order to address the disturbances. The simulation studies show the improvement of the performance when a disturbance appears.

  10. Motion analysis and remote control system using pyroelectric infrared sensors

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    Fuksis, R.; Greitans, M.; Hermanis, E.

    2008-01-01

    The paper discusses the possibilities of exploiting infrared radiation for motion analysis and remote control. The human body is considered as the information source and dual-element pyroelectric infrared (PIR) detectors as the sensor system. A dual-element sensor allows the analysis of the motion of objects in one-dimension, therefore it is proposed to place two sensors perpendicularly. Such a method provides the capability of distinguishing eight different commands. An experimental set-up h...

  11. STANDARDIZATION FOR SUBGROUP ANALYSIS IN RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS

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    Varadhan, Ravi; Wang, Sue-Jane

    2014-01-01

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) emphasize the average or overall effect of a treatment (ATE) on the primary endpoint. Even though the ATE provides the best summary of treatment efficacy, it is of critical importance to know whether the treatment is similarly efficacious in important, predefined subgroups. This is why the RCTs, in addition to the ATE, also present the results of subgroup analysis for preestablished subgroups. Typically, these are marginal subgroup analysis in the sense tha...

  12. Resonance analysis in parallel voltage-controlled Distributed Generation inverters

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    Wang, Xiongfei; Blaabjerg, Frede; Chen, Zhe; Wu, Weimin

    Thanks to the fast responses of the inner voltage and current control loops, the dynamic behaviors of parallel voltage-controlled Distributed Generation (DG) inverters not only relies on the stability of load sharing among them, but subjects to the interactions between the voltage control loops of...... the inverters and the remaining system dynamics. This paper addresses the later interactions and the consequent resonances through the frequency-domain analysis of the inverters output impedances and the remaining equivalent network impedance. Furthermore, impacts of the virtual output impedance loop...

  13. The TARA control, data acquisition and analysis system

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    The MIT tandem mirror (TARA) control, data acquisition and analysis system consists of two major parts: 1) a Gould 584 industrial programmable controller (PC) to control engineering functions; and 2) a VAX 11/750 based data acquisition and analysis system for physics analysis. The PC is designed for use in harsh industrial environments and has proven to be a reliable and cost-effective means for automated control. The PC configuration is dedicated to control tasks on the TARA magnet, vacuum, RF, neutral beam, diagnostics, and utility systems. The data transfer functions are used to download system operating parameters from menu selectable tables. Real time status reports are provided to video terminals and as blocks of data to the host computer for storage. The data acquisition and analysis system for TARA was designed to provide high throughput and ready access to data from earlier runs. The adopted design uses pre-existing software packages in a system which is simple, coherent, fast, and which requires a minimum of new software development. The computer configuration is a VAX 11/750 running VMS with 124 M byte massbus disk and 1.4 G byte unibus disk subsystem. The front end for the data system is a Kinetic Systems CAMAC serial highway interface, and the graphics I/O is done through a DMA terminal multiplexer. The data system provides a set of standard tools for use in user-written analysis programs. These tools allow access to current shot data as well as to past shots with a minimum of overhead. The acquisition, archival, basic analysis, and display of 1 M byte of data for every shot is accomplished once every 3-5 minutes, and any shot may be easily reanalyzed

  14. Screening of conditions controlling spectrophotometric sequential injection analysis

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    Idris Abubakr M

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Despite its potential benefits over univariate, chemometrics is rarely utilized for optimizing sequential injection analysis (SIA) methods. Specifically, in previous vis-spectrophotometric SIA methods, chemometrically optimized conditions were confined within flow rate and reagent concentrations while other conditions were ignored. Results The current manuscript reports, for the first time, a comprehensive screening of conditions controlling vis-spectrophotometric SIA. A n...

  15. The use of lac-type promoters in control analysis

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    Jensen, Peter Ruhdal; Westerhoff, H. v.; Michelsen, Ole

    For control analysis, it is necessary to modulate the activity of an enzyme around its normal level and measure the changes in steady-state fluxes or concentrations. We describe an improved method for effecting the modulation, as elaborated for Escherichia coli. The chromosomal gene, encoding the...

  16. Analysis of junction-barrier-controlled Schottky (JBS) rectifier characteristics

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    Baliga, B. Jayant

    1985-11-01

    This paper provides analytical solutions for the forward conduction and reverse leakage characteristics of junction-barrier-controlled Schottky (JBS) rectifiers. Good agreement between the calculated output characteristics using these solutions and experimental measurements on devices fabricated with different junction depths and Schottky barrier heights is observed. These equations are valuable for the analysis and design of JBS power rectifiers.

  17. INSIGHT: an integrated scoping analysis tool for in-core fuel management of PWR

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    An integrated software tool for scoping analysis of in-core fuel management, INSIGHT, has been developed to automate the scoping analysis and to improve the fuel cycle cost using advanced optimization techniques. INSIGHT is an interactive software tool executed on UNIX based workstations that is equipped with an X-window system. INSIGHT incorporates the GALLOP loading pattern (LP) optimization module that utilizes hybrid genetic algorithms, the PATMAKER interactive LP design module, the MCA multicycle analysis module, an integrated database, and other utilities. Two benchmark problems were analyzed to confirm the key capabilities of INSIGHT: LP optimization and multicycle analysis. The first was the single cycle LP optimization problem that included various constraints. The second one was the multicycle LP optimization problem that includes the assembly burnup limitation at rod cluster control (RCC) positions. The results for these problems showed the feasibility of INSIGHT for the practical scoping analysis, whose work almost consists of LP generation and multicycle analysis. (author)

  18. Harmoniousness analysis of total amount control of water use

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    Qian-qi YIN

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Based on the fundamental principles of total amount control of water use, the harmony theory was used in this study to develop a concept of the degree of harmony of total amount control of water use. Based on this concept, the harmoniousness of total amount control of water use was analyzed in terms of the supply and demand of water resources, water resources management, water use benefits, and water-saving level. An evaluation index system of the degree of harmony of total amount control of water use was established, and a method for calculation of the degree of harmony of total amount control of water use was developed based on the analytic hierarchy process (AHP and fuzzy comprehensive analysis (FCA methods. The new evaluation index system was applied to a certain area in Jiangsu Province, China. The degree of harmony of total amount control of water use over this area was calculated for different years. Results indicate that the evaluation index system and calculation method proposed in this study are feasible, and such a harmoniousness analysis can provide scientific references for the strict water resources management system that will be implemented in China in the near future.

  19. Chaos in electric drive systems analysis control and application

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    Chau, K T

    2011-01-01

    In Chaos in Electric Drive Systems: Analysis, Control and Application authors Chau and Wang systematically introduce an emerging technology of electrical engineering that bridges abstract chaos theory and practical electric drives. The authors consolidate all important information in this interdisciplinary technology, including the fundamental concepts, mathematical modeling, theoretical analysis, computer simulation, and hardware implementation. The book provides comprehensive coverage of chaos in electric drive systems with three main parts: analysis, control and application. Corresponding drive systems range from the simplest to the latest types: DC, induction, synchronous reluctance, switched reluctance, and permanent magnet brushless drives.The first book to comprehensively treat chaos in electric drive systemsReviews chaos in various electrical engineering technologies and drive systemsPresents innovative approaches to stabilize and stimulate chaos in typical drivesDiscusses practical application of cha...

  20. Assessment of cerebral blood flow reserve using blood oxygen level-dependent echo planar imaging after acetazolamide administration in patients post-STA-MCA anastomosis surgery

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    Recently, blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) echo planar imaging (EPI) has been used to estimate blood flow changes. Theoretically, a relative decrement of deoxyhemoglobin in cerebral blood supply induces a MR signal change after neuronal stimulation. In the present study, we have attempted to evaluate CBF reserve capacity by the BOLD EPI in patients who had undergone STA-MCA anastomosis surgery. Then, we compared with the signal intensity changes obtained by this procedure with the CBF changes by Xe-SPECT after acetazolamide administration. Six patients, post-STA-MCA anastomosis surgery, were studied. Pre-operatively, MR signal intensity and CBF, by Xe-SPECT, were increased in the intact side after acetazolamide administration in all patients, and MR signal intensities were decreased in low flow regions after acetazolamide administration in all four patients in whom so-called steal phenomenon was demonstrated by Xe-SPECT study. Post-operatively, poor response was shown after acetazolamide administration with both Xe-SPECT and BOLD EPI in the two patients who had unsuccessful anastomoses. In the successfully anastomosed patients, improved vascular reactivity was demonstrated on BOLD EPI after acetazolamide administration in 3 of 4 patients in whom an improvement of vascular reactivity was demonstrated on Xe-SPECT. In one patient, MRI studies were considered to have technical artifacts, because the MR signal intensity did not increase, even in the intact side after acetazolamide administration. In conclusion, BOLD EPI after acetazolamide administration is an useful procedure for the pre- and post-operative of vascular reserve in patients with ischemic stroke. (author)

  1. Stability Analysis and Design of Impulsive Control Lorenz Systems Family

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    Lorenz systems family unifying Lorenz system, Chen system and Lue system is a typical chaotic family. In this paper, we consider impulsive control Lorenz chaotic systems family with time-varying impulse intervals. By establishing an effective tool of a set of inequalities, we analyze the asymptotic stability of impulsive control Lorenz systems family and obtain some new less conservative conditions. Based on the stability analysis, we design a novel impulsive controller with time-varying impulse intervals. Illustrative examples are provided to show the feasibility and effectiveness of our method. The obtained results not only can be used to design impulsive control for Lorenz systems family, but also can be extended to other chaotic systems. (general)

  2. Analysis on step action of hydraulic control rod driving

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    The step action of the hydraulic control rod driving (HCRD) has been achieved by experiments. The author reveals the action mechanism of the HCRD, gives detail analysis of the relationship among its dynamic feature, the control rod and combined valve performance parameters, and the combined valve operation. The results indicate that the step process of the control rod is affected by output flow pulsation of the combined valve, pressure wave, and heavily damped pressure oscillation that is produced by the step cylinder movement. The performance parameters of the step cylinder limit the flow range in its stationary balanced state and also limit the capability of absorbing flow pulsation and pressure wave in its step process. The performance parameters of the combined valve decide the quantity values of stationary balance, delay balance, flowing pulsation and pressure wave. The relation of both parameters determines the step states of the control rod

  3. Analysis of Dynamic Road Traffic Congestion Control (DRTCC Techniques

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    Pardeep Mittal

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available : Dynamic traffic light control at intersection has become one of the most active research areas to develop the Dynamic transportation systems (ITS. Due to the consistent growth in urbanization and traffic congestion, such a system was required which can control the timings of traffic lights dynamically with accurate measurement of traffic on the road. In this paper, analysis of all the techniques that has been developed to automate the traffic lights has been done.. The efficacy of all the techniques has been evaluated, using MATLAB software. After comparison of artificial intelligent techniques , it is found that image mosaicking technique is quite effective (in terms of improving moving time and reducing waiting time for the control of the traffic signals to control congestion on the road.

  4. Ordinary differential equations analysis, qualitative theory and control

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    Logemann, Hartmut

    2014-01-01

    The book comprises a rigorous and self-contained treatment of initial-value problems for ordinary differential equations. It additionally develops the basics of control theory, which is a unique feature in the current textbook literature. The following topics are particularly emphasised: • existence, uniqueness and continuation of solutions, • continuous dependence on initial data, • flows, • qualitative behaviour of solutions, • limit sets, • stability theory, • invariance principles, • introductory control theory, • feedback and stabilization. The last two items cover classical control theoretic material such as linear control theory and absolute stability of nonlinear feedback systems. It also includes an introduction to the more recent concept of input-to-state stability. Only a basic grounding in linear algebra and analysis is assumed. Ordinary Differential Equations will be suitable for final year undergraduate students of mathematics and appropriate for beginning postgraduates in math...

  5. A new TXRF vacuum chamber with sample changer for chemical analysis using silicon drift chamber detector

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    Full text: Several TXRF spectrometers for chemical analysis as well as for wafer surface analysis are commercially available. But there is no one available for chemical analysis offering the possibility to measure the samples in vacuum conditions. Vacuum of 10-2 mbar in the sample environment helps to reduce the background due to scattering from air, thus to improve the detection limits as well as to reduce the absorption of low energy fluorescence radiation from low Z elements and extend the elemental range to be measured and removes the Ar lines from the spectrum. The x-ray group of the Atominstitut designed and fabricated a new vacuum chamber for TXRF equipped with a 12 position sample changer from Italstructures, Riva, Italy. The detector used was a 10 mm2 silicon drift detector (KETEK, Munich, Germany), offering the advantage of electrically cooling, so no LN2 is required. The chamber was designed to be attached to a diffraction tube housing, e.g. with a fine focus Mo-x-ray tube and uses a multilayer monochromator. Spectra are stored by a small AMTEK MCA and control between sample changer and MCA communication is done by a modified AMPTEK software. The performance is expressed in detection limits of 1 pg Rb for Mo Ka excitation with 50 kV, 40 mA excitation conditions, 1000 s lifetime, obtained from a sample containing 600 pg Rb as single element standard. Details on performance, reproducibility and light element excitation and detection are presented. (author)

  6. Parameter Estimation Analysis for Hybrid Adaptive Fault Tolerant Control

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    Eshak, Peter B.

    Research efforts have increased in recent years toward the development of intelligent fault tolerant control laws, which are capable of helping the pilot to safely maintain aircraft control at post failure conditions. Researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) have been actively involved in the development of fault tolerant adaptive control laws in all three major categories: direct, indirect, and hybrid. The first implemented design to provide adaptation was a direct adaptive controller, which used artificial neural networks to generate augmentation commands in order to reduce the modeling error. Indirect adaptive laws were implemented in another controller, which utilized online PID to estimate and update the controller parameter. Finally, a new controller design was introduced, which integrated both direct and indirect control laws. This controller is known as hybrid adaptive controller. This last control design outperformed the two earlier designs in terms of less NNs effort and better tracking quality. The performance of online PID has an important role in the quality of the hybrid controller; therefore, the quality of the estimation will be of a great importance. Unfortunately, PID is not perfect and the online estimation process has some inherited issues; the online PID estimates are primarily affected by delays and biases. In order to ensure updating reliable estimates to the controller, the estimator consumes some time to converge. Moreover, the estimator will often converge to a biased value. This thesis conducts a sensitivity analysis for the estimation issues, delay and bias, and their effect on the tracking quality. In addition, the performance of the hybrid controller as compared to direct adaptive controller is explored. In order to serve this purpose, a simulation environment in MATLAB/SIMULINK has been created. The simulation environment is customized to provide the user with the flexibility to add different combinations of biases and delays to the explored derivatives. Biases were considered in the range -500% to 500% and delays in the range 0.5 to 40 seconds. The stability and control derivatives considered in this research effort are a combination of decoupled derivatives in the three channels, longitudinal, lateral, and directional. Numerous simulation scenarios and flight conditions are considered to provide more credibility to the obtained results. In addition, a statistical analysis has been conducted to assess the results. The performance of the control laws has been evaluated in terms of the integral of the error in tracking the three desired angular rates, pitch, roll, and yaw. In addition, the effort of the neural networks exerted to compensate for tracking errors is considered in the analysis as well. The results show that in order to obtain reliable estimates for the investigated derivatives, the estimator needs to generate values with less than five seconds delay. In addition, derivatives estimates are within 50% or -15% off the exact values. Moreover, the importance of updating derivatives depends on the maneuver scenario and the flight condition. The estimation process at quasi-steady state conditions provides reliable estimates as opposed to estimation during fast dynamic changes; also, the estimation process has better performance at large rate of change of derivatives values.

  7. Quantitative cerebral perfusion assessment using microscope-integrated analysis of intraoperative indocyanine green fluorescence angiography versus positron emission tomography in superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery anastomosis

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    Shinya Kobayashi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Intraoperative qualitative indocyanine green (ICG angiography has been used in cerebrovascular surgery. Hyperperfusion may lead to neurological complications after superficial temporal artery to middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA anastomosis. The purpose of this study is to quantitatively evaluate intraoperative cerebral perfusion using microscope-integrated dynamic ICG fluorescence analysis, and to assess whether this value predicts hyperperfusion syndrome (HPS after STA-MCA anastomosis. Methods: Ten patients undergoing STA-MCA anastomosis due to unilateral major cerebral artery occlusive disease were included. Ten patients with normal cerebral perfusion served as controls. The ICG transit curve from six regions of interest (ROIs on the cortex, corresponding to ROIs on positron emission tomography (PET study, was recorded. Maximum intensity (I MAX , cerebral blood flow index (CBFi, rise time (RT, and time to peak (TTP were evaluated. Results: RT/TTP, but not I MAX or CBFi, could differentiate between control and study subjects. RT/TTP correlated (|r| = 0.534-0.807; P < 0.01 with mean transit time (MTT/MTT ratio in the ipsilateral to contralateral hemisphere by PET study. Bland-Altman analysis showed a wide limit of agreement between RT and MTT and between TTP and MTT. The ratio of RT before and after bypass procedures was significantly lower in patients with postoperative HPS than in patients without postoperative HPS (0.60 ± 0.032 and 0.80 ± 0.056, respectively; P = 0.017. The ratio of TTP was also significantly lower in patients with postoperative HPS than in patients without postoperative HPS (0.64 ± 0.081 and 0.85 ± 0.095, respectively; P = 0.017. Conclusions: Time-dependent intraoperative parameters from the ICG transit curve provide quantitative information regarding cerebral circulation time with quality and utility comparable to information obtained by PET. These parameters may help predict the occurrence of postoperative HPS.

  8. Intelligent control of HVAC systems. Part II: perceptron performance analysis

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    Ioan URSU

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This is the second part of a paper on intelligent type control of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC systems. The whole study proposes a unified approach in the design of intelligent control for such systems, to ensure high energy efficiency and air quality improving. In the first part of the study it is considered as benchmark system a single thermal space HVAC system, for which it is assigned a mathematical model of the controlled system and a mathematical model(algorithm of intelligent control synthesis. The conception of the intelligent control is of switching type, between a simple neural network, a perceptron, which aims to decrease (optimize a cost index,and a fuzzy logic component, having supervisory antisaturating role for neuro-control. Based on numerical simulations, this Part II focuses on the analysis of system operation in the presence only ofthe neural control component. Working of the entire neuro-fuzzy system will be reported in a third part of the study.

  9. Domain of attraction analysis of a controlled hybrid reactor model

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    Research highlights: → We constructed a simple two dimensional nonlinear hybrid model of Paks Nuclear Power Plant. → We computed analytically the domain of attraction (DOA). → The DOA encapsulates the operating domain for any pressure controller feedback gain. → The feedback gain should be above 350,000 to achieve fast convergence. - Abstract: A domain of attraction (DOA) analysis has been performed for a simplified model of the primary circuit of a pressurized water nuclear power plant, the Paks Nuclear Power Plant in Hungary. A simple two dimensional autonomous hybrid differential equation model of the controlled primary circuit has been developed for the purpose of the stability analysis that contains both continuous and discrete variables. It has been shown that the DOA of the controlled system encapsulates the operating domain for any positive value of the considered feedback gain of the power controller and the reactor power. However, the gain has a great impact on the dynamics of the controlled system that is also investigated, and a practically advantageous domain of the gain has been determined.

  10. Concurrent analysis of choice and control in childbirth

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    Martin Caroline

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background This paper reports original research on choice and control in childbirth. Eight women were interviewed as part of a wider investigation into locus of control in women with pre-labour rupture of membranes at term (PROM 1. Methods The following study uses concurrent analysis to sample and analyse narrative aspects of relevant literature along with these interviews in order to synthesise a generalisable analysis of the pertinent issues. The original PROM study had found that women experienced a higher degree of control in hospital, a finding that appeared at odds with contemporary notions of choice. However, this paper contextualises this finding by presenting narratives that lucidly subscribe to the dominant discourse of hospital as the safest place to give birth, under the premise of assuring a live healthy baby irrespective of their management type. Results This complex narrative is composed of the following themes: 'perceiving risk', 'being prepared', 'reflecting on experience', maintaining control' and relinquishing control'. These themes are constructed within and around the medical, foetocentric, risk averse cultural context. Primary data are presented throughout to show the origins and interconnected nature of these themes. Conclusions Within this context it is clear that there is a highly valued role for competent health professionals that respect, understand and are capable of facilitating genuine choice for women.

  11. Page: a program for gamma spectra analysis in PC microcomputers

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    PAGE is a software package, written in BASIC language, to perform gamma spectra analysis. It was developed to be used in a high-purity intrinsic germanium detector-multichannel analyser-PC microcomputer system. The analysis program of PAGE package accomplishes functions as follows: peak location; gamma nuclides identification; activity determination. Standard nuclides sources were used to calibrate the system. To perform the efficiency x energy calibration a logarithmic fit was applied. Analysis of nuclides with overlapping peaks is allowed by PAGE program. PAGE has additional auxiliary programs for: building and list of isotopic nuclear data libraries; data acquisition from multichannel analyser; spectrum display with automatic area and FWHM determinations. This software is to be applied in analytical process control where time response is a very important parameter. PAGE takes ca. 1.5 minutes to analyse a complex spectrum from a 4096 channels MCA. (author)

  12. Impact of JIT on Quality Control Cost: A Sensitivity Analysis

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    2014-01-01

    Many authors have been developed the models to study the influence of JIT on inventory. On other hand, strategic impact of JIT on quality control cost has not been clear-cut. The purpose of this paper is to study the impact of JIT on quality control by developing a model. The developed model is illustrated though a sensitivity analysis and a numeric example so that more attention could be provided on the most critical input parameters of model. The framework developed in this ...

  13. Nonsmooth optimization analysis and algorithms with applications to optimal control

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    Makela, M M

    1992-01-01

    This book is a self-contained elementary study for nonsmooth analysis and optimization, and their use in solution of nonsmooth optimal control problems. The first part of the book is concerned with nonsmooth differential calculus containing necessary tools for nonsmooth optimization. The second part is devoted to the methods of nonsmooth optimization and their development. A proximal bundle method for nonsmooth nonconvex optimization subject to nonsmooth constraints is constructed. In the last part nonsmooth optimization is applied to problems arising from optimal control of systems covered by

  14. Analysis on Single Point Vulnerabilities of Plant Control System

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    The Plant Control System (PCS) is a system that controls pumps, valves, dampers, etc. in nuclear power plants with an OPR-1000 design. When there is a failure or spurious actuation of the critical components in the PCS, it can result in unexpected plant trips or transients. From this viewpoint, single point vulnerabilities are evaluated in detail using failure mode effect analyses (FMEA) and fault tree analyses (FTA). This evaluation demonstrates that the PCS has many vulnerable components and the analysis results are provided for OPR-1000 plants for reliability improvements that can reduce their vulnerabilities

  15. Analysis and Design of Launch Vehicle Flight Control Systems

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    Wie, Bong; Du, Wei; Whorton, Mark

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the fundamental principles of launch vehicle flight control analysis and design. In particular, the classical concept of "drift-minimum" and "load-minimum" control principles is re-examined and its performance and stability robustness with respect to modeling uncertainties and a gimbal angle constraint is discussed. It is shown that an additional feedback of angle-of-attack or lateral acceleration can significantly improve the overall performance and robustness, especially in the presence of unexpected large wind disturbance. Non-minimum-phase structural filtering of "unstably interacting" bending modes of large flexible launch vehicles is also shown to be effective and robust.

  16. The Tara control, monitoring, data acquisition, and analysis system

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    Experiments at the MIT Tara Tandem Mirror utilize an integrated system for control, monitoring, data acquisition, physics analysis, and archiving. This system consists of two distinct parts with narrowly defined information interchange; one to provide automated control and real time monitoring of engineering functions and one to acquire, analyze, and display data for physics in near real time. Typical machine operation achieves a total cycle time of 3 to 8 minutes with 5 to 7 Mbytes of data stored and with --160 individual signals displayed in hardcopy on --10 pages

  17. The Tara control, monitoring, data acquisition and analysis system

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    Experiments at the MIT Tara Tandem Mirror utilize an integrated system for control, monitoring, data acquisition, physics analysis, and archiving. This system consists of two distinct parts with narrowly defined information interchange; one to provide automated control and real time monitoring of engineering functions and one to acquire, analyze, and display data for physics in near real time. Typical machine operation achieves a total cycle time of 3 to 8 minutes with 5 to 7 Mbytes of data stored and with ∼160 individual signals displayed in hardcopy on ∼10 pages

  18. The Tara control, monitoring, data acquisition and analysis system

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    Experiments at the MIT Tara Tandem Mirror utilize an integrated system for control, monitoring, data acquisition, physics analysis, and archiving. This system consists of two distinct parts with narrowly defined information interchange; one to provide automated control and real time monitoring of engineering functions and one to acquire, analyze, and display data for physics in near real time. Typical machine operation achieves a total cycle time of 3 to 8 minutes with 5 to 7 Mbytes of data stored and with approx. 160 individual signals displayed in hardcopy on approx. 10 pages. (author)

  19. Hydrothermal analysis in engineering using control volume finite element method

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    Sheikholeslami, Mohsen

    2015-01-01

    Control volume finite element methods (CVFEM) bridge the gap between finite difference and finite element methods, using the advantages of both methods for simulation of multi-physics problems in complex geometries. In Hydrothermal Analysis in Engineering Using Control Volume Finite Element Method, CVFEM is covered in detail and applied to key areas of thermal engineering. Examples, exercises, and extensive references are used to show the use of the technique to model key engineering problems such as heat transfer in nanofluids (to enhance performance and compactness of energy systems),

  20. Multi Criteria Analysis for bioenergy systems assessments

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    Sustainable bioenergy systems are, by definition, embedded in social, economic, and environmental contexts and depend on support of many stakeholders with different perspectives. The resulting complexity constitutes a major barrier to the implementation of bioenergy projects. The goal of this paper is to evaluate the potential of Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) to facilitate the design and implementation of sustainable bioenergy projects. Four MCA tools (Super Decisions, DecideIT, Decision Lab, NAIADE) are reviewed for their suitability to assess sustainability of bioenergy systems with a special focus on multi-stakeholder inclusion. The MCA tools are applied using data from a multi-stakeholder bioenergy case study in Uganda. Although contributing to only a part of a comprehensive decision process, MCA can assist in overcoming implementation barriers by (i) structuring the problem, (ii) assisting in the identification of the least robust and/or most uncertain components in bioenergy systems and (iii) integrating stakeholders into the decision process. Applying the four MCA tools to a Ugandan case study resulted in a large variability in outcomes. However, social criteria were consistently identified by all tools as being decisive in making a bioelectricity project viable

  1. Analysis of GPS Abnormal Conditions within Fault Tolerant Control Laws

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    Al-Sinbol, Gahssan

    The Global Position System (GPS) is a critical element for the functionality of autonomous flying vehicles. The GPS operation at normal and abnormal conditions directly impacts the trajectory tracking performance of the autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) controllers. The effects of GPS parameter variation must be well understood and user-friendly computational tools must be developed to facilitate the design and evaluation of fault tolerant control laws. This thesis presents the development of a simplified GPS error model in Matlab/Simulink and its use performing a sensitivity analysis of GPS parameters effect under system normal and abnormal operation on different UAV trajectory tracking controllers. The model statistically generates position and velocity errors, simulates the effect of GPS satellite configuration on the position and velocity measurement accuracy, and implements a set of failures to the GPS readings. The model and its graphical user interface was integrated within the WVU UAV simulation environment as a masked Simulink block. The effects on the controllers' trajectory tracking performance of the following GPS parameters were investigated within normal operation ranges and outside: time delay, update rate, error standard deviation, bias, and major position and velocity failures. Several sets of control laws with fixed and adaptive parameters and of different levels of complexity have been used in this investigation. A complex performance index formulated in terms of tracking errors and control activity was used for control laws performance evaluation. The composition of various metrics within the performance index was performed using fixed and variable weights depending on the local characteristics of the commanded trajectory. This study has revealed that GPS error parameters have a significant impact on control laws performance. The proposed GPS model has proved to be a valuable, flexible tool for testing and evaluation of the fault tolerant capabilities of autonomous flight control laws.

  2. Coarse-grained Dynamic Taint Analysis for Defeating Control and Non-control Data Attacks

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    Kohli, Pankaj

    2009-01-01

    Memory corruption attacks remain the primary threat for computer security. Information flow tracking or taint analysis has been proven to be effective against most memory corruption attacks. However, there are two shortcomings with current taint analysis based techniques. First, these techniques cause application slowdown by about 76% thereby limiting their practicality. Second, these techniques cannot handle non-control data attacks i.e., attacks that do not overwrite control data such as return address, but instead overwrite critical application configuration data or user identity data. In this work, to address these problems, we describe a coarse-grained taint analysis technique that uses information flow tracking at the level of application data objects. We propagate a one-bit taint over each application object that is modified by untrusted data thereby reducing the taint management overhead considerably. We performed extensive experimental evaluation of our approach and show that it can detect all critic...

  3. Development, analysis, and control of the inductor-converter bridge

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    The inductor-converter bridge (ICB) is a solid state dc-ac-dc power converter system for bidirectional, controllable, energy transfer between two high Q magnet coils. The ICB is suitable for supplying large pulsed power to such magnets as the superconducting equilibrium field (EF) coil of the proposed tokamak power reactors, from another superconducting energy storage coil. This report presents work on the analysis and control of the ICB system. The process of energy transfer between the coils is explained on the basis of a simple one line equivalent circuit. This circuit is the topological dual of the one line diagram of the nonsalient pole synchoronous generator, connected to the infinite bus through its synchronous reactance. The changes in the average power, average coil currents, and voltages, as functions of time, are calculated by the conventional Fourier method of analysis

  4. Quality control of instrumentation in videomicroscopy: incidence on DNA analysis

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    Puech-Caudron, Magali; Giroud, Francoise

    1995-02-01

    Recent advances in video microscopy in the field of cytopathology need to define in detail requirements for rigorous technical quality control of DNA analysis. This study deals with the influence of both quality and calibration of instrumentation on DNA content measurements. Quality control of instrumentation in stability, linearity, and shading estimations has been achieved for two SAMBATM2005 (ALCATEL-TITN-Answare/France) image analysis systems by using prototype reference standard slide and Feulgen-stained rat liver imprints. The accuracy of the various conditions of work has been expressed as the CV of integrated optical density (IOD) and varied from 1.5% to 5.4%. These results demonstrate the dependence of the accuracy of measurements on the conditions for calibration of the instrument. Moreover, this work shows that each system can be characterized by its specific answer and all the systems don't really offer acceptable conditions for nuclear DNA content determination.

  5. Analysis and test verification of control rod buffer in HTR

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    The thin-walled shell buffer in high temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTR) was designed for absorbing the kinetic energy of the control rod drop in the drive line fracture accident. The thin-walled cylinder structure satisfying the requirements of actual working condition was design by using the energy absorption model of the classical cylinder shell under axial pressure. By using ABAQUS/explicit with J-C constitutive model, the finite element models of both the real reactor condition and the test condition were built to simulate the collision. Based on the analysis results, the control rod fall- down test was designed and implemented. The test results demonstrate that stable pro gressive buckling occurs when the full size buffer is impacted by equiponderance test bar, and the buffer can reduce the crush force effectively and protect the graphite from being destroyed. The analysis results show that the test model can represent and envelope the real condition in reactor. (authors)

  6. Control room habitability Analysis and Testing for Wolsong Unit 1

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    In response to this recommendation, KHNP has established CRH program and performed tracer gas in leakage tests. These activities are described herein including the emergency ventilation system analysis, acceptance criteria calculation for the test and Control Room Envelope (CRE) discrimination, and the results of the tracer gas tests are presented. CRH analysis including unfiltered in leakage tests according to the methodology in ASTM E741 was performed for Wolsong Unit 1. The results show that the integrity of the control room of Wolsong Unit 1 is in good condition to maintain the reactor in a safe condition under accident conditions, which complies with the US NRC regulatory guides 1.78, 1.196 and 1.197

  7. Control and analysis software for a laser scanning microdensitometer

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    H R Bundel; C P Navathe; P A Naik; P D Gupta

    2006-02-01

    A PC-based control software and data acquisition system is developed for an existing commercial microdensitometer (Biomed make model No. SL-2D/1D UV/VIS) to facilitate scanning and analysis of X-ray films. The software is developed in Labview, which includes operation of the microdensitometer in 1D and 2D scans and analysis of spatial or spectral data on X-ray films, such as optical density, intensity and wavelength. It provides a user-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI) to analyse the scanned data and also store the analysed data/image in popular formats like data in Excel and images in jpeg. It has also on-line calibration facility with standard optical density tablets. The control software and data acquisition system is simple, inexpensive and versatile.

  8. An analysis of neural models for walking control.

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    Reeve, Richard; Hallam, John

    2005-05-01

    A large space of different neural models exists from simple mathematical abstractions to detailed biophysical representations with strongly differing levels of complexity and biological relevance. Previous comparisons between models have looked at biological realism or mathematical tractability rather than expressive power. This paper, however, investigates whether more sophisticated models are better suited to a complex sensorimotor control task than simpler ones, or whether the more general nature of groups of the simpler neurons allows them to collectively solve complex tasks better despite their individual simplicity. Many models have been proposed or used for sensorimotor control tasks such as the control of locomotion. Four such neural models with varying levels of complexity were chosen. Controllers made of networks of each neural type were evolved to generate locomotion in a simulated dynamically stable four-legged robot using a genetic algorithm. The problem domain was chosen as one for which no simple solution could be hand crafted and which, with its tight sensorimotor coupling, had strongly time-dependent properties as is common in many biological control tasks. Analysis of the results shows that the most complex and biologically based model is significantly better at walking control, even producing recognizable gaits. PMID:15941000

  9. Ringhals 2 steam control system reliability/thermal-hydraulic analysis

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    This paper evaluates the reliability of the proposed Westinghouse Distributed Processing Family (WDPF) control system and compares it to the reliability of the existing mechanical/ hydraulic control system at the Ringhals 2 nuclear power plant. The probabilities of the postulated failures in the existing control system are contrasted to those that would exist for the WDPF enhanced control and protection system. This paper is limited to a discussion about the reliability that relates to failures that have the potential to cause an overpressure in the moisture separator/reheaters (MSRs) of the Ringhals 2 plant. This power plant was built at a time when the requirements (in Sweden) did not include overpressure relief valves in the MSR. When the plant was originally constructed, the mechanical/ hydraulic control system was designed to be, and was used as, a method to prevent an overpressure condition in the MSR. The control system response time was fast enough to close the MSR inlet lines in the event that one or more discharge line valves was closed or failed closed. The authors also include a thermal-hydraulic analysis of some of the postulated (very low probability) secondary-side transients

  10. Model analysis and nonlinear control of air compressors

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    Sari, Gholam-Reza

    For decades, gas turbines have been important, widespread, and reliable devices in the field of power generation, petrochemical industry, and aeronautics. They employ centrifugal and axial compressors which suffer from aerodynamic instabilities, namely, surge and rotating stall. These performance limiting instabilities can cause component stress, lifespan reduction, noise, and vibration. Furthermore, in variable speed axial compressors (VSACs), speed variations affect the system stability and can lead to surge and rotating stall. This limits the rate of speed variations and results in important performance penalties. The present work firstly addresses the bifurcation analysis of VSACs' model to investigate the impact of speed dynamics on the stability of efficient operating points. Here, the rate of speed variations (acceleration rate) is defined as a new parameter of the model and a detailed numerical bifurcation analysis is provided. The results of time-domain simulations not only validate the results of bifurcation analysis, but also broaden our knowledge about the transient response of the model, which is a matter of importance as well. The analysis reveals that speed variations can lead to a fully developed rotating stall as well as the previously reported temporary stall developments. The results show that the developed instabilities depend to a great extent on the acceleration rate. The impact of other key issues such as throttle gain, viscosity factor, initial speed, final speed, and the contribution of stall modes are also explored. From the control point of view, despite reported achievements, robust control design for compression systems remains a challenging problem. In this work, at first, two nonlinear approaches are proposed to tackle the stability problem of constant-speed axial compressors (CSACs). The first approach is a robust passivity-based control and the second one is a second order sliding mode control. The approaches tackle the challenging problems being addressed in the literature such as: the impact of external perturbations, the lack of detailed parameters knowledge, and the absence of full-state feedback. They drive the control from pressure and mass flow measurements and use throttle and close-coupled valve actuations. Finally, this study reports that these methods can be used in the case of VSACs by applying the required modifications to simultaneously control speed and instabilities. This simultaneous control design has been an open problem and the proposed method can improve the performance of VSACs.

  11. Interference control in low-level analysis of iodine 129

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    This work analyses the integration of several steps applied to control potentials sources of error in the determination of 129I and prevent spurious results in order to achieve the minimum detection limit. The procedure of pre and post-irradiation purification, neutron irradiation, radioactive counting and data analysis are needed. High resolution gamma spectrometry was used for detection and measurement of low level interferences. (author)

  12. Control Flow Analysis Can Find New Flaws Too

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    Bodei, Chiara; Buchholtz, Mikael; Degano, Pierpaolo; Nielson, Flemming; Nielson, Hanne Riis

    2004-01-01

    A previous study showed how control flow analysis can be applied to analyse key distribution protocols based on symmetric key cryptography. We have extended both the theoretical treatment and our fully automatic verifier to deal with protocols based on asymmetric cryptography. This paper reports on...... the application of our technique - exemplified on the Beller-Chang-Yacobi MSR protocol, which uses both symmetric and asymmetric cryptography - and show how we discover an undocumented flaw....

  13. Discussion on: "Analysis of control relevant coupled nonlinear oscillatory systems"

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    Pušenjak, Rudi; Oblak, Maks

    2012-01-01

    The paper by I. D. Landau et al. presents an analysis of two structures of coupled van der Pol oscillators done by using the Krylov-Bogoliubov (K-B) averaging method. They devise the K-B method to effectively compute self-excited and externally driven oscillations, respectively on systems presumably subjected to control, where amplitudes and phases are slowly varying functions of time. After they present feedback structures of single and coupled generalized van der Pol equations, respectively...

  14. Statistical analysis of the blast furnace process output parameter using arima control chart with proposed methodology of control limits setting

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    Noskievi?ov, D.

    2009-01-01

    The paper deals with the statistical analysis of the selected parameter of the blast furnace process. It was proved that analyzed measurements have been autocorrelated. ARIMA control chart was selected for their analysis as a very useful statistical process control (SPC) method. At first the methodology for control limits setting in ARIMA control charts considering the time series outlier analysis as an integral part of the ARIMA model building was designed. Then this proposal was applied to ...

  15. Statistical analysis of the blast furnace process output parameter using arima control chart with proposed methodology of control limits setting

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    Noskievi?ov, Darja

    2009-01-01

    The paper deals with the statistical analysis of the selected parameter of the blast furnace process. It was proved that analyzed measurements have been autocorrelated. ARIMA control chart was selected for their analysis as a very useful statistical process control (SPC) method. At first the methodology for control limits setting in ARIMA control charts considering the time series outlier analysis as an integral part of the ARIMA model building was designed. Then this proposal was...

  16. Intelligent Control in Automation Based on Wireless Traffic Analysis

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    Kurt Derr; Milos Manic

    2007-08-01

    Wireless technology is a central component of many factory automation infrastructures in both the commercial and government sectors, providing connectivity among various components in industrial realms (distributed sensors, machines, mobile process controllers). However wireless technologies provide more threats to computer security than wired environments. The advantageous features of Bluetooth technology resulted in Bluetooth units shipments climbing to five million per week at the end of 2005 [1, 2]. This is why the real-time interpretation and understanding of Bluetooth traffic behavior is critical in both maintaining the integrity of computer systems and increasing the efficient use of this technology in control type applications. Although neuro-fuzzy approaches have been applied to wireless 802.11 behavior analysis in the past, a significantly different Bluetooth protocol framework has not been extensively explored using this technology. This paper presents a new neurofuzzy traffic analysis algorithm of this still new territory of Bluetooth traffic. Further enhancements of this algorithm are presented along with the comparison against the traditional, numerical approach. Through test examples, interesting Bluetooth traffic behavior characteristics were captured, and the comparative elegance of this computationally inexpensive approach was demonstrated. This analysis can be used to provide directions for future development and use of this prevailing technology in various control type applications, as well as making the use of it more secure.

  17. Intelligent Control in Automation Based on Wireless Traffic Analysis

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    Kurt Derr; Milos Manic

    2007-09-01

    Wireless technology is a central component of many factory automation infrastructures in both the commercial and government sectors, providing connectivity among various components in industrial realms (distributed sensors, machines, mobile process controllers). However wireless technologies provide more threats to computer security than wired environments. The advantageous features of Bluetooth technology resulted in Bluetooth units shipments climbing to five million per week at the end of 2005 [1, 2]. This is why the real-time interpretation and understanding of Bluetooth traffic behavior is critical in both maintaining the integrity of computer systems and increasing the efficient use of this technology in control type applications. Although neuro-fuzzy approaches have been applied to wireless 802.11 behavior analysis in the past, a significantly different Bluetooth protocol framework has not been extensively explored using this technology. This paper presents a new neurofuzzy traffic analysis algorithm of this still new territory of Bluetooth traffic. Further enhancements of this algorithm are presented along with the comparison against the traditional, numerical approach. Through test examples, interesting Bluetooth traffic behavior characteristics were captured, and the comparative elegance of this computationally inexpensive approach was demonstrated. This analysis can be used to provide directions for future development and use of this prevailing technology in various control type applications, as well as making the use of it more secure.

  18. An Unified Approach for Process Quality Analysis and Control

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    Prof.Chandrakanth Biradar,Aruna Kawdi

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The process in a company finally results in product of the company, which represents the company standard. Hence, during the process execution time quality of the process needs to be taken care before and after the work done. In this paper, an unified approach to quality analysis and control of a process development is presented. This approach gives an overview of what the task the company assigned to the employers. The process is defined as the set of action items to achieve the work completion. Quality means grade of excellence. Quality analysis of a process is an improvement of the process and making sure that all the standard procedures are followed. An unified approach designed in this paper is a combination of software cost estimation and a financial market forecasting with the support of historical data, statistical data mining technique and artificial neural networks, which helps the developers as well as investors in strategic planning and investment decision making. Therefore, the paper describes a recommended process to develop software (SW cost estimates for software managers, perform financial market forecasting to control quality of process development. As a result, the improvement and analysis of the process quality can be performed from basic level to the corporate level. By this work, we conclude that the process quality control can be made easier and efficient compared to the old graphical analytics technique.

  19. System integration and control strategy analysis of PEMFC car

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    A new fuel car was designed according to the prototype LN2000 hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell car. The new prototype consists of a compact fuel cell engine with separated fuel cell stack, nickel metal hydride battery, a motor with power of 30Kw/100Kw and an inverter with high efficiency. With in the powertrain, a two-shift Planet gear transmission was employed. The power performance was greatly improved. New battery with EMS, new self-developed fuel cell engine, the motor propulsion system and electronic controlled transmission make it feasible to control the whole fuel car automatically and efficiently with optimization. The presents the system integration and the control strategy analysis of the fuel cell car prototype. The paper can be used for reference for engineers in the field of fuel cell vehicle. (author)

  20. Detrended fluctuation analysis of a systolic blood pressure control loop

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    We use detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) to study the dynamics of blood pressure oscillations and its feedback control in rats by analyzing systolic pressure time series before and after a surgical procedure that interrupts its control loop. We found, for each situation, a crossover between two scaling regions characterized by exponents that reflect the nature of the feedback control and its range of operation. In addition, we found evidence of adaptation in the dynamics of blood pressure regulation a few days after surgical disruption of its main feedback circuit. Based on the paradigm of antagonistic, bipartite (vagal and sympathetic) action of the central nerve system, we propose a simple model for pressure homeostasis as the balance between two nonlinear opposing forces, successfully reproducing the crossover observed in the DFA of actual pressure signals.

  1. An analysis method for control reconfigurability of linear systems

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    Wang, Dayi; Duan, Wenjie; Liu, Chengrui

    2016-01-01

    The reconfigurability of control systems is further researched based on the function-objective model (FOM). The establishment of the FOM has been published in the authors' former paper, solving the problem whether the system is reconfigurable without losing the desired control objective. Based on the FOM, the importance factor, the risk factor and the k th reconfigurability factor are proposed to evaluate the fault risks of all components and the system reconfigurability with k faults. These factors show which components should be improved and which faults cannot be tolerated. The analysis results are very useful for enhancing the fault-tolerance performances of the control systems by improving system designs. A satellite model is utilized to illustrate the proposed method.

  2. Detrended Fluctuation Analysis of Systolic Blood Pressure Control Loop

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    Galhardo, C E C; de Menezes, M Argollo; Soares, P P S

    2009-01-01

    We use detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) to study the dynamics of blood pressure oscillations and its feedback control in rats by analyzing systolic pressure time series before and after a surgical procedure that interrupts its control loop. We found, for each situation, a crossover between two scaling regions characterized by exponents that reflect the nature of the feedback control and its range of operation. In addition, we found evidences of adaptation in the dynamics of blood pressure regulation a few days after surgical disruption of its main feedback circuit. Based on the paradigm of antagonistic, bipartite (vagal and sympathetic) action of the central nerve system, we propose a simple model for pressure homeostasis as the balance between two nonlinear opposing forces, successfully reproducing the crossover observed in the DFA of actual pressure signals.

  3. Decentralized Control of Cooperative Systems: Categorization and Complexity Analysis

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    Goldman, C V; 10.1613/jair.1427

    2011-01-01

    Decentralized control of cooperative systems captures the operation of a group of decision makers that share a single global objective. The difficulty in solving optimally such problems arises when the agents lack full observability of the global state of the system when they operate. The general problem has been shown to be NEXP-complete. In this paper, we identify classes of decentralized control problems whose complexity ranges between NEXP and P. In particular, we study problems characterized by independent transitions, independent observations, and goal-oriented objective functions. Two algorithms are shown to solve optimally useful classes of goal-oriented decentralized processes in polynomial time. This paper also studies information sharing among the decision-makers, which can improve their performance. We distinguish between three ways in which agents can exchange information: indirect communication, direct communication and sharing state features that are not controlled by the agents. Our analysis s...

  4. Pressure Control in Distillation Columns: A Model-Based Analysis

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    Mauricio Iglesias, Miguel; Bisgaard, Thomas; Kristensen, Henrik; Gernaey, Krist; Abildskov, Jens; Huusom, Jakob Kjøbsted

    2014-01-01

    industrial distillation column, is used to assess the differences between the two control structures and to demonstrate the benefits of pressure control in the operation. In the second part of the article, a thermodynamic analysis is carried out to establish the influence of pressure on relative volatility...... for (pseudo)binary mixtures. A simple criterion is found, based on the difference in the scaled heats of vaporization of the light and heavy compounds: A large difference indicates that relative volatility is sensitive to pressure changes, whereas no a priori conclusion can be made for small...... differences. Depending on the sensitivity of relative volatility to pressure, it is shown that controlling the bottom-tray pressure instead of the top-tray pressure leads to operation at the minimum possible average column pressure, so that significant energy savings can be achieved....

  5. Robust Stability Analysis with Time Delay Using PI Controller

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    Gursewak Singh

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, real time implementation of PI and PID controllers is Investigated for stabilizing an arbitrary-order plant or system. Simple closed loop feedback ,PI controller can overcome all the problems of uncertainties like time delay in LTI (Linear Time Invariant system.This paper will give us an implortant alogorithm to be imlemented in MATLAB for achieving the robust stability in LTI plant in presence of any type of perturbations or external disturbances. In this paper, a single input and single output (LTI linear time invariant plant under perturbed conditions with additive uncertainity weight senstivity is considered. In this paper especially, I have found all set of PI gains Kp,Ki which will promise us for the stability in a given disturbed (SISO (LTI system by achieving the robust stability constraint ? <=1 can be found by obtaining the PI controller gains Kp,Ki using frequency domain analysis .

  6. Highly purified water control and analysis on power plants

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    Recently, the quality control of water has become more and more important to secure the safety of instruments and various pipes in an atomic power station and also to increase their lifetimes. The control of trace ion impurities in pure water of the secondary system in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) has become very strict year after year. Here, the present situations on the analysis and the control of the impurities were described in addition to the quality criteria of the water in atomic power stations. The analysis of trace ions in ultrapure water is carried out by on-line ionchromatography (IC). IC has been used since 1975 and now it became possible to determine the highly accurate concentrations of trace ions by various developments and improvements of the concerned makers. The control of water quality are considered in terms of make-up water system, thermal power plant, condensate and feed water, boiling water reactor and PWR secondary system. At present, determinations of Na+ and Cl- concentrations became necessary to reduce the incomes of impurities from the make-up water. However, it was confirmed that on-line IC developed for the measurement of ultrapure water is able to detect those ions at 0.01 ppb. (M.N.)

  7. Quality Assurance and Control in Laboratory using Neutron Activation Analysis

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    In accordance with the increment of international trade associated with the worldwide globalization, the importance of quality assurance and control for the commodity produced from one's own country has been stressed. ISO (International Organization for Standards) defines quality control as 'the operational techniques and activities that are used to fulfill the requirements for quality'. Since 1996, the HANARO research reactor in the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has been operated thereafter initial critical operation on April 1995. Neutron activation analysis system and applied techniques which is one of a nuclear analytical technologies using reactor neutrons has been developed for user's supporting and the establishment of the quality system for a measurement and analysis, testing and inspection was implemented successfully. On the basis of the qualified NAA system, the test and measurement of more than 1500 samples which is requested from 30 organizations including industrial companies, universities and institutes carried out in NAA laboratory annually. Moreover, as the goal of mutual recognition agreement (MRA) which can be removed a technical barrier in international trade, the objectivity and the confidence of analytical quality in NAA laboratory became established through the installation of international accreditation system by implementing analytical quality system in accordance with international standards in 2001. The aim of the report was to summarize the technical management of introduction, methods and the results for a quality control and assurance which should be performed in NAA technique using the HANARO research reactor. The report will help building up effective quality control strategy in the future

  8. Application of maximin correlation analysis to classifying protein environments for function prediction.

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    Lee, Taehoon; Min, Hyeyoung; Kim, Seung Jean; Yoon, Sungroh

    2010-09-17

    More and more protein structures are being discovered, but most of these still have little functional information. Based on the assumption that structural resemblance would lead to functional similarity, researchers computationally compare a new structure with functionally annotated structures, for high-throughput function prediction. The effectiveness of this approach depends critically upon the quality of comparison. In particular, robust classification often becomes difficult when a function class is an aggregate of multiple subclasses, as is the case with protein annotations. For such multiple-subclass classification problems, an optimal method termed the maximin correlation analysis (MCA) was proposed. However, MCA has never been applied to automated protein function prediction although MCA can minimize the misclassification risk in the correlation-based nearest neighbor classification, thus increasing classification accuracy. In this article, we apply MCA to classifying three-dimensional protein local environment data derived from a subset of the protein data bank (PDB). In our framework, the MCA-based classifier outperformed the compared alternatives by 7-19% and 6-27% in terms of average sensitivity and specificity, respectively. Given that correlation-based similarity measures have been widely used for mining protein data, we expect that MCA would be employed to enhance other types of automated function prediction methods. PMID:20719237

  9. Analysis of TMT primary mirror control-structure interaction

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    MacMynowski, Douglas G.; Thompson, Peter M.; Sirota, Mark J.

    2008-07-01

    The primary mirror control system (M1CS) keeps the 492 segments of the Thirty Meter Telescope primary mirror aligned in the presence of disturbances. A global position control loop uses feedback from inter-segment edge sensors to three actuators behind each segment that control segment piston, tip and tilt. If soft force actuators are used (e.g. voice-coil), then in addition to the global position loop there will be a local servo loop to provide stiffness. While the M1 control system at Keck compensates only for slow disturbances such as gravity and thermal variations, the M1CS for TMT will need to provide some compensation for higher frequency wind disturbances in order to meet stringent error budget targets. An analysis of expected high-wavenumber wind forces on M1 suggests that a 1Hz control bandwidth is required for the global feedback of segment edge-sensorbased position information in order to minimize high spatial frequency segment response for both seeing-limited and adaptive optics performance. A much higher bandwidth is required from the local servo loop to provide adequate stiffness to wind or acoustic disturbances. A related paper presents the control designs for the local actuator servo loops. The disturbance rejection requirements would not be difficult to achieve for a single segment, but the structural coupling between segments mounted on a flexible mirror cell results in controlstructure interaction (CSI) that limits the achievable bandwidth. Using a combination of simplified modeling to build intuition and the full telescope finite element model for verification, we present designs and analysis for both the local servo loop and global loop demonstrating sufficient bandwidth and resulting wind-disturbance rejection despite the presence of CSI.

  10. Contribution to stability analysis of nonlinear control systems

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    Švarc Ivan

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The Popov criterion for the stability of nonlinear control systems is considered. The Popov criterion gives sufficient conditions for stability of nonlinear systems in the frequency domain. It has a direct graphical interpretation and is convenient for both design and analysis. In the article presented, a table of transfer functions of linear parts of nonlinear systems is constructed. The table includes frequency response functions and offers solutions to the stability of the given systems. The table makes a direct stability analysis of selected nonlinear systems possible. The stability analysis is solved analytically and graphically.Then it is easy to find out if the nonlinear system is or is not stable; the task that usually ranks among the difficult task in engineering practice.

  11. Advanced sliding mode control for mechanical systems design, analysis and Matlab simulation

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    Liu, Jinkun

    2012-01-01

    ""Advanced Sliding Mode Control for Mechanical Systems: Design, Analysis and MATLAB Simulation"" takes readers through the basic concepts, covering the most recent research in sliding mode control. The book is written from the perspective of practical engineering and examines numerous classical sliding mode controllers, including continuous time sliding mode control, discrete time sliding mode control, fuzzy sliding mode control, neural sliding mode control, backstepping sliding mode control, dynamic sliding mode control, sliding mode control based on observer, terminal sliding mode control,

  12. Analysis of virtual passive controllers for flexible space structures

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    Williams, Trevor W.

    1992-01-01

    The dynamics of flexible spacecraft are not usually well known before launch. This makes it important to develop controllers for such systems that can never be destabilized by perturbations in the structural model. Virtual passive controllers, or active vibration absorbers, possess this guaranteed stability property; they mimic a fictitious flexible structure attached to the true physical one. This report analyzes the properties of such controllers, and shows that disturbance absorption behavior can be naturally described in terms of a set of virtual zeros that they introduce into the closed-loop dynamics of the system. Based on this analysis, techniques are then derived for selecting the active vibration absorber internal parameters, i.e., the gain matrices of such controllers, so as to achieve specified control objectives. Finally, the effects on closed-loop stability of small delays in the feedback loop are investigated. Such delays would typically be introduced by a digital implementation of an active vibration absorber. It is shown that these delays only affect the real parts of the eigenvalues of a lightly-damped structure. Furthermore, it is only the high-frequency modes that are destabilized by delays; low-frequency modes are actually made more heavily damped. Eigenvalue perturbation methods are used to obtain accurate predictions of the critical delay at which a given system will become unstable; these methods also determine which mode is critical.

  13. The Role of Colour Doppler And Spectral Flow Analysis In Pregnancy Induced Hypertension: A Case Control Study

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    Hinal Bhagat

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: The use of Doppler ultrasound to study blood flow in Obstetrics is of major importance because fetal inaccessibility precludes many other methods of study of fetal circulation. This study was undertaken to assess the role of Doppler in management of Pregnancy induced Hypertension. Methodology: The present case-control study was conducted in the department of Radiology, Govt. Medical College and New Civil Hospital, Surat. Details of obstetric history, age, last menstrual date and underlying risk factor, Doppler study of umbilical artery, fetal middle cerebral artery, both maternal uterine arteries and Ductus venosus was done. Parameters in form of Resistive index (RI, Pulsatility index (PI and systolic/diastolic ratio (S/D of all four arteries were taken. Results: It was observed that 55% cases with pregnancy induced hypertension developed IUGR fetuses while 2% of the IUGR fetus was present in control group. There were 41 (54% cases with IUGR fetuses. Out of which 28 (68% cases with IUGR had fetoplacental Doppler abnormality. 13 cases had abnormally low PI of MCA with normal umbilical arterial Doppler indices, out of which 12 patients had abnormal fetal outcome. Conclusion: By examining the maternal vessels using Doppler ultrasound it is possible to determine, the risk of complication developing in the course of pregnancy long before clinical signs of preeclampsia appear so that therapeutic measures may be undertaken early. [Natl J Med Res 2015; 5(1.000: 57-60

  14. Control, data acquisition, data analysis and remote participation in LHD

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    This paper presents the control, data acquisition, data analysis and remote participation facilities of the Large Helical Device (LHD), which is designed to confine the plasma in steady state. In LHD the plasma duration exceeds 3000 s by controlling the plasma position, the density and the ICRF heating. The 'LABCOM' data acquisition system takes both the short-pulse and the steady-state data. A two-layer Mass Storage System with RAIDs and Blu-ray Disk jukeboxes in a storage area network has been developed to increase capacity of storage. The steady-state data can be monitored with a Web browser in real time. A high-level data analysis system with Web interfaces is being developed in order to provide easier usage of LHD data and large FORTRAN codes in a supercomputer. A virtual laboratory system for the Japanese fusion community has been developed with Multi-protocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network Technology. Collaborators at remote sites can join the LHD experiment or use the NIFS supercomputer system as if they were working in the LHD control room

  15. Assessment of quality control approaches for metagenomic data analysis

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    Zhou, Qian; Su, Xiaoquan; Ning, Kang

    2014-11-01

    Currently there is an explosive increase of the next-generation sequencing (NGS) projects and related datasets, which have to be processed by Quality Control (QC) procedures before they could be utilized for omics analysis. QC procedure usually includes identification and filtration of sequencing artifacts such as low-quality reads and contaminating reads, which would significantly affect and sometimes mislead downstream analysis. Quality control of NGS data for microbial communities is especially challenging. In this work, we have evaluated and compared the performance and effects of various QC pipelines on different types of metagenomic NGS data and from different angles, based on which general principles of using QC pipelines were proposed. Results based on both simulated and real metagenomic datasets have shown that: firstly, QC-Chain is superior in its ability for contamination identification for metagenomic NGS datasets with different complexities with high sensitivity and specificity. Secondly, the high performance computing engine enabled QC-Chain to achieve a significant reduction in processing time compared to other pipelines based on serial computing. Thirdly, QC-Chain could outperform other tools in benefiting downstream metagenomic data analysis.

  16. Design and Performance Analysis of Incremental Networked Predictive Control Systems.

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    Pang, Zhong-Hua; Liu, Guo-Ping; Zhou, Donghua

    2016-06-01

    This paper is concerned with the design and performance analysis of networked control systems with network-induced delay, packet disorder, and packet dropout. Based on the incremental form of the plant input-output model and an incremental error feedback control strategy, an incremental networked predictive control (INPC) scheme is proposed to actively compensate for the round-trip time delay resulting from the above communication constraints. The output tracking performance and closed-loop stability of the resulting INPC system are considered for two cases: 1) plant-model match case and 2) plant-model mismatch case. For the former case, the INPC system can achieve the same output tracking performance and closed-loop stability as those of the corresponding local control system. For the latter case, a sufficient condition for the stability of the closed-loop INPC system is derived using the switched system theory. Furthermore, for both cases, the INPC system can achieve a zero steady-state output tracking error for step commands. Finally, both numerical simulations and practical experiments on an Internet-based servo motor system illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. PMID:26186798

  17. Nanosilicon properties, synthesis, applications, methods of analysis and control

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    Ischenko, Anatoly A; Aslalnov, Leonid A

    2015-01-01

    Nanosilicon: Properties, Synthesis, Applications, Methods of Analysis and Control examines the latest developments on the physics and chemistry of nanosilicon. The book focuses on methods for producing nanosilicon, its electronic and optical properties, research methods to characterize its spectral and structural properties, and its possible applications. The first part of the book covers the basic properties of semiconductors, including causes of the size dependence of the properties, structural and electronic properties, and physical characteristics of the various forms of silicon. It presents theoretical and experimental research results as well as examples of porous silicon and quantum dots. The second part discusses the synthesis of nanosilicon, modification of the surface of nanoparticles, and properties of the resulting particles. The authors give special attention to the photoluminescence of silicon nanoparticles. The third part describes methods used for studying and controlling the structure and pro...

  18. Propulsion/flight control integration technology (PROFIT) design analysis status

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    Carlin, C. M.; Hastings, W. J.

    1978-01-01

    The propulsion flight control integration technology (PROFIT) program was designed to develop a flying testbed dedicated to controls research. The preliminary design, analysis, and feasibility studies conducted in support of the PROFIT program are reported. The PROFIT system was built around existing IPCS hardware. In order to achieve the desired system flexibility and capability, additional interfaces between the IPCS hardware and F-15 systems were required. The requirements for additions and modifications to the existing hardware were defined. Those interfaces involving the more significant changes were studied. The DCU memory expansion to 32K with flight qualified hardware was completed on a brassboard basis. The uplink interface breadboard and a brassboard of the central computer interface were also tested. Two preliminary designs and corresponding program plans are presented.

  19. Cost and schedule control systems for safety analysis report projects

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    As a part of its waste management program at Savannah River site, Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) is performing safety analyses and providing safety documentation in support of construction in support of construction and operation of nuclear process facilities. The safety documentation includes a major document, the safety analyses report (SAR), which requires a detailed safety analysis of the facility. It is with the control of cost and schedule of SAR projects that this paper is concerned. The cost and schedule control system (CSCS) models developed for SAR projects comply with the principles and requirements of the US Department of Energy's project management system and criteria. The models apply to the SAR structure and allow calculation of key project performance parameters for the SAR as a whole and for individual chapters and sections. The models are based on the concept of earned value, which represents the periodic, consistent measurement of work performed in terms of the budget assigned to that work

  20. An Analysis of the PLLs With Secondary Control Path

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    Golestan, Saeed; Ramezani, Malek; Guerrero, Josep M.

    2014-01-01

    The phase-locked loops (PLLs) are widely used in different areas of applications particularly for synchronization and control purposes in grid connected applications. A major challenge associated with the PLLs is how to improve their dynamic performance without jeopardizing their stability and...... filtering capability. Recently, some approaches based on adding a secondary control path (SCP) to the PLL structure have been proposed to deal with this challenge. The objective of this letter is to briefly analyze these approaches. The study starts with an overview of the PLLs with SCP. The letter proceeds...... with the small-signal modeling of some of these PLLs, which significantly simplifies the analysis. Using these models, the effects of adding the SCP on the PLL structure are studied. The obtained results show that the SCP may not be a practical approach to improve the PLL dynamic performance as it...

  1. Muscle networks: Connectivity analysis of EMG activity during postural control

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    Boonstra, Tjeerd W.; Danna-Dos-Santos, Alessander; Xie, Hong-Bo; Roerdink, Melvyn; Stins, John F.; Breakspear, Michael

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the mechanisms that reduce the many degrees of freedom in the musculoskeletal system remains an outstanding challenge. Muscle synergies reduce the dimensionality and hence simplify the control problem. How this is achieved is not yet known. Here we use network theory to assess the coordination between multiple muscles and to elucidate the neural implementation of muscle synergies. We performed connectivity analysis of surface EMG from ten leg muscles to extract the muscle networks while human participants were standing upright in four different conditions. We observed widespread connectivity between muscles at multiple distinct frequency bands. The network topology differed significantly between frequencies and between conditions. These findings demonstrate how muscle networks can be used to investigate the neural circuitry of motor coordination. The presence of disparate muscle networks across frequencies suggests that the neuromuscular system is organized into a multiplex network allowing for parallel and hierarchical control structures.

  2. Multi-intersection Traffic Light Control Using Infinitesimal Perturbation Analysis

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    Geng, Yanfeng

    2012-01-01

    We address the traffic light control problem for multiple intersections in tandem by viewing it as a stochastic hybrid system and developing a Stochastic Flow Model (SFM) for it. Using Infinitesimal Perturbation Analysis (IPA), we derive on-line gradient estimates of a cost metric with respect to the controllable green and red cycle lengths. The IPA estimators obtained require counting traffic light switchings and estimating car flow rates only when specific events occur. The estimators are used to iteratively adjust light cycle lengths to improve performance and, in conjunction with a standard gradient-based algorithm, to obtain optimal values which adapt to changing traffic conditions. Simulation results are included to illustrate the approach.

  3. Evaluation of new control rooms by operator performance analysis

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    An advanced supervisory and control system called PODIATM (Plant Operation by Displayed Information and Automation) was developed by Toshiba. Since this system utilizes computer driven CRTs as a main device for information transfer to operators, thorough system integration tests were performed at the factory and evaluations were made of operators' assessment from the initial experience of the system. The PODIA system is currently installed at two BWR power plants. Based on the experiences from the development of PODIA, a more advanced man-machine interface, Advanced-PODIA (A-PODIA), is developed. A-PODIA enhances the capabilities of PODIA in automation, diagnosis, operational guidance and information display. A-PODIA has been validated by carrying out systematic experiments with a full-scope simulator developed for the validation. The results of the experiments have been analyzed by the method of operator performance analysis and applied to further improvement of the A-PODIA system. As a feedback from actual operational experience, operator performance data in simulator training is an important source of information to evaluate human factors of a control room. To facilitate analysis of operator performance, a performance evaluation system has been developed by applying AI techniques. The knowledge contained in the performance evaluation system was elicited from operator training experts and represented as rules. The rules were implemented by employing an object-oriented paradigm to facilitate knowledge management. In conclusion, it is stated that the feedback from new control room operation can be obtained at an early stage by validation tests and also continuously by comprehensive evaluation (with the help of automated tools) of operator performance in simulator training. The results of operator performance analysis can be utilized for improvement of system design as well as operator training. (author)

  4. Cost-benefit analysis of avian influenza control in Nepal.

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    Karki, S; Lupiani, B; Budke, C M; Karki, N P S; Rushton, J; Ivanek, R

    2015-12-01

    Numerous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A strain H5N1 have occurred in Nepal since 2009 despite implementation of a national programme to control the disease through surveillance and culling of infected poultry flocks. The objective of the study was to use cost-benefit analysis to compare the current control programme (CCP) with the possible alternatives of: i) no intervention (i.e., absence of control measures [ACM]) and ii) vaccinating 60% of the national poultry flock twice a year. In terms of the benefit-cost ratio, findings indicate a return of US $1.94 for every dollar spent in the CCP compared with ACM. The net present value of the CCP versus ACM, i.e., the amount of money saved by implementing the CCP rather than ACM, is US $861,507 (the benefits of CCP [prevented losses which would have occurred under ACM] minus the cost of CCP). The vaccination programme yields a return of US $2.32 for every dollar spent when compared with the CCR The net present value of vaccination versus the CCP is approximately US $12 million. Sensitivity analysis indicated thatthe findings were robust to different rates of discounting, whereas results were sensitive to the assumed market loss and the number of birds affected in the outbreaks under the ACM and vaccination options. Overall, the findings of the study indicate that the CCP is economically superior to ACM, but that vaccination could give greater economic returns and may be a better control strategy. Future research should be directed towards evaluating the financial feasibility and social acceptability of the CCP and of vaccination, with an emphasis on evaluating market reaction to the presence of H5N1 infection in the country. PMID:27044153

  5. Control of pneumatic transfer system for neutron activation analysis

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    Pneumatic transfer system(PTS) is one of the facilities to be used in irradiation of target materials for neutron activation analysis(NAA) in the research reactor. There are two systems the manual and the automatic system in PTS of HANARO research reactor. The pneumatic transfer system consists of many devices, sends and loads the capsules from NAA laboratory into three holes in the reflector tank of reactor and retrieves irradiated capsules after irradiation. This report describes the part's design, control system and the operation procedures. All the algorithm described in the text will be used for maintenance and upgrading

  6. Design and Performance Analysis of ZBT SRAM Controller

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Memory is an essential part of electronic industry. Since, the processors used in various high performancePCs, network applications and communication equipment require high speed memories. The type ofmemory used depends on system architecture, and its applications. This paper presents an SRAMarchitecture known as Zero Bus Turnaround (ZBT. This ZBT SRAM is mainly developed for networkingapplications where frequent READ/WRITE transitions are required. The other single data rate SRAMs areinefficient as they require idle cycles when they frequently switch between reading and writing to thememory. This controller is simulated on the Spartan 3 device. And the performance analysis is done on thebasis of area, speed and power.

  7. Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Optimal Malaria Control Strategies in Kenya

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    Gabriel Otieno

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Malaria remains a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among the children under five and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa, but it is preventable and controllable provided current recommended interventions are properly implemented. Better utilization of malaria intervention strategies will ensure the gain for the value for money and producing health improvements in the most cost effective way. The purpose of the value for money drive is to develop a better understanding (and better articulation of costs and results so that more informed, evidence-based choices could be made. Cost effectiveness analysis is carried out to inform decision makers on how to determine where to allocate resources for malaria interventions. This study carries out cost effective analysis of one or all possible combinations of the optimal malaria control strategies (Insecticide Treated Bednets—ITNs, Treatment, Indoor Residual Spray—IRS and Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Pregnant Women—IPTp for the four different transmission settings in order to assess the extent to which the intervention strategies are beneficial and cost effective. For the four different transmission settings in Kenya the optimal solution for the 15 strategies and their associated effectiveness are computed. Cost-effective analysis using Incremental Cost Effectiveness Ratio (ICER was done after ranking the strategies in order of the increasing effectiveness (total infections averted. The findings shows that for the endemic regions the combination of ITNs, IRS, and IPTp was the most cost-effective of all the combined strategies developed in this study for malaria disease control and prevention; for the epidemic prone areas is the combination of the treatment and IRS; for seasonal areas is the use of ITNs plus treatment; and for the low risk areas is the use of treatment only. Malaria transmission in Kenya can be minimized through tailor-made intervention strategies for malaria control which produces health improvements in the most cost effective way for different epidemiological zones. This offers the good value for money for the public health programs and can guide in the allocation of malaria control resources for the post-2015 malaria eradication strategies and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

  8. Microcomputer-based pneumatic controller for neutron activation analysis

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    A microcomputer-based pneumatic controller for neutron activation analysis was designed and built at the Savannah River Laboratory for analysis of large numbers of geologic samples for locating potential supplies of uranium ore for the National Uranium Resource Evaluation program. In this system, commercially available microcomputer logic modules are used to transport sample capsules through a network of pressurized air lines. The logic modules are interfaced to pneumatic valves, solenoids, and photo-optical detectors. The system operates from programs stored in firmware (permanent software). It also commands a minicomputer and a hard-wired pulse height analyzer for data collection and bookkeeping tasks. The advantage of the system is that major system changes can be implemented in the firmware with no hardware changes. This report describes the hardware, firmware, and software for the electronics system

  9. Cost-benefit analysis in animal disease control

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    Animal health economics is a relatively new discipline which is progressively developing a solid framework of concepts, procedures and data to support the decision making process in optimizing animal health management. Research in this field deals primarily with three interrelated aspects: (1) quantifying the financial effects of animal diseases, (2) developing methods for optimizing decisions when individual animals, herds or populations are affected, and (3) determining the costs and benefits of disease control measures. In the paper the four most common economic modelling techniques in animal health economics (i.e. partial budgeting, cost-benefit analysis, decision analysis, and systems simulation) are described and applied on three levels of veterinary decision making: the animal, herd and national level. Outcomes so far are summarized, and shortcomings indicated and discussed. The importance of a close link between economics and epidemiology is stressed for future development, as well as the need for, and possibilities of, an international exchange of models and procedures. (author)

  10. Analysis of rotor slotting saliency in induction motor sensorless control

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    Pucci, Marcello; Serporta, Calogero [I.S.S.I.A.-C.N.R. (Institute on Intelligent Systems for the Automation), Via Dante, 12, 90100 Palermo (Italy)

    2011-02-15

    This paper deals with induction machines study by Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for position sensorless control drives based on rotating voltage carrier injection. It focuses the analysis of the rotor slotting saliency, under the variations of: (1) supply of the machine (both the high frequency rotating voltage carrier and the fundamental frequency supply), (2) reference flux of the drive, (3) load torque, and (4) rotor geometry design. The relative spatial harmonic of the stator inductance space-vector responsible for the rotor slotting effect has been chosen as an index for evaluating the response to the high frequency carrier. A methodology for retrieving the stator inductance space-vector from a FEA is proposed as well. Results of the variation of the rotor slotting spatial harmonic of the stator inductance with the carrier frequency, the rotor flux linkage, the load torque and the rotor geometry are presented. (author)

  11. Performance Analysis: Work Control Events Identified January - August 2010

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    De Grange, C E; Freeman, J W; Kerr, C E; Holman, G; Marsh, K; Beach, R

    2011-01-14

    This performance analysis evaluated 24 events that occurred at LLNL from January through August 2010. The analysis identified areas of potential work control process and/or implementation weaknesses and several common underlying causes. Human performance improvement and safety culture factors were part of the causal analysis of each event and were analyzed. The collective significance of all events in 2010, as measured by the occurrence reporting significance category and by the proportion of events that have been reported to the DOE ORPS under the ''management concerns'' reporting criteria, does not appear to have increased in 2010. The frequency of reporting in each of the significance categories has not changed in 2010 compared to the previous four years. There is no change indicating a trend in the significance category and there has been no increase in the proportion of occurrences reported in the higher significance category. Also, the frequency of events, 42 events reported through August 2010, is not greater than in previous years and is below the average of 63 occurrences per year at LLNL since 2006. Over the previous four years, an average of 43% of the LLNL's reported occurrences have been reported as either ''management concerns'' or ''near misses.'' In 2010, 29% of the occurrences have been reported as ''management concerns'' or ''near misses.'' This rate indicates that LLNL is now reporting fewer ''management concern'' and ''near miss'' occurrences compared to the previous four years. From 2008 to the present, LLNL senior management has undertaken a series of initiatives to strengthen the work planning and control system with the primary objective to improve worker safety. In 2008, the LLNL Deputy Director established the Work Control Integrated Project Team to develop the core requirements and graded elements of an institutional work planning and control system. By the end of that year this system was documented and implementation had begun. In 2009, training of the workforce began and as of the time of this report more than 50% of authorized Integration Work Sheets (IWS) use the activity-based planning process. In 2010, LSO independently reviewed the work planning and control process and confirmed to the Laboratory that the Integrated Safety Management (ISM) System was implemented. LLNL conducted a cross-directorate management self-assessment of work planning and control and is developing actions to respond to the issues identified. Ongoing efforts to strengthen the work planning and control process and to improve the quality of LLNL work packages are in progress: completion of remaining actions in response to the 2009 DOE Office of Health, Safety, and Security (HSS) evaluation of LLNL's ISM System; scheduling more than 14 work planning and control self-assessments in FY11; continuing to align subcontractor work control with the Institutional work planning and control system; and continuing to maintain the electronic IWS application. The 24 events included in this analysis were caused by errors in the first four of the five ISMS functions. The most frequent cause was errors in analyzing the hazards (Function 2). The second most frequent cause was errors occurring when defining the work (Function 1), followed by errors during the performance of work (Function 4). Interestingly, very few errors in developing controls (Function 3) resulted in events. This leads one to conclude that if improvements are made to defining the scope of work and analyzing the potential hazards, LLNL may reduce the frequency or severity of events. Analysis of the 24 events resulted in the identification of ten common causes. Some events had multiple causes, resulting in the mention of 39 causes being identified for the 24 events. The most frequent cause was workers, supervisors, or experts believing they understood the work and the hazards but their understanding was incomplete. The second most frequent cause was unclear, incomplete or confusing documents directing the work. Together, these two causes were mentioned 17 times and contributed to 13 of the events. All of the events with the cause of ''workers, supervisors, or experts believing they understood the work and the hazards but their understanding was incomplete'' had this error in the first two ISMS functions: define the work and analyze the hazard. This means that these causes result in the scope of work being ill-defined or the hazard(s) improperly analyzed. Incomplete implementation of these functional steps leads to the hazards not being controlled. The causes are then manifested in events when the work is conducted. The process to operate safely relies on accurately defining the scope of work. This review has identified a number of examples of latent organizational weakness in the execution of work control processes.

  12. Multi-Pass Malware Sandbox Analysis with Controlled Internet Connection

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    Yoshioka, Katsunari; Matsumoto, Tsutomu

    Malware sandbox analysis, in which a malware sample is actually executed in a testing environment (i.e. sandbox) to observe its behavior, is one of the promising approaches to tackling the emerging threats of exploding malware. As a lot of recent malware actively communicates with remote hosts over the Internet, sandboxes should also support an Internet connection, otherwise important malware behavior may not be observed. In this paper, we propose a multi-pass sandbox analysis with a controlled Internet connection. In the proposed method, we start our analysis with an isolated sandbox and an emulated Internet that consists of a set of dummy servers and hosts that run vulnerable services, called Honeypots in the Sandbox (HitS). All outbound connections from the victim host are closely inspected to see if they could be connected to the real Internet. We iterate the above process until no new behaviors are observed. We implemented the proposed method in a completely automated fashion and evaluated it with malware samples recently captured in the wild. Using a simple containment policy that authorizes only certain application protocols, namely, HTTP, IRC, and DNS, we were able to observe a greater variety of behaviors compared with the completely isolated sandbox. Meanwhile, we confirmed that a noticeable number of IP scans, vulnerability exploitations, and DoS attacks are successfully contained in the sandbox. Additionally, a brief comparison with two existing sandbox analysis systems, Norman Sandbox and CWSandbox, are shown.

  13. Process control analysis of IMRT QA: implications for clinical trials

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    The purpose of this study is two-fold: first is to investigate the process of IMRT QA using control charts and second is to compare control chart limits to limits calculated using the standard deviation (?). Head and neck and prostate IMRT QA cases from seven institutions in both academic and community settings are considered. The percent difference between the point dose measurement in phantom and the corresponding result from the treatment planning system (TPS) is used for analysis. The average of the percent difference calculations defines the accuracy of the process and is called the process target. This represents the degree to which the process meets the clinical goal of 0% difference between the measurements and TPS. IMRT QA process ability defines the ability of the process to meet clinical specifications (e.g. 5% difference between the measurement and TPS). The process ability is defined in two ways: (1) the half-width of the control chart limits, and (2) the half-width of 3? limits. Process performance is characterized as being in one of four possible states that describes the stability of the process and its ability to meet clinical specifications. For the head and neck cases, the average process target across institutions was 0.3% (range: -1.5% to 2.9%). The average process ability using control chart limits was 7.2% (range: 5.3% to 9.8%) compared to 6.7% (range: 5.3% to 8.2%) using standard deviation limits. For the prostate cases, the average process target across the institutions was 0.2% (range: -1.8% to 1.4%). The average process ability using control chart limits was 4.4% (range: 1.3% to 9.4%) compared to 5.3% (range: 2.3% to 9.8%) using standard deviation limits. Using the standard deviation to characterize IMRT QA process performance resulted in processes being preferentially placed in one of the four states. This is in contrast to using control charts for process characterization where the IMRT QA processes were spread over three of the four states with none of the processes in the ideal state. Control charts may be used for IMRT QA in clinical trials to categorize process performance, minimize protocol variation and guide process improvements. For the duration of an institution's participation in a protocol, updated control charts can be periodically sent to the protocol QA center to document continued process performance to protocol specifications

  14. Control-flow analysis of function calls and returns by abstract interpretation

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    Midtgaard, Jan; Jensen, Thomas P.

    We derive a control-flow analysis that approximates the interprocedural control-flow of both function calls and returns in the presence of first-class functions and tail-call optimization. In addition to an abstract environment, our analysis computes for each expression an abstract control stack,......-based control-flow analysis from abstract interpretation principles.......We derive a control-flow analysis that approximates the interprocedural control-flow of both function calls and returns in the presence of first-class functions and tail-call optimization. In addition to an abstract environment, our analysis computes for each expression an abstract control stack...

  15. Statistical analysis of the blast furnace process output parameter using arima control chart with proposed methodology of control limits setting

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the statistical analysis of the selected parameter of the blast furnace process. It was proved that analyzed measurements have been autocorrelated. ARIMA control chart was selected for their analysis as a very useful statistical process control (SPC method. At first the methodology for control limits setting in ARIMA control charts considering the time series outlier analysis as an integral part of the ARIMA model building was designed. Then this proposal was applied to the statistical analysis of the selected blast furnace process output parameter with the aim to compare two production methods.

  16. Analysis of HPGe Spectrometer Stability - Internal Quality Control

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    Laboratory for Nuclear and Plasma Physics, Institute ''Vinea'' is authorized and accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 for measurements of radionuclide content in environmental samples. In accordance with a standards request and international recommendations, TCS No. 24, Quality System Implementation for Nuclear Analytical Techniques, permanent internal quality control of semiconductor HPGe spectrometer has been conducted. Periodical testing of spectrometer characteristics and creation of control charts are included in internal quality control processes. The evaluation of the measuring system can be performed by periodical testing as follows: FWHM chart provides evaluation of the resolution of a detector. Variation of the FWHM could be caused by electronic noise inside the detector, or might indicate a vacuum problem; FWTM chart allows to monitor tailing due to damage of the detection crystal, bad P/Z ration may indicate a leakage current; The ratio FWHM/FWTM for different gamma ray energies allows to monitor the quality of the detector; Activity chart allows to monitor the stability of the whole method; Background chart might discover contamination; Peak position chart provide indications for electronic stability and the influence of environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Point sources 60Co and 137Cs were used as a control sources for FWHM, FWTM, FWHM/FWTM ratio and peak position testing. Presented control charts, for a period June - December 2010, were used for an analysis of spectrometer stability. These charts show that performances of analyzed HPGe spectrometer were stable, meaning that measurements results for environmental samples could be considered as reliable, i.e. that the practice of Laboratory fully consists with an international recommendations. (author)

  17. UHB demonstrator interior noise control flight tests and analysis

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    Simpson, M. A.; Druez, P. M.; Kimbrough, A. J.; Brock, M. P.; Burge, P. L.; Mathur, G. P.; Cannon, M. R.; Tran, B. N.

    1989-01-01

    The measurement and analysis of MD-UHB (McDonnell Douglas Ultra High Bypass) Demonstrator noise and vibration flight test data are described as they relate to passenger cabin noise. The analyses were done to investigate the interior noise characteristics of advanced turboprop aircraft with aft-mounted engines, and to study the effectiveness of selected noise control treatments in reducing passenger cabin noise. The UHB Demonstrator is an MD-80 test aircraft with the left JT8D engine replaced with a prototype UHB engine. For these tests, the UHB engine was a General Electric Unducted Fan, with either 8x8 or 10x8 counter-rotating propeller configurations. Interior noise level characteristics were studied for several altitudes and speeds, with emphasis on high altitude (35,000 ft), high speed (0.75 Mach) cruise conditions. The effectiveness of several noise control treatments was evaluated based on cabin noise measurements. The important airborne and structureborne transmission paths were identified for both tonal and broadband sources using the results of a sound intensity survey, exterior and interior noise and vibration data, and partial coherence analysis techniques. Estimates of the turbulent boundary layer pressure wavenumber-frequency spectrum were made, based on measured fuselage noise levels.

  18. Simple Sensitivity Analysis for Orion Guidance Navigation and Control

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    Pressburger, Tom; Hoelscher, Brian; Martin, Rodney; Sricharan, Kumar

    2013-01-01

    The performance of Orion flight software, especially its GNC software, is being analyzed by running Monte Carlo simulations of Orion spacecraft flights. The simulated performance is analyzed for conformance with flight requirements, expressed as performance constraints. Flight requirements include guidance (e.g. touchdown distance from target) and control (e.g., control saturation) as well as performance (e.g., heat load constraints). The Monte Carlo simulations disperse hundreds of simulation input variables, for everything from mass properties to date of launch. We describe in this paper a sensitivity analysis tool ("Critical Factors Tool" or CFT) developed to find the input variables or pairs of variables which by themselves significantly influence satisfaction of requirements or significantly affect key performance metrics (e.g., touchdown distance from target). Knowing these factors can inform robustness analysis, can inform where engineering resources are most needed, and could even affect operations. The contributions of this paper include the introduction of novel sensitivity measures, such as estimating success probability, and a technique for determining whether pairs of factors are interacting dependently or independently. The tool found that input variables such as moments, mass, thrust dispersions, and date of launch were found to be significant factors for success of various requirements. Examples are shown in this paper as well as a summary and physics discussion of EFT-1 driving factors that the tool found.

  19. Economic Analysis of Vaccination Strategies for PRRS Control

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    2015-01-01

    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) is a swine-specific pathogen that causes significant increases in production costs. When a breeding herd becomes infected, in an attempt to hasten control and elimination of PRRSv, some veterinarians have adopted a strategy called load-close-expose which consists of interrupting replacement pig introductions into the herd for several weeks (herd closure) and exposing the whole herd to a replicating PRRSv to boost herd immunity. Either modified-live virus (MLV) vaccine or live field-virus inoculation (FVI) is used. This study consisted of partial budget analyses to compare MLV to FVI as the exposure method of load-close-expose program to control and eliminate PRRSv from infected breeding herds, and secondly to estimate benefit / cost of vaccinating sow herds preventatively. Under the assumptions used in this study, MLV held economic advantage over FVI. However, sensitivity analysis revealed that decreasing margin over variable costs below $ 47.32, or increasing PRRSv-attributed cost above $18.89 or achieving time-to-stability before 25 weeks resulted in advantage of FVI over MLV. Preventive vaccination of sow herds was beneficial when the frequency of PRRSv infection was at least every 2.1 years. The economics of preventative vaccination was minimally affected by cost attributed to field-type PRRSv infection on growing pigs or by the breeding herd productivity level. The models developed and described in this paper provide valuable tools to assist veterinarians in their efforts to control PRRSv. PMID:26673898

  20. Economic Analysis of Vaccination Strategies for PRRS Control.

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    Linhares, Daniel C L; Johnson, Clayton; Morrison, Robert B

    2015-01-01

    Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) is a swine-specific pathogen that causes significant increases in production costs. When a breeding herd becomes infected, in an attempt to hasten control and elimination of PRRSv, some veterinarians have adopted a strategy called load-close-expose which consists of interrupting replacement pig introductions into the herd for several weeks (herd closure) and exposing the whole herd to a replicating PRRSv to boost herd immunity. Either modified-live virus (MLV) vaccine or live field-virus inoculation (FVI) is used. This study consisted of partial budget analyses to compare MLV to FVI as the exposure method of load-close-expose program to control and eliminate PRRSv from infected breeding herds, and secondly to estimate benefit / cost of vaccinating sow herds preventatively. Under the assumptions used in this study, MLV held economic advantage over FVI. However, sensitivity analysis revealed that decreasing margin over variable costs below $ 47.32, or increasing PRRSv-attributed cost above $18.89 or achieving time-to-stability before 25 weeks resulted in advantage of FVI over MLV. Preventive vaccination of sow herds was beneficial when the frequency of PRRSv infection was at least every 2.1 years. The economics of preventative vaccination was minimally affected by cost attributed to field-type PRRSv infection on growing pigs or by the breeding herd productivity level. The models developed and described in this paper provide valuable tools to assist veterinarians in their efforts to control PRRSv. PMID:26673898

  1. Bifurcation analysis of a Lyapunov-based controlled boost converter

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    Spinetti-Rivera, Mario; Olm, Josep M.; Biel, Domingo; Fossas, Enric

    2013-11-01

    Lyapunov-based controlled boost converters have a unique equilibrium point, which is globally asymptotically stable, for known resistive loads. This article investigates the dynamic behaviors that appear in the system when the nominal load differs from the actual one and no action is taken by the controller to compensate for the mismatch. Exploiting the fact that the closed-loop system is, in fact, planar and quadratic, one may provide not only local but also global stability results: specifically, it is proved that the number of equilibria of the converter may grow up to three and that, in any case, the system trajectories are always bounded, i.e. it is a bounded quadratic system. The possible phase portraits of the closed-loop system are also characterized in terms of the selected bifurcation parameters, namely, the actual load value and the gain of the control law. Accordingly, the analysis allows the numerical illustration of many bifurcation phenomena that appear in bounded quadratic systems through a physical example borrowed from power electronics.

  2. Analysis and control of issues that delay pharmaceutical projects

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Every project will have certain objectives and service levels to be achieved. The success of a project depends on several dimensions like time, cost/budget, quality, etc. and managing a project involves completing the project within time, within budget and with quality to satisfy the users. Because of the significance of health, pharmaceutical companies realized the importance of project management methods and techniques to make available the life saving drugs in time to the needy patients and hospitals. In literature, there is meager information about pharmaceutical project management oriented towards analysis of issues and factors that contribute to the failure or success of projects. This study attempts to analyse different issues that contribute to time delays in pharmaceutical product-based projects, group them under a finite set of prominent factors and identify remedial measures to control those delays. The feedback of project people of some big pharmaceutical firms of Indian sub-continent was collected for this purpose. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA has been used to reduce the reasons for time delays to a limited number of prominent factors and the EFA model has been further examined by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA for its validation. Remedial measures under each factor of time delays have been gathered and a framework designed to mitigate the time delays in pharmaceutical projects. The derived factors that delay the pharmaceutical projects include resource, monitoring & control, scheduling and planning problems. Important remedial measures like blended resource approach, estimation and forecast of shortage of labour and skills, regular quality training, etc. have been recommended.

  3. The Multi-Isotope Process Monitor: Multivariate Analysis of Gamma Spectra

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    Orton, Christopher R.; Rutherford, Crystal E.; Fraga, Carlos G.; Schwantes, Jon M.

    2011-10-30

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has established international safeguards standards for fissionable material at spent fuel reprocessing plants to ensure that significant quantities of nuclear material are not diverted from these facilities. Currently, methods to verify material control and accountancy (MC&A) at these facilities require time-consuming and resource-intensive destructive assay (DA). The time delay between sampling and subsequent DA provides a potential opportunity to divert the material out of the appropriate chemical stream. Leveraging new on-line nondestructive assay (NDA) techniques in conjunction with the traditional and highly precise DA methods may provide a more timely, cost-effective and resource efficient means for MC&A verification at such facilities. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is developing on-line NDA process monitoring technologies, including the Multi-Isotope Process (MIP) Monitor. The MIP Monitor uses gamma spectroscopy and pattern recognition software to identify off-normal conditions in process streams. Recent efforts have been made to explore the basic limits of using multivariate analysis techniques on gamma-ray spectra. This paper will provide an overview of the methods and report our on-going efforts to develop and demonstrate the technology.

  4. Validation of the REBUS-3/RTC methodologies for EBR-II core-follow analysis

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    Operations and material control and accountancy (MCA) requirements for the Fuel Cycle Facility (FCF) will demand accurate prediction of the mass flow from Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) into the facility. This will require validated calculational tools that can predict the burnup and isotopic distribution in irradiated binary- and ternary-fueled Mark III, Mark IV, and Mark V assemblies. The present study demonstrates that the REBUS-3/RCT methodologies can meet these requirements. Validation is achieved via a two-step procedure. First, a set of detailed core-follow depletion calculations using the REBUS-3/RCT codes is performed for an extensive series of EBR-II runs. Second, the results of this analysis are compared with experimental determinations of burnup and U and Pu isotopic weight fractions that have been measured in IFR fueled test assemblies irradiated in EBR-II. The results of these comparisons are very good and indicate that mass flow predictions based on the methods used in this study are adequate for operational and MCA requirements in FCF

  5. Nonlinear system controller design based on domain of attaction: An application to CELSS analysis and control

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    Babcock, P. S., IV

    1986-01-01

    Nonlinear system controller design based on the domain of attraction is presented. This is particularly suited to investigating Closed Ecological Life Support Systems (CELSS) models. In particular, the dynamic consequences of changes in the waste storage capacity and system mass, and how information is used for control in CELSS models are examined. The models' high dimensionality and nonlinear state equations make them difficult to analyze by any other technique. The domain of attraction is the region in initial conditions that tend toward an attractor and it is delineated by randomly selecting initial conditions from the region of state space being investigated. Error analysis is done by repeating the domain simulations with independent samples. A refinement of this region is the domain of performance which is the region of initial conditions meeting a performance criteria. In nonlinear systems, local stability does not insure stability over a larger region. The domain of attraction marks out this stability region; hence, it can be considered a measure of a nonlinear system's ability to recovery from state perturbations. Considering random perturbations, the minimum radius of the domain is a measure of the magnitude of perturbations for which recovery is guaranteed. Design of both linear and nonlinear controllers are shown. Three CELSS models, with 9 to 30 state variable, are presented. Measures of the domain of attraction are used to show the global behavior of these models under a variety of design and controller scenarios.

  6. Controlling organic chemical hazards in food manufacturing: a hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP) approach.

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    Ropkins, K; Beck, A J

    2002-08-01

    Hazard analysis by critical control points (HACCP) is a systematic approach to the identification, assessment and control of hazards. Effective HACCP requires the consideration of all hazards, i.e., chemical, microbiological and physical. However, to-date most 'in-place' HACCP procedures have tended to focus on the control of microbiological and physical food hazards. In general, the chemical component of HACCP procedures is either ignored or limited to applied chemicals, e.g., food additives and pesticides. In this paper we discuss the application of HACCP to a broader range of chemical hazards, using organic chemical contaminants as examples, and the problems that are likely to arise in the food manufacturing sector. Chemical HACCP procedures are likely to result in many of the advantages previously identified for microbiological HACCP procedures: more effective, efficient and economical than conventional end-point-testing methods. However, the high costs of analytical monitoring of chemical contaminants and a limited understanding of formulation and process optimisation as means of controlling chemical contamination of foods are likely to prevent chemical HACCP becoming as effective as microbiological HACCP. PMID:12224422

  7. [Monitoring of a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plan for Listeria monocytogenes control].

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    Mengoni, G B; Apraiz, P M

    2003-01-01

    The monitoring of a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plan for the Listeria monocytogenes control in the cooked and frozen meat section of a thermo-processing meat plant was evaluated. Seventy "non-product-contact" surface samples and fourteen finished product samples were examined. Thirty eight positive sites for the presence of Listeria sp. were obtained. Twenty-two isolates were identified as L. monocytogenes, two as L. seeligeri and fourteen as L. innocua. Non isolates were obtained from finished product samples. The detection of L. monocytogenes in cooked and frozen meat section environment showed the need for the HACCP plan to eliminate or prevent product contamination in the post-thermal step. PMID:14976876

  8. Spatial control of groundwater contamination, using principal component analysis

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    N Subba Rao

    2014-06-01

    A study on the geochemistry of groundwater was carried out in a river basin of Andhra Pradesh to probe into the spatial controlling processes of groundwater contamination, using principal component analysis (PCA). The PCA transforms the chemical variables, pH, EC, Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, HCO$^{−}_{3}$, Cl−, SO$^{2−}_{4}$, NO$^{−}_{3}$ and F−, into two orthogonal principal components (PC1 and PC2), accounting for 75% of the total variance of the data matrix. PC1 has high positive loadings of EC, Na+, Cl−, SO$^{2−}_{4}$, Mg2+ and Ca2+, representing a salinity controlled process of geogenic (mineral dissolution, ion exchange, and evaporation), anthropogenic (agricultural activities and domestic wastewaters), and marine (marine clay) origin. The PC2 loadings are highly positive for HCO$^{−}_{3}$, F−, pH and NO$^{−}_{3}$, attributing to the alkalinity and pollution controlled processes of geogenic and anthropogenic origins. The PC scores reflect the change of groundwater quality of geogenic origin from upstream to downstream area with an increase in concentration of chemical variables, which is due to anthropogenic and marine origins with varying topography, soil type, depth of water levels, and water usage. Thus, the groundwater quality shows a variation of chemical facies from Na+ > Ca2+ > Mg2+ > K+: HCO$^{−}_{3}$ > Cl− > SO$^{2−}_{4}$ > NO$^{−}_{3}$ > F− at high topography to Na+ > Mg2+ > Ca2+ > K+: Cl− > HCO$^{−}_{3}$ > SO$^{2−}_{4}$ > NO$^{−}_{3}$ > F− at low topography. With PCA, an effective tool for the spatial controlling processes of groundwater contamination, a subset of explored wells is indexed for continuous monitoring to optimize the expensive effort.

  9. Austrian meat: Authenticity control by stable isotope analysis

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    Full text: The EU has declared that all foodstuff must be able to be traced back from 'fork to farm' to increase the safety of food and the confidence of the consumers in food quality and safety. Additionally, several incidents of 'food diseases and scandals' related with meat (e.g.: BSE, foot and mouth disease, antibiotics abuse, avian flu, etc.) have demonstrated the necessity to trace back the origin of meat, to be able to locate sources of infection/mismanagement. Besides the conventional method of the control of documentation there is the possibility of control of origin by analysing the isotopic composition of meat and herewith controlling the questioned good itself. Stable isotope ratios of the elements HCNOS are varying geographically due to different environmental conditions (e.g.: climate, geology, soil, altitude, geography, etc.) thus every region possesses an individual pattern. The isotopic pattern is imprinted on plants and animals growing in a certain region, and therefore analysis of the stable isotope pattern can allow the identification of agricultural goods from different regions. For the control of origin of Austrian meat about 500 beef and 500 pork samples have been collected from slaughterhouses and were analysed for the isotopic composition of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and sulphur and compared with the isotopic composition of meat samples from neighbouring countries. As Austria, despite being a small country, is very heterogeneous in its environmental conditions, thus there are significant differences in the isotopic patterns of individual Austrian provinces. The isotopic signature of meat samples from neighbouring countries can overlap with the 'Austrian isotope pattern' due to similar environmental conditions. However, a correct statistical classification has been achieved for 80% and 84% of the analysed beef and pork samples, respectively. If the declared origin of meat can be pinned down to an Austrian province, the discrimination power of the database is even significantly better. (author)

  10. Multi-dimensional project evaluation: Combining cost-benefit analysis and multi-criteria analysis with the COSIMA software system

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    or Simple Multiple-Attribute Rating Technique Exploiting Ranks (SMARTER) methods. Finally, a feature combining the CBA and MCA results can be provided by applying a trade off between the two methods or by means of the so called efficiency frontier is demonstrated. The presented multi......This paper proposes a methodology that integrates quantitative and qualitative assessment. The methodology proposed combines conventional cost-benefit analysis (CBA) with multi-criteria analysis (MCA). The CBA methodology, based on welfare theory, assures that the project with the highest welfare...

  11. Control-structure-thermal interactions in analysis of lunar telescopes

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    Thompson, Roger C.

    1992-12-01

    The lunar telescope project was an excellent model for the CSTI study because a telescope is a very sensitive instrument, and thermal expansion or mechanical vibration of the mirror assemblies will rapidly degrade the resolution of the device. Consequently, the interactions are strongly coupled. The lunar surface experiences very large temperature variations that range from approximately -180 C to over 100 C. Although the optical assemblies of the telescopes will be well insulated, the temperature of the mirrors will inevitably fluctuate in a similar cycle, but of much smaller magnitude. In order to obtain images of high quality and clarity, allowable thermal deformations of any point on a mirror must be less than 1 micron. Initial estimates indicate that this corresponds to a temperature variation of much less than 1 deg through the thickness of the mirror. Therefore, a lunar telescope design will most probably include active thermal control, a means of controlling the shape of the mirrors, or a combination of both systems. Historically, the design of a complex vehicle was primarily a sequential process in which the basic structure was defined without concurrent detailed analyses or other subsystems. The basic configuration was then passed to the different teams responsible for each subsystem, and their task was to produce a workable solution without requiring major alterations to any principal components or subsystems. Consequently, the final design of the vehicle was not always the most efficient, owing to the fact that each subsystem design was partially constrained by the previous work. This procedure was necessary at the time because the analysis process was extremely time-consuming and had to be started over with each significant alteration of the vehicle. With recent advances in the power and capacity of small computers, and the parallel development of powerful software in structural, thermal, and control system analysis, it is now possible to produce very detailed analyses of intermediate designs in a much shorter period of time. The subsystems can thus be designed concurrently, and alterations in the overall design can be quickly adopted into each analysis; the design becomes an iterative process in which it is much easier to experiment with new ideas, configurations, and components. Concurrent engineering has the potential to produce efficient, highly capable designs because the effect of one subystem on another can be assessed in much more detail at a very early point in the program. The research program consisted of several tasks: scale a prototype telescope assembly to a 1 m aperture, develop a model of the telescope assembly by using finite element (FEM) codes that are available on site, determine structural deflections of the mirror surfaces due to the temperature variations, develop a prototype control system to maintain the proper shape of the optical elements, and most important of all, demonstrate the concurrent engineering approach with this example. In addition, the software used for the finite element models and thermal analysis was relatively new within the Program Development Office and had yet to be applied to systems this large or complex; understanding the software and modifying it for use with this project was also required. The I-DEAS software by Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) was used to build the finite element models, and TMG developed by Maya Heat Transfer Technologies, Ltd. (which runs as an I-DEAS module) was used for the thermal model calculations. All control system development was accomplished with MATRIXX by Integrated Systems, Inc.

  12. Control-structure-thermal interactions in analysis of lunar telescopes

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    Thompson, Roger C.

    1992-01-01

    The lunar telescope project was an excellent model for the CSTI study because a telescope is a very sensitive instrument, and thermal expansion or mechanical vibration of the mirror assemblies will rapidly degrade the resolution of the device. Consequently, the interactions are strongly coupled. The lunar surface experiences very large temperature variations that range from approximately -180 C to over 100 C. Although the optical assemblies of the telescopes will be well insulated, the temperature of the mirrors will inevitably fluctuate in a similar cycle, but of much smaller magnitude. In order to obtain images of high quality and clarity, allowable thermal deformations of any point on a mirror must be less than 1 micron. Initial estimates indicate that this corresponds to a temperature variation of much less than 1 deg through the thickness of the mirror. Therefore, a lunar telescope design will most probably include active thermal control, a means of controlling the shape of the mirrors, or a combination of both systems. Historically, the design of a complex vehicle was primarily a sequential process in which the basic structure was defined without concurrent detailed analyses or other subsystems. The basic configuration was then passed to the different teams responsible for each subsystem, and their task was to produce a workable solution without requiring major alterations to any principal components or subsystems. Consequently, the final design of the vehicle was not always the most efficient, owing to the fact that each subsystem design was partially constrained by the previous work. This procedure was necessary at the time because the analysis process was extremely time-consuming and had to be started over with each significant alteration of the vehicle. With recent advances in the power and capacity of small computers, and the parallel development of powerful software in structural, thermal, and control system analysis, it is now possible to produce very detailed analyses of intermediate designs in a much shorter period of time. The subsystems can thus be designed concurrently, and alterations in the overall design can be quickly adopted into each analysis; the design becomes an iterative process in which it is much easier to experiment with new ideas, configurations, and components. Concurrent engineering has the potential to produce efficient, highly capable designs because the effect of one subystem on another can be assessed in much more detail at a very early point in the program. The research program consisted of several tasks: scale a prototype telescope assembly to a 1 m aperture, develop a model of the telescope assembly by using finite element (FEM) codes that are available on site, determine structural deflections of the mirror surfaces due to the temperature variations, develop a prototype control system to maintain the proper shape of the optical elements, and most important of all, demonstrate the concurrent engineering approach with this example. In addition, the software used for the finite element models and thermal analysis was relatively new within the Program Development Office and had yet to be applied to systems this large or complex; understanding the software and modifying it for use with this project was also required. The I-DEAS software by Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC) was used to build the finite element models, and TMG developed by Maya Heat Transfer Technologies, Ltd. (which runs as an I-DEAS module) was used for the thermal model calculations. All control system development was accomplished with MATRIX(sub X) by Integrated Systems, Inc.

  13. LSAP-DIGLIB, Linear Control System Design, Analysis, Plotting

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    1 - Description of program or function: LSAP (Linear Systems Analysis Program) is an interactive program with graphics capability provided through DIGLIB (Device Independent Graphics Library) that can be used for the analysis and design of linear control systems. Nearly all the classical design tools are available, including manipulation of transfer functions and generation of root locus, time response, and frequency response plots. The program is capable of working with continuous time systems and sampled data systems. For continuous time systems, the Laplace transform is used and for sampled data systems, the Z-transform is used. The capability to convert from a Laplace to a Z-transform is provided. The program is intended primarily for the analysis of feedback control systems. The system configuration or parameters can be changed easily, allowing the user to design compensation networks and perform sensitivity analyses in a very convenient manner. DIGLIB is a collection of general graphics subroutines. It was designed to be small, reasonably fast, device-independent, and compatible with RT-11, RSX-11M, and VMS and readily usable by casual programmers for two-dimensional plotting. DIGLIB has device drivers for Tektronix 4010, 4012, 4014, 4025, and 4027 terminals; VT100 terminals with the retro-graphics option; GIGI terminals, CalComp 1012 plotters, and Lexidata 3400 color graphics systems. 2 - Method of solution: LSAP performs its modeling by defining and operating upon polynomial fraction representations of transfer functions. It is a command oriented program. A command is entered, together with any necessary data, and then executed. The program is then ready for the next command. The MAIN procedure accepts a command and calls the appropriate command procedure, until the program is halted. Each command procedure uses any utilities required for the execution of the command. The commands interact with global data in two basic ways. All defined transfer functions are global records, which exist in a linked list. All commands except HALT and HELP operate upon these records. Also included in global data are switches, flags, pointers, and scalars which describe the state of the program and control the operations performed by the commands. 3 - Restrictions on the complexity of the problem: The program can only be applied to systems which can be described by a collection of rational transfer functions that are either Laplace or Z-transforms. The order of the numerator or denominator polynomials cannot exceed 20

  14. Computer Models for IRIS Control System Transient Analysis

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    Gary D. Storrick; Bojan Petrovic; Luca Oriani

    2007-01-31

    This report presents results of the Westinghouse work performed under Task 3 of this Financial Assistance Award and it satisfies a Level 2 Milestone for the project. Task 3 of the collaborative effort between ORNL, Brazil and Westinghouse for the International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative entitled “Development of Advanced Instrumentation and Control for an Integrated Primary System Reactor” focuses on developing computer models for transient analysis. This report summarizes the work performed under Task 3 on developing control system models. The present state of the IRIS plant design – such as the lack of a detailed secondary system or I&C system designs – makes finalizing models impossible at this time. However, this did not prevent making considerable progress. Westinghouse has several working models in use to further the IRIS design. We expect to continue modifying the models to incorporate the latest design information until the final IRIS unit becomes operational. Section 1.2 outlines the scope of this report. Section 2 describes the approaches we are using for non-safety transient models. It describes the need for non-safety transient analysis and the model characteristics needed to support those analyses. Section 3 presents the RELAP5 model. This is the highest-fidelity model used for benchmark evaluations. However, it is prohibitively slow for routine evaluations and additional lower-fidelity models have been developed. Section 4 discusses the current Matlab/Simulink model. This is a low-fidelity, high-speed model used to quickly evaluate and compare competing control and protection concepts. Section 5 describes the Modelica models developed by POLIMI and Westinghouse. The object-oriented Modelica language provides convenient mechanisms for developing models at several levels of detail. We have used this to develop a high-fidelity model for detailed analyses and a faster-running simplified model to help speed the I&C development process. Section 6 describes an ACSL model that Westinghouse started but suspended developing for the moment. ACSL is an old simulation language that Westinghouse used on many projects. It may (or may not) offer some advantages during the later stages of detailed plant design and analysis, but supporting the ACSL model does not appear to be necessary at this time. Section 7 summarizes our expectations for future development.

  15. Quality control for Analysis of anthropogenic radioactivity at MRI

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    Monitoring of 90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu in the atmospheric deposition samples has been continued for longer than 40 years at the Meteorological Research Institute, Japan (MRI). Our company (KANSO) has been in charge of the analyses of these radionuclides as a contractor for the recent several years. It is basic requirements to produce good quality data for the contractor in the long-term monitoring; each technician engaged in the analyses should not have the skill difference. Furthermore, the data produced should not involve any bias and whatever problems. We have, therefore, carried out the analytical quality control and assurance QC/QA) by using the MRI reference fallout material for radioactivity along with analysis of the real samples. In the present work, those results of the QC/QA at the MRI by the KANSO are presented. For the analyses of 90Sr (n=65) and 137Cs (n=158), good quality control has been achieved; the coefficient of variations were fairly small, less than 5%. Also, the deviation from the reference values for these two nuclides were within 2%. While for the analysis of 239,240Pu (n=40), the coefficient of variation was worse, almost 10%. The deviation from the reference values for Pu isotopes were worse, about 10%, as well. From the normalized frequency distribution for the data, it was shown that 90Sr and 137Cs have good normal distributions. While the 239,240Pu data showed slightly disturbed frequency distribution. This difference does not seem attributable to the skill level of the technicians engaged but the inhomogeneity of the 239,240Pu in the reference fallout material itself. The control plots were depicted to see if any low quality data. From this time series data analysis, few deviated data were found. The deviated data were not attributable for the replace of the technicians and equipments but probability reason. As a whole, good QC/QA was practically achieved in the analyses of 90Sr, 137Cs and 239,240Pu in the atmospheric deposition samples by the contractor, KANSO, at the MRI, Japan. (author)

  16. Costing and cost analysis in randomized controlled trials: caveat emptor.

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    Polsky, Daniel; Glick, Henry

    2009-01-01

    This article provides an overview of the central issues regarding cost valuation and analysis for a decision maker's evaluation of costing performed within randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Costing involves specific choices for valuation and analysis that involve trade-offs. Understanding these choices and their implications is necessary for proper evaluation of how costs are valued and analyzed within an RCT and cannot be assessed through a checklist of adherence to general principles. Resource costing, the most common method of costing, involves measuring medical service use in study case report forms and translating this use into a cost by multiplying the number of units of each medical service by price weights for those services. A choice must be made as to how detailed the measurement of resources will be. Micro-costing improves the specificity of the cost estimate, but it is often impractical to precisely measure resources at this level and the price weights for these micro-units may not be available. Gross-costing may be more practical, and price weights are often easier to find and are more reliable, but important resource differences between treatment groups may be lost in the bundling of resources. Price weights can either be nationally determined or centre specific, but the appropriate price weight will depend on perspective, convenience, completeness and accuracy. Identifying the resource types and the appropriate price weights for these resources are the essential elements to an accurate valuation of costs. Once medical services are valued, the resulting individual patient cost estimates must be analysed. The difference in the mean cost between treatment groups is the important summary statistic for cost-effectiveness analysis from both the budgetary and the social perspectives. The statistical challenges with cost data typically stem from its skewed distribution and the resulting possibility that the sample mean may be inefficient and possibly inappropriate for statistical inference. Multivariable analysis of cost is useful, even if the data come from an RCT, but the same distributional problems that affect univariate tests of cost also affect use of cost as a dependent variable in a multivariable regression analysis. The generalized linear model (GLM) overcomes many of the problems of more common cost models, but caution must be used when applying this model because it is prone to mis-specification and precision losses in data with a heavy-tailed log error term. Attention to the appropriate cost valuation and analysis techniques reviewed here will help bring the same level of rigor and attention to the methodological issues in cost valuation as is currently applied to clinical evidence within RCTs. PMID:19354338

  17. 21 CFR 120.8 - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP... SERVICES (CONTINUED) FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINT (HACCP) SYSTEMS General Provisions § 120.8 Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. (a) HACCP plan....

  18. Establishment of analysis procedure for control rod reactivity worth

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    As to the calculation method of control rod reactivity relating to hexagonal assembly, which are used generally in fast reactor, we have investigated the calculation method, the problems to rise during calculation, the degrees of calculation and the enhancement of calculation modeling so on, and estimated the application of calculation method through comparison and analysis of calculation result using the effective cross section generation system, TRANSX/TWODANT, and neutron flux calculation system, diffusion theory code DIF-3D, which are belonged to K-CORE System, and determined the basic calculation method, and extracted the present calculation problem in case of application in K-CORE System and the future improvement items so on

  19. Control of the boiling crisis: analysis of a model system

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    Controlling the transition between the low (nucleate) and high temperature (film) regimes of boiling is a serious challenge for a number of technological applications. Based on the theoretical analysis of a simplified reaction-diffusion model, it has recently been shown that the transition towards the dangerous situation where the high temperature phase tends to invade the whole system requires a higher power in a periodically spatially modulated system than in an homogeneous system. We show here that the transition mechanisms between the various boiling regimes depend on the ratio between the periodicity length along the wire and the characteristic thermal diffusion length. We analyse theoretically a simple experimental setup aimed at testing these ideas. The heater consists of a thin wire, with an applied electric current, with alternatively low resistance and high resistance sections. We determine the gain in stability for a set of realistic values of the parameters. (authors)

  20. Quality control of coins mint using PIXE and RBS analysis

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    Roumie, M.; Nsouli, B.; Chalhoub, G.; Hamdan, M.

    2010-06-01

    PIXE and RBS analysis is used to investigate the elemental content of modern Lebanese coins, in order to control their minting quality. The coins of interest were 100, 250 and 500 Lebanese Lira (LL), which are mainly bulky metals with or without coated layer. Using 3 MeV protons, proton induced X-ray emission PIXE identified and quantified elements while Rutherford backscattering spectrometry RBS checked the thickness of the coated layer. Indeed, the combination of PIXE and RBS provides a powerful tool to investigate the elemental composition of coins, either modern or ancient. In addition, the experimental protocol was checked by analyzing some other coins of known composition, such as 1-euro and 2-euro.

  1. Cost-effectiveness analysis in Chagas' disease vectors control interventions

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    A. M. Oliveira Filho

    1989-01-01

    Full Text Available After a large scale field trial performed in central Brazil envisaging the control of Chagas' disease vectors in an endemic area colonized by Triatoma infestans and T. sordida the cost-effectiveness analysis for each insecticide/formulation was performed. It considered the operational costs and the prices of insecticides and formulations, related to the activity and persistence of each one. The end point was considered to be less than 90% of domicilliary unitis (house + annexes free of infestation. The results showed good cost-effectiveness for a slow-release emulsifiable suspension (SRES based on PVA and containing malathion as active ingredient, as well as for the pyrethroids tested in this assay-cyfluthrin, cypermethrin, deltamethrin and permethrin.

  2. An Analysis of the Control Hierarchy Modeling of the CMS Detector Control System

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    Ling Hwong, Yi

    2010-01-01

    The supervisory level of the Detector Control System (DCS) of the CMS experiment is implemented using Finite State Machines (FSM), which model the behaviors and control the operations of all the sub-detectors and support services. The FSM tree of the whole CMS experiment consists of more than 30.000 nodes. An analysis of a system of such size is a complex task but is a crucial step towards the improvement of the overall performance of the FSM system. This paper presents the analysis of the CMS FSM system using the micro Common Representation Language 2 (mcrl2) methodology. Individual mCRL2 models are obtained for the FSM systems of the CMS sub-detectors using the ASF+SDF automated translation tool. Different mCRL2 operations are applied to the mCRL2 models. A mCRL2 simulation tool is used to closer examine the system. Visualization of a system based on the exploration of its state space is enabled with a mCRL2 tool. Requirements such as command and state propagation are expressed using modal mu-calculus and c...

  3. Analysis of Control Strategies for Diode Clamped Multilevel Inverter

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    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. Introduction to time-delay systems analysis and control

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    Fridman, Emilia

    2014-01-01

    The beginning of the 21st century can be characterized as the ”time-delay boom” leading to numerous important results. The purpose of this book is two-fold, to familiarize the non-expert reader with time-delay systems and to provide a systematic treatment of modern ideas and techniques for experts. This book is based on the course ”Introduction to time-delay systems” for graduate students in Engineering and Applied Mathematics that the author taught in Tel Aviv University in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years. The sufficient background to follow most of the material are the undergraduate courses in mathematics and an introduction to control. The book leads the reader from some basic classical results on time-delay systems to recent developments on Lyapunov-based analysis and design with applications to the hot topics of sampled-data and network-based control. The objective is to provide useful tools that will allow the reader not only to apply the existing methods, but also to develop new ones. It...

  5. Motor control in complex regional pain syndrome: a kinematic analysis.

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    Schilder, J C M; Schouten, A C; Perez, R S G M; Huygen, F J P M; Dahan, A; Noldus, L P J J; van Hilten, J J; Marinus, J

    2012-04-01

    This study evaluated movement velocity, frequency, and amplitude, as well as the number of arrests in three different subject groups, by kinematic analysis of repetitive movements during a finger tapping (FT) task. The most affected hands of 80 patients with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) were compared with the most affected hands of 60 patients with Parkinson disease (PD) as well as the nondominant hands of 75 healthy control (HC) subjects. Fifteen seconds of FT with thumb and index finger were recorded by a 60-Hz camera, which allowed the whole movement cycle to be evaluated and the above mentioned movement parameters to be calculated. We found that CRPS patients were slower and tapped with more arrests than the two other groups. Moreover, in comparison with the hands of the HC subjects, the unaffected hands of the CRPS patients were also impaired in these domains. Impairment was not related to pain. Dystonic CRPS patients performed less well than CRPS patients without dystonia. In conclusion, this study shows that voluntary motor control in CRPS patients is impaired at both the affected as well as the unaffected side, pointing at involvement of central motor processing circuits. PMID:22336720

  6. HPLC-MS technique for radiopharmaceuticals analysis and quality control

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    Potentialities of liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detector (MSD) were investigated with the objective of quality control of radiopharmaceuticals; 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) being an example. Screening of suitable MSD analytical lines is presented. Mass-spectrometric monitoring of acetonitrile-aqueous ammonium formate eluant by negatively charged FDG.HCO2- ions enables isotope analysis (specific activity) of the radiopharmaceutical at m/z 227 and 226. Kryptofix 222 provides an intense MSD signal of the positive ion associated with NH4+ at m/z 394. Expired FDG injection samples contain decomposition products from which at least one labelled by 18F and characterised by signal of negative ions at m/z 207 does not correspond to FDG fragments but to C5 decomposition products. A glucose chromatographic peak, characterised by m/z 225 negative ion is accompanied by a tail of a component giving a signal of m/z 227, which can belong to [18O]glucose; isobaric sorbitol signals were excluded but FDG-glucose association occurs in the co-elution of separation of model mixtures. The latter can actually lead to a convoluted chromatographic peak, but the absence of 18F makes this inconsistent. Quantification and validation of the FDG component analysis is under way. (author)

  7. Failure Analysis and Quality Control of Microwave Devices

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    Ming, Zhimao; Zong, Bo; Bai, Xiaoshu

    2016-02-01

    Microwave devices have been widely used in the communication and navigation and navigation fields. The reliability level of microwave devices is an important factor to affect the reliability of electronic equipment. The statistical analysis for the failure of sixty microwave devices was presented and the main causes of failure were given. The failure is mainly analyzed from three aspects below, the surface failure mechanism, the interior failure mechanism and the failure mechanism of electrode system and encapsulation. The surface failure mechanism is analyzed from four aspects, ionic contamination on the surface, silicon dioxide layer defect, the influence of interface states between silicon and silicon dioxide, radiation ionization trap. The interior failure mechanism is analyzed from two aspects, failure caused by thermal breakdown and failure due to latch-up effect of integrated circuit. The failure mechanism of electrode system and encapsulation is analyzed from two aspects, failure mechanism of metallization system and failure mechanism of metallization system of bonding. Meanwhile, the results showed that operation, process, adjustment, components and using problems were the main causes of failure. The valuable statistical data and analysis results were provided for the quality control of microwave devices.

  8. Quantitative analysis of distributed control paradigms of robot swarms

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    Ngo, Trung Dung

    Given a task of designing controller for mobile robots in swarms, one might wonder which distributed control paradigms should be selected. Until now, paradigms of robot controllers have been within either behaviour based control or neural network based control, which have been recognized as two...... mainstreams of controller design for mobile robots. However, in swarm robotics, it is not clear how to determine control paradigms. In this paper we study the two control paradigms with various experiments of swarm aggregation. First, we introduce the two control paradigms for mobile robots. Second, we...

  9. Production and in vitro characterization of 3D porous scaffolds made of magnesium carbonate apatite (MCA)/anionic collagen using a biomimetic approach

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    3D porous scaffolds are relevant biomaterials to bone engineering as they can be used as templates to tissue reconstruction. The aim of the present study was to produce and characterize in vitro 3D magnesium-carbonate apatite/collagen (MCA/col) scaffolds. They were prepared by using biomimetic approach, followed by cross-linking with 0.25% glutaraldehyde solution (GA) and liofilization. Results obtained with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the type-B carbonate substitution, while by X-ray diffraction (XRD), a crystallite size of ∼ 10 nm was obtained. Optical and electron microscopy showed that the cylindrical samples exhibited an open-porous morphology, with apatite nanocrystals precipitated on collagen fibrils. The cross-linked 3D scaffolds showed integrity when immersed in culture medium up to 14 days. Also, the immersion of such samples into an acid buffer solution, to mimic the osteoclastic resorption environment, promotes the release of important ions for bone repair, such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Bone cells (SaOs2) adhered, and proliferated on the 3D composite scaffolds, showing that synthesis and the cross-linking processes did not induce cytotoxicity. Highlights: • 3D scaffolds of Mg-carbonate–apatite and anionic-collagen were produced. • The biomimetic approach and the cross-linking with 0.25% GA solution were employed. • The scaffolds showed open-porous structure and apatite crystals on collagen fibrils. • The cross-linked scaffolds exhibited integrity when immersed in culture medium. • SaOs2 cells adhered and proliferated on the cross-linked scaffolds confirming no cytotoxicity

  10. Production and in vitro characterization of 3D porous scaffolds made of magnesium carbonate apatite (MCA)/anionic collagen using a biomimetic approach

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    Sader, Marcia S., E-mail: msader@metalmat.ufrj.br [Prog. Engenharia Metalúrgica e Materiais, COPPE/UFRJ, RJ (Brazil); Martins, Virginia C.A. [Depto. de Química e Física Molecular, IQSC/USP, SP (Brazil); Gomez, Santiago [Dept. Anatomía Patológica, Universidad de Cádiz, Cadiz (Spain); LeGeros, Racquel Z. [Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics, New York University College of Dentistry, NY (United States); Soares, Gloria A. [Prog. Engenharia Metalúrgica e Materiais, COPPE/UFRJ, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-10-15

    3D porous scaffolds are relevant biomaterials to bone engineering as they can be used as templates to tissue reconstruction. The aim of the present study was to produce and characterize in vitro 3D magnesium-carbonate apatite/collagen (MCA/col) scaffolds. They were prepared by using biomimetic approach, followed by cross-linking with 0.25% glutaraldehyde solution (GA) and liofilization. Results obtained with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) confirmed the type-B carbonate substitution, while by X-ray diffraction (XRD), a crystallite size of ∼ 10 nm was obtained. Optical and electron microscopy showed that the cylindrical samples exhibited an open-porous morphology, with apatite nanocrystals precipitated on collagen fibrils. The cross-linked 3D scaffolds showed integrity when immersed in culture medium up to 14 days. Also, the immersion of such samples into an acid buffer solution, to mimic the osteoclastic resorption environment, promotes the release of important ions for bone repair, such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Bone cells (SaOs2) adhered, and proliferated on the 3D composite scaffolds, showing that synthesis and the cross-linking processes did not induce cytotoxicity. Highlights: • 3D scaffolds of Mg-carbonate–apatite and anionic-collagen were produced. • The biomimetic approach and the cross-linking with 0.25% GA solution were employed. • The scaffolds showed open-porous structure and apatite crystals on collagen fibrils. • The cross-linked scaffolds exhibited integrity when immersed in culture medium. • SaOs2 cells adhered and proliferated on the cross-linked scaffolds confirming no cytotoxicity.

  11. Energy transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} in M{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl (M=Ca, Sr)

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    Yang, Fengli [National Engineering Research Center for Rare Earth Materials, General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, and Grirem Advanced Materials Co. Ltd., Beijing 100088 (China); Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); School of Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering, Jiangxi University of Science and Technology, Ganzhou, Jiangxi 341000 (China); An, Wei [School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhuang, Weidong, E-mail: wdzhuang@126.com [National Engineering Research Center for Rare Earth Materials, General Research Institute for Nonferrous Metals, and Grirem Advanced Materials Co. Ltd., Beijing 100088 (China); Tian, Guang-Shan [School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Jing, Xi-Ping, E-mail: xpjing@pku.edu.cn [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2014-02-15

    M{sub 4.95−y}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}Cl:0.05Eu{sup 2+}, yMn{sup 2+} (M=Ca, Sr) phosphors were synthesized at 1200 °C under a reductive atmosphere. The energy transfer mechanism and efficiency (η) from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} as well as the quantum efficiency (Q) of the Mn{sup 2+} emission were analyzed using PL spectra and decay curves. Least squares fittings of the Eu{sup 2+} decay curves indicate that the energy transfer from Eu{sup 2+} to Mn{sup 2+} follows the exchange mechanism in the Sr system, while besides exchange mechanism other complicated quenching processes are involved in the Ca system. Superficially the η is high but the Q is low, which implies some energy loss. Two quenching models representative of an “inverse bottleneck process”, which is related to the lifetime mismatch between Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+}, and a “charge transfer process“ in the Eu{sup 2+}–Mn{sup 2+} clusters, are proposed. The results may provide some clues for designing excellent sensitizer and activator co-doped phosphors in our further work. -- Highlights: • Energy transfer efficiency of Eu{sup 2+} is high and the emission efficiency of Mn{sup 2+} is low. • Inverse bottleneck effect related to Eu{sup 2+}/Mn{sup 2+} lifetime mismatch causes quenching. • Charge transfer process in Eu{sup 2+}–Mn{sup 2+} clusters also causes quenching.

  12. Design and Analysis of LINAC Control System in FPGA

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    Sangita Shit,; Anil Kumar Sahu

    2012-01-01

    Control system is the key part of Medical linear accelerator (LINAC), as the system deals with controlled radiation exposure to human body. As this sort of system pass through different regulatory body approvals, control system should be able to handle different stringent parameters very precisely. Some of the important tasks for control system are measurement of delivered dose; energy stabilization through controlling voltage level, automatic frequency control (AFC) of magnetron, trigger gen...

  13. Strain control magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Ta/FeCo/MgO heterostructures

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    Ong, P. V.; Kioussis, Nicholas; Amiri, P. Khalili; Wang, K. L.; Carman, Gregory P.

    2015-05-01

    Using ab initio electronic structure calculations, we have investigated the effect of epitaxial strain on magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of Ta/FeCo/MgO heterostructure. At small expansive strains on the FeCo layer, the system exhibits perpendicular MCA (PMA). Strain not only has a profound effect on the value of MCA but also induces a switching of magnetic easy axis. Analysis of the energy- and k-resolved distribution of orbital characters of the minority-spin band reveals that a significant contribution to PMA at zero strain arises from the spin-orbit coupling between occupied dx2-y2 and unoccupied dxy states, derived from Fe at the FeCo/MgO interface. The strain effect is attributed to strain-induced shifts of spin-orbit coupled d-states. Our work demonstrates that strain engineering can open a viable pathway towards tailoring magnetic properties for spintronic applications.

  14. Strain control magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Ta/FeCo/MgO heterostructures

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    Using ab initio electronic structure calculations, we have investigated the effect of epitaxial strain on magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA) of Ta/FeCo/MgO heterostructure. At small expansive strains on the FeCo layer, the system exhibits perpendicular MCA (PMA). Strain not only has a profound effect on the value of MCA but also induces a switching of magnetic easy axis. Analysis of the energy- and k-resolved distribution of orbital characters of the minority-spin band reveals that a significant contribution to PMA at zero strain arises from the spin-orbit coupling between occupied dx2−y2 and unoccupied dxy states, derived from Fe at the FeCo/MgO interface. The strain effect is attributed to strain-induced shifts of spin-orbit coupled d-states. Our work demonstrates that strain engineering can open a viable pathway towards tailoring magnetic properties for spintronic applications

  15. Design and Analysis of LINAC Control System in FPGA

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    Sangita Shit,

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Control system is the key part of Medical linear accelerator (LINAC, as the system deals with controlled radiation exposure to human body. As this sort of system pass through different regulatory body approvals, control system should be able to handle different stringent parameters very precisely. Some of the important tasks for control system are measurement of delivered dose; energy stabilization through controlling voltage level, automatic frequency control (AFC of magnetron, trigger generation, human safety and machine safety interlocks etc. Proposed approach to the above mentioned requirement is design of a control system based on FPGA.This project proposes a control and communication system for medical linear accelerator.

  16. Modal cost analysis for linear matrix-second-order systems

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    Skelton, R. E.; Hughes, P. C.

    1980-01-01

    Reduced models and reduced controllers for systems governed by matrix-second-order differential equations are obtained by retaining those modes which make the largest contributions to quadratic control objectives. Such contributions, expressed in terms of modal data, used as mode truncation criteria, allow the statement of the specific control objectives to influence the early model reduction from very high order models which are available, for example, from finite element methods. The relative importance of damping, frequency, and eigenvector in the mode truncation decisions are made explicit for each of these control objectives: attitude control, vibration suppression and figure control. The paper also shows that using modal cost analysis (MCA) on the closed loop modes of the optimally controlled system allows the construction of reduced control policies which feedback only those closed loop modal coordinates which are most critical to the quadratic control performance criterion. In this way, the modes which should be controlled (and hence the modes which must be observable by choice of measurements), are deduced from truncations of the optimal controller.

  17. Dynamic Curvature Steering Control for Autonomous Vehicle: Performance Analysis

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    Aizzat Zakaria, Muhammad; Zamzuri, Hairi; Amri Mazlan, Saiful

    2016-02-01

    This paper discusses the design of dynamic curvature steering control for autonomous vehicle. The lateral control and longitudinal control are discussed in this paper. The controller is designed based on the dynamic curvature calculation to estimate the path condition and modify the vehicle speed and steering wheel angle accordingly. In this paper, the simulation results are presented to show the capability of the controller to track the reference path. The controller is able to predict the path and modify the vehicle speed to suit the path condition. The effectiveness of the controller is shown in this paper whereby identical performance is achieved with the benchmark but with extra curvature adaptation capabilites.

  18. Analysis for Secondary Task in Advanced Main Control Room Using Soft Controls

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    The purpose of this study is to analyze operator tasks using soft controls from the simulation data of an advanced MCR. In this study, the primary and secondary tasks of eighteen simulation data were analyzed. The results showed that secondary tasks were required to perform scenarios more than primary task needs. Among these secondary tasks, the 'switch screen' made up the largest portion. This indicates that operator workload would increase with an increase of the 'switch screen' task. To reduce operator workload, Cps designers put the screen link buttons in the Cps. According to an analysis of secondary tasks using the screen link buttons, it is recognized that using the screen link buttons of the Cps helps reduce the number of secondary tasks and reduce errors of the 'switch screen'. Therefore, although increased secondary tasks can affect the increase of operator workload according to the adapting soft controls in advanced MCRs, using supporting designs such as the screen link buttons helps to reduce operator workload and errors

  19. Cadmium and lead residue control in a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) environment.

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    Pagan-Rodríguez, Doritza; O'Keefe, Margaret; Deyrup, Cindy; Zervos, Penny; Walker, Harry; Thaler, Alice

    2007-02-21

    In 2003-2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) conducted an exploratory assessment to determine the occurrence and levels of cadmium and lead in randomly collected samples of kidney, liver, and muscle tissues of mature chickens, boars/stags, dairy cows, and heifers. The data generated in the study were qualitatively compared to data that FSIS gathered in a 1985-1986 study in order to identify trends in the levels of cadmium and lead in meat and poultry products. The exploratory assessment was necessary to verify that Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans and efforts to control exposure to these heavy metals are effective and result in products that meet U.S. export requirements. A comparison of data from the two FSIS studies suggests that the incidence and levels of cadmium and lead in different slaughter classes have remained stable since the first study was conducted in 1985-1986. This study was conducted to fulfill FSIS mandate to ensure that meat, poultry, and egg products entering commerce in the United States are free of adulterants, including elevated levels of environmental contaminants such as cadmium and lead. PMID:17249686

  20. Detection of the East and West African kdr mutation in Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles arabiensis from Uganda using a new assay based on FRET/Melt Curve analysis

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    Backeljau Thierry

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Appropriate monitoring of vector resistance to insecticides is an integral component of planning and evaluation of insecticide use in malaria control programmes. The malaria vectors Anopheles gambiae s.s. and Anopheles arabiensis have developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides as a result of a mechanism conferring reduced nervous system sensitivity, better known as knockdown resistance (kdr. In An. gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis, two different substitutions in the para-type sodium channel, a L1014F substitution common in West Africa and a L1014S replacement found in Kenya, are linked with kdr. Two different allele-specific polymerase chain reactions (AS-PCR are needed to detect these known kdr mutations. However, these AS-PCR assays rely on a single nucleotide polymorphism mismatch, which can result in unreliable results. Methods Here, a new assay for the detection of knockdown resistance in An. gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis based on Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer/Melt Curve analysis (FRET/MCA is presented and compared with the existing assays. Results The new FRET/MCA method has the important advantage of detecting both kdr alleles in one assay. Moreover, results show that the FRET/MCA is more reliable and more sensitive than the existing AS-PCR assays and is able to detect new genotypes. By using this technique, the presence of the East African kdr mutation (L1014S is shown for the first time in An. arabiensis specimens from Uganda. In addition, a new kdr genotype is reported in An. gambiae s.s. from Uganda, where four An. gambiae s.s. mosquitoes possess both, the West (L1014F and East (L1014S African kdr allele, simultaneously. Conclusion The presence of both kdr mutations in the same geographical region shows the necessity of a reliable assay that enables to detect both mutations in one single assay. Hence, this new assay based on FRET/MCA will improve the screening of the kdr frequencies in An. gambiae s.s. and An. arabiensis.

  1. Model-based analysis of control performance in sewer systems

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    Mollerup, Ane Høyer; Mauricio Iglesias, Miguel; Johansen, N.B.; Thornberg, D.; Mikkelsen, Peter Steen; Sin, Gürkan

    Design and assessment of control in wastewater systems has to be tackled at all levels, including supervisory and regulatory level. We present here an integrated approach to assessment of control in sewer systems based on modelling and the use of process control tools to assess the controllability...... of the process. A case study of a subcatchment area in Copenhagen (Denmark) is used to illustrate the combined approach in modelling of the system and control assessment....

  2. Analysis and Design of Heat Energy Control System

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    Adu Poku, Daniel

    2011-01-01

    As technology progresses, many kinds of control systems are being developed using the concept of control theory to keep pace with modern day application requirements, ranging from simple to sophisticated types of control system. Control systems can be found in different practical application such as biological systems, robotic systems, space applications, home appliances and so many more. The thesis has been carried out to analyze the fundamental theory of control systems and its main el...

  3. MODELLING, SIMULATION AND ROBUST ANALYSIS OF THE TEMPERATURE PROCESS CONTROL

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    Mircea Dulau; Adrian Gligor; Horatiu-Stefan Grif

    2012-01-01

    Processes characterized by large time constant, such as those with temperature control systems, are found in a large number of industrial applications. To control such systems, the appropriate mathematical models identification is needed, considering the uncertainties modeling, handling in dynamic operating regime and proposing control solutions. The paper presents a control system used in a part of a complex plant where is needed to maintain temperature at a set point. The controlled install...

  4. Performance Analysis of PCFICH and PDCCH LTE Control Channels

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    J. Milos; HANUS, S.

    2014-01-01

    Control channels play a key role in the evaluation of mobile system performance. The purpose of our paper is to evaluate the performance of the control channels implementation in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) system. The paper deals with the simulation of the complete signal processing chain for Physical Control Format Indicator Channel (PCFICH) and Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) in the LTE system, Release 8. We implemented a complete signal processing chain for downlink control ch...

  5. Collaborative human-machine analysis using a controlled natural language

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    Mott, David H.; Shemanski, Donald R.; Giammanco, Cheryl; Braines, Dave

    2015-05-01

    A key aspect of an analyst's task in providing relevant information from data is the reasoning about the implications of that data, in order to build a picture of the real world situation. This requires human cognition, based upon domain knowledge about individuals, events and environmental conditions. For a computer system to collaborate with an analyst, it must be capable of following a similar reasoning process to that of the analyst. We describe ITA Controlled English (CE), a subset of English to represent analyst's domain knowledge and reasoning, in a form that it is understandable by both analyst and machine. CE can be used to express domain rules, background data, assumptions and inferred conclusions, thus supporting human-machine interaction. A CE reasoning and modeling system can perform inferences from the data and provide the user with conclusions together with their rationale. We present a logical problem called the "Analysis Game", used for training analysts, which presents "analytic pitfalls" inherent in many problems. We explore an iterative approach to its representation in CE, where a person can develop an understanding of the problem solution by incremental construction of relevant concepts and rules. We discuss how such interactions might occur, and propose that such techniques could lead to better collaborative tools to assist the analyst and avoid the "pitfalls".

  6. The value of standards. Essay on a cost-benefit analysis of environmental policy. Final report

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    In practice, societal cost-benefit analysis (MKBA in Dutch), multicriteria analysis (MCA) and cost effectiveness analysis are applied to compare the costs and beneficial effects of governmental policies. In this report attention is paid to the societal benefits and the economic impacts of environmental standards

  7. Fuzzy Current-Mode Control and Stability Analysis

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    Kopasakis, George

    2000-01-01

    In this paper a current-mode control (CMC) methodology is developed for a buck converter by using a fuzzy logic controller. Conventional CMC methodologies are based on lead-lag compensation with voltage and inductor current feedback. In this paper the converter lead-lag compensation will be substituted with a fuzzy controller. A small-signal model of the fuzzy controller will also be developed in order to examine the stability properties of this buck converter control system. The paper develops an analytical approach, introducing fuzzy control into the area of CMC.

  8. Modeling and Analysis of PI Controller Based Speed Control of Brushless DC Motor Drive.

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    Mr.P.Nagasekhar Reddy

    2013-01-01

    The Brushless DC motors (BLDC) find widespread applications in domestic and industries due to their low and high power density and ease of speed control. To accomplish desired level of performance the motor requires suitable speed controllers. In case of permanent magnet Brushless DC motors, usually control of speed is reached by using proportional integral (PI) controller. Although the conventional PI controllers are widely used in the industry due to their simple control structure and ease ...

  9. Novel analysis of Petri-net-based controllers by means of TCT implementation tool of supervisory control theory

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    Murat Uzam

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The control of discrete event systems (DES has been widely studied in the past two decades. Finite-state automata (FSA and Petri nets (PN are the two principal modelling formalisms for this study. Supervisory control theory (SCT, based on language and FSA concepts, is a well established framework for the study of discrete event control systems (DECS. PN-based approaches to the control design have been considered as an alternative framework. In the PN-based control of DES, given an uncontrolled PN model of a system and a set of specifications, a PN-based controller consisting of monitors (control places is synthesised to solve the problem. In general, forbidden-state specifications are considered. Another heavily studied specification is to obtain the live system behaviour (non-blockingness in SCT terminology for a given PN model by computing a PN-based controller. Unfortunately, PN-based analysis tools cannot deal with uncontrollable transitions. Therefore, to date there is no general technique for the correctness analysis of the computed PN-based controllers. This paper proposes a novel and general methodology to carry out the correctness analysis for the computed PN-based controllers by using the TCT implementation tool of SCT. Three examples are considered for illustration.

  10. Next Generation Nuclear Plant Resilient Control System Functional Analysis

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    Control Systems and their associated instrumentation must meet reliability, availability, maintainability, and resiliency criteria in order for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) to be economically competitive. Research, perhaps requiring several years, may be needed to develop control systems to support plant availability and resiliency. This report functionally analyzes the gaps between traditional and resilient control systems as applicable to HTGRs, which includes the Next Generation Nuclear Plant; defines resilient controls; assesses the current state of both traditional and resilient control systems; and documents the functional gaps existing between these two controls approaches as applicable to HTGRs. This report supports the development of an overall strategy for applying resilient controls to HTGRs by showing that control systems with adequate levels of resilience perform at higher levels, respond more quickly to disturbances, increase operational efficiency, and increase public protection.

  11. Next Generation Nuclear Plant Resilient Control System Functional Analysis

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    Lynne M. Stevens

    2010-07-01

    Control Systems and their associated instrumentation must meet reliability, availability, maintainability, and resiliency criteria in order for high temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs) to be economically competitive. Research, perhaps requiring several years, may be needed to develop control systems to support plant availability and resiliency. This report functionally analyzes the gaps between traditional and resilient control systems as applicable to HTGRs, which includes the Next Generation Nuclear Plant; defines resilient controls; assesses the current state of both traditional and resilient control systems; and documents the functional gaps existing between these two controls approaches as applicable to HTGRs. This report supports the development of an overall strategy for applying resilient controls to HTGRs by showing that control systems with adequate levels of resilience perform at higher levels, respond more quickly to disturbances, increase operational efficiency, and increase public protection.

  12. Analysis and design of controllers for a double inverted pendulum

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    Niemann, Hans Henrik; Poulsen, J K

    2003-01-01

    A physical control problem is studied with the ? methodology. The issues of modelling, uncertainty modelling, performance specification, controller design and laboratory implementation are discussed. The laboratory experiment is a double inverted pendulum placed on a cart. The limitations in the...

  13. Analysis of Offshore Knuckle Boom Crane - Part Two: Motion Control

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    Morten K. Bak; Hansen, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    In this paper design of electro-hydraulic motion control systems for offshore knuckle boom cranes is discussed. The influence of the control valve bandwidth along with the ramp time for the control signal are investigated both analytically with simplified system models and numerically with an experimentally verified crane model. The results of both types of investigations are related to general design rules for selection of control valves and ramp times and the relevance of these design rules...

  14. Analysis of Model Predictive Current Control for Voltage Source Inverter

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    Jingang Han; Zhiyuan Ma; Dongkai Peng

    2013-01-01

    Model predictive control has become a promising control technology in power converter, because of the good dynamic response and accurate current tracking capability. This study mainly analyzes and verifies the Model Predictive Current control (MPC) of a three-phase voltage sources converter. The MPC controller predicts the behavior of the converter for each possible voltage vector on each sampling interval. And a cost function is used to evaluate the voltage vector for the next sampling inter...

  15. Model Predictive Control System Analysis for Sugarcane Crushing Mill Process

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    Sandeep Kumar Sunori; Pradeep Kumar Juneja; Anamika Bhatia Jain

    2015-01-01

    MPC is a computer based technique that requires the process model to anticipate the future outputs of that process. An optimal control action is taken by MPC based on this prediction. The MPC is so popular since its control performance has been reported to be best among other conventional techniques to control the multivariable dynamical plants with various inputs and outputs constraints. In this paper the performance of an MPC controller on a single stage of milling train of sugar mill is an...

  16. Analysis of man-machine interaction for control and display system in main control room of light water reactor

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    One of potential hazard in Nuclear Power Plant is the failure of its operation. The accident or operation failure in the reactor must be concerned event its probability is low. The important thing should be concerned is 'Analysis of Man-Machine Interaction (MMI) for Control and Display System in Main Control Room (MCR) of Nuclear Power Reactor', especially LWR type. Control and Display System in MCR of Reactor is the main part of MMI link process in Reactor MCR work system. Signal from display system showed performance process in reactor, while this signal will be received by operator. This signal will be described through central nerve for making decision what kind must be done. Then the operator manage the next process of reactor operation through control system. So by knowing Analysis of Man-Machine Interaction for Control and Display System in Main Control Room of Power Reactor, we can understand human error probability of the operator in reactor operation

  17. Automation of low energy gamma spectrometric analysis of mineral samples

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    An interface device to perform the automatic operation of a multichannel analyser CANBERRA S30 from a COMODORE 64 microcomputer was developed. The interface also allows the manual control of the MCA and fulfills the requirements of low cost and simplicity

  18. Holistic indices for productivity control assessment, applied to the comparative analysis of PID and fuzzy controllers within an Isasmelt furnace

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    Ojeda Sarmiento, Juan Manuel; Fuertes Armengol, José Mª; Griful Ponsati, Eulàlia

    2014-01-01

    This research aims to contribute to the analysis of control performance assessment in extractive metallurgy. Productivity-based indices are proposed in addition to current measuring techniques. Such criteria are employed to compare conventional PID and fuzzy-based controllers in copper smelting. This process is mathematically modeled in order to be simulated. The comparison confirms a better performance of the fuzzy controller in dealing with the molten bath temperature within an Isasmelt fur...

  19. Direct Torque Control in presence of Current sensor failure in Variable Speed Wind System: Effect analysis, detection and control reconfiguration

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    A. J. Arbi

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a study of current sensor failure in a Direct Torque Control applied to a Double Fed Induction Generator based Variable Speed Wind System. The effect of scaling and offset current sensor errors is discussed through sensibility analysis. A control reconfiguration is then proposed to remedy this sensor failure. Simulation results emphasize the good performances of the proposed current sensor fault tolerant control

  20. 4f and 5d energy levels of the divalent and trivalent lanthanide ions in M2Si5N8 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba)

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    Optical data of Sm, Tb and Yb doped Ca2Si5N8 and Sr2Si5N8 phosphors that have been prepared by solid-state synthesis, are presented. Together with luminescence data from literature on Ce3+ and Eu2+ doping in the M2Si5N8 (M=Ca, Sr, Ba) hosts, energy level schemes were constructed showing the energy of the 4f and 5d levels of all divalent and trivalent lanthanide ions relative to the valence and conduction band. The schemes were of great help in interpreting the optical data of the lanthanide doped phosphors and allow commenting on the valence stability of the ions, as well as the stability against thermal quenching of the Eu2+df emission. Tb3+ substitutes on both a high energy and a low energy site in Ca2Si5N8, due to which excitation at 4.77 eV led to emission from both the 5D3 and 5D4 levels, while excitation at 4.34 eV gave rise to mainly 5D4 emission. Doping with Sm resulted in typical Sm3+ff line absorption, as well as an absorption band around 4.1 eV in Ca2Si5N8 and 3.6 eV in Sr2Si5N8 that could be identified as the Sm3+ charge transfer band. Yb on the other hand was incorporated in both the divalent and the trivalent state in Ca2Si5N8. - Graphical abstract: Energy level schemes showing the 4f ground states of the trivalent (?) and divalent (?) lanthanide ions and lowest energy 5d states of the trivalent (?) and divalent (?) ions with respect to the valence and conduction bands of Ca2Si5N8 (left) and Sr2Si5N8 (right). Highlights: ? Construction of energy level schemes of all lanthanides within the M2Si5N8 hosts. ? Construction was done by analyzing existing as well as new spectroscopic data. ? Tb3+df emission from two different Ca sites in Ca2Si5N8 has been observed. ? Observation of the Sm3+ charge transfer band in Ca2Si5N8 and Sr2Si5N8. ? Ytterbium has been found in the divalent and trivalent state in Ca2Si5N8.

  1. Screening of conditions controlling spectrophotometric sequential injection analysis

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    Idris Abubakr M

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite its potential benefits over univariate, chemometrics is rarely utilized for optimizing sequential injection analysis (SIA methods. Specifically, in previous vis-spectrophotometric SIA methods, chemometrically optimized conditions were confined within flow rate and reagent concentrations while other conditions were ignored. Results The current manuscript reports, for the first time, a comprehensive screening of conditions controlling vis-spectrophotometric SIA. A new diclofenac assay method was adopted. The method was based on oxidizing diclofenac by permanganate (a major reagent with sulfuric acid (a minor reagent. The reaction produced a spectrophotometrically detectable diclofenac form. The 26 full-factorial design was utilized to study the effect of volumes of reagents and sample, in addition to flow rate and concentrations of reagents. The main effects and all interaction order effects on method performance, i.e. namely sensitivity, rapidity and reagent consumption, were determined. The method was validated and applied to pharmaceutical formulations (tablets, injection and gel. Conclusions Despite 64 experiments those conducted in the current study were cumbersome, the results obtained would reduce effort and time when developing similar SIA methods in the future. It is recommended to critically optimize effective and interacting conditions using other such optimization tools as fractional-factorial design, response surface and simplex, rather than full-factorial design that used at an initial optimization stage. In vis-spectrophotometric SIA methods those involve developing reactions with two reagents (major and minor, conditions affecting method performance are in the following order: sample volume > flow rate ≈ major reagent concentration >> major reagent volume ≈ minor reagent concentration >> minor reagent volume.

  2. Analysis and Control of Flora in Cream Vegetarian Salad

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    Yang Yuan

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A survey of microbial pollution and health quality change was conducted during the process of the production and refrigeration of Cream Vegetarian Salad food, to provide a basic reference for the catering industry to carry out HACCP management system for food like this and ensure the safety of food. Then a basic formula of Cream Vegetarian Salad was made according to the literature, further the total number of bacteria, pseudomonas, lactic acid bacteria, enterobacter, cocci and microzyme was tested in the main raw material and finished product detection according to the national standard method, Without changing the taste of the finished production, the raw materials were blanched, to measure the reduced bacteria rate, and determine the improved formula; the salad was stored at 4°C, then the number of bacteria was counted according to the time sequence and flora analysis was made to draw up the date of minimum durability. The total bacterial count of the Cream Vegetarian Salad by the basic formula is 2.3×104 CFU/g, among which coriander occupies 87%, sweetbell 7%, the rest is of small scale. Thus, the Cream Vegetarian Salad made in kitchen can be seriously polluted by microbial, mainly due to parsley, sweetbell red pepper and other raw materials, through the method of sterilization, storage in low temperature secondary pollution can be avoided, and the bacterial count can be controlled effectively, then the shelf life was extended and the risk of food poisoning was reduced, which did a lot of benefit to the food safety management of the catering industry.

  3. Design, analysis and presentation of factorial randomised controlled trials

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    Little Paul

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The evaluation of more than one intervention in the same randomised controlled trial can be achieved using a parallel group design. However this requires increased sample size and can be inefficient, especially if there is also interest in considering combinations of the interventions. An alternative may be a factorial trial, where for two interventions participants are allocated to receive neither intervention, one or the other, or both. Factorial trials require special considerations, however, particularly at the design and analysis stages. Discussion Using a 2 2 factorial trial as an example, we present a number of issues that should be considered when planning a factorial trial. The main design issue is that of sample size. Factorial trials are most often powered to detect the main effects of interventions, since adequate power to detect plausible interactions requires greatly increased sample sizes. The main analytical issues relate to the investigation of main effects and the interaction between the interventions in appropriate regression models. Presentation of results should reflect the analytical strategy with an emphasis on the principal research questions. We also give an example of how baseline and follow-up data should be presented. Lastly, we discuss the implications of the design, analytical and presentational issues covered. Summary Difficulties in interpreting the results of factorial trials if an influential interaction is observed is the cost of the potential for efficient, simultaneous consideration of two or more interventions. Factorial trials can in principle be designed to have adequate power to detect realistic interactions, and in any case they are the only design that allows such effects to be investigated.

  4. Analysis and Control of Bulgaria Onion Cold Soup

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    Yunsheng Jiang

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A survey of microbial pollution and health quality change was conducted during the process of the production and refrigeration of Onion Cold Soup to provide a basic reference for the catering industry for the implementation of HACCP management system for food and to ensure the safety of food. A basic formula of Onion Cold Soup was made according to the literature, then the total number of bacteria, pseudomonas, lactic acid bacteria, enterobacter, cocci and microzyme were tested in the main raw material and finished product detection according to the national standard method; hot boiling water to wash the main raw materials, statistical reduction in strain rate, in order to determine improvement formula. The finished cold soup at 4°C refrigerator made flora analysis, and drew up the date of minimum durability. The total bacterial count of the Onion Cold Soup by the basic formula is 2.4104cfu/g, among which coriander occupied 53%, egg 24%, onion and lemonade 17% and 6%; respectively; and after blanching, the total number of colonies in the improved formulation is 1.1103, the sterilization rate reaches 95.4%, and the effect is slightly obvious. The Onion Cold Soup made in kitchen can be seriously polluted by microbial, hot boiling water to wash the main raw materials and avoid secondary pollution, thus the bacterial count can be controlled effectively, then the shelf life was extended and the risk of food poisoning was reduced, which did a lot of benefit to the catering industry the food safety management.

  5. A Goal-Function Approach to Analysis of Control Situations

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    Lind, Morten

    2010-01-01

    The concept of situations plays a central role in all theories of meaning and context. and serve to frame or group events and other occurrences into coherent meaningful wholes. Situations are typed, may be interconnected and organized into higher level structures. In operation of industrial...... processes situations should identify operational aspects relevant for control agent’s decision making in plant supervision and control. Control situations can be understood as recurrent and interconnected patterns of control with important implications for control and HMI design. Goal-Function approaches to...... systems modeling like Multilevel Flow Modeling can be used to represent control situations. The paper will describe an action theoretical foundation for MFM and its use for the development of a theory of control situations....

  6. Fast neutron activation analysis and radioisotope X-ray fluorescence study on KALEWA and NAMMA coal

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    Kalewa coal was studied with Fast Neutron Activation Analysis (FNAA) technique, employing KAMAN A-710 neutron generator and HP(Ge) detector coupled to ''Canberra'' series 30 MCA. Sequential irradiation and dual aluminium foil monitoring method was employed. Simultaneous multielement analysis was carried out. Namma Coal was studied with radioisotope X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) technique, employing Co-57 exciter source and HP(Ge) detector coupled to ''Canberra'' series 40 MCA. In both FNAA and XRF study, the results obtained were compared to that obtained with Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) technique. Finally, the results were reviewed together with those obtained from similar work on coal with FNAA and XRF techniques. (author)

  7. How to determine control of growth rate in a chemostat. Using metabolic control analysis to resolve the paradox

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    Snoep, Jacky L.; Jensen, Peter Ruhdal; Groeneveld, Philip; Molenaar, Douwe; Kholodenko, Boris N.; Westerhoff, Hans V.

    1994-01-01

    how, paradoxically, one can determine control of growth rate, of growth yield and of other fluxes in a chemostat. We develop metabolic control analysis for the chemostat. this analysis does not depend on the particular way in which specific growth rate varies with the concentration of the growth......The chemostat makes it possible to study microbial physiology at steady state. However, because growth rate in a chemostat is set by the experimenter, it seems impossible to employ the chemostat to study the control of microbial growth by processes within the microorganism. In this paper we show...

  8. Systematic Analysis of Active Clock Deskewing Systems Using Control Theory

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    Varghese, Vinil; Chen, Tom, Yun-Cheng; Young, Peter M.

    2005-01-01

    A formal methodology for the analysis of a closed loop clock distribution and active deskewing network is proposed. In this paper an active clock distribution and deskewing network is modeled as a closed loop feedback system using state space equations. State space analysis allows systematic analysis of any clock distribution and deskewing systems to determine various conditions under which a system can over-compensate and become potentially unstable. Such an analysis can be very useful to de...

  9. Control software analysis, Part I Open-loop properties

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    2008-01-01

    As the digital world enters further into everyday life, questions are raised about the increasing challenges brought by the interaction of real-time software with physical devices. Many accidents and incidents encountered in areas as diverse as medical systems, transportation systems or weapon systems are ultimately attributed to "software failures". Since real-time software that interacts with physical systems might as well be called control software, the long litany of accidents due to real-time software failures might be taken as an equally long list of opportunities for control systems engineering. In this paper, we are interested only in run-time errors in those pieces of software that are a direct implementation of control system specifications: For well-defined and well-understood control architectures such as those present in standard textbooks on digital control systems, the current state of theoretical computer science is well-equipped enough to address and analyze control algorithms. It appears tha...

  10. Analysis and design of a nuclear boiler control scheme

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    The steam raising plant of a British designed nuclear power station for which the installed control scheme has given rise to performance and stability problems is considered. The lecture is based on studies carried out for the plant which illustrate the way in which multivariable frequency response methods can be used to analyse and identify the source of control problems and further enable alternative control schemes, having improved performance, to be designed. (author)

  11. Multi-product, multi-level product control system analysis

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    Several techniques are applicable to the modelling of production and inventory control systems. In this thesis discrete linear control theory is examined as a method of modelling multi-product, multi-level systems. These systems are categorised and a general discrete linear control model is used to determine system stability and to predict system responses to specific patterns of input information. The response of the system to random variability in input or other system variable is also show...

  12. Synchronization analysis and control of three eccentric rotors in a vibrating system using adaptive sliding mode control algorithm

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    Kong, Xiangxi; Zhang, Xueliang; Chen, Xiaozhe; Wen, Bangchun; Wang, Bo

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, self- and controlled synchronizations of three eccentric rotors (ERs) in line driven by induction motors rotating in the same direction in a vibrating system are investigated. The vibrating system is a typical underactuated mechanical-electromagnetic coupling system. The analysis and control of the vibrating system convert to the synchronization motion problem of three ERs. Firstly, the self-synchronization motion of three ERs is analyzed according to self-synchronization theory. The criterions of synchronization and stability of self-synchronous state are obtained by using a modified average perturbation method. The significant synchronization motion of three ERs with zero phase differences cannot be implemented according to self-synchronization theory through analysis and simulations. To implement the synchronization motion of three ERs with zero phase differences, an adaptive sliding mode control (ASMC) algorithm based on a modified master-slave control strategy is employed to design the controllers. The stability of the controllers is verified by using Lyapunov theorem. The performances of the controlled synchronization system are presented by simulations to demonstrate the effectiveness of controllers. Finally, the effects of reference speed and non-zero phase differences on the controlled system are discussed to show the strong robustness of the proposed controllers. Additionally, the dynamic responses of the vibrating system in different synchronous states are analyzed.

  13. Harmoniousness analysis of total amount control of water use

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    Qian-qi YIN; Guo-hua FANG

    2014-01-01

    Based on the fundamental principles of total amount control of water use, the harmony theory was used in this study to develop a concept of the degree of harmony of total amount control of water use. Based on this concept, the harmoniousness of total amount control of water use was analyzed in terms of the supply and demand of water resources, water resources management, water use benefits, and water-saving level. An evaluation index system of the degree of harmony of total amount control of ...

  14. Reliability analysis of digital instrumentation and control systems

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    The NUREG-CR/6942 technical report proposed a Markov state transition model for the main feedwater valve (MFV) controller system as part of a Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of Digital Feedwater Control System (DFWCS). The proposed model extends the Markov model to allow the use of non-exponential distribution in the time to next output of the controller system responsible for maintaining the water level. This case study demonstrates the general application of semi-Markov process model for digital instrumentation and control systems. System failure probability and mission reliability measures are determined. (author)

  15. Absolute Stability Analysis of a Phase Plane Controlled Spacecraft

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    Jang, Jiann-Woei; Plummer, Michael; Bedrossian, Nazareth; Hall, Charles; Jackson, Mark; Spanos, Pol

    2010-01-01

    Many aerospace attitude control systems utilize phase plane control schemes that include nonlinear elements such as dead zone and ideal relay. To evaluate phase plane control robustness, stability margin prediction methods must be developed. Absolute stability is extended to predict stability margins and to define an abort condition. A constrained optimization approach is also used to design flex filters for roll control. The design goal is to optimize vehicle tracking performance while maintaining adequate stability margins. Absolute stability is shown to provide satisfactory stability constraints for the optimization.

  16. Seismic analysis of hydraulic control rod driving system

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    A simplified mathematical model was developed for the Hydraulic Control Rod Driving System (HCRDS) of a 200 MW nuclear heating reactor, which incorporated the design of its chamfer-hole step cylinder, to analyze its seismic response characteristics. The control rod motion was analyzed for different sine-wave vibration loadings on platform vibrator. The vibration frequency domain and the minimum acceleration amplitude of the control rod needed to cause the control rod to step to its next setting were compared with the design acceleration amplitude spectrum. The system design was found to be safety within the calculated limits. The safety margin increased with increasing frequency. (author)

  17. Simulation Based Analysis of Two Different Control Strategies for PMSM

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    Lindita Dhamo#1 , Aida Spahiu

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available In low power application generally permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM are used. Because of their high performance/cost ratio, the attention toward PMSM in variable speed application, is greater. Control of torque, rotation speed and position for four quadrants and low speed operation, with high-performance dynamic behaviour, are often required in industrial applications but they are sensitive from the standpoint of the control strategies reliability. Vector control based on fieldoriented control (FOC is one of the methods most investigated and discussed by many researcher and now it is an industry standard. Traditional control methods based on FOC use position sensors result to be very expensive in electrical drive with low power. The aim of this paper is to show that sensorless control strategy based on MRAS approach can be applied successfully in PMSM drives with low cost. The results are obtained from comparison of two algorithms of vector control of PMSM: traditional FOC using position sensor and model reference adaptive system (MRAS approach based on sensorless vector control .Based on results obtained, advantages and disadvantages of the proposed control structures will be discussed.

  18. USB apply to field X-ray fluorescence analysis

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    This article analyzes the feasibility of application USB and GPS to field X-ray fluorescence analysis, and focuses on the hardware and firmware design of USB and multi-channel analyzer (MCA), then simply discusses the device driver design and the PC application software design. (authors)

  19. Simulation of the treat-upgrade automatic reactor control system

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    This paper describes the design of the Automatic Reactor Control System (ARCS) for the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) Upgrade. A simulation was used to facilitate the ARCS design, and to completely test and verify its operation before installation at the TREAT facility. The ARCS is a microprocessor network based closed loop control system that provides a position demand control signal to the transient rod hydraulic drive system. There are four identical servo-hydraulic rod drives and each operates as a position control system. The ARCS updates its position demand control signal every 1 msec and its function is to control the transient rods so that the reactor follows a prescribed power-time profile (planned transient). The Main Control Algorithm (MCA) for the ARCS is an optimal reactivity demand algorithm. At each time step, the MCA generates a set of reference reactor functions, e.g., power, period, energy, and delayed neutron power. These functions are compared to plant measurements and estimated values at each time step and are operated on by appropriate algorithms to generate the reactivity demand function. The data necessary to calculate the reference functions is supplied from a Transient Prescription Control Data Set (TPCDS). The TPCDS specifies the planned transient as a fixed number of simply connected independent power profile segments. The developed simulation code models the TREAT reactor kinetics, the hydraulic rod drive system, the plant measurement system, and the ARCS control processor MCA. All of the models operate as continuous systems with the exception of the MCA which operates as a discrete time system at fixed multiples of 1 msec. The study indicates that the ARCS will meet or exceed all of its design specifications

  20. Control of interferences in the analysis of low-concentration I 129

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    Traces of uranium, cesium and tellurium interfere in the determination of I 129 by neutron activation analysis. The paper describes the procedures used to control or eliminate the interferences in the different steps of the analysis

  1. Zonal frequency analysis of the gyral and sulcal extent of cerebral infarcts. Part III: Middle cerebral artery and watershed infarcts

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    Naidich, T.P.; Firestone, M.I. [Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1234, 10029, New York, New York (United States); Blum, J.T. [Department of Radiology, Westside Regional Medical Center, 8201 West Broward Boulevard, 33324, Plantation, Florida (United States); Abrams, K.J. [Department of Radiology, Baptist Hospital of Miami, 8900 North Kendall Drive, 33176, Miami, Florida (United States)

    2003-11-01

    We tested the hypothesis that frequency analysis of the anatomic zones affected by single anterior (A), posterior (P), and middle (M) cerebral artery (CA), multivessel, and watershed infarcts will disclose specific sites (peak zones) most frequently involved by each type, sites most frequently injured by multiple different types (vulnerable zones), and overlapping sites of equal relative frequency for two or more different types of infarct (equal frequency zones). We adopted precise definitions of each vascular territory. CT and MRI studies of 50 MCA, 20 ACA-MCA, three PCA-MCA, and 30 parasagittal watershed infarcts were mapped onto a standard template. Relative infarct frequencies in each zone were analyzed within and across infarct types to identify the centers and peripheries of each, vulnerable zones, and equal frequency zones. These data were then correlated with the prior analysis of 47 ACA, PCA, dual ACA-PCA, and ACA-PCA-MCA infarcts. Zonal frequency data for MCA and watershed infarcts, the sites of peak infarct frequency, the sites of vulnerability to diverse infarcts, and the overlapping sites of equal infarct frequency are tabulated and displayed in standardized format for direct comparison of different infarcts. This method successfully displays the nature, sites, and extent of individual infarct types, illustrates the shifts in zonal frequency and lesion center that attend dual and triple infarcts, and clarifies the relationships among the diverse types of infarct. (orig.)

  2. Accident analysis and control options in support of the sludge water system safety analysis

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    A hazards analysis was initiated for the SWS in July 2001 (SNF-8626, K Basin Sludge and Water System Preliminary Hazard Analysis) and updated in December 2001 (SNF-10020 Rev. 0, Hazard Evaluation for KE Sludge and Water System - Project A16) based on conceptual design information for the Sludge Retrieval System (SRS) and 60% design information for the cask and container. SNF-10020 was again revised in September 2002 to incorporate new hazards identified FR-om final design information and FR-om a What-if/Checklist evaluation of operational steps. The process hazards, controls, and qualitative consequence and FR-equency estimates taken FR-om these efforts have been incorporated into Revision 5 of HNF-3960, K Basins Hazards Analysis. The hazards identification process documented in the above referenced reports utilized standard industrial safety techniques (AIChE 1992, Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures) to systematically guide several interdisciplinary teams through the system using a pre-established set of process parameters (e.g., flow, temperature, pressure) and guide words (e.g., high, low, more, less). The teams generally included representation FR-om the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), K Basins Nuclear Safety, T Plant Nuclear Safety, K Basin Industrial Safety, fire protection, project engineering, operations, and facility engineering

  3. Analysis of Decentralized Control for Absorption Cycle Heat Pumps

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    Vinther, Kasper; Just Nielsen, Rene; Nielsen, Kirsten Mølgaard; Andersen, Palle; Pedersen, Tom Søndergård; Bendtsen, Jan Dimon

    Email Print Request Permissions This paper investigates decentralized control structures for absorption cycle heat pumps and a dynamic nonlinear model of a single-effect LiBr-water absorption system is used as case study. The model has four controllable inputs, which can be used to stabilize the...

  4. Analysis of Operational and Management Cybersecurity Controls for Nuclear Facilities

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    U.S. NRC developed this RG 5.71 by tailoring the baseline security controls described in NIST Special Publication 800-53 'Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations' to provide an acceptable method to comply with the 10 CFR 73.54. The purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for selecting and specifying security controls for information systems. In this paper, we are going to analyze and compare the NRC RG 5.71 and the NIST SP800-53, in particular, for operational security controls and management security controls. If RG 5.71 omits the specific security control that is included in SP800-53, we would review that omitting is adequate or not. If RG 5.71 includes the specific security control that is not included in SP800-53, we would also review the rationale. And we are going to consider some security controls to strengthen cybersecurity of nuclear facilities

  5. Control of Community Information: An Analysis of Roles.

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    Pettigrew, Karen E.; Wilkinson, Margaret Ann

    1996-01-01

    Explores the differences between information and referral agencies and online community networks from an information policy perspective. Analyzes which has control within the following six facets: agency ownership and governance, funding, information flow, access, ownership of information, and quality control. Confirms distinctive roles, and

  6. IMP-J attitude control prelaunch analysis and operations plan

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    Hooper, H. L.; Mckendrew, J. B.; Repass, G. D.

    1973-01-01

    A description of the attitude control support being supplied for the Explorer 50 mission is given. Included in the document are descriptions of the computer programs being used to support attitude determination, prediction, and control for the mission and descriptions of the operating procedures that will be used to accomplish mission objectives.

  7. SSS-A attitude control prelaunch analysis and operations plan

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    Werking, R. D.; Beck, J.; Gardner, D.; Moyer, P.; Plett, M.

    1971-01-01

    A description of the attitude control support being supplied by the Mission and Data Operations Directorate is presented. Descriptions of the computer programs being used to support the mission for attitude determination, prediction, control, and definitive attitude processing are included. In addition, descriptions of the operating procedures which will be used to accomplish mission objectives are provided.

  8. Analysis of Operational and Management Cybersecurity Controls for Nuclear Facilities

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    Oh, Jin Seok; Ryou, Jae Cheol [Chungnam National University, Dajeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    U.S. NRC developed this RG 5.71 by tailoring the baseline security controls described in NIST Special Publication 800-53 'Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations' to provide an acceptable method to comply with the 10 CFR 73.54. The purpose of this publication is to provide guidelines for selecting and specifying security controls for information systems. In this paper, we are going to analyze and compare the NRC RG 5.71 and the NIST SP800-53, in particular, for operational security controls and management security controls. If RG 5.71 omits the specific security control that is included in SP800-53, we would review that omitting is adequate or not. If RG 5.71 includes the specific security control that is not included in SP800-53, we would also review the rationale. And we are going to consider some security controls to strengthen cybersecurity of nuclear facilities.

  9. Cost-effectiveness analysis of air-pollution control measures

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    Voß, Alfred; Schmid, Günter

    1991-01-01

    We describe a strategy for dealing with the challenges of air pollution and climate change capable of adaptation to improved scientific knowledge in the future. The analytical framework for identifying efficient control strategies is described and selected results of cost-effective methods to control SO2, NOx and CO2 emissions are discussed.

  10. Analysis of Access Control Policies in Operating Systems

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    Chen, Hong

    2009-01-01

    Operating systems rely heavily on access control mechanisms to achieve security goals and defend against remote and local attacks. The complexities of modern access control mechanisms and the scale of policy configurations are often overwhelming to system administrators and software developers. Therefore, mis-configurations are common, and the…

  11. Modeling Validation and Control Analysis for Controlled Temperature and Humidity of Air Conditioning System

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    Jing-Nang Lee; Tsung-Min Lin; Chien-Chih Chen

    2014-01-01

    This study constructs an energy based model of thermal system for controlled temperature and humidity air conditioning system, and introduces the influence of the mass flow rate, heater and humidifier for proposed control criteria to achieve the controlled temperature and humidity of air conditioning system. Then, the reliability of proposed thermal system model is established by both MATLAB dynamic simulation and the literature validation. Finally, the PID control strategy is applied for con...

  12. On the economics of controlling an invasive plant: a stochastic analysis of a biological control agent

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    Chalak, S.M.; Ruijs, A.J.W.; van Ierland, E. C.

    2009-01-01

    Invasive plants can cause significant problems in natural and agricultural ecosystems. It is recognised that biological agents may assist in controlling invasions, but due to stochastic effects of biological control, the biological agent may not be effective. In this article, we analyse to what extent the stochastic effects of a biological control agent affect the optimal choice of control strategies to deal with the invasion of the Californian thistle in New Zealand. A stochastic dynamic opt...

  13. Analysis of Offshore Knuckle Boom Crane - Part Two: Motion Control

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    Morten K. Bak

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper design of electro-hydraulic motion control systems for offshore knuckle boom cranes is discussed. The influence of the control valve bandwidth along with the ramp time for the control signal are investigated both analytically with simplified system models and numerically with an experimentally verified crane model. The results of both types of investigations are related to general design rules for selection of control valves and ramp times and the relevance of these design rules is discussed. Generally, they are useful but may be too conservative for offshore knuckle boom cranes. However, as demonstrated in the paper, the only proper way to determine this is to evaluate the motion control system design by means of simulation.

  14. Performance Analysis of Ship Tracking using PID/Fuzzy Controller

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    Sanjay.N1 , Adinath Jain2 , Dr.S.A.Hariprasad

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Accurate ship Path following is an issue of the Marine Navigation Technology. In order to achieve accurate path following in ship navigation various controllers like PID(Proportional-Integral-Derivative, Adaptive and Predictive controllers are used. However, the main problem of ships is the PID controller is that they are set to work under specific conditions. Even though predictive controllers have predictive capability and are giving accurate results but they are computationally complex. In this work an attempt is made to evaluate the performance of Adaptive (Fuzzy logic and PID controllers in terms of tracking efficiency and computational time. Computational result evaluated using mat lab shows that Adaptive (Fuzzy logic provides better tracking performance than PID.

  15. An evaluation of cusum analysis and control charts applied to quantitative gamma-camera uniformity parameters for automated quality control

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    Gamma-camera uniformity is often monitored for quality control of performance. Many parameters can be derived from computer analysis of the image of a uniform (flood) source to obtain quantitative measures of uniformity. To compare the various parameters and assess two techniques used for their analysis, a series of Tc-99m flood images were obtained consecutively. After establishing a baseline from repeated images, uniformity was degraded by offsetting the PHA window by a small amount. Nine non-uniformity parameters were calculated for each flood image and the uniformity index and the percentage of pixels more than 5% from the mean. All parameters were calculated for both central field-of-view (CFOV) and useful field-of-view (UFOV). Eighty such trials were carried out on two gamma-cameras. The PHA offsets ranged from 1-10 keV. The two techniques used for analysis were the control chart and cusum analysis. Decision levels were set for each parameter, as multiples of SD for the control charts or by varying the dimensions of a truncated V-mask for cusum analysis. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were then used for an objective comparison of the parameters and of the analysis techniques. The area under the ROC curve was used to rank the parameters in order of sensitivity to change in uniformity. The uniformity index and NEMA integral non-uniformity were found to be the most sensitive. Cusum analysis improved the sensitivity of those parameters that appeared to have low sensitivity to change when subjected to control chart analysis. However, there was little difference between the two analysis techniques for the more sensitive parameters. The ROC curves could also be used to provide a method for selecting decision levels, hence establishing an automated method for gamma-camera quality control. (orig.)

  16. Control-flow analysis of function calls and returns by abstract interpretation

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    Midtgaard, Jan; Jensen, Thomas P.

    2012-01-01

    connections. We prove that the analysis is equivalent to an analysis obtained by first transforming the program into continuation-passing style and then performing control flow analysis of the transformed program. We then show how the analysis induces an equivalent constraint-based formulation, thereby...... providing a rational reconstruction of a constraint-based CFA from abstract interpretation principles....

  17. Application of Multivariable Statistical Techniques in Plant-wide WWTP Control Strategies Analysis

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    Flores Alsina, Xavier; Comas, J.; Rodríguez-Roda, I.; Jimémez, L.; Gernaey, Krist

    2007-01-01

    The main objective of this paper is to present the application of selected multivariable statistical techniques in plant-wide wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) control strategies analysis. In this study, cluster analysis (CA), principal component analysis/factor analysis (PCA/FA) and discriminant...

  18. DQDB Media Access Control Protocol: performance evaluation and unfairness analysis

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    Conti, Marco; Gregori, Enrico; Lenzini, Luciano

    1989-01-01

    This paper reports on an extended simulation analysis of the Distributed Queue Dual Bus (DQDB) MAC protocol. The simulation analysis is aimed at catching the most relevant protocol mechanisms (requests, empty and busy slots, distributed queue, etc.) which are responsible for the DQDB behaviour. First, the results obtained under several levels and characterization of the offered load to each station of a MAN made up of 50 stations are shown. The DQDB analysis is then complemented by extending ...

  19. Analysis of control rod reactivity worths for AVR power plant at cold and hot conditions

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    The control rod worths of the AVR power plant for the cold and hot conditions were analyzed to verify an analysis method of reflector control rod worths. In the analysis method, the neutron-flux-weighting method was used to obtain the effective group constants of the control rod inserted in the graphite nose. The control rod worths were calculated with the core analysis code system for the High Temperature engineering Test Reactor (HTTR). The experimental values of the control rod worths were 6.47 and 6.81%Δρ for the cold and hot conditions, respectively. The differences between the experimental and analytical values for the cold and hot conditions were 2 and 10%, respectively. From these results, it was made clear that the analysis method applied here predicts well the control rod worth of the AVR power plant and is applicable for the nuclear designs of reflector control rods of future small HTGRs. (author)

  20. Intelligent control of HVAC systems. Part II: perceptron performance analysis

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    Ursu, Ioan; Nastase, Ilinca; Sorin CALUIANU; Andreea IFTENE; George TECUCEANU; Adrian TOADER

    2013-01-01

    This is the second part of a paper on intelligent type control of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems. The whole study proposes a unified approach in the design of intelligent control for such systems, to ensure high energy efficiency and air quality improving. In the first part of the study it is considered as benchmark system a single thermal space HVAC system, for which it is assigned a mathematical model of the controlled system and a mathematical model(algorithm) of...

  1. Impedance Analysis of Control Modes in Cascaded Converter

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    Tian, Yanjun; Deng, Fujin; Chen, Zhe; Loh, Poh Chiang; Hu, Yanting

    Constant power load converter will introduce unstable factor to the cascaded system. Exchanging the position of constant power load converter as the source converter can improve system stability. Active solutions to modify the negative impedance of constant power load converter can also make the...... system more stable. The concept of coordinative front-to-end impedance control is proposed in this paper, which can assist the cascaded system with better stability. This paper compares converter impedance behaviors between different control methods, and shows that the front-to-end impedance controller...

  2. Design and analysis of a rotary motion controller

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    Julio Cesar Caye; Carl John Anthony; Aydin Sabouri

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the design of a rotary motion controller based on the peritrochoid geometry of the rotary (Wankle) engine. It uses an orifice limited flow of incompressible fluid between the chambers of the Wankle-type geometry to control the rotation of the rotor. The paper develops the theory of operation and then implements the design as a Matlab model to simulate the motion control under various conditions. It is found that the time to reach stabilised motion is determined by the orif...

  3. Game Analysis of Internal Control and Risk Management

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    Yanhong Pang

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Based on examining links and differences between internal control and risk management from their definition,this paper mainly analyzes their relation with game theory. A complete information static game model isestablished and payoff functions for managers and investors are designed. The result shows that the decrease ofbusiness risk cannot be realized by severe penalties, instead, the frequency of internal control in risk monitoringmust be taken into consideration, and otherwise it will stimulate enterprise risk monitoring paradox. It is aneffective way for enterprises to reduce risk by lowering the cost of internal control in risk monitoring andimproving the ability of risk prevention.

  4. Control system analysis and design approach for 500 MWe PHWR

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    This paper describes the design approach for automatic feedback control of the spatial power distribution in a reactor. The problem is stated as, for a given mathematical description of large size nuclear reactor (500 MWe) and flux distribution as a function of space and time, find the optimum control signals to be feedback to each one of the fourteen light water zone control units so as to give good response to transient spatial phenomena and the xenon oscillations in particular. (author). 6 refs., 2 figs

  5. On Static and Dynamic Control-Flow Information in Program Analysis and Transformation

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    Damian, Daniel

    This thesis addresses several aspects of static and dynamic control-flow information in programming languages, by investigating its interaction with program transformation and program analysis. Control-flow information indicates for each point in a program the possible program points to be executed...... next. Control-flow information in a program may be static, as when the syntax of the program directly determines which parts of the program may be executed next. Control-flow information may be dynamic, as when run-time values and inputs of the program are required to determine which parts of the...... program may be executed next. A control-flow analysis approximates the dynamic control-flow information with conservative static control-flow information. We explore the impact of a continuation-passing-style (CPS) transformation on the result of a constraint-based control-flow analysis over Moggi...

  6. Automatic analysis of signals during Eddy currents controls

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    A method and the corresponding instrument have been developed for automatic analysis of Eddy currents testing signals. This apparatus enables at the same time the analysis, every 2 milliseconds, of two signals at two different frequencies. It can be used either on line with an Eddy Current testing instrument or with a magnetic tape recorder

  7. Quality Control Criteria for Analysis of Organic Traces in Water

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    Jose L. Martinez Vidal; Antonia Garrido Frenich; Francisco J. Egea Gonzalez

    2002-01-01

    The aim of this paper is the discussion of quality control (QC) criteria for environmental monitoring of organic contaminants at trace levels in water. In addition, QC criteria in the identification and confirmation of target analytes have been considered.

  8. Multidimensional effects in optimal control analysis for nuclear reactors

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    Physically realistic step function control rod models are shown to be unsolvable under traditional formulations of distributed parameter optimal control theory. Extensions to the theory are proposed and derived to allow these systems to be analyzed using straightforward optimality conditions. The extended theory is then applied to a xenon-iodine oscillation problem in two dimensions. The conditions of optimality are found, and analytical insights concerning the importance of the control rod tip for the optimality condition are obtained. The flux influence function is found by solving an eigenvalue problem, and the required normalization condition is found in one of the optimality conditions. The optimality and normalization conditions are solved numerically for a severe xenon transient, and the transient is stabilized by the intervention of the optimal control

  9. Representational Similarity Analysis Reveals Heterogeneous Networks Supporting Speech Motor Control

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    Zheng, Zane; Cusack, Rhodri; Johnsrude, Ingrid; MacDonald, Ewen; Munhall, Kevin; Vicente-Grabovetsky, Alejandro

    multiple functional components required for detection of errors in speech planning (e.g., Levelt, 1983), neuroimaging studies generally indicate either single brain regions sensitive to speech production errors, or small, discrete networks. Here we demonstrate that the complex system controlling speech is......The everyday act of speaking involves the complex processes of speech motor control. One important feature of such control is regulation of articulation when auditory concomitants of speech do not correspond to the intended motor gesture. While theoretical accounts of speech monitoring posit...... supported by a complex neural network that is involved in linguistic, motoric and sensory processing. With the aid of novel real-time acoustic analyses and representational similarity analyses of fMRI signals, our data show functionally differentiated networks underlying auditory feedback control of speech....

  10. Analysis of Information Quality in event triggered Smart Grid Control

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    Kristensen, Thomas le Fevre; Olsen, Rasmus Løvenstein; Rasmussen, Jakob Gulddahl

    2015-01-01

    The integration of renewable energy sources into the power grid requires added control intelligence which imposes new communication requirements onto the future power grid. Since large scale implementation of new communication infrastructure is infeasible, we consider methods of increasing...

  11. System level analysis and control of manufacturing process variation

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    Hamada, Michael S.; Martz, Harry F.; Eleswarpu, Jay K.; Preissler, Michael J.

    2005-05-31

    A computer-implemented method is implemented for determining the variability of a manufacturing system having a plurality of subsystems. Each subsystem of the plurality of subsystems is characterized by signal factors, noise factors, control factors, and an output response, all having mean and variance values. Response models are then fitted to each subsystem to determine unknown coefficients for use in the response models that characterize the relationship between the signal factors, noise factors, control factors, and the corresponding output response having mean and variance values that are related to the signal factors, noise factors, and control factors. The response models for each subsystem are coupled to model the output of the manufacturing system as a whole. The coefficients of the fitted response models are randomly varied to propagate variances through the plurality of subsystems and values of signal factors and control factors are found to optimize the output of the manufacturing system to meet a specified criterion.

  12. Factors Controlling Nanoparticle Pharmacokinetics: An Integrated Analysis and Perspective

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    Moghimi, Seyed Moien; Hunter, A.C.; Andresen, T.L.

    2012-01-01

    interrelated core and interfacial physicochemical and biological factors. Pertinent to realizing therapeutic goals, definitive maps that establish the interdependency of nanoparticle size, shape, and surface characteristics in relation to interfacial forces, biodistribution, controlled drug release, excretion......Intravenously injected nanoparticulate drug carriers provide a wide range of unique opportunities for site-specific targeting of therapeutic agents to many areas within the vasculature and beyond. Pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of these carriers are controlled by a complex array of...

  13. Decentralized Control of Cooperative Systems: Categorization and Complexity Analysis

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    Goldman, C. V.; Zilberstein, S

    2011-01-01

    Decentralized control of cooperative systems captures the operation of a group of decision makers that share a single global objective. The difficulty in solving optimally such problems arises when the agents lack full observability of the global state of the system when they operate. The general problem has been shown to be NEXP-complete. In this paper, we identify classes of decentralized control problems whose complexity ranges between NEXP and P. In particular, we study problems character...

  14. Customization and management control: An analysis of franchise contracts

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    Verbieren, Sofie; Cools, Martine; Van den Abbeele, Alexandra

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to investigate how service customization impacts on the way in which franchisors control the relationship with their franchised service units. We particularly investigate variation in franchise contract design in terms of the delegation of decision rights, monitoring, incentives and input control in chains offering services with varying levels of customization. We code and analyze a unique sample of 81 contracts of chains from different service industries. The results...

  15. Analysis of Series Resonant Inverter using Hysteresis Current Control

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is to analyze a series resonant inverter for industrial induction heating application. It is a process used for heat conductive materials, bond, harden, and soften metals. Resonant inverters which operate at high frequency preferable for induction heating. Series resonant inverters which is made up of Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT. Power control is obtained by Hysteresis Current Control (HCC. Soft switching techniques is performed which minimizes switching losses.

  16. Controlling Rhododendron ponticum in the British Isles: an economic analysis.

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    Dehnen-Schmutz, Katharina; Perrings, Charles; Williamson, Mark

    2004-04-01

    What resources should be committed to the control of invasive species? This study is based on a survey of nature conservation and forestry authorities, wildlife trusts and private landowners which investigated the extent of the ecological and economic impacts of the invasive non-native plant Rhododendron ponticum in the British Isles. There are data on 52,000 ha of land affected by R. ponticum, more than 30,000 ha of it in nature reserves. For nearly all nature reserves, displacement of native species and habitat changes were both reported. In 2001, respondents controlled 1275 ha of R. ponticum at a cost of pound 670,924. To test the optimality of this, we apply a model of social expenditure. The external costs of R. ponticum control are estimated from the probability that it will spread to contiguous sites and the damage done on invaded sites. These are then used to calculate the socially optimal level of expenditure on R. ponticum control, and the funding gap it identified by comparing the result with current levels of expenditure. The results suggest that a socially optimal level of control effort requires a significant increase in social funding for R. ponticum control, although the size of the increase varies between landholders. PMID:15016441

  17. Analysis on electronic control unit of continuously variable transmission

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    Cao, Shuanggui

    Continuously variable transmission system can ensure that the engine work along the line of best fuel economy, improve fuel economy, save fuel and reduce harmful gas emissions. At the same time, continuously variable transmission allows the vehicle speed is more smooth and improves the ride comfort. Although the CVT technology has made great development, but there are many shortcomings in the CVT. The CVT system of ordinary vehicles now is still low efficiency, poor starting performance, low transmission power, and is not ideal controlling, high cost and other issues. Therefore, many scholars began to study some new type of continuously variable transmission. The transmission system with electronic systems control can achieve automatic control of power transmission, give full play to the characteristics of the engine to achieve optimal control of powertrain, so the vehicle is always traveling around the best condition. Electronic control unit is composed of the core processor, input and output circuit module and other auxiliary circuit module. Input module collects and process many signals sent by sensor and , such as throttle angle, brake signals, engine speed signal, speed signal of input and output shaft of transmission, manual shift signals, mode selection signals, gear position signal and the speed ratio signal, so as to provide its corresponding processing for the controller core.

  18. A stability analysis method for the fuzzy controller and its application

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    A method is proposed to analyze the stability of a fuzzy controller and the method is applied to a fuzzy controller developed in this work to automatically control the steam generator water level in the pressurized water reactor (PWR). The stability analysis method is devised from the relationships between the fuzzy controller and the conventional PI (Proportional and Integral) controller. The relationships are derived from the theoretical analysis and modeling of the widely used fuzzy controller having two inputs (Error, Rate) and one output with triangular type membership functions. In addition, an analyzable 9-Rule fuzzy controller is designed and computer-simulated for the automatic control of the steam generator water level in the PWR to employ the developed stability analysis method. This study shows that the stability analysis method based on the comparison of the equivalent PI gain ranges of the fuzzy controller with that of a linear PI controller provides very meaningful ideas for the design of stable fuzzy controller through the computer simulations. Therefore, the method suggested in this work can be used in a confirmatory process to check the stability of a fuzzy controller designed with two inputs (error, rate) and also the method would be used as an useful guidance to efficiently design and tune the fuzzy controller

  19. Analysis of modern optimal control theory applied to plasma position and current control in TFTR

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    The strong compression TFTR discharge has been segmented into regions where linear dynamics can approximate the plasma's interaction with the OH and EF power supply systems. The dynamic equations for these regions are utilized within the linear optimal control theory framework to provide active feedback gains to control the plasma position and current. Methods are developed to analyze and quantitatively evaluate the quality of control in a nonlinear, more realistic simulation. Tests are made of optimal control theory's assumptions and requirements, and the feasibility of this method for TFTR is assessed

  20. Recurrent neural network modeling of hierarchical motor control and analysis

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    Full Text Available Current theories on biological motor control mostly concern with how the brain as a whole performs sensory-motor processing, with little reference to how such functions are distributed across the hierarchical structure. Here, we study the fundamental design principle of biological motor control hierarchy, with a special focus on the lowest-level-controllers (LLC, such as the primary motor cortex (M1 and spinal cord central pattern generators (CPG. As a component of a hierarchical structure, a LLC receives command signals from higher-level-controllers and controls the body movement accordingly. Our study shows that an LLC should exhibit stability and memoryless properties in order for the command signal to be properly reflected in the body movement. These conditions imply that when command input is held fixed over time, the body state should converge to a stable attractor that is uniquely determined by the input. It also means that the mapping from command to body movement is unambiguous. Experiments confirm that biological motor systems indeed employ attractor dynamics. Graziano et all [1] showed that micro-stimulation of M1 drives limbs toward a unique posture regardless of previous movement history. The result implies that M1 has point-attractor dynamics. On the other hand, most CPGs in the spinal cord (e.g. locomotive CPG have periodic movement patterns, which are limit-cycle attractors. By exploiting the attractor property, we calculate the true complexity (dimensionality of the LLC mapping problem (It is roughly twice the dimensionality of the attractor space. We also obtain an efficient training method for approximating the optimal LLC that is otherwise a hopelessly high-dimensional learning problem. We train recurrent neural networks (RNN to approximate desired LLCs. These RNN models unify multiple theories of motor control (optimal control, equilibrium control, coordinate translation, synergy and provide a bridge that connects the theories and neurophysiology data. The RNN models reveal the following properties of LLC control: (1 Attractor dynamics of the LLC is the basic building block of all movement generation. (2 The combined dynamics of LLC-body is simpler than the pure body dynamics. (3 Due to the simplified dynamics, the higher-level-controllers can easily manipulate body movements without having to dealing with complex physical properties of muscles and joints. Our work questions the validity of the current view of motor control hierarchy, which assumes that different levels of hierarchy have distinct functional roles (decision making ->movement trajectory planning -> execution of motor plan. Valuable progress has been made in domains like sensory process by using feed-forward models with functionally distinct hierarchical processes. However, there is a growing need to account for dynamical systems with feedback and recurrent processing, which resists the same kind of functional decomposition. For example, controlling a movement trajectory does not only depend on a high-level-command sequence, but also the dynamic properties of LLC-body. A useful alternative is to consider the design principle of the whole hierarchy as successively simplifying the body dynamics, so that higher-level-controllers can achieve abstract motor goals without dealing with the complexity of body dynamics.

  1. Analysis of femtosecond quantum control mechanisms with colored double pulses

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    Vogt, Gerhard; Nuernberger, Patrick; Selle, Reimer; Dimler, Frank; Brixner, Tobias; Gerber, Gustav

    2006-09-01

    Fitness landscapes based on a limited number of laser pulse shape parameters can elucidate reaction pathways and can help to find the underlying control mechanism of optimal pulses determined by adaptive femtosecond quantum control. In a first experiment, we employ colored double pulses and systematically scan both the temporal subpulse separation and the relative amplitude of the two subpulses to acquire fitness landscapes. Comparison with results obtained from a closed-loop experiment demonstrates the capability of fitness landscapes for the revelation of possible control mechanisms. In a second experiment, using transient absorption spectroscopy, we investigate and compare the dependence of the excitation efficiency of the solvated dye molecule 5,5' -dichloro-11-diphenylamino- 3,3' -diethyl-10,12-ethylene thiatricarbocyanine perchlorate (IR140) on selected pulse shapes in two parametrizations. The results show that very different pulse profiles can be equivalently adequate to maximize a given control objective. Fitness landscapes thus provide valuable information about different pathways along which a molecular system can be controlled with shaped laser pulses.

  2. Flow Characteristics Analysis of Widows' Creek Type Control Valve for Steam Turbine Control

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    The steam turbine converts the kinetic energy of steam to mechanical energy of rotor blades in the power conversion system of fossil and nuclear power plants. The electric output from the generator of which the rotor is coupled with that of the steam turbine depends on the rotation velocity of the steam turbine bucket. The rotation velocity is proportional to the mass flow rate of steam entering the steam turbine through valves and nozzles. Thus, it is very important to control the steam mass flow rate for the load following operation of power plants. Among various valves that control the steam turbine, the control valve is most significant. The steam flow rate is determined by the area formed by the stem disk and the seat of the control valve. While the ideal control valve linearly controls the steam mass flow rate with its stem lift, the real control valve has various flow characteristic curves pursuant to the stem lift type. Thus, flow characteristic curves are needed to precisely design the control valves manufactured for the operating conditions of nuclear power plants. OMEGA (Optimized Multidimensional Experiment Geometric Apparatus) was built to experimentally study the flow characteristics of steam flowing inside the control valve. The Widows' Creek type control valve was selected for reference. Air was selected as the working fluid in the OMEGA loop to exclude the condensation effect in this simplified approach. Flow characteristic curves were plotted by calculating the ratio of the measured mass flow rate versus the theoretical mass flow rate of the air. The flow characteristic curves are expected to be utilized to accurately design and operate the control valve for fossil as well as nuclear plants. (authors)

  3. Motion and vibration control of a slewing flexible structure by SMA actuators and parameter sensitivity analysis

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    Janzen, F. C.; Tusset, A. M.; Piccirillo, V.; Balthazar, J. M.; Brasil, R. M. L. R. F.

    2015-11-01

    This work presents two approaches to the problem of vibration and positioning control of a flexible structural beam driven by a DC motor. The position is controlled by the current applied to the DC motor armature. A Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuator controls vibrations of the flexible structural beam. The State Dependent Riccati Equation (SDRE) technique is used to provide a control action which uses sub-optimal control and system local stability search. The robustness of these two controllers is tested by sensitivity analysis to parametric uncertainties. Numerical simulations results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control strategy.

  4. Static Analysis for Efficient Hybrid Information-Flow Control

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    Chong, Stephen N; Moore, Scott David

    2011-01-01

    Hybrid information-flow monitors use a combination of static analysis and dynamic mechanisms to provide precise strong information security guarantees. However, unlike purely static mechanisms for information security, hybrid information-flow monitors incur run-time overhead. We show how static analyses can be used to make hybrid information- flow monitors more efficient, in two ways. First, a simple static analysis can determine when it is sound for a monitor to stop tracking the security le...

  5. Non-target effects of the microbial control agents Pseudomonas fluorescens DR54 and Clonostachys rosea IK726 in soils cropped with barley followed by sugar beet

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    Johansen, Anders; Knudsen, Inge M.B.; Binnerup, Svend J.; Winding, Anne; Johansen, Jens E.; Jensen, Linda E.; Andersen, Karen Stevnbak; Svenning, Mette M.; Bonde, Torben A.

    2005-01-01

    Non-target effects of a bacterial (Pseudomonas fluorescens DR54) and a fungal (Clonostachys rosea IK726) microbial control agent (MCA), on the indigenous microbiota in bulk soil and rhizosphere of barley, and subsequent a sugar beet crop, were studied in a greenhouse experiment. MCAs were...... factor of 106 and 20, respectively, and DR54 showed a short-lasting growth increase in the sugar beet rhizosphere. In general, the non-target effects were small and transient. IK726 seemed to have general stimulating effects on soil enzyme activity and the soil microbiota, and resulted in a significant...... be suitable for in situ monitoring of MCA non-target effects on the soil microbiota, but should be combined with assays for MCA survival and soil enzyme activity....

  6. Seismic analysis of control and safety rod drive mechanism

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    Control rod and its driving mechanism for a Fast Breeder Reactor is to facilitate safe shutdown of the reactor in case of emergency. A theoretical study on the seismic qualification of control and safety rod driving mechanism is carried out. Earthquake excitations under Operational Basis (ORE) and Safe Shutdown condition (SSE) are considered. The time required for the control rod to reach the bottom position in order to shut down the reaction under excited condition is traced out. The maximum displaced positions and extreme stresses in various parts of the system under excitations are evaluated. The system modeled using beam elements. The connections between different parts are modeled through rigid elements. The interaction between various parts are modeled using GAP elements. (author)

  7. Design and analysis of a rotary motion controller

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    Julio Cesar Caye

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the design of a rotary motion controller based on the peritrochoid geometry of the rotary (Wankle engine. It uses an orifice limited flow of incompressible fluid between the chambers of the Wankle-type geometry to control the rotation of the rotor. The paper develops the theory of operation and then implements the design as a Matlab model to simulate the motion control under various conditions. It is found that the time to reach stabilised motion is determined by the orifice size and fluid density. When stabilised motion is achieved, the motion dependence on material and geometry factors is determined by the orifice flow equation. The angular velocity is also found to have a square root dependence on the applied torque when in the stabilised regime.

  8. Planning and control of maintenance systems modelling and analysis

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    Duffuaa, Salih O

    2015-01-01

    Analyzing maintenance as an integrated system with objectives, strategies and processes that need to be planned, designed, engineered, and controlled using statistical and optimization techniques, the theme of this book is the strategic holistic system approach for maintenance. This approach enables maintenance decision makers to view maintenance as a provider of a competitive edge not a necessary evil. Encompassing maintenance systems; maintenance strategic and capacity planning, planned and preventive maintenance, work measurements and standards, material (spares) control, maintenance operations and control, planning and scheduling, maintenance quality, training, and others, this book gives readers an understanding of the relevant methodology and how to apply it to real-world problems in industry. Each chapter includes a number exercises and is suitable as a textbook or a reference for a professionals and practitioners whilst being of interest to industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical en...

  9. Fracture analysis for controlled blasting demolition of reinforced concrete structures

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    Toward establishing a design method for controlled blasting demolition used for the designed dismantling of large reinforced concrete (RC) structures, this study is intended to prove the overall suitability and efficiency of this method. The previous paper (Controlled Blasting for Demolition of Biological Shield Concrete Wall: Part 2) described an application of controlled blasting demolition to an inner part of the radioactive RC biological shield in the JPDR (Japan Power Demonstration Reactor). Through this experience, it was confirmed that the partial demolition of the structure was carried out safely and rationally using this method. In order to clarify the characteristics of blasting effect, an RC cylinder blasting test was performed and the results of this test were compared with analytical simulation of this test using the discrete element method (DEM) and the finite element method (FEM). This paper outlines the test, the analyses and the comparison. (author)

  10. Performance Analysis of Phase Controlled Unidirectional and Bidirectional AC Voltage Controllers

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    Abdul Sattar Larik

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available AC voltage controllers are used to vary the output ac voltage from a fixed ac input source. They are also commonly called ac voltage regulators or ac choppers. The output voltage is either controlled by PAC (Phase Angle Control method or on-off control method. Due to various advantages of ac voltage controllers, such as high efficiency, simplicity, low cost and ability to control large amount of power they efficiently control the speed of ac motors, light dimming and industrial heating, etc. These converters are variable structure systems and generate harmonics during the operation which will affect the power quality when connected to system network. During the last couple of years, a number of new semiconductor devices and various power electronic converters has been introduced. Accordingly the subject of harmonics and its problems are of great concern to power industry and customers. In this research work, initially the simulation models of single phase unidirectional and bidirectional ac voltage controllers were developed by using MATLAB software. The harmonics of these models are investigated by simulation. In the end, the harmonics were also analyzed experimentally. The simulated as well as experimental results are presented.

  11. Controllability analysis of transcriptional regulatory networks reveals circular control patterns among transcription factors

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    Österlund, Tobias; Bordel, Sergio; Nielsen, Jens

    2015-01-01

    Transcriptional regulation is the most committed type of regulation in living cells where transcription factors (TFs) control the expression of their target genes and TF expression is controlled by other TFs forming complex transcriptional regulatory networks that can be highly interconnected. Here...... we analyze the topology and organization of nine transcriptional regulatory networks for E. coli, yeast, mouse and human, and we evaluate how the structure of these networks influences two of their key properties, namely controllability and stability. We calculate the controllability for each network...... as a measure of the organization and interconnectivity of the network. We find that the number of driver nodes n(D) needed to control the whole network is 64% of the TFs in the E. coli transcriptional regulatory network in contrast to only 17% for the yeast network, 4% for the mouse network and 8...

  12. Efficiency analysis of voluntary control of human's EEG spectral characteristics.

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    Kiroy, Valery N; Aslanyan, Elena V; Lazurenko, Dmitry M; Minyaeva, Nadezhda R; Bakhtin, Oleg M

    2016-03-01

    Spectral power (SP) of EEG alpha and beta-2 frequencies in different cortical areas has been used for neurofeedback training to control a graphic interface in different scenarios. The results show that frequency range and brain cortical areas are associated with high or low efficiency of voluntary control. Overall, EEG phenomena observed in the course of training are largely general changes involving extensive brain areas and frequency bands. Finally, we have demonstrated EEG patterns that dynamically switch with a specific feature in different tasks within one training, after a relatively short period of training. PMID:26912214

  13. Experimental Bifurcation Analysis Using Control-Based Continuation

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    Bureau, Emil; Starke, Jens

    requires the constitution of a non-invasive and locally stabilizing control scheme, which must be tuned without a-priori study of a model. We propose a sequence of experiments that allows to choose optimal control-gains, filter parameters and settings for a continuation method. This experimental tuning...... instability in terms of finite-time Lyapunov exponents. A software toolbox for the Matlab continuation platform COCO has been developed and will be made freely available. This toolbox implements functions necessary for interfacing a numerical continuation code with a real experiment, as well as provide means...

  14. Microprocessors for control of X-ray analysis

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    X-ray spectrometry is widely accepted as a key analytical technique for the cement industry. Today, however, the spectrometer must not only offer high standard analytical performance, but also the flexibility to commit full integration into the overall plant operation. Microprocessor control has opened up a new dimension in spectrometer design: with greatly simplified operation and protection against human error. Advantages in simplified sample handling permit higher levels of automation. Separation of spectrometer control functions from data processing allows maximal freedom in the choice of computer. The result is a system that meets the functional and economic demands of all sectors of plant management. (orig.)

  15. Qualitative analysis and control of complex neural networks with delays

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    Wang, Zhanshan; Zheng, Chengde

    2016-01-01

    This book focuses on the stability of the dynamical neural system, synchronization of the coupling neural system and their applications in automation control and electrical engineering. The redefined concept of stability, synchronization and consensus are adopted to provide a better explanation of the complex neural network. Researchers in the fields of dynamical systems, computer science, electrical engineering and mathematics will benefit from the discussions on complex systems. The book will also help readers to better understand the theory behind the control technique and its design.

  16. Tobacco control: an analysis on paternalism and liberty

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    Laura Bastos Carvalho

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims at verifying if the measures adopted in Brazil for tobacco control are paternalistic and if they, in any way, restrict individual liberties. Firstly, some of the theories on paternalism and their relation to liberty will be analyzed, focusing on the Libertarian Paternalism doctrine. Then, measures for tobacco control adopted in other countries and in Brazil will be discussed. Finally, each measure adopted in Brazil will be thoroughly analyzed, in order to verify if it restricts liberty and if there are less restrictive measures available. The conclusion is that the measures adopted in Brazil, even though they are predominantly paternalistic, do not necessarily restrict individual liberties.

  17. Powerful tool for design analysis of linear control systems

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    The methods for designing linear controls for electronic or mechanical systems have been understood and put to practice. What has not been readily available to engineers, however, is a practical, quick and inexpensive method for analyzing these linear control (feedback) systems once they have been designed into the electronic or mechanical hardware. Now, the PET, manufactured by Commodore Business Machines (CBM), operating with several peripherals via the IEEE 488 Bus, brings to the engineer for about $4000 a complete set of office tools for analyzing these system designs.

  18. Controlled positions and kinetic analysis of spontaneous tin whisker growth

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    This study achieved controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers. We surmounted the unpredictable growing nature of such whiskers and performed accurately quantitative analyses of the growth kinetics and yielded precise measurement of the growth rate. Furthermore, using synchrotron radiation x-ray, this study determined the stress variations in conjunction with whisker growth that fitted appropriately to the model. Accordingly, the results could address the debate held for decades and prove that forming a surface oxide layer is one of the required and necessary conditions for controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers.

  19. Controlled positions and kinetic analysis of spontaneous tin whisker growth

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    Su, Chien-Hao; Chen, Hao; Lee, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Albert T.

    2011-09-01

    This study achieved controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers. We surmounted the unpredictable growing nature of such whiskers and performed accurately quantitative analyses of the growth kinetics and yielded precise measurement of the growth rate. Furthermore, using synchrotron radiation x-ray, this study determined the stress variations in conjunction with whisker growth that fitted appropriately to the model. Accordingly, the results could address the debate held for decades and prove that forming a surface oxide layer is one of the required and necessary conditions for controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers.

  20. Controlled positions and kinetic analysis of spontaneous tin whisker growth

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    Su, Chien-Hao; Chen, Hao; Wu, Albert T. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli City 320, Taiwan (China); Lee, Hsin-Yi [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, HsinChu City 300, Taiwan (China)

    2011-09-26

    This study achieved controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers. We surmounted the unpredictable growing nature of such whiskers and performed accurately quantitative analyses of the growth kinetics and yielded precise measurement of the growth rate. Furthermore, using synchrotron radiation x-ray, this study determined the stress variations in conjunction with whisker growth that fitted appropriately to the model. Accordingly, the results could address the debate held for decades and prove that forming a surface oxide layer is one of the required and necessary conditions for controlling the positions of spontaneous growth of tin whiskers.

  1. Ego Depletion and the Strength Model of Self-Control: A Meta-Analysis

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    Hagger, Martin S.; Wood, Chantelle; Stiff, Chris; Chatzisarantis, Nikos L. D.

    2010-01-01

    According to the strength model, self-control is a finite resource that determines capacity for effortful control over dominant responses and, once expended, leads to impaired self-control task performance, known as "ego depletion". A meta-analysis of 83 studies tested the effect of ego depletion on task performance and related outcomes,

  2. Ego Depletion and the Strength Model of Self-Control: A Meta-Analysis

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    Hagger, Martin S.; Wood, Chantelle; Stiff, Chris; Chatzisarantis, Nikos L. D.

    2010-01-01

    According to the strength model, self-control is a finite resource that determines capacity for effortful control over dominant responses and, once expended, leads to impaired self-control task performance, known as "ego depletion". A meta-analysis of 83 studies tested the effect of ego depletion on task performance and related outcomes,…

  3. The system of processing and analysis of the parameters to be controlled of the 'Ukrytie' (SPA)

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    Processing system and analysis of parameters to be controlled (SPA) is an integrated system monitor control, which unites complexes of technical facilities with methods of remote control and diagnostics of object 'Ukrytie'. System executes checking, diagnosing analytical, prognostic, scholastic-simulator and scientifically-methodical functions, describing current condition of the 'Ukrytie', with the issue of possible emergency situation descriptions

  4. DESCRIBING FUNCTION METHOD FOR PI-FUZZY CONTROLLED SYSTEMS STABILITY ANALYSIS

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    Stefan PREITL

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper proposes a global stability analysis method dedicated to fuzzy control systems containing Mamdani PI-fuzzy controllers with output integration to control SISO linear / linearized plants. The method is expressed in terms of relatively simple steps, and it is based on: the generalization of the describing function method for the considered fuzzy control systems to the MIMO case, the approximation of the describing functions by applying the least squares method. The method is applied to the stability analysis of a class of PI-fuzzy controlled servo-systems, and validated by considering a case study.

  5. Combining Control-Flow Integrity and Static Analysis for Ef?cient and Validated Data Sandboxing

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    ZENG, BIN; Tan, Gang; Morrisett, John Gregory

    2011-01-01

    In many software attacks, inducing an illegal control-flow transfer in the target system is one common step. Control-Flow Integrity (CFI) protects a software system by enforcing a pre-determined control-flow graph. In addition to providing strong security, CFI enables static analysis on low-level code. This paper evaluates whether CFI-enabled static analysis can help build efficient and validated data sandboxing. Previous systems generally sandbox memory writes for integrity, but avoid protec...

  6. A strategic analysis of future growth options for an established process control company

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    Levesque, Sheila Lynne

    2007-01-01

    This project speaks to the prevailing business environment presently encountered at WESTCOAST Controls Ltd (WESTCOAST), a leading process control company in British Columbia, Canada. The scope of the project covers topics such as company overview, external industry analysis, and internal company analysis including strategic tools such as Porter's 5 Forces. The project concludes with a recommendation for the restructuring of the control systems & solutions division for improved performan...

  7. [Comparison Analysis of Economic and Engineering Control of Industrial VOCs].

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    Wang, Yu-fei; Liu, Chang-xin; Cheng, Jie; Hao, Zheng-ping; Wang, Zheng

    2015-04-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) pollutant has become China's major air pollutant in key urban areas like sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. It is mainly produced from industry sectors, and engineering control is one of the most important reduction measures. During the 12th Five-Year Plan, China decides to invest 40 billion RMB to build pollution control projects in key industry sectors with annual emission reduction of 605 000 t x a(-1). It shows that China attaches a great importance to emission reduction by engineering projects and highlights the awareness of engineering reduction technologies. In this paper, a macroeconomic model, namely computable general equilibrium model, (CGE model) was employed to simulate engineering control and economic control (imposing environmental tax). We aim to compare the pros and cons of the two reduction policies. Considering the economic loss of the whole country, the environmental tax has more impacts on the economy system than engineering reduction measures. We suggest that the central government provides 7 500 RMB x t(-1) as subsidy for enterprises in industry sectors to encourage engineering reduction. PMID:26164933

  8. Modelling and Analysis of Tiltrotor Aircraft for Flight Control Design

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    Wang Qi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As known that flight control design and real-time simulation is very important in the aircraft system, in order to realize linear/nonlinear flight control design and real-time simulation, this study presents the full nonlinear flight dynamic model of tiltrotor aircraft. Primary dynamic equations of the model are developed considering nacelles tilting dynamics. The force and the moment in primary equations are decomposed and calculated by multi-body aerodynamic models, including the aerodynamic effect of rotor wake on the wing/elevator/rudder. Rotor dynamic model is developed based on the blade element theory and the gyroscopic moment caused by nacelles tilting is introduced into the blade flapping dynamics. By the linearization of full nonlinear equations of motion, a family of linear state-space models in the whole flight envelop is obtained. For the velocity control of the aircraft in hover or low speed, the nacelle angle is derived as a new control input. Because the number of unknown parameters is bigger than that of equations, two different algorithms are applied to trim the mathematical model. The results by these trimming methods are in conformity with each other and then the reference transition curve is determined. The results of trimming and linearization derivatives are identical with GTRS (Ground Test Reactor System, so the model is valid.

  9. Experimental Bifurcation Analysis By Control-based Continuation - Determining Stability’

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    Bureau, Emil; Santos, Ilmar; Thomsen, Jon Juel; Schilder, Frank; Starke, Jens

    2012-01-01

    vibration characteristics of dynamical systems change under variation of parameters. The method employs a control scheme to modify the response stability. While this facilitates exploration of the unstable branches of a bifurcation diagram, it unfortunately makes it impossible to distinguish previously...... test ideas on how to determine the stability of equilibria states during continuation....

  10. Social Control, Serious Delinquency, and Risky Behavior: A Gendered Analysis

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    Booth, Jeb A.; Farrell, Amy; Varano, Sean P.

    2008-01-01

    Social control theory asserts that strong social bonds inhibit delinquency, whereas weak bonds offer little resistance to offending. In the development of this theoretical perspective, new research suggests that the type and magnitude of social bonds have differing effects on male and female delinquency. This study adds to our understanding of how…

  11. Quantitative Analysis and Design of a Rudder Roll Damping Controller

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    Hearns, G.; Blanke, M.

    1998-01-01

    A rudder roll damping controller is designed using Quantitative feedback theory to be robust for changes in the ships metacentric height. The analytical constraint due to the non-minimum phase behaviour of the rudder to roll is analysed using the Poisson Integral Formula and it is shown how the...

  12. Quantitative Analysis and Design of a Rudder Roll Damping Controller

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    Hearns, G.; Blanke, M.

    A rudder roll damping controller is designed using Quantitative feedback theory to be robust for changes in the ships metacentric height. The analytical constraint due to the non-minimum phase behaviour of the rudder to roll is analysed using the Poisson Integral Formula and it is shown how the...

  13. A Preliminary Analysis of California's New Local Control Funding Formula

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    Wolf, Rebecca; Sands, Janelle

    2016-01-01

    California recently overhauled its K-12 public education finance system. Enacted in 2013, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) replaced California's 40-year-old funding formula. The LCFF increases district officials' fiscal flexibility; provides more resources to districts serving larger proportions of low-income, English learner (EL), and…

  14. REAL TIME ANALYSIS OF WIRELESS CONTROLLER AREA NETWORK

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    Gerardine Immaculate Mary

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available It is widely known that Control Area Networks (CAN are used in real-time, distributed and parallel processing which cover manufacture plants, humanoid robots, networking fields, etc., In applications where wireless conditions are encountered it is convenient to continue the exchange of CAN frames within the Wireless CAN (WCAN. The WCAN considered in this research is based on wireless token ring protocol (WTRP; a MAC protocol for wireless networks to reduce the number of retransmissions due to collision and the wired counterpart CAN attribute on message based communication. WCAN uses token frame method to provide channel access to the nodes in the system. This method allow all the nodes to share common broadcast channel by taken turns in transmitting upon receiving the token frame which is circulating within the network for specified amount of time. This method provides high throughput in bounded latency environment, consistent and predictable delays and good packet delivery ratio. The most important factor to consider when evaluating a control network is the end-to-end time delay between sensors, controllers, and actuators. The correct operation of a control system depends on the timeliness of the data coming over the network, and thus, a control network should be able to guarantee message delivery within a bounded transmission time. The proposed WCAN is modeled and simulated using QualNet, and its average end to end delay and packet delivery ratio (PDR are calculated. The parameters boundaries of WCAN are evaluated to guarantee a maximum throughput and a minimum latency time, in the case of wireless communications, precisely WCAN.

  15. Analysis and Modeling of Control Tasks in Dynamic Systems

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    Ursem, Rasmus Kjær; Krink, Thiemo; Jensen, Mikkel Thomas; Michalewicz, Zbigniew

    2002-01-01

    -case generators (TCGs), which requires a systematic analysis of dynamic optimization tasks. So far, only a few TCGs have been suggested. Our investigation leads to the conclusion that these TCGs are not capable of generating realistic dynamic benchmark tests. The result of our research is the design of a new TCG...

  16. System analysis applied for controlling the quality of metallurgical rollers

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In the work, the system analysis in the foundry where the quality management system has been implemented was described. The generalized model of the foundry’s production system was presented taking the company’s surrounding and process attitude into account.

  17. Analysis of Droop Controlled Parallel Inverters in Islanded Microgrids

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    Mariani, Valerio; Vasca, Francesco; Guerrero, Josep M.

    paper shows a systematic approach to derive a closed loop model of the microgrid and then to perform an eigenvalues analysis that highlights how the system’s parameters affect the stability of the network. It is also shown that by means of a singular perturbation approach the resulting reduced order...

  18. Analysis and control of radioactive forms from interim storage

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    Most of the temporarily stored radioactive waste in the FRG is at present stored in the well-known, yellow 200 l waste drums. For the final disposal they still have to be placed into another container or other vessel. Before doing so this waste has to be randomly tested on the observance of the final storage requirements by the PTB product control station which is established at the Juelich Nuclear Research Centre. In addition the Juelich Nuclear Research Centre was charged by the Land authorities with the examination of individual casks for the clearing-up of irregularities of declaration. The presented non-destructive measuring methods and results are suitable for the control of old waste, especially with respect to their final storage suitability. (orig./DG)

  19. Vehicle-manipulator systems modeling for simulation, analysis, and control

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    From, Pal Johan; Pettersen, Kristin Ytterstad

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    Furthering the aim of reducing human exposure to hazardous environments, this monograph presents a detailed study of the modeling and control of vehicle-manipulator systems. The text shows how complex interactions can be performed at remote locations using systems that combine the manipulability of robotic manipulators with the ability of mobile robots to locomote over large areas.  The first part studies the kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies and standard robotic manipulators and can be used as an introduction to robotics focussing on robust mathematical modeling. The monograph then moves on to study vehicle-manipulator systems in great detail with emphasis on combining two different configuration spaces in a mathematically sound way. Robustness of these systems is extremely important and Modeling and Control of Vehicle-manipulator Systems effectively represents the dynamic equations using a mathematically robust framework. Several tools from Lie theory and differential geometry are used to obtain glob...

  20. MSFC Analysis of Thermal Control Materials on MISSE

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    Finckenor, Miria

    2006-01-01

    Many different passive thermal control materials were flown as part of the Materials on International Space Station Experiment, including coatings, anodizes, and multi-layer insulation materials. Engineers and scientists at the Marshall Space Flight Center have analyzed a number of these materials, including: Zinc oxide/potassium silicate coating, Zinc orthotitanate/potassium silicate coating, Sulfuric acid anodized aluminum, Various coatings for part marking, automated rendezvous and capture, and astronaut visual aids, FEP Teflon with silver/Inconel backing, and Beta cloth with and without aluminization. These and other material samples were exposed to the low Earth orbital environment of atomic oxygen, ultraviolet radiation, thermal cycling, and hard vacuum, though atomic oxygen exposure was very limited for some samples. Solar absorptance, infrared emittance, and mass measurements indicate the durability of these materials to withstand the space environment. The effect of contamination from an active space station on the performance of white thermal control coatings is discussed.

  1. Overflow risk analysis for designing a nonpoint sources control detention.

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    Choi, Chi Hyun; Cho, Seonju; Park, Moo Jong; Kim, Sangdan

    2012-05-01

    This paper presents a design method by which the overflow risk related to a detention for managing nonpoint pollutant sources in urban areas can be evaluated. The overall overflow risk of a nonpoint pollutant sources control detention can be estimated by inherent overflow risk and operational overflow risk. For the purpose of calculating overflow risk, the 3-parameter mixed exponential distribution is applied to describe the probability distribution of rainfall event depth. As a rainfall-runoff calculation procedure required for deriving a rainfall capture curve, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service runoff curve number method is applied to consider the nonlinearity of the rainfall-runoff relation. Finally, the detention overflow risk is assessed with respect to the detention design capacity and drainage time. The proposed overflow risk assessment is expected to provide a baseline to determine quantitative parameters in designing a nonpoint sources control detention. PMID:22852429

  2. Requirements Analysis of a Quad-Redundant Flight Control System

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    Backes, John; Cofer, Darren; Miller, Steven; Whalen, Mike

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we detail our effort to formalize and prove requirements for the Quad-redundant Flight Control System (QFCS) within NASA's Transport Class Model (TCM). We use a compositional approach with assume-guarantee contracts that correspond to the requirements for software components embedded in an AADL system architecture model. This approach is designed to exploit the verification effort and artifacts that are already part of typical software verification processes in the avionics doma...

  3. Analysis of Control Strategies for Diode Clamped Multilevel Inverter

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

    2013-01-01

    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...

  4. Pollution abatement and control expenditure in Romania: A multilevel analysis

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    Caporale, Guglielmo Maria; Rault, Christophe; Robert SOVA; Sova, Anamaria

    2010-01-01

    The transition process in Central and Eastern Europe was associated with growing environmental awareness. This paper analyses the determinants of Pollution Abatement and Control Expenditure (PACE) at plant level in the case of Romania using survey data and a Multilevel Regression Model (MRM). Our findings suggest that, although Romania has improved its environmental performance, formal and informal regulation are still only partially developed due to the difficulties of economic transition, a...

  5. Analysis of Setups of the Control of Rail Microprocessor Systems

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    Mieczyslaw Kornaszewski

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In the article will have been introduced possibilities following from the application of the microprocessor technology in rail systems of the control of traffic will remain for example of modern signalling on railway crossings. Introduction to microcomputer and microprocessor systems of rail devices will permit to eliminate and to replace disusedrelay devices with them and raising safety on railway and increasing reliability of used devices.

  6. Design, analysis and control of vehicle-to-grid services

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    Gao, Shuang; 高爽

    2014-01-01

    There are unique challenges and opportunities related to the integration of electric vehicles into the future power grid, especially the modern distribution grid since electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities and fast-charging stations are usually tied to low-voltage and medium-voltage power networks. The grid-connected EVs, if properly controlled, can operate as distributed energy storage and provide various ancillary services, such as peak shaving, fast-response reserve capacity, frequency...

  7. Cost analysis of NOx control alternatives for stationary gas turbines

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    Bill Major

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    The use of stationary gas turbines for power generation has been growing rapidly with continuing trends predicted well into the future. Factors that are contributing to this growth include advances in turbine technology, operating and siting flexibility and low capital cost. Restructuring of the electric utility industry will provide new opportunities for on-site generation. In a competitive market, it maybe more cost effective to install small distributed generation units (like gas turbines) within the grid rather than constructing large power plants in remote locations with extensive transmission and distribution systems. For the customer, on-site generation will provide added reliability and leverage over the cost of purchased power One of the key issues that is addressed in virtually every gas turbine application is emissions, particularly NO{sub x} emissions. Decades of research and development have significantly reduced the NO{sub x} levels emitted from gas turbines from uncontrolled levels. Emission control technologies are continuing to evolve with older technologies being gradually phased-out while new technologies are being developed and commercialized. The objective of this study is to determine and compare the cost of NO{sub x} control technologies for three size ranges of stationary gas turbines: 5 MW, 25 MW and 150 MW. The purpose of the comparison is to evaluate the cost effectiveness and impact of each control technology as a function of turbine size. The NO{sub x} control technologies evaluated in this study include: Lean premix combustion, also known as dry low NO{sub x} (DLN) combustion; Catalytic combustion; Water/steam injection; Selective catalytic reduction (SCR)--low temperature, conventional, high temperature; and SCONO{sub x}{trademark}.

  8. Control theory application in power market stability analysis

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    Ni, YX; Wu, FF; Liu, Y.(Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China; Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; School of Physics, Shandong University, Shandong, China; Physics Department, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)

    2004-01-01

    This paper proposes a new framework to model the system dynamics and study the system stability for the quantity bidding competition in power market. From the viewpoint of control theory, the quantity bidding competition is modeled as close-loop dynamic system, where market price is the system feedback signal. Based on the objective of maximizing individual profit in a shot-game, a general dynamic process is given to describe supplier's adjustment behavior, which can be used to model all clas...

  9. Comparative Analysis of Alcohol Control Policies in 30 Countries

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    BRAND Donald A.; SAISANA MICHAELA; RYNN Lisa A.; Pennoni, Fulvia; Lowenfels, Albert B

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND. Alcohol consumption causes an estimated 4% of the global disease burden, prompting governments to impose regulations to mitigate the adverse effects of alcohol. To assist public health leaders and policymakers, we developed a composite indicator¿the Alcohol Policy Index¿to gauge the strength of a country's alcohol control policies. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS. The Index generates a score based on policies from 5 regulatory domains¿physical availability of alcohol, drinkin...

  10. Analysis of the voltage control capability of energy harvesting networks

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    Cuffe, Paul; Smith, Paul; Keane, Andrew

    2010-01-01

    At times of high generation levels from distributed generators (DGs), there may be a paucity of conventional generators still synchronised to the transmission system. These synchronous machines have traditionally been the power system's principal source of controllable reactive power. If DGs are operated at inductive power factors, total reactive power absorption at distribution system bulk supply points may be highest at times when the transmission system is least equipped to supply it. On t...

  11. Economic analysis and randomised controlled trials: an investment appraisal approach

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    Martin E. Backhouse

    2006-01-01

    Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) play a fundamental role in the development and marketing activities of pharmaceutical companies. They are the primary means of evaluating the tolerability, safety and efficacy of a drug, and for providing information relevant for pricing and reimbursement decisions and clinical decision-making. RCTs require a substantial investment by pharmaceutical companies and the financial consequences of poorly or sub-optimally designed trials are potentially substanti...

  12. Analysis and simulation of vector controlled bearingless induction motors

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    Ungku Amirulddin, Ungku Anisa

    2006-01-01

    The concept of bearingless motors, which combine both motoring and rotor bearing capabilities, is appealing especially in high speed and high power machine applications. Although extensive research has been carried out on permanent magnet and reluctance types of bearingless motors, studies on the induction motor type are less successful. This thesis addresses the bearingless induction motor based on the concept of dual-pole windings, one controlling the motor torque and the other the generate...

  13. Extreme value analysis for evaluating ozone control strategies

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    Reich, Brian; Cooley, Daniel; Foley, Kristen; Napelenok, Sergey; Shaby, Benjamin

    2013-01-01

    Tropospheric ozone is one of six criteria pollutants regulated by the US EPA, and has been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular endpoints and adverse effects on vegetation and ecosystems. Regional photochemical models have been developed to study the impacts of emission reductions on ozone levels. The standard approach is to run the deterministic model under new emission levels and attribute the change in ozone concentration to the emission control strategy. However, running the determini...

  14. Integration of management control tools. Analysis of a case study

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    Raúl Comas Rodríguez; Dianelys Nogueira Rivera; Félix Romero Bartutis; Marisdany Lumpuy Rodríguez

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this article is to design and to implement a procedure that integrates management control tools focusing on process, to improve the efficiency and the efficacy. It was carried out an experimental study where is defined a procedure, based in the Balanced Scorecard, which integrates the process management into the strategic planning and their evaluation. As results of this work, we define the key factors of success associated with the four perspectives of the Balanced Scorecard...

  15. Universal Power Quality Controller Modeling and Inverters Loading Analysis

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    F. Gharedaghi; Jamali, H.; M. Deysi; A. Khalili

    2011-01-01

    As much as nonlinear loads and power electronics devices are more applied in power distribution systems, the importance of power quality increases. This study proposes a Universal Power Quality Conditioner (UPQC) with double-converter structure. The operation principle, the algorithm of compensation reference generation, and the control method are introduced. Computer simulation and many prototype experiments are carried out to verify the operation principle and investigate the compensation c...

  16. Analysis of the environmental control technology for tar sand development

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    de Nevers, N.; Glenne, B.; Bryner, C.

    1979-06-01

    The environmental technology for control of air pollution, water pollution, and for the disposal, stabilization, and vegetation of the waste tar sand were thoroughly investigated. Although some difficulties may be encountered in any of these undertakings, it seems clear that the air and water pollution problems can be solved to meet any applicable standard. Currently there are two large-scale plants producing liquid fuels from tar sands in Alberta, Canada which use similar technology involving surface mining, hot water extraction, and surface disposal of waste sand. These projects all meet the Canadian environmental control regulations in force at the time they began. The largest US deposits of tar sands are much smaller than the Canadian; 95 percent are located in the state of Utah. Their economics do not appear as attractive as the Canadian deposits. The environmental control costs are not large enough to make an otherwise economic project uneconomic. The most serious environmental conflict likely to occur over the recovery of liquid fuels from the US deposits of tar sands is that caused by the proximity of the deposits to national parks, national monuments, and a national recreation area in Utah. These areas have very stringent air pollution requirements; and even if the air pollution control requirements can be met, there may still be adequate opposition to large-scale mining ventures in these areas to prevent their commercial exploitation. Another environmental constraint may be water rights availability.Essentially all of the water running in the Colorado river basin is now legally allocated. Barring new interpretations of the legality of water rights purchase, Utah tar sands developments should be able to obtain water by purchasing existing irrigation water rights.

  17. Uncertainty Principle in Control Theory, Part I: Analysis of Performance Limitations

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    King, Ji

    2014-01-01

    This paper investigates performance limitations and tradeoffs in the control design for linear time-invariant systems. It is shown that control specifications in time domain and in frequency domain are always mutually exclusive determined by uncertainty relations. The uncertainty principle from quantum mechanics and harmonic analysis therefore embeds itself inherently in control theory. The relations among transient specifications, system bandwidth and control energy are obtained within the f...

  18. Explicit robust constrained control for linear systems : analysis, implementation and design based on optimization

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    Nguyen, Ngoc Anh

    2015-01-01

    Piecewise affine (PWA) feedback control laws have received significant attention due to their relevance for the control of constrained systems, hybrid systems; equally for the approximation of nonlinear control. However, they are associated with serious implementation issues. Motivated from the interest in this class of particular controllers, this thesis is mostly related to their analysis and design.The first part of this thesis aims to compute the robustness and fragility margins for a giv...

  19. Analysis of Linear L1 Adaptive Control Architectures for Aerospace Applications

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    Pettersson, Anders; Åström, Karl Johan; Robertsson, Anders; Johansson, Rolf

    2012-01-01

    In some situations the closed-loop system obtained by L1 adaptive control is equivalent to linear systems. The architectures of these systems are investigated and compared with internal model control and the input observer architecture. The analysis is focused on aerospace application. An effort has been made to understand and describe what fundamental control characteristic of flying applications that make L1 adaptive controllers suitable for the task.

  20. Sequential design of decentralized load frequency controllers using μ synthesis and analysis

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    A new systematic approach to design of sequential decentralized load frequency controllers for multi-area power systems based on μ synthesis and analysis is described. System uncertainties, practical constraints on control action and desired performance are included in the synthesis procedure. The robust performance in terms of the structured singular value is used as a measure of control performance. A four area power system example is presented, demonstrating the controllers' synthesis procedure and advantages of the proposed strategy