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  1. LDPE and CRMB Utilization in Bituminous Concrete Pavement Surfaces

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    Payal Bakshi

    2013-01-01

    The road traffic and the traffic intensity are also increasing. Thus the load bearing capacities of the road is to be increased. There are two types of roads - flexible pavements (bitumen roads) and rigid pavements (concrete roads). Flexible pavements (bitumen roads) comprise of the major portion of all surfaced roads. In India, bituminous surfaced flexible pavements comprise of majority of the roads. Distress symptoms, such as cracking, rutting, etc., are being increasingly caused earlier by...

  2. Finite element analysis of surface wave radiation for pavement debonding

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    Lu, Yifeng; Cao, Yinghong; McDaniel, J. Gregory; Wang, Ming L.

    2010-04-01

    A large scale finite element model with high mesh resolution is established to simulate the ground truth of regular highway pavement structure with subsurface debonding defects. The simulation is motivated by non-destructive testing methods that derive information from the acoustic radiation of the surface wave. These NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) signals come from solid elastic wave propagation beneath pavement surface, which then couple with acoustic wave in air above the pavement surface. In this article, 2 main debonding phenomena, which are conventionally hidden below the pavement surface, are modeled and also compared with a healthy (perfectly intact) pavement structure model. Both the impact-response transient analysis and frequency spectrum analysis have been given to show a new opportunity to detect the subsurface debonding in pavement non-destructively through acoustic signals from heights above the pavement surface which are incorporated with ground truth information.

  3. Improving a pavement-watering method on the basis of pavement surface temperature measurements

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    Hendel, Martin; Diab, Youssef; Royon, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Pavement-watering has been studied since the 1990's and is currently considered a promising tool for urban heat island reduction and climate change adaptation. However, possible future water resource availability problems require that water consumption be optimized. Although pavement heat flux can be studied to improve pavement-watering methods (frequency and water consumption), these measurements are costly and require invasive construction work to install appropriate sensors in a dense urban environment. Therefore, we analyzed measurements of pavement surface temperatures in search of alternative information relevant to this goal. It was found that high frequency surface temperature measurements (more than every 5 minutes) made by an infrared camera can provide enough information to optimize the watering frequency. Furthermore, if the water retaining capacity of the studied pavement is known, optimization of total water consumption is possible on the sole basis of surface temperature measurements.

  4. Performance of recycled asphalt concrete airport pavement surfaces

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    Cline, G. D.; Hironaka, M. C.

    1986-10-01

    The objective of this research was to make an assessment of the relative performance of recycled versus new asphalt concrete pavement surfaces constructed for airport facilities. To make this assessment, pavement condition index (PCI) surveys and tests on core samples from the hot-mix recycled pavements located on the airports at Needles, California, and Valley City, North Dakota were conducted. Both pavements have a condition rating of very good. The survey and test data were compared with those for recycled highway and virgin material Navy airfield pavements. The recycle pavement at Needles is performing as good as those Navy pavements constructed with virgin material. The recycled pavement at Valley City has a higher deterioration rate than the Navy pavements but this could be attributed to the harsh climate found in North Dakota. The results of this study show that hot-mix recycling was successful at these airports but additional studies are required to determine the applicability of Asphalt Concrete (AC) recycling for reconstruction at all airports.

  5. Durability of Ring-Road II asphalt pavement - Phase I report on forensic analysis of Ring-Road II pavement distresses

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    Pellinen, Terhi; Makowska, Michalina; Olmos, Pablo; Laukkanen, Olli-Ville

    2013-01-01

    This report presents findings from prematurely failed pavement of Ring-Road II (Kehä II) in Espoo, Finland. The road had excessive potholes, cracking, raveling and stripping only five years after construction. Core samples taken for this study revealed also that pavement layers were partially separated due to the lack of bonding. Research focus was to determine the causes of Stone Mastic Asphalt surface layer failure. Documentation of mix design, construction and material quality analysis, pr...

  6. Urban pavement surface temperature. Comparison of numerical and statistical approach

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    Marchetti, Mario; Khalifa, Abderrahmen; Bues, Michel; Bouilloud, Ludovic; Martin, Eric; Chancibaut, Katia

    2015-04-01

    The forecast of pavement surface temperature is very specific in the context of urban winter maintenance. to manage snow plowing and salting of roads. Such forecast mainly relies on numerical models based on a description of the energy balance between the atmosphere, the buildings and the pavement, with a canyon configuration. Nevertheless, there is a specific need in the physical description and the numerical implementation of the traffic in the energy flux balance. This traffic was originally considered as a constant. Many changes were performed in a numerical model to describe as accurately as possible the traffic effects on this urban energy balance, such as tires friction, pavement-air exchange coefficient, and infrared flux neat balance. Some experiments based on infrared thermography and radiometry were then conducted to quantify the effect fo traffic on urban pavement surface. Based on meteorological data, corresponding pavement temperature forecast were calculated and were compared with fiels measurements. Results indicated a good agreement between the forecast from the numerical model based on this energy balance approach. A complementary forecast approach based on principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least-square regression (PLS) was also developed, with data from thermal mapping usng infrared radiometry. The forecast of pavement surface temperature with air temperature was obtained in the specific case of urban configurtation, and considering traffic into measurements used for the statistical analysis. A comparison between results from the numerical model based on energy balance, and PCA/PLS was then conducted, indicating the advantages and limits of each approach.

  7. Asphalt pavement surfaces and asphalt mixtures. Transportation research record

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    1996-12-31

    The papers in this volume, which deal with asphalt pavement surfaces and asphalt mixtures, should be of interest to state and local construction, design, materials, and research engineers as well as contractors and material producers. The papers in Part 1 include discussions of pavement smoothness specifications and skidding characteristics. The first four papers in Part 2 were submitted in response to a call for papers for a session at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board on low-temperature properties of hot-mix asphalt. The next eight are on the influence of volumetric and strength properties on the performance of hot-mix asphalt. In the following three papers, the topics covered are the complex modulus of asphalt concrete, cold in-place asphalt recycling, and polymer modification of asphalt pavements in Ontario. The last two papers were presented in a session on relationship of materials characterization to accelerated pavement performance testing.

  8. Propagation Mechanisms for Surface Initiated Crackingin Composite Pavements

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    Duraid Ali Al Khafagy

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The primary objective of this study was to identify the mechanisms for the development and propagation of longitudinal cracks that initiate at the surface of composite pavement. In this study the finite element program ANSYS version (5.4 was used and the model worked out using this program has the ability to analyze a composite pavement structure of different layer properties. Also, the aim of this study was modeling and analyzing of the composite pavement structure with the physical presence of crack induced in concrete underlying layer. The results obtained indicates that increasing the thickness of the asphalt layer tends to decrease the stress intensity factor, which may be attributed to the rapidly decrease of horizontal tensile stress in the asphalt layer. The cracks initiate at the surface due to high vertical stress and shear stress from wheel loads tends to propagate downward due tensile stress generated at the bottom of the asphalt layer or near crack tip, and the whole process occur at the same location of the existing cracks in underlying concrete layer rather than travel up from existing crack. As the load position varies from the crack zone, this result in tensile stresses or tension at the crack tip, leading to increase the stress intensity factor and intern result in crack propagation further into the depth of the pavement.

  9. Simulation of pavement surface runoff using the depth-averaged shallow water equations

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    Wolff, Anne

    2013-01-01

    Water on the pavement significantly affects traffic safety. Climate change will lead to a higher number of heavy rainstorms in Germany and the risk to have large amounts of water on the pavement will even increase. Therefore, it is important to have a tool which enables highway engineers to analyse existing and designed road sections concerning their drainage capability. In this work, a model is developed, which allows an integral simulation of pavement surface runoff. This includes features ...

  10. Assessment of in-situ compaction degree of HMA pavement surface layers using GPR and novel dielectric properties-based algorithms

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    Georgiou, Panos; Loizos, Fokion

    2015-04-01

    Field compaction of asphalt pavements is ultimately conducted to achieve layer(s) with suitable mechanical stability. However, the achieved degree of compaction has a significant influence on the performance of asphalt pavements. Providing all desirable mixture design characteristics without adequate compaction could lead to premature permanent deformation, excessive aging, and moisture damage; these distresses reduce the useful life of asphalt pavements. Hence, proper construction of an asphalt pavement is necessary to develop a long lasting roadway that will help minimize future maintenance. This goal is achieved by verifying and confirming that design specifications, in this case density specifications are met through the use of Quality Assurance (QA) practices. With respect to in-situ compaction degree of hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavement surface layers, nearly all agencies specify either cored samples or nuclear/ non nuclear density gauges to provide density measurement of the constructed pavement. Typically, a small number of spot tests (with either cores or nuclear gauges) are run and a judgment about the density level of the entire roadway is made based on the results of this spot testing. Unfortunately, density measurement from a small number of spots may not be representative of the density of the pavement mat. Hence, full coverage evaluation of compaction quality of the pavement mat is needed. The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), as a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) technique, is an example of a non-intrusive technique that favors over the methods mentioned above for assessing compaction quality of asphalt pavements, since it allows measurement of all mat areas. Further, research studies in recent years have shown promising results with respect to its capability, coupled with the use of novel algorithms based on the dielectric properties of HMA, to predict the in-situ field density. In view of the above, field experimental surveys were conducted to assess the effectiveness of GPR methodology to estimate the in-situ compaction degree of several test sections. Moreover, considering also the field density results as obtained with traditional methods, comparative evaluation was conducted to assess the potential of using the GPR technique as a surrogate tool for pavement compaction quality purposes. Acknowledgements: This work has been inspired from publications of the COST action TU-1208 funded from EU.

  11. Vehicle-Pavement Interaction

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    Khavassefat, Parisa

    2014-01-01

    Several aspects of vehicle-pavement interaction have been studied and discussed in this thesis. Initially the pavement response is studied through a quasi-static and a dynamic computationally efficient framework under moving traffic loads. Subsequently, a non-stationary stochastic solution has been developed in order to account for the effect of pavement surface deterioration on pavement service life.The quasi-static procedure is based on a superposition principle and is computationally favou...

  12. A Hessian-based methodology for automatic surface crack detection and classification from pavement images

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    Ghanta, Sindhu; Shahini Shamsabadi, Salar; Dy, Jennifer; Wang, Ming; Birken, Ralf

    2015-04-01

    Around 3,000,000 million vehicle miles are annually traveled utilizing the US transportation systems alone. In addition to the road traffic safety, maintaining the road infrastructure in a sound condition promotes a more productive and competitive economy. Due to the significant amounts of financial and human resources required to detect surface cracks by visual inspection, detection of these surface defects are often delayed resulting in deferred maintenance operations. This paper introduces an automatic system for acquisition, detection, classification, and evaluation of pavement surface cracks by unsupervised analysis of images collected from a camera mounted on the rear of a moving vehicle. A Hessian-based multi-scale filter has been utilized to detect ridges in these images at various scales. Post-processing on the extracted features has been implemented to produce statistics of length, width, and area covered by cracks, which are crucial for roadway agencies to assess pavement quality. This process has been realized on three sets of roads with different pavement conditions in the city of Brockton, MA. A ground truth dataset labeled manually is made available to evaluate this algorithm and results rendered more than 90% segmentation accuracy demonstrating the feasibility of employing this approach at a larger scale.

  13. EFFECTS OF PAVEMENT SURFACE TEMPERATURE ON THE MODIFICATION OF URBAN THERMAL ENVIRONMENT

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    SARAT, Adebayo-Aminu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Urban centres continue to experience escalating average summer temperature over the last fifty years. Temperature in the urban core cites have been rising due to rapid growth of urbanization in the latter half of the twentieth century (Akbari et al., 1989. Outdoor experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of different movement of materials on the urban thermal environment. Meteorological conditions such as air temperature, pavement surface temperature, Relative humidity and wind velocity were recorded to determine temperature differences among Asphalt/concrete, interlocking bricks and grass surfaces.

  14. A 3D study of the contact surface developed by the contact between the tires and the structural pavements

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    Alex Alves Bandeira

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The basic aim in this work is to present a new technique to analyze the contact surfaces developed by the contact between the tires and the structural pavements by numerical simulations, using 3D finite element formulations with contact mechanics. For this purpose, the Augmented Lagrangian method is used. This study is performed just putting the tires on the structural pavement. These tires and the structural pavement are discretized by finite elements under large 3D elastoplastic deformation. The real loads (of aircrafts, trucks or cars are applied directly on each tire and by contact mechanics procedures, the real contact area between the tires and the pavement surface is computed. The penetration conditions and the contact interfaces are investigated in details. Furthermore, the pressure developed at the contact surfaces is automatically calculated and transferred to the structural pavement by contact mechanics techniques. The purpose of this work research is to show that the contact area is not circular and the finite element techniques can calculate automatically the real contact area, the real geometry and its stresses and strains. In the end of this work, numerical resultsin terms of geometry, stress and strain are presented and compared to show the ability of the algorithm. These numerical results are also compared with the numerical results obtained by the commercial program ANSYS.

  15. Visual surveying platform for the automated detection of road surface distresses

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    Naidoo, Thegaran; Joubert, Deon; Chiwewe, Tapiwa; Tyatyantsi, Ayanda; Rancati, Bruno; Mbizeni, Asanda

    2014-06-01

    Road distresses, such as potholes and edge cracks, are not only a source of frustration to drivers but also negatively impact the economy due to damage to motor vehicles and costly ro6ad repairs. Regular and rapid pavement inspection and maintenance is vital to preventing pothole formation and growth. To improve the efficiency of maintenance and reduce the cost thereof, the Visual Surveying Platform (VSP) is being developed that will automatically detect and analyse road distresses. The VSP consists of a vehicle mounted sensor system, consisting of a high speed camera and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, and an analysis and visualization software suite. The system extracts both a visual image and the coordinates of a detected road defect from recorded video and presents it in an interactive interface for use by technical experts and maintenance schedulers. The VSP automatically detects and classifies road distresses using a two-stage artificial neural network framework. Video frames first undergo hue, saturation and value (HSV) colour space conversion as well as a spatial frequency transformation before being used as inputs to the neural networks. A road detector neural network first classifies which section of the image contains the road, after which a distress detector neural network identifies those road regions containing defects. Although the VSP can be adapted to detect any type of road distress it has been trained to specifically detect potholes. An initial prototype of the VSP was designed and constructed. The prototype was also trained and tested on real-world data collected from provincial roads.

  16. Assessment of an action against environmental noise: Acoustic durability of a pavement surface with crumb rubber.

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    Vázquez, V F; Luong, J; Bueno, M; Terán, F; Paje, S E

    2016-01-15

    Environmental noise is a worldwide problem that has an adverse effect in the quality of life of urban population. Some work has shown that there is a correlation between environmental noise and health issues as sleep disturbance or annoyance. This study presents the time evolution of a test track fabricated with an asphalt mixture with 20% of crumb rubber by weight of bitumen, added by the wet process. A complete surface characterization has been performed by determining tire/pavement sound levels, road texture profiles, in-situ dynamic stiffness and sound absorption of compacted and extracted sample cores. Two measurement campaigns were performed: just after mixture laying and after 3years in service. This study confirms that the use of crumb rubber as a modifier of bituminous binders (CRMB) can improve the pavement characteristics: gap-graded mixtures with crumb rubber can be used in the action plans as urban rehabilitation measure to fight noise pollution. However, this noise reduction seems to decrease with age at a rate of approximately 0.15dB(A) per year. PMID:26519582

  17. Fast simulated annealing inversion of surface waves on pavement using phase-velocity spectra

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    Ryden, N.; Park, C.B.

    2006-01-01

    The conventional inversion of surface waves depends on modal identification of measured dispersion curves, which can be ambiguous. It is possible to avoid mode-number identification and extraction by inverting the complete phase-velocity spectrum obtained from a multichannel record. We use the fast simulated annealing (FSA) global search algorithm to minimize the difference between the measured phase-velocity spectrum and that calculated from a theoretical layer model, including the field setup geometry. Results show that this algorithm can help one avoid getting trapped in local minima while searching for the best-matching layer model. The entire procedure is demonstrated on synthetic and field data for asphalt pavement. The viscoelastic properties of the top asphalt layer are taken into account, and the inverted asphalt stiffness as a function of frequency compares well with laboratory tests on core samples. The thickness and shear-wave velocity of the deeper embedded layers are resolved within 10% deviation from those values measured separately during pavement construction. The proposed method may be equally applicable to normal soil site investigation and in the field of ultrasonic testing of materials. ?? 2006 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  18. A Study on Overlay Design of Repeatedly Deteriorating Flexible Pavement

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    Mahendrakar Kiran Kumar

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A factor, which causes further concern in India, is very high and very low pavement temperature in some parts of the country. Under these conditions, flexible pavements tend to become soft in summer and brittle in winter. Further increase in road traffic during the last one decade with an unduly low level of maintenance has contributed to accelerated deterioration of road surfacing. To prevent this deterioration process, several types of measures may be adopted effectively such as improved design, use of high performance materials and effective construction technologies. Over the last two decades, traffic volume and the percentage of heavy truck traffic have increased enormously on the National High Way No 18. This pavement is a Flexible pavement with bituminous surfacing. The high traffic intensity in terms of commercial vehicles, overloading of axles and significant variations in daily and seasonal temperature of the pavement have been always responsible for early development of distress symptoms like undulations, rutting, cracking, bleeding, raveling, shoving and potholing of bituminous surfacing.

  19. Automated management for pavement inspection system (AMPIS)

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    Chung, Hung Chi; Girardello, Roberto; Soeller, Tony; Shinozuka, Masanobu

    2003-08-01

    An automated in-situ road surface distress surveying and management system, AMPIS, has been developed on the basis of video images within the framework of GIS software. Video image processing techniques are introduced to acquire, process and analyze the road surface images obtained from a moving vehicle. ArcGIS platform is used to integrate the routines of image processing and spatial analysis in handling the full-scale metropolitan highway surface distress detection and data fusion/management. This makes it possible to present user-friendly interfaces in GIS and to provide efficient visualizations of surveyed results not only for the use of transportation engineers to manage road surveying documentations, data acquisition, analysis and management, but also for financial officials to plan maintenance and repair programs and further evaluate the socio-economic impacts of highway degradation and deterioration. A review performed in this study on fundamental principle of Pavement Management System (PMS) and its implementation indicates that the proposed approach of using GIS concept and its tools for PMS application will reshape PMS into a new information technology-based system providing a convenient and efficient pavement inspection and management.

  20. Some experience using noncontact sensors on airport pavements

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    Lenngren, Carl A.

    1996-11-01

    The Swedish National Road Administration has been using a laser based system for assessing pavement surface characteristics for over a decade. Typically, important distress data like roughness and rutting are being sampled at speeds up to 25 meters per second. Other parameters include textures and geometric data, such as cross slope and curvature. The Royal Swedish Fortifications Administration has just recently looked into these techniques for airfield pavements. The objectives are similar but not exactly the same as for highway pavements. A promising aspect is using data for building terrain models of the surface so that overlay design procedures can take place in a computerized environment. The objectives are similar but not exactly the same as for highway pavements. A promising aspect is using data for building terrain models of the surface so that overlay design procedures can take place in a computerized environment. Two different ways of treating the data for this purpose was tried. One model uses several parallel continuous longitudinal profiles. The other consists of snap-shot transverse profiles at five meter intervals. The former model yields good assessment of the volumetric needs of either filling or milling operations. The latter is better for identifying features on the surface. The present paper describes some of experiences obtained with the two methods. However, in both cases the most advantageous aspect of using the non-contact devices is the short time needed for collecting the data.

  1. Weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 1

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    F, Netterberg; M, de Beer.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces in the upper structural layers of road pavements are specifically prohibited in most road-building specifications. However, such layers are extremely common and often lead to premature pavement distress. In Part 1 of this two-part set of papers [...] , it is shown that from experience with heavy vehicle simulator (HVS) and dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP) testing, the presence of such layers and/or conditions at any depth in the structural layers of a flexible or semi-flexible pavement is far more deleterious than is commonly appreciated. In Part 2 the effects of these weak layers are further modelled and discussed using various examples based an HVS testing and mechanistic pavement analyses. In particular, a weak upper base course of a cemented pavement under a thin bituminous surfacing may lead to severe surfacing (and upper base) failure within a matter of weeks to months after opening to traffic, not excluding failure even during construction. In this paper (Part 1), the causes of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces, together with simple methods for their detection during construction and analyses of their effects on the structural capacity of flexible and semi-rigid (cemented) road pavements, are briefly discussed.

  2. Weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 1

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    F Netterberg

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces in the upper structural layers of road pavements are specifically prohibited in most road-building specifications. However, such layers are extremely common and often lead to premature pavement distress. In Part 1 of this two-part set of papers, it is shown that from experience with heavy vehicle simulator (HVS and dynamic cone penetrometer (DCP testing, the presence of such layers and/or conditions at any depth in the structural layers of a flexible or semi-flexible pavement is far more deleterious than is commonly appreciated. In Part 2 the effects of these weak layers are further modelled and discussed using various examples based an HVS testing and mechanistic pavement analyses. In particular, a weak upper base course of a cemented pavement under a thin bituminous surfacing may lead to severe surfacing (and upper base failure within a matter of weeks to months after opening to traffic, not excluding failure even during construction. In this paper (Part 1, the causes of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or interfaces, together with simple methods for their detection during construction and analyses of their effects on the structural capacity of flexible and semi-rigid (cemented road pavements, are briefly discussed.

  3. Experimental pavement delineation treatments

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    Bryden, J. E.; Lorini, R. A.

    1981-06-01

    Visibility and durability of materials used to delineate shoulders and medians adjacent to asphalt pavements were evaluated. Materials evaluated were polysulfide and coal tar epoxies, one and two component polyesters, portland cement, acrylic paints, modified-alkyd traffic paint, preformed plastic tape, and thermoplastic markings. Neat applications, sand mortars, and surface treatments were installed in several geometric patterns including cross hatches, solid median treatments, and various widths of edge lines. Thermoplastic pavement markings generally performed very well, providing good visibility under adverse viewing conditions for at least 4 years. Thermoplastic 4 in. wide edge lines appear to provide adequate visibility for most conditions.

  4. 76 FR 67018 - Notice to Manufacturers of Airport In-Pavement Stationary Runway Weather Information Systems

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    2011-10-28

    ...Manufacturers of Airport In-Pavement Stationary Runway...150/5220-30, Airport Winter Safety and...recommends that in-pavement runway sensor systems...become mandatory for airports using AIP grant funds, an in-pavement runway surface...

  5. Determination of the heating temperature of potholes surface on road pavement in the process of repairs using hot asphalt concrete mixes

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    Giyasov Botir Iminzhonovich

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In the process of roads construction the necessary transport and operational characteristics should be achieved, which depend on the quality of the applied, material and technologies. Under the loads of transport means and the influence of weather conditions on the road pavement deformations and destructions occur, which lead to worsening of transport and operational characteristics, decrease of operational life of the road and they are often the reason of road accidents. According to the data of the Strategic Research Center of "Rosgosstrah" more than 20 % of road accidents in Russia occur due to bad quality of road pavement. One of the main directions in traffic security control and prolongation of operational life for road pavement of non-rigid type is road works, as a result of which defects of pavement are eliminated and in case of timely repairs of high quality the operational life of the road increases for several years. The most widely used material for non-rigid pavement repairs is hot road concrete mixes and in case of adherence to specifications they provide high quality of works. The authors investigate the problems of hot asphalt concrete mixes for repairs of road surfaces of non-rigid type. The results of the study hot asphalt concrete mix’s temperature regimes are offered in case of repair works considering the temperature delivered to the work site and the ambient temperature depending on the type of mix and class of bitumen.

  6. In situ determination of layer thickness and elastic moduli of asphalt pavement systems by spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) method

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    Spectral analysis of surface waves (SASW) is a non-destructive and in situ method for determining the stiffness profile of soil and pavement sites. The method consists of generation, measurement, and processing of dispersive elastic waves in layered systems. The test is performed on the pavement surface at strain level below 0.001%, where the elastic properties are considered independent of strain amplitude. During an SASW test, the surface of the medium under investigation is subject to an impact to generate energy at various frequencies. Two vertical acceleration transducers are set up near the impact source to detect the energy transmitted through the testing media. By recording signals in digitised form using a data acquisition system and processing them, surface wave velocities can be determined by constructing a dispersion curve. Through forward modeling, the shear wave velocities can be obtained, which can be related to the variation of stiffness with depth. This paper presents the results of two case studies for near?surface profiling of two different asphalt pavement sites. (Author)

  7. An experience on street pavement maintenance program in small region- (Bafq city

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    Khabiry Mehdi

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports an experience on Pavement Maintenance plan of the Research Team of the Islamic Azad University- Bafq Branch. The City of Bafq streets are failing at a growing rate, despite all the efforts of Pavement Management, improved efficiencies in street maintenance operations, contracted work and sharing equipment with other agencies. Pavements in this range show some form of distress or wear that requires more than a life extending achievement. In this group, a well-designed pavement will have served at least 75% of its life and the authority of the pavement has dropped by about 40%.

  8. Utilization of Advanced Diagnostic Methods for Texture and Rut Depth Analysis on a Testing Pavement Section

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    Slabej, Martin; Grin?, Michal; Kotek, Peter; Ková?, Matúš; Decký, Martin

    2015-05-01

    Qualitative characteristics of pavement in wide range reflects the pavement serviceability, which is a summary of the characteristics of the pavement, providing a fast, smooth, economical and especially safe driving of motor-vehicles. The target factor of pavement serviceability and safety of roads represents the quality of their surface properties. In the framework of research activities performed in the Research Centre founded under the auspices of University of Žilina, individual parameters of pavement serviceability were monitored by pavement surface scanning. This paper describes the creation of a 3D - road surface model and its analysis and evaluation from the viewpoint of two pavement serviceability parameters - the rut depth and texture. Measurements were performed on an experimental pavement section used contemporary in an Accelerated Pavement Testing experiment. The long-term goal is to ascertain functions predicting degradation of these two pavement serviceability parameters.

  9. Pavement management and rehabilitation of portland cement concrete pavements

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    Zegeer, C. V.; Agent, K. R.; Rizenbergs, R. L.; Curtayne, P. C.; Scullion, T.; Pedigo, R. D.; Hudson, W. R.; Roberts, F. L.; Karan, M. A.; Haas, R.

    Pavement management and rehabilitation projects and techniques are discussed. The following topics are discussed: economic analyses and dynamic programming in resurfacing project selection; implementation of an urban pavement management system; pavement performance modeling for pavement management; illustration of pavement management: from data inventory to priority analysis; rehabilitation of concrete pavements by using portland cement concrete overlays; pavement management study: Illinois tollway pavement overlays; resurfacing of plain jointed-concrete pavements; design procedure for premium composite pavement; model study of anchored pavement; prestressed concrete overlay at O'Hare International Airport: in-service evaluation; and, bonded portland cement concrete resurfacing.

  10. Study on Flexible Pavement Failures in Soft Soil Tropical Regions

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    Jayakumar, M.; Chee Soon, Lee

    2015-04-01

    Road network system experienced rapid upgrowth since ages ago and it started developing in Malaysia during the colonization of British due to its significant impacts in transportation field. Flexible pavement, the major road network in Malaysia, has been deteriorating by various types of distresses which cause descending serviceability of the pavement structure. This paper discusses the pavement condition assessment carried out in Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia to have design solutions for flexible pavement failures. Field tests were conducted to examine the subgrade strength of existing roads in Sarawak at various failure locations, to assess the impact of subgrade strength on pavement failures. Research outcomes from field condition assessment and subgrade testing showed that the critical causes of pavement failures are inadequate design and maintenance of drainage system and shoulder cross fall, along with inadequate pavement thickness provided by may be assuming the conservative value of soil strength at optimum moisture content, whereas the exiting and expected subgrade strengths at equilibrium moisture content are far below. Our further research shows that stabilized existing recycled asphalt and base materials to use as a sub-base along with bitumen stabilized open graded base in the pavement composition may be a viable solution for pavement failures.

  11. Monitoring the condition of roads pavement surfaces: proposal of methodology using hyperspectral images / Monitoramento das condições das superfícies de pavimentos rodoviários: proposta de metodologia utilizando imagens hiperespectrais

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    Marcos Ribeiro, Resende; Liedi Legi Bariani, Bernucci; José Alberto, Quintanilha.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available No atual sistema de concessões rodoviária do Brasil ambos, concessionárias e agências reguladoras têm a missão de melhorar a qualidade dos pavimentos rodoviários no País. Tal situação requer a pesquisa e a identificação de novas ferramentas que facilitem o levantamento das condições dos pavimentos r [...] odoviários num tempo e custos menores que os métodos usuais. Recentemente, se verificou um grande aumento da disponibilidade de imagens de sensoriamento remoto com alta resolução espacial, seguindo uma tendência do mercado de novos satélites de sensoriamento remoto, e de sensores aerotransportados. De forma similar, imagens multi e hiperespectrais estão disponíveis tanto comercialmente quanto para a pesquisa científica. O artigo apresenta uma nova metodologia para a identificação das condições do asfalto em superfícies pavimentadas e uma classificação dos tipos de defeitos identificáveis a partir de imagens hiperespectrais adquiridas por sensores aerotransportados. O objetivo do artigo é o de mostrar que índices das condições das superfícies dos pavimentos asfaltados gerados via imagens hiperespectrais podem ser comparados com os indicadores vigentes, utilizados pela agência reguladora nacional. Abstract in english With the current system of concession roads in Brazil, both concessionaires and regulatory agents have been charged with improving the quality of the pavement on Brazilian highways. This situation requires the search for new tools that can facilitate the survey of pavement conditions in less time an [...] d at a lower cost than traditional methods. Recently, an increasing number of high-resolution spatial images have become available on the world market following the development of new remote sensing satellites and airborne sensors. Similarly, multispectral images and even hyperspectral images are now available commercially and for scientific research. The paper presents a new methodology for the identification of asphalted pavement surfaces condition and the classification of the main types of asphalt defects using hyperspectral images from airborne digital sensors. The objective of this study was to generate indexes of pavement conditions from images that can be compared with the indicators of pavement surface conditions already used by national regulatory agencies.

  12. Modeling Deflection Basin Using Neurofuzzy in Backcaluculating Flexible Pavement Layer Moduli

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    Mehmet Saltan

    2002-01-01

    Flexible pavement surface condition date play a principle role in the evaluation of pavement structural capacity and in the design of pavement rehabilitation programs. Flexible pavements are affected by moving vehicles, climate and other environmental factors. As a result of these factors, the pavement starts to deteriorate. In order to prevent further deterioration, a maintenance program should be carried out at right time and right places. For the determination of the structural carrying ca...

  13. Measurement of the Cooling Efficiency of Pavement-Watering as an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Technique

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    Martin Hendel

    2015-03-01

    Pavement watering was found to lower pavement surface temperatures by several degrees for several hours after watering, while also strongly reducing its cooling rate a few hours before and after sunset. Heat flux and storage at a depth of 5 cm in the pavement were also found to have been significantly reduced, especially during direct sunlight exposure, but also when the pavement was in the shade. Uninterrupted watering appears necessary during direct sunlight exposure of the pavement to maximize efficiency.

  14. Image Preprocessing Methods to Identify Micro-cracks of Road Pavement

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    Hui Wang; Zhang Chen; Lijun Sun

    2013-01-01

    Standards of highway conservation and maintenance are improved gradually following the improvement of requirements of road service. Before obvious damage such as obvious cracking (block?transverse, longitudinal ) and rutting emerge, inconspicuous distress (micro-cracks, polishing, pockmarked) is generated previously. These inconspicuous distresses may provide basis and criteria for pavement preventive maintenance. Currently most of preventive conservation measures are determined by experienc...

  15. A Review Study of Urban Landfill Pavement Drainage System in Madhya Pradesh

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    Tapas Dasgupta,

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Urban Land fill pavement drainage is one of the key components which need to be considered along with other parameters for urban land fill pavement management system. In which various issues related with integrating the urban land fill pavement roadway drainage with Land fill pavement Management System. It highlights the major ingress and egress routes of water in land fill pavement structure, methods to measure moisture and approaches to control the water entry. This paper reviews different software's for designing the drainage system and techniques for modeling the drainage conditions in land fill pavement deterioration models. The effect of poor surface and subsurface drainage on land fill pavement performance and its life-cycle are also discussed. The measures to manage the poor land fill pavement roadway drainage conditions are also presented. The need for a detailed field and laboratory studies related to land fill pavements drainage systems has been demonstrated.

  16. Hybrid green permeable pave with hexagonal modular pavement systems

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    Modular permeable pavements are alternatives to the traditional impervious asphalt and concrete pavements. Pervious pore spaces in the surface allow for water to infiltrate into the pavement during rainfall events. As of their ability to allow water to quickly infiltrate through the surface, modular permeable pavements allow for reductions in runoff quantity and peak runoff rates. Even in areas where the underlying soil is not ideal for modular permeable pavements, the installation of under drains has still been shown to reflect these reductions. Modular permeable pavements have been regarded as an effective tool in helping with stormwater control. It also affects the water quality of stormwater runoff. Places using modular permeable pavement has been shown to cause a significant decrease in several heavy metal concentrations as well as suspended solids. Removal rates are dependent upon the material used for the pavers and sub-base material, as well as the surface void space. Most heavy metals are captured in the top layers of the void space fill media. Permeable pavements are now considered an effective BMP for reducing stormwater runoff volume and peak flow. This study examines the extent to which such combined pavement systems are capable of handling load from the vehicles. Experimental investigation were undertaken to quantify the compressive characteristics of the modular. Results shows impressive results of achieving high safety factor for daily life vehicles.

  17. Fracture of highway and airport pavements

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    Ramsamooj, D. V.

    1993-03-01

    Existing solutions for the stresses in a cracked slab containing a crack and supported by an elastic foundation are extended to obtain the stress intensity factor (SIF) for a crack in a pavement subjected to moving vehicular loads. In the existing solutions the stresses can be obtained only for a uniform bending stress (before the crack occurs) along the crack surface. For pavements subjected to moving vehicular loads, the stress distribution along the crack surface is not uniform and the approximation of a uniform stress is often unsatisfactory. The present work extends the above solutions to cover more realistic loading of highway and airport pavements. This facilitates the application of the principles of fracture mechanics to the fatigue crack propagation and fracture of pavements. Beginning with a part-through semi-elliptical starter crack, the crack is assumed to grow under load and the SIF is presented at various stages of crack growth, from the starter crack into a short through-crack that eventually becomes a very long through-crack. Some examples of the fracture of typical rigid and flexible highway and airport pavements are presented to show the need to consider fracture in the design of pavements.

  18. FUEL CONSUMPTION & ENERGY DISSIPATION THROUGH ROAD PAVEMENT CHARACTERISTIC

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    Dipanjan Mukherjee

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available This thesis estimates the effect of pavement characteristic on energy dissipation of a rolling vehicle tyre. On objective of this study is to compare the relative amount of energy dissipated in pavement by the rolling depending on the pavement materials surface condition & environmental condition also. The study also assesses the effect of the vertical deflection, induced by the tyre, on overall energy dissipation in pavement. A comprehensive literature was carried out to prove a wide background for the study. Field measures and laboratory tests were discussed to provide basis for analyses. Results indicate that energy dissipated in pavement significantly depend on the characteristic of pavement. An obvious influence of speed on energy dissipation can be found only when the stiffness in a low level.

  19. Vehicle dynamic response due to pavement roughness

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    Roberto Spinola, Barbosa.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The goal of the present study is the development of a spectral method to obtain the frequency response of the half-vehicle subjected to a measured pavement roughness in the frequency domain. For this purpose, a half-vehicle dynamic model with a two-point delayed base excitation was developed to corr [...] elate with the spectral density function of the pavement roughness, to obtain the system spectral transfer function, in the frequency domain. The vertical pavement profile was measured along two roads sections. The surface roughness was here expressed in terms of the spectral density function of the measured vertical pavement profile with respect to the evenness wave number of the pavement roughness. A frequency response analysis was applied to obtain the vertical and angular modal vehicle dynamic response with the excitation of the power spectral density (PSD) of the pavement roughness. The results show that at low speed, the vehicle suspension mode is magnified due to the unpaved track signature. At 120 km/h in an undulated asphalted road, the first vehicle vibration mode has a significant motion amplification, which may cause passenger discomfort.

  20. A concrete pavement in Canada : a review of their usage and performance

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    Smith, T. [Cement Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2001-07-01

    This paper presented guidance for various concrete paving techniques for use in the Canadian environment under a variety of traffic loading conditions. Public Works Canada spends about $12 billion annually on renovation, repair and rehabilitation technologies for pavements. In recent years, there has been a growing demand for new solutions to repair the existing road infrastructure. In response to this demand new concrete pavements and innovative concrete pavement products have been tested. This paper presented a thorough review on the design, construction, performance and maintenance of different concrete pavement structures in Canada. Case studies of concrete pavement roadway projects were also presented in which different types of concrete pavement products were used. These products included conventional jointed plain concrete pavement, thin composite pavement, ultra-thin whitetopping, roller compacted concrete pavement and recycling of asphaltic roadways using a new cement-slurry stabilization technique. The best practice technologies were presented in terms of their technical considerations. The National Research Council of Canada recently conducted a study to determine the effect of different types of surface pavements on fuel consumption. The study showed that concrete pavement can provide up to 11 per cent fuel savings for trucks operating on concrete pavement compared to asphalt pavement. It was emphasized that this social cost should be further examined when considering alternatives for pavement design. The information presented in this paper can help pavement designers choose the most appropriate pavement strategy when designing new highways or rehabilitating old ones. It was concluded that concrete pavements provide a viable paving option for highway construction and maintenance. 21 refs., 3 tabs., 7 figs.

  1. PCC pavements: some findings from US-LTPP and Canadian case studies

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    2001-07-01

    This technical brief was developed with two objectives in mind: to provide a brief overview of the type of portland cement concrete pavements available, and to make known some of the performance results observed to date concerning portland cement pavements in the US Long-Term Pavement Performance (US-LTTP) experiment, as well as various Canadian case studies. The various types of pavements and concrete pavement products are discussed, along with the components of concrete pavements, surface texture and smoothness, the design of thickness, the production of concrete and curing and sealing operations. The effect of structural features towards performance are explained based on the experiences of the US-LTTP experiment. Some examples of Canadian concrete pavement projects such as Highway 407, (Ontario), Highway 104 (Nova Scotia), Autoroute 13 (Quebec) are also reviewed. It was concluded that concrete pavement products can provide innovative solutions in terms of both technical and cost efficiencies. 8 refs., 2 tabs., 5 figs.

  2. Some advances/results in monitoring road cracks from 2D pavement images within the scope of the collaborative FP7 TRIMM project

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    Baltazart, Vincent; Moliard, Jean-Marc; Amhaz, Rabih; Wright, Dean; Jethwa, Manish

    2015-04-01

    Monitoring road surface conditions is an important issue in many countries. Several projects have looked into this issue in recent years, including TRIMM 2011-2014. The objective of such projects has been to detect surface distresses, like cracking, raveling and water ponding, in order to plan effective road maintenance and to afford a better sustainability of the pavement. The monitoring of cracking conventionally focuses on open cracks on the surface of the pavement, as opposed to reflexive cracks embedded in the pavement materials. For monitoring surface condition, in situ human visual inspection has been gradually replaced by automatic image data collection at traffic speed. Off-line image processing techniques have been developed for monitoring surface condition in support of human visual control. Full automation of crack monitoring has been approached with caution, and depends on a proper manual assessment of the performance. This work firstly presents some aspects of the current state of monitoring that have been reported so far in the literature and in previous projects: imaging technology and image processing techniques. Then, the work presents the two image processing techniques that have been developed within the scope of the TRIMM project to automatically detect pavement cracking from images. The first technique is a heuristic approach (HA) based on the search for gradient within the image. It was originally developed to process pavement images from the French imaging device, Aigle-RN. The second technique, the Minimal Path Selection (MPS) method, has been developed within an ongoing PhD work at IFSTTAR. The proposed new technique provides a fine and accurate segmentation of the crack pattern along with the estimation of the crack width. HA has been assessed against the field data collection provided by Yotta and TRL with the imaging device Tempest 2. The performance assessment has been threefold: first it was performed against the reference data set including 130 km of pavement images over UK roads, second over a few selected short sections of contiguous pavement images, and finally over a few sample images as a case study. The performance of MPS has been assessed against an older image data base. Pixel-based PGT was available to provide the most sensitive performance assessment. MPS has shown its ability to provide a very accurate cracking pattern without reducing the image resolution on the segmented images. Thus, it allows measurement of the crack width; it is found to behave more robustly against the image texture and better matched for dealing with low contrast pavement images. The benchmarking of seven automatic segmentation techniques has been provided at both the pixel and the grid levels. The performance assessment includes three minimal path selection algorithms, namely MPS, Free Form Anisotropy (FFA), one geodesic contour with automatic selection of points of interests (GC-POI), HA, and two Markov-based methods. Among others, MPS approach reached the best performance at the pixel level while it is matched to the FFA approach at the grid level. Finally, the project has emphasized the need for a reliable ground truth data collection. Owing to its accuracy, MPS may serve as a reference benchmark for other methods to provide the automatic segmentation of pavement images at the pixel level and beyond. As a counterpart, MPS requires a reduction in the computing time. Keywords: cracking, automatic segmentation, image processing, pavement, surface distress, monitoring, DICE, performance

  3. Modeling the Pavement Present Serviceability Index of Flexible Highway Pavements Using Data Mining

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    Serdal Terzi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The term present serviceability was adopted to represent the momentary ability of pavement to serve traffic and the performance of the pavement was represented by its serviceability history in conjunction with its load application history. Serviceability was found to be influenced by longitudinal and transverse profile as well as the extent of cracking and patching. The amount of weight to assign to each element in the determination of the over-all serviceability is a matter of subjective opinion. In the present study, a regression tree model has been presented for determining flexible pavement surface layer thickness. The model, RT was selected as estimating method. Results show that wearing course thickness of flexible pavement regression values of the regression tree model is better than that of the AASHO model. This approach can be easily and realistically performed to solve the optimization problems which do not have a formulation or function about the solution.

  4. Runway Operability under Cold Weather Conditions. Tire-pavement friction creation by sand particles on iced pavements, and non-contacting detection of sand particles on pavements

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    Klein-Paste, Alex

    2007-01-01

    Airports that operate under cold weather conditions face major challenges in ensuring that runways, taxiways and aprons provide sufficient tire-pavement friction to the operating aircraft. This thesis is motivated by two practical problems: (1) maintaining or improving the pavement surface conditions in an, for airline companies, acceptable state and (2) accurately reporting the actual surface conditions to the relevant actors (pilots, air traffic control, winter maintenance services). The pr...

  5. Classificação híbrida: pixel a pixel e baseada em objetos para o monitoramento da condição da superfície dos pavimentos rodoviários / Hybrid classification: pixel by pixel and object based to monitor the surface conditions of road pavements

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    Marcos Ribeiro, Resende; Liedi Légi Barianni, Bernucci; José Alberto, Quintanilha.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Monitorar a condição de uso de toda a extensão das rodovias brasileiras é tarefa dispendiosa e demorada. Este trabalho trata de novas técnicas que permitem o levantamento da condição da superfície dos pavimentos rodoviários de forma ágil utilizando imagens hiperespectrais de sensor digital aeroembar [...] cado. Nos últimos anos, um número crescente de imagens de alta resolução espacial tem surgido no mercado mundial com o aparecimento dos novos satélites e sensores aeroembarcados de sensoriamento remoto. Propõe-se uma metodologia para identificação dos pavimentos asfálticos e classificação das principais ocorrências dos defeitos na superfície do pavimento. A primeira etapa da metodologia é a identificação da superfície asfáltica na imagem, utilizando uma classificação híbrida baseada inicialmente em pixel e depois refinada por objetos. A segunda etapa da metodologia é a identificação e classificação das ocorrências dos principais defeitos nos pavimentos flexíveis que são observáveis nas imagens de alta resolução espacial. Esta última etapa faz uso intensivo das novas técnicas de classificação de imagens baseadas em objetos. O resultado final é a geração de índices da condição da superfície do pavimento a partir das imagens que possam ser comparados com os indicadores vigentes da condição da superfície do pavimento já normatizados pelos órgãos competentes no país. Abstract in english Monitoring every Brazilian road use condition is an expensive and time consuming task. This research deals with new techniques which will yield a quick survey of road surface pavement condition by using hyperspectral images from airborne remote sensing. Recently, an increasing number of images with [...] high spatial resolution has emerged on the world market with the advent of new remote sensing satellites and airborne sensors. Hyperspectral images from digital airborne sensor have been used in this work. A new identification methodology for a pavement surface and also for classification of the main defects of the surface has been devised. The first step of the methodology is the identification of the asphalt surface in the image, by using hybrid classification based on pixel initially and then improved by objects. The second step of the methodology is the identification and classification of the main defects of pavement surface that are observable in high spatial resolution imagery. This step makes intensive use of new techniques for classification of images based on objects. The goal is the generation of pavement surface condition index from the images which can be compared to quality index of pavement surface already managed by the regulatory agency in the country.

  6. Road Edge of Pavement, Includeds payed road area, parking lots, gravel roads and other impervious surfaces, Published in unknown, Johnson County AIMS.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of unknown. It is described as 'Includeds payed road area, parking...

  7. DRAINAGE AND FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT PERFORMANCE

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    SIDDHARTHA ROKADE; Agarwal, P.K.; RAJNISH SHRIVASTAVA

    2012-01-01

    Providing adequate drainage to a pavement system has been considered as an important design consideration to prevent premature failures due to water related problems such as pumping action, loss of support, and rutting, among others. Most water in pavements is due to rainfall infiltration into unsaturated pavement layers, throughjoints, cracks, shoulder edges, and various other defects, especially in older deteriorated pavements. Water also seep upward from a high groundwater table due to cap...

  8. Improvement of the functional pavement quality with asphalt rubber mixtures

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    Fontes, Liseane P. T. L.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Pais, Jorge C.; Trichês, Glicério

    2006-01-01

    Skid resistance and texture are important safety characteristics which need to be considered in flexible pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation. The main objective of this paper is to optimize surface texture characteristics in asphalt rubber pavements, mainly macrotexture to reduce splash, spray and hydroplaning and microtexture to increase friction at low and high speeds. The objective was accomplished by measuring the friction surface with two different tests: (i) B...

  9. Analysis of the functional quality of pavements from texture measurements

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    Freitas, Elisabete F.; Pereira, Paulo A. A.

    2007-01-01

    The surface texture of a pavement, including uneveness, is largely determinant of drivers’safety and comfort. It is undoubtedly a major cause of road traffic accidents all over the world. Statistics show that one million killed and 50 million injured are reported every year by Competent Authorities. The effect of traffic noise has also become a critical public issue. On the road networking the surface characteristics of pavements also contributed to nearly 80-90% of roadway traffic nois...

  10. Pavement Snow Melting

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    Lund, John W.

    2005-01-01

    The design of pavement snow melting systems is presented based on criteria established by ASHRAE. The heating requirements depends on rate of snow fall, air temperature, relative humidity and wind velocity. Piping materials are either metal or plastic, however, due to corrosion problems, cross-linked polyethylene pipe is now generally used instead of iron. Geothermal energy is supplied to systems through the use of heat pipes, directly from circulating pipes, through a heat exchanger or by allowing water to flow directly over the pavement, by using solar thermal storage. Examples of systems in New Jersey, Wyoming, Virginia, Japan, Argentina, Switzerland and Oregon are presented. Key words: pavement snow melting, geothermal heating, heat pipes, solar storage, Wyoming, Virginia, Japan, Argentina, Klamath Falls.

  11. Condition monitoring of airport pavements subjected to repeated dynamic aircraft loading

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    Gopalakrishnan, Kasthurirangan

    2006-01-01

    The Heavy Weight Deflectometer (HWD) is one of the most commonly used devices for monitoring the structural condition of airport pavement infrastructure systems on a routine basis in a rapid and non-destructive manner. The HWD measures pavement surface response (i e deflections) to an applied dynamic load that simulates a moving wheel of an aircraft at moderate speeds. The pavement surface deflection basins obtained by the HWD tests is frequently used as an indicator of the load-bearing capac...

  12. Effectiveness of pavement-solar energy system – An experimental study

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    Highlights: • We built a small-scale pilot project of pavement-solar energy utilization. • Design an automatic monitoring system to record the operating data. • The average heat absorptivity of pavement-solar energy is 37%. • The average thermal storage effectiveness of the system is 17%. - Abstract: A small-scale pilot project was built for the pavement-solar energy utilization in this paper. An automatic data acquisition system was designed to measure the effectiveness of the pavement solar energy system based on the operation data of 24 h a day in both summer and winter. Through 69 days (1656 h) of operation in summer, 2821 kW h of heat energy were stored in soil underground. In the transitional season, 4598 kW h of heat energy were taken out from soil during 104 days (2496 h) of operation in winter. The analysis showed that in summer, solar heat collection of asphalt pavement could effectively reduce 7 °C of its temperature. Under conditions of natural radiation, the average heat absorptivity of pavement was 37% and the average thermal storage effectiveness of the system was 17%. The electrical energy consumed by the system is only 11% of stored heat. During the winter, the asphalt pavement absorbs heat from underground soil which effectively increases its temperature, cutting 32% days of surface temperature below the freezing point. This not only save the energy for ice/snow removal but also mitigate associated safety risks

  13. Modeling Deflection Basin Using Neurofuzzy in Backcaluculating Flexible Pavement Layer Moduli

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    Mehmet Saltan

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Flexible pavement surface condition date play a principle role in the evaluation of pavement structural capacity and in the design of pavement rehabilitation programs. Flexible pavements are affected by moving vehicles, climate and other environmental factors. As a result of these factors, the pavement starts to deteriorate. In order to prevent further deterioration, a maintenance program should be carried out at right time and right places. For the determination of the structural carrying capacity of the pavement, non-destructive testing equipments are used. In such a process, the most important thing is to analyse the collected data. A backcalculation procedure is carried out for back-calculation elastic modules for each layer effective in the pavement life. The input data are usually restricted to the pavement surface deflection or its basin obtained by Nondestructive testing as the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD. Generally, linear elastic and finite element based programs are used for back-calculating, but they are both time consuming. It is also important to simulate deflection basin realistically in backcalculating pavement layer moduli. For this purpose, NeuroFuzzy method is used for simulation deflection basin during the course of this study. Results indicate that the NeuroFuzzy can be used for backcalculation of flexible pavement layer moduli with great improvement and accuracy.

  14. The study of road surface micro-texture's effects for the pavement's decontamination by high pressure water washing

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    In the result of “decontamination technical demonstration project” by Ministry of the Environment, it has became clear that the effect variation is larger in high pressure water washing method, compared with others in road surface decontamination technology. In this study, we have hypothesized the fact at the difference of micro-texture of the road surface, by carrying out high pressure water washing method in different kinds of road surfaces and verified the relation between washing efficiency and micro-texture road surface. Positive correlation has admitted between the washing number of times and radiation reduction rate and the trend of primary regression equation (i.e. radiation reduction rate per washing time) is indicating that decreasing tendency of radiation carried by the increasing of micro-texture of the road surface. Here, we proposed the method to estimated essential washing number of times to achieve the targeted radiation reduction rate from the relation of that trend and micro-texture of the road surface. (author)

  15. Pore-structure models of hydraulic conductivity for permeable pavement

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    Kuang, X.; Sansalone, J.; Ying, G.; Ranieri, V.

    2011-03-01

    SummaryPermeable pavement functions as a porous infrastructure interface allowing the infiltration and evaporation of rainfall-runoff while functioning as a relatively smooth load-bearing surface for vehicular transport. Hydraulic conductivity ( k) of permeable pavement is an important hydraulic property and is a function of the pore structure. This study examines k for a cementitious permeable pavement (CPP) through a series of pore-structure models. Measurements utilized include hydraulic head as well as total porosity, ( ? t), effective porosity ( ? e), tortuosity ( L e/ L) and pore size distribution (PSD) indices generated through X-ray tomography (XRT). XRT results indicate that the permeable pavement pore matrix is hetero-disperse, with high tortuosity and ? t ? ? e. Power law models of k- ? t and k- ? e relationships are developed for a CPP mix design. Results indicate that the Krüger, Fair-Hatch, Hazen, Slichter, Beyer and Terzaghi models based on simple pore-structure indices do not reproduce measured k values. The conventional Kozeny-Carman model (KCM), a more parameterized pore-structure model, did not reproduce measured k values. This study proposes a modified KCM utilizing ? e, specific surface area (SSA) pe and weighted tortuosity ( L e/ L) w. Results demonstrate that such permeable pavement pore-structure parameters with the modified KCM can predict k. The k results are combined with continuous simulation modeling using historical rainfall to provide nomographs examining permeable pavement as a low impact development (LID) infrastructure component.

  16. Impact of Vehicle Class and Tire Pressure on Pavement Performance in MEPDG

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    Mohamed I. E. Attia

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The new Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG design and analysis procedures defines the exact traffic loading by defining the specific number of each vehicle class and the use of axle load distribution factors instead of the equivalent single axle load (ESAL. The number of traffic inputs (parameters in MEPDG was found to be 17024. This research aimed to evaluate the sensitivity of the predicted flexible pavement distress to vehicle class and tire pressure in MEPDG. To evaluate the impact of vehicle (truck class on pavement sections, different cases of loading were analyzed. For each case, the MEPDG Ver. 1.1 was used to evaluate the effect of tire pressure by solving each case for a tire pressure of 120 and 140 psi. The effect of the traffic parameters on asphalt pavement (AC rutting, base rutting, subgrade rutting, international roughness index (IRI, longitudinal cracking and fatigue (alligator cracking were investigated. It was found that vehicle class distribution (VCD would cause clear impact (comparable to the effect of AADTT level only if the major traffic is of specific class (very light or very heavy. If this is not the case, the vehicle class distribution will not be a significant factor that affects the final design because most of the trucks had similar impact on flexible pavement distresses. The impact of tire pressure is clear on longitudinal cracking, fatigue cracking and AC rutting, and have no significant impact on both base and subgrade rutting.

  17. Techniques to Determine Maintenace Frequency of Permeable Pavement Systems with Time Domain Reflectometers (TDRs

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    As the surface clogs in permeable pavement systems, they lose effectiveness and require maintenance. There is limited direct guidance for determining when maintenance is needed to prevent surface runoff bypass. Research is being conducted using multiple time domain reflectomete...

  18. Use of Time Domain Reflectometers (TDRs) in Permeable Pavement Systems to Predict Maintenance Needs and Effectiveness

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    As the surface in permeable pavement systems clogs, infiltration capacity decreases, so maintenance is required to maintain hydrologic performance. There is limited direct guidance for determining when maintenance is needed to prevent surface runoff bypass. Research is being co...

  19. Monitoring Strategies in Permeable Pavement Systems to Optimize Maintenance Scheduling

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    As the surface in a permeable pavement system clogs and performance decreases, maintenance is required to preserve the design function. Currently, guidance is limited for scheduling maintenance on an as needed basis. Previous research has shown that surface clogging in a permea...

  20. Spills on Flat Inclined Pavements

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    Simmons, Carver S.; Keller, Jason M.; Hylden, Jeff L.

    2004-03-01

    This report describes the general spill phenomenology for liquid spills occurring on relatively impermeable surfaces such as concrete or asphalt pavement and the development and application of a model to describe the time evolution of such spills. The discussion assumes evaporation and degradation are negligible and a homogeneous surface. In such an instance, the inherent interfacial properties determine the spatial extent of liquid spreading with the initial flow being controlled by the release rate of the spill and by the liquids resistance to flow as characterized by its viscosity. A variety of spill scenarios were simulated and successful implementation of the model was achieved. A linear relationship between spill area and spill volume was confirmed. The simulations showed spill rate had little effect on the final spill area. Slope had an insignificant effect on the final spill area, but did modify spill shape considerably. However, a fluid sink on the edge of the simulation domain, representing a storm drain, resulted in a substantial decrease in spill area. A bona fide effort to determine the accuracy of the model and its calculations remain, but comparison against observations from a simple experiment showed the model to correctly determine the spill area and general shape under the conditions considered. Further model verification in the form of comparison against small scale spill experiments are needed to confirm the models validity.

  1. Analysis of Pavement for National Highway-N.H.1

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    Arvind Dewangan

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Rigid pavements are those which posses note worthy flexural strength or flexural rigidity. The stresses are not transferred from grain to grain to the lower layers as in the ease of flexible pavements layers the rigid pavements are made of Portland cement concrete-either plain, reinforced or prestressed concrete[1]. This paper shows the required to evaluate the strength characteristics of the soil subgrade, this helps the designer to adopt the suitable values of the strength parameter for design purposes and in case this supporting layer does not come upto the expectations, the same is treated or conditioned to suit the requirementsThe plain cement concrete slabs are expected to take up about 40 kg/cm2 flexural stress. As the rigid pavements slab has tensile strength, tensile stresses are developed due to the bending of the slab under wheel load and temperature variations thus the type of stress develop and their distribution within the cement concrete slab are quit different. The rigid pavement does not get deformed to the shape of the lower surface as it can bridge the minor variation of lower layer[2].

  2. Design of Rigid and Flexible Pavements by Various Methods & Their Cost Analysis of Each Method

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    Saurabh Jain

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Highway and pavement design plays an important role in the DPR projects. The satisfactory performance of the pavement will result in higher savings in terms of vehicle operating costs and travel time, which has a bearing on the overall economic feasibility of the project. This paper discusses about the design methods that are traditionally being followed and examines the “Design of rigid and flexible pavements by various methods & their cost analysis by each method”. Flexible pavement are preferred over cement concrete roads as they have a great advantage that these can be strengthened and improved in stages with the growth of traffic and also their surfaces can be milled and recycled for rehabilitation. The flexible pavements are less expensive also with regard to initial investment and maintenance. Although Rigid pavement is expensive but have less maintenance and having good design period. The economic part are carried out for the design pavement of a section by using the result obtain by design method and their corresponding component layer thickness. It can be done by drawing comparisons with the standard way and practical way. This total work includes collection of data analysis various flexible and rigid pavement designs and their estimation procedure are very much useful to engineer who deals with highways.

  3. The distress premium puzzle

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    Ozdagli, Ali K.

    2010-01-01

    Fama and French (1992) suggest that the positive value premium results from risk of financial distress. However, recent empirical research has found that financially distressed firms have lower stock returns, using empirical estimates of default probabilities. This paper reconciles the positive value premium and the negative distress premium in a model that decouples actual and risk-neutral default probabilities. Moreover, in agreement with the data, firms with higher bond yields have higher ...

  4. Use of noncontact sensors for paving operations on airport pavements

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    Lenngren, Carl A.

    1999-01-01

    The Swedish National Road Administration has been using a laser range finder system for assessing longitudinal and transversa profiles of pavements for a number of years. The Civil Administration has expressed interest in trying automated methods for surveying airfield runways. Regardless of sampling method, the data re used as input for computer aided design of new pavement surfaces. Typically, the output will consist of tables and maps of where to pave and mill the old pavement surface. Adjusting an old surface to perfectly smooth standards may require continuously changing the new pavement layer thickness. Traditionally, this was often carried out with mechanical devices, usually in direct touch with a wire. Some manufacturers now offer non-contact devices for pavers such as ultra sound sensors as an alternative to the mechanical sensors thus eliminating the need for setting up sires. The method was tested in late 1997 after the output data were converted for a design to be read directly by a paver control unit. A larger test was done in the summer of 1998. The results were promising and the Royal Swedish Fortifications Administration decided to try the method on a taxiway in 1999. The present paper describes some of the experiences obtained with this method and computer controlled equipment in general.

  5. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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  6. Geo synthetic-reinforced Pavement systems

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    Geo synthetics have been used as reinforcement inclusions to improve pavement performance. while there are clear field evidence of the benefit of using geo synthetic reinforcements, the specific conditions or mechanisms that govern the reinforcement of pavements are, at best, unclear and have remained largely unmeasured. Significant research has been recently conducted with the objectives of: (i) determining the relevant properties of geo synthetics that contribute to the enhanced performance of pavement systems, (ii) developing appropriate analytical, laboratory and field methods capable of quantifying the pavement performance, and (iii) enabling the prediction of pavement performance as a function of the properties of the various types of geo synthetics. (Author)

  7. ICP experiments more durable pavements

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    A new asphalts technology that will make more durable the pavement in the highways and roads of the cities of Colombia investigates the Colombian Institute of the Petroleum ICP. The project that will have important incidence in the solution of one of the main problems in the roads of cities like Bogota, is only one of the 35 investigation programs and application of new technologies that with relationship to the sector of the hydrocarbons and its influence branches the ICP advances. The investigation looks for to elevate the current average of useful life of the pavements, with that it would be reached a standard that has the developed countries in this field

  8. The use of reflective and permeable pavements as a potential practice for heat island mitigation and stormwater management

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    To help address the built environmental issues of both heat island and stormwater runoff, strategies that make pavements cooler and permeable have been investigated through measurements and modeling of a set of pavement test sections. The investigation included the hydraulic and thermal performance of the pavements. The permeability results showed that permeable interlocking concrete pavers have the highest permeability (or infiltration rate, ?0.5 cm s?1). The two permeable asphalt pavements showed the lowest permeability, but still had an infiltration rate of ?0.1 cm s?1, which is adequate to drain rainwater without generating surface runoff during most typical rain events in central California. An increase in albedo can significantly reduce the daytime high surface temperature in summer. Permeable pavements under wet conditions could give lower surface temperatures than impermeable pavements. The cooling effect highly depends on the availability of moisture near the surface layer and the evaporation rate. The peak cooling effect of watering for the test sections was approximately 15–35?°C on the pavement surface temperature in the early afternoon during summer in central California. The evaporative cooling effect on the pavement surface temperature at 4:00 pm on the third day (25 h after watering) was still 2–7?°C lower compared to that on the second day, without considering the higher air temperature on the third day. A separate and related simulation study performed by UCPRC showed that full depth permeable pavements, if designed properly, can carry both light-duty traffic and certain heavy-duty vehicles while retaining the runoff volume captured from an average California storm event. These preliminarily results indicated the technical feasibility of combined reflective and permeable pavements for addressing the built environment issues related to both heat island mitigation and stormwater runoff management. (letter)

  9. Superfícies estriadas no embasamento granítico e vestígio de pavimento de clastos neopaleozóicos na região de Salto, SP Neopaleozoic striated surfaces in the granitic basement and clast pavement remains of Salto, SP

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    Annabel Pérez-Aguilar

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Nas proximidades da Cerâmica Guaraú, localizada a sudoeste da cidade de Salto, Estado de São Paulo, dois afloramentos de granito, distantes algumas dezenas de metros um do outro, exibem superfícies estriadas neopaleozóicas. Essas superfícies estão em contato com diamictitos do Subgrupo Itararé. As estrias correspondem a sulcos subparalelos com espaçamento e profundidade milimétrica, possuindo uma direção média de N48°W e mergulhos variando entre 12° e 42° para SE. As feições observadas e a sua associação com diamictitos indicam uma origem por abrasão glacial devido ao movimento de massas de gelo de sudeste para noroeste. A aproximadamente 1,8 km a este da cidade de Salto foi encontrado, no topo de afloramentos de granito, material inconsolidado contendo abundantes clastos de quartzito facetados e estriados. Esses clastos foram interpretados como vestígios de um pavimento de castos.Near Guaraú Ceramic, localized southwest of Salto city in the State of São Paulo, two granite outcrops, distant some tens of meters from each other, display Neopaleozoic striated surfaces. These surfaces are in contact with diamictites from the Itararé Subgroup. The striae correspond to sub parallel grooves with millimetric spacing and depth, oriented about N48E and dipping 12° to 42° towards SE. Observed features and association with diamictites indicate an origin by glacial abrasion due to ice movement from southeast towards northwest. About 1.8 km east of Salto, unconsolidated material containing flat-iron-shaped and striated clasts was found on top of granite outcrops, interpreted as clast pavement remains.

  10. Effect of Pavement Conditions on Rolling Resistance

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    Mr.Dipanjan Mukherjee

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Rolling resistance is the force acting on a vehicle over a full journey. It is generated by the hysteresis of tyre and pavement. Rolling resistance, sometimes called rolling friction or rolling drag, is the force resisting the motion when a body (such as a ball, tire, or wheel rolls on a surface. It is mainly caused by non-elastic effects; that is, not all the energy needed for deformation (or movement of the wheel, roadbed, etc. is recovered when the pressure is removed. A hysteresis phenomenon can be observed when viscoelastic materials undergo a load-then-unload process. A typical hysteresis curve of viscoelastic material can be found. The shadow area enclosed by the hysteresis loop represents energy loss. A characteristic of a deformable material such that the energy of deformation is greater than the energy of recovery. The rubber compound in a tire exhibits hysteresis. As the tire rotates under the weight of the vehicle, it experiences repeated cycles of deformation and recovery, and it dissipates the hysteresis energy loss as heat. Hysteresis is the main cause of energy loss associated with rolling resistance and is attributed to the viscoelastic characteristics of the rubber. Materials that have a large hysteresis effect, such as rubber, which bounce back slowly, exhibit more rolling resistance than materials with a small hysteresis effect that bounce back more quickly and more completely, such as steel or silica. Low rolling resistance tires typically incorporate silica in place of carbon black in their tread compounds to reduce low-frequency hysteresis without compromising traction. Note that railroads also have hysteresis in the roadbed structure. Like the fuel consumption, rolling resistance also has a significant relationship with velocity. experiment has shown that, for a 32-tonn goods vehicle, rolling resistance contributes about 70% of total drag when driven at 50km/h and about 37% at 100km/h. An important issue which should not be overlooked is that rolling resistance is affected by the characteristics of the pavement surface. Rolling resistance varies between different pavement surfaces. Hard and smooth surfaces produce lower rolling resistance than soft and rough surfaces. Rolling resistance is affected by both tyre and ambient temperature.

  11. The Concrete and Pavement Challenge

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    Roman, Harry T.

    2012-01-01

    The modern world is characterized by the extensive use of concrete and asphalt pavement. Periodically, these materials are replaced and the old materials disposed of. In this challenge, students will be asked to develop ways to reuse the old materials. It is important for students to understand how concrete and asphalt are made and applied, as…

  12. A study of ageing and degradation of asphalt pavements on low volume roads

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    Lerfald, Bjørn Ove

    2000-01-01

    An important objective with this research work has been to get more knowledge about mix design and maintenance of low volume roads with asphalt pavements in Norway. A literature review on bitumen, filler, rheology and ageing has been carried out. This has been focused on bitumen and filler because of their importance in the asphalt mixture. Bitumen as the binder in the asphalt pavement, and filler because of its relatively large surface area compared to the rest of the aggregates. Filler will...

  13. Representative volume element of asphalt pavement for electromagnetic measurements

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    Terhi Pellinen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The motivation for this study was to investigate the representative volume element (RVE needed to correlate the nondestructive electromagnetic (EM measurements with the conventional destructive asphalt pavement quality control measurements. A large pavement rehabilitation contract was used as the test site for the experiment. Pavement cores were drilled from the same locations where the stationary and continuous Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR measurements were obtained. Laboratory measurements included testing the bulk density of cores using two methods, the surface-saturated dry method and determining bulk density by dimensions. Also, Vector Network Analyzer (VNA and the through specimen transmission configuration were employed at microwave frequencies to measure the reference dielectric constant of cores using two different footprint areas and therefore volume elements. The RVE for EM measurements turns out to be frequency dependent; therefore in addition to being dependent on asphalt mixture type and method of obtaining bulk density, it is dependent on the resolution of the EM method used. Then, although the average bulk property results agreed with theoretical formulations of higher core air void content giving a lower dielectric constant, for the individual cores there was no correlation for the VNA measurements because the volume element seizes deviated. Similarly, GPR technique was unable to capture the spatial variation of pavement air voids measured from the 150-mm drill cores. More research is needed to determine the usable RVE for asphalt.

  14. Predicting Financial Distress and the Performance of Distressed Stocks

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    Campbell, John Y.; Hilscher, Jens Dietrich; Szilagyi, Jan

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the measurement and pricing of distress risk.We present a model of corporate failure in which accounting and market-based measures forecast the likelihood of future financial distress. Our best model is more accurate than leading alternative measures of corporate failure risk.We use our measure of financial distress to examine the performance of distressed stocks from 1981 to 2008. We find that distressed stocks have high stock return volatility and high market beta...

  15. Adaptive road crack detection system by pavement classification.

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    Gavilán, Miguel; Balcones, David; Marcos, Oscar; Llorca, David F; Sotelo, Miguel A; Parra, Ignacio; Ocaña, Manuel; Aliseda, Pedro; Yarza, Pedro; Amírola, Alejandro

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a road distress detection system involving the phases needed to properly deal with fully automatic road distress assessment. A vehicle equipped with line scan cameras, laser illumination and acquisition HW-SW is used to storage the digital images that will be further processed to identify road cracks. Pre-processing is firstly carried out to both smooth the texture and enhance the linear features. Non-crack features detection is then applied to mask areas of the images with joints, sealed cracks and white painting, that usually generate false positive cracking. A seed-based approach is proposed to deal with road crack detection, combining Multiple Directional Non-Minimum Suppression (MDNMS) with a symmetry check. Seeds are linked by computing the paths with the lowest cost that meet the symmetry restrictions. The whole detection process involves the use of several parameters. A correct setting becomes essential to get optimal results without manual intervention. A fully automatic approach by means of a linear SVM-based classifier ensemble able to distinguish between up to 10 different types of pavement that appear in the Spanish roads is proposed. The optimal feature vector includes different texture-based features. The parameters are then tuned depending on the output provided by the classifier. Regarding non-crack features detection, results show that the introduction of such module reduces the impact of false positives due to non-crack features up to a factor of 2. In addition, the observed performance of the crack detection system is significantly boosted by adapting the parameters to the type of pavement. PMID:22163717

  16. Response of desert pavement to seismic shaking, Hector Mine earthquake, California, 1999

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    Haff, P. K.

    2005-06-01

    The October 1999 Mw 7.1 Hector Mine earthquake in the Mojave Desert, California, generated characteristic surface disturbances on nearby desert pavements. These disturbances included (1) zones of wholesale gravel displacement interspersed with zones of intact pavement, (2) displaced and rotated cobbles, (3) moats around loosened, embedded boulders, (4) filling of abandoned cobble sockets, boulder moats, and other depressions with gravel, and (5) formation of narrow, subparallel, linear strips of exposed fine-grained subpavement matrix (matrix lineations). Clasts displaced from matrix lineations and from cobble sockets tended to move downslope. Sharp boundaries of matrix lineations and slope-controlled displacement directions on slopes of only a few degrees indicated that clasts remained close to the pavement surface during shaking. The regular, few decimeter spacing of matrix lineations suggests the presence of standing waves during seismic shaking. Boulder moats probably have good preservation potential and, at some desert pavement locations, might provide information on paleoseismic shaking. Although readily produced by coseismic shaking, displaced cobbles are unreliable indicators of past earthquake activity because of potential multiple origins. For an assumed earthquake recurrence interval of 10 ka, seismically driven sediment fluxes similar to those generated by the Hector Mine earthquake at the Lavic Siding pavement study site may be marginally competitive with aseismic smoothing mechanisms driven by bioturbation, rainbeat, and wash. For a 1 ka recurrence interval, seismic smoothing is likely to play a significant role in pavement evolution.

  17. Generation mechanisms of tire-pavement noise

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    Dare, Tyler P.

    Tire-pavement noise is the dominant source of traffic noise at highway speeds. It is the result of a combination of several noise generation mechanisms, including tire carcass vibration and tread block vibration. Because multiple mechanisms are involved, it is difficult to predict the effects of changes in pavement parameters on tire-pavement noise. In this research, a set of experimental techniques were developed to decompose a measured tire-pavement noise spectrum into a set of constituent spectra relating to each generation mechanism. Three principal mechanisms were identified: treadband vibration, sidewall vibration, and tangential tread block vibration. By combining the constituent spectra associated with these mechanisms, it was possible to accurately predict the total tire-pavement noise spectrum. The constituent spectra were fit to tire-pavement noise data measured on asphalt and concrete pavements at highway speeds. It was found that the constituent spectra fit the measured data well, and a two-parameter model was developed to predict tire-pavement noise levels from pavement texture data.

  18. Runoff on Pavements of Soil-Cement Blocks – an Experimental Boarding

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    Zegarra-Tarqui Jorge Luis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The article evaluates the reduction of runoff in pavements constructed with rectangular blocks of soil-cement. The tests were conducted in a pilot pavement built with soil-cement blocks, seated in a metal box of 50 cm × 50 cm (area = 2500 cm2, with declivities of 1%, 3% and 5%. Mean intensities of 76.9 mm / I 117.7 mm / h were used, values close to the intensities calculated by intensity-frequency-duration (i-f- -d equation of the city of Salvador, Brazil, for return periods of 2 and 5 years, respectively. The medium runoff coefficient was C = 0.61, this value is close to the coefficient of pavement with rectangular blocks (C = 0.6 and it has a lower value than the coefficient for concrete block pavement (C = 0.78. On the other hand, considering that areas with more than 2500 cm2 are constituted by coupling of area units of 50 cm × 50 cm, the splash losses are part of the runoff, obtaining the coefficient Csuperficial + splashing, which showed values in the 0.74 to 0.89 range, these values were found close to the coefficient of concrete block pavement (C = 0.78 and below the concrete pavement (C = 0.95, respectively, but factors such as displacement time of runoff on surface, depressions on the surface, roughness of pavement, evaporation and others, should reduce this value. Then, the pavement of soil-cement blocks can be considered in the category of semi-permeable for the area size used.

  19. Preliminary evaluation of the lifecycle costs and market barriers of reflective pavements; TOPICAL

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    The objective of this study is to evaluate the life cycle costs and market barriers associated with using reflective paving materials in streets and parking lots as a way to reduce the urban heat island effect. We calculated and compared the life cycle costs of conventional asphalt concrete (AC) pavements to those of other existing pavement technologies with higher reflectivity-portland cement concrete (PCC), porous pavements, resin pavements, AC pavements using light-colored chip seals, and AC pavements using light-colored asphalt emulsion additives. We found that for streets and parking lots, PCC can provide a cost-effective alternative to conventional AC when severely damaged pavements must be completely reconstructed. We also found that rehabilitating damaged AC streets and intersections with thin overlays of PCC (ultra-thin white topping) can often provide a cost-effective alternative to standard rehabilitation techniques using conventional AC. Chip sealing is a common maintenance treatment for low-volume streets which, when applied using light-colored chips, could provide a reflective pavement surface. If the incremental cost of using light-colored chips is low, this chip sealing method could also be cost-effective, but the incremental costs of light-colored chips are as of yet uncertain and expected to vary. Porous pavements were found to have higher life cycle costs than conventional AC in parking lots, but several cost-saving features of porous pavements fell outside the boundaries of this study. Resin pavements were found to be only slightly more expensive than conventional AC, but the uncertainties in the cost and performance data were large. The use of light-colored additives in asphalt emulsion seal coats for parking lot pavements was found to be significantly more expensive than conventional AC, reflecting its current niche market of decorative applications. We also proposed two additional approaches to increasing the reflectivity of conventional AC, which we call the chipping and aggregate methods, and calculated their potential life cycle costs. By analyzing the potential for increased pavement durability resulting from these conceptual approaches, we then estimated the incremental costs that would allow them to be cost-effective compared to conventional AC. For our example case of Los Angeles, we found that those allowable incremental costs range from less than dollar 1 to more than dollar 11 per square yard (dollar 1 to dollar 13 per square meter) depending on street type and the condition of the original pavement. Finally, we evaluated the main actors in the pavement market and the existing and potential market barriers associated with reflective pavements. Apart from situations where lifecycle costs are high compared to conventional AC, all reflective paving technologies face a cultural barrier based on the belief that black is better. For PCC, high first costs were found to be the most significant economic barrier, particularly where agencies are cons trained by first cost. Lack of developer standards was found to be a significant institutional barrier to PCC since developers are often not held accountable for the long-term maintenance of roads after initial construction, which creates a misplaced incentive to build low first-cost pavements. PCC also faces site-specific barriers such as poorly compacted base soils and proximity to areas of frequent utility cutting

  20. Enhancing pavements for thermal applications

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    Keikhaei Dehdezi, Pejman

    2012-01-01

    Renewable energy combined with energy efficiency can offer a viable and influential solution to minimise the harmful consequences of both fossil fuel depletion and increases in the cost of power generation. However, in most cases renewable energy technologies require high initial investments that may deter potential users. Pavement Energy Systems (PES) potentially offer a low-cost solution to sustainable and clean energy generation by utilising the thermo-physical properties and design featur...

  1. The Road Traffic Noise Reduction on the Drainage Pavement

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    Ali, Nur; Hustim, Muralia; Zubair, Achmad; Zakaria, Rasdiana

    2013-01-01

    The drainage pavement or porous asphalt has open structure of its gradation. Therefore, the porous asphalt can reduce noise level from road traffic, as well as drains water from the road surface. These behaviors lead to the porous asphalt contribution on road traffic noise reduction and environment. This paper provides an artificial simulation on the road traffic noise reduction when the porous asphalt is applied an urban expressway. The simulation using and adapting ASJ RTN-2008 Model approa...

  2. Superfícies estriadas no embasamento granítico e vestígio de pavimento de clastos neopaleozóicos na região de Salto, SP / Neopaleozoic striated surfaces in the granitic basement and clast pavement remains of Salto, SP

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    Annabel, Pérez-Aguilar; Setembrino, Petri; Rafhael, Hypólito; Sibele, Ezaki; Paulo Alves de, Souza; Caetano, Juliani; Lena V.S., Monteiro; Francisco A., Moschini.

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Nas proximidades da Cerâmica Guaraú, localizada a sudoeste da cidade de Salto, Estado de São Paulo, dois afloramentos de granito, distantes algumas dezenas de metros um do outro, exibem superfícies estriadas neopaleozóicas. Essas superfícies estão em contato com diamictitos do Subgrupo Itararé. As e [...] strias correspondem a sulcos subparalelos com espaçamento e profundidade milimétrica, possuindo uma direção média de N48°W e mergulhos variando entre 12° e 42° para SE. As feições observadas e a sua associação com diamictitos indicam uma origem por abrasão glacial devido ao movimento de massas de gelo de sudeste para noroeste. A aproximadamente 1,8 km a este da cidade de Salto foi encontrado, no topo de afloramentos de granito, material inconsolidado contendo abundantes clastos de quartzito facetados e estriados. Esses clastos foram interpretados como vestígios de um pavimento de castos. Abstract in english Near Guaraú Ceramic, localized southwest of Salto city in the State of São Paulo, two granite outcrops, distant some tens of meters from each other, display Neopaleozoic striated surfaces. These surfaces are in contact with diamictites from the Itararé Subgroup. The striae correspond to sub parallel [...] grooves with millimetric spacing and depth, oriented about N48E and dipping 12° to 42° towards SE. Observed features and association with diamictites indicate an origin by glacial abrasion due to ice movement from southeast towards northwest. About 1.8 km east of Salto, unconsolidated material containing flat-iron-shaped and striated clasts was found on top of granite outcrops, interpreted as clast pavement remains.

  3. Effects of impervious pavements on reducing runoff in an arid urban catchment

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    Epshtein, O.; Turnbull, L.; Earl, S.

    2011-12-01

    The progressive urbanization of US arid and semi-arid southwestern territories has transformed undeveloped aridlands into dynamic, radially expanding metropolitan centers. As these mature, infill development further reduces undeveloped area, inversely coupling surface imperviousness to infiltration rates, with a subsequent increase in runoff generation. Intensified runoff carries undesirable environmental consequences, magnifying urban flooding events and concentrations, transport, and propagation of contaminants. Pervious pavements offer one potential solution for decreased urban infiltration. At present, the application potential of pervious pavements as an effective urban infiltration management tool exceeds its exploitation. While entirely eliminating urban Total Impervious Area is not a feasible solution, pervious pavements significantly reduce Effective Impervious Area at costs competitive with traditional Best Management Practices. Previous research into pervious pavements has largely consisted of laboratory prototypes or small-scale field experiments, with a heavy bias towards parking lots. In this study we explore the effectiveness of pervious pavements in increasing infiltration, thus decreasing runoff volume during summer monsoonal and winter convective rainfall events in an 8 ha residential catchment in Scottsdale, Arizona. Analysis focuses on the interaction dynamics between surface area of pervious pavement application and its net effect on runoff response at the catchment level. Hydrological response was modeled using MAHLERAN (Model for Assessing Hillslope-Landscape Erosion, Runoff and Nutrients), a spatially explicit, event-based model, parameterized at a spatial resolution of 0.25 sq m. Data for model parameterization was obtained from analysis of aerial imagery and field-based monitoring of surface properties. The model was tested against measurements of flow at the catchment outlet for multiple rainfall events with total event rainfall ranging from 5 mm to 25 mm. Model testing shows total event discharge simulated well, although low Nash-Sutcliffe coefficients for events indicate a poor fit between the shape and timing of the modeled and monitored hydrograph, which we attribute to poor characterization of friction factors in urban catchments. Scenario-based model analysis tested catchment response to substitution of pervious for conventional pavement by percent and pavement-function scenarios. Results are consistent with previous findings in that short duration-high intensity storms trigger threshold infiltration capacity, past which pervious pavement damping of runoff volume levels off, approaching conventional levels. However at the modeled catchment scale, this initial damping represents a significant reduction in volume, peak flow velocity, and contaminant loading potential. Urban surface drainage networks concentrate and channel flow along roads: the capacity of pervious pavements to simultaneously increase infiltration directly at location of greatest runoff and mitigate inflow effects from remote points has compelling potential as a hydrologic and urban systems engineering tool.

  4. Road Asphalt Pavements Analyzed by Airborne Thermal Remote Sensing: Preliminary Results of the Venice Highway

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    Rosa Cavalli

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a fast procedure for evaluating asphalt pavement surface defects using airborne emissivity data. To develop this procedure, we used airborne multispectral emissivity data covering an urban test area close to Venice (Italy.For this study, we first identify and select the roads’ asphalt pavements on Multispectral Infrared Visible Imaging Spectrometer (MIVIS imagery using a segmentation procedure. Next, since in asphalt pavements the surface defects are strictly related to the decrease of oily components that cause an increase of the abundance of surfacing limestone, the diagnostic absorption emissivity peak at 11.2μm of the limestone was used for retrieving from MIVIS emissivity data the areas exhibiting defects on asphalt pavements surface.The results showed that MIVIS emissivity allows establishing a threshold that points out those asphalt road sites on which a check for a maintenance intervention is required. Therefore, this technique can supply local government authorities an efficient, rapid and repeatable road mapping procedure providing the location of the asphalt pavements to be checked.

  5. In place recycling of granular bases of asphalt pavements

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    Taís Sachet

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the results of a study intended the obtaining and introduction of the auxiliary elements to assure the road pavements technological control of rehabilitation which involves the recycling in place of granular bases. This verification was made using two techniques, the CBR in place verification, through the use of DCP (Dynamic Cone Penetrometer, and the granulometric framing, through the curve of Talbot, for recycled materials. The investigations were accomplished starting from practical applications in roads which involved, in an experimental way, the pavements rehabilitation through the base course recycling, incorporating the surface layer. Through the data processing obtained in the tests, it was possible the elaboration of the technical specification proposal of the granular bases recycling.

  6. The Implications of Financial Distress

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    Nevalainen, Riku

    2010-01-01

    PURPOSE OF THE STUDY This thesis aims to be the first paper to study comprehensively the full implications of financial distress and its indirect costs. Specifically, I investigate whether financially distressed companies operationally underperform their more conservatively financed counterparts and whether the distressed companies engage in inefficient asset sales. This is the first paper to study the effects of financial distress as the earlier literature concentrates purely on the e...

  7. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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  9. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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  10. Intra Partum Foetal Distress

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    The occurrence of neonatal asphyxia at Baragwanath Hospital is a daily problem. The question was raised as to whether intra partum foetal distress, apgar scoring at birth and the biochemical analysis of blood acid base status from the chorionic arteries can predict any short-term neurological defects.

  11. Measuring Financial Distress.

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    Jenny, Hans

    How does one tell which higher education institutions should go out of business? The National Commission on the Financing of Post-Secondary Education took the view that financial distress was only in part a financial problem. An essential key to the problem is a determination of the financial impact on educational objectives. Institutional…

  12. Modelación del envejecimiento de los pavimentos asfálticos con la metodología de la superficie de respuesta / Pavement Aging Model by Response Surface Modeling

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    L.E., Chávez-Valencia; C, Hernández-Barriga; A, Manzano-Ramírez.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available En la presente investigación se realizó la modelación del envejecimiento de una carpeta asfáltica por medio de la Metodología de Superficie de Respuesta (MSR). Se elaboraron muestras cilíndricas tipo Marshall, que fueron colocadas en un horno bajo las condiciones de tiempo y temperatura establecidos [...] por las condiciones ambientales de la región geográfica donde se construyen pavimentos asfálticos con el AC-20 de la Refinería Ing. Antonio M. Amor, los cuales fueron codificados en la MSR, con esto se determinaron los modelos que predicen el cambio de la estabilidad Marshall (?L) y del flujo (?F), así como la volatilización del material (VM). Además, se extrajeron muestras cilíndricas de una carpeta asfáltica piloto para determinar el error de modelación, observando que el material volatilizado predicho por el modelo VM fue muy cercano al real, no así para los modelos de ?Ly ?F, posiblemente asociado a los factores ambientales que no fueron considerados al inicio de la investigación. Abstract in english In this work, surface course aging was modeled by Response Surface Methodology (RSM). The Marshall specimens were placed in a conventional oven for time and temperature conditions established on the basis of the environment factors of the region where the surface course is constructed by AC-20 from [...] the Ing. Antonio M. Amor refinery. Volatilized material (VM), load resistance increment (?L) and flow resistance increment (?F) models were developed by the RSM. Cylindrical specimens with real aging were extracted from the surface course pilot to evaluate the error of the models. The VM model was adequate, in contrast (?L) and (?F) models were almost adequate with an error of 20 %, that was associated with the other environmental factors, which were not considered at the beginning of the research.

  13. Monitoring Strategies in Permeable Pavement Systems to Optimize Maintenance Scheduling - abstract

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    As the surface in a permeable pavement system clogs and performance decreases, maintenance is required to preserve the design function. Currently, guidance is limited for scheduling maintenance on an as needed basis. Previous research has shown that surface clogging in a permea...

  14. Effective flow resistivity of highway pavements.

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    Rochat, Judith L; Read, David R

    2013-12-01

    In the case of highway traffic noise, propagating sound is influenced by the ground over which it travels, whether it is the pavement itself or the ground between the highway and nearby communities. Properly accounting for ground type in modeling can increase accuracy in noise impact determinations and noise abatement design. Pavement-specific effective flow resistivity values are being investigated for inclusion in the Federal Highway Administration Traffic Noise Model, which uses these values in the sound propagation algorithms and currently applies a single effective flow resistivity value to all pavement. Pavement-specific effective flow resistivity values were obtained by applying a modified version of the American National Standards Institute S1.18 standard. The data analysis process was tailored to allow for increased sensitivity and extraction of effective flow resistivity values for a broad range of pavements (sound absorptive to reflective). For porous pavements (sound absorptive), it was determined that examination of the measured data can reveal influence from an underlying structure. Use of such techniques can aid in the design of quieter pavements. PMID:25669283

  15. Global warming potential of pavements

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    Santero, Nicholas J [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 407 McLaughlin Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712 (United States); Horvath, Arpad, E-mail: njsantero@cal.berkeley.ed, E-mail: horvath@ce.berkeley.ed [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 215B McLaughlin Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1712 (United States)

    2009-09-15

    Pavements comprise an essential and vast infrastructure system supporting our transportation network, yet their impact on the environment is largely unquantified. Previous life-cycle assessments have only included a limited number of the applicable life-cycle components in their analysis. This research expands the current view to include eight different components: materials extraction and production, transportation, onsite equipment, traffic delay, carbonation, lighting, albedo, and rolling resistance. Using global warming potential as the environmental indicator, ranges of potential impact for each component are calculated and compared based on the information uncovered in the existing research. The relative impacts between components are found to be orders of magnitude different in some cases. Context-related factors, such as traffic level and location, are also important elements affecting the impacts of a given component. A strategic method for lowering the global warming potential of a pavement is developed based on the concept that environmental performance is improved most effectively by focusing on components with high impact potentials. This system takes advantage of the fact that small changes in high-impact components will have more effect than large changes in low-impact components.

  16. Thermal Stability Analysis under Embankment with Asphalt Pavement and Cement Pavement in Permafrost Regions

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    Zhang Junwei; Li Jinping; Quan Xiaojuan

    2013-01-01

    The permafrost degradation is the fundamental cause generating embankment diseases and pavement diseases in permafrost region while the permafrost degradation is related with temperature. Based on the field monitoring results of ground temperature along G214 Highway in high temperature permafrost regions, both the ground temperatures in superficial layer and the annual average temperatures under the embankment were discussed, respectively, for concrete pavements and asphalt pavements. The max...

  17. GIS-based automated management of highway surface crack inspection system

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    Chung, Hung-Chi; Shinozuka, Masanobu; Soeller, Tony; Girardello, Roberto

    2004-07-01

    An automated in-situ road surface distress surveying and management system, AMPIS, has been developed on the basis of video images within the framework of GIS software. Video image processing techniques are introduced to acquire, process and analyze the road surface images obtained from a moving vehicle. ArcGIS platform is used to integrate the routines of image processing and spatial analysis in handling the full-scale metropolitan highway surface distress detection and data fusion/management. This makes it possible to present user-friendly interfaces in GIS and to provide efficient visualizations of surveyed results not only for the use of transportation engineers to manage road surveying documentations, data acquisition, analysis and management, but also for financial officials to plan maintenance and repair programs and further evaluate the socio-economic impacts of highway degradation and deterioration. A review performed in this study on fundamental principle of Pavement Management System (PMS) and its implementation indicates that the proposed approach of using GIS concept and its tools for PMS application will reshape PMS into a new information technology-based system that can provide convenient and efficient pavement inspection and management.

  18. Assessment of highway pavements using GPR

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    Plati, Christina; Loizos, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    Highway infrastructure is a prerequisite for a functioning economy and social life. Highways, often prone to congestion and disruption, are one of the aspects of a modern transport network that require maximum efficiency if an integrated transport network, and sustainable mobility, is to be achieved. Assessing the condition of highway structures, to plan subsequent maintenance, is essential to allow the long-term functioning of a road network. Optimizing the methods used for such assessment will lead to better information being obtained about the road and underlying ground conditions. The condition of highway structures will be affected by a number of factors, including the properties of the highway pavement, the supporting sub-base and the subgrade (natural ground), and the ability to obtain good information about the entire road structure, from pavement to subgrade, allows appropriate maintenance programs to be planned. The maintenance of highway pavements causes considerable cost and in many cases obstruction to traffic flow. In this situation, methods that provide information on the present condition of pavement structure non-destructively and economically are of great interest. It has been shown that Ground-Penetrating-Radar (GPR), which is a Non Destructive Technique (NDT), can deliver information that is useful for the planning of pavement maintenance activities. More specifically GPR is used by pavement engineers in order to determine physical properties and characteristics of the pavement structure, information that is valuable for the assessment of pavement condition. This work gives an overview on the practical application of GPR using examples from highway asphalt pavements monitoring. The presented individual applications of GPR pavement diagnostics concern structure homogeneity, thickness of pavement layers, dielectric properties of asphalt materials etc. It is worthwhile mentioning that a number of applications are standard procedures, either separately or in combination with other NDT methods, but even for them there is still a room for improvement and there is still need to set stricter regulations Comparisons between radar results and ground truth data produce evidence in support of the statement that the accuracy and reliability of radar results is sufficient for facing many issues related to the evaluation of asphalt pavements. Thus, benefits and limits of this method are shown and recommendations for GPR inspections are presented. Acknowledgments: This work benefited from networking activities carried out within the EU funded COST Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar."

  19. Comparison Between 2-D and 3-D Stiffness Matrix Model Simulation of Sasw Inversion for Pavement Structure

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    Sri Atmaja P. Rosidi

    2007-01-01

    The Spectral Analysis of Surface Wave (SASW) method is a non-destructive in situ seismic technique used to assess and evaluate the material stiffness (dynamic elastic modulus) and thickness of pavement layers at low strains. These values can be used analytically to calculate load capacities in order to predict the performance of pavement system. The SASW method is based on the dispersion phenomena of Rayleigh waves in layered media. In order to get the actual shear wave velocities, 2-D and 3-...

  20. Bodily Distress Syndrome

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    Budtz-Lilly, Anna; Vestergaard, Mogens; Moth, Grete; Fink, Per; Rosendal, Marianne

    2011-01-01

    AIM: Medically unexplained or functional symptoms and disorders are common in primary care. Empirical research has proposed specific criteria for a new unifying diagnosis for functional disorders and syndromes: Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS). This new diagnosis is expected to be integrated into the upcoming versions of classification systems. The objective of this study is to estimate the prevalence and describe the characteristics of patients with BDS in primary care. Method: We recruited a coh...

  1. Financial Distress Prediction Using Distress Score as a Predictor

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    Maryam Sheikhi; Mirfeiz Fallah Shams; Zeinab Sheikhi

    2011-01-01

    Financial distress can be the reflection of corporation's management condition. Consequently the distress scoreof corporations should be considered as a new predictor variable in predicting the financial distress.The analysis of ROC curve, among the models employed to compare the effectiveness of different statisticalmodels, is often used in the fields of psychology and bio-physics in order to summarize the discriminatory of adiagnostic test and also to compare the performance of different mo...

  2. Pavement-marking materials: New York's experience

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    Bryden, J. E.; Gurney, G. F.

    1984-04-01

    A wide range of stripping materials is available for pavement-marking programs. The four basic systems; traffic paint, thermoplastic, preformed tape, and field-reacted materials are described, as well as the various materials used in each system, including cost, durability, methods of installation and mantenance, visibility, and handling safety. New York State's pavement marking policies are described. Information on stripping costs, material usage, and results of durability studies is provided, based on New York's experience with most currently available marking materials.

  3. Friction evaluation of concrete paver blocks for airport pavement applications

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    Yager, Thomas J.

    1992-01-01

    The development and use of concrete paver blocks is reviewed and some general specifications for application of this type of pavement surface at airport facilities are given. Two different shapes of interlocking concrete paver blocks installed in the track surface at NASA Langley's Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility (ALDF) are described. Preliminary cornering performance results from testing of 40 x 14 radial-belted and bias-ply aircraft tires are reviewed. These tire tests are part of a larger, ongoing joint NASA/FAA/Industry Surface Traction and Radial Tire (START) Program involving several different tire sizes. Both dry and wet surface conditions were evaluated on the two concrete paver block test surfaces and a conventional, nongrooved Portland cement concrete surface. Future test plans involving evaluation of other concrete paver block designs at the ALDF are indicated.

  4. Psychological distress among homeless adults.

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    Gelberg, L; Linn, L S

    1989-05-01

    Recent studies have reported a high prevalence of mental illness among the homeless. As part of a community-based survey of 529 homeless adults, we developed and tested a model to increase our understanding of the factors related to their psychological distress. Using a previously validated and reliable scale of perceived psychological distress, we found that homeless adults were more likely to report psychological distress than the general population (80% vs. 49%). Distress levels were not associated with most demographic or homeless characteristics or general appearance. However, distress was related to unemployment, greater cigarette and alcohol use, worse physical health, fewer social supports, and perceived barriers to obtaining needed medical care. Since mental, physical, and social health are strongly related among homeless adults, alleviating distress among them may be most effectively done by implementing a broad-based health services package coupled with employment programs provided in an accessible service delivery setting. PMID:2785158

  5. Moral distress in perinatal nursing.

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    Tiedje, L B

    2000-09-01

    This work focuses on an emerging concept in nursing ethics--moral distress. Unlike an ethical dilemma where one does not know the right thing to do, in contrast, moral distress occurs when one knows the right thing to do but is constrained by the institution or one's coworkers in doing it. Moral distress is a process that involves recognition that a decision is difficult to act upon; the experience of emotional distress inherent in that situation; choosing strategies; and then acting. Whistle blowing and collaborative practice models both provide strategies for moral action in moral distress situations. Less dramatic and quieter forms of moral action will also be examined. Finally, developing the strength to move from moral distress to moral action will be discussed, as well as research implications for this emerging ethical issue. PMID:11930459

  6. Investigation of antenna frequency impact on assessing voids of asphalt pavements using GPR

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    Plati, C.; Georgouli, K.; Loizos, A.

    2012-04-01

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a Non Destructive Testing (NDT) technique that has been developed and improved upon over the past 30 years. The technique is frequently utilized in order to evaluate and assess pavement structures. GPR, for pavement evaluation purposes, can be described as a remote sensing system that emits a short pulse, of electromagnetic energy, into the pavement, with a central frequency varying from 10 MHz up to 2.5GHz. The two most commonly utilized setups are air-coupled and ground-coupled antenna systems. For air-coupled systems, the antennas are suspended above the pavement surface and can operate at normal traffic speeds (up to ~ 80 Km/h). The major drawback of the air-coupled antenna is that penetration depth is limited. On the other hand, for ground-coupled systems the antennas are in direct contact with the pavement surface, providing for better signal penetration into the pavement structure; however ground coupled systems can achieve only limited operational speeds. As a generalized rule, increasing the GPR central operating frequency, increases the investigation resolution, while decreasing the overall depth of investigation In the light of the above, air-coupled systems have become increasingly popular for the evaluation of the part of the pavement structure, especially for the asphalt layers, while ground-coupled systems are utilized mostly in order to gather information from the entire pavement structure (up to ~ 3 m depth). The majority of GPR pavement studies are carried out with air-coupled horn antennas, as they can be implemented at driving speeds without need for road closures. For instance, the 1 GHz air-coupled horn antenna is commonly used for the estimation of pavement layer thickness. However signals generated by horn antenna systems must have sufficient quality to allow the performance of automated signal processing and qualitative data analysis, especially when pavement data more sensitive to the analysis parameters, such voids or moisture, is concerned. The implementation of the horn antenna method is dependent upon, amongst others, the resolution of the antenna in use. The present research work investigates the application of the GPR sensor technique to assess voids within the asphalt layers, with a focus on the air-coupled antenna penetration depth and resolution. For this purpose the dielectric properties of asphalt layer materials were estimated and related voids contents were evaluated based on data collected by an air-coupled GPR system, operating at a 1 GHz and alternatively a 2 GHz central frequency. The collected data is analyzed comparatively for the two antennas. Comparison results indicate differences between the voids determined from the 1 GHz and 2GHz antennas. These differences are further analyzed and evaluated for pavement quality control purposes. The indication of a relationship between the measured voids is also evaluated, while ground truth data is used for the validation of the GPR data analysis results. The above is presented and discussed thoroughly with the aim to assist pavement quality assurance systems

  7. Multiresolution texture analysis applied to road surface inspection

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    Paquis, Stephane; Legeay, Vincent; Konik, Hubert; Charrier, Jean

    1999-03-01

    Technological advances provide now the opportunity to automate the pavement distress assessment. This paper deals with an approach for achieving an automatic vision system for road surface classification. Road surfaces are composed of aggregates, which have a particular grain size distribution and a mortar matrix. From various physical properties and visual aspects, four road families are generated. We present here a tool using a pyramidal process with the assumption that regions or objects in an image rise up because of their uniform texture. Note that the aim is not to compute another statistical parameter but to include usual criteria in our method. In fact, the road surface classification uses a multiresolution cooccurrence matrix and a hierarchical process through an original intensity pyramid, where a father pixel takes the minimum gray level value of its directly linked children pixels. More precisely, only matrix diagonal is taken into account and analyzed along the pyramidal structure, which allows the classification to be made.

  8. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

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    ... the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians. Blank Section Header Lung Disease Lookup Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Learn About ARDS ARDS Symptoms, Causes & Risk ...

  9. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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    Full Text Available ... not. The researchers rated their levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression and social stress. Breast cancer-specific distress was also evaluated. Growing up in ...

  10. The effect of cracking on the deflection basin of flexible pavements

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    Omar, Hadi Mohamed

    Because of the rapid development of hardware and software during the past decade, it is now possible to use an analytical-empirical (or mechanistic) method of structural pavement evaluation on a routine basis. One reason for using this approach is the increased need for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. To make the right choice from many potentially feasible maintenance and rehabilitation measures, the engineer must base his decision on a rational evaluation of the mechanical properties of the materials in the existing pavement structure. One of the parameters in terms of pavement response are the deflections; these are of interest to this particular study. The Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) has been developed specifically for the purpose of obtaining deflection measurements in order to determine the in-situ elastic moduli. The profile of the deflection at the surface of the pavement is known as the deflection basin, because it resembles a bowl-shaped depression. The magnitude of the deflections and the basin shape are functions of the number of layers making up the pavement cross section, their thicknesses, and their moduli values. A variety of multi-layered linear elastic pavement models are available for use at this present time. A general-purpose finite-element program called ANSYS developed by Swanson Analysis System is very powerful and is capable of solving a layered system such as the pavement. A finite element model was developed to study the effect of the crack on the predicted deflection bowls. A general-purpose finite-element program was used in this study due to its ability to solve this problem and because of the availability of the program. A hypothetical crack problem was assumed and modeled in different ways. The crack depth, crack width, and distance of the crack from the loading point were among the many parameters that were investigated. Considering the shape of the deflection basin, it is very important to study the effect of the crack on this bowl, when and where the cracks can be ignored, and when they would not play a significant effect. This study also addresses the importance of the field data and how the observed deflection basins compare with the predicted ones especially in aged pavements. This study has concluded that the location of a crack from the loading point is very significant to the deflection basin.

  11. 47 CFR 80.324 - Transmission of distress message by station not itself in distress.

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    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 false Transmission of distress message by station not itself in distress. ...§ 80.324 Transmission of distress message by station not itself in distress. ...is in distress must transmit a distress message in any of the following cases:...

  12. The development and geometry of shape change in Arabidopsis thaliana cotyledon pavement cells

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    Halsey Leah E

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The leaf epidermis is an important architectural control element that influences the growth properties of underlying tissues and the overall form of the organ. In dicots, interdigitated pavement cells are the building blocks of the tissue, and their morphogenesis includes the assembly of specialized cell walls that surround the apical, basal, and lateral (anticlinal cell surfaces. The microtubule and actin cytoskeletons are highly polarized along the cortex of the anticlinal wall; however, the relationships between these arrays and cell morphogenesis are unclear. Results We developed new quantitative tools to compare population-level growth statistics with time-lapse imaging of cotyledon pavement cells in an intact tissue. The analysis revealed alternating waves of lobe initiation and a phase of lateral isotropic expansion that persisted for days. During lateral isotropic diffuse growth, microtubule organization varied greatly between cell surfaces. Parallel microtubule bundles were distributed unevenly along the anticlinal surface, with subsets marking stable cortical domains at cell indentations and others clearly populating the cortex within convex cell protrusions. Conclusions Pavement cell morphogenesis is discontinuous, and includes punctuated phases of lobe initiation and lateral isotropic expansion. In the epidermis, lateral isotropic growth is independent of pavement cell size and shape. Cortical microtubules along the upper cell surface and stable cortical patches of anticlinal microtubules may coordinate the growth behaviors of orthogonal cell walls. This work illustrates the importance of directly linking protein localization data to the growth behavior of leaf epidermal cells.

  13. Evaluation of airport pavements using NDT approaches

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    Avdelidis, N. P.; Moropoulou, A.

    2007-04-01

    Corrosion of airport pavements is a major problem involved with materials engineering and transportation engineering. Airport pavements frequently start to deteriorate slowly primarily, gradually progressing to failure. Such failure can be expensive in terms of both money and lives, but can also be prevented. For that reason, intelligent techniques should be suggested, with the intention of examining the condition of such engineering structures. IR thermography and ground penetrating radar are two NDT (non-destructive testing) techniques that have the ability to inspect effectively substantial areas, such as airport pavements. In this work, two different airport pavements located at the International Airport of Athens, in Greece, were investigated by the use of the above two mentioned techniques. Successful detection of cracks, voids and other imperfections appearing either from the aging of the materials or due to poor workmanship was attained. Furthermore, this paper describes the problem of deteriorated airport pavements, shows the process and the apparatus used for the in situ tests, and finally presents results obtained from the investigations.

  14. Distress or no distress, that's the question: A cutoff point for distress in a working population

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    Schaufeli Wilmar B

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The objective of the present study is to establish an optimal cutoff point for distress measured with the corresponding scale of the 4DSQ, using the prediction of sickness absence as a criterion. The cutoff point should result in a measure that can be used as a credible selection instrument for sickness absence in occupational health practice and in future studies on distress and mental disorders. Methods Distress is measured using the Four Dimensional Symptom Questionnaire (4DSQ, a 50-item self-report questionnaire, in a working population with and without sickness absence due to distress. Sensitivity and specificity were compared for various potential cutoff points, and a receiver operating characteristics analysis was conducted. Results and conclusion A distress cutoff point of ?11 was defined. The choice was based on a challenging specificity and negative predictive value and indicates a distress level at which an employee is presumably at risk for subsequent sick leave on psychological grounds. The defined distress cutoff point is appropriate for use in occupational health practice and in studies of distress in working populations.

  15. Design of airport pavements for expansive soils

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    McKeen, R. G.

    1981-01-01

    Expansive soil subgrades exhibit volume changes with variation in moisture condition. These changes result in differential movement of airport pavements resting on these soils. Special design procedures must be used to account for the expansive soil activity during equilibration. In addition, special precautions are required to protect the subgrade from moisture variation with climate. Measurement of soil suction is a key step in quantifying moisture-induced soil behavior. Procedures are outlined for suction characterization of the soil and for estimating the in situ differential movement likely to occur under the pavement. Once the wavelength and amplitude characteristics of the differential movement are obtained, design calculations to select the thickness and materials for the pavement may proceed.

  16. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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    Full Text Available ... cancer or a known genetic risk for the disease. The other half did not. The researchers rated their levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression and social stress. Breast cancer-specific distress was also evaluated. Growing ...

  17. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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    Full Text Available ... other half did not. The researchers rated their levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression and social stress. Breast cancer-specific distress was also evaluated. Growing ...

  18. Underwater observations of dolphin reactions to a distressed conspecific.

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    Kuczaj, Stan A; Frick, Erin E; Jones, Brittany L; Lea, James S E; Beecham, Dan; Schnöller, Fabrice

    2015-09-01

    This report describes the epimeletic (or "caregiving") behavior produced by members of a group of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the possible role of the ailing animal's distress call in eliciting such behavior. Epimeletic behavior in cetaceans most typically involves forms of support provided to a distressed, injured, or dying animal (Caldwell & Caldwell, 1966). Analyses of underwater video and corresponding acoustic recordings revealed a distressed dolphin (the DD) that frequently produced what are most likely distress calls, often paired with the emission of long bubble streams. The frequency of her whistle production was positively correlated with the frequency of the supporting behaviors the DD received from other dolphins. These helping behaviors included raft formations, lifts, and stimulating pushes that were predominantly directed toward the upper third of the DD's body, all of which appeared to be directed towards bringing the DD toward the surface so that she could breathe. This is the first documented underwater account of multiple wild bottlenose dolphins providing epimeletic care to a distressed conspecific, and highlights the possible role of distress calls in such scenarios. PMID:25898942

  19. Financial Distress in Cancer Patients

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    de Souza, Jonas A; Wong, Yu-ning

    2013-01-01

    Novel diagnostic and therapeutic options offer hope to cancer patients with both localized and advanced disease. However, many of these treatments are often costly and even well-insured patients can face high out-of-pocket costs. Families may also be at risk of financial distress due to lost wages and other treatment-related expenses. Research is needed to measure and characterize financial distress in cancer patients and understand how it affects their quality of life. In addition, health ca...

  20. Adult respiratory distress syndrome

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    Due to improved emergency resuscitation procedures, and with advancing medical technology in the field of critical care, an increasing number of patients survive the acute phase of shock and catastrophic trauma. Patients who previously died of massive sepsis, hypovolemic or hypotensive shock, multiple fractures, aspiration, toxic inhalation, and massive embolism are now surviving long enough to develop previously unsuspected and unrecognized secondary effects. With increasing frequency, clinicians are recognizing the clinical and radiographic manifestations of pathologic changes in the lungs occurring secondary to various types of massive insult. This paper gives a list of diseases that have been shown to precipitate or predispose to diffuse lung damage. Various terms have been used to describe the lung damage and respiratory failure secondary to these conditions. The term adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is applied to several cases of sudden respiratory failure in patients with previously healthy lungs following various types of trauma or shock. Numerous investigations and experiments have studied the pathologic changes in ARDS, and, while there is still no clear indication of why it develops, there is now some correlation of the sequential pathologic developments with the clinical and radiographic changes

  1. Assessment of flexible airfield pavements using Heavy Weight Deflectometers. Development of a FEM dynamical time-domain analysis for the backcalculation of structural properties.

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    Broutin, Michaël

    2010-01-01

    Evolved from the French “déflectomètre à boulet”, the Heavy Weight Deflectometer (HWD) is today viewed worldwide as the most appropriate device to assess the bearing capacity of airport pavements. Its principle consists in applying a transient impulsive load simulating the weight effect of an aircraft rolling wheel, onto a stationary load plate placed over the pavement, through a buffer system, and studying the surface deflections induced by this dynamic loading. The latter are continuously m...

  2. Benchmarking the structural condition of flexible pavements with deflection bowl parameters

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    E, Horak.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The falling weight deflectometer (FWD) is used worldwide as an established, valuable, nondestructive road testing device for pavement structural analyses. The FWD is used mostly for rehabilitation project level design investigations and for pavement management system (PMS) monitoring on a network ba [...] sis. In project level investigations, design charts based on both empirical relations and mechanistic or theoretically based approaches are often used to provide structural evaluations and rehabilitation options. The full mechanistic approach normally uses multi-layer linear elastic theory and back-calculation procedures that have come under scrutiny owing to the inaccuracy of results. A semi-mechanistic, semi-empirical analysis technique has been developed in South Africa in terms of which deflection bowl parameters, measured with the FWD, are used in a relative benchmarking methodology in conjunction with standardised visual survey methodology to give guidance on individual layer strengths and pinpoint rehabilitation needs. This benchmark methodology enables the determination of the relative structural condition of the pavement over length and in depth without the requirement for detailed as-built data. A further correlation study with calculated surface moduli and deflection bowl parameters is presented here for granular base pavements, which can enhance benchmarking methodology.

  3. Inspection of airport runways and asphalt pavements using long-wave infrared thermography

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    Moropoulou, Antonia; Koui, Maria; Avdelidis, Nicolas P.; Kakaras, Kostas

    2000-03-01

    The deterioration of asphalt pavements and airport runways is one of the most serious problems concerned with materials engineering, transport engineering and transportation in general. Usually, this is done to the lack of knowledge or even in the lack of commitment, the maintaining such structures. When failure occurs in an airport runway or in an asphalt pavement, reconstruction is expensive. Therefore, cost-effective ways must be suggested, in order to see how badly deteriorated the investigated structure is. One of these cost-effective ways is the infrared thermography technique. This technique is used successfully in the detection of cracks, surface voids and other anomalies appearing from the aging of such materials. In this research work, by using an infrared thermographic system (AVIO TVS 2000 Mk II LW, wavelength 8 - 12 micrometers ), and with the aid of liquid diffusion, an investigation of asphalt pavements and airport runways situated in Greece was performed. The results of this investigation have led to the design of a monitoring and control NDT system for the inspection of the defected areas of the airport runways and asphalt pavements and consequently the appropriateness of distinctive engineering structures.

  4. A study of tire/pavement interaction noise using near- field acoustical holography

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    Ruhala, Richard James

    1999-12-01

    In this thesis, Nearfield Acoustical Holography (NAH) is applied as a tool to study the mechanisms of tire/pavement interaction noise-a major contributor to highway noise. NAH is a technique that reconstructs the three-dimensional acoustic field from a two- dimensional measurement of the complex pressure. Since NAH measurements are conducted in the acoustic nearfield, areas of maximum radiation from the tire may be localized with a much finer resolution than with conventional measurements. Not only can acoustic pressure be reconstructed, but also sound intensity vectors and sound power. To extend NAH from controlled, laboratory experiments to harsh realistic conditions of a rolling tire, NAH is modified to incorporate the effects of a moving medium and multiple partially coherent sources. Tire/pavement interaction noise is composed of several sources, e.g. interactions of the leading and trailing edges of the tire with the pavement, and sidewall vibration. Therefore, NAH is modified to improve separation of acoustic fields associated with multiple partially coherent sources. These techniques are used to visualize the acoustic field of a rolling tire on real pavements. A scanning mechanism is attached to an automobile trailer for measurements of tire noise under realistic conditions. Several types of tires are evaluated, including a blank tire, a tire with equally spaced transverse grooves, a tire with only circumferential grooves, and two commercial passenger car tire. The tires are tested on both smooth and rough pavements, and at two speeds (56 km/hr and 80 km/hr). Wavenumber spectra of the tire and pavement surfaces are computed when possible to quantify the roughness levels. Although the measurements were made along a plane 10 cm from the tire sidewall, sound pressure and intensity are reconstructed along a plane touching the surface of the tire to localize noise source. In addition to the side plane, front and rear planes were evaluated for two configurations to enhance the study of leading and trailing edge noise generation. Finally, sound power for each configuration was calculated to evaluate global trends. These results provide further insight into the sources and mechanisms of tire/pavement interaction noise.

  5. Utilize Cementitious High Carbon Fly Ash (CHCFA) to Stabilize Cold In-Place Recycled (CIR) Asphalt Pavement as Base Coarse

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    Wen, Haifang; Li, Xiaojun; Edil, Tuncer; O' Donnell, Jonathan; Danda, Swapna

    2011-02-05

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of cementitious high carbon fly ash (CHCFA) stabilized recycled asphalt pavement as a base course material in a real world setting. Three test road cells were built at MnROAD facility in Minnesota. These cells have the same asphalt surface layers, subbases, and subgrades, but three different base courses: conventional crushed aggregates, untreated recycled pavement materials (RPM), and CHCFA stabilized RPM materials. During and after the construction of the three cells, laboratory and field tests were carried out to characterize the material properties. The test results were used in the mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (MEPDG) to predict the pavement performance. Based on the performance prediction, the life cycle analyses of cost, energy consumption, and greenhouse gasses were performed. The leaching impacts of these three types of base materials were compared. The laboratory and field tests showed that fly ash stabilized RPM had higher modulus than crushed aggregate and RPM did. Based on the MEPDG performance prediction, the service life of the Cell 79 containing fly ash stabilized RPM, is 23.5 years, which is about twice the service life (11 years) of the Cell 77 with RPM base, and about three times the service life (7.5 years) of the Cell 78 with crushed aggregate base. The life cycle analysis indicated that the usage of the fly ash stabilized RPM as the base of the flexible pavement can significantly reduce the life cycle cost, the energy consumption, the greenhouse gases emission. Concentrations of many trace elements, particularly those with relatively low water quality standards, diminish over time as water flows through the pavement profile. For many elements, concentrations below US water drinking water quality standards are attained at the bottom of the pavement profile within 2-4 pore volumes of flow.

  6. Platelet surface glycoproteins. Studies on resting and activated platelets and platelet membrane microparticles in normal subjects, and observations in patients during adult respiratory distress syndrome and cardiac surgery.

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    George, J N; Pickett, E B; Saucerman, S; McEver, R P; Kunicki, T J; Kieffer, N; Newman, P J

    1986-01-01

    The accurate definition of surface glycoprotein abnormalities in circulating platelets may provide better understanding of bleeding and thrombotic disorders. Platelet surface glycoproteins were measured on intact platelets in whole blood and platelet membrane microparticles were assayed in cell-free plasma using 125I-monoclonal antibodies. The glycoproteins (GP) studied were: GP Ib and GP IIb-IIIa, two of the major intrinsic plasma membrane glycoproteins; GMP-140, an alpha-granule membrane gl...

  7. Analysis of Asphalt Pavement under Nonuniform Tire-pavement Contact Stress using Finite Element Method

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Tire-pavement contact stress is traditionally assumed to be uniformly distributed over a circular contact area. In this study, the tire-pavement contact pressure has been modeled to be nonuniform. A new tire model is developed for the analysis based on the geometry of the tire footprint because the contact area between the tire and the pavement is not exactly rectangular or circular. The objective of this study is to develop a finite element model based on viscoplastic theory for simulating the laboratory testing of asphalt mixes in Hamburg Wheel Rut Tester (HWRT for rutting and to model in-situ pavement performance. The creep parameters C1, C2 and C2 are developed from the triaxial repeated load creep test at 50C and at frequency of 1 Hz. Viscoplastic model (creep model is adopted and a commercially available Finite Element (FE program, ANSYS, is used in this study, in order to predict the rutting for in-situ pavement under nonuniform contact pressure. In the simulation, the used element has an eight-node with a three degrees of freedom per node translations in the nodal x, y and z directions. Dual wheel system of a standard axle load of 80 kN is used in the 2D pavement in-situ performance analysis. Reasonable agreement has been obtained between the predicted rut depths and the measured one. Moreover, it is found that creep model parameter C1, strongly influences rutting than the parameter C3. Finally it can be concluded that creep model based on finite element method can be used as an effective tools to analyze rutting of asphalt pavements.

  8. Comparison Between 2-D and 3-D Stiffness Matrix Model Simulation of Sasw Inversion for Pavement Structure

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    Sri Atmaja P. Rosidi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The Spectral Analysis of Surface Wave (SASW method is a non-destructive in situ seismic technique used to assess and evaluate the material stiffness (dynamic elastic modulus and thickness of pavement layers at low strains. These values can be used analytically to calculate load capacities in order to predict the performance of pavement system. The SASW method is based on the dispersion phenomena of Rayleigh waves in layered media. In order to get the actual shear wave velocities, 2-D and 3-D models are used in the simulation of the inversion process for best fitting between theoretical and empirical dispersion curves. The objective of this study is to simulate and compare the 2-D and 3-D model of SASW analysis in the construction of the theoretical dispersion curve for pavement structure evaluation. The result showed that the dispersion curve from the 3-D model was similar with the dispersion curve of the actual pavement profile compared to the 2-D model. The wave velocity profiles also showed that the 3-D model used in the SASW analysis is able to detect all the distinct layers of flexible pavement units.

  9. Pavement Sealcoat, PAHs, and Water Quality of Urban Water Bodies: An Overview

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    Mahler, B. J.; Van Metre, P. C.; Ingersoll, C.; Kunz, J. L.; Kienzler, A.; Devaux, A.; Bony, S.

    2014-12-01

    Coal-tar-based (CT) sealcoat is used to protect and beautify the asphalt pavement of driveways and parking lots primarily in the central, southern, and northeastern U.S. and in Canada. CT sealcoat typically is 20 to 35 percent crude coal tar or coal-tar pitch and contains from 50,000 to 100,000 mg/kg PAHs, about 1,000 times more than asphalt-based (AS) sealcoat or asphalt itself. Tires and snowplows abrade the friable sealcoat surface into fine particles—PAH concentrations in fine particles (dust) from CT-sealcoated pavement are about 1,000 times higher than in dust from AS-sealcoated pavement (median total PAH concentrations 2,200 and 2.1 mg/kg, respectively). Use of CT sealcoat has several implications for urban streams and lakes. Source apportionment modeling has indicated that, in regions where CT sealcoat is prevalent, particles from sealcoated pavement are contributing the majority of the PAHs to recently deposited lake sediment, with implications for ecological health. Acute 2-d toxicity of runoff from CT-sealcoated pavement to stream biota, demonstrated for a cladoceran (Ceriodaphnia dubia) and fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), continues for samples collected as long as weeks or months following sealcoat application. Using the fish-liver cell line RGL-W1, runoff collected as much as 36 days following CT-sealcoat application has been demonstrated to cause DNA damage and impair DNA repair capacity. These results demonstrate that CT runoff is a potential hazard to aquatic ecosystems for at least several weeks after sealant application, and that exposure to sunlight can enhance toxicity and genetic damage. Recent research has provided direct evidence that restricting use of CT sealcoat in a watershed can lead to a substantial reduction in PAH concentrations in receiving water bodies.

  10. An Airport Pavement Traffic Simulation Based on CPN

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    Heng Hong-jun; Yang Jue

    2014-01-01

    According to the characteristics of airport pavement traffic, we discuss a method of building an airport pavement traffic model which is based on CPN theory and simulate a practical situation as well. The method overcomes the shortage of modelling with normal Petri Net theory, solves the difficult problems of airport pavement traffic such as complex traffic nets, frequent road changing, etc., refines the process of the model, and will be good for the model’s analysis and simulation.

  11. Pervious Concrete: New Era For Rural Road Pavement

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    Darshan S. Shah 1 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda2Prof.J.J.Bhavsar

    2013-01-01

    Pervious concrete is a relatively new concept for rural road pavement, with increase into the problems in rural areas related to the low ground water level, agricultural problem. Pervious concrete has introduced in rural road as a road pavement material. Pervious concrete as a paving material has seen renewed interest due to its ability to allow waterto flow through itself to recharge groundwater level and minimize storm water runoff. This introduction topervious concrete pavements reviews it...

  12. Evaluation of Road Pavement Density Using Ground Penetrating Radar

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    RSA Raja Abdullah; H. Zulhaidi M. Shafri; R. Mardeni; Sabira Khatun; R. Muniandy

    2009-01-01

    This study describes an analysis of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) measurements at frequency range of 1.7-2.6 GHz to get a relationship between attenuation and density for nine road pavements slabs with different densities. There are about four different frequencies had been tested. The method is simple, fast, non-destructive and accurate way to determine the density of road pavement. Density is a one of the important parameter in order to determine the compressive strength of road pavement f...

  13. Knowledge Discovery and Pavement Performance: Intelligent Data Mining:

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    Miradi, M.

    2009-01-01

    The main goal of the study was to discover knowledge from data about asphalt road pavement problems to achieve a better understanding of the behavior of them and via this understanding improve pavement quality and enhance its lifespan. Four pavement problems were chosen to be investigated; raveling of Porous Asphalt Concrete (PAC), cracking of Dense Asphalt Concrete (DAC), rutting of dense asphalt concrete, and determination of the stiffness of Cement Treated Bases (CTBs). At the moment, almo...

  14. Practical applications of nondestructive evaluation for airport pavement analysis

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    McQueen, Roy D.; Guo, Edward

    1995-07-01

    This paper discusses the equipment and methodologies currently used for nondestructive testing (NDT) and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of the structural capacity of military and civil airport pavements, including: (1) commonly used equipment and test methods for measuring pavement response to dynamic loads; (2) qualitative and quantitative evaluation of NDT data; (3) methods for back-calculating layer properties from NDT data; (4) layered elastic methods for evaluating pavement performance using processed NDT data; and (5) application of analytical results for developing pavement rehabilitation and management strategies.

  15. INVESTIGATION OF SKID RESISTANCE PROPERTIES OF AGGREGATES USED IN AFYONKARAHISAR CITY PAVEMENTS

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    Cahit GÜRER

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available For a safe driving, pavement surface aggregates must have superior physical and mechanical properties. Although high rate of accidents is mainly due to drivers errors, pavement surface properties affect significantly occurance of traffic accidents. The most important factor in the highways leading to traffic accidents are the skid resistance. In this study, adherence test with Vialit plate, Nicholson stripping test, accelerated polishing test (PSV were carried out on four aggregate samples which were used in seal coats and hot mix asphalt in Afyonkarahisar City. Results were compared with values of specification limits. The results showed that particularly limestone aggregates polishing stone values are poorer than volcanic aggregates sample. Especially, use of aggregates having a good polishing resistance, will be an important factor increasing driving safety.

  16. Global Cooling: Policies to Cool the World and Offset Global Warming from CO2 Using Reflective Roofs and Pavements

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    Akbari, Hashem; Levinson, Ronnen; Rosenfeld, Arthur; Elliot, Matthew

    2009-08-28

    Increasing the solar reflectance of the urban surface reduce its solar heat gain, lowers its temperatures, and decreases its outflow of thermal infrared radiation into the atmosphere. This process of 'negative radiative forcing' can help counter the effects of global warming. In addition, cool roofs reduce cooling-energy use in air conditioned buildings and increase comfort in unconditioned buildings; and cool roofs and cool pavements mitigate summer urban heat islands, improving outdoor air quality and comfort. Installing cool roofs and cool pavements in cities worldwide is a compelling win-win-win activity that can be undertaken immediately, outside of international negotiations to cap CO{sub 2} emissions. We propose an international campaign to use solar reflective materials when roofs and pavements are built or resurfaced in temperate and tropical regions.

  17. MaNIAC-UAV - a methodology for automatic pavement defects detection using images obtained by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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    Henrique Castelo Branco, Luiz; César Lima Segantine, Paulo

    2015-09-01

    Intelligent Transportation Systems - ITS is a set of integrated technologies (Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Communications Systems and others) that aim to offer services and advanced traffic management for the several transportation modes (road, air and rail). Collect data on the characteristics and conditions of the road surface and keep them update is an important and difficult task that needs to be currently managed in order to reduce accidents and vehicle maintenance costs. Nowadays several roads and highways are paved, but usually there is insufficient updated data about current condition and status. There are different types of pavement defects on the roads and to keep them in good condition they should be constantly monitored and maintained according to pavement management strategy. This paper presents a methodology to obtain, automatically, information about the conditions of the highway asphalt pavement. Data collection was done through remote sensing using an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and the image processing and pattern recognition techniques through Geographic Information System.

  18. A psychoacoustic based approach to pavement classification

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    Freitas, Elisabete F.; Cunha, Catarina Araújo Cupertino da; Lamas, João; Mouta, Sandra; Santos, Jorge A.

    2015-01-01

    The road traffic noise is one of the major contributors to environmental noise, which can cause considerable impact on public health and quality of life of populations. However, road noise raises several questions because, if on one hand is associated with several health problems and welfare, on the other hand its lack affects the detection of the sound sources, and consequently it constitutes a risk to the safety of road users. Thus, it becomes essential to classify road pavements not only b...

  19. Development of New Bituminous Pavement Design Method

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    Ullidtz, Per

    1999-01-01

    The report and work of COST Action 333 sets in place the foundation for a coherent, cost-effective and harmonised European pavement design method. In order to do this, the work programme focused on information gathering, identification of requirements and the selection of the necessary design elements for such a European design method. During the course of the Action, 20 countries signed the Memorandum of Understanding and participated in the work, thus showing a very high level of interest in t...

  20. Pavement technology for mega transportation projects

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    Emery, J. [John Emery Geotechnical Engineering Ltd., Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2001-07-01

    This paper described the use of asphalt and concrete pavement technology for mega projects such as the Duarte Highway in the Dominican Republic, the Colombia Bogota El Dorado International Airport, Highway 407 Express Toll Route north of Toronto, the Cobequid Pass Highway in Nova Scotia and the Fredericton-Moncton Highway in New Brunswick. A mega transportation project is considered to involve more than $100 million in construction costs and use an alternative delivery method such as design-build. It must also include life cycle costing for technology evaluation, fast track construction and total quality management. This paper showed that the durability, flexibility and structural capacity of hot-mix asphalt and PCC concrete make it possible to provide economic, smooth, safe pavements for highways, airports and for heavy traffic conditions under both normal and severe operating environments. In particular, the paper focused on the practical concepts of the pavement technology and the role of contractors in meeting the fast-track technical quality requirements for mega paving projects. The paper emphasized the fact that it is possible to develop sustainable paving projects that integrate transportation infrastructure development with communities and the environment while maintaining safety and performance. 8 refs., 4 tabs., 8 figs.

  1. Airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP

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    Popovics, John S.; Achenbach, Jan D.

    1996-11-01

    The Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention (CQEFP) at Northwestern University is actively involved in the development of new stress-wave based non-destructive evaluation techniques for airport pavements. This paper summarizes recent accomplishments and outlines current research directions. The development of a new stress-wave source is detailed first. The stress-wave generating technique allows for a high degree of control of the input stress wave while at the same time enabling the generation of significant wave amplitudes. Experimental results on concrete specimens demonstrate the controllability and penetrating ability of the developed stress wave generation technique. Its performance is compared to that of an impact source. Experimental results from an existing stress-wave based NDE technique, the impact-echo method, are presented and limitations of that approach are demonstrated. Finally, directions of future airport pavement NDE research at CQEFP, which focus upon application of the developed stress wave generation technique to pavement NDE problems, are outlined.

  2. Stress and distress.

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    Selye, H

    1975-12-01

    I must ask the reader's indulgence for this article's concern with applications of the stress concept, which are distinct from, although related to clinical medicine. It has not been my object to deal with the way physicians have been aided by stress research in the practice of medicine--that information is already widely available. Rather, I have attempted to sketch briefly the history of the stress theory and to demonstrate how this information can help anyone, physician or layman, lead a more complete and satisfying life. The applications of the stress theory have been dealt with at length elsewhere. I believe that we can find within scientifically verified observations the basis of a code of behavior suited to our century. The great laws of nature that regulate the defenses of living beings against stress of any kind are essentially the same at all levels of life, from individual cells to entire complex human organisms and societies. It helps a great deal to understand the fundamental advantages and disadvantages of catatoxic and syntoxic attitudes by studying the biologic basis of self-preservation as reflected in syntoxic and catatoxic chemical mechanisms. When applied to everyday problems, this understanding should lead to choices most likely to provide us the pleasant eustress (from the Greek eu meaning good, as in euphoria) involved in achieving fulfillment and victory, thereby avoiding the self-destructive distress of frustration and failure. So the translation of the laws governing resistance of cells and organs to a code of behavior comes down to three basic precepts: 1. Find your own natural stress level. People differ with regard to the amount and kind of work they consider worth doing to meet the exigencies of daily life and to assure their future security and happiness. In this respect, all of us are influenced by hereditary predispositions and the expectations of our society. Only through planned self-analysis can we establish what we really want; too many people suffer all their lives because they are too conservative to risk a radical change by breaking with hiabits or traditions. 2. Altruistic egoism. The selfish (i.e., self-interested) hoarding of the goodwill, respect, esteem, support, and love of our neighbors is the most efficient way to give vent to our pent-up energy and to create a more enjoyable, beautiful, or useful environment.3. Earn thy neighbor's love. This motto--which is merely a rewording of the command to "love thy neighbor as thyself"--is compatible with man's natural structure, and although it is based on altruistic egoism, it could hardly be attacked as unethical. Who would blame the man who wants to assure his own homeostasis and happiness only by accumulating the treasure of other poeple's benevolence and love? Yet this makes him virtually unassailable, for nobody wants to attack and destroy those upon whom he depends. PMID:1222562

  3. 47 CFR 80.1113 - Transmission of a distress alert.

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    2010-10-01

    ...2010-10-01 false Transmission of a distress alert. 80.1113 Section 80.1113 Telecommunication...Communications § 80.1113 Transmission of a distress alert. (a) The distress alert must identify the station in distress and its...

  4. Financial Distress Comparison Across Three Global Regions

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    Harlan D. Platt; Marjorie B. Platt

    2008-01-01

    Globalization has precipitated movement of output and employment between regions. We examine factors related to corporate financial distress across three continents. Using a multidimensional definition of financial distress we test three hypotheses to explain financial distress using historical financial data. A null hypothesis of a single global model was rejected in favor of a fully relaxed model which created individual financial distress models for each region. This result suggests that d...

  5. Accounting for distress in bank mergers

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    Koetter, Michael; Bos, Jaap W.B.; Heid, Frank; Kool, Clemens J.M.; Kolari, James W.; Porath, Daniel

    2005-01-01

    The inability of most bank merger studies to control for hidden bailouts may lead to biased results. In this study, we employ a unique data set of approximately 1,000 mergers to analyze the determinants of bank mergers. We use data on the regulatory intervention history to distinguish between distressed and non-distressed mergers. We find that, among merging banks, distressed banks had the worst profiles and acquirers perform somewhat better than targets. However, both distressed and non-dist...

  6. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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    Full Text Available ... researchers rated their levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression and social stress. Breast cancer-specific distress was ... Health Topics Breast Cancer Cancer--Living with Cancer Child Mental Health About MedlinePlus Site Map FAQs Contact ...

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    Full Text Available ... levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, aggression and social stress. Breast cancer-specific distress was also evaluated. Growing ... Health Topics Breast Cancer Cancer--Living with Cancer Child Mental Health About MedlinePlus Site Map FAQs Contact ...

  9. Breast Cancer Distress in Childhood

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    Full Text Available ... might help reduce distress and promote healthy psychosocial development. I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the health news for you and your family. Related MedlinePlus Health Topics Breast Cancer Cancer--Living with Cancer Child Mental Health About MedlinePlus Site Map FAQs Contact ...

  10. Desempeño de pavimentos estabilizado con asfalto espumado en una prueba de pavimentos a escala real y carga acelerada Performance of foamed bitumen pavements in accelerated testing facility

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    Alvaro Gonzalez

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los objetivos claves de la gestión de pavimentos es desarrollar e implementar una estrategia de construcción y mantenimiento rentables, con el fin de alcanzar niveles requeridos de servicio y desempeño. Una técnica rentable y sustentable para la rehabilitación de pavimentos es la de estabilización o reciclado con asfalto espumado (AE. Este artículo presenta un estudio sobre el desempeño de pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado en el Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing Indoor Facility CAPTIF. CAPTIF es un laboratorio a escala real para pavimentos ubicado en Nueva Zelandia, que permite aplicar un gran número de cargas de tráfico en un breve período de tiempo. Seis secciones de pavimentos con distintos contenidos de asfalto y cemento fueron ensayadas en CAPTIF. Los resultados del experimento mostraron que las deflexiones disminuyen en las secciones con mayor contenido de asfalto espumado. Luego de aplicar más de un millón de ciclos de carga, las secciones estabilizadas sólo con cemento, sólo con asfalto y la sección sin estabilizar mostraron un deterioro significativo en forma de ahuellamiento. Por otro lado, las secciones que fueron estabilizadas con AE y cemento mostraron un buen desempeño, demostrando que el cemento y el AE juntos mejoran significativamente el desempeño del pavimento. Los resultados de ahuellamiento fueron empleados para desarrollar modelos y describir el deterioro estable y acelerado de los pavimentos en estudio, lo que puede ser utilizado para una mejor gestión de los pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado.One of the key principal goals of pavement asset management is to develop and implement cost-effective pavement construction and maintenance strategies that achieve the required levels of service and performance. A sustainable, cost-effective technique for rehabilitating pavements is foamed bitumen stabilization. This paper presents a study on the performance of foamed bitumen pavements tested in the Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing indoor Facility (CAPTiF, for full scale testing of pavements. Six pavement sections were tested; the variables were bitumen and cement content; one control section with the untreated unbound material was tested. Results showed that surface deflections decreased at sections with higher bitumen contents. After the application of 5,710,000 Equivalent Standard Axles (ESAs, the sections stabilised with cement only, bitumen only, and the control section all showed large amounts of rutting. Conversely, little rutting was observed in the three sections stabilised with foamed bitumen and 1.0% cement, showing that cement and FB together significantly improve pavement performance. The rutting results were used to develop models to describe the stable and unstable performance of the tested pavements. The paper concludes by outlining some of the practical benefits of utilising this technology in pavement asset management.

  11. Desempeño de pavimentos estabilizado con asfalto espumado en una prueba de pavimentos a escala real y carga acelerada / Performance of foamed bitumen pavements in accelerated testing facility

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    Alvaro, Gonzalez; Misko, Cubrinovski; Bryan, Pidwerbesky; David, Alabaster.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Uno de los objetivos claves de la gestión de pavimentos es desarrollar e implementar una estrategia de construcción y mantenimiento rentables, con el fin de alcanzar niveles requeridos de servicio y desempeño. Una técnica rentable y sustentable para la rehabilitación de pavimentos es la de estabiliz [...] ación o reciclado con asfalto espumado (AE). Este artículo presenta un estudio sobre el desempeño de pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado en el Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing Indoor Facility CAPTIF. CAPTIF es un laboratorio a escala real para pavimentos ubicado en Nueva Zelandia, que permite aplicar un gran número de cargas de tráfico en un breve período de tiempo. Seis secciones de pavimentos con distintos contenidos de asfalto y cemento fueron ensayadas en CAPTIF. Los resultados del experimento mostraron que las deflexiones disminuyen en las secciones con mayor contenido de asfalto espumado. Luego de aplicar más de un millón de ciclos de carga, las secciones estabilizadas sólo con cemento, sólo con asfalto y la sección sin estabilizar mostraron un deterioro significativo en forma de ahuellamiento. Por otro lado, las secciones que fueron estabilizadas con AE y cemento mostraron un buen desempeño, demostrando que el cemento y el AE juntos mejoran significativamente el desempeño del pavimento. Los resultados de ahuellamiento fueron empleados para desarrollar modelos y describir el deterioro estable y acelerado de los pavimentos en estudio, lo que puede ser utilizado para una mejor gestión de los pavimentos estabilizados con asfalto espumado. Abstract in english One of the key principal goals of pavement asset management is to develop and implement cost-effective pavement construction and maintenance strategies that achieve the required levels of service and performance. A sustainable, cost-effective technique for rehabilitating pavements is foamed bitumen [...] stabilization. This paper presents a study on the performance of foamed bitumen pavements tested in the Canterbury Accelerated Pavement Testing indoor Facility (CAPTiF), for full scale testing of pavements. Six pavement sections were tested; the variables were bitumen and cement content; one control section with the untreated unbound material was tested. Results showed that surface deflections decreased at sections with higher bitumen contents. After the application of 5,710,000 Equivalent Standard Axles (ESAs), the sections stabilised with cement only, bitumen only, and the control section all showed large amounts of rutting. Conversely, little rutting was observed in the three sections stabilised with foamed bitumen and 1.0% cement, showing that cement and FB together significantly improve pavement performance. The rutting results were used to develop models to describe the stable and unstable performance of the tested pavements. The paper concludes by outlining some of the practical benefits of utilising this technology in pavement asset management.

  12. Work flow of signal processing data of ground penetrating radar case of rigid pavement measurements

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    The signal processing of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) requires a certain work flow to obtain good results. Even though the Ground Penetrating Radar data looks similar with seismic reflection data, but the GPR data has particular signatures that the seismic reflection data does not have. This is something to do with coupling between antennae and the ground surface. Because of this, the GPR data should be treated differently from the seismic signal data processing work flow. Even though most of the processing steps still follow the same work flow of seismic reflection data such as: filtering, predictive deconvolution etc. This paper presents the work flow of GPR processing data on rigid pavement measurements. The processing steps start from raw data, de-Wow process, remove DC and continue with the standard process to get rid of noises i.e. filtering process. Some radargram particular features of rigid pavement along with pile foundations are presented

  13. Work flow of signal processing data of ground penetrating radar case of rigid pavement measurements

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    Handayani, Gunawan [The Earth Physics and Complex Systems Research Group (Jl. Ganesa 10 Bandung Indonesia) gunawanhandayani@gmail.com (Indonesia)

    2015-04-16

    The signal processing of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) requires a certain work flow to obtain good results. Even though the Ground Penetrating Radar data looks similar with seismic reflection data, but the GPR data has particular signatures that the seismic reflection data does not have. This is something to do with coupling between antennae and the ground surface. Because of this, the GPR data should be treated differently from the seismic signal data processing work flow. Even though most of the processing steps still follow the same work flow of seismic reflection data such as: filtering, predictive deconvolution etc. This paper presents the work flow of GPR processing data on rigid pavement measurements. The processing steps start from raw data, de-Wow process, remove DC and continue with the standard process to get rid of noises i.e. filtering process. Some radargram particular features of rigid pavement along with pile foundations are presented.

  14. Pervious Concrete: New Era For Rural Road Pavement

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    Darshan S. Shah 1 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda2Prof.J.J.Bhavsar

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Pervious concrete is a relatively new concept for rural road pavement, with increase into the problems in rural areas related to the low ground water level, agricultural problem. Pervious concrete has introduced in rural road as a road pavement material. Pervious concrete as a paving material has seen renewed interest due to its ability to allow waterto flow through itself to recharge groundwater level and minimize storm water runoff. This introduction topervious concrete pavements reviews its applications and engineering properties, including environmentalbenefits, structural properties, and durability.In rural area cost consideration is the primary factor which must be kept in mind. So that in rural areas costly storm water management practices is not applicable. Pervious concrete pavement is unique and effective means to meet growing environmental demands. By capturing rainwater and allowing it to seep into the ground. This pavement technology createsmore efficient land use by eliminating the need for retention ponds, swell, and other costly stormwater management devices.

  15. Modeling of energy dissipation processes in a pavement – vehicle system

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    A.M. Kirillov

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The law of conservation of energy for a ‘pavement – vehicle’ system manifests itself primarily in the fact that for any temperature and operating conditions of a road asphalt concrete pavement the potential energy of gravity and the kinetic energy of a vehicle are partially transformed upon contact with the road pavement into elastic deformation energy or thermal energy, while a part of the energy dissipates. These types of energy are to some extent transformed into the internal energy of the road pavement, altering its energy balance and causing destructive processes. The initial level of the internal pavement energy changes while the road is used, on the one hand, through regular contributions from vehicles and from solar raditation, and, on the other hand, from compensating for viscoelastic deformation. Understanding these changes will allow to develop new and more efficient methods for monitoring the pavement condition, as well as a scientifically valid system of scheduling the repairs. In this article, we have assessed the level and the significance of the contribution of the work done by the moving vehicles over the pavement, and of the thermal radiation to the internal pavement energy gain. We have constructed a physical and mathematical model of energy dissipation and storage in the ‘pavement – vehicle’ system accounting for viscoelastic deformation and thermal radiation. We have designed an algorithm allowing to determine a scientifically based repair interval for asphalt concrete pavement. It is shown that the maximum plasticity for some ranges of speeds and transport weights may serve as a criterion of the recommended operating conditions of the road.

  16. Surfactant alteration and replacement in acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Walmrath Dieter; Grimminger Friedrich; Markart Philipp; Schmidt Reinhold; Ruppert Clemens; Günther Andreas; Seeger Werner

    2001-01-01

    Abstract The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a frequent, life-threatening disease in which a marked increase in alveolar surface tension has been repeatedly observed. It is caused by factors including a lack of surface-active compounds, changes in the phospholipid, fatty acid, neutral lipid, and surfactant apoprotein composition, imbalance of the extracellular surfactant subtype distribution, inhibition of surfactant function by plasma protein leakage, incorporation of surfactan...

  17. Evaluation of a highway pavement using non destructive tests: Falling Weight Deflectometer and Ground Penetrating Radar

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    Marecos, Vania; Fontul, Simona; de Lurdes Antunes, Maria

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents the results of the application of Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to assess the bearing capacity of a rehabilitated flexible highway pavement that began to show the occurrence of cracks in the surface layer, about one year after the improvement works. A visual inspection of the surface of the pavement was performed to identify and characterize the cracks. Several core drills were done to analyse the cracks propagation in depth, these cores were also used for GPR data calibration. From the visual inspection it was concluded that the development of the cracks were top-down and that the cracks were located predominantly in the wheel paths. To determine the thickness of the bituminous and granular layers GPR tests were carried out using two horn antennas of 1,0 GHz and 1,8 GHz and a radar control unit SIR-20, both from GSSI. FWD load tests were performed on the wheel paths and structural models were established, based on the deflections measured, through back calculation. The deformation modulus of the layers was calculated and the bearing capacity of the pavement was determined. Summing up, within this study the GPR was used to continuously detect the layer thickness and the GPR survey data was calibrated with core drills. The results showed variations in the bituminous layer thickness in comparison to project data. From the load tests it was concluded that the deformation modulus of the bituminous layers were also vary variable. Limitations on the pavement bearing capacity were detected in the areas with the lower deformation modulus. This abstract is of interest for COST Action TU1208 Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar.

  18. Evaluation of flexible pavement performance life in Florida. Final research report, October 1993--June 1998

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    Ping, W.V.; He, Y.

    1998-06-01

    The pavement performance life provides information on how long a particular pavement type will typically last before it needs rehabilitation. This study presents the research effort to estimate the average flexible pavement performance life in Florida. Two data files of Pavement Condition Survey (PCS) and Work Program Administration (WPA) were used for this study. SAS programs were applied to analyze and manipulate these two data files. The pavement performance condition curves were developed for a large sample size of pavement sections based on the polynomial model. The average pavement performance lives were evaluated for each pavement group based on the performance curves. The results of the evaluation showed that the primary system had longer average performance life than the interstate system. Generally, the polynomial model performed well in fitting the data. The pavement performance curve indicates that if M and R are performed while the pavement is still in the `slow rate of deterioration` phase, life cycle cost may be reduced.

  19. Numerical study on the curling and warping of hardened rigid pavement slabs

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    Qin, Yinghong

    In-service hardened concrete pavement suffers from environmental loadings caused by curling and warping of the slab. Traditionally, these loadings are computed on the basis of treating the slab as an elastic material, and of evaluating separately the curling and warping components. This dissertation simulates temperature distribution and moisture distribution through the slabs by use of a developed numerical model that couples the heat transfer and moisture transport. The computation of environmental loadings treats the slab as an elastic-viscous material, which considers the relaxation behavior and Pickett effect of the concrete. The heat transfer model considers the impacts of solar radiation, wind speed, air temperature, pavement slab albedo, etc. on the pavement temperature distribution. This dissertation assesses the difference between documented models that aim to predict pavement temperature, highlighting their pros and cons. The moisture transport model is unique for the documented models; it mimics the wetting and drying events occurring at the slab surface. These events are estimated by a proposed statistical algorithm, which is verified by field rainfall data. Analysis of the predicted results examines on the roles of the local air RH (relative humidity), wind speed, rainy pattern in the moisture distribution through the slab. The findings reveal that seasonal air RH plays a decisive role on the slab's moisture distribution; but wind speed and its daily variation, daily RH variation, and seasonal rainfall pattern plays only a secondary role. This dissertation sheds light on the computation of environmental loadings that in-service pavement slabs suffer from. Analysis of the computed stresses centers on the stress relaxation near the surface, stress evolution after the curing ends, and the impact of construction season on the stress's magnitude. An unexpected finding is that the total environmental loadings at the cyclically-stable state divert from the thermal stresses. At such a state, the total stress at the daytime is roughly equal to the thermal stress; whereas the total stress during the nighttime is far greater than the thermal stress. An explanation for this phenomenon is that during the night hours, the decline of the slab's near-surface temperature leads to a drop of the near-surface RH. This RH drop results in contraction therein and develops additional tensile stresses. The dissertation thus argues that estimating the environmental loadings by solely computing the thermally-induced stresses may reach delusive results. It recommends that the total environmental loadings of in-service slabs should be estimated by a sophisticated model coupling both moisture component and temperature component.

  20. In search of distress risk

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    Szilagyi, Jan; Hilscher, Jens; Campbell, John

    2005-01-01

    This paper explores the determinants of corporate failure and the pricing of financially distressed stocks using US data over the period 1963 to 2003. Firms with higher leverage, lower profitability, lower market capitalization, lower past stock returns, more volatile past stock returns, lower cash holdings, higher market-book ratios, and lower prices per share are more likely to file for bankruptcy, be delisted, or receive a D rating. When predicting failure at longer horizons, the most pers...

  1. The adult respiratory distress syndrome.

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    Biondi, J. W.; Hines, R. L.; Barash, P. G.; Baker, C. C.; Matthay, M A; Matthay, R A

    1986-01-01

    The adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) represents a common denominator of acute lung injury leading to alveolar flooding, decreased lung compliance, and altered gas transport. In the absence of specific etiology and therapy, the management of ARDS remains largely supportive. Ubiquitous use of intermittent positive-pressure ventilation with positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) improves arterial oxygenation but with some risk of pulmonary barotrauma and decreased cardiac output. The ...

  2. Incidence of respiratory distress syndrome

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    Objective: To determine the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in hospital born babies. Subjects and Methods: All live born infants delivered at the hospital and who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) were included in the study. Results: Ninety-four neonates developed RDS. Out of these, 88 (93.61%) were preterm and 06 (6.38%) were term infants. There was a male preponderance (65.95%). RDS was documented in 1.72% of total live births. 37.28% of preterm and 0.11% of term neonates born at the hospital. The incidence of RDS was 100% at 26 or less weeks of gestation, 57.14% at 32 weeks, and 3.70% at 36 weeks. The mortality with RDS was 41 (43.61%). Conclusion: RDS is the commonest cause of respiratory distress in the newborn, particularly, in preterm infants. It carries a high mortality rate and the incidence is more than that documented in the Western world. (author)

  3. An Innovative Strategy for Maintenance of Highway Pavement

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    Sandeep Choudhary, Dr. P. K. Agarwal

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Highway pavement are deteriorating fast due to lack of timely maintenance, leading to higher vehicle operating costs, increasing number of accidents etc. Thus, timely maintenance of the highway pavement is essential. Because, once pavements start to deteriorate; they deteriorate rapidly beyond the point where maintenance is effective. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop a strategy for maintenance of pavement in a huge highway network. In this study, an innovative strategy for maintenance of highway pavement is proposed. A two stage maintenance strategy is proposed. In stage I, it is proposed to determine priority of highway sections. In Stage II, priority of various maintenance activities to be carried out on various sections will be determined. Maintenance priority of the pavement is based on importance of the road sections, present road conditions, and future road conditions. The methodology proposed in this study is illustrated with the help of example of some hypothetical highway network consisting of 4 sections. Analysis results indicated that the proposed strategy is considered to be more rational, innovative & logical. Some strategies for maintenance of urban roads are also presented in this study. Therefore, it is expected that this study will be useful for maintenance of huge highway network in India and thus will be useful for preserving huge asset of pavement infrastructure.

  4. Climate change, energy, sustainability and pavements

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    Provides an integrated perspective on understanding the impacts of climate change, energy and sustainable development on transportation infrastructure systems. Presents recent technological innovations and emerging concepts in the field of green and sustainable transportation infrastructure systems with a special focus on highway and airport pavements. Written by leading experts in the field. Climate change, energy production and consumption, and the need to improve the sustainability of all aspects of human activity are key inter-related issues for which solutions must be found and implemented quickly and efficiently. To be successfully implemented, solutions must recognize the rapidly changing socio-techno-political environment and multi-dimensional constraints presented by today's interconnected world. As part of this global effort, considerations of climate change impacts, energy demands, and incorporation of sustainability concepts have increasing importance in the design, construction, and maintenance of highway and airport pavement systems. To prepare the human capacity to develop and implement these solutions, many educators, policy-makers and practitioners have stressed the paramount importance of formally incorporating sustainability concepts in the civil engineering curriculum to educate and train future civil engineers well-equipped to address our current and future sustainability challenges. This book will prove a valuable resource in the hands of researchers, educators and future engineering leaders, most of whom will be working in multidisciplinary environments to address a host of next-generation sustainable transportation infrastructure challenges.

  5. Climate change, energy, sustainability and pavements

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    Gopalakrishnan, Kasthurirangan [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States). Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Steyn, Wynand JvdM [Pretoria Univ. (South Africa). Dept. of Civil Engineering; Harvey, John (ed.) [California Univ., Davis, CA (United States). Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    2014-07-01

    Provides an integrated perspective on understanding the impacts of climate change, energy and sustainable development on transportation infrastructure systems. Presents recent technological innovations and emerging concepts in the field of green and sustainable transportation infrastructure systems with a special focus on highway and airport pavements. Written by leading experts in the field. Climate change, energy production and consumption, and the need to improve the sustainability of all aspects of human activity are key inter-related issues for which solutions must be found and implemented quickly and efficiently. To be successfully implemented, solutions must recognize the rapidly changing socio-techno-political environment and multi-dimensional constraints presented by today's interconnected world. As part of this global effort, considerations of climate change impacts, energy demands, and incorporation of sustainability concepts have increasing importance in the design, construction, and maintenance of highway and airport pavement systems. To prepare the human capacity to develop and implement these solutions, many educators, policy-makers and practitioners have stressed the paramount importance of formally incorporating sustainability concepts in the civil engineering curriculum to educate and train future civil engineers well-equipped to address our current and future sustainability challenges. This book will prove a valuable resource in the hands of researchers, educators and future engineering leaders, most of whom will be working in multidisciplinary environments to address a host of next-generation sustainable transportation infrastructure challenges.

  6. Adaptation of AASHTO Pavement Design Guide for Local Conditions

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    Hajek, J.J. [Applied Research Associates Inc., Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2001-07-01

    The methodology used to adapt the 1993 AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures to Ontario conditions was described. The guide expresses the effect of traffic loads on pavement performance using the concept of axle Load Equivalency Factors (LEF). LEF is regarded as a pavement damage factor assigned to each specific load and axle configuration. The size of LEF is related to the damage that is expected to occur from a standard load of 80 kN carried by a single axle with dual tires. The factors are summarized to yield the number of Equivalent Single Axle Loads (ESALs) a pavement is expected to sustain during its life. A summary was also provided of the additional work done to prepare for the transition to the proposed mechanistically-based 2002 AASHTO Guide. The paper focused only on the design of flexible pavements in terms of load characterization using equivalent single axle loads along with axle load spectra, below grade and material characterization, plus initial and terminal serviceability and reliability. The AASHTO Guide uses two parameters to deal with design reliability: design reliability level and overall standard deviation. Data collected on Ontario highway pavements and materials was used for assessing the design inputs. Other data was also collected from research and development studies, laboratory experiments, and from a survey of experienced pavement design engineers. The end result was a new grouping of Ontario soils for pavement design, recommended values for the resilient modulus of below grade soils, recommendations for structural layer coefficients for Ontario pavement materials and recommendations for the initial pavement serviceability based on Ontario smoothness specifications. Results of calibration and verification processes indicate that for new flexible pavements, the AASHTO-Ontario model is in good agreement with the observed results. It was recommended that the calibration and verification of the AASHTO-Ontario model should be a continuous process and that the quality and quantity of the database should be improved to serve the needs of the 2002 Guide. It was also recommended that a study be conducted on Ontario below grade characteristics of soil and that the existing procedures for estimating traffic loads for pavement design should be updated using information from the 1999 Commercial Vehicle Surveys. 9 refs., 6 figs., 6 tabs.

  7. Development of Mechanistic-Empirical Flexible Pavement Design in Iran

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    M. Ameri

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in flexible pavement design have prompted agencies to move toward the development and use of Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design procedures. Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design combine the elements of mechanical modeling and performance observation in determining the required pavement thickness for a set of design condition. In this study, a Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E design procedures and algorithm based on KENLAYER software with regard to Iran climatic and traffic conditions is developed. This study also explores present relationships and diagrams based on effective variable on pavement design to facilitate design process.

  8. Effects of rejuvenator seal and fog seal on performance of open-graded friction course pavement

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    Nadeem A. Qureshi

    2013-01-01

    An open-graded friction course (OGFC) is a special-purpose surface layer of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavement that is increasingly being used around the world. Owing to its numerous benefits, OGFC is being regularly used as a final riding surface on interstate and high-traffic expressways by different highway agencies in the United States. However, some OGFC sections have experienced premature failure due to ravelling only after 6-8 years of service life. To maintain an effective, longer service...

  9. On-site inspections of pavement damages evolution using GPR

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    Tosti, Fabio; D'Amico, Fabrizio; Calvi, Alessandro; Benedetto, Andrea

    2014-05-01

    Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is being increasingly used for pavements maintenance due to the wide range of applications spanning from physical to geometrical inspections, thereby allowing for a reliable diagnosis of the main causes of road structural damages. In this work, an off-ground GPR system was used to investigate a large-scale rural road network. Two sets of surveys were carried out in different time periods, with the main goals to i) localize the most critical sections; ii) monitor the evolution of previous damages and localize newborn deep faults, although not revealed at the pavement surface level; iii) analyze the causes of both evolution and emergence of faults by considering environmental and human factors. A 1-GHz GPR air-launched antenna was linked to an instrumented van for collecting data at traffic speed. Other support techniques (e.g. GPS data logger, odometer, HD video camera) were used for cross-checking,. Such centre frequency of investigation along with a 25-ns time window allow for a signal penetration of 900 mm, consistent with the deepest layer interfaces. The bottom of the array was 400 mm over the surface, with a minimum distance of 1200 mm from the van body. Scan length of maximum 10 km were provided for avoiding heavy computational loads. The rural road network was located in the District of Rieti, 100 km north from Rome, Italy, and mostly develops in a hilly and mountainous landscape. In most of the investigated roads, the carriageway consists in two lanes of 3.75 meters wide and two shoulders of 0.50 meters wide. A typical road section includes a HMA layer (65 mm average thickness), a base layer (100 mm average thickness), and a subbase layer (300 mm average thickness), as described by pavement design charts. The first set of surveys was carried out in two days at the beginning of spring in moderately dry conditions. Overall, 320-km-long inspections were performed in both travel directions, thereby showing a productivity of approximately 160 km/day at 40 km/h speed, on the average. After processing and first-checking, GPR profiles were divided into homogeneous sections according to the combination of different parameters (e.g. route analyzed, long distance conditions of regularity/irregularity in layers arrangement). In such context, a high consistency between surface damages, mismatches from the GPR scans, and boundary environmental conditions was demonstrated. In addition, deep mismatches were detected even for early-stage or unrevealed faults. The second set of surveys was carried out in autumn in high humidity conditions, due to recent rainfalls. 160 km of relevant routes from the same road network were investigated. Results showed a high consistency with those collected during the first-stage of surveys. Minor changes were found in those sections with low traffic loads (e.g. farther away from the biggest town of Rieti), whereas major mismatches were detected in wetlands (e.g. close to rivers), work zones, and nearby those sections already deeply damaged in the past. This work benefited from networking activities carried out within the EU funded COST Action TU1208 'Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar'.

  10. Time series observations of marsh recovery and pavement persistence at three Metula spill sites after 30.5 years

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    In 1974, the oil tanker Metula ran aground in the Strait of Magellan, Chile and spilled about 50,000 tons of light Arabian crude and 2,000 tons of Bunker C fuel. No attempt was made to recover or treat the stranded oil and the coast was left to recover by natural attenuation. Field visits to the coastal sites affected by the spill were conducted 30 years after the incident. The survey in 2005 repeated observations and measurements made in 1998 in the heavily affected Punta Espora area that documented salt marsh recovery at 2 sites, and changes in asphalt pavement at a third site. The 1998 survey also indicated that tilling was responsible for a significant increase in the number of plants that recolonized the area. A comparison of the plant counts between 1998 and 2005 showed that the number of plants in tilled plots was reduced because of fewer larger plants. A comparison of oil distribution in the west marsh from 1998 to 2005 showed that recolonization was evident. A large 550 m-long asphalt pavement on a mixed sediment beach showed very little changes in pavement area in the aftermath of the spill. However, the upper edge of the pavement showed signs of erosion by backwash action of waves during high-tide. The presence of surface oil cover continues to dominate the physical character of the upper intertidal and supratidal zones. 11 refs., 6 tabs., 3 figs

  11. "Comparison of some Structural Analyses Methods used for the Test Pavement in the Danish Road Testing Machine

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    Baltzer, S.; Zhang, W.

    1998-01-01

    A flexible test pavement, instrumented to measure stresses and strains in the three primary axes with the upper 400 mm of the subgrade, has been constructed and load tested in the Danish Road Testing Machine (RTM). One objective of this research, which is part of the International Pavement Subgrade Performance Study, is to develop an improved mechanistic subgrade failure criterion.Simulated traffic loads were applied between June and December 1997 by a dual tyre loading cart within a climate chamber maintained at a constant temperature. Three load levels (40 kN, 50 kN and 60 kN) were applied. In all three test series, 50000 load repetitions were applied at each load level, and the test chamber temperature was maintained at approximately 25 degree C.Instruments installed in the test pavement included: Strain measuring sensors (LVDT Soil Strain Deformation Transducers and Asphalt Strain Gauges), Soil Pressure Cells, Thermistors and Pore Pressure Sensors. Routine monitoring of instrument responses and surface profiles with a Profilometer and FWD/LWD structural testing were undertaken at regular intervals during the construction and load testing programmes.This paper compares various structural analysis methods used for the RTM test pavement with data from FWD testing undertaken after the construction and loading programmes. Multilayer linear elastic forward and backcalculation methods, a finite element program and MS Excel spreadsheet based methods are compared.

  12. Preemptive distress resolution through bank mergers

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    Elsas, Ralf

    2004-01-01

    This paper suggests a motive for bank mergers that goes beyond alleged and typically unverifiable scale economies: preemtive resolution of banks´ financial distress. Such "distress mergers" can be a significant motivation for mergers because they can foster reorganizations, realize diversification gains, and avoid public attention. However, since none of these potential benefits comes without a cost, the overall assessment of distress mergers is unclear. We conduct an empirical analysis to pr...

  13. Financial distress prediction model of family farms

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    Stulpinien?, Vaida

    2014-01-01

    Designed financial distress prediction model is intended directly for the farmer (decision-maker) in order to diagnose the farm’s financial condition and predict the likelihood of financial distress, by using financial information of his farm. There are identified family farm characteristics in which family farms have higher risks to run in financial distress and are guidelines for the family farms that intend to more carefully monitor and control their financial condition. The aim of the res...

  14. Factors relating to emotional distress after stroke

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    Thomas, Shirley Ann

    2006-01-01

    Emotional distress is common after stroke and has a negative impact on rehabilitation outcome. The aim of this thesis was to identify factors relating to emotional distress after stroke to inform future interventions. This thesis developed a theoretical framework to guide the study of emotional distress and included stroke and demographic characteristics, background information, disability (personal and extended activities of daily living and aphasia) and psychosocial factors (coping, locus o...

  15. A "wreckers theory" of financial distress

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    von Kalckreuth, Ulf

    2005-01-01

    In recent years, a number of papers have established a new empirical regularity. Stocks of distressed firms vastly underperform those of financially healthy firms. It is not necessary to attribute the negative excess returns of distressed firms to inefficient or irrational markets. We show that negative excess returns are the equilibrium outcome when a subset of participants is able to draw returns "in kind" from distressed companies. For firms close to bankruptcy, non-cash returns to ownersh...

  16. Moral Distress in Medical Education and Training

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    Berger, Jeffrey T

    2013-01-01

    Moral distress is the experience of cognitive-emotional dissonance that arises when one feels compelled to act contrary to one’s moral requirements. Moral distress is common, but under-recognized in medical education and training, and this relative inattention may undermine educators’ efforts to promote empathy, ethical practice, and professionalism. Moral distress should be recognized as a feature of the clinical landscape, and addressed in conjunction with the related concerns of negative r...

  17. Governance in financial distress and bankruptcy

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    Thorburn, Karin S.; Ayotte, Kenneth M.; Hotchkiss, Edith S.

    2013-01-01

    This chapter provides a survey of law, economics, and finance scholarship at the intersection of corporate governance and financial distress. In financial distress, both inside and outside of bankruptcy court, formal and informal control rights are paramount. Thus, we organize our review around the major constituencies that exercise control rights in distressed firms: shareholders, managers and boards; senior and junior creditors; and the law, courts and judges. Broadly, our review suggests t...

  18. DISTRESS AND JOB PERFORMANCE OF INDUSTRIAL WORKERS

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    Samanta, C.R.; Singh, Avneesh

    1993-01-01

    The present study aims at the investigation of the relationship between distress and job performance of industrial workers. The sample consisted of 500 workers of public and private sectors. CMI Health Questionnaire and Performance Appraisal Scale (PAS) were used to measure the level of distress and quality of performance at job, respectively. Results showed that physical, menial and overall distress correlated significantly and negatively with workers ?performance as appraised Furthermore, l...

  19. The impact of light-colored pavements on active layer dynamics revealed by Ground-Penetrating Radar monitoring

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    JØrgensen, Anders Stuhr; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has been used to study the variations in the depth of the frost table throughout a complete thaw-freeze season in Kangerlussuaq Airport, western Greenland. In autumn 2000, three test areas were painted white on the parking area of the airport in order to reduce further development of depressions in the asphalt pavement. One of these areas has been used in the GPR investigations to compare the variations of the frost table underneath a normal dark asphalt surface to that below a more reflective surface. The GPR results have shown a clear correlation between the use of the reflective surface and a reduced depth to frost table. In late summer the difference in the depths to the frost table is approximately 0.9 m. The results should promote the interest in the development and use of light colored pavement materials in order to reduce the effect of a warming climate on arctic infrastructures.

  20. Nondestructive evaluation of load transfer at rigid airport pavement joints

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    Hammons, Michael I.

    1995-07-01

    Current design criteria for rigid pavements for commercial and military airfields assume that 25% of the load applied to an edge of a slab is transferred through the joint to an adjacent unloaded slab. A nondestructive testing technique using a falling weight deflectometer (FWD) was used to conduct field testing at a number of sites. A transfer function, developed from an analytical study, was used to estimate load transfer from the measured joint efficiency as a function of the loaded area and the radius of relative stiffness of the pavement. This procedure, although analytically sound, lacks actual field verification at an instrumented pavement site. This procedure was used to estimate load transfer at a number of commercial and military airfields for a variety of joint types, climate conditions, and pavement structures. The results of these tests indicate that the assumption of load transfer as a constant value of 25% appears to be unconservative, especially during the winter months.

  1. Investigation of asphalt concrete pavement quality of Lithuanian highways

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    Petkevi?ius, Evaldas; Petkevi?ius, Rolandas; Babickas, Rimantas

    2006-01-01

    Planning of road building and repair sectors requires evaluation of the actual state of the road pavement. The available methods of evaluation of the condition and construction of pavement have serious shortcomings: some of them are lacking precision and reliability, others are too sophisticated. For this reason they are not very helpful in practice. Based on analysis of previous works and on the experimental results, a sufficiently accurate and simple method for evaluation of the state of as...

  2. Shear Fatigue Behaviour of Tack Coats in Pavements

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    Diakhaté, Malick; Phelipot-Mardelé, Annabelle; Millien, Anne; Petit, Christophe

    2006-01-01

    For many years, pavement engineers use mechanistic design methods that are based on algorithms to compute stresses, strains and displacements in a flexible pavement structure, or in a multi-layered structure in general. Most of these methods assume, to ease the modelling of the structure and the computation process, that the layers are fully bonded or completely unbounded to each other. Moreover, determining the effectiveness of the bonding between two layers is difficult since there is no st...

  3. Technical-economical evaluation of pavement recycling alternatives

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    Pereira, Paulo A. A.; Santos, Luís Picado

    2006-01-01

    Pavement recycling is becoming an increasingly important alternative worldwide for maintenance of highways, once sustainability and environmental issues have continued to receive more attention. The reference point is that of considering the use of road materials in a closed cycle, in which a natural material, previously used in road construction, should not be rejected in the following life-cycle. The objective of this paper is that of analysing flexible pavement recycling alternatives techn...

  4. Evaluation of Common Maintenance Methods for Flexible Pavements

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    Asma T. Ibraheem; Suda M. Gani

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: With the increasing use and awareness of pavement management systems and the growing emphasis on asset management of pavement infrastructure, it is important to strengthen the maintenance components of these systems and particularly the preventive maintenance component. Iraqi Roads don?t receive an effective and proper maintenance during their service life until they reach the state of major failure that requires rehabilitation. Roads in Iraq are being lost. Approach: In th...

  5. Development of Mechanistic-Empirical Flexible Pavement Design in Iran

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    Ameri, M; A. Khavandi

    2009-01-01

    Recent advances in flexible pavement design have prompted agencies to move toward the development and use of Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) design procedures. Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) design combine the elements of mechanical modeling and performance observation in determining the required pavement thickness for a set of design condition. In this study, a Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) design procedures and algorithm based on KENLAYER software with regard to Iran climatic and traffic conditions ...

  6. [Moral distress in nursing care].

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    Negrisolo, Adriana; Brugnaro, Luca

    2012-01-01

    In nursing practice, the ability to make decisions regarding patients and to act on them is considered to be an expression of the professional nursing role. Problems may arise when a nurses would like to perform an action they believe morally correct but which are conflictual with the habits, organization or politics of the health structure in which they work. This inevitably produces moral distress in nurses who feel impotent to act as they feel they should. Although a certain amount of moral distress is part and parcel of the nursing profession , when it is excessive or prolonged it may become unacceptable and culminate in burn-out and the relative consequences. The aim of the study was to compare the level of moral stress in 111 Italian nurses working in different Operative Units to identify those clinical situations significantly associated with moral stress using the MDS scale. Similarly to studies performed in the USA, the level of moral stress in the 3 different work contexts was moderate, although some clinical situations were related to significant stress levels. PMID:23121881

  7. 47 CFR 80.325 - Control of distress traffic.

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  8. 47 CFR 2.402 - Control of distress traffic.

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  9. Leaching of organic contaminants from storage of reclaimed asphalt pavement.

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    Norin, Malin; Strömvall, A M

    2004-03-01

    Recycling of asphalt has been promoted by rapid increases in both the use and price of petroleum-based bitumen. Semi-volatile organic compounds in leachates from reclaimed asphalt pavement, measured in field samples and in laboratory column test, were analysed through a GC/MS screen-test methodology. Sixteen PAH (polyaromatic hydrocarbons) were also analysed in leachates from the column study. The highest concentrations of semi-volatile compounds, approximately 400 microg l(-1), were measured in field samples from the scarified stockpile. Naphthalene, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) were the most dominant of the identified semi-volatiles. The occurrence of these compounds in urban groundwater, also indicate high emission rates and persistent structures of the compounds, making them potentially hazardous. Car exhausts, rubber tires and the asphalt material itself are all probable emission sources, determined from the organic contaminants released from the stockpiles. The major leaching mechanism indicated was dissolution of organic contaminants from the surface of the asphalt gravels. In the laboratory column test, the release of high-molecular weight and more toxic PAH was higher in the leachates after two years than at the commencement of storage. The concentrations of semi-volatiles in leachates, were also several times lower than those from the field stockpile. These results demonstrate the need to follow up laboratory column test with real field measurements. PMID:15176747

  10. Water quality and quantity assessment of pervious pavements performance in experimental car park areas.

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    Sañudo-Fontaneda, Luis A; Charlesworth, Susanne M; Castro-Fresno, Daniel; Andres-Valeri, Valerio C A; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Pervious pavements have become one of the most used sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) techniques in car parks. This research paper presents the results of monitoring water quality from several experimental car park areas designed and constructed in Spain with bays made of interlocking concrete block pavement, porous asphalt, polymer-modified porous concrete and reinforced grass with plastic and concrete cells. Moreover, two different sub-base materials were used (limestone aggregates and basic oxygen furnace slag). This study therefore encompasses the majority of the materials used as permeable surfaces and sub-base layers all over the world. Effluent from the test bays was monitored for dissolved oxygen, pH, electric conductivity, total suspended solids, turbidity and total petroleum hydrocarbons in order to analyze the behaviour shown by each combination of surface and sub-base materials. In addition, permeability tests were undertaken in all car parks using the 'Laboratorio Caminos Santander' permeameter and the Cantabrian Portable Infiltrometer. All results are presented together with the influence of surface and sub-base materials on water quality indicators using bivariate correlation statistical analysis at a confidence level of 95%. The polymer-modified porous concrete surface course in combination with limestone aggregate sub-base presented the best performance. PMID:24718346

  11. Effects of rejuvenator seal and fog seal on performance of open-graded friction course pavement

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    Nadeem A. Qureshi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available An open-graded friction course (OGFC is a special-purpose surface layer of hot-mix asphalt (HMA pavement that is increasingly being used around the world. Owing to its numerous benefits, OGFC is being regularly used as a final riding surface on interstate and high-traffic expressways by different highway agencies in the United States. However, some OGFC sections have experienced premature failure due to ravelling only after 6-8 years of service life. To maintain an effective, longer service life and enhanced performance of OGFC, preventive maintenance has been considered essential. There are several approaches to maintaining OGFC, one of which is the application of a fog seal and rejuvenator seal. A fog seal can reduce ravelling and extend the service life of OGFC while a rejuvenator seal can revitalise the existing aged asphalt binder in the top OGFC layer. This research focuses on optimising the fog and rejuvenator seal application rates by evaluating their effectiveness in terms of surface friction and durability. Three types of seal material were evaluated: Pavegaard (PG and Pavepreserve (PP asphalt rejuvenators and a cationic slow-setting asphalt emulsion (CSS-1H as a fog seal. Improvement in abrasion resistance of OGFC pavement was observed on application of fog and rejuvenator seals but surface friction was reduced to some extent. Hamburg test clearly shows a trend that the medium application rate of 0.10 gallon/square yard is better in enhancing resistance to rutting/moisture susceptibility of OGFC.

  12. Liquidity Risk and Distressed Equity

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    Medhat, Mamdouh

    I show theoretically and empirically that cash holdings can help rationalize the low returns to distressed equity. In my model, levered firms with financing constraints optimally choose their cash holdings to eliminate liquidity risk and optimally default when insolvent. Using data on solvency, liquidity, and returns for US firms, I find evidence consistent with the model’s predictions: (1) In all solvency levels, the average firm holds enough liquid assets to cover its short-term liabilities; less solvent firms have (2) a higher fraction of their total assets in liquid assets and therefore (3) lower conditional betas and (4) lower returns; (5) the profits of long-short solvency strategies are highest among firms with low liquidity; and (6) the profits of long-short liquidity strategies are highest among firms with low solvency.

  13. Design of Rigid and Flexible Pavements by Various Methods & Their Cost Analysis of Each Method

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    Saurabh Jain

    2013-01-01

    Highway and pavement design plays an important role in the DPR projects. The satisfactory performance of the pavement will result in higher savings in terms of vehicle operating costs and travel time, which has a bearing on the overall economic feasibility of the project. This paper discusses about the design methods that are traditionally being followed and examines the “Design of rigid and flexible pavements by various methods & their cost analysis by each method”. Flexible pavement are pre...

  14. Moisture Influence on Structural Behaviour of Pavements : Field and Laboratory Investigations

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    Salour, Farhad

    2015-01-01

    The structural behaviour of pavements in cold regions can considerably be affected by seasonal variation in environmental factors such as temperature and moisture content. Along with the destructive effect of heavy traffic loads, climatic and environmental factors can considerably contribute to pavement deterioration. These factors can influence the structural and functional capacity of the pavement structures which, as a result, can trigger and accelerate pavement deterioration mechanisms. S...

  15. 47 CFR 80.320 - Radiotelephone distress call and message transmission procedure.

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  16. Evaluation of Road Pavement Density Using Ground Penetrating Radar

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    RSA Raja Abdullah

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes an analysis of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR measurements at frequency range of 1.7-2.6 GHz to get a relationship between attenuation and density for nine road pavements slabs with different densities. There are about four different frequencies had been tested. The method is simple, fast, non-destructive and accurate way to determine the density of road pavement. Density is a one of the important parameter in order to determine the compressive strength of road pavement for road user safety. In laboratory, the measurement system consists of a signal generator (250 kHz-3 GHz as a source, spectrum analyzer (100 Hz-8 GHz, directional coupler with adapter and horn antenna. The first part of the measurement system setup is to determine the amplitude of transmitted wave (received signal strength. A few of received signal strength and attenuation for nine road pavement slab samples were taken at four different frequencies. An instantaneous method for measuring the density of road pavement was developed by using microwave reflection technique and free space method. The MATLAB software is used to analyze the measurement data and also for the graphs comparisons. At the end of this study, it is found that density plays an important factor in causing a major in the recorded signal strength as well as the differences of attenuation of the GPR signal.

  17. Coal-tar based pavement sealant toxicity to freshwater macroinvertebrates

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    Non-point-source pollution is a major source of ecological impairment in urban stream systems. Recent work suggests that coal-tar pavement sealants, used extensively to protect parking areas, may be contributing a large portion of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) loading seen in urban stream sediments. The hypothesis that dried coal-tar pavement sealant flake could alter the macroinvertebrate communities native to streams in Austin, TX was tested using a controlled outdoor laboratory type approach. The treatment groups were: control, low, medium, and high with total PAH concentrations (TPAH = sum of 16 EPA priority pollutant PAHs) of 0.1, 7.5, 18.4, and 300 mg/kg respectively. The low, medium, and high treatments were created via the addition of dried coal-tar pavement sealant to a sterile soil. At the start of the 24-day exposure, sediment from a minimally impacted local reference site containing a community of live sediment-dwelling benthic macroinvertebrates was added to each replicate. An exposure-dependent response was found for several stream health measures and for several individual taxa. There were community differences in abundance (P = 0.0004) and richness (P < 0.0001) between treatments in addition to specific taxa responses, displaying a clear negative relationship with the amount of coal-tar sealant flake. These results support the hypothesis that coal-tar pavement sealants contain bioavailable PAHs that may harm aquatic environments. - Coal-tar pavement sealants degrade stream invertebrate communities.

  18. Asphalt Pavement Material Improvement: A Review

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    Mohamed Sulyman

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The recycling of solid industrial wastes (SIW such as waste rubber tires and plastics will not only solve the global environmental problem of these SIW but also act as very promising modifiers for the improvement of engineering characteristics of the asphalt pavement material. The present work was concerned with assisting the interested readers to be familiarized with the paving material asphalt-modifiers obtained from SIW by providing historical perspective on its first invention and development. The paper has also provided highlights on common processes of asphalt mixture production. It was also worth mentioning that there are two asphalt production technologies: the warm mix asphalt (WMA and hot mix asphalt (HMA technologies, and the various advantages of using each one. Additionally, the paper has provided the reader with an overview of a number of case studies which were conducted by scientists and researchers for serious attempting to reach development and capturing significant properties of incorporating SIWs in civil engineering represented by scarp tires in form of crumb rubber (CR, plastics (polymers in their different forms.

  19. 47 CFR 2.403 - Retransmission of distress message.

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  20. Constructing a theoretical model of moral distress.

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    Barlem, Edison Luiz Devos; Ramos, Flávia Regina Souza

    2015-08-01

    Moral distress has been characterised as one of the main ethical problems affecting nurses in all health systems, and has been depicted as a threat to nurses' integrity and to the quality of patient care. In recent years, several studies tried to investigate moral distress, its causes and consequences for health professionals, clients and organisations. However, such studies are considered controversial and vulnerable, mainly because they lack a solid philosophical and empirical basis. The present article aimed at elaborating a theoretical model for moral distress, considering the process of moral deliberation, spaces of power and resistance and patient advocacy, and sought to carry out a reflection that culminated with the creation of a broader concept of moral distress. PMID:25366998

  1. Cortico-limbic morphology separates tinnitus from tinnitus distress

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    Amber M Leaver

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Tinnitus is a common auditory disorder characterized by a chronic ringing or buzzing “in the ear.” Despite the auditory-perceptual nature of this disorder, a growing number of studies have reported neuroanatomical differences in tinnitus patients outside the auditory-perceptual system. Some have used this evidence to characterize chronic tinnitus as dysregulation of the auditory system, either resulting from inefficient inhibitory control or through the formation of aversive associations with tinnitus. It remains unclear, however, whether these “non-auditory” anatomical markers of tinnitus are related to the tinnitus signal itself, or merely to negative emotional reactions to tinnitus (i.e., tinnitus distress. In the current study, we used anatomical MRI to identify neural markers of tinnitus, and measured their relationship to a variety of tinnitus characteristics and other factors often linked to tinnitus, such as hearing loss, depression, anxiety, and noise sensitivity. In a new cohort of participants, we confirmed that people with chronic tinnitus exhibit reduced grey matter in ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC compared to controls matched for age and hearing loss. This effect was driven by reduced cortical surface area, and was not related to tinnitus distress, symptoms of depression or anxiety, noise sensitivity, or other factors. Instead, tinnitus distress was positively correlated with cortical thickness in the anterior insula in tinnitus patients, while symptoms of anxiety and depression were negatively correlated with cortical thickness in subcallosal anterior cingulate cortex (scACC across all groups. Tinnitus patients also exhibited increased gyrification of dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC, which was more severe in those patients with constant (vs. intermittent tinnitus. Our data suggest that the neural systems associated with chronic tinnitus are different from those involved in aversive or distressed reactions to tinnitus.

  2. Deposit Withdrawals from Distressed Commercial Banks

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    Martin Brown; Stefan Morkötter; Benjamin Guin

    2014-01-01

    We study retail deposit withdrawals from European commercial banks which incurred investment losses in the wake of the U.S. subprime crisis. We document a strong propensity of households to withdraw deposits from distressed banks, especially when a bank receives a public bailout. However, the withdrawal risk for a distressed bank is mitigated by strong bank-client relationships and household-level switching costs: Households which rely on a single deposit account, which do not live close to a...

  3. Deposit Withdrawals from Distressed Commercial Banks

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    Guin, Benjamin; Brown, Martin; Morkötter, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    We study retail deposit withdrawals from European commercial banks which incurred investment losses in the wake of the U.S. subprime crisis. We document a strong propensity of households to withdraw deposits from distressed banks, especially when a bank receives a public bailout. However, the withdrawal risk for a distressed bank is mitigated by strong bank-client relationships and household-level switching costs: Households which rely on a single deposit account, which do not live close to a...

  4. Associations between faith, distress and mental adjustment

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    Johannessen-Henry, Christine Tind

    2013-01-01

    Objective. Several studies have suggested that religion and spirituality are important for overcoming psychological distress and adjusting mentally to cancer, but these studies did not differentiate between spiritual well-being and specific aspects of faith. We examined the extent to which spiritual well-being, the faith dimension of spiritual well-being and aspects of performed faith are associated with distress and mental adjustment among cancer patients. Methods. In a cross-sectional design, ...

  5. Geo synthetic-reinforced Pavement systems; Sistemas de pavimentos reforzados con geosinteticos

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    Zornberg, J. G.

    2014-02-01

    Geo synthetics have been used as reinforcement inclusions to improve pavement performance. while there are clear field evidence of the benefit of using geo synthetic reinforcements, the specific conditions or mechanisms that govern the reinforcement of pavements are, at best, unclear and have remained largely unmeasured. Significant research has been recently conducted with the objectives of: (i) determining the relevant properties of geo synthetics that contribute to the enhanced performance of pavement systems, (ii) developing appropriate analytical, laboratory and field methods capable of quantifying the pavement performance, and (iii) enabling the prediction of pavement performance as a function of the properties of the various types of geo synthetics. (Author)

  6. An algorithm for pavement crack detection based on multiscale space

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    Liu, Xiang-long; Li, Qing-quan

    2006-10-01

    Conventional human-visual and manual field pavement crack detection method and approaches are very costly, time-consuming, dangerous, labor-intensive and subjective. They possess various drawbacks such as having a high degree of variability of the measure results, being unable to provide meaningful quantitative information and almost always leading to inconsistencies in crack details over space and across evaluation, and with long-periodic measurement. With the development of the public transportation and the growth of the Material Flow System, the conventional method can far from meet the demands of it, thereby, the automatic pavement state data gathering and data analyzing system come to the focus of the vocation's attention, and developments in computer technology, digital image acquisition, image processing and multi-sensors technology made the system possible, but the complexity of the image processing always made the data processing and data analyzing come to the bottle-neck of the whole system. According to the above description, a robust and high-efficient parallel pavement crack detection algorithm based on Multi-Scale Space is proposed in this paper. The proposed method is based on the facts that: (1) the crack pixels in pavement images are darker than their surroundings and continuous; (2) the threshold values of gray-level pavement images are strongly related with the mean value and standard deviation of the pixel-grey intensities. The Multi-Scale Space method is used to improve the data processing speed and minimize the effectiveness caused by image noise. Experiment results demonstrate that the advantages are remarkable: (1) it can correctly discover tiny cracks, even from very noise pavement image; (2) the efficiency and accuracy of the proposed algorithm are superior; (3) its application-dependent nature can simplify the design of the entire system.

  7. Evaluation of Common Maintenance Methods for Flexible Pavements

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    Asma T. Ibraheem

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: With the increasing use and awareness of pavement management systems and the growing emphasis on asset management of pavement infrastructure, it is important to strengthen the maintenance components of these systems and particularly the preventive maintenance component. Iraqi Roads don?t receive an effective and proper maintenance during their service life until they reach the state of major failure that requires rehabilitation. Roads in Iraq are being lost. Approach: In this study, a study of the status of maintenance methods for road pavements in Iraq with special reference to flexible pavements is presented. For this purpose, open and closed questionnaires were executed in Baghdad to investigate the status of road pavement maintenance in Iraq. Road maintenance offices as (Ministry of construction and Housing, State Corporation for Roads and Bridges, Amanat Baghdad, Project office, were included in the questionnaire to arrive at the level of maintenance and techniques followed to maintain paved road in Iraq. Results: The interviews carried out reveal that maintenance in Iraq has secondary importance, apparently with no special budget allocated for such important works. In addition the maintenance methods and techniques followed do not comply the developments and modern techniques. Conclusion/Recommendations: Poor and miss-management of maintenance works and activities leading to delays and accumulation of failure in the highway network that require unusual expenditures to repair and maintain the accumulated damages. Also shortages in resources allocated for maintenance works and this leads to the diversion of significant portion of the allocated fund for maintenance works toward purchasing of new, or additional equipment to be used for the construction of new roads. It is strongly recommended to design a planning system for management pavement maintenance of road network in Iraq and develop a particular failure criterion for roads in Iraq.

  8. / Distress, demoralization and psychopathology: Diagnostic boundaries

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    John M. de, Figueiredo.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: The objectives of the manuscript are: (a) to review the understanding of demoralization and its assessment; (b) to describe its clinical progression; (c) to explain the differences between demoralization and other form of psychological distress; (d) to propose a set of cri [...] teria for future research on demoralization. Methods: A MEDLINE search using the keywords distress, subjective incompetence, depression, demoralization, helplessness, hopelessness and psychopathology was conducted. This was supplemented by a manual search of the literature. Results: Demoralization can be distinguished from passing or transient distress, non-specific distress, sub-threshold depression or anxiety, and certain mental disorders. Demoralization can be a risk factor for the manifestation of psychopathology, the prodromal phase of a mental disorder, or a trigger for exacerbation or recurrence of psychiatric distress symptoms. The domains of distress and demoralization are described and research diagnostic criteria for demoralization are presented. Conclusions: The scales discussed in this article differ in their time frames and have not yet been applied to the same population at the same time. The role of demoralization as a risk factor for mental disorders is just beginning to be understood. The domains and the diagnostic criteria for demoralization presented in this article need to be confirmed by epidemiological and empirical studies. Future research should continue to clarify its role in the pathogenesis of both mental disorders and physical illnesses and identify appropriate interventions for its arrest or prevention.

  9. Deterioration modeling for condition assessment of flexible pavements considering extreme weather events

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    Hashemi Tari, Yasamin; Shahini Shamsabadi, Salar; Birken, Ralf; Wang, Ming

    2015-04-01

    Accurate pavement management systems are essential for states' Department Of Transportation and roadway agencies to plan for cost-effective maintenance and repair (M and R) strategies. Pavement deterioration model is an imperative component of any pavement management system since the future budget and M and R plans would be developed based on the predicted pavement performance measures. It is crucial for the pavement deterioration models to consider the factors that significantly aggravate the pavement condition. While many studies have highlighted the impact of different environmental, load, and pavement's structure on the life cycle of the pavement, effect of extreme weather events such as Floods and Snow Storms have often been overlooked. In this study, a pavement deterioration model is proposed which would consider the effect of traffic loads, climate conditions, and extreme weather events. Climate, load and performance data has been compiled for over twenty years and for eight states using the Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) databases. A stepwise regression approach is undertaken to quantify the effect of the extreme weather events, along with other influential factors on pavement performance in terms of International Roughness Index (IRI). Final results rendered more than 90% correlation with the quantified impact values of extreme weather events.

  10. Proportioning of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Mixes for Pavement Construction and Their Impact on Environment and Cost

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    Stelios Kallis; Pavlos O. Neophytou; Kypros Pilakoutas; Kyriacos Neocleous; Diofantos Hadjimitsis; Constantia Achilleos

    2011-01-01

    Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) is a construction material investigated for more than 40 years including for pavement applications. A number of studies have demonstrated the technical merits of SFRC pavements over conventional concrete pavements; however little work has been carried out on the environmental and economical impact of SFRC during the pavement’s life cycle. Therefore, extended research was undertaken within the framework of the EU funded project “EcoLanes” to estimate the ...

  11. Functionality Enhancement of Industrialized Optical Fiber Sensors and System Developed for Full-Scale Pavement Monitoring

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    Huaping Wang

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Pavements always play a predominant role in transportation. Health monitoring of pavements is becoming more and more significant, as frequently suffering from cracks, rutting, and slippage renders them prematurely out of service. Effective and reliable sensing elements are thus in high demand to make prognosis on the mechanical properties and occurrence of damage to pavements. Therefore, in this paper, various types of functionality enhancement of industrialized optical fiber sensors for pavement monitoring are developed, with the corresponding operational principles clarified in theory and the performance double checked by basic experiments. Furthermore, a self-healing optical fiber sensing network system is adopted to accomplish full-scale monitoring of pavements. The application of optical fiber sensors assembly and self-healing network system in pavement has been carried out to validate the feasibility. It has been proved that the research in this article provides a valuable method and meaningful guidance for the integrity monitoring of civil structures, especially pavements.

  12. Mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide: features and distinctive elements / Mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide: características y elementos distintivos

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    Margarita, Martínez Díaz; Ignacio, Pérez.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es describir los rasgos más característicos del método de diseño de firmes conocido como Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, así como compararlo con otras metodologías de renombre, destacando sus ventajas y desventajas. El MEPDG puede predecir con precisión la e [...] volución de los deterioros, ayudando por tanto a elegir el diseño más adecuado para el caso de firmes de nueva construcción, o a programar la conservación de los ya existentes. Tras analizar diferentes métodos de diseño y gestión de firmes, el MEPDG destaca como el más completo al ser el que tiene en cuenta un mayor número de factores que afectan al firme. Por ello algunos países fuera de EEUU ya han importado y calibrado este método, lo que al mismo tiempo permite a la comunidad científica llevar a cabo estudios comparativos y mejorar sus pequeñas deficiencias. Abstract in english This paper is aimed at describing the most distinctive features of the pavement design method known as Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide and to compare it with other renowned methodologies, while emphasizing its advantages and disadvantages. The MEPDG can accurately predict damage evolutio [...] n, thus helping to choose the most appropriate design for new pavements or to schedule the conservation of the already existing ones. After analyzing different pavement design and management methods, the MEPDG stands out as the most comprehensive one as it takes into account and properly combines the greatest number of factors that affect the pavement. Therefore, some countries outside the USA have already imported and calibrated this method, what, at the same time, allows the scientific community to carry out comparative studies and improve its small deficiencies.

  13. Differential Effects Of Maternal Sensitivity To Infant Distress And Non-Distress On Social-Emotional Functioning

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    Leerkes, Esther M.; Blankson, A. Nayena; O'Brien, Marion

    2009-01-01

    Associations between maternal sensitivity to infant distress and non-distress and infant social-emotional adjustment were examined in a subset of dyads from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (N = 376). Mothers reported on infant temperament at 1 and 6 months postpartum, and maternal sensitivity to distress and non-distress were observed at 6 months. Child behavior problems, social competence, and affect dysregulation were measured at 24 and 36 months. Maternal sensitivity to distress but no...

  14. Evaluación de pavimentos y decisiones de conservación con base en sistemas de inferencia difusos / Pavement Evaluation and Maintenance Decisions Based on Fuzzy Inference Systems

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    Gloria Inés, Beltrán-Calvo; Miguel Pedro, Romo-Organista.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Las decisiones de conservación y la vida remanente de pavimentos en servicio, dependen en buena parte de la condición estructural que exhiben durante su operación. Con el ánimo de proveer una metodología que permita caracterizar el pavimento de manera rápida, con los niveles de detalle que se deseen [...] , en este trabajo se plantean tres sistemas basados en la lógica difusa, para inferir la condición de rigidez y deterioro, así como las decisiones de conservación. Para esos fines, se utilizaron datos de auscultación no destructiva registrados en sistemas de pavimento de tres y cuatro capas, incluyendo estructuras tradicionales y estructuras invertidas (con capa de sub-base rigidizada). Las bases de datos incluyen información sobre magnitud y severidad de daños estructurales y parámetros e indicadores de rigidez, derivados de pruebas de deflexión por impacto. Los sistemas desarrollados, permitieron integrar directamente en la caracterización estructural de los pavimentos, tanto el conocimiento y criterios de expertos, como las variables de carácter subjetivo y cualitativo, que se utilizan comúnmente para describir los niveles de severidad del deterioro. Asimismo, permitieron expresar los resultados mediante palabras o adjetivos cuantificadores del lenguaje, facilitando su interpretación y comprensión. En virtud de los resultados alcanzados, resulta razonable concluir que los sistemas propuestos pueden utilizarse con confianza para evaluaciones rápidas y toma de decisiones a nivel global o detallado en corredores viales. Abstract in english The remaining service life and maintenance decisions of existing pavements are highly dependent on stiffness and deterioration conditions throughout their operation. A non-conventional fuzzy logic based methodology is proposed in this work to address the stiffness-deterioration condition and conserv [...] ation decisions, by means of three Fuzzy Inference Systems. Analysis were conducted using a database gathered from field tests performed on three and four layer pavement systems, that included traditional layer structuring and pavements having a subbase stiffer than their granular base. Information about layer thicknesses, magnitude and severity of structural distresses, and parameters and indicators derived from deflection testing by impulse load devices were used. The developed systems, allowed representing expert knowledge and linguistic variables of subjective and qualitative nature, commonly used to describe the severity levels of deterioration; thus they can be involved into structural characterization of pavements. Results were also expressed linguistically, to facilitate their interpretation and understanding. Based on the high quality of results obtained, it seems reasonable to conclude that the proposed systems could be used confidently for assessing and making decisions about pavement conservation, with low computational cost.

  15. Riding Quality Model for Asphalt Pavement Monitoring Using Phase Array Type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR

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    Kamiya Yoshikazu

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available There are difficulties associated with near-real time or frequent pavement monitoring, because it is time consuming and costly. This study aimed to develop a binary logit model for the evaluation of highway riding quality, which could be used to monitor pavement conditions. The model was applied to investigate the influence of backscattering values of Phase Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR. Training data obtained during 3–7 May 2007 was used in the development process, together with actual international roughness index (IRI values collected along a highway in Ayutthaya province, Thailand. The analysis showed that an increase in the backscattering value in the HH or the VV polarization indicated the poor condition of the pavement surface and, of the two, the HH polarization is more suitable for developing riding quality evaluation. The model developed was applied to analyze highway number 3467, to demonstrate its capability. It was found that the assessment accuracy of the prediction of the highway level of service was 97.00%. This is a preliminary study of the proposed technique and more intensive investigation must be carried out using ALOS/PALSAR images in various seasons.

  16. Distress screening using distress thermometer in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and evaluation of causal factors predicting occurrence of distress

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    Shirley Lewis

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Distress is commonly seen in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy. Causal factors of distress are multifactorial; which encompasses physical, psychological, spiritual, and existential factors with complex interrelationship among the factors. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients undergoing head and neck radiotherapy were included in the study. Patients were screened for pain scores, distress scores, physical and psychological symptoms, and spiritual and emotional distress. Results: Significant increasing trend seen for pain score, distress score, and total number of symptoms during 2 nd week, 4 th week, and on completion of radiotherapy treatment (all P?s < 0.001 compared to pretreatment. Those who had chemotherapy (CT along with radiation had significantly greater pain score (t = 5.54, P = 0.03 and distress score (t = 3.9, P = 0.05 at 2 weeks into radiotherapy compared to those who did not receive CT. There was significantly higher grade of skin toxicity in those with spiritual distress (Somers? d = 0.36, P = 0.02 and higher grade of mucositis in those with existential distress (d = 0.34, P = 0.02 at 4 weeks into radiotherapy. Conclusion: Positive correlation between distress score and pain score and occurrence of physical symptoms. Increasing trend seen for pain score, distress score, and total number of symptoms during 2 nd week, 4 th week, and completion of radiotherapy treatment compared to pretreatment. Increase in distress score in those with existential and spiritual distress.

  17. Exploring pavement crack evaluation with bidimensional empirical mode decomposition

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    Ayenu-Prah, Albert; Attoh-Okine, Nii

    2007-04-01

    Crack evaluation is essential for effective classification of pavement cracks. Digital images of pavement cracks have been analyzed using techniques such as fuzzy set theory and neural networks. Bidimensional empirical mode decomposition (BEMD), a new image analysis method recently developed, can potentially be used for pavement crack evaluation. BEMD is an extension of the empirical mode decomposition (EMD), which can decompose non-linear and non-stationary signals into basis functions called intrinsic mode functions (IMF). IMFs are monocomponent functions that have well defined instantaneous frequencies. EMD is a sifting process that is non-parametric and data-driven; it does not depend on an a priori basis set. It is able to remove noise from signals without complicated convolution processes. BEMD decomposes an image into two-dimensional IMFs. The present paper explores pavement crack detection using BEMD together with the Sobel edge detector. A number of images are filtered with BEMD to remove noise, and the residual image analyzed with the Sobel edge detector for crack detection. The results are compared with results from the Canny edge detector, which uses a Gaussian filter for image smoothing before performing edge detection. The objective is to qualitatively explore how well BEMD is able to smooth an image for more effective and speedier edge detection with the Sobel method.

  18. Use of seismic pavement analyzer in forensic studies

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    Yuan, Deren; Nazarian, Soheil; Baker, Mark R.

    1999-02-01

    Seismic nondestructive testing technology as used for pavement evaluation has been incorporated in two devices: the Seismic Pavement Analyzer (SPA) and the Portable Seismic Pavement Analyzer (PSPA). A few short-term projects were conducted to learn when and where the use of seismic methods is feasible. The usefulness of the test methods involved in the SPA and PSPA has been to some extent evaluated. In their present states, the SPA and PSPA seem to be emerging as valuable tools in forensic studies and the day-to-day operations of state highway agencies. The devices have been useful in understanding some of the complex mechanisms encountered in a few projects. More experience is needed to fully understand the potential and weaknesses of the devices, and further development of their software is needed. This paper presents a summary of efforts put forth to improve the SPA and PSPA for their incorporation into the activities of the highway community in maintenance, rehabilitation and construction of pavements. Several case studies that demonstrate the usefulness and shortcomings of the two devices and the methodology involved in them are presented.

  19. Coal-tar based pavement sealant toxicity to freshwater macroinvertebrates

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    Bryer, P.J.; Scoggins, M.; McClintock, N.L. [Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (United States). Dept. of Biology

    2010-05-15

    Non-point-source pollution is a major source of ecological impairment in urban stream systems. Recent work suggests that coal-tar pavement sealants, used extensively to protect parking areas, may be contributing a large portion of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) loading seen in urban stream sediments. The hypothesis that dried coal-tar pavement sealant flake could alter the macroinvertebrate communities native to streams in Austin, TX was tested using a controlled outdoor laboratory type approach. The treatment groups were: control, low, medium, and high with total PAH concentrations (TPAH = sum of 16 EPA priority pollutant PAHs) of 0.1, 7.5, 18.4, & 300 mg/kg respectively. The low, medium, and high treatments were created via the addition of dried coal-tar pavement sealant to a sterile soil. At the start of the 24-day exposure, sediment from a minimally impacted local reference site containing a community of live sediment-dwelling benthic macroinvertebrates was added to each replicate. An exposure-dependent response was found for several stream health measures and for several individual taxa. There were community differences in abundance (P = 0.0004) and richness (P < 0.0001) between treatments in addition to specific taxa responses, displaying a clear negative relationship with the amount of coal-tar sealant flake. These results support the hypothesis that coal-tar pavement sealants contain bioavailable PAHs that may harm aquatic environments.

  20. Some experience using a rolling weight deflectometer on airport pavements

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    Lenngren, Carl A.

    1995-07-01

    A laser based deflection tester is being developed by the Swedish National Road Administration. Forty sensors are mounted on a heavy truck to determine two transverse profiles. One profile constitutes an unloaded case. The other profile just behind the rear wheels of the vehicle constitutes the loaded case. The high sampling rate is adequate for filtering the macro texture of the pavement.

  1. Alternative aircraft loading index for pavement structural analysis

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    Loizos, A.; Charonitis, G. [National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)

    1999-05-01

    The most common practical way to simplify the structural analysis of airfield pavements is the use of equivalent single wheel load models instead of the actual gear of the aircrafts. As the accuracy and reliability of these models strongly affects the design and evaluation of airfield pavements, there is considerable need to investigate both system approaches. The first one, which uses a constant value for the pressure while the radius is variable, is currently under use by the aircraft classification number-pavement classification number method of the International Civil Aviation Organization, but despite this fact it proved to be inadequate to express the aircraft loading in many situations. On the contrary, according to this study, the second model, which has a constant value for the radius while the pressure varies, is more reliable, and it can be an interesting alternative. Thus, based on this model, an aircraft loading index is introduced, which aims to be a simple and reliable factor for expressing the severity of the loading of the aircrafts and a utility for several matters related to the airfield pavement applications.

  2. Acute toxicity of runoff from sealcoated pavement to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Pimephales promelas.

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    Mahler, Barbara J; Ingersoll, Christopher G; Van Metre, Peter C; Kunz, James L; Little, Edward E

    2015-04-21

    Runoff from coal-tar-based (CT) sealcoated pavement is a source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and N-heterocycles to surface waters. We investigated acute toxicity of simulated runoff collected from 5 h to 111 days after application of CT sealcoat and from 4 h to 36 days after application of asphalt-based sealcoat containing about 7% CT sealcoat (AS/CT-blend). Ceriodaphnia dubia (cladocerans) and Pimephales promelas (fathead minnows) were exposed in the laboratory to undiluted and 1:10 diluted runoff for 48 h, then transferred to control water and exposed to 4 h of ultraviolet radiation (UVR). Mortality following exposure to undiluted runoff from unsealed asphalt pavement and UVR was ?10% in all treatments. Test organisms exposed to undiluted CT runoff samples collected during the 3 days (C. dubia) or 36 days (P. promelas) following sealcoat application experienced 100% mortality prior to UVR exposure; with UVR exposure, mortality was 100% for runoff collected across the entire sampling period. Phototoxic-equivalent PAH concentrations and mortality demonstrated an exposure-response relation. The results indicate that runoff remains acutely toxic for weeks to months after CT sealcoat application. PMID:25860716

  3. Nutrient infiltrate concentrations from three permeable pavement types.

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    Brown, Robert A; Borst, Michael

    2015-12-01

    While permeable pavement is increasingly being used to control stormwater runoff, field-based, side-by-side investigations on the effects different pavement types have on nutrient concentrations present in stormwater runoff are limited. In 2009, the U.S. EPA constructed a 0.4-ha parking lot in Edison, New Jersey, that incorporated permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP), pervious concrete (PC), and porous asphalt (PA). Each permeable pavement type has four, 54.9-m(2), lined sections that direct all infiltrate into 5.7-m(3) tanks enabling complete volume collection and sampling. This paper highlights the results from a 12-month period when samples were collected from 13 rainfall/runoff events and analyzed for nitrogen species, orthophosphate, and organic carbon. Differences in infiltrate concentrations among the three permeable pavement types were assessed and compared with concentrations in rainwater samples and impervious asphalt runoff samples, which were collected as controls. Contrary to expectations based on the literature, the PA infiltrate had significantly larger total nitrogen (TN) concentrations than runoff and infiltrate from the other two permeable pavement types, indicating that nitrogen leached from materials in the PA strata. There was no significant difference in TN concentration between runoff and infiltrate from either PICP or PC, but TN in runoff was significantly larger than in the rainwater, suggesting meaningful inter-event dry deposition. Similar to other permeable pavement studies, nitrate was the dominant nitrogen species in the infiltrate. The PA infiltrate had significantly larger nitrite and ammonia concentrations than PICP and PC, and this was presumably linked to unexpectedly high pH in the PA infiltrate that greatly exceeded the optimal pH range for nitrifying bacteria. Contrary to the nitrogen results, the PA infiltrate had significantly smaller orthophosphate concentrations than in rainwater, runoff, and infiltrate from PICP and PC, and this was attributed to the high pH in PA infiltrate possibly causing rapid precipitation of orthophosphate with metal cations. Orthophosphate was exported from the PICP and PC, as evidenced by the significantly larger infiltrate concentrations compared with influent sources of rainwater and runoff. PMID:26348134

  4. Psychological distress among patients with epilepsy

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    Asma Khalid

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain characterized by recurrent seizures which are physical reactions to sudden, usually brief, too much electrical discharges in a group of brain cells. Psychological distress often accompanies epilepsy. It badly affects the disease and the treatment outcome. Whereas, familial social support is a positive factor. The objective of the present study was to see the difference of Psychological distress among the patients of Epilepsy; the comparisons on the variables of the study were made between gender, age, marital status, education, socio-economic status and type of Epilepsy. Materials and Methods: Sample comprised of 50 patients with epilepsy. These participants were divided into three subgroups according to their ages that are children, adolescence and adults. Patients were taken from hospitals Islamabad and Muzaffarabad (AJK. Results: The result showed that psychological distress is higher among male patients with generalized epilepsy and among those who are un-married, un-educated, having low socioeconomic status and lower familial social support. Conclusion: It can be concluded that psychological distress is common co morbidity in patients with epilepsy. During treatment, Counseling to the patients and the family can better help in coping with distress during their illness.

  5. Filtration and clogging of permeable pavement loaded by urban drainage.

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    Sansalone, J; Kuang, X; Ying, G; Ranieri, V

    2012-12-15

    Permeable pavement, as a sustainable infrastructure material can promote hydrologic restoration, particulate matter (PM) and solute control. However, filtration and commensurate clogging are two aspects of continued interest and discussion. This study quantifies filtration and clogging of cementitious permeable pavement (CPP) for loadings from 50 to 200 mg/L of hetero-disperse sandy-silt PM. The CPP mix design provides a hetero-disperse pore size distribution (PSD)(pore), effective porosity (?(e)) of 24% and median pore size of 658 ?m with a standard deviation of 457 ?m. The PM mass separation across the entire particle size distribution (PSD)(PM) exceeds 80%; with complete separation for PM greater than 300 ?m and 50% separation for suspended PM. Turbidity is reduced (42-95%), and effluent is below 10 NTU in the first quartile of a loading period. Permeable pavement illustrates reductions in initial (clean-bed) hydraulic conductivity (k(0)) with loading time. For all PM loadings, k(0) (3.1 × 10(-1) mm/s) was reduced to 10(-4) mm/s for runoff loading durations from 100 to 250 h, respectively. Temporal hydraulic conductivity (k) follows exponential profiles. Maintenance by vacuuming and sonication illustrate that 96-99% of k(0) is recovered. Permeable pavement constitutive properties integrated with measured PM loads and a year of continuous rainfall-runoff simulation illustrate k reduction with historical loadings. Study results measure and model filtration and hydraulic conductivity phenomena as well as maintenance requirements of permeable pavement directly loaded by urban drainage. PMID:22123518

  6. Mechanistic modelling of weak interlayers in flexible and semi-flexible road pavements: Part 2

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    M, de Beer; J W, Maina; F, Netterberg.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper (Part 2 of a two-part set of papers) discusses models and illustrates the adverse effects of weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces in flexible and semi-flexible pavements, also incorporating lightly cemented layers. The modelling is based on mechanistic analyses for [...] pavement design and evaluation. In Part 1, the effects of these relatively weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces were discussed. It was shown that methodologies are available to detect and investigate the existence of these weak layers in cemented pavement layers. In Part 2, several cases of the above conditions for different road pavement types are discussed, with field examples. Mechanistic analyses were done on a typical hot mix asphalt (HMA), several cases of a cemented base pavement and a granular base pavement, with and without these weak layers and interface conditions to demonstrate their adverse effects. The analyses focus on the strain energy of distortion (SED) as a pavement response parameter to indicate the potential for structural damage expected within the pavement structure or layer. Generally, the higher the SED, the higher the potential damage in the pavement layer. SED shows some potential for quantifying the relative effects of these weak layers, interlayers, laminations and/or weak interfaces within flexible and semi-flexible pavements.

  7. Distress among young adults from divorced families.

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    Laumann-Billings, L; Emery, R E

    2000-12-01

    Researchers find that most children from divorced families function normally, but some clinicians assert that young people are disturbed even many years after a divorce. These accounts may be less discrepant than they appear, because research typically focuses on notably problematic behavior (disorder), whereas case studies emphasize more subtle inner turmoil (distress). In Study 1 college students reported painful feelings, beliefs, and memories about their parents divorce on a reliable new measure, but they also reported accepting the divorce and having few psychological symptoms. Distress about family life was greater among students from divorced than from married families. Study 2 replicated these findings in a community sample of young people from low-income divorced families. In both studies, greater distress was associated with children's residence, frequency of contact with fathers, interparental conflict, and psychological symptoms. PMID:11132488

  8. Application of CalME incremental-recursive method to the evaluation of the structural condition as asphalt pavements; Aplicacion del metodo recursivo-incremental CalME a la evaluacion del estado estructural de los pavimentos bituminosas

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    Mateos Moreno, A.; Perez Ayuso, J.; Cadavid Jauregui, B.; Marron Fernandez, J. O.

    2011-07-01

    CalME procedure represents one of the most advanced tools for the design, of flexible pavements world-wide. It is an incremental-recursive method, which means that pavements service life must be divided into many time intervals where both structural integrity and environmental conditions can be regarded as constants. It also means that the damage calculated at the end of each interval must be considered as initial condition for the next one. The goal of this type of models is the prediction of the evolution of the different distress mechanisms. The advantages of incremental-recursive procedures versus classical analytical design are shown in this paper. Advantages are shown not only in terms of design, but also as a tool in order to support structural evaluation. In particular, the potential of asphalt fatigue model incorporated in CalME is presented. this model is initially calibrated in the laboratory, and it is then re-calibrated based on the actual performance observed from field deflection testing. The model provides a reliable prediction of the future evolution of the damage of the asphalt mixture. Fatigue model validation has been conducted based on the performance from several flexible sections evaluated in CEDEX full-scale pavements test track. (Author) 14 refs.

  9. 47 CFR 80.319 - Radiotelegraph distress call and message transmission procedure.

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    2010-10-01

    ...false Radiotelegraph distress call and message transmission procedure. 80.319 ...319 Radiotelegraph distress call and message transmission procedure. (a...The distress call; (4) The distress message; (5) Two dashes of ten to...

  10. Development of a distress inventory for cancer: preliminary results.

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    Thomas B; Mohan V; Thomas I; Pandey M

    2002-01-01

    CONTEXT: Advances in cancer treatment have led to cure and prolongation of patients? lives; however associated psychosocial problems, including distress, can detrimentally affect patients? compliance with treatment and ultimately, their outcome. Symptom distress has been well addressed in many studies; however, psychological distress has only been quantified by using depression or anxiety scales/checklists or quality of life scales containing a distress sub scale/component or by...

  11. Parents’ Empathic Responses and Pain and Distress in Pediatric Patients

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    Penner, Louis A.; Cline, Rebecca J. W.; Terrance L. Albrecht; Harper, Felicity W. K.; Peterson, Amy M.; Taub, Jeffrey M.; Ruckdeschel, John C.

    2008-01-01

    We investigated the relationship between parents’ empathic responses prior to their children undergoing cancer treatment procedures and children’s pain/distress during the procedures. We hypothesized: (1) parents’ empathic distress would be positively associated with children’s pain/distress, (2) parents’ empathic concern would be negatively associated with children’s pain/distress; and (3) parents’ enduring dispositions and social support would be associated with their empathic responses. Pa...

  12. Distress Screening in Chronic Disease: Essential for Cancer Survivors

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    Petty, Lorie; Lester, Joanne

    2014-01-01

    Distress is a psychological state that is often observed in patients with chronic disease. Many cancers are considered chronic in nature, with patients experiencing long, disease-free states and intervals of metastatic disease. Distress can negatively affect the biopsychosocial balance in cancer survivors and impede their progress along the cancer trajectory. Distress can also affect medical and psychological outcomes and hinder advancement into long-term survivorship. Distress may contribute...

  13. Do anticipatory grief and preparedness affect distress in bereaved caregivers?

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    Nielsen, Mette Kjærgaard

    2014-01-01

    Objective Family caregivers of terminally ill patients are in a vulnerable position, and previous studies show that bereaved caregivers are at risk of psychological distress. Pre-loss grief symptoms seem to predict post-loss psychological distress, while preparedness for a looming loss tends to decrease distress. The aim of this nation-wide study was to investigate the association of both anticipatory grief symptoms and preparedness with psychological distress in bereaved family caregivers. Meth...

  14. Late Financial Distress Process Stages and Financial Ratios

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    Sormunen, Nina; Laitinen, Teija

    2012-01-01

    The present study adds to our understanding and knowledge of financial distress predictions regarding the usefulness of financial ratios in the late stages of the financial distress process. The study contributes to previous research by generating information concerning: (1) the behavior and usefulness of single financial ratios in short-term financial distress prediction when the effect of each different financial distress process stage is considered; (2) the effects of recognition of the finan...

  15. Characterising the Deformation Behaviour of Unbound Granular Materials in Pavement Structures

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    Rahman, Mohammad Shafiqur

    2015-01-01

    Unbound granular materials (UGMs) used in the base and sub-base layers of flexible pavements play a significant role in the overall performance of the structure. Proper understanding and characterization of the deformation behaviour of UGMs in pavement structures are, therefore, vital for the design and maintenance of flexible pavements. In this study, the resilient deformation (RD) and the permanent deformation (PD) behaviour of UGMs were investigated for the better understanding and improve...

  16. Socio-economic aspects of the Byzantine mosaic pavements of Phoenicia and northern Palestine

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    Merrony, Mark W.; Dr Claudine Dauphin, Dr Julian Raby

    2002-01-01

    ?The present thesis analyzes the Byzantine mosaic pavements of Phoenicia and Northern Palcatine from a socio-economic perspective, primarily by examining the laying of pavements including technical aspects and bedding, the quality of decoration, the distribution of pavements in time and space, as well as inscriptions which provide names of donors and artists as well as dates. The approach adopted represents a novel alternative and complement to typical interpretations of mosaic floor decorati...

  17. Negative Emotions and Behaviors are Markers of Breakup Distress

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    Field, Tiffany; Diego, Miguel; Pelaez, Martha; Deeds, Osvelia; Delgado, Jeanette

    2013-01-01

    Method: University students who experienced a recent romantic breakup were given several self-report measures and were then divided into high versus low breakup distress groups. Results: The high breakup distress versus the low breakup distress groups had higher scores on negative emotions scales including depression, anxiety and anger and…

  18. Emotional Distress in College Students: Faculty Guide for Referrals.

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    Western Carolina Univ., Cullowhee, NC. Counseling and Psychological Services.

    This guide presents advice for university faculty and professional staff members to help them understand and respond when students are in emotional distress. It includes a reference for signs of extreme stress and advice on how to intervene. Common causes of emotional distress are listed and warning signs of distress are given. Suggestions are…

  19. Predictors of Psychological Distress among Infertility Clinic Patients.

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    Morrow, Kelly A.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Investigated predictors of psychological distress among infertility clinic patients. Analyses indicated that infertile men and women reported greater psychological distress than the general population. Self-blame and avoidance coping significantly predicted psychological distress among men and women. Increased age and childlessness added to…

  20. Once Distressed, Jackson County Moves On.

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    Baldwin, Fred D.

    1998-01-01

    In 1981, Jackson County, North Carolina, appeared on the first list of "distressed counties" in Appalachia. Since then, the rural county has made significant improvements by investing in its physical infrastructure (which also promotes tourism); fostering economic-development partnerships among governments, small businesses, and local colleges;…

  1. Disordered Eating and Psychological Distress among Adults

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    Patrick, Julie Hicks; Stahl, Sarah T.; Sundaram, Murali

    2011-01-01

    The majority of our knowledge about eating disorders derives from adolescent and young adult samples; knowledge regarding disordered eating in middle and later adulthood is limited. We examined the associations among known predictors of eating disorders for younger adults in an age-diverse sample and within the context of psychological distress.…

  2. Happiness and Death Distress: Two Separate Factors

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    Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed M.

    2005-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to explore the relationship between happiness and death distress (death anxiety, death depression, and death obsession) in 275 volunteer Kuwaiti undergraduates. They responded to the Oxford Happiness Inventory, the Death Anxiety Scale, the Arabic Scale of Death Anxiety, the Death Depression Scale-Revised, and the…

  3. Interpersonal Relationships and Emotional Distress in Adolescence

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    Kenny, Rachel; Dooley, Barbara; Fitzgerald, Amanda

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine positive and negative qualities in adolescents' interpersonal relationships and their relative importance in predicting emotional distress. Participants were 260 students from three schools in the Dublin area (119 girls; 141 boys), aged 12-18 years (M = 15.32, SD = 1.91). Students completed questionnaires…

  4. Religion and Psychological Distress in Japan

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    Roemer, Michael K.

    2010-01-01

    This study introduces data from a new random sample of Japanese adults. Findings show that reporting of distress symptoms are: (1. positively associated with a religious coping index (i.e., beliefs that religion or supernatural beings provide comfort, support or protection), (2. associated in different directions with ownership of different…

  5. Innovative low noise surfaces : comparison of damping and absorption

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    Freitas, Elisabete F.; Rodrigues, Jos?? Dias; Rocha, Jorge de Ara??jo; Silva, Hugo Manuel Ribeiro Dias da

    2014-01-01

    While sound absorption is an acoustic related property reasonably well known and currently used to characterize low noise surfaces, damping is a property commonly used in other domains to define the energy dissipation of a material but rarely used to characterize this important mechanism in road pavements. This paper compares noise related properties such as damping and absorption of five road pavement surfaces. Two of which are innovative and therefore expected to be low noise since they hav...

  6. Banking distress in MENA countries and the role of mergers as a strategic policy to resolve distress

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    Sahut, Jean-Michel; Mili, Mehdi

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies banking distress in MENA countries and considers the extent to which mergers are used as a solution for resolving individual banking distress. We use a two-level nested logit model to model the interdependence between merger decisions and the distressed state of banks. Both bank-specific variables and macroeconomic variables are deployed to predict banking distress. In line with other recent papers, we challenge the view that specific bank indicators such as CAMEL category ...

  7. Design Methodologies of Asphalt Pavement Used in China and Mozambique

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    Jose Francisco Rufino Diogo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study discusses and compares Asphalt Concrete (AC pavement design methodologies used in China and Mozambique (based on South African Transportation and Communication Commission (SATCC methodologies. The SATCC design methodologies use California Bearing Ratio (CBR and catalogues methods. The South African catalogues are basically used for roads with traffic less than 30 million ESAs. The design catalogues method give small thickness than CBR and Chinese methods. The Chinese and the South African design methods give nearly the same thickness; this study concludes that these methods can be used in both countries; China and Mozambique. The results also show that the strong point of Chinese method is verifying the tensile stress and allowable displacement on the pavement calculated from computer program APDS.

  8. AN OPTIMAL MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR AIRPORT CONCRETE PAVEMENT

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    Shimomura, Taizo; Fujimori, Yuji; Kaito, Kiyoyuki; Obama, Kengo; Kobayashi, Kiyoshi

    In this paper, an optimal management model is formulated for the performance-based rehabilitation/maintenance contract for airport concrete pavement, whereby two types of life cycle cost risks, i.e., ground consolidation risk and concrete depreciation risk, are explicitly considered. The non-homogenous Markov chain model is formulated to represent the deterioration processes of concrete pavement which are conditional upon the ground consolidation processes. The optimal non-homogenous Markov decision model with multiple types of risk is presented to design the optimal rehabilitation/maintenance plans. And the methodology to revise the optimal rehabilitation/maintenance plans based upon the monitoring data by the Bayesian up-to-dating rules. The validity of the methodology presented in this paper is examined based upon the case studies carried out for the H airport.

  9. The impact of light-colored pavements on active layer dynamics revealed by Ground-Penetrating Radar monitoring

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    Jørgensen, Anders Stuhr; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has been used to study the variations in the depth of the frost table throughout a complete thaw-freeze season in Kangerlussuaq Airport, western Greenland. In autumn 2000, three test areas were painted white on the parking area of the airport in order to reduce further development of depressions in the asphalt pavement. One of these areas has been used in the GPR investigations to compare the variations of the frost table underneath a normal dark asphalt surface...

  10. The impact of light-colored pavements on active layer dynamics revealed by Ground-Penetrating Radar monitoring

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    Jørgensen, Anders Stuhr; Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) has been used to study the variations in the depth of the frost table throughout a complete thaw-freeze season in Kangerlussuaq Airport, western Greenland. In autumn 2000, three test areas were painted white on the parking area of the airport in order to reduce further development of depressions in the asphalt pavement. One of these areas has been used in the GPR investigations to compare the variations of the frost table underneath a normal dark asphalt surface to...

  11. Use of Recycled Aggregate and Fly Ash in Concrete Pavement

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    Myle N. James; Wonchang Choi; Taher Abu-Lebdeh

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: Recycled materials aggregate from the demolished concrete structures and fly ash from burning coal shows the possible application as structural and non structural components in concrete structures. This research aims to evaluate the feasibility of using concrete containing recycled concrete aggregate and fly ash in concrete pavement. Approach: Two water cement ratio (0.45 and 0.55) the compressive strength, modulus of electricity and flexural streng...

  12. Performance of waste tyre rubber on model flexible pavement

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    D. S. V. Prasad; G.V.R. Prasada Raju

    2009-01-01

    This paper investigates the performance of flexible pavement on expansive soil subgrade using gravel/flyash as subbase course with waste tyre rubber as a reinforcing material. It was observed that from the laboratory test results of direct shear and CBR, the gravel subbase shows better performance as compared to flyash subbase with different percentages of waste tyre rubber as reinforcing material. Cyclic load tests are also carried out in the laboratory by placing a circular metal plate on t...

  13. Combined permeable pavement and ground source heat pump systems

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    Grabowiecki, Piotr

    2010-01-01

    The PhD thesis focuses on the performance assessment of permeable pavement systems incorporating ground source heat pumps (GSHP). The relatively high variability of temperature in these systems allows for the survival of pathogenic organisms within the sub?base. Salmonella sp, Escherichia coli, Enterococci and total heterotrophic bacteria were analysed in order to assess potential risk to health. Supplementary carbon dioxide monitoring indicated relatively high microbial activity on the geote...

  14. DYNAMIC JOINT LOAD TRANSFER EFFICIENCY OF RIGID PAVEMENT

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    YU Xinhua

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available the mechanistic analysis presented in this paper is only the beginning of new approach for understanding the real joint load transfer capability on airport and highway concrete pavements. It gives up the two major assumptions those have been popularly adopted by hundreds of published papers: the load is transferred under a wheel with zero speed and with fixed position. The real load transfer in field is always under wheels with non-zero speed and with varied position at any moment. The objective of this study focuses on quantifying the dynamic effects of a moving wheel while it is crossing a joint on a pavement. The analysis is conducted using a model of two-slab system on Kelvin foundation under a moving wheel with variable speed v, different pavement damping Cs, foundation reaction modulus k and foundation damping Ck. The dynamic joint load transfer efficiency is temporarily and empirically defined by the peak strain ratio LTE(S on the two sides of a joint. The primary findings include: (1 The higher speed of a moving wheel leads to the higher LTE(S;(2 The larger the pavement damping Cs leads to the higher LTE(S;(3 The numerical ratio c(=LTE(Sdynamic/ LTE(Sstatic varies in the range 1 to 2 mainly depending on speed v and damping Cs;(4 The LTE(Sdynamic is not sensitive to foundation reaction modulus k and foundation damping Ck. Further researches are needed for appropriate applications of the new model in practice.

  15. Cytokinin signaling regulates pavement cell morphogenesis in Arabidopsis

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    Li H.; Xu T.; Lin D.; Wen M; Xie M; Duclercq J; Bielach A.; Kim J; Reddy GV; Zuo J.; Benkov\\xe1 E.; Friml J.; Guo H; Yang Z.

    2012-01-01

    The puzzle piece-shaped Arabidopsis leaf pavement cells (PCs) with interdigitated lobes and indents is a good model system to investigate the mechanisms that coordinate cell polarity and shape formation within a tissue. Auxin has been shown to coordinate the interdigitation by activating ROP GTPase-dependent signaling pathways. To identify additional components or mechanisms, we screened for mutants with abnormal PC morphogenesis and found that cytokinin signaling regulates the PC interdigita...

  16. Pavement wear and airborne dust pollution in Norway

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    Snilsberg, Brynhild

    2008-01-01

    In several large cities in Norway the traffic volume is high. The use of studded tires and other friction enhancing measures during winter leads to significant pavement wear, which in turn leads to an increase in the amount of airborne particulate matter, often exceeding the limits set in the ambient air regulation. This represents a nuisance or health risk for people being exposed to the pollution. According to regulations set by the European Union particulate matter is measured an...

  17. Identification and conversion of foundation parameters for airport pavement

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    Shang, Shiying; Wang, Shangwen

    1993-01-01

    The least squares method has been employed to fit measured and theoretical curves for the deflection of airport pavements, with the aim of identifying modulus of resilience E0 and of reaction K. Using these moduli results in errors generally no larger than 10 percent. A more accurate method of converting E0 into K and vice versa is proposed. The error is generally about 1 percent with maximum error not exceeding 2.7 percent.

  18. Road Performance of Fiber Reinforced Asphalt Concrete Bridge Deck Pavement

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    Xiu Liu; Zhaojie Sun; Decheng Feng; Yixiang Cao

    2013-01-01

    As the problem of asphalt concrete bridge deck pavement is becoming more and more serious, how to improve its road performance has become the focus of the study. Considering fiber is widely used in road engineering, wheel tracking test, flexural test, immersion marshall test and freeze-thaw splitting test were carried out to study road performance of asphalt mixture with different fiber contents, analyzing the function mechanism of fiber reinforced asphalt ...

  19. Recommendations for the repair, the lining or the strengthening of concrete slabs or pavements with bonded cement-based material overlays

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    Courard, Luc; Bissonnette, Benoît; Beushausen, Hans; Fowler, David; Trevino, Manuel; Alex, Vaysburd; Johan, Silfwerbrand

    2013-01-01

    The recommendations presented in this publication are inspired by the State of the Art Report edited by the RILEM technical committee TC 193 RLS Bonded cement-based material overlays for the repair, the lining or the strengthening of slabs and pavements. The objective is to lay out all the practical aspects to be considered in the design of concrete overlays: bonded concrete overlay process, assessment of the existing structure, surface preparation, overlay materials, design methods, construc...

  20. Reliability-based performance simulation for optimized pavement maintenance

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    Chou, Jui-Sheng, E-mail: jschou@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), 43 Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Le, Thanh-Son [Department of Construction Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), 43 Sec. 4, Keelung Rd., Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2011-10-15

    Roadway pavement maintenance is essential for driver safety and highway infrastructure efficiency. However, regular preventive maintenance and rehabilitation (M and R) activities are extremely costly. Unfortunately, the funds available for the M and R of highway pavement are often given lower priority compared to other national development policies, therefore, available funds must be allocated wisely. Maintenance strategies are typically implemented by optimizing only the cost whilst the reliability of facility performance is neglected. This study proposes a novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) technique to evaluate the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy based on non-dominant solutions. Moreover, a probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. A numerical example of a highway pavement project is illustrated to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed MOPSO algorithms. The analytical results show that the proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans. - Highlights: > A novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization technique. > Evaluation of the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy. > A probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. > The proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans.

  1. Patología de pavimentos articulados / Pathology of interlocking pavements

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    Carlos Hernando, Higuera Sandoval; Óscar Fabián, Pacheco Merchán.

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de un proyecto de grado sobre patología de pavimentos articulados, el cual fue elaborado con el propósito de hacer una recolección de los deterioros típicos de los pavimentos articulados construidos con adoquines de concreto o de ladrillo; y de esta forma, elabo [...] rar un catálogo de deterioros para este tipo de estructuras que facilitará la identificación y cuantificación de los deterioros en una inspección visual. El segundo propósito de este proyecto, es la formulación para Colombia de una metodología que permita determinar el Índice de Condición de las estructuras de pavimentos articulados. Abstract in english This article presents the results of a thesis on pathology of interlocking pavements, which objective was to make a compilation of typical damages of interlocking pavements constructed with concrete or brick pavers and, in this way, to elaborate a catalogue of damages for this kind of structures whi [...] ch will make the identification and quantification of deteriorations possible in a visual inspection. The second purpose of this project is the formulation of a methodology which allows determining the Index of pavement conditions for Colombia.

  2. EVALUATION OF TIRE RUBBER DISPOSAL IN CONCRETE FOR PAVEMENTS

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    Rosa Cristina Cecche Lintz

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The production of waste by the tire industry has been a growing problem, indicating the need for its reuse. More than thirty million tires are discharged per year in Brazil, where regulation for the environment states that for each four new tires, five unusable ones must be adequately disposed by manufacturers and importers. Paving consumes an extremely large quantity of materials, which can be the source of rational application of waste and rejected materials. Research shows that tire rubber can be added to asphalt, which increases its durability and improves pavement quality and safety conditions by absorbing the rubber elastic properties, and also be used for architectural applications, among others. This study deals with the addition of rubber fibers from tire crushing in concrete for roadway pavements in order to provide proper indication about the alternative material disposal through an evaluation of the mechanical behavior of the modified concrete. Different concrete mixes were produced, within which, part of fine aggregates were substituted by tire rubber and mechanical experiment tests were performed, which show that, due to great resistance losses, the disposal of this alternative material in concrete should be considered for light traffic pavements, with the addition of rubber ranging up to 10% in mass.

  3. Reliability-based performance simulation for optimized pavement maintenance

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    Roadway pavement maintenance is essential for driver safety and highway infrastructure efficiency. However, regular preventive maintenance and rehabilitation (M and R) activities are extremely costly. Unfortunately, the funds available for the M and R of highway pavement are often given lower priority compared to other national development policies, therefore, available funds must be allocated wisely. Maintenance strategies are typically implemented by optimizing only the cost whilst the reliability of facility performance is neglected. This study proposes a novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization (MOPSO) technique to evaluate the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy based on non-dominant solutions. Moreover, a probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. A numerical example of a highway pavement project is illustrated to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed MOPSO algorithms. The analytical results show that the proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans. - Highlights: ?A novel algorithm using multi-objective particle swarm optimization technique. ? Evaluation of the cost-reliability tradeoff in a flexible maintenance strategy. ? A probabilistic model for regression parameters is employed to assess reliability-based performance. ? The proposed approach can help decision makers to optimize roadway maintenance plans.

  4. Patología de pavimentos articulados Pathology of interlocking pavements

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    Carlos Hernando Higuera Sandoval

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de un proyecto de grado sobre patología de pavimentos articulados, el cual fue elaborado con el propósito de hacer una recolección de los deterioros típicos de los pavimentos articulados construidos con adoquines de concreto o de ladrillo; y de esta forma, elaborar un catálogo de deterioros para este tipo de estructuras que facilitará la identificación y cuantificación de los deterioros en una inspección visual. El segundo propósito de este proyecto, es la formulación para Colombia de una metodología que permita determinar el Índice de Condición de las estructuras de pavimentos articulados.This article presents the results of a thesis on pathology of interlocking pavements, which objective was to make a compilation of typical damages of interlocking pavements constructed with concrete or brick pavers and, in this way, to elaborate a catalogue of damages for this kind of structures which will make the identification and quantification of deteriorations possible in a visual inspection. The second purpose of this project is the formulation of a methodology which allows determining the Index of pavement conditions for Colombia.

  5. GPR used in combination with other NDT methods for assessing pavements in PPP projects

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    Loizos, Andreas; Plati, Christina

    2014-05-01

    In the recent decades, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) has been adopted for highway infrastructure procurement in many countries. PPP projects typically take the form of a section of highway and connecting roadways which are to be construction and managed for a given concession period. Over the course of the highway concession period, the private agency takes over the pavement maintenance and rehabilitation duties. On this purpose, it is critical to find the most cost effective way to maintain the infrastructure in compliance with the agreed upon performance measures and a Pavement Management Systems (PMS) is critical to the success of this process. For the prosperous operation of a PMS it is necessary to have appropriate procedures for pavement monitoring and evaluation, which is important in many areas of pavement engineering. Non Destructive Testing (NDT) has played a major role in pavement condition monitoring, assessments and evaluation accomplishing continuous and quick collection of pavement data. The analysis of this data can lead to indicators related to trigger values (criteria) that define the pavement condition based on which the pavement "health" is perceived helping decide whether there is the need or not to intervene in the pavement. The accomplished perception appoints required management activities for preserving pavements in favor not only of the involved highway/road agencies but also of users' service. Amongst NDT methods Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) seems to be a very powerful toll, as it provides a range of condition and construction pavement information. It can support effectively the implementation of PMS activities in the framework of pavement monitoring and evaluation. Given that, the present work aims to the development and adaptation of a protocol for the use of GPR in combination with other NDT methods, such as Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD), for assessing pavements in PPP projects. It is based on the experience of Laboratory of Pavement Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) gained through its research activities in various Greek PPP projects as well its involvement in several related European and International scientific actions. It is suggested that the implementation of such protocol could support the pavement management activities with respect to the needs of a PPP project. This is accomplished through the resulted advantages that include simplicity in application, economic benefits and familiarity that are very important factors towards the optimization of the resources and the utilization of the available information; both of them are required for the orderly operation of a PPP project. Acknowledgments: This work benefited from networking activities carried out within the EU funded COST Action TU1208 "Civil Engineering Applications of Ground Penetrating Radar."

  6. An analysis of pavement heat flux to optimize the water efficiency of a pavement-watering method

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    Hendel, Martin; Colombert, Morgane; Diab, Youssef; Royon, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Pavement-watering as a technique of cooling dense urban areas and reducing the urban heat island effect has been studied since the 1990's. The method is currently considered as a potential tool for and climate change adaptation against increasing heat wave intensity and frequency. However, although water consumption necessary to implement this technique is an important aspect for decision makers, optimization of possible watering methods has only rarely been conducted. We propose an analysis ...

  7. Mental distress: Strategies of sense-making

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    Cardano, Mario

    2010-01-01

    The irruption of severe mental distress into the life of an individual determines a deep biographical disruption. To cope with this crisis, individuals are involved in a laborious sense-making activity, through the composition of narratives intended to create a new link between past, present and future. This essay analyses the sense-making strategies that follow this dramatic experience through the comparison of four illness narratives composed by Italian participants. The narr...

  8. Negotiating with Labor under Financial Distress

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    Benmelech, Efraim; Bergman, Nittai; Enriquez, Ricardo J.

    2012-01-01

    We analyze how firms renegotiate labor contracts to extract concessions from labor. While anecdotal evidence suggests that firms tend to renegotiate wages downward in times of financial distress, there is no empirical evidence that documents such renegotiation, its determinants, and its magnitude. This article attempts to fill this gap. Using a unique data set of airlines, which includes detailed information on wages and pension plans, we document an empirical link between airline financial d...

  9. Effects of reclaimed asphalt pavement on indirect tensile strength test of conditioned foamed asphalt mix

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    This paper presents the results of Indirect Tensile Strength (ITS) Test for samples prepared with reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Samples were conditioned in water at 25°C for 24 hours prior to testing. Results show that recycled aggregate from reclaimed asphalt pavement performs as well as virgin aggregate.

  10. Implementation of interactive Web-based training tools in pavement engineering

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    Steyn, Wynand J.vdM.

    2010-01-01

    Pavement Interactive, an online pavement community built on an open-source wiki platform, is a novel and possible approach to giving distance training to South African and southern African roads professionals in various aspects of road construction, maintenance and management.

  11. The career distress scale: Using Rasch measurement theory to evaluate a brief measure of career distress

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    Creed, Peter; Hood, Michelle

    2015-01-01

    Career distress is a common and painful outcome of many negative career experiences, such as career indecision, career compromise, and discovering career barriers. However, there are very few scales devised to assess career distress, and the two existing scales identified have psychometric weaknesses. The absence of a practical, validated scale to assess this construct restricts research related to career distress and limits practitioners who need to assess and treat it. Using a sample of 226 young adults (mean age 20.5 years), we employed item response theory to assess 12 existing career distress items for model fit, item bias, location dependency, dimensionality, reliability, suitability of response options, and construct validity. Three of the 12 items examined were removed from consideration as they did not fit the Rasch model or were not invariant across groups. The remaining 9 items, which we combined into a scale labelled the Career Distress Scale, demonstrated excellent psychometric properties, meaning that both researchers and practitioners can use it with confidence, although continued validation is required, including testing its relationship to other nomological net variables, testing predictive validity, and assessing test-retest reliability.

  12. Psychosocial distress and periodontitis in adolescents

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    Lopez, Rodrigo; Ramírez, Valeria

    2012-01-01

    Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease associated with predominantly gram negative biofilms and characterized by the progressive destruction of the supporting tissues of the teeth. Some studies conducted among adults have found a significant association between periodontitis and dimensions of psychosocial distress and it is unclear whether this association can be found among younger subjects in which destruction of periodontal tissues as a result of periodontitis are less severe. Purpose: The main aim of this study was to assess whether adolescents with periodontitis presented with higher scores for non-psychotic psychosocial disorders than control subjects without periodontitis. Materials and Methods: We used a case control study (n=160) nested in a well-defined adolescent population (n=9,163) and the 28-item Spanish version of the General Health Questionnaire. The inclusion criterion for being a case was clinical attachment level ? 3 mm in at least two teeth. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used to assess the association between periodontitis and psychosocial distress. Results: The response rate was high and 94% of the participants answered all the items of the questionnaire. Similarly, the internal consistency of the instrument was high (Cronbach’s ? = 0.91). The results of multiple logistic regression analyses, adjusted for age and gender, suggested an association between case status and higher total scoring for psychosocial distress (OR=1.69). Among the four subdomains of General Health Questionnaire, the dimensions ‘somatic symptoms’ and ‘severe depression’ appeared positively associated with periodontal case status though not significantly.

  13. Impact of the variation in dynamic vehicle load on flexible pavement responses

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    The purpose of this research was to evaluate the dynamic variation in asphalt pavement critical responses due to dynamic tire load variations. An attempt was also made to develop generalized regression equations to predict the dynamic response variation in flexible pavement under various dynamic load conditions. The study used an extensive database of computed pavement response histories for five different types of sites (smooth, rough, medium rough, very rough and severely rough), two different asphalt pavement structures (thin and thick) at two temperatures (70 °F and 104 °F), subjected to a tandem axle dual tire at three speeds 25, 37 and 50 mph (40, 60 and 80 km/h). All pavement responses were determined using the 3D-Move Analysis program (Version 1.2) developed by University of Nevada, Reno. A new term called Dynamic Response Coefficient (DRC) was introduced in this study to address the variation in critical pavement responses due to dynamic loads as traditionally measured by the Dynamic Load Coefficient (DLC). While DLC represents the additional varying component of the tire load, DRC represents the additional varying component of the response value (standard deviation divided by mean response). In this study, DRC was compared with DLC for five different sites based on the roughness condition of the sites. Previous studies showed that DLC varies with vehicle speed and suspension types, and assumes a constant value for the whole pavement structure (lateral and vertical directions). On the other hand, in this study, DRC was found to be significantly varied with the asphalt pavement and function of pavement structure, road roughness conditions, temperatures, vehicle speeds, suspension types, and locations of the point of interest in the pavement. A major contribution of the study is that the variation of pavement responses due to dynamic load in a flexible pavement system can be predicted with generalized regression equations. Fitting parameters (R2) in the rage of 0.60 to 0.87 were observed the DRC predictive equations. In addition, verification of those generalized equations was evaluated using different sets of asphalt pavement structures and pavement materials. The differences between calculated and predicted values were found to be within +/-20% for the maximum tensile strain and +/-30% for the maximum compressive strain in the asphalt layer.

  14. Use of Ground Penetrating Radar at the FAA's National Airport Pavement Test Facility

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    Injun, Song

    2015-04-01

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States has used a ground-coupled Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) at the National Airport Pavement Test Facility (NAPTF) since 2005. One of the primary objectives of the testing at the facility is to provide full-scale pavement response and failure information for use in airplane landing gear design and configuration studies. During the traffic testing at the facility, a GSSI GPR system was used to develop new procedures for monitoring Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavement density changes that is directly related to pavement failure. After reviewing current setups for data acquisition software and procedures for identifying different pavement layers, dielectric constant and pavement thickness were selected as dominant parameters controlling HMA properties provided by GPR. A new methodology showing HMA density changes in terms of dielectric constant variations, called dielectric sweep test, was developed and applied in full-scale pavement test. The dielectric constant changes were successfully monitored with increasing airplane traffic numbers. The changes were compared to pavement performance data (permanent deformation). The measured dielectric constants based on the known HMA thicknesses were also compared with computed dielectric constants using an equation from ASTM D4748-98 Standard Test Method for Determining the Thickness of Bound Pavement Layers Using Short-Pulse Radar. Six inches diameter cylindrical cores were taken after construction and traffic testing for the HMA layer bulk specific gravity. The measured bulk specific gravity was also compared to monitor HMA density changes caused by aircraft traffic conditions. Additionally this presentation will review the applications of the FAA's ground-coupled GPR on embedded rebar identification in concrete pavement, sewer pipes in soil, and gage identifications in 3D plots.

  15. Psychological and physical distress of cancer patients during radiotherapy

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    2001-01-01

    Purpose: patients undergoing radiotherapy have physical and psychological symptoms related to the underlying disease and the treatment. In order to give the best possible support to the patients, more knowledge about the amount and the changing of distress in the course of radiotherapy is of essentially importance. Methods: The distress was measured in a consecutive sample of cancer patients (n=82) undergoing radiotherapy. Each patient was given the EORTC-QLQ-C30, the HADS and a special questionnaire which ascertain radiotherapy-specific items before starting the radiotherapy, at the onset of radiotherapy, in the third week of radiotherapy and 3 weeks after the end of radiotherapy. Results: within the first week of treatment the psychological distress of the patients is increasing; 98.8 % of the patients are 'moderate distressed', 46 % 'severe distressed'. General physical symptoms seem not to be affected by the radiotherapy, there is no changing. The distress caused by the organization of the radiotherapy is...

  16. Assessment of Distress Associated to Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents

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    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to study the distress associated to psychopathology in children and adolescents. The sample included 330 children aged 8 to 17 years attending outpatient mental health services of the public network in Barcelona(Spain assessed using a structured diagnostic interview. A substantial part of children brought to treatment suffered distress associated to internalizing and externalizing psychological symptoms. Psychological distress was most frequent among girls and among adolescents, and was more frequently reported by children and adolescents than by their parents. It was also a marker of perception of need of psychological help, and it was significantly related to diagnosis, subthreshold conditions and functional impairment. Individual symptoms of depression, dysthymia, generalized anxiety disorder and oppositional defiant disorder were most associated with psychological distress. Given the potential importance of subjective distress as well as impairment for the identification and definition of psychopathology and planning of treatment, diagnostic assessment should include questions related to distress.

  17. Hydrological consequences of soil surface type and condition

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    Solé-Benet, Albert

    2010-01-01

    Extensive semi-arid areas over mica schist in SE Spain have soils with a sandy loam texture, a poorly developed structure, a relatively high infiltrability and a quite high saturated hydraulic conductivity. Under non-tillage land use, a stony pavements armours the soil surface and is responsible for high infiltration, low runoff and almost negligible erosion. However, when this stony pavement is absent, and no plant cover is present, i.e. in tilled soils, this soil is very vuln...

  18. Disentangling Depression and Distress Networks in the Tinnitus Brain

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    Joos, Kathleen; Vanneste, Sven; Ridder, Dirk

    2012-01-01

    Tinnitus is the continuous perception of an internal auditory stimulus. This permanent sound often affects a person's emotional state inducing distress and depressive feelings changes in 6–25% of the affected population. Distress and depression are two distinct emotional states. Whereas distress describes a transient aversive state, interfering with a person's ability to adequately adapt to stressors, depressive feelings should rather be considered as a more constant emotional state. Based on...

  19. Partner relationship satisfaction and maternal emotional distress in early pregnancy

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    Eberhard-Gran Malin; Slinning Kari; Røsand Gun-Mette B; Røysamb Espen; Tambs Kristian

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Recognition of maternal emotional distress during pregnancy and the identification of risk factors for this distress are of considerable clinical- and public health importance. The mental health of the mother is important both for herself, and for the physical and psychological health of her children and the welfare of the family. The first aim of the present study was to identify risk factors for maternal emotional distress during pregnancy with special focus on partner r...

  20. Perception of Financial distress and Customers’ Attitude toward Banking

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    Sunday Samson Babalola

    2009-01-01

    This study examined the influence of perceived financial distress and customers’ attitude towards banking in Nigeria. Two hundred and one bank customers made up of 144 males and 57 females drawn from 27 banks in Lagos participated in the study. The result of the study showed that perceived financial distress and bank account customer had significant main effect on attitude towards banking. The study concluded that perceived financial distress has significant negative influence on attitude tow...

  1. Resolving financial distress in the Netherlands, a case study approach

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    COUWENBERG, Oscar

    1997-01-01

    In this thesis four firms in financial distress have been studied. The methods the Dutch Bankruptcy System offers to firms to resolve their financial problemns have been described, and theories addressing the efficiency of rules and behavior of participants in firms in financial distress have been discussed. These theoretical ideas have been contrasted with the actual behavior of the participants with the four firms in financial distress. In this chapter the aswwers to the research questions ...

  2. Financial Distress and Idiosyncratic Volatility:An Empirical Investigation

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    Chen, Jing; Chollete, Lorán

    2006-01-01

    We address the twin puzzles of anomalously low returns for high idiosyncratic volatility and high distress risk stocks, documented by Ang, Hodrick, Xing and Zhang (2006) and Campbell, Hilscher and Szilagyi (2005), respectively. We accomplish two objectives in this study. First, we investigate the link between idiosyncratic volatility and distress risk and find that the idiosyncratic volatility effect exists only conditionally on high distress risk. Second, using a corrected single-beta CAPM m...

  3. Financial distress, stock returns, and the 1978 Bankruptcy Reform Act

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    Hackbarth, Dirk; Haselmann, Rainer; Schoenherr, David

    2014-01-01

    We study the effect of weakening creditor rights on distress risk premia via a bankruptcy reform that shifts bargaining power in financial distress toward shareholders. We find that the reform reduces risk factor loadings and returns of distressed stocks. The effect is stronger for firms with lower firm-level shareholder bargaining power. An increase in credit spreads of riskier relative to safer firms, in particular for firms with lower firm-level shareholder bargaining power, confirms a shi...

  4. Distress, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

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    Thomas Bejoy C; Devi Nandkumar; Sarita Gangadharan P; Pandey Manoj; Hussain Badridien M; Krishnan Rita

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Chemotherapy for cancer is an intense and cyclic treatment associated with number of side-effects. The present study evaluated the effect of chemotherapy on distress, anxiety and depression. Patients and methods A total of 117 patients were evaluated by using distress inventory for cancer (DIC2) and hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS). Majority of the patients were taking chemotherapy for solid tumors (52; 44.4%). Results The mean distress score was 24, 18 (15.38%...

  5. Epidemiologia do distress psicológico: estudo transversal de base populacional

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    Sparrenberger Felipe; Santos Iná dos; Lima Rosângela da Costa

    2003-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência e a distribuição de distress na esfera psicológica na população urbana adulta. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas 3.942 pessoas maiores de 20 anos, do município de Pelotas, RS. Distress foi definido por meio de um indicador de bem-estar, a Escala de Faces, e através da autopercepção de nervosismo. O teste do qui-quadrado foi usado para testar associação com características sociodemográficas. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de distress psicológico foi de 14% quando se utiliz...

  6. Framing the Issues: Moral Distress in Health Care

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    Pauly, Bernadette M.; Varcoe, Colleen; Storch, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Moral distress in health care has been identified as a growing concern and a focus of research in nursing and health care for almost three decades. Researchers and theorists have argued that moral distress has both short and long-term consequences. Moral distress has implications for satisfaction, recruitment and retention of health care providers and implications for the delivery of safe and competent quality patient care. In over a decade of research on ethical practice, registered nurses a...

  7. Financial Distress Prediction in Emerging Market: Empirical Evidences from Iran

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    Mahdi Salehi; Bizhan Abedini

    2009-01-01

    In this article the ability of financial ratios for prediction of financial distress of the listed companies in Tehran Stock Exchange (TES) was investigated. For this reason, the multiple regression models were used and a model was presented for prediction of financial distress in listed companies in TES. The assessment of the model was done by utilizing the data of two groups. The first group contained 30 companies which don't have any financial distress, and the second group, similarly, con...

  8. Psychological distress in morbid obesity in relation to weight history

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    PETRONI, MARIA LETIZIA; VILLANOVA, NICOLA; AVAGNINA, SEBASTIANO; FUSCO, MARIA ANTONIA; FATATI, GIUSEPPE; Compare, Angelo; MARCHESINI, GIULIO

    2007-01-01

    Background: Very few data are available on psychological distress in morbidly obese subjects in relation to the history of their weight. In subjects with childhood obesity, psychological distress might be better than in adult-onset obesity, because of progressive adaptation to the social stigma. Methods: Psychological distress was tested in relation to BMI at age 20 years (BMI-20), weight history and somatic co-morbidities in 632 treatment-seeking, morbidly obese participants from the QUOV...

  9. Distress tolerance in social versus solitary college student drinkers.

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    Williams, Catherine L; Vik, Peter W; Wong, Maria M

    2015-11-01

    Low distress tolerance has been an inconsistent predictor of alcohol-related consequences in college students, but its relationships to depression and coping motives for alcohol have received stronger support. Research on college students who drink heavily in isolation suggests that this population is more likely to have a greater number and severity of alcohol-related problems, depression, and coping motives. Solitary heavy drinkers were therefore hypothesized to have lower distress tolerance than other drinkers. This study examined differences in self-reported and behavioral distress tolerance across two groups of university students: those who endorsed heavy solitary drinking (20.1%) versus those who endorsed other types of drinking. Students completed a self-report measure (Distress Intolerance Self-Report, or DISR) and behavioral measure of distress tolerance (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test, or PASAT). Students who reported drinking heavily in isolation differed from other students on the DISR, F(1, 132) = 4.645, p = .033, ?(2) = .034, but not on the PASAT, F(1, 132) = 0.056, p = .813. These students also endorsed more coping motives for alcohol. Distress tolerance did not predict drinking consequences directly, yet a mediation model linking distress tolerance to consequences through coping motives supports previous findings of distress tolerance as a distal, indirect predictor of drinking problems. The unique characteristics of solitary binge drinkers and the significance of distress tolerance as an indirect predictor of alcohol-related consequences are discussed. PMID:26114980

  10. Accuracy of the Danish version of the 'distress thermometer'

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    Bidstrup, Pernille Envold; Mertz, Birgitte Goldschmidt

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Short screening instruments have been suggested to improve the detection of psychological symptoms. We examined the accuracy of the Danish version of the 'Distress Thermometer'. Methods: Between October 2008 and October 2009, 426 women with newly diagnosed primary breast cancer who were operated at the Breast Surgery Clinic of the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, were eligible for this study. Of these, 357 participated (84%) and 333 completed a questionnaire. The distress thermometer was evaluated against the 'hospital anxiety and depression scale' (HADS). We also examined the women's wish for referral for psychological support. Results: A cut-off score of 6 vs 7 (low:?6, high:?7) on the distress thermometer was optimal for confirming distress, with a sensitivity of 42%, a specificity of 93%, a positive predictive value (PPV) of 78% and a negative predictive value (NPV) of 73%. A cut-off score of 2 vs 3 was optimal for screening, with a sensitivity of 99%, a specificity of 36%, a PPV of 47% and a NPV of99%. Of those who were distressed using the cut-off score of 2 vs 3 on the distress thermometer, 17% (n = 41) wished to be referred for psychological support and 57% (n = 140) potentially wanted a later referral. Conclusion: The distress thermometer performed satisfactorily relative to the HADS in detecting distress in our study. A screening procedure in which application of the distress thermometer is a first step could be useful for identifying persons in need of support. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  11. Development of a distress inventory for cancer: preliminary results.

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    Thomas B

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Advances in cancer treatment have led to cure and prolongation of patients? lives; however associated psychosocial problems, including distress, can detrimentally affect patients? compliance with treatment and ultimately, their outcome. Symptom distress has been well addressed in many studies; however, psychological distress has only been quantified by using depression or anxiety scales/checklists or quality of life scales containing a distress sub scale/component or by the use of scales that are not psychological distress-specific. AIMS: The present study is an attempt to construct a psychological distress inventory for specific use with cancer patients. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: The standardisation sample consisted of 63 randomly selected patients with head and neck cancer who had undergone/ were undergoing curative treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Distress Inventory for Cancer contained 57 positively and negatively toned items. An item analysis was conducted, followed by a factor analysis, thereby identifying the domains influencing distress. RESULTS: The final questionnaire contained 26 items subdivided into four domains viz. the personal, spiritual, physical, and the family domains, with each domain providing a sub score. The reliability coefficient (Cronbach?s alpha of the scale was found to be 0.85. CONCLUSIONS: These are the preliminary results of an ongoing study on global distress and tool development process. Reported here is the first step towards development of such tool.

  12. Confronting moral distress in Nursing: recognizing nurses as moral agents

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    Franco A. Carnevale

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The concept of moral distress has brought forth a substantively different way of understanding some of the difficulties confronted by nurses in their practice. This concept highlights that nurses' distress can be an indication of nurses' conscientious moral engagement with their professional practice that has confronted practices or an environment that impedes them from acting according to their own ethical standards. Moral distress can be an indicator of problems in nurses' practice environments. This concept is described and related to moral agency in nursing practice. Selected research on moral distress is reviewed, followed by a discussion of recommendations for addressing this problem.

  13. Escurrimiento en pavimentos de bloques de suelo-cemento: un abordaje experimental / Runoff on Pavements of Soil-Cement Blocks - an Experimental Boarding

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    Jorge Luis, Zegarra-Tarqui; Jeferson, Santos-De Brito; Miriam, De Fátima-Carvalho.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available El artículo evalúa la reducción del escurrimiento superficial en pavimentos construidos con bloques rectangulares de suelo-cemento. Los ensayos fueron realizados en un pavimento piloto con bloques de suelo-cemento, asentados en una caja metálica de 50 cm × 50 cm (área = 2500 cm²), con pendientes de [...] 1, 3 y 5%. Se utilizaron intensidades medias de 76.9 mm/h y 117.7 mm/h, valores próximos a las intensidades calculadas por la curva intensidad-duración-frecuencia (i-d-f) de la ciudad del Salvador, Brasil, para tiempo de retorno de 2 y 5 años, respectivamente. El coeficiente de escurrimiento medio fue C = 0.61, este valor es cercano al coeficiente de pavimento con bloques rectangulares (C = 0.6) y es inferior al valor del coeficiente de pavimento de bloque de concreto (C = 0.78). Por otro lado, si consideramos que las áreas mayores que 2500 cm² son compuestas por el acoplamiento de unidades de área de 50 × 50 centímetros, entonces, las pérdidas por salpicamiento forman parte del escurrimiento superficial, obteniendo el coeficiente Csuperficial+salpicamiento, el cual presentó valores en la faja de 0.74 a 0.89; estos valores se encuentran cerca del coeficiente de pavimento de bloque de cemento (C = 0.78) y son inferiores al de pavimento de concreto (C = 0.95), pero considerando factores como tiempo de desplazamiento del escurrimiento sobre la superficie, depresiones en la superficie, evaporación y rugosidad del pavimento, entre otros, este valor debe disminuir. Entonces, el pavimento de bloques de suelo-cemento puede considerarse dentro de la categoría de semipermeable para las dimensiones de área utilizadas. Abstract in english The article evaluates the reduction of runoff in pavements constructed with rectangular blocks of soil-cement. The tests were conducted in a pilot pavement built with soil-cement blocks, seated in a metal box of 50 cm × 50 cm (area = 2500 cm²), with declivities of 1%, 3% and 5%. Mean intensities of [...] 76.9 mm / I 117.7 mm / h were used, values close to the intensities calculated by intensity-frequency-duration (i-f-d) equation of the city of Salvador, Brazil, for return periods of 2 and 5 years, respectively. The medium runoff coefficient was C = 0.61, this value is close to the coefficient of pavement with rectangular blocks (C = 0.6) and it has a lower value than the coefficient for concrete block pavement (C = 0.78). On the other hand, considering that areas with more than 2500 cm² are constituted by coupling of area units of 50 cm × 50 cm, the splash losses are part of the runoff, obtaining the coefficient Csuperficial + splashing, which showed values in the 0.74 to 0.89 range, these values were found close to the coefficient of concrete block pavement (C = 0.78) and below the concrete pavement (C = 0.95), respectively, but factors such as displacement time of runoff on surface, depressions on the surface, roughness of pavement, evaporation and others, should reduce this value. Then, the pavement of soil-cement blocks can be considered in the category of semi-permeable for the area size used.

  14. A Statistical Analysis to Predict Financial Distress

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    Nicolas Emanuel Monti; Roberto Mariano Garcia

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study is to apply the statistical inference to identify if a firm is likely to become financially distressed in the short term. To do this, we decided to collect data from the firms’ financial statements. The analyses performed were based on a group of 45 financial ratios observed from a sample of 86 firms operating in Argentina. First, we used the principal component analysis to turn the information in the 45 original ratios into two new global variables named as ?Risk and ?R...

  15. The Undervaluation of Distressed Company's Equity

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    Schmidt, Frederik

    2009-01-01

    In a simple firm value model we consider the impact of the insolvency probability on the valuation of equity and debt, which are assumed to be not publicly traded. For the case of a distressed company, which usually has high debt and low equity, we can show that the impact becomes increasingly important. Disregarding this yields an overvaluation of debt and an undervaluation of equity. We calculate the sensitivity of equity with regard to debt, which is isomorphic to the sensitivity of a c...

  16. Acute respiratory distress caused by Neosartorya udagawae

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    John J. Farrell

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We describe the first reported case of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS attributed to Neosartorya udagawae infection. This mold grew rapidly in cultures of multiple respiratory specimens from a previously healthy 43-year-old woman. Neosartorya spp. are a recently recognized cause of invasive disease in immunocompromised patients that can be mistaken for their sexual teleomorph, Aspergillus fumigatus. Because the cultures were sterile, phenotypic identification was not possible. DNA sequencing of ITS, calmodulin and ?-tubulin genes supported identification of Neosartorya udagawae. Our case is the first report of ARDS associated with Neosartorya sp. infection and defines a new clinical entity.

  17. Thickness and air voids measurement on asphalt concrete pavements using ground-penetrating radar

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    Dhakal, Sharad Raj

    Layer thickness and air voids are important parameters in quality assurance of newly paved hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavements. A non-destructive testing (NDT) technique was used to collect layer thickness information. The thicknesses estimated by the technique were compared with core thicknesses. Ground penetrating radar (GPR) system with air coupled antennas was used for on-site pavement data collection. Two application softwares - RADAN and ROAD DOCTOR - were used to process the field data for estimating layer thicknesses and air voids along the scanned pavements. 150 mm diameter cores taken from random locations on the pavements were tested in the laboratory to determine layer thickness and air voids. Statistical analyses were conducted to compare thicknesses and generate a regression equation relating air voids and dielectric constant of the pavement material. No significant differences were found between thickness estimates from RADAN and ROAD DOCTOR softwares when compared to the core measurements. However, RADAN and ROAD DOCTOR results are marginally significantly different from each other. ROAD DOCTOR software was used to generate air voids for the pavements scanned. Laboratory results from cores were utilized to determine calibration factors for the air voids -- dielectric equation. A relationship between air voids and dielectric constant is presented. It is concluded that GPR system with air coupled antennas used alongside a reduced core testing has a potential for quality control of newly paved hot mixed asphalt pavements.

  18. Distress in Spouses of Service Members with Symptoms of Combat-Related PTSD: Secondary Traumatic Stress or General Psychological Distress?

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    Renshaw, Keith D.; Allen, Elizabeth S.; Rhoades, Galena K.; Blais, Rebecca K.; Markman, Howard J.; STANLEY, SCOTT M.

    2011-01-01

    Combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is linked with elevated psychological distress in service members’/veterans’ spouses. Researchers use a variety of terms to describe this distress, and recently, secondary traumatic stress and secondary traumatic stress disorder (STS/STSD) have become increasingly commonly used. Although STS/STSD connotes a specific set of symptoms that are linked to service members’/veterans’ symptoms, researchers often use general measures of distress or g...

  19. An Overview Of Pavement Management System For Industrial Areas

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    Hokam, Vivek S.

    2012-03-01

    ACT With the current surge in national economy the industrial traffic has increased many folds in terms of quantity of load and traffic volume. This results in early deterioration of the roads. Also the serviceability reduces hampering the industry's supply of raw material and transport of finished goods. An efficient road transportation system is of vitally important for smooth operations of industrial units. Construction of new roads needs an enormous investment. However, once constructed the road network system requires huge resources to maintain serviceability and to ensure safe passage at an appropriate speed and with low VOC (Vehicle Operating Cost). Road maintenance is therefore an essential function and should be carried out on a timely basis. The cost of providing and maintaining the roads for the industrial areas at an acceptable serviceability level is quite high. It is therefore essential for a transportation engineer to attempt establishing an acceptable pavement condition level from economic, safety and environmental point of view. In today's economic environment of constrained budgets, as the existing road infrastructure has aged, a more systematic approach towards determining maintenance and rehabilitation needs is necessary. The efficient pavement management system shall provide objective information and useful analysis to ensure consistent and cost effective decisions related to preservation of existing industrial road network in healthy condition.

  20. Sustainable Drainage Practices in Spain, Specially Focused on Pervious Pavements

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    Jorge Rodriguez-Hernandez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Spanish climate is full of contrasts, with torrential rains and long droughts; under these conditions, appropriate water management is essential. In Spain, until the end of the twentieth century, water management and legislative development lagged behind other more developed countries. Nowadays, great efforts are being made to reverse this situation and improve both water management and legislation in order to control the two main problems related to stormwater management in cities: floods and diffuse pollution. In this context, Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS were developed as the main solution to these problems. The study of these techniques started in the 1970s in the USA, but they were not studied in Spain until 1993 when the University of Cantabria and CLABSA started to look into solutions for stormwater management. After 20 years of research and application, sustainable drainage in Spain is still behind other countries in spite of the efforts to change this situation, notably by the University of Cantabria with 10 years of experience in these techniques, mainly regarding pervious pavements, where more than 13 related research projects have been carried out. The future challenges focus on the application of pervious pavements for Urban Hydrological Rehabilitation.

  1. Assessment of work intensification by managers and psychological distressed and non-distressed employees : a multilevel comparison

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    Bamberger, Simon Grandjean; Larsen, Anelia

    2015-01-01

    Work intensification is a popular management strategy to increase productivity, but at the possible expense of employee mental stress. This study examines associations between ratings of work intensification and psychological distress, and the level of agreement between compared employee-rated and manager-rated work intensification. Multi-source survey data were collected from 3,064 employees and 573 company managers from the private sector in 2010. Multilevel regression models were used to compare different work intensification ratings across psychological distress strata. Distressed employees rated higher degree of total work intensification compared to non-distressed employees, and on three out of five sub ratings there were an increased prevalence of work intensification in the case group. In general, there was poor agreement between employee and company work intensification rating. Neither manager-rated work intensification nor employee/manager discrepancy in work intensification ratings was associated with psychological distress. Distressed employees had a higher total score of employee/manager agreed work intensification, and a higher prevalence of increased demands of labour productivity. This study demonstrates higher ratings of employee/manager agreed work intensification in distressed employees compared to non-distressed employees, challenging previous findings of reporting bias in distressed employees' assessment of work environment.

  2. A philosophical taxonomy of ethically significant moral distress.

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    Thomas, Tessy A; McCullough, Laurence B

    2015-02-01

    Moral distress is one of the core topics of clinical ethics. Although there is a large and growing empirical literature on the psychological aspects of moral distress, scholars, and empirical investigators of moral distress have recently called for greater conceptual clarity. To meet this recognized need, we provide a philosophical taxonomy of the categories of what we call ethically significant moral distress: the judgment that one is not able, to differing degrees, to act on one's moral knowledge about what one ought to do. We begin by unpacking the philosophical components of Andrew Jameton's original formulation from his landmark 1984 work and identify two key respects in which that formulation remains unclear: the origins of moral knowledge and impediments to acting on that moral knowledge. We then selectively review subsequent literature that shows that there is more than one concept of moral distress and that explores the origin of the values implicated in moral distress and impediments to acting on those values. This review sets the stage for identifying the elements of a philosophical taxonomy of ethically significant moral distress. The taxonomy uses these elements to create six categories of ethically significant moral distress: challenges to, threats to, and violations of professional integrity; and challenges to, threats to, and violations of individual integrity. We close with suggestions about how the proposed philosophical taxonomy of ethically significant moral distress sheds light on the concepts of moral residue and crescendo effect of moral distress and how the proposed taxonomy might usefully guide prevention of and future qualitative and quantitative empirical research on ethically significant moral distress. PMID:25503608

  3. Study of Sand Characteristics as Bearing and Filler in Joint of Inter-locking Concrete Block Pavement

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    Rosli Hainin

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of interlocking concrete block pavement as a road surface has increased in the road constructionrecently. This study was conducted to envisage the problems occur particularly for the bedding and joint filling sand of the interlocking concrete block pavement. Moreover, the effect of the moisture on the bedding sandwas also studied. Two type of additives namely as palm oil fly ash (POFA and silica fume, which carry thepozzolanic behaviour, were mixed with joint filling sand in order to improve its quality. These materials areindustrial waste compound which can be easily found in Malaysia. Two types of permeability experiments,the constant and falling head tests were conducted to evaluate the permeability of the joint filling sands withthe percentage additives used of 2%, 4%, 6%, 8% and 10%. A physical model was developed to investigatethe degree of compaction and water absorption via sand in joints. Water absorption test was also conductedonto the model with the addition of additives of 0%, 5% and 10% with the joint filling sand for 5 and 10days. Study shown that the incorporation of additives reduced the permeability of joint filling sand withthe optimum values obtained for both POFA and silica fume mixtures both were at 2% respectively.

  4. Pollutant load removal efficiency of pervious pavements: is clogging an issue?

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    Kadurupokune, N; Jayasuriya, N

    2009-01-01

    Pervious pavements in car parks and driveways reduce the peak runoff rate and the quantity of runoff discharged into urban drains as well as improve the stormwater quality by trapping the sediments in the infiltrated water. The paper focuses on presenting results from the laboratory tests carried out to evaluate water quality improvements and effects of long-term decrease in infiltration rates with time due to sediments trapping (clogging) within the pavement pores. Clogging was not found to be a major factor affecting pervious pavement performance after simulating 17 years of stormwater quality samples. PMID:19809141

  5. The Dependence of Physical Mechanical Properties of Concrete Pavement Blocks on Coarse Aggregate Type

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    Malaiškien? Jurgita

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this research is to determine the dependences of the physical mechanical properties of vibropressed concrete (pavement blocks on the type of coarse aggregate used in the main layer. Sustainability of concrete pavement blocks is a really important matter. Five different batches of pavement blocks were produced, changing the consistence ratio of coarse aggregate in the main layer. There are two types of course aggregate: crushed gravel and granite. The consistence of a facing layer was not changed. All tests: density, tensile split strength, water absorption for vibro-pressed concrete units were made according to EN 1338:2003+AC2006.

  6. Neighborhood disorder, psychophysiological distress, and health.

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    Hill, Terrence D; Ross, Catherine E; Angel, Ronald J

    2005-06-01

    How do neighborhoods affect the health of residents? We propose that the impact of neighborhood disorder on self-reported health is mediated by psychological and physiological distress. We hypothesize a stress process in which chronic stressors in the environment give rise to a psychological and physiological stress response that ultimately affects health. The exogenous variable of interest is the neighborhood where disadvantaged persons live, which may expose them to chronic stressors in the form of crime, trouble, harassment, and other potentially distressing signs of disorder and decay. The mediator is the stress response that occurs in the body and brain. Of interest here is a psychological stress response in the form of fearful anxiety and depression, and a physiological stress response in the form of signs and symptoms of autonomic arousal, such as dizziness, chest pains, trouble breathing, nausea, upset stomach, and weakness. The outcome is poor health. This model is supported using data from the Welfare, Children, and Families project, a sample of 2,402 disadvantaged women in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Boston, and San Antonio. PMID:16028456

  7. Hospitals in distress. Problems and solutions.

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    Sachs, P R

    1993-04-01

    In the past five years the number of hospitals in financial distress has increased alarmingly. And though hospital administrators are feeling more optimistic now that their institutions will survive, they recognize the need to remain vigilant. It is important to recognize the warning signs of financial distress. Hospitals normally proceed through four stages of financial disintegration if no measures are taken to intercede: weak performance/condition, default, bankruptcy and dissolution. As the stages progress, fewer options for redress can be taken and loss of personnel and assets becomes inevitable. Materiel managers who regularly monitor key statistics, such as non-salary expenses per adjusted occupied bed, days in accounts payable, inventory dollars per adjusted occupied bed and so forth, can recognize the warning signs and take appropriate measures. Corrective actions can include reducing inventory levels, renegotiating contracts and leases, rebidding key contracts and supply items and extending purchase payment terms. A case study shows how a medical center experiencing weak performance implemented expense reductions in utilization, contracts, purchase costs/rebidding and inventory for substantial savings. PMID:10124964

  8. 47 CFR 80.321 - Acknowledgement of receipt of distress message.

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    2010-10-01

    ...Acknowledgement of receipt of distress message. 80.321 Section 80.321 ...Acknowledgement of receipt of distress message. (a) Stations of the maritime mobile service which receive a distress message from a mobile station...

  9. Proportioning of Steel Fibre Reinforced Concrete Mixes for Pavement Construction and Their Impact on Environment and Cost

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    Stelios Kallis

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC is a construction material investigated for more than 40 years including for pavement applications. A number of studies have demonstrated the technical merits of SFRC pavements over conventional concrete pavements; however little work has been carried out on the environmental and economical impact of SFRC during the pavement’s life cycle. Therefore, extended research was undertaken within the framework of the EU funded project “EcoLanes” to estimate the environmental and economical loadings of SFRC pavements. The innovative concept of the project is the use of recycled steel tyre-cord wire as concrete fibre reinforcement, which provides additional environmental benefits for tyre recycling over landfilling. Within the project framework a demonstration of a steel-fibre-reinforced roller-compacted concrete (SFR-RCC pavement was constructed in a rural area in Cyprus. In order to assess the economical and environmental picture of the demonstration pavement, life cycle cost analysis (LCCA and life cycle assessment (LCA studies were undertaken, which also compared the under study pavement design with four conventional alternatives. The main output of the studies is that SFR-RCC is more environmentally and economically sustainable than others. In addition, various concrete mix designs were investigated by considering parameters such as fibre type and dosage, cement type, and transportation distances to the construction site. Fibre dosage has been highlighted as a crucial factor compared with economical and environmental loadings in SFR-RCC pavement construction.

  10. Partnership Transitions and Mental Distress: Investigating Temporal Order

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    Blekesaune, Morten

    2008-01-01

    The study uses 15 waves of the British Household Panel Survey and the General Health Questionnaire to investigate changes in mental distress over several years surrounding transitions both into and out of marital partnerships (marriages and cohabitations) using fixed effects models. Entering marital partnerships is associated with reduced distress

  11. Development of a Brief Diabetes Distress Screening Instrument

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    Fisher, Lawrence; Glasgow, Russell E; Mullan, Joseph T.; Skaff, Marilyn M.; Polonsky, William H

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE Previous research has documented that diabetes distress, defined as patient concerns about disease management, support, emotional burden, and access to care, is an important condition distinct from depression. We wanted to develop a brief diabetes distress screen instrument for use in clinical settings.

  12. Psychopathic Traits, Victim Distress and Aggression in Children

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    van Baardewijk, Yoast; Stegge, Hedy; Bushman, Brad J.; Vermeiren, Robert

    2009-01-01

    Background: The relationship between psychopathic traits and aggression in children may be explained by their reduced sensitivity to signs of distress in others. Emotional cues such as fear and sadness function to make the perpetrator aware of the victim's distress and supposedly inhibit aggression. As children high in psychopathic traits show a…

  13. Intrusive Thoughts: A Primary Variable in Breakup Distress

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    Field, Tiffany; Diego, Miguel; Pelaez, Martha; Deeds, Osvelia; Delgado, Jeannette

    2013-01-01

    University students who were high versus low on breakup distress scores were given self-report measures to assess their intrusive thoughts about the romantic breakup and their somatic symptoms that followed the breakup as well as their extracurricular activities and social support that might alleviate their breakup distress. In a regression…

  14. Men's Multiple Roles and Their Relationship to Men's Psychological Distress.

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    Barnett, Rosalind C.; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Examined men's subjective experiences in work and family roles and psychological distress in 300 employed, married men in 2-earner couples. After controlling for job quality, both marital-role and parental-role quality were significant predictors of men's psychological distress. Parental status was not. Both marital-role and parental-role quality…

  15. Assessing Racial Microaggression Distress in a Diverse Sample.

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    Torres-Harding, Susan; Turner, Tasha

    2015-12-01

    Racial microaggressions are everyday subtle or ambiguous racially related insults, slights, mistreatment, or invalidations. Racial microaggressions are a type of perceived racism that may negatively impact the health and well-being of people of color in the United States. This study examined the reliability and validity of the Racial Microaggression Scale distress subscales, which measure the perceived stressfulness of six types of microaggression experiences in a racially and ethnically diverse sample. These subscales exhibited acceptable to good internal consistency. The distress subscales also evidenced good convergent validity; the distress subscales were positively correlated with additional measures of stressfulness due to experiencing microaggressions or everyday discrimination. When controlling for the frequency of one's exposure to microaggression incidents, some racial/ethnic group differences were found. Asian Americans reported comparatively lower distress and Latinos reporting comparatively higher distress in response to Foreigner, Low-Achieving, Invisibility, and Environmental microaggressions. African Americans reported higher distress than the other groups in response to Environmental microaggressions. Results suggest that the Racial Microaggressions Scale distress subscales may aid health professionals in assessing the distress elicited by different types of microaggressions. In turn, this may facilitate diagnosis and treatment planning in order to provide multiculturally competent care for African American, Latino, and Asian American clients. PMID:25237154

  16. Examining Victimization and Psychological Distress in Transgender College Students

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    Effrig, Jessica C.; Bieschke, Kathleen J.; Locke, Benjamin D.

    2011-01-01

    Treatment-seeking and non-treatment-seeking transgender college students were examined with regard to victimization and psychological distress. Findings showed that transgender college students had elevated rates of distress as compared with college students who identified as men or women. Results indicated that treatment-seeking and non-treatment…

  17. Child Rearing and Children's Prosocial Initiations toward Victims of Distress.

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    Zahn-Waxler, Carolyn; And Others

    1979-01-01

    Investigates the relation between maternal rearing behavior and the ways children aged 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years cope with emotions of distress in others. Specifically examined children's reparation for transgression when they were the cause of distress and their altruism when they were bystanders. (JMB)

  18. Frustrated Fertility: Infertility and Psychological Distress among Women.

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    McQuillan, Julia; Greil, Arthur L.; White, Lynn; Jacob, Mary Casey

    2003-01-01

    Tests the hypothesis that women who have experienced infertility report higher psychological distress. Examines whether roles or resources condition the effects of infertility or whether its effects are limited to childless women. Infertility combined with involuntary childlessness is associated with significantly greater distress. For women in…

  19. Medway Tunnel Road Pavement Survey Using Different Frequency GPR Antenna Systems - A Case Study

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    Alani, Morteza Amir; Banks, Kevin

    2015-04-01

    This presentation reports on an extensive survey carried out on a section (just outside the westbound end of the tunnel portal) of the Medway Tunnel in North Kent, UK. The Medway Tunnel provides a dual carriageway road crossing under the River Medway between Chatham and Strood. It is 725 metres long from portal to portal and consists of three sections. The appearance of repeated cracking of the road surface in this particular section of the tunnel suggested either a steady movement of the ground or possible undermining due to an underground watercourse. Ironically, the design and construction of the road had been realised to prevent any form of structural movement. It was deemed necessary to perform a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey in order to confirm underground construction details of the road in this section of the tunnel. This presentation reports on the detailed survey and the challenges encountered during the operation, which utilised four different frequency GPR systems including 2GHz, 900MHz, 600MHz and 200MHz antennas. The presentation will also describe how decisions were made to carry out supplementary surveys based on results obtained on-site (via primary data processing) and observations made during the survey. A summary of results will be presented individually for each antenna system used, as well as comparisons between each antenna system. Results will then be mapped against the design drawings available for confirmation of construction configurations. In conclusion, the presentation will demonstrate that the tunnel road pavement is not constructed as per the information provided (design drawings). Results will clearly indicate that there is no second reinforced concrete layer present in this particular section of the road pavement (contrary to what was originally believed) and will present the actual road construction in comparison with the design drawings. The results will confirm that there is no underground watercourse present in this particular section of the tunnel (at 2-3 m depth). However, it will confirm the presence of an unknown feature at a depth of 1.2m below road surface. Acknowledgement The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the COST Action TU1208 project, as well as Medway City Council's immense support in terms of expert workforce and road survey equipment in materialising this work.

  20. Test of Microstructur Permeable Asphalt Pavement Used Domato Stone (Quarsite Dolomite As Course Agregate for Surface Layer of Road Pavement

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    Firdaus Chairuddin

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The experiment works was dividing into two phases, for phase one was developed to investigate the properties of aggregates and straight asphalt qualities. The experiment work for phase two was developed to design the porous asphalt mix. In this phase Japan’s method and Binamarga’s method was used to define optimum asphalt content. In this phase, has result cantabro loss weight 77.10 for asphalt quality 3% and loss weight 9.70 for asphalt quality 5%. asphalt flow down, air void and density values. The experiment work for phase two was developed to investigate the qualities of porous asphalt. In this phase, wheel tracking machine test was used to investigate the dynamic stability of mixes.

  1. 23 CFR 973.208 - Indian lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    2010-04-01

    ...BIA's or tribes' goals, policies, criteria...or historic data is difficult to establish, it... (ii) A pavement performance analysis that includes present and predicted performance and an estimate of...remaining service life (performance and remaining...

  2. 23 CFR 972.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    2010-04-01

    ...designed to fit the FWS goals, policies, criteria...or historic data are difficult to establish, it... (ii) A pavement performance analysis that includes present and predicted performance and an estimate of...remaining service life (performance and remaining...

  3. 23 CFR 971.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    2010-04-01

    ...fit the FH program goals, policies, criteria...or historic data is difficult to establish, it... (ii) A pavement performance analysis that includes present and predicted performance and an estimate of...remaining service life. Performance and remaining...

  4. 23 CFR 970.208 - Federal lands pavement management system (PMS).

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    ...designed to fit the NPS goals, policies, criteria...or historic data is difficult to establish, it may... (ii) A pavement performance analysis that includes present and predicted performance and an estimate of...remaining service life (performance and remaining...

  5. Integration and road tests of a self-sensing CNT concrete pavement system for traffic detection

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    In this paper, a self-sensing carbon nanotube (CNT) concrete pavement system for traffic detection is proposed and tested in a roadway. Pre-cast and cast-in-place self-sensing CNT concrete sensors were simultaneously integrated into a controlled pavement test section at the Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), USA. Road tests of the system were conducted by using an MnROAD five-axle semi-trailer tractor truck and a van, respectively, both in the winter and summer. Test results show that the proposed self-sensing pavement system can accurately detect the passing of different vehicles under different vehicular speeds and test environments. These findings indicate that the developed self-sensing CNT concrete pavement system can achieve real-time vehicle flow detection with a high detection rate and a low false-alarm rate. (paper)

  6. Stress Analysis and Determination of Effective k-value for Rigid Pavement

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    Kundan Meshram

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available EverFE is a user-friendly 3D finite-element analysis tool for simulating the response of jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP systems to axle loads and environmental effects. EverFE is useful for both concrete pavement researchers and designers who must perform either complex nonlinear or simple linear stress analyses of JPCP.With help of this develop any type of model of rigid pavement considering practical condition thus getting more accurate and advance analysis for rigid pavement. It can also determine effective k-values for different combination of granular sub-base and dry lean concrete. A comparative study is done for two types of loading i.e. single and tandem axle. Edge and Corner stresses are also calculated for Class-AA of loading. Also calculate moment and shear force transfer by dowel bar by EverFE.

  7. Development of Knowledge-Based Expert System for Flexible Pavement Design

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    Deprizon

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the knowledge-based expert system approach was used to design a programmer using shell expert system of KAPPA PC Version 2.4 that is object oriented and displaying higher graphic resolutions. The flexible pavement design based on the accumulation of knowledge from several experts, books and journals results in a modular approach. Normally, the process of flexible pavement design is done by experts. The process was computerized and apply artificial intelligent that is a new technology in providing a system that can design and give the suggestion for user to choices the best and economy of the thickness of pavement layers. The expert system was tested using several design calculation samples. From the test, the success is 100% for pavement design. The expert system has revealed satisfactorily findings in a faster layers design.

  8. Assessment of Clogging Dynamics in Permeable Pavement Systems with Time Domain Reflectometers

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    Infiltration is a primary functional mechanism in green infrastructure stormwater controls. This study used time domain reflectometers (TDRs) to measure spatial infiltration and assess clogging dynamics of permeable pavement systems in Edison, NJ, and Louisville, KY. In 2009, t...

  9. Surfactant alteration and replacement in acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Walmrath Dieter

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS is a frequent, life-threatening disease in which a marked increase in alveolar surface tension has been repeatedly observed. It is caused by factors including a lack of surface-active compounds, changes in the phospholipid, fatty acid, neutral lipid, and surfactant apoprotein composition, imbalance of the extracellular surfactant subtype distribution, inhibition of surfactant function by plasma protein leakage, incorporation of surfactant phospholipids and apoproteins into polymerizing fibrin, and damage/inhibition of surfactant compounds by inflammatory mediators. There is now good evidence that these surfactant abnormalities promote alveolar instability and collapse and, consequently, loss of compliance and the profound gas exchange abnormalities seen in ARDS. An acute improvement of gas exchange properties together with a far-reaching restoration of surfactant properties was encountered in recently performed pilot studies. Here we summarize what is known about the kind and severity of surfactant changes occuring in ARDS, the contribution of these changes to lung failure, and the role of surfactant administration for therapy of ARDS.

  10. Sharing, liking, commenting, and distressed? The pathway between Facebook interaction and psychological distress.

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    Chen, Wenhong; Lee, Kye-Hyoung

    2013-10-01

    Studies on the mental health implications of social media have generated mixed results. Drawing on a survey of college students (N=513), this research uses structural equation modeling to assess the relationship between Facebook interaction and psychological distress and two underlying mechanisms: communication overload and self-esteem. It is the first study, to our knowledge, that examines how communication overload mediates the mental health implications of social media. Frequent Facebook interaction is associated with greater distress directly and indirectly via a two-step pathway that increases communication overload and reduces self-esteem. The research sheds light on new directions for understanding psychological well-being in an increasingly mediated social world as users share, like, and comment more and more. PMID:23745614

  11. An approach for the definition of construction and maintenance strategies for flexible pavements

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    Sousa, Jorge B.; Pais, Jorge C.; Eckmann, Bernard

    1998-01-01

    Design, Build, Finance and Operate contracts to develop a road network require a re-evaluation of the strategic decisions towards the design and maintenance strategies of flexible pavements. Probabilistic analysis, based on the variability of pavement material properties and layer thickness as well as on traffic variability is required and needed as a cost effective basis for the many possible design and maintenance strategies. The NOAH software was used to combine hundreds of possibl...

  12. The Upper Eocene crustose coralline algal pavement in the Colli Berici, north-eastern Italy

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    Davide Bassi

    2005-01-01

    A crustose coralline algal pavement, identified in Upper Eocene (Priabonian) shallow water, middleramp carbonates in north-eastern Italy (Colli Berici, Southern Alps), represents a rare example of this facies.The crustose pavement consists of a coralline crust bindstone with a wackestone-packstone matrix, and is characterised by the dominance of crustose coralline thalli composed primarily of melobesioids (Lithothamnion and Mesophyllum) and mastophoroids (Spongites, Lithoporella, Neogoniolith...

  13. Characterization and modelling of self healing of bituminous materials towards durable asphalt pavement:

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    J. Qiu; Van de Ven, M.F.C.; Schlangen, H.E.J.G.; Wu, S.; Molenaar, A.A.A.

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    The traffic volume and the number of heavy vehicles are growing enormously nowadays. There is a need for designing a durable asphalt pavement with innovative technologies. Pavement structures and materials with self healing and self repairing capability are believed to be very useful in such a system. This paper is aiming to understand the self healing behaviour through mechanical testing and finite element modelling. Instead of a complex and time consuming fatigue involved self healing inves...

  14. New-Fangled Approach to Predict the Behaviour of Composite Sandwich Pavements

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    A.K, Shaul Sharafna

    2011-01-01

    The significance of this research lies in the reduction of cost of construction of roads by arriving at an economically feasible pavement. This is accomplished by studying the response of thick composite sandwich plate, supported continuously, for the cyclic loading condition at various stress ratios and is compared with plain slabs placed on similar support condition. A conceptual pavement model was examined using lean cement concrete as the sandwiched material. The behaviour of the plain an...

  15. Mathematical failure-theory (MFT) methodology in pavement management system for rehabilitation and repair methods selection

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    Fereidoon Moghadas Nejad; Hasan Ziari; Ameri Mahmod

    2009-01-01

    Pavement rehabilitation and repair methods selection is one of the key issues many road organizations and researchers have occupied. Not only road management cost but also road user’s cost and cost for inhabitants and community should be included in the life cycle cost in order to help infrastructure investment judgment. Thus in estimating life cycle cost, Pavement rehabilitation and repair methods selection is essential even if technological capabilities of evaluation are not sufficient. In ...

  16. EXPRESSING DISTRESS IN PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED CANCER

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    Maura Gabriela FELEA

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Negative emotions (distress are recognized as part of the psychological profile of patients diagnosed with advanced stage cancer. However, most patients are not accustomed to verbalize feelings towards their physician, and generally towards family and medical care personnel. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the expression of emotions by patients in advanced stages of cancer, respectively the means by which they get to express emotions. To this respect, we identified the most common types of emotions expressed, or metaphors used by patients to describe their emotions and topics that trigger emotions. Words and phrases most commonly used are in relation to: fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, negligence, concern. They are uttered in order to depict the network created between disclosed emotions and topics on health status, symptoms, adverse effects and therapeutic choice, patient privacy, and social and family issues.

  17. Acute respiratory distress syndrome: evaluation and management.

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    Cortés, I; Peñuelas, O; Esteban, A

    2012-03-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening condition that affects patients admitted in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) under mechanical ventilation. ARDS is a process of non-hydrostatic pulmonary edema and hypoxemia associated with a variety of conditions, resulting in a direct (e.g., pneumonia) or indirect (e.g., sepsis) lung injury and is associated with a significant morbidity and mortality. A large body of clinical and basic research has focused in ventilatory strategies and novel pharmacological therapies but, nowadays, treatment is mainly supportive. Mechanical ventilation is the hallmark of the management of these patients. In the last decades, the recognition that mechanical ventilation can contribute to harming the lung has changed the goals of this therapy and has driven research to focus in ventilatory strategies that mitigate lung injury. This review emphasizes clinical aspects in the evaluation and management of ARDS in the ICUs and updates the latest advances in these therapies. PMID:22357372

  18. Assessment of work intensification by managers and psychological distressed and non-distressed employees

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    Bamberger, Simon Grandjean; Larsen, Anelia; Vinding, Anker Lund; Nielsen, Peter; Fonager, Kirsten; Nielsen, René Nesgaard; Ryom, Pia Køhler; Omland, Øyvind

    2015-01-01

    Work intensification is a popular management strategy to increase productivity, but at the possible expense of employee mental stress. This study examines associations between ratings of work intensification and psychological distress, and the level of agreement between compared employee-rated and manager-rated work intensification. Multi-source survey data were collected from 3,064 employees and 573 company managers from the private sector in 2010. Multilevel regression models were used to comp...

  19. Road Performance of Fiber Reinforced Asphalt Concrete Bridge Deck Pavement

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    Xiu Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available As the problem of asphalt concrete bridge deck pavement is becoming more and more serious, how to improve its road performance has become the focus of the study. Considering fiber is widely used in road engineering, wheel tracking test, flexural test, immersion marshall test and freeze-thaw splitting test were carried out to study road performance of asphalt mixture with different fiber contents, analyzing the function mechanism of fiber reinforced asphalt concrete. The test results show that polyester fiber can improve high-temperature stability, low-temperature crack resistance property and water stability of asphalt concrete and road performance improves with the fiber content increasing in a certain range.

  20. Airport pavement roughness evaluation based on aircraft response

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    Dong, Qinxi; Hachiya, Yoshitaka; Endo, Katsura; Himeno, Kenji; Kawamura, Akira; Matsui, Kunihito

    2004-07-01

    Runway roughness affects primarily ride quality and dynamic wheel loads. The forces applied onto the airport pavement by aircraft vary instantaneously above and blow the static weight, which in turn increase the runway roughness. One method to effectively assess the ride quality of the airport runway is to measure its longitudinal profile and numerical simulate aircraft response performing a takeoff, landing or taxiing on that profile data. In this study the aircraft responses excited as the aircraft accelerates or moves at a constant speed on the runway during takeoff and taxi are computed by using the improved computer program TAXI. This procedure is capable of taking into account both the effects of discrete runway bumps and runway roughness. Thus, sections of significant dynamic response can be determined, and the maintenance and rehabilitation works for airport runways will be conducted.

  1. Continuous monitoring of mining induced strain in a road pavement using fibre Bragg grating sensors

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    Whelan, B. E.; Brunton, M.; Nosenzo, Giorgio; Kay, Daryl; Buys, Henk

    2012-02-01

    This paper describes the application of Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) based sensors for monitoring road pavement strains caused by mining induced ground subsidence as a result of underground longwall coal mining beneath a major highway in New South Wales, Australia. After a lengthy planning period, the risks to the highway pavement were successfully managed by the highway authority and the mining company through a technical committee. The technical committee comprised representatives of the mining company, the highway authority and specialists in the fields of pavement engineering, geotechnical engineering and subsidence. An important component of the management strategy is the installation of a total of 840 strain and temperature sensors in the highway pavement using FBG arrays encapsulated in glass-fibre composite cables. The sensors and associated demodulation equipment provide continuous strain measurements along the pavement, enabling on-going monitoring of the effects of mining subsidence on the pavement and timely implementation of planned mitigation and response measures to ensure the safety and serviceability of the highway throughout the mining period.

  2. Continuous monitoring of mining induced strain in a road pavement using fiber Bragg grating sensors

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    Nosenzo, Giorgio; Whelan, B. E.; Brunton, M.; Kay, Daryl; Buys, Henk

    2013-06-01

    This paper describes the application of fiber Bragg grating (FBG) based sensors for monitoring road pavement strains caused by mining induced ground subsidence as a result of underground longwall coal mining beneath a major highway in New South Wales, Australia. After a lengthy planning period, the risks to the highway pavement were successfully managed by the highway authority and the mining company through a technical committee. The technical committee comprised representatives of the mining company, the highway authority and specialists in the fields of pavement engineering, geotechnical engineering and subsidence. An important component of the management strategy is the installation of a total of 840 strain and temperature sensors in the highway pavement using FBG arrays encapsulated in glass-fiber composite cables. The sensors and associated demodulation equipment provide continuous strain measurements along the pavement, enabling on-going monitoring of the effects of mining subsidence on the pavement and timely implementation of planned mitigation and response measures to ensure the safety and serviceability of the highway throughout the mining period.

  3. Lead and zinc removal with storage period in porous asphalt pavement

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    Yao, Zhao; Chen, Zhao.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Porous asphalt pavements have been used as an effective technique to overcome road runoff challenges, and to improve efficiency of rainwater utilisation in urban areas. Using porous asphalt pavements with reservoir storage and harvesting facilities is an important consideration for the future. This [...] study monitored changes in water quality indicators, such as pH, conductivity, and concentrations of lead and zinc, for water stored in porous asphalt pavement models with basalt-, limestone- and 'basalt+limestone'-filled reservoir structures. The research discusses findings over a 696-h storage period following artificial rainfall. Total lead and zinc concentrations were remarkably reduced throughout the initial flush, showing, on average, reductions of 90% and 80.5%, respectively. This pattern was consistent throughout the storage period, producing average reductions in lead and zinc of 99.98% and 79%, respectively, over 696 h. Conductivity and pH levels increased in all pavement models after the 696-h storage. The results obtained confirmed the potential of using porous asphalt pavements with reservoir structures to remove heavy metals from road runoff. This can be applied to future research on the removal mechanisms of porous asphalt pavements in relation to heavy metals in road runoff.

  4. A TECHNIQUE OF ESTIMATION OF TECHNICAL CONDITION OF RIGID AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF RISK THEORY

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    A.N. Popov; I. G. Shashkov; A. V. Kozlov

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement. To provide for safe takeoff and landing of modern aviation complexes, specialattention is given to technical condition of artificial pavements of runways which can be serviceableor faulty, efficient or limiting. Available standard methods of an expeditious estimation of an operational-technical condition of airfield pavements are based on general principles of defect graduationand of definition of integrated total generalized indicator of pavement condition and often yield ...

  5. Partner relationship satisfaction and maternal emotional distress in early pregnancy

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    Eberhard-Gran Malin

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recognition of maternal emotional distress during pregnancy and the identification of risk factors for this distress are of considerable clinical- and public health importance. The mental health of the mother is important both for herself, and for the physical and psychological health of her children and the welfare of the family. The first aim of the present study was to identify risk factors for maternal emotional distress during pregnancy with special focus on partner relationship satisfaction. The second aim was to assess interaction effects between relationship satisfaction and the main predictors. Methods Pregnant women enrolled in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (n = 51,558 completed a questionnaire with questions about maternal emotional distress, relationship satisfaction, and other risk factors. Associations between 37 predictor variables and emotional distress were estimated by multiple linear regression analysis. Results Relationship dissatisfaction was the strongest predictor of maternal emotional distress (? = 0.25. Other predictors were dissatisfaction at work (? = 0.11, somatic disease (? = 0.11, work related stress (? = 0.10 and maternal alcohol problems in the preceding year (? = 0.09. Relationship satisfaction appeared to buffer the effects of frequent moving, somatic disease, maternal smoking, family income, irregular working hours, dissatisfaction at work, work stress, and mother's sick leave (P Conclusions Dissatisfaction with the partner relationship is a significant predictor of maternal emotional distress in pregnancy. A good partner relationship can have a protective effect against some stressors.

  6. Disentangling depression and distress networks in the tinnitus brain.

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    Joos, Kathleen; Vanneste, Sven; De Ridder, Dirk

    2012-01-01

    Tinnitus is the continuous perception of an internal auditory stimulus. This permanent sound often affects a person's emotional state inducing distress and depressive feelings changes in 6-25% of the affected population. Distress and depression are two distinct emotional states. Whereas distress describes a transient aversive state, interfering with a person's ability to adequately adapt to stressors, depressive feelings should rather be considered as a more constant emotional state. Based on previous observations in chronic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, we assume that both states are related to separate neural circuits. We used the Dutch version of the Tinnitus Questionnaire to assess the global index of distress together with the Beck Depression Inventory to evaluate the depressive symptoms accompanying tinnitus. Furthermore sLORETA analysis was performed to correlate current density distribution with distress and depression scores, revealing a lateralization effect of depression versus distress. Distress is mainly correlated with alpha 2, beta 1 and beta 2 activity of the right frontopolar cortex and orbitofrontal cortex in combination with beta 2 activation of the anterior cingulate cortex. In contrast, the more permanent depressive alterations induced by tinnitus are associated with activity of alpha 2 activity in the left frontopolar and orbitofrontal cortex. These specific neural circuits are embedded in a greater neural network, with the parahippocampal region functioning as a crucial linkage between both tinnitus related pathways. PMID:22808188

  7. Indicators of distress in newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

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    Chirico, Andrea; Lucidi, Fabio; Mallia, Luca; D'Aiuto, Massimiliano; Merluzzi, Thomas V

    2015-01-01

    Background. The diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of cancer can present individuals with a multitude of stressors at various points in that trajectory. Psychosocial distress may appear early in the diagnostic process and have negative effects on compliance with treatment and subsequent quality of life. Purpose. The aim of the study was to determine early-phase predictors of distress before any medical treatment. Method. Consistent with the goals of the study, 123 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients (20 to 74 years old) completed multiple indicators of knowledge about breast cancer management and treatment, attitudes toward cancer, social support, coping efficacy, and distress. Results. SEM analysis confirmed the hypothesized model. Age was negatively associated with the patient's knowledge (? = - 0.22), which, in turn, was positively associated with both attitudes toward breast cancer (? = 0.39) and coping self-efficacy (? = 0.36). Self-efficacy was then directly related to psychological distress (? = - 0.68). Conclusions. These findings establish indicators of distress in patients early in the cancer trajectory. From a practical perspective, our results have implications for screening for distress and for the development of early interventions that may be followed by healthcare professionals to reduce psychological distress. PMID:26244115

  8. Psychological and physical distress of cancer patients during radiotherapy

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    Purpose: patients undergoing radiotherapy have physical and psychological symptoms related to the underlying disease and the treatment. In order to give the best possible support to the patients, more knowledge about the amount and the changing of distress in the course of radiotherapy is of essentially importance. Methods: The distress was measured in a consecutive sample of cancer patients (n=82) undergoing radiotherapy. Each patient was given the EORTC-QLQ-C30, the HADS and a special questionnaire which ascertain radiotherapy-specific items before starting the radiotherapy, at the onset of radiotherapy, in the third week of radiotherapy and 3 weeks after the end of radiotherapy. Results: within the first week of treatment the psychological distress of the patients is increasing; 98.8 % of the patients are 'moderate distressed', 46 % 'severe distressed'. General physical symptoms seem not to be affected by the radiotherapy, there is no changing. The distress caused by the organization of the radiotherapy is decreasing, while therapy-related symptoms are increasing in the course of radiotherapy. Even after the end of the therapy these symptoms keep on causing distress, sometimes in a higher amount than before. A correlation between sex, sort of cancer and curative or palliative treatment and the amount of distress was found. Conclusion: the results stress the importance of adequate emotional support for patients undergoing radiotherapy especially in the first week of treatment and after the treatment. There is a need for the development of a valid radiotherapy - questionnaire in order to be able to measure the distress of these patients. (author)

  9. Termômetro de Distress: validação de um instrumento breve para avaliação diagnóstica de pacientes oncológicos / Distress Thermometer: validation of a brief screening instrument to detect distress in oncology patients

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    Cristiane Sant' Anna, Decat; Jacob Arie, Laros; Tereza Cristina Cavalcanti Ferreira de, Araujo.

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available A literatura especializada disponibiliza instrumentos de medida de estresse de aplicação geral, os quais vêm sendo empregados em diferentes contextos ocupacionais e em saúde. Mas, desde 1997, a National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recomenda a adoção de uma medida específica para pacientes on [...] cológicos. Considerando, portanto, o interesse clínico e científico de desenvolver futuros estudos de meta-análise em Oncologia, que incluam amostras brasileiras, realizaram-se a adaptação e a validação do Termômetro de Distress (TD). A eficácia de avaliação do TD foi verificada por meio da comparação com a Escala de Ansiedade e Depressão (HAD), um instrumento clinicamente estabelecido de avaliação de distress. Para tanto, avaliou-se uma amostra de 83 pacientes, que responderam ao TD e ao HAD. Os dados foram submetidos ao SPSS 15.0. Os resultados indicam uma sensibilidade de 82% e uma especificidade de 98%, o que indica que o TD é viável e eficiente para avaliar o distress psicológico. Abstract in english The specialized literature provides instruments measuring stress for general application. Those instruments have been employed in occupational and health contexts. But since 1997, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommends the adoption of a specific measuring instrument for the asse [...] ssment of cancer patients. Considering the existence of clinical and scientific interest to develop future meta-analysis studies in the field of Oncology, which will include Brazilian samples, the adaptation and validation of the Distress Thermometer (TD) was undertaken. The effectiveness of the TD in assessing distress was verified by comparison with the Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD), a clinically established tool for evaluating distress. In order to that, a sample of 83 patients answered the TD and the HAD. The data were analyzed using SPSS 15.0. Results of the analysis indicated 82% for sensitivity and 98% for specificity. Using the TD appeared feasible and effective for psychological distress screening.

  10. Experimental Analysis of Natural Gravel Covering as Cool Roofing and Cool Pavement

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    Anna Laura Pisello

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Passive solutions for building energy efficiency represent an interesting research focus nowadays. In particular, natural materials are widely investigated for their potential intrinsic high thermal energy and environmental performance. In this view, natural stones represent a promising solution as building envelope covering and urban pavement. This paper concerns the experimental characterization of several low-cost and local gravel coverings for roofs and urban paving, properly selected for their natural high albedo characteristics. To this aim, the in-field albedo of gravel samples is measured with varying grain size. These in-field measurements are compared to in-lab measurements of solar reflectance and thermal emissivity. The analysis shows a significant variation of the albedo with varying grain size. Both in-lab and in-field measurements agree that the stones with the finest grain size, i.e., fine sand, have the best optic-thermal performance in terms of solar reflectance (62%. This feature results in the reduction of the surface temperature when exposed to solar radiation. Moreover, a natural mixed stone is compared to the high reflectance stone, demonstrating that the chosen stone presents an intrinsic “cool” behavior. Therefore, this natural, low-cost, durable and sustainable material could be successfully considered as a natural cool roof or cool paving solution.

  11. A Simple Field Test to Evaluate the Maintenance Requirements of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements

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    Terry Lucke

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Adequate infiltration through Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements (PICPs is critical to their hydraulic and stormwater treatment performance. Infiltration is affected by clogging caused by the trapping of fines in the PICP surface, which, over time, reduces treatment performance. Clogging can be reduced by periodic maintenance such as vacuum sweeping and/or pressure washing. Maintenance requirements can be indicated by measuring reduced infiltration rates. This paper compared infiltration results using the standard test (C1781M-14a with the results of a new stormwater infiltration field test (SWIFT developed in Australia to evaluate the maintenance requirements of PICPs. A strong correlation (Pearson’s r = ?0.714 was found between results using the two methods. This study found that the SWIFT was a reliable method for estimating the degree of clogging of PICPs while successfully overcoming some of the problems with the more technical existing test methodology such as horizontal water leakage (use of sealant, unrealistic pressure heads, speed of test, and portability. The SWIFT test is a simple, fast and inexpensive way for asset managers and local government employees to quickly assess the maintenance requirements of PICP installations in the field.

  12. NonPAS: A Program for Nonlinear Analysis of Flexible Pavements

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    Ali Reza Ghanizadeh

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE FA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 The primary step in design of a pavement using Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E method is the analysis of pavement and calculation of the critical responses of pavement under various loadings. This confirms the need for developing pavement analysis software as an analytical base of the M-E method. To this end, NonPAS program has been developed for linear and nonlinear analysis of flexible pavements. Developed program allows nonlinear analysis of flexible pavements using five nonlinear models, including K-?, Uzan, Uzan-Witczak, MEPDG 2002 and Bilinear models. Nonlinear Analysis of flexible pavements by utilizing these constitutive models provides a more accurate modeling of granular material behavior. Developed program can be used to analyze a pavement system consists of maximum of 10 layers, which is subjected to a maximum of six circular loads. Developed program allows for calculating the responses at 400 different points of pavement. In order to validate the results of linear and nonlinear analysis, responses obtained from NonPAS have been compared with responses obtained using Kenlayer program. Results show very good agreement between responses, which are obtained using both linear and nonlinear analysis and approve that developed program can be used with high reliability for the purposes of pavement analysis and design. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  13. Camiones de alto tonelaje y su impacto en ciclo de vida de pavimentos asfálticos / Heavy load trucks and its impact in life cycle of asphalt pavements

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    R, Díaz; T, Echaveguren; S, Vargas-Tejeda.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available En los últimos años se inició el debate sobre la factibilidad técnico-económica de introducir en la flota de transporte de carga configuraciones de alto tonelaje (CAT). Estas configuraciones superan el peso bruto total máximo de 45 t permitido en Chile, distribuyendo la carga sobre un mayor número d [...] e ejes. En Chile no existe experiencia en el uso de este tipo de configuraciones de carga, por lo que es prudente y necesario estudiar el impacto global que tendrían en el sistema de transporte interurbano si se implementan. En este trabajo se analiza en particular el impacto sobre los pavimentos asfálticos. Utilizando un enfoque mecanicista-empírico, se comparó el impacto en el ciclo de vida producido por CAT del tipo bitrén corto y largo, y configuraciones tradicionales del tipo camión-remolque y tracto-semirremolque. En la evaluación se consideraron diferentes estructuras de pavimento, condiciones climáticas y niveles de tránsito solicitante, representativos de la Región del Biobío. La evaluación mecanicista-empírica se realizó utilizando el método de diseño de pavimentos mecanicista francés Alize-LCPC, y los modelos de deterioro desarrollados por el Asphalt Institute. Para comparar distintos métodos de evaluación y modelos de deterioro, el ciclo de vida fue evaluado utilizando la Ley de Miner implementada en la guía de diseño MEPDG de Estados Unidos. Los resultados mostraron que el camión-remolque produce mayor daño en el pavimento, mientras que el tracto-semirremolque es el que produce menor daño, ambos con 45 t de peso bruto total. El bitrén largo de 75 t produce un impacto estructural levemente menor que el bitrén corto de 61 t. Sin embargo, se encontró evidencia teórica de que las CAT producen mayor ahuellamiento superficial en forma proporcional al peso bruto total. Abstract in english In recent years a discussion of the technical-economic feasibility of introduce the heavy load trucks (CAT) in goods transport fleet was started. This truck configurations overpass the maximum gross weight of 45 t permitted in Chile. In Chile there not exist experience of using this type of trucks, [...] whence is relevant to study the global impact of it over the interurban transport system. This paper discusses the impact of heavy load trucks over asphalt pavements. Using a mechanistic-empirical framework, the impact of two types of CAT, long and short bitrén, and a one and two units 45 tons trucks were compared along the life-cycle of the pavement. Assessment considers different pavement configurations, weather conditions and traffic levels, typical of the Bio Bio region. The mechanistic-empirical assessment was performed using the Alize-LCPC pavement design tool and the deterioration models of the Asphalt Institute. For comparing deteriorations, the life-cycle was assessed using the Miner Law implemented in the Mechanist-Empirical Pavement Design Guide, MEPDG. Results show that the one unit truck induces the greater damage over the pavement and that the two unit truck induces the lower damage. The long bitren (75 tons) induce a slightly lower impact than the short bitren. However it was found evidence that the CAT induce the greater rutting in the pavement surface, which increases linearly if the gross weight of the truck increases.

  14. Lung tissue remodeling in the acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Alba Barros de, Souza; Flavia Brandão dos, Santos; Elnara Marcia, Negri; Walter Araujo, Zin; Patricia Rieken Macedo, Rocco.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized by diffuse alveolar damage, and evolves progressively with three phases: exsudative, fibroproliferative, and fibrotic. In the exudative phase, there are interstitial and alveolar edemas with hyaline membrane. The fibropro­liferative phase i [...] s characterized by exudate organization and fibroelastogenesis. There is proliferation of type II pneumocytes to cover the damaged epithelial surface, followed by differentiation into type I pneumocytes. The fibroproliferative phase starts early, and its severity is related to the patient’s prognosis. The alterations observed in the phenotype of the pulmonary parenchyma cells steer the tissue remodeling towards either progressive fibrosis or the restoration of normal alveolar architecture. The fibrotic phase is characterized by abnormal and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, mainly collagen. The dynamic control of collagen deposition and degradation is regulated by metalloproteinases and their tissular regulators. The deposition of proteoglycans in the extracellular matrix of ARDS patients needs better study. The regulation of extracellular matrix remodeling, in normal conditions or in several pulmonary diseases, such as ARDS, results from a complex mechanism that integrate the transcription of elements that destroy the matrix protein and produce activation/inhibition of several cellular types of lung tissue. This review article will analyze the ECM organization in ARDS, the different pulmonary parenchyma remodeling mechanisms, and the role of cytokines in the regulation of the different matrix components during the remodeling process.

  15. Lung tissue remodeling in the acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Souza Alba Barros de

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS is characterized by diffuse alveolar damage, and evolves progressively with three phases: exsudative, fibroproliferative, and fibrotic. In the exudative phase, there are interstitial and alveolar edemas with hyaline membrane. The fibropro­liferative phase is characterized by exudate organization and fibroelastogenesis. There is proliferation of type II pneumocytes to cover the damaged epithelial surface, followed by differentiation into type I pneumocytes. The fibroproliferative phase starts early, and its severity is related to the patient?s prognosis. The alterations observed in the phenotype of the pulmonary parenchyma cells steer the tissue remodeling towards either progressive fibrosis or the restoration of normal alveolar architecture. The fibrotic phase is characterized by abnormal and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, mainly collagen. The dynamic control of collagen deposition and degradation is regulated by metalloproteinases and their tissular regulators. The deposition of proteoglycans in the extracellular matrix of ARDS patients needs better study. The regulation of extracellular matrix remodeling, in normal conditions or in several pulmonary diseases, such as ARDS, results from a complex mechanism that integrate the transcription of elements that destroy the matrix protein and produce activation/inhibition of several cellular types of lung tissue. This review article will analyze the ECM organization in ARDS, the different pulmonary parenchyma remodeling mechanisms, and the role of cytokines in the regulation of the different matrix components during the remodeling process.

  16. Cultural Consonance, Religion and Psychological Distress in an Urban Community

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    William W. Dressler

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Cultural consonance is the degree to which individuals approximate prototypes encoded in cultural models. Low cultural consonance is associated with higher psychological distress. Religion may moderate the association between cultural consonance and psychological distress. Brazil, with substantial variation in religion, is an important society for the examination of this hypothesis. Research was conducted in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, using a mixed-methods design. Measures of cultural consonance were derived using ethnographic methods and then applied in a survey of 271 individuals drawn from four distinct social strata. Low cultural consonance was associated with higher psychological distress in multiple regression analysis ( B = -.430, p < .001. Members of Pentecostal Protestant churches reported lower psychological distress independently of the effect of cultural consonance ( B = -.409, p < .05. There was no buffering effect of religion. Implications of these results for the study of religion and health are discussed.

  17. Progress and perspectives in pediatric acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Rotta, Alexandre Tellechea; Piva, Jefferson Pedro; Andreolio, Cinara; de Carvalho, Werther Brunow; Garcia, Pedro Celiny Ramos

    2015-01-01

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a disease of acute onset characterized by hypoxemia and infiltrates on chest radiographs that affects both adults and children of all ages. It is an important cause of respiratory failure in pediatric intensive care units and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, until recently, the definitions and diagnostic criteria for acute respiratory distress syndrome have focused on the adult population. In this article, we review the evolution of the definition of acute respiratory distress syndrome over nearly five decades, with a special focus on the new pediatric definition. We also discuss recommendations for the implementation of mechanical ventilation strategies in the treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome in children and the use of adjuvant therapies. PMID:26331971

  18. Non-pharmacological approaches to alleviate distress in dementia care.

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    Mitchell, Gary; Agnelli, Joanne

    2015-11-25

    Distress is one of the most common clinical manifestations associated with dementia. Pharmacological intervention may be appropriate in managing distress in some people. However, best practice guidelines advocate non-pharmacological interventions as the preferred first-line treatment. The use of non-pharmacological interventions encourages healthcare professionals to be more person-centred in their approach, while considering the causes of distress. This article provides healthcare professionals with an overview of some of the non-pharmacological approaches that can assist in alleviating distress for people living with dementia including: reminiscence therapy, reality orientation, validation therapy, music therapy, horticultural therapy, doll therapy and pet therapy. It provides a summary of their use in clinical practice and links to the relevant literature. PMID:26602678

  19. Nurses Managing Patients' Pain May Experience Moral Distress.

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    Bernhofer, Esther I; Sorrell, Jeanne M

    2015-08-01

    Bedside nurses care for patients with pain every day but the task is often challenging. A previous qualitative study that investigated nurses' experiences as they treated patients with pain suggested that nurses may suffer from moral distress if they are unsuccessful in providing adequate pain relief. As 20 of the original 48 nurses interviewed described frustration and distress when constrained from doing the right thing to provide pain relief for their patients, the purpose of this secondary qualitative analysis was to answer new research questions on nurse moral distress related to managing pain. Findings indicated that difficulties in nurse/physician communication and lack of pain education were contributors to nurses' frustrations and provided barriers to optimal pain management. Many participants indicated a need for interprofessional pain management education. Further investigation is needed to clarify the impact of moral distress on nurses managing hospitalized patients' pain. PMID:24836821

  20. 13 CFR 301.3 - Economic distress levels.

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    ...geographic area of poverty or high unemployment that meets the requirements...distress levels based upon the unemployment rate or per capita income requirements...geographic area of poverty or high unemployment (paragraph...

  1. Adoption RCCP (roller compacted concrete pavement) for the large lumber yard pavement at the harbor pier; Daikibo kowan futo yard eno RCCP no tekiyo

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    Chidori, H. [Fukuoka City Office, Fukuoka (Japan); Kagata, M.; Kodama, T. [Kajima Road Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-06-10

    RCCP (roller compacted concrete pavement) is largely promising to reduce a total cost by easy and rapid work, labor saving and superior durability. This paper reports RCCP technology adopted for the large open-air lumber yard pavement of nearly 73,000m{sup 2} at the Hakozaki harbor pier in Fukuoka city, and the survey result on its usability. According to design loads and design CBR of 5-7% for subgrade soil, a field mixing cement stabilized subgrade (CTB) was adopted considering a design base bending strength for RCC slab of 5MP, slab thickness of 25cm, and load transfer at RCC slab joint and erosion resistance for upper subgrade. Pavement process is composed of transport of RCC slabs, leveling, initial roller compaction, secondary roller compaction, finishing roller compaction, curing, joint cutting and opening to users. Joint cutting was carried out by dry cutter to save early cutting and cleaning after cutting. Fresh joint system was adopted for longitudinal joints. The pavement is favorable during nearly 8 years after opening to users. 5 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. Empirical research on moral distress: issues, challenges, and opportunities.

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    Hamric, Ann B

    2012-03-01

    Studying a concept as complex as moral distress is an ongoing challenge for those engaged in empirical ethics research. Qualitative studies of nurses have illuminated the experience of moral distress and widened the contours of the concept, particularly in the area of root causes. This work has led to the current understanding that moral distress can arise from clinical situations, factors internal to the individual professional, and factors present in unit cultures, the institution, and the larger health care environment. Corley et al. (2001) was the first to publish a quantitative measure of moral distress, and her scale has been adapted for use by others, including studies of other disciplines (Hamric and Blackhall 2007; Schwenzer and Wang 2006). Other scholars have proposed variations on Jameton's core definition (Sporrong et al. 2006, 2007), developing measures for related concepts such as moral sensitivity (Lutzen et al. 2006), ethics stress (Raines 2000), and stress of conscience (Glasberg et al. 2006). The lack of consistency and consensus on the definition of moral distress considerably complicates efforts to study it. Increased attention by researchers in disciplines other than nursing has taken different forms, some problematic. Cultural differences in the role of the nurse and understanding of actions that represent threats to moral integrity also challenge efforts to build a cohesive research-based understanding of the concept. In this paper, research efforts to date are reviewed. The importance of capturing root causes of moral distress in instruments, particularly those at unit and system levels, to allow for interventions to be appropriately targeted is highlighted. In addition, the issue of studying moral distress and interaction over time with moral residue is discussed. Promising recent work is described along with the potential these approaches open for research that can lead to interventions to decrease moral distress. Finally, opportunities for future research and study are identified, and recommendations for moving the research agenda forward are offered. PMID:22476738

  3. Financial Distress with Family Farm Transfer in Six European Countries

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    Bommel, K.H.M., van; van Veen, H.B; Venema, G.S.

    2004-01-01

    Many potential young farmers face the difficult choice between farming or a city career. An important criterion in this decision is the financial distress that goes with farming. Using data for the 1990s, the present study compared the financial distress after take-over of family farms by the next generation, in six European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The principles of inheritance and succession and the fiscally appraised value of the f...

  4. Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress of Myanmar Refugees in Malaysia

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    Sew Kim Low; Jin Kuan Kok; Wan Ying Lee

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this research is to explore the psychological distress and discrimination experienced by refugees from Myanmar in Malaysia. A narrative inquiry approach and an in depth interview were chosen to get in touch with the social world of the refugees. Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological theory was used to examine the psychological distress of the participants in their social context. The findings revealed the social, economical and psychological discrimination experienced by these ref...

  5. Corporate debt restructuring : evidence on lender coordination in financial distress

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    Brunner, Antje; Krahnen, Jan Pieter

    2001-01-01

    In the recent theoretical literature on lending risk, the coordination problem in multi-creditor relationships have been analyzed extensively. We address this topic empirically, relying on a unique panel data set that includes detailed credit-file information on distressed lending relationships in Germany. In particular, it includes information on creditor pools, a legal institution aiming at coordinating lender interests in borrower distress. We report three major findings. First, the existe...

  6. Distress among Indigenous North Americans: Generalized and Culturally Relevant Stressors*

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    Walls, Melissa L.; Whitbeck, Les. B.

    2011-01-01

    Stress process and life-course models of mental distress emphasize socio-cultural and historical processes that influence stress exposure and the impact of stress on mental health outcomes. Drawing from these theoretical orientations as well as concepts from the historical trauma literature, we examine the effects of culturally relevant and more generalized sources of stress on distress among North American Indigenous adults, and tests for the potential cumulative and interactive effects of s...

  7. Reducing teachers' psychological distress through a mindfulness training program

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    Franco, Clemente; Adolfo J. Cangas; Moreno San Pedro, Emilio; Gallego, José

    2010-01-01

    Teachers constitute one of the professional collectives most affected by psychological problems. The purpose of this quasi-experimental study is to examine the efficacy of a mindfulness training programme to reduce psychological distress in a group of teachers. The sample comprised 68 teachers of Secondary School Education, from various public schools; half of them formed the experimental group, and the another half the control group. The levels of psychological distress were measured, in bot...

  8. Mindful Walking in Psychologically Distressed Individuals: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Willich, S.N.; Michalsen, A; Fischer, H F; S. Roll; S. Binting; Ortiz, M; Reese, F.; Roesner, E. J.; Teut, M; Brinkhaus, B. (Benno)

    2013-01-01

    Background. The aim of this randomized, controlled study was to investigate the effectiveness of a mindful walking program in patients with high levels of perceived psychological distress. Methods. Participants aged between 18 and 65 years with moderate to high levels of perceived psychological distress were randomized to 8 sessions of mindful walking in 4 weeks (each 40 minutes walking, 10 minutes mindful walking, 10 minutes discussion) or to no study intervention (waiting group). Primary ou...

  9. MGNREGS, Rural Employment and Distress Migration: A study in Odisha

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    Parida, Jajati Keshari

    2015-01-01

    This paper attempts to study the role of MGNREGS in improving the household living standards and it impact on seasonal distress out-migration, conducting a primary survey of 400 households from Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts of Odisha during 2011-12. The major findings suggest that MGNREGS has contributed enormously in creating job opportunities for the needy poor and socially backward households. The accessibility of NREGS prevented huge number of distress seasonal out migration and brought...

  10. Adult respiratory distress syndrome during pregnancy and immediately postpartum.

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    Smith, J. L.; Thomas, F.; Orme, J. F.; Clemmer, T. P.

    1990-01-01

    From 1976 to 1983, the adult respiratory distress syndrome occurred in 14 patients during pregnancy or within a month postpartum. There were 8 survivors, giving a 43% mortality. All but 2 patients had obstetric-related precipitating events--labor problems, infections, eclampsia-toxemia, and obstetric hemorrhages. During emergency cesarean sections, 3 patients had respiratory problems that may have caused their respiratory distress syndrome. The average duration of mechanical ventilatory suppo...

  11. Accuracy of the Danish version of the 'distress thermometer'

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    Bidstrup, Pernille Envold; Mertz, Birgitte Goldschmidt; Dalton, Susanne Oksbjerg; Deltour, Isabelle; Kroman, Niels; Kehlet, Henrik; Rottmann, Nina; Gärtner, Rune; Mitchell, Alex J; Johansen, Christoffer

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Short screening instruments have been suggested to improve the detection of psychological symptoms. We examined the accuracy of the Danish version of the 'Distress Thermometer'. Methods: Between October 2008 and October 2009, 426 women with newly diagnosed primary breast cancer who were operated at the Breast Surgery Clinic of the Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, were eligible for this study. Of these, 357 participated (84%) and 333 completed a questionnaire. The distress thermometer was e...

  12. Maternal Distress during Pregnancy and Offspring Childhood Overweight

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    Ingstrup, Katja Glejsted; Schou Andersen, Camilla; Adeltoft, Teresa Ajslev; Pedersen, Pernille; Sørensen, Thorkild I A; Nohr, Ellen A

    2012-01-01

    Background. Maternal distress during pregnancy increases the intrauterine level of glucocorticoids, which may have long-term health consequences for the child. Objective. To examine if distress as a combined measure of anxiety, depression, and stress of the mother during pregnancy was associated with offspring childhood overweight at age 7. Methods. We performed a cohort study using prospective data from 37,764 women and child dyads from the Danish National Birth Cohort (1996-2002). At a telepho...

  13. Breast cancer, psychological distress and life events among young women

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    Shoham-Vardi Ilana; Siboni-Samocha Orly; Carmil Devora; Peled Ronit

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Since 1983, studies have suggested an interaction between the severe life events, psychological distress and the etiology of Cancer. However, these associations are still under dispute. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between life events, psychological distress and Breast Cancer (BC) among young women. Methods A case control study. The study population included 622 women, under the age of 45 years. 255 were diagnosed for BC, and 367 were healthy women. A ...

  14. Psychological Distress in California: Identifying Those at Greatest Risk

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    Gina Marie Piane

    2014-01-01

    In order to address the unmet need for prevention and treatment of psychological distress and mental disorders, program planners and treatment providers need to identify individuals at high risk. The results of the California Health Interview Survey from 2009 (n = 47,614) indicate that there are high relative risks by demographics and smoking status for reports of psychological distress and intermediate measures: feeling nervous, hopeless, worthless, depressed, restl...

  15. Does tinnitus distress depend on age of onset?

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    Schlee, Winfried; Kleinjung, Tobias; Hiller, Wolfgang; Goebel, Gerhard; Kolassa, Iris-Tatjana; Langguth, Berthold

    2011-01-01

    Objectives: Tinnitus is the perception of a sound in the absence of any physical source of it. About 5–15% of the population report hearing such a tinnitus and about 1–2% suffer from their tinnitus leading to anxiety, sleep disorders or depression. It is currently not completely understood why some people feel distressed by their tinnitus, while others don’t. Several studiesindicate that the amount of tinnitus distress is associated with many factors including comorbid anxiety, comorbid depre...

  16. Distress Tolerance Scale: A Study of Reliability and Validity

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    Ahmet Emre SARGIN; Kadir ÖZDEL; Cisem UTKU; Erkan Kuru; m. hakan turkcapar

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS) is developed by Simons and Gaher in order to measure individual differences in the capacity of distress tolerance.The aim of this study is to assess the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of DTS. Method: One hundred and sixty seven university students (male=66, female=101) participated in this study. Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), State-trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Discomfort Intolerance Scale (DIS) were used to deter...

  17. Prediction of Financial Distress -A Case Study of Indian Companies

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    Amalendu Bhunia; Sri Islam Uddin Khan; Somnath Mukhuti

    2011-01-01

    Financial distress is of crucial importance in financial management especially in the case of competitive environment. Failure is not an impulsive outcome and it grows constantly in stages. A spontaneous protective effort could be accommodated if the company is anticipated to be proceeding in the direction of potential bankruptcy and this can help alleviate the financial distress to all investors and decrease the costs of bankruptcy. This study extends a failure prediction model for Indian co...

  18. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Children

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    Dincer Yildizdas

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Acute lung injury (ALI and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS are an important challenge for pediatric intensive care units. These disorders are characterized by a significant inflammatory response to a local (pulmonary or remote (systemic insult resulting in injury to alveolar epithelial and endothelial barriers of the lung, acute inflammation and protein rich pulmonary edema. The reported rates in children vary from 8.5 to 16 cases/1000 pediatric intensive care unit (PICU admissions. The pathological features of ARDS are described as passing through three overlapping phases-an inflammatory or exudative phase (0-7 days, a proliferative phase (7-21 days and lastly a fibrotic phase. The treatment of ARDS rests on good supportive care and control of initiating cause. Ventilatory modes and nursing interventions to optimize patient outcomes are identified. The goal of ventilating patients with ALI/ARDS should be to maintain adequate gas exchange. Lung protective mechanical ventilation with optimal lung recruitment is the mainstay of supportive therapy. This can be achieved by use of optimum PEEP, low tidal volume and appropriate FiO2. New therapeutic modalities refer to corticosteroid, high frequency ventilation, inhaled nitric oxide, prone positioning and surfactant treatment. Well-designed follow up studies are needed. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2009; 18(4.000: 241-259

  19. Asian elephants (Elephas maximus reassure others in distress

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    Joshua M. Plotnik

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Contact directed by uninvolved bystanders toward others in distress, often termed consolation, is uncommon in the animal kingdom, thus far only demonstrated in the great apes, canines, and corvids. Whereas the typical agonistic context of such contact is relatively rare within natural elephant families, other causes of distress may trigger similar, other-regarding responses. In a study carried out at an elephant camp in Thailand, we found that elephants affiliated significantly more with other individuals through directed, physical contact and vocal communication following a distress event than in control periods. In addition, bystanders affiliated with each other, and matched the behavior and emotional state of the first distressed individual, suggesting emotional contagion. The initial distress responses were overwhelmingly directed toward ambiguous stimuli, thus making it difficult to determine if bystanders reacted to the distressed individual or showed a delayed response to the same stimulus. Nonetheless, the directionality of the contacts and their nature strongly suggest attention toward the emotional states of conspecifics. The elephants’ behavior is therefore best classified with similar consolation responses by apes, possibly based on convergent evolution of empathic capacities.

  20. Prevalence and etiology of respiratory distress in newborns

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    Objective: To determine the prevalence and etiology of respiratory distress in the newborns delivered over the period of one year from 1st January 2008 to 31st Dec 2008. Study Design: A descriptive study Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted in Armed Forces Hospital Sharurah Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over a period of one year from January 2008 to Dec 2008 Patients and methods: All live newborns delivered at Armed Forces Hospital Sharurah during the study period were included and observed for development of respiratory distress. Results: All newborns (n=659), delivered at this hospital over the period of 12 months, were observed for respiratory distress. The overall prevalence of respiratory distress (RD) was 4.24%. Prevalence was 19.7% in preterm and 2.3% in full term. Transient tachypnea of newborn(TTN) was found to be the commonest 35.7% cause of Respiratory Distress (RD) followed by Hyaline membrane disease (HMD) 25%, meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) 17.9%, congenital pneumonia 7.1% and other congenital anomalies 14.3%. TTN was found to be common among both term and preterm babies, while hyaline membrane disease was seen among preterm, and meconium aspiration syndrome among term and post term babies. Conclusion: Respiratory distress is a common neonatal problem with significant morbidity and mortality. Majority of cases are due to TTN followed by hyaline membrane disease and meconium aspiration syndrome. (author)

  1. Reuse of Lathe Waste Steel Scrap in Concrete Pavements

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    Pooja Shrivastavaa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available These project works assess on the study of the workability and mechanical strength properties of the concrete reinforced with industrialized waste fibers or the recycled fibers. In each lathe industries wastes are available in form of steel scraps are yield by the lathe machines in process of finishing of different machines parts and dumping of these wastes in the barren soil contaminating the soil and ground water that builds an unhealthy environment. Now a day’s these steel scraps as a waste products used by innovative construction industry and also in transportation and highway industry. In addition to get sustainable progress and environmental remuneration, lathe scrap as worn-recycle fibers with concrete are likely to be used. When the steel scrap reinforced in concrete it acquire a term; fiber reinforced concrete and steel fibers in concrete defined as steel fiber reinforced concrete (SFRC.Different experimental studies are done to identify about fresh and hardened concrete properties of steel scrap fiber reinforced concrete (SSFRC and their mechanical properties are found to be increase due to the addition of steel scrap in concrete i.e. compressive strength, flexural strength, impact strength, fatigue strength and split tensile strength were increased but up to 0.5-2% scrap content . When compared with usual concrete to SSFRC, flexural strength increases by 40% and considerable increases in tensile and compressive strength. These steel scrap also aid to improve the shrinkage reduction, cracking resistance i.e. preventing crack propagation and modulus of elasticity. The workability of fresh SSFRC are carried out by using slump test but it restricted to less scrap contents. This work focuses on the enhancement of structural strength and improvement in fatigue life of concrete pavements by reuse of scrap steel in concrete. These concrete roads with SSFRC promises an appreciably eminent design life, offer superior serviceability and minimize crack growth and corrosion. The pioneer idea of this work is the reuse of waste lathe scrap as recycled steel fibers, which provides more cost-effective and eco-friendly sustainable SFRC PAVEMENTS.

  2. CSR Actions and Financial Distress: Do Firms Change Their CSR Behavior When Signals of Financial Distress Are Identified?

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    Arjola Mecaj; María Isabel González Bravo

    2014-01-01

    Many studies have focused on the relation between financial and economic performance of firms and their actions on corporate social responsibility (CSR). However, few of them analyze CSR actions of firms facing decline. The purpose of this paper is to analyze if a recognized situation of financial distress has an impact on CSR strategies and modifies the attitude of a set of firms towards responsible behavior. We use CSR information of healthy and distressed US firms, d...

  3. Modelling of composite concrete block pavement systems applying a cohesive zone model

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    Skar, Asmus; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    This paper presents a numerical analysis of the fracture behaviour of the cement bound base material in composite concrete block pavement systems, using a cohesive zone model. The functionality of the proposed model is tested on experimental and numerical investigations of beam bending tests. The pavement is modelled as a simple slab on grade structure and parameters influencing the response, such as analysis technique, geometry and material parameters are studied. Moreover, the analysis is extended to a real scale example, modelling the pavement as a three-layered structure. It is found that the cohesive model is suitable for simulation of crack propagation in cement bound materials subjected to monotonic loading. The methodology implemented gives a new understanding of the mechanical behaviour of cement bound materials which can be used in further refinements of mechanical models for composite block pavements. It is envisaged that the methodology implemented in this study can be extended and thereby contribute to the ongoing development of rational failure criteria that can replace the empirical formulas currently used in pavement engineering.

  4. Utilizationof Hypo Sludge by Eco-Efficient Development of Rigid Pavement in Rural Roads

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    Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda1 , Dr. L.B.Zala2 , Dr.F.S.Umrigar

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    Full Text Available The paperproducing industry generates various wastes coming out from the various processes. From the preliminary waste named as hypo sludge, due to its low calcium is taken out to replace the cement in concrete. Major initiatives are needed in India to use these large volumes in construction industry especially in rigid pavement construction and other infrastructure projects. Moreover Use of Hypo Sludge in construction of rigid pavement will improve transportation functionality and ecological sustainability and results in improved traffic safety and reduced life-cycle cost. Use of Hypo Sludge in construction of rigid pavement will benefit urban growth, public health and surrounding communities by encouraging smart growth by integrating and guiding future growth. It is also needed to reduce the cost of concrete pavement for rural development in India. So our study is concerned with eco-efficient utilization of Hypo sludge as partial replacement of cement in concrete for development of low cost rigid pavement of rural road infrastructure.The Hypo sludge was replaced within the range of 10-40% by weight of cement. In the present study, 5 different mixes of Hypo Sludge are tested for parameters like: compressive strength, flexural strength and cost

  5. Life Cycle Assessment of Pavements: A Critical Review of Existing Literature and Research

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    Santero, Nicholas; Masanet, Eric; Horvath, Arpad

    2010-04-20

    This report provides a critical review of existing literature and modeling tools related to life-cycle assessment (LCA) applied to pavements. The review finds that pavement LCA is an expanding but still limited research topic in the literature, and that the existing body of work exhibits methodological deficiencies and incompatibilities that serve as barriers to the widespread utilization of LCA by pavement engineers and policy makers. This review identifies five key issues in the current body of work: inconsistent functional units, improper system boundaries, imbalanced data for asphalt and cement, use of limited inventory and impact assessment categories, and poor overall utility. This review also identifies common data and modeling gaps in pavement LCAs that should be addressed in future work. These gaps include: the use phase (rolling resistance, albedo, carbonation, lighting, leachate, and tire wear and emissions), asphalt fumes, feedstock energy of bitumen, traffic delay, the maintenance phase, and the end-of-life phase. This review concludes with a comprehensive list of recommendations for future research, which shed light on where improvements in knowledge can be made that will benefit the accuracy and comprehensiveness of pavement LCAs moving forward.

  6. State-of-the-art review of the applications of nanotechnology in pavement materials

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    Castillo, Luis, Jr.

    The use of nanotechnology in pavement materials is one main area that shows great promise and has the potential to change commonly used materials. This will develop more effective solutions to achieve the desired performance. The overall objective of this work is to present a state-of-the-art literature review of nano-science-based principles to improve the performance and, ultimately, the life cycle of transportation construction materials. This work will be organized into two different parts. The first part will consist of six sections: applications of nanotechnology in concrete pavements, applications of nanotechnology in asphalt pavement, application of nanotechnology in general soils, cost-benefit analysis, challenges, and trends to the future. In addition, a current practice review was performed from a literature review that included a questionnaire of the knowledge and opinion about nanotechnology, which included students, general contractors, teachers, engineers, and architects. The second part will deal with the advancement of the application of nanotechnology in pavement materials for different developed countries. Because nanotechnology is relatively a young field in pavement materials, limited research has been conducted in North America, Europe, and Asia. A comparison of the advancement of nano-science-based principles, as applied to the performance and life cycle of transportation materials, for the three continents will be carried out in a summarized manner.

  7. PAHs underfoot: Contaminated dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement is widespread in the United States

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    Van Metre, P.C.; Mahler, B.J.; Wilson, J.T.

    2009-01-01

    We reported in 2005 that runoff from parking lots treated with coal-tar-based sealcoat was a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streams in Austin, Texas. Here we present new data from nine U. S. cities that show nationwide patterns in concentrations of PAHs associated with sealcoat Dust was swept from parking lots in six cities in the central and eastern U. S., where coal-tar-based sealcoat dominates use, and three cities in the western U. S., where asphalt-based sealcoat dominates use. For six central and eastern cities, median ?? PAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are 2200 and 27 mg/kg, respectively. For three western cities, median ?? PAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are similar and very low (2. 1 and 0. 8 mg/kg, respectively). Lakes in the central and eastern cities where pavement was sampled have bottom sediments with higher PAH concentrations than do those in the western cities relative to degree of urbanization. Bottom-sediment PAH assemblages are similar to those of sealcoated pavement dust regionally, implicating coal-tar-based sealcoat as a PAH source to the central and eastern lakes. Concentrations of benzo[a]pyrene in dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement and adjacent soils greatly exceed generic soil screening levels, suggesting that research on human-health risk is warranted.

  8. PAHs underfoot: contaminated dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement is widespread in the United States

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    Peter C. Van Metre; Barbara J. Mahler; Jennifer T. Wilson [U.S. Geological Survey, Austin, TX (USA)

    2009-01-15

    We reported in 2005 that runoff from parking lots treated with coal-tar-based sealcoat was a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to streams in Austin, Texas. Here we present new data from nine U.S. cities that show nationwide patterns in concentrations of {Sigma}PAHs associated with sealcoat. Dust was swept from parking lots in six cities in the central and eastern U.S., where coal-tar-based sealcoat dominates use, and three cities in the western U.S., where asphalt-based sealcoat dominates use. For six central and eastern cities, median SPAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are 2200 and 27 mg/kg, respectively. For three western cities, median SPAH concentrations in dust from sealcoated and unsealcoated pavement are similar and very low (2.1 and 0.8 mg/kg, respectively). Lakes in the central and eastern cities where pavement was sampled have bottom sediments with higher PAH concentrations than do those in the western cities relative to degree of urbanization. Bottom-sediment PAH assemblages are similar to those of sealcoated pavement dust regionally, implicating coal-tar-based sealcoat as a PAH source to the central and eastern lakes. Concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene in dust from coal-tar sealcoated pavement and adjacent soils greatly exceed generic soil screening levels, suggesting that research on human-health risk is warranted. 30 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Evaluating the Infiltration Performance of Eight Dutch Permeable Pavements Using a New Full-Scale Infiltration Testing Method

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    Floris Boogaard

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Permeable pavements are a type of sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS technique that are used around the world to infiltrate and treat urban stormwater runoff and to minimize runoff volumes. Urban stormwater runoff contains significant concentrations of suspended sediments that can cause clogging and reduce the infiltration capacity and effectiveness of permeable pavements. It is important for stormwater managers to be able to determine when the level of clogging has reached an unacceptable level, so that they can schedule maintenance or replacement activities as required. Newly-installed permeable pavements in the Netherlands must demonstrate a minimum infiltration capacity of 194 mm/h (540 l/s/ha. Other commonly used permeable pavement guidelines in the Netherlands recommend that maintenance is undertaken on permeable pavements when the infiltration falls below 0.50 m/d (20.8 mm/h. This study used a newly-developed, full-scale infiltration test procedure to evaluate the infiltration performance of eight permeable pavements in five municipalities that had been in service for over seven years in the Netherlands. The determined infiltration capacities vary between 29 and 342 mm/h. Two of the eight pavements show an infiltration capacity higher than 194 mm/h, and all infiltration capacities are higher than 20.8 mm/h. According to the guidelines, this suggests that none of the pavements tested in this study would require immediate maintenance.

  10. Road roughness evaluation using in-pavement strain sensors

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    Zhang, Zhiming; Deng, Fodan; Huang, Ying; Bridgelall, Raj

    2015-11-01

    The international roughness index (IRI) is a characterization of road roughness or ride quality that transportation agencies most often report. The prevalent method of acquiring IRI data requires instrumented vehicles and technicians with specialized training to interpret the results. The extensive labor and high cost requirements associated with the existing approaches limit data collection to at most once per year for portions of the national highway system. Agencies characterize roughness only for some secondary roads but much less frequently, such as once every five years, resulting in outdated roughness information. This research developed a real-time roughness evaluation approach that links the output of durable in-pavement strain sensors to prevailing indices that summarize road roughness. Field experiments validated the high consistency of the approach by showing that it is within 3.3% of relative IRI estimates. After their installation and calibration during road construction, the ruggedized strain sensors will report road roughness continuously. Thus, the solution will provide agencies a real-time roughness monitoring solution over the remaining service life of road assets.

  11. Recycling of radioactive oil sludge waste into pavement brick

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    Malaysia produces about 1450 tons of radioactive oil sludge waste per year and there is an urgent need to find a permanent solution to the storage and disposal of this radioactive waste problem. Several treatment methods such bacteria farming, ultracentrifuge, steam reforming and incineration are currently being used but the core issue of the radioactive material in the oil sludge had not been solved. The paper relates a study on utilizing the radioactive component of the oil sludge and turning them into pavement brick. Characteristic study of this radioactive component by XRD and XRF show that it mainly comprised of quartz and anorthite minerals. While the radioactivity analysis by gamma technique shows that more than 90 % of this radioactivity comes from this soil component with Ra-226 and Ra-228 as the main radionuclides. A vitrified brick was then produced from this sediment by mixing it with low radioactive local red clay. The result also shows that the formation of the vitrified layer may be due high content of K in the red clay. Tensile test on the brick shows that it has more than four times the strength of commercial clay brick. Long duration leaching test on the brick also shows that there is no dissolution of radionuclide from the brick. (author)

  12. Plastic Damage Model to Evaluate the Fracture Size of Semi-Rigid Base Pavement

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    Cao Peng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple supported beam model has been presented to simulate the response of semi-rigid pavement structure, which are consistent of the upper layer, middle layer, bottom layer, base and sub base course, during the cycle vehicle loading. This mechanics model coupled with plastic-damage mechanics model could simulate the limit broken of the pavement structure in condition that soil base layer losing bearing capacity gradually. In the meanwhile, numerical calculations based on preceding mechanics model, using the FEM software ABAQUS, have been used to define the broken size of beam. The results indicated that: when the size of simple supported beam expanded to 10 m, brittle damage could happen immediately, Just the standard vehicle loading (about 0.7 Mpa has been implement once. Objective of this study is to provide a physical and rather concrete explanation for the style and concept of the semi-rigid pavement brittle broken.

  13. PERFORMANCE-BASED CONTRACTING IN CONSTRUCTION PHASE AND MAINTENANCE PHASE OF PAVEMENT

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    Yoshida, Takeshi

    Performance-based contracting for pavement in Japan started as performance warranties in construction phase, in 1999. Recently, road agencies have recognized the applicability of this type of contracting in outsourcing of maintenance activities. The objectives of this study are to clarify the issues of performance specifying in construction phase and maintenance phase of pavement, and to propose measures to be taken. This paper, with the recognition that the life of each pavement depends on performance standards for various attributes, reviews domestic and foreign examples of performance-based contracting. A performance standard based on the average of current practices can enhance product quality and service life with a warranty contract. Repair thresholds and response time for each deficiency should be considered as performance standards in maintenance phase.

  14. How to transform an asphalt concrete pavement into a solar turbine

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    Highlights: • We create a system for harvesting energy from asphalt concrete. • We create an artificial porosity in the asphalt concrete. • We connect a chimney to this porosity. • Differences in temperature produce an air flow. • This air flow serves also for cooling down the pavement. - Abstract: Asphalt concrete can absorb a considerable amount of the incident solar radiation. For this reason asphalt roads could be used as solar collectors. There have been different attempts to achieve this goal. All of them have been done by integrating pipes conducting liquid, through the structure of the asphalt concrete. The problem of this system is that all pipes need to be interconnected: if one is broken, the liquid will come out and damage the asphalt concrete. To overcome these limitations, in this article, an alternative concept is proposed:parallel air conduits, where air can circulate will be integrated in the pavement structure. The idea is to connect these artificial pore volumes in the pavement to an updraft or to a downdraft chimney. Differences of temperature between the pavement and the environment can be used to create an air flow, which would allow wind turbines to produce an amount of energy and that would cool the pavement down in summer or even warm it up in winter. To demonstrate that this is possible, an asphalt concrete prototype has been created and basics calculations on the parameters affecting the system have been done. It has been found that different temperatures, volumes of air inside the asphalt and the difference of temperature between the asphalt concrete and the environment are critical to maximize the air flow through the pavement. Moreover, it has been found that this system can be also used to reduce the heat island effect

  15. Design of concrete pavements : design criteria for plain and lean concrete

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    2006-01-01

    New road infrastructure projects are important and constitute of large investments that have to serve the society for a long time. The investments have to be durable at the lowest life cycle cost and the pavements have to sustain loads from increasing traffic intensity and heavy traffic loads. In Sweden less than 1 ‰ of the national road network consists of concrete pavements. In parts of Europe and in the U.S., on the other hand, concrete roads are used to a large extent for highways as well...

  16. Emotional distress in women presenting for breast imaging

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    The aim of this study was to assess anxiety and depression in a sample of women presenting for imaging of breast following a clinical referral. Emotional distress in the women was also assessed in relation to demographic factors, reason for referral, presence for breast symptoms, type of imaging procedure performed and self-reported pain and discomfort during imaging. The study comprised 167 patients. The Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25 (HSCL-25) and a discomfort rating scale were used to assess emotional distress and discomfort or pain experienced during the imaging. While less than 10% of all subjects scored above psychiatric cut-off points for anxiety and depression, 25% and 20% reported significant distress associated with anxiety and depression symptoms respectively. Education alone was associated with higher anxiety scores, while the presence of breast symptoms significantly increased depression scores and reports of specific nonsomatic symptoms of depression. Higher anxiety and depression scores were also associated with pain experienced during the imaging procedure. Emotional distress may negatively impact women's experience of breast imaging. Screening for emotional distress is important within the context of breast imaging. (author)

  17. Financial Distress Prediction of Iranian Companies Using Data Mining Techniques

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    Moradi Mahdi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Decision-making problems in the area of financial status evaluation are considered very important. Making incorrect decisions in firms is very likely to cause financial crises and distress. Predicting financial distress of factories and manufacturing companies is the desire of managers and investors, auditors, financial analysts, governmental officials, employees. Therefore, the current study aims to predict financial distress of Iranian Companies. The current study applies support vector data description (SVDD to the financial distress prediction problem in an attempt to suggest a new model with better explanatory power and stability. To serve this purpose, we use a grid-search technique using 3-fold cross-validation to find out the optimal parameter values of kernel function of SVDD. To evaluate the prediction accuracy of SVDD, we compare its performance with fuzzy c-means (FCM.The experiment results show that SVDD outperforms the other method in years before financial distress occurrence. The data used in this research were obtained from Iran Stock Market and Accounting Research Database. According to the data between 2000 and 2009, 70 pairs of companies listed in Tehran Stock Exchange are selected as initial data set.

  18. Techno- Economical Study of Rigid Pavement by Using the Used Foundry Sand

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    Vipul D. Prajapati1 , Nilay Joshi2 , Prof. Jayeshkumar Pitroda

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Indian road network of almost 3.5 million km comprising both paved and unpaved surfaces is the world’s second largest. Indian roads are presently constructed with not the right choice of material. The two major types of materials, bitumen and concrete are used in road construction in the country. A very small share of roads in the country is made of concrete. Though, it is superior on many counts as a medium for road buildings. The use of large amount of by-product materials as powder or fines not only avoids the requirement of landfills but also reduce the environmental problems. It is most essential to develop profitable building materials from used foundry sand. The innovative use of used foundry sand in concrete formulations as a fine aggregate replacement material was tested as an alternative to traditional concrete. The fine aggregate has been replaced by used foundry sand accordingly in the range of 0%, 10%, 30% & 50% by weight for M-20 grade concrete. Concrete mixtures were produced, tested and compared in terms of compressive and flexural strength with the conventional concrete. These tests were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties for 7, 14 and 28 days. This research work is to investigate the behaviour of concrete while replacing used foundry sand in different proportion in concrete. This low cost concrete with good strength is used in rigid pavement for 3000 commercial vehicles per day (cvpd and Dry Lean Concrete (DLC 100mm thick for national highway to make it eco-friendly.

  19. A comprehensive approach for the assessment of in-situ pavement density using GPR technique

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    Plati, Christina; Georgiou, Panos; Loizos, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    Proper construction of the asphalt pavement is a prerequisite to developing a long lasting roadway that does not require extensive future maintenance. This goal is achieved by verifying that design specifications are met through the use of quality assurance (QA) practices. The in-situ density is regarded as one of the most important controls used to ensure that a pavement being placed is of high quality because it is a good indicator of future performance. In-situ density is frequently assessed utilizing one or more of the following three methods: cores, nuclear density gauge measurements or non-nuclear density gauge measurements. Each of the above mentioned methods, however, have their distinct disadvantages. Cores, for example, are generally considered to be the most accurate means of measuring in-situ density, however, they are a time consuming and destructive test that introduces a defect into asphalt pavements. Because of the destructive nature associated with coring, contractors and agencies have alternatively used non-destructive nuclear and non-nuclear density gauges for quality control purposes. These instruments allow for a more rapid assessment of the in-situ density, allowing measurements to be taken even during the pavement's construction. The disadvantage of these gauges are that they provide density readings only at discrete locations of the asphalt pavement mat, while no consensus exists among pavement researchers on the proper correlation between the gauges and core density. In recent years, numerous alternative methods have been introduced for the assessment of in-situ density, both during asphalt pavement construction and afterwards. These methods include, amongst others, intelligent compaction, thermal imaging and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Among these methods, GPR has been defined as both a technically feasible and promising method for the nondestructive, rapid, and continuous evaluation of in-situ asphalt pavement density based on electromagnetic mixing (EM) theory, through the utilization of proper models. These models enable the prediction of asphalt mixture density dependent on its bulk dielectric constant as measured by the GPR, the dielectric properties of the asphalt mix materials, as well as other material information. The goal of the present study is to attempt to verify the prediction performance of various density models. To accomplish this goal GPR surveys were carried out in the field during asphalt pavement construction to evaluate the density results due to different compaction modes. The GPR data was analyzed to calculate the appropriate asphalt mix dielectric properties needed for the activation of the considered density prediction models. Predicted densities were compared with densities of the field cores extracted from the as-built asphalt pavement prior to trafficking. It was found that the predicted density values were significantly lower when compared to the ground truth data. A further investigation of the effect of temperature on GPR readings showed that GPR seems to overestimate the in-situ density. However, this approach could be used effectively to evaluate the performance of different compaction methods and set up the compaction pattern that is needed to achieve the desired asphalt pavement density.

  20. Understanding mental distress in film and media: a new agenda?

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    Harper, Stephen

    2008-07-01

    This paper surveys some recent developments in media criticism and recent developments in film and media representations of mental distress. Focusing on a representations drawn from various forms of media, the paper argues that media and film images of mental distress are in many cases 'positive' and sympathetic, although they can also contain sexist, racist and other problematic elements that are not commonly identified by anti-stigma campaigners. It also suggests that while still valid in many ways, existing anti-stigma criticism tends to focus on a rather undifferentiated notion of 'violence to others' as the sole criterion against which media images are judged. Finally, the paper proposes that critics and campaigners pay closer attention to how the particular form or genre of any media text influences its treatment of psychological distress. PMID:18678112

  1. Intrathoracic cystic hygroma with sudden respiratory distress mimicking pneumonia

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    Umesh Goneppanavar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Benign cystic lesions such as cystic hygroma commonly manifest as progressively increasing swelling in the neck with or without compression effects. Rarely, they present with sudden respiratory distress in instances such as infection or haematoma resulting in a sudden increase in the size of the tumour. We present a seven month old child with sudden onset respiratory distress without any obvious neck swelling. The chest X ray findings correlated with the history and were suggestive of right upper lobe pneumonia that leads to a wrong diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia. However, presence of a deviated trachea in the neck raised a suspicion of possible mass. Computed tomogram showed a large cystic mass in the right upper mediastinum with tracheal collapse. We caution intensivists and paediatricians that sudden respiratory distress in infants in the absence of obvious neck swelling does not rule out possibility of intrathoracic tumour.

  2. Acute respiratory distress syndrome: epidemiology and management approaches

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    Walkey AJ

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Allan J Walkey,1 Ross Summer,1 Vu Ho,1 Philip Alkana21The Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA; 2Asthma Research Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USAAbstract: Acute lung injury and the more severe acute respiratory distress syndrome represent a spectrum of lung disease characterized by the sudden onset of inflammatory pulmonary edema secondary to myriad local or systemic insults. The present article provides a review of current evidence in the epidemiology and treatment of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome, with a focus on significant knowledge gaps that may be addressed through epidemiologic methods.Keywords: acute lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome, review, epidemiology

  3. Comparisons of distress in adolescents of cancer patients and controls.

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    Harris, Casey A; Zakowski, Sandra G

    2003-03-01

    Having a family member with cancer has been associated with symptoms of distress. While studies have reported distress in adolescents with a parent with cancer, few have included control groups of adolescents with healthy parents. Adolescents who had at least one parent diagnosed with cancer (n=27) and controls (n=23) completed questionnaires on PTSD, anxiety, depression, cancer risk perceptions, and family environment. Groups did not differ on anxiety and depression, but adolescents with an ill parent perceived their own risk for developing cancer as significantly higher than controls. Controls reported significantly higher levels of intrusive thoughts and avoidance regarding other stressful life events. A positive family environment was correlated with higher anxiety and depression, and expressiveness mediated the relations between family cohesion and anxiety. These preliminary findings suggest that distress reported in previous studies of adolescents with parents with cancer may be due to this transitional period of life. PMID:12619149

  4. Psychological distress in Japanese men with localized prostate cancer

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    The objective of this study was to investigate: the level of psychological distress; and the relationships between the level of psychological distress and general or disease-specific HRQOL of Japanese men with localized prostate cancer following surgery or radiotherapy. The study was a retrospective cross-sectional survey of 253 men with localized prostate cancer treated with radical prostatectomy and 87 with external beam radiotherapy were collected. The measures used four questionnaires including: the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Health Survey; The University of California, Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index; International Prostate Symptom Score; and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Mean anxiety and depression scores were 4.0 and 4.7, respectively (standard deviation, 3.3 and 3.7). On the anxiety section of HADS, 291 patients (85%) scored 7 points or less; and on the depression scale, 183 (54%) patients scored 4 points or less. Those 'cases' (HADS total, >10) with psychological distress scored lower in all domains of the general and disease related health-related quality of life (HRQOL) than the 'non-cases' (HADS total, ?10) except for sexual domains. Logistic regression modeling suggested that the men who tended to experience moderate to high distress suffered from worse urinary and bowel symptoms. Most patients who underwent radical prostatectomy or external beam radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer experienced low levels of psychological distress after treatment. However, men who were experiencing urinary and bowel symptoms tended to suffer from moderate to higher distress compared with men reporting no or fewer such symptoms. (author)

  5. Psychological distress related to BRCA testing in ovarian cancer patients.

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    Bjørnslett, Merete; Dahl, Alv A; Sørebø, Øystein; Dørum, Anne

    2015-12-01

    An increasing demand for genetic testing has moved the procedure from highly selected at-risk individuals, now also including cancer patients for treatment associated testing. The heritable fraction of ovarian cancer is more than 10 %, and our department has offered BRCA testing to such patients irrespective of family history since 2002. This study examined potential psychosocial distress associated with this procedure using The Multidimensional Impact of Cancer Risk Assessment (MICRA) questionnaire and other patient-rated generic distress instruments. Patients were divided into four groups according to cancer risk: mutation carriers, own history of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, family history of breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer, and patients without family history. In a postal survey, 354 patients responded. Good acceptance of the MICRA was observed, and previously described good psychometric properties were confirmed. A significant association between MICRA total score and receiving a positive BRCA test result was found. No significant between-group differences were observed with generic distress instruments. Time since cancer diagnosis, test result, and survey showed no significant associations with MICRA scores. Internal consistencies of instruments were adequate. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses showed adequate fit indices for a three factor solution of the MICRA, but further refinement of the items should be considered. In conclusion, the specific types of worry and distress most relevant to receiving genetic testing irrespective of family history were not captured by the generic distress instruments. The MICRA was supported as a useful tool for detection of mental distress related to genetic testing and risk evaluation. PMID:25980896

  6. Mental distress and social conditions and lifestyle in northern Norway.

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    1989-01-01

    In a cross sectional survey of risk factors for coronary heart disease three questions about mental distress were included in a questionnaire completed by 13,704 people, 64% of the total population aged 20-54 in one municipality. Overall, 860 (12.5%) of the men and 1141 (16.8%) of the women reported having at least one symptom of mental distress. There were no distinct differences between the age groups. Single people, separated and divorced people, and those who reported that the financial s...

  7. A Contrastive Analysis Of Independent Auditor Tenure In Distressed And Non-distressed Financial Companies Admitted In Tehran Stock Exchange

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Companies are continually looking for profit making and wealth. However, some companies are not able to carry on activities and fulfill their commitments up to a predictable time in future. Therefore, the sources which could be invested on profit-making chances are wasted away and in a broad view will play a negative effect on macro- economic indexes which all indicate financial distress (ambiguity on activity continuity of the companies. Then, if an independent auditor comes to the conclusion during his tenure that the company's future activity is unclear, it must be stated in auditing report to avoid misleading the user of the financial reports.Therefore, present paper is an attempt to investigate whether there is a meaningful difference between independent auditors tenure in financially distressed and non-distressed companies.

  8. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through strategic management of highway pavement roughness

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    Wang, Ting; Harvey, John; Kendall, Alissa

    2014-03-01

    On-road vehicle use is responsible for about a quarter of US annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Changes in vehicles, travel behavior and fuel are likely required to meet long-term climate change mitigation goals, but may require a long time horizon to deploy. This research examines a near-term opportunity: management of pavement network roughness. Maintenance and rehabilitation treatments can make pavements smoother and reduce vehicle rolling resistance. However, these treatments require material production and equipment operation, thus requiring a life cycle perspective for benefits analysis. They must also be considered in terms of their cost-effectiveness in comparison with other alternatives for affecting climate change. This letter describes a life cycle approach to assess changes in total GHG (measured in CO2-e) emissions from strategic management of highway pavement roughness. Roughness values for triggering treatments are developed to minimize GHG considering both treatment and use phase vehicle emission. With optimal triggering for GHG minimization, annualized reductions on the California state highway network over a 10-year analysis period are calculated to be 0.82, 0.57 and 1.38 million metric tons compared with historical trigger values, recently implemented values and no strategic intervention (reactive maintenance), respectively. Abatement costs calculated using /metric-ton CO2-e are higher than those reported for other transportation sector abatement measures, however, without considering all benefits associated with pavement smoothness, such as vehicle life and maintenance, or the time needed for deployment.

  9. Stomatal and pavement cell density linked to leaf internal CO2 concentration.

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    Šantr??ek, Ji?í; Vráblová, M.; Šimková, Marie; Hronková, Marie; Drtinová, M.; Kv?to?, J.; Vrábl, D.; Kubásek, J.; Macková, J.; Wiesnerová, Dana; Neuwithová, J.; Schreiber, L.

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    Ro?. 114, ?. 2 (2014), s. 191-202. ISSN 0305-7364 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GAP501/12/1261 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 Keywords : Stomatal density * Stomata development * Pavement cells Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 3.654, year: 2014

  10. Analysis and design of a stabilized fly ash as pavement base material

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    A. Hilmi Lav; M. Aysen Lav; A. Burak Goktepe [Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul (Turkey). Faculty of Civil Engineering

    2006-11-15

    The main objective of this study is to utilize a class F fly ash as base material in road pavements. Since class F fly ashes do not manifest desirable engineering properties for this purpose, it was decided to stabilize the material with cement. Fly ash may be utilized with or without aggregate as a pavement layer. It should be noted that, in this research only aggregate free stabilized mixtures (fly ash and cement only) were used since the aim was to utilize high volumes of this waste material. Cement content in the stabilized, laboratory prepared samples were between 2%, 4%, 8%, and 10% by total weight. Initially, Texas triaxial test was carried out to justify the suitability of the fly ash as pavement material. Then, mechanical tests were performed to obtain the fundamental properties of the cement stabilized material in order to analyze the pavement structure. Under repeated wheel loading, fatigue cracking is the primary mode of failure of stabilized materials in which cracks initiate due to the repeated tensile stresses. Utilizing an accelerated full scale road test data for the fatigue performance of cement stabilized fly ash and performing a mechanistic-empirical design procedure, required layer thickness for different lives were obtained for different amount of cement content. 32 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. EVALUATION OF RUTTING DEPTH IN FLEXIBLE PAVEMENTS BY USING FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS AND LOCAL EMPIRICAL MODEL

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    Alaa H. Abed

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research is to predict rut depth in local flexible pavements. Predication model in pavement performance is the process that used to estimate the parameter values which related to pavement structure, environmental condition and traffic loading. The different local empirical models have been used to calculate permanent deformation which include environmental and traffic conditions. Finite element analysis through ANSYS computer software is used to analyze two dimensional linear elastic plane strain problem through (Plane 82 elements. Standard Axle Load (ESAL of 18 kip (80 kN loading on an axle with dual set of tires, the wheel spacing is 13.5 in (343 mm with tire contact pressure of 87 psi (0.6 MPa is used. The pavement system is assumed to be an elastic multi-layers system with each layer being isotropic, homogeneous with specified resilient modulus and Poisson ratio. Each layer is to extend to infinity in the horizontal direction and have a finite thickness except the bottom layer. The analysis of results show that, although, the stress level decrease 14% in the leveling course and 27% in the base course, the rut depth is increased by 12 and 28% in that layers respectively because the material properties is changed.

  12. NON-LINEAR CALCULATION OF MULTILAYER AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS ACCORDING TO THE THEORY OF PLASTIC CURRENT

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    A.N.Popov

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    Full Text Available Statement of the problem.Low fracture strength of asphalt, promoting formation of the reflected cracks in a strengthening layer interferes with strengthening of precast slab pavings PAG by as-phalt layers of strengthening. Constructive-technological decisions aimed at decreasing the re-flected crack formation in practice do not produce a due result because of the absence of a strict mathematical model of the operation of non-rigid layers of strengthening. Thus, for the purpose of the definition of the parameters of the design of strengthening operation of the mathematical model based on the research of change of an intense-deformed condition of a multilayer airfield pavement, exposed to impact of a static load from aircrafts is required.Results.Elastic and plastic model of the deformation of the multilayer airfield pavement is ob-tained based on mathematical assumptions of the theory of a current. Strength and plasticity crite-rion are proved accordingly for materials of the artificial airfield pavement, a natural earth founda-tion. The method for settlements of elastic and plastic model is suggested using the method of final elements.Conclusions.The obtained data can be used in the course of designing of layers of reinforcement of rigid airfield pavement from plates PAG.

  13. 78 FR 26847 - Including Specific Pavement Types in Federal-aid Highway Traffic Noise Analyses

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    ... (OGAC), and Portland cement concrete (PCC). Prediction of future noise levels is based on the ``average... Federal Highway Administration Including Specific Pavement Types in Federal-aid Highway Traffic Noise... types used in Federal-aid highway traffic noise analyses. Current highway traffic noise analyses rely...

  14. Response of pavement to freeze-thaw cycles: Lebanon, New Hampshire, regional airport

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    Allen, Wendy L.; Quinn, William F.; Keller, Donald; Eaton, Robert A.

    1989-01-01

    In 1978 reconstruction was begun on the runway of the Lebanon Regional Airport, Lebanon, New Hampshire. The runway had experienced severe differential frost heaving and cracking during the previous three winters, which had resulted in closure of the facility during periods of extreme roughness. Temperature sensors were placed within the newly constructed pavement sections, and during the winters of 1979, 1980, and 1982 temperature data were recorded, and level surveys and repeated plate bearing tests were performed in order to provide data for the investigation. The three pavement sections were constructed to investigate the effect of section thickness on the level of frost protection provided. The sections consisted of 4 in. of asphalt concrete, 6 in. of crushed gravel and 22,30 dn 38 in. of well-graded sand subbase material. The 48-in section provided the highest level of frost protection to the subgrade. However, all three pavement sections maintained resilient stiffness values during the spring thaw period on the order of two to three times that of the pavement before reconstruction. Also, frost heave in all sections was reduced to levels that would not cause difficulty for aircraft using the facility.

  15. Estimation of doses from radioactively contaminated disaster wastes reused for pavements

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    It is desirable that the disaster wastes contaminated by radioactive cesium after the severe accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are reused as much as possible in order to minimize the quantity to be disposed of. Ministry of the Environment showed the policy that the wastes containing cesium of higher concentration than the clearance level (100 Bq/kg) were reusable as materials of construction such as subbase course materials of pavements under controlled condition with measures to lower exposure doses. In this study, in order to provide technical information for making a guideline on the use of contaminated concrete materials recycled from disaster wastes as pavement, doses for workers and the public were estimated, and the reusable concentration of radioactive cesium in the wastes was evaluated. It was shown that the external exposure of the public (children) residing near the completed pavement gave the minimum radiocesium concentration in order to comply with the dose criteria. The recycled concrete materials whose average concentration of cesium lower than 2,700 Bq/kg can be used as the subbase course materials of pavements. (author)

  16. Coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat, polycyclic aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and environmental health

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    Mahler, B.J.; Van Metre, P.C.

    2011-01-01

    Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have identified coal-tar-based sealcoat-the black, viscous liquid sprayed or painted on asphalt pavement such as parking lots-as a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in urban areas for large parts of the Nation. Several PAHs are suspected human carcinogens and are toxic to aquatic life.

  17. Quantifying Evaporation and Evaluating Runoff Estimation Methods in a Permeable Pavement System - abstract

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    Studies on quantifying evaporation in permeable pavement systems are limited to few laboratory studies that used a scale to weigh evaporative losses and a field application with a tunnel-evaporation gauge. A primary objective of this research was to quantify evaporation for a la...

  18. 24 CFR 597.102 - Tests of pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress.

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  19. 7 CFR 25.102 - Pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress.

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  20. 24 CFR 598.110 - Tests of pervasive poverty, unemployment and general distress.

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  1. Effects of diurnal temperature dynamics on curing of cold-emulsion reclaimed asphalt pavements

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    Kiplagat Chelelgo

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Strength development in Cold-Emulsion Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements is gradual and largely dependent on the rate at which curing proceeds. Its early life strength is therefore low and presents a major challenge in material specification for mechanistic pavement design. The solution has been to subject a sample of the mixture to be used in the pavement to accelerated laboratory curing to the attainment of Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC condition. Fatigue and Stiffness parameters of the mix along with the chemical properties of the binder can be determined from the cured samples and results incorporated into the pavement design process. The emphasis is in the choice of a laboratory curing protocol that adequately simulates expected curing trends in the field. Protocols in popular use employ steady state curing temperatures to predict long term behaviour of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavements. This project set out to investigate the likely effects of seasonal variations and diurnal cycles in ambient temperatures on the engineering properties of Reclaimed Asphalt and the incorporated binders. To simulate the above phenomena, a predictive model was adopted in computation of high and low temperature peaks that can be expected in two pavements, one in the tropics and the other in a temperate region. The resulting sets of temperatures were used to cyclically cure Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement cores that were manufactured by artificially aging Dense Bitumen Macadam (DBM in the laboratory and mixing it with a cationic bitumen emulsion. Another set of cores were subjected to steady temperatures as is the current practice. This acted as a control for the two cyclic temperatures under study. Use was made of a suite of tests available in the Nottingham Asphalt Tester (NAT to determine stiffness and fatigue properties of the mix under the three treatments. Bitumen binders recovered at the end of curing was tested for penetration, softening point temperatures and percentage of Asphaltenes. The findings pointed at a likelihood of severe treatment of asphalt samples by the existing laboratory curing protocols. Curing at a steady temperature led to a lower fatigue life, over estimation of early life strength and underestimation of long term strength of the cold asphalt. Low penetration values, high softening point temperatures and high percentages of Asphaltenes in bitumen from the cured samples attest to severe aging of the samples.

  2. Leading indicators of distress in Danish banks in the period 2008-12

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    Buchholst, Birgitte Vølund; Rangvid, Jesper

    2013-01-01

    Several Danish small and medium-sized banks have become distressed during and after the global financial crisis. In this paper, a multiple logistic regression model is used to identify which factors characterize the distressed Danish banks from 2008-12. The factors are chosen from a broad range of variables, i.e. the model is unrestricted. The estimated model identifies the distressed banks fairly well. The variables that altogether best describe the probability of a bank becoming distressed ...

  3. Future doctors : Mental distress during medical education: cross-sectional and longitudinal studies

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    Dahlin, Marie

    2007-01-01

    Medical education is long and stressful and medical students may suffer from mental distress. The aims of this dissertation are threefold; to investigate levels of distress in medical students at one Swedish medical school, to examine gender differences in such distress and to study individual and environmental determinants of distress. Major outcome measures were self-rated depression, burnout and interviewer-rated psychiatric morbidity. The thesis consists of two cross-sec...

  4. BENCHMARKING INCIDENCE OF DISTRESS IN THE NIGERIAN BANKING INDUSTRY ON ALTMAN SCALE

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    Oforegbunam Thaddeus Ebiringa

    2011-01-01

    This paper applied the Altman’s model in the prediction of distress in the Nigerian bankingindustry. Three banks (Union bank, Bank PHB and Intercontinental Bank) declared distress duringthe period of the study were used as case studies. Four years financial statistics prior to distress wasused to compute the most discriminating financial ratios that were substituted into the Altman’smodel. The result of the analysis shows that Altman’s model significantly predicted the distress stateof each o...

  5. Multiple States of Financially Distressed Companies : Tests using a Competing-risks Model

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    Nongnit Chancharat; Gary Tian; Pamela Davy; Michael McCrae; Sudhir Lodh

    2010-01-01

    This study examines the determinants of multiple states of financial distress by applying a competing-risksmodel. It investigates the effect of financial ratios, market-based variables and company-specific variables,including company age, size and squared size on three different states of corporate financial distress: activecompanies; distressed external administration companies; and distressed takeover, merger or acquisitioncompanies. A sample of 1,081 publicly listed Australian non-financia...

  6. Relation Between PAHs and Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealant in Urban Environments (Invited)

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    Mahler, B. J.; van Metre, P. C.

    2010-12-01

    Since 2003, coal-tar-based sealant products have come under increased scrutiny as a source of PAHs in urban environments. Sealant (or sealcoat) is the black, shiny substance often applied to asphalt pavement, in particular parking lots and driveways, for esthetic and maintenance purposes. Coal-tar-based sealant, one of the two primary pavement sealant types on the market, typically is 20-35 percent coal-tar pitch, a known carcinogen that is more than 50 percent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The PAH content of the coal-tar-based sealant product is about 1,000 times that of a similar, asphalt-based product, on average. This difference is reflected in regional differences in sealant use and PAH concentrations in pavement dust. In the central and eastern U.S., where the coal-tar-based formulation is prevalent, ?PAH in mobile particles from sealed pavement have been shown to be about 1,000 times higher than in the western U.S., where the asphalt-based formulation is prevalent (the median ?PAH concentrations are 2,200 mg/kg in the central and eastern U.S. and 2.1 mg/kg in the western U.S.). Source apportionment modeling indicates that, in the central and eastern U.S., particles from sealed pavement are contributing the majority of the PAHs in recently deposited (post-1990) lake sediment, with implications for ecological health, and that coal-tar-based sealant is the primary cause of upward trends in PAHs in U.S. urban lakes. From the standpoint of human health, research indicates that mobile particles from parking lots with coal-tar-based sealant are tracked indoors, resulting in elevated PAH concentrations in house dust. Coal-tar-based sealcoat being applied to an asphalt parking lot at the University of Texas Pickle Research Center.

  7. Late Financial Distress Process Stages and Financial Ratios : Evidence for Auditors' Goingconcern Evaluation

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    Sormunen, Nina; Laitinen, Teija

    2012-01-01

    The present study adds to our understanding and knowledge of financial distress predictions regarding the usefulness of financial ratios in the late stages of the financial distress process. The study contributes to previous research by generating information concerning: (1) the behavior and usefulness of single financial ratios in short-term financial distress prediction when the effect of each different financial distress process stage is considered; (2) the effects of recognition of the financial distress process stage on the financial distress prediction model. The time horizon for prediction is less than one year, and the empirical data consist of financial statement information from 106 distressed firms undergoing reorganization and their matched counterparts for 2003-2007. To analyze the effects of the specific distress process stage, the sample has been divided into two groups according to the date of application for reorganization: the first group of businesses applied for reorganization between 1 and 182 days after the closing of accounts, and the second group between 183 and 365 days after that point. The study findings provide evidence that the financial distress process stage affects the classification ability of single financial ratios and financial distress prediction models in short-term financial distress prediction. The study shows that the auditor's GC task could be supported by paying attention to the financial distress process stage. The implications of these findings for auditors and every stakeholder of business firms are considered.

  8. Psychological Distress among Nursing, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Students: A Longitudinal and Predictive Study

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    Nerdrum, Per; Rustoen, Tone; Helge Ronnestad, Michael

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we present longitudinal data on changes in psychological distress among 232 Norwegian undergraduate students of nursing, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy. Psychological distress was assessed by applying the 12-item version of the General Health Questionnaire. Nursing students became substantially more distressed during the…

  9. Maternal Distress during Pregnancy and Offspring Childhood Overweight

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    Ingstrup, Katja Glejsted; Schou Andersen, Camilla

    2012-01-01

    Background. Maternal distress during pregnancy increases the intrauterine level of glucocorticoids, which may have long-term health consequences for the child. Objective. To examine if distress as a combined measure of anxiety, depression, and stress of the mother during pregnancy was associated with offspring childhood overweight at age 7. Methods. We performed a cohort study using prospective data from 37,764 women and child dyads from the Danish National Birth Cohort (1996-2002). At a telephone interview at approximately 30 weeks gestation, the women reported whether they felt anxious, depressed, or stressed. The 95 percentile for body mass index in an international reference defined childhood overweight at any given age. Logistic regression was used for the analyses. Results. The prevalence of overweight children at 7 years of age was 9.9%. Prenatal exposure to maternal distress during pregnancy was not associated with childhood overweight at 7 years of age (adjusted OR 1.06 (95%?CI 0.96; 1.18)). In analyses stratified on sex, a small tendency of overweight was seen in boys (OR?1.15 (0.99; 1.33)), but not in girls (OR?0.98 (0.85; 1.13)). Conclusions. Maternal distress during pregnancy appeared to have limited, if any, influence on the risk of overweight in offspring at 7 years of age.

  10. Youth Unemployment and Psychological Distress in the Republic of Ireland.

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    Hannan, Damian F.; ORiain, Sean; Whelan, Christopher T.

    1997-01-01

    Examines the psychological consequences of youth unemployment so as to develop understanding of the processes. Results indicate that the experience of unemployment itself is the main factor contributing to increased levels of distress. Feelings of lack of control and attributing responsibility for employment to external factors increase the impact…

  11. Acute respiratory distress syndrome in an alpaca cria

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    Simpson, Katharine M.; Streeter, Robert N.; Genova, Suzanne G.

    2011-01-01

    A 7-hour-old alpaca was presented for lethargy and depression. The cria responded favorably to initial treatment but developed acute-onset dyspnea 48 hours later. Acute respiratory distress syndrome was diagnosed by thoracic imaging and blood gas analysis. The cria was successfully treated with corticosteroids and discharged from the hospital.

  12. [Acute respiratory distress revealing acute myeloblastic leukaemia: case report].

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    Malfuson, J-V; Margery, J; Bonnichon, A; Fagot, T; Souleau, B; Samson, T; de Revel, T

    2010-09-01

    We report on the case of a patient diagnosed with acute leukaemic transformation of chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia. Its development was characterised by blastic pulmonary localisation and response to corticosteroids. We discuss the etiologies of respiratory distress in acute myeloblastic leukaemia and the corticosteroid sensitivity of this myeloid disease. PMID:20933171

  13. Bullying and Student Distress: Beneath the Tip of the Iceberg.

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    Branwhite, Tony

    1994-01-01

    Reports on a study of bullying and other forms of student-caused distress among 836 secondary students in England. Finds students experienced much more peer abuse in secondary schools than in elementary schools. Also finds that males recorded a significantly higher incidence of physical abuse than did females. (CFR)

  14. Psychological Distress and Related Factors in Female College Students

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    Vazquez, Fernando L.; Otero, Patricia; Diaz, Olga

    2012-01-01

    Objective: This study assessed the psychological distress in Spanish college women and analyzed it in relation to sociodemographic and academic factors. Participants and Methods: The authors selected a stratified random sampling of 1,043 college women (average age of 22.2 years). Sociodemographic and academic information were collected, and…

  15. Stress and Psychological Distress among Trainee Secondary Teachers in England

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    Chaplain, Roland P.

    2008-01-01

    The relationships between stress and psychological distress were investigated among a cohort of trainee secondary school teachers in England. Specifically, the study examined the structure of a Teacher Stress Scale and its relationship to mental health as measured by the 12-item General Health Questionnaire. Three factors were identified:…

  16. Pregnancy Loss and Distress among U.S. Women

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    Shreffler, Karina M.; Greil, Arthur L.; McQuillan, Julia

    2011-01-01

    Although pregnancy loss--especially miscarriage--is a relatively common experience among reproductive-aged women, much of our understanding about the experience has come from small clinic-based or other nonrepresentative samples. We compared fertility-specific distress among a national sample of 1,284 women who have ever experienced a stillbirth…

  17. Dual Minority Stress and Asian American Gay Men's Psychological Distress

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    Chen, Yung-Chi; Tryon, Georgiana Shick

    2012-01-01

    The present study investigated the direct and additive effects of racial minority stress and sexual minority stress on the psychological well-being among a community sample of 139 Asian American gay men. Self-esteem was tested to see whether it moderated or mediated the effects of perceived dual minority stress on psychological distress. Results…

  18. The Effect of Reappraising Social Exclusion on Emotional Distress

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    Kitchens, Michael B.; Gohm, Carol L.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to examine whether reappraisal, which is a strategy where the personal meaning of an event is reevaluated, would influence participants' emotional reactions to social exclusion feedback. It was expected that reappraising this event would reduce the emotional distress that accompanies social exclusion, but…

  19. Religiosity and Death Distress in Arabic College Students

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    Al-Sabwah, Mohammed N.; Abdel-Khalek, Ahmed M.

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to explore the relationship between religiosity and death distress (death anxiety, death depression, and death obsession) among a sample (N = 570) of Egyptian women nursing undergraduates, mainly Muslims. Their ages ranged from 17 to 25. The correlations between religiosity and both death anxiety and death…

  20. Stress, Coping, Social Support, and Psychological Distress among MSW Students

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    Addonizio, Frank Patrick

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship among sources and levels of stress, coping patterns, sources and levels of social support, and psychological distress for MSW students. Stress is a common feeling experienced by people throughout life and it is important to understand the way they cope with their stressors. Most of the…

  1. Road Edge of Pavement, Road Edge of Pavement in Iredell County, NC from 2005 Orthophotography, Published in 2005, 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, Iredell County GIS.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:2400 (1in=200ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Orthoimagery information as of 2005. It is described as...

  2. Distressful symptoms after radical radiotherapy for urinary bladder cancer

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    Background: Radical radiotherapy for muscle-invasive urinary bladder cancer can sterilize the tumour with preserved organ function. Here we studied symptoms, symptom distress and trade-off among long-term survivors and compared figures to those of population controls and patients who had undergone cystectomy. Materials and methods: We identified 71 patients who had had urinary bladder cancer treated with radical radiotherapy before 1995. For comparison, 325 patients treated with radical cystectomy and urostomy, continent or non-continent, during the same period and 460 individuals randomly selected from the general population were included. Information was collected by means of an anonymously answered postal questionnaire to avoid investigator-related bias. Results: Answers were obtained from 58 (82%) radiated patients, 251 (85%) cystectomized patients and 310 (71%) population controls. Of the radiated patients, 74% reported little or no distress from symptoms from the urinary tract, 38% had had intercourse the previous month and 57% (men) reported they had ejaculated. Among the cystectomized patients, 13% had had intercourse and 0% (men) had ejaculated. Moderate or much distress from symptoms from the gastrointestinal tract was reported by 32% of the radiated patients, 24% of the cystectomized patients and 9% of the population controls. After radical radiotherapy, 46% of the patients were willing to accept some risk of decreased survival to become symptom-free. Conclusions: About 3/4 of these long-term survivors after radical radiotherapy for bladder cancer had a functioning urinary bladder with little or no distress from the urinary tract. The prevalence of sexual dysfunction was lower than after cystectomy and the prevalence of distress from the gastrointestinal tract was comparable

  3. Psychological distress and lifestyle of students: implications for health promotion.

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    Deasy, Christine; Coughlan, Barry; Pironom, Julie; Jourdan, Didier; Mcnamara, Patricia Mannix

    2015-03-01

    Poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption are major risk factors for chronic disease and premature mortality. These behaviours are of concern among higher education students and may be linked to psychological distress which is problematic particularly for students on programmes with practicum components such as nursing and teaching. Understanding how risk behaviours aggregate and relate to psychological distress and coping among this population is important for health promotion. This research examined, via a comprehensive survey undergraduate nursing/midwifery and teacher education students' (n = 1557) lifestyle behaviour (Lifestyle Behaviour Questionnaire), self-reported psychological distress (General Health Questionnaire) and coping processes (Ways of Coping Questionnaire). The results showed that health- risk behaviours were common, including alcohol consumption (93.2%), unhealthy diet (26.3%), physical inactivity (26%), tobacco smoking (17%), cannabis use (11.6%) and high levels of stress (41.9%). Students tended to cluster into two groups: those with risk behaviours (n = 733) and those with positive health behaviours (n = 379). The group with risk behaviours had high psychological distress and used mostly passive coping strategies such as escape avoidance. The potential impact on student health and academic achievement is of concern and suggests the need for comprehensive health promotion programmes to tackle multiple behaviours. As these students are the nurses and teachers of the future, their risk behaviours, elevated psychological distress and poor coping also raise concerns regarding their roles as future health educators/promoters. Attention to promotion of health and well-being among this population is essential. PMID:25315646

  4. Road Edge of Pavement, Published in Not Provided, 1:12000 (1in=1000ft) scale, Geospatial Viz.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Road Edge of Pavement dataset, published at 1:12000 (1in=1000ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Road Centerline Files information as of Not Provided....

  5. A TECHNIQUE OF ESTIMATION OF TECHNICAL CONDITION OF RIGID AIRFIELD PAVEMENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF RISK THEORY

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    A. N. Popov

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement. To provide for safe takeoff and landing of modern aviation complexes, specialattention is given to technical condition of artificial pavements of runways which can be serviceableor faulty, efficient or limiting. Available standard methods of an expeditious estimation of an operational-technical condition of airfield pavements are based on general principles of defect graduationand of definition of integrated total generalized indicator of pavement condition and often yield theresults contradicting each other, which complicate making decision in relation to operation.Results and conclusions. The classification of linear constructions of airfields by responsibilitylevel is proposed. Theoretical basics and practical recommendations on estimation of a technicalcondition of rigid airfield pavements by permissible level of are formulated with respect to level ofrisk with the use of principals of reliability theory and of risk theory. The recommendations proposedrest on new principles of technical regulation established by Federal Law N 184-FZ “Ontechnical regulation”.

  6. Riding Quality Model for Asphalt Pavement Monitoring Using Phase Array Type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR)

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    Kamiya Yoshikazu; Weerakaset Suanpaga

    2010-01-01

    There are difficulties associated with near-real time or frequent pavement monitoring, because it is time consuming and costly. This study aimed to develop a binary logit model for the evaluation of highway riding quality, which could be used to monitor pavement conditions. The model was applied to investigate the influence of backscattering values of Phase Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR). Training data obtained during 3–7 May 2007 was used in the development process, toge...

  7. Impact of psychological distress on cardiovagal reactivation after a speech task.

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    Koutnik, A P; Sanchez-Gonzalez, M A; May, R W; Hughes, R M; Fincham, F D

    2014-06-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is more prevalent in individuals with Type-D personality(distressed) who tend to avoid confrontation in social situations (social inhibition) and have a greater tendency to experience negative emotions (negative affectivity). Although psychological distress is associated with increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes and impaired heart rate (HR) modulation, studies examining cardiac autonomic modulation in distressed individuals through heart rate variability (HRV) and baroreflex functioning during, and more importantly, after stress are scarce. Accordingly, we investigated blood pressure (BP), baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) and HRV responses before, during and after an interpersonal speech task (ST) in individuals with high distress scores (HD) and low distress scores (LD). PMID:24335855

  8. Performance-based and condition-based NDT for predicting maintenance needs of concrete highways and airport pavements

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    Hertlein, Bernhard H.; Davis, Allen G.

    1996-11-01

    The state-of-the-art for nondestructive testing (NDT) of highway and airport pavements was evaluated in the late 1980's as part of the Strategic Highway Rehabilitation Program (SHRP). This program included many research projects in pavement construction, testing, maintenance, and rehabilitation. The limitations, as well was the capabilities of the various NDT methods then extant were examined by joint teams of federal, state, academic, and private sector engineers and researchers. The SHRP program, and the allied long-term pavement performance program clearly demonstrated that certain NDT methods performed well on asphalt pavement but performed unsatisfactorily on concrete pavements, and vice-versa. Despite this, some methods are still being used inappropriately, while other promising techniques are virtually being ignored. This paper examines some of the reasons for this, and summarizes the research and current state-of-the-art for NDT of concrete airport and highway pavements. Promising avenues for further development of test equipment, applications, data analysis, and interpretation are also discussed.

  9. The Effect of Distressing Imagery on Attention to and Persuasiveness of an Antialcohol Message: A Gaze-Tracking Approach

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    Brown, Stephen L.; Richardson, Miles

    2012-01-01

    Background. Distressing imagery may inhibit health communications by inducing audiences to reduce distress by avoiding attention to persuasive messages. Method. This study used eye-tracking methods to compare gaze time allocated to a persuasive textual message, accompanied by either distressing high-resolution color images or less distressing

  10. Diseño, construcción y funcionamiento de un prototipo para medir cargas vehiculares en un pavimento flexible / Design, construction and operation of a prototype to measure load in a flexible pavement structure

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    Hugo, Rondón; Eduardo, Delgadillo; Wilson, Vargas.

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta el diseño y la construcción de un prototipo con el cual es posible medir cargas vehiculares en un pavimento flexible, a partir de las vibraciones que dichos vehículos generan cuando se movilizan sobre esta estructura vial. El principio físico es simple: cuando un vehículo circul [...] a sobre la superficie de un pavimento, éste genera vibraciones que pueden ser percatadas en zonas adyacentes a la vía en estudio, y las amplitudes de dichas deformaciones pueden dar información sobre la magnitud de la carga rodante. Adicionalmente, se reportan los resultados de un estudio de campo ejecutado con el fin de calibrar una ecuación matemática que simula las señales de vibración obtenidas con el prototipo. De manera general se concluye que el prototipo es capaz de predecir la carga que circula sobre el pavimento a partir de las vibraciones que éstos inducen cuando transitan sobre la capa de rodadura. Abstract in english This paper presents the design and construction of a prototype able to measure weigh-in-motion on a flexible pavement structure, through the vibrations generated when vehicles move on these road structures. The physical principle is simple: when a vehicle is moving across the pavement road surface, [...] it creates vibrations that can be noticed in areas adjacent to the analyzed highway and the amplitudes of these vibrations can provide information on the magnitude of the vehicle load. Additionally, the paper reports the results of a field study performed in order to calibrate a mathematical equation which simulates the vibration signals obtained by the prototype when vehicles move across the road surface. As a general conclusion, the prototype is able to predict the load that is moving on the pavement, through the vibrations that they induce when transiting on its surface.

  11. Serum biomarkers in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome an ailing prognosticator

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    Pneumatikos Ioannis

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The use of biomarkers in medicine lies in their ability to detect disease and support diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. New research and novel understanding of the molecular basis of the disease reveals an abundance of exciting new biomarkers who present a promise for use in the everyday clinical practice. The past fifteen years have seen the emergence of numerous clinical applications of several new molecules as biologic markers in the research field relevant to acute respiratory distress syndrome (translational research. The scope of this review is to summarize the current state of knowledge about serum biomarkers in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome and their potential value as prognostic tools and present some of the future perspectives and challenges.

  12. Low cerebral blood flow in hypotensive perinatal distress

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    Lou, H C; Lassen, N A

    1977-01-01

    Hypoxic brain injury is the most important neurological problem in the neonatal period and accounts for more neurological deficits in children than any other lesion. The neurological deficits are notably mental retardation, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The pathogenesis has hitherto been poorly understood. Arterial hypoxia has been taken as the obvious mechanism but this does not fully explain the patho-anatomical findings. In the present investigation we have examined the arterial blood pressure and the cerebral blood flow in eight infants a few hours after birth. The 133Xe clearance technique was used for the cerebral blood flow measurements. The study confirmed that perinatal distress may be associated with low arterial blood pressure, and it was shown that cerebral blood flow is very low, 20 ml/100 g/min or less, in hypotensive perinatal distress. It is concluded that cerebral ischaemia plays a crucial role in the development of perinatal hypoxic brain injury.

  13. Acute tocolysis for fetal distress: terbutaline versus magnesium sulphate.

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    Magann, E F; Cleveland, R S; Dockery, J R; Chauhan, S P; Martin, J N; Morrison, J C

    1993-11-01

    Forty-six women in active labour who developed fetal distress requiring abdominal delivery were randomized to receive 0.25 mg of terbutaline (subcutaneously) or magnesium sulphate as a 4-g bolus (intravenously) to decrease uterine activity. The terbutaline-treated group in contrast to the magnesium sulphate-treated group had reduced uterine activity as measured by Montevideo units (p terbutaline, 1.8 +/- 0.74 minutes compared to 7.5 +/- 2.1 minutes in the 16 of 23 patients (magnesium sulphate-treated women) in whom a decrease in uterine activity occurred (p terbutaline versus 7 of the 23 in the magnesium sulphate-treated group. We conclude that terbutaline is an effective and more rapid-acting tocolytic agent to arrest uterine activity prior to delivery for fetal distress. PMID:8179541

  14. The road well travelled : implications of a changing climate on pavement infrastructure in southern Canada

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    The implications of a changing climate on pavement infrastructure in southern Canada were examined. The session consisted of a presentation of a research project whose purpose was to understand how climate change may affect the frequency, severity and duration of conditions that lead to three forms of pavement deterioration and deformation including permanent deformation associated with heat-related rutting; thermal cracking associated with low temperatures; and frost heave and associated seasonal deformation stress. Interactions among climatic conditions, traffic volume/mix, and construction (e.g., design standards, materials) and maintenance variables were studied. The presentation consisted of a summary of the results from a literature review component of the project and findings from a preliminary analysis of historic climate data and future scenarios of climate change. tabs., figs

  15. The Effect of Joint Width on Structural Performance of Asphalt Block Pavements

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    Ahmed Abdelgalil

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Asphalt blocks have been occasionally used around the world as a road pavement, but there have been very limited studies being done to evaluate the effect of joint width (spacing between the blocks on the structural performance of asphalt paving blocks. This study explains the experimental study to assess the performance and properties of asphalt paving blocks laid with different joint widths between the blocks i.e., 0, 2 and 3 mm, respectively. A total of 250 asphalt paving blocks was manufactured and tested in the laboratory to ascertain the density, air voids, the compressive strength and the rut depth and displacement occurred in asphalt paving block. The design compressive load of single asphalt paving block is 166 kN. The test results showed that the joint width plays a vital role on the performance of asphalt block pavement. Asphalt paving blocks were laid as closely in contact as possible (0 mm yields the best structural performance.

  16. Using Financial Ratios to Identify Romanian Distressed Companies

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    Madalina ANDREICA; Andreica, Mugurel Ionut; Andreica, Marin

    2010-01-01

    In the context of the current financial crisis, when more companies are facing bankruptcy or insolvency, the paper aims to find methods to identify distressed firms by using financial ratios. The study will focus on identifying a group of Romanian listed companies, for which financial data for the year 2008 were available. For each company a set of 14 financial indicators was calculated and then used in a principal component analysis, followed by a cluster analysis, a logit ...

  17. Evaluation of Anaesthesia Methods in Caesarean Section for Foetal Distress

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    Wahjoeningsih, Sri; Witjaksono, Widowati

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anaesthetic technique for Caesarean section which was appropriate for the clinical situation. This retrospective study was conducted on 240 patients undergoing Caesarean section with indications of foetal distress during a 3-year period (2002–2004). The data were reviewed from the patient’s medical record of the Department of Anesthesiology, Dr Soetomo Hospital, Surabaya. The patients were divided into three groups, according to the criteria of fo...

  18. Mature Mediastinal Teratoma- A Rare Cause of Recurrent Respiratory Distress

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    Shweta Anand,

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Teratomas are interesting because of their obscure origin,bizarre microscopic appearance and sometimesunpredictable behaviour.Although they occur infrequently in children, clinician should be aware of their clinical features,natural history, pathology and principles of treatment.In an attempt to document some of the features ,we report a case ofan infant with large mediastinal teratoma presenting with severe and recurrent respiratory distress. Patient was operatedsuccessfully with no recurrence in 1 year follow up.

  19. A new questionnaire to identify bodily distress in primary care

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    Budtz-Lilly, Anna; Fink, Per; Ørnbøl, Eva; Vestergaard, Mogens; Moth, Grete; Christensen, Kaj Sparle; Rosendal, Marianne

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    BACKGROUND: Functional symptoms and disorders are common in primary care. Bodily distress syndrome (BDS) is a newly proposed clinical diagnosis for functional disorders. The BDS diagnosis is based on empirical research, and the symptoms stated in the BDS criteria have been translated into a self-report questionnaire called the BDS checklist. The aim of the present study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the checklist and to test the construct of BDS. METHOD: The 30-item BDS check...

  20. Psychoactive substances and the political ecology of mental distress

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    Aggarwal Sunil K; Carter Gregory T; Zumbrunnen Craig; Morrill Richard; Sullivan Mark; Mayer Jonathan D

    2012-01-01

    Abstract The goal of this paper is to both understand and depathologize clinically significant mental distress related to criminalized contact with psychoactive biotic substances by employing a framework known as critical political ecology of health and disease from the subdiscipline of medical geography. The political ecology of disease framework joins disease ecology with the power-calculus of political economy and calls for situating health-related phenomena in their broad social and econo...

  1. Patterns of gender equality at workplaces and psychological distress

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    Elwér, Sofia; Harryson, Lisa; Bolin, Malin; Hammarström, Anne

    2013-01-01

    Research in the field of occupational health often uses a risk factor approach which has been criticized by feminist researchers for not considering the combination of many different variables that are at play simultaneously. To overcome this shortcoming this study aims to identify patterns of gender equality at workplaces and to investigate how these patterns are associated with psychological distress. Questionnaire data from the Northern Swedish Cohort (n?=?715) have been analysed and suppl...

  2. Mothers' unresolved trauma blunts amygdala response to infant distress

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    Kim, S.; Fonagy, P; Allen, J; Strathearn, L.

    2014-01-01

    While the neurobiology of post-traumatic stress disorder has been extensively researched, much less attention has been paid to the neural mechanisms underlying more covert but pervasive types of trauma (e.g., those involving disrupted relationships and insecure attachment). Here, we report on a neurobiological study documenting that mothers' attachment-related trauma, when unresolved, undermines her optimal brain response to her infant's distress. We examined the amygdala blood oxygenation le...

  3. Financial Distress and Corporate Governance around Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy

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    Xavier Brédart

    2014-01-01

    United States faced a growing number of corporate bankruptcies during the subprime crisis. This article is intended to determine the effectiveness of some governance mechanisms on the financial distress probability of companies over the period 2007–2009. This period is divided into two parts; we take the date of filing for chapter 11 of the company Lehman Brothers (15 December, 2008) as the cutting point between the mortgage and the financial phases of the crisis. Aiming to highlight the infl...

  4. Parental reactions in childhood cancer: distress, risk and resilience

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    Gudmundsdóttir, Eygló

    2011-01-01

    Parents of children with cancer encounter an exceptionally difficult life experience. Acute and long-lasting distress adds to the initial traumatic experience of being told that a family member suffers from a potentially fatal illness. This thesis investigates the determinants of short and long-term psychological effects in parents in two Nordic sites with different routines for care and follow-up. A general aim was increased knowledge and understanding of parental reactions and psychosocial ...

  5. Respiratory distress syndrome and inositol supplementation in preterm infants.

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    Hallman, M; Järvenpää, A L; Pohjavuori, M

    1986-01-01

    We report a randomised double blind trial of myo-inositol (inositol) supplementation for 10 days in 74 preterm infants with a birth weight less than 2000 g (mean gestational age 29.5 weeks and mean birth weight 1266 g). All infants required artificial ventilation for treatment of respiratory distress syndrome. Inositol (120-160 mg/kg/day) was administered by the ingastric or intravenous route. The 37 infants who received inositol supplementation required less mechanical ventilation during day...

  6. Spiritual Distress in Bereavement: Evolution of a Research Program

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    Laurie A. Burke; Neimeyer, Robert A

    2014-01-01

    Many mourners turn to their spiritual beliefs and traditions when confronted by the death of a loved one. However, prior studies have either focused primarily on the benefits of faith following loss or studied spiritual struggle outside the context of bereavement. Moreover, scales to measure bereavement-related crises of faith and interventions specifically designed for spiritually inclined, distressed grievers are virtually non-existent. Our program of research, which to date has consisted o...

  7. Peer Pressure, Psychological Distress and the Urge to Smoke

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    Tzu-I Tsai; Chia-Rung Tsai; Yi-Wen Tsai; Yu-Wen Wen

    2009-01-01

    Background: Psychology and addiction research have found that cigarette smokers react with subjective and automatic responses to stimuli associated with smoking. This study examines the association between the number of cigarettes smokers consume per month and their response to cues derived from peer and psychological distress. Methods: We studied 1,220 adult past and current smokers drawn from a national face-to-face interview survey administered in 2004. We defined two types of cues possibl...

  8. Emotional distress and parenting among community and clinic parents

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    Rimehaug, Tormod

    2012-01-01

    Background: The purpose of this thesis was to investigate the distribution of and the change in parental emotional distress and parenting dimensions by combining samples of community parents, non-parents and clinic parents. Clinic parents were involved in intensive inpatient family treatment related to their children’s psychiatric problems. Research questions: The focal themes of the three research questions were as follows: 1) Anxiety and depression among community parent and non-parent subg...

  9. Distressed debt in Germany: What's next? Possible innovative exit strategies

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    Dickler, Robert A.; Schalast, Christoph

    2006-01-01

    During the past two years, private equity funds have acquired substantial portfolios of nonperforming loans from banks in Germany. Typically a private equity investor does not commit funds unless exit strategies are clearly defined. The usual exit strategies for distressed debt investors are fix it (restructuring and turnaround), sell it (sale of debt or equity), or shut it down (liquidation). A new alternative exit strategy for NPL investors considered here is the transfer of credit recovery...

  10. Stress, distress and outcome of assisted reproductive technology (ART)

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    Matthiesen, S M S; Frederiksen, Y; Ingerslev, Hans Jakob; Zachariae, R

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: A number of studies have investigated the relationship between psychological factors such as stress and distress (measured as anxiety and depression) and outcomes of assisted reproductive technology (ART). The results, however, are inconsistent, and the strength of any associations remains to be clarified. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the results of studies reporting on the associations between stress, anxiety, and depression and ART outcomes. METHODS: Prospe...

  11. Financial Distress and Corporate Governance: The Impact of Board Configuration

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    Xavier Brédart

    2014-01-01

    The number of filings for bankruptcy procedures has exploded since 2007 and governance has been pointed outas one of the causes. We took a dataset of 312 US firms and asked the following research question: does theboard of directors configuration have an impact on financial distress? We used a matched-pair sample of USquoted firms with half of the sample filing for Chapter 7 (liquidation) or 11 (reorganization) of the United StatesBankruptcy Code and conducted logit regression analysis. We fo...

  12. PARENTS’ FEAR AND DISTRESS DURING CHILD INPATIENT CARE

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    Z. S. Meshkani B. Bavarian

    2005-01-01

    Hospitalization of child is one of the most stressful events of life for parents and children. This fear and stress may affect the process of treatment. Since there is no information available about the source of distress and needs of Iranian parents during the inpatient care of their children, we designed a research in order to discover the main source of worries and fears among parents. In this cross-sectional study 120 parents of 88 children were interviewed by structured questionnaire dur...

  13. Transmission of distress in a bank credit network

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    Maeno, Yoshiharu; Morinaga, Satoshi; Matsushima, Hirokazu; Amagai, Kenichi

    2012-01-01

    The European sovereign debt crisis has impaired many European banks. The distress on the European banks may transmit worldwide, and result in a large-scale knock-on default of financial institutions. This study presents a computer simulation model to analyze the risk of insolvency of banks and defaults in a bank credit network. Simulation experiments reproduce the knock-on default, and quantify the impact which is imposed on the number of bank defaults by heterogeneity of th...

  14. Preoperative Distress Predicts Persistent Pain After Breast Cancer Treatment

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    Mejdahl, Mathias Kvist; Mertz, Birgitte Goldschmidt; Bidstrup, Pernille Envold; Andersen, Kenneth Geving

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: Persistent pain after breast cancer treatment (PPBCT) affects 25% to 60% of breast cancer survivors and is recognized as a clinical problem, with 10% to 15% reporting moderate to severe pain several years after treatment. Psychological comorbidity is known to influence pain perception, and evidence links signs of depression and anxiety with development of PPBCT. The purpose of this study was to assess preoperative distress as a predictive factor for development of PPBCT. METHODS: Betwee...

  15. Psychological distress, anxiety and depression among nursing students in Greece

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    Sapountzi-Krepia D.; Vlasiadis I.; Papanikolaou N.; Tsiga E.; Papazisis G.

    2008-01-01

    It is usually observed that nursing students undergo tremendous stress during various stages oftheir course but the knowledge about the stress process and depressive symptoms in this population is limited. TheAim of the present study was to determine the prevalence of psychological distress, anxiety and depression amongnursing students in Greece. For that purpose 170 nursing students (34 males, 136 females) of the Department of Nursingof the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki...

  16. Dacryocystocele: a rare cause of neonatal respiratory distress.

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    Moreno-Calero, Clara; Benítez-Segura, Ignacio; Ramis, Laia Ferrés; Ferré, Consuelo Galiana; Busto, Jordi Roldan; Balliu-Badia, Pere Ramon

    2014-05-01

    Dacryocystocele consist in congenital dilatation of the tear duct. It is a benign anomaly with a good prognosis that is caused by blockage of the nasolacrimal drainage system. Classically it appears as a bluish mass in the region of the inner edge of the eye and, less frequently, as respiratory distress in the neonatal period. We report a case of a newborn with episodic cyanosis and difficult feeding secondary to dacryocystocele. PMID:23841793

  17. An approach to ventilation in acute respiratory distress syndrome

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    Houston, Patricia

    2000-01-01

    Appropriate management of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) represents a challenge for physicians working in the critical care environment. Significant advances have been made in understanding the pathophysiology of ARDS. There is also an increasing appreciation of the role of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). VILI is most likely related to several different aspects of ventilator management: barotrauma due to high peak airway pressures, lung overdistension or volut...

  18. Platelets in the pathogenesis of acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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    Yadav, Hemang; Kor, Daryl J

    2015-11-01

    Platelets have an emerging and incompletely understood role in a myriad of host immune responses, extending their role well beyond regulating thrombosis. Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a complex disease process characterized by a range of pathophysiologic processes including oxidative stress, lung deformation, inflammation, and intravascular coagulation. The objective of this review is to summarize existing knowledge on platelets and their putative role in the development and resolution of lung injury. PMID:26320157

  19. Anxiety Symptomatology: The Association with Distress Tolerance and Anxiety Sensitivity

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    Keough, Meghan E.; Riccardi, Christina J.; Timpano, Kiara R; Mitchell, Melissa A.; Schmidt, Norman B.

    2010-01-01

    Research focused on psychological risk factors for anxiety psychopathology has led to better conceptualization of these conditions as well as pointed toward preventative interventions. Anxiety sensitivity (AS) has been well-established as an anxiety risk factor, while distress tolerance (DT) is a related construct that has received little empirical exploration within the anxiety psychopathology literature. The current investigation sought to extend the existing literature by examining both DT...

  20. Emotional distress among people with epilepsy in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria

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    Folorunsho T Nuhu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Epilepsy is associated with significant psychiatric morbidities. However, little is known about epilepsy and emotional distress in northern Nigeria. Aim: To assess the prevalence and determinants of emotional distress among people with epilepsy (PWE in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. Settings and Design: This cross-sectional study was conducted between January, 2011 and June, 2011. Materials and Methods: We administered the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale as well as the Oslo 3-Items Social Support Scale to 209 consecutive PWE of at least 1 year duration attending the outpatient clinic of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Kaduna in order to measure their levels of anxiety and depression, and social support. The socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the subjects were also recorded. Results: The 209 subjects consisted of 123 (58.7% males and 86 (41.3% females with mean age of 28.7 (SD, 12.1 years. Majority have strong social support (56.3% and less than 6 months seizure-free periods (82.3%. The prevalence of anxiety and depressive symptoms were 20.2% and 15.4% respectively. Older age, being a female, poor social support and short seizure-free periods were significantly associated with emotional distress (P value < 0.05 while female sex (OR = 2.201, P value = 0.024, 95% CI = 1.108 - 4.373 and poor support (OR = 0.361, P value = 0.024, 95% CI = 0.149 - 0.875 predicted anxiety and depressive symptoms respectively. Conclusion: Emotional distress is quite common among PWE and should be taken into consideration in the management of patients with this disorder.

  1. Ameliorating intrusive memories of distressing experiences using computerized reappraisal training

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    Woud, Marcella L.; Holmes, Emily A.; Postma, Peggy; Dalgleish, Tim; Mackintosh, Bundy

    2015-01-01

    The types of appraisals that follow traumatic experiences have been linked to the emergence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Could changing reappraisals following a stressful event reduce the emergence of PTSD symptoms? The present proof-of-principle study examined whether a non-explicit, systematic computerized training in reappraisal style following a stressful event (a highly distressing film) could reduce intrusive memories of the film, and symptoms associated with posttraumatic distress over the subsequent week. Participants were trained to adopt a generally positive or negative post-stressor appraisal style using a series of scripted vignettes after having been exposed to highly distressing film clips. The training targeted self-efficacy beliefs and reappraisals of secondary emotions (emotions in response to the emotional reactions elicited by the film). Successful appraisal induction was verified using novel vignettes and via change scores on the Post Traumatic Cognitions Inventory. Compared with those trained negatively, those trained positively reported fewer intrusive memories of the film during the subsequent week in a diary, and lower scores on the Impact of Event Scale (a widely-used measure of posttraumatic stress symptoms). Results support the use of computerized, non-explicit, reappraisal training after a stressful event has occurred and provide a platform for future translational studies with clinical populations that have experienced significant real-world stress or trauma. PMID:21859193

  2. The Effects of Bank Distress on the Nigerian Economy

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    Ademola Felix Adeyefa

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Bank distress poses threats to financial intermediation process with serious detrimental effect on the economy. Despite all attempts made by the supervisory authorities, the problem appears to defy already established approach and the menace still continues to resurface. Hence, the need to investigate the effects of bank distress on the Nigerian economy. The cointegration and error correction mechanism were used to test the data which covers a period of thirty-one  (31 years from 1982 to 2012. The research findings revealed that the ratio of non-performing loans to total loans, and total loans and advances have significant negative effect on economic growth with p-values of 0.0240 and 0.0445 respectively. Also, total bank deposit and cash reserve ratio have significant positive effect on economic growth with p-values of 0.0020 and 0.0374 respectively. The implication of this result is that the Nigerian economy is significantly affected by bank distress. The paper suggests that careful evaluation of loan proposals should always be carried out by banks to determine the viability of the projects and the repayment of the principal sum and its interest ensured to prevent weak asset quality. 

  3. Psychological distress and intervention in cancer patients treated with radiotherapy

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    Background. Common side effects of treatment with radiation therapy (RT) often cause psychophysical distress in cancer patients. Anxiety, adjustment disorders and depression (which are according to many studies experienced in about half of the oncological population) might originate some serious psychiatric forms of mood disorders and can even culminate in suicide, if not treated appropriately. There are some groups of cancer patients who are especially vulnerable and among them are cancer patients undergoing RT - they should receive special attention from medical staff. The purpose of this review is to present a variety of psychosocial interventions and illustrate some methods that are (or could be) used in psycho-oncology practice. Conclusions. A large body of literature suggests that the first intervention step should be effective screening for patients in distress. In regard to these proposals the development of (computerized) screening programmes is the first measure that ought to be taken. Moreover, further systematical research of traditional, non-traditional and complementary intervention strategies in cancer patients in distress would be necessary in order to provide reliable empirical results about the effectiveness of different approaches. (author)

  4. Tinnitus-related distress: A review of recent findings.

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    Malouff, John M; Schutte, Nicola S; Zucker, Lucinda A

    2011-02-01

    This article reviews recent articles relevant to tinnitus-related distress (TRD). Recent studies provide evidence that 1) chronic tinnitus, which occurs in a significant percentage of adults, has stress-inducing effects similar to those of other chronic health problems; 2) the effects of tinnitus on distress are worse in individuals who have certain personality characteristics, such as type D personality and anxiety sensitivity; 3) neural activity in TRD is similar to that for pain and depression; 4) tinnitus leads to less distress in individuals who accept their condition; and 5) cognitive-behavioral treatments, including relaxation training, attention-control training, and acceptance activities, tend to reduce TRD. The recent findings suggest that it would be good practice for mental health professionals to ask patients, especially older patients, about tinnitus and to offer psychological treatment for TRD in appropriate cases. Future research on TRD might explore the extent to which the problem is genetic and the possibility of preventing TRD in individuals who have recently developed persistent tinnitus. PMID:21080115

  5. Biological correlates of tinnitus-related distress: an exploratory study.

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    Szczepek, Agnieszka J; Haupt, Heidemarie; Klapp, Burghard F; Olze, Heidi; Mazurek, Birgit

    2014-12-01

    During the process of tinnitus diagnostics, various psychometric instruments are used to measure tinnitus-related distress. The aim of present work was to explore whether candidates for biological correlates of the tinnitus-related distress could be found in peripheral blood of patients and if so, whether there was association between them and psychometric scores that reflect tinnitus-related distress. The concentrations of interleukin-1? (IL1?), interleukin-6 (IL6), tumor necrosis factor-? (TNF?) and a brain-derived neutrotrophic factor (BDNF) were measured in serum of 30 patients diagnosed with chronic tinnitus and tested for correlation with psychometric scores collected on the same day. Spearman's correlation analyses detected significant positive association between the concentrations of tumor necrosis factor ? and tinnitus loudness, total perceived stress, tension and depression and a negative association between tumor necrosis factor ? and a psychometric score "joy". Concentrations of interleukin-1? correlated with the awareness grade of tinnitus. The correlation between visual analogue scale (VAS) "loudness" and tumor necrosis factor ? as well as between "joy" and tumor necrosis factor ? retained their significance (p < 0.00167) after the application of Bonferroni correction for multiple testing. Partial correlations removing the effects of age, hearing loss and the duration of tinnitus verified the results obtained using Spearman correlation. We conclude that measuring the concentrations of selected circulating cytokines could possibly become an additional objective element of tinnitus diagnostics in the future. PMID:25445818

  6. Predictors of Serious Psychological Distress in an Urban Population.

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    Marko, Dritana; Linder, Stephen H; Tullar, Jessica M; Reynolds, Thomas F; Estes, Larissa J

    2015-08-01

    While there are state and national estimates of serious psychological distress (SPD), these are not useful for targeting local mental health interventions or for addressing the needs of sub-populations at increased risk for SPD. This cross-sectional study uses data from the population-based 2010 Health of Houston Survey (n = 5,116) to examine (1) the prevalence of SPD and its determinants in Houston area and (2) predictors of the utilization of mental health services among people with SPD. The prevalence of SPD among the Houston area adult population was 7 %, more than twice the national average. Correlates of SPD included: being female, under 65, lacking emotional support, smoking, having poor health status and financial distress. The odds of utilizing health services by those with SPD were affected by financial distress, insurance, employment and perceived need for services, among other factors. Interventions should be tailored to mitigate risk factors for SPD and to improve access to mental health services in the SPD sub-population. PMID:25535042

  7. Distress and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in abused women.

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    Vitanza, S; Vogel, L C; Marshall, L L

    1995-01-01

    Emotional distress and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were examined among women in psychologically abusive relationships. Women (N = 93) were divided into three groups (none, moderate, severe) according to scores on the violence subscale of the Severity of Violence Against Women Scales (Marshall, 1992). All groups reported serious emotional distress on the Symptom Checklist 90-Revised (Derogatis, 1983) dimensions (e.g. more so than 93% of the nonclinical norm for global distress). Psychoticism was the highest subscale for all groups. Most women (56%) suffered PTSD according to a subscale of the SCL90 (Saunders, Arata, & Kilpatrick, 1990). Difficulties with perception, memory, and motor functions (cognitive failure) more consistently predicted intrusive thoughts. PTSD scores, and attempted suicide than did women's attention to their inner thoughts and feelings (private self-consciousness), which was important for the sample and the subgroup that had sustained severe violence. Limitations and contributions are discussed as are different uses for conservative and inclusive measures of PTSD. PMID:8555116

  8. Moss cushions facilitate water and nutrient supply for plant species on bare limestone pavements

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    Jensen, Kaj Sand; Hammer, Kathrine

    2012-01-01

    Dense moss cushions of different size are distributed across the bare limestone pavements on Øland, SE Sweden. Increasing cushion size is predicted to physically protect and improve performance and colonization by vascular plants. Therefore, we tested water balance, phosphorus supply, and species richness, and evaluated duration of plant activity during desiccation as a function of ground area, for a large collection of moss cushions. We found that lower evaporation and higher water storage cont...

  9. Experimental study of recycled asphalt mixtures with high percentages of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)

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    Valdés Vidal, Gonzalo A.; Pérez Jiménez, Félix Edmundo; Miró Recasens, José Rodrigo; Martínez Reguero, Adriana Haydée; Botella Nieto, Ramón

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents an experimental study to characterize the mechanical behaviour of bituminous mixtures containing high rates of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). Two semidense mixtures of 12 and 20 mm maximum aggregate size and containing 40 and 60% RAP, respectively (S-12 and S-20, in accordance with Spanish specifications), which were used for rehabilitation of a highway section, were evaluated. First, the effect of RAP variability on the recycled mixtures was analyzed. Their mecha...

  10. 3-D cohesive finite element model for application in structural analysis of heavy duty composite pavements

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    Skar, Asmus; Poulsen, Peter Noe

    2015-01-01

    The problem of stiffness degradation in composite pavement systems from localised fracture damage in the quasibrittle cement bound granular mixture are today taken into account only by empirical formulas. These formulas deals with a limited number of materials in a restricted range of design options and would yield unrealistic results in ultimate loading conditions. Cohesive modelling is one of the primary methods to handle localised damage in quasi-brittle materials, e.g., concrete, describing ...

  11. Hypolithic Microbial Community of Quartz Pavement in the High-Altitude Tundra of Central Tibet

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    Wong, Fiona K. Y.; Lacap, Donnabella C; Lau, Maggie C. Y.; Aitchison, J. C.; Cowan, Donald A.; Pointing, Stephen B.

    2010-01-01

    The hypolithic microbial community associated with quartz pavement at a high-altitude tundra location in central Tibet is described. A small-scale ecological survey indicated that 36% of quartz rocks were colonized. Community profiling using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism revealed no significant difference in community structure among a number of colonized rocks. Real-time quantitative PCR and phylogenetic analysis of environmental phylotypes obtained from clone libraries w...

  12. Research and evaluation of Lithuanian asphalt concrete road pavements reinforced by geosynthetics

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    Laurinavi?ius, Alfredas; Oginskas, Rolandas; Žilionien?, Daiva

    2006-01-01

    The paper focuses on the main functions of geosynthetics in asphalt concrete structures; it also offers results of the research into asphalt concrete pavements reinforced by geosynthetics. The present investigation also includes evaluation of the impact of geosynthetics. The analysis has helped identify the reological parameters whose values are related directly to geosynthetics. The regressive equations help calculate the depth of ruts, if the elasticity modulus and the viscosity of asphalt ...

  13. Experimental research on the development of rutting in asphalt concrete pavements reinforced with geosynthetic materials

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    Laurinavi?ius, Alfredas; Oginskas, Rolandas

    2006-01-01

    The article sets out to explore reasons for the development of shear strains and rutting in asphalt pavement as well as to suggest and describe the main methods for reducing the deformation. The impact of geosynthetic materials is defined through reological characteristics of asphalt: the modulus of elasticity and the viscosity of asphalt. The research has been conducted on the experimental road section in the city of Vilnius. The measurements have been based on the plate-bearing test. Sustai...

  14. Asphalt rubber interlayer benefits on reflective crack retardation of flexible pavement overlays

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    Shakir, Shatnawi; Pais, Jorge; Minhoto, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of the asphalt rubber interlayer benefits on reflective crack retardation in flexible pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies. These interlayers are known in California as asphalt rubber absorbing membrane interlayers (SAMI-R) or as asphalt rubber aggregate membrane interlayers (ARAM-I) chip seals. These interlayers have been used successfully as part of cape seals and as part of an overlay system. The paper focuses on the performance in terms of fi...

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

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    Pettinari, Matteo; Simone, Andrea

    2015-01-01

    Cold recycling technique represents the most environmental friendly solution for pavement rehabilitation nowadays. In fact, this technique allows the use of the highest percentage of reclaimed asphalt avoiding the energy consumption related to aggregates heating required by the traditional hot mix asphalt design. The mix design represents a key phase of the cold mix production. The study of workability and compactability properties combined with a deep laboratory investigation is required. The i...

  16. The effect of Cryogenic Crumb Rubber in cold recycled mixes for road pavements

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    Pettinari, Matteo; Dondi, Giulio; Sangiorgi, Cesare; Hededal, Ole

    2014-01-01

    Over recent years, the necessity of reducing the environmental mpact of building new infrastructures has increasingly directed research toward developing innovative manufacturing methods and materials that can satisfy these objectives. Cold recycling, widely used in renovating road pavements in Italy, is also moving in this direction, lowering the manufacturing temperatures of bituminous mixes and reducing or ultimately eliminating the use of virgin raw materials. Currently, a wide range of mate...

  17. The distressed (Type D) personality in both patients and partners enhances the risk of emotional distress in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

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    van den Broek, Krista C; Versteeg, Henneke

    2011-01-01

    A subgroup of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) experiences emotional distress. This may be related to partner factors. We examined the impact of the personality of the partner (i.e., the distressed (Type D) personality) in combination with that of the patient on anxiety and depression levels in ICD patients.

  18. Economic Hardship, Family Relationships, and Adolescent Distress: An Evaluation of a Stress-Distress Mediation Model in Mother-Daughter and Mother-Son Dyads.

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    Clark-Lempers, Dania S.; Lempers, Jacques D.

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    Evaluates a stress-distress mediation model of relationships among economic hardship, maternal financial strain, maternal marital happiness, the parent-child relationship, and adolescent distress. Results, based on 398 sixth and eighth graders and their mothers, indicate that economic hardship increases maternal financial strain, which leads to…

  19. The “Cost of Caring” in Youths’ Friendships: Considering Associations Among Social Perspective-Taking, Co-Rumination, and Empathetic Distress

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    Smith, Rhiannon L.; Rose, Amanda J.

    2011-01-01

    The current research considered the costs of caring in youths’ friendships. The development of a new construct, empathetic distress, allowed for a direct test of the commonly held belief that females suffer greater vicarious distress in response to close others’ stressors and problems than do males. Empathetic distress refers to strongly sharing in a relationship partner’s distress over problems to the point of taking on the partner’s distress and experiencing it as one’s own. This new constr...

  20. The Upper Eocene crustose coralline algal pavement in the Colli Berici, north-eastern Italy

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    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available A crustose coralline algal pavement, identified in Upper Eocene (Priabonian shallow water, middleramp carbonates in north-eastern Italy (Colli Berici, Southern Alps, represents a rare example of this facies.The crustose pavement consists of a coralline crust bindstone with a wackestone-packstone matrix, and is characterised by the dominance of crustose coralline thalli composed primarily of melobesioids (Lithothamnion and Mesophyllum and mastophoroids (Spongites, Lithoporella, Neogoniolithon. In places the coralline bindstone can be seen to develop from isolated encrusting-to-foliose thalli which bifurcate and join to form an open framework interbedded with matrix debris from crusts. Various forms of rhodoliths occur commonly within this facies. The largest discoidal rhodoliths (up to 12 cm of large diameter show an inner arrangement consisting of loosely packed laminar (encrusting-to-foliose coralline thalli with a high percentage of constructional voids (50-63%. Accessory components are represented by larger hyaline perforated foraminifera such as nummulitids and orthophragminids. This facies formed in a ramp palaeoenvironment characterised by relatively low hydrodynamic energy and low rates of sedimentation. Channelised structures present within the facies were formed by return currents which swept the middle ramp creating such distal structures. Further toward the distal middle-ramp the return currents decreased in energy and discharged nutrients allowing the mesotrophic crustose coralline algal pavement to develop.