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  1. Macroscopic Model of Geomagnetic-Radiation from Air Showers

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    Scholten, Olaf,; Werner, Klaus

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a macroscopic description of coherent electro-magnetic radiation from air showers initiated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays in the presence of the geo-magnetic field. This description offers a simple and direct insight in the relation between the properties of the air shower and the time-structure of the radio pulse. As we show the structure of the pulse is a direct reflection of the important length scales in the shower.

  2. Models for obtaining daily global solar radiation with measured air temperature data in Madrid (Spain)

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    Solar radiation is a primary driver for many physical, chemical and biological processes on the earth's surface. Complete and accurate solar radiation data at a specific region are quite indispensable to the solar energy related research. For locations where measured values are not available, a number of formulas and models have been developed to estimate solar radiation. This study aimed to calibrate seven existing models and develop one new model for estimating global solar radiation data using temperature measured data for seven stations located in Madrid, Spain. This work concludes that empirical models based on temperature give good results in any location if the parameters are correctly adjusted. A newly developed model that include the difference between maximum and minimum daily air temperature, and the saturation vapour pressures at temperature maximum and minimum, provided estimates with less error than other models. According to the results, the new model showed the best estimation for all stations and therefore is recommended. It is believed that the model developed in this work is applicable for estimating the daily global solar radiation on a horizontal surface at any site in Community of Madrid, Spain. The daily global solar radiation values produced by this approach can be used in the design and estimation of the performance of solar applications.

  3. Advances in Atmospheric Radiation Measurements and Modeling Needed to Improve Air Safety

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    Tobiska, W. Kent; Atwell, William; Beck, Peter; Benton, Eric; Copeland, Kyle; Dyer, Clive; Gersey, Brad; Getley, Ian; Hands, Alex; Holland, Michael; Hong, Sunhak; Hwang, Junga; Jones, Bryn; Malone, Kathleen; Meier, Matthias M.; Mertens, Chris; Phillips, Tony; Ryden, Keith; Schwadron, Nathan; Wender, Stephen A.; Wilkins, Richard; Xapsos, Michael A.

    2015-04-01

    Air safety is tied to the phenomenon of ionizing radiation from space weather, primarily from galactic cosmic rays but also from solar energetic particles. A global framework for addressing radiation issues in this environment has been constructed, but more must be done at international and national levels. Health consequences from atmospheric radiation exposure are likely to exist. In addition, severe solar radiation events may cause economic consequences in the international aviation community due to exposure limits being reached by some crew members. Impacts from a radiation environment upon avionics from high-energy particles and low-energy, thermalized neutrons are now recognized as an area of active interest. A broad community recognizes that there are a number of mitigation paths that can be taken relative to the human tissue and avionics exposure risks. These include developing active monitoring and measurement programs as well as improving scientific modeling capabilities that can eventually be turned into operations. A number of roadblocks to risk mitigation still exist, such as effective pilot training programs as well as monitoring, measuring, and regulatory measures. An active international effort toward observing the weather of atmospheric radiation must occur to make progress in mitigating radiation exposure risks. Stakeholders in this process include standard-making bodies, scientific organizations, regulatory organizations, air traffic management systems, aircraft owners and operators, pilots and crew, and even the public.

  4. Computational model of collisional-radiative nonequilibrium plasma in an air-driven type laser propulsion

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    A thrust power of a gas-driven laser-propulsion system is obtained through interaction with a propellant gas heated by a laser energy. Therefore, understanding the nonequilibrium nature of laser-produced plasma is essential for increasing available thrust force and for improving energy conversion efficiency from a laser to a propellant gas. In this work, a time-dependent collisional-radiative model for air plasma has been developed to study the effects of nonequilibrium atomic and molecular processes on population densities for an air-driven type laser propulsion. Many elementary processes are considered in the number density range of 1012/cm3?N?1019/cm3 and the temperature range of 300 K?T?40,000 K. We then compute the unsteady nature of pulsively heated air plasma. When the ionization relaxation time is the same order as the time scale of a heating pulse, the effects of unsteady ionization are important for estimating air plasma states. From parametric computations, we determine the appropriate conditions for the collisional-radiative steady state, local thermodynamic equilibrium, and corona equilibrium models in that density and temperature range.

  5. Spectroscopic Challenges in the Modelling and Diagnostics of High Temperature Air Plasma Radiation for Aerospace Applications

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    State-of-the-art spectroscopic models of the radiative transitions of interest for Earth re-entry and ground-based diagnostic facilities for aerospace applications are reviewed. The spectral range considered extends from the vacuum ultraviolet to the mid-infrared range (80 nm to 5.5 ?m). The modeling results are compared with absolute intensity measurements of the ultraviolet-visible-infrared emission of a well-characterized high-temperature air plasma produced with a 50 kW inductively coupled radio-frequency plasma torch, and with high-resolution absorption spectra from the Center for Astrophysics in the vacuum ultraviolet. The Spectroscopic data required to better model the spectral features of interest for aerospace applications are discussed

  6. An improved mathematical model for prediction of air quantity to minimise radiation levels in underground uranium mines.

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    Panigrahi, Durga Charan; Sahu, Patitapaban; Mishra, Devi Prasad

    2015-02-01

    Ventilation is the primary means of controlling radon and its daughter concentrations in an underground uranium mine environment. Therefore, prediction of air quantity is the vital component for planning and designing of ventilation systems to minimise the radiation exposure of miners in underground uranium mines. This paper comprehensively describes the derivation and verification of an improved mathematical model for prediction of air quantity, based on the growth of radon daughters in terms of potential alpha energy concentration (PAEC), to reduce the radiation levels in uranium mines. The model also explains the prediction of air quantity depending upon the quality of intake air to the stopes. This model can be used to evaluate the contribution of different sources to radon concentration in mine atmosphere based on the measurements of radon emanation and exhalation. Moreover, a mathematical relationship has been established for quick prediction of air quantity to achieve the desired radon daughter concentration in the mines. PMID:25461521

  7. Collisional-radiative model in air for earth re-entry problems

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    A nonlinear time-dependent two-temperature collisional-radiative model for air plasma has been developed for pressures between 1 kPa and atmospheric pressure to be applied to the flow conditions of space vehicle re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. The model consists of 13 species: N2, O2, N, O, NO, N2+, O2+, N+, O+, NO+, O2-, O- in their ground state and major electronic excited states and of electrons. Many elementary processes are considered given the temperatures involved (up to 10 000 K). Time scales to reach the final nonequilibrium or equilibrium steady states are derived. Then we apply our model to two typical re-entry situations and show that O2- and O- play an important role during the ionization phase. Finally, a comparison with existing reduced kinetic mechanisms puts forward significant discrepancies for high velocity flows when the flow is in chemical nonequilibrium and smaller discrepancies when the flow is close to chemical equilibrium. This comparison illustrates the interest of using a time-dependent collisional-radiative model to validate reduced kinetic schemes for the relevant time scales of the flows studied

  8. Radiation Effects Investigations Based on Atmospheric Radiation Model (ATMORAD) Considering GEANT4 Simulations of Extensive Air Showers and Solar Modulation Potential.

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    Hubert, Guillaume; Cheminet, Adrien

    2015-07-01

    The natural radiative atmospheric environment is composed of secondary cosmic rays produced when primary cosmic rays hit the atmosphere. Understanding atmospheric radiations and their dynamics is essential for evaluating single event effects, so that radiation risks in aviation and the space environment (space weather) can be assessed. In this article, we present an atmospheric radiation model, named ATMORAD (Atmospheric Radiation), which is based on GEANT4 simulations of extensive air showers according to primary spectra that depend only on the solar modulation potential (force-field approximation). Based on neutron spectrometry, solar modulation potential can be deduced using neutron spectrometer measurements and ATMORAD. Some comparisons between our methodology and standard approaches or measurements are also discussed. This work demonstrates the potential for using simulations of extensive air showers and neutron spectroscopy to monitor solar activity. PMID:26151172

  9. Vibrational and electronic collisional-radiative model in air for Earth entry problems

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    Annaloro, Julien, E-mail: Julien.Annaloro@cnes.fr [CNES, 18 Avenue Edouard Belin, 31401 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); CORIA - UMR 6614, Normandie Université, CNRS - Université et INSA de Rouen, Campus Universitaire du Madrillet, 76800 Saint-Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France); Bultel, Arnaud, E-mail: Arnaud.Bultel@coria.fr [CORIA - UMR 6614, Normandie Université, CNRS - Université et INSA de Rouen, Campus Universitaire du Madrillet, 76800 Saint-Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France)

    2014-12-15

    The two-temperature collisional-radiative model CoRaM-AIR, working over a wide range for pressure and temperatures, has been developed for the flow conditions around a space vehicle entering the Earth's atmosphere. The species N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, NO, N, O, Ar, N{sub 2}{sup +}, O{sub 2}{sup +}, NO{sup +}, N{sup +}, O{sup +}, Ar{sup +}, and free electrons are taken into account. The model is vibrationally specific on the ground electronic state of N{sub 2}, O{sub 2}, and NO, and electronically specific for all species, with a total of 169 vibrational states and 829 electronic states, respectively. A wide set of elementary processes is considered under electron and heavy particle impact given the temperatures involved (up to 30?000?K). This set corresponds to almost 700?000 forward and backward elementary processes. The relaxation from initial thermal or chemical nonequilibrium is studied for dissociation-ionization situations in conditions related to the FIRE II flight experiment. Boltzmann plots clearly prove that the vibrational and electronic excitation distributions are far from being Boltzmanian. In particular, high-lying vibrational levels remain underpopulated for most of the duration of the relaxation. This relaxation can be separated in a first phase characterized by the dissociation and the excitation of the molecular species, and a second phase leading to the excitation and the ionization of the dissociation products. Owing to the vibrational relaxation, the time scales are slightly higher than the ones predicted by former kinetic mechanisms usually used in flow simulations. In the present FIRE II conditions, radiation does not play a significant role.

  10. Vibrational and electronic collisional-radiative model in air for Earth entry problems

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    The two-temperature collisional-radiative model CoRaM-AIR, working over a wide range for pressure and temperatures, has been developed for the flow conditions around a space vehicle entering the Earth's atmosphere. The species N2, O2, NO, N, O, Ar, N2+, O2+, NO+, N+, O+, Ar+, and free electrons are taken into account. The model is vibrationally specific on the ground electronic state of N2, O2, and NO, and electronically specific for all species, with a total of 169 vibrational states and 829 electronic states, respectively. A wide set of elementary processes is considered under electron and heavy particle impact given the temperatures involved (up to 30?000?K). This set corresponds to almost 700?000 forward and backward elementary processes. The relaxation from initial thermal or chemical nonequilibrium is studied for dissociation-ionization situations in conditions related to the FIRE II flight experiment. Boltzmann plots clearly prove that the vibrational and electronic excitation distributions are far from being Boltzmanian. In particular, high-lying vibrational levels remain underpopulated for most of the duration of the relaxation. This relaxation can be separated in a first phase characterized by the dissociation and the excitation of the molecular species, and a second phase leading to the excitation and the ionization of the dissociation products. Owing to the vibrational relaxation, the time scales are slightly higher than the ones predicted by former kinetic mechanisms usually used in flow simulations. In the present FIRE II conditions, radiation does not play a significant role

  11. Application of a Reynolds stress turbulence model to a supersonic radiating hydrogen-air diffusion flame

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    Chandrasekhar, R.; Tiwari, S. N.

    1993-01-01

    A second-order differential Reynolds Stress turbulence model has been applied to the Favre-averaged Navier-Stokes equations for the study of supersonic flows with finite-rate chemistry and radiation. An assumed Beta Probability Density Function is applied to account for the chemical source terms and the radiative flux terms in the conservation equations. A seven-species, seven-reaction finite rate chemistry mechanism is used to simulate the combustion process. The tangent slab approximation is used in radiative flux formulation. A pseudo-gray gas model is used to represent the absorption-emission characteristics of the participating species. The turbulence/radiation interaction is achieved via a new formulation. The resulting formulation is validated by comparison with experimental data on reacting supersonic axisymmetric jets. Results obtained for specific conditions indicate that the effect of chemical reaction on the turbulence is significant. Also, the radiative heat transfer is enhanced by the turbulence.

  12. Air pollution and climate response to aerosol direct radiative effects: A modeling study of decadal trends across the northern hemisphere

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    Xing, Jia; Mathur, Rohit; Pleim, Jonathan; Hogrefe, Christian; Gan, Chuen-Meei; Wong, David C.; Wei, Chao; Wang, Jiandong

    2015-12-01

    Decadal hemispheric Weather Research and Forecast-Community Multiscale Air Quality simulations from 1990 to 2010 were conducted to examine the meteorology and air quality responses to the aerosol direct radiative effects. The model's performance for the simulation of hourly surface temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and direction was evaluated through comparison with observations from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center Integrated Surface Data. The inclusion of aerosol direct radiative effects improves the model's ability to reproduce the trend in daytime temperature range which over the past two decades was increasing in eastern China but decreasing in eastern U.S. and Europe. Trends and spatial and diurnal variations of the surface-level gaseous and particle concentrations to the aerosol direct effect were analyzed. The inclusion of aerosol direct radiative effects was found to increase the surface-level concentrations of SO2, NO2, O3, SO42-, NO3-, and particulate matter 2.5 in eastern China, eastern U.S., and Europe by 1.5-2.1%, 1-1.5%, 0.1-0.3%, 1.6-2.3%, 3.5-10.0%, and 2.2-3.2%, respectively, on average over the entire 21 year period. However, greater impacts are noted during polluted days with increases of 7.6-10.6%, 6.2-6.7%, 2.0-3.0%, 7.8-9.5%, 11.1-18.6%, and 7.2-10.1%, respectively. Due to the aerosol direct radiative effects, stabilizing of the atmosphere associated with reduced planetary boundary layer height and ventilation leads to an enhancement of pollution. Consequently, the continual increase of aerosol optical depth (AOD) in eastern China leads to an increasing trend in the air quality feedback which exacerbates air pollution, while emission reductions in eastern U.S. and Europe result in a declining trend in both AODs and feedback which make the air pollution control strategies more effective.

  13. Sensitivity of modelled sulfate radiative forcing to DMS concentration and air-sea flux formulation

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    Tesdal, J.-E.; Christian, J. R.; Monahan, A. H.; von Salzen, K.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we use an atmospheric general circulation model with explicit aerosol chemistry (CanAM4.1) and several climatologies of surface ocean DMS concentration to assess uncertainties about the climate impact of ocean DMS efflux. Despite substantial variation in the spatial pattern and seasonal evolution of simulated DMS fluxes, the global mean radiative forcing is approximately linearly proportional to the global mean surface flux of DMS; the spatial and temporal distribution of ocean DMS efflux has only a minor effect on the global radiation balance. The effect of the spatial structure, however, generates statistically significant changes in the global mean concentrations of some aerosol species. The effect of seasonality on net radiative forcing is larger than that of spatial distribution, and is significant at global scale.

  14. Modelling diurnal patterns of air temperature, radiation, wind speed and relative humidity by equations from daily characteristics

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    Calculated data on diurnal patterns from daily averages can be useful as inputs for models simulating plant processes such as photosynthesis and transpiration. A method was developed for the calculation of diurnal patterns of air temperature, wind speed, global radiation and relative humidity from available daily data. Calculated data were validated with measured data collected in Israel, California and The Netherlands. A simple sine-exponential method for describing diurnal air temperature was not sufficient in most cases, and the addition of parameters which specified the time lag of maximum temperature and the effect of buoyancy improved the data accuracy. Diurnal course of wind speed could be described using two sine curves scaled by the measured daily total wind run. Time base of each of the sine curves and the minimum wind speed had to be defined for each location. An accurate description of the diurnal global radiation was obtained, based on the measured daily total global radiation, and the calculated sine of the solar elevation corrected for atmospheric transmissivity. Relative humidity was calculated from the dew point temperature computed as the minimum value of a characteristic seasonal value or the actual air temperature. When the site-specific parameters were known or correctly estimated these methods gave good estimations of the diurnal weather patterns. (author)

  15. Non-Boltzmann Modeling for Air Shock-Layer Radiation at Lunar-Return Conditions

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    Johnston, Christopher O.; Hollis, Brian R.; Sutton, Kenneth

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates the non-Boltzmann modeling of the radiating atomic and molecular electronic states present in lunar-return shock-layers. The Master Equation is derived for a general atom or molecule while accounting for a variety of excitation and de-excitation mechanisms. A new set of electronic-impact excitation rates is compiled for N, O, and N2+, which are the main radiating species for most lunar-return shock-layers. Based on these new rates, a novel approach of curve-fitting the non-Boltzmann populations of the radiating atomic and molecular states is developed. This new approach provides a simple and accurate method for calculating the atomic and molecular non-Boltzmann populations while avoiding the matrix inversion procedure required for the detailed solution of the Master Equation. The radiative flux values predicted by the present detailed non-Boltzmann model and the approximate curve-fitting approach are shown to agree within 5% for the Fire 1634 s case.

  16. Sensitivity of modelled sulfate radiative forcing to DMS concentration and air-sea flux formulation

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    J.-E. Tesdal; J. R. Christian; Monahan, A. H.; Von Salzen, K

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we use an atmospheric general circulation model with explicit aerosol chemistry (CanAM4.1) and several climatologies of surface ocean DMS concentration to assess uncertainties about the climate impact of ocean DMS efflux. Despite substantial variation in the spatial pattern and seasonal evolution of simulated DMS fluxes, the global mean radiative forcing is approximately linearly proportional to the global mean surface flux of DMS; the spatial and temporal dis...

  17. Assessing the transferability of support vector machine model for estimation of global solar radiation from air temperature

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    Highlights: • Transferability of SVM in estimation of solar radiation is investigated. • Radiation at estimation site could be well estimated by SVM developed at source site. • A strategy for selecting a suitable source site is presented. • SVM accuracy is affected by distance and temperature difference between two sites. • RMSE of SVM shows logarithm or linearly relationship with altitude of source site. - Abstract: Exploring novel methods for estimation of global solar radiation from air temperature has been being a focus in many studies. This paper evaluates the transferability of support vector machines (SVM) for estimation of solar radiation in subtropical zone in China. Results suggest that solar radiation at one site (estimation site) could be well estimated by SVM model developed at another site (source site). The accuracy of estimation is affected by the distance and temperature difference between two sites, and altitude of source site. Higher correlations between RMSE of SVM and distance, and temperature differences are observed in northeastern region, increasing the reliability and confidence of SVM model developed at nearby stations. While lower correlations between RMSE and distance, and temperature differences are observed in southwest plateau region. When the altitude of estimation site is lower than 1200 m, RMSE show logarithm relationship with altitude of source sites where the altitude are lower than that of estimation site. Otherwise, RMSE show linearly relationship with altitude of source sites where the altitude are higher than 200 m but lower than that of the estimation site. This result suggests that solar radiation could be also estimated using SVM model developed at the site with similar but lower altitude. Based on these results, a strategy that takes into account the climatic conditions, topography, distance, and altitude for selecting a suitable source site is presented. The findings can guide and ease the appropriate choice of source sites for estimation of solar radiation at estimation site

  18. A simple model to estimate radiation doses to aircrew during air flights in Brazil and abroad

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    The objective of this article is to present the results obtained from the development of a simple model used to estimate cosmic radiation doses from crew members taking into consideration the variation of the dose rates with the altitude and the latitude, airplane cruise velocity and other important parameters such as, cruise height, takeoff time, landing time, takeoff angle, landing angle. The model was incorporated into a Brazilian computer program developed using the “mathematica” symbolic software. The data used to calculate the dose rates with altitude and latitude by the authors takes into consideration the mean solar activity from January 1958 to December 2008 (51 years). Twenty two data including international and national American flights were used to test the program and the results between them compared, showing good agreement. The program also gives excellent results for the doses expected for the crew members of three Brazilian national flights (between capitals cities in Brazil) when compared with the doses values measured for these flights using a radiation detector. According to the results the doses expected for the Brazilian crews of domestic flights can, in some cases, depending on the number of annual flights, overcome the limit of 1 mSv/year established by the Brazilian competent authority in Brazil (Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission- CNEN) for public annual exposure. In the case of the simulated international flights the results shows a good agreement with the results found in literature especially when considered the different database series used by the authors and by the other references for the solar activity. (authors)

  19. Standard value for radiation length in air

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    Radiation length in air was studied. Calculations were finished that give new values for t sub o in atomic oxygen and nitrogen which are entirely free of dependence on the Thomas-Fermi approximate model. With the usual small corrections for atmospheric A and CO2, these give t sub o air = 37.15 g cm/2, in close agreement with a value recommended, but in contrast to t sub o air = 36.66 g cm/2 obtained using the Thomas-Fermi approximation

  20. Assessing the accuracy of mathematical models used in thermoelectric simulation: Thermal influence of insulated air zone and radiation heat

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    An accurate mathematical model of thermoelectric modules (TEMs) provides the basis for the analysis and design of thermoelectric conversion system. TEM models from the literature are only valid for the heat transfer of N-type and P-type thermoelectric couples without considering air around the actual thermoelectric couples of TEMs. In fact, air space imposes significant influence on the model computational accuracy, especially for a TEM with large air space inside. In this study, heat transfer analyses of air between the TEM cold and hot plates were carried out in order to propose a new mathematical model that minimises simulation errors. This model was applied to analyse characteristic parameters of two typical TEMs, and the ratio of cross-sectional area of air space to thermocouples were 48.2% and 80.0%, respectively. The average relative errors in simulation decreased from 5.2% to 2.8% and from 12.8% to 3.7%, respectively. It is noted that our new model gives result more accurate than models from the literature provided that higher temperature difference occurs between hot side and cold side of TEM. Thus, the proposed model is of theoretical significance in guiding future design of TEMs for high-power or large-temperature-difference thermoelectric conversion systems. - Highlights: • Built a new accurate model for thermoelectric modules with inner air heat transfer. • Analysed the influence on heat transfer of the air within the TEM?. • Reduced simulation errors for high-power thermoelectric conversion systems. • Two typical TEMs were measured with a good agreement with theoretical results. • ?TEM is the abbreviation of thermoelectric module

  1. A female pelvic bone shape model for air/bone separation in support of synthetic CT generation for radiation therapy

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    Liu, Lianli; Cao, Yue; Fessler, Jeffrey A.; Jolly, Shruti; Balter, James M.

    2016-01-01

    Separating bone from air in MR data is one of the major challenges in using MR images to derive synthetic CT. The problem is further complicated when the anatomic regions filled with air are altered across scans due to air mobility, for instance, in pelvic regions, thereby the air regions estimated using an ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence are invalid in other image series acquired for multispectral classification. This study aims to develop and investigate a female pelvic bone shape model to identify low intensity regions in MRI where air is unlikely to be present in support of synthetic CT generation without UTE imaging. CT scans of 30 patients were collected for the study, 17 of them also have corresponding MR scans. The shape model was built from the CT dataset, where the reference image was aligned to each of the training images using B-spline deformable registration. Principal component analysis was performed on B-spline coefficients for a compact model where shape variance was described by linear combination of principal modes. The model was applied to identify pelvic bone in MR images by deforming the corresponding MR data of the reference image to target MR images, where the search space of the deformation process was constrained within the subspace spanned by principal modes. The local minima in the search space were removed effectively by the shape model, thus supporting an efficient binary search for the optimal solution. We evaluated the model by its efficacy in identifying bone voxels and excluding air regions. The model was tested across the 17 patients that have corresponding MR scans using a leave-one-out cross validation. A simple model using the first leading principal mode only was found to achieve reasonable accuracy, where an averaged 87% of bone voxels were correctly identified. Finally dilation of the optimally fit bone mask by 5?mm was found to cover 96% of bone voxels while minimally impacting the overlap with air (below 0.4%).

  2. A female pelvic bone shape model for air/bone separation in support of synthetic CT generation for radiation therapy.

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    Liu, Lianli; Cao, Yue; Fessler, Jeffrey A; Jolly, Shruti; Balter, James M

    2016-01-01

    Separating bone from air in MR data is one of the major challenges in using MR images to derive synthetic CT. The problem is further complicated when the anatomic regions filled with air are altered across scans due to air mobility, for instance, in pelvic regions, thereby the air regions estimated using an ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence are invalid in other image series acquired for multispectral classification. This study aims to develop and investigate a female pelvic bone shape model to identify low intensity regions in MRI where air is unlikely to be present in support of synthetic CT generation without UTE imaging. CT scans of 30 patients were collected for the study, 17 of them also have corresponding MR scans. The shape model was built from the CT dataset, where the reference image was aligned to each of the training images using B-spline deformable registration. Principal component analysis was performed on B-spline coefficients for a compact model where shape variance was described by linear combination of principal modes. The model was applied to identify pelvic bone in MR images by deforming the corresponding MR data of the reference image to target MR images, where the search space of the deformation process was constrained within the subspace spanned by principal modes. The local minima in the search space were removed effectively by the shape model, thus supporting an efficient binary search for the optimal solution. We evaluated the model by its efficacy in identifying bone voxels and excluding air regions. The model was tested across the 17 patients that have corresponding MR scans using a leave-one-out cross validation. A simple model using the first leading principal mode only was found to achieve reasonable accuracy, where an averaged 87% of bone voxels were correctly identified. Finally dilation of the optimally fit bone mask by 5?mm was found to cover 96% of bone voxels while minimally impacting the overlap with air (below 0.4%). PMID:26624989

  3. Modeling air travel behavior

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    Warburg, Valdemar

    2006-01-01

    Modeling passengers’ flight choice behavior is valuable to understanding the increasingly competitive airline market and predicting air travel demands. This report estimates standard and mixed multinomial logit models of itinerary choice for business travel, based on a stated preference survey conducted in 2001. Previous work on air travel behavior modeling hasalmost exclusively been confined to studying either airport or airline choice. However, two recent papers have expanded the stu...

  4. New combined models for estimating daily global solar radiation from measured air temperature in semi-arid climates: Application in Ghardaïa, Algeria

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    Highlights: • New combined models been introduced for estimating daily global solar radiation. • The BNN is the most accurate model compared with combined models. • Results indicate that the new calibrated models are able to estimate the global solar. - Abstract: In this paper, combined empirical models and a Bayesian neural network (BNN) model have been developed to estimate daily global solar radiation (GSR) on a horizontal surface in Ghardaïa, Algeria. An experimental database of daily GSR, maximum and minimum air temperatures of the year 2006 has been used to estimate the coefficients of the empirical models, as well as to train the BNN model. Six months of the year 2007 (summer period: May, June, July, and winter period: October, November, December) have been used to test the calibrated models, while six months of the year 2012 (from 1st February to 31th July) have been used to check generalisation capability of the developed models as well as the BNN model. Results indicate that the new calibrated models are able to estimate the global solar radiation with an excellent accuracy in this location. Calibrated models are also compared with the developed BNN model to show their effectiveness

  5. Response of air stagnation frequency to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing

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    Horton, Daniel E.; Harshvardhan; Diffenbaugh, Noah S.

    2012-01-01

    Stagnant atmospheric conditions can lead to hazardous air quality by allowing ozone and particulate matter to accumulate and persist in the near-surface environment. By changing atmospheric circulation and precipitation patterns, global warming could alter the meteorological factors that regulate air stagnation frequency. We analyze the response of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Air Stagnation Index (ASI) to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing using global climate model pro...

  6. Air and radiation monitoring stations

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    2015-01-01

    CERN has around 100 monitoring stations on and around its sites. New radiation measuring stations, capable of detecting even lower levels of radiation, were installed in 2014. Two members of HE-SEE group (Safety Engineering and Environment group) in front of one of the new monitoring stations.

  7. SESAM: a model for the calculation of radiation exposure by emission of pollutants with the exhaust air in the case of a multi-source situation

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    The report deals with the calculation of the individual radiation exposure in the catchment area of several nuclear emitters. A model and computer program, SESAM - Calculation of the Radiation Exposure by Emission of Pollutants with the Exhaust air in the Case of a Multi-Source Situation -, was developed which makes possible all the evaluations of long-time exposure which are relevant for the licensing process - such as the determination of the maximum individual radiation exposure to the various organs at the worst receiving point - together with the exposure of the environment by several nuclear emission sources - such as, for example, several units of a power plant facility, the various emitters of a waste management center, or even consideration of the previous exposure of a site by nuclear emission sources

  8. 40 CFR 1.41 - Office of Air and Radiation.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Office of Air and Radiation. 1.41... AND GENERAL INFORMATION Headquarters § 1.41 Office of Air and Radiation. The Office of Air and Radiation is under supervision of the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation who serves as...

  9. Radiation control coatings installed on federal buildings at Tyndall Air Force Base. Volume 2: Long-term monitoring and modeling

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    Petrie, T.W.; Childs, P.W.

    1998-06-01

    The US Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) supports efforts to reduce energy use and associated expenses in the federal sector. One such effort, the New Technology Demonstration Program (NTDP), seeks to evaluate new energy-saving US technologies and secure their more timely adoption by the US government. Through a partnership with a federal site, the utility serving the site, a manufacturer of an energy-related technology, and other organizations associated with these interests, DOE can evaluate a new technology. The results of the program give federal agency decision makers more hands-on information with which to validate a decision to utilize a new technology in their facilities. This is the second volume of a two-volume report that describes the effects of radiation control coatings installed on federal buildings at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB) in Florida by ThermShield International. ORNL`s Buildings Technology Center (BTC) was assigned the responsibility for gathering, analyzing, and reporting on the data to describe the effects of the coatings. The first volume described the monitoring plan and its implementation, the results of pre-coating monitoring, the coating installation, results from fresh coatings compared to pre-coating results, and a plan to decommission the monitoring equipment. This second volume updates and completes the presentation of data to compare performance of fresh coatings with weathered coatings.

  10. Air quality model guideline

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    Alberta Environment has developed a guidelines for operations and proposed operations that require approvals under the province's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act or that operate under a code of practice for emissions to the atmosphere. In an effort to ensure consistency in the use of dispersion models for regulatory applications in Alberta, this document provided detailed guidance on suitable methods and approaches that should be employed to assess air quality from emission sources, specifically, information required to demonstrate that a source meets the Alberta ambient air quality objectives. The document outlined the statutory authority and provided an overview of the approach. It provided detailed advice on the types and uses of dispersion models with particular reference to the modelling protocol, input data, and output interpretation. Guidance on the application of regulatory models were also presented. Various models were described and their intended uses were explained. Internet addresses for different modelling resources were also offered. Last, some information about regional modelling in the province of Alberta was discussed. 40 refs., 4 tabs., 7 figs., 3 appendices.

  11. Efficient models for photoionization produced by non-thermal gas discharges in air based on radiative transfer and the Helmholtz equations

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    Bourdon, A [Ecole Centrale Paris, EM2C, UPR CNRS 288, Grande voie des vignes, 92295 Chatenay-Malabry Cedex (France); Pasko, V P [Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Liu, N Y [Communications and Space Sciences Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Celestin, S [Ecole Centrale Paris, EM2C, UPR CNRS 288, Grande voie des vignes, 92295 Chatenay-Malabry Cedex (France); Segur, P [Universite de Toulouse, LAPLACE, CNRS, INPT, UPS, 118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse Cedex 9 (France); Marode, E [Ecole Superieure d' Electricite, LPGP, UMR CNRS 8578, Plateau du moulon, 3 rue Joliot Curie, 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2007-08-15

    This paper presents formulation of computationally efficient models of photoionization produced by non-thermal gas discharges in air based on three-group Eddington and improved Eddington (SP{sub 3}) approximations to the radiative transfer equation, and on effective representation of the classic integral model for photoionization in air developed by Zheleznyak et al (1982) by a set of three Helmholtz differential equations. The reported formulations represent extensions of ideas advanced recently by Segur et al (2006) and Luque et al (2007), and allow fast and accurate solution of photoionization problems at different air pressures for the range 0.1 < p{sub O{sub 2}} < 150 Torr cm, where p{sub O{sub 2}} is the partial pressure of molecular oxygen in air in units of Torr (p{sub O{sub 2}} = 150 Torr) at atmospheric pressure) and R in cm is an effective geometrical size of the physical system of interest. The presented formulations can be extended to other gases and gas mixtures subject to availability of related emission, absorption and photoionization coefficients. The validity of the developed models is demonstrated by performing direct comparisons of the results from these models and results obtained from the classic integral model. Specific validation comparisons are presented for a set of artificial sources of photoionizing radiation with different Gaussian dimensions, and for a realistic problem involving development of a double-headed streamer at ground pressure. The reported results demonstrate the importance of accurate definition of the boundary conditions for the photoionization production rate for the solution of second order partial differential equations involved in the Eddington, SP{sub 3} and the Helmholtz formulations. The specific algorithms derived from the classic photoionization model of Zheleznyak et al (1982), allowing accurate calculations of boundary conditions for differential equations involved in all three new models described in this paper, are presented. It is noted that the accurate formulation of boundary conditions represents an important task needed for a successful extension of the proposed formulations to two- and three-dimensional physical systems with obstacles of complex geometry (i.e. electrodes, dust particles, aerosols, etc), which are opaque for the photoionizing UV photons.

  12. The Radiation Protection Authority's air filter stations

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    The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority currently has five air filter stations located at various sites throughout Norway. The stations are important for surveying airborne radioactivity, and for the assessment and composition of any emissions in the case of mishaps and accidents. There are similar stations throughout Europe, and the inter-state collaboration makes it possible to track any emissions of radioactive substances. (Author)

  13. Early radiation warning system for air radioactivity

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    The Austrian Research Centre Seibersdorf has developed the HYDRODAT-S (Stationary) data-logger and the SSM-1 stationary radiation protection survey meter. In connection with sensors for the measurement of meteorological data, the two systems can be combined to stations for early radiation warning, which are suitable for extension into networks together with a host computer. One measuring station consists of the sensors, one SSM-1 radiation protection survey meter and one HYDRODAT-S data-logger. The sensors are installed on an open-air site. With the exception of sensor heating, a solar power plant with buffer battery can be used for power generation. All hardware units are built in energy-saving CMOS technique, without mechanically moving parts, designed for long-term operation. Air temperature, wind direction, relative humidity, wind speed, precipitation and air radioactivity are measured. The sensors correspond to the Austrian standard OeNORM M9490 (meteorological measurements for air monitoring). The SSM-1 radiation protection survey meter was designed according to the requirements specified by the Austrian postal authorities for stationary radiation warning systems and licensed by the Austrian Federal Office of Weights and Measures (Bundesamt fuer Eich- und Vermessungswesen). The data-logger is based on the HYDRODAT stations installed in Austria, Slovakia and Bulgaria. It performs the following tasks: acquisition and processing of data measured by the sensors and SSM-1; data archiving; data transmission to the host; formation of calculation values; operative functions. Network communication between one or more data-loggers and the host computer is by cable or radio transmission

  14. 40 CFR 1.41 - Office of Air and Radiation.

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    ... 2010-07-01 false Office of Air and Radiation. 1.41 Section 1.41 Protection of...Headquarters § 1.41 Office of Air and Radiation. The Office of Air and Radiation is under supervision of the Assistant...

  15. One-dimensional hydro-kinetic modelling of the decaying arc in air-PA66-copper mixtures: I. Chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, transport and radiative properties

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    A one-dimensional hydro-kinetic model is developed to study arc extinction in a low-voltage breaking device. In part 1 of this double paper, the data necessary for the implementation of the hydro-kinetic model are presented. The equilibrium composition of the plasma is derived from the law of mass action. Mixtures of air and materials ablated from the thermoplastic wall (PA66, monomer C12H22O2N2) and from the contacts (copper) are considered. Thermodynamic properties such as mass density, enthalpy and specific heat at constant pressure are then calculated. Transport coefficients (viscosity, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity) are determined with the Chapman-Enskog theory. Concerning radiation, the net emission coefficient, corresponding to the power radiated per unit volume and per unit solid angle, is calculated. Finally, for chemical kinetics, a reliable set of reaction rate coefficients linking the chemical species of the plasma is compiled. Particular attention is paid to ionization and recombination of atomic species which are obtained with the 'bottleneck' method.

  16. Mental models of radiation

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    Laymen and experts participated in interviews designed to reveal their 'mental models' of the processes potentially causing the miscommunications between experts and the public. We analyzed their responses in terms of an 'expert model' circumscribing scientifically relevant information. From results, there are gaps even between experts. Experts on internal exposure focused mainly on artificial radiation and high level of radiation. Experts on radiation biology focused on medical radiation, level of risk, environmental radiation, and hot springs. Experts on dosimetric performance focused on atomic power generation and needs of radiological protection. It means that even experts, they have interests only on their own specialized field. (author)

  17. Radiation control at open-air sediment fixation facility

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    For disposal of radioactive wastes at NPP A-1 it was necessary to built special facilities for their treatment. One of them is a facility for sediment fixation by its cementation that was designed and constructed by VUJE a.s. in 2004 -2005. A 3D model of this facility is shown. Except of technological parts of the facility , the system of radiation control plays an important role, too. Range of the radiation control system fulfils demands of the valid legislative documents, the technical design of the technology sediment fixation and the present state of objects VYZ Jaslovske Bohunice. The radiation control system has been designed for monitoring of radiological situation during normal operation as well as during radiation accidents. System of radiation control at fixation facility covers: (1) personnel radiation control; (2) radiation control of working area (semi servicing areas); (3) radiation control of gaseous releases; (4) radiation control of the facility technology, monitoring of the vicinity of the open-air facility; (5) informational system of radiation control. (authors)

  18. Thermal computations for electronics conductive, radiative, and convective air cooling

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    Ellison, Gordon

    2010-01-01

    IntroductionPrimary mechanisms of heat flowConductionApplication example: Silicon chip resistance calculationConvectionApplication example: Chassis panel cooled by natural convectionRadiationApplication example: Chassis panel cooled only by radiation 7Illustrative example: Simple thermal network model for a heat sinked power transistorIllustrative example: Thermal network circuit for a printed circuit boardCompact component modelsIllustrative example: Pressure and thermal circuits for a forced air cooled enclosureIllustrative example: A single chip package on a printed circuit board-the proble

  19. Air quality and radiative forcing impacts of anthropogenic volatile organic compound emissions from ten world regions

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    Fry, M. M.; M. D. Schwarzkopf; Adelman, Z.; J. J. West

    2013-01-01

    Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) influence air quality and global climate change through their effects on secondary air pollutants and climate forcers. Here we simulate the air quality and radiative forcing (RF) impacts of changes in ozone, methane, and sulfate from halving anthropogenic NMVOC emissions globally and from 10 regions individually, using a global chemical transport model and a standalone radiative transfer model. Halving global NMVOC emissions decreases glo...

  20. Solar radiation models - review

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    M. Jamil Ahmad, G.N. Tiwari

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In the design and study of solar energy, information on solar radiation and its components at a given location is very essential. Solar radiation data are required by solar engineers, architects, agriculturists and hydrologists for many applications such as solar heating, cooking, drying and interior illumination of buildings. For this purpose, in the past, several empirical correlations have been developed in order to estimate the solar radiation around the world. The main objective of this study is to review the global solar radiation models available in the literature. There are several formulae which relate global radiation to other climatic parameters such as sunshine hours, relative humidity and maximum temperature. The most commonly used parameter for estimating global solar radiation is sunshine duration. Sunshine duration can be easily and reliably measured and data are widely available.

  1. INEEL AIR MODELING PROTOCOL ext

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    C. S. Staley; M. L. Abbott; P. D. Ritter

    2004-12-01

    Various laws stemming from the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 require air emissions modeling. Modeling is used to ensure that air emissions from new projects and from modifications to existing facilities do not exceed certain standards. For radionuclides, any new airborne release must be modeled to show that downwind receptors do not receive exposures exceeding the dose limits and to determine the requirements for emissions monitoring. For criteria and toxic pollutants, emissions usually must first exceed threshold values before modeling of downwind concentrations is required. This document was prepared to provide guidance for performing environmental compliance-driven air modeling of emissions from Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory facilities. This document assumes that the user has experience in air modeling and dose and risk assessment. It is not intended to be a "cookbook," nor should all recommendations herein be construed as requirements. However, there are certain procedures that are required by law, and these are pointed out. It is also important to understand that air emissions modeling is a constantly evolving process. This document should, therefore, be reviewed periodically and revised as needed. The document is divided into two parts. Part A is the protocol for radiological assessments, and Part B is for nonradiological assessments. This document is an update of and supersedes document INEEL/INT-98-00236, Rev. 0, INEEL Air Modeling Protocol. This updated document incorporates changes in some of the rules, procedures, and air modeling codes that have occurred since the protocol was first published in 1998.

  2. Response of air stagnation frequency to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing

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    Horton, Daniel E.; Harshvardhan; Diffenbaugh, Noah S.

    2012-12-01

    Stagnant atmospheric conditions can lead to hazardous air quality by allowing ozone and particulate matter to accumulate and persist in the near-surface environment. By changing atmospheric circulation and precipitation patterns, global warming could alter the meteorological factors that regulate air stagnation frequency. We analyze the response of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) air stagnation index (ASI) to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing using global climate model projections of late-21st century climate change (SRESA1B scenario). Our results indicate that the atmospheric conditions over the highly populated, highly industrialized regions of the eastern United States, Mediterranean Europe, and eastern China are particularly sensitive to global warming, with the occurrence of stagnant conditions projected to increase by 12-25% relative to late-20th century stagnation frequencies (3-18 + days yr-1). Changes in the position/strength of the polar jet, in the occurrence of light surface winds, and in the number of precipitation-free days all contribute to more frequent late-21st century air mass stagnation over these high-population regions. In addition, we find substantial inter-model spread in the simulated response of stagnation conditions over some regions using either native or bias corrected global climate model simulations, suggesting that changes in the atmospheric circulation and/or the distribution of precipitation represent important sources of uncertainty in the response of air quality to global warming.

  3. Response of air stagnation frequency to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing

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    Stagnant atmospheric conditions can lead to hazardous air quality by allowing ozone and particulate matter to accumulate and persist in the near-surface environment. By changing atmospheric circulation and precipitation patterns, global warming could alter the meteorological factors that regulate air stagnation frequency. We analyze the response of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) air stagnation index (ASI) to anthropogenically enhanced radiative forcing using global climate model projections of late-21st century climate change (SRESA1B scenario). Our results indicate that the atmospheric conditions over the highly populated, highly industrialized regions of the eastern United States, Mediterranean Europe, and eastern China are particularly sensitive to global warming, with the occurrence of stagnant conditions projected to increase by 12–25% relative to late-20th century stagnation frequencies (3–18 + days yr?1). Changes in the position/strength of the polar jet, in the occurrence of light surface winds, and in the number of precipitation-free days all contribute to more frequent late-21st century air mass stagnation over these high-population regions. In addition, we find substantial inter-model spread in the simulated response of stagnation conditions over some regions using either native or bias corrected global climate model simulations, suggesting that changes in the atmospheric circulation and/or the distribution of precipitation represent important sources of uncertainty in the response of air quality to global warming. (letter)

  4. New radiation limits and air crew exposure

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    Commercial aircraft have optimum cruising speed of 800 - 900 km/h and the cruising altitude near 13 km.The flight paths are assigned according to airway corridors and safety requirements.The relatively high dose-equivalent rates at cruising altitudes near 13 km (about 0.5-2 mSv/h, and the shielding effect of the atmosphere corresponds to about 2 M of water) can cause exposures greater than 5 mSv/y, for a crew with full-time flight (500-600 h/y).The radiation exposure of the crew in commercial air traffic has been studied for the associations of the crews and airline management and published, and regulatory authorities are slowly accepting the fact that there indeed is a problem which needs investigations and protective regulation

  5. ATHENA radiation model

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    The ATHENA computer program has many features that make it desirable to use as a space reactor evaluation tool. One of the missing features was a surface-to-surface thermal radiation model. A model was developed that allows any of the regular ATHENA heat slabs to radiate to any other heat slab. The view factors and surface emissivities must be specified by the user. To verify that the model was properly accounting for radiant energy transfer, two different types of test calculations were performed. Both calculations have excellent results. The updates have been used on both the INEL CDC-176 and the Livermore Cray. 7 refs., 2 figs., 6 tabs

  6. Radiation risk estimation models.

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    Hoel, D. G.

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    Cancer risk models and their relationship to ionizing radiation are discussed. There are many model assumptions and risk factors that have a large quantitative impact on the cancer risk estimates. Other health end points such as mental retardation may be an even more serious risk than cancer for those with in utero exposures.

  7. Solar radiation modelling

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    Zaksek, Klemen; Podobnikar, Tomaz; Ostir, Kristof [ZRC SAZU, Inst. of Anthropological and Spatial Studies, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2005-03-15

    The Sun is the main energy source of the life on the Earth. Thus, solar radiation energy data and models are important for many areas of research and applications. Many parameters influence the amount of solar energy at a particular standing point of the Earth's surface; therefore, many solar radiation models were produced in the last few years. Solar radiation energy depends mostly on incidence angle, which is defined by astronomical and surface parameters. Our solar radiation model is based on defining incidence angle by computing normal-to-the-surface tangent plane and direction of the Sun. If a part of the surface is in the shadow, it receives lesser energy than sunny areas. That is why shadow determination is an important part of the model. The sky is usually not completely clear, so meteorological parameters had to be integrated into the model. Meteorological model distinguishes among direct and diffuse Sun radiation. The model was tested and implemented for the whole of Slovenia and it was also compared with previous studies. Case study surface data were calculated from the DEM with a 25 m resolution. The astronomical data, which were required for virtual Sun motion simulation around the Earth, were derived from the astronomical almanac. Meteorological data were acquired from observed mean values on 24 meteorological stations between 1961 and 1990. All calculations were made for hours and decades and finally, the annual quasiglobal radiation energy, which is the energy received by inclined plane from the Sun in one year, was calculated from the sum of all the energies of all the decades. (Author)

  8. Solar radiation modelling

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    Zakšek, Klemen; Podobnikar, Tomaž; Oštir, Krištof

    2005-03-01

    The Sun is the main energy source of the life on the Earth. Thus, solar radiation energy data and models are important for many areas of research and applications. Many parameters influence the amount of solar energy at a particular standing point of the Earth's surface; therefore, many solar radiation models were produced in the last few years. Solar radiation energy depends mostly on incidence angle, which is defined by astronomical and surface parameters. Our solar radiation model is based on defining incidence angle by computing normal-to-the-surface tangent plane and direction of the Sun. If a part of the surface is in the shadow, it receives lesser energy than sunny areas. That is why shadow determination is an important part of the model. The sky is usually not completely clear, so meteorological parameters had to be integrated into the model. Meteorological model distinguishes among direct and diffuse Sun radiation. The model was tested and implemented for the whole Slovenia and it was also compared with previous studies. Case study surface data were calculated from the DEM with a 25 m resolution. The astronomical data, which were required for virtual Sun motion simulation around the Earth, were derived from the astronomical almanac. Meteorological data were acquired from observed mean values on 24 meteorological stations between 1961 and 1990. All calculations were made for hours and decades and finally, the annual quasiglobal radiation energy, which is the energy received by inclined plane from the Sun in one year, was calculated from the sum of all the energies of all the decades.

  9. Ambient radiation level and air borne activity at RRCAT, Indore

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    In order to assess the impact on ambient radiation level and airborne activity after the nuclear accident at Fukushima, radioactivity levels were measured at RRCAT Indore premises by Emergency Response Centre (ERC), RRCAT. The report presents the monitoring data obtained from IERMON (Indian Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network) and from air sampling carried out at RRCAT premises. The monitoring was performed over a period of around one and half months from 15th March 2011 to 5th May 2011. The IERMON data indicated no increase in radiation level at RRCAT premises. Air borne activity data obtained from air sampler also indicated no increase in air borne activity above background level

  10. Geostatistical models for air pollution

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    The objective of this paper is to present geostatistical models applied to the spatial characterisation of air pollution phenomena. A concise presentation of the geostatistical methodologies is illustrated with practical examples. The case study was conducted in an underground copper-mine located on the southern of Portugal, where a biomonitoring program using lichens has been implemented. Given the characteristics of lichens as indicators of air pollution it was possible to gather a great amount of data in space, which enabled the development and application of geostatistical methodologies. The advantages of using geostatistical models compared with deterministic models, as environmental control tools, are highlighted. (author)

  11. Backward air mass trajectory analysis for the first cloud and radiation testbed site at Lamont, Oklahoma

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    The size distribution and composition of aerosols measured at a specific location depend on the origin and the trajectory of the air mass passing over it. Backward air mass trajectory analysis can be used to (1) identify the characteristics of an air mass and (2) help to determine which aerosol model should be used in LOWTRAN 7 for radiation calculations. Examining the trajectory is not sufficient to characterize the aerosol composition of the air mass at the site. Additional analyses must be performed along the trajectory to understand how the original air mass has or has not been modified. Height analyses, precipitation events, the vertical temperature structure of the atmosphere, and the relative humidity field, as well as other physical parameters, are important for classifying an air mass after it has traveled for a few days. The primary objective of this research is to characterize a climatology of air masses that pass over the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART) site at Lamont, Oklahoma. A three-dimensional air mass trajectory model and a method of analysis were developed at the Environmental Measurements Laboratory (EML). The classification of the air mass types (rural, marine, urban or desert) is used to decide which aerosol model is appropriate for calculations in a radiation model, such as LOWTRAN 7

  12. Office of radiation and indoor air: Program description

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    The goal of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Radiation and Indoor Air is to protect the public and the environment from exposures to radiation and indoor air pollutants. The Office develops protection criteria, standards, and policies and works with other programs within EPA and other agencies to control radiation and indoor air pollution exposures; provides technical assistance to states through EPA's regional offices and other agencies having radiation and indoor air protection programs; directs an environmental radiation monitoring program; responds to radiological emergencies; and evaluates and assesses the overall risk and impact of radiation and indoor air pollution. The Office is EPA's lead office for intra- and interagency activities coordinated through the Committee for Indoor Air Quality. It coordinates with and assists the Office of Enforcement in enforcement activities where EPA has jurisdiction. The Office disseminates information and works with state and local governments, industry and professional groups, and citizens to promote actions to reduce exposures to harmful levels of radiation and indoor air pollutants

  13. Air Conditioner Compressor Performance Model

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    Lu, Ning; Xie, YuLong; Huang, Zhenyu

    2008-09-05

    During the past three years, the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) Load Modeling Task Force (LMTF) has led the effort to develop the new modeling approach. As part of this effort, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Southern California Edison (SCE), and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Solutions tested 27 residential air-conditioning units to assess their response to delayed voltage recovery transients. After completing these tests, different modeling approaches were proposed, among them a performance modeling approach that proved to be one of the three favored for its simplicity and ability to recreate different SVR events satisfactorily. Funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) under its load modeling project, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) led the follow-on task to analyze the motor testing data to derive the parameters needed to develop a performance models for the single-phase air-conditioning (SPAC) unit. To derive the performance model, PNNL researchers first used the motor voltage and frequency ramping test data to obtain the real (P) and reactive (Q) power versus voltage (V) and frequency (f) curves. Then, curve fitting was used to develop the P-V, Q-V, P-f, and Q-f relationships for motor running and stalling states. The resulting performance model ignores the dynamic response of the air-conditioning motor. Because the inertia of the air-conditioning motor is very small (H<0.05), the motor reaches from one steady state to another in a few cycles. So, the performance model is a fair representation of the motor behaviors in both running and stalling states.

  14. Radiation Physics for Space and High Altitude Air Travel

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    Cucinotta, F. A.; Wilson, J. W.; Goldhagen, P.; Saganti, P.; Shavers, M. R.; McKay, Gordon A. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Galactic cosmic rays (GCR) are of extra-solar origin consisting of high-energy hydrogen, helium, and heavy ions. The GCR are modified by physical processes as they traverse through the solar system, spacecraft shielding, atmospheres, and tissues producing copious amounts of secondary radiation including fragmentation products, neutrons, mesons, and muons. We discuss physical models and measurements relevant for estimating biological risks in space and high-altitude air travel. Ambient and internal spacecraft computational models for the International Space Station and a Mars mission are discussed. Risk assessment is traditionally based on linear addition of components. We discuss alternative models that include stochastic treatments of columnar damage by heavy ion tracks and multi-cellular damage following nuclear fragmentation in tissue.

  15. Removal of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in hospital air using microwave radiation

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    firouz valipour

    2013-09-01

    Conclusion: Microwave radiation with high functionality can be used to remove bacterial air pollutions. They can help to control biological agents in hospitals and medical centers with good efficiency.

  16. Air Quality – monitoring and modelling

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Air pollution is a major concern for all nations, regardless of their development. The rapid growth of the industrial sector and urban development have lead to significant quantities of substances and toxic materials, mostly discharged into the atmosphere and having adverse effects both on human health and environment in general. Human society has to recognize that environment has only a limited capacity to process all of its waste without major changes. Each of us is a pollutant but also a victim of pollution. If monitoring of air pollutants is particularly important for assessing the air quality at any moment, by modelling the monitoring data spectacular results are obtained both through the factor analysis and identification of potential pollution mitigation measures. Latest equipment and techniques come and support these problems giving medium and long term solutions.

  17. Frontiers in air quality modelling

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    Full Text Available The first pan-European kilometre-scale atmospheric chemistry simulation is introduced. The continental-scale air pollution episode of January 2009 is modelled with the CHIMERE offline chemistry-transport model with a massive grid of 2 million horizontal points, performed on 2000 CPU of a high performance computing system hosted by the Research and Technology Computing Center at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CCRT/CEA. Besides the technical challenge, we find that model biases are significantly reduced, especially over urban areas. The high resolution grid also allows revisiting the contribution of individual city plumes to the European burden of pollution, providing new insights for designing air pollution control strategies.

  18. Albedo effect on radiative errors in air temperature measurements

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    Huwald, H.; C. W. Higgins; Boldi, M.-O.; Bou-Zeid, E.; Lehning, Michael; Parlange, M.B.

    2009-01-01

    Most standard air temperature measurements are subject to significant errors mainly due to sensor heating by solar radiation, even when the measurement principle is accurate and precise. We present various air temperature measurements together with other measurements of meteorological parameters using different sensor systems at a snow-covered and a vegetated site. Measurements from naturally ventilated air temperature sensors in multiplate shields are compared to temperatures measured using ...

  19. Chandra Radiation Environment Modeling

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    Minow, Joseph I.; Blackwell, W. C.

    2003-01-01

    CRMFLX (Chandra Radiation Model of ion FluX) is a radiation environment risk mitigation tool for use as a decision aid in planning the operations times for Chandra's Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer (ACIS) detector. The accurate prediction of the proton flux environment with energies of 100 - 200 keV is needed in order to protect the ACIS detector against proton degradation. Unfortunately, protons of this energy are abundant in the region of space Chandra must operate, and on-board particle detectors do not measure proton flux levels of the required energy range. This presentation will describe the plasma environment data analysis and modeling basis of the CRMFLX engineering environment model developed to predict the proton flux in the solar wind, magnetosheath, and magnetosphere phenomenological regions of geospace. The recently released CRMFLX Version 2 implementation includes an algorithm that propagates flux from an observation location to other regions of the magnetosphere based on convective ExB and VB-curvature particle drift motions. This technique has the advantage of more completely filling out the database and makes maximum use of limited data obtained during high Kp periods or in areas of the magnetosphere with poor satellite flux measurement coverage.

  20. Many polarized radiative transfer models

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    This note is an introduction to the reprint of the 1991 JQSRT article 'A new polarized atmospheric radiative transfer model' by K.F. Evans and G.L. Stephens. We discuss the significance of the article, how our two plane-parallel polarized radiative transfer codes came about, how our codes have been used, and more recent developments in polarized radiative transfer modeling.

  1. Incoherent microwave radiation of an extensive air shower

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    Filonenko, A. D.

    2014-05-01

    Incoherent radiation of relativistic electrons (positrons) of an extensive air shower in the ultrahigh energy range (˜10 GHz) has been studied. The method of the division of an electron track into coherent segments has been used to estimate the power of a radio signal and to determine the radiation pattern. Comparison of the signal with radio noise of an antenna has shown that this radiation can be detected by modern engineering instruments and applied to detect ultrahigh-energy cosmic particles.

  2. Air pollution radiative forcing from specific emissions sectors at 2030

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    Unger, Nadine; Shindell, Drew T.; Koch, Dorothy M.; Streets, David G.

    2008-01-01

    Reduction of short-lived air pollutants can contribute to mitigate global warming in the near-term with ancillary benefits to human health. However, the radiative forcings of short-lived air pollutants depend on the location and source type of the precursor emissions. We apply the Goddard Institute for Space Studies atmospheric composition-climate model to quantify near-future (2030 A1B) global annual mean radiative forcing by ozone (O3) and sulfate from six emissions sectors in seven geographic regions. At 2030 the net forcings from O3, sulfate, black and organic carbon, and indirect CH4 effects for each emission sector are (in mWm-2) biomass burning, +95; domestic, +68; transportation, +67; industry, -131; and power, -224. Biomass burning emissions in East Asia and central and southern Africa, domestic biofuel emissions in East Asia, south Asia, and central and southern Africa, and transportation emissions in Europe and North America have large net positive forcings and are therefore attractive targets to counter global warming. Power and industry emissions from East Asia, south Asia, and north Africa and the Middle East have large net negative forcings. Therefore air quality control measures that affect these regional sectors require offsetting climate measures to avoid a warming impact. Linear relationships exist between O3 forcing and biomass burning and domestic biofuel CO precursor emissions independent of region with sensitivity of +0.2 mWm-2/TgCO. Similarly, linear relationships exist between sulfate forcing and SO2 precursor emissions that depend upon region but are independent of sector with sensitivities ranging from -3 to -12 mWm-2/TgS.

  3. Molecular Bremsstrahlung Radiation at GHz Frequencies in Air

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    Samarai, I Al; Deligny, O; Letessier-Selvon, A; Montanet, F; Settimo, M; Stassi, P

    2016-01-01

    A detection technique for ultra-high energy cosmic rays, complementary to the fluorescence technique, would be the use of the molecular Bremsstrahlung radiation emitted by low-energy ionization electrons left after the passage of the showers in the atmosphere. In this article, a detailed estimate of the spectral intensity of photons at ground level originating from this radiation is presented. The spectral intensity expected from the passage of the high-energy electrons of the cascade is also estimated. The absorption of the photons in the plasma of electrons/neutral molecules is shown to be negligible. The obtained spectral intensity is shown to be $2\\times10^{-21} $W cm$^{-2}$ GHz$^{-1}$ at 10 km from the shower core for a vertical shower induced by a proton of $10^{17.5}$ eV. In addition, a recent measurement of Bremsstrahlung radiation in air at gigahertz frequencies from a beam of electrons produced at 95 keV by an electron gun is also discussed and reasonably reproduced by the model.

  4. Air quality dispersion models from energy sources

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    Along with the continuing development of new air quality models that cover more complex problems, in the Clean Air Act, legislated by the US Congress, a consistency and standardization of air quality model applications were encouraged. As a result, the Guidelines on Air Quality Models were published, which are regularly reviewed by the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, EPA. These guidelines provide a basis for estimating the air quality concentrations used in accessing control strategies as well as defining emission limits. This paper presents a review and analysis of the recent versions of the models: Simple Terrain Stationary Source Model; Complex Terrain Dispersion Model; Ozone,Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide Models; Long Range Transport Model; Other phenomenon Models:Fugitive Dust/Fugitive Emissions, Particulate Matter, Lead, Air Pathway Analyses - Air Toxic as well as Hazardous Waste. 8 refs., 4 tabs., 2 ills

  5. Characterization of 3D Cirrus Cloud and Radiation Fields Using ARS/AIRS/MODIS data and its Application to Climate Model

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    Liou, Kuo-Nan [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Ou, S. C. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Gu, Y. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Takano, Y. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)

    2016-02-22

    During the report period, we have made the following research accomplishments. First, we performed analysis for a number of MODIS scenes comprising of heavy dust events and ice clouds, covering regions of frequent dust outbreaks in East Asia, Middle East, and West Africa, as well as areas associated with long-range dust transports over the Equatorial Tropical Atlantic Ocean. These scenes contain both dust/aerosols and clouds. We collected suitable aerosol/ice-cloud data, correlated ice cloud and aerosol parameters by means of statistical analysis, and interpreted resulting correlation trends based on the physical principles governing cloud microphysics. Aerosol and cloud optical depths and cloud effective particle size inferred from MODIS for selected domains were analyzed from which the parameters including dust aerosol number concentration, ice cloud water path, and ice particle number concentration were subsequently derived. We illustrated that the Twomey (solar albedo) effect can be statistically quantified based on the slope of best-fit straight lines in the correlation study. Analysis of aerosol and cloud retrieval products revealed that for all cases, the region with a larger dust aerosol optical depth is always characterized by a smaller cloud particle size, consistent with the Twomey hypothesis for aerosol-cloud interactions. Second, we developed mean correlation curves with uncertainties associated with small ice-crystal concentration observations for the mean effective ice crystal size (De) and ice water content (IWC) by dividing the atmosphere into three characteristic regions: Tropics cirrus, Midlatitude cirrus, including a temperature classification to improve correlation, and Arctic ice clouds. We illustrated that De has a high correlation with IWC based on theoretical consideration and analysis of thousands of observed ice crystal data obtained from a number of ARM-DOE field campaigns and other experiments. The correlation has the form: ln(De) = a + b ln(IWC) + c ((ln(IWC))2, where a, b, and c are fitting coefficients and are functions of three regions. We demonstrated that this correlation can be effectively incorporated in GCMs and climate models that predict IWC - a significant advance in ice microphysics parameterization for interactive cloud-radiation analysis and feedback. Substantial July mean differences are shown in the OLR (W/m2) and precipitation (mm/day) patterns between UCLA GCM simulations based on Des determined from the De-IWC correlations and the control run using a fixed ice crystal size. Third, in order to improve the computation of spectral radiative transfer processes in the WRF model, we developed a consistent and efficient radiation scheme that can better resolve the spectral bands, determine the cloud optical properties, and provide more reliable and accurate radiative heating fields. In the newly developed radiation module, we have implemented in WRF a modified and improved version referred to as the Fu-Liou-Gu scheme, which includes a combination of delta-four-stream and delta-two-stream approximations for solar and IR flux calculations, respectively. This combination has been proven to be computationally efficient and at the same time to produce a high degree of accuracy. The incorporation of nongray gaseous absorption in multiple scattering atmospheres was based on the correlated k-distribution method. The solar and IR spectra are divided into 6 and 12 bands, respectively, according to the location of absorption bands of H2O, CO2, O3, CH4, N2O, and CFCs. We further included absorption by the water vapor continuum and a number of minor absorbers in the solar spectrum leading to an additional absorption of solar flux in a clear atmosphere on the order of 1-3 W/m2. Additionally, we incorporated the ice microphysics parameterization that includes an interactive mean effective ice crystal size in association with radiation parameterizations. The Fu-Liou-Gu scheme is an ideal tool for the simulation of radiative transfer and ice microphysics within the domain of WRF. It is particularly useful for studying direct and indirect aerosol radiative effects associated with ice cloud formation. The newly implemented radiation module has been demonstrated to work well in WRF and can be effectively used for studies related to cirrus cloud formation and evolution as well as aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions. With the newly implemented radiation scheme, the simulations of cloud cover and ice water path have been improved for cirrus clouds, with a more consistent comparison with the corresponding MODIS observations, especially for optically thin cirrus with an improvement of about 20% in the simulated mean ice water path.

  6. Plasma Properties Induced in Air by Alpha Radiation

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    The plasma characteristics of partially dissociated and ionized air due to alpha emissions from a radioisotope surface material have been investigated. Preliminary estimates of average electron energy, electron attachment coefficient, electron- ion recombination coefficient, distribution of equilibrium electron density, plasma frequency, electrical conductivity, and dielectric properties normal to a radioactive surface have been made for alpha-radiated air. The analytical procedure is based on Rutherford scattering theory from which it was found that the average kinetic energy of secondary electrons is 113.5 eV, that of tertiary electrons is 8.2 eV, and that of the total number of free electrons is 43.2 eV. The temporal average electron energy in room temperature air is estimated to be approximately 20 eV, and the dependence of electron attachment coefficient and electron-ion recombination coefficient on average electron energy is recognized. Based on this electron energy dependence, the attachment coefficient was found to be negligible and the recombination coefficient (dissociative) was determined from the thermal plasma experiments of Biondi and Brown as a function of air density. Estimates of average electron density through the ionized air layer adjacent to a polonium-210 surface coating of 2 mCi/in2 were computed to be 109 to 1010 cm3 and its graded distribution normal to the surface was estimated from which its plasma frequency distribution was found. The electron collisional cross-section was determined to be a weak function of electron kinetic energy and the distribution of electrical conductivity and permittivity through the plasma could then be computed, from which it was predicted that a measurable interaction with an electromagnetic wave propagating through an alpha-generated air plasma may occur. An experimental programme was undertaken. The test results show: (1) the average electron density of alpha-bombarded air is 109-1010 cm-3 ; (2) electron attachment in alpha-radiated air is, as assumed, apparently negligible, and (3) dissociative recombination coefficient estimated for an alpha-radiation air plasma is apparently of the correct order of magnitude. The conclusions of this study are that air at normal temperature may be induced by alpha radiation to attain electrical conductivity equivalent to a thermal air plasma at a temperature of approximately 2500°K and that the electrical conductivity of many thermal plasmas (depending upon their composition, ionization potential, basic electron density level, etc.) may be increased by exposure to large quantities of alpha radiation. (author)

  7. Radiation exposure during air and ground transportation

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    The results of a one year study program of radiation exposure experienced on both domestic and international flights of the China Airline and the Far East Airline in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Taiwan areas and on trains and buses on Taiwan island are reported. CaSO4:Dy thermoluminescent dosimeters were used. It has been shown that transit exposures may amount to 10 times that on the ground with an altitude varying from 3,050 to 12,200 m. (U.K.)

  8. Radiation exposure on different air routes

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    Radiation exposure of aircrew personnel has obtained special emphasis by a European Council decision to consider the increased radiation level at high altitudes in the Earth's atmosphere as occupational exposure. The radiation field at typical jet cruising altitudes arises from cascade-like interaction processes of primary cosmic rays with the top layers of the atmosphere and is composed of various charged and uncharged particles in a broad energy range. The metrological assessment of all constituents with reasonable detection efficiency commonly requires a large set of experimental devices. Lithium fluoride thermoluminescent dosemeters (TLDs) evaluated according to the high-temperature ratio (HTR) method represent an appropriate alternative. The methodology was developed at the Atomic Institute of the Austrian Universities to determine absorbed dose and average LET of a mixed radiation field of unknown composition. The relative intensity of combined peaks 6 and 7 in the LiF glow curve compared with the main peak 5 are used as an indication of the average LET. Extensive irradiation campaigns with high-energy ions of different Z ranging from H to Fe established a HTR vs. LET calibration curve. The HTR method has previously been applied with great success on several space missions (including measurements onboard space station Mir, space shuttles, bio-satellites and the International Space Station) as well as in radiotherapeutic dosimetry. Within this paper measurements on several north-bound and equatorial flight routes originating from Vienna, Austria, and Cologne, Germany, are reviewed. The obtained route dose rates range from 2.1 ?Sv/h to 6.7 ?Sv/h and are compared with Monte Carlo simulations by means of the well-established algorithm CARI-6M, taking into account accurate route and altitude profiles on a 10-minutes scale. Contrary to previous releases of the program, the CARI-6M calculations proved to be in general agreement with the experimental data, although the values for north-bound routes are still underestimated by up to 15 % as neutrons contribute roughly 60 % of the dose equivalent. However, the most important insufficiency common to all simulations concerns the treatment of irregularly occurring solar flares. (author)

  9. Lowland rice yield estimates based on air temperature and solar radiation

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    Two regression equations were developed to estimate lowland rice yield as a function of air temperature and incoming solar radiation, during the crop yield production period in Pindamonhangaba, SP, Brazil. The following rice cultivars were used: IAC-242, IAC-100, IAC-101 and IAC-102. The value of optimum air temperature obtained was 25.0°C and of optimum global solar radiation was 475 cal.cm-2, day-1. The best agrometeorological model was the one that related least deviation of air temperature and solar radiation in relation to the optimum value obtained through a multiple linear regression. The yield values estimated by the model showed good fit to actual yields of lowland rice (less than 10%). (author)

  10. Cosmic radiation exposure in subsonic air transport

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    Wallace, R. W.; Sondhaus, C. A.

    1978-01-01

    Data derived from 1973 statistics on 2.99 million intercity flights carrying 468 million seats were included in the calculations, yielding a total of 581 billion seat-kilometer. The average flight was 1,084 km in length, was flown at an altitude of 9.47 km, and lasted 1.41 h. The average dose rate was 0.20 mrem/h, resulting in an average passenger dose of 2.82 mrem/year and an average crewmember dose of 160 mrem/year. The average radiation dose to the total U.S. population was 0.47 mrem/person/year. These results are in good agreement with data from several experiments performed by us and others in aircraft at various altitudes and latitudes. The significance of these doses to the population is discussed.

  11. Air travel and radiation risks - review of current knowledge

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    Aircrew and passengers are exposed to cosmic radiation, in particular when travelling routes close to the poles and in high altitudes. The paper reviews current radiation measurement and estimation approaches as well as the actual level of cosmic radiation that personnel and travellers receive and summarizes the available epidemiological evidence on health effects of cosmic radiation. On average, German aircrew is exposed to les than 5 mSv per annum, and even frequent travellers only rarely reach values above 1 mSv/year. Cohort studies among aircrew have found very little evidence for an increased incidence or mortality of radiation-associated cancers. Only malignant melanoma rates have consistently found to be increased among male aircrew. Socioeconomic and reproductive aspects are likely to contribute to the slightly elevated breast cancer risk of female aircrew. Cytogenetic studies have not yielded consistent results. Based on these data overall risk increases for cancer among occupationally exposed aircrew appear unlikely. This also applies to air travellers who are usually exposed to much lower radiation levels. Occasional air travel during pregnancy does not pose a significant radiation risk, but further considerations apply in this situation. The currently available studies are limited with regard to methodological issues and case numbers so that a continuation of cohort studies in several European countries is being planned. (orig.)

  12. Stochastic Modeling of Traffic Air Pollution

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, modeling of traffic air pollution is discussed with special reference to infrastructures. A number of subjects related to health effects of air pollution and the different types of pollutants are briefly presented. A simple model for estimating the social cost of traffic related air...... and using simple Monte Carlo techniques to obtain a stochastic estimate of the costs of traffic air pollution for infrastructures....... pollution is derived. Several authors have published papers on this very complicated subject, but no stochastic modelling procedure have obtained general acceptance. The subject is discussed basis of a deterministic model. However, it is straightforward to modify this model to include uncertain parameters...

  13. Stochastic Modeling of Traffic Air Pollution

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, modeling of traffic air pollution is discussed with special reference to infrastructures. A number of subjects related to health effects of air pollution and the different types of pollutants are briefly presented. A simple model for estimating the social cost of traffic related air pollution is derived. Several authors have published papers on this very complicated subject, but no stochastic modelling procedure have obtained general acceptance. The subject is discussed basis of a deterministic model. However, it is straightforward to modify this model to include uncertain parameters and using simple Monte Carlo techniques to obtain a stochastic estimate of the costs of traffic air pollution for infrastructures.

  14. Propagation speed of ?-radiation in air

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    To perform such measurements the availability of a gamma radiation source in which two ?-rays are emitted simultaneously in opposite directions -as already used(5,6) as well as applied in the present case- turns out to be essential to the feasibility of the experiment, as far as no reflection techniques could be used. Such suitable source was the positron emitter 22Na placed in a metal container in which the positrons are stopped and annihilated when reacting with the medium electrons, in such way originating -as it is very well established from momentum/energy conservation laws(7)- two ?-rays, energy 511 KeV each, both emitted simultaneously in opposite directions. In all these previous experiments were used photomultiplier detectors coupled to NaI(Tl) crystal scintillators, which have a good energy resolution but a deficient time resolution for such purposes. Presently, as an innovatively improvement, were used BaF2 and CsF crystal scintillators which display a much better time resolution. (author)

  15. Water, air, Earth and cosmic radiation.

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    Bassez, Marie-Paule

    2015-06-01

    In the context of the origin of life, rocks are considered mainly for catalysis and adsorption-desorption processes. Here it is shown how some rocks evolve in energy and might induce synthesis of molecules of biological interest. Radioactive rocks are a source of thermal energy and water radiolysis producing molecular hydrogen, H2. Mafic and ultramafic rocks evolve in water and dissolved carbon dioxide releasing thermal energy and H2. Peridotites and basalts contain ferromagnesian minerals which transform through exothermic reactions with the generation of heat. These reactions might be triggered by any heating process such as radioactive decay, hydrothermal and subduction zones or post-shock of meteorite impacts. H2 might then be generated from endothermic hydrolyses of the ferromagnesian minerals olivine and pyroxene. In both cases of mafic and radioactive rocks, production of CO might occur through high temperature hydrogenation of CO2. CO, instead of CO2, was proven to be necessary in experiments synthesizing biological-type macromolecules with a gaseous mixture of CO, N2 and H2O. In the geological context, N2 is present in the environment, and the activation source might arise from cosmic radiation and/or radionuclides. Ferromagnesian and radioactive rocks might consequently be a starting point of an hydrothermal chemical evolution towards the abiotic formation of biological molecules. The two usually separate worlds of rocks and life are shown to be connected through molecular and thermodynamic chemical evolution. This concept has been proposed earlier by the author (Bassez J Phys: Condens Matter 15:L353-L361, 2003, 2008a, 2008b; Bassez Orig Life Evol Biosph 39(3-4):223-225, 2009; Bassez et al. 2011; Bassez et al. Orig Life Evol Biosph 42(4):307-316, 2012, Bassez 2013) without thermodynamic details. This concept leads to signatures of prebiotic chemistry such as radionuclides and also iron and magnesium carbonates associated with serpentine and/or talc, which were discussed at the 2014 European Astrobiology Network Association conference on Signatures of Life. PMID:25777464

  16. Water, Air, Earth and Cosmic Radiation

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    Bassez, Marie-Paule

    2015-06-01

    In the context of the origin of life, rocks are considered mainly for catalysis and adsorption-desorption processes. Here it is shown how some rocks evolve in energy and might induce synthesis of molecules of biological interest. Radioactive rocks are a source of thermal energy and water radiolysis producing molecular hydrogen, H2. Mafic and ultramafic rocks evolve in water and dissolved carbon dioxide releasing thermal energy and H2. Peridotites and basalts contain ferromagnesian minerals which transform through exothermic reactions with the generation of heat. These reactions might be triggered by any heating process such as radioactive decay, hydrothermal and subduction zones or post-shock of meteorite impacts. H2 might then be generated from endothermic hydrolyses of the ferromagnesian minerals olivine and pyroxene. In both cases of mafic and radioactive rocks, production of CO might occur through high temperature hydrogenation of CO2. CO, instead of CO2, was proven to be necessary in experiments synthesizing biological-type macromolecules with a gaseous mixture of CO, N2 and H2O. In the geological context, N2 is present in the environment, and the activation source might arise from cosmic radiation and/or radionuclides. Ferromagnesian and radioactive rocks might consequently be a starting point of an hydrothermal chemical evolution towards the abiotic formation of biological molecules. The two usually separate worlds of rocks and life are shown to be connected through molecular and thermodynamic chemical evolution. This concept has been proposed earlier by the author (Bassez J Phys: Condens Matter 15:L353-L361, 2003, 2008a, 2008b; Bassez Orig Life Evol Biosph 39(3-4):223-225, 2009; Bassez et al. 2011; Bassez et al. Orig Life Evol Biosph 42(4):307-316, 2012, Bassez 2013) without thermodynamic details. This concept leads to signatures of prebiotic chemistry such as radionuclides and also iron and magnesium carbonates associated with serpentine and/or talc, which were discussed at the 2014 European Astrobiology Network Association conference on Signatures of Life.

  17. Overview of Radiation Belt Modelling

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    Heynderickx, D.

    The Earth's trapped radiation belts were discovered at the beginning of the space age and were immediately recognised as a considerable hazard to space missions. Consequently, considerable effort was invested in building models of the trapped proton and electron populations, culminating in the NASA AP-8 and AE-8 models which have been the de facto standards since the seventies. The CRRES mission has demonstatred that the trapped radiation environment is much more complex than the static environment described by the old models. Spatial and especially temporal variations were shown to be much more important than previously thought, and to require more complex models than those in use at that time. Such models are now becoming available, but they are limited in spatial or temporal coverage, and no global, dynamic, trapped radiation belt model is forthcoming. It is therefore vital to co-ordinate future modelling efforts in order to develop new standard models.

  18. Assessment of two-temperature kinetic model for ionizing air

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    Park, Chul

    1987-01-01

    A two-temperature chemical-kinetic model for air is assessed by comparing theoretical results with existing experimental data obtained in shock-tubes, ballistic ranges, and flight experiments. In the model, named the TTv model, one temperature (T) is assumed to characterize the heavy-particle translational and molecular rotational energies, and another temperature (Tv) to characterize the molecular vibrational, electron translational, and electronic excitation energies. The theoretical results for nonequilibrium air flow in shock tubes are obtained using the computer code STRAP (Shock-Tube Radiation Program), and for flow along the stagnation streamline in the shock layer over spherical bodies using the newly developed code STRAP (Stagnation-Point Radiation Program). Substantial agreement is shown between the theoretical and experimental results for relaxation times and radiative heat fluxes. At very high temperatures the spectral calculations need further improvement. The present agreement provides strong evidence that the two-temperature model characterizes principal features of nonequilibrium air flow. New theoretical results using the model are presented for the radiative heat fluxes at the stagnation point of a 6-m-radius sphere, representing an aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicle, over a range of free-stream conditions. Assumptions, approximations, and limitations of the model are discussed.

  19. Air pollution model for point source

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    Mathematical models of air pollution have a broad practical application. They are irreplaceable wherever it is not possible to determine a state of air pollution by measuring of a noxious agent concentration. By creating of a suitable model of air pollution we can assess a state of the air quality but we also to predict the pollution that can occur at given atmospheric conditions. The created model is a suitable tool for controlling the activity of TEKO and for the evaluation of the quality of air in a monitored area of the city of Kosice. A sufficient knowledge in the given field is a condition. The input data and information necessary for creating such a model of polluted air is another important factor. (authors)

  20. [Radiation exposure and air quality aboard commercial airplanes].

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    Bergau, L

    1999-10-01

    The amount of exposure to cosmic radiation during air travel is next to a number of additional factors mainly dependent on the flight level of the aircraft. Flying in an altitude of 41,000 feet equaling 12,800 meters the amount of radiation exposure is of course considerable higher than on the ground. The overall exposure of flying personnel to cosmic radiation flying about 600-700 hours per year can be estimated between 3 and 6 mSv (300-600 mrem). According to the flight hours of passengers, the radiation exposure is much lower and can be neglected for most of the travelers final judgement about the possible risks for flying personnel as far as a higher incident of malignant tumors is concerned has not jet been finally made. Talking of cabin air quality compromises have to be made and thus the well-being of the passengers can be negatively influenced. Air pressure and oxygen partial pressure correspond to an altitude of 2400 meters (8,000 feet) above sea level with possible consequences to the cardiopulmonary system. Increased level of ozone can lead to respiratory problems of the upper airways, increased carbon dioxide may cause hyperventilation. The mucous membranes of the respiratory tract are dried out due to the extremely low humidity of the cabin air. Smoking during flight results in an increase of the nicotine blood levels even in passengers sitting in the non-smoking areas. In modern aircraft the fresh-air flow cannot be regulated individually any more, this may lead to an insufficient circulation of used air in relation to fresh air and could cause the phenomena of hanging smoke. There has always been the idea that there is an increased risk for passengers for acquiring infectious diseases. However this is not the case. Modern HEPA-filter prevent an accumulation even of the smallest particles including bacteria and viruses within the recirculation flow in the cabin air. The overall risk of getting an infectious disease is significantly lower than in other ground operated public means of transportation. PMID:10568250

  1. Air pollution model for point source

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    Jozef Mačala; Viliam Carach

    2006-01-01

    Mathematical models of air pollution have a broad practical application. They are irreplaceable wherever it is not possible to determine a state of air pollution by measuring of a noxious agent concentration. By creating of a suitable model of air pollution we can assess a state of the air quality but we also to predict the pollution that can occur at given atmospheric conditions. The created model is a suitable tool for controlling the activity of TEKO and for the evaluation of the quality o...

  2. Cosmic radiation exposure survey of an Air Force Transport Squadron

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    A combination of in-flight measurements and calculations from the predictive code for aircrew radiation exposure (PCAire) was used to assess the cosmic radiation conditions for a Transport Squadron in the Canadian Air Force. The equipment suite from the Royal Military College of Canada, including a TEPC and bubble detectors, were flown over a sampling of air routes while the survey of the Squadron members covered a 2½ year period over the recent solar minimum and, thus, maximum radiation conditions. Various comparisons were made between the measurements and calculations to confirm the results of this work. For this period, more than half received more than the general public limit of 1 mSv per year and most received 0.5 or 2.5 mSv, with some receiving almost 4 mSv. This wide variation reflected the varied nature of their deployments. - Highlights: ? Aircrew of a Transport Squadron were surveyed for cosmic radiation exposure. ? A semi-empirical code, PCAire, was used for the first time to conduct this survey. ? Simultaneous in-flight measurements were undertaken on many flights. ? The measurements and survey results were consistent throughout the study. ? The study was conducted during a cosmic radiation peak in the solar cycle

  3. Models of diffuse solar radiation

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    Boland, John; Ridley, Barbara [Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Boulevard, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Brown, Bruce [Department of Statistics and Applied Probability, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117546 (Singapore)

    2008-04-15

    For some locations both global and diffuse solar radiation are measured. However, for many locations, only global is measured, or inferred from satellite data. For modelling solar energy applications, the amount of radiation on a tilted surface is needed. Since only the direct component on a tilted surface can be calculated from trigonometry, we need to have diffuse on the horizontal available. There are regression relationships for estimating the diffuse on a tilted surface from diffuse on the horizontal. Models for estimating the diffuse radiation on the horizontal from horizontal global that have been developed in Europe or North America have proved to be inadequate for Australia [Spencer JW. A comparison of methods for estimating hourly diffuse solar radiation from global solar radiation. Sol Energy 1982; 29(1): 19-32]. Boland et al. [Modelling the diffuse fraction of global solar radiation on a horizontal surface. Environmetrics 2001; 12: 103-16] developed a validated model for Australian conditions. We detail our recent advances in developing the theoretical framework for the approach reported therein, particularly the use of the logistic function instead of piecewise linear or simple nonlinear functions. Additionally, we have also constructed a method, using quadratic programming, for identifying values that are likely to be erroneous. This allows us to eliminate outliers in diffuse radiation values, the data most prone to errors in measurement. (author)

  4. Considerations on the microwave radiation emitted by extended air showers

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    Conti, E

    2015-01-01

    The emission of microwave radiation by extended air showers produced by high energy cosmic rays has been investigated for more than half a century. We discuss the expected emitted power as a function of the cosmic ray energy and of the microwave frequency, for both coherent and incoherent emission mechanisms. We show that the available experimental data are not sufficient to clearly identify the emission mechanisms and quantify the emission yield. We infer that the bremsstralhung radiation emission could be exploited for the detection of astronomical $\\gamma$-rays with energy above 10 GeV in the 1-10 GHz frequency range, and propose an experimental scheme to verify such idea.

  5. Large Scale Computations in Air Pollution Modelling

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    Zlatev, Z.; Brandt, J.; Builtjes, P. J. H.; Carmichael, G.; Dimov, I.; Dongarra, J.; Dop, H. van; Georgiev, K.; Hass, H.

    Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Large Scale Computations in Air Pollution Modelling, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6-10 July 1998......Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Large Scale Computations in Air Pollution Modelling, Sofia, Bulgaria, 6-10 July 1998...

  6. Mammalian models of radiation carcinogenesis

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    As an example of the kinds of models that can be developed to examine the mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis, the details of a new three-dimensional model were described. The model relates radiation dose rate, tumor latency, and probability of osteosarcoma induction for 226Ra-injected Beagle dogs and for human beings exposed to 226Ra nd 226Ra--228Ra mixtures. Among the important variables that are taken into account in the model are cell killing and the rates of cell renewal in bone (bone turnover rate) in the two species

  7. Ultraviolet radiation and air contamination during total hip replacement

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    Ultraviolet (uv) radiation of the operating room was assessed bacteriologically in an open randomized study of 30 total hip procedures. Volumetric air-sampling demonstrated that the number of colony forming units (cfu m-3) were significantly reduced (P less than 0.001) by uv light, both close to the wound and in the periphery of the operating room. No adverse effects of the uv-irradiation were observed either in the patients or the staff. In operating rooms fitted with a zonal ventilation system and with an air change rate of about 70 h-1, the addition of uv irradiation during surgery may achieve ultra clean air. However, in conventionally ventilated operating rooms uv-irradiation alone is probably not sufficient to do so

  8. Solar radiation estimation using sunshine hour and air pollution index in China

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    Highlights: • Aerosol can affect coefficients of A–P equation to estimate solar radiation. • Logarithmic model performed best, according to MBE, MABE, MPE, MAPE, RMSE and NSE. • Parameters of A–P model can be adjusted by API, geographical position and altitude. • A general equation to estimate solar radiation was established in China. - Abstract: Angström–Prescott (A–P) equation is the most widely used empirical relationship to estimate global solar radiation from sunshine hours. A new approach based on Air Pollution Index (API) data is introduced to adjust the coefficients of A–P equation in this study. Based on daily solar radiation, sunshine hours and API data at nine meteorological stations from 2001 to 2011 in China, linear, exponential and logarithmic models are developed and validated. When evaluated by performance indicators of mean bias error, mean absolute bias error, mean percentage error, mean absolute percentage error, root mean square error, and Nash–Sutcliffe Equation, it is demonstrated that logarithmic model performed better than the other models. Then empirical coefficients for three models are given for each station and the variations of these coefficients are affected by API, geographical position, and altitude. This indicates that aerosol can play an important role in estimation solar radiation from sunshine hours, especially in those highly polluted regions. Finally, a countrywide general equation is established based on the sunshine hour data, API and geographical parameters, which can be used to estimate the daily solar radiation in areas where the radiation data is not available

  9. Neural network models in greenhouse air temperature prediction

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    Ferreira, P. M.; E.A. Faria; Ruano, A. E.

    2002-01-01

    The adequacy of radial basis function neural networks to model the inside air temperature of a hydroponic greenhouse as a function of the outside air temperature and solar radiation, and the inside relative humidity, is addressed. As the model is intended to be incorporated in an environmental control strategy both off-line and on-line methods could be of use to accomplish this task. In this paper known hybrid off-line training methods and on-line learning algorithms are analyzed. An off-line...

  10. Simulation model air-to-air plate heat exchanger

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    A simple simulation model of an air-to-air plate heat exchanger is presented. The model belongs to a collection of simulation models that allows the efficient computer simulation of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. The main emphasis of the models is to shorten computation time and to use only input data that are known in the design process of an HVAC system. The target of the models is to describe the behavior of HVAC components in the part-load operation mode, which is becoming increasingly important in energy efficient HVAC systems. The models are intended to be used for yearly energy calculations or load calculations with time steps of about 10 minutes or larger. Short- time dynamic effects, which are of interest for different aspects of control theory, are neglected. The part-load behavior is expressed in terms of the nominal condition and the dimensionless variation of the heat transfer with change of mass flow and temperature. The effectiveness- NTU relations are used to parametrize the convective heat transfer at nominal conditions and to compute the part-load condition. If the heat transfer coefficients on the two exchanger sides are not equal (i. e. due to partial bypassing of air), their ratio can be easily calculated and set as a parameter. The model is static and uses explicit equations only. The explicit model formulation ensures short computation time and numerical stability, which allows using the model with sophisticated engineering methods like automatic system optimization. This paper fully outlines the algorithm description and its simplifications. It is not tailored for any particular simulation program to ensure easy implementation in any simulation program

  11. Drying Strategy of Shrimp using Hot Air Convection and Hybrid Infrared Radiation/Hot Air Convection

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    Supawan TIRAWANICHAKUL

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of the research was to study the effect of drying temperatures using infrared irradiation and electric heating convection on dehydration and was to investigate the effect of drying conditions on the quality of the shrimp. Two sizes of fresh shrimp (100 shrimp/kg and 200 shrimp/kg with initial moisture content of 270 - 350 % dry-basis were dried under various conditions while the final moisture content of dried shrimp was in ranges between 20 and 25 % dry-basis. Hot air flow rates of 1.0 -   1.2 m/s, drying temperatures of 40 - 90 °C and infrared intensities of 1,785.7 - 3,571.4 W/m2 were used in these experiments. The experimental results showed that the rate of moisture content transfer of both sizes of shrimps decreased exponentially with drying time while increasing drying temperature significantly affected to the drying kinetics and quality of the shrimps. Effective diffusion coefficients of both shrimps were determined by a diffusion model forming a finite cylindrical shape was in order of 10-7 m2/s and this effective diffusion coefficient value was relatively dependent on the drying temperature compared to the initial moisture content. The quality analysis of dried shrimp using an infrared source and electric heating source found that the redness value (Hunter a-value of dried samples using hybrid infrared radiation and electric heating had a higher colour uniformity than other drying methods. Additionally, shrinkage and rehydration properties were insignificantly different for all drying strategies (p < 0.05 and drying using infrared radiation had higher drying rates compared to electric heat convection, corresponding to relatively low drying times.

  12. Simulating aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe haze conditions in winter

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    Zhang, B.; Wang, Y X; J. M. Hao

    2014-01-01

    The aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe winter haze conditions during January~2013 are simulated using the fully coupled on-line Weather Research and Forecasting/Chemistry (WRF-Chem) model. Three simulation scenarios including different aerosol configurations are undertaken to distinguish the impact of aerosol radiative (direct and semi-direct) and indirect effects on meteorological variables and air quality...

  13. OpenAIRE - Data Model Specification

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    The OpenAIRE web site will offer functionalities for administrators, anonymous and registered users to manage an Information Space of FP7-funded open access publications. The aim of this document is to describe the conceived structure and semantics of this Information Space, i.e., the Open AIRE data model, by providing an abstract definition of its main entities and the relationships between them. In this definitional process, the intended interaction (Task 7.2) between the OpenAIRE Informati...

  14. Air quality modeling in Warsaw Metropolitan Area

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    Piotr Holnicki; Zbigniew Nahorski

    2013-01-01

    Decision support of air quality management needs to connect several categories of the input data with the analytical process of air pollution dispersion. The aim of the respective model of air pollution is to provide a quantitative assessment of environmental impact of emission sources in a form of spatial/temporal maps of pollutants’ concentration or deposition in the domain. These results are in turn used in assessment of environmental risk and supporting respective planning actions. Howeve...

  15. Alleviating operating temperature of concentration solar cell by air active cooling and surface radiation

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    In the present paper, a heat transfer model for a multi-junction concentrating solar cell system has been developed. The model presented in this work includes the GaInP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cell with a ventilation system in which air is forced to flow within a duct behind the solar cell assembly and its holders and accessories (anti-reflective glass cover, adhesive material, and aluminum back plate). A mathematical model for the entire system is presented and the finite difference technique has been used to solve the governing equations. Results showed that the interaction of surface radiation and air convection could adequately cool the solar cell at medium concentration ratios. For high concentration ratios, the channel width would need to be narrowed to micro-meter values to maintain the required efficiency of cooling. The conjugation effect has been shown to be significant and has a noticeable effect on the maximum solar cell temperature. Furthermore, the air inlet velocity and channel width were also found to have major effects on the cell temperature. -- Highlights: • A model has been developed to predict the solar cell temperature cooling by air. • Cell temperature can be remarkably reduced with the presence of surface radiation. • Cell temperature is extremely dependent on air inlet velocity and channel width. • Conjugation effect has a noticeable effect on the maximum solar cell temperature

  16. Radiation doses arising from the air transport of radioactive materials

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    There is a compelling need for the transport of radioactive material by air because of the requirement by hospitals throughout the world for urgent delivery for medical purposes. Many countries have no radionuclide-producing capabilities and depend on imports: a range of such products is supplied from the United Kingdom. Many of these are short lived, which explains the need for urgent delivery. The only satisfactory method of delivery on a particular day to a particular destination is often by the use of scheduled passenger air service. The International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO 1987-1988), prescribe the detailed requirements applicable to the international transport of dangerous goods by air. Radioactive materials are required to be separated from persons and from undeveloped photographic films or plates: minimum distances as a function of the total sum of transport indexes are given in the Instructions. A study, which included the measurement and assessment of the radiation doses resulting from the transport of radioactive materials by air from the UK, has been performed by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department of Transport (DTp)

  17. Mathematical modeling of photochemical air pollution

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    This paper summarizes the key elements of a project directed at developing a comprehensive mathematical model capable of describing the formation and transport of chemically reacting species in the turbulent planetary boundary layer. The model is intended for routine application in the design and evaluation of urban-scale air pollution control strategies. Some examples illustrating the use of the model in the South Coast Air Basin of Southern California are presented

  18. Radiation Properties of Truncated Cones to Enhance the Beam Patterns of Air-coupled Transducers

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    Guarato, Francesco; Mulholland, Anthony J.; Windmill, James F.; Gachagan, Anthony

    Radiation properties of cones are used to steer energy from the side lobes toward the center of the beam pattern of an air-coupled source. Two structures of superposed truncated cones are designed and implemented in a finite element package to modify the beam pattern of a piston model simulating an air-coupled transducer. Results show how the energy from the sides of the beam is conveyed toward the center of it thus widening the main lobe angular domain and smoothing the beam curve. This work is intended to support methods for range estimation performed with air-coupled transducers and localization strategies with broadband ultrasonic signals, as well as to investigate mathematical relationships at the base of radiation properties of conical structures.

  19. Impact of inherent meteorology uncertainty on air quality model predictions

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    Gilliam, Robert C.; Hogrefe, Christian; Godowitch, James M.; Napelenok, Sergey; Mathur, Rohit; Rao, S. Trivikrama

    2015-12-01

    It is well established that there are a number of different classifications and sources of uncertainties in environmental modeling systems. Air quality models rely on two key inputs, namely, meteorology and emissions. When using air quality models for decision making, it is important to understand how uncertainties in these inputs affect the simulated concentrations. Ensembles are one method to explore how uncertainty in meteorology affects air pollution concentrations. Most studies explore this uncertainty by running different meteorological models or the same model with different physics options and in some cases combinations of different meteorological and air quality models. While these have been shown to be useful techniques in some cases, we present a technique that leverages the initial condition perturbations of a weather forecast ensemble, namely, the Short-Range Ensemble Forecast system to drive the four-dimensional data assimilation in the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF)-Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model with a key focus being the response of ozone chemistry and transport. Results confirm that a sizable spread in WRF solutions, including common weather variables of temperature, wind, boundary layer depth, clouds, and radiation, can cause a relatively large range of ozone-mixing ratios. Pollutant transport can be altered by hundreds of kilometers over several days. Ozone-mixing ratios of the ensemble can vary as much as 10-20 ppb or 20-30% in areas that typically have higher pollution levels.

  20. Multi-Group Reductions of LTE Air Plasma Radiative Transfer in Cylindrical Geometries

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    Scoggins, James; Magin, Thierry Edouard Bertran; Wray, Alan; Mansour, Nagi N.

    2013-01-01

    Air plasma radiation in Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (LTE) within cylindrical geometries is studied with an application towards modeling the radiative transfer inside arc-constrictors, a central component of constricted-arc arc jets. A detailed database of spectral absorption coefficients for LTE air is formulated using the NEQAIR code developed at NASA Ames Research Center. The database stores calculated absorption coefficients for 1,051,755 wavelengths between 0.04 µm and 200 µm over a wide temperature (500K to 15 000K) and pressure (0.1 atm to 10.0 atm) range. The multi-group method for spectral reduction is studied by generating a range of reductions including pure binning and banding reductions from the detailed absorption coefficient database. The accuracy of each reduction is compared to line-by-line calculations for cylindrical temperature profiles resembling typical profiles found in arc-constrictors. It is found that a reduction of only 1000 groups is sufficient to accurately model the LTE air radiation over a large temperature and pressure range. In addition to the reduction comparison, the cylindrical-slab formulation is compared with the finite-volume method for the numerical integration of the radiative flux inside cylinders with varying length. It is determined that cylindrical-slabs can be used to accurately model most arc-constrictors due to their high length to radius ratios.

  1. Impact of Asian Dust on Global Surface Air Quality and Radiation Budget

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    Chin, Mian; Diehl, Thomas; Yu, Hongbin; Ginoux, Paul

    2006-01-01

    Dust originating from Asian deserts and desertification areas can be transported regionally and globally to affect surface air quality, visibility, and radiation budget not only at immediate downwind locations (e.g., eastern Asia) but also regions far away from the sources (e.g., North America). Deposition of Asian dust to the North Pacific Ocean basin influences the ocean productivity. In this study, we will use the Goddard Chemistry Aerosol Radiation and Transport (GOCART) model, remote sensing data form satellite and from the ground-based network, and in-situ data from aircraft and surface observations to address the following questions: - What are the effects of Asian dust on the surface air quality and visibility over Asia and North America? - What are the seasonal and spatial variations of dust deposition to the North Pacific Ocean? How does the Asian dust affect surface radiation budget?

  2. Priliminary Modeling of Air Breakdown with the ICEPIC code

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    Schulz, A E; Cartwright, K L; Mardahl, P J; Peterkin, R E; Bruner, N; Genoni, T; Hughes, T P; Welch, D

    2004-01-01

    Interest in air breakdown phenomena has recently been re-kindled with the advent of advanced virtual prototyping of radio frequency (RF) sources for use in high power microwave (HPM) weapons technology. Air breakdown phenomena are of interest because the formation of a plasma layer at the aperture of an RF source decreases the transmitted power to the target, and in some cases can cause significant reflection of RF radiation. Understanding the mechanisms behind the formation of such plasma layers will aid in the development of maximally effective sources. This paper begins with some of the basic theory behind air breakdown, and describes two independent approaches to modeling the formation of plasmas, the dielectric fluid model and the Particle in Cell (PIC) approach. Finally we present the results of preliminary studies in numerical modeling and simulation of breakdown.

  3. Air Quality – monitoring and modelling

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    Marius DEACONU; Mihaiella CRETU

    2012-01-01

    Air pollution is a major concern for all nations, regardless of their development. The rapid growth of the industrial sector and urban development have lead to significant quantities of substances and toxic materials, mostly discharged into the atmosphere and having adverse effects both on human health and environment in general. Human society has to recognize that environment has only a limited capacity to process all of its waste without major changes. Each of us is a pollutant but also a v...

  4. Portable radiation meters evaluation in high rates of air kerma

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    Damatto, Willian B.; Potiens, Maria da Penha A.; Vivolo, Vitor, E-mail: wbdamatto@ipen.br, E-mail: mppotiens@ipen.br, E-mail: vivolo@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    A set of portable meters of ionizing radiation high rates of air kerma (teletectors) commonly used in emergencies in Brazil and sent to the Calibration Laboratory of IPEN were under several tests and analyst is parameters for the detectors behavior were established, specifying their sensitivities and operating characteristics. Applied tests were: reading equipment variation with battery voltage, geotropism effect, energy dependence, the angular dependence and overload. Thus it was possible to determine the most common characteristic found in these equipment (quality control programs). The behavior of 17 portable meters was analyzed and in this study, 10 of them have been tested. It was performed to characterize the gamma irradiating system (radiation dosimetry field) that possesses higher activity in teletectors for testing of larger measuring range. New calibration criteria were established following international recommendations. Therefore, it was made the improvement of the quality control programme of portable meters of ionizing radiation high rates of air kerma calibration laboratory, benefiting the users of such equipment with better consistent calibration measurements. (author)

  5. Air Tightness of US Homes: Model Development

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    Sherman, Max H.

    2006-05-01

    Air tightness is an important property of building envelopes. It is a key factor in determining infiltration and related wall-performance properties such as indoor air quality, maintainability and moisture balance. Air leakage in U.S. houses consumes roughly 1/3 of the HVAC energy but provides most of the ventilation used to control IAQ. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been gathering residential air leakage data from many sources and now has a database of more than 100,000 raw measurements. This paper uses that database to develop a model for estimating air leakage as a function of climate, building age, floor area, building height, floor type, energy-efficiency and low-income designations. The model developed can be used to estimate the leakage distribution of populations of houses.

  6. Mixed conflict model for Air Traffic Control

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    Feydy, Thibaut; Barnier, Nicolas; Brisset, Pascal; Durand, Nicolas

    2005-01-01

    Airspace congestion is today the most critical issue European Air Traffic Management (ATM) has to face. Current real-time Air Traffic Control (ATC) is achieved by human controllers. One of their main tasks is to keep separation between aircraft, asking to the pilots to do basic avoidance manoeuvres. We propose here two mixed CSP models of this separation issue, combining discrete and continuous variables. An implementation of these models allows to produce optimal solutions for problems where...

  7. Detailed Radiative Transport Modeling of a Radiative Divertor

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    Wan, A S; Scott, H A; Post, D; Rognlien, T D

    1995-01-01

    An effective radiative divertor maximizes the utilization of atomic processes to spread out the energy deposition to the divertor chamber walls and to reduce the peak heat flux. Because the mixture of neutral atoms and ions in the divertor can be optically thick to a portion of radiated power, it is necessary to accurately model the magnitude and distribution of line radiation in this complex region. To assess their importance we calculate the effects of radiation transport using CRETIN, a multi-dimensional, non-local thermodynamic equilibrium simulation code that includes the atomic kinetics and radiative transport processes necessary to model the complex environment of a radiative divertor. We also include neutral transport to model radiation from recycling neutral atoms. This paper presents a case study of a high-recycling radiative divertor with a typical large neutral pressure at the divertor plate to estimate the impact of H line radiation on the overall power balance in the divertor region with conside...

  8. Biophysical models in radiation biology

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    Models serve a variety of purposes: to link physics and biology; to interpolate and extrapolate to dose regions where direct biological measurements of statistical significance are not feasible; to address basic mechanisms; to suggest new experiments designed to test hypotheses predicted by the model. In the past, the modeling arena has been dominated by dose-response curves for cell killing which have slowly but surely incorporated more and more of the biological factors that are known to be important. At the present time, the modelers urgently need to follow the revolution in the new biology as quantitative data become available. There are several areas involved: i. the relation between DNA strand breaks, initial breaks as measured by the premature chromosome condensation technique and cell lethality. ii. modeling of oncogenic transformation as a function of dose and of radiation quality. iii. modeling of oncogenic transformation as a function of oncogene activation. iv. modeling of oncogene activation and suppressor cell deletion as a function of radiation dose and radiation quality. (author)

  9. Effect of ionizing radiation on moist air systems

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    The radiation chemistry of nitrogen/oxygen/water systems is reviewed. General radiolytic effects in dry nitrogen/oxygen systems are relatively well characterized. Irradiation results in the formation of steady state concentrations of ozone, nitrous oxide and nitrogen dioxide. In closed systems, the concentration observed depends on the total dose, temperature and initial gas composition. Only three studies have been published that focus on the radiation chemistry of nitrogen/oxygen/water homogeneous gas systems. Mixed phase work that is relevant to the gaseous system is also summarized. The presence of water vapor results in the formation of nitric acid and significantly changes the chemistry observed in dry air systems. Mechanistic evidence from the studies reviewed are summarized and discussed in relation to characterizing the gas phase during the containment period of a repository in tuff

  10. Radio Emission from Cosmic Ray Air Showers: Coherent Geosynchrotron Radiation

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    Huege, T; Huege, Tim; Falcke, Heino

    2003-01-01

    Cosmic ray air showers have been known for over 30 years to emit pulsed radio emission in the frequency range from a few to a few hundred MHz, an effect that offers great opportunities for the study of extensive air showers with upcoming fully digital "software radio telescopes" such as LOFAR and the enhancement of particle detector arrays such as KASCADE Grande or the Pierre Auger Observatory. However, there are still a lot of open questions regarding the strength of the emission as well as the underlying emission mechanism. Accompanying the development of a LOFAR prototype station dedicated to the observation of radio emission from extensive air showers, LOPES, we therefore take a new approach to modeling the emission process, interpreting it as "coherent geosynchrotron emission" from electron-positron pairs gyrating in the earth's magnetic field. We develop our model in a step-by-step procedure incorporating increasingly realistic shower geometries in order to disentangle the coherence effects arising from...

  11. Surface Flux Modeling for Air Quality Applications

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    Limei Ran

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available For many gasses and aerosols, dry deposition is an important sink of atmospheric mass. Dry deposition fluxes are also important sources of pollutants to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The surface fluxes of some gases, such as ammonia, mercury, and certain volatile organic compounds, can be upward into the air as well as downward to the surface and therefore should be modeled as bi-directional fluxes. Model parameterizations of dry deposition in air quality models have been represented by simple electrical resistance analogs for almost 30 years. Uncertainties in surface flux modeling in global to mesoscale models are being slowly reduced as more field measurements provide constraints on parameterizations. However, at the same time, more chemical species are being added to surface flux models as air quality models are expanded to include more complex chemistry and are being applied to a wider array of environmental issues. Since surface flux measurements of many of these chemicals are still lacking, resistances are usually parameterized using simple scaling by water or lipid solubility and reactivity. Advances in recent years have included bi-directional flux algorithms that require a shift from pre-computation of deposition velocities to fully integrated surface flux calculations within air quality models. Improved modeling of the stomatal component of chemical surface fluxes has resulted from improved evapotranspiration modeling in land surface models and closer integration between meteorology and air quality models. Satellite-derived land use characterization and vegetation products and indices are improving model representation of spatial and temporal variations in surface flux processes. This review describes the current state of chemical dry deposition modeling, recent progress in bi-directional flux modeling, synergistic model development research with field measurements, and coupling with meteorological land surface models.

  12. Evaluation of gas radiation models in CFD modeling of oxy-combustion

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    Highlights: • CFD modeling of a typical industrial water tube boiler is conducted. • Different combustion processes were considered including air and oxy-fuel combustion. • SGG, EWBM, Leckner, Perry and WSGG radiation models were considered in the study. • EWBM is the most accurate model and it’s considered to be the benchmark model. • Characteristics of oxy-fuel combustion are compared to those of air–fuel combustion. - Abstract: Proper determination of the radiation energy is very important for proper predictions of the combustion characteristics inside combustion devices using CFD modeling. For this purpose, different gas radiation models were developed and applied in the present work. These radiation models vary in their accuracy and complexity according to the application. In this work, a CFD model for a typical industrial water tube boiler was developed, considering three different combustion environments. The combustion environments are air–fuel combustion (21% O2 and 79% N2), oxy-fuel combustion (21% O2 and 79% CO2) and oxy-fuel combustion (27% O2 and 73% CO2). Simple grey gas (SGG), exponential wide band model (EWBM), Leckner, Perry and weighted sum of grey gases (WSGG) radiation models were examined and their influences on the combustion characteristics were evaluated. Among those radiation models, the EWBM was found to provide close results to the experimental data for the present boiler combustion application. The oxy-fuel combustion characteristics were analyzed and compared with those of air–fuel combustion

  13. Lean hydrogen-air-steam mixture combustion models

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    Hydrogen combustion computer models are needed to evaluate the consequences of deliberate or accidental ignition of hydrogen-air-steam mixtures with a reactor containment building. Phenomenological flame-propagation models for hydrogen-air-steam mixture deflagrations are described. The models treat the concentration regime in which combustion is complete and the near-lean-limit regime in which buoyant flame propagation and extinction are important. Empirical representations of burning velocities and flame geometries are utilized in both regimes. Transient overpressures calculated with these models are compared to recent data obtained in several test programs. Although reasonable agreement is obtained in many cases, the comparisons suggest that the model could be improved by accounting for self-induced flame turbulence and for radiative heat losses before the flame reaches the vessel wall

  14. Calculation of molecular bremsstrahlung radiation and air shower plasma conditions for CROME

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    The possibility of the detection of extensive air showers by observation of isotropic microwave radiation due to molecular bremsstrahlung has been proposed in 2008. Ionization electrons, forming a short-lived, tenuous plasma in the wake of the shower, interact with atmospheric neutrals and produce bremsstrahlung. Concurrent with first measurements of microwave radiation by the CROME experiment in Karlsruhe, an independent, theory based model for emission of isotropic bremsstrahlung emission has been developed. In this talk, the assumptions of the model for bremsstrahlung emission and the findings concerning the state of the plasma in an air shower are discussed. The magnitude of the expected signal is calculated and compared to predictions made in the original proposal by Gorham et al. and to the observed GHz signals.

  15. Calculation of molecular bremsstrahlung radiation and air shower plasma conditions for CROME

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    Neunteufel, Patrick; Engel, Ralph; Smida, Radomir; Werner, Felix [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    The possibility of the detection of extensive air showers by observation of isotropic microwave radiation due to molecular bremsstrahlung has been proposed in 2008. Ionization electrons, forming a short-lived, tenuous plasma in the wake of the shower, interact with atmospheric neutrals and produce bremsstrahlung. Concurrent with first measurements of microwave radiation by the CROME experiment in Karlsruhe, an independent, theory based model for emission of isotropic bremsstrahlung emission has been developed. In this talk, the assumptions of the model for bremsstrahlung emission and the findings concerning the state of the plasma in an air shower are discussed. The magnitude of the expected signal is calculated and compared to predictions made in the original proposal by Gorham et al. and to the observed GHz signals.

  16. Influence of future air pollution mitigation strategies on total aerosol radiative forcing

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    Kloster, S.; Dentener, F.; Feichter, J.; F. Raes; J. Van Aardenne; Roeckner, E.; Lohmann, U.; Stier, P; Swart, R.

    2008-01-01

    We apply different aerosol and aerosol precursor emission scenarios reflecting possible future control strategies for air pollution in the ECHAM5-HAM model, and simulate the resulting effect on the Earth's radiation budget. We use two opposing future mitigation strategies for the year 2030: one in which emission reduction legislation decided in countries throughout the world are effectively implemented (current legislation; CLE 2030) and one in which all technical options for emission re...

  17. Air pollution radiative and microphysical impacts on rainfall

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    Rosenfeld, D.

    2008-12-01

    Aerosols affect rainfall in various ways: The microphysical effects slow the conversion of cloud drop to hydrometeors. In shallow clouds it means suppression of precipitation. In deep clouds with warm base the delay of precipitation to heights where freezing can occur this leads to invigoration of the clouds due to the added latent heat release of freezing. When the aerosol load becomes heavy the radiative effects of suppressing surface heating can decrease the convection. In addition, delaying the onset of precipitation to great heights leads to greater evaporation of smaller precipitation efficiency due to more evaporation of cloud water and hydrometeors. An example of the impacts of heavy air pollution is available for China. Time series of rainfall, thunderstorms, temperatures, winds and aerosols for the period of 1953-2005 have been analyzed at the Xian valley and the nearby Mount Hua in central China, for assessing the impact of the increasing air pollution thunderstorms on convective precipitation. Adding aerosols to pristine air initially increases convective rainfall. However, aerosol amounts have been shown to be sufficiently high so that added aerosols suppress convection and precipitation, by both radiative and microphysical effects, even at the starting of the analysis period at the 1950's. It was found that the aerosols negative radiative forcing stabilized the lowest troposphere by about 1°C. The stabilization resulted in less vertical exchanges of air, which caused reduction in the lowland surface winds and increase in the mountain top wind speeds. The decreased instability caused a decrease in the frequency of the thunderstorm normalized by rainfall amount in the lowland due to the thick aerosol layer above, but not at the mountaintop, above which the aerosol layer was much thinner. The indicated decreasing trend of mountain precipitation was associated with a similar size decreasing trend in thunderstorm frequency. This decrease was contributed from light and moderate (<25 mm day-1) days. These patterns of rainfall changes at the mountains are consistent with the microphysical suppressive effects of aerosols. Despite the dramatic relative decrease in the already originally scarce thunderstorm activity in the Xian valley, the rainfall amount there appears to have little diurnal cycle, and respectively shows little trend with the increasing aerosol amounts. Because only small fraction of the rainfall in Xian is generated by local instability, as indicated by the flat diurnal cycle, it appears to be a condition which is unsuitable for quantifying the impact of heavy aerosols on rainfall amounts. However, the dramatic relative decrease of the scarce thunderstorms in Xian suggests that this effect can be substantial. Such study should be extended to other areas where the control of local surface heating dominates the rainfall amounts.

  18. Validation of the community radiative transfer model

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    To validate the Community Radiative Transfer Model (CRTM) developed by the U.S. Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), the discrete ordinate radiative transfer (DISORT) model and the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM) are combined in order to provide a reference benchmark. Compared with the benchmark, the CRTM appears quite accurate for both clear sky and ice cloud radiance simulations with RMS errors below 0.2 K, except for clouds with small ice particles. In a computer CPU run time comparison, the CRTM is faster than DISORT by approximately two orders of magnitude. Using the operational MODIS cloud products and the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) atmospheric profiles as an input, the CRTM is employed to simulate the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) radiances. The CRTM simulations are shown to be in reasonably close agreement with the AIRS measurements (the discrepancies are within 2 K in terms of brightness temperature difference). Furthermore, the impact of uncertainties in the input cloud properties and atmospheric profiles on the CRTM simulations has been assessed. The CRTM-based brightness temperatures (BTs) at the top of the atmosphere (TOA), for both thin (?30) clouds, are highly sensitive to uncertainties in atmospheric temperature and cloud top pressure. However, for an optically thick cloud, the CRTM-based BTs are not sensitive to the uncertainties of cloud optical thickness, effective particle size, and atmospheric humidity profiles. On the contrary, the uncertainties of the CRTM-based TOA BTs resulting from effective particle size and optical thickness are not negligible in an optically thin cloud.

  19. Scatter radiation and the effects of air gaps in cephalometric radiography

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    The scatter radiation and scatter rejection effect of air gaps in cephalometric radiography were evaluated using an effective scatter point source (ESPS) model. A 16-cm-thick water-equivalent phantom was used to measure the scatter fraction. The distance from the source to the center of the object (SOD) was 150, 200, or 300 cm. The air gap was varied from 0 to 96 cm for each SOD. A photostimulable phosphor plate was used as the X-ray sensor. The measured scatter fraction ESPS model was used to simulate the scatter rejection by the air gap, and the predictions were compared with the grid. There was excellent agreement between the ESPS model and the scatter measurements. The air gap reduced the scatter radiation, especially for an SOD of 200 or 300 cm, while keeping an object magnification of 1.1 in view of the signal-to-noise ratio improvement factor. The results suggest that a grid should not be used in cephalometric radiography. (author)

  20. Portable Radio-Controlled Air Sampler and Environmental Radiation Monitor

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    The destructive testing of prototype nuclear devices at the United States Atomic Energy Commission's Test Sites and the possible release of radioactive effluent to the atmosphere, necessitates capability in sampling and analysis of these effluents. Understanding of the destruction mechanism, air transport and deposition phenomena as well as an evaluation of the potential hazard to the surrounding population can be gained by a study of gross gamma measurements, nuclides released and particle-size distribution. The acquisition of these fundamental data frequently takes hundreds of man hours to transport, locate and operate power sources of the engine-generator type, laboratory instrumentation and air-sampling devices on a downwind grid from the test site. The sophisticated laboratory equipment normally used is ill suited to rough handling over poor access roads and operation in the severe climatic environment routinely encountered in the test areas. The problems and time associated with the start-up of many tens of these instrumentation systems and the uncertainty in time of the test release due to varying wind parameters are an added inducement for improved hardware and procedures. A portable battery-powered monitoring system has been designed to detect and record pre-test and post-test beta-gamma radiation levels and the radioactivity build-up and decay on an air sampler filter. The capability exists for the remote ON-OFF switching of the air sampler by radio signal. The entire electronic system is housed in an aluminum carrying case with the electronics sealed from moisture and dust contamination. The remote switching concept used provides for 1438 individual control functions or 46 group control functions depending upon the address frequencies selected. The satisfactory operation of the remote control feature is limited only by the path distance over which the radio control link will function. Two channels of radiation data are permanently recorded on a pressure-sensitive chart and are responsive over a 4-decade range from 0.01 mR/h to 100 mR/h gross beta-gamma levels. Normal battery power provides up to 1½ hours operation for a high-capacity air sampler of the Staplex type or more extended operation with less power demanding samplers or other instrumentation. (author)

  1. URBAN AIR POLLUTION MODELING WITHOUT COMPUTERS

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    This report was the basis for a series of three lectures by the author on urban air pollution modeling, and represents a condensed version of selected topics from a recent monograph by him. The emphasis is on simple but efficient models that often can be used without resorting to...

  2. Adaptive Grid Use in Air Quality Modeling

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    Mehmet Talat Odman

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The predictions from air quality models are subject to many sources of uncertainty; among them, grid resolution has been viewed as one that is limited by the availability of computational resources. A large grid size can lead to unacceptable errors for many pollutants formed via nonlinear chemical reactions. Further, insufficient grid resolution limits the ability to perform accurate exposure assessments. To address this issue in parallel to increasing computational power, modeling techniques that apply finer grids to areas of interest and coarser grids elsewhere have been developed. Techniques using multiple grid sizes are called nested grid or multiscale modeling techniques. These approaches are limited by uncertainty in the placement of finer grids since pertinent locations may not be known a priori, loss in solution accuracy due to grid boundary interface problems, and inability to adjust to changes in grid resolution requirements. A different approach to achieve local resolution involves using dynamic adaptive grids. Various adaptive mesh refinement techniques using structured grids as well as mesh enrichment techniques on unstructured grids have been explored in atmospheric modeling. Recently, some of these techniques have been applied to full blown air quality models. In this paper, adaptive grid methods used in air quality modeling are reviewed and categorized. The advantages and disadvantages of each adaptive grid method are discussed. Recent advances made in air quality simulation owing to the use of adaptive grids are summarized. Relevant connections to adaptive grid modeling in weather and climate modeling are also described.

  3. Discharge air system: modelling and optimal control

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    Zheng, G.R.; Zaheer-Uddin, M. [Concordia Univ., Centre for Building Studies, Montreal, PQ (Canada)

    1999-07-01

    A state-space model of a discharge air system (DAS) is developed. Simulation results obtained from the developed model compare well with the published experimental data. The optimal control strategies and optimal performance of DAS to step changes in setpoints are given for two cases: a heating case with temperatures control, and a cooling case with temperature and humidity control. Results show that the outputs (discharge air temperature and humidity ratio) of the system reach the chosen setpoints rapidly and smoothly compared with that of PI control results published in the literature. (Author)

  4. On radiofrequency component of transition radiation of extensive air shower

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    The mechanism of radio emission caused by the transition radiation of the contrarily charged particles of the expensive air shower in the magnetic field of the Earth is studied for the first time. It is established that for the showers with the energy about 1022 eV the maximum stage whereof is reached at the sea level the electrical field voltage constitutes 60 ?V/m MHz at the distance of 500 km from the shower axis. The spectrum intensity maximum is in the area corresponding to the atmospheric disturbances minimum (? 1 ?Hz). These conditions stimulate the formulation of the experiment on the high-energy cosmic ray radio detection, the scheme whereof is proposed in this work

  5. Uncertainty in Regional Air Quality Modeling

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    Digar, Antara

    Effective pollution mitigation is the key to successful air quality management. Although states invest millions of dollars to predict future air quality, the regulatory modeling and analysis process to inform pollution control strategy remains uncertain. Traditionally deterministic ‘bright-line’ tests are applied to evaluate the sufficiency of a control strategy to attain an air quality standard. A critical part of regulatory attainment demonstration is the prediction of future pollutant levels using photochemical air quality models. However, because models are uncertain, they yield a false sense of precision that pollutant response to emission controls is perfectly known and may eventually mislead the selection of control policies. These uncertainties in turn affect the health impact assessment of air pollution control strategies. This thesis explores beyond the conventional practice of deterministic attainment demonstration and presents novel approaches to yield probabilistic representations of pollutant response to emission controls by accounting for uncertainties in regional air quality planning. Computationally-efficient methods are developed and validated to characterize uncertainty in the prediction of secondary pollutant (ozone and particulate matter) sensitivities to precursor emissions in the presence of uncertainties in model assumptions and input parameters. We also introduce impact factors that enable identification of model inputs and scenarios that strongly influence pollutant concentrations and sensitivity to precursor emissions. We demonstrate how these probabilistic approaches could be applied to determine the likelihood that any control measure will yield regulatory attainment, or could be extended to evaluate probabilistic health benefits of emission controls, considering uncertainties in both air quality models and epidemiological concentration-response relationships. Finally, ground-level observations for pollutant (ozone) and precursor concentrations (oxides of nitrogen) have been used to adjust probabilistic estimates of pollutant sensitivities based on the performance of simulations in reliably reproducing ambient measurements. Various observational metrics have been explored for better scientific understanding of how sensitivity estimates vary with measurement constraints. Future work could extend these methods to incorporate additional modeling uncertainties and alternate observational metrics, and explore the responsiveness of future air quality to project trends in emissions and climate change.

  6. Nanodiamond formation via thermal radiation from an air shock

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    de Carli, Paul

    2013-06-01

    Nanodiamonds have recently been found in sediments of Younger Dryas age, about 12,900 years ago. Carbon isotope ratios imply that the source of carbon was terrestrial organic matter and rule out the possibility that the diamond was of cosmic origin, e.g., from an influx of meteorites. The nanodiamonds are associated with mineral spherules (and other shapes) that have compositions and textures consistent with the rapid melting and solidification of local soil. The inferred temperatures are much too high for natural events such as forest fires. Similar deposits of nanodiamond have been found in the 65 million year old K-Pg layer associated with the ca. 200 km diameter Chicxulub impact crater. Nanodiamond have also been reported in the vicinity of the Tunguska event, presumed to be the result of an air shock produced by the interaction of a rapidly moving cosmic body with the Earth's atmosphere. We infer that the nanodiamonds were formed when the thermal radiation from the air shock pyrolyzed surface organic matter. Rapid reaction locally depleted the atmosphere of oxygen and the remaining carbon could condense as nanodiamond. A similar mechanism can be invoked to account for the formation of nanodiamond as a froduct of the detonation of ozygen-deficient high explosives.

  7. Tracks FAQs: What is Modeled Air Data?

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    2011-04-25

    In this podcast, CDC Tracking experts discuss modeled air data. Do you have a question for our Tracking experts? Please e-mail questions to trackingsupport@cdc.gov.  Created: 4/25/2011 by National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Environmental Health Tracking Branch.   Date Released: 4/25/2011.

  8. Refined weighted sum of gray gases model for air-fuel combustion and its impacts

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    Yin, Chungen

    2013-01-01

    Radiation is the principal mode of heat transfer in utility boiler furnaces. Models for radiative properties play a vital role in reliable simulations of utility boilers and simulation-based design and optimization. The weighted sum of gray gases model (WSGGM) is one of the most widely used models in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation of air-fuel combustion processes. It represents a reasonable compromise between an oversimplified gray gas model and a comprehensive approach addressing...

  9. Air quality modeling for emergency response applications

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    The three-dimensional diagnostic wind field model (MATHEW) and the particle-in-cell transport and diffusion model (ADPIC) are used by the Atmospheric Release Advisory Capability (ARAC) for real-time assessments of the consequences from accidental releases of radioactivity into the atmosphere. For the dispersion of hazardous heavier-than-air gases, a time-dependent, three-dimensional finite element model (FEM3) is used. These models have been evaluated extensively against a wide spectrum of field experiments involving the release of chemically inert tracers or heavier-than-air gases. The results reveal that the MATHEW/ADPIC models are capable of simulating the spatial and temporal distributions of tracer concentration to within a factor of 2 for 50% of the measured tracer concentrations for near surface releases in relatively flat terrain and within a factor of 2 for 20% of the comparisons for elevated releases in complex terrain. The FEM3 model produces quite satisfactory simulations of the spatial and temporal distributions of heavier-than-air gases, typically within a kilometer of the release point. The ARAC consists of a centralized computerized emergency response system that is capable of supporting up to 100 sites and providing real-time predictions of the consequence of transportation accidents that may occur anywhere. It utilizes pertinent accident information, local and regional meteorology, and terrain as input to the MATHEW/ADPIC models for the consequence analysis. It has responded to over 150 incidents and exercises over the past decade

  10. Standard climate models radiation codes underestimate black carbon radiative forcing

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    G. Myhre

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Radiative forcing (RF of black carbon (BC in the atmosphere is estimated using radiative transfer codes of various complexities. Here we show that the 2-stream radiative transfer codes used most in climate models give too strong forward scattering, leading to enhanced absorption at the surface and too weak absorption by BC. Such calculations are found to underestimate RF by 10% for global mean, all sky conditions, relative to the more sophisticated multi-stream models. The underestimation occurs primarily for low surface albedo, even though BC is more efficient for absorption of solar radiation at high surface albedo.

  11. Dispersion model maps spread of Fukushima radiation

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    Schultz, Colin

    2013-01-01

    When water flooded the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 11 March 2011, killing power to the plant and destroying its backup generators, the earthquake-triggered disaster resulted in a major nuclear accident, with the plant pouring radioactive material into the air and the water. Research into the effects of the radiation on humans and the environment has been ongoing, but to ensure the accuracy of these aftermath investigations requires understanding the precise concentrations, distribution patterns, and timing of the radionuclide emissions. To provide such an assessment for the marine environment, Estournel et al. used an ocean and atmosphere dispersion model to simulate the movements of radioactive cesium-137 throughout the Japanese coastal waters for 3.5 months following the earthquake.

  12. Assessing Climate Impacts on Air Pollution from Models and Measurements

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    Holloway, T.; Plachinski, S. D.; Morton, J. L.; Spak, S.

    2011-12-01

    It is well known that large-scale patterns in temperature, humidity, solar radiation and atmospheric circulation affect formation and transport of atmospheric constituents. These relationships have supported a growing body of work projecting changes in ozone (O3), and to a lesser extent aerosols, as a function of changing climate. Typically, global and regional chemical transport models are used to quantify climate impacts on air pollution, but the ability of these models to assess weather-dependent chemical processes has not been thoroughly evaluated. Quantifying model sensitivity to climate poses the additional challenge of isolating the local to synoptic scale effects of meteorological conditions on chemistry and transport from concurrent trends in emissions, hemispheric background concentrations, and land cover change. Understanding how well models capture historic climate-chemistry relationships is essential in projecting future climate impacts, in that it allows for better evaluation of model skill and improved understanding of climate-chemistry relationships. We compare the sensitivity of chemistry-climate relationships, as simulated by the EPA Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model, with observed historical response characteristics from EPA Air Quality System (AQS) monitoring data. We present results for O3, sulfate and nitrate aerosols, and ambient mercury concentrations. Despite the fact that CMAQ over-predicts daily maximum 8-hour ground-level O3 concentrations relative to AQS data, the model does an excellent job at simulating the response of O3 to daily maximum temperature. In both model and observations, we find that higher temperatures produce higher O3 across most of the U.S., as expected in summertime conditions. However, distinct regions appear in both datasets where temperature and O3 are anti-correlated - for example, over the Upper Midwestern U.S. states of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana in July 2002. Characterizing uncertainties, errors, and climate sensitivity in CMAQ improves the reliability of future climate and air quality projections.

  13. Standard climate models radiation codes underestimate black carbon radiative forcing

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    Myhre, G.; Samset, B. H.

    2014-01-01

    Radiative forcing (RF) of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere is estimated using radiative transfer codes of various complexities. Here we show that the 2-stream radiative transfer codes used most in climate models give too strong forward scattering, leading to enhanced absorption at the surface and too weak absorption by BC. Such calculations are found to underestimate RF by 10% for global mean, all sky conditions, relative to the more sophisticated multi-s...

  14. A new anisotropic diffuse radiation model

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    Highlights: • A new theoretical model of anisotropic diffuse radiation is proposed. • Models are compared with the measured diffuse radiation data. • New model is the best fit with measured values. - Abstract: Through the analysis of distribution of diffuse radiation in the sky, the sky diffuse radiation is divided into four zones. Based on the concept of radiation intensity and solid angle, the corresponding integral equation is established in each zone to build a new theoretical model of anisotropic diffuse radiation. Radiation enhancement coefficients in the new theoretical model are solved from the instantaneous diffuse radiation data received by 30°, 45°, 60° inclined planes, then new model and existing models are compared with the diffuse radiation data received by 90° inclined planes. The results demonstrate that for existing models, Perez model is the most accurate, followed by Liu and Jordan model. Among the second generation models, Klucher model, Hay model, Skartveit and Olseth model are relatively accurate. While compared with existing models, NADR model is more consistent with the measured values. Further comparative analysis shows that for east and north orientations, Perez model and NADR model are more accurate; for south and west orientations, Liu and Jordan model and NADR model are more accurate. Klucher model is well agreed with the measured data in different inclinations. Hay model and Skartveit and Olseth model are relatively accurate on 30° tilt surface, and Temps and Coulson model is also relatively accurate on 45° tilt surface. NADR model is in good agreement with the measured data on 60° and 90° tilt surface. On the whole, NADR model is more accurate than the existing models

  15. A simple model for cloud radiative forcing

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    Corti, T.; Peter, T

    2009-01-01

    We present a simple model for the longwave and shortwave cloud radiative forcing based on the evaluation of extensive radiative transfer calculations, covering a global range of conditions. The simplicity of the model equations fosters the understanding on how clouds affect the Earth's energy balance. In comparison with results from a comprehensive radiative transfer model, the accuracy of our parameterization is typically better than 20%. We demonstrate the usefulness of our model using...

  16. Overview of atmospheric ionizing radiation (AIR) research: SST-present

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    Wilson, J. W.; Goldhagen, P.; Rafnsson, V.; Clem, J. M.; De Angelis, G.; Friedberg, W.

    2003-01-01

    The Supersonic Transport (SST) program, proposed in 1961, first raised concern for the exposure of pregnant occupants by solar energetic particles (SEP), and neutrons were suspected to have a main role in particle propagation deep into the atmosphere. An eight-year flight program confirmed the role of SEP as a significant hazard and of the neutrons as contributing over half of the galactic cosmic ray exposures, with the largest contribution from neutrons above 10 MeV. The FAA Advisory Committee on the Radiobiological Aspects of the SST provided operational requirements. The more recent lowering of ICRP-recommended exposure limits (1990) with the classification of aircrew as "radiation workers" renewed interest in GCR background exposures at commercial flight altitudes and stimulated epidemiological studies in Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA. The proposed development of a High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) required validation of the role of high-energy neutrons, and this resulted in ER-2 flights at solar minimum (June 1997) and studies on effects of aircraft materials on interior exposures. Recent evaluation of health outcomes of DOE nuclear workers resulted in legislation for health compensation in year 2000 and recent European aircrew epidemiological studies of health outcomes bring renewed interest in aircraft radiation exposures. As improved radiation models become available, it is imperative that a corresponding epidemiological program of US aircrew be implemented. Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of COSPAR.

  17. The Cost of Simplifying Air Travel When Modeling Disease Spread

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    Lessler, Justin; Kaufman, James H; Ford, Daniel A.; Douglas, Judith V

    2009-01-01

    Background Air travel plays a key role in the spread of many pathogens. Modeling the long distance spread of infectious disease in these cases requires an air travel model. Highly detailed air transportation models can be over determined and computationally problematic. We compared the predictions of a simplified air transport model with those of a model of all routes and assessed the impact of differences on models of infectious disease. Methodology/Principal Findings Using U.S. ticket data ...

  18. Efficiency of hybrid monitoring of air radiation contamination

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    The idea of hybrid monitoring of pollution transport in atmosphere including the united measuring and model monitoring was suggested earlier. An attempt of quantitative estimation of the efficiency of the hybrid monitoring of NPP effluent transport in the atmosphere is made. A method for calculation of errors in estimations of wind velocity and plume axis position for all its points is suggested, and numerical estimates for the hybrid monitoring efficiency are given. The results obtained were used in projects of automated systems for NPP environment radiation monitoring

  19. Economic Modeling of Compressed Air Energy Storage

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    Rui Bo; Ming Ni; Yang Gu; James McCalley

    2013-01-01

    Due to the variable nature of wind resources, the increasing penetration level of wind power will have a significant impact on the operation and planning of the electric power system. Energy storage systems are considered an effective way to compensate for the variability of wind generation. This paper presents a detailed production cost simulation model to evaluate the economic value of compressed air energy storage (CAES) in systems with large-scale wind power generation. The co-optimizatio...

  20. Thermophysics Characterization of Multiply Ionized Air Plasma Absorption of Laser Radiation

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    Wang, Ten-See; Rhodes, Robert; Turner, Jim (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The impact of multiple ionization of air plasma on the inverse Bremsstrahlung absorption of laser radiation is investigated for air breathing laser propulsion. Thermochemical properties of multiply ionized air plasma species are computed for temperatures up to 200,000 deg K, using hydrogenic approximation of the electronic partition function; And those for neutral air molecules are also updated for temperatures up to 50,000 deg K, using available literature data. Three formulas for absorption are calculated and a general formula is recommended for multiple ionization absorption calculation. The plasma composition required for absorption calculation is obtained by increasing the degree of ionization sequentially, up to quadruple ionization, with a series of thermal equilibrium computations. The calculated second ionization absorption coefficient agrees reasonably well with that of available data. The importance of multiple ionization modeling is demonstrated with the finding that area under the quadruple ionization curve of absorption is found to be twice that of single ionization. The effort of this work is beneficial to the computational plasma aerodynamics modeling of laser lightcraft performance.

  1. Radiative transfer in LTE air plasmas for temperatures up to 15,000 K

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    Radiative transfer in local thermodynamic and chemical equilibrium N2-O2 plasmas is analyzed in this study using a line-by-line approach. The contributions of line absorption by atoms, ions and of continuous absorption by atoms, ions and molecules to the absorption coefficient of heated air are calculated. These data combined to our previous work on the contribution of molecular electronic systems to heated air radiation (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 72 (2002) 503) lead to a reliable and exhaustive spectroscopic data base for radiative transfer in air plasmas and for temperatures up to 15,000 K. Line-by-line radiative transfer calculations are carried out for a simple planar geometry with prescribed temperature profiles. The spectral distribution of radiative fluxes and volumetric powers is analyzed and the relative contributions of continuum and line radiation are discussed

  2. Radiative transfer in LTE air plasmas for temperatures up to 15,000 K

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    Chauveau, Sophie; Deron, Christine; Perrin, M.-Y.; Riviere, Philippe; Soufiani, Anouar

    2003-03-01

    Radiative transfer in local thermodynamic and chemical equilibrium N{sub 2}-O{sub 2} plasmas is analyzed in this study using a line-by-line approach. The contributions of line absorption by atoms, ions and of continuous absorption by atoms, ions and molecules to the absorption coefficient of heated air are calculated. These data combined to our previous work on the contribution of molecular electronic systems to heated air radiation (J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 72 (2002) 503) lead to a reliable and exhaustive spectroscopic data base for radiative transfer in air plasmas and for temperatures up to 15,000 K. Line-by-line radiative transfer calculations are carried out for a simple planar geometry with prescribed temperature profiles. The spectral distribution of radiative fluxes and volumetric powers is analyzed and the relative contributions of continuum and line radiation are discussed.

  3. On the geomagnetic mechanism of the radiation of an extensive air shower

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    Filonenko, A. D.

    2013-04-01

    The radiation field of the elementary particles of an extensive air shower in the geomagnetic field has been examined. According to the solutions of Maxwell's equation for an electron (positron) taking into account ionization losses, the radiation of the shower is determined only by the bremsstrahlung and geomagnetic mechanism. The Cherenkov component of radiation is almost absent.

  4. Comparative analysis of different approaches to the computation of long-wave radiation balance of water air systems

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    In the present paper, the net long-wave radiation balance of the water-air environmental systems is analysed on the base of several semi-empirical approaches. Various theoretical models of infrared atmospheric radiation are reviewed. Factors, affecting their behavior are considered. Special attention is paid to physical conditions under which those models are applicable. Atmospheric and net infrared radiation fluxes are computed and compared under clear and cloudy sky. Results are presented in graphical form. Conclusions are made on the applicability of models considered for evaluating infrared radiation fluxes in environmental conditions of Central Italy. On the base of present analysis Anderson's model is chosen for future calculations of heat budget of lakes in Central Italy

  5. SCROLL, a superconfiguration collisional radiative model with external radiation

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    A collisional radiative model for calculating non-local thermodynamical-equilibrium (non-LTE) spectra of heavy atoms in hot plasmas has been developed. It takes into account the numerous excited an autoionizing states by using superconfigurations. These are split systematically until the populations converge. The influence of an impinging radiation field has recently been added to the model. The effect can be very important. (author)

  6. Influence of future air pollution mitigation strategies on total aerosol radiative forcing

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    S. Kloster

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available We apply different aerosol and aerosol precursor emission scenarios reflecting possible future control strategies for air pollution in the ECHAM5-HAM model, and simulate the resulting effect on the Earth's radiation budget. We use two opposing future mitigation strategies for the year 2030: one in which emission reduction legislation decided in countries throughout the world are effectively implemented (current legislation; CLE 2030 and one in which all technical options for emission reductions are being implemented independent of their cost (maximum feasible reduction; MFR 2030.

    We consider the direct, semi-direct and indirect radiative effects of aerosols. The total anthropogenic aerosol radiative forcing defined as the difference in the top-of-the-atmosphere radiation between 2000 and pre-industrial times amounts to ?2.00 W/m2. In the future this negative global annual mean aerosol radiative forcing will only slightly change (+0.02 W/m2 under the "current legislation" scenario. Regionally, the effects are much larger: e.g. over Eastern Europe radiative forcing would increase by +1.50 W/m2 because of successful aerosol reduction policies, whereas over South Asia it would decrease by ?1.10 W/m2 because of further growth of emissions. A "maximum feasible reduction" of aerosols and their precursors would lead to an increase of the global annual mean aerosol radiative forcing by +1.13 W/m2. Hence, in the latter case, the present day negative anthropogenic aerosol forcing could be more than halved by 2030 because of aerosol reduction policies and climate change thereafter will be to a larger extent be controlled by greenhouse gas emissions.

    We combined these two opposing future mitigation strategies for a number of experiments focusing on different sectors and regions. In addition, we performed sensitivity studies to estimate the importance of future changes in oxidant concentrations and the importance of the aerosol microphysical coupling within the range of expected future changes. For changes in oxidant concentrations caused by future air pollution mitigation, we do not find a significant effect for the global annual mean radiative aerosol forcing. In the extreme case of only abating SO2 or carbonaceous emissions to a maximum feasible extent, we find deviations from additivity for the radiative forcing over anthropogenic source regions up to 10% compared to an experiment abating both at the same time.

  7. VALMET-A valley air pollution model

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    Whiteman, C.D.; Allwine, K.J.

    1983-09-01

    Following a thorough analysis of meteorological data obtained from deep valleys of western Colorado, a modular air-pollution model has been developed to simulate the transport and diffusion of pollutants released from an elevated point source in a well-defined mountain valley during the nighttime and morning transition periods. This initial version of the model, named VALMET, operates on a valley cross section at an arbitrary distance down-valley from a continuous point source. The model has been constructed to include parameterizations of the major physical processes that act to disperse pollution during these time periods. The model has not been fully evaluated. Further testing, evaluations, and development of the model are needed. Priorities for further development and testing are provided.

  8. Determination of the potential radiation exposure of the population close to the Asse II mine caused by deduction of radioactive substances with the discharge air in the normal operation using the ''Atmospheric Radionuclide-Transport-Model'' (ARTM); Ermittlung der potenziellen Strahlenexposition der Bevoelkerung in der Umgebung der Schachtanlage Asse II infolge Ableitung radioaktiver Stoffe mit den abwettern im bestimmungsgemaessen Betrieb mittels des ''atmospaerischen Radionuklid-Transport-Modells'' ARTM

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    Esch, D.; Wittwer, C. [Bundesamt fuer Strahlenschutz, Salzgitter (Germany)

    2014-01-20

    Between 1967 and 1978 125.787 packages filled with low-level and intermediate-level radioactive waste were emplaced in the mining plant Asse II. Volatile radioactive substances like H-3, C-14 and Rn-222 are released from the emplaced waste. These substances reach the ventilated parts of the mine and are released with the discharge air. The potential radiation exposure of the population caused by deduction of radioactive substances with the discharge air in the normal operation is determined by the ''Atmospheric Radionuclide-Transport-Model'' (ARTM). As result the maximal deductions of volatile radioactive substances with the discharge air in the normal operation of the Asse II mine lead to radiation exposure of the population, which is considerably lower than the permissible values of application rate.

  9. AIR INGRESS ANALYSIS: COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMIC MODELS

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    Chang H. Oh; Eung S. Kim; Richard Schultz; Hans Gougar; David Petti; Hyung S. Kang

    2010-08-01

    The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy, is performing research and development that focuses on key phenomena important during potential scenarios that may occur in very high temperature reactors (VHTRs). Phenomena Identification and Ranking Studies to date have ranked an air ingress event, following on the heels of a VHTR depressurization, as important with regard to core safety. Consequently, the development of advanced air ingress-related models and verification and validation data are a very high priority. Following a loss of coolant and system depressurization incident, air will enter the core of the High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor through the break, possibly causing oxidation of the in-the core and reflector graphite structure. Simple core and plant models indicate that, under certain circumstances, the oxidation may proceed at an elevated rate with additional heat generated from the oxidation reaction itself. Under postulated conditions of fluid flow and temperature, excessive degradation of the lower plenum graphite can lead to a loss of structural support. Excessive oxidation of core graphite can also lead to the release of fission products into the confinement, which could be detrimental to a reactor safety. Computational fluid dynamic model developed in this study will improve our understanding of this phenomenon. This paper presents two-dimensional and three-dimensional CFD results for the quantitative assessment of the air ingress phenomena. A portion of results of the density-driven stratified flow in the inlet pipe will be compared with results of the experimental results.

  10. OpenAIRE - OpenAIRE sustainability model

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    Schmidt, Birgit; Manghi, Paolo; Manola, Natalia; Zoppi, Franco (CNR-ISTI)

    2012-01-01

    This report outlines first steps for the development and implementation of a sustainability plan for OpenAIRE, with the aim to outline how OpenAIRE could be moved from a pilot to a permanent infrastructure. OpenAIRE, a project co-funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program (2009-2012), needs to define a Sustainability Roadmap for its human network of open access experts (National Open Access Desks) and coordinators as well as its technical infrastructure and services. This r...

  11. A dispersion modelling system for urban air pollution

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    Karppinen, A.; Kukkonen, J.; Nordlund, G.; Rantakrans, E.; Valkama, I.

    1998-10-01

    An Urban Dispersion Modelling system UDM-FMI, developed at the Finnish Meteorological Institute is described in the report. The modelling system includes a multiple source Gaussian plume model and a meteorological pre-processing model. The dispersion model is an integrated urban scale model, taking into account of all source categories (point, line, area and volume sources). It includes a treatment of chemical transformation (for NO{sub 2}) wet and dry deposition (for SO{sub 2}) plume rise, downwash phenomena and dispersion of inert particles. The model allows also for the influence of a finite mixing height. The model structure is mainly based on the state-of-the-art methodology. The system also computes statistical parameters from the time series, which can be compared to air quality guidelines. The relevant meteorological parameters for the dispersion model are evaluated using data produced by a meteorological pre-processor. The model is based mainly on the energy budget method. Results of national investigations have been used for evaluating climate-dependent parameters. The model utilises the synoptic meteorological observations, radiation records and aerological sounding observations. The model results include the hourly time series of the relevant atmospheric turbulence 51 refs.

  12. Guidance for air sampling at nuclear facilities. [Radiation monitoring

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    Breslin, A.J.

    1976-11-01

    The principal uses of air sampling at nuclear facilities are to monitor general levels of radioactive air contamination, identify sources of air contamination, and evaluate the effectiveness of contaminant control equipment, determine exposures of individual workers, and provide automatic warning of hazardous concentrations of radioactivity. These applications of air sampling are discussed with respect to standards of occupational exposure, instrumentation, sample analysis, sampling protocol, and statistical treatment of concentration data. Emphasis is given to the influence of spacial and temporal variations of radionuclide concentration on the location, duration, and frequency of air sampling.

  13. A numerical model for multigroup radiation hydrodynamics

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    Vaytet, N M H; Dubroca, B; Delahaye, F

    2011-01-01

    We present in this paper a multigroup model for radiation hydrodynamics to account for variations of the gas opacity as a function of frequency. The entropy closure model (M1) is applied to multigroup radiation transfer in a radiation hydrodynamics code. In difference from the previous grey model, we are able to reproduce the crucial effects of frequency-variable gas opacities, a situation omnipresent in physics and astrophysics. We also account for the energy exchange between neighbouring groups which is important in flows with strong velocity divergence. These terms were computed using a finite volume method in the frequency domain. The radiative transfer aspect of the method was first tested separately for global consistency (reversion to grey model) and against a well established kinetic model through Marshak wave tests with frequency dependent opacities. Very good agreement between the multigroup M1 and kinetic models was observed in all tests. The successful coupling of the multigroup radiative transfer...

  14. Determination of shell-radiated noise of an automotive engine air intake system using numerical and experimental techniques

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    Moenssen, D. J.

    2005-09-01

    Automotive engine air intake noise affects the quality of the total vehicle sound. The degree to which engine air intake noise contributes to the total vehicle sound is controlled by the relative contributions of the airborne, structure-borne, and shell-radiated noise components. Proper tuning of intake noise requires an understanding of how each of these noise sources is generated. In addition, accurate methods for modeling and measuring each noise source are required for efficient development of an acoustically tuned engine air intake system. This paper describes a numerical method that simulates shell-radiated noise due to the coupling between the internal pressure pulsations of an engine air intake system and the structural properties of the intake system. Techniques for tuning the acoustic and structural properties of the numerical models are illustrated. In addition, a hybrid-experimental technique for accurate measurement of shell-radiated noise is proposed. The hybrid measurement technique is also used for further validation of the numerical method. The numerical and experimental techniques are designed to determine the shell noise of vibrating components in the presence of background noise, as is typically the case for engine air intake systems. A duct and sidebranch Helmholtz resonator is used to validate both methods.

  15. The direct and inverse problems of an air-saturated poroelastic cylinder submitted to acoustic radiation

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    Ogam, Erick; Fellah, Z. E. A.

    2011-09-01

    A wave-fluid saturated poroelastic structure interaction model based on the modified Biot theory (MBT) and plane-wave decomposition using orthogonal cylindrical functions is developed. The model is employed to recover from real data acquired in an anechoic chamber, the poromechanical properties of a soft cellular melamine cylinder submitted to an audible acoustic radiation. The inverse problem of acoustic diffraction is solved by constructing the objective functional given by the total square of the difference between predictions from the MBT interaction model and diffracted field data from experiment. The faculty of retrieval of the intrinsic poromechanical parameters from the diffracted acoustic fields, indicate that a wave initially propagating in a light fluid (air) medium, is able to carry in the absence of mechanical excitation of the specimen, information on the macroscopic mechanical properties which depend on the microstructural and intrinsic properties of the solid phase.

  16. The direct and inverse problems of an air-saturated poroelastic cylinder submitted to acoustic radiation

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    Erick Ogam

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A wave-fluid saturated poroelastic structure interaction model based on the modified Biot theory (MBT and plane-wave decomposition using orthogonal cylindrical functions is developed. The model is employed to recover from real data acquired in an anechoic chamber, the poromechanical properties of a soft cellular melamine cylinder submitted to an audible acoustic radiation. The inverse problem of acoustic diffraction is solved by constructing the objective functional given by the total square of the difference between predictions from the MBT interaction model and diffracted field data from experiment. The faculty of retrieval of the intrinsic poromechanical parameters from the diffracted acoustic fields, indicate that a wave initially propagating in a light fluid (air medium, is able to carry in the absence of mechanical excitation of the specimen, information on the macroscopic mechanical properties which depend on the microstructural and intrinsic properties of the solid phase.

  17. Models for human exposure to air pollution

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    Four models for human exposure to air pollution are discussed and compared. Simple microenvironment monitoring measures pollutant concentrations at fixed locations, regarded as proxies for similar locations or microenvironments. This model does not require pollutant measurements on the individual level, therefore is easy to implement. However, the model can be used only to estimate the average exposure in a population and does not provide any estimate of the variability and distribution of individual exposures. Replicated microenvironment monitoring provides some estimates of the variability and distribution. However, because of the possible discrepancy between the microenvironment concentration distribution and the individual concentration distribution, some adjustment might be necessary. Integrated personal monitoring allows direct estimation of the average exposure as well as the variability and distribution of individual exposures. Coupled with the appropriate time budget data, a regression analysis can be applied to estimate the contribution from each microenvironment type

  18. QUANTIFYING SUBGRID POLLUTANT VARIABILITY IN EULERIAN AIR QUALITY MODELS

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    In order to properly assess human risk due to exposure to hazardous air pollutants or air toxics, detailed information is needed on the location and magnitude of ambient air toxic concentrations. Regional scale Eulerian air quality models are typically limited to relatively coar...

  19. Mutiple simultaneous event model for radiation carcinogenesis

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    Theoretical Radiobiology and Risk Estimates includes reports on: Multiple Simultaneous Event Model for Radiation Carcinogenesis; Cancer Risk Estimates and Neutron RBE Based on Human Exposures; A Rationale for Nonlinear Dose Response Functions of Power Greater or Less Than One; and Rationale for One Double Event in Model for Radiation Carcinogenesis

  20. Modeling solar radiation at the Earth's surface recent advances

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    Badescu, Viorel

    2008-01-01

    Solar radiation data is important for a wide range of applications, e.g. in engineering, agriculture, health sector, and in many fields of the natural sciences. A few examples showing the diversity of applications may include: architecture and building design e.g. air conditioning and cooling systems; solar heating system design and use; solar power generation; weather and climate prediction models; evaporation and irrigation; calculation of water requirements for crops; monitoring plant growth and disease control; skin cancer research. Solar radiation data must be provided in a variety of f

  1. Comparison of the effects of gamma radiation on hydrated and air dried rye grass seeds

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    This is a comparative study of the effects of gamma radiation on the growth of hydrated and air dried seeds during the first weeks of primary growth. Four groups of seeds were used in the study: 1) hydrated sweet corn, 2) air dried sweet corn, 3) hydrated rye grass, and 4) air dried rye grass. Each group was then further subdivided and exposed to various levels of gamma radiation using a Cobalt-60 irradiator, except for the control samples of the four groups which received no radiation above background level. All seeds samples were then planted, allowed to grow for approximately 12 days, and harvested. Growth of both shoot and root of each seed was recorded for data analysis according to specific groups. Analyses of data from this study shows that the mean growth of air dried seeds when exposed to gamma radiation prior to planting

  2. Combined effects of air temperature, wind, and radiation on the resting metabolism of avian raptors

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    American kestrels, Falco sparverius; red-tailed hawks, Buteo jamaicensis; and golden eagles, Aquila chrysaetos, were perched in a wind tunnel and subjected to various combinations of air temperature, wind, and radiation. Oxygen consumption was measured under the various combinations of environmental variables, and multiple regression equations were developed to predict resting metabolism as a function of body mass, air temperature, wind speed, and radiation load

  3. Advanced air revitalization system modeling and testing

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    Dall-Baumann, Liese; Jeng, Frank; Christian, Steve; Edeer, Marybeth; Lin, Chin

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    To support manned lunar and Martian exploration, an extensive evaluation of air revitalization subsystems (ARS) is being conducted. The major operations under study include carbon dioxide removal and reduction; oxygen and nitrogen production, storage, and distribution; humidity and temperature control; and trace contaminant control. A comprehensive analysis program based on a generalized block flow model was developed to facilitate the evaluation of various processes and their interaction. ASPEN PLUS was used in modelling carbon dioxide removal and reduction. Several life support test stands were developed to test new and existing technologies for their potential applicability in space. The goal was to identify processes which use compact, lightweight equipment and maximize the recovery of oxygen and water. The carbon dioxide removal test stands include solid amine/vacuum desorption (SAVD), regenerative silver oxide chemisorption, and electrochemical carbon dioxide concentration (EDC). Membrane-based carbon dioxide removal and humidity control, catalytic reduction of carbon dioxide, and catalytic oxidation of trace contaminants were also investigated.

  4. LIVERMORE REGIONAL AIR QUALITY (LIRAQ) MODEL; TRANSFER TO EPA

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    Methods were developed to convert data from the Regional Air Pollution/Regional Air Monitoring Study (RAPS/RAMS) into a format compatible with the Livermore Regional Air Quality (LIRAQ) models. Changes made in the LIRAQ models include (1) improved map plotting routines, (2) updat...

  5. Influence of future air pollution mitigation strategies on total aerosol radiative forcing

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available We apply different aerosol and aerosol precursor emission scenarios reflecting possible future control strategies for air pollution in the ECHAM5-HAM model, and simulate the resulting effect on the Earth's radiation budget. We use two opposing future mitigation strategies for the year 2030: one in which emission reduction legislation decided in countries throughout the world are effectively implemented (current legislation; CLE 2030 and one in which all technical options for emission reductions are being implemented independent of their cost (maximum feasible reduction; MFR 2030.

    We consider the direct, semi-direct and indirect radiative effects of aerosols. The total anthropogenic aerosol radiative forcing defined as the difference in the top-of-the-atmosphere radiation between 2000 and pre-industrial times amounts to −2.05 W/m2. In the future this negative global annual mean aerosol radiative forcing will only slightly change (+0.02 W/m2 under the "current legislation" scenario. Regionally, the effects are much larger: e.g. over Eastern Europe radiative forcing would increase by +1.50 W/m2 because of successful aerosol reduction policies, whereas over South Asia it would decrease by −1.10 W/m2 because of further growth of emissions. A "maximum feasible reduction" of aerosols and their precursors would lead to an increase of the global annual mean aerosol radiative forcing by +1.13 W/m2. Hence, in the latter case, the present day negative anthropogenic aerosol forcing cloud be more than halved by 2030 because of aerosol reduction policies and climate change thereafter will be to a larger extend be controlled by greenhouse gas emissions.

    We combined these two opposing future mitigation strategies for a number of experiments focusing on different sectors and regions. In addition, we performed sensitivity studies to estimate the importance of future changes in oxidant concentrations and the importance of the aerosol microphysical coupling within the range of expected future changes. For changes in oxidant concentrations in the future within a realistic range, we do not find a significant effect for the global annual mean radiative aerosol forcing. In the extreme case of only abating SO2 or carbonaceous emissions to a maximum feasible extent, we find deviations from additivity for the radiative forcing over anthropogenic source regions up to 10% compared to an experiment abating both at the same time.

  6. A Macroscopic Description of Coherent Geo-Magnetic Radiation from Cosmic Ray Air Showers

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    Scholten, O; Rusydi, F

    2007-01-01

    We have developed a macroscopic description of coherent electro-magnetic radiation from air showers initiated by ultra-high energy cosmic rays due to the presence of the geo-magnetic field. This description offers a simple and direct insight in the relation between the properties of the air shower and the time-structure of the radio pulse.

  7. Modeling the radiation characteristics of woodwind instruments

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    Caussé, René; Noisternig, Markus; Le Piouffle, Vincent; Misdariis, Nicolas

    2012-01-01

    In reverberant acoustic environments the perception of timbre at a listener?s position depends on the radiation characteristics of the sound source. Numerous studies have shown that radiation patterns of acoustic instruments vary with frequency and time. Thus, one area of large concern that is a topic of ongoing research is the measurement, reproduction, and compact description of sound source radiation patterns. A simple and efficient physical model for calculating the directional pattern of...

  8. Air quality and radiative forcing impacts of anthropogenic volatile organic compound emissions from ten world regions

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    M. M. Fry

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs influence air quality and global climate change through their effects on secondary air pollutants and climate forcers. Here we simulate the air quality and radiative forcing (RF impacts of changes in ozone, methane, and sulfate from halving anthropogenic NMVOC emissions globally and from 10 regions individually, using a global chemical transport model and a standalone radiative transfer model. Halving global NMVOC emissions decreases global annual average tropospheric methane and ozone by 36.6 ppbv and 3.3 Tg, respectively, and surface ozone by 0.67 ppbv. All regional reductions slow the production of PAN, resulting in regional to intercontinental PAN decreases and regional NOx increases. These NOx increases drive tropospheric ozone increases nearby or downwind of source regions in the Southern Hemisphere (South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia. Some regions' NMVOC emissions contribute importantly to air pollution in other regions, such as East Asia, Middle East, and Europe, whose impact on US surface ozone is 43%, 34%, and 34% of North America's impact. Global and regional NMVOC reductions produce widespread negative net RFs (cooling across both hemispheres from tropospheric ozone and methane decreases, and regional warming and cooling from changes in tropospheric ozone and sulfate (via several oxidation pathways. The total global net RF for NMVOCs is estimated as 0.0277 W m?2 (~1.8% of CO2 RF since the preindustrial. The 100 yr and 20 yr global warming potentials (GWP100, GWP20 are 2.36 and 5.83 for the global reduction, and 0.079 to 6.05 and ?1.13 to 18.9 among the 10 regions. The NMVOC RF and GWP estimates are generally lower than previously modeled estimates, due to differences among models in ozone, methane, and sulfate sensitivities, and the climate forcings included in each estimate. Accounting for a~fuller set of RF contributions may change the relative magnitude of each region's impacts. The large variability in the RF and GWP of NMVOCs among regions suggest that regionally-specific metrics may be necessary to include NMVOCs in multi-gas climate trading schemes.

  9. Air quality and radiative forcing impacts of anthropogenic volatile organic compound emissions from ten world regions

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    Fry, M. M.; Schwarzkopf, M. D.; Adelman, Z.; West, J. J.

    2014-01-01

    Non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) influence air quality and global climate change through their effects on secondary air pollutants and climate forcers. Here we simulate the air quality and radiative forcing (RF) impacts of changes in ozone, methane, and sulfate from halving anthropogenic NMVOC emissions globally and from 10 regions individually, using a global chemical transport model and a standalone radiative transfer model. Halving global NMVOC emissions decreases global annual average tropospheric methane and ozone by 36.6 ppbv and 3.3 Tg, respectively, and surface ozone by 0.67 ppbv. All regional reductions slow the production of peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN), resulting in regional to intercontinental PAN decreases and regional NOx increases. These NOx increases drive tropospheric ozone increases nearby or downwind of source regions in the Southern Hemisphere (South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Australia). Some regions' NMVOC emissions contribute importantly to air pollution in other regions, such as East Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, whose impact on US surface ozone is 43%, 34%, and 34% of North America's impact. Global and regional NMVOC reductions produce widespread negative net RFs (cooling) across both hemispheres from tropospheric ozone and methane decreases, and regional warming and cooling from changes in tropospheric ozone and sulfate (via several oxidation pathways). The 100 yr and 20 yr global warming potentials (GWP100, GWP20) are 2.36 and 5.83 for the global reduction, and 0.079 to 6.05 and -1.13 to 18.9 among the 10 regions. The NMVOC RF and GWP estimates are generally lower than previously modeled estimates, due to the greater NMVOC/NOx emissions ratios simulated, which result in less sensitivity to NMVOC emissions changes and smaller global O3 burden responses, in addition to differences in the representation of NMVOCs and oxidation chemistry among models. Accounting for a fuller set of RF contributions may change the relative magnitude of each region's impacts. The large variability in the RF and GWP of NMVOCs among regions suggest that regionally specific metrics may be necessary to include NMVOCs in multi-gas climate trading schemes.

  10. TH-C-17A-09: Direct Visualization and Monitoring of Medical Radiation Beams in Air

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    Purpose: Radiation therapy errors are rare but potentially catastrophic. Recent fatal incidents could have been avoided by utilizing real-time methods of monitoring delivery of radiation during treatment. However, few existing methods are practical enough to be used routinely. The study presents the first experimental demonstration of a novel non-perturbing method of monitoring radiation therapy through the phenomena of air scintillation. Methods: Monitoring of radiation delivery was devised by leveraging the phenomena of nitrogen excitation in air by ionizing radiation. The excitation induced weak luminescence in the 300–400 nm range, a process called air scintillation. An electron-multiplication charge-coupled device camera (f/0.95 lens; 440 nm shortpass) was set-up in a clinical treatment vault and was used to capture air scintillation images of kilovoltage and megavoltage beams. Monte Carlo simulations were performed to determine the correlation of radiation dose to air scintillation. Results: Megavoltage beams from a Varian Clinac 21EX and kilovoltage beams from an orthovoltage unit (50 kVp, 30 mA) were visualized with a relatively short exposure time (10 s). Cherenkov luminescence produced in a plastic transparent phantom did not interfere with detection of air scintillation. The image intensity displayed an inverse intensity falloff (r2 = 0.89) along the central axis and was proportional to dose rate (r2 = 0.9998). As beam energy increased, the divergence of the imaged beam decreased. Last, air scintillation was visualized during a simulated total skin irradiation electron treatment. Conclusion: Air scintillation can be clinically detected to monitor a radiation beam in an inexpensive and non-perturbing manner. This new method is advantageous in monitoring for gross delivery and uniquely capable of wide area in a single acquisition, such as the case for online verification of total body / skin / lymphoid irradiation treatments

  11. ACREM: A new air crew radiation exposure measuring system

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    Cosmic radiation has already been discovered in 1912 by the Austrian Nobel Laureate Victor F. Hess. After Hess up to now numerous measurements of the radiation exposure by cosmic rays in different altitudes have been performed, however, this has not been taken serious in view of radiation protection.Today, with the fast development of modern airplanes, an ever increasing number of civil aircraft is flying in increasing altitudes for considerable time. Members of civil aircrew spending up to 1000 hours per year in cruising altitudes and therefore are subject to significant levels of radiation exposure. In 1990 ICRP published its report ICRP 60 with updated excess cancer risk estimates, which led to significantly higher risk coefficients for some radiation qualities. An increase of the radiation weighting factors for mean energy neutron radiation increases the contribution for the neutron component to the equivalent dose by about 60%, as compared to the earlier values of ICRP26. This higher risk coefficients lead to the recommendation of the ICRP, that cosmic radiation exposure in civil aviation should be taken into account as occupational exposure. Numerous recent exposure measurements at civil airliners in Germany, Sweden, USA, and Russia show exposure levels in the range of 3-10 mSv/year. This is significantly more than the average annual dose of radiation workers (in Austria about 1.5 mSv/year). Up to now no practicable and economic radiation monitoring system for routine application on board exits. A fairly simple and economic approach to a practical, active in-flight dosimeter for the assessment of individual crew exposure is discussed in this paper

  12. OpenAIRE2020 - OpenAIRE data model - D6.1

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    Manghi, Paolo; Bardi, Alessia; Atzori, Claudio

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    The aim of this deliverable is to describe the structure and semantics of the OpenAIRE Information Space, i.e., the OpenAIRE data model, by providing an abstract definition of its main entities and the relationships between them. Requirements have been collected over the years from all "consumers" of the OpenAIRE infrastructure, including data sources (providing content to OpenAIRE), portal end-users of various roles (researchers, project coordinators, general public, research communities), O...

  13. OpenAIRE2020 - OpenAIRE Data Model - D8.1

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    Manghi, Paolo; Bardi, Alessia; Atzori, Claudio

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    The aim of this deliverable is to describe the structure and semantics of the OpenAIRE Information Space, i.e., the OpenAIRE data model, by providing an abstract definition of its main entities and the relationships between them. Requirements have been collected over the years from all "consumers" of the OpenAIRE infrastructure, including data sources (providing content to OpenAIRE), portal end-users of various roles (researchers, project coordinators, general public, research communities), O...

  14. A fitting formula for radiative cooling based on non-local thermodynamic equilibrium population from weakly-ionized air plasma

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    A fitting formula for radiative cooling with collisional-radiative population for air plasma flowfield has been developed. Population number densities are calculated from rate equations in order to evaluate the effects of nonequilibrium atomic and molecular processes. Many elementary processes are integrated to be applied to optically-thin plasmas in the number density range of 1012/cm3 ? N ? 1019/cm3 and the temperature range of 300 K ? T ? 40,000 K. Our results of the total radiative emissivity calculated from the collisional-radiative population are fitted in terms of temperature and total number density. To validate the analytic fitting formula, numerical simulation of a laser-induced blast wave propagation with the nonequilibrium radiative cooling is conducted and successfully reproduces the shock and plasma wave front time history observed by experiments. In addition, from the comparison between numerical simulations with the radiation cooling effect based on the fitting formula and those with a gray gas radiation model that assumes local thermodynamic equilibrium, we find that the displacement of the plasma front is slightly different due to the deviation of population probabilities. By using the fitting formula, we can easily and more accurately evaluate the radiative cooling effect without solving detailed collisional-radiative rate equations

  15. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation

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    ... Administrator Phone: (202) 564-7400 William Niebling, Senior Advisor for Congressional and International Affairs Phone: (202) 564-9616 Deborah Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor Phone: (202) 564-7400 The Office of Air ...

  16. The dynamic radiation environment assimilation model (DREAM)

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    The Dynamic Radiation Environment Assimilation Model (DREAM) is a 3-year effort sponsored by the US Department of Energy to provide global, retrospective, or real-time specification of the natural and potential nuclear radiation environments. The DREAM model uses Kalman filtering techniques that combine the strengths of new physical models of the radiation belts with electron observations from long-term satellite systems such as GPS and geosynchronous systems. DREAM includes a physics model for the production and long-term evolution of artificial radiation belts from high altitude nuclear explosions. DREAM has been validated against satellites in arbitrary orbits and consistently produces more accurate results than existing models. Tools for user-specific applications and graphical displays are in beta testing and a real-time version of DREAM has been in continuous operation since November 2009.

  17. The dynamic radiation environment assimilation model (DREAM)

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    Reeves, Geoffrey D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Koller, Josef [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tokar, Robert L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chen, Yue [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Henderson, Michael G [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Friedel, Reiner H [Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    The Dynamic Radiation Environment Assimilation Model (DREAM) is a 3-year effort sponsored by the US Department of Energy to provide global, retrospective, or real-time specification of the natural and potential nuclear radiation environments. The DREAM model uses Kalman filtering techniques that combine the strengths of new physical models of the radiation belts with electron observations from long-term satellite systems such as GPS and geosynchronous systems. DREAM includes a physics model for the production and long-term evolution of artificial radiation belts from high altitude nuclear explosions. DREAM has been validated against satellites in arbitrary orbits and consistently produces more accurate results than existing models. Tools for user-specific applications and graphical displays are in beta testing and a real-time version of DREAM has been in continuous operation since November 2009.

  18. Review on Modelling of the Radiation Belts

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    Heynderickx, D.

    2002-08-01

    The Earth's trapped radiation belts were discovered at the beginning of the space age and were immediately recognised as a considerable hazard to space missions. Consequently, considerable effort was invested in building models of the trapped proton and electron populations, culminating in the NASA AP-8 and AE-8 models which have been the de facto standards since the seventies. The CRRES mission has demonstrated that the trapped radiation environment is much more complex than the static environment described by the old models. Spatial and especially temporal variations were shown to be much more important than previously thought, and to require more complex models than those in use at that time. Such models are now becoming available, but they are limited in spatial or temporal coverage, and no global, dynamic, trapped radiation belt model is forthcoming. It is therefore vital to co-ordinate future modelling efforts in order to develop new standard models.

  19. Mathematical model of radiation-adsorption purification

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    A mathematical model has been developed for a process for removing harmful substances by radiation and absorption that permits the selection of the optimum treatment parameters: liquid pumping rate, length and cross-sectional area of the adsorption bed, and radiation adsorption dose rate

  20. Illumination of the Air Environment Using Radiation of HF Broadcast Stations

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    Lutsenko, V. I.; Lutsenko, I. V.; Popov, I. V.

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    We consider the possibility of using illumination of the HF broadcast stations for location of air objects. The relationships for estimation of the detection range are obtained and requirements for the degree of suppression of a direct signal from the broadcast station are determined. Spectral characteristics of the signals from HF broadcast stations are studied experimentally for different polarizations of the received radiation. The possibility of air object detection using the Doppler effect is shown. Theoretical estimates of the radar cross section of air objects for different polarizations of the incident radiation are given. It is found experimentally that the radar cross section is about the same for the vertical and horizontal polarizations.

  1. Validation of spectral gas radiation models under oxyfuel conditions. Part A: Gas cell experiments

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    Becher, Valentin; Clausen, Sønnik; Fateev, Alexander; Spliethoff, Hartmut

    2011-01-01

    AbstractCombustion of hydrocarbon fuels with pure oxygen results in a different flue gas composition as combustion with air. Standard CFD spectral gas radiation models for air combustion are out of their validity range. The series of three articles provides a common spectral basis for the...

  2. A numerical model for multigroup radiation hydrodynamics

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    We present in this paper a multigroup model for radiation hydrodynamics to account for variations of the gas opacity as a function of frequency. The entropy closure model (M1) is applied to multigroup radiation transfer in a radiation hydrodynamics code. In difference from the previous grey model, we are able to reproduce the crucial effects of frequency-variable gas opacities, a situation omnipresent in physics and astrophysics. We also account for the energy exchange between neighbouring groups which is important in flows with strong velocity divergence. These terms were computed using a finite volume method in the frequency domain. The radiative transfer aspect of the method was first tested separately for global consistency (reversion to grey model) and against a well-established kinetic model through Marshak wave tests with frequency-dependent opacities. Very good agreement between the multigroup M1 and kinetic models was observed in all tests. The successful coupling of the multigroup radiative transfer to the hydrodynamics was then confirmed through a second series of tests. Finally, the model was linked to a database of opacities for a Xe gas in order to simulate realistic multigroup radiative shocks in Xe. The differences with the previous grey models are discussed.

  3. Are passive smoking, air pollution and obesity a greater mortality risk than major radiation incidents?

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Following a nuclear incident, the communication and perception of radiation risk becomes a (perhaps the major public health issue. In response to such incidents it is therefore crucial to communicate radiation health risks in the context of other more common environmental and lifestyle risk factors. This study compares the risk of mortality from past radiation exposures (to people who survived the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs and those exposed after the Chernobyl accident with risks arising from air pollution, obesity and passive and active smoking. Methods A comparative assessment of mortality risks from ionising radiation was carried out by estimating radiation risks for realistic exposure scenarios and assessing those risks in comparison with risks from air pollution, obesity and passive and active smoking. Results The mortality risk to populations exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl accident may be no higher than that for other more common risk factors such as air pollution or passive smoking. Radiation exposures experienced by the most exposed group of survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to an average loss of life expectancy significantly lower than that caused by severe obesity or active smoking. Conclusion Population-averaged risks from exposures following major radiation incidents are clearly significant, but may be no greater than those from other much more common environmental and lifestyle factors. This comparative analysis, whilst highlighting inevitable uncertainties in risk quantification and comparison, helps place the potential consequences of radiation exposures in the context of other public health risks.

  4. Economic Modeling of Compressed Air Energy Storage

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Due to the variable nature of wind resources, the increasing penetration level of wind power will have a significant impact on the operation and planning of the electric power system. Energy storage systems are considered an effective way to compensate for the variability of wind generation. This paper presents a detailed production cost simulation model to evaluate the economic value of compressed air energy storage (CAES in systems with large-scale wind power generation. The co-optimization of energy and ancillary services markets is implemented in order to analyze the impacts of CAES, not only on energy supply, but also on system operating reserves. Both hourly and 5-minute simulations are considered to capture the economic performance of CAES in the day-ahead (DA and real-time (RT markets. The generalized network flow formulation is used to model the characteristics of CAES in detail. The proposed model is applied on a modified IEEE 24-bus reliability test system. The numerical example shows that besides the economic benefits gained through energy arbitrage in the DA market, CAES can also generate significant profits by providing reserves, compensating for wind forecast errors and intra-hour fluctuation, and participating in the RT market.

  5. Daily total global solar radiation modeling from several meteorological data

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    Bilgili, Mehmet; Ozgoren, Muammer

    2011-05-01

    This paper investigates the modeling of the daily total global solar radiation in Adana city of Turkey using multi-linear regression (MLR), multi-nonlinear regression (MNLR) and feed-forward artificial neural network (ANN) methods. Several daily meteorological data, i.e., measured sunshine duration, air temperature and wind speed and date of the year, i.e., monthly and daily, were used as independent variables to the MLR, MNLR and ANN models. In order to determine the relationship between the total global solar radiation and other meteorological data, and also to obtain the best independent variables, the MLR and MNLR analyses were performed with the "Stepwise" method in the Statistical Packages for the Social Sciences (SPSS) program. Thus, various models consisting of the combination of the independent variables were constructed and the best input structure was investigated. The performances of all models in the training and testing data sets were compared with the measured daily global solar radiation values. The obtained results indicated that the ANN method was better than the other methods in modeling daily total global solar radiation. For the ANN model, mean absolute error (MAE), mean absolute percentage error (MAPE), correlation coefficient ( R) and coefficient of determination ( R 2) for the training/testing data set were found to be 0.89/1.00 MJ/m2 day, 7.88/9.23%, 0.9824/0.9751, and 0.9651/0.9508, respectively.

  6. Solving vertical transport and chemistry in air pollution models

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    For the time integration of stiff transport-chemistry problems from air pollution modelling, standard ODE solvers are not feasible due to the large number of species and the 3D nature. The popular alternative, standard operator splitting, introduces artificial transients for short-lived species. This complicates the chemistry solution, easily causing large errors for such species. In the framework of an operational global air pollution model, we focus on the problem formed by chemistry and vertical transport, which is based on diffusion, cloud-related vertical winds, and wet deposition. Its specific nature leads to full Jacobian matrices, ruling out standard implicit integration. We compare Strang operator splitting with two alternatives: source splitting and an (unsplit) Rosenbrock method with approximate matrix factorization, all having equal computational cost. The comparison is performed with real data. All methods are applied with half-hour time steps, and give good accuracies. Rosenbrock is the most accurate, and source splitting is more accurate than Strang splitting. Splitting errors concentrate in short-lived species sensitive to solar radiation and species with strong emissions and depositions. 30 refs

  7. Decomposition of radiational effects of model feedbacks

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    Three separate doubled CO2 experiments with the statistical dynamic model are used to illustrate efforts to study the climate dynamics, feedbacks, and interrelationships of meteorological parameters by decomposing and isolating their individual effects on radiation transport

  8. Estimation of Biomass Burning Influence on Air Pollution around Beijing from an Aerosol Retrieval Model

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    Mukai, Sonoyo; Nakata, Makiko

    2014-01-01

    We investigate heavy haze episodes (with dense concentrations of atmospheric aerosols) occurring around Beijing in June, when serious air pollution was detected by both satellite and ground measurements. Aerosol retrieval is achieved by radiative transfer simulation in an Earth atmosphere model. We solve the radiative transfer problem in the case of haze episodes by successive order of scattering. We conclude that air pollution around Beijing in June is mainly due to increased emissions of anthropogenic aerosols and that carbonaceous aerosols from agriculture biomass burning in Southeast Asia also contribute to pollution. PMID:25250383

  9. Estimation of biomass burning influence on air pollution around Beijing from an aerosol retrieval model.

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    Mukai, Sonoyo; Yasumoto, Masayoshi; Nakata, Makiko

    2014-01-01

    We investigate heavy haze episodes (with dense concentrations of atmospheric aerosols) occurring around Beijing in June, when serious air pollution was detected by both satellite and ground measurements. Aerosol retrieval is achieved by radiative transfer simulation in an Earth atmosphere model. We solve the radiative transfer problem in the case of haze episodes by successive order of scattering. We conclude that air pollution around Beijing in June is mainly due to increased emissions of anthropogenic aerosols and that carbonaceous aerosols from agriculture biomass burning in Southeast Asia also contribute to pollution. PMID:25250383

  10. Sensitivity of APSIM/ORYZA model due to estimation errors in solar radiation

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    Alexandre Bryan Heinemann

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Crop models are ideally suited to quantify existing climatic risks. However, they require historic climate data as input. While daily temperature and rainfall data are often available, the lack of observed solar radiation (Rs data severely limits site-specific crop modelling. The objective of this study was to estimate Rs based on air temperature solar radiation models and to quantify the propagation of errors in simulated radiation on several APSIM/ORYZA crop model seasonal outputs, yield, biomass, leaf area (LAI and total accumulated solar radiation (SRA during the crop cycle. The accuracy of the 5 models for estimated daily solar radiation was similar, and it was not substantially different among sites. For water limited environments (no irrigation, crop model outputs yield, biomass and LAI was not sensitive for the uncertainties in radiation models studied here.

  11. Evaluating NOx emission inventories for regulatory air quality modeling using satellite and air quality model data

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    Kemball-Cook, Susan; Yarwood, Greg; Johnson, Jeremiah; Dornblaser, Bright; Estes, Mark

    2015-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of NOx emissions in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) State Implementation Plan (SIP) modeling inventories of the southeastern U.S. We used retrieved satellite tropospheric NO2 columns from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) together with NO2 columns from the Comprehensive Air Quality Model with Extensions (CAMx) to make top-down NOx emissions estimates using the mass balance method. Two different top-down NOx emissions estimates were developed using the KNMI DOMINO v2.0 and NASA SP2 retrievals of OMI NO2 columns. Differences in the top-down NOx emissions estimates made with these two operational products derived from the same OMI radiance data were sufficiently large that they could not be used to constrain the TCEQ NOx emissions in the southeast. The fact that the two available operational NO2 column retrievals give such different top-down NOx emissions results is important because these retrievals are increasingly being used to diagnose air quality problems and to inform efforts to solve them. These results reflect the fact that NO2 column retrievals are a blend of measurements and modeled data and should be used with caution in analyses that will inform policy development. This study illustrates both benefits and challenges of using satellite NO2 data for air quality management applications. Comparison with OMI NO2 columns pointed the way toward improvements in the CAMx simulation of the upper troposphere, but further refinement of both regional air quality models and the NO2 column retrievals is needed before the mass balance and other emission inversion methods can be used to successfully constrain NOx emission inventories used in U.S. regulatory modeling.

  12. Validation of spectral gas radiation models under oxyfuel conditions

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    Becher, Johann Valentin

    2013-05-15

    Combustion of hydrocarbon fuels with pure oxygen results in a different flue gas composition than combustion with air. Standard computational-fluid-dynamics (CFD) spectral gas radiation models for air combustion are therefore out of their validity range in oxyfuel combustion. This thesis provides a common spectral basis for the validation of new spectral models. A literature review about fundamental gas radiation theory, spectral modeling and experimental methods provides the reader with a basic understanding of the topic. In the first results section, this thesis validates detailed spectral models with high resolution spectral measurements in a gas cell with the aim of recommending one model as the best benchmark model. In the second results section, spectral measurements from a turbulent natural gas flame - as an example for a technical combustion process - are compared to simulated spectra based on measured gas atmospheres. The third results section compares simplified spectral models to the benchmark model recommended in the first results section and gives a ranking of the proposed models based on their accuracy. A concluding section gives recommendations for the selection and further development of simplified spectral radiation models. Gas cell transmissivity spectra in the spectral range of 2.4 - 5.4 {mu}m of water vapor and carbon dioxide in the temperature range from 727 C to 1500 C and at different concentrations were compared in the first results section at a nominal resolution of 32 cm{sup -1} to line-by-line models from different databases, two statistical-narrow-band models and the exponential-wide-band model. The two statistical-narrow-band models EM2C and RADCAL showed good agreement with a maximal band transmissivity deviation of 3 %. The exponential-wide-band model showed a deviation of 6 %. The new line-by-line database HITEMP2010 had the lowest band transmissivity deviation of 2.2% and was therefore recommended as a reference model for the validation of simplified CFD models. In the second results section, spectral measurements (2.4 - 5.4 {mu}m) of a 70 kW turbulent natural gas ame in air blown combustion and in wet and dry oxyfuel combustion were compared with simulated spectra based on measured gas atmospheres. The line-by-line database HITEMP2010 and the two statistical-narrow-band models EM2C and RADCAL were used for the numerical simulation. The measured spectra showed large fluctuations due to turbulence. The averaged experimental intensity was found to be up to 75% higher than the simulated intensity, thus demonstrating the importance of the effect of turbulence-radiation-interaction in combustion simulations. Finally, total emissivities were calculated with the most common spectral models and compared with benchmark calculations by the detailed spectral line-by-line model HITEMP2010. The models were compared at path lengths ranging from 0.001m to 100m and at temperatures from 800 C to 1800 C for atmospheres of pure gases and of various combustion processes (air blown and oxyfuel combustion with wet and dry recirculation) as well as with different fuels (natural gas, brown coal and anthracite). The statistical-narrow-band models RADCAL and EM2C, the exponential-wide-band model and the statistical-line-width model were chosen as models, which are valid for oxyfuel combustion without modifications. A number of weighted-sum-of-grey-gases models from different authors were chosen as computationally efficient models especially developed for oxyfuel combustion. The statistical-narrow-band model EM2C had the highest accuracy with maximum deviations of up to 12%. The weighted-sum-of-grey-gases model from Johansson et al. [64] proved to be the most valid and versatile model for computationally efficient simulations of spectral gas properties with an overall accuracy of 21% or better.

  13. Evaluation of hourly tilted surface radiation models

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    This study investigates the performance of the isotropic and four anisotropic hourly tilted surface radiation models by using monthly average hourly utilizable energy as a standard of measure. Utilizable energy is the radiation above a specified threshold level. Differences between the utilizable energy measured and the utilizable energy predicted are observed for various surface slope/azimuth orientations and critical radiation levels. Normalized root mean square difference and normalized mean bias difference statistics are formed to quantify the ability of each model to estimate the utilizable energy on a tilted surface. The influence of horizontal diffuse radiation on tilted surface model performance is examined by comparing the predicted utilizable energy on a tilted surface using both measured horizontal diffuse and estimated horizontal diffuse found from diffuse fraction correlations. On an overall basis, the isotropic sky model showed the poorest performance and is not recommended for estimating the hourly radiation on a tilted surface. The anisotropic models have comparable performance to each other. There was no significant degradation of tilted surface model performance when the diffuse radiation is estimated from a diffuse fraction correlation rather than obtained from measurements

  14. Handbook of anatomical models for radiation dosimetry

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    Eckerman, Keith F

    2010-01-01

    Covering the history of human model development, this title presents the major anatomical and physical models that have been developed for human body radiation protection, diagnostic imaging, and nuclear medicine therapy. It explores how these models have evolved and the role that modern technologies have played in this development.

  15. Modeling of air flow through a narrow crack

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    Radon transport in dwellings is governed to a significant extent by pressure differences and properties of transport pathways. A model of air flow through narrow cracks was created in order to facilitate prediction of air velocity and air flow. Theoretical calculations, based on numerical solution of a system of differential equations, were compared with measurements carried out on a window crack. (P.A.)

  16. NCAQ panel examines uses and limitations of air quality models

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    The results of a 22-member expert panel on dispersion modeling, which was convented by the National Commission on Air Quality in 1979, are reviewed. The panel affirmed the validity of using models in support of air quality regulations. It also recognized the need to convey some of the uncertainty in modeling and recommended technical details for the commission to consider

  17. Analytical modeling of worldwide medical radiation use

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    An analytical model was developed to estimate the availability and frequency of medical radiation use on a worldwide basis. This model includes medical and dental x-ray, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy. The development of an analytical model is necessary as the first step in estimating the radiation dose to the world's population from this source. Since there is no data about the frequency of medical radiation use in more than half the countries in the world and only fragmentary data in an additional one-fourth of the world's countries, such a model can be used to predict the uses of medical radiation in these countries. The model indicates that there are approximately 400,000 medical x-ray machines worldwide and that approximately 1.2 billion diagnostic medical x-ray examinations are performed annually. Dental x-ray examinations are estimated at 315 million annually and approximately 22 million in-vivo diagnostic nuclear medicine examinations. Approximately 4 million radiation therapy procedures or courses of treatment are undertaken annually

  18. A survey of air flow models for multizone structures

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    Feustel, H.E.; Dieris, J.

    1991-03-01

    Air flow models are used to simulate the rates of incoming and outgoing air flows for a building with known leakage under given weather and shielding conditions. Additional information about the flow paths and air-mass flows inside the building can only by using multizone air flow models. In order to obtain more information on multizone air flow models, a literature review was performed in 1984. A second literature review and a questionnaire survey performed in 1989, revealed the existence of 50 multizone air flow models, all developed since 1966, two of which are still under development. All these programs use similar flow equations for crack flow but differ in the versatility to describe the full range of flow phenomena and the algorithm provided for solving the set of nonlinear equations. This literature review was found that newer models are able to describe and simulate the ventilation systems and interrelation of mechanical and natural ventilation. 27 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Seeing the invisible: Direct visualization of therapeutic radiation beams using air scintillation

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    Purpose: To assess whether air scintillation produced during standard radiation treatments can be visualized and used to monitor a beam in a nonperturbing manner. Methods: Air scintillation is caused by the excitation of nitrogen gas by ionizing radiation. This weak emission occurs predominantly in the 300–430 nm range. An electron-multiplication charge-coupled device camera, outfitted with an f/0.95 lens, was used to capture air scintillation produced by kilovoltage photon beams and megavoltage electron beams used in radiation therapy. The treatment rooms were prepared to block background light and a short-pass filter was utilized to block light above 440 nm. Results: Air scintillation from an orthovoltage unit (50 kVp, 30 mA) was visualized with a relatively short exposure time (10 s) and showed an inverse falloff (r2 = 0.89). Electron beams were also imaged. For a fixed exposure time (100 s), air scintillation was proportional to dose rate (r2 = 0.9998). As energy increased, the divergence of the electron beam decreased and the penumbra improved. By irradiating a transparent phantom, the authors also showed that Cherenkov luminescence did not interfere with the detection of air scintillation. In a final illustration of the capabilities of this new technique, the authors visualized air scintillation produced during a total skin irradiation treatment. Conclusions: Air scintillation can be measured to monitor a radiation beam in an inexpensive and nonperturbing manner. This physical phenomenon could be useful for dosimetry of therapeutic radiation beams or for online detection of gross errors during fractionated treatments

  20. Radiation exposure of the crew in commercial air traffic

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    The routine radiation exposure of the crews in Yugoslav Airlines (JAT) has been studied and some previous results are presented. The flights of four selected groups of pilots (four aircraft types) have been studied during one year. Annual exposures and dose equivalents are presented. Some additional results and discussions are given. (1 fig., 4 tabs.)

  1. Radiação solar estimada com base na temperatura do ar para três regiões de Minas Gerais / Estimation of solar radiation by air temperature models for three regions of Minas Gerais

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    Cláudio R. da, Silva; Valdiney J. da, Silva; José, Alves Júnior; Hudson de P., Carvalho.

    Full Text Available A radiação solar incidente (Rs) é uma variável importante em estudos agrícolas, particularmente para a estimativa da evapotranspiração e em modelos para produtividade. Entretanto, sua medição não é, em geral, realizada em estações meteorológicas convencionais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar n [...] ove modelos empíricos de estimativa de Rs, a partir da temperatura, para as regiões Metropolitana, Vale do Rio Doce e Zona da Mata em Minas Gerais. Dados de Rs diários foram obtidos por estações meteorológicas automáticas instaladas nessas regiões e pertencentes ao Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET). Para todos os modelos foram gerados coeficientes locais de calibração. O desempenho de cada método foi avaliado através dos seguintes indicadores: coeficiente de determinação (R²), raiz quadrada do quadrado médio do erro (RQME), erro médio (EM) e teste t. A pequena diferença entre os modelos avaliados indica que qualquer um desses modelos é passível de utilização mas, dado à simplicidade, desempenho e significância, o modelo de Hargreaves, calibrado e com dois coeficientes, é o mais aplicável para estimar a radiação solar incidente. Abstract in english The incident solar radiation (Rs) is an important variable in agricultural studies, particularly for the estimation of evapotranspiration and yield models. However, its measurement is not commonly performed in conventional meteorological stations. The aim of this study was to evaluate nine empirical [...] models to estimate Rs from the temperature for the Metropolitan, Vale do Rio Doce and Zona da Mata areas in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The models used were Hargreaves, Annandale, Chen, Bristow & Campbell, Donatelli & Campbell and Hunt. Data used were obtained by Rs daily automatic weather stations installed in these regions and belonging to Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET). For all models local calibration coefficients were derived. The performance of each method was evaluated using the following statistical indicators: coefficient of determination (R²), root mean square error (RMSE), mean bias error (MBE) and test-t. The little difference between the models evaluated suggests that any of these models may be used. However, given the simplicity, performance and significance, the model of Hargreaves, calibrated and with two coefficients, is the most suitable for estimating incident solar radiation.

  2. Radiação solar estimada com base na temperatura do ar para três regiões de Minas Gerais Estimation of solar radiation by air temperature models for three regions of Minas Gerais

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    Cláudio R. da Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A radiação solar incidente (Rs é uma variável importante em estudos agrícolas, particularmente para a estimativa da evapotranspiração e em modelos para produtividade. Entretanto, sua medição não é, em geral, realizada em estações meteorológicas convencionais. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar nove modelos empíricos de estimativa de Rs, a partir da temperatura, para as regiões Metropolitana, Vale do Rio Doce e Zona da Mata em Minas Gerais. Dados de Rs diários foram obtidos por estações meteorológicas automáticas instaladas nessas regiões e pertencentes ao Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET. Para todos os modelos foram gerados coeficientes locais de calibração. O desempenho de cada método foi avaliado através dos seguintes indicadores: coeficiente de determinação (R², raiz quadrada do quadrado médio do erro (RQME, erro médio (EM e teste t. A pequena diferença entre os modelos avaliados indica que qualquer um desses modelos é passível de utilização mas, dado à simplicidade, desempenho e significância, o modelo de Hargreaves, calibrado e com dois coeficientes, é o mais aplicável para estimar a radiação solar incidente.The incident solar radiation (Rs is an important variable in agricultural studies, particularly for the estimation of evapotranspiration and yield models. However, its measurement is not commonly performed in conventional meteorological stations. The aim of this study was to evaluate nine empirical models to estimate Rs from the temperature for the Metropolitan, Vale do Rio Doce and Zona da Mata areas in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. The models used were Hargreaves, Annandale, Chen, Bristow & Campbell, Donatelli & Campbell and Hunt. Data used were obtained by Rs daily automatic weather stations installed in these regions and belonging to Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET. For all models local calibration coefficients were derived. The performance of each method was evaluated using the following statistical indicators: coefficient of determination (R², root mean square error (RMSE, mean bias error (MBE and test-t. The little difference between the models evaluated suggests that any of these models may be used. However, given the simplicity, performance and significance, the model of Hargreaves, calibrated and with two coefficients, is the most suitable for estimating incident solar radiation.

  3. Robust comparison of climate models with observations using blended land air and ocean sea surface temperatures

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    Cowtan, Kevin; Hausfather, Zeke; Hawkins, Ed; Jacobs, Peter; Mann, Michael E.; Miller, Sonya K.; Steinman, Byron A.; Stolpe, Martin B.; Way, Robert G.

    2015-08-01

    The level of agreement between climate model simulations and observed surface temperature change is a topic of scientific and policy concern. While the Earth system continues to accumulate energy due to anthropogenic and other radiative forcings, estimates of recent surface temperature evolution fall at the lower end of climate model projections. Global mean temperatures from climate model simulations are typically calculated using surface air temperatures, while the corresponding observations are based on a blend of air and sea surface temperatures. This work quantifies a systematic bias in model-observation comparisons arising from differential warming rates between sea surface temperatures and surface air temperatures over oceans. A further bias arises from the treatment of temperatures in regions where the sea ice boundary has changed. Applying the methodology of the HadCRUT4 record to climate model temperature fields accounts for 38% of the discrepancy in trend between models and observations over the period 1975-2014.

  4. Mathematical models for radiation effects on human health

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    In this paper, we are proposing a theoretical approach of basic mathematical models for radiation effect on human health. The largest natural sources of radiation exposure to humans are radon gas. While radon gas has always been in the environment, awareness of its contribution to human radiation exposure has increased in recent years. Radon's primary pathway is through air space in soil and rock. Pressure differences between the soil and the inside of buildings may cause radon gas to move indoors. Radon decays to radon daughters, some of which emit alpha radiation. Alpha-emitting radon daughters are adsorbed on to dust particles which, when inhaled, are trapped in the lungs and may cause gene damage, mutations and finally cancer. Exposure to excess UV radiation increases risk of skin cancer but there is also a dark side. The incidence of all types of skin cancer is related to exposure to UV radiation. Non-melanoma skin cancer, eye melanoma, and lip cancer have also been related to natural UV light

  5. Dispersion modeling of selected PAHs in urban air: A new approach combining dispersion model with GIS and passive air sampling.

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    Sá?ka, O.; Melymuk, L.; ?upr, P.; Dvorská, Alice; Klánová, J.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 90, oct (2014), s. 88-95. ISSN 1352-2310 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : passive air sampling * air dispersion modeling * GIS * polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons * emission inventories Subject RIV: DI - Air Pollution ; Quality Impact factor: 3.281, year: 2014

  6. Performance Analysis and Air Flow Optimization of Radiator Using Simulation

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    K.Ganesan*,; Ravikumar, P.

    2014-01-01

    Automotive engine cooling system takes care of excess heat produced during engine operation. It Regulates Engine surface temperature for engine optimum efficiency. Recent advancement in engine for power forced engine cooling system to develop new strategies to improve its radiator performance efficiency. Also to reduce fuel consumption along with controlling engine emission to indicated environmental pollution norms. This paper throws light on parameters optimization flow chan...

  7. Ultraviolet-B radiation enhancement in dielectric barrier discharge based xenon chloride exciplex source by air

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    A single barrier dielectric barrier discharge tube of quartz with multi-strip Titanium-Gold (Ti-Au) coatings have been developed and utilized for ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation production peaking at wavelength 308?nm. The observed radiation at this wavelength has been examined for the mixtures of the Xenon together with chlorine and air admixtures. The gas mixture composition, chlorine gas content, total gas pressure, and air pressure dependency of the UV intensity, has been analyzed. It is found that the larger concentration of Cl2 deteriorates the performance of the developed source and around 2% Cl2 in this source produced optimum results. Furthermore, an addition of air in the xenon and chlorine working gas environment leads to achieve same intensity of UV-B light but at lower working gas pressure where significant amount of gas is air.

  8. Mathematical Models for Microbial Kill by Radiation

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    A model is proposed based on the known radiation effects and genetic structures of the microorganisms, which leads to ND = N0 (1 -(1 - eD/D1)r)s. It is shown that this equation fits the experimental data very well. The physical theory for radiation effects is compared with the experimental results. It is suggested that repair plays a very dominant role and that the genetic material in the resistant microbes exists in multiples. (author)

  9. Cancer risk models for ionizing radiation

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    Risk estimation in radiation carcinogenesis depends primarily on epidemiological data and hazard rate models. The A-bomb survivors follow-up provides information on the complexity of this process. Several hazard rate models are briefly discussed and illustrated using the A-bomb experience

  10. Cancer risk models for ionizing radiation.

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    Hoel, D. G.

    1987-01-01

    Risk estimation in radiation carcinogenesis depends primarily on epidemiological data and hazard rate models. The A-bomb survivors follow-up provides information on the complexity of this process. Several hazard rate models are briefly discussed and illustrated using the A-bomb experience.

  11. Canonical Ensemble Model for Black Hole Radiation

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    Jingyi Zhang

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, a canonical ensemble model for the black hole quantum tunnelling radiation is introduced. In this model the probability distribution function corresponding to the emission shell is calculated to second order. The formula of pressure and internal energy of the thermal system is modified, and the fundamental equation of thermodynamics is also discussed.

  12. Thermal radiation modelling in a tubular solid oxide fuel cell

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    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) are becoming the fuel cell of choice among companies and research groups interested in small power generation units. Questions still exist, however, about the operating characteristics of these devices; in particular the temperature distribution in the fuel cell. Using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) a model is proposed that incorporates conduction, convection and radiation. Both surface-to-surface and participating media are considered. It is hoped that a more accurate account of the temperature field in the various flow channels and cell components will be made to assist work on design of fuel cell components and reaction mechanisms. The model, when incorporating radiative heat transfer with participating media, predicts substantially lower operating temperatures and smaller temperature gradients than it does without these equations. It also shows the importance of the cathode air channel in cell cooling. (author)

  13. RRTM: A rapid radiative transfer model

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    Mlawer, E.J.; Taubman, S.J.; Clough, S.A. [Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1996-04-01

    A rapid radiative transfer model (RRTM) for the calculation of longwave clear-sky fluxes and cooling rates has been developed. The model, which uses the correlated-k method, is both accurate and computationally fast. The foundation for RRTM is the line-by-line radiative transfer model (LBLRTM) from which the relevant k-distributions are obtained. LBLRTM, which has been extensively validated against spectral observations e.g., the high-resolution sounder and the Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer, is used to validate the flux and cooling rate results from RRTM. Validations of RRTM`s results have been performed for the tropical, midlatitude summer, and midlatitude winter atmospheres, as well as for the four Intercomparison of Radiation Codes in Climate Models (ICRCCM) cases from the Spectral Radiance Experiment (SPECTRE). Details of some of these validations are presented below. RRTM has the identical atmospheric input module as LBLRTM, facilitating intercomparisons with LBLRTM and application of the model at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Cloud and Radiation Testbed sites.

  14. Study of the UV radiation bactericidal effect on the bacterial air flora in stock breeding premises

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    The evidence obtained experimentally showed live-stock breeding premises to be constantly exposed to bacterial contamination (the number of microbial bodies may amount to 406000/per m3). The application of bactericide lamps DPT-2500 makes it possible to reduce within 1 min the number of viable microbial cells to 96.6%. Ultraviolet radiation reduces Escherichia coli per cent to 73.9% within 45 sec. These data formed a basis for using ultraviolet air radiation in live-stock breeding premises with heavy bacterial contamination; as a result, the bacterial air content was drastically reduced

  15. A pre design of monitoring for radiation and air contamination in compaction room of RWI

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    The Radioactive Waste Installation (RWI) is a center for processing of radioactive waste coming from various installation applying nuclear science and technology. The RWI has been designed as according to safety standard, so that it will not generate negative impact to the working area and also to the environment. However some measurement should be conducted to know how big of radiation dose and contamination on the air in working area before exposure to the worker. In this case, we will conduct equipments pre design in working area of compaction. Measurement of the contamination uses vacuum pump connected through pipeline using filter while to measure the exposure of radiation uses thermoluminescence dosimeter. The aim of this research is to have pre design the equipments of radiation counter to know exposure of radiation and contamination air in working area compaction to support safety of worker in installation of PTLR. (author)

  16. AIRFLY: Measurement of the Air Fluorescence Radiation Induced by Electrons

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    Arciprete, F.; Goletti, C.; Matthiae, G.; Privitera, P.; Prosposito, P.; Salina, G.; Verzi, V. [University of Rome Tor Vergata and Sezione INFN di Roma II (Italy); Bohacova, M. [Inst. of Physics, Czech Academy of Science (Czech Republic); Bluemer, J. [University of Karlsruhe (Germany)]|[Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany); Bollmann, E. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany); Caruso, R. [INFN and Physics Department, L' Aquila University (Italy); Di Carlo, P. [INFN and Physics Department, L' Aquila University (Italy); Doubrava, M. [Czech Technical University (Czech Republic); Esposito, A. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN (Italy); Facal, P. [University of Rome Tor Vergata and Sezione INFN di Roma II (Italy); Fauth, A.C. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil (Brazil); Hrabovsky, M. [Joint Laboratory of Optics of PU and Inst. of Physics AS CR (Czech Republic); Kemp, E. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil); Klages, H.O.; Kleifges, M. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany); Klepser, S. [University of Karlsruhe (Germany); Iarlori, M. [INFN and Physics Department, L' Aquila University (Italy); Mazzitelli, G. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN (Italy); Nogima, H. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil (Brazil); Nozka, L. [Joint Laboratory of Optics of PU and Inst. of Physics AS CR (Czech Republic); Palatka, M. [Joint Laboratory of Optics of PU and Inst. of Physics AS CR (Czech Republic); Petrera, S. [INFN and Physics Department, L' Aquila University (Italy); Ridky, J. [Inst. of Physics, Czech Academy of Science (Czech Republic); Rizi, V. [INFN and Physics Department, L' Aquila University (Italy); Schovanek, P. [Joint Laboratory of Optics of PU and Inst. of Physics AS CR (Czech Republic); Ulrich, A. [Munich Technical University (Germany); Vacek, V. [Czech Technical University (Czech Republic); Valente, P. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati dell' INFN (Italy); Waldenmaier, T. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)

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    The AIRFLY (AIR FLuorescence Yield) experiment objective is the precise measurement of the fluorescence yield in atmospheric gases. AIRFLY takes data at the Beam Test Facility of the INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati. A first test performed on the beam line has allowed to verify the feasibility of the physics program which includes an absolute measurement of the fluorescence yield with a precision better than 5%, the measurement of the spectrum and of the yield dependence on the electron energy, gas pressure, temperature and composition. Details of the experimental apparatus and preliminary results from the test are reported.

  17. 77 FR 4808 - Conference on Air Quality Modeling

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    2012-01-31

    ... when we issued supplement B. We republished the Guideline in August 1996 (61 FR 41838) to adopt the CFR... AGENCY Conference on Air Quality Modeling AGENCY: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Notice of conference. SUMMARY: The EPA will be hosting the Tenth Conference on Air Quality Modeling...

  18. Data assimilation for air quality models

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    Silver, Jeremy David

    2014-01-01

    The chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere has major ramifications for not only human health, but also biodiversity and the climate; hence there are scientific, environmental and societal interests in accurate estimates of atmospheric chemical composition and in understanding the governing chemical and physical dynamics. Concentrations of atmospheric trace gases such as ozone, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide vary substantially in space and time, and this variation can be investigated by various methods including direct measurements, remote-sensing measurements and atmospheric chemistry-transport models (CTMs). Each of these methods has their limitations: direct measurements provide only data at point locations and may not be representative of a wider area, remotely-sensed data from polar-orbiting satellites cannot investigate diurnal variation, and CTM simulations are often associated with higher uncertainties. It is possible, however, to combine information from measurements and models to moreaccurately estimate the state of the atmosphere using a statistically consistent framework known as “data assimilation”. In this study, three data assimilation schemes are implemented and evaluated. The data assimilation schemes are coupled to the Danish Eulerian Hemispheric Model (DEHM), a large-scale three-dimensional off-line CTM, and the data ingested were retrievals of atmospheric composition from polar-orbiting satellites. The three assimilation techniques applied were: a three-dimensional optimal interpolation procedure (OI), an Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF), and a three-dimensional variational scheme (3D-var). The three assimilation procedures are described and tested. A multi-faceted approach is taken for the verification, using independent measurements from surface air-quality monitoring stations, satellite retrievals of atmospheric chemical composition and comparison with idealised simulations. The 3D-var and EnKF schemes are capable of performing multi-species adjustments, meaning that observations of different chemical components can be assimilated simultaneously. Furthermore, observations of one chemical species can be used to adjust concentrations of other (unobserved) species. Most of the methodology used in data assimilation for CTMs is based on developments within the field of numerical weather prediction, where multiparameter assimilation schemes are the norm. The verification of the 3D-var and EnKF schemes are expanded to assess the potential benefits of joint multi-species adjustments (c.f. adjusting individual species independently) or direct adjustment of unobserved species.

  19. Predictive modeling of a radiative shock system

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    A predictive model is constructed for a radiative shock experiment, using a combination of a physics code and experimental measurements. The CRASH code can model the radiation hydrodynamics of the radiative shock launched by the ablation of a Be drive disk and driven down a tube filled with Xe. The code is initialized by a preprocessor that uses data from the Hyades code to model the initial 1.3 ns of the system evolution, with this data fit over seven input parameters by a Gaussian process model. The CRASH code output for shock location from 320 simulations is modeled by another Gaussian process model that combines the simulation data with eight field measurements of a CRASH experiment, and uses this joint model to construct a posterior distribution for the physical parameters of the simulation (model calibration). This model can then be used to explore sensitivity of the system to the input parameters. Comparison of the predicted shock locations in a set of leave-one-out exercises shows that the calibrated model can predict the shock location within experimental uncertainty.

  20. How air influences radiation dose deposition in multiwell culture plates: a Monte Carlo simulation of radiation geometry

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    Sabater, Sebastia; Berenguer, Roberto; Honrubia-Gomez, Paloma; Rivera, Miguel; Nuñez, Ana; Jimenez-Jimenez, Esther; Martos, Ana; Ramirez-Castillejo, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Radiation of experimental culture cells on plates with various wells can cause a risk of underdosage as a result of the existence of multiple air–water interfaces. The objective of our study was to quantify this error in culture plates with multiple wells. Radiation conditions were simulated with the GAMOS code, based on the GEANT4 code, and this was compared with a simulation performed with PENELOPE and measured data. We observed a slight underdosage of ?4% on the most superficial half of th...

  1. Air Quality Modeling in Support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutants Study (NEXUS)

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    Vlad Isakov; Saravanan Arunachalam; Stuart Batterman; Sarah Bereznicki; Janet Burke; Kathie Dionisio; Val Garcia; David Heist; Steve Perry; Michelle Snyder; Alan Vette

    2014-01-01

    A major challenge in traffic-related air pollution exposure studies is the lack of information regarding pollutant exposure characterization. Air quality modeling can provide spatially and temporally varying exposure estimates for examining relationships between traffic-related air pollutants and adverse health outcomes. A hybrid air quality modeling approach was used to estimate exposure to traffic-related air pollutants in support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutan...

  2. Modeling of the propagation of streamers in methane-air mixtures using the 3-group SP3 photoionization model

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    Liu, N. Y.; Pasko, V. P.; Bourdon, A.; Celestin, S.; Segur, P.; Marode, E.

    2008-10-01

    Non-thermal plasma assisted ignition and combustion receives increasing attention recently [e.g., Starikovskaia, J. Phys. D, 39, R265, 2006]. Experimental and numerical work has shown that the application of transient plasma discharges (including the stages of streamer propagation and streamer-to-spark transition) in the ignition of propane-air or methane-air mixtures significantly reduces the ignition delay time [e.g., Pancheshnyi et al., IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., 34, 2478, 2006; Naidis, J. Phys. D, 40, 4525, 2007]. In this work, we study the propagation of streamers in methane-air mixtures. We have recently developed a photoionization model based on radiative transfer theory, called 3-group SP3 model, for the simulation of streamer discharges in air [Bourdon et al., Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 16, 656, 2007; Liu et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., 91, 211501, 2007]. In this talk, we show it is straightforward to apply the 3-goup SP3 model to the simulation of streamers in methane-air mixtures. We report the modeling results on the propagation of streamers in methane-air mixtures and the associated heating of the gas mixtures. We also discuss the effects of addition of methane to air on the dynamics of the streamer.

  3. To the exposure of air crew members to cosmic radiation

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    According to an ICRP recommendation, the exposure of jet aircraft crew to radiation should be considered as occupational exposure when the annual equivalent doses are liable to exceed 1 mSv. Many new data on this type of exposure collected since 1991 are presented and analyzed. The dose equivalent rates established are fitted as a function of flight altitude. An analysis of data from cosmic ray monitors has shown that the presence of cosmic rays in the Earth's atmosphere is rather stable since early 1992. An estimation was therefore made of the possible influence of the solar cycle phase by means of a transport code. The results obtained are compared with experimental data

  4. A physical approach to air pollution climatological modelling in a complex site

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    A Gaussian climatological model which takes into account physical factors affecting air pollutant dispersion, such as nocturnal radiative inversion and mixing height evolution, associated with land breeze and sea breeze regimes, respectively, has been applied to the topographically complex area of La Spezia (a basin surrounded by hilly terrain, located on the Italian coast). Results from the measurements of the dynamic and thermodynamic structure of the lower atmosphere, obtained by a series of field experiments, are utilized in the model to calculate SO2 seasonal average concentrations. The model has been tested on eight three-monthly periods by comparing the simulated values with the ones measured at the SO2 stations of the local air pollution monitoring network. Comparison of simulated and measured values was very satisfactory and proved the applicability of the implemented model for urban planning and establishment of air quality strategies also at a topographically complex site. (author)

  5. Experimental technique of calibration of symmetrical air pollution models

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    P Kumar

    2005-10-01

    Based on the inherent property of symmetry of air pollution models,a Symmetrical Air Pollution Model Index (SAPMI)has been developed to calibrate the accuracy of predictions made by such models,where the initial quantity of release at the source is not known.For exact prediction the value of SAPMI should be equal to 1.If the predicted values are overestimating then SAPMI is > 1and if it is underestimating then SAPMI is < 1.Speci?c design for the layout of receptors has been suggested as a requirement for the calibration experiments.SAPMI is applicable for all variations of symmetrical air pollution dispersion models.

  6. Infrared radiation models for atmospheric methane

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    Cess, R. D.; Kratz, D. P.; Caldwell, J.; Kim, S. J.

    1986-01-01

    Mutually consistent line-by-line, narrow-band and broad-band infrared radiation models are presented for methane, a potentially important anthropogenic trace gas within the atmosphere. Comparisons of the modeled band absorptances with existing laboratory data produce the best agreement when, within the band models, spurious band intensities are used which are consistent with the respective laboratory data sets, but which are not consistent with current knowledge concerning the intensity of the infrared fundamental band of methane. This emphasizes the need for improved laboratory band absorptance measurements. Since, when applied to atmospheric radiation calculations, the line-by-line model does not require the use of scaling approximations, the mutual consistency of the band models provides a means of appraising the accuracy of scaling procedures. It is shown that Curtis-Godson narrow-band and Chan-Tien broad-band scaling provide accurate means of accounting for atmospheric temperature and pressure variations.

  7. Air

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    ... to protect yourself from dirty air . Indoor air pollution and outdoor air pollution Air can be polluted indoors and it can ... comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air ...

  8. 125I thyroid intakes: consideration of thyroid radiation dose, and air and water concentration limits

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    Two approaches to the calculation of radiation doses to the thyroid are considered. Thyroid burden limits vary depending on whether there is a single intake, or a continuous intake of radioactivity. An important consideration is the use of an equilibrium concentration factor for calculating limits for radio-iodine concentrations in water and air. Tables of suggested limits are presented. (author)

  9. Coherent scattering of monochromatic RF radiation by ionization electrons of an extensive air shower

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    Filonenko, A. D., E-mail: filonenko_ad@dsip.net [Dal' Eastern Ukrainian National University (Ukraine)

    2013-10-15

    The possibility of detecting extensive air showers by recording and analyzing the radio pulse produced by the reradiation of a wave moving toward the cascade disk is considered. The coherent amplification of the scattered radiation in the direction of motion of the shower is shown to be due to a relativistic effect. An example of a real facility and its peculiarities are discussed.

  10. Coherent scattering of monochromatic RF radiation by ionization electrons of an extensive air shower

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    Filonenko, A. D.

    2013-10-01

    The possibility of detecting extensive air showers by recording and analyzing the radio pulse produced by the reradiation of a wave moving toward the cascade disk is considered. The coherent amplification of the scattered radiation in the direction of motion of the shower is shown to be due to a relativistic effect. An example of a real facility and its peculiarities are discussed.

  11. Coherent scattering of monochromatic RF radiation by ionization electrons of an extensive air shower

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    The possibility of detecting extensive air showers by recording and analyzing the radio pulse produced by the reradiation of a wave moving toward the cascade disk is considered. The coherent amplification of the scattered radiation in the direction of motion of the shower is shown to be due to a relativistic effect. An example of a real facility and its peculiarities are discussed

  12. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter performance following service and radiation exposure

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    Small HEPA filters were exposed to a 60Co source with a radiation strength of 3 x 107 rads per hour and then exposed to steam--air mixtures at several times filter design flow, followed by extended exposure to steam and air at reduced flow. Additional filters were exposed to air flow in a reactor confinement system and then similarly tested with steam--air mixture flows. The test data and calculated effects of filter pluggage with moisture on confinement system performance following potential reactor accidents are described. Gamma radiation exposure impaired the performance of new filters only slightly and temporarily improved performance of service aged filters. Normal confinement system service significantly impaired filter performance although not sufficiently to prevent adequate performance of the SRP confinement system following an unlikely reactor accident. Calculations based on measured filter pluggage indicate that during an accident air flow could be reduced approximately 50 percent with service-degraded HEPA filters present, or approximately 10 percent with new filters damaged by the radiation exposure. (U.S.)

  13. A Hybrid Neural Network Prediction Model of Air Ticket Sales

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    Han-Chen Huang

    2013-01-01

    Air ticket sales revenue is an important source of revenue for travel agencies, and if future air ticket sales revenue can be accurately forecast, travel agencies will be able to advance procurement to achieve a sufficient amount of cost-effective tickets. Therefore, this study applied the Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Genetic Algorithms (GA) to establish a prediction model of travel agency air ticket sales revenue. By verifying the empirical data, this study proved that the established...

  14. Integrated air quality modelling for a designated air quality management area in Glasgow

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    Mumovic, D. [University College London, London (United Kingdom). The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies; Crowther, J.M. [Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow (United Kingdom). School of the Built and Natural Environment; Stevanovic, Z. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, University of Belgrade, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    2006-12-15

    Currently, most local authorities in the UK use well-established Gaussian-type dispersion models to predict the air quality in urban areas. The use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in integrated urban air quality modelling is still in its infancy, despite having an enormous potential in assessing and improving natural ventilation in built-up areas. This study assesses the suitability of a general CFD code (PHOENICS) for use in integrated urban air quality modelling for regulatory purposes. An urban air quality model of a designated air quality management area in the city centre of Glasgow has been developed by integrating traffic flow data for urban road networks, traffic pollutant emission data and a three-dimensional CFD dispersion model of a complex configuration of street canyons. The results are in good agreement with field measurements taken during the continuous monitoring campaign, and show that a general CFD code has indeed the potential for regulatory use. Although this numerical tool has demonstrated satisfactory performance, it is observed that small differences in monitoring station positioning may yield significant variations of the measured mean concentration, due to large values of horizontal and vertical local concentration gradients. Although, at this stage, the accuracy of the developed Glasgow urban air quality model is highly dependent on the experience of its users, it is believed that use of a CFD code (such as PHOENICS) could benefit urban planners, architects, HVAC engineers and all other professionals interested in public health. (author)

  15. Eight Year Climatologies from Observational (AIRS) and Model (MERRA) Data

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    Hearty, Thomas; Savtchenko, Andrey; Won, Young-In; Theobalk, Mike; Vollmer, Bruce; Manning, Evan; Smith, Peter; Ostrenga, Dana; Leptoukh, Greg

    2010-01-01

    We examine climatologies derived from eight years of temperature, water vapor, cloud, and trace gas observations made by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument flying on the Aqua satellite and compare them to similar climatologies constructed with data from a global assimilation model, the Modern Era Retrospective-Analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA). We use the AIRS climatologies to examine anomalies and trends in the AIRS data record. Since sampling can be an issue for infrared satellites in low earth orbit, we also use the MERRA data to examine the AIRS sampling biases. By sampling the MERRA data at the AIRS space-time locations both with and without the AIRS quality control we estimate the sampling bias of the AIRS climatology and the atmospheric conditions where AIRS has a lower sampling rate. While the AIRS temperature and water vapor sampling biases are small at low latitudes, they can be more than a few degrees in temperature or 10 percent in water vapor at higher latitudes. The largest sampling biases are over desert. The AIRS and MERRA data are available from the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC). The AIRS climatologies we used are available for analysis with the GIOVANNI data exploration tool. (see, http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov).

  16. Radiative Neutrino Model with Inert Triplet Scalar

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    Okada, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    We study a one-loop induced radiative neutrino model with an inert isospin triplet scalar field, in which we discuss current neutrino oscillation data, lepton flavor violations, muon anomalous magnetic moment, and a dark matter candidate. We show global analysis combining all the constraints, and briefly mention another possibility.

  17. Propagation speed of {gamma}-radiation in air

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    Cavalcante, Jose T.P.D.; Silva, Paulo R.J.; Saitovitch, Henrique [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Macedo Junior, Marcelo A.V. [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica de Quimica de Nilopolis (CEFET), RJ (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    To perform such measurements the availability of a gamma radiation source in which two {gamma}-rays are emitted simultaneously in opposite directions -as already used(5,6) as well as applied in the present case- turns out to be essential to the feasibility of the experiment, as far as no reflection techniques could be used. Such suitable source was the positron emitter {sup 22}Na placed in a metal container in which the positrons are stopped and annihilated when reacting with the medium electrons, in such way originating -as it is very well established from momentum/energy conservation laws(7)- two {gamma}-rays, energy 511 KeV each, both emitted simultaneously in opposite directions. In all these previous experiments were used photomultiplier detectors coupled to NaI(Tl) crystal scintillators, which have a good energy resolution but a deficient time resolution for such purposes. Presently, as an innovatively improvement, were used BaF{sub 2} and CsF crystal scintillators which display a much better time resolution. (author)

  18. Estimation of solar radiation for use in crop modelling

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    The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy and applicability of a number of existing and newly developed formulae for calculating solar radiation from other weather variables. Data were taken from eight sites in Ontario, Canada, that had long-term daily weather data sets which included solar radiation. Daily recorded values of minimum and maximum air temperature and precipitation, together with calculated values for clear sky radiation, were used in the formulae. Clear sky radiation was calculated as a function of latitude, day of year, solar angle, and solar constant. Coefficients for five formulae were fitted using data from Elora, Canada. Correlation coefficients between values calculated for individual days and measured data, and errors, were then computed. A newly developed formula that included the maximum temperature, the difference between maximum and minimum temperature, precipitation, and precipitation squared, provided estimates with less error than other formulae. Coefficients for this model and for one other formula were then fitted to data from seven sites. The root mean square error (RMSE) between values calculated for individual days with the newly developed model and measured data for Ontario (Elora) was 4.1 MJ m−2 day−1 with a standard deviation of 0.29 MJ m−2 day−1. When coefficients from one site were used for other sites, the RMSE increased as a linear function of distance between sites; in contrast, when measurements from one site were used for other sites, the RMSE increased curvilinearly with distance. Comparison of errors involved when using coefficients from one site as contrasted to using measured solar radiation indicated that it would be preferable to use measured radiation values if the distance between sites was less than 390 km. Because the RMSE at this separation may not be acceptable for some applications, it was suggested that the curve relating RMSE to separation of sites could be used to establish a 'critical' distance within which measurements should be made. (author)

  19. Simulating aerosol-radiation-cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe haze conditions in winter

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    Zhang, Bin; Wang, Yuxuan; Hao, Jiming

    2015-04-01

    The aerosol-radiation-cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe winter haze conditions during January 2013 are simulated using the fully coupled on-line Weather Research and Forecasting/Chemistry (WRF-Chem) model. Three simulation scenarios including different aerosol configurations are undertaken to distinguish the impact of aerosol radiative (direct and semi-direct) and indirect effects on meteorological variables and air quality. Simulated spatial and temporal variations of PM2.5 are generally consistent with surface observations, with a mean bias of -18.9 ?g/m3 (-15.0%) averaged over 71 big cities in China. Comparisons between different scenarios reveal that aerosol radiative effects (direct effect and semi-direct effects) result in reductions of downward shortwave flux at the surface, 2 m temperature, 10 m wind speed and planetary boundary layer (PBL) height by up to 84.0 W/m2, 3.2 oC, 0.8 m/s, and 268 m, respectively. The simulated impact of the aerosol indirect effects is comparatively smaller. Through reducing the PBL height and wind speeds, the aerosol effects lead to increases in surface concentrations of primary pollutants (CO and SO2) and PM2.5. The aerosol feedbacks on secondary pollutants such as surface ozone and PM2.5 mass concentrations show some spatial variations. Surface O3 mixing ratio is reduced by up to 6.9 ppb due to reduced incoming solar radiation and lower temperature. Comparisons of model results with observations show that inclusion of aerosol feedbacks in the model significantly improves model performance in simulating meteorological variables and improves simulations of PM2.5 temporal distributions over the North China Plain, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and Central China. Although the aerosol-radiation-cloud feedbacks on aerosol mass concentrations are subject to uncertainties, this work demonstrates the significance of aerosol-radiation-cloud feedbacks for real-time air quality forecasting under haze conditions.

  20. Simulating aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe haze conditions in winter

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks on meteorology and air quality over eastern China under severe winter haze conditions during January~2013 are simulated using the fully coupled on-line Weather Research and Forecasting/Chemistry (WRF-Chem model. Three simulation scenarios including different aerosol configurations are undertaken to distinguish the impact of aerosol radiative (direct and semi-direct and indirect effects on meteorological variables and air quality. Simulated spatial and temporal variations of PM2.5 are generally consistent with surface observations, with a mean bias of ?18.9 ?g m?3 (?15.0% averaged over 71 big cities in China. Comparisons between different scenarios reveal that aerosol radiative effects (direct effect and semi-direct effects result in reductions of downward shortwave flux at the surface, 2 m temperature, 10 m wind speed and planetary boundary layer (PBL height by up to 84.0 W m?2, 3.2 °C, 0.8 m s?1, and 268 m, respectively. The simulated impact of the aerosol indirect effects is comparatively smaller. Through reducing the PBL height and wind speeds, the aerosol effects lead to increases in surface concentrations of primary pollutants (CO and SO2 and PM2.5. The aerosol feedbacks on secondary pollutants such as surface ozone and PM2.5 mass concentrations show some spatial variations. Surface O3 mixing ratio is reduced by up to 6.9 ppb due to reduced incoming solar radiation and lower temperature. Comparisons of model results with observations show that inclusion of aerosol feedbacks in the model significantly improves model's performances in simulating meteorological variables and improves simulations of PM2.5 temporal distributions over the North China Plain, the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, and Central China. Although the aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks on aerosol mass concentrations are subject to uncertainties, this work demonstrates the significance of aerosol–radiation–cloud feedbacks for real-time air quality forecasting under haze conditions.

  1. Rapid measurement of radiation concentration by low-level air-borne spectrometry

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    In order to perform rapid determination of radioactive concentration in air near ground level as well as of the cosmic electromagnetic radiation dose rate in-flight, a portable, battery-powered gamma-ray spectrometer equipped with a NaI(Tl) detecting probe was used. The spectrometer was calibrated using a volumetric source of radioactive rare gas nuclides. The radioactive gas consisting of Ar, Kr, and Xe of known intensity was dispersed in a sealed calibration hangar, and the spectrometer was positioned therein in order to acquire the absolute detection efficiency for the measurement of the concentration of radioactive air-borne contaminants near the ground. To conduct aerial survey, the gamma-ray spectrometer, neutron counter, radiation dosimeter, and the global positioning system were installed onto a transport plane and onto a utility helicopter for contour flight. On-line data are transmitted to the ground experimental station. The transport plane flew several missions and the data revealed the fact that the cosmic neutron and the cosmic electromagnetic radiation level increase as the flight altitude increases from 1,500 ft; the in-flight cosmic radiation is the lowest at the low-level flights below 1,500 ft. The helicopter follows the designated routes in contour flights, 33 feet above ground at a speed of 37 knots, covering a land area of 1.4 million square meters in a one-hour low level aerial survey. The detection limits in such low-level flights are down to 0.1 nSv/h for gamma radiation and 0.5 nSv/h for neutrons. The air-borne survey has proved an efficient, prompt way to rapidly determine the radiation concentration in mid-air as well as near the ground

  2. Improvement of local air coolers model in ISAAC

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    Kim, See Darl; Kim, Dong Ha; Park, Soo Yong; Paik, Chan Young

    2004-02-01

    The purpose of this paper is to assess a new local air coolers model in ISAAC 2.0, as ISAAC 1.0 could model local air coolers only at two locations. In the new model, local air coolers up to twelve locations could be handled. Large LOCA and loss of feed water sequences were selected for the model comparison. Two cases were analyzed with ISAAC 2.0: one with 6 local air coolers in one of the fueling machine room and in the steam generator room, respectively, and the other with 3 local air coolers at both fueling machine room and 6 local air coolers in the steam generator room. The study assumes that the safety systems such as emergency core cooling system, shield cooling system and moderator cooling system are unavailable. According to the ISAAC 2.0 results, the new local air coolers model showed almost no difference between two cases. Also it was found that as the location of LACs increased, the new model worked properly and the effect of LACs was consistent regardless the accident initiators.

  3. FUZZY MODELLING OF LIQUID DESICCANT BASED AIR DEHUMIDIFICATION SYSTEM

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    Harpreet Singh,

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the Mamdani fuzzy models of heat exchanger and dehumidifier (absorber of an air dehumidification process occurring in a packed bed using liquid desiccant. Temperature of water used ascooling medium at the inlet of heat exchanger, temperature of desiccant solution(from the regenerator ,inlet air humidity ratio of humid air, flow rate per unit cross-sectional area, temperature of desiccant solution(from the heat exchanger have been taken as different variables for packed bed using liquid desiccant .Mamdani Fuzzy model is developed using the above mentioned variables to predict the water condensation rate from the air to the desiccant solution in terms of known operating parameters. The model predictions were compared against a reliable set of experimental data available in the literature and respective mathematical models for their validation. Integrated fuzzy model was also developed forliquid desiccant system

  4. Mathematical models for microbial kill by radiation

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    A model is proposed based on the known radiation effects and genetic structures of the microorganisms, which leads to Nsub(D)=N0(1-(1-esup(-D/Dsub(1))sup(r))sup(s). It is shown that this equation fits the experimental data very well. The physical theory for radiation effects is compared with the experimental results. It is suggested that repair plays a very dominant role and that the genetic material in the resistant microbes exists in multiples. (author)

  5. InMAP: a new model for air pollution interventions

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    Tessum, C. W.; Hill, J. D.; Marshall, J. D.

    2015-10-01

    Mechanistic air pollution models are essential tools in air quality management. Widespread use of such models is hindered, however, by the extensive expertise or computational resources needed to run most models. Here, we present InMAP (Intervention Model for Air Pollution), which offers an alternative to comprehensive air quality models for estimating the air pollution health impacts of emission reductions and other potential interventions. InMAP estimates annual-average changes in primary and secondary fine particle (PM2.5) concentrations - the air pollution outcome generally causing the largest monetized health damages - attributable to annual changes in precursor emissions. InMAP leverages pre-processed physical and chemical information from the output of a state-of-the-science chemical transport model (WRF-Chem) within an Eulerian modeling framework, to perform simulations that are several orders of magnitude less computationally intensive than comprehensive model simulations. InMAP uses a variable resolution grid that focuses on human exposures by employing higher spatial resolution in urban areas and lower spatial resolution in rural and remote locations and in the upper atmosphere; and by directly calculating steady-state, annual average concentrations. In comparisons run here, InMAP recreates WRF-Chem predictions of changes in total PM2.5 concentrations with population-weighted mean fractional error (MFE) and bias (MFB) online.

  6. Mixed deterministic statistical modelling of regional ozone air pollution

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    Kalenderski, Stoitchko Dimitrov

    2011-03-17

    We develop a physically motivated statistical model for regional ozone air pollution by separating the ground-level pollutant concentration field into three components, namely: transport, local production and large-scale mean trend mostly dominated by emission rates. The model is novel in the field of environmental spatial statistics in that it is a combined deterministic-statistical model, which gives a new perspective to the modelling of air pollution. The model is presented in a Bayesian hierarchical formalism, and explicitly accounts for advection of pollutants, using the advection equation. We apply the model to a specific case of regional ozone pollution-the Lower Fraser valley of British Columbia, Canada. As a predictive tool, we demonstrate that the model vastly outperforms existing, simpler modelling approaches. Our study highlights the importance of simultaneously considering different aspects of an air pollution problem as well as taking into account the physical bases that govern the processes of interest. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd..

  7. An integrated air pollution modeling system for urban and regional scales: 1. Structure and performance

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    Lu, Rong; Turco, Richard P.; Jacobson, Mark Z.

    1997-03-01

    A new three-dimensional air pollution modeling system is described for urban and regional air quality studies. The system includes four major components: a meteorological model, a tracer transport code, a chemical and aerosol microphysical model, and a radiative transfer code. The meteorological model solves the equations of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics over complex terrain and incorporates physical processes such as turbulent diffusion, water vapor condensation and precipitation, solar and infrared radiative transfer, and ground surface processes. The tracer transport code computes the dispersion of gases and aerosols throughout the atmosphere, including the effects of emission sources, and dry and wet deposition. The chemistry/aerosol model treats coupled gas-phase photochemistry and aerosol microphysics and chemistry. Aerosol processes include nucleation, coagulation, condensational growth, evaporation, sedimentation, chemical equilibrium and aqueous chemistry. A detailed radiative transfer code is attached to the dynamical and chemical models. Absorption and scattering by gases and aerosols are explicitly treated to define photodissociation rates, heating and cooling profiles, and boundary layer visibilities. The integrated modeling system, which is referred to as the surface meteorology and ozone generation (SMOG) model, is shown to be a powerful tool for studying coupled dynamical, chemical, and microphysical processes on urban and regional scales.

  8. Modeling air quality over China: Results from the Panda project

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    Katinka Petersen, Anna; Bouarar, Idir; Brasseur, Guy; Granier, Claire; Xie, Ying; Wang, Lili; Wang, Xuemei

    2015-04-01

    China faces strong air pollution problems related to rapid economic development in the past decade and increasing demand for energy. Air quality monitoring stations often report high levels of particle matter and ozone all over the country. Knowing its long-term health impacts, air pollution became then a pressing problem not only in China but also in other Asian countries. The PANDA project is a result of cooperation between scientists from Europe and China who joined their efforts for a better understanding of the processes controlling air pollution in China, improve methods for monitoring air quality and elaborate indicators in support of European and Chinese policies. A modeling system of air pollution is being setup within the PANDA project and include advanced global (MACC, EMEP) and regional (WRF-Chem, EMEP) meteorological and chemical models to analyze and monitor air quality in China. The poster describes the accomplishments obtained within the first year of the project. Model simulations for January and July 2010 are evaluated with satellite measurements (SCIAMACHY NO2 and MOPITT CO) and in-situ data (O3, CO, NOx, PM10 and PM2.5) observed at several surface stations in China. Using the WRF-Chem model, we investigate the sensitivity of the model performance to emissions (MACCity, HTAPv2), horizontal resolution (60km, 20km) and choice of initial and boundary conditions.

  9. A modeling perspective on cloud radiative forcing

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    Radiation fields from a perpetual July integration of a T106 version of the ECM-WF operational model are used to identify the most appropriate way to diagnose cloud radiative forcing in a general circulation model, for the purposes of intercomparison between models. Differences between the Methods I and II of Cess and Potter (1987) and a variant method are addressed. Method I is shown to be the least robust of all methods, due to the potential uncertainties related to persistent cloudiness, length of the sampling period and biases in retrieved clear-sky quantities due to insufficient sampling of the diurnal cycle. Method II is proposed as an unambiguous way to produce consistent radiative diagnostics for intercomparing model results. The impact of the three methods on the derived sensitivities and cloud feedbacks following an imposed change in sea surface temperature is discussed. The sensitivity of the results to horizontal resolution is considered by using the diagnostics from parallel integrations with T21 version of the model

  10. Sigmoidal response model for radiation risk

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    From epidemiologic studies, we find no measurable increase in the incidences of birth defects and cancer after low-level exposure to radiation. Based on modern understanding of the molecular basis of teratogenesis and cancer, I attempt to explain thresholds observed in atomic bomb survivors, radium painters, uranium workers and patients injected with Thorotrast. Teratogenic injury induced by doses below threshold will be completely eliminated as a result of altruistic death (apoptosis) of injured cells. Various lines of evidence obtained show that oncomutations produced in cancerous cells after exposure to radiation are of spontaneous origin and that ionizing radiation acts not as an oncomutation inducer but as a tumor promoter by induction of chronic wound-healing activity. The tissue damage induced by radiation has to be repaired by cell growth and this creates opportunity for clonal expansion of a spontaneously occurring preneoplastic cell. If the wound-healing error model is correct, there must be a threshold dose range of radiation giving no increase in cancer risk. (author)

  11. Effects of moisture release and radiation properties in pulverized fuel combustion: A CFD modelling study

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    Yin, Chungen

    2015-01-01

    Pulverized fuels (PF) prepared and fired in utility boilers always contain some moisture. For some fuels with high moisture contents (e.g., brown coals), the share of the evaporation enthalpy is quite significant compared to the heat released during combustion, which often needs to be reclaimed to improve the plant efficiency and is also expected to affect the combustion process. Thermal radiation is the principal mode of heat transfer in combustion. In PF furnaces, radiation consists of contribution from both participating gases and solid particles, in which gas and particle radiation properties play an important role. There are different methods or models in the literature to address fuel moisture release and radiation properties, some of which may be inappropriate and can produce misleading results. This paper compares the different methods and models and demonstrates their implementation and impacts via a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study of a 609 MWe pulverized coal-fired utility boiler. Overall speaking, it is suggested to add the free moisture in the fuel to the primary air stream while lump the bound moisture with volatiles in PF combustion modelling, although different methods for fuel moisture release may not induce distinct difference in combustion of PF with relatively low moisture content. For radiation, it has to be emphasized that particle radiation largely overwhelms gas radiation in PF combustion. The current tide of radiation research that over-focuses on gas radiation while over-simplifies particle radiation or even neglects particle radiation needs to be turned. Even for gaseous fuel combustion in which particle radiation is negligible, more generic model for gas radiative properties that can naturally and correctly accommodate the changes in combustion condition (e.g., oxy-fuel or air–fuel), account for the variations in CO2 and H2O concentrations in a flame, and include the impacts of other participating gases (e.g., CO and hydrocarbons) needs to be derived for combustion CFD community.

  12. SAFARI 2000 Modeled Tropospheric Air Mass Trajectories, Dry Season 2000

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ABSTRACT: The ETA Forecast Trajectory Model was used to produce forecasts of air-parcel trajectories twice a day at three pressure levels over seven sites in...

  13. Modelling of Trichel pulses in a negative corona in air

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    The authors of this paper succeeded in numerical modelling of continuous sequence of Trichel pulses in a negative point-to-plane corona in dry air at atmospheric pressure. The results of theoretical calculations well agree with experimental data. (authors)

  14. SAFARI 2000 Modeled Tropospheric Air Mass Trajectories, Dry Season 2000

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The ETA Forecast Trajectory Model was used to produce forecasts of air-parcel trajectories twice a day at three pressure levels over seven sites in Southern Africa...

  15. Air pollution in Damascus city, radiation, gases, air particulates and heavy elements

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    The purposes of the study were to have a general survey for pollutants in Damascus City, to define the polluted areas and to determine the relationship between the pollutants and its sources, in addition of determining the regretion coefficient for the following elements: K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Rb, Sr, Pb and Br. Samples of leaves from different regions of Damascus city were analysed by using x-ray flourescence (XRF) for the mentioned elements. Stat graphics computerized and Surfur programmes were used in order to plot the map of Pb pollutant for Damascus city. Chemical detector tubes produced by Drager Company were used in the absorbtion of air samples for Co, NO2 and ozon where its colours were changed according to the concentration of the interested gases. While, for the measurement of suspended particles, 1400 3m of air samples were taken through fiber gass filter (Wahtman 8x10 in) to measure the concentration of suspended particles. leaves samples were a good indicator for the level of pollution. Results of analysing, a samples by using XRF to determine the concentration of the following elements: Ca, K, Cu, Mn, Fe, Zn, Pb, Rb, Br, and Sr, by using gamma spectroscopy system to difine the isotopes included in it, and to define the activity of 212Pb show that dust and lead are the main pollutants in Damascus city, where the concentration of the suspended particles increased in the crowded transportation areas and reach to more than 700 mg/3m in which it decreases in holidays and at hight, as well as the decrease of the concentration of carbon monoxide at night, which increase in the morning due to the high trafic motion. Rains make a good cleaning factor for the suspended particles in about 80% of it, where the ratio of particles having a diameter less than 10? to the whole particles range from 30% - 80%. (author)., 25 figs., 35 tabs

  16. Utilization of radon progeny in air for education experiment on radiation

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    Radon progeny with short half-lives in the natural air was utilized in the education experiment on radiation that is for the students in the university of Tokyo. Advantage points of the radon progeny are; 1) their short half-lives around 30-50 minutes whose feature is adequate to draw the decay curve in the class and 2) that they exist in the natural air. The most important point of this education experiment is to perform sampling and measuring the radioactivity in the natural area, not in the radiation controlled area. Through the procedure, the students can understand that natural radio-nuclides surely exist around us. Sampling time is 30 minutes at a flow rate of around 60 litters per minute and a glass-fiber filter of GF/F is used, waiting time is one minute and measuring time is sequence of 10 times of 5 minutes (total measuring time; 35 minutes). The total experiment time is around 100 minutes. In the home-tasks, they calculate the radon progeny's concentration in air using the alpha decay curve of the radon progeny on the sampling filter: In addition, they investigate and learn the natural radiation/radioactivity. The radon progeny is useful and effective natural radioactivity for the radiation education. (author)

  17. Modelling and control of an air-to-air heat recovery system

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    Zaheer-Uddin, M.; Wang, J.C.Y. (Concordia Univ., Sir George Williams Campus, Montreal, PQ (Canada). Centre for Building Studies)

    1994-03-01

    Analytical modelling, controller design and simulation of an air-to-air runaround coil heat recovery system are studied. Simulation results showing the transient response characteristics of the open-loop and closed-loop system are given. Results show that the designed controllers are able to hold the preheat temperature and the storage tank temperature at their respective setpoints irrespective of changes in outdoor and exhaust (source heat) temperatures. (author)

  18. A coupled surface/subsurface flow model accounting for air entrapment and air pressure counterflow

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    Delfs, Jens Olaf; Wang, Wenqing; Kalbacher, Thomas; Singh, Ashok; Kolditz, Olaf

    2013-01-01

    This work introduces the soil air system into integrated hydrology by simulating the flow processes and interactions of surface runoff, soil moisture and air in the shallow subsurface. The numerical model is formulated as a coupled system of partial differential equations for hydrostatic (diffusive wave) shallow flow and two-phase flow in a porous medium. The simultaneous mass transfer between the soil, overland, and atmosphere compartments is achieved by upgrading a fully established leakance c...

  19. Air core Bragg fibers for delivery of near-infrared laser radiation

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    Jelínek, Michal; Frank, Milan; Kube?ek, Václav; Mat?jec, Vlastimil; Kašík, Ivan; Podrazký, Ond?ej

    2014-12-01

    Optical fibers designed for high power laser radiation delivery represent important tools in medicine, solar systems, or industry. For such purposes several different types of glass optical fibers such as silica, sapphire, or chalcogenide ones as well as hollow-glass fibers, photonic crystal fibers and Bragg fibers have been investigated. Air-core Bragg fibers or photonic crystal fibers offer us the possibility of light transmission in a low dispersive material - air having a high damage threshold and small non-linear coefficient. However, preforms for drawing Bragg fibers can be fabricated by MCVD method similarly as preforms of standard silica fibers. In this paper we present fundamental characteristics of laboratory-designed and fabricated Bragg fibers with air cores intended for delivery of laser radiation at a wavelength range from 0.9 to 1.5 ?m. Bragg fibers with different air core diameters of 5, 45 and 73 mm were prepared. The fiber core was surrounded by three pairs of circular Bragg layers. Each pair was composed of one layer with a high and one layer with a low refractive index with a contrast up to 0.03. Several laser sources emitting at 0.975, 1.06, and 1.55 ?m were used as radiation sources. Attenuation coefficients, overall transmissions, bending losses, and spatial profiles of output beams from fibers were determined at these wavelengths. The lowest attenuation coefficient of 70 dB/km was determined for the 45 ?m and 73 mm air-core fiber when radiation from a laser was launched into the fibers by using optical lenses. However, multimodal transmission has been observed in such condition. It has also been found that bending losses of such fibers are negligible for bending diameters higher than 15 mm.

  20. Sensitivities of radiative-convective climate models

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    We have compared sensitivities of four different radiative-convective climate models. Although surface temperature sensitivities with respect to changes in solar constant and atmospheric, CO2 concentration are almost the same in all models, sensitivity with respect to some other climate variables varies up to a factor of 2. We have found that the surface temperature sensitivity with respect to changes of the lapse rate is high in all models, and we emphasize the importance of a lapse rate--surface temperature feedback

  1. Modelling of the Through-air Bonding Process

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    Hossain, M.; M. Acar, Ph.D.; W. Malalasekera

    2009-01-01

    A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling ofthe through-air bonding process of nonwoven fabricproduction is reported in this article. In the throughairprocess, hot air is passed through the fibrous webto heat and melt polymer fibers. Molten polymersubsequently flows to the point of contact betweenany two fibers to produce a bond. Two differentmodelling strategies are adapted to produce acomprehensive understanding of the through-airbonding process. In macroscale modelling, a CFDmodel is ...

  2. Solving vertical transport and chemistry in air pollution models

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    Berkvens, P.J.F.; Botchev, M. A.; Verwer, J.G.; Krol, M. C.; W. Peters

    2000-01-01

    For the time integration of stiff transport-chemistry problems from air pollution modelling, standard ODE solvers are not feasible due to the large number of species and the 3D nature. The popular alternative, standard operator splitting, introduces artificial transients for short-lived species. This complicates the chemistry solution, easily causing large errors for such species. In the framework of an operational global air pollution model, we focus on the problem formed by chemistry and ve...

  3. Significance of the air pathway in contributing radiation dose to biota

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    A screening methodology was developed as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) graded approach for evaluating radiation doses to aquatic and terrestrial biota from contaminants released into the environment. Included in the graded approach methodology were limiting media concentrations for water, soil, and sediment for twenty-three radionuclides. These concentrations were designed to restrict potential doses to biota below biota dose limits (i.e., dose rate guidelines) specified within existing and proposed DOE regulations. While implicitly included in the derivation of limiting media concentrations, separate biota concentration guides (BCGs) for air were not provided. This paper presents BCGs for air developed within the context and framework of the DOE methodology. The same twenty-three radionuclides are examined. Three air exposure pathways are considered: external exposure (cloudshine), inhalation, and absorption. Allometric equations are used to assess exposure via inhalation, and simplifying assumptions (similar to those used in human dose calculations) are used to assess external and absorption pathways. For purposes of comparison, the air BCGs are compared to current DOE air concentration limits for humans. This analysis validated the initial assumption that the air pathway is unlikely to be a major exposure pathway for biota. In addition, limits for humans are sufficiently restrictive that at sites with active air releases no populations of terrestrial animals or plants are likely to receive significant doses from this exposure pathway. (author)

  4. Technical Note: The air quality modeling system Polyphemus

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    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Polyphemus is an air quality modeling platform which aims at covering the scope and the abilities of modern air quality systems. It deals with applications from local scale to continental scale, using two Gaussian models and two Eulerian models. It manages passive tracers, radioactive decay, photochemistry and aerosol dynamics. The structure of the system includes four independent levels with data management, physical parameterizations, numerical solvers and high-level methods such as data assimilation. This enables sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, primarily through multimodel approaches. On top of the models, drivers implement advanced methods such as model coupling or data assimilation.

  5. Technical Note: The air quality modeling system Polyphemus

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    V. Mallet

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Polyphemus is an air quality modeling platform which aims at covering the scope and the abilities of modern air quality systems. It deals with applications from local scale to continental scale, using two Gaussian models and two Eulerian models. It manages passive tracers, radioactive decay, photochemistry and aerosol dynamics. The structure of the system includes four independent levels with data management, physical parameterizations, numerical solvers and high-level methods such as data assimilation. This enables sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, primarily through multimodel approaches. On top of the models, drivers implement advanced methods such as model coupling or data assimilation.

  6. VALMET: a valley air pollution model. Final report. Revision 1

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    Whiteman, C.D.; Allwine, K.J.

    1985-04-01

    An air quality model is described for predicting air pollution concentrations in deep mountain valleys arising from nocturnal down-valley transport and diffusion of an elevated pollutant plume, and the fumigation of the plume on the valley floor and sidewalls after sunrise. Included is a technical description of the model, a discussion of the model's applications, the required model inputs, sample calculations and model outputs, and a full listing of the FORTRAN computer program. 55 refs., 27 figs., 6 tabs.

  7. The cosmic radiation environment at air carrier flight altitudes and possible associated health risks

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    The cosmic radiation environment at air carrier flight altitudes is described and estimates are given of the amount of galactic cosmic radiation received on a wide variety of routes to and from, and within the United States. Methods are provided to assess health risks incurred by aircrews from occupational exposure to galactic radiation. On the 32 flights studied, the highest dose of galactic radiation received by a crew member who worked as many as 1000 block hours a year would be less than half the average annual limit of 20 mSv recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection for a non-pregnant occupationally exposed adult. A pregnant crew member who worked 70 block hours a month for 5 months would exceed the recommended 2mSv pregnancy limit on about one-third of the flights. (author)

  8. Response of tomato to radiation intensity and air temperature under plastic-house ultraviolet protection

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    Enhance of ultraviolet radiation intensity on the earth surface affected by ozon depletion on stratospheric layer cause changing on the response of plant to radiation quality. One technique for reducing photo destructive UV radiation is micro climate modification by using mulch and plastic-cover UV protection. So that, growth and yield of plant can be optimalized. This research designed an experiment to find out the effect of two kinds of plastic-cover, UV plastic and conventional plastic, on microclimate condition and tomato performance under plastic-house. The result of this research described that mulch and plastic cover can modify radiation and air temperature under plastics-house, but it can not improve growth and yield of the tomato

  9. Clouds in a one dimensional radiation model

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    Wyser, K.

    1996-05-01

    The importance of clouds for the radiation budget of the earth is well known but less understood. This study compares several broadband parameterizations for the radiative properties of clouds from the works of different authors. Water and ice clouds are treated separately. All parameterizations are based on the effective radius (r{sub e}) as a measure for the microphysical composition of the clouds. The clouds are embedded in a one dimensional radiation scheme of the type suitable for GCMs and NWP models. A water cloud from JASIN and two ice clouds from ICE`89 are chosen as test cases. The radiative fluxes, both SW and LW, from any of the tested parameterizations are close to the observations. The LW fluxes in ice clouds are the only situations where ECHAM is clearly closer to the observations than ECMWF. The SW cloud absorption from this study is slightly higher for both water and ice clouds compared to other models or observations. Only qualitative statements are possible concerning the LW cloud absorption because additional, non-observed but probably present clouds below or above the test clouds may easily affect the absorption. 29 refs, 8 refs, 10 tabs

  10. Artificial intelligence modeling to evaluate field performance of photocatalytic asphalt pavement for ambient air purification.

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    Asadi, Somayeh; Hassan, Marwa; Nadiri, Ataallah; Dylla, Heather

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, the application of titanium dioxide (TiO?) as a photocatalyst in asphalt pavement has received considerable attention for purifying ambient air from traffic-emitted pollutants via photocatalytic processes. In order to control the increasing deterioration of ambient air quality, urgent and proper risk assessment tools are deemed necessary. However, in practice, monitoring all process parameters for various operating conditions is difficult due to the complex and non-linear nature of air pollution-based problems. Therefore, the development of models to predict air pollutant concentrations is very useful because it can provide early warnings to the population and also reduce the number of measuring sites. This study used artificial neural network (ANN) and neuro-fuzzy (NF) models to predict NOx concentration in the air as a function of traffic count (Tr) and climatic conditions including humidity (H), temperature (T), solar radiation (S), and wind speed (W) before and after the application of TiO? on the pavement surface. These models are useful for modeling because of their ability to be trained using historical data and because of their capability for modeling highly non-linear relationships. To build these models, data were collected from a field study where an aqueous nano TiO? solution was sprayed on a 0.2-mile of asphalt pavement in Baton Rouge, LA. Results of this study showed that the NF model provided a better fitting to NOx measurements than the ANN model in the training, validation, and test steps. Results of a parametric study indicated that traffic level, relative humidity, and solar radiation had the most influence on photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:24699867

  11. Spatial distribution of emissions to air – the SPREAD model

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    Plejdrup, Marlene Schmidt; Gyldenkærne, Steen

    -range transboundary air pollution, CLRTAP. NERI has developed a model to distribute emissions from the national emission inventories on a 1x1 km grid covering the Danish land and sea territory. The new spatial high resolution distribution model for emissions to air (SPREAD) has been developed according to the......The National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Aarhus University, completes the annual national emission inventories for greenhouse gases and air pollutants according to Denmark’s obligations under international conventions, e.g. the climate convention, UNFCCC and the convention on long...

  12. Biologically based multistage modeling of radiation effects

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    William Hazelton; Suresh Moolgavkar; E. Georg Luebeck

    2005-08-30

    This past year we have made substantial progress in modeling the contribution of homeostatic regulation to low-dose radiation effects and carcinogenesis. We have worked to refine and apply our multistage carcinogenesis models to explicitly incorporate cell cycle states, simple and complex damage, checkpoint delay, slow and fast repair, differentiation, and apoptosis to study the effects of low-dose ionizing radiation in mouse intestinal crypts, as well as in other tissues. We have one paper accepted for publication in ''Advances in Space Research'', and another manuscript in preparation describing this work. I also wrote a chapter describing our combined cell-cycle and multistage carcinogenesis model that will be published in a book on stochastic carcinogenesis models edited by Wei-Yuan Tan. In addition, we organized and held a workshop on ''Biologically Based Modeling of Human Health Effects of Low dose Ionizing Radiation'', July 28-29, 2005 at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. We had over 20 participants, including Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff as keynote speaker, talks by most of the low-dose modelers in the DOE low-dose program, experimentalists including Les Redpath (and Mary Helen), Noelle Metting from DOE, and Tony Brooks. It appears that homeostatic regulation may be central to understanding low-dose radiation phenomena. The primary effects of ionizing radiation (IR) are cell killing, delayed cell cycling, and induction of mutations. However, homeostatic regulation causes cells that are killed or damaged by IR to eventually be replaced. Cells with an initiating mutation may have a replacement advantage, leading to clonal expansion of these initiated cells. Thus we have focused particularly on modeling effects that disturb homeostatic regulation as early steps in the carcinogenic process. There are two primary considerations that support our focus on homeostatic regulation. First, a number of epidemiologic studies using multistage carcinogenesis models that incorporate the ''initiation, promotion, and malignant conversion'' paradigm of carcinogenesis are indicating that promotion of initiated cells is the most important cellular mechanism driving the shape of the age specific hazard for many types of cancer. Second, we have realized that many of the genes that are modified in early stages of the carcinogenic process contribute to one or more of four general cellular pathways that confer a promotional advantage to cells when these pathways are disrupted.

  13. Radiation impact caused by activation of air from the future GSI accelerator facility fair

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    The Gesellschaft fuer Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt is planning a new accelerator Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). Two future experimental areas are regarded to be the most decisive points concerning the activation of air. One is the area for the production of antiprotons. A second crucial experimental area is the so-called Super Fragment Separator. The production of radioactive isotopes in air is calculated using the residual nuclei option of the Monte Carlo program FLUKA. The results are compared with the data for the activation of air given by Sullivan and in IAEA report 283. The resulting effective dose is calculated using a program package from the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, the Bundesamt fuer Stranlenschutz. The results demonstrate that a direct emission of the total radioactivity produced into the air will probably conflict with the limits of the German Radiation Protection Ordinance. Special measures have to be planned in order to reduce the amount of radioactivity released into the air. (authors)

  14. Gas radiation effects on opposing double-diffusive convection in a non-gray air-H2O mixture

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    We studied numerically the effects of gas radiation on double-diffusive convection in a square enclosure filled with a non-gray air-H2O mixture at different concentrations. Uniform temperatures and concentrations are imposed along the two vertical side walls of the enclosure so as to induce opposing thermal and mass buoyancy forces within the fluid. In this work, the radiative aspect of the problem is treated by the discrete ordinate method (to solve the radiative transfer equation) and the SLW spectral model (to account for the radiative properties of the non-gray mixture). Gas absorption varies with the local concentration of H2O, which induces a strong direct coupling between the concentration and thermal fields that otherwise would not exist. Numerical results show that radiative effects on the characteristics of streamline, temperature and concentration fields are important, and depend on the nature of the flow regime (thermal at 5% H2O, transitional at 10% and mass at 25%). The total heat transfer is reduced whatever the flow regime and the mass transfer is also affected, outside the thermal flow. (authors)

  15. Data assimilation for air quality models

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    Silver, Jeremy David

    2014-01-01

    chemical and physical dynamics. Concentrations of atmospheric trace gases such as ozone, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide vary substantially in space and time, and this variation can be investigated by various methods including direct measurements, remote-sensing measurements and atmospheric chemistry-transport......-dimensional optimal interpolation procedure (OI), an Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF), and a three-dimensional variational scheme (3D-var). The three assimilation procedures are described and tested. A multi-faceted approach is taken for the verification, using independent measurements from surface air...

  16. Control of asthma triggers in indoor air with air cleaners: a modeling analysis

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    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Reducing exposure to environmental agents indoors shown to increase asthma symptoms or lead to asthma exacerbations is an important component of a strategy to manage asthma for individuals. Numerous investigations have demonstrated that portable air cleaning devices can reduce concentrations of asthma triggers in indoor air; however, their benefits for breathing problems have not always been reproducible. The potential exposure benefits of whole house high efficiency in-duct air cleaners for sensitive subpopulations have yet to be evaluated. Methods We used an indoor air quality modeling system (CONTAM developed by NIST to examine peak and time-integrated concentrations of common asthma triggers present in indoor air over a year as a function of natural ventilation, portable air cleaners, and forced air ventilation equipped with conventional and high efficiency filtration systems. Emission rates for asthma triggers were based on experimental studies published in the scientific literature. Results Forced air systems with high efficiency filtration were found to provide the best control of asthma triggers: 30–55% lower cat allergen levels, 90–99% lower risk of respiratory infection through the inhalation route of exposure, 90–98% lower environmental tobacco smoke (ETS levels, and 50–75% lower fungal spore levels than the other ventilation/filtration systems considered. These results indicate that the use of high efficiency in-duct air cleaners provide an effective means of controlling allergen levels not only in a single room, like a portable air cleaner, but the whole house. Conclusion These findings are useful for evaluating potential benefits of high efficiency in-duct filtration systems for controlling exposure to asthma triggers indoors and for the design of trials of environmental interventions intended to evaluate their utility in practice.

  17. APPLICATIONS OF DECISION THEORY TECHNIQUES IN AIR POLLUTION MODELING

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    The study applies methods of operations research to two basic areas of air pollution modeling: (1) the generation of wind fields for use in models of regional scale transport, diffusion and chemistry; and (2) the application of models in studies of optimal pollution control strat...

  18. Improving the marketing abilities of some egyptian exports using radiation technology in cairo air port

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    The economics of establishing a food irradiation facility at cairo airport are discussed together with the effect of various parameters on uint processing costs. This study comprises the determination of the commodity mix for the egyptian food commodities that are proposed for irradiation and export from the cairo airport. The commodity mix is distributed for the full utilization of the working capacity and the evaluation of the type of the irradiation facility and also the radiation source strength. The financial analysis for such an irradiation facility is also carried out. It provides a model for calculating specific unit processing costs by correlating known capital costs with annual operation cost and annual throughputs. We analyzed the cost- benefit of the proposed food irradiation facility. We took into account the cost of the capital investment, operation and other additional parameters and then estimated the unit cost. The investment criteria utilized for commercial evaluation were internal rate of return (I.I.R.) and pay back period (P.B.P.). The irradiation cost and the additional income are also discussed. The results of this analysis showed that the installation of the an irradiation unit for the establishment of food irradiation unit in cairo air port in would be economically feasible

  19. Modelling heat and mass transfer in a membrane-based air-to-air enthalpy exchanger

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    Dugaria, S.; Moro, L.; Del, D., Col

    2015-11-01

    The diffusion of total energy recovery systems could lead to a significant reduction in the energy demand for building air-conditioning. With these devices, sensible heat and humidity can be recovered in winter from the exhaust airstream, while, in summer, the incoming air stream can be cooled and dehumidified by transferring the excess heat and moisture to the exhaust air stream. Membrane based enthalpy exchangers are composed by different channels separated by semi-permeable membranes. The membrane allows moisture transfer under vapour pressure difference, or water concentration difference, between the two sides and, at the same time, it is ideally impermeable to air and other contaminants present in exhaust air. Heat transfer between the airstreams occurs through the membrane due to the temperature gradient. The aim of this work is to develop a detailed model of the coupled heat and mass transfer mechanisms through the membrane between the two airstreams. After a review of the most relevant models published in the scientific literature, the governing equations are presented and some simplifying assumptions are analysed and discussed. As a result, a steady-state, two-dimensional finite difference numerical model is setup. The developed model is able to predict temperature and humidity evolution inside the channels. Sensible and latent heat transfer rate, as well as moisture transfer rate, are determined. A sensitive analysis is conducted in order to determine the more influential parameters on the thermal and vapour transfer.

  20. Multicomponent gas mixture air bearing modeling via lattice Boltzmann method

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    Tae Kim, Woo; Kim, Dehee; Hari Vemuri, Sesha; Kang, Soo-Choon; Seung Chung, Pil; Jhon, Myung S.

    2011-04-01

    As the demand for ultrahigh recording density increases, development of an integrated head disk interface (HDI) modeling tool, which considers the air bearing and lubricant film morphology simultaneously is of paramount importance. To overcome the shortcomings of the existing models based on the modified Reynolds equation (MRE), the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) is a natural choice in modeling high Knudsen number (Kn) flows owing to its advantages over conventional methods. The transient and parallel nature makes this LBM an attractive tool for the next generation air bearing design. Although LBM has been successfully applied to single component systems, a multicomponent system analysis has been thwarted because of the complexity in coupling the terms for each component. Previous studies have shown good results in modeling immiscible component mixtures by use of an interparticle potential. In this paper, we extend our LBM model to predict the flow rate of high Kn pressure-driven flows in multicomponent gas mixture air bearings, such as the air-helium system. For accurate modeling of slip conditions near the wall, we adopt our LBM scheme with spatially dependent relaxation times for air bearings in HDIs. To verify the accuracy of our code, we tested our scheme via simple two-dimensional benchmark flows. In the pressure-driven flow of an air-helium mixture, we found that the simple linear combination of pure helium and pure air flow rates, based on helium and air mole fraction, gives considerable error when compared to our LBM calculation. Hybridization with the existing MRE database can be adopted with the procedure reported here to develop the state-of-the-art slider design software.

  1. How air influences radiation dose deposition in multiwell culture plates: a Monte Carlo simulation of radiation geometry

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    Sabater, Sebastia; Berenguer, Roberto; Honrubia-Gomez, Paloma; Rivera, Miguel; Nuñez, Ana; Jimenez-Jimenez, Esther; Martos, Ana; Ramirez-Castillejo, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    Radiation of experimental culture cells on plates with various wells can cause a risk of underdosage as a result of the existence of multiple air–water interfaces. The objective of our study was to quantify this error in culture plates with multiple wells. Radiation conditions were simulated with the GAMOS code, based on the GEANT4 code, and this was compared with a simulation performed with PENELOPE and measured data. We observed a slight underdosage of ?4% on the most superficial half of the culture medium. We believe that this underdosage does not have a significant effect on the dose received by culture cells deposited in a monolayer and adhered to the base of the wells. PMID:24722683

  2. How air influences radiation dose deposition in multiwell culture plates: a Monte Carlo simulation of radiation geometry.

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    Sabater, Sebastia; Berenguer, Roberto; Honrubia-Gomez, Paloma; Rivera, Miguel; Nuñez, Ana; Jimenez-Jimenez, Esther; Martos, Ana; Ramirez-Castillejo, Carmen

    2014-09-01

    Radiation of experimental culture cells on plates with various wells can cause a risk of underdosage as a result of the existence of multiple air-water interfaces. The objective of our study was to quantify this error in culture plates with multiple wells. Radiation conditions were simulated with the GAMOS code, based on the GEANT4 code, and this was compared with a simulation performed with PENELOPE and measured data. We observed a slight underdosage of ? 4% on the most superficial half of the culture medium. We believe that this underdosage does not have a significant effect on the dose received by culture cells deposited in a monolayer and adhered to the base of the wells. PMID:24722683

  3. How air influences radiation dose deposition in multiwell culture plates. A Monte Carlo simulation of radiation geometry

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    Radiation of experimental culture cells on plates with various wells can cause a risk of underdosage as a result of the existence of multiple air-water interfaces. The objective of our study was to quantify this error in culture plates with multiple wells. Radiation conditions were simulated with the GAMOS code, based on the GEANT4 code, and this was compared with a simulation performed with PENELOPE and measured data. We observed a slight underdosage of ?4% on the most superficial half of the culture medium. We believe that this underdosage does not have a significant effect on the dose received by culture cells deposited in a monolayer and adhered to the base of the wells. (author)

  4. Neuro-models for discharge air temperature system

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    Nonlinear neuro-models for a discharge air temperature (DAT) system are developed. Experimental data gathered in a heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) test facility is used to develop multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and single-input single-output (SISO) neuro-models. Several different network architectures were explored to build the models. Results show that a three layer second order neural network structure is necessary to achieve good accuracy of the predictions. Results from the developed models are compared, and some observations on sensitivity and standard deviation errors are presented

  5. Neuro-models for discharge air temperature system

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    Zaheer-uddin, M.; Tudoroiu, N. [Concordia University, Montreal (Canada). Centre for Building Studies

    2004-04-01

    Nonlinear neuro-models for a discharge air temperature (DAT) system are developed. Experimental data gathered in a heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) test facility is used to develop multi-input multi-output (MIMO) and single-input single-output (SISO) neuro-models. Several different network architectures were explored to build the models. Results show that a three layer second order neural network structure is necessary to achieve good accuracy of the predictions. Results from the developed models are compared, and some observations on sensitivity and standard deviation errors are presented. (author)

  6. Review of air quality modeling techniques. Volume 8

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    Air transport and diffusion models which are applicable to the assessment of the environmental effects of nuclear, geothermal, and fossil-fuel electric generation are reviewed. The general classification of models and model inputs are discussed. A detailed examination of the statistical, Gaussian plume, Gaussian puff, one-box and species-conservation-of-mass models is given. Representative models are discussed with attention given to the assumptions, input data requirement, advantages, disadvantages and applicability of each

  7. Mathematical Modeling of Food Freezing in Air-Blast Freezer

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    Guiqiang Wang; Pinghua Zou

    2014-01-01

    A mathematical model for simulating the heat transfer during food freezing was presented. The model consists of three steps. First, the flow field inside the freezing chamber was modeled using the CFD method, based on which the freezing condition, including the temperature and velocity around the food, was calculated. Second, the heat transfer coefficient between food and air was calculated in the CFD model. Third, a finite-difference model was employed to simulate the heat transfer inside th...

  8. Comparison of mathematical models for radiation fractionation

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    Radiation fractionation data can be plotted in four planes: long N-log D, dose-reciprocal total dose, dose-response, and dose-recovery dose. Properties of curves in these planes corresponding to five models are developed. One model assumes that total dose is a power function of the number of fractions; the other four models assume that the dose-log surviving fraction curve is described by a multitarget, a two component (product of single-hit and multitarget factors), a quadratic, and a cubic function, respectively. Several nonlinear regression criteria are defined and corresponding computer programs have been developed. Best fits for the five models are found for three specific data sets involving normal tissues in mice. One regression criterion and three models are shown to be unsuitable

  9. A coupled surface/subsurface flow model accounting for air entrapment and air pressure counterflow

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    Delfs, Jens Olaf; Wang, Wenqing; Kalbacher, Thomas; Singh, Ashok; Kolditz, Olaf

    2013-01-01

    algorithm, leakances operate as a valve for gas pressure in a liquid-covered porous medium facilitating the simulation of air out-break events through the land surface. General criteria are stated to guarantee stability in a sequential iterative coupling algorithm and, in addition, for leakances to control......This work introduces the soil air system into integrated hydrology by simulating the flow processes and interactions of surface runoff, soil moisture and air in the shallow subsurface. The numerical model is formulated as a coupled system of partial differential equations for hydrostatic (diffusive...... wave) shallow flow and two-phase flow in a porous medium. The simultaneous mass transfer between the soil, overland, and atmosphere compartments is achieved by upgrading a fully established leakance concept for overland-soil liquid exchange to an air exchange flux between soil and atmosphere. In a new...

  10. Air Leakage of U.S. Homes: Model Prediction

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    Sherman, Max H.; McWilliams, Jennifer A.

    2007-01-01

    Air tightness is an important property of building envelopes. It is a key factor in determining infiltration and related wall-performance properties such as indoor air quality, maintainability and moisture balance. Air leakage in U.S. houses consumes roughly 1/3 of the HVAC energy but provides most of the ventilation used to control IAQ. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been gathering residential air leakage data from many sources and now has a database of more than 100,000 raw measurements. This paper uses a model developed from that database in conjunction with US Census Bureau data for estimating air leakage as a function of location throughout the US.

  11. Dimuon radiation from a hybrid evolution model

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    Santini, Elvira [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt (Germany); Bleicher, Marcus [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Goethe-Universitaet, Frankfurt (Germany); Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    We analyze dilepton emission from hot and dense matter created in heavy-ion collisions using a hybrid approach based on the UrQMD transport model with an intermediate hydrodynamic stage for the modeling of heavy-ion dynamics. During the hydrodynamic stage dilepton emission from hadronic and quark-gluon matter is described by radiation rates for a strongly interacting medium in thermal equilibrium. Focusing on the enhancement with respect to the contribution from long-lived hadron decays after freeze-out observed at the SPS in the dilepton spectra the relative importance of the various sources is discussed. A comparison to NA60 data is performed.

  12. Modeling and Treatment of Radiation Cystitis.

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    Zwaans, Bernadette M M; Chancellor, Michael B; Lamb, Laura E

    2016-02-01

    Radiation cystitis (RC) is a debilitating condition that, if not managed at an early stage, can have a major impact on the quality of life of a patient and can lead to severe hemorrhaging and even death. Current treatments are focused on arresting bladder hemorrhaging, but none are able to relieve other urological symptoms associated with cystitis. There is a strong need for in-depth studies using preclinical RC models to better understand the underlying disease progression and to test novel therapies. Here we review the most commonly used therapies for RC, novel treatment strategies, and the preclinical models used to date. PMID:26571081

  13. Air filled ionization chambers and their response to high LET radiation

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    Kaiser, Franz-Joachim; Bassler, Niels; Tölli, Heikki; Jäkel, Oliver

    2009-01-01

    Background Air filled ionization chambers (ICs) are widely used for absolute dosimetry, not only in photon beams but also in beams of heavy charged particles. Within the IC, electron hole pairs are generated by the energy deposition originating from incoming radiation. High-LET particles create a high density of charge carriers in the core of particle tracks. As a consequence an increased (so called "initial") recombination of the charge carriers takes place, besides of the general (volume) reco...

  14. Modeling and simulation of metal-air batteries

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    Bevara, Vamsci Venkat

    Understanding of the transport phenomena in Li-air batteries is crucial for improving the performance and design of Li-air batteries. In this dissertation, the basic transport equations that govern the operation of Li-air batteries are derived by starting from the underlying mass and charge transport properties of the chemical species involved in the operation of the battery. Then, two approaches are presented to solve the transport equations. In the first approach, we use first-order approximations to derive a compact model for the discharge voltage of Li-air batteries with organic electrolyte. The model considers oxygen transport and volume change in the cathode, and Butler-Volmer kinetics at the anode and cathode electrodes, and is particularly useful to the fast prediction of the discharge voltage and specific capacities of Li-air batteries. In the second approach, we propose a finite-element model in which the basic transport equations are discretized over a finite space-time mesh and solved numerically to predict the battery characteristics under different discharge conditions and for different geometrical and physical parameters. Then, the transport equations are reexamined and improved to account for different pore microstructures, pore size distribution effects, and electron transport mechanisms through the discharge product. The different microstructures are simulated numerically and the performance of Li-air batteries is analyzed in each case. A novel hybrid model is introduced to explain the perceived transition from one microstructure to another.

  15. Sensitivity analysis of health risk assessments air quality modeling

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    The use of a health risk assessment (HRA) as a decision making tool has increased dramatically over the last few years. As such, the science and methodology that is required to complete a HRA has taken on a greater level of refinement. The completion of a HRA requires many different disciplines including process engineering, source and ambient air testing, meteorology, air quality modeling, chemistry and toxicology. Each one of these disciplines will have an impact on the final results of an HRA. As a brief overview, an HRA can be separated into the following major area of analysis: Estimates of the chemicals that are emitted and their associated emission rates; Air emission source characteristics, i.e., stack height, stack gas temperature, etc.; Physical setting of the area surrounding the source; Analysis of the local meteorology;Analysis of the downwind atmospheric dispersion; The population characteristics in the surrounding area; Environmental fate of the emitted chemical(s) and population exposure;and Analysis of health risk. Each of these areas will effect the final results. The purpose of the article is to address some of the impacts that an air quality modeling analysis can have on the final HRA results. The relative impacts of the air quality modeling results will be shown by completing a sensitivity analysis of various modeling parameters that are commonly encountered when evaluating the downwind air quality impacts for an HRA. Specifically, the authors evaluate the sensitivity of an HRA air quality modeling analysis to the following parameters: Screening level model analysis versus actual one-year model simulations; Atmospheric deposition rate; and Aerodynamic surface roughness

  16. Mathematical Modeling of Hot Air Drying of Spinach Leaves in Universal Hot Air Oven

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    A.K.Upadhyaya , Bhupendra Gupta , Sanjeev Garg , Mohan Singh , Mukesh Pandey

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to develop a model for drying characteristic curve of Spinach in Universal Hot Air Oven .Drying experiment were conducted using a constant air velocity2.2m/s and three drying air temperature of 55, 65, and75 oC with two pretreatment conditions and load densities that are given respectively condition (Blanched and Unblanched load density (3kg/m2, 3.5 kg/m2.The drying rate increased with increased in temperature and decrease with increase in time. Pretreatment and load densities had an insignificant role on drying rate. The experimental drying data of spinach applied to four moisture ratio models, namely, page l, modified page, generalized exponential, and two term models. Nonlinear regression analysis performed to relate the parameters of the model with the drying conditions. The performance of these models evaluated by comparing the coefficient of determination, R2, and reduced chi-square, ?2, between the observed and predicted moisture ratio. Among all these model page model was found to be best describe the drying behavior of spinach leaves .the standard error of estimation was least(0.004-0.031 as well as coefficient of determination (R2was highest (0.991-1 in page model as compared to other models.

  17. Air-crew exposure to cosmic radiation on board of Polish passenger aircraft

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    To establish the need for individual monitoring of air crew, exposure of air-crew members of Polish airlines - LOT to cosmic radiation has been determined and several dosimetry methods tested in flight. Passive radiation dosimetry (using thermoluminescent LiF and chemically etched CR-39 detectors) Was supported by calculations with the CARI computer code. We found that the air crew of most of the LOT aircraft studied (with exception of those flying ATR propeller aircraft) may somewhat exceed or, in certain conditions (depending on solar activity), may considerably exceed the effective dose level if 1 mSv per year. For crew members flying regularly on B-767 aircraft, the estimated yearly effective dose ranged between 2 mSv and and 5 mSv, depending mainly on flying frequency and solar activity. During periods of enhanced intensity of cosmic radiation (i.e. during minimum solar activity) the effective dose could be close to the level of 6 mSv per year. (author)

  18. Measuring Air Temperature in Glazed Ventilated Facades in the Presence of Direct Solar Radiation

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    Kalyanova, Olena; Zanghirella, Fabio; Heiselberg, Per; Perino, Marco; Jensen, Rasmus Lund

    2007-01-01

    A distinctive element of buildings with a double glazed façade is naturally or mechanically driven flow in a ventilated cavity. Accurate air temperature measurements in the cavity are crucial to evaluate the dynamic performance of the façade, to predict and control its behavior as a significant...... part of the complete ventilation system. Assessment of necessary cooling/heating loads and of the whole building energy performance will then depend on the accuracy of measured air temperature. The presence of direct solar radiation is an essential element for the façade operation, but it can heavily...... affect measurements of air temperature and may lead to errors of high magnitude using bare thermocouples and even adopting shielding devices. Two different research groups, from Aalborg University and Politecnico di Torino, tested separately various techniques to shield thermocouples from direct...

  19. Air kerma national standard of Russian Federation for x-ray and gamma radiation. Activity SSDL/VNIIM in medical radiation dosimetry field

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    Primary standard of unities air kerma and air kerma rate X-ray and gamma radiation, placed at VNIIM, consists of: plate-parallel free-air ionization chamber IK 10-60 for low-energy X-ray in the generating potential range from 10 to 50 kV; plate-parallel free-air ionization chamber IK 50-400 for medium-energy X-ray in the generating potential range from 50 to 300 kV; cavity cylindrical graphite chambers C1 and C30 with volumes 1 cm3 and 30 cm3 for reproduction and transmission the dimensions gamma radiation unities using Cs-137 and Co-60 sources. The next irradiation facilities are used at VNIIM: in low-energy X-ray range: a constant-potential high-voltage generator and a tungsten-anode Xray tube with inherent filtration of around 1 mm Be; in medium-energy X-ray range: set on the basis of an industrial X-ray apparatus Isovolt-400 and a tungsten-anode X-ray tube with inherent filtration of around 3,5 mm Al; in gamma radiations field: units with a radioactive sources Cs-137 with activity 140 and 1200 GBq and Co-60 with activity 120 GBq and irradiation set with a source from Co-60 (activity 3200 GBq). The last one belongs to Central Research Institute for Radiology and Roentgenology (CNIRRI). For measuring currents and charges of standard chambers we use electrometers such as Keithley of model 6517A and B7-45 manufactured by 'Belvar' (Republic Belarus). The reference radiation qualities L, N, H series according to ISO 4037 and the radiation qualities RQR, RQA and RQF according to IEC 61267 for calibration and verification of the therapeutic, diagnostic measurement means are realized in the low-energy and medium-energy X-ray standards. The VNIIM air kerma primary standard of has been participated in the international comparisons: key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K1 for gamma radiation of Co-60 in 1997; supplementary comparisons BIPM.R1(I)-S10 for gamma radiation of Cs-137 in 1997; key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K2 for low-energy X-ray range in 1998; key comparison BIPM.R1(I)-K3 for medium-energy X-ray range in 1998. The results of comparisons are presented in the table 1. Dimensions of unities of air kerma and air kerma rate are transmitted from primary standard to secondary standards with expanded uncertainty from 1,3 to 2,5 % (k=2), which are including and at laboratory SSDL/VNIIM and base dosimetry laboratory CNIRRI. The comparisons of secondary standards with the primary standard VNIIM are performed one time in 5 years. The laboratory SSDL/VNIIM is the component of state primary standards laboratory in the field of measurement ionizing radiations VNIIM. SSDL/VNIIM has the secondary standard - universal dosimeter UNIDOS with ionization chambers of volume from 0,6 cm3 to 10 liters, radioactive sources from Fe-55, Cd-109, Am-241, Cs-137 and Co-60 with activity from 0,03 to 140 GBq. The primary standard equipment and facility on the basis industrial X-ray apparatus YRD-1 with a tungsten-anode X-ray tube and inherent filtration of around 3 mm Al (at generating potential from 50 to 250 kV) are used for calibration dosimetric devices in the field X-ray. There is termoluminescence dosimetric system such as KDT-02M with TL detectors from LiF for spending audit measurements by method 'dose-post'. Laboratory SSDL/VNIIM and base dosimetric laboratory CNIRRI are carried out calibrations and verifications of air kerma and air kerma rate reference standards and working measurement means for X-ray and gamma therapy and diagnostics, belonging to the oncology and diagnostic centers, clinics and hospitals. The laboratory CNIRRI fulfils the verification of measurement means and supervision of the application in the medical radiology, but the regional departments of radial diagnostics put into practice monitoring of doses, obtained by patients and staff at fulfilling of diagnostic and medical procedures. The diagnostic and clinical dosimeters are calibrated directly under the primary standard of air kerma and air kerma rate for achievement the highest accuracy. At 2000-2001 this calibrations were carried out for the Belarusian Research Institute of Oncol

  20. Modelling the emission of pesticides from covered structures to air

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    Holterman, H.J.; Sapounas, A.; Beulke, S.; Os, E.A., van; Glass, C.R.

    2012-01-01

    Emissions of plant protection products (PPP) from covered structures to the air outside were estimated to support the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the development of guidance on risk assessments for protected crops. Such emissions are mainly caused by loss of volatilised PPPs through the vents in the covered structures. The newly developed VEGA model (Ventilated Emissions from Greenhouse to Air) describes the fate of PPPs after a spray application inside covered structures. Simula...

  1. Methodology for Modeling the Microbial Contamination of Air Filters

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    Joe, Yun Haeng; Yoon, Ki Young; Hwang, Jungho

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a theoretical model to simulate microbial growth on contaminated air filters and entrainment of bioaerosols from the filters to an indoor environment. Air filter filtration and antimicrobial efficiencies, and effects of dust particles on these efficiencies, were evaluated. The number of bioaerosols downstream of the filter could be characterized according to three phases: initial, transitional, and stationary. In the initial phase, the number was determined by filtra...

  2. Modeling noise annoyance caused by air traffic using fuzzy logic

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    Sanchez Franco, Miriam

    2008-01-01

    The main goal of this project is the study and modeling of the noise annoyance caused by air traffic by using the fuzzy logic theory. Like many other environmental problems, air traffic noise, continues to grow and has become a serious problem in many countries. Millions of people living or working around airport areas can suffer from noise exposure effects as for instance hearing loss, interference with communication, stress, sleep disturbance, psychological effects as well...

  3. Meteorological and air pollution modeling for an urban airport

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    Swan, P. R.; Lee, I. Y.

    1980-01-01

    Results are presented of numerical experiments modeling meteorology, multiple pollutant sources, and nonlinear photochemical reactions for the case of an airport in a large urban area with complex terrain. A planetary boundary-layer model which predicts the mixing depth and generates wind, moisture, and temperature fields was used; it utilizes only surface and synoptic boundary conditions as input data. A version of the Hecht-Seinfeld-Dodge chemical kinetics model is integrated with a new, rapid numerical technique; both the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District source inventory and the San Jose Airport aircraft inventory are utilized. The air quality model results are presented in contour plots; the combined results illustrate that the highly nonlinear interactions which are present require that the chemistry and meteorology be considered simultaneously to make a valid assessment of the effects of individual sources on regional air quality.

  4. Sensitivity/uncertainty analysis for free-in-air tissue kerma due to initial radiation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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    Uncertainty estimates and cross correlations by range/survivor have been calculated for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki free-in-air (FIA) tissue kerma obtained from two-dimensional air/ground transport calculations. The uncertainties due to modeling parameter and basic nuclear transport data uncertainties were calculated for 700-, 1000-, and 1500-m ground ranges. Only the FIA tissue kerma due to initial radiation was treated in the analysis; the uncertainties associated with terrain and building shielding and phantom attenuation were not considered in this study. Uncertainties of --20% were obtained for the prompt neutron and secondary gamma kerma and 30% for the prompt gamma kerma at both cities. The uncertainties on the total prompt kerma at Hiroshima and Nagasaki are --18 and 15%, respectively. The estimated uncertainties vary only slightly by ground range and are fairly highly correlated. The total prompt kerma uncertainties are dominated by the secondary gamma uncertainties, which in turn are dominated by the modeling parameter uncertainties, particularly those associated with the weapon yield and radiation sources

  5. A theoretical investigation to study the effect of air pollution on global solar radiation

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    The ratio of measured solar radiation for normal and clear sky G and G0, known an ''clearness index'' is as an indicator for air pollutant mass loading. In the present work, estimated clear sky global solar radiation G0 for cairo city is compared graphically with measured actual solar radiation G for normal sky with atmospheric aerosols and pollution. The clearness index (G/G0) and its empirical coefficients which vary from place to place to place are examined in order to derive a suitable formula for cairo city relating these coefficients. In this study, the well known angstrom equation in its linear form together with measured monthly means of the daily global solar radiation data are used for function fitting procedure to derive a linear semi-empirical formula relating the clearness ined coefficients (the error is of value 5%). For daily values of measured global solar radiation, an extension of the angstrom equation in a non-linear form is assumed and a polynomial regression is used for curve fitting to obtain a corresponding semi-empirical relation between the clearness index coefficients (the error is 3%). The paper ends with the result that the nonlinear graph seems to be reasonably accurate and is recommended to estimate the global solar radiation G for Cairo city

  6. The impact of diurnal variations of air traffic on contrail radiative forcing

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    N. Stuber

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available We combined high resolution aircraft flight data from the EU Fifth Framework Programme project AERO2k with analysis data from the ECMWF's integrated forecast system to calculate diurnally resolved 3-D contrail cover. We scaled the contrail cover in order to match observational data for the Bakan area (eastern-Atlantic/western-Europe.

    We found that less than 40% of the global distance travelled by aircraft is due to flights during local night time. Yet, due to the cancellation of shortwave and longwave effects during daytime, night time flights contribute a disproportional 60% to the global annual mean forcing. Under clear sky conditions the night flights contribute even more disproportionally at 76%. There are pronounced regional variations in night flying and the associated radiative forcing. Over parts of the North Atlantic flight corridor 75% of air traffic and 84% of the forcing occurs during local night, whereas only 35% of flights are during local night in South-East Asia, yet these contribute 68% of the radiative forcing. In general, regions with a significant local contrail radiative forcing are also regions for which night time flights amount to less than half of the daily total of flights. Therefore, neglecting diurnal variations in air traffic/contrail cover by assuming a diurnal mean contrail cover can over-estimate the global mean radiative forcing by up to 30%.

  7. Air flow modelling in deep wells: application to mining ventilation

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    Witrant, Emmanuel; Johansson, Karl Henrik

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, we present a novel air flow modeling strategy for deep wells that is suitable for real-time control of large-scale systems. We consider the mining ventilation control application, where specifically designed models are crucial for new automation strategies based on global system control and energy consumption optimization. Two different levels of complexity are proposed. Starting from a general model based on Navier- Stokes equations, we derive a 0-D, Bond Graph model. This mod...

  8. A coupled surface/subsurface flow model accounting for air entrapment and air pressure counterflow

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    Delfs, Jens Olaf; Wang, Wenqing

    2013-01-01

    This work introduces the soil air system into integrated hydrology by simulating the flow processes and interactions of surface runoff, soil moisture and air in the shallow subsurface. The numerical model is formulated as a coupled system of partial differential equations for hydrostatic (diffusive wave) shallow flow and two-phase flow in a porous medium. The simultaneous mass transfer between the soil, overland, and atmosphere compartments is achieved by upgrading a fully established leakance concept for overland-soil liquid exchange to an air exchange flux between soil and atmosphere. In a new algorithm, leakances operate as a valve for gas pressure in a liquid-covered porous medium facilitating the simulation of air out-break events through the land surface. General criteria are stated to guarantee stability in a sequential iterative coupling algorithm and, in addition, for leakances to control the mass exchange between compartments. A benchmark test, which is based on a classic experimental data set on infiltration excess (Horton) overland flow, identified a feedback mechanism between surface runoff and soil air pressures. Our study suggests that air compression in soils amplifies surface runoff during high precipitation at specific sites, particularly in near-stream areas. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

  9. Radiation exposure of the aircrew and passengers on some Czechoslovak air lines

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    According to the ICRP 60 recommendation, the aircrew should be included among workers whose exposure to cosmic radiation is considered to be occupational exposure. This brings about the need for a more precise determination and the mapping of the exposure level on different air routes. The results are presented of measurements performed by the staff of the Institute of Radiation Dosimetry on board of CSA aircraft (TU 154 M and A 310-300 Airbus) in 1991-1992. A number of passive and active devices were used to measure the ionizing and neutron component of cosmic radiation. The results obtained confirm the basic ideas about the influence of various factors on the exposure level. The interpretation of data is discussed in detail, particularly with respect to its possible modification based on new data on particle spectra on board of subsonic civil transport aircraft. (author) 2 tabs., 4 figs., 24 refs

  10. Modeling air entrainment in plunging jet using 3DYNAFS

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    Hsiao, Chao-Tsung; Wu, Xiongjun; Chahine, Georges L

    2011-01-01

    As the liquid jet plunges into a free surface, significant air is entrained into the water and forms air pockets. These air pockets eventually break up into small bubbles, which travel downstream to form a bubbly wake. To better understand the underlying flow physics involved in the bubble entrainment, in the linked videos, air entrainment due to a water jet plunging onto a pool of stationary water was numerically studied by using the 3DYNAFS software suit. The flow field is simulated by directly solving the Navier-Stokes equations through the viscous module, 3DYNAFS-VIS, using a level set method for capturing the free surface. The breakup of entrained air pockets and the resulting bubbly flow were modeled by coupling 3DYNAFS-VIS with a Lagrangian multi-bubble tracking model, 3DYNAFS-DSM (Hsiao & Chahine, 2003), which emits bubbles into the liquid according to local liquid/gas interface flow conditions based on the sub-grid air entrainment modeling proposed by Ma et al. (2011), and tracks all bubbles in t...

  11. Performance of Air Pollution Models on Massively Parallel Computers

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    Brown, John; Hansen, Per Christian; Wasniewski, Jerzy; Zlatev, Zahari

    1996-01-01

    To compare the performance and use of three massively parallel SIMD computers, we implemented a large air pollution model on the computers. Using a realistic large-scale model, we gain detailed insight about the performance of the three computers when used to solve large-scale scientific problems...

  12. A mixed-integer optimization model for Air Traffic Deconfliction

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    Cafieri, Sonia; Brisset, Pascal; Durand, Nicolas

    2010-01-01

    A mixed-integer nonlinear optimization model is presented for the resolution of aircraft conflict. Aircraft conflicts occur when aircraft sharing the same airspace are "too close" to each other and represent a crucial problem in Air Traffic Management. We describe the model and show some numerical experiments.

  13. FUNDAMENTAL MASS TRANSFER MODELS FOR INDOOR AIR POLLUTION SOURCES

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    The paper discusses a simple, fundamental mass transfer model, based on Fick's Law of Diffusion, for indoor air pollution wet sorbent-based sources. (Note: Models are needed to predict emissions from indoor sources. hile empirical approaches based on dynamic chamber data are usef...

  14. MODEL DINAMIK PENGENDALIAN PENCEMARAN AIR KALI SURABAYA

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    Suwari Suwari

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The Surabaya River plays an important role as water supply of the Surabaya PDAM, irrigation, industry, transportation, and means of recreation. However, domestic, industrial, and agricultural waste that were discharged into the river stream polluted the Surabaya River and decreased the carrying capacity and assimilative capacity. Therefore, effort to monitor and control the Surabaya River water pollution need to be well organized and implemented. The aim of the research is to develop a model of water pollution control on Surabaya River region. The research was carried out based on field survey, in situ and laboratory sample examination, questionnaire, and expert judgment. Pollution control model developed in this study was built into three sub-models, namely: (1 ecology sub-model, (2 social sub-model, and (3 economy sub-model using powersim constructor 2.5 version. Pollution control scenarios were developed using prospective analysis. The results of water pollution parameters such as TSS, DO, BOD, COD, N-NO2, and the level of mercury (Hg were higher than the allowable class 1 standard. The sources of Surabaya River pollution mainly are domestic and industrial waste with total load of BOD, COD, and TSS are 55.49, 132.58, and 210.13 ton/day, respectively. According to water quality status, the Surabaya River is categorized as heavy polluted and the loading pollution need to be decreased. By using prospective analysis, there were five important factors that affect the future of the Surabaya River water pollution control, i.e.: (1 population growth and community awareness, (2 community perception, (3 implementation of regulations, (4 commitment/local government support, and (5 system and institutional capacity. There are three development scenarios, that are pessimistic, moderate and optimistic. The moderate and optimistic scenario are the realistic scenarios that occur in the future for Surabaya River water pollution control in considering of ecology, social and economy aspects.

  15. The influence of gas radiation on the thermal behavior of a 2D axisymmetric turbulent non-premixed methane–air flame

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    Highlights: • The study evaluates the importance of thermal radiation in a methane–air flame. • The radiative properties are treated with the WSGG based on HITEMP 2010. • The turbulence–radiation interaction (TRI) is based on a RANS approach. • Radiation strongly affected the temperature field but not the chemical composition. • Neglecting TRI led to a lower estimate of the radiation heat transfer. - Abstract: This paper presents a study of the effect of thermal radiation in the simulation of a turbulent, non-premixed methane–air flame. In such a problem, two aspects need to be considered for a precise evaluation of the thermal radiation: the turbulence–radiation interactions (TRI), and the local variation of the radiative properties of the participating species, which are treated here with the weighted-sum-of-gray-gases (WSGG) model based on newly obtained correlations from HITEMP2010 database. The chemical reactions rates were considered as the minimum values between the Arrhenius and Eddy Break-Up rates. A two-step global reaction mechanism was used, while the turbulence modeling was considered via standard k–? model. The source terms of the energy equation consisted of the heat generated in the chemical reaction rates as well as in the radiation exchanges. The discrete ordinates method (DOM) was employed to solve the radiative transfer equation (RTE), including the TRI. Comparisons of simulations with/without radiation (which in turn was solved with/without TRI) demonstrated that the temperature, the radiative heat source, and the wall heat flux were importantly affected by thermal radiation, while the influence on species concentrations proved to be negligible. Inclusion of thermal radiation led to results that were closer to experimental data available in the literature for the same test case considered in this paper. Inclusion of TRI improved the agreement, although in a smaller degree. The main influence of TRI was mainly on global results, such as the peak temperature and the radiant fraction. The results show the importance of thermal radiation for an accurate prediction of the thermal behavior of a combustion chamber

  16. Air Quality Modeling of Traffic-related Air Pollutants for the NEXUS Study

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    The paper presents the results of the model applications to estimate exposure metrics in support of an epidemiologic study in Detroit, Michigan. A major challenge in traffic-related air pollution exposure studies is the lack of information regarding pollutant exposure characteriz...

  17. Solar radiation practical modeling for renewable energy applications

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    Myers, Daryl Ronald

    2013-01-01

    Written by a leading scientist with over 35 years of experience working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Solar Radiation: Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications brings together the most widely used, easily implemented concepts and models for estimating broadband and spectral solar radiation data. The author addresses various technical and practical questions about the accuracy of solar radiation measurements and modeling. While the focus is on engineering models and results, the book does review the fundamentals of solar radiation modeling and solar radiation m

  18. A 331 WIMPy dark radiation model

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    Kelso, Chris [University of Utah, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Salt Lake City, UT (United States); Pires, C.A. de S.; Rodrigues da Silva, P.S. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Departamento de Fisica, Caixa Postal 5008, Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil); Profumo, Stefano; Queiroz, Farinaldo S. [University of California, Department of Physics and Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, Santa Cruz, CA (United States)

    2014-03-15

    Recent observations suggest that the number of relativistic degrees of freedom in the early universe might exceed what is predicted in the standard cosmological model. If even a small, percent-level fraction of dark matter particles are produced relativistically, they could mimic the effect of an extra realistic species at matter-radiation equality while obeying BBN, CMB and Structure Formation bounds. We show that this scenario is quite naturally realized with a weak-scale dark matter particle and a high-scale ''mother'' particle within a well-motivated 3-3-1 gauge model, which is particularly interesting for being consistent with electroweak precision measurements, with recent LHC results, and for offering a convincing explanation for the number of generations in the Standard Model. (orig.)

  19. A 331 WIMPy Dark Radiation Model

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    Kelso, Chris; Profumo, Stefano; Queiroz, Farinaldo S; da Silva, P S Rodrigues

    2013-01-01

    Recent observations suggest that the number of relativistic degrees of freedom in the early universe might exceed what predicted in the standard cosmological model. If even a small, percent-level fraction of dark matter particles are produced relativistically, they could mimic the effect of an extra realistic species at matter-radiation equality while obeying BBN, CMB and Structure Formation bounds. We show that this scenario is quite naturally realized with a weak-scale dark matter particle and a high-scale "mother" particle within a well motivated 3-3-1 gauge model, which is particularly interesting for being consistent with electroweak precision measurements, with recent LHC results, and for offering a convincing explanation for the number of generations in the Standard Model.

  20. Theoretical method for calculating solar radiation in terms of air temperature or sunshine duration using fourier series

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    Because of the periodicity of variations in solar radiation 'R', air temperature 'T' and sunshine duration 'S', their values are expanded in fourier series. Fourier coefficients are determined by using measured meteorological data of the selected egyptian weather stations. These coefficients are used to calculate solar radiation is presented in tables and graphs. The comparison shows a good agreement between the observed and estimated solar radiation. The method is applied to calculate the solar radiation for another stations where solar radiation measurements are unavailable, using records of air temperature or sunshine duration at these stations and solar radiation measured at the nearest meteorological stations. The estimated global solar radiation at any area is used to know the atmospheric stability, which is used to calculate the dispersion of pollutants in this area

  1. Evaluation of temperature-based global solar radiation models in China

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    Liu, Xiaoying; Mei, Xurong; Li, Yuzhong; Wang, Qingsuo; Jensen, Jens Raunsø; Zhang, Yanqing; Porter, John Roy

    2009-01-01

    the smallest effect and yielded little improvement and are thus unnecessary. The ¿T scheme had a moderate effect, with ¿T1 generally resulting in a higher accuracy especially in high altitude areas. This indicates that the effect of cold or warm air advection is negligible in the B-C model even in a......Estimation of global solar radiation (Rs) from the daily range of air temperature (¿T) offers an important alternative in the absence of measured Rs or sunshine duration because of the wide availability of air temperature data. In this paper, we assessed 16 Rs models including modified versions of...... modified Harg model, but significantly outperformed the original Harg model with a 4-7% higher accuracy. The common practice of fixing some parameters in the B-C model caused the most significant effect and resulted in a 3-9% lower accuracy than that of the original model. In contrast, modifications had...

  2. Radiation damage in graphite - A new model

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    The standard model for interpretation of radiation damage of graphite invokes self-interstitials and vacancies and their aggregation to explain observed dimensional changes. Vacancies aggregate into lines which heal and contract the basal planes, interstitials aggregate into interlayer disks which expand the dimension perpendicular to the layers. Small clusters of interstitials (Cn, n = 4±2) appear which expand the interlayer distance, d002, but for an unknown reason can disappear and not evolve into disks. First principles calculations show that these aggregations are improbable at low temperatures (below 250oC) and that the observed annealing at these temperatures would be impossible. Our calculations show the inadequacies and motivate a new, robust and atomistically based model. At low temperatures, point defects are immobile, but form sturdy links between planes which cause buckling. Since the planes are effectively 'flexible but inextensible', the crystal expands perpendicular and contracts parallel to the basal planes. At higher temperatures, radiation damage causes collisions with planes, which then fold. At all stages, point defects do form, but their aggregation effects are minority effects at all but the highest temperatures. This new model has major implications for the interpretation of Wigner energy. (author)

  3. Mathematical model of an air-filled alpha stirling refrigerator

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    McFarlane, Patrick; Semperlotti, Fabio; Sen, Mihir

    2013-10-01

    This work develops a mathematical model for an alpha Stirling refrigerator with air as the working fluid and will be useful in optimizing the mechanical design of these machines. Two pistons cyclically compress and expand air while moving sinusoidally in separate chambers connected by a regenerator, thus creating a temperature difference across the system. A complete non-linear mathematical model of the machine, including air thermodynamics, and heat transfer from the walls, as well as heat transfer and fluid resistance in the regenerator, is developed. Non-dimensional groups are derived, and the mathematical model is numerically solved. The heat transfer and work are found for both chambers, and the coefficient of performance of each chamber is calculated. Important design parameters are varied and their effect on refrigerator performance determined. This sensitivity analysis, which shows what the significant parameters are, is a useful tool for the design of practical Stirling refrigeration systems.

  4. A Hybrid Neural Network Prediction Model of Air Ticket Sales

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Air ticket sales revenue is an important source of revenue for travel agencies, and if future air ticket sales revenue can be accurately forecast, travel agencies will be able to advance procurement to achieve a sufficient amount of cost-effective tickets. Therefore, this study applied the Artificial Neural Network (ANN and Genetic Algorithms (GA to establish a prediction model of travel agency air ticket sales revenue. By verifying the empirical data, this study proved that the established prediction model has accurate prediction power, and MAPE (mean absolute percentage error is only 9.11%. The established model can provide business operators with reliable and efficient prediction data as a reference for operational decisions.

  5. Effect of clean indoor air laws on smokers: the clean air module of the SimSmoke computer simulation model

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    Levy, D.; Friend, K; Polishchuk, E.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—To develop a simulation model to examine the effects of clean indoor air laws on prevalence rates and smoking attributable deaths.?METHODS—Based on empirical and theoretical research, the effects of clean air laws are modelled by type of law. The model considers clean air laws at the state levels between 1993 and 2000, and projects the number of smokers and smoking attributable deaths in the USA under different scenarios from 2000 onward.?RESULTS—The model predicts that comprehensi...

  6. A comparison of model predictions and observations of the transfer of 137Cs through the air-pasture-cow-milk pathway

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    Environmental measurements following the Chernobyl accident for selected locations in the United States and Europe were compared with model predictions of the transfer of 137Cs through the air-pasture-cow-milk pathway. The models include IAEA Safety Series No. 57, AIRDOS/EPA, NRC Regulatory Guides 1.109 and 1.111, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) screening model, and the PATHWAY dynamic food-chain model. Time integrals of the 137Cs concentrations in air, pasture, and milk were estimated, and the predicted and observed grass/air, milk/air, and milk/grass concentration ratios were compared. (author)

  7. Joint space-time geostatistical model for air quality surveillance

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    Russo, A.; Soares, A.; Pereira, M. J.

    2009-04-01

    Air pollution and peoples' generalized concern about air quality are, nowadays, considered to be a global problem. Although the introduction of rigid air pollution regulations has reduced pollution from industry and power stations, the growing number of cars on the road poses a new pollution problem. Considering the characteristics of the atmospheric circulation and also the residence times of certain pollutants in the atmosphere, a generalized and growing interest on air quality issues led to research intensification and publication of several articles with quite different levels of scientific depth. As most natural phenomena, air quality can be seen as a space-time process, where space-time relationships have usually quite different characteristics and levels of uncertainty. As a result, the simultaneous integration of space and time is not an easy task to perform. This problem is overcome by a variety of methodologies. The use of stochastic models and neural networks to characterize space-time dispersion of air quality is becoming a common practice. The main objective of this work is to produce an air quality model which allows forecasting critical concentration episodes of a certain pollutant by means of a hybrid approach, based on the combined use of neural network models and stochastic simulations. A stochastic simulation of the spatial component with a space-time trend model is proposed to characterize critical situations, taking into account data from the past and a space-time trend from the recent past. To identify near future critical episodes, predicted values from neural networks are used at each monitoring station. In this paper, we describe the design of a hybrid forecasting tool for ambient NO2 concentrations in Lisbon, Portugal.

  8. Development of a distributed air pollutant dry deposition modeling framework

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    A distributed air pollutant dry deposition modeling system was developed with a geographic information system (GIS) to enhance the functionality of i-Tree Eco (i-Tree, 2011). With the developed system, temperature, leaf area index (LAI) and air pollutant concentration in a spatially distributed form can be estimated, and based on these and other input variables, dry deposition of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter less than 10 microns (PM10) to trees can be spatially quantified. Employing nationally available road network, traffic volume, air pollutant emission/measurement and meteorological data, the developed system provides a framework for the U.S. city managers to identify spatial patterns of urban forest and locate potential areas for future urban forest planting and protection to improve air quality. To exhibit the usability of the framework, a case study was performed for July and August of 2005 in Baltimore, MD. - Highlights: ? A distributed air pollutant dry deposition modeling system was developed. ? The developed system enhances the functionality of i-Tree Eco. ? The developed system employs nationally available input datasets. ? The developed system is transferable to any U.S. city. ? Future planting and protection spots were visually identified in a case study. - Employing nationally available datasets and a GIS, this study will provide urban forest managers in U.S. cities a framework to quantify and visualize urban forest structure and its air pollution removal effect.

  9. Mathematical models for atmospheric pollutants. Appendix D. Available air quality models. Final report

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    Models that are available for the analysis of airborne pollutants are summarized. In addition, recommendations are given concerning the use of particular models to aid in particular air quality decision making processes. The air quality models are characterized in terms of time and space scales, steady state or time dependent processes, reference frames, reaction mechanisms, treatment of turbulence and topography, and model uncertainty. Using these characteristics, the models are classified in the following manner: simple deterministic models, such as air pollution indices, simple area source models and rollback models; statistical models, such as averaging time models, time series analysis and multivariate analysis; local plume and puff models; box and multibox models; finite difference or grid models; particle models; physical models, such as wind tunnels and liquid flumes; regional models; and global models

  10. Research on Dependable Ionizing Radiation Protection based on Model i*

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    Tan Hai; Shahnawaz Talpur; Imran Ali Qureshi

    2013-01-01

    The software’s unreliability mostly attributes to an erroneous analysis on the requirements done at the beginning. In this paper, we apply the tool of i* frame requirement modeling and build early requirement model against ionizing radiation. After finding out possible risks and corresponding solutions during the process of modeling analysis, we propose reasoning models against ionizing radiation. The radiation protection system  with  the  above models  can  figure out  the  purpose  of agen...

  11. Extensive Air Showers Model Dependence And The Longitudinal Profile

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    Mikulski, P T

    2000-01-01

    The physics of atmospheric cascades induced by ultrahigh energy cosmic rays above the GZK cutoff is investigated. A flexible air shower generator is developed for the exploration of air shower properties under various assumptions about the underlying hadronic physics. Included is an efficient algorithm for the simulation of electromagnetic cascades which emphasizes consistency with the standard Greisen formula for photons. The uncertainties in hadronic interaction physics relevant to air shower properties are bracketed with conservative models which characterize limiting scenarios. The effects of scaling violations in hadron-nucleon and hadron- nucleus iteractions are addressed. Emphasis is on the fragmentation region which is of most relevance to air shower development. The physics uncertainties imply an uncertainty in the average depth at maximum for proton induced cascades at the highest energies which is comparable to the separation between protons and iron. Consequently, it will be difficult to extract i...

  12. Mathematical modeling of compression processes in air-driven boosters

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    The compressed air in normal pressure is used as the source of power of the air-driven booster. The continuous working of air-driven boosters relies on the difference of surface area between driven piston and driving piston, i.e., the different forces acting on the pistons. When the working surface area of the driving piston for providing power is greater than that of the driven piston for compressing gas, the gas in compression chamber will be compressed. On the basis of the first law of thermodynamics, the motion regulation of piston is analyzed and the mathematical model of compression processes is set up. Giving a calculating example, the vary trends of gas pressure and pistons' move in working process of booster have been gotten. The change of parameters at different working conditions is also calculated and compared. And the corresponding results can be referred in the design of air-driven boosters

  13. Measurement and Modeling of Particle Radiation in Coal Flames

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    Ba?ckstro?m, Daniel; Johansson, Robert

    2014-01-01

    This work aims at developing a methodology that can provide information of in-flame particle radiation in industrial-scale flames. The method is based on a combination of experimental and modeling work. The experiments have been performed in the high-temperature zone of a 77 kWth swirling lignite flame. Spectral radiation, total radiative intensity, gas temperature, and gas composition were measured, and the radiative intensity in the furnace was modeled with an axisymmetric cylindrical radiation model using Mie theory for the particle properties and a statistical narrow-band model for the gas properties. The in-flame particle radiation was measured with a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer connected to a water-cooled probe via fiber optics. In the cross-section of the flame investigated, the particles were found to be the dominating source of radiation. Apart from giving information about particle radiation and temperature, the methodology can also provide estimates of the amount of soot radiation and the maximum contribution from soot radiation compared to the total particle radiation. In the center position in the flame, the maximum contribution from soot radiation was estimated to be less than 40% of the particle radiation. As a validation of the methodology, the modeled total radiative intensity was compared to the total intensity measured with a narrow angle radiometer and the agreement in the results was good, supporting the validity of the used approach.

  14. Model-generated air quality statistics for application in vegetation response models in Alberta

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    To test and apply vegetation response models in Alberta, air pollution statistics representative of various parts of the Province are required. At this time, air quality monitoring data of the requisite accuracy and time resolution are not available for most parts of Alberta. Therefore, there exists a need to develop appropriate air quality statistics. The objectives of the work reported here were to determine the applicability of model generated air quality statistics and to develop by modelling, realistic and representative time series of hourly SO2 concentrations that could be used to generate the statistics demanded by vegetation response models

  15. Measurement and simulation of the in-flight radiation exposure on different air routes

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    The exposure of air-crew personnel to cosmic radiation is considered to be occupational exposure and requirements for dose assessment are given in the European Council Directive 96/29/EURATOM. The High-Temperature Ratio (HTR) Method for LiF: Mg, Ti TLDs utilizes the well-investigated relative intensity of the combined high-temperature glow peaks 6 and 7 compared with the dominant peak 5 (left-hand side of Figure 1) as an indication of the dose-average LET of a mixed radiation field of unknown composition. The difference in the peak-5 readings of the neutron-sensitive TLD-600 (6LiF: Mg, Ti) and the neutron-insensitive TLD-700 (7LiF: Mg, Ti) can be utilized to assess the neutron dose equivalent accumulated in-flight. For this purpose, the dosemeter crystals were calibrated individually in the CERN-EU High Energy Reference Field (CERF) [8] which simulates the cosmic-ray induced neutron spectrum in good detail. The experiments conducted onboard passenger aircraft on different north-bound and trans-equatorial flight routes were aimed at the following: to measure the total dose equivalent accumulated during the flight, to assess the contribution of neutrons, and to compare the results with calculations by means of the well-known CARI computer code. Measurements were performed on a series of eight north-bound flights between Cologne and Washington as well as on the routes Vienna-Atlanta, Vienna-Sydney and Vienna-Tokyo during different solar activity conditions. Precise altitude and route profiles were recorded by the pilots. The experimental results were compared with model calculations using the latest release 6M of the CARI code. Precise altitude and route data on a ten-minute to one-hour scale were taken as input. The calculated dose values indicate that the algorithms employed for the computational assessment of route doses have been significantly improved during the last decade. The CARI results generally tend to be in reasonable agreement with the measured values, although the doses for north-bound flights during solar minimum might still be underestimated by up to 15 %. The most important insufficiency in all computational approaches regards the effects of major solar particle events (SPEs) presenting a serious danger primarily for future high-altitude and polar-orbital flights in causing severe biological hazards. The frequency of these irregular events corresponds to the solar activity cycle. This fact is taken into account in the codes by semi-empirical models which certainly have to fail in forecasting accurate dose values for a specific flight. Therefore, dosimetric surveillance of air-crew members would be essential and cannot be completely replaced by calculations. (authors)

  16. Radiative energy losses from a high-current air-blast arc

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    The importance of total radiation losses from high-current arcs burning in highly accelerated air flows representative of conditions existing in commercial gas-blast switchgear has been investigated. Such losses have been measured both in the high-pressure region upstream of a shaped orifice, where gas velocities are low, and in the region downstream where velocities become supersonic and pressure conditions approach ambient. The dominance of upstream electrode vapor as the source of plasma radiation losses is demonstrated and the importance of radiated losses within the arc energy balance is examined using measured values of axial electric field. For upstream electrodes of elkonite (sintered copper/tungsten) as used in high-power gas-blast circuit breakers, it is shown that some 30--40% of the electrical energy input upstream of the orifice is lost as radiation, while downstream this figure becomes 10--20%. The effect of reservoir pressure on arc electric fields is examined and the contribution to this effect of radiation losses is quantified

  17. Dynamic modeling of an air source heat pump water heater

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    Fardoun, Farouk; Ibrahim, Oussama; Zoughaib, Assaad

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents a dynamic simulation model to predict the performance of an air source heat pump water heater (ASHPWH). The mathematical model consists of submodels of the basic system components i.e. evaporator, condenser, compressor, and expansion valve. These submodels were built based on fundamental principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, empirical relationships and manufacturer's data as necessary. The model simulation was carried out using MATLAB software. Refr...

  18. A new radiation model for Baltic Sea ecosystem modelling

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    Neumann, Thomas; Siegel, Herbert; Gerth, Monika

    2015-12-01

    Photosynthetically available radiation (PAR) is one of the key requirements for primary production in the ocean. The ambient PAR is determined by incoming solar radiation and optical properties of sea water and the optically active water constituents along the radiation pathway. Especially in coastal waters, the optical properties are affected by terrigenous constituents like yellow substances as well as high primary production. Numerical models for marine ecosystems account for the optical attenuation process in different ways and details. For the consideration of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and shading effects of phytoplankton particles, we propose a dynamic parametrization for the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, products from biological turnover processes are implemented. Besides PAR and its attenuation coefficient, the model calculates the Secchi disk depth, a simple measurable parameter describing the transparency of the water column and a water quality parameter in the European Water Framework Directive. The components of the proposed optical model are partly implemented from other publications respectively derived from our own measurements for the area of investigation. The model allows a better representation of PAR with a more realistic spatial and temporal variability compared to former parametrizations. The effect is that regional changes of primary production, especially in the northern part of the Baltic Sea, show reduced productivity due to higher CDOM concentrations. The model estimates for Secchi disk depth are much more realistic now. In the northern Baltic Sea, simulated oxygen concentrations in deep water have improved considerably.

  19. Simplified model for a ventilated glass window under forced air flow conditions

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    Ismail, K.A.R. [Depto. de Engenharia Termica e de Fluidos-FEM-UNICAMP CP: 6122 CEP 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Henriquez, J.R. [Depto. de Eng. Mecanica-DEMEC, UFPE Av. Academico Helio Ramos, S/N CEP 50740-530, Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2006-02-01

    This paper presents a study on a ventilated window composed of two glass sheets separated by a spacing through which air is forced to flow. The proposed model is one dimensional and unsteady based upon global energy balance over the glass sheets and the flowing fluid. The external glass sheet of the cavity is subjected to variable heat flow due to the solar radiation as well as variable external ambient temperature. The exchange of radiation energy (infrared radiation) between the glass sheets is also included in the formulation. Effects of the spacing between the glass sheets, variation of the forced mass flow rate on the total heat gain and the shading coefficients are investigated. The results show that the effect of the increase of the mass flow rate is found to reduce the mean solar heat gain and the shading coefficients while the increase of the fluid entry temperature is found to deteriorate the window thermal performance. (author)

  20. Performance of the atmospheric infrared sounder (AIRS) in the radiation environment of low-earth orbit

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    Weiler, Margaret H.; Overoye, Kenneth R.; Stobie, James A.; O'Sullivan, Paul B.; Gaiser, Steven L.; Broberg, Steven E.; Elliott, Denis A.

    2005-08-01

    The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), a hyperspectral infrared sounder, was launched onboard NASA's Aqua spacecraft on May 4, 2002 into sun-synchronous polar Earth orbit for a mission expected to last 7 years. By monitoring calibration data from views of deep space and two on-board calibrators, we have identified a number of effects attributed to in-orbit radiation. Transient effects include 1. steps in the output level of individual channels, attributed to injection of charge into a large capacitor in the read-out electronics integrated circuit (ROIC); and 2. spikes in the calibration data and, by inference, in the scene data, attributed to the passage of ionizing radiation through the active region of the HgCdTe detectors. On-board signal processing corrects for most of the spike effects, and ground processing smoothes the hot and cold calibration data and provides a system of flags to alert the user in cases where the calculated radiances are still suspect. Persistent effects include 1. extremely rare degradations of channels due to large charge injection events; and 2. slow increases in noise levels for a small number of channels, attributed to bias shifts due to the slow accumulation of radiation dose in the ROIC input cells for some channels. In addition to these detector effects, two operational anomalies have been attributed to the high radiation levels in the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA), one an unplanned cooler shut-down, the second an unplanned stopping of the scan mirror. This paper presents statistics on the frequency and location of these radiation events, and provides a description of the mechanisms by which such events are identified and accounted for. It should be emphasized that the vast majority of the 2378 AIRS infrared channels, and the instrument as a whole, have shown excellent stability and operability throughout the mission.

  1. Radiation induced peroxidation in model lipid systems

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    In the studies of radiation induced lipid peroxidation, lecithin-liposomes and aqueous micellar solutions of sodium linoleate (or linoleic acid) have been used as models of lipid membrane systems. The liposomes and aqueous linoleate micelles were irradiated in the presence of 02 and N2O/O2 (80:20 v/v). The peroxidation was initiated using gamma radiation from 60Co radiation source and was monitored by measuring the increase in absorbance of conjugated diene at 232 nm and by the thiobarbituric acid (TBA) test. The decomposition of hydroperoxides during TBA assay produced a small fraction of malonaldehyde (20%), subsequently forming TBA-malonaldehyde complex with an adsorption characteristic at 532 nm. The hydroperoxide formation has been shown to increase with increasing dosage. The presence of N2O/O2 has been shown to enhance the formation of hydroperoxides in irradiated liposomes but not in irradiated linoleate and the explanation has been presented. The hydroxyl radical is the main species responsible for initiating the lipid peroxidation. However, intermolecular reaction has been suggested to be responsible for enhancing hydroperoxide yield in the model lipid systems considered here. The oxidation products observed in oxygenated systems and N2O/O2systems are similar. The reduced-oxidation products of irradiated linoleate are 9-/13-hydroxy-10,12/9, 11-octadecadienoic acids, 14-hydroxy-9,12-octadecadienoic acid, 9-/10-/12-hydroxy-12-/12-/9-octadecenoic acids, 9-/10-hydroxyoctadecanoic acids, 9,10-/12,13-dihydroxy-12-/9-octadecenoic acids and 9,12,13-dihydroxyoctadecanoic acids. In irradiated liposomes, the reduced-oxidation products are 9-hydroxy-10,12-octadecadienoic acid, 5-hydroxy 6,8,11,14-eico-satetranoic acid and 9-/10-hydroxyoctadecanoic acids. The reaction mechanisms accounting for the product formation are proposed. The other minor products including hydrocarbons have also been identified and their formation are discussed. (author)

  2. Modeling Air Stripping of Ammonia in an Agitated Vessel

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    Kofi, Adu-Wusu; Martino, Christopher J.; Wilmarth, William R.; Bennett, William M.; Peters, Robert s.

    2005-11-29

    A model has been developed to predict the rate of removal of ammonia (NH{sub 3}) from solution in a sparged agitated vessel. The model is first-order with respect to liquid-phase concentration of NH{sub 3}. The rate constant for the first-order equation is a function of parameters related to the vessel/impeller characteristics, the air/liquid properties as well as the process conditions. However, the vessel/impeller characteristics, the air/liquid properties, and the process conditions reduce the rate constant dependence to only three parameters, namely, the air sparge rate, the liquid volume or batch size, and the Henry's law constant of NH{sub 3} for the liquid or solution. Thus, the rate of removal is not mass-transfer limited. High air sparge rates, high temperatures, and low liquid volumes or batch sizes increase the rate of removal of NH{sub 3} from solution. The Henry's law constant effect is somewhat reflected in the temperature since Henry's law constant increases with increasing temperature. Data obtained from actual air stripping operation agree fairly well with the model predictions.

  3. REAS3: A revised implementation of the geosynchrotron model for radio emission from air showers

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    Ludwig, M., E-mail: marianne.ludwig@kit.edu [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Institut fuer Experimentelle Kernphysik, Campus Sued, 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Huege, T. [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Institut fuer Kernphysik, Campus Nord, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2012-01-11

    Over the past years, the freely available Monte Carlo-code REAS which simulates radio emission from air showers based on the geosynchrotron model, was used regularly for comparisons with data. However, it emerged that in the previous version of the code, emission due to the variation of the number of charged particles within an air shower was not taken into account. In the following article, we show the implementation of these emission contributions in REAS3 by the inclusion of 'end-point contributions' and discuss the changes on the predictions of REAS obtained by this revision. The basis for describing radiation processes is an universal description which is gained by the use of the end-point formulation. Hence, not only pure geomagnetic radiation is simulated with REAS3 but also radiation due to the variation of the net charge excess in the air shower, independent of the Earth's magnetic field. Furthermore, we present a comparison of lateral distributions of LOPES data with REAS3-simulated distributions. The comparison shows a good agreement between both, data and REAS3 simulations.

  4. REAS3: A revised implementation of the geosynchrotron model for radio emission from air showers

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    Ludwig, Marianne

    2010-01-01

    Over the past years, the freely available Monte Carlo-code REAS which simulates radio emission from air showers based on the geosynchrotron model, was used regularly for comparisons with data. However, it emerged that in the previous version of the code, emission due to the variation of the number of charged particles within an air shower was not taken into account. In the following article, we show the implementation of these emission contributions in REAS3 by the inclusion of ``end-point contributions'' and discuss the changes on the predictions of REAS obtained by this revision. The basis for describing radiation processes is an universal description which is gained by the use of the end-point formulation. Hence, not only pure geomagnetic radiation is simulated with REAS3 but also radiation due to the variation of the net charge excess in the air shower, independent of the Earth's magnetic field. Furthermore, we present a comparison of lateral distributions of LOPES data with REAS3-simulated distributions....

  5. Explicit validation of a surface shortwave radiation balance model over snow‐covered complex terrain

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    Helbig, N.; Löwe, H.; Mayer, B.; Lehning, M.

    2010-01-01

    A model that computes the surface radiation balance for all sky conditions in complex terrain is presented. The spatial distribution of direct and diffuse sky radiation is determined from observations of incident global radiation, air temperature, and relative humidity at a single measurement location. Incident radiation under cloudless sky is spatially derived from a parameterization of the atmospheric transmittance. Direct and diffuse sky radiation for all sky conditions are obtained by ...

  6. Modeling of the Lunar Radiation Environment

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    de Angelis, G.; Badavi, F. F.; Clem, J. M.; Blattnig, S. R.; Clowdsley, M. S.; Nealy, J. E.; Tripathi, R. K.; Wilson, J. W.

    2007-04-01

    In view of manned missions targeted to the Moon, for which radiation exposure is one of the greatest challenges to be tackled, it is of fundamental importance to have available a tool, which allows the determination of the particle flux and spectra at any time and at any point of the lunar surface. With this goal in mind, a new model of the Moon's radiation environment due to Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and Solar Particle Events (SPE) has been developed. Primary particles reach the lunar surface, and are transported all throughout the subsurface layers, with backscattering patterns taken into account. The surface itself has been modeled as regolith and bedrock, with composition taken from the results of the instruments flown on the Apollo missions. Subsurface environments like lava tubes have been considered in the analysis. Particle transport has been performed with both deterministic and Monte Carlo codes with an adaptation for planetary surface geometry. Results are given in terms of fluxes, doses and LET, for most kinds of particles for various kinds of soil and rock chemical compositions.

  7. Modeling of the Lunar Radiation Environment

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    In view of manned missions targeted to the Moon, for which radiation exposure is one of the greatest challenges to be tackled, it is of fundamental importance to have available a tool, which allows the determination of the particle flux and spectra at any time and at any point of the lunar surface. With this goal in mind, a new model of the Moon's radiation environment due to Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and Solar Particle Events (SPE) has been developed. Primary particles reach the lunar surface, and are transported all throughout the subsurface layers, with backscattering patterns taken into account. The surface itself has been modeled as regolith and bedrock, with composition taken from the results of the instruments flown on the Apollo missions. Subsurface environments like lava tubes have been considered in the analysis. Particle transport has been performed with both deterministic and Monte Carlo codes with an adaptation for planetary surface geometry. Results are given in terms of fluxes, doses and LET, for most kinds of particles for various kinds of soil and rock chemical compositions

  8. Impact of transpacific aerosol on air quality over the United States: A perspective from aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions

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    Tao, Zhining; Yu, Hongbin; Chin, Mian

    2016-01-01

    Observations have well established that aerosols from various sources in Asia, Europe, and Africa can travel across the Pacific and reach the contiguous United States (U.S.) at least on episodic bases throughout a year, with a maximum import in spring. The imported aerosol not only can serve as an additional source to regional air pollution (e.g., direct input), but also can influence regional air quality through the aerosol-cloud-radiation (ACR) interactions that change local and regional meteorology. This study assessed impacts of the transpacific aerosol on air quality, focusing on surface ozone and PM2.5, over the U.S. using the NASA Unified Weather Research Forecast model. Based on the results of 3-month (April to June of 2010) simulations, the impact of direct input (as an additional source) of transpacific aerosol caused an increase of surface PM2.5 concentration by approximately 1.5 μg m-3 over the west coast and about 0.5 μg m-3 over the east coast of the U.S. By influencing key meteorological processes through the ACR interactions, the transpacific aerosol exerted a significant effect on both surface PM2.5 (±6 μg m-3) and ozone (±12 ppbv) over the central and eastern U.S. This suggests that the transpacific transport of aerosol could either improve or deteriorate local air quality and complicate local effort toward the compliance with the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

  9. The Dutch standard on the description of air pollution models

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    This standard establishes requirements which the description of mathematical models for air quality has to meet. The standard is applicable to models which assist in calculating the concentration of compounds in the air and/or the deposition. Users should be able to judge the usefulness of a mathematical model for their own use on the basis of its description. This is often necessary for granting licences or policy planning. Equipment, software and other requirements are not given. The description of a mathematical model should give the user a good insight into the value of the model and the results obtained. To do this the field of application and the underlying scientific concepts should be clearly described. Besides the results of possible validation procedures the way in which broader acceptance is aimed at and the degree to which this is achieved has to be reflected. (au)

  10. A comparison between weighted sum of gray and spectral CK radiation models for heat transfer calculations in furnaces

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    El Ammouri, F.; Plessier, R.; Till, M.; Marie, B.; Djavdan, E. [Air Liquide Centre de Recherche Claude Delorme, 78 - Jouy-en-Josas (France)

    1996-12-31

    Coupled reactive fluid dynamics and radiation calculations are performed in air and oxy-fuel furnaces using two gas radiative property models. The first one is the weighted sum of gray gases model (WSGG) and the second one is the correlated-k (CK) method which is a spectral model based on the cumulative distribution function of the absorption coefficient inside a narrow band. The WSGG model, generally used in industrial configurations, is less time consuming than the CK model. However it is found that it over-predicts radiative fluxes by about 12 % in industrial furnaces. (authors) 27 refs.

  11. Registration of aerosol-borne radionuclides from distant sources in the air in the Ignalina NPP vicinity and theirs radiation doses

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    Analysis of data of' radionuclide activity concentrations in the air near ore Ignalina NPP at 1997-2002 is presented. Distribution of 137Cs activity concentrations measured in 1997-1999 and 200-2002 are calculated. Five increases of the 137Cs concentration in the air were higher than changes caused by global processes. These increases of the 137Cs concentration were explained by potential distant sources of radionuclides. By using the HYSPLIT model, trajectories of air masses transport from the contaminated areas of the Chernobyl region to the Ignalina NPP region were calculated. Annual doses of ionizing radiation were estimated on basis measurements data using program INTERRAS. Annual dose of cosmogenic 7Be radiation fluctuated in the range 0,08-0,11 mSv/year. Annual dose of 137Cs radiation of late years were found in the range 0,0002-0,0005 mSv/year. Influences of radiation 137Cs transported from contaminated area Chernobyl NPP reflects in this fluctuation. Annual dose of Ignalina NPP emitted 60Co and 54Mn radiation changes in the range 0,01-0,1 ?Sv/year. (author)

  12. Comparison of the performance of net radiation calculation models

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    Kjaersgaard, Jeppe Hvelplund; Cuenca, Richard Henry; Martínez-Cob, Antonio; Gavilán Zafra, Pedro; Plauborg, F. L.; Mollerup, M.; Hansen, S.

    2009-01-01

    Daily values of net radiation are used in many applications of crop-growth modeling and agricultural water management. Measurements of net radiation are not part of the routine measurement program at many weather stations and are commonly estimated based on other meteorological parameters. Daily values of net radiation were calculated using three net outgoing long-wave radiation models and compared to measured values. Four meteorological datasets representing two climate regimes, a sub-humid,...

  13. Measurement and Modeling of Particle Radiation in Coal Flames

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    Ba?ckstro?m, Daniel; Johansson, Robert; Andersson, Klas Jerker; Johnsson, Filip; Clausen, Sønnik; Fateev, Alexander

    2014-01-01

    This work aims at developing a methodology that can provide information of in-flame particle radiation in industrial-scale flames. The method is based on a combination of experimental and modeling work. The experiments have been performed in the high-temperature zone of a 77 kWth swirling lignite flame. Spectral radiation, total radiative intensity, gas temperature, and gas composition were measured, and the radiative intensity in the furnace was modeled with an axisymmetric cylindrical radiatio...

  14. Comparison of the performance of net radiation calculation models

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    Kjærsgaard, Jeppe Hvelplund; Cuenca, R H; Martinez-Cob, A; Gavilán, P; Plauborg, Finn; Mollerup, Mikkel; Hansen, Søren

    2009-01-01

    Daily values of net radiation are used in many applications of crop-growth modeling and agricultural water management. Measurements of net radiation are not part of the routine measurement program at many weather stations and are commonly estimated based on other meteorological parameters. Daily values of net radiation were calculated using three net outgoing long-wave radiation models and compared to measured values. Four meteorological datasets representing two climate regimes, a sub-humid, hi...

  15. Two-dimensional analytical model of dry air thermal convection

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    Zakinyan, R. G.; Zakinyan, A. R.; Lukinov, A. A.

    2015-08-01

    In the present work, the steady-state stationary dry air thermal convection in a lower atmosphere has been studied theoretically. The thermal convection was considered without accounting for the Coriolis force, and with only the vertical temperature gradient. The stream function has been analytically obtained within the framework of two-dimensional thermal convection model in the Boussinesq approximation with velocity divergence taken as zero. It has been shown that the stream function is symmetrical about the horizontal and vertical. The expressions for the horizontal and vertical air velocity components have been obtained. The maximal vertical velocities level is in the center of the convective cell where the horizontal air velocity component is equal to zero. It has been shown that the air parcel's rotation period during the thermal convection is determined by the Brunt-Väisälä frequency. The expression for the maximal air velocity vertical component has been found. The dependence of the maximal air velocity vertical component on the overheat function at ground surface and on the atmosphere instability has been demonstrated. The expression for the pressure disturbance has been obtained. It has been demonstrated that at the points with maximal pressure disturbance the vertical velocity is equal to zero and the horizontal velocity is maximal. It has been found that the convection cell size depends on the atmosphere stability state.

  16. Validation of a 3-D hemispheric nested air pollution model

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    2003-07-01

    Full Text Available Several air pollution transport models have been developed at the National Environmental Research Institute in Denmark over the last decade (DREAM, DEHM, ACDEP and DEOM. A new 3-D nested Eulerian transport-chemistry model: REGIonal high resolutioN Air pollution model (REGINA is based on modules and parameterisations from these models as well as new methods.

    The model covers the majority of the Northern Hemisphere with currently one nest implemented. The horizontal resolution in the mother domain is 150 km × 150 km, and the nesting factor is three. A chemical scheme (originally 51 species has been extended with a detailed description of the ammonia chemistry and implemented in the model. The mesoscale numerical weather prediction model MM5v2 is used as meteorological driver for the model. The concentrations of air pollutants, such as sulphur and nitrogen in various forms, have been calculated, applying zero nesting and one nest. The model setup is currently being validated by comparing calculated values of concentrations to measurements from approximately 100 stations included in the European Monitoring and Evalutation Programme (EMEP.

    The present paper describes the physical processes and parameterisations of the model together with the modifications of the chemical scheme. Validation of the model calculations by comparison to EMEP measurements for a summer and a winter month is shown and discussed. Furthermore, results from a sensitivity study of the model performance with respect to resolution in emission and meteorology input data is presented. Finally the future prospects of the model are discussed.

    The overall validation shows that the model performs well with respect to correlation for both monthly and daily mean values.

  17. Linkage between an advanced air quality model and a mechanistic watershed model

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    Vijayaraghavan, K.; Herr, J.; S.-Y. Chen; Knipping, E.

    2010-01-01

    An offline linkage between two advanced multi-pollutant air quality and watershed models is presented. The models linked are (1) the Advanced Modeling System for Transport, Emissions, Reactions and Deposition of Atmospheric Matter (AMSTERDAM) (a three-dimensional Eulerian plume-in-grid model derived from the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model) and (2) the Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework (WARMF). The pollutants linked include gaseous and particulate nitrogen, sulfur and...

  18. Development and Evaluation of Global Solar Radiation Models Based on Sunshine Hours and Meteorological Data

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    A Majnoni-Heris

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Global solar radiation (Rs has wide applications in several disciplines. The data of measured or predicted Rs are widely applied by solar engineers, architects, agriculturists and hydrologists. Due to the importance of Rs, several empirical models have been developed to predict its values all over the world. In this study, Angstrom model was calibrated based on the ratio of actual and possible sunshine hours n/N by using measured daily data of Rs at Bajghah meteorological station in Fars province during 2003-2004. The model was modified by using air temperature for considering the effect of cloudy conditions as well as n/N ratios. The results showed that using both the air temperatures and the ratios of n/N led to a higher accuracy. In regard to estimation of the Rs values, the results showed that mean air temperatures have a higher accuracy compared with differences between maximum and minimum air temperatures. Also, a new local model with higher accuracy was developed based on a number of daily meteorological parameters such as deficit vapor pressure, relative humidity, precipitation, mean air temperature, maximum and minimum air temperatures difference and n/N. This new local model that used different meteorological parameters had the highest accuracy in comparison with the other models. Also, a number of models developed by other investigators for estimation of Rs were calibrated for the study area. Finally, different selected models were validated by using the measured data of Rs in 2005. The results showed that the developed local multi-variable model provided higher accuracy results in comparison with the other radiation models.

  19. Discontinuous Galerkin Method for the Air Pollution Model

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    Zhao, Lite; Hou, Qinzhi

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present the discontinuous Galerkin method to solve the problem of the two-dimensional air pollution model. The resulting system of ordinary differential equations is called the semidiscrete formulation. We show the existence and uniqueness of the ODE system and provide the error estimates for the numerical error.

  20. Pollutant dispersion models for issues of air pollution control

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    14 papers entered separately into the data base were presented at the meeting for application-oriented dispersion models for issues of air pollution control. These papers focus on fields of application, availability of required input data relevant to emissions and meteorology, performance and accuracy of these methods and their practicability. (orig./PW)

  1. Numerical Modelling of Air Flow Attributes in a Contractions Chamber

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    Michalcová Vladimíra

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The article describes air flow turbulent attributes in the enclosed chamber of a rectangular cross-section contraction for the purpose of confirming its optimal shape. The task is solved numerically using Ansys Fluent software. Right models were selected based on the evaluated results at a contraction's outlet which were compared to the physics experiment

  2. Air travel and radiation risks - review of current knowledge; Flugreisen und Strahlenrisiken - eine aktuelle Uebersicht

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    Zeeb, H. [Bielefeld Univ. (Germany). Fakultaet fuer Gesundheitswissenschaften; Blettner, M. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemiologie und Informatik

    2004-07-01

    Aircrew and passengers are exposed to cosmic radiation, in particular when travelling routes close to the poles and in high altitudes. The paper reviews current radiation measurement and estimation approaches as well as the actual level of cosmic radiation that personnel and travellers receive and summarizes the available epidemiological evidence on health effects of cosmic radiation. On average, German aircrew is exposed to les than 5 mSv per annum, and even frequent travellers only rarely reach values above 1 mSv/year. Cohort studies among aircrew have found very little evidence for an increased incidence or mortality of radiation-associated cancers. Only malignant melanoma rates have consistently found to be increased among male aircrew. Socioeconomic and reproductive aspects are likely to contribute to the slightly elevated breast cancer risk of female aircrew. Cytogenetic studies have not yielded consistent results. Based on these data overall risk increases for cancer among occupationally exposed aircrew appear unlikely. This also applies to air travellers who are usually exposed to much lower radiation levels. Occasional air travel during pregnancy does not pose a significant radiation risk, but further considerations apply in this situation. The currently available studies are limited with regard to methodological issues and case numbers so that a continuation of cohort studies in several European countries is being planned. (orig.) [German] Sowohl Flugpersonal wie Flugreisende sind kosmischer Strahlung ausgesetzt, insbesondere wenn sie auf polnahen Routen und in grossen Flughoehen reisen. Die vorliegende Arbeit gibt einen aktuellen Ueberblick ueber Mess- und Schaetzverfahren sowie das Ausmass der kosmischen Strahlenexposition und fasst die derzeit bekannte epidemiologische Evidenz zu gesundheitlichen Aspekten der kosmischen Strahlenexposition zusammen. Die durchschnittliche jaehrliche Strahlenexposition beruflich exponierten Flugpersonals liegt in Deutschland unter 5 mSv, selbst regelmaessig Flugreisende erreichen nur selten Werte ueber 1 mSv. In Kohortenstudien bei Flugpersonal wurden kaum Hinweise auf erhoehte Inzidenz oder Mortalitaet strahlenassoziierter Tumore gefunden, konsistente Risikoerhoehungen wurden jedoch fuer das maligne Melanom bei Maennern berichtet. Ursachen fuer die leicht erhoehte Brustkrebsinzidenz des Flugpersonals werden auch in reproduktiven und soziooekonomischen Faktoren gesehen. Zytogenetische Untersuchungen auf strahlenassoziierte Veraenderungen ergeben bisher kein konsistentes Bild. Aufgrund der derzeit vorliegenden Ergebnisse ist das zusaetzliche Krebsrisiko fuer beruflich strahlenexponiertes Flugpersonal nicht deutlich erhoeht. Fuer Flugreisende ist aufgrund der niedrigeren Exposition eine Risikoerhoehung ebenfalls weitgehend auszuschliessen. Gelegentliche Flugreisen in der Schwangerschaft werden vor dem Hintergrund der epidemiologischen Daten ebenfalls als unbedenklich eingeschaetzt, aber hier spielen weitere Erwaegungen eine Rolle. Die bisher vorliegenden Studien weisen Einschraenkungen in Bezug auf methodische Vorgehensweisen und Fallzahlen auf, so dass in mehreren europaeischen Laendern eine Fortsetzung der Kohortenstudien bei Flugpersonal geplant sind. (orig.)

  3. Evaluation of the quality of hot air dehydrated onion coming from gamma radiated bulbs

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    The purpose of this work was to evaluate the quality of hot air dehydrated onion, as regards physical and chemical characteristics, coming from the regional product that was gamma irradiated for sprout inhibition. We worked with the onion variety Valenciana Sintetica 14. Radio inhibition was made 30 days post harvest with gamma radiation from a 60Co source at the Centro Atomico Ezeiza-CNEA, using a dose of 60 Gy. The skin of the bulbs was manually removed and the bulbs were cut in pieces 3 mm thick and between 1 and 3 cm long. The material was dehydrated in a rotating dryer with forced air circulation at 60 C degrees, between 0.8 and 1.7 m/s air speed and at ambient relative humidity. Dehydration was made 80 days after post-irradiation. The quality of the dehydrated onion was evaluated by the following physical- chemical analysis: total solids content, pungency (indirectly measured by pyruvic acid content assessment), color, pH, carbon hydrates and sensorial analysis. All analytical determinations were made in triplicate. The results obtained showed there are no significant changes between the averages of the physical-chemical properties of the control dehydrated samples and those coming from the radio-inhibited raw matter. According to the sensorial analysis, only the color of dehydrated onion was affected by the radio inhibition process. However, and according to the panel members comment, the greatest browning degree observed in ionizing radiation treated onion seemed to result more attractive to them. It may be concluded that radio inhibited regional onion can be useful as raw matter for hot air dehydrated product. It must be remarked that its use would extend the product use by dehydration plants, thus implying an increase of their processing capacity with the corresponding financial benefit. (author)

  4. Radiation exposure of workers assigned to the maintenance of air surveillance radar

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    The French Defence Radiation Protection Service (SPRA) conducted a study to assess the radiation exposure of personnel assigned to the maintenance of the Palmier radar in an Air Force Base. The aim of the study was the assessment of the annual effective doses received by personnel assigned to these maintenance operations, and the measurement of equivalent dose rates in the area in order to realize radiological zoning. In two measurement campaigns, the annual individual effective doses, measured by passive whole-body OSL InlightR dosimeters, consolidated the results obtained by radiometric measurements. Moreover, the equivalent dose rate shows wide variations in relation to the position of the operator in the emitter's area. From these results, the authors propose recommendations for categorization of workers, radiological zoning and dose monitoring procedures. (authors)

  5. Study of filamentation dynamics of ultrashort laser radiation in air: beam diameter effect

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    Afonasenko, A. V.; Apeksimov, D. V.; Geints, Y. E.; Golik, S. S.; Kabanov, A. M.; Zemlyanov, A. A.

    2014-10-01

    A single filamentation of femtosecond gigawatt laser radiation with a millimeter-size aperture upon collimated and sharply focused propagation in atmospheric air at 800 nm and 400 nm wavelengths is studied both theoretically and experimentally. The influence of beam initial radius on the parameters of the forming filament is analyzed. Three filament parameters, namely, start coordinate, filament length, and longitudinal continuity are considered. We report that unlike Marburger’s formula the single filamentation onset reveals marked nonquadratic dependence on the laser beam radius providing the same initial pulse power. Additionally, for sharply focused radiation the minor dependence of the filament length on the laser beam diameter at the constant initial pulse intensity was experimentally revealed.

  6. Study of filamentation dynamics of ultrashort laser radiation in air: beam diameter effect

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    A single filamentation of femtosecond gigawatt laser radiation with a millimeter-size aperture upon collimated and sharply focused propagation in atmospheric air at 800 nm and 400 nm wavelengths is studied both theoretically and experimentally. The influence of beam initial radius on the parameters of the forming filament is analyzed. Three filament parameters, namely, start coordinate, filament length, and longitudinal continuity are considered. We report that unlike Marburger’s formula the single filamentation onset reveals marked nonquadratic dependence on the laser beam radius providing the same initial pulse power. Additionally, for sharply focused radiation the minor dependence of the filament length on the laser beam diameter at the constant initial pulse intensity was experimentally revealed. (paper)

  7. Stomatal resistance of rice leaves as influenced by radiation intensity and air humidity

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    This paper describes results of field experiments of relationships between meteorological conditions and stomatal resistance of rice leaves. The magnitude of stomatal resistance of rice leaves was measured by a porometer at important three developmental stages of rice plants. Stomatal resistance (rs) changed very clearly throughout sunny days in relation to diurnal variation in solar radiation intensity (St) and leaf air vapor concentration deficit (HD). Stomatal resistance of the adaxial surface of rice leaves was found to be the same to that of the abaxial surface in the magnitude, indicating that the water vapor fluxes at the both surfaces of rice leaves are equal with each other. The dependence of non-dimensional stomatal resistance [rs/rm·k(HD)2] on solar radiation intensity (St) was well approximated by a hyperbolic function. The relationship between HD and [rs/rm(1+St, m/St)] was expressed by a quadratic function of HD

  8. Improved air ventilation rate estimation based on a statistical model

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    A new approach to air ventilation rate estimation from CO measurement data is presented. The approach is based on a state-space dynamic statistical model, allowing for quick and efficient estimation. Underlying computations are based on Kalman filtering, whose practical software implementation is rather easy. The key property is the flexibility of the model, allowing various artificial regimens of CO level manipulation to be treated. The model is semi-parametric in nature and can efficiently handle time-varying ventilation rate. This is a major advantage, compared to some of the methods which are currently in practical use. After a formal introduction of the statistical model, its performance is demonstrated on real data from routine measurements. It is shown how the approach can be utilized in a more complex situation of major practical relevance, when time-varying air ventilation rate and radon entry rate are to be estimated simultaneously from concurrent radon and CO measurements

  9. Modeling solar-driven ejector refrigeration system offering air conditioning for office buildings

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    Guo, J.; Shen, H.G. [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Donghua University, 2999 North Renmin Road, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2009-02-15

    A lumped method combined with dynamic model is proposed for use in investigating the performance and solar fraction of a solar-driven ejector refrigeration system (SERS) using R134a, for office air conditioning application for buildings in Shanghai, China. Classical hourly outdoor temperature and solar radiation model were used to provide basic data for accurate analysis of the system performance. Results indicate that during the office working-time, i.e., from 9:00 to 17:00, the average COP and the average solar fraction of the system were 0.48 and 0.82 respectively when the operating conditions were: generator temperature (85 C), evaporator temperature (8 C) and condenser temperature varying with ambient temperature. Compared with traditional compressor based air conditioner, the system can save upto 80% electric energy when providing the same cooling capacity for office buildings. Hence, the system offers a good energy conservation method for office buildings. (author)

  10. Flavour Dependent Gauged Radiative Neutrino Mass Model

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    Baek, Seungwon; Yagyu, Kei

    2015-01-01

    We propose a one-loop induced radiative neutrino mass model with anomaly free flavour dependent gauge symmetry: $\\mu$ minus $\\tau$ symmetry $U(1)_{\\mu-\\tau}$. A neutrino mass matrix satisfying current experimental data can be obtained by introducing a weak isospin singlet scalar boson that breaks $U(1)_{\\mu-\\tau}$ symmetry, an inert doublet scalar field, and three right-handed neutrinos in addition to the fields in the standard model. We find that a characteristic structure appears in the neutrino mass matrix: two-zero texture form which predicts three non-zero neutrino masses and three non-zero CP-phases which can be determined five well measured experimental inputs of two squared mass differences and three mixing angles. Furthermore, it is clarified that only the inverted mass hierarchy is allowed in our model. In a favored parameter set from the neutrino sector, the discrepancy in the muon anomalous magnetic moment between the experimental data and the the standard model prediction can be explained by the ...

  11. Flavour dependent gauged radiative neutrino mass model

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    Baek, Seungwon; Okada, Hiroshi; Yagyu, Kei

    2015-04-01

    We propose a one-loop induced radiative neutrino mass model with anomaly free flavour dependent gauge symmetry: ? minus ? symmetry U(1) ?- ? . A neutrino mass matrix satisfying current experimental data can be obtained by introducing a weak isospin singlet scalar boson that breaks U(1) ?- ? symmetry, an inert doublet scalar field, and three right-handed neutrinos in addition to the fields in the standard model. We find that a characteristic structure appears in the neutrino mass matrix: two-zero texture form which predicts three non-zero neutrino masses and three non-zero CP-phases from five well measured experimental inputs of two squared mass differences and three mixing angles. Furthermore, it is clarified that only the inverted mass hierarchy is allowed in our model. In a favored parameter set from the neutrino sector, the discrepancy in the muon anomalous magnetic moment between the experimental data and the the standard model prediction can be explained by the additional neutral gauge boson loop contribution with mass of order 100 MeV and new gauge coupling of order 10-3.

  12. Evaluation of temperature-based global solar radiation models in China

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    Liu, Xiaoying; Mei, Xurong; Li, Yuzhong; Wang, Qingsuo; Jensen, Jens Raunsø; Zhang, Yanqing; Porter, John Roy

    2009-01-01

    Estimation of global solar radiation (Rs) from the daily range of air temperature (¿T) offers an important alternative in the absence of measured Rs or sunshine duration because of the wide availability of air temperature data. In this paper, we assessed 16 Rs models including modified versions of the Bristow and Campbell (B-C) and the Hargreaves (Harg) models across a wide range of agro-ecological conditions in China. Using long-term data from 15 sites in Northeast, North China Plain and Northw...

  13. Validation of spectral gas radiation models under oxyfuel conditions. Part A: Gas cell experiments

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    Becher, Valentin; Clausen, Sønnik; Fateev, Alexander; Spliethoff, Hartmut

    2011-01-01

    AbstractCombustion of hydrocarbon fuels with pure oxygen results in a different flue gas composition as combustion with air. Standard CFD spectral gas radiation models for air combustion are out of their validity range. The series of three articles provides a common spectral basis for the validation of new developed models. In part A of the series gas cell transmissivity spectra in the spectral range of 2.4–5.4?m of water vapor and carbon dioxide in the temperature range from 727 to 1500° C and ...

  14. "Developing a multi hazard air quality forecasting model for Santiago, Chile"

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    Mena, M. A.; Delgado, R.; Hernandez, R.; Saide, P. E.; Cienfuegos, R.; Pinochet, J. I.; Molina, L. T.; Carmichael, G. R.

    2013-05-01

    Santiago, Chile has reduced annual particulate matter from 69ug/m3 (in 1989) to 25ug/m3 (in 2012), mostly by forcing industry, the transport sector, and the residential heating sector to adopt stringent emission standards to be able to operate under bad air days. Statistical forecasting has been used to predict bad air days, and pollution control measures in Santiago, Chile, for almost two decades. Recently an operational PM2.5 deterministic model has been implemented using WRF-Chem. The model was developed by the University of Iowa and is run at the Chilean Meteorological Office. Model configuration includes high resolution emissions gridding (2km) and updated population distribution using 2008 data from LANDSCAN. The model is run using a 2 day spinup with a 5 day forecast. This model has allowed a preventive approach in pollution control measures, as episodes are the results of multiple days of bad dispersion. Decreeing air pollution control measures in advance of bad air days resulted in a reduction of 40% of alert days (80ug/m3 mean 24h PM2.5) and 66% of "preemergency days" (110ug/m3 mean 24h PM2.5) from 2011 to 2012, despite similar meteorological conditions. This model will be deployed under a recently funded Center for Natural Disaster Management, and include other meteorological hazards such as flooding, high temperature, storm waves, landslides, UV radiation, among other parameters. This paper will present the results of operational air quality forecasting, and the methodology that will be used to transform WRF-Chem into a multi hazard forecasting system.

  15. CFD model of air movement in ventilated façade: comparison between natural and forced air flow

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    Miguel Mora Pérez, Gonzalo López Patiño, P. Amparo López Jiménez

    2013-01-01

    This study describes computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of ventilated façade. Ventilated façades are normal façade but it has an extra channel between the concrete wall and the (double skin) façade. Several studies found in the literature are carried out with CFD simulations about the behavior of the thermodynamic phenomena of the double skin façades systems. These studies conclude that the presence of the air gap in the ventilated façade affects the temperature in the building skin,...

  16. Ultraviolet radiation therapy and UVR dose models

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    Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has been an effective treatment for a number of chronic skin disorders, and its ability to alleviate these conditions has been well documented. Although nonionizing, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is still damaging to deoxyribonucleic acid integrity, and has a number of unpleasant side effects ranging from erythema (sunburn) to carcinogenesis. As the conditions treated with this therapy tend to be chronic, exposures are repeated and can be high, increasing the lifetime probability of an adverse event or mutagenic effect. Despite the potential detrimental effects, quantitative ultraviolet dosimetry for phototherapy is an underdeveloped area and better dosimetry would allow clinicians to maximize biological effect whilst minimizing the repercussions of overexposure. This review gives a history and insight into the current state of UVR phototherapy, including an overview of biological effects of UVR, a discussion of UVR production, illness treated by this modality, cabin design and the clinical implementation of phototherapy, as well as clinical dose estimation techniques. Several dose models for ultraviolet phototherapy are also examined, and the need for an accurate computational dose estimation method in ultraviolet phototherapy is discussed

  17. Ultraviolet radiation therapy and UVR dose models

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    Grimes, David Robert, E-mail: davidrobert.grimes@oncology.ox.ac.uk [School of Physical Sciences, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland and Cancer Research UK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, Gray Laboratory, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus Research Building, Oxford OX3 7DQ (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-15

    Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) has been an effective treatment for a number of chronic skin disorders, and its ability to alleviate these conditions has been well documented. Although nonionizing, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is still damaging to deoxyribonucleic acid integrity, and has a number of unpleasant side effects ranging from erythema (sunburn) to carcinogenesis. As the conditions treated with this therapy tend to be chronic, exposures are repeated and can be high, increasing the lifetime probability of an adverse event or mutagenic effect. Despite the potential detrimental effects, quantitative ultraviolet dosimetry for phototherapy is an underdeveloped area and better dosimetry would allow clinicians to maximize biological effect whilst minimizing the repercussions of overexposure. This review gives a history and insight into the current state of UVR phototherapy, including an overview of biological effects of UVR, a discussion of UVR production, illness treated by this modality, cabin design and the clinical implementation of phototherapy, as well as clinical dose estimation techniques. Several dose models for ultraviolet phototherapy are also examined, and the need for an accurate computational dose estimation method in ultraviolet phototherapy is discussed.

  18. Galactic cosmic radiation exposure and associated health risks for air carrier crewmembers

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    The dose equivalent to air carrier crewmembers from galactic cosmic radiation was estimated for each of 32 nonstop flights on a variety of routes to and from, or within, the contiguous United States. Flying times were from 0.4 to 13 hours. The annual dose equivalents received on the flights ranged from 0.2 to 9.1 mSv (20 to 910 mrem), or 0.4 to 18% of the recommended annual limit for occupational exposure of an adult. We reviewed some of the characteristics of galactic and solar cosmic radiation and provided example calculations for estimating radiation-induced risks of fatal cancer, genetic defects and harm to an embryo or fetus. The estimated increased risk of dying from cancer because of galactic radiation exposure received during 20 years of flying ranged from 0.1 to 5 in 1,000. For the adult U.S. population the risk of dying from cancer is about 220 in 1,000

  19. Correlation of growth with solar radiation and air temperature on potted miniature rose

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    To establish systematic year-round production of potted miniature rose, rose growth and environmental factors such as solar radiation and air temperature were investigated for one year and the relationships of growth to these factors were analyzed. The period from the start to end of cultivation was longer in order of summer, spring and autumn cultivation. Leaf area, fresh weight of leaf and plant, leaf number and plant height as response variables were analyzed to explain the relation to environmental factors as explanatory variables using multiple linear regression analysis. The cumulative daily mean solar radiation, cumulative daytime and nighttime temperature within explanatory variables were significant main explanatory variables. Rose growth factors; leaf area, fresh weight of leaf and plant, leaf number and plant height showed close correlation with three environmental factors, respectively. Rose growth factors demonstrated significant multiple linear regressions using three environmental factors, and the parameters in multiple linear regression equations were also significant. Therefore, we demonstrated that the rose growth could be predicted using cumulative daily mean solar radiation, cumulative daytime and nighttime temperature and could be controlled by changing solar radiation and temperature

  20. The experimental validation of a CFD model for a heating oven with natural air circulation

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    This paper discusses a 3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and presents experimental analysis of the flow and thermal processes within a laboratory heating oven with a natural air circulation. This device is used to store laboratory samples and products at a high, constant and spatially uniform temperature. The mathematical model included heat conduction in the insulated walls and convective and radiative (between walls) heat transfer in the volume of air within the oven. To formulate the mathematical model, a number of experiments were carried out to determine the temperature boundary conditions along the U-shaped heaters and the emissivity of the internal and external walls to determine the radiative heat fluxes. In addition, to validate the spatial temperature and velocity fields in the storage chamber and on the external oven walls, a set of thermocouples and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) were employed. The existing device was assessed in four configurations using a certification procedure that was performed at its maximum temperature level. The device was then numerically simulated using the mathematical model developed for this study. The results show satisfactory agreement between the experimental and computational velocity and temperature values. Furthermore, this study developed potential changes for the construction of this device that will improve the temperature uniformity within the storage space. -- Highlights: ? Temperature uniformity of oven was examined. ? The CFD model of drying oven was satisfactory validated. ? Potential modifications of drying oven were shown

  1. Modeling of air pollution from the power plant ash dumps

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    Aleksic, Nenad M.; Bala?, Nedeljko

    A simple model of air pollution from power plant ash dumps is presented, with emission rates calculated from the Bagnold formula and transport simulated by the ATDL type model. Moisture effects are accounted for by assumption that there is no pollution on rain days. Annual mean daily sedimentation rates, calculated for the area around the 'Nikola Tesla' power plants near Belgrade for 1987, show reasonably good agreement with observations.

  2. Air pollution dispersion models for human exposure predictions in London.

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    Beevers, Sean D; Kitwiroon, Nutthida; Williams, Martin L; Kelly, Frank J; Ross Anderson, H; Carslaw, David C

    2013-01-01

    The London household survey has shown that people travel and are exposed to air pollutants differently. This argues for human exposure to be based upon space-time-activity data and spatio-temporal air quality predictions. For the latter, we have demonstrated the role that dispersion models can play by using two complimentary models, KCLurban, which gives source apportionment information, and Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ)-urban, which predicts hourly air quality. The KCLurban model is in close agreement with observations of NO(X), NO(2) and particulate matter (PM)(10/2.5), having a small normalised mean bias (-6% to 4%) and a large Index of Agreement (0.71-0.88). The temporal trends of NO(X) from the CMAQ-urban model are also in reasonable agreement with observations. Spatially, NO(2) predictions show that within 10's of metres of major roads, concentrations can range from approximately 10-20 p.p.b. up to 70 p.p.b. and that for PM(10/2.5) central London roadside concentrations are approximately double the suburban background concentrations. Exposure to different PM sources is important and we predict that brake wear-related PM(10) concentrations are approximately eight times greater near major roads than at suburban background locations. Temporally, we have shown that average NO(X) concentrations close to roads can range by a factor of approximately six between the early morning minimum and morning rush hour maximum periods. These results present strong arguments for the hybrid exposure model under development at King's and, in future, for in-building models and a model for the London Underground. PMID:23443237

  3. Modelling Domestic Air Transport Demand and Evaluating under Scenarios

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    Cenk Ozan; Özgür Başkan; Soner Haldenbilen; Halim Ceylan

    2014-01-01

    The lack of balance and integration between transportation modes in Turkey is one of the main problems. In this study, domestic air transport demand is modeled and evaluated under scenarios. For this purpose, indexing method which is able to indicate observed monthly and seasonal variations in demand is used. Proposals are suggested in order to overcome the lack of balance between transportation modes. In modeling, purchasing power parity and jet fuel prices as independent variables are used....

  4. Spatial distribution of emissions to air - the SPREAD model

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    Plejdrup, M.S.; Gyldenkaerne, S.

    2011-04-15

    The National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Aarhus University, completes the annual national emission inventories for greenhouse gases and air pollutants according to Denmark's obligations under international conventions, e.g. the climate convention, UNFCCC and the convention on long-range transboundary air pollution, CLRTAP. NERI has developed a model to distribute emissions from the national emission inventories on a 1x1 km grid covering the Danish land and sea territory. The new spatial high resolution distribution model for emissions to air (SPREAD) has been developed according to the requirements for reporting of gridded emissions to CLRTAP. Spatial emission data is e.g. used as input for air quality modelling, which again serves as input for assessment and evaluation of health effects. For these purposes distributions with higher spatial resolution have been requested. Previously, a distribution on the 17x17 km EMEP grid has been set up and used in research projects combined with detailed distributions for a few sectors or sub-sectors e.g. a distribution for emissions from road traffic on 1x1 km resolution. SPREAD is developed to generate improved spatial emission data for e.g. air quality modelling in exposure studies. SPREAD includes emission distributions for each sector in the Danish inventory system; stationary combustion, mobile sources, fugitive emissions from fuels, industrial processes, solvents and other product use, agriculture and waste. This model enables generation of distributions for single sectors and for a number of sub-sectors and single sources as well. This report documents the methodologies in this first version of SPREAD and presents selected results. Further, a number of potential improvements for later versions of SPREAD are addressed and discussed. (Author)

  5. Spatial distribution of emissions to air – the SPREAD model

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    Plejdrup, Marlene Schmidt; Gyldenkærne, Steen

    2011-01-01

    The National Environmental Research Institute (NERI), Aarhus University, completes the annual national emission inventories for greenhouse gases and air pollutants according to Denmark’s obligations under international conventions, e.g. the climate convention, UNFCCC and the convention on long-range transboundary air pollution, CLRTAP. NERI has developed a model to distribute emissions from the national emission inventories on a 1x1 km grid covering the Danish land and sea territory. The new spatial high resolution distribution model for emissions to air (SPREAD) has been developed according to the requirements for reporting of gridded emissions to CLRTAP. Spatial emission data is e.g. used as input for air quality modelling, which again serves as input for assessment and evaluation of health effects. For these purposes distributions with higher spatial resolution have been requested. Previously, a distribution on the 17x17 km EMEP grid has been set up and used in research projects combined with detailed distributions for a few sectors or sub-sectors e.g. a distribution for emissions from road traffic on 1x1 km resolution. SPREAD is developed to generate improved spatial emission data for e.g. air quality modelling in exposure studies. SPREAD includes emission distributions for each sector in the Danish inventory system; stationary combustion, mobile sources, fugitive emissions from fuels, industrial processes, solvents and other product use, agriculture and waste. This model enables generation of distributions for single sectors and for a number of sub-sectors and single sources as well. This report documents the methodologies in this first version of SPREAD and presents selected results. Further, a number of potential improvements for later versions of SPREAD are addressed and discussed.

  6. Monitoring of radiation fields in a waste tank model: Virtual radiation dosimetry

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    The University of Florida (UF) has developed a coupled radiation computation and three-dimensional modeling simulation code package. This package combines the Deneb Robotics' IGRIP three-dimensional solid modeling robotic simulation code with the UF developed VRF (Virtual Radiation Field) Monte Carlo based radiation computation code. The code package allows simulated radiation dose monitors to be placed anywhere on simulated robotic equipment to record the radiation doses which would be sustained when carrying out tasks in radiation environments. Comparison with measured values in the Hanford Waste Tank C-106 shows excellent results. The code shows promise of serving as a major tool in the design and operation of robotic equipment in radiation environments to ensure freedom from radiation caused failure

  7. Angular radiation models for earth-atmosphere system. Volume 2: Longwave radiation

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    Suttles, J. T.; Green, R. N.; Smith, G. L.; Wielicki, B. A.; Walker, I. J.; Taylor, V. R.; Stowe, L. L.

    1989-01-01

    The longwave angular radiation models that are required for analysis of satellite measurements of Earth radiation, such as those from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) are presented. The models contain limb-darkening characteristics and mean fluxes. Limb-darkening characteristics are the longwave anisotropic factor and the standard deviation of the longwave radiance. Derivation of these models from the Nimbus 7 ERB (Earth Radiation Budget) data set is described. Tabulated values and computer-generated plots are included for the limb-darkening and mean-flux models.

  8. Surface air temperature variability in global climate models

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    Davy, Richard

    2012-01-01

    New results from the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) and multiple global reanalysis datasets are used to investigate the relationship between the mean and standard deviation in the surface air temperature. A combination of a land-sea mask and orographic filter were used to investigate the geographic region with the strongest correlation and in all cases this was found to be for low-lying over-land locations. This result is consistent with the expectation that differences in the effective heat capacity of the atmosphere are an important factor in determining the surface air temperature response to forcing.

  9. Plutonium air transportable package Model PAT-1. Safety analysis report

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    The document is a Safety Analysis Report for the Plutonium Air Transportable Package, Model PAT-1, which was developed by Sandia Laboratories under contract to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The document describes the engineering tests and evaluations that the NRC staff used as a basis to determine that the package design meets the requirements specified in the NRC ''Qualification Criteria to Certify a Package for Air Transport of Plutonium'' (NUREG-0360). By virtue of its ability to meet the NRC Qualification Criteria, the package design is capable of safely withstanding severe aircraft accidents. The document also includes engineering drawings and specifications for the package. 92 figs, 29 tables

  10. Air Pollution Radiative Forcing From Specific Emissions Sectors at 2030: Prototype for a New IPCC Bar Chart

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    Unger, N.; Shindell, D. T.; Koch, D. M.

    2007-05-01

    Reduction of short-lived air pollutants provides a way to mitigate global warming in the short-term with ancillary benefits to human health. However, the radiative forcings of short-lived air pollutants depend on the location and source type of the precursor emissions. We apply the GISS atmospheric composition-climate model to quantify near future (2030 A1B) ozone (O3) and sulfate global mean direct radiative forcing impacts from 6 emissions sectors from 7 geographic regions. At 2030 the net forcings for the emissions sectors (including O3, sulfate, black and organic carbon forcings) are (in mW/m2): transportation = +106; biomass burning = +69; domestic = +38; power = -158; industry = -124. Hence the transportation sector is the most attractive target to counter global warming via reduction of short-lived air pollutants. Substantial transportation sector O3 forcings come from all regions (5-12 mW/m2). Central and Southern Africa and South America contribute the largest biomass burning O3 forcings (11-15 mW/m2). Domestic biofuel emissions from East Asia, South Asia and Central and South Africa and power and industry emissions from East Asia also contribute substantial O3 forcings (7-15mW/m2). The global mean sulfate forcings are dominated by the power and industry sectors with largest contributions from East Asia, South Asia and North Africa and Middle East (-30 to -50 mW/m2). Linear relationships exist between global mean radiative forcing by O3 and biomass burning and domestic biofuel CO precursor emissions independent of the region of origin with sensitivity of 0.02mW/m2/TgCO. Similarly, linear relationships are available for global mean radiative forcing by sulfate and SO2 precursor emissions that depend upon region but are independent of the emissions sector with sensitivities ranging from -3 to -12mW/m2/TgS. Such emissions to forcing diagnostics will assist development of climate-motivated policy for O3 and sulfate.

  11. Collisional-radiative modeling of W27+

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    A detailed collisional radiative model of W27+ ions was constructed based on the atomic data calculated by relativistic atomic properties software Flexible Atomic Code. The strong electric dipole (E1) transitions mainly comes from the 4f ? 4d transition in W27+ ions with wavelength falls into VUV region (4.6 - 5.1 nm), while the wavelength of magnetic dipole (M1) transition among the fine structures of the first excited states falls into the visible optical region. Synthetic spectra in both regions are given theoretically with plasma condition in EBIT for experiment reference. Finally, the dependence of the intensity ratio on the electron density is provided as a potential diagnostic tool of Maxwellian plasmas. (author)

  12. Modelling Domestic Air Transport Demand and Evaluating under Scenarios

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    Cenk Ozan

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The lack of balance and integration between transportation modes in Turkey is one of the main problems. In this study, domestic air transport demand is modeled and evaluated under scenarios. For this purpose, indexing method which is able to indicate observed monthly and seasonal variations in demand is used. Proposals are suggested in order to overcome the lack of balance between transportation modes. In modeling, purchasing power parity and jet fuel prices as independent variables are used. Results showed that the developed model using indexing method is substantially sensitive to observed monthly and seasonal variations in domestic air transport demand. Furthermore, in the event that there are optimistic an increase in the income level and a crawl in the jet fuel prices, domestic air transport can rival with railways for second place in the transportation modes behind highways. For this reason, it is considered regulation on wages policy and tax of jet fuel prices necessary to support development of domestic air transport demand.

  13. Indicators to support the dynamic evaluation of air quality models

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    Thunis, P.; Clappier, A.

    2014-12-01

    Air quality models are useful tools for the assessment and forecast of pollutant concentrations in the atmosphere. Most of the evaluation process relies on the “operational phase” or in other words the comparison of model results with available measurements which provides insight on the model capability to reproduce measured concentrations for a given application. But one of the key advantages of air quality models lies in their ability to assess the impact of precursor emission reductions on air quality levels. Models are then used in a dynamic mode (i.e. response to a change in a given model input data) for which evaluation of the model performances becomes a challenge. The objective of this work is to propose common indicators and diagrams to facilitate the understanding of model responses to emission changes when models are to be used for policy support. These indicators are shown to be useful to retrieve information on the magnitude of the locally produced impacts of emission reductions on concentrations with respect to the “external to the domain” contribution but also to identify, distinguish and quantify impacts arising from different factors (different precursors). In addition information about the robustness of the model results is provided. As such these indicators might reveal useful as first screening methodology to identify the feasibility of a given action as well as to prioritize the factors on which to act for an increased efficiency. Finally all indicators are made dimensionless to facilitate the comparison of results obtained with different models, different resolutions, or on different geographical areas.

  14. Air quality and radiative impacts of Arctic shipping emissions in the summertime in northern Norway: from the local to the regional scale

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    Marelle, Louis; Thomas, Jennie L.; Raut, Jean-Christophe; Law, Kathy S.; Jalkanen, Jukka-Pekka; Johansson, Lasse; Roiger, Anke; Schlager, Hans; Kim, Jin; Reiter, Anja; Weinzierl, Bernadett

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we quantify the impacts of shipping pollution on air quality and shortwave radiative effect in northern Norway, using WRF-Chem (Weather Research and Forecasting with chemistry) simulations combined with high-resolution, real-time STEAM2 (Ship Traffic Emissions Assessment Model version 2) shipping emissions. STEAM2 emissions are evaluated using airborne measurements from the ACCESS (Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society) aircraft campaign, which was conducted i...

  15. Effect mechanism of air deflectors on the cooling performance of dry cooling tower with vertical delta radiators under crosswind

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    Highlights: • A 3D numerical model was set for NDDCTV to study the effect of air deflectors. • The air deflectors improve the tower performance by 1.375 °C at uc = 6 m/s for a case. • The air deflectors reduce the air inflow deviation angle θd at most delta entries. • The reduced θd can improve the cooling performance of former deteriorated columns. • Both the radial inflow air velocity and θd impact the cooling performance of delta. - Abstract: To study the effect mechanism of air deflectors on dry cooling tower, a three dimensional numerical model was established, with full consideration of the delta structure. The accuracy and credibility of dry cooling tower numerical model were validated. By numerical model, the average air static pressure and the average radial inflow air velocity were computed and analyzed at delta air entry, sector air entry and exit faces. By the air inflow deviation angle θd, the effect of air deflectors on the aerodynamic field around tower was analyzed. The water exit temperatures of θ−1 columns, θ+2 columns and cooling sectors were also presented to clarify the effect of air deflectors. It was found that the air deflectors improved the aerodynamic field around cooling columns. The reduced air inflow deviation degree at delta entry improved the cooling performance of deteriorated columns. Referring to the radial inflow air velocity ura and the air inflow deviation degree at delta entry, the effect mechanism of air deflectors are clarified under crosswind

  16. A mathematical model for radiation hydrodynamics

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    1990-11-01

    Full Text Available We adopt here the idea of describing a radiation field by means of the radiation energy density E and the radiative flux vector F which must satisfy a set of evolution equations; in these equations an unknown tensorial function P(E,F appears that is determined by the methods of extended thermodynamics.

  17. Modeling of air toxics from hydrocarbon pool fires

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    While there is guidance for estimating the radiation hazards of fires (ARCHIE), there is little guidance on modeling the dispersion of hazardous materials from fires. The objective of this paper is to provide a review of the methodology used for modeling the impacts of liquid hydrocarbon pool fires. The required input variables for modeling of hydrocarbon pool fires include emission strength, emission duration, and dispersion characteristics. Methods for predicting the products of combustion including the use of literature values, test data, and thermodynamic equilibrium calculations are discussed. The use of energy balances coupled to radiative heat transfer calculations are presented as a method for determining flame temperature. Fire modeling literature is reviewed in order to determine other source release variables such as mass burn rate and duration and flame geometry

  18. The role of clouds in improving the regression model for hourly values of diffuse solar radiation

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    The study introduces a new regression model developed to estimate the hourly values of diffuse solar radiation at the surface. The model is based on the clearness index and diffuse fraction relationship, and includes the effects of cloud (cloudiness and cloud type), traditional meteorological variables (air temperature, relative humidity and atmospheric pressure observed at the surface) and air pollution (concentration of particulate matter observed at the surface). The new model is capable of predicting hourly values of diffuse solar radiation better than the previously developed ones (R2 = 0.93 and RMSE = 0.085). A simple version with a large applicability is proposed that takes into consideration cloud effects only (cloudiness and cloud height) and shows a R2 = 0.92.

  19. Investigation of low frequency molecular Bremsstrahlung radiation from laser induced breakdown of air

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    Paturi, Prem Kiran; Lakshminarayanan, Vinoth Kumar; Elle, Manikanta; Chelikani, Leela; Acrhem Team

    2015-05-01

    Low frequency electromagnetic radiation (30-1000 MHz), due to molecular Bremsstrahlung, from ns and ps laser induced breakdown (LIB) of atmospheric air is studied. In the plasma formed by the LIB of atmospheric air, interaction of charged particles with neutral clusters of atoms and molecules result in the emission of low frequency radiation. With increasing laser intensity, the plasma frequency (?P) comes closer to the laser frequency (?L) , leading to higher degree of ionization. This is observed to reduce the electron-neutral interactions decreasing the low frequency emissions. Thus the emissions from ps LIB are 2-3 orders smaller than those from ns LIB. While traversing from the loose to tight focusing conditions, the emissions from ns LIB and ps LIB were observed to be increasing and decreasing, respectively. This confirms the role of the number of seed electrons and their interaction with neutrals on the low frequency emissions. The emissions were observed to be spectral selective, dependent on the polarization state of the input laser pulses and the detecting antenna. The work is supported by Defence Research and Developement Organization, India through Grants-in-Aid Program.

  20. Quality assurance for radon exposure chambers at the National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory, Montgomery, Alabama

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    Semler, M.O.; Sensintaffar, E.L. [National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory, Montgomery, AL (United States)

    1993-12-31

    The Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), operates six radon exposure chambers in its two laboratories, the National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory (NAREL) in Montgomery, Alabama, and the Las Vegas Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada. These radon exposure chambers are used to calibrate and test portable radon measuring instruments, test commercial suppliers of radon measurement services through the Radon Measurement Proficiency Program, and expose passive measurement devices to known radon concentrations as part of a quality assurance plan for federal and state studies measuring indoor radon concentrations. Both laboratories participate in national and international intercomparisons for the measurement of radon and are presently working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to receive a certificate of traceability for radon measurements. NAREL has developed an estimate of the total error in its calibration of each chamber`s continuous monitors as part of an internal quality assurance program. This paper discusses the continuous monitors and their calibration for the three chambers located in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as the results of the authors intercomparisons and total error analysis.

  1. [Study of radiation dose rate in air at Setagaya in Tokyo].

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    Hachisuka, Akiko; Kimura, Yoshie; Nakamura, Ryosuke; Teshima, Reiko

    2011-01-01

    The great earthquake occurred at East Japan on March 11, 2011 and the following tsunami induced the accident which environmentally leaked radioactive materials from the nuclear power plant of the Fukushima Daiichi. We measured radiation dose rate in air by the NaI (Tl) scintillation and GM survey meters from March 15 to May 30 at Setagaya in Tokyo. Three measured points were at the 1m height from the ground on asphalt surfaced road, at the 5cm height from ground with weeds, and at the room of a reinforced concrete building. As a result, a transient increase was observed on March 15, a sustained rise was observed on both days of March 21 and 22. The latter was thought to be due to the radioactive rainfall. These measured values were compared with the radiation dose rate in air of the cities in Kanto area, and it was confirmed that the measured values at Setagaya are not so different from that of those cities. PMID:22259853

  2. 76 FR 31800 - Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) Airplanes

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    2011-06-02

    ...Directives; Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration...the Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) airplanes equipped with a Honeywell...Viking Aircraft Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) airplanes, all serial numbers,...

  3. Estimation of Global Solar Radiation in Rwanda Using Empirical Models

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Understanding solar radiation data is essential for modeling solar energy systems. The purpose of the present study was to estimate global solar radiation on horizontal surface using sunshine-based models. Angström-type polynomials of first and second order have been developed from long term records of monthly mean daily sunshine hour values and measured daily global solar radiation on horizontal surface at Kigali, Rwanda. Coefficients of those polynomials were derived using least square regression analysis. These coefficients were then used for the estimation of solar radiation in other places of Rwanda where measures of solar radiation do not exist but sunshine records are available.

  4. Stochastic modeling of p53-regulated apoptosis upon radiation damage

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    Bhatt, Divesh; Bahar, Ivet

    2011-01-01

    We develop and study the evolution of a model of radiation induced apoptosis in cells using stochastic simulations, and identified key protein targets for effective mitigation of radiation damage. We identified several key proteins associated with cellular apoptosis using an extensive literature survey. In particular, we focus on the p53 transcription dependent and p53 transcription independent pathways for mitochondrial apoptosis. Our model reproduces known p53 oscillations following radiation damage. The key, experimentally testable hypotheses that we generate are - inhibition of PUMA is an effective strategy for mitigation of radiation damage if the treatment is administered immediately, at later stages following radiation damage, inhibition of tBid is more effective.

  5. Space radiation-associated lung injury in a murine model.

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    Christofidou-Solomidou, Melpo; Pietrofesa, Ralph A; Arguiri, Evguenia; Schweitzer, Kelly S; Berdyshev, Evgeny V; McCarthy, Maureen; Corbitt, Astrid; Alwood, Joshua S; Yu, Yongjia; Globus, Ruth K; Solomides, Charalambos C; Ullrich, Robert L; Petrache, Irina

    2015-03-01

    Despite considerable progress in identifying health risks to crewmembers related to exposure to galactic/cosmic rays and solar particle events (SPE) during space travel, its long-term effects on the pulmonary system are unknown. We used a murine risk projection model to investigate the impact of exposure to space-relevant radiation (SR) on the lung. C3H mice were exposed to (137)Cs gamma rays, protons (acute, low-dose exposure mimicking the 1972 SPE), 600 MeV/u (56)Fe ions, or 350 MeV/u (28)Si ions at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Animals were irradiated at the age of 2.5 mo and evaluated 23.5 mo postirradiation, at 26 mo of age. Compared with age-matched nonirradiated mice, SR exposures led to significant air space enlargement and dose-dependent decreased systemic oxygenation levels. These were associated with late mild lung inflammation and prominent cellular injury, with significant oxidative stress and apoptosis (caspase-3 activation) in the lung parenchyma. SR, especially high-energy (56)Fe or (28)Si ions markedly decreased sphingosine-1-phosphate levels and Akt- and p38 MAPK phosphorylation, depleted anti-senescence sirtuin-1 and increased biochemical markers of autophagy. Exposure to SR caused dose-dependent, pronounced late lung pathological sequelae consistent with alveolar simplification and cellular signaling of increased injury and decreased repair. The associated systemic hypoxemia suggested that this previously uncharacterized space radiation-associated lung injury was functionally significant, indicating that further studies are needed to define the risk and to develop appropriate lung-protective countermeasures for manned deep space missions. PMID:25526737

  6. Angular radiation models for Earth-atmosphere system. Volume 1: Shortwave radiation

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    Suttles, J. T.; Green, R. N.; Minnis, P.; Smith, G. L.; Staylor, W. F.; Wielicki, B. A.; Walker, I. J.; Young, D. F.; Taylor, V. R.; Stowe, L. L.

    1988-01-01

    Presented are shortwave angular radiation models which are required for analysis of satellite measurements of Earth radiation, such as those fro the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE). The models consist of both bidirectional and directional parameters. The bidirectional parameters are anisotropic function, standard deviation of mean radiance, and shortwave-longwave radiance correlation coefficient. The directional parameters are mean albedo as a function of Sun zenith angle and mean albedo normalized to overhead Sun. Derivation of these models from the Nimbus 7 ERB (Earth Radiation Budget) and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) data sets is described. Tabulated values and computer-generated plots are included for the bidirectional and directional modes.

  7. Air quality research: perspective from climate change modelling research.

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    Semazzi, Fredrick

    2003-06-01

    A major component of climate change is a manifestation of changes in air quality. This paper explores the question of air quality from the climate change modelling perspective. It reviews recent research advances on the cause-effect relationships between atmospheric air composition and climate change, primarily based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment of climate change over the past decade. There is a growing degree of confidence that the warming world over the past century was caused by human-related changes in the composition of air. Reliability of projections of future climate change is highly dependent on future emission scenarios that have been identified that in turn depend on a multitude of complicated interacting social-economic factors. Anticipated improvements in the performance of climate models is a major source of optimism for better climate projections in the future, but the real benefits of its contribution will be closely coupled with other sources of uncertainty, and in particular emission projections. PMID:12676212

  8. Study of radiation-induced modification of FEP in nitrogen and air atmospheres

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    Fluoropolymers are a class of polymer with specific characteristics like chemical inertia and stability under aggressive chemical environmental. These properties are a consequence of the chemical structure, C-F bonds. Poli (tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP) is inserting in these class of polymer. FEP has good chemical and physical resistance, its working in temperature of 200 degree C and has a surface extremely smooth. This polymer is used as component in films, coatings, tapes, wires and cables in a variety of industries including telecommunications, semiconductor, chemical, food processing and packaging. In this study was used film with 100mm of thickness that were submitted to gamma radiation under nitrogen and air atmospheres in order to observe the effect of atmosphere in the polymer matrix. The irradiated doses were: 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80kGy at room temperature. The characterization was made by thermogravimetric analysis (TG), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy using attenuate reflectance (ATR-IR). The TG analysis shown two degradation steps and for the samples irradiated under air the initial degradation began 10 degrees earlier than the samples irradiated under nitrogen. After the analysis, the results obtained were expected: the degradation reactions occurred in the samples irradiated under air atmosphere and the film has no changes in the structure when was irradiated under nitrogen atmosphere. (author)

  9. Study of radiation-induced modification of FEP in nitrogen and air atmospheres

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    Souza, Camila P.; Zen, Heloisa A.; Lugao, Ademar B., E-mail: helozen@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Fluoropolymers are a class of polymer with specific characteristics like chemical inertia and stability under aggressive chemical environmental. These properties are a consequence of the chemical structure, C-F bonds. Poli (tetrafluoroethylene-co-hexafluoropropylene) (FEP) is inserting in these class of polymer. FEP has good chemical and physical resistance, its working in temperature of 200 degree C and has a surface extremely smooth. This polymer is used as component in films, coatings, tapes, wires and cables in a variety of industries including telecommunications, semiconductor, chemical, food processing and packaging. In this study was used film with 100mm of thickness that were submitted to gamma radiation under nitrogen and air atmospheres in order to observe the effect of atmosphere in the polymer matrix. The irradiated doses were: 5, 10, 20, 40 and 80kGy at room temperature. The characterization was made by thermogravimetric analysis (TG), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy using attenuate reflectance (ATR-IR). The TG analysis shown two degradation steps and for the samples irradiated under air the initial degradation began 10 degrees earlier than the samples irradiated under nitrogen. After the analysis, the results obtained were expected: the degradation reactions occurred in the samples irradiated under air atmosphere and the film has no changes in the structure when was irradiated under nitrogen atmosphere. (author)

  10. Asian Dust particles impacts on air quality and radiative forcing over Korea

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    Asian Dust particles originated from the deserts and loess areas of the Asian continent are often transported over Korea, Japan, and the North Pacific Ocean during spring season. Major air mass pathway of Asian dust storm to Korea is from either north-western Chinese desert regions or north-eastern Chinese sandy areas. The local atmospheric environment condition in Korea is greatly impacted by Asian dust particles transported by prevailing westerly wind. Since these Asian dust particles pass through heavily populated urban and industrial areas in China before it reach Korean peninsular, their physical, chemical and optical properties vary depending on the atmospheric conditions and air mass pathway characteristics. An integrated system approach has been adopted at the Advanced Environment Monitoring Research Center (ADEMRC), Gwangju Institute Science and Technology (GIST), Korea for effective monitoring of atmospheric aerosols utilizing various in-situ and optical remote sensing methods, which include a multi-channel Raman LIDAR system, sunphotometer, satellite, and in-situ instruments. Results from recent studies on impacts of Asian dust particles on local air quality and radiative forcing over Korea are summarized here.

  11. Improved estimate of global dust radiative forcing using a coupled chemical transport-radiative transfer model

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    Zhang, L.; Li, Q. B.; Gu, Y.; K. N. Liou; B. Meland

    2013-01-01

    Atmospheric mineral dust particles exert significant direct radiative forcings and are critical drivers of climate change. Here, we use the GEOS-Chem global three-dimensional chemical transport model (3-D CTM) coupled online with the Fu-Liou-Gu (FLG) radiative transfer model (RTM) to investigate the dust radiative forcing and heating rates based on different dust vertical profiles. The coupled calculations using a realistic dust vertical p...

  12. Effects of model resolution on entrainment (inversion heights), cloud-radiation interactions, and cloud radiative forcing

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    Guo, H; Liu, Y.(Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China); Daum, P. H.; Zeng, X.; Li, X; W.-K. Tao

    2008-01-01

    We undertook three-dimensional numerical studies of a marine stratus deck under a strong inversion using an interactive shortwave- and longwave-radiation module. A suite of sensitivity tests were conducted to address the effects of model resolution on entrainment (inversion heights), cloud-radiation interactions, and cloud radiative-forcings by varying model horizontal resolution only, varying vertical resolution only, and varying horizontal- and vertical-resolution simultaneously but with a ...

  13. Alpha and gamma radiation effects on air-water systems at high gas/liquid ratios

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    Radiolysis tests were conducted on air-water systems to examine the effects of radiation on liquid phase chemistry under high gas/liquid volume (G/L) ratios that are characteristic of an unsaturated nuclear waste repository setting. Test parameters included temperatures of 25, 90, and 200 degrees C; gamma vs. alpha radiation; dose rates of ?3500 and 50,000 rad/h; and G/L ratios of 10 and 100. Formate, oxalate, and total organic carbon contents increased during irradiation of the air-water systems in gamma and alpha tests at low-dose rate (?3500 rad/h). Increases in organic components were not observed for tests run at 200 degrees C or high-dose rates (50,000 rad/h). In the tests where increases in organics occurred, the formate and oxalate were preferentially enriched in solutions that were rinsed from the test vessel walls. Nitrate (NO3-) is the dominant anion produced during the radiolysis reactions. Significant nitrite (NO2-) also occurs in some high-dose rate tests, with the reduced form of nitrogen possibly resulting from reactions with the test vessels. These results indicate that nitrogen acids are being produced and concentrated in the limited quantities of solution present in the tests. Nitrate + nitrite production varied inversely with temperature, with the lowest quantities being detected for the higher temperature tests. The G(NO3- + NO2-) values for the 25, 90, and 200 degrees C experiments with gamma radiation are 3.2 ± 0.7, 1.3 ± 1.0, and 0.4 ± 0.3, respectively. Thus, the elevated temperatures expected early in the life of a repository may counteract pH decreases resulting from nitrogen acid production. Little variation was observed in G values as a function of dose rate or gas/liquid ratio

  14. Incorporating principal component analysis into air quality model evaluation

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    Eder, Brian; Bash, Jesse; Foley, Kristen; Pleim, Jon

    2014-01-01

    The efficacy of standard air quality model evaluation techniques is becoming compromised as the simulation periods continue to lengthen in response to ever increasing computing capacity. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to demonstrate a statistical approach called Principal Component Analysis (PCA) with the intent of motivating its use by the evaluation community. One of the main objectives of PCA is to identify, through data reduction, the recurring and independent modes of variations (or signals) within a very large dataset, thereby summarizing the essential information of that dataset so that meaningful and descriptive conclusions can be made. In this demonstration, PCA is applied to a simple evaluation metric - the model bias associated with EPA's Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) model when compared to weekly observations of sulfate (SO42-) and ammonium (NH4+) ambient air concentrations measured by the Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNet). The advantages of using this technique are demonstrated as it identifies strong and systematic patterns of CMAQ model bias across a myriad of spatial and temporal scales that are neither constrained to geopolitical boundaries nor monthly/seasonal time periods (a limitation of many current studies). The technique also identifies locations (station-grid cell pairs) that are used as indicators for a more thorough diagnostic evaluation thereby hastening and facilitating understanding of the probable mechanisms responsible for the unique behavior among bias regimes. A sampling of results indicates that biases are still prevalent in both SO42- and NH4+ simulations that can be attributed to either: 1) cloud processes in the meteorological model utilized by CMAQ, which are found to overestimated convective clouds and precipitation, while underestimating larger-scale resolved clouds that are less likely to precipitate, and 2) biases associated with Midwest NH3 emissions which may be partially ameliorated using the bi-directional NH3 exchange option in CMAQ.

  15. An evaluation model for air quality in underground uranium mines based on integrated scale index on weights of generalized contrast

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    The shortcomings of traditional methods for evaluating air quality in underground uranium mines are analysis. Based on the analysis results and the principle that the concentration of the contaminants in a mine varies in a constant ratio and the degree of their hazard varies in an arithmetic progression, the evaluating indicators were determined for the air quality in a uranium mine, and an evaluation model was proposed for the evaluation of the air quality in a uranium mine based on integrated scale index on weights of generalized contrast. the model overcomes the shortcoming of traditional methods that the radiation hazard is considered mainly in all these methods. the model was used to evaluate the air quality of four places in an underground uranium mine, the grade of the air quality and the correspondingmeasures for controlling the air quality in the four places are determined. The evaluation results show that the model is applicable to the design of a ventilation system for an underground uranium mine and the evaluation of the air quality in the system. (authors)

  16. Predictive Model of Radiative Neutrino Masses

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    Babu, K S

    2013-01-01

    We present a simple and predictive model of radiative neutrino masses. It is a special case of the Zee model which introduces two Higgs doublets and a charged singlet. We impose a family-dependent Z_4 symmetry acting on the leptons, which reduces the number of parameters describing neutrino oscillations to four. A variety of predictions follow: The hierarchy of neutrino masses must be inverted; the lightest neutrino mass is extremely small and calculable; one of the neutrino mixing angles is determined in terms of the other two; the phase parameters take CP-conserving values with \\delta_{CP} = \\pi; and the effective mass in neutrinoless double beta decay lies in a narrow range, m_{\\beta \\beta} = (17.6 - 18.5) meV. The ratio of vacuum expectation values of the two Higgs doublets, tan\\beta, is determined to be either 1.9 or 0.19 from neutrino oscillation data. Flavor-conserving and flavor-changing couplings of the Higgs doublets are also determined from neutrino data. The non-standard neutral Higgs bosons, if t...

  17. Predictive model of radiative neutrino masses

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    Babu, K. S.; Julio, J.

    2014-03-01

    We present a simple and predictive model of radiative neutrino masses. It is a special case of the Zee model which introduces two Higgs doublets and a charged singlet. We impose a family-dependent Z4 symmetry acting on the leptons, which reduces the number of parameters describing neutrino oscillations to four. A variety of predictions follow: the hierarchy of neutrino masses must be inverted; the lightest neutrino mass is extremely small and calculable; one of the neutrino mixing angles is determined in terms of the other two; the phase parameters take CP-conserving values with ?CP=?; and the effective mass in neutrinoless double beta decay lies in a narrow range, m??=(17.6-18.5) meV. The ratio of vacuum expectation values of the two Higgs doublets, tan?, is determined to be either 1.9 or 0.19 from neutrino oscillation data. Flavor-conserving and flavor-changing couplings of the Higgs doublets are also determined from neutrino data. The nonstandard neutral Higgs bosons, if they are moderately heavy, would decay dominantly into ? and ? with prescribed branching ratios. Observable rates for the decays ? ?e? and ??3? are predicted if these scalars have masses in the range of 150-500 GeV.

  18. Air filled ionization chambers and their response to high LET radiation

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    Kaiser, Franz-Joachim; Bassler, Niels

    Background Air filled ionization chambers (ICs) are widely used for absolute dosimetry, not only in photon beams but also in beams of heavy charged particles. Within the IC, electron hole pairs are generated by the energy deposition originating from incoming radiation. High-LET particles create a high density of charge carriers in the core of particle tracks. As a consequence an increased (so called "initial") recombination of the charge carriers takes place, besides of the general (volume) recombination described by the Boag theory. A theory for a sub-type of initial recombination ("columnar" recombination) is the Jaffe theory, which was developed in 1913 by Jaffe. He solved a differential equation by applying several simplifications and approximations such as a Gaussian shaped track whose width serves as free parameter. These simplifications and the use of an simplified charge carrier distribution are leading to discrepancies between theory and experiments. Material and Methods We solved the fundamental differential equation presented by Jaffe numerically, taking into account both diffusion and recombination terms and realistic models of the initial charge carrier distribution developed by track structure theory. More specifically, we solved the equation for the geometrical setup of the Bragg-peak IC, which is a plane parallel IC with a 2 mm spacing between the electrodes. The sensitive volume of the IC is located in a thermoplastic housing of several mm thickness. Results We compare the experimental results of the collection efficiency of the Bragg peak IC to both the Jaffe theory and to our numerical solution of the diffusion recombination equation. Fitting a Jaffe curve to the measured collection efficiency resulted in values comparable to the literature. Calculations assuming radial dose distributions coming from track structure require long computation times, caused by the high spatial resolution and the subsequent requirements to temporal resolution. Conclusion Our numerical solution of the diffusion recombination assuming a Gaussian beam shape is relatively well described by the Jaffe theory. Additionally, preliminary results show that that the calculated response does not depend on the core radius of the radial dose distribution. References JAFFE, G.C:  On the theory of columnar recombination.  Annalen der Physik.  42, 303-344, 1913. KANAI, T. et al.: Initial recombination in a parallel-plate ionization chamber exposed to heavy ions Phys. Med. Biol. 43 3549–58, 1998. ELSAESSER, T. et al.: Impact of track structure on biological treatment planning ion ion radiotherapy. New Journal pf Physics 10. 075005, 2008

  19. Equivalent Air Spring Suspension Model for Quarter-Passive Model of Passenger Vehicles

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    Abid, Haider J.; Chen, Jie; Nassar, Ameen A.

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates the GENSIS air spring suspension system equivalence to a passive suspension system. The SIMULINK simulation together with the OptiY optimization is used to obtain the air spring suspension model equivalent to passive suspension system, where the car body response difference from both systems with the same road profile inputs is used as the objective function for optimization (OptiY program). The parameters of air spring system such as initial pressure, volume of bag, l...

  20. The direct and inverse problems of an air-saturated poroelastic cylinder submitted to acoustic radiation

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    Erick Ogam; Z. E. A Fellah

    2011-01-01

    A wave-fluid saturated poroelastic structure interaction model based on the modified Biot theory (MBT) and plane-wave decomposition using orthogonal cylindrical functions is developed. The model is employed to recover from real data acquired in an anechoic chamber, the poromechanical properties of a soft cellular melamine cylinder submitted to an audible acoustic radiation. The inverse problem of acoustic diffraction is solved by constructing the objective functional given by the total square...

  1. Radiolytic yield of ozone in air for low dose neutron and x-ray/gamma-ray radiation

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    Radiation ionizes surrounding air and produces molecular species, and these localized effects may be used as a signature of, and for quantification of, radiation. Low-level ozone production measurements from radioactive sources have been performed in this work to understand radiation chemical yields at low doses. The University of New Mexico AGN-201 M reactor was used as a tunable radiation source. Ozone levels were compared between reactor-on and reactor-off conditions, and differences (0.61 to 0.73 ppb) well below background levels were measured. Simulations were performed to determine the dose rate distribution and average dose rate to the air sample within the reactor, giving 35 mGy of mixed photon and neutron dose. A radiation chemical yield for ozone of 6.5±0.8 molecules/100 eV was found by a variance weighted average of the data. The different contributions of photons and neutrons to radiolytic ozone production are discussed. - Highlights: • Localized ozone production in air may be an indicator of radioactive material. • Radiolytic ozone work is dominated by high radiation fields in the saturation regime. • For low level measurements we used a reactor as a mixed photon/neutron source. • Monte Carlo simulations were performed to understand the dose profile to air. • Different contributions to ozone production are discussed for neutrons and photons

  2. Infrared Radiography: Modeling X-ray Imaging without Harmful Radiation

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    Zietz, Otto; Mylott, Elliot; Widenhorn, Ralf

    2015-01-01

    Planar x-ray imaging is a ubiquitous diagnostic tool and is routinely performed to diagnose conditions as varied as bone fractures and pneumonia. The underlying principle is that the varying attenuation coefficients of air, water, tissue, bone, or metal implants within the body result in non-uniform transmission of x-ray radiation. Through the…

  3. Modeling plasma actuators with air chemistry for effective flow control

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    An asymmetric dielectric barrier discharge model is presented for real gas air chemistry using a self-consistent multibody system of plasma, dielectric, and neutral gas modeled together to predict the electrodynamic force imparted to the working gas. The equations governing the motion of charged and neutral species are solved with Poisson equation using finite element method using a Galerkin weak formulation. Electric field profile changes with the increase in grounded electrode and the density increases downstream. The electrodynamic force development mechanism is studied over a flat plate due to charge and neutral species production from adjacent air in a radio frequency driven barrier discharge. The time average of the force shows mostly acceleration above the actuator. Numerical simulation confirms that the magnitude of force increases very slightly with the increase in the length of grounded electrode

  4. Dynamic evaluation of air quality models over European regions

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    Thunis, P.; Pisoni, E.; Degraeuwe, B.; Kranenburg, R.; Schaap, M.; Clappier, A.

    2015-06-01

    Chemistry-transport models are increasingly used in Europe for estimating air quality or forecasting changes in pollution levels. But with this increased use of modeling arises the need of harmonizing the methodologies to determine the quality of air quality model applications. This is complex for planning applications, i.e. when models are used to assess the impact of realistic or virtual emission scenarios. In this work, the methodology based on the calculation of potencies proposed by Thunis and Clappier (2014) to analyze the model responses to emission reductions is applied on three different domains in Europe (Po valley, Southern Poland and Flanders). This methodology is further elaborated to facilitate the inter-comparison process and bring in a single diagram the possibility of differentiating long-term from short-term effects. This methodology is designed for model users to interpret their model results but also for policy-makers to help them defining intervention priorities. The methodology is applied to both daily PM10 and 8 h daily maximum ozone.

  5. Seine estuary modelling and AirSWOT measurements validation

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    Chevalier, Laetitia; Lyard, Florent; Laignel, Benoit

    2013-04-01

    In the context of global climate change, knowing water fluxes and storage, from the global scale to the local scale, is a crucial issue. The future satellite SWOT (Surface Water and Ocean Topography) mission, dedicated to the surface water observation, is proposed to meet this challenge. SWOT main payload will be a Ka-band Radar Interferometer (KaRIn). To validate this new kind of measurements, preparatory airborne campaigns (called AirSWOT) are currently being designed. AirSWOT will carry an interferometer similar to Karin: Kaspar-Ka-band SWOT Phenomenology Airborne Radar. Some campaigns are planned in France in 2014. During these campaigns, the plane will fly over the Seine River basin, especially to observe its estuary, the upstream river main channel (to quantify river-aquifer exchange) and some wetlands. The present work objective is to validate the ability of AirSWOT and SWOT, using a Seine estuary hydrodynamic modelling. In this context, field measurements will be collected by different teams such as GIP (Public Interest Group) Seine Aval, the GPMR (Rouen Seaport), SHOM (Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy), the IFREMER (French Research Institute for Sea Exploitation), Mercator-Ocean, LEGOS (Laboratory of Space Study in Geophysics and Oceanography), ADES (Data Access Groundwater) ... . These datasets will be used first to validate locally AirSWOT measurements, and then to improve a hydrodynamic simulations (using tidal boundary conditions, river and groundwater inflows ...) for AirSWOT data 2D validation. This modelling will also be used to estimate the benefit of the future SWOT mission for mid-latitude river hydrology. To do this modelling,the TUGOm barotropic model (Toulouse Unstructured Grid Ocean model 2D) is used. Preliminary simulations have been performed by first modelling and then combining to different regions: first the Seine River and its estuarine area and secondly the English Channel. These two simulations h are currently being improved, by testing different roughness coefficients, adding tributary inflows. Groundwater contributions will also be introduced (digital TUGOm development in progress) . The model outputs will be validated using data from the GPMR tide gauge data and measurements from the Topex/Poseidon and Jason-1/-2 altimeters for year 2007.

  6. Daily global solar radiation prediction from air temperatures using kernel extreme learning machine: A case study for Iran

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    Shamshirband, Shahaboddin; Mohammadi, Kasra; Chen, Hui-Ling; Narayana Samy, Ganthan; Petkovi?, Dalibor; Ma, Chao

    2015-11-01

    Lately, the kernel extreme learning machine (KELM) has gained considerable importance in the scientific area due to its great efficiency, easy implementation and fast training speed. In this paper, for the first time the potential of KELM to predict the daily horizontal global solar radiation from the maximum and minimum air temperatures (Tmax and Tmin) is appraised. The effectiveness of the proposed KELM method is evaluated against the grid search based support vector regression (SVR), as a robust methodology. Three KELM and SVR models are developed using different input attributes including: (1) Tmin and Tmax, (2) Tmin and Tmax-Tmin, and (3) Tmax and Tmax-Tmin. The achieved results reveal that the best predictions precision is achieved by models (3). The achieved results demonstrate that KELM offers favorable predictions and outperforms the SVR. For the KELM (3) model, the obtained statistical parameters of mean absolute bias error, root mean square error, relative root mean square error and correlation coefficient are 1.3445 MJ/m2, 2.0164 MJ/m2, 11.2464% and 0.9057%, respectively for the testing data. As further examination, a month-by-month evaluation is conducted and found that in six months from May to October the KELM (3) model provides further accuracy than overall accuracy. Based upon the relative root mean square error, the KELM (3) model shows excellent capability in the period of April to October while in the remaining months represents good performance.

  7. Surface air temperature variability in global climate models

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    Richard Davy; Igor Esau

    2013-01-01

    New results from the Coupled Model Inter-comparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) and multiple global reanalysis datasets are used to investigate the relationship between the mean and standard deviation in the surface air temperature. A combination of a land-sea mask and orographic filter were used to investigate the geographic region with the strongest correlation and in all cases this was found to be for low-lying over-land locations. This result is consistent with the expectati...

  8. Sunspot Modeling: From Simplified Models to Radiative MHD Simulations

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    Rolf Schlichenmaier

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available We review our current understanding of sunspots from the scales of their fine structure to their large scale (global structure including the processes of their formation and decay. Recently, sunspot models have undergone a dramatic change. In the past, several aspects of sunspot structure have been addressed by static MHD models with parametrized energy transport. Models of sunspot fine structure have been relying heavily on strong assumptions about flow and field geometry (e.g., flux-tubes, "gaps", convective rolls, which were motivated in part by the observed filamentary structure of penumbrae or the necessity of explaining the substantial energy transport required to maintain the penumbral brightness. However, none of these models could self-consistently explain all aspects of penumbral structure (energy transport, filamentation, Evershed flow. In recent years, 3D radiative MHD simulations have been advanced dramatically to the point at which models of complete sunspots with sufficient resolution to capture sunspot fine structure are feasible. Here overturning convection is the central element responsible for energy transport, filamentation leading to fine-structure and the driving of strong outflows. On the larger scale these models are also in the progress of addressing the subsurface structure of sunspots as well as sunspot formation. With this shift in modeling capabilities and the recent advances in high resolution observations, the future research will be guided by comparing observation and theory.

  9. CFD model of air movement in ventilated façade: comparison between natural and forced air flow

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    Miguel Mora Pérez, Gonzalo López Patiño, P. Amparo López Jiménez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes computational fluid dynamics (CFD modeling of ventilated façade. Ventilated façades are normal façade but it has an extra channel between the concrete wall and the (double skin façade. Several studies found in the literature are carried out with CFD simulations about the behavior of the thermodynamic phenomena of the double skin façades systems. These studies conclude that the presence of the air gap in the ventilated façade affects the temperature in the building skin, causing a cooling effect, at least in low-rise buildings. One of the most important factors affecting the thermal effects of ventilated façades is the wind velocity. In this contribution, a CFD analysis applied on two different velocity assumptions for air movement in the air gap of a ventilated façade is presented. A comparison is proposed considering natural wind induced velocity with forced fan induced velocity in the gap. Finally, comparing temperatures in the building skin, the differences between both solutions are described determining that, related to the considered boundary conditions, there is a maximum height in which the thermal effect of the induced flow is significantly observed.

  10. Estimation of Global Solar Radiation in Rwanda Using Empirical Models

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    B. Safari; J. Gasore

    2009-01-01

    Understanding solar radiation data is essential for modeling solar energy systems. The purpose of the present study was to estimate global solar radiation on horizontal surface using sunshine-based models. Angström-type polynomials of first and second order have been developed from long term records of monthly mean daily sunshine hour values and measured daily global solar radiation on horizontal surface at Kigali, Rwanda. Coefficients of those polynomials were derived using least squa...

  11. Modeling and Fluid Flow Analysis of Wavy Fin Based Automotive Radiator

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In continuous technological development, an automotive industry has increased the demand for high efficiency engines. A high efficiency engines in not only based on its performance but also for better fuel economy and less emission rate. Radiator is one of the important parts of the internal combustion engine cooling system. The manufacturing cost of the radiator is 20 percent of the whole cost of the engine. So improving the performance and reducing cost of radiators are necessary research. For higher cooling capacity of radiator, addition of fins is one of the approaches to increase the cooling rate of the radiator. In addition, heat transfer fluids at air and fluid side such as water and ethylene glycol exhibit very low thermal conductivity. As a result there is a need for new and innovative heat transfer fluids, known as “Nano fluid” for improving heat transfer rate in an automotive radiator. Recently there have been considerable research findings highlighting superior heat transfer performances of nanofluids about 15-25% of heat transfer enhancement can be achieved by using types of nanofluids. With these specific characteristics, the size and weight of an automotive car radiator can be reduced without affecting its heat transfer performance. An automotive radiator (Wavy fin type model is modeled on modeling software CATIA V5 and performance evaluation is done on pre-processing software ANSYS 14.0. The temperature and velocity distribution of coolant and air are analyzed by using Computational fluid dynamics environment software CFX. Results have shown that the rate of heat transfer is better when nano fluid (Si C + water is used as coolant, than the conventional coolant.

  12. A radiation-derived temperature-index snow routine for the GSSHA hydrologic model

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    Follum, Michael L.; Downer, Charles W.; Niemann, Jeffrey D.; Roylance, Spencer M.; Vuyovich, Carrie M.

    2015-10-01

    Accurate estimation of snowpack is vital in many parts of the world for both water management and flood prediction. Temperature-index (TI) snowmelt models are commonly used for this purpose due to their simplicity and low data requirements. Although TI models work well within lumped watershed models, their reliance on air temperature (and potentially an assumed lapse rate) as the only external driver of snowmelt limits their ability to accurately simulate the spatial distribution of snowpack and thus the timing of snowmelt. This limitation significantly reduces the utility of the TI approach in distributed hydrologic models because spatial variability within the watershed, including snowpack and snowmelt, is usually the primary reason for selecting a distributed model. In this paper, a new radiation-derived temperature index (RTI) approach is presented that uses a spatially-varying proxy temperature in place of air temperature within the TI model of the fully-distributed Gridded Surface Subsurface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) watershed model. The RTI is derived from a radiation balance and includes spatial heterogeneity in both shortwave and longwave radiation. Thus, the RTI accounts for more local variation in the available energy than air temperature alone. The RTI model in GSSHA is tested at the Senator Beck basin in southwestern Colorado where observations for snow water equivalent (SWE) and LandSat-derived images of snow cover area (SCA) are available. The TI and RTI approaches produce similar SWE estimates at two non-forested and relatively flat sites with SWE observations. However, the two models can produce very different SWE values at sites with forests or topographic slopes, which leads to significant differences in the basin-wide SWE values of the two models. Furthermore, the RTI model provides better basin-wide SCA estimates than the TI model in 75% of the LandSat images analyzed.

  13. Space-Time Fusion Under Error in Computer Model Output: An Application to Modeling Air Quality

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    In the last two decades a considerable amount of research effort has been devoted to modeling air quality with public health objectives. These objectives include regulatory activities such as setting standards along with assessing the relationship between exposure to air pollutan...

  14. Modeling of external radiation from the transport of radionuclides across a canyon

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    The Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) is an 800-million electron volt, l mA intensity linear proton accelerator used for studying subatomic particles at relativistic velocities. Routine operation of the accelerator results in the formation of short-lived air activation products, primarily in the beam stop section of LAMPF. This study presents the results of monitoring and modeling external radiation levels from LAMPF emissions at three locations during 1984. Measured radiation exposures are presented for all three locations during a 49-day period. Hourly radiation levels are calculated for all sites and compared with the prevalent wind patterns during the study period. Predicted daily levels are compared with measured values at all of the sites. Accuracy of the model is compared for day and night conditions. Annual model predictions are also compared with TLD measurements

  15. EMMA model: an advanced operational mesoscale air quality model for urban and regional environments

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    Mesoscale air quality models are an important tool to forecast and analyse the air quality in regional and urban areas. In recent years an increased interest has been shown by decision makers in these types of software tools. The complexity of such a model has grown exponentially with the increase of computer power. Nowadays, medium workstations can run operational versions of these modelling systems successfully. Presents a complex mesoscale air quality model which has been installed in the Environmental Office of the Madrid community (Spain) in order to forecast accurately the ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide air concentrations in a 3D domain centred on Madrid city. Describes the challenging scientific matters to be solved in order to develop an operational version of the atmospheric mesoscale numerical pollution model for urban and regional areas (ANA). Some encouraging results have been achieved in the attempts to improve the accuracy of the predictions made by the version already installed. (Author)

  16. Arctic smoke – aerosol characteristics during a record air pollution event in the European Arctic and its radiative impact

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    A. Stohl

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available In early May 2006 a record high air pollution event was observed at Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen. An atypical weather pattern established a pathway for the rapid transport of biomass burning aerosols from agricultural fires in Eastern Europe to the Arctic. Atmospheric stability was such that the smoke was constrained to low levels, within 2 km of the surface during the transport. A description of this smoke event in terms of transport and main aerosol characteristics can be found in Stohl et al. (2007. This study puts emphasis on the radiative effect of the smoke. The aerosol size distribution was characterized as having an accumulation mode centered at 165–185 nm and almost 1.6 for geometric standard deviation of the mode. Nucleation and small Aitken mode particles were almost completely suppressed within the smoke plume measured at Ny-Ålesund. Chemical and microphysical aerosol information obtained at Mt. Zeppelin (474 m.a.s.l was used to derive input parameters for a one-dimensional radiation transfer model to explore the radiative effects of the smoke. The daily mean heating rate calculated on 2 May 2006 for the average size distribution and measured chemical composition reached 0.55 K day?1 at 0.5 km altitude for the assumed external mixture of the aerosols but showing much higher heating rates for an internal mixture (1.7 K day?1. In comparison a case study for March 2000 showed that the local climatic effects due to Arctic haze, using a regional climate model, HIRHAM, amounts to a maximum of 0.3 K day?1 of heating at 2 km altitude (Treffeisen et al., 2005.

  17. ESTUDIO NUMÉRICO Y EXPERIMENTAL DE LAS PROPIEDADES Y FENÓMENOS RADIATIVOS EN UNA LLAMA DE METANO (CH4) CON AIRE ENRIQUECIDO / NUMERICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF THE RADIATIVE PROPERTIES AND PHENOMENA IN A METHANE (CH4) FLAME WITH ENRICHED AIR

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    JOSE LUIS, SUÁREZ; ANDRÉS AMELL, ARRIETA; FRANCISCO JAVIER, CADAVID.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo, se presenta un estudio numérico y experimental del comportamiento de la radiación de una llama de metano con aire enriquecido con bajas concentraciones oxígeno. Se midió el flux de calor por radiación y se determinó su relación con el porcentaje de enriquecimiento del aire, permiti [...] endo estimar las propiedades radiantes de la llama en función del enriquecimiento con oxígeno. Se utilizó aire con concentraciones de oxígeno desde 21% hasta 22,5%. La simulación se realizó con el software Fluent V6.2.16 y para resolver la ecuación de transferencia radiativa se empleó el modelo de las Ordenadas Discretas. Las propiedades radiantes de la mezcla de gases de combustión (CO, CO2 y H2O) se cuantificaron empleando el modelo de la Suma Ponderada de Gases Grises (WSGGM). La experimentación se llevó a cabo empleando como combustible Gas Natural de la Guajira, un factor de aireación de 1,1 y una potencia térmica de 1,54 kW. Se utilizó un quemador de premezcla tipo Bunsen, en el que se inducía el aire, el cual a su vez es enriquecido con oxígeno proveniente de un cilindro. Abstract in english This article proposes a numerical and experimental study of the radiation behavior in a methane flame with air enhanced with oxygen at low concentrations. It was measured the heat flux by radiation and was determined its relationship with the percentage of enrichment of the air, which allowed to est [...] imate the radiant properties of the flame in terms of oxygen enrichment. Was used air with oxygen concentrations from 21% to 22,5%. The simulation was done with the software Fluent V6.2.16 and to solve the radiative transfer equation was used the Discrete Ordinates model. The radiant properties of the mixture of combustion gases (CO, CO2 and H2O) were quantified using the Weighted Sum of Gray Gases Model (WSGGM). The experiment was carried out using Guajira Natural Gas as fuel, an air factor equal to 1,1 and a thermal power of 1,54 kW.

  18. Experimental analysis of airtightness and estimation of building air infiltration using two different single zone air infiltration models

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    Tijo Joseph, Animesh Dutta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Building air leakage can contribute significantly to the energy consumption of a building. This paper presents the airtightness performance of a campus building located in Ontario, Canada. The air leakage rate through the building envelope was measured under stilted depressurization conditions following the ASTM E-779 standardized test method. With this test derived empirical leakage flow co-efficient and leakage flow exponent measures, the air infiltration rate for the building under varying wind and outside temperature conditions was calculated using two different single zone air infiltration models – the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory model and the Alberta Air Infiltration model thus also allowing for a comparison of the results between the two mathematical models.

  19. General cloud cover modifier for clear sky solar radiation models

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    Myers, Daryl R.

    2007-09-01

    Worldwide lack of comprehensive measured solar radiation resource data for solar system design is well known. Several simple clear sky solar radiation models for computing hourly direct, diffuse and global hemispherical solar radiation have been developed over the past 25 years. The simple model of Richard Bird, Iqbal's parameterization C, and Gueymard's REST model are popular for estimating maximum hourly solar resources. We describe a simple polynomial in cloud cover (octa) modifier for these models that produces realistic time series of hourly solar radiation data representative of naturally occurring solar radiation conditions under all sky conditions. Surface cloud cover observations (Integrated Surface Hourly Data) from the National Climatic Data Center are the only additional (hourly) input data to model total hemispherical solar radiation under all sky conditions. Performance was evaluated using three years of hourly solar radiation data from 31 sites in the 1961-1990 National Solar Radiation Data Base. Mean bias errors range from - 10% to -20%, and are clear sky model dependant. Root mean square error of about 40%, are also dependent upon the particular model used and the uncertainty in the specific clear sky model inputs and lack of information on cloud type and spatial distributions.

  20. 3D Atmospheric Radiative Transfer for Cloud System-Resolving Models: Forward Modelling and Observations

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    Howard Barker; Jason Cole

    2012-05-17

    Utilization of cloud-resolving models and multi-dimensional radiative transfer models to investigate the importance of 3D radiation effects on the numerical simulation of cloud fields and their properties.

  1. Solutions Network Formulation Report. NASA's Potential Contributions for Using Solar Ultraviolet Radiation in Conjunction with Photocatalysis for Urban Air Pollution Mitigation and Increasing Air Quality

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    Underwood, Lauren; Ryan, Robert E.

    2007-01-01

    This Candidate Solution is based on using NASA Earth science research on atmospheric ozone and aerosols data as a means to predict and evaluate the effectiveness of photocatalytically created surfaces (building materials like glass, tile and cement) for air pollution mitigation purposes. When these surfaces are exposed to near UV light, organic molecules, like air pollutants and smog precursors, will degrade into environmentally friendly compounds. U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is responsible for forecasting daily air quality by using the Air Quality Index (AQI) that is provided by AIRNow. EPA is partnered with AIRNow and is responsible for calculating the AQI for five major air pollutants that are regulated by the Clean Air Act. In this Solution, UV irradiance data acquired from the satellite mission Aura and the OMI Surface UV algorithm will be used to help understand both the efficacy and efficiency of the photocatalytic decomposition process these surfaces facilitate, and their ability to reduce air pollutants. Prediction models that estimate photocatalytic function do not exist. NASA UV irradiance data will enable this capability, so that air quality agencies that are run by state and local officials can develop and implement programs that utilize photocatalysis for urban air pollution control and, enable them to make effective decisions about air pollution protection programs.

  2. GEANT4 validation in the calculation of absorbed dose in air due to gamma radiation emitted from the soil

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    Geant, is a monte Carlo code system conceived essentially for optimization of detectors in particle physics field. It found some usage in other high energy branches such as medical physics. GEANT4 toolkit system, written in C++ oriented object programation language, is the recent version of Geant code. This powerful simulation tool is believed to be a viable alternative to other codes based on Monte Carlo methods in the calculation of photon transport. We have developed a new optimized geometry to simulate the soil in a Monte Carlo calculation of absorbed dose in air due to gamma radiation from sources distributed in the ground. This geometry was successfully implemented in Geant4 System. The method relative to the implementation is described. Simulation tests were conducted to compare the results issued from different approches were the soil is modelled either by a simple shape like a cylinder or by our new geometry. This work seems to be important to validate Geant4 in the calculation of absorbed dose in air due to radioactive sources distributed in the soil and to confirm the usage of GEANT4 toolkit system in such field of nuclear physics

  3. Computer modelling of statistical properties of SASE FEL radiation

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    Saldin, E. L.; Schneidmiller, E. A.; Yurkov, M. V.

    1997-06-01

    The paper describes an approach to computer modelling of statistical properties of the radiation from self amplified spontaneous emission free electron laser (SASE FEL). The present approach allows one to calculate the following statistical properties of the SASE FEL radiation: time and spectral field correlation functions, distribution of the fluctuations of the instantaneous radiation power, distribution of the energy in the electron bunch, distribution of the radiation energy after monochromator installed at the FEL amplifier exit and the radiation spectrum. All numerical results presented in the paper have been calculated for the 70 nm SASE FEL at the TESLA Test Facility being under construction at DESY.

  4. Sensitivity analysis of thermal predictions to the modeling of direct solar radiation entering a zone

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    Goethals, Kim; Laverge, Jelle; Janssens, Arnold

    2009-01-01

    Because of high computational costs of computational fluid dynamics multi-zone energy simulation is currently appraised. Yet, the use of empirical correlations to predict interior convective heat transfer (CHT) limits the reliability of building comfort and energy analysis. As most of these convection algorithms depend, partially, on the temperature difference between the concerned surface and the air, the influence of the modeling of incoming direct solar radiation is studied. Simulations of...

  5. The radiation budget of a Cirrus layer deduced from simultaneous aircraft observations and model calculations

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    Ackerman, Thomas P.; Kinne, Stefan A.; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Valero, Francisco P. J.

    1990-01-01

    Several aircraft were employed during the FIRE Cirrus IFO in order to make nearly simultaneous observations of cloud properties and fluxes. A segment of the flight data collected on 28 October 1988 during which the NASA Ames ER-2 overflew the NCAR King Air was analyzed. The ER-2 flew at high altitude making observations of visible and infrared radiances and infrared flux and cloud height and thickness. During this segment, the King Air flew just above the cloud base making observations of ice crystal size and shape, local meteorological variables, and infrared fluxes. While the two aircraft did not collect data exactly coincident in space and time, they did make observations within a few minutes of each other. For this case study, the infrared radiation balance of the cirrus layer is of primary concern. Observations of the upwelling 10 micron radiance, made from the ER-2, can be used to deduce the 10 micron optical depth of the layer. The upwelling broadband infrared flux is also measured from the ER-2. At the same time, the upwelling and downwelling infrared flux at the cloud base is obtained from the King Air measurements. Information on cloud microphysics is also available from the King Air. Using this data in conjunction with atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles from local radiosondes, the necessary inputs for an infrared radiative transfer model can be developed. Infrared radiative transfer calculations are performed with a multispectral two-stream model. The model fluxes at the cloud base and at 19 km are then compared with the aircraft observations to determine whether the model is performing well. Cloud layer heating rates can then be computed from the radiation exchange.

  6. Search for molecular bremsstrahlung radiation signals in Ku band with coincidental operations of radio telescopes with air shower detectors

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    Fukushima Masaki; Sakurai Nobuyuki; Fujii Toshihiro; Akimune Hidetoshi; Iijima Takashi; Kuramoto Kazuyuki; Yamamoto Tokonatsu; Ogio Shoichi; Sagawa Hiroyuki

    2013-01-01

    Microwave radiation from extensive air showers is expected to provide a new technique to observe UHECR. We insatlled and operate radio telescopes in Osaka and at Telescope Array site in Utah, USA. In Osaka, we are coincidentally operating two Ku band radio telescopes with an air shower array which consists of nine plastic scintillators with about 10?m separation. In Utah, we installed two telescopes just beside the Black Rock Mesa fluorescence detector (FD) station of the Telescope Array expe...

  7. When Are Radiative Corrections Important in the Minimal Supersymmetric Model?

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    Haber, Howard E.

    1993-01-01

    Precision electroweak measurements at LEP currently check the validity of the Standard Model to about one part in a thousand. Any successful model of physics beyond the Standard Model must be consistent with these observations. The impact of radiative corrections on the Minimal Supersymmetric Model (MSSM) is considered. The influence of supersymmetric particles on precision electroweak measurements is generally negligible since radiative corrections mediated by supersymmetric particles are su...

  8. Gravitational Radiation from Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays in Models with Large Extra Dimensions

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    Koch, B; Bleicher, M; Koch, Ben; Drescher, Hans-Joachim; Bleicher, Marcus

    2006-01-01

    The effects of classical gravitational radiation in models with large extra dimensions are investigated for ultra high energy cosmic rays (CRs). The cross sections are implemented into a simulation package (SENECA) for high energy hadron induced CR air showers. We predict that gravitational radiation from quasi-elastic scattering could be observed at incident CR energies above $10^9$ GeV for a setting with more than two extra dimensions. It is further shown that this gravitational energy loss can alter the energy reconstruction for CR energies $E_{\\rm CR}\\ge 5\\cdot 10^9$ GeV.

  9. Time-based collision risk modeling for air traffic management

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    Bell, Alan E.

    Since the emergence of commercial aviation in the early part of last century, economic forces have driven a steadily increasing demand for air transportation. Increasing density of aircraft operating in a finite volume of airspace is accompanied by a corresponding increase in the risk of collision, and in response to a growing number of incidents and accidents involving collisions between aircraft, governments worldwide have developed air traffic control systems and procedures to mitigate this risk. The objective of any collision risk management system is to project conflicts and provide operators with sufficient opportunity to recognize potential collisions and take necessary actions to avoid them. It is therefore the assertion of this research that the currency of collision risk management is time. Future Air Traffic Management Systems are being designed around the foundational principle of four dimensional trajectory based operations, a method that replaces legacy first-come, first-served sequencing priorities with time-based reservations throughout the airspace system. This research will demonstrate that if aircraft are to be sequenced in four dimensions, they must also be separated in four dimensions. In order to separate aircraft in four dimensions, time must emerge as the primary tool by which air traffic is managed. A functional relationship exists between the time-based performance of aircraft, the interval between aircraft scheduled to cross some three dimensional point in space, and the risk of collision. This research models that relationship and presents two key findings. First, a method is developed by which the ability of an aircraft to meet a required time of arrival may be expressed as a robust standard for both industry and operations. Second, a method by which airspace system capacity may be increased while maintaining an acceptable level of collision risk is presented and demonstrated for the purpose of formulating recommendations for procedures regulating air traffic management methods and industry standards governing performance requirements for avionics designed to support trajectory based operations.

  10. Radiation protection at the RA reactor, 1987 - Part IIb: Environmental radioactivity control, Air radioactivity control

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    During the period from November 1985 - November 1988, within the radioactivity control on the Vinca Institute site air contamination radioactive aerosol contents was measured. Control was done on 4 measuring stations, two in the Institute and two locations in the direction of wind i.e. Belgrade, 2 km and 7 km away from the Institute respectively. This position of the measuring locations enables control of radiation safety of the Institute, as well as environment of Belgrade taking into account the existence of the reactor and other possible contaminants in the Institute. It is mentioned that the state of the measuring instrumentation is unchanged compared to the previous years and does not provide the possibility of proper program for environmental radioactivity control

  11. Experimental synergy combining lidar measurements so as to optically characterize aerosols: applications to air quality and radiative forcing

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    The work carried out in this study is devoted to a better understanding of the evolution of aerosol physical, chemical and optical properties for urban pollution aerosols, dust and biomass burning particles. It mainly concerns the complex refractive index and the single-scattering albedo. Such a characterisation is indeed necessary so as to fulfil the requirements of scientific and societal air quality and global climate evolution questions. Our study is based on a synergy between different measurements platforms: ground-based or airborne measurements, together with active and passive remote sensing observations. Lidar in particular turns out to be an essential tool in order to assess horizontal and vertical variability of aerosol micro-physical and optical properties in the atmospheric boundary layer, but also in the residual layer, as well as in layers transported from the boundary layer to the free troposphere. The original methodology we developed highlights the importance of the geographical origin, the impact of aging and dynamical processes in the evolution of structural, optical and hygroscopic aerosol features. The related accurate determination of the properties in each aerosol layer is required for radiative fluxes and heating rates calculations in the atmospheric column. The radiative impact of both dust particles and biomass burning aerosols observed over the region of Niamey (Niger) was thus assessed during the dry season. These results reveal the need of a better characterisation of those significant aerosol properties for each layer in models. (author)

  12. The dynamic test modeling of the air-operated valve

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    The prediction of AOV(Air-Operated Valve) performance is normally evaluated by the allowable operating thrust/torque margin for the opening and closing strokes. However, it is not easy to carry out the dynamic test measurement for all the valves in the nuclear power plant due to the safety and operating conditions. The analysis of the available and required thrust/torque for the valve is considered as the alternate method to turn around this obstacle. This paper discusses the dynamic modeling and the simulation for the diaphragm type air operated globe valve. The pressure difference is assumed as two kinds of variation - linear and curved shape- when the valve is opened or closed. SIMULINK in MATLAB was used for the simulation and the results show good agreement with the actual test done by previous research

  13. Research on Dependable Ionizing Radiation Protection based on Model i*

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    Tan Hai

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The software’s unreliability mostly attributes to an erroneous analysis on the requirements done at the beginning. In this paper, we apply the tool of i* frame requirement modeling and build early requirement model against ionizing radiation. After finding out possible risks and corresponding solutions during the process of modeling analysis, we propose reasoning models against ionizing radiation. The radiation protection system  with  the  above models  can  figure out  the  purpose  of agents  related  to radiant source and provide normal service even when the environment software system is being interfered. It can serve the ecological and economical society with stability and development.  The model is divided into several sections. Section 1 gives the outline of the dependant software. Section 2 illustrates the  i* frame  technology. Section 3, 4 and 5 cover the topic of dependant security requirement analysis, SD&SR model on ionizing radiation respectively. Section 6 gives the conclusion.

  14. Environmental Radiation Effects on Mammals A Dynamical Modeling Approach

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    Smirnova, Olga A

    2010-01-01

    This text is devoted to the theoretical studies of radiation effects on mammals. It uses the framework of developed deterministic mathematical models to investigate the effects of both acute and chronic irradiation in a wide range of doses and dose rates on vital body systems including hematopoiesis, small intestine and humoral immunity, as well as on the development of autoimmune diseases. Thus, these models can contribute to the development of the system and quantitative approaches in radiation biology and ecology. This text is also of practical use. Its modeling studies of the dynamics of granulocytopoiesis and thrombocytopoiesis in humans testify to the efficiency of employment of the developed models in the investigation and prediction of radiation effects on these hematopoietic lines. These models, as well as the properly identified models of other vital body systems, could provide a better understanding of the radiation risks to health. The modeling predictions will enable the implementation of more ef...

  15. ADDRESSING HUMAN EXPOSURES TO AIR POLLUTANTS AROUND BUILDINGS IN URBAN AREAS WITH COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS MODELS

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    This paper discusses the status and application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models to address challenges for modeling human exposures to air pollutants around urban building microenvironments. There are challenges for more detailed understanding of air pollutant sour...

  16. Subgrid-scale model for radiative transfer in turbulent participating media

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    Soucasse, L.; Rivière, Ph. [CNRS, UPR 288, Laboratoire EM2C, Grande Voie des Vignes, F-92290 Châtenay-Malabry (France); École Centrale Paris, Grande Voie des Vignes, F-92290 Châtenay-Malabry (France); Soufiani, A., E-mail: anouar.soufiani@em2c.ecp.fr [CNRS, UPR 288, Laboratoire EM2C, Grande Voie des Vignes, F-92290 Châtenay-Malabry (France); École Centrale Paris, Grande Voie des Vignes, F-92290 Châtenay-Malabry (France)

    2014-01-15

    The simulation of turbulent flows of radiating gases, taking into account all turbulence length scales with an accurate radiation transport solver, is computationally prohibitive for high Reynolds or Rayleigh numbers. This is particularly the case when the small structures are not optically thin. We develop in this paper a radiative transfer subgrid model suitable for the coupling with direct numerical simulations of turbulent radiating fluid flows. Owing to the linearity of the Radiative Transfer Equation (RTE), the emission source term is spatially filtered to define large-scale and subgrid-scale radiation intensities. The large-scale or filtered intensity is computed with a standard ray tracing method on a coarse grid, and the subgrid intensity is obtained analytically (in Fourier space) from the Fourier transform of the subgrid emission source term. A huge saving of computational time is obtained in comparison with direct ray tracing applied on the fine mesh. Model accuracy is checked for three 3D fluctuating temperature fields. The first field is stochastically generated and allows us to discuss the effects of the filtering level and of the optical thicknesses of the whole medium, of the integral length scale, and of the cutoff wave length. The second and third cases correspond respectively to turbulent natural convection of humid air in a cubical box, and to the flow of hot combustion products inside a channel. In all cases, the achieved accuracy on radiative powers and wall fluxes is about a few percents.

  17. Consistent inclusion of radiation reaction into kinetic plasma modeling

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    Complete text of publication follows. Radiation properties of laser plasma and the resulting collective effects due to the radiation reaction force are relevant for the most powerful lasers interacting with matter available in the laboratory today. The contribution of the radiation reaction force to the total force acting on a charged particle moving in plasma is analyzed. Radiation is principally included in the standard calculation of self-consistent fields. Since the high frequency part of the emitted radiation cannot always be resolved in numerical simulations due to a finite time step one can think to include radiation reaction using a consistent physical model. For these purposes we have derived a modified kinetic equation which describes the radiation damping as a result of non-Hamiltonian dynamics in phase space due to the interaction with radiation. We use this equation for the derivation of moment equations for macro-particles. As physical models for the radiation force we use the classical Lorentz-Abraham-Dirac (LAD) and the Landau-Lifshitz equations derived from LAD. Both models are incorporated into a large scale Particle-In-Cell code to treat the radiation self-action in the classical validity range, i.e. when the recoil energy of scattered photons is not too big in comparison with the energy of the interacting electron. The model has clear advantages for the treatment of coherent effects in laser field-plasma interaction. We also discuss consistent matching with a more elaborated semi-classical radiation model. The model has no limit for the recoil energy but suffers from a lack of coherence. Both models have to be used together to simulate multi-scale processes of electron acceleration, highly brillant X-ray sources and QED effects, which may become important in the course of the ELI project. Acknowledgements. This work has been funded by the Munich Centre of Advanced Photonics.

  18. A kinetic model of radiating electrons

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    A kinetic theory is developed to describe radiating electrons whose motion is governed by the Lorentz-Dirac equation. This gives rise to a generalized Vlasov equation coupled to an equation for the evolution of the physical submanifold of phase space. The pathological solutions of the 1-particle theory may be removed by expanding the latter equation in powers of τ:=q2/6πm. The radiation-induced change in entropy is explored and its physical origin is discussed. As a simple demonstration of the theory, the radiative damping rate of longitudinal plasma waves is calculated.

  19. Radiation exposure modeling and project schedule visualization

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    This paper discusses two applications using IGRIP (Interactive Graphical Robot Instruction Program) to assist environmental remediation efforts at the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford Site. In the first application, IGRIP is used to calculate the estimated radiation exposure to workers conducting tasks in radiation environments. In the second, IGRIP is used as a configuration management tool to detect interferences between equipment and personnel work areas for multiple projects occurring simultaneously in one area. Both of these applications have the capability to reduce environmental remediation costs by reducing personnel radiation exposure and by providing a method to effectively manage multiple projects in a single facility

  20. Validation of the Poisson Stochastic Radiative Transfer Model

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    Zhuravleva, Tatiana; Marshak, Alexander

    2004-01-01

    A new approach to validation of the Poisson stochastic radiative transfer method is proposed. In contrast to other validations of stochastic models, the main parameter of the Poisson model responsible for cloud geometrical structure - cloud aspect ratio - is determined entirely by matching measurements and calculations of the direct solar radiation. If the measurements of the direct solar radiation is unavailable, it was shown that there is a range of the aspect ratios that allows the stochastic model to accurately approximate the average measurements of surface downward and cloud top upward fluxes. Realizations of the fractionally integrated cascade model are taken as a prototype of real measurements.

  1. Ion recombination in parallel-plate free-air ionization chambers for synchrotron radiation

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    The saturation characteristics of two sizes of parallel-plate free-air ionization chambers were investigated for synchrotron radiation at bending-magnet, wiggler and undulator beamlines of SPring-8. The gaps of the electrodes were 4.2 and 85 mm. The monoenergetic photon energies ranged from 10 to 115.56 keV and the air kerma rates from 0.2 mGy s-1 to 150 kGy s-1. Ion recombination at the high dose rate was found to be smaller than that predicted by Boag's expression, which was based on volume recombination, and the difference increased with an applied electric field. In the high dose rate region, the reciprocal of the current was linear to the reciprocal of the electric field near saturation, which represented the occurrence of initial recombination and diffusion loss. At the low electric field and the low dose rate, the reciprocal of the current was linear to the reciprocal of the square of the electric field. The reduction of total ion recombination was attributed to the shift of the contribution from volume recombination to initial recombination and diffusion loss

  2. Gamma radiation exposure of air crew in Tehran-Bandarabbas flights

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    Different researches have been performed on natural exposure of cosmic rays and their effects on the human health. Monitoring of cosmic derived gamma ray exposure of air crews and passengers is the subject of the current study. In this paper, the control able variations of the cosmic ray flux in the atmosphere and the cosmic radiation exposure at flight altitudes will be discussed. For this study, the exposure rates to gamma ray, in an energy range of 50 keV-1.5 MeV, for the Tehran-Bandarabbas air flights have been measured. The results show that the maximum dose rate at 3000 ft (about 9 km) is 15-20 times higher than on the ground base. Also, the dose rate for this pathway is about 1.87?Sv/h which for 500 hours flights per year it is estimatal to be 935?Sv. This number is less than human permissible dose rate of 1 mSv/year.

  3. Modeling of Kinetics of Air Entrainment in Water Produced by Vertically Falling Water Flow

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    Adel? VAIDELIEN?; Arvaidas GALDIKAS; Paulius TERVYDIS

    2014-01-01

    This study analyzes the process of air entrainment in water caused by vertically falling water flow in the free water surface. The new kinetic model of air entrainment in water was developed. This model includes the process of air entrapment, as well as air removal, water sputtering and resorption. For the experimental part of this study a new method based on digital image processing was developed. Theoretical and experimental methods were used for determining air concentration and its distri...

  4. Testing models of new physics with UHE air shower observations

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    Allen, Jeffrey

    2013-01-01

    Several air shower observatories have established that the number of muons produced in UHE air showers is significantly larger than that predicted by models. We argue that the only solution to this muon deficit, compatible with the observed Xmax distributions, is to reduce the transfer of energy from the hadronic shower into the EM shower, by reducing the production or decay of pi0s. We present four different models of new physics, each with a theoretical rationale, which can accomplish this. One has a pure proton composition and three have mixed composition. Two entail new particle physics and suppress pi0 production or decay above LHC energies. The other two are less radical but nonetheless require significant modifications to existing hadron production models -- in one the changes are only above LHC energies and in the other the changes extend to much lower energies. We show that the models have distinctively different predictions for the correlation between the number of muons at ground and Xmax in hybrid...

  5. A Neural Network Based Intelligent Predictive Sensor for Cloudiness, Solar Radiation and Air Temperature

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    Ferreira, Pedro M.; Ruano, António E.; Gomes, João M.; Martins, Igor A. C.

    2012-01-01

    Accurate measurements of global solar radiation and atmospheric temperature, as well as the availability of the predictions of their evolution over time, are important for different areas of applications, such as agriculture, renewable energy and energy management, or thermal comfort in buildings. For this reason, an intelligent, light-weight and portable sensor was developed, using artificial neural network models as the time-series predictor mechanisms. These have been identified with the a...

  6. A photochemical box model for urban air quality study

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    The photochemical box model (PBM) is based on the principle of mass conservation. The concentration of any pollutant is determined by horizontal advection, vertical entrainment, source emissions, and chemical reactions. A one dimensional high resolution boundary layer model by Blackadar has been further developed by considering the effect of urban heat islands to simulate the variation of the mixed layer height and incorporated in the PBM. The model predicted mixed layer height is a significant improvement over the characteristic mixed layer growth curve used in the original PBM by Schere and Demerjian. The gas phase chemical kinetic mechanism used in the Regional Acid Deposition Study II (RADM2) and Demerjian chemical mechanism have been used to calculate the contributions of chemical reactions to the changes of pollutant concentrations. Detailed analysis and comparisons of the two chemical mechanisms have been made. The simulated pollutant concentration using both chemical mechanisms are in very good agreement with observations. A radiative transfer model developed by Madronich has been incorporated in the PBM for the calculation of actinic flux and photolytic rate constants. Height averaged and radiation corrected photolytic rate constant are used for the photochemical reactions. The simulated pollutant concentrations for CO, NO, NO2 and Os are in very good agreement with observations. Sensitivities of model results to the variation of photolytic rate constants, boundary conditions, hydrocarbon speciation factors, and thermal rate constant have been tested

  7. Estimation of Pan Evaporation Using Mean Air Temperature and Radiation for Monsoon Season in Junagadh Region

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    Manoj J. Gundalia

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The abstract should summarize the content of the paper. Try to keep the abstract below 200 words. Do not make references nor display equations in the abstract. The journal will be printed from the same-sized copy prepared by you. Your manuscript should be printed on A4 paper (21.0 cm x 29.7 cm. It is imperative that the margins The significance of major meteorological factors, that influence the evaporation were evaluated at daily time-scale for monsoon season using the data from Junagadh station, Gujarat (India. The computed values were compared. The solar radiation and mean air temperature were found to be the significant factors influencing pan evaporation (Ep. The negative correlation was found between relative humidity and (Ep, while wind speed, vapour pressure deficit and bright sunshine hours were found least correlated and no longer remained controlling factors influencing (Ep. The objective of the present study is to compare and evaluate the performance of six different methods based on temperature and radiation to select the most appropriate equations for estimating (Ep. The three quantitative standard statistical performance evaluation measures, coefficient of determination (R2 root mean square of errors-observations standard deviation ratio (RSR and Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency coefficient (E are employed as performance criteria. The results show that the Jensen equation yielded the most reliable results in estimation of (Ep and it can be recommended for estimating (Ep for monsoon season in the study region.

  8. X-ray radiation from the volume discharge in atmospheric-pressure air

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    Bratchikov, V. B.; Gagarinov, K. A.; Kostyrya, I. D.; Tarasenko, V. F.; Tkachev, A. N.; Yakovlenko, S. I.

    2007-07-01

    X-ray radiation from the volume discharge in atmospheric-pressure air is studied under the conditions when the voltage pulse rise time varies from 0.5 to 100 ns and the open-circuit voltage amplitude of the generator varies from 20 to 750 kV. It is shown that a volume discharge from a needle-like cathode forms at a relatively wide voltage pulse (to ?60 ns in this work). The volume character of the discharge is due to preionization by fast electrons, which arise when the electric field concentrates at the cathode and in the discharge gap. As the voltage pulse rise time grows, X-ray radiation comes largely from the discharge gap in accordance with previous experiments. Propagation of fast avalanche electrons in nitrogen subjected to a nonuniform unsteady electric field is simulated. It is demonstrated that the amount of hard X-ray photons grows not only with increasing voltage amplitude but also with shortening pulse rise time.

  9. 76 FR 62605 - Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) Airplanes With Supplemental Type...

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    ...Directives; Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) Airplanes With Supplemental Type Certificate...applies to Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) airplanes equipped with a Honeywell TPE331...for Viking Air Limited Model DHC-3 (Otter) airplanes equipped with a Honeywell...

  10. A statistical model for characterizing common air pollutants in air-conditioned offices

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    Wong, L. T.; Mui, K. W.; Hui, P. S.

    Maintaining acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ) for a healthy environment is of primary concern, policymakers have developed different strategies to address the performance of it based on proper assessment methodologies and monitoring plans. It could be cost prohibitive to sample all toxic pollutants in a building. In search of a more manageable number of parameters for cost-effective IAQ assessment, this study investigated the probable correlations among the 12 indoor environmental parameters listed in the IAQ certification scheme of the Hong Kong Environment Protection Department (HKEPD) in 422 Hong Kong offices. These 12 parameters consists of nine indoor air pollutants: carbon dioxide (CO 2), carbon monoxide (CO), respirable suspended particulates (RSP), nitrogen dioxide (NO 2), ozone (O 3), formaldehyde (HCHO), total volatile organic compounds (TVOC), radon (Rn), airborne bacteria count (ABC); and three thermal comfort parameters: temperature ( T), relative humidity (RH) and air velocity ( V). The relative importance of the correlations derived, from largest to smallest loadings, was ABC, Rn, CO, RH, RSP, CO 2, TVOC, O 3, T, V, NO 2 and HCHO. Together with the mathematical expressions derived, an alternative sampling protocol for IAQ assessment with the three 'most representative and independent' parameters namely RSP, CO 2 and TVOC measured in an office environment was proposed. The model validity was verified with on site measurements from 43 other offices in Hong Kong. The measured CO 2, RSP and TVOC concentrations were used to predict the probable levels of the other nine parameters and good agreement was found between the predictions and measurements. This simplified protocol provides an easy tool for performing IAQ monitoring in workplaces and will be useful for determining appropriate mitigation measures to finally honor the certification scheme in a cost-effective way.

  11. LINKING ETA MODEL WITH THE COMMUNITY MULTISCALE AIR QUALITY (CMAQ) MODELING SYSTEM: OZONE BOUNDARY CONDITIONS

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    A prototype surface ozone concentration forecasting model system for the Eastern U.S. has been developed. The model system is consisting of a regional meteorological and a regional air quality model. It demonstrated a strong prediction dependence on its ozone boundary conditions....

  12. Air temperature, radiation budget and area changes of Quisoquipina glacier in the Cordillera Vilcanota (Peru)

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    Suarez, Wilson; Macedo, Nicolás; Montoya, Nilton; Arias, Sandro; Schauwecker, Simone; Huggel, Christian; Rohrer, Mario; Condom, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    The Peruvian Andes host about 71% of all tropical glaciers. Although several studies have focused on glaciers of the largest glaciered mountain range (Cordillera Blanca), other regions have received little attention to date. In 2011, a new program has been initiated with the aim of monitoring glaciers in the centre and south of Peru. The monitoring program is managed by the Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI) and it is a joint project together with the Universidad San Antonio Abad de Cusco (UNSAAC) and the Autoridad Nacional del Agua (ANA). In Southern Peru, the Quisoquipina glacier has been selected due to its representativeness for glaciers in the Cordillera Vilcanota considering area, length and orientation. The Cordillera Vilcanota is the second largest mountain range in Peru with a glaciated area of approximately 279 km2 in 2009. Melt water from glaciers in this region is partly used for hydropower in the dry season and for animal breeding during the entire year. Using Landsat 5 images, we could estimate that the area of Quisoquipina glacier has decreased by approximately 11% from 3.66 km2 in 1990 to 3.26 km2 in 2010. This strong decrease is comparable to observations of other tropical glaciers. In 2011, a meteorological station has been installed on the glacier at 5180 m asl., measuring air temperature, wind speed, relative humidity, net short and longwave radiation and atmospheric pressure. Here, we present a first analysis of air temperature and the radiation budget at the Quisoquipina glacier for the first three years of measurements. Additionally, we compare the results from Quisoquipina glacier to results obtained by the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) for Zongo glacier (Bolivia) and Antizana glacier (Ecuador). For both, Quisoquipina and Zongo glacier, net shortwave radiation may be the most important energy source, thus indicating the important role of albedo in the energy balance of the glacier surface. This indicates the importance of understanding the role of snow cover in ablation processes of tropical glaciers.

  13. A Model of Radiation Damage in Graphite

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    Hennig and Hove proposed a model of radiation damage to graphite at the first Geneva Conference and attributed the so-called Wigner-energy release around 200°C to the reaction of single interstitials forming C2 molecules. We propose a new model as follows: (1) Single interstitial atoms migrate easily far below liquid-nitrogen temperature. They gather to makè clusters (atomic clusters) where each atom hás about a 10-A separation. This distance is shown to be elastically stable. (2) C2 molecules (partially C3 molecules) are formed from atomic clusters between 80°K and 110°K. The reverse annealing of electrical resistivity in this temperature range is explained with the aid of electronic band structure. (3) C2 molecules migrate and form the clusters consisting of molecules (molecular clusters) above 160°K. Larger clusters are made at higher temperatures. Each molecule in the clusters is held together by bonds which are much weaker than ordinary covalent bonds and by the elastic forces due to strained layers. (4) Molecular clusters may decompose to constituent molecules around 200“C and above. C2 molecules then recombine with vacancies or escape to surfaces, causing energy release. The striking energy release around 200°C is caused by the disappearance of C2-C2 molecular clusters. As the temperature is raised, these clusters are further decomposed. Its decomposition is completed below 1000°C. (5) When molecular clusters become large (the number of constituent atoms > about 10), they can be transformed co-operatively to hexagonal covalent-bonded clusters as graphite layers by externally supplied energy. Further, at the region heavily strained by large clusters, some intra-layer covalent bonds are cut by energetic particles and the new covalent bonds are formed between the clusters and the unpaired atoms in the layers. This coupling explains the sudden broadening of X-ray line profiles and the abrupt change in stored- energy release and electrical resistivity recovery found above doses of 6 x 1020 n/cm2. (6) The hexagonal covalent-bonded clusters do not disappear until irradiation-induced vacancies begin to migrate and recombine with them. The disappearance probably starts above 1000°C. (author)

  14. Modelling of air resistance during drying of wood-chips

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    Karaj, S.; Barfuss, Isabel; Schalk, J.; Reisinger, G.; Pude, R.; Müller, Joachim

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the parameters that affect the drying process of wood chips at low air flow conditions. This objective was determined by measuring the air pressure resistance being produced by wood chips by examining different variables such as: air flow rate, air velocity, wood chip size, bulk density, bulk height and porosity. The air flow resistance was measured inside a 3 meter high cylindrical air duct constructed at University of Hohenheim. Physical proper...

  15. Econometric model for age- and population-dependent radiation exposures

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    The economic impact associated with ionizing radiation exposures in a given human population depends on numerous factors including the individual's mean economic status as a function age, the age distribution of the population, the future life expectancy at each age, and the latency period for the occurrence of radiation-induced health effects. A simple mathematical model has been developed that provides an analytical methodology for estimating the societal econometrics associated with radiation effects are to be assessed and compared for economic evaluation

  16. The radiation budget in a regional climate model

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    Kothe, Steffen

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study is a better understanding of radiation processes in regional climate models (RCMs) in order to quantify their impact and to reduce possible errors. A first important task in finding an answer to this question was to examine the accuracy of the components of the radiation budget in regional climate simulations. To this end, the simulated radiation budgets of two regional climate simulations for Europe were compared with a satellite-based reference. In the simulations with...

  17. Treatment of cloud radiative effects in general circulation models

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    Wang, W.C.; Dudek, M.P.; Liang, X.Z.; Ding, M. [State Univ. of New York, Albany, NY (United States)] [and others

    1996-04-01

    We participate in the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program with two objectives: (1) to improve the general circulation model (GCM) cloud/radiation treatment with a focus on cloud verticle overlapping and layer cloud optical properties, and (2) to study the effects of cloud/radiation-climate interaction on GCM climate simulations. This report summarizes the project progress since the Fourth ARM Science Team meeting February 28-March 4, 1994, in Charleston, South Carolina.

  18. Simplified models of electromagnetic and gravitational radiation damping

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    Kunze, Markus; Rendall, Alan D

    2001-01-01

    In previous work the authors analysed the global properties of an approximate model of radiation damping for charged particles. This work is put into context and related to the original motivation of understanding approximations used in the study of gravitational radiation damping. It is examined to what extent the results obtained previously depend on the particular model chosen. Comparisons are made with other models for gravitational and electromagnetic fields. The relati...

  19. Prediction of Indoor Air Exposure from Outdoor Air Quality Using an Artificial Neural Network Model for Inner City Commercial Buildings

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available NO2 and particulate matter are the air pollutants of most concern in Ireland, with possible links to the higher respiratory and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity rates found in the country compared to the rest of Europe. Currently, air quality limits in Europe only cover outdoor environments yet the quality of indoor air is an essential determinant of a person’s well-being, especially since the average person spends more than 90% of their time indoors. The modelling conducted in this research aims to provide a framework for epidemiological studies by the use of publically available data from fixed outdoor monitoring stations to predict indoor air quality more accurately. Predictions are made using two modelling techniques, the Personal-exposure Activity Location Model (PALM, to predict outdoor air quality at a particular building, and Artificial Neural Networks, to model the indoor/outdoor relationship of the building. This joint approach has been used to predict indoor air concentrations for three inner city commercial buildings in Dublin, where parallel indoor and outdoor diurnal monitoring had been carried out on site. This modelling methodology has been shown to provide reasonable predictions of average NO2 indoor air quality compared to the monitored data, but did not perform well in the prediction of indoor PM2.5 concentrations. Hence, this approach could be used to determine NO2 exposures more rigorously of those who work and/or live in the city centre, which can then be linked to potential health impacts.

  20. Dispersion model computations of urban air pollution in Espoo, Finland

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    Valkonen, E.; Haerkoenen, J.; Kukkonen, J.; Rantakrans, E.; Jalkanen, L.

    1997-12-31

    This report presents the numerical results of air quality studies of the city of Espoo in southern Finland. This city is one of the four cities in the Helsinki metropolitan area, having a total population of 850 000. A thorough emission inventory was made of both mobile and stationary sources in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The atmospheric dispersion was evaluated using an urban dispersion modelling system, including a Gaussian multiple-source plume model and a meteorological pre-processing model. The hourly time series of CO, NO{sub 2} and SO{sub 2} concentrations were predicted, using the emissions and meteorological data for the year 1990. The predicted results show a clear decrease in the yearly mean concentrations from southeast to northwest. This is due in part to the denser traffic in the southern parts of Espoo, and in part to pollution from the neighbouring cities of Helsinki and Vantaa, located east of Espoo. The statistical concentration parameters found for Espoo were lower than the old national air quality guidelines (1984); however, some occurrences of above-threshold values were found for NO{sub 2} in terms of the new guidelines (1996). The contribution of traffic to the total concentrations varies spatially from 30 to 90 % for NO{sub 2} from 1 to 65 % for SO{sub 2} while for CO it is nearly 100 %. The concentrations database will be further utilised to analyse the influence of urban air pollution on the health of children attending selected day nurseries in Espoo. The results of this study can also be applied in traffic and city planning. In future work the results will also be compared with data from the urban measurement network of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council. (orig.) 19 refs.

  1. Livermore regional air quality model: I. concept and development

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    By using the Eulerian form of the mass conservation equation integrated vertically from the surface to the base of the inversion, two regional air quality models (LIRAQ-1 and LIRAQ-2) have been developed for use in the San Francisco Bay Area. The models consider the complex topography, changing meteorology and detailed source emission patterns in generating surface and vertical average pollutant concentrations with grid resolutions of 1, 2 or 5 km. The focus of LIRAQ-1 is the treatment of transport and dispersion of relatively nonreactive species, accomplished through use of a sophisticated transport prescription. The LIRAQ-2 model, employing a simpler transport scheme, treats photochemically active pollutants and incorporates a photochemical reaction set involving 19 species

  2. Air

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    In recent years several regulations and standards for air quality and limits for air pollution were issued or are in preparation by the European Union, which have severe influence on the environmental monitoring and legislation in Austria. This chapter of the environmental control report of Austria gives an overview about the legal situation of air pollution control in the European Union and in specific the legal situation in Austria. It gives a comprehensive inventory of air pollution measurements for the whole area of Austria of total suspended particulates, ozone, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, heavy metals, benzene, dioxin, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and eutrophication. For each of these pollutants the measured emission values throughout Austria are given in tables and geographical charts, the environmental impact is discussed, statistical data and time series of the emission sources are given and legal regulations and measures for an effective environmental pollution control are discussed. In particular the impact of fossil-fuel power plants on the air pollution is analyzed. (a.n.)

  3. Modelling of the Through-air Bonding Process

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    M. Hossain

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available A computational fluid dynamics (CFD modelling ofthe through-air bonding process of nonwoven fabricproduction is reported in this article. In the throughairprocess, hot air is passed through the fibrous webto heat and melt polymer fibers. Molten polymersubsequently flows to the point of contact betweenany two fibers to produce a bond. Two differentmodelling strategies are adapted to produce acomprehensive understanding of the through-airbonding process. In macroscale modelling, a CFDmodel is developed treating the whole web as aporous media in order to investigate the effect ofprocess parameters. Results reveal that the timerequired to heat and melt the fibers decreases with theincreasing porosity of the web and the velocity of hotair. The CFD modelling technique is then used toanalyze the bonding process at a more fundamentallevel by considering the bonding of individual fibersat microscale. The effects of the fiber diameter,bonding temperature and contact angle between twofibers on the bonding time are investigated. Resultsshow that the time required to bond fibers is weaklyrelated to bonding temperature and fiber diameter.Fiber orientation angle, on the other hand, hassignificant effect on the progression of bondformation.

  4. Air quality modeling in the Valley of Mexico: meteorology, emissions and forecasting

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    Garcia-Reynoso, A.; Jazcilevich, A. D.; Diaz-Nigenda, E.; Vazquez-Morales, W.; Torres-Jardon, R.; Ruiz-Suarez, G.; Tatarko, J.; Bornstein, R.

    2007-12-01

    The Valley of Mexico presents important challenges for air quality modeling: complex terrain, a great variety of anthropogenic and natural emissions sources, and high altitude and low latitude increasing the amount of radiation flux. The modeling group at the CCA-UNAM is using and merging state of the art models to study the different aspects that influence the air quality phenomenon in the Valley of Mexico. The air quality model MCCM that uses MM5 as its meteorological input has been a valuable tool to study important features of the complex and intricate atmospheric flows on the valley, such as local confluences and vertical fumigation. Air quality modeling has allowed studying the interaction between the atmospheres of the valleys surrounding the Valley of Mexico, prompting the location of measurement stations during the MILAGRO campaign. These measurements confirmed the modeling results and expanded our knowledge of the transport of pollutants between the Valleys of Cuernavaca, Puebla and Mexico. The urban landscape of Mexico City complicates meteorological modeling. Urban-MM5, a model that explicitly takes into account the influence of buildings, houses, streets, parks and anthropogenic heat, is being implemented. Preliminary results of urban-MM5 on a small area of the city have been obtained. The current emissions inventory uses traffic database that includes hourly vehicular activity in more than 11,000 street segments, includes 23 area emissions categories, more than 1,000 industrial sources and biogenic emissions. To improve mobile sources emissions a system consisting of a traffic model and a car simulator is underway. This system will allow for high time and space resolution and takes into account motor stress due to different driving regimes. An important source of emissions in the Valley of Mexico is erosion dust. The erosion model WEPS has been integrated with MM5 and preliminary results showing dust episodes over Mexico City have been obtained. A real time Ozone forecast model is being implemented for the Valley of Mexico whose performance is being evaluated.

  5. Quality criteria for air pollution models, standardisation and model development in the Netherlands

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    Based on standards of EPA and IEEE, quality criteria have been formulated which address the development of air pollution models, the transformation towards user-friendly software and ''after-sales'' service. A Dutch standard on the description of air pollution models is being finalized. The standard formulates minimal requirements on the theoretical and practical description of models. This paper provides a survey of the quality criteria and it summarizes the standard. Further, the current practice of model development at RIVM is discussed. (au) (24 refs.)

  6. NASA Air Force Cost Model (NAFCOM): Capabilities and Results

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    McAfee, Julie; Culver, George; Naderi, Mahmoud

    2011-01-01

    NAFCOM is a parametric estimating tool for space hardware. Uses cost estimating relationships (CERs) which correlate historical costs to mission characteristics to predict new project costs. It is based on historical NASA and Air Force space projects. It is intended to be used in the very early phases of a development project. NAFCOM can be used at the subsystem or component levels and estimates development and production costs. NAFCOM is applicable to various types of missions (crewed spacecraft, uncrewed spacecraft, and launch vehicles). There are two versions of the model: a government version that is restricted and a contractor releasable version.

  7. NASA Space Radiation Program Integrative Risk Model Toolkit

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    Kim, Myung-Hee Y.; Hu, Shaowen; Plante, Ianik; Ponomarev, Artem L.; Sandridge, Chris

    2015-01-01

    NASA Space Radiation Program Element scientists have been actively involved in development of an integrative risk models toolkit that includes models for acute radiation risk and organ dose projection (ARRBOD), NASA space radiation cancer risk projection (NSCR), hemocyte dose estimation (HemoDose), GCR event-based risk model code (GERMcode), and relativistic ion tracks (RITRACKS), NASA radiation track image (NASARTI), and the On-Line Tool for the Assessment of Radiation in Space (OLTARIS). This session will introduce the components of the risk toolkit with opportunity for hands on demonstrations. The brief descriptions of each tools are: ARRBOD for Organ dose projection and acute radiation risk calculation from exposure to solar particle event; NSCR for Projection of cancer risk from exposure to space radiation; HemoDose for retrospective dose estimation by using multi-type blood cell counts; GERMcode for basic physical and biophysical properties for an ion beam, and biophysical and radiobiological properties for a beam transport to the target in the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory beam line; RITRACKS for simulation of heavy ion and delta-ray track structure, radiation chemistry, DNA structure and DNA damage at the molecular scale; NASARTI for modeling of the effects of space radiation on human cells and tissue by incorporating a physical model of tracks, cell nucleus, and DNA damage foci with image segmentation for the automated count; and OLTARIS, an integrated tool set utilizing HZETRN (High Charge and Energy Transport) intended to help scientists and engineers study the effects of space radiation on shielding materials, electronics, and biological systems.

  8. Quantifying urban street configuration for improvements in air pollution models

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    Eeftens, Marloes; Beekhuizen, Johan; Beelen, Rob; Wang, Meng; Vermeulen, Roel; Brunekreef, Bert; Huss, Anke; Hoek, Gerard

    2013-06-01

    In many built-up urban areas, tall buildings along narrow streets obstruct the free flow of air, resulting in higher pollution levels. Input data to account for street configuration in models are difficult to obtain for large numbers of streets. We describe an approach to calculate indicators of this "urban canyon effect" using 3-dimensional building data and evaluated whether these indicators improved spatially resolved land use regression (LUR) models.Concentrations of NO2 and NOx were available from 132 sites in the Netherlands. We calculated four indicators for canyon effects at each site: (1) the maximum aspect ratio (building height/width of the street) between buildings on opposite sides of the street, (2) the mean building angle, which is the angle between the horizontal street level and the line of sight to the top of surrounding buildings, (3) median building angle and (4) "SkyView Factor" (SVF), a measure of the total fraction of visible sky. Basic LUR models were computed for both pollutants using common predictors such as household density, land-use and nearby traffic intensity. We added each of the four canyon indicators to the basic LUR models and evaluated whether they improved the model.The calculated aspect ratio agreed well (R2 = 0.49) with aspect ratios calculated from field observations. Explained variance (R2) of the basic LUR models without canyon indicators was 80% for NO2 and 76% for NOx, and increased to 82% and 78% respectively if SVF was included. Despite this small increase in R2, contrasts in SVF (10th-90th percentile) resulted in substantial concentration differences of 5.56 ?g m-3 in NO2 and 10.9 ?g m-3 in NOx.We demonstrated a GIS based approach to quantify the obstruction of free air flow by buildings, applicable for large numbers of streets. Canyon indicators could be valuable to consider in air pollution models, especially in areas with low- and high-rise canyons.

  9. Space-Time Analysis of the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) Phase 1 Air Quality Simulations

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    This study presents an evaluation of summertime daily maximum ozone concentrations over North America (NA) and Europe (EU) using the database generated during Phase 1 of the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII). The analysis focuses on identifying tempor...

  10. Mathematical model of the process of radiation-adsorption purification

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    The mathematical model of the process of radiation-adsorption sterilization of water is developed which permits to choose optimum treatment parameters - liquid passing rate, length and cross section area of adsorption layer, radiation absorbed dose rate. The mathematical model has been tested at the pilot-experimental facility ''GURKh''-100000'' under 60Co ?-quantum irradiation of tap water. Quantitative correspondence of the experiment and calculation results confirms the mathematical model applicability for the description of the processes of radiation-adsorption purification and sterilization of water

  11. The influence of the solar radiation model on the calcutated solar radiation from a horizontal surface to a tilted surface

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    Andersen, Elsa; Lund, Hans; Furbo, Simon

    distributed over the entire sky dome and calculated as pure isotropic radiation or by anisotropic radiation models that also uses contribution from circumsolar radiation in the calculation or by anisotropic radiation models that apart from the isotropic and circumsolar contribution uses horizon brightening in...

  12. User's guide to the LIRAQ model: an air pollution model for the San Francisco Bay Area

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    The Livermore Regional Air Quality (LIRAQ) model comprises a set of computer programs that have been integrated into an easily used tool for the air quality planner. To assemble and modify the necessary data files and to direct model execution, a problem formulation program has been developed that makes possible the setup of a wide variety of studies involving perturbation of the emission inventory, changes to the initial and boundary conditions, and different choices of grid size and problem domain. In addition to describing the types of air quality problems for which the LIRAQ model may be used, this User's Guide provides detailed information on how to set up and conduct model simulations. Also included are descriptions of the formats of input data files so that the LIRAQ model may be applied to regions other than the San Francisco Bay Area

  13. Modeling Air Traffic Management Technologies with a Queuing Network Model of the National Airspace System

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    Long, Dou; Lee, David; Johnson, Jesse; Gaier, Eric; Kostiuk, Peter

    1999-01-01

    This report describes an integrated model of air traffic management (ATM) tools under development in two National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programs -Terminal Area Productivity (TAP) and Advanced Air Transport Technologies (AATT). The model is made by adjusting parameters of LMINET, a queuing network model of the National Airspace System (NAS), which the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) developed for NASA. Operating LMINET with models of various combinations of TAP and AATT will give quantitative information about the effects of the tools on operations of the NAS. The costs of delays under different scenarios are calculated. An extension of Air Carrier Investment Model (ACIM) under ASAC developed by the Institute for NASA maps the technologies' impacts on NASA operations into cross-comparable benefits estimates for technologies and sets of technologies.

  14. An Analytic Radiative-Convective Model for Planetary Atmospheres

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    Robinson, Tyler D; 10.1088/0004-637X/757/1/104

    2012-01-01

    We present an analytic 1-D radiative-convective model of the thermal structure of planetary atmospheres. Our model assumes that thermal radiative transfer is gray and can be represented by the two-stream approximation. Model atmospheres are assumed to be in hydrostatic equilibrium, with a power law scaling between the atmospheric pressure and the gray thermal optical depth. The convective portions of our models are taken to follow adiabats that account for condensation of volatiles through a scaling parameter to the dry adiabat. By combining these assumptions, we produce simple, analytic expressions that allow calculations of the atmospheric pressure-temperature profile, as well as expressions for the profiles of thermal radiative flux and convective flux. We explore the general behaviors of our model. These investigations encompass (1) worlds where atmospheric attenuation of sunlight is weak, which we show tend to have relatively high radiative-convective boundaries, (2) worlds with some attenuation of sunli...

  15. New calculation method for thermodynamic properties of humid air in humid air turbine cycle – The general model and solutions for saturated humid air

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    The article proposes a new calculation method for thermodynamic properties (i.e. specific enthalpy, specific entropy and specific volume) of humid air in humid air turbine cycle. The research pressure range is from 0.1 MPa to 5 MPa. The fundamental behaviors of dry air and water vapor in saturated humid air are explored in depth. The new model proposes and verifies the relationship between total gas mixture pressure and gas component pressures. This provides a good explanation of the fundamental behaviors of gas components in gas mixture from a new perspective. Another discovery is that the water vapor component pressure of saturated humid air equals PS, always smaller than its partial pressure (f·PS) which was believed in the past researches. In the new model, “Local Gas Constant” describes the interaction between similar molecules. “Improvement Factor” is proposed for the first time by this article, and it quantitatively describes the magnitude of interaction between dissimilar molecules. They are combined to fully describe the real thermodynamic properties of humid air. The average error of Revised Dalton's Method is within 0.1% compared to experimentally-based data. - Highlights: • Our new model is suitable to calculate thermodynamic properties of humid air in HAT cycle. • Fundamental behaviors of dry air and water vapor in saturated humid air are explored in depth. • Local-Gas-Constant describes existing alone component and Improvement Factor describes interaction between different components. • The new model proposes and verifies the relationship between total gas mixture pressure and component pressures. • It solves saturated humid air thoroughly and deviates from experimental data less than 0.1%

  16. Air quality modeling in support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutants Study (NEXUS).

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    Isakov, Vlad; Arunachalam, Saravanan; Batterman, Stuart; Bereznicki, Sarah; Burke, Janet; Dionisio, Kathie; Garcia, Val; Heist, David; Perry, Steve; Snyder, Michelle; Vette, Alan

    2014-09-01

    A major challenge in traffic-related air pollution exposure studies is the lack of information regarding pollutant exposure characterization. Air quality modeling can provide spatially and temporally varying exposure estimates for examining relationships between traffic-related air pollutants and adverse health outcomes. A hybrid air quality modeling approach was used to estimate exposure to traffic-related air pollutants in support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutants Study (NEXUS) conducted in Detroit (Michigan, USA). Model-based exposure metrics, associated with local variations of emissions and meteorology, were estimated using a combination of the American Meteorological Society/Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model (AERMOD) and Research LINE-source dispersion model for near-surface releases (RLINE) dispersion models, local emission source information from the National Emissions Inventory, detailed road network locations and traffic activity, and meteorological data from the Detroit City Airport. The regional background contribution was estimated using a combination of the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) and the Space-Time Ordinary Kriging (STOK) models. To capture the near-road pollutant gradients, refined "mini-grids" of model receptors were placed around participant homes. Exposure metrics for CO, NOx, PM2.5 and its components (elemental and organic carbon) were predicted at each home location for multiple time periods including daily and rush hours. The exposure metrics were evaluated for their ability to characterize the spatial and temporal variations of multiple ambient air pollutants compared to measurements across the study area. PMID:25166917

  17. Air Quality Modeling in Support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutants Study (NEXUS

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    Vlad Isakov

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A major challenge in traffic-related air pollution exposure studies is the lack of information regarding pollutant exposure characterization. Air quality modeling can provide spatially and temporally varying exposure estimates for examining relationships between traffic-related air pollutants and adverse health outcomes. A hybrid air quality modeling approach was used to estimate exposure to traffic-related air pollutants in support of the Near-Road Exposures and Effects of Urban Air Pollutants Study (NEXUS conducted in Detroit (Michigan, USA. Model-based exposure metrics, associated with local variations of emissions and meteorology, were estimated using a combination of the American Meteorological Society/Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model (AERMOD and Research LINE-source dispersion model for near-surface releases (RLINE dispersion models, local emission source information from the National Emissions Inventory, detailed road network locations and traffic activity, and meteorological data from the Detroit City Airport. The regional background contribution was estimated using a combination of the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ and the Space-Time Ordinary Kriging (STOK models. To capture the near-road pollutant gradients, refined “mini-grids” of model receptors were placed around participant homes. Exposure metrics for CO, NOx, PM2.5 and its components (elemental and organic carbon were predicted at each home location for multiple time periods including daily and rush hours. The exposure metrics were evaluated for their ability to characterize the spatial and temporal variations of multiple ambient air pollutants compared to measurements across the study area.

  18. Modelling air pollution abatement in deep street canyons by means of air scrubbers

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    De Giovanni, Marina; Curci, Gabriele; Avveduto, Alessandro; Pace, Lorenzo; Salisburgo, Cesare Dari; Giammaria, Franco; Monaco, Alessio; Spanto, Giuseppe; Tripodi, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Deep street canyons are characterized by weak ventilation and recirculation of air. In such environment, the exposure to particulate matter and other air pollutants is enhanced, with a consequent worsening of both safety and health. The main solution adopted by the international community is aimed at the reduction of the emissions. In this theoretical study, we test a new solution: the removal of air pollutants close to their sources by a network of Air Pollution Abatement (...

  19. Use of heavy ions to model radiation damage of metals

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    The methods for modeling radiation damage of metals using heavy ions are reviewed and the results obtained are analyzed. It is shown that irradiation of metals with heavy ion can simulate neutron exposure with the equivalent dose with adequate accuracy and permits a detailed analysis of radiation damage of metals

  20. Observations of surface radiation and stratospheric processes at Thule Air Base, Greenland, during the IPY

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    Giovanni Muscari

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Ground-based measurements of atmospheric parameters have been carried out for more than 20 years at the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC station at Thule Air Base (76.5°N, 68.8°W, on the north-western coast of Greenland. Various instruments dedicated to the study of the lower and middle polar atmosphere are installed at Thule in the framework of a long standing collaboration among Danish, Italian, and US research institutes and universities. This effort aims at monitoring the composition, structure and dynamics of the polar stratosphere, and at studying the Arctic energy budget and the role played by different factors, such as aerosols, water vapour, and surface albedo. During the International Polar Year (IPY, in winter 2008-2009, an intensive measurement campaign was conducted at Thule within the framework of the IPY project “Ozone layer and UV radiation in a changing climate evaluated during IPY” (ORACLE-O3 which sought to improve our understanding of the complex mechanisms that lead to the Arctic stratospheric O3 depletion. The campaign involved a lidar system, measuring aerosol backscatter and depolarization ratios up to 35 km and atmospheric temperature profiles from 25 to 70 km altitude, a ground-based millimeter-wave spectrometer (GBMS used to derive stratospheric mixing ratio profiles of different chemical species involved in the stratospheric ozone depletion cycle, and then ground-based radiometers and a Cimel sunphotometer to study the Arctic radiative budget at the surface. The observations show that the surface radiation budget is mainly regulated by the longwave component throughout most of the year. Clouds have a significant impact contributing to enhance the role of longwave radiation. Besides clouds, water vapour seasonal changes produce the largest modification in the shortwave component at the surface, followed by changes in surface albedo and in aerosol amounts. For what concerns the middle atmosphere, during the first part of winter 2008-2009 the cold polar vortex allowed for the formation of polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs which were observed above Thule by means of the lidar. This period was also characterized by GBMS measurements of low values of O3 due to the catalytic reactions prompted by the PSCs. In mid-January, as the most intense Sudden Stratospheric Warming event ever observed in the Arctic occurred, GBMS and lidar measurements of O3, N2O, CO and temperature described its evolution as it propagated from the upper atmosphere to the lower stratosphere.