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  1. Design and Analysis of an Electromagnetic Thrust Bearing

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    Banerjee, Bibhuti; Rao, Dantam K.

    1996-01-01

    A double-acting electromagnetic thrust bearing is normally used to counter the axial loads in many rotating machines that employ magnetic bearings. It essentially consists of an actuator and drive electronics. Existing thrust bearing design programs are based on several assumptions. These assumptions, however, are often violated in practice. For example, no distinction is made between maximum external loads and maximum bearing forces, which are assumed to be identical. Furthermore, it is assumed that the maximum flux density in the air gap occurs at the nominal gap position of the thrust runner. The purpose of this paper is to present a clear theoretical basis for the design of the electromagnetic thrust bearing which obviates such assumptions.

  2. Research on Service Life Prediction Model of Thrust Needle Bearing

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    Li Wei

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Needle roller thrust bear is small in size and of high ability in load bearing, therefore it is widely used in fields of aviation and automobile etc.  But the relation between their service life and pre-tightening torque is not very clear, so the using design of the bear depends mainly on experience of engineer, because of lack of references. In the paper, the theoretical analysis on relation between torque and load is done, special wearing test instrument is developed and wearing test of thrust needle bear is conducted. Based on the results of the test, mathematical model of relation between the losing amount of pre-tightening torque and the pre-tightening torque is built, based on which use of the bear in engineering will be more reasonable, and their pre-tightening torque will be given more accurately.

  3. Fatigue Life Analysis of Thrust Ball Bearing Using ANSYS

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    Prabhat Singh,; , Prof Upendra Kumar Joshi2

    2014-01-01

    This paper compares the total deformation of thrust ball bearing & contact stress b/w ball & raceways & its effect on fatigue life of thrust ball bearing. The 3-Dimensional Modeling has been done through modeling software Pro-e wildfire-5.0. The parts assembly is also done in Pro-e wildfire-5.0 & analysis has been done through ANSYS- 14. An analylitical method is good, less expensive and gives the best results. Analytical results give good agreement with the experimental data. ...

  4. Advanced Active-Magnetic-Bearing Thrust-Measurement System

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    Imlach, Joseph; Kasarda, Mary; Blumber, Eric

    2008-01-01

    An advanced thrust-measurement system utilizes active magnetic bearings to both (1) levitate a floating frame in all six degrees of freedom and (2) measure the levitation forces between the floating frame and a grounded frame. This system was developed for original use in measuring the thrust exerted by a rocket engine mounted on the floating frame, but can just as well be used in other force-measurement applications. This system offers several advantages over prior thrust-measurement systems based on mechanical support by flexures and/or load cells: The system includes multiple active magnetic bearings for each degree of freedom, so that by selective use of one, some, or all of these bearings, it is possible to test a given article over a wide force range in the same fixture, eliminating the need to transfer the article to different test fixtures to obtain the benefit of full-scale accuracy of different force-measurement devices for different force ranges. Like other active magnetic bearings, the active magnetic bearings of this system include closed-loop control subsystems, through which the stiffness and damping characteristics of the magnetic bearings can be modified electronically. The design of the system minimizes or eliminates cross-axis force-measurement errors. The active magnetic bearings are configured to provide support against movement along all three orthogonal Cartesian axes, and such that the support along a given axis does not produce force along any other axis. Moreover, by eliminating the need for such mechanical connections as flexures used in prior thrust-measurement systems, magnetic levitation of the floating frame eliminates what would otherwise be major sources of cross-axis forces and the associated measurement errors. Overall, relative to prior mechanical-support thrust-measurement systems, this system offers greater versatility for adaptation to a variety of test conditions and requirements. The basic idea of most prior active-magnetic-bearing force-measurement systems is to calculate levitation forces on the basis of simple proportionalities between changes in those forces and changes in feedback-controlled currents applied to levitating electromagnetic coils. In the prior systems, the effects of gap lengths on fringing magnetic fields and the concomitant effects on magnetic forces were neglected. In the present system, the control subsystems of the active magnetic bearings are coupled with a computer-based automatic calibration system running special-purpose software wherein gap-length-dependent fringing factors are applied to current and magnetic-flux-based force equations and combined with a multipoint calibration method to obtain greater accuracy.

  5. On the Design of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings

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    Heinrichson, Niels

    2007-01-01

    Pockets are often machined in the surfaces of tilting-pad thrust bearings to allow for hydrostatic jacking in the start-up phase. Pockets and other recesses in the surfaces of bearing pads influence the pressure distribution and thereby the position of the pivot resulting in the most advantageous pad convergence ratio. In this thesis, a theoretical approach is applied in the attempt to quantify the influence of recesses in the pad surfaces. The recesses may be relatively deep and enclosed as is the case with pockets designed for hydrostatic jacking. Such recesses are characterized by low friction and a small pressure build-up. As in parallel-step bearings the recesses may also have a depth of the same order of magnitude as the oil film thickness. Such recesses are characterized by a strong pressure build-up caused by the reduction of the flow area at the end of the recess. Numerical models based on the Reynolds equation are used. They include the effects of variations of viscosity with temperature and the deformation of the bearing pads due to pressure and thermal gradients. The models are validated using measurements. Tilting-pad bearings of standard design are studied and the influences of the bearing length-to-width ratio, pad deformation and injection pocket size are quantified. Suggestions for the design of energy efficient bearings are given. The results show that correctly dimensioned, bearings with oil injection pockets have smaller friction coefficients than bearings with plain pads. Placing the pockets in the high-pressure zones close to the trailing edges of the bearing pads causes a substantial reduction in the friction coefficient. The design of the recess sizes and positions leading to the largest improvements is studied and design suggestions for various pad geometries are given. Parallel-step bearings theoretically have smaller friction coefficients than tilting-pad bearings. A design of a tilting-pad bearing is suggested which combines the benefits of the two types of bearings in a tilting-pad bearing with inlet pockets. This design results in a substantial reduction of the friction loss. Both this bearing and the bearing design with enclosed recesses in the high-pressure regions of the pads suffer from a higher sensitivity to the position of the pivot. The design of such bearing is therefore no trivial task.

  6. An externally pressurized air bearing system, journals and thrust, for application to small turbomachinery

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    Turner, A. B.; Davies, S. J.; Nimir, Y. L.; Richardson, J. D.

    1992-06-01

    Experiments have been conducted to examine the feasibility of externally pressurized air bearings for possible utilization in small high-speed turbomachinery such as compressor and turbine test rigs. The bearing was designed employing a simplified theory that proved to be adequate, with the problem of thermal expansion solved using brass bearings sleeved with graphited bronze, up to a shaft/bearing temperature of 180 C. A new thrust bearing was demonstrated with a potential capacity greatly in excess of the conventional aerostatic, close contact, parallel disk type of thrust bearing.

  7. Analysis and design of a cantilever-mounted resilient-pad gas-lubricated thrust bearing

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    Etsion, I.

    1976-01-01

    A thrust bearing consisting of pads mounted on resilient, metallic, cantilever beams is described and analyzed. Compliance and stiffness of the bearing assembly are discussed, and the effects of bearing design parameters on performance are shown. After the general analysis, a design example is presented for a flat sector-shaped gas bearing. A special case where zero axial movement of the runner can be obtained is pointed out.

  8. Note: Radial-thrust combo metal mesh foil bearing for microturbomachinery

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    Park, Cheol Hoon; Choi, Sang Kyu; Hong, Doo Euy; Yoon, Tae Gwang; Lee, Sung Hwi

    2013-10-01

    This Note proposes a novel radial-thrust combo metal mesh foil bearing (MMFB). Although MMFBs have advantages such as higher stiffness and damping over conventional air foil bearings, studies related to MMFBs have been limited to radial MMFBs. The novel combo MMFB is composed of a radial top foil, thrust top foils, and a ring-shaped metal mesh damper—fabricated by compressing a copper wire mesh—with metal mesh thrust pads for the thrust bearing at both side faces. In this study, the combo MMFB was fabricated in half-split type to support the rotor for a micro gas turbine generator. The manufacture and assembly process for the half-split-type combo MMFB is presented. In addition, to verify the proposed combo MMFB, motoring test results up to 250 000 rpm and axial displacements as a function of rotational speed are presented.

  9. Experimental equipment for measuring physical properties of the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing

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    Kozdera Michal; Drábková Sylva; Bojko Marian

    2014-01-01

    The hydraulic circuit, through which the mineral oil is brought, is an important part of hydrostatic bearings. The annular hydrostatic thrust bearing consists of two sliding plates divided by a layer of mineral oil. In the lower plate, there are oil grooves which distribute the liquid between the sliding areas. The hydraulic circuit is made of two basic parts: the energy source and the controlling part. The hydraulic pump, which brings the liquid into the sliding bearing, is the source of the...

  10. Analysis of a Thrust Bearing with Flexible Pads and Flexible Supports

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    Klit, Peder; Thomsen, Kim

    2007-01-01

    A theoretical analysis of a hydrodynamic thrust bearing is presented. The bearing investigated is used in an ndustrial product. The lubricant is water, but the results are valid also for other lubricants.At first the results from a 1-dimensional model for the fluid film forces and the associated deformation of the bearing geometry is presented. This model enlightens the influence of pad flexibility and support location and flexibility. Subsequently results from a 2-dimensional model of the beari...

  11. Analysis of a Thrust Bearing with Flexible Pads and Flexible Supports

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    Klit, Peder; Thomsen, Kim

    2007-01-01

    A theoretical analysis of a hydrodynamic thrust bearing is presented. The bearing investigated is used in an ndustrial product. The lubricant is water, but the results are valid also for other lubricants.At first the results from a 1-dimensional model for the fluid film forces and the associated deformation of the bearing geometry is presented. This model enlightens the influence of pad flexibility and support location and flexibility. Subsequently results from a 2-dimensional model of the bearing is presented. The model is used to carry out an optimization of the bearing design, and the obtained improvements in load carrying capacity is presented.

  12. A rotary microactuator supported on encapsulated microball bearings using an electro-pneumatic thrust balance

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    McCarthy, Matthew; Waits, C. Mike; Beyaz, Mustafa I.; Ghodssi, Reza

    2009-09-01

    The development of a rotary microactuator supported on encapsulated microball bearings and driven by electro-pneumatic actuation is reported. The encapsulated bearing provides full support to an encased rotor, while an electro-pneumatic thrust balance is used to minimize rotor normal load. By minimizing normal load, bearing friction is reduced leading to increased speed and performance. Experimental results show that the microactuator is capable of repeatable operation and continuous 360° motion at speeds of 5-2000 rpm. This is the first demonstration of a ball bearing supported electrostatic microactuator with a fully encased rotor, capable of direct mechanical attachment or reliable interaction with external media.

  13. A rotary microactuator supported on encapsulated microball bearings using an electro-pneumatic thrust balance

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    The development of a rotary microactuator supported on encapsulated microball bearings and driven by electro-pneumatic actuation is reported. The encapsulated bearing provides full support to an encased rotor, while an electro-pneumatic thrust balance is used to minimize rotor normal load. By minimizing normal load, bearing friction is reduced leading to increased speed and performance. Experimental results show that the microactuator is capable of repeatable operation and continuous 360° motion at speeds of 5–2000 rpm. This is the first demonstration of a ball bearing supported electrostatic microactuator with a fully encased rotor, capable of direct mechanical attachment or reliable interaction with external media

  14. The Chevron Foil Thrust Bearing: Improved Performance Through Passive Thermal Management and Effective Lubricant Mixing

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    Bruckner, Robert

    2013-01-01

    An improved foil thrust bearing is described that eliminates or reduces the need for forced cooling of the bearing foils while at the same time improves the load capacity of the bearing, enhances damping, provides overload tolerance, and eliminates the high speed load capacity drop-off that plagues the current state of the art. The performance improvement demonstrated by the chevron foil thrust bearing stems from a novel trailing edge shape that splays the hot lubricant in the thin film radially, thus preventing hot lubricant carry-over into the ensuing bearing sector. Additionally, the chevron shaped trailing edge induces vortical mixing of the hot lubricant with the gas that is naturally resident within the inter-pad region of a foil thrust bearing. The elimination of hot gas carry-over in combination with the enhanced mixing has enabled a completely passive thermally managed foil bearing design. Laboratory testing at NASA has confirmed the original analysis and reduced this concept to practice.

  15. Bulk-Flow Analysis of Hybrid Thrust Bearings for Advanced Cryogenic Turbopumps

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    SanAndres, Luis

    1998-01-01

    A bulk-flow analysis and computer program for prediction of the static load performance and dynamic force coefficients of angled injection, orifice-compensated hydrostatic/hydrodynamic thrust bearings have been completed. The product of the research is an efficient computational tool for the design of high-speed thrust bearings for cryogenic fluid turbopumps. The study addresses the needs of a growing technology that requires of reliable fluid film bearings to provide the maximum operating life with optimum controllable rotordynamic characteristics at the lowest cost. The motion of a cryogenic fluid on the thin film lands of a thrust bearing is governed by a set of bulk-flow mass and momentum conservation and energy transport equations. Mass flow conservation and a simple model for momentum transport within the hydrostatic bearing recesses are also accounted for. The bulk-flow model includes flow turbulence with fluid inertia advection, Coriolis and centrifugal acceleration effects on the bearing recesses and film lands. The cryogenic fluid properties are obtained from realistic thermophysical equations of state. Turbulent bulk-flow shear parameters are based on Hirs' model with Moody's friction factor equations allowing a simple simulation for machined bearing surface roughness. A perturbation analysis leads to zeroth-order nonlinear equations governing the fluid flow for the thrust bearing operating at a static equilibrium position, and first-order linear equations describing the perturbed fluid flow for small amplitude shaft motions in the axial direction. Numerical solution to the zeroth-order flow field equations renders the bearing flow rate, thrust load, drag torque and power dissipation. Solution to the first-order equations determines the axial stiffness, damping and inertia force coefficients. The computational method uses well established algorithms and generic subprograms available from prior developments. The Fortran9O computer program hydrothrust runs on a Windows 95/NT personal computer. The program, help files and examples are licensed by Texas A&M University Technology License Office. The study of the static and dynamic performance of two hydrostatic/hydrodynamic bearings demonstrates the importance of centrifugal and advection fluid inertia effects for operation at high rotational speeds. The first example considers a conceptual hydrostatic thrust bearing for an advanced liquid hydrogen turbopump operating at 170,000 rpm. The large axial stiffness and damping coefficients of the bearing should provide accurate control and axial positioning of the turbopump and also allow for unshrouded impellers, therefore increasing the overall pump efficiency. The second bearing uses a refrigerant R134a, and its application in oil-free air conditioning compressors is of great technological importance and commercial value. The computed predictions reveal that the LH2 bearing load capacity and flow rate increase with the recess pressure (i.e. increasing orifice diameters). The bearing axial stiffness has a maximum for a recess pressure rati of approx. 0.55. while the axial damping coefficient decreases as the recess pressure ratio increases. The computer results from three flow models are compared. These models are a) inertialess, b) fluid inertia at recess edges only, and c) full fluid inertia at both recess edges and film lands. The full inertia model shows the lowest flow rates, axial load capacity and stiffness coefficient but on the other hand renders the largest damping coefficients and inertia coefficients. The most important findings are related to the reduction of the outflow through the inner radius and the appearance of subambient pressures. The performance of the refrigerant hybrid thrust bearing is evaluated at two operating speeds and pressure drops. The computed results are presented in dimensionless form to evidence consistent trends in the bearing performance characteristics. As the applied axial load increases, the bearing film thickness and flow rate decrease while the recess pressure increases. The a

  16. The Effect of Additives on The Performance of HydrostaticThrust Bearings

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    Muhammed Abdul Sattar; Albert E. Yousif

    2008-01-01

    The paper is concerned with, the behavior of the hydrostatic thrust bearings lubricated with liquid-solid lubricants using Einstein viscosity formula, and taking into account the centrifugal force resulting from high speed. Also studied is the effect of the bearing dimensions on the pressure, flow rate, load capacity, shear stress, power consumption and stiffness. The theoretical results show an increase in load capacity by (8.3%) in the presence of solid graphite particles with concentration...

  17. Experimental equipment for measuring physical properties of the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing

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    Kozdera Michal

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The hydraulic circuit, through which the mineral oil is brought, is an important part of hydrostatic bearings. The annular hydrostatic thrust bearing consists of two sliding plates divided by a layer of mineral oil. In the lower plate, there are oil grooves which distribute the liquid between the sliding areas. The hydraulic circuit is made of two basic parts: the energy source and the controlling part. The hydraulic pump, which brings the liquid into the sliding bearing, is the source of the pressure energy. The sliding bearing is weighted down by axial force, which can be changed during the process. That´s why in front of the particular oil grooves control components adjusting pressure and flow size are located. This paper deals with a project of a hydraulic circuit for regulation of fluid layer in the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing and the testing equipment for measuring its physical properties. It will include the issue of measuring loading capacity and height of the fluid layer in the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing.

  18. Experimental equipment for measuring physical properties of the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing

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    Kozdera, Michal; Drábková, Sylva; Bojko, Marian

    2014-03-01

    The hydraulic circuit, through which the mineral oil is brought, is an important part of hydrostatic bearings. The annular hydrostatic thrust bearing consists of two sliding plates divided by a layer of mineral oil. In the lower plate, there are oil grooves which distribute the liquid between the sliding areas. The hydraulic circuit is made of two basic parts: the energy source and the controlling part. The hydraulic pump, which brings the liquid into the sliding bearing, is the source of the pressure energy. The sliding bearing is weighted down by axial force, which can be changed during the process. That's why in front of the particular oil grooves control components adjusting pressure and flow size are located. This paper deals with a project of a hydraulic circuit for regulation of fluid layer in the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing and the testing equipment for measuring its physical properties. It will include the issue of measuring loading capacity and height of the fluid layer in the annular hydrostatic thrust bearing.

  19. Optimization of residual heat removal pump axial thrust and axial bearing

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    The residual heat removal (RHR) pumps of German 1300 megawatt pressurized-water reactor (PWR) power plants are of the single stage end suction type with volute casing or with diffuser and forged circular casing. Due to the service conditions the pumps have to cover the full capacity range as well as a big variation in suction static pressure. This results in a big difference in the axial thrust that has to be borne by the axial bearing. Because these pumps are designed to operate without auxiliary systems (things that do not exist can not fail), they are equipped with antifriction bearings and sump oil lubrication. To minimize the heat production within the bearing casing, a number of PWR plants have pumps with combined axial/radial bearings of the ball type. Due to the fact that the maximum axial thrust caused by static pressure and hydrodynamic forces on the impeller is too big to be borne by that type of axial bearing, the impellers were designed to produce a hydrodynamic axial force that counteracts the static axial force. Thus, the resulting axial thrust may change direction when the static pressure varies

  20. Optimization of residual heat removal pump axial thrust and axial bearing

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    Schubert, F.

    1996-12-01

    The residual heat removal (RHR) pumps of German 1300 megawatt pressurized-water reactor (PWR) power plants are of the single stage end suction type with volute casing or with diffuser and forged circular casing. Due to the service conditions the pumps have to cover the full capacity range as well as a big variation in suction static pressure. This results in a big difference in the axial thrust that has to be borne by the axial bearing. Because these pumps are designed to operate without auxiliary systems (things that do not exist can not fail), they are equipped with antifriction bearings and sump oil lubrication. To minimize the heat production within the bearing casing, a number of PWR plants have pumps with combined axial/radial bearings of the ball type. Due to the fact that the maximum axial thrust caused by static pressure and hydrodynamic forces on the impeller is too big to be borne by that type of axial bearing, the impellers were designed to produce a hydrodynamic axial force that counteracts the static axial force. Thus, the resulting axial thrust may change direction when the static pressure varies.

  1. Detecting thrust bearing failure within a screw compressor

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    A 3 1/2 mile ring of over 1000 superconducting magnets are needed to focus and drive the world's highest energy particle smasher. 24 Refrigerators supply liquid helium to the magnets; 34 high pressure oil flooded screw compressors supply 285 psig helium gas to the refrigerators. The 400 h.p. screws are reliable machines that use 45 gallons of oil per minute to seal and lubricate the rotors, lubricate the bearings, and remove the heat of compression. These machines are spaced out in seven buildings over four miles. A minimum of 28 machines must be operating at all times. A contingent of operators start, stop, and monitor any machine from a distant control room. The 34 compressors have an average of 32,000 hours; 9 machines have over 40,000 hours; the highest is 55,000 hours

  2. Establishing design criteria for crankshaft thrust bearings in gasoline and diesel engines by computer simulations and experiments. Crankshaft thrust bearing design - final report; Auslegungskriterien fuer Kurbelwellenaxiallager in Otto- und Dieselmotoren durch rechnergestuetzte Simulation und experimentelle Untersuchungen. Axialgleitlagerauslegung - Abschlussbericht

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    Hunsicker, W. [Fachhochschule Mannheim (Germany). Inst. fuer Tribologie; Backhaus, K. [Univ. GH Kassel (Germany). Inst. fuer Maschinenelemente und Konstruktionstechnik; Schubert, W. [KS Gleitlager GmbH, Papenburg (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    Aim of the research-project was it to increase the calculation safety of crank shaft thrust bearings in combustion engines. The project was divided in two parts: (1) A simulation program to analyze the load bearing capacity of axial bearings under mixed lubrication has been developed at the Institut fuer Maschinenelemente und Konstruktionstechnik, University of Kassel. This part of the research-project has been presented at the FVV Herbsttagung in 2003. (2) The test runs with original parts were carried out on a newly designed thrust bearing test rig at the Institut fuer Tribologie, University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim. The following presentation shows the results of part 2. The experimental results show the influence of rotational frequency, load, bearing material, lateral run-out of the tread of the crankshaft and groove pattern. These test runs will help to dimension thrust bearings more efficiently. (orig.)

  3. Defect diagnosis and root cause analysis for thrust roller bearing of centrifugal charging pump

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    The centrifugal charging pump is one of the most important equipment for Nuclear power plant which requires very high reliability, during C9 fuel-cycle, the continuous high level vibration alarm happened on the centrifugal charging pump B, we diagnosed its faults correctly and selected the right operation mode and right time to dismantle it which ensure the safety and economic benefits of Nuclear power plant, and through deeply analysis the root causes of thrust bearing defaults, we can learn much from it especially for the diagnosis and analysis to the bearing faults which is common for rotating equipment. (author)

  4. Experimental investigation of the flow in a simplified model of water lubricated axial thrust bearing

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    Kirschner, O.; Ruprecht, A.; Riedelbauch, S.

    2014-03-01

    In hydropower plants the axial thrust bearing takes up the hydraulic axial thrust of the runner and, in case of vertical shafts, the entire weight of all rotating masses. The use of water lubricated bearings can eliminate the oil leakage risk possibly contaminating the environment. A complex flow is generated by the smaller film thickness due to the lower viscosity of water compared with oil. Measurements on a simplified hydrostatic axial trust bearing model were accomplished for validating CFD analysis of water lubricated bearings. In this simplified model, fixed pads are implemented and the width of the gap was enlarged to create a higher resolution in space for the measurements. Most parts of the model were manufactured from acrylic glass to get optical access for measurement with PIV. The focus of these measurements is on the flow within the space between two pads. Additional to the PIV- measurement, the pressure on the wall of the rotating disk is captured by pressure transducers. The model bearing measurement results are presented for varied operating conditions.

  5. The Influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings - Part I: Theory

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Santos, Ilmar; Fuerst, Axel

    2007-01-01

    This is Part I of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high-pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. In Part I a numerical model based on the Reynolds equation is developed extending the threedimensional thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) analysis of tilting-pad thrust bearings to include the effects of high-pressure injection and recesses in the bearing pads. The model is applied to the analysis of an existing bearing of large dimensio...

  6. Analytic Modeling of the Hydrodynamic, Thermal, and Structural Behavior of Foil Thrust Bearings

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    Bruckner, Robert J.; DellaCorte, Christopher; Prahl, Joseph M.

    2005-01-01

    A simulation and modeling effort is conducted on gas foil thrust bearings. A foil bearing is a self acting hydrodynamic device capable of separating stationary and rotating components of rotating machinery by a film of air or other gaseous lubricant. Although simple in appearance these bearings have proven to be complicated devices in analysis. They are sensitive to fluid structure interaction, use a compressible gas as a lubricant, may not be in the fully continuum range of fluid mechanics, and operate in the range where viscous heat generation is significant. These factors provide a challenge to the simulation and modeling task. The Reynolds equation with the addition of Knudsen number effects due to thin film thicknesses is used to simulate the hydrodynamics. The energy equation is manipulated to simulate the temperature field of the lubricant film and combined with the ideal gas relationship, provides density field input to the Reynolds equation. Heat transfer between the lubricant and the surroundings is also modeled. The structural deformations of the bearing are modeled with a single partial differential equation. The equation models the top foil as a thin, bending dominated membrane whose deflections are governed by the biharmonic equation. A linear superposition of hydrodynamic load and compliant foundation reaction is included. The stiffness of the compliant foundation is modeled as a distributed stiffness that supports the top foil. The system of governing equations is solved numerically by a computer program written in the Mathematica computing environment. Representative calculations and comparisons with experimental results are included for a generation I gas foil thrust bearing.

  7. The influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings: Part I - Theory

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Santos, Ilmar

    2006-01-01

    This is Part I of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. A numerical model based on the Reynolds equation is developed extending the three dimensional thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic (TEHD) analysis of tilting-pad thrust bearings to include the effects of high pressure injection and recesses in the bearing pad. The model is applied to the analysis of an existing bearing of large dimensions and the influence of the pocket is analyzed. It is shown that a shallow pocket positively influences the performance of the bearing as it has characteristics similar to those of a parallel step bearing.

  8. Rheodynamic Lubrication of an Externally Pressured Thrust Bearing Using Herschel-Bulkley Fluid with Sinusoidal Injection

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    I.J. Amalraj

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lubricants with variable viscosity are assuming greater importance for its application in polymer industry, thermal reactors and in biomechanics. With the bearing operations in machines being subject to high speeds, loads, increasing mechanical shearing forces and continually increasing pressure, there has been an increasing interest to use non-Newtonian fluids characterized by a yield value. Some of them, which fit into this class, are Bingham, Casson and Herchel-Bulkley models. In the present work, the problem of an externally pressurized thrust bearing lubricated with Herschel-Bulkley fluid under the sinusoidal flow rate has been investigated. Herschel-Bulkley fluids are characterized by a yield value, which leads to the formation of rigid core in the flow region. The shape and extent of the core has been determined numerically for various values of the Herschel-Bulkley number, power-law index, amplitude of sinusoidal fluid film and time. Numerical solutions have been obtained for the bearing performances such as pressure distribution and load capacity for different values of the Herschel-Bulkley number, power-law index, amplitude of sinusoidal fluid film and time. The effects of sinusoidal injection of the lubricant and the non-Newtonian characteristics on the bearing performances have been discussed.

  9. Experimental Investigation of Friction Effect on Liner Model Rolling Bearings for Large Diameter Thrust Bearing Design

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    S. Babu

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Studying friction coefficient has significant importance, especially when dealing with high load and temperature applications that have frequent starting and stopping points. Towards that, two sets of angular contact Linear Model Mockup Bearings (LMMB were designed and fabricated. This linear model assembly was made up of high precision, grounded raceways (AISI 4140 and commercially purchased balls (AISI 52100. The experimental studies were carried out by placing different number of balls between the raceways under different loads at dry lubricating condition. The static friction coefficients were measured using two different experiments: viz gravitation-based experiment and direct linear force measurement experiment. And Digital Image Correlation (DIC technique was used to find the stiffness of LMMB set.

  10. Optimal design of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings with High Pressure Injection Pockets

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Santos, Ilmar

    2006-01-01

    A thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic(TEHD) model based on the Reynolds equation has been used to study the effect of oil injection pockets on the performance of tilting pad thrust bearings. The optimal position of the pivot both with respect to load carrying capacity and minimal power consumption is seen to move towards the leading edge of the pads as the pocket size is increased. A large pocket is seen to negatively influence the performance with respect to friction loss at most operating conditions while at some operating conditions it has a small positive influence. The small pocket has a slight positive influence on the friction loss at most operating conditions. Moderate thermal crowning is shown to have a positive effect on performance, reducing friction loss.

  11. Inertia Effects in Rheodynamic Lubrication of an Externally Pressurized Thrust Bearing Using Bingham Lubricant with Sinusoidal Injection

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    I.J. Amalraj; S Narasimman; Kandasamy, A

    2013-01-01

    In the present theoretical investigation, the combined effects of fluid inertia forces and sinusoidal injection of the Bingham lubricant, on the performance of an externally pressurized thrust bearing with circular geometry are studied. Using the conventional two-constant Bingham model and by adopting the method of averaging inertia terms, the reduced Navier-Stokes equations are modified and numerical solutions have been obtained for the bearing performances such as the pressure distribution ...

  12. The Influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings - Part I: Theory

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Santos, Ilmar

    2007-01-01

    This is Part I of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high-pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. In Part I a numerical model based on the Reynolds equation is developed extending the threedimensional thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) analysis of tilting-pad thrust bearings to include the effects of high-pressure injection and recesses in the bearing pads. The model is applied to the analysis of an existing bearing of large dimensions and the influence of the pocket is analyzed. In the analysis, the high-pressure oil injection used for hydrostatic jacking is turned off (i.e., only the effect of the pocket is studied). It is shown that a shallow pocket positively influences the performance of the bearing because it has characteristics similar to those of a Rayleigh-step bearing. In Part II of the paper (Heinrichson, N., Fuerst, A., and Santos, I. F., 2007, ASME J. Tribol., 129(4), pp. 904–912) measurements of pressure profiles and oil film thickness for a test-pad are compared to theoretical results. The analysis of Part II deals both with flow situations, where the high-pressure injection is turned off, as well as with situations where it is turned on for hydrostatic jacking.

  13. The Experimental Analyses of the Effects of the Geometric and Working Parameters on the Circular Hydrostatic Thrust Bearings

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    Canbulut, Fazıl

    In this paper, the characteristics of disk-type hydrostatic thrust bearings supporting concentric loads; simulating the major bearing/seal parts of axial piston pumps and motors were investigated. An experimental setup was designed to determine the performance of slippers, which are capable of increasing the efficiency of axial piston pumps and motors, for different conditions. The working parameters and the slipper geometry causing the minimum frictional power loss and leakage oil loss were determined. Since slippers affect the performance of the system considerably, the effects of surface roughnesses on lubrication were studied in slippers with varying hydrostatic bearing areas and surface roughness. The results of the study suggest that the frictional power loss and leakage oil loss were caused by the surface roughness, the relative velocity, the size of the hydrostatic bearing area, supply pressure and capillary tube diameter.

  14. Inertia Effects in Rheodynamic Lubrication of an Externally Pressurized Thrust Bearing Using Bingham Lubricant with Sinusoidal Injection

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    I.J. Amalraj

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present theoretical investigation, the combined effects of fluid inertia forces and sinusoidal injection of the Bingham lubricant, on the performance of an externally pressurized thrust bearing with circular geometry are studied. Using the conventional two-constant Bingham model and by adopting the method of averaging inertia terms, the reduced Navier-Stokes equations are modified and numerical solutions have been obtained for the bearing performances such as the pressure distribution and the load carrying capacity for different values of Bingham number, Reynolds number, time and amplitude. The effects of fluid inertia forces and the non-Newtonian characteristics of the Bingham lubricant on the bearing performances for different sinusoidal conditions are discussed.

  15. Robust Optimum Design of Thrust Hydrodynamic Bearings for Hard Disk Drives

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    Hiromu Hashimoto

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the robust optimum design which combines the geometrical optimization method proposed by Hashimoto and statistical method. Recently, 2.5? hard disk drives (HDDs are widely used for mobile devices such as laptops, video cameras and car navigation systems. In mobile applications, high durability towards external vibrations and shocks are essentials to the bearings of HDD spindle motor. In addition, the bearing characteristics are influenced by manufacturing error because of small size of the bearings of HDD. In this paper, the geometrical optimization is carried out to maximize the bearing stiffness using sequential quadratic programming to improve vibration characteristics. Additionally, the bearing stiffness is analyzed considering dimensional tolerance of the bearing using statistical method. The dimensional tolerance is assumed to distribute according to the Gaussian distribution, and then the bearing stiffness is estimated by combining the expectation and standard deviation. As a result, in the robust optimum design, new groove geometry of bearing can be obtained in which the bearing stiffness is four times higher than the stiffness of conventional spiral groove bearing. Moreover, the bearing has lower variability compared with the result of optimum design neglecting dimensional tolerance.

  16. The influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings: Part II - Comparison Between Theory and Experiment

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Fuerst, Axel; Santos, Ilmar

    2006-01-01

    This is Part II of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. Measurements of the distribution of pressure and oil film thickness are presented for tilting-pad thrust bearing pads of approximately 100 cm2 surface area. Two pads are measured in a laboratory test-rig at loads of approximately 0.5, 1.5 and 4.0 MPa and velocities of up to 33 m/s. One pad has a plain surface. The other pad has a con...

  17. Comparison of Models for the Steady-State Analysis of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Santos, Ilmar

    2005-01-01

    Prediction of the minimum oil film thickness and the maximum temperature on the surface of the bearing pad is crucial in the design and dimensioning of bearings. Friction loss, oil bath temperature and pad deflection are other parameters of interest. Depending on the desired information a numerical model requires different levels of detail. The two dimensional Reynolds equation for pressure in the oil film can be solved isothermally or considering viscosity variations in two or three dimensions, requiring solution of the equations for thermal equilibrium in oil and pad. Knowing the temperature distribution the deflection of the pad due to pressure and thermal bending can be calculated using a flat plate approximation. At the five free sides of the pad heat transfer can be modelled. The temperature distribution at the inlet to the pad can be calculated through equilibrium of thermal energy for the groove between pads and the oil bath temperature from energy equilibrium for the entire bearing. The main theoretical contribution of this paper is the elaboration and comparison of 7 different mathematical models of increasing complexity. The results are compared to experimental data for steady-state operation of a 228 mm outer diameter bearing. It is found that for the given bearing a two dimensional model is sufficient to estimate the minimum oil film thickness and the maximum temperature on the pad surface. Three dimensional modelling does not improve the quality of the results.

  18. 3D two-way coupled TEHD analysis on the lubricating characteristics of thrust bearings in pump-turbine units by combining CFD and FEA

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    Zhai, Liming; Luo, Yongyao; Wang, Zhengwei; Liu, Xin

    2015-10-01

    The thermal elastic hydro dynamic (TEHD) lubrication analysis for the thrust bearing is usually conducted by combining Reynolds equation with finite element analysis (FEA). But it is still a problem to conduct the computation by combining computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and FEA which can simulate the TEHD more accurately. In this paper, by using both direct and separate coupled solutions together, steady TEHD lubrication considering the viscosity-temperature effect for a bidirectional thrust bearing in a pump-turbine unit is simulated combining a 3D CFD model for the oil film with a 3D FEA model for the pad and mirror plate. Cyclic symmetry condition is used in the oil film flow as more reasonable boundary conditions which avoids the oil temperature assumption at the leading and trailing edge. Deformations of the pad and mirror plate are predicted and discussed as well as the distributions of oil film thickness, pressure, temperature. The predicted temperature shows good agreement with measurements, while the pressure shows a reasonable distribution comparing with previous studies. Further analysis of the three-coupled-field reveals the reason of the high pressure and high temperature generated in the film. Finally, the influence of rotational speed of the mirror plate on the lubrication characteristics is illustrated which shows the thrust load should be balanced against the oil film temperature and pressure in optimized designs. This research proposes a thrust bearing computation method by combining CFD and FEA which can do the TEHD analysis more accurately.

  19. The Development of Open Water-lubricated Polycrystalline Diamond (PCD) Thrust Bearings for Use in Marine Hydrokinetic (MHK) Energy Machines

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    Cooley, Craig, H.; Khonsari, Michael,, M; Lingwall, Brent

    2012-11-28

    Polycrstalline diamond (PCD) bearings were designed, fabricated and tested for marine-hydro-kinetic (MHK) application. Bearing efficiency and life were evaluated using the US Synthetic bearing test facility. Three iterations of design, build and test were conducted to arrive at the best bearing design. In addition life testing that simulated the starting and stopping and the loading of real MHK applications were performed. Results showed polycrystalline diamond bearings are well suited for MHK applications and that diamond bearing technology is TRL4 ready. Based on life tests results bearing life is estimated to be at least 11.5 years. A calculation method for evaluating the performance of diamond bearings of round geometry was also investigated and developed. Finally, as part of this effort test bearings were supplied free of charge to the University of Alaska for further evaluation. The University of Alaska test program will subject the diamond bearings to sediment laden lubricating fluid.

  20. 2D THD and 3D TEHD analysis of large spindle supported thrust bearings with pins and double layer system used in the three gorges hydroelectric generators

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    A 2D THD model and a 3DTEHD model for large spindle supported thrust bearings were set up and used to analyze the lubrication performance of the Three Gorges test thrust beating withpins and double layer system developed by Alstom Power. The finite difference method was employed to solve the THD model, and the thermal-elasticdeformations in the pad and runner were obtained by the finite element software ANSYS11.0. The data transfer between the THD model and ANSYS11.0 was carried out automatically by an interface program.A detailed comparison between the experimental results and numerical predictions by the two different modelsset up in this paper was carried out. Poor agreement has been found between the theoretical results obtained by 2D THD model and experimental data, while 3D TEHD provides fairly good agreement, confirming the importance of thermal effects and thermal-elastic deformations in both pad and runner.

  1. Evaluation of a series hybird thrust bearing at DN values to three million. 1: Analysis and design

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    Gu, A.; Eusepi, M.; Winn, L. W.

    1974-01-01

    The analysis and design are presented of a hybrid bearing consisting of a 150-mm ball bearing and a centrifugally actuated, conical, fluid film bearing fitting an envelope with an outer radius of 86.4 mm (3.4 in.) and an inner radius of 71 mm (2.8 in.). The bearing analysis, combined with available torque data on ball bearings, indicates that an effective speed split between the ball and fluid-film bearings of 50 percent may be expected during operation at 20,000 rpm and under an axial load of 17,800 newtons (4000 lbs.). This speed split can result in a ten-fold increase in the life of the ball bearing when compared to a simple ball bearing system operating under similar conditions.

  2. The Influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings - Part II: Comparison Between Theory and Experiment

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Fuerst, Axel; Santos, Ilmar

    2007-01-01

    This is Part II of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high-pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. The paper has two main objectives. One is an experimental investigation of the influence of an oil injection pocket on the pressure distribution and oil film thickness. Two situations are analyzed: (i) when the high-pressure oil injection is turned off and (ii) when the highpressure injection is turned on. The other objective is to v...

  3. The influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings: Part II - Comparison Between Theory and Experiment

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Fuerst, Axel

    2006-01-01

    This is Part II of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. Measurements of the distribution of pressure and oil film thickness are presented for tilting-pad thrust bearing pads of approximately 100 cm2 surface area. Two pads are measured in a laboratory test-rig at loads of approximately 0.5, 1.5 and 4.0 MPa and velocities of up to 33 m/s. One pad has a plain surface. The other pad has a conical injection pocket at the pivot point and a leading edge taper. The measurements are compared to theoretical values obtained using a three dimensional thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic (TEHD) numerical model. At low and intermediate loads the theoretical pressure distribution corresponds well to the measured values for both pads although the influence of the pocket is slightly underestimated. At high loads large discrepancies exist for the pad with an injection pocket. It is argued that this is likely to be due to the unevenness of the collar surface. The measured and theoretical values of oil film thickness compare well at low loads. At high loads discrepancies grow to up to 25 %. It is argued that this is due to the accuracy of the measurements.

  4. Efecto de la textura superficial en el desempeño a fricción de cojinetes de empuje / Effect of the Surface Texture on Friction Thrust Bearing Performance

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    F.A., Suárez-Bustamante; F.M., Toro-Botero; J.M., Vélez-Restrepo.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presenta un modelo teórico que establece relaciones entre las condiciones de operación de un cojinete de empuje, su micro-topografía acondicionada y el coeficiente de fricción, cuando opera en condiciones de Lubricación Hidrodinámica (HL). Entre los resultados más sobresalientes o [...] btenidos en una exploración efectuada con el modelo están: la construcción de un mapa donde se caracteriza el desempeño de estos componentes y la obtención de algunas relaciones entre diversos grupos adimensionales, los cuales muestran que es factible ampliar el régimen de lubricación hidrodinámica de este tipo de cojinetes mediante el acondicionamiento artificial de sus superficies. Abstract in english This paper shows a theoretical model which stablishes relations among the operational conditions of a thrust bearing, its conditioned microtopography and the friction coeficient when it works under Hydrodynamic Lubrication conditions. Among the most outstanding results obtained from an exploration m [...] ade with the model are: building of a map where the performance of these components is characterized and the obtention of some relations among several adimentional groups that show the possiblility to enhance the hydrodynamic lubrication regime for this sort of bearings by artificial conditioning of their surfaces.

  5. The Influence of Injection Pockets on the Performance of Tilting-Pad Thrust Bearings - Part II: Comparison Between Theory and Experiment

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    Heinrichson, Niels; Fuerst, Axel

    2007-01-01

    This is Part II of a two-part series of papers describing the effects of high-pressure injection pockets on the operating conditions of tilting-pad thrust bearings. The paper has two main objectives. One is an experimental investigation of the influence of an oil injection pocket on the pressure distribution and oil film thickness. Two situations are analyzed: (i) when the high-pressure oil injection is turned off and (ii) when the highpressure injection is turned on. The other objective is to validate a numerical model with respect to its ability to predict the influence of such a pocket (with and without oil injection) on the pressure distribution and oil film thickness. Measurements of the distribution of pressure and oil film thickness are presented for tilting-pad thrust bearing pads of approx. 100 cm^2 surface area. Two pads are measured in a laboratory test rig at loads of approx. 1.5 MPa and approx. 4.0 MPa and velocities of up to 33 m/s. One pad has a plain surface. The other pad has a conical injection pocket at the pivot point and a leading-edge taper. The measurements are compared to theoretical values obtained using a three-dimensional thermoelastohydrodynamic (TEHD) numerical model. At the low load, the theoretical pressure distribution corresponds well with the measured values for both pads, although the influence of the pocket is slightly underestimated. At the high load, large discrepancies exist for the pad with an injection pocket. It is argued that the discrepancies are due mainly to geometric inaccuracies of the collar surface, although they may to some extent be due to the simplifications employed in a Reynolds equation description of the pocket flow. The measured and theoretical values of oil film thickness compare well at low loads and velocities. At high loads and velocities, discrepancies grow to up to 25%. This is due to the accuracy of the measurements. When using hydrostatic jacking the model predicts the start-up behavior well.

  6. Sub-micro-Newton resolution thrust balance

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    Hathaway, G.

    2015-10-01

    Herein is described a sensitive vacuum balance for measuring the thrust produced by small (˜0.5 kg) thrusters typically employed in microsat station-keeping. The balance is based on a torsion design but incorporates jewel-pivot bearings instead of the more typical torsion spring bearings. Novel tilt control allows maintenance of true verticality of the bearing axis even while under vacuum. The low moment of inertia design allows it to measure small thrusts from high-voltage devices without direct wire conductor connections. Calibration by several means is described including use of a previously calibrated dielectric barrier discharge thruster.

  7. Magnetic Bearing

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    Anbuselvan. T

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of bearings is essential to all types of machines, especially in marine aspects they provide the function of supporting heavier component in a desired position. These bearings have contact with the rotating part and causes surface wear which can be controlled by lubrication. Researches have raised the standards of performance for rotating equipment by providing robust, cost effective, easy to implement magnetic bearing solutions. Use of magnetic bearings in ships can be more advantageous because it is contact –free resulting in no surface wear and hence no need for lubricant, no servicing and can work in clean environment. It has several other benefits like high reliability, clean environments, high speed applications, position and vibration control and can withstand in extreme conditions. Magnetic bearing will also restrict the translational sliding, which is merely a linear case of supporting a rotating object thus use of thrust block also eliminated. Magnetic bearing technology has become viable because of advances in micro-processing controllers that allows for confident and robust active control. This paper discusses more about the construction, principle and working of magnetic bearing in detail.

  8. Variable thrust cartridge

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    Taleyarkhan, Rusi P. (Knoxville, TN)

    2000-11-07

    The present invention is a variable thrust cartridge comprising a water-molten aluminum reaction chamber from which a slug is propelled. The cartridge comprises a firing system that initiates a controlled explosion from the reaction chamber. The explosive force provides a thrust to a slug, preferably contained within the cartridge.

  9. Hydrostatic and hybrid bearing design

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    Rowe, W B

    1983-01-01

    Hydrostatic and Hybrid Bearing Design is a 15-chapter book that focuses on the bearing design and testing. This book first describes the application of hydrostatic bearings, as well as the device pressure, flow, force, power, and temperature. Subsequent chapters discuss the load and flow rate of thrust pads; circuit design, flow control, load, and stiffness; and the basis of the design procedures and selection of tolerances. The specific types of bearings, their design, dynamics, and experimental methods and testing are also shown. This book will be very valuable to students of engineering des

  10. A MICRO TURBINE DEVICE WITH ENHANCED MICRO AIR-BEARINGS

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    Shan, X.-C.; Zhang, Qide; Sun, Y. F.; Maeda, R

    2006-01-01

    As part of progress in developing a micro gas turbine engine, this paper presents the design, fabrication and testing of a silicon-based micro turbine device, which is driven by compressed air. To improve its rotational speed and stability, the turbine device has enhanced journal air bearing and thrust air bearings. The thrust air bearings are utilized for supporting the rotor from both its top- and bottom- sides. The top thrust air bearing employs pump-in type spiral grooves, and the bottom ...

  11. Numerical and experimental investigations of micro air bearings for micro systems

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    The paper investigated performance of air bearing system in a micro device. A parametric study is carried out. The dynamic performance of a very short journal bearing (L/D < 0.1) and thrust bearing is studied. The parameters that affect the performance of the air bearing are discussed. The optimum values of the important parameters are explored, and the stability of the thrust bearing is discussed. The prototype and test result are presented

  12. Active magnetic bearings give systems a lift

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    O'Connor, Leo

    1992-07-01

    While the active magnetic bearings currently being used in such specialized applications as centrifugal compressors for natural gas pumps are more expensive than conventional bearings, they furnish improved machine service life, controlled damping of high-speed rotors to eliminate critical-speed vibrations, and the obviation of lubrication systems. Attention is presently given to magnetic bearings used by the electric power industry, homopolar magnetic radial and thrust bearings, weapon-system and gas turbine engine applications of magnetic bearings, and the benefits of magnetic bearings for energy-storage flywheels.

  13. Thrusting, halotectonics, and sedimentation in the Spanish Pyrenees

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    Anastasio, D.J.

    1988-08-01

    The Spanish Pyrenees are a linked system of regional thrust sheets and intermontane basins which formed during the Tertiary collision of the European and Iberian plates. The structural evolution of the Pyrenees was controlled by Mesozoic extensional structures and evaporite-bearing strata which served as the regional decollement and produced widespread pre- to postthrusting halotectonic folds. Palinspastic restoration of Cretaceous strata from the Pyrenean realm delineates a large normal-faulted embayment in the northern Iberian margin. Thicker sediments within the bay, coupled with the southward emplacement of the Cotiella-Montsec thrust sheet, caused underlying evaporites to flow toward the basin margins, producing folds such as the Mediano anticline.

  14. Recommended Practices in Thrust Measurements

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    Polk, James E.; Pancotti, Anthony; Haag, Thomas; King, Scott; Walker, Mitchell; Blakely, Joseph; Ziemer, John

    2013-01-01

    Accurate, direct measurement of thrust or impulse is one of the most critical elements of electric thruster characterization, and one of the most difficult measurements to make. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has started an initiative to develop standards for many important measurement processes in electric propulsion, including thrust measurements. This paper summarizes recommended practices for the design, calibration, and operation of pendulum thrust stands, which are widely recognized as the best approach for measuring micro N- to mN-level thrust and micro Ns-level impulse bits. The fundamentals of pendulum thrust stand operation are reviewed, along with its implementation in hanging pendulum, inverted pendulum, and torsional balance configurations. Methods of calibration and recommendations for calibration processes are presented. Sources of error are identified and methods for data processing and uncertainty analysis are discussed. This review is intended to be the first step toward a recommended practices document to help the community produce high quality thrust measurements.

  15. Stability of Superhydrophobic Ring & Axle Liquid Bearings

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    Jenner, Elliot; D'Urso, Brian

    2015-01-01

    Friction between contacting solid surfaces is a dominant force on the micro-scale and a major consideration in the design of MEMS. Non-contact fluid bearings have been investigated as a way to mitigate this issue. Here we discuss a new design for surface tension-supported thrust bearings utilizing patterned superhydrophobic surfaces to achieve improved drag reduction. We examine sources of instability in the design, and demonstrate that it can be simply modeled and has super...

  16. The R and D D's bearing test benches

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    In power generation plants, rotating machines are involved in energy transformation processes and safety systems. The bearings supporting the rotors and the thrust bearings play a crucial role in the reliability of these machines. The phenomena encountered straddle several disciplines: hydrodynamics, tribology, thermomechanics, materials and vibrations in a specific environment, namely: thin fluid film, solid mechanical components and shaft rotation. Means of analysing the behaviour of these components (bearings and thrust bearings) have been developed and implemented. These consists of the EDYOS (Etude Dynamique des Organes de Supportage) code for dynamically studying bearing devices and several related bench tests. In reality, in order to understand the complex physical phenomena encountered in these components, it is vital to carry out analyses and experimental validations. Since these investigations cannot be carried out on actual machines, test benches have been built which can subject the sample bearings to the equivalent stresses. (author)

  17. Another Look at Rocket Thrust

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    Hester, Brooke; Burris, Jennifer

    2012-01-01

    Rocket propulsion is often introduced as an example of Newton's third law. The rocket exerts a force on the exhaust gas being ejected; the gas exerts an equal and opposite force--the thrust--on the rocket. Equivalently, in the absence of a net external force, the total momentum of the system, rocket plus ejected gas, remains constant. The law of…

  18. High Thrust-Density Electrostaic Engines Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — These issues are addressable by: increasing the thrust, power, and thrust-to-power ratio capability of EP systems; reducing the non-recurring engineering systems...

  19. Magnetic Bearing

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    1996-01-01

    AVCON, Inc. produces advanced magnetic bearing systems for industrial use, offering a unique technological approach based on contract work done at Marshall Space Flight Center and Lewis Research Center. Designed for the turbopump of the Space Shuttle main engine, they are now used in applications such as electric power generation, petroleum refining, machine tool operation and natural gas pipelines. Magnetic bearings support moving machinery without physical contact; AVCON's homopolar approach is a hybrid of permanent and electromagnets which are one-third the weight, smaller and more power- efficient than previous magnetic bearings.

  20. Failure of GIMBAL bearing in directional GYRO

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    This paper relates to the directional gyro of a sensing device used in indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile. The assembling of more than one thousand components in the form of several sub assemblies including hundreds of silver solders of this device was done in the hundred-thousands-class clean room according to assembly procedure. Whereas more than twenty bearings including gimbals bearings were assembled in the ten-thousands-class clean room after inspection/ testing them on beating testing system as per routine. The device was entered in testing and adjustment phase after successful completion of assembly work. The directional gyro qualified all the tests except the most critical one, the drift-rate. The drift-rate of outer gimbal was 60% more than permissible limit whereas drift-rate of inner gimbal was found O.K. It was diagnosed that at least one inner gimbal bearing out of two had some problem. The results were same after rebalancing of gimbals three times. The directional gyro was disassembled in clean room and the radial-thrust-bearing was recovered and flange bearing which are inner gimbal bearings. They were checked on bearing testing system and it was found that flange-bearing had more friction than permissible limit and hence rejected but radial thrust bearing were declared O.K. The gyro was reassembled with new O.K. flange bearing and the assembly work was completed in all respects. The sensing device qualified all the tests including the drift-rate. This case study is being presented to emphasize the importance of careful assembly of gyro in clean environment. (author)

  1. The thrust minimization problem and its applications

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    Ivanyukhin, A. V.; Petukhov, V. G.

    2015-07-01

    An indirect approach to the optimization of trajectories with finite thrust based on Pontryagin's maximum principle is discussed. The optimization is aimed at calculating the minimum thrust for a point-to-point flight completed within a given interval of time with a constant exhaust velocity and a constant power. This may help calculate the region of existence of the optimum trajectory with thrust switching: it is evident that the latter problem may be solved if minimum thrust is lower than or equal to the available thrust in the problem with switching. A technique for calculating the optimum trajectories with a finite thrust by solving the problem of minimization of the thrust acceleration with a subsequent numerical continuation with respect to the mass flow towards the thrust minimization problem is proposed. This technique offers an opportunity to detect degeneracies associated with the lack of thrust or specific impulse. In effect, it allows one to calculate the boundaries of the region of existence of trajectories with thrust switching and thus makes it possible to automate the process of solving the problem of optimization of trajectories with thrust switching.

  2. Lubrication of an 85-mm ball bearing with RP-1

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    Addy, Harold E., Jr.; Schuller, Fredrick T.

    1993-06-01

    A parametric experimental investigation of an 85 millimeter bore angular contact ball bearing running in RP-1 fuel was performed at speeds of 10,000 to 24,000 rpm. Thrust loads were varied from 4450 to 17,800 Newtons (1000 to 4000 lbs.). Radial loads were varied from 1335 to 13,350 Newtons (300 to 3000 lbs.). RP-1 lubrication for the bearing was provided through a stationary jet ring located adjacent to the test bearing outer ring. Increases in both the thrust and radial loads resulted in increased bearing temperature, while increases in shaft speed resulted in much more dramatic increases in bearing temperature. These trends are typical for ball bearings operating under these types of conditions. Results are given for outer ring temperatures of the test bearing at the various test conditions employed. In addition, the heat energy removed from the bearing by the RP-1 was determined by measuring the increase in temperature as the RP-1 passed through the bearing. Results showed that the amount of heat energy removed by the RP-1 increased with both shaft speed and RP-1 flow rate to the bearing.

  3. Static Load Distribution in Ball Bearings

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    Ricci, Mario

    2010-01-01

    A numerical procedure for computing the internal loading distribution in statically loaded, single-row, angular-contact ball bearings when subjected to a known combined radial and thrust load is presented. The combined radial and thrust load must be applied in order to avoid tilting between inner and outer rings. The numerical procedure requires the iterative solution of Z + 2 simultaneous nonlinear equations - where Z is the number of the balls - to yield an exact solution for axial and radial deflections, and contact angles. Numerical results for a 218 angular-contact ball bearing have been compared with those from the literature and show significant differences in the magnitudes of the ball loads, contact angles, and the extent of the loading zone.

  4. Nonlinear dynamics of a vectored thrust aircraft

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    SØrensen, C.B; Mosekilde, Erik

    1996-01-01

    With realistic relations for the aerodynamic coefficients, numerical simulations are applied to study the longitudional dynamics of a thrust vectored aircraft. As function of the thrust magnitude and the thrust vectoring angle the equilibrium state exhibits two saddle-node bifurcations and three Hopf bifurcations. Even when the equilibrium state is stable, weakly damped oscillations occur with a period of 1 min. If, in an attempt to compensate for these oscillations, the thrust deflection is periodically adjusted, a complicated structure of overlapping torus, saddle-node and period-doubling bifurcations arises. This structure is investigated by combining brute force bifurcation diagrams with one- and two-dimensional continuation analyses.

  5. Thrust control system design of ducted rockets

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    Chang, Juntao; Li, Bin; Bao, Wen; Niu, Wenyu; Yu, Daren

    2011-07-01

    The investigation of the thrust control system is aroused by the need for propulsion system of ducted rockets. Firstly the dynamic mathematical models of gas flow regulating system, pneumatic servo system and ducted rocket engine were established and analyzed. Then, to conquer the discussed problems of thrust control, the idea of information fusion was proposed to construct a new feedback variable. With this fused feedback variable, the thrust control system was designed. According to the simulation results, the introduction of the new fused feedback variable is valid in eliminating the contradiction between rapid response and stability for the thrust control system of ducted rockets.

  6. Computer-aided selection of materials for cryogenic turbopump bearings

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    Maurer, R. E.; Pallini, R. A.

    1985-01-01

    The life requirement for the angular contact ball bearings in the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) high-pressure-oxygen turbopump (HPOTP) is 7.5 hours. In actual operation, significantly shorter service life has been experienced. The objective of this current program is to identify bearing materials and/or materials processing techniques offering significant potential for extending HPOTP bearing performance life. A thermomechanical analysis of the HPOTP shaft/bearing system was performed with the SHABERTH (SHaft-BEaring-THermal) computer program. Bearing fatigue life, ball-race contact stress, heat generation rate, bulk ring temperatures, and circumferential stress in the inner rings were quantified as functions of radial load, thrust load, and ball-race contact friction. The analysis results were used to formulate criteria that are being used for the selection of special materials for future turbopump bearings.

  7. Hydrodynamic bearings

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    Bonneau, Dominique; Souchet, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    This Series provides the necessary elements to the development and validation of numerical prediction models for hydrodynamic bearings. This book describes the rheological models and the equations of lubrication. It also presents the numerical approaches used to solve the above equations by finite differences, finite volumes and finite elements methods.

  8. Porous Squeeze Film Bearing with Rough Surfaces Lubricated by a Bingham Fluid

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    Walicka, A.; Walicki, E.; Jurczak, P.; Falicki, J.

    2014-11-01

    In the paper the effect of both bearing surfaces and the porosity of one bearing surface on the pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity of a squeeze film bearing is discussed. The equations of motion of a Bingham fluid in a bearing clearance and in a porous layer are presented. Using the Morgan-Cameron approximation and Christensen theory of rough lubrication the modified Reynolds equation is obtained. The analytical solutions of this equation for a squeeze film bearing are presented. As a result one obtains the formulae expressing pressure distribution and load-carrying capacity. A thrust radial bearing is considered as a numerical example.

  9. Low thrust rocket test facility

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    Arrington, Lynn A.; Schneider, Steven J.

    1990-01-01

    A low thrust chemical rocket test facility has recently become operational at the NASA-Lewis. The new facility is used to conduct both long duration and performance tests at altitude over a thruster's operating envelope using hydrogen and oxygen gas for propellants. The facility provides experimental support for a broad range of objectives, including fundamental modeling of fluids and combustion phenomena, the evaluation of thruster components, and life testing of full rocket designs. The major mechanical and electrical systems are described along with aspects of the various optical diagnostics available in the test cell. The electrical and mechanical systems are designed for low down time between tests and low staffing requirements for test operations. Initial results are also presented which illustrate the various capabilities of the cell.

  10. Measuring Model Rocket Engine Thrust Curves

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    Penn, Kim; Slaton, William V.

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a method and setup to quickly and easily measure a model rocket engine's thrust curve using a computer data logger and force probe. Horst describes using Vernier's LabPro and force probe to measure the rocket engine's thrust curve; however, the method of attaching the rocket to the force probe is not discussed. We show how a…

  11. An air bearing system for small high speed gas turbines

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    Turner, A. B.; Davies, S. J.; Nimir, Y. L.

    1994-03-01

    This paper describes the second phase of an experimental program concerning the application of air bearings to small turbomachinery test rigs and small gas turbines. The first phase examined externally pressurized (EP) journal bearings, with a novel EP thrust bearing, for application to 'warm air' test rigs, and was entirely successful at rotational speeds in excess of 100,000 rpm. This second phase examined several designs of tilting pad-spiring journal bearings, one with a novel form of externally pressurized pad, but all using the original EP thrust bearing. The designs tested are described, including some oscillogram traces, for tests up to a maximum of 70,000 rpm; the most successful using a carbon pad-titanium beam spring arrangement. The thrust bearing which gave trouble-free operation throughout, is also described. The results of an original experiment to measure the 'runway speed' of a radial inflow turbine are also presented, which show that overspeeds of 58 percent above the design speed can result from free-power turbine coupling failure.

  12. High Performance Methane Thrust Chamber (HPMTC) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ORBITEC proposes to develop a High-Performance Methane Thrust Chamber (HPMRE) to meet the demands of advanced chemical propulsion systems for deep-space mission...

  13. Misalignment in Gas Foil Journal Bearings: An Experimental Study

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    Howard, Samuel A.

    2008-01-01

    As gas foil journal bearings become more prevalent in production machines, such as small gas turbine propulsion systems and microturbines, system-level performance issues must be identified and quantified in order to provide for successful design practices. Several examples of system-level design parameters that are not fully understood in foil bearing systems are thermal management schemes, alignment requirements, balance requirements, thrust load balancing, and others. In order to address some of these deficiencies and begin to develop guidelines, this paper presents a preliminary experimental investigation of the misalignment tolerance of gas foil journal bearing systems. Using a notional gas foil bearing supported rotor and a laser-based shaft alignment system, increasing levels of misalignment are imparted to the bearing supports while monitoring temperature at the bearing edges. The amount of misalignment that induces bearing failure is identified and compared to other conventional bearing types such as cylindrical roller bearings and angular contact ball bearings. Additionally, the dynamic response of the rotor indicates that the gas foil bearing force coefficients may be affected by misalignment.

  14. Control of a Thrust Alignment Table for Modeling the Coning Dynamics of a Spinning Spacecraft with a Follower Force

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    Halsmer, Dominic; Bennett, J. Damon; DeHaven, Max; Ligard, Vidar

    1999-01-01

    This document presents a system controlling the motion of a spherical air bearing used in the modeling of spacecraft dynamics and controls in a laboratory environment. The system is part of the Spinning Rocket Simulator (SRS), used to simulate the coning of spacecraft during a thrusting stage. The reaction force at the spherical air bearing supporting the spacecraft model must coincide with the thrust axis of the model for proper simulation. Therefore, the bearing is translated in a circular path to introduce a centrifugal force. This horizontal force along with the gravitational reaction force at the bearing combines to simulate the direction of the spacecraft's thrust force. The control system receives attitude information from the spacecraft model via a laser beam embedded in the model that impinges on a photosensitive array. The non-linear system is controlled using high-speed lookup tables and digital techniques. A vector-controlled motor and a stepper motor are given the necessary signals to accurately control the turntable and platform supporting the air bearing. Preliminary performance data is presented. Mechanical elements of the table and platform are described in detail. A wireless (RF) data path for all devices on the spacecraft model to an off-table command computer is also described.

  15. Fuel Optimal Thrust Allocation In Dynamic Positioning

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    Rindarøy, Martin

    2013-01-01

    This thesis gives a short introduction to the Dynamic Positioning(DP) domain and focuses on developing a fuel optimal thrust allocation algorithm for marine DP vessels with a diesel electric power plant. Obtained data is used to develop a static model for the fuel consumption of a diesel generator, as a function of its produced power. This model is used to formulate a convex Quadratic Programming(QP)-problem that finds fuel optimal solutions to the thrust allocation problem. This is possible ...

  16. Arched-outer-race ball-bearing analysis considering centrifugal forces

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    Hamrock, B. J.; Anderson, W. J.

    1972-01-01

    A first-order thrust load analysis that considers centrifugal forces but which neglects gyroscopics, elastohydrodynamics, and thermal effects was performed. The analysis was applied to a 150-mm-bore angular-contact ball bearing. Fatigue life, contact loads, and contact angles are shown for conventional and arched bearings. The results indicate that an arched bearing is highly desirable for high-speed applications. In particular, at an applied load of 4448 n (1000 lb) and a DN value of 3 million (20,000 rpm) the arched bearing shows an improvement in life of 306 percent over that of a conventional bearing.

  17. A thrust balance for low power hollow cathode thrusters

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    Frollani, D.; Coletti, M.; Gabriel, S. B.

    2014-06-01

    A hanging thrust balance has been designed, manufactured and tested at the University of Southampton. The current design allows for direct steady thrust measurements ranging from 0.1 to 3 mN but this can be easily extended to measure thrust in a different range. Moreover the chosen balance design and the thrust measurement procedure allow for the cancellation of thermal drifts. The thrust balance was tested with a T6 hollow cathode thruster providing measurements with an uncertainty of about 9.7%. The thrust data were compared to those obtained with another direct thrust balance and they are in quantitative agreement—the maximum difference being only 6%.

  18. Thrust and torque characteristics based on a new cutter-head load model

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    Liu, Jianqin; Ren, Jiabao; Guo, Wei

    2015-07-01

    Full face rock tunnel boring machine(TBM) has been widely used in hard rock tunnels, however, there are few published theory about cutter-head design, and the design criteria of cutter-head under complex geological is not clear yet. To deal with the complex relationship among geological parameters, cutter parameters, and operating parameters during tunneling processes, a cutter-head load model is established by using CSM(Colorado school of mines) prediction model. Force distribution on cutter-head under a certain geology is calculated with the new established load model, and result shows that inner cutters bear more force than outer cutters, combining with disc cutters abrasion; a general principle of disc cutters' layout design is proposed. Within the model, the relationship among rock uniaxial compressive strength(UCS), penetration and thrust on cutter-head are analyzed, and the results shows that with increasing penetration, cutter thrust increases, but the growth rate slows and higher penetration makes lower special energy(SE). Finally, a fitting mathematical model of ZT(ratio of cutter-head torque and thrust) and penetration is established, and verified by TB880E, which can be used to direct how to set thrust and torque on cutter-head. When penetration is small, the cutter-head thrust is the main limiting factor in tunneling; when the penetration is large, cutter-head torque is the major limiting factor in tunneling. Based on the new cutter-head load model, thrust and torque characteristics of TBM further are researched and a new way for cutter-head layout design and TBM tunneling operations is proposed.

  19. Teddy Bear Stories

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    van Leeuwen, Theo; Caldas-Coulthardt, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a semiotic analysis of a key cultural artefact, the teddy bear. After introducing the iconography of the teddy bear, it analyses different kinds of stories to show how teddy bears are endowed with meaning in everyday life: stories from children's books, reminiscenses by adults about their childhood teddy bears, and children's accounts of what they do with teddy bears, both written for school and told 'out of school', The chapter sees teddy bears as artefacts that provide a cu...

  20. Spiral Groove Aerodynamic Bearings

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    Jia Chen-Hui

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to research the conical spiral groove aerodynamic bearings, the bearing's lubrication analysis mathematical model is established. The Reynolds equation of the laminar flow condition is used to calculate the 3D pressure distribution by the locally finite difference method. The influence law of the gas film pressure distribution on the bearing performance is revealed by researching the nonlinear dynamic characteristic of gas film. It reveals the laws that the effect of the bearing structural parameters on the gas film pressure distribution and the bearing capacity. The results show that the spiral groove change the gas film thickness distribution and the gas film pressure distribution and achieve good bearing dynamic pressure effect, which improve the bearing performance and the bearing stability; The structure parameters affect the gas film pressure distribution and the static characteristics. Therefore, a reasonable choice of bearing structural parameters contributes to improve the bearing's static characteristics and bearing capacity.

  1. Axisymmetric thrust-vectoring nozzle performance prediction

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    Throat-hinged geometrically variable converging-diverging thrust-vectoring nozzles directly affect the jet flow geometry and rotation angle at the nozzle exit as a function of the nozzle geometry, the nozzle pressure ratio and flight velocity. The consideration of nozzle divergence in the effective-geometric nozzle relation is theoretically considered here for the first time. In this study, an explicit calculation procedure is presented as a function of nozzle geometry at constant nozzle pressure ratio, zero velocity and altitude, and compared with experimental results in a civil thrust-vectoring scenario. This procedure may be used in dynamic thrust-vectoring nozzle design performance predictions or analysis for civil and military nozzles as well as in the definition of initial jet flow conditions in future numerical VSTOL/TV jet performance studies

  2. Status of Low Thrust Work at JSC

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    Condon, Gerald L.

    2004-01-01

    High performance low thrust (solar electric, nuclear electric, variable specific impulse magnetoplasma rocket) propulsion offers a significant benefit to NASA missions beyond low Earth orbit. As NASA (e.g., Prometheus Project) endeavors to develop these propulsion systems and associated power supplies, it becomes necessary to develop a refined trajectory design capability that will allow engineers to develop future robotic and human mission designs that take advantage of this new technology. This ongoing work addresses development of a trajectory design and optimization tool for assessing low thrust (and other types) trajectories. This work targets to advance the state of the art, enable future NASA missions, enable science drivers, and enhance education. This presentation provides a summary of the low thrust-related JSC activities under the ISP program and specifically, provides a look at a new release of a multi-gravity, multispacecraft trajectory optimization tool (Copernicus) along with analysis performed using this tool over the past year.

  3. A six degree-of-freedom thrust sensor for a labscale hybrid rocket

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    A six degree-of-freedom thrust sensor was designed, constructed, calibrated, and tested using the labscale hybrid rocket at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The system consisted of six independent legs: one parallel to the axis of symmetry of the rocket for main thrust measurement, two vertical legs near the nozzle end of the rocket, one vertical leg near the oxygen input end of the rocket, and two separated horizontal legs near the nozzle end. Each leg was composed of a rotational bearing, a load cell, and a universal joint above and below the load cell. The leg was designed to create point contact along only one direction and minimize the non-axial forces applied to the load cell. With this system, force in each direction and moments for roll, pitch, and yaw can be measured. The system was calibrated and tested using a labscale hybrid rocket using gaseous oxygen and hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene solid fuel. The thrust stand proved to be stable during calibration tests. Thrust force vector components and roll, pitch, and yaw moments were calculated for test firings with an oxygen mass flow rate range of 0.0174–0.0348 kg s?1. (paper)

  4. A microNewton thrust stand for average thrust measurement of pulsed microthruster.

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    Zhou, Wei-Jing; Hong, Yan-Ji; Chang, Hao

    2013-12-01

    A torsional thrust stand has been developed for the study of the average thrust for microNewton pulsed thrusters. The main body of the thrust stand mainly consists of a torsional balance, a pair of flexural pivots, a capacitive displacement sensor, a calibration assembly, and an eddy current damper. The behavior of the stand was thoroughly studied. The principle of thrust measurement was analyzed. The average thrust is determined as a function of the average equilibrium angle displacement of the balance and the spring stiffness. The thrust stand has a load capacity up to 10 kg, and it can theoretically measure the force up to 609.6 ?N with a resolution of 24.4 nN. The static calibrations were performed based on the calibration assembly composed of the multiturn coil and the permanent magnet. The calibration results demonstrated good repeatability (less than 0.68% FSO) and good linearity (less than 0.88% FSO). The assembly of the multiturn coil and the permanent magnet was also used as an exciter to simulate the microthruster to further research the performance of the thrust stand. Three sets of force pulses at 17, 33.5, and 55 Hz with the same amplitude and pulse width were tested. The repeatability error at each frequency was 7.04%, 1.78%, and 5.08%, respectively. PMID:24387476

  5. Passive magnetic bearing configurations

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    Post, Richard F. (Walnut Creek, CA)

    2011-01-25

    A journal bearing provides vertical and radial stability to a rotor of a passive magnetic bearing system when the rotor is not rotating and when it is rotating. In the passive magnetic bearing system, the rotor has a vertical axis of rotation. Without the journal bearing, the rotor is vertically and radially unstable when stationary, and is vertically stable and radially unstable when rotating.

  6. Recent research and development of bearings for helium circulator

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    This paper mainly describes recent studies and successful applications of water lubricated bearing and gas lubricated bearing. Both types of bearing seem to be suitable for a turbo machine installed in an atomic energy plant - such as the helium circulator of a HTGR - not to be affected by radioactivity, so we have been attracted by them for about 10 years. The former was investigated theoretically taking account of turbulent flow due to the low viscosity of water, and compared with the experimental data. Good agreement was obtained, and a successful example applied to a small-sized high speed air compressor is shown. The latter was investigated using a large-sized bearing test rig simulated to an actual machine. The tilting pad journal bearing and the tilting pad thrust bearing were taken and improved for some aspects. These bearings have been taken into service on an actual circulator and are now operating successfully. Currently, a magnetic bearing is being studied to pay special attention to endurance for an earthquake and catcher bearing system. We would like to have an opportunity to present these results in the near future. (author). 5 refs, 15 figs, 2 tabs

  7. Conical Magnetic Bearings Developed for Active Stall Control in Gas Turbine Engines

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    Trudell, Jeffrey J.; Kascak, Albert F.; Provenza, Andrew J.; Buccieri, Carl J.

    2004-01-01

    Active stall control is a current research area at the NASA Glenn Research Center that offers a great benefit in specific fuel consumption by allowing the gas turbine to operate beyond the onset of stall. Magnetic bearings are being investigated as a new method to perform active stall control. This enabling global aviation safety technology would result in improved fuel efficiency and decreased carbon dioxide emissions, as well as improve safety and reliability by eliminating oil-related delays and failures of engine components, which account for 40 percent of the commercial aircraft departure delays. Active stall control works by perturbing the flow in front of the compressor stage such that it cancels the pressure wave, which causes the compressor to go into stall. Radial magnetic bearings are able to whirl the shaft so that variations in blade tip leakage would flow upstream causing a perturbation wave that could cancel the rotating stall cell. Axial or thrust magnetic bearings cannot be used to cancel the surge mode in the compressor because they have a very low bandwidth and thus cannot modulate at a high enough frequency. Frequency response is limited because the thrust runner cannot be laminated. To improve the bandwidth of magnetic thrust bearings, researchers must use laminations to suppress the eddy currents. A conical magnetic bearing can be laminated, resulting in increased bandwidth in the axial direction. In addition, this design can produce both radial and thrust force in a single bearing, simplifying the installation. The proposed solution combines the radial and thrust bearing into one design that can be laminated--a conical magnetic bearing. The new conical magnetic bearing test rig, funded by a Glenn fiscal year 2002 Director's Discretionary Fund, was needed because none of the existing rigs has an axial degree of freedom. The rotor bearing configuration will simulate that of the main shaft on a gas turbine engine. One conical magnetic bearing replaces the ball bearing in front of the compressor, and the second replaces the roller bearing behind the burner. The rig was made operational to 10,000 rpm under Smart Efficient Components funding, and both position and current adaptive vibration control have been demonstrated. Upon program completion, recommendations will be made as to the efficacy of the conical magnetic bearing for active stall control.

  8. Development of an indirect counterbalanced pendulum optical-lever thrust balance for micro- to millinewton thrust measurement

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    This paper describes the design and testing of an indirect hanging pendulum thrust balance using a laser-optical-lever principle to provide micro- to millinewton thrust measurement for the development of electric propulsion systems. The design philosophy allows the selection of the total thrust range in order to maximize resolution through a counterbalanced pendulum principle, as well as passive magnetic damping in order to allow relatively rapid transient thrust measurement. The balance was designed for the purpose of hollow cathode microthruster characterization, but could be applied to other electric propulsion devices in the thrust range of micro- to millinewtons. An initial thrust characterization of the T5 hollow cathode is presented

  9. Development of an indirect counterbalanced pendulum optical-lever thrust balance for micro- to millinewton thrust measurement

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    Grubiši?, A. N.; Gabriel, S. B.

    2010-10-01

    This paper describes the design and testing of an indirect hanging pendulum thrust balance using a laser-optical-lever principle to provide micro- to millinewton thrust measurement for the development of electric propulsion systems. The design philosophy allows the selection of the total thrust range in order to maximize resolution through a counterbalanced pendulum principle, as well as passive magnetic damping in order to allow relatively rapid transient thrust measurement. The balance was designed for the purpose of hollow cathode microthruster characterization, but could be applied to other electric propulsion devices in the thrust range of micro- to millinewtons. An initial thrust characterization of the T5 hollow cathode is presented.

  10. Precise Thrust Actuation by a Micro RF Ion Engine Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Busek proposes to develop a radio-frequency discharge, gridded micro ion engine that produces 5N level of thrust precisely adjustable over a wide dynamic thrust...

  11. Transverse architecture of the Moine Thrust Belt and Moine Nappe, Northern Highlands, Scotland : new insight on a classic thrust belt

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    Leslie, A. G.; Krabbendam, M.

    2009-01-01

    The Caledonian Moine Thrust belt is a world class example of a foreland propagating fold-and-thrust belt. The late 19th and early 20th century research in this region was seminal in thrust tectonics, alongside contemporaneous studies of the Alps and Apennines. New British Geological Survey syntheses of the Assynt and Ullapool regions of the Moine Thrust Belt recognise previously unappreciated transverse zones which accommodate sharp lateral changes in the structural architecture of the britt...

  12. MATERIALS PERFORMANCE TARGETED THRUST FY 2004 PROJECTS

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    2005-09-13

    The Yucca Mountain site was recommended by the President to be a geological repository for commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The multi-barrier approach was adopted for assessing and predicting system behavior, including both natural barriers and engineered barriers. A major component of the long-term strategy for safe disposal of nuclear waste is first to completely isolate the radionuclides in waste packages for long times and then to greatly retard the egress and transport of radionuclides from penetrated packages. The goal of the Materials Performance Targeted Thrust program is to further enhance the understanding of the role of engineered barriers in waste isolation. In addition, the Thrust will explore technical enhancements and seek to offer improvements in materials costs and reliability.

  13. MATERIALS PERFORMANCE TARGETED THRUST FY 2004 PROJECTS

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    The Yucca Mountain site was recommended by the President to be a geological repository for commercial spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. The multi-barrier approach was adopted for assessing and predicting system behavior, including both natural barriers and engineered barriers. A major component of the long-term strategy for safe disposal of nuclear waste is first to completely isolate the radionuclides in waste packages for long times and then to greatly retard the egress and transport of radionuclides from penetrated packages. The goal of the Materials Performance Targeted Thrust program is to further enhance the understanding of the role of engineered barriers in waste isolation. In addition, the Thrust will explore technical enhancements and seek to offer improvements in materials costs and reliability

  14. NATURAL BARRIERS TARGETED THRUST FY 2004 PROJECTS

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    2005-07-27

    This booklet contains project descriptions of work performed by the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM), Office of Science and Technology and International's (OST&I) Natural Barriers Targeted Thrust during Fiscal Year (FY) 2004. The Natural Barriers Targeted Thrust is part of OST&I's Science and Technology Program which supports the OCRWM mission to manage and dispose of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel in a manner that protects health, safety, and the environment; enhances national and energy security; and merits public confidence. In general, the projects described will continue beyond FY 2004 assuming that the technical work remains relevant to the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository and sufficient funding is made available to the Science and Technology Program.

  15. Thrust vector control using electric actuation

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    Bechtel, Robert T.; Hall, David K.

    1995-01-01

    Presently, gimbaling of launch vehicle engines for thrust vector control is generally accomplished using a hydraulic system. In the case of the space shuttle solid rocket boosters and main engines, these systems are powered by hydrazine auxiliary power units. Use of electromechanical actuators would provide significant advantages in cost and maintenance. However, present energy source technologies such as batteries are heavy to the point of causing significant weight penalties. Utilizing capacitor technology developed by the Auburn University Space Power Institute in collaboration with the Auburn CCDS, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and Auburn are developing EMA system components with emphasis on high discharge rate energy sources compatible with space shuttle type thrust vector control requirements. Testing has been done at MSFC as part of EMA system tests with loads up to 66000 newtons for pulse times of several seconds. Results show such an approach to be feasible providing a potential for reduced weight and operations costs for new launch vehicles.

  16. Experiments with needle bearings

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    Ferretti, Pericle

    1933-01-01

    Experiments and results are presented in testing needle bearings, especially in comparison with roller bearings. Reduction in coefficient of friction is discussed as well as experimental methods and recording devices.

  17. Low Carbon Propulsion Strategic Thrust Overview

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    Dryer, Jay

    2014-01-01

    NASA is taking a leadership role with regard to developing new options for low-carbon propulsion. Work related to the characterization of alternative fuels is coordinated with our partners in government and industry, and NASA is close to concluding a TC in this area. Research on alternate propulsion concepts continues to grow and is an important aspect of the ARMD portfolio. Strong partnerships have been a key enabling factor for research on this strategic thrust.

  18. THRUST PREDICTION PROGRAM FOR MARINE JET POWER

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    Bergsek, Mattias

    2011-01-01

    Marine Jet Power, MJP wishes to investigate the possibility of transforming their current Thrust Prediction Program, TPP written in C++ source code into a more up to date tool for their sales staff. The old TPP, though an accurate and precise tool, is not documented and lacks commentaries in the source code. Therefore the beginning of this master thesis was about documenting and investigates what methods were used to calculate the performance of the water jet system.The next step was splittin...

  19. The thrust belts of Western North America

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    Moulton, F.C.

    1993-08-01

    Most of the Basin and Range physiographic province of western North America is now believed to be part of the overthrust. The more obvious overthrust belt along the eastern edge of the Basin and Range Province is named the Sevier orogenic belt, where older rocks are observed thrust onto younger rocks. More detailed surface geological mapping, plus deep multiple-fold geophysical work and many oil and gas wildcat wells, have confirmed an east-vergent shortened and stacked sequence is present in many places in the Basin and Range. This western compressive deformed area in east central Nevada is now named the Elko orogenic belt by the U.S. Geological Survey. This older compressed Elko orogenic belt started forming approximately 250 m.y. ago when the North American plate started to move west as the Pangaea supercontinent started to fragment. The North American plate moved west under the sediments of the Miogeocline that were also moving west. Surface-formed highlands and oceanic island arcs on the west edge of the North American plate restricted the westward movement of the sediments in the Miogeocline, causing east-vergent ramp thrusts to form above the westward-moving North American plate. The flat, eastward-up-cutting thrust assemblages moved on the detachment surfaces.

  20. Teddy Bear Stories

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    van Leeuwen, Theo; Caldas-Coulthardt, Carmen

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a semiotic analysis of a key cultural artefact, the teddy bear. After introducing the iconography of the teddy bear, it analyses different kinds of stories to show how teddy bears are endowed with meaning in everyday life: stories from children's books, reminiscenses by adults about their childhood teddy bears, and children's accounts of what they do with teddy bears, both written for school and told 'out of school', The chapter sees teddy bears as artefacts that provide a cultural channeling for the child's need of a transitional object and argues that the meanings of teddy bears have traditionally centred on interpersonal relations within the nuclear family, but have recently been institutionalized and commercialized.

  1. The experimental study on efficiency improvement of turbo machinery supported with magnetic bearings

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    To implement a conventional electromagnetic bearing in small turbo machinery, it has problems such as load capacity and size. Therefore, in this paper, these problems are resolved by using a permanent magnet biased electromagnetic bearing as a thrust bearing of small turbo machinery. Because the flux path of the bearing is designed by reluctance path modulation using an electromagnet and a permanent magnet, the bearing improves upon non-linearity, power consumption, size and load capacity of a conventional electromagnetic bearing. Test rotating the shaft over 500,000DN were carried out to verify the performance of the proposed small turbo machinery. In addition, the relationships between mass flow rate and pressure rise were measured as changing the tip clearance to verify the feasibility of efficiency improvement and active surge control and these results were compared with theoretical results

  2. The technology of the bearings used in the nuclear power generation system turbine generator units

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    A bearing consists of all the stationary part which allow the relative motion in rotation or in translation, of a shaft line. Inside the bearing there is a journal bearing with a metallic anti-friction coating (the babbitt metal). The high power turbine generator unit rotors are supported by smooth transversal journal bearings fed with oil which fills the empty space and runs along the shaft. The technologies used for the bearings and the thrust bearings of the turbine generator units and the various shaft lines of the French CP0/CP1- and CP2/1300 MW-type nuclear power plants are described. The experience feedback is then discussed in terms of the dynamics of the shaft line, i.e. vibrational problems, the influence of the alignment and the babbitt metal incidents. (author)

  3. Bear Spray Safety Program

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    Blome, C.D.; Kuzniar, R.L.

    2009-01-01

    A bear spray safety program for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was officially initiated by the Firearms Safety Committee to address accident prevention and to promote personnel training in bear spray and its transportation, storage, and use for defense against wild animals. Used as part of a system including firearms, or used alone for those who choose not to carry a firearm, bear spray is recognized as an effective tool that can prevent injury in a wild animal attack.

  4. A 3-D Model of Stacked Thrusts in the Sevier Thrust Belt, Eastern Idaho

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    Clayton, R. W.; Clayton, S. R.

    2014-12-01

    Using published and new geologic map data and two exploratory wells for control, we constructed a three-dimensional geological model of the Pine Creek area in the Big Hole Mountains of eastern Idaho, where stacked Sevier thrust sheets are exposed at the surface. In this area, Cretaceous crustal shortening displaced and folded strata from Cambrian to Cretaceous in age. Using geologic map data as a primary input to a 3-D model presents a number of challenges, especially representing fault geometries at depth and maintaining strata thicknesses. The highly variable attitudes measured at the surface are also difficult to represent in a subsurface model because they require extensive extrapolation to depth. To overcome these challenges we EarthVision software, which has tools for model construction with minimal data inputs and uses a minimum tension algorithm to create geologically realistic surfaces. We also constructed two primary cross-sections to constrain strata and fault geometries according to structural principles, and used these to guide construction of fault and horizon surfaces. We then designated horizons with the best control as reference horizons to constrain strata geometries, and built the remaining horizons using isochores to add or subtract from those surfaces. The model shows classic flat-ramp thrust geometries as seen farther southeast in the Wyoming section of the thrust belt. The model also shows uniform southwestward tilting of faults and strata in the north end above younger thrusts, but strong effects from a duplex on a younger thrust fault encountered in the southern well, which rotated the strata and older faults above it.

  5. Versatile and Extensible, Continuous-Thrust Trajectory Optimization Tool Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop an innovative, versatile and extensible, continuous-thrust trajectory optimization tool for planetary mission design and optimization of...

  6. Bearing restoration by grinding

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    Hanau, H.; Parker, R. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.; Chen, S. M.; Bull, H. L.

    1976-01-01

    A joint program was undertaken by the NASA Lewis Research Center and the Army Aviation Systems Command to restore by grinding those rolling-element bearings which are currently being discarded at aircraft engine and transmission overhaul. Three bearing types were selected from the UH-1 helicopter engine (T-53) and transmission for the pilot program. No bearing failures occurred related to the restoration by grinding process. The risk and cost of a bearing restoration by grinding programs was analyzed. A microeconomic impact analysis was performed.

  7. Polar bears at risk

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    Norris, S.; Rosentrater, L.; Eid, P.M. [WWF International Arctic Programme, Oslo (Norway)

    2002-05-01

    Polar bears, the world's largest terrestrial carnivore, spend much of their lives on the arctic sea ice. This is where they hunt and move between feeding, denning, and resting areas. The world population, estimated at 22,000 bears, is made up of 20 relatively distinct populations varying in size from a few hundred to a few thousand animals. About 60 per cent of all polar bears are found in Canada. In general, the status of this species is stable, although there are pronounced differences between populations. Reductions in the extent and thickness of sea ice has lead the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group to describe climate change as one of the major threats facing polar bears today. Though the long-term effects of climate change will vary in different areas of the Arctic, impacts on the condition and reproductive success of polar bears and their prey are likely to be negative. Longer ice-free periods resulting from earlier break-up of sea ice in the spring and later formation in the fall is already impacting polar bears in the southern portions of their range. In Canada's Hudson Bay, for example, bears hunt on the ice through the winter and into early summer, after which the ice melts completely, forcing bears ashore to fast on stored fat until freeze-up in the fall. The time bears have on the ice to hunt and build up their body condition is cut short when the ice melts early. Studies from Hudson Bay show that for every week earlier that ice break-up occurs, bears will come ashore 10 kg lighter and in poorer condition. It is likely that populations of polar bears dividing their time between land and sea will be severely reduced and local extinctions may occur as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and sea ice melts. Expected changes in regional weather patterns will also impact polar bears. Rain in the late winter can cause maternity dens to collapse before females and cubs have departed, thus exposing occupants to the elements and to predators. Such rains also destroy the denning habitat of ringed seals, the polar bears' primary prey. Declines in the ringed seal population would mean a loss of food for polar bears. A trend toward stronger winds and increasing ice drift observed in some parts of the Arctic over the last five decades will likely increase energy expenditures and stress levels in polar bears that spend most of their lives on drifting sea ice. Polar bears face other limiting factors as well. Historically, the main threat to polar bears has been hunting. Satisfactory monitoring information has been obtained for most polar bear populations in recent years, however there is concern about hunting in areas without formal quota systems, such as Greenland. A range of toxic pollutants, including heavy metals, radioactivity, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are found throughout the Arctic. Of greatest concern are the effects of POPs on polar bears, which include a general weakening of the immune system, reduced reproductive success and physical deformities. The expansion of oil development in the Arctic poses additional threats; for example, disturbances to denning females in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska could undermine recruitment of the Beaufort Sea polar bear population. These threats, along with other effects of human activity in the Arctic, combine to pressure polar bears and their habitat. Large carnivores are sensitive indicators of ecosystem health and can be used to define the minimum area necessary to preserve intact ecosystems. WWF has identified the polar bear as a unique symbol of the complexities and interdependencies of the arctic marine ecosystem as it works toward its goal of preserving biodiversity for future generations.

  8. Dynamic behavior of air lubricated pivoted-pad journal-bearing, rotor system. 2: Pivot consideration and pad mass

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    Nemeth, Z. N.

    1972-01-01

    Rotor bearing dynamic tests were conducted with tilting-pad journal bearings having three different pad masses and two different pivot geometries. The rotor was vertically mounted and supported by two three-pad tilting-pad gas journal bearings and a simple externally pressurized thrust bearing. The bearing pads were 5.1 cm (2.02 in.) in diameter and 2.8 cm (1.5 in.) long. The length to diameter ratio was 0.75. One pad was mounted on a flexible diaphragm. The bearing supply pressure ranged from 0 to 690 kilonewtons per square meter (0 to 100 psig), and speeds ranged to 38,500 rpm. Heavy mass pad tilting-pad assemblies produced three rotor-bearing resonances above the first two rotor critical speeds. Lower supply pressure eliminated the resonances. The resonances were oriented primarily in the direction normal to the diaphragm.

  9. Effect of cage design on characteristics of high-speed-jet-lubricated 35-millimeter-bore ball bearing. [turbojet engines

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    Schuller, F. T.; Pinel, S. I.; Signer, H. R.

    1980-01-01

    Parametric tests were conducted with a 35 mm bore angular contact ball bearing with a double outer land guided cage. Provisions were made for jet lubrication and outer-ring cooling of the bearing. Test conditions included a combined thrust and radial load at nominal shaft speeds of 48,000 rpm, and an oil-in temperature of 394 K (250 F). Successful operation of the test bearing was accomplished up to 2.5 million DN. Test results were compared with those obtained with similar bearing having a single outer land guided cage. Higher temperatures were generated with the double outer land guided cage bearing, and bearing power loss and cage slip were greater. Cooling the outer ring resulted in a decrease in overall bearing operating temperature.

  10. Cylindrical bearing analysis

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    Kleckner, R. J.; Pirvics, J.

    1981-01-01

    Program CYBEAN computes behavior of rolling-element bearings including effects of bearing geometry, shaft misalinement, and temperature. Accurate assessment is possible for various outer-ring and housing configurations. CYBEAN is structured for coordinated execution of modules that perform specific analytical tasks. It is written in FORTRAN IV for use on the UNIVAC 1100/40 computer.

  11. Linear kinematic air bearing

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    Mayall, S. D.

    1974-01-01

    Bearing provides continuous, smooth movement of the cat's-eye mirror, eliminating wear and deterioration of bearing surface and resulting oscillation effects in servo system. Design features self-aligning configuration; single-point, pivotal pad mounting, having air passage through it; and design of pads that allows for precise control of discharge path of air from pads.

  12. Secondary production of massive quarks in thrust

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    Hoang, Andre H. [Wien Univ. (Austria). Fakultaet fuer Physik; Vienna Univ. (Austria). Erwin Schroedinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics; Mateu, Vicent [Wien Univ. (Austria). Fakultaet fuer Physik; Pietrulewicz, Piotr [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany). Gruppe Theorie

    2014-12-15

    We present a factorization framework that takes into account the production of heavy quarks through gluon splitting in the thrust distribution for e{sup +}e{sup -}?hadrons. The explicit factorization theorems and some numerical results are displayed in the dijet region where the kinematic scales are widely separated, which can be extended systematically to the whole spectrum. We account for the necessary two-loop matrix elements, threshold corrections, and include resummation up to N{sup 3}LL order. We include nonperturbative power corrections through a field theoretical shape function, and remove the O(?{sub QCD}) renormalon in the partonic soft function by appropriate mass-dependent subtractions. Our results hold for any value of the quark mass, from an infinitesimally small (merging to the known massless result) to an infinitely large one (achieving the decoupling limit). This is the first example of an application of a variable flavor number scheme to final state jets.

  13. Initiation system for low thrust motor igniter

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    Strand, L. D.; Davis, D. P.; Shafer, J. I.

    1972-01-01

    A test program was carried out to demonstrate an igniter motor initiation system utilizing the bimetallic material Pyrofuze for a solid propellant rocket with controlled low rate of thrust buildup. The program consisted of a series of vacuum ignition tests using a slab burning window motor that simulated the principal initial ballistic parameters of the full scale igniter motor. A Pyrofuze/pyrotechnic igniter system was demonstrated that uses a relatively low electrical current level for initiation and that eliminates the necessity of a pyrotechnic squib, with its accompanying accidental firing hazards and the typical basket of pyrotechnic pellets. The Pyrofuze ignition system does require an initial constraining of the igniter motor nozzle flow, and at the low initiating electrical current level the ignition delay time of this system was found to be quite sensitive to factors affecting local heat generation or loss rates.

  14. Electronics Engineering Department Thrust Area report FY'84

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    Minichino, C.; Phelps, P.L. (eds.)

    1984-01-01

    This report describes the work of the Electronics Engineering Department Thrust Areas for FY'84: diagnostics and microelectronic engineering; signal and control engineering; microwave and pulsed power engineering; computer-aided engineering; engineering modeling and simulation; and systems engineering. For each Thrust Area, an overview and a description of the goals and achievements of each project is provided.

  15. Electronics Engineering Department Thrust Area report FY'84

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    This report describes the work of the Electronics Engineering Department Thrust Areas for FY'84: diagnostics and microelectronic engineering; signal and control engineering; microwave and pulsed power engineering; computer-aided engineering; engineering modeling and simulation; and systems engineering. For each Thrust Area, an overview and a description of the goals and achievements of each project is provided

  16. HTS magnetic bearings

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    Werfel, Frank N.; Flögel-Delor, Uta; Rothfeld, Rolf; Wippich, Dieter; Riedel, Thomas

    2002-08-01

    Radial HTS magnetic bearings (SMB) up to 200 mm size are developed and tested in prototype fast rotating machines to demonstrate the potential to replace conventional bearings. The individual rotational bearing components HTS and PM, their physical interaction and technology is reviewed. Characterisation experiments are conducted to understand the rotor dynamic behaviour. In terms of unbalance and critical speeds the suspended wheels and rotors compare favourably with conventional bearing devices. The rationale of our present bearing technology lies in the assembling of both low-speed magnetic bearings for centrifugal and wafer processing units up to 20,000 rpm as well as a high-speed optical mirror accelerated to rim speed of more than 500 m/s (174,000 rpm) confirming stable low-drag and low energy operation. Two new-type U shaped semicircle HTS bearings coupled each with a 6 W/80 K cryocooler of the Stirling type allow the contact-free operation of a Si wafer carrier in semiconductor wet processes.

  17. 14 CFR Appendix I to Part 25 - Installation of an Automatic Takeoff Thrust Control System (ATTCS)

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    2010-01-01

    ... Installation of an Automatic Takeoff Thrust Control System (ATTCS) I...Installation of an Automatic Takeoff Thrust Control System (ATTCS) I25...2Definitions. (a) Automatic Takeoff Thrust Control System (ATTCS)....

  18. Initial Thrust Measurements of Marshall's Ion-ioN Thruster

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    Caruso, Natalie R. S.; Scogin, Tyler; Liu, Thomas M.; Walker, Mitchell L. R.; Polzin, Kurt A.; Dankanich, John W.

    2015-01-01

    Electronegative ion thrusters are a variation of traditional gridded ion thruster technology differentiated by the production and acceleration of both positive and negative ions. Benefits of electronegative ion thrusters include the elimination of lifetime-limiting cathodes from the thruster architecture and the ability to generate appreciable thrust from both charge species. While much progress has been made in the development of electronegative ion thruster technology, direct thrust measurements are required to unambiguously demonstrate the efficacy of the concept and support continued development. In the present work, direct thrust measurements of the thrust produced by the MINT (Marshall's Ion-ioN Thruster) are performed using an inverted-pendulum thrust stand in the High-Power Electric Propulsion Laboratory's Vacuum Test Facility-1 at the Georgia Institute of Technology with operating pressures ranging from 4.8 x 10(exp -5) and 5.7 x 10(exp -5) torr. Thrust is recorded while operating with a propellant volumetric mixture ratio of 5:1 argon to nitrogen with total volumetric flow rates of 6, 12, and 24 sccm (0.17, 0.34, and 0.68 mg/s). Plasma is generated using a helical antenna at 13.56 MHz and radio frequency (RF) power levels of 150 and 350 W. The acceleration grid assembly is operated using both sinusoidal and square waveform biases of +/-350 V at frequencies of 4, 10, 25, 125, and 225 kHz. Thrust is recorded for two separate thruster configurations: with and without the magnetic filter. No thrust is discernable during thruster operation without the magnetic filter for any volumetric flow rate, RF forward Power level, or acceleration grid biasing scheme. For the full thruster configuration, with the magnetic filter installed, a brief burst of thrust of approximately 3.75 mN +/- 3 mN of error is observed at the start of grid operation for a volumetric flow rate of 24 sccm at 350 W RF power using a sinusoidal waveform grid bias at 125 kHz and +/- 350 V. Similar bursts in thrust are observed using a square waveform grid bias at 10 kHz and +/- 350 V for volumetric flow rates of 6, 10, and 12 sccm at 150, 350, and 350 W respectively. The only operating condition that exhibits repeated thrust spikes throughout thruster operation is the 24 sccm condition with a 5:1 mixture ratio at 150 W RF power using the 10 kHz square waveform acceleration grid bias. Thrust spikes for this condition measure 3 mN with an error of +/- 2.5 mN. There are no operating conditions tested that show continuous thrust production.

  19. Structural style of the Marathon thrust belt, West Texas

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    Hickman, Robert G.; Varga, Robert J.; Altany, Robert M.

    2009-09-01

    The Marathon portion of the Ouachita thrust belt consists of a highly deformed allochthonous wedge of Cambrian-Pennsylvanian slope strata (Marathon facies) that was transported to the northwest and emplaced over Pennsylvanian foredeep sediments. The foredeep strata in turn overlie early-middle Paleozoic shelfal sediments which are deformed by late Paleozoic basement-involved reverse faults. The Dugout Creek thrust is the basal thrust of the allochthon. Shortening in this sheet and overlying sheets is ˜80%. Steep imbricate faults link the Dugout Creek thrust to upper level detachments forming complex duplex zones. Progressive thrusting and shortening within the allochthon folded the upper level detachments and associated thrust sheets. The Caballos Novaculite is the most competent unit within the Marathon facies and controlled development of prominent detachment folds. Deeper imbricate sheets composed of the Late Pennsylvanian foredeep strata, and possibly early-middle Paleozoic shelfal sediments developed concurrently with emplacement of the Marathon allochthon and folded the overlying allochthon. Following termination of thrusting in the earliest Permian, subsidence and deposition shifted northward to the Delaware, Midland and Val Verde foreland basins.

  20. Gear bearing drive

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    Weinberg, Brian (Inventor); Mavroidis, Constantinos (Inventor); Vranish, John M. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A gear bearing drive provides a compact mechanism that operates as an actuator providing torque and as a joint providing support. The drive includes a gear arrangement integrating an external rotor DC motor within a sun gear. Locking surfaces maintain the components of the drive in alignment and provide support for axial loads and moments. The gear bearing drive has a variety of applications, including as a joint in robotic arms and prosthetic limbs.

  1. Propeller thrust analysis using Prandtl's lifting line theory, a comparison between the experimental thrust and the thrust predicted by Prandtl's lifting line theory

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    Kesler, Steven R.

    The lifting line theory was first developed by Prandtl and was used primarily on analysis of airplane wings. Though the theory is about one hundred years old, it is still used in the initial calculations to find the lift of a wing. The question that guided this thesis was, "How close does Prandtl's lifting line theory predict the thrust of a propeller?" In order to answer this question, an experiment was designed that measured the thrust of a propeller for different speeds. The measured thrust was compared to what the theory predicted. In order to do this experiment and analysis, a propeller needed to be used. A walnut wood ultralight propeller was chosen that had a 1.30 meter (51 inches) length from tip to tip. In this thesis, Prandtl's lifting line theory was modified to account for the different incoming velocity depending on the radial position of the airfoil. A modified equation was used to reflect these differences. A working code was developed based on this modified equation. A testing rig was built that allowed the propeller to be rotated at high speeds while measuring the thrust. During testing, the rotational speed of the propeller ranged from 13-43 rotations per second. The thrust from the propeller was measured at different speeds and ranged from 16-33 Newton's. The test data were then compared to the theoretical results obtained from the lifting line code. A plot in Chapter 5 (the results section) shows the theoretical vs. actual thrust for different rotational speeds. The theory over predicted the actual thrust of the propeller. Depending on the rotational speed, the error was: at low speeds 36%, at low to moderate speeds 84%, and at high speeds the error increased to 195%. Different reasons for these errors are discussed.

  2. Electric sail control mode for amplified transverse thrust

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    Toivanen, P.; Janhunen, P.; Envall, J.

    2015-01-01

    The electric solar wind sail produces thrust by centrifugally spanned high voltage tethers interacting with the solar wind protons. The sail attitude can be controlled and attitude maneuvers are possible by tether voltage modulation synchronous with the sail rotation. Especially, the sail can be inclined with respect to the solar wind direction to obtain transverse thrust to change the osculating orbit angular momentum. Such an inclination has to be maintained by a continual control voltage modulation. Consequently, the tether voltage available for the thrust is less than the maximum voltage provided by the power system. Using a spherical pendulum as a model for a single rotating tether, we derive analytical estimations for the control efficiency for two separate sail control modes. One is a continuous control modulation that corresponds to strictly planar tether tip motion. The other is an on-off modulation with the tether tip moving along a closed loop on a saddle surface. The novel on-off mode is introduced here to both amplify the transverse thrust and reduce the power consumption. During the rotation cycle, the maximum voltage is applied to the tether only over two thrusting arcs when most of the transverse thrust is produced. In addition to the transverse thrust, we obtain the thrusting angle and electric power consumption for the two control modes. It is concluded that while the thrusting angle is about half of the sail inclination for the continuous modulation it approximately equals to the inclination angle for the on-off modulation. The efficiency of the on-off mode is emphasized when power consumption is considered, and the on-off mode can be used to improve the propulsive acceleration through the reduced power system mass.

  3. Holocene shortening rates of an Andean-front thrust, Southern Precordillera, Argentina

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    Costa, Carlos H.; Ahumada, Emilio A.; Vázquez, Fabricio R.; Kröhling, Daniela M.

    2015-11-01

    A significant part of the Quaternary shortening between the Chilean trench and the relative stable interior of the South American plate at the Pampean flat slab (27-33°S), has been accommodated at the eastern foothills of the Andes and mainly within a narrow neotectonic belt along the eastern side of the Argentine Precordillera. Tectonic geodesy results point out that this area is being shortened at a ~ 2-4 mm/a rate, whereas shortening rates estimated over longer time periods (1-20 Ma) suggest values ranging from 1 mm/a to 16 mm/a. Geomorphic and geologic evidence indicate that the east-directed Las Higueras Thrust System is one of the main structures that has accommodated Quaternary deformation at this section of the Andean orogenic front (32° 05?-32° 35?S). An outcrop exhibiting the thrust propagation into fluvial sediments allows the Holocene shortening rates at the northern end of this structure to be estimated, based on retrodeformation of Holocene strata and radiocarbon dating of two charcoal-bearing beds. Estimated shortening rates yielded mean values of 1.90 ± 0.28 mm/a for the last 4495 ± 143 cal yr BP and 1.53 ± 0.26 for the last 8245 ± 48 cal yr BP. These results pose some uncertainties due to the incompleteness of the exposed deformation at the hanging wall. However, they correspond to a key timescale which helps to bridge the gap between rates derived from the short-term GPS data and the long-term permanent deformation rates obtained through geologic studies. Although the estimated rates suggest that slip on the thrust could have accelerated during the last ~ 4 ka, more data are necessary to reliably address this key issue.

  4. Managing Momentum on the Dawn Low Thrust Mission

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    Smith, Brett A.; Vanelli, Charles A.; Swenka, Edward R.

    2009-01-01

    Dawn is low-thrust interplanetary spacecraft enroute to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres in an effort to better understand the early creation of the solar system. After launch in September 2007, the spacecraft will flyby Mars in February 2009 before arriving at Vesta in summer of 2011 and Ceres in early 2015. Three solar electric ion-propulsion engines are used to provide the primary thrust for the Dawn spacecraft. Ion engines produce a very small but very efficient force, and therefore must be thrusting almost continuously to realize the necessary change in velocity to reach Vesta and Ceres.

  5. Electronegative Gas Thruster - Direct Thrust Measurement Project

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    Dankanich, John (Principal Investigator); Aanesland, Ane; Polzin, Kurt; Walker, Mitchell

    2015-01-01

    This effort is an international collaboration and academic partnership to mature an innovative electric propulsion (EP) thruster concept to TRL 3 through direct thrust measurement. The initial target application is for Small Satellites, but can be extended to higher power. The Plasma propulsion with Electronegative GASES (PEGASES) concept simplifies ion thruster operation, eliminates a neutralizer requirement and should yield longer life capabilities and lower cost implementation over conventional gridded ion engines. The basic proof-of concept has been demonstrated and matured to TRL 2 over the past several years by researchers at the Laboratoire de Physique des Plasma in France. Due to the low maturity of the innovation, there are currently no domestic investments in electronegative gas thrusters anywhere within NASA, industry or academia. The end product of this Center Innovation Fund (CIF) project will be a validation of the proof-of-concept, maturation to TRL 3 and technology assessment report to summarize the potential for the PEGASES concept to supplant the incumbent technology. Information exchange with the foreign national will be one-way with the exception of the test results. Those test results will first go through a standard public release ITAR/export control review, and the results will be presented in a public technical forum, and the results will be presented in a public technical forum.

  6. Rapid prototype fabrication processes for high-performance thrust cells

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    Hunt, K.; Chwiedor, T.; Diab, J.; Williams, R.

    1994-01-01

    The Thrust Cell Technologies Program (Air Force Phillips Laboratory Contract No. F04611-92-C-0050) is currently being performed by Rocketdyne to demonstrate advanced materials and fabrication technologies which can be utilized to produce low-cost, high-performance thrust cells for launch and space transportation rocket engines. Under Phase 2 of the Thrust Cell Technologies Program (TCTP), rapid prototyping and investment casting techniques are being employed to fabricate a 12,000-lbf thrust class combustion chamber for delivery and hot-fire testing at Phillips Lab. The integrated process of investment casting directly from rapid prototype patterns dramatically reduces design-to-delivery cycle time, and greatly enhances design flexibility over conventionally processed cast or machined parts.

  7. Nitrous Oxide Liquid Injection Thrust Vector Control System Testing Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A Nitrous Oxide-fed Liquid Thrust Vector Control system is proposed as an efficient method for vehicle attitude control during powered flight. Pulled from a N2O...

  8. Improved Rhenium Thrust Chambers for In-Space Propulsion Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Radiation-cooled, bipropellant thrust chambers are being considered for the ascent/descent engines and reaction control systems (RCS) for future NASA missions such...

  9. Optimal Thrust Vectoring for an Annular Aerospike Nozzle Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Recent success of an annular aerospike flight test by NASA Dryden has prompted keen interest in providing thrust vector capability to the annular aerospike nozzle...

  10. Thrust Characteristics of Water Rocket and Their Improvement

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    Watanabe, Rikio; Tomita, Nobuyuki; Takemae, Toshiaki

    The propulsive characteristics of water rockets are analyzed theoretically and experimentally. The unsteady thrust force acting on a PET bottle and the air pressure inside the bottle are measured simultaneously by the thrust test stand we have developed. The semi-empirical thrust history is obtained utilizing the air pressure history and it is compared with the measured thrust history. The results show qualitative agreement. The observation of the flow inside bottle by a high-speed video camera shows that the air precedes water when it is about to be discharged entirely. We have developed a flow regulator attached to the nozzle cap to reduce the precursor air discharge that is considered as a result of the swirling flow inside the bottle. The experimental results show that the air discharge and the body vibration are suppressed effectively.

  11. Improved Rhenium Thrust Chambers for In-Space Propulsion Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Radiation-cooled, bipropellant thrust chambers are being considered for the ascent/descent engines and reaction control systems for NASA missions such as Mars...

  12. The calculation of the thrust of a rocket motor

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    J. H. Knoetze

    1993-07-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally the thrust of a rocket motor is calculated by first calculating the thrust coefficient and then multiplying it by the product of the throat area and pressure. The thrust coefficient is calculated using a standard gas dynamics equation. This equation assumes that the combustion products are a single component, non-reacting ideal gas and that the flow through the nozzle is isentropic. The thrust coefficient is a function of the ratio of specific heats, y, the area ratio of the nozzle and the motor and ambient pressures. Standard methods exist for calculating the tosses due to deviations from the assumed flow. The combustion products of modern composite propellants contain a significant portion of condensed species (primarily A1?O?, while the composition of the combustion products changes continuously as the products move throught the nozzle. Some uncertainty therefore exists with regard to which value of y to use and how to handle the condensed species. The assumption o f an ideat, non-reacting gas can be el iminated hy as.mming the process to he isentropic and to calculate the thrust hy using the thermodynamic state and composition of the combustion products in the motor and nozzle exit. This can be achieved by using any of the standard thermochemistry programs available in the rocket industry. It is thus possible to use the results of a standard thermochemistry program directly in an alternative method for calculating thrust. Using this method only the mass flow rate (which is a function of pressure, throat area and effective caracteristic velocity and the results from the thermochemistry program are needed to calculate the thrust. The advantages of the alternative method are illustrated by comparing the results of the two methods with a measured thrust curve.

  13. Development of sputtered high temperature coatings for thrust chambers

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    Busch, R.; Bayne, M. A.

    1976-01-01

    Adherent insulating coatings were developed for thrust chamber service. The coatings consisted of nickel and a ceramic, and were graded in composition from pure nickel at the thrust chamber wall to pure ceramic at the coating surface. The coatings were deposited by rf sputtering from a target with a reversed composition gradient, which was produced by plasma spraying powder mixtures. The effect of deposition parameters on coating characteristics and adherence is discussed.

  14. Impact of plasma noise on a direct thrust measurement system

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    Pottinger, S. J.; Lamprou, D; Knoll, A. K.; Lappas, V. J.

    2012-01-01

    In order to evaluate the accuracy and sensitivity of a pendulum-type thrust measurement system, a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) and a laser optical displacement sensor have been used simultaneously to determine the displacement resulting from an applied thrust. The LVDT sensor uses an analog interface, whereas the laser sensor uses a digital interface to communicate the displacement readings to the data acquisition equipment. The data collected by both sensors show good agre...

  15. Dynamic Model for Thrust Generation of Marine Propellers

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    Blanke, Mogens; Lindegaard, Karl-Petter; Fossen, Thor I.

    2000-01-01

    Mathematical models of propeller thrust and torque are traditionally based on steady state thrust and torque characteristics obtained in model basin or cavitation tunnel tests. Experimental results showed that these quasi steady state models do not accurately describe the transient phenomena in a thruster. A recently published dynamic model was based on the experimental observations. Describing zero advance speed conditions accurately, this model, however, does not work for a vessel at non- zero...

  16. Separability of drag and thrust in undulatory animals and machines

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    Bale, Rahul; Shirgaonkar, Anup A.; Neveln, Izaak D.; Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; MacIver, Malcolm A.; Patankar, Neelesh A.

    2014-01-01

    For nearly a century, researchers have tried to understand the swimming of aquatic animals in terms of a balance between the forward thrust from swimming movements and drag on the body. Prior approaches have failed to provide a separation of these two forces for undulatory swimmers such as lamprey and eels, where most parts of the body are simultaneously generating drag and thrust. We nonetheless show that this separation is possible, and delineate its fundamental basis in u...

  17. A double pendulum plasma thrust balance and thrust measurement at a tandem mirror exhaust

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    Yang, T. F.; Liu, Ping; Chang-Díaz, F. R.; Lander, Harvey; Childs, R. A.; Becker, H. D.; Fairfax, S. A.

    1995-09-01

    For the purpose of measuring the plasma momentum flux in a plasma system, a highly sensitive and precision balance has been developed. It can measure a force, an impulse, or thrust as low as 0.1 mN free of mechanical noise, electrical and magnetic pickups. The double pendulum system consists of two parallel conducting plates. One or both of the plates can be suspended by needles. The needle suspended plate (or plates) can swing freely with negligible friction because of the sharp points of the needles. When one of the plates is impacted by an impulse it will swing relatively to the fixed plate or other movable plate. The capacitance between the plates changes as a result of such a motion. The change of capacitance as a function of time is recorded as an oscillating voltage signal. The amplitude of such a voltage signal is proportional to the impacting force or impulse. The proportional factor can be calibrated. The forces can thus be read out from the recorded value of the voltage. The equation of motion for the pendulum system has been solved analytically. The circuit equation for the electronic measurement system has been formulated and solved numerically. Using this balance the thrust at the exhaust of a Tandem Mirror plasma thruster has been measured. The analytical solution of the overall characteristics agrees greatly with the measurement.

  18. A double pendulum plasma thrust balance and thrust measurement at a tandem mirror exhaust

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    For the purpose of measuring the plasma momentum flux in a plasma system, a highly sensitive and precision balance has been developed. It can measure a force, an impulse, or thrust as low as 0.1 mN free of mechanical noise, electrical and magnetic pickups. The double pendulum system consists of two parallel conducting plates. One or both of the plates can be suspended by needles. The needle suspended plate (or plates) can swing freely with negligible friction because of the sharp points of the needles. When one of the plates is impacted by an impulse it will swing relatively to the fixed plate or other movable plate. The capacitance between the plates changes as a result of such a motion. The change of capacitance as a function of time is recorded as an oscillating voltage signal. The amplitude of such a voltage signal is proportional to the impacting force or impulse. The proportional factor can be calibrated. The forces can thus be read out from the recorded value of the voltage. The equation of motion for the pendulum system has been solved analytically. The circuit equation for the electronic measurement system has been formulated and solved numerically. Using this balance the thrust at the exhaust of a Tandem Mirror plasma thruster has been measured. The analytical solution of the overall characteristics agrees greatly with the measurement. copyright 1995 American Institute of Physics

  19. A double pendulum plasma thrust balance and thrust measurement at a tandem mirror exhaust

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    Yang, T.F.; Liu, P.; Chang-Diaz, F.R.; Lander, H.; Childs, R.A.; Becker, H.D.; Fairfax, S.A. [Plasma Fusion Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)

    1995-09-01

    For the purpose of measuring the plasma momentum flux in a plasma system, a highly sensitive and precision balance has been developed. It can measure a force, an impulse, or thrust as low as 0.1 mN free of mechanical noise, electrical and magnetic pickups. The double pendulum system consists of two parallel conducting plates. One or both of the plates can be suspended by needles. The needle suspended plate (or plates) can swing freely with negligible friction because of the sharp points of the needles. When one of the plates is impacted by an impulse it will swing relatively to the fixed plate or other movable plate. The capacitance between the plates changes as a result of such a motion. The change of capacitance as a function of time is recorded as an oscillating voltage signal. The amplitude of such a voltage signal is proportional to the impacting force or impulse. The proportional factor can be calibrated. The forces can thus be read out from the recorded value of the voltage. The equation of motion for the pendulum system has been solved analytically. The circuit equation for the electronic measurement system has been formulated and solved numerically. Using this balance the thrust at the exhaust of a Tandem Mirror plasma thruster has been measured. The analytical solution of the overall characteristics agrees greatly with the measurement. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  20. Thrust stand for vertically oriented electric propulsion performance evaluation

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    A variation of a hanging pendulum thrust stand capable of measuring the performance of an electric thruster operating in the vertical orientation is presented. The vertical orientation of the thruster dictates that the thruster must be horizontally offset from the pendulum pivot arm, necessitating the use of a counterweight system to provide a neutrally stable system. Motion of the pendulum arm is transferred through a balance mechanism to a secondary arm on which deflection is measured. A noncontact light-based transducer is used to measure displacement of the secondary beam. The members experience very little friction, rotating on twisting torsional pivots with oscillatory motion attenuated by a passive, eddy-current damper. Displacement is calibrated using an in situ thrust calibration system. Thermal management and self-leveling systems are incorporated to mitigate thermal and mechanical drifts. Gravitational force and torsional spring constants associated with flexure pivots provide restoring moments. An analysis of the design indicates that the thrust measurement range spans roughly four decades, with the stand capable of measuring thrust up to 12 N for a 200 kg thruster and up to approximately 800 mN for a 10 kg thruster. Data obtained from calibration tests performed using a 26.8 lbm simulated thruster indicated a resolution of 1 mN on 100 mN level thrusts, while those tests conducted on a 200 lbm thruster yielded a resolution of roughly 2.5 mN at thrust levels of 0.5 N and greater.

  1. Partial tooth gear bearings

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    Vranish, John M. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A partial gear bearing including an upper half, comprising peak partial teeth, and a lower, or bottom, half, comprising valley partial teeth. The upper half also has an integrated roller section between each of the peak partial teeth with a radius equal to the gear pitch radius of the radially outwardly extending peak partial teeth. Conversely, the lower half has an integrated roller section between each of the valley half teeth with a radius also equal to the gear pitch radius of the peak partial teeth. The valley partial teeth extend radially inwardly from its roller section. The peak and valley partial teeth are exactly out of phase with each other, as are the roller sections of the upper and lower halves. Essentially, the end roller bearing of the typical gear bearing has been integrated into the normal gear tooth pattern.

  2. Rotordynamics of Automotive Turbochargers Linear and Nonlinear Rotordynamics – Bearing Design – Rotor Balancing

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    Nguyen-Schäfer, Hung

    2012-01-01

    This book deals with rotordynamics of automotive turbochargers while encompassing the analysis of the dynamics of rotating machines at very high rotor speeds of 300,000 rpm and above. This interdisciplinary field involves 1. thermodynamics and turbo-matching knowledge to compute working conditions of turbochargers, 2. fluid and bearing dynamics to calculate various operating thrust loads and to design the rotating floating ring bearings (two-oil-film bearings), and 3. tribology to improve the rotor stability and to reduce the bearing friction. Mathematical background in modeling and simulation methods is necessary; however, the prerequisites have been kept to a minimum. The book addresses both practitioners working in the field of rotordynamics of automotive turbochargers and graduate students in mechanical engineering.

  3. Electromechanical actuation for thrust vector control applications

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    Roth, Mary Ellen

    1990-01-01

    At present, actuation systems for the Thrust Vector Control (TVC) for launch vehicles are hydraulic systems. The Advanced Launch System (ALS), a joint initiative between NASA and the Air Force, is a launch vehicle that is designed to be cost effective, highly reliable and operationally efficient with a goal of reducing the cost per pound to orbit. As part of this initiative, an electromechanical actuation system is being developed as an attractive alternative to the hydraulic systems used today. NASA-Lewis is developing and demonstrating an Induction Motor Controller Actuation System with a 40 hp peak rating. The controller will integrate 20 kHz resonant link Power Management and Distribution (PMAD) technology and Pulse Population Modulation (PPM) techniques to implement Field Oriented Vector Control (FOVC) of a new advanced induction motor. Through PPM, multiphase variable frequency, variable voltage waveforms can be synthesized from the 20 kHz source. FOVC shows that varying both the voltage and frequency and their ratio (V/F), permits independent control of both torque and speed while operating at maximum efficiency at any point on the torque-speed curve. The driver and the FOVC will be microprocessor controlled. For increased system reliability, a Built-in Test (BITE) capability will be included. This involves introducing testability into the design of a system such that testing is calibrated and exercised during the design, manufacturing, maintenance and prelaunch activities. An actuator will be integrated with the motor controller for performance testing of the EMA TVC system. The design and fabrication of the motor controller is being done by General Dynamics Space Systems Division. The University of Wisconsin-Madison will assist in the design of the advanced induction motor and in the implementation of the FOVC theory. A 75 hp electronically controlled dynamometer will be used to test the motor controller in all four quadrants of operation using flight type control algorithms. Integrated testing of the controller and actuator will be conducted at a facility yet to be named. The EMA system described above is discussed in detail.

  4. Development of Flexible Bearing

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Elastomeric base isolation systems are proven to be effective in reducing seismic forces transmitted to buildings. However, due to their cost, the use of these devices is currently limited to large and expensive buildings. A fiber reinforced elastomeric isolator utilizes fiber fabric, such as carbon fiber, glass fibre, and etc. as the reinforcement material instead of solid steel plates. The fibre fabric reinforcement is extensible in tension and has no flexural rigidity. Elastomers normally used in the isolator are natural rubber; neoprene, butyl rubber and nit rile rubber etc. These devices were fabricated by binding alternating layers of rubber and fibre mesh. The fibre mesh is used to increase the vertical stiffness of the bearings while maintaining low lateral stiffness. Characterizing the behaviour of a fibre reinforced bearing “shape factor” of the bearing, Poisson’s ratio of the elastomeric material and flexibility of the reinforcing sheets and investigate the effect of reinforcement flexibility on compressive behaviour of elastomeric bearings with different geometrical and material properties. Bonding with fibre reinforcements can increase the stiffness of elastic layers only when the elastic layer is compressed.

  5. The Teddy Bears' Disc.

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    Laurillard, Diana

    1985-01-01

    Reports an evaluation of the Teddy Bear disc, an interactive videodisc developed at the Open University for a second-level course in metallurgy and materials technology. Findings from observation of students utilizing the videodisc are reviewed; successful design features and design problems are considered; and development costs are outlined. (MBR)

  6. Bilateral and multiple cavitation sounds during upper cervical thrust manipulation

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The popping produced during high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA thrust manipulation is a common sound; however to our knowledge, no study has previously investigated the location of cavitation sounds during manipulation of the upper cervical spine. The primary purpose was to determine which side of the spine cavitates during C1-2 rotatory HVLA thrust manipulation. Secondary aims were to calculate the average number of pops, the duration of upper cervical thrust manipulation, and the duration of a single cavitation. Methods Nineteen asymptomatic participants received two upper cervical thrust manipulations targeting the right and left C1-2 articulation, respectively. Skin mounted microphones were secured bilaterally over the transverse process of C1, and sound wave signals were recorded. Identification of the side, duration, and number of popping sounds were determined by simultaneous analysis of spectrograms with audio feedback using custom software developed in Matlab. Results Bilateral popping sounds were detected in 34 (91.9% of 37 manipulations while unilateral popping sounds were detected in just 3 (8.1% manipulations; that is, cavitation was significantly (P Conclusions Cavitation was significantly more likely to occur bilaterally than unilaterally during upper cervical HVLA thrust manipulation. Most subjects produced 3–4 pops during a single rotatory HVLA thrust manipulation targeting the right or left C1-2 articulation; therefore, practitioners of spinal manipulative therapy should expect multiple popping sounds when performing upper cervical thrust manipulation to the atlanto-axial joint. Furthermore, the traditional manual therapy approach of targeting a single ipsilateral or contralateral facet joint in the upper cervical spine may not be realistic.

  7. FEEP micro-thrust balance characterization and testing

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    Rocca, S.; Menon, C.; Nicolini, D.

    2006-04-01

    A micro-thrust stand developed by the National Physical Laboratory under ESA funding was calibrated and characterized. The balance is based on the nulled-pendulum principle. The thruster is positioned in a constrained pendulum that is free to move only along the line of thrust. A capacitive displacement sensor measures the movement of the pendulum and is connected via a servo closed loop to a force actuator that preserves the nulled position of the pendulum. The force exerted by the actuator is the measurement of the thrust generated by the field effect electric propulsion thruster. Part of the environmental vibration noise is cancelled by subtracting the signal produced by a dummy pendulum (not subjected to thrust) from the signal produced by the principal pendulum. The interface between the thruster and balance was designed with the aim of minimizing the interference of the electrical wires. This paper presents the results of the measurements that fully characterize the balance in terms of accuracy, resolution and thrust range. Improvements to the balance are suggested in order to increase its metrological performance.

  8. Thrust Augmentation Measurements Using a Pulse Detonation Engine Ejector

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    Santoro, Robert J.; Pal, Sibtosh

    2005-01-01

    Results of an experimental effort on pulse detonation driven ejectors are presented and discussed. The experiments were conducted using a pulse detonation engine (PDE)/ejector setup that was specifically designed for the study and operated at frequencies up to 50 Hz. The results of various experiments designed to probe different aspects of the PDE/ejector setup are reported. The baseline PDE was operated using ethylene (C2H4) as the fuel and an oxygen/nitrogen O2 + N2) mixture at an equivalence ratio of one. The PDE only experiments included propellant mixture characterization using a laser absorption technique, high fidelity thrust measurements using an integrated spring-damper system, and shadowgraph imaging of the detonation/shock wave structure emanating from the tube. The baseline PDE thrust measurement results at each desired frequency agree with experimental and modeling results reported in the literature. These PDE setup results were then used as a basis for quantifying thrust augmentation for various PDE/ejector setups with constant diameter ejector tubes and various ejector lengths, the radius of curvature for the ejector inlets and various detonation tube/ejector tube overlap distances. For the studied experimental matrix, the results showed a maximum thrust augmentation of 106% at an operational frequency of 30 Hz. The thrust augmentation results are complemented by shadowgraph imaging of the flowfield in the ejector tube inlet area and high frequency pressure transducer measurements along the length of the ejector tube.

  9. Engineering research, development and technology: Thrust area report FY 91

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    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence, Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the technical staff and the technology needed to support current and future LLNL programs. To accomplish this mission, the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program has two important goals: (1) to identify key technologies and (2) conduct high quality work to enhance our capabilities in these key technologies. To help focus our efforts, we identify technology thrust areas and select technical leaders for each area. The thrust areas are integrated engineering activities and, rather than being based on individual disciplines, they are staffed by personnel from Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and other LLNL organizations, as appropriate. The thrust area leaders are expected to establish strong links to LLNL program leaders and to industry; to use outside and inside experts to review the quality and direction of the work; to use university contacts to supplement and complement their efforts; and to be certain that we are not duplicating the work of others. The thrust area leader is also responsible for carrying out the work that follows from the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program so that the results can be applied as early as possible to the needs of LLNL programs. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes activities conducted within the Program for the fiscal year, 1991. Its intent is to provide timely summaries of objectives, theories, methods, and results

  10. Performance of high speed ball bearings with lead plated retainers in liquid hydrogen for potential use in a radiation environment

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    Wisander, D. W.; Brewe, D. E.; Scibbe, H. W.

    1972-01-01

    Ball bearings (40-mm bore) with lead coated, aluminum-bronze retainers were operated successfully in liquid hydrogen at 30,000 rpm under a thrust load of 1780 newtons (400 lb) for running times up to 15 hours. The lead transfer films on the bearing surfaces prevented galling of bearing components. The lead coated retainers used in this investigation show promise for use in the high radiation environments, where polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based materials are not suitable. Failure was a result of the loss of lead lubricant on the retainer-inner-land and ball-pocket surfaces. The longest bearing life (15 hr) was achieved with a lead coating thickness of 50 micrometers (0.002 in.) on the retainer. Other bearings had lives of 2 to 6 hours.

  11. Component test results from the bearing life improvement program for the Space Shuttle Main Engine oxidizer turbopumps

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    Keba, John E.

    Interim results from a component test program to improve ball bearing life in the Space Shuttle Main Engine oxygen turbopumps are presented. Two specific bearing applications, using liquid oxygen as the bearing coolant, are addressed. The first, the thrust bearing of the low pressure pump, operates at relatively slow speed with predominantly axial load and little temperature rise in the bulk coolant. Testing has demonstrated a very significant reduction in bearing wear by increasing the bearing internal clearance. Heat generation data was obtained that indicates heavy, intermittent cage-to-ball contact occurs, providing a possible explanation for the observed wear. The second application is the turbine end bearings of the high pressure pump. These bearings operate at high speed and load with the possibility of significant coolant vaporization. Tests on production bearings and bearings having modified internal clearance and curvature yielded scattered but generally poor lives. A dramatic improvement was achieved by coating the standard cage with a thin film of fluorinated ethylene propylene and 15 percent molybdenum disulfide. Very promising results have also been obtained by replacing the standard balls with ones made of silicon nitride, especially in combination with the coated cage.

  12. Rotating plug bearing and seal

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    Disclosed is a bearing and seal structure for nuclear reactors utilizing rotating plugs above the nuclear reactor vessel. The structure permits lubrication of bearings and seals of the rotating plugs without risk of the lubricant draining into the reactor vessel below. The structure permits lubrication by utilizing a rotating outer race bearing. 19 claims, 3 figures

  13. Government Risk-Bearing

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    The u.s. government bulks large in the nation's financial markets. The huge volume of government-issued and -sponsored debt affects the pricing and volume ofprivate debt and, consequently, resource allocation between competing alternatives. What is often not fully appreciated is the substantial influence the federal government wields overresource allocation through its provisionofcreditandrisk-bearing services to the private economy. Because peopleand firms generally seekto avoid risk, atsomeprice they are willing to pay another party to assume the risk they would otherwise face. Insurance companies are a class of private-sector firms one commonly thinks of as providing these services. As the federal government has expanded its presence in the U.S. economy during this century, it has increasingly developed programs aimed at bearing risks that the private sector either would not take on at any price, or would take on but atapricethoughtto besogreatthatmostpotentialbeneficiarieswouldnotpurchase the coverage. To...

  14. Dynamic Model for Thrust Generation of Marine Propellers

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    Blanke, Mogens; Lindegaard, Karl-Petter

    2000-01-01

    Mathematical models of propeller thrust and torque are traditionally based on steady state thrust and torque characteristics obtained in model basin or cavitation tunnel tests. Experimental results showed that these quasi steady state models do not accurately describe the transient phenomena in a thruster. A recently published dynamic model was based on the experimental observations. Describing zero advance speed conditions accurately, this model, however, does not work for a vessel at non- zero relative water speed. This paper derives a large signal dynamic model of propeller that includes the eects of transients in the ow over a wide range of operation. The results are essential for accurate thrust control in dynamic positioning and in underwater robotics.

  15. Separability of drag and thrust in undulatory animals and machines

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    Bale, Rahul; Neveln, Izaak D; Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; MacIver, Malcolm A; Patankar, Neelesh A

    2014-01-01

    For nearly a century, researchers have tried to understand the swimming of aquatic animals in terms of a balance between the forward thrust from swimming movements and drag on the body. Prior approaches have failed to provide a separation of these two forces for undulatory swimmers such as lamprey and eels, where most parts of the body are simultaneously generating drag and thrust. We nonetheless show that this separation is possible, and delineate its fundamental basis in undulatory swimmers. Our approach unifies a vast diversity of undulatory aquatic animals (anguilliform, sub-carangiform, gymnotiform, bal- istiform, rajiform) and provides design principles for highly agile bioinspired underwater vehicles. This approach has practical utility within biology as well as engineering. It is a predictive tool for use in understanding the role of the mechanics of movement in the evolutionary emergence of morphological features relating to locomotion. For example, we demonstrate that the drag-thrust separation fram...

  16. Interseismic deformation of the Montello thrust, northern Italy

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    Finocchio, D.; Barba, S.; Burrato, P.; De Martini, P.

    2011-12-01

    The Montello Anticline belongs to the southernmost thrust units of the S-verging Eastern Southern Alps (ESA), at the edge of the Veneto-Friuli plain (North-eastern Italy). The present-day tectonic setting of the area results from the Northward motion and underthrusting of Adria microplate with respect to Europe. Deformed fluvial terraces and deflection of the Piave River suggest that the Montello is an active growing anticline. Based on surface geology of folded strata, topographic expression of the anticline and geophysical data, the Montello Thrust was characterized as a 30-km-long structure rooted at about 11 km depth. However, the real seismogenic potential of the thrust fault that drives the anticlinal uplift is still questioned. In fact, on the one hand geodetic data shows a N-S oriented ca. 1.5 mm/a active shortening across the outermost structures of this sector of the ESA, and geologic and geomorphic data constrain a Quaternary slip rate of 0.5-1.5 mm/a. On the other hand earthquake catalogues indicates a minimum of seismic moment release in the Montello area with respect to the otherwise seismogenic Veneto-Friuli belt. To test the possible seismogenic behavior of the Montello Thrust , we modeled interseismic geodetic data and geological markers through a finite element analysis. We developed a NW-SE trending, 60 km long and 40 km deep 2D grid crossing the Montello thrust at its leading edge. The displacement was computed assuming elastoplastic rheology and plane strain. We tested different plausible fault geometries, starting from existing interpreted seismic lines, and choose the best-fitting one by comparing the model prediction with terrestrial leveling data, horizontal GPS velocities (permanent stations), and attitude of the geological strata. In our model, two different rheological layers are separated by a N-dipping low-angle plane (3°) at 8 km depth, which represents the regional monocline. The upper layer is elastoplastic and the lower layer is elastic. We tested the existence of two tectonic discontinuities above the regional monocline: the Montello thrust and a N-verging back-thrust detaching on the master fault. For this two thrusts, we assumed a tentative dip of about 45°. Below the regional monocline, we tested the existence of a possible continuation at depth of the Montello thrust, with a lower dip (25°). We filtered the data through spatial Gaussian smoothing with two widths (100 km and 50 km) and searched the best solution for these two cases. Results shows that only two models are compatible with the available data. In the first model, only the deeper portion of the Montello thrust below the regional monocline, is freely slipping. In the second model, also a portion of the thrust above the regional monocline, below 8 km depth, and a portion of the back-thrust, are freely slipping. In both cases, the regional monocline decouples the two layers (free-slip) in the southern part of the section. We plot the predicted stress and strain on the model section and discuss their patterns with respect to the possible seismogenic behavior of the modeled faults.

  17. Parametric study of thermal behavior of thrust chamber cooling channels

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    Karima E. Amori

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A numerical investigation is adopted for two dimensional thermal analysis of rocket thrust chamber wall (RL10, employing finite difference model with iterative scheme (implemented under relaxation factor of 0.9 for convergence to compute temperature distribution within thrust chamber wall (which is composed of Nickel and Copper layers. The analysis is conducted for different boundary conditions: only convection boundary conditions then combined radiation, convection boundary conditions also for different aspect ratio (AR of cooling channel. The results show that Utilizing cooling channels of high aspect ratio leads to decrease in temperature variation across thrust chamber wall, while no effects on heat transferred to the coolant is indicated. The radiation has a considerable effect on the computed wall temperature values.

  18. Optimization of Flapping Airfoils for Maximum Thrust and Propulsive Efficiency

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A numerical optimization algorithm based on the steepest decent along the variation of the optimization function is implemented for maximizing the thrust and/or propulsive efficiency of a single flapping airfoil. Unsteady, low speed laminar flows are computed using a Navier-Stokes solver on moving overset grids. The flapping motion of the airfoil is described by a combined sinusoidal plunge and pitching motion. Optimization parameters are taken to be the amplitudes of the plunge and pitching motions, and the phase shift between them. Computations are performed in parallel in a work station cluster. The numerical simulations show that high thrust values may be obtained at the expense of reduced efficiency. For high efficiency in thrust generation, the induced angle of attack of the airfoil is reduced and large scale vortex formations at the leading edge are prevented. 

  19. Kink bands in thrust regime: Examples from Srinagar—Garhwal area, Uttarakhand, India

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    Shashank Shekhar; A M Bhola; P S Saklani

    2011-10-01

    This paper deciphers the late stress systems involved in the development of kink bands in the perspective of thrust regime. In kink bands, the correlation coefficient for - plots is positive near thrusts and negative away from thrusts. The plots show nearly linear relationship near thrusts and non-linear relationship away from thrusts. The rotation was prominent mechanism of kink band formation near thrusts and rotation coupled with shearing, along the kink planes away from thrusts. Along thrusts 1 is horizontal E–W trend and it rotates to horizontal N–S trend away from the thrust. The proposed model establishes that (1) the shearing along kink planes led to angular relationship, > and (2) the kink planes of conjugate kinks could be used for paleostress analysis even in those cases where shearing along these planes has occurred.

  20. Methods for determining atypical gate valve thrust requirements

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    Steele, R. Jr.; Watkins, J.C.; DeWall, K.G. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)] [and others

    1995-04-01

    Evaluating the performance of rising stem, wedge type, gate valves used in nuclear power plant is not a problem when the valves can be design-basis tested and their operability margins determined diagnostically. The problem occurs when they cannot be tested because of plant system limitations or when they can be tested only at some less-than-design-basis condition. To evaluate the performance of these valves requires various analytical and/or extrapolation methods by which the design-basis stem thrust requirement can be determined. This has been typically accomplished with valve stem thrust models used to calculate the requirements or by extrapolating the results from a less-than-design-basis test. The stem thrust models used by the nuclear industry to determine the opening or closing stem thrust requirements for these gate valves have generally assumed that the highest load the valve experiences during closure (but before seating) is at flow isolation and during unwedging or before flow initiation in the opening direction. However, during full-scale valve testing conducted for the USNRC, several of the valves produced stem thrust histories that showed peak closing stem forces occurring before flow isolation in the closing direction and after flow initiation in the opening direction. All of the valves that exhibited this behavior in the closing direction also showed signs of internal damage. Initially, we dismissed the early peak in the closing stem thrust requirement as damage-induced and labeled it nonpredictable behavior. Opening responses were not a priority in our early research, so that phenomenon was set aside for later evaluation.

  1. Automatic control of a primary electric thrust subsystem

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    Macie, T. W.; Macmedan, M. L.

    1975-01-01

    A concept for automatic control of the thrust subsystem has been developed by JPL and participating NASA Centers. This paper reports on progress in implementing the concept at JPL. Control of the Thrust Subsystem (TSS) is performed by the spacecraft computer command subsystem, and telemetry data is extracted by the spacecraft flight data subsystem. The Data and Control Interface Unit, an element of the TSS, provides the interface with the individual elements of the TSS. The control philosophy and implementation guidelines are presented. Control requirements are listed, and the control mechanism, including the serial digital data intercommunication system, is outlined. The paper summarizes progress to Fall 1974.

  2. Improvement of Rocket Performance by Increasing the Thrust

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    This paper describes one of the methods to increase the performance of the rocket. Based of the result of the static test, the measure of the combustion chamber pressure and the thrust of the rocket will increase, if the throat diameter was decreased. The result of the static test showed that the throat diameter of the nozzle was smaller, where as the combustion chamber pressure, the thrust and the specific Impulse were higher. Its mean that the performance of the rocket was increased. (author)

  3. Problems of millipound thrust measurement. The "Hansen Suspension"

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    Carta, David G.

    2014-03-31

    Considered in detail are problems which led to the need and use of the 'Hansen Suspension'. Also discussed are problems which are likely to be encountered in any low level thrust measuring system. The methods of calibration and the accuracies involved are given careful attention. With all parameters optimized and calibration techniques perfected, the system was found capable of a resolution of 10 {mu} lbs. A comparison of thrust measurements made by the 'Hansen Suspension' with measurements of a less sophisticated device leads to some surprising results.

  4. Fabrication of liquid-rocket thrust chambers by electroforming

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    Duscha, R. A.; Kazaroff, J. M.

    1974-01-01

    Electroforming has proven to be an excellent fabrication method for building liquid rocket regeneratively cooled thrust chambers. NASA sponsored technology programs have investigated both common and advanced methods. Using common procedures, several cooled spool pieces and thrust chambers have been made and successfully tested. The designs were made possible through the versatility of the electroforming procedure, which is not limited to simple geometric shapes. An advanced method of electroforming was used to produce a wire-wrapped, composite, pressure-loaded electroformed structure, which greatly increased the strength of the structure while still retaining the advantages of electroforming.

  5. Contrasting slip zone mineralogy of major thrusts in ancient subduction complexes: examples from the Pasagshak Point Thrust in Alaska and the Nobeoka Thrust in Japan

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    Yamaguchi, A.; Fukuchi, R.; Fujimoto, K.; Ishikawa, T.; Kato, Y.; Nozaki, T.; Meneghini, F.; Rowe, C. D.; Moore, C. A.; Tsutsumi, A.; Kimura, G.

    2014-12-01

    Two well-studied Cretaceous-Tertiary accretionary complexes, the Kodiak complex in Alaska and the Shimanto complex in Japan, were formed by subduction of a relatively young oceanic plate, and have similar lithologies characterized by thick terrigenous sediments with rare pelagic sediments. However, the occurrences of fault rock types and fluid-rock interaction patterns along major thrust zone differ significantly, instead of similar background temperatures (~250°C). In this presentation we compare two representative fault zones showing contrasting mineralogy and water-rock interaction patterns. Ultrafine-grained black fault rocks (BFRs) comprise the principal slip zone of the Pasagshak Point Thrust of the Kodiak accretionary complex. The geochemistry of the BFRs is characterized by Li and Sr enrichment, Rb and Cs depletion, and a low 87Sr/86Sr ratio. These geochemical signatures are explained by fluid-rock interactions at >350°C, which result in preferential removal of Rb and Cs and formation of plagioclase under the presence of fluids with high Li and Sr concentrations and low 87Sr/86Sr ratios. In contrast to the Pasagshak Point Thrust, the fault core of the Nobeoka Thrust in the Shimanto accretionary complex is mineralogically characterized by breakdown of plagioclase and enrichment in clay and carbonate minerals. Values of illite crystallinity expressed as a full width at half maximum of the illite (001) peak in clay-fraction XRD increase within fault zones, showing the absence of significant temperature rise. Temperatures of fault plane during fluid-rock interaction may affect the difference in mineralogical characters of the two fault zones. Further mineralogical and geochemical investigations are necessary to explore the nature of fluids and its role in faulting along seismogenic subduction plate boundaries.

  6. Cataclasites-ultracataclasites in a major thrust zone: Gaissa Thrust, N. Norwegian Caledonides.

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    Rice, A. Hugh N.; Grasemann, Bernhard

    2015-04-01

    Narrow fault zones of intense deformation imply strain localisation. This is superbly shown by the ~horizontal Caledonian basal décollement in N. Norway, where ~127 km of top E-to-ESE thrust displacement is concentrated in a ~3 cm thick principle slip zone within lower strain hanging wall and footwall cataclasites less than a few centimetres thick. A scan of a transport-direction parallel 8.5x11.5cm thin-section of the fault is enlarged to 0.7x1.0m in the poster. The Caledonian external imbricate zone here places anchizone pre-Marinoan quartzite/shales onto diagenetic-zone post-Gaskiers red/green shales, silts and fine sandstones. Carbonates are absent. The displacement was estimated from balanced cross-sections and branch-line restorations. In the hangingwall cataclastic zone, a coarse qtz-rich/clay-rich cataclastic compositional layering dips at wall. Variations in cataclasites define an irregular, poor compositional layering. No sedimentary features are preserved. Foreland dipping fractures (<20° to detachment) cut the cataclasites with offsets of <1cm. High angle (conjugate) thin fractures, some with very minor offsets, cut across the whole fault. Thicker, irregular detachment parallel fractures also occur in the principle slip zone. These very late fractures, as well as minor voids in the principle slip zone, are filled with carbonate. Further work is in progress on the age, chemistry and textural evolution of the fault.

  7. A 10 nN resolution thrust-stand for micro-propulsion devices

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    Chakraborty, Subha; Courtney, Daniel G.; Shea, Herbert

    2015-11-01

    We report on the development of a nano-Newton thrust-stand that can measure up to 100 ?N thrust from different types of microthrusters with 10 nN resolution. The compact thrust-stand measures the impingement force of the particles emitted from a microthruster onto a suspended plate of size 45 mm × 45 mm and with a natural frequency over 50 Hz. Using a homodyne (lock-in) readout provides strong immunity to facility vibrations, which historically has been a major challenge for nano-Newton thrust-stands. A cold-gas thruster generating up to 50 ?N thrust in air was first used to validate the thrust-stand. Better than 10 nN resolution and a minimum detectable thrust of 10 nN were achieved. Thrust from a miniature electrospray propulsion system generating up to 3 ?N of thrust was measured with our thrust-stand in vacuum, and the thrust was compared with that computed from beam diagnostics, obtaining agreement within 50 nN to 150 nN. The 10 nN resolution obtained from this thrust-stand matches that from state-of-the-art nano-Newton thrust-stands, which measure thrust directly from the thruster by mounting it on a moving arm (but whose natural frequency is well below 1 Hz). The thrust-stand is the first of its kind to demonstrate less than 3 ?N resolution by measuring the impingement force, making it capable of measuring thrust from different types of microthrusters, with the potential of easy upscaling for thrust measurement at much higher levels, simply by replacing the force sensor with other force sensors.

  8. Separability of drag and thrust in undulatory animals and machines

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    Bale, Rahul; Shirgaonkar, Anup A.; Neveln, Izaak D.; Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; Maciver, Malcolm A.; Patankar, Neelesh A.

    2014-12-01

    For nearly a century, researchers have tried to understand the swimming of aquatic animals in terms of a balance between the forward thrust from swimming movements and drag on the body. Prior approaches have failed to provide a separation of these two forces for undulatory swimmers such as lamprey and eels, where most parts of the body are simultaneously generating drag and thrust. We nonetheless show that this separation is possible, and delineate its fundamental basis in undulatory swimmers. Our approach unifies a vast diversity of undulatory aquatic animals (anguilliform, sub-carangiform, gymnotiform, bal-istiform, rajiform) and provides design principles for highly agile bioinspired underwater vehicles. This approach has practical utility within biology as well as engineering. It is a predictive tool for use in understanding the role of the mechanics of movement in the evolutionary emergence of morphological features relating to locomotion. For example, we demonstrate that the drag-thrust separation framework helps to predict the observed height of the ribbon fin of electric knifefish, a diverse group of neotropical fish which are an important model system in sensory neurobiology. We also show how drag-thrust separation leads to models that can predict the swimming velocity of an organism or a robotic vehicle.

  9. Measuring thrust and predicting trajectory in model rocketry

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    COURTNEY, MICHAEL; Courtney, Amy

    2009-01-01

    Methods are presented for measuring thrust using common force sensors and data acquisition to construct a dynamic force plate. A spreadsheet can be used to compute trajectory by integrating the equations of motion numerically. These techniques can be used in college physics courses, and have also been used with high school students concurrently enrolled in algebra 2.

  10. Engineering Research, Development and Technology, FY95: Thrust area report

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    1996-02-01

    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the knowledge base, process technologies, specialized equipment, tools and facilities to support current and future LLNL programs. Engineering`s efforts are guided by a strategy that results in dual benefit: first, in support of Department of Energy missions, such as national security through nuclear deterrence; and second, in enhancing the nation`s economic competitiveness through their collaboration with US industry in pursuit of the most cost-effective engineering solutions to LLNL programs. To accomplish this mission, the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program has two important goals: (1) identify key technologies relevant to LLNL programs where they can establish unique competencies, and (2) conduct high-quality research and development to enhance their capabilities and establish themselves as the world leaders in these technologies. To focus Engineering`s efforts, technology thrust areas are identified and technical leaders are selected for each area. The thrust areas are comprised of integrated engineering activities, staffed by personnel from the nine electronics and mechanical engineering divisions, and from other LLNL organizations. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes Engineering`s activities for fiscal year 1995. The report provides timely summaries of objectives methods, and key results from eight thrust areas: computational electronics and electromagnetics; computational mechanics; microtechnology; manufacturing technology; materials science and engineering; power conversion technologies; nondestructive evaluation; and information engineering.

  11. Aerospace applications of magnetic bearings

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    Downer, James; Goldie, James; Gondhalekar, Vijay; Hockney, Richard

    1994-01-01

    Magnetic bearings have traditionally been considered for use in aerospace applications only where performance advantages have been the primary, if not only, consideration. Conventional wisdom has been that magnetic bearings have certain performance advantages which must be traded off against increased weight, volume, electric power consumption, and system complexity. These perceptions have hampered the use of magnetic bearings in many aerospace applications because weight, volume, and power are almost always primary considerations. This paper will review progress on several active aerospace magnetic bearings programs at SatCon Technology Corporation. The magnetic bearing programs at SatCon cover a broad spectrum of applications including: a magnetically-suspended spacecraft integrated power and attitude control system (IPACS), a magnetically-suspended momentum wheel, magnetic bearings for the gas generator rotor of a turboshaft engine, a vibration-attenuating magnetic bearing system for an airborne telescope, and magnetic bearings for the compressor of a space-rated heat pump system. The emphasis of these programs is to develop magnetic bearing technologies to the point where magnetic bearings can be truly useful, reliable, and well tested components for the aerospace community.

  12. Actively controlled superconducting bearings

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    Eyssa, Yehia M.; Huang, X.

    1991-01-01

    Actively controlled conventional radial beating using copper winding and soft magnetic material can provide only up to 200 N/sq cm of pressure. Large cryogenic pumps for space applications operating at 30,000 rpm and high rpm machines may require larger magnetic pressure. We show that using superconducting winding in the rotor and the stator of a magnetic bearing system increases the pressure by an order of magnitude. The paper addresses winding configuration, stability, ac losses, and power requirement for the superconducting winding.

  13. Testing of Bearing Materials for Large Two-stroke Marine Diesel Engines

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    Klit, Peder; Persson, Sebastian

    2013-01-01

    In large two-stroke marine diesel engines bearings are designed with the intention that these need not be replaced during the life of the engine. The design has shown very good service experiences. The design parameters of the main bearings are, among others, based on the average maximum specific load which the bearing should operate under. In general, the frictional loss is less than 1% of the nominal power of the engine but is still a target for optimization. Fatigue mechanisms of bearing lining material are not fully understood and the design limits with regards to minimum oil film thickness, max oil film pressure and oil film pressure gradient is not established. Large two-stroke journal bearings are not suitable for fatigue test due to the size, the low rotational speed and the complexity of such test-rig. The Disc Fatigue Test Rig (DFTR) was designed with the purpose to test white metal coatings under realistic bearing conditions, in a confined time-frame. The test-rig simulates a scale model of a thrust bearing, in contrary to standard design the bearing lining material is applied to the rotating collar. On each side of the disc three stationary tilting-pads applies a load to the test disc, with a rotational speed of 2000 rpm. Parameters, such as bearing load, rotational speed, oil temperature, oil contamination is controlled/monitored in order to achieve repeatability and a systematic approach to the experiments. Test performed on the test-rig shows good correlation on the fatigue cracks with those experienced on large two-stroke journal bearings.

  14. Bearing Rigidity and Almost Global Bearing-Only Formation Stabilization

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    Zhao, Shiyu; Zelazo, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    A fundamental problem that the bearing rigidity theory studies is to determine when a framework can be uniquely determined up to a translation and a scaling factor by its inter-neighbor bearings. While many previous works focused on the bearing rigidity of two-dimensional frameworks, a first contribution of this paper is to extend these results to arbitrary dimensions. It is shown that a framework in an arbitrary dimension can be uniquely determined up to a translation and a...

  15. Thrust Area Report, Engineering Research, Development and Technology

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    Langland, R. T.

    1997-02-01

    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the knowledge base, process technologies, specialized equipment, tools and facilities to support current and future LLNL programs. Engineering`s efforts are guided by a strategy that results in dual benefit: first, in support of Department of Energy missions, such as national security through nuclear deterrence; and second, in enhancing the nation`s economic competitiveness through our collaboration with U.S. industry in pursuit of the most cost- effective engineering solutions to LLNL programs. To accomplish this mission, the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program has two important goals: (1) identify key technologies relevant to LLNL programs where we can establish unique competencies, and (2) conduct high-quality research and development to enhance our capabilities and establish ourselves as the world leaders in these technologies. To focus Engineering`s efforts technology {ital thrust areas} are identified and technical leaders are selected for each area. The thrust areas are comprised of integrated engineering activities, staffed by personnel from the nine electronics and mechanical engineering divisions, and from other LLNL organizations. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes Engineering`s activities for fiscal year 1996. The report provides timely summaries of objectives, methods, and key results from eight thrust areas: Computational Electronics and Electromagnetics; Computational Mechanics; Microtechnology; Manufacturing Technology; Materials Science and Engineering; Power Conversion Technologies; Nondestructive Evaluation; and Information Engineering. Readers desiring more information are encouraged to contact the individual thrust area leaders or authors. 198 refs., 206 figs., 16 tabs.

  16. 14 CFR 25.904 - Automatic takeoff thrust control system (ATTCS).

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    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Automatic takeoff thrust control system (ATTCS). 25.904 Section 25...AIRPLANES Powerplant General § 25.904 Automatic takeoff thrust control system (ATTCS). Each applicant...

  17. EVALUATION OF A LOW FRICTION - HIGH EFFICIENCY ROLLER BEARING ENGINE

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    Kolarik, Robert V. II; Shattuck, Charles W.; Copper, Anthony P.

    2009-06-30

    This Low Friction (High Efficiency Roller Bearing) Engine (LFE) report presents the work done by The Timken Company to conduct a technology demonstration of the benefits of replacing hydrodynamic bearings with roller bearings in the crankshaft and camshaft assemblies of an internal combustion engine for the purpose of collecting data sufficient to prove merit. The engines in the present study have been more extensively converted to roller bearings than any previous studies (40 needle roller bearings per engine) to gain understanding of the full potential of application of bearing technology. The project plan called for comparative testing of a production vehicle which was already respected for having demonstrated low engine friction levels with a rollerized version of that engine. Testing was to include industry standard tests for friction, emissions and fuel efficiency conducted on instrumented dynamometers. Additional tests for fuel efficiency, cold start resistance and other measures of performance were to be made in the actual vehicle. Comparative measurements of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), were planned, although any work to mitigate the suspected higher NVH level in the rollerized engine was beyond the scope of this project. Timken selected the Toyota Avalon with a 3.5L V-6 engine as the test vehicle. In an attempt to minimize cost and fabrication time, a ‘made-from’ approach was proposed in which as many parts as possible would be used or modified from production parts to create the rollerized engine. Timken commissioned its test partner, FEV Engine Technology, to do a feasibility study in which they confirmed that using such an approach was possible to meet the required dimensional restrictions and tolerances. In designing the roller bearing systems for the crank and cam trains, Timken utilized as many production engine parts as possible. The crankshafts were produced from production line forgings, which use Timken steel, modified with special machining and heat treatment. Timken designed and manufactured all of the roller bearing related components such as the thrust bearing package. The production connecting rods and camshafts could not be used for the roller bearing engine, so new ones were produced according to the team’s designs using Timken steel. The remaining miscellaneous components were designed and procured by FEV. Timken prepared a display version of the crankshaft portion of the production engine without connecting rods which could be driven by a motor through a cogged-belt and electrically actuated clutch arrangement. A modified version was also made in which the engine was outfitted with roller bearings on the main bearing positions. Preliminary tests showed that the rollerized engine was running with 1/3 less friction than the standard display engine. Additional friction testing and noise characterization was cut short because of shipping damage to the rollerized engine display and because of other project priorities. The team did successfully demonstrate the ability to package roller bearings satisfactorily in numerous locations in a typical automotive engine. The scope of this project did not include durability demonstration and that subject would have to be addressed in any follow-on work. In the actual test phase, the rollerized engine did show significantly less friction in motored dynamometer tests compared to its production equivalent. The 5-10% improvement measured in this study was about half that seen in other studies. However, the fired test results did not show a reduction in friction which did not match prior experience or expectations. Subsequent teardown and inspection of the rollerized engine revealed potential sources of excessive friction in the experimental application. These features would be eliminated in a design not based on modification of production parts. The team is confident (based on experience) that friction reduction would be realized with proper modifications.

  18. Experimental progress towards the MicroThrust MEMS electrospray electric propulsion system

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    Ryan, Charles; Daykin-Iliopoulos, A.; Stark, John; Salaverri, Anna; Vargas, Ernesto; Rangsten, Pelle; Dandavino, Simon; Ataman, Caglar; Chakraborty, Subha; Courtney, Daniel; Shea, Herbert

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes the experimental progress towards an operational microfabricated electrospray thruster, as part of the EU FP7 “MicroThrust” Project. Microfabrication of an electrospray multiplexed thruster allows the seamless manufacturing of arrays of emitters, combining high specific impulse with sizeable thrust. The resulting thruster can thus be extremely efficient with a thrust approaching ?100µN, depending on array size. We are working within the European FP7 project MicroThrust co...

  19. Grease lubrication in rolling bearings

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    Lugt, Piet M

    2012-01-01

    The definitive book on the science of grease lubrication for roller and needle bearings in industrial and vehicle engineering. Grease Lubrication in Rolling Bearings provides an overview of the existing knowledge on the various aspects of grease lubrication (including lubrication systems) and the state of the art models that exist today. The book reviews the physical and chemical aspects of grease lubrication, primarily directed towards lubrication of rolling bearings. The first part of the book covers grease composition, properties and rheology, including thermal

  20. Interseismic Strain Accumulation Across Metropolitan Los Angeles: Puente Hills Thrust

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    Argus, D.; Liu, Z.; Heflin, M. B.; Moore, A. W.; Owen, S. E.; Lundgren, P.; Drake, V. G.; Rodriguez, I. I.

    2012-12-01

    Twelve years of observation of the Southern California Integrated GPS Network (SCIGN) are tightly constraining the distribution of shortening across metropolitan Los Angeles, providing information on strain accumulation across blind thrust faults. Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) and water well records are allowing the effects of water and oil management to be distinguished. The Mojave segment of the San Andreas fault is at a 25° angle to Pacific-North America plate motion. GPS shows that NNE-SSW shortening due to this big restraining bend is fastest not immediately south of the San Andreas fault across the San Gabriel mountains, but rather 50 km south of the fault in northern metropolitan Los Angeles. The GPS results we quote next are for a NNE profile through downtown Los Angeles. Just 2 mm/yr of shortening is being taken up across the San Gabriel mountains, 40 km wide (0.05 micro strain/yr); 4 mm/yr of shortening is being taken up between the Sierra Madre fault, at the southern front of the San Gabriel mountains, and South Central Los Angeles, also 40 km wide (0.10 micro strain/yr). We find shortening to be more evenly distributed across metropolitan Los Angeles than we found before [Argus et al. 2005], though within the 95% confidence limits. An elastic models of interseismic strain accumulation is fit to the GPS observations using the Back Slip model of Savage [1983]. Rheology differences between crystalline basement and sedimentary basin rocks are incorporated using the EDGRN/EDCMP algorithm of Wang et al. [2003]. We attempt to place the Back Slip model into the context of the Elastic Subducting Plate Model of Kanda and Simons [2010]. We find, along the NNE profile through downtown, that: (1) The deep Sierra Madre Thrust cannot be slipping faster than 2 mm/yr, and (2) The Puente Hills Thrust and nearby thrust faults (such as the upper Elysian Park Thrust) are slipping at 9 ±2 mm/yr beneath a locking depth of 12 ±5 km (95% confidence limits). Incorporating sedimentary basin rock either reduces the slip rate by 10 per cent or increases the locking rate by 20 per cent. The 9 mm/yr rate for the Puente Hills Thrust and nearby faults exceeds the cumulative 3-5 mm/yr rate estimated using paleoseismology along the Puente Hills Thrust (1.2-1.6 mm/yr, Dolan et al. 2003), upper Elysian Park Thrust (0.6-2.2 mm/yr, Oskin et al. 2000), and western Compton Thrust (1.2 mm/yr, Leon et al. 2009], though all the paleoseismic estimates are minimums. We infer that M 7 earthquakes in northern metropolitan Los Angeles may occur more frequently that previously thought.

  1. The interaction between deepwater channel systems and growing thrusts and folds, toe-thrust region of the deepwater Niger Delta

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    Jolly, Byami; Whittaker, Alex; Lonergan, Lidia

    2015-04-01

    Gravity-driven seaward-verging thrusts, landward-verging back-thrusts and associated folds often characterize the slope and deepwater settings of passive margins. These structures, found in the 'toe-thrust' region of the system, exert a significant control on sediment gravity flows because they create and determine the location and configuration of sediment depocentres and transport systems. Consequently, a quantitative understanding of the interaction between sediment gravity flows and seabed topography is required to understand these systems effectively. Here we make quantitative measurements of the geomorphic response of submarine channels to growing tectonic structures with the aim of providing new constraints on the long-term erosional dynamics of submarine channel systems. This study exploits 3D seismic data in the outer toe-thrust region of the deepwater Niger Delta to analyze the interaction between Plio-Pleistocene channel systems and actively growing folds and thrusts. We mapped folds and thrusts from the seismic data and we used this data to reconstruct the history of fold growth. We then used the sea-bed seismic horizon to build a 50 m resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the sea floor in Arc-GIS. We extracted channel long- profiles across growing structures from the DEM, and made measurements of channel geometries at regular intervals along the channel length. This information was used to infer morphodyanamic processes that sculpted the channel systems through time, and to estimate the bed shear stresses and fluid velocities of typical flow events. The bathymetric long profiles of these channels are relatively linear with concavity that range from -0.08 to -0.34, and an average gradient of ~1o. Actively growing thrusts are typically associated with a local steepening in channel gradient by a factor of up to 3, and this effect extends 0.5 - 2 km upstream of the thrust. Within these knickzones, channel incision increases by approximately by a factor of > 2, with a corresponding width decrease of approximately 25%. Channel incision across growing structures is achieved through enhanced bed-shear stress driven incision (up to 200 Pa) and flow velocity (up to 5 ms-1), assuming typical bulk sediment concentrations of 0.6%. Comparison of structural uplift since 1.7 Ma, and channel incision over an equivalent period, shows that some of these channels are able to keep pace with the time-integrated uplift since 1.7 Ma, and may have reached a topographic (bathymetric) steady-state with respect to on-going thrusting. However, some of the sea-bed channels are yet to reach topographic steady-state because of factors which include recent change in gradient caused by structural uplift, and the impact of active channel diversion by growing structures. Generally, bed-shear stresses of ~150 Pa are sufficient to keep pace with structural strain rates of 10-15 s-1. More widely, our data demonstrates that submarine channel systems dynamically adjust their geometry and basal gradient in order to keep pace with growth of tectonic structures and our results suggest that these factors must be incorporated into models to fully predict the downslope pathways of sea-bed channels in structurally complex areas.

  2. Uranium favorability of tertiary rocks in the Badger Flats, Elkhorn Thrust Area, Park and Teller Counties, Colorado

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    Uranium potential of Tertiary rocks in the Badger Flats--Elkhorn Thrust area of central Colorado is closely related to a widespread late Eocene erosion surface. Most uranium deposits in the area are in the Eocene Echo Park Alluvium and Oligocene Tallahassee Creek Conglomerate, which were deposited in paleodrainage channels on or above this surface. Arkosic detritus within the channels and overlying tuffaceous sedimentary rocks of the Antero and Florissant Formations of Oligocene age and silicic tuffs within the volcanic units provide abundant sources of uranium that could be concentrated in the channels where carbonaceous debris facilitates a reducing environment. Anomalous soil, water, and stream-sediment samples near the Elkhorn Thrust and in Antero basin overlie buried channels or are offset from them along structural trends; therefore, uranium-bearing ground water may have moved upward from buried uranium deposits along faults. The area covered by rocks younger than the late Eocene erosion surface, specifically the trends of mapped or inferred paleochannels filled with Echo Park Alluvium and Tallahassee Creek Conglomerate, and the Antero Formation are favorable for the occurrence of uranium deposits

  3. Engineering research, development and technology. Thrust area report, FY93

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    1994-05-01

    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the technical staff, tools, and facilities needed to support current and future LLNL programs. The efforts are guided by a dual-benefit research and development strategy that supports Department of Energy missions, such as national security through nuclear deterrence and economic competitiveness through partnerships with U.S. industry. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes the activities for the fiscal year 1993. The report provides timely summaries of objectives, methods, and results from nine thrust areas for this fiscal year: Computational Electronics and Electromagnetics; Computational Mechanics; Diagnostics and Microelectronics; Fabrication Technology; Materials Science and Engineering; Power Conversion Technologies; Nondestructive Evaluation; Remote Sensing, Imaging, and Signal Engineering; and Emerging Technologies. Separate abstracts were prepared for 47 papers in this report.

  4. Design of Low-Thrust Gravity Assist Trajectories to Europa

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    Vasile, Massimiliano

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the design of a mission to Europa using solar electric propulsion as main source of thrust. A direct transcription method based on Finite Elements in Time was used for the design and optimisation of the entire low-thrust gravity assist transfer from the Earth to Europa. Prior to that, a global search algorithm was used to generate a set of suitable first guess solutions for the transfer to Jupiter, and for the capture in the Jovian system. In particular, a fast deterministic search algorithm was developed to find the most promising set of swing-bys to reach Jupiter A second fast search algorithm was developed to find the best sequence of swing-bys of the Jovian moons. After introducing the global search algorithms and the direct transcription through Finite Elements in Time, the paper presents a number of first guess Solutions and a fully optimised transfer from the Earth to Europa.

  5. Erosion influences the seismicity of active thrust faults

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    Steer, Philippe; Simoes, Martine; Cattin, Rodolphe; Shyu, J. Bruce H.

    2014-11-01

    Assessing seismic hazards remains one of the most challenging scientific issues in Earth sciences. Deep tectonic processes are classically considered as the only persistent mechanism driving the stress loading of active faults over a seismic cycle. Here we show via a mechanical model that erosion also significantly influences the stress loading of thrust faults at the timescale of a seismic cycle. Indeed, erosion rates of about ~0.1-20?mm?yr-1, as documented in Taiwan and in other active compressional orogens, can raise the Coulomb stress by ~0.1-10?bar on the nearby thrust faults over the inter-seismic phase. Mass transfers induced by surface processes in general, during continuous or short-lived and intense events, represent a prominent mechanism for inter-seismic stress loading of faults near the surface. Such stresses are probably sufficient to trigger shallow seismicity or promote the rupture of deep continental earthquakes up to the surface.

  6. Investigation of electroforming techniques. [fabrication of regeneratively cooled thrust chambers

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    Malone, G. A.

    1975-01-01

    Copper and nickel electroforming was examined for the purpose of establishing the necessary processes and procedures for repeatable, successful fabrication of the outer structures of regeneratively cooled thrust chambers. The selection of electrolytes for copper and nickel deposition is described. The development studies performed to refine and complete the processes necessary for successful chamber shell fabrication and the testing employed to verify the applicability of the processes and procedures to small scale hardware are described. Specifications were developed to afford a guideline for the electroforming of high quality outer shells on regeneratively cooled thrust chamber liners. Test results indicated repeatable mechanical properties could be produced in copper deposits from the copper sulfate electrolyte with periodic current reversal and in nickel deposits from the sulfamate solution. Use of inert, removable channel fillers and the conductivizing of such is described. Techniques (verified by test) which produce high integrity bonds to copper and copper alloy liners are discussed.

  7. High Thrust-to-Power Annular Engine Technology

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    Patterson, Michael J.; Thomas, Robert E.; Crofton, Mark W.; Young, Jason A.; Foster, John E.

    2015-01-01

    Gridded ion engines have the highest efficiency and total impulse of any mature electric propulsion technology, and have been successfully implemented for primary propulsion in both geocentric and heliocentric environments with excellent ground/in-space correlation of performance. However, they have not been optimized to maximize thrust-to-power, an important parameter for Earth orbit transfer applications. This publication discusses technology development work intended to maximize this parameter. These activities include investigating the capabilities of a non-conventional design approach, the annular engine, which has the potential of exceeding the thrust-to-power of other EP technologies. This publication discusses the status of this work, including the fabrication and initial tests of a large-area annular engine. This work is being conducted in collaboration among NASA Glenn Research Center, The Aerospace Corporation, and the University of Michigan.

  8. Permanent and active magnetic bearings.

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    Kozánek, Jan; Stola?ík, M.; Šafr, M.

    Brno : Ústav termomechaniky AV ?R, 2000 - (Kratochvíl, C.; Fuis, V.; Houfek, L.), s. 29-30 ISBN 80-214-1665-3. [Kolokvium Diagnostika a aktivní ?ízení 2000. T?ešt´ (CZ), 09.10.2000-11.10.2000] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA101/00/1471 Keywords : contactless bearings * magnetic bearings Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  9. Superconducting bearings for flywheel applications

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    Abrahamsen, A.B.

    2001-01-01

    A literature study on the application of superconducting bearings in energy storage flywheel systems. The physics of magnetic levitation and superconductors are presented in the first part of the report, followed by a discussion of the literature found onthe applications of superconducting bearings in flywheels.

  10. Spherical-Bearing Analysis Program

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    Kleckner, R. J.

    1984-01-01

    Computer program SPHERBEAN, developed to predict thermomechanical performance characteristics of double-row spherical roller bearings over wide range of operating conditions. Analysis allows six degrees of freedom for each roller and three for each half of an optionally split cage. Program capabilities provide sufficient generality to allow detailed simulation of both high-speed and conventional bearing operation.

  11. Direct thrust measurement of a permanent magnet helicon double layer thruster

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    Direct thrust measurements of a permanent magnet helicon double layer thruster have been made using a pendulum thrust balance and a high sensitivity laser displacement sensor. At the low pressures used (0.08 Pa) an ion beam is detected downstream of the thruster exit, and a maximum thrust force of about 3 mN is measured for argon with an rf input power of about 700 W. The measured thrust is proportional to the upstream plasma density and is in good agreement with the theoretical thrust based on the maximum upstream electron pressure.

  12. Direct thrust measurement of a permanent magnet helicon double layer thruster

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    Takahashi, K.; Lafleur, T.; Charles, C.; Alexander, P.; Boswell, R. W.; Perren, M.; Laine, R.; Pottinger, S.; Lappas, V.; Harle, T.; Lamprou, D.

    2011-04-01

    Direct thrust measurements of a permanent magnet helicon double layer thruster have been made using a pendulum thrust balance and a high sensitivity laser displacement sensor. At the low pressures used (0.08 Pa) an ion beam is detected downstream of the thruster exit, and a maximum thrust force of about 3 mN is measured for argon with an rf input power of about 700 W. The measured thrust is proportional to the upstream plasma density and is in good agreement with the theoretical thrust based on the maximum upstream electron pressure.

  13. Bearing development program for a 25 kWe solar-powered organic Rankine-cycle engine

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    Nesmith, B.

    1985-01-01

    The bearing development program is summarized for a 25-kWe power conversion subsystem (PCS) consisting of an organic Rankine-cycle engine, and permanent magnetic alternator (PMA) and rectifier to be used in a 100-kWe point-focusing distributed receiver solar power plant. The engine and alternator were hermetically sealed and used toluene as the working fluid. The turbine, alternator, and feed pump (TAP) were mounted on a single shaft operating at speeds up to 60,000 rev/min. Net thermal-to-electric efficiencies in the range of 21 to 23% were demonstrated at the maximum working fluid temperature of 400 C (750 F). A chronological summary of the bearing development program is presented. The primary causes of bearing wear problems were traced to a combination of rotordynamic instability and electrodynamic discharge across the bearing surfaces caused by recirculating currents from the PMA. These problems were resolved by implementing an externally supplied, flooded-bearing lubrication system and by electrically insulating all bearings from the TAP housing. This program resulted in the successful development of a stable, high-speed, toluene-lubricated five-pad tilting-pad journal bearing and Rayleigh step thrust bearing system capable of operating at all inclinations between horizontal and vertical.

  14. The 7.5K lbf thrust engine preliminary design for Orbit Transfer Vehicle

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    Hayden, Warren R.; Sabiers, Ralph; Schneider, Judy

    1994-01-01

    This document summarizes the preliminary design of the Aerojet version of the Orbit Transfer Vehicle main engine. The concept of a 7500 lbf thrust LO2/GH2 engine using the dual expander cycle for optimum efficiency is validated through power balance and thermal calculations. The engine is capable of 10:1 throttling from a nominal 2000 psia to a 200 psia chamber pressure. Reservations are detailed on the feasibility of a tank head start, but the design incorporates low speed turbopumps to mitigate the problem. The mechanically separate high speed turbopumps use hydrostatic bearings to meet engine life requirements, and operate at sub-critical speed for better throttling ability. All components were successfully packaged in the restricted envelope set by the clearances for the extendible/retractable nozzle. Gimbal design uses an innovative primary and engine out gimbal system to meet the +/- 20 deg gimbal requirement. The hydrogen regenerator and LOX/GH2 heat exchanger uses the Aerojet platelet structures approach for a highly compact component design. The extendible/retractable nozzle assembly uses an electric motor driven jack-screw design and a one segment carbon-carbon or silicide coated columbium nozzle with an area ratio, when extended, of 1430:1. A reliability analysis and risk assessment concludes the report.

  15. Low-thrust chemical propulsion system pump technology

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    Meadville, J. W.

    1980-01-01

    A study was conducted within the thrust range 450 to 9000 N (100 to 2000 pounds). Performance analyses were made on centrifugal, pitot, Barske, drag, Tesla, gear, piston, lobe, and vane pumps with liquid hydrogen, liquid methane, and liquid oxygen as propellants. Gaseous methane and hydrogen driven axial impulse turbines, vane expanders, piston expanders, and electric motors were studied as drivers. Data are presented on performance, sizes, weights, and estimated service lives and costs.

  16. Thrust distribution resummation in e^{+}e^{-} collisions

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    Monni, Pier Francesco

    2012-01-01

    In this talk we report on the recent progresses on IR logarithms resummation for the Thrust distribution in e^{+}e^{-} collisions. Using renormalisation group (RG) evolution in Laplace space, the resummation of logarithmically enhanced corrections is performed to next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic (NNLL) accuracy. To combine the resummed expressions with the fixed-order results, we derive the log(R)-matching and R-matching of the NNLL approximation to the fixed-order NNLO d...

  17. Secondary injection fluidic thrust vectoring of an axisymmetric supersonic nozzle

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    Zmijanovic, Vladeta

    2013-01-01

    Secondary injection into the divergent section of a supersonic rocket nozzle is investigated for the fluidic thrust vectoring effects. The study was conducted in the framework of CNES PERSEUS program and was motivated by the need for an alternative vectoring solution aimed for a small space launcher. The thesis work, based on the combined experimental and numerical approaches, essentially comprises of a wide parametric study mainly concerning the position of the injection, the shape of the pr...

  18. Energy from sea wave thrust and flow of water

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    The area adjacent to the tidal rivers, irrigational canal, drain and also the seashore may be energized harnessing the energy from the flow/wave thrust by simply converting it into unidirectional rotating force to drive the generator for power generation. The existing plants are big in size and also fixed in place. A plant which will be a small/portable type is described. 7 refs., figs

  19. Space Station alpha joint bearing

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    Everman, Michael R.; Jones, P. Alan; Spencer, Porter A.

    1987-01-01

    Perhaps the most critical structural system aboard the Space Station is the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint which helps align the power generation system with the sun. The joint must provide structural support and controlled rotation to the outboard transverse booms as well as power and data transfer across the joint. The Solar Alpha Rotary Joint is composed of two transition sections and an integral, large diameter bearing. Alpha joint bearing design presents a particularly interesting problem because of its large size and need for high reliability, stiffness, and on orbit maintability. The discrete roller bearing developed is a novel refinement to cam follower technology. It offers thermal compensation and ease of on-orbit maintenance that are not found in conventional rolling element bearings. How the bearing design evolved is summarized. Driving requirements are reviewed, alternative concepts assessed, and the selected design is described.

  20. Particle image velocimetry and thrust of flagellar micro propulsion systems

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    Danis, Umit; Sitti, Metin; Pekkan, Kerem

    2008-11-01

    Miniature smart devices and micro-swimming robots that can perform in vivo interventions and diagnostic procedures inside the human body require efficient low Re number propulsions systems. A static test-bench to acquire simultaneous thrust and 3D velocity measurements of flagellar micro-propulsion systems is developed. Validation experiments of this set-up involving full computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions and approximate Resistive Force Theory (RFT) comparisons at variable rotational speeds (5-13 Hz) and for two different parametric thruster configurations are performed up to Re=0.1. 3D velocity fields are obtained with both side view and bottom view PIV configurations are evaluated for the single helix flagellar thruster configuration. To calculate the control volume thrust 20 PIV slices (acquired by 18 degrees shift of the encoder trigger signal) are interpolated on a cylindrical volumetric grid. CFD studies are in progress. A comparison between PIV results, thrust-cell measurements and RFT theory indicated high sensitivity on RFT drag coefficients. In future studies this measurement protocol will be applied to alternative and non-conventional bio-inspired thruster-configurations.

  1. The NPL/ESA Micro-Newton Thrust Balance

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    Hughes, Ben; Perez Luna, Jaime

    2012-07-01

    Europe is pursuing a number of unique science missions which require extremely high performance micro- propulsion systems to perform precision attitude control to meet their challenging scientific goals. A number of different propulsion systems are under development to try and meet these needs, including systems based on FEEP, mini-ion and cold gas thruster technologies. The critical performance requirements for the thrusters are related to thrust accuracy, dynamic response and noise, where very challenging requirements are set. Although it is anticipated that the thruster technologies can meet these challenging requirements, verification of these performances by test presents its own difficulties, since the magnitude of the thrust noise required is close to the limit of available measurement devices, and the practicalities of testing thrusters under vacuum provide their own challenges. To address the complex measurement requirements, the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is working closely with ESTEC to develop a state-of-the-art thrust balance that will provide traceable (to international measurement standards) measurements with a target measurement uncertainty of 1 ?N (k = 2) and measurement bandwidth of 0 Hz to 10 Hz. The paper will focus on the design of the instrument, the detrimental effects of external vibration noise on the measurement, how this problem is being addressed and how we determine the measurement uncertainty in the presence of noise.

  2. Electric sail control mode for amplified transverse thrust

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    Toivanen, Petri; Envall, Jouni

    2014-01-01

    The electric solar wind sail produces thrust by centrifugally spanned high voltage tethers interacting with the solar wind protons. The sail attitude can be controlled and attitude maneuvers are possible by tether voltage modulation synchronous with the sail rotation. Especially, the sail can be inclined with respect to the solar wind direction to obtain transverse thrust to change the osculating orbit angular momentum. Such an inclination has to be maintained by a continual control voltage modulation. Consequently, the tether voltage available for the thrust is less than the maximum voltage provided by the power system. Using a spherical pendulum as a model for a single rotating tether, we derive analytical estimations for the control efficiency for two separate sail control modes. One is a continuous control modulation that corresponds to strictly planar tether tip motion. The other is an on-off modulation with the tether tip moving along a closed loop on a saddle surface. The novel on-off mode is introduce...

  3. Thrust Optimization in Pulsatile Vortex Generators in Liquid Medium

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    Krieg, Mike; Clark, Torin; Mohseni, Kamran

    2006-11-01

    Vortex rings are coherent structures effective at transporting momentum, circulation and energy across long distances through a fluid medium. An array of periodic vortex rings can be created by a series of pulsatile jets. Similar jet propulsion is the primary method of movement for Cephalopod such as squid. Inspired by the propulsion of squid and jellyfish we have designed and built vortex generators for propulsion and low speed maneuvering of small underwater vehicles. The vortex generator consists of a cavity with a moving diaphragm on one side and an exit orifice on the other side. The diaphragm or a plunger is activated by an electric motor. As a result, the amplitude, frequency, and profile of the actuated diaphragm are easily controlled. This investigation is focused on identifying the parameters that control the thrust generation in this mechanism and its optimization. A sensitive load cell is employed to directly measure thrust generation while these parameters are varied. It is found that the formation number, actuation frequency, and plunger profile are among the most relevant parameters that control thrust generation.

  4. Paleogene thrust tectonics in northwestern Venezuela: Petroleum system implications

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    Quijada, E.; Oropeza, S. [Maraven, S.A., Caracas (Venezuela)

    1996-08-01

    Oil exploration in northeastern Perija Mountains, northwestern Maracaibo basin, has been difficult, mainly due to the various tectonic events that have strongly deformed this area. This study is an attempt at better understanding the effect of a Paleogene thrusting event on the petroleum system development in the area. Subsidence analysis interpretation at both sides of the NNE directed Tigre fault (which separates the northern Perija Mountains from the rest of the Maracaibo basin) suggests the onset of a foreland basin during, at least, Paleocene-Early Eocene time. Continuous sedimentation occurred from Late Cretaceous to Early Eocene, as long as it kept pace with subsidence, in the west block of the fault, while the east block acted as an obstacle against the thrust-sheet movement, delaying its subsidence. Sedimentation for this time is associated with a thick unit of mainly paralic sediments west of that fault and thinner continental (fluvial) to shallow marine sediments, with an intra-Paleocene/Early Eocene unconformity, east of it. So, this tectonic event, associated with convergence from the north, caused a south-verging thrust sheet giving rise to differences in the evolution of the petroleum system on both sides of the Tigre fault, mainly regarding the existence of source rocks and their generation/migration of hydrocarbons, preservation time and critical moment. Finally, in order to evaluate the oil exploration opportunities in northeastern Perija mountains, it is advisable that any integrated interpretation of the petroleum system processes (generation-migration-accumulation) take into account this tectonic event.

  5. Genomic evidence of geographically widespread effect of gene flow from polar bears into brown bears

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    Cahill, James A.; Stirling, Ian; Kistler, Logan; Salamzade, Rauf; Ersmark, Erik; Fulton, Tara L.; Stiller, Mathias; Green, Richard E.; Shapiro, Beth

    2015-01-01

    Polar bears are an arctic, marine adapted species that is closely related to brown bears. Genome analyses have shown that polar bears are distinct and genetically homogeneous in comparison to brown bears. However, these analyses have also revealed a remarkable episode of polar bear gene flow into the population of brown bears that colonized the Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands (ABC islands) of Alaska. Here, we present an analysis of data from a large panel of polar bear and brown bear...

  6. Bears, Big and Little. Young Discovery Library Series.

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    Pfeffer, Pierre

    This book is written for children 5 through 10. Part of a series designed to develop their curiosity, fascinate them and educate them, this volume describes: (1) the eight species of bears, including black bear, brown bear, grizzly bear, spectacled bear, sun bear, sloth bear, polar bear, and giant panda; (2) geographical habitats of bears; (3)…

  7. Performance of high speed ball bearings with lead and lead alloy plated retainers in liquid hydrogen at 1.2 million DN

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    Brewe, D. E.; Scibbe, H. W.; Wisander, D. W.

    1973-01-01

    Ball bearings with lead- and lead-alloy-coated retainers were operated in liquid hydrogen at 30,000 rpm under a thrust load of 400 lb. Bearing lives were compared using different: (1) lead- and lead-alloy coatings, (2) coating thicknesses, (3) substrate materials, (4) retainer locating surfaces, and (5) plating techniques. Longer bearing run times were achieved using retainers with a lead-tin-copper alloy coating electroplated onto a leaded-bronze material and an aluminum-bronze alloy. Thirty percent of the bearings tested achieved the desired objective of 10 hours. All of the lead-alloy coated retainers exceeded this objective. A coating thickness of at least 0.0014 in. was used for all bearings exceeding the 10-hour goal.

  8. Thermal barrier coatings (TBC's) for high heat flux thrust chambers

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    Bradley, Christopher M.

    The last 30 years materials engineers have been under continual pressure to develop materials with a greater temperature potential or to produce configurations that can be effectively cooled or otherwise protected at elevated temperature conditions. Turbines and thrust chambers produce some of the harshest service conditions for materials which lead to the challenges engineers face in order to increase the efficiencies of current technologies due to the energy crisis that the world is facing. The key tasks for the future of gas turbines are to increase overall efficiencies to meet energy demands of a growing world population and reduce the harmful emissions to protect the environment. Airfoils or blades tend to be the limiting factor when it comes to the performance of the turbine because of their complex design making them difficult to cool as well as limitations of their thermal properties. Key tasks for space transportation it to lower costs while increasing operational efficiency and reliability of our space launchers. The important factor to take into consideration is the rocket nozzle design. The design of the rocket nozzle or thrust chamber has to take into account many constraints including external loads, heat transfer, transients, and the fluid dynamics of expanded hot gases. Turbine engines can have increased efficiencies if the inlet temperature for combustion is higher, increased compressor capacity and lighter weight materials. In order to push for higher temperatures, engineers need to come up with a way to compensate for increased temperatures because material systems that are being used are either at or near their useful properties limit. Before thermal barrier coatings were applied to hot-section components, material alloy systems were able to withstand the service conditions necessary. But, with the increased demand for performance, higher temperatures and pressures have become too much for those alloy systems. Controlled chemistry of hot-section components has become critical, but at the same time the service conditions have put our best alloy systems to their limits. As a result, implementation of cooling holes and thermal barrier coatings are new advances in hot-section technologies now looked at for modifications to reach higher temperature applications. Current thermal barrier coatings used in today's turbine applications is known as 8%yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and there are no coatings for current thrust chambers. Current research is looking at the applicability of 8%yttria-stabilized hafnia (YSH) for turbine applications and the implementation of 8%YSZ onto thrust chambers. This study intends to determine if the use of thermal barrier coatings are applicable for high heat flux thrust chambers using industrial YSZ will be advantageous for improvements in efficiency, thrust and longer service life by allowing the thrust chambers to be used more than once.

  9. Magnetic Bearings at Draper Laboratory

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    Kondoleon, Anthony S.; Kelleher, William P.; Possel, Peter D.

    1996-01-01

    Magnetic bearings, unlike traditional mechanical bearings, consist of a series of components mated together to form a stabilized system. The correct design of the actuator and sensor will provide a cost effective device with low power requirements. The proper choice of a control system utilizes the variables necessary to control the system in an efficient manner. The specific application will determine the optimum design of the magnetic bearing system including the touch down bearing. Draper for the past 30 years has been a leader in all these fields. This paper summarizes the results carried out at Draper in the field of magnetic bearing development. A 3-D radial magnetic bearing is detailed in this paper. Data obtained from recently completed projects using this design are included. One project was a high radial load (1000 pound) application. The second was a high speed (35,000 rpm), low loss flywheel application. The development of a low loss axial magnetic bearing is also included in this paper.

  10. Random bearings and their stability

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    Baram, R M

    2005-01-01

    Self-similar space-filling bearings have been proposed some time ago as models for the motion of tectonic plates and appearance of seismic gaps. These models have two features which, however, seem unrealistic, namely, high symmetry in the arrangement of the particles, and lack of a lower cutoff in the size of the particles. In this work, an algorithm for generating random bearings in both two and three dimensions is presented. Introducing a lower cutoff for the sizes of the particles, the instabilities of the bearing under an external force such as gravity are studied.

  11. Paleogeographic inversion resulting from large out of sequence breaching thrusts: The León Fault (Cantabrian Zone, NW Iberia). A new picture of the external Variscan Thrust Belt in the Ibero-Armorican Arc

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    Alosno, J.L.

    2009-01-01

    Out of sequence breaching thrusts may give rise to duplication of a former thrust stack in map view in the same manner that stratigraphic units are repeated by initial thrusts. In this way, large breaching thrusts may put an inicial paleogeographic pattern out of order, producing apparent paleogeographic inversions at regional scale. The León Fault, an orogen-scale fault located in the Variscan foreland fold-thrust belt of the Iberian Peninsula, known as the Cantabrian Zone, has caused much c...

  12. Reduction of Low-Thrust Continuous Controls for Trajectory Dynamics and Orbital Targeting

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    Hudson, Jennifer S.

    A novel method to evaluate the trajectory dynamics of low-thrust spacecraft is developed. Using a two-body Newtonian model, the spacecraft thrust vector components are represented by Fourier series in terms of eccentric anomaly, and Gauss's variational equations are averaged over one orbit to obtain a set of secular equations. These secular equations are a function of 14 of the thrust Fourier coefficients, regardless of the order of the original Fourier series, and are sufficient to determine a low-thrust spiral trajectory with significantly reduced computational requirements as compared with integration of the full Newtonian problem. This method is applied to orbital targeting problems. The targeting problems are defined as two-point boundary value problems with fixed endpoint constraints. Average low-thrust controls that solve these problems are found using the averaged variational equations and a cost function represented also as a Fourier series. The resulting fuel costs and dynamic fidelity of the targeting solutions are evaluated. Low-thrust controls with equivalent average trajectory dynamics but different thrust profiles are also studied. Higher-order control coefficients that do not affect the average dynamics are used to reduce fuel costs and transform time-varying controls into controls with constant thrust arcs, which can be implemented more easily by low-thrust propulsion systems. These methods have applications to low-thrust mission design and space situational awareness. Example problems based on past missions and potential future scenarios demonstrate the effectiveness of these methods.

  13. Investigation of Asymmetric Thrust Detection with Demonstration in a Real-Time Simulation Testbed

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    Rinehart, Aidan W.; Simon, Donald L.; Chicatelli, Amy; Sowers, Shane

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this effort is to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate three asymmetric thrust detection approaches to aid in the reduction of asymmetric thrust-induced aviation accidents. This paper presents the results from that effort and their evaluation in simulation studies, including those from a real-time flight simulation testbed. Asymmetric thrust is recognized as a contributing factor in several Propulsion System Malfunction plus Inappropriate Crew Response (PSM+ICR) aviation accidents. As an improvement over the state-of-the-art, providing annunciation of asymmetric thrust to alert the crew may hold safety benefits. For this, the reliable detection and confirmation of asymmetric thrust conditions is required. For this work, three asymmetric thrust detection methods are presented along with their results obtained through simulation studies. Representative asymmetric thrust conditions are modeled in simulation based on failure scenarios similar to those reported in aviation incident and accident descriptions. These simulated asymmetric thrust scenarios, combined with actual aircraft operational flight data, are then used to conduct a sensitivity study regarding the detection capabilities of the three methods. Additional evaluation results are presented based on pilot-in-the-loop simulation studies conducted in the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) flight simulation testbed. Data obtained from this flight simulation facility are used to further evaluate the effectiveness and accuracy of the asymmetric thrust detection approaches. Generally, the asymmetric thrust conditions are correctly detected and confirmed.

  14. Mixed-mu superconducting bearings

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    Hull, John R. (Hinsdale, IL); Mulcahy, Thomas M. (Western Springs, IL)

    1998-01-01

    A mixed-mu superconducting bearing including a ferrite structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet structure. The ferrite structure is levitated by said stationary permanent magnet structure.

  15. Failure analysis of superconducting bearings

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    The dynamics of superconductor bearings in a cryogenic failure scenario have been analyzed. As the superconductor warms up, the rotor goes through multiple resonance frequencies, begins to slow down and finally touches down when the superconductor goes through its transition temperature. The bearing can be modelled as a system of springs with axial, radial and cross stiffness. These springs go through various resonant modes as the temperature of the superconductor begins to rise. We have presented possible explanations for such behaviour

  16. FIDD bearing-only SLAM

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    Munguía Alcalá, Rodrigo Francisco; Grau Saldes, Antoni

    2010-01-01

    Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) is perhaps the most fundamental problem to solve in robotics in order to build truly autonomous mobile robots. The sensors have a large impact on the algorithm used for SLAM. In this work a novel method, called Filtered Inverse Depth Delayed (FIDD) Initialization which is intended for initializing new features in Bearing-Only SLAM systems. Unlike range sensors which provide range and angular information, a bearing sensor (e.g. cameras) mea...

  17. Active Magnetic Bearings – Magnetic Forces

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    Kjølhede, Klaus

    2006-01-01

    Parameter identification procedures and model validation are major steps towards intelligent machines supported by active magnetic bearings (AMB). The ability of measuring the electromagnetic bearing forces, or deriving them from measuring the magnetic flux, strongly contributes to the model validation and leads to novel approaches in identifying crucial rotor parameters. This is the main focus of this paper, where an intelligent AMB is being developed with the aim of aiding the accurate identif...

  18. Superconducting composite for magnetic bearings

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    A composite includes granules of Type II superconducting material and granules of rare-earth permanent magnets that are distributed in a binder. The composite is a two-phase structure that combines the properties of the superconductor and magnets with the flexibility and toughness of a polymeric material. A bearing made from this composite has the load capacity and stiffness of a permanent magnet bearing with added stability from a Type II superconducting material. 7 figs

  19. Random bearings and their stability

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    Baram, R. Mahmoodi; Herrmann, H. J.

    2005-01-01

    Self-similar space-filling bearings have been proposed some time ago as models for the motion of tectonic plates and appearance of seismic gaps. These models have two features which, however, seem unrealistic, namely, high symmetry in the arrangement of the particles, and lack of a lower cutoff in the size of the particles. In this work, an algorithm for generating random bearings in both two and three dimensions is presented. Introducing a lower cutoff for the sizes of the ...

  20. Light gluino effects in thrust at NNLL order

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    Recent progress in computations of event shape distributions have reduced uncertainties in the strong coupling from fits to available experimental data to the percent level. It is therefore reasonable to ask for possible effects of new physics. We consider the effects of light gluinos in the thrust distribution at the NNLL order level in the framework of Soft-Collinear-Effective-Theory (SCET). This involves modifications of the standard QCD renormalization group evolution and the computation of additional corrections to the hard, jet and soft functions that appear in the SCET factorization theorem.

  1. Emergency Flight Control Using Computer-Controlled Thrust

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    Burcham, Frank W., Jr.; Fullerton, C. Gordon; Stewart, James F.; Gilyard, Glenn B.; Conley, Joseph A.

    1995-01-01

    Propulsion Controlled Aircraft (PCA) systems are digital electronic control systems undergoing development to provide limited maneuvering ability through variations of individual engine thrusts in multiple-engine airplanes. Provide landing capability when control surfaces inoperable. Incorporated on existing and future airplanes that include digital engine controls, digital flight controls, and digital data buses, adding no weight for additional hardware to airplane. Possible to handle total failure of hydraulic system, depending on how surfaces respond to loss of hydraulic pressure, and broken control cables or linkages. Future airplanes incorporate data from Global Positioning System for guidance to any suitable emergency runway in world.

  2. Direct thrust measurements and modelling of a radio-frequency expanding plasma thruster

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    Lafleur, T.; Charles, C.; Boswell, R. W. [Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Group, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Takahashi, K. [Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Group, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Iwate University, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan)

    2011-08-15

    It is shown analytically that the thrust from a simple plasma thruster (in the absence of a magnetic field) is given by the maximum upstream electron pressure, even if the plasma diverges downstream. Direct thrust measurements of a thruster are then performed using a pendulum thrust balance and a laser displacement sensor. A maximum thrust of about 2 mN is obtained at 700 W for a thruster length of 17.5 cm and a flow rate of 0.9 mg s{sup -1}, while a larger thrust of 4 mN is obtained at a similar power for a length of 9.5 cm and a flow rate of 1.65 mg s{sup -1}. The measured thrusts are in good agreement with the maximum upstream electron pressure found from measurements of the plasma parameters and in fair agreement with a simple global approach used to model the thruster.

  3. Direct thrust measurements and modelling of a radio-frequency expanding plasma thruster

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    It is shown analytically that the thrust from a simple plasma thruster (in the absence of a magnetic field) is given by the maximum upstream electron pressure, even if the plasma diverges downstream. Direct thrust measurements of a thruster are then performed using a pendulum thrust balance and a laser displacement sensor. A maximum thrust of about 2 mN is obtained at 700 W for a thruster length of 17.5 cm and a flow rate of 0.9 mg s-1, while a larger thrust of 4 mN is obtained at a similar power for a length of 9.5 cm and a flow rate of 1.65 mg s-1. The measured thrusts are in good agreement with the maximum upstream electron pressure found from measurements of the plasma parameters and in fair agreement with a simple global approach used to model the thruster.

  4. Direct thrust measurements and modelling of a radio-frequency expanding plasma thruster

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    Lafleur, T.; Takahashi, K.; Charles, C.; Boswell, R. W.

    2011-08-01

    It is shown analytically that the thrust from a simple plasma thruster (in the absence of a magnetic field) is given by the maximum upstream electron pressure, even if the plasma diverges downstream. Direct thrust measurements of a thruster are then performed using a pendulum thrust balance and a laser displacement sensor. A maximum thrust of about 2 mN is obtained at 700 W for a thruster length of 17.5 cm and a flow rate of 0.9 mg s-1, while a larger thrust of 4 mN is obtained at a similar power for a length of 9.5 cm and a flow rate of 1.65 mg s-1. The measured thrusts are in good agreement with the maximum upstream electron pressure found from measurements of the plasma parameters and in fair agreement with a simple global approach used to model the thruster.

  5. Thermal and exhumation histories of the footwall and hanging wall of the Gavarnie thrust, West-Central Pyrenees: Implications for thrusting

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    Fitzgerald, P. G.; Metcalf, J. R.; Baldwin, S.; Muñoz, J.

    2010-12-01

    The Gavarnie thrust is a major south-vergent basement thrust fault in the Axial Zone of the Pyrenean orogen. In the Central and West-Central Pyrenees, the Gavarnie separates the Orri thrust sheet (foot wall) from the Nogueres thrust sheet (hanging wall). As convergence is accommodated during orogenesis, thrusting may result in burial of the footwall as well as creation of topography and relief in the hanging wall with concomitant erosion. Thus, thermochronologic data from the footwall may constrain a minimum time for the onset of thrusting by resetting or partially resetting a thermochronologic system, whereas in the hanging wall, initiation of rapid cooling will typically record the minimum timing of thrust movement. We compare thermochronology data (40Ar/39Ar K-feldspar, apatite fission track [AFT] and apatite (U-Th)/He [AHe]) from a profile in the hanging wall (Néouvielle massif) with thermochronology data from a profile in the footwall (Bielsa massif) of the Gavarnie thrust to constrain the thermal and exhumation history and hence the timing of thrusting. Integrated thermochronologic data and thermal modeling from Néouvielle indicates a complex series of thermal/exhumation events since the onset of thrusting in the Late Cretaceous. Monotonic multi-diffusion domain (MDD) models, in accordance with geologic evidence suggest residence at moderate temperatures (ca. 200-250°C) and subsequent cooling (erosion) beginning at 50-40 Ma continuing until ~25 Ma. Multiple cooling (exhumation) episodes at Néouvielle recorded by AFT and AHe data occur from ~30-25 Ma, from ~15-10 Ma and since the Late Miocene. At Bielsa, free MDD models, in accordance with geologic evidence indicate reheating (due to thrust burial) beginning at ~70 Ma and initiation of cooling (exhumation) at ~40-50 Ma. AFT and AHe data indicate rapid cooling from ~30 Ma, with cooling rates slowing at ~25 Ma, continuing until at least 17 Ma followed by a Late Miocene cooling event. Our preferred tectonic model is that during initial convergence in the Late Cretaceous-Paleocene, thrust motion along the Gavarnie thrust was such that the Nogueres thrust sheet buried and partially-reset K-feldspar ages in the footwall (Bielsa), but little cooling (due to erosion) occurred in the hanging wall (Neouvielle), most likely because little relief was created at that time. Cooling due to erosion at Neouvielle was initiated ca. 40-50 Ma, at about the same time as cooling was initiated at Biesla, both likely due to movement on the deeper Bielsa thrust, in essence creating relief in its hanging wall that included both the Nogueres and Orri thrust sheets and hence causing cooling due to erosion. The subsequent thermal histories of each of these massifs is similar, most likely as they responded in similar fashions to motion on deeper thrusts during continued deformation. This is a similar tectonic scenario in part as that determined from the Maladeta pluton (Orri thrust sheet) in the Central Pyrenees. However, in the west-central Pyrenees details of the thermal and cooling (exhumation) record are less straightforward due to the more complex structural setting and local fault displacement.

  6. Is tongue thrust that develops during orthodontic treatment an unrecognized potential road block?

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    Chawla H; Suri Sanjay; Utreja A

    2006-01-01

    The role of tongue thrust has often been suspected, long debated and largely dispelled as a primary etiological factor of malocclusion. However, tongue thrust may contribute to poor occlusal intercuspation both during and after treatment. A tongue thrust may also develop during orthodontic mechanotherapy as a result of the transient creation of intra and interarch spaces and this little recognized phenomenon was found to occur in many randomly followed cases. In many instances, this seemingly...

  7. Understanding Spacecraft Agility for Orbit Transfers on the Dawn Low-thrust Mission

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    Smith, Brett A.; Vanelli, C. Anthony; Lee, Allan Y.

    2012-01-01

    Conventional maneuver design processes were inadequate. Long thrusting durations with the small force of SEP. Increased coupling between ACS and NAV teams. Definition of quantifiable constraints proved impractical. Specifically for the Dawn mission, because of the attitude steering algorithm. A time-efficient simulation tool, qSTAT, was developed and allowed fast verification of candidate thrust profile designs. This approach allowed Dawn to overcome the complications of low-thrust orbit transfers.

  8. Thrust Ripples Reduction for a Vector Controlled Permanent Magnet Linear Synchronous Motor with IMC Controller

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    RAMESH BABU.DEVA; MRS. B.ARUNDHATI; ALICE MARY.K

    2013-01-01

    The significant drawback of PMLSM is thrust ripples, which is mainly generated by the detent force caused by the interaction of the permanent magnet and iron core without input current in armature winding. It is the function of mover position relative to the stator. This will deteriorate the performance of the drive system in high precision applications. This paper focus on the thrust ripples reduction. To minimize the thrust ripples and realize the high-precision control, the components of t...

  9. Research at IMU: achievements, thrust areas and future challenges

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    Wan-Loy Chu

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available There have been significant achievements inresearch at IMU as indicated by the increasing amountof external funds obtained, and number of publicationsand postgraduate students produced since it startedits research activities in the year 2000. However, it isa great challenge indeed to ensure sustainability ofour research, which is currently heavily dependent oninternal funding. There is a need to realign our strategiesto further enhance our competitiveness in securingexternal funding for research. In line with this, theInstitute for Research, Development and Innovation(IRDI was officially established on 18 September2012. The Institute will serve as a platform to supportall research activities at IMU. There are four Centresof Excellence based on the identified thrust areas underIRDI, namely 1 Centre for Bioactive Molecules andDrug Discovery; 2 Centre for Environmental andPopulation Health; 3 Centre for Cancer and StemCell Research, and 4 Centre for Health ProfessionalEducation Research. Major findings based on research inthese four thrust areas are reviewed in this paper. Withthe strategic planning and establishment of IRDI, it isour aspiration to bring research at IMU to a higher level.

  10. Erosion influence the seismicity of active thrust faults

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    Steer, Philippe; Simoes, Martine; Cattin, Rodolphe; Shyu, J. Bruce H.

    2015-04-01

    Assessing seismic hazards remains one of the most challenging scientific issue in Earth sciences. Deep tectonic processes are classically considered as the only persistent mechanism driving the stress loading of active faults over a seismic cycle. Here we show with a mechanical model that erosion also significantly influences the stress loading of thrust faults at the timescale of a seismic cycle. Indeed, erosion rates of about ~0.1 to 20 mm/yr, as documented in Taiwan and in other active compressional orogens, can raise the Coulomb stress by ~0.1 to ~10 bar on the nearby thrust faults over the inter-seismic phase. Mass transfers induced by surface processes in general, during continuous or short-lived and intense events, represent a prominent mechanism for inter-seismic stress loading of faults near the surface. Such stresses are probably sufficient to promote the rupture of deep continental earthquakes up to the surface or to trigger shallow seismicity. We illustrate this last point by identifying seismic events in Taiwan, by the mean of a coupled statistical and mechanical approach, that were induced by intense erosional events.

  11. An Autonomous Onboard Targeting Algorithm Using Finite Thrust Maneuvers

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    Scarritt, Sara K.; Marchand, Belinda G.; Brown, Aaron J.; Tracy, William H.; Weeks, Michael W.

    2010-01-01

    In earlier investigations, the adaptation and implementation of a modified two-level corrections (or targeting) process as the onboard targeting algorithm for the Trans-Earth Injection phase of Orion is presented. The objective of that targeting algorithm is to generate the times of ignition and magnitudes of the required maneuvers such that the desired state at entry interface is achieved. In an actual onboard flight software implementation, these times of ignition and maneuvers are relayed onto Flight Control for command and execution. Although this process works well when the burn durations or burn arcs are small, this might not be the case during a contingency situation when lower thrust engines are employed to perform the maneuvers. Therefore, a new model for the two-level corrections process is formulated here to accommodate finite burn arcs. This paper presents the development and formulation of the finite burn two-level corrector, used as an onboard targeting algorithm for the Trans-Earth Injection phase of Orion. A performance comparison between the impulsive and finite burn models is also presented. The present formulation ensures all entry constraints are met, without violating the available fuel budget, while allowing for low-thrust scenarios with long burn durations.

  12. Structural style of the Okcheon fold-thrust belt in the Taebaeksan Zone, Korea

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    Jang, Yirang; Kwon, Sanghoon; Yi, Keewook

    2015-06-01

    Structural interpretation of the distinct map pattern defined by highly connected thrust traces in the map view of the Taebaeksan Zone provides insight into the structural style of the northeastern Okcheon Belt. The map pattern can generally be explained by either a folded imbricate fan or a hinterland dipping duplex. The same geometry could also be formed by a complex combination of major imbricate thrusts and their connecting splays, having the structural architecture of a typical fold-thrust belt. However, a folded imbricate fan model is not adequate to explain the absence of late Paleozoic to early Mesozoic strata (i.e. the Pyeongan Supergroup) between two major thrusts (viz. the Pyeongchang and Machari thrusts) in this area. This result further suggests that the Yeongwol area, the western part of the Taebaeksan Zone, is a duplex that corresponds to a more internal and deeper hinterland part of the fold-thrust belt, while the imbricate thrusts with low connectivity in the Taebaek area, the eastern part of the Taebaeksan Zone, indicate a more external and shallower foreland portion of the belt. In addition, cross-cutting relations and newly obtained sensitive high-resolution ion microprobe (SHRIMP) U-Pb zircon ages from a cross-cutting dike and syntectonic sedimentary rocks suggest limited thrust reactivation after the early Jurassic and early Tertiary, respectively. In spite of this, the original geometry of the fold-thrust wedge in the Taebaeksan Zone remained well preserved.

  13. Finite-thrust optimization of interplanetary transfers of space vehicle with bimodal nuclear thermal propulsion

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    Kharytonov, Oleksii M.; Kiforenko, Boris M.

    2011-08-01

    The nuclear thermal rocket (NTR) propulsion is one of the leading promising technologies for primary space propulsion for manned exploration of the solar system due to its high specific impulse capability and sufficiently high thrust-to-weight ratio. Another benefit of NTR is its possible bimodal design, when nuclear reactor is used for generation of a jet thrust in a high-thrust mode and (with an appropriate power conversion system) as a source of electric power to supply the payload and the electric engines in a low-thrust mode. The model of the NTR thrust control was developed considering high-thrust NTR as a propulsion system of limited power and exhaust velocity. For the proposed model the control of the thrust value is accomplished by the regulation of reactor thermal power and propellant mass flow rate. The problem of joint optimization of the combination of high- and low-thrust arcs and the parameters of bimodal NTR (BNTR) propulsion system is considered for the interplanetary transfers. The interplanetary trajectory of the space vehicle is formed by the high-thrust NTR burns, which define planet-centric maneuvers and by the low-thrust heliocentric arcs where the nuclear electric propulsion (NEP) is used. The high-thrust arcs are analyzed using finite-thrust approach. The motion of the corresponding dynamical system is realized in three phase spaces concerning the departure planet-centric maneuver by means of high-thrust NTR propulsion, the low-thrust NEP heliocentric maneuver and the approach high-thrust NTR planet-centric maneuver. The phase coordinates are related at the time instants of the change of the phase spaces due to the relations between the space vehicle masses. The optimal control analysis is performed using Pontryagin's maximum principle. The numerical results are analyzed for Earth-Mars "sprint" transfer. The optimal values of the parameters that define the masses of NTR and NEP subsystems have been evaluated. It is shown that the low-thrust NEP subsystem with Brayton cycle power conversion system is preferable in comparison with NEP subsystem with thermoemission power conversion system.

  14. Thrust jet analysis of deep-inelastic large-rapidity-gap events

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    Aid, S; Andreev, V.(P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, Moscow, Russia); Andrieu, B; Arndt, C; A. Babaev; Barrelet, E; Bartel, W.; Bernardi, G.; Beyer, R.; Bourov, S.; Brown, DP; Bruel, P.; Brune, C; G. Buschhorn; D. Calvet(Laboratoire de Physique Corpusculaire, Clermont Université and Université Blaise Pascal and CNRS/IN2P3, Clermont-Ferrand, France)

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    A thrust analysis of Large-Rapidity-Gap events in deep-inelastic ep collisions is presented, using data taken with the H1 detector at HERA in 1994. The average thrust of the final states X, which emerge from the dissociation of virtual photons in the range 10 < Q2 < 100 GeV2, grows with hadronic mass M_X and implies a dominant 2-jet topology. Thrust is found to decrease with growing Pt, the thrust jet momentum transverse to the photon-proton collision axis. Distributions of ...

  15. Experimental study of a low-thrust measurement system for thruster ground tests.

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    Gong, Jingsong; Hou, Lingyun; Zhao, Wenhua

    2014-03-01

    The development of thrusters used for the control of position and orbit of micro-satellites requires thrust stands that can measure low thrust. A new method to measure low thrust is presented, and the measuring device is described. The test results show that the thrust range is up to 1000 mN, the measurement error of the device is lower than ±1% of full scale, and the drift of the zero offset is less than ±1% of full scale. Its response rise time is less than 15 ms. It is employed to measure the working process of a model chemical thruster with repeatability. PMID:24689615

  16. Experimental data analysis during rolling of corrosion resistant steel using hydraulic thrust

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    Efficiency of a system for controlling band thickness in two regimes (in the regime of maintenance of constant force on thrust screws and in the regime of maintenance of constant liquid pressure in hydraulic cylinder of thrust device) was examined and its effectiveness during test rolling of bands of 12Kh18N10T steel was evaluated. The efficiency of the system for controlling band thickness using hydraulic thrust cylinders of back-up rolls in the regime of maintenance of constant force on thrust screws was confirmed

  17. Effectiveness of Nitrous Oxide as a Liquid Injection Thrust Vector Control Fluid Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Nitrous Oxide is proposed as an energetic liquid injection thrust vector control fluid for vehicle attitude control during dynamic vehicle maneuvers. Pulled from...

  18. Seafloor expression and shallow structure of a fold-and-thrust system, Isfjorden, west Spitsbergen

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    Maria Blinova

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available A detailed map of the structure of the west Spitsbergen fold-and-thrust belt in the Isfjorden area, Spitsbergen, is presented. The map was constructed from a dense grid of two-dimensional multichannel reflection seismic and bathymetric data. Joint interpretation of two data sets allowed a comparison of tectonic structures detected along the uppermost parts of the seismic sections and those reflected in the morphology of the seafloor. Three major, predominantly north-west–south-east striking faults were identified. The westernmost fault (T1 is a hinterland-directed (most likely out of sequence thrust, while the central and easternmost faults (T2 and T3 are foreland-directed (in-sequence thrusts. The thrusts divide Isfjorden into three subareas. Subarea 1 is bounded by thrust faults T1 and T2 and comprises Tertiary rocks surrounded by Jurassic–Cretaceous strata. The structural signature of Subarea 1 is that of a system of hinterland- and foreland-directed thrust faults, resulting in a seafloor relief characterized by parallel ridges and troughs. Subarea 2 is limited by thrust faults T2 and T3 and shows Jurassic–Cretaceous outcrops on the seafloor. Subarea 3 is situated east of the main thrust fault T3 and mainly involves outcrops of Triassic–Jurassic rocks. Together, Subareas 2 and 3 are dominated by foreland-directed, north-west–south-east and NNW–SSE-striking thrusts that are hardly detectable in bathymetric data.

  19. Thrust Ripples Reduction for a Vector Controlled Permanent Magnet Linear Synchronous Motor with IMC Controller

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    RAMESH BABU.DEVA

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The significant drawback of PMLSM is thrust ripples, which is mainly generated by the detent force caused by the interaction of the permanent magnet and iron core without input current in armature winding. It is the function of mover position relative to the stator. This will deteriorate the performance of the drive system in high precision applications. This paper focus on the thrust ripples reduction. To minimize the thrust ripples and realize the high-precision control, the components of thrust ripples are extracted first and then compensate with PI and IMC (Internal Model Control controller

  20. Use of structured surfaces for friction and wear control on bearing surfaces

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    Surface texturing with purposely made regular micropatterns on flat or curved surfaces, as opposed to random roughness inherited from machining processes, has attracted significant attention in recent years. At the 2013 World Tribology Congress in Turin alone there were over 40 presentations related to surface texturing for tribological applications, from magnetic hard discs and hydrodynamic bearings to artificial joints. Although surface texturing has been reported being successfully applied in industrial applications such as seals, pistons, and thrust pad bearings, the demand for robust design is still high. Etsion has recently reviewed the modeling research mainly conducted by his group Etsion I (2013 Friction 1 195–209). This paper aims to review the state-of-the-art development of surface texturing made by a wider range of researchers. (topical review)

  1. Use of structured surfaces for friction and wear control on bearing surfaces

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    Wang, Ling

    2014-10-01

    Surface texturing with purposely made regular micropatterns on flat or curved surfaces, as opposed to random roughness inherited from machining processes, has attracted significant attention in recent years. At the 2013 World Tribology Congress in Turin alone there were over 40 presentations related to surface texturing for tribological applications, from magnetic hard discs and hydrodynamic bearings to artificial joints. Although surface texturing has been reported being successfully applied in industrial applications such as seals, pistons, and thrust pad bearings, the demand for robust design is still high. Etsion has recently reviewed the modeling research mainly conducted by his group Etsion I (2013 Friction 1 195–209). This paper aims to review the state-of-the-art development of surface texturing made by a wider range of researchers.

  2. Development of porous-ceramic hydrostatic bearings

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    Durazo-Cardenas, Isidro Sergio

    2003-01-01

    Porous-ceramic hydrostatic bearings have been recently developed. These bearings have demonstrated an exceptional overall performance when compared with conventional technology bearings. However, despite all the benefits, porous-ceramic hydrostatic bearings have yet to find widespread acceptance due to the problems found in tailoring the bearings geometry and size to suit precision engineering applications, while producing porous-structures with consistent and reproducible p...

  3. Essential Interest-Bearing Money

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    Andolfatto, David

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, I provide a rationale for why money should earn interest; or, what amounts to the same thing, why risk-free claims to non-interest-bearing money should trade at discount. I argue that interest-bearing money is essential when individual money balances are private information. The analysis also suggests one reason for why it is sufficient (as well as necessary) for interest to be paid only on large money balances; or equivalently, why bonds need only be issued in large denominati...

  4. Air bearing vacuum seal assembly

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    An air bearing vacuum seal assembly is described that is capable of rotating at the speed of several thousand revolutions per minute using an air cushion to prevent the rotating and stationary parts from touching, and a two stage differential pumping arrangment to maintain the pressure gradient between the air cushion and the vacuum so that the leak rate into the vacuum is, for example, less than 1 x 10-4Pa m3/s. The air bearing vacuum seal has particular application for mounting rotating targets to an evacuated accelerator beam tube for bombardment of the targets with high-power charged particle beams in vacuum

  5. Palinspastic reconstruction of the Alpine thrust belt at the Alpine-Carpathian transition - A geological Sudoku

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    Beidinger, A.; Decker, K.; Zamolyi, A.; Hölzel, M.; Hoprich, M.; Strauss, P.

    2009-04-01

    The palinspastic reconstruction of the Austroalpine thrust belt is part of the project Karpatian Tectonics, which is funded by OMV Austria. The objective is to reconstruct the evolution of the thrust belt through the Early to Middle Miocene in order to obtain information on the palaeogeographic position of the Northern Calcareous Alps (NCA) in the region of the present Vienna Basin. A particular goal of the study is to constrain the position of reservoir rocks within the Rhenodanubic Flysch units and the NCA with respect to the autochthonous Malmian source rocks overlying the European basement below the Alpine-Carpathian thrust wedge, and to constrain the burial history of these source rocks. Reconstruction uses regional 2D seismic lines crossing from the European foreland into the fold-thrust belt, 3D seismic data covering the external thrust sheets, and lithostratigraphic data from a total of 51 selected wells, which were drilled and provided by OMV Austria. The main criterion, whether a well was suitable for palinspastic reconstruction or not, was its penetration of Alpine thrust sheets down to the Autochthonous Molasse of the foreland. Additional wells, which do not penetrate the entire Alpine thrust complex but include the Allochthonous Molasse or the external Alpine-Carpathian nappes (Waschberg and Roseldorf thrust unit, Rhenodanubic Flysch nappes) in their well path, were also taken into account. The well data in particular comprise stratigraphic information on the youngest overthrust sediments of the different thrust units and the underlying Autochthonous foreland Molasse. These data allow constraining the timing of thrust events in the allochthonous thrust units and overthrusting of the Autochthonous Molasse. In the particular case of overthrust Autochthonous Molasse, additionally to the timing of overthrusting, which can be derived from the youngest overthrust sediments, the palaeogeographic position of the Alpine Carpathian thrust front could directly be inferred from well data for the specific time period. By further utilization of geological maps, geological cross sections and two regional c. 80 km long composite 2D seismic sections through the external Alpine thrusts, the positions of major thrusts could be approximated for five time slices. This procedure was applied for the front of the allochthonous Molasse units, the floor thrust of the Roseldorf thrust unit, the Waschberg thrust unit and the frontal thrusts of the Rhenodanubic Flysch and the NCA. In addition, several out-of-sequence thrusts within the Waschberg unit, the Molasse unit, the Rhenodanubic Flysch and the Calcareous Alps (floor thrust of the NCA and two internal thrusts) were taken into account. The reconstruction results in 5 palinspastic maps for the time slices early Egerian (25 Ma), early Eggenburgian (20 Ma), Ottnangian (17.5 Ma), Lower Karpatian (16.5 Ma) and the Karpatian/ Badenian stage boundary (16 Ma). Convergence rates, which were calculated for the four intervening time intervals, range from about 3 mm/yr to 5 mm/yr. These values compare well with estimated convergence rates reconstructed for the Miocene in the western Eastern Alps (Schmid et al., 1996), as well as with plate tectonic constraints on Tertiary convergence rates (Dewey et al., 1989). Dewey, J., Helman, M.L., Turco, E., Hutton, D.H.W.&Knott, S.D., 1989. Kinematics of the western Mediterranean, in: N.P. Coward, D. Dietrich & R.G. Park (eds.), Alpine Tectonics, Geol. Soc. Spec. Publ., 45: 265-283. Schmid, S.M., Pfiffner, O.A., Frotzheim, N., Schönborn, G. & Kissling, E., 1996. Geophysical-geological transect and tectonic evolution of the Swiss-Italian Alps. Tectonics, 15: 1036-1064.

  6. Wave Journal Bearing. Part 1: Analysis

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    Dimofte, Florin

    1995-01-01

    A wave journal bearing concept features a waved inner bearing diameter of the non-rotating bearing side and it is an alternative to the plain journal bearing. The wave journal bearing has a significantly increased load capacity in comparison to the plain journal bearing operating at the same eccentricity. It also offers greater stability than the plain circular bearing under all operating conditions. The wave bearing's design is relatively simple and allows the shaft to rotate in either direction. Three wave bearings are sensitive to the direction of an applied stationary side load. Increasing the number of waves reduces the wave bearing's sensitivity to the direction of the applied load relative to the wave. However, the range in which the bearing performance can be varied decreases as the number of waves increases. Therefore, both the number and the amplitude of the waves must be properly selected to optimize the wave bearing design for a specific application. It is concluded that the stiffness of an air journal bearing, due to hydrodynamic effect, could be doubled and made to run stably by using a six or eight wave geometry with a wave amplitude approximately half of the bearing radial clearance.

  7. Performance of 40-millimeter-bore ball bearings with lead- and lead-alloy-plated retainers in liquid hydrogen at 1.2 million DN

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    Brewe, D. E.; Wisander, D. W.; Scribbe, H. W.

    1972-01-01

    Forty-millimeter-bore ball bearings with lead- and lead-alloy-coated retainers were operated in liquid hydrogen at 30,000 rpm under a thrust load of 1780 N (400 lb.) Four different substrate materials were used for the retainer. Longer bearing run times were achieved with a lead-tin-copper alloy coating plated onto a leaded-bronze material (22.5 hr) and an aluminum-bronze alloy (19.3 hr). One bearing with a pure lead coating achieved the desired objective of 10 hr. This bearing had an aluminum - bronze substrate retainer and ran successfully for 12.4 hr. Additions of antimony to the lead provided an alloy coating with better wear resistance than pure lead; however, this coating was abrasive to the outer-race lands.

  8. Mixing, Noise and Thrust Benefits Using Corrugated Designs

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    White, Samuel G.; Gilinsky, Mikhail M.

    1998-01-01

    This project was conducted as a support for effective research, training and teaching of Hampton University students in Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics. Basically, this work is organized and implemented by the new Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics Laboratory (FM & AL) which was established at Hampton University in the School of Engineering and Technology (E & T) in 1996. In addition, FM & AL in cooperation with NASA LaRC jointly conducts research with the Central AeroHydrodynamics Institute (TSAGI, Moscow) in Russia under a 2 year Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). This project is also conducted under control of NASA HQ. For fulfillment of the current project, several researchers were involved as was shown in the proposal to NASA in 1996. This work is the development and support for projects solve problems with the goal of reducing jet noise and increasing nozzle thrust.

  9. Data Archive and Portal Thrust Area Strategy Report

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    Sivaraman, Chitra; Stephan, Eric G.; Macduff, Matt C.; Hagler, Clay D.

    2014-09-30

    This report describes the Data Archive and Portal (DAP), a key capability of the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmosphere to Electron (A2e) initiative. The DAP Thrust Area Planning Group was organized to develop a plan for deploying this capability. Primarily, the report focuses on a distributed system--a DOE Wind Cloud--that functions as a repository for all A2e data. The Wind Cloud will be accessible via an open, easy-to-navigate user interface that facilitates community data access, interaction, and collaboration. DAP management will work with the community, industry, and international standards bodies to develop standards for wind data and to capture important characteristics of all data in the Wind Cloud.

  10. Cooling of High Pressure Rocket Thrust Chambers with Liquid Oxygen

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    Price, H. G.

    1980-01-01

    An experimental program using hydrogen and oxygen as the propellants and supercritical liquid oxygen (LOX) as the coolant was conducted at 4.14 and 8.274 MN/square meters (600 and 1200 psia) chamber pressure. Data on the following are presented: the effect of LOX leaking into the combustion region through small cracks in the chamber wall; and verification of the supercritical oxygen heat transfer correlation developed from heated tube experiments; A total of four thrust chambers with throat diameters of 0.066 m were tested. Of these, three were cyclically tested to 4.14 MN/square meters (600 psia) chamber pressure until a crack developed. One had 23 additional hot cycles accumulated with no apparent metal burning or distress. The fourth chamber was operated at 8.274 MN/square meters (1200 psia) pressure to obtain steady state heat transfer data. Wall temperature measurements confirmed the heat transfer correlation.

  11. Minimum Thrust Load Control for Floating Wind Turbine

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    Christiansen, SØren; Bak, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    — Offshore wind energy capitalizes on the higher and less turbulent wind at sea. Shallow water sites are pro?table for deployment of monopile wind turbines at water depths of up to 30 meters. Beyond 30 meters, the wind is even stronger and less turbulent. At these depths, ?oating wind turbines become pro?table, capable of accessing unexploited wind resources while reaching regions of new consumers. However, ?oating wind turbines are subject to reduced structural stiffness which results in instabilities when standard wind turbine control systems are applied. Based on optimal control, this paper presents a new minimum thrust control strategy capable of stabilizing a ?oating wind turbine. The new control strategy explores the freedom of variable generator speed above rated wind speed. A comparison to the traditional constant speed strategy, shows improvements in structural fore-aft oscillations and power stability when using the new control strategy.

  12. Thermochronology constraints for the propagation sequence of the south Pyrenean basement thrust system (France-Spain)

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    Jolivet, Marc; Labaume, Pierre; Monié, Patrick; Brunel, Maurice; Arnaud, Nicolas; Campani, Marion

    2007-10-01

    In this work we combined apatite fission track and biotite/K-feldspar 40Ar/39Ar ages with tectonic data in the west central part of the Axial Zone of the Pyrenees. We discuss the exhumation ages and rates of the Néouvielle, Bordère-Louron, and Bielsa Variscan granites and their relationships with the timing and sequence of south vergent basement thrusting within the Pyrenean orogenic prism. The 40Ar/39Ar ages on K-feldspars from the Néouvielle massif (sample NV7) seem to indicate tectonic movements on the Eaux-Chaudes thrust during the early middle Eocene. Fission track results suggest that the exhumation of the Néouvielle massif occurred around 35 Ma and exhumation of the Bordère-Louron massif around 32 Ma in relation to thrusting on the Gavarnie thrust. The Bielsa massif was exhumed from around 19 Ma by out-of-sequence movements on the Bielsa thrust. We thus show that whereas most of the Pyrenean basement thrust faults (here the Eaux-Chaudes, Gavarnie, and Guarga thrusts) were active in sequence toward the southern foreland from the early Eocene to the earliest Miocene, some of them (here the Bielsa thrust) were activated out of sequence in the hinterland, later than the generally accepted Aquitanian age for the end of the Pyrenean compression. Finally, the apatite fission track modeling indicate a last cooling episode starting around 5 Ma which is most certainly related to the Pliocene reexcavation of the southern and northern flanks of the Pyrenees.

  13. Spectroscopy-based thrust sensor for high-speed gaseous flows

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    Hanson, Ronald K. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A system and method for non-intrusively obtaining the thrust value of combustion by-products of a jet engine is disclosed herein. The system includes laser elements for inducing absorption for use in determining the axial velocity and density of the jet flow stream and elements for calculating the thrust value therefrom.

  14. Flow Visualization of Thrust-Vectoring Lightcraft Engines with ˜1?s Pulsed TEA CO2 Laser

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    Kenoyer, D. A.; Salvador, I. I.; Notaro, S. N.; Myrabo, L. N.

    2011-11-01

    The thrust-vectoring performance of four laser propulsion engine geometries were visualized using a twin Lumonics K922M pulsed TEA CO2 laser system, with a Cordin® high speed digital camera and Schlieren photography. Airbreathing mode engines were used to explore engine thrust-vectoring behavior, as a function of: a) laser beam lateral offset from the engine axis of symmetry; b) laser pulse duration (˜50 ns spike with selectable 1.5 or 2.5 ?s tail, depending upon laser gas mixture); and c) engine geometry (Lightcraft Type ?150, ?200, ?250, and parabolic bell). The resulting Schlieren images visually prove thrust vectoring if the exhaust plume is responsible for the beam-riding phenomenon. Parabolic bell engines demonstrate very little thrust vectoring ability, even at the large offsets nominal for beam-riding and thrust-vectoring in other geometries.

  15. PRTHRUST-J1 code for calculation of blowdown thrust force and its experimental verification

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    This paper presents an outline of the PRTHRUST-J1 code for calculating blowdown thrust force and gives two numerical expamples to show the effectiveness of this code. One numerical example is the problem of saturated steam blowdown. The blowdown thrust forces obtained from the PRTHRUST-J1 code were compared with those of the simplified method of Moody. Fairly good agreement was found between these two results. The other numerical example is the problem of jet discharging tests with stop valve performed in Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute. Analysis was carried out by varying the discharge coefficient. The analytical blowdown thrust force and pressure in the discharging nozzle were compared with experimental results. Qualitative agreement was found between the analytical and experimental results of the blowdown thrust force. Generally speaking, the blowdown thrust forces obtained from the experiment were between the analytical results for discharge coefficients of 1.0 and 0.6. (orig.)

  16. Strain gauge based thrust measurement system for a stationary plasma thruster

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    Stephen, R. John; Rajanna, K.; Dhar, Vivek; Kalyan Kumar, K. G.; Nagabushanam, S.

    2001-09-01

    A thrust measurement system has been developed for the purpose of measuring the thrust produced by a stationary plasma thruster. The measurement system designed and fabricated mainly consists of a thrust balance assembly with strain gauge sensors and associated signal conditioning circuitry. Performance of the system developed was studied, in a vacuum chamber under space simulated conditions, by activating the thruster using xenon as the propellant. Details of the in situ calibration procedure followed are given. The thrust output for discharge powers ranging from 170 to 260 watts was measured and found to be in the range of 4-14 millinewtons. The measurement accuracy and resolution were found to be ±1 mN and 0.3 mN respectively. Specific impulse and thrust efficiency were also estimated.

  17. Space Shuttle Main Engine structural analysis and data reduction/evaluation. Volume 2: High pressure oxidizer turbo-pump turbine end bearing analysis

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    Sisk, Gregory A.

    1989-01-01

    The high-pressure oxidizer turbopump (HPOTP) consists of two centrifugal pumps, on a common shaft, that are directly driven by a hot-gas turbine. Pump shaft axial thrust is balanced in that the double-entry main inducer/impeller is inherently balanced and the thrusts of the preburner pump and turbine are nearly equal but opposite. Residual shaft thrust is controlled by a self-compensating, non-rubbing, balance piston. Shaft hang-up must be avoided if the balance piston is to perform properly. One potential cause of shaft hang-up is contact between the Phase 2 bearing support and axial spring cartridge of the HPOTP main pump housing. The status of the bearing support/axial spring cartridge interface is investigated under current loading conditions. An ANSYS version 4.3, three-dimensional, finite element model was generated on Lockheed's VAX 11/785 computer. A nonlinear thermal analysis was then executed on the Marshall Space Flight Center Engineering Analysis Data System (EADS). These thermal results were then applied along with the interference fit and bolt preloads to the model as load conditions for a static analysis to determine the gap status of the bearing support/axial spring cartridge interface. For possible further analysis of the local regions of HPOTP main pump housing assembly, detailed ANSYS submodels were generated using I-DEAS Geomod and Supertab (Appendix A).

  18. Journal and Wave Bearing Impedance Calculation Software

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    Hanford, Amanda; Campbell, Robert

    2012-01-01

    The wave bearing software suite is a MALTA application that computes bearing properties for user-specified wave bearing conditions, as well as plain journal bearings. Wave bearings are fluid film journal bearings with multi-lobed wave patterns around the circumference of the bearing surface. In this software suite, the dynamic coefficients are outputted in a way for easy implementation in a finite element model used in rotor dynamics analysis. The software has a graphical user interface (GUI) for inputting bearing geometry parameters, and uses MATLAB s structure interface for ease of interpreting data. This innovation was developed to provide the stiffness and damping components of wave bearing impedances. The computational method for computing bearing coefficients was originally designed for plain journal bearings and tilting pad bearings. Modifications to include a wave bearing profile consisted of changing the film thickness profile given by an equation, and writing an algorithm to locate the integration limits for each fluid region. Careful consideration was needed to implement the correct integration limits while computing the dynamic coefficients, depending on the form of the input/output variables specified in the algorithm.

  19. Rolling Element Bearing Stiffness Matrix Determination (Presentation)

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    Guo, Y.; Parker, R.

    2014-01-01

    Current theoretical bearing models differ in their stiffness estimates because of different model assumptions. In this study, a finite element/contact mechanics model is developed for rolling element bearings with the focus of obtaining accurate bearing stiffness for a wide range of bearing types and parameters. A combined surface integral and finite element method is used to solve for the contact mechanics between the rolling elements and races. This model captures the time-dependent characteristics of the bearing contact due to the orbital motion of the rolling elements. A numerical method is developed to determine the full bearing stiffness matrix corresponding to two radial, one axial, and two angular coordinates; the rotation about the shaft axis is free by design. This proposed stiffness determination method is validated against experiments in the literature and compared to existing analytical models and widely used advanced computational methods. The fully-populated stiffness matrix demonstrates the coupling between bearing radial, axial, and tilting bearing deflections.

  20. Trends in Controllable Oil Film Bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar Technical University of Denmark,

    2011-01-01

    This work gives an overview about the theoretical and experimental achievements of mechatronics applied to oil film bearings, with the aim of: controlling the lateral vibration of flexible rotating shafts; modifying bearing dynamic characteristics, as stiffness and damping properties; increasing the rotational speed ranges by improving damping and eliminating instability problems, for example, by compensating cross-coupling destabilizing effects; reducing startup torque and energy dissipation in bearings; compensating thermal effects. It is shown that such controllable bearings can act as "smart" components and be applied to rotating machines with the goal of avoiding unexpected stops of plants, performing rotordynamic tests and identifying model parameters "on site". Emphasis is given to the controllable lubrication (active lubrication) applied to different types of oil film bearings, i.e., as tilting-pad bearings, multirecess journal bearings and plain bearings.

  1. Live-trapping and handling brown bear

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This paper reports techniques developed to live trap and handle brown bears on the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The brown bears Ursus middendorffi on the Kodiak...

  2. Brown bear telemetry and trapping: Special report

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Brown bear studies were continued during the 1967 field season with emphasis on development of techniques for instrumenting bears with radio transmitters and...

  3. Using U-Th-Pb petrochronology to determine rates of ductile thrusting: Time windows into the Main Central Thrust, Sikkim Himalaya

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    Mottram, Catherine M.; Parrish, Randall R.; Regis, Daniele; Warren, Clare J.; Argles, Tom W.; Harris, Nigel B. W.; Roberts, Nick M. W.

    2015-07-01

    Quantitative constraints on the rates of tectonic processes underpin our understanding of the mechanisms that form mountains. In the Sikkim Himalaya, late structural doming has revealed time-transgressive evidence of metamorphism and thrusting that permit calculation of the minimum rate of movement on a major ductile fault zone, the Main Central Thrust (MCT), by a novel methodology. U-Th-Pb monazite ages, compositions, and metamorphic pressure-temperature determinations from rocks directly beneath the MCT reveal that samples from ~50 km along the transport direction of the thrust experienced similar prograde, peak, and retrograde metamorphic conditions at different times. In the southern, frontal edge of the thrust zone, the rocks were buried to conditions of ~550°C and 0.8 GPa between ~21 and 18 Ma along the prograde path. Peak metamorphic conditions of ~650°C and 0.8-1.0 GPa were subsequently reached as this footwall material was underplated to the hanging wall at ~17-14 Ma. This same process occurred at analogous metamorphic conditions between ~18-16 Ma and 14.5-13 Ma in the midsection of the thrust zone and between ~13 Ma and 12 Ma in the northern, rear edge of the thrust zone. Northward younging muscovite 40Ar/39Ar ages are consistently ~4 Ma younger than the youngest monazite ages for equivalent samples. By combining the geochronological data with the >50 km minimum distance separating samples along the transport axis, a minimum average thrusting rate of 10 ± 3 mm yr-1 can be calculated. This provides a minimum constraint on the amount of Miocene India-Asia convergence that was accommodated along the MCT.

  4. Unbalance Response Prediction for Rotors on Ball Bearings Using Speed- and Load-Dependent Nonlinear Bearing Stiffness

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    Fleming David P.; Poplawski J. V.

    2005-01-01

    Rolling-element bearing forces vary nonlinearly with bearing deflection. Thus, an accurate rotordynamic analysis requires that bearing forces corresponding to the actual bearing deflection be utilized. For this work, bearing forces were calculated by COBRA-AHS, a recently developed rolling-element bearing analysis code. Bearing stiffness was found to be a strong function of bearing deflection, with higher deflection producing markedly higher stiffness. Curves fitted to the bearing data for a ...

  5. Cool Polar Bears: Dabbing on the Texture

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    O'Connell, Jean

    2011-01-01

    In this article, the author describes how her second-graders created their cool polar bears. The students used the elements of shape and texture to create the bears. They used Monet's technique of dabbing paint so as to give the bear some texture on his fur.

  6. Fractal analysis of polar bear hairs

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    Wang Qing-Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hairs of a polar bear (Ursus maritimus are of superior properties such as the excellent thermal protection. Why do polar bears can resist such cold environment? The paper concludes that its fractal porosity plays an important role, and its fractal dimensions are very close to the golden mean, 1.618, revealing the possible optimal structure of polar bear hair.

  7. 14 CFR 25.623 - Bearing factors.

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    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Bearing factors. 25.623 Section 25.623...Construction General § 25.623 Bearing factors. (a) Except as provided...pounding or vibration, must have a bearing factor large enough to provide...

  8. 14 CFR 27.623 - Bearing factors.

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    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Bearing factors. 27.623 Section 27.623...Construction General § 27.623 Bearing factors. (a) Except as provided...pounding or vibration, must have a bearing factor large enough to provide...

  9. 14 CFR 23.623 - Bearing factors.

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    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Bearing factors. 23.623 Section 23.623...and Construction § 23.623 Bearing factors. (a) Each part that has...pounding or vibration, must have a bearing factor large enough to provide...

  10. 14 CFR 29.623 - Bearing factors.

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    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Bearing factors. 29.623 Section 29.623...Construction General § 29.623 Bearing factors. (a) Except as provided...pounding or vibration, must have a bearing factor large enough to provide...

  11. The vented pressure fed gas journal bearing

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    Hydrodynamic-type gas journal bearings with stabilising venting slots are often operated hydrostatically during starting-up as a means of 'jacking'. A simplified mathematical treatment of the circumferential gas flows in a vented, pressure-fed journal bearing is used to predict the relationship between load capacity, bearing geometry and gas properties. (author)

  12. Passive Thermal Management of Foil Bearings

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    Bruckner, Robert J. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Systems and methods for passive thermal management of foil bearing systems are disclosed herein. The flow of the hydrodynamic film across the surface of bearing compliant foils may be disrupted to provide passive cooling and to improve the performance and reliability of the foil bearing system.

  13. Numerical modeling of sedimentation controls on the growth of the fold-and-thrust belts

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    Fillon, Charlotte; Huismans, Ritske S.; van der Beek, Peter

    2013-04-01

    The main objective of this study is to understand the coupling between tectonics and surface processes during formation of a thin-skinned fold-and-thrust belt. We focus on the controls of syn-orogenic sedimentation on thrust development during wedge building. We use an Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian finite-element model (Sopale) to model the thin-skinned fold-and-thrust belt at upper crustal scales (7 km depth and 200 km length). Sopale takes into account the main features and processes that influence the development of a fold-and-thrust belt including detachment horizons, strain-softening, flexural isostasy, and erosion and sedimentation processes. Initial, more conceptual modeling focuses on wedge development coupled with syn-orogenic sedimentation. Wedge-top sedimentation directly affects the taper angle and clearly modifies the behavior of the wedge; a clear relationship between average thrust-sheet length and the thickness of syn-tectonic sediments is highlighted. Subsequently, a sediment cover that progrades towards the foreland with time is added to reproduce the late syn-orogenic burial of the southern Pyrenean fold-and-thrust belt by conglomerates and demonstrate that wedge top sedimentation can explain the out-of-sequence thrust belt activity in the southern central Pyrenees.

  14. Air Bearing Lift Pad (ABLP)

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    Dane, Dan H.; Blaise, Herman T.

    1968-01-01

    Typical air bearings float on air films of only a few thousandths of an inch and so will only operate above very smooth, even surfaces. For the mechanical simulation of space, the small drag of the bladder type air pads is much more than can be coped with, and the practicality of large floor areas being machined for precision air bearings is nonexistent. To enable operation above surfaces that undulate slightly or feature cracks and discontinuities, an ABLP has been developed. It consists of a rigid pad beneath which an inflatable bladder is mounted. The bladder is inflated with air which then escapes through passages into a cavity in the center of the bladder to produce the lifting energy. As the air escapes about the perimeter of the bladder, a certain degree of balance and equilibrium is imparted to the pad as it is able to move a limited weight across slightly uneven surfaces.

  15. Refolding of thin-skinned thrust sheets by active basement-involved thrust faults in the Eastern Precordillera of western Argentina

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    A. Meigs

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Devastating earthquakes like the 1944 San Juan earthquake reflect active deformation in western Argentina. Although the earthquake caused considerable damage to San Juan, the source of the earthquake remains uncertain. Potential source faults occur in the thin-skinned fold-and-thrust belt Precordillera province and in the thick-skinned Sierras Pampeanas province, to the west and east, respectively of Sierra de Villicum, a thrust sheet in the eastern Precordillera northwest of San Juan. Sierra de Villicum is a west-vergent thrust sheet bound on the northwest by the Villicum thrust, which juxtaposes a southeast dipping panel of Cambro-Ordovician and Neogene strata in the hanging wall with Neogene red beds in the footwall. A series of Late Pleistocene fluvial terraces developed across the Villicum thrust show no evidence of active fold or fault deformation. Terraces are deformed by active folds and faults in the middle of the southeastern flank of the Sierra de Villicum thrust sheet. A southeast-facing, southwest-plunging monocline characterizes the Neogene red beds in the region of active folding. Co- and post-seismic surface rupture along roughly 6 km of the La Laja fault in 1944 occurred in the limb of the monocline. Evidence that surface deformation in the 1944 earthquake was dominated by folding includes terrace´s fold geometry, which is consistent with kink-band models for fold growth, and bedding-fault relationships that indicate that the La Laja fault is a flexural slip fault. A blind basement reverse fault model for the earthquake source and for active deformation reconciles the zone of terrace deformation, coseismic surface rupture on the La Laja fault, refolding of the Villicum thrust sheet, a basement arch between the Precordillera and eastern Precordillera, and microseismicity that extends northwestward from a depth of ~5 km beneath Sierra de Villicum to ~35 km depth. Maximum horizontal shortening rate is estimated to be ~3.0 mmyr-1 from the terrace fold model and correlation of the terraces with dated terraces located to the southwest of the study area. Basement rocks beneath Cerro Salinas, another eastern Precordillera thrust sheet to the southwest, are also characterized by an east-facing monoclinal geometry, which suggests that blind thrust faulting on east-vergent basement faults represents a significant, underappreciated seismic hazard in western Argentina.

  16. Varying frontal thrust spacing in mono-vergent wedges: An insight from analogue models

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    Puspendu Saha; Santanu Bose; Nibir Mandal

    2013-06-01

    Sandbox experiments are used to study frontal thrust fault spacing, which is a function of physical properties within the thrust wedge. We consider three styles of thrust progression in mono-vergent wedges: Style I, II and III. In Style I, frontal thrusts progress forelandward, maintaining a constant spacing, whereas Style II and Style III progression show increasing and decreasing spacing, respectively. The three styles are shown as a function of the following factors: basal friction (b), initial surface slope () and basal slopes (), and surface erosion. For high b (?0.46), thrust progression occurs in Style II when > 2° and > 0.5°, and in Style III when and are high ( < 2° and < 0.5°). Style II transforms to Style I when the wedge undergoes syn-thrusting surface erosion. In contrast, low-basal friction (b = 0.36) gives rise to either Style I or III, depending on the magnitudes of and . Conditions with = = 0 developed Style I, whereas Style III in conditions with any non-zero values of and . In this case, surface erosion caused the process of thrust progression unsteady, and prompted outof-sequence thrusting in the wedge. This study finally presents an analysis of the three styles, taking into account the following two parameters: (1) instantaneous increase of hinterland thickness ( H2/He) and (2) forelandward gradient of wedge thickness ( H/x). Experimental data suggest that thrust sequences develop in Style II for low H/x and large He/He values and, in Style III as either H/x increases or He/He drops.

  17. Improvement of journal bearing operation at heavy misalignment using bearing flexibility and compliant liners

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    Thomsen, Kim; Klit, Peder

    2012-01-01

    A flexure journal bearing design is proposed that will improve operational behaviour of a journal bearing at pronounced misalignment. Using a thermoelastohydrodynamic model, it is shown that the proposed flexure journal bearing has vastly increased the hydrodynamic performance compared to the stiff bearing when misaligned. The hydrodynamic performance is evaluated on lubricant film thickness, pressure and temperature. Furthermore, the influence of a compliant bearing liner is investigated and it is found that it increases the hydrodynamic performance when applied to a stiff bearing, whereas the liner has practically no influence on the flexure journal bearing's performance.

  18. Identifying multiple detachment horizons and an evolving thrust history through cross-section restoration and appraisal in the Moine Thrust Belt, NW Scotland

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    Watkins, Hannah; Bond, Clare E.; Butler, Robert W. H.

    2014-09-01

    Many thrust systems, including parts of the Moine Thrust Belt, are commonly interpreted as rather simple imbricate fans, splaying from a master detachment (floor thrust) at depth. We use field observations and geological map data to construct cross-sections through the Achnashellach Culmination, southern Moine Thrust Belt, Northwest Scotland, to test this interpretation. Initially cross-sections are constructed by assuming a single lower detachment; line length imbalances and thrust trajectory mismatches between deformed and restored-state sections indicate an invalid model. Significant differences in horizon lengths between two rock units are seen, indicating the position of a second detachment which, when incorporated into the deformed-state cross-section creates a valid structural model. The presence of this second detachment accounts for complex geometries seen at outcrop, and indicates that the Achnashellach Culmination is likely to have formed by the sequential activation of two detachment horizons. This new structural model has been derived using an iterative workflow involving cross-section construction, section balancing and integration of field observations from across the study area, ensuring model validity in three dimensions. This workflow is applicable to other systems in general.

  19. Scaling laws for radial foil bearings

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    Honavara Prasad, Srikanth

    The effects of fluid pressurization, structural deformation of the compliant members and heat generation in foil bearings make the design and analysis of foil bearings very complicated. The complex fluid-structural-thermal interactions in foil bearings also make modeling efforts challenging because these phenomena are governed by highly non-linear partial differential equations. Consequently, comparison of various bearing designs require detailed calculation of the flow fields (velocities, pressures), bump deflections (structural compliance) and heat transfer phenomena (viscous dissipation in the fluid, frictional heating, temperature profile etc.,) resulting in extensive computational effort (time/hardware). To obviate rigorous computations and aid in feasibility assessments of foil bearings of various sizes, NASA developed the "rule of thumb" design guidelines for estimation of journal bearing load capacity. The guidelines are based on extensive experimental data. The goal of the current work is the development of scaling laws for radial foil bearings to establish an analytical "rule of thumb" for bearing clearance and bump stiffness. The use of scale invariant Reynolds equation and experimentally observed NASA "rule of thumb" yield scale factors which can be deduced from first principles. Power-law relationships between: a. Bearing clearance and bearing radius, and b. bump stiffness and bearing radius, are obtained. The clearance and bump stiffness values obtained from scaling laws are used as inputs for Orbit simulation to study various cases. As the clearance of the bearing reaches the dimensions of the material surface roughness, asperity contact breaks the fluid film which results in wear. Similarly, as the rotor diameter increases (requiring larger bearing diameters), the load capacity of the fluid film should increase to prevent dry rubbing. This imposes limits on the size of the rotor diameter and consequently bearing diameter. Therefore, this thesis aims to provide the upper and lower bounds for the developed scale laws in terms of the bearing diameter.

  20. Is tongue thrust that develops during orthodontic treatment an unrecognized potential road block?

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    Chawla H

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The role of tongue thrust has often been suspected, long debated and largely dispelled as a primary etiological factor of malocclusion. However, tongue thrust may contribute to poor occlusal intercuspation both during and after treatment. A tongue thrust may also develop during orthodontic mechanotherapy as a result of the transient creation of intra and interarch spaces and this little recognized phenomenon was found to occur in many randomly followed cases. In many instances, this seemingly adaptive and secondary response of the tongue posture and function may persist and thereafter impede the resolution of intra and interarch problems.

  1. Tethered towing using open-loop input-shaping and discrete thrust levels

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    Jasper, Lee; Schaub, Hanspeter

    2014-12-01

    Asteroid retrieval, satellite servicing, and debris removal concepts often rely on a thrusting vehicle to redirect and steer a passive object. One effective way to tow the object is through a tether. This study employs a discretized tether model attached to six degree-of-freedom end bodies. To reduce the risk of a post-burn collision between the end bodies, discrete thrust input shaping profiles are considered including a Posicast input and a bang-off-bang thrust profile. These input shaping techniques attain desirable collision avoidance performance by inducing a tumbling or gravity gradient motion of the tethered formation. Their performance is compared to an earlier frequency notched thruster profile.

  2. A METHOD OF COMPUTER CALCULATION OF AXIAL THRUST AND INTERNAL LEAKAGE IN CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

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    Waldemar J?dral

    1991-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple method of calculation of radial pressure distribution on a disc rotating in a casing and then the axial thrust in centrifugal pumps is presented. The method is based on integral relations and allows to estimate rapidly the axial thrust value with accuracy sufficient for technical applications (the error less than 15%. The method allows to compute simultaneously Internal leakage losses in centrifugal pumps. The presented method may also be useful for the calculation of the pressure distribution and the axial thrust in other rotating machines, such as compressors, gas turbines, water turbines, hydraulic torque convertors and paper-pulp mills.

  3. A motor with superconducting magnetic bearings

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    Superconducting bearings may be one of the most promising near term applications of HTSC. For use at liquid nitrogen temperature and below, they offer the advantage of lower energy consumption and higher reliability. Different bearing configurations have been proposed. But in order to substitute for conventional bearings a further increase in the critical current density of the superconductor and improved bearing concepts are necessary. For this it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of the interaction between permanent magnets and bulk superconductors. As a contribution to this programme we present the model of a motor with superconducting magnetic bearings. (orig.)

  4. Variable Flavor Number Scheme for Final State Jets in Thrust

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    Pietrulewicz, Piotr; Hoang, Andre H; Jemos, Ilaria; Mateu, Vicent

    2014-01-01

    We present results for mass effects coming from secondary radiation of heavy quark pairs related to gluon splitting in the thrust distribution for e+e- collisions. The results are given in the dijet limit where the hard interaction scale and the scales related to collinear and soft radiation are widely separated. We account for the corresponding fixed-order corrections at O(alpha_s^2) and the summation of all logarithmic terms related to the hard, collinear and soft scales as well as the quark mass at N3LL order. We also remove the O(Lambda_QCD) renormalon in the partonic soft function leading to an infrared evolution equation with a matching condition related to the massive quark threshold. The quark mass can be arbitrary, ranging from the infinitely heavy case, where decoupling takes place, down to the massless limit where the results smoothly merge into the well known predictions for massless quarks. Our results are formulated in the framework of factorization theorems for e+e- dijet production and provide...

  5. SOURCE TERM TARGETED THRUST FY 2005 NEW START PROJECTS

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    While a significant amount of work has been devoted to developing thermodynamic data. describing the sorption of radionuclides to iron oxides and other geomedia, little data exist to describe the interaction of key radionuclides found in high-level radioactive waste with the uranium surfaces expected in corroded spent nuclear fuel (SNF) waste packages. Recent work indicates that actinide adsorption to the U(VI) solids expected in the engineered barrier system may play a key role in the reduction of dissolved concentrations of radionuclides such as Np(V). However, little is known about the mechanism(s) of adsorption, nor are the thermodynamic data available to represent the phenomenon in predictive modeling codes. Unfortunately, this situation makes it difficult to consider actinide adsorption to the U(VI) silicates in either geochemical or performance assessment (PA) predictions. The primary goal in the Source Term Targeted Thrust area is to ''study processes that control radionuclide release from the waste form''. Knowledge of adsorption of actinides to U(VI) silicate solids its and parameterization in geochemical models will be an important step towards this goal

  6. SOURCE TERM TARGETED THRUST FY 2005 NEW START PROJECTS

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    2005-10-05

    While a significant amount of work has been devoted to developing thermodynamic data. describing the sorption of radionuclides to iron oxides and other geomedia, little data exist to describe the interaction of key radionuclides found in high-level radioactive waste with the uranium surfaces expected in corroded spent nuclear fuel (SNF) waste packages. Recent work indicates that actinide adsorption to the U(VI) solids expected in the engineered barrier system may play a key role in the reduction of dissolved concentrations of radionuclides such as Np(V). However, little is known about the mechanism(s) of adsorption, nor are the thermodynamic data available to represent the phenomenon in predictive modeling codes. Unfortunately, this situation makes it difficult to consider actinide adsorption to the U(VI) silicates in either geochemical or performance assessment (PA) predictions. The primary goal in the Source Term Targeted Thrust area is to ''study processes that control radionuclide release from the waste form''. Knowledge of adsorption of actinides to U(VI) silicate solids its and parameterization in geochemical models will be an important step towards this goal.

  7. Radiation effects in low-thrust orbit transfers

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    A low-thrust orbit transfer vehicle (OTV) and its payload must be designed to survive in the near-Earth radiation environment for a much longer duration than a conventional upper stage. This paper examines the effects of natural radiation on OTV's using data that have become available since 1991 from the CRRES and APEX satellites. Dose rates for microelectronics in LEO-to-GEO missions are calculated for spiral orbit raising and for multi-impulse transfers. Semiconductor devices that are shielded by less than 2.5 mm of aluminum (0.69 g/cm2) are inappropriate for spiral transfers, because they require hardness levels >100 krad (Si). Shield thicknesses of 6-12 mm reduce this requirement to about 10 krad (Si), which is still an order of magnitude higher than the radiation dose in a 10-year mission at GEO with similar shielding. The dose for a multi-impulse LEO-to-GEO transfer is about 10 times smaller than for a spiral transfer. Estimates of single event upset rates and photovoltaic array degradation are also provided

  8. Nuclear genomic sequences reveal that polar bears are an old and distinct bear lineage

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    Hailer, F.; Kutschera, V.E.; Hallström, B.M.; Klassert, D.; Fain, S.R; Leonard, Jennifer A.; Arnason, U.; Janke, A.

    2012-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that the polar bear matriline (mitochondrial DNA) evolved from a brown bear lineage since the late Pleistocene, potentially indicating rapid speciation and adaption to arctic conditions. Here, we present a high-resolution data set from multiple independent loci across the nuclear genomes of a broad sample of polar, brown, and black bears. Bayesian coalescent analyses place polar bears outside the brown bear clade and date the divergence much earlier, in the middle Pl...

  9. The COSC-1 drill core - a geological sample through a hot allochthon and the underlying thrust zone

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    Lorenz, Henning; Almqvist, Bjarne; Berthet, Théo; Klonowska, Iwona

    2015-04-01

    The ICDP (International Continental Scientific Drilling Program) supported Collisional Orogeny in the Scandinavian Caledonides (COSC) scientific drilling project has the aim to study mountain building processes in a major Paleozoic orogen. COSC-1, drilled in 2014 near Åre (Sweden), was planned to sample a section from the hot allochthon of the Lower Seve Nappe through the thrust zone and into the underlying less metamorphic rocks of the Särv and/or Jämtlandian nappes. Diamond core drilling operations resulted in 2396.0 m of drill core with only about 2.5 m documented core loss (technical failure of the core catcher). Down to about 1800 m, the COSC-1 drill hole penetrated a succession that is dominated by gneisses of varying compositions (felsic, amphibole, calc-silicate gneisses, and more), often garnet and diopside bearing. Meta-gabbros and amphibolites are common and apparently correlate well with seismic reflectors between 500 and 1000 m depth. Also marbles, pegmatite dykes and minor mylonites occur. These rocks are highly strained. Small scale structures (e.g. isoclinal folding) are occasionally discernible in the narrow section provided by the drill cores. (Young) Fractures are sparse. Only a set of very steep fractures results in fluid conduction zones at several levels throughout the drill hole. At 175 m and between 1200 and 1300 m, this results in the dissolution of calcite-rich bands in the gneisses to form "micro-karst". First signs of the thrust zone below the Seve Nappe appear just below 1700 m in form of narrow deformation bands and thin mylonites. The mylonites increase in thickness and reach a thickness of around 1 m between 1900 and 2000 m. Below c. 2100 m, mylonites are dominating and garnets become common (but are not present in all mylonites). The deepest rock of mafic origin (possibly amphibolite in the Seve Nappe) was identified at 2314 m, a transition from gneiss into lower grade metasedimentary rocks occurs between 2345 and 2360 m. The lower part of the drill core to TD is dominated by quartzites and meta-arkoses (field name) of unclear tectonostratigraphic position that are mylonitised to varying degree. The drill hole does not penetrate the base of the thrust zone. The rocks sampled in the lowermost part of the drill core are the thickest mylonites encountered, tens of metres thick and (again) rich in garnet. Geological conclusions with relevance to mountain building have to wait for detailed analysis of the drill core. However, direct observations are: - The gneisses of the Lower Seve Nappe are much more homogenous than expected. - Thick (hundreds of metres) mafic bodies (Arnbom 1980, and unpublished geological maps) are absent. The maximum thickness in the drill core is about 30 m. - The thrust zone below the Seve Nappe is much thicker than expected. After more than 500 m the lower boundary was not encountered. - The drill hole seems to leave the Seve Nappe and enter lower grade metamorphic rocks. However, the mylonites at the bottom of the drill hole contain many and large garnets (up to cm size).

  10. Fail-Safe Operation of a High-Temperature Magnetic Bearing Investigated for Gas Turbine Engine Applications

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    Choi, Benjamin B.; Montague, Gerald T.

    2002-01-01

    The Structural Mechanics and Dynamics Branch at the NASA Glenn Research Center has developed a three-axis high-temperature magnetic bearing suspension rig to enhance the safety of the bearing system up to 1000 F. This test rig can accommodate thrust and radial bearings up to a 22.84 cm (9 in.) diameter with a maximum axial loading of 22.25 kN (5000 lb) and a maximum radial loading up to 4.45 kN (1000 lb). The test facility was set up to test magnetic bearings under high-temperature (1100 F) and high-speed (20,000 rpm) conditions. The magnetic bearing is located at the center of gravity of the rotor between two high-temperature grease-packed mechanical ball bearings. The drive-end duplex angular contact ball bearing, which is in full contact, acts as a moment release and provides axial stability. The outboard end ball bearing has a 0.015-in. radial clearance between the rotor to act as a backup bearing and to compensate for axial thermal expansion. There is a 0.020-in. radial air gap between the stator pole and the rotor. The stator was wrapped with three 1-kW band heaters to create a localized hot section; the mechanical ball bearings were outside this section. Eight threaded rods supported the stator. These incorporated a plunger and Bellville washers to compensate for radial thermal expansion and provide rotor-to-stator alignment. The stator was instrumented with thermocouples and a current sensor for each coil. Eight air-cooled position sensors were mounted outside the hot section to monitor the rotor. Another sensor monitored this rotation of the outboard backup bearing. Ground fault circuit interrupts were incorporated into all power amplifier loops for personnel safety. All instrumentation was monitored and recorded on a LabView-based data acquisition system. Currently, this 12-pole heteropolar magnetic bearing has 13 thermal cycles and over 26 hr of operation at 1000 F.

  11. Low-Cost and Light-Weight Transpiration-Cooled Thrust Chambers Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed effort aims to evaluate the feasibility of using transpiration-cooled Titanium as the primary material in small-scale thrust chambers for in-space...

  12. Calculation of the thrust of a wave-powered marine propelling device

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    A scheme for calculating the thrust of a wave propelling device with limiters is proposed. The scheme can be extended to similar propelling devices with a more complex wing suspension or a more complex wing system

  13. rf power system for thrust measurements of a helicon plasma source

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    Kieckhafer, Alexander W.; Walker, Mitchell L. R.

    2010-07-01

    A rf power system has been developed, which allows the use of rf plasma devices in an electric propulsion test facility without excessive noise pollution in thruster diagnostics. Of particular importance are thrust stand measurements, which were previously impossible due to noise. Three major changes were made to the rf power system: first, the cable connection was changed from a balanced transmission line to an unbalanced coaxial line. Second, the rf power cabinet was placed remotely in order to reduce vibration-induced noise in the thrust stand. Finally, a relationship between transmission line length and rf was developed, which allows good transmission of rf power from the matching network to the helicon antenna. The modified system was tested on a thrust measurement stand and showed that rf power has no statistically significant contribution to the thrust stand measurement.

  14. rf power system for thrust measurements of a helicon plasma source

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    A rf power system has been developed, which allows the use of rf plasma devices in an electric propulsion test facility without excessive noise pollution in thruster diagnostics. Of particular importance are thrust stand measurements, which were previously impossible due to noise. Three major changes were made to the rf power system: first, the cable connection was changed from a balanced transmission line to an unbalanced coaxial line. Second, the rf power cabinet was placed remotely in order to reduce vibration-induced noise in the thrust stand. Finally, a relationship between transmission line length and rf was developed, which allows good transmission of rf power from the matching network to the helicon antenna. The modified system was tested on a thrust measurement stand and showed that rf power has no statistically significant contribution to the thrust stand measurement.

  15. Upper crustal shortening and forward modeling of the Himalayan fold thrust belt along the Budhi-Gandaki River, central Nepal

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    Khanal, S.; Robinson, D. M.

    2009-12-01

    Geologic mapping along the Budhi-Gandaki River in central Nepal reveals 6 significant structures: 1) South Tibetan Detachment system; 2) Main Central thrust; 3) Ramgarh thrust; 4) Lesser Himalayan duplex including the Trishuli thrust; 5) Main Boundary thrust; and 6) Main Frontal thrust system. A balanced cross-section between the South Tibetan Detachment system and Main Frontal thrust reveals that the region has a minimum total shortening of 76% or 420 km. The breakdown of the accommodation of shortening on each thrust is as follows: Main Central thrust - 115 km; Ramgarh thrust - 120 km; Lesser Himalayan duplex including the Trishuli thrust - 156 km; Main Boundary thrust - 10 km; Main Frontal thrust system - 19 km. In order to validate the balanced cross-section, a reconstruction program was used to forward model the system. By moving faults with appropriate amounts of displacement over a reasonable configuration of undeformed stratigraphy from the hinterland to foreland, the deformation of the Himalayan thrust belt along the Budhi-Gandaki River cross-section is reproduced. The forward modeling program moves hanging wall rock over stationary footwall rock using each individual fault identified in the balanced cross-section. Hanging wall rock deforms as it is thrust over footwall structures. Using forward modeling, the cross-section has a shortening estimate of 412 km or 75%. The two shortening estimates are virtually identical indicating the balanced cross-section along the Budi-Gandaki River is viable and admissible. Keywords: Nepal Himalaya, Budhi-Gandaki River, Upper crustal shortening, Forward modeling

  16. A Control Approach for Thrust-Propelled Underactuated Vehicles and its Application to VTOL Drones

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    Hua, Minh-Duc; Hamel, Tarek; Morin, Pascal; Samson, Claude

    2009-01-01

    A control approach is proposed for a class of underactuated vehicles in order to stabilize reference trajectories either in thrust direction, velocity, or position. The basic modeling assumption is that the vehicle is propulsed via a thrust force along a single body-fixed direction and that it has full torque actuation for attitude control (i.e., a typical actuation structure for aircrafts, Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicles, submarines, etc.). Additional assumptions on the externa...

  17. Design of optimal Earth pole-sitter transfers using low-thrust propulsion

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    j. Heiligers; Ceriotti, M.; C.R. McInnes; Biggs, J.D.

    2011-01-01

    Recent studies have shown the feasibility of an Earth pole-sitter mission using low-thrust propulsion. This mission concept involves a spacecraft following the Earth's polar axis to have a continuous, hemispherical view of one of the Earth's poles. Such a view will enhance future Earth observation and telecommunications for high latitude and polar regions. To assess the accessibility of the pole-sitter orbit, this paper investigates optimum Earth pole-sitter transfers employing low-thrust pro...

  18. Effects of Flat Slab Subduction on Andean Thrust Kinematics and Foreland Basin Evolution in Western Argentina

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    Horton, B. K.; Fuentes, F.; McKenzie, N. R.; Constenius, K. N.; Alvarado, P. M.

    2014-12-01

    Debate persists over the effects of flat-slab subduction on the kinematics of overriding plate deformation and the evolution of retroarc sedimentary basins. In western Argentina, major spatial and temporal variations in the geometry of the subducting Nazca slab since ~15 Ma provide opportunities to evaluate the late Cenozoic response of the Andean fold-thrust belt and foreland basin to subhorizontal subduction. Preliminary results from several structural and sedimentary transects spanning the frontal thrust belt and foreland basin system between 31°S and 35°S reveal Oligocene-middle Miocene hinterland exhumation during normal-slab subduction followed thereafter by progressive slab shallowing with initial rapid cratonward propagation of ramp-flat thrust structures (prior to basement-involved foreland uplifts) and accompanying wholesale exhumation and recycling of the early Andean foreland basin (rather than regional dynamic subsidence). Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronologic data prove instrumental for revealing shifts in thrust-belt exhumation, defining depositional ages within the foreland basin, and constraining the timing of activity along frontal thrust structures. In both the San Juan (31-32°S) and Malargüe (34-35°S) segments of the fold-thrust belt, geochronological results for volcaniclastic sandstones and syndeformational growth strata are consistent with a major eastward advance in shortening at 12-9 Ma. This episode of rapid thrust propagation precedes the reported timing of Sierras Pampeanas basement-involved foreland uplifts and encompasses modern regions of both normal- and flat-slab subduction, suggesting that processes other than slab dip (such as inherited crustal architecture, critical wedge dynamics, and arc magmatism) are additional regulators of thrust-belt kinematics and foreland basin evolution.

  19. Study of the high thrust LOX/LH2 HM60 rocket engine

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    Pouliquen, M.; Berger, Y.; Olsson, U.; Kirner, H.

    The HM 60 engine specifications, subsystems, development program, and test facilities are described. A gas generator engine cycle with 900 kN nominal thrust in vacuum is proposed. A 100 bar chamber pressure and 2.3 m exit nozzle diameter provide 444 s specific impulse. A regeneratively cooled thrust chamber and a dump cooled nozzle with two separate turbopump assemblies fed in parallel from a single gas generator are envisaged.

  20. Orbital Maneuvers Using Low Thrust to Place a Satellite in a Constellation

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    Vivian Martins Gomes; Antonio Fernando Bertachini de Almeida Prado; Helio Koiti Kuga

    2007-01-01

    This paper considers the problem of low thrust suboptimal maneuvers to insert a satellite in a constellation. It is assumed that a satellite constellation is given with all the Keplerian elements of the satellite members having known values. Then, it is necessary to maneuver a new satellite from a parking orbit to its position in the constellation. The control available to perform this maneuver is the application of a low thrust to the satellite and the objective is to perform this maneuver w...

  1. A METHOD OF COMPUTER CALCULATION OF AXIAL THRUST AND INTERNAL LEAKAGE IN CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS

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    Waldemar J?dral

    1991-01-01

    A simple method of calculation of radial pressure distribution on a disc rotating in a casing and then the axial thrust in centrifugal pumps is presented. The method is based on integral relations and allows to estimate rapidly the axial thrust value with accuracy sufficient for technical applications (the error less than 15%). The method allows to compute simultaneously Internal leakage losses in centrifugal pumps. The presented method may also be useful for the calculation of the pressure d...

  2. Conditioning of alpha bearing wastes

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    Alpha bearing wastes are generated during the reprocessing of spent fuel, mixed oxide fuel fabrication, decommissioning and other activities. The safe and effective management of these wastes is of particular importance owing to the radiotoxicity and long lived characteristics of certain transuranic (TRU) elements. The management of alpha bearing wastes involves a number of stages which include collection, characterization, segregation, treatment, conditioning, transport, storage and disposal. This report describes the currently available matrices and technologies for the conditioning of alpha wastes and relates them to their compatibility with the other stages of the waste management process. The selection of a specific immobilization process is dependent on the waste treatment state and the subsequent handling, transport, storage and disposal requirements. The overall objectives of immobilization are similar for all waste producers and processors, which are to produce: (a) Waste forms with sufficient mechanical, physical and chemical stability to satisfy all stages of handling, transport and storage (referred to as the short term requirements), and (b) Waste forms which will satisfy disposal requirements and inhibit the release of radionuclides to the biosphere (referred to as the long term requirements). Cement and bitumen processes have already been successfully applied to alpha waste conditioning on the industrial scale in many of the IAEA Member States. Cement systems based on BFS and pozzolanic cements have emerged as the principal encapsulation matrices for the full range of alpha bearing wastes. Alternative technologies, such as polymers and ceramics, are being developed for specific waste streams but are unlikely to meet widespread application owing to cost and process complexity. The merits of alpha waste conditioning are improved performance in transport, storage and disposal combined with enhanced public perception of waste management operations. These factors need to be assessed in relation to the economic and radiological implications of conditioning. 104 refs, 26 figs, 17 tabs

  3. Seismic variability of subduction thrust faults: Insights from laboratory models

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    Corbi, F.; Funiciello, F.; Faccenna, C.; Ranalli, G.; Heuret, A.

    2011-06-01

    Laboratory models are realized to investigate the role of interface roughness, driving rate, and pressure on friction dynamics. The setup consists of a gelatin block driven at constant velocity over sand paper. The interface roughness is quantified in terms of amplitude and wavelength of protrusions, jointly expressed by a reference roughness parameter obtained by their product. Frictional behavior shows a systematic dependence on system parameters. Both stick slip and stable sliding occur, depending on driving rate and interface roughness. Stress drop and frequency of slip episodes vary directly and inversely, respectively, with the reference roughness parameter, reflecting the fundamental role for the amplitude of protrusions. An increase in pressure tends to favor stick slip. Static friction is a steeply decreasing function of the reference roughness parameter. The velocity strengthening/weakening parameter in the state- and rate-dependent dynamic friction law becomes negative for specific values of the reference roughness parameter which are intermediate with respect to the explored range. Despite the simplifications of the adopted setup, which does not address the problem of off-fault fracturing, a comparison of the experimental results with the depth distribution of seismic energy release along subduction thrust faults leads to the hypothesis that their behavior is primarily controlled by the depth- and time-dependent distribution of protrusions. A rough subduction fault at shallow depths, unable to produce significant seismicity because of low lithostatic pressure, evolves into a moderately rough, velocity-weakening fault at intermediate depths. The magnitude of events in this range is calibrated by the interplay between surface roughness and subduction rate. At larger depths, the roughness further decreases and stable sliding becomes gradually more predominant. Thus, although interplate seismicity is ultimately controlled by tectonic parameters (velocity of the plates/trench and the thermal regime), the direct control is exercised by the resulting frictional properties of the plate interface.

  4. Interference Fit Life Factors for Roller Bearings

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    Oswald, Fred B.; Zaretsky, Erwin V.; Poplawski, Joseph V.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of hoop stresses in reducing cylindrical roller bearing fatigue life was determined for various classes of inner ring interference fit. Calculations were performed for up to seven interference fit classes for each of ten bearing sizes. Each fit was taken at tightest, average and loosest values within the fit class for RBEC-5 tolerance, thus requiring 486 separate analyses. The hoop stresses were superimposed on the Hertzian principal stresses created by the applied radial load to calculate roller bearing fatigue life. The method was developed through a series of equations to calculate the life reduction for cylindrical roller bearings based on interference fit. All calculated lives are for zero initial bearing internal clearance. Any reduction in bearing clearance due to interference fit was compensated by increasing the initial (unmounted) clearance. Results are presented as tables and charts of life factors for bearings with light, moderate and heavy loads and interference fits ranging from extremely light to extremely heavy and for bearing accuracy class RBEC 5 (ISO class 5). Interference fits on the inner bearing ring of a cylindrical roller bearing can significantly reduce bearing fatigue life. In general, life factors are smaller (lower life) for bearings running under light load where the unfactored life is highest. The various bearing series within a particular bore size had almost identical interference fit life factors for a particular fit. The tightest fit at the high end of the RBEC-5 tolerance band defined in ANSI/ABMA shaft fit tables produces a life factor of approximately 0.40 for an inner-race maximum Hertz stress of 1200 MPa (175 ksi) and a life factor of 0.60 for an inner-race maximum Hertz stress of 2200 MPa (320 ksi). Interference fits also impact the maximum Hertz stress-life relation.

  5. Fluvial Terraces Deformation Induced by Thrust Faulting : an Experimental Approach to Better Estimate Crustal Shortening Velocities

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    Dominguez, S.; Malavieille, J.; Avouac, J. P.

    2003-04-01

    We present structural models based on quantitative sandbox experiments, performed using video processing techniques, to study surface ground deformation associated to thrust fault propagation. Accurate correlation of CCD camera pictures and laser interferometry technique allows detailed displacement field measurements in planar view and in cross section during model deformation. We use this approach to improve the empirical mechanical models of deformation that are generally used to derive fault slip rate from fluvial terraces uplift amplitude. We test different thrust fault geometries and material rheology in frontal convergence to analyze the deformation of passive morphological markers analog to abandoned fluvial terraces. One of the main results of this work is that the kinematics relations between fault slip and surface deformation strongly evolves during thrust fault activity and that different stages can be discriminated. This evolution is related to changes in fault geometry during thrust fault localization and propagation. The fault plane evolves from diffuse conjugated shear bands associated to the forward propagation of the basal décollement to a localized flat fault plane that progressively deform into a sigmoid shape. Material rheology and sedimentation/erosion process can also play a significant role and have to be taken into account. The results are applied to field observations from the northern and southern piedmont of the Chinese Tien-Shan range where quaternary fluvial terraces are deformed by active thrust faults and fault propagation folds. Holocene crustal shortening rates are estimated combining experimental results and structural observations, including thrust fault geometry and rheology of the sedimentary sequence.

  6. Multi-Axis Thrust Measurements of the EO-1 Pulsed Plasma Thruster

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    Arrington, Lynn A.; Haag, Thomas W.

    1999-01-01

    Pulsed plasma thrusters are low thrust propulsive devices which have a high specific impulse at low power. A pulsed plasma thruster is currently scheduled to fly as an experiment on NASA's Earth Observing-1 satellite mission. The pulsed plasma thruster will be used to replace one of the reaction wheels. As part of the qualification testing of the thruster it is necessary to determine the nominal thrust as a function of charge energy. These data will be used to determine control algorithms. Testing was first completed on a breadboard pulsed plasma thruster to determine nominal or primary axis thrust and associated propellant mass consumption as a function of energy and then later to determine if any significant off-axis thrust component existed. On conclusion that there was a significant off-axis thrust component with the bread-board in the direction of the anode electrode, the test matrix was expanded on the flight hardware to include thrust measurements along all three orthogonal axes. Similar off-axis components were found with the flight unit.

  7. Low-friction coatings for air bearings in fuel cell air compressors

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    Ajayi, O. O.; Fenske, G. R.; Erdemir, A.; Woodford, J.; Sitts, J.; Elshot, K.; Griffey, K.

    2000-01-06

    In an effort to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, hybrid vehicles incorporating fuel cell systems are being developed by automotive manufacturers, their suppliers, federal agencies (specifically, the US Department of Energy) and national laboratories. The fuel cell system will require an air management subsystem that includes a compressor/expander. Certain components in the compressor will require innovative lubrication technology in order to reduce parasitic energy losses and improve their reliability and durability. One such component is the air bearing for air turbocompressors designed and fabricated by Meruit, Inc. Argonne National Laboratory recently developed a carbon-based coating with low friction and wear attributes; this near-frictionless-carbon (NFC) coating is a potential candidate for use in turbocompressor air bearings. The authors present here an evaluation of the Argonne coating for air compressor thrust bearings. With two parallel 440C stainless steel discs in unidirectional sliding contact, the NFC reduced the frictional force four times and the wear rate by more than two orders of magnitude. Wear mechanism on the uncoated surface involved oxidation and production of iron oxide debris. Wear occurred on the coated surfaces primarily by a polishing mechanism.

  8. Mechanical Initiation and Propagation Mechanism of a Thrust Fault: A Case Study of the Yima Section of the Xiashi-Yima Thrust (North Side of the Eastern Qinling Orogen, China)

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    Cai, Wu; Dou, Linming; Li, Zhenlei; He, Jiang; He, Hu; Ding, Yanlu

    2015-09-01

    Thrust faults exist extensively in nature, and their activities often cause earthquakes and disasters involving underground engineering, such as the May 12, 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake; the April 20, 2013 Ya'an Earthquake; and the Nov. 3, 2011 Yima Qianqiu Coal-Mining Accident in China. In this paper, the initiation and propagation of a thrust are discussed from a mechanical viewpoint using fault mechanics and fault-slip analysis, taking as an example the Yima section of the Xiashi-Yima thrust (north side of the eastern Qinling Orogen, China). The research primarily focuses on the stress field and the formation trajectory of the thrust and the genesis of the large-scale inversion thrust sheet. The results show that the thrust results from failures in the compressive deformation state and that its stress state is entirely compressive shear. The rupture trajectory of the thrust develops upward, and the fault fracture zone forms similarly to a listric fault, up-narrow and down-wide. The model results and the genesis of the large-scale inversion thrust sheet are consistent with in situ exploration observations. This investigation can be extended to other thrust faults with similar characteristics, particularly for the design of mining operations in tectonic-active areas. Moreover, this research can be used to further study the mechanism of thrust faults and provide support for the feasibility of using fault-slip analysis to assess fault stability.

  9. Two High-Temperature Foil Journal Bearings

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    Zak, Michail

    2006-01-01

    An enlarged, high-temperature-compliant foil bearing has been built and tested to demonstrate the feasibility of such bearings for use in aircraft gas turbine engines. Foil bearings are attractive for use in some machines in which (1) speeds of rotation, temperatures, or both exceed maximum allowable values for rolling-element bearings; (2) conventional lubricants decompose at high operating temperatures; and/or (3) it is necessary or desirable not to rely on conventional lubrication systems. In a foil bearing, the lubricant is the working fluid (e.g., air or a mixture of combustion gases) in the space between the journal and the shaft in the machine in which the bearing is installed.

  10. Are organohalogen contaminants a bears (Ursus maritimus)?

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    Sonne, Christian; Dietz, Rune; Leifsson, PS; Born, EW; Kirkegaard, M; Letcher, RJ; Muir, DC; Riget, FE; Hyldstrup, Lars

    2006-01-01

    Tissues of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) from East Greenland contain the highest concentrations of organohalogen contaminants (OHCs) among subpopulations of any mammalian species in the Arctic. Negative associations also have been found between OHC concentrations and bone mineral density and liver histology parameters for this subpopulation of polar bears. The present study examined the OHC concentrations and adverse effects on renal tissue for 75 polar bears collected during 1999 to 2002. Speci...

  11. Nonlinear Dynamic Response of Compliant Journal Bearings

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    Glavatskih S.; Cha M.

    2012-01-01

    This paper investigates the dynamic response of the compliant tilting pad journal bearings subjected to synchronous excitation. Bearing compliance is affected by the properties of pad liner and pad support geometry. Different unbalance eccentricities are considered. It is shown that bearing dynamic response is non-linear. Journal orbit complexity increases with pad compliance though the orbit amplitudes are marginally affected at low loads. At high loads, the journal is forced to operate outs...

  12. Performance characteristics of two multiaxis thrust-vectoring nozzles at Mach numbers up to 1.28

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    Wing, David J.; Capone, Francis J.

    1993-01-01

    The thrust-vectoring axisymmetric (VA) nozzle and a spherical convergent flap (SCF) thrust-vectoring nozzle were tested along with a baseline nonvectoring axisymmetric (NVA) nozzle in the Langley 16-Foot Transonic Tunnel at Mach numbers from 0 to 1.28 and nozzle pressure ratios from 1 to 8. Test parameters included geometric yaw vector angle and unvectored divergent flap length. No pitch vectoring was studied. Nozzle drag, thrust minus drag, yaw thrust vector angle, discharge coefficient, and static thrust performance were measured and analyzed, as well as external static pressure distributions. The NVA nozzle and the VA nozzle displayed higher static thrust performance than the SCF nozzle throughout the nozzle pressure ratio (NPR) range tested. The NVA nozzle had higher overall thrust minus drag than the other nozzles throughout the NPR and Mach number ranges tested. The SCF nozzle had the lowest jet-on nozzle drag of the three nozzles throughout the test conditions. The SCF nozzle provided yaw thrust angles that were equal to the geometric angle and constant with NPR. The VA nozzle achieved yaw thrust vector angles that were significantly higher than the geometric angle but not constant with NPR. Nozzle drag generally increased with increases in thrust vectoring for all the nozzles tested.

  13. R+D works for the further development of high temperature reactors. (1) Captive bearing experiments for active magnetic bearings. (2) Captive bearing test for HTR blowers

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    When using active magnetic bearings as blower shaft bearings, blower motors and bearings must be protected against mechanical damage in case of faults (example: total electrical supply failure due to the supply cables breaking). So-called captive bearings are provided, in order to be able to shut the blowers down safely in such faults. These captive bearings are roller bearings which are additionally fitted in the area of the blower shaft bearings, to prevent mechanical contact between the blower rotor and stator. As there was little experience available for the given boundary conditions, such as - speed, - acceleration, - bearing load, - bearing dimensions, - ambient conditions, appropriate development and tests had to be carried out. It was important to determine suitable captive bearings and the necessary ambient conditions, which will make it possible to support the failures of the magnetic bearings to be expected in 40 years' operation of the reactor without damage and to meet the requirements of the captive bearings. (orig./GL)

  14. Dutch climate policy. Main thrust, background and basic choices

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    In 1994, the Dutch government signed bilateral Sustainable Development Agreements (SDA) with the governments of Bhutan, Benin and Costa Rica. These agreements, based on reciprocity, equality and participation, have been designed with the aim of developing new forms of North-South cooperation. One of the projects being implemented under the terms of the agreements is a workshop on Dutch climate policy, to be organised by the four SDA partners. The aim of the workshop is to transfer Dutch policy background and at the same time spur critical debate. The present document is to serve as the basic discussion paper at the workshop. The aim of this paper is to describe the main thrust and background of Dutch climate policy and its implicit basic choices. It is these choices that ultimately determine the terms of such a policy and provide the most relevant starting point for a critical dialogue. The information in this paper is based on related government policy documents and the sources on which these are based. The central focus of this paper is climate policy in the Netherlands. It is obviously not Dutch society as a whole that is participating in international discussions or putting policy into place, but the Dutch government, as its representative. It may well be the case that adequate public support exists for reducing the risks of climate change, but that such support is lacking when it comes to the concrete policy measures deemed necessary by the government. Furthermore, Dutch citizens may engage in a variety of activities which are of influence on greenhouse gas emissions - e.g. buying certain consumer products - but which are difficult for the government to control, because of international trade agreements, for example. For the purposes of the workshop, though, we take it that the Dutch government, as the elected representative of the Dutch population and discussion partner of the SDA countries, can also be addressed when it comes to public support and activities of the populace on which the government can exert little or no influence. Second, opinions within Dutch society regarding appropriate climate policy are not homogeneous but diverse. There is wide range of opinions and interests - economic and ecological, among others - impacting in the public arena, and Dutch government policy is consequently the outcome of the balance existing at a particular moment in time. Alongside the perspective embodied in official Dutch policy and reviewed in this paper, then, there also exist other visions on climate policy and climate change in the Netherlands

  15. Long-term bearing wear tests of conventional journal bearings and development of hydrostatic bearings for the LOFT drag-disc turbine transducer

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    The details of a two-year development program concerning materials for use as turbine bearings in a pressurized water reactor environment are reported. Two types of bearings have been examined, both conventional journal bearings and hydrostatic bearings. The results of long-term bearing wear tests conducted at 590 K and 15.1 MPa in water are presented. The feasibility of using hydrostatic bearings for the same transducer is demonstrated

  16. Active thrusting within the Himalayan orogenic wedge in the Kashmir Himalayas

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    Gavillot, Y.

    2011-12-01

    Numerous lines of evidence indicate that significant distributed deformation occurs within the Himalayan fold-thrust belt. Active thrust faults lie as much as 100 km north of the active thrust front. Whereas geochemical and topographical data provide circumstantial evidence for internal deformation in Nepal, new mapping demonstrates that an active emergent thrust fault system extends stepwise from the Balakot-Bagh fault (source of the Mw 7.6 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan) more than 200 km to the southeast on the Riasi fault (RT). The RT with a fault length of ~70 km, is a ~50° northeast-dipping reverse fault system, which sits ~40 km north of the deformation front in the Kashmiri Himalaya of northwest India. Our mapping demonstrates that the Riasi thrust consists of two strands. The northern strand, Main Riasi thrust (MRT) strand, places Precambrian Sirban Limestone on folded unconsolidated (Pleistocene?) conglomerates. Undeformed younger alluvial deposits (Holocene?) overlyie the MRT, which implies no Holocene (?) surface rupture on this strand. To the south, the surface expression of the Riasi frontal thrust (RFT) includes a fault scarp and offset ~10 ka terrace deposits dated with 36CL depth profiles. OSL and 10Be depth profile dating indicate an age range between ~80 ka to ~30 ka for the Bidda terrace in the upper plate of the MRT, yielding estimates of long-term uplift rate of 5.0 ± 2.2 mm/yr, slip rate of 6.4 ± 2.9 mm/yr, and shortening rate of 4.1 ± 1.9mm/yr. Given a ~34 mm/yr India-Asia convergence rate in the NW Himalaya, our results indicate that internal deformation within the orogenic belt accounts for at least ~10% of the total India-Eurasia plate convergence, with remaining shortening absorbed mainly at the deformation front.

  17. Gearbox Reliability Collaborative Bearing Calibration

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    van Dam, J.

    2011-10-01

    NREL has initiated the Gearbox Reliability Collaborative (GRC) to investigate the root cause of the low wind turbine gearbox reliability. The GRC follows a multi-pronged approach based on a collaborative of manufacturers, owners, researchers and consultants. The project combines analysis, field testing, dynamometer testing, condition monitoring, and the development and population of a gearbox failure database. At the core of the project are two 750kW gearboxes that have been redesigned and rebuilt so that they are representative of the multi-megawatt gearbox topology currently used in the industry. These gearboxes are heavily instrumented and are tested in the field and on the dynamometer. This report discusses the bearing calibrations of the gearboxes.

  18. Journal bearing performance and metrology issues

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    S. Sharma

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this paper, a radial clearance of a journal bearings and the metrology of the radial clearance measurement is described.Design/methodology/approach: In this experimental study out-of-roundness and radial clearance of journal bearings were measured with high precision and the impact of their metrology was examined on the specific oil film thickness of the bearing. Some metrological issues were emerged and these should be taken into account when bearings are designed.Findings: An investigation showed that the radial clearance measurements can vary from one measuring device to another and the specified clearance may not necessarily meet the design criteria of specific oil film thickness. The study indicates that the radial clearance measurement can differ from one measuring device to another depending upon the precision that can be achieved by the device. The radius of the bearing or the shaft also varies along the circumference, mainly due to out-of-roundness. The out-of-roundness contributes to the error in radial clearance measurement and hence similar to the cut off length specified with the surface roughness, the out-of-roundness needs to be specified with the radial clearance.Practical implications: The radial clearance of a journal bearing is a key design parameter and bearing performance mainly depends upon this parameter. In this paper was showed that the metrology of the radial clearance measurement plays a significant role and not only that the bearing manufacturer or the user of the bearing is aware of this fact but the bearing designer must also take this fact into account while designing bearingsOriginality/value: This paper showed that The radial clearance is a sensitive micro-geometry parameter and hence metrology plays a vital role in making decisions

  19. Undulating fins produce off-axis thrust and flow structures.

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    Neveln, Izaak D; Bale, Rahul; Bhalla, Amneet Pal Singh; Curet, Oscar M; Patankar, Neelesh A; MacIver, Malcolm A

    2014-01-15

    While wake structures of many forms of swimming and flying are well characterized, the wake generated by a freely swimming undulating fin has not yet been analyzed. These elongated fins allow fish to achieve enhanced agility exemplified by the forward, backward and vertical swimming capabilities of knifefish, and also have potential applications in the design of more maneuverable underwater vehicles. We present the flow structure of an undulating robotic fin model using particle image velocimetry to measure fluid velocity fields in the wake. We supplement the experimental robotic work with high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics, simulating the hydrodynamics of both a virtual fish, whose fin kinematics and fin plus body morphology are measured from a freely swimming knifefish, and a virtual rendering of our robot. Our results indicate that a series of linked vortex tubes is shed off the long edge of the fin as the undulatory wave travels lengthwise along the fin. A jet at an oblique angle to the fin is associated with the successive vortex tubes, propelling the fish forward. The vortex structure bears similarity to the linked vortex ring structure trailing the oscillating caudal fin of a carangiform swimmer, though the vortex rings are distorted because of the undulatory kinematics of the elongated fin. PMID:24072799

  20. Can polar bear hairs absorb environmental energy?

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    He Ji-Huan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A polar bear (Ursus maritimus has superior ability to survive in harsh Arctic regions, why does the animal have such an excellent thermal protection? The present paper finds that the unique labyrinth cavity structure of the polar bear hair plays an important role. The hair can not only prevent body temperature loss but can also absorb energy from the environment.

  1. Methods and systems for micro bearings

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    Stalford, Harold L

    2015-01-27

    A micro drive assembly may comprise a substrate, a micro shaft oriented in-plane with the substrate and at least one micro bearing to support rotation of the micro shaft. The micro shaft and micro bearing may be in or less than the micrometer domain.

  2. Air-Bearing Table for Machine Shops

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    Ambrisco, D.

    1986-01-01

    Frequent workpiece repositioning made easier. Air-bearing table facilitates movement of heavy workpiece during machining or between repeated operations at different positions. Table assembly consists of workpiece supporting fixture riding on air bearing. Table especially useful for inertia welding, in which ease of mobility is important.

  3. Precision instrumentation for rolling element bearing characterization.

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    Marsh, Eric R; Vigliano, Vincent C; Weiss, Jeffrey R; Moerlein, Alex W; Vallance, R Ryan

    2007-03-01

    This article describes an instrument to measure the error motion of rolling element bearings. This challenge is met by simultaneously satisfying four requirements. First, an axial preload must be applied to seat the rolling elements in the bearing races. Second, one of the races must spin under the influence of an applied torque. Third, rotation of the remaining race must be prevented in a way that leaves the radial, axial/face, and tilt displacements free to move. Finally, the bearing must be fixtured and measured without introducing off-axis loading or other distorting influences. In the design presented here, an air bearing reference spindle with error motion of less than 10 nm rotates the inner race of the bearing under test. Noninfluencing couplings are used to prevent rotation of the bearing outer race and apply an axial preload without distorting the bearing or influencing the measurement. Capacitive displacement sensors with 2 nm resolution target the nonrotating outer race. The error motion measurement repeatability is shown to be less than 25 nm. The article closes with a discussion of how the instrument may be used to gather data with sufficient resolution to accurately estimate the contact angle of deep groove ball bearings. PMID:17411223

  4. Precision instrumentation for rolling element bearing characterization

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    This article describes an instrument to measure the error motion of rolling element bearings. This challenge is met by simultaneously satisfying four requirements. First, an axial preload must be applied to seat the rolling elements in the bearing races. Second, one of the races must spin under the influence of an applied torque. Third, rotation of the remaining race must be prevented in a way that leaves the radial, axial/face, and tilt displacements free to move. Finally, the bearing must be fixtured and measured without introducing off-axis loading or other distorting influences. In the design presented here, an air bearing reference spindle with error motion of less than 10 nm rotates the inner race of the bearing under test. Noninfluencing couplings are used to prevent rotation of the bearing outer race and apply an axial preload without distorting the bearing or influencing the measurement. Capacitive displacement sensors with 2 nm resolution target the nonrotating outer race. The error motion measurement repeatability is shown to be less than 25 nm. The article closes with a discussion of how the instrument may be used to gather data with sufficient resolution to accurately estimate the contact angle of deep groove ball bearings

  5. Relationships between basin architecture, basin closure, and occurrence of sulphide-bearing schists: an example from Tampere Schist Belt, Finland

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    Kalliomäki, Henrik; Torvela, Taija

    The Tampere Schist Belt (TSB) in southern Finland is a c. 1.92-1.88 Ga volcano-sedimentary basin that underwent inversion and closure between c. 1.89-1.88 Ga. We present field observations from the Tampere palaeobasin, where the primary structures have been exceptionally well preserved. The TSB, therefore, offers an excellent opportunity to examine the volcano-sedimentary evolution of an ancient marginal basin, and the mechanics of and strain distribution during its subsequent closure. The aim of this study is to investigate the structural development and the architecture of a part of the TSB in more detail, including the relationships between the volcano-sedimentary sequences, the tectonic structures, and the sulphide-bearing schist horizons. Important insights are gained into understanding the mechanisms of the basin closure and the localisation of the sulphide mineralisation within the basin. We use the observations to construct a new conceptual tectonic model for the closure of the southeastern margin of the Tampere basin. The observed volcano-sedimentary and structural features suggest a change in the local structural style from thick-skinned inversion to thin-skinned thrusting, in order to accommodate the crustal shortening during basin closure. Furthermore, it is suggested that there is a genetic relationship between the interpreted palaeothrusts and the sulphide-bearing schist horizons in the study area: early, gently dipping thrusts acted as both channels and traps for the mineralising fluids that possibly sourced either locally or from relatively shallow depths from the base of the basin infill. The continued compression caused a subsequent rotation of the thrusts into their present subvertical position.

  6. Engineering Research and Development and Technology thrust area report FY92

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    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the technical staff and the technology needed to support current and future LLNL programs. To accomplish this mission, the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program has two important goals: (1) to identify key technologies and (2) to conduct high-quality work to enhance our capabilities in these key technologies. To help focus our efforts, we identify technology thrust areas and select technical leaders for each area. The thrust areas are integrated engineering activities and, rather than being based on individual disciplines, they are staffed by personnel from Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and other LLNL organizations, as appropriate. The thrust area leaders are expected to establish strong links to LLNL program leaders and to industry; to use outside and inside experts to review the quality and direction of the work; to use university contacts to supplement and complement their efforts; and to be certain that we are not duplicating the work of others. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes activities conducted within the Program for the fiscal year 1992. Its intent is to provide timely summaries of objectives, theories, methods, and results. The nine thrust areas for this fiscal year are: Computational Electronics and Electromagnetics; Computational Mechanics; Diagnostics and Microelectronics; Emerging Technologies; Fabrication Technology; Materials Science and Engineering; Microwave and Pulsed Power; Nondestructive Evaluation; and Remote Sensing and Imaging, and Signal Engineering

  7. Deep-seated thrust faults bound the Mare Crisium lunar mascon

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    Byrne, Paul K.; Klimczak, Christian; McGovern, Patrick J.; Mazarico, Erwan; James, Peter B.; Neumann, Gregory A.; Zuber, Maria T.; Solomon, Sean C.

    2015-10-01

    Mare Crisium is composed of a set of volcanic deposits situated in an impact basin on the Moon's near side. The topography of the mare is dominated by an annulus of elevated topography, the inner edge of which is delineated by basin-concentric wrinkle ridges. From a combination of remotely sensed image and topographic data and numerical modeling, we show that the thrust faults that underlie these ridges penetrate up to 20 km in depth, considerably below the base of the mare deposits themselves. Thrust faults of this scale have not heretofore been recognized on the Moon. Mare Crisium sits above a region of uplifted mantle, which contributes to a mass excess beneath the basin, and we demonstrate by comparison with free-air gravity anomaly and derived crustal thickness data for Crisium that the thrust faults structurally bound this elevated mantle material. By means of finite-element models of stresses induced by lithospheric loading within the basin, we argue that the deep-seated thrusts may have been localized by the boundary between the superisostatic mantle material and a sub-isostatic collar of thickened crust that resulted from basin formation and modification shortly after impact. Importantly, numerous other mare-filled mascon basins on the Moon share the same topographic and tectonic characteristics as Crisium, suggesting that they, too, are underlain by deep-seated thrust faults that formed in a similar manner.

  8. Engineering Research and Development and Technology thrust area report FY92

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    Langland, R.T.; Minichino, C. [eds.

    1993-03-01

    The mission of the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is to develop the technical staff and the technology needed to support current and future LLNL programs. To accomplish this mission, the Engineering Research, Development, and Technology Program has two important goals: (1) to identify key technologies and (2) to conduct high-quality work to enhance our capabilities in these key technologies. To help focus our efforts, we identify technology thrust areas and select technical leaders for each area. The thrust areas are integrated engineering activities and, rather than being based on individual disciplines, they are staffed by personnel from Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and other LLNL organizations, as appropriate. The thrust area leaders are expected to establish strong links to LLNL program leaders and to industry; to use outside and inside experts to review the quality and direction of the work; to use university contacts to supplement and complement their efforts; and to be certain that we are not duplicating the work of others. This annual report, organized by thrust area, describes activities conducted within the Program for the fiscal year 1992. Its intent is to provide timely summaries of objectives, theories, methods, and results. The nine thrust areas for this fiscal year are: Computational Electronics and Electromagnetics; Computational Mechanics; Diagnostics and Microelectronics; Emerging Technologies; Fabrication Technology; Materials Science and Engineering; Microwave and Pulsed Power; Nondestructive Evaluation; and Remote Sensing and Imaging, and Signal Engineering.

  9. Thrust-induced consanguinity in diverse genetic types of uranium deposits: North American and other examples

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    In comparison with the genesis of most mineral deposits, the tandem of source, transport, and precipitation has been given particular attention in the study of uranium metallogeny. Of these, transport is the member which has seen perhaps only a one-sided scrutiny. In the past, research has focused on the physico-chemical aspects of the fluids, with the structural environments through which the fluids advance remaining less specified. It is the tectonics s.1. which provides the link between the metal sources and the eventual area of precipitation. This paper centers on thrusts as a particularly important type of structural deformation. The combinations of differing permeabilities and varying fluids contents and compositions within the thrust-bound blocks with specific types of thermal gradients have led to increased anisotropy and triggering of the formation of localized hydrothermal cells. Sources of various kinds, variable lithologies, differing stratigraphies and distinct metamorphic grade could all be involved within the thrust domain. Obviously, these diverse environments produce or substantially contribute to the contrasting and numerous ''genetic'' types of uranium deposits: conglomeratic, albitite, unconformity, intra- and peribatholitic, etc. The differing genetic types of deposits might be seen as converging to some degree through the involvement of more universal processes, as for example by a unifying metallotect: the thrust. Thrusts, therefore represent particular controlling structures and targets (s.1.) in uranium exploration. (author). 49 refs, 2 figs

  10. Nonlinear Dynamic Response of Compliant Journal Bearings

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    Glavatskih S.

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the dynamic response of the compliant tilting pad journal bearings subjected to synchronous excitation. Bearing compliance is affected by the properties of pad liner and pad support geometry. Different unbalance eccentricities are considered. It is shown that bearing dynamic response is non-linear. Journal orbit complexity increases with pad compliance though the orbit amplitudes are marginally affected at low loads. At high loads, the journal is forced to operate outside the bearing clearance. The polymer liner reduces the maximum oil film pressure by a factor of 2 when compared to the white metal liner. The nonlinear dynamic response of compliant tilting pad journal bearings is thoroughly discussed.

  11. The Effect of High Concentration Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate on Thrust and Specific Impulse of a Hybrid Rocket

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    Tilahun, Dagim; Wright, A.; Foley, P.; Reason, M.

    2001-04-01

    A thrust and impulse study of the hybrid rocket fuel additive, Guanidinium Azo-Tetrazolate (GAT), was conducted at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Hybrid Rocket Facility. GAT is an organic salt with a high percentage of nitrogen. GAT was mixed with the standard hybrid rocket fuel, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), in concentrations of 15% and 25%, by mass. The fuel grains with the GAT additive were fired for 4 second runs with oxygen flows of 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, and 0.10 lbm/sec. For each run, average thrust, standard deviation of thrust, total impulse, and specific impulse were measured. Average thrust, standard deviation of thrust, specific impulse and total impulse vs. oxygen flow were plotted. Similar data was collected for plain HTPB/PAPI fuels for comparison. GAT is found to increase the thrust output when added to the standard hybrid rocket fuel, HTPB. 25% GAT fuel produced approximately the same thrust as the 15% GAT fuel. Specific impulse was slightly lower with both 15% and 25% GAT fuels. Standard Deviation of thrust was used as a crude measure of amplitude of oscillations during combustion. GAT-added fuels showed a limited decrease in thrust oscillation amplitude.

  12. Resistive thrust production can be as crucial as added mass mechanisms for inertial undulatory swimmers

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    Piñeirua, Miguel; Thiria, Benjamin

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    In this paper, we address a crucial point regarding the description of moderate to high Reynolds numbers aquatic swimmers. For decades, swimming animals have been classified in two different families of propulsive mechanisms based on the Reynolds number: the "resistive" swimmers, using local friction to produce the necessary thrust force for locomotion at low Reynolds number and the "reactive" swimmers, lying in the high Reynolds range, and using added mass acceleration (described by perfect fluid theory). However, inertial swimmers are also systems that dissipate energy, due to their finite size, therefore involving strong resistive contributions, even for high Reynolds numbers. Using a complete model for the hydrodynamic forces, involving both reactive and resistive contributions, we revisit here the physical mechanisms responsible for the thrust production of such swimmers. We show, for instance, that the resistive part of the force balance is as crucial as added mass effects in the modeling of the thrust ...

  13. Magnetic Thrust Chamber Propulsion System for Controlling Laser-Produced Plasma by Magnetic Fields

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    Maeno, Akihiro; Hanaya, Tomonari; Nakashima, Hideki; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Sunahara, Atsushi; Johzaki, Tomoyuki; Mori, Yoshitaka

    Laser Fusion Rocket (LFR) is an advanced propulsion system that converts Inertial Fusion Energy into thrust energy in Magnetic Thrust Chamber. We study this system through numerical simulation and laser-produced plasma experiment at Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) facility of Institute of Laser Engineering (ILE), Osaka University. We conducted experiments at that facility that has single-beam Nd:YAG laser (the maximum energy 2 J). We observed polystyrene plasma distribution in magnetic field of neodymium permanent magnet. The results of those experiments show that the laser-produced plasma was redirected by magnetic field. In the future, we plan to measure Impulse bit with a thrust stand at GEKKO-XII facility of ILE that has 12-beam glass laser (the maximum energy 6 kJ).

  14. Torsional spring is the optimal flexibility arrangement for thrust production of a flapping wing

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    Moore, M. Nicholas J.

    2015-09-01

    While it is understood that flexibility can improve the propulsive performance of flapping wings and fins, the flexibility distribution leading to optimal performance has not been explored. Using 2D small-amplitude theory and a fast Chebyshev method, we examine how thrust depends on the chord-wise distribution of wing stiffness. Through numerical optimization, we find that focusing flexibility at the wing's front, e.g., through a torsional spring, maximizes thrust. A wing with an optimally chosen spring constant typically generates 36% more thrust than a wing of optimal uniform stiffness. These results may relate to material distributions found in nature, such as insect wings, and may apply to the design of biomimetic swimmers and flyers, such as ornithopters.

  15. Analytical investigation of two hydrogen-oxygen rocket engine systems for low-thrust application

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    Scheer, D. D.

    1980-01-01

    Two hydrogen-oxygen rocket engine system concepts were analyzed parametrically over a thrust range from 100 to 1000 pounds and a chamber pressure range from 175 to 1000 psia. Both concepts were regeneratively cooled with hydrogen and were pump-fed by electric motor driven positive displacement pumps. Electric power was provided by either a turboalternator (turboalternator concept) or some means external to the engine system (auxiliary power concept). The computer program used to conduct the analyses along with the design characteristics of the major engine system components are briefly described. The feasible design range of the systems over the parametric range of thrust is discussed in terms of allowable chamber pressure considering the constraints of thrust chamber cooling and cycle power. Engine system estimated performance, mass, and dimensional envelope parametric data within the feasible design range are presented.

  16. Reliability assessment of thrust chamber cooling concepts using probabilistic analysis techniques

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    Rapp, Douglas C.

    1993-01-01

    The reliability of OFHC (Oxygen Free High Conductivity) copper and NARloy-Z thrust chambers is assessed by applying probabilistic structural analysis techniques to incorporate design parameter variability and uncertainty. Thrust chambers specifically evaluated are the cylindrical test fixtures employed in a plug-nozzle configuration at the NASA Lewis Research Center. Direct sampling Monte Carlo simulations based on a simplified life prediction methodology established probability densities of firing cycles to structural failure. Simulated cyclic lives demonstrated modest agreement to experiment. Similarly, regions of high structural failure probability were determined using a limit state approach employing calculated cumulative distribution functions for effective stress response and an assumed material strength distribution. A probability of failure of 0.012 was calculated at the center of the coolant channel hot-gas-side wall for an OFHC milled channel. Structural response was found to be sensitive to the uncertainties in the thrust chamber thermal environment and the material's thermal expansion coefficient.

  17. Thrust efficiency optimization of the pulsed plasma thruster SIMP-LEX

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    Nawaz, Anuscheh; Albertoni, Riccardo; Auweter-Kurtz, Monika

    2010-08-01

    The effect of electric parameters on the thrust efficiency of an ablative pulsed plasma thruster was studied. Analytically, it was shown that a higher efficiency can be obtained by increasing energy of a bank of capacitors. This can be achieved by changing the inductance per distance of the plasma sheet, or reducing the resistance of the circuit and the mass bit. Further, an optimum discharge time was found when the capacitance and the inductance were varied. A low initial inductance increases the thrust efficiency. Experimentally, these trends can be verified by comparing two thrusters: SIMP-LEX and ADD SIMP-LEX, with their different initial inductances. For ADD SIMP-LEX, the optimal thrust efficiency for different capacities was determined to be 31% at 60?F for a 17 J configuration.

  18. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES THRUST AREA, OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL: ANNUAL REPORT 2005

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    The purpose of the Advanced Technologies Thrust (ATT) is to: (1) identify/develop technologies and processes; (2) reduce the cost of proposed repository development, construction, and operation with the application of these new technologies and processes; and (3) provide the data necessary to demonstrate feasibility of new technologies and processes. Fiscal Year 2005 was the inaugural year for this thrust. Several of the projects were already under way when this thrust team was formed; however, it was not until this year that a focused approach to managing these projects was established. The nine projects supporting the initiatives listed below are described: (1) The Evaluation of Improved Waste Package Materials and Fabrication Processes; (2) Advanced Approaches for Improved Waste Package Closure Welds; (3) Advanced Tunneling Technology; and (4) Improved Understanding of Extreme Ground Motions Predicted Using Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis

  19. Optimal trajectories for spacecraft with low electric-jet thrust in mission to asteroid Apophis

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    Ivashkin, V. V.; Krylov, I. V.

    2012-07-01

    There is considered the problem of space flights to the asteroid Apophis. We analyze the flight scheme, which includes the geocentric stage, when a spacecraft with a high-thrust engine is accelerated; the heliocentric stage, in which the spacecraft moves using a low-thrust engine; and, finally, the deceleration stage, when the spacecraft becomes an artificial satellite orbiting the asteroid. We solve the problem of optimal control for the ideal and piecewise-constant low thrust, as well as determine the optimal value and direction of the hyperbolic velocity at "infinity" achieved by the spacecraft when it leaves the Earth sphere of influence. There is defined the set of space trajectories for a wide range of start dates and various flight durations using a complex method of optimization. We estimate the final mass of the spacecraft and the mass of the payload that can be delivered to the asteroid using the Soyuz-Fregat launcher.

  20. Exhumation of the southern Pyrenean fold-thrust belt (Spain) from orogenic growth to decay

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    Rushlow, Caitlin R.; Barnes, Jason B.; Ehlers, Todd A.; Vergés, Jaume

    2013-07-01

    The deformation and exhumation history of an orogen reflects the interactions between tectonic and surface processes. We investigate orogenic wedge deformation, erosion, and sedimentation in the Pyrenees by (a) quantifying the spatiotemporal patterns of exhumation across the southern fold-thrust belt (FTB) with bedrock apatite fission track (AFT) thermochronology and (b) comparing the results with existing deformation, exhumation, and sedimentation chronologies. Eighteen new samples record exhumation during and after orogenesis between 90 and 10 Ma. Rocks from the range core (Axial Zone) record rapid exhumation that progresses east to west and north to south, consistent with patterns of tectonically driven uplift. Synorogenic sediments shed into piggyback basins on the southern fold-thrust belt during mountain building retain a detrital exhumation signal from the Axial Zone. In contrast, samples from other structural positions record exhumation of the thin-skinned Pyrenean thrust sheets, suggesting sediment burial and heating of sufficient magnitudes to reset the AFT system (>~3 km). In some locations, exhumation of these fold-thrust structures is likely an erosional response to thrust-driven rock uplift. We identify an exhumation phase ~25-20 Ma that occurs along the central and eastern Spanish Pyrenees at the boundary between thick- and thin-skinned portions of the wedge. We suggest that this distributed exhumation event records (a) a taper response in the southern orogenic wedge to sediment loading and/or (b) a shift to wetter, stormier climate conditions following convergence-driven uplift and full topographic development. A final exhumation phase between ~20 and 10 Ma may record the excavation of the southern fold-thrust system following base level lowering in the Ebro Basin.

  1. Late Miocene northward propagation of the northeast Pamir thrust system, northwest China

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    Thompson, Jessica A.; Burbank, Douglas W.; Li, Tao; Chen, Jie; Bookhagen, Bodo

    2015-03-01

    Piggyback basins on the margins of growing orogens commonly serve as sensitive recorders of the onset of thrust deformation and changes in source areas. The Bieertuokuoyi piggyback basin, located in the hanging wall of the Pamir Frontal Thrust, provides an unambiguous record of the outward growth of the northeast Pamir margin in northwest China from the Miocene through the Quaternary. To reconstruct the deformation along the margin, we synthesized structural mapping, stratigraphy, magnetostratigraphy, and cosmogenic burial dating of basin fill and growth strata. The Bieertuokuoyi basin records the initiation of the Pamir Frontal Thrust and the Takegai Thrust ~5-6 Ma, as well as clast provenance and paleocurrent changes resulting from the Pliocene-to-Recent uplift and exhumation of the Pamir to the south. Our results show that coeval deformation was accommodated on the major structures on the northeast Pamir margin throughout the Miocene to Recent. Furthermore, our data support a change in the regional kinematics around the Miocene-Pliocene boundary (~5-6 Ma). Rapid exhumation of NE Pamir extensional domes, coupled with cessation of the Kashgar-Yecheng Transfer System on the eastern margin of the Pamir, accelerated the outward propagation of the northeastern Pamir margin and the southward propagation of the Kashi-Atushi fold-and-thrust belt in the southern Tian Shan. This coeval deformation signifies the coupling of the Pamir and Tarim blocks and the transfer of shortening north to the Pamir frontal faults and across the quasi-rigid Tarim Basin to the southern Tian Shan Kashi-Atushi fold-and-thrust system.

  2. Changes in illite crystallinity within an ancient tectonic boundary thrust caused by thermal, mechanical, and hydrothermal effects: an example from the Nobeoka Thrust, southwest Japan

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    Fukuchi, Rina; Fujimoto, Koichiro; Kameda, Jun; Hamahashi, Mari; Yamaguchi, Asuka; Kimura, Gaku; Hamada, Yohei; Hashimoto, Yoshitaka; Kitamura, Yujin; Saito, Saneatsu

    2014-12-01

    Illite crystallinity (IC), the full width at half maximum of the illite (001) peak in clay-fraction X-ray diffraction (XRD), is a common geothermometer widely applied to various tectonic settings. Paleotemperature estimation using IC presents methodological ambiguity because IC is not only affected by background temperature but also by mechanical, hydrothermal, and surface weathering effects. To clarify the influences of these effects on IC in the fault zone, we analyzed the IC and the illite 001 peak intensity of continuous borehole core samples from the Nobeoka Thrust, a fossilized tectonic boundary thrust in the Shimanto Belt, the Cretaceous-Paleogene Shimanto accretionary complex in southwest Japan. We also carried out grinding experiments on borehole core samples and sericite standard samples as starting materials and investigated the effect of mechanical comminution on the IC and illite peak intensity of the experimental products. We observed the following: (1) the paleotemperatures of the hanging wall and footwall of the Nobeoka Thrust are estimated to be 288°C to 299°C and 198°C to 249°C, respectively, which are approximately 20°C to 30°C lower than their previously reported temperatures estimated by vitrinite reflectance; (2) the fault core of the Nobeoka Thrust does not exhibit IC decrease; (3) the correlation of IC and illite peak intensity in the hanging wall damage zone were well reproduced by the grinding experiment, suggesting that the effect of mechanical comminution increases toward the fault core and; (4) the abrupt increase in IC value accompanied by high illite peak intensity is explained by hydrothermal alterations including plagioclase breakdown and the formation of white micas. Our results indicate that IC has potential for quantifying the effects of mechanical comminution and hydrothermal alteration within a fault zone.

  3. Developmental Testing of Electric Thrust Vector Control Systems for Manned Launch Vehicle Applications

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    Bates, Lisa B.; Young, David T.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes recent developmental testing to verify the integration of a developmental electromechanical actuator (EMA) with high rate lithium ion batteries and a cross platform extensible controller. Testing was performed at the Thrust Vector Control Research, Development and Qualification Laboratory at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. Electric Thrust Vector Control (ETVC) systems like the EMA may significantly reduce recurring launch costs and complexity compared to heritage systems. Electric actuator mechanisms and control requirements across dissimilar platforms are also discussed with a focus on the similarities leveraged and differences overcome by the cross platform extensible common controller architecture.

  4. Direct measurement of the impulse in a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket

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    Maeno, Akihiro; Yamamoto, Naoji; Nakashima, Hideki [Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Science, Kyushu University, 6-1 Kasuga-kouen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Fujioka, Shinsuke; Johzaki, Tomoyuki [Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, Suita, Osaka 565-087 (Japan); Mori, Yoshitaka [Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 431-1202 (Japan); Sunahara, Atsushi [Institute for Laser Technology, Suita, Osaka 565-087 (Japan)

    2011-08-15

    An experiment is conducted to measure an impulse for demonstrating a magnetic thrust chamber system for laser fusion rocket. The impulse is produced by the interaction between plasma and magnetic field. In the experiment, the system consists of plasma and neodymium permanent magnets. The plasma is created by a single-beam laser aiming at a polystyrene spherical target. The impulse is 1.5 to 2.2 {mu}Ns by means of a pendulum thrust stand, when the laser energy is 0.7 J. Without magnetic field, the measured impulse is found to be zero. These results indicate that the system for generating impulse is working.

  5. Pyrolysis Caused Tail-Off Thrust in a Solid Rocket Motor: A Semi-Empirical Model

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    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge of tail-off thrust characteristics of solid rocket motors used for an upper stage of satellite launch 'Vehicle is essential for proper sequencing of stage separation. The phenomenon is highly complex and theoretical models accurately describing the tail-off thrust are not available. Only rough estimates can be made through ground testing. A semi-empirical model is derived by the authorsusing the Indian polar satellite launch vehicle (PSL V flight data and is used for fixing the time of stage separation. The model has been validated using data over an extended duration from another flight ofthe PSL V. The method adopted for modelling is described.

  6. Genomic sequencing of Pleistocene cave bears

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    Noonan, James P.; Hofreiter, Michael; Smith, Doug; Priest, JamesR.; Rohland, Nadin; Rabeder, Gernot; Krause, Johannes; Detter, J. Chris; Paabo, Svante; Rubin, Edward M.

    2005-04-01

    Despite the information content of genomic DNA, ancient DNA studies to date have largely been limited to amplification of mitochondrial DNA due to technical hurdles such as contamination and degradation of ancient DNAs. In this study, we describe two metagenomic libraries constructed using unamplified DNA extracted from the bones of two 40,000-year-old extinct cave bears. Analysis of {approx}1 Mb of sequence from each library showed that, despite significant microbial contamination, 5.8 percent and 1.1 percent of clones in the libraries contain cave bear inserts, yielding 26,861 bp of cave bear genome sequence. Alignment of this sequence to the dog genome, the closest sequenced genome to cave bear in terms of evolutionary distance, revealed roughly the expected ratio of cave bear exons, repeats and conserved noncoding sequences. Only 0.04 percent of all clones sequenced were derived from contamination with modern human DNA. Comparison of cave bear with orthologous sequences from several modern bear species revealed the evolutionary relationship of these lineages. Using the metagenomic approach described here, we have recovered substantial quantities of mammalian genomic sequence more than twice as old as any previously reported, establishing the feasibility of ancient DNA genomic sequencing programs.

  7. Past Performance analysis of HPOTP bearings

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    Bhat, B. N.; Dolan, F. J.

    1982-01-01

    The past performance analysis conducted on three High Pressure Oxygen Turbopump (HPOTP) bearings from the Space Shuttle Main Engine is presented. Metallurgical analysis of failed bearing balls and races, and wear track and crack configuration analyses were carried out. In addition, one bearing was tested in laboratory at very high axial loads. The results showed that the cracks were surface initiated and propagated into subsurface locations at relatively small angles. Subsurface cracks were much more extensive than was appeared on the surface. The location of major cracks in the races corresponded to high radial loads rather than high axial loads. There was evidence to suggest that the inner races were heated to elevated temperatures. A failure scenario was developed based on the above findings. According to this scenario the HPOTP bearings are heated by a combination of high loads and high coefficient of friction (poor lubrication). Different methods of extending the HPOTP bearing life are also discussed. These include reduction of axial loads, improvements in bearing design, lubrication and cooling, and use of improved bearing materials.

  8. Analysis of Hydrodynamic Journal Bearing Using Fluid Structure Interaction Approach

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    Dinesh Dhande1 , Dr D W Pande2 , Vikas Chatarkar

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    Hydrodynamic journal bearings are analyzed by using Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and fluid structure interaction (FSI) approach in order to find deformation of the bearing. Journal bearing models are developed for different speeds and eccentricity ratios to study the interaction between the fluid and elastic behaviour of the bearing. The nodal fluid forces computed by CFD are used in order to find deflection of the bearing. Cavitations in the bearing are neglected by setting all negativ...

  9. Bear bile: dilemma of traditional medicinal use and animal protection

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    Nagamatsu Tadashi; Tsao Sai-Wah; Ng Kwan-Ming; Wang Ning; Siu Kayu; Feng Yibin; Tong Yao

    2009-01-01

    Bear bile has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Modern investigations showed that it has a wide range of pharmacological actions with little toxicological side effect and the pure compounds have been used for curing hepatic and biliary disorders for decades. However, extensive consumption of bear bile made bears endangered species. In the 1980's, bear farming was established in China to extract bear bile from living bears with "Free-dripping Fistula Techn...

  10. Future Bearing Surfaces in Total Hip Arthroplasty

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    2014-01-01

    One of the most important issues in the modern total hip arthroplasty (THA) is the bearing surface. Extensive research on bearing surfaces is being conducted to seek an ideal bearing surface for THA. The ideal bearing surface for THA should have superior wear characteristics and should be durable, bio-inert, cost-effective, and easy to implant. However, bearing surfaces that are currently being implemented do not completely fulfill these requirements, especially for young individuals for whom implant longevity is paramount. Even though various new bearing surfaces have been investigated, research is still ongoing, and only short-term results have been reported from clinical trials. Future bearing surfaces can be developed in the following ways: (1) change in design, (2) further improvement of polyethylene, (3) surface modification of the metal, (4) improvement in the ceramic, and (5) use of alternative, new materials. One way to reduce wear and impingement in THA is to make changes in its design by using a large femoral head, a monobloc metal shell with preassembled ceramic liner, dual mobility cups, a combination of different bearing surfaces, etc. Polyethylene has improved over time with the development of highly crosslinked polyethylene. Further improvements can be made by reinforcing it with vitamin E or multiwalled carbon nanotubes and by performing a surface modification with a biomembrane. Surface modifications with titanium nitride or titanium niobium nitride are implemented to try to improve the metal bearings. The advance to the fourth generation ceramics has shown relatively promising results, even in young patients. Nevertheless, further improvement is required to reduce fragility and squeaking. Alternative materials like diamond coatings on surfaces, carbon based composite materials, oxidized zirconium, silicon nitride, and sapphire are being sought. However, long-term studies are necessary to confirm the efficacy of these surfaces after enhancements have been made with regard to fixation technique and implant quality. PMID:24605198

  11. On the Characteristics of Misaligned Journal Bearings

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    Joon Young Jang

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Journal bearing misalignment arise generally from the shaft deformation under load, deflection of the shaft, manufacturing and assembly errors, improper installation, and asymmetric loading. During operations, misalignment has a considerable effect on the static and dynamic performances. It could cause wear, vibration and even system failure. In this article, a literature review of misalignment of the journal bearings is presented. The basic theory for the misalignment and some results for the circular journal bearing are also presented to show the general trends of the misalignment.

  12. Rotor Vibration Reduction via Active Hybrid Bearings

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    Nicoletti, Rodrigo; Santos, Ilmar

    2002-01-01

    The use of fluid power to reduce and control rotor vibration in rotating machines is investigated. An active hybrid bearing is studied, whose main objective is to reduce wear and vibration between rotating and stationary machinery parts. By injecting pressurised oil into the oil film, through orifices machined in the bearing pads, one can alter the machine dynamic characteristics, thus enhancing its operational range. A mathematical model of the rotor-bearing system, as well as of the hydraulic system, is presented. Numerical results of the system frequency response show good agreement with experiment, and simulations show the feasibility of controlling shaft vibration through this active device.

  13. Compressor ported shroud for foil bearing cooling

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    Elpern, David G. (Los Angeles, CA); McCabe, Niall (Torrance, CA); Gee, Mark (South Pasadena, CA)

    2011-08-02

    A compressor ported shroud takes compressed air from the shroud of the compressor before it is completely compressed and delivers it to foil bearings. The compressed air has a lower pressure and temperature than compressed outlet air. The lower temperature of the air means that less air needs to be bled off from the compressor to cool the foil bearings. This increases the overall system efficiency due to the reduced mass flow requirements of the lower temperature air. By taking the air at a lower pressure, less work is lost compressing the bearing cooling air.

  14. Single axis controlled attraction type magnetic bearing

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    O., Horikawa; I. da, Silva.

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new type of magnetic bearing with active control only in axial direction. The bearing uses two pairs of permanent magnets working in attraction mode to restrict the radial motion and a control system composed of two electromagnets, a gap sensor and a controller to keep the axis [...] in a fixed axial position. The principle, the dynamic model for axial motion and the control system for this bearing are presented. Finally, by experiments conducted in a prototype, the effectiveness of the presented concept is shown.

  15. Hydrostatic, aerostatic and hybrid bearing design

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    Rowe, W Brian

    2012-01-01

    Solve your bearing design problems with step-by-step procedures and hard-won performance data from a leading expert and consultant Compiled for ease of use in practical design scenarios, Hydrostatic, Aerostatic and Hybrid Bearing Design provides the basic principles, design procedures and data you need to create the right bearing solution for your requirements. In this valuable reference and design companion, author and expert W. Brian Rowe shares the hard-won lessons and figures from a lifetime's research and consultancy experience. Coverage includes: Clear e

  16. Microeconomic analysis of military aircraft bearing restoration

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    Hein, G. F.

    1976-01-01

    The risk and cost of a bearing restoration by grinding program was analyzed. A microeconomic impact analysis was performed. The annual cost savings to U.S. Army aviation is approximately $950,000.00 for three engines and three transmissions. The capital value over an indefinite life is approximately ten million dollars. The annual cost savings for U.S. Air Force engines is approximately $313,000.00 with a capital value of approximately 3.1 million dollars. The program will result in the government obtaining bearings at lower costs at equivalent reliability. The bearing industry can recover lost profits during a period of reduced demand and higher costs.

  17. Cage stability analysis for SSME HPOTP bearings

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    Merriman, T. L.; Kannel, J. W.

    1988-01-01

    A numerical model of cage motion (CAGEDYN) was used to analyze the stability of bearing cages in the Space Shuttle main engine (SSME) high pressure oxygen turbopump (HPOTP). The stability of existing bearing geometries, as well as perturbations of these geometries, was analyzed for various operating conditions. Results of the analyses show that some combinations of operating parameters, exacerbated by the sparse lubrication that exist in the HPOTP bearings, can cause unstable cage oscillations. Frequencies of cage oscillations were predicted by the CAGEDYN numerical model by Fourier analysis of predicted cage motions. Under conditions that cause unstable cage motion, high frequency oscillations were predicted that could cause premature cage failures.

  18. Interchangeable Bearings for Profile and Weight Trade Studies Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Air-Lock, Incorporated is proposing to design fully sealed shoulder and arm bearings with interchangeable bearing housings. The interchangeable housings shall be...

  19. The Dauki Thrust Fault and the Shillong Anticline: An incipient plate boundary in NE India?

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    Ferguson, E. K.; Seeber, L.; Steckler, M. S.; Akhter, S. H.; Mondal, D.; Lenhart, A.

    2012-12-01

    The Shillong Massif is a regional contractional structure developing across the Assam sliver of the Indian plate near the Eastern Syntaxis between the Himalaya and Burma arcs. Faulting associated with the Shillong Massif is a major source of earthquake hazard. The massif is a composite basement-cored asymmetric anticline and is 100km wide, >350km long and 1.8km high. The high relief southern limb preserves a Cretaceous-Paleocene passive margin sequence despite extreme rainfall while the gentler northern limb is devoid of sedimentary cover. This asymmetry suggests southward growth of the structure. The Dauki fault along the south limb builds this relief. From the south-verging structure, we infer a regional deeply-rooted north-dipping blind thrust fault. It strikes E-W and obliquely intersects the NE-SW margin of India, thus displaying three segments: Western, within continental India; Central, along the former passive margin; and Eastern, overridden by the west-verging Burma accretion system. We present findings from recent geologic fieldwork on the western and central segments. The broadly warped erosional surface of the massif defines a single anticline in the central segment, east of the intersection with the hinge zone of the continental margin buried by the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta. The south limb of the anticline forms a steep topographic front, but is even steeper structurally as defined by the Cretaceous-Eocene cover. Below it, Sylhet Trap Basalts intrude and cover Precambrian basement. Dikes, presumably parallel to the rifted margin, are also parallel to the front, suggesting thrust reactivation of rift-related faults. Less competent Neogene clastics are preserved only near the base of the mountain front. Drag folds in these rocks suggest north-vergence and a roof thrust above a blind thrust wedge floored by the Dauki thrust fault. West of the hinge zone, the contractional structure penetrates the Indian continent and bifurcates. After branching into the Dapsi Fault, the Dauki Fault continues westward as the erosion-deposition boundary combined with a belt of N-S shortening. The Dapsi thrust fault strikes WNW across the Shillong massif and dips NNE. It is mostly blind below a topographically expressed fold involving basement and passive-margin cover. Recent fieldwork has shown that the fault is better exposed in the west, where eventually Archean basement juxtaposes folded and steeply dipping fluvial sediment. Both Dauki and Dapsi faults probably continue beyond the Brahmaputra River, where extreme fluvial processes mask them. The area between the two faults is a gentle southward monocline with little or no shortening. Thus uplift of this area stems from slip on the Dauki thrust fault, not from pervasive shortening. The Burma foldbelt overrides the Shillong Plateau and is warped but continuous across the eastern segment of the Dauki fault. The Haflong-Naga thrust front north of the Dauki merges with the fold-thrust belt in the Sylhet basin to the south, despite >150km of differential advance due to much greater advance of the accretionary prism in the basin. Where the Dauki and Haflong-Naga thrusts cross, the thrust fronts are nearly parallel and opposite vergence. We trace a Dauki-related topographic front eastward across the Burma Range. This and other evidence suggest that the Dauki Fault continues below the foldbelt.

  20. Computer program for analysis of high speed, single row, angular contact, spherical roller bearing, SASHBEAN. Volume 1: User's guide

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    Aggarwal, Arun K.

    1993-01-01

    The computer program SASHBEAN (Sikorsky Aircraft Spherical Roller High Speed Bearing Analysis) analyzes and predicts the operating characteristics of a Single Row, Angular Contact, Spherical Roller Bearing (SRACSRB). The program runs on an IBM or IBM compatible personal computer, and for a given set of input data analyzes the bearing design for it's ring deflections (axial and radial), roller deflections, contact areas and stresses, induced axial thrust, rolling element and cage rotation speeds, lubrication parameters, fatigue lives, and amount of heat generated in the bearing. The dynamic loading of rollers due to centrifugal forces and gyroscopic moments, which becomes quite significant at high speeds, is fully considered in this analysis. For a known application and it's parameters, the program is also capable of performing steady-state and time-transient thermal analyses of the bearing system. The steady-state analysis capability allows the user to estimate the expected steady-state temperature map in and around the bearing under normal operating conditions. On the other hand, the transient analysis feature provides the user a means to simulate the 'lost lubricant' condition and predict a time-temperature history of various critical points in the system. The bearing's 'time-to-failure' estimate may also be made from this (transient) analysis by considering the bearing as failed when a certain temperature limit is reached in the bearing components. The program is fully interactive and allows the user to get started and access most of its features with a minimal of training. For the most part, the program is menu driven, and adequate help messages were provided to guide a new user through various menu options and data input screens. All input data, both for mechanical and thermal analyses, are read through graphical input screens, thereby eliminating any need of a separate text editor/word processor to edit/create data files. Provision is also available to select and view the contents of output files on the monitor screen if no paper printouts are required. A separate volume (Volume-2) of this documentation describes, in detail, the underlying mathematical formulations, assumptions, and solution algorithms of this program.

  1. Molecular phylogeny and SNP variation of polar bears (Ursus maritimus), brown bears (U. arctos), and black bears (U. americanus) derived from genome sequences.

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    Cronin, Matthew A; Rincon, Gonzalo; Meredith, Robert W; MacNeil, Michael D; Islas-Trejo, Alma; Cánovas, Angela; Medrano, Juan F

    2014-01-01

    We assessed the relationships of polar bears (Ursus maritimus), brown bears (U. arctos), and black bears (U. americanus) with high throughput genomic sequencing data with an average coverage of 25× for each species. A total of 1.4 billion 100-bp paired-end reads were assembled using the polar bear and annotated giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) genome sequences as references. We identified 13.8 million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the 3 species aligned to the polar bear genome. These data indicate that polar bears and brown bears share more SNP with each other than either does with black bears. Concatenation and coalescence-based analysis of consensus sequences of approximately 1 million base pairs of ultraconserved elements in the nuclear genome resulted in a phylogeny with black bears as the sister group to brown and polar bears, and all brown bears are in a separate clade from polar bears. Genotypes for 162 SNP loci of 336 bears from Alaska and Montana showed that the species are genetically differentiated and there is geographic population structure of brown and black bears but not polar bears. PMID:24477675

  2. Geometry, amount, and sequence of thrusting in the Subalpine Molasse of western Austria and southern Germany, European Alps

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    Ortner, Hugo; Aichholzer, Silvia; Zerlauth, Michael; Pilser, Roland; Fügenschuh, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we review the structure of the most external thrust belt of the Alps between the Rhein valley and Salzburg based on a new tectonic map and the (re)interpretation of seismic sections. Specifically we address the correlation between deformation in the Subalpine Molasse and the Alpine thrust belt in general and focus on the control of sedimentary facies on the structural style. A dramatic change in architecture from a ramp-flat structure to buckle folding is related to a change from coarse-grained fans to fine-grained deposits within the Subalpine Molasse. Additionally the interaction of escape tectonics with postcollisional shortening controls the decrease of late Early Miocene and younger shortening within the Subalpine Molasse from 50 km near the Rhine valley to almost zero near Salzburg. Transfer of shortening into the hinterland, which is the zone of lateral escape, ended foreland propagation of the Alpine thrusts and initiated a general break-back sequence of thrusting. Throughout this time the thrusts remained active. In such a scenario, tectonic units on top of the Subalpine Molasse are expected to undergo clockwise rotation around vertical axes. As thrusting in the Subalpine Molasse is closely related to contemporaneous transport and shortening within the tectonically higher Helvetic thrust sheets, amounts of Miocene differential shortening and related clockwise vertical axis rotation are minimum amounts. True clockwise vertical axis rotation is probably larger than the 12° deduced from the Subalpine Molasse thrust belt.

  3. LIGHT-WEIGHT LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURE

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    Hertz, Kristian Dahl Technical University of Denmark,

    The invention relates to a light-weight load-bearing structure (1) with optimized compression zone (2), where along one or more compression zones (2) in the structure (1) to be cast a core (3) of strong concrete is provided, which core (3) is surrounded by concrete of less strength (4) compared to the core (3) of strong concrete. The invention also relates to a method of casting of light-weight load-bearing structures (1) with optimized compression zone (2) where one or more channels, grooves, ducts, pipes and/or hoses (5) formed in the load-bearing structure (1) serves as moulds for moulding one or more cores (3) of strong concrete in the light-weight load-bearing structure (1).

  4. Polar bear research in Alaska, spring 1981

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — An investigation of the ecology and population dynamics of Alaskan polar bears has continued since 1967. As part of that program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

  5. Polar bear research in Alaska, spring 1982

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — An investigation of the ecology and population dynamics of Alaskan polar bears has continued since 1967. As part of that program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

  6. All Polar Bear Critical Habitat Combined

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This layer shows all categories of polar bear critical habitat combined into one overall polygon. This polygon includes the following critical habitat types: 1)...

  7. Cavitation Peening of Aerospace Bearings Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — High-value bearings are a critical part of the safety, reliability, cost and performance of modern aircraft. A typical passenger jet will have 100 to 175 high-valve...

  8. Wavelet spectrum analysis for bearing fault diagnostics

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    A new signal processing technique, wavelet spectrum analysis, is proposed in this paper for incipient bearing fault diagnostics. This technique starts from investigating the resonance signatures over selected frequency bands to extract the representative features. A novel strategy is suggested for the deployment of the wavelet centre frequencies. A weighted Shannon function is proposed to synthesize the wavelet coefficient functions to enhance feature characteristics, whereas the applied weights are from a statistical index that quantifies the effect of different wavelet centre frequencies on feature extraction. An averaged autocorrelation spectrum is adopted to highlight the feature characteristics related to bearing health conditions. The performance of this proposed technique is examined by a series of experimental tests corresponding to different bearing conditions. Test results show that this new signal processing technique is an effective bearing fault detection method, which is especially useful for non-stationary feature extraction and analysis

  9. Life analysis of restored and refurbished bearings

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    Coy, J. J.; Zaretsky, E. V.; Cowgill, G. R.

    1977-01-01

    An analysis of the potential life of refurbished and restored bearings was performed. The sensitivity of 10-percent life and mean-time-between-failure to the effects of cumulative fatigue damage and the amount of stressed volume removed in the restoration process were examined. A modified Lundberg-Palmgren theory was used to predict that the expected 10-percent life of a restored bearing, which is dependent on the previous service time and the volume of material removed from the race surfaces, can be between 74 and 100 percent of the new bearing life. Using renewal theory, it is found that the mean time between failure ranged from 90 to 100 percent of that for a new bearing.

  10. Telemetry techniques used on Kodiak brown bear

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report summarizes the results of a study on the techniques used to monitor the movements of Kodiak brown bears instrumented with radio transmitters. Methods...

  11. Trends in Controllable Oil Film Bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar

    2011-01-01

    This work gives an overview about the theoretical and experimental achievements of mechatronics applied to oil film bearings, with the aim of: controlling the lateral vibration of flexible rotating shafts; modifying bearing dynamic characteristics, as stiffness and damping properties; increasing the rotational speed ranges by improving damping and eliminating instability problems, for example, by compensating cross-coupling destabilizing effects; reducing startup torque and energy dissipation in...

  12. Experimental investigations of active air bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar; Morosi, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    Along with traditional oil lubrication, increasing demand for high-speed applications has renewed attention to gas bearings technology. Traditional aerostatic and aerodynamic gas lubrication has been widely used in a variety of applications, ranging from high-speed spindles to micro and meso-scale turbomachinery. The present paper deals with experimental rotordynamic testing of a flexible rotor supported by hybrid aerostaticaerodynamic gas journal bearing equipped with an electronic radial air i...

  13. Passive magnetic bearings for vehicular electromechanical batteries

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    Post, R

    1996-03-01

    This report describes the design of a passive magnetic bearing system to be used in electromechanical batteries (flywheel energy storage modules) suitable for vehicular use. One or two such EMB modules might, for example, be employed in a hybrid-electric automobile, providing efficient means for power peaking, i.e., for handling acceleration and regenerative braking power demands at high power levels. The bearing design described herein will be based on a ''dual-mode'' operating regime.

  14. Design of bearing structures of dwelling - house

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    Sodja, Urška

    2007-01-01

    Graduation thesis represents design of bearing structures of dwelling-house including materials and materials´ properties of bearing structures. Self weight, imposed load, snow, and wind are determinated regarding EC1. Static calculation of building is divided to design of timber, reinforced concrete elements and control of resistance of walls. Summary contains earthquake rules for simple masonry buildings. Enclosure contains plans for positions of slaps and reinforces.

  15. Surface layer characterisation of bearing rings

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    S.J. Skrzypek; M. Go?y

    2007-01-01

    austenite. Theoretical calculation of residual macro-stresses due to volume fraction of transformed austenite in bearing rings and following measurements of residual stresses were carried out as well. The bearing elements were made of 100Cr6 steel and they were smoothed and grinded.Design/methodology/approach: Particular features of diffraction patterns like angle position; shape and intensity are used to characterize phase composition, residual micro and macro-stresses, crystallographic tex...

  16. Air Bearing for Small Planar Vibrations

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    Wolf, M. F.

    1985-01-01

    Air-cushion device provides vibrations along axes 90 degrees apart. Bearing includes movable slide sandwiched between two fixed support plates. Separation between plates adjusted to standard air-bearing tolerances. Pressurized air supplied to slide so it floats between plates on cushion of air. Air exhausts on top and bottom surfaces of three arms of slide. Developed for stirring crystal-growth liquids in containers.

  17. Towards a High Fidelity Direct Transcription Method for Optimisation of Low-Thrust Trajectories

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    Yam, Chit Hong; Biscani, Francesco

    2010-01-01

    We build upon some new ideas in direct transcription methods developed within the Advanced Concepts Team to introduce two improvements to the Sims-Flanagan transcription for low-thrust trajectories. The obtained new algorithm is able to produce an operational trajectory accounting for the real spacecraft dynamics and adapting the segment duration on-line improving the final trajectory optimality.

  18. Pressure and Thrust Measurements of a High-Frequency Pulsed Detonation Tube

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    Nguyen, N.; Cutler, A. D.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes measurements of a small-scale, high-frequency pulsed detonation tube. The device utilized a mixture of H2 fuel and air, which was injected into the device at frequencies of up to 1200 Hz. Pulsed detonations were demonstrated in an 8-inch long combustion volume, at about 600 Hz, for the quarter wave mode of resonance. The primary objective of this experiment was to measure the generated thrust. A mean value of thrust was measured up to 6.0 lb, corresponding to H2 flow based specific impulse of 2970 s. This value is comparable to measurements in H2-fueled pulsed detonation engines (PDEs). The injection and detonation frequency for this new experimental case was much higher than typical PDEs, where frequencies are usually less than 100 Hz. The compact size of the device and high frequency of detonation yields a thrust-per-unit-volume of approximately 2.0 pounds per cubic inch, and compares favorably with other experiments, which typically have thrust-per-unit-volume of order 0.01 pound per cubic inch. This much higher volumetric efficiency results in a potentially much more practical device than the typical PDE, for a wide range of potential applications, including high-speed boundary layer separation control, for example in hypersonic engine inlets, and propulsion for small aircraft and missiles.

  19. Pressure and Thrust Measurements of a High-Frequency Pulsed-Detonation Actuator

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    Nguyen, Namtran C.; Cutler, Andrew D.

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes the development of a small-scale, high-frequency pulsed detonation actuator. The device utilized a fuel mixture of H2 and air, which was injected into the device at frequencies of up to 1200 Hz. Pulsed detonations were demonstrated in an 8-inch long combustion volume, at approx.600 Hz, for the lambda/4 mode. The primary objective of this experiment was to measure the generated thrust. A mean value of thrust was measured up to 6.0 lb, corresponding to specific impulse of 2611 s. This value is comparable to other H2-fueled pulsed detonation engines (PDEs) experiments. The injection and detonation frequency for this new experimental case was approx.600 Hz, and was much higher than typical PDEs, where frequencies are usually less than 100 Hz. The compact size of the model and high frequency of detonation yields a thrust-per-unit-volume of approximately 2.0 lb/cu in, and compares favorably with other experiments, which typically have thrust-per-unit-volume values of approximately 0.01 lb/cu in.

  20. Flow measurement and thrust estimation of a vibrating ionic polymer metal composite

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    Chae, Woojin; Cha, Youngsu; Peterson, Sean D.; Porfiri, Maurizio

    2015-09-01

    Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs) are an emerging class of soft active materials that are finding growing application as underwater propulsors for miniature biomimetic swimmers. Understanding the hydrodynamics generated by an IPMC vibrating under water is central to the design of such biomimetic swimmers. In this paper, we propose the use of time-resolved particle image velocimetry to detail the fluid kinematics and kinetics in the vicinity of an IPMC vibrating along its fundamental structural mode. The reconstructed pressure field is ultimately used to estimate the thrust produced by the IPMC. The vibration frequency is systematically varied to elucidate the role of the Reynolds number on the flow physics and the thrust production. Experimental results indicate the formation and shedding of vortical structures from the IPMC tip during its vibration. Vorticity shedding is sustained by the pressure gradients along each side of the IPMC, which are most severe in the vicinity of the tip. The mean thrust is found to robustly increase with the Reynolds number, closely following a power law that has been derived from direct three-dimensional numerical simulations. A reduced order distributed model is proposed to describe IPMC underwater vibration and estimate thrust production, offering insight into the physics of underwater propulsion and aiding in the design of IPMC-based propulsors.

  1. Transport-parallel cross folds within a mid-crustal Caledonian thrust stack, northern Scotland

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    Alsop, G. I.; Holdsworth, R. E.; Strachan, R. A.

    1996-06-01

    Cross folds are typically associated with zones of anomalous foliation trend that lie at high angles to orogenic strike. This case study concentrates on a region of transport-parallel cross folding developed by buckling during Caledonian ductile thrusting within the Moine and Naver Nappes of northern Scotland. Detailed structural analysis reveals a systematic angular relationship between the trend of tectonic transport, fold axes, and the vergence of minor folds. Large-scale cross folding is considered here to be related to wrench-dominated differential shearing during thrust-sense displacements along an important, possibly out-of-sequence structure, here termed the Ben Blandy Shear Zone. This suggests that patterns of folding within the internal parts of the Caledonian orogen in Scotland are principally controlled by the kinematic constraints imposed by low-angle thrusting. Thus, early, 'main-phase' folding is associated with the initiation and propagation of ductile thrusts, whilst later, secondary structures, including cross folds can be related to the development of flow perturbations during displacement along well-established, regionally important detachments.

  2. Comparative Performance Study of Strain Gauge Sensors for Ion Thrust Measurement

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    Stephen, R. John; Rajanna, K.; Dhar, Vivek; Kumar, K. G. Kalyan; Nagabushanam, S.

    A strain gauge based thrust measurement system has been developed, by fabricating a thrust balance with four columns. In order to compare the performance of the different types of strain gauges for ion thrust measurement, foil type strain gauges were bonded to the first column and semiconductor strain gauges were bonded to the second column. Whereas, thin film strain gauges of NiCr and Pt-W materials were deposited on to the third and fourth columns respectively. The strain gauges of a particular type in each column, connected in Wheatstone bridge configuration, were calibrated to measure the thrust produced using Lami's principle and the performance was studied. Strain gauge bridge sensitivities varied from about 6?V/mN to 115?V/mN and the non-linearity varied from about 0.98 % to 2.84 % for bridges formed by the different types of strain gauges. Details on the calibration and simultaneous comparative performance study of the system developed have been presented

  3. Thrust-wrench fault interference in a brittle medium: new insights from analogue modelling experiments

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    Rosas, Filipe; Duarte, Joao; Schellart, Wouter; Tomas, Ricardo; Grigorova, Vili; Terrinha, Pedro

    2015-04-01

    We present analogue modelling experimental results concerning thrust-wrench fault interference in a brittle medium, to try to evaluate the influence exerted by different prescribed interference angles in the formation of morpho-structural interference fault patterns. All the experiments were conceived to simulate simultaneous reactivation of confining strike-slip and thrust faults defining a (corner) zone of interference, contrasting with previously reported discrete (time and space) superposition of alternating thrust and strike-slip events. Different interference angles of 60°, 90° and 120° were experimentally investigated by comparing the specific structural configurations obtained in each case. Results show that a deltoid-shaped morpho-structural pattern is consistently formed in the fault interference (corner) zone, exhibiting a specific geometry that is fundamentally determined by the different prescribed fault interference angle. Such angle determines the orientation of the displacement vector shear component along the main frontal thrust direction, determining different fault confinement conditions in each case, and imposing a complying geometry and kinematics of the interference deltoid structure. Model comparison with natural examples worldwide shows good geometric and kinematic similarity, pointing to the existence of matching underlying dynamic process. Acknowledgments This work was sponsored by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) through project MODELINK EXPL/GEO-GEO/0714/2013.

  4. The Application of Perturbation Method in Low-thrust Orbit Optimization

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    Hu, S. C.; Zhao, Y. H.; Ji, J. H.; Hou, X. Y.

    2015-03-01

    In the multiple-purpose and multiple-mission exploration of near-Earth asteroids in solar system, developing effective methods to select the transferable targets from a large amount of asteroids is an on-going problem. Here we consider the orbit motion of a low-thrust probe in the interplanetary space. The idea of drawing lessons from the analytical method in classical celestial mechanics is proposed, and the low-thrust is considered as a perturbation. We derive the necessary condition to satisfy the two transferable Kepler orbits using the low-thrust propulsion in the sense of the fist-order approximation. This condition is the norm of the difference of several orbit elements, and has a high computational efficiency. It may be used to quickly reject the non-transferable asteroids under the condition of a given flight time and low-thrust propulsion. The numerical results are used to testify the validity of this condition in near-Earth asteroids exploration.

  5. Characteristics of vortex formation and thrust performance in drag-based paddling propulsion.

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    Kim, Daegyoum; Gharib, Morteza

    2011-07-01

    Several characteristics of drag-based paddling propulsion are studied with a simple mechanical model and a measurement technique for mapping three-dimensional flow fields. In drag-based propulsion, the temporal change of the vortex strength is an important parameter in the relationship between vortex formation and thrust generation. Our results indicate that spanwise flow behind the paddling propulsor significantly affects tip vortex development and thrust generation. The distribution of spanwise flow is dependent on the propulsor shape and the Reynolds number. A delta-shaped propulsor generates strong spanwise flow compared with a rectangular propulsor. For the low Reynolds number case, spanwise flow is not as strong as that for the high Reynolds number case. Without sacrificing total impulse, the flexible propulsor can smooth out thrust peaks during sudden stroke motions, which is favorable for avoiding structural failures and stabilizing body motion. We also explored the role of stopping vortex shedding in efficient thrust generation by determining the relationship between stroke angles and total impulses generated by paddling propulsors. PMID:21653822

  6. Computer program for analysis of high speed, single row, angular contact, spherical roller bearing, SASHBEAN. Volume 2: Mathematical formulation and analysis

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    Aggarwal, Arun K.

    1993-01-01

    Spherical roller bearings have typically been used in applications with speeds limited to about 5000 rpm and loads limited for operation at less than about 0.25 million DN. However, spherical roller bearings are now being designed for high load and high speed applications including aerospace applications. A computer program, SASHBEAN, was developed to provide an analytical tool to design, analyze, and predict the performance of high speed, single row, angular contact (including zero contact angle), spherical roller bearings. The material presented is the mathematical formulation and analytical methods used to develop computer program SASHBEAN. For a given set of operating conditions, the program calculates the bearings ring deflections (axial and radial), roller deflections, contact areas stresses, depth and magnitude of maximum shear stresses, axial thrust, rolling element and cage rotational speeds, lubrication parameters, fatigue lives, and rates of heat generation. Centrifugal forces and gyroscopic moments are fully considered. The program is also capable of performing steady-state and time-transient thermal analyses of the bearing system.

  7. Rotordynamics and bearing design of turbochargers

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    Chen, Wen Jeng

    2012-05-01

    Turbochargers have gained significant attention in recent years. They are already widely used in automotive, locomotive, and marine applications with diesel engines. They are also applied in the aerospace application to increase the engine performance now. The turbochargers used in automotive and aerospace industry are very light-weight with operating speeds above 100,000 rpm. The turbochargers used in locomotive and marine applications are relatively heavy in size and power compared to the automotive and aerospace applications, and the maximum continuous operating speeds are around 30,000 rpm depending on the diesel engine power rating. Floating ring bushings, semi-floating dampers, ball bearings, and ball bearings with dampers are commonly used in automotive applications for small turbochargers. However, these bearings may not be appropriate for large turbochargers in locomotive and marine applications. Instead, multi-lobed bearings with and without squeeze film dampers are commonly used in these heavy-duty turbochargers. This paper deals with the rotordynamic characteristics of larger turbochargers in locomotive and marine applications. Various bearing designs are discussed. Bearing design parameters are studied and optimal values are suggested. Test results are also presented to support the analytical simulation.

  8. Vibration Analysis of Rolling Element Bearings Defects

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    H., Saruhan; S., Saridemir; A., Qicek; I., Uygur.

    Full Text Available In this work, vibration analysis of rolling element bearings (REBs) defects is studied. The REBs are the most widely used mechanical parts in rotating machinery under high load and high rotational speeds. When the defect in a rolling element comes into contact with another element surface, an impact [...] force is generated which is resulting in an impulsive response of the bearing. A defect at any element of the REB transmits to all other elements such as outer race, inner race, ball and, train cage of the bearing. The defect in rolling elements may lead to serious catastrophic consequences resulting in costly downtime. For this purpose, the vibration analysis technique which is a reliable and accurately detecting defect in the bearing elements is used. The vibration data captured and used for determination and validation is composed from four different defects states of the REB -outer raceway defect, inner raceway defect, ball defect, and combination of the bearing elements defect- and one representing normal state of the bearing for four different running speeds with two load levels. The results obtained from the experiments have illustrated and explained.

  9. Adaptive Spindle Balancing Using Magnetically Levitated Bearings

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    BARNEY,PATRICK S.; LAUFFER,JAMES P.; PETTEYS,REBECCA; REDMOND,JAMES M.; SULLIVAN,WILLIAM N.

    1999-09-20

    A technological break through for supporting rotating shafts is the active magnetic bearing (AMB). Active magnetic bearings offer some important advantages over conventional ball, roller or journal bearings such as reduced frictional drag, no physical contact in the bearing, no need for lubricants, compatibility with high vacuum and ultra-clean environments, and ability to control shaft position within the bearing. The disadvantages of the AMB system are the increased cost and complexity, reduced bearing stiffness and the need for a controller. Still, there are certain applications, such as high speed machining, biomedical devices, and gyroscopes, where the additional cost of an AMB system can be justified. The inherent actuator capabilities of the AMB offer the potential for active balancing of spindles and micro-shaping capabilities for machine tools, The work presented in this paper concentrates on an AMB test program that utilizes the actuator capability to dynamically balance a spindle. In this study, an unbalanced AMB spindle system was enhanced with an LMS (Least Mean Squares) algorithm combined with an existing PID (proportional, integral, differential) control. This enhanced controller significantly improved the concentricity of an intentionally unbalanced shaft. The study included dynamic system analysis, test validation, control design and simulation, as well as experimental implementation using a digital LMS controller.

  10. Dynamics of tectonic nappes: Thrusting versus intrusion or dynamic pressure versus lithostatic pressure

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    Markus Schmalholz, Stefan; Podladchikov, Yuri; Medvedev, Sergei

    2014-05-01

    Despite extensive research, the dynamics of tectonic nappes exhibiting high and ultra-high pressure ((U)HP) rocks is still debated. We classify existing models for nappe formation into two types, and refer to them as thrust and intrusion model. Thrust models approximate the orogen as wedge with a rigid buttress behind and a subducting lithospheric slab beneath. The dominant process of nappe formation is thrusting (brittle and/or ductile) that generates a dominant top-to-the-foreland shear sense. Rocks remain within crustal depth (nappe stacking and first-order structural observations in the Western Alps. However, in the last decades (U)HP rocks were found in nappes, and it is usually assumed that metamorphic pressure is a good indicator of maximum burial. This assumption represents a fundamental problem for the thrust model, namely to account for the large burial depth of (U)HP rocks indicating depths >100 km. Nappe formation at such mantle depths cannot be explained by the thrust model. In intrusion models (U)HP rocks are subducted to mantle depths and return to crustal depths by buoyancy driven or tectonically forced flow. Nappes are formed during the return flow with an opposite shear sense at the bottom and top of the nappe. Intrusion models could reproduce the first-order patterns of P-T-time paths of the Western Alps. However, there are problems with intrusion models. First, the intrusion scenario requires a major extensional shear zone in the hanging wall of the exhuming (U)HP unit. However, for most (U)HP units of the Western Alps the earliest coherent structures recorded along the upper boundary are top-to-the-foreland shear zones (consistent with thrust models). Second, dynamic intrusion models are usually unable to generate an imbricate nappe stack. The major argument against thrust models is the assumption that metamorphic pressure indicates maximum burial, and the same assumption is the major argument for intrusion models. If, however, significant tectonic overpressure existed during nappe formation, then (U)HP rocks would have formed in significantly less depth, and thrust models could be applicable to the Western Alps. We apply theoretical and numerical models to quantify possible magnitudes of tectonic overpressure during nappe formation. We show with analytical derivations and numerical simulations that lateral variations in gravitational potential energy (GPE), such as observed around continental plateaus, are a proof for the existence of tectonic overpressure, which magnitude is independent from rock rheology (viscous or elastic). Variations of GPE allow estimating a lower bound for the magnitude of tectonic overpressure in the crust. We further present synthetic P-T paths resulting from 2-D thermo-mechanical numerical simulations of tectonic nappe formation (by thrusting) during lithospheric shortening. Applications to nappe formation in the Western Alps are discussed, as well as strategies to determine whether the thrust or intrusion model better explains the formation of tectonic nappes in the Western Alps.

  11. 49 CFR 230.102 - Tender plain bearing journal boxes.

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    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Tender plain bearing journal boxes. 230.102... Locomotives and Tenders Running Gear § 230.102 Tender plain bearing journal boxes. Plain bearing journal boxes... expected to damage the bearing; or have a detrimental effect on the lubrication of the journal and...

  12. Bearing assemblies, apparatuses, and motor assemblies using the same

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    Sexton, Timothy N.; Cooley, Craig H.; Knuteson, Cody W.

    2015-12-29

    Various embodiments of the invention relate to bearing assemblies, apparatuses and motor assemblies that include geometric features configured to impart a selected amount of heat transfer and/or hydrodynamic film formation. In an embodiment, a bearing assembly may include a plurality of superhard bearing pads distributed circumferentially about an axis. At least some of the plurality of superhard bearing pads may include a plurality of sub-superhard bearing elements defining a bearing surface. At least some of the plurality of sub-superhard bearing elements may be spaced from one another by one or more voids to impart a selected amount of heat transfer and hydrodynamic film formation thereon during operation. The bearing assembly may also include a support ring that carries the plurality of superhard bearing pads. In addition, at least a portion of the sub-superhard bearing elements may extend beyond the support ring.

  13. Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Incipient in Journal Bearings - Part I : Detectability and measurement for bearing damages

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    In contrast to the machinery using rolling element bearings, systems with journal bearings generally operate in large scale and under severe loading condition such as steam generator turbines and internal combustion engines. Failure of the bearings in these machinery can result in the system breakdown. To avoid the time consuming repair and considerable economic loss, the detection of incipient failure in journal bearings becomes very important. In this experimental approach, acoustic emission monitoring is applied to the detection of incipient failure caused by several types of abnormal operating condition most probable in the journal bearing systems. It has been known that the intervention of foreign materials, insufficient lubrication and misassembly etc. are principal factors to cause bearing failure and distress. The experiment was conducted under such designed conditions as hard particles in the lubrication layer, insufficient lubrication, and metallic contact in the simulated journal bearing system. The results showed that acoustic emission could be an effective tool to detect the incipient failure in journal bearings

  14. Local Attitudes towards Bear Management after Illegal Feeding and Problem Bear Activity

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The “pot bears” received international media attention in 2010 after police discovered the intentional feeding of over 20 black bears during the investigation of an alleged marijuana-growing operation in Christina Lake, British Columbia, Canada. A two-phase random digit dialing survey of the community was conducted in 2011 to understand local perspectives on bear policy and management, before and after a summer of problem bear activity and government interventions. Of the 159 households surveyed in February 2011, most had neutral or positive attitudes towards bears in general, and supported the initial decision to feed the food-conditioned bears until the autumn hibernation. In contrast to wildlife experts however, most participants supported relocating the problem bears, or allowing them to remain in the area, ahead of killing; in part this arose from notions of fairness despite the acknowledged problems of relocation. Most locals were aware of the years of feeding but did not report it, evidently failing to see it as a serious form of harm, even after many bears had been killed. This underscores the importance of preventive action on wildlife feeding and the need to narrow the gap between public and expert opinion on the likely effects of relocation versus killing.

  15. Nuclear fuel handling grapple carriage with self-lubricating bearing

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    Wade, E.E.

    1978-09-12

    Disclosed is a nuclear fuel handling grapple carriage having a bearing with a lubricant reservoir that is capable of being refilled when the bearing and reservoir are submerged in a lubricant pool. The lubricant reservoir supplies lubricant to the bearing while the bearing allows a small amount of lubricant to leak passed appropriately placed seals creating a positive out flow of lubricant thereby preventing foreign material from entering the bearing.

  16. Analysis of Pressure for 3lobe Hydrodynamic Journal Bearing

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    Dinesh Dhande1 , Dr D W Pande2 , Vikas Chatarkar

    2013-01-01

    Hydrodynamic multilobe journal bearings are analysed by using Computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Journal bearing models are developed for different speeds and eccentricity ratios to study the static pressure effect and elastic behaviour of the bearing. The static pressure find out from CFD analysis are use to find out force acting at center of bearing. Cavitations in the bearing are neglected by setting all negative pressures to ambient pressures. The CFD results were compared in order to va...

  17. Method for changing removable bearing for a wind turbine generator

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    Bagepalli, Bharat Sampathkumaran (Niskayuna, NY); Jansen, Patrick Lee (Scotia, NY); Gadre, Aniruddha Dattatraya (Rexford, NY)

    2008-04-22

    A wind generator having removable change-out bearings includes a rotor and a stator, locking bolts configured to lock the rotor and stator, a removable bearing sub-assembly having at least one shrunk-on bearing installed, and removable mounting bolts configured to engage the bearing sub-assembly and to allow the removable bearing sub-assembly to be removed when the removable mounting bolts are removed.

  18. Removable bearing arrangement for a wind turbine generator

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    Bagepalli, Bharat Sampathkumaran; Jansen, Patrick Lee; Gadre, Aniruddha Dattatraya

    2010-06-15

    A wind generator having removable change-out bearings includes a rotor and a stator, locking bolts configured to lock the rotor and stator, a removable bearing sub-assembly having at least one shrunk-on bearing installed, and removable mounting bolts configured to engage the bearing sub-assembly and to allow the removable bearing sub-assembly to be removed when the removable mounting bolts are removed.

  19. Nuclear fuel handling grapple carriage with self-lubricating bearing

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    Disclosed is a nuclear fuel handling grapple carriage having a bearing with a lubricant reservoir that is capable of being refilled when the bearing and reservoir are submerged in a lubricant pool. The lubricant reservoir supplies lubricant to the bearing while the bearing allows a small amount of lubricant to leak passed appropriately placed seals creating a positive out flow of lubricant thereby preventing foreign material from entering the bearing

  20. Experimental investigations of active air bearings

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    Santos, Ilmar; Morosi, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    Along with traditional oil lubrication, increasing demand for high-speed applications has renewed attention to gas bearings technology. Traditional aerostatic and aerodynamic gas lubrication has been widely used in a variety of applications, ranging from high-speed spindles to micro and meso-scale turbomachinery. The present paper deals with experimental rotordynamic testing of a flexible rotor supported by hybrid aerostaticaerodynamic gas journal bearing equipped with an electronic radial air injection system. From a rotordynamic point of view there are two phenomena that limit the widespread of traditional gas lubrication: 1) Low damping makes operation across critical speed dangerous, as even low level of unbalance can generate large vibration responses. This is especially problematic for gas bearing applications, which often operate in the supercritical region. Moreover, 2) An upper bound to supercritical operation is determined by the appearance of subsynchronous whirl instability. Due to the sudden increase in amplitude with respect to speed, this most often corresponds to the maximal attainable rotational speed of the system. Postponing the onset speed of instability poses therefore one of the greatest challenges in a high-speed gas bearing design. A great deal of research is devoted to attack such issues, where most propose passive designs such as compliant foil bearings, tilting pad and flexure pivot gas bearings. These solutions proved to be effective in improving static and dynamic properties of the bearings, however issues related to the manufacturing and accuracy of predictions has so far limited their applications. Another drawback is that passive bearings offer a low degree of flexibility, meaning that an accurate optimization is necessary for each application. The developed prototype active bearing offers several promising performance enhancements. Synchronous vibrations can be effectively addressed ensuring safe operation across the critical speeds; whirling instability is suppressed; interveningon the software, rather than the hardware can modify the response of the system. Implementing active lubrication adds however a considerable number of parameters and variables. The performance of a good control system lays most importantly on a good choice of control gains, which in general are different depending on the goal of the controller. Optimum tuning of the control loop is addressed experimentally, showing dependency on the supply pressure and, less prominently, the rotational velocity. Copyright © 2012 by ASME.

  1. Hangingwall bed rotation and the development of contractional and extensional structures around a thrust fault: geometric and experimental models

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    Dubey, A. K.; Bhakuni, S. S.

    1998-05-01

    Tectonic inversion of normal faults, and development of extensional and contractional structures in the vicinity of thrust faults were studied using two models; (i) a geometric (or rigid) model, and (ii) an experimental (or brittle-ductile) model. The first model is based on simple trigonometric relationships between shortening, rotation of layers along a thrust, and dip of the thrust. The model may be used to understand the structures at upper levels of the Earth's crust in a predominant brittle regime. The second model is based on a series of experiments performed with clay analogues. It simulated the structures forming at a deeper level in a brittle-ductile regime and incorporates folding as an essential feature. The results of the study reveal that structures near a thrust fault depend on the thrust geometry and dip amount, the initial orientation of hangingwall layers, and their rheological properties. In the absence of frictional effects along a thrust surface, the rotation of layers and consequent displacement is directly proportional to the thrust dip. Since the listric faults are characterized by a decrease of dip with depth, the variation in the rotation of layers in a profile-section may result in formation of dilation spaces that may serve as potential sites for secondary mineral deposits or oil traps. A large rotation of hangingwall layers results in a reverse fault drag and a small rotation (caused by frictional effects along the fault) produces normal fault drag.

  2. Determining the causes of fault slip rate variability for Northern Apennine thrusts on intermediate timescales

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    Gunderson, K. L.; Anastasio, D. J.; Pazzaglia, F. J.

    2012-12-01

    Documenting fault slip rate variability on intermediate (10^4-10^5 yr) timescales is crucial for understanding the process-linkages of short-term (10^1-10^3 yr) and long-term (10^6 yr) patterns of deformation; however, the lack of long records of fault slip with 10^4-10^5 yr resolution presents a major barrier to understanding the underlying process responsible for slip rate variability at those timescales. Taking advantage of spectacular, continuous exposure of growth strata, we document 10^4-10^5 yr resolution records of unsteady fault slip for the past 3.0 myr for three unconnected, shallow blind thrust anticlines growing along the Northern Apennine mountain front, Italy. Fault slip rates for these thrusts were determined from progressive restorations of marine and continental growth strata deposited on the anticlinal limbs. These restorations were supported by subsurface corre-lations of the measured growth sections in order to constrain the fold geometries and kin-ematics. Magnetostratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, cosmogenic radionuclide (CRN) burial dating, and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) burial dating provided the high-resolution age models for the growth sections. Slip histories determined from our pro-gressive restorations indicate that all three of the thrust faults exhibited high-frequency slip rate variability. This variability is typically manifest by longer periods of decelerated fault slip punctuated by shorter periods of accelerated fault slip, typically lasting between 80-200 kyr. During times when slip rates were slow, growth strata geometries show ac-celerated slip was accommodated by more foreland structures, suggesting slip partitioning at 10^4-10^5 yr timescales. This high frequency variability is superimposed on a low frequency slip rate variability manifest by an overall deceleration in slip on the shallow thrusts since 3.0 myr. Major decelerations in slip rates were coincident with the activation of thick-skinned thrusting in the Apennines, representing a dynamic reorganization of the Apennine wedge. This suggests two separate causes for slip rate variability on Apennines thrusts: a high-frequency variability that is likely due to processes internal to the wedge, such as slip partitioning, and a low frequency variability that is probably caused by exter-nal forces affecting the entire Apennine wedge.

  3. Bearing tester data compilation, analysis and reporting and bearing math modeling, volume 1

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    Marshall, D. D.; Montgomery, E. E.; New, L. S.; Stone, M. A.; Tiller, B. K.

    1984-01-01

    Thermal and mechanical models of high speed angular contact ball bearings operating in LOX and LN2 were developed and verified with limited test data in an effort to further understand the parameters that determine or effect the SSME turbopump bearing operational characteristics and service life. The SHABERTH bearing analysis program which was adapted to evaluate shaft bearing systems in cryogenics is not capable of accommodating varying thermal properties and two phase flow. A bearing model with this capability was developed using the SINDA thermal analyzer. Iteration between the SHABERTH and the SINDA models enable the establishment of preliminary bounds for stable operation in LN2. These limits were established in terms of fluid flow, fluid inlet temperature, and axial load for a shaft speed of 30,000 RPM.

  4. Bear bile: dilemma of traditional medicinal use and animal protection.

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    Feng, Yibin; Siu, Kayu; Wang, Ning; Ng, Kwan-Ming; Tsao, Sai-Wah; Nagamatsu, Tadashi; Tong, Yao

    2009-01-01

    Bear bile has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. Modern investigations showed that it has a wide range of pharmacological actions with little toxicological side effect and the pure compounds have been used for curing hepatic and biliary disorders for decades. However, extensive consumption of bear bile made bears endangered species. In the 1980's, bear farming was established in China to extract bear bile from living bears with "Free-dripping Fistula Technique". Bear farming is extremely inhumane and many bears died of illness such as chronic infections and liver cancer. Efforts are now given by non-governmental organizations, mass media and Chinese government to end bear farming ultimately. At the same time, systematic research has to be done to find an alternative for bear bile. In this review, we focused on the literature, laboratory and clinical results related to bear bile and its substitutes or alternative in English and Chinese databases. We examined the substitutes or alternative of bear bile from three aspects: pure compounds derived from bear bile, biles from other animals and herbs from TCM. We then discussed the strategy for stopping the trading of bear bile and issues of bear bile related to potential alternative candidates, existing problems in alternative research and work to be done in the future. PMID:19138420

  5. Bear bile: dilemma of traditional medicinal use and animal protection

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    Nagamatsu Tadashi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Bear bile has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM for thousands of years. Modern investigations showed that it has a wide range of pharmacological actions with little toxicological side effect and the pure compounds have been used for curing hepatic and biliary disorders for decades. However, extensive consumption of bear bile made bears endangered species. In the 1980's, bear farming was established in China to extract bear bile from living bears with "Free-dripping Fistula Technique". Bear farming is extremely inhumane and many bears died of illness such as chronic infections and liver cancer. Efforts are now given by non-governmental organizations, mass media and Chinese government to end bear farming ultimately. At the same time, systematic research has to be done to find an alternative for bear bile. In this review, we focused on the literature, laboratory and clinical results related to bear bile and its substitutes or alternative in English and Chinese databases. We examined the substitutes or alternative of bear bile from three aspects: pure compounds derived from bear bile, biles from other animals and herbs from TCM. We then discussed the strategy for stopping the trading of bear bile and issues of bear bile related to potential alternative candidates, existing problems in alternative research and work to be done in the future.

  6. Back-thrusting response of continental collision: Early Cretaceous NW-directed thrusting in the Changle-Nan'ao belt (Southeast China)

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    Wei, Wei; Faure, Michel; Chen, Yan; Ji, Wenbin; Lin, Wei; Wang, Qingchen; Yan, Quanren; Hou, Quanlin

    2015-03-01

    The SE coastal area of the South China Block (SCB) is generally interpreted as a Cretaceous active continental margin due to subduction of the Paleo-Pacific plate beneath the Eurasian plate. There, the NE-SW striking Changle-Nan'ao belt was previously considered as a major strike-slip fault zone with a large displacement accommodating the northward subduction of the Paleo-Pacific plate. Our new field and laboratory investigations document a NW-directed ductile thrust zone that placed gneiss upon Early Cretaceous foliated volcanic rocks. Structural analyses and Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility results indicate that the ductile fabrics in both units are represented by a NE-SW striking foliation and a NW-SE stretching lineation with top-to-the-NW shear sense. This deformation occurred at ca. 130-105 Ma, before the deposition of undeformed (ca. 104 Ma) volcanic rocks, and the intrusion of ca. 90 Ma isotropic plutons. This continent-ward structure is tentatively interpreted as a back-thrust resulting of the collision of the West Philippines microcontinent with the SCB rather than an effect of a simple oceanic subduction.

  7. The ultimate bearing capacity of ice beams

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    Li Liang

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available It is usually proposed that bearing capacity of the ice beam during its interaction with a sloping hydraulic structure is exhausted when tensile stresses in the beam’s cross-section reach some limit. But besides the tensile stress there is a compressive stress during the interaction with a sloping structure. This can change our estimations of the ultimate bearing capacity and load exerted on the structure. The purpose of the study was to estimate influence of the longitudinal compressive stress on the ice beam’s ultimate bearing capacity. The solution was obtained with the program complex LS-DYNA. Results of the mathematical modeling were compared with data of physical experiments conducted by Sodhi. Good correlation of the results gave possibility to conduct wide numerical experiments and to suggest corrections to the existing methodology.

  8. What can the topography of thrust-related anticlines tell us about mechanical stratigraphy and pore fluid pressure?

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    Okubo, C. H.; Schultz, R. A.

    2002-12-01

    We demonstrate the effects of mechanical stratigraphy and pore fluid pressure on the fault structure and topography of thrust-related anticlines. We show that nucleation of secondary backthrusts is evidence of mechanically well-stratified, layered crust. Previously, Roering et al. [1997] found that interlayer slip above an active thrust fault results in positive Coulomb failure stress changes (?CFS), which favor secondary backthrust formation over updip propagation when the upper tip of the primary thrust is near an interface with low shear strength. Niño et al. [1998] subsequently showed that increasing displacement along a non-propagating basement-confined thrust results in backthrust strain within overlying layered rock. In this study, we use the Hoek-Brown (H-B) failure criterion to evaluate the tendency for backthrusting above propagating blind thrust faults. Half-space boundary element models loaded under increasing remote principal stress ratios are used to create predictive maps of H-B stability. The primary thrust is propagated and secondary faults are nucleated by adding fault segments in regions of predicted H-B failure from the previous loading step. Mechanical stratification is modeled as horizontal planes of low shear strength within a rock mass of higher uniform shear strength. We investigate patterns of thrust faulting within mechanically layered and mechanically homogeneous crust. Models of H-B failure around blind thrust faults in homogeneous crust show that these thrusts primarily propagate updip and that backthrusts are not predicted to form. This is consistent with predictions from ?CFS models. In layered crust, the tendency for backthrust nucleation is dependent on the strength of the rock layer that the primary thrust is propagating through. When the upper tip propagates through a weak layer or interface, backthrusts are not predicted to form by H-B failure because of the low shear strength, or correlatively high pore fluid pressure, of the material. Although the rock within the backthrust region experiences positive ?CFS, the absolute magnitudes of the H-B failure stresses are insufficient to nucleate faulting. When the upper tip propagates through a strong layer or interface, H-B and ?CFS models predict an equal tendency for backthrust nucleation and updip propagation of the primary thrust. The resulting anticline of layered crust is composed of the larger primary thrust-related fold with superimposed smaller anticlines above each backthrust. Backthrusts nucleating at shallower depths result in the smaller anticlines being increasingly closer to the axis of the primary fold. For folds in either homogeneous or layered crust, the flanks of the resulting anticlines are steepest on the side of the fold directly above the upper thrust tip. This provides a means of determining the dip direction of each thrust from topography. Mechanical stratification within a thrust-related anticline is reflected in backthrust-related topography. The presence of backthrusts, inferred from slope analysis of smaller anticlines superimposed on the larger primary thrust-related fold, indicates a layered mechanical stratification within the anticline. Where subsurface data are unavailable, such as on the moon or Mars, topographic observations of thrust-related anticlines can be used to infer mechanical stratigraphy. In terrestrial studies, the lack of backthrusts within anticlines of well-defined mechanical stratigraphy is evidence for high pore fluid pressure (low effective shear strength) during seismogenesis.

  9. Big Bear Exploration Ltd. 1998 annual report

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    During the first quarter of 1998 Big Bear completed a purchase of additional assets in the Rainbow Lake area of Alberta in which light oil purchase was financed with new equity and bank debt. The business plan was to immediately exploit these light oil assets, the result of which would be increased reserves, production and cash flow. Although drilling results in the first quarter on the Rainbow Lake properties was mixed, oil prices started to free fall and drilling costs were much higher than expected. As a result, the company completed a reduced program which resulted in less incremental loss and cash flow than it budgeted for. On April 29, 1998, Big Bear entered into agreement with Belco Oil and Gas Corp. and Moan Investments Ltd. for the issuance of convertible preferred shares at a gross value of $15,750,000, which shares were eventually converted at 70 cents per share to common equity. As a result of the continued plunge in oil prices, the lending value of the company's assets continued to fall, requiring it to take action in order to meet its financial commitments. Late in the third quarter Big Bear issued equity for proceeds of $11,032,000 which further reduced the company's debt. Although the company has been extremely active in identifying and pursuing acquisition opportunities, it became evident that Belco Oil and Gas Corp. and Big Bear did nor share common criteria for acquisitions, which resulted in the restructuring of their relationship in the fourth quarter. With the future of oil prices in question, Big Bear decided that it would change its focus to that of natural gas and would refocus ts efforts to acquire natural gas assets to fuel its growth. The purchase of Blue Range put Big Bear in a difficult position in terms of the latter's growth. In summary, what started as a difficult year ended in disappointment

  10. High- and low-thrust propulsion systems for the space station

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    Jones, R.E.

    1987-01-01

    The purpose of the Advanced Development program was to investigate propulsion options for the space station. Two options were investigated in detail: a high-thrust system consisting of 25 to 50 lbf gaseous oxygen/hydrogen rockets, and a low-thrust system of 0.1 lbf multipropellant resistojets. An effort is also being conducted to determine the life capability of hydrazine-fueled thrusters. During the course of this program, studies clearly identified the benefits of utilizing waste water and other fluids as propellant sources. The results of the H/O thruster test programs are presented and the plan to determine the life of hydrazine thrusters is discussed. The background required to establish a long-life resistojet is presented and the first design model is shown in detail.

  11. Pole-shape optimization of permanent-magnet linear synchronous motor for reduction of thrust ripple

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    In this paper, we have used magnet arc shaping technique in order to improve the performance of permanent-magnet linear synchronous motor (PMLSM). At first, a detailed analytical modeling based on Maxwell equations is presented for the analysis and design of PMLSM with the arc-shaped magnetic poles (ASMPs). Then the accuracy of presented method is verified by finite-element method. Very close agreement between the analytical and finite-element results shows the effectiveness of the proposed method. Finally, a magnet shape design is carried out based on the analytical method to enhance the motor developed thrust. Pertinent evaluations on the optimal design performance demonstrate that shape optimization leads to a design with extra low thrust ripple.

  12. Electromagnetic Analysis of Magnetic-Jack type CRDM for Thrust Force Improvement

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    Huh, Hyung; Lee, Jae Sun; Kim, Ji Ho; Choi, Suhn; Park, Keun Bae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-07-01

    The magnetic-jack (magjack) type is used for control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) of the System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor (SMART). An arrangement of three flat-face plunger electromagnets, when energized in a controlled sequence, will lift, hold, or insert a rod cluster in the reactor core. Especially the thrust force of magjack type electromagnet for the SMART needs more than that of KSNP (Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant) under the same spatial constraints. In order to achieve improved thrust force, numerical magnetic field calculations for various kinds of magnetic yoke configuration of electromagnet have been performed. As a result, we present the improved design of electromagnet of magjack type CRDM for the SMART.

  13. Electromagnetic Analysis of Magnetic-Jack type CRDM for Thrust Force Improvement

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    The magnetic-jack (magjack) type is used for control rod drive mechanism (CRDM) of the System-integrated Modular Advanced Reactor (SMART). An arrangement of three flat-face plunger electromagnets, when energized in a controlled sequence, will lift, hold, or insert a rod cluster in the reactor core. Especially the thrust force of magjack type electromagnet for the SMART needs more than that of KSNP (Korean Standard Nuclear Power Plant) under the same spatial constraints. In order to achieve improved thrust force, numerical magnetic field calculations for various kinds of magnetic yoke configuration of electromagnet have been performed. As a result, we present the improved design of electromagnet of magjack type CRDM for the SMART

  14. Soil thrust boring plant of static action with ring spacers of horizontal wells

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    V.A. Penchuk

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The combined method of horizontal wells development by a soil thrust boring plant of static action with cutting rings has been proposed. The ratio between the diameters of the cutting ring and horizontal well has been determined. The regression equation was received to determine a minimum depth of a horizontal well laying depending on the diameter of the bore hole and soil porosity. The dependencies for determining emerging forces while developing a horizontal well with a cutting ring and its cleaning with a disk with account of geometric parameters of the working equipment and soil condition have been established. The general view of the soil thrust boring plant and its working equipment for developing horizontal wells has been presented.

  15. Research on design method of the full form ship with minimum thrust deduction factor

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    Zhang, Bao-ji; Miao, Ai-qin; Zhang, Zhu-xin

    2015-04-01

    In the preliminary design stage of the full form ships, in order to obtain a hull form with low resistance and maximum propulsion efficiency, an optimization design program for a full form ship with the minimum thrust deduction factor has been developed, which combined the potential flow theory and boundary layer theory with the optimization technique. In the optimization process, the Sequential Unconstrained Minimization Technique (SUMT) interior point method of Nonlinear Programming (NLP) was proposed with the minimum thrust deduction factor as the objective function. An appropriate displacement is a basic constraint condition, and the boundary layer separation is an additional one. The parameters of the hull form modification function are used as design variables. At last, the numerical optimization example for lines of after-body of 50000 DWT product oil tanker was provided, which indicated that the propulsion efficiency was improved distinctly by this optimal design method.

  16. Lyapunov-based Low-thrust Optimal Orbit Transfer: An approach in Cartesian coordinates

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    Zhang, Hantian; Cao, Qingjie

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a simple approach to low-thrust optimal-fuel and optimal-time transfer problems between two elliptic orbits using the Cartesian coordinates system. In this case, an orbit is described by its specific angular momentum and Laplace vectors with a free injection point. Trajectory optimization with the pseudospectral method and nonlinear programming are supported by the initial guess generated from the Chang-Chichka-Marsden Lyapunov-based transfer controller. This approach successfully solves several low-thrust optimal problems. Numerical results show that the Lyapunov-based initial guess overcomes the difficulty in optimization caused by the strong oscillation of variables in the Cartesian coordinates system. Furthermore, a comparison of the results shows that obtaining the optimal transfer solution through the polynomial approximation by utilizing Cartesian coordinates is easier than using orbital elements, which normally produce strongly nonlinear equations of motion. In this paper, the Eart...

  17. Implementation of the Orbital Maneuvering Systems Engine and Thrust Vector Control for the European Service Module

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    Millard, Jon

    2014-01-01

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has entered into a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop and provide the Service Module (SM) for the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Program. The European Service Module (ESM) will provide main engine thrust by utilizing the Space Shuttle Program Orbital Maneuvering System Engine (OMS-E). Thrust Vector Control (TVC) of the OMS-E will be provided by the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) TVC, also used during the Space Shuttle Program. NASA will be providing the OMS-E and OMS TVC to ESA as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) to integrate into the ESM. This presentation will describe the OMS-E and OMS TVC and discuss the implementation of the hardware for the ESM.

  18. Analyses of Multishaft Rotor-Bearing Response

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    Nelson, H. D.; Meacham, W. L.

    1985-01-01

    Method works for linear and nonlinear systems. Finite-element-based computer program developed to analyze free and forced response of multishaft rotor-bearing systems. Acronym, ARDS, denotes Analysis of Rotor Dynamic Systems. Systems with nonlinear interconnection or support bearings or both analyzed by numerically integrating reduced set of coupledsystem equations. Linear systems analyzed in closed form for steady excitations and treated as equivalent to nonlinear systems for transient excitation. ARDS is FORTRAN program developed on an Amdahl 470 (similar to IBM 370).

  19. Wear Analysis of Wind Turbine Gearbox Bearings

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    Blau, Peter Julian [ORNL; Walker, Larry R [ORNL; Xu, Hanbing [ORNL; Parten, Randy J [ORNL; Qu, Jun [ORNL; Geer, Tom [ORNL

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    The objective of this effort was to investigate and characterize the nature of surface damage and wear to wind turbine gearbox bearings returned from service in the field. Bearings were supplied for examination by S. Butterfield and J. Johnson of the National Wind Technology Center (NREL), Boulder, Colorado. Studies consisted of visual examination, optical and electron microscopy, dimensional measurements of wear-induced macro-scale and micro-scale features, measurements of macro- and micro-scale hardness, 3D imaging of surface damage, studies of elemental distributions on fracture surfaces, and examinations of polished cross-sections of surfaces under various etched and non-etched conditions.

  20. SPECIFIC PROBLEMS OF HIGH SPEED BEARINGS

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    TRAIAN EUGEN BOLFA

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The requirements of very high performance (stress, rotational speed, stability to vibrations, etc. for the compounds of mechanical engineering also involve an adequate fiability. The bearings can run at over 70 m/s peripheral speed of high fiability conditions (gas turbines in the aviation industry, with some high precessions and depressed frictions (gyroscopes, grinding broaches, with low/depressed noise and vibrations level. The increase of the bearings speed over the limits considered "ordinary" influences negatively the durability due to some kinematic, dynamic and lubrication significant changes. Major centrifugal forces appear, friction forces modify sensitively, starvation phenomenon occurs, and vibrations are established, too.

  1. LIGHT-WEIGHT LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURE

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    The invention relates to a light-weight load-bearing structure (1) with optimized compression zone (2), where along one or more compression zones (2) in the structure (1) to be cast a core (3) of strong concrete is provided, which core (3) is surrounded by concrete of less strength (4) compared to the core (3) of strong concrete. The invention also relates to a method of casting of light-weight load-bearing structures (1) with optimized compression zone (2) where one or more channels, grooves, d...

  2. Cavitation wear resistance of engine bearing materials

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    Rac, Aleksandar

    1994-04-01

    The resistance to cavitation erosion of aluminum alloy, and cast and sinte-red lead-bronze, materials which are most frequently used for engine bearings, has been evaluated. The tests were carried out in motor oil at a temperature of 80 C, using a magnetostrictive vibratory tester (20 kHz). The results showed that the cavitation erosion resistance was the greatest in cast lead-bronze. On the contrary, sintered lead-bronze, though of the same chemical composition, had the greatest erosion rate. Additionally, the investigation of the overlay plated bearings showed the overlay was nonresistive to this type of wear.

  3. Late Cenozoic partitioning of oblique plate convergence in the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt (Iran)

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    Authemayou, Christine; Chardon, Dominique; Bellier, Olivier; Malekzadeh, Zaman; Shabanian, Esmaeil; Abbassi, Mohammad Reza

    2006-01-01

    The NW trending Zagros fold-and-thrust belt is affected by two major dextral faults: (1) the NW trending Main Recent Fault that accommodates partitioning of oblique convergence at the rear of the western Zagros and (2) the north trending Kazerun Fault located in the central Zagros. Combined structural and fault kinematics studies and SPOT images analysis have shown a Pliocene kinematic change accompanied by a fault pattern reorganization, which has led to a modification in the accommodation o...

  4. Late Dolomitization in Basinal Limestones of the Southern Apennines Fold and Thrust Belt (Italy).

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    Iannace A.; Gasparrini M.; Gabellone T.; Mazzoli S.

    2012-01-01

    The Triassic pelagic carbonates of the Lagonegro Units from the southern Apennines fold and thrust belt host discordant bodies of dolostone. These rocks show textural features typical of zebra or saddle dolomites. In this contribution, the results of field observations, petrography and geochemical analyzes performed on samples from three different outcrops are presented. Field data indicate that the peculiar zebra-type rock and brecciated fabrics were controlled by regular bedding of the mic...

  5. Sizing of Hall effect thrusters with input power and thrust level: An Empirical Approach

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    Dannenmayer, Kathe; Mazouffre, Stephane

    2008-01-01

    Sizing methods can be used to get a first estimate of the required Hall thruster dimensions and operating conditions for a given input power and a corresponding thrust level. After a review of the existing methods, a new approach, which considers the three characteristic thruster dimensions, i.e. the channel length, the channel width and the channel mean diameter as well as the magnetic field, is introduced. This approach is based on analytical laws deduced from the physical...

  6. Emplacement mechanisms of the thrust sheets in the Barrandian (Bohemian Massif).

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    Jane?ka, Ji?í; Melichar, R.

    2006-01-01

    Ro?. 20, - (2006), s. 55-56. ISSN 1210-9606. [Meeting of the Central European Tectonic Studies Group /4./. Zakopane , 19.04.2006-22.04.2006] R&D Projects: GA AV ?R IAA3013406 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : structural geology * thrust faults * folding style * kinematics * Barrandian Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://geolines.gli.cas.cz/fileadmin/volumes/volume20/G20-055b.pdf

  7. Lateral thrust of anterior cruciate ligament-insufficient knees and posterior cruciate ligament-insufficient knees

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    Yoshimura, Ichiro; NAITO, MASATOSHI; Zhang, Jingfan

    2002-01-01

    Leaving anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) insufficiency and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) insufficiency untreated frequently leads to osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this study was to evaluate dynamically the lateral thrust of ACL-insufficient knees and PCL-insufficient knees, and from the findings investigate the relationship between cruciate ligament insufficiency and OA occurrence. An acceleration sensor was attached to the affected and control anterior tibial tubercles, acting in m...

  8. Importance of head thrust test like bedside test in ENT outpatient clinic

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    Batuecas-Caletrio A, Muñoz Herrera A

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Head thrust test is a simple test that provides great information in the studyof patients with vestibular pathology. Despite a relatively low sensitivity, thespecificity is very high so it can be helpful in diagnosing severe vestibulardeficit as in the differential diagnosis of acute vestibular disorders such asneuritis vestibular. In this paper we review the physiology vestibulooculomotorreflex, performing the test, the interpretation of the results andthe advantages of its realization

  9. The Role of Climate in the Deformation of a Fold and Thrust Belt

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    Steen, S. K.; Wiltschko, D.

    2011-12-01

    Theory and experiment show that the rate and geographic distribution of erosion control the rate and pattern of deformation in collisional mountain belts. Enhanced erosion reduces the mass of material that must be moved up and over ramps and uplifted in large folds. In order to test this and related ideas in a natural example, we have compared modeled rainfall to measured thrust sheet displacement, geometry, and internal deformation in the Appalachian fold and thrust belt. We use mean annual precipitation from a global climate model (GCM) as a proxy for rate of erosion. Deformation measurements were made on a portfolio of regional cross sections from Alabama to New England. During the Carboniferous Allegheny orogeny the Southern Appalachians moved from -30 ° to 0° latitude whereas the Central and Northern Appalachians lay between -15° and 5° latitude. Mean annual precipitation determined from the GENESIS 2 GCM (Grossman, per. comm.) varied from tropical to arid conditions as the collision both moved north and grew in breadth and height. The Southern Appalachians, which experienced more net rainfall than other regions, generally show more displacement, deeper exhumation, and shallower ramps than regions to the north. The vicinity of the Pine Mountain thrust sheet in the Southern Appalachians experienced the most displacement (~1.5X the Central Appalachians) and bulk shortening (~1.6X the Central Appalachians) and produced the most eroded material (~1.5X the Central Appalachians). The latitude of the Pine Mountain thrust sheet received ~20% more rainfall than the Central Appalachians. Although the number of regional detachments and lithologies change from Southern to Central and Northern Appalachians, the change in rainfall both regionally at any one time and as the collision progressed may explain part of the change in structural style from south to north.

  10. Information Fusion-Based Optimal Attitude Control for an Alterable Thrust Direction Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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    Ziyang Zhen; Ju Jiang; Xinhua Wang; Daobo Wang

    2013-01-01

    Attitude control is the inner?loop and the most important part of the automatic flight control system of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The information fusion?based optimal control method is applied in a UAV flight control system in this work. Firstly, a nonlinear model of alterable thrust direction UAV (ATD?UAV) is established and linearized for controller design. The longitudinal controller and lateral controller are respectively designed based on information fusion?based optimal control...

  11. Seismogenic characteristics of the Northern Mariana shallow thrust zone from local array data

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    Emry, Erica L.; Wiens, Douglas A.; Shiobara, Hajime; Sugioka, Hiroko

    2011-12-01

    The Northern Mariana seismogenic zone has no shallow thrust earthquakes larger than Ms 7.4 in the historical seismological record and is traditionally considered `decoupled' or `aseismic'. During the 2003-2004 Mariana Subduction Factory Imaging Experiment, we recorded local shallow earthquakes throughout the central and northern regions of the Mariana forearc using an array of terrestrial broadband and ocean bottom seismographs. Accurate locations for both the 2003-2004 local seismicity as well as earthquakes with Global Centroid Moment Tensor (GCMT) solutions from 1976 to 2008 were obtained using the hypocentroidal decomposition relocation method and a local velocity model. Additionally, focal mechanisms for the largest 2003-2004 earthquakes were determined using regional waveform inversion. Thrust faulting earthquakes occur along the Mariana megathrust between depths of 20-60 km, showing that the lack of great shallow thrust earthquakes does not result from a narrow seismogenic zone and that most seismicity occurs where the downgoing plate contacts the overriding mantle wedge. Clusters of small plate interface earthquakes with Ml 1.6-4.7 occur within patches 100-120 km west of the trench at depths of 30-45 km. Furthermore, the larger GCMT earthquakes (Mw 4.9-5.8) occur mostly updip and downdip of the patches of smaller earthquakes recorded by our local array and is suggestive of changes in the fault properties with depth. Clusters of small, forearc earthquakes occur discontinuously along the length of the Mariana subduction zone, showing that Northern Mariana is variable both along the strike of the margin and with depth along the seismogenic zone. We propose that the lack of great (Mw > 8) thrust faulting earthquakes is due in part to the variable frictional heterogeneity along the megathrust.

  12. Next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic resummation for transverse thrust

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    Becher, Thomas; Piclum, Jan

    2015-01-01

    We obtain a prediction for the hadron-collider event-shape variable transverse thrust in which the terms enhanced in the dijet limit are resummed to next-to-next-to-leading logarithmic accuracy. Our method exploits universality properties made manifest in the factorized expression for the cross section and only requires one-loop calculations. The necessary two-loop ingredients are extracted using known results and existing numerical codes. Our technique is general and applicable to other observables as well.

  13. Thrust production and wake structure of a batoid-inspired oscillating fin

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    Clark, R P; Smits, A.J.

    2006-01-01

    Experiments are reported on the hydrodynamic performance of a flexible fin. The fin replicates some features of the pectoral fin of a batoid fish (such as a ray or skate) in that it is actuated in a travelling wave motion, with the amplitude of the motion increasing linearly along the span from root to tip. Thrust is found to increase with non-dimensional frequency, and an optimal oscillatory gait is identified. Power consumption measurements lead to the computation of propulsive efficiency, ...

  14. Mobile DNA and the TE-Thrust hypothesis: supporting evidence from the primates

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    Oliver Keith R; Greene Wayne K

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Transposable elements (TEs) are increasingly being recognized as powerful facilitators of evolution. We propose the TE-Thrust hypothesis to encompass TE-facilitated processes by which genomes self-engineer coding, regulatory, karyotypic or other genetic changes. Although TEs are occasionally harmful to some individuals, genomic dynamism caused by TEs can be very beneficial to lineages. This can result in differential survival and differential fecundity of lineages. Lineages with an a...

  15. Predicting stress distributions in fold-and-thrust belts and accretionary wedges by optimization

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    Souloumiac, P.; M. Leroy, Y.; Maillot, B.; Krabbenhøft, K.

    2009-01-01

    The objective is to demonstrate that the equilibrium element method (EEM) provides the stress distribution in geometrical models of folds, relevant to fold-and-thrust belts as well as accretionary wedges. The core of the method, inherited from limit analysis, is the search for an optimum stress field that (1) is in equilibrium, (2) remains everywhere below or equal to the maximum strength of the rock, and (3) balances the largest possible applied tectonic force. This force and the associated ...

  16. A Composite Engine Thrust Frame Cone, Made With Novel Cost-Effective Manufacturing Technology

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    Ahmed, T. J.; Brodsjo, A.; Kremers, M.; Cruijssen, H.; van der Bas, F.; Spanjer, D.; Groenendijk, C.

    2012-07-01

    High specific stiffness and strength of composites make them obvious materials for space structures. This is especially true for the 2nd stage in launchers. The manufacturing cost, however, is still high because of material cost and intensive use of manual labour. This paper outlines the steps taken to reduce the manufacturing cost of a composite engine thrust frame cone, through automated tape laying, the realisation of a tapelaying facility and the manufacturing of a technology demonstrator.

  17. A. Palmgren Revisited: A Basis for Bearing Life Prediction

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    Zaretsky, Erwin V.

    1997-01-01

    Bearing technology, as well as the bearing industry, began to develop with the invention of the bicycle in the 1850's. At the same time, high-quality steel was made possible by the Bessemer process. In 1881, H. Hertz published his contact stress analysis. By 1902, R. Stribeck had published his work based on Hertz theory to calculate the maximum load of a radially loaded ball bearing. By 1920, all of the rolling bearing types used today were being manufactured. AISI 52100 bearing steel became the material of choice for these bearings. Beginning in 1918, engineers directed their attention to predicting the lives of these bearings. In 1924, A. Palmgren published a paper outlining his approach to bearing life prediction. This paper was the basis for the Lundberg-Palmgren life theory published in 1947. A critical review of the 1924 Palmgren paper is presented here together with a discussion of its effect on bearing life prediction.

  18. Stem thrust prediction model for W-K-M double wedge parallel expanding gate valves

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    An analytical model for determining the required valve stem thrust during opening and closing strokes of W-K-M parallel expanding gate valves was developed as part of the EPRI Motor-Operated Valve Performance Prediction Methodology (EPRI MOV PPM) Program. The model was validated against measured stem thrust data obtained from in-situ testing of three W-K-M valves. Model predictions show favorable, bounding agreement with the measured data for valves with Stellite 6 hardfacing on the disks and seat rings for water flow in the preferred flow direction (gate downstream). The maximum required thrust to open and to close the valve (excluding wedging and unwedging forces) occurs at a slightly open position and not at the fully closed position. In the nonpreferred flow direction, the model shows that premature wedging can occur during ?P closure strokes even when the coefficients of friction at different sliding surfaces are within the typical range. This paper summarizes the model description and comparison against test data

  19. Resistive thrust production can be as crucial as added mass mechanisms for inertial undulatory swimmers

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    Piñeirua, M.; Godoy-Diana, R.; Thiria, B.

    2015-08-01

    In this Rapid Communication, we address a crucial point regarding the description of moderate to high Reynolds numbers aquatic swimmers. For decades, swimming animals have been classified in two different families of propulsive mechanisms based on the Reynolds number: the resistive swimmers, using local friction to produce the necessary thrust force for locomotion at low Reynolds number, and the reactive swimmers, lying in the high Reynolds range, and using added mass acceleration (described by perfect fluid theory). However, inertial swimmers are also systems that dissipate energy, due to their finite size, therefore involving strong resistive contributions, even for high Reynolds numbers. Using a complete model for the hydrodynamic forces, involving both reactive and resistive contributions, we revisit here the physical mechanisms responsible for the thrust production of such swimmers. We show, for instance, that the resistive part of the force balance is as crucial as added mass effects in the modeling of the thrust force, especially for elongated species. The conclusions brought by this work may have significant contributions to the understanding of complex swimming mechanisms, especially for the future design of artificial swimmers.

  20. Stem thrust prediction model for W-K-M double wedge parallel expanding gate valves

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    Eldiwany, B.; Alvarez, P.D. [Kalsi Engineering Inc., Sugar Land, TX (United States); Wolfe, K. [Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (United States)

    1996-12-01

    An analytical model for determining the required valve stem thrust during opening and closing strokes of W-K-M parallel expanding gate valves was developed as part of the EPRI Motor-Operated Valve Performance Prediction Methodology (EPRI MOV PPM) Program. The model was validated against measured stem thrust data obtained from in-situ testing of three W-K-M valves. Model predictions show favorable, bounding agreement with the measured data for valves with Stellite 6 hardfacing on the disks and seat rings for water flow in the preferred flow direction (gate downstream). The maximum required thrust to open and to close the valve (excluding wedging and unwedging forces) occurs at a slightly open position and not at the fully closed position. In the nonpreferred flow direction, the model shows that premature wedging can occur during {Delta}P closure strokes even when the coefficients of friction at different sliding surfaces are within the typical range. This paper summarizes the model description and comparison against test data.

  1. Detection of Repeating Earthquakes Along the Northern Mariana Shallow Thrust Zone

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    Eimer, M. O.; Wiens, D. A.; Rowe, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    The seismogenic character of the Northern Mariana Thrust Zone is unknown because of the absence of large historical megathrust earthquakes and the lack of appropriate geodetic data. Subduction seismicity in the Northern Mariana forearc shows clustering of events along strike and with depth. To further investigate the seismogenic characteristics of the region, we search for repeating earthquakes along the shallow thrust zone. Using the 2003-2004 Subduction Factory and 2012-2013 Mariana Trench Imaging Experiments, a cross correlation detection scanner is implemented to find repeating earthquakes. Template earthquakes are chosen from seismicity located within clusters along the shallow thrust zone and compared with continuous data from nearby ocean bottom seismometers using both conventional and subspace correlation detection methods. Preliminary results from scanning the 2003-2004 deployment have identified several families of repeating events. Many of these groups consist of repeating events that occur within a short time frame of the template event. In particular, several families have been detected in conjunction with the July 15, 2003 magnitude 5.1 earthquake, indicating detection of aftershock sequences. Repeating events that occur throughout the 2003-2004 yearlong deployment have also been detected, suggesting stable sliding of the plate with small asperities causing these repeating events. Further work may allow delineation of stable sliding regions as well as evaluation of the possible effects of several seamounts which are subducting within the study region.

  2. Mobile DNA and the TE-Thrust hypothesis: supporting evidence from the primates

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    Oliver Keith R

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Transposable elements (TEs are increasingly being recognized as powerful facilitators of evolution. We propose the TE-Thrust hypothesis to encompass TE-facilitated processes by which genomes self-engineer coding, regulatory, karyotypic or other genetic changes. Although TEs are occasionally harmful to some individuals, genomic dynamism caused by TEs can be very beneficial to lineages. This can result in differential survival and differential fecundity of lineages. Lineages with an abundant and suitable repertoire of TEs have enhanced evolutionary potential and, if all else is equal, tend to be fecund, resulting in species-rich adaptive radiations, and/or they tend to undergo major evolutionary transitions. Many other mechanisms of genomic change are also important in evolution, and whether the evolutionary potential of TE-Thrust is realized is heavily dependent on environmental and ecological factors. The large contribution of TEs to evolutionary innovation is particularly well documented in the primate lineage. In this paper, we review numerous cases of beneficial TE-caused modifications to the genomes of higher primates, which strongly support our TE-Thrust hypothesis.

  3. Optimization of transfer trajectories to the Apophis asteroid for spacecraft with high and low thrust

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    Ivashkin, V. V.; Krylov, I. V.

    2014-03-01

    The problem of optimization of a spacecraft transfer to the Apophis asteroid is investigated. The scheme of transfer under analysis includes a geocentric stage of boosting the spacecraft with high thrust, a heliocentric stage of control by a low thrust engine, and a stage of deceleration with injection to an orbit of the asteroid's satellite. In doing this, the problem of optimal control is solved for cases of ideal and piecewise-constant low thrust, and the optimal magnitude and direction of spacecraft's hyperbolic velocity "at infinity" during departure from the Earth are determined. The spacecraft trajectories are found based on a specially developed comprehensive method of optimization. This method combines the method of dynamic programming at the first stage of analysis and the Pontryagin maximum principle at the concluding stage, together with the parameter continuation method. The estimates are obtained for the spacecraft's final mass and for the payload mass that can be delivered to the asteroid using the Soyuz-Fregat carrier launcher.

  4. THE INFLUENCE OF THE DESIGN OF THE FRAME FOUNDATION FOOTING ON THE SETTLEMENT AND BEARING CAPACITY OF SAND BASE

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement. To develop methods for calculating and determining optimal forms and sizes of foundations, it is necessary to conduct experimental research of the mechamism of contact interaction of foundation with base, to determine their stress-strain state, and select influencing parameters.Results. The influence of design of slabby part of frame foundations used in buildings and constructions’ thrust systems, on the sand base’s bearing capacity under the action of a system of planar forces is determined experimentally. The graphs of dependence of settlement’s limit values, horizontal and total shifts on the inclination angle and the eccentricity of load application are given.Conclusions. Frame structures of foundations are much more efficient than commonly employed types of foundations, especially under high horizontal and momentary loads.

  5. Relationships between basin architecture, basin closure, and occurrence of sulphide-bearing schists : an example from Tampere Schist Belt, Finland

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    Kalliomäki, Henrik; Torvela, Taija

    2014-01-01

    We present field observations from the Palaeoproterozoic volcano-sedimentary Tampere palaeobasin, where the primary structures have been exceptionally well preserved. We use the observations to construct a new tectonic model for the southeastern margin of the Tampere basin during its inversion and subsequent closure. The observed volcano-sedimentary and structural features suggest a change in the local structural style from thick-skinned inversion to thin-skinned thrusting, in order to accommodate the crustal shortening during basin closure. Furthermore, it is suggested that there is a genetic relationship between the interpreted palaeothrusts and the sulphide-bearing schist horizons in the study area. On a more general note, the results infer that presently subvertical mineralised shear zones may have originally been gently dipping, further suggesting that the mineralised fluids may not necessarily have been sourced from great depths (i.e. from deep within the basement).

  6. Taxonomy Icon Data: water bears [Taxonomy Icon

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  7. Thermo-hydrodynamic lubrication in hydrodynamic bearings

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    Bonneau, Dominique; Souchet, Dominique

    2014-01-01

    This Series provides the necessary elements to the development and validation of numerical prediction models for hydrodynamic bearings. This book describes the thermo-hydrodynamic and the thermo-elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication. The algorithms are methodically detailed and each section is thoroughly illustrated.

  8. Synthesis of novel polymerizable molecules bearing bisphosphonate.

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    Kachbi Khelfallah, S; Monteil, M; Deschamp, J; Gager, O; Migianu-Griffoni, E; Lecouvey, M

    2015-11-17

    In recent years, bisphosphonate chemistry has undergone an exponential growth due to the potential applications of these compounds in medicine and nanobiomaterial research. In this paper we describe the synthesis methods of different families of methacrylic monomers bearing a bisphosphonate with varying lengths of the chain, PEG linkers and more or less hydrolysable functions such as ester, carbamate or amide. PMID:26443553

  9. The economics of roadside bear viewing

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    Richardson, Leslie; Rosen, Tatjana; Gunther, Kerry; Schwartz, Chuck

    2014-01-01

    Viewing bears along roadside habitats is a popular recreational activity in certain national parks throughout the United States. However, safely managing visitors during traffic jams that result from this activity often requires the use of limited park resources. Using unique visitor survey data, this study quantifies economic values associated with roadside bear viewing in Yellowstone National Park, monetary values that could be used to determine whether this continued use of park resources is warranted on economic grounds. Based on visitor expenditure data and results of a contingent visitation question, it is estimated that summer Park visitation would decrease if bears were no longer allowed to stay along roadside habitats, resulting in a loss of 155 jobs in the local economy. Results from a nonmarket valuation survey question indicate that on average, visitors to Yellowstone National Park are willing to pay around $41 more in Park entrance fees to ensure that bears are allowed to remain along roads within the Park. Generalizing this value to the relevant population of visitors indicates that the economic benefits of allowing this wildlife viewing opportunity to continue could outweigh the costs of using additional resources to effectively manage these traffic jams.

  10. Surface layer characterisation of bearing rings

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    S.J. Skrzypek

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available austenite. Theoretical calculation of residual macro-stresses due to volume fraction of transformed austenite in bearing rings and following measurements of residual stresses were carried out as well. The bearing elements were made of 100Cr6 steel and they were smoothed and grinded.Design/methodology/approach: Particular features of diffraction patterns like angle position; shape and intensity are used to characterize phase composition, residual micro and macro-stresses, crystallographic texture, lattice parameter, defects density and crystalline size.Findings: Machining by micro-deformation causes microstructural changes i.e. mechanically induced phase transformation of retained austenite and residual macrostresses. E.g. grinding cased tension and small compression whereas the mechanical smoothing of bearing rings caused high compresive residual stresses about -713 MPa.Research limitations/implications: For precise interpretation of differences between following results needs another investigations: i.e. measurement of retained austenite and residual stresses in rings after heat treatment before any mechanical treatment.Practical implications: The non-destructive character and large number of structural informations contained in diffraction pattern are the beneficial feature of diffraction methods. Therefore they have potential ability in application to technological operations and to diagnostic during fatigue.Originality/value: The non-destructive structure characterisation of surface layers for various kinds of bearing rings can be powerful method in surface characterization and in quality control. This results contribute in general relations between microstructure and properties.

  11. Weak and strong nonlinearities in magnetic bearings.

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    P?st, Ladislav

    2004-01-01

    Ro?. 39, ?. 7 (2004), s. 779-795. ISSN 0094-114X R&D Projects: GA ?R GA101/00/1471; GA AV ?R IBS2076301 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2076919 Keywords : weak nonlinearitiy * strong nonlinearity * magnetics bearing s Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics Impact factor: 0.605, year: 2004

  12. Active Magnetic Bearings. Postgraduate Seminar on Electromechanics

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    Lantto, E.; Tommila, V.; Arkkio, A.

    2007-07-01

    The papers in the seminar on electromagnetics are published only as power point slides. The titles of the different papers are: Introduction to magnetic bearings, Magnetic field and forces, Actuators, amplifiers and sensors, System theory, rotordynamics and control, Diagnostics, applications and standardisation.

  13. Bearings fault detection using inference tools

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    Delgado Prieto, Miquel; Cusido Roura, Jordi; Romeral Martínez, José Luis

    2011-01-01

    The most used electric machine in the industry is the Induction Motor (IM), due to its simplicity and reduced cost. The analysis of the origin of IMs failures exhibits that the bearings are the major source of fault, and even a common cause of degradation in other kinds of motors as Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines.

  14. An experimental and numerical investigation of the effect of aero gas turbine test facility aspect ratio on thrust measurement.

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    Al-Alshaikh, Abdullatif

    2011-01-01

    This work describes the outcome of research program investigating thrust measurements in enclosed test facility for modern aero gas turbine engines. Literature work, experimental work and a description of Computational fluid dynamics simulation system have been developed to improve the accuracy of test bed thrust measurement. The key parameters covered in the research include test house size in relation to engine size. The effect of the distance of engine to detuner on the thru...

  15. Spatial Radon and Helium Anomalies along Major Thrust/Faults of Himachal Himalayas, India

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    Mahajan, S.; Bajwa, B. S.; Kumar, A.; Walia, V.; Singh, S.; Yang, T. F.

    2009-05-01

    The Himalayan mountains are highly unstable and seismically very active. The seismicity in the Himalayan belt is closely associated with the active faults and folds trending normal or oblique to the main Himalayan trend, which leads to under thrusting of the blocks. The state of Himachal Pradesh is considered to be seismically very active because as per the Seismic Zonation Map of India, most of its area falls in two seismic zones, i.e. Very High Damage Risk Zone, zone V, and High Damage Risk Zone, zone IV. The Himachal Himalayas are broadly divided into two major tectonic zones viz. the Lesser Himalayan tectogen in the south and Tethyan Himalayan tectogen in the north. The lesser Himalayan tectogen lies mainly on the southern part of Himachal Pradesh state and is bounded between Main Central Thrust (MCT) and Main Boundary Thrust (MBT). The MCT and MBT are associated with evolution of Himalayan orogeny. Besides the longitudinal lineaments several transverse lineaments occur as faults and fractures trending normally or obliquely to Himalayan trend. In an effort to signify the role of radon and helium as a productive tool to delineate some active faults and lineaments, measurements were made in the soil-gas along some of the major thrust (MBT, MCT) areas of Himachal Himalayas. Remote sensing data provides the synoptic coverage of any desired area and has been successfully used to recognize structures having tectonic significance. As a step in identification of active faulting and structural investigation, we will discuss the specific geochemical studies applied with aim of further identifying active faults and also complementing and specifying remotely sensed structures and zones. This method to investigate active tectonic structures, using soil gas composition at faults, provides relevant information about regional stress conditions, which can be obtained rapidly and at relatively low cost. Elevated emanation of radon and helium gases were detected over some of the thrust/faults/lineaments, thus indicating anomalous permeability of these zones in comparison with the adjacent areas. The collected soil gas samples were analyzed for radon and helium using RTM-2100 (SARAD) and Helium leak detector (ALCATEL) respectively. It can be concluded from present study that soil gas radon and helium patterns, combined with morphological and geological observations, can supply useful constraints for deformation tectonic environments. These findings may have important connotations for the long-term seismic hazard assessment of the tectonically active regions of the NW Himalaya. This methodology is an inexpensive method of locating unknown faults. Consequently, our work is a preliminary study in this region and the obtained results will considerably help in constructing the radon and helium map of the faults system in the NW Himalayas, India.

  16. Growth folding and active thrusting in the Montello region, Veneto, northern Italy

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    Benedetti, Lucilla; Tapponnier, Paul; King, Geoffrey C. P.; Meyer, Bertrand; Manighetti, Isabelle

    2000-01-01

    The Montello is an elongated hill about 15 km long and 5 km wide located south of the Venetian Alps front and ˜100 km southwest of Gemona, site of the destructive Ms ˜6, 1976 earthquake sequence. Mio-Pliocene strata in the core of the hill are folded. Seven Quaternary terraces across the western termination of the anticline have also been folded and uplifted. The terraces flank the abandoned Biadene valley, a former course of the Piave river which now flows eastwards along the north side of the hill. Topographic profiles along and transverse to the valley and terraces are used to measure the progressive development of the anticline. Fossil remains and archaeological sites dated with 14C suggest that the Biadene paleovalley was abandoned between 14 and 8 ka (11±3 ka). The successive terraces appear to have been emplaced at the onset of interglacials and interstadials, since about 350 ka. The best fitting terrace ages suggest vertical uplift rates of about 0.5 mm/yr before 172 ka and of about 1 mm/yr after 121 ka. The Montello thus appears to be a growing ramp anticline on top of an active, north dipping thrust that has migrated south of the mountain into the foreland. Modeling the deformation of the terraces as a result of motion on such a thrust ramp requires that it propagated both south and upwards with time but with a constant slip rate (1.8-2 mm/yr). For at least 300 kyr the lateral growth of the anticline kept pushing the course of the Piave river southwestwards, at a rate at first of 10 mm/yr, and then 20 mm/yr. Though the growth rate doubled more than 120 kyr ago, the anticline kept a constant height/length growth ratio (?20) implying self-similar depth/length growth of the thrust underneath. The clustering of historical earthquakes north of Treviso suggests that the thrust responsible for ongoing folding of the Montello slipped seismically three times (778, 1268, 1859 A.D.; intensity I ? VIII) in the last 2000 years, with events of maximum magnitude close to 6 and with average recurrence time between 500 and 1000 years. NW shortening on NE-SW trending thrusts along the Venetian Alps front is compatible with the direction of convergence between Africa and Europe but does not suffice to absorb this convergence.

  17. Paleostress analysis of a subduction zone megasplay fault - An example from the Nobeoka Thrust, Japan

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    Kawasaki, R.; Hamahashi, M.; Hashimoto, Y.; Otsubo, M.; Yamaguchi, A.; Kitamura, Y.; Kameda, J.; Hamada, Y.; Fukuchi, R.; Kimura, G.

    2014-12-01

    The megasplay faults in subduction zones, branching from plate boundary thrusts, are thought to have a potential to generate earthquakes and accompany tsunamis. Paleo-splay faults exposed on land often preserve clear deformation features of the seismogenic zone and provide information on the fault mechanisms at depth. One of the important information that can be obtained from exhumed faults is paleo-stress field. Here we investigated the Nobeoka Thrust, a fossilized megasplay fault in the Shimanto Belt in Kyushu, which consists of phyllite and sandstone-shale mélanges that have experienced maximum burial temperatures of ~250 -320°C, [Kondo et al., 2005, Tectonics 24.6(2005)]. Kondo et al. (2005) described two orientations of slickensides from the outcrop, suggesting the existence of flexural gentle fold in kilometer scale. The paleo-stress fields preserved in the Nobeoka Thrust is likely to represent multiple stages occurring during burial and uplift, enabling the reconstruction of fault motions along the fault. In this study, we analyzed paleo-stress from slip vectors on small faults observed in the drilled cores of the Nobeoka Thrust obtained from scientific drilling performed in 2011. Small faults are expected to be less-reactivated and their population is much larger than that of large faults, providing high statistical reliability. Multiple inverse method [MIM; Yamaji, 2000, Journal of Structural Geology, 22, 441-452] was applied to the small faults. K-means clustering [Otsubo et al. , 2006, Journal of Structural Geology, 28, 991-997] was applied to stress tensors detected by the MIM for estimating optimal solutions. The results reveal stress solution of four directions existing throughout the drilled range. The stress solution is applied to faults distributed among different lithology, and therefore the paleo-stress is thought to have acted on the whole cores. By drawing the stress polygon from the direction of the stress solution and the stress rate, we estimate the stress state of the Nobeoka Thrust and discuss potential insights to the fault stress evolution of megasplay fault in a subduction zone.

  18. Locations of Major Thrust Faults on Mercury Point to a Formation Mechanism Associated with Crustal Thickening

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    Selvans, M. M.; Watters, T. R.; James, P. B.; Phillips, R. J.; Solomon, S. C.

    2014-12-01

    Large thrust faults on Mercury are the expression of horizontal contraction that resulted from cooling of the planet; their uneven distribution may indicate that other stress fields contributed to their formation and development. We explore the relationship in the northern hemisphere between locations of lobate scarps and high-relief ridges >50 km in length and inferred crustal thickness to understand whether mechanisms that result in crustal thickening and thinning may have also influenced the locations of large thrust faults. These landforms are concentrated in areas with >53 km crustal thickness (at the 99% confidence level, on the basis of a two-sided single proportion test), an extreme end of the normal distribution (with a mean of 40 km) of modeled crustal thickness values. One possible mechanism for thickening crust and concentrating prominent thrust faults is mantle flow; a broad pattern of mantle upwelling and downwelling is compatible with Mercury's gravity anomaly and topography fields at long (>1000 km) horizontal wavelengths. On Earth (e.g., central Australia), midplate mantle downwelling has been invoked as a mechanism to thicken overlying continental crust and increase compressional stresses in the rigid upper portion of the lithosphere. Downwelling in some areas requires upwelling in others; horizontal divergence could decrease levels of compressive stresses over upwelling regions and might account for the deficiency of large thrust faults in areas of thinnest crust (<27 km, significant at the 95% confidence level). We tested the possibility that this deficiency instead corresponds to burial by thick volcanic flows within areas of smooth plains by excluding the northern plains and Caloris interior plains (the two largest expanses of smooth plains), but there was no significant change from the result for the full hemisphere. If mantle flow contributed to the current patterns of crustal thickness and large thrust fault locations, an implication is that either (i) the large-scale pattern of mantle flow on Mercury was long-lasting and geographically stationary during the period when the planet contracted, or (ii) a shorter episode of mantle flow coincided with the development of many scarps, perhaps because of a relatively high rate of contraction at that time.

  19. A method for evaluating the thrust of a space propulsion device with wide range time variations using a disturbance observer

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    Kakami, Akira; Muto, Takuya; Yano, Yasuyuki; Tachibana, Takeshi

    2015-11-01

    A new method for evaluating thrust with high-frequency variations beyond the resonant frequency using a disturbance observer is presented. Setpoint control is applied to a conventional pendulum-type thrust stand to keep the pendulum at the target position using a solenoid actuator. During control, pendulum acceleration and solenoid-actuator current are measured, and the disturbance observer determines thrust with a wide range of frequency variations. The method allows thrust to be evaluated not only with constant and low-frequency variations, but also with high-frequency variations outside the resonant frequency. A thrust measurement device is prototyped to investigate accuracy over a wide frequency range from 0 to 100 Hz and the effects of the proportional-derivative-integral (PID) controller design. Calibration yields thrust measurement errors of 20% below 90 Hz. PID controller design has a smaller influence on the accuracy of the proposed method than the conventional null-balance method, so the proposed method requires the same stability under PID control as that for the null-balance method.

  20. Experimental study of thrusts of a cylindrical linear synchronous motor with an HTS coil magnet as the excitation system

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    Highlights: • Thrusts of a cylindrical linear synchronous motor with an HTS coil were measured. • Effects of armature current, coil current and running time were studied. • Thrusts of HTS coil with magnetizers were studied. • Effect of seams between magnetizers was studied. - Abstract: The thrusts of a cylindrical linear synchronous motor with an HTS coil magnet as the excitation system were measured the first time and will be presented in this paper. The HTS coil magnet is made of second generation YBCO wire. The coil is a double pancake coil consisting of 34 turns wire. The inner diameter, outer diameter and height of the coil are 20, 30 and 13 mm, respectively. The armature of the motor is three phases, and the inner diameter is 40 mm. It is made of copper windings. With a direct current of 40 A for the HTS coil magnet and a RMS current of 10 A for the armature, a peak thrust of 3.8 N was measured at the temperature of 77 K and a radial gap of 5 mm between the armature and the excitation system. Effects of armature current, coil current, running time, magnetizers and seams between magnetizers were also studied. In the experiments, the peak thrusts of different types of HTS coil magnets were about from 1.3 times to 8 times as strong as the peak thrust of the coreless coil magnet under the same conditions

  1. A miniature electrothermal thruster using microwave-excited microplasmas: Thrust measurement and its comparison with numerical analysis

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    A microplasma thruster has been developed, consisting of a cylindrical microplasma source 10 mm long and 1.5 mm in inner diameter and a conical micronozzle 1.0-1.4 mm long with a throat of 0.12-0.2 mm in diameter. The feed or propellant gas employed is Ar at pressures of 10-100 kPa, and the surface-wave-excited plasma is established by 4.0 GHz microwaves at powers of <10 W. The thrust has been measured by a combination of target and pendulum methods, exhibiting the performance improved by discharging the plasma. The thrust obtained is 1.4 mN at an Ar gas flow rate of 60 SCCM (1.8 mg/s) and a microwave power of 6 W, giving a specific impulse of 79 s and a thrust efficiency of 8.7%. The thrust and specific impulse are 0.9 mN and 51 s, respectively, in cold-gas operation. A comparison with numerical analysis indicates that the pressure thrust contributes significantly to the total thrust at low gas flow rates, and that the micronozzle tends to have an isothermal wall rather than an adiabatic

  2. Less Anterior Knee Pain with a Mobile-bearing Prosthesis Compared with a Fixed-bearing Prosthesis

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    Breugem, Stefan J.M.; Sierevelt, Inger N.; Schafroth, Matthias U; Blankevoort, Leendert; Schaap, Gerard R.; van Dijk, C. Niek

    2008-01-01

    Anterior knee pain is one of the major short-term complaints after TKA. Since the introduction of the mobile-bearing TKA, numerous studies have attempted to confirm the theoretical advantages of a mobile-bearing TKA over a fixed-bearing TKA but most show little or no actual benefits. The concept of self-alignment for the mobile bearing suggests the posterior-stabilized mobile-bearing TKA would provide a lower incidence of anterior knee pain compared with a fixed-bearing TKA. We therefore aske...

  3. Kenai Peninsula Brown Bear Studies : Report of the Interagency Brown Bear Study Team, 1986

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report summarizes work conducted during the 1986 field season on brown bear Ursus arctos from the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Ground surveys were conducted to...

  4. Bear in Mind: Bear Hunting in the Mesolithic of the Southern Caucasus

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    Bar-Oz, Guy; Belfer-Cohen, Anna; Meshveliani, Tengiz; Jakeli, Nino; Matskevich, Zinovi; Bar-Yosef, Ofer

    2009-01-01

    We present new faunal data from Kotias Klde rockshelter, Republic of Georgia, where a substantial part of the faunalv assemblage consists of brown bear remains (Ursus arctos) found in clear association with Mesolithic artifacts. Bear remains are unusually well represented in comparison with other faunal assemblages from the Caucasus and Eurasia in general. The diversity of species, dominance of young individuals, full representation of skeletal elements, and skinning butchery marks indicate t...

  5. Bilateral total knee arthroplasty: One mobile-bearing and one fixed-bearing.

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    Chiu KY

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available We compared the early results of mobile-bearing knee prosthesis with fixed-bearing knee prosthesis in 16 patients who had one-stage, sequential, bilateral replacements. In each patient, a Low Contact Stress (LCS, Depuy rotating-platform prosthesis was inserted in one side, and an Anatomic Modular Knee (AMK, Depuy posterior-stabilised prosthesis was inserted in the other side. The same surgical routines were adopted for both sides in each patient. There were significant improvements in the Knee Society knee score and functional score, as well as the Oxford Knee score after both mobile-bearing and fixed-bearing knee replacements (p<0.001. However, we could not find any significant difference between the clinical results of the two prostheses. The authors early experience with the mobile-bearing total knee prosthesis was as favourable as the medium-term experience of the fixed-bearing total knee prosthesis in this prospective, match-pair study.

  6. Measurement and analysis on bearing characteristics of gas bearing circulator(B1)

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    The bearing loads were measured and analyzed for the gas bearing type circulator of the Helium loop HENDEL. From results of the study, it was found that the static load acting to bearing pads in the journal bearing does not remain constant as expected and is not isogonal due to the external forces from momentum changes and pressure gradient of the working gas and from electromagnetic force in the driving motor. As to the dynamic load in the bearing, it was found to depend on the static load and was also found that the absolute value of its vector is not constant in a rotation of the shaft. It was predicted and reasoned that the divergent shaft vibration is caused by the vibrational dynamic load in absolute value and relatively low stiffness of the spring-pivot. To improve weak points of the gas bearing circulator, some new design criteria are offered and the substantial methods are also indicated to realize those criteria. (author)

  7. 19 CFR 133.21 - Articles bearing counterfeit trademarks.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 2010-04-01 false Articles bearing counterfeit trademarks. 133.21 Section 133.21...Trade Names § 133.21 Articles bearing counterfeit trademarks. (a) Counterfeit trademark defined. A “counterfeit...

  8. Monitoring of lubrication conditions in journal bearing by acoustic emission

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    Systems with journal bearings generally operate in large scale and under severe loading conditions such as steam generator turbines and internal combustion engines, in contrast to the machinery using rolling element bearings. Failure of the bearings in these machinery can result in the system breakdown. To avoid the time consuming repair and considerable economic loss, the detection of incipient failure in journal bearings becomes very important. In this experimental approach, acoustic emission monitoring is employed to the detection of incipient failure caused by intervention of foreign particles most probable in the journal bearing systems. It has been known that the intervention of foreign materials, insufficient lubrication and misassembly etc. are principal factors to cause bearing failure and distress. The experiment was conducted under such designed conditions as inserting alumina particles to the lubrication layer in the simulated journal bearing system. The results showed that acoustic emission could be an effective tool to detect the incipient failure in journal bearings.

  9. On the utilization of rolling bearings in sodium engineering

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    Due to the excessive wear on steel in sodium-lubricated roller bearings, only periodically working roller bearings, e.g. in reactor charging machines, are of practical use. Experimental studies and their results are reported on. (UA/AK)

  10. Population Parameters and Harvest Characteristics of Black Bears in Georgia

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This report summarizes findings of black bear distribution and population trends throughout Georgia and evaluates black bear harvest trends from 1992 to 2002....

  11. Nuclear fuel handling grapple carriage with self-lubricating bearing

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    This invention relates to the provision of a fuel handling grapple carriage for a sodium cooled fast breeder reactor with sodium coolant lubricated bearings in which contamination of the bearings is prevented. (UK)

  12. Bear range-grazing area survey: Joint report

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Recommendations for establishing livestock grazing area, consistent with refuge purposes and minimization of bear attacks. Includes statistics on bear kills,...

  13. Investigation of tribological and mechanical properties of metal bearings

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    Bekir Sadik Ünlü

    2009-08-01

    Copper, aluminum and tin–lead based alloys are widely used as journal bearing materials in tribological applications. Bronze and brass are widely used as journal bearing materials for copper based alloys. Zamacs find applications as journal bearing materials for zinc based alloys, while duralumines are chosen as journal bearing materials for aluminum based alloys. In addition, white metals are widely used as journal bearing materials for tin–lead based alloys. These alloys ensure properties expected from journal bearings. In this study, tribological and mechanical properties of these journal bearings manufactured by metals were investigated. SAE 1050 steel shaft was used as counter abrader. Experiments were carried out in every 30 min for a total of 150 min by using radial journal bearing wear test rig.

  14. Self-Bearing Motor-Generator for Flywheels Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Self-bearing or ?bearingless? motors perform both motor and bearing support functions but such devices have not yet achieved speeds above 15,000 rpm. The innovation...

  15. A plan for the management of the Kodiak brown bear

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Management districts will be used as a tool to manage the population of bear on Kodiak Island. Theoretically, 204 bear may be taken off the refuge annually without...

  16. Polar bear den survey, Arctic National Wildlife Range

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — In conjunction with the Polar Bear Research Project being supervised by Mr. Jack Lentfer of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife two Polar Bear den surveys...

  17. Stability of multi orifice active tilting-pad journal bearings

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    Haugaard, Asger M.; Santos, Ilmar

    2010-01-01

    The stability properties of actively lubricated tilting-pad journal bearings are investigated theoretically. The bearing preload factor and control system gains are varied, and stable and unstable regions are identified. It is seen, that the control system influences bearing stability, and that the nature and magnitude of this influence depends on the rotor mass, preload factor and rotational speed. Furthermore, it is shown that assuming the bearing pads to be rigid can produce a substantial err...

  18. Fatigue Failure Analysis of Hollow Cylindrical Roller Bearing

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    PRANAV HARSHADBHAI DARJI; Dr. D. P. Vakharia

    2011-01-01

    Cylindrical roller bearings with hollow rollers are advantageous in applications where weight, lubrication and speed are major considerations in the operations of the bearings. An improvement in load distribution and thus load capacity may be realized, as well as contact stress is also reduced considerably by using a bearing with hollow rollers. Since from the implementation, for hollow roller bearing no method is available for the calculation of hollowness and contact stresses and ultimately...

  19. Condition Monitoring of Ball Bearings Using Statistical Analysis

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    Dhavalikar Mangesh N., Dr. S.B.Wadkar

    2014-01-01

    ? The study investigated the variation of statistical parameters of vibration signals acquired from Ball bearings with respect to speed using an experimental set up. Accelerometers mounted on the bearing housing and connected to Sound and Vibration Analyzer (SVAN) 954 were used to measure the radial accelerations from the bearing housing. The RMS value & kurtosis analysis validates that the ball bearing health can be fairly monitored using frequency domain Anal...

  20. Stability Analysis of Hydrodynamic Journal Bearing using Stiffness Coefficients

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    Ravindra R. Navthar,; Dr. N.V. Halegowda

    2010-01-01

    Journal bearings are widely applied in different rotating machineries. These bearings allow for transmission of large loads at mean speed of rotation. These bearings are susceptible to large amplitude lateral vibration due to self exited instability which is known as oil whirl or Synchronous whirl. This paper presents amethod to determine the Synchronous whirl i.e. Stability of hydrodynamic Journal bearings by using dynamic characteristics such as stiffness coefficients. Analysis shows that B...

  1. Intensity Analysis of Pretightening Bolt of Turntable Bearing

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    Hongbin Liu,; Jun Feng; Guoxi Xing; Shuai Zhang; Lei Zhang; Yujun Xue

    2013-01-01

    This paper analyses the computation model of preloaded bearing which connects turntable bearing with Flange plate, provides the computation model which connects traditional utation model to the computation of turntable bearing directly. Adopting two ways of preload and service load, this thesis analyzes the maximum loading stress of every single bolt which is connects with turntable bearing. Analyzes and Computes the stress of bolt by utilizing finite element.

  2. The performance of a porous ceramic hydrostatic journal bearing

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    Durazo-Cardenas, Isidro Sergio; Corbett, John; Stephenson, David J.

    2010-01-01

    The performance of a porous-ceramic hydrostatic journal bearing manufactured by the starch consolidation (SC) technique has been examined using a highly instrumented test rig. The results have been compared with those of a 5-recess hydrostatic bearing of the same size and comparable design, under the same testing conditions. The SC porous-ceramic bearing showed an improved performance over the conventional hydrostatic bearing. Static and rotational stiffness were 95 per cent an...

  3. 49 CFR 230.103 - Tender roller bearing journal boxes.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Tender roller bearing journal boxes. 230.103... Locomotives and Tenders Running Gear § 230.103 Tender roller bearing journal boxes. Tender roller bearing journal boxes shall be maintained in a safe and suitable condition....

  4. Fluid mixing and recycling during Pyrenean thrusting: evidence from fluid inclusion halogen ratios

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    McCaig, A. M.; Tritlla, J.; Banks, D. A.

    2000-10-01

    Syntectonic fluids have been sampled through fluid inclusion microthermometry and crush-leach analyses (cations and halogens) from a 50 km N-S transect through the central-southern Pyrenees. The fluid inclusions are contained in syntectonic quartz veins in Triassic redbeds, Cretaceous carbonates and Hercynian basement rocks, with some calcite and dolomite data from limestones and evaporites in more external parts of the belt. The main datasets come from (1) Alpine shear zones cutting the Néouvielle granodiorite in the Hercynian Axial Zone at the north end of the transect; (2) An imbricate zone beneath the Alpine Gavarnie Thrust at the Pic de Port Vieux; (3) Several localities in the footwall and hangingwall of the Gavarnie Thrust on the southern margin of the Axial Zone. The inclusion fluids generally decrease in salinity from 27-35% at the northern end of the transect to 7-22% on the southern margin of the Axial Zone. The majority of the inclusions have Cl/Br ratios lower than seawater and are interpreted as relict fluids after seawater evaporation and halite precipitation in the upper Trias. This interpretation is supported by Cl-Br-Na systematics, which are consistent with a change from halite to halite + sylvite precipitation with progressive evaporation. Fluids in the basement shear zones are interpreted to have essentially the same evaporitic origin as those still contained in sedimentary formations, although it is possible that final concentration of brines in the Néouvielle Massif involved retrograde hydration reactions with removal of water by precipitation of hydrous minerals. The fluids are also very similar in salinity and halogen chemistry to those found in veins associated with Mesozoic Pb-Zn-F deposits which predate the thrusting. The lower salinities seen at the southern margin of the Axial Zone are interpreted to reflect mixing of the brines with a higher level fluid (connate or meteoric water) circulating within the Mesozoic carbonates of the higher thrust sheets. At one locality where Triassic evaporites are still present, high Cl/Br ratios at relatively low salinities are present in inclusions within the underlying Triassic redbeds, but low Cl/Br ratios at higher salinities are seen lower in the sequence. This is consistent with dissolution of halite by a dilute fluid, but with limited penetration downwards. We suggest that the fluid history of the Pyrenees evolved through a series of stages: (1) Upper Triassic evaporite formation with sinking of brines into underlying redbeds and fractured basement rocks; (2) Circulation of brines with formation of Pb-Zn deposits along faults at some time between the Triassic and the Upper Cretaceous; (3) Renewed extension with erosion of Triassic rocks in many areas and further drawing down of Triassic brines into the basement; (4) Deposition of U. Cretaceous and Palaeocene carbonates containing connate waters of marine origin; (5) Formation of the Pyrenean thrust belt with overpressuring and expulsion of the brines along shear zones and faults; (6) Creation of topography with a high-level circulation system in the Mesozoic thrust sheets driven largely by topography. At the southern margin of the Axial Zone there was limited mixing of the deeper, overpressured brines with these more dilute, hydrostatically pressured fluids. An important point is that because of their density, hypersaline brines are difficult to expel from the upper crust, and may be involved in a succession of alteration and mineralisation events in the same general area over hundreds of millions of years.

  5. Late Quaternary activity along the Ferrara thrust inferred from stratigraphic architecture and geophysical surveys

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    Stefani, Marco; Bignardi, Samuel; Caputo, Riccardo; Minarelli, Luca; Abu-Zeid, Nasser; Santarato, Giovanni

    2010-05-01

    Since Late Miocene, the Emilia-Romagna portion of the Po Plain-Adriatic foredeep basin was progressively affected by compressional deformation, due to the northward propagation of the Apennines fold-and-thrust belt. The major tectonic structures within the basin have been recognised and are relatively well known, thanks to the widespread, even if outdated, seismic survey, performed after WW II, for hydrocarbon exploration. More recently, a large amount of surface and shallow-subsurface information has been provided by the CARG geological mapping project. The region therefore provides a valuable opportunity to discuss the genetic relationship between tectonic deformation, eustatic-paleoclimatic fluctuations, and depositional architecture. The activity of blind thrusts and fault-propagation folds induced repeated angular unconformities and impressive lateral variations in the Pliocene-Quaternary stratigraphy, causing thickness changes, from a few metres, close to the Apennines piedmont line, to more than 9 km, in fast subsiding depocenters (e.g. Lido di Savio). In the Ferrara region, the post-Miocene succession ranges from about 4 km, west of Sant'Agostino, to less than 200 m, on the Casaglia anticline, where Late Quaternary fluvial strata rest on Miocene marine marls, with an angular unconformity relationship. In this sector of the Po Plain, the tip-line of the northernmost thrust has been reconstructed north of the Po River (Occhiobello) and is associated with the growth of a large fold (Ferrara-Casaglia anticline), cross-cut by a complex splay of minor backthrusts and reverse faults. The thrust-anticline structure hosts an energy producing geothermal field, whose hydrogeological behaviour is largely influenced by the fracture pattern. The Apennines frontal thrust probably provided the seismic source for the earthquakes that severely damaged Ferrara, during the 1570 a.D. fall season, as documented by the structural damage still visible in many historic buildings (e.g. Cathedral). Surface deformation affected the fluvial drainage pattern and hence the depositional geometry. In the subsurface of the urban area, coarse grained synglacial sands are well developed. The depth of their top unconformity is largely variable, reflecting the ongoing deformation, from 30-40 m, in the southern syncline areas, to less than 10 m, on the Ferrara-Casaglia anticline. Where the synglacial sand reaches the shallower level, they can be amalgamated with, and cannibalised by, the Po River meanders (e.g. Bondeno-Sette Polesini area). Beneath the urban area, the surface rapidly rises northward, from 30 to 15 m, across what is possibly the near-surface expression of an active back-thrust structure. Beneath the southern portion of the present-day town, the upper Holocene succession is much thicker, reflecting higher sedimentation rates. Holocene depositional surfaces show some dip, induced by a spatially differentiated subsidence. The fluvial drainage pattern of the area can be reconstructed with a growing degree of accuracy, over the last 3 ka, recording the growing impact of human activity. The southern portion of diachronous splay of the Po delta distributary channels shows some parallelism with the buried tectonic structures. The large impact of man-induced rectilinearization and avulsion episodes has however to be cautiously considered while investigating the tectonic induced anomalies of the drainage pattern. Further investigation on the role of the recent tectonic activity in the shaping of the fluvio-deltaic depositional architecture will likely support an improved estimation of the seismic hazard of the area.

  6. Identifying Blind Thrust Anticlines in the Subsurface using Drainage Patterns: Andean Foreland of Central Argentina

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    Enderlin, P. A.; Schoenbohm, L. M.; Brooks, B. A.; Costa, C.

    2009-12-01

    The identification of blind thrust faults has traditionally been limited to seismic exploration and/or the recognition of anticlinal hills above the projected fault tip. However, even if there is no topographic expression, blind thrust faults can be identified geomorphically. Deviations in drainage patterns, such as longitudinal and lateral changes in stream gradient (i.e. river diversions, shifts in sinuosity, and gradient changes), as well as overall changes in basin shape, have been associated with tectonics. Our work refines methods for recognizing previously unidentified blind thrusts by examining ephemeral streams draining the Western Andes through the Andean Foreland, Central Argentina. Active deformation in this region has resulted in the topographic expression of several blind thrust faults, and their affect on drainage morphology can be used for comparison. Regional drainage was mapped by comparing stream locations seen on high resolution satellite imagery to two stream-network vector files: HydroSHEDS, derived from 3 arc-second SRTM DEMs, and ASTER GDEM, derived from 1 arc-second data. We identified drainage anomalies as locations where streams crossing 20-m contour lines deviate more than 10° for 5-km or more from perpendicular to the topographic contour. A total of 174 anomalies were identified using the HydroSHEDS DEMs and 106 anomalies from the ASTER GDEMs. We also applied the methods of Burrato et al. (2003), identifying drainage anomalies as locations where streams deviate for 10° for 5-km or more from the tangential to generalized 10 m contour intervals. Preliminary examination by this approach reveals 91 anomalies using the HydroSHEDS DEMs and 44 anomalies using the ASTER GDEMs. The spatial distributions of these river diversions are similar, with the highest number of anomalies between lat 32°30’-33°30’S and long 67°30’-68°W. Preliminary interpretation suggests fewer anomalies exist where rivers were more active since the Pleistocene. We further examine the influence of surface tilting on the lateral migration of rivers by observing the symmetry/asymmetry of river channels, meander scars, and alluvial fans. The predominantly east-west flowing Rio San Juan shows symmetric meander scars, whereas the predominantly north-south flowing Rio Desaguadero shows asymmetric meander scars and eastward migration. This could suggest regional tilting along an east-west axis, possibly due to uplift in the foreland or active subsidence along the east-bounding structures. These remote observations will be verified in the field during a Fall 2009 field-season and using regional seismic profile lines. This project is part of ongoing research on the Quaternary spatial and temporal deformation history of the central Andean thrust front. References cited: Burrato, P., Ciucci, F., and G. Valensise, 2003, An inventory of river anomalies in the Po Valley, Northern Italy: evidence for active blind thrust faulting. Annals of Geophysics, 46(5): 865-882.

  7. Gravimeter using high-temperature superconductor bearing.

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    Hull, J. R.

    1998-09-11

    We have developed a sensitive gravimeter concept that uses an extremely low-friction bearing based on a permanent magnet (PM) levitated over a high-temperature superconductor (HTS). A mass is attached to the PM by means of a cantilevered beam, and the combination of PM and HTS forms a bearing platform that has low resistance to rotational motion but high resistance to horizontal, vertical, or tilting motion. The combination acts as a low-loss torsional pendulum that can be operated in any orientation. Gravity acts on the cantilevered beam and attached mass, accelerating them. Variations in gravity can be detected by time-of-flight acceleration, or by a control coil or electrode that would keep the mass stationary. Calculations suggest that the HTS gravimeter would be as sensitive as present-day superconducting gravimeters that need cooling to liquid helium temperatures, but the HTS gravimeter needs cooling only to liquid nitrogen temperatures.

  8. Nonlinear natural rubber bearings for seismic isolation

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    This paper summarizes the results of a ten-year joint research program on base isolation carried out by the Malaysian Rubber Producers' Research Association in England and the University of California at Berkeley. Special rubber bearings have been developed which protect buildings and their contents from earthquake damage without requiring additional mechanical devices to enhance damping or to avoid problems of wind movement. The lack of complexity in the system makes prediction of response more certain and reduces cost so that in many designs the additional protection will be achieved at a cost lower than that for conventional protection. The principles of design are explained and results given for the many experimental investigations of the system which have included measurements of the response of both the building and its internal equipment. Practical aspects of the use of the system are discussed with reference to a large structure at present being constructed on nonlinear natural rubber bearings in a highly seismic area. (orig.)

  9. Fuel cartridge with pipe bearing a coolant

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    A nuclear fuel cartridge with a coolant-bearing pipe is described; this pipe keeps the fuel pipe spacers in their axial locations. When the reactor is in operation, fuel rods are subjected to a higher axial expansion than the water pipe which bears the risk of the water pipe coming off its support plates. An arrangement for the prevention of this is described which features prolonged shafts on the end plays, a protecting sleeve coating the shaft of the lower end plug, the latter protecting it from flow-induced vibration, plus a conic base for the lower end plug as well as a device limiting the upward movement of the water pipes. (orig.)

  10. Ball bearing heat analysis program (BABHAP)

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    1978-01-01

    The Ball Bearing Heat Analysis Program (BABHAP) is an attempt to assemble a series of equations, some of which are non-linear algebraic systems, in a logical order, which when solved, provide a complex analysis of load distribution among the balls, ball velocities, heat generation resulting from friction, applied load, and ball spinning, minimum lubricant film thickness, and many additional characteristics of ball bearing systems. Although initial design requirements for BABHAP were dictated by the core limitations of the PDP 11/45 computer, (approximately 8K of real words with limited number of instructions) the program dimensions can easily be expanded for large core computers such as the UNIVAC 1108. The PDP version of BABHAP is also operational on the UNIVAC system with the exception that the PDP uses 029 punch and the UNIVAC uses 026. A conversion program was written to allow transfer between machines.

  11. Differential Bearing Estimation for RF Tags

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Fusing spatially distributed observations in wireless sensor networks or asset tracking in a shipyard are just two-example applications where the location of radio nodes needs to be known. Localization and tracking of wireless nodes have been an active research area, yet a universal solution has not emerged so far. This paper introduces a novel method for bearing estimation based on a rotating antenna generating a Doppler shifted RF signal. The small frequency change can be measured even on low-cost resource constrained nodes using a radio interferometric technique introduced previously. Bearing information between anchors nodes at known locations and RF tags at unknown positions can be derived. A few such measurements provide enough information to enable accurate node localization.

  12. Hot Deformation Behavior of Bearing Steels

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    Moon, H. K.; Joun, M. S.; Lee, J. S.; Yoo, S. J.; Lee, J. K.

    2004-06-01

    The material behaviors of two types of bearing steels at hot working conditions are investigated. Stress-strain curves at various temperatures (900˜1,250°C) and strain rates (1˜50 /sec) are obtained by compression tests with a computer controlled servo-hydraulic Gleeble 3800 testing machine. Elongation and reduction of the area are also obtained by tensile tests. Flow stresses are calculated from the experiments and are used to predict the temperature distribution and the metal flow of a workpiece during a multi-stage hot forging process of a bearing race. A rigid-thermoviscoplastic finite element method is applied. The experimental and numerical results are summarized to reveal the reasons for internal crack formation.

  13. Conflict Bear Translocation: Investigating Population Genetics and Fate of Bear Translocation in Dachigam National Park, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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    Mukesh; Sharma, Lalit Kumar; Charoo, Samina Amin; Sathyakumar, Sambandam

    2015-01-01

    The Asiatic black bear population in Dachigam landscape, Jammu and Kashmir is well recognized as one of the highest density bear populations in India. Increasing incidences of bear-human interactions and the resultant retaliatory killings by locals have become a serious threat to the survivorship of black bears in the Dachigam landscape. The Department of Wildlife Protection in Jammu and Kashmir has been translocating bears involved in conflicts, henceforth ‘conflict bears’ from different sites in Dachigam landscape to Dachigam National Park as a flagship activity to mitigate conflicts. We undertook this study to investigate the population genetics and the fate of bear translocation in Dachigam National Park. We identified 109 unique genotypes in an area of ca. 650 km2 and observed bear population under panmixia that showed sound genetic variability. Molecular tracking of translocated bears revealed that mostly bears (7 out of 11 bears) returned to their capture sites, possibly due to homing instincts or habituation to the high quality food available in agricultural croplands and orchards, while only four bears remained in Dachigam National Park after translocation. Results indicated that translocation success was most likely to be season dependent as bears translocated during spring and late autumn returned to their capture sites, perhaps due to the scarcity of food inside Dachigam National Park while bears translocated in summer remained in Dachigam National Park due to availability of surplus food resources. Thus, the current management practices of translocating conflict bears, without taking into account spatio-temporal variability of food resources in Dachigam landscape seemed to be ineffective in mitigating conflicts on a long-term basis. However, the study highlighted the importance of molecular tracking of bears to understand their movement patterns and socio-biology in tough terrains like Dachigam landscape. PMID:26267280

  14. Evolution and Dynamics of a Fold-Thrust Belt: The Sulaiman Range of Pakistan

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    Reynolds, K.; Copley, A.; Hussain, E.

    2014-12-01

    Plan-view curvature of geological structures and range-front topography has long been a recognized and debated feature of both ancient and active fold-thrust belts. As part of the largest active mountain range on Earth, much of the body of work surrounding this topic has focused on the Tibetan Plateau. A lack of published data, extremely limited geodetic coverage and difficulty of access mean there have been relatively few studies of the western part of the India-Asia collision zone, where the Himalaya curve to the southwest into the lobate fold-thrust belts of Pakistan. The widest of these, the Sulaiman Range, forms a strongly curved lobe with ~300km across-strike width. We present observations and models of the Sulaiman Range of western Pakistan that shed new light on the evolution and deformation of fold-thrust belts. Earthquake source inversions show that the seismic deformation in the range is concentrated in the thick pile of sediments overlying the underthrusting lithosphere of the Indian subcontinent. The slip vectors of the earthquakes vary in strike around the margin of the range, in tandem with the shape of the topography, suggesting that gravitational driving forces arising from the topography play an important role in governing the deformation of the region. Numerical models suggest that the active deformation, and extreme plan-view curvature of the range, are governed by the presence of weak sediments in a pre-existing basin on the underthrusting Indian plate. These sediments affect the stress-state in the over-riding mountain range and allow for the rapid propagation of the nose of the range and the development of extreme curvature and laterally-varying surface gradients.

  15. Mutual interaction of two aerodynamic bearings.

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    P?st, Ladislav; Kozánek, Jan

    Lodz : Department of Automatics and Biomechanics Technical University of Lodz, 2007, s. 387-394. ISBN 978-83-924382-9-8. [Conference on Dynamical Systems - Theory and Applications /9./. Lodz (PL), 17.12.2007-20.12.2007] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA101/06/1787 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : aerodynamic bearing * evolutive systems * numerical solution Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  16. Carbon Nanotube Based Bearing for Rotational Motions

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    Bourlon, B; Bachtold, A; Forró, L

    2003-01-01

    We report the fabrication of a nanoelectromechanical system consisting of a plate rotating around a multiwalled nanotube bearing. The motion is possible thanks to the low intershell friction. Indeed, the nanotube has been engineered so that the sliding happens between different shells. The plate rotation is activated electrostatically with stator electrodes. The static friction force is estimated at $\\approx 2\\cdot10^{-15}$ N/\\AA$^2$.

  17. Bearing fault diagnosis by EXIN CCA

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    Cirrincione,, Giansalvo; Henao, Humberto; Delgado Prieto, Miquel; Ortega Redondo, Juan Antonio

    2012-01-01

    EXIN CCA is an extension of the Curvilinear Component Analysis (CCA), which solves for the noninvariant CCA projection and allows representing data drawn under different operating conditions. It can be applied to data visualization, interpretation (as a kind of sensor of the underlying physical phenomenon) and classification for real time industrial applications. Here an example is given for bearing fault diagnostics in an electromechanical device.

  18. Motion of rotor supported on aerodynamic bearings.

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    P?st, Ladislav; Šimek, J.; Kozánek, Jan

    Praha : Institute of Thermomechanics AS CR, v. v. i., 2007 - (Zolotarev, I.), s. 235-236 ISBN 978-80-87012-06-2. [Engineering Mechanics 2007: national conference with international participation. Svratka (CZ), 14.05.2007-17.05.2007] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA101/06/1787 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : rotor dynamics * aerodynamic bearing * tilting pads Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics

  19. Thermal conductivity of hydrate-bearing sediments

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    Cortes, D.D.; Martin, A.I.; Yun, T.S.; Francisca, F.M.; Santamarina, J.C.; Ruppel, C.

    2009-01-01

    A thorough understanding of the thermal conductivity of hydrate-bearing sediments is necessary for evaluating phase transformation processes that would accompany energy production from gas hydrate deposits and for estimating regional heat flow based on the observed depth to the base of the gas hydrate stability zone. The coexistence of multiple phases (gas hydrate, liquid and gas pore fill, and solid sediment grains) and their complex spatial arrangement hinder the a priori prediction of the thermal conductivity of hydrate-bearing sediments. Previous studies have been unable to capture the full parameter space covered by variations in grain size, specific surface, degree of saturation, nature of pore filling material, and effective stress for hydrate-bearing samples. Here we report on systematic measurements of the thermal conductivity of air dry, water- and tetrohydrofuran (THF)-saturated, and THF hydrate-saturated sand and clay samples at vertical effective stress of 0.05 to 1 MPa (corresponding to depths as great as 100 m below seafloor). Results reveal that the bulk thermal conductivity of the samples in every case reflects a complex interplay among particle size, effective stress, porosity, and fluid-versus-hydrate filled pore spaces. The thermal conductivity of THF hydrate-bearing soils increases upon hydrate formation although the thermal conductivities of THF solution and THF hydrate are almost the same. Several mechanisms can contribute to this effect including cryogenic suction during hydrate crystal growth and the ensuing porosity reduction in the surrounding sediment, increased mean effective stress due to hydrate formation under zero lateral strain conditions, and decreased interface thermal impedance as grain-liquid interfaces are transformed into grain-hydrate interfaces. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  20. Spectral properties and identification of aerostatic bearings.

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    Kozánek, Jan; P?st, Ladislav

    2011-01-01

    Ro?. 27, ?. 1 (2011), s. 63-67. ISSN 0567-7718. [International Conference on Dynamical Systems - Theory and Applications /10./. Lodz, 07.12.2009-10.12.2009] R&D Projects: GA ?R GA101/09/1522 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : aerostatic bearing * identification * stiffness * damping coefficients Subject RIV: BI - Acoustics Impact factor: 0.860, year: 2011 http://www.springerlink.com/content/34l382r75g8wu716/