Sample records for accuracy liga theory

  1. Local indicators of geocoding accuracy (LIGA: theory and application

    Jacquez Geoffrey M


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although sources of positional error in geographic locations (e.g. geocoding error used for describing and modeling spatial patterns are widely acknowledged, research on how such error impacts the statistical results has been limited. In this paper we explore techniques for quantifying the perturbability of spatial weights to different specifications of positional error. Results We find that a family of curves describes the relationship between perturbability and positional error, and use these curves to evaluate sensitivity of alternative spatial weight specifications to positional error both globally (when all locations are considered simultaneously and locally (to identify those locations that would benefit most from increased geocoding accuracy. We evaluate the approach in simulation studies, and demonstrate it using a case-control study of bladder cancer in south-eastern Michigan. Conclusion Three results are significant. First, the shape of the probability distributions of positional error (e.g. circular, elliptical, cross has little impact on the perturbability of spatial weights, which instead depends on the mean positional error. Second, our methodology allows researchers to evaluate the sensitivity of spatial statistics to positional accuracy for specific geographies. This has substantial practical implications since it makes possible routine sensitivity analysis of spatial statistics to positional error arising in geocoded street addresses, global positioning systems, LIDAR and other geographic data. Third, those locations with high perturbability (most sensitive to positional error and high leverage (that contribute the most to the spatial weight being considered will benefit the most from increased positional accuracy. These are rapidly identified using a new visualization tool we call the LIGA scatterplot. Herein lies a paradox for spatial analysis: For a given level of positional error increasing sample density

  2. Accuracy verification methods theory and algorithms

    Mali, Olli; Repin, Sergey


    The importance of accuracy verification methods was understood at the very beginning of the development of numerical analysis. Recent decades have seen a rapid growth of results related to adaptive numerical methods and a posteriori estimates. However, in this important area there often exists a noticeable gap between mathematicians creating the theory and researchers developing applied algorithms that could be used in engineering and scientific computations for guaranteed and efficient error control.   The goals of the book are to (1) give a transparent explanation of the underlying mathematical theory in a style accessible not only to advanced numerical analysts but also to engineers and students; (2) present detailed step-by-step algorithms that follow from a theory; (3) discuss their advantages and drawbacks, areas of applicability, give recommendations and examples.

  3. Parallel Assembly of LIGA Components

    Christenson, T.R.; Feddema, J.T.


    In this paper, a prototype robotic workcell for the parallel assembly of LIGA components is described. A Cartesian robot is used to press 386 and 485 micron diameter pins into a LIGA substrate and then place a 3-inch diameter wafer with LIGA gears onto the pins. Upward and downward looking microscopes are used to locate holes in the LIGA substrate, pins to be pressed in the holes, and gears to be placed on the pins. This vision system can locate parts within 3 microns, while the Cartesian manipulator can place the parts within 0.4 microns.

  4. On the accuracy of the asymptotic theory for cylindrical shells

    Niordson, Frithiof; Niordson, Christian


    We study the accuracy of the lowest-order bending theory of shells, derived from an asymptotic expansion of the three-dimensional theory of elasticity, by comparing the results of this shell theory for a cylindrical shell with clamped ends with the results of a solution to the three......-dimensional problem. The results are also compared with those of some commonly used engineering shell theories....

  5. Liga developer apparatus system

    Boehme, Dale R.; Bankert, Michelle A.; Christenson, Todd R.


    A system to fabricate precise, high aspect ratio polymeric molds by photolithograpic process is described. The molds for producing micro-scale parts from engineering materials by the LIGA process. The invention is a developer system for developing a PMMA photoresist having exposed patterns comprising features having both very small sizes, and very high aspect ratios. The developer system of the present invention comprises a developer tank, an intermediate rinse tank and a final rinse tank, each tank having a source of high frequency sonic agitation, temperature control, and continuous filtration. It has been found that by moving a patterned wafer, through a specific sequence of developer/rinse solutions, where an intermediate rinse solution completes development of those portions of the exposed resist left undeveloped after the development solution, by agitating the solutions with a source of high frequency sonic vibration, and by adjusting and closely controlling the temperatures and continuously filtering and recirculating these solutions, it is possible to maintain the kinetic dissolution of the exposed PMMA polymer as the rate limiting step.

  6. General Theory versus ENA Theory: Comparing Their Predictive Accuracy and Scope.

    Ellis, Lee; Hoskin, Anthony; Hartley, Richard; Walsh, Anthony; Widmayer, Alan; Ratnasingam, Malini


    General theory attributes criminal behavior primarily to low self-control, whereas evolutionary neuroandrogenic (ENA) theory envisions criminality as being a crude form of status-striving promoted by high brain exposure to androgens. General theory predicts that self-control will be negatively correlated with risk-taking, while ENA theory implies that these two variables should actually be positively correlated. According to ENA theory, traits such as pain tolerance and muscularity will be positively associated with risk-taking and criminality while general theory makes no predictions concerning these relationships. Data from Malaysia and the United States are used to test 10 hypotheses derived from one or both of these theories. As predicted by both theories, risk-taking was positively correlated with criminality in both countries. However, contrary to general theory and consistent with ENA theory, the correlation between self-control and risk-taking was positive in both countries. General theory's prediction of an inverse correlation between low self-control and criminality was largely supported by the U.S. data but only weakly supported by the Malaysian data. ENA theory's predictions of positive correlations between pain tolerance, muscularity, and offending were largely confirmed. For the 10 hypotheses tested, ENA theory surpassed general theory in predictive scope and accuracy.

  7. Use of base metal casting alloys for implant framework: marginal accuracy analysis Uso de ligas metálicas básicas em próteses sobre implantes: análise da adaptação marginal

    Stefania Carvalho Kano


    Full Text Available The original protocol for implant prosthesis recommends the use of a gold framework for acrylic and ceramic prosthesis. However, due to its high cost, the use of alternative alloys is desired. This study compares the marginal accuracy of pre-made cylinders versus plastic cylinders cast with two different base metal casting alloys. Five samples each of (1 plastic cylinder cast in cobalt-chromium alloy, (2 plastic cylinder cast in nickel-chromium alloy, and (3 silver-palladium pre-made cylinder (control were examined for marginal accuracy according to: (A vertical gap; (B horizontal gap and (C horizontal gap depth at the abutment/cylinder interface. Data were submitted to statistical analysis (ANOVA and Student-Newman Keuls, pO protocolo para prótese sobre implantes recomenda o uso de uma infra-estrutura em ouro para próteses metalo-plásticas e metalo-cerâmicas. No entanto, devido ao seu alto custo, o uso de ligas alternativas é desejado. OBJETIVO: Este estudo compara a adaptação marginal de cilindros protéticos pré-fabricados e cilindros protéticos plásticos fundidos com dois tipos de ligas metálicas básicas. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: 05 amostras de (1 cilindros plásticos fundidos em liga de cobalto cromo; (2 cilindros plásticos fundidos em liga de níquel cromo e (3 cilindros pré-fabricados com cinta metálica em paládio, foram examinados na interface intermediário/cilindro protético na análise de desajuste marginal, considerando-se (A desajuste vertical, (B desajuste horizontal e (C profundidade de fenda. RESULTADOS: os valores médios para o desajuste vertical, horizontal e profundidade foram, respectivamente, 4,13µm, 14,5µm e 6,93µm para o cilindro pré-fabricado em paládio, 23,18µm, 33,2µm e 88µm para os cilindros plásticos fundidos em Níquel cromo e 25,6µm, 51,8µm e 114,54 µm para os cilindros fundidos em cobalto-cromo. CONCLUSÃO: não foram encontradas diferenças estatísticas entre os grupos fundidos (grupo 1

  8. UV-LIGA: From Development to Commercialization

    Grégoire Genolet


    Full Text Available A major breakthrough in UV-LIGA (Lithographie, Galvanoformung and Abformung started with the use of epoxy-based EPON® SU-8 photoresist in the mid-1990s. Using this photoresist has enabled the fabrication of tall and high aspect ratio structures without the use of a very expensive synchrotron source needed to expose the photoresist layer in X-ray LIGA. SU-8 photoresist appeared to be well-suited for LIGA templates, but also as a permanent material. Based on UV-LIGA and SU-8, Mimotec SA has developed processes to manufacture mold inserts and metallic components for various market fields. From one to three-level parts, from Ni to other materials, from simple to complicated parts with integrated functionalities, UV-LIGA has established itself as a manufacturing technology of importance for prototyping, as well as for mass-fabrication. This paper reviews some of the developments that led to commercial success in this field.

  9. An Information Theory Account of Preference Prediction Accuracy

    Pollmann, Monique; Scheibehenne, Benjamin


    Knowledge about other people's preferences is essential for successful social interactions, but what exactly are the driving factors that determine how well we can predict the likes and dislikes of people around us? To investigate the accuracy of couples’ preference predictions we outline and empiri

  10. Physical interpretation and accuracy of the Kubelka-Munk theory

    Kokhanovsky, Alexander A [Institute of Remote Sensing, University of Bremen, O. Hahn Allee 1, D-28334 Bremen (Germany)


    Kubelka-Munk theory is used extensively in a number of industrial applications including colour matching. The main aim of this paper is the derivation of alternative analytical equations, which are more accurate than correspondent Kubelka-Munk formulae for light scattering materials of a finite optical depth. The derived equations are based on asymptotic radiative transfer theory valid for optically thick turbid media with arbitrary phase functions and single scattering albedos.

  11. The accuracy of QCD perturbation theory at high energies

    Dalla Brida, Mattia; Korzec, Tomasz; Ramos, Alberto; Sint, Stefan; Sommer, Rainer


    We discuss the determination of the strong coupling $\\alpha_\\mathrm{\\overline{MS}}^{}(m_\\mathrm{Z})$ or equivalently the QCD $\\Lambda$-parameter. Its determination requires the use of perturbation theory in $\\alpha_s(\\mu)$ in some scheme, $s$, and at some energy scale $\\mu$. The higher the scale $\\mu$ the more accurate perturbation theory becomes, owing to asymptotic freedom. As one step in our computation of the $\\Lambda$-parameter in three-flavor QCD, we perform lattice computations in a scheme which allows us to non-perturbatively reach very high energies, corresponding to $\\alpha_s = 0.1$ and below. We find that perturbation theory is very accurate there, yielding a three percent error in the $\\Lambda$-parameter, while data around $\\alpha_s \\approx 0.2$ is clearly insufficient to quote such a precision. It is important to realize that these findings are expected to be generic, as our scheme has advantageous properties regarding the applicability of perturbation theory.

  12. Accuracy of critical-temperature sensitivity coefficients predicted by multilayered composite plate theories

    Noor, Ahmed K.; Burton, Scott


    An assessment is made of the accuracy of the critical-temperature sensitivity coefficients of multilayered plates predicted by different modeling approaches, based on two-dimensional shear-deformation theories. The sensitivity coefficients considered measure the sensitivity of the critical temperatures to variations in different lamination and material parameters of the plate. The standard of comparison is taken to be the sensitivity coefficients obtained by the three-dimensional theory of thermoelasticity. Numerical studies are presented showing the effects of variation in the geometric and lamination parameters of the plate on the accuracy of both the sensitivity coefficients and the critical temperatures predicted by the different modeling approaches.

  13. Classification Consistency and Accuracy for Complex Assessments Using Item Response Theory

    Lee, Won-Chan


    In this article, procedures are described for estimating single-administration classification consistency and accuracy indices for complex assessments using item response theory (IRT). This IRT approach was applied to real test data comprising dichotomous and polytomous items. Several different IRT model combinations were considered. Comparisons…

  14. Total x-ray power measurements in the Sandia LIGA program.

    Malinowski, Michael E. (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA); Ting, Aili (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA)


    Total X-ray power measurements using aluminum block calorimetry and other techniques were made at LIGA X-ray scanner synchrotron beamlines located at both the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and the Advanced Photon Source (APS). This block calorimetry work was initially performed on the LIGA beamline 3.3.1 of the ALS to provide experimental checks of predictions of the LEX-D (LIGA Exposure- Development) code for LIGA X-ray exposures, version 7.56, the version of the code in use at the time calorimetry was done. These experiments showed that it was necessary to use bend magnet field strengths and electron storage ring energies different from the default values originally in the code in order to obtain good agreement between experiment and theory. The results indicated that agreement between LEX-D predictions and experiment could be as good as 5% only if (1) more accurate values of the ring energies, (2) local values of the magnet field at the beamline source point, and (3) the NIST database for X-ray/materials interactions were used as code inputs. These local magnetic field value and accurate ring energies, together with NIST database, are now defaults in the newest release of LEX-D, version 7.61. Three dimensional simulations of the temperature distributions in the aluminum calorimeter block for a typical ALS power measurement were made with the ABAQUS code and found to be in good agreement with the experimental temperature data. As an application of the block calorimetry technique, the X-ray power exiting the mirror in place at a LIGA scanner located at the APS beamline 10 BM was measured with a calorimeter similar to the one used at the ALS. The overall results at the APS demonstrated the utility of calorimetry in helping to characterize the total X-ray power in LIGA beamlines. In addition to the block calorimetry work at the ALS and APS, a preliminary comparison of the use of heat flux sensors, photodiodes and modified beam calorimeters as total X-ray power

  15. Study on the accuracy of comprehensive evaluating method based on fuzzy set theory

    Xu Weixiang; Liu Xumin


    The evaluation method and its accuracy for evaluating complex systems are considered. In order to evaluate accurately complex systems, the existed evaluating methods are simply analyzed, and a new comprehensive evaluating method is developed. The new method is integration of Delphi approach, analytic hierarchy process, gray interconnect degree and fuzzy evaluation (DHGF). Its theory foundation is the meta-synthesis methodology from qualitative analysis to quantitative analysis. According to fuzzy set approach, using the methods of concordance of evaluation, redundant verify, double models redundant, and limitations of the method etc, the accuracy of evaluating method of DHGF is estimated, and a practical example is given. The result shows that using the method to evaluate complex system projects is feasible and credible.

  16. Improving the accuracy of density-functional theory calculation: the genetic algorithm and neural network approach.

    Li, Hui; Shi, LiLi; Zhang, Min; Su, Zhongmin; Wang, XiuJun; Hu, LiHong; Chen, GuanHua


    The combination of genetic algorithm and neural network approach (GANN) has been developed to improve the calculation accuracy of density functional theory. As a demonstration, this combined quantum mechanical calculation and GANN correction approach has been applied to evaluate the optical absorption energies of 150 organic molecules. The neural network approach reduces the root-mean-square (rms) deviation of the calculated absorption energies of 150 organic molecules from 0.47 to 0.22 eV for the TDDFTB3LYP6-31G(d) calculation, and the newly developed GANN correction approach reduces the rms deviation to 0.16 eV.

  17. Final-part metrology for LIGA springs, Build Group 1.

    Aigeldinger, Georg; Skala, Dawn M.; Ceremuga, Joseph T.; Mills, Bernice E.


    The LIGA spring is a recently designed part for defense program applications. The Sandia California LIGA team has produced an initial group build of these nickel alloy parts. These are distinctive in having a macroscopic lateral size of about 1 cm, while requiring microscopic dimensional precision on the order of a few micrometers. LIGA technology capabilities at Sandia are able to manufacture such precise structures. While certain aspects of the LIGA process and its production capabilities have been dimensionally characterized in the past, [1-6] the present work is exclusive in defining a set of methods and techniques to inspect and measure final LIGA nickel alloy parts in large prototype quantities. One hundred percent inspection, meaning that every single LIGA part produced needs to be measured, ensures quality control and customer satisfaction in this prototype production run. After a general visual inspection of the parts and an x-ray check for voids, high precision dimensional metrology tools are employed. The acquired data is analyzed using both in house and commercially available software. Examples of measurements illustrating these new metrology capabilities are presented throughout the report. These examples furthermore emphasize that thorough inspection of every final part is not only essential to characterize but also improve the LIGA manufacturing process.

  18. Miniature Scroll Pumps Fabricated by LIGA

    Wiberg, Dean; Shcheglov, Kirill; White, Victor; Bae, Sam


    Miniature scroll pumps have been proposed as roughing pumps (low - vacuum pumps) for miniature scientific instruments (e.g., portable mass spectrometers and gas analyzers) that depend on vacuum. The larger scroll pumps used as roughing pumps in some older vacuum systems are fabricated by conventional machining. Typically, such an older scroll pump includes (1) an electric motor with an eccentric shaft to generate orbital motion of a scroll and (2) conventional bearings to restrict the orbital motion to a circle. The proposed miniature scroll pumps would differ from the prior, larger ones in both design and fabrication. A miniature scroll pump would include two scrolls: one mounted on a stationary baseplate and one on a flexure stage (see figure). An electromagnetic actuator in the form of two pairs of voice coils in a push-pull configuration would make the flexure stage move in the desired circular orbit. The capacitance between the scrolls would be monitored to provide position (gap) feedback to a control system that would adjust the drive signals applied to the voice coils to maintain the circular orbit as needed for precise sealing of the scrolls. To minimize power consumption and maximize precision of control, the flexure stage would be driven at the frequency of its mechanical resonance. The miniaturization of these pumps would entail both operational and manufacturing tolerances of pump components. In addition, the vibrations of conventional motors and ball bearings exceed these tight tolerances by an order of magnitude. Therefore, the proposed pumps would be fabricated by the microfabrication method known by the German acronym LIGA ( lithographie, galvanoformung, abformung, which means lithography, electroforming, molding) because LIGA has been shown to be capable of providing the required tolerances at large aspect ratios.

  19. LIGA-fabricated compact mm-wave linear accelerator cavities.

    Song, J.J.; Bajikar, S.S.; DeCarlo, F.; Kang, Y.W.; Kustom, R.L.; Mancini, D.C.; Nassiri, A.; Lai, B.; Feinerman, A.D.; White, V.


    Millimeter-wave rf cavities for use in linear accelerators, free-electron lasers, and mm-wave undulatory are under development at Argonne National Laboratory. Typical cavity dimensions are in the 1000 mm range, and the overall length of the accelerator structure, which consists of 30-100 cavities, is about 50-100 mm. An accuracy of 0.2% in the cavity dimensions is necessary in order to achieve a high Q-factor of the cavity. To achieve this these structures are being fabricated using deep X-ray lithography, electroforming, and assembly (LIGA). The first prototype cavity structures are designed for 108 GHz and 2p/3-mode operation. Input and output couplers are integrated with the cavity structures. The cavities are fabricated on copper substrates by electroforming copper into 1-mm-thick PMMA resists patterned by deep x-ray lithography and polishing the copper down to the desired thickness. These are fabricated separately and subsequently assembled with precision spacing and alignment using microspheres, optical fibers, or microfabricated spacers/alignment pieces. Details of the fabrication process, alignment, and assembly work are presented in here.

  20. Ureteric Injury due to the Use of LigaSure

    Muazzam Tahir


    Full Text Available Background. LigaSure is a bipolar clamping device used in open and laparoscopic surgeries for producing haemostasis in vascular pedicles up to 7 mm in diameter (“Covidien LigaSure technology: consistent, reliable, trusted vessel sealing,” 2012. The use of LigaSure has made securing haemostasis and tissue dissection relatively easy especially in laparoscopic surgery; however, if not used with care it can cause damage to the surrounding structures through lateral spread of energy. Case Report. This case report discusses the induction of a thermal ureteral injury associated with the use of LigaSure. An 80-year-old gentleman was operated for bowel cancer. LigaSure was used for securing haemostasis and tissue dissection. Postoperatively, he was found to have damage to the right ureter secondary to lateral spread of energy from the jaws of LigaSure with high abdominal drain output. Conclusion. Judicious and careful use of electrosurgical devices should be done to prevent inadvertent damage to the surrounding structures. Early recognition and involvement of a urologist can prevent long-term complications.

  1. Applying signal-detection theory to the study of observer accuracy and bias in behavioral assessment.

    Lerman, Dorothea C; Tetreault, Allison; Hovanetz, Alyson; Bellaci, Emily; Miller, Jonathan; Karp, Hilary; Mahmood, Angela; Strobel, Maggie; Mullen, Shelley; Keyl, Alice; Toupard, Alexis


    We evaluated the feasibility and utility of a laboratory model for examining observer accuracy within the framework of signal-detection theory (SDT). Sixty-one individuals collected data on aggression while viewing videotaped segments of simulated teacher-child interactions. The purpose of Experiment 1 was to determine if brief feedback and contingencies for scoring accurately would bias responding reliably. Experiment 2 focused on one variable (specificity of the operational definition) that we hypothesized might decrease the likelihood of bias. The effects of social consequences and information about expected behavior change were examined in Experiment 3. Results indicated that feedback and contingencies reliably biased responding and that the clarity of the definition only moderately affected this outcome.

  2. Assessing the accuracy of approximate treatments of ion hydration based on primitive quasichemical theory

    Roux, Benoît; Yu, Haibo


    Quasichemical theory (QCT) provides a framework that can be used to partition the influence of the solvent surrounding an ion into near and distant contributions. Within QCT, the solvation properties of the ion are expressed as a sum of configurational integrals comprising only the ion and a small number of solvent molecules. QCT adopts a particularly simple form if it is assumed that the clusters undergo only small thermal fluctuations around a well-defined energy minimum and are affected exclusively in a mean-field sense by the surrounding bulk solvent. The fluctuations can then be integrated out via a simple vibrational analysis, leading to a closed-form expression for the solvation free energy of the ion. This constitutes the primitive form of quasichemical theory (pQCT), which is an approximate mathematical formulation aimed at reproducing the results from the full many-body configurational averages of statistical mechanics. While the results from pQCT from previous applications are reasonable, the accuracy of the approach has not been fully characterized and its range of validity remains unclear. Here, a direct test of pQCT for a set of ion models is carried out by comparing with the results of free energy simulations with explicit solvent. The influence of the distant surrounding bulk on the cluster comprising the ion and the nearest solvent molecule is treated both with a continuum dielectric approximation and with free energy perturbation molecular dynamics simulations with explicit solvent. The analysis shows that pQCT can provide an accurate framework in the case of a small cation such as Li+. However, the approximation encounters increasing difficulties when applied to larger cations such as Na+, and particularly for K+. This suggests that results from pQCT should be interpreted with caution when comparing ions of different sizes.


    The accuracy of thematic map products is not spatially homogenous, but instead variable across most landscapes. Properly analyzing and representing the spatial distribution (pattern) of thematic map accuracy would provide valuable user information for assessing appropriate applic...

  4. Accuracy of Pseudo-Inverse Covariance Learning--A Random Matrix Theory Analysis.

    Hoyle, David C


    For many learning problems, estimates of the inverse population covariance are required and often obtained by inverting the sample covariance matrix. Increasingly for modern scientific data sets, the number of sample points is less than the number of features and so the sample covariance is not invertible. In such circumstances, the Moore-Penrose pseudo-inverse sample covariance matrix, constructed from the eigenvectors corresponding to nonzero sample covariance eigenvalues, is often used as an approximation to the inverse population covariance matrix. The reconstruction error of the pseudo-inverse sample covariance matrix in estimating the true inverse covariance can be quantified via the Frobenius norm of the difference between the two. The reconstruction error is dominated by the smallest nonzero sample covariance eigenvalues and diverges as the sample size becomes comparable to the number of features. For high-dimensional data, we use random matrix theory techniques and results to study the reconstruction error for a wide class of population covariance matrices. We also show how bagging and random subspace methods can result in a reduction in the reconstruction error and can be combined to improve the accuracy of classifiers that utilize the pseudo-inverse sample covariance matrix. We test our analysis on both simulated and benchmark data sets.

  5. Confinement-Higgs transition in a disordered gauge theory and the accuracy threshold for quantum memory

    Wang, C; Wang, Chenyang; Preskill, John


    We study the +/- J random-plaquette Z_2 gauge model (RPGM) in three spatial dimensions, a three-dimensional analog of the two-dimensional +/- J random-bond Ising model (RBIM). The model is a pure Z_2 gauge theory in which randomly chosen plaquettes (occuring with concentration p) have couplings with the ``wrong sign'' so that magnetic flux is energetically favored on these plaquettes. Excitations of the model are one-dimensional ``flux tubes'' that terminate at ``magnetic monopoles.'' Electric confinement can be driven by thermal fluctuations of the flux tubes, by the quenched background of magnetic monopoles, or by a combination of the two. Like the RBIM, the RPGM has enhanced symmetry along a ``Nishimori'' line in the p-T plane (where T is the temperature). The critical concentration p_c of wrong-sign plaquettes at the confinement-Higgs phase transition along the Nishimori line can be identified with the accuracy threshold for robust storage of quantum information using topological error-correcting codes: i...

  6. Torsion Testing of Diffusion Bonded LIGA Formed Nickel

    Buchheit, T.E.; Christenson, T.R.; Schmale, D.T.


    A test technique has been devised which is suitable for the testing of the bond strength of batch diffusion bonded LIGA or DXRL defined structures. The method uses a torsion tester constructed with the aid of LIGA fabrication and distributed torsion specimens which also make use of the high aspect ratio nature of DXRL based processing. Measurements reveal achieved bond strengths of 130MPa between electroplated nickel with a bond temperature of 450 C at 7 ksi pressure which is a sufficiently low temperature to avoid mechanical strength degradation.

  7. A model for reaction-assisted polymer dissolution in LIGA.

    Larson, Richard S.


    A new chemically-oriented mathematical model for the development step of the LIGA process is presented. The key assumption is that the developer can react with the polymeric resist material in order to increase the solubility of the latter, thereby partially overcoming the need to reduce the polymer size. The ease with which this reaction takes place is assumed to be determined by the number of side chain scissions that occur during the x-ray exposure phase of the process. The dynamics of the dissolution process are simulated by solving the reaction-diffusion equations for this three-component, two-phase system, the three species being the unreacted and reacted polymers and the solvent. The mass fluxes are described by the multicomponent diffusion (Stefan-Maxwell) equations, and the chemical potentials are assumed to be given by the Flory-Huggins theory. Sample calculations are used to determine the dependence of the dissolution rate on key system parameters such as the reaction rate constant, polymer size, solid-phase diffusivity, and Flory-Huggins interaction parameters. A simple photochemistry model is used to relate the reaction rate constant and the polymer size to the absorbed x-ray dose. The resulting formula for the dissolution rate as a function of dose and temperature is ?t to an extensive experimental data base in order to evaluate a set of unknown global parameters. The results suggest that reaction-assisted dissolution is very important at low doses and low temperatures, the solubility of the unreacted polymer being too small for it to be dissolved at an appreciable rate. However, at high doses or at higher temperatures, the solubility is such that the reaction is no longer needed, and dissolution can take place via the conventional route. These results provide an explanation for the observed dependences of both the dissolution rate and its activation energy on the absorbed dose.


    This paper presents a fuzzy set-based method of mapping spatial accuracy of thematic map and computing several ecological indicators while taking into account spatial variation of accuracy associated with different land cover types and other factors (e.g., slope, soil type, etc.)...

  9. Development of a LIGA-based elastodynamic flying mechanism

    Cox, Adam G.; Garcia, Ephrahim


    With the emergence of MEMS and LIGA technology piezoceramics can be integrated to create tiny solid state devices. The precision motion that piezoelectric materials can provide is complimented by the tolerances that can be achieved through MEMS and LIGA micromachining. The integration of these two technologies is ideal for microactuation. A LIGA based devices has been developed that is capable of amplifying small motions from a piezoelectric element into an output stroke angle large enough to produce flight. Micro flight is a difficult aerodynamic problem. With small wing areas conventional lift requires velocities that are difficult to achieve. However it is possible to induce lift using drag in the same manner as some birds and insects. Flapping is a highly efficient way to produce flight. For sustained low energy flight both insects and birds use a complex elastodynamic system that only requires them to excite it at its natural frequency. The actuation device presented is based on the same flight principle of insects and birds, a resonating elastodynamic system excited at its natural frequency or at a lower harmonic. This allows for long distance flights that require little energy. Piezoceramics posses a high energy level and force output that can excite the device and induce a flapping motion. The dynamics of the system rely on the LIGA flexure mechanism, the piezoelectric element, as well as the aerodynamic interaction of the wing and the air which is a complex nonlinear problem.

  10. Predicting behaviour from perceived behavioural control: tests of the accuracy assumption of the theory of planned behaviour.

    Sheeran, Paschal; Trafimow, David; Armitage, Christopher J


    The theory of planned behaviour assumes that the accuracy of perceived behavioural control (PBC) determines the strength of the PBC-behaviour relationship. However, this assumption has never been formally tested. The present research developed and validated a proxy measure of actual control (PMAC) in order to test the assumption. In two studies, participants completed measures of intention and PBC, and subsequently completed measures of behaviour and the PMAC. Validity of the PMAC was established by findings showing; (a). that the PMAC moderated the intention-behaviour relation, and (b). that PMAC scores did not reflect attributions for participants' failure to enact their stated intentions. Accuracy was operationalized as the difference between PBC and PMAC scores. Consistent with theoretical expectations, several analyses indicated that greater accuracy of PBC was associated with improved prediction of behaviour by PBC.

  11. Serotonin and Dopamine Gene Variation and Theory of Mind Decoding Accuracy in Major Depression: A Preliminary Investigation.

    Arielle Y Zahavi

    Full Text Available Theory of mind-the ability to decode and reason about others' mental states-is a universal human skill and forms the basis of social cognition. Theory of mind accuracy is impaired in clinical conditions evidencing social impairment, including major depressive disorder. The current study is a preliminary investigation of the association of polymorphisms of the serotonin transporter (SLC6A4, dopamine transporter (DAT1, dopamine receptor D4 (DRD4, and catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT genes with theory of mind decoding in a sample of adults with major depression. Ninety-six young adults (38 depressed, 58 non-depressed completed the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes task' and a non-mentalistic control task. Genetic associations were only found for the depressed group. Specifically, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a positive valence was seen in those homozygous for the long allele of the serotonin transporter gene, 9-allele carriers of DAT1, and long-allele carriers of DRD4. In contrast, superior accuracy in decoding mental states of a negative valence was seen in short-allele carriers of the serotonin transporter gene and 10/10 homozygotes of DAT1. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for integrating social cognitive and neurobiological models of etiology in major depression.

  12. UV-LIGA microfabrication process for sub-terahertz waveguides utilizing multiple layered SU-8 photoresist

    Malekabadi, Ali; Paoloni, Claudio


    A microfabrication process based on UV LIGA (German acronym of lithography, electroplating and molding) is proposed for the fabrication of relatively high aspect ratio sub-terahertz (100-1000 GHz) metal waveguides, to be used as a slow wave structure in sub-THz vacuum electron devices. The high accuracy and tight tolerances required to properly support frequencies in the sub-THz range can be only achieved by a stable process with full parameter control. The proposed process, based on SU-8 photoresist, has been developed to satisfy high planar surface requirements for metal sub-THz waveguides. It will be demonstrated that, for a given thickness, it is more effective to stack a number of layers of SU-8 with lower thickness rather than using a single thick layer obtained at lower spin rate. The multiple layer approach provides the planarity and the surface quality required for electroforming of ground planes or assembly surfaces and for assuring low ohmic losses of waveguides. A systematic procedure is provided to calculate soft and post-bake times to produce high homogeneity SU-8 multiple layer coating as a mold for very high quality metal waveguides. A double corrugated waveguide designed for 0.3 THz operating frequency, to be used in vacuum electronic devices, was fabricated as test structure. The proposed process based on UV LIGA will enable low cost production of high accuracy sub-THz 3D waveguides. This is fundamental for producing a new generation of affordable sub-THz vacuum electron devices, to fill the technological gap that still prevents a wide diffusion of numerous applications based on THz radiation.

  13. Recent advances in electronic structure theory and their influence on the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces

    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Taylor, Peter R.


    Recent advances in electronic structure theory and the availability of high speed vector processors have substantially increased the accuracy of ab initio potential energy surfaces. The recently developed atomic natural orbital approach for basis set contraction has reduced both the basis set incompleteness and superposition errors in molecular calculations. Furthermore, full CI calculations can often be used to calibrate a CASSCF/MRCI approach that quantitatively accounts for the valence correlation energy. These computational advances also provide a vehicle for systematically improving the calculations and for estimating the residual error in the calculations. Calculations on selected diatomic and triatomic systems will be used to illustrate the accuracy that currently can be achieved for molecular systems. In particular, the F + H2 yields HF + H potential energy hypersurface is used to illustrate the impact of these computational advances on the calculation of potential energy surfaces.

  14. Determination of the QCD Λ-parameter and the accuracy of perturbation theory at high energies

    Dalla Brida, Mattia [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Fritzsch, Patrick [Univ. Autonoma de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fisica Teorica UAM/CSIC; Korzec, Tomasz [Wuppertal Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Physics; Ramos, Alberto [CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland). Theory Div.; Sint, Stefan [Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). School of Mathematics; Sommer, Rainer [Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Zeuthen (Germany). John von Neumann-Inst. fuer Computing NIC; Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik; Collaboration: ALPHA Collaboration


    We discuss the determination of the strong coupling α{sub MS}(m{sub Z}) or equivalently the QCD Λ-parameter. Its determination requires the use of perturbation theory in α{sub s}(μ) in some scheme, s, and at some energy scale μ. The higher the scale μ the more accurate perturbation theory becomes, owing to asymptotic freedom. As one step in our computation of the Λ-parameter in three-flavor QCD, we perform lattice computations in a scheme which allows us to non-perturbatively reach very high energies, corresponding to α{sub s}=0.1 and below. We find that (continuum) perturbation theory is very accurate there, yielding a three percent error in the Λ-parameter, while data around α{sub s}∼0.2 is clearly insufficient to quote such a precision. It is important to realize that these findings are expected to be generic, as our scheme has advantageous properties regarding the applicability of perturbation theory.

  15. Accuracy of Enskog theory for rotational versus translational motion: A molecular-dynamics study

    Talbot, J.; Allen, M.P.; Evans, G.T.; Frenkel, D.; Kivelson, D.


    Molecular-dynamics simulations of fluids composed of hard ellipsoids yield translational diffusional coefficients that deviate from the predictions of kinetic theory in the same way, but to a greater degree than, those of hard spheres. Surprisingly, however, the rotational diffusion coefficients are

  16. On the accuracy of the Timoshenko beam theory above the critical frequency: best shear coefficient

    Franco-Villafañe, J A


    We obtain values for the shear coefficient both below and above the critical frequency, by comparing the results of the Timoshenko beam theory with experimental results published very recently. The best results are obtained when different values of the shear coefficient are used below and above the critical frequency.

  17. On the accuracy of density functional theory and wave function methods for calculating vertical ionization energies

    McKechnie, Scott [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Booth, George H. [Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter, King’s College London, The Strand, London WC2R 2LS (United Kingdom); Cohen, Aron J. [Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (United Kingdom); Cole, Jacqueline M., E-mail: [Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)


    The best practice in computational methods for determining vertical ionization energies (VIEs) is assessed, via reference to experimentally determined VIEs that are corroborated by highly accurate coupled-cluster calculations. These reference values are used to benchmark the performance of density functional theory (DFT) and wave function methods: Hartree-Fock theory, second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory, and Electron Propagator Theory (EPT). The core test set consists of 147 small molecules. An extended set of six larger molecules, from benzene to hexacene, is also considered to investigate the dependence of the results on molecule size. The closest agreement with experiment is found for ionization energies obtained from total energy difference calculations. In particular, DFT calculations using exchange-correlation functionals with either a large amount of exact exchange or long-range correction perform best. The results from these functionals are also the least sensitive to an increase in molecule size. In general, ionization energies calculated directly from the orbital energies of the neutral species are less accurate and more sensitive to an increase in molecule size. For the single-calculation approach, the EPT calculations are in closest agreement for both sets of molecules. For the orbital energies from DFT functionals, only those with long-range correction give quantitative agreement with dramatic failing for all other functionals considered. The results offer a practical hierarchy of approximations for the calculation of vertical ionization energies. In addition, the experimental and computational reference values can be used as a standardized set of benchmarks, against which other approximate methods can be compared.

  18. Improved Accuracy of Density Functional Theory Calculations for CO2 Reduction and Metal-Air Batteries

    Christensen, Rune; Hansen, Heine Anton; Vegge, Tejs


    .e. the electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 and metal-air batteries. In theoretical studies of electrocatalytic CO2 reduction, calculated DFT-level enthalpies of reaction for CO2reduction to various products are significantly different from experimental values[1-3]. In theoretical studies of metal-air battery reactions......, but compared to determine patterns in functional dependence. The method is exemplified by ensemble comparison of reaction enthalpy to methanol and formic acid depicted in Figure 1. The functional dependence on the calculated reaction enthalpy to methanol is twice as large as that to formic acid. This suggests...... errors in DFT-level computational electrocatalytic CO2reduction is hence identified. The new insight adds increased accuracy e.g., for reaction to formic acid, where the experimental enthalpy of reaction is 0.15 eV. Previously, this enthalpy has been calculated without and with correctional approaches...

  19. Accuracies of the empirical theories of the escape probability based on Eigen model and Braun model compared with the exact extension of Onsager theory.

    Wojcik, Mariusz; Tachiya, M


    This paper deals with the exact extension of the original Onsager theory of the escape probability to the case of finite recombination rate at nonzero reaction radius. The empirical theories based on the Eigen model and the Braun model, which are applicable in the absence and presence of an external electric field, respectively, are based on a wrong assumption that both recombination and separation processes in geminate recombination follow exponential kinetics. The accuracies of the empirical theories are examined against the exact extension of the Onsager theory. The Eigen model gives the escape probability in the absence of an electric field, which is different by a factor of 3 from the exact one. We have shown that this difference can be removed by operationally redefining the volume occupied by the dissociating partner before dissociation, which appears in the Eigen model as a parameter. The Braun model gives the escape probability in the presence of an electric field, which is significantly different from the exact one over the whole range of electric fields. Appropriate modification of the original Braun model removes the discrepancy at zero or low electric fields, but it does not affect the discrepancy at high electric fields. In all the above theories it is assumed that recombination takes place only at the reaction radius. The escape probability in the case when recombination takes place over a range of distances is also calculated and compared with that in the case of recombination only at the reaction radius.

  20. Accuracy of Petermann's K-factor in the theory of semiconductor lasers

    El Mashade, M.B.; Arnaud, J.


    Petermann has proposed that the classical formula for the linewidth of a laser be multiplied by a factor K >> 1 in the case of gain-guided semiconductor lasers. The concept of power in the mode used by that author, however, is not well defined in a waveguide with gain, and his theory is therefore opened to question. The analysis given here avoids this difficulty and nevertheless agrees with Petermann's result. This is because spatial mode filtering is strong in oscillating lasers.

  1. Balancing accuracy and efficiency in selecting vibrational configuration interaction basis states using vibrational perturbation theory

    Sibaev, Marat; Crittenden, Deborah L.


    This work describes the benchmarking of a vibrational configuration interaction (VCI) algorithm that combines the favourable computational scaling of VPT2 with the algorithmic robustness of VCI, in which VCI basis states are selected according to the magnitude of their contribution to the VPT2 energy, for the ground state and fundamental excited states. Particularly novel aspects of this work include: expanding the potential to 6th order in normal mode coordinates, using a double-iterative procedure in which configuration selection and VCI wavefunction updates are performed iteratively (micro-iterations) over a range of screening threshold values (macro-iterations), and characterisation of computational resource requirements as a function of molecular size. Computational costs may be further reduced by a priori truncation of the VCI wavefunction according to maximum extent of mode coupling, along with discarding negligible force constants and VCI matrix elements, and formulating the wavefunction in a harmonic oscillator product basis to enable efficient evaluation of VCI matrix elements. Combining these strategies, we define a series of screening procedures that scale as O ( Nmode 6 ) - O ( Nmode 9 ) in run time and O ( Nmode 6 ) - O ( Nmode 7 ) in memory, depending on the desired level of accuracy. Our open-source code is freely available for download from

  2. The accuracy of geometries for iron porphyrin complexes from density functional theory

    Rydberg, Patrik Åke Anders; Olsen, Lars


    Iron porphyrin complexes are cofactors in many important proteins such as cytochromes P450, hemoglobin, heme peroxidases, etc. Many computational studies on these systems have been done over the past decade. In this study, the performance of some of the most commonly used density functional theory...... functionals is evaluated with regard to how they reproduce experimental structures. Seven different functionals (BP86, PBE, PBE0, TPSS, TPSSH, B3LYP, and B97-D) are used to study eight different iron porphyrin complexes. The results show that the TPSSH, PBE0, and TPSS functionals give the best results...... (absolute bond distance deviations of 0.015-0.016 A), but the geometries are well-reproduced by all functionals except B3LYP. We also test four different basis sets of double-zeta quality, and we find that a combination of double-zeta basis set of Schafer et al. on the iron atom and the 6-31G* basis set...

  3. Accuracy of Spencer-Attix cavity theory and calculations of fluence correction factors for the air kerma formalism.

    La Russa, D J; Rogers, D W O


    EGSnrc calculations of ion chamber response and Spencer-Attix (SA) restricted stopping-power ratios are used to test the assumptions of the SA cavity theory and to assess the accuracy of this theory as it applies to the air kerma formalism for 60Co beams. Consistent with previous reports, the EGSnrc calculations show that the SA cavity theory, as it is normally applied, requires a correction for the perturbation of the charged particle fluence (K(fl)) by the presence of the cavity. The need for K(fl) corrections arises from the fact that the standard prescription for choosing the low-energy threshold delta in the SA restricted stopping-power ratio consistently underestimates the values of delta needed if no perturbation to the fluence is assumed. The use of fluence corrections can be avoided by appropriately choosing delta, but it is not clear how delta can be calculated from first principles. Values of delta required to avoid K(fl) corrections were found to be consistently higher than delta values obtained using the conventional approach and are also observed to be dependent on the composition of the wall in addition to the cavity size. Values of K(fl) have been calculated for many of the graphite-walled ion chambers used by the national metrology institutes around the world and found to be within 0.04% of unity in all cases, with an uncertainty of about 0.02%.

  4. LigaSure small jaws versus cold knife dissection in superficial parotidectomy

    Hahn, Christoffer Holst; Sørensen, Christian Hjort


    The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of LigaSure small jaws in superficial parotidectomy for blood loss, operative time and facial nerve function. This was a prospective non-randomized study of 35 patients with a benign parotid tumor. Sixteen patients had LigaSure small jaws...

  5. Liga química magnesia-fosfato

    Hipedinger, Nora Elba


    Esta tesis es un estudio científico-tecnológico sobre la aplicación de la liga química magnesia-fosfato a los materiales refractarios de base cordierita. Estos materiales son extensamente usados en aplicaciones de alta temperatura que requieran baja expansión térmica, buenas propiedades termomecánicas y excelente resistencia al choque térmico (por ejemplo: moblaje de hornos, quemadores de gas, soporte de elementos calefactores, partes de turbinas, bujías, soportes de catalizadores, etc.). En ...

  6. Preliminary design of multi-function LIGA beamline


    One design of multi-function LIGA beamline has been reported. In this design, two plane mirrors and a series of filters have been employed. One can choose the spectrum range of X-ray easily according to the exposure requirement by adjusting the grazing angle of mirrors and the thickness of filters. And the spot size in the horizontal direction is up to 120mm, which is large enough for exposing 5 inch silicon slice. The typical exposure time is about 1.2h, 1.8h, 0.5h, corresponding to PMMA thickness of 500 μ m, 200 μ m, 20 t m, respectively.

  7. Ligas Finemet nanocristalizadas a partir de precursores amorfos

    Neide Aparecida Mariano


    Full Text Available Atualmente, há muito interesse no desenvolvimento de materiais nanocristalinos e amorfos, que apresentem alta resistência mecânica combinada com boa ductilidade, abrindo grandes perspectivas tecnológicas para o processamento desses materiais. Devido a sua versatilidade, as ligas amorfas têm mostrado ter propriedades que podem ser utilizadas em diversas áreas, como em memórias de computadores, aplicações em vários tipos de transformadores para potência e usos eletrônicos. A técnica para obter as ligas amorfas utilizada nesse trabalho foi a de solidificação rápida a partir do estado líquido, por melt spinning. O processamento das fitas foi efetuado em duas etapas, inicialmente foi realizado a fusão da liga por indução magnética, posteriormente, a liga foi submetida a nova refusão para melhorar a homogeneização e, em seguida, produziu-se a fita metálica amorfa, utilizando uma taxa de resfriamento em torno de 10³°C/s. Durante o processamento, a fita obtida apresentou-se amorfa e com uma espessura em torno de 25µm.Now, there is a lot of interest in the development of nanocrystalline and amorphous materials, that present high mechanical resistance combined with good ductility, opening great technological perspectives for the processing these of materials. Due to its versatility, the amorphous alloys have been showing to have properties that can be used in several areas, as in memory of computers, applications in several types of transformers for potency and electronic uses. The technique used to obtain of amorphous alloys in this work, it went to of rapid solidification starting from the liquid state, for melt spinning. The processing of the ribbons of was made in two stages, initially the coalition of the alloy was accomplished by magnetic induction, later on, the alloy was submitted the new remelting to improve the homogenizationand soon after, the amorphous metallic ribbon was produced, used of the high cooling rate

  8. Uma contribuição ao estudo do torneamento da liga 625

    Aristides Magri


    As indústrias automotivas, aeroespaciais e de energia vêm testemunhando uma maior procura por materiais para fabricação de componentes críticos, tais como ligas à base de titânio e à base de níquel, principalmente devido à alta relação resistência mecânica/peso e à capacidade de manter propriedades mecânicas em temperaturas elevadas e em ambientes corrosivos. Isto gerou a necessidade de se criarem modos economicamente viáveis para fabricar componentes que têm estas ligas por base. Ligas à bas...

  9. LIGA-based microsystem manufacturing:the electrochemistry of through-mold depostion and material properties.

    Kelly, James J. (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA); Goods, Steven Howard (Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA)


    The report presented below is to appear in ''Electrochemistry at the Nanoscale'', Patrik Schmuki, Ed. Springer-Verlag, (ca. 2005). The history of the LIGA process, used for fabricating dimensional precise structures for microsystem applications, is briefly reviewed, as are the basic elements of the technology. The principal focus however, is on the unique aspects of the electrochemistry of LIGA through-mask metal deposition and the generation of the fine and uniform microstructures necessary to ensure proper functionality of LIGA components. We draw from both previously published work by external researchers in the field as well as from published and unpublished studies from within Sandia.

  10. Estudo da ligação de um pilar à fundação com recurso a ligas com memória de forma

    Leitão, Cláudio Miguel Cardoso


    A presente dissertação tem como objetivo principal estudar a resposta sísmica de um novo tipo de ligação pilar-fundação caraterizada por ter ligas com memória de forma (LMF) nas suas componentes. O objetivo principal na idealização da mesma foi tentar que o dano surgisse apenas ao nível das LMF e também que os deslocamentos máximos e residuais fossem menores. Nas ligas com memória de forma explorou-se o seu efeito superelástico. De modo a conhecer o funcionamento da nova lig...

  11. A single institution experience using the LigaSure vessel sealing system in laparoscopic nephrectomy

    PING Hao; XING Nian-zeng; ZHANG Jun-hui; NIU Yi-nong; ZHANG Jian-zhong; WANG Jian-wen


    Background Vascular control and tissue dissection are crucial steps in successful laparoscopic surgery. Recently, a new commercially available vessel sealing technology, the LigaSure vessel sealing system (Valleylab, Boulder, USA),has been introduced. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the benefits of the LigaSure in laparoscopic nephrectomy.Methods From January 2005 to March 2010, 170 laparoscopic nephrectomies were performed with the LigaSure vessel sealing system, including simple and radical nephrectomy and nephroureterectomy. In a retrospective study, the laparoscopic operating time, estimated intraoperative blood loss, duration of postoperative drainage, total amount of postoperative drainage, as well as postoperative hospital stay, were recorded and studied.Results All 170 laparoscopic nephrectomies using LigaSure were accomplished successfully without conversion to open surgery. There was no severe vascular complication or other serious complications. The mean laparoscopic operating time was 124.2 minutes (range, 14-230 minutes); mean blood loss was 148.6 ml (range, 20-540 ml); mean time for postoperative drainage was 3.1 days (range, 1-7 days); mean amount of postoperative drainage was 206.5 ml (range, 27-435 ml) and mean postoperative hospital stay was 6.9 days (range, 3-18 days).Conclusions Laparoscopic nephrectomy using LigaSure appears technically feasible and easy, and produces satisfactory results. The LigaSure provides a safe and fast way to seal vessels and tissue bundles during nephrectomy.

  12. Micro cycloid-gear system fabricated by multiexposure LIGA technique

    Hirata, Toru; Chung, Song-Jo; Hein, Herbert; Akashi, Tomoyuki; Mohr, Juergen


    In this paper, a prototype of 2 mm-diameter micro-cycloid gear system fabricated by the multi-exposure LIGA technique is presented. The entire gear system consists of a casing and three vertically stacked disks and gears. Each part is composed of three different levels. The first level, 40 micrometers high, was fabricated by UV-lithography, and the second as well as the third level, 195 micrometers and 250 micrometers high respectively, were processed by aligned deep X-ray lithography (DXL). The alignment error between two DXL- processed layers was measured, and the results have turned out to be within +/- 5 micrometers range. As a result of the height control process by the mechanical surface machining, the deviation of structural height has been maintained within +/- 3 micrometers range for the UV-lithography-processed structures, and +/- 10 micrometers for the DXL-processed structures. Further the tests of gear assembly were implemented with 125 micrometers -diameter glass fiber, by using a die-bonding machine with vacuum gripper under stereo- microscope. Finally the dynamic tests of the gear system were successfully conducted with the mechanical torque input by an electrical motor. A proper rotational speed reduction was observed in the operational input range of 3 to 1500 rpm with the designed gear ratio of 18.

  13. An aluminum resist substrate for microfabrication by LIGA.

    Kelly, James J.; Boehme, Dale R.; Hauck, Cheryl A. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA); Yang, Chu-Yeu Peter; Hunter, Luke L.; Griffiths, Stewart K.; McLean, Dorrance E.; Aigeldinger, Georg; Hekmaty, Michelle A.; Hachman, John T.; Losey, Matthew W.; Skala, Dawn M.; Korellis, John S.; Friedmann, Thomas Aquinas (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM); Yang, Nancy Y. C.; Lu, Wei-Yang


    Resist substrates used in the LIGA process must provide high initial bond strength between the substrate and resist, little degradation of the bond strength during x-ray exposure, acceptable undercut rates during development, and a surface enabling good electrodeposition of metals. Additionally, they should produce little fluorescence radiation and give small secondary doses in bright regions of the resist at the substrate interface. To develop a new substrate satisfying all these requirements, we have investigated secondary resist doses due to electrons and fluorescence, resist adhesion before exposure, loss of fine features during extended development, and the nucleation and adhesion of electrodeposits for various substrate materials. The result of these studies is a new anodized aluminum substrate and accompanying methods for resist bonding and electrodeposition. We demonstrate successful use of this substrate through all process steps and establish its capabilities via the fabrication of isolated resist features down to 6 {micro}m, feature aspect ratios up to 280 and electroformed nickel structures at heights of 190 to 1400 {micro}m. The minimum mask absorber thickness required for this new substrate ranges from 7 to 15 {micro}m depending on the resist thickness.

  14. Modeling of secondary radiation damage in LIGA PMMA resist exposure

    Ting, Aili


    Secondary radiation during LIGA PMMA resist exposure adversely affects feature definition, sidewall taper and overall sidewall offset. Additionally, it can degrade the resist adjacent to the substrate, leading to the loss of free-standing features through undercutting during resist development or through mechanical failure of the degraded material. The source of this radiation includes photoelectrons, Auger electrons, fluorescence photons, etc. Sandia"s Integrated Tiger Series (ITS), a coupled electron/photon Monte Carlo transport code, was used to compute dose profiles within 1 to 2 microns of the absorber edge and near the interface of the resist with a metallized substrate. The difficulty of sub-micron resolution requirement was overcome by solving a few local problems having carefully designed micron-scale geometries. The results indicate a 2-μm dose transition region near the absorber edge resulting from PMMA"s photoelectrons. This region leads to sidewall offset and to tapered sidewalls following resist development. The results also show a dose boundary layer of around 1 μm near the substrate interface due to electrons emitted from the substrate metallization layer. The maximum dose at the resist bottom under the absorber can be very high and can lead to feature loss during development. This model was also used to investigate those resist doses resulting from multi-layer substrate.

  15. Balance Competitivo en las Ligas Europeas de Baloncesto y la NBA

    Jorge García - Unanue


    Full Text Available Las ligas deportivas dependen del equilibrio competitivo entre los equipos para ser atractivas para los espectadores, de ahí la aparición del balance competitivo. Por ello, las distintas ligas deportivas han adquirido diferentes formatos que determinarán su competitividad. El objetivo de este artículo es comparar el balance competitivo de la NBA y las principales ligas europeas, teniendo en cuenta la NBA en su conjunto y cada una de sus conferencias de forma independiente. Las variables utilizadas para medir el balance competitivo han sido el índice Hirschman-Herfindal y las ratios C5 y C8. Los resultados muestran un mejor balance competitivo de la NBA en conjunto respecto a las ligas europeas, sin embargo estas diferencias desaparecen al analizar las conferencias de forma independiente. Se concluye que al tener en cuenta cada una de las conferencias de forma independiente, con una estructura más similar a las ligas europeas, se presenta un balance competitivo parecido bajo los indicadores utilizados. Sin embargo, la NBA incluye limitaciones en la competición que siguen favoreciendo la posibilidad de que sea más atractiva para el espectador.

  16. Comparison of measurement methods for microsystem components: application to microstructures made by the deep x-ray lithography process (x-ray LIGA)

    Meyer, Pascal; Mäder, Olaf; Saile, Volker; Schulz, Joachim


    The LIGA (a German acronym for lithography, electroplating and molding) process using highly parallel x-rays permits the production of a microstructure with still unique characteristics: high aspect ratio, high accuracy, high perpendicularity and lower roughness of the side wall. From a marketing point of view, this qualitative description might suffice to attract users to the technology. Regarding widespread commercialization and standardization of x-ray LIGA products, our goal is to establish a rigorous dimensional metrology for which we need to understand and quantify uncertainty, which is the key to accuracy. We report on our metrological study using a coordinate measurement machine (CMM) equipped with a fibre probe (3D measurements) which will be compared to two versions of lateral top-view measurements (2D/surface measurements): an optical microscope provided with a micrometric table and a CMM with an image processing sensor; these two types of measurement methods being complementary. In fact, microsystem technology requires measurements to be performed with precision and accuracy within the range of 0.1 µm. In this paper, we present an analysis and a discussion of both types of measurement systems. The precision and reproducibility of the CMM (with fibre probe) during a two-year study will be exposed; a calibrated series part is being measured every time the machine is used. In this case, the CMM is used as a comparator. Its accuracy and the calibration of the ball diameter using an etalon (ceramic gage block) will be exposed. Furthermore, by taking into account the results obtained by the measurement system analysis (MSA), we will show the measurement's impact on the process by taking as an example the fabrication of mm gold gears for watch industry; a quantitative description of process reproducibility and of the influence of processing parameters influence will be possible in the future.

  17. Influence of Boundary Condition and Diffusion Coefficient on the Accuracy of Diffusion Theory in Steady-State Spatially Resolved Diffuse Reflectance of Biological Tissues

    张连顺; 张春平; 王新宇; 祁胜文; 许棠; 田建国; 张光寅


    The applicability of diffusion theory for the determination of tissue optical properties from steady-state diffuse reflectance is investigated. Analytical expressions from diffusion theory using the two most commonly assumed boundary conditions at the air-tissue interface and the two definitions of the diffusion coefficient are compared with Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of the choice of the boundary conditions and diffusion coefficients on the accuracy of the findings for the optical parameters are quantified, and criteria for accurate curve-fitting algorithms are developed. It is shown that the error in deriving the optical coefficients is considerably smaller for the solution which uses the extrapolated boundary condition and the diffusion coefficient independence of absorption coefficient, compared to the other three solutions.

  18. Accuracy and range of validity of the Wigner surmise for mixed symmetry classes in random matrix theory

    Nishigaki, Shinsuke M.


    Schierenberg [Phys. Rev. EPLEEE81539-375510.1103/PhysRevE.85.061130 85, 061130 (2012)] recently applied the Wigner surmise, i.e., substitution of ∞×∞ matrices by their 2×2 counterparts for the computation of level spacing distributions, to random matrix ensembles in transition between two universality classes. I examine the accuracy and the range of validity of the surmise for the crossover between the Gaussian orthogonal and unitary ensembles by contrasting them with the large-N results that I evaluated using the Nyström-type method for the Fredholm determinant. The surmised expression at the best-fitting parameter provides a good approximation for 0≲s≲2, i.e., the validity range of the original surmise.

  19. Accuracy and range of validity of the Wigner surmise for mixed symmetry classes in random matrix theory.

    Nishigaki, Shinsuke M


    Schierenberg et al. [Phys. Rev. E 85, 061130 (2012)] recently applied the Wigner surmise, i.e., substitution of ∞ × ∞ matrices by their 2 × 2 counterparts for the computation of level spacing distributions, to random matrix ensembles in transition between two universality classes. I examine the accuracy and the range of validity of the surmise for the crossover between the Gaussian orthogonal and unitary ensembles by contrasting them with the large-N results that I evaluated using the Nyström-type method for the Fredholm determinant. The surmised expression at the best-fitting parameter provides a good approximation for 0

  20. Liquid theory with high accuracy and broad applicability: Coupling parameter series expansion and non hard sphere perturbation strategy

    Shiqi Zhou


    Full Text Available Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids are of fundamental interest in physics, chemistry, and biology, and perturbation approach has been fundamental to liquid theoretical approaches since the dawn of modern statistical mechanics and remains so to this day. Although thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT is widely used in the chemical physics community, one of the most popular versions of the TPT, i.e. Zwanzig (Zwanzig, R. W. J. Chem. Phys. 1954, 22, 1420-1426 1st-order high temperature series expansion (HTSE TPT and its 2nd-order counterpart under a macroscopic compressibility approximation of Barker-Henderson (Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D. J. Chem. Phys. 1967, 47, 2856-2861, have some serious shortcomings: (i the nth-order term of the HTSE is involved with reference fluid distribution functions of order up to 2n, and the higher-order terms hence progressively become more complicated and numerically inaccessible; (ii the performance of the HTSE rapidly deteriorates and the calculated results become even qualitatively incorrect as the temperature of interest decreases. This account deals with the developments that we have made over the last five years or so to advance a coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE and a non hard sphere (HS perturbation strategy that has scored some of its greatest successes in overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. In this account (i we expatiate on implementation details of our schemes: how input information indispensable to high-order truncation of the CPSE in both the HS and non HS perturbation schemes is calculated by an Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory; how high-order thermodynamic quantities, such as critical parameters and excess constant volume heat capacity, are extracted from the resulting excess Helmholtz free energy with irregular and inevitable numerical errors; how to select reference potential in the non HS perturbation scheme. (ii We give a quantitative analysis on why

  1. Liquid theory with high accuracy and broad applicability: Coupling parameter series expansion and non hard sphere perturbation strategy

    Zhou, Shiqi


    Thermodynamic and structural properties of liquids are of fundamental interest in physics, chemistry, and biology, and perturbation approach has been fundamental to liquid theoretical approaches since the dawn of modern statistical mechanics and remains so to this day. Although thermodynamic perturbation theory (TPT) is widely used in the chemical physics community, one of the most popular versions of the TPT, i.e. Zwanzig (Zwanzig, R. W. J. Chem. Phys. 1954, 22, 1420-1426) 1st-order high temperature series expansion (HTSE) TPT and its 2nd-order counterpart under a macroscopic compressibility approximation of Barker-Henderson (Barker, J. A.; Henderson, D. J. Chem. Phys. 1967, 47, 2856-2861), have some serious shortcomings: (i) the nth-order term of the HTSE is involved with reference fluid distribution functions of order up to 2n, and the higher-order terms hence progressively become more complicated and numerically inaccessible; (ii) the performance of the HTSE rapidly deteriorates and the calculated results become even qualitatively incorrect as the temperature of interest decreases. This account deals with the developments that we have made over the last five years or so to advance a coupling parameter series expansion (CPSE) and a non hard sphere (HS) perturbation strategy that has scored some of its greatest successes in overcoming the above-mentioned difficulties. In this account (i) we expatiate on implementation details of our schemes: how input information indispensable to high-order truncation of the CPSE in both the HS and non HS perturbation schemes is calculated by an Ornstein-Zernike integral equation theory; how high-order thermodynamic quantities, such as critical parameters and excess constant volume heat capacity, are extracted from the resulting excess Helmholtz free energy with irregular and inevitable numerical errors; how to select reference potential in the non HS perturbation scheme. (ii) We give a quantitative analysis on why convergence

  2. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. II. Quadruples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus J.; Matthews, Devin A.; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen


    We extend our assessment of the potential of perturbative coupled cluster (CC) expansions for a test set of open-shell atoms and organic radicals to the description of quadruple excitations. Namely, the second- through sixth-order models of the recently proposed CCSDT(Q-n) quadruples series [J. J. Eriksen et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 064108 (2014)] are compared to the prominent CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models. From a comparison of the models in terms of their recovery of total CC singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples (CCSDTQ) energies, we find that the performance of the CCSDT(Q-n) models is independent of the reference used (unrestricted or restricted (open-shell) Hartree-Fock), in contrast to the CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models, for which the accuracy is strongly dependent on the spin of the molecular ground state. By further comparing the ability of the models to recover relative CCSDTQ total atomization energies, the discrepancy between them is found to be even more pronounced, stressing how a balanced description of both closed- and open-shell species—as found in the CCSDT(Q-n) models—is indeed of paramount importance if any perturbative CC model is to be of chemical relevance for high-accuracy applications. In particular, the third-order CCSDT(Q-3) model is found to offer an encouraging alternative to the existing choices of quadruples models used in modern computational thermochemistry, since the model is still only of moderate cost, albeit markedly more costly than, e.g., the CCSDT(Q) and ΛCCSDT(Q) models.

  3. Investigating Early and Late Complications in Conventional and LigaSure Hemorroidectomy

    M Zare


    Full Text Available Introduction: The traditional Milligan-Morgan and the Ferguson operations are still the most used for patients with symptomatic haemorrhoids of III and IV degrees. Nowadays LigaSure is used as a new technique to decrease the complications resulting from conventional hemorroidectomy. In this study, patients were investigated on the basis of the following main outcomes: mean operative time, postoperative pain (score and duration, bleeding loss in operation, early (within the first month after surgery and late (after the first month complications in conventional as well as LigaSure hemorroidectomy. Methods: it is an analytical study conducted on 101 patients aged 19–80 years old of both males and females with III and IV-degree hemorrhoids who had been gone to Shahid Sadoughi hospital between 2011 and 2012. Forty-three patients were treated by conventional diathermy and fifty -eight by LigaSure. Patients received analgesic administration for about 24 hours after operations and, after hospital discharge. In fact, analgesia was administered until 5 days (three times a day. All patients were required to record pain from the first postoperative day until the 28th postoperative day on a self-administered NAS scale (0–10. Results: Patients completed a questionnaire face to face one week, one month, six, and twelve months after the operation. The mean operative time, bleeding loss in operation and return to work were significantly shorter in LS group, whereas there were no difference in hospital stay period, anal stenosis, healing time of wound and retention of urinary. A statistically significant difference in pain score was observed three and four days after the operation. Finally, patients with LigaSure haemorrhoidectomy recovered from pain earlier than those with conventional diathermy. Conclusions: although LigaSure proposes additional costs, it is an effective instrument in order to treat hemorrhoids of III and IV degrees.

  4. Evaluating Measurement Accuracy

    Rabinovich, Semyon G


    The goal of Evaluating Measurement Accuracy: A Practical Approach is to present methods for estimating the accuracy of measurements performed in industry, trade, and scientific research. Although multiple measurements are the focus of current theory, single measurements are the ones most commonly used. This book answers fundamental questions not addressed by present theory, such as how to discover the complete uncertainty of a measurement result. In developing a general theory of processing experimental data, this book, for the first time, presents the postulates of the theory of measurements. It introduces several new terms and definitions about the relationship between the accuracy of measuring instruments and measurements utilizing these instruments. It also offers well-grounded and practical methods for combining the components of measurement inaccuracy. From developing the theory of indirect measurements to proposing new methods of reduction in place of the traditional ones, this work encompasses the ful...

  5. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. II. Quadruples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus J; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen


    We extend our assessment of the potential of perturbative coupled cluster (CC) expansions for a test set of open-shell species to the description of quadruple excitations. In doing so, we compare the prominent CCSDT(Q) and lambda-CCSDT(Q) (a-CCSDT(Q)) models, in which the CC singles, doubles, and triples (CCSDT) energy is augmented by similar corrections for quadruple excitations, to the second- through sixth-order models of the CCSDT(Q-n) quadruples series, which is based on a CCSDT rather than an HF zeroth-order state. By comparing the models in terms of the size-intensive recovery of as well as the total deviation from the quadruples contribution to CC singles, doubles, triples, and quadruples (CCSDTQ) energies, we find (i) that the accuracy offered by the CCSDT(Q) and a-CCSDT(Q) models is strongly dependent on the spin of the molecular ground state - like for the CCSD(T) model in the first part of the present series [arXiv:1512.02846] - and (ii) that the performance of the CCSDT(Q-n) models is practically...

  6. Assessment of the accuracy of coupled cluster perturbation theory for open-shell systems. I. Triples expansions

    Eriksen, Janus Juul; Jørgensen, Poul; Gauss, Jürgen


    The accuracy with which total energies of open-shell species may be calculated using coupled cluster perturbative triples expansions is investigated. In particular, the acclaimed CCSD(T) model, in which a non-iterative correction for the effect of triple excitations is added to the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) energy, is compared to the second- through sixth-order models of the recently proposed CCSD(T-n) triples series for both unrestricted as well as restricted open-shell Hartree-Fock (UHF/ROHF) reference determinants. By comparing UHF- and ROHF-based statistical results for a test set of 18 atoms and small radicals with comparable RHF-based results, it is found that not only the numerical consistency of the CCSD(T) model, but also its fortuitous cancellation of errors for closed-shell systems break down in the transition from closed- to open-shell systems. For the higher-order models of the CCSD(T-n) series, however, no behavioral differences are found between the correlated descriptions of c...

  7. LigaSure versus Conventional Suture Ligature for Vaginal Hysterectomy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

    Mohamed Abd Elzaher, a, b, Ashraf Moawad, a, c and Hanaa Abu-Ria


    Full Text Available Introduction: Vaginal hysterectomy is considered to be the method of choice for removal of the uterus. Of particular concern for the vaginal surgeon is the ability to access, visualize, and legate structures while maintaining adequate hemostasis. Surgical hemostasis can be secured by a variety of methods, including mechanical means (sutures or vessel coagulation (diathermy. Electro-surgical vessel sealing (LigaSure is a new hemostatic system based on the combination of pressure and bipolar electrical energy and is able to seal vessels up to 7 mm in diameter. Objective: To assess the safety and efficacy of using the LigaSure vessel sealing system for securing the pedicles during vaginal hysterectomy in comparison with the conventional method of securing the pedicles by suture ligation. Design: Prospective randomized controlled trial. Setting: Obstetrics and Gynecology departments (Al-Kharj University Hospital- KSA, Enjab Hospital - UAE and Gulf Medical College and Research Centre- UAE. Methods: 80 patients undergoing vaginal hysterectomy for benign conditions were randomized to either LigaSure group (n=40 or Suture group (n=40. Main outcome measures: The primary outcome measures were the operative time and blood loss while the secondary outcome measures were the hospital stay and intra- and post-operative complications. Results: Patients in the LigaSure group had a significantly reduced operating time (37.1 ± 8.9 min vs. 63.8 ± 10.9 min; P < 0.001, operative blood loss (125.5 ± 33.2 mL vs. 264.6 ± 70.4 mL; P < 0.001, requirement of surgical sutures(1.2 ± 0.4 units vs. 8.2 ± 0.4 units; p < 0.001, pain status (2.0 ± 0.6 vs. 3.7 ± 0.7; P < 0.001, and hospital stay (30.3 ± 2.5 h vs. 45.7 ±10.5 h; P < 0.001 compared to the control group. The overall complication rate in the study was 10 % (8/80, and did not differ between patients of the LigaSure and control group. Conclusion: The use of LigaSure device can reduce operative time. It allows

  8. Rigorous ab initio quantum embedding for quantum chemistry using Green's function theory: screened interaction, non-local self-energy relaxation, orbital basis, and chemical accuracy

    Lan, Tran Nguyen; Zgid, Dominika


    We present a detailed discussion of self-energy embedding theory (SEET) which is a quantum embedding scheme allowing us to describe a chosen subsystem very accurately while keeping the description of the environment at a lower cost. We apply SEET to molecular examples where commonly our chosen subsystem is made out of a set of strongly correlated orbitals while the weakly correlated orbitals constitute an environment. Such a self-energy separation is very general and to make this procedure applicable to multiple systems a detailed and practical procedure for the evaluation of the system and environment self-energy is necessary. We list all the intricacies for one of the possible procedures while focusing our discussion on many practical implementation aspects such as the choice of best orbital basis, impurity solver, and many steps necessary to reach chemical accuracy. Finally, on a set of carefully chosen molecular examples, we demonstrate that SEET which is a controlled, systematically improvable Green's fu...

  9. A Transdermal Drug Delivery System Based on LIGA Technology and Soft Lithography

    Matteucci, Marco; Perennes, Frederic; Marmiroli, Benedetta; Di Fabrizio, Enzo


    This report presents a transdermal drug delivery system based on LIGA fabricated microparts. It is a portable device combining a magnetically actuated micro gear pump with a microneedle array. The fluidic behaviour of the system is analyzed in order to predict its performance according to the dimension of the microparts and then compared to experimental data. The manufacturing process of both micropump and microneedle array are described.

  10. Diamond-like nanocomposite coatings for LIGA-fabricated nickel alloy parts.

    Prasad, Somuri V.; Scharf, Thomas W.


    A commercial plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique with planetary substrate rotation was used to apply a thin (200-400 nm thick) conformal diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating (known as a diamond-like nanocomposite (DLN)) on LIGA fabricated Ni-Mn alloy parts. The PECVD technique is known to overcome the drawbacks associated with the line-of-sight nature of physical vapor deposition (PVD) and substrate heating inherent with traditional chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The purpose of the present study is to characterize the coverage, adhesion, and tribological (friction and wear) behavior of DLN coatings applied to planar and sidewall surfaces of small featured LIGA Ni-Mn fabricated parts, e.g. 280 {micro}m thick sidewalls. Friction and wear tests were performed in dry nitrogen, dry air, and air with 50% RH at Hertzian contact pressures ranging from 0.3 to 0.6 GPa. The friction coefficient of bare Ni-Mn alloy was determined to be 0.9. In contrast, low friction coefficients ({approx}0.02 in dry nitrogen and {approx}0.2 in 50% RH air) and minimal amount of wear were exhibited for the DLN coated LIGA Ni-Mn alloy parts and test coupons. This behavior was due to the ability of the coating to transfer to the rubbing counterface providing low interfacial shear at the sliding contact; resultantly, coating one surface was adequate for low friction and wear. In addition, a 30 nm thick titanium bond layer was determined to be necessary for good adhesion of DLN coating to Ni-Mn alloy substrates. Raman spectroscopy and cross-sectional SEM with energy dispersive x-ray analysis revealed that the DLN coatings deposited by the PECVD with planetary substrate rotation covered both the planar and sidewall surfaces of LIGA fabricated parts, as well as narrow holes of 300 {micro}m (0.012 inch) diameter.

  11. LigaSure versus Conventional Suture Ligature for Vaginal Hysterectomy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

    Mohamed Abd Elzaher, a, b, Ashraf Moawad, a, c and Hanaa Abu-Ria


    Introduction: Vaginal hysterectomy is considered to be the method of choice for removal of the uterus. Of particular concern for the vaginal surgeon is the ability to access, visualize, and legate structures while maintaining adequate hemostasis. Surgical hemostasis can be secured by a variety of methods, including mechanical means (sutures) or vessel coagulation (diathermy). Electro-surgical vessel sealing (LigaSure) is a new hemostatic system based on the combination of pressure and bipolar...

  12. The influence of wafer elasticity on acoustic waves during LIGA development.

    Ting, Aili


    During acoustically stimulated LIGA development, a wafer receives sound waves from both sides at a wide variety of incidence angles that vary in time depending on the orientation of the wafer relative to the multiple transducers that are typically actuated in a periodic sequence. It is important to understand the influence of these variables on the transmission of energy through the wafer as well as the induced motion of the wafer itself because these processes impact the induced acoustic streaming of the fluid within features, the mechanism presently thought responsible for enhanced development of LIGA features. In the present work, the impact of wafer elasticity on LIGA development is investigated. Transmission waves, wafer bending waves, and the related concepts such as critical bending frequency, mechanical impedance, coincidence, and resonance, are discussed. Supercritical-frequency incident waves induce supersonic bending waves in the wafer. Incident wave energy is channeled into three components, transmitted, reflected and energy deposited to the wafer, depending on the wafer material, thickness and wave incidence angle. Results show at normal incidence for a 1-mm PMMA wafer, about 47% of the wave energy is deposited in the wafer. The wafer gains almost half of the incident energy, a result that agrees well with the Bankert et a1 measurements. In LIGA development, transmitted waves may sometimes produce strong acoustic motion of the developer on the wafer backside, especially for the so-called coincidence case in which almost all incident wave energy transfers to the backside. Wafer bending waves cause wafer oscillation at high frequency, promoting the development process, but features shaking may weaken their attachments to the substrate. Resonance is not likely for the entire wafer, but may occur in short and wide wafer feature columns, which are least likely to break away from the substrate, perhaps resulting in good agitation of the fluid in adjacent

  13. Transferability and accuracy by combining dispersionless density functional and incremental post-Hartree-Fock theories: Noble gases adsorption on coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces

    Lara-Castells, María Pilar de, E-mail:; Bartolomei, Massimiliano [Instituto de Física Fundamental (C.S.I.C.), Serrano 123, E-28006 Madrid (Spain); Mitrushchenkov, Alexander O. [Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, Université Paris-Est, MSME UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 bd Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée (France); Stoll, Hermann [Institut für Theoretische Chemie, Universität Stuttgart, D-70550 Stuttgart (Germany)


    The accuracy and transferability of the electronic structure approach combining dispersionless density functional theory (DFT) [K. Pernal et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 263201 (2009)] with the method of increments [H. Stoll, J. Chem. Phys. 97, 8449 (1992)], are validated for the interaction between the noble-gas Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe atoms and coronene/graphene/graphite surfaces. This approach uses the method of increments for surface cluster models to extract intermonomer dispersion-like (2- and 3-body) correlation terms at coupled cluster singles and doubles and perturbative triples level, while periodic dispersionless density functionals calculations are performed to estimate the sum of Hartree-Fock and intramonomer correlation contributions. Dispersion energy contributions are also obtained using DFT-based symmetry-adapted perturbation theory [SAPT(DFT)]. An analysis of the structure of the X/surface (X = Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) interaction energies shows the excellent transferability properties of the leading intermonomer correlation contributions across the sequence of noble-gas atoms, which are also discussed using the Drude oscillator model. We further compare these results with van der Waals-(vdW)-corrected DFT-based approaches. As a test of accuracy, the energies of the low-lying nuclear bound states supported by the laterally averaged X/graphite potentials (X = {sup 3}He, {sup 4}He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) are calculated and compared with the best estimations from experimental measurements and an atom-bond potential model using the ab initio-assisted fine-tuning of semiempirical parameters. The bound-state energies determined differ by less than 6–7 meV (6%) from the atom-bond potential model. The crucial importance of including incremental 3-body dispersion-type terms is clearly demonstrated, showing that the SAPT(DFT) approach effectively account for these terms. With the deviations from the best experimental-based estimations smaller than 2.3 meV (1.9%), the

  14. A LigA three-domain region protects hamsters from lethal infection by Leptospira interrogans.

    Mariana L Coutinho


    Full Text Available The leptospiral LigA protein consists of 13 bacterial immunoglobulin-like (Big domains and is the only purified recombinant subunit vaccine that has been demonstrated to protect against lethal challenge by a clinical isolate of Leptospira interrogans in the hamster model of leptospirosis. We determined the minimum number and location of LigA domains required for immunoprotection. Immunization with domains 11 and 12 was found to be required but insufficient for protection. Inclusion of a third domain, either 10 or 13, was required for 100% survival after intraperitoneal challenge with Leptospira interrogans serovar Copenhageni strain Fiocruz L1-130. As in previous studies, survivors had renal colonization; here, we quantitated the leptospiral burden by qPCR to be 1.2×10(3 to 8×10(5 copies of leptospiral DNA per microgram of kidney DNA. Although renal histopathology in survivors revealed tubulointerstitial changes indicating an inflammatory response to the infection, blood chemistry analysis indicated that renal function was normal. These studies define the Big domains of LigA that account for its vaccine efficacy and highlight the need for additional strategies to achieve sterilizing immunity to protect the mammalian host from leptospiral infection and its consequences.

  15. Ensino de anestesiologia durante a graduação por meio de uma liga acadêmica: qual o impacto no aprendizado dos alunos?

    Alan Saito Ramalho; Felipe Duarte Silva; Tatiana Barboza Kronemberger; Regina Albanese Pose; Marcelo Luis Abramides Torres; Maria José Carvalho Carmona; José Otávio Costa Auler Jr


    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: As ligas acadêmicas vêm se firmando como instrumentos de ensino médico e inserção dos estudantes de medicina na prática das especialidades, inclusive na anestesiologia. Como o papel das ligas no processo de desenvolvimento de competências e aprendizado de seus alunos não é bem conhecido, avaliou-se o aprendizado dos integrantes de uma liga acadêmica de anestesiologia após um ano de participação nas suas atividades. MÉTODO: Os alunos de uma liga acadêmica de anestesi...


    C. Lago Peñas


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    Los objetivos de este trabajo son dos. En primer lugar estudiar los efectos que tiene disputar un partido de la Liga de Campeones sobre el resultado alcanzado por los equipos en la Liga Española en esa misma semana. En segundo lugar, verificar si la probabilidad de ganar frente a perder en la Liga Española es mayor o no para los equipos con experiencia en la Liga de Campeones frente a aquellos otros conjuntos que disputan por primera vez esta competición. La muestra consiste en 184 partidos de la Liga Española de Fútbol jugados por los equipos que se encontraban simultáneamente disputando la primera fase de la Liga de Campeones en las temporadas 2003-2004, 2004-2005 y 2005-2006. Los datos utilizados en la investigación han sido tomados de la página oficial de la Liga de Campeones, de la Liga Española y suministrados por GECA SPORT.

    De acuerdo con los resultados de la estimación de un modelo logit multinomial, disputar un partido de la Liga de Campeones durante la semana de competición no reduce la probabilidad de los equipos de ganar frente a perder en el partido de la Liga Nacional. Incluso tiene un efecto positivo para los equipos debutantes en la competición europea: cuando juegan durante la semana tienen más probabilidades de ganar en la Liga Nacional (p<0,01.

    Palabras clave: resultado, fútbol, Liga de Campeones. logit multinomial, Liga Española



    This paper has two goals. First, studying the impact of playing in the Champions League on the results in the Spanish League. Second, analyzing whether being a beginner team in the

  17. Effects of Process Parameters on Replication Accuracy of Microinjection Molded Cyclic Olefins Copolymers Parts

    Lin, Hsuan-Liang; Chen, Chun-Sheng; Lee, Ruey-Tsung; Chen, Shia-Chung; Chien, Rean-Der; Jeng, Ming-Chang; Hwang, Jiun-Ren


    In this study, the effects of various processing parameters of microinjection molding on the replication accuracy of the micro featured fluidic platform used for DNA/RNA tests are investigated. LIGA-like processes were utilized to prepare a silicon-based SU-8 photoresist, followed by electroforming to make a Ni-Co-based stamp. A cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was used as the injection molding material. The molding parameters associated with the replication accuracy of micro channel parts were investigated. It was found that for microinjection molded devices, the replication accuracies of the imprint width and depth increase with increasing of mold temperature, melt temperature, injection velocity, and packing pressure.

  18. MN15-L: A New Local Exchange-Correlation Functional for Kohn-Sham Density Functional Theory with Broad Accuracy for Atoms, Molecules, and Solids.

    Yu, Haoyu S; He, Xiao; Truhlar, Donald G


    Kohn-Sham density functional theory is widely used for applications of electronic structure theory in chemistry, materials science, and condensed-matter physics, but the accuracy depends on the quality of the exchange-correlation functional. Here, we present a new local exchange-correlation functional called MN15-L that predicts accurate results for a broad range of molecular and solid-state properties including main-group bond energies, transition metal bond energies, reaction barrier heights, noncovalent interactions, atomic excitation energies, ionization potentials, electron affinities, total atomic energies, hydrocarbon thermochemistry, and lattice constants of solids. The MN15-L functional has the same mathematical form as a previous meta-nonseparable gradient approximation exchange-correlation functional, MN12-L, but it is improved because we optimized it against a larger database, designated 2015A, and included smoothness restraints; the optimization has a much better representation of transition metals. The mean unsigned error on 422 chemical energies is 2.32 kcal/mol, which is the best among all tested functionals, with or without nonlocal exchange. The MN15-L functional also provides good results for test sets that are outside the training set. A key issue is that the functional is local (no nonlocal exchange or nonlocal correlation), which makes it relatively economical for treating large and complex systems and solids. Another key advantage is that medium-range correlation energy is built in so that one does not need to add damped dispersion by molecular mechanics in order to predict accurate noncovalent binding energies. We believe that the MN15-L functional should be useful for a wide variety of applications in chemistry, physics, materials science, and molecular biology.

  19. LigaSure血管闭合系统在胃肠癌手术中的应用%Clinical study of LigaSure vessel sealing system for surgery in gastroenteric cancer

    庄树彤; 徐敏; 郑凯; 唐远志; 陈斌


    Objective To investigate the value of LigaSure vessel sealing system for surgery in gastroenteric cancer. Methods From January to September 2009,44 cases of gastroenteric cancer were operated by using LigaSure vessel sealing system,including 13 cases of gastric cancer, 14 cases of colon cancer, 17 cases of rectum cancer. Laparoscopy was employed in 10 cases. Results All the cases were performed successfully. The operation time was 130-250 min, the blood loss was 50-250 ml, and the number of lymph nodes resected was 4-20. None of the cases had serious complications. Conclusion As an optimal hemostatic tool, LigaSure vessel sealing system is safe and feasible for gastroenteric cancer.%目的 探讨LigaSure血管闭合系统在胃肠癌手术中的应用价值.方法 2009年1-9月应用LigaSure血管闭合系统完成胃肠癌手术44例,包括胃癌手术13例,结肠癌手术14例,直肠癌手术17例,其中腹腔镜下结直肠癌手术10例.结果 全组病例手术均获得成功,手术时间130~250min,出血量50~250ml,淋巴结清扫数量4~20枚,无严重并发症发生.结论 LigaSure血管闭合系统止血安全、可靠,值得在胃肠癌手术中推广应用.

  20. Ligas Acadêmicas e formação médica: contribuições e desafios

    Albina Rodrigues Torres


    Full Text Available Nos últimos anos tem havido um considerável aumento do número de ligas acadêmicas atuantes nos cursos de graduação em medicina no Brasil. Esse fenômeno, no entanto, não vem sendo acompanhado de adequada reflexão sobre seus determinantes, o papel das ligas dentro das instituições, ou mesmo sua função pedagógica. A partir destas constatações, os autores analisam a precária literatura sobre o tema, descrevem a experiência das ligas acadêmicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu - Unesp e refletem a respeito do papel destas na formação médica, na tentativa de suprir um pouco dessa lacuna e contribuir para esta importante discussão.

  1. Dialética do processo de trabalho da liga de hipertensão arterial

    Car,Marcia Regina; Egry,Emiko Yoshikawa


    Buscou-se compreender o fenômeno da assistência à saúde desenvolvida na Liga de Diagnóstico e Tratamento da Hipertensão Arterial do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP,evidenciando suas contradições através da articulação dos elementos constitutivos deste processo de trabalho,contidos nos depoimentos de seus agentes. As concepções dos agentes sobre este processo de trabalho expressaram uma práxis reiterativa, consagrando e consolidando um dado saber específico que,para além ...

  2. Tecnologias de ligação de espumas metálicas

    Costa, António Paulo Santos da


    Dissertação apresentada à Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa para obtenção do Grau de Mestre em Engenharia Mecânica As espumas metálicas são conhecidas desde os anos 70 mas nos últimos anos foram alvo de desenvolvimentos significativos na fase de produção. Com os novos desenvolvimentos foi possível obter espumas mais resistentes que permitem aplicações estruturais mais nobres. A ligação destas espumas constitui contudo uma limitação significativa a pote...

  3. Branquitude e progresso: a Liga Paulista de Higiene Mental e os discursos paulistanos na contemporaneidade

    Lia Novaes Serra; Lia Vainer Schucman


    O objetivo deste artigo é analisar como a política racial implementada na cidade de São Paulo, no início do século 20, se reatualiza hoje nas ideias e nas representações de progresso e desenvolvimento na metrópole paulistana. Primeiramente, investigamos o arcabouço teórico dos projetos eugenistas elaborados nas primeiras décadas do século 20, pelos psiquiatras da "Liga Paulista de Higiene Mental" (LPHM). Como procedimento de pesquisa, analisamos parte dos documentos da LPHM sobre raça e eugen...

  4. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, T. J., E-mail:; Payne, M. C. [Cavendish Laboratory, J. J. Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Hine, N. D. M. [Department of Physics, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL (United Kingdom); Haynes, P. D. [Department of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Department of Physics, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)


    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

  5. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: Obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, T. J.; Hine, N. D. M.; Payne, M. C.; Haynes, P. D.


    We present a solution of the full time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspaces with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate gradient algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a small test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll in an organic solvent, where it is demonstrated that the TDA fails to reproduce the main features of the low energy spectrum, while the full TDDFT equation yields results in good qualitative agreement with experimental data. Furthermore, the need for explicitly including parts of the solvent into the TDDFT calculations is highlighted, making the treatment of large system sizes necessary that are well within reach of the capabilities of the algorithm introduced here. Finally, the linear-scaling properties of the algorithm are demonstrated by computing the lowest excitation energy of bacteriochlorophyll in solution. The largest systems considered in this work are of the same order of magnitude as a variety of widely studied pigment-protein complexes, opening up the possibility of studying their properties without having to resort to any semiclassical approximations to parts of the protein environment.

  6. Complex microstructure fabrication by integrating silicon anisotropic etching and UV-LIGA technology

    Jing Xiangmeng; Chen Di; Huang Chuang; Chen Xiang; Liu Jingquan; Zhu Jun


    A fabrication method which integrates silicon anisotropic etching micromachining with UV-LIGA technology to make complex microstructures is presented.This proposod combined process enables the fabrication of high-aspect-ratio and three-dimensional(3D)microstmctures,which cannot be fabricated by silicon bulk micromachining or UV-LIGA alone.To demonstrate this combined method.the 100μm thick SU-8 micro gears were fabricated on the silicon convex square structure.which is 100μm×100μm×80μm in dimension.In the subsequent micro hot embossing process,a novel type of plastics polyethylene terephtalate glycol(PETG)Was tried for use.Through optimizing process parameters,PETG shows the potential of being used as plastic replica in micro-electro-mechanical system(MEMS).This fabrication technology provides a new option for the increasing need of functionality,quality and economy of MEMS.

  7. Test Expectancy Affects Metacomprehension Accuracy

    Thiede, Keith W.; Wiley, Jennifer; Griffin, Thomas D.


    Background: Theory suggests that the accuracy of metacognitive monitoring is affected by the cues used to judge learning. Researchers have improved monitoring accuracy by directing attention to more appropriate cues; however, this is the first study to more directly point students to more appropriate cues using instructions regarding tests and…

  8. Positional Accuracy Analysis of Polishing Robot Based on Screw Theory%基于旋量理论的打磨机器人位置精度分析

    张秀珩; 柳洪义; 罗忠


    In order to establish mapping relationship between allerror sources and the position errors of the polish robot end-effec-tor, kinematics model of the polishing robot was established based on screw theory. The possibleproduced main sources of errors were analyzed. By mean of the geometric relationship between the sources of the errorsto establish the error screw, the static error model was obtained. The analysis work was done about the impact of the individual errors on the robot end-effector position error and a significant impact on the end position errorby all error sourcesto provide precision reliable analytic reference for the proposed optimization program. The analysis results show that the structure of errors and transmission errors are the main factors of impact on the robot static position accuracy, in which the structure errors are steady stateerrors, that can be reduced or compensated by the precision design, and trans-mission errors is required to solve by the latter calibrate program.%为建立各误差源与打磨机器人的末端位置误差的对应关系,在基于旋量理论建立了打磨机器人的运动学模型的同时,对可能产生的主要误差源进行了分析,通过误差源之间的几何关系建立误差旋量,从而得到静态误差模型;分析了各单项误差对机器人末端执行器位置误差的影响及各误差源对末端位置误差的显著性影响,为机器人精度优化方案的提出提供可靠的分析参考。分析结果表明:结构误差及传动误差是机器人静态位置精度的主要影响因素,其中结构误差为稳态误差,可以通过精度设计减小或补偿,传动误差需要通过后期的标定来解决。

  9. Processamento, caracterização microestrutural e avaliação das propriedades mecanicas da liga Al92Fe3Cr2Mn3

    Hudson Henrique Pereira


    Ligas de alumínio (Al) contendo dispersão de partículas em escala nanométrica que apresentam valores elevados de resistência mecânica em temperaturas ambientes e em altas temperaturas já são estudadas há algum tempo. Estas ligas são conhecidas por apresentar partículas icosaedrais embebidas numa matriz de Al-α e são chamadas de ligas nanoquasicristalinas, tendo como característica marcante grande estabilidade térmica. O presente trabalho visou avaliar as propriedades mecânicas e a possib...

  10. PMMA microstructure as KrF excimer-laser LIGA material

    Yang, Chii-Rong; Chou, Bruce C. S.; Chou, Hsiao-Yu; Lin, Frank H. S.; Kuo, Wen-Kai; Luo, Roger G. S.; Chang, Jer-Wei; Wei, Z. J.


    PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) has been widely used as x-ray LIGA material for its good features of electrical acid plating of all common metals to industrial applications. Unlike the tough characteristics of polyimide in almost all alkaline and acid solutions, PMMA is easily removed in chemical etchants after electroplating process. For this reason, ablation- etching characteristics of PMMA material for 3D microstructures fabrication using a 248 nm KrF excimer laser were investigated. Moreover, the uses of the laminated dry film were also studied in this work. Experimental results show that PMMA microstructures can produce the near-vertical side- wall profile as the laser fluence up to 2.5 J/cm2. PMMA templates with high aspect ratio of around 25 were demonstrated, and the sequential electroplating processes have realized the metallic microstructures. Moreover, the microstructures fabricated in dry film show the perfect side- wall quality, and no residues of debris were found.

  11. La Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre en Sinaloa. Los restos de un naufragio: 1974-1976

    Sergio Arturo Sánchez Parra


    Full Text Available El presente artículo trata sobre algunas de las principales características que adoptó el denominado “periodo gris”, etapa de la vida de la principal organización político militar de tipo urbano del México de los años setenta del siglo XX y la entidad federativa Sinaloa, ubicada en el noroeste del territorio nacional. Esta fase, se distinguió por la pérdida del “dirigente histórico” de la Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre (LC23S, el arribo a la conducción del grupo armado de un liderazgo caracterizado por el militarismo extremo, la búsqueda de la confrontación y la derrota político y militar frente al Estado y sus fuerzas de seguridad. Destacamos en el documento tres rubros a nuestro parecer que delinean una etapa que trascendió los años aquí analizados, a las escisiones internas que operaron al seno del grupo armado, entre quienes abandonaron por diversas circunstancias la lucha revolucionaria y los que decidieron continuarla tanto a nivel nacional como en la entidad sinaloense, b la estrategia política y militar que el Estado mexicano estableció para confrontar a esta y otras insurgencias armadas, c el cariz que adoptó la violencia guerrillera en un ambiente de franco fracaso militar y sobre todo político y d las producciones discursivas que se elaboraron a pesar del ambiente de descalabro privativo en que había caído la organización clandestina. A su vez, este texto aborda las diferentes causas-nacionales y regionales-que contribuyeron a la derrota militar y sobre todo política de la Liga y su proyecto de transformación revolucionaria de la sociedad.

  12. Corrosão da liga niobio - 1% zirconio e de seus constituintes, niobio e zirconio, em soluções aquosas alcalinas e cloretadas

    Raquel Martins Villela Nunes


    A liga niobio-1%zirconio vem sendo utilizada como material estrutural de reatores nucleares espaciais, refrigerados a litio liquido. O litio, mesmo tendo reatividade quimica alta causando corrosao e degradacao estrutural em suas reacoes com os materiais de contencao, possui propriedades fisico-quimicas e neutronicas excelentes como fluido trocador de calor. Embora o que interessa seja a resistencia da liga e de seus constituintes a corrosao a seco, estudos a respeito da resistencia a corrosao...

  13. Liga NiCrSiBC: Microestrutura e Dureza de Revestimentos Processados a Arco e a Laser

    Leandro J. da Silva


    Full Text Available A técnica de processamento é determinante sobre características de um revestimento. Isso porque o aporte térmico, que depende da técnica e dos parâmetros, tem influência sobre a diluição e a taxa de solidificação. Em ligas com baixa complexidade metalúrgica, o impacto do processamento com técnicas de deposição que impõem maior taxa de resfriamento podem se traduzir em refino da microestrutura. Espera-se que quanto mais refinada a microestrutura maior a resistência mecânica do revestimento. Entretanto, na deposição de ligas de maior complexidade metalúrgica isso nem sempre ocorre, porque a elevada taxa de resfriamento pode suprimir formação/precipitação de fases responsáveis pela resistência. Neste estudo, a influência do processamento sobre microestrutura e dureza de revestimentos da liga Colmonoy-6® foi avaliada. A liga foi processada por plasma com arco transferido (PTA e laser de diodo de alta potência (HPDL sobre chapas de AISI 304 com dois níveis de diluição. Em ambos os casos, revestimentos de boa qualidade e livres defeitos foram obtidos. O aumento do teor de Fe (diluição e as diferentes taxas de resfriamento decorrem do processamento com diferentes parâmetros e técnicas. Em consequência, ocorrem mudanças significativas na microestrutura e na dureza dos revestimentos que estão associadas à distribuição, morfologia e composição química dos carbonetos e, principalmente, dos boretos.


    Ricardo Orcélio Miranda de Oliveira


    Full Text Available As ligas de alumínio da série A356 (Al-Si-Mg são usadas extensivamente em componentes de manufatura para indústria automotiva e aeroespacial devido a suas propriedades físicas e mecânicas. São utilizadas em muitas aplicações estruturais que requerem uma alta resistência a baixo peso, alta resistência e tenacidade ao impacto, baixo coeficiente de expansão térmica, boa resistência à corrosão e excelente fluidez, como ligas de fundição para produção de rodas de liga leve. Nesse sentido, o objetivo principal deste trabalho é avaliar os efeitos do tratamento térmico de precipitação – T6 sobre a microestrutura e propriedades mecânicas da liga A356/Al-7Si-0,3Mg. Para tanto, uma roda de motocicleta foi utilizada e o tratamento térmico aplicado na própria indústria de fabricação, conforme padrões estabelecidos. Os resultados alcançados mostram uma microestrutura eutética composta de Si (esferoidizado mais os intermetálicos de Fe, que foram observados entre as ramificações interdendríticas. Ensaios de dureza Rocwell B foram realizados e os valores obtidos correspondem aos padrões estabelecidos.


    Marislei Sanches Panobianco


    Full Text Available Estudio cuantitativo, descriptivo y transversal, cuyo objetivo fue identificar y evaluar la contribución de una liga de estudiantes de enfermería. Llevado a cabo entre mayo y agosto de 2010, a través de un cuestionario semiestructurado aplicado a estudiantes de graduación en las instalaciones de una institución de educación superior y enviado por correo electrónico, a los graduados, con total de 22 encuestados vinculados a una aleación la prevención y la lucha contra el cáncer. Las respuestas han sido estructuradas en una base de datos en Excel (Windows 2007, y después, el análisis realizado por medio del programa Epi Info, utilizando estadística descriptiva. Cumplido con las normas éticas. Todos los encuestados afirmaron que la Liga ha contribuido para el aprendizaje académico. La Liga demostró ser una enseñanza importante, que contribuye a la formación profesional, para reflexión crítica sobre oncología y promoción de la asistencia humanitaria.

  16. Análise teórico-experimental de ligações mistas em perfis formados a frio

    Juliano Bastos Cabral


    Full Text Available Nesse trabalho, tem-se, como objetivo, determinar o comportamento de ligações mistas viga-pilar em perfis formados a frio, a partir de estudos teórico experimentais da edificação de quatro pavimentos. Os estudos se basearam em análises estruturais e dimensionamentos desta edificação e em análises experimentais de ligações tipo do projeto. O programa experimental foi composto por cinco ensaios, em três diferentes configurações de ligações mistas, que permitiram determinar as suas respectivas curvas momento x rotação e rigidezes.This work had as a goal to determine the behavior of composite beam-column connections in cold-formed steel profiles. Experimental and theoretical studies were developed using a four-story building. The studies were based on the structural analyses and design of this construction and the experimental analyses of the project's typical joints. The experimental program had five tests in three different configurations of composite joints, which allowed setting curves for moment x rotation and rigidity.

  17. On the accuracy of density-functional theory exchange-correlation functionals for H bonds in small water clusters. II. The water hexamer and van der Waals interactions

    Santra, Biswajit; Michaelides, Angelos; Fuchs, Martin; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Filippi, Claudia; Scheffler, Matthias


    Second order Møller–Plesset perturbation theory at the complete basis set limit and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo are used to examine several low energy isomers of the water hexamer. Both approaches predict the so-called prism to be the lowest energy isomer, followed by cage, book, and cyclic isomer

  18. Improving accuracy in the quantitation of overlapping, asymmetric, chromatographie peaks by deconvolution: theory and application to coupled gas chromatography atomic absorption spectrometry

    Johansson, M.; Berglund, M.; Baxter, D. C.


    Systematic errors in the measurement of overlapping asymmetric, Chromatographic peaks are observed using the perpendicular-drop and tangent-skimming algorithms incorporated in commercial integrators. The magnitude of such errors increases with the degree of tailing and differences in peak size, and was found to be as great as 80% for peak-area and 100% for peak-height measurements made on the smaller, second component of simulated, noise-free chromatograms containing peaks at a size ratio of 10 to 1. Initial deconvolution of overlapping peaks, by mathematical correction for asymmetry, leads to significant improvements in the accuracy of both peak-area and height measurements using the simple, perpendicular-drop algorithm. A comparison of analytical data for the separation and determination of three organolead species by coupled gas chromatography atomic absorption spectrometry using peak-height and area measurements also demonstrates the improved accuracy obtained following deconvolution. It is concluded that the deconvolution method described could be beneficial in a variety of Chromatographic applications where overlapping, asymmetric peaks are observed.

  19. Espectroscopia anelástica em ligas de Nb-16% p. Ti

    Renata Abdallah Nogueira


    Full Text Available Átomos de oxigênio, presentes em metais com estrutura cristalina cúbica de corpo centrado, são localizados preferencialmente em sítios octaedrais. Na ausência de uma tensão mecânica externa, estes átomos são distribuídos aleatoriamente. Na presença de oscilações mecânicas, a redistribuição dos átomos nos diferentes sítios deve ocorrer pela interação com esta tensão, levando a perdas na energia elástica. Este trabalho mostra o estudo da interação de átomos de oxigênio presentes em amostras da liga Nb-16% p. Ti, utilizando um pêndulo de torção. Os resultados mostram espectros bastante complexos, que foram decompostos em seus picos constituintes, representando os processos de relaxação devido à reorientação induzida por tensão de átomos e pares de átomos de oxigênio em torno de átomos de nióbio da matriz metálica e átomos de oxigênio em torno de átomos de titânio (interação substitucional-intersticial.

  20. Photoablation characteristics of novel polyimides synthesized for high-aspect-ratio excimer laser LIGA process

    Yang, Chii-Rong; Hsieh, Yu-Sheng; Hwang, Guang-Yeu; Lee, Yu-Der


    The photoablation properties of two soluble polyimides DMDB/6FDA and OT/6FDA with thicknesses of over 300 µm, synthesized by the polycondensation of a hexafluoropropyl group contained in a dianhydride with two kinds of diamines, are investigated using a 248 nm krypton fluoride (KrF) laser. The incorporation of the hexafluoropropyl group into the chemical structure gives these two polyimides higher etching rates than Kapton (a commercial polyimide film which is difficult to dissolve). The etching rates of synthesized polyimides are about 0.1-0.5 µm/pulse over a fluence range of 0.25-2.25 J cm-2. The photothermal mechanism for DMDB/6FDA contributes about 19% of etching depth at a laser fluence of 0.82 J cm-2. Moreover, the number of laser pulses seriously affects the taper angle of microstructures, especially at low fluence. Near-vertical side-wall structures can be built at high fluence (~2 J cm-2). Fresnel patterns with a thickness of 300 µm and a linewidth of 10 µm were fabricated, with an attainable aspect ratio of around 30. After photoablation, the complementary metallic microstructures were also fabricated by a sequential electroplating procedure. Then, those two new polyimides could be dissolved easily in most common solvents (such as THF, DMSO, NMP and DMF). These results indicate that these two soluble polyimides are highly suitable for use in the KrF laser LIGA process.

  1. Linear-scaling time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT) beyond the Tamm-Dancoff approximation: obtaining efficiency and accuracy with in situ optimised local orbitals

    Zuehlsdorff, Tim J; Payne, Mike C; Haynes, Peter D


    We present a solution of the full TDDFT eigenvalue equation in the linear response formalism exhibiting a linear-scaling computational complexity with system size, without relying on the simplifying Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA). The implementation relies on representing the occupied and unoccupied subspace with two different sets of in situ optimised localised functions, yielding a very compact and efficient representation of the transition density matrix of the excitation with the accuracy associated with a systematic basis set. The TDDFT eigenvalue equation is solved using a preconditioned conjugate-gradients algorithm that is very memory-efficient. The algorithm is validated on a test molecule and a good agreement with results obtained from standard quantum chemistry packages is found, with the preconditioner yielding a significant improvement in convergence rates. The method developed in this work is then used to reproduce experimental results of the absorption spectrum of bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) i...

  2. Exact thermal density functional theory for a model system: Correlation components and accuracy of the zero-temperature exchange-correlation approximation

    Smith, J. C.; Pribram-Jones, A.; Burke, K.


    Thermal density functional theory calculations often use the Mermin-Kohn-Sham scheme, but employ ground-state approximations to the exchange-correlation (XC) free energy. In the simplest solvable nontrivial model, an asymmetric Hubbard dimer, we calculate the exact many-body energies and the exact Mermin-Kohn-Sham functionals for this system and extract the exact XC free energy. For moderate temperatures and weak correlation, we find this approximation to be excellent. We extract various exact free-energy correlation components and the exact adiabatic connection formula.

  3. Fine Mapping of the Interaction between C4b-Binding Protein and Outer Membrane Proteins LigA and LigB of Pathogenic Leptospira interrogans.

    Breda, Leandro C D; Hsieh, Ching-Lin; Castiblanco Valencia, Mónica M; da Silva, Ludmila B; Barbosa, Angela S; Blom, Anna M; Chang, Yung-Fu; Yung-Fu, Chang; Isaac, Lourdes


    The complement system consists of more than 40 proteins that participate in the inflammatory response and in pathogen killing. Complement inhibitors are necessary to avoid the excessive consumption and activation of this system on host cells. Leptospirosis is a worldwide zoonosis caused by spirochetes from the genus Leptospira. Pathogenic leptospires are able to escape from complement activation by binding to host complement inhibitors Factor H [FH] and C4b-binding protein (C4BP) while non-pathogenic leptospires are rapidly killed in the presence of fresh serum. In this study, we demonstrate that complement control protein domains (CCP) 7 and 8 of C4BP α-chain interact with the outer membrane proteins LcpA, LigA and LigB from the pathogenic leptospire L. interrogans. The interaction between C4BP and LcpA, LigA and LigB is sensitive to ionic strength and inhibited by heparin. We fine mapped the LigA and LigB domains involved in its binding to C4BP and heparin and found that both interactions are mediated through the bacterial immunoglobulin-like (Big) domains 7 and 8 (LigA7-8 and LigB7-8) of both LigA and LigB and also through LigB9-10. Therefore, C4BP and heparin may share the same binding sites on Lig proteins.

  4. Comparison and Efficacy of LigaSure and Rubber Band Ligature in Closing the Inflamed Cecal Stump in a Rat Model of Acute Appendicitis

    Chun-Chieh Yeh


    Full Text Available Safety of either LigaSure or rubber band in closing inflamed appendiceal stump in acute appendicitis has been less investigated. In this study, cecal ligation followed by resecting inflamed cecum was performed to mimic appendectomy in a rat model of acute appendicitis. Rats were sacrificed immediately (Group A and 7 days (Group B after cecal resection, respectively. The cecal stumps were closed by silk ligature (S, 5 mm LigaSure (L, or rubber band (R. Seven days after cecal resection, the LigaSure (BL and silk subgroups (BS had significantly less intra-abdominal adhesion and better laparotomy wound healing than rubber band subgroup (BR. The initial bursting pressure at cecal stump was comparable among the three methods; along with tissue healing process, both BL and BS provided a higher bursting pressure than BR 7 days after appendectomy. BL subgroup had more abundant hydroxyproline deposition than BS and BR subgroup. Furthermore, serum TNF-α in BR group kept persistently increasing along with time after cecal resection. Thus, the finding that LigaSure but not rubber band is safe in sealing off the inflamed cecal stump in rat model of acute appendicitis suggests the possibility of applying LigaSure for appendectomy via single port procedure or natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES.

  5. Density-Functional Theory with Dispersion-Correcting Potentials for Methane: Bridging the Efficiency and Accuracy Gap between High-Level Wave Function and Classical Molecular Mechanics Methods.

    Torres, Edmanuel; DiLabio, Gino A


    Large clusters of noncovalently bonded molecules can only be efficiently modeled by classical mechanics simulations. One prominent challenge associated with this approach is obtaining force-field parameters that accurately describe noncovalent interactions. High-level correlated wave function methods, such as CCSD(T), are capable of correctly predicting noncovalent interactions, and are widely used to produce reference data. However, high-level correlated methods are generally too computationally costly to generate the critical reference data required for good force-field parameter development. In this work we present an approach to generate Lennard-Jones force-field parameters to accurately account for noncovalent interactions. We propose the use of a computational step that is intermediate to CCSD(T) and classical molecular mechanics, that can bridge the accuracy and computational efficiency gap between them, and demonstrate the efficacy of our approach with methane clusters. On the basis of CCSD(T)-level binding energy data for a small set of methane clusters, we develop methane-specific, atom-centered, dispersion-correcting potentials (DCPs) for use with the PBE0 density-functional and 6-31+G(d,p) basis sets. We then use the PBE0-DCP approach to compute a detailed map of the interaction forces associated with the removal of a single methane molecule from a cluster of eight methane molecules and use this map to optimize the Lennard-Jones parameters for methane. The quality of the binding energies obtained by the Lennard-Jones parameters we obtained is assessed on a set of methane clusters containing from 2 to 40 molecules. Our Lennard-Jones parameters, used in combination with the intramolecular parameters of the CHARMM force field, are found to closely reproduce the results of our dispersion-corrected density-functional calculations. The approach outlined can be used to develop Lennard-Jones parameters for any kind of molecular system.

  6. Single incision cholecystectomy using a clipless technique with LigaSure in a resource limited environment: The Bahamas experience

    Ross O. Downes


    Conclusions: SILC is a safe and feasible technique for operating with scarless outcomes and reducing perioperative discomfort at the same time. The GelPOINTTM is a safe and feasible platform to be used. The procedure can be accomplished using regular instruments and laparoscope. Curved instruments and a bariatric length laparoscope may make the procedure easier and result in greater time saving. The addition of LigaSure™ decreases the complexity of the operation, decreases operative time and blood loss. The technique is economical in a resource-limited environment.

  7. Ensino de anestesiologia durante a graduação por meio de uma liga acadêmica: qual o impacto no aprendizado dos alunos?

    Alan Saito Ramalho


    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: As ligas acadêmicas vêm se firmando como instrumentos de ensino médico e inserção dos estudantes de medicina na prática das especialidades, inclusive na anestesiologia. Como o papel das ligas no processo de desenvolvimento de competências e aprendizado de seus alunos não é bem conhecido, avaliou-se o aprendizado dos integrantes de uma liga acadêmica de anestesiologia após um ano de participação nas suas atividades. MÉTODO: Os alunos de uma liga acadêmica de anestesiologia foram acompanhados de março a dezembro de 2010 e avaliados por meio de testes cognitivos objetivos de múltipla escolha aplicados antes do início das atividades e após sua conclusão. A frequência nas atividades e o perfil epidemiológico dos alunos foram correlacionados aos resultados dos testes. RESULTADOS: Foram analisados 20 acadêmicos do 3º ao 6º ano, com média de idade de 22,8 (21-26 anos. A frequência média nas atividades propostas foi 10,4/13 (80%. A média de acertos no primeiro teste foi 8,1/17 (47,6%, sendo que os alunos do 3º ano apresentam notas menores (p < 0,02 em relação aos demais. No teste pós-liga, a média de acertos foi 11,9/17 (70%, mostrando melhora no desempenho dos alunos (p < 0,05, e não houve diferença entre as notas dos diferentes anos da graduação. Foi encontrada relação forte entre frequência nas atividades e melhora nas notas (r = 0,719; p < 0,001. CONCLUSÕES: Os alunos que participaram da liga apresentaram melhora nos testes de avaliação de conhecimento, sugerindo que a liga é útil instrumento de ensino e promove ganho de aprendizado em anestesiologia. As atividades desenvolvidas nas ligas podem ter papel positivo na formação acadêmica dos graduandos, destacando-se, neste artigo, a anestesiologia

  8. Effects of accuracy motivation and anchoring on metacomprehension judgment and accuracy.

    Zhao, Qin


    The current research investigates how accuracy motivation impacts anchoring and adjustment in metacomprehension judgment and how accuracy motivation and anchoring affect metacomprehension accuracy. Participants were randomly assigned to one of six conditions produced by the between-subjects factorial design involving accuracy motivation (incentive or no) and peer performance anchor (95%, 55%, or no). Two studies showed that accuracy motivation did not impact anchoring bias, but the adjustment-from-anchor process occurred. Accuracy incentive increased anchor-judgment gap for the 95% anchor but not for the 55% anchor, which induced less certainty about the direction of adjustment. The findings offer support to the integrative theory of anchoring. Additionally, the two studies revealed a "power struggle" between accuracy motivation and anchoring in influencing metacomprehension accuracy. Accuracy motivation could improve metacomprehension accuracy in spite of anchoring effect, but if anchoring effect is too strong, it could overpower the motivation effect. The implications of the findings were discussed.

  9. Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro: relato de experiência

    Liciane Langona Montanholi


    Full Text Available A Liga de Geriatria e Gerontologia da Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (LGG/UFTM, Uberaba-MG, fundada em 2003 foi composta por acadêmicos de medicina e enfermagem, que desenvolviam atividades ambulatoriais, científicas e de extensão. Nas atividades ambulatoriais os acadêmicos acompanharam consultas geriátricas e avaliaram física e mentalmente os internos de uma Instituição de Longa Permanência para Idosos (ILPI. Como atividades de extensão foram realizadas as campanhas sobre as doenças de Alzheimer e Parkinson. Nas reuniões científicas foram discutidos temas abordando o envelhecimento. Projetos científicos foram desenvolvidos, dentre eles “Ensino sobre idoso e gerontologia: visão do discente de enfermagem no Estado de Minas Gerais” e “Amiloidose cerebral e cardíaca em indivíduos idosos autopsiados”. Além disso, a Liga participou da disciplina optativa “Processos patológicos gerais associados ao envelhecimento”. Portanto, os integrantes da LGG/UFTM por meio das atividades desenvolvidas puderam ampliar seu conhecimento científico-prático na área do envelhecimento, sendo estas experiências coadjuvantes da melhoria tanto da formação acadêmica quanto da assistência ao paciente idoso.


    Zhou Yuming; Xu Baowen


    Accuracy and roughness, proposed by Pawlak(1982), might draw a conclusion inconsistent with our intuition in some cases. This letter analyzes the limitations in these measures and proposes improved accuracy and roughness measures based on information theory.




    Full Text Available UV-LIGA es una técnica versátil que permite la fabricación de piezas metálicas con alta relación de aspecto (alto/ancho mediante la combinación del procesamiento fotolitográfico de un polímero y la electroformación de un metal al interior de las cavidades grabadas en el polímero. Esta técnica de bajo costo es empleada en una gran variedad de áreas que comprenden la microfluídica, la óptica, la instrumentación, el moldeado de plásticos y las telecomunicaciones, entre otras. Para aproximar a Colombia a estas tecnologías modernas de procesamiento de materiales, el Grupo de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales ha iniciado un proceso de apropiación de técnicas de microfabricación, específicamente, este artículo presenta los resultados de la implementación de la técnica UV-LIGA para la fabricación de micropiezas de Níquel y examina los efectos de la geometría del molde en la velocidad de crecimiento e integridad de los depósitos obtenidos, parámetros que sonimportantes para conseguir la fabricación de piezas micrométricas complejas que den origen a dispositivos con aplicaciones comerciales.

  12. Target Price Accuracy

    Alexander G. Kerl


    Full Text Available This study analyzes the accuracy of forecasted target prices within analysts’ reports. We compute a measure for target price forecast accuracy that evaluates the ability of analysts to exactly forecast the ex-ante (unknown 12-month stock price. Furthermore, we determine factors that explain this accuracy. Target price accuracy is negatively related to analyst-specific optimism and stock-specific risk (measured by volatility and price-to-book ratio. However, target price accuracy is positively related to the level of detail of each report, company size and the reputation of the investment bank. The potential conflicts of interests between an analyst and a covered company do not bias forecast accuracy.

  13. Rethinking Empathic Accuracy

    Meadors, Joshua


    The present study is a methodological examination of the implicit empathic accuracy measure introduced by Zaki, Ochsner, and Bolger (2008). Empathic accuracy (EA) is defined as the ability to understand another person's thoughts and feelings (Ickes, 1993). Because this definition is similar to definitions of cognitive empathy (e.g., Shamay-Tsoory, 2011) and because affective empathy does not appear to be related to empathic accuracy (Zaki et al., 2008), the Basic Empathy Scale--which measures...


    A. Vaquera


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    El objetivo de este estudio es identificar las características morfofuncionales y de mecánica en el salto en jugadores jóvenes de Liga EBA. Lo que permitirá adecuar métodos y medios de entrenamiento para optimizar su rendimiento. En 10 jugadores de 19.3±0.7 años se determinó tanto en laboratorio como en campo, el potencial aeróbico, anaeróbico, composición corporal y características neuromusculares en la mecánica de los saltos. Con 86.8±2.6 Kg de peso corporal y 197.1±2.9 cm de talla, presentaron un porcentaje graso de 8.2±0.3%, y 50.3±0.5% muscular. En ergoespirometría alcanzaron un VO2máx de 61.2±1.3; similar al obtenido en el Course Navette (60.04±1.2 y diferente en el test de Cooper (56.9±1.7 En la bateria de saltos sobre plataforma de contacto los resultados fueron: (Abalakov=41.5±1.4 cm, SJ=32.1±1.4 cm, CMJ=35±1.2 cm, RJ30=42.4±0.8 saltos con una potencia media de 36.9±2.2 kg/w, y en el test de Wingate realizaron una potencia media absoluta de 594.6±20.2 W (6.85 w/kg, una potencia pico de 693.4±24.6 W (7.98 w/kg, y un índice de fatiga de -28.7. La valoración de estas características ha de ser un instrumento para prescribir entrenamientos más individualizados, con el objeto de obtener un mayor rendimiento.
    PALABRAS CLAVE: Baloncesto, Fisiología, Cualidad Aeróbica, Cualidad Anaeróbica; Composición corporal, VO2máx, Wingate.


    The objective of this study is identify the functional characteristics and mechanics in the jump of young basketball players of EBA League. The findings of the study will allow adaptation of methods and means of training to reach high performance levels. In

  15. A Review of Sodar Accuracy

    Bradley, Stuart; Mikkelsen, Torben


    be large. On a uniform terrain site, differences between a SODAR and a mastmounted cup anemometer will arise due to turbulent fluctuations and wind components being measured in different spaces, as well as to variable background noise. We develop theories for turbulence-related random fluctuations due......What accuracy and reliability can today be expected from SODAR wind measurements? Is there traceable evidence for performance? Environmental factors, turbulent fluctuations and non-uniform terrain all affect the wind speed uncertainty. So site-to-site variations for SODAR-mast comparisons can...

  16. Thermal Damage on Mesenteric Vascular Tissues and Hemostatic Effects of LigaSure, Ultrasound Knife and Bipolar Electrocoagulation in Adult Goats:an Experimental Study%LigaSure、超声刀及双极电凝对山羊肠系膜血管热损伤及止血效果的实验研究﹡

    梁军; 邢慧敏; 苗蕊; 高艳霞; 杨波


    Objective To study the thermal damage on mesenteric vascular tissues and hemostatic effects of LigaSure, ultrasound knife and bipolar electrocoagulation in adult goats for correctly choosing electeosurgical equipment in laparoscopic surgery. Methods Different mesenteric vessels ( diameters ranged from 1.03 mm to 5.44 mm) of goats were given electrocoagulations with three electeosurgical instruments (60 times in each group), and differences of the thermal damage width in 180 cases of vascular tissues were detected.The success rates of electric coagulation of vascular occlusion at one time were compared. Results The thermal damage width with LigaSure (3.30 ±0.71 mm) was less than the bipolar electrocoagulation (3.99 ±0.66 mm), but greater than the ultrasound knife (2.05 ±0.81 mm), with significant differences among them (F=109.318, P=0.000).For diameter≤3 mm vascular tissues, the success rates were higher with LigaSure [100%(32/32)] and ultrasound knife [93.8%(30/32)] than bipolar electrocoagulation [68.8%(22/32);P=0.001 and 0.010), but there was no difference between the LigaSure and the ultrasound knife (P=0.492).For diameter >3 mm vascular tissues, the success rate was the highest with LigaSure [100% (28/28)] than ultrasound knife [75.0% (21/28), P=0.010] and bipolar electrocoagulation [71.4% (20/28), P =0.004].There was no difference between ultrasound knife and bipolar electrocoagulation (P=0.763). Conclusions Among bipolar electrocoagulation, LigaSure and ultrasound knife, the thermal damage width is the largest with bipolar electrocoagulation and the least with ultrasound knife.LigaSure vessel sealing system is more reliable than ultrasound knife and bipolar electrocoagulation in sealing vessels, especially for the diameter >3 mm vascular tissues.Ultrasound knife can effectively seal the vessels less than 3 mm in diameter.%目的:探讨LigaSure、超声刀及双极电凝对山羊肠系膜血管组织的热损伤程度及止血效果,指导腹腔镜

  17. Estudo das propriedades magnetostrictivas da liga (Fe0,80Al0,20)97B3 obtida por solidificação direcional

    Vagner de Oliveira Machado


    Neste trabalho foram obtidas barras da liga (Fe0,80Al0,20)97B3 por solidificação direcional (SD), nos diâmetros de 3 e 4 mm, com o objetivo de melhorar a magnetostricção desse material através da introdução de textura. As etapas de produção das barras envolveram a fabricação de lingotes da liga por fusão a arco L1, L2 e L6, seguida de usinagem (U) ou forjamento rotativo (F) a quente. O maior comprimento de barra obtido foi de 50 mm. Através de microscopia eletrônica de varredura e análise de ...

  18. Corrosão de liga 800GN em ambiente do circuito secundário da Central Nuclear de Angra 2

    Fabio Abud Mansur


    A liga 800GN (grau nuclear) é um material utilizado na fabricação de geradores de vapor para reatores de água pressurizada (PWR) de usinas nucleares devido à sua elevada resistência à corrosão. A resistência à corrosão da liga 800GN é devida ao caráter protetor da película de óxido formada na superfície do tubo em contato com a água pressurizada à alta temperatura. No entanto, a corrosão tem sido a principal causa de falhas nos tubos dos geradores de vapor de usinas nucleares. Os problemas ge...

  19. Application of high frequency bipolar electrocoagulation LigaSureTM in appendix vermiformis of rabbits with or without acute inflammatory process Aplicação do eletrocoagulador bipolar de alta frequência LigaSureTM no apêndice vermiforme na vigência ou não de processo inflamatório agudo

    Laura Cristina de Souza


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of the use of LigaSureTM in appendectomy, with or without acute inflammatory process, and to compare with simple ligature and conventional therapy. METHODS: A total of 30 rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus randomly allocated in two groups, group A and B, of 15 animals each were used. The group A without acute appendicitis and the group B with acute appendicitis were submitted to appendectomy. After, the groups were subdivided into three groups, each group containing five rabbits submitted to simple ligature, conventional therapy and application of LigaSureTM. We assessed macroscopic and microscopy parameters of appendiceal stump and operative wound. RESULTS: The group with acute appendicitis that LigaSureTM was applied had fibrosis in 100% of animals, as well as in the other operative techniques used. It suggested that application of LigaSureTM is efficient as other techniques used in healing of appendiceal stump. CONCLUSIONS: The application of LigaSureTM induces the formation of fibrosis in the appendiceal stump. The technique proved efficacy to induce enough fibrous tissue to obstruct leakage of enteric content.OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia da utilização do LigaSureTM na apendicectomia, com ou sem a presença de processo inflamatório agudo, comparando com ligadura simples ou técnica tradicional. MÉTODOS: Um total de 30 coelhos (Oryctolagus cuniculus foi alocado em dois grupos, grupos A e B, cada um composto por 15 animais. O grupo A não apresentava apendicite aguda e o grupo B com apendicite aguda, sendo os animais submetidos à apendicitectomia. Cada grupo foi divido em três subgrupos, cada um com cinco animais onde foram então submetidos à ligadura simples, técnica tradicional ou utilização do LigaSureTM. Foram avaliados parâmetros macroscópicos assim como microscópicos do coto apendicular assim como da ferida operatória. RESULTADOS: No grupo que apresentava apendicite aguda onde foi utilizado o

  20. 双极电凝、LigaSure 及超声刀对人子宫旁血管组织热损伤的实验研究%Experimental Study on Thermal Effects of Human Uterine Vascular Tissues by Bipolar Electrocoagulation, LigaSure and ;Ultrasound Knife

    梁军; 邢慧敏; 刘艳; 杨波


    Objective To study the thermal damage of uterine vascular tissues by bipolar electrocoagulation , LigaSure and ultrasound knife in total laparoscopic hysterectomy ( TLH ) , and to guide the selection of electeosurgery equipments in TLH . Methods TLH was carried out in patients with myoma of uterus , adenomyosis and dysfunctional uterine bleeding .A total of 90 uterine vascular tissues were studied , including 30 tissues receiving bipolar electrocoagulation , 30 tissues receiving LigaSure electrocoagulation and 30 tissues receiving ultrasound knife dessection .The differences of the thermal damage width of uterine vascular tissues were detected. Results The thermal damage width with bipolar electrocoagulation [(4.583 ±0.538) mm] was significantly greater than the LigaSure electrocoagulation [(4.207 ±0.525) mm, q=3.654, P<0.05] and the ultrasound knife [(3.506 ± 0.623) mm, q=10.465, P<0.05].The thermal damage width with the LigaSure electrocoagulation was significantly greater than the ultrasound knife (q=6.812, P<0.05). Conclusions Bipolar electrocoagulation has the greatest thermal damage width , followed by LigaSure electrocoagulation and ultrasound knife .It is necessary to choose laparoscopic electrosurgical instruments reasonably to avoid side-injury during performance of uterine vessels in TLH .%目的:探讨腹腔镜下全子宫切除术( total laparoscopic hysterectomy , TLH)中双极电凝、LigaSure及超声刀对人子宫旁血管组织的热损伤程度,指导TLH术中合理选择电外科器械。方法对拟行TLH患者截取分别以双极电凝、LigaSure及超声刀处理的子宫旁血管组织各30块,共计90块,显微镜下测量电凝部位热损伤宽度。结果3种电外科器械对子宫旁血管组织热损伤程度不同,热损伤宽度双极电凝组(4.583±0.538)mm,明显大于LigaSure 组(4.207±0.525)mm(q=3.654,P<0.05)和超声刀组(3.506±0.623)mm(q=10.465,P<0.05

  1. La incertidumbre de los resultados en las ligas española, inglesa e italiana (2008/09 mediante el rating ELO

    Sala Garrido, Ramon


    Full Text Available RESUMEN En numerosas ocasiones se discute si una determinada liga es la mejor de Europa o si es otra, pero muchas veces ese concepto de “mejor” queda indefinido y se basa en elementos subjetivos o apreciaciones. El objetivo de este trabajo es comparar las ligas, española, inglesa e italiana, utilizando el rating ELO para poder determinar cual de las ligas es más homogénea en términos de equilibrio entre los equipos.El interés de una liga depende en gran parte de que exista incertidumbre en el resultado, es decir, lo que viene a denominarse como balance competitivo entre los equipos que la forman, ya que si no es así, la competición pierde interés en la medida en que el resultado es demasiado prfevisible, es decir, que los “buenos” equipos siempre vencen a los restantes, con lo que se perjudica al espectáculo y por tanto, las ganancias que reportan los ingresos, especialmente los televisivos.ABSTRACT It is often discussed whether a particular football league (soccer in America is the best league. However, the term 'best' is often indefinite and based on subjective elements. The aim of this study is to compare the Spanish, English and Italian leagues by using the ELO rating system to determine which league is more homogeneous in terms of balance between the teams. The level of interest in a league largely depends on the uncertainty of outcome or the competitive balance between the teams. If there is a competitive imbalance between the teams then the competition loses interest because the expected results coincide with the real results, namely the 'top' teams always win against the others. This can damage the spectacle, and therefore the earnings produced – especially in the case of television.

  2. Toxicidade e capacidade de ligação de proteínas Cry1 a receptores intestinais de Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae

    Isis Sebastião


    Full Text Available Resumo: O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a toxicidade e a capacidade de ligação das proteínas Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac e Cry1Ca, de Bacillus thuringiensis, a receptores intestinais de Helicoverpa armigera. Realizou-se análise de ligação das proteínas ativadas às vesículas de membrana da microvilosidade apical (VMMA do intestino médio deH. armigera, além de ensaios de competição heteróloga para avaliar sua capacidade de ligação. Cry1Ac destacou-se como a proteína mais tóxica, seguida por Cry1Ab e Cry1Aa. A proteína Cry1Ca não foi tóxica às lagartas e, portanto, não foi possível determinar os seus parâmetros de toxicidade CL50 e CL90. As proteínas Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab e Cry1Ac são capazes de se ligar a um mesmo receptor nas membranas intestinais, o que aumenta o risco do desenvolvimento de resistência cruzada. Portanto, a utilização conjunta dessas proteínas deve ser evitada.

  3. Accuracy of Sphygmomanometers

    Basak, Okay


    One of the factors affecting the accuracy of readings of blood pressure is the equipment used. Defects or inaccuracy of aneroid sphygmomanometers may be source of error in blood pressure measurement. We inspected 100 sphygmomanometers for physical defects and assessed their accuracy against a standard mercury manometer at four different pressure points. 46 of the 100 sphygmomanometers were determined to be intolerant (deviation from the mercury manometer by greater than±3 mm Hg at two or more...

  4. Resistência de união entre liga de níquel-cromo e cimentos resinosos

    FRANÇA Rodrigo de Oliveira


    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi a determinação da retentividade, por ensaio de tração, entre uma liga de níquel-cromo e cimentos resinosos (Comspan, Panavia Ex e All-Bond C & B, com quatro tratamentos superficiais (liso, microjateado, ataque eletrolítico e silicoater e armazenagem por 3 e 30 dias em solução de NaCl a 0,9%, a 37° C e termociclagem intercalada na segunda (a 5 e 55° C, por 1 minuto em cada banho, perfazendo 600 ciclos. Os corpos de prova eram discos, providos de alça fixadora entre si dois a dois. Os resultados permitiram concluir que: superfícies lisas conduzem a baixíssimas retentividades e tratadas com silicoater a altíssimos valores, com qualquer cimento e condição de armazenagem; Panavia Ex com superfícies microjateadas também conduz a altas retentividades; a maior retentividade foi obtida pela combinação silicoater/All-Bond C&B.

  5. An Integrated Microfabricated Chip with Double Functions as an Ion Source and Air Pump Based on LIGA Technology

    Hua Li


    Full Text Available The injection and ionization of volatile organic compounds (VOA by an integrated chip is experimentally analyzed in this paper. The integrated chip consists of a needle-to-cylinder electrode mounting on the Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA substrate. The needle-to-cylinder electrode is designed and fabricated by Lithographie, Galvanoformung and Abformung (LIGA technology. In this paper, the needle is connected to a negative power supply of −5 kV and used as the cathode; the cylinder electrodes are composed of two arrays of cylinders and serve as the anode. The ionic wind is produced based on corona and glow discharges of needle-to-cylinder electrodes. The experimental setup is designed to observe the properties of the needle-to-cylinder discharge and prove its functions as an ion source and air pump. In summary, the main results are as follows: (1 the ionic wind velocity produced by the chip is about 0.79 m/s at an applied voltage of −3300 V; (2 acetic acid and ammonia water can be injected through the chip, which is proved by pH test paper; and (3 the current measured by a Faraday cup is about 10 pA for acetic acid and ammonia with an applied voltage of −3185 V. The integrated chip is promising for portable analytical instruments, such as ion mobility spectrometry (IMS, field asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS, and mass spectrometry (MS.

  6. The Truth about Accuracy

    Buekens, F.A.I.; Truyen, Frederick; Martini, Carlo; Boumans, Marcel


    When we evaluate the outcomes of investigative actions as justified or unjustified, good or bad, rational or irrational, we make, in a broad sense of the term, evaluative judgements about them. We look at operational accuracy as a desirable and evaluable quality of the outcomes and explore how the c

  7. Welding shape memory alloys with NdYAG lasers Soldadura de ligas de memória de forma com laser Nd-YAG

    Luisa Quintino


    Full Text Available The demand of emerging joining techniques for shape memory alloys (SMA has become of great importance, as their functional properties namely shape memory effect (SME and superelasticity (SE present unique solutions for state-of-the-art applications. Welding of SMAs is a challenge due to the risk of reduced mechanical performance after laser processing. The wider application of these alloys in various sectors as aerospace, medical or electronic industry is hindered by the limitations in its processing. The need to weld SMAs to other materials is pressing for applications in the above referred sectors. In dissimilar joints the need to understand materials behavior is even more challenging since base materials have different physical properties leading to different heat flow, convection processes and residual stress distribution. The chemical composition across the weld pool varies and intermetallic compounds are formed. Research detailing the effects of laser processing on NiTi is essential to overcome many of these challenges. The objectives of the current study are to analyze the effects of laser welding in the weld shape of both similar and dissimilar joints of NiTi to stainless steel and titanium alloys.A procura de técnicas de ligação para ligas de memória de forma tem-se revetido de importância crescente, devido ao desenvolvimento de aplicações deste material com particulares propriedades de memória de forma e superelasticidade. A soldadura de ligas de memória de forma é um desafio devido ao risco de emporbrecimento das propriedades mecânicas depois do processamento laser. A aplicação alargarda destas ligas em vários sectores como o aeroespacial, medico ou electrónico é prejudicado pelas limitações de processamento. A necessidade de soldar ligas de memória de forma a outros materiais é premente para estes sectores. Em juntas dissimilares, o entendimento do comportamento dos materaias é um desafio ainda maior uma vez que

  8. Vagus-Nerv-Stimulation: Konsensuskonferenz des erweiterten Vorstandes des Österreichischen Sektion der Internationalen Liga gegen Epilepsie

    Mamoli B


    Full Text Available Die Vagus-Nerv-Stimulation (VNS wurde 1997 von der FDA als Zusatztherapie zur Anfallsreduktion bei Erwachsenen und Adoleszenten über 12 Jahre mit medikamentös-refraktären partiellen Anfällen zugelassen. Aufgrund der Verbreitung der Methode hielt es die Österreichische Sektion der Internationalen Liga gegen Epilepsie für sinnvoll, einen Konsensus betreffend der Anwendung der VNS zu erarbeiten, um einerseits die Verbreitung der Methode zu fördern und andererseits eine unreflektierte Anwendung zu vermeiden. Es wurden folgende Schlüsse gezogen: 1 Die VNS stellt bei Patienten mit fokalen oder generalisierten Epilepsien, die gegenüber Antiepileptika refraktär sind und bei denen eine resektive Operationsmöglichkeit nicht gegeben ist (mit Ausnahme der ketogenen Diät die einzige therapeutische Option mit gesicherter Effizienz dar. 2 Die Responderraten liegen nach 3 Monaten bei 23 %. Offene Nachuntersuchungsstudien weisen nach 2 Jahren Beobachtungszeit einen Anstieg der Responderrate auf ca. 40 % nach. Anfallsfreiheit wird nur selten erreicht. 3 Generell wird die Implantation des VNS-Systems gut vertragen. Schwerwiegende Nebeneffekte sind selten. 4 Bei Kindern liegen bislang nur offene unkontrollierte und vorwiegend retrospektive Studien mit kleinen Fallzahlen vor. Bisherige Erfahrungen weisen darauf hin, daß die VNS bei symptomatischen, kryptogenen, fokalen und generalisierten schwer behandelbaren Epilepsien im Kindesalter auch unter 12 Jahren als Therapieoption in Erwägung zu ziehen ist. Die Verträglichkeit ist gut und mit jener bei Erwachsenen vergleichbar. 5 Eine Reduktion der ursprünglichen AED-Dosis ist vielfach möglich. 6 Hinsichtlich der Steigerung/Änderung der Stimulationsparameter bestehen derzeit keine gesicherten Daten für eine einheitliche Vorgangsweise. 7 Ökonomische Studien zeigten, daß nach VNS eine Kostenreduktion der direkten epilepsiebezogenen Kosten erfolgt. Diese ist vorwiegend durch eine Reduktion der station

  9. Reconceptualizing metacomprehension calibration accuracy

    Egan, Rylan Graham


    Accurate judgment of text comprehension is compulsory for learners to effectively self-regulate learning from text. Unfortunately, until relatively recently the literature on text comprehension judgment, termed metacomprehension, has shown learners to be inaccurate in their judgments. Over the last decade researchers have discovered that when learners use delayed summaries of text to make judgments metacomprehension accuracy increases. In contrast, when learners use individual differences (e....

  10. Dialética do processo de trabalho da liga de hipertensão arterial Dialetic to the labour process in the hypertension league

    Marcia Regina Car; Emiko Yoshikawa Egry


    Buscou-se compreender o fenômeno da assistência à saúde desenvolvida na Liga de Diagnóstico e Tratamento da Hipertensão Arterial do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP,evidenciando suas contradições através da articulação dos elementos constitutivos deste processo de trabalho,contidos nos depoimentos de seus agentes. As concepções dos agentes sobre este processo de trabalho expressaram uma práxis reiterativa, consagrando e consolidando um dado saber específico que,para além ...

  11. "Estudos do desenvolvimento e caracterização das ligas Cu-Ni-Pt e Cu-Ni-Sn para fins eletro-eletrônicos"

    Luis Carlos Elias da Silva


    O Cu e suas ligas têm diferentes aplicações na sociedade moderna devido as excelentes propriedades elétricas, condutividade térmica, resistência à corrosão dentre outras propriedades. Estas aplicações podem ser em válvulas, tubulações, panelas para absorção de energia solar, radiadores para automóveis, condutores de corrente e eletrônico, elementos de termostatos e partes estruturais de reatores nucleares, como, por exemplo, bobinas para campo toroidal para um reator de fusão nuclear. Dentre ...

  12. Propriedades estruturais, eletrônicas e termodinâmicas dos nitretos do grupo-III e de suas ligas


    Neste trabalho foram efetuados estudos importantes e pioneiros sobre as propriedades estruturais, eletrônicas e termodinâmicas dos nitretos e de suas ligas, através de dois métodos de primeiros princípios distintos, o FLAPW (\\"Full-potential Linear Augmented Plane Wave\\") e o pseudopotencial combinado com a aproximação quasequímica generalizada. Na primeira parte, utilizando o método FLAPW, calculamos as estruturas de bandas para os nitretos cúbicos do grupo-IH, BN, AIN, GaN e InN. Foram obt...

  13. Avaliação da geometria de ferramenta e parâmetros do processo FSW na soldagem da liga de alumínio AA 5052


    A soldagem de ligas de alumínio sem degradação excessiva das propriedades originais do metal base apresenta-se como um obstáculo a ser superado pelas indústrias em seus processos de fabricação, uma vez que o alumínio tem sido usado cada vez de forma mais intensiva. Neste sentido, o processo de soldagem denominado Friction Stir Welding (FSW) tem recebido atenção por suas potencialidades onde o aporte de calor deve ser minimizado ou quando metais dissimilares devem ser soldados. Neste processo,...

  14. Resistência ao cisalhamento entre ligas metálicas e materiais compostos para revestimento estético: cerômero e polímero de vidro

    Itinoche,Marcos Koiti; Kimpara, Estevão Tomomitsu; Bottino,Marco Antonio; Neisser, Maximiliano Piero; Oyafuso,Denise Kanashiro


    O propósito deste trabalho foi avaliar a resistência ao cisalhamento entre ligas metálicas (Au, NiCr e CoCr) e materiais estéticos indiretos (Artglass e Targis). Para tanto, utilizaram-se vinte estruturas metálicas de cada tipo de liga, cuja superfície a ser aplicada os materiais estéticos, receberam jateamento com óxido de alumínio de granulação de 250mm, antes da aplicação do sistema adesivo do corresp...

  15. Granulation of core particles suitable for film coating by agitation fluidized bed III. Effect of scale, agitator rotational speed and blade shape on granule properties and development of a high accuracy scale-up theory.

    Hamashita, Tomohiro; Ono, Tetsuo; Ono, Masaki; Tsunenari, Yoshinobu; Aketo, Takao; Watano, Satoru


    The preparation of core particles suitable for subsequent film coating was examined using different scales of agitation fluidized beds. Specifically, the effects of agitator rotational speed and agitator blade shape in different scales of granulators on granule properties such as mass median diameter, apparent density, friability and shape factor were studied. As the agitator rotational speed was increased or when the agitator blade height and angle were large, the mass median diameter and friability of the granules decreased, while the apparent density and shape factor increased, in a manner independent of the vessel size because the granules were subjected to greater compression, shearing and rolling effects. The same core particles could not be prepared using granulators with different vessel sizes by simply adopting a conventional scale-up theory(1,2)) based on kinetic energy similarity. Here, a novel scale-up theory that takes into account agitator blade shape factors is proposed.(3)) When the two scale-up theories were compared, our new theory was capable of predicting the granule properties more accurately than the conventional theory. By adopting this novel theory, the same core particles could be prepared under different operating conditions in any scale of granulator.

  16. A re-ligação: o encontro das religiões e o cristianismo na Teologia Teoantropocósmica

    Paulo Agostinho Nogueira Baptista


    Full Text Available Vive-se uma demanda por integração, por solidariedade. As religiões e o cristianismo, em especial, podem respondem a esse desafio? A visão de re-ligação de Leonardo Boff, à luz do paradigma ecológico, abre novas perspectivas para as religiões, especialmente para a experiência cristã e seu papel no contexto atual. Objetiva-se aqui refletir sobre o significado do encontro das religiões ante os desafios oferecidos pela realidade ecológica, propiciando uma visão teológica teoantropocósmica.Palavras-chave: Re-ligação; Religião; Cristianismo; Paradigma ecológico; Teologia Teoantropocósmica; Diálogo.ABSTRACTNowadays there is a demand for integration and solidarity. Can religions and Christianity, in particular, meet this challenge? Leonardo Boff’s vision of re-connection, in the light of the ecological paradigm, opens new perspectives to religions, mainly to the Christian esperience and its role in the present scope. This article iams at reflecting upon the meaning of encounter of religions in face of challenges presented by the ecological reality, offering a theoanthropocosmic theological view.Key words: Re-connection, Religion, Christianity, Ecological paradigm, Theoanthropocosmic Theology and Dialogue.

  17. Design and simulation of non-resonant 1-DOF drive mode and anchored 2-DOF sense mode gyroscope for implementation using UV-LIGA process

    Verma, Payal; Gopal, Ram; Butt, M. A.; Khonina, Svetlana N.; Skidanov, Roman V.


    This paper presents the design and simulation of a 3-DOF (degree-of-freedom) MEMS gyroscope structure with 1-DOF drive mode and anchored 2-DOF sense mode, based on UV-LIGA technology. The 3-DOF system has the drive resonance located in the flat zone between the two sense resonances. It is an inherently robust structure and offers a high sense frequency band width and high gain without much scaling down the mass on which the sensing comb fingers are attached and it is also immune to process imperfections and environmental conditions. The design is optimized to be compatible with the UV-LIGA process, having 9 μm thick nickel as structural layer. The electrostatic gap between the drive comb fingers is 4 μm and sense comb fingers gap are 4 μm/12 μm. The damping effect is considered by assuming the flexures and the proof mass suspended about 6 μm over the substrate. Accordingly, mask is designed in L-Edit software.

  18. Coordinate metrology accuracy of systems and measurements

    Sładek, Jerzy A


    This book focuses on effective methods for assessing the accuracy of both coordinate measuring systems and coordinate measurements. It mainly reports on original research work conducted by Sladek’s team at Cracow University of Technology’s Laboratory of Coordinate Metrology. The book describes the implementation of different methods, including artificial neural networks, the Matrix Method, the Monte Carlo method and the virtual CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine), and demonstrates how these methods can be effectively used in practice to gauge the accuracy of coordinate measurements. Moreover, the book includes an introduction to the theory of measurement uncertainty and to key techniques for assessing measurement accuracy. All methods and tools are presented in detail, using suitable mathematical formulations and illustrated with numerous examples. The book fills an important gap in the literature, providing readers with an advanced text on a topic that has been rapidly developing in recent years. The book...


    Braulio Sánchez Ureña


    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio fue analizar y contrastar el perfil de rendimiento técnico del equipo tetracampeón de la Liga Superior de Baloncesto de Costa Rica. Se registró 142 juegos a lo largo de las temporadas 2007, 2008 y 2009. Los indicadores de rendimiento escogido fueron: lanzamientos de dos y tres puntos (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad, lanzamientos de tiro libre (convertidos, fallados, porcentaje de efectividad, puntos, rebotes defensivos y ofensivos, faltas, pérdidas de balón, asistencias y robos de balón. La descripción de la información se basó en valores de frecuencia absoluta y relativa. El contraste de datos por temporada y periodo de juego se hizo con base en las técnicas no paramétricas U-test, test de Friedman y el Chi 2. En todos los casos se utilizó el SPSS versión 15.0 con un nivel de significancia de p ≤ 0,05. Los resultados mostraron un mejor perfil de rendimiento técnico en la temporada 2008, caracterizándose por mejores porcentajes en tiros de 2, tiros libres, menor número de pérdidas de balón y mayor cantidad de robos del balón y asistencias. En relación con el periodo de juego, el equipo mostró un mejor perfil de rendimiento técnico durante los segundos tiempos del partido. En general, el porcentaje de efectividad de tiros de 2 y tiros libres estuvo arriba del 60 % en ambos periodos de juego, mientras que el porcentaje de tiros de 3 osciló entre el 26.4 % y el 29.2 %. En conclusión, el equipo mostró un perfil de rendimiento técnico similar al reportado en la literatura y deja clara evidencia de la importancia que tiene el registro y seguimiento de los indicadores de rendimiento técnico en el baloncesto.

  20. Soldagem por ponto no estado sólido de ligas leves Solid state spot welding of lightweight alloys

    Leonardo Contri Campanelli


    Full Text Available A recente preocupação quanto às mudanças climáticas vem impulsionando pesquisas em eficiência energética dos meios de transportes no sentido de reduzir a emissão de gases. Uma das principais soluções consiste na redução do peso estrutural através da aplicação de novos materiais, como as ligas leves de alumínio e magnésio. Entretanto, novos usos ficam muitas vezes limitados pela dificuldade de união desses materiais. A técnica de soldagem por fricção e mistura (FSW é um processo de união no estado sólido que surge como uma alternativa viável para substituir ou complementar as tecnologias de união consagradas. Como uma junta contínua não é sempre a requisitada, duas tecnologias de união por ponto derivadas do FSW estão em desenvolvimento: soldagem por fricção e mistura por ponto (FSSW e soldagem por fricção por ponto (FSpW. Além de fornecerem juntas de elevada resistência e praticamente isentas de defeitos, estas técnicas apresentam alta eficiência energética, curto ciclo de soldagem, facilidade de automação e compatibilidade com o meio-ambiente, fazendo frente às técnicas convencionais de união por ponto, como a soldagem por resistência por ponto (RSW e a rebitagem.The recent concern about climate change has stimulated research into transport energy efficiency in order to reduce the emission of gases. One of the main solutions is to reduce the structural weight through the application of new materials, such as aluminum and magnesium lightweight alloys. However, new applications are often limited by the difficulty of joining these materials. Friction Stir Welding (FSW is a solid state joining technique that emerges as a viable alternative to replace or complement the established joining technologies. As a continuous weld is not always requested, two spot welding technologies derived from FSW are under development: Friction Stir Spot Welding (FSSW and Friction Spot Welding (FSpW. Besides providing

  1. Evaluating measurement accuracy a practical approach

    Rabinovich, Semyon G


    The goal of Evaluating Measurement Accuracy: A Practical Approach is to present methods for estimating the accuracy of measurements performed in industry, trade, and scientific research. From developing the theory of indirect measurements to proposing new methods of reduction, transformation, and enumeration, this work encompasses the full range of measurement data processing. It includes many examples that illustrate the application of general theory to typical problems encountered in measurement practice. As a result, the book serves as an inclusive reference work for data processing of all types of measurements: single and multiple, combined and simultaneous, direct (both linear and nonlinear), and indirect (both dependent and independent). It is a working tool for experimental scientists and engineers of all disciplines who work with instrumentation. It is also a good resource for natural science and engineering students and for technicians performing measurements in industry. A key feature of the book is...

  2. Expected Classification Accuracy

    Lawrence M. Rudner


    Full Text Available Every time we make a classification based on a test score, we should expect some number..of misclassifications. Some examinees whose true ability is within a score range will have..observed scores outside of that range. A procedure for providing a classification table of..true and expected scores is developed for polytomously scored items under item response..theory and applied to state assessment data. A simplified procedure for estimating the..table entries is also presented.

  3. Expected Classification Accuracy using the Latent Distribution

    Fanmin Guo


    Full Text Available Rudner (2001, 2005 proposed a method for evaluating classification accuracy in tests based on item response theory (IRT. In this paper, a latent distribution method is developed. For comparison, both methods are applied to a set of real data from a state test. While the latent distribution method relaxes several of the assumptions needed to apply Rudner's method, both approaches yield extremely comparable results. A simplified approach for applying Rudner's method and a short SPSS routine are presented.

  4. Accuracy of tablet splitting.

    McDevitt, J T; Gurst, A H; Chen, Y


    We attempted to determine the accuracy of manually splitting hydrochlorothiazide tablets. Ninety-four healthy volunteers each split ten 25-mg hydrochlorothiazide tablets, which were then weighed using an analytical balance. Demographics, grip and pinch strength, digit circumference, and tablet-splitting experience were documented. Subjects were also surveyed regarding their willingness to pay a premium for commercially available, lower-dose tablets. Of 1752 manually split tablet portions, 41.3% deviated from ideal weight by more than 10% and 12.4% deviated by more than 20%. Gender, age, education, and tablet-splitting experience were not predictive of variability. Most subjects (96.8%) stated a preference for commercially produced, lower-dose tablets, and 77.2% were willing to pay more for them. For drugs with steep dose-response curves or narrow therapeutic windows, the differences we recorded could be clinically relevant.

  5. Avaliação da Capacidade de Decisão em Psiquiatria de Ligação

    Filipe Lopes Vicente


    Full Text Available Introdução: Entre as funções do psiquiatra de ligação, encontra-se a avaliação da capacidade de decidir. Esta envolve a capacidade de fazer escolhas de forma autónoma e surge de forma relevante na prática clínica diária como pré-condição ao consentimento informado. Objetivos: Os autores pretendem rever o pro- cesso subjacente à avaliação da capacidade de decisão, assim como outra informação relevante publicada a este respeito. Métodos: Revisão não sistemática da literatura através da pesquisa eletrónica nos motores de busca Medline/Pubmed. Resultados: A capacidade de decidir apenas pode ser avaliada relativamente a uma decisão em particular, sendo que o seu resultado não é necessariamente estável ao longo do tempo. Da mesma forma, não existe nenhum diagnóstico que permita concluir, por si só, pela incapacidade para decidir ou que possibilite prescindir da sua avaliação. Depende de vários fatores: conteúdo, forma do pensa- mento e funções cognitivas. Pode igualmente ser influenciada pelo nível de instrução do indivíduo,  traços  da  personalidade,  estados emocionais/mecanismos de coping ou fatores circunstanciais. Qualquer  médico  deverá  estar  habilitado para  a  realização  desta  avaliação.  O  psiquiatra  de  ligação  deve  ser  envolvido  perante  a  suspeita  de  doença  mental  capaz de  prejudicar  a  capacidade  de  consentir ou  perante  a  necessidade  de  validar  uma avaliação já realizada. Appelbaum e Grisso propuseram  uma  avaliação  sistematizada segundo os seguintes critérios: a comunicação da escolha, b compreensão, c apreciação  e  d  processo  de  decisão  racional/ raciocínio.  Numa  tentativa  de  minimizar diferenças entre avaliadores, foram desenvolvidos vários instrumentos de avaliação, entre os quais se destaca a MacArthur Competence  Assessment  Tool.  Particularmente nos doentes com d

  6. Theory and Experiment of Industrial Robot Accuracy Compensation Method Based on Spatial Interpolation%基于空间插值的工业机器人精度补偿方法理论与试验

    周炜; 廖文和; 田威


    随着工业机器人技术的不断发展,机器人在工业领域得到了越来越广泛的应用.针对机器人普遍存在重复定位精度高、绝对定位精度低的特点,提出一种改进其绝对定位精度的方法.以D-H运动学模型为基础建立机器人坐标系,并综合考虑机器人各关节参数引入的误差,建立机器人的位姿误差模型.利用该误差模型,通过分析相邻两点间定位误差之间的内在关联提出了定位误差相似度的概念,并在此基础上提出一种基于空间插值的工业机器人精度补偿方法.利用KUKA机器人对提出的精度补偿方法进行验证,试验结果表明,补偿前机器人的绝对定位精度为1~3mm,补偿后它的绝对定位误差的最大值为0.386 mm,平均值为0.156 mm,较未补偿前有了近一个数量级的提高,从而证明了该方法的可行性和有效性.%With the development of technology of robot, industrial robot is used more and more widely in the industrial field. The industrial robot usually has a high repeat positioning accuracy and a low absolute positioning accuracy. According to Denavit-Hartenberg kinematics model, the robot coordinate system is established, meanwhile the geometric error model is also established by taking account of errors introduced in joint parameters. The inner relationship between positioning accuracy of two adjacent points is discussed by using the error model, and therefore the concept of positioning errors similarity is proposed. Above on this, a method of robot accuracy compensation based on spatial interpolation is proposed. A KUKA robot is introduced to invalidate the proposed method, and the results show that by using the accuracy compensation method the maximum value of the robot positioning error is 0.386 mm, and the mean value is 0.156 mm, which are much more better than the previous values 1-3 mm, thus the method is feasible and effective.

  7. Reticence, Accuracy and Efficacy

    Oreskes, N.; Lewandowsky, S.


    James Hansen has cautioned the scientific community against "reticence," by which he means a reluctance to speak in public about the threat of climate change. This may contribute to social inaction, with the result that society fails to respond appropriately to threats that are well understood scientifically. Against this, others have warned against the dangers of "crying wolf," suggesting that reticence protects scientific credibility. We argue that both these positions are missing an important point: that reticence is not only a matter of style but also of substance. In previous work, Bysse et al. (2013) showed that scientific projections of key indicators of climate change have been skewed towards the low end of actual events, suggesting a bias in scientific work. More recently, we have shown that scientific efforts to be responsive to contrarian challenges have led scientists to adopt the terminology of a "pause" or "hiatus" in climate warming, despite the lack of evidence to support such a conclusion (Lewandowsky et al., 2015a. 2015b). In the former case, scientific conservatism has led to under-estimation of climate related changes. In the latter case, the use of misleading terminology has perpetuated scientific misunderstanding and hindered effective communication. Scientific communication should embody two equally important goals: 1) accuracy in communicating scientific information and 2) efficacy in expressing what that information means. Scientists should strive to be neither conservative nor adventurous but to be accurate, and to communicate that accurate information effectively.

  8. Check of the accuracy of the relativity theory with atmospheric muon neutrinos from the AMANDA data of the years 2000 to 2003; Ueberpruefung der Genauigkeit der Relativitaetstheorie mit atmosphaerischen Myonneutrinos aus den AMANDA-Daten der Jahre 2000 bis 2003

    Ahrens, J.C.


    Atmospheric neutrinos allow one to test the principles of the Theory of Relativity in particular Lorentz invariance and the equivalence principle. Small deviations from these principles could lead, according to some theories, to detectable neutrino oscillations. Such oscillation effects are analysed in this thesis, using the data collected by the AMANDA detector. The neutrino telescope AMANDA is located at the South Pole and embedded in the Antarctic ice shield at a depth between 1500 m and 2000 m. AMANDA detects muon neutrinos via the Cherenkov light of neutrino induced muons allowing the reconstruction of the original neutrino direction. From the data of the years 2000 to 2003, which contain about seven billion recorded events and which mainly consist of the background of atmospheric muons, a sample of 3401 neutrino induced events has been selected. No indication for alternative oscillation effects has been found. For maximal mixing angles, a lower limit for parameters which violate Lorentz invariance or the equivalence principle could be set to {delta}{beta}(2 vertical stroke {phi} vertical stroke {delta}{gamma}){<=}5.15.10{sup -27}. (orig)

  9. A 90 años de la fundación de la Liga Feminista Costarricense: los derechos políticos

    Marta E. Solano Arias


    Full Text Available : Repaso de los derechos políticos de las mujeres con motivo del 90 aniversario de la fundación de la Liga Feminista Costarricense el 12 de octubre de 1923 en el Colegio Superior de Señoritas. El artículo ofrece un breve recorrido histórico de la participación de mujeres en hechos sociales y políticos relacionados con procesos electorales y la demanda del derecho el sufragio para las mujeres durante las primeras décadas del siglo XX y hasta 1925 en Costa Rica. Destaca algunas acciones de dos sufragistas descollantes durante los años 1912 a 1925, Ángela Acuña y Sara Casal.

  10. Emprego de ligas de cobre como detector eletroquímico de aminoácidos em cromatografo de íons

    Victor Costa Bassetto


    Esta dissertação apresenta os desenvolvimentos realizados para a aplicação de ligas de cobre como detector de aminoácidos em cromatografia de íons. O trabalho apresenta o desenvolvimento desde estudos eletroquímicos fundamentais, onde a propriedade de metais como ouro, atual padrão para a técnica, e cobre são investigados frente aos aminoácidos. Neste passo a técnica de voltametria cíclica foi escolhida, pois permitiu explorar os vários fenômenos que ocorrem nos processos de óxido redução das...

  11. Obtenção e caracterização mecanico-metalurgica da liga Al-4,5 wt% Cu no estado reofundido

    Eugenio Jose Zoqui


    Resumo: Este trabalho teve como objetivo a obtenção de estruturas reofirndidas da liga Al-4,5wt%Cu, sua caracterização macro e microestrutural, bem como de suas propriedades mecânicas por ensaios de tração e análise de superficies de fratura; e sua comparação com estruturas fundidas. Reofundidos com diferentes tamanhos de grãos e glóbulos foram produzidospor método de tratamento isotérmico à temperaturasuperior à solidus a partir de estruturas fundidas com diferentes tamanhos de grãos e de ...

  12. Doenças sexualmente transmissíveis e o HIV/AIDS: enfermagem discutindo essas ligações perigosas para as mulheres

    Iara de Moraes Xavier


    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo principal discutir as ligações perigosas entre as DSTs e o HIV/AIDS pelo prisma do gênero e da sexualidade. Apresenta a feminização da AIDS no Brasil como produto das relações sociais, econômicas, políticas e culturais. Pesquisa descritiva exploratória de natureza qualitativa. Focaliza mulheres com HIV/AIDS que se contaminaram através de relações sexuais com parceiros fixos e únicos. Conclui que o cuidado de enfermagem, no contexto do processo saúde-doença, constitui-se em uma das principais oportunidades para a (o enfermeira (o trabalhar o diagnóstico precoce, o tratamento e a prevenção das DSTs e da AIDS.

  13. Solidificação rápida e avaliação de estabilidade de fases de ligas Ti-Si-B

    Katia Cristiane Gandolpho Candioto


    Materiais com fases intermetálicas têm sido avaliados para aplicações estruturais em altas temperaturas devido à baixa massa específica e interessantes propriedades de resistência mecânica e resistência à oxidação de vários compostos. As ligas de Ti são reconhecidas pela sua excelente combinação de alta-resistência, baixa massa específica e alta resistência à corrosão. Tendo em vista a importância de estudos em temperaturas na faixa de 700 a 1000 oC para futuras aplicações, avaliou-se neste t...

  14. Resistência à corrosão de ligas Ni-Cr-Mo em meios fluoretados para aplicações odontológicas

    Silva, José Wilson De Jesus


    Um grande número de ligas metálicas é usado na Odontologia para fabricação de próteses fixas e removíveis. Na cavidade oral essas estruturas estão expostas a um meio quimicamente adverso, com a saliva sendo o agente mais corrosivo, devido à alta concentração de íons cloreto que são causadores de corrosão localizada. Além disso, soluções contendo íons fluoreto também são frequentemente utilizadas em agentes profiláticos nos tratamentos dentários para prevenir a formação de placas dentárias e o...

  15. Microhardness of Ni-Cr alloys under different casting conditions Microdureza de ligas de Ni-Cr fundidas sob diferentes condições

    José Roberto de Oliveira Bauer


    Full Text Available This study evaluated the microhardness of Ni-Cr alloys used in fixed prosthodontics after casting under different conditions. The casting conditions were: (1-flame/air torch flame made of a gas/oxygen mixture and centrifugal casting machine in a non-controlled casting environment; (2-induction/argon electromagnetic induction in an environment controlled with argon; (3-induction/vacuum electromagnetic induction in a vacuum environment; (4-induction/air electromagnetic induction in a non-controlled casting environment. The 3 alloys used were Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti, Ni-Cr-Mo-Be, and Ni-Cr-Mo-Nb. Four castings with 5 cylindrical, 15 mm-long specimens (diameter: 1.6 mm in each casting ring were prepared. After casting, the specimens were embedded in resin and polished for Vickers microhardness (VH measurements in a Shimadzu HMV-2 (1,000 g for 10 s. A total of 5 indentations were done for each ring, one in each specimen. The data was subjected to two-way ANOVA and Tukey's multiple comparison tests (alpha = 0.05. The VH values of Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti (422 ± 7.8 were statistically higher (p 0.05 and lower than the values obtained in the conditions induction/air and flame/air torch (p 0.05. The microhardness of the alloys is influenced by their composition and casting method. The hardness of the Ni-Cr alloys was higher when they were cast with the induction/air and flame/air torch methods.Este estudo avaliou a microdureza de ligas de Ni-Cr usadas em prótese fixa fundidas sob diferentes condições. As condições de fundição foram: (1-maçarico chama composta por uma mistura de gás/oxigênio e centrífuga sem o controle do ambiente de fundição; (2-indução/argônio indução eletromagnética com o ambiente controlado com argônio; (3-indução/vácuo indução eletromagnética com o ambiente sob vácuo; (4-indução/ar indução eletromagnética sem o controle da atmosfera. Foram utilizadas três ligas: Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti, Ni-Cr-Mo-Be e Ni-Cr-Mo-Nb. Foram realizadas 4

  16. Determining Geometric Accuracy in Turning

    Kwong; Chi; Kit; A; Geddam


    Mechanical components machined to high levels of ac cu racy are vital to achieve various functional requirements in engineering product s. In particular, the geometric accuracy of turned components play an important role in determining the form, fit and function of mechanical assembly requiremen ts. The geometric accuracy requirements of turned components are usually specifi ed in terms of roundness, straightness, cylindricity and concentricity. In pract ice, the accuracy specifications achievable are infl...

  17. Restauração metalocerâmica: um estudo comparativo da compatibilidade térmica de ligas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas

    ROLLO João Manuel Domingos de Almeida


    Full Text Available Uma das aplicações tecnológicas em que é necessário haver compatibilidade entre um material cerâmico e um material metálico é a confecção de restaurações odontológicas do tipo metalocerâmica. Neste caso, uma porcelana é fundida sobre um substrato metálico para obtenção da prótese de um dente. O requisito fundamental para o sucesso da união metalocerâmica é a adequação dos coeficientes de expansão térmica de cada um dos materiais, de forma a se obter um estado de tensão de compressão adequado na camada cerâmica. Este trabalho propôs-se a levantar as curvas de expansão térmica de ligas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas, através da técnica de dilatometria e verificar a possível compatibilidade térmica dos pares metal/cerâmica. Simulando a entrada de um novo produto no mercado, desenvolveu-se uma liga Ni-Cr experimental denominada SR, que foi comparada a uma liga comercial de Ni-Cr bastante utilizada em restaurações metalocerâmicas. A partir da análise das curvas de expansão térmica, foi possível verificar a compatibilidade dos pares metal/cerâmica quanto à dilatação térmica, segundo os conceitos preconizados por YAMAMOTO7 (1985. Sob este aspecto, a liga experimental apresentou valores que a incluem como mais uma opção na família de ligas Ni-Cr para utilização em restaurações metalocerâmicas. Os resultados obtidos indicam que o equipamento e a metodologia utilizados são adequados para análise comparativa da compatibilidade térmica entre ligas metálicas Ni-Cr e porcelanas odontológicas.

  18. Territoriality as a factor associated with home advantage. A comparative study by regions in professional Spanish football and futsal leagues La territorialidad como factor asociado a la ventaja de jugar en casa. Un estudio comparativo por regiones en la liga de fútbol y en la liga de fútbol sala de España

    J. Sampedro


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    The aim of this research was to study home advantage in the professional Spanish football and futsal leagues in a general way, and to make a regional analysis to identify geographical variations and whether they can be interpreted in terms of territoriality as a factor associated with home advantage. Last fifteen seasons were examined, after the introduction of the current system of three points for a win in 1995-96. Home advantage found in the two leagues under study was close to the worldwide figure in football. Individual analysis after controlling team ability showed no significant differences between any of the teams. The analysis of specific regions from elsewhere in the country only showed significant differences that can be interpreted in terms of territoriality in Catalonia within futsal league. Catalan teams also presented the highest values for home advantage in the football league. This suggests considering Catalonia for future work as a region likely to be studied individually in terms of territoriality.
    Key Words:Home advantage, territoriality, regions, football, futsal

    El propósito de la investigación fue estudiar la ventaja de jugar en casa en la Liga de Fútbol Profesional y en la Liga Nacional de Fútbol Sala de España de modo general, y realizar un análisis por regiones para determinar qué variaciones geográficas se dan y si éstas pueden ser interpretadas en términos de la territorialidad como factor asociado a la ventaja de jugar en casa. Se estudiaron las últimas quince temporadas disputadas desde la implantación del sistema actual de tres puntos por victoria en la temporada 1995-96. Se encontró ventaja de jugar en casa en las dos ligas, con valores próximos a la media mundial del fútbol. El análisis individual tras ajustar el nivel de los equipos no mostró diferencias significativas entre los diferentes conjuntos. El análisis comparativo por

  19. Classification Accuracy Is Not Enough

    Sturm, Bob L.


    A recent review of the research literature evaluating music genre recognition (MGR) systems over the past two decades shows that most works (81\\%) measure the capacity of a system to recognize genre by its classification accuracy. We show here, by implementing and testing three categorically diff...... classification accuracy obscures the aim of MGR: to select labels indistinguishable from those a person would choose....

  20. A liga republicana das mulheres portuguesas e a enfermagem no século xx: leituras na imprensa feminista La “Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas” y la enfermería in el siglo XX: lecturas en los periódicos feministas The “Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas” and nursing profession in the XXth century: readings in the feminist press

    Ana Maria Barros Pires


    Full Text Available As representações que a sociedade associa à profissão de enfermagem e à enfermeira, muitas vezes contraditórias, persistem no imaginário individual e coletivo e pouco têm a ver com a evolução verificada no âmbito do exercício profissional, do ensino e da academia. As imagens associadas à enfermeira e à enfermagem inscrevem-se na memória dum passado mais ou menos longínquo e poderão ter uma justificação histórica, social e cultural. Desvendar do modo como as representações sociais associadas à enfermeira e à enfermagem se constituíram no passado poderá permitir-nos recriar, no presente, o percurso da nossa identidade profissional e compreender como, enquanto grupo social, produzimos, consumimos, divulgamos e assumimos imagens que definem essa própria identidade. Propomo-nos neste artigo dar a conhecer como a Liga Republicana das Mulheres Portuguesas (LRMP, no início do século XX, criou uma imagem positiva da enfermagem, desenvolvendo um discurso elogioso da profissão captando o interesse das mulheres para uma “profissão digna” que lhes possibilitaria a independência económica em caso de abandono ou viuvez. Utilizaremos um conjunto de artigos publicados na imprensa oficial da Liga: A Mulher e A Criança e A Madrugada dado que a imprensa foi uma importante forma de divulgação e doutrinação das ideias feministas.Las representaciones que la sociedad asocia con la profesión de enfermería y a la enfermera, a menudo contradictorias, persisten en el imaginario individual y colectivo y tienen poco que ver con la evolución en el campo profesional, la educación y la academia. Las imágenes asociadas con la enfermera y la enfermería están registradas en la memoria de un pasado más o menos lejano y pueden tener una justificación histórica, cultural y social. Descubrir cómo las representaciones asociadas con la enfermería y la enfermera se constituyeron nos permitirá recrear el curso de nuestra identidad

  1. Influência do teor de Mo na microestrutura de ligas Fe-9Cr-xMo Effect of the content of molybdenum in the microstructure of Fe-9Cr-xMo alloy

    Rodrigo Freitas Guimarães


    Full Text Available Aços Cr-Mo são usados na indústria do petróleo em aplicações com óleos crus ricos em compostos sulfurosos. Aços comerciais como 2.5Cr1Mo ou 9Cr1Mo têm se mostrado ineficientes em consequência de altos índices de corrosão naftênica. Uma estratégia para resolver este problema é o aumento do teor de molibdênio destes aços. Neste trabalho foi estudado o efeito do aumento do teor de molibdênio na microestrutura de ligas Fe-9Cr-xMo, solubilizadas e soldadas. Foram levantados os diagramas de fases com auxílio de um programa comercial para verificar as possíveis fases a serem formadas e identificar os problemas de soldagem. A microestrutura das ligas solubilizadas foi analisada por microscopia óptica e EBSD, além da medição da dureza. Foram realizadas soldagens autógenas para verificar o efeito do aporte térmico na microestrutura e na dureza das ligas. O aumento do teor de molibdênio resultou no aumento da dureza das ligas. A análise microestrutural das ligas soldadas apresentou uma particularidade para a liga com menor teor de molibdênio, a presença de martensita. Já as ligas com maior teor de molibdênio apresentaram uma microestrutura completamente ferrítica. A formação de martensita pode ser um problema na solda da liga com menor teor de molibdênio, uma vez que a mesma pode causar perdas nas propriedades mecânicas comprometendo sua aplicação.Cr-Mo steels are used in the petroleum industry in applications with crude oils rich in sulfur compounds. 2.5Cr1Mo or 9Cr1Mo do not resist to operating conditions when in contact with crude oils. The increasing of molybdenum content can improve the corrosion resistance of these alloys. This paper studied the effect of increased concentration of molybdenum in the microstructure of Fe-9Cr-xMo alloys, annealed and welded. Phase diagrams were built with the aid of commercial program to check the possible phases to be formed and to identify the problems of welding. Analyses were

  2. Forças de Corte Geradas por Torneamento um Estudo de Caso das Ligas Cu-Al-Be e Cu-Al-Be-Nb-Ni Passíveis do Efeito Memória de Forma


    As ligas com memória de forma, mais especificamente as constituídas de CuAlBe, têm desempenhado um papel importante na fabricação de componentes eletromecânicos, sobretudo quando trabalhados a partir de solicitações térmicas e/ou tensões aplicadas. A princípio, neste presente trabalho de pesquisa, foram obtidas, por fundição a gás, amostras das ligas Cu-11,8%Al-0,60%Be; Cu-11,8%Al-0,55%Be; Cu-11,8%Al-0,55%Be-0,50%Nb-0,27%Ni (% em peso). Sequencialmente, temperou-se a metade delas, com o intui...

  3. LIGA Technology and Its Application in Miniature Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Array%LIGA技术及其在四级质谱计阵列微型化中的应用

    丁军平; 周抗寒; 黄刚; 凌波; 刘学博


    The quadrupole mass spectrometer array (QMSA) is the most important embranchment in the miniaturization of the quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS). Making miniature mass filter is one of the key technology in the manufacture of QMSA. In this paper, the method of LIGA technology and its application in making mass spectrometer are introduced. This resolve radically the question how to making a miniature QMS in volume, weight, power and cost.

  4. Avaliação de Revestimentos de Liga de Níquel 625 Depositados pelo Processo Eletroescória

    Soraia Simões Sandes

    Full Text Available Resumo A aplicação de revestimentos de ligas de níquel é comumente realizada na indústria de petróleo e gás para aumento da vida de equipamentos em ambientes agressivos, dado que este procedimento melhora a resistência à corrosão, sem um aumento significativo do custo de produção quando comparado com equipamentos maciços fabricados com outras ligas. Normalmente, as juntas são soldadas pelos processos de eletrodos revestidos, MIG/MAG ou TIG. Neste aspecto, o processo eletroescória realiza deposições com elevada energia de soldagem e baixa diluição, podendo ser uma opção interessante, uma vez que proporciona uma elevada produtividade, permitindo a soldagem com aplicação de apenas uma camada. O presente trabalho avalia propriedades mecânicas, microestruturais e de corrosão de revestimentos de liga de níquel 625 depositada em aço carbono ASTM A516 Grau 70 pelo processo eletroescória, tanto na condição como soldado quanto tratado termicamente. A deposição foi realizada com uma e duas camadas sobre chapas de dimensão 50x400x400 mm, na posição plana e energia de soldagem média de 11,7 kJ/mm. Após a soldagem realizou-se tratamento térmico a 620°C por 10 horas, sendo esta condição comparada ao estado de como soldado. Os ensaios de dobramento não indicaram evidências de defeitos. A avaliação microestrutural realizada por microscopia ótica (MO, eletrônica de varredura (MEV e eletrônica de transmissão (MET mostrou uma microestrutura austenítica para o depósito com pequena fração volumétrica de fases secundárias e o tratamento térmico de alívio de tensões não promoveu mudanças significativas nas propriedades. Na região de grãos grosseiros da zona termicamente afetada (RGGZTA foi observada a ocorrência de ferrita pró-eutetóide, perlita e bainita para o depósito com 1 camada e basicamente ferrita e perlita refinadas para o deposito com 2 passes devido às baixas taxas de resfriamento

  5. The value of spleen subpedicle two steps severance with LigaSure in laparoscopic splenectomy%二级脾蒂结扎速两步离断法在腹腔镜脾切除术中的应用

    王广义; 刘亚辉; 吕国悦; 刘凯; 张威; 李楠; 谭毓铨


    目的 探讨腹腔镜脾切除术采用结扎速血管闭合系统(LigaSure)二级脾蒂两步离断法处理脾蒂及联合应用超声刀离断脾周韧带的安全性、有效性及经济性.方法 总结分析32例腹腔镜脾切除术应用LigaSure二级脾蒂两步离断法及联合超声刀离断脾周韧带的体会及治疗效果.其中男性4例,女性28例;年龄16~64岁,中位年龄36岁.脾脏长径11~23 cm,平均长径17 cm;特发性血小板减少性紫癜19例、遗传性球形红细胞增多症6例(其中同一家系5例)、溶血性贫血3例、脾外伤血肿感染2例、Evan综合征1例、白血病1例.术中采用LigaSure及超声刀相结合离断脾周韧带,当脾蒂处于充分游离的状态时,采取二级脾蒂LigaSure两步离断法切断脾蒂.第一步在胰尾侧用LigaSure先闭合脾蒂但不切断,第二步于脾侧用LigaSure闭合脾蒂并切断.结果 32例手术均获成功,其中4例家族性遗传性球形红细胞增多症患者同时联合腹腔镜胆囊切除术,无中转手术,平均手术时间70 min(55~130 min),术中平均出血200 ml(50~600 ml),无腹腔出血、无内脏损伤、无胰漏及腹腔感染等并发症,全部治愈出院,平均术后住院6 d.手术免除应用Endo-GIA,平均每例节省手术费用8050元(920~6900元).结论 腹腔镜脾切除术中应用LigaSure二级脾蒂两步离断法处理脾蒂及联合超声刀离断脾周韧带安全可靠,手术时间明显缩短,出血少,且可降低医疗费用,实现了低成本微创外科.%Objective To evaluate the safety and utility of the Methods of spleen subpedicle two steps severance with LigaSure Vessel Sealing System combined with ultrasound scalpel to resect perisplenic ligaments during laparoscopic splenectomy. Methods The Methods and the curative effect of 32 patients with laparoscopic splenectomy performed by the way as mentioned above were summarized and analyzed. 4 males,28 females,median 36 years(range 16-64 years). Mean

  6. Relação entre toxicidade de proteínas Vip3Aa e sua capacidade de ligação a receptores intestinais de lepidópteros-praga

    Suzana Cristina Marucci


    Full Text Available Resumo:O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a toxicidade de novas proteínas Vip3Aa e sua capacidade de ligação a vesículas de membrana da microvilosidade apical (VMMA do intestino de lagartas neonatas de Spodoptera frugiperda, Anticarsia gemmatalise Heliothis virescens. Proteínas expressas pelos genes vip3Aa42 e vip3Aa43 mostraram-se tóxicas a S. frugiperda (CL50 de 78,2 e 113 ng cm-2, respectivamente e A. gemmatalis(CL50 de 239,2 e 57,5 ng cm-2, respectivamente, e pouco tóxicas a H. virescens (CL50>5.000 ng cm-2. Os ensaios de ligação às VMMA mostraram que as proteínas unem-se de forma efetiva aos receptores nas vesículas das espécies avaliadas, mas essa capacidade de ligação somente é efetiva na ativação da toxicidade para as populações avaliadas de S. frugiperdae A. gemmatalis.

  7. Process Analysis Via Accuracy Control


    0 1 4 3 NDARDS THE NATIONAL February 1982 Process Analysis Via Accuracy Control RESEARCH PROG RAM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime...SUBTITLE Process Analysis Via Accuracy Control 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e...examples are contained in Appendix C. Included, are examples of how “A/C” process - analysis leads to design improvement and how a change in sequence can

  8. Herança e ligação em locos de isoenzimas em Genipa americana L. Inheritance and linkage in isozymes loci of Genipa americana L.

    Alexandre Magno SEBBENN


    Full Text Available A herança e a ligação foram estudadasem quatro locos polimórficos (6pghd-1, Pgi-2,Mdh-1 e Mdh-2 de três sistemas isoenzimáticos deGenipa americana, analisados por eletroforesehorizontal em gel de amido, usando tecidoscoletados de quinze progênies de polinização aberta,procedentes de Moji-Guaçu, Estado de São Paulo.Esses locos segregaram de dois a três alelos.A segregação nesses locos foi homogênea entreárvores. Contudo, existem desvios significativos dasegregação esperada 1:1 para algumas árvores emalguns locos. Desvios significativos da razão desegregação esperada 1:1 foram detectados noslocos Mdh-2 e 6pgdh-1. Não foram detectadasevidências de ligação entre nenhum dos pares delocos avaliados em G. americana e esses podemser utilizados sem restrição para estudos do sistemade reprodução, diversidade e estrutura genética depopulações da espécie.Inheritance and linkage for fourpolymorphic loci (6pghd-1, Pgi-2, Mdh-1 andMdh-2 from three enzyme systems in Genipaamericana were analyzed by horizontal starch gelelectrophoresis using tissues collected from fiftyopen-pollinated families in Moji-Guaçu, São PauloState. These allozyme loci have segregated fromtwo to four alleles per polymorphic locus. Genesegregation on those loci was homogeneous amongtrees. However, there were significant deviationsfrom the expected segregation ratios on some lociand some individual trees. In addition, Mdh-2 and6pgdh-1 loci have shown significant deviationsfrom the 1:1 expected segregation ratio. Linkagedisequilibrium evidences were not detected betweenany two pairs of loci from G. americana and thosecan be used with no restriction to study the matingsystem, genetic diversity, and genetic structure onthe species.

  9. A deficiência mental na concepção da liga brasileira de higiene mental Mental disability in the conception of brazilian league of mental hygiene

    Milena Luckesi de Souza


    Full Text Available O objetivo deste texto é investigar a concepção e as propostas de atendimento escolar destinado aos deficientes mentais segundo o ideário higienista e eugenista difundido pela Liga Brasileira de Higiene Mental (LBHM. Para tanto, utilizamos como fonte primária de estudo os Arquivos Brasileiros de Higiene Mental (ABHM, periódico publicado entre 1925 e 1947. Verificamos que a LBHM expressa diferentes opiniões quanto à concepção e às medidas de intervenção propostas para os deficientes mentais. De um lado, propõe a higienização da população, a ser alcançada com a formação de hábitos sadios através da educação escolar e especificamente da educação higiênica, com a possível adaptação do deficiente ao meio social. De outro, defende uma posição eugênica radical, que apregoa a purificação da raça, a esterilização e exclusão dos ditos degenerados (leprosos, loucos, idiotas, epilépticos, cancerosos, nefrolíticos, tuberculosos, prostitutas, vagabundos e deficientes mentais.The aim of this study is to investigate the conception and proposals of schooling for individuals with mental disability according to the hygienic and eugenic ideology divulged by the Brazilian League for Mental Hygiene (Liga Brasileira de Higiene Mental, LBHM. To this end, we used as a primary source the Brazilian Archives of Mental Hygiene (Arquivos Brasileiros de Higiene Mental, ABHM, a newspaper published from 1925 to 1947. We concluded that there were various opinions in the LBHM about the conception and proposed intervention methods for individuals with mental disability. On one side, there were proposals of population cleansing to be achieved through healthy habits taught in schools, mainly hygienic education, with possible adaptation of the disabled individual to society. On the other hand, there was an extreme eugenic proposal that emphasized race purification, sterilization and exclusion of so-called degenerate individuals (lepers

  10. Diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology

    Mooney, E.; Kempf, W.; Jemec, G.B.E.;


    Background Virtual microscopy is used for teaching medical students and residents and for in-training and certification examinations in the United States. However, no existing studies compare diagnostic accuracy using virtual slides and photomicrographs. The objective of this study was to compare...... slides and photomicrographs with corresponding clinical photographs and information in a self-assessment examination format. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups were performed using a chi-square test. Results Diagnostic accuracy in dermatopathology using virtual dermatopathology...... represented a useful tool for learning; 90% felt that virtual dermatopathology is useful tool for teaching dermatopathology. Conclusion No significant difference was observed in diagnostic accuracy using virtual dermatopathology compared to photomicrographs. Most participants felt virtual dermatopathology...

  11. The influence of screw type, alloy and cylinder position on the marginal fit of implant frameworks before and after laser welding Influência do tipo de parafuso, liga e da posição do cilindro na adaptação marginal das infra-estruturas sob implantes antes e após a soldagem a laser

    Daniela Castilio


    Full Text Available Misfit at the abutment-prosthetic cylinder interface can cause loss of preload, leading to loosening or fracture of gold and titanium screws. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of screw type, alloy, and cylinder position on marginal fit of implant frameworks before and after laser welding. METHODS: After Estheticone-like abutments were screwed to the implants, thirty plastic prosthetic cylinders were mounted and waxed-up to fifteen cylindrical bars. Each specimen had three interconnected prosthetic components. Five specimens were one-piece cast in titanium and five in cobalt-chromium alloy. On each specimen, tests were conducted with hexagonal titanium and slotted gold screws separately, performing a total of thirty tested screws. Measurements at the interfaces were performed using an optical microscope with 5mm accuracy. After sectioning, specimens were laser welded and new measurements were obtained. Data were submitted to a four-way ANOVA and Tukey's multiple comparisons test (alpha=0.05. RESULTS: Slotted and hexagonal screws did not present significant differences regarding to the fit of cylinders cast in titanium, either in one-piece casting framework or after laser welding. When slotted and hexagonal screws were tested on the cobalt-chromium specimens, statistically significant differences were found for the one-piece casting condition, with the slotted screws presenting better fit (24.13µm than the hexagonal screws (27.93 µm. Besides, no statistically significant differences were found after laser welding. CONCLUSIONS: 1 The use of different metal alloys do exert influence on the marginal fit, 2 The slotted and hexagonal screws play the exclusive role of fixing the prosthesis, and did not improve the fit of cylinders, and 3 cylinder position did not affect marginal fit values.A desadaptação na interface abutment-cilindro protético pode causar perda da pré-carga, levando ao afrouxamento ou fratura dos parafusos de ouro e tit

  12. Improving Speaking Accuracy through Awareness

    Dormer, Jan Edwards


    Increased English learner accuracy can be achieved by leading students through six stages of awareness. The first three awareness stages build up students' motivation to improve, and the second three provide learners with crucial input for change. The final result is "sustained language awareness," resulting in ongoing…

  13. Psychology Textbooks: Examining Their Accuracy

    Steuer, Faye B.; Ham, K. Whitfield, II


    Sales figures and recollections of psychologists indicate textbooks play a central role in psychology students' education, yet instructors typically must select texts under time pressure and with incomplete information. Although selection aids are available, none adequately address the accuracy of texts. We describe a technique for sampling…

  14. Astronomic Position Accuracy Capability Study.


    portion of F. E. Warren AFB, Wyoming. The three points were called THEODORE ECC , TRACY, and JIM and consisted of metal tribrachs plastered to cinder...sets were computed as a deviation from the standard. Accuracy figures were determined from these residuals. Homo - geneity of variances was tested using

  15. High accuracy flexural hinge development

    Santos, I.; Ortiz de Zárate, I.; Migliorero, G.


    This document provides a synthesis of the technical results obtained in the frame of the HAFHA (High Accuracy Flexural Hinge Assembly) development performed by SENER (in charge of design, development, manufacturing and testing at component and mechanism levels) with EADS Astrium as subcontractor (in charge of doing an inventory of candidate applications among existing and emerging projects, establishing the requirements and perform system level testing) under ESA contract. The purpose of this project has been to develop a competitive technology for a flexural pivot, usuable in highly accurate and dynamic pointing/scanning mechanisms. Compared with other solutions (e.g. magnetic or ball bearing technologies) flexural hinges are the appropriate technology for guiding with accuracy a mobile payload over a limited angular ranges around one rotation axes.

  16. Avaliação da fundibilidade de uma liga de cobalto-cromo Castability evaluation of a cobalt-chromium alloy

    Adriana da Fonte Porto CARREIRO


    Full Text Available Neste trabalho propusemo-nos a avaliar a fundibilidade de uma liga de cobalto-cromo (VERA-PDI em função da utilização de três revestimentos: Knebel (aglutinado por sílica, Termocast e Wirovest (aglutinados por fosfato e duas temperaturas de aquecimento para o molde (900°C e 950°C. Para a execução do teste foi utilizado o método descrito por HINMAN et al.9 (1985. O método de fundição foi o de cera perdida sob chama de gás-oxigênio. Os dados obtidos foram submetidos a análise estatística e demonstraram não haver diferença estatisticamente significante para os revestimentos Knebel e Wirovest, e diferença estatisticamente significante ao nível de 0,1% para o revestimento Termocast quando da variação da temperatura de aquecimento do molde. Quando analisamos os revestimentos sob temperatura do molde de 900°C verificamos diferença estatisticamente significante entre Knebel e Termocast e Knebel e Wirovest ao nível de 0,1%, e diferença entre Termocast e Wirovest ao nível de 5%. Para a temperatura de 950°C houve diferença estatisticamente significante ao nível de 0,1% entre todos os revestimentos. Dentro dos parâmetros utilizados neste estudo pudemos concluir que, para a liga VERA-PDI, a utilização do revestimento Knebel e temperatura de aquecimento do molde de 950°C proporcionaram melhores resultados quanto à fundibilidade.The purpose of this study was to evaluate the castability of a cobalt-chromium alloy (Vera-PDI using three investments: Knebel (agglutinated by silica, Termocast and Wirovest (both agglutinated by phosphate at two molding temperatures (900°C and 950°C; using HINMAN et al.9 (1985; methodology. The casting method of using a wax and gas-oxygen flame was used. There was no significant statistical difference between the Knebel and Wirovest investments; however, there was a statistically significant difference for Termocast investment (P < 0.1 at the different temperatures. When analyzing the

  17. Uma comprovação químico-quântica sobre a formação de ligações de hidrogênio e interações secundárias em sistemas heterocíclicos intermoleculares

    Boaz Galdino de Oliveira


    Full Text Available Original Abstract (in Portuguese: Realizamos um estudo teórico sobre a topologia da densidade de carga dos complexos C2H4O···C2H2 e C2H4S···C2H2. Através de cálculos da Teoria Quântica de Átomos em Moléculas (QTAIM – Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules, foi observada a formação de ligações de hidrogênio e interações secundárias nestes complexos. Tal análise foi executada mediante determinação das geometrias otimizadas destes complexos no nível de cálculo B3LYP/6-31G(d,p, pelo qual os operadores topológicos QTAIM foram computados, tais como a densidade eletrônica ρ(r, o Laplaciano Ñ2ρ(r, e a elipicidade ε. A caracterização das ligações de hidrogênio (O···H—C e (S···H—C foi feita baseada nos cálculos destes operadores, embora também tenha sido detectada a existência de uma interação secundária entre os átomos de hidrogênio axiais Hα e o carbono do acetileno. Nesta visão, esta interação secundária foi verificada apenas no complexo C2H4S···C2H2 devido ao fato de sua estrutura ser propícia a formar múltiplas interações.Abstract (in English: We have performed a detailed theoretical study in order to understand the charge density topology of the C2H4O•••C2H2 and C2H4S•••C2H2 heterocyclic hydrogen-bonded complexes. Through the calculations derived from Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM, it was observed the formation of hydrogen bonds and secondary interactions. Such analysis was performed through the determination of optimized geometries at B3LYP/6-31G(d,p level of theory, by which is that QTAIM topological operators were computed, such as the electronic density ?(r, Laplacian ?2?(r, and ellipticity e. The examination of the hydrogen bonds has been performed through the measurement of ?(r, ?2?(r and e between (O•••H—C and (S•••H—C, whereas the secondary interaction between axial hydrogen atoms Ha and carbon of acetylene. In this insight, it was

  18. Municipal water consumption forecast accuracy

    Fullerton, Thomas M.; Molina, Angel L.


    Municipal water consumption planning is an active area of research because of infrastructure construction and maintenance costs, supply constraints, and water quality assurance. In spite of that, relatively few water forecast accuracy assessments have been completed to date, although some internal documentation may exist as part of the proprietary "grey literature." This study utilizes a data set of previously published municipal consumption forecasts to partially fill that gap in the empirical water economics literature. Previously published municipal water econometric forecasts for three public utilities are examined for predictive accuracy against two random walk benchmarks commonly used in regional analyses. Descriptive metrics used to quantify forecast accuracy include root-mean-square error and Theil inequality statistics. Formal statistical assessments are completed using four-pronged error differential regression F tests. Similar to studies for other metropolitan econometric forecasts in areas with similar demographic and labor market characteristics, model predictive performances for the municipal water aggregates in this effort are mixed for each of the municipalities included in the sample. Given the competitiveness of the benchmarks, analysts should employ care when utilizing econometric forecasts of municipal water consumption for planning purposes, comparing them to recent historical observations and trends to insure reliability. Comparative results using data from other markets, including regions facing differing labor and demographic conditions, would also be helpful.

  19. ¿Tienen los árbitros de fútbol influencia en los resultados de la liga española?

    Sala Garrido, Ramon


    Full Text Available RESUMEN El trabajo analiza los resultados de las temporadas 2002-03 a 2007-08 de la Liga Española de Primera División con el fin de determinar la influencia de los árbitros en los mismos, tanto desde el punto de vista del tiempo extra que añaden, como de las sanciones disciplinarias (faltas y tarjetas a los equipos. Se estudia también la influencia que sobre las decisiones del árbitro puede tener la afición del equipo local. Se concluye que no puede afirmarse que la exista influencia arbitral de forma generalizada, aunque algunos árbitros en concreto sí parecen influir en los resultados. El análisis permite también confirmar algo ya sabido, el escaso valor del tiempo extra para cambiar el resultado de un partido.ABSTRACT This paper analyses the results of the 2002-03 to 2007-08 seasons of the First Division Spanish Football League with the aim of determining the influence of referees in them, both from the point of view of the extra time they allow, as well as the disciplinary sanctions (fouls and cards given to the teams. The influence that the supporters of the local team may have over the referee’s decisions is also studied. The conclusion is that it is not possible to confirm the existence of referee influence in a general sense, although some specific referees do seem to have an influence on the results. This analysis also confirms something already known, which is the minimal value of extra time in changing the results of a match.

  20. Revestimientos a base de sílica e ácido fosfônico para proteção anticorrosiva da liga de alumínio AA2024-T3

    Viviane Dalmoro


    A liga de alumínio AA2024-T3, extensivamente empregada na indústria aeronáutica, devido as microestruturas heterogêneas intencionalmente desenvolvidas para otimizar as propriedades mecânicas é susceptível a corrosão localizada. Com o intuito de prevenir a corrosão vários tratamentos de superfície têm sido investigados para substituir o tratamento de cromatização, e os filmes a base de sílica podem ser considerados como uma alternativa promissora. O objetivo deste trabalho é a obtenção, desenv...


    Aline Maria dos Santos Teixeira


    Full Text Available A escória Fe-Cr baixo carbono, é um dos principais resíduos advindos do processo metalúrgico para obtenção de liga de Fe-Cr. Este resíduo não possui aplicação e encontra-se acumulado em pátios, conforme regulamentação de órgãos ambientais. Este trabalho teve por finalidade caracterizar, sob os aspectos químicos e físicos, a escória Fe-Cr baixo carbono, pertencente à Companhia de Ferro e Ligas da Bahia S/A, FERBASA. Também foram realizados ensaios de concentração gravítica com a finalidade de remover a liga de Fe-Cr ainda residual na escória. As amostras da escória, após as etapas de preparação, foram submetidas aos ensaios de classificação granulométrica, FRX, lupa binocular e MEV-EDS. A análise dos resultados obtidos por lupa binocular indicou a existência, na escória, de grãos de quartzo, fragmento de rocha/minério e de fases metálicas e vítreas. As análises químicas revelaram teores de 30% de CaO, 15% de MgO e 12% de Cr2O3, com partículas metálicas contendo os elementos Fe e Cr associados. As investigações realizadas em mesas concentradoras possibilitaram a obtenção de um concentrado com aproximadamente 25% de Cr, sugerindo a reutilização do mesmo no processo siderúrgico de obtenção da liga de Fe-Cr.

  2. Influence of stiffness in bolted connections in wooden plane structure of truss type Influência da rigidez de ligações parafusadas em estruturas planas de madeira do tipo treliça

    André L. Christoforo


    Full Text Available Trusses are structural systems commonly used in projects, being employed mainly in roof structures, present in most rural buildings. The design of trusses, as well as other structural systems, requires the determination of displacements, strains and stresses. However, the project is developed from an ideal model of calculation, considering free rotation between the elements of a connection. This paper presents a computer program for the analysis of bidimensional wooden trusses with connections formed with two screws per node. The formulation is based on the flexibility method, taking into account the influence of the effect of semi-rigid connections formed by two screws. An example of a structure is presented and analyzed by the program developed here, highlighting the importance of behavior analysis on semi-rigid connections.Treliças são sistemas estruturais comumente utilizados em projetos, empregadas principalmente em estruturas de cobertura, presentes na maioria das construções rurais. O dimensionamento de treliças, assim como o de outros sistemas estruturais, requer a determinação dos deslocamentos, esforços, tensões e deformações atuantes em seus elementos constituintes. O cálculo é desenvolvido com base em um modelo ideal, considerando-se o giro livre entre os elementos componentes de uma ligação. Este trabalho objetiva apresentar um programa computacional destinado à análise de treliças planas de madeira com ligações formadas com dois parafusos por nó. A formulação é fundamentada no Método da Flexibilidade, levando-se em consideração a influência do efeito semirrígido das ligações formadas por dois parafusos. Um exemplo de estrutura auxiliar de cobertura é apresentado e analisado pelo programa desenvolvido, evidenciando-se a importância da análise do comportamento semirrígido sobre as ligações.

  3. Metodologias para modelagem e análise da fadiga em ligações rebitadas com aplicação em pontes metálicas ferroviárias.

    Ritermayer Monteiro Teixeira


    O processo de fadiga em pontes metálicas ferroviárias é um relevante problema de infraestrutura, largamente reconhecido como uma questão de segurança estrutural que precisa ser melhor compreendida. Apesar dos recentes avanços no campo da modelagem computacional, a aplicação de abordagens modernas para avaliação do comportamento à fadiga de ligações rebitadas típicas de pontes ainda é pouco explorada e impõe desafios. Nesse contexto, esta tese visa implementar metodologias de análise global-lo...

  4. Análisis de los goles conseguidos en 13 temporadas (2000/01-2012/13 correspondientes a la Primera División de la Liga Española de Fútbol Profesional

    J. Sánchez-Flores


    Conclusiones: La superioridad de los equipos más potentes parece clara, quizás excesiva, respecto al resto de equipos que participan en la principal liga española de fútbol. También se ha incrementado la probabilidad de que se consiga un número elevado de goles (> 5 goles en un partido. Esto provoca que la distribución del número de goles por partido sea del tipo binomial negativa.

  5. Recobrimento da liga Ti-6Al-4V com hidroxiapatita pelo método sol-gel e sua aplicação a hastes femorais não-cimentadas Coating of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with hydroxyapatite by using sol-gel method and its application to non-cemented femoral stem

    Avés,E. P.; Galván, J. C.; I.R. Lima; Granjeiro, J.M.; Bastos, I. N.; Soares, G. D.


    O recobrimento de ligas metálicas com cerâmicas bioativas visa acelerar a formação óssea ao redor do implante, contribuindo para a sua estabilização. Neste trabalho estudou-se a fase cerâmica de hidroxiapatita depositada pelo processo sol-gel em chapas da liga metálica Ti-6Al-4V. A camada de recobrimento foi caracterizada por microscopia eletrônica de varredura, por difração de raios X e sua adesão ao substrato foi avaliada pelo teste de cisalhamento O teste de citocompatibilidade mostrou que...

  6. Kinematics Accuracy Analysis of Agricultural Automatic System End-effector Based on Screw Theory%基于旋量理论的农用自动化系统末端执行构件运动精度分析

    程秀玲; 单水维


    In order to solve the problems of agricultural unit operation, low productivity and high labor costs and other, a class of agricultural automation system structure model was established, the main content of the end-effector motion control automation systems, simultaneous kinematics accuracy analysis of systems using screw theory end-effector, eventually the automatic system end-effector position and attitude error were got, which provide a basis for subsequent agricultural automation system control. The results show that screw theory use automated systems to establish a agricultural automation system end-effector motion errors mathematical model solves the error model can not reflect the actual movement of the system error problem;with the angle error increased, the end-effector error showed an increasing trend, and the trend is more obvious, and with the changes in body length error, the end-effector error did not change significantly.%为了解决农用装置机械臂作业过程中生产效率低与人力成本较高等问题,建立一类农业用自动化系统结构模型,将自动化系统末端执行构件运动控制作为主要研究内容,运用旋量理论对系统末端执行构件运动精度进行分析,最终得到自动化系统末端执行构件位置和姿态误差,为后续农业用自动化系统控制提供一定依据。研究结果表明,通过使用旋量理论得到一类农业用自动化系统末端执行构件的运动误差模型,解决了误差模型不能反映系统实际运动误差的问题;随角度误差增加末端执行构件误差呈现增加趋势,且趋势较为明显,而随长度误差变化末端执行构件误差变化并不明显。

  7. Improving accuracy of holes honing

    Ivan М. Buykli


    Full Text Available Currently, in precision engineering industry tolerances for linear dimensions and tolerances on shape of surfaces of processing parts are steadily tightened These requirements are especially relevant in processing of holes. Aim of the research is to improve accuracy and to enhance the technological capabilities of holes honing process and, particularly, of blind holes honing. Based on formal logic the analysis of formation of processing errors is executed on the basis of consideration of schemes of irregularity of dimensional wear and tear along the length of the cutting elements. With this, the possibilities of compensating this irregularities and, accordingly, of control of accuracy of processing applied to the honing of both throughout and blind holes are specified. At the same time, a new method of honing is developed, it is protected by the patent of Ukraine for invention. The method can be implemented both on an existing machine tools at insignificant modernization of its system of processing cycle control and on newly designed ones.

  8. Knowledge discovery by accuracy maximization.

    Cacciatore, Stefano; Luchinat, Claudio; Tenori, Leonardo


    Here we describe KODAMA (knowledge discovery by accuracy maximization), an unsupervised and semisupervised learning algorithm that performs feature extraction from noisy and high-dimensional data. Unlike other data mining methods, the peculiarity of KODAMA is that it is driven by an integrated procedure of cross-validation of the results. The discovery of a local manifold's topology is led by a classifier through a Monte Carlo procedure of maximization of cross-validated predictive accuracy. Briefly, our approach differs from previous methods in that it has an integrated procedure of validation of the results. In this way, the method ensures the highest robustness of the obtained solution. This robustness is demonstrated on experimental datasets of gene expression and metabolomics, where KODAMA compares favorably with other existing feature extraction methods. KODAMA is then applied to an astronomical dataset, revealing unexpected features. Interesting and not easily predictable features are also found in the analysis of the State of the Union speeches by American presidents: KODAMA reveals an abrupt linguistic transition sharply separating all post-Reagan from all pre-Reagan speeches. The transition occurs during Reagan's presidency and not from its beginning.

  9. Error Model and Accuracy Calibration of 5-Axis Machine Tool

    Fangyu Pan


    Full Text Available To improve the machining precision and reduce the geometric errors for 5-axis machinetool, error model and calibration are presented in this paper. Error model is realized by the theory of multi-body system and characteristic matrixes, which can establish the relationship between the cutting tool and the workpiece in theory. The accuracy calibration was difficult to achieve, but by a laser approach-laser interferometer and laser tracker, the errors can be displayed accurately which is benefit for later compensation.

  10. Herança e desequilíbrio de ligação em sete locos isoenzimáticos de Cecropia pachystachya. Inheritance and linkage disequilibrium in sevem isozymes loci of Cecropia pachystachya.

    Luciano Arruda RIBAS


    Full Text Available Seis sistemas enzimáticos (ACP,G6PDH, IDH, PGI, PGM e SKDH, codificandosete locos polimórficos (Acp-3, G6pdh-1, Idh-1,Pgi-2, Pgm-1, Pgm-2 e Skdh-1, foram investigadospara a herança e desequilíbrio de ligação emCecropia pachystachya Trec. A herança mendelianafoi confirmada para todos os locos avaliados.Desvios significativos da razão de segregaçãoesperada 1:1 foram detectados apenas em umaprogênies de árvore heterozigótica. O desequilíbriode ligação foi examinado para 21 pares de locosisoenzimáticos, não sendo detectados desequilíbriosentre nenhum deles e, assim, estes podem serutilizados em subseqüentes estudos do sistemade reprodução, diversidade e estrutura genética deC. pachystachya.

  11. Herança genética e desequilíbrio de ligação em locos de isoenzimas em Esenbeckia leiocarpa. Genetic inheritance and linkage disequilibrium in isozymes loci of Esenbeckia leiocarpa.

    Carlos Eduardo Sícole SEOANE


    Full Text Available Oito sistemas enzimáticos (EST, IDH, PGM, PGI, MDH, PER, 6PGDH e SKDH codificando nove locos foram investigados em Esenbeckia leiocarpa. Quatro sistemas isoenzimáticos foram monomórficos (IDH, PGM, 6PGDH e SKDH e quatro polimórficos (EST, PGI, MDH e PER. A herança mendeliana foi confirmada para quatro locos, pelo teste de ajuste dos padrões de segregação observados em relação à razão de segregação esperada 1:1, em progênies de árvores heterozigotas. O desequilíbrio de ligação foi examinado para dez pares de locos. Apenas um simples par de locos parece estar em desequilíbrio de ligação, Est-1:Prx-1.Eight enzymes systems (EST, IDH, PGM, PGI, MDH, PER, 6PGDH and SKDH coding for nine loci were investigate in Esenbeckia leiocarpa. Four allozyme systems were monomorphic (IDH, PGM, 6PGDH and SKDH and four polymorphic (EST, PGI, MDH and PER. Mendelian inheritance was confirmed for four loci by testing the fit of band-pattern to 1:1 expected segregation ratio in progeny from heterozygous trees. Linkage disequilibrium was examined for ten pair of allozymes loci. A simple pair of loci appears to be in linkage disequilibrium, Est-1:Prx-1.

  12. Increasing Accuracy in Environmental Measurements

    Jacksier, Tracey; Fernandes, Adelino; Matthew, Matt; Lehmann, Horst


    Human activity is increasing the concentrations of green house gases (GHG) in the atmosphere which results in temperature increases. High precision is a key requirement of atmospheric measurements to study the global carbon cycle and its effect on climate change. Natural air containing stable isotopes are used in GHG monitoring to calibrate analytical equipment. This presentation will examine the natural air and isotopic mixture preparation process, for both molecular and isotopic concentrations, for a range of components and delta values. The role of precisely characterized source material will be presented. Analysis of individual cylinders within multiple batches will be presented to demonstrate the ability to dynamically fill multiple cylinders containing identical compositions without isotopic fractionation. Additional emphasis will focus on the ability to adjust isotope ratios to more closely bracket sample types without the reliance on combusting naturally occurring materials, thereby improving analytical accuracy.

  13. Planejamento experimental no estudo eletroquímico de camadas de óxido de nióbio em liga de alumínio 3003

    M. Tussolini


    Full Text Available A cromagem é uma opção que a indústria de metal mecânica tem encontrado para aumentar a resistência à corrosão de peças metálicas, porém esse revestimento apresenta a desvantagem de ser tóxico ao ser humano e ao meio ambiente. Para se alcançar um novo tratamento de superfície, pode-se aplicar planejamento experimental, a fim de otimizar os experimentos, principalmente quando há diversas variáveis para se chegar ao processo ou produto final. O objetivo principal deste trabalho é utilizar planejamento experimental para se obter um revestimento cerâmico à base de óxido de nióbio para ligas de alumínio 3003 e compará-lo ao revestimento de Cr (III, no mesmo substrato metálico. As técnicas empregadas foram polarização potenciodinâmica anódica, espectroscopia de impedância eletroquímica, microscopia eletrônica de varredura e mapeamento por espectroscopia de energia dispersiva. Utilizou-se um planejamento experimental 2³, no qual as variáveis foram velocidade de imersão, tempo de repouso após imersão e emersão na solução sol-gel à base de óxido de nióbio (razões molares n/n ácido cítrico/etilenoglicol 1:4, ácido e o complexo amoniacal de nióbio 10:1. Registrou-se uma tendência nas superfícies de respostas estudadas, sugerindo que em 5 min de imersão e emersão e na velocidade de 18 cm/min, o filme gerado apresenta uma maior resistência à corrosão. Os resultados de impedância eletroquímica e polarização potenciodinâmica anódica mostraram que o filme de óxido de nióbio apresenta maior resistência à corrosão que o revestimento utilizado industrialmente. Sendo assim, esse novo tratamento de superfície torna-se uma opção de substituição do revestimento a base de Cr (III.

  14. A meta-analysis comparing the outcomes of LigaSure Small Jaw versus clamp-and-tie technique or Harmonic Focus Scalpel in thyroidectomy

    Zhang, Lei; Li, Namei; Yang, Xuemei; Chen, Jie


    Abstract Background: LigaSure (LS) Small Jaw is a surgical hemostasis equipment that is newly introduced in thyroid surgery. The objective of this study is to assess the short-term efficacy and safety outcomes of LS Small Jaw compared with clamp-and-tie technique or Harmonic Focus Scalpel in thyroidectomy. Methods: A literature search was performed in the PubMed and Embase databases (until June 12, 2016) that reported the comparisons between LS Small Jaw and other techniques in thyroidectomy. Quality assessments were performed according to The Cochrane Collaboration's risk of bias tool and a modification of the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCTs, respectively. All statistical analyses were conducted using RevMan 5.3. Results: Finally, 7 studies with 813 patients were included into the meta-analysis, and all included studies were comparable with moderate-to-high quality. There was significant reduced operative time in LS Small Jaw, compared with clamp-and-tie (mean difference [MD] = −17.49, 95% confidence interval [CI]: −22.20 to 12.77, P < 0.00001) or Harmonic Focus Scalpel (MD = −2.29, 95% CI: −3.19 to 1.39, P < 0.00001). Besides, other perioperative outcomes including intraoperative blood loss and postoperative blood loss favored LS Small Jaw compared with clamp-and-tie. In terms of complications, less-temporary hypocalcemia rate was observed in LS Small Jaw compared with clamp-and-tie (odds ratio [OR] = 0.49, 95% CI: 0.27–0.90, P = 0.02), although no significant difference was detected compared with Harmonic Focus Scalpel (OR = 0.47, 95% CI: 0.14–1.56, P = 0.22). Other complications such as length of hospital stay, permanent hypocalcemia, temporary or permanent recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy, and hematomas were not significant. Conclusion: In conclusion, LS Small Jaw is more favorable than clamp-and-tie technique or Harmonic Focus Scalpel in thyroidectomy. PMID:28296728

  15. Brasagem da zircônia metalizada com titânio à liga Ti-6Al-4V Brazing of metalized zirconia with titanium to Ti-6Al-4V alloy

    J. S. Pimenta


    Full Text Available Zircônia tetragonal estabilizada com ítria foi mecanicamente metalizada com titânio e a condição de molhamento avaliada com as ligas convencionais Ag-28Cu e Au-18Ni. Estas dissolveram o revestimento de titânio para uma completa distribuição deste metal ativo na superfície cerâmica, gerando uma liga ativa in situ e possibilitando adequadas ligações químicas ao metal base na temperatura de união. Os melhores resultados de molhamento foram selecionados para brasagem indireta em forno de alto-vácuo nas juntas ZrO2/Ti-6Al-4V. Testes de detecção de vazamento de gás hélio foram realizados na interface de união das juntas; amostras removidas na seção transversal de juntas estanques foram examinadas por técnicas de análise microestrutural. Formou-se uma camada escura adjacente à cerâmica metalizada, responsável pelo molhamento ocasionado pela liga Ag-28Cu. Entretanto, o uso da liga Au-18Ni resultou em precipitação de intermetálicos e microtrincamento interfacial. Perfis de microdureza através da interface resultante até onde a zircônia mostrou típico escurecimento não indicaram alternância significativa entre medições consecutivas; os resultados dos ensaios de resistência mecânica à flexão-3p foram considerados satisfatórios.Yttria tetragonal zirconia polycrystal was mechanically metallized with titanium and the wetting behavior on the ceramic surface was analyzed using the conventional fillers Ag-28Cu and Au-18Ni. These alloys had dissolved the active metal coating, which acts to zirconia reduction on its surface and promoting suitable chemical bonding to the metallic member. Better wetting results were selected for indirect brazing in a high-vacuum furnace for ZrO2/Ti-6Al-4V simple butt joints. Helium gas leak detection was made at the joints interface; samples were removed from the tight joints cross-section and examined by microstructural analysis techniques and EDX analysis. There was formation of a dark

  16. Accuracy analysis and design of A3 parallel spindle head

    Ni, Yanbing; Zhang, Biao; Sun, Yupeng; Zhang, Yuan


    As functional components of machine tools, parallel mechanisms are widely used in high efficiency machining of aviation components, and accuracy is one of the critical technical indexes. Lots of researchers have focused on the accuracy problem of parallel mechanisms, but in terms of controlling the errors and improving the accuracy in the stage of design and manufacturing, further efforts are required. Aiming at the accuracy design of a 3-DOF parallel spindle head(A3 head), its error model, sensitivity analysis and tolerance allocation are investigated. Based on the inverse kinematic analysis, the error model of A3 head is established by using the first-order perturbation theory and vector chain method. According to the mapping property of motion and constraint Jacobian matrix, the compensatable and uncompensatable error sources which affect the accuracy in the end-effector are separated. Furthermore, sensitivity analysis is performed on the uncompensatable error sources. The sensitivity probabilistic model is established and the global sensitivity index is proposed to analyze the influence of the uncompensatable error sources on the accuracy in the end-effector of the mechanism. The results show that orientation error sources have bigger effect on the accuracy in the end-effector. Based upon the sensitivity analysis results, the tolerance design is converted into the issue of nonlinearly constrained optimization with the manufacturing cost minimum being the optimization objective. By utilizing the genetic algorithm, the allocation of the tolerances on each component is finally determined. According to the tolerance allocation results, the tolerance ranges of ten kinds of geometric error sources are obtained. These research achievements can provide fundamental guidelines for component manufacturing and assembly of this kind of parallel mechanisms.

  17. Accuracy Analysis and Design of A3 Parallel Spindle Head

    NI Yanbing; ZHANG Biao; SUN Yupeng; ZHANG Yuan


    As functional components of machine tools, parallel mechanisms are widely used in high efficiency machining of aviation components, and accuracy is one of the critical technical indexes. Lots of researchers have focused on the accuracy problem of parallel mechanisms, but in terms of controlling the errors and improving the accuracy in the stage of design and manufacturing, further efforts are required. Aiming at the accuracy design of a 3-DOF parallel spindle head(A3 head), its error model, sensitivity analysis and tolerance allocation are investigated. Based on the inverse kinematic analysis, the error model of A3 head is established by using the first-order perturbation theory and vector chain method. According to the mapping property of motion and constraint Jacobian matrix, the compensatable and uncompensatable error sources which affect the accuracy in the end-effector are separated. Furthermore, sensitivity analysis is performed on the uncompensatable error sources. The sensitivity probabilistic model is established and the global sensitivity index is proposed to analyze the influence of the uncompensatable error sources on the accuracy in the end-effector of the mechanism. The results show that orientation error sources have bigger effect on the accuracy in the end-effector. Based upon the sensitivity analysis results, the tolerance design is converted into the issue of nonlinearly constrained optimization with the manufacturing cost minimum being the optimization objective. By utilizing the genetic algorithm, the allocation of the tolerances on each component is finally determined. According to the tolerance allocation results, the tolerance ranges of ten kinds of geometric error sources are obtained. These research achievements can provide fundamental guidelines for component manufacturing and assembly of this kind of parallel mechanisms.

  18. Diagnostic accuracy of the care dependency scale

    Dijkstra, Ate; Tiesinga, LJ; Plantinga, L; Dassen, TWN; Veltman, G.


    Aim. This paper reports an investigation of the diagnostic accuracy of the Care Dependency Scale (CDS). Background. Assessment tools can be described in terms of diagnostic accuracy, or the ability to correctly classify subjects into clinically relevant subgroups. Diagnostic accuracy can be determin

  19. Astrophysics with Microarcsecond Accuracy Astrometry

    Unwin, Stephen C.


    Space-based astrometry promises to provide a powerful new tool for astrophysics. At a precision level of a few microarcsonds, a wide range of phenomena are opened up for study. In this paper we discuss the capabilities of the SIM Lite mission, the first space-based long-baseline optical interferometer, which will deliver parallaxes to 4 microarcsec. A companion paper in this volume will cover the development and operation of this instrument. At the level that SIM Lite will reach, better than 1 microarcsec in a single measurement, planets as small as one Earth can be detected around many dozen of the nearest stars. Not only can planet masses be definitely measured, but also the full orbital parameters determined, allowing study of system stability in multiple planet systems. This capability to survey our nearby stellar neighbors for terrestrial planets will be a unique contribution to our understanding of the local universe. SIM Lite will be able to tackle a wide range of interesting problems in stellar and Galactic astrophysics. By tracing the motions of stars in dwarf spheroidal galaxies orbiting our Milky Way, SIM Lite will probe the shape of the galactic potential history of the formation of the galaxy, and the nature of dark matter. Because it is flexibly scheduled, the instrument can dwell on faint targets, maintaining its full accuracy on objects as faint as V=19. This paper is a brief survey of the diverse problems in modern astrophysics that SIM Lite will be able to address.

  20. d'plus: A program to calculate accuracy and bias measures from detection and discrimination data.

    Macmillan, N A; Creelman, C D


    The program d'plus calculates accuracy (sensitivity) and response-bias parameters using Signal Detection Theory. Choice Theory, and 'nonparametric' models. is is appropriate for data from one-interval, two- and three-interval forced-choice, same different, ABX, and oddity experimental paradigms.

  1. Excitation Spectra of Nucleobases with Multiconfigurational Density Functional Theory

    Hubert, Mickaël; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa; Hedegård, Erik D.


    Range-separated hybrid methods between wave function theory and density functional theory (DFT) can provide high-accuracy results, while correcting some of the inherent flaws of both the underlying wave function theory and DFT. We here assess the accuracy for excitation energies of the nucleobases...

  2. Waltz's Theory of Theory

    Wæver, Ole


    Kenneth N. Waltz's 1979 book, Theory of International Politics, is the most influential in the history of the discipline. It worked its effects to a large extent through raising the bar for what counted as theoretical work, in effect reshaping not only realism but rivals like liberalism and refle......Kenneth N. Waltz's 1979 book, Theory of International Politics, is the most influential in the history of the discipline. It worked its effects to a large extent through raising the bar for what counted as theoretical work, in effect reshaping not only realism but rivals like liberalism...... and reflectivism. Yet, ironically, there has been little attention to Waltz's very explicit and original arguments about the nature of theory. This article explores and explicates Waltz's theory of theory. Central attention is paid to his definition of theory as ‘a picture, mentally formed' and to the radical anti......-empiricism and anti-positivism of his position. Followers and critics alike have treated Waltzian neorealism as if it was at bottom a formal proposition about cause-effect relations. The extreme case of Waltz being so victorious in the discipline, and yet being consistently mis-interpreted on the question of theory...

  3. The 100-meter dash: Theory and experiment

    Wagner, Glenn


    This note outlines the theory regarding the position and velocity associated with the 100-m dash. The theory is applied to data produced by world-class sprinters as well as students with little formal training in sprinting. Inexpensive computer software is used to analyze the data to verify the outcome of these races so as to comment on the accuracy of the theory.

  4. The rereading effect: metacomprehension accuracy improves across reading trials.

    Rawson, K A; Dunlosky, J; Thiede, K W


    Guided by a hypothesis that integrates principles of monitoring from a cue-based framework of metacognitive judgments with assumptions about levels of text representation derived from theories of comprehension, we discovered that rereading improves metacomprehension accuracy. In Experiments 1 and 2, the participants read texts either once or twice, rated their comprehension for each text, and then were tested on the material. In both experiments, correlations between comprehension ratings and test scores were reliably greater for participants who reread texts than for participants who read texts only once. Furthermore, in contrast to the low levels of accuracy typically reported in the literature, rereading produced relatively high levels of accuracy, with the median gamma between ratings and test performance being +.60 across participants from both experiments. Our discussion focuses on two alternative hypotheses--that improved accuracy is an artifact of when judgments are collected or that it results from increased reliability of test performance--and on evidence that is inconsistent with these explanations for the rereading effect.

  5. Optimal Calibration Accuracy for Gravitational Wave Detectors

    Lindblom, Lee


    Calibration errors in the response function of a gravitational wave detector degrade its ability to detect and then to measure the properties of any detected signals. This paper derives the needed levels of calibration accuracy for each of these data-analysis tasks. The levels derived here are optimal in the sense that lower accuracy would result in missed detections and/or a loss of measurement precision, while higher accuracy would be made irrelevant by the intrinsic noise level of the detector. Calibration errors affect the data-analysis process in much the same way as errors in theoretical waveform templates. The optimal level of calibration accuracy is expressed therefore as a joint limit on modeling and calibration errors: increased accuracy in one reduces the accuracy requirement in the other.

  6. Comportamento crítico dinâmico de algoritmo de Wolff no Modelo de Ising com correlação de sítios e ligações.

    Paulo Roberto de Araujo Campos


    Estudamos o comportamento dinâmico do algoritmo de Wolff no modelo de Ising diluído com correlação de sítios e ligações (modelo SBC). Nosso objetivo principal foi estudar a performance deste algoritmo em um sistema onde além da desordem à presença de impurezas não magnéticas, houvesse mais um parâmetro presente, a correlação espacial. Além disto foi possível obter o diagrama de fases para o modelo, o qual possibilita entendermos um pouco o efeito da desordem e da correlação no sistema.Verific...

  7. Resistencia a tração de agentes cimentantes usados na fixação de ligas de paladio-prata e niquel-cromo a dentina


    Resumo: o propósito deste estudo foi avaliar a resistência à tração da união de dois tipos de ligas metálicas (Litecast B e Pors-on 4) fixadas em dentina humana tratada sob três condições (condicionada por 1O segundos com ácido fosfórico 35%, ácido poliacrílico 25% e não condicionada). Os cimentos foram 1- de fosfato de zinco, 2- ionômero d vidro e, 3- cimento resinoso. Noventa molares humanos foram inseridos em resina acrílica e desgastados com lixas d'água de granulação nOs 120, 320 e 600 a...

  8. Relação entre toxicidade de proteínas Vip3Aa e sua capacidade de ligação a receptores intestinais de lepidópteros-praga

    Suzana Cristina Marucci; Camila Soares Figueiredo; Renata Izabel Dozzi Tezza; Eliane Cristina da Cunha Alves; Manoel Victor Franco Lemos; Janete Apparecida Desidério


    Resumo:O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a toxicidade de novas proteínas Vip3Aa e sua capacidade de ligação a vesículas de membrana da microvilosidade apical (VMMA) do intestino de lagartas neonatas de Spodoptera frugiperda, Anticarsia gemmatalise Heliothis virescens. Proteínas expressas pelos genes vip3Aa42 e vip3Aa43 mostraram-se tóxicas a S. frugiperda (CL50 de 78,2 e 113 ng cm-2, respectivamente) e A. gemmatalis(CL50 de 239,2 e 57,5 ng cm-2, respectivamente), e pouco tóxicas a H. vire...

  9. Caracterização da liga comercial de alumínio 3003 produzida por fundição contínua de chapas (twin roll caster: microestrutura

    Juliana de Paula Martins


    Full Text Available O presente trabalho caracterizou a microestrutura da liga comercial de alumínio 3003, produzida em escala industrial pelo processo de fundição contínua de chapas. Microscopia óptica com luz polarizada e campo escuro, microscopia eletrônica de varredura e ensaios de dureza Brinell foram utilizados. Os teores de manganês em solução sólida foram avaliados por medidas de resistividade elétrica. A análise química, ao longo da espessura da chapa é homogênea, ou seja, revela ausência de macro-segregação. A microestrutura da liga caracteriza-se pela presença de grãos com estrutura dendrítica, partículas primárias da fase Al6(Mn,Fe localizadas, preferencialmente, nos contornos de grão e a fração volumétrica de precipitados varia ao longo da espessura.The present work characterized the microstructure of a commercial 3003 aluminum alloy produced on an industrial scale by a twin roll caster process. Optical microscopy using polarized light and dark field, scanning electron microscopy, and Brinell hardness tests were carried out. The manganese content in solid solution was evaluated by electric resistivity measurements. The chemical composition across sheet thickness is homogeneous, in other words, there is no macro-segregation. A microstructural examination showed the presence of: grains with a dendritic structure, primary phase particles Al6(Mn,Fe in the grain boundaries, and variable volumetric fractions of the precipitated along the thickness.

  10. Z Theory

    Nekrasov, Nikita


    We present the evidence for the existence of the topological string analogue of M-theory, which we call Z-theory. The corners of Z-theory moduli space correspond to the Donaldson-Thomas theory, Kodaira-Spencer theory, Gromov-Witten theory, and Donaldson-Witten theory. We discuss the relations of Z-theory with Hitchin's gravities in six and seven dimensions, and make our own proposal, involving spinor generalization of Chern-Simons theory of three-forms. Based on the talk at Strings'04 in Paris.

  11. Quality of reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies

    Smidt, N.; Rutjes, A.W.; Windt - Mens, van der D.A.W.M.; Ostelo, R.W.J.G.; Reitsma, J.B.; Bouter, L.M.; Vet, de H.C.W.


    PURPOSE: To evaluate quality of reporting in diagnostic accuracy articles published in 2000 in journals with impact factor of at least 4 by using items of Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) statement published later in 2003. MATERIALS AND METHODS: English-language articles on pri

  12. Accuracy of Parent Identification of Stuttering Occurrence

    Einarsdottir, Johanna; Ingham, Roger


    Background: Clinicians rely on parents to provide information regarding the onset and development of stuttering in their own children. The accuracy and reliability of their judgments of stuttering is therefore important and is not well researched. Aim: To investigate the accuracy of parent judgements of stuttering in their own children's speech…

  13. Flush-mounted hot film anemometer accuracy in pulsatile flow.

    Nandy, S; Tarbell, J M


    The accuracy of a flush-mounted hot film anemometer probe for wall shear stress measurements in physiological pulsatile flows was evaluated in fully developed pulsatile flow in a rigid straight tube. Measured wall shear stress waveform based on steady flow anemometer probe calibrations were compared to theoretical wall shear stress waveforms based on well-established theory and measured flow rate waveforms. The measured and theoretical waveforms were in close agreement during systole (average deviation of 14 percent at peak systole). As expected, agreement was poor during diastole because of flow reversal and diminished frequency response at low shear rate.

  14. Load-induced error identification of hydrostatic turntable and its influence on machining accuracy

    程强; 任伟达; 刘志峰; 陈东菊; 顾佩华


    In heavy duty machine tools, hydrostatic turntable is often used as a means for providing rotational motion and supporting workpiece, so the accuracy of turntable is crucial for part machining. In order to analyze the influence of load-indcued errors on machining accuracy, an identification model of load-induced errors based on the deformation caused by applied load of hydrostatic turntable of computerized numerical control (CNC) gantry milling heavy machine is proposed. Based on multi-body system theory and screw theory, the space machining accuracy model of heavy duty machine tool is established with consideration of identified load-induced errors. And then, the influence of load-induced errors on space machining accuracy and the roundness error of a milled hole is analyzed. The analysis results show that load-induced errors have a big influence on the roundness error of machined hole, especially when the center of the milled hole is far from that of hydrostatic turntable.

  15. Multiple sequence alignment accuracy and phylogenetic inference.

    Ogden, T Heath; Rosenberg, Michael S


    Phylogenies are often thought to be more dependent upon the specifics of the sequence alignment rather than on the method of reconstruction. Simulation of sequences containing insertion and deletion events was performed in order to determine the role that alignment accuracy plays during phylogenetic inference. Data sets were simulated for pectinate, balanced, and random tree shapes under different conditions (ultrametric equal branch length, ultrametric random branch length, nonultrametric random branch length). Comparisons between hypothesized alignments and true alignments enabled determination of two measures of alignment accuracy, that of the total data set and that of individual branches. In general, our results indicate that as alignment error increases, topological accuracy decreases. This trend was much more pronounced for data sets derived from more pectinate topologies. In contrast, for balanced, ultrametric, equal branch length tree shapes, alignment inaccuracy had little average effect on tree reconstruction. These conclusions are based on average trends of many analyses under different conditions, and any one specific analysis, independent of the alignment accuracy, may recover very accurate or inaccurate topologies. Maximum likelihood and Bayesian, in general, outperformed neighbor joining and maximum parsimony in terms of tree reconstruction accuracy. Results also indicated that as the length of the branch and of the neighboring branches increase, alignment accuracy decreases, and the length of the neighboring branches is the major factor in topological accuracy. Thus, multiple-sequence alignment can be an important factor in downstream effects on topological reconstruction.

  16. Anatomy-aware measurement of segmentation accuracy

    Tizhoosh, H. R.; Othman, A. A.


    Quantifying the accuracy of segmentation and manual delineation of organs, tissue types and tumors in medical images is a necessary measurement that suffers from multiple problems. One major shortcoming of all accuracy measures is that they neglect the anatomical significance or relevance of different zones within a given segment. Hence, existing accuracy metrics measure the overlap of a given segment with a ground-truth without any anatomical discrimination inside the segment. For instance, if we understand the rectal wall or urethral sphincter as anatomical zones, then current accuracy measures ignore their significance when they are applied to assess the quality of the prostate gland segments. In this paper, we propose an anatomy-aware measurement scheme for segmentation accuracy of medical images. The idea is to create a "master gold" based on a consensus shape containing not just the outline of the segment but also the outlines of the internal zones if existent or relevant. To apply this new approach to accuracy measurement, we introduce the anatomy-aware extensions of both Dice coefficient and Jaccard index and investigate their effect using 500 synthetic prostate ultrasound images with 20 different segments for each image. We show that through anatomy-sensitive calculation of segmentation accuracy, namely by considering relevant anatomical zones, not only the measurement of individual users can change but also the ranking of users' segmentation skills may require reordering.

  17. Prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário em uma liga de hipertensão arterial sistêmica Prevalencia del hiperaldosteronismo primario en una liga de hipertensión arterial sistémica Prevalence of primary hyperaldosteronism in a systemic arterial hypertension league

    Maria Jacqueline Silva Ribeiro


    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Até recentemente, o hiperaldosteronismo primário era considerado uma causa rara de hipertensão secundária. Porém, ao longo dos últimos anos, muitos estudos têm sugerido que essa doença pode afetar até 20% dos hipertensos. OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário em pacientes hipertensos em tratamento na liga de hipertensão de um hospital universitário. MÉTODOS: Foram realizadas dosagens de aldosterona sérica e atividade plasmática da renina em 105 pacientes, em vigência do tratamento anti-hipertensivo usual, excetuando-se aqueles em uso de beta-bloqueadores e espironolactona, em jejum e após repouso na posição deitada por 20 minutos. Aqueles com relação aldosterona/atividade plasmática da renina maior que 25 foram submetidos ao teste de supressão com sobrecarga salina endovenosa e, após a confirmação da autonomia da secreção de aldosterona, foi realizada tomografia computadorizada das adrenais. Os resultados são apresentados como porcentagens, médias e desvios-padrão. RESULTADOS: Dos 105 pacientes, 6,54% eram hipertensos refratários. Nove apresentaram relação aldosterona/atividade plasmática da renina > 25 (8,5% do total. Destes, oito foram submetidos ao teste de supressão e um (hipertenso refratário teve o diagnóstico confirmado de hiperaldosteronismo primário (0,96% do total. Foi realizada tomografia computadorizada de adrenais, sendo considerada normal. CONCLUSÃO: A prevalência do hiperaldosteronismo primário na amostra estudada foi de 0,96% do total. No entanto, quando avaliados apenas os portadores de hipertensão refratária, a prevalência foi de 14,3%.FUNDAMENTO: Hasta recientemente, se consideraba el hiperaldosteronismo primario como una causa rara de hipertensión secundaria. Sin embargo, a lo largo de los últimos años, muchos estudios han sugerido que esa enfermedad puede afectar hasta el 20% de los hipertensos. OBJETIVO: Determinar la prevalencia del

  18. Sampling Molecular Conformers in Solution with Quantum Mechanical Accuracy at a Nearly Molecular-Mechanics Cost.

    Rosa, Marta; Micciarelli, Marco; Laio, Alessandro; Baroni, Stefano


    We introduce a method to evaluate the relative populations of different conformers of molecular species in solution, aiming at quantum mechanical accuracy, while keeping the computational cost at a nearly molecular-mechanics level. This goal is achieved by combining long classical molecular-dynamics simulations to sample the free-energy landscape of the system, advanced clustering techniques to identify the most relevant conformers, and thermodynamic perturbation theory to correct the resulting populations, using quantum-mechanical energies from density functional theory. A quantitative criterion for assessing the accuracy thus achieved is proposed. The resulting methodology is demonstrated in the specific case of cyanin (cyanidin-3-glucoside) in water solution.

  19. Stability and accuracy control of k · p parameters

    Bastos, Carlos M. O.; Sabino, Fernando P.; Faria Junior, Paulo E.; Campos, Tiago; Da Silva, Juarez L. F.; Sipahi, Guilherme M.


    The k · p method is a successful approach to obtain band structure, optical and transport properties of semiconductors and it depends on external parameters that are obtained either from experiments, tight binding or ab initio calculations. Despite the widespread use of the k · p method, a systematic analysis of the stability and the accuracy of its parameters is not usual in the literature. In this work, we report a theoretical framework to determine the k · p parameters from state-of-the-art hybrid density functional theory including spin-orbit coupling, providing a calculation where the gap and spin-orbit energy splitting are in agreement with the experimental values. The accuracy of the set of parameters is enhanced by fitting over several directions at once, minimizing the overall deviation from the original data. This strategy allows us to systematically evaluate the stability, preserving the accuracy of the parameters, providing a tool to determine optimal parameters for specific ranges around the Γ-point. To prove our concept, we investigate the zinc blende GaAs that shows results in excellent agreement with the most reliable data in the literature.

  20. Alteração dimensional de amálgama de prata e liga à base de gálio Dimensional alteration of silver amalgam and gallium-based alloy

    Rafael Yagüe BALLESTER


    Full Text Available As ligas de gálio surgiram como alternativa à problemática da toxicidade do mercúrio. Apresentam propriedades semelhantes às do amálgama, mas as pesquisas apontam duas características desfavoráveis: corrosão excessiva e grande magnitude de expansão de presa, podendo causar fraturas e rachaduras nas estruturas dentais. O objetivo foi avaliar in vitro a alteração dimensional durante 7 dias de uma liga de gálio (Galloy, SDI, Austrália, comparativamente com uma liga de amálgama contendo zinco (F-400, SDI, Austrália, em função do contato e/ou contaminação com solução salina (NaCl 0,9% nos estágios iniciais da cristalização. As condições experimentais de armazenagem foram em: ambiente seco; armazenagem em solução salina e contaminação com solução salina durante a condensação. Para o amálgama, foi ainda estudada a condição de contaminação introduzida na cápsula durante a trituração e para a liga de gálio, a proteção com resina fluida durante as primeiras 24 h ou durante todo o experimento. Os corpos-de-prova foram mantidos à temperatura de 37ºC ± 1ºC e suas dimensões monitoradas a cada 24 h, durante sete dias. O contato da liga de gálio com a solução salina durante a condensação ou nas primeiras horas após a condensação desencadeou uma expansão significantemente maior que as outras condições experimentais ao fim dos 7 dias. A aplicação de uma resina fluida para proteger a superfície dos cilindros foi capaz de evitar o aumento da expansão provocado pela umidade superficial. O amálgama não apresentou alterações significantes em nenhuma das condições experimentais, exceto quando contaminado durante a trituração.Gallium-based dental alloys were created with the aim of solving the problem of toxicity of mercury. The material shows mechanical properties similar to those of dental amalgam, but researches point out two unfavorable characteristics: great corrosion and excessive post

  1. The accuracy of general practitioner workforce projections.

    Greuningen, M. van; Batenburg, R.S.; Velden, L.F.J. van der


    Background: Health workforce projections are important instruments to prevent imbalances in the health workforce. For both the tenability and further development of these projections, it is important to evaluate the accuracy of workforce projections. In the Netherlands, health workforce projections

  2. Social Security Administration Data for Enumeration Accuracy

    Social Security Administration — This dataset provides data at the national level from federal fiscal year 2006 onwards for the accuracy of the assignment of Social Security numbers (SSN) based on...

  3. Accuracy and Efficiency of Raytracing Photoionisation Algorithms

    Mackey, Jonathan


    Three non-equilibrium photoionisation algorithms for hydrodynamical grid-based simulation codes are compared in terms of accuracy, timestepping criteria, and parallel scaling. Explicit methods with first order time accuracy for photon conservation must use very restrictive timestep criteria to accurately track R-type ionisation fronts. A second order accurate algorithm is described which, although it requires more work per step, allows much longer timesteps and is consequently more efficient. Implicit methods allow ionisation fronts to cross many grid cells per timestep while maintaining photon conservation accuracy. It is shown, however, that errors are much larger for multi-frequency radiation then for monochromatic radiation with the implicit algorithm used here, and large errors accrue when an ionisation front crosses many optical depths in a single step. The accuracy and convergence rates of the different algorithms are tested with a large number of timestepping criteria to identify the best criterion fo...

  4. Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy.

    Leeflang, Mariska M G; Deeks, Jonathan J; Gatsonis, Constantine; Bossuyt, Patrick M M


    More and more systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies are being published, but they can be methodologically challenging. In this paper, the authors present some of the recent developments in the methodology for conducting systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies. Restrictive electronic search filters are discouraged, as is the use of summary quality scores. Methods for meta-analysis should take into account the paired nature of the estimates and their dependence on threshold. Authors of these reviews are advised to use the hierarchical summary receiver-operating characteristic or the bivariate model for the data analysis. Challenges that remain are the poor reporting of original diagnostic test accuracy studies and difficulties with the interpretation of the results of diagnostic test accuracy research.

  5. Strategies to Increase Accuracy in Text Classification

    Blommesteijn, D.


    Text classification via supervised learning involves various steps from processing raw data, features extraction to training and validating classifiers. Within these steps implementation decisions are critical to the resulting classifier accuracy. This paper contains a report of the study performed

  6. Classical Electromagnetic Theory

    VanderLinde, Jack


    This book is a self contained course in electromagnetic theory suitable for senior physics and electrical engineering students as well as graduate students whose past has not prepared them well for books such as Jackson or Landau and Lifschitz. The text is liberally sprinkled with worked examples illustrating the application of the theory to various physical problems. In this new edition I have endeavored to improve the accuracy and readability, added and further clarified examples, added sections on Schwarz-Christoffel mappings, and to make the book more self sufficient added an appendix on orthogonal function expansions and added the derivation of Bessel functions and Legendre polynomials as well as derivation of their generating functions. The number of student exercises has been increased by 45 over the previous edition. This book stresses the unity of electromagnetic theory with electric and magnetic fields developed in parallel. SI units are used throughout and considerable use is made of tensor notatio...

  7. Moyamoya disease: diagnostic accuracy of MRI

    Yamada, I. [Dept. of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan); Suzuki, [Dept. of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan); Matsushima, Y. [Dept. of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. (Japan)


    MRI may be employed to investigate moyamoya disease, since it provides vascular information without use of contrast medium. We reported the usefulness and limitations of MR angiography (MRA) in moyamoya disease. To our knowledge, no report has appeared dealing with the diagnostic accuracy of MRI in a large number of cases of moyamoya disease, although MRI is used more commonly than MRA. We therefore undertook to evaluate the accuracy of MRI in moyamoya disease. (orig.)

  8. Factors Affecting Accuracy of Data Abstracted from Medical Records.

    Meredith N Zozus

    Full Text Available Medical record abstraction (MRA is often cited as a significant source of error in research data, yet MRA methodology has rarely been the subject of investigation. Lack of a common framework has hindered application of the extant literature in practice, and, until now, there were no evidence-based guidelines for ensuring data quality in MRA. We aimed to identify the factors affecting the accuracy of data abstracted from medical records and to generate a framework for data quality assurance and control in MRA.Candidate factors were identified from published reports of MRA. Content validity of the top candidate factors was assessed via a four-round two-group Delphi process with expert abstractors with experience in clinical research, registries, and quality improvement. The resulting coded factors were categorized into a control theory-based framework of MRA. Coverage of the framework was evaluated using the recent published literature.Analysis of the identified articles yielded 292 unique factors that affect the accuracy of abstracted data. Delphi processes overall refuted three of the top factors identified from the literature based on importance and five based on reliability (six total factors refuted. Four new factors were identified by the Delphi. The generated framework demonstrated comprehensive coverage. Significant underreporting of MRA methodology in recent studies was discovered.The framework generated from this research provides a guide for planning data quality assurance and control for studies using MRA. The large number and variability of factors indicate that while prospective quality assurance likely increases the accuracy of abstracted data, monitoring the accuracy during the abstraction process is also required. Recent studies reporting research results based on MRA rarely reported data quality assurance or control measures, and even less frequently reported data quality metrics with research results. Given the demonstrated

  9. Dualities in M-theory and Born-Infeld Theory

    Brace, Daniel, M


    We discuss two examples of duality. The first arises in the context of toroidal compactification of the discrete light cone quantization of M-theory. In the presence of nontrivial moduli coming from the M-theory three form, it has been conjectured that the system is described by supersymmetric Yang-Mills gauge theory on a noncommutative torus. We are able to provide evidence for this conjecture, by showing that the dualities of this M-theory compactification, which correspond to T-duality in Type IIA string theory, are also dualities of the noncommutative supersymmetric Yang-Mills description. One can also consider this as evidence for the accuracy of the Matrix Theory description of M-theory in this background. The second type of duality is the self-duality of theories with U(1) gauge fields. After discussing the general theory of duality invariance for theories with complex gauge fields, we are able to find a generalization of the well known U(1) Born-Infeld theory that contains any number of gauge fields and which is invariant under the maximal duality group. We then find a supersymmetric extension of our results, and also show that our results can be extended to find Born-Infeld type actions in any even dimensional spacetime.

  10. Dualities in M-theory and Born-Infeld Theory

    Brace, Daniel M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    We discuss two examples of duality. The first arises in the context of toroidal compactification of the discrete light cone quantization of M-theory. In the presence of nontrivial moduli coming from the M-theory three form, it has been conjectured that the system is described by supersymmetric Yang-Mills gauge theory on a noncommutative torus. We are able to provide evidence for this conjecture, by showing that the dualities of this M-theory compactification, which correspond to T-duality in Type IIA string theory, are also dualities of the noncommutative supersymmetric Yang-Mills description. One can also consider this as evidence for the accuracy of the Matrix Theory description of M-theory in this background. The second type of duality is the self-duality of theories with U(1) gauge fields. After discussing the general theory of duality invariance for theories with complex gauge fields, we are able to find a generalization of the well known U(1) Born-Infeld theory that contains any number of gauge fields and which is invariant under the maximal duality group. We then find a supersymmetric extension of our results, and also show that our results can be extended to find Born-Infeld type actions in any even dimensional spacetime.

  11. Boccia: Factor de integración social y su significado en mujeres y hombres adscritos a la liga de parálisis cerebral de Bogotá

    Karim Alvis


    Full Text Available Antecedentes. El Boccia es un deporte que debido a sus características técnicas y metodológicas y a que es mixto, de precisión y estrategia, permite la participación de individuos con diversos tipos de limitaciones físicas, permitiendo de esta forma la integración social de los mismos, en un contexto de equidad, por lo cual ha tenido una gran acogida a nivel mundial siendo catalogado como el deporte bandera de la Asociación Internacional de Deportes y Recreación para personas con Parálisis Cerebral (CP-ISRA. Objetivo. Explorar los posibles significados que para mujeres y hombres en situación de discapacidad, tiene la práctica del Boccia como factor de integración social. Método. Esta investigación optó por el enfoque Cualitativo etnográfico, a través de las narrativas y experiencias de los protagonistas en este caso mujeres y hombres que hacen parte de la liga de Parálisis Cerebral de Bogotá- Boccia. Para estos efectos se utilizaron instrumentos como las entrevistas semiestructuradas, grupos focales y narrativas visuales. Resultados. El documento presenta un análisis de la percepción y los alcances de la práctica de un deporte como el Boccia en la integración social de los individuos desde las categorías de los conceptos de solidaridad, autonomía, reconocimiento de la diversidad, participación, universalidad, equidad, corresponsabilidad, efectividad, poder, libertad e identidad. Conclusión. Se concluye que los significados otorgados al Boccia como factor de integración social, por parte de los participantes en la Liga, en general se enmarcan de manera positiva en las categorías conceptuales propuestas para su análisis. Sin embargo, existe aún un alto desconocimiento de la discapacidad y de aceptación de las diferencias que se convierte en un factor limitante para una adecuada integración social.

  12. The control of manual entry accuracy in management/engineering information systems, phase 1

    Hays, Daniel; Nocke, Henry; Wilson, Harold; Woo, John, Jr.; Woo, June


    It was shown that clerical personnel can be tested for proofreading performance under simulated industrial conditions. A statistical study showed that errors in proofreading follow an extreme value probability theory. The study showed that innovative man/machine interfaces can be developed to improve and control accuracy during data entry.

  13. The influence of affective empathy and autism spectrum traits on empathic accuracy

    Aan Het Rot, Marije; Hogenelst, Koen


    Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by interpersonal deficits and has been associated with limited cognitive empathy, which includes perspective taking, theory of mind, and empathic accuracy (EA). The capacity for affective empathy may also be impaired. In the present study we aimed to determi

  14. Accuracy of Protein Embedding Potentials: An Analysis in Terms of Electrostatic Potentials

    Olsen, Jogvan Magnus Haugaard; List, Nanna Holmgaard; Kristensen, Kasper;


    Quantum-mechanical embedding methods have in recent years gained significant interest and may now be applied to predict a wide range of molecular properties calculated at different levels of theory. To reach a high level of accuracy in embedding methods, both the electronic structure model of the...

  15. Why do delayed summaries improve metacomprehension accuracy?

    Anderson, Mary C M; Thiede, Keith W


    We showed that metacomprehension accuracy improved when participants (N=87 college students) wrote summaries of texts prior to judging their comprehension; however, accuracy only improved when summaries were written after a delay, not when written immediately after reading. We evaluated two hypotheses proposed to account for this delayed-summarization effect (the accessibility hypothesis and the situation model hypothesis). The data suggest that participants based metacomprehension judgments more on the gist of texts when they generated summaries after a delay; whereas, they based judgments more on details when they generated summaries immediately after reading. Focusing on information relevant to the situation model of a text (the gist of a text) produced higher levels of metacomprehension accuracy, which is consistent with situation model hypothesis.

  16. Decreased interoceptive accuracy following social exclusion.

    Durlik, Caroline; Tsakiris, Manos


    The need for social affiliation is one of the most important and fundamental human needs. Unsurprisingly, humans display strong negative reactions to social exclusion. In the present study, we investigated the effect of social exclusion on interoceptive accuracy - accuracy in detecting signals arising inside the body - measured with a heartbeat perception task. We manipulated exclusion using Cyberball, a widely used paradigm of a virtual ball-tossing game, with half of the participants being included during the game and the other half of participants being ostracized during the game. Our results indicated that heartbeat perception accuracy decreased in the excluded, but not in the included, participants. We discuss these results in the context of social and physical pain overlap, as well as in relation to internally versus externally oriented attention.

  17. Packaging Theory.

    Williams, Jeffrey


    Considers the recent flood of anthologies of literary criticism and theory as exemplifications of the confluence of pedagogical concerns, economics of publishing, and other historical factors. Looks specifically at how these anthologies present theory. Cites problems with their formatting theory and proposes alternative ways of organizing theory…

  18. Agency Theory

    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul

    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  19. Agency Theory

    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul


    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting, and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  20. Field Accuracy Test of Rpas Photogrammetry

    Barry, P.; Coakley, R.


    Baseline Surveys Ltd is a company which specialises in the supply of accurate geospatial data, such as cadastral, topographic and engineering survey data to commercial and government bodies. Baseline Surveys Ltd invested in aerial drone photogrammetric technology and had a requirement to establish the spatial accuracy of the geographic data derived from our unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry before marketing our new aerial mapping service. Having supplied the construction industry with survey data for over 20 years, we felt that is was crucial for our clients to clearly understand the accuracy of our photogrammetry so they can safely make informed spatial decisions, within the known accuracy limitations of our data. This information would also inform us on how and where UAV photogrammetry can be utilised. What we wanted to find out was the actual accuracy that can be reliably achieved using a UAV to collect data under field conditions throughout a 2 Ha site. We flew a UAV over the test area in a "lawnmower track" pattern with an 80% front and 80% side overlap; we placed 45 ground markers as check points and surveyed them in using network Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK GPS). We specifically designed the ground markers to meet our accuracy needs. We established 10 separate ground markers as control points and inputted these into our photo modelling software, Agisoft PhotoScan. The remaining GPS coordinated check point data were added later in ArcMap to the completed orthomosaic and digital elevation model so we could accurately compare the UAV photogrammetry XYZ data with the RTK GPS XYZ data at highly reliable common points. The accuracy we achieved throughout the 45 check points was 95% reliably within 41 mm horizontally and 68 mm vertically and with an 11.7 mm ground sample distance taken from a flight altitude above ground level of 90 m.The area covered by one image was 70.2 m × 46.4 m, which equals 0.325 Ha. This finding has shown

  1. Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy

    Leeflang, Mariska M G; Deeks, Jonathan J; Gatsonis, Constantine;


    More and more systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies are being published, but they can be methodologically challenging. In this paper, the authors present some of the recent developments in the methodology for conducting systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies....... Restrictive electronic search filters are discouraged, as is the use of summary quality scores. Methods for meta-analysis should take into account the paired nature of the estimates and their dependence on threshold. Authors of these reviews are advised to use the hierarchical summary receiver...

  2. Final Technical Report: Increasing Prediction Accuracy.

    King, Bruce Hardison [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hansen, Clifford [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Stein, Joshua [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    PV performance models are used to quantify the value of PV plants in a given location. They combine the performance characteristics of the system, the measured or predicted irradiance and weather at a site, and the system configuration and design into a prediction of the amount of energy that will be produced by a PV system. These predictions must be as accurate as possible in order for finance charges to be minimized. Higher accuracy equals lower project risk. The Increasing Prediction Accuracy project at Sandia focuses on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in PV system performance models.


    K. Khoshelham


    Full Text Available This paper presents an investigation of the geometric quality of depth data obtained by the Kinect sensor. Based on the mathematical model of depth measurement by the sensor a theoretical error analysis is presented, which provides an insight into the factors influencing the accuracy of the data. Experimental results show that the random error of depth measurement increases with increasing distance to the sensor, and ranges from a few millimetres up to about 4 cm at the maximum range of the sensor. The accuracy of the data is also found to be influenced by the low resolution of the depth measurements.

  4. Revolutionizing radiographic diagnostic accuracy in periodontics

    Brijesh Sharma


    Full Text Available Effective diagnostic accuracy has in some way been the missing link between periodontal diagnosis and treatment. Most of the clinicians rely on the conventional two-dimensional (2D radiographs. But being a 2D image, it has its own limitations. 2D images at times can give an incomplete picture about the severity or type of disease and can further affect the treatment plan. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT has a better potential for detecting periodontal bone defects with accuracy. The purpose here is to describe how CBCT imaging is beneficial in accurate diagnosis and will lead to a precise treatment plan.

  5. Uma observação sobre o lugar da teoria da ligação e do critério temático dentro do programa minimalista

    FERREIRA Marcelo Barra


    Full Text Available Neste artigo, apresento evidências que levam à conclusão de que o lugar da Teoria da Ligação (TL no Programa Minimalista (Chomsky 1993; 1995 é depois de FL (Forma Lógica. Mostro que derivações conduzindo a estruturas que contêm violações dos princípios da TL convergem em FL, já que derivações alternativas menos econômicas que respeitam tais princípios também são agramaticais. Sendo irrelevante para a noção de convergência, a TL tem de se aplicar depois de FL. Um raciocínio semelhante revela que o Critério Temático tem o estatuto de um condição de interface se aplicando em FL, uma vez que derivações menos econômicas são permitidas pelo sistema computacional para evitar violações relacionadas a ele.

  6. Sujeitos do crime e da notícia: casos PCC e Liga da Justiça e as apropriações da arena midiática contemporânea

    Flora Daemon


    Full Text Available Propomos investigar os gestos de apropriação da arena midiática por sujeitos criminosos como emergência do fenômeno de midiatização da sociedade contemporânea. Mais do que autores de trajetórias delinquentes, estes se engajam na produção de relatos sobre si numa campanha midiatizada, cujo objetivo principal é a disputa pelo controle das construções simbólicas a seu respeito. Ao se deslocarem do lugar de receptores de conteúdos informativos, rompem a fronteira da audiência e tornam-se produtores de relatos midiáticos como instrumento de disputa por espaços de produção e transmissão dos relatos midiáticos. Para tanto, elegemos dois eventos emblemáticos – o sequestro do jornalista Guilherme Portanova pelo PCC e a publicação dos vídeos com “entrevistas-defesa” pelo chefe da milícia carioca Liga da Justiça –, para iniciarmos a reflexão a respeito dos efeitos da midiatização também sobre sujeitos

  7. Atomic theories

    Loring, FH


    Summarising the most novel facts and theories which were coming into prominence at the time, particularly those which had not yet been incorporated into standard textbooks, this important work was first published in 1921. The subjects treated cover a wide range of research that was being conducted into the atom, and include Quantum Theory, the Bohr Theory, the Sommerfield extension of Bohr's work, the Octet Theory and Isotopes, as well as Ionisation Potentials and Solar Phenomena. Because much of the material of Atomic Theories lies on the boundary between experimentally verified fact and spec

  8. Grounded theory.

    Harris, Tina


    Grounded theory is a popular research approach in health care and the social sciences. This article provides a description of grounded theory methodology and its key components, using examples from published studies to demonstrate practical application. It aims to demystify grounded theory for novice nurse researchers, by explaining what it is, when to use it, why they would want to use it and how to use it. It should enable nurse researchers to decide if grounded theory is an appropriate approach for their research, and to determine the quality of any grounded theory research they read.

  9. Ring theory

    Rowen, Louis H


    This is an abridged edition of the author's previous two-volume work, Ring Theory, which concentrates on essential material for a general ring theory course while ommitting much of the material intended for ring theory specialists. It has been praised by reviewers:**""As a textbook for graduate students, Ring Theory joins the best....The experts will find several attractive and pleasant features in Ring Theory. The most noteworthy is the inclusion, usually in supplements and appendices, of many useful constructions which are hard to locate outside of the original sources....The audience of non

  10. Accuracy of References in Five Entomology Journals.

    Kristof, Cynthia

    ln this paper, the bibliographical references in five core entomology journals are examined for citation accuracy in order to determine if the error rates are similar. Every reference printed in each journal's first issue of 1992 was examined, and these were compared to the original (cited) publications, if possible, in order to determine the…



    Ⅰ. Introduction In English language teaching, at whatever level, teachers feel it very important to focus on accuracy and fluency in a pedagogic way. It is now widely accepted that neither of them should be focused on alone all the way through the teaching process. From our teaching experience, we can see that to some extent this is true.

  12. On the Accuracy of Galileo's Observations

    Graney, Christopher M


    Galileo Galilei had sufficient skill as an observer and instrument builder to be able to measure the positions and apparent sizes of objects seen through his telescopes to an accuracy of 2" or better. However, Galileo had no knowledge of wave optics, so when he was measuring stellar apparent sizes he was producing very accurate measurements of diffraction artifacts and not physical bodies.

  13. Accuracy in Robot Generated Image Data Sets

    Aanæs, Henrik; Dahl, Anders Bjorholm


    In this paper we present a practical innovation concerning how to achieve high accuracy of camera positioning, when using a 6 axis industrial robots to generate high quality data sets for computer vision. This innovation is based on the realization that to a very large extent the robots positioning...... in using robots for image data set generation....

  14. Observed Consultation: Confidence and Accuracy of Assessors

    Tweed, Mike; Ingham, Christopher


    Judgments made by the assessors observing consultations are widely used in the assessment of medical students. The aim of this research was to study judgment accuracy and confidence and the relationship between these. Assessors watched recordings of consultations, scoring the students on: a checklist of items; attributes of consultation; a…

  15. Adult Metacomprehension: Judgment Processes and Accuracy Constraints

    Zhao, Qin; Linderholm, Tracy


    The objective of this paper is to review and synthesize two interrelated topics in the adult metacomprehension literature: the bases of metacomprehension judgment and the constraints on metacomprehension accuracy. Our review shows that adult readers base their metacomprehension judgments on different types of information, including experiences…

  16. Accuracy Of Stereometry In Assessing Orthognathic Surgery

    King, Geoffrey E.; Bays, R. A.


    An X-ray stereometric technique has been developed for the determination of 3-dimensional coordinates of spherical metallic markers previously implanted in monkey skulls. The accuracy of the technique is better than 0.5mm. and uses readily available demountable X-ray equipment. The technique is used to study the effects and stability of experimental orthognathic surgery.

  17. Task Speed and Accuracy Decrease When Multitasking

    Lin, Lin; Cockerham, Deborah; Chang, Zhengsi; Natividad, Gloria


    As new technologies increase the opportunities for multitasking, the need to understand human capacities for multitasking continues to grow stronger. Is multitasking helping us to be more efficient? This study investigated the multitasking abilities of 168 participants, ages 6-72, by measuring their task accuracy and completion time when they…

  18. High accuracy FIONA-AFM hybrid imaging.

    Fronczek, D N; Quammen, C; Wang, H; Kisker, C; Superfine, R; Taylor, R; Erie, D A; Tessmer, I


    Multi-protein complexes are ubiquitous and play essential roles in many biological mechanisms. Single molecule imaging techniques such as electron microscopy (EM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) are powerful methods for characterizing the structural properties of multi-protein and multi-protein-DNA complexes. However, a significant limitation to these techniques is the ability to distinguish different proteins from one another. Here, we combine high resolution fluorescence microscopy and AFM (FIONA-AFM) to allow the identification of different proteins in such complexes. Using quantum dots as fiducial markers in addition to fluorescently labeled proteins, we are able to align fluorescence and AFM information to ≥8nm accuracy. This accuracy is sufficient to identify individual fluorescently labeled proteins in most multi-protein complexes. We investigate the limitations of localization precision and accuracy in fluorescence and AFM images separately and their effects on the overall registration accuracy of FIONA-AFM hybrid images. This combination of the two orthogonal techniques (FIONA and AFM) opens a wide spectrum of possible applications to the study of protein interactions, because AFM can yield high resolution (5-10nm) information about the conformational properties of multi-protein complexes and the fluorescence can indicate spatial relationships of the proteins in the complexes.

  19. High Accuracy Transistor Compact Model Calibrations

    Hembree, Charles E. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Mar, Alan [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Robertson, Perry J. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Typically, transistors are modeled by the application of calibrated nominal and range models. These models consists of differing parameter values that describe the location and the upper and lower limits of a distribution of some transistor characteristic such as current capacity. Correspond- ingly, when using this approach, high degrees of accuracy of the transistor models are not expected since the set of models is a surrogate for a statistical description of the devices. The use of these types of models describes expected performances considering the extremes of process or transistor deviations. In contrast, circuits that have very stringent accuracy requirements require modeling techniques with higher accuracy. Since these accurate models have low error in transistor descriptions, these models can be used to describe part to part variations as well as an accurate description of a single circuit instance. Thus, models that meet these stipulations also enable the calculation of quantifi- cation of margins with respect to a functional threshold and uncertainties in these margins. Given this need, new model high accuracy calibration techniques for bipolar junction transis- tors have been developed and are described in this report.

  20. Seasonal Effects on GPS PPP Accuracy

    Saracoglu, Aziz; Ugur Sanli, D.


    GPS Precise Point Positioning (PPP) is now routinely used in many geophysical applications. Static positioning and 24 h data are requested for high precision results however real life situations do not always let us collect 24 h data. Thus repeated GPS surveys of 8-10 h observation sessions are still used by some research groups. Positioning solutions from shorter data spans are subject to various systematic influences, and the positioning quality as well as the estimated velocity is degraded. Researchers pay attention to the accuracy of GPS positions and of the estimated velocities derived from short observation sessions. Recently some research groups turned their attention to the study of seasonal effects (i.e. meteorological seasons) on GPS solutions. Up to now usually regional studies have been reported. In this study, we adopt a global approach and study the various seasonal effects (including the effect of the annual signal) on GPS solutions produced from short observation sessions. We use the PPP module of the NASA/JPL's GIPSY/OASIS II software and globally distributed GPS stations' data of the International GNSS Service. Accuracy studies previously performed with 10-30 consecutive days of continuous data. Here, data from each month of a year, incorporating two years in succession, is used in the analysis. Our major conclusion is that a reformulation for the GPS positioning accuracy is necessary when taking into account the seasonal effects, and typical one term accuracy formulation is expanded to a two-term one.

  1. Accuracy assessment of an industrial actuator

    Dalla Costa, Giuseppe; Genta, Gianfranco; Barbato, Giulio


    of length measurements of grade 0 steel gauge blocks. Measurements with different values of contact force were performed to assess its influence. A statistical analysis of the experimental data was performed to support the accuracy assessment. Systematic effects were identified and corrected. An expanded...

  2. The Theory of Variances in Equilibrium Reconstruction

    Zakharov, Leonid E.; Lewandowski, Jerome; Foley, Elizabeth L.; Levinton, Fred M.; Yuh, Howard Y.; Drozdov, Vladimir; McDonald, Darren


    The theory of variances of equilibrium reconstruction is presented. It complements existing practices with information regarding what kind of plasma profiles can be reconstructed, how accurately, and what remains beyond the abilities of diagnostic systems. The σ-curves, introduced by the present theory, give a quantitative assessment of quality of effectiveness of diagnostic systems in constraining equilibrium reconstructions. The theory also suggests a method for aligning the accuracy of measurements of different physical nature.

  3. Achieving Climate Change Absolute Accuracy in Orbit

    Wielicki, Bruce A.; Young, D. F.; Mlynczak, M. G.; Thome, K. J; Leroy, S.; Corliss, J.; Anderson, J. G.; Ao, C. O.; Bantges, R.; Best, F.; Bowman, K.; Brindley, H.; Butler, J. J.; Collins, W.; Dykema, J. A.; Doelling, D. R.; Feldman, D. R.; Fox, N.; Huang, X.; Holz, R.; Huang, Y.; Jennings, D.; Jin, Z.; Johnson, D. G.; Jucks, K.; Kato, S.; Kratz, D. P.; Liu, X.; Lukashin, C.; Mannucci, A. J.; Phojanamongkolkij, N.; Roithmayr, C. M.; Sandford, S.; Taylor, P. C.; Xiong, X.


    The Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission will provide a calibration laboratory in orbit for the purpose of accurately measuring and attributing climate change. CLARREO measurements establish new climate change benchmarks with high absolute radiometric accuracy and high statistical confidence across a wide range of essential climate variables. CLARREO's inherently high absolute accuracy will be verified and traceable on orbit to Système Internationale (SI) units. The benchmarks established by CLARREO will be critical for assessing changes in the Earth system and climate model predictive capabilities for decades into the future as society works to meet the challenge of optimizing strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The CLARREO benchmarks are derived from measurements of the Earth's thermal infrared spectrum (5-50 micron), the spectrum of solar radiation reflected by the Earth and its atmosphere (320-2300 nm), and radio occultation refractivity from which accurate temperature profiles are derived. The mission has the ability to provide new spectral fingerprints of climate change, as well as to provide the first orbiting radiometer with accuracy sufficient to serve as the reference transfer standard for other space sensors, in essence serving as a "NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology] in orbit." CLARREO will greatly improve the accuracy and relevance of a wide range of space-borne instruments for decadal climate change. Finally, CLARREO has developed new metrics and methods for determining the accuracy requirements of climate observations for a wide range of climate variables and uncertainty sources. These methods should be useful for improving our understanding of observing requirements for most climate change observations.

  4. The generalized radon transform: Sampling, accuracy and memoryconsiderations

    Luengo Hendriks, Cris L.; van Ginkel, Michael; Verbeek, Piet W.; van Vliet, Lucas J.


    The generalized Radon (or Hough) transform is a well-known tool for detecting parameterized shapes in an image. The Radon transform is a mapping between the image space and a parameter space. The coordinates of a point in the latter correspond to the parameters of a shape in the image. The amplitude at that point corresponds to the amount of evidence for that shape. In this paper we discuss three important aspects of the Radon transform. The first aspect is discretization. Using concepts from sampling theory we derive a set of sampling criteria for the generalized Radon transform. The second aspect is accuracy. For the specific case of the Radon transform for spheres, we examine how well the location of the maxima matches the true parameters. We derive a correction term to reduce the bias in the estimated radii. The third aspect concerns a projection-based algorithm to reduce memory requirements.

  5. Researching the technology of high-accuracy camshaft measurement

    Chen, Wei; Chen, Yong-Le; Wang, Hong; Liao, Hai-Yang


    This paper states the cam's data processing algorithm in detail in high accurate camshaft measurement system. It contains: 1) using minimum error of curve symmetry to seek the center position of the key slot; 2) Calculating the minimum error by cam's curve in theory to search top area; 3) According to cam's tolerance E(i) function and minimum angle error at cam top, seeking the best position of cam top and getting the best angle value and error curve. The algorithm is suitable for measuring all kinds of symmetry or asymmetry cam, and plain push-rod or spherical push-rod cam, for example, bus camshaft, car camshaft, motor camshaft, etc. Using the algorithm, high accuracy measurement can be achieved.

  6. Influence of chamber misalignment on cased telescoped (CT) ammunition accuracy



    As part of a research program, it was desired to better understand the impact of the rotating chamber alignment with the barrel throat on the precision and accuracy of a novel cased telescoped (CT) ammunition firing rifle. In order to perform the study, a baseline CT ammunition chamber which was concentric with a Mann barrel bore was manufactured. Additionally, six chambers were manufactured with an offset relative to the barrel bore. These chambers were used to simulate a misaligned chamber relative to the bore axis. Precision and accuracy tests were then performed at 200 m in an indoor range under controlled conditions. For this project, 5.56 mm CT ammunition was used. As the chamber axis offset relative to the gun bore was increased, the mean point of impact was displaced away from the target center. The shift in the impact location is explained by the presence of in-bore yaw which results in lateral throw-off and aerodynamic jump components. The linear theory of ballistics is used to establish a relationship between the chamber misalignment and the resulting projectile mean point of impact for a rifle developed to fire CT ammunition. This relationship allows for the prediction of the mean point of impact given a chamber misalignment.

  7. Accuracy of marker-assisted selection with auxiliary traits

    P Narain


    Genetic information on molecular markers is increasingly being used in plant and animal improvement programmes particularly as indirect means to improve a metric trait by selection either on an individual basis or on the basis of an index incorporating such information. This paper examines the utility of an index of selection that not only combines phenotypic and molecular information on the trait under improvement but also combines similar information on one or more auxiliary traits. The accuracy of such a selection procedure has been theoretically studied for sufficiently large populations so that the effects of detected quantitative trait loci can be perfectly estimated. The theory is illustrated numerically by considering one auxiliary trait. It is shown that the use of an auxiliary trait improves the selection accuracy; and, hence, the relative efficiency of index selection compared to individual selection which is based on the same intensity of selection. This is particularly so for higher magnitudes of residual genetic correlation and environmental correlation having opposite signs, lower values of the proportion of genetic variation in the main trait associated with the markers, negligible proportion of genetic variation in the auxiliary trait associated with the markers, and lower values of the heritability of the main trait but higher values of the heritability of the auxiliary trait.

  8. Modeling Linkage Disequilibrium Increases Accuracy of Polygenic Risk Scores

    Vilhjálmsson, Bjarni J.; Yang, Jian; Finucane, Hilary K.; Gusev, Alexander; Lindström, Sara; Ripke, Stephan; Genovese, Giulio; Loh, Po-Ru; Bhatia, Gaurav; Do, Ron; Hayeck, Tristan; Won, Hong-Hee; Ripke, Stephan; Neale, Benjamin M.; Corvin, Aiden; Walters, James T.R.; Farh, Kai-How; Holmans, Peter A.; Lee, Phil; Bulik-Sullivan, Brendan; Collier, David A.; Huang, Hailiang; Pers, Tune H.; Agartz, Ingrid; Agerbo, Esben; Albus, Margot; Alexander, Madeline; Amin, Farooq; Bacanu, Silviu A.; Begemann, Martin; Belliveau, Richard A.; Bene, Judit; Bergen, Sarah E.; Bevilacqua, Elizabeth; Bigdeli, Tim B.; Black, Donald W.; Bruggeman, Richard; Buccola, Nancy G.; Buckner, Randy L.; Byerley, William; Cahn, Wiepke; Cai, Guiqing; Campion, Dominique; Cantor, Rita M.; Carr, Vaughan J.; Carrera, Noa; Catts, Stanley V.; Chambert, Kimberly D.; Chan, Raymond C.K.; Chen, Ronald Y.L.; Chen, Eric Y.H.; Cheng, Wei; Cheung, Eric F.C.; Chong, Siow Ann; Cloninger, C. Robert; Cohen, David; Cohen, Nadine; Cormican, Paul; Craddock, Nick; Crowley, James J.; Curtis, David; Davidson, Michael; Davis, Kenneth L.; Degenhardt, Franziska; Del Favero, Jurgen; DeLisi, Lynn E.; Demontis, Ditte; Dikeos, Dimitris; Dinan, Timothy; Djurovic, Srdjan; Donohoe, Gary; Drapeau, Elodie; Duan, Jubao; Dudbridge, Frank; Durmishi, Naser; Eichhammer, Peter; Eriksson, Johan; Escott-Price, Valentina; Essioux, Laurent; Fanous, Ayman H.; Farrell, Martilias S.; Frank, Josef; Franke, Lude; Freedman, Robert; Freimer, Nelson B.; Friedl, Marion; Friedman, Joseph I.; Fromer, Menachem; Genovese, Giulio; Georgieva, Lyudmila; Gershon, Elliot S.; Giegling, Ina; Giusti-Rodrguez, Paola; Godard, Stephanie; Goldstein, Jacqueline I.; Golimbet, Vera; Gopal, Srihari; Gratten, Jacob; Grove, Jakob; de Haan, Lieuwe; Hammer, Christian; Hamshere, Marian L.; Hansen, Mark; Hansen, Thomas; Haroutunian, Vahram; Hartmann, Annette M.; Henskens, Frans A.; Herms, Stefan; Hirschhorn, Joel N.; Hoffmann, Per; Hofman, Andrea; Hollegaard, Mads V.; Hougaard, David M.; Ikeda, Masashi; Joa, Inge; Julia, Antonio; Kahn, Rene S.; Kalaydjieva, Luba; Karachanak-Yankova, Sena; Karjalainen, Juha; Kavanagh, David; Keller, Matthew C.; Kelly, Brian J.; Kennedy, James L.; Khrunin, Andrey; Kim, Yunjung; Klovins, Janis; Knowles, James A.; Konte, Bettina; Kucinskas, Vaidutis; Kucinskiene, Zita Ausrele; Kuzelova-Ptackova, Hana; Kahler, Anna K.; Laurent, Claudine; Keong, Jimmy Lee Chee; Lee, S. Hong; Legge, Sophie E.; Lerer, Bernard; Li, Miaoxin; Li, Tao; Liang, Kung-Yee; Lieberman, Jeffrey; Limborska, Svetlana; Loughland, Carmel M.; Lubinski, Jan; Lnnqvist, Jouko; Macek, Milan; Magnusson, Patrik K.E.; Maher, Brion S.; Maier, Wolfgang; Mallet, Jacques; Marsal, Sara; Mattheisen, Manuel; Mattingsdal, Morten; McCarley, Robert W.; McDonald, Colm; McIntosh, Andrew M.; Meier, Sandra; Meijer, Carin J.; Melegh, Bela; Melle, Ingrid; Mesholam-Gately, Raquelle I.; Metspalu, Andres; Michie, Patricia T.; Milani, Lili; Milanova, Vihra; Mokrab, Younes; Morris, Derek W.; Mors, Ole; Mortensen, Preben B.; Murphy, Kieran C.; Murray, Robin M.; Myin-Germeys, Inez; Mller-Myhsok, Bertram; Nelis, Mari; Nenadic, Igor; Nertney, Deborah A.; Nestadt, Gerald; Nicodemus, Kristin K.; Nikitina-Zake, Liene; Nisenbaum, Laura; Nordin, Annelie; O’Callaghan, Eadbhard; O’Dushlaine, Colm; O’Neill, F. Anthony; Oh, Sang-Yun; Olincy, Ann; Olsen, Line; Van Os, Jim; Pantelis, Christos; Papadimitriou, George N.; Papiol, Sergi; Parkhomenko, Elena; Pato, Michele T.; Paunio, Tiina; Pejovic-Milovancevic, Milica; Perkins, Diana O.; Pietilinen, Olli; Pimm, Jonathan; Pocklington, Andrew J.; Powell, John; Price, Alkes; Pulver, Ann E.; Purcell, Shaun M.; Quested, Digby; Rasmussen, Henrik B.; Reichenberg, Abraham; Reimers, Mark A.; Richards, Alexander L.; Roffman, Joshua L.; Roussos, Panos; Ruderfer, Douglas M.; Salomaa, Veikko; Sanders, Alan R.; Schall, Ulrich; Schubert, Christian R.; Schulze, Thomas G.; Schwab, Sibylle G.; Scolnick, Edward M.; Scott, Rodney J.; Seidman, Larry J.; Shi, Jianxin; Sigurdsson, Engilbert; Silagadze, Teimuraz; Silverman, Jeremy M.; Sim, Kang; Slominsky, Petr; Smoller, Jordan W.; So, Hon-Cheong; Spencer, Chris C.A.; Stahl, Eli A.; Stefansson, Hreinn; Steinberg, Stacy; Stogmann, Elisabeth; Straub, Richard E.; Strengman, Eric; Strohmaier, Jana; Stroup, T. Scott; Subramaniam, Mythily; Suvisaari, Jaana; Svrakic, Dragan M.; Szatkiewicz, Jin P.; Sderman, Erik; Thirumalai, Srinivas; Toncheva, Draga; Tooney, Paul A.; Tosato, Sarah; Veijola, Juha; Waddington, John; Walsh, Dermot; Wang, Dai; Wang, Qiang; Webb, Bradley T.; Weiser, Mark; Wildenauer, Dieter B.; Williams, Nigel M.; Williams, Stephanie; Witt, Stephanie H.; Wolen, Aaron R.; Wong, Emily H.M.; Wormley, Brandon K.; Wu, Jing Qin; Xi, Hualin Simon; Zai, Clement C.; Zheng, Xuebin; Zimprich, Fritz; Wray, Naomi R.; Stefansson, Kari; Visscher, Peter M.; Adolfsson, Rolf; Andreassen, Ole A.; Blackwood, Douglas H.R.; Bramon, Elvira; Buxbaum, Joseph D.; Børglum, Anders D.; Cichon, Sven; Darvasi, Ariel; Domenici, Enrico; Ehrenreich, Hannelore; Esko, Tonu; Gejman, Pablo V.; Gill, Michael; Gurling, Hugh; Hultman, Christina M.; Iwata, Nakao; Jablensky, Assen V.; Jonsson, Erik G.; Kendler, Kenneth S.; Kirov, George; Knight, Jo; Lencz, Todd; Levinson, Douglas F.; Li, Qingqin S.; Liu, Jianjun; Malhotra, Anil K.; McCarroll, Steven A.; McQuillin, Andrew; Moran, Jennifer L.; Mortensen, Preben B.; Mowry, Bryan J.; Nthen, Markus M.; Ophoff, Roel A.; Owen, Michael J.; Palotie, Aarno; Pato, Carlos N.; Petryshen, Tracey L.; Posthuma, Danielle; Rietschel, Marcella; Riley, Brien P.; Rujescu, Dan; Sham, Pak C.; Sklar, Pamela; St. Clair, David; Weinberger, Daniel R.; Wendland, Jens R.; Werge, Thomas; Daly, Mark J.; Sullivan, Patrick F.; O’Donovan, Michael C.; Kraft, Peter; Hunter, David J.; Adank, Muriel; Ahsan, Habibul; Aittomäki, Kristiina; Baglietto, Laura; Berndt, Sonja; Blomquist, Carl; Canzian, Federico; Chang-Claude, Jenny; Chanock, Stephen J.; Crisponi, Laura; Czene, Kamila; Dahmen, Norbert; Silva, Isabel dos Santos; Easton, Douglas; Eliassen, A. Heather; Figueroa, Jonine; Fletcher, Olivia; Garcia-Closas, Montserrat; Gaudet, Mia M.; Gibson, Lorna; Haiman, Christopher A.; Hall, Per; Hazra, Aditi; Hein, Rebecca; Henderson, Brian E.; Hofman, Albert; Hopper, John L.; Irwanto, Astrid; Johansson, Mattias; Kaaks, Rudolf; Kibriya, Muhammad G.; Lichtner, Peter; Lindström, Sara; Liu, Jianjun; Lund, Eiliv; Makalic, Enes; Meindl, Alfons; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; Müller-Myhsok, Bertram; Muranen, Taru A.; Nevanlinna, Heli; Peeters, Petra H.; Peto, Julian; Prentice, Ross L.; Rahman, Nazneen; Sánchez, María José; Schmidt, Daniel F.; Schmutzler, Rita K.; Southey, Melissa C.; Tamimi, Rulla; Travis, Ruth; Turnbull, Clare; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; van der Luijt, Rob B.; Waisfisz, Quinten; Wang, Zhaoming; Whittemore, Alice S.; Yang, Rose; Zheng, Wei; Kathiresan, Sekar; Pato, Michele; Pato, Carlos; Tamimi, Rulla; Stahl, Eli; Zaitlen, Noah; Pasaniuc, Bogdan; Belbin, Gillian; Kenny, Eimear E.; Schierup, Mikkel H.; De Jager, Philip; Patsopoulos, Nikolaos A.; McCarroll, Steve; Daly, Mark; Purcell, Shaun; Chasman, Daniel; Neale, Benjamin; Goddard, Michael; Visscher, Peter M.; Kraft, Peter; Patterson, Nick; Price, Alkes L.


    Polygenic risk scores have shown great promise in predicting complex disease risk and will become more accurate as training sample sizes increase. The standard approach for calculating risk scores involves linkage disequilibrium (LD)-based marker pruning and applying a p value threshold to association statistics, but this discards information and can reduce predictive accuracy. We introduce LDpred, a method that infers the posterior mean effect size of each marker by using a prior on effect sizes and LD information from an external reference panel. Theory and simulations show that LDpred outperforms the approach of pruning followed by thresholding, particularly at large sample sizes. Accordingly, predicted R2 increased from 20.1% to 25.3% in a large schizophrenia dataset and from 9.8% to 12.0% in a large multiple sclerosis dataset. A similar relative improvement in accuracy was observed for three additional large disease datasets and for non-European schizophrenia samples. The advantage of LDpred over existing methods will grow as sample sizes increase. PMID:26430803

  9. Model theory

    Chang, CC


    Model theory deals with a branch of mathematical logic showing connections between a formal language and its interpretations or models. This is the first and most successful textbook in logical model theory. Extensively updated and corrected in 1990 to accommodate developments in model theoretic methods - including classification theory and nonstandard analysis - the third edition added entirely new sections, exercises, and references. Each chapter introduces an individual method and discusses specific applications. Basic methods of constructing models include constants, elementary chains, Sko

  10. Viability Theory

    Aubin, Jean-Pierre; Saint-Pierre, Patrick


    Viability theory designs and develops mathematical and algorithmic methods for investigating the adaptation to viability constraints of evolutions governed by complex systems under uncertainty that are found in many domains involving living beings, from biological evolution to economics, from environmental sciences to financial markets, from control theory and robotics to cognitive sciences. It involves interdisciplinary investigations spanning fields that have traditionally developed in isolation. The purpose of this book is to present an initiation to applications of viability theory, explai

  11. Field theory

    Roman, Steven


    Intended for graduate courses or for independent study, this book presents the basic theory of fields. The first part begins with a discussion of polynomials over a ring, the division algorithm, irreducibility, field extensions, and embeddings. The second part is devoted to Galois theory. The third part of the book treats the theory of binomials. The book concludes with a chapter on families of binomials - the Kummer theory. This new edition has been completely rewritten in order to improve the pedagogy and to make the text more accessible to graduate students.  The exercises have also been im

  12. Galois Theory

    Cox, David A


    Praise for the First Edition ". . .will certainly fascinate anyone interested in abstract algebra: a remarkable book!"—Monatshefte fur Mathematik Galois theory is one of the most established topics in mathematics, with historical roots that led to the development of many central concepts in modern algebra, including groups and fields. Covering classic applications of the theory, such as solvability by radicals, geometric constructions, and finite fields, Galois Theory, Second Edition delves into novel topics like Abel’s theory of Abelian equations, casus irreducibili, and the Galo

  13. Game theory.

    Dufwenberg, Martin


    Game theory is a toolkit for examining situations where decision makers influence each other. I discuss the nature of game-theoretic analysis, the history of game theory, why game theory is useful for understanding human psychology, and why game theory has played a key role in the recent explosion of interest in the field of behavioral economics. WIREs Cogni Sci 2011 2 167-173 DOI: 10.1002/wcs.119 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website.

  14. Elastoplasticity theory

    Hashiguchi, Koichi


    This book details the mathematics and continuum mechanics necessary as a foundation of elastoplasticity theory. It explains physical backgrounds with illustrations and provides descriptions of detailed derivation processes..

  15. Improving the accuracy of dynamic mass calculation

    Oleksandr F. Dashchenko


    Full Text Available With the acceleration of goods transporting, cargo accounting plays an important role in today's global and complex environment. Weight is the most reliable indicator of the materials control. Unlike many other variables that can be measured indirectly, the weight can be measured directly and accurately. Using strain-gauge transducers, weight value can be obtained within a few milliseconds; such values correspond to the momentary load, which acts on the sensor. Determination of the weight of moving transport is only possible by appropriate processing of the sensor signal. The aim of the research is to develop a methodology for weighing freight rolling stock, which increases the accuracy of the measurement of dynamic mass, in particular wagon that moves. Apart from time-series methods, preliminary filtration for improving the accuracy of calculation is used. The results of the simulation are presented.

  16. Accuracy of MRI in Growth Plate Measurement

    Shiguetomi Medina, Juan Manuel; Rahbek, Ole; Ringgaard, Steffen


    was measured and compared to histology. Results. Histology measurements showed a mean growth plate thickness of 467 μm (SD = 82.2). The mean growth plate thickness measured in the 7T MR images was 465 μm (SD = 62.2) and 1325 μm (SD=183.5) on 1.5 MRI measurements. We found a better correlation between...... the growth plate thickness measured on the 7T MRI and histology samples compared to 1.5T, where the accuracy was poor. Conclusion. The growth plate can be identified and measured with high accuracy using 7T MRI. 1.5T MRI can only describe some morphological characteristics; its poor resolution impedes to do...

  17. Response time accuracy in Apple Macintosh computers.

    Neath, Ian; Earle, Avery; Hallett, Darcy; Surprenant, Aimée M


    The accuracy and variability of response times (RTs) collected on stock Apple Macintosh computers using USB keyboards was assessed. A photodiode detected a change in the screen's luminosity and triggered a solenoid that pressed a key on the keyboard. The RTs collected in this way were reliable, but could be as much as 100 ms too long. The standard deviation of the measured RTs varied between 2.5 and 10 ms, and the distributions approximated a normal distribution. Surprisingly, two recent Apple-branded USB keyboards differed in their accuracy by as much as 20 ms. The most accurate RTs were collected when an external CRT was used to display the stimuli and Psychtoolbox was able to synchronize presentation with the screen refresh. We conclude that RTs collected on stock iMacs can detect a difference as small as 5-10 ms under realistic conditions, and this dictates which types of research should or should not use these systems.

  18. Accuracy of forecasts in strategic intelligence.

    Mandel, David R; Barnes, Alan


    The accuracy of 1,514 strategic intelligence forecasts abstracted from intelligence reports was assessed. The results show that both discrimination and calibration of forecasts was very good. Discrimination was better for senior (versus junior) analysts and for easier (versus harder) forecasts. Miscalibration was mainly due to underconfidence such that analysts assigned more uncertainty than needed given their high level of discrimination. Underconfidence was more pronounced for harder (versus easier) forecasts and for forecasts deemed more (versus less) important for policy decision making. Despite the observed underconfidence, there was a paucity of forecasts in the least informative 0.4-0.6 probability range. Recalibrating the forecasts substantially reduced underconfidence. The findings offer cause for tempered optimism about the accuracy of strategic intelligence forecasts and indicate that intelligence producers aim to promote informativeness while avoiding overstatement.

  19. On the accuracy of language trees.

    Simone Pompei

    Full Text Available Historical linguistics aims at inferring the most likely language phylogenetic tree starting from information concerning the evolutionary relatedness of languages. The available information are typically lists of homologous (lexical, phonological, syntactic features or characters for many different languages: a set of parallel corpora whose compilation represents a paramount achievement in linguistics. From this perspective the reconstruction of language trees is an example of inverse problems: starting from present, incomplete and often noisy, information, one aims at inferring the most likely past evolutionary history. A fundamental issue in inverse problems is the evaluation of the inference made. A standard way of dealing with this question is to generate data with artificial models in order to have full access to the evolutionary process one is going to infer. This procedure presents an intrinsic limitation: when dealing with real data sets, one typically does not know which model of evolution is the most suitable for them. A possible way out is to compare algorithmic inference with expert classifications. This is the point of view we take here by conducting a thorough survey of the accuracy of reconstruction methods as compared with the Ethnologue expert classifications. We focus in particular on state-of-the-art distance-based methods for phylogeny reconstruction using worldwide linguistic databases. In order to assess the accuracy of the inferred trees we introduce and characterize two generalizations of standard definitions of distances between trees. Based on these scores we quantify the relative performances of the distance-based algorithms considered. Further we quantify how the completeness and the coverage of the available databases affect the accuracy of the reconstruction. Finally we draw some conclusions about where the accuracy of the reconstructions in historical linguistics stands and about the leading directions to improve

  20. The dimensional accuracy of the sintered billets

    Чингиз Ариф оглы Алиев


    Full Text Available The article presents the results of assessing the impact of the behaviour stability of the components included in the compositions and process parameters of their production, on the dimensional accuracy of workpieces. It was found that by increasing the amount of oxide in the composition is greater compaction of the sintered billet in the process of heat treatment. This also increases the density of all components of the composition

  1. Accuracy of radiocarbon analyses at ANTARES

    Lawson, E.M.; Fink, D.; Hotchkis, M.; Hua, Q.; Jacobsen, G.; Smith, A.M.; Tuniz, C. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia)


    Accuracy in Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy (AMS) measurements, as distinct from precision, requires the application of a number of corrections. Most of these are well known except in extreme circumstances and AMS can deliver radiocarbon results which are both precise and accurate in the 0.5 to 1.0% range. The corrections involved in obtaining final radiocarbon ages are discussed. 3 refs., 1 tab.

  2. Algorithms for improving accuracy of spray simulation

    ZHANG HuiYa; ZHANG YuSheng; XIAO HeLin; XU Bo


    Fuel spray is the pivotal process of direct injection engine combustion. The accuracy of spray simulation determines the reliability of combustion calculation. However, the traditional techniques of spray simulation in KIVA and commercial CFD codes are very susceptible to grid resolution. As a consequence, predicted engine performance and emission can depend on the computational mesh. The two main causes of this problem are the droplet collision algorithm and coupling between gas and liquid phases. In order to improve the accuracy of spray simulation, the original KIVA code is modified using the cross mesh droplet collision (CMC) algorithm and gas phase velocity interpolation algorithm. In the constant volume apparatus and D.I. Diesel engine, the improvements of the modified KIVA code in spray simulation accuracy are checked from spray structure, predicted average drop size and spray tip penetration, respectively. The results show a dramatic decrease in grid dependency. With these changes, the distorted phenomenon of spray structure is vanished. The uncertainty in predicted average drop size is reduced from 30 to 5 μm in constant volume apparatus calculation, and the uncertainty is further reduced to 2 μm in an engine simulation. The predicted spray tip penetrations in engine simulation also have better consistency in medium and fine meshes.

  3. Computing High Accuracy Power Spectra with Pico

    Fendt, William A


    This paper presents the second release of Pico (Parameters for the Impatient COsmologist). Pico is a general purpose machine learning code which we have applied to computing the CMB power spectra and the WMAP likelihood. For this release, we have made improvements to the algorithm as well as the data sets used to train Pico, leading to a significant improvement in accuracy. For the 9 parameter nonflat case presented here Pico can on average compute the TT, TE and EE spectra to better than 1% of cosmic standard deviation for nearly all $\\ell$ values over a large region of parameter space. Performing a cosmological parameter analysis of current CMB and large scale structure data, we show that these power spectra give very accurate 1 and 2 dimensional parameter posteriors. We have extended Pico to allow computation of the tensor power spectrum and the matter transfer function. Pico runs about 1500 times faster than CAMB at the default accuracy and about 250,000 times faster at high accuracy. Training Pico can be...

  4. Accuracy of Stokes integration for geoid computation

    Ismail, Zahra; Jamet, Olivier; Altamimi, Zuheir


    Geoid determination by remove-compute-restore (RCR) technique involves the application of Stokes's integral on reduced gravity anomalies. Reduced gravity anomalies are obtained through interpolation after removing low degree gravity signal from space spherical harmonic model and high frequency from topographical effects and cover a spectre ranging from degree 150-200. Stokes's integral is truncated to a limited region around the computation point producing an error that will be reducing by a modification of Stokes's kernel. We study Stokes integral accuracy on synthetic signal of various frequency ranges, produced with EGM2008 spherical harmonic coefficients up to degree 2000. We analyse the integration error according to the frequency range of signal, the resolution of gravity anomaly grid and the radius of Stokes integration. The study shows that the behaviour of the relative errors is frequency independent. The standard Stokes kernel is though insufficient to produce 1cm geoid accuracy without a removal of the major part of the gravity signal up to degree 600. The Integration over an area of radius greater than 3 degree does not improve accuracy improvement. The results are compared to a similar experiment using the modified Stokes kernel formula (Ellmann2004, Sjöberg2003). References: Ellmann, A. (2004) The geoid for the Baltic countries determined by least-squares modification of Stokes formula. Sjöberg, LE (2003). A general model of modifying Stokes formula and its least-squares solution Journal of Geodesy, 77. 459-464.

  5. Solving Nonlinear Euler Equations with Arbitrary Accuracy

    Dyson, Rodger W.


    A computer program that efficiently solves the time-dependent, nonlinear Euler equations in two dimensions to an arbitrarily high order of accuracy has been developed. The program implements a modified form of a prior arbitrary- accuracy simulation algorithm that is a member of the class of algorithms known in the art as modified expansion solution approximation (MESA) schemes. Whereas millions of lines of code were needed to implement the prior MESA algorithm, it is possible to implement the present MESA algorithm by use of one or a few pages of Fortran code, the exact amount depending on the specific application. The ability to solve the Euler equations to arbitrarily high accuracy is especially beneficial in simulations of aeroacoustic effects in settings in which fully nonlinear behavior is expected - for example, at stagnation points of fan blades, where linearizing assumptions break down. At these locations, it is necessary to solve the full nonlinear Euler equations, and inasmuch as the acoustical energy is of the order of 4 to 5 orders of magnitude below that of the mean flow, it is necessary to achieve an overall fractional error of less than 10-6 in order to faithfully simulate entropy, vortical, and acoustical waves.

  6. PHAT: PHoto-z Accuracy Testing

    Hildebrandt, H; Capak, P; Moustakas, L A; Wolf, C; Abdalla, F B; Assef, R J; Banerji, M; Benitez, N; Brammer, G B; Budavari, T; Carliles, S; Coe, D; Dahlen, T; Feldmann, R; Gerdes, D; Gillis, B; Ilbert, O; Kotulla, R; Lahav, O; Li, I H; Miralles, J -M; Purger, N; Schmidt, S; Singal, J


    Here we introduce PHAT, the PHoto-z Accuracy Testing programme, an international initiative to test and compare different methods of photo-z estimation. Two different test environments are set up, one (PHAT0) based on simulations to test the basic functionality of the different photo-z codes, and another one (PHAT1) based on data from the GOODS survey. The accuracy of the different methods is expressed and ranked by the global photo-z bias, scatter, and outlier rates. Most methods agree well on PHAT0 but produce photo-z scatters that can differ by up to a factor of two even in this idealised case. A larger spread in accuracy is found for PHAT1. Few methods benefit from the addition of mid-IR photometry. Remaining biases and systematic effects can be explained by shortcomings in the different template sets and the use of priors on the one hand and an insufficient training set on the other hand. Scatters of 4-8% in Delta_z/(1+z) were obtained, consistent with other studies. However, somewhat larger outlier rate...

  7. Species comparison of protein synthesis accuracy

    Hirsch, G.P.; Popp, R.A.; Francis, M.C.; Bradshaw, B.S.; Bailiff, E.G.


    An important force in evolutionary selection may be informational efficiency, which results in a balance between the energy expended to maintain a high level of fidelity and the energy lost from errors or mutations in the production of defective offspring. The accuracy of DNA replication may be limited by the average accuracy of protein synthesis if the major source of enzymes which make copying errors are those that contain errors resulting from the processes of transcription and translation. Since many gene products are involved in transcription and translation the frequency of mutations which might affect protein fidelity is much higher than those affecting DNA copying. Species comparisons were made of the accuracy of protein synthesis to determine if the requirements for accurate protein synthesis were more stringent for long lived mammals. Using the incorporation of isoleucine in hemoglobin chains which contain no genetically coded isoleucine as a test of protein synthesis fidelity no correlation with lifespan was found among rabbit, marmoset, cow, pig, and human protein synthesis fidelity. The purfication techniques required to prepare highly purified protein for analysis and the criteria for purity are described.

  8. Speed versus accuracy in collective decision making.

    Franks, Nigel R; Dornhaus, Anna; Fitzsimmons, Jon P; Stevens, Martin


    We demonstrate a speed versus accuracy trade-off in collective decision making. House-hunting ant colonies choose a new nest more quickly in harsh conditions than in benign ones and are less discriminating. The errors that occur in a harsh environment are errors of judgement not errors of omission because the colonies have discovered all of the alternative nests before they initiate an emigration. Leptothorax albipennis ants use quorum sensing in their house hunting. They only accept a nest, and begin rapidly recruiting members of their colony, when they find within it a sufficient number of their nest-mates. Here we show that these ants can lower their quorum thresholds between benign and harsh conditions to adjust their speed-accuracy trade-off. Indeed, in harsh conditions these ants rely much more on individual decision making than collective decision making. Our findings show that these ants actively choose to take their time over judgements and employ collective decision making in benign conditions when accuracy is more important than speed.

  9. Potential theory of radiation

    Chiu, Huei-Huang


    A theoretical method is being developed by which the structure of a radiation field can be predicted by a radiation potential theory, similar to a classical potential theory. The introduction of a scalar potential is justified on the grounds that the spectral intensity vector is irrotational. The vector is also solenoidal in the limits of a radiation field in complete radiative equilibrium or in a vacuum. This method provides an exact, elliptic type equation that will upgrade the accuracy and the efficiency of the current CFD programs required for the prediction of radiation and flow fields. A number of interesting results emerge from the present study. First, a steady state radiation field exhibits an optically modulated inverse square law distribution character. Secondly, the unsteady radiation field is structured with two conjugate scalar potentials. Each is governed by a Klein-Gordon equation with a frictional force and a restoring force. This steady potential field structure and the propagation of radiation potentials are consistent with the well known results of classical electromagnetic theory. The extension of the radiation potential theory for spray combustion and hypersonic flow is also recommended.


    Liu Xuejun; Li Mingrui; Huang Wenbin


    By using the logarithmic strain, the finite deformation plastic theory, corresponding to the infinitesimal plastic theory, is established successively. The plastic consistent algorithm with first order accuracy for the finite element method (FEM) is developed. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the validity of the theory and effectiveness of the algorithm.

  11. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the benzene dimer

    Azadi, Sam, E-mail: [Department of Earth Science and Thomas Young Centre, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Cohen, R. E. [London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom and Extreme Materials Initiative, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C. 20015 (United States)


    We report an accurate study of interactions between benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory using different van der Waals functionals. In our quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of −2.3(4) and −2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the coupled-cluster theory through perturbative triplets/complete basis set limit is −2.65(2) kcal/mol [Miliordos et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, comparable to results from the best quantum chemistry methods.

  12. Pesquisa de marcadores para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína C de ligação à miosina em familiares de pacientes com cardiomiopatia hipertrófica Research of markers for the genes of the heavy chain of cardiac beta-myosin and myosin binding protein C in relatives of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    Adriana Paula Tirone


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar os marcadores moleculares para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína-C de ligação à miosina em familiares de portadores de cardiomiopatia hipertrófica. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas 12 famílias que realizaram anamnese, exame físico, eletrocardiograma, ecocardiograma e coleta de sangue para o estudo genético através da reação em cadeia da polimerasse. RESULTADOS: Dos 227 familiares 25% eram acometidos, sendo 51% do sexo masculino com idade média de 35±19 (2 a 95 anos. A análise genética mostrou ligação com o gene da b-miosina cardíaca em uma família e, em outra, ligação com o gene da proteína C de ligação à miosina. Em cinco famílias foram excluídas ligações com os dois genes; em duas, a ligação com o gene da proteína C de ligação à miosina, porém para o gene da b-miosina os resultados foram inconclusivos; em duas famílias os resultados foram inconclusivos para os dois genes e em uma foi excluída ligação para o gene da b-miosina mas ficou inconclusivo para o gene da proteína C de ligação à miosina. CONCLUSÃO: Em nosso meio, talvez predominem outros genes que não aqueles descritos na literatura, ou que existam outras diferenças genéticas relacionadas com a origem de nossa população e/ou fatores ambientais.OBJECTIVE: To study the molecular markers for the genes of the heavy chain of cardiac beta-myosin and the myosin binding protein C in relatives of carriers of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Twelve families who had anamnesis, physical exam, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and blood collection for the genetic study through the chain reaction of polymerase. RESULTS: From the 227 relatives, 25% were ill-taken, with 51% men, with an average age of 35±19 (2 to 95 years old. The genetic analysis showed a connection with the gene of the cardiac b-myosin in a family and, in another, a connection with the gene of the myosin-binding protein C. In five

  13. Herança e ligação em locos isoenzimáticos de Caesalpinia echinata L. (pau-brasil. Inheritance and linkage in isozyme loci of Caesalpinia echinata L. (pau-brasil.

    João del GIUDICE-NETO


    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta o estudo davariação isoenzimática em Caesalpinia echinata L.(pau-brasil. Onze sistemas enzimáticos (ACP,DIA, EST, G6PDH, GOT, LAP, MDH, PGI, PRX,SKDH e 6PGDH codificando dezoito locos (Acp-1,Est-3, Dia-1, G6pdh-1, Got-1, Lap-1, Mdh-1,Mdh-2, Mdh-3, Pgi-1, Pgi-2, Prx-1, Prx-2, Prx-3,Prx-4, Skdh-1, 6pgdh-1 e 6pgdh-2 foraminvestigados. Entre esses locos, Pgi-1 e Got-1foram detectados como monomórficos. Três locos(Mdh-2, G6pdh-1 e 6pgdh-1 não tiveram suaherança analisada devido à ausência de progênies deárvores heterozigotas na amostra. A herançamendeliana simples foi confirmada para dez locos(Acp-1, Dia-1, Est-3, Lap-1, Mdh-1, Mdh-3, Prx-1,Prx-3, Skdh-1 e 6pgdh-2. Três locos (Pgi-2, Prx-2e Prx-4 apresentaram desvios altamentesignificativos (P < 0,01 para a hipótese desegregação regular 1:1. As relações dedesequilíbrios de ligações foram avaliadas em 120pares de locos isoenzimáticos. Seis pares de locosapresentaram ligação: Mdh-3:Dia-1, Mdh-3:Prx-3,6pgdh-1:Pgi-2, 6pgdh-1:Prx-1, 6pgdh-2:Prx-3 ePgi-2:Prx-4.This article presents a study of isozymevariation in Caesalpinia echinata L. (brazilwood.Eleven isozyme systems (ACP, DIA, EST,G6PDH, GOT, LAP, MDH, PGI, PRX, SKDH and6PGDH codifying eighteen loci (Acp-1, Est-3,Dia-1, G6pdh-1, Got-1, Lap-1, Mdh-1, Mdh-2,Mdh-3, Pgi-1, Pgi-2, Prx-1, Prx-2, Prx-3, Prx-4,Skdh-1, 6pgdh-1 and 6pgdh-2 were investigated.Among these loci, Pgi-1 and Got-1 weremonomorphic. Three loci (Mdh-2, G6pdh-1 and6pgdh-1 were not evaluated for inheritance duethe lack of families from heterozygous mothertrees in the sampling. Mendelian inheritance wasconfirmed for ten allozyme loci (Acp-1, Dia-1,Est-3, Lap-1, Mdh-1, Mdh-3, Prx-1, Prx-3, Skdh-1,and 6pgdh-2. Three loci (Pgi-2, Prx-2 and Prx-4showed significant deviations (P < 0.01 from expectedsegregation 1:1 hypothesis. Linkage relationshipswere examined for 120 pairs of allozyme loci.Six pairs of loci showed linked: Mdh-3:Dia-1,Mdh-3:Prx-3, 6

  14. Caracterização microestrutural e propriedades mecânicas da liga de alumínio 2198-T851 em configuração tailored blank soldada por FSW - Friction Stir Welding

    Ivan Moroz


    Full Text Available Nos setores industriais relacionados à aeronáutica e automobilística, tem-se buscado o desenvolvimento e a aplicação de ligas metálicas leves com o intuito da redução de massa dos produtos e consequente redução do consumo de combustível. Por suas dimensões e requisitos estruturais, componentes e seções de aviões e automóveis são produzidos através da união por processos de soldagem por fusão. Entretanto, processos de soldagem no estado sólido são preferíveis por evitar defeitos decorrentes da fusão, e têm sido objeto de estudo nas últimas duas décadas. Este trabalho teve por objetivo a caracterização de uma solda por FSW - Friction Stir Welding em junta de topo, da Liga de Alumínio 2198-T851 com espessuras diferentes (configuração "Tailored Blanks". A metodologia utilizada na caracterização envolveu a determinação das propriedades mecânicas das juntas soldadas, compreendendo ensaios de tração e determinação de perfil de microdureza na seção transversal; e buscou-se compreender a relação entre as alterações microestruturais promovidas pelo processo de soldagem e as propriedades resultantes. Concluiu-se que, devido aos fenômenos metalúrgicos decorrentes do processo de soldagem utilizado, alterações microestruturais tais como refino de grão, encruamento e dissolução/formação de fases precipitadas permitiram a obtenção de uma solda cujas propriedades mecânicas de tração (salvo alongamento igualaram-se a ou excederam aquelas do metal base, evidenciando a viabilidade de utilização dos parâmetros de soldagem por FSW utilizados neste trabalho.In both aeronautic and automobile related industries, development and application of light-weighted metallic alloys have been pursued with the intention of reducing product weight and consequent fuel consumption. Due to their dimension and structural requirements, components and sections from airplanes and automobiles are produced through fusion

  15. Potential Theory

    Lukeš, Jaroslav; Netuka, Ivan; Veselý, Jiří


    Within the tradition of meetings devoted to potential theory, a conference on potential theory took place in Prague on 19-24, July 1987. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, with the collaboration of the Institute of Mathematics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, the Department of Mathematics, Czech University of Technology, the Union of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists, the Czechoslovak Scientific and Technical Society, and supported by IMU. During the Conference, 69 scientific communications from different branches of potential theory were presented; the majority of them are in­ cluded in the present volume. (Papers based on survey lectures delivered at the Conference, its program as well as a collection of problems from potential theory will appear in a special volume of the Lecture Notes Series published by Springer-Verlag). Topics of these communications truly reflect the vast scope of contemporary potential theory. Some contributions deal...

  16. Uncertainty theory

    Liu, Baoding


    When no samples are available to estimate a probability distribution, we have to invite some domain experts to evaluate the belief degree that each event will happen. Perhaps some people think that the belief degree should be modeled by subjective probability or fuzzy set theory. However, it is usually inappropriate because both of them may lead to counterintuitive results in this case. In order to rationally deal with belief degrees, uncertainty theory was founded in 2007 and subsequently studied by many researchers. Nowadays, uncertainty theory has become a branch of axiomatic mathematics for modeling belief degrees. This is an introductory textbook on uncertainty theory, uncertain programming, uncertain statistics, uncertain risk analysis, uncertain reliability analysis, uncertain set, uncertain logic, uncertain inference, uncertain process, uncertain calculus, and uncertain differential equation. This textbook also shows applications of uncertainty theory to scheduling, logistics, networks, data mining, c...

  17. Concept theory

    Hjørland, Birger


      Concept theory is an extremely broad, interdisciplinary and complex field of research related to many deep fields with very long historical traditions without much consensus. However, information science and knowledge organization cannot avoid relating to theories of concepts. Knowledge...... organizing systems (e.g. classification systems, thesauri and ontologies) should be understood as systems basically organizing concepts and their semantic relations. The same is the case with information retrieval systems. Different theories of concepts have different implications for how to construe......, evaluate and use such systems. Based on "a post-Kuhnian view" of paradigms this paper put forward arguments that the best understanding and classification of theories of concepts is to view and classify them in accordance with epistemological theories (empiricism, rationalism, historicism and pragmatism...

  18. Conspiracy Theory

    Bjerg, Ole; Presskorn-Thygesen, Thomas


    The paper is a contribution to current debates about conspiracy theories within philosophy and cultural studies. Wittgenstein’s understanding of language is invoked to analyse the epistemological effects of designating particular questions and explanations as a ‘conspiracy theory......’. It is demonstrated how such a designation relegates these questions and explanations beyond the realm of meaningful discourse. In addition, Agamben’s concept of sovereignty is applied to explore the political effects of using the concept of conspiracy theory. The exceptional epistemological status assigned...... to alleged conspiracy theories within our prevalent paradigms of knowledge and truth is compared to the exceptional legal status assigned to individuals accused of terrorism under the War on Terror. The paper concludes by discussing the relation between conspiracy theory and ‘the paranoid style...

  19. Why cannot modest teams win the league? The influence of the match schedule on the profile of the winnings teams ¿Por qué no pueden ganar la liga los equipos modestos? La influencia del formato de competición, sobre el perfil de los equipos ganadores

    C. Lago


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    The aim of this study is to analyze the influence of performance and chance on the results obtained by teams in football official competitions with different formats of competition. The research is based in data from 190 matches of the 2006/2007 Spanish Football League, 64 matches of the 2006 World Cup Germany and 125 matches of the 2005/20006 European Champions League. Performance is measured as the difference between shots attempted and shots received by a team in each game. Results from linear regression analysis show that in competitions with a league system, (Spanish Football League, first round of the 2006 World Cup Germany and first round of the 2005/20006 European Champions League performance is a statistically significant variable for explaining the results obtained by teams. In competitions with a Knock-Out system (second round of the 2006 World Cup Germany and second round of the 2005/20006 European Champions League there is not statistically significant differences in the performance obtained by winners and losers. I find that chance is a relevant variable for explaining the results of teams in competitions with a Knock-Out system.
    Key words:Schedukle of competition, peformance, chance, football


    El objetivo de este trabajo es estudiar cuál es el efecto del rendimiento y la suerte sobre el resultado alcanzado por los equipos en competiciones oficiales de fútbol con diferentes formatos de competición. La muestra consiste en  los 190 partidos disputados en la primera vuelta de la Liga Española de Fútbol de la temporada 2006-2007, los 64 partidos disputados en el Campeonato Mundia1 de Fútbol de Alemania 2006 y los 125 partidos de la Liga de Campeones de la temporada 2005-2006. Mediante una estimación basada en el análisis de regresión lineal y en la comparaci

  20. Estudo de Procedimentos de Soldagem MIG/MAG para Aplicação de Revestimentos de Liga de Níquel Inconel 625 em Aço Estrutural ASTM A387 Gr.11

    Nathália Escóssio Cavalcante


    Full Text Available Resumo O presente trabalho objetiva o estudo de técnicas de soldagem aplicadas a reparo de componentes fabricados em aço ASTM A387 Gr.11, largamente utilizado em aplicações da indústria do petróleo e gás. Devido ao regime de trabalho e necessidade de utilização de materiais com boa resistência mecânica e à corrosão, utilizou-se como metal de adição a liga UNS N06625 (Inconel 625. O processo de soldagem utilizado foi o MIG/MAG e a técnica de soldagem aplicada foi a dupla camada. A metodologia do presente trabalho foi dividida em etapas, sendo a primeira a realização de ensaios exploratórios para definir a relevância dos fatores de controle estudados. A segunda etapa consistiu na aplicação do critério de dureza e de microestrutura para definir as melhores relações de energia para aplicação da técnica da dupla camada. A técnica da dupla camada se mostrou eficaz na melhora das propriedades da microestrutura da ZAC-GG dos revestimentos, verificou-se intenso refinamento de grão. Houve também redução nas medidas de dureza e microdureza. Para ambos os gases de proteção utilizados (Ar+25%He e Ar+4%CO2 foi possível obter relações de energia com afastamentos positivos. Em todas essas relações a energia da segunda camada foi maior que a energia da primeira camada.

  1. Os inimigos da nação: a Liga Brasileira pelos Aliados e os discursos sobre o “perigo alemão” durante a grande guerra (1915-1919 = The national enemies: the Brazilian League for the Allies and the ideas about the “germany danger’ in the great war (1915-1919

    Pires, Livia Claro


    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem por objetivo analisar os discursos da Liga Brasileira pelos Aliados sobre o “perigo alemão”, e, dessa forma, entender as ideias e construções da associação acerca da identidade nacional brasileira. A Liga pelos Aliados foi fundada em 1915, tendo à frente importantes nomes da cena intelectual carioca e nacional, como José Veríssimo, Graça Aranha e Rui Barbosa. Atuou ao longo dos anos de guerra como um polo de propaganda dos países da Entente em solo brasileiro, divulgando textos na imprensa fluminense e promovendo eventos beneficentes na capital federal. No entanto, seus discursos guardam mais do que a promoção da “causa aliada”: exprimem uma preocupação com a definição da identidade nacional. Tais ideias tornam-se evidentes quando a entidade edificou uma fala pungente contra os imigrantes de origem germânica residentes no Brasil, estendendo aos seus núcleos não apenas a antipatia dirigida ao Império Alemão, como a desconfiança quanto à sua participação num plano de fragmentação e dominação do território brasileiro. A partir da construção do “outro”, da figura a ser excluída do seio da comunidade, a Liga Brasileira pelos Aliados expôs o que acreditava serem os aspectos de compatibilidade e reconhecimento, do que definia o brasileiro nas primeiras décadas do século XX

  2. Caracterização microestrutural e comportamento mecânico das ligas de alumínio AA2139 T3 e T8 soldadas por fricção rotativa com mistura Microstructural characterization and mechanical behavior of an AA2139 T3 and T8 aluminum alloy joined by friction stir welding (FSW

    Vinícius Toledo Saccon


    Full Text Available Este trabalho visou analisar a caracterização microestrutural e o comportamento mecânico das ligas de alumínio AA2139 T3 e T8 quando são soldadas pelo processo Soldagem por Fricção Rotativa com Mistura, o qual é realizado na fase sólida. A análise microestrutural foi realizada utilizando microscopia óptica e eletrônica de varredura, e o comportamento mecânico foi avaliado através de medidas de microdureza e ensaio de tração convencional complementado pelo sistema ARAMIS. As ligas foram soldadas nos mesmos parâmetros de soldagem e com a mesma ferramenta, a fim de avaliar a qualidade da junta soldada para as duas condições de tratamento térmico, T3 e T8. Os resultados obtidos mostraram soldas resistentes para ambos os tratamentos térmicos, porém com melhores propriedades mecânicas para a liga AA2139 T3.This work aimed to study the microstructural characterization and mechanical behavior of AA2139 T3 and T8 aluminum alloys joined by FSW - Friction Stir Welding. The microstructural analysis has been done using optical microscope and scanning electron microscopy, and the mechanical analysis were evaluate through microhardness testing and conventional tensile test using the ARAMIS system . Each alloy were welded using the same welding parameters and the same tool in order to evaluate the joint quality for both heat treatment used for this work, T3 and T8. The result showed sounds joints for both heat treatments, although with better mechanical properties for the alloy AA2139 T3.

  3. [True color accuracy in digital forensic photography].

    Ramsthaler, Frank; Birngruber, Christoph G; Kröll, Ann-Katrin; Kettner, Mattias; Verhoff, Marcel A


    Forensic photographs not only need to be unaltered and authentic and capture context-relevant images, along with certain minimum requirements for image sharpness and information density, but color accuracy also plays an important role, for instance, in the assessment of injuries or taphonomic stages, or in the identification and evaluation of traces from photos. The perception of color not only varies subjectively from person to person, but as a discrete property of an image, color in digital photos is also to a considerable extent influenced by technical factors such as lighting, acquisition settings, camera, and output medium (print, monitor). For these reasons, consistent color accuracy has so far been limited in digital photography. Because images usually contain a wealth of color information, especially for complex or composite colors or shades of color, and the wavelength-dependent sensitivity to factors such as light and shadow may vary between cameras, the usefulness of issuing general recommendations for camera capture settings is limited. Our results indicate that true image colors can best and most realistically be captured with the SpyderCheckr technical calibration tool for digital cameras tested in this study. Apart from aspects such as the simplicity and quickness of the calibration procedure, a further advantage of the tool is that the results are independent of the camera used and can also be used for the color management of output devices such as monitors and printers. The SpyderCheckr color-code patches allow true colors to be captured more realistically than with a manual white balance tool or an automatic flash. We therefore recommend that the use of a color management tool should be considered for the acquisition of all images that demand high true color accuracy (in particular in the setting of injury documentation).

  4. Diagnostic accuracy of Focused Abdominal Sonography

    Cheung Kent Shek


    Full Text Available 【Abstract】Objective: Focused Abdominal Sono-graphy for Trauma (FAST is widely used for the detection of intraperitoneal free fluids in patients suffering from blunt abdominal trauma (BAT. This study aimed at assessing the diagnostic accuracy of this investigation in a designated trauma centre. Methods: This was a retrospective study of BAT pa-tients over a 6 year period seen in a trauma centre in Hong Kong. FAST findings were compared with laparotomy, ab-dominal computed tomography or autopsy findings, which served as the gold standard for presence of intraperi-toneal free fluids. The patients who did not have FAST or gold standard confirmatory test performed, had preexisting peritoneal fluid, died at resuscitation or had imcomplete docu-mentation of FAST findings were excluded. The performance of FAST was expressed as sensitivity, specificity, predic-tive values (PV, likelihood ratios (LR and accuracy. Results: FAST was performed in 302 patients and 153 of them were included in this analysis. The sensitivity, specificity, positive PV, negative PV, positive LR, negative LR and accuracy for FAST were respectively 50.0%, 97.3%, 87.0%, 84.6%, 18.8, 0.5 and 85.0%. FAST was found to be more sensitive in less severely injured patients and more specific in more severely injured patients. Conclusion: FAST is a reliable investigation in the initial assessment of BAT patients. The diagnostic values of FAST could be affected by the severity of injury and staff training is needed to further enhance its effective use. Key words: Laparotomy; Autopsy; Tomography, X-ray computed; Tomography, spiral computed; Ultra-sonography

  5. Moliere multiple scattering theory revisited

    Tarasov, Alexander


    We have received the rigorous relations between the screening parameters of the Moliere multiple scattering theory, instead of the approximate one obtained in the original paper by Moliere. We also calculated the relative Coulomb corrections to the first Born screening angle in the range from Z=4 to Z=82, and showed that their maximum values comprise the order of 40 percent. Additionally, we evaluated absolute and relative accuracies of the Moliere theory in determining the screening angle and have concluded that for Z~80 they are about 20, and 34 percents, respectively.

  6. The quantum theory of measurement

    Busch, Paul; Mittelstaedt, Peter


    The amazing accuracy in verifying quantum effects experimentally has recently renewed interest in quantum mechanical measurement theory. In this book the authors give within the Hilbert space formulation of quantum mechanics a systematic exposition of the quantum theory of measurement. Their approach includes the concepts of unsharp objectification and of nonunitary transformations needed for a unifying description of various detailed investigations. The book addresses advanced students and researchers in physics and philosophy of science. In this second edition Chaps. II-IV have been substantially rewritten. In particular, an insolubility theorem for the objectification problem has been formulated in full generality, which includes unsharp object observables and unsharp pointers.

  7. Pesquisa de marcadores para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína C de ligação à miosina em familiares de pacientes com cardiomiopatia hipertrófica

    Tirone,Adriana Paula; Arteaga,Edmundo; Pereira, Alexandre da Costa; Krieger, José Eduardo; Buck,Paula de Cássia; IANNI, Barbara Maria; Mady,Charles


    OBJETIVO: Estudar os marcadores moleculares para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína-C de ligação à miosina em familiares de portadores de cardiomiopatia hipertrófica. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas 12 famílias que realizaram anamnese, exame físico, eletrocardiograma, ecocardiograma e coleta de sangue para o estudo genético através da reação em cadeia da polimerasse. RESULTADOS: Dos 227 familiares 25% eram acometidos, sendo 51% do sexo masculino com idade média de 35±19...

  8. El perfil antropom?trico y las capacidades f?sicas b?sicas de los futbolistas de la categor?a sub ? 12 de Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (L.D.U.Q) determina la posici?n de juego

    Guevara Guevara, Mar?a Paulina


    Se trata de un estudio transversal realizado con 28 jugadores de f?tbol de la categor?a sub - 12 de Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (L.D.U.Q) en su participaci?n en el campeonato realizado por la Asociaci?n de F?tbol No Amateur de Pichincha (AFNA) en el a?o 2012. Las variables estudiadas incluyeron edad, etnia, regi?n de procedencia, posici?n de juego, antropometr?a y capacidades f?sicas b?sicas. Para el perfil antropom?trico se midieron 6 pliegue cut?neos (tr?ceps, subescapular, suprai...

  9. Avaliação da geometria de ferramenta e parâmetros do processo FSW na soldagem da liga de alumínio AA 5052 Process parameters and tool geometry evaluation in the FSW of AA 5052 aluminum alloy


    A soldagem de ligas de alumínio sem degradação excessiva das propriedades originais do metal base apresenta-se como um obstáculo a ser superado pelas indústrias em seus processos de fabricação, uma vez que o alumínio tem sido usado cada vez de forma mais intensiva. Neste sentido, o processo de soldagem denominado Friction Stir Welding (FSW) tem recebido atenção por suas potencialidades onde o aporte de calor deve ser minimizado ou quando metais dissimilares devem ser soldados. Neste processo,...

  10. Accuracy and precision of an IGRT solution.

    Webster, Gareth J; Rowbottom, Carl G; Mackay, Ranald I


    Image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) can potentially improve the accuracy of delivery of radiotherapy treatments by providing high-quality images of patient anatomy in the treatment position that can be incorporated into the treatment setup. The achievable accuracy and precision of delivery of highly complex head-and-neck intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) plans with an IGRT technique using an Elekta Synergy linear accelerator and the Pinnacle Treatment Planning System (TPS) was investigated. Four head-and-neck IMRT plans were delivered to a semi-anthropomorphic head-and-neck phantom and the dose distribution was measured simultaneously by up to 20 microMOSFET (metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transmitter) detectors. A volumetric kilovoltage (kV) x-ray image was then acquired in the treatment position, fused with the phantom scan within the TPS using Syntegra software, and used to recalculate the dose with the precise delivery isocenter at the actual position of each detector within the phantom. Three repeat measurements were made over a period of 2 months to reduce the effect of random errors in measurement or delivery. To ensure that the noise remained below 1.5% (1 SD), minimum doses of 85 cGy were delivered to each detector. The average measured dose was systematically 1.4% lower than predicted and was consistent between repeats. Over the 4 delivered plans, 10/76 measurements showed a systematic error > 3% (3/76 > 5%), for which several potential sources of error were investigated. The error was ultimately attributable to measurements made in beam penumbrae, where submillimeter positional errors result in large discrepancies in dose. The implementation of an image-guided technique improves the accuracy of dose verification, particularly within high-dose gradients. The achievable accuracy of complex IMRT dose delivery incorporating image-guidance is within +/- 3% in dose over the range of sample points. For some points in high-dose gradients

  11. Text Manipulation Judgment Accuracy: An Exploratory Study


    reduce, or divert attention from information. Eckman (1985) argues that concealments alone may be used to deceive; however, it is often the case...this study focuses on distortion of existing information, and in agreement with Eckman , some original portions of the information were replaced or...13 Information Manipulation Theory The English language philosopher Paul Grice (1975) proposes that in ordinary conversation, speakers and

  12. Number theory

    Andrews, George E


    Although mathematics majors are usually conversant with number theory by the time they have completed a course in abstract algebra, other undergraduates, especially those in education and the liberal arts, often need a more basic introduction to the topic.In this book the author solves the problem of maintaining the interest of students at both levels by offering a combinatorial approach to elementary number theory. In studying number theory from such a perspective, mathematics majors are spared repetition and provided with new insights, while other students benefit from the consequent simpl

  13. Psychodynamic Theory

    Kathleen Holtz Deal


    Full Text Available Psychodynamic theory, a theory of personality originated by Sigmund Freud, has a long and complex history within social work and continues to be utilized by social workers. This article traces the theory’s development and explains key concepts with an emphasis on its current relational focus within object relations theory and self-psychology. Empirical support for theoretical concepts and the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapies is reviewed and critiqued. Future directions are discussed, including addressing cultural considerations, increasing research, and emphasizing a relational paradigm

  14. Bayesian Theory

    Bernardo, Jose M


    This highly acclaimed text, now available in paperback, provides a thorough account of key concepts and theoretical results, with particular emphasis on viewing statistical inference as a special case of decision theory. Information-theoretic concepts play a central role in the development of the theory, which provides, in particular, a detailed discussion of the problem of specification of so-called prior ignorance . The work is written from the authors s committed Bayesian perspective, but an overview of non-Bayesian theories is also provided, and each chapter contains a wide-ranging critica

  15. Mapping Theory

    Smith, Shelley

    This paper came about within the context of a 13-month research project, Focus Area 1 - Method and Theory, at the Center for Public Space Research at the Royal Academy of the Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. This project has been funded by RealDania. The goals of the research...... project, Focus Area 1 - Method and Theory, which forms the framework for this working paper, are: * To provide a basis from which to discuss the concept of public space in a contemporary architectural and urban context - specifically relating to theory and method * To broaden the discussion of the concept...

  16. Plasticity theory

    Lubliner, Jacob


    The aim of Plasticity Theory is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary state of knowledge in basic plasticity theory and to its applications. It treats several areas not commonly found between the covers of a single book: the physics of plasticity, constitutive theory, dynamic plasticity, large-deformation plasticity, and numerical methods, in addition to a representative survey of problems treated by classical methods, such as elastic-plastic problems, plane plastic flow, and limit analysis; the problem discussed come from areas of interest to mechanical, structural, and

  17. Fast and High Accuracy Wire Scanner

    Koujili, M; Koopman, J; Ramos, D; Sapinski, M; De Freitas, J; Ait Amira, Y; Djerdir, A


    Scanning of a high intensity particle beam imposes challenging requirements on a Wire Scanner system. It is expected to reach a scanning speed of 20 m.s-1 with a position accuracy of the order of 1 μm. In addition a timing accuracy better than 1 millisecond is needed. The adopted solution consists of a fork holding a wire rotating by a maximum of 200°. Fork, rotor and angular position sensor are mounted on the same axis and located in a chamber connected to the beam vacuum. The requirements imply the design of a system with extremely low vibration, vacuum compatibility, radiation and temperature tolerance. The adopted solution consists of a rotary brushless synchronous motor with the permanent magnet rotor installed inside of the vacuum chamber and the stator installed outside. The accurate position sensor will be mounted on the rotary shaft inside of the vacuum chamber, has to resist a bake-out temperature of 200°C and ionizing radiation up to a dozen of kGy/year. A digital feedback controller allows maxi...

  18. Accuracy of MR in growth plate measurement

    Shiguetomi-Medina, Juan Manuel [Aarhus University, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Aarhus C (Denmark); Rahbek, Ole [Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Department of Children' s Orthopaedics, Aarhus C (Denmark); Ringgaard, Steffen; Kristiansen, Maja Sofie; Stoedkilde-Joergensen, Hans [Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, The MR Research Center, Aarhus N (Denmark); Moeller-Madsen, Bjarne [Aarhus University, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Aarhus C (Denmark); Aarhus University Hospital NBG, Department of Children' s Orthopaedics, Aarhus C (Denmark)


    To analyze the accuracy of growth-plate thickness measurements detected on 1.5-T and 7-T MR images using histology sections as a standard of reference. Four defrosted pig tibiae were 1.5-T MR scanned and one fresh tibia was 7-T MR scanned. The height of the growth plate was measured and compared to histology. Histology measurements showed a mean growth plate thickness of 467 μm (SD = 82.2). The mean growth plate thickness measured in the 7-T MR images was 465 μm (SD = 62.2) and 1,325 μm (SD = 183.5) on 1.5-T MR measurements. We found a better correspondence between the growth plate thickness measured on the 7-T MR and histology samples compared to 1.5 T. The growth plate can be identified and measured with high accuracy using 7-T MR. 1.5-T MR can only describe some morphological characteristics. (orig.)

  19. The IBIS / ISGRI Source Location Accuracy

    Gros, A; Soldi, S; Gotz, D; Caballero, I; Mattana, F; Heras, J A Zurita


    We present here results on the source location accuracy of the INTEGRAL IBIS/ISGRI coded mask telescope, based on ten years of INTEGRAL data and on recent developments in the data analysis procedures. Data were selected and processed with the new Off-line Scientific Analysis pipeline (OSA10.0) that benefits from the most accurate background corrections, the most performing coding noise cleaning and sky reconstruction algorithms available. We obtained updated parameters for the evaluation of the point source location error from the source signal to noise ratio. These results are compared to previous estimates and to theoretical expectations. Also thanks to a new fitting procedure the typical error at 90% confidence level for a source at a signal to noise of 10 is now estimated to be 1.5 arcmin. Prospects for future analysis on the Point Spread Function fitting procedure and on the evaluation of residual biases are also presented. The new consolidated parameters describing the source location accuracy that will...

  20. Curation accuracy of model organism databases.

    Keseler, Ingrid M; Skrzypek, Marek; Weerasinghe, Deepika; Chen, Albert Y; Fulcher, Carol; Li, Gene-Wei; Lemmer, Kimberly C; Mladinich, Katherine M; Chow, Edmond D; Sherlock, Gavin; Karp, Peter D


    Manual extraction of information from the biomedical literature-or biocuration-is the central methodology used to construct many biological databases. For example, the UniProt protein database, the EcoCyc Escherichia coli database and the Candida Genome Database (CGD) are all based on biocuration. Biological databases are used extensively by life science researchers, as online encyclopedias, as aids in the interpretation of new experimental data and as golden standards for the development of new bioinformatics algorithms. Although manual curation has been assumed to be highly accurate, we are aware of only one previous study of biocuration accuracy. We assessed the accuracy of EcoCyc and CGD by manually selecting curated assertions within randomly chosen EcoCyc and CGD gene pages and by then validating that the data found in the referenced publications supported those assertions. A database assertion is considered to be in error if that assertion could not be found in the publication cited for that assertion. We identified 10 errors in the 633 facts that we validated across the two databases, for an overall error rate of 1.58%, and individual error rates of 1.82% for CGD and 1.40% for EcoCyc. These data suggest that manual curation of the experimental literature by Ph.D-level scientists is highly accurate. Database URL:,

  1. Enhancing Accuracy of Plant Leaf Classification Techniques

    C. S. Sumathi


    Full Text Available Plants have become an important source of energy, and are a fundamental piece in the puzzle to solve the problem of global warming. Living beings also depend on plants for their food, hence it is of great importance to know about the plants growing around us and to preserve them. Automatic plant leaf classification is widely researched. This paper investigates the efficiency of learning algorithms of MLP for plant leaf classification. Incremental back propagation, Levenberg–Marquardt and batch propagation learning algorithms are investigated. Plant leaf images are examined using three different Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP modelling techniques. Back propagation done in batch manner increases the accuracy of plant leaf classification. Results reveal that batch training is faster and more accurate than MLP with incremental training and Levenberg– Marquardt based learning for plant leaf classification. Various levels of semi-batch training used on 9 species of 15 sample each, a total of 135 instances show a roughly linear increase in classification accuracy.

  2. Approaching Chemical Accuracy with Quantum Monte Carlo

    Petruzielo, F R; Umrigar, C J


    A quantum Monte Carlo study of the atomization energies for the G2 set of molecules is presented. Basis size dependence of diffusion Monte Carlo atomization energies is studied with a single determinant Slater-Jastrow trial wavefunction formed from Hartree-Fock orbitals. With the largest basis set, the mean absolute deviation from experimental atomization energies for the G2 set is 3.0 kcal/mol. Optimizing the orbitals within variational Monte Carlo improves the agreement between diffusion Monte Carlo and experiment, reducing the mean absolute deviation to 2.1 kcal/mol. Moving beyond a single determinant Slater-Jastrow trial wavefunction, diffusion Monte Carlo with a small complete active space Slater-Jastrow trial wavefunction results in near chemical accuracy. In this case, the mean absolute deviation from experimental atomization energies is 1.2 kcal/mol. It is shown from calculations on systems containing phosphorus that the accuracy can be further improved by employing a larger active space.

  3. Model theory

    Hodges, Wilfrid


    An up-to-date and integrated introduction to model theory, designed to be used for graduate courses (for students who are familiar with first-order logic), and as a reference for more experienced logicians and mathematicians.

  4. Continuity theory

    Nel, Louis


    This book presents a detailed, self-contained theory of continuous mappings. It is mainly addressed to students who have already studied these mappings in the setting of metric spaces, as well as multidimensional differential calculus. The needed background facts about sets, metric spaces and linear algebra are developed in detail, so as to provide a seamless transition between students' previous studies and new material. In view of its many novel features, this book will be of interest also to mature readers who have studied continuous mappings from the subject's classical texts and wish to become acquainted with a new approach. The theory of continuous mappings serves as infrastructure for more specialized mathematical theories like differential equations, integral equations, operator theory, dynamical systems, global analysis, topological groups, topological rings and many more. In light of the centrality of the topic, a book of this kind fits a variety of applications, especially those that contribute to ...

  5. Activity Theory.

    Koschmann, Timothy; Roschelle, Jeremy; Nardi, Bonnie A.


    Includes three articles that discuss activity theory, based on "Context and Consciousness." Topics include human-computer interaction; computer interfaces; hierarchical structuring; mediation; contradictions and development; failure analysis; and designing educational technology. (LRW)

  6. Graph theory

    Gould, Ronald


    This introduction to graph theory focuses on well-established topics, covering primary techniques and including both algorithmic and theoretical problems. The algorithms are presented with a minimum of advanced data structures and programming details. This thoroughly corrected 1988 edition provides insights to computer scientists as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate students of topology, algebra, and matrix theory. Fundamental concepts and notation and elementary properties and operations are the first subjects, followed by examinations of paths and searching, trees, and networks. S

  7. Matrix Theory


    MATRICES . The monograph Nonnegative Matrices [6] is an advanced book on all aspect of the theory of nonnegative matrices and...and on inverse eigenvalue problems for nonnegative matrices . The work explores some of the most recent developments in the theory of nonnegative...k -1, t0 . Define the associated polynomial of type <z>: t t-t 2 t-t 3 t-tk_ 1,X - x - x . . .X- where t = tk . The

  8. Combining atlas based segmentation and intensity classification with nearest neighbor transform and accuracy weighted vote.

    Sdika, Michaël


    In this paper, different methods to improve atlas based segmentation are presented. The first technique is a new mapping of the labels of an atlas consistent with a given intensity classification segmentation. This new mapping combines the two segmentations using the nearest neighbor transform and is especially effective for complex and folded regions like the cortex where the registration is difficult. Then, in a multi atlas context, an original weighting is introduced to combine the segmentation of several atlases using a voting procedure. This weighting is derived from statistical classification theory and is computed offline using the atlases as a training dataset. Concretely, the accuracy map of each atlas is computed and the vote is weighted by the accuracy of the atlases. Numerical experiments have been performed on publicly available in vivo datasets and show that, when used together, the two techniques provide an important improvement of the segmentation accuracy.

  9. Examining rating quality in writing assessment: rater agreement, error, and accuracy.

    Wind, Stefanie A; Engelhard, George


    The use of performance assessments in which human raters evaluate student achievement has become increasingly prevalent in high-stakes assessment systems such as those associated with recent policy initiatives (e.g., Race to the Top). In this study, indices of rating quality are compared between two measurement perspectives. Within the context of a large-scale writing assessment, this study focuses on the alignment between indices of rater agreement, error, and accuracy based on traditional and Rasch measurement theory perspectives. Major empirical findings suggest that Rasch-based indices of model-data fit for ratings provide information about raters that is comparable to direct measures of accuracy. The use of easily obtained approximations of direct accuracy measures holds significant implications for monitoring rating quality in large-scale rater-mediated performance assessments.

  10. Optimization and Mechanical Accuracy Reliability of a New Type of Forging Manipulator

    CHEN Kang; MA Chunxiang; ZHENG Maoqi; GAO Feng


    Researches on forging manipulator have enormous influence on the development of the forging industry and national economy. Clamp device and lifting mechanism are the core parts of forging manipulator, and have been studied for longer time. However, the optimization and mechanical accuracy reliability of them are less analyzed. Based on General Function(GF) set and parallel mechanism theory, proper configuration of 10t forging manipulator is selected firstly. A new type of forging manipulator driven by cylinders is proposed. After solved mechanical analysis of manipulator’s core mechanisms, expressions of force of cylinders are carried out. In order to achieve smaller force afforded by cylinders and better mechanical characteristics, some particular sizes of core mechanisms are optimized intuitively through the combined use of the genetic algorithms(GA) and GUI interface in MATLAB. Comparing with the original mechanisms, optimized clamp saves at least 8 percent efforts and optimized lifting mechanism 20 percent under maximum working condition. Finally, considering the existed manufacture error of components, mechanical accuracy reliability of optimized clamp, lifting mechanism and whole manipulator are demonstrated respectively based on fuzzy reliability theory. Obtained results show that the accuracy reliability of optimized clamp is bigger than 0.991 and that of optimized lifting mechanism is 0.995. To the whole manipulator under maximum working condition, that value exceeds 0.986 4, which means that optimized manipulator has high motion accuracy and is reliable. A new intuitive method is created to optimize forging manipulator sizes efficiently and more practical theory is utilized to analyze mechanical accuracy reliability of forging manipulator precisely.

  11. A Theory of Local Matching: SIFT and Beyond

    Mobahi, Hossein; Soatto, Stefano


    Why has SIFT been so successful? Why its extension, DSP-SIFT, can further improve SIFT? Is there a theory that can explain both? How can such theory benefit real applications? Can it suggest new algorithms with reduced computational complexity or new descriptors with better accuracy for matching? We construct a general theory of local descriptors for visual matching. Our theory relies on concepts in energy minimization and heat diffusion. We show that SIFT and DSP-SIFT approximate the solutio...

  12. High accuracy 3-D laser radar

    Busck, Jens; Heiselberg, Henning


    We have developed a mono-static staring 3-D laser radar based on gated viewing with range accuracy below 1 m at 10 m and 1 cm at 100. We use a high sensitivity, fast, intensified CCD camera, and a Nd:Yag passively Q-switched 32.4 kHz pulsed green laser at 532 nm. The CCD has 752x582 pixels. Camera...... shutter is controlled in steps of 100 ps. Camera delay is controlled in steps of 100 ps. Each laser pulse triggers the camera delay and shutter. A 3-D image is constructed from a sequence of 50-100 2-D reflectivity images, where each frame integrates about 700 laser pulses on the CCD. In 50 Hz video mode...

  13. On the accuracy of the Debye shielding

    Martínez-Fuentes, M A


    The expression for the Debye shielding in plasma physics is usually derived under the assumptions that the plasma particles are weakly coupled, so their kinetic energy is much larger than the potential energy between them, and that the velocity distributions of the plasma species are Maxwellian. The first assumption also establishes that the plasma parameter ND, the number of particles within a sphere with a Debye radius should be greater than 1, and determines the difference between weakly and strongly coupled plasmas. Under such assumptions, Poisson's equation can be linearised, and a simple analytic expression obtained for the electrostatic potential. However, textbooks rarely discuss the accuracy of this approximation. In this work we compare the linearised solution with the exact one, obtained numerically, and show that the linearisation, which underestimates the exact solution, is reasonably good even for ND ~ 40. We give quantitative criteria to set the limit of the approximation when the number of par...

  14. Stereotype accuracy of ballet and modern dancers.

    Clabaugh, Alison; Morling, Beth


    The authors recorded preprofessional ballet and modern dancers' perceptions of the personality traits of each type of dancer and self-reports of their own standing, to test the accuracy of the group stereotypes. Participants accurately stereotyped ballet dancers as scoring higher than modern dancers on Fear of Negative Evaluation and Personal Need for Structure and accurately viewed the groups as equal on Fitness Esteem. Participants inaccurately stereotyped ballet dancers as lower on Body Esteem; the groups actually scored the same. Sensitivity correlations across traits indicated that dancers were accurate about the relative magnitudes of trait differences in the two types of dancers. A group of nondancers reported stereotypes that were usually in the right direction although of inaccurate magnitude, and nondancers were sensitive to the relative sizes of group differences across traits.

  15. Accuracy analysis of a spectral Poisson solver

    Rambaldi, S. [Dipartimento di Fisica Universita di Bologna and INFN, Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 (Italy)]. E-mail:; Turchetti, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica Universita di Bologna and INFN, Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 (Italy); Benedetti, C. [Dipartimento di Fisica Universita di Bologna and INFN, Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 (Italy); Mattioli, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica Universita di Bologna, Bologna, Via Irnerio 46, 40126 (Italy); Franchi, A. [GSI, Darmstadt, Planckstr. 1, 64291 (Germany)


    We solve Poisson's equation in d=2,3 space dimensions by using a spectral method based on Fourier decomposition. The choice of the basis implies that Dirichlet boundary conditions on a box are satisfied. A Green's function-based procedure allows us to impose Dirichlet conditions on any smooth closed boundary, by doubling the computational complexity. The error introduced by the spectral truncation and the discretization of the charge distribution is evaluated by comparison with the exact solution, known in the case of elliptical symmetry. To this end boundary conditions on an equipotential ellipse (ellipsoid) are imposed on the numerical solution. Scaling laws for the error dependence on the number K of Fourier components for each space dimension and the number N of point charges used to simulate the charge distribution are presented and tested. A procedure to increase the accuracy of the method in the beam core region is briefly outlined.

  16. Improved accuracy in nano beam electron diffraction

    Beche, A; Rouviere, J-L [CEA, INAC, SP2M, LEMMA, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Clement, L, E-mail: armand.beche@cea.f, E-mail: jean-luc.rouviere@cea.f [ST Microelectronics, 850 rue Jean Monnet, F-38920 Crolles (France)


    Nano beam electron diffraction (NBD or NBED) is applied on a well controlled sample in order to evaluate the limit of the technique to measure strain. Measurements are realised on a 27nm thick Si{sub 0.7}Ge{sub 0.3} layer embedded in a silicon matrix, with a TITAN microscope working at 300kV. Using a standard condenser aperture of 50{mu}m, a probe size diameter of 2.7 nm is obtained and a strain accuracy of 6x10{sup -4} (mean root square, rms) is achieved. NBED patterns are acquired along a [110] direction and the bidimensionnal strain in the (110) plane is measured. Finite element simulations are carried out to check experimental results and reveal that strain relaxation and probe averaging in a 170nm thick TEM lamella reduces strain by 15%.

  17. Moyamoya disease: diagnostic accuracy of MRI.

    Yamada, I; Suzuki, S; Matsushima, Y


    Our purpose was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of MRI in moyamoya disease. We studied 30 patients with this disease, comparing MRI and angiographic findings. The diagnostic value of MRI was evaluated for occlusive lesions, collateral vessels, and parenchymal lesions. In all patients bilateral occlusion or stenosis of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery and proximal anterior and middle cerebral arteries was clearly shown by MRI, and staging of the extent of occlusion agreed with angiographic staging in 44 (73%) of 60 arteries. MRI, particularly coronal images, clearly showed basal cerebral moyamoya vessels in 54 hemispheres, and 45 of a total of 71 large leptomeningeal and transdural collateral vessels were identified. MRI also showed parenchymal lesions in 48 (80%) hemispheres, and the extent of occlusion in the anterior and posterior circulations respectively correlated with white matter and cortical and/or subcortical infarcts.

  18. Quantitative code accuracy evaluation of ISP33

    Kalli, H.; Miwrrin, A. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland); Purhonen, H. [VTT Energy, Lappeenranta (Finland)] [and others


    Aiming at quantifying code accuracy, a methodology based on the Fast Fourier Transform has been developed at the University of Pisa, Italy. The paper deals with a short presentation of the methodology and its application to pre-test and post-test calculations submitted to the International Standard Problem ISP33. This was a double-blind natural circulation exercise with a stepwise reduced primary coolant inventory, performed in PACTEL facility in Finland. PACTEL is a 1/305 volumetrically scaled, full-height simulator of the Russian type VVER-440 pressurized water reactor, with horizontal steam generators and loop seals in both cold and hot legs. Fifteen foreign organizations participated in ISP33, with 21 blind calculations and 20 post-test calculations, altogether 10 different thermal hydraulic codes and code versions were used. The results of the application of the methodology to nine selected measured quantities are summarized.

  19. Human Speed-Accuracy Tradeoffs in Search

    Aperjis, Christina; Wu, Fang


    When foraging for information, users face a tradeoff between the accuracy and value of the acquired information and the time spent collecting it, a problem which also surfaces when seeking answers to a question posed to a large community. We empirically study how people behave when facing these conflicting objectives using data from Yahoo Answers, a community driven question-and-answer site. We first study how users behave when trying to maximize the amount of acquired information while minimizing the waiting time. We find that users are willing to wait longer for an additional answer if they have received a small number of answers. We then assume that users make a sequence of decisions, deciding to wait for an additional answer as long as the quality of the current answer exceeds some threshold. The resulting probability distribution for the number of answers that a question gets is an inverse Gaussian, a fact that is validated by our data.

  20. Prognostic Accuracy of Electroencephalograms in Preterm Infants

    Fogtmann, Emilie Pi; Plomgaard, Anne Mette; Greisen, Gorm;


    (267 infants). Any aEEG background abnormality was a predictor of abnormal outcome. For prediction of a developmental quotient ...CONTEXT: Brain injury is common in preterm infants, and predictors of neurodevelopmental outcome are relevant. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prognostic test accuracy of the background activity of the EEG recorded as amplitude-integrated EEG (aEEG) or conventional EEG early in life in preterm infants...... for predicting neurodevelopmental outcome. DATA SOURCES: The Cochrane Library, PubMed, Embase, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. STUDY SELECTION: We included observational studies that had obtained an aEEG or EEG within 7 days of life in preterm infants and reported...

  1. Comparative diagnostic accuracy in virtual dermatopathology

    Mooney, E.; Hood, A.F.; Lampros, J.;


    studies comparing the diagnostic accuracy and acceptability of virtual slides compared to traditional glass slides. Methods: Ten Nordic dermatopathologists and pathologists were given a randomized combination of 20 virtual and glass slides and asked to identify the diagnoses. They were then asked to give...... their impressions about the virtual images. Descriptive data analysis and comparison of groups using Fisher's exact test were performed. Objective: To compare the diagnostic ability of dermatopathologists and pathologists in two image formats: the traditional (glass) microscopic slides, and whole mount digitized...... of virtual or glass slides did not affect the percentage of questions answered correctly. Seven of nine participants completing the questionnaire, felt virtual microscopy is useful for both learning and testing. Conclusion: There was no significant difference in the participants' diagnostic ability using...

  2. Accuracy of the vivofit activity tracker.

    Alsubheen, Sana'a A; George, Amanda M; Baker, Alicia; Rohr, Linda E; Basset, Fabien A


    The purpose of this study was to examine the accuracy of the vivofit activity tracker in assessing energy expenditure and step count. Thirteen participants wore the vivofit activity tracker for five days. Participants were required to independently perform 1 h of self-selected activity each day of the study. On day four, participants came to the lab to undergo BMR and a treadmill-walking task (TWT). On day five, participants completed 1 h of office-type activities. BMR values estimated by the vivofit were not significantly different from the values measured through indirect calorimetry (IC). The vivofit significantly underestimated EE for treadmill walking, but responded to the differences in the inclination. Vivofit underestimated step count for level walking but provided an accurate estimate for incline walking. There was a strong correlation between EE and the exercise intensity. The vivofit activity tracker is on par with similar devices and can be used to track physical activity.

  3. Dosimetric accuracy of a staged radiosurgery treatment

    Cernica, George; de Boer, Steven F.; Diaz, Aidnag; Fenstermaker, Robert A.; Podgorsak, Matthew B.


    For large cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), the efficacy of radiosurgery is limited since the large doses necessary to produce obliteration may increase the risk of radiation necrosis to unacceptable levels. An alternative is to stage the radiosurgery procedure over multiple stages (usually two), effectively irradiating a smaller volume of the AVM nidus with a therapeutic dose during each session. The difference between coordinate systems defined by sequential stereotactic frame placements can be represented by a translation and a rotation. A unique transformation can be determined based on the coordinates of several fiducial markers fixed to the skull and imaged in each stereotactic coordinate system. Using this transformation matrix, isocentre coordinates from the first stage can be displayed in the coordinate system of subsequent stages allowing computation of a combined dose distribution covering the entire AVM. The accuracy of this approach was tested on an anthropomorphic head phantom and was verified dosimetrically. Subtle defects in the phantom were used as control points, and 2 mm diameter steel balls attached to the surface were used as fiducial markers and reference points. CT images (2 mm thick) were acquired. Using a transformation matrix developed with two frame placements, the predicted locations of control and reference points had an average error of 0.6 mm near the fiducial markers and 1.0 mm near the control points. Dose distributions in a staged treatment approach were accurately calculated using the transformation matrix. This approach is simple, fast and accurate. Errors were small and clinically acceptable for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Accuracy can be improved by reducing the CT slice thickness.

  4. Dosimetric accuracy of a staged radiosurgery treatment

    Cernica, George [Department of Physics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14263 (United States); Boer, Steven F de [Department of Radiation Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14263 (United States); Diaz, Aidnag [Department of Radiation Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14263 (United States); Fenstermaker, Robert A [Department of Neurosurgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14263 (United States); Podgorsak, Matthew B [Department of Radiation Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14263 (United States)


    For large cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), the efficacy of radiosurgery is limited since the large doses necessary to produce obliteration may increase the risk of radiation necrosis to unacceptable levels. An alternative is to stage the radiosurgery procedure over multiple stages (usually two), effectively irradiating a smaller volume of the AVM nidus with a therapeutic dose during each session. The difference between coordinate systems defined by sequential stereotactic frame placements can be represented by a translation and a rotation. A unique transformation can be determined based on the coordinates of several fiducial markers fixed to the skull and imaged in each stereotactic coordinate system. Using this transformation matrix, isocentre coordinates from the first stage can be displayed in the coordinate system of subsequent stages allowing computation of a combined dose distribution covering the entire AVM. The accuracy of this approach was tested on an anthropomorphic head phantom and was verified dosimetrically. Subtle defects in the phantom were used as control points, and 2 mm diameter steel balls attached to the surface were used as fiducial markers and reference points. CT images (2 mm thick) were acquired. Using a transformation matrix developed with two frame placements, the predicted locations of control and reference points had an average error of 0.6 mm near the fiducial markers and 1.0 mm near the control points. Dose distributions in a staged treatment approach were accurately calculated using the transformation matrix. This approach is simple, fast and accurate. Errors were small and clinically acceptable for Gamma Knife radiosurgery. Accuracy can be improved by reducing the CT slice thickness.

  5. Estimating the accuracy of geographical imputation

    Boscoe Francis P


    Full Text Available Abstract Background To reduce the number of non-geocoded cases researchers and organizations sometimes include cases geocoded to postal code centroids along with cases geocoded with the greater precision of a full street address. Some analysts then use the postal code to assign information to the cases from finer-level geographies such as a census tract. Assignment is commonly completed using either a postal centroid or by a geographical imputation method which assigns a location by using both the demographic characteristics of the case and the population characteristics of the postal delivery area. To date no systematic evaluation of geographical imputation methods ("geo-imputation" has been completed. The objective of this study was to determine the accuracy of census tract assignment using geo-imputation. Methods Using a large dataset of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer cases reported to the New Jersey Cancer Registry, we determined how often cases were assigned to the correct census tract using alternate strategies of demographic based geo-imputation, and using assignments obtained from postal code centroids. Assignment accuracy was measured by comparing the tract assigned with the tract originally identified from the full street address. Results Assigning cases to census tracts using the race/ethnicity population distribution within a postal code resulted in more correctly assigned cases than when using postal code centroids. The addition of age characteristics increased the match rates even further. Match rates were highly dependent on both the geographic distribution of race/ethnicity groups and population density. Conclusion Geo-imputation appears to offer some advantages and no serious drawbacks as compared with the alternative of assigning cases to census tracts based on postal code centroids. For a specific analysis, researchers will still need to consider the potential impact of geocoding quality on their results and evaluate

  6. Accuracy of anemia diagnosis by physical examination

    Isabela Martins Benseñor

    Full Text Available CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES: Quantification of clinical signs such as the presence or absence of pallor at clinical examination is a key step for making diagnoses. The aim was, firstly, to evaluate two methods for anemia diagnosis by physical examination: four-level evaluation (crosses method: +/++/+++/++++ and estimated hemoglobin values, both performed by medical students and staff physicians; and secondly, to investigate whether there was any improvement in assessment accuracy according to the number of years in clinical practice. DESIGN AND SETTING: Forty-four randomly selected physicians and medical students in a tertiary care teaching hospital completed a physical examination on five patients with mild to severe anemia. METHODS: The observers used four-level evaluation and also predicted the hemoglobin level. Both methods were compared with the real hemoglobin value as the gold standard. RESULTS: The mean estimated hemoglobin value correlated better with the real hemoglobin values than did the four-level evaluation method, for attending physicians, residents and students (Spearman's correlation coefficients, respectively: 1.0, 1.0 and 0.9 for guessed hemoglobin and -0.8, -0.8 and -0.7 for the four-level evaluation method. There were no differences in the mean "guessed" hemoglobin values from attending physicians, residents and students. However, the correlation between guessed hemoglobin value and the four-level method was positive for attending physicians, thus suggesting some kind of improvement with time (p = 0.04. CONCLUSIONS: This study showed that estimated hemoglobin was more accurate than evaluation by the four-level method. The number of years in clinical practice did not improve the accuracy of clinical examination for anemia.

  7. Methodology for high accuracy contact angle measurement.

    Kalantarian, A; David, R; Neumann, A W


    A new version of axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA) called ADSA-NA (ADSA-no apex) was developed for measuring interfacial properties for drop configurations without an apex. ADSA-NA facilitates contact angle measurements on drops with a capillary protruding into the drop. Thus a much simpler experimental setup, not involving formation of a complete drop from below through a hole in the test surface, may be used. The contact angles of long-chained alkanes on a commercial fluoropolymer, Teflon AF 1600, were measured using the new method. A new numerical scheme was incorporated into the image processing to improve the location of the contact points of the liquid meniscus with the solid substrate to subpixel resolution. The images acquired in the experiments were also analyzed by a different drop shape technique called theoretical image fitting analysis-axisymmetric interfaces (TIFA-AI). The results were compared with literature values obtained by means of the standard ADSA for sessile drops with the apex. Comparison of the results from ADSA-NA with those from TIFA-AI and ADSA reveals that, with different numerical strategies and experimental setups, contact angles can be measured with an accuracy of less than 0.2 degrees. Contact angles and surface tensions measured from drops with no apex, i.e., by means of ADSA-NA and TIFA-AI, were considerably less scattered than those from complete drops with apex. ADSA-NA was also used to explore sources of improvement in contact angle resolution. It was found that using an accurate value of surface tension as an input enhances the accuracy of contact angle measurements.

  8. Improving the accuracy of death certification

    Myers, K A; Farquhar, D R


    BACKGROUND: Population-based mortality statistics are derived from the information recorded on death certificates. This information is used for many important purposes, such as the development of public health programs and the allocation of health care resources. Although most physicians are confronted with the task of completing death certificates, many do not receive adequate training in this skill. Resulting inaccuracies in information undermine the quality of the data derived from death certificates. METHODS: An educational intervention was designed and implemented to improve internal medicine residents' accuracy in death certificate completion. A total of 229 death certificates (146 completed before and 83 completed after the intervention) were audited for major and minor errors, and the rates of errors before and after the intervention were compared. RESULTS: Major errors were identified on 32.9% of the death certificates completed before the intervention, a rate comparable to previously reported rates for internal medicine services in teaching hospitals. Following the intervention the major error rate decreased to 15.7% (p = 0.01). The reduction in the major error rate was accounted for by significant reductions in the rate of listing of mechanism of death without a legitimate underlying cause of death (15.8% v. 4.8%) (p = 0.01) and the rate of improper sequencing of death certificate information (15.8% v. 6.0%) (p = 0.03). INTERPRETATION: Errors are common in the completion of death certificates in the inpatient teaching hospital setting. The accuracy of death certification can be improved with the implementation of a simple educational intervention. PMID:9614825

  9. Possibility Theory versus Probability Theory in Fuzzy Measure Theory

    Parul Agarwal


    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to compare probability theory with possibility theory, and to use this comparison in comparing probability theory with fuzzy set theory. The best way of comparing probabilistic and possibilistic conceptualizations of uncertainty is to examine the two theories from a broader perspective. Such a perspective is offered by evidence theory, within which probability theory and possibility theory are recognized as special branches. While the various characteristic of possibility theory within the broader framework of evidence theory are expounded in this paper, we need to introduce their probabilistic counterparts to facilitate our discussion.

  10. Biocultural Theory

    Carroll, Joseph; Clasen, Mathias; Jonsson, Emelie


    Biocultural theory is an integrative research program designed to investigate the causal interactions between biological adaptations and cultural constructions. From the biocultural perspective, cultural processes are rooted in the biological necessities of the human life cycle: specifically human...... and ideological beliefs, and artistic practices such as music, dance, painting, and storytelling. Establishing biocultural theory as a program that self-consciously encompasses the different particular forms of human evolutionary research could help scholars and scientists envision their own specialized areas...... of research as contributions to a coherent, collective research program. This article argues that a mature biocultural paradigm needs to be informed by at least 7 major research clusters: (a) gene-culture coevolution; (b) human life history theory; (c) evolutionary social psychology; (d) anthropological...


    陈传淼; 胡志刚


    A single step scheme with high accuracy for solving parabolic problem is proposed. It is shown that this scheme possesses good stability and fourth order accuracy with respect to both time and space variables, which are superconvergent.

  12. Accuracy Assessment Points for Tuzigoot National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — The accuracy assessment field work was performed in May, 1997 to verify the accuracy of the vegetation communities spatial data developed by the USGS-NPS Vegetation...

  13. Accuracy Assessment Points for Voyageurs National Park Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — Thematic accuracy requirements for the USGS-NPS Vegetation Mapping Program specify 80% accuracy for each map unit that represents USNVC floristic types. A total of...

  14. Galois theory

    Stewart, Ian


    Ian Stewart's Galois Theory has been in print for 30 years. Resoundingly popular, it still serves its purpose exceedingly well. Yet mathematics education has changed considerably since 1973, when theory took precedence over examples, and the time has come to bring this presentation in line with more modern approaches.To this end, the story now begins with polynomials over the complex numbers, and the central quest is to understand when such polynomials have solutions that can be expressed by radicals. Reorganization of the material places the concrete before the abstract, thus motivating the g

  15. Influencia de la lateralidad dominante de la jugadora en puesto específico de base en el juego de ataque en Liga Femenina 2 [Laterality dominance of female point guard influences in the offensive patterns in LF2

    Javier García Rubio


    Full Text Available Resumen La lateralidad de la jugadora con el rol de base puede ser sólo una característica individual, o bien un factor influyente en el juego de su equipo, y por tanto, una herramienta a considerar por  parte del equipo rival. El trabajo de investigación se centra en la necesidad de reflejar si la lateralidad de una jugadora con rol de base en baloncesto, al iniciar la acción de juego (bote o pase influye de manera determinante en la toma de decisiones. El contexto de trabajo utilizado es la segunda categoría de baloncesto femenino nacional, Liga Femenina 2. En la observación han participado varios equipos de dicha categoría, con total de 10 partidos analizados y un total de 170 situaciones de juego analizadas (N=170. Para establecer las relaciones entre las variables se utilizó el Coeficiente de Contingencia. Los resultados muestran una relación estadísticamente significativa de la lateralidad de la base y el lado del campo en el que se empieza a jugar (c2(1, N=170 = 4.789, pPalabras clave: Baloncesto, Lateralidad, Base, Análisis de juego.   AbstractLaterality of the point-guard can be an individual characteristic, or in the other hand, an important factor in the offensive patterns of the team. In this way, it will be a useful information for the other team.  This research has focused in the laterality of the point guard, and it influences in the decision making. The League studied was the second female Spanish basketball league, LF2. 10 matches were observed and 170 game situations analyzed (N=170. Crosstabs Command and the Contingency Coefficient were used to establish the relationship between variables. The results shows a significant relationship between the laterality of the point guard and the side of the field where the attack begin (c2(1, N=170 = 4.789, pKey words:  Basketball, laterality, point guard, game analysis.

  16. Seleção dos parâmetros através dos custos de soldagem para aplicação de revestimento com ligas de níquel depositadas pelo processo MIG/MAG Using the welding costs to select welding parameters for Weld Overlay with nickel alloy through the GMAW process

    Antonio Rodolfo Paulino Pessoa


    Full Text Available Neste trabalho foram calculados e comparados os custos de soldagem associados a cada um dos ensaios realizados, como forma de determinar parâmetros operacionais adequados e economicamente viáveis para soldagem com o processo MIG/MAG com transferência metálica por curto-circuito, visando uma correta deposição de revestimentos com ligas de níquel sobre um substrato de aço C-Mn. O número de ensaios a serem realizados, foi determinado pelo uso do método Taguchi que dividiu os ensaios em duas matrizes L9, resultando num total de 18 ensaios. Na comparação dos gastos despendidos em cada um dos ensaios foi utilizado o custo direto total da soldagem de um revestimento com 55 mm de largura e 190 mm de comprimento, utilizando uma sobreposição de 50%. Com base nos resultados dos ensaios foram pré-selecionados quatro ensaios (R7, R11, R12 e RC4, dentre os quais o ensaio R11 apresentou o menor custo. Mas vale ressaltar que nos quatro ensaios pré-selecionados o material de adição utilizado foi a liga 625, pois esta liga apresentar um custo do arame-eletrodo muito inferior as demais ligas (C-276 e 686. Assim a escolha do material de adição para aplicação do revestimento ficou restrita somente a liga 625.In this work were calculated and compared the welding costs for each of the tests performed to determine operational parameters and economically feasible for welding with GMAW process in a short circuiting transfer mode, aiming at a correct weld overlay with nickel alloy on a substrate of C-Mn steel. The number of tests to be performed was determined by using the Taguchi method that divided the tests into two L9 orthogonal arrays resulting in a total of 18 experiments. To compare the costs incurred in each of the tests we used the total direct cost of welding a layer with dimensions of 55 x 190 mm, using an overlap of 50%. Based on the results of the tests were pre-selected four tests (R7, R11, R12 and RC4, among which the test R11 has the

  17. Estudo da liga alumínio-zinco como filtração alternativa em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos Study of the aluminum-zinc alloy as an alternative means of filtration in dental X-ray devices

    Claudia Fátima Silva HAITER


    Full Text Available O objetivo neste trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos da filtração alternativa da liga alumínio-zinco em aparelhos de raios X odontológicos, em relação ao espectro de energia dos feixes de raios X, a taxa de kerma no ar, o índice de contraste nas radiografias obtidas e a qualidade das imagens radiográficas. Este estudo foi realizado comparando-se o filtro convencional de alumínio com várias espessuras do filtro de liga alumínio-zinco, em diferentes porcentagens do elemento zinco na liga (2%, 3%, 4% e 5%. Foi utilizado um aparelho de raios X odontológico convencional, operando com 60 kVp e 70 kVp, e filmes radiográficos dos grupos D e E de sensibilidade. Foram realizadas radiografias de um "phantom" e de uma escala de densidade de alumínio. Os resultados mostraram que o uso dos filtros de liga Al-Zn resultou em um não-endurecimento dos feixes. A taxa de kerma no ar diminuiu em até 18,53%, sem alteração no contraste das radiografias e a qualidade das imagens teve uma boa aceitação pelos examinadores. A análise dos resultados nos levou a concluir que o filtro de liga Al-Zn 2%, com 1,99 mm de espessura, tensão de 60 kVp, quando usado com filme D, foi o que obteve melhor desempenho, reduzindo a taxa de kerma no ar sem variar o índice de contraste das radiografias, mantendo a qualidade da imagem aceitável para diagnóstico, sem contudo aumentar o tempo de exposição.The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of alternative filtration with the aluminum-zinc alloy in dental X-ray devices, regarding the energy spectrum, dose, contrast and image quality. This study was carried out comparing the conventional aluminum filter with aluminum-zinc alloy filters of various thicknesses and with different percentages of zinc in the alloy (2, 3, 4 and 5%. A conventional X-ray device operating with 60 and 70 kVp as well as D- and E-speed films were utilized in order to obtain images of a phantom and an aluminum step wedge. The utilization

  18. Perceptual Load Affects Eyewitness Accuracy and Susceptibility to Leading Questions

    Murphy, Gillian; Greene, Ciara M.


    Load Theory (Lavie, 1995, 2005) states that the level of perceptual load in a task (i.e., the amount of information involved in processing task-relevant stimuli) determines the efficiency of selective attention. There is evidence that perceptual load affects distractor processing, with increased inattentional blindness under high load. Given that high load can result in individuals failing to report seeing obvious objects, it is conceivable that load may also impair memory for the scene. The current study is the first to assess the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory. Across three experiments (two video-based and one in a driving simulator), the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory was assessed. The results showed that eyewitnesses were less accurate under high load, in particular for peripheral details. For example, memory for the central character in the video was not affected by load but memory for a witness who passed by the window at the edge of the scene was significantly worse under high load. High load memories were also more open to suggestion, showing increased susceptibility to leading questions. High visual perceptual load also affected recall for auditory information, illustrating a possible cross-modal perceptual load effect on memory accuracy. These results have implications for eyewitness memory researchers and forensic professionals. PMID:27625628

  19. Perceptual Load Affects Eyewitness Accuracy & Susceptibility to Leading Questions

    Gillian Murphy


    Full Text Available Load Theory (Lavie, 1995; 2005 states that the level of perceptual load in a task (i.e. the amount of information involved in processing task-relevant stimuli determines the efficiency of selective attention. There is evidence that perceptual load affects distractor processing, with increased inattentional blindness under high load. Given that high load can result in individuals failing to report seeing obvious objects, it is conceivable that load may also impair memory for the scene. The current study is the first to assess the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory. Across three experiments (two video-based and one in a driving simulator, the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory was assessed. The results showed that eyewitnesses were less accurate under high load, in particular for peripheral details. For example, memory for the central character in the video was not affected by load but memory for a witness who passed by the window at the edge of the scene was significantly worse under high load. High load memories were also more open to suggestion, showing increased susceptibility to leading questions. High visual perceptual load also affected recall for auditory information, illustrating a possible cross-modal perceptual load effect on memory accuracy. These results have implications for eyewitness memory researchers and forensic professionals.

  20. Accuracy of Binary Black Hole Waveform Models for Advanced LIGO

    Kumar, Prayush; Fong, Heather; Barkett, Kevin; Bhagwat, Swetha; Afshari, Nousha; Chu, Tony; Brown, Duncan; Lovelace, Geoffrey; Pfeiffer, Harald; Scheel, Mark; Szilagyi, Bela; Simulating Extreme Spacetimes (SXS) Team


    Coalescing binaries of compact objects, such as black holes and neutron stars, are the primary targets for gravitational-wave (GW) detection with Advanced LIGO. Accurate modeling of the emitted GWs is required to extract information about the binary source. The most accurate solution to the general relativistic two-body problem is available in numerical relativity (NR), which is however limited in application due to computational cost. Current searches use semi-analytic models that are based in post-Newtonian (PN) theory and calibrated to NR. In this talk, I will present comparisons between contemporary models and high-accuracy numerical simulations performed using the Spectral Einstein Code (SpEC), focusing at the questions: (i) How well do models capture binary's late-inspiral where they lack a-priori accurate information from PN or NR, and (ii) How accurately do they model binaries with parameters outside their range of calibration. These results guide the choice of templates for future GW searches, and motivate future modeling efforts.

  1. Perceptual Load Affects Eyewitness Accuracy and Susceptibility to Leading Questions.

    Murphy, Gillian; Greene, Ciara M


    Load Theory (Lavie, 1995, 2005) states that the level of perceptual load in a task (i.e., the amount of information involved in processing task-relevant stimuli) determines the efficiency of selective attention. There is evidence that perceptual load affects distractor processing, with increased inattentional blindness under high load. Given that high load can result in individuals failing to report seeing obvious objects, it is conceivable that load may also impair memory for the scene. The current study is the first to assess the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory. Across three experiments (two video-based and one in a driving simulator), the effect of perceptual load on eyewitness memory was assessed. The results showed that eyewitnesses were less accurate under high load, in particular for peripheral details. For example, memory for the central character in the video was not affected by load but memory for a witness who passed by the window at the edge of the scene was significantly worse under high load. High load memories were also more open to suggestion, showing increased susceptibility to leading questions. High visual perceptual load also affected recall for auditory information, illustrating a possible cross-modal perceptual load effect on memory accuracy. These results have implications for eyewitness memory researchers and forensic professionals.

  2. Approximation methods in probability theory

    Čekanavičius, Vydas


    This book presents a wide range of well-known and less common methods used for estimating the accuracy of probabilistic approximations, including the Esseen type inversion formulas, the Stein method as well as the methods of convolutions and triangle function. Emphasising the correct usage of the methods presented, each step required for the proofs is examined in detail. As a result, this textbook provides valuable tools for proving approximation theorems. While Approximation Methods in Probability Theory will appeal to everyone interested in limit theorems of probability theory, the book is particularly aimed at graduate students who have completed a standard intermediate course in probability theory. Furthermore, experienced researchers wanting to enlarge their toolkit will also find this book useful.

  3. Effective theories of universal theories

    Wells, James D


    It is well-known but sometimes overlooked that constraints on the oblique parameters (most notably $S$ and $T$ parameters) are only applicable to a special class of new physics scenarios known as universal theories. In the effective field theory (EFT) framework, the oblique parameters should not be associated with Wilson coefficients in a particular operator basis, unless restrictions have been imposed on the EFT so that it describes universal theories. We work out these restrictions, and present a detailed EFT analysis of universal theories. We find that at the dimension-6 level, universal theories are completely characterized by 16 parameters. They are conveniently chosen to be: 5 oblique parameters that agree with the commonly-adopted ones, 4 anomalous triple-gauge couplings, 3 rescaling factors for the $h^3$, $hff$, $hVV$ vertices, 3 parameters for $hVV$ vertices absent in the Standard Model, and 1 four-fermion coupling of order $y_f^2$. All these parameters are defined in an unambiguous and basis-indepen...

  4. The electron-propagator approach to conceptual density-functional theory

    Junia Melin; Paul W Ayers; J V Ortiz


    Both electron propagator theory and density-functional theory provide conceptually useful information about chemical reactivity and, most especially, charge transfer. This paper elucidates thequalitative and quantitative links between the two theories, with emphasis on how the reactivity indicators of conceptual density-functional theory can be derived from electron propagator theory. Electron propagator theory could be used to compute reactivity indices with high accuracy at reasonable computational cost.

  5. Livability theory

    R. Veenhoven (Ruut)


    markdownabstract__Abstract__ Assumptions Livability theory involves the following six key assumptions: 1. Like all animals, humans have innate needs, such as for food, safety, and companionship. 2. Gratification of needs manifests in hedonic experience. 3. Hedonic experience determines how much we

  6. Framing theory

    de Vreese, C.H.; Lecheler, S.; Mazzoleni, G.; Barnhurst, K.G.; Ikeda, K.; Maia, R.C.M.; Wessler, H.


    Political issues can be viewed from different perspectives and they can be defined differently in the news media by emphasizing some aspects and leaving others aside. This is at the core of news framing theory. Framing originates within sociology and psychology and has become one of the most used th

  7. Scattering theory

    Friedrich, Harald [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department


    Written by the author of the widely acclaimed textbook. Theoretical Atomic Physics Includes sections on quantum reflection, tunable Feshbach resonances and Efimov states. Useful for advanced students and researchers. This book presents a concise and modern coverage of scattering theory. It is motivated by the fact that experimental advances have shifted and broadened the scope of applications where concepts from scattering theory are used, e.g. to the field of ultracold atoms and molecules, which has been experiencing enormous growth in recent years, largely triggered by the successful realization of Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute atomic gases in 1995. In the present treatment, special attention is given to the role played by the long-range behaviour of the projectile-target interaction, and a theory is developed, which is well suited to describe near-threshold bound and continuum states in realistic binary systems such as diatomic molecules or molecular ions. The level of abstraction is kept as low as at all possible, and deeper questions related to mathematical foundations of scattering theory are passed by. The book should be understandable for anyone with a basic knowledge of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. It is intended for advanced students and researchers, and it is hoped that it will be useful for theorists and experimentalists alike.

  8. Theory Overview

    Lenz, Alexander


    We set the scene for theoretical issues in charm physics that were discussed at CHARM 2016 in Bologna. In particular we emphasize the importance of improving our understanding of standard model contributions to numerous charm observables and we discuss also possible tests of our theory tools, like the Heavy Quark Expansion via the lifetime ratios of $D$-mesons

  9. Combinatorial Theory

    Hall, Marshall


    Includes proof of van der Waerden's 1926 conjecture on permanents, Wilson's theorem on asymptotic existence, and other developments in combinatorics since 1967. Also covers coding theory and its important connection with designs, problems of enumeration, and partition. Presents fundamentals in addition to latest advances, with illustrative problems at the end of each chapter. Enlarged appendixes include a longer list of block designs.

  10. Activity Theory

    Bertelsen, Olav Wedege; Bødker, Susanne


    the young HCI research tradition. But HCI was already facing problems: lack of consideration for other aspects of human behavior, for interaction with other people, for culture. Cognitive science-based theories lacked means to address several issues that came out of the empirical projects....

  11. Theory U

    Monthoux, Pierre Guillet de; Statler, Matt


    The recent Carnegie report (Colby, et al., 2011) characterizes the goal of business education as the development of practical wisdom. In this chapter, the authors reframe Scharmer’s Theory U as an attempt to develop practical wisdom by applying certain European philosophical concepts. Specifically...

  12. Matching theory

    Plummer, MD


    This study of matching theory deals with bipartite matching, network flows, and presents fundamental results for the non-bipartite case. It goes on to study elementary bipartite graphs and elementary graphs in general. Further discussed are 2-matchings, general matching problems as linear programs, the Edmonds Matching Algorithm (and other algorithmic approaches), f-factors and vertex packing.

  13. Overlay accuracy with respect to device scaling

    Leray, Philippe; Laidler, David; Cheng, Shaunee


    Overlay metrology performance is usually reported as repeatability, matching between tools or optics aberrations distorting the measurement (Tool induced shift or TIS). Over the last few years, improvement of these metrics by the tool suppliers has been impressive. But, what about accuracy? Using different target types, we have already reported small differences in the mean value as well as fingerprint [1]. These differences make the correctables questionable. Which target is correct and therefore which translation, scaling etc. values should be fed back to the scanner? In this paper we investigate the sources of these differences, using several approaches. First, we measure the response of different targets to offsets programmed in a test vehicle. Second, we check the response of the same overlay targets to overlay errors programmed into the scanner. We compare overlay target designs; what is the contribution of the size of the features that make up the target? We use different overlay measurement techniques; is DBO (Diffraction Based Overlay) more accurate than IBO (Image Based Overlay)? We measure overlay on several stacks; what is the stack contribution to inaccuracy? In conclusion, we offer an explanation for the observed differences and propose a solution to reduce them.

  14. Dimensional accuracy of thermoformed polymethyl methacrylate.

    Jagger, R G


    Thermoforming of polymethyl methacrylate sheet is used to produce a number of different types of dental appliances. The purpose of this study was to determine the dimensional accuracy of thermoformed polymethyl methacrylate specimens. Five blanks of the acrylic resin were thermoformed on stone casts prepared from a silicone mold of a brass master die. The distances between index marks were measured both on the cast and on the thermoformed blanks with an optical comparator. Measurements on the blanks were made again 24 hours after processing and then 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months after immersion in water. Linear shrinkage of less than 1% (range 0.37% to 0.52%) was observed 24 hours after removal of the blanks from the cast. Immersion of the thermoformed specimens in water resulted in an increase in measured dimensions, but after 3 months' immersion these increases were still less than those of the cast (range 0.07% to 0.18%). It was concluded that it is possible to thermoform Perspex polymethyl methacrylate accurately.

  15. Accuracy and robustness evaluation in stereo matching

    Nguyen, Duc M.; Hanca, Jan; Lu, Shao-Ping; Schelkens, Peter; Munteanu, Adrian


    Stereo matching has received a lot of attention from the computer vision community, thanks to its wide range of applications. Despite of the large variety of algorithms that have been proposed so far, it is not trivial to select suitable algorithms for the construction of practical systems. One of the main problems is that many algorithms lack sufficient robustness when employed in various operational conditions. This problem is due to the fact that most of the proposed methods in the literature are usually tested and tuned to perform well on one specific dataset. To alleviate this problem, an extensive evaluation in terms of accuracy and robustness of state-of-the-art stereo matching algorithms is presented. Three datasets (Middlebury, KITTI, and MPEG FTV) representing different operational conditions are employed. Based on the analysis, improvements over existing algorithms have been proposed. The experimental results show that our improved versions of cross-based and cost volume filtering algorithms outperform the original versions with large margins on Middlebury and KITTI datasets. In addition, the latter of the two proposed algorithms ranks itself among the best local stereo matching approaches on the KITTI benchmark. Under evaluations using specific settings for depth-image-based-rendering applications, our improved belief propagation algorithm is less complex than MPEG's FTV depth estimation reference software (DERS), while yielding similar depth estimation performance. Finally, several conclusions on stereo matching algorithms are also presented.

  16. Navigation in Orthognathic Surgery: 3D Accuracy.

    Badiali, Giovanni; Roncari, Andrea; Bianchi, Alberto; Taddei, Fulvia; Marchetti, Claudio; Schileo, Enrico


    This article aims to determine the absolute accuracy of maxillary repositioning during orthognathic surgery according to simulation-guided navigation, that is, the combination of navigation and three-dimensional (3D) virtual surgery. We retrospectively studied 15 patients treated for asymmetric dentofacial deformities at the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Unit of the S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital in Bologna, Italy, from January 2010 to January 2012. Patients were scanned with a cone-beam computed tomography before and after surgery. The virtual surgical simulation was realized with a dedicated software and loaded on a navigation system to improve intraoperative reproducibility of the preoperative planning. We analyzed the outcome following two protocols: (1) planning versus postoperative 3D surface analysis; (2) planning versus postoperative point-based analysis. For 3D surface comparison, the mean Hausdorff distance was measured, and median among cases was 0.99 mm. Median reproducibility orthognathic surgery, if compared with the surgical computer-designed project realized with a dedicated software, particularly for the vertical dimension, which is the most challenging to manage.

  17. Firing temperature accuracy of four dental furnaces.

    Haag, Per; Ciber, Edina; Dérand, Tore


    In spite of using recommended firing and displayed temperatures, low-fired dental porcelain more often demonstrates unsatisfactory results after firing than porcelain fired at higher temperatures. It could therefore be anticipated that temperatures shown on the display are incorrect, implying that the furnace does not render correct firing programs for low-fired porcelain. The purpose of this study is to investigate deviations from the real temperature during the firing process and also to illustrate the service and maintenance discipline of furnaces at dental laboratories. Totally 20 units of four different types of dental furnaces were selected for testing of temperature accuracy with usage of a digital temperature measurement apparatus, Therma 1. In addition,the staffs at 68 dental laboratories in Sweden were contacted for a telephone interview on furnace brand and on service and maintenance program performed at their laboratories. None of the 20 different dental furnaces in the study could generate the firing temperatures shown on the display, indicating that the hypothesis was correct. Multimat MCII had the least deviation of temperature compared with displayfigures. 62 out of 68 invited dental laboratories chose to participate in the interviews and the result was that very few laboratories had a service and maintenance program living up to quality standards. There is room for improving the precision of dental porcelain furnaces as there are deviations between displayed and read temperatures during the different steps of the firing process.

  18. [Accuracy of a pulse oximeter during hypoxia].

    Tachibana, C; Fukada, T; Hasegawa, R; Satoh, K; Furuya, Y; Ohe, Y


    The accuracy of the pulse oximeter was examined in hypoxic patients. We studied 11 cyanotic congenital heart disease patients during surgery, and compared the arterial oxygen saturation determined by both the simultaneous blood gas analysis (CIBA-CORNING 288 BLOOD GAS SYSTEM, SaO2) and by the pulse oximeter (DATEX SATELITE, with finger probe, SpO2). Ninty sets of data on SpO2 and SaO2 were obtained. The bias (SpO2-SaO2) was 1.7 +/- 6.9 (mean +/- SD) %. In cyanotic congenital heart disease patients, SpO2 values were significantly higher than SaO2. Although the reason is unknown, in constantly hypoxic patients, SpO2 values are possibly over-estimated. In particular, pulse oximetry at low levels of saturation (SaO2 below 80%) was not as accurate as at a higher saturation level (SaO2 over 80%). There was a positive correlation between SpO2 and SaO2 (linear regression analysis yields the equation y = 0.68x + 26.0, r = 0.93). In conclusion, the pulse oximeter is useful to monitor oxygen saturation in constantly hypoxic patients, but the values thus obtained should be compared with the values measured directly when hypoxemia is severe.

  19. Sturmians and generalized sturmians in quantum theory

    Avery, John Scales; Avery, James Emil


    The theory of Sturmians and generalized Sturmians is reviewed. It is shown that when generalized Sturmians are used as basis functions, calculations on the spectra and physical properties of few-electron atoms can be performed with great ease and good accuracy. The use of many-center Coulomb Stur...

  20. Potential theory

    Helms, Lester L


    Potential Theory presents a clear path from calculus to classical potential theory and beyond, with the aim of moving the reader into the area of mathematical research as quickly as possible. The subject matter is developed from first principles using only calculus. Commencing with the inverse square law for gravitational and electromagnetic forces and the divergence theorem, the author develops methods for constructing solutions of Laplace's equation on a region with prescribed values on the boundary of the region. The latter half of the book addresses more advanced material aimed at those with the background of a senior undergraduate or beginning graduate course in real analysis. Starting with solutions of the Dirichlet problem subject to mixed boundary conditions on the simplest of regions, methods of morphing such solutions onto solutions of Poisson's equation on more general regions are developed using diffeomorphisms and the Perron-Wiener-Brelot method, culminating in application to Brownian motion. In ...

  1. Elastoplasticity theory

    Hashiguchi, Koichi


    This book was written to serve as the standard textbook of elastoplasticity for students, engineers and researchers in the field of applied mechanics. The present second edition is improved thoroughly from the first edition by selecting the standard theories from various formulations and models, which are required to study the essentials of elastoplasticity steadily and effectively and will remain universally in the history of elastoplasticity. It opens with an explanation of vector-tensor analysis and continuum mechanics as a foundation to study elastoplasticity theory, extending over various strain and stress tensors and their rates. Subsequently, constitutive equations of elastoplastic and viscoplastic deformations for monotonic, cyclic and non-proportional loading behavior in a general rate and their applications to metals and soils are described in detail, and constitutive equations of friction behavior between solids and its application to the prediction of stick-slip phenomena are delineated. In additi...

  2. Operator theory


    A one-sentence definition of operator theory could be: The study of (linear) continuous operations between topological vector spaces, these being in general (but not exclusively) Fréchet, Banach, or Hilbert spaces (or their duals). Operator theory is thus a very wide field, with numerous facets, both applied and theoretical. There are deep connections with complex analysis, functional analysis, mathematical physics, and electrical engineering, to name a few. Fascinating new applications and directions regularly appear, such as operator spaces, free probability, and applications to Clifford analysis. In our choice of the sections, we tried to reflect this diversity. This is a dynamic ongoing project, and more sections are planned, to complete the picture. We hope you enjoy the reading, and profit from this endeavor.

  3. Communication theory

    Stein, Irene F.; Stelter, Reinhard


    Communication theory covers a wide variety of theories related to the communication process (Littlejohn, 1999). Communication is not simply an exchange of information, in which we have a sender and a receiver. This very technical concept of communication is clearly outdated; a human being...... is not a data processing device. In this chapter, communication is understood as a process of shared meaning-making (Bruner, 1990). Human beings interpret their environment, other people, and themselves on the basis of their dynamic interaction with the surrounding world. Meaning is essential because people...... ascribe specific meanings to their experiences, their actions in life or work, and their interactions. Meaning is reshaped, adapted, and transformed in every communication encounter. Furthermore, meaning is cocreated in dialogues or in communities of practice, such as in teams at a workplace or in school...

  4. Scattering theory

    Friedrich, Harald


    This corrected and updated second edition of "Scattering Theory" presents a concise and modern coverage of the subject. In the present treatment, special attention is given to the role played by the long-range behaviour of the projectile-target interaction, and a theory is developed, which is well suited to describe near-threshold bound and continuum states in realistic binary systems such as diatomic molecules or molecular ions. It is motivated by the fact that experimental advances have shifted and broadened the scope of applications where concepts from scattering theory are used, e.g. to the field of ultracold atoms and molecules, which has been experiencing enormous growth in recent years, largely triggered by the successful realization of Bose-Einstein condensates of dilute atomic gases in 1995. The book contains sections on special topics such as near-threshold quantization, quantum reflection, Feshbach resonances and the quantum description of scattering in two dimensions. The level of abstraction is k...

  5. A topologia molecular QTAIM e a descrição mecânico-quântica de ligações de hidrogênio e ligações de di-hidrogênio The QTAIM molecular topology and the quantum-mechanical description of hydrogen bonds and dihydrogen bonds

    Boaz G. Oliveira


    Full Text Available Hydrogen bonds formed through the interaction between a high electronic density center (lone electron pairs, π or pseudo-π bonds and proton donors cause important electronic and vibrational phenomena in many systems. However, it was demonstrated that proton donors interact with hydrides, such as alkali and alkaline earth metals (BeH2, MgH2, LiH and NaH, what yields a new type of interaction so-called dihydrogen bonds. The characterization of these interactions has been performed at light of the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM, by which the electronic densities ρ are quantified and the intermolecular regions are characterized as closed-shell interactions through the analysis of the Laplacian field ∇2ρ.

  6. Cognitive Models of Risky Choice: Parameter Stability and Predictive Accuracy of Prospect Theory

    Glockner, Andreas; Pachur, Thorsten


    In the behavioral sciences, a popular approach to describe and predict behavior is cognitive modeling with adjustable parameters (i.e., which can be fitted to data). Modeling with adjustable parameters allows, among other things, measuring differences between people. At the same time, parameter estimation also bears the risk of overfitting. Are…

  7. Cosmic microwave background theory.

    Bond, J R


    A long-standing goal of theorists has been to constrain cosmological parameters that define the structure formation theory from cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropy experiments and large-scale structure (LSS) observations. The status and future promise of this enterprise is described. Current band-powers in -space are consistent with a DeltaT flat in frequency and broadly follow inflation-based expectations. That the levels are approximately (10(-5))2 provides strong support for the gravitational instability theory, while the Far Infrared Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) constraints on energy injection rule out cosmic explosions as a dominant source of LSS. Band-powers at 100 suggest that the universe could not have re-ionized too early. To get the LSS of Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE)-normalized fluctuations right provides encouraging support that the initial fluctuation spectrum was not far off the scale invariant form that inflation models prefer: e.g., for tilted Lambda cold dark matter sequences of fixed 13-Gyr age (with the Hubble constant H0 marginalized), ns = 1.17 +/- 0.3 for Differential Microwave Radiometer (DMR) only; 1.15 +/- 0.08 for DMR plus the SK95 experiment; 1.00 +/- 0.04 for DMR plus all smaller angle experiments; 1.00 +/- 0.05 when LSS constraints are included as well. The CMB alone currently gives weak constraints on Lambda and moderate constraints on Omegatot, but theoretical forecasts of future long duration balloon and satellite experiments are shown which predict percent-level accuracy among a large fraction of the 10+ parameters characterizing the cosmic structure formation theory, at least if it is an inflation variant.

  8. Accuracy estimation of foamy virus genome copying

    Rethwilm Axel


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Foamy viruses (FVs are the most genetically stable viruses of the retrovirus family. This is in contrast to the in vitro error rate found for recombinant FV reverse transcriptase (RT. To investigate the accuracy of FV genome copying in vivo we analyzed the occurrence of mutations in HEK 293T cell culture after a single round of reverse transcription using a replication-deficient vector system. Furthermore, the frequency of FV recombination by template switching (TS and the cross-packaging ability of different FV strains were analyzed. Results We initially sequenced 90,000 nucleotides and detected 39 mutations, corresponding to an in vivo error rate of approximately 4 × 10-4 per site per replication cycle. Surprisingly, all mutations were transitions from G to A, suggesting that APOBEC3 activity is the driving force for the majority of mutations detected in our experimental system. In line with this, we detected a late but significant APOBEC3G and 3F mRNA by quantitative PCR in the cells. We then analyzed 170,000 additional nucleotides from experiments in which we co-transfected the APOBEC3-interfering foamy viral bet gene and observed a significant 50% drop in G to A mutations, indicating that APOBEC activity indeed contributes substantially to the foamy viral replication error rate in vivo. However, even in the presence of Bet, 35 out of 37 substitutions were G to A, suggesting that residual APOBEC activity accounted for most of the observed mutations. If we subtract these APOBEC-like mutations from the total number of mutations, we calculate a maximal intrinsic in vivo error rate of 1.1 × 10-5 per site per replication. In addition to the point mutations, we detected one 49 bp deletion within the analyzed 260000 nucleotides. Analysis of the recombination frequency of FV vector genomes revealed a 27% probability for a template switching (TS event within a 1 kilobase (kb region. This corresponds to a 98% probability that FVs

  9. Accuracy of quantitative visual soil assessment

    van Leeuwen, Maricke; Heuvelink, Gerard; Stoorvogel, Jetse; Wallinga, Jakob; de Boer, Imke; van Dam, Jos; van Essen, Everhard; Moolenaar, Simon; Verhoeven, Frank; Stoof, Cathelijne


    Visual soil assessment (VSA) is a method to assess soil quality visually, when standing in the field. VSA is increasingly used by farmers, farm organisations and companies, because it is rapid and cost-effective, and because looking at soil provides understanding about soil functioning. Often VSA is regarded as subjective, so there is a need to verify VSA. Also, many VSAs have not been fine-tuned for contrasting soil types. This could lead to wrong interpretation of soil quality and soil functioning when contrasting sites are compared to each other. We wanted to assess accuracy of VSA, while taking into account soil type. The first objective was to test whether quantitative visual field observations, which form the basis in many VSAs, could be validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The second objective was to assess whether quantitative visual field observations are reproducible, when used by observers with contrasting backgrounds. For the validation study, we made quantitative visual observations at 26 cattle farms. Farms were located at sand, clay and peat soils in the North Friesian Woodlands, the Netherlands. Quantitative visual observations evaluated were grass cover, number of biopores, number of roots, soil colour, soil structure, number of earthworms, number of gley mottles and soil compaction. Linear regression analysis showed that four out of eight quantitative visual observations could be well validated with standardized field or laboratory measurements. The following quantitative visual observations correlated well with standardized field or laboratory measurements: grass cover with classified images of surface cover; number of roots with root dry weight; amount of large structure elements with mean weight diameter; and soil colour with soil organic matter content. Correlation coefficients were greater than 0.3, from which half of the correlations were significant. For the reproducibility study, a group of 9 soil scientists and 7

  10. ESA ExoMars: Pre-launch PanCam Geometric Modeling and Accuracy Assessment

    Li, D.; Li, R.; Yilmaz, A.


    ExoMars is the flagship mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) Aurora Programme. The mobile scientific platform, or rover, will carry a drill and a suite of instruments dedicated to exobiology and geochemistry research. As the ExoMars rover is designed to travel kilometres over the Martian surface, high-precision rover localization and topographic mapping will be critical for traverse path planning and safe planetary surface operations. For such purposes, the ExoMars rover Panoramic Camera system (PanCam) will acquire images that are processed into an imagery network providing vision information for photogrammetric algorithms to localize the rover and generate 3-D mapping products. Since the design of the ExoMars PanCam will influence localization and mapping accuracy, quantitative error analysis of the PanCam design will improve scientists' awareness of the achievable level of accuracy, and enable the PanCam design team to optimize its design to achieve the highest possible level of localization and mapping accuracy. Based on photogrammetric principles and uncertainty propagation theory, we have developed a method to theoretically analyze how mapping and localization accuracy would be affected by various factors, such as length of stereo hard-baseline, focal length, and pixel size, etc.

  11. The effect of accuracy motivation on anchoring and adjustment: do people adjust from provided anchors?

    Simmons, Joseph P; LeBoeuf, Robyn A; Nelson, Leif D


    Increasing accuracy motivation (e.g., by providing monetary incentives for accuracy) often fails to increase adjustment away from provided anchors, a result that has led researchers to conclude that people do not effortfully adjust away from such anchors. We challenge this conclusion. First, we show that people are typically uncertain about which way to adjust from provided anchors and that this uncertainty often causes people to believe that they have initially adjusted too far away from such anchors (Studies 1a and 1b). Then, we show that although accuracy motivation fails to increase the gap between anchors and final estimates when people are uncertain about the direction of adjustment, accuracy motivation does increase anchor-estimate gaps when people are certain about the direction of adjustment, and that this is true regardless of whether the anchors are provided or self-generated (Studies 2, 3a, 3b, and 5). These results suggest that people do effortfully adjust away from provided anchors but that uncertainty about the direction of adjustment makes that adjustment harder to detect than previously assumed. This conclusion has important theoretical implications, suggesting that currently emphasized distinctions between anchor types (self-generated vs. provided) are not fundamental and that ostensibly competing theories of anchoring (selective accessibility and anchoring-and-adjustment) are complementary.

  12. Spectroscopy of H3+ based on a new high-accuracy global potential energy surface.

    Polyansky, Oleg L; Alijah, Alexander; Zobov, Nikolai F; Mizus, Irina I; Ovsyannikov, Roman I; Tennyson, Jonathan; Lodi, Lorenzo; Szidarovszky, Tamás; Császár, Attila G


    The molecular ion H(3)(+) is the simplest polyatomic and poly-electronic molecular system, and its spectrum constitutes an important benchmark for which precise answers can be obtained ab initio from the equations of quantum mechanics. Significant progress in the computation of the ro-vibrational spectrum of H(3)(+) is discussed. A new, global potential energy surface (PES) based on ab initio points computed with an average accuracy of 0.01 cm(-1) relative to the non-relativistic limit has recently been constructed. An analytical representation of these points is provided, exhibiting a standard deviation of 0.097 cm(-1). Problems with earlier fits are discussed. The new PES is used for the computation of transition frequencies. Recently measured lines at visible wavelengths combined with previously determined infrared ro-vibrational data show that an accuracy of the order of 0.1 cm(-1) is achieved by these computations. In order to achieve this degree of accuracy, relativistic, adiabatic and non-adiabatic effects must be properly accounted for. The accuracy of these calculations facilitates the reassignment of some measured lines, further reducing the standard deviation between experiment and theory.

  13. Generating relevant kinetic Monte Carlo catalogs using temperature accelerated dynamics with control over the accuracy

    Chatterjee, Abhijit [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Voter, Arthur [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    We develop a variation of the temperature accelerated dynamics (TAD) method, called the p-TAD method, that efficiently generates an on-the-fly kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) process catalog with control over the accuracy of the catalog. It is assumed that transition state theory is valid. The p-TAD method guarantees that processes relevant at the timescales of interest to the simulation are present in the catalog with a chosen confidence. A confidence measure associated with the process catalog is derived. The dynamics is then studied using the process catalog with the KMC method. Effective accuracy of a p-TAD calculation is derived when a KMC catalog is reused for conditions different from those the catalog was originally generated for. Different KMC catalog generation strategies that exploit the features of the p-TAD method and ensure higher accuracy and/or computational efficiency are presented. The accuracy and the computational requirements of the p-TAD method are assessed. Comparisons to the original TAD method are made. As an example, we study dynamics in sub-monolayer Ag/Cu(110) at the time scale of seconds using the p-TAD method. It is demonstrated that the p-TAD method overcomes several challenges plaguing the conventional KMC method.

  14. Loss of accuracy using smeared properties in composite beam modeling

    Liu, Ning

    Advanced composite materials have broad, proven applications in many engineering systems ranging from sports equipment sectors to components on the space shuttle because of their lightweight characteristics and significantly high stiffness. Together with this merit of composite materials is the challenge of improving computational simulation process for composites analysis. Composite structures, particularly composite laminates, usually consist of many layers with different lay-up angles. The anisotropic and heterogeneous features render 3D finite element analysis (FEA) computationally expensive in terms of the computational time and the computing power. At the constituent level, composite materials are heterogeneous. But quite often one homogenizes each layer of composites, i.e. lamina, and uses the homogenized material properties as averaged (smeared) values of those constituent materials for analysis. This is an approach extensively used in design and analysis of composite laminates. Furthermore, many industries tempted to use smeared properties at the laminate level to further reduce the model of composite structures. At this scale, smeared properties are averaged material properties that are weighted by the layer thickness. Although this approach has the advantage of saving computational time and cost of modeling significantly, the prediction of the structural responses may not be accurate, particularly the pointwise stress distribution. Therefore, it is important to quantify the loss of accuracy when one uses smeared properties. In this paper, several different benchmark problems are carefully investigated in order to exemplify the effect of the smeared properties on the global behavior and pointwise stress distribution of the composite beam. In the classical beam theory, both Newtonian method and variational method include several ad hoc assumptions to construct the model, however, these assumptions are avoided if one uses variational asymptotic method. VABS

  15. Graph theory

    Merris, Russell


    A lively invitation to the flavor, elegance, and power of graph theoryThis mathematically rigorous introduction is tempered and enlivened by numerous illustrations, revealing examples, seductive applications, and historical references. An award-winning teacher, Russ Merris has crafted a book designed to attract and engage through its spirited exposition, a rich assortment of well-chosen exercises, and a selection of topics that emphasizes the kinds of things that can be manipulated, counted, and pictured. Intended neither to be a comprehensive overview nor an encyclopedic reference, th

  16. Design theory


    This book deals with the basic subjects of design theory. It begins with balanced incomplete block designs, various constructions of which are described in ample detail. In particular, finite projective and affine planes, difference sets and Hadamard matrices, as tools to construct balanced incomplete block designs, are included. Orthogonal latin squares are also treated in detail. Zhu's simpler proof of the falsity of Euler's conjecture is included. The construction of some classes of balanced incomplete block designs, such as Steiner triple systems and Kirkman triple systems, are also given.

  17. Communication theory

    Goldie, Charles M


    This book is an introduction, for mathematics students, to the theories of information and codes. They are usually treated separately but, as both address the problem of communication through noisy channels (albeit from different directions), the authors have been able to exploit the connection to give a reasonably self-contained treatment, relating the probabilistic and algebraic viewpoints. The style is discursive and, as befits the subject, plenty of examples and exercises are provided. Some examples and exercises are provided. Some examples of computer codes are given to provide concrete illustrations of abstract ideas.

  18. Residuation theory

    Blyth, T S; Sneddon, I N; Stark, M


    Residuation Theory aims to contribute to literature in the field of ordered algebraic structures, especially on the subject of residual mappings. The book is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 focuses on ordered sets; directed sets; semilattices; lattices; and complete lattices. Chapter 2 tackles Baer rings; Baer semigroups; Foulis semigroups; residual mappings; the notion of involution; and Boolean algebras. Chapter 3 covers residuated groupoids and semigroups; group homomorphic and isotone homomorphic Boolean images of ordered semigroups; Dubreil-Jacotin and Brouwer semigroups; and loli

  19. Graph theory

    Diestel, Reinhard


    HauptbeschreibungThis standard textbook of modern graph theory, now in its fourth edition, combinesthe authority of a classic with the engaging freshness of style that is the hallmarkof active mathematics. It covers the core material of the subject with concise yetreliably complete proofs, while offering glimpses of more advanced methodsin each field by one or two deeper results, again with proofs given in full detail.The book can be used as a reliable text for an introductory course, as a graduatetext, and for self-study. Rezension"Deep, clear, wonderful. This is a serious book about the

  20. Influence of Exposure Time on Prototyping Accuracy in Stereolithography

    吴懋亮; 方明伦; 胡庆夕; 戴春祥; 卢秉恒


    A novel stereolithgraphy system with conventional UV light as a light source uses the 2D worktable as moving components,whose characteristics determine the accuracy of the prototyping parts. Many factors including mass of the worktable, elasticity and damp coefficients, speed and acceleration affect the non-uniform exposure time of the resin, and eventually influence the cured line shape and the curing accuracy. A light shuttle is used to eliminate the cure errors, greatly improving accuracy of the parts.

  1. Accuracy of Low-level Surface in Hierarchical Construction of Potential Energy Surface

    Chun-rui Wang; Dong H. Zhang


    The effects of low-level PES on the overall accuracy of the final surface constructed by using hierarchical construction were investigated with the constructions of a number of global surfaces for the H3 system at UHF (UMP2,DFT-B3LYP,UCCSD(T))/vtz,and UCCSD(T)/avqz levels of theory.The total reaction probabilities for the H+H2 reaction calculated on these surfaces revealed that the accuracy of UCCSD(T)/avqz surface is very close to the well-known BKMP2 surface,while the UCCSD(T)/vtz PES has a slightly higher barrier.In contrast,the low-level theories (UHF,UMP2,DFT-B3LYP) with vtz basis set can only provide a qualitative description of this simplest reaction despite the fact that they are widely used to study reactions in complex systems.On the other hand,although these theories are not accurate on describing the reaction,they can be used to provide the lowlevel PESs for hierarchical construction of the UCCSD(T)/avqz PES with the number of UCCSD(T)/avqz energies substantially reduced.

  2. A fast RCS accuracy assessment method for passive radar calibrators

    Zhou, Yongsheng; Li, Chuanrong; Tang, Lingli; Ma, Lingling; Liu, QI


    In microwave radar radiometric calibration, the corner reflector acts as the standard reference target but its structure is usually deformed during the transportation and installation, or deformed by wind and gravity while permanently installed outdoor, which will decrease the RCS accuracy and therefore the radiometric calibration accuracy. A fast RCS accuracy measurement method based on 3-D measuring instrument and RCS simulation was proposed in this paper for tracking the characteristic variation of the corner reflector. In the first step, RCS simulation algorithm was selected and its simulation accuracy was assessed. In the second step, the 3-D measuring instrument was selected and its measuring accuracy was evaluated. Once the accuracy of the selected RCS simulation algorithm and 3-D measuring instrument was satisfied for the RCS accuracy assessment, the 3-D structure of the corner reflector would be obtained by the 3-D measuring instrument, and then the RCSs of the obtained 3-D structure and corresponding ideal structure would be calculated respectively based on the selected RCS simulation algorithm. The final RCS accuracy was the absolute difference of the two RCS calculation results. The advantage of the proposed method was that it could be applied outdoor easily, avoiding the correlation among the plate edge length error, plate orthogonality error, plate curvature error. The accuracy of this method is higher than the method using distortion equation. In the end of the paper, a measurement example was presented in order to show the performance of the proposed method.

  3. Virtual Teaching Simulation for Robot Assembly Accuracy Analysis

    张征; 周宏甫; 刘斌


    In this paper, by teaching a 3D robot unit model and playing back to simulate the assembly process in a virtual assembly environment, errors in robot assembly are analyzed. The paper also presents a visualization method for analyzing accuracy of the robot assembly, and studies the influence of the spatial pose of a robot on the success rate of an axis-hole assembly, and accuracy of the robot teaching program in particular. Through integration of various errors and on the basis of assembly accuracy, tolerance of error sources can be reasonably distributed to meet the assembly accuracy requirement, therefore the planning of robot assembly unit can be improved.

  4. Pion polarizabilities: Theory vs Experiment

    Ivanov, Mikhail A


    The values of charged pion polarizabilities obtained in the framework of chiral perturbation theory at the level of two-loop accuracy are compared with the experimental result recently reported by COMPASS Collaboration. It is found that the calculated value for the dipole polarizabilities $(\\alpha-\\beta)_{\\pi^\\pm}= (5.7\\pm 1.0)\\times 10^{-4}\\,{\\rm fm}^3$ fits quite well the experimental result $(\\alpha-\\beta)_{\\pi^\\pm} = (4.0 \\pm 1.2_{\\rm stat} \\pm 1.4_{\\rm syst}) \\times 10^{-4}\\,{\\rm fm}^3$.

  5. Adjusting for covariate effects on classification accuracy using the covariate-adjusted receiver operating characteristic curve.

    Janes, Holly; Pepe, Margaret S


    Recent scientific and technological innovations have produced an abundance of potential markers that are being investigated for their use in disease screening and diagnosis. In evaluating these markers, it is often necessary to account for covariates associated with the marker of interest. Covariates may include subject characteristics, expertise of the test operator, test procedures or aspects of specimen handling. In this paper, we propose the covariate-adjusted receiver operating characteristic curve, a measure of covariate-adjusted classification accuracy. Nonparametric and semiparametric estimators are proposed, asymptotic distribution theory is provided and finite sample performance is investigated. For illustration we characterize the age-adjusted discriminatory accuracy of prostate-specific antigen as a biomarker for prostate cancer.

  6. High accuracy acoustic relative humidity measurement in duct flow with air.

    van Schaik, Wilhelm; Grooten, Mart; Wernaart, Twan; van der Geld, Cees


    An acoustic relative humidity sensor for air-steam mixtures in duct flow is designed and tested. Theory, construction, calibration, considerations on dynamic response and results are presented. The measurement device is capable of measuring line averaged values of gas velocity, temperature and relative humidity (RH) instantaneously, by applying two ultrasonic transducers and an array of four temperature sensors. Measurement ranges are: gas velocity of 0-12 m/s with an error of ± 0.13 m/s, temperature 0-100 °C with an error of ± 0.07 °C and relative humidity 0-100% with accuracy better than 2 % RH above 50 °C. Main advantage over conventional humidity sensors is the high sensitivity at high RH at temperatures exceeding 50 °C, with accuracy increasing with increasing temperature. The sensors are non-intrusive and resist highly humid environments.

  7. Ab Initio Calculation of Rate Constants for Molecule–Surface Reactions with Chemical Accuracy

    Piccini, GiovanniMaria; Alessio, Maristella


    Abstract The ab initio prediction of reaction rate constants for systems with hundreds of atoms with an accuracy that is comparable to experiment is a challenge for computational quantum chemistry. We present a divide‐and‐conquer strategy that departs from the potential energy surfaces obtained by standard density functional theory with inclusion of dispersion. The energies of the reactant and transition structures are refined by wavefunction‐type calculations for the reaction site. Thermal effects and entropies are calculated from vibrational partition functions, and the anharmonic frequencies are calculated separately for each vibrational mode. This method is applied to a key reaction of an industrially relevant catalytic process, the methylation of small alkenes over zeolites. The calculated reaction rate constants (free energies), pre‐exponential factors (entropies), and enthalpy barriers show that our computational strategy yields results that agree with experiment within chemical accuracy limits (less than one order of magnitude). PMID:27008460

  8. Generalized CAPP and synthetic evaluation strategy for production line of accuracy welding

    Kong Liang; Wu Yixiong


    This paper presents generalized CAPP(G-CAPP) method which deals with macro process planning for multi-objective in the planning stage of production line of accuracy welding (PLAW) based on the features of accuracy welding production (AWP). G-CAPP offers foundations for prototype design and general equipment sorting, production capacity predication and production analysis by means of simulation and optimization. A synthetic hierarchy evaluation (SHE) model for G-CAPP established according to the planning objective is utilized to estimate the alternate processing plans by using membership function and analytic hierarchy process (AHP) of operational theory. The assembly welding line of hydraulic torque converter (HTC) is as an example of typical AWP to explicate G-CAPP and synthetic evaluating strategy of PLAW. The feasible and rational process configuration strategies of HTC assembly welding line are pointed out under different planning objective.

  9. Measurement accuracy of articulated arm CMMs with circular grating eccentricity errors

    Zheng, Dateng; Yin, Sanfeng; Luo, Zhiyang; Zhang, Jing; Zhou, Taiping


    The 6 circular grating eccentricity errors model attempts to improve the measurement accuracy of an articulated arm coordinate measuring machine (AACMM) without increasing the corresponding hardware cost. We analyzed the AACMM’s circular grating eccentricity and obtained the 6 joints’ circular grating eccentricity error model parameters by conducting circular grating eccentricity error experiments. We completed the calibration operations for the measurement models by using home-made standard bar components. Our results show that the measurement errors from the AACMM’s measurement model without and with circular grating eccentricity errors are 0.0834 mm and 0.0462 mm, respectively. Significantly, we determined that measurement accuracy increased by about 44.6% when the circular grating eccentricity errors were corrected. This study is significant because it promotes wider applications of AACMMs both in theory and in practice.

  10. Graph-based linear scaling electronic structure theory

    Niklasson, Anders M N; Negre, Christian F A; Cawkwell, Marc J; Swart, Pieter J; Mohd-Yusof, Jamal; Germann, Timothy C; Wall, Michael E; Bock, Nicolas; Djidjev, Hristo


    We show how graph theory can be combined with quantum theory to calculate the electronic structure of large complex systems. The graph formalism is general and applicable to a broad range of electronic structure methods and materials, including challenging systems such as biomolecules. The methodology combines well-controlled accuracy, low computational cost, and natural low-communication parallelism. This combination addresses substantial shortcomings of linear scaling electronic structure theory, in particular with respect to quantum-based molecular dynamics simulations.

  11. A blood pressure measurement method based on synergetics theory


    <正>The principle for blood pressure measurement using pulse transit time is introduced in this paper.And the math model of synergetics theory is studied in detail.The synergetics theory is applied in the analysis of blood pressure measurement data.The simulation results show that the application of synergetics theory is helpful to judge the normal blood pressure,and the accuracy is up to 80%.

  12. Design and accuracy analysis of a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine for ship manufacturing

    Hu, Shenghai; Zhang, Manhui; Zhang, Baoping; Chen, Xi; Yu, Wei


    The current research of processing large size fabrication holes on complex spatial curved surface mainly focuses on the CNC flame cutting machines design for ship hull of ship manufacturing. However, the existing machines cannot meet the continuous cutting requirements with variable pass conditions through their fixed configuration, and cannot realize high-precision processing as the accuracy theory is not studied adequately. This paper deals with structure design and accuracy prediction technology of novel machine tools for solving the problem of continuous and high-precision cutting. The needed variable trajectory and variable pose kinematic characteristics of non-contact cutting tool are figured out and a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine designed through metamorphic principle is presented. To analyze kinematic accuracy of the machine, models of joint clearances, manufacturing tolerances and errors in the input variables and error models considering the combined effects are derived based on screw theory after establishing ideal kinematic models. Numerical simulations, processing experiment and trajectory tracking experiment are conducted relative to an eccentric hole with bevels on cylindrical surface respectively. The results of cutting pass contour and kinematic error interval which the position error is from-0.975 mm to +0.628 mm and orientation error is from-0.01 rad to +0.01 rad indicate that the developed machine can complete cutting process continuously and effectively, and the established kinematic error models are effective although the interval is within a `large' range. It also shows the matching property between metamorphic principle and variable working tasks, and the mapping correlation between original designing parameters and kinematic errors of machines. This research develops a metamorphic CNC flame cutting machine and establishes kinematic error models for accuracy analysis of machine tools.

  13. Evaluation of the shear bond strength of the union between two CoCr-alloys and a dental ceramic Avaliação da resistência ao cisalhamento da união entre duas ligas a base de CoCr e uma cerâmica

    Mariana Pretti


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Based on the importance of the integrity of the metal/ceramic interface, the purpose of this work was to evaluate the shear bond strength of the metal-ceramic union of two Co-Cr alloys (Wirobond C, Bego; Remanium 2000, Dentaurum combined with Omega 900 ceramic (Vita Zahnfabrik. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Eleven cylindrical matrixes were made for each alloy, and the metallic portion was obtained with the lost wax casting technique with standardized waxing of 4mm of height and of 4mm of diameter. The ceramic was applied according to the manufacturer's recommendations with the aid of a teflon matrix that allowed its dimension to be standardized in the same size as the metallic portion. The specimens were submitted to the shear bond test in an universal testing machine (EMIC, with the aid of a device developed for such intention, and constant speed of 0.5mm/min. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: The mean resistance was 48.387MPa for Wirobond C alloy, with standard deviation of 17.718, and 55.956MPa for Remanium 2000, with standard deviation of 17.198. No statistically significant difference was observed between the shear strength of the two metal-ceramic alloys.INTRODUÇÃO: Baseados na importância da integridade da interface metal-cerâmica, este trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a resistência ao cisalhamento da união metal-cerâmica de duas ligas de Co-Cr (Wirobond C, Bego; Remanium 2000, Dentaurum combinadas com a cerâmica Omega 900 (Vita Zahnfabrik. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram confeccionados 11 corpos-de-prova cilíndricos para cada liga utilizada, sendo que a porção metálica foi obtida por fundição pela técnica da cera perdida, através de enceramentos padronizados com 4mm de altura por 4mm de diâmetro. A aplicação da cerâmica foi realizada segundo recomendações do fabricante, com auxílio de uma matriz de teflon que permitia sua padronização com as mesmas dimensões da porção metálica. Os corpos-de-prova foram submetidos

  14. A crise da Liga das Nações de 1926: realismo neoclássico, multilateralismo e a natureza da política externa brasileira The League of Nations crisis of 1926: neoclassical realism, multilateralism, and the nature of Brazilian foreign policy

    Braz Baracuhy


    Full Text Available O artigo analisa a natureza da política externa brasileira na crise da Liga das Nações (1926, a partir de modelo teórico do realismo neoclássico. As dinâmicas por posições de poder nos tabuleiros geopolítico e multilateral do sistema internacional e as percepções e estratégias diplomáticas da elite de política externa brasileira são consideradas no estudo teórico.The article analyzes the nature of Brazilian foreign policy in the crisis of the League of Nations (1926 from a neoclassical-realist theoretical perspective. Within this theoretical framework, the dynamics of power positioning in the geopolitical and multilateral chessboards of the international system and the perceptions and diplomatic strategies of the Brazilian foreign-policy elite are taken into account.

  15. Relação funcional entre a proteína Bub3 do checkpoint mitótico e a proteína motora dineína na ligação cinetocoro-microtúbulos

    Silva, Patrícia Manuela Areias da


    O checkpoint mitótico assegura a fidelidade da segregação cromossómica a cada divisão celular. Este mecanismo de controlo inibe a anafase até que todos os cromossomas estabeleçam uma ligação bipolar, através dos seus cinetocoros irmãos, com os microtúbulos provenientes de pólos opostos do fuso mitótico, culminando no seu alinhamento na placa metafásica, fenómeno designado de congressão. Algumas das proteínas do checkpoint mitótico, designadamente Bub1, BubR1 e Bub3, para alé...

  16. Avaliação da resistência à corrosão de eletrodepósitos de liga ZnFe sobre aço tratado com filmes contendo sais de terras raras e silanos BTSE, BTESPTS


    O presente trabalho tem como objetivo avaliar a resistência a corrosão do aço revestido com eletrodepósito de liga ZnFe tratado com filmes constituídos de uma pré-camada obtida através de solução de sais de terras raras (Ce ou La) acrescida de filmes de silanos bis 1,2-[trietoxissilil]etano) (BTSE) e/ou bis-(3-[trietoxissilil]-propil) - tetrassulfeto (BTESPTS). Esses sistemas foram avaliados através das Curvas de Polarização, Espectroscopia de Impedância Eletroquímica (EIE), M...

  17. Hyperspherical theory of anisotropic exciton

    Muljarov, E A; Tikhodeev, S G; Bulatov, A E; Birman, Joseph L; 10.1063/1.1286772


    A new approach to the theory of anisotropic exciton based on Fock transformation, i.e., on a stereographic projection of the momentum to the unit 4-dimensional (4D) sphere, is developed. Hyperspherical functions are used as a basis of the perturbation theory. The binding energies, wave functions and oscillator strengths of elongated as well as flattened excitons are obtained numerically. It is shown that with an increase of the anisotropy degree the oscillator strengths are markedly redistributed between optically active and formerly inactive states, making the latter optically active. An approximate analytical solution of the anisotropic exciton problem taking into account the angular momentum conserving terms is obtained. This solution gives the binding energies of moderately anisotropic exciton with a good accuracy and provides a useful qualitative description of the energy level evolution.

  18. Recobrimento da liga Ti-6Al-4V com hidroxiapatita pelo método sol-gel e sua aplicação a hastes femorais não-cimentadas Coating of Ti-6Al-4V alloy with hydroxyapatite by using sol-gel method and its application to non-cemented femoral stem

    E. P. Avés


    Full Text Available O recobrimento de ligas metálicas com cerâmicas bioativas visa acelerar a formação óssea ao redor do implante, contribuindo para a sua estabilização. Neste trabalho estudou-se a fase cerâmica de hidroxiapatita depositada pelo processo sol-gel em chapas da liga metálica Ti-6Al-4V. A camada de recobrimento foi caracterizada por microscopia eletrônica de varredura, por difração de raios X e sua adesão ao substrato foi avaliada pelo teste de cisalhamento O teste de citocompatibilidade mostrou que o processo de recobrimento por sol-gel não promoveu morte celular significativamente maior que o controle (p > 0,05. Além disso, hastes femorais removidas de pacientes (explantes foram adequadamente recobertas utilizando-se o processo sol-gel.The coating of metallic alloys with bioactive ceramics aims to accelerate bone formation around the implant, contributing to its fixation. In this paper, the deposition of hydroxyapatite ceramic on Ti-6Al-4V alloy sheets by the sol-gel method was studied. The coating layer was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and its adhesion to substrate was evaluated by shear testing. The citocompatibility test shows that the sol-gel coating did not provoke the cell death significantly higher than the control (p > 0.05. Moreover, femoral stems removed from patient (explants were adequately coated using the sol-gel process.

  19. Students' Accuracy of Measurement Estimation: Context, Units, and Logical Thinking

    Jones, M. Gail; Gardner, Grant E.; Taylor, Amy R.; Forrester, Jennifer H.; Andre, Thomas


    This study examined students' accuracy of measurement estimation for linear distances, different units of measure, task context, and the relationship between accuracy estimation and logical thinking. Middle school students completed a series of tasks that included estimating the length of various objects in different contexts and completed a test…

  20. Accuracy analysis of the part made by selected laser sintering


    The effects of different factors, including the precision of selected laser sintering (SLS) equipment, sintering temperature, sintered thickness of individual layer and laser scanning route, on the SLS part accuracy have been analyzed and studied. Some measures are suggested in order to improve the part accuracy made by SLS.

  1. 12 CFR 740.2 - Accuracy of advertising.


    ... 12 Banks and Banking 6 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Accuracy of advertising. 740.2 Section 740.2... ADVERTISING AND NOTICE OF INSURED STATUS § 740.2 Accuracy of advertising. No insured credit union may use any advertising (which includes print, electronic, or broadcast media, displays and signs, stationery, and...

  2. Understanding the Delayed-Keyword Effect on Metacomprehension Accuracy

    Thiede, Keith W.; Dunlosky, John; Griffin, Thomas D.; Wiley, Jennifer


    The typical finding from research on metacomprehension is that accuracy is quite low. However, recent studies have shown robust accuracy improvements when judgments follow certain generation tasks (summarizing or keyword listing) but only when these tasks are performed at a delay rather than immediately after reading (K. W. Thiede & M. C. M.…

  3. Concept Mapping Improves Metacomprehension Accuracy among 7th Graders

    Redford, Joshua S.; Thiede, Keith W.; Wiley, Jennifer; Griffin, Thomas D.


    Two experiments explored concept map construction as a useful intervention to improve metacomprehension accuracy among 7th grade students. In the first experiment, metacomprehension was marginally better for a concept mapping group than for a rereading group. In the second experiment, metacomprehension accuracy was significantly greater for a…

  4. Diagnostic methods I: sensitivity, specificity, and other measures of accuracy

    K.J. van Stralen; V.S. Stel; J.B. Reitsma; F.W. Dekker; C. Zoccali; K.J. Jager


    For most physicians, use of diagnostic tests is part of daily routine. This paper focuses on their usefulness by explaining the different measures of accuracy, the interpretation of test results, and the implementation of a diagnostic strategy. Measures of accuracy include sensitivity and specificit

  5. Prediction of Rate Constants for Catalytic Reactions with Chemical Accuracy.

    Catlow, C Richard A


    Ex machina: A computational method for predicting rate constants for reactions within microporous zeolite catalysts with chemical accuracy has recently been reported. A key feature of this method is a stepwise QM/MM approach that allows accuracy to be achieved while using realistic models with accessible computer resources.

  6. Accuracy of depth of cut in micro milling operations

    Bissacco, Giuliano

    In any kind of conventional machining operation, dimensional and geometrical accuracy of the machined part cannot be achieved without a precise control of cutting parameters as well as positioning accuracy. Miniaturization of components implies a reduction of all component’s dimensions and involv...

  7. Clock accuracy analysis for a coherent IR-UWB system

    Wang, X.; Young, A.; Philips, K.; Groot, H. de


    The performance of a duty-cycled coherent impulse radio UWB system is typically dominated by the accuracy of its timing references. In this paper, a timing analysis is presented for an IR-UWB system to specify the accuracy requirements for the internal clocks of the transceiver. A possible clock gen

  8. Accuracy of References in Ten Library Science Journals.

    Pope, Nancy N.


    A study of 100 article citations from 11 library science journals showed only 45 article citations that were completely free of errors, while 11 had major errors--i.e., errors preventing or hindering location of the reference--and the remaining 44 had minor errors. Citation accuracy in library science journals appears similar to accuracy in other…

  9. Camera Calibration Accuracy at Different Uav Flying Heights

    Yusoff, A. R.; Ariff, M. F. M.; Idris, K. M.; Majid, Z.; Chong, A. K.


    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can be used to acquire highly accurate data in deformation survey, whereby low-cost digital cameras are commonly used in the UAV mapping. Thus, camera calibration is considered important in obtaining high-accuracy UAV mapping using low-cost digital cameras. The main focus of this study was to calibrate the UAV camera at different camera distances and check the measurement accuracy. The scope of this study included camera calibration in the laboratory and on the field, and the UAV image mapping accuracy assessment used calibration parameters of different camera distances. The camera distances used for the image calibration acquisition and mapping accuracy assessment were 1.5 metres in the laboratory, and 15 and 25 metres on the field using a Sony NEX6 digital camera. A large calibration field and a portable calibration frame were used as the tools for the camera calibration and for checking the accuracy of the measurement at different camera distances. Bundle adjustment concept was applied in Australis software to perform the camera calibration and accuracy assessment. The results showed that the camera distance at 25 metres is the optimum object distance as this is the best accuracy obtained from the laboratory as well as outdoor mapping. In conclusion, the camera calibration at several camera distances should be applied to acquire better accuracy in mapping and the best camera parameter for the UAV image mapping should be selected for highly accurate mapping measurement.

  10. Assessing Accuracy of Exchange-Correlation Functionals for the Description of Atomic Excited States

    Makowski, Marcin; Hanas, Martyna


    The performance of exchange-correlation functionals for the description of atomic excitations is investigated. A benchmark set of excited states is constructed and experimental data is compared to Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT) calculations. The benchmark results show that for the selected group of functionals good accuracy may be achieved and the quality of predictions provided is competitive to computationally more demanding coupled-cluster approaches. Apart from testing the standard TDDFT approaches, also the role of self-interaction error plaguing DFT calculations and the adiabatic approximation to the exchange-correlation kernels is given some insight.

  11. General Theories of Regulation

    Hertog, J.A. den


    This chapter makes a distinction between three types of theories of regulation: public interest theories, the Chicago theory of regulation and the public choice theories. The Chicago theory is mainly directed at the explanation of economic regulation; public interest theories and public choice theor

  12. High accuracy autonomous navigation using the global positioning system (GPS)

    Truong, Son H.; Hart, Roger C.; Shoan, Wendy C.; Wood, Terri; Long, Anne C.; Oza, Dipak H.; Lee, Taesul


    The application of global positioning system (GPS) technology to the improvement of the accuracy and economy of spacecraft navigation, is reported. High-accuracy autonomous navigation algorithms are currently being qualified in conjunction with the GPS attitude determination flyer (GADFLY) experiment for the small satellite technology initiative Lewis spacecraft. Preflight performance assessments indicated that these algorithms are able to provide a real time total position accuracy of better than 10 m and a velocity accuracy of better than 0.01 m/s, with selective availability at typical levels. It is expected that the position accuracy will be increased to 2 m if corrections are provided by the GPS wide area augmentation system.

  13. Improving metacomprehension accuracy in an undergraduate course context.

    Wiley, Jennifer; Griffin, Thomas D; Jaeger, Allison J; Jarosz, Andrew F; Cushen, Patrick J; Thiede, Keith W


    Students tend to have poor metacomprehension when learning from text, meaning they are not able to distinguish between what they have understood well and what they have not. Although there are a good number of studies that have explored comprehension monitoring accuracy in laboratory experiments, fewer studies have explored this in authentic course contexts. This study investigated the effect of an instructional condition that encouraged comprehension-test-expectancy and self-explanation during study on metacomprehension accuracy in the context of an undergraduate course in research methods. Results indicated that when students received this instructional condition, relative metacomprehension accuracy was better than in a comparison condition. In addition, differences were also seen in absolute metacomprehension accuracy measures, strategic study behaviors, and learning outcomes. The results of the current study demonstrate that a condition that has improved relative metacomprehension accuracy in laboratory contexts may have value in real classroom contexts as well. (PsycINFO Database Record

  14. Assessing and Ensuring GOES-R Magnetometer Accuracy

    Kronenwetter, Jeffrey; Carter, Delano R.; Todirita, Monica; Chu, Donald


    The GOES-R magnetometer accuracy requirement is 1.7 nanoteslas (nT). During quiet times (100 nT), accuracy is defined as absolute mean plus 3 sigma. During storms (300 nT), accuracy is defined as absolute mean plus 2 sigma. To achieve this, the sensor itself has better than 1 nT accuracy. Because zero offset and scale factor drift over time, it is also necessary to perform annual calibration maneuvers. To predict performance, we used covariance analysis and attempted to corroborate it with simulations. Although not perfect, the two generally agree and show the expected behaviors. With the annual calibration regimen, these predictions suggest that the magnetometers will meet their accuracy requirements.

  15. The accuracy assessment in areal interpolation:An empirical investigation


    Areal interpolation is the process of transferring data from source zones to target zones. While method development remains a top research priority in areal interpo-lation,the accuracy assessment aspect also begs for attention. This paper reports an empirical experience on probing an areal interpolation method to highlight the power and potential pitfalls in accuracy assessment. A kriging-based interpolation algorithm is evaluated by several approaches. It is found that accuracy assessment is a powerful tool to understand an interpolation method,e.g. the utility of ancillary data and semi-variogram modeling in kriging in our case study. However,different assessment methods and spatial units on which assessment is conducted can lead to rather different results. The typical practice to assess accuracy at the source zone level may overestimate interpolation accuracy. Assessment at the target zone level is suggested as a supplement.

  16. Recognition accuracy by experienced men and women players of basketball.

    Millslagle, Duane G


    This study examined 30 experienced basketball players' recognition accuracy by sex, playing position (guard, forward, and center), and situations in the game of basketball. The study used a perceptual cognitive paradigm in which subjects viewed slides of structured and unstructured game situations and accurately recognized the presence or absence of the basketball. A significant difference in recognition accuracy by sex, players' position, and structure of the game situation was found. Male players' recognition accuracy was better than the female players'. The recognition accuracy of subjects who played guard was better than that of subjects who played forward or center. The players' recognition accuracy was more accurate when observing structured plays versus unstructured plays. The conclusion of this study suggested that experienced basketball players differ in their cognitive and visual searching processes by sex and player position within the sport of basketball.

  17. Testing an Automated Accuracy Assessment Method on Bibliographic Data

    Marlies Olensky


    Full Text Available This study investigates automated data accuracy assessment as described in data quality literature for its suitability to assess bibliographic data. The data samples comprise the publications of two Nobel Prize winners in the field of Chemistry for a 10-year-publication period retrieved from the two bibliometric data sources, Web of Science and Scopus. The bibliographic records are assessed against the original publication (gold standard and an automatic assessment method is compared to a manual one. The results show that the manual assessment method reflects truer accuracy scores. The automated assessment method would need to be extended by additional rules that reflect specific characteristics of bibliographic data. Both data sources had higher accuracy scores per field than accumulated per record. This study contributes to the research on finding a standardized assessment method of bibliographic data accuracy as well as defining the impact of data accuracy on the citation matching process.

  18. How could the replica method improve accuracy of performance assessment of channel coding?

    Kabashima, Yoshiyuki


    We explore the relation between the techniques of statistical mechanics and information theory for assessing the performance of channel coding. We base our study on a framework developed by Gallager in IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory IT-11, 3 (1965), where the minimum decoding error probability is upper-bounded by an average of a generalized Chernoff's bound over a code ensemble. We show that the resulting bound in the framework can be directly assessed by the replica method, which has been developed in statistical mechanics of disordered systems, whereas in Gallager's original methodology further replacement by another bound utilizing Jensen's inequality is necessary. Our approach associates a seemingly ad hoc restriction with respect to an adjustable parameter for optimizing the bound with a phase transition between two replica symmetric solutions, and can improve the accuracy of performance assessments of general code ensembles including low density parity check codes, although its mathematical justification is still open.

  19. On the accuracy of the noninteracting electron approximation for vibrationally coupled electron transport

    Wang, Haobin; Thoss, Michael


    The accuracy of the noninteracting electron approximation is examined for a model of vibrationally coupled electron transport in single molecule junction. In the absence of electronic-vibrational coupling, steady state transport in this model is described exactly by Landauer theory. Including coupling, both electronic-vibrational and vibrationally induced electron-electron correlation effects may contribute to the real time quantum dynamics. Using the multilayer multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree (ML-MCTDH) theory to describe nuclear dynamics exactly while maintaining the noninteracting electron approximation for the electronic dynamics, the correlation effects are analyzed in different physical regimes. It is shown that although the noninteracting electron approximation may be reasonable for describing short time dynamics, it does not give the correct long time limit for certain initial conditions.

  20. Accuracy Assessment of Coastal Topography Derived from Uav Images

    Long, N.; Millescamps, B.; Pouget, F.; Dumon, A.; Lachaussée, N.; Bertin, X.


    To monitor coastal environments, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a low-cost and easy to use solution to enable data acquisition with high temporal frequency and spatial resolution. Compared to Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) or Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), this solution produces Digital Surface Model (DSM) with a similar accuracy. To evaluate the DSM accuracy on a coastal environment, a campaign was carried out with a flying wing (eBee) combined with a digital camera. Using the Photoscan software and the photogrammetry process (Structure From Motion algorithm), a DSM and an orthomosaic were produced. Compared to GNSS surveys, the DSM accuracy is estimated. Two parameters are tested: the influence of the methodology (number and distribution of Ground Control Points, GCPs) and the influence of spatial image resolution (4.6 cm vs 2 cm). The results show that this solution is able to reproduce the topography of a coastal area with a high vertical accuracy (distribution and a large number of GCPs. The accuracy is correlated with the number of GCPs (use 19 GCPs instead of 10 allows to reduce the difference of 4 cm); the required accuracy should be dependant of the research problematic. Last, in this particular environment, the presence of very small water surfaces on the sand bank does not allow to improve the accuracy when the spatial resolution of images is decreased.

  1. Systematic Calibration for Ultra-High Accuracy Inertial Measurement Units.

    Cai, Qingzhong; Yang, Gongliu; Song, Ningfang; Liu, Yiliang


    An inertial navigation system (INS) has been widely used in challenging GPS environments. With the rapid development of modern physics, an atomic gyroscope will come into use in the near future with a predicted accuracy of 5 × 10(-6)°/h or better. However, existing calibration methods and devices can not satisfy the accuracy requirements of future ultra-high accuracy inertial sensors. In this paper, an improved calibration model is established by introducing gyro g-sensitivity errors, accelerometer cross-coupling errors and lever arm errors. A systematic calibration method is proposed based on a 51-state Kalman filter and smoother. Simulation results show that the proposed calibration method can realize the estimation of all the parameters using a common dual-axis turntable. Laboratory and sailing tests prove that the position accuracy in a five-day inertial navigation can be improved about 8% by the proposed calibration method. The accuracy can be improved at least 20% when the position accuracy of the atomic gyro INS can reach a level of 0.1 nautical miles/5 d. Compared with the existing calibration methods, the proposed method, with more error sources and high order small error parameters calibrated for ultra-high accuracy inertial measurement units (IMUs) using common turntables, has a great application potential in future atomic gyro INSs.

  2. Systematic Calibration for Ultra-High Accuracy Inertial Measurement Units

    Qingzhong Cai


    Full Text Available An inertial navigation system (INS has been widely used in challenging GPS environments. With the rapid development of modern physics, an atomic gyroscope will come into use in the near future with a predicted accuracy of 5 × 10−6°/h or better. However, existing calibration methods and devices can not satisfy the accuracy requirements of future ultra-high accuracy inertial sensors. In this paper, an improved calibration model is established by introducing gyro g-sensitivity errors, accelerometer cross-coupling errors and lever arm errors. A systematic calibration method is proposed based on a 51-state Kalman filter and smoother. Simulation results show that the proposed calibration method can realize the estimation of all the parameters using a common dual-axis turntable. Laboratory and sailing tests prove that the position accuracy in a five-day inertial navigation can be improved about 8% by the proposed calibration method. The accuracy can be improved at least 20% when the position accuracy of the atomic gyro INS can reach a level of 0.1 nautical miles/5 d. Compared with the existing calibration methods, the proposed method, with more error sources and high order small error parameters calibrated for ultra-high accuracy inertial measurement units (IMUs using common turntables, has a great application potential in future atomic gyro INSs.

  3. Pesquisa de marcadores para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína C de ligação à miosina em familiares de pacientes com cardiomiopatia hipertrófica Research of markers for the genes of the heavy chain of cardiac beta-myosin and myosin binding protein C in relatives of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    Adriana Paula Tirone; Edmundo Arteaga; Alexandre da Costa Pereira; José Eduardo Krieger; Paula de Cássia Buck; Barbara Maria Ianni; Charles Mady


    OBJETIVO: Estudar os marcadores moleculares para os genes da cadeia pesada da beta-miosina cardíaca e da proteína-C de ligação à miosina em familiares de portadores de cardiomiopatia hipertrófica. MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas 12 famílias que realizaram anamnese, exame físico, eletrocardiograma, ecocardiograma e coleta de sangue para o estudo genético através da reação em cadeia da polimerasse. RESULTADOS: Dos 227 familiares 25% eram acometidos, sendo 51% do sexo masculino com idade média de 35±19...


    Sorin Nicolae BORLEA


    Full Text Available This study attempts to provide a theoretical framework for the corporate governance debate. The review of various corporate governance theories enhances the major objective of corporate governance which is maximizing the value for shareholders by ensuring good social and environment performances. The theories of corporate governance are rooted in agency theory with the theory of moral hazard’s implications, further developing within stewardship theory and stakeholder theory and evolving at resource dependence theory, transaction cost theory and political theory. Later, to these theories was added ethics theory, information asymmetry theory or the theory of efficient markets. These theories are defined based on the causes and effects of variables such as: the configuration of the board of directors, audit committee, independence of managers, the role of top management and their social relations beyond the legal regulatory framework. Effective corporate governance requires applying a combination

  5. Gauge theory and little gauge theory

    Koizumi, Kozo


    The gauge theory is the most important type of the field theory, in which the interactions of the elementary particles are described by the exchange of the gauge bosons.In this article, the gauge theory is reexamined as geometry of the vector space, and a new concept of "little gauge theory" is introduced. A key peculiarity of the little gauge theory is that the theory is able to give a restriction for form of the connection field. Based on the little gauge theory, Cartan geometry, a charged boson and the Dirac fermion field theory are investigated. In particular, the Dirac fermion field theory leads to an extension of Sogami's covariant derivative. And it is interpreted that Higgs bosons are included in new fields introduced in this article.

  6. Magnetron theory

    Riyopoulos, Spilios


    A guiding center fluid theory is applied to model steady-state, single mode, high-power magnetron operation. A hub of uniform, prescribed density, feeds the current spokes. The spoke charge follows from the continuity equation and the incompressibility of the guiding center flow. Included are the spoke self-fields (DC and AC), obtained by an expansion around the unperturbed (zero-spoke charge) flow in powers of ν/V1, ν, and V1 being the effective charge density and AC amplitude. The spoke current is obtained as a nonlinear function of the detuning from the synchronous (Buneman-Hartree, BH) voltage Vs; the spoke charge is included in the self-consistent definition of Vs. It is shown that there is a DC voltage region of width ‖V-Vs‖˜V1, where the spoke width is constant and the spoke current is simply proportional to the AC voltage. The magnetron characteristic curves are ``flat'' in that range, and are approximated by a linear expansion around Vs. The derived formulas differ from earlier results [J. F. Hull, in Cross Field Microwave Devices, edited by E. Okress (Academic, New York, 1961), pp. 496-527] in (a) there is no current cutoff at synchronism; the tube operates well below as well above the BH voltage; (b) the characteristics are single valued within the synchronous voltage range; (c) the hub top is not treated as virtual cathode; and (d) the hub density is not equal to the Brillouin density; comparisons with tube measurements show the best agreement for hub density near half the Brillouin density. It is also shown that at low space charge and low power the gain curve is symmetric relative to the voltage (frequency) detuning. While symmetry is broken at high-power/high space charge magnetron operation, the BH voltage remains between the current cutoff voltages.

  7. Research on techniques to improve accuracy in SBL locating systems

    SHI Jie; LIU Bo-sheng; SONG Hai-yan


    Short baseline system (SBL), which is a kind of underwater acoustic locating technology, has widely applicable value. In order to examine the capability of ship model design, the ship model experimentation should have high accuracy. This paper focuses on the key techniques of high accuracy locating system, including high accuracy sub-array position emendation, divisional locating, anti multi-path interference measure, etc. Experiments show that the SBL locating systems has received the satisfying effect owing to these key techniques proposed in this paper.

  8. [Design and accuracy analysis of upper slicing system of MSCT].

    Jiang, Rongjian


    The upper slicing system is the main components of the optical system in MSCT. This paper focuses on the design of upper slicing system and its accuracy analysis to improve the accuracy of imaging. The error of slice thickness and ray center by bearings, screw and control system were analyzed and tested. In fact, the accumulated error measured is less than 1 microm, absolute error measured is less than 10 microm. Improving the accuracy of the upper slicing system contributes to the appropriate treatment methods and success rate of treatment.



    The conventional mono-station passive location techniques of direction finding are low in speed and accuracy. It may not meet the requirements of modern targeting or accuracy attacking actions. For a moving observer, by employing some passive measurements such as Doppler or Phase Difference Rate (PDR), the location error can be reduced to nearly one-fifth of the conventional error[1~4].  In this paper, the location method using PDR is introduced in section one. Location accuracy analysis is given in section two. Simulation results of error's lower bound of 3D location are produced in section four. Finally, the conclusion is presented in section five.

  10. A study of laseruler accuracy and precision (1986-1987)

    Ramachandran, R.S.; Armstrong, K.P.


    A study was conducted to investigate Laserruler accuracy and precision. Tests were performed on 0.050 in., 0.100 in., and 0.120 in. gauge block standards. Results showed and accuracy of 3.7 {mu}in. for the 0.12 in. standard, with higher accuracies for the two thinner blocks. The Laserruler precision was 4.83 {mu}in. for the 0.120 in. standard, 3.83 {mu}in. for the 0.100 in. standard, and 4.2 {mu}in. for the 0.050 in. standard.

  11. The Friction Theory for Viscosity Modeling

    Cisneros, Sergio; Zeberg-Mikkelsen, Claus Kjær; Stenby, Erling Halfdan


    In this work the one-parameter friction theory (f-theory) general models have been extended to the viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. It is demonstrated that these simple models, which take advantage of the repulsive and attractive pressure terms of cubic equations of state...... such as the SRK, PR and PRSV, can provide accurate viscosity prediction and modeling of characterized oils. In the case of light reservoir oils, whose properties are close to those of normal alkanes, the one-parameter f-theory general models can predict the viscosity of these fluids with good accuracy. Yet......, in the case when experimental information is available a more accurate modeling can be obtained by means of a simple tuning procedure. A tuned f-theory general model can deliver highly accurate viscosity modeling above the saturation pressure and good prediction of the liquid-phase viscosity at pressures...

  12. Measurement Errors and Uncertainties Theory and Practice

    Rabinovich, Semyon G


    Measurement Errors and Uncertainties addresses the most important problems that physicists and engineers encounter when estimating errors and uncertainty. Building from the fundamentals of measurement theory, the author develops the theory of accuracy of measurements and offers a wealth of practical recommendations and examples of applications. This new edition covers a wide range of subjects, including: - Basic concepts of metrology - Measuring instruments characterization, standardization and calibration -Estimation of errors and uncertainty of single and multiple measurements - Modern probability-based methods of estimating measurement uncertainty With this new edition, the author completes the development of the new theory of indirect measurements. This theory provides more accurate and efficient methods for processing indirect measurement data. It eliminates the need to calculate the correlation coefficient - a stumbling block in measurement data processing - and offers for the first time a way to obtain...

  13. Will it Blend? Visualization and Accuracy Evaluation of High-Resolution Fuzzy Vegetation Maps

    Zlinszky, A.; Kania, A.


    Instead of assigning every map pixel to a single class, fuzzy classification includes information on the class assigned to each pixel but also the certainty of this class and the alternative possible classes based on fuzzy set theory. The advantages of fuzzy classification for vegetation mapping are well recognized, but the accuracy and uncertainty of fuzzy maps cannot be directly quantified with indices developed for hard-boundary categorizations. The rich information in such a map is impossible to convey with a single map product or accuracy figure. Here we introduce a suite of evaluation indices and visualization products for fuzzy maps generated with ensemble classifiers. We also propose a way of evaluating classwise prediction certainty with "dominance profiles" visualizing the number of pixels in bins according to the probability of the dominant class, also showing the probability of all the other classes. Together, these data products allow a quantitative understanding of the rich information in a fuzzy raster map both for individual classes and in terms of variability in space, and also establish the connection between spatially explicit class certainty and traditional accuracy metrics. These map products are directly comparable to widely used hard boundary evaluation procedures, support active learning-based iterative classification and can be applied for operational use.

  14. Modification of ACAP for use in accuracy assessment of safety analysis software at OPG

    Popescu, A.I.; Pascoe, J.; Luxat, J.C. [Ontario Power Generation Inc., Nuclear Safety Technology Dept., Toronto, Ontario (Canada)


    ACAP (Automated Code Assessment Program) is a software tool designed to perform a comparison between either code results and experimental measurements, or code-to-code comparison by means of figures of merit (FOM). The FOM are based on equations used in approximation theory, time-series data analysis, and statistical analysis and provide an objective assessment of the agreement between individual or suite comparisons. This paper describes new ACAP features and FOM developed and implemented at OPG. These modifications were performed to increase productivity and enable ACAP to quantify accuracy of SA software in support of the OPG Software Qualification process. The capabilities added to ACAP are focused on data spectral analysis and normalcy assessment of residual values distribution. The latter functionality is provided by new FOM that compare the distribution of measured minus computed data with a normal distribution using the method of normal probability plot. Other new features implemented at OPG relate to linkage with other Windows applications, improvement of plot engine (power spectra graphics, Q-Q plots), etc. Application of ACAP to quantify the accuracy of the GOTHIC code modeling of buoyancy induced gas mixing using the LSGMF tests is described. Analyses of 170 experiment/code prediction comparisons using ACAP indicate that it is well suited for qualification of accuracy for software used in Safety Analysis. (author)

  15. Uncertainty and target accuracy studies for the very high temperature reactor(VHTR) physics parameters.

    Taiwo, T. A.; Palmiotti, G.; Aliberti, G.; Salvatores, M.; Kim, T.K.


    The potential impact of nuclear data uncertainties on a number of performance parameters (core and fuel cycle) of the prismatic block-type Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) has been evaluated and results are presented in this report. An uncertainty analysis has been performed, based on sensitivity theory, which underlines what cross-sections, what energy range and what isotopes are responsible for the most significant uncertainties. In order to give guidelines on priorities for new evaluations or validation experiments, required accuracies on specific nuclear data have been derived, accounting for target accuracies on major design parameters. Results of an extensive analysis indicate only a limited number of relevant parameters do not meet the target accuracies assumed in this work; this does not imply that the existing nuclear cross-section data cannot be used for the feasibility and pre-conceptual assessments of the VHTR. However, the results obtained depend on the uncertainty data used, and it is suggested to focus some future evaluation work on the production of consistent, as far as possible complete and user oriented covariance data.

  16. Accuracy of Range Restriction Correction with Multiple Imputation in Small and Moderate Samples: A Simulation Study

    Andreas Pfaffel


    Full Text Available Approaches to correcting correlation coefficients for range restriction have been developed under the framework of large sample theory. The accuracy of missing data techniques for correcting correlation coefficients for range restriction has thus far only been investigated with relatively large samples. However, researchers and evaluators are often faced with a small or moderate number of applicants but must still attempt to estimate the population correlation between predictor and criterion. Therefore, in the present study we investigated the accuracy of population correlation estimates and their associated standard error in terms of small and moderate sample sizes. We applied multiple imputation by chained equations for continuous and naturally dichotomous criterion variables. The results show that multiple imputation by chained equations is accurate for a continuous criterion variable, even for a small number of applicants when the selection ratio is not too small. In the case of a naturally dichotomous criterion variable, a small or moderate number of applicants leads to biased estimates when the selection ratio is small. In contrast, the standard error of the population correlation estimate is accurate over a wide range of conditions of sample size, selection ratio, true population correlation, for continuous and naturally dichotomous criterion variables, and for direct and indirect range restriction scenarios. The findings of this study provide empirical evidence about the accuracy of the correction, and support researchers and evaluators in their assessment of conditions under which correlation coefficients corrected for range restriction can be trusted.

  17. Estimating the Accuracy of the Return on Investment (ROI Performance Evaluations

    Alexei Botchkarev


    Full Text Available Return on Investment (ROI is one of the most popular performance measurement and evaluation metrics. ROI analysis (when applied correctly is a powerful tool in comparing solutions and making informed decisions on the acquisitions of information systems. The purpose of this study is to provide a systematic research of the accuracy of the ROI evaluations in the context of information systems implementations. Measurements theory and error analysis, specifically propagation of uncertainties methods, were used to derive analytical expressions for ROI errors. Monte Carlo simulation methodology was used to design and deliver a quantitative experiment to model costs and returns estimating errors and calculate ROI accuracies. Spreadsheet simulation (Microsoft Excel spreadsheets enhanced with Visual Basic for Applications was used to implement Monte Carlo simulations. The main contribution of the study is that this is the first systematic effort to evaluate ROI accuracy. Analytical expressions have been derived for estimating errors of the ROI evaluations. Results of the Monte Carlo simulation will help practitioners in making informed decisions based on explicitly stated factors influencing the ROI uncertainties.

  18. Accuracy of a selection criterion for glass forming ability in the Ni–Nb–Zr system

    Déo, L.P., E-mail:; Oliveira, M.F. de, E-mail:


    Highlights: • We applied a selection in the Ni–Nb–Zr system to find alloys with high GFA. • We used the thermal parameter γ{sub m} to evaluate the GFA of alloys. • The correlation between the γ{sub m} parameter and R{sub c} in the studied system is poor. • The effect of oxygen impurity reduced dramatically the GFA of alloys. • Unknown intermetallic compounds reduced the accuracy of the criterion. - Abstract: Several theories have been developed and applied in metallic systems in order to find the best stoichiometries with high glass forming ability; however there is no universal theory to predict the glass forming ability in metallic systems. Recently a selection criterion was applied in the Zr–Ni–Cu system and it was found some correlation between experimental and theoretical data. This criterion correlates critical cooling rate for glass formation with topological instability of stable crystalline structures; average work function difference and average electron density difference among the constituent elements of the alloy. In the present work, this criterion was applied in the Ni–Nb–Zr system. It was investigated the influence of factors not considered in the calculation and on the accuracy of the criterion, such as unknown intermetallic compounds and oxygen contamination. Bulk amorphous specimens were produced by injection casting. The amorphous nature was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry; oxygen contamination was quantified by the inert gas fusion method.

  19. Recursion equations in gauge field theories

    Migdal, A. A.

    An approximate recursion equation is formulated, describing the scale transformation of the effective action of a gauge field. In two-dimensional space-time the equation becomes exact. In four-dimensional theories it reproduces asymptotic freedom to an accuracy of 30% in the coefficients of the β-function. In the strong-coupling region the β-function remains negative and this results in an asymptotic prison in the infrared region. Possible generalizations and applications to the quark-gluon gauge theory are discussed.

  20. Inertial measures of motion for clinical biomechanics: comparative assessment of accuracy under controlled conditions - changes in accuracy over time.

    Karina Lebel

    Full Text Available Interest in 3D inertial motion tracking devices (AHRS has been growing rapidly among the biomechanical community. Although the convenience of such tracking devices seems to open a whole new world of possibilities for evaluation in clinical biomechanics, its limitations haven't been extensively documented. The objectives of this study are: 1 to assess the change in absolute and relative accuracy of multiple units of 3 commercially available AHRS over time; and 2 to identify different sources of errors affecting AHRS accuracy and to document how they may affect the measurements over time.This study used an instrumented Gimbal table on which AHRS modules were carefully attached and put through a series of velocity-controlled sustained motions including 2 minutes motion trials (2MT and 12 minutes multiple dynamic phases motion trials (12MDP. Absolute accuracy was assessed by comparison of the AHRS orientation measurements to those of an optical gold standard. Relative accuracy was evaluated using the variation in relative orientation between modules during the trials.Both absolute and relative accuracy decreased over time during 2MT. 12MDP trials showed a significant decrease in accuracy over multiple phases, but accuracy could be enhanced significantly by resetting the reference point and/or compensating for initial Inertial frame estimation reference for each phase.The variation in AHRS accuracy observed between the different systems and with time can be attributed in part to the dynamic estimation error, but also and foremost, to the ability of AHRS units to locate the same Inertial frame.Mean accuracies obtained under the Gimbal table sustained conditions of motion suggest that AHRS are promising tools for clinical mobility assessment under constrained conditions of use. However, improvement in magnetic compensation and alignment between AHRS modules are desirable in order for AHRS to reach their full potential in capturing clinical outcomes.

  1. Surgical accuracy of three-dimensional virtual planning

    Stokbro, Kasper; Aagaard, Esben; Torkov, Peter;


    This retrospective study evaluated the precision and positional accuracy of different orthognathic procedures following virtual surgical planning in 30 patients. To date, no studies of three-dimensional virtual surgical planning have evaluated the influence of segmentation on positional accuracy...... and transverse expansion. Furthermore, only a few have evaluated the precision and accuracy of genioplasty in placement of the chin segment. The virtual surgical plan was compared with the postsurgical outcome by using three linear and three rotational measurements. The influence of maxillary segmentation...... was analyzed in both superior and inferior maxillary repositioning. In addition, transverse surgical expansion was compared with the postsurgical expansion obtained. An overall, high degree of linear accuracy between planned and postsurgical outcomes was found, but with a large standard deviation. Rotational...

  2. Accelerating scientific codes by performance and accuracy modeling

    Fabregat-Traver, Diego; Bientinesi, Paolo


    Scientific software is often driven by multiple parameters that affect both accuracy and performance. Since finding the optimal configuration of these parameters is a highly complex task, it extremely common that the software is used suboptimally. In a typical scenario, accuracy requirements are imposed, and attained through suboptimal performance. In this paper, we present a methodology for the automatic selection of parameters for simulation codes, and a corresponding prototype tool. To be amenable to our methodology, the target code must expose the parameters affecting accuracy and performance, and there must be formulas available for error bounds and computational complexity of the underlying methods. As a case study, we consider the particle-particle particle-mesh method (PPPM) from the LAMMPS suite for molecular dynamics, and use our tool to identify configurations of the input parameters that achieve a given accuracy in the shortest execution time. When compared with the configurations suggested by exp...

  3. Examination of the Accuracy of Coding Hospital-Acquired...

    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — A new study, Examination of the Accuracy of Coding Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Stages, published in Volume 4, Issue 1 of the Medicare and Medicaid Research...

  4. Accuracy testing of a new intraoral 3D camera.

    Mehl, A; Ender, A; Mörmann, W; Attin, T


    Surveying intraoral structures by optical means has reached the stage where it is being discussed as a serious clinical alternative to conventional impression taking. Ease of handling and, more importantly, accuracy are important criteria for the clinical suitability of these systems. This article presents a new intraoral camera for the Cerec procedure. It reports on a study investigating the accuracy of this camera and its potential clinical indications. Single-tooth and quadrant images were taken with the camera and the results compared to those obtained with a reference scanner and with the previous 3D camera model. Differences were analyzed by superimposing the data records. Accuracy was higher with the new camera than with the previous model, reaching up to 19 microm in single-tooth images. Quadrant images can also be taken with sufficient accuracy (ca 35 microm) and are simple to perform in clinical practice, thanks to built-in shake detection in automatic capture mode.

  5. On the accuracy of recent Goddard gravity models

    Lerch, F. J.; Klosko, S. M.; Wagner, C. A.; Patel, G. B.


    The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has occupied a central position within NASA with respect to the development of earth gravity models. The gravity models at Goddard, which are referred to as the Goddard earth models (GEM's) have been under development for more than 15 years. The fields have increased in size and (apparent) accuracy with the inclusion of new tracking data, better nongravitational force modeling, and more orbits over a wide range of inclinations and mean motions. The usefulness of the considered models depends largely on accuracy estimates. The present paper is concerned with a reevaluation of earlier accuracy assessments, taking into account the accuracies of the GEM 9 and the GEM-L2 models. It is found that GEM 9 is about 30 percent more accurate than originally estimated in 1979 from older gravimetry data.

  6. Accuracy Assessment Points for Petersburg National Battlefield Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This shapefile depicts the locations of thematic accuracy assessment sampling points used in the vegetation mapping of Petersburg National Battlefield. It was...

  7. Accuracy Assessment Points for Badlands National Park Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This metadata is for the accuracy assessment data associated with the vegetation land cover and land use geospatial database for Badlands National Park and...

  8. Accuracy Assessment Points for Dinosaur National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This point file displays the 1543 accuracy assessment (AA) points visited in the summer of 2005 as part of the vegetation mapping project. The points were randomly...

  9. Accuracy of spinal navigation for Magerl-screws

    Herz, T


    Study design: assessment of the accuracy of frameless stereotactic navigation at the second cervical vertebra. Objectives: to assess the influence of the protocol of preoperative CT-scan and the registration technique on the accuracy of navigation for implanting Magerl-screws. Summary of background data: the use of navigation systems for implanting Magerl-screws could help to decrease the risk of complications and to reduce the required skin incision. Two parameters conceivably affecting the accuracy are the protocol of the preoperative CT-scan and the registration technique. Methods: four cervical spine segments of human cadavers were scanned with two different protocols (3 mm slice thickness/2 mm table increment, 1 mm slice thickness/1 mm table increment). Registration was performed either based on anatomical landmarks or using a specially designed percutaneous registration device. For the accuracy-check, the pointer tip was exactly placed on markers. The distance between the pointer and the marker displaye...

  10. Rasch modeling of accuracy and confidence measures from cognitive tests.

    Paek, Insu; Lee, Jihyun; Stankov, Lazar; Wilson, Mark


    The use of IRT models has not been rigorously applied in studies of the relationship between test-takers' confidence and accuracy. This study applied the Rasch measurement models to investigate the relationship between test-takers' confidence and accuracy on English proficiency tests, proposing potentially useful measures of under or overconfidence. The Rasch approach provided the scaffolding to formulate indices that can assess the discrepancy between confidence and accuracy at the item or total test level, as well as at particular ability levels locally. In addition, a "disattenuated" measure of association between accuracy and confidence, which takes measurement error into account, was obtained through a multidimensional Rasch modeling of the two constructs where the latent variance-covariance structure is directly estimated from the data. The results indicate that the participants tend to show overconfidence bias in their own cognitive abilities.

  11. Precision and Accuracy of Topography Measurements on Europa

    Greenberg, R.; Hurford, T. A.; Foley, M. A.; Varland, K.


    Reports of the death of the melt-through model for chaotic terrain on Europa have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain. They are based on topographic maps of insufficient quantitative accuracy and precision.

  12. Effective Analysis of Chinese Word-Segmentation Accuracy

    MA Weiyin


    Automatic word-segmentation is widely used in the ambiguity cancellation when processing large-scale real text,but during the process of unknown word detection in Chinese word segmentation,many detected word candidates are invalid.These false unknown word candidates deteriorate the overall segmentation accuracy,as it will affect the segmentation accuracy of known words.In this paper,we propose several methods for reducing the difficulties and improving the accuracy of the word-segmentation of written Chinese,such as full segmentation of a sentence,processing the duplicative word,idioms and statistical identification for unknown words.A simulation shows the feasibility of our proposed methods in improving the accuracy of word-segmentation of Chinese.

  13. Assessing and ensuring GOES-R magnetometer accuracy

    Carter, Delano; Todirita, Monica; Kronenwetter, Jeffrey; Dahya, Melissa; Chu, Donald


    The GOES-R magnetometer subsystem accuracy requirement is 1.7 nanoteslas (nT). During quiet times (100 nT), accuracy is defined as absolute mean plus 3 sigma error per axis. During storms (300 nT), accuracy is defined as absolute mean plus 2 sigma error per axis. Error comes both from outside the magnetometers, e.g. spacecraft fields and misalignments, as well as inside, e.g. zero offset and scale factor errors. Because zero offset and scale factor drift over time, it will be necessary to perform annual calibration maneuvers. To predict performance before launch, we have used Monte Carlo simulations and covariance analysis. With the proposed calibration regimen, both suggest that the magnetometer subsystem will meet its accuracy requirements.

  14. Accuracy Assessment Points for Colorado National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This point file displays the 500 accuracy assessment (AA) points visited in July and August of 2004 as part of the vegetation mapping project. Five hundred and one...

  15. Accuracy Assessment Points for Wupatki National Monument Vegetation Mapping Project

    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This spatial dataset in ESRI Coverage format maps accuracy assessment point locations for the vegetation map at Wupatki National Monument and in the surrounding...

  16. A Novel Navigation Robustness and Accuracy Improvement System Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — To address NASA's need for L1 C/A-based navigation with better anti-spoofing ability and higher accuracy, Broadata Communications, Inc. (BCI) proposes to develop a...

  17. Parenting and adolescents' accuracy in perceiving parental values.

    Knafo, Ariel; Schwartz, Shalom H


    What determines adolescents' accuracy in perceiving parental values? The current study examined potential predictors including parental value communication, family value agreement, and parenting styles. In the study, 547 Israeli adolescents (aged 16 to 18) of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds participated with their parents. Adolescents reported the values they perceive their parents want them to hold. Parents reported their socialization values. Accuracy in perceiving parents' overall value system correlated positively with parents' actual and perceived value agreement and perceived parental warmth and responsiveness, but negatively with perceived value conflict, indifferent parenting, and autocratic parenting in all gender compositions of parent-child dyads. Other associations varied by dyad type. Findings were similar for predicting accuracy in perceiving two specific values: tradition and hedonism. The article discusses implications for the processes that underlie accurate perception, gender differences, and other potential influences on accuracy in value perception.

  18. Adaptive Motivation Theory.


    of collections of associations, Need theory consists of interrelated concepts, social learning theory consists of rule application in the social...Ryan’s Learning Subdivisions Hierarchically Arranged -27- Landy: ONR Annual Report Expectancy Theory Effectance Theory Social Learning Theory Self-Esteem

  19. Recursion Theory Week

    Müller, Gert; Sacks, Gerald


    These proceedings contain research and survey papers from many subfields of recursion theory, with emphasis on degree theory, in particular the development of frameworks for current techniques in this field. Other topics covered include computational complexity theory, generalized recursion theory, proof theoretic questions in recursion theory, and recursive mathematics.

  20. Improvement of Electrochemical Machining Accuracy by Using Dual Pole Tool


    Electrochemical machining (ECM) is one of the best al ternatives for producing complex shapes in advanced materials used in aircraft a nd aerospace industries. However, the reduction of the stray material removal co ntinues to be major challenges for industries in addressing accuracy improvement . This study presents a method of improving machining accuracy in ECM by using a dual pole tool with a metallic bush outside the insulated coating of a cathode tool. The bush is connected with anode and so the el...

  1. The correlation between accent perception accuracy and listening proficiency



    This study tries to examine the correlation between Chinese EFL learners' accent perception accuracy of and their lis- tening proficiency. Accent annotation data were collected from 80 English-majored freshmen and sophomores. Results show that their accent perception accuracy is positively related to their listening proficiency. Therefore, it is concluded that the teaching of the accent should be enhanced to help students overcome some supersegmental obstacles in their listening.

  2. Collective animal decisions: preference conflict and decision accuracy

    Conradt, Larissa


    Social animals frequently share decisions that involve uncertainty and conflict. It has been suggested that conflict can enhance decision accuracy. In order to judge the practical relevance of such a suggestion, it is necessary to explore how general such findings are. Using a model, I examine whether conflicts between animals in a group with respect to preferences for avoiding false positives versus avoiding false negatives could, in principle, enhance the accuracy of collective decisions. I...

  3. Increase in error threshold for quasispecies by heterogeneous replication accuracy

    Aoki, Kazuhiro; Furusawa, Mitsuru


    In this paper we investigate the error threshold for quasispecies with heterogeneous replication accuracy. We show that the coexistence of error-free and error-prone polymerases can greatly increase the error threshold without a catastrophic loss of genetic information. We also show that the error threshold is influenced by the number of replicores. Our research suggests that quasispecies with heterogeneous replication accuracy can reduce the genetic cost of selective evolution while still producing a variety of mutants.

  4. Accuracy of ultrasound to identify chronic liver disease

    Richard; Allan; Kerry; Thoirs; Maureen; Phillips


    AIM:To identify and assess studies reporting the diagnostic performance of ultrasound imaging for identifying chronic liver disease(CLD)in a high risk population. METHODS:A search was performed to identify studies investigating the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound imaging for CLD.Two authors independently used the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies(QUADAS)checklist to assess the methodological quality of the selected studies.Inter-observer reliability of the QUADAS tool was assessed by measu...

  5. Accuracy of Star Cluster Parameters from Integrated UBVRI Photometry

    Narbutis, D; Stonkute, R; Vansevicius, V


    We study the capability of the UBVRI photometric system to quantify star clusters in terms of age, metallicity, and color excess by their integrated photometry. The well known age-metallicity-extinction degeneracy was analyzed for various parameter combinations, assuming different levels of photometric accuracy. We conclude that the UBVRI photometric system enables us to estimate star cluster parameters over a wide range, if the overall photometric accuracy is better than ~0.03 mag.

  6. Diagnostic Accuracy of the Initial Endoscopy for Ampullary Tumors

    Lee, Hee Seung; Jang, Jong Soon; Lee, Seungho; Yeon, Myeong Ho; Kim, Ki Bae; Park, Jae Geun; Lee, Joo Young; Kim, Mi Jin; HAN, JOUNG-HO; Sung, Rohyun; Park, Seon Mee


    Background/Aims Ampullary tumors come in a wide variety of malignant forms. We evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of endoscopy for ampullary tumors, and analyzed the causes of misdiagnosis. Methods We compared endoscopic imaging and biopsy results to final diagnoses. Types of endoscope, numbers of biopsy specimens taken, and final diagnoses were evaluated as possible factors influencing diagnostic accuracy. Results Final diagnoses were 19 adenocarcinomas, 18 normal or papillitis, 11 adenomas, ...

  7. Composite Photon Theory Versus Elementary Photon Theory

    Perkins, Walton A


    The purpose of this paper is to show that the composite photon theory measures up well against the Standard Model's elementary photon theory. This is done by comparing the two theories area by area. Although the predictions of quantum electrodynamics are in excellent agreement with experiment (as in the anomalous magnetic moment of the electron), there are some problems, such as the difficulty in describing the electromagnetic field with the four-component vector potential because the photon has only two polarization states. In most areas the two theories give similar results, so it is impossible to rule out the composite photon theory. Pryce's arguments in 1938 against a composite photon theory are shown to be invalid or irrelevant. Recently, it has been realized that in the composite theory the antiphoton does not interact with matter because it is formed of a neutrino and an antineutrino with the wrong helicity. This leads to experimental tests that can determine which theory is correct.

  8. Distinguishing Fast and Slow Processes in Accuracy - Response Time Data.

    Frederik Coomans

    Full Text Available We investigate the relation between speed and accuracy within problem solving in its simplest non-trivial form. We consider tests with only two items and code the item responses in two binary variables: one indicating the response accuracy, and one indicating the response speed. Despite being a very basic setup, it enables us to study item pairs stemming from a broad range of domains such as basic arithmetic, first language learning, intelligence-related problems, and chess, with large numbers of observations for every pair of problems under consideration. We carry out a survey over a large number of such item pairs and compare three types of psychometric accuracy-response time models present in the literature: two 'one-process' models, the first of which models accuracy and response time as conditionally independent and the second of which models accuracy and response time as conditionally dependent, and a 'two-process' model which models accuracy contingent on response time. We find that the data clearly violates the restrictions imposed by both one-process models and requires additional complexity which is parsimoniously provided by the two-process model. We supplement our survey with an analysis of the erroneous responses for an example item pair and demonstrate that there are very significant differences between the types of errors in fast and slow responses.

  9. Throwing speed and accuracy in baseball and cricket players.

    Freeston, Jonathan; Rooney, Kieron


    Throwing speed and accuracy are both critical to sports performance but cannot be optimized simultaneously. This speed-accuracy trade-off (SATO) is evident across a number of throwing groups but remains poorly understood. The goal was to describe the SATO in baseball and cricket players and determine the speed that optimizes accuracy. 20 grade-level baseball and cricket players performed 10 throws at 80% and 100% of maximal throwing speed (MTS) toward a cricket stump. Baseball players then performed a further 10 throws at 70%, 80%, 90%, and 100% of MTS toward a circular target. Baseball players threw faster with greater accuracy than cricket players at both speeds. Both groups demonstrated a significant SATO as vertical error increased with increases in speed; the trade-off was worse for cricketers than baseball players. Accuracy was optimized at 70% of MTS for baseballers. Throwing athletes should decrease speed when accuracy is critical. Cricket players could adopt baseball-training practices to improve throwing performance.

  10. Collective animal decisions: preference conflict and decision accuracy.

    Conradt, Larissa


    Social animals frequently share decisions that involve uncertainty and conflict. It has been suggested that conflict can enhance decision accuracy. In order to judge the practical relevance of such a suggestion, it is necessary to explore how general such findings are. Using a model, I examine whether conflicts between animals in a group with respect to preferences for avoiding false positives versus avoiding false negatives could, in principle, enhance the accuracy of collective decisions. I found that decision accuracy nearly always peaked when there was maximum conflict in groups in which individuals had different preferences. However, groups with no preferences were usually even more accurate. Furthermore, a relatively slight skew towards more animals with a preference for avoiding false negatives decreased the rate of expected false negatives versus false positives considerably (and vice versa), while resulting in only a small loss of decision accuracy. I conclude that in ecological situations in which decision accuracy is crucial for fitness and survival, animals cannot 'afford' preferences with respect to avoiding false positives versus false negatives. When decision accuracy is less crucial, animals might have such preferences. A slight skew in the number of animals with different preferences will result in the group avoiding that type of error more that the majority of group members prefers to avoid. The model also indicated that knowing the average success rate ('base rate') of a decision option can be very misleading, and that animals should ignore such base rates unless further information is available.

  11. Assessment of the Accuracy of Close Distance Photogrammetric JRC Data

    Kim, Dong Hyun; Poropat, George; Gratchev, Ivan; Balasubramaniam, Arumugam


    By using close range photogrammetry, this article investigates the accuracy of the photogrammetric estimation of rock joint roughness coefficients (JRC), a measure of the degree of roughness of rock joint surfaces. This methodology has proven to be convenient both in laboratory and in site conditions. However, the accuracy and precision of roughness profiles obtained from photogrammetric 3D images have not been properly established due to the variances caused by factors such as measurement errors and systematic errors in photogrammetry. In this study, the influences of camera-to-object distance, focal length and profile orientation on the accuracy of JRC values are investigated using several photogrammetry field surveys. Directional photogrammetric JRC data are compared with data derived from the measured profiles, so as to determine their accuracy. The extent of the accuracy of JRC values was examined based on the error models which were previously developed from laboratory tests and revised for better estimation in this study. The results show that high-resolution 3D images (point interval ≤1 mm) can reduce the JRC errors obtained from field photogrammetric surveys. Using the high-resolution images, the photogrammetric JRC values in the range of high oblique camera angles are highly consistent with the revised error models. Therefore, the analysis indicates that the revised error models facilitate the verification of the accuracy of photogrammetric JRC values.

  12. Decidability of formal theories and hyperincursivity theory

    Grappone, Arturo G.


    This paper shows the limits of the Proof Standard Theory (briefly, PST) and gives some ideas of how to build a proof anticipatory theory (briefly, PAT) that has no such limits. Also, this paper considers that Gödel's proof of the undecidability of Principia Mathematica formal theory is not valid for axiomatic theories that use a PAT to build their proofs because the (hyper)incursive functions are self-representable.

  13. A method for improving the accuracy of automatic indexing of Chinese-English mixed documents

    Yan; ZHAO; Hui; SHI


    Purpose:The thrust of this paper is to present a method for improving the accuracy of automatic indexing of Chinese-English mixed documents.Design/methodology/approach:Based on the inherent characteristics of Chinese-English mixed texts and the cybernetics theory,we proposed an integrated control method for indexing documents.It consists of"feed-forward control","in-progress control"and"feed-back control",aiming at improving the accuracy of automatic indexing of Chinese-English mixed documents.An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of our proposed method.Findings:This method distinguishes Chinese and English documents in grammatical structures and word formation rules.Through the implementation of this method in the three phases of automatic indexing for the Chinese-English mixed documents,the results were encouraging.The precision increased from 88.54%to 97.10%and recall improved from97.37%to 99.47%.Research limitations:The indexing method is relatively complicated and the whole indexing process requires substantial human intervention.Due to pattern matching based on a bruteforce(BF)approach,the indexing efficiency has been reduced to some extent.Practical implications:The research is of both theoretical significance and practical value in improving the accuracy of automatic indexing of multilingual documents(not confined to Chinese-English mixed documents).The proposed method will benefit not only the indexing of life science documents but also the indexing of documents in other subject areas.Originality/value:So far,few studies have been published about the method for increasing the accuracy of multilingual automatic indexing.This study will provide insights into the automatic indexing of multilingual documents,especially Chinese-English mixed documents.

  14. Model Theory and Applications

    Mangani, P


    This title includes: Lectures - G.E. Sacks - Model theory and applications, and H.J. Keisler - Constructions in model theory; and, Seminars - M. Servi - SH formulas and generalized exponential, and J.A. Makowski - Topological model theory.

  15. Decoding the architectural theory

    Gu Mengchao


    Starting from the illustration of the definition and concept of the architectural theory, the author established his unique understanding about the framework of the architectural theory and the innovation of the architectural theory underlined by Chinese characteristics.

  16. Eletrodissolução anódica em sistema de injeção em fluxo: uma alternativa rápida e eficiente para dissolução de ligas metálicas

    Silva José Bento Borba da


    Full Text Available Anodic electrodissolution procedure in a flow injection system for determination of constituents in alloys is discussed. This approach implement sample preparation procedure by using a chamber and a DC power supply with constant direct current. Solid sample was attached to chamber as anode. In this review a general overview of these procedure is presented. The procedure presented a good performance characterized by a high sample throughput determinations, good accuracy and relative standard deviation.

  17. What is Literary Theory?

    Murray, Paul R.; Paul R., Murray


    This paper deals with two difficult questions: (1) What is literary theory? and (2) What does literary theory do? Literary theory is contrasted to literary criticism, and theory is found to be a more all-embracing, inclusive field than criticism, which is tied more closely to literature itself. Literary theory is shown to be a multitude of differing ways of looking at literature, with each theory yielding differing results.

  18. Review of Hydroelasticity Theories

    Chen, Xu-jun; Wu, You-sheng; Cui, Wei-cheng


    Existing hydroelastic theories are reviewed. The theories are classified into different types: two-dimensional linear theory, two-dimensional nonlinear theory, three-dimensional linear theory and three-dimensional nonlinear theory. Applications to analysis of very large floating structures (VLFS)......) are reviewed and discussed in details. Special emphasis is placed on papers from China and Japan (in native languages) as these papers are not generally publicly known in the rest of the world....

  19. Grounded theory, feminist theory, critical theory: toward theoretical triangulation.

    Kushner, Kaysi Eastlick; Morrow, Raymond


    Nursing and social science scholars have examined the compatibility between feminist and grounded theory traditions in scientific knowledge generation, concluding that they are complementary, yet not without certain tensions. This line of inquiry is extended to propose a critical feminist grounded theory methodology. The construction of symbolic interactionist, feminist, and critical feminist variants of grounded theory methodology is examined in terms of the presuppositions of each tradition and their interplay as a process of theoretical triangulation.




    Full Text Available In this study some alternative forecasts for the unemployment rate of USA made by four institutions (International Monetary Fund (IMF, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD, Congressional Budget Office (CBO and Blue Chips (BC are evaluated regarding the accuracy and the biasness. The most accurate predictions on the forecasting horizon 201-2011 were provided by IMF, followed by OECD, CBO and BC.. These results were gotten using U1 Theil’s statistic and a new method that has not been used before in literature in this context. The multi-criteria ranking was applied to make a hierarchy of the institutions regarding the accuracy and five important accuracy measures were taken into account at the same time: mean errors, mean squared error, root mean squared error, U1 and U2 statistics of Theil. The IMF, OECD and CBO predictions are unbiased. The combined forecasts of institutions’ predictions are a suitable strategy to improve the forecasts accuracy of IMF and OECD forecasts when all combination schemes are used, but INV one is the best. The filtered and smoothed original predictions based on Hodrick-Prescott filter, respectively Holt-Winters technique are a good strategy of improving only the BC expectations. The proposed strategies to improve the accuracy do not solve the problem of biasness. The assessment and improvement of forecasts accuracy have an important contribution in growing the quality of decisional process.