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  1. Proximal Tibia Medial Biplanar Retrotubercle Open Wedge Osteotomy for Varus Knees with Medial Gonarthrosis

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    Türkmen, İsmail; Esenkaya, İrfan; Ünay, Koray; Türkmensoy, Fatih; Özkut, Afşar Timuçin

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the early results of proximal tibia medial biplanar retrotubercle open wedge osteotomy for varus gonarthrosis and compare the results with the literatüre. Methods: The results of proximal tibia medial biplanar retrotubercle open wedge osteotomy for 23 knees of 22 patients with medial gonarthrosis were evaluated clinically and radiologically. Results: Twenty of the patients were female and two were male. Mean age of the patients was 56.24; m...

  2. The new “dual osteotomy”: combined open wedge and tibial tuberosity anteriorisation osteotomies

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    Megied, Wael Samir Abdel; Mahran, Mahmoud A.; Thakeb, Mootaz F.; Abouelela, Amr A. K. H.; Elbatrawy, Yasser

    2009-01-01

    The high frequency with which medial compartment osteoarthritis is associated with patellofemoral osteoarthritis makes the addition of tibial tuberosity anteriorisation to high tibial osteotomy an appealing solution, despite the discouraging previously reported long-term results when tubercle anteriorisation was combined with a Coventry closed wedge technique. We conducted a prospective study of a new osteotomy combination: “the dual osteotomy”. An open wedge high tibial osteotomy was combine...

  3. Science Letters: A completely open cavity realized with photonic crystal wedges

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    HE Sai-ling; RUAN Zhi-chao

    2005-01-01

    A completely open cavity, which is formed by three 60-degree wedges of a photonic crystal with negative effective index, is introduced. Such a realizable design for a completely open cavity (i.e., without any reflective wall in the radial direction) is the first of its kind ever been reported. Due to the negative effective refraction index of the photonic crystal and the high transmission at the photonic crystal/air interfaces, a closed path with zero optical path is formed for the resonance. The present open cavity is very suitable for use as a biosensor as it has large air wedges into which a liquid measurand can flow easily.

  4. Proximal Opening Wedge Osteotomy Provides Satisfactory Midterm Results With a Low Complication Rate.

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    Oravakangas, Rami; Leppilahti, Juhana; Laine, Vesa; Niinimäki, Tuukka

    2016-01-01

    Hallux valgus is one of the most common foot deformities. Proximal opening wedge osteotomy is used for the treatment of moderate and severe hallux valgus with metatarsus primus varus. However, hypermobility of the first tarsometatarsal joint can compromise the results of the operation, and a paucity of midterm results are available regarding proximal open wedge osteotomy surgery. The aim of the present study was to assess the midterm results of proximal open wedge osteotomy in a consecutive series of patients with severe hallux valgus. Thirty-one consecutive adult patients (35 feet) with severe hallux valgus underwent proximal open wedge osteotomy. Twenty patients (35.5%) and 23 feet (34.3%) were available for the final follow-up examination. The mean follow-up duration was 5.8 (range 4.6 to 7.0) years. The radiologic measurements and American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society hallux-metatarsophalangeal-interphalangeal scores were recorded pre- and postoperatively, and subjective questionnaires were completed and foot scan analyses performed at the end of the follow-up period. The mean hallux valgus angle decreased from 38° to 23°, and the mean intermetatarsal angle correction decreased from 17° to 10°. The mean improvement in the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society hallux metatarsophalangeal-interphalangeal score increased from 52 to 84. Two feet (5.7%) required repeat surgery because of recurrent hallux valgus. No nonunions were identified. Proximal open wedge osteotomy provided satisfactory midterm results in the treatment of severe hallux valgus, with a low complication rate. The potential instability of the first tarsometatarsal joint does not seem to jeopardize the midterm results of the operation. PMID:26905255

  5. The effect of open wedge osteotomy on the posterior tibial slope

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    Bombaci, Hasan; Canbora, Kerem; Onur, Gokhan; Gorgec, Mucahit

    2004-01-01

    Objectives: Proximal tibial osteotomy improves the alignment and weight distribution of the lower extremity on the coronary plane. However, upper end osteotomy of the tibia may cause changes in the sagittal plane. In this study, we evaluated open wedge osteotomy operations with regard to its effect on the sagittal plane. Methods: The study included 22 knees of 20 female patients (mean age 54.1 years; range 43 to 64 years) who underwent proximal tibial osteotomy for osteoarthritis. Open wed...

  6. High, open wedge tibial osteotomy: Finite element analysis of five internal fixation modalities

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    Stepanović Željko

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Medial open wedge tibial osteotomy is one of the most widely accepted method of treatment for varus knee deformity in younger patient population. Its success depends on the quality of fixation and preservation of the outer cortex of the tibia. The aim of the study was to evaluate stress distribution in five numerically designed plate configurations which can be used in open wedge tibial osteotomy. Methods. The paper describes the 3D numerical model of the tibia with 10° varus deformity correction obtained by an optical scanner ATOS. The simulation anticipated axial compressive loads of 700 N, 1 400 N and 2 100 N. We used a modification of the standard T-plate in all of the five tested models. Modalities were tested with and without a metal block, and with and without a stable angle fixation plates and screws. Software PAK was used in the analysis of stress distribution. Results. With exception for the standard T-plate configuration without the supporting block, the loads up to 1400 N did not result in critical stresses on the outer cortex of the tibia in the remaining four models. There is an objective risk of possible failure of the outer cortex and loss of correction at a load of 2100 N in all configurations. The plate model with the angle stable fixation and the supporting metal block showed the most optimal distribution of stresses on the plate-bone composite compared to other models. Conclusion. The standard T-plate configuration without supporting metal block is not sufficient to stabilize the open wedge osteotomy of the tibia. Numerical models of the angle stable T-plate and the supporting metal block achieved a favorable distribution of stresses on the bone and implant which require further biomechanical testing.

  7. Sagittal realignment osteotomy for increased posterior tibial slope after opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy: a case report

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    Kimura, Yuka; Ishibashi, Yasuyuki; Tsuda, Eiichi; Fukuda, Akira; Tsukada, Harehiko

    2009-01-01

    A 40 year old welder who underwent opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy for correction of alignment in a varus knee developed persistent pain with loss of knee extension. The posterior tibial slope increased from 9 degrees to 20 degrees after the osteotomy and caused the anteromedial knee pain and limited extension. The patient then underwent a revision osteotomy using a closing wedge technique to correct tibial slope. The osteotomy was performed, first from the medial cortex in the lateral di...

  8. Mid-term outcome of opening-wedge high tibial osteotomy for varus arthritic knees.

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    Haviv, Barak; Bronak, Shlomo; Thein, Ran; Kidron, Amos; Thein, Rafael

    2012-02-01

    Gonarthrosis in the relatively young and active population causes major daily discomfort and disability. If the arthritic process is mainly limited to the medial compartment, the axis of a varus knee can be realigned laterally with high tibial osteotomy to unload the medial compartment and allow some cartilage regeneration and pain relief. This study describes the outcomes of patients who underwent opening-wedge high tibial osteotomies using Puddu plate (Arthrex, Naples, Florida) fixation. Eighteen patients (22 knees) with genu varum and medial compartment osteoarthritis were followed-up for an average of 6.3±2.3 years after high tibial osteotomy with Puddu plate fixation and iliac crest allograft. Clinical outcome was assessed by the Oxford Knee Score and subjective satisfaction rating. Pre- and postoperative radiographs were evaluated for tibiofemoral angle, Insall-Salvati index, and Kellgren-Lawrence Grading Scale for osteoarthritis. Mean patient age at surgery was 44±13.7 years, and mean body mass index was 29.1±4.7 kg/m(2). At last follow-up, mean Oxford Knee Score improved from 22.4±13.5 to 37.2±13.7 (P=.002). Average subjective satisfaction rate at last follow-up was 8±3. The measured tibiofemoral angle was corrected to an average genu valgum of 3.3°±4.8° (P=.001). No patient showed severe postoperative osteoarthritis (ie, Kellgren-Lawrence grade 4) at last follow-up. All radiographs showed full incorporation of the bone grafts. At the end of the study, 2 patients underwent total knee replacement. Opening-wedge high tibial valgus osteotomy with Puddu plate fixation can be a reliable procedure for the treatment of medial-compartment osteoarthritis of the knee associated with varus deformity. PMID:22310405

  9. The new "dual osteotomy": combined open wedge and tibial tuberosity anteriorisation osteotomies.

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    Abdel Megied, Wael Samir; Mahran, Mahmoud A; Thakeb, Mootaz F; Abouelela, Amr A K H; Elbatrawy, Yasser

    2010-02-01

    The high frequency with which medial compartment osteoarthritis is associated with patellofemoral osteoarthritis makes the addition of tibial tuberosity anteriorisation to high tibial osteotomy an appealing solution, despite the discouraging previously reported long-term results when tubercle anteriorisation was combined with a Coventry closed wedge technique. We conducted a prospective study of a new osteotomy combination: "the dual osteotomy". An open wedge high tibial osteotomy was combined with 1- to 1.5-cm Maquet-like tibial tuberosity anteriorisation. Thirty-four knees in 30 patients underwent surgery, including ten knees in nine male patients and 24 knees in 21 female patients with a mean age of 45 years (age range 34-58 years). All patients had varus medial compartment osteoarthritis and patellofemoral osteoarthritis with preoperative anatomical tibiofemoral angle exceeding 5 degrees . Twenty-four months after surgery, final evaluation detected improvement in the Knee Society clinical rating system function score from a mean of 61.3 (range 30-80) preoperatively to a mean of 87.3 (range 50-100) postoperatively and in the knee pain score from 27.3 (range 10-30) to 47 (range 30-50) postoperatively. Based on the rating system, at final follow-up, 70% of patients experienced no pain, 13% had mild or occasional pain, 10% had pain on stairs only, and 7% had pain during walking and on stairs. Anatomical tibiofemoral angles from 0 to 10 degrees valgus were achieved in 91% of operated knees, and union was achieved in all cases within six to twelve weeks after surgery. The dual osteotomy was effective in the short term in cases of medial compartment osteoarthritis associated with patellofemoral osteoarthritis. PMID:19998035

  10. The Medial Opening Wedge Osteotomy in Which The Tibial Tubercle Remains Attached to the Proximal Fragment: An Anatomıc Study

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    Esenkaya, İrfan; Elmalı, Nurzat; Mısırlıoğlu, Mesut; Ertem, Kadir; Atasever, Alper

    2005-01-01

    Objectives: Aim of this study is to perform and to evaluate the medial opening wedge osteotomy technique in which the tibial tubercle remains attached to the proximal fragment of osteotomy on plastic tibial models and human cadaveric and amputated tibiae. Material and Methods: The medial opening wedge osteotomy in which the tibial tubercle (tuberositas tibiae, tibial tuberosity), the area of insertion of the patellar ligament, remains attached to the proximal fragment were applied on 10 p...

  11. Open wedge osteotomy and callus distraction by means of the external fixator in distal femur and proximal tibia in knee arthrosis with valgus and varus deformity

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    Milenković Saša; Mitković Milorad B.; Radenković Mile; Stanojković Miodrag; Micić Ivan; Karalejić Saša

    2004-01-01

    Various methods can be applied for treatment of knee deformity. One of them is open wedge osteotomy and callus distraction by means of the external fixator. This paper presents the results of treatment of 16 patients with knee arthrosis associated with varus and valgus deformities (10 varus and 6 valgus deformities). Open wedge osteotomy of the varus deformity was performed in the proximal tibia, and in case of the valgus deformity in the distal part of the femur. The patients who were operat...

  12. PRE-OPERATIVE PLANNING AND SURGICAL TECHNIQUE OF THE OPEN WEDGE SUPRACONDYLAR OSTEOTOMY FOR CORRECTION OF VALGUS KNEE AND FIXATION WITH A FIXED-ANGLE IMPLANT

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    Paccola, Cleber Antonio Jansen

    2015-01-01

    The step-by-step preoperative planning for supracondylar opening wedge osteotomy of the femur for precise correction of the load axis of the lower limb using a fixed-angle implant (95° AO blade plate) is presented. The surgical technique and the use of a bone graft from the same site for filling in the defect are also presented.

  13. Wedges I

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    Dewitt-Morette, Cécile; Low, Stephen G.; Schulman, Lawrence S.; Shiekh, Anwar Y.

    1986-04-01

    The wedge problem, that is, the propagation of radiation or particles in the presence of a wedge, is examined in different contexts. Generally, the paper follows the historical order from Sommerfeld's early work to recent stochastic results—hindsights and new results being woven in as appropriate. In each context, identifying the relevant mathematical problem has been the key to the solution. Thus each section can be given both a physics and a mathematics title: Section 2: diffraction by reflecting wedge; boundary value problem of differential equations; solutions defined on mutiply connected spaces. Section 3: geometrical theory of diffraction; identificiation of function spaces. Section 4: path integral solutions; path integration on multiply connected spaces; asymptotics on the boundaries of function spaces. Section 5: probing the shape of the wedge and the roughness of its surface; stochastic calculus. Several propagators and Green functions are given explicitly, some old ones and some new ones. They include the knife-edge propagator for Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions, the absorbing knife edge propagator, the wedge propagators, the propagator for a free particle on a μ-sheeted Riemann surface, the Dirichlet and the Neumann wedge Green function.

  14. Wedges I

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    The wedge problem, that is, the propagation of radiation or particles in the presence of a wedge, is examined in different contexts. Generally, the paper follows the historical order from Sommerfeld's early work to recent stochastic results - hindsights and new results being woven in as appropriate. In each context, identifying the relevant mathematical problem has been the key to the solution. Thus each section can be given both a physics and a mathematics title: Section 2: diffraction by reflecting wedge; boundary value problem of differential equations; solutions defined on multiply connected spaces. Section 3: geometrical theory of diffraction; identification of function spaces. Section 4: path integral solutions; path integration on multiply connected spaces; asymptotics on the boundaries of function spaces. Section 5: probing the shape of the wedge and the roughness of its surface; stochastic calculus. Several propagators and Green functions are given explicitly, some old ones and some new ones. They include the knife-edge propagator for Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions, the absorbing knife edge propagator, the wedge propagators, the propagator for a free particle on a /sigma phi/-sheeted Riemann surface, the Dirichlet and the Neumann wedge Green function

  15. Ability of an intentionally smaller anterior than posterior gap to reduce the sagittal tibial slope in opening wedge high tibial osteotomy

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    Han, Seung-Beom; Park, Hyung-Jun; Lee, Dae-Hee

    2016-01-01

    Background We utilized in vivo 3- dimensional (D) computed tomography (CT) to determine whether the preoperatively planned anterior and posterior opening gap heights correlated with the real gaps following opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (HTO), as well as the relationships between anterior and posterior gap heights and change in sagittal tibial slope. Methods This prospective study involved 41 patients (41 knees) undergoing navigation HTO for primary medial osteoarthritis. Mechanical axis...

  16. Open wedge osteotomy and callus distraction by means of the external fixator in distal femur and proximal tibia in knee arthrosis with valgus and varus deformity

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    Milenković Saša

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Various methods can be applied for treatment of knee deformity. One of them is open wedge osteotomy and callus distraction by means of the external fixator. This paper presents the results of treatment of 16 patients with knee arthrosis associated with varus and valgus deformities (10 varus and 6 valgus deformities. Open wedge osteotomy of the varus deformity was performed in the proximal tibia, and in case of the valgus deformity in the distal part of the femur. The patients who were operated on had a knee varus larger than 10 degrees and a knee valgus larger than 12 degrees. Prior to open wedge osteotomy and application of the external fixator, knee arthroscopy was performed (meniscectomy, cartilage drilling and shaving, debridement, the extraction of loose bodies. After one-year follow-up, the final outcome of the treatment was positive in all patients. The treatment alleviated the pain in these patients. The method is minimally invasive and relatively easily applied. Mitkovic's external fixator type M20-CD-V allows for continuous callus distraction with simultaneous correction of the varus or valgus knee deformity.

  17. Rethinking wedges

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    Davis, Steven J.; Cao, Long; Caldeira, Ken; Hoffert, Martin I.

    2013-03-01

    Abstract Stabilizing CO2 emissions at current levels for fifty years is not consistent with either an atmospheric CO2 concentration below 500 ppm or global temperature increases below 2 °C. Accepting these targets, solving the climate problem requires that emissions peak and decline in the next few decades, and ultimately fall to near zero. Phasing out emissions over 50 years could be achieved by deploying on the order of 19 'wedges', each of which ramps up linearly over a period of 50 years to ultimately avoid 1 GtC y-1 of CO2 emissions. But this level of mitigation will require affordable carbon-free energy systems to be deployed at the scale of tens of terawatts. Any hope for such fundamental and disruptive transformation of the global energy system depends upon coordinated efforts to innovate, plan, and deploy new transportation and energy systems that can provide affordable energy at this scale without emitting CO2 to the atmosphere. 1. Introduction In 2004, Pacala and Socolow published a study in Science arguing that '[h]umanity can solve the carbon and climate problem in the first half of this century simply by scaling up what we already know how to do' [1]. Specifically, they presented 15 options for 'stabilization wedges' that would grow linearly from zero to 1 Gt of carbon emissions avoided per year (GtC y-1 1 Gt = 1012 kg) over 50 years. The solution to the carbon and climate problem, they asserted, was 'to deploy the technologies and/or lifestyle changes necessary to fill all seven wedges of the stabilization triangle'. They claimed this would offset the growth of emissions and put us on a trajectory to stabilize atmospheric CO2 concentration at 500 ppm if emissions decreased sharply in the second half of the 21st century. The wedge concept has proven popular as an analytical tool for considering the potential of different technologies to reduce CO2 emissions. In the years since the paper was published, it has been cited more than 400 times, and

  18. Complicações da osteotomia em cunha de abertura medial do joelho: estudo retrospectivo Complications following medial opening wedge osteotomy of the knee: retrospective study

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    Wilson Alves de Mello Junior

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizar um levantamento retrospectivo das complicações mais frequentes da osteotomia tibial alta (OTA em cunha de abertura medial. Esse procedimento vem a cada vez ganhando mais espaço no tratamento da artrose do joelho como uma das opções para pacientes jovens e ativos. Apesar dos resultados satisfatórios e seus benefícios, não é procedimento isento de complicações. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados, retrospectivamente, todos os pacientes submetidos à OTA supratuberositária medial de cunha de abertura e fixados com placa do tipo Puddu, realizadas no período de 1 de outubro de 1987 a 30 de outubro de 2008, no Hospital e Maternidade Celso Pierro da Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas (PUC-Campinas e no Instituto Wilson Mello em Campinas. Foram excluídos pacientes com menos de 12 meses de seguimento, com prontuários incompletos, e os que tinham osteotomias bilaterais. RESULTADOS: Dos 67 casos avaliados, 55 eram do sexo masculino e 12 do feminino, com média de idade de 49,5 anos. O tamanho médio da cunha foi de 10,15mm e as complicações mais frequentes foram dor moderada e grave (13,04%, seguida de rigidez (6,52%, quebra de material (4,4%, fratura da cortical lateral intraoperatória (4,4% e infecção (4,4%. CONCLUSÃO: Foi observado aumento de probabilidade de complicações quando há retardo na consolidação da osteotomia (p OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively survey the most frequent complications from medial opening wedge high-tibial osteotomy. This procedure is becoming increasingly important in treating knee arthrosis, as one of the options for young and active patients. Despite satisfactory results and its benefits, it is not a complication -free procedure. METHODS: All cases of medial opening wedge high-tibial osteotomy above the tibial tubercle with fixation using a Puddu plate that were performed at the Celso Pierro Hospital and Maternity Hospital, Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas (PUC -Campinas

  19. Parameterization of the headscatter correction factor Sc for rectangular photon beams Symmetrical and asymmetrical, open and wedged fields

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    In the calculation of monitor units and treatment times of MV photon beams the head scatter factor Sc accounts for the change in photon fluence when the collimator setting and thus the field size is changed. Sc can be measured with a narrow beam-coaxial phantom [1] as a function of the settings of the X and Y collimator blocks. Although Sc is expected to have a symmetrical nature Sc turns out to be an asymmetrical function of these settings. Elongated fields in X and Y directions can have Sc values which differ several per cent. In order to obtain sufficient accuracy usually Sc is measured for a matrix of field sizes of for instance X=2 up to 40 cm and Y=2 up to 40 cm. The reason of this asymmetry originates from the fact that the X and Y blocks are located in different planes. So the aperture - looking upstream from the measurement point to the blocks - is an asymmetrical function of the collimator setting. Our approach is to correct the asymmetry in Sc by considering Sc as a function of the corrected field dimensions either CfX and Y or X and CfY. The factor Cf has a value between 0.0 and 1.0 depending on the beam energy and the accelerator design. An iteration algorithm based on the Clarkson approach is used to calculate a best fit Cf value from Sc values of square and some elongated fields. Effectively the Sc matrix is reduced to a one dimensional function Sc(r), with r the average radius of fields with dimensions X=Cfa and Y=a or X=a and Y=Cfa. The algorithm is applied to calculate Sc of rectangular shaped fields. The accuracy of the method, based on one single - a priori - unknown, parameter Cf is well within measurement accuracy (0.5 %). Besides, a substantial reduction of the number of Sc measurements, necessary to cover the clinically used fields, is achieved this way. The method is validated for symmetrical beams with energies ranging from 6 to 25 MV of accelerators of several manufacturers and also for asymmetrical wedged fields of the 6 MV beams of a

  20. Accurate portal dose measurement with a fluoroscopic electronic portal imaging device (EPID) for open and wedged beams and dynamic multileaf collimation

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    Measuring portal dose with an electronic portal imaging device (Epi) in external beam radiotherapy can be used to perform routine dosimetric quality control checks on linear accelerators and to verify treatments (in vivo dosimetry). An accurate method to measure portal dose images (PDIs) with a commercially available fluoroscopic EPID has been developed. The method accounts for (i) the optical 'cross talk' within the EPID structure, (ii) the spatially non-uniform EPID response and (iii) the nonlinearity of the EPID response. The method is based on a deconvolution algorithm. Measurement of the required input data is straightforward. The observed nonlinearity of the EPID response was largely due to the somewhat outdated EPID electronics. Nonlinearity corrections for more modern systems are expected to be smaller. The accuracy of the method was assessed by comparing PDIs measured with the EPID with PDIs measured with a scanning ionization chamber in a miniphantom, located at the same position as the fluorescent screen. For irradiations in open, wedged and intensity modulated 25 MV photon beams (produced with dynamic multileaf collimation) EPID and ionization chamber measurements agreed to within 1% (1 SD). (author)

  1. Phase space exchange in thick wedge absorbers for ionization cooling

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    The problem of phase space exchange in wedge absorbers with ionization cooling is discussed. The wedge absorber exchanges transverse and longitudinal phase space by introducing a position-dependent energy loss. In this paper we note that the wedges used with ionization cooling are relatively thick, so that single wedges cause relatively large changes in beam phase space. Calculation methods adapted to such open-quotes thick wedgeclose quotes cases are presented, and beam phase-space transformations through such wedges are discussed. copyright 1998 American Institute of Physics

  2. Studying wedge factors and beam profiles for physical and enhanced dynamic wedges

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    Ahmad Misbah

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate variation in Varian′s Physical and Enhanced Dynamic Wedge Factors (WF as a function of depth and field size. The profiles for physical wedges (PWs and enhanced dynamic wedges (EDWs were also measured using LDA-99 array and compared for confirmation of EDW angles at different depths and field sizes. WF measurements were performed in water phantom using cylindrical 0.66 cc ionization chamber. WF was measured by taking the ratio of wedge and open field ionization data. A normalized wedge factor (NWF was introduced to circumvent large differences between wedge factors for different wedge angles. A strong linear dependence of PW Factor (PWF with depth was observed. Maximum variation of 8.9% and 4.1% was observed for 60° PW with depth at 6 and 15 MV beams respectively. The variation in EDW Factor (EDWF with depth was almost negligible and less than two per cent. The highest variation in PWF as a function of field size was 4.1% and 3.4% for thicker wedge (60° at 6 and 15 MV beams respectively and decreases with decreasing wedge angle. EDWF shows strong field size dependence and significant variation was observed for all wedges at both photon energies. Differences in profiles between PW and EDW were observed on toe and heel sides. These differences were dominant for larger fields, shallow depths, thicker wedges and low energy beam. The study indicated that ignoring depth and field size dependence of WF may result in under/over dose to the patient especially doing manual point dose calculation.

  3. A mid term comparison of open wedge high tibial osteotomy vs unicompartmental knee arthroplasty for medial compartment osteoarthritis of the knee

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    Takeuchi Ryohei

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The choice of surgical treatments for unicompartmental osteoarthritis (OA of the knee is still somewhat controversial. Midterm results from cases treated using unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA or open wedge high tibial osteotomy (OWHTO were evaluated retrospectively. Methods Twenty-seven knees of 24 patients with varus deformities underwent OWHTO and 30 knees of 18 patients underwent UKA surgeries for the treatment of medial compartmental osteoarthritis (OA. The KSS score, FTA, range of motion and complications were evaluated before and after surgery. Results The preoperative mean KSS scores were 49 points in the OWHTO group and 62 in the UKA group which improved postoperatively to 89 (excellent; 19 knees, good; 8 knees, and 88 (excellent; 25, good; 4, fair; 1, respectively. There was no significant difference between the OWHTO and UKA scores. Seventeen patients in the OWHTO group could sit comfortably in the formal Japanese style after surgery. The preoperative mean FTA values for the OWHTO and UKA groups were 182 degrees and 184, and at follow-up measured 169 and 170, respectively. In the UKA group, the femoral component and the polyethylene insertion in one patient was exchanged at 5 years post-surgery and revision TKAs were performed in 2 cases. In the OWHTO group, one tibial plateau fracture and one subcutaneous tissue infection were noted. Conclusions Treatment options should be carefully considered for each OA patient in accordance with their activity levels, grade of advanced OA, age, and range of motion of the knee. OWHTO shows an improved indication for active patients with a good range of motion of the knee.

  4. Wedges for ultrasonic inspection

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    Gavin, Donald A. (Rexford, NY)

    1982-01-01

    An ultrasonic transducer device is provided which is used in ultrasonic inspection of the material surrounding a threaded hole and which comprises a wedge of plastic or the like including a curved threaded surface adapted to be screwed into the threaded hole and a generally planar surface on which a conventional ultrasonic transducer is mounted. The plastic wedge can be rotated within the threaded hole to inspect for flaws in the material surrounding the threaded hole.

  5. Long polymers near wedges and cones

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    Hammer, Yosi; Kantor, Yacov

    2015-12-01

    We perform a Monte Carlo study of N -step self-avoiding walks, attached to the corner of an impenetrable wedge in two dimensions (d =2 ), or the tip of an impenetrable cone in d =3 , of sizes ranging up to N =106 steps. We find that the critical exponent γα, which determines the dependence of the number of available conformations on N for a cone or wedge with opening angle α , is in good agreement with the theory for d =2 . We study the end-point distribution of the walks in the allowed space and find similarities to the known behavior of random walks (ideal polymers) in the same geometry. For example, the ratio between the mean square end-to-end distances of a polymer near the cone or wedge and a polymer in free space depends linearly on γα, as is known for ideal polymers. We show that the end-point distribution of polymers attached to a wedge does not separate into a product of angular and radial functions, as it does for ideal polymers in the same geometry. The angular dependence of the end position of polymers near the wedge differs from theoretical predictions.

  6. Long polymers near wedges and cones.

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    Hammer, Yosi; Kantor, Yacov

    2015-12-01

    We perform a Monte Carlo study of N-step self-avoiding walks, attached to the corner of an impenetrable wedge in two dimensions (d=2), or the tip of an impenetrable cone in d=3, of sizes ranging up to N=10(6) steps. We find that the critical exponent γ(α), which determines the dependence of the number of available conformations on N for a cone or wedge with opening angle α, is in good agreement with the theory for d=2. We study the end-point distribution of the walks in the allowed space and find similarities to the known behavior of random walks (ideal polymers) in the same geometry. For example, the ratio between the mean square end-to-end distances of a polymer near the cone or wedge and a polymer in free space depends linearly on γ(α), as is known for ideal polymers. We show that the end-point distribution of polymers attached to a wedge does not separate into a product of angular and radial functions, as it does for ideal polymers in the same geometry. The angular dependence of the end position of polymers near the wedge differs from theoretical predictions. PMID:26764719

  7. Wedges of Anxiety

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    Hellström, Maria; Brandt, Eva

    2005-01-01

    The Heraclitian notion of a reality in constant flux seems to have settled even in the public consciousness. We are, to an ever-increasing extent, on the move; in motion between different places of abode, between domiciles and places of residence, between temporary addresses and provisory settlem...... cones of light, as the cut their way into the unknown, like wedges of anxiety...

  8. Wedging out DNA damage

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    Schärer, Orlando D.; Campbell, Arthur J

    2009-01-01

    The DNA-repair machinery is faced with the significant challenge of differentiating DNA lesions from unmodified DNA. Two recent publications, one in this issue of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, uncover a new way of recognizing minimally distorting DNA lesions: insertion of a 3- or 4-amino-acid wedge into DNA to extrude the lesion into a shallow binding pocket that can accommodate various damaged bases.

  9. The first radiation dates of syngenetic Late Pleistocene ice-wedges

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    Direct radiocarbon dating of organic mater extracted directly from ice wedges of the Late Pleistocene wedges of Siberia using the accelerating mass spectrometry was carried out. It is shown that the ice wedges opened in the cross section base at a height from 0 to +1 m started their formation about 21 thousand years ago. The rate of the wedges vertical growth in the course of 21-14.7 thousand of years. Subhorizontal age stratification of the ice-wedges formed by consecutive penetration of thawing ice water along with accumulation of precipitate on the surface, was confirmed

  10. Dose evaluation at the build up region using by wedge filter

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    Kim, Yon Lae; Moon, Seong Kong [Dept. of Radiologic Technology, Choonhae College of Health Sciences, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Tae Suk [Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, The Catholic University, Bucheon (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Jin Beom [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Seoul National Univ. Bundang Hospital, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin Young [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Inje Univ. Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jeong Woo [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Konkuk University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    Wedge filter could use to increase the dose distribution at the hot dose regions. We evaluated dose discrepancy at surface and build region in the infield and outfield that Metal Wedge (MW) and Enhance Dynamic Wedge (EDW) were interact with photon. In this paper, we used Gafchromic EBT3 film that had excellent spatial resolution, composed the water equivalent materials and changed the optical density without development. The set up conditions of linear accelerator were fixed 6 MV photon, 100 cm SSD, 10×10 cm2 field size and were irradiated 400 cGy at Dmax. The dose distribution and absorbed dose were evaluated when we compared the open field with 15°, 30°, 45° metal wedge and enhanced dynamic wedge. A 15° metal wedge could increase the surface and build up region dose than using a 15° enhanced dynamic wedge. A 30° metal wedge could decrease the surface and build up region dose than using a 30° enhanced dynamic wedge. A 45° metal wedge could decrease by large deviation the surface and build up region dose than using a 15° enhanced dynamic wedge. The dose of penumbra region at outfield were increased on the thick side but were decreased on the thin side. It could be decrease the surface dose and build up region dose, if the metal wedge filters were properly used to make a good dose distribution and not closed the distance of surface.

  11. Dose evaluation at the build up region using by wedge filter

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    Wedge filter could use to increase the dose distribution at the hot dose regions. We evaluated dose discrepancy at surface and build region in the infield and outfield that Metal Wedge (MW) and Enhance Dynamic Wedge (EDW) were interact with photon. In this paper, we used Gafchromic EBT3 film that had excellent spatial resolution, composed the water equivalent materials and changed the optical density without development. The set up conditions of linear accelerator were fixed 6 MV photon, 100 cm SSD, 10×10 cm2 field size and were irradiated 400 cGy at Dmax. The dose distribution and absorbed dose were evaluated when we compared the open field with 15°, 30°, 45° metal wedge and enhanced dynamic wedge. A 15° metal wedge could increase the surface and build up region dose than using a 15° enhanced dynamic wedge. A 30° metal wedge could decrease the surface and build up region dose than using a 30° enhanced dynamic wedge. A 45° metal wedge could decrease by large deviation the surface and build up region dose than using a 15° enhanced dynamic wedge. The dose of penumbra region at outfield were increased on the thick side but were decreased on the thin side. It could be decrease the surface dose and build up region dose, if the metal wedge filters were properly used to make a good dose distribution and not closed the distance of surface

  12. Capillary Rise in a Wedge

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    Piva, M.

    2009-01-01

    In introductory-level physics courses, the concept of surface tension is often illustrated using the example of capillary rise in thin tubes. In this paper the author describes experiments conducted using a planar geometry created with two small plates forming a thin wedge. The distribution of the fluid entering the wedge can be studied as a…

  13. Experimental Study of Using Wax Wedge Filter in Electron Beams

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    Wedged beams are often been used in clinical photon radiotherapy to compensate missing tissues and dose gradients. In this work, we designed a wedge filter made of wax to be implemented in electron beams radiotherapy. Measurements were carried out for a hexahedral high-energy electron beams (5-14 MeV) generated by Siemens Mevatron linear accelerator by using radiographic film dosimetry for off-axis dose profiles and depth doses measurements. This study showed that there was a large difference between open and wedged PDD and this difference was decreased with electron beams energy increase. Therefore, we recommend using wax wedge filters with higher electron energies, and take into account the increase in the surface dose and the decrease of the depth of maximum dose when used with low electron energies.

  14. Estimating Nielsen Numbers on Wedge Product Spaces

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    Kim Seung Won

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Let be a self-map of a finite polyhedron that is an aspherical wedge product space . In this paper, we estimate the Nielsen number of . In particular, we study some algebraic properties of the free products and then estimate Nielsen numbers on torus wedge surface with boundary, Klein bottle wedge surface with boundary, and torus wedge torus.

  15. Diffusion induced flow on a wedge-shaped obstacle

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    Zagumennyi, Ia V.; Dimitrieva, N. F.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper the problem of evolution of diffusion induced flow on a wedge-shaped obstacle is analyzed numerically. The governing set of fundamental equations is solved using original solvers from the open source OpenFOAM package on supercomputer facilities. Due to breaking of naturally existing diffusion flux of a stratifying agent by the impermeable surface of the wedge a complex multi-level vortex system of compensatory fluid motions is formed around the obstacle. Sharp edges of the obstacle generate extended high-gradient horizontal interfaces which are clearly observed in laboratory experiments by high-resolution Schlieren visualization. Formation of an intensive pressure depression zone in front of the leading vertex of the wedge is responsible for generation of propulsive force resulting in a self-displacement of the obstacle along the neutral buoyancy horizon in a stably stratified environment. The size of the pressure deficiency area near the sharp vertex of a concave wedge is about twice that for a convex one. This demonstrates a more intensive propulsion mechanism in case of the concave wedge and, accordingly, a higher velocity of its self-movement in a continuously stratified medium.

  16. Comparison of dosimetric characteristics of Siemens virtual and physical wedges for ONCOR linear accelerator

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    Attalla Ehab

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Dosimetric properties of virtual wedge (VW and physical wedge (PW in 6- and 10-MV photon beams from a Siemens ONCOR linear accelerator, including wedge factors, depth doses, dose profiles, peripheral doses, are compared. While there is a great difference in absolute values of wedge factors, VW factors (VWFs and PW factors (PWFs have a similar trend as a function of field size. PWFs have stronger depth dependence than VWF due to beam hardening in PW fields. VW dose profiles in the wedge direction, in general, match very well with those of PW, except in the toe area of large wedge angles with large field sizes. Dose profiles in the nonwedge direction show a significant reduction in PW fields due to off-axis beam softening and oblique filtration. PW fields have significantly higher peripheral doses than open and VW fields. VW fields have similar surface doses as the open fields, while PW fields have lower surface doses. Surface doses for both VW and PW increase with field size and slightly with wedge angle. For VW fields with wedge angles 45° and less, the initial gap up to 3 cm is dosimetrically acceptable when compared to dose profiles of PW. VW fields in general use less monitor units than PW fields.

  17. Customized wedge pattern using dynamic multileaf collimator

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    Radiation therapy treatment planning for many clinical situations requires wedge-shaped isodose distribution to compensate for missing tissue and the dose gradient of adjacent beams. Conventionally we use Physical wedges. But it takes more time for treatment and enforce the beam hardening effect. To substitute the physical wedge various solutions from different Linac vendors available as Enhanced dynamic wedge (Varian), Motorized Wedge (Elekta) and Virtual Wedge (Siemens). Varian, Enhanced dynamic wedge (EDW) uses golden segmented treatment tables (GSTT) to govern the position of the moving jaw with respect to delivered number of monitor units. The Golden Segmented Treatment Table (GSTT) is based on the greatest wedge angle (60-Degree) with the largest possible field width (namely 30 cm). The largest field width is an asymmetric 30 cm field, 20 cm to the heel and 10 cm to the toe from the central axis. The basic principle of EDW is sweeping of Y jaw from end to end of field using GSTT. So the EDW is available in only in Y direction and to have wedges in X direction (parallel with MLC) still we need to use physical wedges. To avoid this limitation in this study Dynamic MLC (DMLC) used to produce Wedge distributions in X direction and compared them with physical and Enhance dynamic wedges

  18. Wedge splitting test: Influence of wedge angle on fracture parameters

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Bermejo, C.; Sobek, J.; Veselý, V.

    Košice : Technical University of Košice, 2013 - (Kotrasová, K.) ISBN 978-80-553-1488-4. [Structural and Physical Aspects of Civil Engineering. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 27.11.2013-29.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/11/1551 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * cement-based composite * FEM * Two-parameter facture mechanics * T-stress Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  19. Decarbonization Wedges. November 2015. Report

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    2015 is a particularly eventful year in the field of energy. From 30 November through 11 December, France will host the 21. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris. The expectations for this international event are high. Its main goal is to obtain an agreement to keep global warming below 2 deg. C by securing a set of voluntary commitments from the various countries and regions of the world to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and by mobilizing $100 billion per year from 2020 onwards to finance climate change policies, especially in developing countries. In France, the year 2015 was also marked by the adoption of the Energy Transition and Green Growth Act that set a course and defined a road-map, through a set of objectives, aimed at helping our country reduce its CO2 emissions in the field of energy. In this context, ANCRE (French National Alliance for Energy Research Coordination) would like to reiterate the major role of energy research and innovation in reducing anthropogenic (i.e. human induced) greenhouse gas emissions through research conducted on decarbonization wedges, a key technology in the fight against climate change in the field of energy on a planetary scale. Limiting the temperature increase on the earth's surface to 2 deg. C by 2100 is a challenging target, but it could be achievable with the rapid, sustained development and wide dissemination of a broad set of technologies. However, to achieve this goal, it is indispensable to conduct research aimed at speeding up low carbon technologies deployment and at reducing their cost. Through this joint report to which numerous researchers and experts contributed, ANCRE wishes to continue its efforts to build a global strategic vision that an Alliance comprising nearly 19 different research institutions can provide. This study follows the work conducted on energy transition scenarios for France and the road-maps drawn up by the ten programmatic groups structuring the Alliance

  20. Dosimetry and quality control of motorized wedge system of equinox 100 cobalt 60 teletherapy unit

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    In external beam radiation therapy, the use of wedge filters to produce dose gradient across the beam profile and compensate for dose inhomogeneity is a well-established method. Traditionally, this is done using physical wedges (PW) made of metallic material (steel or lead) shaped in such a way as to produce graduated attenuation across the radiation beam. Recent developments in the head design of telecobalt units (TCU) have brought the concept of motorized wedges (MW). Dosimetric properties of PW and MW was studied to make it possible to find ways of emulating physical wedge with a motorized wedge as well as commissioning M Ws for a treatment planning system (TPS) that does not support MW for cobalt-60 beam. Dosimetric measurements were performed using PTW farmer type ionization chamber for central axis dose measurements and the StarTrack 2D array detector for off-axis dose measurements with beam from the Theratron Equinox-100 TCU. Dependence of WF with field size and depth was less than 2%; hence correction in clinical trials is insignificant. Accuracy of the treatment planning system was evaluated in terms of percentage differences between measured and calculated wedge factors, depth dose, and profiles. Absolute dose distribution showed 3% and 3mm in dose difference and distance-to-agreement respectively. Wedge factors and percentage depth dose were within 2% deviation between calculated and measured values. Physical wedge emulation method was in good agreement with the wedged and open beam method except slight variation at the heel and toe sides due to field-in field effect. Motorized wedge system was successfully configured into Prowess panther treatment planning system. (au)

  1. Directed Paths in a Wedge

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    van Rensburg, E J J; Rechnitzer, A

    2007-01-01

    Directed paths have been used extensively in the scientific literature as a model of a linear polymer. Such paths models in particular the conformational entropy of a linear polymer and the effects it has on the free energy. These directed models are simplified versions of the self-avoiding walk, but they do nevertheless give insight into the phase behaviour of a polymer, and also serve as a tool to study the effects of conformational degrees of freedom in the behaviour of a linear polymer. In this paper we examine a directed path model of a linear polymer in a confining geometry (a wedge). The main focus of our attention is $c_n$, the number of directed lattice paths of length $n$ steps which takes steps in the North-East and South-East directions and which is confined to the wedge $Y=\\pm X/p$, where $p$ is an integer. In this paper we examine the case $p=2$ in detail, and we determine the generating function using the iterated kernel method. We also examine the asymtotics of $c_n$. In particular, we show th...

  2. Evaluation of motorized wedge for a new generation telecobalt machine

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    A new model of the telecobalt unit, the ratron equinox-100, (MDS Nordion, Canada) equipped with upper and lower asymmetric jaws and a single 60 degree motorized wedge (MW), have been evaluated. Motorized wedge was commissioned in pinnacle''3 (Philips) 3D treatment planning system (TPS). The profiles and central axis depth dose (CADD) were measured with wellhofer. Blue water phantom for various field sizes using 0.13 cc thimble ionization chamber (Scanditronix Wellhofer, Uppsala, Sweden) and the data were commissioned in pinnacle''3. The profiles for wedge beam were measured for 5*5, 10*10 and 15*15 cm''2 field sizes at 5 and 10 cm depths measured with 2D array (two dimensional detector array with 729 vented ionization chambers with a size of 5*5*5 mm''3) PTW, Germany and compared with calculated profiles. A homogenous phantom was generated in pinnacle''3. The dose was calculated in this phantom at 10 cm depth for field sizes of 5*5, 10*10 and 15*15 cm''2 for particular motorized wedge angle (MW) 15, 30, 45 and 60 degree and the respective open and MW beam weight, the absolute dose of 2 Gy was calculated by TPS, pinnacle''3 using collapsed cone convolution (cc convolution) algorithm with a grid size of 4 mm, and compared with measured dose in a water phantom at 10 cm depth with a 0.6 cc thimble ion chamber FC-65-G and DOS E1 electrometer for field sizes of 5*5, 10*10 and 15*15 cm''2 using IAEA dosimetry protocol TRS-398. The variation of measured and calculated doses at 10 cm deth were within acceptable limit. The motorized wedge was successfully commissioned in pinnacle''3.(Author)

  3. Phase space exchange in thick wedge absorbers for ionization cooling

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    The problem of phase space exchange in wedge absorbers with ionization cooling is discussed. The wedge absorber exchanges transverse and longitudinal phase space by introducing a position-dependent energy loss. In this paper we note that the wedges used with ionization cooling are relatively thick, so that single wedges cause relatively large changes in beam phase space. Calculation methods adapted to such ''thick wedge'' cases are presented, and beam phase-space transformations through such wedges are discussed

  4. Optical dating of relict sand wedges and composite-wedge pseudomorphs in Flanders, Belgium

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    Buylaert, Jan-Pieter; Ghysels, Günther; Murray, Andrew S.; Thomsen, Kristina Jørkov; Vandenberghe, Dimitri; De Corte, Frans; Heyse, Irenee; Van Den Haute, Peter

    2009-01-01

    appear to have been commonplace in Flanders during the Late Pleniglacial (Oxygen Isotope Stage 2; OIS2); more specifically, around the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM, similar to 21 kyr ago) and the transition period between the LGM and the start of the Lateglacial (similar to 15 kyr ago). Optical dating at...... one site has revealed two significantly older wedge levels, the younger inset into the older; the younger wedge has an age of 36 +/- 4 kyr (Middle Pleniglacial; OIS3), the older wedge 129 +/- 11 kyr, which points to formation during the Late Saalian (OIS6). Our OSL ages of the wedges and host...

  5. Interpretation and inverse analysis of the wedge splitting test

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    Østergaard, Lennart; Stang, Henrik

    2002-01-01

    Determination of the stress-crack opening relationship, s(w) a material parameter in the fictitious crack model by Hillerborg has proven to be problematic and is still not a simple task to perform. However, this paper demonstrates that the cracked non-linear hinge model by Olesen may be applied to...... the wedge splitting test and that it is well suited for the interpretation of test results in terms of s(w). A fine agreement between the hinge and FEM-models has been found. It has also been found that the test and the hinge model form a solid basis for inverse analysis. The paper also discusses...

  6. Structure of turbulent wedges created by isolated surface roughness

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    Kuester, Matthew S.; White, Edward B.

    2016-04-01

    Isolated surface roughness in a laminar boundary layer can create a wedge of turbulence that spreads laterally into the surrounding laminar flow. Some recent studies have identified high- and low-speed streaks along the exterior of turbulent wedges. In this experiment, developing turbulent wedges are measured to observe the creation of these streaks. Naphthalene shear stress surface visualization and hotwire measurements are utilized to investigate the details of turbulent wedges created by cylinders in a laminar flat-plate boundary layer. Both the surface visualization and the hotwire measurements show high- and low-speed streaks in the wake of the cylinder that devolve into a turbulent wedge. The turbulent wedge spreading is associated with the emergence of these high- and low-speed streaks along the outside of the wedge. As the wedge evolves in the streamwise direction, these streaks persist inside of the core of the wedge, while new, lower amplitude streaks form along the outside of the wedge. Adding asymmetry to the cylinder moved the virtual origin closer to the roughness and increased the vortex shedding frequency, while adding small-scale roughness features did not strongly affect turbulent wedge development. Intermittency calculations additionally show the origin of the turbulent core inside of the wedge. The structure and spacing of the high-speed streaks along the extremities of the turbulent wedge give insight into the spreading angle of the turbulent wedge.

  7. Convolution-wedge product of fields

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    In this paper we use the pair of electric-magnetic (or GNO, or Langlands) duality groups G = Sp(1) and LG = SO(3) and the T-transformation in mirror symmetry (or the S-duality, or the Fourier-Mukai transformation) to define the wedge product of fields: first by using gauge transformation, we reduce the fields with values in LieG = sp(1) to the fields with values in the Lie algebra of the maximal torus t subset of LieG = sp(1). Next we use the Fourier-Mukai transformation of fields to have the images as fields with values in the Lie algebra of the Langlands dual torus Lt in Lie LG = so(3). The desired wedge product of two fields is defined as the pre-image of the ordinary wedge product of images with values in Lt subset of so(3). (author)

  8. Explicit reconstruction of the entanglement wedge

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    Kim, Jung-Wook

    2016-01-01

    The problem of bulk locality, or how the boundary encodes the bulk in AdS/CFT, is still a subject of study today. One of the major issues that needs more elucidation is the problem of subregion duality; what information of the bulk a given boundary subregion encodes. Although proofs given by two teams of researchers, Dong, Harlow, and Wall and Bao, and Kim, state that the entanglement wedge of the bulk should be reconstructible from boudnary subregions, no explicit procedure for reconstructing the entanglement wedge was as of yet given. In this paper, mode sum approach to obtaining smearing functions is generalised to include bulk reconstruction in the entanglement wedge of boundary subregions. It is generally expectated that solutions to the wave equation on a complicated coordinate patch are needed, but this hard problem has been transferred to a less hard but tractable problem of matrix inversion.

  9. Spatial oscillations in the spontaneous emission rate of an atom inside a metallic wedge

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    Zhao, H J

    2010-01-01

    A method of images is applied to study the spontaneous emission of an atom inside a metallic wedge with an opening angle of $\\pi/N$, where N is an arbitrary positive integer. We show the method of images gives a rate formula consistent with that from Quantum Electrodynamics. Using the method of images, we show the correspondence between the oscillations in the spontaneous emission rate and the closed-orbits of emitted photon going away and returning to the atom inside the wedge. The closed-orbits can be readily constructed using the method of images and they are also extracted from the spontaneous emission rate.

  10. Non-Newtonian viscosity wedge in film formation of EHL

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    GUOF.; WONGP.L.

    2001-01-01

    This paper aims to evaluate the action of viscosity wedge in the oil film formation ofEHL at opposite sliding and zero entrainment. Using solvers developed for Newtonian and Eyringfluids, the film formation behavior originating from viscosity wedge is investigated. The numericalsimulation displays that lubricant film formation induced by viscosity wedge is different from that bythe well-known geometrical wedge with entrainment in classic EHL. The numerical analyses showthat at high opposite sliding speed the viscosity wedge acts as a leading role in film formation, thenon-Newtonian effects can have a pronounced influence on action of the viscosity wedge.

  11. Consolidação da osteotomia valgizante proximal da tíbia com cunha de abertura fixada com placa "calço" de Anthony® Proximal tibial valgusing open-wedge osteotomy union fixated with Anthony® "support" plate

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    Cristiano Hossri Ribeiro

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Este estudo tem por finalidade verificar a consolidação da osteotomia valgizante da tíbia com cunha de abertura fixada com placa tipo calço de Anthony® (OVT, no tratamento da osteoartrose medial do joelho varo, a correção da deformidade e a resposta clínica ao tratamento cirúrgico. MÉTODOS: Vinte pacientes (vinte joelhos com osteoartrose do compartimento medial do joelho, com idade média de 48,4 ± 9,9, foram avaliados por um período mínimo de um ano. Os pacientes foram submetidos a avaliação radiográfica da consolidação e do eixo mecânico no pré e pós operatório, além da avaliação dos critérios de LYSHOLM. RESULTADOS: A consolidação da osteotomia ocorreu após 12 semanas em 100% dos casos sem complicações. A avaliação do LYSHOLM no pós operatório apresentou 80% de excelentes e bons resultados. A correção final média do eixo mecânico foi de 3,4 ± 3,3 graus de valgo. CONCLUSÃO: Concluímos que a consolidação da osteotomia supra-tuberositária da tíbia com cunha de abertura fixada com placa calço de Anthony® e com enxertia óssea tricortical ocorre num intervalo de três meses. A cirurgia é eficaz para a correção da deformidade em varo do joelho, e propicia melhora clínica significante para o paciente.OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to check the proximal tibial valgusing open-wedge osteotomy union with Anthony® plate for the treatment of bowleg with medial osteoarthrosis, final correction of the deformity and clinical improvement. METHODS: Twenty patients (twenty knees with medial osteoarthrosis of the knee, with mean age of 48.4 years, were evaluated for one year. The patients were submitted to the Lysholm's score, and also to X-ray studies before and after surgery. RESULTS: The osteotomy union occurred after 12 weeks in all cases without complications. The Lysholm's score was regarded as excellent or good in 80% of the cases. The postoperative mechanical alignment was 3.4 ± 3.3 valgus

  12. Quantum entanglement measure based on wedge product

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    Heydari, Hoshang

    2006-01-01

    We construct an entanglement measure that coincides with the generalized concurrence for a general pure bipartite state based on wedge product. Moreover, we construct an entanglement measure for pure multi-qubit states, which are entanglement monotone. Furthermore, we generalize our result on a general pure multipartite state.

  13. PARADOX SOLUTION ON ELASTIC WEDGE DISSIMILAR MATERIALS

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    姚伟岸; 张兵茹

    2003-01-01

    According to the Hellinger-Reissner variational principle and introducing proper transformation of variables, the problem on elastic wedge dissimilar materials can be led to Hamiltonian system, so the solution of the problem can be got by employing the separation of variables method and symplectic eigenfunction expansion under symplectic space, which consists of original variables and their dual variables. The eigenvalue - 1 is a special one of all symplectic eigenvalue for Hamiltonian system in polar coordinate. In general, the eigenvalue - is a single eigenvalue, and the classical solution of an elastic wedge dissimilar materials subjected to a unit concentrated couple at the vertex is got directly by solving the eigenfunction vector for eigenvalue - 1 . But the eigenvalue - 1 becomes a double eigenvalue when the vertex angles and modulus of the materials satisfy certain definite relationships and the classical solution for the stress distribution becomes infinite at this moment, that is, the paradox should occur. Here the Jordan form eigenfunction vector for eigenvalue - 1 exists, and solution of the paradox on elastic wedge dissimilar materials subjected to a unit concentrated couple at the vertex is obtained directly by solving this special Jordan form eigenfunction. The result shows again that the solutions of the special paradox on elastic wedge in the classical theory of elasticity are just Jordan form solutions in symplectic space under Hamiltonian system.

  14. High-energy rate forgings of wedges :

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    Reynolds, Thomas Bither; Everhart, Wesley; Switzner, Nathan T; Balch, Dorian K.; San Marchi, Christopher W.

    2014-05-01

    The wedge geometry is a simple geometry for establishing a relatively constant gradient of strain in a forged part. The geometry is used to establish gradients in microstructure and strength as a function of strain, forging temperature, and quenching time after forging. This geometry has previously been used to benchmark predictions of strength and recrystallization using Sandias materials model for type 304L austenitic stainless steel. In this report, the processing conditions, in particular the times to forge and quench the forged parts, are summarized based on information recorded during forging on June 18, 2013 of the so-called wedge geometry from type 316L and 21Cr-6Ni-9Mn austenitic stainless steels.

  15. Wedge - rolls rolling of hollowed parts

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    Z. Pater

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Presentation of the possibilities of application of a new manufacturing method, called wedge rollsrolling (WRR in forming of axi – symmetrical hollowed parts.Design/methodology/approach: The research work was done in a specially designed laboratory rolling millLUW-2. During the research, hollowed parts from steel were rolled in hot forming conditions. Basic kinematicaland force parameters of the process were noticed during rolling.Findings: On the basis of the conducted research it was stated that the WRR method could be used for formingof hollowed parts with the precision compared with the precision obtained in the typical cross wedge rollingprocesses (CWR. At the same time, it was proved that this method could be used for rolling from billets withthe wall thinner than the wall given in the CWR.Research limitations/implications: The research were limited to the wedges with spreading angles withinrange of β = (5° ÷ 9°, with the constant values of forming angle α = 30° and relative reduction ratio δ = 1.45.In the future, it is planned to analyse the influence of changes of angle α and relative reduction ratio δ on theWRR process.Practical implications: The conducted research can be used for designing of a new industrial method of metalforming of hollowed parts.Originality/value: The innovation of this solution is based on the application of only one wedge for forming.Because of that, the WRR method is cheaper for implementation than used so far CWR processes. This methodcan be applied mainly in automotive and aviation industries.

  16. A beam steering technique using dielectric wedges.

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    Khan, M. R.

    1995-01-01

    The thesis describes a method of' beam steering aimed at producing a useful amount of deflection of an antenna beam from boresight, by a simple and Inexpensive method. For large antennas, It is difficult, as well as expensive, to steer the beam by more than a few beamwidths. The method studied was developed with particular reference to the beam steering requirements of Direct Broadcast Satellite flat plate antennas. The method involves two dielectric wedges, having cir...

  17. Laser-generated ultrasonic pulse shapes at solid wedges.

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    Pupyrev, Pavel D; Lomonosov, Alexey M; Mayer, Andreas P

    2016-08-01

    Laser pulses focused near the tip of an elastic wedge generate acoustic waves guided at its apex. The shapes of the acoustic wedge wave pulses depend on the energy and the profile of the exciting laser pulse and on the anisotropy of the elastic medium the wedge is made of. Expressions for the acoustic pulse shapes have been derived in terms of the modal displacement fields of wedge waves for laser excitation in the thermo-elastic regime and for excitation via a pressure pulse exerted on the surface. The physical quantity considered is the local inclination of a surface of the wedge, which is measured optically by laser-probe-beam deflection. Experimental results on pulse shapes in the thermo-elastic regime are presented and confirmed by numerical calculations. They pertain to an isotropic sharp-angle wedge with two wedge-wave branches and to a non-reciprocity phenomenon at rectangular silicon edges. PMID:27135188

  18. Comparison of lateral closing and medial opening-wedge technique for high tibial osteotomy in varus knee%内侧撑开和外侧闭合胫骨高位截骨术治疗膝内翻骨关节炎

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    王飞; 陈百成; 高石军; 张建兵; 刘虎; 闫昌葆

    2010-01-01

    Objective To compare the surgical methods and clinical results of two kinds of high tibial osteotomy in varus knee. Methods A retrospective analysis was preformed on 68 cases with knee varus who underwent high tibial osteotomy, including 37 cases with closing wedge high tibial osteotomy (CWO) and 31 cases with opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (OWO). Tibial slope was measured using post-operative X-ray film and HSS and Lysholm scores were evaluated. Results All patient were followed up for more than 24 months. There were no statistical differences in pre- and postoperative HSS and Lysholm scores between groups, respectively. 1) The pre- and postoperative tibial slope in the CWO were 8.57°±1.63° and 5.03°±1.24°, respectively, and in the OWO group were 8.71°±1.66° and 10.10°±1.30°, respectively, and sta-tistical difference was found within each group. 2) The pre- and postoperative Insall-Salvati index in the CWO were 0.880±0.053 and 0.820±0.049, respectively, with statistical difference; and in the OWO group were 0.892±0.043 and 0.897±0.042, respectively, without statistical difference. Blackbume-Peel index was 0.804±0.040 preoperative and 0.801±0.339 postoperatively in CWO, without statistical difference; 0.815± 0.039 preoperatively and 0.766±0.037 postoperatively in the OWO, with statistical difference. 3) Postopera-tively all patients showed knee valgus. The valgus angle was 8.65°±1.46° in the OWO and 8.06°±2.75° in CWO. Conclusion There was similar clinical results for both osteotomy techniques, with a more accurate angle in the OWO. Tibial slope decreasing and patellar tendon shortening were observed after CWO, however, OWO can cause the increase of tibial slope and the decrease between the patella and tibiofemoral joint line.%目的 比较两种胫骨高位截骨术的手术方法和临床结果.方法 膝内翻骨关节炎患者68例,其中37例采用外侧闭合胫骨高位截骨术(closed wedge high tibial osteotomy,CWO),31例采

  19. Opposite breast dose from tangential fields: comparison of asymmetric jaws, cerrobend blocking, multi leaf collimator, machine wedges, and dynamic wedges

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    Purpose: Primary breast radiation is associated with a dose-dependent risk of induction of contralateral breast cancer. The present study examines the effects on opposite breast dose (OBD) that are caused by contemporary linear accelerator accessories used for tangential breast radiation. Methods and Materials: Tangential photon radiation was administered to a polystyrene phantom to simulate the irradiated breast volume. Radiation conditions were investigated with combinations of asymmetric independent jaw (IJ), cerrobend blocking (CB), and multi leaf collimator (MLC) to shape the beam edge and of machine wedge and dynamic wedge to compensate for contour asymmetry. Thermoluminescent dosimeters were placed at several locations to measure opposite breast dose (OBD). Results: Examined alone, IJ had the smallest OBD, followed by MLC, followed in turn by CB. With the addition of machine wedges, both IJ and CB showed a slight increase in OBD (1.5% relative to without wedge value). In contrast, however, the addition of a machine wedge to MLC showed a significant rise in OBD (5%). Modification in linac head design to accommodate the MLC, and close proximity of the wedge to the patient are reasons for this finding. With the addition of dynamic wedges, OBD was less than machine wedge by only 1%. The range of OBD, from lowest to highest, is IJ + machine wedge, MLC + dynamic wedge, CB + dynamic wedge, CB + machine wedge, and MLC + machine wedge. Conclusion: For a standard target dose prescription of 50 Gy, OBD can range from 3.0 to 5.8 Gy depending on the treatment technique and accessories used. The data showed that, considering the field shaping or coverage of the breast volume, target dose uniformity, and minimization of the OBD, the MLC and dynamic wedge offer the best combination

  20. Improved medial open-wedge high tibial osteotomy for the correction of knee varus in elderlys%改良内侧撑开楔形胫骨高位截骨矫正老年膝内翻的临床研究

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    刘云峰; 李红玲; 张伟; 周嘉顺; 章瑛

    2013-01-01

    目的 探索高龄(>60岁)膝关节内侧骨关节炎并膝内翻畸形患者的手术技术及疗效.方法 2010年3月至2012年3月,采用改良内侧撑开楔形胫骨高位截骨矫正老年膝内翻畸形46例(52膝).术前、后均拍患肢全长站立位X线片,测量髋(髋关节中心)-膝(膝关节中心)-踝(踝关节中心)形成的机械轴角度(HKA角),拍侧位X线片,测量胫骨平台后倾角,应用膝关节外科KOOS问卷评分标准对治疗后疗效评估.结果 术后有32例(34膝)获随访,其余14例(18膝)因手术后不足3个月被排除在本组样本之外.32例随访时间为3~20个月,平均12.6个月.HKA角从术前(167.6°±3.7°)增加至术后平均(184.5°±1.2°)(P 60 years) with medial osteoarthritis and varus deformity. Methods From March 2010 to March 2012, 46 randomized consecutive elderly patients (52 knees) were treated by improved medial open-wedge HTO. X-ray films of total limb length were taken before and after surgery, and the HKA ( hip center-Knee center-Ankle center) angle of mechanical axis was measured. The lateral radiograph was taken to measure posterior slope angle of tibial plateau. The KOOS questionnaire score was used to assess the therapeutic effects. Results 32 cases (34 Knees) were followed up, the other 14 cases (18 knees) which were less than three month after surgery, were excluded. 32 cases were followed up with an average time of 12. 6 months (3 to 20 months). The average HKA angle increased from ( 167.6°± 3.7°) preoperatively to ( 184.5°± 1.2°) postoperatively ( P < 0. 05 ). The posterior slope angle of tibial plateau decreased from ( 12. 8°± 1.3°) preoperatively to (9°± 0. 9° ) postoperative ly ( P < 0.05). On the second day after surgery, the patients began straight leg raising, as well as active flexion and extension knee exercises with a drainage tube. On the third day, the patients began weight-bearing walking with walking device. On the seventh day after surgery, the

  1. Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interaction Mechanism on a Double Wedge Geometry

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    Celik, Bayram; Barada, Mohammad Adel El Hajj Ali; Durna, Ahmet Selim

    2015-11-01

    A hypersonic test series by Swantek & Austin report complex shock wave boundary layer interaction mechanisms and unsteady surface heat flux from a double wedge geometry in a low enthalpy Mach 7 flow. In order to understand the physics of the flow and the heat transfer, we study the flow computationally and compare the results for the double wedge geometries, whose second angle is higher and lower than the maximum deflection angle at Mach 7. Apart from the numbers of comprehensive computational studies on the subject available in open literature, our study aims to describe the flow physics by taking the influence of both boundary layers that are formed on the two walls of the wedge into account. In addition to describing the flow and heat transfer mechanisms, we investigate the time for the flows to reach steady state. We evaluate the interaction mechanisms in term of instant and time average surface heat flux distributions. We perform all computations using a finite volume based compressible Navier-Stokes solver, rhoCentralFoam, which is one of the several compressible flow solvers of an open source software, openFOAM.

  2. Hydrodynamics of slip wedge and optimization of surface slip property

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    2007-01-01

    The hydrodynamic load support generated by a slip wedge of a slider bearing was studied. The surface slip property was optimized so that a maximum hydrodynamic load support could be obtained. A multi-linearity method was given for the slip control equation of two-dimensional (2-D) wall slip. We investigated 2-D wall slip and the hydrodynamics of a finite length bearing with any values of the surface limiting shear stress. It was found that the hydrodynamic effect of the slip wedge is greater than the traditional geometrical convergent-wedge. Even though the geo- metrical gap is a parallel or divergent sliding gap, the slip wedge still gives rise to a very big hydrodynamic pressure. The optimized slip wedge can give rise to a hy- drodynamic load support as high as 2.5 times of what the geometrical conver- gent-wedge can produce. Wall slip usually gives a small surface friction.

  3. Hydrodynamics of slip wedge and optimization of surface slip property

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    MA GuoJun; WU ChengWei; ZHOU Ping

    2007-01-01

    The hydrodynamic load support generated by a slip wedge of a slider bearing was studied. The surface slip property was optimized so that a maximum hydrodynamic load support could be obtained. A multi-linearity method was given for the slip control equation of two-dimensional (2-D) wall slip. We investigated 2-D wall slip and the hydrodynamics of a finite length bearing with any values of the surface limiting shear stress. It was found that the hydrodynamic effect of the slip wedge is greater than the traditional geometrical convergent-wedge. Even though the geometrical gap is a parallel or divergent sliding gap, the slip wedge still gives rise to a very big hydrodynamic pressure. The optimized slip wedge can give rise to a hydrodynamic load support as high as 2.5 times of what the geometrical convergent-wedge can produce. Wall slip usually gives a small surface friction.

  4. Planejamento pré-operatório e técnica cirúrgica da osteotomia supracondiliana varizante de adição do fêmur para correção do geno valgo e fixação com implante de ângulo fixo Pre-operative planning and surgical technique of the open wedge supracondylar osteotomy for correction of valgus knee and fixation with a fixed-angle implant

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    Cleber Antonio Jansen Paccola

    2010-01-01

    É apresentado o planejamento pré-operatório passo a passo da osteotomia de abertura supracondiliana do fêmur para a correção precisa do eixo de carga do membro inferior usando um implante de ângulo fixo (placa lâmina AO 95º). Também é apresentada a técnica cirúrgica e a utilização de enxerto ósseo do próprio local para o preenchimento da falha.The pre-operative planning is presented in a step by step fashion and the surgical technique of the lateral open wedge supracondylar femoral osteotomy ...

  5. Planejamento pré-operatório e técnica cirúrgica da osteotomia supracondiliana varizante de adição do fêmur para correção do geno valgo e fixação com implante de ângulo fixo Pre-operative planning and surgical technique of the open wedge supracondylar osteotomy for correction of valgus knee and fixation with a fixed-angle implant

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    Cleber Antonio Jansen Paccola

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available É apresentado o planejamento pré-operatório passo a passo da osteotomia de abertura supracondiliana do fêmur para a correção precisa do eixo de carga do membro inferior usando um implante de ângulo fixo (placa lâmina AO 95º. Também é apresentada a técnica cirúrgica e a utilização de enxerto ósseo do próprio local para o preenchimento da falha.The pre-operative planning is presented in a step by step fashion and the surgical technique of the lateral open wedge supracondylar femoral osteotomy for correction of the valgus knee using a fixed angle implant (95º AO angled blade plate. A surgical method for filling in the defect using an autologous bone graft is also presented.

  6. Colluvial wedges associated with pre-historical reverse faulting paleoearthquakes

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    2000-01-01

    Colluvial wedges collapsed from fault scarp can also be used to study reverse faulting paleoearthquakes. Generating processes of reverse faulting colluvial wedges are much more complex than those associated with normal faulting earthquakes. Reverse faulting colluvial wedge is also in triangle shape,and dies away from the fault. Contact between the fault and the colluvial wedge may be a simple straight reverse fault or a combination of an erosive surface in the upper part and a reverse fault in the lower part. Contents and grain sizes increase near the fault and along the base of a colluvial wedge. Based on examples from the piedmont reverse fault and fold along the northern Tainshan,we studied characteristics of reverse faulting colluvial wedges,and discussed the generating processes of reverse faulting colluvial wedges. Reverse faulting generates an unstable scarp hanging in the air immediately after an earthquake. Fallen material deposits along the base of newly formed fault scarp. Erosive surface and surface of colluvial wedge form an antithetic scarp with an opposite direction to underlain reverse fault. If the later stage colluvium covers both the early stage colluvium and the erosive surface,the colluvial wedge will have a curved vertical edge with reverse fault in the lower part and erosive surface in the upper part. If the erosive surface is not covered by later stage colluvium,the colluvial wedge will only have a simple straight vertical edge,which is the reverse fault. A colluvial wedge represents a paleoearthquake event,but the height of the wedge is not equal to vertical offset of the paleo- earthquake.

  7. A comparison of exact TM plane wave diffraction by coated wedges and impedance wedges

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    Andersen, Lars S.; Breinbjerg, Olav; Moore, John T.

    1996-01-01

    without interference from direct fields or reflected fields. Results have been obtained in the case of illumination by a transverse magnetic (TM) uniform plane wave. The analysis of the coated wedge is based on an integral equation formulation combined with a hybrid technique, while the analysis...

  8. Ice-Creams and Wedge Graphs

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    Ackerman, Eyal; Pinchasi, Rom

    2011-01-01

    We show that for every compact convex set $S$ in the plane and every $0 < \\alpha < \\pi$, there exist a point $O$ and two supporting lines to $S$ passing through $O$ and touching $S$ at two \\emph{single points} $X$ and $Y$, respectively, such that $|OX|=|OY|$ and the angle between the two lines has measure $\\alpha$. As a consequence, we provide a simplified proof to the following result by Carmi, Katz, Lotker, and Ros\\'en \\cite{CKLR10}. Given a set of $\\frac{\\pi}{3}$-directional antennas (that is, antennas each of which can communicate along a wedge of angle $\\frac{\\pi}{3}$), one can always assign a direction to each antenna such that the resulting communication graph is connected, where two antennas can communicate if and only if each lies in the wedge assigned to the other. In fact we obtain a much stronger and optimal result (see Theorem \\ref{theorem:main}) saying in particular that one can chose the directions of the antennas so that the communication graph has diameter $\\le 4$.

  9. Characterization of the Thermal-Wave Field in a Wedge-Shaped Solid Using the Green's Function Method

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    Zhang, Jie; Tai, Rui; Wang, Chinhua; Mandelis, Andreas

    2013-09-01

    In this study, a theoretical model is established for a wedge-like solid with an open sector surrounded by walls of radius of a cylindrical rod illuminated by a modulated circular Gaussian incident beam by means of the Green’s function method in cylindrical coordinates. An analytical expression for the thermal-wave field in such a sample is presented. The theory is validated by reducing the arbitrary geometrical structure of the wedge to simpler geometries. It is shown that the frequency dependence of the thermal-wave field near the edge exhibits a large phase lag compared with that at a location far from the edge. The theory provides a foundation for quantitatively characterizing wedge-shaped industrial samples, such as metals with sintered edges, using photothermal methods in a non-contact and non-destructive manner.

  10. Surgeons’ Volume-Outcome Relationship for Lobectomies and Wedge Resections for Cancer Using Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Techniques

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    Guy David

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the effect of surgeons’ volume on outcomes in lung surgery: lobectomies and wedge resections. Additionally, the effect of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS on cost, utilization, and adverse events was analyzed. The Premier Hospital Database was the data source for this analysis. Eligible patients were those of any age undergoing lobectomy or wedge resection using VATS for cancer treatment. Volume was represented by the aggregate experience level of the surgeon in a six-month window before each surgery. A positive volume-outcome relationship was found with some notable features. The relationship is stronger for cost and utilization outcomes than for adverse events; for thoracic surgeons as opposed to other surgeons; for VATS lobectomies rather than VATS wedge resections. While there was a reduction in cost and resource utilization with greater experience in VATS, these outcomes were not associated with greater experience in open procedures.

  11. EQUILIBRIUM CONDITION OF WEDGE-TYPE COUNTERPART WITHOUT EXTERNAL STRESSES

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    Y. Vasilevich

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available An equilibrium condition on a wedge-type counterpart without external stresses and with approaches of dislocation mezoscopic model has been derived in the paper. The paper describes balanced length dependencies of the wedge-type counterpart on forces that resist to motion of twinning dislocations.

  12. Characterization of CNRS Fizeau wedge laser tuner

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    A fringe detection and measurement system was constructed for use with the CNRS Fizeau wedge laser tuner, consisting of three circuit boards. The first board is a standard Reticon RC-100 B motherboard which is used to provide the timing, video processing, and housekeeping functions required by the Reticon RL-512 G photodiode array used in the system. The sampled and held video signal from the motherboard is processed by a second, custom fabricated circuit board which contains a high speed fringe detection and locating circuit. This board includes a dc level discriminator type fringe detector, a counter circuit to determine fringe center, a pulsed laser triggering circuit, and a control circuit to operate the shutter for the He-Ne reference laser beam. The fringe center information is supplied to the third board, a commercial single board computer, which governs the data collection process and interprets the results.

  13. Ground penetrating radar estimates of permafrost ice wedge depth

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    Parsekian, A.; Slater, L. D.; Nolan, J. T.; Grosse, G.; Walter Anthony, K. M.

    2013-12-01

    Vertical ground ice wedges associated with polygonal patterning in permafrost environments form due to frost cracking of soils under harsh winter conditions and subsequent infilling of cracks with snow melt water. Ice wedge polygon patterns have implications for lowland geomorphology, hydrology, and vulnerability of permafrost to thaw. Ice wedge dimensions may exceed two meters width at the surface and several meters depth, however few studies have addressed the question of ice wedge depth due to challenges related to measuring the vertical dimension below the ground. Vertical exposures where ice wedges maybe observed are limited to rapidly retreating lake, river, and coastal bluffs. Coring though the ice wedges to determine vertical extent is possible, however that approach is time consuming and labor intensive. Many geophysical investigations have noted signal anomalies related to the presence of ice wedges, but no reliable method for extracting wedge dimensions from geophysical data has been yet proposed. Here we present new evidence that ground penetrating radar (GPR) may be a viable method for estimating ice wedge depth. We present three new perspectives on processing GPR data collected over ice wedges that show considerable promise for use as a fast, cost effective method for evaluating ice wedge depth. Our novel approaches include 1) a simple frequency-domain analysis, 2) an S-transform frequency domain analysis and 3) an analysis of the returned signal power as a radar cross section (RCS) treating subsurface ice wedges as dihedral corner retro-reflectors. Our methods are demonstrated and validated using finite-difference time domain FDTD) GPR forward models of synthetic idealized ice wedges and field data from permafrost sites in Alaska. Our results indicate that frequency domain and signal power data provide information that is easier to extract from raw GPR data than similar information in the time domain. We also show that we can simplify the problem by

  14. Transmission of a Gaussian beam by a Fizeau interferential wedge.

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    Stoykova, Elena

    2005-12-01

    Analysis of transmission of a finite-diameter Gaussian beam by a Fizeau interferential wedge is presented. The fringe calculation is based on angular spectrum expansion of the complex amplitude of the incident wave field. The developed approach is applicable to any beam diameter and wedge thickness at any distance from the wedge and yields as a boundary case the fringes at plane-wave illumination. The spatial region of resonant transmission on the wedge surface is given by the width of the transmitted peak for plane-wave illumination. At higher coating reflectivity, the direction of the transmitted beam is deviated with respect to that of the incident beam. Evaluation of the spectral response based on the spectral width of the transmitted power curve is introduced as more realistic for a correct description of the application of a Fizeau wedge as an interferential selector in laser resonators. PMID:16396037

  15. The stepped wedge trial design: a systematic review

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    Lilford Richard J

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Stepped wedge randomised trial designs involve sequential roll-out of an intervention to participants (individuals or clusters over a number of time periods. By the end of the study, all participants will have received the intervention, although the order in which participants receive the intervention is determined at random. The design is particularly relevant where it is predicted that the intervention will do more good than harm (making a parallel design, in which certain participants do not receive the intervention unethical and/or where, for logistical, practical or financial reasons, it is impossible to deliver the intervention simultaneously to all participants. Stepped wedge designs offer a number of opportunities for data analysis, particularly for modelling the effect of time on the effectiveness of an intervention. This paper presents a review of 12 studies (or protocols that use (or plan to use a stepped wedge design. One aim of the review is to highlight the potential for the stepped wedge design, given its infrequent use to date. Methods Comprehensive literature review of studies or protocols using a stepped wedge design. Data were extracted from the studies in three categories for subsequent consideration: study information (epidemiology, intervention, number of participants, reasons for using a stepped wedge design and methods of data analysis. Results The 12 studies included in this review describe evaluations of a wide range of interventions, across different diseases in different settings. However the stepped wedge design appears to have found a niche for evaluating interventions in developing countries, specifically those concerned with HIV. There were few consistent motivations for employing a stepped wedge design or methods of data analysis across studies. The methodological descriptions of stepped wedge studies, including methods of randomisation, sample size calculations and methods of analysis, are

  16. The Tax Wedge in Slovenia: International Comparison and Policy Recommendations

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    Primož Dolenc

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available When taxes on labor are introduced, a “tax wedge” appears between the labor costs paid by the employer (gross wage and the net wage received by an employee. At a certain level of wage, a higher tax wedge increases unemployment and decreases employment, all other things being equal. The paper tackles three main questions: the characteristics of the tax wedge, unemployment and employment rates in OECD countries in the recent past, tax wedge policy in the EU15 and the new EU members and the tax system and its effects on the unemployment and employment rates in Slovenia. We found that the OECD countries can be classified into two groups of countries if the tax wedge, the unemployment rate and the employment rate are taken into consideration. The first group is the high tax wedge, high unemployment rate and low employment rate group of countries, whereas the other group has the opposite characteristics. European member states (old and new have on average a higher tax burden on labor than the OECD average, consequently suffering from higher unemployment rates. Slovenia has an unreasonably high tax wedge; in the EU only Belgium and Germany have a higher tax burden. According to previous and our empirical findings we suggest that Slovenia could benefit from a reduction in the tax wedge.

  17. Ancient Yedoma carbon loss: primed by ice wedge thaw?

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    Dowdy, K. L.; Vonk, J. E.; Mann, P. J.; Zimov, N.; Bulygina, E. B.; Davydova, A.; Spencer, R. G.; Holmes, R. M.

    2012-12-01

    Northeast Siberian permafrost is dominated by frozen Yedoma deposits containing ca. 500 Gt of carbon, nearly a quarter of northern permafrost organic carbon (OC). Yedoma deposits are Pleistocene-age alluvial and/or aeolian accumulations characterized by high ice wedge content (~50%), making them particularly vulnerable to a warming climate and to surface collapse upon thaw. Dissolved OC in streams originating primarily from Yedoma has been shown to be highly biolabile, relative to waters containing more modern OC. The cause of this biolability, however, remains speculative. Here we investigate the influence of ice wedge input upon the bioavailability of Yedoma within streams from as a potential cause of Yedoma carbon biolability upon release into the Kolyma River from the thaw-eroding river exposures of Duvannyi Yar, NE Siberia. We measured biolability on (1) ice wedge, Kolyma, and Yedoma leachate controls; (2) ice wedge and Kolyma plus Yedoma OC (8 g/L); and (3) varying ratios of ice wedge water to Kolyma river water. Biolability assays were conducted using both 5-day BOD (biological oxygen demand) and 11-day BDOC (biodegradable dissolved organic carbon) incubations. We found that ancient DOC in Yedoma soil leachate alone was highly biolabile with losses of 52±0.1% C over a 5-day BOD incubation. Similarly, DOC contained in pure ice wedge water was found to be biolabile, losing 21±0% C during a 5-day BOD incubation. Increased ice wedge contributions led to higher overall C losses in identical Yedoma soil leachates, with 8.9±0.6% losses of Yedoma C with 100% ice wedge water, 7.1±1% (50% ice wedge/ 50% Kolyma) and 5±0.3% with 100% Kolyma River water. We discuss potential mechanisms for the increased loss of ancient C using associated measurements of nutrient availability, carbon quality (CDOM/FDOM) and extracellular enzyme activity rates. Our initial results indicate that ice wedge meltwater forming Yedoma streams makes Yedoma OC more bioavailable than it would

  18. Optimal taxation and labour wedge in models with equilibrium unemployment

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    Jiang, Wei

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we develop heterogeneous agent models with equilibrium unemployment to study the optimal taxation and labour wedge. We find that the the presence of profits plays an important role in the determination of both optimal tax policy and labour wedge. Judd-Chamley optimal zero capital tax result can still hold in the model without profits. The optimal labour wedge is zero in the long run. This results in welfare gains of all agents and there is no conflict of interests between agent...

  19. Octave spanning wedge dispersive mirrors with low dispersion oscillations.

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    Habel, Florian; Shirvanyan, Vage; Trubetskov, Michael; Burger, Christian; Sommer, Annkatrin; Kling, Matthias F; Schultze, Martin; Pervak, Vladimir

    2016-05-01

    A novel concept for octave spanning dispersive mirrors with low spectral dispersion oscillations is presented. The key element of the so-called wedge dispersive mirror is a slightly wedged layer which is coated on a specially optimized dispersive multilayer stack by a common sputter coating process. The group delay dispersion (GDD) of a pulse reflected on a wedge dispersive mirror is nearly free of oscillations. Fabricated mirrors with negative GDD demonstrate the compression of a pulse down to 3.8 fs as good as double angled mirrors optimized for the same bandwidth. PMID:27137538

  20. An algorithm for the calculation of dose distributions from dynamic wedges

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    The Clinac 2100C of Varian has the option of a dynamic wedge. The control of the dynamic wedge is done by means of a segmentation table, which specifies a number of asymmetric fields with corresponding numbers of monitor units. Advantages of this dynamic wedge are the possibility to have more wedge angles and an increased flexibility of operation; a disadvantage is that the measurement of the data needed for a planning system may be time consuming. For the calculation of the dose distribution, we have developed an algorithm which eradicates this disadvantage because it only uses measured data from square fields of the open beam: central axis depth-doses, profiles and Peak Scatter Factors. It is based on a previously developed method which separates the dose into three factors: depth-dose, boundary distribution and envelope profile, and computes the dose of irregular field as well. Depth-dose and boundary distribution are computed by convolution of a field intensity with 'scatter' and 'boundary' pencil beam kernels respectively. For a rectangular field, the field intensity is computed by a weighted sum of intensity matrices, derived from the segmentation table. The matrix elements are equal to 1 within the asymmetric fields and equal to an effective transmission factor under the jaws. The weighting factors in the sum take into account the number of monitor units and the collimator scatter back to the monitor. For an irregular field, the blocked parts of the field are modified, taking into account the transmission through the blocks. This algorithm has been implemented in CADPLAN (Varian-Dosetek) and has been compared with measurements. The results are in good agreement with the international requirements on dose accuracy

  1. Reactive Atom Plasma Processing of Slumped Glass Wedges Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Reactive Atom Plasma (RAPTM) process will be evaluated as a rapid and practical method for fabricating precision wedges in glass sheets. The glass sheets are to...

  2. Electrodynamic Casimir effect in a medium-filled wedge.

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    Brevik, Iver; Ellingsen, Simen A; Milton, Kimball A

    2009-04-01

    We re-examine the electrodynamic Casimir effect in a wedge defined by two perfect conductors making dihedral angle alpha=pi/p. This system is analogous to the system defined by a cosmic string. We consider the wedge region as filled with an azimuthally symmetric material, with permittivity and permeability epsilon1, micro1 for distance from the axis ra. The results are closely related to those for a circular-cylindrical geometry, but with noninteger azimuthal quantum number mp. Apart from a zero-mode divergence, which may be removed by choosing periodic boundary conditions on the wedge, and may be made finite if dispersion is included, we obtain finite results for the free energy corresponding to changes in a for the case when the speed of light is the same inside and outside the radius a , and for weak coupling, |epsilon1-epsilon2|cosmic string, situated along the cusp line of the pre-existing wedge. PMID:19518186

  3. Electrodynamic Casimir Effect in a Medium-Filled Wedge II

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    Ellingsen, Simen Adnoy; Brevik, Iver; Milton, Kimball A.

    2009-01-01

    We consider the Casimir energy in a geometry of an infinite magnetodielectric wedge closed by a circularly cylindrical, perfectly conducting arc embedded in another magnetodielectric medium, under the condition that the speed of light be the same in both media. An expression for the Casimir energy corresponding to the arc is obtained and it is found that in the limit where the reflectivity of the wedge boundaries tends to unity the finite part of the Casimir energy of a perfectly conducting w...

  4. Stem thrust prediction model for W-K-M double wedge parallel expanding gate valves

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    An analytical model for determining the required valve stem thrust during opening and closing strokes of W-K-M parallel expanding gate valves was developed as part of the EPRI Motor-Operated Valve Performance Prediction Methodology (EPRI MOV PPM) Program. The model was validated against measured stem thrust data obtained from in-situ testing of three W-K-M valves. Model predictions show favorable, bounding agreement with the measured data for valves with Stellite 6 hardfacing on the disks and seat rings for water flow in the preferred flow direction (gate downstream). The maximum required thrust to open and to close the valve (excluding wedging and unwedging forces) occurs at a slightly open position and not at the fully closed position. In the nonpreferred flow direction, the model shows that premature wedging can occur during ΔP closure strokes even when the coefficients of friction at different sliding surfaces are within the typical range. This paper summarizes the model description and comparison against test data

  5. Stem thrust prediction model for W-K-M double wedge parallel expanding gate valves

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    Eldiwany, B.; Alvarez, P.D. [Kalsi Engineering Inc., Sugar Land, TX (United States); Wolfe, K. [Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA (United States)

    1996-12-01

    An analytical model for determining the required valve stem thrust during opening and closing strokes of W-K-M parallel expanding gate valves was developed as part of the EPRI Motor-Operated Valve Performance Prediction Methodology (EPRI MOV PPM) Program. The model was validated against measured stem thrust data obtained from in-situ testing of three W-K-M valves. Model predictions show favorable, bounding agreement with the measured data for valves with Stellite 6 hardfacing on the disks and seat rings for water flow in the preferred flow direction (gate downstream). The maximum required thrust to open and to close the valve (excluding wedging and unwedging forces) occurs at a slightly open position and not at the fully closed position. In the nonpreferred flow direction, the model shows that premature wedging can occur during {Delta}P closure strokes even when the coefficients of friction at different sliding surfaces are within the typical range. This paper summarizes the model description and comparison against test data.

  6. Severe winter cooling during the Younger Dryas in northern Alaska - evidence from the stable isotope composition of a buried ice-wedge system

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    Meyer, Hanno; Schirrmeister, Lutz; Yoshikawa, Kenji; Opel, Thomas; Wetterich, Sebastian; Hubberten, Hans-W.; Brown, Jerry

    2010-05-01

    such as pollen. This reconstruction is the first radiocarbon-dated centennial-scale stable water isotope record from permafrost at all. The Late Glacial winter climate reconstruction from Barrow ice wedges clearly demonstrates the existence of a Younger Dryas cold event, formerly believed to be reduced or absent in this area. Comparing the Barrow ice-wedge record to Greenland ice cores (such as N-GRIP), we observe similar and contemporaneous isotopic variations in the same order of magnitude, underpinning the climatic relevance of our ice wedge data. The Barrow ice-wedge stable isotope record additionally displays a gradual change of the atmospheric moisture source conditions during the Younger Dryas reflected in a shift of the d excess, potentially being associated with the successive opening of the Bering Strait.

  7. Aligning Optical Fibers by Means of Actuated MEMS Wedges

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    Morgan, Brian; Ghodssi, Reza

    2007-01-01

    Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) of a proposed type would be designed and fabricated to effect lateral and vertical alignment of optical fibers with respect to optical, electro-optical, optoelectronic, and/or photonic devices on integrated circuit chips and similar monolithic device structures. A MEMS device of this type would consist of a pair of oppositely sloped alignment wedges attached to linear actuators that would translate the wedges in the plane of a substrate, causing an optical fiber in contact with the sloping wedge surfaces to undergo various displacements parallel and perpendicular to the plane. In making it possible to accurately align optical fibers individually during the packaging stages of fabrication of the affected devices, this MEMS device would also make it possible to relax tolerances in other stages of fabrication, thereby potentially reducing costs and increasing yields. In a typical system according to the proposal (see Figure 1), one or more pair(s) of alignment wedges would be positioned to create a V groove in which an optical fiber would rest. The fiber would be clamped at a suitable distance from the wedges to create a cantilever with a slight bend to push the free end of the fiber gently to the bottom of the V groove. The wedges would be translated in the substrate plane by amounts Dx1 and Dx2, respectively, which would be chosen to move the fiber parallel to the plane by a desired amount Dx and perpendicular to the plane by a desired amount Dy. The actuators used to translate the wedges could be variants of electrostatic or thermal actuators that are common in MEMS.

  8. Experimental simulation of frost wedging-induced crack propagation in alpine rockwall

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    Jia, Hailiang; Leith, Kerry; Krautblatter, Michael

    2016-04-01

    Frost wedging is widely presumed to be the principal mechanism responsible for shattering jointed low-porosity rocks in high alpine rockwalls. The interaction of ice and rock physics regulates the efficacy of frost wedging. In order to better understand temporal aspects of this interaction, we present results of a series of laboratory experiments monitoring crack widening as a result of ice formation in an artificial crack (4mm wide, 80mm deep) cut 20 mm from the end of a rectangular granite block. Our results indicate that i) freezing direction plays a key role in determining the magnitude of crack widening; in short-term (1 day) experiments, maximum crack widening during top-down freezing (associated with 'autumn' conditions) was around 0.11mm, while inside-out freezing (resulting from 'spring' conditions) produced only 0.02 mm of deformation; ii) neither ice, nor water pressure (direct tension and hydraulic fracturing respectively) caused measurable irreversible crack widening during short-term tests, as the calculated maximum stress intensity at the crack tip was less than the fracture toughness of our granite sample; iii) development of ice pressure is closely related to the mechanical properties of the fracture in which it forms, and as such, the interaction of ice and rock is intrinsically dynamic; iv) irreversible crack widening (about 0.03mm) was only observed following a long-term (53 day) experiment representing a simplified transition from autumn to winter conditions. We suggest this is the result of stress corrosion aided by strong opening during freezing, and to a lesser degree by ice segregation up to one week after the initial freezing period, and downward migration of liquid water during the remainder of the test. Our results suggest the fundamental assumption of frost wedging, that rapid freezing from open ends of cracks can seal water inside the crack and thus cause damage through excessive stresses induced by volumetric expansion seems

  9. SU-E-T-562: Scanned Percent Depth Dose Curve Discrepancy for Photon Beams with Physical Wedge in Place (Varian IX) Using Different Sensitive Volume Ion Chambers

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    Purpose: To investigate and report the discrepancy of scanned percent depth dose (PDD) for photon beams with physical wedge in place when using ion chambers with different sensitive volumes. Methods/Materials: PDD curves of open fields and physical wedged fields (15, 30, 45, and 60 degree wedge) were scanned for photon beams (6MV and 10MV, Varian iX) with field size of 5x5 and 10x10 cm using three common scanning chambers with different sensitive volumes - PTW30013 (0.6cm3), PTW23323 (0.1cm3) and Exradin A16 (0.007cm3). The scanning system software used was OmniPro version 6.2, and the scanning water tank was the Scanditronix Wellhoffer RFA 300.The PDD curves from the three chambers were compared. Results: Scanned PDD curves of the same energy beams for open fields were almost identical between three chambers, but the wedged fields showed non-trivial differences. The largest differences were observed between chamber PTW30013 and Exradin A16. The differences increased as physical wedge angle increased. The differences also increased with depth, and were more pronounced for 6MV beam. Similar patterns were shown for both 5x5 and 10x10 cm field sizes. For open fields, all PDD values agreed with each other within 1% at 10cm depth and within 1.62% at 20 cm depth. For wedged fields, the difference of PDD values between PTW30013 and A16 reached 4.09% at 10cm depth, and 5.97% at 20 cm depth for 6MV with 60 degree physical wedge. Conclusion: We observed a significant difference in scanned PDD curves of photon beams with physical wedge in place obtained when using different sensitive volume ion chambers. The PDD curves scanned with the smallest sensitive volume ion chamber showed significant difference from larger chamber results, beyond 10cm depth. We believe this to be caused by varying response to beam hardening by the wedges

  10. Polymer wedge for perfectly vertical light coupling to silicon

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    Schrauwen, J.; Scheerlinck, S.; Van Thourhout, D.; Baets, R.

    2009-02-01

    We present the design and fabrication of a refractive polymer wedge that allows perfectly vertical coupling of light into a silicon waveguide, which is of interest for flip-chip bonding of vertical cavity emitting light sources on a silicon integrated circuit. The structure includes a conventional diffractive grating coupler that requires off-normal incidence to avoid second order Bragg reflections. The polymer wedge is thus used to refract vertically impinging light into an off-normal wave that couples into the underlying grating. The fabrication involves two steps: mold fabrication and imprint replication. Firstly negative wedge-shaped craters are etched into a quartz mold by Focused-ion-beam milling. Secondly the mold is used to imprint a UV-curable polymer onto a silicon chip containing waveguides and grating couplers, and so replicating the wedges. The characterization setup consisted of a fiber-to-fiber transmission measurement of a silicon waveguide equipped with a pair of grating couplers and polymer wedges. The obtained fiber coupling efficiency was equal to the efficiency of regular grating couplers and fiber positioned at an off-normal angle. The proposed fabrication method enables low cost integration of vertical cavity emitting light sources on silicon integrated photonic circuits.

  11. Modeling and Stability Analysis of Wedge Clutch System

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    Jian Yao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A wedge clutch with unique features of self-reinforcement and small actuation force was designed. Its self-reinforcement feature, associated with different factors such as the wedge angle and friction coefficient, brings different dynamics and unstable problem with improper parameters. To analyze this system, a complete mathematical model of the actuation system is built, which includes the DC motor, the wedge mechanism, and the actuated clutch pack. By considering several nonlinear factors, such as the slip-stick friction and the contact or not of the clutch plates, the system is piecewise linear. Through the stability analysis of the linearized system in clutch slipping phase, the stable condition of the designed parameters is obtained as α>arctan⁡(μc. The mathematical model of the actuation system is validated by prototype testing. And with the validated model, the system dynamics in both stable and unstable conditions is investigated and discussed in engineering side.

  12. Business Cycle Accounting in a Small Open Economy

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    Jacek Rothert; Mohammad Rahmati

    2014-01-01

    Building on Chari et al. (2007), we develop a method to assess theories of business cycles in small open economies. We build a diagnostic economy with time-varying distortions (wedges), which measure the gap between model generated aggregates and the data. We introduce two new wedges, which allow us to fully account for the movements in the trade balance and the current account: (i) the trend-shock wedge and (ii) the debt price wedge. We show how various detailed models with frictions map to ...

  13. Wedge Structures in Southernmost Argentina (Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego)

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    Pérez Alberti, Augusto; Coronato, Andrea; Costa-Casais, Manuela; Valcarcel-Díaz, Marcos

    2008-01-01

    [EN] Wedge-like structures occur in raised beach gravels near Rio Grande, eastern Tierra Del Fuego (latitude 53°50′S; longitude 67°5′W). They vary in dimension, being approximately 1.0–1.5 m deep and 0.3–0.8 m in apparent width. Some are closely spaced, while others are as much as 5.0–8.0 m apart. The infill is predominantly fine and coarse sand, together with silt, all of local provenance. There is little evidence of secondary infill. It is unclear whether these structures are soil wedges, s...

  14. Complex Wedge-Shaped Matrices: A Generalization of Jacobi Matrices

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    Hnětynková, Iveta; Plešinger, M.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 487, 15 December (2015), s. 203-219. ISSN 0024-3795 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-06684S Keywords : eigenvalues * eigenvector * wedge-shaped matrices * generalized Jacobi matrices * band (or block) Krylov subspace methods Subject RIV: BA - General Mathematics Impact factor: 0.939, year: 2014

  15. Interfacial shear-stress effects on transient capillary wedge flow

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    Su, Song-Kai; Lai, Chun-Liang

    2004-06-01

    The effects on the transient capillary flow in a wedge due to the interfacial shear-stress distribution S along the flow direction z is studied theoretically. With the assumptions of a slender liquid column and negligible gravitational and inertia effects, the problem is reduced to finding the axial velocity distribution at any cross section. The propagation of the liquid column h(z,t) and the tip location l(t) are then solved with the aid of the continuity equation. When the half-wedge angle α, the contact angle θ, and the shear-stress distribution on the free surface S are constant, analytic solutions exist. Otherwise, numerical simulation has to be applied. The results indicate that when S(z) is acting in the flow direction, the flow is strengthened and the liquid column propagates faster. When S(z) is opposing the flow direction, reverse flow may exist near the free surface and the propagation speed of the liquid column is reduced. Moreover, for a capillary flow in a wedge with constant α, θ, and S, both the analytic solutions and the numerical simulation predict that l(t)∝t3/5 for the constant-flow-rate stage and l(t)∝t1/2 for the constant-height flow stage. When S is a function of the flow direction z, the above functional relationship between l and t becomes no longer valid; it varies as the liquid column propagates along the wedge.

  16. Flow Analysis for the Falkner–Skan Wedge Flow

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    Bararnia, H; Haghparast, N; Miansari, M; Barari, Amin

    2012-01-01

    In this article an analytical technique, namely the homotopy analysis method (HAM), is applied to solve the momentum and energy equations in the case of a two-dimensional incompressible flow passing over a wedge. The trail and error method and Padé approximation strategies have been used to obtai...

  17. Fixed Points of Maps of a Nonaspherical Wedge

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Let be a finite polyhedron that has the homotopy type of the wedge of the projective plane and the circle. With the aid of techniques from combinatorial group theory, we obtain formulas for the Nielsen numbers of the selfmaps of .

  18. [Relationships between temperature change and microbial amount in inactive ice wedges in Yitulihe, Northeast China].

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    Yang, Si-Zhong; Jin, Hui-Jun; Wen, Xi; Luo, Dong-Liang; Yu, Shao-Peng

    2009-11-01

    Ice-wedge is an indicator of paleoclimate change. The delta18 O concentration in different layers could reflect the change of paleotemperature during ice-wedge growth. In the late 1980s, inactive ice wedges were found in Yitulihe, Northeast China, which were the south-most ones so far and were important in climatic and environmental research. In this paper, the delta18 O concentration and microbial number in the inactive ice-wedges were analyzed by using stable isotope, fluorescence microscopy counting, and flow cytometer (FCM). During the ice-wedge growth in Yitulihe area, there were three short-term paleotemperature fluctuation, and three times of fluctuation in microbial amount in different ice-wedge layer. Correlation analysis indicated that there was a converging relationship between the temperature change and microbial amount in the ice-wedges. The lower the temperature when ice-wedge layer formed, the less the microbes survived in the layer. PMID:20136017

  19. Custom optimisation of wedge angles in prostate radiotherapy

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    A method for computing optimised wedge angles will be presented along with a performance evaluation over 12 patients with early prostate cancer. The method (an optimisation algorithm) was applied to standard 3 field treatment plans for each patient. The optimisation algorithm was based on simulated anealing using an efficient dose based cost function. The algorithm has been run in three PLAN MODES: (1) where the wedge angles were fixed by the human planner and only the beam-weights were optimised; (2) where both the wedge angles and beam-weights were optimised; and (3) where both the wedge angles and beam-weights were optimised and a non-uniform dose was prescribed to the PTV. In the latter PLAN MODE, a uniform 100% dose was prescribed to all of the PTV except for that region that overlaps with the rectum where a lower (e.g. 90%) dose was prescribed. The resulting optimised plans have been compared with those of the human planner who found beam-weights by conventional forward planning. Plans were compared on the basis of dose statistics, normal-tissue-complication-probability (NTCP) and tumour-control-probability (TCP). The results show that all 3 PLAN MODES produced plans with slightly higher TCP for the same rectal NTCP, than the human planner. The best results were observed for PLAN MODE 3, where a non-uniform PTV dose was prescribed. An average increase in TCP of 0.73% (± 0.20 95% confidence interval) is predicted. Probably the most significant benefit of the algorithm in the prostate setting is the time saved (about a factor of 10) in computing optimised beam-weights and wedge angles for this simple plan

  20. The foreground wedge and 21-cm BAO surveys

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    Seo, Hee-Jong; Hirata, Christopher M.

    2016-03-01

    Redshifted H I 21 cm emission from unresolved low-redshift large-scale structure is a promising window for ground-based baryon acoustic oscillations (BAO) observations. A major challenge for this method is separating the cosmic signal from the foregrounds of Galactic and extra-Galactic origins that are stronger by many orders of magnitude than the former. The smooth frequency spectrum expected for the foregrounds would nominally contaminate only very small k∥ modes; however, the chromatic response of the telescope antenna pattern at this wavelength to the foreground introduces non-smooth structure, pervasively contaminating the cosmic signal over the physical scales of our interest. Such contamination defines a wedged volume in Fourier space around the transverse modes that is inaccessible for the cosmic signal. In this paper, we test the effect of this contaminated wedge on the future 21-cm BAO surveys using Fisher information matrix calculation. We include the signal improvement due to the BAO reconstruction technique that has been used for galaxy surveys and test the effect of this wedge on the BAO reconstruction as a function of signal to noises and incorporate the results in the Fisher matrix calculation. We find that the wedge effect expected at z = 1-2 is very detrimental to the angular diameter distances: the errors on angular diameter distances increased by 3-4.4 times, while the errors on H(z) increased by a factor of 1.5-1.6. We conclude that calibration techniques that clean out the foreground `wedge' would be extremely valuable for constraining angular diameter distances from intensity-mapping 21-cm surveys.

  1. Restraint of fatigue crack growth by wedge effects of fine particles

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    Takahashi, I; Kotani, N

    2000-01-01

    Presents some experimental results which demonstrate restraint of fatigue crack growth in an Al-Mg alloy by wedge effects of fine particles. Fatigue test specimens were machined from a JIS A5083P-O Al-Mg alloy plate of 5 mm thickness and an EDM starter notch was introduced to each specimen. Three kinds of fine particles were prepared as the materials to be wedged into the fatigue cracks, i.e. magnetic particles and two kinds of alumina particles having different mean particle sizes of 47.3 mu m and 15.2 mu m. Particles of each kind were suspended in an oil to form a paste, which was applied on the specimen surface covering the notch zone prior to the fatigue tests. In order to make some fracture mechanics approaches, in situ observations of fatigue cracks were performed for the two cases using a CCD microscope, with a magnification of *1000. The crack length and the crack opening displacement (COD) at the notch root, delta , were measured. The crack retardation effect continues almost through the entire lifet...

  2. Mantle wedge anisotropy beneath the Japan and Ryukyu arcs from teleseismic receiver functions - Implications for mantle flow and wedge hydration

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    Wirth, E. A.; Long, M. D.; Mccormack, K. A.

    2012-12-01

    Many fundamental aspects of the mantle wedge above subducting slabs, such as the dynamics of mantle flow and the transport of water and melt, have yet to be fully understood. A complete characterization of seismic anisotropy can yield powerful constraints on mantle flow and the degree of mantle wedge hydration. In this study, we characterize the geometry and strength of anisotropy in the mantle wedges beneath northeast Japan and the Ryukyu arc, which overlie the subducting Pacific and Philippine Sea plates, respectively. We compute radial and transverse component P-to-S receiver functions from 15 stations of the F-net array using the multitaper correlation receiver function estimator (Park and Levin, 2000). In both regions, we observe P-to-SV converted energy on radial component receiver functions that are consistent with conversions originating at the subducting oceanic Moho and the top of the subducting oceanic crust. We also observe P-to-SH conversions on the transverse component receiver functions that are consistent with the presence of multiple anisotropic and/or dipping layers. We compute synthetic receiver functions using a forward modeling scheme to create models for the depths, thicknesses, and strengths of the anisotropic layers beneath both northeast Japan and Ryukyu. Beneath Ryukyu, we detect evidence for a layer of strong anisotropy and high Vp/Vs ratio directly above the slab, consistent with the presence of serpentinite. We see no evidence of this signature in receiver functions from northeast Japan; instead, we see evidence for relatively modest anisotropy due to olivine fabric. We also detect a low-velocity region in the mantle wedge beneath northeast Japan, which may be consistent with the presence of partial melt. Since the presence of serpentinite indicates significant hydration of the wedge, the contrast in anisotropic structure between Ryukyu and northeast Japan has important implications for our understanding of slab hydration and how water

  3. Wedge-Local Fields in Integrable Models with Bound States

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    Cadamuro, Daniela; Tanimoto, Yoh

    2015-12-01

    Recently, large families of two-dimensional quantum field theories with factorizing S-matrices have been constructed by the operator-algebraic methods, by first showing the existence of observables localized in wedge-shaped regions. However, these constructions have been limited to the class of S-matrices whose components are analytic in rapidity in the physical strip. In this work, we construct candidates for observables in wedges for scalar factorizing S-matrices with poles in the physical strip and show that they weakly commute on a certain domain. We discuss some technical issues concerning further developments, especially the self-adjointness of the candidate operators here and strong commutativity between them.

  4. Direct FVM Simulation for Sound Propagation in an Ideal Wedge

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The sound propagation in a wedge-shaped waveguide with perfectly reflecting boundaries is one of the few range-dependent problems with an analytical solution. This provides a benchmark for the theoretical and computational studies on the simulation of ocean acoustic applications. We present a direct finite volume method (FVM simulation for the ideal wedge problem, and both time and frequency domain results are analyzed. We also study the broadband problem with large-scale parallel simulations. The results presented in this paper validate the accuracy of the numerical techniques and show that the direct FVM simulation could be applied to large-scale complex acoustic applications with a high performance computing platform.

  5. A simple air wedge shearing interferometer for studying exploding wires

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    A new type of shearing interferometer using an air wedge is described. This interferometer is based on a beam splitter constructed using two 90-degree prisms. A small air gap, which varies in spacing from top-to-bottom, separates the second prism from the first and forms the air wedge. The single incident laser beam is focused near the gap, and the two primary reflections from the long sides of each prism form the two coherent virtual sources necessary for interferometry. The shift between the two images of the object at the detector, as well as the orientation and frequency of the fringes, can be independently adjusted by altering the air gap thickness and angle, as well as the position of the laser focus in the gap. This interferometry scheme is inexpensive and easily aligned, and has been successfully and reliably used in exploding wire experiments

  6. A simple air wedge shearing interferometer for studying exploding wires

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    Pikuz, S. A.; Romanova, V. M.; Baryshnikov, N. V.; Hu, Min; Kusse, B. R.; Sinars, D. B.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Hammer, D. A.

    2001-01-01

    A new type of shearing interferometer using an air wedge is described. This interferometer is based on a beam splitter constructed using two 90-degree prisms. A small air gap, which varies in spacing from top-to-bottom, separates the second prism from the first and forms the air wedge. The single incident laser beam is focused near the gap, and the two primary reflections from the long sides of each prism form the two coherent virtual sources necessary for interferometry. The shift between the two images of the object at the detector, as well as the orientation and frequency of the fringes, can be independently adjusted by altering the air gap thickness and angle, as well as the position of the laser focus in the gap. This interferometry scheme is inexpensive and easily aligned, and has been successfully and reliably used in exploding wire experiments.

  7. Monte Carlo simulation of the Varian Clinac 600C accelerator dynamic and physical wedges

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    The present paper describes the study done on the dosimetric characteristics of the Varian Clinac 600C dynamic wedges (DW) and their comparison with the physical wedges (PW) in terms of the differences affecting the dose distributions, beam spectra, energy fluence and angular distributions. The geometry of the 4 MV photon beam and the dose distributions in a water phantom were simulated with GEANT3 and DPM Monte Carlo code systems. The DW was modelled through the constant movement of the upper jaws. The depth dose distributions and lateral profiles for the DW, PW and open fields were measured and compared with the Monte Carlo simulations and the global agreement was found to be within 3%. It was also found that the effects of a DW on beam spectral and angular distributions are much less significant than those produced by a PW. For example, in our study we found out that the 450PW, when compared with the corresponding open field, can introduce a 30% increase in the mean photon energy due to the beam hardening effect and that it can also introduce a 4.5% dose reduction in the build-up region because of the reduction of the contaminated electrons by the PW. For the DW neither this mean-energy increase nor such dose reduction was found. The PW, when compared to the DW, significantly alters the photon-beam spectrum and these dosimetric differences are significant and further investigation must be performed to quantify the impact in clinical use of these beams

  8. Monte Carlo simulation of the Varian Clinac 600C accelerator dynamic and physical wedges

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    Soares, S [Universidade da Beira Interior, Av. Marques d' Avila e Bolama, Covilha 6201-001 (Portugal); Chaves, A [Instituto Portugues de Oncologia Doutor Francisco Gentil (IPO), Av. Bissaya Barreto, Coimbra 3000-075 (Portugal); Peralta, L [Laboratorio de Instrumentacao e Fisica Experimental de PartIculas (LIP), Av. Elias Garcia no14 1o, Lisbon 1000-149 (Portugal); Lopes, Mc [Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande EdifIcio C5, Lisbon 1149-016 (Portugal)

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    The present paper describes the study done on the dosimetric characteristics of the Varian Clinac 600C dynamic wedges (DW) and their comparison with the physical wedges (PW) in terms of the differences affecting the dose distributions, beam spectra, energy fluence and angular distributions. The geometry of the 4 MV photon beam and the dose distributions in a water phantom were simulated with GEANT3 and DPM Monte Carlo code systems. The DW was modelled through the constant movement of the upper jaws. The depth dose distributions and lateral profiles for the DW, PW and open fields were measured and compared with the Monte Carlo simulations and the global agreement was found to be within 3%. It was also found that the effects of a DW on beam spectral and angular distributions are much less significant than those produced by a PW. For example, in our study we found out that the 45{sup 0}PW, when compared with the corresponding open field, can introduce a 30% increase in the mean photon energy due to the beam hardening effect and that it can also introduce a 4.5% dose reduction in the build-up region because of the reduction of the contaminated electrons by the PW. For the DW neither this mean-energy increase nor such dose reduction was found. The PW, when compared to the DW, significantly alters the photon-beam spectrum and these dosimetric differences are significant and further investigation must be performed to quantify the impact in clinical use of these beams.

  9. Wedge Prism for Direction Resolved Speckle Correlation Interferometry

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    The role of a wedge prism for strain sign determination and enhancing the sensitivity for sub-fringe changes is emphasized. The design and incorporation aspects for in-plane sensitive interferometers have been described in detail. Some experimental results dealing with stress determination by laser annealing and speckle correlation interferometry are presented. The prism can also be applied to produce standardized carrier fringes in spatial phase shifting interferometry

  10. Partially wedged beams improve radiotherapy treatment of urinary bladder cancer

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    Background and purpose: Partially wedged beams (PWBs) having wedge in one part of the field only, can be shaped using dynamic jaw intensity modulation. The possible clinical benefit of PWBs was tested in treatment plans for muscle-infiltrating bladder cancer. Material and methods: Three-dimensional treatment plans for 25 bladder cancer patients were analyzed. The originally prescribed standard conformal four-field box technique, which includes the use of lateral ordinary wedge beams, was compared to a modified conformal treatment using customized lateral PWBs. In these modified treatment plans, only the anterior parts of the two lateral beams had a wedge. To analyze the potential clinical benefit of treatment with PWBs, treatment plans were scored and compared using both physical parameters and biological dose response models. One tumour control probability model and two normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models were applied. Different parameters for normal tissue radiation tolerance presented in the literature were used. Results: By PWBs the dose homogeneity throughout the target volume was improved for all patients, reducing the average relative standard deviation of the target dose distribution from 2.3 to 1.8%. A consistent reduction in the maximum doses to surrounding normal tissue volumes was also found. The most notable improvement was demonstrated in the rectum where the volume receiving more than the prescribed tumour dose was halved. Treatment with PWBs would permit a target dose escalation of 2-6 Gy in several of the patients analyzed, without increasing the overall risk for complications. The number of patients suitable for dose escalation ranged from 3 to 15, depending on whether support from all or only one of the five applied NTCP model/parameter combinations were required in each case to recommend dose escalation. Conclusion: PWBs represent a simple dose conformation tool that may allow radiation dose escalation in the treatment of muscle

  11. Large scale test of wedge shaped micro strip gas counters

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    In order to check the system aspects of the forward-backward MSGC tracker designed for the future CMS experiment at LHC, 38 trapezoidal MSGC counters assembled in six multi-substrates detector modules were built and exposed to a muon beam at the CERN SPS. Results on the gain uniformity along the wedge-shaped strip pattern and across the detector modules are shown together with measurements of the detection efficiency and the spatial resolution

  12. Generating Single-sided Subduction with Parameterized Mantle Wedge

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    Lin, C. J.; Tan, E.; Ma, K. F.

    2015-12-01

    Subduction on Earth is one-sided, where one oceanic plate sinks beneath the overriding plate. However, subduction zones in most numerical models tends to develop two-sided subduction, where both plates sink to the mantle. In this study, we use numerical model to find out how the existence of low viscosity wedge (LVW) can enable single-sided subduction and affects the flow in the subduction system.At the mantle wedge, water released from dehydrated oceanic crust serpentinized the mantle, which forms the LVW. LVW is an important part of the subduction system and provides efficient lubricant between the subducting slab and overriding lithosphere. Single-sided subduction can be generated in numerical models by different techniques, including prescribed plate velocity, non-Newtonian rheology, and free surface. These techniques either requires kinematic boundary condition, which produce mantle flow inconsistent with the buoyancy, or costs great amount of computational resources when solving nonlinear equations. In this study, we tried to generating single-sided subduction with Newtonian viscosity and free slip surface. A set of tracers representing hydrated oceanic crust are placed near the surface. As the tracers subducted with the lithosphere, we assume that the oceanic crust becomes dehydrated and serpentinizes the mantle wedge above. A parameterized LVW is placed above the subducted tracers in the models. We test with different upper/lower depth limits of the LVW and the viscosity of the LVW. Both overriding plate and subducting plate's surface velocity relative to the trench is calculated in order to determine whether the subduction is one-sided.Results of our numerical models show that not only the low viscosity wedge above the slab is essential for the formation of one-side subduction, a low viscosity layer in between two tectonic plates is also needed to provide the slab efficient lubricant after the subduction started. On the other hand, the plate's age, which

  13. Quantitative comparisons of numerical models of brittle wedge dynamics

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    Buiter, Susanne

    2010-05-01

    Numerical and laboratory models are often used to investigate the evolution of deformation processes at various scales in crust and lithosphere. In both approaches, the freedom in choice of simulation method, materials and their properties, and deformation laws could affect model outcomes. To assess the role of modelling method and to quantify the variability among models, we have performed a comparison of laboratory and numerical experiments. Here, we present results of 11 numerical codes, which use finite element, finite difference and distinct element techniques. We present three experiments that describe shortening of a sand-like, brittle wedge. The material properties of the numerical ‘sand', the model set-up and the boundary conditions are strictly prescribed and follow the analogue setup as closely as possible. Our first experiment translates a non-accreting wedge with a stable surface slope of 20 degrees. In agreement with critical wedge theory, all models maintain the same surface slope and do not deform. This experiment serves as a reference that allows for testing against analytical solutions for taper angle, root-mean-square velocity and gravitational rate of work. The next two experiments investigate an unstable wedge in a sandbox-like setup, which deforms by inward translation of a mobile wall. The models accommodate shortening by formation of forward and backward shear zones. We compare surface slope, rate of dissipation of energy, root-mean-square velocity, and the location, dip angle and spacing of shear zones. We show that we successfully simulate sandbox-style brittle behaviour using different numerical modelling techniques and that we obtain the same styles of deformation behaviour in numerical and laboratory experiments at similar levels of variability. The GeoMod2008 Numerical Team: Markus Albertz, Michelle Cooke, Tony Crook, David Egholm, Susan Ellis, Taras Gerya, Luke Hodkinson, Boris Kaus, Walter Landry, Bertrand Maillot, Yury Mishin

  14. Contact Pressure Measurement System in Cross Wedge Rolling

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    Mangin, Philippe; LANGLOIS, Laurent; BIGOT, Régis

    2010-01-01

    In the cross wedge rolling process (CWR), plastic deformation is geared by a driving torque transmitted by friction on die surface. Friction plays a role which has to be further identified in this metal forming process. The local contact pressure between a cylindrical billet and flat dies seems to be a relevant parameter to characterize the severe contact conditions during the rolling. This paper deals with an experimental measurement technology, which has been designed and implemented ...

  15. Primary repair of ear laceration with wedge resection

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    Bhupinder Singla

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Although major contributions have been made in the field of reconstructive surgery, reconstructive surgery of the auricle is a daunting prospect even for the most experienced surgeons. Here, we present a case who presented to us in the emergency surgical ward with a history of an accidental laceration of right ear. Primary repair of the ear laceration after wedge resection of the avulsed part was done. The cosmesis achieved by this technique is discussed.

  16. Two-Parameter Fracture Analysis of Wedge Splitting Test Specimens

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Dymáček, Petr; Klusák, Jan; Řoutil, L.; Veselý, V.

    Stirlingshire : Civil -Comp Press, 2009 - (Topping, B.; Costa Neves, L.; Barros, R.), paper 192 ISBN 978-1-905088-31-7. ISSN 1759-3433. [International Conference on Civil , Structural and Enviromental Engineering Computing /12./. Funchal, Madeira (PT), 01.09.2009-04.09.2009] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB200410901 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : fracture mechanics * concrete * wedge splitting test * T-stress * numerical Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  17. The Influence of the Tax Wedge on Unemployment in OECD Countries in Comparison with Croatia

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    Anamarija Šeparović

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The tax wedge is the difference between the employer’s labour costs and the net takehome pay of the employee. An increase in the tax wedge leads to an increase in the companies’ labour costs and thus indirectly influences the level of unemployment. This article will try to answer these questions: Does the tax wedge affect the unemployment rate, how high is the tax wedge in Croatia in comparison with OECD countries, how does the tax wedge affect the unemployment rate in Croatia and would reducing the tax wedge be a solution to reduce unemployment? This article will show that Croatia is a country with a high tax wedge, which has negative affects on employment, and is partly “responsible” for the high unemployment. Thus, in dealing with unemployment problems, Croatia should work on its reduction.

  18. [Sensitometry of Mammographic Screen-film System Using Bootstrap Aluminum Step-Wedge.].

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    Abe, Shinji; Imada, Ryou; Terauchi, Takashi; Fujisaki, Tatsuya; Monma, Masahiko; Nishimura, Katsuyuki; Saitoh, Hidetoshi; Mochizuki, Yasuo

    2005-01-01

    Recently, a few types of step-wedges for bootstrap sensitometry with a mammographic screen-film system have been proposed. In this study, the bootstrap sensitometry with the mammographic screen-film system was studied for two types of aluminum step-wedges. Characteristic X-ray energy curves were determined using mammographic and general radiographic aluminum step-wedges devised to prevent scattered X-rays generated from one step penetrating into the region of another one, and dependence of the characteristic curves on the wedges was also discussed. No difference was found in the characteristic curves due to the difference in the step-wedges for mammography and general radiography although there was a slight difference in shape at the shoulder portion for the two types of step-wedges. Therefore, it was concluded that aluminum step-wedges for mammography and general radiography could be employed in bootstrap sensitometry with the mammographic screen-film system. PMID:16479054

  19. Diffraction of surface wave on conducting rectangular wedge

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    Kotelnikov, Igor A; Knyazev, Boris A

    2013-01-01

    Diffraction of a surface wave on a rectangular wedge with impedance faces is studied using the Sommerfeld-Malyuzhinets technique. An analog of Landau's bypass rule in the theory of plasma waves is introduced for selection of a correct branch of the Sommerfeld integral, and the exact solution is given in terms of imaginary error function. The formula derived is valid both in the near-field and far-wave zones. It is shown that a diffracted surface wave is completely scattered into freely propagating electromagnetic waves and neither reflected nor transmitted surface waves are generated in case of bare metals which have positive real part of surface impedance. The scattered waves propagate predominantly at a grazing angle along the direction of propagation of the incident surface wave and mainly in the upper hemisphere regarding the wedge face. The profile of radiated intensity is nonmonotonic and does not resemble the surface wave profile which exponentially evanesces with the distance from the wedge face. Comp...

  20. Wave dynamic processes in cellular detonation reflection from wedges

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    Zongmin Hu; Zonglin Jiang

    2007-01-01

    When the cell width of the incident deto-nation wave (IDW) is comparable to or larger than theMach stem height,self-similarity will fail during IDWreflection from a wedge surface.In this paper,the det-onation reflection from wedges is investigated for thewave dynamic processes occurring in the wave front,including transverse shock motion and detonation cellvariations behind the Mach stem.A detailed reactionmodel is implemented to simulate two-dimensional cel-lular detonations in stoichiometric mixtures of H2/O2diluted by Argon.The numerical results show that thetransverse waves,which cross the triple point trajec-tory of Mach reflection,travel along the Mach stem andreflect back from the wedge surface,control the size ofthe cells in the region swept by the Mach stem.It is theenergy carried by these transverse waves that sustainsthe triple-wave-collision with a higher frequency withinthe over-driven Mach stem.In some cases,local wavedynamic processes and wave structures play a dominantrole in determining the pattern of cellular record,lead-ing to the fact that the cellular patterns after the Machstem exhibit some peculiar modes.

  1. Washing wedges: a capillary instability in a gradient of confinement

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    Keiser, Ludovic; Herbaut, Remy; Bico, Jose; Reyssat, Etienne

    2015-11-01

    When a drop of oil is introduced into a gradient of confinement (two glass plates forming a sharp wedge) capillary forces drive it toward the most confined regions, where the solid-fluid contact area is maximal. A surfactant solution subsequently introduced into the wedge undergoes the same movement until it reaches the oil previously added. If the aqueous phase wets the solid better than the oil, a complex exchange process between both phases occurs. The water-oil interface destabilizes, oil fingers grow in the water phase, pinch-off and lead to the formation of droplets that migrate away from the tip of the wedge. The whole oil phase is eventually extracted. A linear stability analysis of the interface is presented and captures the size of the oil droplets. The dynamics of the system is however not perfectly explained by a simple Poiseuille flow. Indeed, more refined models should account for the dissipation in meniscii and lubrication films. Finally, we suggest that our model experiment may constitute a useful tool to select optimal systems for oil recovery processes.

  2. A paired wedge filter system for compensation in dose differences

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    Objective: In radiotherapy, it is important to conform the high dose volume to the planned target volume. A variable thickness paired wedge filter system was developed to compensate for dose inhomogeneity arising from field width segment variation in conformal irradiation. Materials and methods: The present study used a 6 MV linear accelerator equipped with multileaf collimator leaves and a paired wedge compensating filter system. The dose variation due to field width was measured in each field segment width. The variation in attenuation of the compensators was measured as a function of filter position. As the field width increases, the relative absorbed dose also increases; this is the point of requiring compensation, so it can be in reverse proportion. Results: As the field width increases, the relative absorbed dose also increases; this is why compensation is required and thus it must be in reverse proportion. Attenuation of the absorbed dose by the paired filters was in proportion to the filter position. The filter position to compensate for the difference of absorbed doses was defined by the square root of the field width. For a field varying in width from 4 to 16 cm, the variation in the absorbed dose across the field was reduced from 12% to 2.7%. Conclusion: This paired wedge filter system reduced absorbed dose variations across multileaf collimator shaped fields and can facilitate treatment planning in conformal therapy. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  3. Chronology and palaeoenvironmental implications of the ice-wedge pseudomorphs and composite-wedge casts on the Magdalen Islands (eastern Canada)

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    Remillard, A.M.; Hetu, B.; Bernatchez, P.;

    2015-01-01

    The Magdalen Islands are a valuable terrestrial record, evidencing the complex glacial and periglacial history of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thirteen structures interpreted as ice-wedge pseudomorphs or composite-wedge casts were observed at four sites on the southern Magdalen Islands and testify t...

  4. Linear array measurements of enhanced dynamic wedge and treatment planning system (TPS) calculation for 15 MV photon beam and comparison with electronic portal imaging device (EPID) measurements

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    Enhanced dynamic wedges (EDW) are known to increase drastically the radiation therapy treatment efficiency. This paper has the aim to compare linear array measurements of EDW with the calculations of treatment planning system (TPS) and the electronic portal imaging device (EPID) for 15 MV photon energy. The range of different field sizes and wedge angles (for 15 MV photon beam) were measured by the linear chamber array CA 24 in Blue water phantom. The measurement conditions were applied to the calculations of the commercial treatment planning system XIO CMS v.4.2.0 using convolution algorithm. EPID measurements were done on EPID-focus distance of 100 cm, and beam parameters being the same as for CA24 measurements. Both depth doses and profiles were measured. EDW linear array measurements of profiles to XIO CMS TPS calculation differ around 0.5%. Profiles in non-wedged direction and open field profiles practically do not differ. Percentage depth doses (PDDs) for all EDW measurements show the difference of not more than 0.2%, while the open field PDD is almost the same as EDW PDD. Wedge factors for 60 deg wedge angle were also examined, and the difference is up to 4%. EPID to linear array differs up to 5%. The implementation of EDW in radiation therapy treatments provides clinicians with an effective tool for the conformal radiotherapy treatment planning. If modelling of EDW beam in TPS is done correctly, a very good agreement between measurements and calculation is obtained, but EPID cannot be used for reference measurements

  5. Assessment of computerized treatment planning system accuracy in calculating wedge factors of physical wedged fields for 6 MV photon beams.

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    Muhammad, Wazir; Maqbool, Muhammad; Shahid, Muhammad; Hussain, Amjad; Tahir, Sajjad; Matiullah; Rooh, Gul; Ahmad, Tanveer; Lee, Sang Hoon

    2011-07-01

    Wedge filters are commonly used in external beam radiotherapy to achieve a uniform dose distribution within the target volume. The main objective of this study was to investigate the accuracy of the beam modifier algorithm of Theraplan plus (TPP version 3.8) treatment planning system and to confirm that either the beam hardening, beam softening and attenuation coefficients along with wedge geometry and measured wedge factor at single depth and multiple fields sizes can be the replacement of wedged profile and wedged cross-sectional data or not. In this regard the effect of beam hardening and beam softening was studied with physical wedges for 6 MV photons. The Normalized Wedge Factors (NWFs) were measured experimentally as well as calculated with the Theraplan plus, as a function of depth and field size in a water phantom for 15°, 30°, 45°, and 60° wedge filters. The beam hardening and softening was determined experimentally by deriving the required coefficients for all wedge angles. The TPP version 3.8 requires wedge transmission factor at single depth and multiple field sizes. Without incorporating the hardening and softening coefficients the percent difference between measured and calculated NFWs was as high as 7%. After the introduction of these parameters into the algorithm, the agreement between measured and TPP (V 3.8) calculated NWFs were improved to within 2 percent for various depths. Similar improvement was observed in TPP version 3.8 while calculating NWFs for various field sizes when the required coefficients were adjusted. In conclusion, the dose calculation algorithm of TPP version 3.8 showed good accuracy for a 6 MV photon beam provided beam hardening and softening parameters are taken into account. From the results, it is also concluded that, the beam hardening, beam softening and attenuation coefficients along with wedge geometry and measured wedge factor at single depth and multiple fields sizes can be the replacement of wedged profile and

  6. Crystallization of soft matter under confinement at interfaces and in wedges.

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    Archer, Andrew J; Malijevský, Alexandr

    2016-06-22

    The surface freezing and surface melting transitions that are exhibited by a model two-dimensional soft matter system are studied. The behaviour when confined within a wedge is also considered. The system consists of particles interacting via a soft purely repulsive pair potential. Density functional theory (DFT) is used to calculate density profiles and thermodynamic quantities. The external potential due to the confining walls is modelled via a hard wall with an additional repulsive Yukawa potential. The surface phase behaviour depends on the range and strength of this repulsion: when the repulsion is weak, the wall promotes freezing at the surface of the wall. The thickness of this frozen layer grows logarithmically as the bulk liquid-solid phase coexistence is approached. Our mean-field DFT predicts that this crystalline layer at the wall must be nucleated (i.e. there is a free energy barrier) and its formation is necessarily a first-order transition, referred to as 'prefreezing', by analogy with the prewetting transition. However, in contrast to the latter, prefreezing cannot terminate in a critical point, since the phase transition involves a change in symmetry. If the wall-fluid interaction is sufficiently long ranged and the repulsion is strong enough, surface melting can occur instead. Then the interface between the wall and the bulk crystalline solid is wetted by the liquid phase as the chemical potential is decreased towards the value at liquid-solid coexistence. It is observed that the finite thickness fluid film at the wall has a broken translational symmetry due to its proximity to the bulk crystal, and so the nucleation of the wetting film can be either first order or continuous. Our mean-field theory predicts that for certain wall potentials there is a premelting critical point analogous to the surface critical point for the prewetting transition. When the fluid is confined within a linear wedge, this can strongly promote freezing when the opening

  7. Modes of continental extension in a crustal wedge

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    Wu, Guangliang

    2015-07-01

    © 2015 Elsevier B.V. We ran numerical experiments of the extension of a crustal wedge as an approximation to extension in an orogenic belt or a continental margin. We study the effects of the strength of the lower crust and of a weak mid-crustal shear zone on the resulting extension styles. A weak mid-crustal shear zone effectively decouples upper crustal extension from lower crustal flow. Without the mid-crustal shear zone, the degree of coupling between the upper and the lower crust increases and extension of the whole crust tends to focus on the thickest part of the wedge. We identify three distinct modes of extension determined by the strength of the lower crust, which are characterized by 1) localized, asymmetric crustal exhumation in a single massif when the lower crust is weak, 2) the formation of rolling-hinge normal faults and the exhumation of lower crust in multiple core complexes with an intermediate strength lower crust, and 3) distributed domino faulting over the weak mid-crustal shear zone when the lower crust is strong. A frictionally stronger mid-crustal shear zone does not change the overall model behaviors but extension occurred over multiple rolling-hinges. The 3 modes of extension share characteristics similar to geological models proposed to explain the formation of metamorphic core complexes: 1) the crustal flow model for the weak lower crust, 2) the rolling-hinge and crustal flow models when the lower crust is intermediate and 3) the flexural uplift model when the lower crust is strong. Finally we show that the intensity of decoupling between the far field extension and lower crustal flow driven by the regional pressure gradient in the wedge control the overall style of extension in the models.

  8. Numerical and Experimental Investigation of Oblique Shock Wave Reflection from a Water Wedge

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    Wan, Qian; Jeon, Hongjoo; Eliasson, Veronica

    2015-11-01

    Shock wave interaction with solid wedges at different inclination angles has been an area of much research studied in the past, but not many results have been obtained for shock wave reflection from liquid wedges. To find the transition angle from regular to irregular reflection of shock wave reflection over liquid wedges - both Newtonian and non-Newtonian liquids - we used a combination of experimental and numerical methods. In experiments, an inclined shock tube with adjustable inclination angle and a test section filled with the liquid of interest was used. Simulations were performed using a collection of CFD and CSD solvers to simulate the same situation as in the experiments. Results show that the transition angles for liquid wedges is different from smooth solid wedges, but agree fairly well if one assumes a certain surface roughness of the solid wedge.

  9. AMS14C dating and stable isotope plots of Late Pleistocene ice-wedge ice

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    Strategy for AMS14C dating of organic micro inclusions from syngenetic ice-wedge ice is considered. AMS14C dates are interpreted in terms of fictitious aging of ice-wedge and permafrost sediments due to high concentration of allochthonous organic material. The dating of organic material from small sample, gives the reliable 14C age. The 14C dates from syngenetic ice-wedges are compared with the dates of the host sediments surrounding syngenetic ice wedges. AMS14C dating of small samples of ice-wedge ice yields to set δ18O plots from ice-wedges to the time scale and to correlate them with ice core δ18O record

  10. Sonography after splenic embolization: the wedge-shaped acute infarct

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    After undergoing therapeutic transcatheter embolization of the splenic artery for treatment of portal hypertension, 11 consecutive patients were evaluated with sulfur colloid scintigraphy and real-time sonography of the left upper quadrant to determine which method was better for follow-up evaluation of the spleen. Six splenic infarcts were documented by both imaging methods; sonography, however, demonstrated the characteristic wedge shape of the infarct in four of the six cases. There were no cases of splenic abscess formation. Sonography should be the primary method for evaluation of the spleen after transcatheter embolization and can help in planning treatment to avoid abscess formation

  11. Wedge splitting test of foam concrete specimens: Calibration curves

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Merta, I.; Veselý, V.

    Zürich : Trans Tech publications, 2015 - (Alfaiate, J.; Aliabadi, M.), s. 281-284 ISBN 978-3-03835-235-8. ISSN 1013-9826. - (Key Engineering Materials. 627). [FDM 2014 International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics /13./. São Miguel Island, Azores (PT), 23.09.2014-25.09.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14AT012 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * Fracture parameters * Stress intensity factor * Foam concrete * Two-parameter fracture mechanics * FEM Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  12. Heat conduction problem of an evaporating liquid wedge

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We consider the stationary heat transfer near the contact line of an evaporating liquid wedge surrounded by the atmosphere of its pure vapor. In a simplified setting, the problem reduces to the Laplace equation in a half circle, subject to a non-homogeneous and singular boundary condition. By classical tools (conformal mapping, Green's function, we reformulate the problem as an integral equation for the unknown Neumann boundary condition in the setting of appropriate fractional Sobolev and weighted space. The unique solvability is then obtained by means of the Fredholm theorem.

  13. Global properties of causal wedges in asymptotically AdS spacetimes

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    Hubeny, Veronika E; Tonni, Erik

    2013-01-01

    We examine general features of causal wedges in asymptotically AdS spacetimes and show that in a wide variety of cases they have non-trivial topology. We also prove some general results regarding minimal area surfaces on the causal wedge boundary and thereby derive constraints on the causal holographic information. We go on to demonstrate that certain properties of the causal wedge impact significantly on features of extremal surfaces which are relevant for computation of holographic entanglement entropy.

  14. Proof of usability of rotor slot wedges of an aluminium alloy

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    In large turboalternators, the former steel rotor wedges are replaced by aluminum wedges in order to reduce the friction corrosion. In this case, the aluminum wedge also undertakes the function of the damper bars who are otherwise available. The usability of the AlCuMg2 alloy under operating and accident conditions was proved by laboratory studies. Squeeze experiments and creep rupture tests were carried out at wedge sections (component experiment) for this purpose; resistance to elevated temperatures was determined time and temperature dependently. (orig.)

  15. Preliminary assessment of potential underground stability (wedge and spalling) at Forsmark, Simpevarp and Laxemar sites

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    In SKB's Underground Design Premises the objective in the early design phase is to estimate if there is sufficient space for the repository at a site. One of the conditions that could limit the space available is stability of the underground openings, i.e., deposition tunnels and deposition boreholes. The purpose of this report is to provide a preliminary assessment of the potential for wedge instability and spalling that may be encountered at the Forsmark, Simpevarp and Laxemar sites based on information from the site investigations program up to July 30, 2004. The rock mass spalling strength was defined using the in-situ results from SKB's Aespoe Pillar Stability Experiment and AECL's Mine-by Experiment. These experiments suggest that the rock mass spalling strength for crystalline rocks can be estimated as 0.57 of the mean laboratory uniaxial compressive strength. A probability-based methodology utilizing this in-situ rock mass spalling strength has been developed for assessing the risk for spalling in a repository at the Forsmark, Simpevarp and Laxemar sites. The in-situ stresses and the uniaxial compressive strength data from these sites were used as the bases for the analyses. Preliminary findings from all sites suggest that, generally, the risk for spalling increases as the depth of the repository increases, simply because the stress magnitudes increase with depth. The depth at which the risk for spalling is significant, depends on the individual sites which are discussed below. The greatest uncertainty in the spalling analyses for Forsmark is related to the uncertainty in the horizontal stress magnitudes and associated stress gradients with depth. The confidence in these analyses can only be increased by increasing the confidence in the stress and geology model for the site. From the analyses completed it appears that spalling in the deposition tunnels can be controlled by orienting the tunnels approximately parallel to the maximum horizontal stress. The

  16. Two Parameter Description of Crack Tip Stress Fields for Wedge Splitting Test Specimen: Influence of Wedge Angle

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Bermejo, C.; Sobek, J.; Veselý, V.

    Zurich: Trans Tech Publications, 2014 - (Kotrasová, K.; Kormanikova, E.), s. 345-350. (Advanced Materials Research. 969). ISBN 978-3-03835-147-4. ISSN 1022-6680. [SPACE 2013 - International Conference on Structural and Physical Aspects of Civil Engineering /2./. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 27.11.2013-29.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP104/11/0833 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * FEM * Two-parameter facture * cement-based composite Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics; JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics (UFM-A)

  17. Mass stranding of wedge-tailed shearwater chicks in Hawaii

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    Work, T.M.; Rameyer, R.A.

    1999-01-01

    Unusual numbers of wedge-tailed shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) chicks stranded on Oahu (Hawaii, USA) in 1994. Compared to healthy wedge-tailed shearwater (WTSW) chicks, stranded chicks were underweight, dehydrated, leukopenic, lymphopenic, eosinopenic, and heterophilic; some birds were toxemic and septic. Stranded chicks also were hypoglycemic and had elevated aspartate amino transferase levels. Most chicks apparently died from emaciation, dehydration, or bacteremia. Because many birds with bacteremia also had severe necrosis of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa associated with bacteria, we suspect the GI tract to be the source of disseminated bacterial infection. The identity of the bacteria was not confirmed. The daily number of chicks stranded was significantly related to average wind speeds, and the mortality coincided with the fledging period for WTSW. Strong southeasterly winds were a distinguishing meteorologic factor in 1994 and contributed to the distribution of stranded chicks on Oahu. More objective data on WTSW demographics would enhance future efforts to determine predisposing causes of WTSW wrecks and their effects on seabird colonies.

  18. Hydraulic jump basins with wedge-shaped baffles

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    Ashraf Fathy ELLAYN; Zhi-lin SUN

    2012-01-01

    This laboratory study deals with the hydraulic jump properties for an artificially roughened bed with wedge-shaped baffle blocks,The experiments were conducted for both smooth and rough beds with a Froude number in the range of 3.06≤F1≤10.95 and a relative bed roughness ranging 0.22≤KR≤1.4.The data from this study were compared with those of rectangular baffle blocks.New experimental formulae were developed for determining the sequent depth ratio and the hydraulic jump length in terms of the inflow Froude number and relative bed roughness.Bélangers jump equation of a rectangular channel was extended to account for the implications of the bed shear stress coefficient attributable to channel bed roughness.It was found that,in comparison with the smooth bed,the wedge-shaped bed roughness reduced the sequent depth of the hydraulic jump by approximately 16.5% to 30% and the hydraulic jump length by approximately 30% to 53%.

  19. Mass stranding of wedge-tailed shearwater chicks in Hawaii.

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    Work, T M; Rameyer, R A

    1999-07-01

    Unusual numbers of wedge-tailed shearwater (Puffinus pacificus) chicks stranded on Oahu (Hawaii, USA) in 1994. Compared to healthy wedge-tailed shearwater (WTSW) chicks, stranded chicks were underweight, dehydrated, leukopenic, lymphopenic, eosinopenic, and heterophilic; some birds were toxemic and septic. Stranded chicks also were hypoglycemic and had elevated aspartate amino transferase levels. Most chicks apparently died from emaciation, dehydration, or bacteremia. Because many birds with bacteremia also had severe necrosis of the gastrointestinal (GI) mucosa associated with bacteria, we suspect the GI tract to be the source of disseminated bacterial infection. The identity of the bacteria was not confirmed. The daily number of chicks stranded was significantly related to average wind speeds, and the mortality coincided with the fledging period for WTSW. Strong southeasterly winds were a distinguishing meteorologic factor in 1994 and contributed to the distribution of stranded chicks on Oahu. More objective data on WTSW demographics would enhance future efforts to determine predisposing causes of WTSW wrecks and their effects on seabird colonies. PMID:10479083

  20. Predicting Run Distances for a Modified Wedge Test

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    Dorgan, Robert J.; Lee, Richard; Sutherland, Gerrit

    2012-03-01

    Simulations were used to aid in the development of a modified wedge test (MWT). This explosive sensitivity experiment allows the shockwave curvature to be defined in order to investigate the effect of combined shock-shear loading on sensitivity. Various widths of PBXN-110 donor slabs were used to define the shockwave curvature introduced to wedge samples of the same explosive. The donor slabs were initiated with a linewave generator and a Detasheet booster, and the shock wave was attenuated using a slab of PMMA. In developing simulations for these three material experiments, calibrations of the PBXN-110 ignition and growth model and of the PMMA constitutive model were investigated in order to choose between several models found in the literature. A calibration shot from the MWT was also used to demonstrate the appropriateness of the models selected. Experimental results were compared to CTH calculations to indicate if there were effects associated with highly curved shock fronts that could not be adequately predicted. The run distances predicted in CTH for the thicker donor slab compare very favorably with the actual experiments; however, for thinner donor slabs, the actual experimental results seem to suggest a more sensitive behavior than the simulations are able to capture.

  1. Partially coherent electromagnetic beams propagating through double-wedge depolarizers

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    de Sande, J. Carlos G.; Piquero, Gemma; Santarsiero, Massimo; Gori, Franco

    2014-03-01

    The irradiance and polarization characteristics of quasi-monochromatic partially coherent electromagnetic beams are analyzed when they propagate after passing through a deterministic linear optical element, i.e., an optical element that can be represented by a Jones matrix. A class of such optical elements, which includes double-wedge depolarizers and polarization gratings, is defined and studied in detail. Analytical expressions are obtained for the case of double-wedge depolarizers and examples are given for an incident Gaussian Schell-model beam. For such an input beam, the effects on the irradiance and degree of polarization of the field propagating beyond the optical element are investigated in detail. A rich variety of behaviors is obtained by varying the beam size, coherence width and polarization state of the input field. The results not only provide a mathematical extension of well-known results to the domain of partial coherence, but they also exemplify mixing between coherence and polarization, which is, of course, not possible if, for example, fully spatially coherent fields are analyzed.

  2. Natural orifice transluminal endoscopic wedge hepatic resection with a water-jet hybrid knife in a non-survival porcine model

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    Hong Shi; Sheng-Jun Jiang; Bin Li; Deng-Ke Fu; Pei Xin; Yong-Guang Wang

    2011-01-01

    AIM:To explore the feasibility of a water-jet hybrid knife to facilitate wedge hepatic resection using a natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) approach in a non-survival porcine model.METHODS:The Erbe Jet2 water-jet system allows a needleless,tissue-selective hydro-dissection with a preselected pressure.Using this system,wedge hepatic resection was performed through three natural routes (trans-anal,trans-vaginal and trans-umbilical) in three female pigs weighing 35 kg under general anesthesia.Entry into the peritoneal cavity was via a 15-mm incision using a hook knife.The targeted liver segment was marked by an APC probe,followed by wedge hepatic resection performed using a water-jet hybrid knife with the aid of a 4-mm transparent distance soft cap mounted onto the tip of the endoscope for holding up the desired plane.The exposed vascular and ductal structures were clipped with Endoclips.Hemostasis was applied to the bleeding cut edges of the liver parenchyma by electrocautery.After the procedure,the incision site was left open,and the animal was euthanized followed by necropsy.RESULTS:Using the Erbe Jet2 water-jet system,transanal and trans-vaginal wedge hepatic resection was successfully performed in two pigs without laparoscopic assistance.Trans-umbilical attempt failed due to an unstable operating platform.The incision for peritoneal entry took 1 min,and about 2 h was spent on excision of the liver tissue.The intra-operative blood loss ranged from 100 to 250 mL.Microscopically,the hydro-dissections were relatively precise and gentle,preserving most vessels.CONCLUSION:The Erbe Jet2 water-jet system can safely accomplish non-anatomic wedge hepatic resection in NOTES,which deserves further studies to shorten the dissection time.

  3. Triangular metal wedges for subwavelength plasmon-polariton guiding at telecom wavelengths

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    Boltasseva, Alexandra; Volkov, V.S.; Nielsen, Rasmus Bundgaard;

    2008-01-01

    We report on subwavelength plasmon-polariton guiding by triangular metal wedges at telecom wavelengths. A high-quality fabrication procedure for making gold wedge waveguides, which is also mass- production compatible offering large-scale parallel fabrication of plasmonic components, is developed...

  4. Advection of the salt wedge and evolution of the internal flow structure in the Rotterdam Waterway

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    De Nijs, M.A.J.; Pietrzak, J.D.; Winterwerp, J.C.

    2011-01-01

    An analysis of field measurements recorded over a tidal cycle in the Rotterdam Waterway is presented. These measurements are the first to elucidate the processes influencing the along-channel current structure and the excursion of the salt wedge in this estuary. The salt wedge structure remained sta

  5. Pan-Arctic ice-wedge degradation in warming permafrost and its influence on tundra hydrology

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    Liljedahl, Anna K.; Boike, Julia; Daanen, Ronald P.; Fedorov, Alexander N.; Frost, Gerald V.; Grosse, Guido; Hinzman, Larry D.; Iijma, Yoshihiro; Jorgenson, Janet C.; Matveyeva, Nadya; Necsoiu, Marius; Raynolds, Martha K.; Romanovsky, Vladimir E.; Schulla, Jörg; Tape, Ken D.; Walker, Donald A.; Wilson, Cathy J.; Yabuki, Hironori; Zona, Donatella

    2016-04-01

    Ice wedges are common features of the subsurface in permafrost regions. They develop by repeated frost cracking and ice vein growth over hundreds to thousands of years. Ice-wedge formation causes the archetypal polygonal patterns seen in tundra across the Arctic landscape. Here we use field and remote sensing observations to document polygon succession due to ice-wedge degradation and trough development in ten Arctic localities over sub-decadal timescales. Initial thaw drains polygon centres and forms disconnected troughs that hold isolated ponds. Continued ice-wedge melting leads to increased trough connectivity and an overall draining of the landscape. We find that melting at the tops of ice wedges over recent decades and subsequent decimetre-scale ground subsidence is a widespread Arctic phenomenon. Although permafrost temperatures have been increasing gradually, we find that ice-wedge degradation is occurring on sub-decadal timescales. Our hydrological model simulations show that advanced ice-wedge degradation can significantly alter the water balance of lowland tundra by reducing inundation and increasing runoff, in particular due to changes in snow distribution as troughs form. We predict that ice-wedge degradation and the hydrological changes associated with the resulting differential ground subsidence will expand and amplify in rapidly warming permafrost regions.

  6. Checks for quality control of wedge dynamics in treatment units and the planning system

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    The objective of this study is to verify the implementation of enhanced dynamic wedge (EDW) vary in the Eclipse planning system and the experimental determination of the parameters that define the dosimetry characteristics of enhanced dynamic wedge of our treatment units. (Author)

  7. The Cimmerian accretionary wedge of Anarak, Central Iran

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    Zanchi, Andrea; Malaspina, Nadia; Zanchetta, Stefano; Berra, Fabrizio; Benciolini, Luca; Bergomi, Maria; Cavallo, Alessandro; Javadi, Hamid Reza; Kouhpeyma, Meyssam

    2015-04-01

    The occurrence in Iran of several ophiolite belts dating between Late Palaeozoic to Triassic poses several questions on the possible existence of various sutures marking the closure of the Palaeotethys ocean between Eurasia and this Gondwana-derived microplate. In this scenario, the Anarak region in Central Iran still represents a conundrum. Contrasting geochronological, paleontological, paleomagnetic data and reported field evidence suggest different origins for the Anarak Metamorphic Complex (AMC). The AMC is either interpreted, as: (1) relict of an accretionary wedge developed at the Eurasia margin during the Palaeotethys subduction as part of the Cimmerian suture zone of NE Iran, displaced to Central Iran by a large counter-clockwise rotation of the central Iranian blocks; (2) autochthonous unit forming a secondary branch of the main suture zone. Our structural, petrographic and geochemical data indicate that the AMC consists of several metamorphic units also including dismembered "ophiolites" which display different tectono-metamorphic evolutions. Three main ductile deformational events can be distinguished in the AMC. The Morghab and Chah Gorbeh complexes preserve a different M1 metamorphism, characterized by blueschist relics in the S1 foliation of the former unit, and greenschist assemblages in the latter. They share a subsequent similar D2 deformational and M2 metamorphic history, showing a prograde metamorphism with syn- to post-deformation growth of blueschist facies mineral assemblages on pre-existing greenschist facies associations. High pressure, low temperature (HP/LT) metamorphism responsible for the growth of sodic amphibole has been recognized also within marble lenses at the contact between the Chah Gorbeh Complex and serpentinites. Evidence of HP/LT metamorphism also occurs in glaucophane-bearing meta-pillow lavas and serpentinites, which contain antigorite and form most of the "ophiolites" within the AMC. Structural relationships show that the

  8. Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with birefringent wedges

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    Réhault, Julien; Maiuri, Margherita; Oriana, Aurelio; Cerullo, Giulio [IFN-CNR, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy)

    2014-12-15

    We present a simple experimental setup for performing two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy in the partially collinear pump-probe geometry. The setup uses a sequence of birefringent wedges to create and delay a pair of phase-locked, collinear pump pulses, with extremely high phase stability and reproducibility. Continuous delay scanning is possible without any active stabilization or position tracking, and allows to record rapidly and easily 2D spectra. The setup works over a broad spectral range from the ultraviolet to the near-IR, it is compatible with few-optical-cycle pulses and can be easily reconfigured to two-colour operation. A simple method for scattering suppression is also introduced. As a proof of principle, we present degenerate and two-color 2D spectra of the light-harvesting complex 1 of purple bacteria.

  9. Surface wave scattering by the heterogeneous Nankai accretionary wedge

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    Mak, S.; Nishida, K.; Koketsu, K.

    2011-12-01

    Anomalous scattered surface waves at the frequency band of 20 to 40 s originated from southwestern Japan when earthquakes occurred at northeastern Japan were first reported by Obara and Matsumura (2010). The submarine mountain ridges, particularly the northwestern tip of the Kyushu-Palau Ridge, were considered to be the scatterer. On the other hand, the accretionary wedge along the Nankai Trough is another spectacular geological feature in the same region. The current study investigated the difference between the properties of scattered waves by a typical mountain ridge and by a heterogeneous accretionary wedge, and compare with the properties of scattered waves measured from the observation. The properties of the observed scattered waves were measured using beamforming. The tilmeters of the Hi-net seismograph network of Japan were grouped into arrays of about 75 km in aperture, through which beamforming was performed. The amplitude, duration and polarity were thus obtained. The scattered surface waves consisted of a long duration (about 200 s) wave packet with approximately equal amplitude, and a few weaker wave packets that arrived later. Regardless of whether the incident direct surface waves were predominantly Rayleigh or Love waves, the scattered waves consisted of mainly Love waves. Waveform simulations were used to study the properties of scattered waves by a typical mountain ridge, which was modelled as a elongated topographic high associated with a thickened crust, and by a heterogeneous Nankai accretionary wedge. The velocity structure of the accretionary wedge was a simple model derived from the results of seismic surveys at western Nankai Trough. A region with particularly low velocity that was related to the Hyuganada basin (at southeast Kyushu) was modelled by a deep rectangular basin. It was found that a mountain ridge structure acted like a straight reflector and generated pulse-like reflected waves. A basin, due to its shallow depth, was more

  10. Magnetization study of interlayer exchange in semiconductor EuS-PbS ferromagnetic wedge multilayers

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    Interlayer coupling was experimentally studied in semiconductor EuS-PbS ferromagnetic superlattice wedge structures grown on KCl (0 0 1) substrates with the wedges covering the semiconductor nonmagnetic PbS spacer layer thickness from 0.3 to 6 nm. Structural parameters of the wedges were examined by X-ray diffraction analysis of EuS-PbS superlattice period. Measurements of magnetic hysteresis loops of EuS-PbS structures were performed by both SQUID (for small terminal parts of the wedge) and MOKE (magneto-optical analysis along the wedge) magnetometry. A strong decrease of magnetic remanence and an increase of saturation field observed for EuS-PbS structures with the PbS spacer thickness decreasing below about 1.5 nm is discussed in terms of the influence of antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling

  11. Phylogenetic Analysis of Bacteria Preserved in a Permafrost Ice Wedge for 25,000 Years▿†

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    Katayama, Taiki; Tanaka, Michiko; Moriizumi, Jun; Nakamura, Toshio; Brouchkov, Anatoli; Douglas, Thomas A.; Fukuda, Masami; Tomita, Fusao; Asano, Kozo

    2007-01-01

    Phylogenetic analysis of bacteria preserved within an ice wedge from the Fox permafrost tunnel was undertaken by cultivation and molecular techniques. The radiocarbon age of the ice wedge was determined. Our results suggest that the bacteria in the ice wedge adapted to the frozen conditions have survived for 25,000 years.

  12. Study on the protection of fish larvae at water intakes using wedge-wire screening

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    The Tennessee Valley Authority has conducted a laboratory study designed to evaluate the ability of several species of larval fish to avoid entrainment through and impingement against wedge-wire stationary screen (fish avoidance concept). The results are presented in this study. The fish avoidance concept features small-opening screens, low inlet velocities, and an unobstructed bypass. Its success is dependent on the ability of larvae to detect and swim away from the screens. The study was designed to test this concept in a flowing-water environment. All species showed some ability to avoid entrainment, and many species showed considerable avoidance of entraining flows. Safe bypass or avoidance of entrainment was generally related inversely to slot size and slot velocity. Best results were shown for the 0.5-mm slot and 7.6 cm/s (0.25 fps) slot velocity. At least one of the smallest species showed appreciable avoidance of the largest slot size (2.0 mm) tested. From a biological point of view this screening concept has the potential for protecting nearly all fish of impingeable size as well as a large portion of fish of entrainable size

  13. Application of the critical Coulomb wedge theory to hyper-extended, magma-poor rifted margins

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    Nirrengarten, M.; Manatschal, G.; Yuan, X. P.; Kusznir, N. J.; Maillot, B.

    2016-05-01

    The Critical Coulomb Wedge Theory (CCWT) has been extensively used in compressional tectonics to resolve the shape of orogenic or accretionary prisms, while it is less applied to extensional and gravitational wedges despite the fact that it can be described by the same equation. In particular, the hyper-extended domain at magma-poor rifted margins, forming the oceanward termination of extended continental crust, satisfies the three main requirements of the CCWT: 1) it presents a wedge shape, 2) the rocks forming the wedge are completely brittle (frictional), and 3) the base of the wedge corresponds to a low friction décollement. However hyper-extended margins present a fully frictional behaviour only for a very thin crust; therefore this study is limited to the termination of hyper-extended continental crust which deforms in the latest stage of continental rifting. In this paper we define a method to measure the surface slope and the basal deep of this wedge that we apply to 17 hyper-extended, magma-poor rifted margins in order to compare the results to the values predicted by the CCWT. Because conjugate pairs of hyper-extended, magma-poor rifted margins are commonly asymmetric, due to detachment faulting, the wedges in the upper and lower plate margins corresponding respectively to the hanging wall and footwall of the detachment system are different. While the stress field in the upper plate wedge corresponds to a tectonic extensional wedge, the one in the lower plate matches that of a gravity extensional wedge. Using typical frictional properties of phyllosilicates (e.g. clays and serpentine), the shape of the hyper-extended wedges can be resolved by the CCWT using consistent fluid overpressures. Our results show that all lower plate margins are gravitationally stable and therefore have a close to critical shape whereas the tectonic extensional wedges at upper plate margins are critical, sub or sup critical due to the detachment initial angle and the duration of

  14. Method of light path alignment for femtosecond laser tracker based on double optical wedge

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    Cui, Chengjun; Zhou, Weihu; Lao, Dabao; Zhang, Wenying

    2015-08-01

    There are two light sources in Femtosecond laser tracker, the center wavelengths of which are different. In order to achieve precise distance, light beams from the two sources should be combined. In this paper, key technology of light path alignment for femtosecond laser tracker based on double optical wedge is presented. Precise steering of incident light beam can be realized by changing the angle of the double optical wedge. Method for adjusting the angle and translation of light beam using two pairs of double optical wedge is proposed. Also mathematical model on the basis of vector superposition method is established to correct offset of light beam, which is validated with Zemax.

  15. First direct dating of Late Pleistocene ice-wedges by AMS

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    Vasil'chuk, YK; Van Der Plicht, J.; Jungner, H.; Sonninen, E; Vasil'chuk, AC; Vasil'chuk, Yurij K.; Vasil'chuk, Alla C.

    2000-01-01

    We present the first direct dating by C-14-accelerator mass spectrometry of three Late Pleistocene syngenetic ice-wedges from the Seyaha cross-section. They are representative of permafrost with multistage ice-wedges from the North of Western Siberia. The most important result is the clear vertical age stratification of the ice, i.e. the old ice is located beneath the young. This shows that a timescale can be assigned to these ice-wedges penetrating down into the permafrost. The age of the ic...

  16. AMS-dating of Late Pleistocene and Holocene syngenetic ice-wedges

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    We discuss the 14C dating (both conventional and AMS) of Siberian permafrost sediments and ice-wedge ice. Direct dating of Late Pleistocene and Holocene syngenetic ice-wedges was done on organic material included in the ice. The time of ice formation (in 14C years) is 21,000-14,000 BP for Seyaha, and 7100 BP for Shchuch'ya. The AMS dates show that the ice-wedges stratification is normal, i.e., the older ice is located below the younger. The 14C dates yield for the first time a timescale (in 14C years) for paleoclimatic indicators (oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios from the ice)

  17. Influence of intermolecular forces at critical-point wedge filling

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    Malijevský, Alexandr; Parry, Andrew O.

    2016-04-01

    We use microscopic density functional theory to study filling transitions in systems with long-ranged wall-fluid and short-ranged fluid-fluid forces occurring in a right-angle wedge. By changing the strength of the wall-fluid interaction we can induce both wetting and filling transitions over a wide range of temperatures and study the order of these transitions. At low temperatures we find that both wetting and filling transitions are first order in keeping with predictions of simple local effective Hamiltonian models. However close to the bulk critical point the filling transition is observed to be continuous even though the wetting transition remains first order and the wetting binding potential still exhibits a small activation barrier. The critical singularities for adsorption for the continuous filling transitions depend on whether retarded or nonretarded wall-fluid forces are present and are in excellent agreement with predictions of effective Hamiltonian theory even though the change in the order of the transition was not anticipated.

  18. Fish protection with wedge wire screens at Eddystone Station

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    The need to protect fish from injury and fatality at water intake structures is of a more recent concern and only became formalized by the EPA in 1972 with Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act to address the question of entrainment and impingement. Philadelphia Electric Company has undertaken this project at Eddystone Generating Station to comply with Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act and to reaffirm its commitment as an environmentally responsible company. In this paper the author provides background information on the impingement issue at Eddystone, including a description of the existing plant facilities and the regulatory agencies rulings and requirements. This paper also describes the various options evaluated by PECO to address the problem. Also, escribes the design chosen for the Eddystone site, and concludes with an installation overview and a discussion of PECO's operating experience with the new cooling water intake system. This paper details the history of the wedge wire screen project including; a review of the fish impingement problem, detailed engineering, control system operation, operating experience, and an installation overview as a solution for mitigating fish impingement

  19. Evaluation of wedge-shaped phantoms for assessment of scanner display as a part of quality control of scanner performance

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    Image manipulation in modern rectilinear scanners comprises background subtraction and contrast enhancement facilities. It has been the aim of this investigation to develop simple quality assurance methods suitable for checking the function of these features on a routine basis. Several types of phantoms have been investigated: an absorption step wedge, an emission step wedge and an emission continuous wedge. The absorption step wedge when used with a usual gamma-camera checking source gave the least satisfactory results. The emission step wedge is best suited for test procedures for background subtraction of the colour printer display and for contrast enhancement of the photo display, whereas the emission continuous wedge gave best results in testing the contrast enhancement of the colour printer display. An evaluation of the relative merits of the phantoms indicates that the emission step wedge is best suited for quality assurance tests. (author)

  20. Testing the critical Coulomb wedge theory on hyper-extended rifted margins

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    Nirrengarten, Michael; Manatschal, Gianreto; Kusznir, Nick

    2015-04-01

    Deformation of hyper-extended continental crust and its relationship with the underlying mantle is a key process in the evolution of rifted margins. Recent studies have focused on hyper-extension in rifted margins using different approaches such as numerical modelling, seismic interpretation, potential field methods and field observations. However many fundamental questions about the observed structures and their evolution during the formation of hyper-extended margins are still debated. In this study an observation driven approach has been used to characterise geometrical and physical attributes of the continental crust termination, considered as a hyper-extended wedge, in order to test the applicability of critical Coulomb wedge theory to hyper-extended margins. The Coulomb wedge theory was first developed on accretionary prisms and on fold and thrust belts, but it has also been applied in extensional settings. Coulomb wedge theory explains the evolution of the critical aperture angle of the wedge as a function of basal sliding without deformation in the overlying wedge. This critical angle depends on the frictional parameters of the material, the basal friction, the surface slope, the basal dip and the fluid pressure. If the evolution of hyper-extended wedges could be described by the critical Coulomb wedge theory, it would have a major impact in the understanding of the structural and physical evolution of rifted domains during the hyper-extension processes. On seismic reflection lines imaging magma-poor hyper-extended margins, the continental crust termination is often shown to form a hyper-extended wedge. ODP Sites 1067, 900 and 1068 on the Iberian margin as well as field observations in the Alps give direct access to the rocks forming the hyper-extended wedge, which are typically composed of highly deformed and hydrated continental rocks underlain by serpentinised mantle. The boundary between the hydrated continental and mantle rocks corresponds to a

  1. Contralateral breast doses in radiotherapy: effect of wedges introduction versus supraclavicular field

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    It is interesting the influence of physical wedges on medial tangential field, and subsequent extrafocal electronic contamination on the contralateral breast dose (CBD). This study compares effects produced by wedges versus internal scattering produced by supraclavicular field. An anthropomorphic phantom with wax breast was used. Average dose to every quadrant was evaluated; this was realized using data from treatment planning system (TPP) and, on the other hand, using lectures from TLD; versus distance to medial axis and lower edge from the medial tangential field. TPP does not have on account scattered radiation out of patient's contour. In conclusion, comparing supraclavicular field versus wedges influence, the importance of the last one on CBD is lower. It is casted doubt on the sacrifice of a distribution of a homogeneous dose to the treated breast in interest of the saving of CBD, although it is interesting the use of virtual wedges or external protection, having on account the influence of external scattering. (author)

  2. Experimental and Numerical Procedures of a Sonar Platform with a Sound Absorption Wedge

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    Danzhu Yu; Xiongliang Yao; Shaoshi Dai

    2011-01-01

    Experiments involving a sonar platform with a sound absorption wedge were carried out for the purpose of obtaining the low frequency acoustic characteristics.Acoustic characteristics of a sonar platform model with a sound absorption wedge were measured,and the effects of different wedge laid areas on platform acoustic characteristic were tested.Vibration acceleration and self-noise caused by model vibration were measured in four conditions:0%,36%,60%,and 100% of wedge laid area when the sonar platform was under a single frequency excitation force.An experiment was performed to validate a corresponding numerical calculation.The numerical vibration characteristics of platform area were calculated by the finite element method,and self-noise caused by the vibration in it was predicted by an experiential formula.The conclusions prove that the numerical calculation method can partially replace the experimental process for obtaining vibration and sound characteristics.

  3. Capillarity-driven migration of a thin Ge wedge in contact with a bicrystalline Au film

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    We have investigated the retraction of a single-crystalline Ge wedge in epitaxial contact with a bicrystalline Au film using in situ electron microscopy. The rate of retraction was close to that predicted for capillarity-driven surface diffusion, following kinetics proportional to tn, with n = 0.22-0.35, but crystal anisotropy caused migration to be significantly faster along directions than along . The bicrystalline Au substrate was not inert, but underwent abnormal grain growth in the area swept by the receding Ge wedge. Cross-sections made from plan-view transmission electron microscopy samples revealed that this was related to ridge formation during the retraction process. In situ observations of the process in an inclined orientation showed direct evidence of substrate grain boundaries being dragged by the receding Ge wedge. The results can be understood in the framework of capillarity models for isotropic solid-state wedges and reactive wetting in high-temperature liquid-solid experiments.

  4. Model of a wedge-electrode corona discharge under saturation: Exact solutions

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    Boltachev, G. Sh.; Zubarev, N. M.; Zubareva, O. V.

    2014-03-01

    Analytical solutions for the distributions of the electric field potential and electric charge density are derived for the outer region of a steady-state unipolar corona discharge from an ideal wedge-shaped electrode under the conditions of space-charge-limited current. Two situations are considered: a corona is initiated only from the edge of the wedge and from the entire surface of the electrode. In the former case, general solutions are obtained by sewing together exact cylindrically symmetric solutions in the drift space and plane symmetric solutions in space-charge-free regions. In the latter case, the field distribution near the edge turns out to be self-similar, i.e., invariant under extensions in the cross-sectional plane of the wedge, with the center at the top of the wedge. For both models, the dependences of the saturation current per edge's unit length on the apex angle and applied potential difference are obtained.

  5. The effect of shoe design and lateral wedging on knee loading

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    Mølgaard, Carsten; Kersting, Uwe G.

    The increasing number of patients with developing osteoarthritis is accompanied by a growing scientific interest in non-operative early treatment strategies. It is generally believed that laterally wedged insoles can change the distribution of the knee loading, but the importance of footwear design......-dimensional gait analysis. Barefoot walking, walking in a running shoe, an Oxford-type leather shoe, and a rocker shoe were analyzed. The shoes were tested both with and without a 10-degree full length laterally wedged insole. Results: Similar, significant reductions in the peak knee adduction moment with lateral...... shoe were revealed. Conclusion: Lateral wedging is effective regardless of shoe design. Differences between the four neutral walking conditions underline the importance of footwear choice in individuals. It is safe to apply lateral wedges without jeopardizing muscular control during walking regardless...

  6. Statics of Magnetic Fluid Drop with Compound Magnetic Core in a Wedge-Shaped Channel

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available A behavior of magnetic fluid drop with compound magnetic core in a wedge-shaped channel was studied experimentally. The study examines influence of magnetic fluid properties, its volume and magnetic field on statics of the system compound magnet – magnetic fluid drop in wedge-shaped channel. The possibility to change the static conditions of such system by altering magnetic field of the core was observed

  7. Social Security Driven Tax Wedge and Its Effects on Employment and Shadow Employment

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    Góra, Marek; Rohozynsky, Oleksandr; Sinitsina, Irina; Walewski, Mateusz

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this paper was to analyse possible directions and magnitudes of the relationship between the social security driven tax wedge, employment and shadow employment in Russia and Ukraine. Previous results suggest a limited positive relationship between the size of the tax wedge and shadow employment and in recent years both analysed countries undertook serious steps in order to reform and to simplify their payroll tax system and consequently to reduce shadow employment. Our result sugge...

  8. Stress Analysis and Model Test of Rock Breaking by Arc Blade Wedged Hob

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    Ying-chao Liu; Bo Liu; Yu-sheng Jiang; Chi Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Based on rock compression-shear damage theory, the mechanical characteristics of an arc blade wedged hob were analyzed to study the rock fragmentation mechanism of hob during excavation, and rock fragmentation forecasting model of the arc blade wedged hob was improved. A spoke type cutter model which is similar to the tunnel boring machine (TBM) cutter head was designed to study the rock fragmentation efficiency in different cutter spacing by adjusting the bearing sleeve size to o...

  9. Evaluation method of lead measurement accuracy of gears using a wedge artefact

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    The reduction of the vibration and noise of gears is an important issue in mechanical devices such as vehicles and wind turbines. The characteristics of the vibration and noise of gears are markedly affected by deviations of the tooth flank form of micrometre order; therefore, a strict quality control of the tooth flank form is required. The accuracy of the lead measurement for a gear-measuring instrument is usually evaluated using a master gear or a lead master. However, it is difficult to manufacture masters with high accuracy because the helix is a complicated geometrical form. In this paper, we propose a method of evaluating a gear-measuring instrument using a wedge artefact, which includes a highly precise plane surface. The concept of the wedge artefact is described and a mathematical model of the measuring condition of the wedge artefact is constructed. Theoretical measurement results for the wedge artefact are calculated. The wedge artefact is designed and produced on the basis of the theoretical measurement results. A measurement experiment using the wedge artefact is carried out and its effectiveness is verified

  10. Focusing of surface phonon-polaritons along conical and wedge polar nanostructures

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    Gluchko, Sergei; Ordonez-Miranda, Jose; Tranchant, Laurent; Antoni, Thomas; Volz, Sebastian

    2015-08-01

    Focusing of surface phonon-polaritons propagating toward the tip of a cone and the edge of a wedge is theoretically analyzed and compared. Based on Maxwell's equations, explicit expressions for the dispersion relations in each structure are determined and solved numerically for a propagation parameter driving the surface phonon-polariton energy density. For conical and wedge structures of SiO2, it is found that: (1) the cone (wedge) supports the polariton focusing only for aperture angles in the interval 18 ° - 68 ° ( 21 ° - 51 ° ), and within the range of excitation frequencies from 32.1 THz (31.5 THz) to 33.9 THz (33.9 THz). In this frequency interval, the real part of the SiO2 permittivity is negative and the presence of polaritons is significant. (2) The polariton focusing efficiency of both the cone and wedge reaches its maximum values at the critical frequency f cr = 33.6 THz and at different aperture angles of about α opt = 45 ° and α opt = 30 ° , respectively. (3) When the polaritons travel from 100 nm to 5 nm toward the tip of the cone with this optimum angle, their Poynting vector increases by a factor of 12, which is about four times larger than the corresponding one provided by the wedge and indicates that the cone is more efficient than the wedge for the focusing of surface phonon-polaritons.

  11. Assessment of a multibeam Fizeau wedge interferometer for Doppler wind lidar.

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    McKay, Jack A

    2002-03-20

    The Fabry-Perot interferometer is the standard instrument for the direct detection Doppler lidar measurement of atmospheric wind speeds. The multibeam Fizeau wedge has some practical advantages over the Fabry-Perot, such as the linear fringe pattern, and is evaluated for this application. The optimal Fizeau must have a resolving power of 10(6) or more. As the multibeam Fizeau wedge is pushed to such high resolving power, the interference fringes of the device become complicated by asymmetry and secondary maxima. A simple condition for the interferometer plate reflectance, optical gap, and wedge angle reveals whether a set of parameters will yield simple, Airy-like fringes or complex Fizeau fringes. Tilting of the Fizeau wedge improves the fringe shape and permits an extension of the regime of Airy-like fringes to higher resolving power. Sufficient resolving power for the wind lidar application is shown to be possible with a large-gap, low-finesse multibeam Fizeau wedge. Liabilities of the multibeam Fizeau wedge in the wind lidar application include a smaller acceptance solid angle and calibration sensitivity to localized deviations of the plates from the ideal. PMID:11921807

  12. Dosimetric verification of enhanced dynamic wedges by a 2D ion chamber array

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    Oh, Se An; Kim, Sung Kyu; Kang, Min Kyu; Yea, Ji Woon; Kim, Eng Chan

    2013-12-01

    Wedge filters are commonly used to achieve dose uniformity in the target volume in radiotherapy and can be categorized as physical wedges (PWs) and enhanced dynamic wedges (EDWs). The EDW generates PW-like dose profiles while moving the upper jaw in the Y directions with a varying dose rate in the treatment beams. Task Group 53 of the AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine) recommended that the dynamic wedge be verified before implementation in the radiation treatment planning (RTP) system. The aim of this study was to use the I'mRT MatriXX to verify the dose profiles of the EDWs manufactured by Varian. We used Pencil Beam Convolution algorithms (eclipse 8.6) for the calculation and I'mRT MatriXX with Plastic Water® phantom MULTICube for dose measurements. The gamma indices of the calculations and the measurements for the EDWs were 84.84% and 86.54% in 2%/2 mm tolerance, and 99.47% and 99.64% in 3%/3 mm tolerance for wedge angles of 15°, 30°, 45° and 60°, respectively. The dose distributions differed between the calculations using the system and the measurements in the penumbra and the outer beam regions of the wedge fields. We confirmed that the dosimetric verifications of the EDW were acceptable when using the criterion for external beam dose calculations of Task Group 53.

  13. Improve the transconductance of a graphene field-effect transistor by folding graphene into a wedge

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    Cao, Guiming; Liu, Weihua; Cao, Meng; Li, Xin; Zhang, Anping; Wang, Xiaoli; Chen, Bangdao

    2016-07-01

    The transport property of a graphene wedge channel is studied theoretically and its leakage current through field emission is estimated when considering the effect of the internal electric field. The transconductance of the graphene transistor is improved from 0.016 to 0.321 μS μm‑1 when the graphene is folded into a wedge (with angle of wedge π/6 and radius curvature 2.7 nm at the tip), while the wedge height is much smaller than the space between the top-gate and the channel. The improved transconductance is due to the locally enhanced electric field, which results in a potential well and causes electron accumulation at the wedge tip. The leakage current through field emission J FE shows a super-linear increase with the channel conductive current J DS, where overall the electron supply for the field emission at the wedge tip is improved by the channel bias voltage V DS.

  14. Field observation of low-to-mid-frequency acoustic propagation characteristics of an estuarine salt wedge.

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    Reeder, D Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    The estuarine environment often hosts a salt wedge, the stratification of which is a function of the tide's range and speed of advance, river discharge volumetric flow rate, and river mouth morphology. Competing effects of temperature and salinity on sound speed in this stratified environment control the degree of acoustic refraction occurring along an acoustic path. A field experiment was carried out in the Columbia River Estuary to test the hypothesis: the estuarine salt wedge is acoustically observable in terms of low-to-mid-frequency acoustic propagation. Linear frequency-modulated acoustic signals in the 500-2000 Hz band were transmitted during the advance and retreat of the salt wedge during May 27-29, 2013. Results demonstrate that the salt wedge front is the dominant physical mechanism controlling acoustic propagation in this environment: received signal energy is relatively stable before and after the passage of the salt wedge front when the acoustic path consists of a single medium (either entirely fresh water or entirely salt water), and suffers a 10-15 dB loss and increased variability during salt wedge front passage. Physical parameters and acoustic propagation modeling corroborate and inform the acoustic observations. PMID:26827001

  15. Three-dimensional vertebral wedging in mild and moderate adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Vertebral wedging is associated with spinal deformity progression in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Reporting frontal and sagittal wedging separately could be misleading since these are projected values of a single three-dimensional deformation of the vertebral body. The objectives of this study were to determine if three-dimensional vertebral body wedging is present in mild scoliosis and if there are a preferential vertebral level, position and plane of deformation with increasing scoliotic severity. METHODOLOGY: Twenty-seven adolescent idiopathic scoliotic girls with mild to moderate Cobb angles (10° to 50° participated in this study. All subjects had at least one set of bi-planar radiographs taken with the EOS® X-ray imaging system prior to any treatment. Subjects were divided into two groups, separating the mild (under 20° from the moderate (20° and over spinal scoliotic deformities. Wedging was calculated in three different geometric planes with respect to the smallest edge of the vertebral body. RESULTS: Factorial analyses of variance revealed a main effect for the scoliosis severity but no main effect of vertebral Levels (apex and each of the three vertebrae above and below it (F = 1.78, p = 0.101. Main effects of vertebral Positions (apex and above or below it (F = 4.20, p = 0.015 and wedging Planes (F = 34.36, p<0.001 were also noted. Post-hoc analysis demonstrated a greater wedging in the inferior group of vertebrae (3.6° than the superior group (2.9°, p = 0.019 and a significantly greater wedging (p≤0.03 along the sagittal plane (4.3°. CONCLUSIONS: Vertebral wedging was present in mild scoliosis and increased as the scoliosis progressed. The greater wedging of the inferior group of vertebrae could be important in estimating the most distal vertebral segment to be restrained by bracing or to be fused in surgery. Largest vertebral body wedging values obtained in the sagittal plane support

  16. Climate adaptation wedges: a case study of premium wine in the western United States

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    Design and implementation of effective climate change adaptation activities requires quantitative assessment of the impacts that are likely to occur without adaptation, as well as the fraction of impact that can be avoided through each activity. Here we present a quantitative framework inspired by the greenhouse gas stabilization wedges of Pacala and Socolow. In our proposed framework, the damage avoided by each adaptation activity creates an 'adaptation wedge' relative to the loss that would occur without that adaptation activity. We use premium winegrape suitability in the western United States as an illustrative case study, focusing on the near-term period that covers the years 2000-39. We find that the projected warming over this period results in the loss of suitable winegrape area throughout much of California, including most counties in the high-value North Coast and Central Coast regions. However, in quantifying adaptation wedges for individual high-value counties, we find that a large adaptation wedge can be captured by increasing the severe heat tolerance, including elimination of the 50% loss projected by the end of the 2030-9 period in the North Coast region, and reduction of the projected loss in the Central Coast region from 30% to less than 15%. Increased severe heat tolerance can capture an even larger adaptation wedge in the Pacific Northwest, including conversion of a projected loss of more than 30% in the Columbia Valley region of Washington to a projected gain of more than 150%. We also find that warming projected over the near-term decades has the potential to alter the quality of winegrapes produced in the western US, and we discuss potential actions that could create adaptation wedges given these potential changes in quality. While the present effort represents an initial exploration of one aspect of one industry, the climate adaptation wedge framework could be used to quantitatively evaluate the opportunities and limits of climate adaptation

  17. Wedge-shaped enhancement on delayed CT scan during vasopressin infusion in rats

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    Ishii, Hirofumi; Saitoh, Tadashi; Ishikawa, Isao [Kanazawa Medical Univ., Uchinada, Ishikawa (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    The rats were divided into three groups: the first being a control group that received a dose of 0.9% saline solution (0.1 ml/Kg/min), the second, a low dose AVP group (25 mU/Kg/min), and the third, a high dose AVP group (50 mU/Kg/min). The contrast medium was injected thirty minutes after the saline solution or AVP were infused. More than thirty minutes after the saline solution or AVP were infused, a delayed CT scan was performed to determine if a wedge-shaped renal enhancement existed. Also, a dynamic CT scan was performed to obtain the cortico-medullary junction time (CMJT). Sequential changes about blood pressure, renal blood flow, and AVP blood concentration were also measured. In the low dose AVP group, the CMJT was significantly longer, than the control group. However, the delayed CT scan revealed no wedge-shaped renal enhancement. In the high dose AVP group, bilateral multiple wedge-shaped renal enhancements were observed in 16 out of 20 rats. The CMJT of this wedge-shaped enhanced area was significantly longer than that of non wedge-shaped enhanced area. Compared to the control group, the high dose AVP group`s blood pressure was found to be significantly higher, with renal blood flow being significantly lower. Also, this group`s renal vascular resistance was increased, and its AVP blood concentration was found to be 82.2 times higher than that of the control group. Since the CMJT is inversely correlated to the glomerular filtration rate, we believe that the glomerular filtration rate of the wedge-shaped enhanced area was lower than that of the non wedge-shaped enhanced area, due to the AVP`s vasoconstrictive effect. (K.H.)

  18. Enhanced dynamic wedge and independent monitor unit verification

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    Full text: Some serious radiation accidents have occurred around the world during the delivery of radiotherapy treatment. The regrettable incident in Panama clearly indicated the need for independent monitor unit (MU) verification. Indeed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after investigating the incident, made specific recommendations for radiotherapy centres which included an independent monitor unit check for all treatments. Independent monitor unit verification is practiced in many radiotherapy centres in developed countries around the world. It is mandatory in USA but not yet in Australia. The enhanced dynamic wedge factor (EDWF) presents some significant problems in accurate MU calculation, particularly in the case of non centre of field position (COF). This paper describes development of an independent MU program, concentrating on the implementation of the EDW component. The difficult case of non COF points under the EDW was studied in detail. A survey of Australasian centres regarding the use of independent MU check systems was conducted. The MUCalculator was developed with reference to MU calculations made by Pinnacle 3D RTP system (Philips) for 4MV, 6MV and 18MV X-ray beams from Varian machines used at the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital (NMMH) in the clinical environment. Ionisation chamber measurements in solid waterTM and liquid water were performed based on a published test data set. Published algorithms combined with a depth dependent profile correction were applied in an attempt to match measured data with maximum accuracy. The survey results are presented. Substantial data is presented in tabular form and extensive comparison with published data. Several different methods for calculating EDWF are examined. A small systematic error was detected in the Gibbon equation used for the EDW calculations. Generally, calculations were within +2% of measured values, although some setups exceeded this variation. Results indicate that COF

  19. A sloped seat wedge can change the kinematics of the lumbar spine of seated workers with limited hip flexion.

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    Kim, Ji-Won; Kang, Min-Hyeok; Noh, Kyung-Hee; Kim, Jun-Seok; Oh, Jae-Seop

    2014-08-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to determine whether a wedge type seat decreases the lumbar flexion angle of seated workers with limited hip flexion. [Subjects] Twelve sedentary workers with limited hip flexion were recruited. [Methods] Three seat surfaces were used: a level surface, a forward-inclining wedge, and a backward-reclining wedge. The angles of lumbar flexion and pelvic tilt were measured using a three-dimensional motion analysis system. Differences in kinematic data of the subjects seated on the three seat surfaces were analyzed using repeated one-way analysis of variance. [Results] The degree of lumbar flexion decreased significantly when using the forward-inclining wedge compared with the level surface and backward-reclining wedge. [Conclusion] These findings suggest that sitting on a forward-inclining wedge may be useful for minimizing the compensatory lumbar flexion of individuals with limited hip flexion who work in a seated position. PMID:25202175

  20. The dependency of wedge factors on field size and depth in megavoltage beams

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    Avadhani, J.S. [Dept. of Medical Physics, Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay (India); Pradhan, A.S. [Radiologocal Physics Div., Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay (India); Sankar, A. [Dept. of Medical Physics, Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay (India); Viswanathan, P.S. [Dept. of Medical Physics, Tata Memorial Hospital, Bombay (India)

    1996-11-01

    Aim: To investigate the variation of wedge factors on field size, depth on 2 types of telecobalt units and 3 types of medical linear accelerators and to make a simplified approach for day to day calculation procedure. Materials and Methods: A 0.125 cm{sup 3} ion chamber was used to determine the wedge factors which is connected to the computer controlled radiation field analyser. The wedge factors were determined for field sizes varying from 5x5 cm to the maximum square field size available for each wedge angles and at multiple depths upto 25 cm of respective teletherapy units. The results obtained are fitted to a second degree polynomial function. Results: There is no significant variation of wedge factor on field size for all the 3 linear accelerators. The wedge factors are found to vary mainly at larger depths and wedge angles. The variation of wedge factors for 2 types of cobalt units were similar and increase of 3%, 4% and 5.5% is observed for wedge angles 30 , 45 and 60 respectively with respect of depth of maximum build-up. The trend was similar for linear accelerators with maximum increase in wedge factor up to 7.5% for 60 wedge angle at 25 cm depth for 6 MV photon beams. Discussion and Conclusions: The determination of wedge factors at various field sizes and depths is essential to ensure accurate dose delivery. With experimental wedge data fitted with second degree polynomial function is a simplified and alternative method which can be adopted for routine dosimetric calculations. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Untersuchung der Variation von Keilfilterfaktoren in Abhaengigkeit von Feldgroesse und Dosierungstiefe bei zwei unterschiedlichen Telekobaltgeraeten und drei unterschiedlichen Linearbeschleunigern, um ein einfaches Naeherungsverfahren fuer taegliche Routineberechnungen zu erhalten. Material und Methode: Die Keilfilterfaktoren wurden mit einem computergesteuerten Messsystem mit einer 0,125-cm{sup 3}-Ionisationskammer bestimmt fuer Feldgroessen, beginnend

  1. A Sloped Seat Wedge Can Change the Kinematics of the Lumbar Spine of Seated Workers with Limited Hip Flexion

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    Kim, Ji-Won; Kang, Min-Hyeok; Noh, Kyung-Hee; Kim, Jun-Seok; Oh, Jae-Seop

    2014-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to determine whether a wedge type seat decreases the lumbar flexion angle of seated workers with limited hip flexion. [Subjects] Twelve sedentary workers with limited hip flexion were recruited. [Methods] Three seat surfaces were used: a level surface, a forward-inclining wedge, and a backward-reclining wedge. The angles of lumbar flexion and pelvic tilt were measured using a three-dimensional motion analysis system. Differences in kinematic data of the...

  2. Investigation of turbulent wedges generated by different single surface roughness elements

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    Traphan, Dominik; Meinlschmidt, Peter; Lutz, Otto; Peinke, Joachim; Gülker, Gerd

    2013-11-01

    It is known that small faults on rotor blades of wind turbines can cause significant power loss. In order to better understand the governing physical effects, in this experimental study, the formation of a turbulent wedge over a flat plate induced by single surface roughness elements is under investigation. The experiments are performed at different ambient pressure gradients, thus allowing conclusions about the formation of a turbulent wedge over an airfoil. With respect to typical initial faults on operating airfoils, the roughness elements are modified in both size and shape (raised or recessed). None intrusive experimental methods, such as stereoscopic PIV and LDA, enable investigations based on temporally and spatially highly resolved velocity measurements. In this way, a spectral analysis of the turbulent boundary layer is performed and differences in coherent structures within the wedge are identified. These findings are correlated with global measurements of the wedge carried out by infrared thermography. This correlation aims to enable distinguishing the cause and main properties of a turbulent wedge by the easy applicable method of infrared thermography, which is of practical relevance in the field of condition monitoring of wind turbines.

  3. Analysis of bonded anisotropic wedges with interface crack under anti-plane shear loading

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    M.GHADIRI; A.R.SHAHANI

    2014-01-01

    The antiplane stress analysis of two anisotropic finite wedges with arbitrary radii and apex angles that are bonded together along a common edge is investigated. The wedge radial boundaries can be subjected to displacement-displacement boundary condi-tions, and the circular boundary of the wedge is free from any traction. The new finite complex transforms are employed to solve the problem. These finite complex transforms have complex analogies to both kinds of standard finite Mellin transforms. The traction free condition on the crack faces is expressed as a singular integral equation by using the exact analytical method. The explicit terms for the strength of singularity are extracted, showing the dependence of the order of the stress singularity on the wedge angle, material constants, and boundary conditions. A numerical method is used for solving the resul-tant singular integral equations. The displacement boundary condition may be a general term of the Taylor series expansion for the displacement prescribed on the radial edge of the wedge. Thus, the analysis of every kind of displacement boundary conditions can be obtained by the achieved results from the foregoing general displacement boundary condition. The obtained stress intensity factors (SIFs) at the crack tips are plotted and compared with those obtained by the finite element analysis (FEA).

  4. Effect of shockwave curvature on run distance observed with a modified wedge test

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    Lee, Richard; Dorgan, Robert J.; Sutherland, Gerrit; Benedetta, Ashley; Milby, Christopher

    2012-03-01

    The effect of wave curvature on shock initiation in PBXN-110 was investigated using a modified wedge test configuration. Various widths of PBXN-110 donor slabs were used to define the shockwave curvature introduced to wedge samples of the same explosive. The donor slabs were initiated with line-wave generators so that the shock from the donor would be the same shape, magnitude and duration across the entire input surface of the wedge. The shock parameters were varied for a given donor with PMMA spacers placed between the donor and the wedge sample. A high-speed electronic framing camera was used to observe where initiation occurred along the face of the wedge. Initiation always occurred at the center of the shock front instead of along the sides like that reported by others using a much smaller test format. Results were compared to CTH calculations to indicate if there were effects associated with highly curved shock fronts that could not be adequately predicted. The run distance predicted in CTH for a 50.8 mm wide donor slab (low curvature) compared favorably with experimental results. However, results from thinner donor slabs (higher curvature) indicate a more sensitive behavior than the simulations predicted.

  5. Characterizing and configuring motorized wedge for a new generation telecobalt machine in a treatment planning system

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    Kinhikar Rajesh

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A new generation telecobalt unit, Theratron Equinox-80, (MDS Nordion, Canada has been evaluated. It is equipped with a single 60-degree motorized wedge (MW, four universal wedges (UW for 150, 300, 450 and 600. MW was configured in Eclipse (Varian, Palo Alto, USA 3D treatment planning system (TPS. The profiles and central axis depth doses (CADD were measured with radiation field analyzer blue water phantom for MW. These profiles and CADD for MW were compared with UW in a homogeneous phantom generated in Eclipse for various field sizes. The absolute dose was measured for a field size of 10 x 10 cm2 only in a MEDTEC water phantom at 10 cm depth with a 0.13 cc thimble ion chamber (Scanditronix Wellhofer, Uppsala, Sweden and a NE electrometer (Nuclear Enterprises, UK. Measured dose with ion chamber was compared with the TPS predicted dose. MW angle was verified on the Equinox for four angles (15o, 30o, 45o and 60o. The variation in measured and calculated dose at 10 cm depth was within 2%. The measured and the calculated wedge angles were in well agreement within 2o. The motorized wedges were successfully configured in Eclipse for four wedge angles.

  6. Measurement of displacement using phase shifted wedge plate lateral shearing interferometry

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    Disawal, Reena; Prakash, Shashi

    2016-03-01

    In present communication, a simple technique for measurement of displacement using phase shifted wedge plate lateral shearing interferometry is described. The light beam from laser is expanded and illuminates a wedge plate of relatively large angle. Light transmitted through the wedge plate is converged onto a reflecting specimen using a focusing lens. Back-reflected wavefront from the specimen is incident on the wedge plate. Because of the tilt and shear of the wavefront reflected from the wedge plate, typical straight line fringes appear. These fringes are superimposed onto a sinusoidal grating forming a moiré pattern. The orientation of the moiré fringes is a function of specimen displacement. Four step phase shifting test procedure has been incorporated by translating the grating in phase steps of π/2. Necessary mathematical formulation to establish correlation between the 'difference phase' and the displacement of the specimen surface is undertaken. The technique is automatic and provides resolution and expanded uncertainty of 1 μm and 0.246 μm, respectively. Detailed uncertainty analysis is also reported.

  7. Quantitative comparisons of analogue models of brittle wedge dynamics

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    Schreurs, Guido

    2010-05-01

    Analogue model experiments are widely used to gain insights into the evolution of geological structures. In this study, we present a direct comparison of experimental results of 14 analogue modelling laboratories using prescribed set-ups. A quantitative analysis of the results will document the variability among models and will allow an appraisal of reproducibility and limits of interpretation. This has direct implications for comparisons between structures in analogue models and natural field examples. All laboratories used the same frictional analogue materials (quartz and corundum sand) and prescribed model-building techniques (sieving and levelling). Although each laboratory used its own experimental apparatus, the same type of self-adhesive foil was used to cover the base and all the walls of the experimental apparatus in order to guarantee identical boundary conditions (i.e. identical shear stresses at the base and walls). Three experimental set-ups using only brittle frictional materials were examined. In each of the three set-ups the model was shortened by a vertical wall, which moved with respect to the fixed base and the three remaining sidewalls. The minimum width of the model (dimension parallel to mobile wall) was also prescribed. In the first experimental set-up, a quartz sand wedge with a surface slope of ˜20° was pushed by a mobile wall. All models conformed to the critical taper theory, maintained a stable surface slope and did not show internal deformation. In the next two experimental set-ups, a horizontal sand pack consisting of alternating quartz sand and corundum sand layers was shortened from one side by the mobile wall. In one of the set-ups a thin rigid sheet covered part of the model base and was attached to the mobile wall (i.e. a basal velocity discontinuity distant from the mobile wall). In the other set-up a basal rigid sheet was absent and the basal velocity discontinuity was located at the mobile wall. In both types of experiments

  8. Achieving Hard X-ray Nanofocusing Using a Wedged Multilayer Laue Lens

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    Huang, Xiaojing [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Conley, Raymond [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bouet, Nathalie [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Zhou, Juan [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Macrander, Albert [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Maser, Jorg [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Yan, Hanfei [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Nazaretski, Evgeny [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Lauer, Kenneth [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Harder, Ross [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Robinson, Ian K. [Univ. College London, Bloomsbury (United Kingdom); Research Complex at Harwell, Oxfordshire (United Kingdom); Kalbfleisch, Sebastian [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Chu, Yong S. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2015-05-04

    Here, we report on the fabrication and the characterization of a wedged multilayer Laue lens for x-ray nanofocusing. The lens was fabricated using a sputtering deposition technique, in which a specially designed mask was employed to introduce a thickness gradient in the lateral direction of the multilayer. X-ray characterization shows an efficiency of 27% and a focus size of 26 nm at 14.6 keV, in a good agreement with theoretical calculations. Our results indicate that the desired wedging is achieved in the fabricated structure. Furthermore, we anticipate that continuous development on wedged MLLs will advance x-ray nanofocusing optics to new frontiers and enrich capabilities and opportunities for hard X-ray microscopy.

  9. Wedge energy bands of monolayer black phosphorus: a first-principles study.

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    Park, Minwoo; Bae, Hyeonhu; Lee, Seunghan; Yang, Li; Lee, Hoonkyung

    2016-08-01

    On the basis of first-principles calculations, we present intriguing electronic properties of halogen-striped functionalized monolayer black phosphorus. The halogen-striped monolayer black phosphorus is found to have a wedge energy band with the energy-momentum relation of [Formula: see text] when the stripe-stripe distance is smaller than ~40 Å. Our tight-binding study shows that the wedge energy band occurs when 2-atom basis 1D lattices are periodically repeated aligned with each other in a 2D lattice. We also discuss the possible applications of this wedge energy band in electron supercollimation with high mobility or severely anisotropic electronic transport, which can be used for the development of optics-like nano-electronics. PMID:27299467

  10. A fully integrated high-Q Whispering-Gallery Wedge Resonator

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    Ramiro-Manzano, F; Pavesi, L; Pucker, G; Ghulinyan, M

    2012-01-01

    Microresonator devices which posses ultra-high quality factors are essential for fundamental investigations and applications. Microsphere and microtoroid resonators support remarkably high Q's at optical frequencies, while planarity constrains preclude their integration into functional lightwave circuits. Conventional semiconductor processing can also be used to realize ultra-high-Q's with planar wedge-resonators. Still, their full integration with side-coupled dielectric waveguides remains an issue. Here we show the full monolithic integration of a wedge-resonator/waveguide vertically-coupled system on a silicon chip. In this approach the cavity and the waveguide lay in different planes. This permits to realize the shallow-angle wedge while the waveguide remains intact, allowing therefore to engineer a coupling of arbitrary strength between these two. The precise size-control and the robustness against post-processing operation due to its monolithic integration makes this system a prominent platform for indu...

  11. Numerical Simulation and Experimental Validation of an Integrated Sleeve-Wedge Anchorage for CFRP Rods

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    Schmidt, Jacob Wittrup; Smith, Scott T.; Täljsten, Björn; Bennitz, Anders; Goltermann, Per; Pedersen, Henning

    2011-01-01

    The tensioning of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) rods for prestressed concrete applications or post-tensioning repair and strengthening has met with mixed success. This is primarily due to limitations inherent in the use of traditional wedge anchors typically used for steel tendons....... Recently, an integrated sleeve-wedge anchorage has been successfully developed specifically for CFRP rods. This paper in turn presents a numerical simulation of the newly developed anchorage using ABAQUS. The three-dimensional finite element (FE) model, which considers material non-linearity, uses...... hexagonal elements for the barrel and CFRP rod and tetrahedral elements for the integrated sleeve-wedge. The simulated barrel surface strains are shown to compare well with optically measured strains, however, the numerical results are shown to be sensitive to the mechanical properties of the anchorage and...

  12. Wedge energy bands of monolayer black phosphorus: a first-principles study

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    Park, Minwoo; Bae, Hyeonhu; Lee, Seunghan; Yang, Li; Lee, Hoonkyung

    2016-08-01

    On the basis of first-principles calculations, we present intriguing electronic properties of halogen-striped functionalized monolayer black phosphorus. The halogen-striped monolayer black phosphorus is found to have a wedge energy band with the energy-momentum relation of E\\propto {{p}y} when the stripe–stripe distance is smaller than ~40 Å. Our tight-binding study shows that the wedge energy band occurs when 2-atom basis 1D lattices are periodically repeated aligned with each other in a 2D lattice. We also discuss the possible applications of this wedge energy band in electron supercollimation with high mobility or severely anisotropic electronic transport, which can be used for the development of optics-like nano-electronics.

  13. Frequency stabilization of a laser diode by means of an optical wedge etalon

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    A novel laser diode (LD) wavelength stabilization system based on an optical wedge interferometer is presented. The proposed system uses an interference pattern from an external wedge etalon to detect frequency changes via a differential photodetector. Based on the etalon photodetector output signal, the feedback electronic circuit controls the LD current so as to obtain the LD wavelength as close as possible to the value set as a reference. Theoretical basis, design of the prototype system and metrological feasibilities of the device are presented. The absence of wavelength modulation during frequency stabilization, simplicity and low cost are the main advantages of the proposed technique. (paper)

  14. Discuss on Application of Rotating Wedge%旋转斜楔应用浅析

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    黄晓伟; 闫魏鑫

    2012-01-01

    A kind of new structure which is lying the standard wedge on the PAD was introduced,by which we can find a reliably,low-cost and short-design cycle solution to the complicated wedge.Take a die as an example,the problems catching attentions were analyzed.%通过1副整体侧围外板第三工序模具,介绍了一种旋转斜楔机构在模具中的应用,并分析此类旋转斜楔机构设计时遇到的问题。

  15. First isolation of Tenacibaculum maritimum from wedge sole, Dicologoglossa cuneata (Moreau).

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    López, J R; Núñez, S; Magariños, B; Castro, N; Navas, J I; de la Herran, R; Toranzo, A E

    2009-07-01

    The first isolation of Tenacibaculum maritimum from wedge sole, Dicologoglossa cuneata, is reported. The pathogen was recovered from ulcers of cultured fish, from three different outbreaks. The six isolates obtained were biochemically and serologically characterized and diagnosis was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction using specific primers and partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The isolates constituted a homogeneous phenotypic group; however, they belong to two of the different serotypes described within this species. A virulence evaluation of the isolates using Wedge sole fry was also performed. PMID:19486238

  16. Reconstruction of Bulk Operators within the Entanglement Wedge in Gauge-Gravity Duality.

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    Dong, Xi; Harlow, Daniel; Wall, Aron C

    2016-07-01

    In this Letter we prove a simple theorem in quantum information theory, which implies that bulk operators in the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence can be reconstructed as CFT operators in a spatial subregion A, provided that they lie in its entanglement wedge. This is an improvement on existing reconstruction methods, which have at most succeeded in the smaller causal wedge. The proof is a combination of the recent work of Jafferis, Lewkowycz, Maldacena, and Suh on the quantum relative entropy of a CFT subregion with earlier ideas interpreting the correspondence as a quantum error correcting code. PMID:27447499

  17. Bulk Reconstruction in the Entanglement Wedge in AdS/CFT

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    Dong, Xi; Wall, Aron C

    2016-01-01

    In this note we prove a simple theorem in quantum information theory, which implies that bulk operators in the Anti-de Sitter / Conformal Field Theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence can be reconstructed as CFT operators in a spatial subregion $A$, provided that they lie in its entanglement wedge. This is an improvement on existing reconstruction methods, which have at most succeeded in the smaller causal wedge. The proof is a combination of the recent work of Jafferis, Lewkowycz, Maldacena, and Suh on the quantum relative entropy of a CFT subregion with earlier ideas interpreting the correspondence as a quantum error correcting code.

  18. $SLE(\\kappa,\\rho)$ processes, hiding exponents and self-avoiding walks in a wedge

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    Deutscher, Nathan; Batchelor, Murray T.

    2007-01-01

    This article employs Schramm-Loewner Evolution to obtain intersection exponents for several chordal $SLE_{8/3}$ curves in a wedge. As $SLE_{8/3}$ is believed to describe the continuum limit of self-avoiding walks, these exponents correspond to those obtained by Cardy, Duplantier and Saleur for self-avoiding walks in an arbitrary wedge-shaped geometry using conformal invariance based arguments. Our approach builds on work by Werner, where the restriction property for $SLE(\\kappa,\\rho)$ process...

  19. Global Solutions of Shock Reflection by Wedges for the Nonlinear Wave Equation

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    Xuemei DENG; Wei XIANG

    2011-01-01

    When a plane shock hits a wedge head on,it experiences a reflection-diffraction process and then a self-similar reflected shock moves outward as the original shock moves forward in time.In this paper,shock reflection by large-angle wedges for compressible flow modeled by the nonlinear wave equation is studied and a global theory of existence,stability and regularity is established.Moreover,C0,1 is the optimal regularity for the solutions across the degenerate sonic boundary.

  20. Reconstruction of Bulk Operators within the Entanglement Wedge in Gauge-Gravity Duality

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    Dong, Xi; Harlow, Daniel; Wall, Aron C.

    2016-07-01

    In this Letter we prove a simple theorem in quantum information theory, which implies that bulk operators in the anti-de Sitter/conformal field theory (AdS/CFT) correspondence can be reconstructed as CFT operators in a spatial subregion A , provided that they lie in its entanglement wedge. This is an improvement on existing reconstruction methods, which have at most succeeded in the smaller causal wedge. The proof is a combination of the recent work of Jafferis, Lewkowycz, Maldacena, and Suh on the quantum relative entropy of a CFT subregion with earlier ideas interpreting the correspondence as a quantum error correcting code.

  1. Comparison of infinite and wedge fringe settings in Mach Zehnder interferometer for temperature field measurement

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    Haridas, Divya [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, 673601 (India); P, Vibin Antony; Sajith, V.; Sobhan, C. B. [School of Nano Science and Technology, National Institute of Technology Calicut, Kerala, 673601 (India)

    2014-10-15

    Interferometric method, which utilizes the interference of coherent light beams, is used to determine the temperature distribution in the vicinity of a vertical heater plate. The optical components are arranged so as to obtain wedge fringe and infinite fringe patterns and isotherms obtained in each case were compared. In wedge fringe setting, image processing techniques has been used for obtaining isotherms by digital subtraction of initial parallel fringe pattern from deformed fringe pattern. The experimental results obtained are compared with theoretical correlations. The merits and demerits of the fringe analysis techniques are discussed on the basis of the experimental results.

  2. Evaluation of off-axis wedge correction factor using diode dosimeters for estimation of delivered dose in external radiotherapy

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    Mahmoud Allahverdi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An in vivo dosimetry system, using p-type diode dosimeters, was characterized for clinical applications of treatment machines ranging in megavoltage energies. This paper investigates two different models of diodes for externally wedged beams and explains a new algorithm for the calculation of the target dose at various tissue depths in external radiotherapy. The values of off-axis wedge correction factors were determined at two different positions in the wedged (toward the thick and thin edges and in the non-wedged directions on entrance and exit surfaces of a polystyrene phantom in 60 Co and 6 MV photon beams. Depth transmission was defined on the entrance and exit surfaces to obtain the off-axis wedge correction factor at any depth. As the sensitivity of the diodes depends on physical characteristics [field size, source-skin distance (SSD, thickness, backscatter], correction factors were applied to the diode reading when measuring conditions different from calibration situations . The results indicate that needful correction factors for 60 Co wedged photons are usually larger than those for 6 MV wedged photon beams. In vivo dosimetry performed with the proposed algorithms at externally wedged beams has negligible probable errors (less than 0.5% and is a reliable method for patient dose control.

  3. The effects of various kinds of lateral wedge insoles on performance of individuals with knee joint osteoarthritis

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    Masoud Rafiaee

    2012-01-01

    Conclusion: Using lateral wedge insole is a simple, inexpensive therapy for decreasing pain and improving quality of life; however, most research must be carried out to find the effects of lateral wedge on severity of knee joint OA and aligning TFA.

  4. Widespread Degradation of Ice Wedges on the Arctic Coastal Plain in Northern Alaska in Response to the Recent Warmer Climate

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    Shur, Y.; Jorgenson, M. T.; Pullman, E. R.

    2003-12-01

    The continuous permafrost on the Arctic Coastal Plain in northern Alaska has been considered stable because permafrost temperatures remain low, even with an increase of several degrees during the last decades. Ice wedges, however, are particularly susceptible to degradation because only a very thin layer of permafrost (the transient layer) exists between the ice and the bottom of the active layer. An increase in the active layer during unusually warm periods causes the thawing front to encounter the underlying ice wedges and initiate degradation. Field observations and photogrammetric analysis of 1945, 1979, and 2001 aerial photography indicate that there has been widespread degradation of the ice wedges on the Arctic Coastal Plain west of the Colville Delta over the recent 57-year period, and indications are that most of the degradation occurred during the last two decades. Field sampling at 46 polygonal troughs and their intersections showed that ice wedge degradation has been relatively recent as indicated by newly drowned vegetation. We found thermokarst was widespread on a variety of terrain conditions, but most prevalent on, ice-rich centers of old drained lake basins and alluvial-marine terraces, which have the greatest ice wedge development in the studied landscape. Ice wedges on these terrains typically occupy from 10 to 20 % of the upper permafrost. We attributed the natural degradation to warm weather during the last decades, because disturbance of the ground surface, which could have similar impact on ice wedges, was not evident. While, ice-wedge degradation probably has been periodically occurring at low rates over the preceding centuries, it has greatly accelerated during the last several decades. We identified six stages of ice-wedge degradation and stabilization. They include: (1) the loss of transient layer of upper permafrost above ice wedges, leading to enhanced nutrient availability and vegetative growth; (2) thawing of ice wedges and surface

  5. The effect of shoe design and lateral wedges on knee load and neuromuscular control in healthy subjects during walking

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    Mølgaard, Carsten Møller; Kersting, Uwe G.

    2013-01-01

    The increasing number of patients with developing osteoarthritis is accompanied by a growing scientific interest in non-operative early treatment strategies. It is generally believed that laterally wedged insoles can change the distribution of knee loading. However, the importance of footwear...... three-dimensional gait analysis. Barefoot walking, walking in a running shoe, an Oxford-type leather shoe, and a rocker shoe were analysed. The shoes were tested both with and without a 10-degree full-length laterally wedged insole. Results: There were significant shoe wedge interactions on the first......: Lateral wedging is effective regardless of shoe design. Differences between the three neutral walking conditions underline the importance of footwear choice in individuals. It is safe to apply lateral wedges without jeopardising muscular control during walking regardless of shoe type. Possible effects of...

  6. On the shape of a droplet in a wedge: new insight from electrowetting

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    Baratian, D.; Cavalli, A.; Ende, van den H.T.M.; Mugele, F.

    2015-01-01

    The equilibrium morphology of liquid drops exposed to geometric constraints can be rather complex. Even for simple geometries, analytical solutions are scarce. Here, we investigate the equilibrium shape and position of liquid drops confined in the wedge between two solid surfaces at an angle α. Usin

  7. Real-time line scan extraction from infrared images using the wedge method in industrial environments

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    Usamentiaga, Rubén; Molleda, Julio; García, Daniel F.; Pérez, Luis; Vecino, Guillermo

    2010-10-01

    Infrared imaging is based on the measurement of radiation of an object and its conversion to temperature. A vital parameter of the conversion procedure is emissivity, which defines the capability of a material to absorb and radiate energy. For most applications, emissivity is assumed to be constant. In applications measuring the temperature of objects with high emissivity, this is not problematic, as slight variations in the chosen emissivity value cause only minor changes in the resulting surface temperatures. However, when emissivities are low, as in steel strips, considering emissivity as a constant can lead to significant errors in temperature measurement. To overcome problems generated by variations in emissivity, one solution is to measure temperature where the steel strip forms a wedge, acting as a cavity. In the deepest part of the wedge, emissivity is sufficiently close to one. This work presents a real time image processing system to acquire infrared line scans for steel strips using the wedge method. The proposed system confronts two challenges: extracting infrared line scans in real time from the deepest part of the wedge in rectangular infrared images, and translating pixels from the line scan into real-world units.

  8. A Novel Continuous Extrusion Process to Fabricate Wedge-Shaped Light Guide Plates

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    Wen-Tse Hsiao

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Backlight modules are key components in thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCD. Among the components of a backlight module, the light guide plate (LGP plays the most important role controlling the light projected to the eyes of users. A wedge-shaped LGP, with its asymmetrical structure, is usually fabricated by an injection proces, but the fabrication time of this process is long. This study proposes a continuous extrusion process to fabricate wedge-shaped LGPs. This continuous process has advantages for mass production. Besides a T-die and rollers, this system also has an in situ monitor of the melt-bank that forms during the extrusion process, helping control the plate thickness. Results show that the melt bank has a close relationship with the plate thickness. The temperature of the bottom heater and roller was adjusted to reduce the surface deformation of the wedge-shaped plate. This continuous extrusion system can successfully manufacture wedge-shaped LGPs for mass production.

  9. Geodetic observations of megathrust earthquakes and backarc wedge deformation across the central Andes

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    Weiss, J. R.; Brooks, B. A.; Foster, J. H.; Bevis, M. G.; Echalar, A.; Caccamise, D.; Heck, J. M.

    2014-12-01

    High-precision Global Positioning System (GPS) data offer an opportunity to investigate active orogenic wedges yet surface velocity fields are available for only a few examples worldwide. More observations are needed to link deformation processes across multiple timescales and to better understand strain accumulation and release in active wedge settings. Here we present a new GPS velocity field for the central Andes and the backarc orogenic wedge comprising the southern Subandes of Bolivia (SSA), a region previously thought to be mostly isolated from the plate boundary earthquake cycle. The time span of our observations (2000 to mid-2014) includes two megathrust earthquakes along the Chile trench that affected the SSA. The 2007 Mw 7.7 Tocopilla, Chile earthquake resulted in a regional postseismic decrease in the eastward component of horizontal surface velocities. Preliminary analysis of the deformation field from the April 01 2014 Mw 8.2 Pisagua, Chile earthquake also indicates a postseismic signal extending into the SSA. We create an interseismic velocity field for the SSA by correcting campaign GPS site velocities for the seasonal cycles estimated from continuous GPS site time series. We remove the effects of both megathrust events by estimating coseismic steps and fitting linear and logarithmic functions to the postseismic GPS site motions. The velocity estimates at most locations increase after correcting for the transients. This finding suggests that forces leading to shortening and earthquakes in the backarc wedge are not as temporally consistent as previously considered.

  10. Accretion in the wake of terrane collision: The Neogene accretionary wedge off Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

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    Fruehn, J.; Von Huene, R.; Fisher, M.A.

    1999-01-01

    Subduction accretion and repeated terrane collision shaped the Alaskan convergent margin. The Yakutat Terrane is currently colliding with the continental margin below the central Gulf of Alaska. During the Neogene the terrane's western part was subducted after which a sediment wedge accreted along the northeast Aleutian Trench. This wedge incorporates sediment eroded from the continental margin and marine sediments carried into the subduction zone on the Pacific plate. Prestack depth migration was performed on six seismic reflection lines to resolve the structure within this accretionary wedge and its backstop. The lateral extent of the structures is constrained by high-resolution swath bathymetry and seismic lines collected along strike. Accretionary structure consists of variably sized thrust slices that were deformed against a backstop during frontal accretion and underplating. Toward the northeast the lower slope steepens, the wedge narrows, and the accreted volume decreases notwith-standing a doubling of sediments thickness in the trench. In the northeasternmost transect, near the area where the terrane's trailing edge subducts, no frontal accretion is observed and the slope is eroded. The structures imaged along the seismic lines discussed here most likely result from progressive evolution from erosion to accretion, as the trailing edge of the Yakutat Terrane is subducting.

  11. Wedge Splitting Test on Fracture Behaviour of Fiber Reinforced and Regular High Performance Concretes

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    Hodicky, Kamil; Hulin, Thomas; Schmidt, Jacob Wittrup;

    2013-01-01

    The fracture behaviour of three fiber reinforced and regular High Performance Concretes (HPC) is presented in this paper. Two mixes are based on optimization of HPC whereas the third mix was a commercial mix developed by CONTEC ApS (Denmark). The wedge splitting test setup with 48 cubical specimens...

  12. The influence of physical wedges on penumbra and in-field dose uniformity in ocular proton beams.

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    Baker, Colin; Kacperek, Andrzej

    2016-04-01

    A physical wedge may be partially introduced into a proton beam when treating ocular tumours in order to improve dose conformity to the distal border of the tumour and spare the optic nerve. Two unwanted effects of this are observed: a predictable broadening of the beam penumbra on the wedged side of the field and, less predictably, an increase in dose within the field along a relatively narrow volume beneath the edge (toe) of the wedge, as a result of small-angle proton scatter. Monte Carlo simulations using MCNPX and direct measurements with radiochromic (GAFCHROMIC(®) EBT2) film were performed to quantify these effects for aluminium wedges in a 60 MeV proton beam as a function of wedge angle and position of the wedge relative to the patient. For extreme wedge angles (60° in eye tissue) and large wedge-to-patient distances (70 mm in this context), the 90-10% beam penumbra increased from 1.9 mm to 9.1 mm. In-field dose increases from small-angle proton scatter were found to contribute up to 21% additional dose, persisting along almost the full depth of the spread-out-Bragg peak. Profile broadening and in-field dose enhancement are both minimised by placing the wedge as close as possible to the patient. Use of lower atomic number wedge materials such as PMMA reduce the magnitude of both effects as a result of a reduced mean scattering angle per unit energy loss; however, their larger physical size and greater variation in density are undesirable. PMID:26988936

  13. Modeling 3-D flow in the mantle wedge with complex slab geometries: Comparisons with seismic anisotropy

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    Kincaid, C. R.; MacDougall, J. G.; Druken, K. A.; Fischer, K. M.

    2010-12-01

    Understanding patterns in plate scale mantle flow in subduction zones is key to models of thermal structure, dehydration reactions, volatile distributions and magma generation and transport in convergent margins. Different patterns of flow in the mantle wedge can generate distinct signatures in seismological observables. Observed shear wave fast polarization directions in several subduction zones are inconsistent with predictions of simple 2-D wedge corner flow. Geochemical signatures in a number of subduction zones also indicate 3-D flow and entrainment patterns in the wedge. We report on a series of laboratory experiments on subduction driven flow to characterize spatial and temporal variability in 3-D patterns in flow and shear-induced finite strain. Cases focus on how rollback subduction, along-strike dip changes in subducting plates and evolving gaps or tears in subduction zones control temporal-spatial patterns in 3-D wedge flow. Models utilize a glucose working fluid with a temperature dependent viscosity to represent the upper 2000 km of the mantle. Subducting lithosphere is modeled with two rubber-reinforced continuous belts. Belts pass around trench and upper/lower mantle rollers. The deeper rollers can move laterally to allow for time varying dip angle. Each belt has independent speed control and dip adjustment, allowing for along-strike changes in convergence rate and the evolution of slab gaps. Rollback is modeled using a translation system to produce either uniform and asymmetric lateral trench motion. Neutral density finite strain markers are distributed throughout the fluid and used as proxies for tracking the evolution of anisotropy through space and time in the evolving flow fields. Particle image velocimetry methods are also used to track time varying 3-D velocity fields for directly calculating anisotropy patterns. Results show that complex plate motions (rollback, steepening) and morphologies (gaps) in convergent margins produce flows with

  14. Climate adaptation wedges: a case study of premium wine in the western United States

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    Diffenbaugh, Noah [Stanford University; White, Michael A [Utah State University (USU); Jones, Gregory V [Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR; Ashfaq, Moetasim [ORNL

    2011-01-01

    Design and implementation of effective climate change adaptation activities requires quantitative assessment of the impacts that are likely to occur without adaptation, as well as the fraction of impact that can be avoided through each activity. Here we present a quantitative framework inspired by the greenhouse gas stabilization wedges of Pacala and Socolow. In our proposed framework, the damage avoided by each adaptation activity creates an 'adaptation wedge' relative to the loss that would occur without that adaptation activity. We use premium winegrape suitability in the western United States as an illustrative case study, focusing on the near-term period that covers the years 2000 39. We find that the projected warming over this period results in the loss of suitable winegrape area throughout much of California, including most counties in the high-value North Coast and Central Coast regions. However, in quantifying adaptation wedges for individual high-value counties, we find that a large adaptation wedge can be captured by increasing the severe heat tolerance, including elimination of the 50% loss projected by the end of the 2030 9 period in the North Coast region, and reduction of the projected loss in the Central Coast region from 30% to less than 15%. Increased severe heat tolerance can capture an even larger adaptation wedge in the Pacific Northwest, including conversion of a projected loss of more than 30% in the Columbia Valley region of Washington to a projected gain of more than 150%. We also find that warming projected over the near-term decades has the potential to alter the quality of winegrapes produced in the western US, and we discuss potential actions that could create adaptation wedges given these potential changes in quality. While the present effort represents an initial exploration of one aspect of one industry, the climate adaptation wedge framework could be used to quantitatively evaluate the opportunities and limits of climate

  15. Role of ground ice dynamics and ecological feedbacks in recent ice wedge degradation and stabilization

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    Jorgenson, M. T.; Kanevskiy, M.; Shur, Y.; Moskalenko, N.; Brown, D. R. N.; Wickland, K.; Striegl, R.; Koch, J.

    2015-11-01

    Ground ice is abundant in the upper permafrost throughout the Arctic and fundamentally affects terrain responses to climate warming. Ice wedges, which form near the surface and are the dominant type of massive ice in the Arctic, are particularly vulnerable to warming. Yet processes controlling ice wedge degradation and stabilization are poorly understood. Here we quantified ice wedge volume and degradation rates, compared ground ice characteristics and thermal regimes across a sequence of five degradation and stabilization stages and evaluated biophysical feedbacks controlling permafrost stability near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Mean ice wedge volume in the top 3 m of permafrost was 21%. Imagery from 1949 to 2012 showed thermokarst extent (area of water-filled troughs) was relatively small from 1949 (0.9%) to 1988 (1.5%), abruptly increased by 2004 (6.3%) and increased slightly by 2012 (7.5%). Mean annual surface temperatures varied by 4.9°C among degradation and stabilization stages and by 9.9°C from polygon center to deep lake bottom. Mean thicknesses of the active layer, ice-poor transient layer, ice-rich intermediate layer, thermokarst cave ice, and wedge ice varied substantially among stages. In early stages, thaw settlement caused water to impound in thermokarst troughs, creating positive feedbacks that increased net radiation, soil heat flux, and soil temperatures. Plant growth and organic matter accumulation in the degraded troughs provided negative feedbacks that allowed ground ice to aggrade and heave the surface, thus reducing surface water depth and soil temperatures in later stages. The ground ice dynamics and ecological feedbacks greatly complicate efforts to assess permafrost responses to climate change.

  16. The solar photovoltaics wedge: pathways for growth and potential carbon mitigation in the US

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    The challenge of stabilizing global carbon emissions over the next 50 years has been framed in the context of finding seven 1.0 Gton C/year carbon reduction wedges. Solar photovoltaics (PV) could provide at least one carbon wedge, but will require significant growth in PV manufacturing capacity. The actual amount of installed PV capacity required to reach wedge-level carbon reductions will vary greatly depending on the mix of avoided fuels and the additional emissions from manufacturing PV capacity. In this work, we find that the US could reduce its carbon emissions by 0.25 Gton C/year, equal to the fraction of a global carbon wedge proportional to its current domestic electricity use, by installing 792-811 GW of PV capacity. We evaluate a series of PV growth scenarios and find that wedge-level reductions could be met by increasing PV manufacturing capacity and annual installations by 0.95 GW/year/year each year from 2009 to 2050 or by increasing up to 4 GW/year/year for a period of 4-17 years for early and late growth scenarios. This challenge of increasing PV manufacturing capacity and market demand is significant but not out of line with the recent rapid growth in both the global and US PV industry. We find that the rapid growth in PV manufacturing capacity leads to a short term increase in carbon emissions from the US electric sector. However, this increase is small, contributing less than an additional 0.3% to electric sector emissions for less than 4.5 years, alleviating recent concern regarding carbon emissions from rapid PV growth scenarios.

  17. A smart panel with active damping wedges along the perimeter

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    This paper discusses the practical implementation of decentralized velocity feedback on a thin rectangular panel using sixteen triangularly shaped piezoceramic patch actuators with the base edges uniformly distributed along the perimeter of the panel and accelerometer sensors located at the tips of the actuators. In the first part of the paper, the sensor–actuator open loop frequency response function of one feedback loop is modelled and analysed in order to study the principal stability properties of a single control unit. In particular an elemental model is developed for studying the bending excitation and passive stiffness and inertia effects produced by the triangular piezoceramic actuator and for investigating the resilient effect of the clamping frame that holds the panel. The simulated frequency response function is validated experimentally and contrasted with that obtained from a conventional model of the bending excitation produced by triangularly shaped distributed transducers. In the second part of the paper, the stability and control performance of sixteen decentralized feedback loops are investigated experimentally. Six rectangular panels have been built and equipped with accelerometer sensors and piezoceramic triangular actuators of various geometries such that the effects of the base width, height and base area can be examined

  18. Death with "dignity": the wedge that divides the disability rights movement from the right to die movement.

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    Behuniak, Susan M

    2011-01-01

    Much of the American debate over physician assisted death (PAD) is framed as an ideological split between conservatives and liberals, pro life and pro choice advocates, and those who emphasize morality versus personal autonomy. Less examined, but no less relevant, is a split within the ranks of progressives--one that divides those supporting a right to die in the name of human rights from disability rights activists who invoke human rights to vehemently oppose euthanasia. This paper reviews how "dignity" serves both as a divisive wedge in this debate but also as a value that can span the divide between groups and open the way to productive discourse. Supporters of legalized euthanasia use "dignity" to express their position that some deaths might indeed be accelerated. At the same time, opponents adopt the concept to argue that physician assisted suicide stigmatizes life with a disability. To bridge this divide, the worldviews of two groups, Compassion & Choices and Not Dead Yet, are studied. The analysis concludes that the two organizations are more parallel than contrary--a finding that offers opportunities for dialogue and perhaps even advances in public policy. PMID:22204677

  19. Orthotic Heel Wedges Do Not Alter Hindfoot Kinematics and Achilles Tendon Force During Level and Inclined Walking in Healthy Individuals.

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    Weinert-Aplin, Robert A; Bull, Anthony M J; McGregor, Alison H

    2016-04-01

    Conservative treatments such as in-shoe orthotic heel wedges to treat musculoskeletal injuries are not new. However, weak evidence supporting their use in the management of Achilles tendonitis suggests the mechanism by which these heel wedges works remains poorly understood. It was the aim of this study to test the underlying hypothesis that heel wedges can reduce Achilles tendon load. A musculoskeletal modeling approach was used to quantify changes in lower limb mechanics when walking due to the introduction of 12-mm orthotic heel wedges. Nineteen healthy volunteers walked on an inclinable walkway while optical motion, force plate, and plantar pressure data were recorded. Walking with heel wedges increased ankle dorsiflexion moments and reduced plantar flexion moments; this resulted in increased peak ankle dorsiflexor muscle forces during early stance and reduced tibialis posterior and toe flexor muscle forces during late stance. Heel wedges did not reduce overall Achilles tendon force during any walking condition, but did redistribute load from the medial to lateral triceps surae during inclined walking. These results add to the body of clinical evidence confirming that heel wedges do not reduce Achilles tendon load and our findings provide an explanation as to why this may be the case. PMID:26502456

  20. Wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide with long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area.

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    Gui, Chengcheng; Wang, Jian

    2015-01-01

    We present a novel design of wedge hybrid plasmonic terahertz (THz) waveguide consisting of a silicon (Si) nanowire cylinder above a triangular gold wedge with surrounded high-density polyethylene as cladding. It features long propagation length and ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode confinement. The mode properties of wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide are comprehensively characterized in terms of propagation length (L), normalized mode area (Aeff/A0), figure of merit (FoM), and chromatic dispersion (D). The designed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide enables an ultra-small deep-subwavelength mode area which is more than one-order of magnitude smaller compared to previous rectangular one. When choosing the diameter of Si nanowire cylinder, a smaller diameter (e.g. 10 μm) is preferred to achieve longer L and higher FoM, while a larger diameter (e.g. 60 μm) is favorable to obtain smaller Aeff/A0 and higher FoM. We further study the impacts of possible practical fabrication errors on the mode properties. The simulated results of propagation length and normalized mode area show that the proposed wedge hybrid plasmonic THz waveguide is tolerant to practical fabrication errors in geometry parameters such as misalignment in the horizontal direction, variation of wedge tip angle, and variation of wedge tip curvature radius. PMID:26155782

  1. Implications of Faulting Styles in the Outer Wedge of the Nankai Accretionary Prism, Japan

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    Kington, J. D.; Tobin, H. J.

    2009-12-01

    The Nankai Trough, Japan near Kumano Basin displays a well developed accretionary prism with a major out-of-sequence “megasplay” thrust separating the recently active outer wedge of the prism from the forearc basin deposits. While not in the seismogenic zone, this thrust is thought to play a key role in tsunamigenesis by transferring deeper coseismic slip to the seafloor. Understanding the development of this fault requires a detailed understanding of the kinematics and structure of the outer wedge of the accretionary prism. The outer wedge of the Nankai accretionary prism consists of an in-sequence series of landward-dipping thrusts that record two directions of shortening. Based on 3D reflection seismic, older thrusts and their associated folds strike ~225 degrees, almost exactly perpendicular to plate motion in the area, which has an azimuth of 314 (Zang, et al, 2002). The youngest thrusts, including the megasplay at the rear of the outer wedge, trend 240-245 degrees, subparallel to the margin in the area, which trends roughly 250. This suggests two possibilities: 1) the older thrusts formed during a period of relatively strong coupling with the subducting slab, perhaps due to highly irregular oceanic basement topography which has since been subducted, or 2) the trench margin had been previously indented by a subducted seamount and has since been rebuilding. In addition, two right lateral tear faults with offsets of approximately 1km cut the fold-thrust belt of the outer wedge. These faults cleanly offset the fold hinge of faults striking perpendicular to plate motion and interact with the oldest faults that strike parallel to the margin, implying that their timing is coincident with the change in shortening direction. Therefore, these tear faults may accommodate along-strike changes in the taper angle of the accretionary prism following the subduction of irregular basement topography. Significant normal faulting within the seismically imaged portion of the

  2. Radiocarbon dating of the late pleistocene syngenetic ice-wedges at the Bison sequence, lower Kolyma river

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    Radiocarbon dating of organic microinclusions from syngenetic ice-wedges was made using the method of accelerating mass-spectrometry to determine the time of the ice wedges formation at the Bison sequence in the lower Kolyma river. It was ascertained that the ice was formed at least 33-26 thousand years gas, moreover, the ice vertical growth rate did not exceed 0.8 m per 1 thousand years. Isotopic data obtained confirmed vertical stratification of the ice in wedges so that younger ice is located above ancient ice

  3. Estimating effective wedge factor for enhanced dynamic wedge 2100CD a Varian Clinac; Calculo De factor cuna efectiva para cuna dinamica mejorada de un Clinac 2100CD de Varian

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    Pizarro Trigo, F.; Morillas Ruiz, J.; Nunuz Martinez, L.; Sanchez Jimenez, J.

    2011-07-01

    The purpose of this paper is to compare different methods of calculating the effective factor enhanced dynamic wedge (EDWF) with the values ??obtained in measurements of symmetric and asymmetric fields.

  4. Structural control of the Gagua "Wedge" Zone east of Taiwan Island on the southern Okinawa Trough

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    ZHENG; Yanpeng; LIU; Baohua; WU; Jinlong; LIANG; Ruicai; L

    2005-01-01

    Based on compositive analysis and interpretation of the observed and historical data, the geophysical field characters and structural properties of the Gagua "Wedge" Zone of the sea area east of Taiwan Island and the primary tectonic stress direction and its variabilities of backarc spreading in the southern Okinawa Trough are studied. It is concluded from the study results that the Gagua "Wedge" Zone is structurally consistent with the Gagua ridge and two fault basins on both sides of the Gagua ridge, and adjusts the moving direction and distance of the western Philippine Sea plate to make the northwestward motion of the plate on its east side change to the northward subduction of the plate on its west side so that the primary tectonic stress direction of the Okinawa Trough changed from NW-SE to nearly N-S, which provided the stress source for the Okinawa Trough to enter the second spreading stage.

  5. Laser Oscillator Incorporating a Wedged Polarization Rotator and a Porro Prism as Cavity Mirror

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    Li, Steven

    2011-01-01

    A laser cavity was designed and implemented by using a wedged polarization rotator and a Porro prism in order to reduce the parts count, and to improve the laser reliability. In this invention, a z-cut quartz polarization rotator is used to compensate the wavelength retardance introduced by the Porro prism. The polarization rotator rotates the polarization of the linear polarized beam with a designed angle that is independent of the orientation of the rotator. This unique property was used to combine the retardance compensation and a Risley prism to a single optical component: a wedged polarization rotator. This greatly simplifies the laser alignment procedure and reduces the number of the laser optical components.

  6. Large negative Goos-H(a)nchen shift from a wedge-shaped thin film

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    Jianping Bai; Yaoju Zhang

    2009-01-01

    The analytical expression for the complex amplitude of light reflected from a wedge-shaped thin film is derived.For plane wave incidence,a simple ray tracing approach is used to calculate Goos-H(a)nchen(GH)shifts;and for non-plane wave incidence,for example,a Gaussian beam,the angular spectrum approach of plane wave is used in simulation.The two approaches predict that a wedge-shaped thin film can produce large negative longitudinal GH shifts.Although the reflectivity is small near the condition of resonance,the large negative GH shifts can be more easily detected in comparison with the shift from a plane-paxallel film in vacuum.

  7. On the shape of a droplet in a wedge: new insight from electrowetting.

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    Baratian, D; Cavalli, A; van den Ende, D; Mugele, F

    2015-10-21

    The equilibrium morphology of liquid drops exposed to geometric constraints can be rather complex. Even for simple geometries, analytical solutions are scarce. Here, we investigate the equilibrium shape and position of liquid drops confined in the wedge between two solid surfaces at an angle α. Using electrowetting, we control the contact angle and thereby manipulate the shape and the equilibrium position of aqueous drops in ambient oil. In the absence of contact angle hysteresis and buoyancy, we find that the equilibrium shape is given by a truncated sphere, at a position that is determined by the drop volume and the contact angle. At this position, the net normal force between drop and the surfaces vanishes. The effect of buoyancy gives rise to substantial deviations from this equilibrium configuration which we discuss here as well. We eventually show how the geometric constraint and electrowetting can be used to position droplets inside a wedge in a controlled way, without mechanical actuation. PMID:26186493

  8. A numerical investigation of the prompt oblique detonation wave sustained by a finite-length wedge

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    Liu, Yan; Han, Xudong; Yao, Songbai; Wang, Jianping

    2016-03-01

    The prompt oblique detonation wave (PODW) sustained by a finite-length wedge is investigated by numerical simulation. The numerical results show that it is possible to stabilize a PODW on a finite-length wedge shorter than the induction length of the mixture behind the inert shock by numerically imposing a premature initiation of combustion in the initial flow field. The fully coupled and the partially coupled PODWs are observed in the numerical results. For the fully coupled PODW, the upstream facing transverse waves (UF TW) are swept downstream and consequently a fully coupled PODW can persist. For the partially coupled PODW, the UF TWs propagate upstream and the downstream facing transverse waves are weakened by the expansion wave emanating from the corner. As a result, a partially coupled PODW forms. Further, it is found that the stability of the partially coupled PODW is weak. The configuration of the partially coupled PODW can be altered by local explosions occurring downstream.

  9. Effect of ultrasonic power on wedge bonding strength and interface microstructure

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    WANG Fu-liang; LI Jun-hui; HAN Lei; ZHONG Jue

    2007-01-01

    During the aluminum wire wedge bonding, the ultrasonic power and bonding strength were obtained. Based on those data, the relationship between ultrasonic power and bonding strength was studied. The results show that: 1) ultrasonic power is affected by ultrasonic power ratio and other uncontrolled factors such as asymmetric substrate quality, unstable restriction on the interface between wedge tool and aluminum wire; 2) when ultrasonic power is less than 1.0 W, increasing ultrasonic power leads to increasing bonding strength and decreasing failure bonding; on the contrary, when ultrasonic power is greater than 1.6 W, increasing power leads to decreasing bonding strength and increasing failure bonding; 3) only when ultrasonic power is between 1.0 W and 1.6 W, can stable and high yield bonding be reached. Finally, the microstructure of bonding interface was observed, and a ring-shaped bond pattern is founded in the center and friction scrape besides the ring area.

  10. Generation of vector beams using a double-wedge depolarizer: Non-quantum entanglement

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    Samlan, C. T.; Viswanathan, Nirmal K.

    2016-07-01

    Propagation of horizontally polarized Gaussian beam through a double-wedge depolarizer generates vector beams with spatially varying state of polarization. Jones calculus is used to show that such beams are maximally nonseparable on the basis of even (Gaussian)-odd (Hermite-Gaussian) mode parity and horizontal-vertical polarization state. The maximum nonseparability in the two degrees of freedom of the vector beam at the double wedge depolarizer output is verified experimentally using a modified Sagnac interferometer and linear analyser projected interferograms to measure the concurrence 0.94±0.002 and violation of Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt form of Bell-like inequality 2.704±0.024. The investigation is carried out in the context of the use of vector beams for metrological applications.

  11. Fabrication of customizable wedged multilayer Laue lenses by adding a stress layer

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    Diffractive optics for hard X-rays feature superior properties in terms of resolution and efficiency, if volume diffraction effects are exploited all-over the aperture. For multilayer Laue lenses, preferably a wedged geometry is required to obtain this effect. We present an approach utilizing an additional stress layer to realize the necessary geometrical modifications where each lens can be customized to a selected photon energy independently of the given multilayer deposition. The quality of the deposition of the stress layer is evaluated using a laboratory X-ray microscope prior to its application at synchrotron radiation facilities with a special approach to measure the relative layer tilt at high spatial resolution. - Highlights: • Wedged multilayer Laue lenses were fabricated using an additional stress layer. • Each lens can be customized to any photon energy independently of the multilayer. • The relative layer tilt is measured using laboratory X-ray microscopy

  12. SLE(κ, ρ) processes, hiding exponents and self-avoiding walks in a wedge

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    This paper employs Schramm-Loewner evolution to obtain intersection exponents for several chordal SLE8/3 curves in a wedge. As SLE8/3 is believed to describe the continuum limit of self-avoiding walks, these exponents correspond to those obtained by Cardy, Duplantier and Saleur for self-avoiding walks in an arbitrary wedge-shaped geometry using conformal invariance-based arguments. Our approach builds on work by Werner, where the restriction property for SLE(κ, ρ) processes and an absolute continuity relation allow the calculation of such exponents in the half-plane. Furthermore, the method by which these results are extended is general enough to apply to the new class of hiding exponents introduced by Werner

  13. SLE({kappa}, {rho}) processes, hiding exponents and self-avoiding walks in a wedge

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    Deutscher, Nathan [Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia); Batchelor, Murray T [Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia)

    2008-01-25

    This paper employs Schramm-Loewner evolution to obtain intersection exponents for several chordal SLE{sub 8/3} curves in a wedge. As SLE{sub 8/3} is believed to describe the continuum limit of self-avoiding walks, these exponents correspond to those obtained by Cardy, Duplantier and Saleur for self-avoiding walks in an arbitrary wedge-shaped geometry using conformal invariance-based arguments. Our approach builds on work by Werner, where the restriction property for SLE({kappa}, {rho}) processes and an absolute continuity relation allow the calculation of such exponents in the half-plane. Furthermore, the method by which these results are extended is general enough to apply to the new class of hiding exponents introduced by Werner.

  14. $SLE(\\kappa,\\rho)$ processes, hiding exponents and self-avoiding walks in a wedge

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    Deutscher, Nathan

    2007-01-01

    This article employs Schramm-Loewner Evolution to obtain intersection exponents for several chordal $SLE_{8/3}$ curves in a wedge. As $SLE_{8/3}$ is believed to describe the continuum limit of self-avoiding walks, these exponents correspond to those obtained by Cardy, Duplantier and Saleur for self-avoiding walks in an arbitrary wedge-shaped geometry using conformal invariance based arguments. Our approach builds on work by Werner, where the restriction property for $SLE(\\kappa,\\rho)$ processes and an absolute continuity relation allow the calculation of such exponents in the half-plane. Furthermore, the method by which these results are extended is general enough to apply to the new class of hiding exponents introduced by Werner.

  15. Heat Transfer Analysis of MHD Water Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Flow over a Static/Moving Wedge

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    Waqar A. Khan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The MHD flow and heat transfer from water functionalized CNTs over a static/moving wedge are studied numerically. Thermal conductivity and viscosity of both single and multiple wall carbon nanotubes (CNTs within a base fluid (water of similar volume are investigated to determine the impact of these properties on thermofluid performance. The governing partial differential equations are converted into nonlinear, ordinary, and coupled differential equations and are solved using an implicit finite difference method with quasi-linearization techniques. The effects of volume fraction of CNTs and magnetic and wedge parameters are investigated and presented graphically. The numerical results are compared with the published data and are found to be in good agreement. It is shown that the magnetic field reduces boundary layer thickness and increases skin friction and Nusselt numbers. Due to higher density and thermal conductivity, SWCNTs offer higher skin friction and Nusselt numbers.

  16. Crossflow Instability on a Wedge-Cone at Mach 3.5

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    Beeler, George B.; Wilkinson, Stephen P.; Balakumar, P.; McDaniel, Keith S.

    2012-01-01

    As a follow-on activity to the HyBoLT flight experiment, a six degree half angle wedge-cone model at zero angle of attack has been employed to experimentally and computationally study the boundary layer crossflow instability at Mach 3.5 under low disturbance freestream conditions. Computed meanflow and linear stability analysis results are presented along with corresponding experimental Pitot probe data. Using a model-mounted probe survey apparatus, data acquired to date show a well defined stationary crossflow vortex pattern on the flat wedge surface. This effort paves the way for additional detailed, calibrated flow field measurements of the crossflow instability, both stationary and traveling modes, and transition-to-turbulence under quiet flow conditions as a means of validating existing stability theory and providing a foundation for dynamic flight instrumentation development.

  17. A Single Photon Imaging System Based on Wedge and Strip Anodes

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    MIAO Zhen-Hua; ZHAO Bao-Sheng; ZHANG Xing-Hua; LIU Yong-An

    2008-01-01

    A new prototype of single photon imaging system based on wedge and strip anodes is developed. The prototype can directly measure the intensity and position information for an ultra-weak radiant source which takes on the character of single photons. The image of the ultra-weak radiant source can be reconstructed with a wedge and strip anodes detector and an electronic readout subsystem by photon counting and photon position sensitive detecting in a period of time. With proper evaluation, the prototype reveals a spatial resolution superior to 150μm, a 66-kHz maximal counting rate and a dark-count below 0.67count/cm2s.

  18. Analytic Study of Magnetohydrodynamic Flow and Boundary Layer Control Over a Wedge

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    M. Chandrasekar; S. Baskaran

    2008-01-01

    A genuine variational principle developed by Gyarmati, in the field of thermodynamics of irreversible processes unifying the theoretical requirements of technical, environmental and biological sciences is employed to study the effects of uniform suction and injection on MHD flow adjacent to an isothermal wedge with pressure gradient in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. The velocity distribution inside the boundary layer has been considered as a simple polynomial function and the variational principle is formulated. The Euler-Lagrange equation is reduced to a simple polynomial equation in terms of momentum boundary layer thickness. The velocity profiles, displacement thickness and the coefficient of skin friction are calculated for various values of wedge angle parameter m, magnetic parameter ε and suction/injection parameter H. The present results are compared with known available results and the comparison is found to be satisfactory. The present study establishes high accuracy of results obtained by this variational technique.

  19. Refinement of the wedge bar technique for compression tests at intermediate strain rates

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    Stander M.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A refined development of the wedge-bar technique [1] for compression tests at intermediate strain rates is presented. The concept uses a wedge mechanism to compress small cylindrical specimens at strain rates in the order of 10s−1 to strains of up to 0.3. Co-linear elastic impact principles are used to accelerate the actuation mechanism from rest to test speed in under 300μs while maintaining near uniform strain rates for up to 30 ms, i.e. the transient phase of the test is less than 1% of the total test duration. In particular, a new load frame, load cell and sliding anvil designs are presented and shown to significantly reduce the noise generated during testing. Typical dynamic test results for a selection of metals and polymers are reported and compared with quasistatic and split Hopkinson pressure bar results.

  20. Plasmonic angular momentum on metal-dielectric nano-wedges in a sectorial indefinite metamaterial

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    Jin, Dafei

    2013-01-01

    We present an analytical study to the structure-modulated plasmonic angular momentum trapped on periodic metal-dielectric nano-wedges in the core region of a sectorial indefinite metamaterial. Employing a transfer-matrix calculation and a conformal-mapping technique, our theory is capable of dealing with realistic configurations of arbitrary sector numbers and rounded wedge tips. We demonstrate that in the deep-subwavelength regime strong electric field carrying high azimuthal variation can exist within only ten-nanometer length scale close to the structural center, and is naturally bounded by a characteristic radius of the order of hundred-nanometer away from the center. These extreme confining properties suggest that the structure under investigation may be superior to the conventional metal-dielectric waveguides or cavities in terms of nanoscale photonic manipulation.

  1. A Concise UTD Formulation for the Scattering by a Wedge with Impedance Faces

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    YUAN Fei; ZHU Guo-qiang

    2004-01-01

    A concise formulation of the uniform geometrical theory of diffraction (UTD) solution for the scattering by a wedge with isotropic impedance faces at a plane wave normally incident case is deduced in this paper, which inherits the uniformity of the original result. It overcomes the complexity of the former, expresses clearly physical meanings, and is very prone to calculation with computer. The numerical results agree well with those given by published papers.

  2. Ejections of Magnetic Structures Above a Spherical Wedge Driven by a Convective Dynamo with Differential Rotation

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    Warnecke, Jörn; KÀpylÀ, Petri J.; Mantere, Maarit. J.; Brandenburg, Axel

    2012-01-01

    We combine a convectively driven dynamo in a spherical shell with a nearly isothermal density-stratified cooling layer that mimics some aspects of a stellar corona to study the emergence and ejections of magnetic field structures. This approach is an extension of earlier models, where forced turbulence simulations were employed to generate magnetic fields. A spherical wedge is used which consists of a convection zone and an extended coronal region to a parts per thousand aEuro parts per thous...

  3. Infarction and Laceration of Liver Parenchyma Caused by Wedged CO2 Venography Before TIPS Insertion

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    We describe the fatal outcome of an elective TIPS procedure performed in a 43-year-old man with alcoholic cirrhosis. Wedged hepatic venography with CO2 was the reason for infarction and laceration of liver parenchyma resulting in a subcapsular hematoma and subsequent intra-abdominal bleeding. This is the first report of this complication after the use of CO2 in a cirrhotic patient

  4. Epoch of reionization window. II. Statistical methods for foreground wedge reduction

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    Liu, Adrian; Parsons, Aaron R.; Trott, Cathryn M.

    2014-07-01

    For there to be a successful measurement of the 21 cm epoch of reionization (EoR) power spectrum, it is crucial that strong foreground contaminants be robustly suppressed. These foregrounds come from a variety of sources (such as Galactic synchrotron emission and extragalactic point sources), but almost all share the property of being spectrally smooth and, when viewed through the chromatic response of an interferometer, occupy a signature "wedge" region in cylindrical k⊥k∥ Fourier space. The complement of the foreground wedge is termed the "EoR window" and is expected to be mostly foreground-free, allowing clean measurements of the power spectrum. This paper is a sequel to a previous paper that established a rigorous mathematical framework for describing the foreground wedge and the EoR window. Here, we use our framework to explore statistical methods by which the EoR window can be enlarged, thereby increasing the sensitivity of a power spectrum measurement. We adapt the Feldman-Kaiser-Peacock approximation (commonly used in galaxy surveys) for 21 cm cosmology and also compare the optimal quadratic estimator to simpler estimators that ignore covariances between different Fourier modes. The optimal quadratic estimator is found to suppress foregrounds by an extra factor of ˜105 in power at the peripheries of the EoR window, boosting the detection of the cosmological signal from 12σ to 50σ at the midpoint of reionization in our fiducial models. If numerical issues can be finessed, decorrelation techniques allow the EoR window to be further enlarged, enabling measurements to be made deep within the foreground wedge. These techniques do not assume that foreground is Gaussian distributed, and we additionally prove that a final round of foreground subtraction can be performed after decorrelation in a way that is guaranteed to have no cosmological signal loss.

  5. Evolution of Landau levels in graphene-based topological insulators in the presence of wedge disclinations

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    Oliveira, J R S; Furtado, C; Sergeenkov, S

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we consider modification of electronic properties of graphene-based topological insulator in the presence of wedge disclination and magnetic field by adopting the Kane-Mele model with intrinsic spin-orbit coupling. Using the properly defined Dirac-Weyl equation for this system, an exact solution for the Landau levels is obtained. The influence of the topological defect on the evolution of Landau levels is discussed.

  6. Wedge-Splitting Test – Determination of Minimal Starting Notch Length for Various Cement Based Composites

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Klusák, Jan; Veselý, V.; Řoutil, L.

    452-453, - (2011), s. 81-84. ISSN 1013-9826 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB200410901; GA ČR GA103/08/0963 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : wedge-splitting test, cementitious composites, quasi-brittle fracture, brittle fracture Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics www.scientific.net

  7. 2D Traveling Wave Array Employing a Trapezoidal Dielectric Wedge for Beam Steering

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    Host, Nicholas K.; Chen, Chi-Chih; Volakis, John L.; Miranada, Felix A.

    2014-01-01

    This presentation addresses the progress made so far in the development of an antenna array with reconfigurable transmission line feeds connecting each element in series. In particular, 2D traveling wave array employing trapezoidal Dielectric Wedge for Beam Steering will be discussed. The presentation includes current status of the effort and suggested future work. The work is being done as part of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist's Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF).

  8. The Wedge Splitting Test: Influence of Aggregate Size and Water-to-Cement Ratio

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    Pease, Bradley Justin; Skocek, Jan; Geiker, Mette Rica; Weiss, Jason; Stang, Henrik

    2007-01-01

    Since the development of the wedge splitting test (WST), techniques have been used to extract material properties that can describe the fracture behavior of the tested materials. Inverse analysis approaches are commonly used to estimate the stress-crack width relationship; which is described by the elastic modulus, tensile strength, fracture energy, and the assumed softening behavior. The stress-crack width relation can be implemented in finite element models for computing the cracking behavi...

  9. NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF SPLITTING WITHOUT WASTE BASED ON CROSS-WEDGE ROLLING IN DOUBLE ROLLING MECHANISM

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    Arkadiusz Tofil

    2013-01-01

    The article presents the results of numerical analysis of splitting without waste on the basis of cross wedge rolling in double rolling mechanism. The analysed process concerns rolling the charge of V-shaped groove, and rotary bending causing the split of the material. In the calculations a method of finite elements (FEM) was used. The obtained results allowed detailed analysis of the splitting process in terms of the level of deformation, strains, material breaking, flow kinematics and stren...

  10. Solution of the Falkner-Skan wedge flow by a revised optimal homotopy asymptotic method.

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    Madaki, A G; Abdulhameed, M; Ali, M; Roslan, R

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a revised optimal homotopy asymptotic method (OHAM) is applied to derive an explicit analytical solution of the Falkner-Skan wedge flow problem. The comparisons between the present study with the numerical solutions using (fourth order Runge-Kutta) scheme and with analytical solution using HPM-Padé of order [4/4] and order [13/13] show that the revised form of OHAM is an extremely effective analytical technique. PMID:27186477

  11. Localised wedge shaped defects of the retinal nerve fibre layer in glaucoma.

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    Jonas, J. B.; Schiro, D

    1994-01-01

    Glaucoma can be associated with a diffuse or localised loss of the retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL). This study evaluated the wedge shaped localised RNFL defects. Red free wide angle RNFL photographs of 421 patients with glaucoma and 193 normal subjects were examined. Localised RNFL defects were described for one eye of the normal group and for 20% of the patients with glaucoma. They were usually located in the inferior temporal and superior temporal fundus regions. Within the glaucoma group,...

  12. Reactor building comprising a vessel well anchored in a slab wedged at its periphery

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    This reactor building includes a containment enclosure within which are positioned internal structures composed of a internal structures raft, a vessel well, a bearing slab being placed between the general raft and the internal structures raft, the vessel well being anchored in the bearing slab wedged on its periphery against the bottom part of the containment enclosure skirt, a horizontal slide seal being placed between the bearing slab and the internal structures raft

  13. Simultaneous compression and characterization of ultrashort laser pulses using chirped mirrors and glass wedges

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    Miranda, Miguel; Fordell, Thomas; Arnold, Cord,; L’Huillier, Anne; Crespo, Helder

    2011-01-01

    We present a simple and robust technique to retrieve the phase of ultrashort laser pulses, based on a chirped mirror and glass wedges compressor. It uses the compression system itself as a diagnostic tool, thereby making unnecessary the use of complementary diagnostic tools. We used this technique to compress and characterize 7.1 fs laser pulses from an ultrafast laser oscillator. (C)2011 Optical Society of America

  14. Numerical prediction of parasitic energy dissipation in wedge splitting tests on concrete specimens

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    Veselý, V.; Holušová, Táňa; Seitl, Stanislav

    Praha : Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics AS CR, v.v.i, 2012 - (Náprstek, J.; Fischer, C.), s. 1497-1504 ISBN 978-80-86246-40-6. [Engineering Mechanics 2012 /18./. Svratka (CZ), 14.05.2012-17.05.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/11/1551 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : wedge-splitting test * concrete fracture * specimen proportions * energy dissipation * numerical simulation Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  15. Automatic lumbar vertebra segmentation from clinical CT for wedge compression fracture diagnosis

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    Ghosh, Subarna; Alomari, Raja'S.; Chaudhary, Vipin; Dhillon, Gurmeet

    2011-03-01

    Lumbar vertebral fractures vary greatly in types and causes and usually result from severe trauma or pathological conditions such as osteoporosis. Lumbar wedge compression fractures are amongst the most common ones where the vertebra is severely compressed forming a wedge shape and causing pain and pressure on the nerve roots and the spine. Since vertebral segmentation is the first step in any automated diagnosis task, we present a fully automated method for robustly localizing and segmenting the vertebrae for preparation of vertebral fracture diagnosis. Our segmentation method consists of five main steps towards the CAD(Computer-Aided Diagnosis) system: 1) Localization of the intervertebral discs. 2) Localization of the vertebral skeleton. 3) Segmentation of the individual vertebra. 4) Detection of the vertebrae center line and 5) Detection of the vertebrae major boundary points. Our segmentation results are promising with an average error of 1.5mm (modified Hausdorff distance metric) on 50 clinical CT cases i.e. a total of 250 lumbar vertebrae. We also present promising preliminary results for automatic wedge compression fracture diagnosis on 15 cases, 7 of which have one or more vertebral compression fracture, and obtain an accuracy of 97.33%.

  16. Mode characteristics of silver-coated inverted-wedge silica microdisks

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    Bo, Fang; Wang, XiaoOu; Li, Ying; Gao, Feng; Zhang, GuoQuan; Xu, JingJun

    2015-11-01

    The characteristics of whispering gallery modes (WGM) in silver-coated inverted-wedge silica microdisks are theoretically investigated by using finite element method. Dielectric TE mode always exists in silver-coated inverted-wedge resonators; dielectric TM mode tends to couple with SPP modes; only pure interior surface plasmonic polariton (SPP) mode but not pure exterior SPP mode is observed in contrast to the metal-coated cylindrical and toroidal resonators. The dependence of quality factor of different kinds of WGMs on the radius of the resonator and the thickness of the coated silver layer are systematically analyzed. We find that the quality factors of the hybrid WGMs associated with SPP mode can reach 104. The maximum light intensity enhancement in ambient for a hybrid mode consisting of a dielectric TM mode and an exterior SPP mode can be obtained when a silver film of thickness ~40 nm is deposited. The silver-coated inverted-wedge silica resonators may be widely applied in sensing and surface enhanced Raman scattering.

  17. Fifteen cases clinical analysis of wedge-shaped resection of uterus treating adenomyosis-CONSORT.

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    Shu, ShanRong; Luo, Xin; Wang, ZhiXin; Yao, YuHong

    2016-06-01

    To investigate the improvement of dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia after wedge-shaped resection of uterus. The clinical data of 15 patients who experienced wedge-shaped resection of uterus for adenomyosis were retrospectively analyzed from September 2012 to October 2013. We use the amount of the completed soaked napkins to measure the menstrual blood volume, and the visual analog scale to evaluate the degree of dysmenorrhea. We used the 2 index to evaluate the improvement of dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia after operation. All operations were successful, no serious complication occurred. Before the operation, all 15 patients used more than 25 pieces of completed soaked napkins, after the operation, 13 patients had significantly decreased menstrual flow, the average amount of completed soaked napkins was 3.6. Meanwhile, 2 patients had no menstrual after surgery. Before the operation, among the 10 patients with severe dysmenorrhea, 9 patients had significant relief on pain, they only experienced slight pain after surgery, only 1 patient still experienced moderate pain. Two patients with slight pain had no pain after operation. Among the 3 patients with moderate pain, 2 patients experienced slight pain and 1 patient felt no pain after operation. The wedge-shaped resection of uterus is a safe and effective procedure to significantly reduce menorrhagia and alleviate the extent of dysmenorrhea, which is a promising alternative for patient who suffered from dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia for adenomyosis. PMID:27310956

  18. Computational analysis of asymmetric water entry of wedge and ship section at constant velocity

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    Rahaman, Md. Mashiur; Ullah, Al Habib; Afroz, Laboni; Shabnam, Sharmin; Sarkar, M. A. Rashid

    2016-07-01

    Water impact problems receive much attention due to their short duration and large unsteady component of hydrodynamic loads. The effect of water entry has several important applications in various aspects of the naval field. Significant attention has been given to various water entry phenomena such as ship slamming, planning hulls, high-speed hydrodynamics of seaplanes, surface-piercing propellers and the interaction of high-speed liquid drops with structural elements. Asymmetric water entry may be caused by various natural phenomena such as weather conditions or strong winds. Since the determination of hydrodynamic impact load plays a vital role in designing safe and effcient vessels, an accurate and reliable prediction method is necessary to investigate asymmetric water entry problems. In this paper, water entry of a two-dimensional wedge and ship section at constant velocity in asymmetric condition will be analysed numerically and the effects of asymmetric impact on the velocity and pressure distribution will be discussed. The finite volume method is employed to solve the dynamic motion of the wedge in two-phase flow. During the water entry, the air and water interface is described implicitly by the volume of fluid (VOF) scheme. The numerical code and method was first validated for symmetric condition by one of the present author is applied for asymmetric wedge and ship section. The free surface, velocity and pressure distribution for asymmetric water entry are investigated and visualized with contour plots at different time steps.

  19. The Epoch of Reionization Window: II. Statistical Methods for Foreground Wedge Reduction

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    Liu, Adrian; Trott, Cathryn M

    2014-01-01

    For there to be a successful measurement of the 21 cm Epoch of Reionization (EoR) power spectrum, it is crucial that foreground contaminants be robustly suppressed. These foregrounds come from a variety of sources (such as Galactic synchrotron emission and extragalactic point sources), but almost all share the property of being spectrally smooth. When considered with the chromatic response of an interferometric measurement, spectrally smooth foregrounds contaminate a signature "wedge" region in cylindrical $k_\\perp k_\\parallel$ Fourier space. The complement of the foreground wedge is termed the "EoR window", and is expected to be mostly foreground-free, allowing clean measurements of the power spectrum. This paper is a sequel to a previous paper that established a rigorous mathematical framework for describing the foreground wedge and the EoR window. Here, we explore statistical methods by which the EoR window can be enlarged, thereby increasing power spectrum sensitivity. We adapt the Feldman-Kaiser-Peacock ...

  20. Analysis of Mechanical Energy Transport on Free-Falling Wedge during Water-Entry Phase

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    Wen-Hua Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available For better discussing and understanding the physical phenomena and body-fluid interaction of water-entry problem, here mechanical-energy transport (wedge, fluid, and each other of water-entry model for free falling wedge is studied by numerical method based on free surface capturing method and Cartesian cut cell mesh. In this method, incompressible Euler equations for a variable density fluid are numerically calculated by the finite volume method. Then artificial compressibility method, dual-time stepping technique, and Roe's approximate Riemann solver are applied in the numerical scheme. Furthermore, the projection method of momentum equations and exact Riemann solution are used to calculate the fluid pressure on solid boundary. On this basis, during water-entry phase of the free-falling wedge, macroscopic energy conversion of overall body-fluid system and microscopic energy transformation in fluid field are analyzed and discussed. Finally, based on test cases, many useful conclusions about mechanical energy transport for water entry problem are made and presented.

  1. Pulses of earthquake activity in the mantle wedge track the route of slab fluid ascent

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    White, Lloyd; Rawlinson, Nicholas; Lister, Gordon; Tanner, Dominique; Macpherson, Colin; Morgan, Jason

    2016-04-01

    Earthquakes typically record the brittle failure of part of the Earth at a point in space and time. These almost invariably occur within the crust or where the upper surface of subducting lithosphere interacts with the overriding mantle. However, there are also reports of rare, enigmatic earthquakes beneath rifts, above mantle plumes or very deep in the mantle. Here we report another type of mantle earthquake and present three locations where earthquake clusters occur in the mantle wedge overlying active subduction zones. These earthquake clusters define broadly circular to ellipsoidal columns that are 50 km or greater in diameter from depths between ~150 km and the surface. We interpret these rare pulses of earthquakes as evidence of near vertical transport of fluids (and associated flux-melts) from the subducted lithosphere through the mantle wedge. Detailed temporal analysis shows that most of these earthquakes occur over two-year periods, with the majority of events occurring in discrete month-long flurries of activity. As the time and location of each earthquake is recorded, pulses of seismic activity may provide information about the rate of magma ascent from the dehydrated subducted slab to sub-arc/backarc crust. This work indicates that fluids are not transported through the mantle wedge by diapirism, but through sub-vertical pathways facilitated by fracture networks and dykes on monthly to yearly time scales. These rare features move us toward solving what has until now represented a missing component of the subduction factory.

  2. Segmentation of the Manila subduction system from migrated multichannel seismics and wedge taper analysis

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    Zhu, Junjiang; Sun, Zongxun; Kopp, Heidrun; Qiu, Xuelin; Xu, Huilong; Li, Sanzhong; Zhan, Wenhuan

    2013-12-01

    Based on bathymetric data and multichannel seismic data, the Manila subduction system is divided into three segments, the North Luzon segment, the seamount chain segment and the West Luzon segment starts in Southwest Taiwan and runs as far as Mindoro. The volume variations of the accretionary prism, the forearc slope angle, taper angle variations support the segmentation of the Manila subduction system. The accretionary prism is composed of the outer wedge and the inner wedge separated by the slope break. The backstop structure and a 0.5-1 km thick subduction channel are interpreted in the seismic Line 973 located in the northeastern South China Sea. The clear décollement horizon reveals the oceanic sediment has been subducted beneath the accretionary prism. A number of splay faults occur in the active outer wedge. Taper angles vary from 8.0° ± 1° in the North Luzon segment, 9.9° ± 1° in the seamount segment to 11° ± 1° in the West Luzon segment. Based on variations between the taper angle and orthogonal convergence rates in the world continental margins and comparison between our results and the global compilation, different segments of the Manila subduction system fit well the global pattern. It suggests that subduction accretion dominates the north Luzon and seamount chain segment, but the steep slope indicates in the West Luzon segment and implies that tectonic erosion could dominate the West Luzon segment.

  3. Initiation and propagation laws of the glass cracks in specimens subjected to normal loading under the action of symmetric wedges

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    WAN Zhen-ping; LIU Ya-jun; TANG Yong; YE Bang-yan

    2006-01-01

    With more and more applications of glass in advanced fields of science,the demand for glass machining precision has increased greatly.More and more attention is being paid to glass cutting because precise glass parts with various shapes can be obtained at high efficiency and low cost.To improve the machining precision of part surfaces and to facilitate tool design and cutting parameter selection,the initiation and propagation laws of glass cracks in specimens subjected to normal loading by symmetric wedges were investigated.Research results show that initiation and propagation laws are the same with interior symmetric wedge angles of 30°-120°,while the laws are different with interior symmetric wedge angles equal to or more than ≥150°.The relationship between medial crack length and normal loading was also investigated when specimens were indented by symmetrical wedges with interior angles of 30° -120°.

  4. A multisatellite case study of the expansion of a substorm current wedge in the near-Earth magnetotail

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    This study presents observations made by four spacecraft (AMPTE CCE, AMPTE IRM, GOES 5, and GOES 6) and two ground stations (San Juan and Tucson) during a substorm that occurred at ∼0830 UT on April 19, 1985. The spacecraft were arrayed in a configuration that allows for the examination of the spatial evolution of the substorm current wedge, CCE was located between the GOES spacecraft in longitude, but at a radial distance of 8.0 RE. IRM was located west of the other three spacecraft in the same sector as Tucson, but at a radial distance of 11.6 RE. The relative times at which the signature of the substorm current wedge was first observed at the GOES spacecraft and the ground stations are consistent with a simple longitudinally expanding current wedge. However, the times at which IRM and CCE observed the current wedge are not consistent with a current wedge that expanded only longitudinally, IRM first observed the signature of the current wedge at about the same time the signature was observed by GOES 6 and Tucson, and CCE observed the current wedge only after both GOES satellites and the ground stations had done so. Moreover, both GOES spacecraft observed signatures consistent with entry into the central plasma sheet before CCE and IRM did, even though we estimate that CCE was slightly closer to the neutral sheet than the geosynchronous spacecraft. The sequence of events suggests that during this substorm the disruption of the cross-tail current sheet, the formation of the substorm current wedge, and the expansion of the plasma sheet began in the near-Earth region, and subsequently spread tailward as well as longitudinally

  5. Possibility of titanium transportation within a mantle wedge: formation process of titanoclinohumite in Fujiwara dunite in Sanbagawa belt, Japan

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    Ishimaru, S.; S. Arai

    2012-01-01

    Titinoclinohumite-bearing dunites from Fujiwara, the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt of high-pressure type, Japan, were described to examine the possibility of Ti mobility during metasomatism within the mantle wedge. The Fujiwara dunite body and surrounding high-pressure Sanbagawa schists possibly form a subduction complex, and the dunites are a good analogue to the mantle wedge overlying the slab. The Fujiwara dunites are of deserpentinization origin; the deserpentinized olivine is high in Fo (up...

  6. Possibility of titanium transportation within a mantle wedge: formation process of titanoclinohumite in Fujiwara dunite in Sanbagawa belt, Japan

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    Ishimaru, S.; S. Arai

    2012-01-01

    Titinoclinohumite-bearing dunites from Fujiwara, the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt of high-pressure type, Japan, were described to examine the possibility of Ti mobility during metasomatism within the mantle wedge. The Fujiwara dunite body and surrounding high-pressure Sanbagawa schists possibly form a subduction complex, and the dunites are a good analogue to the mantle wedge overlying the slab. The Fujiwara dunites are of deserpentinization origin; the deserpentinized olivine...

  7. Quantifying the effects of material properties on analog models of critical taper wedges

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    Hofmann, F.; Rosenau, M.; Schreurs, G.; Friedrich, A. M.

    2012-04-01

    Analogue models are inherently handmade and reflect their creator's shaping character. For example, sieving style in combination with grain geometry and distribution have been claimed to influence bulk material properties and the outcome of analogue experiments. Few studies exist that quantify these effects and here we aim at investigating the impact of bulk properties of granular materials on the structural development of convergent brittle wedges in analogue experiments. In a systematic fashion, natural sands as well as glass beads of different grain size and size distribution were sieved by different persons from different heights and the resulting bulk density was measured. A series of analogue experiments in both the push and pull setup were performed. The differences in the outcome of experiments were analyzed based on sidewall pictures and 3D laserscanning of the surface. A new high-resolution approach to measuring surface slope automatically is introduced and applied to the evaluation of images and profiles. This procedure is compared to manual methods of determining surface slope. The effect of sidewall friction was quantified by measuring lateral changes in surface slope. The resulting dataset is used to identify the main differences between pushed and pulled wedge experiments in the light of critical taper theory. The bulk density of granular material was found to be highly dependent on sieve height. Sieve heights of less than 50 cm produced a bulk density that was up to 10% less than the maximum bulk density; an effect equally shown for different people sieving the material. Glass beads were found to produce a more regular structure of in-sequence-thrusts in both, space and time, than sands while displaying less variability. Surface slope was found to be highly transient for pushed wedge experiments, whereas it reached and attained a stable value in pulled experiments. Pushed wedges are inferred to develop into a supercritical state because they exceed

  8. An IBEM solution to the scattering of plane SH-waves by a lined tunnel in elastic wedge space

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    Zhongxian Liu; Lei Liu

    2015-01-01

    The indirect boundary element method (IBEM) is developed to solve the scattering of plane SH-waves by a lined tunnel in elastic wedge space.According to the theory of single-layer potential,the scattered-wave field can be constructed by applying virtual uniform loads on the surface of lined tunnel and the nearby wedge surface.The densities of virtual loads can be solved by establishing equations through the continuity conditions on the interface and zero-traction conditions on free surfaces.The total wave field is obtained by the superposition of free field and scattered-wave field in elastic wedge space.Numerical results indicate that the IBEM can solve the diffraction of elastic wave in elastic wedge space accurately and efficiently.The wave motion feature strongly depends on the wedge angle,the angle of incidence,incident frequency,the location of lined tunnel,and material parameters.The waves interference and amplification effect around the tunnel in wedge space is more significant,causing the dynamic stress concentration factor on rigid tunnel and the displacement amplitude of flexible tunnel up to 50.0 and 17.0,respectively,more than double that of the case of half-space.Hence,considerable attention should be paid to seismic resistant or anti-explosion design of the tunnel built on a slope or hillside.

  9. A comparison of the biomechanical effects of valgus knee braces and lateral wedged insoles in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

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    Jones, Richard K; Nester, Christopher J; Richards, Jim D; Kim, Winston Y; Johnson, David S; Jari, Sanjiv; Laxton, Philip; Tyson, Sarah F

    2013-03-01

    Increases in the external knee adduction moment (EKAM) have been associated with increased mechanical load at the knee and progression of knee osteoarthritis. Valgus knee braces and lateral wedged insoles are common approaches to reducing this loading; however no study has directly compared the biomechanical and clinical effects of these two treatments in patients with medial tibiofemoral osteoarthritis. A cross-over randomised design was used where each intervention was worn by 28 patients for a two week period. Pre- and post-intervention gait kinematic/kinetic data and clinical outcomes were collected to evaluate the biomechanical and clinical effects on the knee joint. The valgus knee brace and the lateral wedged insole significantly increased walking speed, reduced the early stance EKAM by 7% and 12%, and the knee adduction angular impulse by 8.6 and 16.1% respectively. The lateral wedged insole significantly reduced the early stance EKAM compared to the valgus knee brace (p=0.001). The valgus knee brace significantly reduced the knee varus angle compared to the baseline and lateral wedged insole. Improvements in pain and function subscales were comparable for the valgus knee brace and lateral wedged insole. There were no significant differences between the two treatments in any of the clinical outcomes; however the lateral wedged insoles demonstrated greater levels of acceptance by patients. This is the first study to biomechanically compare these two treatments, and demonstrates that given the potential role of knee loading in osteoarthritis progression, that both treatments reduce this but lateral wedge insoles appear to have a greater effect. PMID:22920242

  10. Plantarflexory base wedge osteotomy in the treatment of functional and structural metatarsus primus elevatus.

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    Davies, G F

    1989-01-01

    Plantarflexory base wedge osteotomy has proven to be a viable, rewarding treatment, where first metatarsal phalangeal joint pathology, as a result of metatarsus primus elevatus, is predicted or in its earliest forms. Although this topic was first addressed by Lambrinudi in 1938, it has received little notice in the literature, and its relevance is probably underestimated. In fact, the diagnosis of metatarsus primus elevatus with associated advancing degenerative joint disease is probably being missed in a significant number of patients. The early signs of this condition are often disregarded even by professionals and the patient frequently is told there is nothing wrong. Not until hallux limitus or hallux rigidus develops is concern demonstrated, at which point a joint preservation procedure is no longer viable. The recovery from plantarflexory base wedge osteotomy does require a longer time period before return to weight bearing as compared with more commonly performed foot surgeries. This must, however, be weighed against the consideration of a patient needing joint resection surgery at a later date, not infrequently in their late 30s or 40s. In fact, a significant patient population in the 35 to 45 age group exists, in whom one prefers to do neither an implant surgery nor a joint destructive surgery, but in whom the joint has been significantly damaged. Performing plantarflexory base wedge osteotomy in appropriately selected patients will re-establish normal function and preserve the first metatarsal phalangeal joint articular cartilage. This approach offers the benefit of arresting the joint destructive process and avoiding the need for a joint destructive procedure in a younger patient. PMID:2653614

  11. A possible relict mantle wedge:Geochemical evidence from Paleogene volcanics in North China

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    2001-01-01

    The major and trace element and isotopic composition were analyzed for the Paleogene volcanics in North China dated by the K-Ar method. The geochemical data show that most volcanics are in caic-alkaline series and the minor is in alkaline series. They differ obviously from Neogene and Quaternary volcanics in geochemistry. In particular, the Paleogene volcanics from the southern part of North China were derived from enriched lithospheric mantle (EMⅡ), which were likely to be a relict mantle wedge formed during the subduction of the Yangtze plate into the North China plate in late Triassic (Indo- Sinian).

  12. Wedge Absorbers for Final Cooling for a High-Energy High-Luminosity Lepton Collider

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    Neuffer, David [Fermilab; Mohayai, Tanaz [IIT, Chicago (main); Snopok, Pavel [IIT, Chicago; Summers, Don [Mississippi U.

    2016-06-01

    A high-energy high-luminosity muon collider scenario requires a "final cooling" system that reduces transverse emittance to ~25 microns (normalized) while allowing longitudinal emittance increase. Ionization cooling using high-field solenoids (or Li Lens) can reduce transverse emittances to ~100 microns in readily achievable configurations, confirmed by simulation. Passing these muon beams at ~100 MeV/c through cm-sized diamond wedges can reduce transverse emittances to ~25 microns, while increasing longitudinal emittance by a factor of ~5. Implementation will require optical matching of the exiting beam into downstream acceleration systems.

  13. 2D and 3D numerical models on compositionally buoyant diapirs in the mantle wedge

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    Hasenclever, Jörg; Morgan, Jason Phipps; Hort, Matthias; Rüpke, Lars H.

    2011-11-01

    We present 2D and 3D numerical model calculations that focus on the physics of compositionally buoyant diapirs rising within a mantle wedge corner flow. Compositional buoyancy is assumed to arise from slab dehydration during which water-rich volatiles enter the mantle wedge and form a wet, less dense boundary layer on top of the slab. Slab dehydration is prescribed to occur in the 80-180 km deep slab interval, and the water transport is treated as a diffusion-like process. In this study, the mantle's rheology is modeled as being isoviscous for the benefit of easier-to-interpret feedbacks between water migration and buoyant viscous flow of the mantle. We use a simple subduction geometry that does not change during the numerical calculation. In a large set of 2D calculations we have identified that five different flow regimes can form, in which the position, number, and formation time of the diapirs vary as a function of four parameters: subduction angle, subduction rate, water diffusivity (mobility), and mantle viscosity. Using the same numerical method and numerical resolution we also conducted a suite of 3D calculations for 16 selected parameter combinations. Comparing the 2D and 3D results for the same model parameters reveals that the 2D models can only give limited insights into the inherently 3D problem of mantle wedge diapirism. While often correctly predicting the position and onset time of the first diapir(s), the 2D models fail to capture the dynamics of diapir ascent as well as the formation of secondary diapirs that result from boundary layer perturbations caused by previous diapirs. Of greatest importance for physically correct results is the numerical resolution in the region where diapirs nucleate, which must be high enough to accurately capture the growth of the thin wet boundary layer on top of the slab and, subsequently, the formation, morphology, and ascent of diapirs. Here 2D models can be very useful to quantify the required resolution, which we

  14. Thick-Walled Cylinder Theory Applied on a Conical Wedge Anchorage

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    Bennitz, Anders; Grip, Niklas; Schmidt, Jacob Wittrup

    2011-01-01

    Conical wedge anchorages are frequently used to anchor steel tendons in prestressing applications within the construction industry. To replace the steel tendons with non-corrosive and low weight FRPs (Fiber Reinforced Polymers), the different mechanical interactions between the steel and FRPs call...... for further development of the anchorage.In this paper, we derive and examine an analytical model for the internal stresses and strains within the anchorage for a prescribed presetting distance. This model is derived from the theory of thick walled cylinders under the assumptions regarding plane...

  15. In situ spatiotemporal measurements of the detailed azimuthal substructure of the substorm current wedge

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    Forsyth, C.; Fazakerley, A. N.; Rae, I. J.;

    2014-01-01

    The substorm current wedge (SCW) is a fundamental component of geomagnetic substorms. Models tend to describe the SCW as a simple line current flowing into the ionosphere toward dawn and out of the ionosphere toward dusk, linked by a westward electrojet. We use multispacecraft observations from...... the SCW has significant azimuthal substructure on scales of 100km at altitudes of 4000-7000km. We identify 26 individual current sheets in the Cluster 4 data and 34 individual current sheets in the Cluster 1 data, with Cluster 1 passing through the SCW 120-240s after Cluster 4 at 1300-2000km higher...

  16. Researches on the distribution law of vector sound field in elastic wedge bottom

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    ZHANG Haigang; PIAO Shengchun; YANG Shi'e; AN Xudong

    2011-01-01

    The method based on elastic parabolic equation method for calculating the sound vector field has been studied. The vector field in water and corresponding seismic wave field had been calculated for infra-sound in oceanic environment with elastic wedge bottom. The effects on sound field distribution for different frequency and depth of sound source had been researched, result shows that there is sound energy leakage into the bottom, the position where leakage occurred can be determined by the ratio of the ocean depth to the wavelength, as compared with normal mode theory.

  17. Study on effect of segments erection tolerance and wedge-shaped segment on segment ring in shield tunnel

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    CHEN Jun-sheng; MO Hai-hong

    2006-01-01

    Deformation and dislocations of segments of shield tunnel in construction stage have apparent effect on tunnel structure stress and even cause local cracks and breakage in tunnel. 3D finite element method was used to analyze two segment ring models under uniform injected pressure: (1) segment ring without wedge-shaped segment, which has 16 types of preinstall erection tolerance; (2) segment ring with wedge-shaped segment, which has no preinstall erection tolerance. The analysis results indicate that different erection tolerances can cause irregular deformation in segment ring under uniform injected pressure, and that the tolerance values are enlarged further. Wedge-shaped segment apparently affects the overall deformation of segment ring without erection tolerances. The uniform injected pressure can cause deformation of ring with wedge-shaped segment irregular,and dislocations also appear in this situation. The stress of segment with erection tolerances is much larger than that of segment without erection tolerances. Enlarging the central angle of wedge-shaped segment can make the irregular deformation and dislocations of segments smaller. The analysis results also provide basis for erection tolerance control and improvement of segment constitution.

  18. Determining interfacial properties of submicron low-k films on Si substrate by using wedge indentation technique

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    Yeap, Kong Boon; Zeng, Kaiyang; Jiang, Haiyan; Shen, Lu; Chi, Dongzhi

    2007-06-01

    This article presents studies on using a wedge indentation technique to determine interfacial adhesion properties of low-k dielectric films, namely, methyl-silsesquioxane (MSQ) and black diamond (BD™)films, both on a Si substrate. Interfacial crack initiation and propagation processes in the MSQ/Si system are studied by using focused-ion-beam sectioning of the indentation impressions created by wedge tips with 90° and 120° of inclusion angles, respectively. Furthermore, the indentation induced stress is found to be proportional to the ratio of the indentation volume and the interface delamination crack volume for both plane strain and nonplane strain cases. With this analysis, the interface toughness of the MSQ/Si and BD/Si system, in terms of the strain energy release rate, is determined. The interface toughness for the MSQ/Si system is found to be a value of 1.89±0.28J/m2 for the 90° wedge tip indentation and 1.92±0.08J/m2 for the 120° wedge tip indentation. In addition, using the 120° wedge tip, the interface toughnesses of the BD films on the Si substrate with 200 and 500nm thicknesses are found to be the values of 6.62±1.52 and 6.35±2.27J/m2, respectively.

  19. Template-Stripped Multifunctional Wedge and Pyramid Arrays for Magnetic Nanofocusing and Optical Sensing.

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    Kumar, Shailabh; Johnson, Timothy W; Wood, Christopher K; Qu, Tao; Wittenberg, Nathan J; Otto, Lauren M; Shaver, Jonah; Long, Nicholas J; Victora, Randall H; Edel, Joshua B; Oh, Sang-Hyun

    2016-04-13

    We present large-scale reproducible fabrication of multifunctional ultrasharp metallic structures on planar substrates with capabilities including magnetic field nanofocusing and plasmonic sensing. Objects with sharp tips such as wedges and pyramids made with noble metals have been extensively used for enhancing local electric fields via the lightning-rod effect or plasmonic nanofocusing. However, analogous nanofocusing of magnetic fields using sharp tips made with magnetic materials has not been widely realized. Reproducible fabrication of sharp tips with magnetic as well as noble metal layers on planar substrates can enable straightforward application of their material and shape-derived functionalities. We use a template-stripping method to produce plasmonic-shell-coated nickel wedge and pyramid arrays at the wafer-scale with tip radius of curvature close to 10 nm. We further explore the magnetic nanofocusing capabilities of these ultrasharp substrates, deriving analytical formulas and comparing the results with computer simulations. These structures exhibit nanoscale spatial control over the trapping of magnetic microbeads and nanoparticles in solution. Additionally, enhanced optical sensing of analytes by these plasmonic-shell-coated substrates is demonstrated using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. These methods can guide the design and fabrication of novel devices with applications including nanoparticle manipulation, biosensing, and magnetoplasmonics. PMID:26837912

  20. Periodic oscillation and fine structure of wedge-induced oblique detonation waves

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    Gui, Ming-Yue; Fan, Bao-Chun; Dong, Gang

    2011-12-01

    An oblique detonation wave for a Mach 7 inlet flow over a long enough wedge of 30° turning angle is simulated numerically using Euler equation and one-step rection model. The fifth-order WENO scheme is adopted to capture the shock wave. The numerical results show that with the compression of the wedge wall the detonation wave front structure is divided into three sections: the ZND model-like strcuture, single-sided triple point structure and dual-headed triple point strucuture. The first structure is the smooth straight, and the second has the characteristic of the triple points propagating dowanstream only with the same velocity, while the dual-headed triple point structure is very complicated. The detonation waves facing upstream and downstream propagate with different velocities, in which the periodic collisions of the triple points cause the oscillation of the detonation wave front. This oscillation process has temporal and spatial periodicity. In addition, the triple point trace are recorded to obtain different cell structures in three sections.

  1. Enhanced performance of fast-response 3-hole wedge probes for transonic flows in axial turbomachinery

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    Delhaye, D.; Paniagua, G. [von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department, Rhode-Saint-Genese (Belgium); Fernandez Oro, J.M. [Universidad de Oviedo, Area de Mecanica de Fluidos, Gijon (Spain); Denos, R. [European Commission, Directorate General for Research, Brussels (Belgium)

    2011-01-15

    The paper presents the development and application of a three-sensor wedge probe to measure unsteady aerodynamics in a transonic turbine. CFD has been used to perform a detailed uncertainty analysis related to probe-induced perturbations, in particular the separation zones appearing on the wedge apex. The effects of the Reynolds and Mach numbers are studied using both experimental data together with CFD simulations. The angular range of the probe and linearity of the calibration maps are enhanced with a novel zonal calibration technique, used for the first time in compressible flows. The data reduction methodology is explained and demonstrated with measurements performed in a single-stage high-pressure turbine mounted in the compression tube facility of the von Karman Institute. The turbine was operated at subsonic and transonic pressure ratios (2.4 and 5.1) for a Reynolds number of 10{sup 6}, representative of modern engine conditions. Complete maps of the unsteady flow angle and rotor outlet Mach number are documented. These data allow the study of secondary flows and rotor trailing edge shocks. (orig.)

  2. Lightfront holography and area density of entropy associated with quantum localization on wedge-horizon

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    The lightfront quantization of the 70s is reviewed in the more rigorous setting of lightfront (LF) restriction of free fields in which the lightfront is considered to be linear extension of the upper causal horizon of a wedge region. Particular attention is given to the change of localization structure in passing from the wedge to its horizon which results in the emergence of a transverse quantum mechanical substructure of the QFT on the horizon and its lightfront extension. The vacuum fluctuations of QFT on the LF are compressed into the direction of the lightray (where they become associated with a chiral QFT) and lead to the notion of area density of a 'split localization' entropy. To overcome the limitation of this restriction approach and include interacting theories with non-canonical short distance behavior, we introduce a new concept of algebraic lightfront holography which uses ideas of algebraic QFT, in particular the modular structure of its associated local operator algebras. In this way the localization properties of LF degrees of freedom including the absence of transverse vacuum fluctuations are confirmed to be stable against interactions. The important universality aspect of lightfront holography is emphasized. Only in this way one is able to extract from the 'split-localization' entropy a split-independent additive entropy-like measure of the entanglement of the vacuum upon restriction to the horizon algebra. (author)

  3. Secondary Subacromial Impingement after Valgus Closing-Wedge Osteotomy for Proximal Humerus Varus

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    Hirotaka Sano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 31-year-old construction worker had been suffering from both the motion pain and the restriction of elevation in his right shoulder due to severe varus deformity of humeral neck, which occurred after proximal humeral fracture. The angle for shoulder flexion and abduction was restricted to 50 and 80 degrees, respectively. Valgus closing-wedge osteotomy followed by the internal fixation using a locking plate was carried out at 12 months after injury. Postoperatively, the head-shaft angle of the humerus improved from 65 to 138 degrees. Active flexion and abduction angles improved from 80 to 135 degrees and from 50 to 135 degrees, respectively. However, the patient complained from a sharp pain with a clicking sound during shoulder abduction even after removal of the locking plate. Since subacromial steroid injection temporarily relieved his shoulder pain, we assumed that the secondary subacromial impingement was provoked after osteotomy. Thus, arthroscopic subacromial decompression was carried out at 27 months after the initial operation, which finally relieved his symptoms. In the valgus closing-wedge osteotomy, surgeons should pay attention to the condition of subacromial space to avoid causing the secondary subacromial impingement.

  4. Numerical Solution of the Asymmetric Water Impact of A Wedge in Three Degrees of Freedom

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    H.Ghazizade-Ahsaee; A.H.Nikseresht

    2013-01-01

    Impact problems associated with water entry have important applications in various aspects of naval architecture and ocean engineering.Estimation of hydrodynamic impact forces especially during the first instances after the impact is very important and is of interest.Since the estimation of hydrodynamic impact load plays an important role in safe design and also in evaluation of structural weight and costs,it is better to use a reliable and accurate prediction method instead of a simple estimation resulted by analyzing methods.In landing of flying boats,some phenomena such as weather conditions and strong winds can cause asymmetric instead of symmetric descent.In this paper,a numerical simulation of the asymmetric impact of a wedge,as the step of a flying boat,considering dynamic equations in two-phase flow is taken into account.The dynamic motion of the wedge in two-phase flow is solved based on finite volume method with volume of fluid (VOF) scheme considering dynamic equations.Then the effects of different angles of impact and water depth on the velocity change and slamming forces in an asymmetric impact are investigated.The comparison between the simulation results and experimental data verifies the accuracy of the method applied in the present study.

  5. Numerical solution of the asymmetric water impact of a wedge in three degrees of freedom

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    Ghazizade-Ahsaee, H.; Nikseresht, A. H.

    2013-06-01

    Impact problems associated with water entry have important applications in various aspects of naval architecture and ocean engineering. Estimation of hydrodynamic impact forces especially during the first instances after the impact is very important and is of interest. Since the estimation of hydrodynamic impact load plays an important role in safe design and also in evaluation of structural weight and costs, it is better to use a reliable and accurate prediction method instead of a simple estimation resulted by analyzing methods. In landing of flying boats, some phenomena such as weather conditions and strong winds can cause asymmetric instead of symmetric descent. In this paper, a numerical simulation of the asymmetric impact of a wedge, as the step of a flying boat, considering dynamic equations in two-phase flow is taken into account. The dynamic motion of the wedge in two-phase flow is solved based on finite volume method with volume of fluid (VOF) scheme considering dynamic equations. Then the effects of different angles of impact and water depth on the velocity change and slamming forces in an asymmetric impact are investigated. The comparison between the simulation results and experimental data verifies the accuracy of the method applied in the present study.

  6. Assessing strain mapping by electron backscatter diffraction and confocal Raman microscopy using wedge-indented Si.

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    Friedman, Lawrence H; Vaudin, Mark D; Stranick, Stephan J; Stan, Gheorghe; Gerbig, Yvonne B; Osborn, William; Cook, Robert F

    2016-04-01

    The accuracy of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and confocal Raman microscopy (CRM) for small-scale strain mapping are assessed using the multi-axial strain field surrounding a wedge indentation in Si as a test vehicle. The strain field is modeled using finite element analysis (FEA) that is adapted to the near-indentation surface profile measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The assessment consists of (1) direct experimental comparisons of strain and deformation and (2) comparisons in which the modeled strain field is used as an intermediate step. Direct experimental methods (1) consist of comparisons of surface elevation and gradient measured by AFM and EBSD and of Raman shifts measured and predicted by CRM and EBSD, respectively. Comparisons that utilize the combined FEA-AFM model (2) consist of predictions of distortion, strain, and rotation for comparison with EBSD measurements and predictions of Raman shift for comparison with CRM measurements. For both EBSD and CRM, convolution of measurements in depth-varying strain fields is considered. The interconnected comparisons suggest that EBSD was able to provide an accurate assessment of the wedge indentation deformation field to within the precision of the measurements, approximately 2×10(-4) in strain. CRM was similarly precise, but was limited in accuracy to several times this value. PMID:26939030

  7. Lightfront holography and area density of entropy associated with quantum localization on wedge-horizon

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    Schroer, Bert [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)]. E-mail: schroer@cbpf.br

    2002-08-01

    The lightfront quantization of the 70s is reviewed in the more rigorous setting of lightfront (LF) restriction of free fields in which the lightfront is considered to be linear extension of the upper causal horizon of a wedge region. Particular attention is given to the change of localization structure in passing from the wedge to its horizon which results in the emergence of a transverse quantum mechanical substructure of the QFT on the horizon and its lightfront extension. The vacuum fluctuations of QFT on the LF are compressed into the direction of the lightray (where they become associated with a chiral QFT) and lead to the notion of area density of a 'split localization' entropy. To overcome the limitation of this restriction approach and include interacting theories with non-canonical short distance behavior, we introduce a new concept of algebraic lightfront holography which uses ideas of algebraic QFT, in particular the modular structure of its associated local operator algebras. In this way the localization properties of LF degrees of freedom including the absence of transverse vacuum fluctuations are confirmed to be stable against interactions. The important universality aspect of lightfront holography is emphasized. Only in this way one is able to extract from the 'split-localization' entropy a split-independent additive entropy-like measure of the entanglement of the vacuum upon restriction to the horizon algebra. (author)

  8. Influence of force-based crosstalk on the 'wedge method' in lateral force microscopy

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    The lateral force mode of an atomic force microscope is a contact-based measurement where the cantilever moves laterally in order to contribute to the lateral component of the tip–surface interaction. An accurate quantitative measure is difficult to achieve and is subject to the calibration of a model of the machine such that the output signal is related to the contact forces. Currently available models and calibration methods do not consider the existence of crosstalk. The influence of the latter on the measurement is not clearly identified and raises the question of the result's accuracy. In this paper a definition of the crosstalk is given and the diversity of the crosstalk briefly presented. A first-order, two-dimensional model of the system that includes the force-based crosstalk is presented. The model is used to simulate a calibration method known as the 'wedge method'. A parametric study is carried out to evaluate the calibration errors that can be made by the 'wedge method'. Results show that force-based crosstalk can have a noticeable influence on the calibration as well as on the estimated friction coefficient

  9. Active destabilization of base pairs by a DNA glycosylase wedge initiates damage recognition

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    Kuznetsov, Nikita A.; Bergonzo, Christina; Campbell, Arthur J.; Li, Haoquan; Mechetin, Grigory V.; de los Santos, Carlos; Grollman, Arthur P.; Fedorova, Olga S.; Zharkov, Dmitry O.; Simmerling, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Formamidopyrimidine-DNA glycosylase (Fpg) excises 8-oxoguanine (oxoG) from DNA but ignores normal guanine. We combined molecular dynamics simulation and stopped-flow kinetics with fluorescence detection to track the events in the recognition of oxoG by Fpg and its mutants with a key phenylalanine residue, which intercalates next to the damaged base, changed to either alanine (F110A) or fluorescent reporter tryptophan (F110W). Guanine was sampled by Fpg, as evident from the F110W stopped-flow traces, but less extensively than oxoG. The wedgeless F110A enzyme could bend DNA but failed to proceed further in oxoG recognition. Modeling of the base eversion with energy decomposition suggested that the wedge destabilizes the intrahelical base primarily through buckling both surrounding base pairs. Replacement of oxoG with abasic (AP) site rescued the activity, and calculations suggested that wedge insertion is not required for AP site destabilization and eversion. Our results suggest that Fpg, and possibly other DNA glycosylases, convert part of the binding energy into active destabilization of their substrates, using the energy differences between normal and damaged bases for fast substrate discrimination. PMID:25520195

  10. A two-dimensional model of the methane cycle in a sedimentary accretionary wedge

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    D. E. Archer

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A two-dimensional model of sediment column geophysics and geochemistry has been adapted to the problem of an accretionary wedge formation, patterned after the margin of the Juan de Fuca plate as it subducts under the North American plate. Much of the model description was given in a companion paper about application of the model to a passive margin setting; here we build on that formulation to simulate the deformation of the sediment wedge as it approaches the subduction zone. The active margin configuration of the model shares sensitivities with the passive margin configuration, in that sensitivities to organic carbon deposition and respiration kinetics, and to vertical bubble transport and redissolution in the sediment, are stronger than the sensitivity to ocean temperature. The active margin simulation also shows a sensitivity to plate subduction velocity, with higher plate velocities producing less hydrate per meter of coastline than slower velocities or the passive margin configuration. However, the local hydrate concentrations, as pore volume saturation, are higher in the active setting than the passive, as generally observed in the field.

  11. Microchip and wedge ion funnels and planar ion beam analyzers using same

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    Shvartsburg, Alexandre A; Anderson, Gordon A; Smith, Richard D

    2012-10-30

    Electrodynamic ion funnels confine, guide, or focus ions in gases using the Dehmelt potential of oscillatory electric field. New funnel designs operating at or close to atmospheric gas pressure are described. Effective ion focusing at such pressures is enabled by fields of extreme amplitude and frequency, allowed in microscopic gaps that have much higher electrical breakdown thresholds in any gas than the macroscopic gaps of present funnels. The new microscopic-gap funnels are useful for interfacing atmospheric-pressure ionization sources to mass spectrometry (MS) and ion mobility separation (IMS) stages including differential IMS or FAIMS, as well as IMS and MS stages in various configurations. In particular, "wedge" funnels comprising two planar surfaces positioned at an angle and wedge funnel traps derived therefrom can compress ion beams in one dimension, producing narrow belt-shaped beams and laterally elongated cuboid packets. This beam profile reduces the ion density and thus space-charge effects, mitigating the adverse impact thereof on the resolving power, measurement accuracy, and dynamic range of MS and IMS analyzers, while a greater overlap with coplanar light or particle beams can benefit spectroscopic methods.

  12. Injuries Due to Wedging of Bicycle Wheels in On-road Tram Tracks

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    Deunk, Jaap; Harmsen, Annelieke M. K.; Schonhuth, Casper P.; Bloemers, Frank W.

    2014-01-01

    Background: In cities with trams as public transportation, tram tracks are often on public roads, creating a shared road situation with other road participants like cyclists. Beside the risk of direct collisions, this situation can also lead to bicycle wheels getting wedged in tram tracks, causing cyclists to fall. Objectives: The aim of this study was to gain more insight in the injury pattern of this trauma mechanism and to draw attention to the risks of the infrastructural situation with on-road tram tracks. Patients and Methods: A one-year, prospective, observational cohort study was conducted. All patients admitted after presentation to the emergency department of a level 1 trauma center, who got injured because their bicycle wheels got wedged in tram tracks, were included. Data were collected on patient demographics, type of injury and treatment. Results: Ten patients were included. Six were male. The mean age was 38 years. Six patients required surgery, mostly because of extremity injuries. Mean duration of admission was 4 days. Mean injury severity score was 13. One patient died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident. Conclusions: Tram tracks on public roads are potentially dangerous and can lead to serious injuries and even mortality amongst cyclist. Operative intervention is frequently needed. PMID:25685751

  13. Computational Analysis of Arc-Jet Wedge Tests Including Ablation and Shape Change

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    Goekcen, Tahir; Chen, Yih-Kanq; Skokova, Kristina A.; Milos, Frank S.

    2010-01-01

    Coupled fluid-material response analyses of arc-jet wedge ablation tests conducted in a NASA Ames arc-jet facility are considered. These tests were conducted using blunt wedge models placed in a free jet downstream of the 6-inch diameter conical nozzle in the Ames 60-MW Interaction Heating Facility. The fluid analysis includes computational Navier-Stokes simulations of the nonequilibrium flowfield in the facility nozzle and test box as well as the flowfield over the models. The material response analysis includes simulation of two-dimensional surface ablation and internal heat conduction, thermal decomposition, and pyrolysis gas flow. For ablating test articles undergoing shape change, the material response and fluid analyses are coupled in order to calculate the time dependent surface heating and pressure distributions that result from shape change. The ablating material used in these arc-jet tests was Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator. Effects of the test article shape change on fluid and material response simulations are demonstrated, and computational predictions of surface recession, shape change, and in-depth temperatures are compared with the experimental measurements.

  14. Supercritical aqueous fluids in subduction zones carrying carbon and sulfur: oxidants for the mantle wedge?

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    Sverjensky, Dimitri; Manning, Craig

    2014-05-01

    Much speculation surrounds the nature of aqueous fluids in subduction zones. Aqueous fluids likely trigger partial melting in the mantle wedge, influencing the chemistry of the magmas that erupt in island arcs. They also may play a role in transporting elements that could metasomatize and oxidize the overlying mantle wedge, most importantly C, S and Fe. However, full coupling of aqueous fluid chemistry with the silicate, carbonate, C, sulfide and sulfate minerals has remained limited to pressures of 0.5 GPa because of limitations on the HKF aqueous ion equation of state. Recent progress in developing a Deep Earth Water model (Sverjensky et al., 2014), calibrated with new experimental data, now enables a detailed evaluation of the evolution of aqueous fluid chemistry to a pressure of 6 GPa, well into subduction zone conditions. We report aqueous speciation models for eclogitic aqueous fluids constrained by model mineral assemblages that give preliminary indications of the solubilities of elements that could contribute to mass transfer and redox changes in the mantle wedge. For example, at 600 °C and 2.5 GPa, an aqueous fluid in equilibrium with jadeite, paragonite, muscovite, quartz, lawsonite, almandine, talc, magnesite and pyrite at QFM oxidation state with 0.1 molal total Cl, contains 5.5 molal C, 0.04 molal S, and 9 micromolal Fe. The fluid has a pH of 4.7, much greater than the neutral pH of 3.3; the predominant species and molalities are CO2 (5.0), Na+ (0.44), Si(OH)4 (0.36), HCO3- (0.26), H3SiO4- (0.23), CaHCO3+ (0.18), silica dimer (0.10), Cl- (0.09), K+ (0.08), HCOO- (0.06), H2S (0.03). Calculations for model eclogitic fluids at the higher pressures and temperatures of subarc conditions also show that the solubility of C is much greater than either S or Fe at QFM. However, in subarc eclogitic fluids of higher oxidation state (QFM +3 to +4) in equilibrium with hematite, anhydrite, jadeite, kyanite, phlogopite, coesite, lawsonite, almandine-pyrope, and

  15. Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy Results in Significant Decrease in Clinical Toxicities Compared With Conventional Wedge-Based Breast Radiotherapy

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    Purpose: We have previously demonstrated that intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) with a static multileaf collimator process results in a more homogenous dose distribution compared with conventional wedge-based whole breast irradiation (WBI). In the present analysis, we reviewed the acute and chronic toxicity of this IMRT approach compared with conventional wedge-based treatment. Methods and Materials: A total of 172 patients with Stage 0-IIB breast cancer were treated with lumpectomy followed by WBI. All patients underwent treatment planning computed tomography and received WBI (median dose, 45 Gy) followed by a boost to 61 Gy. Of the 172 patients, 93 (54%) were treated with IMRT, and the 79 patients (46%) treated with wedge-based RT in a consecutive fashion immediately before this cohort served as the control group. The median follow-up was 4.7 years. Results: A significant reduction in acute Grade 2 or worse dermatitis, edema, and hyperpigmentation was seen with IMRT compared with wedges. A trend was found toward reduced acute Grade 3 or greater dermatitis (6% vs. 1%, p = 0.09) in favor of IMRT. Chronic Grade 2 or worse breast edema was significantly reduced with IMRT compared with conventional wedges. No difference was found in cosmesis scores between the two groups. In patients with larger breasts (≥1,600 cm3, n = 64), IMRT resulted in reduced acute (Grade 2 or greater) breast edema (0% vs. 36%, p <0.001) and hyperpigmentation (3% vs. 41%, p 0.001) and chronic (Grade 2 or greater) long-term edema (3% vs. 30%, p 0.007). Conclusion: The use of IMRT in the treatment of the whole breast results in a significant decrease in acute dermatitis, edema, and hyperpigmentation and a reduction in the development of chronic breast edema compared with conventional wedge-based RT

  16. DYNAMICS OF FREIGHT CARS ON BOGIES MODEL 18-1711 WITH DIFFERENT WEDGE DE-SIGNS OF SPRING SUSPENSION

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    N. B. Mankevych

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To analyze the results of the study of dynamic parameters of a gondola car, model 12-1704-04 with axle load 23.5 ton in bogies, models 18-1750 and two gondola cars, model 12-1905 with axial load of 25 ton, one of which is equipped with bogies, model 18-1711 with friction wedges of spring suspension with spatial form with increased angle to the horizontal line of intersection of the contact surfaces between the wedge and bolster, the other gondola car, model 12-1905 is equipped with bogies of the same model on which the friction wedges fitted with a flat form of contact surface. It has an angle of inclination like a wedge of bogie, model 18-100. On the basis of the obtained results to draw conclusions about the feasibility of unification design bogie bolster, model 18-1711 with bogie, model 18-100 by contact surfaces with elements of spring suspension. Methodology. Research on dynamic performance of cars was performed during running dynamic tests of specimens of freight cars in experimental train consisting of two locomotives, a laboratory, and three gondola cars of the above mentioned models. Findings. Main results of dynamic studies are presented as graphs of indicators on the speed of the train and the experimental evidence that the freight gondola cars on bogies, model 18-1711 with flat-shaped wedges, in most cases are better than the others. Originality. Research results of cars on bogies, model 18-1711 were obtained. They let assess the dependence of the dynamic performance of the car from the design of the friction wedges of spring suspension. Practical value. Cast parts of bogie, model 18-1711 with 25 ton axle load can be used as a replacement of defective parts of bogie, model 18-100 and its analogs.

  17. Distribution of ice- and soil wedges in Kapp Linné, Svalbard, mapped by two- and three-dimensional ground-penetrating radar

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    Watanabe, T.; Matsuoka, N.; Christiansen, H.

    2009-12-01

    Wedges along non-sorted polygons are consisting of ice or sediments. The wedge infill is often difficult to judge from the surface pattern, since the type of wedge filling depends on both climate and sediment characteristics. In fact, previous studies have reported that ice and active-layer soil wedges can coexist within a small area. We applied two- and three-dimensional ground-penetrating radar (2D and 3D GPR) for mapping subsurface ice and active-layer soil wedges in Kapp Linné, one of the warmest coastal areas in Svalbard. GPR surveys were conducted at six sites on beach ridges, which had emerged in different periods (11-5.5 ka BP). Shallow trenches and boreholes at four sites complemented the interpretation of the GPR results. On the 2D GPR profiles, most of the troughs delimiting the polygons are underlain by a single hyperbolic reflection spreading downward from the ground surface, which represents an active-layer soil wedge. Some troughs are underlain by double hyperbolic reflections extending downward from the ground surface and the frost table, which correspond to a soil wedge penetrating into the top permafrost and an underlying ice-wedge, respectively. However, radar interpretations are sometimes obscured by similar hyperbolic reflections from large stones and unclear reflections from small, narrow (< 50 cm) ice-wedges. The 3D GPR images delineate subsurface ice-wedges underlying the polygon troughs by radar amplitude anomalies more clearly than the 2D profiles. GPR results show that ice-wedges underlie primary polygon troughs and extraordinarily long and wide troughs on lower (younger) beach ridges. This suggests that ice-wedges have been active in the last 5,500 years since beach ridge formation ceased. In contrast, no ice-wedges were detected on higher (older) beach ridges even below the primary polygon troughs. This would be due to the low thermal coefficient of expansion of the material as the high lying snowfree blown ridges are lacking in

  18. Collinear spin-density-wave ordering in Fe/Cr multilayers and wedges

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    Several recent experiments have detected a spin-density wave (SDW) within the Cr spacer of Fe/Cr multilayers and wedges. We use two simple models to predict the behavior of a collinear SDW within an Fe/Cr/Fe trilayer. Both models combine assumed boundary conditions at the Fe-Cr interfaces with the free energy of the Cr spacer. Depending on the temperature and the number N of Cr monolayers, the SDW may be either commensurate (C) or incommensurate (I) with the bcc Cr lattice. Model I assumes that the Fe-Cr interface is perfect and that the Fe-Cr interaction is antiferromagnetic. Consequently, the I SDW antinodes lie near the Fe-Cr interfaces. With increasing temperature, the Cr spacer undergoes a series of transitions between I SDW phases with different numbers n of nodes. If the I SDW has n=m nodes at T=0, then n increases by one at each phase transition from m to m-1 to m-2 up to the C phase with n=0 above TIC(N). For a fixed temperature, the magnetic coupling across the Cr spacer undergoes a phase slip whenever n changes by one. In the limit N→∞, TIC(N) is independent of the Fe-Cr coupling strength. We find that TIC(∞) is always larger than the bulk Nacute eel transition temperature and increases with the strain on the Cr spacer. These results explain the very high IC transition temperature of about 600 K extrapolated from measurements on Fe/Cr/Fe wedges. Model II assumes that the I SDW nodes lie precisely at the Fe-Cr interfaces. This condition may be enforced by the interfacial roughness of sputtered Fe/Cr multilayers. As a result, the C phase is never stable and the transition temperature TN(N) takes on a seesaw pattern as n≥2 increases with thickness. In agreement with measurements on both sputtered and epitaxially grown multilayers, model II predicts the I phase to be unstable above the bulk Nacute eel temperature. Model II also predicts that the I SDW may undergo a single phase transition from n=m to m-1 before disappearing above TN(N). This behavior

  19. HF wedge #1" detail of the wedge tip taken at VNIITF in the construction workshop. The jig mounted on top is used to measure the conformity to the drawings.

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    The photo has been taken as documetation of the acceptance procedure of the first wedge for the very forward calorimeter of CMS (HF). The detail shows the holes where the quartz fibers are going to be stuffed and the jig used to measure that the geometry was within the specified tolerances and that the geometry alignement track was conforming to the specifications.

  20. On a new law of faulting along tectonic wedges: Cosserat explanation of the preferred (paleo)stress states in the Earth's crust

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    Žalohar, Jure

    2015-08-01

    Cosserat extension of the Gauss stress-strain inversion method and multiple-slip method (MSM) are used to analyse 18 examples of natural wedge faulting observed in Slovenia. Based on additional numerical tests we show that kinematic incompatibility of slip along intersecting faults (wedges) has a significant effect on the state of stress in the Earth's crust. The slip direction along intersecting faults (wedges) can only be subparallel to the intersection direction between the faults. The normal stress on the wedges is then equal to the intermediate principal stress (eigenvalue) of the symmetric part of the stress tensor. This equality is very fundamental and could potentially be interpreted as a new law of faulting along tectonic wedges and non-planar faults. In the Cosserat theory of wedge faulting we also define two stress criteria, these are the weak and the strong stress conditions. The weak stress condition is related to the frictional reactivation of the wedges. It defines two limit values of the stress parameter and intermediate principal stress of the symmetric part of the stress tensor. The strong stress condition is related to the brittle faulting along tectonic wedges. It relates the angle of internal friction to the value of the stress parameter and the intermediate principal stress of the symmetric part of the stress tensor. For the value of the angle of internal friction larger than zero, the stress parameter is less than 0.5, which is in agreement with numerical and empirical observations described in this paper.

  1. Asymptotic solutions for an electrically induced Freedericksz transition in a wedge of smectic C liquid crystal

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    Theoretical work based on the Freedericksz transition in a wedge of smectic C liquid crystal is presented. Continuum theory is employed in order to mathematically model the two-way interaction between the anisotropic fluid and an applied electric field. Asymptotic methods are used to obtain concise and informative explicit solutions for limiting regimes where (a) the applied voltage is just above threshold, and (b) a high voltage is applied. As is anticipated, in the case of a small dielectric anisotropy, the solution reduces to that obtained when the two-way interaction is neglected. Nevertheless, at voltages close to threshold, this interaction can have a significant effect upon the director profile. Realistic material, geometry and field parameters are adopted in order to display these solutions. By comparing them with those obtained using a numerical method, a high degree of accuracy can be found within the above regimes

  2. Design, Performance, and Calibration of CMS Hadron-Barrel Calorimeter Wedges

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    Extensive measurements have been made with pions, electrons and muons on four production wedges of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) hadron barrel (HB) calorimeter in the H2 beam line at CERN with particle momenta varying from 20 to 300 GeV/c. Data were taken both with and without a prototype electromagnetic lead tungstate crystal calorimeter (EB) in front of the hadron calorimeter. The time structure of the events was measured with the full chain of preproduction front-end electronics running at 34 MHz. Moving-wire radioactive source data were also collected for all scintillator layers in the HB. These measurements set the absolute calibration of the HB prior to first pp collisions to approximately 4%.

  3. The Wedge Splitting Test: Influence of Aggregate Size and Water-to-Cement Ratio

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    Pease, Bradley Justin; Skocek, Jan; Geiker, Mette Rica;

    2007-01-01

    Since the development of the wedge splitting test (WST), techniques have been used to extract material properties that can describe the fracture behavior of the tested materials. Inverse analysis approaches are commonly used to estimate the stress-crack width relationship; which is described by the...... elastic modulus, tensile strength, fracture energy, and the assumed softening behavior. The stress-crack width relation can be implemented in finite element models for computing the cracking behavior of cementitious systems. While inverse analysis provides information about the material properties of...... enables the stress-crack width response to be determined simultaneously from multiple experimental tests. The effect of water-to-cement ratio and aggregate size are discussed. A comparison of epoxy-impregnated cracked WST specimen and material properties indicate a relationship between fracture properties...

  4. Benchmarking the Sandbox: Quantitative Comparisons of Numerical and Analogue Models of Brittle Wedge Dynamics (Invited)

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    Buiter, S.; Schreurs, G.; Geomod2008 Team

    2010-12-01

    When numerical and analogue models are used to investigate the evolution of deformation processes in crust and lithosphere, they face specific challenges related to, among others, large contrasts in material properties, the heterogeneous character of continental lithosphere, the presence of a free surface, the occurrence of large deformations including viscous flow and offset on shear zones, and the observation that several deformation mechanisms may be active simultaneously. These pose specific demands on numerical software and laboratory models. By combining the two techniques, we can utilize the strengths of each individual method and test the model-independence of our results. We can perhaps even consider our findings to be more robust if we find similar-to-same results irrespective of the modeling method that was used. To assess the role of modeling method and to quantify the variability among models with identical setups, we have performed a direct comparison of results of 11 numerical codes and 15 analogue experiments. We present three experiments that describe shortening of brittle wedges and that resemble setups frequently used by especially analogue modelers. Our first experiment translates a non-accreting wedge with a stable surface slope. In agreement with critical wedge theory, all models maintain their surface slope and do not show internal deformation. This experiment serves as a reference that allows for testing against analytical solutions for taper angle, root-mean-square velocity and gravitational rate of work. The next two experiments investigate an unstable wedge, which deforms by inward translation of a mobile wall. The models accommodate shortening by formation of forward and backward shear zones. We compare surface slope, rate of dissipation of energy, root-mean-square velocity, and the location, dip angle and spacing of shear zones. All models show similar cross-sectional evolutions that demonstrate reproducibility to first order. However

  5. A novel model for calculating the inter-electrode capacitance of wedge-strip anode

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    Zhao, Airong; Ni, Qiliang

    2016-04-01

    The wedge strip anode (WSA) detector has been widely used in particle detection. In this work, a novel model for calculating the inter-electrode capacitance of WSA was proposed on the basis of conformal transformations and the partial capacitance method. Based on the model, the inter-electrode capacitance within a period was calculated besides the total inter-electrode capacitance. As a result, the effects of the WSA design parameters on the inter-electrode capacitance are systematically analyzed. It is found that the inter-electrode capacitance monotonically increases with insulated gap and substrate permittivity but not with the period. In order to prove the validation of the model, two round WSAs were manufactured by employing the picosecond laser micro-machining technology. It is found that 9%-15% errors between the theoretical and experimental results can be obtained, which is better than that obtained by employing ANSYS software.

  6. Second-Generation Versus First-Generation Cementless Tapered Wedge Femoral Stems.

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    Pierce, Todd P; Jauregui, Julio J; Kapadia, Bhaveen H; Elmallah, Randa K; Cherian, Jeffrey J; Harwin, Steven F; Mont, Michael A

    2015-09-01

    Clinical outcomes of a new second-generation proximally coated, tapered wedge cementless stem were compared with those of its predecessor regarding (1) all-cause implant survivorship; (2) objective and subjective outcomes; (3) complications; and (4) radiographic features. Patients who underwent a primary total hip arthroplasty with the second-generation stem (68 hips) were compared with those who received the first-generation stem (136 hips) at a mean follow-up of 3.5 years. Although the first-generation stem was designed in the traditional manner, the second-generation stem was shortened to accommodate all surgical approaches and designed using a computed tomography scan-based database to enhance fit. The second-generation stem had survivorship, functional, and subjective outcomes similar to those of the first-generation stem. PMID:26375526

  7. Area density of localization-entropy I: the case of wedge-localization

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    Using an appropriately formulated holographic light front projection, we derive an area law for the localization-entropy caused by vacuum polarization on the horizon of a wedge region. Its area density has a simple kinematic relation to the heat bath entropy of the light front algebra. Apart from a change of parametrization the infinite light like length contribution to the light front volume factor corresponds to the short-distance divergence of the area density of the localization entropy. This correspondence is a consequence of the conformal invariance of the light front holography combined with the well-known fact that in conformality relates short to long distances. In the explicit calculation of the strength factor we use the temperature duality relation of rational chiral theories whose derivation will be briefly reviewed. We comment on the potential relevance for the understanding of Black hole entropy. (author)

  8. Spin and wedge representations of infinite-dimensional Lie algebras and groups

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    Kac, Victor G.; Peterson, Dale H.

    1981-01-01

    We suggest a purely algebraic construction of the spin representation of an infinite-dimensional orthogonal Lie algebra (sections 1 and 2) and a corresponding group (section 4). From this we deduce a construction of all level-one highest-weight representations of orthogonal affine Lie algebras in terms of creation and annihilation operators on an infinite-dimensional Grassmann algebra (section 3). We also give a similar construction of the level-one representations of the general linear affine Lie algebra in an infinite-dimensional “wedge space.” Along these lines we construct the corresponding representations of the universal central extension of the group SLn(k[t,t-1]) in spaces of sections of line bundles over infinite-dimensional homogeneous spaces (section 5). PMID:16593029

  9. Random walks, diffusion limited aggregation in a wedge, and average conformal maps.

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    Sander, Leonard M; Somfai, Ellák

    2005-06-01

    We investigate diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) in a wedge geometry. Arneodo and collaborators have suggested that the ensemble average of DLA cluster density should be close to the noise-free selected Saffman-Taylor finger. We show that a different, but related, ensemble average, that of the conformal maps associated with random clusters, yields a nontrivial shape which is also not far from the Saffman-Taylor finger. However, we have previously demonstrated that the same average of DLA in a channel geometry is not the Saffman-Taylor finger. This casts doubt on the idea that the average of noisy diffusion-limited growth is governed by a simple transcription of noise-free results. PMID:16035911

  10. A dual wedge microneedle for sampling of perilymph solution via round window membrane.

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    Watanabe, Hirobumi; Cardoso, Luis; Lalwani, Anil K; Kysar, Jeffrey W

    2016-04-01

    Precision medicine for inner-ear disease is hampered by the absence of a methodology to sample inner-ear fluid atraumatically. The round window membrane (RWM) is an attractive portal for accessing cochlear fluids as it heals spontaneously. In this study, we report on the development of a microneedle for perilymph sampling that minimizes the size of RWM perforation, facilitates quick aspiration, and provides precise volume control. Here, considering the mechanical anisotropy of the RWM and hydrodynamics through a microneedle, a 31G stainless steel pipe was machined into wedge-shaped design via electrical discharge machining. The sharpness of the needle was evaluated via a surface profilometer. Guinea pig RWM was penetrated in vitro, and 1 μL of perilymph was sampled and analyzed via UV-vis spectroscopy. The prototype wedge shaped needle was successfully fabricated with the tip curvature of 4.5 μm and the surface roughness of 3.66 μm in root mean square. The needle created oval perforation with minor and major diameter of 143 and 344 μm (n = 6). The sampling duration and standard deviation of aspirated volume were 3 s and 6.8 % respectively. The protein concentration was 1.74 mg/mL. The prototype needle facilitated precise perforation of RWMs and rapid aspiration of cochlear fluid with precise volume control. The needle design is promising and requires testing in human cadaveric temporal bone and further optimization to become clinically viable. PMID:26888440

  11. The Zagros folded belt (Fars, Iran): constraints from topography and critical wedge modelling

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    Mouthereau, F.; Lacombe, O.; Meyer, B.

    2006-04-01

    The Late Miocene tectonics of the Zagros folded belt (Fars province) has for long been related solely to folding of the cover controlled by a ductile décollement between basement and the sedimentary cover. However, geological constraints, topography analysis and seismotectonic studies reveal that basement thrusting may produce locally significant deformation in the cover. To determine how the deep-seated deformation in the basement may contribute to the overall topography we first examine the filtered large and short wavelengths of the topography. We find that the short-wavelength component of the topography (20-25 km), including the Zagros folds, is superimposed on the differential uplift at the regional scale. In other words, the regional base level of folded marker horizons remains parallel to the regional topography of interest. Modelling reveals that the salt-based wedge model, alone, is not able to reproduce the large-wavelength component of the topography of the Zagros Folded Belt. This reveals that when a thick (relatively to its overburden) layer of salt forms the basal décollement it is generally too weak and cannot support the growth of significant topography. We then test an alternative thick-skinned crustal wedge model involving the crust of the Arabian margin, which is decoupled above a viscous lower crust. This model satisfactorily reproduces the observed topography and is consistent with present-day basement thrusting, topography analyses and geological constraints. We conclude that basement-involved thickening and shortening is mechanically required to produce the shape of the Zagros Folded Belt since at least 10 Ma. Finally, the involvement of the basement provides mechanical and kinematic constraints that should be accounted for cross-sections balancing and further assessing the evolution of Zagros at crustal or lithospheric scales.

  12. Karnali and Jajarkot Klippen in Western Nepal Himalaya Inconsistent with Tectonic Wedging Model Predictions

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    Soucy La Roche, R.; Godin, L.; Cottle, J. M.; Kellett, D.

    2015-12-01

    The Himalayan metamorphic core, exposed between two opposite sense shear zones, is locally preserved in a series of foreland klippen. The upper shear zone, the South Tibetan Detachment (STD), is a key element in many competing tectonic models. One of these models, tectonic wedging, requires that the STD merges with the reverse-sense basal shear zone towards the foreland. We tested this hypothesis in two foreland klippen in western Nepal. The Karnali klippe is a doubly-plunging synform underlain by a folded reverse-sense shear zone. It comprises amphibolite metamorphic facies rocks overlain by greenschist to subgreenschist facies sedimentary rocks. The contact is marked by a folded ca. 1 km thick normal-sense shear zone, which we correlate with the STD. Quartz and calcite recrystallization textures and quartz crystallographic preferred orientations suggest an abrupt decrease in temperature of deformation from ~750 °C in the footwall to 580 and 475 °C at the base and top of the shear zone, respectively, and to 150-200 °C in the hanging wall. In-situ monazite petrochronology indicates prograde metamorphism between 36 and 30 Ma in the immediate footwall of the STD, followed by tectonic exhumation from 28 to <24 Ma, possibly starting as early as 30 Ma. Preliminary muscovite 40Ar/39Ar ages suggest that deformation along the STD ceased by ca. 18 Ma. Field data from the adjacent Jajarkot klippe indicate a similar first order structural architecture, although protoliths, metamorphic grade and deformation temperature differ significantly. Transport-parallel exposure of the STD in this area implies a minimum slip of 165 km. The presence of the STD on both flanks of the Karnali and the Jajarkot klippen is inconsistent with predictions that the STD merges at depth with the basal shear zone in the Karnali klippe and north of the Jajarkot klippe. Our observations are consequently not compatible with the tectonic wedging model proposed for western Nepal.

  13. High tibial closing wedge osteotomy for medial compartment osteoarthrosis of knee

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    Tuli S

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Most patients of symptomatic osteoarthrosis of knee are associated with varus malalignment that is causative or contributory to painful arthrosis. It is rational to correct the malalignment to transfer the functional load to the unaffected or less affected compartment of the knee to relieve symptoms. We report the outcome of a simple technique of high tibial osteotomy in the medial compartment of osteoarthrosis of the knee. Materials and Methods: Between 1996 and 2004 we performed closing wedge osteotomy in 78 knees in 65 patients. The patients selected for osteotomy were symptomatic essentially due to medial compartment osteoarthrosis associated with moderate genu varum. Of the 19 patients who had bilateral symptomatic disease 11 opted for high tibial osteotomy of their second knee 1-3 years after the first operation. Preoperative grading of osteoarthrosis and postoperative function was assessed using Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA rating scale. Results: At a minimum follow-up of 2 years (range 2-9 years 6-10° of valgus correction at the site of osteotomy was maintained, there was significant relief of pain while walking, negotiating stairs, squatting and sitting cross-legged. Walking distance in all patients improved by two to four times their preoperative distance of 200-400 m. No patient lost any preoperative knee function. The mean JOA scoring improved from preoperative 54 (40-65 to 77 (55-85 at final follow-up. Conclusion: Closing wedge high tibial osteotomy performed by our technique can be undertaken in any setup with moderate facilities. Operation related complications are minimal and avoidable. Kirschner wire fixation is least likely to interfere with replacement surgery if it becomes necessary.

  14. Climate stabilization wedges in action: a systems approach to energy sustainability for Hawaii Island.

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    Johnson, Jeremiah; Chertow, Marian

    2009-04-01

    Pacala and Socolow developed a framework to stabilize global greenhouse gas levels for the next fifty years using wedges of constant size representing an increasing use of existing technologies and approaches for energy efficiency, carbon free generation, renewables, and carbon storage. The research presented here applies their approach to Hawaii Island, with modifications to support local scale analysis and employing a "bottom-up" methodology that allows for wedges of various sizes. A discretely bounded spatial unit offers a testing ground for a holistic approach to improving the energy sector with the identification of local options and limitations to the implementation of a comprehensive energy strategy. Nearly 80% of total primary energy demand across all sectors for Hawaii Island is currently met using petroleum-based fuels.The Sustainable Energy Plan scenario included here presents an internally consistent set of recommendations bounded by local constraints in areas such as transportation efficiency, centralized renewable generation (e.g., geothermal, wind), reduction in transmission losses, and improved building efficiency. This scenario shows thatthe demand for primary energy in 2030 could be reduced by 23% through efficiency measures while 46% could be met by renewable generation, resulting in only 31% of the projected demand being met by fossil fuels. In 2030, the annual releases of greenhouse gases would be 3.2 Mt CO2-eq/year under the Baseline scenario, while the Sustainable Energy Plan would reduce this to 1.2 Mt CO2-eq/year--an annual emissions rate 40% below 2006 levels and 10% below 1990 levels. The total for greenhouse gas emissions during the 24-year study period (2007 to 2030) is 59.9 Mt CO2-eq under the Baseline scenario and 32.5 Mt CO2-eq under the Sustainable Energy Plan scenario. Numerous combinations of efficiency and renewable energy options can be employed in a manner that stabilizes the greenhouse gas emissions of Hawaii Island. PMID

  15. New 3-D view of a middle-shelf grounding-zone wedge in Eastern Basin Ross Sea, Antarctica

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    Bart, P. J.; Tomkin, J.

    2008-12-01

    A new large-area multibeam survey of a previously identified grounding zone wedge on the central Ross Sea middle continental shelf was acquired during NBP0802 and NBP0803 in February 2008. Within a regional framework, this wedge corresponds to the third grounding event since the WAIS began the post-LGM retreat. The survey reveals the 3-D detailed view of a lineated topset with iceberg gouges, a smooth multi-lobed foreset and distinct downdip pinchout of the grounding zone wedge. Beyond the down-dip pinchout, older subglacial lineations, oblique to the younger lineations, are evident. The multibeam survey along with sub- bottom profiler records permitted us to precisely position piston cores for each of these morphologic sectors. The combined data may serve as a proxy for evaluating some aspects of the WAIS's modern grounding- zone system. For example, sediment cores at the wedge's thin landward and basinward limits obtained homogenous gray mud below a thin olive-green pelagic drape. The absence of a similar pelagic drape embedded in the homogenous gray muds suggests that grounded ice did not retreat past this location before the WAIS occupied the middle-shelf grounding position. In other words, the pause in WAIS retreat was not associated with any significant re-advance.

  16. Wedge splitting test method: quantification of influence of glued marble plates by two-parameter fracture mechanics

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Nieto Garcia, B.; Merta, I.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 30, OCT (2014), s. 174-181. ISSN 1971-8993 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14AT012 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * T-stress * K-calibration curves * Stress intensity factor * Concrete fracture test Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  17. Effect of VATS Wedge Resection and Mediastinal Lymph Node Sampling 
in Eldly Patients with Early Peripheral Lung Cancer

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    Weihua LOU

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective The treatment for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer is primarily surgical. However, the optimal extent of mediastinal lymph node resection remains to be determined. The aim of the current study is to investigate the effect of a pulmonary wedge resection on aged patients with lung cancer. Methods A total of 15 lung cancer patients aged over 70 years were treated via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling from June 2004 to February 2008. Mediastinal lymph node sampling included stations 2R, 4R, 8 and 9 for the right-sided cancers and stations 5, 6, 8 and 9 for the left-sided cancers. Results VATS wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling for aged patients with peripheral lung cancer are minimally invasive treatments with a short operative time and low postoperative morbidity. The 1-year and 3-year survival rates were 100% and 86.6%, respectively. Conclusion VATS wedge resection and mediastinal lymph node sampling can be an alternative treatment for aged patients with early peripheral lung cancer.

  18. Violating conformal invariance: Two-dimensional clusters grafted to wedges, cones, and branch points of Riemann surfaces

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    Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Nadler, Walter; Grassberger, Peter

    2005-06-01

    Lattice animals are one of the few critical models in statistical mechanics violating conformal invariance. We present here simulations of two-dimensional site animals on square and triangular lattices in nontrivial geometries. The simulations are done with the pruned-enriched Rosenbluth method (PERM) algorithm, which gives very precise estimates of the partition sum, yielding precise values for the entropic exponent θ (ZN˜μNN-θ) . In particular, we studied animals grafted to the tips of wedges with a wide range of angles α , to the tips of cones (wedges with the sides glued together), and to branching points of Riemann surfaces. The latter can either have k sheets and no boundary, generalizing in this way cones to angles α>360° , or can have boundaries, generalizing wedges. We find conformal invariance behavior, θ˜1/α , only for small angles (α≪2π) , while θ≈const-α/2π for α≫2π . These scalings hold both for wedges and cones. A heuristic (nonconformal) argument for the behavior at large α is given, and comparison is made with critical percolation.

  19. Is it safe to perform completion lobectomy after diagnostic wedge resection using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery?

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    Holbek, Bo Laksáfoss; Petersen, René Horsleben; Hansen, Henrik Jessen

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess the safety of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) completion lobectomy (CL) for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) after diagnostic wedge resection by comparing with standard VATS lobectomy (SL). METHODS: Data were retrieved from an...

  20. AUTOJOM, Quadratic Equation Coefficient for Conic Volume, Parallelepipeds, Wedges, Pyramids. JOMREAD, Check of 3-D Geometry Structure from Quadratic Surfaces

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    Nature of physical problem solved: AUTOJOM is a computer program that will generate the coefficients of any quadratic equation used to define conic volumes and also the coefficients of the planes needed to define parallelepipeds, wedges, and pyramids. JOMREAD is a computer code to check any 3D geometry composed of and constructed with quadratic surfaces

  1. Subduction-driven shortening and differential exhumation in a Cadomian accretionary wedge: The Teplá-Barrandian unit, Bohemian Massif

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    Hajná, J.; Žák, J.; Kachlík, V.; Chadima, Martin

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 176, 1/4 (2010), s. 27-45. ISSN 0301-9268 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : accretionary wedge * anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) * Teplá-Barrandian unit * Bohemian Massif * Cadomian orogeny * Variscan orogeny Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography Impact factor: 4.116, year: 2010

  2. Postoperative Disc Wedging in Adolescent Idiopathic Thoracolumbar/Lumbar Scoliosis: a Comparison of Anterior and Posterior Approaches

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    Bin Yu; Yi-peng Wang; Gui-xing Qiu; Jian-guo Zhang; Jian-xiong Shen; Yu Zhao; Shu-gang Li; Qi-yi Li

    2010-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the different influences of anterior and posterior correction and fusion ap-proaches upon disc wedging in adolescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis.Methods The retrospective study was conducted with the medical records and radiographs of ado-lescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis patients that underwent anterior (group A) or posterior (group B) correction and fusion surgery from December 1998 to May 2008. The correction of the main curve and changes of the disc wedging were analyzed.Results Fifty-three patients were included, 26 in group A and 27 in group B. The mean coronal Cobb angles of the main curve in group A and group B were significantly corrected after surgery (P0.05). The difference between disc wedging at final follow-up and that after surgery was significant in group A (P0.05). Between the two groups, group A had larger disc angles after operation and at final follow-up (P<0.05), and a greater loss of disc angle (P<0.05).Conclusion For adolescent idiopathic thoracolumbar/lumbar scoliosis, posterior approach using all pedicle screws might produce a better result in terms of disc wedging compared with anterior approach.

  3. Wedge Splitting Test and Inverse Analysis on Fracture Behaviour of Fiber Reinforced and Regular High Performance Concretes

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    Hodicky, Kamil; Hulin, Thomas; Schmidt, Jacob Wittrup;

    2014-01-01

    The fracture behaviour of three fiber reinforced and regular HPC (high performance concretes) is presented in this paper. Two mixes are based on optimization of HPC whereas the third mix was a commercial mix developed by CONTEC ApS (Denmark). The wedge splitting test setup with 48 cubical specimens...

  4. A quality assurance tool for helical tomotherapy using a step-wedge phantom and the on-board MVCT detector.

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    Althof, Vincent; van Haaren, Paul; Westendorp, Rik; Nuver, Tonnis; Kramer, Dinant; Ikink, Marijke; Bel, Arjen; Minken, Andre

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate filmless quality assurance (QA) tools for helical tomotherapy by using the signals from the on-board megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) detector and applying a dedicated step-wedge phantom. The step-wedge phantom is a 15 cm long step-like aluminum block positioned on the couch. The phantom was moved through the slit beam and MVCT detector signals were analyzed. Two QA procedures were developed, with gantry fixed at 0°: 1) step-wedge procedure: to check beam energy consistency, field width, laser alignment with respect to the virtual isocenter, couch movement, and couch velocity; and 2) completion procedure: to check the accuracy of a field abutment made by the tomotherapy system after a treatment interruption. The procedures were designed as constancy tool and were validated by measurement of deliberately induced variations and comparison with a reference method. Two Hi-Art II machines were monitored over a period of three years using the step-wedge procedures. The data acquisition takes 5 minutes. The analysis is fully automated and results are available directly after acquisition. Couch speed deviations up to 2% were induced. The mean absolute difference between expected and measured couch speed was 0.2% ± 0.2% (1 standard deviation SD). Field width was varied around the 10 mm nominal size, between 9.7 and 11.1 mm, in steps of 0.2 mm. Mean difference between the step-wedge analysis and the reference method was energy consistency. Beam energy variations were induced. Mean difference between step-wedge and water PDD ratios was 0.2% ± 0.3% (1SD). The completion procedure was able to reveal abutment mismatches with a mean error of -0.6 mm ± 0.2 mm (1SD). The trending data over a period of three years showed a mean deviation of 0.4% ± 0.1% (1 SD) in couch speed. The spread in field width was 0.15 mm (1 SD). The sagittal and transverse lasers showed a variation of 0.5 mm (1 SD). Beam energy varied 1.0% (1

  5. Electromagnetic sensing for the monitoring of structures and infrastructures: a model for the diffraction by penetrable wedges

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    Riccio, G.; Gennarelli, G.

    2012-04-01

    As well-known, the observation of structures and infrastructures by radar remote sensing involves the investigation of the high-frequency electromagnetic scattering by canonical shapes, such as cylinders and wedges. For instance, the ruptures caused by natural disasters can be represented in the form of a wedge-shaped fracture [1]. They modify the electromagnetic response of the scene under investigation and the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD) can be used as efficient tool for describing this occurrence. Diffraction by a wedge is a well-covered topic in the scientific literature, but the available results mainly concern impenetrable structures. The aim of this work is to provide Uniform Asymptotic Physical Optics (UAPO) diffraction coefficients in the case of lossless penetrable wedges illuminated by plane waves having normal incidence with respect to the edge. To this end, the original problem is subdivided into two parts relevant to the internal region of the wedge and the surrounding space. For what concerns the evaluation of the field diffracted in the outer region, equivalent electric and magnetic PO surface currents are used as sources in the radiation integral. They lie on the external faces of the wedge and their expressions change in accordance with the incidence direction. As a matter of fact, they involve the reflection and transmission Fresnel's coefficients when one external face is directly illuminated, and only the reflection Fresnel's coefficients if both the external faces are considered. A useful approximation and a uniform asymptotic evaluation of the resulting radiation integrals allow one to obtain the diffraction coefficients in terms of the Geometrical Optics (GO) response and the standard transition function of the Uniform Theory of Diffraction (UTD) [2]. The evaluation of the field diffracted in the inner region is tackled and solved by using equivalent PO surface currents on the internal faces of the wedge. Once such currents are

  6. 3D Stress-Strain Analysis of a Failed Limestone Wedge Influenced by an Intact Rock Bridge

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    Paronuzzi, Paolo; Bolla, Alberto; Rigo, Elia

    2016-08-01

    This paper presents a back-analysis of a rock wedge failure (volume = 25-30 m3) that involved a limestone scarp in the Rosandra valley (Trieste karst, NE Italy). Thanks to the mechanical survey of the detachment surface, a single rock bridge having a size of about 15 cm × 30 cm has been ascertained. A 3D stress-strain analysis has been performed to examine the influence of the rock bridge on the block stability (initial unweathered condition: strength reduction factor SRF equal to 1.14). The shear strength provided by the basal and lateral joints represents the main contributing factor for the wedge stability (about 60-75 % of the whole resisting system). However, the equilibrium of the wedge was temporarily attained thanks to the strength contribution provided by the rock bridge (25-40 %) until the acting forces locally exceeded the resisting forces, thus determining the bridge rupture and, as a consequence, the wedge collapse. The mean shear stress acting on the rock bridge at failure ranges from about 3.5 to 5 MPa. Calculated block displacements up to failure vary from 0.6 to 1.5 mm, depending on the different elastic modulus assumed for the wedge ( E = 30, 10, and 4 GPa). Pre-collapse block displacements increase as a result of the shear strength decrease that was initially caused by the weathering of the delimiting rock joints and, further, by the progressive failure of the rock bridge. The cohesion at failure of the rock bridge ranges from 2.1 to 2.6 MPa (friction angle of intact rock φ = 40°).

  7. Degree of serpentinization in the forearc mantle wedge of Kyushu subduction zone: quantitative evaluations from seismic velocity

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    Xia, Shaohong; Sun, Jinlong; Huang, Haibo

    2015-09-01

    Serpentinization is an important phenomenon for understanding the water cycle and geodynamics of subduction zones in the upper mantle. In this study, we evaluate quantitatively the degree of serpentinization using the seismic velocity. The results show that serpentinization mainly occurs in the forearc mantle wedge along the subducted oceanic crust, and the degree of serpentinization in the forearc mantle wedge of Kyushu is strongly heterogeneous and varies from 0 to 12 %, containing about 0-1.8 % water contents. In general, the degree of serpentinization gradually decreases with depth from 40 to 80 km and the largest degree usually occur in about 40-50 km depth. Localized high anomalies of serpentinization are revealed in the northern and southern portions of Kyushu, respectively. We suggest that in the northern portion of the forearc mantle wedge, the water contents are relatively large, which might result from the abundant fractures and cracks with more fluids in the subducting slab because of the subduction of Kyushu-Palau ridge and the sudden change in its subduction angle of Philippine Sea lithosphere. But the high degree of serpentinization in the southern portion is closely associated with the active left-lateral shear zone revealed by global positioning system site velocities and earthquake focal mechanisms. In addition, the present results also display that the low degree of serpentinization in the central domain of the forearc mantle wedge is consistent with the location of anomalous arc volcano. The distribution of water contents is closely associated with the degree of serpentinization in the forearc mantle wedge.

  8. Novel Ordered Stepped-Wedge Cluster Trial Designs for Detecting Ebola Vaccine Efficacy Using a Spatially Structured Mathematical Model

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    Diakite, Ibrahim; Mooring, Eric Q.; Velásquez, Gustavo E.; Murray, Megan B.

    2016-01-01

    Background During the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, policy-makers were confronted with difficult decisions on how best to test the efficacy of EVD vaccines. On one hand, many were reluctant to withhold a vaccine that might prevent a fatal disease from study participants randomized to a control arm. On the other, regulatory bodies called for rigorous placebo-controlled trials to permit direct measurement of vaccine efficacy prior to approval of the products. A stepped-wedge cluster study (SWCT) was proposed as an alternative to a more traditional randomized controlled vaccine trial to address these concerns. Here, we propose novel “ordered stepped-wedge cluster trial” (OSWCT) designs to further mitigate tradeoffs between ethical concerns, logistics, and statistical rigor. Methodology/Principal Findings We constructed a spatially structured mathematical model of the EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone. We used the output of this model to simulate and compare a series of stepped-wedge cluster vaccine studies. Our model reproduced the observed order of first case occurrence within districts of Sierra Leone. Depending on the infection risk within the trial population and the trial start dates, the statistical power to detect a vaccine efficacy of 90% varied from 14% to 32% for standard SWCT, and from 67% to 91% for OSWCTs for an alpha error of 5%. The model’s projection of first case occurrence was robust to changes in disease natural history parameters. Conclusions/Significance Ordering clusters in a step-wedge trial based on the cluster’s underlying risk of infection as predicted by a spatial model can increase the statistical power of a SWCT. In the event of another hemorrhagic fever outbreak, implementation of our proposed OSWCT designs could improve statistical power when a step-wedge study is desirable based on either ethical concerns or logistical constraints. PMID:27509037

  9. Role of Neogene Exhumation and Sedimentation on Critical-Wedge Kinematics in the Zagros Orogenic Belt, Northeastern Iraq, Kurdistan

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    Koshnaw, R. I.; Horton, B. K.; Stockli, D. F.; Barber, D. E.; Tamar-Agha, M. Y.; Kendall, J. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Zagros orogenic belt and foreland basin formed during the Cenozoic Arabia-Eurasia collision, but the precise histories of shortening and sediment accumulation remain ambiguous, especially at the NW extent of the fold-thrust belt in Iraqi Kurdistan. This region is characterized by well-preserved successions of Cenozoic clastic foreland-basin fill and deformed Paleozoic-Mesozoic hinterland bedrock. The study area provides an excellent opportunity to investigate the linkage between orogenic wedge behavior and surface processes of erosion and deposition. The aim of this research is to test whether the Zagros orogenic wedge advanced steadily under critical to supercritical wedge conditions involving in-sequence thrusting with minimal erosion or propagated intermittently under subcritical condition involving out-of-sequence deformation with intense erosion. These endmember modes of mountain building can be assessed by integrating geo/thermochronologic and basin analyses techniques, including apatite (U-Th)/He thermochronology, detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology, stratigraphic synthesis, and seismic interpretations. Preliminary apatite (U-Th)/He data indicate activation of the Main Zagros Fault (MZF) at ~10 Ma with frontal thrusts initiating at ~8 Ma. However, thermochronometric results from the intervening Mountain Front Flexure (MFF), located between the MZF and the frontal thrusts, suggest rapid exhumation at ~6 Ma. These results suggest that the MFF, represented by the thrust-cored Qaradagh anticline, represents a major episode of out-of-sequence deformation. Detrital zircon U-Pb analyses from the Neogene foreland-basin deposits show continuous sediment derivation from sources to the NNE in Iraq and western Iran, suggesting that out-of-sequence thrusting did not significantly alter sedimentary provenance. Rather, intense hinterland erosion and recycling of older foreland-basin fill dominated sediment delivery to the basin. The irregular distribution of

  10. Mud volcano venting induced gas hydrate formation at the upper slope accretionary wedge, offshore SW Taiwan

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    Lin, Saulwood; Tseng, Yi-Ting; Cheng, Wan-Yen; Chou, Cheng-Tien; Chen, NeiChen; Hsieh, I.-Chih

    2016-04-01

    TsanYao Mud Volcano (TYMV) is the largest mud volcano cone in the Hengchun Mud Volcano Group (HCMVG), located at the upper slope of the accrretionary wedge, southwest of Taiwan. The region is under active tectonic activity with the Philippine Plate, moving northwestward at a rate of ~8 cm/year. This region also receives huge quantity of suspended particle load of ~100 mT/year at present time from adjacent small rivers of the Island of Taiwan. Large loads of suspended sediments influx become a major source of organic carbon and later gas and other hydrocarbon. Gas and fluid in the mud volcano are actively venting from deep to the sea floor on the upper slope of the accretionary wedge. In order to understand venting on the HCMVG, echo sounder, towcam and coring were carried out. Pore water sulfate, chloride, potassium, calcium, stable isotope O-18, gas compositions, dissolved sulfide were analysed. The HCMVG consists of 12 volcano cones of different sizes. Large quantity of gas and fluid are venting directly from deep to the TYMV structure high, as well as 50+ other vents as appeared as flares on the echo sounder. Some flares are reaching to the atmosphere and likely a source of green house gases to the atmosphere. Venting fluids include gas bubbles, suspended particle, mud, and breccia. Breccia size could reach more than 12 cm in diameter. Circular bands in different color appeared around the cone may represent stages of vent eruptions. Compositions of vent gas include methane, ethane and propane. High proportions of ethane and propane in the vent gas demonstrated that source of gas are thermogenic in origin. Patchy authigenic carbonate, bacterial mats, bivalves, tube worms and other chemosynthesis organisms were supported by venting gas AOM process near the sea floor. Pore water chloride concentrations show distinct variation pattern from center cone to the side of the volcano, with low in the center and high away from the cone. Pore water with higher than seawater

  11. Global typology of urban energy use and potentials for an urbanization mitigation wedge.

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    Creutzig, Felix; Baiocchi, Giovanni; Bierkandt, Robert; Pichler, Peter-Paul; Seto, Karen C

    2015-05-19

    The aggregate potential for urban mitigation of global climate change is insufficiently understood. Our analysis, using a dataset of 274 cities representing all city sizes and regions worldwide, demonstrates that economic activity, transport costs, geographic factors, and urban form explain 37% of urban direct energy use and 88% of urban transport energy use. If current trends in urban expansion continue, urban energy use will increase more than threefold, from 240 EJ in 2005 to 730 EJ in 2050. Our model shows that urban planning and transport policies can limit the future increase in urban energy use to 540 EJ in 2050 and contribute to mitigating climate change. However, effective policies for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions differ with city type. The results show that, for affluent and mature cities, higher gasoline prices combined with compact urban form can result in savings in both residential and transport energy use. In contrast, for developing-country cities with emerging or nascent infrastructures, compact urban form, and transport planning can encourage higher population densities and subsequently avoid lock-in of high carbon emission patterns for travel. The results underscore a significant potential urbanization wedge for reducing energy use in rapidly urbanizing Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. PMID:25583508

  12. Hospital-wide rollout of antimicrobial stewardship: a stepped-wedge randomized trial.

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    Palmay, Lesley; Elligsen, Marion; Walker, Sandra A N; Pinto, Ruxandra; Walker, Scott; Einarson, Thomas; Simor, Andrew; Rachlis, Anita; Mubareka, Samira; Daneman, Nick

    2014-09-15

    Our objective was to rigorously evaluate the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship audit-and-feedback intervention, via a stepped-wedge randomized trial. An effective intensive care unit (ICU) audit-and-feedback program was rolled out to 6 non-ICU services in a randomized sequence. The primary outcome was targeted antimicrobial utilization, using a negative binomial regression model to assess the impact of the intervention while accounting for secular and seasonal trends. The intervention was successfully transitioned, with high volumes of orders reviewed, suggestions made, and recommendations accepted. Among patients meeting stewardship review criteria, the intervention was associated with a large reduction in targeted antimicrobial utilization (-21%, P = .004); however, there was no significant change in targeted antibiotic use among all admitted patients (-1.2%, P = .9), and no reductions in overall costs and microbiologic outcomes. An ICU day 3 audit-and-feedback program can be successfully expanded hospital-wide, but broader benefits on non-ICU wards may require interventions earlier in the course of treatment. PMID:24928294

  13. Closing the Wedge: Search Strategies for Extended Higgs Sectors with Heavy Flavor Final States

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    Gori, Stefania; Shah, Nausheen R; Zurek, Kathryn M

    2016-01-01

    We consider search strategies for an extended Higgs sector at the high-luminosity LHC14 utilizing multi-top final states. In the framework of a Two Higgs Doublet Model, the purely top final states ($t\\bar t, \\, 4t$) are important channels for heavy Higgs bosons with masses in the wedge above $2\\,m_t$ and at low values of $\\tan\\beta$, while a $2 b 2t$ final state is most relevant at moderate values of $\\tan \\beta$. We find, in the $t\\bar t H$ channel, with $H \\rightarrow t \\bar t$, that both single and 3 lepton final states can provide statistically significant constraints at low values of $\\tan \\beta$ for $m_A$ as high as $\\sim 750$ GeV. When systematics on the $t \\bar t$ background are taken into account, however, the 3 lepton final state is more powerful, though the precise constraint depends fairly sensitively on lepton fake rates. We also find that neither $2b2t$ nor $t \\bar t$ final states provide constraints on additional heavy Higgs bosons with couplings to tops smaller than the top Yukawa due to expec...

  14. Tunable-angle wedge transducer for improved acoustophoretic control in a microfluidic chip

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    We present a tunable-angle wedge ultrasound transducer for improved control of microparticle acoustophoresis in a microfluidic chip. The transducer is investigated by analyzing the pattern of aligned particles and induced acoustic energy density while varying the transducer geometry, transducer coupling angle, and transducer actuation method (single-frequency actuation or frequency-modulation actuation). The energy-density analysis is based on measuring the transmitted light intensity through a microfluidic channel filled with a suspension of 5 µm diameter beads and the results with the tunable-angle transducer are compared with the results from actuation by a standard planar transducer in order to decouple the influence from change in coupling angle and change in transducer geometry. We find in this work that the transducer coupling angle is the more important parameter compared to the concomitant change in geometry and that the coupling angle may be used as an additional tuning parameter for improved acoustophoretic control with single-frequency actuation. Further, we find that frequency-modulation actuation is suitable for diminishing such tuning effects and that it is a robust method to produce uniform particle patterns with average acoustic energy densities comparable to those obtained using single-frequency actuation. (paper)

  15. Mixed Convection Flow of Magnetic Viscoelastic Polymer from a Nonisothermal Wedge with Biot Number Effects

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    S. Abdul Gaffar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic polymers are finding increasing applications in diverse fields of chemical and mechanical engineering. In this paper, we investigate the nonlinear steady boundary layer flow and heat transfer of such fluids from a nonisothermal wedge. The incompressible Eyring-Powell non-Newtonian fluid model is employed and a magnetohydrodynamic body force is included in the simulation. The transformed conservation equations are solved numerically subject to physically appropriate boundary conditions using a second-order accurate implicit finite difference Keller Box technique. The numerical code is validated with previous studies. The influence of a number of emerging nondimensional parameters, namely, the Eyring-Powell rheological fluid parameter (ε, local non-Newtonian parameter based on length scale (δ, Prandtl number (Pr, Biot number (γ, pressure gradient parameter (m, magnetic parameter (M, mixed convection parameter (λ, and dimensionless tangential coordinate (ξ, on velocity and temperature evolution in the boundary layer regime is examined in detail. Furthermore, the effects of these parameters on surface heat transfer rate and local skin friction are also investigated.

  16. Stationary bubble formation and cavity collapse in wedge-shaped hoppers

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    Yagisawa, Yui; Then, Hui Zee; Okumura, Ko

    2016-01-01

    The hourglass is one of the apparatuses familiar to everyone, but reveals intriguing behaviors peculiar to granular materials, and many issues are remained to be explored. In this study, we examined the dynamics of falling sand in a special form of hourglass, i.e., a wedge-shaped hopper, when a suspended granular layer is stabilized to a certain degree. As a result, we found remarkably different dynamic regimes of bubbling and cavity. In the bubbling regime, bubbles of nearly equal size are created in the sand at a regular time interval. In the cavity regime, a cavity grows as sand beads fall before a sudden collapse of the cavity. Bubbling found here is quite visible to a level never discussed in the physics literature and the cavity regime is a novel phase, which is neither continuous, intermittent nor completely blocked phase. We elucidate the physical conditions necessary for the bubbling and cavity regimes and develop simple theories for the regimes to successfully explain the observed phenomena by considering the stability of a suspended granular layer and clogging of granular flow at the outlet of the hopper. The bubbling and cavity regimes could be useful for mixing a fluid with granular materials. PMID:27138747

  17. Stationary bubble formation and cavity collapse in wedge-shaped hoppers

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    Yagisawa, Yui; Okumura, Ko

    2016-01-01

    The hourglass is one of the apparatuses familiar to everyone, but reveals intriguing behaviors peculiar to granular materials, and many issues are remained to be explored. In this study, we examined the dynamics of falling sand in a special form of hourglass, i.e., a wedge-shaped hopper, when a suspended granular layer is stabilized to a certain degree. As a result, we found remarkably different dynamics, bubbling and cavity regimes. In the bubbling regime, bubbles of nearly equal size are created in the sand at a regular time interval. In the cavity regime, a cavity grows as sand beads fall before a sudden collapse of the cavity. Bubbling found here is quite visible to a level never discussed in the physics literature and the cavity regime is a novel phase, which is neither continuous, intermittent nor completely blocked phase. We elucidate the physical conditions necessary for the bubbling and cavity regimes and develop simple theories for the regimes to successfully explain the observed phenomena by consid...

  18. Smectite diagenesis, pore-water freshening, and fluid flow at the toe of the Nankai wedge

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    Brown, K.M.; Saffer, D.M.; Bekins, B.A.

    2001-01-01

    The presence of low-chloride fluids in the lowermost sediments drilled at Ocean Drilling Program Site 808, at the Nankai accretionary wedge, has been considered as prime evidence for long-distance, lateral fluid flow from depth. Here, we re-evaluate the potential role of in situ reaction of smectite (S) to illite (I) in the genesis of this low chloride anomaly. This reaction is known to be occurring at Site 808, with both the S content and S to I ratio in the mixed layer clays decreasing substantially with depth. We show that the bulk of the chloride anomaly can generate by in situ clay dehydration, particularly if pre-reaction smectite abundances (Ai) approach ?? 10-15% of the bulk sediment. The Ai values, however, are not well constrained. At Ai values fluid centered close to the de??collement could be required. Thus, there remains the important possibility that the observed low-Cl anomaly is a compound effect of both lateral flow and in situ smectite dehydration. ?? 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Turbulent transport coefficients in spherical wedge dynamo simulations of solar-like stars

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    Warnecke, Jörn; Käpylä, Petri J; Käpylä, Maarit J; Brandenburg, Axel

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the magnetic field generation in global solar-like convective dynamos in the framework of mean-field theory. We simulate a solar-type star in a wedge-shaped spherical shell, where the interplay between convection and rotation self-consistently drives large-scale dynamo. To analyze the dynamo mechanism we apply the test-field method for azimuthally ($\\phi$) averaged fields to determine the 27 turbulent transport coefficients of the electromotive force, of which 9 are related to the $\\alpha$ effect tensor. This method has previously been used either in simulations in Cartesian coordinates or in the geodynamo context and it is applied here for the first time in simulations of solar-like dynamo action. We find that the $\\phi\\phi$-component of the $\\alpha$ tensor does not follow the profile expected from that of kinetic helicity. Beside the dominant $\\alpha$-$\\Omega$ dynamo, also an $\\alpha^2$ dynamo is locally enhanced. The turbulent pumping velocities significantly alter the effective mean flows a...

  20. Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum Due to Defective Glial Wedge Formation in Lhx2 Mutant Mice.

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    Chinn, Gregory A; Hirokawa, Karla E; Chuang, Tony M; Urbina, Cecilia; Patel, Fenil; Fong, Jeanette; Funatsu, Nobuo; Monuki, Edwin S

    2015-09-01

    Establishment of the corpus callosum involves coordination between callosal projection neurons and multiple midline structures, including the glial wedge (GW) rostrally and hippocampal commissure caudally. GW defects have been associated with agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC). Here we show that conditional Lhx2 inactivation in cortical radial glia using Emx1-Cre or Nestin-Cre drivers results in ACC. The ACC phenotype was characterized by aberrant ventrally projecting callosal axons rather than Probst bundles, and was 100% penetrant on 2 different mouse strain backgrounds. Lhx2 inactivation in postmitotic cortical neurons using Nex-Cre mice did not result in ACC, suggesting that the mutant phenotype was not autonomous to the callosal projection neurons. Instead, ACC was associated with an absent hippocampal commissure and a markedly reduced to absent GW. Expression studies demonstrated strong Lhx2 expression in the normal GW and in its radial glial progenitors, with absence of Lhx2 resulting in normal Emx1 and Sox2 expression, but premature exit from the cell cycle based on EdU-Ki67 double labeling. These studies define essential roles for Lhx2 in GW, hippocampal commissure, and corpus callosum formation, and suggest that defects in radial GW progenitors can give rise to ACC. PMID:24781987

  1. Benthic macrofaunal dynamics and environmental stress across a salt wedge Mediterranean estuary.

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    Nebra, Alfonso; Alcaraz, Carles; Caiola, Nuno; Muñoz-Camarillo, Gloria; Ibáñez, Carles

    2016-06-01

    The spatial distribution of benthic macroinvertebrate community in relation to environmental factors was studied along the Ebro Estuary (NE Iberian Peninsula), a salt wedge Mediterranean estuary. Both ordination methods and generalized additive models were performed to identify the different benthic assemblages and their relationship to abiotic factors. Our results showed a strong relationship between macrofaunal assemblages and the predominant environmental gradients (e.g. salinity); thus revealing spatial differences in their structure and composition. Two different stretches were identified, namely the upper (UE) and the lower Ebro Estuary (LE). UE showed riverine characteristics and hence was colonized by a freshwater community; whereas LE was influenced by marine intrusion and sustained a complex marine-origin community. However, within each stretch, water and sediment characteristics played an important role in explaining species composition differences among sampling stations. Moreover, outcomes suggested a total species replacement pattern, instead of the nestedness pattern usually associated with well-mixed temperate estuaries. The sharp species turnover together with the estuarine stratification point out that the Ebro Estuary is working, in terms of ecological boundaries, under an ecotone model. Finally, despite obvious differences with well mixed estuaries (i.e. lack of tidal influence, stratification and species turnover), the Ebro Estuary shares important ecological attributes with well-mixed temperate estuaries. PMID:27062106

  2. A systematic review investigating the efficacy of laterally wedged insoles for medial knee osteoarthritis.

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    Penny, P; Geere, J; Smith, Toby O

    2013-10-01

    A conservative management strategy for knee osteoarthritis is the lateral wedge insole (LWI). The theoretical basis for this intervention is to correct tibiofemoral malalignment, thereby reducing pain and optimising function. This systematic review evaluates the evidence on the effectiveness and safety of LWI for the treatment for knee osteoarthritis. A systematic review was performed, searching published (MEDLINE, AMED, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library) and unpublished literature from their inception to August 2012. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) were included that compared the use of LWI with a neutral insole or control intervention for people with medial compartment osteoarthritis. Risk of bias and clinical relevance were assessed, and outcomes were analysed through meta-analysis. From a total of 3,105 citations, 10 studies adhered to the a priori eligibility criteria. These included 1,095 people; 535 participants were allocated to receive LWI insoles compared to 509 in control groups. Eight per cent of papers were of high quality with low risk of bias. There was no statistically significant difference between LWI and neutral insoles for pain, function, analgesic requirement, compliance or complications (p ≥ 0.07). Those who received LWI demonstrated lower non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug requirements (p angle of LWI is of clinical importance. PMID:23612781

  3. Thermodynamic and fracture mechanical processes in the context of frost wedging in ice shelves

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    Plate, Carolin; Müller, Ralf; Humbert, Angelika; Gross, Dietmar

    2015-04-01

    Ice shelves, the link between ice shields or glaciers and the ocean are sensitive elements of the polar environment. The ongoing break up and disintegration of huge ice shelf parts or entire ice shelf demands for an explication of the underlying processes. The first analyses of crack growth and break up events in ice shelves date back to more than half a century. Nevertheless, the mechanisms that trigger and influence the collapse of whole ice shelf parts are not yet fully understood. Popular presumptions link ice shelf disintegration to surface meltwater and hydro fracturing, explaining break up events in warm polar seasons. Fracture events during colder seasons are possibly triggered by more complex mechanisms. A well-documented break up event at the Wilkins Ice Shelf bridge inspires the possibility of frost wedging as disintegration cause. The present study shows a two-dimensional thermo-dynamical model simulating the growth of an ice lid in a water-filled crevasse for measured surface temperatures. The influence of the crevasse geometry and the ice shelf temperature are shown. The resulting lid thickness is then used for the linear elastic fracture mechanical analysis. The maximum crack depth is estimated by comparing the computed stress intensity factors to critical values KIc obtained from literature. The thermodynamic as well as the fracture mechanical simulation are performed using the commercial finite element code COMSOL. The computation of KI follows in post processing routines in MATLAB exploiting the benefits of the concept of configurational forces.

  4. NUMERICAL MODELING AND DYNAMIC SIMULATIONS OF NONLINEAR AEROTHERMOELASTIC OF A DOUBLE-WEDGE LIFTING SURFACE

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    ARIF A. EBRAHEEM AL-QASSAR

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The design of the re-entry space vehicles and high-speed aircrafts requires special attention to the nonlinear thermoelastic and aerodynamic instabilities of their structural components. The thermal effects are important since temperature environment influences significantly the static and dynamic behaviors of flight structures in supersonic/hypersonic regimes. To contribute to the understanding of dynamic behavior of these “hot” structures, a double-wedge lifting surface with combined freeplay and cubic stiffening structural nonlinearities in both plunging and pitching degrees-of-freedom operating in supersonic/hypersonic flight speed regimes has been analyzed. A third order Piston Theory Aerodynamics is used to evaluate the applied nonlinear unsteady aerodynamic loads. The loss of torsional stiffness that may be incurred by lifting surfaces subjected to axial stresses induced by aerodynamic heating is also considered. The aerodynamic heating effect is estimated based on the adiabatic wall temperature due to high speed airstreams. Modelling issues as well as simulation results have been presented and pertinent conclusions outlined. It is highlighted that a serious loss of torsional stiffness may induce the dynamic instability of the lifting surfaces. The influence of various parameters such as flight condition, thickness ratio, freeplays and pitching stiffness nonlinearity are also discussed.

  5. Receptivity of Boundary Layer over a Blunt Wedge due to Freestream Pulse Disturbances at Mach 6

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    Jianqiang Shi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Direct numerical simulation (DNS of a hypersonic compressible flow over a blunt wedge with fast acoustic disturbances in freestream is performed. The receptivity characteristics of boundary layer to freestream pulse acoustic disturbances are numerically investigated at Mach 6, and the frequency effects of freestream pulse wave on boundary layer receptivity are discussed. Results show that there are several main disturbance mode clusters in boundary layer under acoustic pulse wave, and the number of main disturbance clusters decreases along the streamwise. As disturbance wave propagates from upstream to downstream direction, the component of the modes below fundamental frequency decreases, and the component of the modes above second harmonic components increases quickly in general. There are competition and disturbance energy transfer between different boundary layer modes. The nose boundary layer is dominated by the nearby mode of fundamental frequency. The number of the main disturbance mode clusters decreases as the freestream disturbance frequency increases. The frequency range with larger growth narrows along the streamwise. In general, the amplitudes of both fundamental mode and harmonics become larger with the decreasing of freestream disturbance frequency. High frequency freestream disturbance accelerates the decay of disturbance wave in downstream boundary layer.

  6. Stationary bubble formation and cavity collapse in wedge-shaped hoppers.

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    Yagisawa, Yui; Then, Hui Zee; Okumura, Ko

    2016-01-01

    The hourglass is one of the apparatuses familiar to everyone, but reveals intriguing behaviors peculiar to granular materials, and many issues are remained to be explored. In this study, we examined the dynamics of falling sand in a special form of hourglass, i.e., a wedge-shaped hopper, when a suspended granular layer is stabilized to a certain degree. As a result, we found remarkably different dynamic regimes of bubbling and cavity. In the bubbling regime, bubbles of nearly equal size are created in the sand at a regular time interval. In the cavity regime, a cavity grows as sand beads fall before a sudden collapse of the cavity. Bubbling found here is quite visible to a level never discussed in the physics literature and the cavity regime is a novel phase, which is neither continuous, intermittent nor completely blocked phase. We elucidate the physical conditions necessary for the bubbling and cavity regimes and develop simple theories for the regimes to successfully explain the observed phenomena by considering the stability of a suspended granular layer and clogging of granular flow at the outlet of the hopper. The bubbling and cavity regimes could be useful for mixing a fluid with granular materials. PMID:27138747

  7. Analytical expression for the sheath edge around wedge-shaped cathodes

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    Sheridan, T. E.

    2008-03-01

    The sheath is the boundary layer separating a quasi-neutral plasma from a material electrode. Understanding the sheath is important for numerous applications, including plasma-based ion implantation, plasma etching of semiconductors, plasma assisted electrostatic cleaning, and Langmuir probes. In a 1D planar geometry, the Child-Langmuir (CL) law describes the sheath when the bias on a negative electrode, i.e., a cathode, is much greater than the electron temperature. In this case, the sheath width s is an eigenvalue of the problem. In 2D, the sheath edge is an unknown line (an ``eigen-boundary") which is determined by a set of coupled, nonlinear, partial differential equations. I have found an expression for the sheath edge around a 2D wedge-shaped cathode with included angle θw. In polar coordinates (r,θ), the sheath edge is a solution of r(aθ)=as where s is the planar sheath width far from the corner and θw=2π- π/a, so that a=1/2 gives a knife edge, while a=2/3 gives a square corner. This result is verified by comparison with the numerical solutions of Watterson [P. A. Watterson, J. Phys. D 22, 1300 (1989)].

  8. New devices for applications in lasers and optical communications based on the wedged interference structures

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    Mindizov, Nikolay; Pashova, Vera; Deneva, Margarita; Stoykova, Elena; Nenchev, Marin

    2010-10-01

    We present two novel applications of optical properties of the interference wedge (compact realization of the Fizeau Interferometer) for the case of illumination with a small diameter laser beam. The first one is a new and competitive wavelength division multiplexing structure. The main advantages of the device are the possibility for separate frequency tuning of each input-output channel as well as its compactness. The made computer simulation proves that the structure can work with very short laser pulse duration (~ 0.1 ns), which corresponds to pulse repetition rate of order of ten GHz and more, thus fulfilling the requirements of modern digital communication systems. The theoretical analysis and the experimental check with laboratory model of a free-optical communication system show a sufficient resonant narrowline transmission up to 75% with the linewidth of emission from 0.05 nm to few nm. The second proposal is a device which allows for distant laser measurement of small linear translation of a rigid object for distances from a few meters up to hundred meters.

  9. A low noise front end electronics for micro-channel plate detector with wedge and strip anode

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    Hu, K.; Li, F.; Liang, F.; Chen, L.; Jin, G.

    2016-03-01

    A low noise Front End Electronics (FEE) for two-dimensional position sensitive Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) detector has been developed. The MCP detector is based on Wedge and Strip Anode (WSA) with induction readout mode. The WSA has three electrodes, the wedge electrode, the strip electrode, and the zigzag electrode. Then, three readout channels are designed in the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The FEE is calibrated by a pulse generator from Agilent. We also give an analysis of the charge loss from the CSA. The noise levels of the three channels are less than 1 fC RMS at the shaping time of 200 ns. The experimental result shows that the position resolution of the MCP detector coupled with the designed PCB can reach up to 110 μm.

  10. Designing the topology of ion nano-channels in the mesophases of amphiphilic wedge-shaped molecules.

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    Grafskaia, K N; Rueda, J J Hernandz; Zhu, X; Nekipelov, V M; Anokhin, D V; Moeller, M; Ivanov, D A

    2015-11-11

    The wedge-shaped amphiphiles bearing sulfonate groups at the tip of the wedge are prone to form ion nano-channels upon exposure to a humid atmosphere. During swelling, water molecules preferentially accumulate in polar regions of the system resulting in the formation of a lyotropic phase. In this work, the details of the structure formation processes occurring upon swelling in water vapour, including determination of the size and topology of the ion nano-channels, are explored. The electron density profiles across the channel are obtained from the fits of the X-ray scattering data with two- and three-phase structural models the applicability of which is critically analysed. The results show that the ion channel size correlates not only with water uptake but also with the molecular architecture such as the structure of the rigid molecular fragment bearing a polar group. These findings can help optimising the ion transport for development of ion-selective membranes. PMID:26523454

  11. The age of formation of the mirabilite and sand wedges in the Hexi Corridor and their paleoclimatic interpretation

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    WANG Nai'ang; ZHANG Jianming; CHENG Hongyi; GUO Jianying; ZHAO Qiang

    2003-01-01

    Sand wedges in the Hexi Corridor mainly formed in an alluvial gravel stratum of the late Pleistocene and the radiocarbon ages of the eolian sand infilling wedge prove that they were a product of the last ice age. During their period of formation, the mean annual air temperature in the Hexi Corridor was about -5.3℃, i. e. about 13℃ lower than that of the present. This estimated value iscoincident with the decrease in air temperature predicated from mirabilite (Na2SO4·10H2O) sedimentary layer in study area, and also agrees with research on theestimated amplitude of air temperature lowering in middle and high latitudes ofthe Northern Hemisphere during the last glacial period. The annual precipitation in the Western Hexi Corridor at that time was probably about 100-200 mm, i.e.about 100 mm more than at present.

  12. Nonlinear thermal and moisture response of ice-wedge polygons to permafrost disturbance increases heterogeneity of high Arctic wetland

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    Godin, Etienne; Fortier, Daniel; Lévesque, Esther

    2016-03-01

    Low-center polygonal terrains with gentle sloping surfaces and lowlands in the high Arctic have a potential to retain water in the lower central portion of ice-wedge polygons and are considered high-latitude wetlands. Such wetlands in the continuous permafrost regions have an important ecological role in an otherwise generally arid region. In the valley of the glacier C-79 on Bylot Island (Nunavut, Canada), thermal erosion gullies were rapidly eroding the permafrost along ice wedges affecting the integrity of the polygons by breaching and collapsing the surrounding rims. Intact polygons were characterized by a relative homogeneity in terms of topography, snow cover, maximum active layer thaw depth, ground moisture content and vegetation cover (where eroded polygons responded nonlinearly to perturbations, which resulted in differing conditions in the latter elements). The heterogeneous nature of disturbed terrains impacted active layer thickness, ground ice aggradation in the upper portion of permafrost, soil moisture, vegetation dynamics and carbon storage.

  13. Numerical simulations of an ocean/continent convergent system: influence of subduction geometry and mantle wedge hydration on crustal recycling

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    Roda, Manuel; Spalla, Maria Iole; 10.1029/2009GC003015

    2011-01-01

    The effects of the hydration mechanism on continental crust recycling are analyzed through a 2D finite element thermo-mechanical model. Oceanic slab dehydration and consequent mantle wedge hydration are implemented using a dynamic method. Hydration is accomplished by lawsonite and serpentine breakdown; topography is treated as a free surface. Subduction rates of 1, 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 cm/y, slab angles of 30o, 45o and 60o and a mantle rheology represented by dry dunite and dry olivine flow laws, have been taken into account during successive numerical experiments. Model predictions pointed out that a direct relationship exists between mantle rheology and the amount of recycled crustal material: the larger the viscosity contrast between hydrated and dry mantle, the larger the percentage of recycled material into the mantle wedge. Slab dip variation has a moderate impact on the recycling. Metamorphic evolution of recycled material is influenced by subduction style. TPmax, generally representative of eclogite facie...

  14. A low noise front end electronics for micro-channel plate detector with wedge and strip anode

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    A low noise Front End Electronics (FEE) for two-dimensional position sensitive Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) detector has been developed. The MCP detector is based on Wedge and Strip Anode (WSA) with induction readout mode. The WSA has three electrodes, the wedge electrode, the strip electrode, and the zigzag electrode. Then, three readout channels are designed in the Printed Circuit Board (PCB). The FEE is calibrated by a pulse generator from Agilent. We also give an analysis of the charge loss from the CSA. The noise levels of the three channels are less than 1 fC RMS at the shaping time of 200 ns. The experimental result shows that the position resolution of the MCP detector coupled with the designed PCB can reach up to 110 μm

  15. Two-parameter fracture mechanical analysis of a near-crack-tip stress field in wedge splitting test specimens

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    Seitl, Stanislav; Veselý, V.; Řoutil, L.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 89, 21-22 (2011), s. 1852-1858. ISSN 0045-7949. [International Conference on Civil, Structural and Enviromental Engineering Computing /12./. Funchal, Madeira, 01.09.2009-04.09.2009] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * Stress intensity factor * T-stress * Numerical simulation * Direct method Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.874, year: 2011

  16. Vegetation composition and shrub extent on the Yukon coast, Canada, are strongly linked to ice-wedge polygon degradation

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    Wolter, Juliane; Lantuit, Hugues; Fritz, Michael; Macias-Fauria, Marc; Myers-Smith, Isla; Herzschuh, Ulrike

    2016-01-01

    Changing environmental and geomorphological conditions are resulting in vegetation change in ice-wedge polygons in Arctic tundra. However, we do not yet know how microscale vegetation patterns relate to individual environmental and geomorphological parameters. This work aims at examining these relations in polygonal terrain. We analysed composition and cover of vascular plant taxa and surface height, active layer depth, soil temperature, carbon and nitrogen content, pH and electrical conducti...

  17. The Effects of Various Kinds of Lateral Wedge Insoles on Performance of Individuals with Knee Joint Osteoarthritis

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    Masoud Rafiaee; Mohammad T Karimi

    2012-01-01

    Background: Knee joint osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most incapacitating diseases affecting older population, which is associated with pain and functional limitation. Various kinds of conservative treatment have been used to decrease knee pain and to improve the quality of life of the subjects suffering from this disease. There are discrepancies in the clinical effects reported for the use of lateral wedge insole in spite of being used as one of the first conservative mechanical treatment...

  18. The sedimentological significance of a clastic wedge in the western basin margin of the Triassic Tethys (Iberian Range, Spain)

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    García-Gil, Soledad

    1991-01-01

    [EN] The Middle Triassic in the NW of the Iberian Basin consists of both carbonate and terrigenous sediments. A new sedimentary model is proposed for the clastic wedge of the Cuesta del Castillo Saudstones and Siltstones (CCSS) Formation (García-Gil, 1990), and its relationship with the Upper Muschelkalk carbonate Formations. The model will take account of the following characteristics: 1. Low depositional gradient being integrated in a homoclinal carbonate ramp. 2. Co...

  19. Analytical correction of an extension of the “MU Fraction Approximation” for Varian enhanced dynamic wedges

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    Gossman Michael; Sharma Subhash

    2010-01-01

    The most common method to determine enhanced dynamic wedge factors begins with the use of segmented treatment tables. These segmental dose delivery values set as a function of upper jaw position are the backbone of a calculation process coined the "MU Fraction Approximation." Analytical and theoretical attempts have been made to extend and alter the mathematics for this approximation for greater accuracy. A set of linear equations in the form of a matrix are introduced here which correct one ...

  20. Fluids confined in wedges and by edges: virial series for the line-thermodynamic properties of hard spheres

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    Urrutia, Ignacio

    2016-01-01

    This work is devoted to analyze the relation between the thermodynamic properties of a confined fluid and the shape of its confining vessel. Recently, new insights in this topic were found through the study of cluster integrals for inhomogeneous fluids, that revealed the dependence on the vessel shape of the low density behavior of the system. Here, the statistical mechanics and thermodynamics of fluids confined in wedges or by edges is revisited, focusing on their cluster integrals. In parti...

  1. Stress singularity analysis of anisotropic multi-material wedges under antiplane shear deformation using the symplectic approach

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    2011-01-01

    Symplectic approach has emerged a popular tool in dealing with elasticity problems especially for those with stress singularities. However, anisotropic material problem under polar coordinate system is still a bottleneck. This paper presents a subfield method coupled with the symplectic approach to study the anisotropic material under antiplane shear deformation. Anisotropic material around wedge tip is considered to be consisted of many subfields with constant material properties which can be handled by th...

  2. Height distribution of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation with sharp-wedge initial condition: Numerical evaluations

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    Prolhac, Sylvain; Spohn, Herbert

    2011-07-01

    The time-dependent probability distribution function of the height for the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equation with sharp wedge initial conditions has been obtained recently as a convolution between the Gumbel distribution and a difference of two Fredholm determinants. We evaluate numerically this distribution over the whole time span. The crossover from the short time behavior, which is Gaussian, to the long time behavior, which is governed by the Gaussian unitary ensemble (GUE) Tracy-Widom distribution, is clearly visible.

  3. Crustal accretion in the Manila trench accretionary wedge at the transition from subduction to mountain-building in Taiwan

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    Lester, Ryan; McIntosh, Kirk; Van Avendonk, Harm J. A.; Lavier, Luc; Liu, C.-S.; Wang, T. K.

    2013-08-01

    New marine seismic reflection and coincident wide-angle ocean-bottom seismometer data acquired offshore Taiwan provide high-resolution constraints on the crustal structure of an incipient mountain belt during the earliest stage of arc-continent collision. The new seismic reflection image and travel-time tomography velocity model show evidence for crust of the distal southern Chinese continental margin being subducted eastward beneath the Manila trench and underplated to the accretionary wedge before collision with the southern Chinese continental shelf. The distal margin crust consists of highly extended continental crust interspersed with volcanic bodies and a high-velocity lower crustal layer of likely magmatic intrusions. The distal margin crust is 10-14 km thick outboard of the trench, but thins to 6 km thick beneath the lower slope of the Manila trench accretionary wedge. Along the lower slope of the accretionary prism, we image westward-verging imbricate thrusts and folded strata up to 10 km thick. A sharp decrease in bathymetry marks the transition from lower to upper slope, where we observe a fast (>6.0 km/s) seismic velocity anomaly at the base of the wedge that we interpret as structurally underplated crust from the distal continental margin. Our results support a model of arc-continent collision in Taiwan where the accretionary wedge is first thickened by structural underplating of distal margin crust prior to collision with the continental shelf. The crustal rocks exposed throughout the Central Range in Taiwan may be similarly derived from subducted and structurally underplated crust from the highly extended distal continental margin.

  4. Endobronchial electrocautery wire snare prior to wedge bronchoplastic lobectomy for central-type lung cancer: A case report

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    Hidenori Kawasaki; Atsushi Nakamoto; Naohiro Taira; Takaharu Ichi; Tomofumi Yohena; Tsutomu Kawabata

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Occasionally, it is difficult to design an appropriate treatment plan for central-type lung cancer. We present the usefulness of combined treatment with a bronchoscopic electrocautery wire snare prior to wedge bronchoplastic lobectomy for patients with central-type lung cancer. Presentation of case: A 64-year-old man, who was a long-term corticosteroid user, complicated with left obstructive pneumonia. Chest CT scan showed total atelectasis of the left lung due to obstruction...

  5. Pengaruh Variasi Temperatur Austenisasi pada Proses Heat Treatment Quenching Terhadap Sifat Mekanik dan Struktur Mikro Friction Wedge AISI 1340

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    Fahmi Aziz Husain

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Permasalahan yang sering timbul dalam pembuatan friction wedge AISI 1340 adalah adanya Crack yang terjadi setelah proses quenching dalam pembuatan friction wedge. Kemungkinan penyebab kegagalan yang terjadi yakni kurang tepatnya perlakuan panas yang dilakukan.Oleh karena itu perlu adanya suatu penelitian untuk mencari perlakuan panas yang tepat. . Metodologi yang digunakan adalah heat treatment quenching dengan variasi temperatur austenisasi 830°C, 850°C, 870°C dan 920°C dengan waktu penahanan 20 menit, kemudian didinginkan cepat dengan media pendingin oli. Hasil dari penelitian ini adalah semua spesimen hasil treatment memenuhi standar kekerasan friction wedge. Nilai kekerasan naik seiring naiknya temperatur austenisasi. Hasil paling baik didapat dari spesimen heat treatment quenching di media pendingin oli pada temperatur austenisasi 830oC dengan nilai kekerasan 458 BHN, tidak ada Crack yang terjadi dan memiliki nilai elongasi yang paling rendah yaitu 0,43%, sehingga bisa tahan pada temperatur kerja daripada spesimen yang lain. Struktur mikro yang dihasilkan berupa martensit dan austenit sisa. Dari pengujian XRD didapatkan fasa Fe1.91 C0.09 (Martensit BCT dan Fe15.1 C (Austenit FCC.

  6. A new method to calculate lateral force acting on stabilizing piles based on multi-wedge translation mechanism

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    罗渝; 许强; 何思明; 李新坡; 何尽川; 吴永

    2015-01-01

    A new method based on the multi-wedge translation mechanism is presented to calculate the lateral force acting on the stabilizing piles. At first, there is no assumption for the shape of potential sliding surface, it is just considered that the potential sliding surface is a composite of a number of straight lines. And then, the potential sliding mass is divided into a number of triangular wedges take with these straight lines as its base. The kinematic theorem of limit analysis is adopted to calculate the rate of external work and the rate of energy dissipation for each triangular wedge, respectively. Furthermore, the multivariate functions are established to calculate the lateral force acting on the stabilizing piles. The lateral force and the corresponding potential sliding surfaces can be obtained by an optimizational technique. At last, an example is taken to illustrate the method. The effect of soil strength parameters, slope angle and pile roughness on the lateral force and the corresponding potential sliding surface are analyzed. The result are compared with those obtained using other methods.

  7. What 2-D multichannel seismic and multibeam bathymetric data tell us about the North Sumatra wedge structure and coseismic response

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    Frederik, M. C. G.; Gulick, S. P. S.; Austin, J. A.; Bangs, N. L. B.; Udrekh

    2015-09-01

    Recent large earthquakes have prompted studies to reevaluate seismicity and rupture propagation behavior along the world's major subduction margins. Our study area covers the entire fore arc from northwest of northern Sumatra to west of Simeulue Island, the southern portion of the 2004 tsunamigenic earthquake rupture zone. The accretionary prism width is up to ~180 km, water depths between ~4.5 km near the Sunda Trench and <1 km on fore-arc high. The wedge consists of a steep outer slope (5-12°), a plateau ~100-120 km wide with anticlinal folds spaced 2-15 km apart, and a steep inner slope adjacent to the Aceh Basin. Analysis of seismic profiles and bathymetry reveal three main structural zones consistent along-strike, from the trench landward: (1) predominantly landward vergent folds, (2) mixed vergent folds, and (3) predominantly seaward vergent folds. This paper uses those zones to propose a geometry of an underlying rigid backstop. This backstop is seaward dipping and extends from under the Aceh Basin to beneath the mixed vergence zone. A dynamic backstop possibly exists seaward of the rigid backstop and is responsible for the steep slope of the outer prism. Indurated accreted sediments form the landward vergence zone. Along with the possible dynamic backstop beneath the outer wedge, and the rigid backstop in the inner wedge, all behave as a solid block coseismically. This block allows great earthquake rupture to propagate farther seaward toward the Sunda Trench, with resultant hazardous tsunamigenic potential.

  8. On the Use of a Driven Wedge Test to Acquire Dynamic Fracture Energies of Bonded Beam Specimens

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    Dillard, David A. [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech); Pohilt, David [Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA; Jacob, George Chennakattu [ORNL; Starbuck, Michael [Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA; Rakesh, Kapania [Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA

    2011-01-01

    A driven wedge test is used to characterize the mode I fracture resistance of adhesively bonded composite beam specimens over a range of crosshead rates up to 1 m/s. The shorter moment arms (between wedge contact and crack tip) significantly reduce inertial effects and stored energy in the debonded adherends, when compared with conventional means of testing double cantilever beam (DCB) specimens. This permitted collecting an order of magnitude more crack initiation events per specimen than could be obtained with end-loaded DCB specimens bonded with an epoxy exhibiting significant stick-slip behavior. The localized contact of the wedge with the adherends limits the amount of both elastic and kinetic energy, significantly reduces crack advance during slip events, and facilitates higher resolution imaging of the fracture zone with high speed imaging. The method appears to work well under both quasi-static and high rate loading, consistently providing substantially more discrete fracture events for specimens exhibiting pronounced stick-slip failures. Deflections associated with beam transverse shear and root rotation for the shorter beams were not negligible, so simple beam theory was inadequate for obtaining qualitative fracture energies. Finite element analysis of the specimens, however, showed that fracture energies were in good agreement with values obtained from traditional DCB tests. The method holds promise for use in dynamic testing and for characterizing bonded or laminated materials exhibiting significant stick slip behavior, reducing the number of specimens required to characterize a sufficient number of fracture events.

  9. THE SAND WEDGE AND MIRABILITE OF THE LAST ICE AGE AND THEIR PALEOCLIMATIC SIGNIFICANCE IN HEXI CORRIDOR

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    The sand wedges in Hexi Corridor occur in the alluvial gravel stratum of bajada and high terraces. The 14C ages of eolian sand in sand wedges prove that they formed during the Last Ice Age, with the mean annual air temperature about 5.6℃. The common 14C and AMS 14C dating ages of terrestrial branch relicts in Huahai clay-mirabilite interlayer are ( 11 600 ±280) a B. P. and (1118 ±54) a B.P. respectively, proving that the mirabilite formed at the cold episode of the Last Glacial Maximum(LGM) and Younger Dryers(YD) in Huahai Lake. It is pointed out that the mean annual air temperature in Hexi Corridor during LGM was about - 3℃ - - 7℃ ,11℃ - 15℃ lower than that of present, and that during YD was about 0℃ - 2℃,6℃ - 8℃ lower than at present. This decreasing temperature values are generally coincident with those inferred by pollen, sand wedge and ice core in the northern China, and also with the research on temperature-falling amplitude of middle and high latitude on the Northern Hemisphere recently.

  10. Numerical And Experimental Study On Producing Aluminum Alloy 6061 Shafts By Cross Wedge Rolling Using A Universal Rolling Mill

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    Tofil A.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a selection of numerical and theoretical results of the cross wedge rolling process for producing stepped shafts made of aluminum alloy 6061. The numerical modeling was performed using the FEM-based Simufact Forming simulation software. In the simulations, we examined the kinematics of metal flow and determined the distribution patterns of effective strains, temperatures, axial stresses and the Cockroft-Latham damage criterion. Variations in the rolling forces were determined, too. The numerical results were verified experimentally using a universal rolling mill designed and constructed by the present authors. This machine can be used to perform such processes as cross wedge rolling, longitudinal rolling and round bar cropping. During the experiments, we examined process stability and finished product geometry and recorded the torques. The experimental results confirm that axisymmetric aluminum alloy shafts can be produced by cross wedge rolling with two rolls. Last but not least, the experiments served to evaluate the technological potential of the rolling mill used.

  11. Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases 2050: Technological wedges - Input to the Commission on Low Emissions; Reduserte klimagassutslipp 2050: Teknologiske kiler - Innspill til Lavutslippsutvalget

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    Rosenberg, Eva; Espegren, Kari Aamodt; Finden, Per; Hageman, Rolf; Stenersen, Dag

    2006-09-15

    The Commission on Low Emissions was established in March 2005 and has been charged with the task of describing how Norway can achieve a 50-80 percent reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. The commission describes the desired total reduction in emissions to be a set of actions or 'wedges', meaning that the reduction in emissions are linked to an array of technological and behavioural changes. The technological wedges are described here, while the behavioural wedges are treated in a different report. The potentials described are based on the Low Emission's reference line. Possible changes in the reference line will result in changed potentials. The technological wedges studied comprise to a great extent a potential of 50-80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. This depends on considerable effort from research and development, and a determination to change external conditions.

  12. Brucite as an important phase of the shallow mantle wedge: Evidence from the Shiraga unit of the Sanbagawa subduction zone, SW Japan

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    Kawahara, Hirokazu; Endo, Shunsuke; Wallis, Simon R.; Nagaya, Takayoshi; Mori, Hiroshi; Asahara, Yoshihiro

    2016-06-01

    Large parts of the shallow mantle wedge are thought to be hydrated due to release of fluids from the subducting slab and serpentinization of the overlying mantle rocks. If serpentinization proceeds under low SiO2 activity, brucite can be a major phase in the low-temperature (rock composition and point counting indicates that the original fully hydrated shallow parts of the Sanbagawa mantle wedge contained ~ 10-15 vol.% brucite before the onset of exhumation of the Shiraga body and before peak metamorphic conditions. A distinct zone of brucite-free essentially monomineralic antigorite serpentinite occurs limited to a 100-m-thick marginal zone of the body. This indicates a limited degree of Si-metasomatism by slab-derived fluids in the shallow mantle wedge. The presence of brucite may strongly affect the H2O budget and mechanical properties of serpentinite; these should be taken into consideration when examining the behavior of the shallow mantle wedge.

  13. Tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and the European Union : Preface to the special issue of Financial Theory and Practice

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    Ivica Urban

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available This article is a preface to a special issue of Financial Theory and Practice, which is devoted to the comparison of tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and other EU countries. The articles in this issue have arisen from the students’ research project, undertaken in 2015. This Preface outlines the motivation behind the research project, explains the most important methodological issues, and reviews the literature on the measurement of tax wedge in Croatia.

  14. Duodenal Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Treated by Wedge Resection in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Report of a Case and Review of the Japanese Literature

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    Takeuchi, Hideya; Matsumoto, Toshihumi; Kusumoto, Tetsuya; Yoshikawa, Yasuji; Muto, Yoichi

    2009-01-01

    A case of duodenal gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) treated by wedge resection in a patient with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) is reported. A 55-year-old man with a history of NF-1 was admitted for surgery for a duodenal tumor. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a 2.5 cm duodenal submucosal tumor. Abdominal computed tomography showed a homogenously enhanced mass in the third portion of the duodenum. The patient successfully underwent wedge resection of the duodenal tumor. Histol...

  15. Event study combining magnetospheric and ionospheric perspectives of the substorm current wedge modeling

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    Sergeev, V. A.; Nikolaev, A. V.; Kubyshkina, M. V.; Tsyganenko, N. A.; Singer, H. J.; Rodriguez, J. V.; Angelopoulos, V.; Nakamura, R.; Milan, S. E.; Coxon, J. C.; Anderson, B. J.; Korth, H.

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    Unprecedented spacecraft and instrumental coverage and the isolated nature and distinct step-like development of a substorm on 17 March 2010 has allowed validation of the two-loop substorm current wedge model (SCW2L). We find a close spatiotemporal relationship of the SCW with many other essential signatures of substorm activity in the magnetotail and demonstrate its azimuthally localized structure and stepwise expansion in the magnetotail. We confirm that ground SCW diagnostics makes it possible to reconstruct and organize the azimuthal spatiotemporal substorm development pattern with accuracy better than 1 h magnetic local time (MLT) in the case of medium-scale substorm. The Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment (AMPERE)-based study of global field-aligned current distribution indicates that (a) the SCW-related field-aligned current system consists of simultaneously activated R1- and R2-type currents, (b) their net currents have a R1-sense, and (c) locations of net current peaks are consistent with the SCW edge locations inferred from midlatitude variations. Thanks to good azimuthal coverage of four GOES and three Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms spacecraft, we evaluated the intensities of the SCW R1- and R2-like current loops (using the SCW2L model) obtained from combined magnetospheric and ground midlatitude magnetic observations and found the net currents consistent (within a factor of 2) with the AMPERE-based estimate. We also ran an adaptive magnetospheric model and show that SCW2L model outperforms it in predicting the magnetic configuration changes during substorm dipolarizations.

  16. Wedge resection and segmentectomy in patients with stage I non-small cell lung carcinoma

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    Konstantinos Reveliotis

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of sublobar resections as definitive management in stage I non-small cell lung carcinoma is a controversial topic in the medical community. We intend to report the latest developments and trends in relative indications for each of the above-mentioned surgical approaches for the treatment of stage I non-small cell lung carcinoma as well as the results of studies regarding local recurrence, disease-free survival and five-year survival rates. We reviewed 45 prospective and retrospective studies conducted over the last 25 years listed in the Pubmed and Scopus electronic databases. Trials were identified through bibliographies and a manual search in journals. Authors, citations, objectives and results were extracted. No meta-analysis was performed. Validation of results was discussed. Segmentectomies are superior to wedge resections in terms of local recurrences and cancer-related mortality rates. Sublobar resections are superior to lobectomy in preserving the pulmonary parenchyma. High-risk patients should undergo segmentectomy, whereas lobectomies are superior to segmentectomies only for tumors >2 cm (T2bN0M0 in terms of disease-free and overall 5-year survival. In most studies no significant differences were found in tumors <2 cm. Disease-free surgical margins are crucial to prevent local recurrences. Systematic lymphadenectomy is mandatory regardless of the type of resection used. In sublobar resections with less thorough nodal dissections, adjuvant radiotherapy can be used. This approach is preferable in case of prior resection. In pure bronchoalveolar carcinoma, segmentectomy is recommended. Sublobar resections are associated with a shorter hospital stay. The selection of the type of resection in T1aN0M0 tumors should depend on characteristic of the patient and the tumor. Patient age, cardiopulmonary reserve and tumor size are the most important factors to be considered. However further prospective randomized trials are needed to

  17. Constraining exhumation pathway in an accretionary wedge by (U-Th)/He thermochronology—Case study on Meliatic nappes in the Western Carpathians

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    Putiš, Marián; Danišík, Martin; Ružička, Peter; Schmiedt, Ivan

    2014-11-01

    This study reconstructs the late stages in the exhumation history of a nappe derived from the Meliatic accretionary wedge in the Western Carpathians by means of zircon and apatite (U-Th)/He dating. The Meliatic accretionary wedge formed due to the closure of the Neotethyan Triassic-Jurassic Meliata-Hallstatt Ocean in the Late Jurassic. The studied fragments of the blueschist-bearing Meliatic Bôrka Nappe were metamorphosed at low-temperature and high- to medium-pressure conditions at ca. 160-150 Ma and included into the accretionary wedge. The time of the accretionary wedge formation constrains the beginning of the Bôrka Nappe northward thrusting over the Gemeric Unit of the evolving Central Western Carpathians (CWC) orogenic wedge. The zircon (U-Th)/He data on four samples recorded three evolutionary stages: (i) cooling through the ∼180 °C isotherm at 130-120 Ma related to starting collapse of the accretionary wedge, following exhumation of the high-pressure slices in the Meliatic accretionary wedge; (ii) postponed exhumation and cooling of some fragments through the ∼180 °C isotherm from 115 to 95 Ma due to ongoing collapse of this wedge; and (iii) cooling from 80 to 65 Ma, postdating the thrusting (∼100-80 Ma) of the Bôrka Nappe slices during the Late Cretaceous compression related to formation of the CWC orogenic wedge. The third stage already documents cooling of the Meliatic Bôrka Nappe slices in the CWC orogenic wedge. The apatite (U-Th)/He data may indicate cooling of a Bôrka Nappe slice to near-surface temperatures at ∼65 Ma. The younger AHe age clusters indicate that at least one, or possibly two, reheating events could have occurred in the longer interval from ∼40 to ∼10 Ma during the Oligocene-Miocene. These were related to sedimentary burial and/or the magmatism as documented in other parts of the CWC.

  18. The use of a step wedge for clearing several problems in diagnostic radiology. 1. The use of the step wedge for the estimation of the image quality after modified dark room procedures

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    Properly exposed radiographs and under- or overexposed ones were processed differently with regard to temperature and time. Using a step wedge for the objective estimation, the alteration of well-exposed radiographs by neglecting time and temperature control was examined. Further information is given about the possibility to improve the quality of wrongly exposed radiographs by manipulation of the processing, and about the quantity of acceptable radiographs received in this way. Stop bath, fixation bath, wash bath and drying were performed regularly. The result showed, that the only chance to get high quality radiographs is by exact and correct working

  19. Analysis of operation of new construction of the frictional joint with the resistance wedge / Analiza pracy nowej konstrukcji złącza ciernego z klinem oporowym

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    Brodny, Jarosław

    2012-10-01

    Frictional joint is the basic part of the friction props and yielding steel frames of dog headings. It constitutes a constructional connection and have decisive influence on the basic operational parameters of the steel frames and props, i.e. their loading capacity and yielding capacity. Currently applied constructions of frictional joints characterize with low loading capacity and unstable operation. In order to improve their operational parameters a new constructional solution of frictional joint, consisting on the application of resistance wedge assembled between the cooperating sections, was developed. Application of the resistance wedge caused an increase of resistances to motion in the frictional joint, what influenced on the increase of its loading capacity and on the increase of values of axial forces in the bolts of stirrups. In the paper results of stand tests of frictional joints with the resistance wedge, subjected to the static axial compression and impact of freely falling mass, were presented. In order to determine the influence of the resistance wedge on the operational parameters of the frictional joint, obtained results were compared with the results of studies of the frictional joints without the resistance wedge. On the basis of stand tests a physical and mathematical models of the frictional joint with the resistance wedge, were developed, and utilized to simulation analysis of its operation at impulse loading. On the basis of conducted tests and analysis one can state, that application of the resistance wedge influences on the enhancement of loading capacity, improves the state of loading the bolts in stirrups, and creates possibility of regulation of operational characteristics of the frictional joints

  20. A Euxinic-Wedge Model for Mo Cycling in the Early Cambrian Oceans

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    Li, C.; Cheng, M.; Zhou, L.; Algeo, T. J.; Jin, C. S.; Lei, L. D.; Feng, L. J.; Jiang, S. Y.

    2015-12-01

    Ocean redox conditions during the early Cambrian, a critical period in Earth history marked by rapid evolution of animals, are uncertain. Previous studies have suggested well oxic conditions based on Mo isotopes and stratified, anoxic deep waters based on Fe-S-C and trace metal data. The Niutitang Formation (529-514 Ma) at Yangjiaping (South China) consists of a lower black shale member (LM, 0-18 m) and an upper gray silty shale member (UM, 24-80 m). The LM is moderately to strongly enriched in Mo, U and V, and heterogeneous in Mo-isotopic compositions (δ98Mo = ‒0.65‰ to +2.14‰), while the UM shows lesser enrichment of Mo, U and V, higher Mo/U ratios, and intermediate and more uniform δ98Mo (+1.16‰ to +1.71‰). The metal data and previously reported Fe-speciation data suggest a redox change from dominantly euxinic conditions for the LM to suboxic or weakly anoxic-euxinic conditions for the UM, consistent with a shift of the chemocline from the water column to the sediment during a eustatic fall. We propose an "euxinic wedge" model for the δ98Mo patterns observed here. In this model, the early Cambrian ocean exhibited a lateral transition from ferruginous conditions in nearshore areas to euxinic conditions at mid-depths and back to ferruginous conditions in offshore areas. This pattern was the result of terrigenous Fe-Mnox reduction, sulfate resupply via rivers, and hydrothermal inputs of reactive Fe into the deep basin. Within this framework, sedimentary δ98Mo variation in the study units can be explained through the combined effects of Mo isotopic fractionation associated with Fe-Mnox adsorption and depth-dependent H2S concentrations. Importantly, the heaviest δ98Mo values, which were previously interpreted to reflect full oxygenation, can be explained by the operation of a globally widespread Fe-Mn particulate shuttle that removed large quantities of isotopically light Mo to the sediment, leaving seawater enriched in 98Mo.

  1. Intraplate volcanism and mantle dynamics in East Asia: Big mantle wedge (BMW) model (Invited)

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    Zhao, D.

    2009-12-01

    In the East Asia continent there are many Cenozoic volcanoes, but only a few are still active now, such as the Changbai, Wudalianchi, and Tengchong volcanoes which have erupted several times in the past 1000 years. Although many studies have been made by using various approaches, the origin of the intraplate volcanoes in East Asia is still not very clear. Recently we used regional and global seismic tomography to determine high-resolution 3-D mantle structure under Western Pacific to East Asia (Zhao, 2004; Huang and Zhao, 2006; Zhao et al., 2009). Our results show prominent low-velocity anomalies from the surface down to 410 km depth beneath the intraplate volcanoes and a broad high-velocity anomaly in the mantle transition zone under East Asia. Focal-mechanism solutions of deep earthquakes indicate that the subducting Pacific slab under the Japan Sea and the East Asia margin is subject to compressive stress regime. These results suggest that the Pacific slab meets strong resistance at the 660-km discontinuity and so it becomes stagnant in the mantle transition zone under East Asia. The Philippine Sea slab has also subducted down to the mantle transition zone under western Japan and the Ryukyu back-arc region. The western edge of the stagnant slab is generally parallel with the Japan trench and the Ryukyu trench and roughly coincides with a prominent surface topography and gravity boundary in East China, which is located approximately 1800 km west of the trenches. The upper mantle under East Asia has formed a big mantle wedge (BMW) above the stagnant slab. The BMW exhibits low seismic-velocity and high electrical-conductivity, which is hot and wet because of the deep dehydration reactions of the stagnant slab and the convective circulation process in the BMW. These processes lead to the upwelling of hot and wet asthenospheric materials and thinning and fracturing of the continental lithosphere, leading to the formation of the active intraplate volcanoes in East

  2. Recycling and transport of continental material through the mantle wedge above subduction zones: A Caribbean example

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    Rojas-Agramonte, Yamirka; Garcia-Casco, Antonio; Kemp, Anthony; Kröner, Alfred; Proenza, Joaquín A.; Lázaro, Concepción; Liu, Dunyi

    2016-02-01

    Estimates of global growth rates of continental crust critically depend upon knowledge of the rate at which crustal material is delivered back into the mantle at subduction zones and is then returned to the crust as a component of mantle-derived magma. Quantification of crustal recycling by subduction-related magmatism relies on indirect chemical and isotopic tracers and is hindered by the large range of potential melt sources (e.g., subducted oceanic crust and overlying chemical and clastic sediment, sub-arc lithospheric mantle, arc crust), whose composition may not be accurately known. There is also uncertainty about how crustal material is transferred from subducted lithosphere and mixed into the mantle source of arc magmas. We use the resilient mineral zircon to track crustal recycling in mantle-derived rocks of the Caribbean (Greater Antilles) intra-oceanic arc of Cuba, whose inception was triggered after the break-up of Pangea. Despite juvenile Sr and Nd isotope compositions, the supra-subduction zone ophiolitic and volcanic arc rocks of this Cretaceous (∼135-70 Ma) arc contain old zircons (∼200-2525 Ma) attesting to diverse crustal inputs. The Hf-O isotope systematics of these zircons suggest derivation from exposed crustal terranes in northern Central America (e.g. Mexico) and South America. Modeling of the sedimentary component in the most mafic lavas suggests a contribution of no more than 2% for the case of source contamination or less than 4% for sediment assimilation by the magma. We discuss several possibilities for the presence of inherited zircons and conclude that they were transported as detrital grains into the mantle beneath the Caribbean Plate via subduction of oceanic crust. The detrital zircons were subsequently entrained by mafic melts that were rapidly emplaced into the Caribbean volcanic arc crust and supra-subduction mantle. These findings suggest transport of continental detritus, through the mantle wedge above subduction zones, in

  3. A new algorithm for finite element simulation of wedge osteotomies in voxel models with application to the tibia

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Thomas Pressel1, Markus D Schofer1, Jörg Meiforth2, Markus Lengsfeld1, Jan Schmitt11Department of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology, University Hospital Marburg, Marburg, Germany; 2St. Vincentius Kliniken, Klinik für Orthopädie, Karlsruhe, GermanyAbstract: Wedge osteotomies are used to correct bone deformities or change the forces acting on bones and joints in the human body. Finite element models can be employed to simulate the effect of such operations on the bone or adjacent joints. The automatic generation of voxel models derived from computed tomography data is a common procedure, but the major drawback of the method lies in irregular model surfaces. Therefore, the concept of hybrid models combining voxel and tetrahedron meshes was developed. We present an algorithm to simulate wedge osteotomies in voxel models by adding tetrahedron to brick elements. Applicability of the procedure was tested by performing a parametric study using a tibia model created from computed tomography scans taken in vivo applying individually calculated force conditions. The osteotomy angle largely affected maximum stresses: at 2.5 degrees valgus, the stresses at the medial and lateral tibial plateau were equivalent, while increasing valgus angles reduced medial stresses. The algorithm described here is an improvement of former mesh generation procedures and allows a better representation of the geometry at the osteotomy level. The algorithm can be used for all wedge osteotomies and is not limited to the tibia.Keywords: finite element/osteotomy/voxel/pre-operative planning, simulation, mesh algorithm

  4. Comparison of standard wedge technique and MLC segment technique for breast irradiation. Optimization using three dimensional treatment planning

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    Postoperative radiotherapy has been delivered with wedged tangential fields, optimized isodose distribution without inhomogeniety corrections in a single central-axis. Three-dimensional radiation treatment planning systems (3D-RTPS) is now available and its utility for breast irradiation should be evaluated. We evaluated MLC segment technique whether it improves dose uniformity within target volume and reduces the dose delivered in normal tissue. Twenty-four consecutive patients with breast cancer undergoing lumpectomy and adjuvant breast radiotherapy were treated in our hospital from April to September 2000. Using 3D-RTPS, standard wedge technique and MLC segment technique were evaluated according to the following parameters; maximum absorbed dose in field, dose conformity in PTV (volume of PTV with dose outside 95-105% of the prescribed dose), absorbed dose in ipsilateral lung (volume with dose larger than 100% of the prescribed dose), and absorbed dose in contralateral breast (maximum dose and mean dose). Significant improvement in the doses PTV and critical structures were achieved using MLC segment technique. Compared with standard wedge technique, MLC segment technique decreased 6% of the maximum absorbed dose, improved 50% of dose homogeneity within the planning target volume, and decreased 50% of the maximum dose and 25% of mean dose to the contralateral breast. The ipsilateral lung volume receiving more than 100% of the prescribed dose was not significantly changed. MLC segment technique can significantly improve dose uniformity within PTV and decrease the maximum dose in the field and the dose of critical structures. It is suggested that customized 3D treatment planning for breast irradiation should be clinically applied to improve treatment outcome. (author)

  5. Possibility of titanium transportation within a mantle wedge: formation process of titanoclinohumite in Fujiwara dunite in Sanbagawa belt, Japan

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    S. Ishimaru

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Titinoclinohumite-bearing dunites from Fujiwara, the Sanbagawa metamorphic belt of high-pressure type, Japan, were described to examine the possibility of Ti mobility during metasomatism within the mantle wedge. The Fujiwara dunite body and surrounding high-pressure Sanbagawa schists possibly form a subduction complex, and the dunites are a good analogue to the mantle wedge overlying the slab. The Fujiwara dunites are of deserpentinization origin; the deserpentinized olivine is high in Fo (up to 96 and low in NiO (0.2 to 0.3 wt %, and contains magnetite inclusions. Titanoclinohumites are associated with the deserpentinized olivine, as lamellar intergrowth or veinlets, up to 1 cm in width. Other metamorphic minerals include antigorite, brucite, chlorite, ilmenite, perovskite, Ti-rich ludwigite, and carbonates. The protolith of the Fujiwara dunite was partially serpentinized cumulative dunites from intra-plate magma, containing relatively low-Fo (85 to 86 olivines and TiO2-rich (up to 3 wt % chromian spinels. The metamorphic olivines and titanoclinohumites contain micro-inclusions of methane (CH4 with or without serpentine and brucite. The source of Ti for titanoclinohumite was possibly the Ti-rich chromian spinel, but Ti was mobile through hydrocarbon-rich fluids, which were activated during the metamorphism. The hydrocarbons, of which remnants are carbonates and methane micro-inclusions, were derived from carbonaceous materials or bitumen, possibly incorporated in the precursory serpentinized and brecciated peridotite (= the protolith for the Fujiwara dunites before subduction. Ti can be mobile in the mantle wedge if hydrocarbons are available from the subducted slab.

  6. Work of fracture due to compressive component of loading in wedge splitting test on quasi-brittle cementitious specimens

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    Veselý, V.; Bedáň, J.; Sobek, J.; Seitl, Stanislav

    Zürich : Trans Tech publications, 2015 - (Alfaiate, J.; Aliabadi, M.), s. 317-320 ISBN 978-3-03835-235-8. ISSN 1013-9826. - (Key Engineering Materials. 627). [FDM 2014 International Conference on Fracture and Damage Mechanics /13./. São Miguel Island, Azores (PT), 23.09.2014-25.09.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 7AMB14AT012 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Wedge splitting test * splitting force * compressive force * work of fracture * quasi-brittle fracture * FEM Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  7. The New Wedge-Shaped Hubble Diagram of 398 SCP Supernovae According to the Expansion Center Model

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    2010-01-01

    Following the successful dipole test on 53 SCP SNe Ia presented at SAIt2004 in Milan, this 9th contribution to the ECM series beginning in 1999 in Naples (43th SAIt meeting: "Revolutions in Astronomy") deals with the construction of the new wedge-shaped Hubble diagram obtained with 398 supernovae of the SCP Union Compilation (Kowalski et al. 2008) by applying a calculated correlation between SNe Ia absolute blue magnitude MB and central redshift z0, according to the expansion center model. Th...

  8. Hardening and fracture of wedge-shaped specimens of uranium and its alloys with molybdenum and zirconium under explosive loading

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    The results of studies of explosion effect on properties of uranium and its alloys, namely U-1,4Mo and U-1,4Mo-0,7Zr, are presented. The specimens in the form of a wedge were loaded with explosion of a plastic explosive layer 1,5-3,0 mm thick. The character of attenuation of shock waves caused by explosion was determined. The data on critical conditions of spall fracture initiation and on degree of shock-wave hardening of the materials were obtained

  9. 14C-Dated oxygen-isotope plot of ice-wedge ice of Chara River, Transbaikal'e

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    For refining the time of formation of ice-wedge in southern Siberia the radiocarbon dating of organic phyto materials (wood, peat) from the ice vein enclosing deposits in the primary terrace of the Chara River was made. All the 19 datings fall in the range from 10 to 7.5 thousand years and the period coincides with the first half of the Holocene optimum for the Siberian areas. Isotope composition (18O) of the ices suggests that normally they formed due to water from melted snow

  10. Combination of Wedge Splitting and Bending Fracture Test − Crack Tip Stress Field and Nonlinear Zone Extent Analysis

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    Sobek, J.; Veselý, V.; Seitl, Stanislav

    Zurich: Trans Tech Publications, 2014 - (Kotrasová, K.; Kormanikova, E.), s. 67-72. (Advanced Materials Research. 969). ISBN 978-3-03835-147-4. ISSN 1022-6680. [SPACE 2013 - International Conference on Structural and Physical Aspects of Civil Engineering /2./. Štrbské Pleso (SK), 27.11.2013-29.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/11/1551 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : fracture test * wedge splitting * bending * constraint * fracture process zone * notched specimen Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  11. Double fracture and wedging of a sewing needle interdentally in an attempt at self-treatment: a case report.

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    Harper, Kenneth A

    2002-03-01

    Dental pain occurring whilst abroad may present the patient with a difficult decision: to try and bear it with self-medication until he/she returns home or to seek professional help. This case report outlines a Korean girl's attempt at self-treatment, which resulted in not one but two fragments of a sewing needle wedging between her teeth, the second fracturing as she tried to dislodge the first. Her self-treatment exacerbated her problem and resulted in the need for surgical access to the site to retrieve the broken fragments. The case also illustrates the use of parallax radiography in determining the position of the fragments. PMID:11928345

  12. Stem thrust prediction model for Westinghouse wedge gate valves with linkage type stem-to-disk connection

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    1996-12-01

    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducted a comprehensive research program with the objective of providing nuclear utilities with analytical methods to predict motor operated valve (MOV) performance under design basis conditions. This paper describes the stem thrust calculation model developed for evaluating the performance of one such valve, the Westinghouse flexible wedge gate valve. These procedures account for the unique functional characteristics of this valve design. In addition, model results are compared to available flow loop and in situ test data as a basis for evaluating the performance of the valve model.

  13. Falkner-Skan flow of a magnetic-Carreau fluid past a wedge in the presence of cross diffusion effects

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    Raju, C. S. K.; Sandeep, N.

    2016-08-01

    Heat and mass transfer in the Falkner-Skan flow of a Carreau fluid past a wedge is investigated numerically. In most of the existing studies thermal radiation is linear. Due to the prominent importance of the various industrial applications, in this study we considered the nonlinear thermal radiation along with cross diffusion effects for the heat and mass transfer controlling process. Numerical results are presented graphically as well as in tabular form by enforcing Runge-Kutta and Newton's methods. We also validated the present results by comparing with the published results and found favourable agreement. We presented solutions for the flow separation, decelerating and accelerating cases. We observed that the thermal and concentration boundary layers are non-uniform for the flow separation, decelerating and accelerating cases. For industrial needs, we analysed the heat and mass transfer rates of the accelerating, decelerating and flow separation cases and found that the heat transfer rate is high in the accelerating case when compared with the decelerating case. From this we can conclude that the decelerating flow over a wedge is very useful for cooling applications.

  14. Fluids confined in wedges and by edges: From cluster integrals to thermodynamic properties referred to different regions

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    Urrutia, Ignacio, E-mail: iurrutia@cnea.gov.ar [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Centro Atómico Constituyentes, CNEA-CONICET, Av.Gral. Paz 1499, 1650 Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-06-28

    Recently, new insights into the relation between the geometry of the vessel that confines a fluid and its thermodynamic properties were traced through the study of cluster integrals for inhomogeneous fluids. In this work, I analyze the thermodynamic properties of fluids confined in wedges or by edges, emphasizing on the question of the region to which these properties refer. In this context, the relations between the line-thermodynamic properties referred to different regions are derived as analytic functions of the dihedral angle α, for 0 < α < 2π, which enables a unified approach to both edges and wedges. As a simple application of these results, I analyze the properties of the confined gas in the low-density regime. Finally, using recent analytic results for the second cluster integral of the confined hard sphere fluid, the low density behavior of the line thermodynamic properties is analytically studied up to order two in the density for 0 < α < 2π and by adopting different reference regions.

  15. Analytical Investigation of Laminar Viscoelastic Fluid Flow over a Wedge in the Presence of Buoyancy Force Effects

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    B. Rostami

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An analytical strong method, the homotopy analysis method (HAM, is employed to study the mixed convective heat transfer in an incompressible steady two-dimensional viscoelastic fluid flow over a wedge in the presence of buoyancy effects. The two-dimensional boundary-layer governing partial differential equations (PDEs are derived by the consideration of Boussinesq approximation. By the use of similarity transformation, we have obtained the ordinary differential nonlinear (ODE forms of momentum and energy equations. The highly nonlinear forms of momentum and energy equations are solved analytically. The effects of different involved parameters such as viscoelastic parameter, Prandtl number, buoyancy parameter, and the wedge angle parameter, which is related to the exponent m of the external velocity, on velocity and temperature distributions are plotted and discussed. An excellent agreement can be seen between the results and the previously published papers for f′′(0 and θ′(0 in some of the tables and figures of the paper for velocity and temperature profiles for various values of viscoelastic parameter and Prandtl number. The effects of buoyancy parameter on the velocity and temperature distributions are completely illustrated in detail.

  16. Fluids confined in wedges and by edges: From cluster integrals to thermodynamic properties referred to different regions

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    Recently, new insights into the relation between the geometry of the vessel that confines a fluid and its thermodynamic properties were traced through the study of cluster integrals for inhomogeneous fluids. In this work, I analyze the thermodynamic properties of fluids confined in wedges or by edges, emphasizing on the question of the region to which these properties refer. In this context, the relations between the line-thermodynamic properties referred to different regions are derived as analytic functions of the dihedral angle α, for 0 < α < 2π, which enables a unified approach to both edges and wedges. As a simple application of these results, I analyze the properties of the confined gas in the low-density regime. Finally, using recent analytic results for the second cluster integral of the confined hard sphere fluid, the low density behavior of the line thermodynamic properties is analytically studied up to order two in the density for 0 < α < 2π and by adopting different reference regions

  17. Sedimentological characteristics of ice-wedge polygon terrain in Adventdalen (Svalbard. Environmental and climatic implications for the Late Holocene

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    M. Oliva

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Ice-wedges are widespread periglacial features in the landscape of Adventalen, Svalbard. The networks of ice-wedges have created areas with well-developed polygonal terrains in the lowest fluvial terraces in this valley. We have examined the sedimentological characteristics of the northern and southern banks of the Advent river for palaeoenvironmental purposes. The base of two sedimentary sections reported radiocarbon dates of 3.3 and 3.9 ka cal BP, respectively. The northern site is constituted by three very different lithostratigraphical units, which suggests that their formation should be related to different environmental and climate conditions. By contrast, the southern section shows a rather homogeneous composition, with no significant variations in grain size and organic matter content. In both cases the uppermost sediments are constituted by a thick aeolian deposit. According to our data, warmer climate conditions may have prevailed during the Mid Holocene until 3.3 ka cal BP with widespread peat formation in the valley bottom. Subsequently, a period with alternating soil formation and aeolian sedimentation took place from 3 to 2.5 ka cal BP, probably due to increasing climatic severity. During the last millennium a long-term cooling trend has favoured aeolian deposition in the lowest Adventalen valley.

  18. Grounding-zone wedges (GZWs) on high-latitude continental margins

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    Batchelor, Christine; Dowdeswell, Julian

    2014-05-01

    inferred for GZWs on the Greenland, Norwegian, Canadian and Barents Sea margins. However, no significant relationship between GZW length and thickness exists for the GZWs described from the Antarctic margin. GZWs typically possess a semi-transparent to chaotic acoustic character, which reflects the delivery of diamictic subglacial debris. Many GZWs contain low-amplitude, seaward-dipping internal reflections, which indicate sediment progradation and wedge-growth through continued delivery of basal sediments from the flow of active ice. The formation of GZWs is inferred to require high rates of sediment delivery to a relatively stable, fast-flowing ice margin. Ice-margin stabilisation, and consequently GZW formation, is dependent on a number of factors, including the ice-sheet mass balance, sea-level fluctuations, and the rate of inland-ice delivery to the grounding-zone. GZWs may be formed preferentially by glaciers with termini ending as floating ice shelves, which restrict vertical accommodation space and prevent the build-up of high-amplitude moraine ridges. The basal topography of the continental shelf can also act as a control on GZW formation. The majority of high-latitude GZWs are located at topographic or lateral pinning points within cross-shelf troughs, which encourage ice-margin stabilisation through reducing iceberg calving and increasing basal and lateral drag.

  19. Open Innovation

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    Аникина, К. Ю.; Таланкина, Н. Г.

    2006-01-01

    In the past 10 years, numerous interesting articles, book chapters, and books have been written on open innovation strategies in mainly large companies. While closed innovation models have resulted in important breakthrough innovations, many large companies have abandoned vertical integration strategies in recent years and have moved toward a combination of both closed and open innovation models that are used for reaching different sets of innovative goals. The definition of open innovation a...

  20. Using meteoric 10Be to constrain the age and structure of the frontal wedge at the Japan Trench

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    Regalla, C.; Bierman, P. R.; Rood, D.; Motoyama, I.; Fisher, D. M.

    2013-12-01

    We present new meteoric 10Be concentration data from marine sediments recovered during International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Exp. 343 that help constrain the age and internal structure of the frontal prism at the Japan trench in the vicinity of the 2011 Tohoku-oki M9 earthquake rupture. Exp. 343 recovered sediments from an ~200 m interval of the frontal wedge at site C0019. Core and log observations identify the plate boundary décollement at ~820 mbsf, which separates a deformed sedimentary wedge from relatively undeformed underthrust sediments. However, reconstructions of the structural evolution of the wedge are difficult because of similarity in lithology between sediments from the incoming and overriding plate, and the chaotic character of seismic reflectors in the frontal wedge. We utilize the radiogenic decay of 10Be (t1/2 =1.36 Ma) in marine sediments to constrain variations in sediment age with depth in core C0019. Meteoric 10Be was isolated from marine sediments at the University of Vermont using total fusion and 10Be/9Be ratios were measured at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre. Concentrations of meteoric 10Be in core C0019 range from 1.7x107 to 2.1x109 atm/g and are consistent with 10Be concentrations at nearby DSDP sites 436 and 434. We calculate 10Be sediment ages for analyzed samples assuming a range of initial 10Be concentrations from 1.6 to 2.1x109 atm/g. These concentrations are constrained by a 10Be sample co-located with a radiolarian micropaleontology sample at 780 mbsf that yields a Quaternary age, and from previously reported 10Be concentrations for Quaternary sediments in nearby DSDP cores. 10Be and radiolarian micropaleontology samples from similar depths yield consistent ages for late Miocene to Quaternary sediments (R2 = 0.89). Calculated 10Be ages range from 0-10 Ma, with ~50% of analyzed samples yielding ages <2 Ma. Repetition and inversion of high (109 atm/g) and low (107 atm/g) concentration sediments with

  1. Fluid-Mobile Element Enrichment in the Mantle Wedge of Subduction Zones: A View From the Coast Range Ophiolite, California

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    Shervais, J. W.; Jean, M. M.

    2010-12-01

    It is now commonly accepted that island arc magmas in response to hydrous melting of a metasomatized mantle wedge that overlies the subducting oceanic plate. Fluids released from this plate lowers the mantle solidus, leading to enhanced melting compared to the anhydrous melting that characterizes mid-ocean ridge spreading centers. These fluids also enrich the refractory mantle in lithophile elements derived from the subducting oceanic crust and its carapace of pelagic sediment, and lead to the eruption of volcanic rocks that are compositionally distinct from mid-ocean ridge basalts. We have shown that supra-subduction zone ophiolites, which form in the mantle wedge of nascent subduction zones, preserve mantle lithologies that formed in response to hydrous melting and represent the refractory residuum of that process [Choi et al CMP 2008, Geology 2008; Jean et al CMP 2010]. In this study we document the concentrations of fluid-mobile elements in unaltered residual pyroxenes and show how these concentrations may be used to calculate the composition and flux of slab-derived fluids in the mantle wedge during melting. We use high-precision laser ablation ICP-MS analyses (Element 2 ICP-MS with 213 nm laser) of relic pyroxenes in supra-subduction zone peridotites for B, Be, Rb, Th, Ba, Li, and Pb - made in conjunction with a suite of non-fluid mobile elements including the REE and high-field strength elements, which are used to assess melt extraction and melt percolation. Results show that pyroxenes in all samples display enrichments in fluid-mobile elements relative to depleted MORB mantle, with B ~20-80x DMM and Pb ~4-20x DMM. In contrast, melting models based on the RE and HFS elements show that most fluid-mobile elements should have concentrations that are well below detection limits and concentrations that are effectively zero. Fluid-Cpx partition coefficients suggest fluid phase with fluid-mobile element concentrations of 30-500x DMM. Melt models require large mass

  2. Quality assurance technique for absorbed dose distribution in external radiation therapy with non-physical wedges in consideration of the character of the imaging plate

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    The film dose distribution method is used for profile measurements of non-physical wedges, because three-dimensional automatic control water phantoms cannot be used. Recently, many hospitals have adopted computed radiography (CR) systems in preference to automatic developing processors and films. This may allow use of automatic processors to be discontinued. In this study, a beam was irradiated to an Imaging Plate (IP), and then IP was exposed to a fixed amount of light with fading, and we then measured the off-center ratio (OCR) absorbed dose distribution in external radiation therapy with non-physical wedge. This was compared with the OCR measured with an ionization chamber dosimeter. It was consequently possible for IP to approximate the value measured by the ionization chamber dosimeter by using a metal filter. This method offers a simple quality assurance technique for absorbed dose distribution in external radiation therapy with non-physical wedges in consideration of the character of the IP. (author)

  3. Laparoscopic liver resection: Wedge resections to living donor hepatectomy, are we heading in the right direction?

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    Cherian, P Thomas; Mishra, Ashish Kumar; Kumar, Palaniappen; Sachan, Vijayant Kumar; Bharathan, Anand; Srikanth, Gadiyaram; Senadhipan, Baiju; Rela, Mohamad S

    2014-01-01

    Despite inception over 15 years ago and over 3000 completed procedures, laparoscopic liver resection has remained mainly in the domain of selected centers and enthusiasts. Requirement of extensive open liver resection (OLR) experience, in-depth understanding of anatomy and considerable laparoscopic technical expertise may have delayed wide application. However healthy scepticism of its actual benefits and presence of a potential publication bias; concern about its safety and technical learnin...

  4. Controls on timing of exhumation and deformation in the northern Peruvian eastern Andean wedge as inferred from low-temperature thermochronology and balanced cross section

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    Eude, Adrien; Roddaz, Martin; Brichau, Stéphanie; Brusset, Stéphane; Calderon, Ysabel; Baby, Patrice; Soula, Jean-Claude

    2015-04-01

    In northern Peru, a 500 km long regional balanced section has been constructed across the eastern Andean wedge, using fieldwork, industrial seismic sections, and wells. The structure is characterized by a thin-skinned thrust system involving the Eastern Cordillera (EC), the sub-Andean zone (SAZ), and the Marañón foredeep. In the SAZ and the easternmost foredeep the development of the thrust system has been driven by the combination of two structural events. Permian thrust faults had been reactivated to form a basement duplex underlying the SAZ and the foredeep. At the same time a Triassic-Jurassic extensional basin has been transported as a crustal ramp anticline on to the duplex roof fault, giving rise to the EC. The impingement of the EC was responsible for the deformation of the SAZ and the propagation of the thrust wedge. The minimum shortening calculated is 142 km, representing a shortening strain of ~ -28%. A sequential restoration calibrated by (U-Th)/He and Fission Track dating on apatites and vitrinite reflectance values shows that shortening rates vary from 7.1 mm yr-1 between 17 and 8 Ma to 3.6 mm yr-1 between 8 Ma and today and suggests that the thrust wedge commenced propagation between 30 and 24 Ma. When compared with other Andean thrust wedges, we suggest that the timing of the thrust wedge propagation is not a simple function of the distance to the hinge of the Bolivian orocline and the propagation is not controlled by the precipitation regime. We rather suggest that reactivated basement faults favored thrust wedge propagation.

  5. Open hardware for open science

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    Inspired by the open source software movement, the Open Hardware Repository was created to enable hardware developers to share the results of their R&D activities. The recently published CERN Open Hardware Licence offers the legal framework to support this knowledge and technology exchange.   Two years ago, a group of electronics designers led by Javier Serrano, a CERN engineer, working in experimental physics laboratories created the Open Hardware Repository (OHR). This project was initiated in order to facilitate the exchange of hardware designs across the community in line with the ideals of “open science”. The main objectives include avoiding duplication of effort by sharing results across different teams that might be working on the same need. “For hardware developers, the advantages of open hardware are numerous. For example, it is a great learning tool for technologies some developers would not otherwise master, and it avoids unnecessary work if someone ha...

  6. Variable viscosity and thermophoresis effects on Darcy mixed convective heat and mass transfer past a porous wedge in the presence of chemical reaction

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    Muhaimin I.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis is presented to investigate the effect of thermophoresis particle deposition and variable viscosity on Darcy mixed convective heat and mass transfer of a viscous, incompressible fluid past a porous wedge in the presence of chemical reaction. The wall of the wedge is embedded in a uniform Darcian porous medium in order to allow for possible fluid wall suction or injection. The viscosity of the fluid is assumed to be a inverse linear function of temperature. The results are analyzed for the effect of different physical parameters, such as variable viscosity, magnetic, chemical reaction and thermophoresis parameters, on the flow, the heat and mass transfer characteristics.

  7. Geometrical determinations of IMRT photon pencil-beam path in radiotherapy wedges and limit divergence angle with the Anisotropic Analytic Algorithm (AAA

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    Francisco Casesnoves

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Static wedge filters (WF are commonly used in radiation therapy, forward and/or inverse planning. We calculated the exact 2D/3D geometrical pathway of the photon-beam through the usual alloy WF, in order to get a better dose related to the beam intensity attenuation factor(s, after the beam has passed through the WF. The objective was to provide general formulation into the Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm (AAA model coordinates system (depending on collimator/wedge angles that also can be applied to other models. Additionally, second purpose of this study was to develop integral formulation for 3D wedge exponential factor with statistical approximations, with introduction for the limit angle/conformal wedge.Methods: The radiotherapy model used to develop this mathematical task is the classical superposition-convolution algorithm, AAA (developed by Ulmer and Harder. We worked with optimal geometrical approximations to make the computational IMRT calculations quicker/reduce the planning-system time. Analytic geometry/computational-techniques to carry out simulations (for standard wedges are detailed/developed sharply. Integral developments/integral-statistical approximations are explained. Beam-divergence limit Angle for optimal wedge filtration formulas is calculated/sketched, with geometrical approximations. Fundamental trigonometry is used for this purpose.Results: Extent simulation tables for WF of 15º, 30º, 45º, and 60º are shown with errors. As a result, it is possible to determine the best individual treatment dose distribution for each patient. We presented these basic simulations/numerical examples for standard manufacturing WF of straight sloping surface, to check the accuracy/errors of the calculations. Simulations results give low RMS/Relative Error values (formulated for WF of 15º, 30º, 45º, and 60º.Conclusion: We obtained a series of formulas of analytic geometry for WF that can be applied for any particular dose

  8. Ice-wedge ice near Vorkuta town: the first for north of Europe 14C-dated oxygen isotope and deuterium plots

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    The age of polygonal peat occurring near Vorkuta was identified by the method of radioactive carbon dating. It was ascertained that accretion of the peat enclosing ice-wedge took place in the period of the holocene optimum, i.e. from 9.2 to 5.5 thous. years ago. Relying on data on isotope-oxygen and deuterium composition of the ice wedges, the conclusion was made about similarity of the winter temperature values in contemporary period and in the first half of the holocene optimum

  9. Monte Carlo simulation of the Varian Clinac 600C accelerator using dynamic wedges; Simulacao Monte Carlo do acelerador Varian Clinac 600C utilizando cunhas dinamicas

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    Moreno, S. [Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Covilha (Portugal); Chaves, A.; Lopes, M.C. [Instituto Portugues de Oncologia Doutor Francisco Gentil (IPO), Coimbra (Portugal); Peralta, L. [Laboratorio de Instrumentacao e Fisica Experimental de Particulas (LIP), Lisboa (Portugal)]|[Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal). Faculdade de Ciencias

    2004-07-01

    The advent of linear accelerators (linac) with computer-controlled dynamic collimation systems and functional and anatomical imaging techniques allowed a more exact delimitation and localisation of the target volume. These advanced treatment techniques inevitably increase the complexity level of dose calculation because of the introduction of the temporal variable. On account of this, it is mandatory the usage of more accurate modelling techniques of the collimator components, as it is the case of Monte Carlo (MC) simulation, which has created an enormous interest in research and clinical practice. Because the patients bodies are not homogenous nor are their body surfaces plane and regular, the dose distribution may differ significantly from the standard distribution from the linac calibration. It is in the treatment planning systems, which include algorithms that are usually measured in homogeneous water phantoms specific for each correction that the dose distributions from each case are obtained. In a real treatment, exception made to superficial lesions, two or more radiation fields are used in order to obtain the recommended dose distributions. The simplest arrangement is made from two parallel and opposed fields that originate a homogeneous dose distribution in almost all the irradiated volume. The available resources are, for example, different types of energies and of radiation, the application of bolus, the protection of healthy structures, the usage of wedged filters and the application of dynamic wedges. A virtual or dynamic wedge, modelled through the movement of one of the jaws, when compared with a set of physical wedges offers an alternative calculation method of an arbitrary number of wedged fields, instead of the four traditional fields of 15 deg, 30 deg, 45 deg and 60 deg angle and obtained with physical wedges. The goal of this work consists in the study of the application of dynamic wedges in tailoring the radiation field by the Varian Clinac 600

  10. 3D modelling of the Austroalpine-Penninic collisional wedge of the NW Alps: dataset management and preliminary results

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    Monopoli, Bruno; Bistacchi, Andrea; Bertolo, Davide; Dal Piaz, Giovanni; Gouffon, Yves; Massironi, Matteo; Sartori, Mario; Vittorio Dal Piaz, Giorgio

    2016-04-01

    We know since the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to mapping and structural studies by the Italian Regio Servizio Geologico (Franchi et al., 1908) and Argand's work (1909; 1911; 1916), that the Austroalpine-Penninic collisional wedge of the NW Alps is spectacularly exposed across the Aosta Valley and Valais ranges (Italy and Switzerland). In the 150th anniversary of the first ascent to Ruskin's "most noble cliff in Europe" - the Cervino/Matterhorn (Whymper, July 14th 1865), first described in a geological profile by Giordano (1869) and in a detailed map by Gerlach (1869; 1871), we have seen the conclusion of very detailed mapping projects carried out in the last years over the two regions, with collaborative efforts across the Italy-Switzerland border, constellated by 4000 m-high peaks. These projects have pictured with an unprecedented detail (up to 1:10.000 scale) the geology of this complex region, resulting from pre-Alpine events, Alpine subduction- and collision-related ductile deformations, and finally late-Alpine brittle deformations from the Oligocene to the Present. Based on this dataset, we use up-to-date technology and software to undertake a 3D modelling study aimed at: i) reconstructing the 3D geometry of the principal tectonic units, ii) detecting and unravelling problems and incongruences in the 2D geometrical models, iii) modelling the kinematics of the Oligocene and Miocene brittle fault network using 2D and 3D balancing and palinspastic restoration techniques. In this contribution we mainly discuss the prerequisites of the project. Common geomodelling paradigms (mainly developed for the hydrocarbon industry) cannot be applied in this project due to (i) the little scale, (ii) the source of the data - fieldwork, and (iii) the polyphase ductile and brittle deformations in the metamorphic nappe stack. Our goals at the moment are to model the post-metamorphic fault network and the boundaries of the principal tectonic units, which will be

  11. Open Access

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    Suber, Peter

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    The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder…

  12. Early age stress-crack opening relationships for high performance concrete

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    Østergaard, Lennart; Lange, David A.; Stang, Henrik

    2004-01-01

    Stress–crack opening relationships for concrete in early age have been determined for two high performance concrete mixes with water to cementitious materials ratios of 0.307 and 0.48. The wedge splitting test setup was used experimentally and the cracked nonlinear hinge model based on the...... fictitious crack model was applied for the interpretation of the results. A newly developed inverse analysis algorithm was utilized for the extraction of the stress–crack opening relationships. Experiments were conducted at 8, 10, 13, 17, 22, 28, 48, 168 h (7 days) and 672 h (28 days). At the same ages...

  13. Open Education and the Open Science Economy

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    Peters, Michael A.

    2009-01-01

    Openness as a complex code word for a variety of digital trends and movements has emerged as an alternative mode of "social production" based on the growing and overlapping complexities of open source, open access, open archiving, open publishing, and open science. This paper argues that the openness movement with its reinforcing structure of…

  14. Open Source, Open Access, Open Review, Open Data. Initiativen zu mehr Offenheit in der digitalen Welt

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    Herb, Ulrich

    2011-01-01

    The article discusses the principles of openess, open access and open availability of information based on the examples of open access to scientific information, open government data, open geographical data and open source software.

  15. Checks for quality control of wedge dynamics in treatment units and the planning system; Verificaciones para control de calidad de la cuna dinamica en las unidades de tratamiento y el sistema de planificacion

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    Mateos Salvador, P.; Rodriguez Lopez, B.; Font Gelabert, J.; Hernandez Rodriguez, J.; Arino Gil, A.

    2013-07-01

    The objective of this study is to verify the implementation of enhanced dynamic wedge (EDW) vary in the Eclipse planning system and the experimental determination of the parameters that define the dosimetry characteristics of enhanced dynamic wedge of our treatment units. (Author)

  16. Quality control of virtual wedge in a linear electron accelerator with a computerized radiography system (CR); Control de calidad de la cuna virtual en un acelerador lineal de electrones mediante un sistema de radiografia competerizada (CR)

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    Ordiales, J. M.; Alvarez, F. J.; Falero, B.

    2011-07-01

    For quality control of the virtual wedge there are several systems on the market as arrays of detectors or ionization chambers, linear or 2D configuration, radiochromic films or digital imaging systems incorporated in electron linear accelerators (ALE ). The present work aims at implementing a system of Computed Radiography (CR) for a routine check of the virtual wedge.

  17. [Craniomandibular relations and anti-gravity posture: stabilometric study disclusion wedges].

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    Decocq, Philippe; Honoré, Jacques; Auclair-Assaad, Catherine; Sequeira, Henrique; Bocquet, Emmanuelle

    2015-06-01

    Cephalometric parameters are thought to influence static posture. The present work evaluates the relationships between skeletal class or facial divergency, on one hand, and body posture, on the other hand. ANB and FMA angles were measured from profile cephalograms in twenty healthy adults. From each, stabilograms were recorded, with eyes open or shut, and with or without disclusion splints. Without splints, ANB and FMA proved to correlate with the accuracy of postural control. Adding splints changes the average position of the center of pressure exerted on the ground by the body, the anterior-posterior axis, and this effect is consistent with that of the typology. It also alters the displacement of the center of pressure on the same axis. These effects depend on whether the eyes are open or closed. The data reinforces the notion of the impact of cephalometric parameters and their mechanical changes on the static posture. They invite us to take greater account of postural impact of splints used in orthodontic practice. PMID:26337095

  18. Ledge and wedge: younger and older adults' perception of action possibilities

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    Comalli, David; Franchak, John; Char, Angela

    2013-01-01

    The current study investigated whether younger (college-age) and older adults (60+ years) differ in their ability to perceive safe and unsafe motor actions. Participants decided whether to walk through openings varying in width in two penalty conditions: In the doorway condition, if participants attempted to squeeze through impossibly narrow openings, the penalty for error was entrapment. In the ledge condition, if participants attempted to inch along impossibly narrow ledges, the penalty for error was falling. Results showed that across the lifespan, people consider falling to be a more severe penalty than getting stuck: Both younger and older adults made more conservative decisions when the penalty for error was falling, and older women were especially leery of falling. In both age groups, abilities and decisions were based on dynamic properties of the body, such as compressed body size in the doorway condition and balance in the ledge condition. Findings indicate that failure to perceive possibilities for action is unlikely to be the cause of the increased prevalence of falling in older adults. PMID:23660744

  19. The study on nondestructive evaluation for a tubular structure by the lamb-type guided wave wedge

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    The study on the cylindrical guided wave was carried out to investigate its feasibility for nondestructive evaluation of tubular structures such as heat exchanger tubings of power industries and various pipings of chemical plants. The concept of wedge design and incident angle selection to optimize guided wave generation is presented based on the dispersion theory and the snell's law for the cylindrical guided wave. The brass tubes with artificial defects in the circumferential or axial direction were used for detect defection experiments. It was found that guided wave sensitivity for detecting an axial defect can be remarkably improved by using non-axisymmetrically launched guided waves. Through this study, it is expected that the guided wave can be successfully applied to tubular structure inspections as an more advanced and efficient NDE technique than a conventional point-by-point technique.

  20. MHD boundary-layer flow of a micropolar fluid past a wedge with constant wall heat flux

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    Ishak, Anuar; Nazar, Roslinda; Pop, Ioan

    2009-01-01

    The steady laminar magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) boundary-layer flow past a wedge with constant surface heat flux immersed in an incompressible micropolar fluid in the presence of a variable magnetic field is investigated in this paper. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using similarity variables, and then they are solved numerically by means of an implicit finite-difference scheme known as the Keller-box method. Numerical results show that micropolar fluids display drag reduction and consequently reduce the heat transfer rate at the surface, compared to the Newtonian fluids. The opposite trends are observed for the effects of the magnetic field on the fluid flow and heat transfer characteristics.

  1. Arc-parallel extension and fluid flow in an ancient accretionary wedge: The San Juan Islands, Washington

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    Schermer, E.R.; Gillaspy, J.R.; Lamb, R.

    2007-01-01

    Structural analysis of the Lopez Structural Complex, a major Late Cretaceous terrane-bounding fault zone in the San Juan thrust system, reveals a sequence of events that provides insight into accretionary wedge mechanics and regional tectonics. After formation of regional ductile flattening and shear-related fabrics, the area was crosscut by brittle structures including: (1) southwest-vergent thrusts, (2) extension veins and normal faults related to northwest-southeast extension, and (3) conjugate strike-slip structures that record northwest-southeast extension and northeast-southwest shortening. Aragonite-bearing veins are associated with thrust and normal faults, but only rarely with strike-slip faults. High-pressure, low-temperature (HP-LT) minerals constrain the conditions for brittle deformation to ???20 km and fluid flow suggest a link between these structures and the silent earthquake process. ?? 2007 Geological Society of America.

  2. Suppressing the preferential σ-polarization oscillation in a high power Nd∶YVO4 laser with wedge laser crystal

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    Zheng Yao-Hui; Zhou Hai-Jun; Wang Ya-Jun; Wu Zhi-Qiang

    2013-01-01

    We observe the phenomenon of priority oscillation of the unexpected σ-polarization in high-power Nd∶YVO4 ring laser.The severe thermal lens of the σ-polarized lasing,compared with the π-polarized lasing,is the only reason for the phenomenon.By designing a wedge Nd∶YVO4 crystal as the gain medium,the unexpected σ-polarization is completely suppressed in the entire range of pump powers,and the polarization stability of the expected π-polarized output is enhanced.With the output power increasing from threshold to the maximum power,no σ-polarization lasing is observed.As a result,25.3 W of stable single-frequency laser output at 532 nm is experimentally demonstrated.

  3. WEIGHTED KOPPELMAN-LERAY-NORGUET FORMULAS ON A LOCAL q-CONCAVE WEDGE IN A COMPLEX MANIFOLD

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    邱春晖; 姚宗元

    2003-01-01

    A weighted Koppelman-Leray-Norguet formula of (r, s) differential forms ona local q-concave wedge in a complex manifold is obtained. By constructing the newweighted kernels, the authors give a new weighted Koppelman-Leray-Norguet formula with-out boundary integral of (r, s) differential forms, which is different from the classical one.The new weighted formula is especially suitable for the case of the local q-concave wedgewith a non-smooth boundary, so one can avoid complex estimates of boundary integralsand the density of integral may be not defined on the boundary but only in the domain.Moreover, the weighted integral formulas have much freedom in applications such as in theinterpolation of functions.

  4. Hardening and failure of wedge-shaped specimens of uranium and its alloys with molybdenum and zirconium under explosion loading

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    The problems of failure of uranium and some of its alloys in short-wave loading have been examined in a number of investigations using the methods of loading the specimens by means of impact of a rapidly flying plate and explosion of the large charge of an explosive substance. The spallation strength of the material was determined by recording the speed of the free surface of the specimens during loading. In this work, investigations were carried out to determine the properties of uranium and of its two alloys with molybdenum and zirconium in loading the specimens by the explosion of a layer of a plastic explosive substance. The application of wedge-shaped specimens made it possible to determine, in a small number of experiments, the data on the nature of attenuation of explosion-induced shock waves, the critical conditions of initiation of spallation failure and the degree of shock wave hardening of the materials

  5. Planar scanning method for detecting refraction characteristics of two-dimensional photonic quasi-crystal wedge-shaped prisms.

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    Liu, Jianjun; Tan, Wei; Liu, Exian; Hu, Haili; Fan, Zhigang; Zhang, Tianhua; Zhang, Xiong

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a planar scanning method is proposed. This novel method adapts two monitors moving along double planar tracks that can be used to detect refraction characteristics of two-dimensional (2D) photonic quasi-crystal (PQC) wedge-shaped prisms. Refraction of a decagonal Penrose-type PQC prism is analyzed for a given incident beam and two polarization modes at different incident positions in the prism using this method. Refraction from the prism is irregular, indicating that nonuniformity in the arrangement of scatterers in the prism causes Bragg-like scattering irregularities. Numerical results show that this method can be used for guiding the design of a 2D PQC prism and for the analysis of its refraction characteristics. PMID:27140896

  6. A 2D ion chamber array audit of wedged and asymmetric fields in an inhomogeneous lung phantom

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    Purpose: The Australian Clinical Dosimetry Service (ACDS) has implemented a new method of a nonreference condition Level II type dosimetric audit of radiotherapy services to increase measurement accuracy and patient safety within Australia. The aim of this work is to describe the methodology, tolerances, and outcomes from the new audit. Methods: The ACDS Level II audit measures the dose delivered in 2D planes using an ionization chamber based array positioned at multiple depths. Measurements are made in rectilinear homogeneous and inhomogeneous phantoms composed of slabs of solid water and lung. Computer generated computed tomography data sets of the rectilinear phantoms are supplied to the facility prior to audit for planning of a range of cases including reference fields, asymmetric fields, and wedged fields. The audit assesses 3D planning with 6 MV photons with a static (zero degree) gantry. Scoring is performed using local dose differences between the planned and measured dose within 80% of the field width. The overall audit result is determined by the maximum dose difference over all scoring points, cases, and planes. Pass (Optimal Level) is defined as maximum dose difference ≤3.3%, Pass (Action Level) is ≤5.0%, and Fail (Out of Tolerance) is >5.0%. Results: At close of 2013, the ACDS had performed 24 Level II audits. 63% of the audits passed, 33% failed, and the remaining audit was not assessable. Of the 15 audits that passed, 3 were at Pass (Action Level). The high fail rate is largely due to a systemic issue with modeling asymmetric 60° wedges which caused a delivered overdose of 5%–8%. Conclusions: The ACDS has implemented a nonreference condition Level II type audit, based on ion chamber 2D array measurements in an inhomogeneous slab phantom. The powerful diagnostic ability of this audit has allowed the ACDS to rigorously test the treatment planning systems implemented in Australian radiotherapy facilities. Recommendations from audits have led to

  7. SU-E-T-100: Designing a QA Tool for Enhance Dynamic Wedges Based On Dynalog Files

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    Purpose: A robust quality assurance (QA) program for computer controlled enhanced dynamic wedge (EDW) has been designed and tested. Calculations to perform such QA test is based upon the EDW dynamic log files generated during dose delivery. Methods: Varian record and verify system generates dynamic log (dynalog) files during dynamic dose delivery. The system generated dynalog files contain information such as date and time of treatment, energy, monitor units, wedge orientation, and type of treatment. It also contains the expected calculated segmented treatment tables (STT) and the actual delivered STT for the treatment delivery as a verification record. These files can be used to assess the integrity and precision of the treatment plan delivery. The plans were delivered with a 6 MV beam from a Varian linear accelerator. For available EDW angles (10°, 15°, 20°, 25°, 30°, 45°, and 60°) Varian STT values were used to manually calculate monitor units for each segment. It can also be used to calculate the EDW factors. Independent verification of fractional MUs per segment was performed against those generated from dynalog files. The EDW factors used to calculate MUs in TPS were dosimetrically verified in solid water phantom with semiflex chamber on central axis. Results: EDW factors were generated from the STT provided by Varian and verified against practical measurements. The measurements were in agreement of the order of 1 % to the calculated EDW data. Variation between the MUs per segment obtained from dynalog files and those manually calculated was found to be less than 2%. Conclusion: An efficient and easy tool to perform routine QA procedure of EDW is suggested. The method can be easily implemented in any institution without a need for expensive QA equipment. An error of the order of ≥2% can be easily detected

  8. Field evidence for fault controlled intrusion of blue-schist-bearing melange into an accretionary wedge, Island Mountain, California

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    Lamons, R.

    1985-01-01

    Two lithologic units of the Franciscan are well exposed along a loop of the Eel River at Island Mountain. They are 1) zeolite or lower grade lithic graywackes, and 2) a 0.5 km wide band of black shaly melange containing blueschist, chert, greenstone, metagraywacke, and a graywacke-hosted copper deposit. Sedimentary features were not observed in the melange. The graywacke was subdivided on the basis of presence or absence of sodium-cobaltonitrate stained K-spar. Field relationships suggest that the blueschist-bearing melange was emplaced along steep NW-dipping faults in an accretionary wedge. Mapping of S. Jewett Rock and SW Lake Mountain quadrangles show narrow anastomosing bands of the melange following NW-trending faults. East of this band, graywackes without K-spar are folded along NW/SE axes. No folds were found to the west. Other Melange bands pinch out into faults which juxtapose graywackes of different facies. The sheared melange bands are not folded and shale beds in the graywacke show little shear so the melange bands are unlikely to be sheared olistostromes. The areal extent of graywacke is about ten times that of melange shales. Assuming this pattern continues laterally and at depth, the amount of ductile material in the melange is far less than that assumed by Cloos (1982) in his flow model for melange. The ductile melange may have been forced upward by metamorphically produced volatiles, or as a result of relative plate motion. It originated at depth, moved up along the top of a subducting slab, plucking clasts, then splayed upward into pre-existing faults in the accretionary wedge.

  9. Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, as inferred from lung areas in gated blood-pool scintigrams: concise communication

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    To determine whether the apex-to-base distribution of pulmonary blood volume, as obtained from gated cardiac blood-pool scans, could be used as a noninvasive method to estimate mean pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP), gated blood-pool scans were analyzed in 77 patients who also had PCWP measurements at cardiac catheterization. Ten of these patients had gated cardiac blood-pool scans and PCWP measurements both at rest and during exercise. The apex-to-base distribution of pulmonary blood volume was determined from the end-systolic frame of the left anterior oblique view by placing equal-sized regions of interest over the apex and base of the right lung. The ratio of apex counts over base counts (A/B ratio) was considered abnormal if greater than unity. The mean A/B ratio was 1.15 +/- 0.27 (1 s.d.) for the 32 studies associated with an abnormal mean PCWP (greater than 12 mm Hg). The mean A/B ratio was 0.85 +/- 0.23 for the 55 studies associated with a normal mean PCWP (p less than 0.01 comparing normal group with abnormal). The sensitivity of the A/B ratio for a mean PCWP greater than 12 mm Hg was 81%R (26/32). The specificity of the A/B ratio for a mean PCWP greater than or equal to 12 mm Hg was 89% (49/55). Thus, noninvasive determination of the pulmonary apex-to-base ratio from gated cardiac blood-pool scans appears to differentiate subjects with normal and abnormal mean pulmonary capillary wedge pressures

  10. Generation of Talc from the Mantle Wedge and its Role on the Subduction Dynamics in Central Mexico

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    Kim, Y.; Clayton, R. W.; Asimow, P. D.; Jackson, J. M.

    2013-05-01

    Geophysical evidence shows the existence of low-seismic velocity material at the surface of subducting slabs in subduction zones although its termination point may vary depending on various parameters such as its thermal state and slab dip angle. In central Mexican subduction zone, modeling of the teleseismic converted amplitudes of the horizontal oceanic crust previously revealed a thin (~4 km) low-velocity zone at the upper oceanic crust between the Cocos plate and the continental crust that appears to absorb nearly all of the strain between two plates. Using Vp/Vs as a function of S wave velocity (Vs) in a range of likely pressures (P) and temperatures (T) for candidate mineral phases, this thin layer in the flat slab region is determined to be enriched with hydrous (low-strength) minerals such as talc over the normal oceanic crustal compositions such as MORB-like gabbro. Based on the P-T curves for equilibria involving talc derived from available thermodynamic data, the generation of talc from the basaltic lithology of the oceanic crust subducting at the trench side is nearly impossible. Also, there is no clear evidence to explain the origin of the flat subduction based on the offshore anomalies, which may lead to the current configuration. We therefore propose that the talc-rich layer on top of the subducting plate is generated from the mantle wedge side during the slab flattening process coupled with trench rollback. The evolution of this low-strength zone has important implications for the dynamics of the subduction system including the flattening process of the slab as well as the geochemistry of the mantle wedge and arc in central Mexico.

  11. Passive Control of Turbulent Jet Flow with Wedged Nozzle%加齿被动控制自由湍射流多尺度涡结构的实验研究

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    刘欣; 姜楠

    2005-01-01

    Turbulent flow field of the free jet with circular nozzle and wedged nozzles is measured using hot wire anemometry with resolution higher than the smallest turbulence time scale. Wavelet analysis is employed to perform multi-scale decomposition of instantaneous turbulence fluctuating velocity signals, and the energy distribution of the turbulent multi-scale eddy structures over scales is studied using wavelet coefficients. Investigation of the multi-scale eddy structures of circular jet and various wedged jets reveals the transport of the energy of these wedged jets in the space from the axis to the side of the jet, as compared with the circular jet. Furthermore, not only the eddy structures at the wedge tines in the near field are crashed, but also the interactions such as eddy structure union and entrainment take place at different longitudinal and normal locations along with the development of the jets because of the existence of wedges.

  12. Optimal processing method of hybrid bearing oil wedge%动静压轴承油楔最佳加工方法的探讨

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    徐赞; 宫德友; 赵金刚

    2012-01-01

    Introduce the improvement of hybrid bearings oil wedge on grinding machine processing equipment, improving from eccentric sleeve to oil wedge grinding with workpiece and eccentric axis connecting by four -bar linkage, making the shape and size of grinding wedge easy controlled and adjusted, and improving the bearing precision. The improving equipment provides more valuable reference for grinding industry hybrid bearing oil wedge processing.%介绍了动静压轴承油楔在磨床上加工工装的改进,将原来的偏心套工装,改为工件与偏心轴通过四杆机构连动进行油楔磨削的方式,使磨削油楔的形状和尺寸更容易控制和高速,从而提高轴承精度.该工装的改进为磨床行业动静压轴承油楔的加工提供更有价值的借鉴.

  13. Deep long-period earthquakes west of the volcanic arc in Oregon: evidence of serpentine dehydration in the fore-arc mantle wedge

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    Vidale, John E.; Schmidt, David A.; Malone, Stephen D.; Hotovec-Ellis, Alicia J.; Moran, Seth C.; Creager, Kenneth C.; Houston, Heidi

    2014-01-01

    Here we report on deep long-period earthquakes (DLPs) newly observed in four places in western Oregon. The DLPs are noteworthy for their location within the subduction fore arc: 40–80 km west of the volcanic arc, well above the slab, and near the Moho. These “offset DLPs” occur near the top of the inferred stagnant mantle wedge, which is likely to be serpentinized and cold. The lack of fore-arc DLPs elsewhere along the arc suggests that localized heating may be dehydrating the serpentinized mantle wedge at these latitudes and causing DLPs by dehydration embrittlement. Higher heat flow in this region could be introduced by anomalously hot mantle, associated with the western migration of volcanism across the High Lava Plains of eastern Oregon, entrained in the corner flow proximal to the mantle wedge. Alternatively, fluids rising from the subducting slab through the mantle wedge may be the source of offset DLPs. As far as we know, these are among the first DLPs to be observed in the fore arc of a subduction-zone system.

  14. Wedge-Splitting Test – Determination of Minimal Starting Notch Length for Various Cement Based Composites. Part I: Cohesive Crack Modelling

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    2011-01-01

    Roč. 452-453, - (2011), s. 77-80. ISSN 1013-9826 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KJB200410901 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : wedge-splitting test * cement itious composites * quasi-brittle fracture * brittleness Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  15. Ice-wedge Pseudomorphs Showing Climatic Change Since the Late Pleistocene in the Source Area of the Yellow River, Northeast Tibet

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    CHENG Jie; ZHANG Xujiao; TIAN Mingzhong; YU Wenyang; YU Jiangkuan; TANG Dexiang; YUE Jianwei

    2005-01-01

    The source area of the Yellow River is located in the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, and is a high-elevation region with the annual mean temperature of-3.9℃. The ice-wedge pseudomorphs discovered in this region are recognized as two types.One was found in sandy gravel beds of the second terrace of the Yellow River. This ice-wedge pseudomorph is characterized by higher ratio of breadth/depth, and are 1~1.4 m wide and about 1 m deep. The bottom border of the ice-wedge pseudomorph is round arc in section. Another discovered in the pedestal of the second terrace has lower ratio of width/depth, and is 0.3~1.0 m wide and 1~2 m deep. Its bottom border is sharp. Based on the TL dating, the former was formed at the middle Holocene (5.69±0.43 ka BP and 5.43±0.41 ka BP),that is, the Megathermal, and the latter was formed at the late Last Glacial Maximum (13.49± 1.43 ka BP).Additionally, the thawing-freezing folders discovered in the late Late Pleistocene proluvium are 39.83±3.84 ka BP in age. The study on the ice-wedge pseudomorphs showed that the air temperature was lowered by up to 6~7 ℃ in the source area of the Yellow River when the ice-wedge pseudomorphs and thawing-freezing folds developed.

  16. OpenAPC. Open-Access-Publikationskosten als Open Data

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    2015-01-01

    Präsentationsfolien zum Vortrag „OpenAPC. Open-Access-Publikationskosten als Open Data“ in der Session „Ausgestaltung eines wissenschaftsadäquaten APC-Marktes: Grundsätze, Finanzierungsansätze und Management“ der Open-Access-Tage 2015 in Zürich (https://www.open-access.net/community/open-access-tage/open-access-tage-2015-zuerich/programm/#c1974)

  17. Open access

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    The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue. In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispe...

  18. Laparoscopic liver resection: wedge resections to living donor hepatectomy, are we heading in the right direction?

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    Cherian, P Thomas; Mishra, Ashish Kumar; Kumar, Palaniappen; Sachan, Vijayant Kumar; Bharathan, Anand; Srikanth, Gadiyaram; Senadhipan, Baiju; Rela, Mohamad S

    2014-10-01

    Despite inception over 15 years ago and over 3000 completed procedures, laparoscopic liver resection has remained mainly in the domain of selected centers and enthusiasts. Requirement of extensive open liver resection (OLR) experience, in-depth understanding of anatomy and considerable laparoscopic technical expertise may have delayed wide application. However healthy scepticism of its actual benefits and presence of a potential publication bias; concern about its safety and technical learning curve, are probably equally responsible. Given that a large proportion of our work, at least in transplantation is still OLR, we have attempted to provide an entirely unbiased, mature opinion of its pros and cons in the current invited review. We have divided this review into two sections as we believe they merit separate attention on technical and ethical grounds. The first part deals with laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) in patients who present with benign or malignant liver pathology, wherein we have discussed its overall outcomes; its feasibility based on type of pathology and type of resection and included a small section on application of LLR in special scenarios like cirrhosis. The second part deals with the laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy (LDH) experience to date, including its potential impact on transplantation in general. Donor safety, graft outcomes after LDH and criterion to select ideal donors for LLR are discussed. Within each section we have provided practical points to improve safety in LLR and attempted to reach reasonable recommendations on the utilization of LLR for units that wish to develop such a service. PMID:25309070

  19. Laparoscopic liver resection: Wedge resections to living donor hepatectomy, are we heading in the right direction?

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    Cherian, P Thomas; Mishra, Ashish Kumar; Kumar, Palaniappen; Sachan, Vijayant Kumar; Bharathan, Anand; Srikanth, Gadiyaram; Senadhipan, Baiju; Rela, Mohamad S

    2014-01-01

    Despite inception over 15 years ago and over 3000 completed procedures, laparoscopic liver resection has remained mainly in the domain of selected centers and enthusiasts. Requirement of extensive open liver resection (OLR) experience, in-depth understanding of anatomy and considerable laparoscopic technical expertise may have delayed wide application. However healthy scepticism of its actual benefits and presence of a potential publication bias; concern about its safety and technical learning curve, are probably equally responsible. Given that a large proportion of our work, at least in transplantation is still OLR, we have attempted to provide an entirely unbiased, mature opinion of its pros and cons in the current invited review. We have divided this review into two sections as we believe they merit separate attention on technical and ethical grounds. The first part deals with laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) in patients who present with benign or malignant liver pathology, wherein we have discussed its overall outcomes; its feasibility based on type of pathology and type of resection and included a small section on application of LLR in special scenarios like cirrhosis. The second part deals with the laparoscopic living donor hepatectomy (LDH) experience to date, including its potential impact on transplantation in general. Donor safety, graft outcomes after LDH and criterion to select ideal donors for LLR are discussed. Within each section we have provided practical points to improve safety in LLR and attempted to reach reasonable recommendations on the utilization of LLR for units that wish to develop such a service. PMID:25309070

  20. Selection and geographic isolation influence hummingbird speciation: genetic, acoustic and morphological divergence in the wedge-tailed sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis

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    Ornelas Juan

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mesoamerica is one of the most threatened biodiversity hotspots in the world, yet we are far from understanding the geologic history and the processes driving population divergence and speciation for most endemic taxa. In species with highly differentiated populations selective and/or neutral factors can induce rapid changes to traits involved in mate choice, promoting reproductive isolation between allopatric populations that can eventually lead to speciation. We present the results of genetic differentiation, and explore drift and selection effects in promoting acoustic and morphological divergence among populations of Campylopterus curvipennis, a lekking hummingbird with an extraordinary vocal variability across Mesoamerica. Results Analyses of two mitochondrial genes and ten microsatellite loci genotyped for 160 individuals revealed the presence of three lineages with no contemporary gene flow: C. c. curvipennis, C. c. excellens, and C. c. pampa disjunctly distributed in the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Tuxtlas region and the Yucatan Peninsula, respectively. Sequence mtDNA and microsatellite data were congruent with two diversification events: an old vicariance event at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (c. 1.4 Ma, and a more recent Pleistocene split, isolating populations in the Tuxtlas region. Hummingbirds of the excellens group were larger, and those of the pampa group had shorter bills, and lineages that have been isolated the longest shared fewer syllables and differed in spectral and temporal traits of a shared syllable. Coalescent simulations showed that fixation of song types has occurred faster than expected under neutrality but the null hypothesis that morphological divergence resulted from drift was not rejected. Conclusions Our phylogeographic analyses uncovered the presence of three Mesoamerican wedge-tailed sabrewing lineages, which diverged at different time scales. These results highlight the importance of the

  1. Mixed methods evaluation of targeted case finding for cardiovascular disease prevention using a stepped wedged cluster RCT

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    Marshall Tom

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A pilot project cardiovascular prevention was implemented in Sandwell (West Midlands, UK. This used electronic primary care records to identify untreated patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease then invited these high risk patients for assessment by a nurse in their own general practice. Those found to be eligible for treatment were offered treatment. During the pilot a higher proportion of high risk patients were started on treatment in the intervention practices than in control practices. Following the apparent success of the prevention project, it was intended to extend the service to all practices across the Sandwell area. However the pilot project was not a robust evaluation. There was a need for an efficient evaluation that would not disrupt the planned rollout of the project. Methods/design Project nurses will sequentially implement targeted cardiovascular case finding in a phased way across all general practices, with the sequence of general practices determined randomly. This is a stepped wedge randomised controlled trial design. The target population is patients aged 35 to 74, without diabetes or cardiovascular disease whose ten-year cardiovascular risk, (determined from data in their electronic records is ≥20%. The primary outcome is the number of high risk patients started on treatment, because these data could be efficiently obtained from electronic primary care records. From this we can determine the effects of the case finding programme on the proportion of high risk patients started on treatment in practices before and after implementation of targeted case finding. Cost-effectiveness will be modelled from the predicted effects of treatments on cardiovascular events and associated health service costs. Alongside the implementation it is intended to interview clinical staff and patients who participated in the programme in order to determine acceptability to patients and clinicians. Practical

  2. Controls on oxygen dynamics in a riverine salt-wedge estuary – a three-dimensional model of the Yarra River estuary, Australia

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    L. C. Bruce

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Oxygen depletion in estuarine waters is an important factor governing water quality and ecological health. A complex and dynamic balance of physical and biogeochemical factors drive the extent and persistence of hypoxia and anoxia making it difficult to predict. An increased understanding of the effect of changing flow regimes and temperature on patterns of estuarine oxygen depletion is required to support ongoing management. Coupled physical and biogeochemical models have been applied to study the interaction of physical processes and seasonal hypoxia, however, application to riverine estuaries with tight curvature and more sporadic periods of oxygen depletion is rare. In this study we apply a finite volume 3-D hydrodynamic-biogeochemical model (TUFLOW-FV–FABM to the Yarra River estuary, Australia, in order to predict the extent of salt-wedge intrusion and consequent patterns of oxygen depletion. The predictive capacity of the model was evaluated using a series of model verification metrics and the results evaluated to determine the dominant mechanisms affecting salt-wedge position and the extent and persistence of anoxia and hypoxia. Measures of model fit indicated that the model reasonably captured the strength of stratification and the position and extent of the salt wedge (r2 ~ 0.74. The extent of the salt wedge intrusion was controlled by riverine flow and the strength of stratification or mixing dominated by topographical features corresponding to areas of tight curvature ("horseshoe" bends. The model predicted that the extent of anoxic waters generally mimicked the extent of the salt wedge (r2 ~ 0.65 increasing during periods of low flow and reduced following episodic high flow events. The results showed two sporadically isolated "hot spots" of anoxia, the first downstream of the horseshoe bend and the second downstream of a sill. Simulated oxygen concentrations indicated that whilst a threshold salt wedge intrusion was a requirement

  3. Effect of Mantle Wedge Hybridization by Sediment Melt on Geochemistry of Arc Magma and Arc Mantle Source - Insights from Laboratory Experiments at High Pressures and Temperatures

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    Mallik, A.; Dasgupta, R.; Tsuno, K.; Nelson, J. M.

    2015-12-01

    Generation of arc magmas involves metasomatism of the mantle wedge by slab-derived H2O-rich fluids and/or melts and subsequent melting of the modified source. The chemistry of arc magmas and the residual mantle wedge are not only regulated by the chemistry of the slab input, but also by the phase relations of metasomatism or hybridization process in the wedge. The sediment-derived silica-rich fluids and hydrous partial melts create orthopyroxene-rich zones in the mantle wedge, due to reaction of mantle olivine with silica in the fluid/melt [1,2]. Geochemical evidence for such a reaction comes from pyroxenitic lithologies coexisting with peridotite in supra-subduction zones. In this study, we have simulated the partial melting of a parcel of mantle wedge modified by bulk addition of sediment-derived melt with variable H2O contents to investigate the major and trace element chemistry of the magmas and the residues formed by this process. Experiments at 2-3 GPa and 1150-1300 °C were conducted on mixtures of 25% sediment-derived melt and 75% lherzolite, with bulk H2O contents varying from 2 to 6 wt.%. Partial reactive crystallization of the rhyolitic slab-derived melt and partial melting of the mixed source produced a range of melt compositions from ultra-K basanites to basaltic andesites, in equilibrium with an orthopyroxene ± phlogopite ± clinopyroxene ± garnet bearing residue, depending on P and bulk H2O content. Model calculations using partition coefficients (from literature) of trace elements between experimental minerals and silicate melt suggest that the geochemical signatures of the slab-derived melt, such as low Ce/Pb and depletion in Nb and Ta (characteristic slab signatures) are not erased from the resulting melt owing to reactive crystallization. The residual mineral assemblage is also found to be similar to the supra-subduction zone lithologies, such as those found in Dabie Shan (China) and Sanbagawa Belt (Japan). In this presentation, we will also

  4. Tectonic and Sedimentary Interactions on the Initiation and the Architecture of the Accretionary Wedges in the Southwestern Edge of the Caribbean, off Panama and Colombia

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    Mercier De Lepinay, B. F.; Maurin, T.; Barat, F.; Auxietre, J.

    2013-12-01

    The structurally and stratigraphically complex area of North Panama deformed belt, Sinu-Uraba accretionary prism and south Caribbean deformed belt holds the key to understand the plate tectonic evolution of the southwestern margins of the Caribbean Sea. New geological fieldworks, sedimentary and structural analysis, detailed offshore and onshore seismic interpretation provide insights into the regional structural and stratigraphic evolution of those margins. Detailed results constraint the geodynamic history of these complex wedge architecture which registered successive changes of sedimentary supplies and gravity collapses. During the Paleocene and Eocene time, the southeastward subduction of the Caribbean plate below the northwestern edge of South America is characterized by the development of an accretionary wedge off the Caribbean margin of Colombia, due to the accumulation of a large amount of sediments provided by the Magdalena and the Sinu rivers. The Atrato river, at that time, was providing sediments to the basins restricted within the Panama Isthmus. During the Middle Miocene, the Panama Isthmus began to collide against South America, inducing the uplift of the San Jacinto/Sinu Belt in Colombia. As a consequence, the Magdalena river was deviated northward. The Sinu river was also deviated to the North and started to load the back of the the Sinu accretionary wedge which then began to collapse as convergence has ceased. In the same way, the uplift of the Darien Shear Zone, east of the Atrato basin, has deflected the sedimentary supply from the Chucunaque/Tuira basins to the northern margin of the isthmus, allowing the development of a sedimentary basin and the initiation of the North Panama Deformed Belt. Thus, on one hand, the structure of the Colombian Wedge, the Sinu Wedge and the North Panama Deformed belt, was controlled by the tectonic forces, a consequence of the convergence and progressive accretion of the Central American isthmus against the

  5. Opening remarks

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    2004-01-01

    Opening remarks to "Beyond Pillar 3 in International Banking Regulation: Disclosure and Market Discipline of Financial Firms," a Conference Cosponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School, October 2-3, 2003.

  6. Open access

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    Dorch, Bertil Fabricius; Demaio, Alessandro; Hersch, Fred

    2012-01-01

    This week, we celebrate open access week – an event aimed at bringing attention to this rapidly emerging form of scientific publication and its ethical imperatives. Traditionally, knowledge breakthroughs and scientific discoveries are shared through publication in academic journals. Peer...... ideas, break down barriers to science and make knowledge accessible to the masses – but this is not actually the case....

  7. Interference of wedge-shaped protrusions on the faces of a Griffith crack in biaxial stress. Final report

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    Boulet, J.A.M. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)

    1992-04-01

    An initial investigation of the influence of protrusion interference on the fracture toughness required to prevent unstable propagation of a Griffith crack in a brittle material is described. The interference is caused by relative shear displacement of the crack faces when subjected to remote biaxial stress with neither principal stress parallel to the crack. It is shown that for room temperature cracks smaller than about one centimeter in silicon carbide, or about one millimeter in silicon nitride, the presence of interference changes the fracture stress. A mathematical model based on linear elasticity solutions and including multiple interference sites at arbitrarily specified positions on the crack is presented. Computations of the change in required fracture toughness and its dependence on wedge geometry (size and vertex angle), applied stresses (orientation and magnitude), and location of the interference site are discussed. Results indicate that a single interference site has only a slight effect on required toughness. However, the influence of interference increases monotonically with the number of interference sites. The two-dimensional model described herein is not accurate when the interference sites are closely spaced.

  8. Bursty reconnection modulating the substorm current wedge, a substorm case study re-analysed by ECLAT tools.

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    Opgenoorth, Hermann; Palin, Laurianne; Ågren, Karin; Zivkovic, Tatjana; Facsko, Gabor; Sergeev, Victor; Kubyshkina, Marina; Nikolaev, Alexander; Milan, Steve; Imber, Suzanne; Kauristie, Kirsti; Palmroth, Minna; van de Kamp, Max; Nakamura, Rumi; Boakes, Peter

    2015-04-01

    Multi-instrumental data mining and interpretation can be tedious and complicated. In this context, the ECLAT (European Cluster Assimilation Technology) project was created to « provide a novel and unique data base and tools for space scientists, by providing an upgrade of the European Space Agency's Cluster Active Archive (CAA). » How can this new tool help the space plasma physics community? Here we demonstrate the power of coordinated global and meso-scale ground-based data to put satellite data into the proper context. We re-analyse a well-isolated substorm with a strong growth phase, which starts right overhead the Scandinavian network of instruments on 8 September 2002. This event was previously studied in detail by Sergeev et al (2005), based on a THEMIS-like configuration near-midnight using a unique radial constellation of LANL (~6.6Re), Geotail and Polar (~9Re), and Cluster (~16Re). In this new study we add detailed IMAGE spacecraft and ground-based network data. Magnetospheric models are specially adapted using solar wind conditions and in-situ observations. Simulation results are compared to the in-situ observations and discussed. We show how - both before and after substorm onset - bursty reconnection in the tail modulates the localised field aligned current flow associated with the substorm current wedge.

  9. Estimation of pulmonary wedge pressure by transmitral Doppler in patients with chronic heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

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    Temporelli, P L; Scapellato, F; Corrà, U; Eleuteri, E; Imparato, A; Giannuzzi, P

    1999-03-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated that left ventricular (LV) filling pressures can be estimated from transmitral Doppler recording in patients in sinus rhythm who have a broad spectrum of cardiac diseases. However, the correlation between pulmonary wedge pressure (PWP) and mitral Doppler profile has not yet been clearly defined in patients with atrial fibrillation, particularly in the presence of severe LV systolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlations between PWP and transmitral Doppler variables in patients with atrial fibrillation and chronic heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. PWP and the mitral Doppler profile were simultaneously recorded in 35 consecutive heart failure patients (28 men, 7 women; mean age, 69 +/- 9 years) with severe LV dysfunction (mean ejection fraction 22% +/- 5%). Doppler measurements were averaged over 10 cardiac cycles. In addition, left atrial areas were derived from the apical 4-chamber view. Significant relations were observed between PWP and several parameters derived from the mitral flow: isovolumic relaxation time (r = -70), acceleration rate (r = 0.78), deceleration rate (r = 0.82), and deceleration time (r = -0.95). However, by stepwise multivariate analysis, deceleration time emerged as the sole independent predictor of PWP (r2 = 0.95, F = 590). The analysis led to the following equation: PWP = 51 - 0.26 (deceleration time). Our data suggest that mitral Doppler echocardiography is a useful tool for predicting PWP in heart failure patients with severe LV dysfunction even in the presence of atrial fibrillation. PMID:10080426

  10. Crystal structure and MD simulation of mouse EndoV reveal wedge motif plasticity in this inosine-specific endonuclease

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    Nawaz, Meh Sameen; Vik, Erik Sebastian; Ronander, Mia Elise; Solvoll, Anne Marthe; Blicher, Pernille; Bjørås, Magnar; Alseth, Ingrun; Dalhus, Bjørn

    2016-04-01

    Endonuclease V (EndoV) is an enzyme with specificity for deaminated adenosine (inosine) in nucleic acids. EndoV from Escherichia coli (EcEndoV) acts both on inosines in DNA and RNA, whereas the human homolog cleaves only at inosines in RNA. Inosines in DNA are mutagenic and the role of EndoV in DNA repair is well established. In contrast, the biological function of EndoV in RNA processing is largely unexplored. Here we have characterized a second mammalian EndoV homolog, mouse EndoV (mEndoV), and show that mEndoV shares the same RNA selectivity as human EndoV (hEndoV). Mouse EndoV cleaves the same inosine-containing substrates as hEndoV, but with reduced efficiencies. The crystal structure of mEndoV reveals a conformation different from the hEndoV and prokaryotic EndoV structures, particularly for the conserved tyrosine in the wedge motif, suggesting that this strand separating element has some flexibility. Molecular dynamics simulations of mouse and human EndoV reveal alternative conformations for the invariant tyrosine. The configuration of the active site, on the other hand, is very similar between the prokaryotic and mammalian versions of EndoV.

  11. The structure of the Temsamane fold-and-thrust stack (eastern Rif, Morocco): Evolution of a transpressional orogenic wedge

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    Jabaloy-Sánchez, Antonio; Azdimousa, Ali; Booth-Rea, Guillermo; Asebriy, Lahcen; Vázquez-Vílchez, Mercedes; Martínez-Martínez, José Miguel; Gabites, Janet

    2015-11-01

    The structure of the Temsamane fold-and-thrust stack corresponds to four units limited by anastomosing ductile shear zones cutting a trend of south verging recumbent folds. This ductile stack was formed in an inclined left-handed transpressional zone at the North African paleomargin during Chattian to Langhian times producing two main deformational events. The first event (Dp) produced a Sp/Lp planar linear fabric generated in a non-coaxial deformation with a top-to-the-WSW sense of movement and was associated to metamorphic P-T conditions varying from late diagenesis in the southernmost Temsamane outcrops to epizone in the north. According to the 40Ar/39Ar ages, this deformation occurred at Chattian-Aquitanian times. The second deformational event (Dc event) generated ENE-WSW trending folds with SSE vergence and a set of anastomosing shear zones with Sm/Lm planar linear fabric. The latter units were generated at around 15 Ma (Langhian), and indicate a strong localization of the simple shear component of the transpression. Moreover, this orientation is compatible with the kinematics of the Temsamane detachment, which can explain most of the uplift of the Temsamane rocks from the middle to the uppermost crust. The described evolution indicates that collision between the western Mediterranean terranes and the North African paleomargin and the formation of the Rifean orogenic wedge occurred at Chattian to Langhian times.

  12. Launching a salt substitute to reduce blood pressure at the population level: a cluster randomized stepped wedge trial in Peru

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    2014-01-01

    Background Controlling hypertension rates and maintaining normal blood pressure, particularly in resource-constrained settings, represent ongoing challenges of effective and affordable implementation in health care. One of the strategies being largely advocated to improve high blood pressure calls for salt reduction strategies. This study aims to estimate the impact of a population-level intervention based on sodium reduction and potassium increase – in practice, introducing a low-sodium, high-potassium salt substitute – on adult blood pressure levels. Methods/Design The proposed implementation research study includes two components: Phase 1, an exploratory component, and Phase 2, an intervention component. The exploratory component involves a triangle taste test and a formative research study designed to gain an understanding of the best implementation methods. Phase 2 involves a pragmatic stepped wedge trial design where the intervention will be progressively implemented in several clusters starting the intervention randomly at different times. In addition, we will evaluate the implementation strategy using a cost-effectiveness analysis. Discussion This is the first project in a Latin-American setting to implement a salt substitution intervention at the population level to tackle high blood pressure. Data generated and lessons learnt from this study will provide a strong platform to address potential interventions applicable to other similar low- and middle-income settings. Trial registration This study is registered in ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01960972. PMID:24667035

  13. Transmission electron microscopy investigation of oxidation of (110)NiAl single crystal with wedge-shaped profile

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    Fedchenko, Olena; Chernov, Sergey V.; Klimenkov, Michael; Protsenko, Serhiy I.; Nepijko, Sergej A.; Schönhense, Gerd

    2016-02-01

    Low energy electron diffraction (LEED), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) investigations of oxidation processes in (110)NiAl single crystal of wedge like shape, i.e., on the sample’s areas of different thickness, were carried out. It was found that in the result of several cycles of ion etching, annealing and oxidation the upper layer of (110)NiAl is enriched with Ni. With the increase of Ni concentration from 50 to 100 at. %, the stoichiometry of the near surface area changes and the new phases of Ni3Al and Ni with Al doping are formed one after another. Up to Ni content of 75 at. % the defects concentration in the near-surface area increases and above 75 at. % it drops again. This leads to the change in orientation and azimuth direction of aluminum oxide (alumina). By varying the conditions of γ-Al2O3 epitaxial growth on (110)NiAl with (100), (110), and (111) orientations, we found that this oxide can be grown with different azimuthal directions, for example [440](111)γ-Al2O3 ∥ [002](110)NiAl and [440](111)γ-Al2O3 ∥ [022](110)NiAl.

  14. States of paleostress north and south of the Periadriatic fault: Comparison of the Drau Range and the Friuli Southalpine wedge

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    Bartel, Esther Maria; Neubauer, Franz; Genser, Johann; Heberer, Bianca

    2014-12-01

    This study focuses on the analysis of structures and kinematics of a N-S profile along the axis of maximum shortening of the European Eastern Alps. The area includes the southern Austroalpine unit in the north and the Southalpine unit, which is a part of the Adriatic indenter. The stratigraphically different units are separated by the Periadriatic fault, the major strike-slip fault within the Alps. In order to assess the kinematics of these units, mainly fault-slip data from north and south of the Periadriatic fault were analyzed. We distinguish a succession of five main kinematic groups in both units: (1) N-S compression; (2) NW-SE compression; (3) NE-SW compression, σ3 changes gradually from subvertical to subhorizontal; (4) N-S compression; and (5) NW-SE compression. Our study reveals that the deformation sequence on either sides of the PAF is similar. The mean orientations of the principal stress axes, however, show small, but consistent differences: The subhorizontal axes north of the Periadriatic fault plunge northward, in the south southward. A counterclockwise (CCW) rotation of the southern part in respect to the north is evident and in line with the well-known counterclockwise rotation of the Adriatic indenter as well as dextral displacement of the N-fanning stress-field along the Periadriatic fault. Opposing plunge directions are interpreted as a primary feature of the internal stress-field within an orogenic wedge further increased during ongoing compression.

  15. Boundary layer flow and heat transfer of a Casson fluid past a symmetric porous wedge with surface heat flux

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    The aim of this paper is to investigate numerically the boundary layer forced convection flow of a Casson fluid past a symmetric porous wedge. Similarity transformations are used to convert the governing partial differential equations into ordinary ones. With the help of the shooting method, the reduced equations are then solved numerically. Comparisons are made with the previously published results in some special cases and they are found to be in excellent agreement with each other. The results obtained in this study are illustrated graphically and discussed in detail. The velocity is found to increase with an increasing Falkner–Skan exponent whereas the temperature decreases. With the rise of the Casson fluid parameter, the fluid velocity increases but the temperature is found to decrease in this case. Fluid velocity is suppressed with the increase of suction. The skin friction decreases with the increasing value of Casson fluid parameter. It is found that the temperature decreases as the Prandtl number increases and thermal boundary layer thickness decreases with the increasing value of Prandtl number. A significant finding of this investigation is that flow separation can be controlled by increasing the value of the Casson fluid parameter as well as by increasing the amount of suction. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  16. Radionuclides in resident and migratory fishes of a wedge bank region: Estimation of dose to human beings, South India

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    Highlights: ► 137Cs, 210Po and 210Pb accumulation in 47 species of marine fishes. ► Baseline data for Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project. ► Assessment of daily intake and committed effective dose. - Abstract: Baseline activity concentration of 137Cs, 210Po and 210Pb was determined for 25 resident and 22 migratory fish species collected in a so-called wedge bank region in the extreme south of India. A nuclear power station is now under construction at Kudankulam near the target region and the data provide background information on the radionuclide activity concentration in the region. Three-way ANOVA revealed no significant variation in the concentrations of 137Cs, 210Po and 210Pb between species based on feeding habit, habitat and migratory pattern except the effect of feeding habit on 210Po concentration (p 137Cs was negligibly small while those due to 210Po and 210Pb varied from 1.2 to 36.9 and 0.2 to 2.9 μSv yr−1, respectively.

  17. Evaluation of a high-precision gear measuring machine for helix measurement using helix and wedge artifacts

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    Taguchi, Tetsuya; Kondo, Yohan

    2016-08-01

    High-precision gears are required for advanced motion and power transmission. The reliability of the measured value becomes important as the gear accuracy increases, and the establishment of a traceability system is needed. Therefore, a high-precision gear measuring machine (GMM) with a smaller uncertainty is expected to improve the gear calibration uncertainty. For this purpose, we developed a prototype of a high-precision GMM that adopts a direct drive mechanism and other features. Then, the high measurement capability of the developed GMM was verified using gear artifacts. Recently, some new measurement methods using simple shapes such as spheres and planes have been proposed as standards. We have verified the tooth profile measurement using a sphere artifact and reported the results that the developed GMM had a high capability in tooth profile measurement. Therefore, we attempted to devise a new evaluation method for helix measurement using a wedge artifact (WA) whose plane was treated as the tooth flank, and the high measurement capability of the developed GMM was verified. The results will provide a part of information to fully assess measurement uncertainty as our future work. This paper describes the evaluation results of the developed GMM for helix measurement using both a helix artifact and the WA, and discusses the effectiveness of the WA as a new artifact to evaluate the GMMs.

  18. Lattice rotation caused by wedge indentation of a single crystal: Dislocation dynamics compared to crystal plasticity simulations

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    Zhang, Yunhe; Gao, Yanfei; Nicola, Lucia

    2014-08-01

    A number of recent experimental efforts such as electron back scattering technique and three-dimensional X-ray structural microscopy have revealed the intriguing formation of sectors of lattice rotation fields under indentation. In the case of wedge indentation, the in-plane rotation changes sign from one sector to another. Although the lattice rotation fields can be used to compute the geometrically necessary dislocation (GND) densities, it remains unclear how these sectors can be related to the hardness and therefore to the indentation size effects, i.e., the increase of indentation hardness with the decrease of indentation depth. Crystal plasticity simulations in this work reproduce the experimental findings at large indentation depth. On the contrary, discrete dislocation plasticity can only capture the sectors found experimentally when there is a high obstacle density and large obstacle strength. Obstacle density and strength, however, have little effect on the hardness. In other words, there is no one-to-one correspondence between the lattice rotation patterns and the indentation size effects. The presence of obstacles favors the dislocation arrangements that lead to the experimentally found rotation sectors. Using the similarity solutions of indentation fields and the solution of localized deformation fields near a stationary crack, a simple model is developed that explains the dislocation pattern evolution, its relationship to the lattice misorientations, and more importantly its dependence on obstacles.

  19. Reliability Tests of Aluminium Wedge Wire Bonding on Auto-catalytic Silver Immersion Gold (ASIG) PCB Metallization

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    Drozd, A; Kaufmann, S; Manolescu, F; McGill, I

    2011-01-01

    The Auto-catalytic Silver Immersion Gold (ASIG) PCB metallization is a new process that has clear advantages for PCB assembly especially with regard to lead-free soldering. As it may become a popular process in the future for electronics used in physics experiments, the quality of this metallization for aluminium wire bonding has been studied. Aluminium wedge wire bonding continues to be the interconnection method of choice for many physics detector sensors, for high density signal routing and for unpackaged die. Although advertised as having good quality for aluminium wire bonding, this study was performed to verify this claim as well as to test the longer term reliability of the wire bonds taking into consideration the environmental conditions and life-expectancy of devices, in particular for high energy physics detector applications. The tests were performed on PCBs made with the ASIG and ENIG (Electro-less Nickel Immersion Gold) processes at the same time in order to make a comparison with the current ind...

  20. The criterion of the existence or inexistence of transverse shock wave at wedge supported oblique detonation wave

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    Ai-Feng Wang; Wei Zhao; Zong-Lin Jiang

    2011-01-01

    A simplified theoretic method and numerical simulations were carried out to investigate the characterization of propagation of transverse shock wave at wedge supported oblique detonation wave.After solution validation,a criterlon which is associated with the ratio φ (u2/ucJ) of existence or inexistence of the transverse shock wave at the region of the primary triple was deduced systematically by 38 cases.It is observed that for abrupt oblique shock wave (OSW)/oblique detonation wave (ODW) transition,a transverse shock wave is generated at the region of the primary triple when φ < 1,however,such a transverse shock wave does not take place for the smooth OSW/ODW transition when φ > 1.The parameter φ can be expressed as the Mach number behind the ODW front for stable CJ detonation.When 0.9 < φ < 1.0,the reflected shock wave can pass across the contact discontinuity and interact with transverse waves which are originating from the ODW front.When 0.8 < φ < 0.9,the reflected shock wave can not pass across the contact discontinuity and only reflects at the contact discontinuity.The condition (0.8 < φ < 0.9) agrees well with the ratio (Dave/DcJ) in the critical detonation.

  1. Thermophoresis effects on non-Darcy MHD mixed convective heat and mass transfer past a porous wedge in the presence of suction/injection

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    Loganathan P.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available An analysis is presented to investigate the effect of thermophoresis particle deposition and variable viscosity on non-Darcy MHD mixed convective heat and mass transfer of a viscous, incompressible and electrically conducting fluid past a porous wedge in the presence of suction/injection. The wall of the wedge is embedded in a uniform non-Darcian porous medium in order to allow for possible fluid wall suction or injection. The governing partial differential equations of the problem, subjected to their boundary conditions, are solved numerically by applying an efficient solution scheme for local nonsimilarity boundary layer analysis. Numerical calculations are carried out for different values of dimensionless parameter in the problem and an analysis of the results obtained show that the flow field is influenced appreciably by the applied magnetic field. The results are compared with those known from the literature and excellent agreement between the results is obtained.

  2. Numerical investigation of variable viscosities and thermal stratification effects on MHD mixed convective heat and mass transfer past a porous wedge in the presence of a chemical reaction

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    I. Muhaimin; R. Kandasamy; Azme B. Khamis

    2009-01-01

    An analysis is presented to investigate the effects of variable viscosities and thermal stratification on the MHD mixed convective heat and mass transfer of a viscous, incompressible, and electrically conducting fluid past a porous wedge in the presence of a chemical reaction. The wall of the wedge is embedded in a uniform non-Darcian porous medium in order to allow for possible fluid wall suction or injection. The governing boundary layer equations are written into a dimensionless form by similarity transformations. The transformed coupled nonlinear ordinary differential equations are solved numerically with finite difference methods. Numerical calculations up to the third-order level of truncation are carried out for different values of dimensionless parameters. The results are presented graphically, and show that the flow field and other quantities of physical interest are significantly influenced by these parameters. The results are compared with those available in literature, and show excellent agreement.

  3. Effect of thermal radiation and suction on convective heat transfer of nanofluid along a wedge in the presence of heat generation/absorption

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    Kasmani, Ruhaila Md; Bhuvaneswari, M. [Centre for Foundation Studies in Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Sivasankaran, S.; Siri, Zailan [Institute of Mathematical Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2015-10-22

    An analysis is presented to find the effects of thermal radiation and heat generation/absorption on convection heat transfer of nanofluid past a wedge in the presence of wall suction. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using similarity transformation. The resulting system is solved numerically using a fourth-order Runge–Kutta method with shooting technique. Numerical computations are carried out for different values of dimensionless parameters to predict the effects of wedge angle, thermophoresis, Brownian motion, heat generation/absorption, thermal radiation and suction. It is found that the temperature increases significantly when the value of the heat generation/absorption parameter increases. But the opposite observation is found for the effect of thermal radiation.

  4. Effect of Chemical Reaction on Convective Heat Transfer of Boundary Layer Flow in Nanofluid over a Wedge with Heat Generation/Absorption and Suction

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    R. M. Kasmani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study is to examine the convective heat transfer of nanofluid past a wedge subject to first-order chemical reaction, heat generation/absorption and suction effects. The influence of wedge angle parameter, thermophoresis, Dufour and Soret type diffusivity are included. The local similarity transformation is applied to convert the governing nonlinear partial differential equations into ordinary differential equations. Shooting method integrated with fourth-order Runge-Kutta method is used to solve the ordinary differential equations. The skin friction, heat and mass transfer rates as well as the effects of various parameters on velocity, temperature and solutal concentration profiles are analyzed. The results indicate that when the chemical reaction parameter increases, the heat transfer coefficient increases while the mass transfer coefficient decreases. The effect of chemical reaction parameter is very important in solutal concentration field compared to velocity and temperature profiles since it decreases the solutal concentration of the nanoparticle.

  5. The clustering of galaxies in the completed SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: Cosmological implications of the Fourier space wedges of the final sample

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    Grieb, Jan Niklas; Salazar-Albornoz, Salvador; Scoccimarro, Román; Crocce, Martín; Vecchia, Claudio Dalla; Montesano, Francesco; Gil-Marín, Héctor; Ross, Ashley J; Beutler, Florian; Rodríguez-Torres, Sergio; Chuang, Chia-Hsun; Prada, Francisco; Kitaura, Francisco-Shu; Cuesta, Antonio J; Eisenstein, Daniel J; Percival, Will J; Vargas-Magana, Mariana; Tinker, Jeremy L; Tojeiro, Rita; Brownstein, Joel R; Maraston, Claudia; Nichol, Robert C; Olmstead, Matthew D; Samushia, Lado; Seo, Hee-Jong; Streblyanska, Alina; Zhao, Gong-bo

    2016-01-01

    We extract cosmological information from the anisotropic power spectrum measurements from the recently completed Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), extending the concept of clustering wedges to Fourier space. Making use of new FFT-based estimators, we measure the power spectrum clustering wedges of the BOSS sample by filtering out the information of Legendre multipoles l > 4. Our modelling of these measurements is based on novel approaches to describe non-linear evolution, bias, and redshift-space distortions, which we test using synthetic catalogues based on large-volume N-body simulations. We are able to include smaller scales than in previous analyses, resulting in tighter cosmological constraints. Using three overlapping redshift bins, we measure the angular diameter distance, the Hubble parameter, and the cosmic growth rate, and explore the cosmological implications of our full shape clustering measurements in combination with CMB and SN Ia data. Assuming a {\\Lambda}CDM cosmology, we constra...

  6. Effect of thermal radiation and suction on convective heat transfer of nanofluid along a wedge in the presence of heat generation/absorption

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    An analysis is presented to find the effects of thermal radiation and heat generation/absorption on convection heat transfer of nanofluid past a wedge in the presence of wall suction. The governing partial differential equations are transformed into a system of ordinary differential equations using similarity transformation. The resulting system is solved numerically using a fourth-order Runge–Kutta method with shooting technique. Numerical computations are carried out for different values of dimensionless parameters to predict the effects of wedge angle, thermophoresis, Brownian motion, heat generation/absorption, thermal radiation and suction. It is found that the temperature increases significantly when the value of the heat generation/absorption parameter increases. But the opposite observation is found for the effect of thermal radiation

  7. Open IS

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    Germonprez, Matt; Crowston, Kevin; Avital, Michel;

    2013-01-01

    The collective intelligence and collective action of “open” communities have produced a variety of complex knowledge goods and radical social change. The Information Systems (IS) community has invested significant effort into researching open communities and the ecosystems in which they operate......, seeking to better understand these emerging forms of organization, production, innovation, knowledge, and value creation. Ironically, the IS discipline itself has, on the whole, failed to embrace the principles that its own research has repeatedly identified as generative and powerful. This panel...... therefore seeks to stimulate a thoughtful and dynamic discussion around the proposition that becoming a more open community will enhance the IS discipline’s scholarly inquiry and global impact....

  8. Influence of thermal radiation and heat generation/absorption on MHD heat transfer flow of a micropolar fluid past a wedge considering hall and ion slip currents

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    Uddin Ziya; Kumar Manoj; Harmand Souad

    2014-01-01

    In this paper a numerical model is developed to examine the effect of thermal radiation on magnetohydrodynamic heat transfer flow of a micropolar fluid past a non-conducting wedge in presence of heat source/sink. In the model it is assumed that the fluid is viscous, incompressible and electrically conducting. The Hall and ion slip effects have also been taken into consideration. The model contains highly non-linear coupled partial differential equations whi...

  9. CyberKnife with tumor tracking: An effective alternative to wedge resection for high-risk surgical patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC

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    Sean eCollins

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Published data suggests that wedge resection for stage I NSCLC results in improved overall survival compared to stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT. We report CyberKnife outcomes for high-risk surgical patients with biopsy-proven stage I NSCLC. PET/CT imaging was completed for staging. Three-to-five gold fiducial markers were implanted in or near tumors to serve as targeting references. Gross tumor volumes (GTVs were contoured using lung windows; the margins were expanded by 5 mm to establish the planning treatment volume (PTV. Treatment plans were designed using hundreds of pencil beams. Doses delivered to the PTV ranged from 42-60 Gy in 3 fractions. The 30-Gy isodose contour extended at least 1cm from the GTV to eradicate microscopic disease. Treatments were delivered using the CyberKnife system with tumor tracking. Examination and PET/CT imaging occurred at 3-month follow-up intervals. Forty patients (median age 76 with a median maximum tumor diameter of 2.6 cm (range, 1.4-5.0 cm and a mean post-bronchodilator percent predicted forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1 of 57% (range, 21 - 111% were treated. A mean dose of 50 Gy was delivered to the PTV over 3 to 13 days (median, 7 days. The 30-Gy isodose contour extended a mean 1.9 cm from the GTV. At a median 44 months (range, 12 -72 months follow-up, the 3-year Kaplan-Meier locoregional control and overall survival estimates compare favorably with contemporary wedge resection outcomes at 91% and 75% , respectively. CyberKnife is an effective treatment approach for stage I NSCLC that is similar to wedge resection, eradicating tumors with 1 to 2 cm margins in order to preserve lung function. Prospective randomized trials comparing CyberKnife with wedge resection are necessary to confirm equivalence.

  10. Effects of laterally wedged insoles on symptoms and disease progression in medial knee osteoarthritis: a protocol for a randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial

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    Osborne Richard

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Whilst laterally wedged insoles, worn inside the shoes, are advocated as a simple, inexpensive, non-toxic self-administered intervention for knee osteoarthritis (OA, there is currently limited evidence to support their use. The aim of this randomised, double-blind controlled trial is to determine whether laterally wedges insoles lead to greater improvements in knee pain, physical function and health-related quality of life, and slower structural disease progression as well as being more cost-effective, than control flat insoles in people with medial knee OA. Methods/Design Two hundred participants with painful radiographic medial knee OA and varus malalignment will be recruited from the community and randomly allocated to lateral wedge or control insole groups using concealed allocation. Participants will be blinded as to which insole is considered therapeutic. Blinded follow up assessment will be conducted at 12 months after randomisation. The outcome measures are valid and reliable measures recommended for OA clinical trials. Questionnaires will assess changes in pain, physical function and health-related quality-of-life. Magnetic resonance imaging will measure changes in tibial cartilage volume. To evaluate cost-effectiveness, participants will record the use of all health-related treatments in a log-book returned to the assessor on a monthly basis. To test the effect of the intervention using an intention-to-treat analysis, linear regression modelling will be applied adjusting for baseline outcome values and other demographic characteristics. Discussion Results from this trial will contribute to the evidence regarding the effectiveness of laterally wedged insoles for the management of medial knee OA. Trial registration ACTR12605000503628; NCT00415259.

  11. Application of Wedges for the Reduction of the Space and Time-Dependent Harmonic Content in Squirrel-Cage Induction Motors

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    Konstantinos N. Gyftakis; Panagiotou, Panagiotis A.; Kappatou, Joya C.

    2013-01-01

    The influence of the semimagnetic stator wedges of different sizes on the electromagnetic characteristics and the behavior of the induction motor is investigated. The study will be carried out with both analytical calculations and FEM analysis. The analytical calculations will take into account the stator and rotor slots, as well as the iron core saturation in order to study the spatial and time-dependent harmonic content of the air-gap magnetic flux density and electromagnetic torque. The si...

  12. Effects of a free school breakfast programme on school attendance, achievement, psychosocial function, and nutrition: a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial

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    Maddison Ralph; Michie Jo; Jiang Yannan; Gorton Delvina; Turley Maria; Ni Mhurchu Cliona; Hattie John

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Approximately 55,000 children in New Zealand do not eat breakfast on any given day. Regular breakfast skipping has been associated with poor diets, higher body mass index, and adverse effects on children's behaviour and academic performance. Research suggests that regular breakfast consumption can improve academic performance, nutrition and behaviour. This paper describes the protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a free school breakfast programme. The ai...

  13. Effects of a free school breakfast programme on children's attendance, academic achievement and short-term hunger: results from a stepped-wedge, cluster randomised controlled trial

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    Mhurchu, Cliona Ni; Gorton, Delvina; Turley, Maria; Jiang, Yannan; Michie, Jo; Maddison, Ralph; Hattie, John

    2012-01-01

    Background Free school breakfast programmes (SBPs) exist in a number of high-income countries, but their effects on educational outcomes have rarely been evaluated in randomised controlled trials. Methods A 1-year stepped-wedge, cluster randomised controlled trial was undertaken in 14 New Zealand schools in low socioeconomic resource areas. Participants were 424 children, mean age 9±2 years, 53% female. The intervention was a free daily SBP. The primary outcome was children's school attendanc...

  14. Effects of P+Cr complex modification and solidification conditions on microstructure of hypereutectic Al-Si alloys by wedge-shaped copper mould casting

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    Zhang Haitao; Zuo Kesheng; Han Xing

    2014-01-01

    Large and segregated primary Si particles may drastically decrease the mechanical properties of Al-Si alloys. To solve this problem, a P-Cr complex modifier was added into the alloy, and the effects of P-Cr complex modification and solidification conditions on the microstructure of hypereutectic Al-Si alloys casting produced in wedge-shaped copper mould were studied. The thermal analysis technique was applied to calculate the cooling rate during solidification. The microstructures were observ...

  15. Opening remarks

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    In his opening remarks Mr. David R. Kyd briefly described the IAEA mission. Then he outlined main aim of the seminar which is bring together journalists, educators, officials and other specialists to let them hear and put questions to experts on various aspects of nuclear energy and techniques. Further he analyzed problems and prospects of energy development in Asia and particularly in China, including environmental considerations. The final part of the remarks was devoted comparative evaluation of different energy production technologies

  16. When Is Open Access Not Open Access?

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    MacCallum, Catriona J.

    2007-01-01

    As open access grows in prominence, so too has confusion about what open access means; such confusion arises from a genuine misunderstanding of open access by funders, authors, editors, and publishers alike.

  17. Radiogenic and U-Series isotope variations in Vanuatu ARC lavas: Fluid and sediment addition to an isotopically heterogenous mantle wedge

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    Based on the isotopic signature of lavas along the Vanuatu island arc, it is demonstrated that the major tectonic disruption caused by the D'Entrecasteaux collision produced an influx of new mantle material from the back-arc region into the source region of the central Vanuatu arc volcanism, replacing the existing mantle wedge. Lavas in the north and south of the arc, away from the influence of the collision have Pb isotope characteristics of Pacific-MORB mantle, whereas lavas from the central islands have Pb isotope compositions that overlap with Indian- MORB mantle. Lateral variations in Sr-Nd isotope composition are considered to be caused by the differences in the isotopic composition of the unmodified mantle wedge followed by addition of about 1-3% of local sediments. The systematics of 238U-230Th disequilibrium data provides information about he timing of U-enrichment and the composition of mantle wedge prior to fluid addition derived from the subducted slab of the D'Entrecasteaux Zone

  18. Reduction of zero baseline drift of the Pound-Drever-Hall error signal with a wedged electro-optical crystal for squeezed state generation.

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    Li, Zhixiu; Ma, Weiguang; Yang, Wenhai; Wang, Yajun; Zheng, Yaohui

    2016-07-15

    We report an electro-optic modulator (EOM) with a wedged MgO: LiNbO3 as the modulation crystal to reduce the zero baseline drift (ZBD) of the Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) error signal. When the input linear polarization is not along the modulation direction, the wedged design can separate the two orthogonal polarizations in space after the EOM and eliminate the interference between the carrier and the two orthogonal sidebands. Therefore, the residual amplitude modulation (RAM) of phase modulation process caused by the input polarization misalignment and the etalon effect can be significantly reduced. The noise power spectrum of phase-modulated light with wedged crystal EOM is suppressed from -24 to -69  dBm, which is much lower than that with conventional EOM. The peak-to-peak value of the ZBD of the PDH error signal is reduced effectively to +70/-50  ppm during the 10 h, which meets the requirements for stable squeezed light generation. PMID:27420528

  19. Increase in Bacterial Colony Formation from a Permafrost Ice Wedge Dosed with a Tomitella biformata Recombinant Resuscitation-Promoting Factor Protein.

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    Puspita, Indun Dewi; Kitagawa, Wataru; Kamagata, Yoichi; Tanaka, Michiko; Nakatsu, Cindy H

    2015-01-01

    Resuscitation-promoting factor (Rpf) is a protein that has been found in a number of different Actinobacteria species and has been shown to promote the growth of active cells and resuscitate dormant (non-dividing) cells. We previously reported the biological activity of an Rpf protein in Tomitella biformata AHU 1821(T), an Actinobacteria isolated from a permafrost ice wedge. This protein is excreted outside the cell; however, few studies have investigated its contribution in environmental samples to the growth or resuscitation of bacteria other than the original host. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to determine whether Rpf from T. biformata impacted the cultivation of other bacteria from the permafrost ice wedge from which it was originally isolated. All experiments used recombinant Rpf proteins produced using a Rhodococcus erythropolis expression system. Dilutions of melted surface sterilized ice wedge samples mixed with different doses of the purified recombinant Rpf (rRpf) protein indicated that the highest concentration tested, 1250 pM, had a significantly (p Brevibacterium antiquum strain VKM Ac-2118 (AY243344), with 98-99% sequence identity. This species is also a member of the phylum Actinobacteria and was originally isolated from Siberian permafrost sediments. The results of the present study demonstrated that rRpf not only promoted the growth of T. biformata from which it was isolated, but also enhanced colony formation by another Actinobacteria in an environmental sample. PMID:25843055

  20. Control of chaos in an external-cavity multi-quantum-well laser subjected to dual-wedges and optical dual-feedback

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    2009-01-01

    A multi-parameter chaos-control method used to control chaos in an external cavity multi-quantum-well (MQW) laser via the dual-wedges and external delayed optical dual-feedback is presented. The physical model of the laser dynamic is established under the conditions of the dual-wedges and dual-feedback light control. The frequency detuning and stable ranges of the control system are theoretically demon-strated. The optical-length of the feedback light may be adjusted by shifting horizontally or sliding the dual-wedges relatively in the external optical road, which will alter the delaying time and feedback in-tensity of the dual-feedback light. Accordingly, the multi-parameter chaos-control of the optical dual-feedback may be achieved physically. The numerical simulations approve that the chaotic laser may be controlled into a stable state, a single-periodic state and multi-periodic states, and the con-trolled periodic pulse power may be increased.

  1. Open data day: open data as Open Educational Resources

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    Havemann, Leo

    2016-01-01

    Presentation at Open Data Day event, University College London, 4 March 2016 (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/open-data-day-event-open-data-as-open-educational-resources-tickets-21429549359). Recording available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYeFcj_o5R0

  2. Offenheit und wissenschaftliche Werke: Open Access, Open Review, Open Metrics, Open Science & Open Knowledge

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    Herb, Ulrich

    2012-01-01

    Open Access - so die wohl weithin akzeptierte Definition - bezeichnet die Forderung nach freiem Zugang zu wissenschaftlicher Literatur. Der Grad der Offenheit, den er verlangt, ist nur vage definiert und gemessen an anderen Open Initiatives eher gering: Die meisten Wissenschaftler dürften nicht mehr als entgeltfreie Nutzung wissenschaftlicher Texte darunter verstehen. Dennoch hielten mit Open Access Offenheit und Transparenz Einzug in der Wissenschaft. Vor allem Open-Access-Befürworter plädie...

  3. Open access, open education resources and open data in Uganda

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    Salvo, Ivana Di; Mwoka, Meggie; Kwaga, Teddy; Rukundo, Priscilla Aceng; Ernest, Dennis Ssesanga; Osaheni, Louis Aikoriogie; John, Kasibante; Shafik, Kasirye; de Sousa, Agostinho Moreira

    2015-01-01

    As a follow up to OpenCon 2014, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) students organized a 3 day workshop Open Access, Open Education Resources and Open Data in Kampala from 15-18 December 2014. One of the aims of the workshop was to engage the Open Access movement in Uganda which encompasses the scientific community, librarians, academia, researchers and students. The IFMSA students held the workshop with the support of: Consortium for Uganda University Libraries...

  4. Open areas and open access

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    One objective of the two open areas in the present ISABELLE design is to provide flexibility with respect to the size and shape of experimental equipment that would eventually be installed there. No permanent building would be installed initially. A second objective of the design of open areas is to keep initial costs as low as practicable. Another objective is open access. This note explores this idea and some design concepts based on it. It would permit inserting large pieces of experimental equipment quickly and removing them with equal ease and speed. Entire experiments would be moved in a single piece (or a few) by building them on movable platforms with capacities of up to about 1000 tons per platform. Most experiments could be built on a single platform or on a few. The shielding must also be moved. It must also be organized into a small number of large units. A scheme using large tanks filled with water is described. It is important to make the equipment on a given platform as complete and self-contained as possible, with a minimum of interconnections for power, coolant, controls, data transmission, etc. 5 figures

  5. Spatial and Spectral Characterization, Mapping, and 3D Reconstructing of Ice-wedge Polygons Using High Resolution LiDAR Data

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    Gangodagamage, C.; Rowland, J. C.; Skurikhin, A. N.; Wilson, C. J.; Brumby, S. P.; Painter, S. L.; Gable, C. W.; Bui, Q.; Short, L. S.; Liljedahl, A.; Hubbard, S. S.; Wainwright, H. M.; Dafflon, B.; Tweedie, C. E.; Kumar, J.; Wullschleger, S. D.

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    In landscapes with ice-wedge polygons, fine-scale land surface characterization is critically important because the processes that govern the carbon cycle and hydrological dynamics are controlled by features on the order of a few to tens of meters. To characterize the fine-scale features in polygonal ground in Barrow, Alaska, we use high-resolution LiDAR-derived topographic data (such as elevation, slope, curvature, and a novel 'directed distance (DD)') to develop quantitative metrics that allow for the discretization and characterization of polygons (formed by seasonal freeze and thaw processes). First, we used high resolution (0.25 m) LiDAR to show that the high and low centered polygon features exhibit a unique signature in the Fourier power spectrum where the landscape signature on freeze and thaw process (~ 5 to 100 m) is super imposed on the coarse scale fluvial eroded landscape (rudimentary river network) signature. We next convolve LiDAR elevations with multiscale wavelets and objectively choose appropriate scales to map interconnected troughs of high- and low-centered polygons. For the ice wedges where LiDAR surface expressions (troughs) are not well developed, we used a Delaunay triangulation to connect the ice-wedge network and map the topologically connected polygons. This analysis allows us to explore the 3D morphometry of these high- and low-centered polygons and develop a supervised set of ensemble characteristic templates for each polygon type as a function of directed distance (DD). These templates are used to classify the ice-wedge polygon landscape into low-centered polygons with limited troughs, and high- and low-centered polygons with well-developed trough network. We further extend the characteristic templates to polygon ensemble slopes and curvatures as a function of DD and develop a classification scheme for microtopographic features including troughs, rims, elevated ridges, and centers for both high-centered and low-centered polygon

  6. Crustal-scale tectonic wedging in the central Longmen Shan: Constraints on the uplift mechanism in the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau

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    Lu, Renqi; He, Dengfa; Xu, Xiwei; Liu, Bo

    2016-03-01

    This study focuses on the upper-middle crust (UMC) deformation in the central Longmen Shan (LMS). The results of this study are constrained by the surface geology, typical seismic reflection profiles, previously available thermochronology, and deep geophysical data. Regional seismic profiles demonstrate a strata dip of about 2°, northwest trending, from the Sichuan Basin (SB) to LMS. The interpretation of shallow artificial seismic reflection data indicates that an unknown basement structure lead to the uplifting of the sedimentary cover by 3-4 km. A long and wide-angle reflection seismic profile presents evidence that the middle crustal-scale structure is involved in the deformation. Geophysical data support that there is an upper detachment (D1) at the depth of ∼20 km. The other lower detachment (D2) could be generated at approximately 30-40 km depth in the low velocity zone. The ductile middle crust between the D1 and D2, has shortening and forming a wedge tip beneath the transition zone of the LMS and the SB. The deformation of the LMS frontal monocline belt is related to this crustal-scale wedging. Two different tectonic stages are distinguished in the Cenozoic through the axial surface analysis and chronological data. During the first stage, the crustal-scale tectonic wedge was developed between the upper and lower detachment, resulting in the uplift of the UMC. During the second stage, the middle crust could hardly be extruding and uplifting. The brittle upper crust was rapidly uplifted and shortened by the shallow major thrusts, which were developed on the D1. The D1 and D2 controlled the uplifting and shortening in the southeastern margin of the Tibetan Plateau. The lower crust (LC) may be decoupled from the D2 and subducted due to the resistance by the stable craton underlying the SB. The structural model manifests the importance of multi-detachments and the superimposed deformation in the LMS thrust belt. However, we emphasize that this crustal

  7. Risk clinicopathological factors for lymph node metastasis in poorly differentiated early gastric cancer and their impact on laparoscopic wedge resection

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    Shang-Feng Luan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate the predictive factors of lymph node metastasis (LNM in poorly differentiated early gastric cancer (EGC, and enlarge the possibility of using laparoscopic wedge resection (LWR. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 85 patients with poorly differentiated EGC who underwent surgical resection between January 1992 and December 2010. The association between the clinicopathological factors and the presence of LNM was retrospectively analyzed by univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses. Odds ratios (OR with 95%CI were calculated. We further examined the relationship between the positive number of the three significant predictive factors and the LNM rate. RESULTS: In the univariate analysis, tumor size (P = 0.011, depth of invasion (P = 0.007 and lymphatic vessel involvement (P < 0.001 were significantly associated with a higher rate of LNM. In the multivariate model, tumor size (OR = 7.125, 95%CI: 1.251-38.218, P = 0.041, depth of invasion (OR = 16.624, 95%CI: 1.571-82.134, P = 0.036 and lymphatic vessel involvement (OR = 39.112, 95%CI: 1.745-123.671, P = 0.011 were found to be independently risk clinicopathological factors for LNM. Of the 85 patients diagnosed with poorly differentiated EGC, 12 (14.1% had LNM. The LNM rates were 5.7%, 42.9% and 57.1%, respectively in cases with one, two and three of the risk factors respectively in poorly differentiated EGC. There was no LNM in 29 patients without the three risk clinicopathological factors. CONCLUSION: LWR alone may be sufficient treatment for intramucosal poorly differentiated EGC if the tumor is less than or equal to 2.0 cm in size, and when lymphatic vessel involvement is absent at postoperative histological examination.

  8. The impact of the carer support needs assessment tool (CSNAT) in community palliative care using a stepped wedge cluster trial.

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    Aoun, Samar M; Grande, Gunn; Howting, Denise; Deas, Kathleen; Toye, Chris; Troeung, Lakkhina; Stajduhar, Kelli; Ewing, Gail

    2015-01-01

    Family caregiving towards the end-of-life entails considerable emotional, social, financial and physical costs for caregivers. Evidence suggests that good support can improve caregiver psychological outcomes. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the impact of using the carer support needs assessment tool (CSNAT), as an intervention to identify and address support needs in end of life home care, on family caregiver outcomes. A stepped wedge design was used to trial the CSNAT intervention in three bases of Silver Chain Hospice Care in Western Australia, 2012-14. The intervention consisted of at least two visits from nurses (2-3 weeks apart) to identify, review and address caregivers' needs. The outcome measures for the intervention and control groups were caregiver strain and distress as measured by the Family Appraisal of Caregiving Questionnaire (FACQ-PC), caregiver mental and physical health as measured by SF-12v2, and caregiver workload as measured by extent of caregiver assistance with activities of daily living, at baseline and follow up. Total recruitment was 620. There was 45% attrition for each group between baseline and follow-up mainly due to patient deaths resulting in 322 caregivers completing the study (233 in the intervention group and 89 in the control group). At follow-up, the intervention group showed significant reduction in caregiver strain relative to controls, p=0.018, d=0.348 (95% CI 0.25 to 0.41). Priority support needs identified by caregivers included knowing what to expect in the future, having time for yourself in the day and dealing with your feelings and worries. Despite the challenges at the clinician, organisational and trial levels, the CSNAT intervention led to an improvement in caregiver strain. Effective implementation of an evidence-informed and caregiver-led tool represents a necessary step towards helping palliative care providers better assess and address caregiver needs, ensuring adequate family caregiver support

  9. Wedge-shaped lesion in the liver seen on postoperative CT. Probable thromboembolic phenomenon in the portal venous system

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    Retrospective review of teaching files in our institution revealed 18 cases showing postoperative WSL in the liver. We also retrospectively reviewed CT images of the liver in 104 patients with a recent history of abdominopelvic surgery performed during a period of 12 months, as well as in 102 patients with no history of surgery during the same period to be used as control. Three additional patients with WSL were found in the postoperative group and none in the control group. Liver CT images from the 21 patients showing WSL, along with their clinical data and follow-up CT where available, were retrospectively analyzed. I.v. contrast-enhanced CT showed homogeneous higher attenuation of WSL than the surrounding liver in all cases; unenhanced CT showed low density in 5 patients, isodensity in 7 patients, and high density in 5 patients as compared with the surrounding liver. Density of unenhanced CT was significantly correlated with the presence or grade of fatty liver. In 5 cases CT demonstrated clots in the portal vein branch within the area of WSL and in 2 cases portal perfusion defects were observed on arterial portal CT, corresponding to the areas of WSL. Follow-up CT examinations were available on 15 patients: WSL became less prominent, or atrophic, or showed no change in 10, 2 and 3 patients respectively. Follow-up CT showed development of liver metastasis in only 3 cases. Only 2 of the 21 patients were clinically symptomatic; one had postoperative ileus and the other obstructive jaundice. Postoperative WSL may represent a thromboembolic phenomenon at the peripheral intrahepatic branch of the portal venous system during or after abdominopelvic surgery, resulting in a compensatory increase in the hepatic arterial flow that appears as wedge-shaped enhancement on CT. (orig./MG)

  10. Wedge-shaped lesion in the liver seen on postoperative CT. Probable thromboembolic phenomenon in the portal venous system

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    Yoshimitsu, K. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Univ. of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Charnsangavej, C. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Univ. of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Mi Park, J. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Univ. of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (United States); Ibukuro, K. [Mitsui Memorial Hospital, Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Radiology

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    Retrospective review of teaching files in our institution revealed 18 cases showing postoperative WSL in the liver. We also retrospectively reviewed CT images of the liver in 104 patients with a recent history of abdominopelvic surgery performed during a period of 12 months, as well as in 102 patients with no history of surgery during the same period to be used as control. Three additional patients with WSL were found in the postoperative group and none in the control group. Liver CT images from the 21 patients showing WSL, along with their clinical data and follow-up CT where available, were retrospectively analyzed. I.v. contrast-enhanced CT showed homogeneous higher attenuation of WSL than the surrounding liver in all cases; unenhanced CT showed low density in 5 patients, isodensity in 7 patients, and high density in 5 patients as compared with the surrounding liver. Density of unenhanced CT was significantly correlated with the presence or grade of fatty liver. In 5 cases CT demonstrated clots in the portal vein branch within the area of WSL and in 2 cases portal perfusion defects were observed on arterial portal CT, corresponding to the areas of WSL. Follow-up CT examinations were available on 15 patients: WSL became less prominent, or atrophic, or showed no change in 10, 2 and 3 patients respectively. Follow-up CT showed development of liver metastasis in only 3 cases. Only 2 of the 21 patients were clinically symptomatic; one had postoperative ileus and the other obstructive jaundice. Postoperative WSL may represent a thromboembolic phenomenon at the peripheral intrahepatic branch of the portal venous system during or after abdominopelvic surgery, resulting in a compensatory increase in the hepatic arterial flow that appears as wedge-shaped enhancement on CT. (orig./MG).

  11. Open Standards, Open Source, and Open Innovation: Harnessing the Benefits of Openness

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    2006-01-01

    Digitization of information and the Internet have profoundly expanded the capacity for openness. This report details the benefits of openness in three areas--open standards, open-source software, and open innovation--and examines the major issues in the debate over whether openness should be encouraged or not. The report explains each of these…

  12. Open Inflation

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    Hawking, S. W.

    In February this year, Neil Turok and I proposed a new model for inflation. The distinctive feature was that it produced an infinite, open universe, yet it satisfied the no boundary condition and came from an instanton of finite size, with a mass of the order of one gram. Our paper aroused a lot of interest, as shown by 37 citations on HEP-TH, but it brought a lot of opposition. This centered on three features of our model.First, we were attacked for using the no boundary proposal. People like Linde and Vilenkin, claimed that one should use the quantum tunneling wave function instead.Second, we were criticized because our instanton contained a singularity. It was said this was contrary to the spirit of the no boundary proposal; that the singularity would be naked and would make the universe non predictable.Third, we invoked the anthropic principle, to avoid the model predicting a totally empty universe. We were attacked both for using anthropic arguments, and for the very low value for the density of the universe, that they seemed to lead to.In this talk, I will describe the open inflation model that Neil and I proposed, and answer some of the objections that have been raised.

  13. Open Standards And Open Source: Enabling Interoperability

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    Fernando Almeida

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Interoperability is a major requirement for industries and governments in a society that increasingly moves towards global collaboration and integration. Open standards built on the principles of openness,transparency and consensus lay the grounds for innovation, growth and fair competition. Open standards are not synonymous of open source. The former is a set of specifications, the latter is an implementation. However, they share their commitment to openness and defend the equal opportunities of everyone to participate. This paper looks to the open source as the best way to enable interoperability between different technologies and applications. The role of open standards in interoperability is analyzed and some of the policies introduced by the European Union for the use and dissemination inside Members States are examined. Additionally, the use of open source software combined with open standards is presented and its major social benefits and economic impacts are highlighted.

  14. Nurse-Led Medicines' Monitoring for Patients with Dementia in Care Homes: A Pragmatic Cohort Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Trial.

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    Full Text Available People with dementia are susceptible to adverse drug reactions (ADRs. However, they are not always closely monitored for potential problems relating to their medicines: structured nurse-led ADR Profiles have the potential to address this care gap. We aimed to assess the number and nature of clinical problems identified and addressed and changes in prescribing following introduction of nurse-led medicines' monitoring.Pragmatic cohort stepped-wedge cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT of structured nurse-led medicines' monitoring versus usual care.Five UK private sector care homes.41 service users, taking at least one antipsychotic, antidepressant or anti-epileptic medicine.Nurses completed the West Wales ADR (WWADR Profile for Mental Health Medicines with each participant according to trial step.Problems addressed and changes in medicines prescribed.Information was collected from participants' notes before randomisation and after each of five monthly trial steps. The impact of the Profile on problems found, actions taken and reduction in mental health medicines was explored in multivariate analyses, accounting for data collection step and site.Five of 10 sites and 43 of 49 service users approached participated. Profile administration increased the number of problems addressed from a mean of 6.02 [SD 2.92] to 9.86 [4.48], effect size 3.84, 95% CI 2.57-4.11, P <0.001. For example, pain was more likely to be treated (adjusted Odds Ratio [aOR] 3.84, 1.78-8.30, and more patients attended dentists and opticians (aOR 52.76 [11.80-235.90] and 5.12 [1.45-18.03] respectively. Profile use was associated with reduction in mental health medicines (aOR 4.45, 1.15-17.22.The WWADR Profile for Mental Health Medicines can improve the quality and safety of care, and warrants further investigation as a strategy to mitigate the known adverse effects of prescribed medicines.ISRCTN 48133332.

  15. [Social behavior of the Wedge-capped Capuchin monkey Cebus olivaceus (Primates: Cebidae) in three zoological exhibits of Caracas, Venezuela].

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    López, Marie Charlotte; Zaida, Tárano

    2008-09-01

    Captivity represents an extreme situation for primates, especially for those with large home ranges, and its effect on their behavior might be considerable. The Wedge-capped Capuchin Monkey Cebus olivaceus is the most common primate in Venezuelan zoos. To estimate the effect of confinement on C. olivaceus behavior, we analyzed the social behavior of three groups that differed in captivity conditions, in zoological exhibits in Caracas (Caricuao, Parque del Este, El Pinar). Caricuao's group moved freely over a non-fenced area of 15 ha, Parque del Este's and El Pinar's groups lived in relatively small outdoor enclosures. Social behaviors were described using focal-animal sampling, group scans and ad libitum sampling. The frequency, duration and time devoted to each behavior (per focal period per individual) were estimated. Relative dominance between pairs of individuals was established as well as affiliative associations. The repertory of social behaviors was similar between groups and to which has been observed in nature, but the duration and frequency of affiliative and agonistic interactions differed between groups. Affiliative behaviors were less frequent but longer in Caricuao than in the other two groups, while agonistic behaviors were more frequent in El Pinar and Parque del Este. Differences between groups are explained by variation in captivity conditions. We suggest that confinement generates social tension and favors agonism, while affiliative encounters help reduce this tension. On the other hand, differences in agonism between captive and natural groups may result form prolonged association, restrictions to keep optimal spacing or leave the group. All groups had some social structure (e.g., dominance ranks, association and repulsion between individuals) but the social dynamic was partly disrupted. Dominance ranks were not clear throughout the group, the top male was not dominant over the top female, dominant individuals did not interact affiliatively more

  16. Setup deviations in wedged pair irradiation of parotid gland and tonsillar tumors, measured with an electronic portal imaging device

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    The first aim of this study was to quantify estimated translational setup deviations of patients treated with a wedged pair of oblique beams for parotid gland and tonsillar tumors, using portal imaging. The second aim was to design an off-line setup verification procedure, to improve the setup accuracy, if necessary. Thirty-one patients were treated with two conformal fields (anterior-oblique and posterior-oblique). The patients were immobilized with a head cast. For the last 10 patients, the rigidity of the cast was improved while, in addition, wax molds with metal markers were placed into the outer ear for image correlation. Portal images were acquired about weekly. Setup deviations were analyzed, using anatomical structures and, when available, metal markers for image matching. The consistency of the deviations was determined by the correlation between deviations in the cranio-caudal direction, as measured from both beams. When the deviations were consistent, the translational setup deviation during a treatment session could be described by a three-dimensional (3D) vector. A setup verification procedure was designed using a computer simulation. The statistics of the 3D setup deviations were used as input. The output consisted of the resulting setup accuracy and workload (i.e., the number of setup corrections and portal images). Using the anatomical structures for image correlation, the deviations in the cranio-caudal direction were not correlated, either for the old or the improved cast. However, by using the metal markers, the deviations were correlated and a 3D analysis could be performed. The standard deviations, averaged over the three directions, were equal to 1.8 and 1.4 mm for the distribution of systematic and random deviations, respectively. Application of a setup verification procedure, with 0.7 corrections on the average per patient, could potentially reduce the percentage of 3D systematic deviations larger than 4 mm from 30 to 2%. It can be concluded

  17. Poor agreement between pulmonary capillary wedge pressure and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure in a veteran population.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Accurate determination of left ventricular filling pressure is essential for differentiation of pre-capillary pulmonary hypertension (PH from pulmonary venous hypertension (PVH. Previous data suggest only a poor correlation between left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP and its commonly used surrogate, the pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP. However, no data exist on the diagnostic accuracy of PCWP in veterans. Furthermore, the effects of age and comorbidities on the PCWP-LVEDP relationship remain unknown. METHODS: We investigated the PCWP-LVEDP relationship in 101 patients undergoing simultaneous right and left heart catherization at a large VA hospital. PCWP performance was evaluated using correlation and Bland-Altman analyses. Area under Receiver Operating Characteristics curves (AUROC for PCWP were determined. RESULTS: PCWP-LVEDP correlation was moderate (r = 0.57. PCWP-LVEDP calibration was poor (Bland-Altman limits of agreement -17.2 to 11.4 mmHg; mean bias -2.87 mmHg. 59 patients (58.4% had pulmonary hypertension; 15 (25.4% of those met pre-capillary PH criteria based on PCWP. However, if LVEDP was used instead of PCWP, 7/15 patients (46.6% met criteria for PVH rather than pre-capillary PH. When restricting analysis to patients with a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance of >3 Wood units (n = 22, 10 patients (45.4% were classified as pre-capillary PH based on PCWP ≤15 mmHg. However, if LVEDP was used, 4/10 patients (40% were reclassified as PVH. Among patients with any type of pulmonary hypertension, PCWP discriminated moderately between high and normal LVEDP (AUROC, 0.81; 95%CI 0.69-0.94. PCWP-LVEDP correlation was particularly poor in patients with COPD or obesity. CONCLUSION: Reliance on PCWP rather than LVEDP results in misclassification of veterans as having pre-capillary PH rather than PVH in almost 50% of cases. This is clinically relevant, as

  18. Detection of detached forced-regressive nearshore wedges: a case study from the central-southern Siena Basin (Northern Apennines, Italy)

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    Martini, Ivan; Arragoni, Simone; Aldinucci, Mauro; Foresi, Luca Maria; Bambini, Anna Maria; Sandrelli, Fabio

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    The detection of detached nearshore wedges formed in response to relative sea-level drops is considered one of the hottest topics in sequence stratigraphic analysis due to their importance as reservoir analogues. In fact, they usually constitute sandy and porous bodies generally encased in impermeable clay, thus presenting a good potential as traps for fluids. This paper focuses on the sequence stratigraphic analysis of the Pliocene deposits cropping out in the central-southern sector of the Siena Basin (Tuscany, Italy), a post-collisional basin of the Northern Apennines. The exposed sedimentary succession was investigated through a detailed sedimentological and stratigraphic approach, integrated by biostratigraphic analyses, aimed at a better characterization of the infilling history of this sector of the basin. Specifically, this study revealed the occurrence of repeated facies shifts that allowed the identification of two depositional sequences. In detail, a thick sand-rich body far from the basin margins, and previously considered as a turbiditic lobe, has been reinterpreted as formed in a nearshore setting during a fall in relative sea level. This body is totally encased in offshore clay, and due to the lack of physical connection with the related HST deposits, it has to be considered as a detached forced-regressive wedge. The present work led to the recognition of some sedimentological and stratigraphic features typical of falling stage systems tract deposits (e.g. presence of intrabasinal recycled materials, sedimentological evidence of a pre-existing fluvial network subsequently eroded) that can provide useful clues for the identification of detached forced-regressive nearshore wedges in core studies and poorly exposed settings.

  19. Effects of a free school breakfast programme on school attendance, achievement, psychosocial function, and nutrition: a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial

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    Maddison Ralph

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Approximately 55,000 children in New Zealand do not eat breakfast on any given day. Regular breakfast skipping has been associated with poor diets, higher body mass index, and adverse effects on children's behaviour and academic performance. Research suggests that regular breakfast consumption can improve academic performance, nutrition and behaviour. This paper describes the protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial of a free school breakfast programme. The aim of the trial is to determine the effects of the breakfast intervention on school attendance, achievement, psychosocial function, dietary habits and food security. Methods/Design Sixteen primary schools in the North Island of New Zealand will be randomised in a sequential stepped wedge design to a free before-school breakfast programme consisting of non-sugar coated breakfast cereal, milk products, and/or toast and spreads. Four hundred children aged 5-13 years (approximately 25 per school will be recruited. Data collection will be undertaken once each school term over the 2010 school year (February to December. The primary trial outcome is school attendance, defined as the proportion of students achieving an attendance rate of 95% or higher. Secondary outcomes are academic achievement (literacy, numeracy, self-reported grades, sense of belonging at school, psychosocial function, dietary habits, and food security. A concurrent process evaluation seeks information on parents', schools' and providers' perspectives of the breakfast programme. Discussion This randomised controlled trial will provide robust evidence of the effects of a school breakfast programme on students' attendance, achievement and nutrition. Furthermore the study provides an excellent example of the feasibility and value of the stepped wedge trial design in evaluating pragmatic public health intervention programmes. Trial Registration Number Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry

  20. Open Geospatial Education

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    Mariana Belgiu

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The advances in open data, free and open source software solutions and open access to research publications have influenced the emergence of open educational resources (OER initiatives. These initiatives permit access to openly licensed learning resources including courses, webinars, training materials and textbooks. Thereby, an increasing number of users has the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and gain new skills. The goal of this paper is to evaluate open education initiatives in the geospatial domain and its synergies with open spatial data and software movements. The paper is focusing on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs movement. The advantages and challenges of open geospatial education will be thoroughly discussed.