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  1. Stability and heavy metal distribution of soil aggregates affected by application of apatite, lime, and charcoal.

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    Cui, Hongbiao; Ma, Kaiqiang; Fan, Yuchao; Peng, Xinhua; Mao, Jingdong; Zhou, Dongmei; Zhang, Zhongbin; Zhou, Jing

    2016-06-01

    Only a few studies have been reported on the stability and heavy metal distribution of soil aggregates after soil treatments to reduce the availability of heavy metals. In this study, apatite (22.3 t ha(-1)), lime (4.45 t ha(-1)), and charcoal (66.8 t ha(-1)) were applied to a heavy metal-contaminated soil for 4 years. The stability and heavy metal distribution of soil aggregates were investigated by dry and wet sieving. No significant change in the dry mean weight diameter was observed in any treatments. Compared with the control, three-amendment treatments significantly increased the wet mean weight diameter, but only charcoal treatment significantly increased the wet aggregate stability. The soil treatments increased the content of soil organic carbon, and the fraction 0.25-2 mm contained the highest content of soil organic carbon. Amendments' application slightly increased soil total Cu and Cd, but decreased the concentrations of CaCl2 -extractable Cu and Cd except for the fraction 2 and 0.25-2 mm contained the highest concentrations of CaCl2-extractable Cu and Cd, accounted for about 74.5-86.8 % of CaCl2-extractable Cu and Cd in soil. The results indicated that amendments' application increased the wet soil aggregate stability and decreased the available Cu and Cd. The distribution of available heavy metals in wet soil aggregates was not controlled by soil aggregate stability, but possibly by soil organic carbon. PMID:26893180

  2. Improving Frequency Stability Based on Distributed Control of Multiple Load Aggregators

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    Hu, Jianqiang; Cao, Jinde; Guerrero, Josep M.; Yong, Taiyou; Yu, Jie

    2016-01-01

    In the power demand side, responsive loads can provide fast regulation and ancillary services as reserve capacities in interconnected power systems. This paper presents a distributed pinning demand side control (DSC) strategy for coordinating multiple load aggregators, i.e., aggregated responsive loads, to provide frequency regulation services. Specifically, a leader-following communication protocol is considered for the load aggregators in which there is a centralized pinner (leader) and mul...

  3. Effects of vegetation restoration on the aggregate stability and distribution of aggregate-associated organic carbon in a typical karst gorge region

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    F. K. Tang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Changes in soil utilization significantly affect aggregate stability and aggregate-associated soil organic carbon (SOC. A field investigation and indoor analysis were conducted in order to study the soil aggregate stability and organic carbon distribution in the water-stable aggregates (WSA of the bare land (BL, grassland (GL, shrubland (SL, and woodland (WL in a typical karst gorge region. The results indicated that the BL, GL, SL, and WL were dominated by particles with sizes > 5 mm under dry sieving treatment, and that the soil aggregate contents of various sizes decreased as the particle size decreased. In addition, the BL, GL, SL, and WL were predominantly comprised of WSA D of the dry aggregates and water-stable aggregates in the different types of land were ranked, in descending order, as WL > GL > SL > BL. The contents of WSA > 0.25 mm, MWD and GMD increased significantly, in that order, and the percentage of aggregate destruction (PAD and fractal dimensions decreased significantly as the soil aggregate stability improved. The results of this study indicated that, as the SOC contents increased after vegetation restoration, the average SOC content of WL was 2.35, 1.37, and 1.26 times greater than that in the BL, GL, and SL, respectively. The total SOC and SOC associated in WSA of various sizes were the highest at a soil depth of 0–20 cm. In addition, the SOC contents of the WSA increased as the soil aggregate sizes decreased. The SOC contents of the WSA < 0.25 mm were highest except in the bare land, and the SOC contents of the aggregates < 0.25 mm, which ranged from 18.85 to 41.08 %, comprised the majority of the total aggregate SOC contents. The woodland and grassland facilitated WSA stability and SOC protection, thus, promoting the natural restoration of vegetation by reducing artificial disturbances could effectively restore the ecology of and prevent soil erosion in karst regions.

  4. Dynamics of aggregate stability and soil organic C distribution as affected by climatic aggressiveness: a mesocosm approach

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    Pellegrini, Sergio; Elio Agnelli, Alessandro; Costanza Andrenelli, Maria; Barbetti, Roberto; Castelli, Fabio; Costantini, Edoardo A. C.; Lagomarsino, Alessandra; Pasqui, Massimiliano; Tomozeiu, Rodica; Razzaghi, Somayyeh; Vignozzi, Nadia

    2014-05-01

    In the framework of a research project aimed at evaluating the adaptation scenarios of the Italian agriculture to the current climate change, a mesocosm experiment under controlled conditions was set up for studying the dynamics of soil aggregate stability and organic C in different size fractions. Three alluvial loamy soils (BOV - Typic Haplustalfs coarse-loamy; CAS - Typic Haplustalfs fine-loamy; MED - Typic Hapludalfs fine-loamy) along a climatic gradient (from dryer to moister pedoclimatic conditions) in the river Po valley (northern Italy), under crop rotation for animal husbandry from more than 40 years, were selected. The Ap horizons (0-30cm) were taken and placed in 9 climatic chambers under controlled temperature and rainfall. Each soil was subjected to three different climate scenarios in terms of erosivity index obtained by combining Modified Fournier and Bagnouls-Gaussen indexes: i) typical (TYP), the median year of each site related to the 1961-1990 reference period; ii) maximum aggressive year (MAX) observed in the same period, and iii) the simulated climate (SIM), obtained by projections of climate change precipitation and temperature for the period 2021-2050 as provided by the IPCC-A1B emission scenario. In the climatic chambers the year climate was reduced to six months. The soils were analyzed for particle size distribution, aggregate stability by wet and dry sieving, and organic C content at the beginning and at the end of the trial. The soils showed different behaviour in terms of aggregate stability and dynamics of organic C in the diverse size fractions. The soils significantly differed in terms of initial mean weight diameter (MWD) (CAS>MED>BOV). A general reduction of MWD in all sites was observed at the end of the experiment, with the increase of the smallest aggregate fractions (0.250-0.05 mm). In particular, BOV showed the maximum decrease of the aggregate stability and MED the lowest. C distribution in aggregate fractions significantly

  5. Improving Frequency Stability Based on Distributed Control of Multiple Load Aggregators

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    Hu, Jianqiang; Cao, Jinde; Guerrero, Josep M.;

    2016-01-01

    loads, to provide frequency regulation services. Specifically, a leader-following communication protocol is considered for the load aggregators in which there is a centralized pinner (leader) and multiple load aggregators (followers). The regulation objective is generated from the pinner and only shared...

  6. Automatic Sieve-Shaker for Determining Soil Aggregate Stability and Dimensional Distribution Using a Vertical Oscillation System

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    Rosario Dell’Aquila

    Full Text Available The soil aggregate stability is determined generally by sifting the soil samples in water using a sieve-shaker (wet sieving. The Author has developed an original model of automatic sieve-shaker using a vertical oscillation system to the aim of an its possible use to determine the soil aggregate stability and dimensional distribution. The purpose of this note is to describe the construction and performance of the prototype currently used in the Laboratory for the Soil Structure Study of the ISAFOM – CNR. The proposed sieve-shaker, with the introduction of some innovations (protected by Italy Patent 0001332102, realizes the submersion and levelling of the soil samples using a lifter to support the containers with the water. With 6 workplaces it allows to process simultaneously up to 6 soil samples according to different test cycles. By means of the control panel it is possible to set up various determinations with the stroke of 3 cm and the oscillation frequency from 4 up to 80 oscillations per minute. The performance of the proposed sieve-shaker was verified with a technical test to verify the performance of the 6 workplaces to oscillation speed increasing up to 60 oscillations per minute and an agronomic test. The results have been submitted to analysis of variance considering the plots of the field from which have been taken the samples for repetitions and the six workplaces of the proposed sieve-shaker for experimental theses. The differences between the various workplaces have not been significant. This demonstrates that the behavior of the various workplaces is uniform. The dispersion in water at constant shaking time and increasing oscillation speed has evidenced a very significant inverse relation between the index of aggregate stability in water (IASW and number of oscillations per minute. This result demonstrates a constant performance of the proposed sieve-shaker to varying of the oscillation speed. The agnonomic test has demonstrated

  7. Aggregate size distribution of the soil loss

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    Szabó, Judit Alexandra; Jakab, Gergely; Szabó, Boglárka; Józsa, Sándor; Szalai, Zoltán; Centeri, Csaba

    2016-04-01

    In agricultural areas the soil erosion and soil loss estimation is vital information in long-term planning. During the initial period of the erosion a part of the soil particles and aggregates get transportable and nutrients and organic matter could be transported due to the effect of water or wind. This preliminary phase was studied with laboratory-scale rainfall simulator. Developed surface crust and aggregate size composition of the runoff was examined in six different slope-roughness-moisture content combination of a Cambisol and a Regosol. The ratio of micro- and macro aggregates in the runoff indicate the stability of the aggregates and determine the transport capacity of the runoff. Both soil samples were taken from field where the water erosion is a potential hazard. During the experiment the whole amount of runoff and sediment was collected through sieve series to a bucket to separate the micro- and macro aggregates. In case of both samples the micro aggregates dominate in the runoff and the runoff rates are similar. Although the runoff of the Regosol - with dominant >1000μm macro aggregate content - contained almost nothing but ratio 250-1000μm sized macro aggregates. This difference occurred because the samples are resistant against drop erosion differently. In case of both sample the selectivity of the erosion and substance matrix redistribution manifested in mineral crusts in the surface where the quartz deposited in place while the lighter organic matter transported with the sediment. The detachment of the aggregates and the redistribution of the particles highly effect on the aggregate composition of the runoff which is connected with the quality of the soil loss. So while the estimation of soil loss quantity is more or less is easy, measuring aggregate size distribution which is led to nutrient and organic matter redistribution is one of a key questions to improve erosion estimation. G. Jakab was supported by the János Bolyai fellowship of the

  8. Organic carbon, water repellency and soil stability to slaking at aggregate and intra-aggregate scales

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    Jordán López, Antonio; García-Moreno, Jorge; Gordillo-Rivero, Ángel J.; Zavala, Lorena M.; Cerdà, Artemi; Alanís, Nancy; Jiménez-Compán, Elizabeth

    2015-04-01

    Water repellency (WR) is a property of some soils that inhibits or delays water infiltration between a few seconds and days or weeks. Inhibited or delayed infiltration contributes to ponding and increases runoff flow generation, often increasing soil erosion risk. In water-repellent soils, water infiltrates preferentially through cracks or macropores, causing irregular soil wetting patterns, the development of preferential flow paths and accelerated leaching of nutrients. Although low inputs of hydrophobic organic substances and high mineralization rates lead to low degrees of WR in cropped soils, it has been reported that conservative agricultural practices may induce soil WR. Although there are many studies at catchment, slope or plot scales very few studies have been carried out at particle or aggregate scale. Intra-aggregate heterogeneity of physical, biological and chemical properties conditions the transport of substances, microbial activity and biochemical processes, including changes in the amount, distribution and chemical properties of organic matter. Some authors have reported positive relationships between soil WR and aggregate stability, since it may delay the entry of water into aggregates, increase structural stability and contribute to reduce soil erosion risk. Organic C (OC) content, aggregate stability and WR are therefore strongly related parameters. In the case of agricultural soils, where both the type of management as crops can influence all these parameters, it is important to evaluate the interactions among them and their consequences. Studies focused on the intra-aggregate distribution of OC and WR are necessary to shed light on the soil processes at a detailed scale. It is extremely important to understand how the spatial distribution of OC in soil aggregates can protect against rapid water entry and help stabilize larger structural units or lead to preferential flow. The objectives of this research are to study [i] the OC content and the

  9. Energy storage systems impact on the short-term frequency stability of distributed autonomous microgrids, an analysis using aggregate models

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    Serban, Ioan; Teodorescu, Remus; Marinescu, Corneliu

    2013-01-01

    This study analyses the integration impact of battery energy storage systems (BESSs) on the short-term frequency control in autonomous microgrids (MGs). Short-term frequency stability relates with the primary or speed control level, as defined in the regulations of the classical grids. The focus ...... bench including a real-time digital simulator with BESS controller in a hardware-in-the-loop structure is used for assessing the system performances....

  10. Judgement aggregation and distributed thinking

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    Spiekermann, Kai

    2010-01-01

    In recent years, judgement aggregation has emerged as an important area of social choice theory. Judgement aggregation is concerned with aggregating sets of individual judgements over logically connected propositions into a set of collective judgements. It has been shown that even seemingly weak conditions on the aggregation function make it impossible to find functions that produce rational collective judgements from all possible rational individual judgements. This implies...

  11. The stability of soil aggregates in tilled fallow areas in Hyderabad district, Pakistan

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    Tagar Ahmed

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Arid areas are particularly susceptible to soil erosion due to long dry periods and sudden heavy downpours. This study investigates the aggregate size distribution and aggregate stability of twelve tilled fallow areas of Hyderabad district, Sindh, Pakistan. This study determined aggregate size distribution by dry sieving to evaluate the seedbed condition and aggregate stability using wet sieving to assess the susceptibility of tilled fallow areas to soil erosion. The aggregate size distribution of the soils of the selected areas was highly variable. Gulistan-e-Sarmast had the largest number of clods (51.0% followed by Kohsar (49.0%, Latifabad # 10 (41.10% and Daman-e-Kohsar (39.0%. Fazal Sun City, the left side of the Indus River, the Village Nooral Detha and the left side of the Abdullah Sports city had a greater number of large (>8.0 mm and small aggregates (<0.5 mm. The optimum aggregate size distribution was found in the left side of the channel, which had the largest number of aggregates (50.50% in the 0.5–8.0 mm sieve size range. Maximum aggregate stability (AS was found in Gulistan-e-Sarmast (46%, Kohsar (42% and Latifabad # 10 (34%, while all other soils had minimum aggregate stability (<14%. The minimum aggregate stabilities demonstrate that the tilled fallow areas of Hyderabad district are highly susceptible to erosion. Therefore, the present study suggests investigating potential ways to enhance the aggregate stabilities of soils.

  12. Seasonal variability of soil aggregate stability

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    Rohošková, M.; Kodešová, R.; Jirků, V.; Žigová, Anna; Kozák, J.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 11, - (2009), , , EGU2009-6341-3-EGU2009-6341-3. ISSN 1029-7006. [European Geosciences Union General Assembly. 19.04.2009-24.04.2009, Vienna] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA526/08/0434 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : seasonal variability * soil aggregate stability * soil types Subject RIV: DF - Soil Science

  13. Aggregate composition and stability of structural aggregates of non-calcareous rendzinas in Eastern Serbia

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    Gajić Boško; Živković Miodrag

    2006-01-01

    The present study includes the results of comparative investigations of aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in humus horizons of non-calcareous rendzina under native forest and pasture vegetations and the same rendzina utilized long-term as arable field. The results show that aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in the cultivated non-calcareous rendzina are significantly impaired due to a long-term anthropogenization. In the cultiva...

  14. Effects of iron-aluminium oxides and organic carbon on aggregate stability of bauxite residues.

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    Zhu, Feng; Li, Yubing; Xue, Shengguo; Hartley, William; Wu, Hao

    2016-05-01

    In order to successfully establish vegetation on bauxite residue, properties such as aggregate structure and stability require improvement. Spontaneous plant colonization on the deposits in Central China over the last 20 years has revealed that natural processes may improve the physical condition of bauxite residues. Samples from three different stacking ages were selected to determine aggregate formation and stability and its relationship with iron-aluminium oxides and organic carbon. The residue aggregate particles became coarser in both dry and wet sieving processes. The mean weight diameter (MWD) and geometry mean diameter (GMD) increased significantly, and the proportion of aggregate destruction (PAD) decreased. Natural stacking processes could increase aggregate stability and erosion resistant of bauxite residues. Free iron oxides and amorphous aluminium oxides were the major forms in bauxite residues, but there was no significant correlation between the iron-aluminium oxides and aggregate stability. Aromatic-C, alkanes-C, aliphatic-C and alkenes-C were the major functional groups present in the residues. With increasing stacking age, total organic carbon content and aggregate-associated organic carbon both increased. Alkanes-C, aliphatic-C and alkenes-C increased and were mainly distributed in macro-aggregates, whereas aromatic-C was mainly distributed in <0.05-mm aggregates. Organic carbon stability in micro-aggregates was higher than that in macro-aggregates and became more stable. Organic carbon contents in total residues, and within different aggregate sizes, were all negatively correlated with PAD. It indicated that organic materials had a more significant effect on macro-aggregate stability and the effects of iron-aluminium oxides maybe more important for stability of micro-aggregates. PMID:26832865

  15. Risks aggregation in multivariate dependent Pareto distributions

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    Sarabia, José María; Gómez-Déniz, Emilio; Prieto, Faustino; Jordá, Vanesa

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we obtain closed expressions for the probability distribution function, when we consider aggregated risks with multivariate dependent Pareto distributions. We work with the dependent multivariate Pareto type II proposed by Arnold (1983, 2015), which is widely used in insurance and risk analysis. We begin with the individual risk model, where we obtain the probability density function (PDF), which corresponds to a second kind beta distribution. We obtain several risk measures inc...

  16. A Novel Method to Quantify Soil Aggregate Stability by Measuring Aggregate Bond Energies

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    Efrat, Rachel; Rawlins, Barry G.; Quinton, John N.; Watts, Chris W.; Whitmore, Andy P.

    2016-04-01

    Soil aggregate stability is a key indicator of soil quality because it controls physical, biological and chemical functions important in cultivated soils. Micro-aggregates are responsible for the long term sequestration of carbon in soil, therefore determine soils role in the carbon cycle. It is thus vital that techniques to measure aggregate stability are accurate, consistent and reliable, in order to appropriately manage and monitor soil quality, and to develop our understanding and estimates of soil as a carbon store to appropriately incorporate in carbon cycle models. Practices used to assess the stability of aggregates vary in sample preparation, operational technique and unit of results. They use proxies and lack quantification. Conflicting results are therefore drawn between projects that do not provide methodological or resultant comparability. Typical modern stability tests suspend aggregates in water and monitor fragmentation upon exposure to an un-quantified amount of ultrasonic energy, utilising a laser granulometer to measure the change in mean weight diameter. In this project a novel approach has been developed based on that of Zhu et al., (2009), to accurately quantify the stability of aggregates by specifically measuring their bond energies. The bond energies are measured operating a combination of calorimetry and a high powered ultrasonic probe, with computable output function. Temperature change during sonication is monitored by an array of probes which enables calculation of the energy spent heating the system (Ph). Our novel technique suspends aggregates in heavy liquid lithium heteropolytungstate, as opposed to water, to avoid exposing aggregates to an immeasurable disruptive energy source, due to cavitation, collisions and clay swelling. Mean weight diameter is measured by a laser granulometer to monitor aggregate breakdown after successive periods of calculated ultrasonic energy input (Pi), until complete dispersion is achieved and bond

  17. Role of Organic Matter in Formation and Stability of Aggregates in Mulberry Plantation Soils

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    2001-01-01

    The role of organic matter in the formation and stability of soil aggregates in mulberry plantation in the Hang-Jia-Hu Plain,northern Zhejiang Province,was evaluated in this study.A positive correlation was found between water-stable aggregate contents and organic matter contents in the mulberry plantation soils,which supported the hypothesis that organic matter was the main cementing agent in formation of aggregates.A close correlation was also found between stability of aggregate and organic matter contents.Regression analysis showed that total nitrogen content was also an indicator of water-stable aggregate content and stability.The aggregate size distribution indicated that the water-stable aggregates 1~0.25 mm in diameter were the major component of the aggregates in the mulberry plantation soils.The organic matter contents of aggregates ranging from 5 to 0.25 mm in diameter increased with the decrease of aggregate sizes,and the aggregates 1~0.25 mm in diameter had the maximum organic matter content.

  18. RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOIL MICROBIAL BIOMASS, AGGREGATE STABILITY AND AGGREGATE ASSOCIATED-C: A MECHANISTIC APPROACH

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    Patrizia Guidi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available For the identification of C pools involved in soil aggregation, a physically-based aggregate fractionation was proposed, and  additional pretreatments were used in the measurement of the 1-2 mm aggregate stability in order to elucidate the relevance of the role of soil microorganisms with respect to the different aggregate breakdown mechanisms. The study was carried out on three clay loam Regosols, developed on calcareous shales, known history of organic cultivation.Our results showed that the soil C pool controlling the process of stabilisation of aggregates was related to the microbial community. We identified the resistance to fast wetting as the major mechanism of aggregate stability driven by microorganims. The plausible hypothesis is that organic farming promotes fungi growth, improving water repellency of soil aggregates by fungal hydrophobic substances. By contrast, we failed in the identification of C pools controlling the formation of aggregates, probably because of the disturbance of mechanical tillage which contributes to the breakdown of soil aggregates.The physically-based aggregate fractionation proposed in this study resulted useful in the  mechanistically understanding of the role of microorganisms in soil aggregation and it might be suggested for studying the impact of management on C pools, aggregates properties and their relationships in agricultural soils.

  19. Pre-aggregation for Probability Distributions

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    Timko, Igor; Dyreson, Curtis E.; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    Motivated by the increasing need to analyze complex uncertain multidimensional data (e.g., in order to optimize and personalize location-based services), this paper proposes novel types of {\\em probabilistic} OLAP queries that operate on aggregate values that are probability distributions and the...... multidimensional data analysis that is considered in this paper (i.e., approximate processing of probabilistic OLAP queries over probability distributions)....... computations of aggregate values. The paper also reports on the experiments with the methods. The work is motivated with a real-world case study, based on our collaboration with a leading Danish vendor of location-based services. No previous work considers the combination of the aspects of uncertain...

  20. Tillage system effects on stability and sorptivity of soil aggregates

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    M. Turski

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Stability and sorptivity of soil aggregates play an important role in numerous soil processes and functions. They are largely influenced by tillage methods. We have compared the effects of long-term application of various tillage systems on aggregate bulk density, rate of wetting, sorptivity, water stability, tensile strength and bulk density of silt loam Eutric Fluvisol. Tillage treatments were: 1 ploughing to the depth of 20 cm (CT, 2 ploughing to 20 cm every 6 years and harrowing to 5 cm in the remaining years (S/CT, 3 harrowing to 5 cm each year (S, 4 sowing to uncultivated soil (NT, all in a micro-plot experiment. Bulk density of soil aggregates was determined by wax method, sorptivity – by a steady state flow, water stability – by drop impact method, and tensile strength – by crushing test. Tillage had a significant effect on the aggregate characteristics. Soil aggregate bulk density and water stability were greater and rate of wetting and sorptivity were smaller in reduced and no-tillage treatments compared with CT. Greater soil organic matter and bulk density accompanied greater water stability. Smaller rate of wetting and sorptivity can be associated with lower aggregate porosity. The differences in the rate of wetting, sorptivity, and water stability of the initially air-dry soil aggregates and bulk density between the tillage treatments were relatively greater than those in the tensile strength.

  1. Aggregate size distributions in sweep flocculation

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    Chairoj Rattanakawin

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available The evolution of aggregate size distributions resulting from sweep flocculation has been investigated using laser light scattering technique. By measuring the (volume distributions of floc size, it is possible to distinguish clearly among floc formation, growth and breakage. Sweep flocculation of stable kaolin suspensions with ferric chloride under conditions of the rapid/slow mixing protocol produces uni-modal size distributions. The size distribution is shifted to larger floc size especially during the rapid mixing step. The variation of the distributions is also shown in the plot of cumulative percent finer against floc size. From this plot, the distributions maintain the same S-shape curves over the range of the mixing intensities/times studied. A parallel shift of the curves indicates that self-preserving size distribution occurred in this flocculation. It is suggested that some parameters from mathematical functions derived from the curves could be used to construct a model and predict the flocculating performance. These parameters will be useful for a water treatment process selection, design criteria, and process control strategies. Thus the use of these parameters should be employed in any further study.

  2. Aggregate composition and stability of structural aggregates of non-calcareous rendzinas in Eastern Serbia

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    Gajić Boško

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study includes the results of comparative investigations of aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in humus horizons of non-calcareous rendzina under native forest and pasture vegetations and the same rendzina utilized long-term as arable field. The results show that aggregate composition and water stability of structural aggregates in the cultivated non-calcareous rendzina are significantly impaired due to a long-term anthropogenization. In the cultivated rendzinas the content of agronomically most valuable aggregates (0.25-10 mm significantly decreased, while the percentage of cloddy aggregates (>10 mm was increased about 1.5 to 3.5 times in comparison with the rendzina under pasture and forest vegetations. The structure coefficient of cultivated soils was lower (2.61 than in forest (4.63 and pasture (10.47 rendzinas. The cultivated non-calcareous rendzina had lower (59.12% aggregate water stability than rendzina under pasture (82.66% and forest (91.92%. Mean weight diameters of water stable agregates was higher in forest (1.44 mm and pasture (1.20 mm than in cultivated (0.65 mm rendzina.

  3. Distribution of carbohydrate pools within water-stable aggregates of an Ultisol in Southern Nigeria

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    Oti N.; Mbagwu J.S.C.; Adesodun J.K.

    2004-01-01

    This study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of different organic and inorganic amendments on carbohydrate distributions in water-stable aggregates of a degraded tropical Ultisol at Nsukka in Southern Nigeria. All the amendments improved the aggregate stability (AS) over the control at all the sampling periods. In each aggregate size fraction, carbohydrate concentrations at all the sampling periods varied in the order of R-chot > R-CHOh > R-CHOc, irrespective of the type of amendment. Th...

  4. Soil aggregation and slope stability related to soil density, root length, and mycorrhiza

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    Graf, Frank; Frei, Martin

    2013-04-01

    Eco-engineering measures combine the use of living plants and inert mechanical constructions to protect slopes against erosion and shallow mass movement. Whereas in geotechnical engineering several performance standards and guidelines for structural safety and serviceability of construction exist, there is a lack of comparable tools in the field of ecological restoration. Various indicators have been proposed, including the fractal dimension of soil particle size distribution, microbiological parameters, and soil aggregate stability. We present results of an soil aggregate stability investigation and compare them with literature data of the angle of internal friction ?' which is conventionally used in slope stability analysis and soil failure calculation. Aggregate stability tests were performed with samples of differently treated moraine, including soil at low (~15.5 kN/m³) and high (~19.0 kN/m³) dry unit weight, soil planted with Alnus incana (White Alder) as well as the combination of soil planted with alder and inoculated with the mycorrhizal fungus Melanogaster variegatus s.l. After a 20 weeks growth period in a greenhouse, a total of 100 samples was tested and evaluated. Positive correlations were found between the soil aggregate stability and the three variables dry unit weight, root length per soil volume, and degree of mycorrhization. Based on robust statistics it turned out that dry unit weight and mycorrhization degree were strongest correlated with soil aggregate stability. Compared to the non-inoculated control plants, mycorrhized White Alder produced significantly more roots and higher soil aggregate stability. Furthermore, the combined biological effect of plant roots and mycorrhizal mycelia on aggregate stability on soil with low density (~15.5 kN/m³) was comparable to the compaction effect of the pure soil from 15.5 to ~19.0 kN/m³. Literature data on the effect of vegetation on the angle of internal friction ?' of the same moraine showed

  5. Effect of Cultivation on Soil Organic Matter and Aggregate Stability

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    A.WILLIAMS; XING Bao-Shan; P.VENEMAN

    2005-01-01

    Agricultural sustainability relates directly to maintaining or enhancing soil quality. Soil quality studies in Canada during the 1980's showed that loss of soil organic matter (SOM) and soil aggregate stability was standard features of non-sustainable land management in agroecosystems. In this study total soil organic carbon (SOC), particulate organic matter (POM), POM-C as a percentage of total SOC, and aggregate stability were determined for three cultivated fields and three adjacent grassland fields to assess the impact of conventional agricultural management on soil quality. POM was investigated using solid-state 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to determine any qualitative differences that may be attributed to cultivation. Results show a highly significant loss in total SOC, POM and aggregate stability in the cultivated fields as compared to the grassland fields and a significant loss of POM-C as a percentage of total SOC.Integrated results of the NMR spectra of the POM show a loss in carbohydrate-C and an increase in aromatic-C in the cultivated fields, which translates to a loss of biological lability in the organic matter. Conventional cultivation decreased the quantity and quality of SOM and caused a loss in aggregate stability resulting in an overall decline in soil quality.

  6. Enrichment Ratio and Aggregate Stability Dynamics in Intensely Managed Landscapes

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    Wacha, K.; Papanicolaou, T.; Filley, T. R.; Hou, T.; Abban, B. K.; Wilson, C. G.; Boys, J.

    2015-12-01

    Challenges in understanding the soil carbon dynamics within intensely managed landscapes (IMLs), found throughout much the US Midwest, is highly complex due to the presence of heterogeneous landscape features and properties, as well as a mosaic of physical and biogeochemical processes occurring at different time scales. In addition, rainfall events exacerbate the effects of tillage by the impact of raindrops, which break down aggregates that encase carbon and dislodge and entrain soil particles and aggregates along the downslope. The redistribution of soil and carbon can have huge implications on biogeochemical cycling and overall carbon budgeting. In this study, we provide some rare field data on the mechanisms impacting aggregate stability, enrichment ratio values to estimate fluxes of carbon, as well as lignin chemistry to see influences on oxidation/mineralization rates. Rainfall simulation experiments were conducted within agricultural fields. Experiments were performed on the midslope (eroding) and toeslope (depositional) sections of representative hillslopes, under a variety of land managements, including row crop (conventional and conservation) and restored grasslands. Sensors were utilized to capture the evolution of soil moisture, temperature, microbial respiration pulses, and discharge rates to identify pseudo-steady state conditions. Samples collected at the weir outlet were tested for sediment concentrations and size fractions, as well as carbon and lignin fluxes. Preliminary findings show that conservation management practices have higher aggregate stability and decreased mass fluxes of carbon in the downslope than conventional tillage techniques.

  7. Aggregate stability and soil degradation in the tropics

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    Aggregate stability is a measure of the structural stability of soils. Factors that influence aggregate stability are important in evaluating the ease with which soils erode by water and/or wind, the potential of soils to crust and/or seal, soil permeability, quasi-steady state infiltration rates and seedling emergence and in predicting the capacity of soils to sustain long-term crop production. Aggregate stability of soils can be measured by the wet-sieving or raindrop techniques. A reduction in soil aggregate stability implies an increase in soil degradation. Hence aggregate stability and soil degradation are interwoven. The measures used can either be preventive or remedial. Preventive practices minimize the chances of soil degradation occurring or the magnitude or severity of the damage when the degradation manifests. These include in Nigeria, (i) manuring and mulching, (ii) planted fallows and cover crops, (iii) sustainable farming systems, (iv) adequate rotations, (v) home gardens or compound farms, (vi) alley cropping and related agro forestry systems, and (vii) chemical fertilizers which are mainly remedial measures. Because of alterations in soil properties that affect particular land uses, soils may degrade for one crop (maize rather sorghum). As long as some land use is possible soil degradation is not always an absolute concept. Decline in agricultural productivity should be evaluated in terms of inputs such as fertilizer use, water management and tillage methods. We can alleviate some types of soil degradation by use of micronutrients, inorganic fertilizers and organic residues. Soil that responds to management practices cannot be said to be degraded. Since crop growth depends on weather, degraded soils may be more sensitive to harsh weather (e.g. drought, temperature) than undegraded soils. A soil is degraded if its productivity falls below the economic threshold even under favourable weather conditions or with judicious inputs. All human

  8. Abnormal Stability in Growth of Diffusion-Limited Aggregation

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    Ohta, Shonosuke

    2009-01-01

    An abnormal and unsteady growth of an isotropic cluster in diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) is observed in stability analyses. Macroscopic fluctuation due to the delay of transition from a dendritic tip to a tip-splitting growth induces the anisotropy of DLA. An asymptotic deformation factor \\varepsilon∞ = 0.0888 is obtained from large DLA clusters. A symmetric oval model proposed from the dual-stability growth of DLA gives an asymptotic fractal dimension of 1.7112 using \\varepsilon∞. The correspondence of this model to the box dimension is excellent.

  9. Pre-Aggregation with Probability Distributions

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    Timko, Igor; Dyreson, Curtis E.; Pedersen, Torben Bach

    2006-01-01

    Motivated by the increasing need to analyze complex, uncertain multidimensional data this paper proposes probabilistic OLAP queries that are computed using probability distributions rather than atomic values. The paper describes how to create probability distributions from base data, and how the...... motivated with a real-world case study, based on our collaboration with a leading Danish vendor of location-based services. This paper is the first to consider the approximate processing of probabilistic OLAP queries over probability distributions....

  10. Polyacrylamide effects on aggregate and structure stability of soils with different clay mineralogy

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    Adding anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) to soils stabilizes existing aggregates and improves bonding between and aggregation of soil particles. However, the dependence of PAM efficacy as an aggregate stabilizing agent with soils having different clay mineralogy has not been studied. Sixteen soil samples...

  11. Soil aggregate stability as affected by clay mineralogy and polyacrylamide addition

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    The addition of polyacrylamide (PAM) to soil leads to stabilization of existing aggregates and improved bonding between, and aggregation of adjacent soil particles However, the dependence of PAM efficacy as an aggregate stabilizing agent on soil-clay mineralogy has not been studied. Sixteen soil sam...

  12. Settling Velocity, Aggregate Stability, and Interrill Erodibility of Soils Varying in Clay Mineralogy

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    The relation of soil structural stability with soil erodibility depends on the mechanisms of aggregate disruption of different aggregate sizes and the measurement technique. In this study, we evaluated the relationship between settling velocity and stability of aggregates of different sizes, and int...

  13. Microelectrode measurements of the activity distribution in nitrifying bacterial aggregates

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    Beer, de, VHJ Vincent; Heuvel, van den, J.; Ottengraf, SPP Simon

    1993-01-01

    Microelectrodes for ammonium, oxygen, nitrate, and pH were used to study nitrifying aggregates grown in a fluidized-bed reactor. Local reactant fluxes and distribution of microbial activity could be determined from the microprofiles. The interfacial fluxes of the reactants closely reflected the stoichiometry of bacterial nitrification. Both ammonium consumption and nitrate production were localized in the outer shells, with a thickness of approximately 100 to 120 μm, of the aggregates. Under ...

  14. Distribution of carbohydrate pools within water-stable aggregates of an Ultisol in Southern Nigeria

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available This study was undertaken to evaluate the effects of different organic and inorganic amendments on carbohydrate distributions in water-stable aggregates of a degraded tropical Ultisol at Nsukka in Southern Nigeria. All the amendments improved the aggregate stability (AS over the control at all the sampling periods. In each aggregate size fraction, carbohydrate concentrations at all the sampling periods varied in the order of R-chot > R-CHOh > R-CHOc, irrespective of the type of amendment. The distribution of the carbohydrate fractions within the water-stable aggregates generally decreased with increasing time of sampling. At the 3rd and 6th months of sampling all the carbohydrate fractions decreased with decreasing aggregate diameter up to 0.5-0.25 mm, beyond which there was an increase in those fractions in the microaggregates (< 0.25 mm. At the 12th month, the decrease ranged from 49 to 55% for all the treatments. The RW+F, PM and RW+PM treatments had the highest concentration of carbohydrates up to the 6th month, after which there was a decline. Generally, the correlations between the carbohydrate fractions and WSA were low at all the sampling periods. This signifies that these labile organic matter pools are not contributing much to the aggregation and stabilization of soil particles.

  15. Aggregate stability by the "high energy moisture characteristic" method in an oxisol under differentiated management

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    Érika Andressa da Silva

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    Full Text Available Studies testing the High Energy Moisture Characteristic (HEMC technique in tropical soils are still incipient. By this method, the effects of different management systems can be evaluated. This study investigated the aggregation state of an Oxisol under coffee with Brachiaria between crop rows and surface-applied gypsum rates using HEMC. Soil in an experimental area in the Upper São Francisco region, Minas Gerais, was studied at depths of 0.05 and 0.20 m in coffee rows. The treatments consisted of 0, 7, and 28 Mg ha-1 of agricultural gypsum rates distributed on the soil surface of the coffee rows, between which Brachiaria was grown and periodically cut, and compared with a treatment without Brachiaria between coffee rows and no gypsum application. To determine the aggregation state using the HEMC method, soil aggregates were placed in a Büchner funnel (500 mL and wetted using a peristaltic pump with a volumetric syringe. The wetting was applied increasingly at two pre-set speeds: slow (2 mm h-1 and fast (100 mm h-1. Once saturated, the aggregates were exposed to a gradually increasing tension by the displacement of a water column (varying from 0 to 30 cm to obtain the moisture retention curve [M = f (Ψ ], underlying the calculation of the stability parameters: modal suction, volume of drainable pores (VDP, stability index (slow and fast, VDP ratio, and stability ratio. The HEMC method conferred sensitivity in quantifying the aggregate stability parameters, and independent of whether gypsum was used, the soil managed with Brachiaria between the coffee rows, with regular cuts discharged in the crop row direction, exhibited a decreased susceptibility to disaggregation.

  16. Stability of distributed parameter systems.

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    Park, K. E.; Kinnen, E.

    1972-01-01

    A theorem is derived for the stability of solutions of general linear partial differential equations. A norm of the state space in the form of multiple integrals over the spatial domain is used for the Liapunov functional. Theorems and lemmas are also given for linear time-invariant constant coefficient distributed parameter systems, a class of nonlinear distributed parameter systems and for others with a Lure-type nonlinearity. The theorem conditions are similar to those known for corresponding ordinary differential equations but with operators replacing matrices.

  17. Stability of power systems with large amounts of distributed generation

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    2004-01-01

    This four-part dissertation is essentially concerned with some theoretical aspects of the stability studies of power systems with large penetration levels of distributed generation. In particular, in Parts I and II the main emphasis is placed upon the transient rotor angle and voltage stability. The remaining two parts are devoted to some system-theoretic and practical aspects of identification and modeling of aggregate power system loads, design of auxiliary robust control, and a general qua...

  18. Stability of Soil Carbon Fractions - Aggregation Versus Mineral Association

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    Mueller, C. W.; Koegel-Knabner, I.

    2007-12-01

    Models that seek to describe the dynamics of soil organic C typically distinguish between two or more C fractions according to differences of biochemical and microbial degradation. The rates are a consequence of recalcitrance, accessibility and interactions. Soil aggregation is an important mechanism controlling the accessibility of substrates by microbes and enzymes and thus the dynamics of minerals bound C are interacting with soil aggregate dynamics. In this study we focused on C fractions isolated by particle size fractionation. The main objective of our study was to differentiate between C stabilization of soil fractions due to accessibility/aggregation or to association with minerals. For a detailed understanding of these processes and the sources of respired soil CO2 we combined the measurement of heterotrophic respiration, CO2-13C analyses and radiocarbon dating of the respired CO2 in a long-term laboratory mineralization experiment. For the experiment we took soil material from the A horizon of an Albic Luvisol under Norway spruce forest (Picea abies) in southern Germany. The air dried bulk soil ( 63 µm to 2000 µm - sand, > 6.3 µm to 63 µm - silt and silt/clay fraction NMR spectroscopy was used to analyze the composition of bulk soil and fractions. The incubation of the three fractions and the bulk soil was done for 250 days in triplicate at 20 degree Celsius and 70% of maximal water holding capacity. A relative enrichment of alkyl C and an increase of the alkyl / O/N-alkyl C ratios in the order of sand NMR. On a long term the sand fraction and the bulk soil showed a sustained C bioavailability. For the silt and clay fraction similar respiration rates and a low C bioavailability were detected. The recombined fractions (by calculation) showed 35% higher amounts of respired CO2-C than the bulk soil. This difference accounts for the absence of restricted accessibility due to soil aggregation. Because of the high amounts of mineral bound C the main source

  19. Flexible distribution network - Local flexibility and aggregation

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    Høivik, Øivind

    2015-01-01

    The increasing intermittent production from wind power and solar-PV creates a system that is more complex to plan, control and balance. At the same time, there is an increase in power consumption due to electric vehicles, heat pumps and other energy-intensive appliances. The volatile system indicates a need for flexibility. The flexibility could come from distributed generation (DG), local storage or flexible demand. However, the contribution from a single resource may be too small to make an...

  20. Mechanisms of Soil Aggregates Stability in Purple Paddy Soil under Conservation Tillage of Sichuan Basin, China

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    Tang, Xiaohong; Luo, Youjin; Lv, Jiake; Wei, Chaofu

    2011-01-01

    Part 1: Decision Support Systems, Intelligent Systems and Artificial Intelligence Applications International audience Ridge culture is a special conservation tillage method, but the long-term influence of this tillage system on soil aggregate-size stability in paddy fields is largely unknown in southwest of china. The objectives of this paper are to evaluate soil aggregates stability and to determine the relationship between SOC and soil aggregate stability. Soil samples at 0-20 cm laye...

  1. Aggregate stability in mine residues after reclamation with biochar

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    Moreno-Barriga, Fabián; Díaz, Vicente; Acosta, José; Faz, Ángel; Zornoza, Raúl

    2016-04-01

    This study aims to assess how the addition of biochar and marble waste to acidic mine residues affected aggregate stability (AS) and contributed to the improvement of soil texture. For this purpose, a lab incubation was carried out for 90 days. Biochars derived from pig manure (PM), crop residues (CR) and municipal solid waste (MSW) were added to the soil at a rate of 20 g kg-1. The marble waste (MW) was added at a rate of 200 g kg-1, with the aim of increasing pH from 3 to 8 (pH of the native soils of the area). Biochars and MW were applied independently and combined. A control treatment was used without application of amendments. The evolution of AS was periodically monitored at 2, 4, 7, 15, 30 and 90 days by the method of artificial rainfall. Results showed, at the end of the incubation, that the addition of MW alone did not significantly increased AS with comparison to CT (30%). However, the biochar, alone or together with MW, significantly increased AS, the treatment receiving CR derived biochar being the one with the highest values (46%). Increments in AS were significant from the day 30 of incubation. AS showed a significant correlation with the total organic carbon content, but was not correlated with organic carbon fractions (soluble, labile, recalcitrant), inorganic carbon, microbial biomass carbon, enzyme activities, exchangeable fraction of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn), pH, electrical conductivity nor greenhouse gas emissions (NO₂, CH₄). Thus, the application of biochar (alone or in combination with MW as a source of calcium carbonate) significantly increased the formation of stable aggregates in former acidic mine residues, favoring the development of soil structure, essential to create a soil from residues. It seems that the total content of organic carbon is directly controlling aggregation, rather than other labile organic sources. Moreover, pH, salinity or the presence of exchangeable metals did not seem to affect soil aggregation

  2. Effect of Salinity, Sodicity and Soil Texture on Aggregate Stability of Semi-arid Soils

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    Soil texture, sodicity and salinity or water quality play a significant role in determining soil aggregate stability, hydraulic properties and the response of soil clays to dispersion and swelling. We studied aggregate stability from 60 samples of Israeli top soils, widely varying in clay content an...

  3. Highly magnetizable superparamagnetic colloidal aggregates with narrowed size distribution from ferrofluid emulsion.

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    Lobaz, Volodymyr; Klupp Taylor, Robin N; Peukert, Wolfgang

    2012-05-15

    The formation of spherical superparamagnetic colloidal aggregates of magnetite nanoparticles by emulsification of a ferrofluid and subsequent solvent evaporation has been systematically studied. The colloidal aggregates occur as a dense sphere with magnetite nanoparticles randomly packed and preserved particle-particle separation due to chemisorbed oleic acid. The voids between nanoparticles are filled with solvent and free oleic acid. The latter was found to influence the formation of colloidal aggregates and their surface properties. The choice of surfactant, whether low molecular weight or polymeric, was shown to lead to the colloidal aggregates having tailored interfacial behavior. Magnetization measurements at ambient temperature revealed that the magnetite colloidal aggregates preserve the superparamagnetic properties of the starting nanoparticle units and show high saturation magnetization values up to 57 emu/g. The size distribution of magnetite nanoparticle colloidal aggregates produced by such an approach was found to be a function of emulsion droplet breakup-coalescence and stabilization kinetics and therefore is influenced by the emulsification process conditions and concentrations of the emulsion compounds. PMID:22365838

  4. Aggregation dynamics explain vegetation patch-size distributions.

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    Irvine, M A; Bull, J C; Keeling, M J

    2016-04-01

    Vegetation patch-size distributions have been an intense area of study for theoreticians and applied ecologists alike in recent years. Of particular interest is the seemingly ubiquitous nature of power-law patch-size distributions emerging in a number of diverse ecosystems. The leading explanation of the emergence of these power-laws is due to local facilitative mechanisms. There is also a common transition from power law to exponential distribution when a system is under global pressure, such as grazing or lack of rainfall. These phenomena require a simple mechanistic explanation. Here, we study vegetation patches from a spatially implicit, patch dynamic viewpoint. We show that under minimal assumptions a power-law patch-size distribution appears as a natural consequence of aggregation. A linear death term also leads to an exponential term in the distribution for any non-zero death rate. This work shows the origin of the breakdown of the power-law under increasing pressure and shows that in general, we expect to observe a power law with an exponential cutoff (rather than pure power laws). The estimated parameters of this distribution also provide insight into the underlying ecological mechanisms of aggregation and death. PMID:26742959

  5. Scattering studies on cryoglobulins stability and aggregation properties

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    Bicev, R.N.; Oliveira, E.A.; Oliveira, C.L.P.; Brandao, H. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil); Andrade, L.E.C. [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), SP (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Full text: Cryoglobulins are proteins of the immunoglobulin(Ig) type, which play an important role in infections, autoimmune diseases and neoplastic disorders[1]. When in abnormal concentrations in the blood, cryoglobulins can aggregate and precipitate at temperatures below 37 deg C, forming large complexes with dimensions in the range of 40 nm up to 1 {mu}m depending on the temperature, leading to damage of arteries and veins of small caliber. The objective of this study is to investigate the aggregation dynamics of cryoglobulin solutions through scattering techniques as SAXS (small angle X-Ray scattering). For the SAXS measures it was used the protein in aqueous and the system temperature was varied between 38:5 deg C and 4 deg C. The protein concentration was 10mg/mL.The GNOM [2] program was used for the first data analysis. This program performs the Fourier transform (IFT) of the scattering data, which provides the overall particle size, radius of gyration and some indications of the particle shape. The IFT analysis can be used to the so called ab initio modeling which provides a three-dimensional model for particle shape. This model was an attempt to obtain a real space representation for the particle system. Although it was possible to verify difference in the particle diameter for the different temperatures, the models provide a branched structure which can indicate polydispersity of shapes/sizes and also flexible structures. Interestingly, the construction of Kratky Plots, (I {center_dot} q{sup 2} vs q), which provide the compactness degree of a structure, indicated that the particles were highly flexible. Therefore another model procedure, which models the protein as polymer-like structure[3], have to be used. Using the recently developed Ensemble Optimization Method (EOM) [4] it was possible to obtain a very good fit for the experimental dataset, the distributions of radius of gyration and also three-dimensional representations of the possible

  6. Is it real or apparent increased aggregate stability sometimes found in burned soils?

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    V. Arcenegui

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The increase in soil aggregate stability observed in many cases after burning is discussed in this paper. Soil samples under pine forest from two Mediterranean areas were collected for this experiment: acid soils from El Algibe Range (Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Cádiz, Southern Spain and calcareous soils of Sierra de la Grana (Alicante, Eastern Spain. In each case, soil aggregates (2 to 0.25 mm were selected and exposed to temperatures of 200, 250, 300, 500 and 700 oC during a 20-minutes period. In both cases weight loss after volatilization of substances and a significant destruction of aggregates with increasing temperature were observed. For acid soils, where organic matter is the main cementing agent, destruction of aggregates with temperature was more intense. Water repellency induced by combustion increased between 200 and 250 oC, also the remaining aggregates remaining increased within the initial size fraction after heating, increasing its stability. For temperatures above 300 oC, water repellency disappeared, although an increase in aggregate stability was observed, possibly due to changes in the mineral soil fraction. Therefore, it is concluded that burning may destroy part of the aggregates by combustion of organic matter, so selecting stable aggregates. Water repellency and transformations of soil minerals contribute to increased stability in selected aggregates.

  7. Effect of management practices on soil organic matter, microbial biomass and aggregate stability of Orthic Luvisol

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    Balashov E.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Because of the importance of soil organic matter (SOM and wet aggregate stability (WAS on soil quality, the maintenance of satisfactory levels of these parameters is an integral component of soil management strategy. Our studies were undertaken to assess the effects of organic and monoculture management practices on the relationships of SOM and its labile forms with WAS in a loamy-sandy Orthic Luvisol. The organic management practice (OP included only manure compost incorporation before potato was planted in a crop rotation with spring barley, red clover for 2 years, and winter wheat. The monoculture management practice (MP consisted of amendments with mineral fertilizers with continuous winter wheat. Our data showed that OP, as compared to MP, contributed to a greater accumulation of SOM and microbial biomass carbon (MBC in water-stable aggregates. There were marked management-induced differences in WAS and the distribution of some water-stable aggregate-size fractions. The results of our studies also showed that OP resulted in a higher efficiency of soil microorganisms in utilizing available organic carbon for the formation of new biomass than MP.

  8. Effects of herbicides, lucerne meal, and zinc on microbial activity and aggregate stability of soils

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    1996-12-01

    Full Text Available In laboratory experiments aggregates (1-2 mm of a loamy colluvial soil and a silty luvisol soil were treated with the herbicides Gramoxone and Goltix WG, the active agent of Goltix WG Metamitron, lucerne meal and zinc. Lucerne meal clearly enhanced the aggregate stability of both soils. At dosages 10 and 50 times those of the recommended application rate also Goltix WG slightly enhanced the stability of aggregates 1 - 2 mm in both soils in the first experiment There were no differences between Goltix WG and its active agent Metamitron. The stabilization of aggregates can be attributed to an increased metabolism of easily degradable organic substances. It was assumed that by this process stabilizing metabolic products were formed. The recalcitrant herbicide Gramoxone and zinc destabilized soil aggregates by reducing microbial activity at dosages 10 times the recommended application rate (Gramoxone and 240 mg kg*1 (Zn, respectively. Aggregate stability was more reduced in the colluvial soil showing lower aggregate stability than in the loamy colluvial soil.

  9. Competing Interactions Stabilize Pro- and Anti-aggregant Conformations of Human Tau*

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    Wegmann, Susanne; Schöler, Jonas; Bippes, Christian A.; Mandelkow, Eckhard; Muller, Daniel J.

    2011-01-01

    Aggregation of Tau into amyloid-like fibrils is a key process in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer. To understand how natively disordered Tau stabilizes conformations that favor pathological aggregation, we applied single-molecule force spectroscopy. Intramolecular interactions that fold polypeptide stretches of ∼19 and ∼42 amino acids in the functionally important repeat domain of full-length human Tau (hTau40) support aggregation. In contrast, the unstructured N terminus randomly...

  10. Effects of Polyacrylamide Molecular Weight, Soil Texture and Electrolyte Concentration on Drainable Porosity and Aggregate Stability

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    The literature reports on the intricate relations between soil type and molecular weight (MW) of polyacrylamide (PAM) with respect to PAM efficacy as a soil conditioner. This relation may depend on the ability of PAM to penetrate into aggregates and thus stabilize both outer and inner aggregate surf...

  11. A distributed routing algorithm for data aggregation in wireless sensor networks

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    Hong LUO; Fangchun YANG; Yonghe LIU

    2008-01-01

    Considering the impact of aggregation cost on the performance of aggregation routes in wireless sensor networks, an aggregation-decision-based distributed rout-ing algorithm for data aggregation is proposed. When source nodes arrive or leave, the algorithm can calculate the aggregation benefit according to data correlation, aggregation cost and transmission cost. Then the algo-rithm will adaptively make aggregation and routing decisions based on aggregation benefit. Therefore, it can jointly optimize the aggregation and transmission costs and reduce the energy consumption for data gathering. This distributed algorithm makes all the decisions only relying on the local information. Hence, the routing maintenance cost is limited. Simulation results show that the energy consumption difference between this distrib-uted online algorithm and the previous offilne one is within 17% under any network conditions.

  12. Friability and aggregate stability of loamy soil after 5 years of biochar application

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    Utomo, Wani; Ganika, Shaory; Wisnubroto, Erwin; Islami, Titiek

    2016-04-01

    The effect of biochar application on soil friability and aggregate stability of loamy soil was studied at Brawijaya University field experimental station, Jatikerto, Malang, Indonesia. The soil has been planted with cassava for 4 years continuously and 1 year planted with maiz. The biochar applied was made from cassava stem and farm yard manure. It was found that biochar application, either made from cassava stem or farm yard manure improved soil qualities. Soil applied with biochar was more friable compared to that of the no biochar soil, although biochar application did not influence Atterberg limits. It seems that the higher friability of biochar applied soil was associated with the higher soil organic matter. It was found that until 5 years application, the biochar treated soil had a higher soil organic matter content. Soil applied with biochar possessed a better soil aggregate stability, both dry and wet stability. This was shown by the higher aggregate mean weight diameter (MWD) of biochar applied soil. The cassava biochar applied soil had MWD of 2.22 mm (dry stability) and 1.56 mm (wet stability), whereas the control soil had MWD of 1.45 mm (dry stability) and 1.25 (wet stability). There was a significant positive correlation between soil friability and dry aggregate stability. The biochar applied soils also had higher soil permeability. Key words: soil qualities, soil physical properties, Atterberg limits, hydraulic conductivity

  13. Distributed delays stabilize neural feedback systems

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    Meyer, Ulrike; Chakrabarty, Saurish; Brandt, Sebastian F; Luksch, Harald; Wessel, Ralf

    2007-01-01

    We consider the effect of distributed delays in neural feedback systems. The avian optic tectum is reciprocally connected with the nucleus isthmi. Extracellular stimulation combined with intracellular recordings reveal a range of signal delays from 4 to 9 ms between isthmotectal elements. This observation together with prior mathematical analysis concerning the influence of a delay distribution on system dynamics raises the question whether a broad delay distribution can impact the dynamics of neural feedback loops. For a system of reciprocally connected model neurons, we found that distributed delays enhance system stability in the following sense. With increased distribution of delays, the system converges faster to a fixed point and converges slower toward a limit cycle. Further, the introduction of distributed delays leads to an increased range of the average delay value for which the system's equilibrium point is stable. The enhancement of stability with increasing delay distribution is caused by the int...

  14. Aggregated Modelling for Wind Farms for Power System Transient Stability Studies

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    Liu, Hongzhi; Chen, Zhe

    2012-01-01

    Wind energy is consistently attracting great research effort and actively developed in many countries. As a result, the penetration level of wind power in the power grid is increasing as well as the size of wind farms. A large-scale wind farm may consist of hundreds of wind turbines and its total...... installed capacity could be at a level of 1000MW or even more. Consequently, the large-scale wind farm could seriously impact the operation and control of the grid. To represent a large-scale wind farm, aggregated modelling takes advantage of fast computation and simplified implementation compared to...... detailed modelling that models every wind turbines individually and the interconnections among them. In this paper, three aggregated modelling techniques, namely, multi-machine equivalent aggregation, full aggregation and semi-aggregation are presented for power system transient stability studies based on...

  15. Research on the relationship between water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement

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    Zhao Bing; Zhao Bo

    2015-01-01

    In the early destruction of asphalt pavement, water damage is the most major form.In this paper, experimental study was conducted on the composition of asphalt concrete,Marshall specimens were made in different types of aggregate gradation with the same kind of asphalt. Water immersion tests were conducted in order to analysis the relationship between the water stability and aggregate gradation of asphalt pavement.

  16. Mechanisms of aggregate formation and carbohydrate excipient stabilization of lyophilized humanized monoclonal antibody formulations

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    Andya, James D.; Hsu, Chung C.; Shire, Steven J.

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the mechanisms of aggregate formation and excipient stabilization in freeze-dried formulations of a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody. Protein degradation was measured using sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS PAGE) and native size exclusion chromatography, and protein structure was studied using Fourier transform-infrared spectrometry and circular dichroism. The results showed that protein aggregates present followi...

  17. Intergranular stress distributions in polycrystalline aggregates of irradiated stainless steel

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    Hure, J.; El Shawish, S.; Cizelj, L.; Tanguy, B.

    2016-08-01

    In order to predict InterGranular Stress Corrosion Cracking (IGSCC) of post-irradiated austenitic stainless steel in Light Water Reactor (LWR) environment, reliable predictions of intergranular stresses are required. Finite elements simulations have been performed on realistic polycrystalline aggregate with recently proposed physically-based crystal plasticity constitutive equations validated for neutron-irradiated austenitic stainless steel. Intergranular normal stress probability density functions are found with respect to plastic strain and irradiation level, for uniaxial loading conditions. In addition, plastic slip activity jumps at grain boundaries are also presented. Intergranular normal stress distributions describe, from a statistical point of view, the potential increase of intergranular stress with respect to the macroscopic stress due to grain-grain interactions. The distributions are shown to be well described by a master curve once rescaled by the macroscopic stress, in the range of irradiation level and strain considered in this study. The upper tail of this master curve is shown to be insensitive to free surface effect, which is relevant for IGSCC predictions, and also relatively insensitive to small perturbations in crystallographic texture, but sensitive to grain shapes.

  18. Efficient Incremental Maintenance for Distributive and Non-Distributive Aggregate Functions

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    Cui-Ping Li; Shan Wang

    2006-01-01

    Data cube pre-computation is an important concept for supporting OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) and has been studied extensively. It is often not feasible to compute a complete data cube due to the huge storage requirement.Recently proposed quotient cube addressed this issue through a partitioning method that groups cube cells into equivalence partitions. Such an approach not only is useful for distributive aggregate functions such as SUM but also can be applied to the maintenance of holistic aggregate functions like MEDIAN which will require the storage of a set of tuples for each equivalence class. Unfortunately, as changes are made to the data sources, maintaining the quotient cube is non-trivial since the partitioning of the cube cells must also be updated. In this paper, the authors design incremental algorithms to update a quotient cube efficiently for both SUM and MEDIAN aggregate functions. For the aggregate function SUM, concepts are borrowed from the principle of Galois Lattice to develop CPU-efficient algorithms to update a quotient cube. For the aggregate function MEDIAN, the concept of a pseudo class is introduced to further reduce the size of the quotient cube.Coupled with a novel sliding window technique, an efficient algorithm is developed for maintaining a MEDIAN quotient cube that takes up reasonably small storage space. Performance study shows that the proposed algorithms are efficient and scalable over large databases.

  19. Ripening and Focusing of Aggregate Size Distributions with Overall Volume Growth

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    JürgenVollmer

    2014-01-01

    We explore the evolution of the aggregate size distribution in systems where aggregates grow by diffusive accretion of mass. Supersaturation is controlled in such a way that the overall aggregate volume grows linearly in time. Classical Ostwald ripening, which is recovered in the limit of vanishing overall growth, constitutes an unstable solution of the dynamics. In the presence of overall growth evaporation of aggregates always drives the dynamics into a new, qualitatively different growth r...

  20. Ripening and Focusing of Aggregate Size Distributions with Overall Volume Growth

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    Vollmer, Jürgen; Papke, Ariane; Rohloff, Martin

    2014-01-01

    We explore the evolution of the aggregate size distribution in systems where aggregates grow by diffusive accretion of mass. Supersaturation is controlled in such a way that the overall aggregate volume grows linearly in time. Classical Ostwald ripening, which is recovered in the limit of vanishing overall growth, constitutes an unstable solution of the dynamics. In the presence of overall growth the evaporation of aggregates always drives the dynamics into a new, qualitatively different grow...

  1. Server-side Filtering and Aggregation within a Distributed Environment

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    Currey, J. C.; Bartle, A.

    2015-12-01

    Intercalibration, validation, and data mining use cases require more efficient access to the massive volumes of observation data distributed across multiple agency data centers. The traditional paradigm of downloading large volumes of data to a centralized server or desktop computer for analysis is no longer viable. More analysis should be performed within the host data centers using server-side functions. Many comparative analysis tasks require far less than 1% of the available observation data. The Multi-Instrument Intercalibration (MIIC) Framework provides web services to find, match, filter, and aggregate multi-instrument observation data. Matching measurements from separate spacecraft in time, location, wavelength, and viewing geometry is a difficult task especially when data are distributed across multiple agency data centers. Event prediction services identify near coincident measurements with matched viewing geometries near orbit crossings using complex orbit propagation and spherical geometry calculations. The number and duration of event opportunities depend on orbit inclinations, altitude differences, and requested viewing conditions (e.g., day/night). Event observation information is passed to remote server-side functions to retrieve matched data. Data may be gridded, spatially convolved onto instantaneous field-of-views, or spectrally resampled or convolved. Narrowband instruments are routinely compared to hyperspectal instruments such as AIRS and CRIS using relative spectral response (RSR) functions. Spectral convolution within server-side functions significantly reduces the amount of hyperspectral data needed by the client. This combination of intelligent selection and server-side processing significantly reduces network traffic and data to process on local servers. OPeNDAP is a mature networking middleware already deployed at many of the Earth science data centers. Custom OPeNDAP server-side functions that provide filtering, histogram analysis (1D

  2. Trifluoroethanol modulates α-synuclein amyloid-like aggregate formation, stability and dissolution.

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    Di Carlo, Maria Giovanna; Vetri, Valeria; Buscarino, Gianpiero; Leone, Maurizio; Vestergaard, Bente; Foderà, Vito

    2016-09-01

    The conversion of proteins into amyloid fibrils and other amyloid-like aggregates is closely connected to the onset of a series of age-related pathologies. Upon changes in environmental conditions, amyloid-like aggregates may also undergo disassembly into oligomeric aggregates, the latter being recognized as key effectors in toxicity. This indicates new possible routes for in vivo accumulation of toxic species. In the light of the recognized implication of α-Synuclein (αSN) in Parkinson's disease, we present an experimental study on supramolecular assembly of αSN with a focus on stability and disassembly paths of such supramolecular aggregate species. Using spectroscopic techniques, two-photon microscopy, small-angle X-ray scattering and atomic force microscopy, we report evidences on how the stability of αSN amyloid-like aggregates can be altered by changing solution conditions. We show that amyloid-like aggregate formation can be induced at high temperature in the presence of trifluoroethanol (TFE). Moreover, sudden disassembly or further structural reorganisation toward higher hierarchical species can be induced by varying TFE concentration. Our results may contribute in deciphering fundamental mechanisms and interactions underlying supramolecular clustering/dissolution of αSN oligomers in cells. PMID:27372900

  3. Morphology and stability of aggregates of an Oxisol according to tillage system and gypsum application

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    Fábio Régis de Souza

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Morphological characterization and aggregate stability is an important factor in evaluating management systems. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the stability and morphology of the aggregates of a dystrophic Oxisol managed with no-tillage and conventional tillage with and without the residual action of gypsum. The experimental design was randomized blocks arranged in split-split plot, where the treatments were two soil management systems (plots with 0 and 2000 kg ha-1 of gypsum (subplots and five depths (0-0.05, 0.05-0.10, 0.10-0.15, 0.15-0.20 and 0.20-0.30 m as the subsubplots, with four replications. The aggregate morphology was determined through images and later evaluated by the Quantporo software. Stability was determined by the wet method. The results showed that the no-tillage system, with or without gypsum residual effect, provided the aggregates with the largest geometric diameters. The combination of no-tillage system and the gypsum residual effect provided rougher aggregates.

  4. How hydrophobically modified chitosans are stabilized by biocompatible lipid aggregates.

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    Ruocco, Nino; Frielinghaus, Heide; Vitiello, Giuseppe; D'Errico, Gerardino; Leal, Leslie G; Richter, Dieter; Ortona, Ornella; Paduano, Luigi

    2015-08-15

    Nanostructured hydrogels composed by biocompatible molecules are formulated and characterized. They are based on a polymer network formed by hydrophobically modified chitosans (HMCHIT or CnCHIT) in which vesicles of monoolein (MO) and oleic acid or sodium oleate (NaO), depending on pH, are embedded. The best conditions for gel formation, in terms of pH, length of the hydrophobic moieties of chitosan, and weight proportion among the three components were estimated by visual inspection of a large number of samples. Among all possible combinations, the system C12CHIT-MO-NaO in the weight proportion (1:1:1) is optimal for the formation of a well-structured gel-like system, which is also confirmed by rheological experiments. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements unambiguously show the presence of lipid bilayers in this mixture, indicating that MO-NaO vesicles are stabilized by C12CHIT even at acid pH. A wide small angle neutron scattering investigation performed on several ternary systems of general formula CnCHIT-MO-NaO shows that the length of the hydrophobic tail Cn is a crucial parameter in stabilizing the polymer network in which lipid vesicles are embedded. Structural parameters for the vesicles are determined by using a multilamellar model that admits the possibility of displacement of the center of each shell. The number of shells tends to be reduced by increasing the polymer content. The thickness and the distance between consecutive lamellae are not influenced by either the polymer or MO-NaO concentration. The hydrogel presented in this work, being fully biocompatible and nanostructured, is well-suited for possible application in drug delivery. PMID:25935287

  5. Aggregate structure and stability linked to carbon dynamics in a south Chilean Andisol

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    Huygens, D.; Boeckx, P.; van Cleemput, O.; Godoy, R.; Oyarzún, C.

    2005-02-01

    The extreme vulnerability of soil organic carbon to climate and land use change emphasizes the need for further research in different terrestrial ecosystems. We have studied the aggregate stability and carbon dynamics in a chronosequence of three different land uses in a south Chilean Andisols: a second growth Nothofagus obliqua forest (SGFOR), a grassland (GRASS) and a Pinus radiata plantation (PINUS). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Al as soil organic matter stabilizing agent in this Andisol. In a case study, we linked differences in carbon dynamics between the three land use treatments to physical protection and recalcitrance of the soil organic matter (SOM). In this study, C aggregate stability and dynamics were studied using size and density fractionation experiments of the SOM, δ13C and total carbon analysis of the different SOM fractions, and mineralization measurements. The results showed that electrostatic attractions between and among Al-oxides and clay minerals are mainly responsible for the stabilization of soil aggregates and the physical protection of the enclosed soil organic carbon. Whole soil C mineralization rate constants were highest for SGFOR and PINUS, followed by GRASS. In contrast, incubation experiments of isolated macro organic matter fractions showed that the recalcitrance of the SOM decreased in another order: PINUS > SGFOR > GRASS. We concluded that physical protection of soil aggregates was the main process determining whole soil C mineralization. Land use changes affected soil organic carbon dynamics in this south Chilean Andisol by altering soil pH and consequently available Al.

  6. Particle-bubble aggregate stability on static bubble generated by single nozzle on flotation process

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    Warjito, Harinaldi, Setyantono, Manus; Siregar, Sahala D.

    2016-06-01

    There are three sub-processes on flotation. These processes are intervening liquid film into critical thickness, rupture of liquid film forming three phase contact line, and expansion three phase contact line forming aggregate stability. Aggregate stability factor contribute to determine flotation efficiency. Aggregate stability has some important factors such as reagent and particle geometry. This research focussed on to understand effect of particle geometry to aggregate stability. Experimental setup consists of 9 x 9 x26 cm flotation column made of glass, bubble generator, particle feeding system, and high speed video camera. Bubble generator made from single nozzle with 0.3 mm diameter attached to programmable syringe pump. Particle feeding system made of pipette. Particle used in this research is taken from open pit Grasberg in Timika, Papua. Particle has sub-angular geometry and its size varies from 38 to 300 µm. Bubble-particle interaction are recorded using high speed video camera. Recordings from high speed video camera analyzed using image processing software. Experiment result shows that aggregate particle-bubble and induction time depends on particle size. Small particle (38-106 µm) has long induction time and able to rupture liquid film and also forming three phase contact line. Big particle (150-300 µm) has short induction time, so it unable to attach with bubble easily. This phenomenon is caused by apparent gravity work on particle-bubble interaction. Apparent gravity worked during particle sliding on bubble surface experience increase and reached its maximum magnitude at bubble equator. After particle passed bubble equator, apparent gravity force experience decrease. In conclusion particle size from 38-300 µm can form stable aggregate if particle attached with bubble in certain condition.

  7. Spatial Prediction of Soil Aggregate Stability and Aggregate-Associated Organic Carbon Content at the Catchment Scale Using Geostatistical Techniques

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    J.MOHAMMADI; M.H.MOTAGHIAN

    2011-01-01

    The association of organic carbon with secondary parzicles (aggregates) results in its storage and retention in soil. A study was carried out at a catchment covering about 92 km2 to predict spatial variability of soil water-stable aggregates (WSA), mean weight diameter (MWD) of aggregates and organic carbon (OC) content in macro- (> 2 mm), meso- (1-2 mm), and micro-aggregate (< 1 mm) fractions, using geostatistical methods. One hundred and eleven soil samples were c(o)llected at the 0-10 cm depth and fractionated into macro-, meso-, and micro-aggregates by wet sieving. The OC content was determined for each fraction. A greater percentage of water-stable aggregates was found for micro-aggregates, followed by meso-aggregates. Aggregate OC content was greatest in meso-aggregates (9 g kg-1), followed by micro-aggregates (7 g kg-1), while the least OC content was found in macro-aggregates (3 g kg-1). Although a significart effect (P = 0.000) of aggregate size on aggregate OC content was found, however, our findings did not support the model of aggregate hierarchy.Land use had a significant effect (P = 0.073) on aggregate OC content. The coefficients of variation (CVs) for OC contents associated with each aggregate fraction indicated macro-aggregates as the most variable (CV = 71%). Among the aggregate fractions, the micro-aggregate fraction had a lower CV value of 27%. The mean content of WSA ranged from 15% for macro-aggregates to 84% for micro-aggregates. Geostatistical analysis showed that the measured soil variables exhibited differences in their spatial patterns in both magnitude and space at each aggregate size fraction. The relative nugget variance for most aggregate-associated properties was lower than 45%. The range value for the variogram of water-stable aggregates was almost similar (about 3 km) for the three studied aggregate size classes. The range value for the variogram of aggregate-associated OC contents ranged from about 3 km for macro-aggregates

  8. Stability and Aggregation Kinetics of Titania Nanomaterials under Environmentally Realistic Conditions.

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    Raza, Ghulam; Amjad, Muhammad; Kaur, Inder; Wen, Dongsheng

    2016-08-16

    Nanoparticle morphology is expected to play a significant role in the stability, aggregation behavior, and ultimate fate of engineered nanomaterials in natural aquatic environments. The aggregation kinetics of ellipsoidal and spherical titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) under different surfactant loadings, pH values, and ionic strengths were investigated in this study. The stability results revealed that alteration of surface charge was the stability determining factor. Among five different surfactants investigated, sodium citrate and Suwannee river fulvic acid (SRFA) were the most effective stabilizers. It was observed that both types of NPs were more stable in monovalent salts (NaCl and NaNO3) as compared with divalent salts (Ca(NO3)2 and CaCl2). The aggregation of spherical TiO2 NPs demonstrated a strong dependency on the ionic strength regardless of the presence of mono or divalent salts; while the ellipsoids exhibited a lower dependency on the ionic strength but was more stable. This work acts as a benchmark study toward understanding the ultimate fate of stabilized NPs in natural environments that are rich in Ca(CO3)2, NaNO3, NaCl, and CaCl2 along with natural organic matters. PMID:27228447

  9. Stability of Iowa mutant and wild type Aβ-peptide aggregates

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    Alred, Erik J.; Scheele, Emily G.; Berhanu, Workalemahu M.; Hansmann, Ulrich H. E., E-mail: uhansmann@ou.edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019 (United States)

    2014-11-07

    Recent experiments indicate a connection between the structure of amyloid aggregates and their cytotoxicity as related to neurodegenerative diseases. Of particular interest is the Iowa Mutant, which causes early-onset of Alzheimer's disease. While wild-type Amyloid β-peptides form only parallel beta-sheet aggregates, the mutant also forms meta-stable antiparallel beta sheets. Since these structural variations may cause the difference in the pathological effects of the two Aβ-peptides, we have studied in silico the relative stability of the wild type and Iowa mutant in both parallel and antiparallel forms. We compare regular molecular dynamics simulations with such where the viscosity of the samples is reduced, which, we show, leads to higher sampling efficiency. By analyzing and comparing these four sets of all-atom molecular dynamics simulations, we probe the role of the various factors that could lead to the structural differences. Our analysis indicates that the parallel forms of both wild type and Iowa mutant aggregates are stable, while the antiparallel aggregates are meta-stable for the Iowa mutant and not stable for the wild type. The differences result from the direct alignment of hydrophobic interactions in the in-register parallel oligomers, making them more stable than the antiparallel aggregates. The slightly higher thermodynamic stability of the Iowa mutant fibril-like oligomers in its parallel organization over that in antiparallel form is supported by previous experimental measurements showing slow inter-conversion of antiparallel aggregates into parallel ones. Knowledge of the mechanism that selects between parallel and antiparallel conformations and determines their relative stability may open new avenues for the development of therapies targeting familial forms of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

  10. Organic Matter Enrichment and Aggregate Stabilization in a Severely Degraded Ultisol After Reforestation

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    ZHANG Bin; PENG Xin-Hua

    2006-01-01

    Three types of soils: an eroded barren soil under continuous fallow, an eroded soil transplanted with Lespedeza shrubs(Lespedeza bicolor), and an eroded soil transplanted with camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora) were investigated to quantify organic matter pools and aggregates in reforested soils using physical fractionation techniques and to determine aggregate stability in relation to the enrichment of soil organic carbon (SOC). Soil organic matter (SOM) was physically fractionalized into free particulate organic matter (fPOM), occluded particulate organic matter (oPOM), and mineralassociated organic matter (mOM). The SOM was concentrated on the surface soil (0-5 cm), with an average C sequestration rate of 20-25 g C m-2 year-1 over 14 years. As compared to the eroded barren land, organic C content of fPOM, oPOM,and mOM fractions of the soil under Lespedeza and under camphor tree increased 12-15, 45-54, and 3.1-3.5 times,respectively. A linear relationship was found between aggregate stability and organic C (r2 = 0.45, P < 0.01), oPOM(r2 = 0.34, P < 0.05), and mOM (r2 = 0.46, P < 0.01) of aggregates. The enrichment of organic C improved aggregate stability of the soil under Lespedeza but not that under camphor tree. However, further research is needed on the physical and biological processes involved in the interaction of soil aggregation and SOC sequestration in ecosystem.

  11. Stability of Iowa mutant and wild type Aβ-peptide aggregates

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    Recent experiments indicate a connection between the structure of amyloid aggregates and their cytotoxicity as related to neurodegenerative diseases. Of particular interest is the Iowa Mutant, which causes early-onset of Alzheimer's disease. While wild-type Amyloid β-peptides form only parallel beta-sheet aggregates, the mutant also forms meta-stable antiparallel beta sheets. Since these structural variations may cause the difference in the pathological effects of the two Aβ-peptides, we have studied in silico the relative stability of the wild type and Iowa mutant in both parallel and antiparallel forms. We compare regular molecular dynamics simulations with such where the viscosity of the samples is reduced, which, we show, leads to higher sampling efficiency. By analyzing and comparing these four sets of all-atom molecular dynamics simulations, we probe the role of the various factors that could lead to the structural differences. Our analysis indicates that the parallel forms of both wild type and Iowa mutant aggregates are stable, while the antiparallel aggregates are meta-stable for the Iowa mutant and not stable for the wild type. The differences result from the direct alignment of hydrophobic interactions in the in-register parallel oligomers, making them more stable than the antiparallel aggregates. The slightly higher thermodynamic stability of the Iowa mutant fibril-like oligomers in its parallel organization over that in antiparallel form is supported by previous experimental measurements showing slow inter-conversion of antiparallel aggregates into parallel ones. Knowledge of the mechanism that selects between parallel and antiparallel conformations and determines their relative stability may open new avenues for the development of therapies targeting familial forms of early-onset Alzheimer's disease

  12. Effect of Aggregate Gradation with Fuller Distribution on Properties of Sulphoaluminate Cement Concrete

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    GONG Chenchen; ZHANG Jie; WANG Shoude; LU Lingchao

    2015-01-01

    Experimental investigations on mechanical property and durability of sulphoaluminate cement concrete with aggregate gradations according to Fuller distribution are presented in this paper. Compressive strength, water impermeability and resistance capability to sulfate attack of SACC have the same trend of concrete with fine aggregates of Fuller distribution gradationaggregates of Fuller distribution gradationaggregates of Fuller distribution gradation. The relationship between bulk density of aggregate and water penetration depth obeyed the second-order polynomialy=0.002x2-6.863 8x+5 862.3, and had a notable correlationR2=0.979 9. The sulphoaluminate cement concrete with total aggregate gradation with Fuller distribution forh=0.50 had the best resistance capability to sulfate attack. It was a second-order polynomial relationship between bulk density of aggregates and water penetration depth of y=0.002x2-6.863 8x+5 862.3 withR2=0.979 9, which indicated notable correlation. The iftting formula between bulk density of aggregates and sulfate resistance coefifcient of SACC wasy=0.000 5x+0.370 4 withR2=0.958 5.

  13. Water-stability of soil aggregates in relation to selected properties

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    The stability of soil aggregates in water is an important soil physical property for evaluating the potential of agricultural soils to erode and elucidating the mechanisms of soil erosion. In this study we used aggregates from 15 surface soil samples in Italy to evaluate the influence of intrinsic soil physical, chemical and mineralogical properties on aggregates stability (AS). The aim was to develop a model for predicting AS from a subset of these soil properties. The index of stability used is the mean-weight diameter of water-stable aggregates (MWD). The model developed with soil physical properties alone explained just 42% of variance in MWD and predicted AS in only 20% of test soils. The model developed with mineralogical properties alone explained 70% of variance in MWD and predicted AS in 60% of the test soils. The chemical properties - based model explained 90% of variance in MWD and predicted AS in 80% of the test soils. The best-fit model was developed with soil properties from the physical, chemical and mineralogical subsets. It explained 98% of variance in MWD and predicted AS in 100% of the test soils. This model shows that the most important soil properties which influence the AS of these soils include ratio of total sand to clay, concentrations of iron oxide, magnesium oxide, organic matter, silica/alumina ratio, chlorite, feldspar and muscovite. This indicates that fairly good estimates of the relative stability of these aggregates in water and hence of their potential to erode, requires a knowledge of the physico-chemical and mineralogical properties. (author). 40 refs, 4 tabs

  14. Stability and aggregation of metal oxide nanoparticles in natural aqueous matrices.

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    Keller, Arturo A; Wang, Hongtao; Zhou, Dongxu; Lenihan, Hunter S; Cherr, Gary; Cardinale, Bradley J; Miller, Robert; Ji, Zhaoxia

    2010-03-15

    There is a pressing need for information on the mobility of nanoparticles in the complex aqueous matrices found in realistic environmental conditions. We dispersed three different metal oxide nanoparticles (TiO(2), ZnO and CeO(2)) in samples taken from eight different aqueous media associated with seawater, lagoon, river, and groundwater, and measured their electrophoretic mobility, state of aggregation, and rate of sedimentation. The electrophoretic mobility of the particles in a given aqueous media was dominated by the presence of natural organic matter (NOM) and ionic strength, and independent of pH. NOM adsorbed onto these nanoparticles significantly reduces their aggregation, stabilizing them under many conditions. The transition from reaction to diffusion limited aggregation occurs at an electrophoretic mobility from around -2 to -0.8 microm s(-1) V(-1) cm. These results are key for designing and interpreting nanoparticle ecotoxicity studies in various environmental conditions. PMID:20151631

  15. Ripening and Focusing of Aggregate Size Distributions with Overall Volume Growth

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    Jürgen eVollmer

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available We explore the evolution of the aggregate size distribution in systems where aggregates grow by diffusive accretion of mass. Supersaturation is controlled in such a way that the overall aggregate volume grows linearly in time. Classical Ostwald ripening, which is recovered in the limit of vanishing overall growth, constitutes an unstable solution of the dynamics. In the presence of overall growth evaporation of aggregates always drives the dynamics into a new, qualitatively different growth regime where ripening ceases, and growth proceeds at a constant number density of aggregates. We provide a comprehensive description of the evolution of the aggregate size distribution in the constant density regime: the size distribution does not approach a universal shape, and even for moderate overall growth rates the standard deviation of the aggregate radius decays monotonically. The implications of this theory for the focusing of aggregate size distributions are discussed for a range of different settings including the growth of tiny rain droplets in clouds, as long as they do not yet feel gravity, and the synthesis of nano-particles and quantum dots.

  16. The use of lightweight aggregate saturated with PCM as a temperature stabilizing material for road surfaces

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    This paper presents the possibility of adding lightweight building aggregates to increase the stability – mechanical as well as thermal – of constructions and road objects. This stability can be achieved through saturating the porous granules of aggregate with a phase-change material (PCM) that allows the accumulation of solar heat. Intense solar radiation, especially during the summer, can cause the asphalt on road surfaces, bridges and parking lots to melt, thus protecting the structure from further overheating. The absence of asphalt layers results in thermal stress and strain conditions causes accelerated wear of road surface. Lightweight aggregate, previously used to reduce the weight of the structures, while maintaining the bearing capacity similar to that offered by conventional concrete structures, thereby gains a new functionality, as a temperature stabilizing material. The paper contains a review of several phase-change materials as well as a study justifying the choice of ceresin, a product of crude oil distillation, as a suitable material for such applications. Information about the aggregate and its possible applications, and a proposed method of saturating the aggregate with ceresin has also been collected and presented. With the help of quantitative research conducted through the use of differential scanning calorimetry, the characteristic of thermodynamic parameters of pure ceresin and expanded clay aggregate (Pollytag) saturated with ceresin was determined. Simulation tests conducted under real conditions on two asphalt surfaces (0.32 × 0.22 × 0.15 m), one of which contained the PCM while the other did not, have shown that even a small addition of ceresin (3% mass relative to the weight of the ground) causes a reduction in surface temperature of about 5 K within the tested temperature range of 318.15–338.15 K. - Highlights: • Road surface overheating on summer days may reach up to 344 K. • Solution against overheating through

  17. Thrombin action decreases acetylcholine receptor aggregate number and stability in cultured mouse myotubes.

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    Davenport, R W; Lanuza, M; Kim, S; Jia, M; Snyder, E; Nelson, P G

    2000-08-30

    Neurons develop and make very stable, long-term synaptic connections with other nerve cells and with muscle. Synaptic stability at the neuromuscular junction changes over development in that a proliferation of synaptic input are made to individual myotubes and synapses from all but one neuron are lost during development. In an established co-culture paradigm in which spinal motoneurons synaptically contact myotubes, thrombin and associated protease inhibitors have been shown to affect the loss of functional synaptic contacts [6]. Evidence has not been provided which clearly demonstrate whether protease/protease inhibitors affect either the pre- or postsynaptic terminal, or both. In an effort to determine whether these reagents directly affect postsynaptic receptors on myotubes, myotubes were cultured in the absence of neurons and the spontaneous presence and stability of aggregates of acetylcholine receptors (AChR) in control and thrombin-containing media were evaluated. In dishes fixed after treatment and in dishes in which individual aggregates were observed live, thrombin action appeared to increase loss of AChR aggregates over time. Hirudin, a specific inhibitor of the thrombin protease, diminished this loss. Neither reagent affected the overall incorporation or degradation of AChR; therefore, it appears these protease/protease inhibitors affect the state of AChR aggregation. PMID:10960680

  18. Glycosaminoglycan-mediated selective changes in the aggregation states, zeta potentials, and intrinsic stability of liposomes.

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    Nyren-Erickson, Erin K; Haldar, Manas K; Totzauer, Jessica R; Ceglowski, Riley; Patel, Dilipkumar S; Friesner, Daniel L; Srivastava, D K; Mallik, Sanku

    2012-11-20

    Though the aggregation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the presence of liposomes and divalent cations has been previously reported, the effects of different GAG species and minor changes in GAG composition on the aggregates that are formed are yet unknown. If minor changes in GAG composition produce observable changes in the liposome aggregate diameter or zeta potential, such a phenomenon may be used to detect potentially dangerous oversulfated contaminants in heparin. We studied the mechanism of the interactions between heparin and its oversulfated glycosaminoglycan contaminants with liposomes. Herein, we demonstrate that Mg(2+) acts to shield the incoming glycosaminoglycans from the negatively charged phosphate groups of the phospholipids and that changes in the aggregate diameter and zeta potential are a function of the glycosaminoglycan species and concentration as well as the liposome bilayer composition. These observations are supported by TEM studies. We have shown that the organizational states of the liposome bilayers are influenced by the presence of GAG and excess Mg(2+), resulting in a stabilizing effect that increases the T(m) value of DSPC liposomes; the magnitude of this effect is also dependent on the GAG species and concentration present. There is an inverse relationship between the percent change in aggregate diameter and the percent change in aggregate zeta potential as a function of GAG concentration in solution. Finally, we demonstrate that the diameter and zeta potential changes in POPC liposome aggregates in the presence of different oversulfated heparin contaminants at low concentrations allow for an accurate detection of oversulfated chondroitin sulfate at concentrations of as low as 1 mol %. PMID:23102026

  19. Correlation of Red Blood Cell Aggregate Size with Transmitted Light Intensity Distributions

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    Hitt, Darren L.

    1998-11-01

    Under sufficiently low shear rates, such as those encountered in the microcirculation, human red blood cells are known to form aggregate structures (`rouleaux'). These aggregates may range in size from a simple chain containing only a few cells to complex three-dimensional structures containing tens of cells. Previous studies have attempted to characterize the aggregate size by examining the spatial distribution of transmitted light intensity resulting from transillumination of the blood flow. For experiments performed in vitro and in vivo, spectral analysis of the transmitted light intensities has shown that the presence of aggregates in the flow can linked with an increase in the spectral power at small wavenumbers. The magnitudes of the affected wavenumbers correspond to structures considerably larger than individual cells. A precise numerical correlation, however, is difficult to establish. In this work, computer simulations of aggregating blood flow are used along with statistical considerations in an attempt to better correlate the observed spectral trends with actual aggregate size.

  20. Microbial life in variably saturated soil aggregates - upscaling gaseous fluxes across distributed aggregate sizes in a soil profile

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    Or, D.; Ebrahimi, A.

    2015-12-01

    Recent studies revealed highly dynamic and rich behavior of microbial communities inhabiting soil aggregates. Modeling of these processes in three dimensional (unsaturated) pore networks provided insights into the unique conditions essential for coexistence of oxic and anoxic microsites that shape (and respond to) aerobic and anaerobic microbial communities. Soil hydration dynamics continuously alter the spatial extent of anoxic niches (hotspots) that flicker in time (hot moments) and support anaerobic microbial activity even in unsaturated and oxic soil profiles. We extend a model for individual-based microbial community growth in 3-D angular pore networks mimicking soil aggregates of different sizes placed in different ambient boundary conditions reflecting profiles of water, carbon, and oxygen in soil. An upscaling scheme was developed to account for aerobic and anaerobic activity within each aggregate class size and soil depth integrated over the aggregate size distribution in the soil for a range of hydration conditions. Results show that dynamic adjustments in microbial community composition affect CO2 and N2O production rates in good agreement with experimental data. The modeling approach addresses a long-standing challenge of linking hydration conditions to dynamic adjustments of microbial communities within "hotspots" with the emergence of "hot moments" reflecting high rates of denitrification and organic matter decomposition.

  1. Relation of aggregate stability and microbial diversity in an incubated sandy soil

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    Büks, Frederick; Rebensburg, Philip; Lentzsch, Peter; Kaupenjohann, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Beside physico-chemical interactions between particulate organic matter (POM), mineral particles and dissolved molecules, microbial biofilms are an important factor of aggregate stability as a proxy of soil quality. Soil primary particles are linked by the highly viscous extracellular biofilm matrix known as extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). Matrix composition depends on the community of biofilm producing species and environmental conditions affecting gene expression. This work ...

  2. Quantification of Quaternary Structure Stability in Aggregation-Prone Proteins under Physiological Conditions: The Transthyretin Case

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    Robinson, Lei Z.; Reixach, Natàlia

    2014-01-01

    The quaternary structure stability of proteins is typically studied under conditions that accelerate their aggregation/unfolding processes on convenient laboratory time scales. Such conditions include high temperature or pressure, chaotrope-mediated unfolding, or low or high pH. These approaches have the limitation of being nonphysiological and that the concentration of the protein in solution is changing as the reactions proceed. We describe a methodology to define the quaternary structure s...

  3. Aggregate structure and stability linked to carbon dynamics in a south Chilean Andisol

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    C. Oyarzún

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available The extreme vulnerability of soil organic carbon to climate and land use change emphasizes the need for further research in different terrestrial ecosystems. We have studied the aggregate stability and carbon dynamics in a chronosequence of three different land uses in a south Chilean Andisols: a second growth Nothofagus obliqua forest (SGFOR, a grassland (GRASS and a Pinus radiata plantation (PINUS. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Al as soil organic matter stabilizing agent in this Andisol. In a case study, we linked differences in carbon dynamics between the three land use treatments to physical protection and recalcitrance of the soil organic matter (SOM. In this study, C aggregate stability and dynamics were studied using size and density fractionation experiments of the SOM, δ13C and total carbon analysis of the different SOM fractions, and mineralization measurements. The results showed that electrostatic attractions between and among Al-oxides and clay minerals are mainly responsible for the stabilization of soil aggregates and the physical protection of the enclosed soil organic carbon. Whole soil C mineralization rate constants were highest for SGFOR and PINUS, followed by GRASS. In contrast, incubation experiments of isolated macro organic matter fractions showed that the recalcitrance of the SOM decreased in another order: PINUS > SGFOR > GRASS. We concluded that physical protection of soil aggregates was the main process determining whole soil C mineralization. Land use changes affected soil organic carbon dynamics in this south Chilean Andisol by altering soil pH and consequently available Al.

  4. Aggregate structure and stability linked to carbon dynamics in a south Chilean Andisol

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    C. Oyarzún; Godoy, R.; O. Van Cleemput; P. Boeckx; Huygens, D.

    2005-01-01

    International audience The extreme vulnerability of soil organic carbon to climate and land use change emphasizes the need for further research in different terrestrial ecosystems. We have studied the aggregate stability and carbon dynamics in a chronosequence of three different land uses in a south Chilean Andisols: a second growth Nothofagus obliqua forest (SGFOR), a grassland (GRASS) and a Pinus radiata plantation (PINUS). The aim of this study was to investigate the role of Al as soil ...

  5. Distribution and Aggregate Thickness of Salt Deposits of the United States

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The map shows the distribution and aggregate thickness of salt deposits of the United States. This information is from contour map sheets, scanned and processed for...

  6. Transient stability analysis of a distribution network with distributed generators

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    Xyngi, I; Ishchenko, A Anton; Popov, M.; Sluis, van der, B.

    2009-01-01

    This letter describes the transient stability analysis of a 10-kV distribution network with wind generators, microturbines, and CHP plants. The network being modeled in Matlab/Simulink takes into account detailed dynamic models of the generators. Fault simulations at various locations are investigated. For the studied cases, the critical clearing times are calculated. Results obtained from several case studies are presented and discussed.

  7. Optimized management of a distributed demand response aggregation model

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    The desire to increase the share of renewable energies in the energy mix leads to an increase in share of volatile and non-controllable energy and makes it difficult to meet the supply-demand balance. A solution to manage anyway theses energies in the current electrical grid is to deploy new energy storage and demand response systems across the country to counterbalance under or over production. In order to integrate all these energies systems to the supply and demand balance process, there are gathered together within a virtual flexibility aggregation power plant which is then seen as a virtual power plant. As for any other power plant, it is necessary to compute its production plan. Firstly, we propose in this PhD thesis an architecture and management method for an aggregation power plant composed of any type of energies systems. Then, we propose algorithms to compute the production plan of any types of energy systems satisfying all theirs constraints. Finally, we propose an approach to compute the production plan of the aggregation power plant in order to maximize its financial profit while complying with all the constraints of the grid. (author)

  8. Effects of three different biochars on aggregate stability, organic carbon mobility and micronutrient bioavailability.

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    Hartley, William; Riby, Philip; Waterson, James

    2016-10-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated both beneficial and detrimental effects on soil properties from biochar incorporation. Several biochars, with different feedstock origins, were evaluated for their effectiveness at improving soil quality of a sandy agricultural soil. A pot trial was used to investigate aggregate stability and microbial activity, pore water trace element mobility and micronutrient concentrations in grain of spring wheat after incorporation of three biochars. The feedstocks for biochar production were selected because they were established UK waste products, namely oversize woody material from green waste composting facilities, and rhododendron and soft wood material from forest clearance operations. Biochars were incorporated into the soil at a rate of 5% v/v. Aggregate stability was improved following addition of oversize biochar whilst microbial activity increased in all treatments. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations in soil pore water from biochar-treated soils were raised, whilst micronutrient concentrations in wheat grain grown in the treated soils were significantly reduced. It was concluded that incorporation of biochar to temperate agricultural soils requires caution as it may result in reductions of essential grain micronutrients required for human health, whilst the effect on aggregate stability may be linked to organic carbon functional groups on biochar surfaces and labile carbon released from the char into the soil system. PMID:27444723

  9. Stabilization of Organic Matter by Interactions with Iron Oxides: Relative Importance of Sorption vs. Aggregation

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    Jin, L.; Berhe, A. A.

    2015-12-01

    Persistence of organic matter in soil is largely determined by the environmental conditions that organic compounds encounter in the environment. The most important stabilization mechanisms for carbon in soil include chemical and physical association of organic compounds with soil minerals. However, to date, we don't have a complete understanding of the relative contribution of each process to carbon stabilization, especially under different soil conditions. To develop better process-level understanding of these stabilization mechanisms, the relative importance of chemical vs. physical mechanisms of carbon stabilization facilitated by iron oxides at different soil solution conditions using a variety of advanced approaches including electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy is determined. Our preliminary results suggest that aggregation may be the dominant process in mineral-organic associations. These results improve our understanding of factors that regulate persistence of organic matter in soil system.

  10. Dynamic Relationship Between Biologically Active Soil Organic Carbon and Aggregate Stability in Long-Term Organically Fertilized Soils

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    LI Cheng-Liang; XU Jiang-Bing; HE Yuan-Qiu; LIU Yan-Li; FAN Jian-Bo

    2012-01-01

    Biologically active soil organic carbon (BASOC) is an important fraction of soil organic carbon (SOC),but our understanding of the correlation between BASOC and soil aggregate stability is limited.At an ecological experimental station (28° 04′-28° 37′ N,116°41′-117° 09′ E) in Yujiang County,Jiangxi Province,China,we analyzed the dynamic relationship between soil aggregate stability and BASOC content over time in the red soil (Udic Ferrosols) fertilized with a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium chemical fertilizer (NPK)without manure or with NPK plus livestock manure or green manure.The dynamics of BASOC was evaluated using CO2 efflux,and soil aggregates were separated according to size using a wet-sieving technique.The soils fertilized with NPK plus livestock manure had a significantly higher content of BASOC and an improved aggregate stability compared to the soils fertilized with NPK plus green manure or NPK alone The BASOC contents in all fertilized soils decreased over time The contents of large aggregates (800-2000μm) dramatically decreased over the first 7 d of incubation,but the contents of small aggregates (< 800.μm) either remained the same or increased,depending on the incubation time and specific aggregate sizes.The aggregate stability did not differ significantly at the beginning and end of incubation,but the lowest stability inall fertilized soils occurred in the middle of the incubation,which implied that the soils had a strong resilience for aggregate stability.The change in BASOC content was only correlated with aggregate stability during the first 27 d of incubation.

  11. Assessment of soil erodibility and aggregate stability for different parts of a forest road

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    Aidin Parsakhoo; Majid Lotfalian; Ataollah Kavian; Seyed Ataollah Hosseini

    2014-01-01

    We measured erodibility and mean weight diameter (MWD) of soil aggregates in different parts of a forest road. Samples of topsoil were collected from cutslope, fillslope, road surface and forest ground to assess the texture, bulk density, moisture, CaCO3 and organic matter. Soil aggregate stability was determined by wet sieving. Soil erodibility on the road surface was 2.3 and 1.3 times higher than on the fillslope and cutslope, respectively. The forest soil had the lowest erodibility. Aggregate stability of cutslope and road surface were low and very low, respectively. There was a significant negative relationship between cutslope erodibility with CaCO3 and sand content. Cutslope erodibility increased with increasing silt, clay and moisture content. On fillslopes, MWD increased with in-creasing rock fragment cover, plant cover, litter cover, organic matter and sand. There was a strong negative correlation between fillslope erodibility and organic matter, sand and MWD. There was no significant difference between erodibility of bare soil and soils beneathRubus hyrcanusL. and Philonotis marchica (Hedw.) Brid.

  12. An adaptive distributed data aggregation based on RCPC for wireless sensor networks

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    Hua, Guogang; Chen, Chang Wen

    2006-05-01

    One of the most important design issues in wireless sensor networks is energy efficiency. Data aggregation has significant impact on the energy efficiency of the wireless sensor networks. With massive deployment of sensor nodes and limited energy supply, data aggregation has been considered as an essential paradigm for data collection in sensor networks. Recently, distributed source coding has been demonstrated to possess several advantages in data aggregation for wireless sensor networks. Distributed source coding is able to encode sensor data with lower bit rate without direct communication among sensor nodes. To ensure reliable and high throughput transmission with the aggregated data, we proposed in this research a progressive transmission and decoding of Rate-Compatible Punctured Convolutional (RCPC) coded data aggregation with distributed source coding. Our proposed 1/2 RSC codes with Viterbi algorithm for distributed source coding are able to guarantee that, even without any correlation between the data, the decoder can always decode the data correctly without wasting energy. The proposed approach achieves two aspects in adaptive data aggregation for wireless sensor networks. First, the RCPC coding facilitates adaptive compression corresponding to the correlation of the sensor data. When the data correlation is high, higher compression ration can be achieved. Otherwise, lower compression ratio will be achieved. Second, the data aggregation is adaptively accumulated. There is no waste of energy in the transmission; even there is no correlation among the data, the energy consumed is at the same level as raw data collection. Experimental results have shown that the proposed distributed data aggregation based on RCPC is able to achieve high throughput and low energy consumption data collection for wireless sensor networks

  13. Linking soil permeability and soil aggregate stability with root development: a pots experiment (preliminary results)

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    Vergani, Chiara; Graf, Frank; Gerber, Werner

    2015-04-01

    Quantifying and monitoring the contribution of vegetation to the stability of the slopes is a key issue for implementing effective soil bioengineering measures. This topic is being widely investigated both from the hydrological and mechanical point of view. Nevertheless, due to the high variability of the biological components, we are still far from a comprehensive understanding of the role of plants in slope stabilization, especially if the different succession phases and the temporal development of vegetation is considered. Graf et al., 2014, found within the scope of aggregate stability investigations that the root length per soil volume of alder specimen grown for 20 weeks under laboratory conditions is comparable to the one of 20 years old vegetation in the field. This means that already relatively short time scales can provide meaningful information at least for the first stage of colonization of soil bioengineering measures, which is also the most critical. In the present study we analyzed the effect of root growth on two soil properties critical to evaluate the performance of vegetation in restoring and re-stabilizing slopes: permeability and soil aggregate stability. We set up a laboratory experiment in order to work under controlled conditions and limit as much as possible the natural variability. Alnus incana was selected as the study species as it is widely used in restoration projects in the Alps, also because of its capacity to fix nitrogen and its symbiosis with both ecto and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. After the first month of growth in germination pots, we planted one specimen each in big quasi cylindrical pots of 34 cm diameter and 35 cm height. The pots were filled with the soil fraction smaller than 10 mm coming from an oven dried moraine collected in a subalpine landslide area (Hexenrübi catchment, central Switzerland). The targeted dry unit weight was 16 kN/m3. The plants have been maintained at a daily temperature of 25°C and relative

  14. On the stability of multicast flow aggregation in IP over optical network for IPTV delivery

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    Xuan Luo; Yaohui Jin; Qingji Zeng; Weiqiang Sun; Wei Guo; Weisheng Hu

    2008-01-01

    The stable multicast flow aggregation (MFA) problem in internet protocol (IP) over optical network under the dynamical scenario is studied. Given an optical network topology, there is a set of head ends and access routers attached to the optical network, in which each head end can provide a set of programs (IP multicasting flows) and each access router requests a set of programs, we find a set of stable light-trees to accommodate the optimally aggregated multicast IP flows if the requests of access routers changed dynamically. We introduce a program correlation matrix to describe the preference of end users' requests. As the original MFA problem is NP-complete, a heuristic approach, named most correlated program first (MCPF), is presented and compared with the extended least tree first (ELTF) algorithm which is topologyaware. Simulation results show that MCPF can achieve better performance than ELTF in terms of stability with negligible increment of network resource usage.

  15. Stability of aggregates of some weathered soils in south-eastern Nigeria in relation to their geochemical properties

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    C A Igwe; M Zarei; K Stahr

    2013-10-01

    The stability of some highly weathered soils of the tropics is controlled by their organo-mineral substances. Highly weathered soils from 10 different locations were sampled from their A and B horizons to determine their aggregate stability. The objective of the study was to determine the aggregate stability of the soils and their relationships with geochemical constituents. The major geochemical elements of the soils are quartz and kaolinite, SiO2, Al2O3 and Fe2O3, while the dithionite extractable Fe and Al was greater than their corresponding oxalate and pyrophosphate forms. The mean-weight diameter from dried aggregates (MWDd) and their corresponding wet mean-weight diameter (MWDw) were related significantly (r = 0.64*). The dithionite extracted Al and Fe or the crystalline forms of these elements were outstanding in the stability of the aggregates. However, this did not diminish the influence of SOC reduced to third order level in the stability of the soils. The influence of SOC in these soils, however, indirectly manifested on the role of Fep and Alp in the aggregation of these soils. The crystalline Fe and Al sesquioxides were very prominent in the aggregation and stability of these soils.

  16. Rational design of mutations that change the aggregation rate of a protein while maintaining its native structure and stability

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    Camilloni, Carlo; Sala, Benedetta Maria; Sormanni, Pietro; Porcari, Riccardo; Corazza, Alessandra; De Rosa, Matteo; Zanini, Stefano; Barbiroli, Alberto; Esposito, Gennaro; Bolognesi, Martino; Bellotti, Vittorio; Vendruscolo, Michele; Ricagno, Stefano

    2016-05-01

    A wide range of human diseases is associated with mutations that, destabilizing proteins native state, promote their aggregation. However, the mechanisms leading from folded to aggregated states are still incompletely understood. To investigate these mechanisms, we used a combination of NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations to compare the native state dynamics of Beta-2 microglobulin (β2m), whose aggregation is associated with dialysis-related amyloidosis, and its aggregation-resistant mutant W60G. Our results indicate that W60G low aggregation propensity can be explained, beyond its higher stability, by an increased average protection of the aggregation-prone residues at its surface. To validate these findings, we designed β2m variants that alter the aggregation-prone exposed surface of wild-type and W60G β2m modifying their aggregation propensity. These results allowed us to pinpoint the role of dynamics in β2m aggregation and to provide a new strategy to tune protein aggregation by modulating the exposure of aggregation-prone residues.

  17. Fractal analysis of the effect of particle aggregation distribution on thermal conductivity of nanofluids

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    Wei, Wei; Cai, Jianchao; Hu, Xiangyun; Han, Qi; Liu, Shuang; Zhou, Yingfang

    2016-08-01

    A theoretical effective thermal conductivity model for nanofluids is derived based on fractal distribution characteristics of nanoparticle aggregation. Considering two different mechanisms of heat conduction including particle aggregation and convention, the model is expressed as a function of the fractal dimension and concentration. In the model, the change of fractal dimension is related to the variation of aggregation shape. The theoretical computations of the developed model provide a good agreement with the experimental results, which may serve as an effective approach for quantitatively estimating the effective thermal conductivity of nanofluids.

  18. Mechanical stability of hollow spherical nano-aggregates as ultrasound contrast agent.

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    Hadinoto, Kunn

    2009-06-01

    Gas-filled hollow nanoparticulate aggregates designed for use as an ultrasound contrast agent and as an ultrasound-mediated nanoparticulate drug delivery vehicle are manufactured by spray drying of nanoparticulate suspension at a fast convective drying rate. The gas outward diffusion from the hollow particles during insonication reduces the shell mechanical stability hence shortening the lifespan of the ultrasound contrast agent. The present work aims to develop a formulation method to produce micron-size hollow nanoparticulate aggregates with high shell mechanical stability by controlling the shell thickness-to-particle radius (S/R) ratio. The impacts of changing (1) the spray drying parameters, (2) nanoparticulate suspension concentration, and (3) surfactant inclusion (i.e. phospholipids) on the particle morphology and the S/R ratio are investigated. Biocompatible PMMA-MeOPEGMA nanoparticles of varying sizes (i.e. 50+/-20, 110+/-40, and 230+/-80 nm) are used as the model nanoparticles. The results indicate that the S/R ratio increases with decreasing particle size and the shell mechanical stability is linearly dependent on the S/R ratio. The effects of the spray drying parameters and nanoparticle concentration are found to be minimal in the absence of the phospholipids. The S/R ratio can be significantly increased by using larger size nanoparticles with the phospholipids inclusion. PMID:19446772

  19. Effect of Aggregate Gradation with Fuller Distribution on Properties of Sulfoaluminate Cement Concrete

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    Gong, Chenchen; Jie ZHANG; Wang, Shoude; Zong, Wen; Lu, Lingchao

    2014-01-01

    Aggregate, the main ingredient of concrete, has a great effect on mechanical property and durability of concrete. Sulfoaluminate cement has lots of special properties such as high early-age compressive strength, fast hydration and setting rate, and hydration with slight swelling. But effect of aggregate gradation with Fuller distribution on properties of sulfoaluminate cement concrete was seldom studied. Hence, in this paper, experimental investigations on mechanical property and durability o...

  20. On the evolution of nanocluster size distribution in a nanocluster aggregation source

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    Turkin, A.A.; Dutka, M.V.; Pei, Y.T.; Vainchtein, David; De Hosson, J.Th.M.

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a detailed model of cluster formation from a supersaturated atomic vapor in an inert buffer gas. The population balance equations for the cluster size distribution are based on the Smoluchowski coagulation equation and take into account (i) convective diffusion of clusters, (ii) cluster loss to walls of an aggregation chamber, and (iii) formation of fractal-like aggregates. The model predictions are confronted to experimental observations, and they agree with experimental ...

  1. Influence of sustainable management on aggregate stability and soil organic matter on agricultural soil of southern Spain

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    Morugan-Coronado, Alicia; Arcenegui, Victoria; Mataix-Solera, Jorge; Gomez-Lucas, Ignacio; Garcia-Orenes, Fuensanta

    2016-04-01

    Intensive agriculture has increased crop yields but also posed severe environmental problems. Unsustainable land management such as excessive tillage can lead to a loss of soil fertility and a drastic reduction in the aggregate stability and soil organic matter content. However sustainable agriculture can keep good crop yields with minimal impact on ecological factors conserving the soil quality and its ecosystem services. Sustainable agriculture management promotes the maintenance of soil organic matter levels providing plant nutrients through the microbial decomposition of organic materials. Also this management has a positive effect on soil structure with the improvement of stability of aggregates. The resistance of soil aggregates to the slaking and dispersive effects of water (aggregate stability) is important for maintaining the structure in arable soils. Our purpose was to investigate and compare the effects of sustainable agricultural practices versus intensive agriculture on aggregate stability and soil organic matter. Three agricultural areas are being monitored in the southern of Spain, two of them with citrus orchards (AL) and (FE) and one with grapevine(PA). In all of them two agricultural treatments are being developed, organic with no-tillage management(O) and inorganic fertilization with herbicide application and intensive tillage (I). The sustainable agricultural management (manure, no tillage and vegetation cover) contributed to the improve of soil conditions, increasing organic matter and aggregate stability. Meanwhile, herbicide treatment and intensive tillage with inorganic fertilization managements resulted in the decreasing of aggregate stability and low levels of soil organic carbon. Soil organic matter content is generally low in all unsustainable treatments plots and tends to decline in aggregate stability and soil physical condition. In both treatments the crop yield are comparable.

  2. Long-term manure amendments reduced soil aggregate stability via redistribution of the glomalin-related soil protein in macroaggregates

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    Xie, Hongtu; Li, Jianwei; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Lianfeng; Wang, Jingkuan; He, Hongbo; Zhang, Xudong

    2015-10-01

    Glomalin-related soil protein (GRSP) contributes to the formation and maintenance of soil aggregates, it is however remains unclear whether long-term intensive manure amendments alter soil aggregates stability and whether GRSP regulates these changes. Based on a three-decade long fertilization experiment in northeast China, this study examined the impact of long-term manure input on soil organic carbon (SOC), total and easily extractable GRSP (GRSPt and GRSPe) and their respective allocations in four soil aggregates (>2000 μm 2000-250 μm 250-53 μm and <53 μm). The treatments include no fertilization (CK), low and high manure amendment (M1, M2), chemical nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers (NPK), and combined manure and chemical fertilizers (NPKM1, NPKM2). Though SOC, GRSPe and GRSPt in soil and SOC in each aggregate generally increased with increasing manure input, GRSPt and GRSPe in each aggregate showed varying changes with manure input. Both GRSP in macroaggregates (2000-250 μm) were significantly higher under low manure input, a pattern consistent with changes in soil aggregate stability. Constituting 38~49% of soil mass, macroaggregates likely contributed to the nonlinear changes of aggregate stability under manure amendments. The regulatory process of GRSP allocations in soil aggregates has important implications for manure management under intensive agriculture.

  3. A formal method for rule analysis and validation in distributed data aggregation service

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    Serbanescu, V.N.; Pop, F.; Cristea, V.; Antoniu, G.

    2015-01-01

    The usage of Cloud Serviced has increased rapidly in the last years. Data management systems, behind any Cloud Service, are a major concern when it comes to scalability, flexibility and reliability due to being implemented in a distributed way. A Distributed Data Aggregation Service relying on a sto

  4. Seasonal distribution, aggregation, and habitat selection of common carp in Clear Lake, Iowa

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    Penne, C.R.; Pierce, C.L.

    2008-01-01

    The common carp Cyprinus carpio is widely distributed and frequently considered a nuisance species outside its native range. Common carp are abundant in Clear Lake, Iowa, where their presence is both a symptom of degradation and an impediment to improving water quality and the sport fishery. We used radiotelemetry to quantify seasonal distribution, aggregation, and habitat selection of adult and subadult common carp in Clear Lake during 2005-2006 in an effort to guide future control strategies. Over a 22-month period, we recorded 1,951 locations of 54 adults and 60 subadults implanted with radio transmitters. Adults demonstrated a clear tendency to aggregate in an offshore area during the late fall and winter and in shallow, vegetated areas before and during spring spawning. Late-fall and winter aggregations were estimated to include a larger percentage of the tracked adults than spring aggregations. Subadults aggregated in shallow, vegetated areas during the spring and early summer. Our study, when considered in combination with previous research, suggests repeatable patterns of distribution, aggregation, and habitat selection that should facilitate common carp reduction programs in Clear Lake and similar systems. ?? Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2008.

  5. Changes in soil aggregate stability under different irrigation doses of waste water

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    Morugán, Alicia; García-Orenes, Fuensanta; Mataix-Solera, Jorge; Arcenegui, Victoria; Bárcenas, Gema

    2010-05-01

    Freshwater availability and soil degradation are two of the most important environmental problems in the Mediterranean area acerbated by incorrect agricultural use of irrigation in which organic matter is not correctly managed, the use of low quality water for irrigation, and the inefficiency of dose irrigation. For these reasons strategies for saving water and for the restoration of the mean properties of soil are necessary. The use of treated waste water for the irrigation of agricultural land could be a good solution to these problems, as it reduces the utilization of fresh water and could potentially improve key soil properties. In this work we have been studying, for more than three years, the effects on soil properties of different doses of irrigation with waste water. Here we show the results on aggregate stability. The study is located in an agricultural area at Biar (Alicante, SE of Spain), with a crop of grape (Vitis labrusca). Three types of waters are being used in the irrigation of the soil: fresh water (control) (TC), and treated waste water from secondary (T2) and tertiary treatment (T3). Three different doses of irrigation have been applied to fit the efficiency of the irrigation to the crop and soil type: D10 (10 L m-2 every week during 17 months), D50 (50 L m-2 every fifteen days during 14 moths) and D30 (30 L m-2 every week during 6 months up to present day). The results showed a clear decrease of aggregate stability during the period we used the second dose (D50) independent of the type of water used. That dose of irrigation and frequency produced strong wetting and drying cycles (WD) in the soil, and this is suspected to be the main factor responsible for the results. When we changed the dose of irrigation to D30, reducing the quantity per event and increasing the frequency, the soil aggregate stability started to improve. This dose avoids strong drying periods between irrigation events and the aggregate stability is confirmed to be slowly

  6. The influence of organic amendments on soil aggregate stability from semiarid sites

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    Hueso Gonzalez, Paloma; Francisco Martinez Murillo, Juan; Damian Ruiz Sinoga, Jose

    2016-04-01

    Restoring the native vegetation is the most effective way to regenerate soil health. Under these conditions, vegetation cover in areas having degraded soils may be better sustained if the soil is amended with an external source of organic matter. The addition of organic materials to soils also increases infiltration rates and reduces erosion rates; these factors contribute to an available water increment and a successful and sustainable land management. The goal of this study was to analyze the effect of various organic amendments on the aggregate stability of soils in afforested plots. An experimental paired-plot layout was established in southern of Spain (homogeneous slope gradient: 7.5%; aspect: N170). Five amendments were applied in an experimental set of plots: straw mulching; mulch with chipped branches of Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis L.); TerraCotten hydroabsobent polymers; sewage sludge; sheep manure and control. Plots were afforested following the same spatial pattern, and amendments were mixed with the soil at the rate 10 Mg ha-1. The vegetation was planted in a grid pattern with 0.5 m between plants in each plot. During the afforestation process the soil was tilled to 25 cm depth from the surface. Soil from the afforested plots was sampled in: i) 6 months post-afforestation; ii) 12 months post-afforestation; iii) 18 months post-afforestation; and iv) 24 months post-afforestation. The sampling strategy for each plot involved collection of 4 disturbed soil samples taken from the surface (0-10 cm depth). The stability of aggregates was measured by wet-sieving. Regarding to soil aggregate stability, the percentage of stable aggregates has increased slightly in all the treatments in relation to control. Specifically, the differences were recorded in the fraction of macroaggregates (≥ 0.250 mm). The largest increases have been associated with straw mulch, pinus mulch and sludge. Similar results have been registered for the soil organic carbon content

  7. Population Dynamics of Chlamydomonas sajao and Its Influence on Soil Aggregate Stabilization in the Field

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    Metting, Blaine

    1986-01-01

    Chlamydomonas sajao, a single-celled, eucaryotic microalga, was inoculated onto replicated field plots cropped to corn at two rates (5 × 1011 and 5 × 107 log-phase cells ha−1) to assess colonization, reproduction, and persistence, changes in soil carbohydrate content, and wet stability of 0.92- to 1.68-mm-sized aggregates from the surface 2- to 3-mm soil veneer. The most-probable-number technique and extraction and fluorometric quantification of chlorophyll were used as indices of microalgal ...

  8. Distribution of β-Glucosidase Activity within Aggregates of a Soil Amended with Organic Fertilizers

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Distribution pattern of enzyme activities in soil aggregate size classes as affected by organic amendments is not well understood. Approach: A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of repeated annual application of Cow Manure (CM, Sewage Sludge (SS and Municipal Solid Waste Compost (MSW on the distribution of β-Glucosidase (βG activity within aggregates of a soil. Soil samples were collected from 0-15 cm of a soil which, had been treated annually from 1999-2006 at 4 application rates with three replications. A control (with no application was also run. Soil organic C content and βG activity were measured in 5 aggregate size fractions. Results: Results illustrated that application of the amendments decreased the proportion of microaggregates (0.25 mm diameter enhanced from 35% in control to 65% in MSW. Application of organic amendments modified the distribution of Soil Organic C (SOC content and βG activity. Distribution of SOC in macroaggregate classes was not identical in CM, SS and MSW treatments. The distribution pattern of βG activities in aggregate size classes was dissimilar to those of SOC contents. In general, an increasing trend was observed in βG activity as the aggregate sizes increased. The highest level of βG activity was observed in aggregate size classes of >2 mm of all applied soils. Among the solid waste treatments, CM induced greater βG activity in macroaggregates. For all aggregate size classes, the lowest level of βG activity was observed in control. Conclusion/Recommendations: To conclude, organic fertilization increased the proportion of macroaggregates to microaggregates. The highest activities of βG and SOC contents were observed in macroaggregates and in soils received the highest rates of organic fertilizer applications.

  9. Efficient Information Aggregation Strategies for Distributed Control and Signal Processing

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    Olshevsky, Alex

    2010-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with distributed control and coordination of networks consisting of multiple, potentially mobile, agents. This is motivated mainly by the emergence of large scale networks characterized by the lack of centralized access to information and time-varying connectivity. Control and optimization algorithms deployed in such networks should be completely distributed, relying only on local observations and information, and robust against unexpected changes in topology such as link failures. We will describe protocols to solve certain control and signal processing problems in this setting. We will demonstrate that a key challenge for such systems is the problem of computing averages in a decentralized way. Namely, we will show that a number of distributed control and signal processing problems can be solved straightforwardly if solutions to the averaging problem are available. The rest of the thesis will be concerned with algorithms for the averaging problem and its generalizations. We will (i)...

  10. [Effect of Biochar Application on Soil Aggregates Distribution and Moisture Retention in Orchard Soil].

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    An, Yan; Ji, Qiang; Zhao, Shi-xiang; Wang, Xu-dong

    2016-01-15

    Applying biochar to soil has been considered to be one of the important practices in improving soil properties and increasing carbon sequestration. In order to investigate the effects of biochar application on soil aggregates distribution and its organic matter content and soil moisture constant in different size aggregates, various particle-size fractions of soil aggregates were obtained with the dry-screening method. The results showed that, compared to the treatment without biochar (CK), the application of biochar reduced the mass content of 5-8 mm and biochar application. The mean diameter of soil aggregates was reduced by biochar application at 0-10 cm soil horizon. However, the effect of biochar application on the mean diameter of soil aggregates at 10-20 cm soil horizon was not significant. Compared to CK, biochar application significantly increased soil organic carbon content in aggregates, especially in 1-2 mm aggregates which was increased by > 70% compared to CK. Both the water holding capacity and soil porosity were significantly increased by biochar application. Furthermore, the neutral biochar was more effective than alkaline biochar in increasing soil moisture. PMID:27078970

  11. Chaperonin-Based Biolayer Interferometry To Assess the Kinetic Stability of Metastable, Aggregation-Prone Proteins.

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    Lea, Wendy A; O'Neil, Pierce T; Machen, Alexandra J; Naik, Subhashchandra; Chaudhri, Tapan; McGinn-Straub, Wesley; Tischer, Alexander; Auton, Matthew T; Burns, Joshua R; Baldwin, Michael R; Khar, Karen R; Karanicolas, John; Fisher, Mark T

    2016-09-01

    Stabilizing the folded state of metastable and/or aggregation-prone proteins through exogenous ligand binding is an appealing strategy for decreasing disease pathologies caused by protein folding defects or deleterious kinetic transitions. Current methods of examining binding of a ligand to these marginally stable native states are limited because protein aggregation typically interferes with analysis. Here, we describe a rapid method for assessing the kinetic stability of folded proteins and monitoring the effects of ligand stabilization for both intrinsically stable proteins (monomers, oligomers, and multidomain proteins) and metastable proteins (e.g., low Tm) that uses a new GroEL chaperonin-based biolayer interferometry (BLI) denaturant pulse platform. A kinetically controlled denaturation isotherm is generated by exposing a target protein, immobilized on a BLI biosensor, to increasing denaturant concentrations (urea or GuHCl) in a pulsatile manner to induce partial or complete unfolding of the attached protein population. Following the rapid removal of the denaturant, the extent of hydrophobic unfolded/partially folded species that remains is detected by an increased level of GroEL binding. Because this kinetic denaturant pulse is brief, the amplitude of binding of GroEL to the immobilized protein depends on the duration of the exposure to the denaturant, the concentration of the denaturant, wash times, and the underlying protein unfolding-refolding kinetics; fixing all other parameters and plotting the GroEL binding amplitude versus denaturant pulse concentration result in a kinetically controlled denaturation isotherm. When folding osmolytes or stabilizing ligands are added to the immobilized target proteins before and during the denaturant pulse, the diminished population of unfolded/partially folded protein manifests as a decreased level of GroEL binding and/or a marked shift in these kinetically controlled denaturation profiles to higher denaturant

  12. Quantification of quaternary structure stability in aggregation-prone proteins under physiological conditions: the transthyretin case.

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    Robinson, Lei Z; Reixach, Natàlia

    2014-10-21

    The quaternary structure stability of proteins is typically studied under conditions that accelerate their aggregation/unfolding processes on convenient laboratory time scales. Such conditions include high temperature or pressure, chaotrope-mediated unfolding, or low or high pH. These approaches have the limitation of being nonphysiological and that the concentration of the protein in solution is changing as the reactions proceed. We describe a methodology to define the quaternary structure stability of the amyloidogenic homotetrameric protein transthyretin (TTR) under physiological conditions. This methodology expands from a described approach based on the measurement of the rate of subunit exchange of TTR with a tandem flag-tagged (FT₂) TTR counterpart. We demonstrate that subunit exchange of TTR with FT₂·TTR can be analyzed and quantified using a semi-native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis technique. In addition, we biophysically characterized two FT₂·TTR variants derived from wild-type and the amyloidogenic variant Val122Ile TTR, both of which are associated with cardiac amyloid deposition late in life. The FT₂·TTR variants have similar amyloidogenic potential and similar thermodynamic and kinetic stabilities compared to those of their nontagged counterparts. We utilized the methodology to study the potential of the small molecule SOM0226, a repurposed drug under clinical development for the prevention and treatment of the TTR amyloidoses, to stabilize TTR. The results enabled us to characterize the binding energetics of SOM0226 to TTR. The described technique is well-suited to study the quaternary structure of other human aggregation-prone proteins under physiological conditions. PMID:25245430

  13. Storage and stability of organic carbon in soils as related to depth, occlusion within aggregates, and attachment to minerals

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    M. Schrumpf

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Conceptual models suggest that stability of organic carbon (OC in soil depends on the source of plant litter, occlusion within aggregates, incorporation in organo-mineral complexes, and location within the soil profile. Density fractionation is a useful tool to study the relevance of OC stabilization in aggregates and in association with minerals, but it has rarely been applied to full soil profiles. We aim to determine factors shaping the depth profiles of physically unprotected and mineral associated OC and test their relevance for OC stability across a range of European soils that vary in vegetation, soil types, parent material, and land use. At each of the 12 study sites, 10 soil cores were sampled to 60 cm depth and subjected to density separation. Bulk soil samples and density fractions (free light fractions – fLF, occluded light fractions – oLF, heavy fractions – HF were analysed for OC, total nitrogen (TN, δ14C, and Δ14C. Bulk samples were also incubated to determine CO2 evolution per g OC in the samples (specific mineralization rates as an indicator for OC stability. Depth profiles of OC in the light fraction (LF-OC matched those of roots for undisturbed grassland and forest sites, suggesting that roots are shaping the depth distribution of LF-OC. Organic C in the HF declined less with soil depth than LF-OC and roots, especially at grassland sites. The decrease in Δ14C (increase in age of HF-OC with soil depth was related to soil pH as well as to dissolved OC fluxes. This indicates that dissolved OC translocation contributes to the formation of subsoil HF-OC and shapes the Δ14C profiles. The LF at three sites were rather depleted in 14C, indicating the presence of fossil material such as coal and lignite, probably inherited from the parent material. At the other sites, modern Δ14C signatures and positive correlations between specific mineralization rates and fLF-OC indicate the fLF is a potentially available energy and

  14. Real-Time Procurement Strategies of a Proactive Distribution Company with Aggregator-Based Demand Response

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    Zhang, Chunyu; Wang, Qi; Wang, Jianhui;

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a real-time trading framework for distribution networks where a rational aggregator is identified as a broker by contracting with individual demands and dealing with the distribution company. Demand response capability is characterized by the coexistence of elastic....... The proposed model is then transformed into a solvable mathematical program with equilibrium constraints through a primal-dual approach. A modified 33-bus distribution network is utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed model....

  15. Effect of tillage system on distribution of aggregates and organic carbon in a hydragric anthrosol

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    GAO Ming; LUO You-Jin; WANG Zi-Fang; TANG Xiao-Hong; WEI Chao-Fu

    2008-01-01

    The effect of different tillage systems on the size distribution of aggregates and organic carbon distribution and storage in different size aggregates in a Hydragric Anthrosol were studied in a long-term experiment in Chongqing,China.The experiment included three tillage treatments:conventional tillage with rotation of rice and winter fallow (CT-r) system,no-till and ridge culture with rotation of rice and rape (RT-rr) system,and conventional tillage with rotation of rice and rape (CT-rr) system.The results showed that the aggregates 0.02-0.25 mm in diameter accounted for the largest portion in each soil layer under all treatments.Compared with the CT-r system,in the 0-10 cm layer,the amount of aggregates>0.02 mm was larger under the RT-rr system,but smaller under the CT-rr system.In the 0-20 cm layer,the organic carbon content of all fractions of aggregates was the highest under the RT-rr system and lowest under the CT-rr system.The total organic carbon content showed a positive linear relationship with the amount of aggregates with diameter ranging from 0.25 to 2 ram.The storage of organic carbon in all fractions of aggregates under the RT-rr system was higher than that under the CT-r system in the 0-20 cm layer,but in the 0-60 cm soil layer,there was no distinct difference.Under the CT-rr system,the storage of organic carbon in all fractions of aggregates was lower than that under the CT-r system;most of the newly lost organic carbon was from the aggregates 0.002-0.02 and 0.02-0.25 mm in diameter.

  16. Arginine inhibits aggregation of α-lactalbumin but also decreases its stability: Calorimetric, spectroscopic, and molecular dynamics studies

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    Highlights: • Arginine inhibits aggregation of α-lactalbumin, however, it destabilizes the protein. • ITC results show favorable interactions between α-lactalbumin and arginine. • Strong interactions of guanidinium group with α-lactalbumin leads to its destabilization. • Like charges repulsions decreases the severity of the destabilization. - Abstract: Arginine (Arg) has long been used to inhibit aggregation of proteins. Despite its frequent use in inhibition of aggregation, the exact mechanism of aggregation and the effect of Arg on the conformation and stability of proteins are still not well understood. In the present study, spectroscopic, calorimetric, and molecular dynamics methods have been used to understand the mechanism of inhibition of aggregation of α-lactalbumin (α-LA) by Arg along with its effect on stability of the protein. It is observed that although Arg inhibits aggregation of α-LA, it also decreases stability of the protein. The results suggest that strong favorable interactions between α-LA and guanidinium group of Arg decrease the stability of the protein. The results also suggest that the guanidinium group preferentially interacts with Gln, Asn and negatively charged residues through hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions

  17. Influence of Pea Protein Aggregates on the Structure and Stability of Pea Protein/Soybean Polysaccharide Complex Emulsions

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    Baoru Yin; Rujing Zhang; Ping Yao

    2015-01-01

    The applications of plant proteins in the food and beverage industry have been hampered by their precipitation in acidic solution. In this study, pea protein isolate (PPI) with poor dispersibility in acidic solution was used to form complexes with soybean soluble polysaccharide (SSPS), and the effects of PPI aggregates on the structure and stability of PPI/SSPS complex emulsions were investigated. Under acidic conditions, high pressure homogenization disrupts the PPI aggregates and the electr...

  18. Diagnostic and analysis of aggregation stability of magnetic fluids for biomedical applications by small-angle neutron scattering

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    Diagnostics of aggregation and determination of the aggregation regimes and their control in biocompatible magnetic fluids are necessary for their development in biomedical applications. Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) method was applied in the structure analysis of various types of magnetic fluids for biomedical applications. Additionally the interaction characteristics between surfactant/polymer molecules used in stabilization of magnetic fluids were investigated, which is very important for understanding the synthesis procedure of highly stable magnetic fluids with controllable properties.

  19. Transformations in soil organic matter and aggregate stability after conversion of Mediterranean forest to agriculture

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    Recio Vázquez, Lorena; Almendros, Gonzalo; Carral, Pilar; Knicker, Heike; González Pérez, José Antonio; González Vila, Francisco Javier

    2013-04-01

    Conversion of forest ecosystems into croplands often leads to severe decrease of the soil organic matter (SOM) levels with the concomitant deterioration of soil structure. The present research focuses on the effects of cultivation on the stability of soil macroaggregates, as well as on the total quantity and quality of SOM. Three representative soils from central Spain (i.e., Petric Calcisol, Cutanic Luvisol and Calcic Vertisol) were sampled. Each site had natural vegetation (NV) dominated either by characteristic Mediterranean forest (dehesa) or cereal crops (CC) under conventional tillage. For each site, three spatial replicates of the NV and CC were sampled. Soil aggregate stability was measured by the wet sieving method. The structural stability index was then calculated as the mass of aggregated soil (>250 μm) remaining after wet sieving, as a percent of total aggregate weight. The analytical characterization of the SOM was carried out after chemical fractionation for quantifying the different organic pools: free organic matter (FOM), humic acids (HA), fulvic acids (FA) and humin (H). Furthermore, whole soil samples pretreated with 10 % HF solution were analyzed by CP-MAS 13C NMR and the purified HA fraction was characterized by elementary analysis, visible and infrared spectroscopies and Py-GC/MS. A marked reduction in the proportion of stable aggregates when the natural ecosystem was converted to agriculture was observed. Values of the structural stability index (%) changed over from 96.2 to 38.1, 95.1 to 83.7 and 98.5 to 60.6 for the Calcisol, Luvisol and Vertisol respectively. Comparatively higher contents of SOM were found in the soils under NV (11.69 to 0.93, 3.29 to 2.72 and 9.51 to 0.79 g C100 g-1soil) even though a quantitative rearrangement of the SOM pools was noticed. In all sites, the relative contribution of the labile C (FOM) to the total SOM content decreased when the forest soils were converted into croplands, whereas the proportion of both

  20. Methods for Improving Volume Stability of Steel Slag as Fine Aggregate

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    LUN Yunxia; ZilOU Mingkai; CAI Xiao; XU Fang

    2008-01-01

    Suitable methods for enhancing the volume stability of steel slag utilized as fine aggregate were determined. The effects of steam treatment at 100 ℃ and autoclave treatment under 2.0 Mpa on the soundness of steel slag sand were investigated by means of powder ratio, linear expansion, compressive and flexural strength. DTA, EDX, XRD and ethylene glycol methods were employed to analyze both the treated slags and susceptible expansion grains. Experimental results indicate that powder ratio, content of free lime and rate of linear expansion can express the improvement in volume stability of different treated methods. Steam treatment process cannot ultimately prevent specimens from cracking and decrease of strength, but mortar made from autoclave treated slag keeps integration subjected to hot water of 80 ℃ until 28 d and its strength do not show significant decrement. The hydration of over-burn free lime and periclase phase are the main cause for the disintegration or crack of untreated and steam treated steel slag's specimens. Autoclave treatment process is more effective than steam treatment process on enhancement of volume stability of steel slag.

  1. Dynamics of Soil Organic Carbon and Aggregate Stability with Grazing Exclusion in the Inner Mongolian Grasslands.

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    Full Text Available Grazing exclusion (GE has been deemed as an important approach to enhance the soil carbon storage of semiarid grasslands in China; however, it remains unclear how different organic carbon (OC components in soils vary with the duration of GE. Here, we observed the changing trends of different OC components in soils with increased GE duration in five grassland succession series plots, ranging from free grazing to 31-year GE. Specifically, we measured microbial biomass carbon (MBC, easily oxidizable OC (EOC, water-soluble OC (WSOC, and OC in water stable aggregates (macroaggregates [250-2000 μm], microaggregates [53-250 μm], and mineral fraction [< 53 μm] at 0-20 cm soil depths. The results showed that GE significantly enhanced EOC and WSOC contents in soils, but caused a decline of MBC at the three decade scale. Macroaggregate content (F = 425.8, P < 0.001, OC stored in macroaggregates (F = 84.1, P < 0.001, and the mean weight diameter (MWD of soil aggregates (F = 371.3, P < 0.001 increased linearly with increasing GE duration. These findings indicate that OC stored in soil increases under three-decade GE with soil organic matter (SOM stability improving to some extent. Long-term GE practices enhance the formation of soil aggregates through higher SOM input and an exclusion of animal trampling. Therefore, the practice of GE may be further encouraged to realize the soil carbon sequestration potential of semi-arid grasslands, China.

  2. Dynamics of Soil Organic Carbon and Aggregate Stability with Grazing Exclusion in the Inner Mongolian Grasslands.

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    Wen, Ding; He, Nianpeng; Zhang, Jinjing

    2016-01-01

    Grazing exclusion (GE) has been deemed as an important approach to enhance the soil carbon storage of semiarid grasslands in China; however, it remains unclear how different organic carbon (OC) components in soils vary with the duration of GE. Here, we observed the changing trends of different OC components in soils with increased GE duration in five grassland succession series plots, ranging from free grazing to 31-year GE. Specifically, we measured microbial biomass carbon (MBC), easily oxidizable OC (EOC), water-soluble OC (WSOC), and OC in water stable aggregates (macroaggregates [250-2000 μm], microaggregates [53-250 μm], and mineral fraction [< 53 μm]) at 0-20 cm soil depths. The results showed that GE significantly enhanced EOC and WSOC contents in soils, but caused a decline of MBC at the three decade scale. Macroaggregate content (F = 425.8, P < 0.001), OC stored in macroaggregates (F = 84.1, P < 0.001), and the mean weight diameter (MWD) of soil aggregates (F = 371.3, P < 0.001) increased linearly with increasing GE duration. These findings indicate that OC stored in soil increases under three-decade GE with soil organic matter (SOM) stability improving to some extent. Long-term GE practices enhance the formation of soil aggregates through higher SOM input and an exclusion of animal trampling. Therefore, the practice of GE may be further encouraged to realize the soil carbon sequestration potential of semi-arid grasslands, China. PMID:26751370

  3. An aggregator for distributed energy storage units under multiple constraints in the nice grid demonstrator

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    Michiorri, Andrea; Kariniotakis, Georges; Foucault, Fiona

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the description of an algorithm for the management of a portfolio of distributed energy storage systems able to provide flexibility services to the distribution system operator. The algorithm will be referred to as Network Battery Aggregator (NBA). The work described in this paper is realized within the framework of the NiceGrid, a demonstration of the Grid4EU project. The project aims at developing a smart solar neighbourhood in an urban area near the city of Nice, France...

  4. Stabilization/solidification of incinerator fly ash for the manufacture of artificial aggregate by cementitious granulation

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    Colangelo, F.; Cioffi, R. [Univ. Pathenope of Naples (Italy). Dept. of Technology; Montagnaro, F.; Santoro, L. [Univ. Federico 2 of Naples (Italy). Dept. of Chemistry; Di Giacomo, C.; Roncone, A. [Extra Group Co., Citta Sant' Angelo (Italy)

    2010-07-01

    This paper presented the results of a study in which municipal, hospital, and industrial waste ash from an incineration plant equipped with rotary and stoker furnaces was used in a stabilization/solidification granulation process with cement, lime, and coal fly ash as binder components. The ash from the incineration plant was classified as hazardous. The granulation process was conducted with a range of waste ash mixtures in order to determine the appropriate waste ash percentage for the safe manufacture of artificial aggregates. Waste ash content ranging from 50 to 70 per cent was incorporated within the binding matrix. A 2-step granulation process was then conducted with a pure binder in order to encapsulate the granules from the initial process within an outer shell. The granules obtained from the processes were tested to assess their physico-mechanical and leaching properties. Concrete mixtures were then prepared with some of the artificial aggregates made using the granulation process. Results of the study demonstrated that the granules were suitable for the manufacture of concrete blocks. 19 refs., 8 tabs., 1 fig.

  5. Characterisation of crude oil components, asphaltene aggregation and emulsion stability by means of near infrared spectroscopy and multivariate analysis

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    Aske, Narve

    2002-06-01

    Effective separation of water-in-crude oil emulsions is a central challenge for the oil industry on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, especially with the future increase in subsea and even down-hole processing of well fluids. The mechanisms and properties governing emulsion stability are far from fully understood but the indigenous surface active crude oil components are believed to play a major role. In this work a thorough physico-chemical characterisation of a set of crude oils originating from a variety of production fields has been performed. Crude oil properties responsible for emulsion stability were identified by use of multivariate analysis techniques like partial least squares regression (PLS) and principal component analysis (PCA). Interfacial elasticity along with both asphaltene content and asphaltene aggregation state were found to be main contributors to emulsion stability. Information on a crude oils ability to form elastic crude oil-water interfaces was found to be especially crucial when discussing emulsion stability. However, measured values of interfacial elasticity were highly dependent on asphaltene aggregation state. Several experimental techniques was utilised and partly developed for the crude oil characterisation. A high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) scheme was developed for SARA-fractionation of crude oils and an oscillating pendant drop tensiometer was used for characterisation of interfacial rheological properties. For emulsion stability a cell for determining the stability as a function of applied electric fields was used. In addition, near infrared spectroscopy (NIR) was used throughout the work both for chemical and physical characterisation of crude oils and model systems. High pressure NIR was used to study the aggregation of asphaltenes by pressure depletion. A new technique for detection of asphaltene aggregation onset pressures based on NIR combined with PCA was developed. It was also found that asphaltene aggregation is

  6. Treated wastewater irrigation effects on soil hydraulic conductivity and aggregate stability of loamy soils in Israel

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    Schacht Karsten

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The use of treated wastewater (TWW for agricultural irrigation becomes increasingly important in water stressed regions like the Middle East for substituting fresh water (FW resources. Due to elevated salt concentrations and organic compounds in TWW this practice has potential adverse effects on soil quality, such as the reduction of hydraulic conductivity (HC and soil aggregate stability (SAS. To assess the impact of TWW irrigation in comparison to FW irrigation on HC, in-situ infiltration measurements using mini disk infiltrometer were deployed in four different long-term experimental orchard test sites in Israel. Topsoil samples (0-10 cm were collected for analyzing SAS and determination of selected soil chemical and physical characteristics.

  7. Exact constraint aggregation with applications to smart grids and resource distribution

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    Trangbæk, Klaus; Bendtsen, Jan Dimon

    As hierarchical predictive control of large-scale distributed systems grow in complexity, it eventually becomes necessary to consider aggregation of lower-level units into larger groups of units that can be handled efficiently at higher levels in the hierarchy. When aggregating similar units in t...... paper, we present a novel method for computing such polytopic constraint sets for integrating units, which achieves a much lower computational complexity than previous results. The concept is demonstrated via simulations of a smart grid control scenario....

  8. Stability of Drinking Water Distribution Network

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    Leth, Tobias; Sloth, Christoffer; Wisniewski, Rafal;

    2016-01-01

    We strive to prove stability of a hydraulic network, where the pressure at the end user is controlled with PI control. The non-polynomial model is represented by numerous polynomial systems defined on sub-sets of R^n. The sub-sets are defined by compact basic semi-algebraic sets. The stability of...

  9. Prion protein insertional mutations increase aggregation propensity but not fiber stability

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    True Heather L

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mutations in the PRNP gene account for ~15% of all prion disease cases. Little is understood about the mechanism of how some of these mutations in PRNP cause the protein to aggregate into amyloid fibers or cause disease. We have taken advantage of a chimeric protein system to study the oligopeptide repeat domain (ORD expansions of the prion protein, PrP, and their effect on protein aggregation and amyloid fiber formation. We replaced the ORD of the yeast prion protein Sup35p with that from wild type and expanded ORDs of PrP and compared their biochemical properties in vitro. We previously determined that these chimeric proteins maintain the [PSI+] yeast prion phenotype in vivo. Interestingly, we noted that the repeat expanded chimeric prions seemed to be able to maintain a stronger strain of [PSI+] and convert from [psi-] to [PSI+] with a much higher frequency. In this study we have attempted to understand the biochemical properties of these chimeric proteins and to establish a system to study the properties of the ORD of PrP both in vivo and in vitro. Results Investigation of the chimeric proteins in vitro reveals that repeat-expansions increase aggregation propensity and that the kinetics of fiber formation depends on the number of repeats. The fiber formation reactions are promiscuous in that the chimeric protein containing 14 repeats can readily cross-seed fiber formation of proteins that have the wild type number of repeats. Morphologically, the amyloid fibers formed by repeat-expanded proteins associate with each other to form large clumps that were not as prevalent in fibers formed by proteins containing the wild type number of repeats. Despite the increased aggregation propensity and lateral association of the repeat expanded proteins, there was no corresponding increase in the stability of the fibers formed. Therefore, we predict that the differences in fibers formed with different repeat lengths may not be due to

  10. A Pair-wise Key Distribution Mechanism and Distributed Trust Evaluation Model for Secure Data Aggregation in Mobile Sensor Networks

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    Natarajan Meghanathan

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available We propose a secure data aggregation (SDA framework for mobile sensor networks whose topology changes dynamically with time. The SDA framework (designed to be resilient to both insider and outsider attacks comprises of a pair-wise key establishment mechanism run along the edges of a data gathering tree and a distributed trust evaluation model that is tightly integrated with the data aggregation process itself. If an aggregator node already shares a secret key with its child node, the two nodes locally coordinate to refresh and establish a new pair-wise secret key; otherwise, the aggregator node requests the sink to send a seed-secret key message that is used as the basis to establish a new pair-wise secret key. The trust evaluation model uses the two-sided Grubbs’ test to identify outlier data in the periodic beacons collected from the child nodes/neighbor nodes. Once the estimated trust score for a neighbor node falls below a threshold, the sensor node "locally" classifies its neighbor node as a "Compromised or Faulty" (CF node, and discards the data or aggregated data received from the CF node. This way, the erroneous data generated by the CF nodes could be filtered at various levels of the data gathering tree and are prevented from reaching the root node (sink node. Finally, we assess the effectiveness of our trust evaluation model through a comprehensive simulation study.

  11. Stabilization of aqueous nanoscale zerovalent iron dispersions by anionic polyelectrolytes: adsorbed anionic polyelectrolyte layer properties and their effect on aggregation and sedimentation

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    Nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles are 5-40 nm sized Fe0/Fe-oxide particles that rapidly transform many environmental contaminants to benign products and are a promising in situ remediation agent. Rapid aggregation and limited mobility in water-saturated porous media limits the ability to deliver NZVI dispersions in the subsurface. This study prepares stable NZVI dispersions through physisorption of commercially available anionic polyelectrolytes, characterizes the adsorbed polymer layer, and correlates the polymer coating properties with the ability to prevent rapid aggregation and sedimentation of NZVI dispersions. Poly(styrene sulfonate) with molecular weights of 70 k and 1,000 k g/mol (PSS70K and PSS1M), carboxymethyl cellulose with molecular weights of 90 k and 700 k g/mol (CMC90K and CMC700K), and polyaspartate with molecular weights of 2.5 k and 10 k g/mol (PAP2.5K and 10K) were compared. Particle size distributions were determined by dynamic light scattering during aggregation. The order of effectiveness to prevent rapid aggregation and stabilize the dispersions was PSS70K(83%) > ∼PAP10K(82%) > PAP2.5K(72%) > CMC700K(52%), where stability is defined operationally as the volume percent of particles that do not aggregate after 1 h. CMC90K and PSS1M could not stabilize RNIP relative to bare RNIP. A similar trend was observed for their ability to prevent sedimentation, with 40, 34, 32, 20, and 5 wt%, of the PSS70K, PAP10K, PAP2.5K, CMC700K, and CMC90K modified NZVI remaining suspended after 7 h of quiescent settling, respectively. The stable fractions with respect to both aggregation and sedimentation correlate well with the adsorbed polyelectrolyte mass and thickness of the adsorbed polyelectrolyte layers as determined by Oshima's soft particle theory. A fraction of the particles cannot be stabilized by any modifier and rapidly agglomerates to micron sized aggregates, as is also observed for unmodified NZVI. This non-dispersible fraction is

  12. Microbial Aggregate and Functional Community Distribution in a Sequencing Batch Reactor with Anammox Granules

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    2013-05-01

    Anammox (anaerobic ammonium oxidation) process is a one-step conversion of ammonia into nitrogen gas with nitrite as an electron acceptor. It has been developed as a sustainable technology for ammonia removal from wastewater in the last decade. For wastewater treatment, anammox biomass was widely developed as microbial aggregate where the conditions for enrichment of anammox community must be delicately controlled and growth of other bacteria especially NOB should be suppressed to enhance nitrogen removal efficiency. Little is known about the distribution of microbial aggregates in anammox process. Thus the objective of our study was to assess whether segregation of biomass occurs in granular anammox system. In this study, a laboratory-scale sequential batch reactor (SBR) was successfully operated for a period of 80 days with granular anammox biomass. Temporal and spatial distribution of microbial aggregates was studied by particle characterization system and the distribution of functional microbial communities was studied with qPCR and 16s rRNA amplicon pyrosequencing. Our study revealed the spatial and temporal distribution of biomass aggregates based on their sizes and density. Granules (>200 μm) preferentially accumulated in the bottom of the reactor while floccules (30-200 μm) were relatively rich at the top layer. The average density of aggregate was higher at the bottom than the density of those at the top layer. Degranulation caused by lack of hydrodynamic shear force in the top layer was considered responsible for this phenomenon. NOB was relatively rich in the top layer while percentage of anammox population was higher at the bottom, and anammox bacteria population gradually increased over a period of time. NOB growth was supposed to be associated with the increase of floccules based on the concurrent occurrence. Thus, segregation of biomass can be utilized to develop an effective strategy to enrich anammox and wash out NOB by shortening the settling

  13. Nucleobases bind to and stabilize aggregates of a prebiotic amphiphile, providing a viable mechanism for the emergence of protocells.

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    Black, Roy A; Blosser, Matthew C; Stottrup, Benjamin L; Tavakley, Ravi; Deamer, David W; Keller, Sarah L

    2013-08-13

    Primordial cells presumably combined RNAs, which functioned as catalysts and carriers of genetic information, with an encapsulating membrane of aggregated amphiphilic molecules. Major questions regarding this hypothesis include how the four bases and the sugar in RNA were selected from a mixture of prebiotic compounds and colocalized with such membranes, and how the membranes were stabilized against flocculation in salt water. To address these questions, we explored the possibility that aggregates of decanoic acid, a prebiotic amphiphile, interact with the bases and sugar found in RNA. We found that these bases, as well as some but not all related bases, bind to decanoic acid aggregates. Moreover, both the bases and ribose inhibit flocculation of decanoic acid by salt. The extent of inhibition by the bases correlates with the extent of their binding, and ribose inhibits to a greater extent than three similar sugars. Finally, the stabilizing effects of a base and ribose are additive. Thus, aggregates of a prebiotic amphiphile bind certain heterocyclic bases and sugars, including those found in RNA, and this binding stabilizes the aggregates against salt. These mutually reinforcing mechanisms might have driven the emergence of protocells. PMID:23901105

  14. Influence of Pea Protein Aggregates on the Structure and Stability of Pea Protein/Soybean Polysaccharide Complex Emulsions

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    Baoru Yin

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The applications of plant proteins in the food and beverage industry have been hampered by their precipitation in acidic solution. In this study, pea protein isolate (PPI with poor dispersibility in acidic solution was used to form complexes with soybean soluble polysaccharide (SSPS, and the effects of PPI aggregates on the structure and stability of PPI/SSPS complex emulsions were investigated. Under acidic conditions, high pressure homogenization disrupts the PPI aggregates and the electrostatic attraction between PPI and SSPS facilitates the formation of dispersible PPI/SSPS complexes. The PPI/SSPS complex emulsions prepared from the PPI containing aggregates prove to possess similar droplet structure and similar stability compared with the PPI/SSPS emulsions produced from the PPI in which the aggregates have been previously removed by centrifugation. The oil droplets are protected by PPI/SSPS complex interfacial films and SSPS surfaces. The emulsions show long-term stability against pH and NaCl concentration changes. This study demonstrates that PPI aggregates can also be used to produce stable complex emulsions, which may promote the applications of plant proteins in the food and beverage industry.

  15. Influence of pea protein aggregates on the structure and stability of pea protein/soybean polysaccharide complex emulsions.

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    Yin, Baoru; Zhang, Rujing; Yao, Ping

    2015-01-01

    The applications of plant proteins in the food and beverage industry have been hampered by their precipitation in acidic solution. In this study, pea protein isolate (PPI) with poor dispersibility in acidic solution was used to form complexes with soybean soluble polysaccharide (SSPS), and the effects of PPI aggregates on the structure and stability of PPI/SSPS complex emulsions were investigated. Under acidic conditions, high pressure homogenization disrupts the PPI aggregates and the electrostatic attraction between PPI and SSPS facilitates the formation of dispersible PPI/SSPS complexes. The PPI/SSPS complex emulsions prepared from the PPI containing aggregates prove to possess similar droplet structure and similar stability compared with the PPI/SSPS emulsions produced from the PPI in which the aggregates have been previously removed by centrifugation. The oil droplets are protected by PPI/SSPS complex interfacial films and SSPS surfaces. The emulsions show long-term stability against pH and NaCl concentration changes. This study demonstrates that PPI aggregates can also be used to produce stable complex emulsions, which may promote the applications of plant proteins in the food and beverage industry. PMID:25803397

  16. Dynamic scaling, island size distribution, and morphology in the aggregation regime of submonolayer pentacene films

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    Scaling behavior of the island size distribution through a universal scaling function f(u) is demonstrated for submonolayer pentacene islands in the aggregation regime (0.1<θ<0.5) grown on oxidized silicon surfaces. The distribution of f(u) suggests that four molecules constitute the smallest stable island. The structure factor S(k) of the submonolayer films calculated from AFM micrographs compares well with diffuse x-ray intensities from in situ experiments. The structure factor was decomposed into the contribution from the average island shape and the interisland distribution confirming that a unique characteristic length scale regulates the growth dynamics

  17. Speciation and distribution of P associated with Fe and Al oxides in aggregate-sized fraction of an arable soil

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    Jiang, X.; Bol, R.; Willbold, S.; Vereecken, H.; Klumpp, E.

    2015-11-01

    To maximize crop productivity fertilizer P is generally applied to arable soils, a significant proportion of which becomes stabilized by mineral components and in part subsequently becomes unavailable to plants. However, little is known about the relative contributions of the different organic and inorganic P bound to Fe/Al oxides in the smaller soil particles. Alkaline (NaOH-Na2EDTA) extraction with solution 31P-nuclear magnetic resonance (31P-NMR) spectroscopy is considered a reliable method for extracting and quantifying organic P and (some) inorganic P. However, any so-called residual P after the alkaline extraction has remained unidentified. Therefore, in the present study, the amorphous (a) and crystalline (c) Fe/Al oxide minerals and related P in soil aggregate-sized fractions (> 20, 2-20, 0.45-2 and extracted by oxalate (a-Fe/Al oxides) and dithionite-citrate-bicarbonate (DCB, both a- and c-Fe/Al oxides). These soil aggregate-sized fractions with and without the oxalate and DCB pre-treatments were then sequentially extracted by alkaline extraction prior to solution 31P-NMR spectroscopy. This was done to quantify the P associated with a- and c-Fe/Al oxides in both alkaline extraction and the residual P of different soil aggregate-sized fractions. The results showed that overall P contents increased with decreasing size of the soil aggregate-sized fractions. However, the relative distribution and speciation of varying P forms were found to be independent of soil aggregate-size. The majority of alkaline-extractable P was in the a-Fe/Al oxide fraction (42-47 % of total P), most of which was ortho-phosphate (36-41 % of total P). Furthermore, still significant amounts of particularly monoester P were bound to these oxides. Intriguingly, however, Fe/Al oxides were not the main bonding sites for pyrophosphate. Residual P contained similar amounts of total P associated with both a- (11-15 % of total P) and c-Fe oxides (7-13 % of total P) in various aggregate

  18. Relaxation times and modes of disturbed aggregate distribution in micellar solutions with fusion and fission of micelles

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    We have performed direct numerical calculations of the kinetics of relaxation in the system of surfactant spherical micelles under joint action of the molecular mechanism with capture and emission of individual surfactant molecules by molecular aggregates and the mechanism of fusion and fission of the aggregates. As a basis, we have taken the difference equations of aggregation and fragmentation in the form of the generalized kinetic Smoluchowski equations for aggregate concentrations. The calculations have been made with using the droplet model of molecular surfactant aggregates and two modified Smoluchowski models for the coefficients of aggregate-monomer and aggregate-aggregate fusions which take into account the effects of the aggregate size and presence of hydrophobic spots on the aggregate surface. A full set of relaxation times and corresponding relaxation modes for nonequilibrium aggregate distribution in the aggregation number has been found. The dependencies of these relaxation times and modes on the total concentration of surfactant in the solution and the special parameter controlling the probability of fusion in collisions of micelles with other micelles have been studied

  19. Relaxation times and modes of disturbed aggregate distribution in micellar solutions with fusion and fission of micelles

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    Zakharov, Anatoly I.; Adzhemyan, Loran Ts.; Shchekin, Alexander K., E-mail: akshch@list.ru [Department of Statistical Physics, Faculty of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, Ulyanovskaya 1, Petrodvoretz, St. Petersburg 198504 (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-28

    We have performed direct numerical calculations of the kinetics of relaxation in the system of surfactant spherical micelles under joint action of the molecular mechanism with capture and emission of individual surfactant molecules by molecular aggregates and the mechanism of fusion and fission of the aggregates. As a basis, we have taken the difference equations of aggregation and fragmentation in the form of the generalized kinetic Smoluchowski equations for aggregate concentrations. The calculations have been made with using the droplet model of molecular surfactant aggregates and two modified Smoluchowski models for the coefficients of aggregate-monomer and aggregate-aggregate fusions which take into account the effects of the aggregate size and presence of hydrophobic spots on the aggregate surface. A full set of relaxation times and corresponding relaxation modes for nonequilibrium aggregate distribution in the aggregation number has been found. The dependencies of these relaxation times and modes on the total concentration of surfactant in the solution and the special parameter controlling the probability of fusion in collisions of micelles with other micelles have been studied.

  20. Preparation of biocatalytic nanofibers with high activity and stability via enzyme aggregate coating on polymer nanofibers

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    Kim, Byoung Chan; Nair, Sujith; Kim, Jungbae; Kwak, Ja Hun; Grate, Jay W.; Kim, Seong H.; Gu, Man Bock

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    We have developed a unique approach for the fabrication of enzyme coating on the surface of electrospun polymer nanofibers. This approach employs covalent attachment of seed enzymes onto nanofibers, followed by the glutaraldehyde treatment that crosslinks additional enzymes onto the seed enzyme molecules. These crosslinked enzyme aggregates, covalently attached to the nanofibers via seed enzyme linker, would improve not only the enzyme activity due to increased enzyme loading, but also the enzyme stability. To demonstrate the principle of concept, we fabricated the coating of alpha-chymotrypsin (CT) on the nanofibers electrospun from a mixture of polystyrene and poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride). The addition of poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) makes it much easier to attach the seed enzyme molecules onto electrospun nanofibers without any rigorous functionalization of nanofibers for the attachment of enzymes. The initial activity of final CT coating was 17 and 9 times higher than those of simply-adsorbed CT and covalently-attached CT, respectively. While adsorbed and covalently-attached CT resulted in a serious enzyme leaching during initial incubation in a shaking condition, the CT coating did not show any leaching from the beginning of incubation in the same condition. As a result, the enzyme stability of CT coating was impressively improved with a half-life of 686 days under rigorous shaking while the half-life of covalently-attached CT was only 21 hours. This new approach of enzyme coating with high stability and activity will make a great impact in various applications of enzymes such as bioconversion, bioremediation, and biosensors.

  1. Aggregation and Stability of Reduced Graphene Oxide: Complex Roles of Divalent Cations, pH, and Natural Organic Matter

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    The aggregation and stability of graphene oxide (GO) and three successively reduced GO (rGO) nanomaterials were investigated. Reduced GO species were partially reduced GO (rGO-1h), intermediately reduced GO (rGO-2h), and fully reduced GO (rGO-5h). Specifically, influence of pH, i...

  2. Contradictions Coming Home to Roost? Income Distribution and the Return of the Aggregate Demand Problem

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    Thomas I. Palley

    2001-01-01

    It is widely believed that the current economic slowdown will be mild and temporary in nature, the result of a momentary wobble in the stock market. This paper argues that the slowdown stands to be more deep- seated, owing to contradictions in the existing process of aggregate demand generation. These contradictions are the result of deterioration in income distribution. They have been held at bay for almost two decades by a range of different demand compensation mechanisms: steadily rising c...

  3. Direct Observation of Aggregative Nanoparticle Growth: Kinetic Modeling of the Size Distribution and Growth Rate

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    Woehl, Taylor J.; Park, Chiwoo; Evans, James E.; Arslan, Ilke; Ristenpart, William D.; Browning, Nigel D.

    2014-01-08

    Direct observations of solution-phase nanoparticle growth using in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have demonstrated the importance of “non-classical” growth mechanisms, such as aggregation and coalescence, on the growth and final morphology of nanocrystals at the atomic and single nanoparticle scales. To date, groups have quantitatively interpreted the mean growth rate of nanoparticles in terms of the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner (LSW) model for Ostwald ripening, but less attention has been paid to modeling the corresponding particle size distribution. Here we use in situ fluid stage scanning TEM to demonstrate that silver nanoparticles grow by a length-scale dependent mechanism, where individual nanoparticles grow by monomer attachment but ensemble-scale growth is dominated by aggregation. Although our observed mean nanoparticle growth rate is consistent with the LSW model, we show that the corresponding particle size distribution is broader and more symmetric than predicted by LSW. Following direct observations of aggregation, we interpret the ensemble-scale growth using Smoluchowski kinetics and demonstrate that the Smoluchowski model quantitatively captures the mean growth rate and particle size distribution.

  4. Effects of core muscle stability training on the weight distribution and stability of the elderly

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    Kang, Kwon-Young

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] This study investigated the effects of core muscle stability training on the weight distribution and stability of the elderly. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty elderly persons were randomly divided into an experimental group which performed core strengthening exercises, and a control group which performed standard strengthening exercises for 8 weeks. A Tetrax Interactive Balance System was used to evaluate the weight distribution index (WDI) and the stability index (SI). [Results] The ...

  5. Immigrant Pantoea agglomerans embedded within indigenous microbial aggregates: a novel spatial distribution of epiphytic bacteria.

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    Yu, Qing; Ma, Anzhou; Cui, Mengmeng; Zhuang, Xuliang; Zhuang, Guoqiang

    2014-02-01

    Immigrant bacteria located on leaf surfaces are important to the health of plants as well as to people who consume fresh fruits and vegetables. However, the spatial distribution and organization of these immigrant bacteria on leaf surfaces are still poorly understood. To examine the spatial organization of these strains, two bacterial strains on tobacco leaves: (1) an indigenous strain, Pseudomonas stutzeri Nov. Y2011 labeled with green fluorescent protein, and (2) an immigrant strain Pantoea agglomerans labeled with cyan fluorescent protein isolated from pear, were studied. Under moist conditions, P. agglomerans cells quickly disappeared from direct observation by laser-scanning confocal microscopy, although elution results indicated that large amounts of live cells were still present on the leaves. Following exposure to desiccation stress, particles of cyan fluorescent protein-labeled P. agglomerans were visible within cracked aggregates of P. stutzeri Nov. Y2011. Detailed observation of sectioned aggregates showed that colonies of immigrant P. agglomerans were embedded within aggregates of P. stutzeri Nov. Y2011. Furthermore, carbon-resource partitioning studies suggested that these two species could coexist without significant nutritional competition. This is the first observation of an immigrant bacterium embedding within aggregates of indigenous bacteria on leaves to evade harsh conditions in the phyllosphere. PMID:25076531

  6. Thioglucose-stabilized gold nanoparticles as a novel platform for colorimetric bioassay based on nanoparticle aggregation.

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    Watanabe, Shigeru; Yoshida, Kazuma; Shinkawa, Keitarou; Kumagawa, Daisuke; Seguchi, Hideki

    2010-12-01

    Gold nanoparticles stabilized with thioglucose (TGlu-AuNPs), which have carboxyl groups on the particle surface as anchoring sites for covalent immobilization of biomolecules, were prepared by the chemical reduction of HAuCl4 using 1-thio-β-D-glucose as a reducing and stabilizing agent, and their application to colorimetric bioassay was demonstrated using the carbohydrate-lectin system. p-Aminophenyl α-D-mannose (Man-NH2) was covalently attached by a conventional method to the activated carboxyl groups on the TGlu-AuNPs. On addition of Con A to the Man-AuNPs, multiple binding events occurred between Con A and the mannoses immobilized on the particle surface. This Con A-induced aggregation resulted in a significant red shift in local surface plasmon resonance. The binding isotherm showed a sigmoidal curve, indicating cooperativity in the binding of Con A and the Man-AuNPs. In addition, Hill plots showed two nonequivalent binding modes, with the Kd values for high- and low-affinity binding of 11.3 and 66.5 pM, respectively, which was significantly lower than that for methyl-α-D-mannose binding to Con A. The enhanced binding affinity between Man-AuNPs and Con A involves the cluster effect of the carbohydrate groups on the AuNPs. A linear correlation curve was obtained in the range 10-100 nM (R2=0.983). The limit of detection (LOD) for Con A was 9.0 nM in aqueous buffer, which is comparable to that of other conventional methods such as ELISA. PMID:20801619

  7. Artificial climate warming positively affects arbuscular mycorrhizae but decreases soil aggregate water stability in an annual grassland

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    Rillig, M.C.; Wright, S.F.; Shaw, M.R.; Field, C.B.

    2002-04-01

    Despite the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizae to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems (e.g. nutrient uptake, soil aggregation), and the increasing evidence of global warming, responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to climate warming are poorly understood. In a field experiment using infrared heaters, we found effects of warming on AMF after one growing season in an annual grassland, in the absence of any effects on measured root parameters (weight, length, average diameter). AMF soil hyphal length was increased by over 40% in the warmed plots, accompanied by a strong trend for AMF root colonization increase. In the following year, root weight was again not significantly changed, and AMF root colonization increased significantly in the warmed plots. Concentration of the soil protein glomalin, a glycoprotein produced by AMF hyphae with importance in soil aggregation, was decreased in the warmed plots. Soil aggregate water stability, measured for five diameter size classes, was also decreased significantly. In the following year, soil aggregate weight in two size classes was decreased significantly, but the effect size was very small. These results indicate that ecosystem warming may have stimulated carbon allocation to AMF. Other factors either influenced glomalin decomposition or production, hence influencing the role of these symbionts in soil aggregation. The observed small changes in soil aggregation, if widespread among terrestrial ecosystems, could have important consequences for soil carbon storage and erosion in a warmed climate, especially if there are cumulative effects of warming. (au)

  8. Formation of enzyme polymer engineered structure for laccase and cross-linked laccase aggregates stabilization.

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    Hassani, Thanina; Ba, Sidy; Cabana, Hubert

    2013-01-01

    Laccase and laccase-based cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) were stabilized through the formation of a surrounding polymeric network made of chitosan and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The thermoresistance of the resulting enzyme polymer engineered structures of laccase (EPES-lac) and CLEAs (EPES-CLEA) were more than 30 times higher than that of free laccase and CLEAs at pH 3 and 40 °C. The EPES showed higher residual activity than the unmodified biocatalysts against chaotropic salts (up to 10 times), EDTA (up to 5 times), methanol (up to 15 times) and acetone (up to 20 times). The Michaelis-Menten kinetic parameters revealed that the affinity for 2,2'-azino-bis-(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulphonic acid) has doubled for the EPES-lac and EPES CLEA compared to their unmodified forms. The EPES-lac structures acted optimally at pH 4 and their activity was nearly temperature-independent, while the laccase activity of EPES-CLEA was optimal at pH 4 and 60 °C. Globally, the EPES have shown significantly improved properties which make them attractive candidate for the development of laccase-based applications. PMID:23220110

  9. ASYMPTOTIC STABILITY OF A SINGULAR SYSTEM WITH DISTRIBUTED DELAYS

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    2010-01-01

    Based on the stability theory of functional differential equations, this paper studies the asymptotic stability of a singular system with distributed delays by constructing suitable Lyapunov functionals and applying the linear matrix inequalities. A numerical example is given to show the effectiveness of the main results.

  10. The effect of shear rate on aggregate size distribution and structure at steady state in laboratory and pilot plant scale

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    Bubáková, Petra; Pivokonský, Martin; Pivokonský, Radek

    Berlin: IWA, 2012 - (Jekel, M.), s. 28-35 [IWA Specialist Conference on Particle Separation. Berlin (DE), 18.06.2012-20.06.2012] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA200600902 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : aggregation * aggregate size distribution * flocculation * fractal dimension * shear rate Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  11. Evaluation of the physical properties, bulk density and aggregate stability of potential substrates in quarry restoration.

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    Jordan, M.; Garcia-Orenes, F.; Mataix-Solera, J.; Garcia-Sanchez, E.

    2012-04-01

    Quarrying activity entails significant environmental impact affecting the soil, water, plants, landscape, etc. One of the most important impacts is the loss of the productive layer of the soil and its vegetation cover. However, mining activities are absolutely necessary for human development; keeping them sustainable implicates looking for viable solutions for the restoration of these areas to prevent degradation during and after the exploitation period. The aim of this study was to evaluate different substrates obtained from different mixes of sewage sludge and different mine spoils, to check how they are effective in quarry restoration, and to establish good practises in mining restoration. Also, the study tried to approach two refuses, one deriving from mining activity, as are the mine spoils that need to be reused for their valorisation, and the other, sewage sludge, obtained in the water depuration process to acquire a cheap substrate for soil rehabilitation. This preliminary work, which is included in a larger study, shows the results obtained from two physical properties studied, bulk density and aggregate stability, as key properties in the substrate structure for use in mining area restoration. Two doses of composted sewage sludge (30 and 90 Tm/Ha), both very rich in calcium carbonate, were applied to two different mine spoils under lab conditions. The first material, of poor quality, originated from the acquisition of arid particles in crushed limestone (Z). It is characterized by stable ''coarse elements'' predominance (up to 75% of its weight), and by the presence of elevated percentages of sand. The other waste material tested comes from limestone extraction (basically formed by the levels of interspersed non-limestone materials and the remains of stripped soils (D)). The results show that the high dose of sewage sludge applied to a mix of the two mine spoils significantly increased the percentage of stable aggregates by more than 50% than the control

  12. Glycosaminoglycan-Mediated Selective Changes in the Aggregation States, Zeta Potentials, and Intrinsic Stability of Liposomes

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    Nyren-Erickson, Erin K; Haldar, Manas K.; Totzauer, Jessica R.; Ceglowski, Riley; Patel, Dilipkumar S.; Daniel L. Friesner; Srivastava, D. K.; Mallik, Sanku

    2012-01-01

    Though the aggregation of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in the presence of liposomes and divalent cations has been previously reported, the effect of different GAG species, as well as minor changes in GAG composition on the aggregates formed is yet unknown. If minor changes in GAG composition produce observable changes in liposome aggregate diameter or zeta potential, such a phenomenon may be used to detect potentially dangerous over-sulfated contaminants in heparin. We studied the mechanism of t...

  13. Physico-chemical and mineralogical properties influencing water-stability of aggregates of some Italian surface soils

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    A laboratory study was conducted to determine the relationship between physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of some surface soils (developed in north central Italy) and the stability of their aggregates to water. The index of stability used is the mean-weight diameter of water-stable aggregates (MWD). The ratio of total sand to clay which correlated negatively with MWD (r=-0.638) is the physical property which explained most of the variability in aggregate stability. The chemical properties which correlated best with aggregate stability are FeO (r=0.671), CaO (R=0.635), CaCO3 (r=0.651) and SiO2 (r=-0.649). Feldspar, chlorite and calcite are the minerals which influence MWD most, with respective ''r'' values of -0.627, 0.588 and 0.550. The best-fit model developed from soil physical properties explained 59% of the variation in MWD with a standard error of 0.432, that developed from chemical properties explained 97% of the variation in MWD with a standard error of 0.136, whereas the model developed from mineralogical properties explained 78% of the variation in MWD with a standard error of 0.222. Also the closest relationship between measured and model-predicted MWD was obtained with the chemical properties-based model (r=0.985), followed by the mineralogical properties-based model (r=0.884) and then the physical properties-based model (r=0.656). This indicates that the most reliable inference on the stability of these soils in water can be made from a knowledge of the amount and composition of their chemical constituents. (author). 32 refs, 1 fig., 9 tabs

  14. Size distribution of particles in Saturn's rings from aggregation and fragmentation.

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    Brilliantov, Nikolai; Krapivsky, P L; Bodrova, Anna; Spahn, Frank; Hayakawa, Hisao; Stadnichuk, Vladimir; Schmidt, Jürgen

    2015-08-01

    Saturn's rings consist of a huge number of water ice particles, with a tiny addition of rocky material. They form a flat disk, as the result of an interplay of angular momentum conservation and the steady loss of energy in dissipative interparticle collisions. For particles in the size range from a few centimeters to a few meters, a power-law distribution of radii, ~r(-q) with q ≈ 3, has been inferred; for larger sizes, the distribution has a steep cutoff. It has been suggested that this size distribution may arise from a balance between aggregation and fragmentation of ring particles, yet neither the power-law dependence nor the upper size cutoff have been established on theoretical grounds. Here we propose a model for the particle size distribution that quantitatively explains the observations. In accordance with data, our model predicts the exponent q to be constrained to the interval 2.75 ≤ q ≤ 3.5. Also an exponential cutoff for larger particle sizes establishes naturally with the cutoff radius being set by the relative frequency of aggregating and disruptive collisions. This cutoff is much smaller than the typical scale of microstructures seen in Saturn's rings. PMID:26183228

  15. Secure and Cost-Effective Distributed Aggregation for Mobile Sensor Networks

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    Guo, Kehua; Zhang, Ping; Ma, Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    Secure data aggregation (SDA) schemes are widely used in distributed applications, such as mobile sensor networks, to reduce communication cost, prolong the network life cycle and provide security. However, most SDA are only suited for a single type of statistics (i.e., summation-based or comparison-based statistics) and are not applicable to obtaining multiple statistic results. Most SDA are also inefficient for dynamic networks. This paper presents multi-functional secure data aggregation (MFSDA), in which the mapping step and coding step are introduced to provide value-preserving and order-preserving and, later, to enable arbitrary statistics support in the same query. MFSDA is suited for dynamic networks because these active nodes can be counted directly from aggregation data. The proposed scheme is tolerant to many types of attacks. The network load of the proposed scheme is balanced, and no significant bottleneck exists. The MFSDA includes two versions: MFSDA-I and MFSDA-II. The first one can obtain accurate results, while the second one is a more generalized version that can significantly reduce network traffic at the expense of less accuracy loss. PMID:27120599

  16. Secure and Cost-Effective Distributed Aggregation for Mobile Sensor Networks.

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    Guo, Kehua; Zhang, Ping; Ma, Jianhua

    2016-01-01

    Secure data aggregation (SDA) schemes are widely used in distributed applications, such as mobile sensor networks, to reduce communication cost, prolong the network life cycle and provide security. However, most SDA are only suited for a single type of statistics (i.e., summation-based or comparison-based statistics) and are not applicable to obtaining multiple statistic results. Most SDA are also inefficient for dynamic networks. This paper presents multi-functional secure data aggregation (MFSDA), in which the mapping step and coding step are introduced to provide value-preserving and order-preserving and, later, to enable arbitrary statistics support in the same query. MFSDA is suited for dynamic networks because these active nodes can be counted directly from aggregation data. The proposed scheme is tolerant to many types of attacks. The network load of the proposed scheme is balanced, and no significant bottleneck exists. The MFSDA includes two versions: MFSDA-I and MFSDA-II. The first one can obtain accurate results, while the second one is a more generalized version that can significantly reduce network traffic at the expense of less accuracy loss. PMID:27120599

  17. An Efficient Scheme for Aggregation and Presentation of Network Performance in Distributed Brokering Systems

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    Gurhan Gunduz

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The Internet is presently being used to support increasingly complex interaction models as a result of more and more applications, services and frameworks becoming network centric. Efficient utilization of network and networkedresources is of paramount importance. Network performance gathering is a precursor to any scheme that seeks to provide adaptive routing capabilities for interactions. In this paper we present a network performance aggregation framework that is extensible and appropriate for distributed messaging systems that span multiple realms, disparate communication protocols and support different applications.

  18. Particle Restabilization in Silica/PEG/Ethanol Suspensions: How Strongly do Polymers Need To Adsorb To Stabilize Against Aggregation?

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    Kim, So Youn; Zukoski, Charles F. (UIUC)

    2014-09-24

    We study the effects of increasing the concentration of a low molecular weight polyethylene glycol on the stability of 44 nm diameter silica nanoparticles suspended in ethanol. Polymer concentration, c{sub p}, is increased from zero to that characterizing the polymer melt. Particle stability is accessed through measurement of the particle second-virial coefficient, B{sub -2}, performed by light scattering and ultrasmall angle X-ray scattering (USAXS). The results show that at low polymer concentration, c{sub p} < 3 wt %, B{sub -2} values are positive, indicating repulsive interactions between particles. B{sub -2} decreases at intermediate concentrations (3 wt % < c{sub p} < 50 wt %), and particles aggregates are formed. At high concentrations (50 wt % < c{sub p}) B{sub -2} increases and stabilizes at a value expected for hard spheres with a diameter near 44 nm, indicating the particles are thermodynamically stable. At intermediate polymer concentrations, rates of aggregation are determined by measuring time-dependent changes in the suspension turbidity, revealing that aggregation is slowed by the necessity of the particles diffusing over a repulsive barrier in the pair potential. The magnitude of the barrier passes through a minimum at c{sub p} {approx} 12 wt % where it has a value of {approx}12kT. These results are understood in terms of a reduction of electrostatic repulsion and van der Waals attractions with increasing c{sub p}. Depletion attractions are found to play a minor role in particle stability. A model is presented suggesting displacement of weakly adsorbed polymer leads to slow aggregation at intermediate concentration, and we conclude that a general model of depletion restabilization may involve increased strength of polymer adsorption with increasing polymer concentration.

  19. Nucleobases bind to and stabilize aggregates of a prebiotic amphiphile, providing a viable mechanism for the emergence of protocells

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    Black, RA; Blosser, MC; Stottrup, BL; Tavakley, R; Deamer, DW; Keller, SL

    2013-01-01

    Primordial cells presumably combined RNAs, which functioned as catalysts and carriers of genetic information, with an encapsulating membrane of aggregated amphiphilic molecules. Major questions regarding this hypothesis include how the four bases and the sugar in RNA were selected from a mixture of prebiotic compounds and colocalized with such membranes, and how the membranes were stabilized against flocculation in salt water. To address these questions, we explored the possibility that aggre...

  20. FUNCTIONAL EQUATIONS IN SCHWARTZ DISTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR STABILITIES

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    Jae-Young Chung

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Employing two methods we consider a class of n-dimensional functional equations in the space of Schwartz distributions. As the first approach, employing regularizing functions we reduce the equations in distributions to classical ones of smooth functions and find the solutions. Secondly, using differentiation in distributions, converting the functional equations to differential equations and find the solutions. Also we consider the Hyers-Ulam stability of the equations.

  1. Study on the aggregate structure and stability of heavy crude oil using a DPD based meso-platform

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    Xu, Junbo; Zhang, Shengfei; Wu, Hao; Wen, Hao [State Key Laboratory of Multi-Phase Complex System, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)], email: hwen@home.ipe.ac.cn

    2010-07-01

    As the reservoir of conventional crude oil decreases, research interest on heavy crude oil increases. Aggregate behaviour of asphaltenes in heavy crude oil was explored using a dissipative particle dynamics (DBD) based rheoscale platform. Three sets of asphaltene model molecules, containing 3, 4 and 5 aromatic rings individually, were considered in simulation. Face to face, offset and T-shaped aggregate structures were observed, as in previous studies. The aggregate structures of 4-ring model molecules was better ordered than 3-ring model molecules and worse than 5-ring. The cluster size of asphaltene molecules was used to represent crude oil stability in simulation. Crude oil was stable in the whole range of saturate/aromatic ratio, indicating that crude oil stability is independent of the concentration of saturate or aromatic because of the dispersive action of resin. A lack of resin to disperse asphaltene clusters led to the need to limit the ratio of saturate/aromatic to low values to maintain oil stability agreeing with previous studies.

  2. Indexes of Land Use Change to Predict Aggregate Stability in a Mollisol and a Vertisol of Argentina

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    Novelli, L. E.; Caviglia, O. P.; Wilson, M. G.; Sasal, M. C.

    2012-04-01

    In several areas of South America, the extensive cropping systems in traditional agricultural lands have increase the area cropped with soybean, mainly as a single annual crop. Also nowadays agriculture has a progressive expansion toward more environmentally fragile areas that were traditionally occupied by livestock or native forests. This change of land use may be characterized through different indexes as the length of the growth period or the frequency of a particular crop in the cropping sequence. On the other hand the consequences of land-use changes on soil physical condition may be monitored through the aggregate stability, which is directly related to soil functionality. However, there are different methods for aggregate stability analysis, which may vary in their potential for prediction. The aim of our work was to assess different quantitative indexes of change in the land use on aggregate stability through two methods in two soils differing in the main agents of aggregation. The study was conducted in a Mollisol and a Vertisol from Argentina. Eleven fields (agricultural and crop-pasture rotation) under no-tillage and one natural grassland were selected in each soil type. The fraction of annual time with vegetal cover (as a measure of the intensification in the land use - ISI) and the frequency of a given crop (soybean - SCF; wheat - WCF; and wheat plus maize - CCF) in the cropping sequence over a 6-year period were calculated. Samples were collected at 0-5 and 5-15 cm depths from each soil. The mean weight diameter (MWD) of the soil aggregates where determined by two methods: Le Bissonnais with three pretreatment (fast wetting, slow wetting and stirring after prewetting) and by wet sieving using an instrument similar to the Yoder apparatus. The MWD by wet-sieving was affected by ISI and SCF, but the impact only was recorded in 0-5cm depth of the Mollisol. The MWD by fast and slow wetting and the means of three pretreatments (MWDm) were directly related

  3. Stabilizing model predictive control for constrained nonlinear distributed delay systems.

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    Mahboobi Esfanjani, R; Nikravesh, S K Y

    2011-04-01

    In this paper, a model predictive control scheme with guaranteed closed-loop asymptotic stability is proposed for a class of constrained nonlinear time-delay systems with discrete and distributed delays. A suitable terminal cost functional and also an appropriate terminal region are utilized to achieve asymptotic stability. To determine the terminal cost, a locally asymptotically stabilizing controller is designed and an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasoskii functional of the locally stabilized system is employed as the terminal cost. Furthermore, an invariant set for locally stabilized system which is established by using the Razumikhin Theorem is used as the terminal region. Simple conditions are derived to obtain terminal cost and terminal region in terms of Bilinear Matrix Inequalities. The method is illustrated by a numerical example. PMID:21232739

  4. The response of aggregate production to fertility-induced changes in population age distribution.

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    Denton, F T; Mountain, D C; Spencer, B G

    1996-01-01

    With a particular focus upon long-term supply effects, the authors explored the implications of different population age distributions for the productive capacity of an economy. A multilevel aggregate production process was specified, plausible values assigned to its parameters, and steady-state solutions obtained under a range of alternative fertility assumptions. The theoretical model was calibrated to conform with Canadian data and published estimates of age-sex substitution elasticities. The study found productive capacity to be related to age distribution, although the output effects exceed 8%, regardless of the structure of the economy, only when total fertility rate is less than 1.6 or well above 3.0; within the range of variation, productive capacity and output per capita are lower for both younger and older populations; altering the elasticity of substitution between different tasks has negligible effects upon the sensitivity of the economy to changes in age distribution; altering the elasticity of substitution between different age-sex groups for a given task has a markedly greater effect; introducing either increasing or decreasing returns to scale has only a minor effect upon the sensitivity of the economy to changes in age distribution; and marginal products are quite sensitive to changes in age distribution for both younger and older workers, but far less sensitive for middle-aged workers. PMID:12320140

  5. Effects of biodegradable plastics on the predominant culturable bacteria associated with soil aggregate formation and stability after 9 months of incubation in natural soil

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    An in vitro study of the effects of biodegradable plastics on the predominant soil aggregating bacteria associated to soil aggregate formation and stability after 9 months of incubation in soil. Caesar-TonThat TC, Fukui R*, Caesar AJ., Lartey, RT, and Gaskin, JF. USDA-Agricultural Research Service, ...

  6. Biochar Improves Soil Aggregate Stability and Water Availability in a Mollisol after Three Years of Field Application.

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    Ma, Ningning; Zhang, Lili; Zhang, Yulan; Yang, Lijie; Yu, Chunxiao; Yin, Guanghua; Doane, Timothy A; Wu, Zhijie; Zhu, Ping; Ma, Xingzhu

    2016-01-01

    A field experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of organic amendments on soil organic carbon, total nitrogen, bulk density, aggregate stability, field capacity and plant available water in a representative Chinese Mollisol. Four treatments were as follows: no fertilization (CK), application of inorganic fertilizer (NPK), combined application of inorganic fertilizer with maize straw (NPK+S) and addition of biochar with inorganic fertilizer (NPK+B). Our results showed that after three consecutive years of application, the values of soil bulk density were significantly lower in both organic amendment-treated plots than in unamended (CK and NPK) plots. Compared with NPK, NPK+B more effectively increased the contents of soil organic carbon, improved the relative proportion of soil macro-aggregates and mean weight diameter, and enhanced field capacity as well as plant available water. Organic amendments had no obvious effect on soil C/N ratio or wilting coefficient. The results of linear regression indicated that the improvement in soil water retention could be attributed to the increases in soil organic carbon and aggregate stability. PMID:27191160

  7. Biochar Improves Soil Aggregate Stability and Water Availability in a Mollisol after Three Years of Field Application

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    Zhang, Yulan; Yang, Lijie; Yu, Chunxiao; Yin, Guanghua; Doane, Timothy A.; Wu, Zhijie; Zhu, Ping; Ma, Xingzhu

    2016-01-01

    A field experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of organic amendments on soil organic carbon, total nitrogen, bulk density, aggregate stability, field capacity and plant available water in a representative Chinese Mollisol. Four treatments were as follows: no fertilization (CK), application of inorganic fertilizer (NPK), combined application of inorganic fertilizer with maize straw (NPK+S) and addition of biochar with inorganic fertilizer (NPK+B). Our results showed that after three consecutive years of application, the values of soil bulk density were significantly lower in both organic amendment-treated plots than in unamended (CK and NPK) plots. Compared with NPK, NPK+B more effectively increased the contents of soil organic carbon, improved the relative proportion of soil macro-aggregates and mean weight diameter, and enhanced field capacity as well as plant available water. Organic amendments had no obvious effect on soil C/N ratio or wilting coefficient. The results of linear regression indicated that the improvement in soil water retention could be attributed to the increases in soil organic carbon and aggregate stability. PMID:27191160

  8. Measurement of angular distributions of intensity of gamma radiation in the zones of works on 'Shelter' stabilization

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    Aleshin, A M; Egorov, V V; Zakrevskij, Y A

    2002-01-01

    The procedures, designed for measuring angular distributions a gamma radiation from aggregations of radioactive materials located in object 'Shelter' are described. The first procedure is based on application of the original multidetector device DB1, permitting to get the data on an angular distribution in a complete solid angle (4 pi). The second procedure is based on application of the modernized dosimeter DKS-04 with the collimated detector. The main observed data on the angular distributions of intensity of gamma radiation in the zones of the works on 'Shelter' stabilization (the measurements have been carried out in frameworks of the exploratory design) are presented. 9 refs., 49 figs.

  9. Adjusting particle-size distributions to account for aggregation in tephra-deposit model forecasts

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    Mastin, Larry G.; Van Eaton, Alexa R.; Durant, Adam J.

    2016-07-01

    Volcanic ash transport and dispersion (VATD) models are used to forecast tephra deposition during volcanic eruptions. Model accuracy is limited by the fact that fine-ash aggregates (clumps into clusters), thus altering patterns of deposition. In most models this is accounted for by ad hoc changes to model input, representing fine ash as aggregates with density ρagg, and a log-normal size distribution with median μagg and standard deviation σagg. Optimal values may vary between eruptions. To test the variance, we used the Ash3d tephra model to simulate four deposits: 18 May 1980 Mount St. Helens; 16-17 September 1992 Crater Peak (Mount Spurr); 17 June 1996 Ruapehu; and 23 March 2009 Mount Redoubt. In 192 simulations, we systematically varied μagg and σagg, holding ρagg constant at 600 kg m-3. We evaluated the fit using three indices that compare modeled versus measured (1) mass load at sample locations; (2) mass load versus distance along the dispersal axis; and (3) isomass area. For all deposits, under these inputs, the best-fit value of μagg ranged narrowly between ˜ 2.3 and 2.7φ (0.20-0.15 mm), despite large variations in erupted mass (0.25-50 Tg), plume height (8.5-25 km), mass fraction of fine ( water content between these eruptions. This close agreement suggests that aggregation may be treated as a discrete process that is insensitive to eruptive style or magnitude. This result offers the potential for a simple, computationally efficient parameterization scheme for use in operational model forecasts. Further research may indicate whether this narrow range also reflects physical constraints on processes in the evolving cloud.

  10. Assessment of optimum threshold and particle shape parameter for the image analysis of aggregate size distribution of concrete sections

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    Ozen, Murat; Guler, Murat

    2014-02-01

    Aggregate gradation is one of the key design parameters affecting the workability and strength properties of concrete mixtures. Estimating aggregate gradation from hardened concrete samples can offer valuable insights into the quality of mixtures in terms of the degree of segregation and the amount of deviation from the specified gradation limits. In this study, a methodology is introduced to determine the particle size distribution of aggregates from 2D cross sectional images of concrete samples. The samples used in the study were fabricated from six mix designs by varying the aggregate gradation, aggregate source and maximum aggregate size with five replicates of each design combination. Each sample was cut into three pieces using a diamond saw and then scanned to obtain the cross sectional images using a desktop flatbed scanner. An algorithm is proposed to determine the optimum threshold for the image analysis of the cross sections. A procedure was also suggested to determine a suitable particle shape parameter to be used in the analysis of aggregate size distribution within each cross section. Results of analyses indicated that the optimum threshold hence the pixel distribution functions may be different even for the cross sections of an identical concrete sample. Besides, the maximum ferret diameter is the most suitable shape parameter to estimate the size distribution of aggregates when computed based on the diagonal sieve opening. The outcome of this study can be of practical value for the practitioners to evaluate concrete in terms of the degree of segregation and the bounds of mixture's gradation achieved during manufacturing.

  11. Do aggregate stability and soil organic matter content increase following organic inputs?

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    Lehtinen, Taru; Gísladóttir, Guðrún; van Leeuwen, Jeroen P.; Bloem, Jaap; Steffens, Markus; Vala Ragnarsdóttir, Kristin

    2014-05-01

    Agriculture is facing several challenges such as loss of soil organic matter (SOM); thus, sustainable farming management practices are needed. Organic farming is growing as an alternative to conventional farming; in Iceland approximately 1% and in Austria 16% of utilized agricultural area is under organic farming practice. We analyzed the effect of different farming practices (organic, and conventional) on soil physicochemical and microbiological properties in grassland soils in Iceland and cropland soils in Austria. Organic farms differed from conventional farms by absence of chemical fertilizers and pesticide use. At these farms, we investigated soil physicochemical (e.g. soil texture, pH, CAL-extractable P and K) and microbiological properties (fungal and bacterial biomass and activity). The effects of farming practices on soil macroaggregate stability and SOM quantity, quality and distribution between different fractions were studied following a density fractionation. In Iceland, we sampled six grassland sites on Brown (BA) and Histic (HA) Andosols; two sites on extensively managed grasslands, two sites under organic and two sites under conventional farming practice. In Austria, we sampled four cropland sites on Haplic Chernozems; two sites under organic and two sites under conventional farming practice. We found significantly higher macroaggregate stability in the organic compared to the conventional grasslands in Iceland. In contrast, slightly higher macroaggregation in conventional compared to the organic farming practice was found in croplands in Austria, although the difference was not significant. Macroaggregates were positively correlated with fungal biomass in Iceland, and with Feo and fungal activity in Austria. In Austria, SOM content and nutrient status (except for lower CAL-extractable P at one site) were similar between organic and conventional farms. Our results show that the organic inputs may have enhanced macroaggregation in organic farming

  12. Local-aggregate modeling for big data via distributed optimization: Applications to neuroimaging.

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    Hu, Yue; Allen, Genevera I

    2015-12-01

    Technological advances have led to a proliferation of structured big data that have matrix-valued covariates. We are specifically motivated to build predictive models for multi-subject neuroimaging data based on each subject's brain imaging scans. This is an ultra-high-dimensional problem that consists of a matrix of covariates (brain locations by time points) for each subject; few methods currently exist to fit supervised models directly to this tensor data. We propose a novel modeling and algorithmic strategy to apply generalized linear models (GLMs) to this massive tensor data in which one set of variables is associated with locations. Our method begins by fitting GLMs to each location separately, and then builds an ensemble by blending information across locations through regularization with what we term an aggregating penalty. Our so called, Local-Aggregate Model, can be fit in a completely distributed manner over the locations using an Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM) strategy, and thus greatly reduces the computational burden. Furthermore, we propose to select the appropriate model through a novel sequence of faster algorithmic solutions that is similar to regularization paths. We will demonstrate both the computational and predictive modeling advantages of our methods via simulations and an EEG classification problem. PMID:26295449

  13. Distributed formation stabilization for mobile agents using virtual tensegrity structures

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    Yang, Qingkai; Cao, Ming; Fang, Hao; Chen, Jie

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates the distributed formation control problem for a group of mobile Euler-Lagrange agents to achieve global stabilization by using virtual tensegrity structures. Firstly, a systematic approach to design tensegrity frameworks is elaborately explained to confine the interaction rel

  14. Aggregate stability and associated C and N in a silty loam soil as affected by organic material inputs

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    LONG Pan; SUI Peng; GAO Wang-sheng; WANG Bin-bin; HUANG Jian-xiong; YAN Peng; ZOU Juan-xiu; YAN Ling-ling; CHEN Yuan-quan

    2015-01-01

    To make recycling utilization of organic materials produced in various agricultural systems, ifve kinds of organic materials were applied in a ifeld test, including crop straw (CS), biogas residue (BR), mushroom residue (MR), wine residue (WR), pig manure (PM), with a mineral fertilizer (CF) and a no-fertilizer (CK) treatment as a control. Our objectives were:i) to quantify the effects of organic materials on soil C and N accumulation;i ) to evaluate the effects of organic materials on soil aggregate stability, along with the total organic carbon (TOC), and N in different aggregate fractions;and i i) to assess the relationships among the organic material components, soil C and N, and C, N in aggregate fractions. The trial was conducted in Wuqiao County, Hebei Province, China. The organic materials were incorporated at an equal rate of C, and combined with a mineral fertilizer in amounts of 150 kg N ha-1, 26 kg P ha-1 and 124 kg K ha-1 respectively during each crop season of a wheat-maize rotation system. The inputted C quantity of each organic material treatment was equivalent to the total amount of C contained in the crop straw harvested in CS treatement in the previous season. TOC, N, water-stable aggregates, and aggregate-associated TOC and N were investigated. The results showed that organic material incorpora-tion increased soil aggregation and stabilization. On average, the soil macroaggregate proportion increased by 14%, the microaggregate proportion increased by 3%, and mean-weight diameter (MWD) increased by 20%. TOC content fol owed the order of PM>WR>MR>BR>CS>CK>CF;N content fol owed the order WR>PM>MR>BR>CS>CF>CK. No signiifcant correlation was found between TOC, N, and the quality of organic material. Soil silt and clay particles contained the largest part of TOC, whereas the smal macroaggregate fraction was the most sensitive to organic materials. Our results indicate that PM and WR exerted better effects on soil C and N accumulation, fol owed by MR

  15. Relationship of Social and Lifestyle Factors with Central Fat Distribution Expressed by the Aggregate Fat Distribution Index

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    Full Text Available Abdominal obesity is caused by several factors and the explanation of the level of its variability also depends on anthropometric indexes applied for its assessment. The aim was to determine the degree of explanation of the abdominal adiposity variation, presented by the aggregate fat distribution index (AFDI, through the socio-economic status and lifestyle. Subjects and methods: A cross-sectional population-based study was conducted on a sample of 259 healthy working males aged 20-30 from the city of Cracow, Poland. A full model was created using a stepwise backward regression with the social and lifestyle data as independent variables and the AFDI as a dependent variable. The AFDI was created by unitarization applied to selected characteristics of fat distribution which were transformed into [0,1] interval (without measurement unit and then added and averaged to form a composite index. The highest autonomous influence on AFDI is ascribed to age (b = 0.2456 p = 0.000, level of motor fitness b=−0.2392 p=0.000, leisure time physical activity (b=−0.1353 p=0.000 and being born in a rural area (b=0.1300 p=0.000. The variables explain 17% (R2=0.1667 of the variation of the central fat distribution. Variation of the abdominal adiposity was explained with the use of AFDI at the level close to the commonly applied indexes.

  16. Compressive Strength, Pore Size Distribution and Chloride-ion Penetration of Recycled Aggregate Concrete Incorporating Class-F Fly Ash

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    KOU Shicong; C S Poon

    2006-01-01

    The effects of fly ash on the compressive strength, pore size distribution ard chloride-ion penetration of recycled aggregate concrete were investigated. Two series of concrete mixtures were prepared. The concrete mixtures in series I had a water-to-binder ratio and a cement content of 0.55 and 410 kg/m3 , respectively. The concrete mixtures in series Ⅱ had a water-to-binder ratio and a cement content of 0.45 and 400 kg/m3 respectively. Recycled aggregate was used as 20% , 50% , and 100% replacements of natural coarse aggregate in the concrete mixtures in both series. In addition, fly ash was used as 0% , 25% and 35% by weight replacements of cement. The results show that the compressive strengths of the concrete decreased as the recycled aggregate and the fly ash contents increased. The total porosity and average porosity diameter of the concrete increased as the recycled aggregate content increased. Furthermore, an increase in the recycled aggregate content decreased the resistance to chloride ion penetration. Nevertheless, the replacement of cement by 25% fly ash improved the resistance to chloride ion penetration and pore diameters and reduced the total porosity of the recycled aggregate concrete.

  17. Stability and persistence in plankton models with distributed delays

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    Abdallah, Sabah Hafez

    2003-08-01

    In this paper a model with two independent distributed delays is proposed to describe a population of microorganism feeding on a limiting nutrient which is supplied at a constant rate and is recycled after the death of the species by decomposer action. We obtain sufficient conditions for local and global stability of the positive equilibrium of the model. A fairly general function for nutrient uptake is considered. Stability changes of the positive equilibrium as the nutrient supply increases are studied by the Hopf bifurcation theorem.

  18. Stability and persistence in plankton models with distributed delays

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    In this paper a model with two independent distributed delays is proposed to describe a population of microorganism feeding on a limiting nutrient which is supplied at a constant rate and is recycled after the death of the species by decomposer action. We obtain sufficient conditions for local and global stability of the positive equilibrium of the model. A fairly general function for nutrient uptake is considered. Stability changes of the positive equilibrium as the nutrient supply increases are studied by the Hopf bifurcation theorem

  19. Stability and persistence in plankton models with distributed delays

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    Abdallah, S H

    2003-01-01

    In this paper a model with two independent distributed delays is proposed to describe a population of microorganism feeding on a limiting nutrient which is supplied at a constant rate and is recycled after the death of the species by decomposer action. We obtain sufficient conditions for local and global stability of the positive equilibrium of the model. A fairly general function for nutrient uptake is considered. Stability changes of the positive equilibrium as the nutrient supply increases are studied by the Hopf bifurcation theorem.

  20. Regional distribution and aggregation analysis of risk factors for cardiovascular disease among active pilots aged 40-59 years

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    Yu, Hong-Yan; Tie-bing LIU; Guo-ru LIU; Yu-jin ZHOU; Qing-yan LI; Qiong-feng XU; Yang, Feng-Ping; Wen-juan YAN; Yan-min QI

    2016-01-01

    Objective  To analyze the regional distribution and aggregation of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among active China civil aviation pilots aged 40–59 years. Methods  In 2011, 831 active pilots aged 40–59 years in Northern, Eastern and Southern China were investigated for risk factors of CVD. The regional distribution and aggregation of risk factors were analyzed. Results  The mean hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), mean total cholesterol (TC) and age standardized prevalence rate of high T...

  1. A theoretical formalism for aggregation of peroxidized lipids and plasma membrane stability during photolysis.

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    Busch, N. A.; Yarmush, M. L.; M. Toner

    1998-01-01

    The objective of this investigation was to examine, from a theoretical perspective, the mechanism underlying the lysis of plasma membranes by photoinduced, chemically mediated damage such as is found in photolysis. Toward this end, a model is presented which relates the membrane lifetime to the thermodynamic parameters of the membrane components based upon the kinetic theory of aggregate formation. The formalism includes a standard birth/death process for the formation of damaged membrane com...

  2. The capture and stabilization of curcumin using hydrophobically modified polyacrylate aggregates and hydrogels.

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    Harada, Takaaki; Pham, Duc-Truc; Lincoln, Stephen F; Kee, Tak W

    2014-08-01

    Hydrophobically modified polyacrylates are shown to suppress the degradation of the medicinal pigment curcumin under physiological conditions. In aqueous solution, the 3% octadecyl randomly substituted polyacrylate, PAAC18, forms micelle-like aggregates at a concentration of 1 wt %. Under both conditions, PAAC18 shows a remarkable ability to suppress the degradation of curcumin at pH 7.4 and 37 °C such that its degradation half-life is increased by 1600-2000-fold. The suppression of degradation is attributed to hydrophobic interactions between curcumin and the octadecyl substituents of PAAC18 within the micelle-like aggregates and the hydrogel, as indicated by 2D NOESY (1)H NMR spectroscopy. UV-visible absorption titration results are consistent with the interaction of curcumin with five octadecyl substituents on average, which appears to substantially exclude water and greatly decrease the curcumin degradation rate. Dynamic light scattering and zeta potential measurements show the average hydrodynamic diameters of the PAAC18 aggregates to be 0.86-1.15 μm with a negative surface charge. In contrast to the octadecyl substitution, the 3% dodecyl randomly substituted polyacrylate, PAAC12, shows a negligible effect on slowing the degradation of curcumin, consistent with the dodecyl substituents being insufficiently long to capture curcumin in a adequately hydrophobic environment. These observations indicate the potential for PAAC18 to act as a model drug delivery system. PMID:25029529

  3. Influence of asphaltene aggregation and pressure on crude oil emulsion stability

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    Auflem, Inge Harald

    2002-07-01

    Water-in-crude oil emulsions stabilised by various surface-active components are one of the major problems in relation to petroleum production. This thesis presents results from high-pressure separation experiments on ''live'' crude oil and model oil emulsions, as well as studies of Interactions between various indigenous stabilising materials in crude oil. A high-pressure separation rig was used to study the influence of gas and gas bubbles on the separation of water-in-crude oil emulsions. The results were interpreted as a flotation effect from rising gas bubbles, which led to increased separation efficiency. The separation properties of a ''live'' crude oil were compared to crude oil samples recombined with various gases. The results showed that water-in-oil emulsions produced from the ''live'' crude oil samples, generally separated faster and more complete, than emulsions based on recombined samples of the same crude oil. Adsorption of asphaltenes and resins onto a hydrophilic surface from solutions with varying aromatic/aliphatic character was investigated by a quarts crystal microbalance. The results showed that asphaltenes adsorbed to a larger degree than the resins. The resins were unable to desorb pre-adsorbed asphaltenes from the surface, and neither did they adsorb onto the asphaltene-coated surface. In solutions of both of resins and asphaltenes the two constituents associated in bulk liquid and adsorbed to the surface in the form of mixed aggregates. Near infrared spectroscopy and pulsed field gradient spin echo nuclear magnetic resonance were used to study asphaltene aggregation and the influence of various amphiphiles on the asphaltene aggregate size. The results showed Interactions between the asphaltenes and various chemicals, which were proposed to be due to acid-base interactions. Among the chemicals used were various naphthenic acids. Synthesised monodisperse acids gave a reduction of

  4. Transient and small signal stability of generation in distribution systems; Statistische und transiente Stabilitaet von Erzeugungsanlagen in Verteilnetzen

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    Weidner, Johannes; Hofmann, Lutz [Hannover Univ. (Germany). Fachgebiet Elektrische Energieversorgung

    2011-07-01

    The evolution to the distributed power supply results in the substitution of conventional power plants. So the distributed generators also have to meet some supportive requirements, with increasing capacity. The used induction generators and inverters, however, do not show the stabilizing operating performance of the substituted synchronous generators. This leads to the need for stability analysis for the distributed generators. The conventional theory for the stability calculation is not suitable for the investigation of generators in distribution grids. The relatively high resistance of the equipment causes an additional coupling between active and reactive power balance of the grid, with effects in stationary and in transient operation. The large number of distributed generators in the grid and their weak coupling by the low intermeshed grid has the consequence that relatively large grid segments have to be considered. A simple aggregation of subnets is not possible. Therefore, the conventional methods for studying the machine stability were adjusted to account different types of machines and grid parameters. The derivation is based on differential-algebraic equation systems, consisting of an equation system for the grid and a nonlinear equation system for the machines which were coupled by controlled voltage sources. The developed methods were applied to a sample grid. It turns out that the connection to a higher-level grid, the number of installed generators and the grid impedances have a major impact on machine stability. Generation facilities in lower-level grids, however, cannot reach a significant positive contribution in the considered grid. (orig.)

  5. Stability and effectiveness of chlorine disinfectants in water distribution systems.

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    Olivieri, V P; Snead, M C; Krusé, C W; Kawata, K.

    1986-01-01

    A test system for water distribution was used to evaluate the stability and effectiveness of three residual disinfectants--free chlorine, combined chlorine, and chlorine dioxide--when challenged with a sewage contaminant. The test distribution system consisted of the street main and internal plumbing for two barracks at Fort George G. Meade, MD. To the existing pipe network, 152 m (500 ft) of 13-mm (0.5 in.) copper pipe were added for sampling, and 60 m (200 ft) of 2.54-cm (1.0 in.) plastic p...

  6. Stability Control of Renewable Energy Sources in Distribution Systems

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    Tlustý, J.; Müller, Z.; Valouch, Viktor

    Eilat: IEEE, 2010, 000277-000281. ISBN 978-1-4244-8680-9. [2010 IEEE Convention of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel /26./. Eilat (IL), 17.11.2010-20.11.2010] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA200760703 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20570509 Keywords : stability * distributed generation * globally penetrated system Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  7. Distributed Robust Stability Analysis of Interconnected Uncertain Systems

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    Andersen, Martin S.; Hansson, Anders; Pakazad, Sina K.; Rantzer, Anders

    2012-01-01

    This paper considers robust stability analysis of a large network of interconnected uncertain systems. To avoid analyzing the entire network as a single large, lumped system, we model the network interconnections with integral quadratic constraints. This approach yields a sparse linear matrix inequal- ity which can be decomposed into a set of smaller, coupled linear matrix inequalities. This allows us to solve the analysis problem efficiently and in a distributed manner. We also show that the...

  8. Distributed Model Predictive Control with Suboptimality and Stability Guarantees

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    Giselsson, Pontus; Rantzer, Anders

    2010-01-01

    Theory for Distributed Model Predictive Control (DMPC) is developed based on dual decomposition of the convex optimization problem that is solved in each time sample. The process to be controlled is an interconnection of several subsystems, where each subsystem corresponds to a node in a graph. We present a stopping criterion for the DMPC scheme that can be locally verified by each node and that guarantees closed loop suboptimality above a pre-specified level and asymptotic stability of the i...

  9. Aggregate water stability of sandy and clayey loam soils differently compacted with and without wheat plants

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    Bazzoffi P.; Balashov E.

    2003-01-01

    The objectives of our studies were to: 1) estimate the effects of compaction of sandy loam and clayey loam soils on growth parameters of winter wheat plants, 2) evaluate the resilien- ce capacity of the root system for the water-stable aggregation of compacted soils. Soil samples at field capacity were placed into pots with an initial bulk density of 1.2 Mg m-3 and compacted with ground contact pressures of 51, 103 and 154 kPa using a hydraulic compressor. Five plants in each pot were allowed...

  10. The influence of density distribution on the stability of beams

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    We examine the effect of various density distributions in four-dimensional phase space and their projections in real and velocity space on the stability of continuous beams in alternating-gradient transport lines using particle-following computer simulations. We discuss the susceptibility of three different distributions (Kapchinskii-Vladimirskii, bicylinder, and thermal) to third- and higher-order mode instabilities. These distributions are all uniform in real space, but their velocity distributions are different; they also react differently to structure resonances. Velocity distributions of high-current beams tend to evolve to a peaked Gaussian-like form. Is there a specific velocity distribution that is stable and, therefore, the preferred injection distribution for minimizing emittance growth? Forced smoothness or uniformity in real space is necessary for setting up particle simulations of high-current beams so that spurious charge-redistribution emittance growth can be avoided. Is forced smoothness also desirable in four dimensions for continuous beams and possibly in six dimensions for bunched beams? We consider these and related questions

  11. Effects of Long-Term Fertilization on Distribution of Organic Matters and Nitrogen in Cinnamon Soil Macro-Aggregates

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    2005-01-01

    Soil samples collected from a 25-year long-term fertilizer experiment carried out on the Earth-cumulic-Orthic Anthrosols in semi-humid farmland ecological system, were used to study the distribution of soil organic matters, total nitrogen, nitrate nitrogen, and ammoniate nitrogen in different grades of soil macro-aggregates in order to study the effects of long-term application of organic manures in combination with chemical fertilizers. It is showed that the percentage of mass of the soil macro-aggregates with long-term application of fertilizers with sizes of 5-2 mm is increased compared with that of the samples with no fertilizer. It is easier to form lager size soil macro-aggregates by the long-term application of organic manures in combination with chemical fertilizers. The contents of organic matters, total nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen are all higher after treatments with different combinations of fertilizers, while there is a little effect on the contents of ammoniate nitrogen. The contents of organic matters, total nitrogen in the grades of soil macro-aggregates from the plough layers of the treated farmland exhibited significant difference. Moreover, the contents of organic matters and total nitrogen in the soil macro-aggregates with the size of 1-0.25 mm is the highest in all treated soil samples. The contents of nitrate nitrogen in soil macro-aggregates increased with the increasing of soil macro-aggregate size except those applied with chemical fertilizer and lower amount of corn stover. The results of correlation analysis revealed that there exists a significantly positive correlation between the percentage of mass of soil macro-aggregates with the size of 5-2 mm and the contents of organic matters, total nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen in the soil samples. However, the correlation between the percentage of mass of soil macro-aggregates with the size of 1-0.25 mm and the contents of total nitrogen and nitrate nitrogen is significantly negative. The

  12. Enhancing stabilities of lipase by enzyme aggregate coating immobilized onto ionic liquid modified mesoporous materials

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    Zou, Bin; Song, Chunyan; Xu, Xiaping; Xia, Jiaojiao; Huo, Shuhao; Cui, Fengjie

    2014-08-01

    Mesoporous material SBA-15 as the matrix and hydrophilic methyl imidazolium ionic liquids [MSiIM]+BF4- as modifier were involved in preparing ionic liquid modified materials as enzyme carriers through after-grafting silane coupling reaction. The method of enzyme aggregates coating was firstly used to immobilize porcine pancreatic lipase (PPL) onto ionic liquid modified SBA-15. Characterization before and after modification and immobilization were conducted using infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), differential thermal-thermal analysis (DTA-TG) and N2 adsorption-desorption method (BET). The results indicated that the ordering degree of SBA-15 declined after ionic liquid modification, but mesoporous structure remained. After enzyme immobilization, pore size and specific surface area of carrier became smaller. The cross-linking agent amount, reaction temperature and pH were optimized in this paper. The result demonstrated that the initial activity of enzyme was raised from 35% to 53% after five times recycle by enzyme aggregate coating. 74% of the original activity remained after 25 days storage.

  13. Distribution of oil aggregates with neuston periphyton in the surface layer of the Atlantic, Southern, and Indian Oceans

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    Benzhitskii, A.G.; Polikarpov, G.G.

    1977-01-01

    Qualitative and quantitative distribution of oil aggregates in the surface layer (0--25) has been described for a number of aquatoria. The oil aggregates were found to be widely spread nearly everywhere, the waters skirting the Antarctic Continent being the purest. The neuston periphyton is basically formed by attached organisms among which some traveling forms may be found with neustal organisms laying their sexual products. In different regions of the oceans, the neuston periphyton on contaminants differs in its composition which depends upon the degree of mineralization of substratum, geographical position, and biooceanographic conditions.

  14. Kinetics of Formation and Asymmetrical Distribution of Hsp104-Bound Protein Aggregates in Yeast.

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    Paoletti, Camille; Quintin, Sophie; Matifas, Audrey; Charvin, Gilles

    2016-04-12

    Budding yeast cells have a finite replicative life span; that is, a mother cell produces only a limited number of daughter cells before it slows division and dies. Despite the gradual aging of the mother cell, all daughters are born rejuvenated and enjoy a full replicative lifespan. It has been proposed that entry of mother cells into senescence is driven by the progressive accumulation and retention of damaged material, including protein aggregates. This additionally allows the daughter cells to be born damage free. However, the mechanism underlying such asymmetrical segregation of protein aggregates by mother and daughter cells remains controversial, in part because of the difficulties inherent in tracking the dynamics and fate of protein aggregates in vivo. To overcome such limitations, we have developed single-cell real-time imaging methodology to track the formation of heat-induced protein aggregates in otherwise unperturbed dividing cells. By combining the imaging data with a simple computational model of protein aggregation, we show that the establishment of asymmetrical partitioning of protein aggregates upon division is driven by the large bud-specific dilution rate associated with polarized growth and the absence of significant mother/bud exchange of protein aggregates during the budded phase of the cell cycle. To our knowledge, this study sheds new light on the mechanism of establishment of a segregation bias, which can be accounted for by simple physical arguments. PMID:27074685

  15. Stability of distributed MPC in an intersection scenario

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    Sprodowski, T.; Pannek, J.

    2015-11-01

    The research topic of autonomous cars and the communication among them has attained much attention in the last years and is developing quickly. Among others, this research area spans fields such as image recognition, mathematical control theory, communication networks, and sensor fusion. We consider an intersection scenario where we divide the shared road space in different cells. These cells form a grid. The cars are modelled as an autonomous multi-agent system based on the Distributed Model Predictive Control algorithm (DMPC). We prove that the overall system reaches stability using Optimal Control for each multi-agent and demonstrate that by numerical results.

  16. Fluid motion and solute distribution around sinking aggregates II : Implications for remote detection by colonizing zooplankters

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    Kiørboe, Thomas; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro

    2001-01-01

    Marine snow aggregates are colonized by copepods, and encounter rates inferred from observed abundances of colonizers are high. We examined the potential for hydromechanical and chemical remote detection. The fluid disturbance generated by a sinking aggregate was described by solving the Navier...... account for the observed abundances of colonizers. We next solved the advection-diffusion equation to describe the chemical trail left by a leaking and sinking aggregate. The plume is long and slender and may be detected by a horizontally cruising copepod. From the model of the plume and literature- based...... estimates of size-dependent aggregate leakage rates of amino acids, we estimate that a threshold sensitivity to amino acids of 0.4 x 10(-7) M is required to account for observed abundances of colonizers. This is consistent with knowledge of the amino acid concentrations needed to elicit behavioral responses...

  17. Stability of stationary and time-varying nongyrotropic particle distributions

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    A. L. Brinca

    Full Text Available The ubiquity of nongyrotropic particle populations in space plasmas warrants the study of their characteristics, in particular their stability. The unperturbed nongyrotropic distribution functions in homogeneous media without sources and sinks (closed phase space must be rotating and time-varying (TNG, whereas consideration of open phase spaces allows for the occurrence of homogeneous and stationary distributions (SNG. The free energy brought about by the introduction of gyrophase organization in a particle population can destabilize otherwise thoroughly stable magnetoplasmas (or, a fortiori, enhance pre-existing gyrotropic instabilities and feed intense wave growth both in TNG and SNG environments: The nongyrotropic (electron or ion species can originate unstable coupling among the gyrotropic characteristic waves. The stability properties of these two types of homogeneous nongyrotropy shall be contrasted for parallel (with respect to the ambient magnetic field and perpendicular propagation, and their potential role as wave activity sources shall be illustrated resorting to solutions of the appropriate dispersion equations and numerical simulations.

    Key words. Space plasma physics (waves and instabilities · Magnetospheric physics (plasma waves and instabilities · Interplanetary physics (plasma waves and turbulence

  18. Aggregation and stability of anisotropic charged clay colloids in aqueous medium in the presence of salt.

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    Ali, Samim; Bandyopadhyay, Ranjini

    2016-01-01

    Na-montmorillonite nanoclay is a colloid of layered mineral silicate. When dispersed in water, this mineral swells on absorption of water and exfoliates into platelets with electric double layers on their surfaces. Even at low particle concentration, the aqueous dispersion can exhibit a spontaneous ergodicity breaking phase transition from a free flowing liquid to nonequilibrium, kinetically arrested and disordered states such as gels and glasses. In an earlier publication [Applied Clay Science, 2015, 114, 8592], we showed that the stability of clay gels can be enhanced by adding a salt later to the clay dispersion prepared in deionized water, rather than by adding the clay mineral to a previously mixed salt solution. Here, we directly track the collapsing interface of sedimenting clay gels using an optical method and show that adding salt after dispersing the clay mineral does indeed result in more stable gels even in very dilute dispersions. These weak gels are seen to exhibit a transient collapse after a finite delay time, a phenomenon observed previously in depletion gels. The velocity of the collapse oscillates with the age of the sample. However, the average velocity of collapse increases with sample age up to a peak value before decreasing at higher ages. With increasing salt concentration, the delay time for transient collapse decreases, while the peak value of the collapsing velocity increases. Using ultrasound attenuation spectroscopy, rheometry and cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, we confirm that morphological changes of the gel network assembly, facilitated by thermal fluctuations, lead to the observed collapse phenomenon. Since clay minerals are used extensively in polymer nanocomposites, as rheological modifiers, stabilizers and gas absorbents, we believe that the results reported in this work are extremely useful for several practical applications and also for understanding geophysical phenomena such as the formation and stability of quicksand

  19. UV–Visible intensity ratio (aggregates/single particles) as a measure to obtain stability of gold nanoparticles conjugated with protein A

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    We have analyzed the titration process of gold nanoparticles with several amounts of protein A (0.3, 0.5, 1, 3, 6, and 9 μg/ml) in the presence of NaCl, which induces aggregation if the surface of particles is not fully covered with protein A. The colloidal solutions with different particle size (16, 18, 20, 33 nm) were synthesized by citrate reduction to be conjugated with protein A. UV–Visible spectroscopy was used to measure the absorption of the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles as a function of the concentration of protein A. Such dependence shows an aggregation region (0 < x<6 μg/ml), where the amount of protein A was insufficient to cover the surface of particles, obtaining aggregation caused by NaCl. The next part is the stability region (x ≥ 6 μg/ml), where the amount of protein used covers the surface of particles and protects it from the aggregation. In addition to that the ratio between the intensities of both: the aggregates and of the gold nanoparticle bands was plotted as a function of the concentration of protein A. It was determined that 6 μg/ml is a sufficient value of protein A to stabilize the gold nanoparticle–protein A system. This method provides a simple way to stabilize gold nanoparticles obtained by citrate reduction, with protein A.

  20. UV-Visible intensity ratio (aggregates/single particles) as a measure to obtain stability of gold nanoparticles conjugated with protein A

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    Rios-Corripio, M. A. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, CIBA-Tlaxcala (Mexico); Garcia-Perez, B. E. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Departamento de Inmunologia, ENCB (Mexico); Jaramillo-Flores, M. E. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Departamento de Ingenieria Bioquimica, ENCB (Mexico); Gayou, V. L.; Rojas-Lopez, M., E-mail: marlonrl@yahoo.com.mx [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, CIBA-Tlaxcala (Mexico)

    2013-05-15

    We have analyzed the titration process of gold nanoparticles with several amounts of protein A (0.3, 0.5, 1, 3, 6, and 9 {mu}g/ml) in the presence of NaCl, which induces aggregation if the surface of particles is not fully covered with protein A. The colloidal solutions with different particle size (16, 18, 20, 33 nm) were synthesized by citrate reduction to be conjugated with protein A. UV-Visible spectroscopy was used to measure the absorption of the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles as a function of the concentration of protein A. Such dependence shows an aggregation region (0 < x<6 {mu}g/ml), where the amount of protein A was insufficient to cover the surface of particles, obtaining aggregation caused by NaCl. The next part is the stability region (x {>=} 6 {mu}g/ml), where the amount of protein used covers the surface of particles and protects it from the aggregation. In addition to that the ratio between the intensities of both: the aggregates and of the gold nanoparticle bands was plotted as a function of the concentration of protein A. It was determined that 6 {mu}g/ml is a sufficient value of protein A to stabilize the gold nanoparticle-protein A system. This method provides a simple way to stabilize gold nanoparticles obtained by citrate reduction, with protein A.

  1. Residue strength, water absorption and pore size distributions of recycled aggregate concrete after exposure to elevated temperatures

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    Kou, Shi-Cong; Poon, Chi-Sun; Etxeberria Larrañaga, Miren

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the effects of high temperature exposure of recycled aggregate concretes in terms of residual strengths, capillary water absorption capacity and pore size distribution are discussed. Two mineral admixtures, fly ash (FA) and ground granulated blast furnace (GGBS) were used in the experiment to partially replace ordinary Portland cement for concrete production. The water to cementitious materials ratio was maintained at 0.50 for all the concrete mixes. The replacement levels of n...

  2. Storage and stability of organic carbon in soils as related to depth, occlusion within aggregates, and attachment to minerals

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    M. Schrumpf

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Conceptual models suggest that stability and age of organic carbon (OC in soil depends on the source of plant litter, occlusion within aggregates, incorporation in organo-mineral complexes, and location within the soil profile. Various tools like density fractionation, mineralization experiments, and radiocarbon analyses have been used to study the importance of these mechanisms. We systematically apply them to a range of European soils to test whether general controls emerge even for soils that vary in vegetation, soil types, parent material, and land use. At each of the 12 study sites, 10 soil cores were sampled in 10 cm depth intervals to 60 cm depth and subjected to density separation. Bulk soil samples and density fractions (free light fractions – fLF, occluded light fractions – oLF, heavy fractions – HF were analysed for OC, total nitrogen (TN, δ13C, and Δ14C. Bulk samples were also incubated to determine mineralizable OC.

    Declining OC-normalized CO2 release and increasing age with soil depth confirm greater stability of OC in subsoils across sites. Depth profiles of LF-OC matched those of roots, which in turn reflect plant functional types in soil profiles not subject to ploughing. Modern Δ14C signatures and positive correlation between mineralizable C and fLF-OC indicate the fLF is an easily available energy and nutrient source for subsurface microbes. Fossil C derived from the geogenic parent material affected the age of OC especially in the LF at three study sites. The overall importance of OC stabilization by binding to minerals was demonstrated by declining OC-normalized CO2 release rates with increasing contributions of HF-OC to bulk soil OC and the low Δ14C values of HF-OC. The stability of HF-OC was greater in subsoils than in topsoils; nevertheless, a portion of HF-OC was active throughout the profile. The decrease in Δ14C (increase

  3. Stability and effectiveness of chlorine disinfectants in water distribution systems.

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    Olivieri, V P; Snead, M C; Krusé, C W; Kawata, K

    1986-11-01

    A test system for water distribution was used to evaluate the stability and effectiveness of three residual disinfectants--free chlorine, combined chlorine, and chlorine dioxide--when challenged with a sewage contaminant. The test distribution system consisted of the street main and internal plumbing for two barracks at Fort George G. Meade, MD. To the existing pipe network, 152 m (500 ft) of 13-mm (0.5 in.) copper pipe were added for sampling, and 60 m (200 ft) of 2.54-cm (1.0 in.) plastic pipe were added for circulation. The levels of residual disinfectants tested were 0.2 mg/L and 1.0 mg/L as available chlorine. In the absence of a disinfectant residual, microorganisms in the sewage contaminant were consistently recovered at high levels. The presence of any disinfectant residual reduced the microorganism level and frequency of occurrence at the consumer's tap. Free chlorine was the most effective residual disinfectant and may serve as a marker or flag in the distribution network. Free chlorine and chlorine dioxide were the least stable in the pipe network. The loss of disinfectant in the pipe network followed first-order kinetics. The half-life determined in static tests for free chlorine, chlorine dioxide, and combined chlorine was 140, 93, and 1680 min. PMID:3028767

  4. Técnica para o estudo da estabilidade de agregados do solo Technique for studies of stability of soil aggregates

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    F. Grohmann

    1960-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam neste trabalho uma técnica para o estudo da estabilidade de agregados do solo. Vários tipos de solo sob diferentes condições de uso foram estudados. Amostras em triplicato, de 25 g de agregados entre 7 e 4 mm, foram agitados em agitador modêlo Wagner, com 40 r.p.m., durante 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 e 128 minutos e depois fracionadas pelo método da peneiragem lenta em água. Os agregados > 2 mm diminuíram em pêso com o aumento do tempo de agitação, aumentando por outro lodo os agregados 2 e This paper presents a technique for studies of stability of soil aggregates. The major soils of the State of São Paulo in different conditions of use have been examined. Triplicate samples of 25 g of soil aggregates of 7-4 mm size for each soil were shaken in a Model Wagner shaker at 40 rpm during 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 minutes period and were later fractioned by the wet sieving method. In general soil aggregates greater than 2 mm decreased gradually in weight with increasing period of treatment: at the some time the small size particles ( 2 mm and < 0.2 mm gave the general information needed. In general the experimental error were homogeneous and of small magnitude in relation to the systematic differences existent. The functional relationship between the two variables (time and weight of size particles was calculated by orthogonal polynomials considering the log time scale. In general polynomials of second degree were sufficient for a good approach, but in some cases polynomials of third degree were necessary. The authors believe that for fertility studies the interval 1-32 minutes is sufficient to separate the differences in aggregabifity. In that interval for the soils considered a first degree polynomial is satisfactory. Intervals of confidence had been calculated for the polynomial Y = A + B'E'1. The values Ai, As, B'i, B's were respectively the inferior and superior limits of the respective interval. Separations

  5. Effect of sustainable land management practices on soil aggregation and stabilization of organic carbon in semiarid mediterranean ecosystems

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    Garcia-Franco, Noelia; Albaladejo, Juan; Almagro, María; Wiesmeier, Martin; Martínez-Mena, María

    2016-04-01

    Arid and semiarid regions represent about 47% of the total land area of the world (UNEP, 1992). At present, there is a priority interest for carbon (C) sequestration in drylands. These areas are considered as very fragile ecosystems with low organic carbon (OC) saturation, and potentially, high capacity for soil OC sequestration. In addition, the restoration of these areas is one of the major challenges for scientists, who will be able to identify and recommended the best land uses and sustainable land management (SLM) practices for soil conservation and mitigation of climate change in these environments. In this regard, in semiarid Mediterranean ecosystems there is an urgent need for the implementation of SLM practices regardless of land-use type (forest, agricultural and shrubland) to maintain acceptable levels of soil organic matter (SOM) and the physico-chemical protection of the OC. Long- and short-term effects of SLM practices on soil aggregation and SOC stabilization were studied in two land uses. The long-term experiment was conducted in a reforestation area with Pinus halepensis Mill., where two afforestation techniques were implemented 20 years ago: a) mechanical terracing with a single application of organic waste of urban soil refuse, and b) mechanical terracing without organic amendment. An adjacent shrubland was considered as the reference plot. The short-term experiment was conducted in a rain-fed almond (Prunus dulcis Mill., var. Ferragnes) orchard where two SLM practices were introduced 4 years ago: a) reduced tillage plus green manure, and b) no tillage. Reduced tillage was considered as the reference plot given that it is the habitual management practice. Four aggregate size classes were differentiated by sieving (large and small macroaggregates, microaggregates, and the silt plus clay fraction), and the microaggregates occluded within small macroaggregates (SMm) were isolated. In addition, different organic C fractions corresponding with active

  6. An Effective Distributed Model for Power System Transient Stability Analysis

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    MUTHU, B. M.

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The modern power systems consist of many interconnected synchronous generators having different inertia constants, connected with large transmission network and ever increasing demand for power exchange. The size of the power system grows exponentially due to increase in power demand. The data required for various power system applications have been stored in different formats in a heterogeneous environment. The power system applications themselves have been developed and deployed in different platforms and language paradigms. Interoperability between power system applications becomes a major issue because of the heterogeneous nature. The main aim of the paper is to develop a generalized distributed model for carrying out power system stability analysis. The more flexible and loosely coupled JAX-RPC model has been developed for representing transient stability analysis in large interconnected power systems. The proposed model includes Pre-Fault, During-Fault, Post-Fault and Swing Curve services which are accessible to the remote power system clients when the system is subjected to large disturbances. A generalized XML based model for data representation has also been proposed for exchanging data in order to enhance the interoperability between legacy power system applications. The performance measure, Round Trip Time (RTT is estimated for different power systems using the proposed JAX-RPC model and compared with the results obtained using traditional client-server and Java RMI models.

  7. The effect of shear rate on aggregate size distribution and structure at steady state: a comparison between a Taylor–Couette reactor to a mixing tank

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    Bubáková, Petra; Pivokonský, Martin; Pivokonský, Radek; Filip, Petr

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 62, č. 5 (2013), s. 288-295. ISSN 0003-7214 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP105/11/0247 Institutional support: RVO:67985874 Keywords : aggregate size distribution * aggregation * flocculation * fractal dimension * shear rate Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics Impact factor: 0.521, year: 2013

  8. Stability of SIRS Epidemic Model with Stochastic Perturbation and Distributed Delays

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    Ahmadjan Muhammadhaji; Xamxinur Abdurahman; Ramziya Rifhat

    2013-01-01

    A class of SIRS epidemic model with stochastic perturbation and distributed delays is proposed and discussed. Some sufficient conditions on the stability of the zero solution are established. Finally, concluding that, the white noise is favorable for the stability of zero solution and the distributed time delays have no impact on the stability of zero solution.

  9. Pattern of tick aggregation on mice: larger than expected distribution tail enhances the spread of tick-borne pathogens.

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    Luca Ferreri

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The spread of tick-borne pathogens represents an important threat to human and animal health in many parts of Eurasia. Here, we analysed a 9-year time series of Ixodes ricinus ticks feeding on Apodemus flavicollis mice (main reservoir-competent host for tick-borne encephalitis, TBE sampled in Trentino (Northern Italy. The tail of the distribution of the number of ticks per host was fitted by three theoretical distributions: Negative Binomial (NB, Poisson-LogNormal (PoiLN, and Power-Law (PL. The fit with theoretical distributions indicated that the tail of the tick infestation pattern on mice is better described by the PL distribution. Moreover, we found that the tail of the distribution significantly changes with seasonal variations in host abundance. In order to investigate the effect of different tails of tick distribution on the invasion of a non-systemically transmitted pathogen, we simulated the transmission of a TBE-like virus between susceptible and infective ticks using a stochastic model. Model simulations indicated different outcomes of disease spreading when considering different distribution laws of ticks among hosts. Specifically, we found that the epidemic threshold and the prevalence equilibria obtained in epidemiological simulations with PL distribution are a good approximation of those observed in simulations feed by the empirical distribution. Moreover, we also found that the epidemic threshold for disease invasion was lower when considering the seasonal variation of tick aggregation.

  10. Monte Carlo simulation for morphology of nanoparticles and particle size distributions: comparison of the cluster–cluster aggregation model with the sectional method

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    This study presents the validity and ability of an aggregate mean free path cluster–cluster aggregation (AMP-CCA) model, which is a direct Monte Carlo simulation, to predict the aggregate morphology with diameters form about 15–200 nm by comparing the particle size distributions (PSDs) with the results of the previous stochastic approach. The PSDs calculated by the AMP-CCA model with the calculated aggregate as a coalesced spherical particle are in reasonable agreement with the results of the previous stochastic model regardless of the initial number concentration of particles. The shape analysis using two methods, perimeter fractal dimension and the shape categories, has demonstrated that the aggregate structures become complex with increasing the initial number concentration of particles. The AMP-CCA model provides a useful tool to calculate the aggregate morphology and PSD with reasonable accuracy

  11. Integration of Distribution Grid Constraints in an Event-driven Control Strategy for Plug-in Electric Vehicles in a Multi-aggregator Setting

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    De Craemer, Klaas; Vandael, Stijn; Claessens, Bert; Deconinck, Geert

    2015-01-01

    In literature, several mechanisms are proposed to prevent Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) from overloading the distribution grid. However, it is unclear how such technical mechanisms influence the market level control strategies of a PEV aggregator. Moreover, the presence of multiple aggregators in the same distribution grid further complicates the problem. Often, grid congestion management mechanisms are proposed to solve the potential interference between the technical and market objecti...

  12. Complex aggregation patterns in drying nanocolloidal suspensions: size matters when it comes to the thermomechanical stability of nanoparticle-based structures.

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    Darwich, Samer; Mougin, Karine; Haidara, Hamidou

    2010-11-16

    We report the results of a model study on the interrelation among the occurrence of complex aggregation patterns in drying nanofluids, the size of the constitutive nanoparticles (NPs), and the drying temperature, which is a critical issue in the genesis of complex drying patterns that was never systematically reported before. We show that one can achieve fine control over the occurrence and topological features of these drying-mediated complex structures through the combination of the particle size, the drying temperature, and the substrate surface energy. Most importantly, we show that a transition in the occurrence of the patterns appears with the temperature and the particle size, which accounts for the size dependence of the thermomechanical stability of the aggregates in the nanoscale range. Using simple phenomenological and scaling considerations, we showed that the thermomechanical stability of the aggregates was underpinned by physical quantities that scale with the size of the NPs (R) either as R(-2) or R(-3). These insights into the size-dependent dissipation mechanisms in nanoclusters should help in designing NPs-based structures with tailored thermomechanical and environmental stability and hence with an optimized morphological stability that guarantees their long-term functional properties. PMID:20883008

  13. STUDY OF REGIONAL STABILITY OF ECD DISTRIBUTION IN NORMAL BRAIN

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    李培勇; 陈刚; 朱承谟

    2001-01-01

    Objective To evaluate in vivo stability of ethylenedylbis cysteine diethylester ( ECD ) brain SPECT. Methods Each of13 normal volunteers (31.2±11.8 years) has12 dynamic SPECT scans acquired in 60min 1h after an injection of 99mTc-ECD using a triple headed gamma camera equipped with ultra high resolution fan beam collimators. Average counts per pixel were measured from frontal, temporal, parietal, occipital regions, cerebellum, basal ganglia, thalamus and white matter. Regional ECD clearance rates, regional gray-to-white matter (G/W) ratios and the change of the G /W ratio were calculated. Results The average ECD clearance rate was 4.2%/h, ranged from 3.03%/h to 5.41%/h corresponding to white matter and occipital. There was no significant difference between regional ECD clearance rates. Regional G/W ratio was between 1.27 to 1.75. The G /W ratio of temporal lobe was lower than the occipital (P<0.05). The change of regional G /W ratio with time is slow. Cbnclusion Regional ECD distribution is stable in normal brain. ECD clearance from brain is slow and no significant regional difference.

  14. The SAWO (Small And Well Organized) avatar teaches the importance of the aggregates on the soil system and how to determine their stability

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    Mataix-Solera, Jorge; Cerdà, Artemi; Jordán, Antonio; Úbeda, Xavier; Pereira, Paulo

    2015-04-01

    Soil structure is the key factor that determine the soil quality as control the organic matter turnnover, soil biology and soil erodibility (Cerdà, 1996; 1998; Wick et al., 2014; Gelaw, 2015). There is a need to understand better the factors and the processes that act on the soil aggregation and the dynamics of the soil aggregation, which will make easier to understand the soil system functioning (Jordán et al., 2011; Jordán et al., 2012; Pulido Moncada et al., 2013). Fire, mines, grazing and agricultura (Cerdà, 2000; Mataix Solera et al., 2011; Cerdà et al., 2012; Hallett et al., 2014; Lozano et al., 2013) determines how the soil structure is highly affected by the humankind. And this determines the sustainability of the land managements (García Orenes et al., 2012; K¨ropfl et al., 2013; Mekuria and Aynekulu, 2013; Taguas et al., 2013; Zhao et al., 2013). Aggregates are Small And Well Organized (SAWO) structures that allow the water to flow, the air fill the porous and the life to be diverse and abundant in the soil. The SAWO avatar will teach the importance of the functions and the services of the aggregates to students and other scientists, but also to any audience. This means that the experiments and the vocabulary to be used by SAWO will be very wide and rich. The Avatar SAWO will use different strategies and skills to teach the soil aggregation properties and characteristics. And also, how to measure. Easy to carry out experiments will be shown by SAWO to measure the aggregate stability in the field and in the laboratory, and the soil sampling in the field. The SAWO avatar will play a special attention to the impact of forest fires on aggregate stability changes and how to measure. The SAWO avatar will teach how to take samples in the field, how to transport and manage in the laboratory, and finally which measurements and test can be done to determine the aggregate stability. Acknowledgements To the "Ministerio de Economía and Competitividad" of

  15. Effects of Land Use Practices on the Organic Carbon Content, Cation Exchange Capacity and Aggregate Stability of Soils in the Catchment Zones

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    Mosayeb Heshmati; Arifin Abdu; Shamshuddin Jusop; Nik M. Majid

    2011-01-01

    Problem statement: Land use practice leads to changes in the physico-chemical properties of soils, such as Soil Organic Carbon (SOC), Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC) and Soil Aggregate Stability (SAS) that cause soil erosion. Approach: Merek catchment, Iran suffers from land degradation due to poor land use practice. A study was carried out with the objectives: (i) to determine soil nutrient status in different agro-ecological zones in Merek catchment; and (ii) to evaluate the influence of lan...

  16. An aggregate analysis of personal care products in the environment: Identifying the distribution of environmentally-relevant concentrations.

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    Hopkins, Zachary R; Blaney, Lee

    2016-01-01

    Over the past 3-4 decades, per capita consumption of personal care products (PCPs) has steadily risen, resulting in increased discharge of the active and inactive ingredients present in these products into wastewater collection systems. PCPs comprise a long list of compounds employed in toothpaste, sunscreen, lotions, soaps, body washes, and insect repellants, among others. While comprehensive toxicological studies are not yet available, an increasing body of literature has shown that PCPs of all classes can impact aquatic wildlife, bacteria, and/or mammalian cells at low concentrations. Ongoing research efforts have identified PCPs in a variety of environmental compartments, including raw wastewater, wastewater effluent, surface water, wastewater solids, sediment, groundwater, and drinking water. Here, an aggregate analysis of over 5000 reported detections was conducted to better understand the distribution of environmentally-relevant PCP concentrations in, and between, these compartments. The distributions were used to identify whether aggregated environmentally-relevant concentration ranges intersected with available toxicity data. For raw wastewater, wastewater effluent, and surface water, a clear overlap was present between the 25th-75th percentiles and identified toxicity levels. This analysis suggests that improved wastewater treatment of antimicrobials, UV filters, and polycyclic musks is required to prevent negative impacts on aquatic species. PMID:27128715

  17. Tillage and liming effects on aggregate distribution and associated carbon and nitrogen in acid soils of SW Spain

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    Gómez-Paccard, Clara; Zabaleta, Javier; Benito, Marta; León, Paloma; Mariscal-Sancho, Ignacio; Espejo, Rafael; Hontoria, Chiquinquirá

    2013-04-01

    Beneficial effects of conservation tillage are well known on a wide variety of environmental aspects. The lack of ploughing in no till systems conserves soil structure, enhances the accumulation of organic carbon in the surface layer and promotes the development of soil microorganisms. On the other hand, liming is a common practice in acid soils. Lime raises the pH, reduces Al toxicity enhancing root development, but controversial results have been found about the effects of liming on soil structure. Ultisols from SW of Spain present severe chemical constraints as poor nutrient availability and high Al contents in the exchange complex. On the other hand, traditional practices as conventional tillage led to a dramatic decrease on soil organic carbon and a degraded soil structure. No till plus liming might be recommendable to achieve a sustainable and productive agriculture in these particular soils, but little is known about the effect of these practices on soil structure when applied together. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of traditional tillage (TT) versus no tillage (NT), and liming versus no liming on aggregate size distribution and associated carbon and nitrogen. The study was conducted on a Plinthic Palexerult (Soil Survey Staff, 1999) in the Cañamero's Raña (SW Spain) under Mediterranean climate (mean annual temperature: 15.0° C; mean annual precipitation: 869 mm). The experimental design was a split-plot with four replications. The main factor was tillage (no till versus traditional till) while the second was the inclusion or not of Ca-amendment (sugar foam plus red gypsum). Samples were collected in 2011 after six years of treatment at a 0-5, 5-10 and 10-25 cm depths. The aggregate distribution was determined by wet sieving method to separate four aggregate size classes: (i) >2000 µm (large macroaggregates), (ii) 250-2000 µm (small macroaggregates), (iii) 53-250 µm (microaggregates), (iv) Soil organic carbon and nitrogen were

  18. Geotechnical characteristics and stability analysis of rock-soil aggregate slope at the Gushui Hydropower Station, southwest China.

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    Zhou, Jia-wen; Shi, Chong; Xu, Fu-gang

    2013-01-01

    Two important features of the high slopes at Gushui Hydropower Station are layered accumulations (rock-soil aggregate) and multilevel toppling failures of plate rock masses; the Gendakan slope is selected for case study in this paper. Geological processes of the layered accumulation of rock and soil particles are carried out by the movement of water flow; the main reasons for the toppling failure of plate rock masses are the increasing weight of the upper rock-soil aggregate and mountain erosion by river water. Indoor triaxial compression test results show that, the cohesion and friction angle of the rock-soil aggregate decreased with the increasing water content; the cohesion and the friction angle for natural rock-soil aggregate are 57.7 kPa and 31.3° and 26.1 kPa and 29.1° for saturated rock-soil aggregate, respectively. The deformation and failure mechanism of the rock-soil aggregate slope is a progressive process, and local landslides will occur step by step. Three-dimensional limit equilibrium analysis results show that the minimum safety factor of Gendakan slope is 0.953 when the rock-soil aggregate is saturated, and small scale of landslide will happen at the lower slope. PMID:24082854

  19. Accumulation and Distribution of Human Capital: The Interaction between Individual and Aggregate Variables

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    Massimo Giannini

    1999-01-01

    The paper analyzes the joint evolution of accumulation and distribution of human capital in an OLG framework. Dynamics arises from the interplay between human capital distribution and individual variables - inherited human capital and inborn ability. Such interaction drives individual investment in human capital and accumulation in the economy. According to the initial distribution the model provides different dynamical behaviours linking growth and inequality; in general economies with a mor...

  20. Fluid motion and solute distribution around sinking aggregates I : Small-scale fluxes and heterogeneity of nutrients in the pelagic environment

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    Kiørboe, Thomas; Ploug, H.; Thygesen, Uffe Høgsbro

    2001-01-01

    in its wake, where solute concentration is either elevated (leaking substances) or depressed (consumed substances) relative to ambient concentration. Such plumes may impact the nutrition of osmotrophs. For example, based on published solubilization rates of aggregates we describe the amino acid plume......Marine snow aggregates are sites of elevated biological activity. This activity depends on the exchange of solutes (O- 2, CO2, mineral nutrients, dissolved organic material, etc.) between the aggregate and the environment and causes heterogeneity in the distribution of dissolved substances in the...... ambient water. We described the fluid flow and solute distribution around a sinking aggregate by solving the Navier- Stokes' equations and the advection-diffusion equations numerically. The model is valid for Reynolds numbers characteristic of marine snow, up to Re = 20. The model demonstrates the...

  1. A net-jet flow system for mass transfer and microsensor studies of sinking aggregates

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    Ploug, H.; Jørgensen, BB

    1999-01-01

    A flow system was developed which enables studies of hydrodynamics and mass transfer in freely sinking aggregates. The aggregates stabilized their positions in the water phase at an upward flow Velocity which balanced and opposed the sinking velocity of the individual aggregate. The flow field was...... viscous boundary layer along the sides of the aggregate parallel to the flow could by explained by creeping flow, while a non-turbulent wake was present at the rear (downstream) of the aggregate. The oxygen distribution inside a ca 3.5 mm large diatom aggregate and in the surrounding water was mapped in 2...

  2. Distribuição de agregados e carbono orgânico em um Argissolo Amarelo distrocoeso em diferentes manejos Distribution of aggregates and organic carbon in an Ultisol submitted to different managements

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    Veronildo S. Oliveira

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo principal deste estudo foi avaliar a estabilidade e a distribuição de agregados em um Argissolo Amarelo distrocoeso comparando-se os valores de uma área de mata nativa (MA, com três áreas cultivadas com cana-de-açúcar sendo uma sem irrigação (MSI, uma com irrigação (MCI e outra sob fertirrigação com vinhaça (MCV. O solo das três áreas cultivadas foi submetido ao mesmo tipo de preparo: gradagem pesada, gradagem leve e subsolagem. Amostras de solo com estrutura indeformada na área de mata e de cada área cultivada foram coletadas para determinação da estabilidade de agregados, expressa pelo diâmetro médio ponderado (DMP, índice de estabilidade de agregados (IEA, módulo de finura (MF, porcentagem de agregados estáveis em água com diâmetros maiores que 2,0 mm (AGRI e valores de carbono total. Os distintos tipos de manejo do solo com cana-de-açúcar promoveram perda da estabilidade de agregados com o aumento da profundidade. A estabilidade de agregados foi reduzida em relação à mata nativa na sequência: MA > MCV > MCI > MSI. Registraram-se, na área sem irrigação (MSI os menores índices de agregação, em que na submetida a fertirrigação com vinhaça (MCV os valores foram semelhantes aos da área de mata nativa apresentando maior índice de estabilidade de agregados em água. Correlações significativas e positivas foram obtidas entre carbono orgânico total e os índices de agregação do solo (DMP > AGRI > MF > IEA sob diferentes situações de manejo.The main objective of this study was to evaluate the stability and aggregate distribution of an Ultisol submitted to different management systems under sugarcane cultivation. Evaluated areas consisted of native forest (MA and sugarcane managed areas with irrigation (MCI, vinasse irrigation (MCV and without irrigation (MSI. Management of the areas followed the same conventional preparation: heavy and light harrowing and subsoiling. Undeformed soil samples

  3. Generating Within-Plant Spatial Distributions of an Insect Herbivore Based on Aggregation Patterns and Per-Node Infestation Probabilities.

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    Rincon, Diego F; Hoy, Casey W; Cañas, Luis A

    2015-04-01

    Most predator-prey models extrapolate functional responses from small-scale experiments assuming spatially uniform within-plant predator-prey interactions. However, some predators focus their search in certain plant regions, and herbivores tend to select leaves to balance their nutrient uptake and exposure to plant defenses. Individual-based models that account for heterogeneous within-plant predator-prey interactions can be used to scale-up functional responses, but they would require the generation of explicit prey spatial distributions within-plant architecture models. The silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci biotype B (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae), is a significant pest of tomato crops worldwide that exhibits highly aggregated populations at several spatial scales, including within the plant. As part of an analytical framework to understand predator-silverleaf whitefly interactions, the objective of this research was to develop an algorithm to generate explicit spatial counts of silverleaf whitefly nymphs within tomato plants. The algorithm requires the plant size and the number of silverleaf whitefly individuals to distribute as inputs, and includes models that describe infestation probabilities per leaf nodal position and the aggregation pattern of the silverleaf whitefly within tomato plants and leaves. The output is a simulated number of silverleaf whitefly individuals for each leaf and leaflet on one or more plants. Parameter estimation was performed using nymph counts per leaflet censused from 30 artificially infested tomato plants. Validation revealed a substantial agreement between algorithm outputs and independent data that included the distribution of counts of both eggs and nymphs. This algorithm can be used in simulation models that explore the effect of local heterogeneity on whitefly-predator dynamics. PMID:26313173

  4. Generalized extreme value distribution parameters as dynamical indicators of stability

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    Faranda, Davide; Lucarini, Valerio; Turchetti, Giorgio; Vaienti, Sandro

    2012-01-01

    We introduce a new dynamical indicator of stability based on the Extreme Value statistics showing that it provides an insight on the local stability properties of dynamical systems. The indicator perform faster than other based on the iteration of the tangent map since it requires only the evolution of the original systems and, in the chaotic regions, gives further information about the information dimension of the attractor. A numerical validation of the method is presented through the analy...

  5. Cellular Proteomes Have Broad Distributions of Protein Stability

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    Ghosh, Kingshuk; Dill, Ken

    2010-01-01

    Biological cells are extremely sensitive to temperature. What is the mechanism? We compute the thermal stabilities of the whole proteomes of Escherichia coli, yeast, and Caenorhabditis elegans using an analytical model and an extensive database of stabilities of individual proteins. Our results support the hypothesis that a cell's thermal sensitivities arise from the collective instability of its proteins. This model shows a denaturation catastrophe at temperatures of 49–55°C, roughly the the...

  6. Distribution and Ecology of Aster amellus aggregates in the Czech Republic

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    Mandáková, T.; Münzbergová, Zuzana

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 98, - (2006), s. 845-856. ISSN 0305-7364 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : Distribution * Ecology * Aster amellus Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 2.448, year: 2006

  7. Mesoscale eddies influence distribution and aggregation patterns of micronekton in the Mozambique Channel

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    Sabarros, Philippe; Ménard, Frédéric; Lévénez, Jean-Jacques; Tew-Kai, Emilie; Ternon, Jean-François

    2009-01-01

    Oceanic mesoscale circulation is a crucial structuring force in the marine environment. Dynamic processes associated with eddies, such as eddy-induced upwelling or eddy-eddy interaction, drive the transport and distribution of nutrients that support the whole food chain, presumably through bottom-up processes. Eddies can shape the distribution of organisms at both low (phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish larvae) and high trophic levels (top fish predators, seabirds or turtles), but the impact...

  8. The stability of distributed neutral delay differential systems with Markovian switching

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    This paper is concerned with the stability analysis of neutral-type stochastic distributed delay differential systems described by Markovian switching. This system has some special kind of neutral behaviour with uncertain distributed time delays occurring in the state variables. Based on the Lyapunov function, novel methodologies for analyzing stability criteria, and the design of an uncertain distributed delay model are presented. The proposed method is an alternative way to study the robustness and stability of uncertain distributed delays with neutral systems. In order to demonstrate the applicability of the results, the investigation considers two specific examples.

  9. An aggregated approach to harmonic modelling of loads in power distribution networks

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    Moellerstedt, E.

    1998-06-01

    The use of power electronics have given possibilities for more sophisticated control of power networks. This creates new demands on power network modelling. The models must not only allow for efficient and accurate simulation, but also be suitable for analysis and control design. The Harmonic Norton Equivalent presented in this thesis addresses two problems that are central in control theory, namely model reduction and system identification. It is essential to have simple representations of large systems, and there must be a way to obtain these simple models experimentally, as detailed modelling most often is too complicated. The Harmonic Norton Equivalent has its roots in the method of harmonic balance. It is a frequency domain description of loads in electric networks and describes a linear relation between the current spectrum and the voltage spectrum. The linearization implies that aggregation of loads for model reduction is a straightforward, non-iterative procedure. The models can be obtained through analytical calculations, measurements or time domain simulations. A procedure for experimental estimation of model parameters is presented. The procedure is used to estimate the parameters of a dimmer model from measurements on a real dimmer. The obtained model shows a very good agreement with validation data 24 refs, 24 figs

  10. Stability of fluctuating and transient aggregates of amphiphilic solutes in aqueous binary mixtures: Studies of dimethylsulfoxide, ethanol, and tert-butyl alcohol

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    Banerjee, Saikat; Bagchi, Biman

    2013-10-01

    In aqueous binary mixtures, amphiphilic solutes such as dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), ethanol, tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), etc., are known to form aggregates (or large clusters) at small to intermediate solute concentrations. These aggregates are transient in nature. Although the system remains homogeneous on macroscopic length and time scales, the microheterogeneous aggregation may profoundly affect the properties of the mixture in several distinct ways, particularly if the survival times of the aggregates are longer than density relaxation times of the binary liquid. Here we propose a theoretical scheme to quantify the lifetime and thus the stability of these microheterogeneous clusters, and apply the scheme to calculate the same for water-ethanol, water-DMSO, and water-TBA mixtures. We show that the lifetime of these clusters can range from less than a picosecond (ps) for ethanol clusters to few tens of ps for DMSO and TBA clusters. This helps explaining the absence of a strong composition dependent anomaly in water-ethanol mixtures but the presence of the same in water-DMSO and water-TBA mixtures.

  11. Optimal linear stability condition for scalar differential equations with distributed delay

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    Bernard, Samuel; Crauste, Fabien

    2014-01-01

    Linear scalar differential equations with distributed delays appear in the study of the local stability of nonlinear differential equations with feedback, which are common in biology and physics. Negative feedback loops tend to promote oscillations around steady states, and their stability depends on the particular shape of the delay distribution. Since in applications the mean delay is often the only reliable information available about the distribution, it is desirable to find conditions fo...

  12. Voltage multi-stability in distribution grids with power flow reversal

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    Nguyen, Hung D.; Turitsyn, Konstantin

    2014-01-01

    High levels of penetration of distributed generation and aggressive reactive power compensation with modern power electronics may result in the reversal of active and reactive power flows in future distribution grids. The voltage stability of these operating conditions may be very different from the more traditional power consumption regime. We study the stability characteristics of distribution networks with reversed power flow. After introducing a universal algebraic approach to characteriz...

  13. Optimal exploitation of spatially distributed trophic resources and population stability

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    Basset, A.; Fedele, M.; DeAngelis, D.L.

    2002-01-01

    The relationships between optimal foraging of individuals and population stability are addressed by testing, with a spatially explicit model, the effect of patch departure behaviour on individual energetics and population stability. A factorial experimental design was used to analyse the relevance of the behavioural factor in relation to three factors that are known to affect individual energetics; i.e. resource growth rate (RGR), assimilation efficiency (AE), and body size of individuals. The factorial combination of these factors produced 432 cases, and 1000 replicate simulations were run for each case. Net energy intake rates of the modelled consumers increased with increasing RGR, consumer AE, and consumer body size, as expected. Moreover, through their patch departure behaviour, by selecting the resource level at which they departed from the patch, individuals managed to substantially increase their net energy intake rates. Population stability was also affected by the behavioural factors and by the other factors, but with highly non-linear responses. Whenever resources were limiting for the consumers because of low RGR, large individual body size or low AE, population density at the equilibrium was directly related to the patch departure behaviour; on the other hand, optimal patch departure behaviour, which maximised the net energy intake at the individual level, had a negative influence on population stability whenever resource availability was high for the consumers. The consumer growth rate (r) and numerical dynamics, as well as the spatial and temporal fluctuations of resource density, which were the proximate causes of population stability or instability, were affected by the behavioural factor as strongly or even more strongly than by the others factors considered here. Therefore, patch departure behaviour can act as a feedback control of individual energetics, allowing consumers to optimise a potential trade-off between short-term individual fitness

  14. Large Scale Solar Power Integration in Distribution Grids: PV Modelling, Voltage Support and Aggregation Studies

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    Samadi, A.

    2014-01-01

    Long term supporting schemes for photovoltaic (PV) system installation have led to accommodating large numbers of PV systems within load pockets in distribution grids. High penetrations of PV systems can cause new technical challenges, such as voltage rise due to reverse power flow during light load

  15. Aggregate stability, root length and root thickness influenced by a mycorrhizal inoculum? - Results from a three-year eco-engineering field experiment on an alpine slope.

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    Bast, Alexander; Wilcke, Wolfgang; Lüscher, Peter; Graf, Frank; Gärtner, Holger

    2014-05-01

    In mountain environments many slopes are covered by coarse grained, glacial-, periglacial- or/and denudation-derived substrate. These slopes show a high geomorphic activity and are susceptible for erosional processes, shallow landslides or debris flows, which can result in a high socio-economic hazard potential. This is especially true for steep slopes, lacking a protecting vegetation cover. Regarding hazard prevention, eco-engineering gained in importance because related techniques provide a sustainable measure to protect erosion-prone hillslopes. The idea of using plants for sustainable erosion control and protection against shallow landslides, demands some essential requirements, as e.g., a stable seedbed providing appropriate water and nutrient supply. However, degraded alpine slopes are often unstable and the coarse-grained material shows a low retention capacity of water and nutrients. Extreme conditions like this hamper a fast and sustainable development of a protecting vegetation cover even if pioneer plants are used to stabilize the slopes. Thus, the question arises what needs to be done to give planted saplings within eco-engineering projects maximum support developing their above- and belowground structures to promote slope stabilization. Laboratory experiments using potted plants have shown a positive impact of mycorrhizal fungi inoculation plant development and soil structure, i.e. the formation of (stable) aggregates within several months. Soil aggregate stability is an integrating parameter, reflecting several aspects of the plant-soil system and for this also an indicator of soil development and soil stability. Because of this and based on the promising laboratory results, we intended to apply this approach in a field-experiment We established (i) mycorrhizal and (ii) non-mycorrhizal treated eco-engineered research plots on a field experimental scale, covering a total area of approx. 1000 m2 on an ENE exposed slope (coarse morainic and denudation

  16. Spatial and temporal variability in aggregated grain-size distributions, with implications for sediment dynamics

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    Wheatcroft, Robert A.; Butman, Cheryl Ann

    1997-04-01

    The grain-size distribution of bottom sediments has important implications for diverse aspects of sediment dynamics, including prediction of the critical boundary shear stress and calibration of suspended sediment sensors. Past sampling strategies to obtain estimates of the seabed grain-size distribution typically have not considered spatial and temporal variability, and have been insufficient to resolve potential millimeter-scale vertical variations in grain size. Moreover, laboratory analyses have been predicated on chemically and/or ultrasonically disaggregating the sediments before resolving particle diameter, therefore the more dynamically relevant in situ grain-size spectrum is not measured. To test for such effects, three sites on the northern California continental shelf comprising a cross-shelf transect from a sandy, inner-shelf (60 m) site, to a muddy, mid-shelf (90 m) site and a relict, outer-shelf (130 m) site were studied. Replicate box cores were collected over two winter field seasons, and multiple subcores from each box core were vertically sectioned at 2-mm intervals. Gentle wet sieving techniques were used to determine the mass fraction in the 300,um size classes. In addition, a lesser number of standard disaggregated grain-size analyses were performed using a Coulter Counter. Results from the sandy, inner-shelf site indicate the presence of an ephemeral fine-grained (flow. In addition, there is evidence for a progressive and substantial winnowing of fine-grained sediment from the surface layer over the course of a winter storm season. At the deeper sites, the upper 2 mm of the bed contained 5-20% more material meters) scale spatial variability is modest. In addition, the disaggregated grain-size distribution at the two muddy sites is, in all cases, markedly finer than the in situ grain-size distribution. Therefore, calibrations and predictions based on a knowledge of the size distribution of the primary (i.e. disaggregated) particles could be in

  17. Transient stability impacts from distribution connected wind farms

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    Vittal, Eknath; Cuffe, Paul; Keane, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Wind generation penetration levels are increasing in power systems across the world. Along with transmission connected wind farms, distribution connected wind farms are becoming more prevalent in power systems. How these distribution connected farms control reactive power is of concern to the transmission system operator. This paper examines a hybrid system, where the transmission system is modeled with a significant penetration level of radial distribution feeders connected to a collection o...

  18. Biological stability in drinking water distribution systems: A novel approach for systematic microbial water quality monitoring

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    Prest, E.I.E.D.

    2015-01-01

    Challenges to achieve biological stability in drinking water distribution systems Drinking water is distributed from the treatment facility to consumers through extended man-made piping systems. The World Health Organization drinking water guidelines (2006) stated that “Water entering the distribut

  19. Stability and Aggregation of Silver and Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Seawater: Role of Salinity and Dissolved Organic Matter

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    The behavior and fate of nanoparticles (NPs) in the marine environment is largely unknown and has the potential to have important environmental and human health implications. The aggregation state and fate of NPs in the marine environment is greatly influenced by their interactio...

  20. Distributive Effects of Forest Service Attempts to Maintain Community Stability

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    Daniels, Steven E.; Hyde, William F.; Wear, David N.

    1991-01-01

    Community stability is an objective of USDA Forest Service timber sales. This paper examines that objective, and the success the Forest Service can have in attaining it, through its intended maintenance of a constant volume timber harvest schedule. We apply a three-factor, two-sector modified general equilibrium model with empirical evidence from the timber-based counties of western Montana. Departure from a market responsive timber policy can have positive impacts on the wood products sector...

  1. The effect of increasing Diesel and lubricating oil contamination on the aggregate stability and compressibility of two soil materials (Ah and Bt material)

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    The effect of mineral oil on two factors determining the soil mechanics properties is introduced: The water stability of the aggregates without loading and their compressibility under load, and the resulting density of storage. The unpolarized mineral oil immiscible with the water represents a 4th phase in the soil. The effect of the mineral oil on the sum of the acting forces (cohesion and adhesion forces, surface and boundary energy) and the wettability are shown with investigations, which describe the total effects. (orig.)

  2. Influência da temperatura no diâmetro e na estabilidade de agregados em Chernossolo, Saskatchewan, Canadá Temperature effect on aggregate diameter and stability in a Chernozem from Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Edivaldo Lopes Thomaz

    2011-12-01

    changes in aggregate distribution and stability (mean weight diameter, geometric mean diameter and aggregate stability. The samples were heated in a muffle furnace, and subjected to the following treatments: control (room temperature, 200 oC and 300 oC for 20 minutes and 580 oC for 10 minutes. The Chernozem soil was affected by the different temperatures. At 200 ºC, there was a decrease in the geometric mean diameter, mean weight diameter and the soil aggregate stability. Aggregates of 2.8 mm were most influenced by this temperature. On the other hand, the 580 °C temperature caused an increase in these indexes. The 300 °C temperature caused intermediate response compared to other temperatures. The wet sieving was the most efficient technique to detect the temperature effects on soil.

  3. Diffusion in aggregated soil.

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    Rappoldt, C.

    1992-01-01

    The structure of an aggregated soil is characterized by the distribution of the distance from an arbitrary point in the soil to the nearest macropore or crack. From this distribution an equivalent model system is derived to which a diffusion model can be more easily applied. The model system consists of spherical, or cylindrical or plane aggregates, which do not represent the individual aggregates of the soil, however. The radii of the spheres, cylinders or plane sheets represent different le...

  4. Stability criteria for a class of differential inclusion systems with discrete and distributed time delays

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    In this paper, the global asymptotic stability for a class of differential inclusion systems with discrete and distributed time delays is investigated. Some delay-dependent criteria are proposed to guarantee the global asymptotic stability of the systems. Finally, a numerical example is provided to illustrate the use of the main results.

  5. Stability Boundaries for Offshore Wind Park Distributed Voltage Control

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    Gryning, Mikkel P.S.; Wu, Qiuwei; Kocewiak, Lukasz;

    2016-01-01

    In order to identify mechanisms causing slow reactive power oscillations observed in an existing offshore wind power plant, and be able to avoid similar events in the future, voltage control is studied in this paper for a plant with a static synchronous compensator, type-4 wind turbines and a park...... pilot control. Using data from the actual wind power plant, all stabilizing subsystem voltage proportional-integral controller parameters are first characterized based on their Hurwitz signature. Inner loop current control is then designed using Internal Mode Control principles, and guidelines for feed...

  6. Dielectric Analysis for the Spherical and Rodlike Micelle Aggregates Formed from a Gemini Surfactant: Driving Forces of Micellization and Stability of Micelles.

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    Wang, Shanshan; Zhao, Kongshuang

    2016-08-01

    The self-aggregation behavior of Gemini surfactant 12-2-12 (ethanediyl-1,2-bis(dimethyldodecylammonium bromide)) in water was investigated by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS) over a frequency range from 40 Hz to 110 MHz. Dielectric determination shows that well-defined spherical micelles formed when the concentration of the surfactant was above a critical micelle concentration CMC1 of 3 mM and rodlike micelles formed above CMC2, 16 mM. The formation mechanism of the spherical micelles and their transition mechanism to clubbed micelles were proposed by calculating the degree of counterion binding of the micelles. The interactions between the head groups and the hydrophobic chains of the surfactant led to the formation of the micelles, whereas the transition is mainly attributed to the interaction among the hydrophobic chains. By analyzing the dielectric relaxation observed at about 10(7) Hz based on the interface polarization theory, the permittivity and conductivity of micelle aggregates (spherical and clubbed) and volume fraction of micelles were calculated theoretically as well as the electrical properties of the solution medium. Furthermore, we also calculated the electrokinetic parameters of the micelle particle surface, surface conductivity, surface charge density, and zeta potential, using the relaxation parameters and phase parameters. On the basis of these results, the balance of forces controlling morphological transitions, interfacial electrokinetic properties, and the stability of the micelle aggregates was discussed. PMID:27396495

  7. A simple and sensitive fluorimetric aptasensor for the ultrasensitive detection of arsenic(III) based on cysteamine stabilized CdTe/ZnS quantum dots aggregation.

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    Ensafi, Ali A; Kazemifard, N; Rezaei, B

    2016-03-15

    A new approach for developing a fluorimetric aptasensor has been described and applied for determination of a highly toxic cation, As(III). In this method an aptamer was used to aggregate cationic cysteamine-stabilized CdTe/ZnS core/shell quantum dots, as a result fluorescence quenching was accrued. In the presence of As(III), the aptamer and As(III) make a complex, which prevents aggregation of the quantum dots. Thus, the fluorescence intensity of the quantum dots was enhanced upon the de-aggregation, which depends on the concentration of As(III). The fluorimetric assay has a very low detection limit of 1.3 pmolL(-1) As(III) with a dynamic range of 1.0 × 10(-11) to 1.0 × 10(-6) molL(-1). The interference effect of a wide variety of cations and anions was investigated, and the obtained results confirm high selectivity of the aptasensor for As(III) detection. The present assay was successfully applied for the determination of As(III) in several water samples. PMID:26457735

  8. Estabilidad estructural y P en fracciones de agregados en la cuenca del Aº El Divisorio (Coronel Pringles, BA Structural stability and phosphorus in soil aggregate fractions in El Divisorio stream catchment area (Coronel Pringles, Buenos Aires province

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    Josefina Cacchiarelli

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available En los últimos años la calidad del agua en el embalse Paso de las Piedras se ha visto afectada por la eutrofización, perjudicando la provisión para la población de Bahía Blanca y alrededores. Se ha señalado a la actividad agropecuaria como originaria del aumento de la concentración de fósforo (P en el arroyo El Divisorio, que desemboca en el embalse. El objetivo de este estudio fue cuantificar las relaciones entre algunas propiedades relacionadas con el potencial de contaminación de estos suelos: la estabilidad estructural, la distribución de tamaños de agregados y las concentraciones de las formas de P en los diferentes agregados. Se seleccionaron 16 transectas en lotes de productores a lo largo del curso del arroyo. Se tomaron muestras de suelo (0-5 cm en las posiciones loma (L, media loma (M y bajo (B. Se determinaron los diámetros medios ponderado en seco (DMPs y en húmedo (DMPh, calculándose el cambio en el diámetro medio ponderado (CDMP. Se determinaron los contenidos de P orgánico (Po e inorgánico (Pi en cada una de las posiciones y tamaños de agregados. Si bien los suelos de la cuenca mostraron buenos valores de estabilidad estructural, las fuerzas físicas provenientes de la actividad agrícola favorecieron la destrucción de los agregados menos estables encontrándose gran cantidad de material fino (In the last years, water quality in the Paso de las Piedras reservoir has been affected by eutrophication, leading to problems in the provision of potable water to the population of Bahía Blanca city and surrounding areas. Agricultural activity has been pointed out as the possible non-point source of P contaminating the El Divisorio stream, which flows directly into the reservoir. The objective of this work was to assess some selected edaphic properties associated with the contamination potential of soils such as structural stability, aggregate distribution and concentration of organic (Po and inorganic (Pi P in the

  9. Spatial variability of aggregate stability in latosols under sugarcane Variabilidade espacial da estabilidade de agregados em latossolos sob cultivo de cana-de-açúcar

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    Zigomar Menezes de Souza

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The spatial variability of soils under a same management system is differentiated, as expressed in the properties. The spatial variability of aggregate stability of a eutrophic Red Latosol (ERL and a dystrophic Red Latosol (DRL under sugarcane was characterized. Samples were collected in a regular 10 m grid, in the layers 0.0-0.2 and 0.2-0.4 m, with 100 points per area, and the following properties were determined: geometric mean diameter (GMD of aggregates, mean weight diameter (MWD of aggregates, percent of aggregates in the > 2.0 mm class and organic matter (OM content. The eutrophic Red Latosol (ERL had a higher aggregate stability thn the dystrophic Red Latosol (DRL, which may be attributed to the higher clay and OM content and the gibbsitic mineralogy of this soil class. The differentiated evolution of the studied Oxisols explains the wider range and lower variation coefficient and variability, for all properties studied in the eutrophic Red Latosol.Solos submetidos ao mesmo sistema de manejo manifestam variabilidade espacial diferenciada de seus atributos. A variabilidade espacial da estabilidade de agregados foi caracterizada em um Latossolo Vermelho distrófico e Latossolo Vermelho eutroférrico, sob cultivo de cana-de-açúcar. Foram realizadas amostragens de terra nos pontos de interseção de uma malha de 10 x 10 linhas, espaçadas de 10 m, totalizando 100 pontos de amostragem por área, coletadas nas camadas de 0,0-0,2 e 0,2-0,4 m de profundidade, para determinação de diâmetro médio geométrico (DMG, diâmetro médio ponderado (DMP, agregados na classe >2,0 mm e teor de matéria orgânica do solo. O Latossolo Vermelho eutroférrico apresenta maior estabilidade de agregados quando comparado com o Latossolo Vermelho distrófico, condizente com o maior teor de argila, matéria orgânica e mineralogia gibbsítica. A evolução diferenciada dos Latossolos estudados explica os maiores alcances, o menor coeficiente de variação (CV e

  10. Engineering a therapeutic IgG molecule to address cysteinylation, aggregation and enhance thermal stability and expression

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    Buchanan, Andrew; Clementel, Veronica; Woods, Rob; Harn, Nicholas; Bowen, Michael A.; Mo, Wenjun; Popovic, Bojana; Bishop, Steven M.; Dall’Acqua, William; Minter, Ralph; Jermutus, Lutz; Bedian, Vahe

    2013-01-01

    Antibodies can undergo a variety of covalent and non-covalent degradation reactions that have adverse effects on efficacy, safety, manufacture and storage. We had identified an antibody to Angiopoietin 2 (Ang2 mAb) that neutralizes Ang2 binding to its receptor in vitro and inhibits tumor growth in vivo. Despite favorable pharmacological activity, the Ang2 mAb preparations were heterogeneous, aggregated rapidly and were poorly expressed. Here, we report the engineering of the antibody variable...

  11. Final technical report for project titled Quantitative Characterization of Cell Aggregation/Adhesion as Predictor for Distribution and Transport of Microorganisms in Subsurface Environment

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    Gu, April Z [Northeastern University; Wan, Kai-tak [Northeastern Univeristy

    2014-09-02

    This project aims to explore and develop enabling methodology and techniques for nano-scale characterization of microbe cell surface contact mechanics, interactions and adhesion quantities that allow for identification and quantification of indicative properties related to microorganism migration and transport behavior in porous media and in subsurface environments. Microbe transport has wide impact and therefore is of great interest in various environmental applications such as in situ or enhanced subsurface bioremediation,filtration processes for water and wastewater treatments and protection of drinking water supplies. Although great progress has been made towards understanding the identities and activities of these microorganisms in the subsurface, to date, little is known of the mechanisms that govern the mobility and transport of microorganisms in DOE’s contaminated sites, making the outcomes of in situ natural attenuation or contaminant stability enhancement unpredictable. Conventionally, movement of microorganisms was believed to follows the rules governing solute (particle) transport. However, recent studies revealed that cell surface properties, especially those pertaining to cell attachment/adhesion and aggregation behavior, can cause the microbe behavior to deviate from non-viable particles and hence greatly influence the mobility and distribution of microorganisms in porous media.This complexity highlights the need to obtain detailed information of cell-cell and cell-surface interactions in order to improve and refine the conceptual and quantitative model development for fate and transport of microorganisms and contaminant in subsurface. Traditional cell surface characterization methods are not sufficient to fully predict the deposition rates and transport behaviors of microorganism observed. A breakthrough of methodology that would allow for quantitative and molecular-level description of intrinsic cell surface properties indicative for cell

  12. Like a Good Neighbor: Monetary Policy, Financial Stability, and the Distribution of Risk

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    Koenig, Evan F.

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    In an economy in which debt obligations are fixed in nominal terms, a monetary policy focused narrowly on controlling inflation insulates lenders from aggregate output risk, leaving borrowers as residual claimants. This concentration of risk has the potential to exacerbate the financial distress associated with adverse supply shocks. A better risk distribution is obtained if the price level is allowed to rise whenever output is unexpectedly weak. Illustrative examples are presented in which a...

  13. Disruption of mycorrhizal extraradical mycelium and changes in leaf water status and soil aggregate stability in rootbox-grown trifoliate orange

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Arbuscular mycorrhizas possess well developed extraradical mycelium (ERM network that enlarge the surrounding soil for better acquisition of water and nutrients, besides soil aggregation. Distinction in ERM functioning was studied under a rootbox system, which consisted of root+hyphae and root-free hyphae compartments separated by 37-μm nylon mesh with an air gap. Trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata seedlings were inoculated with Funneliformis mosseae in root+hyphae compartment, and the ERM network was established between the two compartments. The ERM network of air gap was disrupted before 8 h of the harvest (one time disruption or multiple disruptions during seedlings acclimation. Our results showed that mycorrhizal inoculation induced a significant increase in growth (plant height, stem diameter, and leaf, stem, and root biomass and physiological characters (leaf relative water content, leaf water potential, and transpiration rate, irrespective of ERM status. Easily-extractable glomalin-related soil protein (EE-GRSP and total GRSP (T-GRSP concentration and mean weight diameter (MWD, an indicator of soil aggregate stability were significantly higher in mycorrhizosphere of root+hyphae and root-free hyphae compartments than non-mycorrhizosphere. One time disruption of ERM network did not influence plant growth and soil properties but only notably decreased leaf water. Periodical disruption of ERM network at weekly interval markedly inhibited the mycorrhizal roles on plant growth, leaf water, GRSP production, and MWD in root+hyphae and hyphae chambers. EE-GRSP was the most responsive GRSP fraction to changes in leaf water and MWD under root+hyphae and hyphae conditions. It suggests that effect of peridical disruption of ERM network was more impactful than one-time disruption of ERM network with regard to leaf water, plant growth, and aggregate stability responses, thereby, implying ERM network aided in developing the host plant metabolically

  14. Stabilization of Nonuniform Euler-Bernoulli Beam with Locally Distributed Feedbacks

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    Xian-bing CAO; Qing-xu YAN

    2012-01-01

    In this article,we study the stabilization problem of a nonuniform Euler-Bernoulli beam with locally distributed feedbacks.Firstly,using the semi-group theory,we establish the well-posedness of the associated closed loop system.Then by proving the uniqueness of the solution of a related ordinary differential equations,we derive the asymptotic stability of the closed loop system. Finally,by means of the piecewise frequency domain multiplier method,we prove that the corresponding closed loop system can be exponentially stabilized by only one of the two distributed feedback controls proposed in this paper.

  15. Weak selection and stability of localized distributions in Ostwald ripening

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    Giron, Boaz; Meerson, Baruch; Sasorov, Pavel V.

    1998-01-01

    We support and generalize a weak selection rule predicted recently for the self-similar asymptotics of the distribution function (DF) in the zero-volume-fraction limit of Ostwald ripening (OR). An asymptotic perturbation theory is developed that, when combined with an exact invariance property of the system, yields the selection rule, predicts a power-law convergence towards the selected self-similar DF and agrees well with our numerical simulations for the interface- and diffusion-controlled...

  16. Wasserstein metrics and empirical distributions in stability of stochastic programs

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    Houda, Michal

    Bratislava : University of Economics, 2004 - (Lukáčik, M.), s. 71-77 ISBN 80-8078-012-9. [Quantitative Methods in Economics. Multiple Criteria Decision Making /12./. Virt (SK), 02.06.2004-04.06.2004] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA402/01/0539 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z1075907 Keywords : stochastic programming * probability distribution * Wasserstein metrics Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research

  17. An aggregated wind power generation model based on MERRA reanalysis data: MATLAB model and example data for the April 2014 wind farm distribution of Great Britain.

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    Cannon, Dirk; Brayshaw, David

    2014-01-01

    The MATLAB model is contained within the compressed folders (versions are available as .zip and .tgz). This model uses MERRA reanalysis data (>34 years available) to estimate the hourly aggregated wind power generation for a predefined (fixed) distribution of wind farms. A ready made example is included for the wind farm distribution of Great Britain, April 2014 ("CF.dat"). This consists of an hourly time series of GB-total capacity factor spanning the period 1980-2013 inclusive. Give...

  18. Effect of antecedent soil moisture on aggregate stability and splash erosion of krasnozem%前期土壤含水率对红壤团聚体稳定性及溅蚀的影响

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    马仁明; 蔡崇法; 李朝霞; 王军光; 冯君园; 吴新亮; 朱惠荣

    2014-01-01

    Rainfall splash erosion, usually the first step in soil loss and sediment transport, is a critical process in hillslope water erosion. It is recognized that antecedent moisture content influences the re-aggregation of soil particles and their subsequent enhanced ability to resist exogenic soil erosional forces. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of antecedent moisture on aggregate stability and splash for Utisols in subtropical China. Four soil samples derived from Shale and Quaternary red soil and five antecedent moisture contents (3 %, 5 %, 10 %, 15 %, and 20 %) were tested in this study. Effects of antecedent moisture on aggregate stability and splash erosion were discussed based on the analysis of aggregate water stability using wet-sieving method and rainfall simulation with an intensity of 60 mm/h for 45 minutes in laboratory. Mean weight diameter of aggregate water stability (MWDwa) was used as the aggregate stability index. The fragments splashed out were measured by wet sieving with sieves of 2.0 mm, 1.0 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.25 mm, respectively. And fragments less than 0.25 mm in size were then measured by a laser diffraction sizer in five classes (0.2-0.25 mm, 0.15-0.2 mm, 0.10-0.15 mm, 0.05-0.10 mm, and < 0.05 mm). The results showed that aggregate water stability significantly increased with increasing antecedent moisture content and slaking was the most efficient breakdown mechanism. With the increase of antecedent moisture content, MWDwa values of the soils derived from Shale significantly increased. However, the MWDwa values of soils derived from Quaternary red clay increased initially then decreased, with the most stable value at the moisture of 15%. With antecedent moisture content increasing, the total mass of splash for soils derived from Shale decreased, but decreased first then increased for soils derived from Quaternary red clay, with a minimum value at the moisture of 15%. The size-selectivity was determined by the size

  19. The uniform continuity of characteristic function from convoluted exponential distribution with stabilizer constant

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    Devianto, Dodi

    2016-02-01

    It is constructed convolution of generated random variable from independent and identically exponential distribution with stabilizer constant. The characteristic function of this distribution is obtained by using Laplace-Stieltjes transform. The uniform continuity property of characteristic function from this convolution is obtained by using analytical methods as basic properties.

  20. East-West Couples: Distribution, Characteristics and Stability

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    Daniel Lois

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Der Originalbeitrag in deutscher Sprache ist verfügbar unter: Bd. 40 (2015: Ausgewählte deutsche Beiträge.SOEP data were used to examine relationships consisting of one partner socialised in West Germany and one in East Germany and who presently reside in the “old” (former West German or “new” (newly formed East German federal states. The estimated share of east-west couples among all marriages or cohabiting couples rises continuously within the observed period reaching approximately two and eleven percent respectively by 2009. The specific characteristics of east-west couples are that their employment-related division of labour is relatively egalitarian, above-average the partners are of different confessions and practice different religions, at least one of the partners is frequently divorced and there is also a strong tendency towards unmarried cohabitation. Besides the place of socialisation, the present place of residence has an independent impact on the economic situation, division of labour and marriage propensity. Analyses of relationship stability reveal that east-west couples exhibit a relatively high risk of separation. This is partly due to religious differences between the partners, but primarily to the low marriage propensity and the overrepresentation of divorced persons within this type of relationship.

  1. Changes in soil organic carbon and aggregate stability after conversion to conservation tillage for seven years in the Huang-Huai-Hai Plain of China

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    SHU Xin; ZHU An-ning; ZHANG Jia-bao; YANG Wen-liang; XIN Xiu-li; ZHANG Xian-feng

    2015-01-01

    Soil aggregate stability and organic carbon (OC) are regarded as effective indicators of soil structure and quality. A long-term ifeld experiment was established in 2006 to examine the inlfuence of til age systems on soil aggregation and OC in a sandy loam soil in the Huang-Huai-Hai Plain of China. The study involved eight treatments:plowing every year with (TS) and without residue (T), plowing every 2 years with (2TS) and without residue (2T), plowing every 4 years with (4TS) and without residue (4T), and no plowing with (NTS) and without residue (NT). In 2013, soil samples were col ected at depths of 0–5, 5–10 and 10–20 cm, and separated into three aggregate-size classes:macroaggregates (>250μm), microaggregates (53–250μm) and the silt+clay fraction (microaggregates>silt+clay fraction. In the 0–5 cm soil layer, concentrations of macroaggregate-associated OC in 2TS, 4TS and NTS were 14, 56 and 83%higher than for T, whereas T had the greatest concentration of OC associated with the silt+clay fraction in the 10–20 cm layer. Soil OC concentrations under 4TS and NTS were signiifcantly higher (P<0.05) than that of T in the 0–10 cm layer. Residue retention promoted formation of macroaggregates, increased macroaggregate-associated OC concentrations and thus increased total soil OC stock. The macroaggregate-associated OC was positively correlated (R2=0.96) with soil OC concentration, while the silt+clay fraction-associated OC was negatively correlated (R2=0.82) with soil OC concentration. The concentration of soil OC was positively correlated with MWD (R2=0.94) and GMD (R2=0.92). We concluded that increasing til age intensity led to a loss of carbon (C)-rich macroaggregates and an increase of C-depleted silt+clay fraction. The conservation til age system, especial y NTS and 4TS, increased soil aggregate stability and promoted OC accumulation in macroaggregates, provided the potential to improve soil C sequestration and soil structure in the Huang

  2. Soil aggregation under different management systems

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    Cibele Mascioli Rebello Portella

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Considering that the soil aggregation reflects the interaction of chemical, physical and biological soil factors, the aim of this study was evaluate alterations in aggregation, in an Oxisol under no-tillage (NT and conventional tillage (CT, since over 20 years, using as reference a native forest soil in natural state. After analysis of the soil profile (cultural profile in areas under forest management, samples were collected from the layers 0-5, 5-10, 10-20 and 20-40 cm, with six repetitions. These samples were analyzed for the aggregate stability index (ASI, mean weighted diameter (MWD, mean geometric diameter (MGD in the classes > 8, 8-4, 4-2, 2-1, 1-0.5, 0.5-0.25, and < 0.25 mm, and for physical properties (soil texture, water dispersible clay (WDC, flocculation index (FI and bulk density (Bd and chemical properties (total organic carbon - COT, total nitrogen - N, exchangeable calcium - Ca2+, and pH. The results indicated that more intense soil preparation (M < NT < PC resulted in a decrease in soil stability, confirmed by all stability indicators analyzed: MWD, MGD, ASI, aggregate class distribution, WDC and FI, indicating the validity of these indicators in aggregation analyses of the studied soil.

  3. Effects of antibiotic resistance genes on the performance and stability of different microbial aggregates in a granular sequencing batch reactor.

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    Zou, Wenci; Xue, Bin; Zhi, Weijia; Zhao, Tianyu; Yang, Dong; Qiu, Zhigang; Shen, Zhiqiang; Li, Junwen; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Jingfeng

    2016-03-01

    Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) have emerged as key factors in wastewater environmental contaminants and continue to pose a challenge for wastewater treatment processes. With the aim of investigating the performance of granular sludge system when treating wastewater containing a considerable amount of ARGs, a lab-scale granular sequencing batch reactor (GSBR) where flocculent and granular sludge coexisted was designed. The results showed that after inoculation of donor strain NH4(+)-N purification efficiency diminished from 94.7% to 32.8% and recovered to 95.2% after 10 days. Meanwhile, RP4 plasmid had varying effects on different forms of microbial aggregates. As the size of aggregates increased, the abundance of RP4 in sludge decreased. The residence time of RP4 in granules with particle size exceeding 0.9 mm (14 days) was far shorter than that in flocculent sludge (26 days). Therefore, our studies conclude that with increasing number of ARGs being detected in wastewater, the use of granular sludge system in wastewater treatment processes will allow the reduction of ARGs transmissions and lessen potential ecological threats. PMID:26590870

  4. Distribution Costs and Real Exchange Rate Dynamics During Exchange-Rate-Based Stabilization

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    Burstein, Ariel Tomas; Joao C. Neves; Rebelo, Sérgio

    2001-01-01

    This Paper studies the role played by distribution costs in shaping the behaviour of the real exchange rate during exchange-rate-based stabilizations. We document that distribution costs are very large for the average consumer good: the represent more than 40% of the retail price in the US and 60% of the retail price in Argentina. Distribution services require local labour and so so they drive a natural wedge between retail prices in different countries. We show that introducing a distributio...

  5. Water chamber geometry and stabilizer construction effect on water pressure distribution of high pressure descaling nozzles

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    Hrabovský Jozef

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available High pressure descaling nozzles are used mainly for removing oxides from hot steel products. The homogeneity and intensity of water pressure distribution on the oxidised surface are very important characteristics for a description of nozzle characteristics. The higher the water impact is the more scales are removed and the surface is cleaner. The results of water impact depend not only on the used nozzle but also on the used water stabilizer and geometry of water chamber in which the nozzle with the stabilizer is mounted. To analyse the real water pressure distribution a special measuring device was used that enables us to scan pressure distribution of the spraying nozzle. Two different nozzles were used, each with a different construction of a stabilizer. The nozzles with the stabilizers were mounted in the water chambers with different geometries. It was confirmed that water chamber geometry has a slight effect on water pressure distribution. It was also found that for some geometry of the stabilizer the water chamber geometry has a bigger effect and for some smaller. The measured values are also compared with numerical simulations in the water chamber and the stabilizer.

  6. Experimental Study and Engineering Application of Cement Stabilized Recycled Aggregate Pavement Base Course%水泥稳定再生集料基层性能试验研究与工程应用∗

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    胡忠辉; 贾致荣; 张文刚; 袁中玉; 高磊

    2016-01-01

    To study the feasibility of applying cement stabilized recycled aggregate to high⁃grade highway pavement base course, the technical indicators of recycled aggregate and natural aggregate were tested, the pavement performances of cement stabilized recycled aggregate were tested, and the first class highway test road was paved in northern Jiangsu area. The results show that the recycled aggregate reaches the material technical requirements of pavement base course. The strength of cement stabilized recycled aggregate with 4�5% cement totally using recycled aggregate meets the strength requirement of high⁃grade highway base course. The shrink age coefficient of cement stabilized recycled aggregate is higher, so more attention should be paid to the early maintenance. Obvious cracking was not found on the test road after being opened to traffic for three months.%为研究再生集料应用于高等级道路基层的可行性,对比测试了天然集料与再生集料的各项指标,进行了再生水泥稳定碎石路用性能试验研究,并铺筑了苏北地区某一级公路基层试验路。结果显示:再生集料满足路面基层材料的技术要求;水泥剂量4�5%、全再生集料水泥稳定碎石抗压强度满足规范及设计要求;再生水泥稳定碎石干缩系数较大,工程中需注意早期养护;试验路通车3个月后调查,没有发现明显开裂。

  7. Association of Soil Aggregation with the Distribution and Quality of Organic Carbon in Soil along an Elevation Gradient on Wuyi Mountain in China.

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    Li, Liguang; Vogel, Jason; He, Zhenli; Zou, Xiaoming; Ruan, Honghua; Huang, Wei; Wang, Jiashe; Bianchi, Thomas S

    2016-01-01

    Forest soils play a critical role in the sequestration of atmospheric CO2 and subsequent attenuation of global warming. The nature and properties of organic matter in soils have an influence on the sequestration of carbon. In this study, soils were collected from representative forestlands, including a subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest (EBF), a coniferous forest (CF), a subalpine dwarf forest (DF), and alpine meadow (AM) along an elevation gradient on Wuyi Mountain, which is located in a subtropical area of southeastern China. These soil samples were analyzed in the laboratory to examine the distribution and speciation of organic carbon (OC) within different size fractions of water-stable soil aggregates, and subsequently to determine effects on carbon sequestration. Soil aggregation rate increased with increasing elevation. Soil aggregation rate, rather than soil temperature, moisture or clay content, showed the strongest correlation with OC in bulk soil, indicating soil structure was the critical factor in carbon sequestration of Wuyi Mountain. The content of coarse particulate organic matter fraction, rather than the silt and clay particles, represented OC stock in bulk soil and different soil aggregate fractions. With increasing soil aggregation rate, more carbon was accumulated within the macroaggregates, particularly within the coarse particulate organic matter fraction (250-2000 μm), rather than within the microaggregates (53-250μm) or silt and clay particles (soils at higher altitudes are more likely to lose SOC under warmer conditions. PMID:26964101

  8. Effects of Asphaltene Aggregation in Model Heptane-Toluene Mixtures on Stability of Water-in-Oil Emulsions

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    McLean; Kilpatrick

    1997-12-01

    As part of an ongoing investigation into the stability of water-in-crude oil emulsions, model oils have been utilized to further probe the effects of crude solvency as well as specific resin-asphaltene interactions on emulsion stability. These model oils were constructed by dissolving varying amounts of resins and/or asphaltenes in a mixture of heptane and toluene. The resins and asphaltenes used in this study were isolated from four different crude types-Arab Berri (AB), Arab Heavy (AH), Alaska North Slope (ANS), and San Joaquin Valley (SJV)-and characterized in a previous study using heptane precipitation of the asphaltenes followed by an extrographic separation of the resins from silica gel. Asphaltenes dissolved in heptol at concentrations of just 0.5% were shown to generate emulsions which were even more stable than those generated from their respective whole crude oils. Some types of resins (e.g., from AH and SJV) also demonstrated an ability to stabilize emulsions although these resin-stabilized emulsions were considerably less stable than those prepared with asphaltenes. The primary factors governing the stability of these model emulsions were the aromaticity of the crude medium (as controlled by the heptane:toluene ratio), the concentration of asphaltenes, and the availability of solvating resins in the oil (i.e., the resin/asphaltene or R/A ratio). The model emulsions were the most stable when the crude medium was 30-40% toluene and in many cases at small R/A ratios (i.e., R/A asphaltenes are the most effective in stabilizing emulsions when they are near the point of incipient precipitation. The types of resins and asphaltenes used to construct these model oils also played a role in determining the resultant emulsion stability which indicates the importance of specific resin-asphaltene interactions. The interfacially active components that stabilized these model systems were the most polar and/or condensed portions of the resin and asphaltene fractions as

  9. Stability analysis of transmission system with high penetration of distributed generation

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    M.Reza

    2006-01-01

    Nowadays, interest in generating electricity using decentralized generators of relatively small scale ('distributed generation', DG) is increasing. This work deals with the impact of implementing DG on the transmission system transient stability, with the emphasis on a potential transition from a 'vertical power system' to a 'horizontal power system. A problem in power systems is maintaining synchronous operation of all (centralized) synchronous machines. This stability problem associated is ...

  10. Algorithms for Incremental Aggregation over Distributed Data Stream%分布式数据流增量聚集

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    王永利; 徐宏炳; 董逸生; 钱江波; 刘学军

    2006-01-01

    分布式处理是数据流管理中的主流技术,聚集是分布式数据流系统中一种重要的连续查询类型.在分布式数据流环境中,由于需要连续计算聚集值,并且在分布式网络中连续传送聚集值,导致系统的通信开销非常大.为了有效地减少网络中数据流的传输量,提出了一种近似增量聚集算法(approximately incremental aggregate over distributed data stream,AIADDS).算法增量地计算网络中各个站点的聚集值,只有当聚集值的改变超出给定的阈值才向其他站点传送聚集改变量,这样,可以显著地降低网络的数据传输量.作为算法核心的VSB-Tree能够有效地合并、存储来自孩子站点的聚集值,同时增量地向它的父站点传送聚集改变量.理论分析和实验结果表明,算法是行之有效的.

  11. Energy Losses and Voltage Stability Study in Distribution Network with Distributed Generation

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    Hongwei Ren; Congying Han; Tiande Guo; Wei Pei

    2014-01-01

    With the distributed generation technology widely applied, some system problems such as overvoltages and undervoltages are gradually remarkable, which are caused by distributed generations like wind energy system (WES) and photovoltaic system (PVS) because of their probabilistic output power which relied on natural conditions. Since the impacts of WES and PVS are important in the distribution system voltage quality, we study these in this paper using new models with the probab...

  12. Stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable distributed feedback laser for interferometric sensors

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    Mao, Xuefeng; Zhou, Xinlei; Yu, Qingxu

    2016-02-01

    We describe a stabilizing operation point technique based on the tunable Distributed Feedback (DFB) laser for quadrature demodulation of interferometric sensors. By introducing automatic lock quadrature point and wavelength periodically tuning compensation into an interferometric system, the operation point of interferometric system is stabilized when the system suffers various environmental perturbations. To demonstrate the feasibility of this stabilizing operation point technique, experiments have been performed using a tunable-DFB-laser as light source to interrogate an extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometric vibration sensor and a diaphragm-based acoustic sensor. Experimental results show that good tracing of Q-point was effectively realized.

  13. Urea and methylamine effects on rabbit muscle phosphofructokinase. Catalytic stability and aggregation state as a function of pH and temperature.

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    Hand, S C; Somero, G N

    1982-01-25

    The effects of urea and several methylamine solutes on the catalytic stability and aggregation properties of rabbit muscle phosphofructokinase were assessed at physiologically realistic concentrations of the solutes under several pH and temperature regimes. The loss of catalytic activity observed under conditions of pH-induced cold lability was significantly reduced in the presence of trimethylamine-N-oxide, N-trimethylglycine and N-methylglycine (order of decreasing effectiveness). The concentration-dependent methylamine stabilization of the enzyme, seen with as little as 50 mM trimethylamine-N-oxide, was accompanied by increased aggregation of the enzyme to molecular weights greater than the tetramer (polytetramer) as solute concentration was raised to 400 mM. At pH 6.5-6.7 and 25 degrees C, concentrations of urea greater than 25 mM promoted a time-dependent inactivation of the enzyme which was enhanced at lower temperatures. The urea sensitivity of the enzyme exhibited with 0.8 M urea for 1 h at pH 8.0 did not result in measurable inactivation. The fluorescence emission wavelength maximum of the enzyme was shifted to longer wavelengths and the fluorescence intensity was increased as pH was lowered to 7.0, suggesting the occurrence of a protein conformation change as specific amino acid residues of the tetramer became protonated. Measurements of enzyme light scattering indicated that perturbation by urea was correlated with tetramer dissociation, which was irreversible by dialysis at 25 degrees C. The urea and methylamine influences on phosphofructokinase activity and structure were not counteracting. The synergistic interactions among pH, temperature, and solutes observed with phosphofructokinase are compared to effects on other associating-dissociating protein systems in order to evaluate possible mechanisms of action of these low molecular weight solutes. PMID:6459323

  14. Association of Soil Aggregation with the Distribution and Quality of Organic Carbon in Soil along an Elevation Gradient on Wuyi Mountain in China.

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    Full Text Available Forest soils play a critical role in the sequestration of atmospheric CO2 and subsequent attenuation of global warming. The nature and properties of organic matter in soils have an influence on the sequestration of carbon. In this study, soils were collected from representative forestlands, including a subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest (EBF, a coniferous forest (CF, a subalpine dwarf forest (DF, and alpine meadow (AM along an elevation gradient on Wuyi Mountain, which is located in a subtropical area of southeastern China. These soil samples were analyzed in the laboratory to examine the distribution and speciation of organic carbon (OC within different size fractions of water-stable soil aggregates, and subsequently to determine effects on carbon sequestration. Soil aggregation rate increased with increasing elevation. Soil aggregation rate, rather than soil temperature, moisture or clay content, showed the strongest correlation with OC in bulk soil, indicating soil structure was the critical factor in carbon sequestration of Wuyi Mountain. The content of coarse particulate organic matter fraction, rather than the silt and clay particles, represented OC stock in bulk soil and different soil aggregate fractions. With increasing soil aggregation rate, more carbon was accumulated within the macroaggregates, particularly within the coarse particulate organic matter fraction (250-2000 μm, rather than within the microaggregates (53-250μm or silt and clay particles (< 53μm. In consideration of the high instability of macroaggregates and the liability of SOC within them, further research is needed to verify whether highly-aggregated soils at higher altitudes are more likely to lose SOC under warmer conditions.

  15. JUDGMENT AGGREGATION AND PREFERENCE AGGREGATION

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    2011-01-01

    In the paper we present an introduction to the theory of judgment aggregation and discuss its relation to the theory of preference aggregation. We compare the formal model of judgment aggregation, based on logic, with the formal model of preference aggregation. Finally, we present a theorem in judgmentaggregation which is an exact analogue of Arrow's theorem for strict preferences.

  16. Discrete magnesium hydride aggregates: a cationic Mg13H18 cluster stabilized by NNNN-type macrocycles.

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    Martin, Daniel; Beckerle, Klaus; Schnitzler, Silvia; Spaniol, Thomas P; Maron, Laurent; Okuda, Jun

    2015-03-23

    Large magnesium hydride aggregates [Mg13 (Me3 TACD)6 (μ2 -H12 )(μ3 -H6 )][A]2 ((Me3 TACD)H=1,4,7-trimethyl-1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane; A=AlEt4 , AlnBu4 , B{3,5-(CF3 )2 C6 H3 }4 ) were synthesized stepwise from alkyl complexes [Mg2 (Me3 TACD)R3 ] (R=Et, nBu) and phenylsilane in the presence of additional Mg(II) ions. The central magnesium atom is octahedrally coordinated by six hydrides as in solid α-MgH2 of the rutile type. Further coordination to six magnesium atoms leads to a substructure of seven edge-sharing octahedra as found in the hexagonal layer of brucite (Mg(OH)2 ). Upon protonolysis in the presence of 1,2-dimethoxyethane (DME), this cluster was degraded into a tetranuclear dication [Mg2 (Me3 TACD)(μ-H)2 (DME)]2 [A]2 . PMID:25651417

  17. Roles of octabutoxy substitution and J-aggregation in stabilization of the excited state in nickel phthalocyanine.

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    Rais, David; Toman, Petr; Cerný, Jiří; Menšík, Miroslav; Pfleger, Jiří

    2014-07-24

    Nickel phthalocyanine (NiPc) complexes are known to show a rapid nonradiative deactivation of the photoexcited state through the internal conversion. This could be exploited in practical applications, such as photoprotection and photodynamic therapy. The butoxy substitution of NiPc plays an important role for drug delivery but also greatly influences its photophysics. We prepared novel peripherally substituted 2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octabutoxy nickel(II) phthalocyanine and characterized the deactivation pathway of its photoexcited state in solution by femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. We bring experimental evidence for the kinetic model, in which the photoexcitation evolves in two independent branches. In the first branch, assigned to the monomer, it undergoes ultrafast intersystem crossing to a triplet state, which subsequently decays to the ground state through a pathway involving lower-lying triplet states, with a ground-state recovery lifetime of 814 ps. It is about three-times longer than the lifetime published for unsubstituted NiPc. In the second branch, the photoexcitation decayed to a triplet state with an orders of magnitude longer lifetime, with the quantum yield of about 4%. This state showed spectral features of J-aggregates. These findings are important for the applications that rely on singlet oxygen formation or fast nonradiative deactivation of the excited state. PMID:24968193

  18. Grid tie inverter energy stabilizing in smart distribution grid with energy storage

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    孙秋野; 李大双; 褚恩辉; 张艺缤

    2014-01-01

    With the growing deployment of smart distribution grid, it has become urgent to investigate the smart distribution grid behavior during transient faults and improve the system stability. The feasibility of segmenting large power grids and multiple smart distribution grids interconnections using energy storage technology for improving the system dynamic stability was studied. The segmentation validity of the large power grids and smart distribution grid inverter output interconnections power system using energy storage technology was proved in terms of theoretical analysis. Then, the influences of the energy storage device location and capacity on the proposed method were discussed in detail. The conclusion is obtained that the ESD optimal locations are allocated at the tie line terminal buses in the interconnected grid, respectively. The effectiveness of the proposed method was verified by simulations in an actual power system.

  19. Comparative study of stability and half-life of enzymes and enzyme aggregates implemented in anaerobic biogas processes

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    Binner, Roman; Schmack, Doris; Reuter, Monika [Research and Development Department, Schmack Biogas GmbH, Schwandorf (Germany); Menath, Veronika; Huber, Harald; Thomm, Michael [University of Regensburg, Department of Microbiology, Regensburg (Germany); Bischof, Franz [University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering/Environmental Engineering, Amberg (Germany)

    2011-03-15

    Anaerobic digestion of mainly energy crops gains more and more importance in developing a sustainable energy supply. Therefore, the optimization of gas yield plays a major role in specific research attempts and economical considerations. One possibility to increase natural polymer degradation and concomitantly energy efficiency is the addition of exoenzymes to biogas facilities to enforce the primary degradation steps for biogas production. Therefore, in the present study, the stability and activity of five externally added enzyme mixtures to anaerobic biogas processes were investigated. Protein assays using soluble fractions of different biogas plants incubated together with the enzyme mixtures revealed that, within about 10 min, the externally added enzymes were mostly degraded. This very low stability in biogas reactors makes it unlikely that the addition of enzymes contributes significantly to degradation of macromolecules in the biogas process. Even the addition of protease inhibitors did not protect the added enzyme mixtures from degradation in most experiments. Furthermore, the influence of added enzymes on the viscosity of the biomass was tested. Only a marginal effect was obtained, when applying a tenfold higher concentration of added enzymes as proposed for practical use. The same result was achieved when commercially available enzymes were added to technical-scale fermentations using corn silage as monosubstrate. Therefore, these studies did not provide evidence that the addition of external enzymes into anaerobic degradation systems increases the methane yield in biogas facilities. (orig.)

  20. Stability analysis of transmission system with high penetration of distributed generation

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    Reza, M.

    2006-01-01

    Nowadays, interest in generating electricity using decentralized generators of relatively small scale ('distributed generation', DG) is increasing. This work deals with the impact of implementing DG on the transmission system transient stability, with the emphasis on a potential transition from a 'v

  1. Global asymptotic stability of BAM neural networks with distributed delays and reaction-diffusion terms

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    Cui Baotong [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Rd., Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)] e-mail: btcui@sohu.com; Lou Xuyang [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Rd., Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)

    2006-03-01

    The global asymptotic stability of bi-directional associative memory neural networks with distributed delays and reaction-diffusion terms are studied by using the analysis technique and Lyapunov functional. A sufficient condition is proposed. Two numerical examples are given to show the correctness of our analysis.

  2. Stabilization of the distribution of the product output in adaptive receivers noise signal

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    Yu. L. Mazor

    1986-04-01

    Full Text Available The algorithm of adaptive receiving noise signals on the background noise interference with monotonically varying spectra, allowing through the introduction of a reference path to stabilize the distribution of the output product. With the help of computer modeling an estimate of the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

  3. Site selection of active damper for stabilizing power electronics based power distribution system

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    Yoon, Changwoo; Wang, Xiongfei; Bak, Claus Leth;

    2015-01-01

    Stability in the nowadays distribution power system is endangered by interaction problems that may arise from newly added power-electronics based power devices. Recently, a new concept to deal with this higher frequency instability, the active damper, has been proposed. The active damper is a power...... electronics based power device, which provides an adjustable damping capability to the power system where the voltage harmonic instability is measured. It can stabilize by adjusting the equivalent node impedance with its plug and play feature. This feature gives many degrees of freedom of its installation...... is important for stabilizing the overall network and the active damper should be placed near to the problematic power devices. Finally, the unstable network with five inverters is able to obtain stability by adopting an active damper to the place where its ability becomes the most effective....

  4. Robust stability analysis of generalized neural networks with discrete and distributed time delays

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    This paper is concerned with the problem of robust global stability analysis for generalized neural networks (GNNs) with both discrete and distributed delays. The parameter uncertainties are assumed to be time-invariant and bounded, and belong to given compact sets. The existence of the equilibrium point is first proved under mild conditions, assuming neither differentiability nor strict monotonicity for the activation function. Then, by employing a Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, the addressed stability analysis problem is converted into a convex optimization problem, and a linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach is utilized to establish the sufficient conditions for the globally robust stability for the GNNs, with and without parameter uncertainties. These conditions can be readily checked by utilizing the Matlab LMI toolbox. A numerical example is provided to demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed global stability condition

  5. Stability of weighted spectral distribution in a pseudo tree-like network model

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    Bo, Jiao; Yuan-ping, Nie; Cheng-dong, Huang; Jing, Du; Rong-hua, Guo; Fei, Huang; Jian-mai, Shi

    2016-05-01

    The comparison of networks with different orders strongly depends on the stability analysis of graph features in evolving systems. In this paper, we rigorously investigate the stability of the weighted spectral distribution (i.e., a spectral graph feature) as the network order increases. First, we use deterministic scale-free networks generated by a pseudo tree-like model to derive the precise formula of the spectral feature, and then analyze the stability of the spectral feature based on the precise formula. Except for the scale-free feature, the pseudo tree-like model exhibits the hierarchical and small-world structures of complex networks. The stability analysis is useful for the classification of networks with different orders and the similarity analysis of networks that may belong to the same evolving system. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61402485, 61303061, and 71201169).

  6. 一种分布式空间数据的服务聚合模型%A service aggregative model of distributed spatial data

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    丰荣祥; 谢忠; 罗显刚

    2013-01-01

    Because of the heterogeneous data sources and the custom GIS service specification and distributed data storage, the range of geospatial information sharing and application is restricted. Based on geographic information sharing platform and dynamic service aggregation ideas, the paper launched a service aggregation model combining OGC standards and REST-style services. Through the service aggregation model, heterogeneous tile data of distributed storage was displayed seamlessly, which could achieve function sharing of Web Feature Service.%数据源的异构、GIS服务规范的自定义以及分布式存放等问题制约了空间信息的广泛共享和应用.本文基于空间信息共享平台建设,围绕服务动态聚合的思想,结合OGC的标准规范和技术思想,在具有REST风格的GIS服务的基础之上,提出了一个服务聚合模型,通过该模型实现了分布式存放的异构瓦片数据的无缝集成显示以及网络要素服务的功能共享.

  7. Transport and Aggregation of Nanoparticles in Packed Beds: Effects of Pore Velocity and Initially-Fed Particle Size on Transient Particle Size Distributions

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    Pham, Ngoc; Papavassiliou, Dimitrios

    2015-11-01

    Aggregation of colloidal particles in flow through porous media has received careful consideration, as it reduces particle breakthrough due to pore clogging and sedimentation. Additionally, in unstable colloidal systems, deposition of colloidal aggregates on the pore surfaces can create sub-surfaces for further colloidal attachment. This phenomenon is known as ripening effect. In this study, transient particle size distributions of nano-particle systems, propagating in a bed packed with spheres are numerically investigated. In our simulation, only pair interactions are considered, and the aggregation rate is varied with the relative position of two particles in a pair. The packed bed consists of spheres of known size, randomly packed in a simulation box. To generate the velocity field of water inside the porous medium, the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM) is used. In conjunction with that, the trajectories of thousands of massless particles moving with the flow under convection and diffusion are recorded employing a Lagrangian framework. While pore clogging is neglected, we draw attention to the change of the distribution of particle size under different pore velocities and different initially-fed particle sizes.

  8. Delay-dependent robust stabilization for uncertain singular:systems with discrete and distributed delays

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    Zhengguang WU; Wuneng ZHOU

    2008-01-01

    This paper investigates the problem of delay-dependent robust stabilization for uncertain singular systems with discrete and distributed delays in terms of linear matrix inequality(LMI)approach.Based on a delay-dependent stability condition for the nominal system,a state feedback controller is designed,which guarantees the resultant closedloop system to be robustly stable.An explicit expression for the desired controller is also given by solving a set of matrix inequalities.Some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the less conservativeness of the proposed methods.

  9. New robust stability condition for uncertain neutral systems with discrete and distributed delays

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    In this paper, the problem of robust stability for uncertain linear neutral systems with discrete and distributed delays is considered. The uncertainties under consideration are norm bounded, and possibly time varying. Some novel delay-dependent stability criteria are derived and formulated in the form of a linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) by a new class of Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionals which is constructed based on the descriptor model of the system and the method of decomposition. The new criteria are less conservative than the existing ones. Numerical examples illustrate that the proposed criteria are effective and achieve significant improvement over the results proposed in previous paper.

  10. Data Aggregation System - a system for information retrieval on demand over relational and non-relational distributed data sources

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    We present the Data Aggregation System, a system for information retrieval and aggregation from heterogenous sources of relational and non-relational data for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment on the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The experiment currently has a number of organically-developed data sources, including front-ends to a number of different relational databases and non-database data services which do not share common data structures or APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), and cannot at this stage be readily converged. DAS provides a single interface for querying all these services, a caching layer to speed up access to expensive underlying calls and the ability to merge records from different data services pertaining to a single primary key.

  11. Data Aggregation System - a system for information retrieval on demand over relational and non-relational distributed data sources

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    Ball, Gordon; Evans, D; Metson, S.

    2010-01-01

    We present the Data Aggregation System, a system for information retrieval and aggregation from heterogenous sources of relational and non-relational data for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment on the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The experiment currently has a number of organically-developed data sources, including front-ends to a number of different relational databases and non-database data services which do not share common data structures or APIs {\\it (Application Programming Interfaces)}, and cannot at this stage be readily converged. DAS provides a single interface for querying all these services, a caching layer to speed up access to expensive underlying calls and the ability to merge records from different data services pertaining to a single primary key.

  12. Impact of Distribution-Connected Large-Scale Wind Turbines on Transmission System Stability during Large Disturbances: Preprint

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    Zhang, Y.; Allen, A.; Hodge, B. M.

    2014-02-01

    This work examines the dynamic impacts of distributed utility-scale wind power during contingency events on both the distribution system and the transmission system. It is the first step toward investigating high penetrations of distribution-connected wind power's impact on both distribution and transmission stability.

  13. Thermal stability and long-chain fatty acid positional distribution on glycerol of argan oil.

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    Khallouki, Farid; Mannina, Luisa; Viel, Stéphane; Owen, Robert W

    2008-09-01

    The primary aim of this study was to determine the oxidative stability of argan oils by using peroxides and conjugated diene hydroperoxides measurements as analytical indicators. Both food and cosmetic argan oils were investigated. Their oxidative stability was also determined by monitoring the relative changes of their fatty acid profiles by (1)H NMR. In addition, valuable information regarding minor components as well as the acyl positional distribution, were obtained for both grades by high field (1)H and (13)C NMR, respectively. Given that the cosmetic and food grades have a similar profile and content of phenolic antioxidants, vitamers, and squalene, it appears that the ratio of fatty acid aliphatic to bisallylic CH2 groups, much higher in argan oils than in other vegetable oils, is responsible for their higher thermal stability. PMID:26050165

  14. The impact of distributed synchronous generators on quality of electricity supply and transient stability of real distribution network

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    Calderaro, V.; Piccolo, A. [Department of Information and Electrical Engineering (DIIIE), University of Salerno (Italy); Milanovic, J.V.; Kayikci, M. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester (United Kingdom)

    2009-01-15

    The paper investigates steady state and transient impact of Distributed Synchronous Generators (DSG) on a real Italian distribution network. Before connecting or allowing the connection of DSG, the worst operating scenarios have to be analyzed to guarantee that the network voltages remain within allowed ranges. A voltage profile variation and steady state voltage regulation are analyzed, therefore following connection of DSG. Transient analysis is also performed in order to analyze the impact of DSG on stability and protection system. Further, the islanding operating mode of the network is considered having in mind that the DSG could provide additional to the load in the absence of the main power supply. In particular, in the event of a supply outage, the temporary islanding operation of DSG might improve the continuity of service and such contribute to the overall quality of electricity supply to the customers. (author)

  15. [Impact of Land Utilization Pattern on Distributing Characters of Labile Organic Carbon in Soil Aggregates in Jinyun Mountain].

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    Li, Rui; Jiang, Chang-sheng; Hao, Qing-ju

    2015-09-01

    Four land utilization patterns were selected for this study in Jinyun mountain, including subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest (abbreviation: forest), sloping farmland, orchard and abandoned land. Soil samples were taken every 10 cm in the depth of 60 cm soil and proportions of large macroaggregates (> 2 mm), small macroaggregates (0. 25-2 mm), microaggregates (0. 053 - 0. 25 mm) and silt + clay (carbon and labile organic carbon in each aggregate fraction and analyze impacts of land uses on organic carbon and labile organic carbon of soil aggregates. LOC content of four soil aggregates were significantly reduced with the increase of soil depth; in layers of 0-60 cm soil depth, our results showed that LOC contents of forest and abandoned land were higher than orchard and sloping farmland. Reserves of labile organic carbon were estimated by the same soil quality, it revealed that forest (3. 68 Mg.hm-2) > abandoned land (1. 73 Mg.hm-2) > orchard (1. 43 Mg.hm-2) >sloping farmland (0.54 Mg.hm-2) in large macroaggregates, abandoned land (7.77, 5. 01 Mg.hm-2) > forest (4. 96, 2.71 Mg.hm-2) > orchard (3. 33, 21. 10 Mg.hm-2) > sloping farmland (1. 68, 1. 35 Mg.hm-2) in small macroaggregates and microaggregates, and abandoned land(4. 32 Mg.hm-2) > orchard(4. 00 Mg.hm-2) > forest(3. 22 Mg.hm-2) > sloping farmland (2.37 Mg.hm-2) in silt + clay, forest and abandoned land were higher than orchard and sloping farmland in other three soil aggregates except silt + clay. It was observed that the level of organic carbon and labile organic carbon were decreased when bringing forest under cultivation to orchard or farmland, and augments on organic carbon and labile organic carbon were found after exchanging farmland to abandoned land. The most reverses of forest and abandoned land emerged in small macroaggregates, orchard and sloping farmland were in microaggregates. That was, during the transformations of land utilization pattern, soil aggregates with bigger size were easier to

  16. Characterization and modeling of thermal diffusion and aggregation in nanofluids.

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    Gharagozloo, Patricia E.; Goodson, Kenneth E. (Stanford University, Stanford, CA)

    2010-05-01

    Fluids with higher thermal conductivities are sought for fluidic cooling systems in applications including microprocessors and high-power lasers. By adding high thermal conductivity nanoscale metal and metal oxide particles to a fluid the thermal conductivity of the fluid is enhanced. While particle aggregates play a central role in recent models for the thermal conductivity of nanofluids, the effect of particle diffusion in a temperature field on the aggregation and transport has yet to be studied in depth. The present work separates the effects of particle aggregation and diffusion using parallel plate experiments, infrared microscopy, light scattering, Monte Carlo simulations, and rate equations for particle and heat transport in a well dispersed nanofluid. Experimental data show non-uniform temporal increases in thermal conductivity above effective medium theory and can be well described through simulation of the combination of particle aggregation and diffusion. The simulation shows large concentration distributions due to thermal diffusion causing variations in aggregation, thermal conductivity and viscosity. Static light scattering shows aggregates form more quickly at higher concentrations and temperatures, which explains the increased enhancement with temperature reported by other research groups. The permanent aggregates in the nanofluid are found to have a fractal dimension of 2.4 and the aggregate formations that grow over time are found to have a fractal dimension of 1.8, which is consistent with diffusion limited aggregation. Calculations show as aggregates grow the viscosity increases at a faster rate than thermal conductivity making the highly aggregated nanofluids unfavorable, especially at the low fractal dimension of 1.8. An optimum nanoparticle diameter for these particular fluid properties is calculated to be 130 nm to optimize the fluid stability by reducing settling, thermal diffusion and aggregation.

  17. Simplified distributed parameters BWR dynamic model for transient and stability analysis

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    Espinosa-Paredes, Gilberto [Area de Ingenieria en Recursos Energeticos, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco, 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico, DF 09340 (Mexico)]. E-mail: gepe@xanum.uam.mx; Nunez-Carrera, Alejandro [Comision Nacional de Seguridad Nuclear y Salvaguardias, Doctor Barragan 779, Col. Narvarte, Mexico, DF 03020 (Mexico); Vazquez-Rodriguez, Alejandro [Area de Ingenieria en Recursos Energeticos, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco, 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico, DF 09340 (Mexico)

    2006-09-15

    This paper describes a simplified model to perform transient and linear stability analysis for a typical boiling water reactor (BWR). The simplified transient model was based in lumped and distributed parameters approximations, which includes vessel dome and the downcomer, recirculation loops, neutron process, fuel pin temperature distribution, lower and upper plenums reactor core and pressure and level controls. The stability was determined by studying the linearized versions of the equations representing the BWR system in the frequency domain. Numerical examples are used to illustrate the wide application of the simplified BWR model. We concluded that this simplified model describes properly the dynamic of a BWR and can be used for safety analysis or as a first approach in the design of an advanced BWR.

  18. Influence of humic acid applications on modulus of rupture, aggregate stability, electrical conductivity, carbon and nitrogen content of a crusting problem soil

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    Gümüş, İ.; Şeker, C.

    2015-11-01

    Soil structure is often said to be the key to soil productivity since a fertile soil, with desirable soil structure and adequate moisture supply, constitutes a productive soil. Soil structure influences soil water movement and retention, erosion, crusting, nutrient recycling, root penetration and crop yield. The objective of this work is to study humic acid (HA) application on some physical and chemical properties in weakly structured soils. The approach involved establishing a plot experiment in laboratory conditions. Different rates of HA (control, 0.5, 1, 2 and 4 %) were applied to soil during three incubation periods (21, 42 and 62 days). At the end of the each incubation period, the changes in physicochemical properties were measured. Generally, HA addition increased electrical conductivity values during all incubation periods. HA applications decreased soil modulus of rupture. Application of HA at the rate of 4 % significantly increased soil organic carbon contents. HA applications at the rate of 4 % significantly increased both mean soil total nitrogen content and aggregate stability after three incubation periods (p < 0.05). Therefore, HA has the potential to improve the structure of soil in the short term.

  19. Characterizing short-term stability for Boolean networks over any distribution of transfer functions

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    Seshadhri, C.; Smith, Andrew M.; Vorobeychik, Yevgeniy; Mayo, Jackson R.; Armstrong, Robert C.

    2016-07-01

    We present a characterization of short-term stability of Kauffman's N K (random) Boolean networks under arbitrary distributions of transfer functions. Given such a Boolean network where each transfer function is drawn from the same distribution, we present a formula that determines whether short-term chaos (damage spreading) will happen. Our main technical tool which enables the formal proof of this formula is the Fourier analysis of Boolean functions, which describes such functions as multilinear polynomials over the inputs. Numerical simulations on mixtures of threshold functions and nested canalyzing functions demonstrate the formula's correctness.

  20. Cysteine-associated distribution of aromatic residues in disulfide-stabilized extracellular protein families

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    H. Tina Guraya; Melissa A. Sealie; Stephen R. Campion; Jeffrey D. Longenberger

    2013-01-01

    Cysteine-dependent protein sequences were downloaded from annotated database resources to generate comprehensive EGF, Sushi, Laminin and Immu- noglobulin (IgC) motif-specific sequence files. Each dataset was vertically registered and the cumulative distribution of amino acid functional group chemistry determined relative to the respective complement of cysteine residues providing critical disulfide stabilization of these four well-known modular motif families. The cysteine-aligned amino acid...

  1. An implementation of on-line transient stability screening and control using distributed processing

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    N'Guessan, Alexandre; Pavella, Mania; Wehenkel, Louis

    2003-01-01

    This paper describes the implementation of an online transient stability assessment software, composed of algorithms for contingency screening and for the design of preventive control actions. The implementation of the two parts rely on a hybrid method called SIME, coupled with a time domain simulation engine and power flow program. The speed up of the contingency screening module is obtained by distributing contingencies on a cluster of computers to comply with extended ...

  2. Distributed Multi-Agent-Based Protection Scheme for Transient Stability Enhancement in Power Systems

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    Rahman, M. S.; Mahmud, M. A.; Pota, H. R.; Hossain, M. J.; Orchi, T. F.

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents a new distributed agent-based scheme to enhance the transient stability of power systems by maintaining phase angle cohesiveness of interconnected generators through proper relay coordination with critical clearing time (CCT) information. In this distributed multi-agent infrastructure, intelligent agents represent various physical device models to provide dynamic information and energy flow among different physical processes of power systems. The agents can communicate with each other in a distributed manner with a final aim to control circuit breakers (CBs) with CCT information as this is the key issue for maintaining and enhancing the transient stability of power systems. The performance of the proposed scheme is evaluated on a standard IEEE 39-bus New England benchmark system under different large disturbances such as three-phase short-circuit faults and changes in loads within the systems. From the simulation results, it is found that the proposed scheme significantly enhances the transient stability of power systems as compared to a conventional scheme of static CB operation.

  3. A Byzantine-Fault Tolerant Self-Stabilizing Protocol for Distributed Clock Synchronization Systems

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    Malekpour, Mahyar R.

    2006-01-01

    Embedded distributed systems have become an integral part of safety-critical computing applications, necessitating system designs that incorporate fault tolerant clock synchronization in order to achieve ultra-reliable assurance levels. Many efficient clock synchronization protocols do not, however, address Byzantine failures, and most protocols that do tolerate Byzantine failures do not self-stabilize. Of the Byzantine self-stabilizing clock synchronization algorithms that exist in the literature, they are based on either unjustifiably strong assumptions about initial synchrony of the nodes or on the existence of a common pulse at the nodes. The Byzantine self-stabilizing clock synchronization protocol presented here does not rely on any assumptions about the initial state of the clocks. Furthermore, there is neither a central clock nor an externally generated pulse system. The proposed protocol converges deterministically, is scalable, and self-stabilizes in a short amount of time. The convergence time is linear with respect to the self-stabilization period. Proofs of the correctness of the protocol as well as the results of formal verification efforts are reported.

  4. Does the Spatial Distribution of the Parasitic Mite Varroa jacobsoni Oud. (Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in Worker Brood of Honey Bee Apis Mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Rely on an Aggregative Process?

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    Salvy, M.; Capowiez, Y.; Le Conte, Y.; Salvy, M.; Clément, J.-L.

    Varroa jacobsoni is an ectoparasite of honey bees which reproduces in capped brood cells. Multi-infestation is frequently observed in worker brood and can be interpreted as an aggregative phenomenon. The aim of this study was to determine whether the distribution of V. jacobsoni in worker brood cells relies on a random or an aggregative process. We studied the distribution of Varroa females in capped worker brood at similar age by comparing, by a Monte Carlo test, the observed frequency distribution of mites per cell to simulated distributions based on a random process. A complementary approach, using the "nearest neighbor distances" (NND) with Monte Carlo tests, was investigated to study the spatial distribution (a) between mites in different cells and (b) between infested cells in brood. The observed distributions did not differ significantly from that expected by a random process, and we conclude that there is no aggregation during invasion of V. jacobsoni in worker brood.

  5. Soil aggregation and aggregate associated organic carbon and total nitrogen under long-term contrasting soil management regimes in loess soil

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    XIE Jun-yu; XU Ming-gang; Qiangjiu Ciren; YANG Yang; ZHANG Shu-lan; SUN Ben-hua; YANG Xue-yun

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of three contrasting soil management regimes and different nutrient treatments on the distribution of water-stable aggregates (>2, 1–2, 0.5–1, 0.25–0.5, and 0.25 mm) and mean weight diameter (MWD) at 0–10 and 10–20 cm soil horizons compared with Cropping, whereas Falow yielded lower values of above two parameters. Abandonment increased SOC and TN contents in al aggregate sizes by 17–62%and 6–60%, respectively, at 0–10 cm soil layer compared with Cropping. Conversely, Falow decreased SOC and TN contents in al aggregates by 7–27% and 7–25%, respectively. Nevertheless, the three soil management regimes presented similar SOC contents in al aggregates at 10–20 cm soil horizon. Only Cropping showed higher TN content in >0.5 mm aggregates than the two other regimes. Consequently, Abandonment enhanced the partitioning proportions of SOC and TN in >1 mm macro-aggregates, and Falow promoted these proportions in micro-aggregates compared with Cropping. Under Cropping, long-term fertilization did not affect the distribution of aggregates and MWD values compared with those under CK, except for NPK treatment. Fertilizer treatments enhanced SOC and TN contents in aggregates at al tested soil depths. However, fertilization did not affect the partitioning proportions of SOC and TN contents in al aggregates compared with CK. Comprehensive results showed that different soil management regimes generated varied patterns of SOC and TN sequestration in loess soil. Abandonment enhanced soil aggregation and sequestered high amounts of SOC and TN in macro-aggregates. Long-term amendment of organic manure integrated with NPK maintained soil aggregate stability and improved SOC and TN sequestration in al aggregates in loess soil subjected to dryland farming.

  6. Rational Aggregation

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    Bruce Chapman

    2002-01-01

    In two recent papers, Christian List and Philip Pettit have argued that there is a problem in the aggregation of reasoned judgements that is akin to the aggregation of the preference problem in social choice theory.1 Indeed, List and Pettit prove a new general impossibility theorem for the aggregation of judgements, and provide a propositional interpretation of the social choice problem that suggests it is a special case of their impossibility result.2 Specifically, they show that no judgemen...

  7. Stability Analysis of SIR Model with Distributed Delay on Complex Networks

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    Huang, Chuangxia; Cao, Jie; Wen, Fenghua; Yang, Xiaoguang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, by taking full consideration of distributed delay, demographics and contact heterogeneity of the individuals, we present a detailed analytical study of the Susceptible-Infected-Removed (SIR) epidemic model on complex population networks. The basic reproduction number R0 of the model is dominated by the topology of the underlying network, the properties of individuals which include birth rate, death rate, removed rate and infected rate, and continuously distributed time delay. By constructing suitable Lyapunov functional and employing Kirchhoff’s matrix tree theorem, we investigate the globally asymptotical stability of the disease-free and endemic equilibrium points. Specifically, the system shows threshold behaviors: if R0≤1, then the disease-free equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable, otherwise the endemic equilibrium is globally asymptotically stable. Furthermore, the obtained results show that SIR models with different types of delays have different converge time in the process of contagion: if R0>1, then the system with distributed time delay stabilizes fastest; while R0≤1, the system with distributed time delay converges most slowly. The validness and effectiveness of these results are demonstrated through numerical simulations. PMID:27490363

  8. Aggregate Stability of Purple Soil and Its Impacts on Soil Erosion of Slope Dry Land%紫色土旱坡地土壤团聚体稳定性特征对侵蚀过程的影响

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    陈正发; 史东梅; 谢均强; 张兵

    2011-01-01

    [Objective] The objective of this research was to study the purple soil aggregate stability compared with soil erosion in different land use types of dry land. [Method] By using the methods of Simulated Rainfall and analysis characteristics of soil aggregates, the purple soil aggregate stability characteristics of four land use types and their impacts on the process of erosion were studied. [Result] It was found that fast wetting made the majority of aggregate breaking down to the small aggregates. The great impact of two treatments which were slow wetting and wet stirring was the 5-2 mm large aggregates Which the diameter is mainly concentrated in 2-0.5 mm after collapse. The aggregate stability of four land types is mulberry plantation>alfalfa>grassland > vegetable garden. Both the MWD and GMD are the smallest for four land use types of fast wetting, and the largest of the MWD and GMD are slow wetting. The mainly collapse mechanism of soil aggregates in purple soil dry land is fast wetting when the internal air pressure, and the minimal damage is clay swelling. The order of total runoff and sediment in four land use types under simulated rainfall is vegetable land > grassland > alfalfa > mulberry plantation, and the process of runoff and sediment coupled with the aggregate characteristics of stability. The correlation of soil aggregate stability index between runoff rate and sediment yield rate of rainfall is high in the first 1 hour. MWD values under fast wetting were significantly negatively correlated with runoff and sediment erosion. The mainly soil erosion of aggregate crushing mechanism of purple soil in dry land is soil aggregate destruction of the internal air pressure. [Conclusion] The worse the stability of soil aggregates, the more erosion and runoff in purple soil dry land. The relation between soil aggregate stability and sediment characteristics is the highest in antecedent rainfall erosion. It is better to use MWD to reflect the relationship

  9. Diffusion in aggregated soil.

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    Rappoldt, C.

    1992-01-01

    The structure of an aggregated soil is characterized by the distribution of the distance from an arbitrary point in the soil to the nearest macropore or crack. From this distribution an equivalent model system is derived to which a diffusion model can be more easily applied. The model system consist

  10. Stability analysis of transmission system with high penetration of distributed generation

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    Reza, M.

    2006-12-21

    Nowadays, interest in generating electricity using decentralized generators of relatively small scale ('distributed generation', DG) is increasing. This work deals with the impact of implementing DG on the transmission system transient stability, with the emphasis on a potential transition from a 'vertical power system' to a 'horizontal power system. A problem in power systems is maintaining synchronous operation of all (centralized) synchronous machines. This stability problem associated is called rotor angle stability. In this work, the impact of the DG implementation on this is investigated. The impact of DG levels on the system transient stability when the increasing DG level is followed by a reduction of centralized generators in service resulting in a 'vertical to horizontal' transformation of the power system is also investigated. Furthermore, a stochastic analysis is used to study the transient stability of the power systems. The results show that including the stochastic behavior of DG leads to a more complete and detailed view of the system performance. Finally, the situation when the power system is pushed towards a scenario, where DG penetration reaches a level that covers the total load of the original power system (100% DG level) is investigated. The research performed in this work indicates that from the transmission system stability point of view, if higher DG penetration levels are coming up, sufficient inertia and voltage support must be installed. Furthermore, one should be aware of the fact that the system behaves stochastically, especially with DG. To a certain extent regional balancing of power can be performed by local voltage control.

  11. Comparison of Harmony Search Algorithm and Particle Swarm Optimization for Distributed Generation Allocation to Improve Steady State Voltage Stability of Distribution Networks

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    Hamed Piarehzadeh

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study is tried to optimal distributed generation allocation for stability improvement in radial distribution systems. Voltage instability implies an uncontrolled decrease in voltage triggered by a disturbance, leading to voltage collapse and is primarily caused by dynamics connected with the load. The instability is divided into steady state and transient voltage instability Based on the time spectrum of the incident of the phenomena. The analysis is accomplished using a steady state voltage stability index which can be evaluated at each node of the distribution system. Several optimal capacities and locations are used to check these results. The location of DG has the main effect voltage stability on the system. Effects of location and capacity on incrementing steady state voltage stability in radial distribution systems are examined through Harmony Search Algorithm (HSA and finally the results are compared to Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO on the terms of speed, convergence and accuracy.

  12. Weighted aggregation

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    Feiveson, A. H. (Principal Investigator)

    1979-01-01

    The use of a weighted aggregation technique to improve the precision of the overall LACIE estimate is considered. The manner in which a weighted aggregation technique is implemented given a set of weights is described. The problem of variance estimation is discussed and the question of how to obtain the weights in an operational environment is addressed.

  13. A fuzzy genetic approach for network reconfiguration to enhance voltage stability in radial distribution systems

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    Sahoo, N.C. [Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Bukit Beruang, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia); Prasad, K. [Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Bukit Beruang, 75450 Melaka (Malaysia)

    2006-11-15

    This paper presents a fuzzy genetic approach for reconfiguration of radial distribution systems (RDS) so as to maximize the voltage stability of the network for a specific set of loads. The network reconfiguration involves a mechanism for selection of the best set of branches to be opened, one from each loop, such that the reconfigured RDS possesses desired performance characteristics. This discrete solution space is better handled by the proposed scheme, which maximizes a suitable optimizing function (computed using two different approaches). In the first approach, this function is chosen as the average of a voltage stability index of all the buses in the RDS, while in the second approach, the complete RDS is reduced to a two bus equivalent system and the optimizing function is the voltage stability index of this reduced two bus system. The fuzzy genetic algorithm uses a suitable coding and decoding scheme for maintaining the radial nature of the network at every stage of genetic evolution, and it also uses a fuzzy rule based mutation controller for efficient search of the solution space. This method, tested on 69 bus and 33 bus RDSs, shows promising results for the both approaches. It is also observed that the network losses are reduced when the voltage stability is enhanced by the network reconfiguration. (author)

  14. A fuzzy genetic approach for network reconfiguration to enhance voltage stability in radial distribution systems

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    This paper presents a fuzzy genetic approach for reconfiguration of radial distribution systems (RDS) so as to maximize the voltage stability of the network for a specific set of loads. The network reconfiguration involves a mechanism for selection of the best set of branches to be opened, one from each loop, such that the reconfigured RDS possesses desired performance characteristics. This discrete solution space is better handled by the proposed scheme, which maximizes a suitable optimizing function (computed using two different approaches). In the first approach, this function is chosen as the average of a voltage stability index of all the buses in the RDS, while in the second approach, the complete RDS is reduced to a two bus equivalent system and the optimizing function is the voltage stability index of this reduced two bus system. The fuzzy genetic algorithm uses a suitable coding and decoding scheme for maintaining the radial nature of the network at every stage of genetic evolution, and it also uses a fuzzy rule based mutation controller for efficient search of the solution space. This method, tested on 69 bus and 33 bus RDSs, shows promising results for the both approaches. It is also observed that the network losses are reduced when the voltage stability is enhanced by the network reconfiguration

  15. Improvement of voltage stability in wind farm connection to distribution network using FACTS devices

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    Salehi, V.; Kahrobaee, S.; Afsharnia, S. [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE, University of Tehran (Iran)

    2006-07-01

    Increasing capacity of connected wind power generation to utilities brings new opportunities and also problems to the utilities and customers. Evolution and analyzing of the connection conditions and effects of wind farms especially on remote areas are the main aspects of developing wind power on the utilities. The problem is that these wind turbine that mostly uses induction generators, tend to drain large amounts of VARs from the grid, potentially causing low voltage and maybe voltage stability problems for the utility owner, especially in the case of large load variation on distribution feeder. To investigate the impact of large wind farms on power system voltage stability, one of the Iran's wind farms is modeled in DIgSILENT software and the simulation results shows the effect of using FACTS devices including SVC and STATCOM on power system performance. (orig.)

  16. Current distribution and stability of LTS/HTS hybrid superconducting conductors

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    2010-01-01

    Current distribution and stability of a hybrid LTS/HTS superconductor, consisting of multifilamentary NbTi/Cu and Bi2223/Ag tapes, were numerically analyzed according to power-law models. The results showed that most of current passed through the LTS and the current increased in the HTS with temperature rise when the transport current was below the critical current of the hybrid conductor. The quench propagation velocity of the hybrid conductor was smaller but its minimum quench energy was larger than those of LTS conductors, indicating that the stability of the hybrid superconducting conductor was effectively improved and a high engineering current density was simultaneously achieved. Finally, a hybrid sample, made by soldering Bi2223/Ag tape onto NbTi/Cu conductor, was prepared and tested successfully at helium temperature. The experimental results qualitatively agreed with the simulated ones.

  17. The concept of "stability" in asynchronous distributed decision-making systems.

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    Lee, T S; Ghosh, S

    2000-01-01

    Asynchronous distributed decision-making (ADDM) systems constitute a special class of distributed problems and are characterized as large, complex systems wherein the principal elements are the geographically dispersed entities that communicate among themselves, asynchronously, through message passing and are permitted autonomy in local decision making. Such systems generally offer significant advantages over the traditional, centralized algorithms in the form of concurrency, scalability, high throughput, efficiency, low vulnerability to catastrophic failures, and robustness. A fundamental property of ADDM systems is stability that refers to their behavior under representative perturbations to their operating environments, given that such systems are intended to be real, complex, and to some extent, mission-critical, and are subject to unexpected changes in their operating conditions. This paper introduces the concept of stability in ADDM systems and proposes an intuitive yet practical and usable definition that is inspired by those used in control systems and physics. An ADDM system is defined as a stable system if it returns to a steady state in finite time, following perturbation, provided that it is initiated in a steady state. Equilibrium or steady state is defined through placing bounds on the measured error in the system. Where the final steady state is equivalent to the initial one, a system is referred to as strongly stable. If the final steady state is potentially worse then the initial one, a system is deemed marginally stable. When a system fails to return to steady state following the perturbation, it is unstable. The perturbations are classified as either changes in the input pattern or changes in one or more environmental characteristics of the system, such as hardware failures. For a given ADDM system, the definitions are based on the performance indices that must be judiciously identified by the system architect and are likely to be unique. To

  18. Aflatoxin M1 in the intermediate dairy products from Manchego cheese production: distribution and stability

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    Moya, V.J.; Rubio, R; Berruga, M. I.; Molina, M.P.; Molina, A. (Ángel)

    2011-01-01

    Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) distribution in curd, whey, Manchego cheese, the traditional Spanish whey cheese Requesón and Requesón whey, and its stability during two different cold treatments, have been studied. Raw ewe’s milk was artificially contaminated with AFM1 in a final concentration of 50 and 100 ng kg-1, and was used to produce Manchego cheese. AFM1 determinations were carried out by HPLC with fluorimetric detection after immunoaffinity clean-up. The mean AFM1 concentrations in the produced ...

  19. A delay-dependent asymptotic stability criterion of cellular neural networks with time-varying discrete and distributed delays

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    Based on the Lyapunov functional stability analysis for differential equations and the linear matrix inequality (LMI) optimization approach, A novel criterion for the global asymptotic stability of cellular neural networks with time-varying discrete and distributed delays is derived to guarantee global asymptotic stability. The criterion is expressed in terms of LMIs, which can be solved easily by various convex optimization algorithms. Some numerical examples are given to show the effectiveness of proposed method

  20. 长期不同施肥处理对设施土壤团聚体组成及其稳定性的影响%Effects of Long-term Different Fertilizations on Composition and Stability of Soil Aggregates in a Greenhouse Soil

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    杜立宇; 李天来; 梁成华; 赵宇光; 吴岩

    2012-01-01

    The effects of different fertilizations on the content,distribution,and stability of soil aggregates were studied by a long-term fertilization experiment in a greenhouse soil.Results showed that the greatest size of wet stable aggregates of the greenhouse soil with organic fertilizer was in the 0.125~0.25 mm fraction,while the greatest size of wet stable aggregates of the greenhouse soil without organic manure was in the 0.053~0.125 mm fraction.The content of wet stable aggregates in 0.25 mm fraction was significantly lower than that in the 0.25 mm fraction.In the 0.125 mm fraction,the contents of wet stable aggregates with organic fertilization(AN0) and the combined organic and inorganic fertilization(ANPK) were higher than those with(BNPK) and without(BN0) inorganic fertilizer.The long-term application of organic fertilizer could enhance the formation of wet stable aggregates from macro-aggregates to micro-aggregates.The stability index of soil aggregates in different treatments was in the order of ANPK BNPK AN0 BN0.Fractal dimension(D),geometric mean diameter(GMD),and mean weight diameter(MWD) were all suitable to evaluating wet stable aggregates of the greenhouse soil.%通过设施土壤长期定位,试验研究了不同施肥处理对土壤团聚体含量、分布及其稳定性的影响。结果表明,有机肥处理的设施土壤水稳性团聚体的优势粒级均为0.125~0.250mm,而未施用有机肥处理的设施土壤水稳性团聚体的优势粒级均为0.053~0.125mm。设施土壤中〉0.25mm粒级水稳性团聚体含量明显低于〈0.25mm粒级水稳性团聚体。在〉0.125mm的粒级中,有机肥(AN0)及其有机无机肥配施(ANPK)处理土壤水稳性团聚体比重均高于无机肥(BNPK)及其不施用肥料(BN0)处理土壤。长期施用有机肥具有促进水稳性微团聚体向水稳性大团聚体形成的趋势。设施土壤团聚体稳定指数大小依次为:ANPK〉AN0

  1. Stability Analysis of Distributed Parameter Systems on Temperature Measurement of Large-scale Objects

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    Zhenliang DING; Li ZHONG; Feng YUAN

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the mechanical construction, thermal regulator design and temperature measurement system of a local area were set up for large-scale linear measurement. Numerical analysis based on temperature correlated characteristic is discussed to obtain optimal observation points for the measurements. The horizontal temperature distribution of the measured area is compared with the measurement of the variation of temperature at 15℃ and 20℃ over time, and characteristic of dynamic response is also discussed. In addition, the long-time stability of measured temperature is analyzed by means of using the standard deviation. It characterizes the temperature distribution performance of a large area and how it may impact the measurement of a large-scale object.

  2. Benford's law predicted digit distribution of aggregated income taxes: the surprising conformity of Italian cities and regions

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    Mir, Tariq Ahmad; Cerqueti, Roy

    2014-01-01

    The yearly aggregated tax income data of all, more than 8000, Italian municipalities are analyzed for a period of five years, from 2007 to 2011, to search for conformity or not with Benford's law, a counter-intuitive phenomenon observed in large tabulated data where the occurrence of numbers having smaller initial digits is more favored than those with larger digits. This is done in anticipation that large deviations from Benford's law will be found in view of tax evasion supposedly being widespread across Italy. Contrary to expectations, we show that the overall tax income data for all these years is in excellent agreement with Benford's law. Furthermore, we also analyze the data of Calabria, Campania and Sicily, the three Italian regions known for strong presence of mafia, to see if there are any marked deviations from Benford's law. Again, we find that all yearly data sets for Calabria and Sicily agree with Benford's law whereas only the 2007 and 2008 yearly data show departures from the law for Campania. ...

  3. Benford's law predicted digit distribution of aggregated income taxes: the surprising conformity of Italian cities and regions

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    Mir, Tariq Ahmad; Ausloos, Marcel; Cerqueti, Roy

    2014-11-01

    The yearly aggregated tax income data of all, more than 8000, Italian municipalities are analyzed for a period of five years, from 2007 to 2011, to search for conformity or not with Benford's law, a counter-intuitive phenomenon observed in large tabulated data where the occurrence of numbers having smaller initial digits is more favored than those with larger digits. This is done in anticipation that large deviations from Benford's law will be found in view of tax evasion supposedly being widespread across Italy. Contrary to expectations, we show that the overall tax income data for all these years is in excellent agreement with Benford's law. Furthermore, we also analyze the data of Calabria, Campania and Sicily, the three Italian regions known for strong presence of mafia, to see if there are any marked deviations from Benford's law. Again, we find that all yearly data sets for Calabria and Sicily agree with Benford's law whereas only the 2007 and 2008 yearly data show departures from the law for Campania. These results are again surprising in view of underground and illegal nature of economic activities of mafia which significantly contribute to tax evasion. Some hypothesis for the found conformity is presented.

  4. Distribution of ephemeral plants and their significance in dune stabilization in Gurbantunggut Desert

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    WANGXueqin; JIANGJin; LEIJiaqiang; ZHANGWeimin; QIANYibing

    2003-01-01

    Based on systematically monitoring plants on dune ridges in the southern part of the Gurbantunggut Desert in 2002, this paper, from the angle of dune stabilization by vegetation,describes the temporal and spatial distribution patterns of ephemeral plants on isolated sand dunes,analyses the natural invasion processes of ephemeral plants on human-disturbed sand surface and expounds the importance of ephemeral plants in stabilizing sand dune surface. A total of 45 plant species were identified in the study area, 29 of which are ephemeral plants. Ephemeral plants sprouted in early April and completed their life-circle within about two months. Just as aeolian sand activities came to the strongest stage from April to June in desert regions of northern Xinjiang, the total coverage of trees, shrubs and herbs of long vegetational period on most dune ridges was less than 10%, while the mean coverage of ephemeral plants reached 13.9% in April, 40.2% in May and 14.1% in June. Therefore ephemeral plants acted as the major contributor to dune surface stabilization in the Gurbantunggut Desert.Investigations of vegetation restoration on engineering-disturbed dune surface show that ephemeral plants first recolonized the disturbed dune surface.

  5. Model Checking a Byzantine-Fault-Tolerant Self-Stabilizing Protocol for Distributed Clock Synchronization Systems

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    Malekpour, Mahyar R.

    2007-01-01

    This report presents the mechanical verification of a simplified model of a rapid Byzantine-fault-tolerant self-stabilizing protocol for distributed clock synchronization systems. This protocol does not rely on any assumptions about the initial state of the system. This protocol tolerates bursts of transient failures, and deterministically converges within a time bound that is a linear function of the self-stabilization period. A simplified model of the protocol is verified using the Symbolic Model Verifier (SMV) [SMV]. The system under study consists of 4 nodes, where at most one of the nodes is assumed to be Byzantine faulty. The model checking effort is focused on verifying correctness of the simplified model of the protocol in the presence of a permanent Byzantine fault as well as confirmation of claims of determinism and linear convergence with respect to the self-stabilization period. Although model checking results of the simplified model of the protocol confirm the theoretical predictions, these results do not necessarily confirm that the protocol solves the general case of this problem. Modeling challenges of the protocol and the system are addressed. A number of abstractions are utilized in order to reduce the state space. Also, additional innovative state space reduction techniques are introduced that can be used in future verification efforts applied to this and other protocols.

  6. Evaluation of paracetamol distribution and stability in case of acute intoxication in rats.

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    Battal, D; Hilal, A; Daglioglu, K; Unal, I; Gulmen, Mk

    2013-01-01

    Effects of different storing conditions on paracetamol concentration in biological samples of acute intoxicated rats were investigated. The stability and distribution of paracetamol was observed in postmortem serum, liver, kidney and brain tissues. The serum samples were stored for 30 days and daily changes were evaluated for paracetamol. A significant difference (p = 0.05) was noticed on the 30th experimental day. Paracetamol serum levels changed as much as 66.30% and 33.78% for 4°C and -20°C, respectively. The stability of paracetamol in liver stored at -20°C was also evaluated for 30 days. The paracetamol concentration levels taken from liver samples dramatically decreased from 30.36% on the 1st day to 94.97% on the 30th day. The paracetamol distribution in organs was as 2.68 , 1.11 and 0.68 mg/g in liver, kidney and brain samples, respectively. Meaningful difference in paracetamol in serum and liver samples was in observed in 30th day values (p = 0.05). PMID:23111878

  7. Effects of Long-Term Winter Planted Green Manure on Distribution and Storage of Organic Carbon and Nitrogen in Water-Stable Aggregates of Reddish Paddy Soil Under a Double-Rice Cropping System

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    YANG Zeng-ping; ZHENG Sheng-xian; NIE Jun; LIAO Yu-lin; XIE Jian

    2014-01-01

    In agricultural systems, maintenance of soil organic matter has long been recognized as a strategy to reduce soil degradation. Manure amendments and green manures are management practices that can increase some nutrient contents and improve soil aggregation. We investigated the effects of 28 yr of winter planted green manure on soil aggregate-size distribution and aggregate-associated carbon (C) and nitrogen (N). The study was a randomized completed block design with three replicates. The treatments included rice-rice-fallow, rice-rice-rape, rice-rice-Chinese milk vetch and rice-rice-ryegrass. The experiment was established in 1982 on a silty light clayey paddy soil derived from Quaternary red clay (classiifed as Fe-Accumuli-Stagnic Anthrosols) with continuous early and late rice. In 2009, soil samples were collected (0-15 cm depth) from the ifeld treatment plots and separated into water-stable aggregates of different sizes (i.e.,>5, 2-5, 1-2, 0.5-1, 0.25-0.5 and<0.25 mm) by wet sieving. The long-term winter planted green manure signiifcantly increased total C and N, and the formation of the 2-5-mm water-stable aggregate fraction. Compared with rice-rice-rape, rice-rice-Chinese milk vetch and rice-rice-ryegrass, the rice-rice-fallow signiifcantly reduced 2-5-mm water-stable aggregates, with a signiifcant redistribution of aggregates into micro-aggregates. Long-term winter planted green manure obviously improved C/N ratio and macro-aggregate-associated C and N. The highest contribution to soil fertility was from macro-aggregates of 2-5 mm in most cases.

  8. Aggregate Development and Organic Matter Storage in Mediterranean Mountain Soils

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    R.M.POCH; M.ANT(U)NEZ

    2010-01-01

    Soil aggregation and organic matter of soils from the pre-Pyrenean range in Catalonia (NE Spain) were studied, in order to assess their quality as carbon sinks and also to select the best soil management practices to preserve their quality.Aggregate stability, organic carbon and micromorphology were investigated. The highest amount of organic carbon was found in alluvial, deep soils (228 Mg C ha-1), and the lowest was in a shallow, stony soil with a low plant cover (78 Mg C ha-1). Subsurface horizons of degraded soils under pastures were the ones with smaller and less-stable aggregates.Fresh residues of organic matter (OM) were found mostly in interaggregate spaces. Within the aggregates there were some organic remains that were beginning to decompose, and also impregnative nodules of amorphous OM. Although OM was evenly distributed among the aggregate fractions, the larger blocky peels had more specific surface, contained less decomposed OM and had a lower organic/mineral interphase than smaller crumb aggregates, which were also more stable.Soil carbon storage was affected primarily by the OM inputs in the surface horizons. In order to store organic carbon over the mid- and long-term periods, the mechanisms favouring structuration through biological activity and creating small aggregates with intrapedal stable microporosities seemed to be the most effective.

  9. Evaluation of biological stability and corrosion potential in drinking water distribution systems: a case study.

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    Chien, C C; Kao, C M; Chen, C W; Dong, C D; Chien, H Y

    2009-06-01

    The appearance of assimilable organic carbon (AOC), microbial regrowth, disinfection by-products (DBPs), and pipe corrosion in drinking water distribution systems are among those major safe drinking water issues in many countries. The water distribution system of Cheng-Ching Lake Water Treatment Plant (CCLWTP) was selected in this study to evaluate the: (1) fate and transport of AOC, DBPs [e.g., trihalomethanes (THMs), haloacetic acids (HAAs)], and other organic carbon indicators in the selected distribution system, (2) correlations between AOC (or DBPs) and major water quality parameters [e.g. dissolved oxygen (DO), free residual chlorine, and bacteria, and (3) causes and significance of corrosion problems of the water pipes in this system. In this study, seasonal water samples were collected from 13 representative locations in the distribution system for analyses of AOC, DBPs, and other water quality indicators. Results indicate that residual free chlorine concentrations in the distribution system met the drinking water standards (0.2 to 1 mg l(-1)) established by Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (TEPA). Results show that AOC measurements correlated positively with total organic carbon (TOC) and UV-254 (an organic indicator) values in this system. Moreover, AOC concentrations at some locations were higher than the 50 microg acetate-C l(-1) standard established by Taiwan Water Company. This indicates that the microbial regrowth might be a potential water quality problem in this system. Higher DO measurements (>5.7 mg l(-1)) might cause the aerobic biodegradation of THMs and HAAs in the system, and thus, low THMs (sampling locations. Results from the observed negative Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) values, higher Ryznar Stability Index (RSI) values, and high Fe3+ concentrations at some pipe-end locations indicate that highly oxidative and corrosive conditions occurred. This reveals that pipe replacement should be considered at these locations. These

  10. Distribution and fluxes of aggregates >100 μm in the upper kilometer of the South-Eastern Pacific

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    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Large sinking particles transport organic and inorganic matter into the deeper layers of the oceans. Between 70 and 90% of the aggregates exported from the surface mixed layer are disaggregated within the upper 1000 m. This decrease with depth indicates that fragmentation and remineralization processes are intense during sedimentation. Generally, the estimates of vertical flux rely on sediment trap data but difficulties inherent in their design limit the reliability of this information. During the BIOSOPE study in the south-eastern Pacific, 76 vertical casts using the Underwater Video Profiler (UVP and deployments of drifting sediment traps provided an opportunity to fit the UVP data to sediment trap flux measurements. We applied the calculated UVP flux in the upper 1000 m to the whole 8000 km BIOSOPE transect. Comparison between the large particulate material (LPM abundance and the estimated fluxes from both UVP and sediment traps showed different patterns in different regions. On the western end of the BIOSOPE section the standing stock of particles in the surface layer was high but the export between 150 and 250 m was low. Below this layer the flux values increased. High values of about 30% of the calculated UVP maximum surface zone flux were observed below 900 m at the HNLC station. The South Pacific Gyre exported about 2 mg m−2 d−1. While off Chilean coast 95% of the surface mixed layer matter was disaggregated, remineralized or advected in the upper kilometer, 20% of the surface zone flux was observed below 900 m near the Chilean coast. These results suggest that the export to deep waters is spatially heterogeneous and related to the different biotic and abiotic factors.

  11. Changes on aggregation in mine waste amended with biochar and marble mud

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    Ángeles Muñoz, María; Guzmán, Jose; Zornoza, Raúl; Moreno-Barriga, Fabián; Faz, Ángel; Lal, Rattan

    2016-04-01

    Mining activities have produced large amounts of wastes over centuries accumulated in tailing ponds in Southeast Spain. Applications of biochar may have a high potential for reclamation of degraded soils. Distribution, size and stability of aggregates are important indices of soil physical quality. However, research data on aggregation processes at amended mining tailings with biochar are scanty. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effects of seven different treatments involving biochar and marble mud (MM) on the aggregation in mine waste (MW). Seven different treatments were tested after 90 days of incubation in the laboratory. These treatments were the mix of MW and: biochar from solid pig manure (PM), biochar from cotton crop residues (CR), biochar from municipal solid waste (MSW), marble mud (MM), PM+MM, CR+MM, MSW+MM and control without amendment. High sand percentages were identified in the MW. The biochars made from wastes (PM, CR, MSW) were obtained through pyrolysis of feedstocks. The water stability of soil aggregates was studied. The data on total aggregation were corrected for the primary particles considering the sandy texture of the MW. Moreover, partial aggregation was determined for each fraction and the mean weight diameter (MWD) of aggregates was computed. Soil bulk density and total porosity were also determined. No significant differences were observed in total aggregation and MWD among treatments including the control. For the size range of >4.75 mm, there were significant differences in aggregates > 4.75 mm between CR+MM in comparison with that for CT. There were also significant differences between MSW and PM+MM for the 1-0.425 mm fraction, and between CT and MM and CR for 0.425-0.162 mm aggregate size fractions. Therefore, CR-derived biochar applied with MM enhanced stability of macro-aggregates. Furthermore, soil bulk density was also the lowest bulk density and total porosity the highest for the CR-derived biochar

  12. Spatiotemporal Stability of Cu-ATSM and FLT Positron Emission Tomography Distributions During Radiation Therapy

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    Purpose: In dose painting, in which functional imaging is used to define biological targets for radiation therapy dose escalation, changes in spatial distributions of biological properties during treatment can compromise the quality of therapy. The goal of this study was to assess the spatiotemporal stability of 2 potential dose painting targets—hypoxia and proliferation—in canine tumors during radiation therapy. Methods and Materials: Twenty-two canine patients with sinonasal tumors (14 carcinoma and 8 sarcoma) were imaged before hypofractionated radiation therapy with copper(II)-diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazone) (Cu-ATSM) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for hypoxia and 3′-deoxy-3′-18F-fluorothymidine (FLT) PET/CT for proliferation. The FLT scans were repeated after 2 fractions and the Cu-ATSM scans after 3 fractions. Midtreatment PET/CT images were deformably registered to pretreatment PET/CT images. Voxel-based Spearman correlation coefficients quantified the spatial stability of Cu-ATSM and FLT uptake distributions between pretreatment and midtreatment scans. Paired t tests determined significant differences between the patients' respective Cu-ATSM and FLT correlations coefficients. Standardized uptake value measures were also compared between pretreatment and midtreatment scans by use of paired t tests. Results: Spatial distributions of Cu-ATSM and FLT uptake were stable through midtreatment for both sarcomas and carcinomas: the population mean ± standard deviation in Spearman correlation coefficient was 0.88 ± 0.07 for Cu-ATSM and 0.79 ± 0.13 for FLT. The patients' Cu-ATSM correlation coefficients were significantly higher than their respective FLT correlation coefficients (P=.001). Changes in Cu-ATSM SUV measures from pretreatment to midtreatment were histology dependent: carcinomas experienced significant decreases in Cu-ATSM uptake (P<.05), whereas sarcomas did not (P>.20). Both histologies

  13. Spatiotemporal Stability of Cu-ATSM and FLT Positron Emission Tomography Distributions During Radiation Therapy

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    Bradshaw, Tyler J.; Yip, Stephen; Jallow, Ngoneh [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Forrest, Lisa J. [Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Jeraj, Robert, E-mail: rjeraj@wisc.edu [Department of Medical Physics, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Department of Human Oncology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: In dose painting, in which functional imaging is used to define biological targets for radiation therapy dose escalation, changes in spatial distributions of biological properties during treatment can compromise the quality of therapy. The goal of this study was to assess the spatiotemporal stability of 2 potential dose painting targets—hypoxia and proliferation—in canine tumors during radiation therapy. Methods and Materials: Twenty-two canine patients with sinonasal tumors (14 carcinoma and 8 sarcoma) were imaged before hypofractionated radiation therapy with copper(II)-diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazone) (Cu-ATSM) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for hypoxia and 3′-deoxy-3′-{sup 18}F-fluorothymidine (FLT) PET/CT for proliferation. The FLT scans were repeated after 2 fractions and the Cu-ATSM scans after 3 fractions. Midtreatment PET/CT images were deformably registered to pretreatment PET/CT images. Voxel-based Spearman correlation coefficients quantified the spatial stability of Cu-ATSM and FLT uptake distributions between pretreatment and midtreatment scans. Paired t tests determined significant differences between the patients' respective Cu-ATSM and FLT correlations coefficients. Standardized uptake value measures were also compared between pretreatment and midtreatment scans by use of paired t tests. Results: Spatial distributions of Cu-ATSM and FLT uptake were stable through midtreatment for both sarcomas and carcinomas: the population mean ± standard deviation in Spearman correlation coefficient was 0.88 ± 0.07 for Cu-ATSM and 0.79 ± 0.13 for FLT. The patients' Cu-ATSM correlation coefficients were significantly higher than their respective FLT correlation coefficients (P=.001). Changes in Cu-ATSM SUV measures from pretreatment to midtreatment were histology dependent: carcinomas experienced significant decreases in Cu-ATSM uptake (P<.05), whereas sarcomas did not (P>.20). Both histologies

  14. Effects of Land Use Practices on the Organic Carbon Content, Cation Exchange Capacity and Aggregate Stability of Soils in the Catchment Zones

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Land use practice leads to changes in the physico-chemical properties of soils, such as Soil Organic Carbon (SOC, Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC and Soil Aggregate Stability (SAS that cause soil erosion. Approach: Merek catchment, Iran suffers from land degradation due to poor land use practice. A study was carried out with the objectives: (i to determine soil nutrient status in different agro-ecological zones in Merek catchment; and (ii to evaluate the influence of land use practices on SOC, CEC and SAS. Results: It was found that soil texture was silty and clay, while soil reaction was alkaline (pH was 7.75. The respective amount of carbonates was 32 and 36% in the top-soil and sub-soil respectively, indicating high level of alkalinity in the soils of the study area. The mean SAS of the surface soil layer for agriculture, rangeland and forest was 53, 61 and 64%, respectively with its mean in the topsoil of agriculture is significantly lower (P≤0.05 than the other zones. SOC level in the agriculture, rangeland and forest were 1.35, 1.56, 2.14 % in the topsoil and 1.03, 1.33 and 1.45%, in the subsoil of the respective areas. The results of t-test and ANOVA analyses showed that SOC means are significantly different from each other within soil depth and among agro-ecological zones. The CEC in the agriculture, rangeland and forest areas were 25.8, 24.6 and 35.1 cmolckg-1 for the top-soil and 31.1, 26.8 and 26.9 cmolckg-1 in the sub-soil, respectively. All the above changes are due to the negative effects of agricultural activities. Conclusion: Improper tillage practice (up-down the slope, conversion of the rangeland and forest to rain-fed areas, crop residue burning, over grazing and forest clearance contribute to reduction in SOC and SAS in the Merek catchment, Iran.

  15. Aggregation in Large Dynamic Panels

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    Pesaran, Mohammad Hashem; Chudik, Alexander

    2011-01-01

    This paper considers the problem of aggregation in the case of large linear dynamic panels, where each micro unit is potentially related to all other micro units, and where micro innovations are allowed to be cross sectionally dependent. Following Pesaran (2003), an optimal aggregate function is derived, and the limiting behavior of the aggregation error is investigated as N (the number of cross section units) increases. Certain distributional features of micro parameters are also identi...

  16. Effects of earthworms and plants on the soil structure, the physical stabilization of soil organic matter and the microbial abundance and diversity in soil aggregates in a long term study

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    Zangerlé, Anne; Hissler, Christophe; Lavelle, Patrick

    2014-05-01

    Earthworms and plant roots, as ecosystem engineers, have large effects on biotic and abiotic properties of the soil system. They create biogenic soil macroaggregates (i.e. earthworm casts and root macroaggregates) with specific physical, chemical and microbiological properties. Research to date has mainly considered their impacts in isolation thereby ignoring potential interactions between these organisms. On the other hand, most of the existing studies focused on short to midterm time scale. We propose in this study to consider effect of earthworms and plants on aggregate dynamics at long time scale. A 24 months macrocosm experiment, under semi-controlled conditions, was conducted to assess the impacts of corn and endogeic plus anecic earthworms (Apporectodea caliginosa and Lumbricus terrestris) on soil structure, C stabilization and microbial abundance and biodiversity. Aggregate stability was assessed by wet-sieving. Macroaggregates (>2 mm) were also visually separated according to their biological origin (e.g., earthworms, roots). Total C and N contents were measured in aggregates of all size classes and origins. Natural abundances of 13C of corn, a C4 plant, were used as a supplemental marker of OM incorporation in aggregates. The genetic structure and the abundance of the bacterial and fungal communities were characterized by using respectively the B- and F-ARISA fingerprinting approach and quantitative PCR bacteria (341F/515R) and fungi (FF330/FR1). They significantly impacted the soil physical properties in comparison to the other treatments: lower bulk density in the first 10cm of the soil with 0.95 g/cm3 in absence of corn plants and 0.88 g/cm3 in presence of corn plants compared to control soil (1.21g/cm3). The presence of earthworms increased aggregate stability (mean weight diameter) by 7.6 %, while plants alone had no simple impacts on aggregation. A significant interaction revealed that earthworms increased aggregate stability in the presence of

  17. Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology

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    Susanto Basu; John G. Fernald

    1997-01-01

    Aggregate productivity and aggregate technology are meaningful but distinct concepts. We show that a slightly-modified Solow productivity residual measures changes in economic welfare, even when productivity and technology differ because of distortions such as imperfect competition. We then present a general accounting framework that identifies several new non-technological gaps between productivity and technology, gaps reflecting imperfections and frictions in output and factor markets. Empi...

  18. A distributed simulation based approach for detailed and decentralized power system transient stability analysis

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    Esmaeili, S.; Kouhsari, S.M. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), 424 Hafez Avenue, Tehran 15875-4413 (Iran)

    2007-04-15

    This paper presents a distributed computing approach for piecewise transient stability (T/S) analysis of large-scale electrical networks using Diakoptics and large change sensitivity (LCS) concepts. Detailed T/S analysis in a secure and federative manner based on geographically decomposition using local computational resources is the greatest benefit realized by this method of analysis. In this way, with the minimum communications between subnetworks the same results as the conventional untorn T/S analysis can be achieved. Since the bottleneck in distributed computation is low speed network communication, a new latency exploitation technique is introduced for numerically solving system differential equations. The technique uses different step size in each subnetwork to decrease the number of numerical operations and data communications for a given total simulation time. The proposed distributed T/S method is implemented successfully across computer networks and its performance is studied using a 14 bus IEEE test system and some various large-scale networks up to 3000 buses. The presented results are compared with those obtained from conventional untorn T/S simulation. (author)

  19. Stability Margin Scaling Laws for Distributed Formation Control as a Function of Network Structure

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    Hao, He; Mehta, Prashant G

    2010-01-01

    We consider the problem of distributed formation control of a large number of vehicles. An individual vehicle in the formation is assumed to be a fully actuated point mass. A distributed control law is examined: the control action on an individual vehicle depends on (i) its own velocity and (ii) the relative position measurements with a small subset of vehicles (neighbors) in the formation. The neighbors are defined according to an information graph. In this paper we describe a methodology for modeling, analysis, and distributed control design of such vehicular formations whose information graph is a D-dimensional lattice. The modeling relies on an approximation based on a partial differential equation (PDE) that describes the spatio-temporal evolution of position errors in the formation. The analysis and control design is based on the PDE model. We deduce asymptotic formulae for the closed-loop stability margin (absolute value of the real part of the least stable eigenvalue) of the controlled formation. The ...

  20. Character, mass, distribution, and origin of tephra-fall deposits from the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska—Highlighting the significance of particle aggregation

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    Wallace, Kristi L.; Schaefer, Janet R.; Coombs, Michelle L.

    2013-06-01

    The 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano included 20 tephra-producing explosions between March 15, 2009 and April 4, 2009 (UTC). Next-Generation radar (NEXRAD) data show that plumes reached heights between 4.6 km and 19 km asl and were distributed downwind along nearly all azimuths of the volcano. Explosions lasted between 0.8 mm thick), including communities along the Kenai Peninsula (80-100 km) and the city of Anchorage (170 km). Trace ash (< 0.8 mm) was reported as far as Fairbanks, 550 km NNE of the volcano. We estimate the total mass of tephra-fall deposits at 54.6 × 109 kg with a total DRE volume of 20.6 × 106 m3. On March 15, a small (4.6 km asl) phreatic explosion containing minor, non-juvenile ash, erupted through the summit ice cap. The first five magmatic explosions (events 1-5) occurred within a 6-hour period on March 23. Plumes rose to heights between 5.5 km and 14.9 km asl during 2- to 20-minute-duration explosions, and were dispersed mainly along a NNE trajectory. Trace ash fall was reported as far as Fairbanks. Owing to a shift in wind direction and heavy snowfall during these events, field discrimination among many of these layers was possible. All deposits comprise a volumetrically significant amount of particle aggregates, yet only event 5 deposits contain coarse clasts including glacier ice. The most voluminous tephra fall was deposited on March 24 (event 6) from a 15 minute explosion that sent a plume to 18.3 km asl, and dispersed tephra to the WNW. Within 10 km of the vent, this deposit contains 1-11 cm pumice clasts in a matrix of 1-2 mm aggregate lapilli. A small dome was presumably emplaced between March 23 and March 26 and was subsequently destroyed during 1-14 minute magmatic explosions of events 7-8 (March 26) that sent plumes between 8.2 km and 19 km asl. Ash fell along a broad swath to the ESE, covering communities along the Kenai Peninsula with up to 1 mm of ash. Proximal deposits are largely composed of aggregate lapilli of 1-2 mm with

  1. Iron stability in drinking water distribution systems in a city of China

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    NIU Zhang-bin; WANG Yang; ZHANG Xiao-jian; HE Wen-jie; HAN Hong-da; YIN Pei-jun

    2006-01-01

    A field study on the estimation and analysis of iron stability in drinking water distribution system was carried out in a city of China. The stability of iron ion was estimated by pC-pH figure. It was found that iron ion was unstable, with a high Fe (OH)3precipitation tendency and obvious increase in turbidity. The outer layer of the corrosion scale was compact, while the inner core was porous. The main composition of the scale was iron, and the possible compound constitutes of the outer scale were α-FeOOH,γ-FeOOH, α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3, FeCl3, while the inner were Fe3O4, FeCl2, FeCO3. According to the characteristics of the corrosion scale, it was thought that the main reason for iron instability was iron release from corrosion scale. Many factors such as pipe materials,dissolved oxygen and chlorine residual affect iron release. Generally, higher iron release occurred with lower dissolved oxygen or chlorine residual concentration, while lower iron release occurred with higher dissolved oxygen or chlorine residual concentration.The reason was considered that the passivated out layer of scale of ferric oxide was broken down by reductive reaction in a condition of low oxidants concentration, which would result more rapid corrosion of the pipe and red water phenomenon.

  2. Stabilization

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    Muhammad H. Al-Malack

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Fuel oil flyash (FFA produced in power and water desalination plants firing crude oils in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is being disposed in landfills, which increases the burden on the environment, therefore, FFA utilization must be encouraged. In the current research, the effect of adding FFA on the engineering properties of two indigenous soils, namely sand and marl, was investigated. FFA was added at concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% to both soils with and without the addition of Portland cement. Mixtures of the stabilized soils were thoroughly evaluated using compaction, California Bearing Ratio (CBR, unconfined compressive strength (USC and durability tests. Results of these tests indicated that stabilized sand mixtures could not attain the ACI strength requirements. However, marl was found to satisfy the ACI strength requirement when only 5% of FFA was added together with 5% of cement. When the FFA was increased to 10% and 15%, the mixture’s strength was found to decrease to values below the ACI requirements. Results of the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP, which was performed on samples that passed the ACI requirements, indicated that FFA must be cautiously used in soil stabilization.

  3. Applying Distributed, Coupled Hydrological Slope-Stability Models for Landslide Hazard Assessments

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    Godt, J. W.; Baum, R. L.; Lu, N.; Savage, W. Z.; McKenna, J. P.

    2006-12-01

    Application of distributed, coupled hydrological slope-stability models requires knowledge of hydraulic and material-strength properties at the scale of landslide processes. We describe results from a suite of laboratory and field tests that were used to define the soil-water characteristics of landslide-prone colluvium on the steep coastal bluffs in the Seattle, Washington area and then use these results in a coupled model. Many commonly used tests to determine soil-water characteristics are performed for the drying process. Because most soils display a pronounced hysteresis in the relation between moisture content and matric suction, results from such tests may not accurately describe the soil-water characteristics for the wetting process during rainfall infiltration. Open-tube capillary-rise and constant-flow permeameter tests on bluff colluvium were performed in the laboratory to determine the soil-water characteristic curves (SWCC) and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity functions (HCF) for the wetting process. Field-tests using a borehole permeameter were used to determine the saturated hydraulic conductivity of colluvial materials. Measurements of pore-water response to rainfall were used in an inverse numerical modeling procedure to determine the in-situ hydraulic parameters of hillside colluvium at the scale of the instrument installation. Comparison of laboratory and field results show that although both techniques generally produce SWCCs and HCFs with similar shapes, differences in bulk density among field and lab tests yield differences in saturated moisture content and saturated hydrologic conductivity. We use these material properties in an application of a new version of a distributed transient slope stability model (TRIGRS) that accounts for the effects of the unsaturated zone on the infiltration process. Applied over a LiDAR-based digital landscape of part of the Seattle area for an hourly rainfall history known to trigger shallow landslides, the

  4. Total organic carbon in aggregates as a soil recovery indicator

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    Luciene Maltoni, Katia; Rodrigues Cassiolato, Ana Maria; Amorim Faria, Glaucia; Dubbin, William

    2015-04-01

    The soil aggregation promotes physical protection of organic matter, preservation of which is crucial to improve soil structure, fertility and ensure the agro-ecosystems sustainability. The no-tillage cultivation system has been considered as one of the strategies to increase total soil organic carbono (TOC) contents and soil aggregation, both are closely related and influenced by soil management systems. The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of soil aggregates and the total organic carbon inside aggregates, with regard to soil recovery, under 3 different soil management systems, i.e. 10 and 20 years of no-tillage cultivation as compared with soil under natural vegetation (Cerrado). Undisturbed soils (0-5; 5-10; and 10-20 cm depth) were collected from Brazil, Central Region. The soils, Oxisols from Cerrado, were collected from a field under Natural Vegetation-Cerrado (NV), and from fields that were under conventional tillage since 1970s, and 10 and 20 years ago were changed to no-tillage cultivation system (NT-10; NT-20 respectively). The undisturbed samples were sieved (4mm) and the aggregates retained were further fractionated by wet sieving through five sieves (2000, 1000, 500, 250, and 50 μm) with the aggregates distribution expressed as percentage retained by each sieve. The TOC was determined, for each aggregate size, by combustion (Thermo-Finnigan). A predominance of aggregates >2000 μm was observed under NV treatment (92, 91, 82 %), NT-10 (64, 73, 61 %), and NT-20 (71, 79, 63 %) for all three depths (0-5; 5-10; 10-20 cm). In addition greater quantities of aggregates in sizes 1000, 500, 250 and 50 μm under NT-10 and NT-20 treatments, explain the lower aggregate stability under these treatments compared to the soil under NV. The organic C concentration for NV in aggregates >2000 μm was 24,4; 14,2; 8,7 mg/g for each depth (0-5; 5-10; 10-20 cm, respectively), higher than in aggregates sized 250-50 μm (7,2; 5,5; 4,4 mg/g) for all depths

  5. Holographic characterization of protein aggregates

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    Wang, Chen; Zhong, Xiao; Ruffner, David; Stutt, Alexandra; Philips, Laura; Ward, Michael; Grier, David

    Holographic characterization directly measures the size distribution of subvisible protein aggregates in suspension and offers insights into their morphology. Based on holographic video microscopy, this analytical technique records and interprets holograms of individual aggregates in protein solutions as they flow down a microfluidic channel, without requiring labeling or other exceptional sample preparation. The hologram of an individual protein aggregate is analyzed in real time with the Lorenz-Mie theory of light scattering to measure that aggregate's size and optical properties. Detecting, counting and characterizing subvisible aggregates proceeds fast enough for time-resolved studies, and lends itself to tracking trends in protein aggregation arising from changing environmental factors. No other analytical technique provides such a wealth of particle-resolved characterization data in situ. Holographic characterization promises accelerated development of therapeutic protein formulations, improved process control during manufacturing, and streamlined quality assurance during storage and at the point of use. Mrsec and MRI program of the NSF, Spheryx Inc.

  6. Byzantine-fault tolerant self-stabilizing protocol for distributed clock synchronization systems

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    Malekpour, Mahyar R. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A rapid Byzantine self-stabilizing clock synchronization protocol that self-stabilizes from any state, tolerates bursts of transient failures, and deterministically converges within a linear convergence time with respect to the self-stabilization period. Upon self-stabilization, all good clocks proceed synchronously. The Byzantine self-stabilizing clock synchronization protocol does not rely on any assumptions about the initial state of the clocks. Furthermore, there is neither a central clock nor an externally generated pulse system. The protocol converges deterministically, is scalable, and self-stabilizes in a short amount of time. The convergence time is linear with respect to the self-stabilization period.

  7. Aggregation kinetic dataset to determine the stability of the purified and refolded recombinant ppTvCP4 protein of Trichomonas vaginalis.

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    Cárdenas-Guerra, Rosa E; Ortega-López, Jaime; Arroyo, Rossana

    2016-09-01

    The recombinant ppTvCP4 (ppTvCP4r) protein, a specific inhibitor of the proteolytic activity and virulence properties of Trichomonas vaginalis, depending on cathepsin L-like cysteine proteinases (CPs) (http:dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.biocel.2014.12.001[1], http:dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.micinf.2013.09.002[2], http:dx.doi.org/ 10.1155/2015/946787[3]) was stable in the elution buffer up to two months at 4 °C. However, it was prone to aggregate in PBS (functional assay buffer) [1]. Therefore, before functional assays, the aggregation kinetic of refolded ppTvCP4r was determined after the exchange to PBS. Samples of purified and refolded ppTvCP4r (0.15 mg/ml) in PBS were incubated for 0-24 h at 4 and 25 °C, spun down, measured the protein concentration in the supernatant and checked for the presence of aggregated protein in the pellet. The concentration of protein progressively decreased in the supernatant through time at both temperatures as the protein aggregated. Data in this article are related to the research paper [1]. PMID:27331109

  8. Global Exponential Stability of a Unique Almost Periodic Solution for Neutral-Type Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays

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    Wenquan Wu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper is concerned with the problem of the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability for neutral-type cellular neural networks with distributed delays. Based on fixed point theory and Lyapunov functional, several sufficient conditions are established for the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of almost periodic solution for the above system. Finally, a simple example is given to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our main results.

  9. Global Exponential Stability of a Unique Almost Periodic Solution for Neutral-Type Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays

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    Wenquan Wu

    2014-01-01

    This paper is concerned with the problem of the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability for neutral-type cellular neural networks with distributed delays. Based on fixed point theory and Lyapunov functional, several sufficient conditions are established for the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of almost periodic solution for the above system. Finally, a simple example is given to illustrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our main results.

  10. State Feedback Stabilization for Neutral-Type Neural Networks with Time-Varying Discrete and Unbounded Distributed Delays

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    Yantao Wang; Xue Lin; Xian Zhang

    2012-01-01

    The problem of stabilization for a class of neutral-type neural networks with discrete and unbounded distributed delays is investigated. By introducing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and using Jensen inequality technique to deal with its derivative, delay-range-dependent and rate-dependent stabilization criteria are presented in the form of LMIs with nonlinear constraints. In order to solve the nonlinear problem, a cone complementarity linearization (CCL) algorithm is offered. ...

  11. Distributed Dynamic State Estimator, Generator Parameter Estimation and Stability Monitoring Demonstration

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    Meliopoulos, Sakis; Cokkinides, George; Fardanesh, Bruce; Hedrington, Clinton

    2013-12-31

    This is the final report for this project that was performed in the period: October1, 2009 to June 30, 2013. In this project, a fully distributed high-fidelity dynamic state estimator (DSE) that continuously tracks the real time dynamic model of a wide area system with update rates better than 60 times per second is achieved. The proposed technology is based on GPS-synchronized measurements but also utilizes data from all available Intelligent Electronic Devices in the system (numerical relays, digital fault recorders, digital meters, etc.). The distributed state estimator provides the real time model of the system not only the voltage phasors. The proposed system provides the infrastructure for a variety of applications and two very important applications (a) a high fidelity generating unit parameters estimation and (b) an energy function based transient stability monitoring of a wide area electric power system with predictive capability. Also the dynamic distributed state estimation results are stored (the storage scheme includes data and coincidental model) enabling an automatic reconstruction and “play back” of a system wide disturbance. This approach enables complete play back capability with fidelity equal to that of real time with the advantage of “playing back” at a user selected speed. The proposed technologies were developed and tested in the lab during the first 18 months of the project and then demonstrated on two actual systems, the USVI Water and Power Administration system and the New York Power Authority’s Blenheim-Gilboa pumped hydro plant in the last 18 months of the project. The four main thrusts of this project, mentioned above, are extremely important to the industry. The DSE with the achieved update rates (more than 60 times per second) provides a superior solution to the “grid visibility” question. The generator parameter identification method fills an important and practical need of the industry. The “energy function” based

  12. Global exponential stability of impulsive complex-valued neural networks with both asynchronous time-varying and continuously distributed delays.

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    Song, Qiankun; Yan, Huan; Zhao, Zhenjiang; Liu, Yurong

    2016-09-01

    This paper investigates the stability problem for a class of impulsive complex-valued neural networks with both asynchronous time-varying and continuously distributed delays. By employing the idea of vector Lyapunov function, M-matrix theory and inequality technique, several sufficient conditions are obtained to ensure the global exponential stability of equilibrium point. When the impulsive effects are not considered, several sufficient conditions are also given to guarantee the existence, uniqueness and global exponential stability of equilibrium point. Two examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness and lower level of conservatism of the proposed criteria in comparison with some existing results. PMID:27239891

  13. High Performance Computing for probabilistic distributed slope stability analysis, an early example

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    Rossi, Guglielmo; Catani, Filippo

    2010-05-01

    The term shallow landslides is widely used in literature to describe a slope movement of limited size that mainly develops in soils up to a maximum of a few meters thick. Shallow landslides are usually triggered by heavy rainfall because, as the water starts to infiltrate into the soil, the pore-water pressure increases so that the shear strength of the soil is reduced leading to slope failure. We have developed a distributed hydrological-geotechnical model for forecasting the temporal and spatial distribution of shallow landslides to be used as a real time warning system for civil protection purposes. The stability simulator is developed to use High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and in this way can manage large areas, with high spatial and temporal resolution, at useful computational time for a warning system . The output of the model is a probabilistic value of slope instability. In its current stage the model applied for predicting the expected location of shallow landslides involves several stand-alone components. The base solution suggested by Iverson for the Richards equation is adapted to be used in a real time simulator to estimate the probabilistic distribution of the transient groundwater pressure head according to radar detected rainfall intensity. The use of radar detected rainfall intensity as the input for the hydrological simulation of the infiltration allows a more accurate computation of the redistribution of the groundwater pressure associated with transient infiltration of rain. A soil depth prediction scheme and a limit-equilibrium infinite slope stability algorithm are used to calculate the distributed factor of safety (FS) at different depths and to record the probability distribution of slope instability in the final output file. The additional ancillary data required have been collected during fieldwork and with laboratory standard tests. The model deals with both saturated and unsaturated conditions taking into account the effect of

  14. Switched Exponential State Estimation and Robust Stability for Interval Neural Networks with Discrete and Distributed Time Delays

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    Hongwen Xu; Huaiqin Wu; Ning Li

    2012-01-01

    The interval exponential state estimation and robust exponential stability for the switched interval neural networks with discrete and distributed time delays are considered. Firstly, by combining the theories of the switched systems and the interval neural networks, the mathematical model of the switched interval neural networks with discrete and distributed time delays and the interval estimation error system are established. Secondly, by applying the augmented Lyapunov-Krasovskii functiona...

  15. Oceanic Distribution, Behaviour, and a Winter Aggregation Area of Adult Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.

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    Full Text Available Seasonal distribution of adult Atlantic sturgeon was examined using pop-up satellite archival tags (PSATs and ultrasonic transmitters deployed in the Saint John River, New Brunswick, Canada. Seven MK10 PSATs programmed for release in June 2012 and seven MiniPAT PSATs programmed for release in February and April 2013 were deployed in August 2011 and 2012, respectively. Eleven of 14 PSATs surfaced and transmitted depth and temperature data archived for the duration of their deployment (121-302 days. Among these eleven PSATs, five were recovered and 15-sec archival data was downloaded. Following exit from the Saint John River in the fall, tagged fish occupied a mean monthly depth of 76.3-81.6 m at temperatures as low as 4.9˚C throughout the winter before returning to shallower areas in the spring. The majority of ultrasonic detections occurred in the Bay of Fundy, but fish were detected as far as Riviere Saint-Jean, Quebec, approximately 1500 km from the Bay of Fundy (representing long-distance migratory rates of up to 44 km/day. All PSATs were first detected in the Bay of Fundy. Tags that released in February and April were found 5-21 km offshore of the Saint John Harbour, while tags that released in June were first detected in near shore areas throughout the Bay of Fundy. The substrate at winter tag release locations (estimated from backward numerical particle-tracking experiments consisted primarily of moraines and postglacial mud substrate with low backscatter strength, indicative of soft or smooth seabed. Based on the proximity of winter tag release locations, the consistent depths observed between fish, and previous research, it is suspected that a winter aggregation exists in the Bay of Fundy. This study expands the understanding of the marine distribution and range of Atlantic sturgeon on the east coast of Canada.

  16. Actomyosin contraction, aggregation and traveling waves in a treadmilling actin array

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    Oelz, Dietmar; Mogilner, Alex

    2016-04-01

    We use perturbation theory to derive a continuum model for the dynamic actomyosin bundle/ring in the regime of very strong crosslinking. Actin treadmilling is essential for contraction. Linear stability analysis and numerical solutions of the model equations reveal that when the actin treadmilling is very slow, actin and myosin aggregate into equidistantly spaced peaks. When treadmilling is significant, actin filament of one polarity are distributed evenly, while filaments of the opposite polarity develop a shock wave moving with the treadmilling velocity. Myosin aggregates into a sharp peak surfing the crest of the actin wave. Any actomyosin aggregation diminishes contractile stress. The easiest way to maintain higher contraction is to upregulate the actomyosin turnover which destabilizes nontrivial patterns and stabilizes the homogeneous actomyosin distributions. We discuss the model's implications for the experiment.

  17. Determination of Algae and Macrophyte Species Distribution in Three Wastewater Stabilization Ponds Using Metagenomics Analysis

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    Full Text Available This study involved the evaluation of algae and macrophyte species distributions in three wastewater stabilization ponds (WSPs at a wastewater treatment plant in Ontario, Canada, which has experienced high pH levels at the final effluent and excessive algae growth during the summer since 2003. From samples collected from the system, the relative abundances of specific algae and aquatic plant (macrophyte taxa were assessed and correlated to water chemistry data. A strong shift from the dominance of green algae, chlorophyceae, in WSP#2, to the dominance of aquatic macrophytes, embryophyta, in WSP#4, was observed and corresponded to field observations. Correlation of the abundances to nutrient parameters suggested that the macronutrient rich conditions in WSP#2 allowed floating green algae to proliferate against macrophytes. In WSP#1 and WSP#4, macrophytes competed against algae and thrived, due to their adaptability to lower nutrient conditions. The pH increases occurred primarily in WSP#2 and were not buffered or reduced in WSP#1 and WSP#4. Two alternatives strategies for pH control were recommended for the system: decreasing algae growth in WSP#2 through duckweed seeding or macronutrient loading reduction; or designing and implementing a constructed wetland (CW in WSP#4 with soil and vegetation to buffer pH prior to release.

  18. Voltage stability issues in a distribution grid with large scale PV plant

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    Perez, Alvaro Ruiz; Marinopoulos, Antonios; Reza, Muhamad; Srivastava, Kailash [ABB AB, Vaesteraas (Sweden). Corporate Research Center; Hertem, Dirk van [Katholieke Univ. Leuven, Heverlee (Belgium). ESAT-ELECTA

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    Solar photovoltaics (PV) has become a competitive renewable energy source. The production of solar PV cells and panels has increased significantly, while the cost is reduced due to economics of scale and technological achievements in the field. At the same time, the increase in efficiency of PV power systems and high energy prices are expected to lead PV systems to grid parity in the coming decade. This is expected to boost even more the large scale implementation of PV power plants (utility scale PV) and therefore the impact of such large scale PV plants to power system needs to be studies. This paper investigates the voltage stability issues arising from the connection of a large PV power plant to the power grid. For this purpose, a 15 MW PV power plant was implemented into a distribution grid, modeled and simulated using DIgSILENT Power Factory. Two scenarios were developed: in the first scenario, active power injected into the grid by the PV power plants was varied and the resulted U-Q curve was analyzed. In the second scenario, the impact of connecting PV power plants to different points in the grid - resulting in different strength of the connection - was investigated. (orig.)

  19. Revisiting Aggregation Techniques for Data Intensive Applications

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    Wen, Jian

    2013-01-01

    Aggregation has been an important operation since the early days of relational databases. Today's Big Data applications bring further challenges when processing aggregation queries, demanding robust aggregation algorithms that can process large volumes of data efficiently in a distributed, share-nothing architecture. Moreover, aggregation on each node runs under a potentially limited memory budget (especially in multiuser settings). Despite its importance, the design and evaluation of aggrega...

  20. Effects of statistical distribution of joint trace length on the stability of tunnel excavated in jointed rock mass

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    Kayvan Ghorbani

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The rock masses in a construction site of underground cavern are generally not continuous, due to the presence of discontinuities, such as bedding, joints, faults, and fractures. The performance of an underground cavern is principally ruled by the mechanical behaviors of the discontinuities in the vicinity of the cavern. During underground excavation, many surrounding rock failures have close relationship with joints. The stability study on tunnel in jointed rock mass is of importance to rock engineering, especially tunneling and underground space development. In this study, using the probability density distribution functions of negative exponential, log-normal and normal, we investigated the effect of joint trace length on the stability parameters such as stress and displacement of tunnel constructed in rock mass using UDEC (Universal Distinct Element Code. It was obtained that normal distribution function of joint trace length is more critical on the stability of tunnel, and exponential distribution function has less effect on the tunnel stability compared to the two other distribution functions.

  1. Ion chamber absorbed dose calibration coefficients, ND,w, measured at ADCLs: Distribution analysis and stability

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    Purpose: To analyze absorbed dose calibration coefficients, ND,w, measured at accredited dosimetry calibration laboratories (ADCLs) for client ionization chambers to study (i) variability among ND,w coefficients for chambers of the same type calibrated at each ADCL to investigate ion chamber volume fluctuations and chamber manufacturing tolerances; (ii) equivalency of ion chamber calibration coefficients measured at different ADCLs by intercomparing ND,w coefficients for chambers of the same type; and (iii) the long-term stability of ND,w coefficients for different chamber types by investigating repeated chamber calibrations. Methods: Large samples of ND,w coefficients for several chamber types measured over the time period between 1998 and 2014 were obtained from the three ADCLs operating in the United States. These are analyzed using various graphical and numerical statistical tests for the four chamber types with the largest samples of calibration coefficients to investigate (i) and (ii) above. Ratios of calibration coefficients for the same chamber, typically obtained two years apart, are calculated to investigate (iii) above and chambers with standard deviations of old/new ratios less than 0.3% meet stability requirements for accurate reference dosimetry recommended in dosimetry protocols. Results: It is found that ND,w coefficients for a given chamber type compared among different ADCLs may arise from differing probability distributions potentially due to slight differences in calibration procedures and/or the transfer of the primary standard. However, average ND,w coefficients from different ADCLs for given chamber types are very close with percent differences generally less than 0.2% for Farmer-type chambers and are well within reported uncertainties. Conclusions: The close agreement among calibrations performed at different ADCLs reaffirms the Calibration Laboratory Accreditation Subcommittee process of ensuring ADCL conformance with National Institute of

  2. Assessment Of Contaminant Distribution and Stability In Sediment Of The A-01 Constructed Wetland 2005 Report

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    Constructed wetlands have the ability to remove pollutants from water and retain them in sediment. However, there is considerable variation among metals and between wetlands in the degree to which metals are removed. The A-01 wetland treatment system (WTS) was designed to remove metals (primarily copper) from the A-01 effluent at the Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC. The main purpose of research conducted during 2004 and 2005 was to evaluate the distribution and retention of contaminants in the sediment profile. Most of the metal removed by the wetland cells was accumulated in the two top layers; i.e., the floc and organic layer. Principal components analysis revealed a strong spatial gradient in the sediment metal data, with floc layer samples from the A cell at one extreme and inorganic layer samples from both cells at the other. This gradient was strongly correlated with percent organic matter, pH, and the concentration of all metals except mercury. These results showed that most metals in the A-01 wetland sediments behaved similarly: their concentrations decreased as sediment depth increased. Copper, Cd, and Zn distribution in the sediment porewater profile was similar, and the concentrations of these elements generally decreased as a function of depth. The horizontal and vertical distributions of sulfate, Fe, and Mn in the porewater indicated the oxidation status of the sediments. The presence of sulfate in the porewater showed that cell 4A, especially the top organic layer, was in an oxidized state. The porewater sulfate concentration in all layers was higher in 4A cell than in 4B cell. The lower inorganic layers, especially closer to the effluent discharge, were more reduced as indicated by higher concentrations of Fe and Mn. The stability of contaminants in the wetland sediment profile was evaluated by calculating the potentially mobile fraction (PMF), recalcitrant factor (RF), and distribution coefficient (Kd) values. The highest PMF values were in the floc

  3. Aflatoxin M1 in the intermediate dairy products from Manchego cheese production: distribution and stability

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    V.J. Moya

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1 distribution in curd, whey, Manchego cheese, the traditional Spanish whey cheese Requesón and Requesón whey, and its stability during two different cold treatments, have been studied. Raw ewe’s milk was artificially contaminated with AFM1 in a final concentration of 50 and 100 ng kg-1, and was used to produce Manchego cheese. AFM1 determinations were carried out by HPLC with fluorimetric detection after immunoaffinity clean-up. The mean AFM1 concentrations in the produced curd and Manchego cheese were approximately 2- and 3-fold higher than the initial milk they were made from, and the levels of this toxin remaining in whey were 42.3 % and 51.3 % of the initial concentrations. In the Requesón samples, the mean AFM1 values were 1.7 times higher than those in the corresponding whey, while 33.7 % and 44.4 % of the AFM1 concentration detected in milk also appeared in the Requesón whey. Short refrigeration and freezing periods did not affect the toxin levels in either curd or Requesón samples. When ewe’s milk destined for Manchego cheese-making is AFM1-contaminated at the EU limit level (50 ng kg-1 or double, a concentration of this toxin will appear in the manufactured products, but values will be considerably below the toxic doses (Tolerable Daily Intake = 2 ng kg-1 body weight per day, which poses a human health problem.

  4. Ant Diversity and Distribution along Elevation Gradients in the Australian Wet Tropics: The Importance of Seasonal Moisture Stability

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    Nowrouzi, Somayeh; Andersen, Alan N.; Macfadyen, Sarina; Staunton, Kyran M.; VanDerWal, Jeremy; Robson, Simon K. A.

    2016-01-01

    The threat of anthropogenic climate change has seen a renewed focus on understanding contemporary patterns of species distribution. This is especially the case for the biota of tropical mountains, because tropical species often have particularly narrow elevational ranges and there are high levels of short-range endemism. Here we describe geographic patterns of ant diversity and distribution in the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Australian Wet Tropics (AWT), revealing seasonal moisture stability to be an important environmental correlate of elevational patterns of species composition. We sampled ants in leaf litter, on the litter surface and on tree trunks at 26 sites from six subregions spanning five degrees of latitude and elevation ranges from 100–1,300 m. A total of 296 species from 63 genera were recorded. Species richness showed a slight peak at mid elevations, and did not vary significantly with latitude. Species composition varied substantially between subregions, and many species have highly localised distributions. There was very marked species turnover with elevation, with a particularly striking compositional disjunction between 600 m and 800 m at each subregion. This disjunction coincides with a strong environmental threshold of seasonal stability in moisture associated with cloud ‘stripping’. Our study therefore provides further support for climatic stability as a potential mechanism underlying patterns of diversity. The average height of orographic cloud layers is predicted to rise under global warming, and associated shifts in seasonal moisture stability may exacerbate biotic change caused by rising temperature alone. PMID:27073848

  5. A vertically resolved model for phytoplankton aggregation

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    Iris Kriest; Geoffrey T Evans

    2000-12-01

    This work presents models of the vertical distribution and flux of phytoplankton aggregates, including changes with time in the distribution of aggregate sizes and sinking speeds. The distribution of sizes is described by two parameters, the mass and number of aggregates, which greatly reduces the computational cost of the models. Simple experiments demonstrate the effects of aggregation on the timing and depth distribution of primary production and export. A more detailed ecological model is applied to sites in the Arabian Sea; it demonstrates that aggregation can be important for deep sedimentation even when its effect on surface concentrations is small, and it presents the difference in timing between settlement of aggregates and fecal pellets.

  6. State Feedback Stabilization for Neutral-Type Neural Networks with Time-Varying Discrete and Unbounded Distributed Delays

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    Yantao Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of stabilization for a class of neutral-type neural networks with discrete and unbounded distributed delays is investigated. By introducing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and using Jensen inequality technique to deal with its derivative, delay-range-dependent and rate-dependent stabilization criteria are presented in the form of LMIs with nonlinear constraints. In order to solve the nonlinear problem, a cone complementarity linearization (CCL algorithm is offered. In addition, several numerical examples are provided to illustrate the applicability of the proposed approach.

  7. The effects of urea, guanidinium chloride and sorbitol on porphyrin aggregation: Molecular dynamics simulation

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    Maryam Ghadamgahi; Davood Ajloo

    2013-05-01

    This paper compares the inhibition effect of porphyrin aggregation in the presence of urea, guanidinium chloride (Gdn) and sorbitol by molecular dynamics simulation. It demonstrates that porphyrin aggregation increases in sorbitol, but decreases towards addition of urea and Gdn. It shows that urea, Gdn and sorbitol can have a large effect — positive or negative, depending on the concentration — on the aggregation of the porphyrin. The effect of urea, Gdn and sorbitol on porphyrin aggregation has been inferred from the effect of these solutes on the hydration layer of porphyrin. It appears that the Gdn is more suitable than urea for decreasing the hydration layer of porphyrin while several osmolites like sorbitol are known to increase hydration layer and thus might stabilize the porphyrin aggregation. Results of radial distribution function (RDF), distributed atoms or molecules around target species, indicated that the increase and exclusion of solvent around porphyrin by osmolytes and Gdn would affect significantly on porphyrin aggregation. There was a sizeable difference in potency between the Gdn and urea, with the urea being less potent to decrease hydration layer and porphyrin aggregation.

  8. Exploring the biological stability situation of a full scale water distribution system in south China by three biological stability evaluation methods.

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    Zhang, Junpeng; Li, Wei-Ying; Wang, Feng; Qian, Lin; Xu, Chen; Liu, Yao; Qi, Wanqi

    2016-10-01

    Bacterial regrowth especially opportunistic pathogens regrowth and contamination in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) have become an emerging threat to public health in the whole world. To explore bacterial regrowth and biological stability, assimilable organic carbon (AOC), biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC) and bacterial regrowth potential (BRP) were evaluated in a full scale DWDS and bench tests in South China. A significant correlation between BRP and AOC in both water treatment processes (WTP) and DWDS was obtained. For BRP and BDOC, the correlation was more significant in WTP than in DWDS. Both AOC and BRP were significantly correlated with UV254, total organic carbon (TOC), and heterotrophic plate count (HPC) (p AOC concentration almost unchanged. On contrary the HPC level increased quickly and declined slightly, with chlorine lower than 0.15 mg/L, which was in accordance with the large amount of biological stability data obtained from DWDS. Through another bench test, the HPC level was positively correlated to AOC concentration and when AOC was below 135 μg/L, the growth rate of HPC was low, which was verified by the analysis of biological stability data from DWDS. PMID:27421100

  9. Fine Distributed Moderating Material with Improved Thermal Stability Applied to Enhance the Feedback Effects in SFR Cores

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    Bruno Merk

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of fine distributed moderating material to enhance the feedback effects and to reduce the sodium void effect in sodium-cooled fast reactor cores is described. The influence of the moderating material on the fuel assembly geometry, the neutron spectrum, the feedback effects, the power and burnup distribution, and the transmutation performance is given. An overview on possible materials is provided and the relationship between hydrogen content and thermal stability is described. A solution for the problem of the limited thermal stability of primarily proposed hydrogen-bearing moderating material ZrH1.6 is developed by the use of yttrium-mono-hydride. The similarity in the effects reached by ZrH and YH is demonstrated by comparison calculations. The topic is closed by an overview on material properties, manufacturing issues, experience in fast reactors, and a comparison of raw material costs.

  10. Utilization Possibility of Natural Aggregate Resources in Central Town of Tokat as Concrete Aggregate

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    S. I. Tutmaz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, aggregates of three quarries sampled from Tokat Province were tested to evaluate their suitability for concrete production. The aggregates were supplied from Yesilirmak River, and largely used in agricultural structures constructed in Tokat. Standard aggregate tests approved by Turkish Standards Institute were carried out to analyze the samples. Granulation, unit weight, specific weight, water absorption rate, resistance to frost, resistance against abrasion, ratio of fine materials, organic material contents and, mineralogical analysis of aggregates sampled from aggregate quarries were determined. Pressure resistance tests were conducted on concrete prepared by the aggregates. The results indicated that the aggregate granulation distribution of aggregate quarries evaluated was not suitable however other parameters determined were appropriate for concrete production. The resultant concrete had sufficient pressure resistance. The possible solutions to improve the improper characteristics of aggregates used in concrete were also determined and introduced with this study.

  11. Exponential Stabilization of Neutral-Type Neural Networks with Interval Nondifferentiable and Distributed Time-Varying Delays

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    W. Weera; P. Niamsup

    2012-01-01

    The problem of exponential stabilization of neutral-type neural networks with various activation functions and interval nondifferentiable and distributed time-varying delays is considered. The interval time-varying delay function is not required to be differentiable. By employing new and improved Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional combined with Leibniz-Newton’s formula, the stabilizability criteria are formulated in terms of a linear matrix inequalities. Numerical examples are give...

  12. Aggregation of Scale Efficiency

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    Valentin Zelenyuk

    2012-01-01

    In this article we extend the aggregation theory in efficiency and productivity analysis by deriving solutions to the problem of aggregation of individual scale efficiency measures, primal and dual, into aggregate primal and dual scale efficiency measures of a group. The new aggregation result is coherent with aggregation framework and solutions for the other related efficiency measures that already exist in the literature.

  13. Soil-Structural Stability as Affected by Clay Mineralogy, Soil Texture and Polyacrylamide Application

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    Soil-structural stability (expressed in terms of aggregate stability and pore size distribution) depends on (i) soil inherent properties, (ii) extrinsic condition prevailing in the soil that may vary temporally and spatially, and (iii) addition of soil amendments. Different soil management practices...

  14. Particle aggregation mechanisms in ionic liquids.

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    Szilagyi, Istvan; Szabo, Tamas; Desert, Anthony; Trefalt, Gregor; Oncsik, Tamas; Borkovec, Michal

    2014-05-28

    Aggregation of sub-micron and nano-sized polystyrene latex particles was studied in room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) and in their water mixtures by time-resolved light scattering. The aggregation rates were found to vary with the IL-to-water molar ratio in a systematic way. At the water side, the aggregation rate is initially small, but increases rapidly with increasing IL content, and reaches a plateau value. This behaviour resembles simple salts, and can be rationalized by the competition of double-layer and van der Waals forces as surmised by the classical theory of Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek (DLVO). At the IL side, aggregation slows down again. Two generic mechanisms could be identified to be responsible for the stabilization in ILs, namely viscous stabilization and solvation stabilization. Viscous stabilization is important in highly viscous ILs, as it originates from the slowdown of the diffusion controlled aggregation due to the hindrance of the diffusion in a viscous liquid. The solvation stabilization mechanism is system specific, but can lead to a dramatic slowdown of the aggregation rate in ILs. This mechanism is related to repulsive solvation forces that are operational in ILs due to the layering of the ILs close to the surfaces. These two stabilization mechanisms are suspected to be generic, as they both occur in different ILs, and for particles differing in surface functionalities and size. PMID:24727976

  15. 基于灰色理论的水稳碎石抗弯拉强度预估模型%Prediction Model for Bending Strength of Cement Stabilize Aggregate Based on Grey System Theory

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    蔺瑞玉; 沙爱民

    2012-01-01

    Material compositions of cement stabilize aggregate has a great influence on bending strength. Based on the test dates, the paper analyses the influence by grey system theory and obtains prediction model of bending strength.According to the grey correlation analysis of material compositions to bending strength, the paper chooses cement content, 28 d cement strength, fractal dimension of gradation composition, related coefficient of gradation composition, water content and aggregate crushing value as the parameters of prediction model. Then the 90 d bending strength prediction model and 6 parameters reduced-form model can be gotten. The applicability of the model indicates the error between predicted values and measured values is allowable. So the prediction model has good reliability and can be used to predict the 90 d bending strength of cement stabilize aggregate in materials composition designing.%材料组成对水泥稳定碎石抗弯拉强度有重大影响.应用灰色理论对水泥稳定碎石抗弯拉强度试验研究结果进行分析并建立强度预测模型.根据水稳碎石抗弯拉强度材料组成因素的灰色关联分析结果,选取影响最为显著的水泥剂量、水泥胶砂28 d强度,集料级配分形维数、集料级配分形相关系数、含水量和集料压碎值作为预测模型参数,建立了90 d抗弯拉强度预测模型并给出6参数模型简化式,适用性验证表明模型预测值与试验实测值满足误差要求,说明该模型具有良好的可靠性,可用于在材料组成设计中根据材料组成预估水泥稳定碎石90 d抗弯拉强度.

  16. Soil aggregation, organic carbon and CO2 emission in different land uses in Brazilian Savanna, Triangulo Mineiro region

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    Camila Silva Borges

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Soil aggregation and carbon distribution are important indicators of soil quality. Moreover, these attributes are closely related to CO2 fluxes in the soil-atmosphere interface. We sought to evaluate soil aggregation, organic carbon distribution and CO2 evolution in different land uses of Minas Gerais Triangle. Four different land uses were selected: (1 Panicum maximum, (2 Panicum maximum Jacqvr. (Tanzânia, (3 sugarcane, and (4 native Cerrado (control. In each land-use type, soil samples from a 0-10 cm layer were collected. The samples were air-dried and sieved in order to obtain aggregates sized 4-2 mm. The samples were submitted to wet-sieving to evaluate stability and also to obtain aggregates of different sizes: 4-2 mm; 2-1 mm; 1-0.5 mm; and 0.5-0.25 mm. Total organic carbon, humic substances and texture were determined for each aggregate size fraction. The CO2 emission was measured in field and lab conditions, both by the capture in NaOH solution method. The native Cerrado and Panicum maximum Jacqvr. (Tanzânia areas (mostly clay showed the highest soil aggregation. The conventional soil tillage adopted in sugarcane areas contributed significantly to aggregate disruption. In all of the areas, the largest aggregates had higher organic carbon and humic substances. Organic carbon content and soil texture seem to be closely associated with CO2 emissions in the areas studied.

  17. QUERY PLANNING FOR CONTINUOUS AGGREGATION QUERIES USING DATA AGGREGATORS

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    A. SATEESH, D. ANIL, M. KIRANKUMAR

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Continuous aggregation queries are used to monitor the changes in data with time varying for online decision making. For continuous queries low cost and scalable techniques used a network of aggregators. Individual node cannot by itself determine its inclusion in the query result for this a different algorithmic challenges from aggregate and selection queries are presented. At specific coherencies each data item can serve for a set of data aggregators. Technique involves disseminating query into sub query and sub queries are executed on the chosen data aggregators. We build a query cost model which can be used to estimate the number of refresh messages which is required to satisfy the client specified incoherency bound. Performance results shows that by our method the query can be executed using less than one third the messages required for existing schemes. Our adaptive strategy employs distributed decisions made by the distributed servers independently based on localized statistics collected by each server at runtime. When comparatively static environment, propose two motionless tree construction algorithms relying on apriori system statistics. These static trees can also be used as early trees in a dynamic environment and apply our schemes to both single- and multi object distribution. Our extensive performance study illustrate that the adaptive mechanisms.

  18. Stability of Spatially Distributed, Intersecting Aircraft Flows Under Sequential Conflict Resolution Schemes

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    Hand, Troy; Feron, Eric

    2010-01-01

    This paper discusses the effect of sequential conflict resolution maneuvers of an infinite aircraft flow through a finite control volume. Aircraft flow models are utilized to simulate traffic flows and determine stability. Pseudo-random flow geometry is considered to determine airspace stability in a more random airspace, where aircraft flows are spread over a given positive width. The use of this aircraft flow model generates a more realistic flow geometry. A set of upper bounds on the maximal aircraft deviation during conflict resolution is derived. Also with this flow geometry it is proven that these bounds are not symmetric, unlike the symmetric bounds derived in previous papers for simpler flow configurations. Stability is preserved under sequential conflict resolution algorithms for all flow geometries discussed in this paper.

  19. Partial stabilization and control of distributed parameter systems with elastic elements

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    Zuyev, Alexander L

    2015-01-01

     This monograph provides a rigorous treatment of problems related to partial asymptotic stability and controllability for models of flexible structures described by coupled nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations or equations in abstract spaces. The text is self-contained, beginning with some basic results from the theory of continuous semigroups of operators in Banach spaces. The problem of partial asymptotic stability with respect to a continuous functional is then considered for a class of abstract multivalued systems on a metric space. Next, the results of this study are applied to the study of a rotating body with elastic attachments. Professor Zuyev demonstrates that the equilibrium cannot be made strongly asymptotically stable in the general case, motivating consideration of the problem of partial stabilization with respect to the functional that represents “averaged” oscillations. The book’s focus moves on to spillover analysis for infinite-dimensional systems with finite-dimensio...

  20. Internal exponential stabilization for Navier-Stokes equations by means of finite-dimensional distributed controls

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    Barbu, Viorel; Shirikyan, Armen

    2010-01-01

    We consider the Navier-Stokes system in a bounded domain with a smooth boundary. Given a sufficiently regular global solution, we construct a finite-dimensional feedback control that is supported by a given open set and stabilizes the linearized equation. The proof of this fact is based on a truncated observability inequality, the regularizing property for the linearized equation, and some standard techniques of the optimal control theory. We then show that the control constructed for the linear problem stabilizes locally also the full Navier-Stokes system.

  1. 日光温室蔬菜栽培对土壤团聚体稳定性的影响——以陕西省泾阳县日光温室土壤为例%EFFECTS OF SOLAR GREENHOUSE VEGETABLE CULTIVATION ON SOIL AGGREGATES STABILITY - A CASE STUDY OF SOLAR GREENHOUSE SOIL IN JINGYANG COUNTY ,SHAANXI PROVINCE

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    孙艳; 王益权; 刘军; 夏发生; 王金贵; 李建波

    2011-01-01

    土壤的团聚状况是土壤重要的物理性质之一,团聚体的数量是衡量和评价土壤肥力的重要指标.用干筛法、湿筛法及带水振荡法对日光温室土壤和露地土壤的团聚体含量进行了测定,并进行了比较.根据干筛法测得的各级团聚体含量及平均重量直径(MWD)的评判,日光温室土壤大于10 mm团聚体的机械稳定性低于露地土壤.根据大于0.25 mm水稳性团聚体含量、水稳性团聚体的MWD值、团聚体的破坏率及团聚体的原始稳定系数和崩解速率等指标评判,日光温室土壤团聚体的水稳性高于露地土壤.日光温室蔬菜栽培年限长于5 a后,土壤中团聚体的机械稳定性显著降低,水稳性显著提高.%Aggregates status of soil was an important soil physical properties, and the amount of soil aggregates is an important index for measuring and evaluating soil fertility. Aggregates of soils inside and outside the greenhouse were measured with the dry-sieving method, the wet-sieving method and water-oscillating method for comparison. Based on contents of aggregates of different fractions and mean weight diameter (MWD) determined with the dry-sieving method, analysis showed that mechanical stability of the aggregates of the fraction > 10 mm was higher in soils inside the greenhouse than outside the greenhouse. Based on contents of water stable aggregates > 0. 25 mm, MWD of water-stable aggregates, breakage rate, initial stability coefficient and disintegrating rate of aggregates, analysis revealed that the soil inside the greenhouse was higher than the soil outside in water stability.Greenhouse cultivation longer than 5 years significantly decreased mechanical stability of soil aggregates, but affected reversely their water stability.

  2. A microbiology-based multi-parametric approach towards assessing biological stability in drinking water distribution networks

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    Lautenschläger, Karin

    2013-06-01

    Biological stability of drinking water implies that the concentration of bacterial cells and composition of the microbial community should not change during distribution. In this study, we used a multi-parametric approach that encompasses different aspects of microbial water quality including microbial growth potential, microbial abundance, and microbial community composition, to monitor biological stability in drinking water of the non-chlorinated distribution system of Zürich. Drinking water was collected directly after treatment from the reservoir and in the network at several locations with varied average hydraulic retention times (6-52h) over a period of four months, with a single repetition two years later. Total cell concentrations (TCC) measured with flow cytometry remained remarkably stable at 9.5 (±0.6)×104cells/ml from water in the reservoir throughout most of the distribution network, and during the whole time period. Conventional microbial methods like heterotrophic plate counts, the concentration of adenosine tri-phosphate, total organic carbon and assimilable organic carbon remained also constant. Samples taken two years apart showed more than 80% similarity for the microbial communities analysed with denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and 454 pyrosequencing. Only the two sampling locations with the longest water retention times were the exceptions and, sofar for unknown reasons, recorded a slight but significantly higher TCC (1.3(±0.1)×105cells/ml) compared to the other locations. This small change in microbial abundance detected by flow cytometry was also clearly observed in a shift in the microbial community profiles to a higher abundance of members from the Comamonadaceae (60% vs. 2% at other locations). Conventional microbial detection methods were not able to detect changes as observed with flow cytometric cell counts and microbial community analysis. Our findings demonstrate that the multi-parametric approach used provides a powerful

  3. Beyond initiation-limited translational bursting: the effects of burst size distributions on the stability of gene expression

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    Kuwahara, Hiroyuki

    2015-11-04

    A main source of gene expression noise in prokaryotes is translational bursting. It arises from efficient translation of mRNAs with low copy numbers, which makes the production of protein copies highly variable and pulsatile. To obtain analytical solutions, previous models to capture this noise source had to assume translation to be initiation-limited, representing the burst size by a specific type of a long-tail distribution. However, there is increasing evidence suggesting that the initiation is not the rate-limiting step in certain settings, for example, under stress conditions. Here, to overcome the limitations imposed by the initiation-limited assumption, we present a new analytical approach that can evaluate biological consequences of the protein burst size with a general distribution. Since our new model can capture the contribution of other factors to the translational noise, it can be used to analyze the effects of gene expression noise in more general settings. We used this new model to analytically analyze the connection between the burst size and the stability of gene expression processes in various settings. We found that the burst size with different distributions can lead to quantitatively and qualitatively different stability characteristics of protein abundance and can have non-intuitive effects. By allowing analysis of how the stability of gene expression processes changes based on various distributions of translational noise, our analytical approach is expected to enable deeper insights into the control of cell fate decision-making, the evolution of cryptic genetic variations, and fine-tuning of gene circuits.

  4. Análisis de la estabilidad de agregados por el método de le bissonnais en tres órdenes de suelos Application of the le bissonnais method to assess aggregate stability in three soils orders

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    Emmanuel Adrián Gabioud

    2011-12-01

    ­gregación, propios de cada suelo y sistemas productivos que, mediante la determinación de valores umbrales permitirá conocer tendencias del recurso y así generar alertas tempranas de procesos de degradación.Since aggregate stability is a dynamic characteristic, it is considered a sensitive indicator of a soil undergoing a process of recovery or degradation. In Argentina, different laboratory methods have been used to analyze the aggregate stability variation with respect to soil use. Le Bissonnais method, which is based on the classic Henin method, was developed by the INRA of France. This method provides the mean weighted diameter (DMP of stable aggregates with three pretreatments: fast wetting (DMPE, mechanical disintegration followed by re-wetting with ethanol (DMPD, and slow wetting (DMPC. The average value is then used to determine a value that summarizes the information (DMPm. At a global level, this method has been used on different soils under varying climatic conditions. However, since its performance on Argentinian soils is not yet known, the aims of this work were: i to evaluate the method of Le Bissonnais as an indicator of degradation in three types of soil (Mollisol, Vertisol and Alfisol with different degrees of intervention; ii to relate the DMP with organic carbon content; iii to correlate the methodologies of Le Bissonnais and Hénin and iv to quantify the time consumed by the aggregate stability procedure. Le Bissonnais method discriminated different use and management conditions in the three soils, reflecting trends towards either deterioration or recovery. We found a significant and positive relationship between carbon content and aggregate stability (R²=0.30, and a significant correlation between both methods (r=0.51. The latter varied according to the soil, existing a high degree of correlation in the Mollisols, an intermediate degree of correlation in the Alfisol and no correlation in the Vertisol. There were associations between the coefficients of

  5. Improving Sunflower Halva Stability and Texture by Controlling Tahini Particle Size Distribution

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Sunflower halva is an appreciated product, but shows currently a quality below the expectations of the new generation of consumers, having a hard texture and oil exuded on the surface (low stability. The aim of this work was to assess the influence of tahini particle size on sunflower halva texture and stability. Eight different particle size sunflower tahini samples were produced at pilot plant scale, the higher the number of passes through the colloidal mill, the smaller the particle size (P1- coarsest → P8 - finest. Halva prototypes (25g / piece, including also an industrial sample (H0, were obtained at laboratory scale by mixing the nougat with tahini. The texture was evaluated on Stable micro systems TA.HD Plus texture analyzer equipped either with a cylinder probe or with a blade set. All samples were stored for 60 days at 4°C, room temperature (~25°C or 40°C. During storage, the colloidal stability of all samples was assessed by a gravimetric technique. Tahini samples P6 → P8 were not suitable for halva production while due to the low viscosities, the product was impossible to be shaped. Among obtained sunflower halva prototypes (H1 → H5 it was shown that decreasing tahini particle size decreased sunflower halva hardness and stability. For each sample, the increase of storage temperature decreased sunflower halva stability. Sunflower halva H3 was the most efficient, while was more stable and showed smaller hardness values than H0.

  6. Budget Stability, Revenue Volatility, and District Relations: Determinants of Georgia ELOST Distribution to Municipal School Districts

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    Reinagel, Tyler P.

    2014-01-01

    School districts across the United States are often forced into situations where limited public funds must be distributed among multiple districts. These are often reliant on distribution rates negotiated by district leadership and elected officials. An example of this is Georgia's 1% Education Local Option Sales Tax (ELOST). The tax is collected…

  7. 非均质Euler-bernoulli梁的局部反馈定问题%Locally Distributed Feedback Stabilization of Nonuniform Euler-Bernoulli Beam

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    闫庆旭; 侯瑞鸿; 冯德兴; 齐剑冷

    2005-01-01

    In this article, we study the locally distributed feedback stabilization problem of a nonuniform Euler-Bernoulli beam. Firstly, using the semi-group theory, we establish the wellposedness of the associated closed loop system. Then by proving the uniqueness of the solution to a related ordinary differential equation, we derive the asymptotic stability of the closed loop system. Finally, by means of the piecewise multiplier method, we prove that, by either one distributed force feedback or a distributed moment feedback control, the closed loop system can be exponentially stabilized.

  8. Equilibrium structure of ferrofluid aggregates

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    We study the equilibrium structure of large but finite aggregates of magnetic dipoles, representing a colloidal suspension of magnetite particles in a ferrofluid. With increasing system size, the structural motif evolves from chains and rings to multi-chain and multi-ring assemblies. Very large systems form single- and multi-wall coils, tubes and scrolls. These structural changes result from a competition between various energy terms, which can be approximated analytically within a continuum model. We also study the effect of external parameters such as magnetic field on the relative stability of these structures. Our results may give insight into experimental data obtained during solidification of ferrofluid aggregates at temperatures where thermal fluctuations become negligible in comparison to inter-particle interactions. These data may also help to experimentally control the aggregation of magnetic particles.

  9. Effects of size polydispersity on the extinction spectra of colloidal nanoparticle aggregates

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    Ershov, Alexander E.; Isaev, Ivan L.; Semina, Polina N.; Markel, Vadim A.; Karpov, Sergei V.

    2012-01-01

    We investigate the effect of particle polydispersity on the optical extinction spectra of colloidal aggregates of spherical metallic (silver) nanoparticles, taking into account the realistic interparticle gaps caused by layers of stabilizing polymer adsorbed on the metal surface (adlayers). The spectra of computer-generated aggregates are computed using two different methods. The coupled-multipole method is used in the quasistatic approximation and the coupled-dipole method beyond the quasistatics. The latter approach is applicable if the interparticle gaps are sufficiently wide relative to the particle radii. Simulations are performed for two different particle size distribution functions (bimodal and Gaussian), varying the number of particles per aggregate, and different distribution functions of the interparticle gap width. The strong influence of the latter factor on the spectra is demonstrated and investigated in detail.

  10. Effects of transport distance and flow discharge of overland flow on destruction of Ultisol aggregates

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    Junguang Wang; Zhaoxia Li; Chongfa Cai; Wei Yang

    2012-01-01

    The destruction of soil aggregates upon transport by overland flow may produce a significant effect on sediment transport capacity and general intensity of erosion,The particle size distribution of destructed soil aggregates has a close relation to the surface runoff and permeability of soils.The objective of this study is to quantify the effects of transport distance and flow discharge of overland flow on the destruction of aggregates of Ultisols in a 3.8 m long flume with a fixed bed,A series of experiments were carried out at a slope of 17.6%,including six transport distances (9-108 m) and eight discharges (0.4-1,2 L/s).The results indicate that (1) the extent of the destruction of aggregates became weaker with the decrease in size over the same transport distances or at the same discharges; (2) the aggregates derived from Shale were rapidly abraded and had more serious destruction as compared to the aggregates from Quaternary red clay during the transport process,which was relevant to the stability difference of the two parent materials; (3) two stages of aggregate breakdown could be identified in terms of the coefficient α during transport,that is,the aggregates were rapidly abraded and became round and were predominantly broken down into smaller fragments at the first stage,while the smaller fragments and the round aggregates were weakly abraded with reduction in weight and their shape became regular; and (4) the extent of the destruction decreased with increasing discharge,which was due to the changes in the hydraulic properties (flow depth and friction factor) and in movement modes during the transport process.The analysis of the characteristics on aggregate destruction by overland flow can contribute to the development of soil erosion models.

  11. Familial aggregation analysis of gene expressions

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    Rao Shao-Qi; Xu Liang-De; Zhang Guang-Mei; Li Xia; Li Lin; Shen Gong-Qing; Jiang Yang; Yang Yue-Ying; Gong Bin-Sheng; Jiang Wei; Zhang Fan; Xiao Yun; Wang Qing K

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    Abstract Traditional studies of familial aggregation are aimed at defining the genetic (and non-genetic) causes of a disease from physiological or clinical traits. However, there has been little attempt to use genome-wide gene expressions, the direct phenotypic measures of genes, as the traits to investigate several extended issues regarding the distributions of familially aggregated genes on chromosomes or in functions. In this study we conducted a genome-wide familial aggregation analysis b...

  12. Empirical evidence and stability analysis of the linear car-following model with gamma-distributed memory effect

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    Pei, Xin; Pan, Yan; Wang, Haixin; Wong, S. C.; Choi, Keechoo

    2016-05-01

    Car-following models, which describe the reactions of the driver of a following car to the changes of the leading car, are essential for the development of traffic flow theory. A car-following model with a stochastic memory effect is considered to be more realistic in modeling drivers' behavior. Because a gamma-distributed memory function has been shown to outperform other forms according to empirical data, in this study, we thus focus on a car-following model with a gamma-distributed memory effect; analytical and numerical studies are then conducted for stability analysis. Accordingly, the general expression of undamped and stability points is achieved by analytical study. The numerical results show great agreement with the analytical results: introducing the effect of the driver's memory causes the stable regions to weaken slightly, but the metastable region is obviously enlarged. In addition, a numerical study is performed to further analyze the variation of the stable and unstable regions with respect to the different profiles of gamma distribution.

  13. Effects of tangential velocity distribution on flow stability in a draft tube

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    Dou, Huashu; Niu, Lin; Cao, Shuliang

    2014-10-01

    Numerical simulations of the flow in the draft tube of a Francis turbine are carried out in order to elucidate the effects of tangential velocity on flow stability. Influence of the location of the maximum tangential velocity is explored considering the equality of the total energy at the inlet of the draft tube. It is found that the amplitude of the pressure fluctuation decreases when the location of the maximum of the tangential velocity moves from the centre to the wall on the cross section. Thus, the stability of the flow in the draft tube increases with the moving of the location of the maximum tangential velocity. However, the relative hydraulic loss increases and the recovery coefficient of the draft tube decreases slightly.

  14. Stability of Adaptive Distributed Real-TimeSystems with Dynamic Resource Management

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    Rafiliu, Sergiu

    2013-01-01

    Today's embedded distributed real-time systems, are exposed to large variations in resource usage due to complex software applications, sophisticated hardware platforms, and the impact of their run-time environment. As eciency becomes more important, the applications running on these systems are extended with on-line resource managers whose job is to adapt the system in the face of such variations. Distributed systems are often heterogeneous, meaning that the hardware platform consists of com...

  15. Enhancement of Voltage Stability & reactive Power Control of Distribution System Using Facts Devices

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    Aarti Rai

    2012-01-01

    The modern power distribution network is constantly being faced with an ever-growing load demand. Distribution networks experience distinct change from a low to high load level every day. Electric load growth and higher regional power transfers in a largely interconnected network becoming more complex and less secure power system operation. Power generation and transmission facilities are unable to meet these new demands. Voltage control is a difficult task because voltages are strongly influ...

  16. Aggregation of Diesel Contaminated Soil for Bioremediation

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    Yu Ying; Shi Xiu-hong; Li Song; Xu Jing-gang

    2014-01-01

    Diesel contaminated soil (DCS) contained a large amount of the hydrocarbons and salt which was dominated by soluble sodium chloride. Aggregation process which made the desired aggregate size distribution could speed up the degradation rate of the hydrocarbons since the aggregated DCS had better physical characteristics than the non-aggregated material. Artificial aggregation increased pores >30 µm by approximately 5% and reduced pores <1 µm by 5%, but did not change the percentage of the pores between 1 and 30 µm. The saturated hydraulic conductivity of non-aggregated DCS was 5×10-6 m• s-l, but it increased to 1×10-5 m• s-l after aggregation. The compression index of the non-aggregated DCS was 0.0186; however, the artificial aggregates with and without lime were 0.031 and 0.028, respectively. DCS could be piled 0.2 m deep without artificial aggregation; however, it could be applied 0.28 m deep when artificial aggregates were formed without limiting O2 transport.

  17. Coupling scale-dependent slope stability and fractal analysis of topography for the investigation of landslide size distributions

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    Frattini, P.; Crosta, G. B.

    2009-04-01

    We investigate the physics laying behind landslide size distributions, by coupling slope stability analysis and scale-sensitive fractal analysis of topography within a probabilistic approach. Slope stability analyses have been performed under ideal conditions, in order to highlight the control of slope angle, friction angle, and cohesion on the size distribution of landslides. We demonstrate that, for a given slope angle, cohesion exerts a primary control on both the depth and the length of landslides: the larger the cohesion, the deeper and longer the landslide. As a consequence, the landslide size distribution in cohesive materials is limited toward the smaller size. Scale-sensitive fractal analysis of topography have been performed by using the patchwork method, by applying triangular patches to virtually tile the topographic surface. The fractal behaviour of the topography is modelled by decreasing triangle sizes (i.e., scale of measurement), thus replicating the surface more and more precisely. We apply the patchwork method to study the fractal behaviour of two topographic datasets from Avisio river Catchment, Trento Province (Italy): an interpolated 10x10 m DTM and a Lidar 2x2 m DTM. The interpolated DTM shows a fractal behaviour in a range of area scale between 10-4 and 10-6 sqm. For smaller scale, we observe a rollover that is caused by artificial smoothing of topographic data due to interpolation algorithms. The Lidar DTM shows a fractal behaviour between 10-2 and 10-6. For smaller scales, the rollover seems to be related to a transition from a landscape composed of ridges and valleys to one composed of relatively smooth hillslopes. Results of slope stability analyses over idealized cases and topographic analysis have been used to derive a synthetic landslide size distributions, by applying few simplifying assumptions and a probabilistic approach. As a result, we show that: (1) the landslide size distribution of non cohesive materials does not show a

  18. Spatially distributed three-dimensional slope stability modelling in a raster GIS

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    Mergili, Martin; Marchesini, Ivan; Rossi, Mauro; Guzzetti, Fausto; Fellin, Wolfgang

    2014-02-01

    We present a GRASS GIS implementation of a three-dimensional slope stability model capable of dealing with shallow and deep-seated slope failures, r.rotstab. It exploits a modified version of the revised Hovland method and evaluates the slope stability over a large number of randomly selected slip surfaces, ellipsoidal or truncated in shape. For each raster cell in the modelling domain, the factor of safety is taken from the most critical slip surface. This results in an overview of potentially unstable regions without showing the individual sliding areas. Furthermore, the model produces a susceptibility index for each cell, based on the proportion of slip surfaces with a low factor of safety. We test the model in the Collazzone area, Umbria, central Italy where detailed information on shallow and deep-seated landslides, morphology and lithology is available. The rate of true predictions (landslide plus non-landslide) ranges from 54.7 to 81.2% for shallow landslides and from 58.5 to 87.4% for deep-seated landslides, depending on the adjustment of the uncertain geotechnical parameters. In the same order, the rate of true landslide predictions decreases from 80.2 to 19.9% (shallow) and from 64.3 to 3.6% (deep-seated) so that an increase of the true landslide prediction rate can only be achieved at the cost of a significant increase of the false alarm rate. The results for shallow landslides are very similar to those yielded with the infinite slope stability model in terms of the minimum factor of safety, but differ substantially in terms of the spatial patterns. The evaluation of the landslide susceptibility index yields areas under the ROC curves of 0.68-0.70 (shallow landslides, r.rotstab), 0.61-0.65 (shallow landslides, infinite slope stability model) and 0.59-0.63 (deep-seated landslides). We conclude that the r.rotstab model outperforms the infinite slope stability model.

  19. Aggregated Wind Park Models for Analysing Power System Dynamics

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    Poeller, Markus; Achilles, Sebastian [DIgSILENT GmbH, Gomaringen (Germany)

    2003-11-01

    The increasing amount of wind power generation in European power systems requires stability analysis considering interaction between wind-farms and transmission systems. Dynamics introduced by dispersed wind generators at the distribution level can usually be neglected. However, large on- and offshore wind farms have a considerable influence to power system dynamics and must definitely be considered for analyzing power system dynamics. Compared to conventional power stations, wind power plants consist of a large number of generators of small size. Therefore, representing every wind generator individually increases the calculation time of dynamic simulations considerably. Therefore, model aggregation techniques should be applied for reducing calculation times. This paper presents aggregated models for wind parks consisting of fixed or variable speed wind generators.

  20. Investigation of the medieval Jeroným Mine stability: present results from a distributed measurement network

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    Knejzlík, J. (Jaromír); Kaláb, Z. (Zdeněk); Lednická, M. (Markéta); Staš, L. (Lubomír)

    2011-01-01

    Jeroným is a 16th century mine situated in western Bohemia near Mariánské Lázně. As a source of information for investigation of stability of aged mining openings, a distributed measurement network (DMN) combined with seismic station has been built up gradually since 2004. DMN is equipped with sensors for measurement of mine water level changes (3 selected monitoring points), mine temperatures (2 points), rock massif joint aperture changes (4 points), cross-section convergence changes (2 poin...

  1. Aggregation resistant zwitterated superparamagnetic nanoparticles

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    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NPs) are promising for biomedical applications since they can be directed toward the organ of interest using an external magnetic field. They are also good contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging and have potential for the treatment of malignant tumors (i.e., hyperthermia). Therefore, there is a need to produce stable, non-aggregating superparamagnetic nanomaterials that can withstand the in vivo environment. In this work, the colloidal stability of a dispersion of iron oxide NPs was enhanced by functionalizing them with a short zwitterionic siloxane shell in aqueous media. The stabilization procedure yields superparamagnetic nanomaterials, ca. 10 nm in diameter, with saturation magnetization of about 54 emu/g that resist aggregation at physiological salt concentration, temperature, and pH. The loading of the zwitterionic shell was established with diffuse reflectance infrared spectroscopy and thermal gravimetric analysis. X-ray and electron diffraction verified the starting magnetite phase, and that no change in phase occurred on surface functionalization.

  2. Jeans type instability for a chemotactic model of cellular aggregation

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    Chavanis, Pierre-Henri

    2008-01-01

    We consider an inertial model of chemotactic aggregation generalizing the Keller-Segel model and we study the linear dynamical stability of an infinite and homogeneous distribution of cells (bacteria, amoebae, endothelial cells,...) when inertial effects are accounted for. These inertial terms model cells directional persistance. We determine the condition of instability and the growth rate of the perturbation as a function of the cell density and the wavelength of the perturbation. We discuss the differences between overdamped (Keller-Segel) and inertial models. Finally, we show the analogy between the instability criterion for biological populations and the Jeans instability criterion in astrophysics.

  3. Estabilidade de agregados de um latossolo amarelo distrocoeso de tabuleiro costeiro sob diferentes aportes de resíduos orgânicos da cana-de-açúcar Aggregate stability in a dystrophic cohesive yellow latosol of a costal plain under different sugarcane residue application

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    Romero Falcão Bezerra de Vasconcelos

    2010-04-01

    apresentaram correlações significativas e positivas.The potential yield of sugarcane depends on factors related to climate, soil and the plant variety. Management systems that provide the addition of organic waste to the soil can cause changes in physical attributes of the soil, enhancing the growth of the root system and sugarcane yield. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of different management systems at several levels of organic residue addition on the distribution and indices of aggregate stability of dystrophic cohesive Yellow Latosol of coastal plains, in the State of Alagoas. Plots were selected in the following sugarcane-growing areas: area under irrigation management system, area fertigated with vinasse, and an area under application of vinasse + filter cake. These management systems were compared to each other and to a control (native forest. To evaluate the distribution and stability indices of soil aggregates, soil samples were randomly collected in the different areas, at the depths 0-0.20; 0.20-0.40 and 0.40-0.60 m, at points between two neighboring sugarcane rows. The results were subjected to analysis of variance and the mean compared by the Tukey test at 5 % significance. Simple correlation analysis was performed between some measured variables. Results showed that the different management systems induced changes in the aggregate distribution and that the stabilization of soil aggregates in the surface layer dependeds on the organic matter content and the action of successive cycles of soil wetting and drying. The studies of simple correlations showed that total organic C and aggregate stability indices were significantly and positively correlated.

  4. Consistent Trade Policy Aggregation

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    Anderson, James E.

    2008-01-01

    Much empirical work requires the aggregation of policies. This paper provides methods of policy aggregation that are consistent with two common objectives of empirical work. One is to preserve real income. The other is to preserve the real volume of activity in one or more parts of the economy. Trade policy aggregation is an acute example of the aggregation problem with thousands of highly dispersed trade barriers to be aggregated. An application to India shows that the standard atheoretic me...

  5. Consistency in Aggregation

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    Ludwig Auer

    2004-01-01

    In empirical economic research, individual prices are often aggregated into average prices of sub-aggregates. Then, these average prices are aggregated to produce the average price of the total aggregate. Often, such two stage procedures help to illuminate the underlying forces driving the overall result. Since price data are usually published as price changes, this two stage aggregation is typically based on some price index formula. In this paper, various screening devices are introduced wh...

  6. Information-aggregation bias

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    Goodfriend, Marvin

    1991-01-01

    Aggregation in the presence of data-processing lags distorts the information content of data, violating orthogonality restrictions that hold at the individual level. Though the phenomenon is general, it is illustrated here for the life-cycle-permanent-income model. Cross-section and pooled-panel data induce information-aggregation bias akin to that in aggregate time series. Calculations show that information aggregation can seriously bias tests of the life-cycle model on aggregate time series...

  7. Stabilization and control of tie-line power flow of microgrid including wind generation by distributed energy storage

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    Molina, M.G.; Mercado, P.E. [CONICET, Instituto de Energia Electrica, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Av. Libertador San Martin Oeste 1109, J5400ARL San Juan (Argentina)

    2010-06-15

    High penetration of wind generation in electrical microgrids causes fluctuations of tie-line power flow and significantly affects the power system operation. This can lead to severe problems, such as system frequency oscillations, and/or violations of power lines capability. With proper control, a distribution static synchronous compensator (DSTATCOM) integrated with superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) is able to significantly enhance the dynamic security of the power system. This paper proposes the use of a SMES system in combination with a DSTATCOM as effective distributed energy storage (DES) for stabilization and control of the tie-line power flow of microgrids incorporating wind generation. A new detailed model of the integrated DSTATCOM-SMES device is derived and a novel three-level control scheme is designed. The dynamic performance of the proposed control schemes is fully validated using MATLAB/Simulink. (author)

  8. Synthetic clay-magnetite aggregates designed for controlled deposition experiments

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    Feinberg, J. M.; Galindo-Gonzalez, C.; Kasama, T.; Cervera, L.; Posfai, M.; Harrison, R. J.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2007-12-01

    The behavior of magnetic particles in fluid environments is key to the acquisition of detrital remanence magnetization and is essential to a multitude of industrial applications. This study introduces a series of synthetic clay-magnetite aggregates whose physical attributes can be tailored for controlled depositional experiments. We describe the mineralogical structure and magnetic behavior of montmorillonite platelets coated with nanometer-scale magnetite crystals using both electron microscopy and rock magnetism techniques. Selected area electron diffraction of the magnetite and the montmorillonite host shows no evidence of preferred orientation or oriented aggregation. Grain size distributions of magnetite in three different clay-magnetite assemblages were directly measured using conventional bright-field transmission electron microscopy. The spacing of the magnetite grains and their three-dimensional distribution around individual clay platelets was imaged using a tomographic reconstruction generated from high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) images. The grain size distributions determined from the bright-field images and the tomographic reconstruction agree within error with estimates derived from magnetic granulometry techniques based on magnetic hysteresis and low-field susceptibility measurements. All three samples behave superparamagnetically at room temperature, and display increasing levels of single domain behavior as the samples are cooled to liquid nitrogen temperatures (- 195°C). Off-axis electron holography images show that superparamagnetic grains are also stabilized into flux closure structures at -195°C. The average spacing between adjacent magnetite crystals and the overall platelet shape of the aggregates creates an anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility that allows assemblages to align with external magnetic fields at room temperature. By adjusting the dimensions and concentrations of the magnetite grains in these aggregates, we can create

  9. Distribuição dos agregados e carbono orgânico influenciados por manejos agroecológicos = Aggregate and organic carbon distribution influenced by agroecological handling

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    Arcângelo Loss

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a influência do manejo agroecológico na distribuição dos agregados estáveis em água e no teor de carbono orgânico dos agregados em diferentes coberturas vegetais. Foram selecionadas cinco áreas, a saber: sistema agroflorestal; cultivo de figo (Ficus carica L.; consórcio maracujá (Passiflora edulis S.–Desmodium sp.; cultivo de feijão (Phaseolus vulgaris L., em manejo convencional, e cultivo de milho (Zeamays L., em plantio direto. Em cada área, foram coletadas amostras de terra indeformadas, nas profundidades de 0 - 5 e 5 - 10 cm, e avaliada a estabilidade dos agregados e o teor de carbono orgânico nos agregados (COAGR. A maior massa de agregados encontra-se naclasse de 2,00 mm, em ambas as profundidades, com exceção do cultivo de feijão. Nas duas profundidades, a classe de 2,00 mm apresentou os maiores valores de COAGR para a área do consórcio macaracujá - Desmodium sp.The objective of this study was to verify the influence ofagroecological handling in the distribution of stable aggregates in water and in the levels of aggregate organic carbon under different vegetable covers. Five areas were selected: agroflorestal system; fig cultivation (Ficus carica L.; passion fruit (Passiflora edulis S. and Desmodium sp. consortium; bean cultivation (Phaseolus vulgaris L, under conventional system; and corn (Zea mays, in no-tillage system. In each area, undisturbed samples were collected, in 0-5 and 5-10 cm depths, and water aggregate distribution and organic carbon ofaggregate (OCAGR were quantified. The highest aggregate mass was observed in the 2.00 mm aggregate class, in both depths, except for the bean cultivation area. In both depths, the class with greater diameter showed the highest OCAGR values for the area of passion fruit– Desmodium sp. consortium.

  10. The impact of agriculture terraces on soil organic matter, aggregate stability, water repellency and bulk density. A study in abandoned and active farms in the Sierra de Enguera, Eastern Spain.

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    Cerdà, Artemi; Burguet, Maria; Keesstra, Saskia; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Di Prima, Simone; Brevik, Erik; Novara, Agata; Jordan, Antonio; Tarolli, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Soil erosion, land degradation, lack of organic matter, erodible soils, rock outcrops… are a consequence of the human abuse and misuse of the soil resources. And this is a worldwide environmental issue (Novara et al., 2011; Vanlauwe et al., 2015; Musinguzi et al., 2015; Pereira et al., 2015; Mwagno et al., 2016). Agriculture terraces are a strategy to reduce the soil erosion, improve the soil fertility and allow the ploughing (Cerdà et al., 2010; Li et al., 2014). Although this idea is well accepted there are few scientific evidences that demonstrate that soils in the terraced areas are more stable, fertile and sustainable that the soil in non terraced areas. In fact, the ploughing in comparison to the abandoned or not ploughed land results in the soil degradation (Lieskovský and Kenderessy, 2014; Gao et al., 2015; Parras-Alcántara et al., 2014). This is mainly due to the lack of vegetation that increase the surface runoff (Cerdà et al., 1998; Keesstra et al., 2007). And why is necessary to develop also in terraced landscapes soil erosion control strategies (Mekonnen et al., 2015a; Mekonnen et al., 2015b; Prosdocimi et al., 2016). Our objective was to assess the soil organic matter content (Walkley and Black, 1934), the soil bulk density (ring method), the aggregate stabilility (drop impact) and the water repellency (Water Drop Penetration Time test) in four study sites in the Sierra de Enguera. Two sites were terraced: one abandoned 40 years before the measurements and the other still active with olive crops. And two control sites non-terraced. We used the paired plot strategy to compare the impact of terracing and abandonment. At each site we collected randomly 50 soil samples at 0-2 cm, 4-6 and 8-10 cm depth. At each sampling point 100 WDPT measurements where carried out, and one sample for the bulk density, and one for the organic matter, and one for the soil aggregate stability were collected. The soil surface samples shown the largest differences. The

  11. Thermal stability and switching field distribution of CoNi/Pt patterned media

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    Murillo Vallejo, R.; Siekman, M.H.; Bolhuis, T.; Abelmann, L.; Lodder, J.C.

    2007-01-01

    The thermal dependence and distribution of the switching fields of arrays of magnetic Co50Ni50/Pt nanodots has been studied. These dots, with a diameter of 90 nm, are arranged in a hexagonal pattern with a periodicity of 300 nm. Field-dependent magnetic force microscopy was used to measure the switc

  12. Distributed mode filtering rod fiber amplifier delivering 292W with improved mode stability

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    Laurila, Marko; Jørgensen, Mette Marie; Hansen, Kristian Rymann; Alkeskjold, Thomas T.; Broeng, Jes; Lægsgaard, Jesper

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate a high power fiber (85μm core) amplifier delivering up to 292Watts of average output power using a mode-locked 30ps source at 1032nm. Utilizing a single mode distributed mode filter bandgap rod fiber, we demonstrate 44% power improvement before the threshold-like onset of mode...

  13. Stability enhancement and fuel economy of the 4-wheel-drive hybrid electric vehicles by optimal tyre force distribution

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    Goodarzi, Avesta; Mohammadi, Masoud

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, vehicle stability control and fuel economy for a 4-wheel-drive hybrid vehicle are investigated. The integrated controller is designed within three layers. The first layer determines the total yaw moment and total lateral force made by using an optimal controller method to follow the desired dynamic behaviour of a vehicle. The second layer determines optimum tyre force distribution in order to optimise tyre usage and find out how the tyres should share longitudinal and lateral forces to achieve a target vehicle response under the assumption that all four wheels can be independently steered, driven, and braked. In the third layer, the active steering, wheel slip, and electrical motor torque controllers are designed. In the front axle, internal combustion engine (ICE) is coupled to an electric motor (EM). The control strategy has to determine the power distribution between ICE and EM to minimise fuel consumption and allowing the vehicle to be charge sustaining. Finally, simulations performed in MATLAB/SIMULINK environment show that the proposed structure could enhance the vehicle stability and fuel economy in different manoeuvres.

  14. Development of the Radiation Stabilized Distributed Flux Burner - Phase III Final Report

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    J. D. Sullivan; A. Webb

    1999-12-01

    The development and demonstration of the Radiation Stabilized Burner (RSB) was completed as a project funded by the US Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies. The technical goals of the project were to demonstrate burner performance that would meet or exceed emissions targets of 9 ppm NOx, 50 ppm CO, and 9 ppm unburned hydrocarbons (UHC), with all values being corrected to 3 percent stack oxygen, and incorporate the burner design into a new industrial boiler configuration that would achieve ultra-low emissions while maintaining or improving thermal efficiency, operating costs, and maintenance costs relative to current generation 30 ppm low NOx burner installations. Both the ultra-low NOx RSB and the RSB boiler-burner package are now commercially available.

  15. Small disturbances stability analysis applied in a radial distribution system with distributed generation units; Analise de estabilidade a pequenos disturbios aplicada em um sistema de distribuicao radial com unidades de geracao distribuida

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    Dorca, Daniel Azevedo; Camacho, Jose Roberto [Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), MG (Brazil). Curso de Mestrado em Engenharia Eletrica

    2008-07-01

    This work investigates the small-disturbance stability of a 30 bus radial distribution system with distributed generation units. This work is realized through the time domain simulations and through the eigenvalue analysis and participation factors. The eigenvalue analysis show that is possible to predict a possible system instability face to a disturbance. The development of this work was stimulated by the increasing of the distributed generation units in the distribution networks. (author)

  16. Stability, Power Sharing, & Distributed Secondary Control in Droop-Controlled Microgrids

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    Simpson-Porco, John; Dorfler, Florian; Bullo, Francesco;

    2013-01-01

    . We discuss a selection of controller gains which leads to a sharing of power among the generators, and show that this proportional selection enforces actuation constraints for the inverters. Moreover, we propose a distributed integral controller based on averaging algorithms which dynamically...... regulates the system frequency in the presence of a time-varying load. Remarkably, this distributed-averaging integral controller has the additional property that it maintains the power sharing properties of the primary droop controller. Finally, we present experimental results validating our controller......Motivated by the recent and growing interest in microgrids, we study the operation of droop-controlled DC/AC inverters in an islanded inductive microgrid. We present a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a synchronized steady state that is unique and locally exponentially stable...

  17. Dynamic stability of functionally graded cantilever cylindrical shells under distributed axial follower forces

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    Torki, Mohammad Ebrahim; Kazemi, Mohammad Taghi; Reddy, Junuthula N.; Haddadpoud, Hassan; Mahmoudkhani, Saeid

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, flutter of functionally graded material (FGM) cylindrical shells under distributed axial follower forces is addressed. The first-order shear deformation theory is used to model the shell, and the material properties are assumed to be graded in the thickness direction according to a power law distribution using the properties of two base material phases. The solution is obtained by using the extended Galerkin's method, which accounts for the natural boundary conditions that are not satisfied by the assumed displacement functions. The effect of changing the concentrated (Beck's) follower force into the uniform (Leipholz's) and linear (Hauger's) distributed follower loads on the critical circumferential mode number and the minimum flutter load is investigated. As expected, the flutter load increases as the follower force changes from the so-called Beck's load into the so-called Leipholz's and Hauger's loadings. The increased flutter load was calculated for homogeneous shell with different mechanical properties, and it was found that the difference in elasticity moduli bears the most significant effect on the flutter load increase in short, thick shells. Also, for an FGM shell, the increase in the flutter load was calculated directly, and it was found that it can be derived from the simple power law when the corresponding increase for the two base phases are known.

  18. Role of Organic Matter and Carbonates in Soil Aggregation Estimated Using Laser Diffractometry

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    I. VIRTO; N. GARTZIA-BENGOETXEA; O. FERN(A)NDEZ-UGALDE

    2011-01-01

    Aggregation in many soils in semi-arid land is affected by their high carbonate contents.The presence of lithogenic and/or primary carbonates can also influence the role of soil organic matter (SOM) in aggregation.The role of carbonates and SOM in aggregation was evaluated by comparing the grain-size distribution in two carbonate-rich soils (15% and 30% carbonates) under conventional tillage after different disaggregating treatments.We also compared the effect of no-tillage and conventional tillage on the role of these two aggregating agents in the soil with 30% of carbonates.Soil samples were treated as four different ways:shaking with water (control),adding hydrochloric acid (HCl) to remove carbonates,adding hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to remove organic matter,and consecutive removal of carbonates and organic matter (HCl +H2O2),and then analyzed by laser diffraction grain-sizing.The results showed that different contributions of carbonates and SOM to aggregate formation and stability depended not only on their natural proportion,but also on the soil type,as expressed by the major role of carbonates in aggregation in the 15% carbonate-rich soil,with a greater SOC-to-SIC (soil organic C to soil inorganic C) ratio than the 30% carbonate-rich soil.The increased organic matter stocks under no-tillage could moderate the role of carbonates in aggregation in a given soil,which meant that no-tillage could affect the organic and the inorganic C cycles in the soil.In conclusion,the relative role of carbonates and SOM in aggregation could alter the aggregates hierarchy in carbonate-rich soils.

  19. Sensitivity of the "Root Bundle Model" to root mechanical properties and root distribution: Implication for shallow landslide stability.

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    Schwarz, Massimiliano; Giadrossich, Filippo; Cohen, Denis

    2015-04-01

    Root reinforcement is recognized as an important factor for shallow landslides stability. Due to the complexity of root reinforcement mechanisms and the heterogeneity of the root-soil system, the estimation of parameters used in root reinforcement models is difficult, time consuming, and often highly uncertain. For practical applications, it is necessary to focus on the estimation of the most relevant parameters. The objective of the present contribution is to review the state of the art in the development of root reinforcement models and to discuss the sensitivity of the "Root Bundle Model" (RBM) when considering the variability of root mechanical properties and the heterogeneity of root distributions. The RBM is a strain-step loading fiber bundle model extended to include the mechanical and geometrical properties of roots. The model allows the calculation of the force-displacement behavior of a root bundle. In view of new results of field pullout tests performed on coarse roots of spruce (Picea abies) and considering a consistent dataset of root distribution of alpine tree species, we quantify the sensitivity of the RBM and the uncertainty associated with the most important input parameters. Preliminary results show that the extrapolation of force-diameter values from incomplete datasets (i.e., when only small roots are tested and values for coarse roots are extrapolated) may result in considerable errors. In particular, in the case of distributions with root diameters larger than 5 mm, root reinforcement tends to be dominated by coarse roots and their mechanical properties need to be quantified. In addition to the results of the model sensitivity, we present a possible best-practice method for the quantification of root reinforcement in view of its application to slope stability calculations and implementations in numerical models.

  20. Aggregates morphometry in a Latosol (Oxisol under different soil management systems

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    Carla Eloize Carducci

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Changes in soil physical properties are inherent in land use, mainly in superficial layers. Structural alterations can directly influence distribution, stability and especially morphometry of soil aggregates, which hence will affect pore system and the dynamic process of water and air in soil. Among the methods used to measure these changes, morphometry is a complementary tool to the classic methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate structural quality of a Latosol (Oxisol, under different management systems, using morphometric techniques. Treatments consisted of soil under no-tillage (NT; pasture (P, in which both had been cultivated for ten years, and an area under native vegetation (NV – Savannah like vegetation. Aggregates were sampled at depths of 0-0.10 and 0.10-0.20 m, retained on sieves with 9.52 – 4.76 mm, 4.76 – 1.0mm, 1.0 – 0.5mm diameter ranges. Aggregate morphometry was assessed by 2D images from scanner via QUANTPORO software. The analyzed variables were: area, perimeter, aspect, roughness, Ferret diameter and compactness. Moreover, disturbed samples were collected at the same depths to determine particle size, aggregate stability in water, water-dispersible clay, clay flocculation index and organic matter content. It was observed that different soil management systems have modified soil aggregate morphology as well as physical attributes; and management effects’ magnitude increased from NT to P.

  1. Turbulent breakage of ductile aggregates

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    Marchioli, Cristian

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we study breakage rate statistics of small colloidal aggregates in non-homogeneous anisotropic turbulence. We use pseudo-spectral direct numerical simulation of turbulent channel flow and Lagrangian tracking to follow the motion of the aggregates, modelled as sub-Kolmogorov massless particles. We focus specifically on the effects produced by ductile rupture: This rupture is initially activated when fluctuating hydrodynamic stresses exceed a critical value, $\\sigma>\\sigma_{cr}$, and is brought to completion when the energy absorbed by the aggregate meets the critical breakage value. We show that ductile rupture breakage rates are significantly reduced with respect to the case of instantaneous brittle rupture (i.e. breakage occurs as soon as $\\sigma>\\sigma_{cr}$). These discrepancies are due to the different energy values at play as well as to the statistical features of energy distribution in the anisotropic turbulence case examined.

  2. Dynamic Approaches to In-Network Aggregation

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    Kennedy, Oliver; Demers, Al

    2008-01-01

    Collaboration between small-scale wireless devices hinges on their ability to infer properties shared across multiple nearby nodes. Wireless-enabled mobile devices in particular create a highly dynamic environment not conducive to distributed reasoning about such global properties. This paper addresses a specific instance of this problem: distributed aggregation. We present extensions to existing unstructured aggregation protocols that enable estimation of count, sum, and average aggregates in highly dynamic environments. With the modified protocols, devices with only limited connectivity can maintain estimates of the aggregate, despite \\textit{unexpected} peer departures and arrivals. Our analysis of these aggregate maintenance extensions demonstrates their effectiveness in unstructured environments despite high levels of node mobility.

  3. Effects of different organic materials on soil fertility and aggregates stability%不同有机物料对土壤肥力及团聚体稳定性的影响

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    赵亮; 刘存寿

    2013-01-01

    [Objective]This study aimed to find out the effects of different organic materials on soil fertility.[Method]The collected samples mixed with different organic materials (sawdust,cotton,and wheat straw)were stored indoor with temperature of 25-30℃.EM bacteria were added to all treatments to enhance the degradation of organic materials.The experiment lasted for 180 d and the sample piles were stirred every 7 d.The contents of soil available nutrient,organic matter and CEC were measured at the end of experiment.The soil fertilities of all the samples were calculated and sorted using factor analysis and the water stable aggregate mean weight diameters(MWD)and stability indexes of different samples were calculated using the wet sieve analysis and dry sieve analysis.[Result]All treatments increased contents of soil available nutrient,organic matter and CEC compared to control group(CK).The overall score of treatment with sawdust was the highest with a peak value of 65.57,followed by wheat straw and cotton.The soil aggregate stability increased in all treatments compared to CK,and the sawdust treatment had the highest value of 4.111.[Conclusion]The soil fertility and the soil stability index of treatment with sawdust are much higher than that of other treatments.%[目的]研究不同有机物料对土壤肥力及土壤团聚体稳定性的影响.[方法]采用室内培养法,将采集到的土样分别与木屑、棉花、小麦秸秆按9∶1的质量比混合均匀,以土样中不添加有机物料为对照(CK),各处理中均加入EM菌剂,在25~30℃下堆放180 d,且每7d翻堆1次.试验结束后,测定不同处理的土壤速效养分、中微量元素及有机质含量和阳离子交换量(CEC),采用因子分析法计算各处理的土壤肥力综合得分并进行排名,采用干筛法与湿筛法测定不同处理土壤水稳性团聚体的平均重量直径,并计算土壤团聚体的稳定性指数.[结果]与CK相比,3种有机物料均能提高土壤

  4. Permanence extinction and global asymptotic stability in a stage structured system with distributed delays

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    Liu, Shengqiang; Kouche, Mahiéddine; Tatar, Nasser-Eddine

    2005-01-01

    In this paper we consider a nonautonomous stage-structured competitive system of n-species population growth with distributed delays which takes into account the delayed feedback in both interspecific and intraspecific interactions. We obtain, by using the method of repeated replace, sufficient conditions for permanence and extinction of the species. The global attractivity of the unique positive equilibrium is proved in the autonomous case. Our results extend previous ones obtained by Liu et al. in [Nonlinear Anal. 51 (2002) 1347-1361; J. Math. Anal Appl. 274 (2002) 667-684].

  5. On the stability of pick-up ion ring distributions in the outer heliosheath

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    The 'secondary energetic neutral atom (ENA)' hypothesis for the ribbon feature observed by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) posits that the neutral component of the solar wind continues beyond the heliopause and charge exchanges with interstellar ions in the Outer Heliosheath (OHS). This creates pick-up ions that gyrate about the draped interstellar magnetic field (ISMF) lines at pitch angles near 90° on the locus where the ISMF lies tangential to the heliopause and perpendicular to the heliocentric radial direction. This location closely coincides with the location of the ribbon feature according to the prevailing inferences of the ISMF orientation and draping. The locally gyrating ions undergo additional charge exchange and escape as free-flying neutral atoms, many of which travel back toward the inner solar system and are imaged by IBEX as a ribbon tracing out the locus described above. For this mechanism to succeed, the pick-up ions must diffuse in pitch angle slowly enough to permit secondary charge exchange before their pitch angle distribution substantially broadens away from 90°. Previous work using linear Vlasov dispersion analysis of parallel propagating waves has suggested that the ring distribution in the OHS is highly unstable, which, if true, would make the secondary ENA hypothesis incapable of rendering the observed ribbon. In this paper, we extend this earlier work to more realistic ring distribution functions. We find that, at the low densities necessary to produce the observed IBEX ribbon via the secondary ENA hypothesis, growth rates are highly sensitive to the temperature of the beam and that even very modest temperatures of the ring beam corresponding to beam widths of <1° are sufficient to damp the self-generated waves associated with the ring beam. Thus, at least from the perspective of linear Vlasov dispersion analysis of parallel propagating waves, there is no reason to expect that the ring distributions necessary to

  6. Stability and Distributed Power Control in MANETs with Outages and Retransmissions

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    Giovanidis, Anastasios

    2009-01-01

    In the current work the effects of hop-by-hop packet loss and retransmissions via ARQ protocols are investigated within a Mobile Ad-hoc NET-work (MANET). Errors occur due to outages and a success probability function is related to each link, which can be controlled by power and rate allocation. We first derive the expression for the network's capacity region, where the success function plays a critical role. Properties of the latter as well as the related maximum goodput function are presented and proved. A Network Utility Maximization problem (NUM) with stability constraints is further formulated which decomposes into (a) the input rate control problem and (b) the scheduling problem. Under certain assumptions problem (b) is relaxed to a weighted sum maximization problem with number of summants equal to the number of nodes. This further allows the formulation of a non-cooperative game where each node decides independently over its transmitting power through a chosen link. Use of supermodular game theory sugge...

  7. Structure of molecular aggregates and its effect on the stability of heavy oil%重质油中的分子聚集结构及其对重质油稳定性的影响

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    张胜飞; 徐俊波; 温浩

    2011-01-01

    The aggregation phenomenon of fraction molecules is one of the most evident features of heavy oil, which influences seriously the viscosity and stability of heavy oil. A dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method modified by Zhang et al. Is applied in this work to study the structure of molecular aggregates in heavy oil and its effect on the stability of heavy oil. The heavy oil is represented as the mixture of the coarse-grained DPD model molecules of asphaltene, resin, aromatic, saturate and light fraction, in accordance with molecular structures of the fractions in heavy oil. The DPD simulations show that the coarse-grained DPD models and DPD parameters used in this work can predict well the structure of molecular aggregates in heavy oil. The heavy oil exhibits as a polydispersed colloid system. The ordered structure of aggregates depends greatly on the molecular structure of asphaltenes. Deflocculation of the resins is observed in the simulations, which can reduce the phase splits and coagulation of heavy oil. The fractions of aromatic, saturate and light fraction in heavy oil perform as the continuous phase in colloid system. The prediction of stability of heavy oil presented in this work is consisted with the Shell's SARA cross plot. For the certain value of asphaltene-aromatic mass ratio mAspb/Marom, the heavy oil will be stable as the asphaltene-resin mass ratio maspb/mResun is low. A critical value of asphaltene-resin mass ratio exists. The coagulation of heavy oil will occur when the higher asphaltene-resin mass ratio is approached. The extension of the stable region of heavy oil will be observed when the asphaltene-aromatic mass ratio mAspb/mArom reduced.%重质油组分分子的聚集是重质油最显著的特征之一,重质油的高粘特性和相态稳定性均与此聚集行为有紧密的联系.为克服实验研究获得重质油微观聚集结构的困难,本文采用Zhang等人针对重质油体系改进的耗散粒子动力学(DPD)方法,研

  8. Aggregate Formed by a Cationic Fluorescence Probe

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    TIAN, Juan; SANG, Da-Yong; JI, Guo-Zhen

    2007-01-01

    The aggregation behavior of a cationic fluorescence probe 10-(4,7,10,13,16-pentaoxa-1-azacyclooctadecyl-methyl)anthracen-9-ylmethyl dodecanoate (1) was observed and studied by a fluorescence methodology in acidic and neutral conditions. By using the Py scale, differences between simple aggregates and micelles have been discussed. The stability of simple aggregates was discussed in terms of hydrophobic interaction and electrostatic repulsion. The absence of excimer emission of the anthrancene moiety of probe 1 in neutral condition was attributed to the photoinduced electron transfer mechanism instead of photodimerization.

  9. Atributos químicos e estabilidade de agregados sob diferentes culturas de cobertura em Latossolo do cerrado Chemical properties and aggregate stability under different cover crops in cerrado Oxisol

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    Glenio G. Santos

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, com este trabalho, avaliar o efeito de diferentes culturas de cobertura sobre os atributos químicos e a estabilidade de agregados de um Latossolo do cerrado, sob plantio direto. O estudo foi conduzido em área experimental na Embrapa Arroz e Feijão, em Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO. As culturas de cobertura avaliadas foram: braquiária, milho em consórcio com braquiária (integração lavoura-pecuária, guandu anão, milheto, capim mombaça, sorgo granífero, estilosantes e crotalária. As amostras foram coletadas em abril de 2005 e 2006. O delineamento experimental foi o de blocos completos ao acaso com quatro repetições e os tratamentos arranjados em esquema fatorial 8 x 2, sendo oito culturas de cobertura e duas profundidades de amostragem do solo: 0-0,10 e 0,10-0,20 m. As culturas de cobertura influenciam, de forma diferenciada, os valores de pH e os teores de cálcio, magnésio, alumínio, fósforo, potássio, cobre, zinco e ferro do solo. O tratamento estilosantes tem maior poder em acidificar o solo. A agregação do solo varia com as culturas de cobertura e com a profundidade.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of different cover crops on chemical properties and aggregate stability in a cerrado Oxisol under no-tillage. The study was carried out in Embrapa Rice and Beans, in Santo Antônio de Goiás, GO, Brazil. The cover crops evaluated were: Urochloa brizantha, Urochloa brizantha and corn in association (crop-livestock integrated, Cajanus cajan, Pennisetum glaucum, Panicum maximum, Sorghum bicolor, Stylosanthes guianensis and Crotalaria juncea. The soil samples were collected in April and September 2005 and April 2006. The experimental design was in completely randomized blocks with four replications and treatments arranged in factorial scheme 8 x 2, eight cover crops and two soil sampling depths, 0-0.10 and 0.10-0.20 m. The different cover crops affect pH values and calcium, magnesium, aluminum

  10. Stability analysis for a planar parallel manipulator with the capability of self-coordinating the load distribution

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    Kong, Lingyu; Wang, Hao; Zhang, Pu; Zhao, Yong; Chen, Genliang; Zhao, Longhai

    2015-07-01

    Redundantly actuated parallel manipulators have the advantage of enhancing load-carrying capability over their non-redundant ones, however they also cause the problem of uneven load distribution and need a high requirement for the control system. This paper presents a 2-RPR/RP planar redundantly actuated parallel manipulator which can self-coordinate the distribution of external loads. This capability is realized by an appropriate design of the moving platform to make the manipulator stable at equilibrium position. The stability is proved by the theorem of direct Lyapunov method in classical mechanics. The numerical simulations are conducted to validate the stable capability by means of the observation of potential energies and phase planes. This paper offers an alternative way to design a redundantly actuated manipulator with the capability of self-coordinating the load distribution to actuations, such that parts of the controlling work are assigned to the manipulator itself by its own structure and only a little work remains to the control system.

  11. To Determine Impact of Shape of Course Aggregate on DBM Mix

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    Full Text Available Aggregates are the principal material in pavement construction. The shape of aggregate particle has significant influence on performance of the Bitumen pavement. The strength serviceability requirements of Bitumen mixes such as stability, flow, voids in mineral aggregate , voids filled with bitumen and air voids are highly depend on the physical properties of aggregate.

  12. Platelet aggregation test

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    The platelet aggregation blood test checks how well platelets , a part of blood, clump together and cause blood to clot. ... Decreased platelet aggregation may be due to: Autoimmune ... Fibrin degradation products Inherited platelet function defects ...

  13. Compost incorporation, soil aggregates and organic C sequestration in two different Tuscan soils.

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    Pini, Roberto; Sparvoli, Enzo; Scatena, Manuele; Pucci, Amaranta; D'Acqui, Luigi P.

    2010-05-01

    Soil amendment with compost obtained from pre-selected urban food scraps together with green manure, reduced tillage, rotation of crops and other practices are generally considered as improving soil structure by increasing the levels of nutrient elements. The addition of well composted organic residues may increase the amount of organic C entangled within mineral particles and also stabilize soil aggregates and micro-aggregates. This consequently reduces carbon dioxide emissions and mitigates temperature increases. Our data refer to two soils, a clay soil and a sandy soil, subjected to a long term compost incorporation in order to ameliorate soil fertility. We measured the dynamic of pore size distribution and total porosity evolution together with water soil aggregates stability. We also developed our own procedure to assess the stabilization and protection of organic C in soil aggregates, by analyzing the dynamics of OM dry-oxidation by LTA (Low Temperature Ashing) cold oxygen plasma. Our results confirmed the beneficial effect of the compost on soil structure of both soils and that the potential sequestration of soil organic C is related to the granulometry and mineralogical features of the two soils. We propose an original methodological approach to assess the effective C sequestration in agricultural soil.

  14. On stability of spatial distributions of crystal structure defects in irradiated high burnup UO2 fuel

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    Conditions of Kinoshita instability development of point defects and dislocation spatial distributions in the crystal structure of UO2 fuel are studied. As a result of the instability development, spatially non-uniform regions with increased dislocation density are formed. Closed-form expressions of instability increment and spatial scale are derived. Parameters of the instability for irradiation conditions of high burnup UO2 fuel are obtained by means of numerical simulation. Instability development time is shown to be inversely proportional to fission rate and it increases as dislocation density decreases. Calculated values of instability spatial scale and increment are in accordance with the size of fine grains and their formation rate in the peripheral zones of high burnup LWR fuel pellets

  15. Aggregation in manpower planning

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    1983-01-01

    In manpower planning, as in all other kinds of planning, an important choice is the level of aggregation. The proper level of aggregation depends on the flexibility (mobility) of the personnel. This dependency is investigated in this paper. The manpower system considered is characterized by two dimensions, level and function group. Conditions are derived for aggregate long-term planning (aggregation over function group) combined with one-period disaggregation being optimal.

  16. Aggregating Reputation Feedback

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    Garcin, Florent; Faltings, Boi; Jurca, Radu

    2009-01-01

    A fundamental task in reputation systems is to aggregate multiple feedback ratings into a single value that can be used to compare the reputation of different entities. Feedback is most commonly aggregated using the arithmetic mean. However, the mean is quite susceptible to outliers and biases, and thus may not be the most informative aggregate of the reports. We consider three criteria to assess the quality of an aggregator: the informativness, the robustness and the strategyproofness, and a...

  17. Protein aggregation and bioprocessing

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    Cromwell, Mary E. M.; Hilario, Eric; Jacobson, Fred

    2006-01-01

    Protein aggregation is a common issue encountered during manufacture of biotherapeutics. It is possible to influence the amount of aggregate produced during the cell culture and purification process by carefully controlling the environment (eg, media components) and implementing appro-priate strategies to minimize the extent of aggregation. Steps to remove aggregates have been successfully used at a manufacturing scale. Care should be taken when developing a process to monitor the compatibili...

  18. Influence of Aggregate Wettability with Different Lithology Aggregates on Concrete Drying Shrinkage

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    Yuanchen Guo; Jueshi Qian; Xue Wang; Zhengyi Yan; Huadong Zhong

    2015-01-01

    The correlation of the wettability of different lithology aggregates and the drying shrinkage of concrete materials is studied, and some influential factors such as wettability and wetting angle are analyzed. A mercury porosimeter is used to measure the porosities of different lithology aggregates accurately, and the pore size ranges that significantly affect the drying shrinkage of different lithology aggregate concretes are confirmed. The pore distribution curve of the different coarse aggr...

  19. Microbial aggregates in anaerobic wastewater treatment.

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    Kosaric, N; Blaszczyk, R

    1990-01-01

    The phenomenon aggregation of anaerobic bacteria gives an opportunity to speed up the digestion rate during methanogenesis. The aggregates are mainly composed of methanogenic bacteria which convert acetate and H2/CO2 into methane. Other bacteria are also included in the aggregates but their concentration is rather small. The aggregates may also be formed during acetogenesis or even hydrolysis but such aggregates are not stable and disrupt quickly when not fed. A two stage process seems to be suitable when high concentrated solid waste must be treated. Special conditions are necessary to promote aggregate formation from methanogenic bacteria but aggregates once formed are stable without feeding even for a few years. The structure, texture and activity of bacterial aggregates depend on several parameters: (1)--temperature and pH, (2)--wastewater composition and (3)--hydrodynamic conditions within the reactor. The common influence of all these parameters is still rather unknown but some recommendations may be given. Temperature and pH should be maintained in the range which is optimal for methanogenic bacteria e.g. a temperature between 32 and 50 degrees C and a value pH between 6.5 and 7.5. Wastewaters should contain soluble wastes and the specific loading rate should be around one kgCOD(kgVSS)-1 d-1. The concentration of the elements influences aggregate composition and probably structure and texture. At high calcium concentration a change in the colour of the granules has been observed. Research is necessary to investigate the influence of other elements and organic toxicants on maintenance of the aggregates. Hydrodynamic conditions seem to influence the stability of the granules over long time periods. At low liquid stream rates, aggregates may starve and lysis within the aggregates is possible which results in hollowing of aggregates and their floating. At high liquid stream rates the aggregates may be disrupted and washed out of the reactor as a flocculent

  20. The impact of agriculture terraces on soil organic matter, aggregate stability, water repellency and bulk density. A study in abandoned and active farms in the Sierra de Enguera, Eastern Spain.

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    Cerdà, Artemi; Burguet, Maria; Keesstra, Saskia; Prosdocimi, Massimo; Di Prima, Simone; Brevik, Erik; Novara, Agata; Jordan, Antonio; Tarolli, Paolo

    2016-04-01

    Soil erosion, land degradation, lack of organic matter, erodible soils, rock outcrops… are a consequence of the human abuse and misuse of the soil resources. And this is a worldwide environmental issue (Novara et al., 2011; Vanlauwe et al., 2015; Musinguzi et al., 2015; Pereira et al., 2015; Mwagno et al., 2016). Agriculture terraces are a strategy to reduce the soil erosion, improve the soil fertility and allow the ploughing (Cerdà et al., 2010; Li et al., 2014). Although this idea is well accepted there are few scientific evidences that demonstrate that soils in the terraced areas are more stable, fertile and sustainable that the soil in non terraced areas. In fact, the ploughing in comparison to the abandoned or not ploughed land results in the soil degradation (Lieskovský and Kenderessy, 2014; Gao et al., 2015; Parras-Alcántara et al., 2014). This is mainly due to the lack of vegetation that increase the surface runoff (Cerdà et al., 1998; Keesstra et al., 2007). And why is necessary to develop also in terraced landscapes soil erosion control strategies (Mekonnen et al., 2015a; Mekonnen et al., 2015b; Prosdocimi et al., 2016). Our objective was to assess the soil organic matter content (Walkley and Black, 1934), the soil bulk density (ring method), the aggregate stabilility (drop impact) and the water repellency (Water Drop Penetration Time test) in four study sites in the Sierra de Enguera. Two sites were terraced: one abandoned 40 years before the measurements and the other still active with olive crops. And two control sites non-terraced. We used the paired plot strategy to compare the impact of terracing and abandonment. At each site we collected randomly 50 soil samples at 0-2 cm, 4-6 and 8-10 cm depth. At each sampling point 100 WDPT measurements where carried out, and one sample for the bulk density, and one for the organic matter, and one for the soil aggregate stability were collected. The soil surface samples shown the largest differences. The

  1. Reactive scattering of halogen molecules. [Angular and velocity distributions, stabilities 6. 8 to 17. 7 kcal/mole, FORTRAN

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    Valentini, J.J.

    1976-11-01

    A study of the endoergic, bimolecular reactions of F/sub 2/ with I/sub 2/, ICl, and HI in a crossed molecular beam experiment is described. The trihalogens IIF, ClIF, and HIF were directly observed as the products of these reactions. At high collision energies a second reactive channel producing IF becomes important. Product angular and velocity distributions show that this IF does not result from a four-center exchange reaction. Measured threshold energies for the formation of IIF, ClIF, and HIF yield lower bounds to the stabilities of these molecules, with respect to the separated atoms, of 69, 81, and 96 kcal/mole, respectively. Analysis of product center-of-mass angular distributions indicates that a slightly nonlinear approach is most effective in bringing about reaction to form the stable triatomic radical. Also described is a crossed molecular beam study of the Cl + Br/sub 2/ ..-->.. BrCl + Br reaction at collision energies from 6.8 to 17.7 kcal/mole. The results indicate that this reaction has the characteristics of an exoergic reaction on an attractive potential energy surface with early energy release. Reagent translational energy is very efficiently channeled into product internal energy. At high collision energy the reaction appears to approach the spectator stripping limit. Finally, a series of computer programs which can be used to carry out the requisite data analysis for crossed molecular beam reactive scattering experiments are described. These programs recover the reactive scattering center-of-mass flux distribution from the measured angular and velocity distributions of the products.

  2. Header feedwater supply and power distribution stability in channel boiling water cooled reactors

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    Boundaries of radial-azimuthal instability of the reactor neutron field during the supply of all feedwater and a part of it (25%) to downtake pipes of the separating drum (75% of feedwater come to distributive group headers) are found out for NPP with a RBMK type reactor. Results of computer calculation of the transient process at NPP caused by 2% step increase of nominal pressure in a head collector of a feedwater electric pump are also presented for comparison of the above methods of feed-water supply. Calculation is carried out according to the OKA program with provision for the control system of the reactor total power. It is shown that the boundary of ''mean period'' instability does not change but the reserve in respect to the ''fast'' space instability slightly increases when header feedwater supply at NPP from RBMK is used. It is noted that requirements to the pressure regulator system quick action in a separating drum are increased when the header feedwater supply is used. This fact is explained by the fact that considerable pressure drop in a separating drum occurs during some accidents (for example, at false operation of the emergensy protective system)

  3. Soil aggregate stability within morphologically diverse areas

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    Jakšík, O.; Kodešová, R.; Kubiš, A.; Stehlíková, I.; Drábek, O.; Kapička, Aleš

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 127, April (2015), s. 287-299. ISSN 0341-8162 R&D Projects: GA MZe QJ1230319 Institutional support: RVO:67985530 Keywords : soil degradation due to erosion * WSA index * coefficients of vulnerability * magnetic susceptibility Subject RIV: DF - Soil Science Impact factor: 2.820, year: 2014

  4. 氮素补充对高寒草甸土壤团聚体有机碳、全氮分布的影响%Effect of organic carbon and total nitrogen distribution in alpine meadow soil aggregates with different nitrogen addition level

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    刘晓东; 尹国丽; 武均; 陈建纲; 何振刚; 师尚礼

    2015-01-01

    The alpine meadow, mainly distributed in cold and high altitude region in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, is a grassland ecosystem with the largest area. In the past decade, the grassland and soil ecological environments were degraded continuously, which have been paid high attention by human beings. The reasons of grassland degradation are complex, and from the view of ecology, the degradation is mainly caused by the unbalance of energy flow and material circulation in grassland ecosystem. Grazing together with other human activities, lead to soil nutrient loss with the output of grass and livestock products. Due to the insufficient supply of nutrients, the decline of soil fertility seriously affects the grass growth in pasture, leading to grassland ecosystem health deteriorating. Nitrogen (N) is the main limiting factor of soil nutrient in the alpine meadow. N addition is an important means to maintain the balance of grassland soil nutrient, which in turn can increase soil N content, and stimulate the growth and distribution of aboveground biomass and belowground root system, thereby affecting the soil structure. Soil aggregates are the basic unit of soil structure, while carbon (C) and total N are the most important factors affecting the structure of soil aggregates. Therefore, relying on N addition experiment of 3 consecutive years located in Xiahe County in eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, in order to explore the effects of N addition on the changing process of soil aggregates, organic C and total N, and its impacts on soil structure, the paper attempted to seek methods for maintaining the stability of soil structure in the alpine meadow. The experiment consisted of 4 treatments with different N addition levels: CK (0), LN (50 kg/hm2), MN (100 kg/hm2) and HN (200 kg/hm2), in which the randomized block design was applied and each processing was repeated for 3 times. The result showed that LN, MN and HN treatments improved the content of≥0.25 mm soil aggregate in 0

  5. Aggregate structure, morphology and the effect of aggregation mechanisms on viscosity at elevated protein concentrations.

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    Barnett, Gregory V; Qi, Wei; Amin, Samiul; Neil Lewis, E; Roberts, Christopher J

    2015-12-01

    Non-native aggregation is a common issue in a number of degenerative diseases and during manufacturing of protein-based therapeutics. There is a growing interest to monitor protein stability at intermediate to high protein concentrations, which are required for therapeutic dosing of subcutaneous injections. An understanding of the impact of protein structural changes and interactions on the protein aggregation mechanisms and resulting aggregate size and morphology may lead to improved strategies to reduce aggregation and solution viscosity. This report investigates non-native aggregation of a model protein, α-chymotrypsinogen, under accelerated conditions at elevated protein concentrations. Far-UV circular dichroism and Raman scattering show structural changes during aggregation. Size exclusion chromatography and laser light scattering are used to monitor the progression of aggregate growth and monomer loss. Monomer loss is concomitant with increased β-sheet structures as monomers are added to aggregates, which illustrate a transition from a native monomeric state to an aggregate state. Aggregates grow predominantly through monomer-addition, resulting in a semi-flexible polymer morphology. Analysis of aggregation growth kinetics shows that pH strongly affects the characteristic timescales for nucleation (τn) and growth (τg), while the initial protein concentration has only minor effects on τn or τg. Low-shear viscosity measurements follow a common scaling relationship between average aggregate molecular weight (Mw(agg)) and concentration (σ), which is consistent with semi-dilute polymer-solution theory. The results establish a link between aggregate growth mechanisms, which couple Mw(agg) and σ, to increases in solution viscosity even at these intermediate protein concentrations (less than 3w/v %). PMID:26284891

  6. Stability Analysis for Uncertain Neural Networks of Neutral Type with Time-Varying Delay in the Leakage Term and Distributed Delay

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    Zhou, Qi; Shao, Xueying; Zhu, Jin; Karimi, Hamid Reza

    2013-01-01

    The stability problem is investigated for a class of uncertain networks of neutral type with leakage, time-varying discrete, and distributed delays. Both the parameter uncertainty and the generalized activation functions are considered in this paper. New stability results are achieved by constructing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and employing the free weighting matrices and the linear matrix inequality (LMI) method. Some numerical examples are given to show the effectiveness ...

  7. Stability Analysis for Uncertain Neural Networks of Neutral Type with Time-Varying Delay in the Leakage Term and Distributed Delay

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    Zhou, Qi; Shao, Xueying; Zhu, Jin; Karimi, Hamid Reza

    2013-01-01

    The stability problem is investigated for a class of uncertain networks of neutral type with leakage, time-varying discrete, and distributed delays. Both the parameter uncertainty and the generalized activation functions are considered in this paper. New stability results are achieved by constructing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and employing the free weighting matrices and the linear matrix inequality (LMI) method. Some numerical examples are given to show the ef...

  8. 基于嵌入式数据库的分布式大坝监测数据汇聚器设计%Design of data aggregator of distributed dam monitoring based on embedded database

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    沈雁; 戴瑜兴; 汤睿

    2011-01-01

    Using ARM9 and embedded database, the data aggregator of distributed dam monitoring system was designed, the structure of the system and the function of the data aggregator was discussed. And hardware structure, software platform and software implementation which based on SQLite database was studied as a focal point. This device can be used for dam safety monitoring efficiently.%采用ARM9及嵌入式数据库设计开发了基于分布式技术的大坝监测系统的数据汇聚器,论述了分布式大坝监测系统的结构及数据汇聚器的作用.重点研究了数据汇聚器的硬件构成、软件平台以及采用SQLite数据库的软件实现.该设备可以有效地应用于大坝的安全监测.

  9. Credit contagion and aggregate losses

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    Giesecke, Kay; Weber, Stefan

    2002-01-01

    Credit contagion refers to the propagation of economic distress from one firm or sovereign government to another. In this paper we model credit contagion phenomena and study the fluctuation of aggregate credit losses on large portfolios of financial positions. The joint dynamics of firms’ credit ratings is modeled by a voter process, which is well-known in the theory of interacting particle systems. We clarify the structure of the equilibrium joint rating distribution using ergodic decomposit...

  10. Aggregate stability as affected by short and long-term tillage systems and nutrient sources of a hapludox in southern Brazil Efeitos de curto e de longo prazo da aplicação de sistemas de manejo do solo e de fontes de nutrientes sobre a estabilidade de agregados, em um nitossolo vermelho

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    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available The ability of a soil to keep its structure under the erosive action of water is usually high in natural conditions and decreases under frequent and intensive cultivation. The effect of five tillage systems (NT = no-till; CP = chisel plowing and one secondary disking; CT = primary and two secondary distings; CTb = CT with crop residue burning; and CTr = CT with removal of crop residues from the field, combined with five nutrient sources (C = control, no nutrient application; MF = mineral fertilizers according to technical recommendations for each crop; PL = 5 Mg ha-1 y-1 fresh matter of poultry litter; CM = 60 m³ ha-1 y-1 slurry cattle manure; and SM = 40 m³ ha-1 y-1 slurry swine manure on wet-aggregate stability was determined after nine years (four sampled soil layers and on five sampling dates in the 10th year (two sampled soil layers of the experiment. The size distribution of the air-dried aggregates was strongly affected by soil bulk density, and greater values of geometric mean diameter (GMD AD found in some soil tillage or layer may be partly due to the higher compaction degree. After nine years, the GMD AD on the surface was greater in NT and CP compared to conventional tillage systems (CT, CTb and CTr, due to the higher organic matter content, as well as less soil mobilization. Aggregate stability in water, on the other hand, was affected by the low variation in previous gravimetric moisture of aggregates, which contributed to a high coefficient of variation of this attribute. The geometric mean diameter of water-stable aggregates (GMD WS was highest in the 0.00-0.05 m layer in the NT system, in the layers 0.05-0.10 and 0.12-0.17 m in the CT, and values were intermediate in CP. The stability index (SI in the surface layers was greater in treatments where crop residues were kept in the field (NT, CP and CT, which is associated with soil organic matter content. No differences were found in the layer 0.27-0.32 m. The effect of nutrient

  11. Aggregation-induced reversal of transport distances of soil organic matter: are our balances correct?

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    Hu, Yaxian; Kuhn, Nikolaus

    2014-05-01

    The effect of soil erosion on global carbon cycling, especially as a source or sink of green-house gases (GHGs), is the subject of intense debate. The controversy arises mostly from the lack of information on the fate of eroded soil organic carbon (SOC) as it moves from the site of erosion to the site of longer-term deposition. This requires improved understanding the transport distances of eroded SOC, which is principally related to the settling velocities of sediment fractions that carry the eroded SOC. For aggregated soils, settling velocities are affected by their actual aggregate size rather than the mineral grain size distribution. Aggregate stability is, in turn, strongly influenced by soil organic matter. This study aims at identifying the effect of aggregation on the transport distances of eroded SOC and its susceptibility to mineralization after transport and deposition. A rainfall simulation was carried out on a silty loam soil. The eroded sediments were fractionated by a settling tube apparatus into six different size classes according to their settling velocities and likely transport distances. Weight, SOC concentration and instantaneous respiration rates of the fractions of the six classes were measured. Our results show that: 1) 41% of the eroded SOC was transported with coarse aggregates that would be likely re-distributed across landscapes; 2) erosion was prone to accelerate the mineralization of eroded organic carbon immediately after erosion, compared to undisturbed aggregates; 3) erosion might make a higher contribution to atmospheric CO2 than the estimation made without considering the effects of aggregation and extra SOC mineralization during transport.

  12. On global exponential stability and existence of periodic solutions for BAM neural networks with distributed delays and reaction-diffusion terms

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    Lou Xuyang [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)], E-mail: louxuyang28945@163.com; Cui Baotong [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)], E-mail: btcui@sohu.com; Wu Wei [Research Center of Control Science and Engineering, Southern Yangtze University, 1800 Lihu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu 214122 (China)

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    Both exponential stability and existence of periodic solutions are considered for a class of bi-directional associative memory (BAM) neural networks with distributed delays and reaction-diffusion terms by constructing suitable Lyapunov functional and Young inequality technique. The general sufficient conditions are given ensuring the global exponential stability and existence of periodic solutions of BAM neural networks with distributed delays and reaction-diffusion terms. The earlier results are extended and improved, and an illustrative example is given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the results in this paper.

  13. The aggregation behavior and interactions of yak milk protein under thermal treatment.

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    Wang, T T; Guo, Z W; Liu, Z P; Feng, Q Y; Wang, X L; Tian, Q; Ren, F Z; Mao, X Y

    2016-08-01

    The aggregation behavior and interactions of yak milk protein were investigated after heat treatments. Skim yak milk was heated at temperatures in the range of 65 to 95°C for 10 min. The results showed that the whey proteins in yak milk were denatured after heat treatment, especially at temperatures higher than 85°C. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE analysis indicated that heat treatment induced milk protein denaturation accompanied with aggregation to a certain extent. When the heating temperature was 75 and 85°C, the aggregation behavior of yak milk proteins was almost completely due to the formation of disulfide bonds, whereas denatured α-lactalbumin and β-lactoglobulin interacted with κ-casein. When yak milk was heated at 85 and 95°C, other noncovalent interactions were found between proteins including hydrophobic interactions. The particle size distributions and microstructures demonstrated that the heat stability of yak milk proteins was significantly lowered by heat treatment. When yak milk was heated at 65 and 75°C, no obvious changes were found in the particle size distribution and microstructures in yak milk. When the temperature was 85 and 95°C, the particle size distribution shifted to larger size trend and aggregates were visible in the heated yak milk. PMID:27209140

  14. Dependence of Particle Size and Size Distribution on Mechanical Sensitivity and Thermal Stability of Hexahydro-1, 3, 5-trinitro-1, 3, 5-triazine

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Two kinds of RDX samples, with broad and narrow particle size distribution, have been fabricated by wet riddling and solvent/non-solvent methods, respectively. By controlling the technical condition, the RDX powders with different particle sizes were obtained for each sample. All samples were characterised by laser granularity measurement and scanning electron microscope (SEM. Using mechanical sensitivity tests, slow cook-off test and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, the mechanical safety and thermal stability of RDX samples, depending on the particle sizes and size distribution, were studied. Results indicated that, for each kind of RDX particles, the mechanical sensitivity and thermal stability of samples changed according to the particle size. However, although two samples had almost the same average particle size, their safety changed when two particle size distributions differed. Concretely, the mechanical sensitivity of RDX reduced and their thermal stability increased gradually along with the decreasing of particle size. Meanwhile, RDX with broad size distribution had higher mechanical sensitivity and thermal stability than samples with narrow size distribution.Defence Science Journal, 2009, 59(1, pp.37-42, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.59.1482

  15. Local aggregation characteristics of microscale blood flows

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    Kaliviotis, Efstathios; Sherwood, Joseph M.; Dusting, Jonathan; Balabani, Stavroula

    2015-11-01

    Erythrocyte aggregation (EA) is an important aspect of microvascular flows affecting blood flow and viscosity. Microscale blood flows have been studied extensively in recent years using computational and microfluidic based approaches. However, the relationship between the local structural characteristics of blood and the velocity field has not been quantified. We report simultaneous measurements of the local velocity, aggregation and haematocrit distributions of human erythrocytes flowing in a microchannel. EA was induced using Dextran and flows were imaged using brightfield microscopy. Local aggregation characteristics were investigated using statistical and edge-detection image processing techniques while velocity profiles were obtained using PIV algorithms. Aggregation intensity was found to strongly correlate with local variations in velocity in both the central and wall regions of the channel. The edge detection method showed that near the side wall large aggregates are associated with high local velocities and low local shear rates. In the central region large aggregates occurred in regions of low velocity and high erythrocyte concentration. The results demonstrate the combined effect of haematocrit and velocity distributions on local aggregation characteristics.

  16. Provenance for Aggregate Queries

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    Yael Amsterdamer; Daniel Deutch; Val Tannen

    2011-01-01

    We study in this paper provenance information for queries with aggregation. Provenance information was studied in the context of various query languages that do not allow for aggregation, and recent work has suggested to capture provenance by annotating the different database tuples with elements of a commutative semiring and propagating the annotations through query evaluation. We show that aggregate queries pose novel challenges rendering this approach inapplicable. Consequently, we propose...

  17. The spatial distribution of exoenzyme activities across the soil micro-landscape, as measured in micro- and macro-aggregates, and ecosystem processes

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    Kim, Haryun; Nunan, Naoise; Dechesne, Arnaud;

    2015-01-01

    and spatial patterns are related. In order to reveal the spatial strategies of soil microorganisms, we measured the microscale spatial distribution of 6 exoenzyme activities (EEA) and related them to the catalytic potential of three soils. The relationship between EEA profiles and microbial community...... distribution of alkaline phosphatase suggests that microorganisms invest more heavily in the acquisition of P. The EEA associated with the C and N cycles, but not the P cycle, were significantly affected by management practices in the loamy soil. A significant negative relationship between the extent of...... spatial clustering of EEA and the overall intensity of the EEA was identified in the two loamy soils, indicating that the microscale spatial ecology of microbial activity may have a significant impact on biogeochemical cycles. No relationship was found between microbial community structure and EEA...

  18. Fractal aggregation of DNA after thermal denaturation

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    Yan Lifeng; Iwasaki, Hiroshi E-mail: iwasaki@sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp

    2004-05-01

    DNA thermal denaturation was observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM) on the surface of newly cleaved mica. It was found that at temperatures higher than the melting point, denaturation of DNA molecules took place and globular particles with size distribution were formed, and these particles could aggregate together to form fractal structures, which followed the diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) model. At 100 deg. C, degradation of DNA took place and small particles of about 20 nm in size were formed, and they also aggregated in fractal structures with a lower dimension. Evaporating speed of water affects the fractal dimension.

  19. Evaluation of Colemanite Waste as Aggregate Hot Mix Asphalt Concrete

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    Nihat MOROVA

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study usability of waste colemanite which is obtained after cutting block colemanite for giving proper shape to blocks as an aggregate in hot mix asphalt. For this aim asphalt concrete samples were prepared with four different aggregate groups and optimum bitumen content was determined. First of all only limestone was used as an aggregate. After that, only colemanite aggregate was used with same aggregate gradation. Then, the next step of the study, Marshall samples were produced by changing coarse and fine aggregate gradation as limestone and colemanite and Marshall test were conducted. When evaluated the results samples which produced with only limestone aggregate gave the maximum Marshall Stability value. When handled other mixture groups (Only colemanite, colemanite as coarse aggregate-limestone as fine aggregate, colemanite as fine aggregate-limestone as coarse aggregate all groups were verified specification limits. As a result, especially in areas where there is widespread colemanite waste, if transportation costs did not exceed the cost of limestone, colemanite stone waste could be used instead of limestone in asphalt concrete mixtures as fine aggregate

  20. Restructuring of Dust Aggregates in the Solar Nebula

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    Dominik, C.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.

    1996-01-01

    We discuss the results of a recent effort to analyze the mechanical stability of dust aggregates with a detailed model of the physical properties of a contact between grains. This model contains both elastic repulsion forces and attractive van der Waals/dipole/metallic forces along with a description of the energy dissipation due to rolling, sliding, and breaking of contacts. We find that (1) aggregates formed from single sized grains via Particle-Cluster-Aggregation remain fluffy, (2) collisions with other aggregates and with large grains may lead to compaction (3) the velocities of small grains and aggregates in the early solar nebula are too small to produce marked compaction as long as the aggregates are small, and (4) internal restructuring of aggregates is a potentially large sink of energy which could enable the sticking of large bodies even at collision velocities of the order of several hundred cm/s.

  1. The Aggregate-Supply/Aggregate-Demand Model

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    BARRO, Robert J.

    1994-01-01

    The aggregate-supply/ aggregate-demand (AS-AD) model is popular in textbooks, but has problems with logical consistency. In one interpretation, the Keynesian underpinnings of the AD curve-derived from the IS/LM model with downward price stickiness-conflict with the determination of the price level at the intersection of the AS and AD curves. In another view, the model corresponds to rational-expectations theories in which Keynesian properties are absent. In a third interpretation, the model i...

  2. A new 111In-bleomycin complex for tumor imaging: preparation, stability, and distribution in glioma-bearing mice

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    A new 111In-bleomycin complex (111In-BLMC) is here reported. Its radiochemical purity was 99% by thin-layer chromatography (TLC) (Rf 0.65) and in 5% agarose gel electrophoresis in 0.02 M NaHCO3 it migrated toward the anode. Autoradiographs of TLC and gel electrophoresis plates showed no change on storage for 3 weeks. Urine and plasma from untreated or glioma-bearing mice after injection of 111In-BLMC were analyzed by TLC and gel electrophoresis. Results indicated stability in vivo, nonbinding to transferrin, affinity to viable tumor, and excretion faster than 111In-BLM-B2, 111In-BLM, or 57Co-BLM. Tissue distributions 24 hr after injection of radiopharmaceutical showed activity ratios of tumor to blood, muscle, and brain of 13.1, 12.4, and 81.6, respectively, which were significantly higher than those for previously prepared 111In-BLM-B2 or 111In-BLM (except for brain, 0.05 less than P less than 0.1). The new 111In-BLM complex may be useful in clinical imaging and for combining radionuclide radiotherapy and chemotherapy

  3. Molecular Dynamics Studies on the Structural Stability of Wild-Type Rabbit Prion Protein: Surface Electrostatic Charge Distributions

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    Zhang, Jiapu

    2011-01-01

    Prion diseases cover a large range of neurodegenerative diseases in humans and animals, which are invariably fatal and highly infectious. By now there have not been some effective therapeutic approaches or medications to treat all prion diseases. Fortunately, numerous experimental experiences have showed that rabbits are resistant to infection from prion diseases isolated from other species, and recently the molecular structures of rabbit prion protein and its mutants were released into protein data bank. Prion diseases are "protein structural conformational" diseases. Thus, in order to reveal some secrets of prion diseases, it is amenable to study rabbits by techniques of the molecular structure and its dynamics. Wen et al. (PLoS One 5(10) e13273 (2010), Journal of Biological Chemistry 285(41) 31682-31693 (2010)) reported the surface of NMR RaPrPC(124-228) molecular snapshot has a large land of continuous positive charge distribution, which contributes to the structural stability of rabbit prion protein. Thi...

  4. The Filter Imager SuFI and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution System ISLiD of the Sunrise Balloon-Borne Observatory: Instrument Description

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    Gandorfer, A.; Grauf, B.; Barthol, P.; Riethmüller, T. L.; Solanki, S. K.; Chares, B.; Deutsch, W.; Ebert, S.; Feller, A.; Germerott, D.; Heerlein, K.; Heinrichs, J.; Hirche, D.; Hirzberger, J.; Kolleck, M.; Meller, R.; Müller, R.; Schäfer, R.; Tomasch, G.; Knölker, M.; Martínez Pillet, V.; Bonet, J. A.; Schmidt, W.; Berkefeld, T.; Feger, B.; Heidecke, F.; Soltau, D.; Tischenberg, A.; Fischer, A.; Title, A.; Anwand, H.; Schmidt, E.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the design of the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution (ISLiD) unit onboard the Sunrise balloon borne solar observatory. This contribution provides the necessary information which is relevant to understand the instruments' working principles, the relevant technical data, and the necessary information about calibration issues directly related to the science data.

  5. The Filter Imager SuFI and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution System ISLiD of the Sunrise Balloon-Borne Observatory: Instrument Description

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    Gandorfer, A.; Grauf, B.; Barthol, P.; Riethmüller, T.; Solanki, S.; Chares, B.; Deutsch, W.; Ebert, S.; Feller, A; Germerott, D.; Heerlein, K.; Heinrichs, J.; Hirche, D.; Hirzberger, J.; Kolleck, M.

    2010-01-01

    We describe the design of the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution (ISLiD) unit onboard the Sunrise balloon borne solar observatory. This contribution provides the necessary information which is relevant to understand the instruments’ working principles, the relevant technical data, and the necessary information about calibration issues directly related to the science data.

  6. The Filter Imager SuFI and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution System ISLiD of the Sunrise Balloon-Borne Observatory: Instrument Description

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    Gandorfer, A; Barthol, P; Riethmueller, T L; Solanki, S K; Chares, B; Deutsch, W; Ebert, S; Feller, A; Germerott, D; Heerlein, K; Heinrichs, J; Hirche, D; Hirzberger, J; Kolleck, M; Meller, R; Mueller, R; Schaefer, R; Tomasch, G; Knoelker, M; Pillet, V Martinez; Bonet, J A; Schmidt, W; Berkefeld, T; Feger, B; Heidecke, F; Soltau, D; Tischenberg, A; Fischer, A; Title, A; Anwand, H; Schmidt, E

    2010-01-01

    We describe the design of the Sunrise Filter Imager (SuFI) and the Image Stabilization and Light Distribution (ISLiD) unit onboard the Sunrise balloon borne solar observatory. This contribution provides the necessary information which is relevant to understand the instruments working principles, the relevant technical data, and the necessary information about calibration issues directly related to the science data.

  7. An Aggregation Matrix MATLAB Function

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    Caleb Stair

    2013-01-01

    This Technical Document describes the foundations for an aggregation matrix function implemented in MATLAB, including the format and structure of the required aggregation vector used as an argument to the function. The function is passed with the N-dimensional aggregation vector as an argument. The aggregation vector contains N values ranging from 1 to M, each of which is the aggregate index corresponding to the N pre-aggregation indices. The function returns an aggregation matrix with M rows...

  8. DOES CONSISTENT AGGREGATION REALLY MATTER?

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    Shumway, C. Richard; Davis, George C.

    2000-01-01

    Consistent aggregation assures that behavioral properties which apply to disaggregate relationships also apply to aggregate relationships. The agricultural economics literature is reviewed which has tested for consistent aggregation or measured statistical bias and/or inferential errors due to aggregation. Tests for aggregation bias and errors of inference are conducted using indices previously tested for consistent aggregation. Failure to reject consistent aggregation in a partition did not ...

  9. DOES CONSISTENT AGGREGATION REALLY MATTER?

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    Shumway, C. Richard; Davis, George C.

    2000-01-01

    Consistent aggregation assures that behavioral properties, which apply to disaggregate relationships also, apply to aggregate relationships. The agricultural economics literature is reviewed which has tested for consistent aggregation or measured statistical bias and/or inferential errors due to aggregation. Tests for aggregation bias and errors of inference are conducted using indices previously tested for consistent aggregation. Failure to reject consistent aggregation in a partition did no...

  10. Light Fraction Carbon and Water-Stable Aggregates in Black Soils

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    SHI Yi; CHEN Xin; SHEN Shan-Min

    2007-01-01

    The distribution of light fraction carbon (LF-C) in the various size classes of aggregates and its relationship to waterstable aggregates as well as the influence of cultivation on the organic components in virgin and cultivated black soils were studied by wet sieving and density separation methods. The total organic carbon (TOC) and LF-C were significantly higher (P ≤ 0.05) in the virgin soils than in the cultivated soils. The LF-C in aggregates of different size classes varied from 0.9 to 2.5 g kg-1 in the cultivated soils and from 2.5 to 7.1 g kg-1 in the virgin soils, whereas the ratio of LF-C to TOC varied from 1.9% to 7.3% and from 5.0% to 12.2%, respectively. After being incubated under constant temperature and controlled humidity for three months, the contribution of LF-C to TOC sharply decreased to an amount (1.7%-8.5%)close to the level in soils that had been cultivated for 20 to 25 years (1.3%-8.8%). As a result, the larger water-stable macro-aggregates (especially > 1 mm) decreased sharply, indicating that the LF-C pool in virgin soils declined quickly after cultivation, which reduced the water stability of soil aggregates.

  11. Stability conditions and guest distribution of the methane + ethane + propane hydrates or semiclathrates in the presence of tetrahydrofuran or quaternary ammonium salts

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    Highlights: • We examined the stability conditions and guest distributions of natural gas hydrates. • THF, TBAB, and TBAF could remarkably stabilize the hydrate dissociation conditions. • Preferential occupation of CH4 molecules was observed at the stoichiometric concentrations. -- Abstract: In this study, the stability conditions and guest distributions of methane (CH4) + ethane (C2H6) + propane (C3H8) hydrates or semiclathrates are examined in the presence of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and quaternary ammonium salts such as tetra-n-butylammonium bromide (TBAB) and tetra-n-butylammonium fluoride (TBAF) through thermodynamic and spectroscopic analyses. The three-phase equilibria of hydrate or semiclathrate (H), liquid water (LW), and vapor (V) for the quinary CH4 + C2H6 + C3H8 + THF + water, CH4 + C2H6 + C3H8 + TBAB + water, and CH4 + C2H6 + C3H8 + TBAF + water mixtures with various concentrations were experimentally measured in order to determine the hydrate or semiclathrate stability conditions. The experimental results demonstrated that all thermodynamic promoters such as THF, TBAB, and TBAF used in this study could remarkably stabilize the hydrate dissociation conditions even though the degree of stabilization was dependent on the type of promoters and on the concentrations of each promoter used. From the 13C NMR analysis, preferential occupation of CH4 molecules in the hydrate or semiclathrate lattices was observed at the stoichiometric concentrations of each hydrate or semiclathrate structure. However, at the THF mole fraction lower than 0.056, the large cages of structure II were shared by CH4, C2H6, C3H8, and THF molecules, whereas the small cages were occupied by only CH4 molecules. The results given in this study are very useful in understanding the thermodynamic stability, structural characteristics, and guest distribution of the hydrates or semiclathrates with multi-components in the presence of thermodynamic promoters for further applications in gas

  12. Perspectives on Preference Aggregation.

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    Regenwetter, Michel

    2009-07-01

    For centuries, the mathematical aggregation of preferences by groups, organizations, or society itself has received keen interdisciplinary attention. Extensive theoretical work in economics and political science throughout the second half of the 20th century has highlighted the idea that competing notions of rational social choice intrinsically contradict each other. This has led some researchers to consider coherent democratic decision making to be a mathematical impossibility. Recent empirical work in psychology qualifies that view. This nontechnical review sketches a quantitative research paradigm for the behavioral investigation of mathematical social choice rules on real ballots, experimental choices, or attitudinal survey data. The article poses a series of open questions. Some classical work sometimes makes assumptions about voter preferences that are descriptively invalid. Do such technical assumptions lead the theory astray? How can empirical work inform the formulation of meaningful theoretical primitives? Classical "impossibility results" leverage the fact that certain desirable mathematical properties logically cannot hold in all conceivable electorates. Do these properties nonetheless hold true in empirical distributions of preferences? Will future behavioral analyses continue to contradict the expectations of established theory? Under what conditions do competing consensus methods yield identical outcomes and why do they do so? PMID:26158988

  13. Evaluation of stability and size distribution of sunflower oil-coated micro bubbles for localized drug delivery

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    Filho WalterDuartedeAraujo

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Micro bubbles were initially introduced as contrast agents for ultrasound examinations as they are able to modify the signal-to-noise ratio in imaging, thus improving the assessment of clinical information on human tissue. Recent developments have demonstrated the feasibility of using these bubbles as drug carriers in localized delivery. In micro fluidics devices for generation of micro bubbles, the bubbles are formed at interface of liquid gas through a strangulation process. A device that uses these features can produce micro bubbles with small size dispersion in a single step. Methods A T-junction micro fluidic device constructed using 3D prototyping was made for the production of mono dispersed micro bubbles. These micro bubbles use sunflower oil as a lipid layer. Stability studies for micro bubbles with diameters different generated from a liquid phase of the same viscosity were conducted to evaluate whether micro bubbles can be used as drug carriers. The biocompatibility of coating layer, the ability to withstand environmental pressure variations combined with echogenicity, are key factors that they can safely play the role of drug transporters. Results The normal distribution curve with small dispersion of the diameter of bubbles validates the process of generating micro bubbles with low value of variation coefficient, i.e., 0.381 at 1.90%. The results also showed the feasibility of using sunflower oil as the lipid matrix with stable population of bubbles over 217 minutes for micro bubbles with an average diameter of 313.04 μm and 121 minutes for micro bubbles with an average diameter of 73.74 μm, considering bubbles with air as gaseous phase. Conclusion The results indicate that the micro fluidic device designed can be used for producing micro bubbles with low variation coefficient using sunflower oil as a coating of micro bubbles. These carriers were stable for periods of time that are long enough for clinical

  14. Character, mass, distribution, and origin of tephra-fall deposits from the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska: highlighting the significance of particle aggregation

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    Wallace, Kristi; Coombs, Michelle L; Schaefer, Janet R.

    2013-01-01

    The 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano included 20 tephra-producing explosions between March 15, 2009 and April 4, 2009 (UTC). Next-Generation radar (NEXRAD) data show that plumes reached heights between 4.6 km and 19 km asl and were distributed downwind along nearly all azimuths of the volcano. Explosions lasted between 0.8 mm thick), including communities along the Kenai Peninsula (80–100 km) and the city of Anchorage (170 km). Trace ash (< 0.8 mm) was reported as far as Fairbanks, 550 km NNE of the volcano. We estimate the total mass of tephra-fall deposits at 54.6 × 109 kg with a total DRE volume of 20.6 × 106 m3.

  15. The Applicability of the Distribution Coefficient, KD, Based on Non-Aggregated Particulate Samples from Lakes with Low Suspended Solids Concentrations.

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    Aine Marie Gormley-Gallagher

    Full Text Available Separate phases of metal partitioning behaviour in freshwater lakes that receive varying degrees of atmospheric contamination and have low concentrations of suspended solids were investigated to determine the applicability of the distribution coefficient, KD. Concentrations of Pb, Ni, Co, Cu, Cd, Cr, Hg and Mn were determined using a combination of filtration methods, bulk sample collection and digestion and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS. Phytoplankton biomass, suspended solids concentrations and the organic content of the sediment were also analysed. By distinguishing between the phytoplankton and (inorganic lake sediment, transient variations in KD were observed. Suspended solids concentrations over the 6-month sampling campaign showed no correlation with the KD (n = 15 for each metal, p > 0.05 for Mn (r2 = 0.0063, Cu (r2 = 0.0002, Cr (r2 = 0.021, Ni (r2 = 0.0023, Cd (r2 = 0.00001, Co (r2 = 0.096, Hg (r2 = 0.116 or Pb (r2 = 0.164. The results implied that colloidal matter had less opportunity to increase the dissolved (filter passing fraction, which inhibited the spurious lowering of KD. The findings conform to the increasingly documented theory that the use of KD in modelling may mask true information on metal partitioning behaviour. The root mean square error of prediction between the directly measured total metal concentrations and those modelled based on the separate phase fractions were ± 3.40, 0.06, 0.02, 0.03, 0.44, 484.31, 80.97 and 0.1 μg/L for Pb, Cd, Mn, Cu, Hg, Ni, Cr and Co respectively. The magnitude of error suggests that the separate phase models for Mn and Cu can be used in distribution or partitioning models for these metals in lake water.

  16. Structure and Stability of Pt-Y Alloy Particles for Oxygen Reduction Studied by Electron Microscopy

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    Deiana, Davide; Wagner, Jakob Birkedal; Hansen, Thomas Willum

    2015-01-01

    Platinum-yttrium alloy nanoparticles show both a high activity and stability for the oxygen reduction reaction. The catalysts were prepared by magnetron sputter aggregation and mass filtration providing a model catalyst system with a narrow size distribution. The structure and stability of nanost...... catalyst after reaction and after aging tests shows the development of a core-shell type structure after being exposed to reaction conditions....

  17. Patterns of platelet aggregation in menstrual migraine.

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    Allais, G; Facco, G; Ciochetto, D; De Lorenzo, C; Fiore, M; Benedetto, C

    1997-12-01

    We investigated the threshold of the platelet release reaction during the luteal phase of the cycle in 46 patients suffering from menstrual migraine (MM) and 27 healthy normal women. The distribution in both groups of the three types of aggregometric curves (types 1, 2 or 3) obtained in response to ADP 1 microM as aggregating agent was evaluated. Among MM sufferers, 19 (41%) showed a type 1 curve, while 14 (31%) had a type 2 curve and 13 (28%) showed an irreversible aggregation with a type 3 pattern. Curve distribution in controls was 18 (67%) for type 1, 8 (30%) for type 2 and 1 (3%) for type 3. A significantly (p < 0.05) different distribution of the three curve types between MM and controls was present, suggesting that a secondary wave of aggregation is more frequent in MM; the highest difference was due to the observed frequencies of type 3 curves. PMID:9496778

  18. Charged Dust Aggregate Interactions

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    Matthews, Lorin; Hyde, Truell

    2015-11-01

    A proper understanding of the behavior of dust particle aggregates immersed in a complex plasma first requires a knowledge of the basic properties of the system. Among the most important of these are the net electrostatic charge and higher multipole moments on the dust aggregate as well as the manner in which the aggregate interacts with the local electrostatic fields. The formation of elongated, fractal-like aggregates levitating in the sheath electric field of a weakly ionized RF generated plasma discharge has recently been observed experimentally. The resulting data has shown that as aggregates approach one another, they can both accelerate and rotate. At equilibrium, aggregates are observed to levitate with regular spacing, rotating about their long axis aligned parallel to the sheath electric field. Since gas drag tends to slow any such rotation, energy must be constantly fed into the system in order to sustain it. A numerical model designed to analyze this motion provides both the electrostatic charge and higher multipole moments of the aggregate while including the forces due to thermophoresis, neutral gas drag, and the ion wakefield. This model will be used to investigate the ambient conditions leading to the observed interactions. This research is funded by NSF Grant 1414523.

  19. Optical Properties and Aggregation of Graphene Nanoplatelets.

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    Melezhyk, A V; Kotov, V A; Tkachev, A G

    2016-01-01

    In the present paper, the optical density of dispersions of randomly oriented multilayer graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) was estimated. Calculated and experimental data were compared for aqueous GNP dispersions stabilized with various surfactants. It was shown that the sonication of an expanded graphite compound (EGC) in aqueous surfactant solutions leads to the transformation of EGC worm-like particles into weak GNP aggregates which are able to pass into solution upon dilution and agitation of the system. They may be filtered and washed out of surfactants. The concentrated GNP dispersions containing these weak aggregates can be used to synthesize different graphene-based nanostructures and obtain novel composite materials. PMID:27398570

  20. Aggregated Computational Toxicology Online Resource

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Aggregated Computational Toxicology Online Resource (AcTOR) is EPA's online aggregator of all the public sources of chemical toxicity data. ACToR aggregates data...

  1. Salt-induced aggregation of stiff polyelectrolytes

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    Molecular dynamics simulation techniques are used to study the process of aggregation of highly charged stiff polyelectrolytes due to the presence of multivalent salt. The dominant kinetic mode of aggregation is found to be the case of one end of one polyelectrolyte meeting others at right angles, and the kinetic pathway to bundle formation is found to be similar to that of flocculation dynamics of colloids as described by Smoluchowski. The aggregation process is found to favor the formation of finite bundles of 10-11 filaments at long times. Comparing the distribution of the cluster sizes with the Smoluchowski formula suggests that the energy barrier for the aggregation process is negligible. Also, the formation of long-lived metastable structures with similarities to the raft-like structures of actin filaments is observed within a range of salt concentration.

  2. Content aggregation and network architectures Group 3

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    CERN. Geneva; Horstmann, Wolfram

    2007-01-01

    This breakout session has a technical-organisational focus and touches upon the following topics: - aggregation: aggregation services can provide added value that goes beyond search; - architectures: networked infrastructures can mediate between service providers and data providers. The session involves major initiatives in the field: OAI-practice as experienced by important service providers and implications for a smooth, machine-based content aggregation will be addressed. The relation of distributed and aggregated content and, respectively, the relation of data-providers and service-providers will be furthered: added values enabled by novel approaches to data re-use such as ORE and infrastructural architectures for inter-repository network-operation such as those coming from the DRIVER-project will be discussed. Participants will be provided time and scope to raise issues, share their experiences and elaborate possible scenarios.

  3. Asphaltene Aggregation and Fouling Behavior

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    Derakhshesh, Marzie

    This thesis explored the properties of asphaltene nano-aggregates in crude oil and toluene based solutions and fouling at process furnace temperatures, and the links between these two phenomena. The link between stability of asphaltenes at ambient conditions and fouling at the conditions of a delayed coker furnace, at over 450 °C, was examined by blending crude oil with an aliphatic diluent in different ratios. The stability of the blends were measured using a S-value analyzer, then fouling rates were measured on electrically heated stainless steel 316 wires in an autoclave reactor. The less stable the blend, the greater the rate and extent of fouling. The most severe fouling occurred with the unstable asphaltenes. SEM imaging of the foulant illustrates very different textures, with the structure becoming more porous with lower stability. Under cross-polarized light, the coke shows the presence of mesophase in the foulant layer. These data suggest a correlation between the fouling rate at high temperature furnace conditions and the stability index of the crude oil. Three organic polysulfides were introduced to the crude oil to examine their effect on fouling. The polysulfides are able to reduce coking and carbon monoxide generation in steam crackers. The fouling results demonstrated that polysulfide with more sulfur content increased the amount of corrosion-fouling of the wire. Various additives, solvents, ultrasound, and heat were employed to attempt to completely disaggregate the asphaltene nano-aggregates in solution at room temperature. The primary analytical technique used to monitor the nano-aggregation state of the asphaltenes in solution was the UV-visible spectroscopy. The results indicate that stronger solvents, such as pyridine and quinoline, combined with ionic liquids yield a slight reduction in the apparent absorbance at longer wavelengths, indicative of a decrease in the nano-aggregate size although the magnitude of the decrease is not significant

  4. Soil Properties and Characteristics of Soil Aggregate in Marginal Farmlands of Oasis in the Middle of Hexi Corridor Region, Northwest China

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    SU Yong-zhong; WANG Fang; ZHANG Zhi-hui; DU Ming-wu

    2007-01-01

    The composition and stability of soil aggregate are closely related to soil quality, soil erosion, and agricultural sustainability. In this study, 49 soil samples at the 0-10 cm surface layer were collected from four soil types (i.e., Ari-Sandic Primosols, Calci-Orthic Aridosols, Siltigi-Otrthic Anthrosols, and Ustic Cambosols) in the marginal farmland in the oasis of the middle Hexi Corridor region and was used to determine the characteristics of soil aggregates. The composition of dry- and wet- sieved aggregates and the physical and chemical properties (including soil particle distribution, soil organic carbon (SOC), calcium carbonate (CaCO3), and oxides of Fe3+ and Al3t) of the selected soils were analyzed. The results show that soil particle size distribution is dominated by fine sand fraction in most of soils except Ustic Cambosols. Soil organic carbon concentration is 5.88±2.52 g kg-1 on average, ranging from 4.75 g kg-1 in Ari-Sandic Primosols to 10.51 g kg-1 in Ustic Cambosols. The soils have high calcium carbonate (CaCO3) concentration, ranging from 84.7 to 164.8 g kg-1, which is increased with soil fine particle and organic carbon content. The percentage of >0.25 mm dry aggregates ranges from 65.2% in Ari-Sandic Primosols to 94.6% in Ustic Cambosols, and large dry blocky aggregates (>5 mm) is dominant in all soils. The mean weight diameter of dry aggregates (DMWD) ranges from 3.2 mm to 5.5 mm. The percentage of >0.25 mm water-stable aggregate is from 23.8% to 45.4%. The percentage of aggregate destruction (PAD) is from 52.4% to 66.8%, which shows a weak aggregate stability. Ari-Sandic Primosols has the highest PAD. The distribution and characteristics of soil aggregates are in favor of controlling soil wind erosion. However, the stability of aggregate of all soils is weak and soils are prone to disperse and harden after irrigation. The mass of macro-aggregates and DMWD are positively significantly correlated with the contents of soil clay and

  5. Scaling of the kinetics of slow aggregation and gel formation for a fluorinated polymer colloid.

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    Sandkühler, Peter; Sefcik, Jan; Morbidelli, Massimo

    2005-03-01

    The aggregation and gelation kinetics in moderately concentrated (0.004 aggregation was adjusted to proceed slowly enough to allow a convenient characterization of the kinetics through static and dynamic light scattering on quenched and diluted samples. A population balance model based on second-order aggregation rates is developed to compute the time evolution of the cluster mass distribution, from which we calculate the values of the average radii and structure factor measured by light scattering, so as to allow a direct comparison between measured and calculated quantities. The model suggests the introduction of a dimensionless time which allows the scaling of all the aggregation data on unique master curves defined by only two parameters: the exponent of the power-law aggregation kernel, lambda, and the aggregate fractal dimension, d(f). The predicted master curves were observed experimentally, which confirms the validity of the aggregation model and allows the unique determination of the kinetic and structural parameters of the aggregation process. The cluster growth behavior, although significantly slower than DLCA, shows power-law kinetics rather than the exponential one typical of RLCA and the cluster structure is characterized by an unexpectedly small fractal dimension, d(f) = 1.7. The occurrence of gelation has been characterized using small amplitude oscillatory shearing to monitor the time evolution of the elastic modulus. It is found that also these curves, together with the gel time value, scale with the stability ratio of primary particles for a given solid volume fraction. We further use the model to calculate the cumulative occupied volume fraction of the growing aggregates and quantify in this way the increasing space filling, which is solid volume fraction dependent. The experimentally determined dimensionless gel times, which are also solid volume

  6. Formação e estabilização de agregados do solo decorrentes da adição de compostos orgânicos com diferentes características hidrofóbicas Soil aggregate formation and stabilization as influenced by organic compounds with different hydrophobic characteristics

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    Renato Saldanha Bastos

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Substâncias orgânicas podem favorecer o aumento da estabilidade de agregados, reduzindo, de acordo com seu grau de hidrofobicidade, a velocidade de infiltração de água nos agregados. Este trabalho teve como objetivo estudar a formação e estabilização de agregados de um Latossolo Vermelho-Amarelo distrófico em virtude da adição de compostos orgânicos com características hidrofóbicas e hidrofílicas distintas. Foram incubados 100 g de TFSA do horizonte A e do B com diferentes doses de três compostos orgânicos: ácido esteárico P.A., amido P.A. e ácido húmico purificado de acordo com a Sociedade Internacional de Substâncias Húmicas. O experimento foi realizado com os tratamentos gerados de acordo com a matriz Plan-Puebla III modificada, com as doses do espaço experimental variando de -0,55 a 10,45 g kg-1. Após o período de 160 dias de incubação, avaliaram-se: o índice de estabilidade de agregados, o diâmetro médio ponderado e o diâmetro médio geométrico dos agregados formados. Os resultados indicaram que compostos orgânicos com caráter hidrofílico dominante não têm influência na formação e estabilização de agregados do solo, principalmente quando se usam doses até 9,9 g kg-1. Observou-se, também, que a aplicação de moléculas orgânicas com acentuado caráter hidrofóbico e hidrofílico na sua estrutura, como os ácidos húmicos, é capaz de melhorar a agregação de solos com grau de intemperismo avançado.According to their hydrophobicity degree, organic substances can increase the aggregate stability, reducing the rate of water infiltration into the aggregates. Our study investigated the aggregate genesis and stabilization in a Red-Yellow Latosol under organic compound addition with distinct hydrophobic and hydrophilic characteristics. Air-dried samples from the A and B horizons were incubated with different doses of three organic compounds: estearic acid, amid and humic acid purified in accordance

  7. Protein Colloidal Aggregation Project

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    Oliva-Buisson, Yvette J. (Compiler)

    2014-01-01

    To investigate the pathways and kinetics of protein aggregation to allow accurate predictive modeling of the process and evaluation of potential inhibitors to prevalent diseases including cataract formation, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and others.

  8. Platelet activation and aggregation

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    Jensen, Maria Sander; Larsen, O H; Christiansen, Kirsten; Fenger-Eriksen, C; Ingerslev, J; Sørensen, Benny

    2013-01-01

    This study introduces a new laboratory model of whole blood platelet aggregation stimulated by endogenously generated thrombin, and explores this aspect in haemophilia A in which impaired thrombin generation is a major hallmark. The method was established to measure platelet aggregation initiated...... by tissue factor evaluated by means of impedance aggregometry. Citrated whole blood from healthy volunteers and haemophilia A patients with the addition of inhibitors of the contact pathway and fibrin polymerization was evaluated. In healthy persons, a second wave of platelet aggregation was found to...... coincide with the thrombin burst and to be abolished by thrombin inhibitors. In this system, platelet aggregation in severe haemophilia A (n = 10) was found to be significantly decreased as compared with healthy individuals (912 ± 294 vs. 1917 ± 793 AU × min, P = 0.003), most probably due to the weak level...

  9. Recycled aggregates concrete: aggregate and mix properties

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    González-Fonteboa, B.

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available This study of structural concrete made with recycled concrete aggregate focuses on two issues: 1. The characterization of such aggregate on the Spanish market. This involved conducting standard tests to determine density, water absorption, grading, shape, flakiness and hardness. The results obtained show that, despite the considerable differences with respect to density and water absorption between these and natural aggregates, on the whole recycled aggregate is apt for use in concrete production. 2. Testing to determine the values of basic concrete properties: mix design parameters were established for structural concrete in non-aggressive environments. These parameters were used to produce conventional concrete, and then adjusted to manufacture recycled concrete aggregate (RCA concrete, in which 50% of the coarse aggregate was replaced by the recycled material. Tests were conducted to determine the physical (density of the fresh and hardened material, water absorption and mechanical (compressive strength, splitting tensile strength and modulus of elasticity properties. The results showed that, from the standpoint of its physical and mechanical properties, concrete in which RCA accounted for 50% of the coarse aggregate compared favourably to conventional concrete.

    Se aborda el estudio de hormigones estructurales fabricados con áridos reciclados procedentes de hormigón, incidiéndose en dos aspectos: 1. Caracterización de tales áridos, procedentes del mercado español. Para ello se llevan a cabo ensayos de densidad, absorción, granulometría, coeficiente de forma, índice de lajas y dureza. Los resultados obtenidos han puesto de manifiesto que, a pesar de que existen diferencias notables (sobre todo en cuanto a densidad y absorción con los áridos naturales, las características de los áridos hacen posible la fabricación de hormigones. 2. Ensayos sobre propiedades básicas de los hormigones: se establecen parámetros de dosificaci

  10. Coagulation with limited aggregations

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    Bertoin, Jean

    2012-01-01

    Smoluchowski's coagulation equations can be used as elementary mathematical models for the formation of polymers. We review here some recent contributions on a variation of this model in which the number of aggregations for each atom is a priori limited. Macroscopic results in the deterministic setting can be explained at the microscopic level by considering a version of stochastic coalescence with limited aggregations, which can be related to the so-called random configuration model of random graph theory.

  11. The Aggregation Dilemma

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    Ingmar Schumacher

    2014-01-01

    The results in this paper show that the level of aggregation used in a social welfare func- tion matters significantly for policy analysis. Using climate change as an example, it is shown that, under the mild and widely-accepted assumptions of asymmetric climate change impacts and declining marginal utility, an aggregation dilemma may arise that dwarfs most other policy-relevant aspects in the climate change cost-benefit analysis. Estimates based on the RICE-99 model (Nordhaus and Boyer 2000)...

  12. Glycine reduces platelet aggregation

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    Schemmer, Peter; Zhong, Zhi; Galli, Uwe; Wheeler, Michael D.; Xiangli, Li; Bradford, Blair U.; Conzelmann, Lars O.; Forman, Dow; Boyer, José; Thurman, Ronald G

    2012-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that a wide variety of white blood cells and macrophages (i.e. Kupffer cells, alveolar and peritoneal macrophages and neutrophils) contain glycine-gated chloride channels. Binding of glycine on the receptor stimulates Cl− influx causing membrane hyperpolarization that prevents agonist-induced influx of calcium. Since platelet-aggregation is calcium-dependent, this study was designed to test the hypothesis that glycine would inhibit platelet aggregation. Rats were fed ...

  13. Differential survival of solitary and aggregated bacterial cells promotes aggregate formation on leaf surfaces

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    Monier, J.-M.; Lindow, S. E.

    2003-01-01

    The survival of individual Pseudomonas syringae cells was determined on bean leaf surfaces maintained under humid conditions or periodically exposed to desiccation stress. Cells of P. syringae strain B728a harboring a GFP marker gene were visualized by epifluorescence microscopy, either directly in situ or after recovery from leaves, and dead cells were identified as those that were stained with propidium iodide in such populations. Under moist, conducive conditions on plants, the proportion of total live cells was always high, irrespective of their aggregated state. In contrast, the proportion of the total cells that remained alive on leaves that were periodically exposed to desiccation stress decreased through time and was only ≈15% after 5 days. However, the fraction of cells in large aggregates that were alive on such plants in both condition was much higher than more solitary cells. Immediately after inoculation, cells were randomly distributed over the leaf surface and no aggregates were observed. However, a very aggregated pattern of colonization was apparent within 7 days, and >90% of the living cells were located in aggregates of 100 cells or more. Our results strongly suggest that, although conducive conditions favor aggregate formation, such cells are much more capable of tolerating environmental stresses, and the preferential survival of cells in aggregates promotes a highly clustered spatial distribution of bacteria on leaf surfaces. PMID:14665692

  14. Paradoxical Acceleration of Dithiothreitol-Induced Aggregation of Insulin in the Presence of a Chaperone

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    Boris Kurganov; Konstantin Muranov; Natalya Artemova; Bella Gurvits; Zoya Bumagina

    2010-01-01

    The kinetics of dithiothreitol (DTT)-induced aggregation of human recombinant insulin and the effect of α-crystallin, a representative of the family of small heat shock proteins, on the aggregation process have been studied using dynamic light scattering technique. Analysis of the distribution of the particles by size measured in the course of aggregation showed that the initial stage of the aggregation process was the stage of formation of the start aggregates with a hydrodynamic radius (R h...

  15. Global Exponential Stability of Weighted Pseudo-Almost Periodic Solutions of Neutral Type High-Order Hopfield Neural Networks with Distributed Delays

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    Lili Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Some sufficient conditions are obtained for the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of weighted pseudo-almost periodic solutions to a class of neutral type high-order Hopfield neural networks with distributed delays by employing fixed point theorem and differential inequality techniques. The results of this paper are new and they complement previously known results. Moreover, an example is given to show the effectiveness of the proposed method and results.

  16. Global Exponential Stability of Almost Periodic Solution for Neutral-Type Cohen-Grossberg Shunting Inhibitory Cellular Neural Networks with Distributed Delays and Impulses

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    Lijun Xu; Qi Jiang; Guodong Gu

    2016-01-01

    A kind of neutral-type Cohen-Grossberg shunting inhibitory cellular neural networks with distributed delays and impulses is considered. Firstly, by using the theory of impulsive differential equations and the contracting mapping principle, the existence and uniqueness of the almost periodic solution for the above system are obtained. Secondly, by constructing a suitable Lyapunov functional, the global exponential stability of the unique almost periodic solution is also investigated. The work ...

  17. Global Exponential Stability of Weighted Pseudo-Almost Periodic Solutions of Neutral Type High-Order Hopfield Neural Networks with Distributed Delays

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    Lili Zhao; Yongkun Li

    2014-01-01

    Some sufficient conditions are obtained for the existence, uniqueness, and global exponential stability of weighted pseudo-almost periodic solutions to a class of neutral type high-order Hopfield neural networks with distributed delays by employing fixed point theorem and differential inequality techniques. The results of this paper are new and they complement previously known results. Moreover, an example is given to show the effectiveness of the proposed method and results.

  18. NADIM-Travel: A Multiagent Platform for Travel Services Aggregation

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    Ben Ameur, Houssein; Bédard, François; Vaucher, Stéphane; Kropf, Peter; Chaib-draaa, Brahim; Gérin-Lajoie, Robert

    2010-01-01

    With the Internet as a growing channel for travel services distribution, sophisticated travel services aggregators are increasingly in demand. A travel services aggregation platform should be able to manage the heterogeneous characteristics of the many existing travel services. It should also be as scalable, robust, and flexible as possible. Using multiagent technology, we designed and implemented a multiagent platform for travel services aggregation called NADIM-Travel. In this platform, a p...

  19. Keynes's approach to full employment: aggregate or targeted demand?

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    Pavlina R. Tcherneva

    2008-01-01

    This paper argues that John Maynard Keynes had a targeted (as contrasted with aggregate) demand approach to full employment. Modern policies, which aim to "close the demand gap," are inconsistent with the Keynesian approach on both theoretical and methodological grounds. Aggregate demand tends to increase inflation and erode income distribution near full employment, which is why true full employment is not possible via traditional pro-growth, pro-investment aggregate demand stimuli. This was ...

  20. Aggregation and distribution of strains in microparasites.

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    Lord, C. C.; Barnard, B.; Day, K; Hargrove, J. W.; McNamara, J J; Paul, R E; Trenholme, K; Woolhouse, M. E.

    1999-01-01

    Recent research has shown that many parasite populations are made up of a number of epidemiologically distinct strains or genotypes. The implications of strain structure or genetic diversity for parasite population dynamics are still uncertain, partly because there is no coherent framework for the interpretation of field data. Here, we present an analysis of four published data sets for vector-borne microparasite infections where strains or genotypes have been distinguished: serotypes of Afri...