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  1. The Ring Imaging Cherenkov detector of the AMS experiment: test beam results with a prototype

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    Arruda, Luísa; Goncalves, Patrícia; Pereira, Rui

    2008-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) will be equipped with a proximity Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector for measuring the velocity and electric charge of the charged cosmic particles. This detector will contribute to the high level of redundancy required for AMS as well as to the rejection of albedo particles. Charge separation up to iron and a velocity resolution of the order of 0.1% for singly charged particles are expected. A RICH protoptype consisting of a detection matrix with 96 photomultiplier units, a segment of a conical mirror and samples of the radiator materials was built and its performance was evaluated. Results from the last test beam performed with ion fragments resulting from the collision of a 158 GeV/c/nucleon primary beam of indium ions (CERN SPS) on a lead target are reported. The large amount of collected data allowed to test and characterize different aerogel samples and the sodium fluoride radiator. In addition, the reflec...

  2. The AMS experiment: Results and perspectives

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    Bertucci, B.; AMS Collaboration

    2016-07-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment operates since May 2011 on board of the International Space Station to search for primordial anti-matter, to study the light anti-matter components in the Cosmic Rays (CR) and to perform a precision study of the CR composition and energy spectrum. More than 60 billion events have been collected by the instrument up to now thanks to its large acceptance and the long exposure time. In this contribution we will discuss the most recent results, reviewing the instrument design and performances as well as the data analysis procedures enabling their achievement.

  3. A final test for AMS at ESTEC

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    Paola Catapano

    2010-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) left CERN on Friday 12th February on the first leg of its journey to the International Space Station (ISS). The special convoy carrying the experiment arrived at the European Space Agency’s research and technology centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands at 4.30 pm on Tuesday 16th February. AMS will then fly to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida before lifting off aboard the space shuttle.   Arrival of the AMS detector at ESTEC in the Netherlands (Credit ESA/Jari Makinen) The transportation of an 8.5-tonne load filled with superfluid helium across Europe is no ordinary shipment. The AMS detector was first inserted into a supporting structure, specially built by the collaboration’s mechanical engineers, then surrounded by protective plastic foil, placed in a box and finally carefully loaded onto the special lorry also carrying a diesel generator running a pump to keep the helium at the right temperature (about 2 K). Its initial destination is ES...

  4. The AMS-02 experiment on the ISS

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    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) on the International Space Station (ISS) is a large acceptance magnetic spectrometer aiming for high precision studies of cosmic rays in space. The experiment will address fundamental questions regarding primary antimatter and dark matter contents of the universe. In addition, the precise measurements of cosmic rays in a wide energy range will result in a greatly improved understanding of the cosmic ray propagation in the Galaxy. The detector is now in its final assembly stage at CERN (Geneva) and it will be shipped to KSC (Florida) for integration with the space shuttle Discovery before the end of 2009. The STS-134 mission, currently scheduled for launch in September 2010 will transport the experiment to the ISS where it will operate for a period of 3 to 5 years.

  5. Use of a spatial GPS receiver in AMS-02 experiment

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    An important subject in AMS02 experiment would be to perform measurements of the arrival time of the photons on a scale of few μsec for the Transient Gamma Sources, mainly Pulsars, Blazars and Gamma Ray Bursts. This may be possible if each trigger correlated with a detected cosmic particle, acquires a precise time stamp provided by a spatial GPS receiver which will also be used to synchronize the internal clocks of the AMS-02 DAQ system. The TOPSTAR 3000 D GPS receiver characteristics are described. The built in procedures for the integration of the GPS module in the DAQ and Trigger systems are presented. The dependence on the flight orbit, ISS in case of AMS-02 mission is studied. In final, the monitoring requirements and the first results of tests are discussed

  6. The AMS experiment: first results and physics prospects

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    The main physics goal of the AMS experiment is the search for primordial antimatter, non-baryonic dark matter, and the measurement with high statistics and high accuracy of the electrically charged cosmic ray particles and light nuclei in the extraterrestrial space beyond the atmosphere. AMS is the first magnetic spectrometer which will be flown in space. It will be installed for 3 years on the international space station (ISS) in 2003. A precursor flight with the space shuttle DISCOVERY took place in June 1998. 100 millions particles were recorded during the test flight and unexpected physics results were observed on fluxes of protons, electrons, positrons, and helium nuclei. These results are described below, and the physics prospects for the second phase of the experiment on the space station as well. (author)

  7. Recent results from the AMS-02 experiment

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    Vecchi Manuela

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The AMS-02 detector is a large acceptance magnetic spectrometer operating onboard the International Space Station since May 2011. The main goals of the detector are the search for antimatter and dark matter in space, as well as the measurement of cosmic ray composition and flux. Precise measurements of cosmic ray positrons and electrons are presented in this document, based on 41×109 events collected during the first 30 months of operations.

  8. AMS experiment takes off for Kennedy Space Center August 2010

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    2010-01-01

    Geneva, 18 August 2010. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), an experiment that will search for antimatter and dark matter in space, leaves CERN next Tuesday on the next leg of its journey to the International Space Station. The AMS detector is being transported from CERN to Geneva International Airport in preparation for its planned departure from Switzerland on 26 August, when it will be flown to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on board a US Air Force Galaxy transport aircraft.

  9. AMS/CEA Joint Aerial Campaign Nevada Test Site AMS Data Analysis Procedure

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    The United States NNSA AMS (Aerial Measuring Systems) and the French Commissariat a l-Energie Atomique (CEA) participated in joint aerial survey activities during the period November 6-19, 2007. Survey activities were conducted near Las Vegas, Nevada, and at selected areas of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) under the auspices of the Accident Response Working Group (ARWG). The intent of the activities was to compare technologies, procedures, and data analysis techniques related to specific AMS and the CEA aerial radiation detection systems

  10. Prototype study of the Cherenkov imager of the AMS experiment

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    The AMS experiment includes a Cherenkov imager for mass and charge identification of charged cosmic rays. A second generation prototype has been constructed and its performances evaluated both with cosmic ray particles and with beam ions. In-beam tests have been performed using secondary nuclei from the fragmentation of 20GeV/c per nucleon Pb ions and 158GeV/c per nucleon In from the CERN SPS in 2002 and 2003. Partial results are reported. The performances of the prototype for the velocity and the charge measurements have been studied over the range of ion charge Z-bar 30. A sample of candidate silica aerogel radiators for the flight model of the detector has been tested. The measured velocity resolution of the detector was found to scale with Z-1 as expected, with a value σ(β)/β∼0.7-110-3 for singly charged particles and an asymptotic limit in Z of 0.4-0.6x10-4. The measured charge resolution obtained for the n=1.05 aerogel radiator material selected for the flight model of the detector is σ(Z)=0.18 (statistical) -bar 0.015 (systematic), ensuring a good charge separation up to the iron element, for the prototype in the reported experimental conditions

  11. OO Software and DataModel of AMS Experiment

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    VitaliChoutko; AlexeiKlimentov

    2001-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer(AMS)is an experiment to search in space for dark matter,missing matter and antimatter scheduled for installation on the International SPace Station(ISS) Alpha.AMS detector had precursive flight in June 1998 on board the space shuttle Discovery during STS91,More than 100M events been collected and analyzed.The detector will have another flight in the fall of year 2003 for more than three years on ISS.The data will be transmitted from ISS to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center(Huntsvile,Alabama)and then to MIT and CERN for processing and analysis,In this report we describe AMS software in particular conditions database and data processing software.

  12. Isotope separation with the RICH detector of the AMS Experiment

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    Arruda, Luísa; Borges, João; Carmo, Fernando; Gonçalves, Patrícia; Pereira, Rui; Pimenta, Mário

    2007-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) in 2008, is a cosmic ray detector with several subsystems, one of which is a proximity focusing Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector. This detector will be equipped with a dual radiator (aerogel+NaF), a lateral conical mirror and a detection plane made of 680 photomultipliers and light guides, enabling precise measurements of particle electric charge and velocity. Combining velocity measurements with data on particle rigidity from the AMS Tracker it is possible to obtain a measurement for particle mass, allowing the separation of isotopes. A Monte Carlo simulation of the RICH detector, based on realistic properties measured at ion beam tests, was performed to evaluate isotope separation capabilities. Results for three elements -- H (Z=1), He (Z=2) and Be (Z=4) -- are presented.

  13. The electromagnetic calorimeter of the AMS-02 experiment

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    Vecchi, M; Bigongiari, G; Cervelli, F; Chen, G; Chen, G M; Chen, H S; Coignet, G; Di Falco, S; Elles, S; Fiasson, A; Fougeron, D; Gallucci, G; Goy, C; Incagli, M; Kossakowki, R; Lepareur, V; Li, Z H; Maire, M; Paniccia, M; Pilo, F; Rosier-Lees, S; Tang, X W; Vannini, C; Vialle, J P; Zhuang, H L

    2012-01-01

    The electromagnetic calorimeter (ECAL) of the AMS-02 experiment is a 3-dimensional sampling calorimeter, made of lead and scintillating fibers. The detector allows for a high granularity, with 18 samplings in the longitudinal direction, and 72 sampling in the lateral direction. The ECAL primary goal is to measure the energy of cosmic rays up to few TeV, however, thanks to the fine grained structure, it can also provide the separation of positrons from protons, in the GeV to TeV region. A direct measurement of high energy photons with accurate energy and direction determination can also be provided.

  14. Hot test and process parameter calculation of purified Cyanex 301 extraction for separating Am and fission product lanthanides

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    Purified Cyanex 301 which contains >99% bis(2,4,4-trimethylpentyl)dithio-phosphinic acid (HBTMPDTP) shows high extraction selectivity toward Am3+ over light lanthanides (Lns). In a bench scale 4 stage cross-flow hot test, 99.999% of Am in Am+Lns fraction obtained from a hot experiment of the TRPO extraction of a real HAW was extracted while only 3% Lns was co-extracted. The average separation factor of Am over FPLns is about 3500. An empirical distribution ratio model for Am and Lns in HBTMPDTP extraction and a method of countercurrent extraction process parameter calculation were established and the results of calculation were verified with tracer amount of 241Am and macro amount of Lns. For an Am+Lns fraction with typical PWR HAW composition, the calculated results show that a five stage countercurrent HBTMPDTP extraction process without scrubbing can get a separation of Am from Lns of 106 and a separation of Lns from Am of 700. (author)

  15. Measurement of the cosmic positrons' spectrum with the experiment AMS-02 and search for exotic signals

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    The AMS-02 experiment is a particle detector that will be installed on the international space station (ISS) in 2008 for at least 3 years. The physics motivations are cosmic ray measurements (e-, e+, p, p-bar, γ, He, C,...), antimatter search for Z>2 and gamma ray studies from GeV to TeV. The HEAT experiment has measured positron spectrum up to 30 GeV, and shown a possible distortion around 8 GeV, which can be interpreted as a dark matter signal. The cosmic positrons spectrum measurement needs positron/proton separation close to 105, which will be obtained combining all AMS-02 sub-detectors. A neural network analysis has been developed on test beam data taken in 2002, to estimate the electron/proton rejection for the electromagnetic calorimeter. This technique, based on discriminant variables and which was tuned on data, was used to determine the positron acceptance combining other sub-detectors information. The number of conventional positrons can be estimated and AMS ability to detect cold dark matter signals has been determined. This study was presented for signal from supersymmetric neutralinos and from Kaluza-Klein stable particles. Fluxes are naturally too low to be detected. Signal can be enhanced thanks to local dark matter over-densities which appear naturally in galaxy formation models. A model for those over-densities has been tuned and presented. (author)

  16. Beam polarimetry in the CBELSA/TAPS experiment; Strahlpolarimetrie am CBELSA/TAPS Experiment

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    Kammer, Susanne

    2010-02-19

    In the identification of nucleon resonances polarization observables play an important role. For the photoproduction experiments of the CBELAS/TAPS assembly at the accelerator facility ELSA in the framework of this thesis linearly and circularly polarized were realized and prepared. Linearly polarized photons were produced on a diamond crystal under usage of the coherent bremsstrahlung. By alignment of the crystal in the bremsstrahlung coherent intensity increasements in form of pronounced edges could be generated. The number of the polarized photons lying in the increasement determines in comparison to the incoherently produced background the degree of polarization. The position of the coherent edge could be tuned by means of control distributions to an arbitrary position in the measured energy spectrum as well as the degree of polarization of the photons optimized. For the production of circularly polarized photons longitudinally polarized electrons on the bremsstrahlung target are required. The polarization transfer of the bremsstrahlung process is uniquely given by the QED, so that the degree of polarization of the photons can be determined via a measurement of the electron-beam polarization. With this goal a for the first time in the CBELSA/TAPS applied momentum-selecting Moeller polarimeter was developed and integrated in the photon-tagging facility. Via a change of the beam helicity the counting-rate asymmetry for parallely and antiparallely beam and target electrons was measured and the degree of polarization of the electrons at beam energies of 2350 MeV determined to typically above 60%. By means of dedicated test measurements and simulations the functionality of the Moeller polarimeter was checked and the relative systematic uncertainty determined to 1%. Since 2007 the Moeller polarimeter essential for the double-polarization experiments is in current operation. Finally a method was sketched, in which via the known cross-section asymmetry of the

  17. Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS02) experiment on the International Space Station (ISS)

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    Behcet ALPAT

    2003-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment is realized in two phases. A precursor flight (STS-91)with a reduced experimental configuration (AMS01) has successfully flown on space shuttle Discovery in June 1998.The final version (AMS02) will be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) as an independent module inearly 2006 for an operational period of three years. The main scientific objectives of AMS02 include the searches forthe antimatter and dark matter in cosmic rays. In this work we will discuss the experimental details as well as the im-proved physics capabilities of AMS02 on ISS.

  18. An Oracle(c) database for the AMS experiment

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    We present hardware and software technologies implemented for the AMS Milano Data Center. Goal of the AMS Milano Data Center is to provide data collected during the STS-91 Space Shuttle flight to users and to provide a User Interface as well to manage the data properly. Data are stored in a database that provides high level query and retrieval features, the support being a magneto-optical juke-box. We describe the use of proprietary software (Oracle(c)) as well as custom-written software to enhance access performances. In particular we underscore the use of the Oracle Call Interfaces as a powerful tool to interface the database and the operating system in a natural way

  19. Am-241 remobilization in a calcareous soil under simplified rhizospheric conditions studied by column experiments

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    The effects of simplified rhizospheric conditions on the leaching of 241Am from a calcareous soil, freshly contaminated, were investigated in batch and column experiments. Glucose and/or citrate were used as artificial exudate solutions at concentrations ranging from 10-4 to 10-2 mol dm-3. Am desorption, expressed in terms of distribution coefficients, varied from Kd > 104 dm3 kg-1 corresponding to a majority of experimental conditions, to Kd ≤ 102 dm3 kg-1 when citrate combined or not with glucose was used at ≥10-2 mol dm-3. Soil columns revealed successive steady states coupled with transitory episodes, the latter represented up to 90% of the total Am release. 241Am fractions with different behaviours were thus highlighted in columns whereas batch only accounted for highest Am mobile fractions. The implications of the different processes are discussed in terms of modelling approach and risk assessment

  20. The RICH detector of the AMS-02 experiment: status and physics prospects

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    Pereira, Rui; Arruda, L; Barão, F; Baret, B; Barrau, A; Barreira, G; Belmont, E; Berdugo, J; Borges, J; Buénerd, M; Casadei, D; Casaus, J; Cortina, E; Costado, M; Crespo, D; Delgado, C; Díaz, C; Derome, L; Gonçalves, P; Garcia-Lopez, R; de la Guia, C; Herrero, A; Lanciotti, E; Laurenti, G; Malinin, A; Maña, C; Marin, J; Mangin-Brinet, M; Martínez, G; Menchaca-Rocha, A; Palomares, C; Pimenta, M; Putze, A; Sallaz-Damaz, Y; Seo, E S; Sevilla, I; Torrento, A; Vargas-Trevino, M; Veziant, O

    2008-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), whose final version AMS-02 is to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) for at least 3 years, is a detector designed to measure charged cosmic ray spectra with energies up to the TeV region and with high energy photon detection capability up to a few hundred GeV. It is equipped with several subsystems, one of which is a proximity focusing RICH detector with a dual radiator (aerogel+NaF) that provides reliable measurements for particle velocity and charge. The assembly and testing of the AMS RICH is currently being finished and the full AMS detector is expected to be ready by the end of 2008. The RICH detector of AMS-02 is presented. Physics prospects are briefly discussed.

  1. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station

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    Alpat, Behcet

    2001-04-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a detector designed to operate in space to search for antimatter components in cosmic ray, the annihilation products of darkmatter and to study the antiprotons, positrons and light nuclei. A 'baseline' version of the experiment has successfully completed the precursor flight on Space Shuttle Discovery (June 2-12, 1998). The complete AMS is programmed for installation on International Space Station in year 2003 for an operational period of 3 years. In this contribution we report on the experimental configuration of AMS that will be installed on International Space Station.

  2. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the International Space Station

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    Alpat, Behcet E-mail: behcet.alpat@pg.infn.it

    2001-04-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a detector designed to operate in space to search for antimatter components in cosmic ray, the annihilation products of darkmatter and to study the antiprotons, positrons and light nuclei. A 'baseline' version of the experiment has successfully completed the precursor flight on Space Shuttle Discovery (June 2-12, 1998). The complete AMS is programmed for installation on International Space Station in year 2003 for an operational period of 3 years. In this contribution we report on the experimental configuration of AMS that will be installed on International Space Station.

  3. The AMS experiment--particle identification with the transition radiation detector

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    Brückel*, Martin

    2003-01-01

    The alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS) is a multi-purpose particle detector designed for operation in space [The AMS collaboration, Alcaraz, J., et al., (2002) "The alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS)", Nucl. Instr. Meth., A 478, 119-122; The AMS collaboration, Alpat, B. (2001) "The alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS) experiment on the international space station", Nucl. Instr. Meth., A 461, 272-274; Battiston, R. (1998) "The alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS)", Nucl. Instr. Meth., A 409, 458-463; Buenerd M (2001) AMS, a particle spectrometer in space. Talk given at the XXIV Symposium on Nuclear Physics in Taxco, Mexico].† It will be mounted on the International Space Station† by the end of 2005 as shown in Fig. 1. There it will investigate the primary cosmic particle spectrum undistorted by the earth's atmosphere. About 1011 particles in the energy range up to a few TeV will be analysed for mass, electrical charge and energy. The unpreceded precision and statistics of the data will allow new insights in the physics of cosmic rays, especially in the asymmetry between matter and antimatter and in the nature of dark matter.

  4. Primordial black holes, cosmic rays and instrumental developments for the Cerenkov imager of the AMS space experiment; Trous noirs primordiaux, rayonnement cosmique et developpements instrumentaux pour l'imageur Tcherenkov de l'experience spatiale AMS

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    Boudoul, G

    2003-09-01

    The AMS experiment will be implemented on the International Space Station in 2006 for 3 years. It will study cosmic rays and should open a new window to look for dark matter and antimatter in the Universe. This work is, first, devoted to the experimental study of the Cherenkov (RICH) detector of AMS which will determine with a good accuracy the velocity and electric charge of the incoming particles. The chosen photodetectors, the electronic tests, the general schematics, the prototypes operating (including beam tests at CERN) are described into the details. The second part is made of theoretical investigations of some cosmic ray physics problems and to a possible exotic source: evaporating primordial black holes. The astrophysical, cosmological and gravitational (including speculative string gravity approaches) consequences of their possible existence are reviewed in details. (author)

  5. Bioreduction amenability testing of actinide contaminated soils. The systems: Am241-Pu238, Am241-Pu239/40, U

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    Bioreductive processing of actinide contaminated soils can achieve extraction levels in excess of 97% for both plutonium and uranium contaminants. Reasonable reaction rates of 4 to 6 day resident times for Pu-Am have been demonstrated on 4 gram sample charges. Longer reaction times of 17 days required for uranium extraction can be improved by soil sample preconditioning and/or an increase in process reagent concentrations. The environmentally benign treatment process operates at pH 6--7, preserves the original soil matrix, and utilizes standard processing equipment. The process reagent component (inoculum SD-1 and biological growth medium PX100 trademark) are available for utilization in an integrated system. Process techniques developed by MBX, involving graduated volume bioreactors have been proven to alleviate biological toxicity problems in treatment leachates. Bioreduction processing of actinide contaminated soils, preconditioning of soil charges, and recycling or vegetation of unacceptable tailings can be combined to provide an effective and environmentally attractive method of remediation. The soil test program was designed to determine the applicability of the MBX bioreductive technology to solubilize Pu and Am from RFP, Mound and LANL soils and uranium from Hanford and Fernald soils

  6. Performance of the AMS-02 Experiment for High Energy Gamma Ray Astrophysics

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    Natale, Sonia

    2007-01-01

    AMS is a particle detector designed to perform high precision measurements of the cosmic rays fluxes with the main goals of searching for anti-nuclei, as remnants of primordial anti-matter, and of measuring the faintest components of the cosmic flux, anti- protons, positrons and high energy photons. To fulfill the requirements of large acceptance, long exposure time and excellent particle identification needed to achieve the intended results, AMS will operate in space as an attached payload to the International Space Station (ISS), being the first full featured particle physics experiment to operate in the Earth orbit. The AMS-02 accurate measurements of cosmic-ray nuclei, protons, antiprotons, electrons and positrons will be completed by high energy gamma rays detection. The experiment will detect gamma-rays, either by reconstructing e+e− pairs generated by photons converted upstream the tracker (conversion mode), or based on direct identification of electromagnetic showers in ECAL (calorimetric mode). Thi...

  7. Primordial black holes, cosmic rays and instrumental developments for the Cerenkov imager of the AMS space experiment

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    The AMS experiment will be implemented on the International Space Station in 2006 for 3 years. It will study cosmic rays and should open a new window to look for dark matter and antimatter in the Universe. This work is, first, devoted to the experimental study of the Cherenkov (RICH) detector of AMS which will determine with a good accuracy the velocity and electric charge of the incoming particles. The chosen photodetectors, the electronic tests, the general schematics, the prototypes operating (including beam tests at CERN) are described into the details. The second part is made of theoretical investigations of some cosmic ray physics problems and to a possible exotic source: evaporating primordial black holes. The astrophysical, cosmological and gravitational (including speculative string gravity approaches) consequences of their possible existence are reviewed in details. (author)

  8. Collection and measurement of atmospheric contaminants during Skylab AM/MDA unmanned altitude chamber test

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    1972-01-01

    The analytical data obtained from both cryogenic and grab sampling of the atmosphere of the Skylab AM/MDA during an 84 hour unmanned chamber run are reported. The level of contaminants found at different points of the test chamber are tabulated. The results indicate that there was no clear trend of increasing or decreasing contaminant levels during the test run.

  9. Measurement of the cosmic positrons' spectrum with the experiment AMS-02 and search for exotic signals; Mesure du spectre de positons cosmiques avec l'experience AMS-02 et recherche de signaux exotiques

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    Pochon, J

    2005-06-15

    The AMS-02 experiment is a particle detector that will be installed on the international space station (ISS) in 2008 for at least 3 years. The physics motivations are cosmic ray measurements (e-, e+, p, p-bar, {gamma}, He, C,...), antimatter search for Z>2 and gamma ray studies from GeV to TeV. The HEAT experiment has measured positron spectrum up to 30 GeV, and shown a possible distortion around 8 GeV, which can be interpreted as a dark matter signal. The cosmic positrons spectrum measurement needs positron/proton separation close to 10{sup 5}, which will be obtained combining all AMS-02 sub-detectors. A neural network analysis has been developed on test beam data taken in 2002, to estimate the electron/proton rejection for the electromagnetic calorimeter. This technique, based on discriminant variables and which was tuned on data, was used to determine the positron acceptance combining other sub-detectors information. The number of conventional positrons can be estimated and AMS ability to detect cold dark matter signals has been determined. This study was presented for signal from supersymmetric neutralinos and from Kaluza-Klein stable particles. Fluxes are naturally too low to be detected. Signal can be enhanced thanks to local dark matter over-densities which appear naturally in galaxy formation models. A model for those over-densities has been tuned and presented. (author)

  10. VHDL-AMS fault simulation for testing DNA bio-sensing arrays

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    Kerkhoff, H.G.; Zhang, X.; Liu, H.; Richardson, A.; Nouet, P.; Azais, F.; Zhang, Xiao

    2005-01-01

    The market of microelectronic fluidic arrays for biomedical applications, like DNA determination, is rapidly increasing. In order to evaluate these systems in terms of required design-for-test structures, fault simulations in both fluidic and electronic domains are necessary. VHDL-AMS can be used su

  11. 25 November 2008 - State Councilor in charge of Science, Technology and Education Y. Liu, People's Repblic of China, visiting AMS experiment with CERN Director-General R. Aymar and AMS Collaborator Y. Yang.

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    Maximilien Brice

    2008-01-01

    25 November 2008 - State Councilor in charge of Science, Technology and Education Y. Liu, People's Repblic of China, visiting AMS experiment with CERN Director-General R. Aymar and AMS Collaborator Y. Yang.

  12. A ring imaging Cherenkov counter for the AMS experiment: simulation, prototype and perspective

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    The AMS spectrometer is scheduled to be installed on the International Space Station ISS in 2003. The detector will be equipped with a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Counter (RICH). The report starts with a presentation of the physics goals of AMS and continues with a description of the spectrometer. The RICH detector response and event reconstruction is then described and detailed. The presentation proceeds with a simulation study of cosmic ray nuclei expected with the AMS RICH counter in space. Next, the thesis reports on the research and development of a RICH prototype built and tested in the period 1997-1999 in the Grenoble Institute of Nuclear Science (ISN). The response of the prototype and its calibration are described. Tests have been performed with cosmic rays at ground and ion beam at GSI-Darmstadt. The data analysis of the test campaigns is then presented and compared with simulation results. Finally, a dedicated test of Albedo particle Rejection Power of the RICH detector is reported. (author)

  13. Track calorimeter (TCAL) of alpha magnetic spectrometer (AMS) (a particle physics experiment on the international space station alpha)

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    Based on the simulation and R and D results the JINR project - to supplement AMS with a finely granulated scintillator calorimeter (TCAL) - is discussed. The project cost is about 1 million USD. TCAL would essentially increase the AMS potential in the studies of antimatter, matter and missing matter in the experiments in outer space

  14. Sequential process test for metal pyro-processing using U, Pu, and Am

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    Masaki Kurata; Noboru Yahagi [Central research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Iwadokita 2-11-1, Komae, Tokyo 201-8511 (Japan); Shinichi Kitawaki; Akira Nakayoshi; Mineo Fukushima [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Muramatsu 4-33, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1194 (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    The Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) are continuing a collaboration study for metal pyro-processing, in which sequential process tests have been performed under practical conditions using {approx}1 kg of molten salt baths. Recent results on two kinds of sequential process test are reported. The former is the electro-chemical reduction test of MOX pellet in order to form U-Pu alloy ingots. The latter is the electrolysis test using a combination of U-Pu alloy anode and solid or liquid cadmium cathode to recover U-product or U-Pu-Am alloy product, respectively. Variation in electrode potentials, current efficiency, molten salt composition, Pu- or Am-impurity in the U-product, U/Pu or Am/Pu separation factor in the U-Pu alloy product, and etc. were measured. These tests reproduced practical operating conditions at a scale of {approx}1/1000 that of the actual process. (author)

  15. Test access to deeply embedded analog terminals within an A/MS SoC

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    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a standard scalable and reconfigurable design for testability (SR DfT) in order to increase accessibility to deeply embedded A/MS cores and to limit application of costly off-chip mixed-signal testers. SR DfT is an oscillation-based wrapper compatible with digital embedded core-based SoC test methodologies. The impact of the optimized oscillation-based wrapper design on MS SoC testing is evaluated in two directions: area and test time. Experimental results are presented for several SoCs from the ITC'02 test benchmarks with inclusion of eight analog filters.

  16. AMS02 Ecal γ trigger performance measured at the October 2004 CERN test beam

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    Test beam data collected in October 2004 at CERN PS to validate the AMS 02 Ecal Inter- mediate Board (EIB) are analyzed. After describing the experimental setup and the event samples, results concerning noise measurement, trigger efficiency and threshold accuracy are presented. They demonstrate that the EIB fulfills the physics requirements. Therefore the analog part of the trigger is validated, and hardware choices are also made towards the final device. (authors)

  17. Engineering and management experience at Texas A&M Transportation Institute

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    Chowdhury, Arif Tahjibul

    This manuscript presents the author's engineering and management experience during his internship in the Materials and Pavements (M&P) Division at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), and is a record of study for the Doctor of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Through this internship, he met his established internship objectives of gaining technical knowledge as well as knowledge and skills in project management, organizational communication, and quality management of pavement condition data, and of attaining professional development. In meeting these objectives, the author describes the history, mission, and organizational structure of his workplace. He also presents his experience of developing and delivering a two-week training course on pavement design and construction in Kosovo. Participating in a number of professional development training courses and other activities prepared him for working as an engineering manager. These activities include Delta-T leadership training, an instructor development course, a time management and organizational skills course, and the M&P Division lecture series. Leadership and skills learned through the Delta-T program were beneficial for the employee as well as the employer. For the class project, the author and his teammates performed a study dealing with improving TTI's deliverables. The Delta-T team composed a report summarizing their efforts of examining the current state of TTI's project deliverables, the deliverables' shortcomings, and potential enhancements to expand the deliverables' appeal to additional types of potential users outside the traditional research community. The team also developed a prototype web-based model of deliverables and presented some implementation recommendations. Participating in the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT's) pavement surface distress data collection program enabled the author to become familiar with pavement distress data quality management and thus attain the

  18. High altitude AM0 testing of PV concentrator lens elements. [Air Mass Zero

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    Piszczor, M. F.; Brinker, D. J.; Boyer, E. O.; Mcknight, R. C.; Ranaudo, R. J.

    1990-01-01

    Recently, the NASA Lewis Research Center modified its Lear High Altitude Test Facility to fly two prototype ENTECH minidome Fresnel lens photovoltaic concentrator elements. The tests were highly successful, and the results verified the ability of the Lear High Altitude Facility to measure the optical performance of individual concentrator lens elements and concentrator/cell combinations at near AM0 insolation conditions. The two concentrator lenses flown achieved optical efficiencies, based on a gallium arsenide concentrator cell response, of 89.8 percent and 90.0 percent. The flights demonstrated the ability of the aircraft to maintain the pointing accuracy required to obtain useful data. With proper alignment of the collimating tube and the pilot's sunsight, this facility could easily maintain a pointing accuracy of + or - 0.5 deg for a sufficiently long time to obtain accurate, reproducible results.

  19. "Who am I? Where am I?" Experiences of married young women in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan

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    Johansson Eva

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In Pakistan, 16% of the women aged 15–19 years are married. Many get married shortly after they attain menarche. This study explores the preparedness for and actual experiences of married life (inter-spousal relationship, sexual activity and pregnancy among adolescent women. Methods Among married adolescent women residing in a slum of Islamabad ten were selected with the help of a community health worker and interviewed qualitatively till saturation was reached. They were interviewed three times at different occasions. Narrative structuring was used to explore how the participants represented their background, social situation, decision making and spousal communication and how they explained, understood and managed married life and bore children. Results Two categories identifying the respondents as either submissive-accepting or submissive-victims emerged. The married young women who belonged to the accepting group lived under compromised conditions but described themselves as satisfied with their situation. They were older than the other group identifying themselves as victims. However, none of the respondents felt prepared for marriage. Women belonging to the victimized group experienced physical and verbal abuse for their inability to cope with the duties of a wife, caretaker of the home and bearer of children. Their situation was compounded by the power dynamics within the household. Conclusion Knowledge about sexuality could prepare them better for the future life and give them more control of their fertility. Adolescent development and life skills education need to be addressed at a national level. There is need for innovative interventions to reach out and provide support to young women in disadvantaged homes.

  20. 75 FR 36710 - The Texas Engineering Experiment Station/Texas A&M University System; Notice of Acceptance for...

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    ... entities participating under 10 CFR 2.315(c), must be filed in accordance with the NRC E-Filing rule (72 FR... filing requirements of the NRC's E-Filing Rule (72 FR 49139; August 28, 2007) apply to appeals of NRC... COMMISSION The Texas Engineering Experiment Station/Texas A&M University System; Notice of Acceptance...

  1. Am/Cm TTR testing - 3/8-inch glass beads evaluation in CIM5

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    To facilitate the procurement and handling of the glass former for Am/Cm vitrification in the F-Canyon MPPF, 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch diameter glass beads were purchased from Corning for evaluation in the 5 inch Cylindrical Induction Melter (CIM5). Prior to evaluating the beads in the CIM5, tests were conducted in the Drain Tube Test Stand (DTTS) with 1/4 inch beads, 3/8 inch beads, and a 50/50 mixture to identify any process concerns. Results of the DTTS tests are summarized in Attachment 1. A somewhat larger volume expansion was experienced in all three DTTS runs as compared to a standard run using cullet. Further testing of the use of glass beads in the CIM5 was requested by the Design Authority as Task 1.02 of Technical Task Request 99-MNSS/SE-006. Since the Technical Task Plan was not yet approved, the completion of this task was conducted under an authorization request approved by the SRTC Laboratory Director, S. Wood. This request is included as Attachment 2

  2. Relation between acid dissolution time in the vacuum test tube and time required for graphitization for AMS target preparation

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    Yokoyama, Yusuke; Miyairi, Yousuke; Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki; Tsunomori, Fumiaki

    2007-06-01

    Availability of an effective graphitization system is essential for the successful operation of an AMS laboratory for radiocarbon measurements. We have set up a graphitization system consisting of metal vacuum lines for cleaning CO2 sample gas which is then converted to graphite. CO2 gas from a carbonate sample is produced in vacuum in a test tube by injecting concentrated phosphoric acid. The tube is placed into a heated metal block to accelerate dissolution. However, we have observed systematic differences in the time required to convert the CO2 gas to graphite under a hydrogen atmosphere, from less than 3 h to over 10 h. We have conducted a series of experiments including background measurements and yield measurements to monitor secondary carbon contamination and changes in isotopic fractionation. All of the tests show that the carbon isotope ratios remain unaffected by the duration of the process. We also used a quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) to identify possible contaminant gases. Contaminant peaks were identified at high mass (larger than 60) only for long duration experiments. This suggests a possible reaction between the rubber cap and acid fumes producing a contaminant gas that impeded the reduction of CO2.

  3. Preliminary experiment of the controllable Am-Be neutron source based on composite polymeric membrane

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    A controllable Am-Be neutron source was designed based on a hamburger structure including two Be pallets and a composite polymeric membrane carrying 241Am. The composite polymeric membrane was made of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). PVDF polymeric membrane was used as the base film to load the mixed Am(NO3)3-PVA solution, which was coated on the PVDF polymeric membrane. The thickness of two layers was both about 5 μm. The correlative calculations were performed using the Geant4 code. A piece of composite membrane loading 241Am of 2.13 × 106 Bq was placed in the middle of two Be pallets just like a hamburger. Neutrons were produced continuously until the composite membrane was separated from Be pallets. The neutron yield of the controllable hamburger neutron source was measured as 54 n/(106α), which was 15.6 % lower than the calculation value. (author)

  4. A ring imaging Cherenkov counter for the AMS experiment: simulation, prototype and perspective; Un imageur d'anneaux tcherenkov pour l'experience AMS: simulation, prototypie et perspectives physiques

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    Thuillier, T

    2000-05-01

    The AMS spectrometer is scheduled to be installed on the International Space Station ISS in 2003. The detector will be equipped with a Ring Imaging Cherenkov Counter (RICH). The report starts with a presentation of the physics goals of AMS and continues with a description of the spectrometer. The RICH detector response and event reconstruction is then described and detailed. The presentation proceeds with a simulation study of cosmic ray nuclei expected with the AMS RICH counter in space. Next, the thesis reports on the research and development of a RICH prototype built and tested in the period 1997-1999 in the Grenoble Institute of Nuclear Science (ISN). The response of the prototype and its calibration are described. Tests have been performed with cosmic rays at ground and ion beam at GSI-Darmstadt. The data analysis of the test campaigns is then presented and compared with simulation results. Finally, a dedicated test of Albedo particle Rejection Power of the RICH detector is reported. (author)

  5. AMS 14C performance test of a new automated bone preparation system

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    Complete text of publication follows. Bone is one of the most complex sample materials for radiocarbon dating. After burial, its physical state and chemical composition can be affected by many environmental processes. In case of our new AMS bone preparation technique, after ultrasonication in distilled water, drying, surface cleaning and grinding, the sample is sieved to get the appropriate sized sample fraction (0.5 - 1 mm) out of which 500 - 1000 mg is measured, depending on the state of the bone. We have developed our own continuous flow bone sample preparation equipment. In this unit OMNIFITTM columns are used as flow cells to construct our own automatic ABA (acid-base-acid) cleaning system. From 3 types of reagent, each one is injected via a 4 way valve and inert plastic tubing to an IsmatechTM IPC 12 channel peristaltic pump to ensure a constant flow rate. Reagents are selectively pumped to the reaction cells containing the powdered bone samples, with a sequence of 0.5 M HCl and 0.1 M NaOH solution, interspersed with flushing with distilled water. During the sixteen-hour-long process, reagents follow a well-defined sequence that is controlled by a computer program and a special electronic driver device. The cleaned sample is inserted into a test tube containing 5 ml, pH 3 aqueous solutions, and it is placed into a heating block at 75 deg C for 24 hours. Dissolved collagen is filtered via a 45 μm glass fibre filter (WhatmanTM AUTOVIAL 5) into a clean vial, and after freezing, it gets freeze-dried, a process which takes at least a day. To investigate the sample-preparation reproducibility and possible extra contamination effect by an optional ultra-filtration process a known-age bone sample, previously dated by an independent method (GPC at HEKAL), was prepared several times using the new AMS preparation line for 14C analyses. The results obtained (Figure 1.) showed very good reproducibility and excellent agreement with the classical GPC measured 14C age in

  6. Evaluation of Mixed-Phase Cloud Parameterizations in Short-Range Weather Forecasts with CAM3 and AM2 for Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment

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    Xie, S; Boyle, J; Klein, S; Liu, X; Ghan, S

    2007-06-01

    By making use of the in-situ data collected from the recent Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment, we have tested the mixed-phase cloud parameterizations used in the two major U.S. climate models, the National Center for Atmospheric Research Community Atmosphere Model version 3 (CAM3) and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory climate model (AM2), under both the single-column modeling framework and the U.S. Department of Energy Climate Change Prediction Program-Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Parameterization Testbed. An improved and more physically based cloud microphysical scheme for CAM3 has been also tested. The single-column modeling tests were summarized in the second quarter 2007 Atmospheric Radiation Measurement metric report. In the current report, we document the performance of these microphysical schemes in short-range weather forecasts using the Climate Chagne Prediction Program Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Parameterizaiton Testbest strategy, in which we initialize CAM3 and AM2 with realistic atmospheric states from numerical weather prediction analyses for the period when Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment was conducted.

  7. LHCb : Full Experiment System Test

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    2009-01-01

    LHCb had been planning to commission its High Level Trigger software and Data Quality monitoring procedures using real collisions data from the LHC pilot run. Following the LHC incident on 19th September 2008, it was decided to commission the system using simulated data. This “Full Experiment System Test” consists of: - Injection of simulated minimum bias events into the full HLT farm, after selection by a simulated Level 0 trigger. - Processing in the HLT farm to achieve the output rate expected for nominal LHC luminosity running, sustained over the typical duration of an LHC fill. - Real time Data Quality validation of the HLT output, validation of calibration and alignment parameters for use in the reconstruction. - Transmission of the event data, calibration data and book-keeping information to Tier1 sites and full reconstruction of the event data. - Data Quality validation of the reconstruction output. We will report on the preparations and results of FEST09, and on the status of commissioning for no...

  8. Precise measurement of cosmic ray fluxes with the AMS-02 experiment

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    Vecchi, Manuela, E-mail: manuela.vecchi@ifsc.usp.br [Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, CP 369, 13560-970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2015-12-17

    The AMS-02 detector is a large acceptance magnetic spectrometer operating onboard the International Space Station since May 2011. The main goals of the detector are the search for antimatter and dark matter in space, as well as the measurement of cosmic ray composition and flux. In this document we present precise measurements of cosmic ray positrons, electrons and protons, collected during the first 30 months of operations.

  9. Preparation and high intensity heavy ion irradiation tests of intermetallic 243Am/Pd targets

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    Previously reported preparation method for Pd-based intermetallic targets (Usoltsev, et al., 2012) [1] has been successfully applied for producing two stationary 243Am/Pd targets. Both targets have been irradiated at the U-400 cyclotron at Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions Dubna (Russian Federation) using high intensity beams (up to 0.83 μApart) of 48Ca18+. Alpha-particle spectroscopy and light microscopy allowed for a comprehensive characterization of the intermetallic targets before and after irradiation. A natNd/Pd intermetallic target and a solely electroplated 243Am/Ti target were similarly investigated for comparison

  10. 77 FR 26471 - Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM...

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    ... must also be present and at what quantitations. As stated at 75 FR 49856, based on the comments to the... for 6-acetylmorphine (6-AM), a unique metabolite of heroin. Laboratories and Medical Review Officers... standards established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Omnibus Act...

  11. Analysis of Pu, Am, and Sr radioisotopes in samples from aged nuclear test sites

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    During the period December 1978 to January 1980 desert vegetation and small-animal samples from the aged nuclear site areas were analyzed for gamma emitters and 90Sr, 238Pu, /sup 239-240/Pu, and 241Am. Special analyses were performed on soil samples. Some of the radioanalytical procedures used during this period differed from those used on previous NAEG samples. For small-animal samples, the major change was the separation of Pu and Sr from 241Am and 90Y as a group. Both Am and Y were purified together as a group and then separated on an HNO3-methanol anion exchange resin column. The Am and Y fractions were then separately processed to the proper form for measurement of their respective radioactivities. The 90Y activity measurement was used to calculate the 90Sr concentration. Desert vegetation samples were processed essentially as before, except for the modification for 90Sr analysis. After Pu separation, the 90Sr activity was determined using the 85Sr tracer yield technique followed by an yttrium milk procedure. 11 references, 2 figures, 5 tables

  12. In-beam tests of the AMS RICH prototype with 20 A GeV/c secondary ions

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    A prototype of the AMS Cherenkov imager (RICH) has been tested by means of a low intensity 20 GeV/c per nucleon ion beam coming from the fragmentation of a primary beam of Pb ions. Data have been collected for charges 1< Z<∼45 in various beam conditions and using different radiators. The charge Z and velocity β resolution have been of the prototype investigated

  13. Isotopic mass separation with the RICH detector of the AMS Experiment

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    Arruda, Luísa; Borges, João; Gonçalves, Patrícia; Pereira, Rui; Pimenta, Mário; Carmo, Fernando

    2008-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to be installed on the International Space Station (ISS) will be equipped with a proximity focusing Ring Imaging Cerenkov detector (RICH). Reconstruction of the Cerenkov angle and the electric charge with RICH are discussed. A likelihood method for the Cerenkov angle reconstruction was applied leading to a velocity determination for protons with a resolution around 0.1%. The electric charge reconstruction is based on the counting of the number of photoelectrons and on an overall efficiency estimation on an event-by-event basis. The isotopic mass separation of helium and beryllium is presented.

  14. Study of Pu(IV) and Am(III) sorption to clay minerals. Laboratory experiments and modeling

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    Sorption of Pu(IV) and Am(III) to natural clay from a mixture of synthetic rainwater - cement water was studied by batch and sequential extraction experiments as a function of pH and ionic strength These experiments were intended to simulate the effect of cement dissolution, causing the release of K+, Ca2+ and other cations from solidified radioactive waste into the aqueous phases. The results indicated a complex sorption behavior of the elements studied. It was found that iron oxides play an important role in the uptake of Pu(IV), whereas ion exchange and CaCO3 are mainly responsible for the binding of Am(III) on the clay. Simplified sorption experiments were conducted with clay minerals and iron oxides, using 0.01 and 0.1 mol/L NaNO3 as background electrolyte under an Ar atmosphere, for a better understanding of the sorption mechanisms. The experimental data were interpreted using the combination of surface complexation and ion-exchange models. (orig.)

  15. Cosmic rays measurements between 1 GeV and 1 PeV by AMS and CREAM experiments; Mesures des rayons cosmiques entre le GeV et le PeV par les experiences AMS et CREAM

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    Mangin-Brinet, M

    2007-11-15

    The AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) and CREAM (Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass) experiments that are devoted to the detection of cosmic radiations have a similar architecture and both use a Cherenkov detector whose scintillating material is a silicon aerogel. The performance of the Cherenkov detector rests on an accurate knowledge of the refractive index of the aerogel plane. This report deals with an adequate methodology of measuring the refractive index. The first chapter reviews the contributions of AMS and CREAM experiments to the physics of cosmic radiations. The second chapter presents different methods used for mapping the refractive index of the aerogel plane. The prism method is based on the measurement of the deflection of a laser beam through the sides of an aerogel tile. The most satisfying method to measure the changes in the refractive index is to use an electron beam, in this case any change infers a change in the emission angle of the Cherenkov photons that can be detected and the value of the refractive index is deduced. A new method based on the deflection of a laser beam on the 2 parallel sides of an aerogel tile has been developed. The characterization of the 2 Cherenkov detectors are given in the second and the third chapter. The last chapter presents some aspects of the simulation works and of the data processing. (A.C.)

  16. Experiments on the TECFLAM standard burner. Final colloquium; Experimente am TECFLAM Standard-Brenner. Abschlusskolloquium

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    This year's annual seminar had two main subjects: First, the final colloquium of the CRAY-TECFLAM project in which an industrial code for simulation of combustion processes in furnaces and gas turbines was developed in cooperation with the relevant industry, and secondly, investigations on a TECFLAM standard burner which served to establish a reliable set of state variables by different methods that were applied simultaneously, as well as the validation of the mathematical models. [German] Das alljaehrliche oeffentliche Seminar stand in diesem Jahr unter zwei zentralen Themen: zum einen das Abschlusskolloquium des CRAY-TECFLAM-Projekts, in dem ein Industriecode zur Simulation der Verbrennungsvorgaenge in Feuerungen und Gasturbinen - unter Beteiligung der relevanten Industrie - entwickelt wurde, zum anderen die Untersuchungen am TECFLAM Standardbrenner, mit denen ein verlaesslicher Satz von Zustandsgroessen mit unterschiedlichen, aber simultan angewandten Messmethoden ermittelt wird und die mathematischen Modelle validiert werden. (orig.)

  17. Cosmic rays measurements between 1 GeV and 1 PeV by AMS and CREAM experiments

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    The AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) and CREAM (Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass) experiments that are devoted to the detection of cosmic radiations have a similar architecture and both use a Cherenkov detector whose scintillating material is a silicon aerogel. The performance of the Cherenkov detector rests on an accurate knowledge of the refractive index of the aerogel plane. This report deals with an adequate methodology of measuring the refractive index. The first chapter reviews the contributions of AMS and CREAM experiments to the physics of cosmic radiations. The second chapter presents different methods used for mapping the refractive index of the aerogel plane. The prism method is based on the measurement of the deflection of a laser beam through the sides of an aerogel tile. The most satisfying method to measure the changes in the refractive index is to use an electron beam, in this case any change infers a change in the emission angle of the Cherenkov photons that can be detected and the value of the refractive index is deduced. A new method based on the deflection of a laser beam on the 2 parallel sides of an aerogel tile has been developed. The characterization of the 2 Cherenkov detectors are given in the second and the third chapter. The last chapter presents some aspects of the simulation works and of the data processing. (A.C.)

  18. AMS prepares for long stay in space

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    Following the successful space qualification tests at the ESA Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, AMS is now back in the integration hall at CERN Prévessin. The collaboration is replacing the superconducting magnet with a permanent (non-superconducting) one, which will ensure reliable operation of the experiment for the recently planned longer run on board the International Space Station (ISS).   Work is under way at the AMS integration hall at CERN Prévessin. Following a trip to ESTEC in Noordwijk in the Netherlands, where tests confirmed its fitness for launch into space on board the International Space Station (ISS), the AMS experiment is now back at CERN for final modifications. “The collaboration agreed to adopt a modified configuration that, among other things, re-uses the permanent magnet of the AMS-01 prototype that was flown into space in 1998”, says Samuel Ting, Spokesperson of the AMS experiment. Althoug...

  19. Identification of positrons and electrons in the cosmic radiation with the electromagnetic calorimeter ECAL for the AMS-02 experiment

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    In May 2011 AMS-02 detector has been successfully installed on the International Space Station (ISS), where it will take data on cosmic radiation from 1 to 1000 GeV for at least 10 years. Among all scientific objectives of the experiment, one of the most important is the search for Dark Matter (DM), which constitutes 80% of the Universe matter, but its nature is still unknown. A DM signal can be identified by studying the combined fluxes of positrons, photons, antiprotons and antideuterium. Thanks to its high acceptance and its performances, AMS-02 detector can extend primary cosmic ray physics search to a new energy range with high accuracy. A key role for these measurements, in particular for the electromagnetic channels, is played by ECAL calorimeter. This subdetector has been developed to measure e− and e+ energy with an accuracy of few %. Thanks to its 3D shower reconstruction imaging capabilities, it also has a high separation power between electromagnetic and hadronic showers (e/p rejection), essent...

  20. Testing Preference Axioms in Discrete Choice experiments

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    Hougaard, Jens Leth; Østerdal, Lars Peter; Tjur, Tue

    Recent studies have tested the preference axioms of completeness and transitivity, and have detected other preference phenomena such as unstability, learning- and tiredness effects, ordering effects and dominance, in stated preference discrete choice experiments. However, it has not been explicitly...... addressed in these studies which preference models are actually being tested, and the connection between the statistical tests performed and the relevant underlying models of respondent behavior has not been explored further. This paper tries to fill that gap. We specifically analyze the meaning and role of...... the preference axioms and other preference phenomena in the context of stated preference discrete choice experiments, and examine whether or how these can be subject to meaningful (statistical) tests...

  1. AMS depth profiling of tritium and deuterium - A new and sensitive tool for diagnose In fusion experiments

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    The upgraded Ultra Clean Injector (UCI) of the Munich Accelerator Laboratory was used to measure T and D depth profiling with Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS). The measurements were performed on carbon long term samples (LTS) placed between the vessel wall protection tiles of the ASDEX-Upgrade fusion experiment. The improvement of plasma confinement and stability after introducing the CDH-mode has been determined. The localization of a plasma disruption phenomenon was demonstrated. Complete toroidal and poloidal distribution of tritium depth profiles and inventory of tritium release in the tokamak were measured. Depth profiling of deuterium provided information about the quality of the neutral beam injection and efficiency of the fusion reaction in the tokamak. (authors)

  2. My Program Is Ok--Am I? Computing Freshmen's Experiences of Doing Programming Assignments

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    Kinnunen, Paivi; Simon, Beth

    2012-01-01

    This article provides insight into how computing majors experience the process of doing programming assignments in their first programming course. This grounded theory study sheds light on the various processes and contexts through which students constantly assess their self-efficacy as a programmer. The data consists of a series of four…

  3. My program is ok - am I? Computing freshmen's experiences of doing programming assignments

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    Kinnunen, Päivi; Simon, Beth

    2012-03-01

    This article provides insight into how computing majors experience the process of doing programming assignments in their first programming course. This grounded theory study sheds light on the various processes and contexts through which students constantly assess their self-efficacy as a programmer. The data consists of a series of four interviews conducted with a purposeful sample of nine computer science majors in a research intensive state university in the United States. Use of the constant comparative method elicited two forms of results. First, we identified six stages of doing a programming assignment. Analysis captures the dimensional variation in students' experiences with programming assignments on a detailed level. We identified a core category resulting from students' reflected emotions in conjunction with self-efficacy assessment. We provide a descriptive model of how computer science majors build their self-efficacy perceptions, reported via four narratives. Our key findings are that some students reflect negative views of their efficacy, even after having a positive programming experience and that in other situations, students having negative programming experiences still have a positive outlook on their efficacy. We consider these findings in light of possible languages and support structures for introductory programming courses.

  4. SB-LOCA beyond the design basis in a PWR experimental verification of am procedures in the PKL test facility

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    The integral test facility PKL at the Technical Center of Framatome ANP (formerly Siemens/KWU) in Erlangen, Germany, simulates a 1300 MWe western type PWR. It is scaled by 1:145 in power and volume at original elevations. It features the entire primary side including four symmetrically arranged coolant loops and auxiliary and safety systems as well as the major part of the secondary side. The test series PKL III D, which was finished at the end of 1999, aimed at the exploration of safety margins and at the efficiency and optimization of operator initiated accident management (AM) procedures. Among others, several tests with small primary breaks combined with additional system failures were performed. This presentation describes test D3.1. The scenario under investigation was a small primary break (24 cm2 ) with simultaneous failure of the high pressure safety injection (HPSI), a beyond-design-basis scenario. For the German 1300 MWe PWRs, under such additional failure conditions, SB-LOCAs with leak sizes below 25 cm2 account for 18 % of the integral core damage frequency (CDF). This integral CDF can be estimated to be 3.1*10-6 per year if no credit is taken from AM procedures. The break location in the test under consideration was in the cold leg between reactor coolant pump (RCP) and reactor pressure vessel (RPV). The assumed aggravating circumstances were HPSI failure and unavailability of 2 steam generators (SGs) as well as 3 out of 4 main steam relief and control valves (MS-RCV). The extra borating system was switched to injection mode at low pressurizer level but, by itself, would have been unable to maintain enough coolant to avoid core being uncovered before the pressure reached the setpoint of the accumulators (ACCs). The accident was managed by additional utilization of the chemical- and volume control system (CVCS) to inject water to partly neutralize the leak rate. The plant could be cooled down by 2 SGs using only one MS-RCV. The suitability of the

  5. SB-LOCA beyond the design basis in a PWR experimental verification of am procedures in the PKL test facility

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    Mull, T.; Schoen, B.; Umminger, K.; Wegner, R. [Framatome ANP GmbH, Erlangen (Germany)

    2001-07-01

    The integral test facility PKL at the Technical Center of Framatome ANP (formerly Siemens/KWU) in Erlangen, Germany, simulates a 1300 MWe western type PWR. It is scaled by 1:145 in power and volume at original elevations. It features the entire primary side including four symmetrically arranged coolant loops and auxiliary and safety systems as well as the major part of the secondary side. The test series PKL III D, which was finished at the end of 1999, aimed at the exploration of safety margins and at the efficiency and optimization of operator initiated accident management (AM) procedures. Among others, several tests with small primary breaks combined with additional system failures were performed. This presentation describes test D3.1. The scenario under investigation was a small primary break (24 cm{sup 2} ) with simultaneous failure of the high pressure safety injection (HPSI), a beyond-design-basis scenario. For the German 1300 MWe PWRs, under such additional failure conditions, SB-LOCAs with leak sizes below 25 cm{sup 2} account for 18 % of the integral core damage frequency (CDF). This integral CDF can be estimated to be 3.1*10{sup -6} per year if no credit is taken from AM procedures. The break location in the test under consideration was in the cold leg between reactor coolant pump (RCP) and reactor pressure vessel (RPV). The assumed aggravating circumstances were HPSI failure and unavailability of 2 steam generators (SGs) as well as 3 out of 4 main steam relief and control valves (MS-RCV). The extra borating system was switched to injection mode at low pressurizer level but, by itself, would have been unable to maintain enough coolant to avoid core being uncovered before the pressure reached the setpoint of the accumulators (ACCs). The accident was managed by additional utilization of the chemical- and volume control system (CVCS) to inject water to partly neutralize the leak rate. The plant could be cooled down by 2 SGs using only one MS-RCV. The

  6. [I am alone: the experience of nurses delivering care to alcohol and drug users].

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    Ortega, Lorena Bettancourt; Ventura, Carla Arena

    2013-12-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the experience of nurses who care for drug-dependent patients at a medical service of a public hospital in Chile. This is a qualitative study of phenomenological trajectory according to Martin Heidegger's framework. The study question was, What is the experience of taking care of drug-dependent patients admitted to your service? Nurses' reports were based on the concept of situated phenomenon reference by Joel Martins After analyzing the interviews, we identified three themes that expressed this phenomenon: speaking about the drug-dependent patient, taking care of patients in an adverse environment, and dispelling the fear of care. This study shows the need to train health care professionals on dealing with alcohol- and drug-dependent patients in order to overcome prejudices and improve care delivered to these patients. PMID:24626365

  7. "I am nothing": experiences of loss among women suffering from severe birth injuries in Tanzania

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    Mselle Lilian T

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the increased attention on maternal mortality during recent decades, which has resulted in maternal health being defined as a Millennium Development Goal (MDG, the disability and suffering from obstetric fistula remains a neglected issue in global health. Continuous leaking of urine and the physical, emotional and social suffering associated with it, has a profound impact on women's quality of life. This study seeks to explore the physical, cultural and psychological dimensions of living with obstetric fistula, and demonstrate how these experiences shape the identities of women affected by the condition. Methods A cross-sectional study with qualitative and quantitative components was used to explore the experiences of Tanzanian women living with obstetric fistula and those of their husbands. The study was conducted at the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania hospital in Dar es Salaam, Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, and Mpwapwa district, in Dodoma region. Conveniently selected samples of 16 women were interviewed, and 151 additional women responded to a questionnaire. In addition, 12 women affected by obstetric fistula and six husbands of these affected women participated in a focus group discussions. Data were analysed using content data analysis framework and statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS version 15 for Microsoft windows. Results The study revealed a deep sense of loss. Loss of body control, loss of the social roles as women and wives, loss of integration in social life, and loss of dignity and self-worth were located at the core of these experiences. Conclusion The women living with obstetric fistula experience a deep sense of loss that had negative impact on their identity and quality of life. Acknowledging affected women's real-life experiences is important in order to understand the occurrence and management of obstetric fistula, as well as prospects after treatment. This

  8. Further experience with the Body Attitude Test.

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    Probst, M; Van Coppenolle, H; Vandereycken, W

    1997-06-01

    The Body Attitude Test (BAT) questionnaire was specifically developed for the assessment of patients with eating disorders. To test its usefulness, the BAT was administered together with other self-report measures (Body Shape Questionnaire, Eating Disorder Inventory, Body Attitude Questionnaire, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale) in 69 anorectic, 26 bulimic patients and 165 female university students. The results indicate that the negative body attitude expressed on the BAT is related to other signs of negative body experience. The BAT differentiates between clinical and non-clinical subjects and between anorectics and bulimics. PMID:14655849

  9. Characterizing experiments of the PPOOLEX test facility

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    This report summarizes the results of the characterizing test series in 2007 with the scaled down PPOOLEX facility designed and constructed at Lappeenranta University of Technology. Air and steam/air mixture was blown into the dry well compartment and from there through a DN200 blowdown pipe to the condensation pool (wet well). Altogether eight air and four steam/air mixture experiments, each consisting of several blows (tests), were carried out. The main purpose of the experiment series was to study the general behavior of the facility and the performance of basic instrumentation. Proper operation of automation, control and safety systems was also tested. The test facility is a closed stainless steel vessel divided into two compartments, dry well and wet well. The facility is equipped with high frequency measurements for capturing different aspects of the investigated phenomena. The general behavior of the PPOOLEX facility differs significantly from that of the previous POOLEX facility because of the closed two-compartment structure of the test vessel. Heat-up by several tens of degrees due to compression in both compartments was the most obvious evidence of this. Temperatures also stratified. Condensation oscillations and chugging phenomenon were encountered in those tests where the fraction of non-condensables had time to decrease significantly. A radical change from smooth condensation behavior to oscillating one occurred quite abruptly when the air fraction of the blowdown pipe flow dropped close to zero. The experiments again demonstrated the strong diminishing effect that noncondensable gases have on dynamic unsteady loadings experienced by submerged pool structures. BWR containment like behavior related to the beginning of a postulated steam line break accident was observed in the PPOOLEX test facility during the steam/air mixture experiments. The most important task of the research project, to produce experimental data for code simulation purposes, can be

  10. Test facility for rewetting experiments at CDTN

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    One of the most important subjects in nuclear reactor safety analysis is the reactor core rewetting after a Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) in a Light Water Reactor LWR. Several codes for the prediction of the rewetting evolution are under development based on experimental results. In a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) the reflooding phase of a LOCA is when the fuel rods are rewetted from the bottom of the core to its top after having been totally uncovered and dried out. Out-of-pile reflooding experiments performed with electrical heated fuel rod simulators show different quench behavior depending the rods geometry. A test facility for rewetting experiments (ITR - Instalacao de Testes de Remolhamento) has been constructed at the Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory of the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), with the objective of performing investigations on basic phenomena that occur during the reflood phase of a LOCA in a PWR, using tubular and annular test sections. This paper presents the design aspects of the facility, and the current stage of the works. The mechanical aspects of the installation as its instrumentation are described. Two typical tests are presented and results compered with theoretical calculations using computer code. (author)

  11. Test facility for rewetting experiments at CDTN

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    Rezende, Hugo C.; Mesquita, Amir Z.; Ladeira, Luiz C.D.; Santos, Andre A.C., E-mail: hcr@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (SETRE/CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Servico de Tecnologia de Reatores

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    One of the most important subjects in nuclear reactor safety analysis is the reactor core rewetting after a Loss-of-Coolant Accident (LOCA) in a Light Water Reactor LWR. Several codes for the prediction of the rewetting evolution are under development based on experimental results. In a Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) the reflooding phase of a LOCA is when the fuel rods are rewetted from the bottom of the core to its top after having been totally uncovered and dried out. Out-of-pile reflooding experiments performed with electrical heated fuel rod simulators show different quench behavior depending the rods geometry. A test facility for rewetting experiments (ITR - Instalacao de Testes de Remolhamento) has been constructed at the Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory of the Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN), with the objective of performing investigations on basic phenomena that occur during the reflood phase of a LOCA in a PWR, using tubular and annular test sections. This paper presents the design aspects of the facility, and the current stage of the works. The mechanical aspects of the installation as its instrumentation are described. Two typical tests are presented and results compered with theoretical calculations using computer code. (author)

  12. I feel good, therefore I am real: testing the causal influence of mood on state authenticity

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    Lenton, Alison; Slabu, Letitia; Sedikides, Constantine; Power, Katherine

    2013-01-01

    Although the literature has focused on individual differences in authenticity, recent findings suggest that authenticity is sensitive to context; that is, it is also a state. We extended this perspective by examining whether incidental affect influences authenticity. In three experiments, participants felt more authentic when in a relatively positive than negative mood. The causal role of affect in authenticity was consistent across a diverse set of mood inductions, including explicit (Experi...

  13. 137Cs, 90Sr, 241Am and 239+240Pu radionuclides speciation in soils of the former Semipalatinsk test site

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    The paper presents results of studies into 137Cs and 90Sr, 241Am and 239+240Pu techno-genic radionuclides speciation in soils of ecosystems at different topography of the Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS), exposed to different nuclear testing. The data were obtained for radionuclides speciation in soils of the following STS ecosystems: - grassland ecosystems within near-portal areas of tunnels - horizontal adits constructed for nuclear testing, affected by radioactive-contaminated water flows from the tunnels of Degelen Site; - steppe ecosystems, exposed to ground radioactive contamination resulted from above-ground and aerial nuclear testing of different yield, as well as simulation (hydrodynamic and hydro-nuclear) experiments at 'Experimental Field' testing site. - steppe ecosystems, exposed to ground radioactive contamination caused by testing of liquid and powdery radiological warfare weapon (RWW) at Site '4 a'; - 'Northern' and 'Western' areas of STS, where concentration level of artificial radionuclides in soil is comparable with the level of global fall-outs ('background' areas). To study the radionuclides speciation, method of sequential extraction was applied, and water-soluble, exchange, organic mobile and tightly bound forms were separated. Feature of the studied grassland ecosystems is that they are developed solely along the bed of water streams flowing from tunnels and are located at small area of 1-2 m2. Radioactive contamination of soil is caused by radioactive contaminant sorption by sediments. Despite the significant space limitation of the ecosystems content of radionuclides speciation in soil greatly varies, particularly readily-soluble and mobile forms. The variation may be explained by high humidity which makes possible both sorption and desorption processes. If basic radionuclides contributing to radioactive contamination of grassland soils at Degelen Site are 137Cs and 90Sr, then at Experimental Field site these are transuranic radionuclides

  14. {sup 137}Cs, {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am and {sup 239+240}Pu radionuclides speciation in soils of the former Semipalatinsk test site

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    Kabdyrakova, A.M.; Kunduzbaeva, A.Y.; Lukashenko, S.N.; Magasheva, R.Y. [Institute of radiation safety and ecology (Kazakhstan)

    2014-07-01

    The paper presents results of studies into {sup 137}Cs and {sup 90}Sr, {sup 241}Am and {sup 239+240}Pu techno-genic radionuclides speciation in soils of ecosystems at different topography of the Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS), exposed to different nuclear testing. The data were obtained for radionuclides speciation in soils of the following STS ecosystems: - grassland ecosystems within near-portal areas of tunnels - horizontal adits constructed for nuclear testing, affected by radioactive-contaminated water flows from the tunnels of Degelen Site; - steppe ecosystems, exposed to ground radioactive contamination resulted from above-ground and aerial nuclear testing of different yield, as well as simulation (hydrodynamic and hydro-nuclear) experiments at 'Experimental Field' testing site. - steppe ecosystems, exposed to ground radioactive contamination caused by testing of liquid and powdery radiological warfare weapon (RWW) at Site '4 a'; - 'Northern' and 'Western' areas of STS, where concentration level of artificial radionuclides in soil is comparable with the level of global fall-outs ('background' areas). To study the radionuclides speciation, method of sequential extraction was applied, and water-soluble, exchange, organic mobile and tightly bound forms were separated. Feature of the studied grassland ecosystems is that they are developed solely along the bed of water streams flowing from tunnels and are located at small area of 1-2 m{sup 2}. Radioactive contamination of soil is caused by radioactive contaminant sorption by sediments. Despite the significant space limitation of the ecosystems content of radionuclides speciation in soil greatly varies, particularly readily-soluble and mobile forms. The variation may be explained by high humidity which makes possible both sorption and desorption processes. If basic radionuclides contributing to radioactive contamination of grassland soils at Degelen Site are {sup

  15. Finds in Testing Experiments for Model Evaluation

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    WU Ji; JIA Xiaoxia; LIU Chang; YANG Haiyan; LIU Chao

    2005-01-01

    To evaluate the fault location and the failure prediction models, simulation-based and code-based experiments were conducted to collect the required failure data. The PIE model was applied to simulate failures in the simulation-based experiment. Based on syntax and semantic level fault injections, a hybrid fault injection model is presented. To analyze the injected faults, the difficulty to inject (DTI) and difficulty to detect (DTD) are introduced and are measured from the programs used in the code-based experiment. Three interesting results were obtained from the experiments: 1) Failures simulated by the PIE model without consideration of the program and testing features are unreliably predicted; 2) There is no obvious correlation between the DTI and DTD parameters; 3) The DTD for syntax level faults changes in a different pattern to that for semantic level faults when the DTI increases. The results show that the parameters have a strong effect on the failures simulated, and the measurement of DTD is not strict.

  16. Single Event Effect microchip testing at the Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute

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    Clark, Henry; Yennello, Sherry; Texas A&M University-Cyclotron Institute Team

    2015-10-01

    A Single Event Effect (SEE) is caused by a single, energetic particle that deposits a sufficient amount of charge in a device as it transverses it and upsets its normal operation. Soft errors are non-destructive and normally appear as transient pulses in logic or support circuitry, or as bit flips in memory cells or registers. Hard errors usually result in a high operating current, above device specifications, and must be cleared by a power reset. Burnout errors are so destructive that the device becomes operationally dead. Spacecraft designers must be concerned with the causes of SEE's from protons and heavy ions since commercial devices are typically chosen reduce the parameters of power, weight, volume and cost but have increased functionality, which in turn are typically vulnerable to SEE. As a result all mission-critical devices must be tested. The TAMU K500 superconducting cyclotron has provided beams for space radiation testing since 1994. Starting at just 100 hours/year at inception, the demand has grown to 3000 hours/year. In recent years, most beam time has been for US defense system testing. Nearly 15% has been provided for foreign agencies from Europe and Asia. An overview of the testing facility and future plans will be presented.

  17. RELAP5 Analyses of ROSA/LSTF Experiments on AM Measures during PWR Vessel Bottom Small-Break LOCAs with Gas Inflow

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    Takeshi Takeda

    2014-01-01

    RELAP5 code posttest analyses were performed on ROSA/LSTF experiments that simulated PWR 0.2% vessel bottom small-break loss-of-coolant accidents with different accident management (AM) measures under assumptions of noncondensable gas inflow and total failure of high-pressure injection system. Depressurization of and auxiliary feedwater (AFW) injection into the secondary-side of both steam generators (SGs) as the AM measures were taken 10 min after a safety injection signal. The primary depre...

  18. Testing rock magnetic and AMS methods in tsunami and storm-induced deposits

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    Font, Eric; Duarte, Sílvia; C. Veiga-Pires; Simões, Nuno; Muñoz, Francisco Ruiz; Abad, Manuel; POZO, Manuel; Nave, Silvia; Costas, Susana; Rebelo, Luis

    2012-01-01

    Storm- and tsunami-deposits are generated by similar depositional mechanisms making their discrimination hard to establish using classic sedimentologic methods. A promising approach is to use rock magnetism techniques to search for new physical benchmarks of tsunami deposits and to integrate them into a multi-disciplinary study. To test our method, we investigate the 1755 Lisbon tsunami deposit from the Boca do Rio estuary and other Tsunami-induced deposits from Algarve (Portugal) ...

  19. Ex-vessel debris coolability tests using UO2 mixture under AM conditions

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    Test B/C in COTELS project were performed to investigate fuel coolant interaction and molten core concrete interaction under water injection onto molten corium as a phase-II accident management after reactor pressure vessel failure. In this tests, 60 kg UO2 mixture was melted in electric melting furnace, then the molten corium was dropped into concrete trap in a test vessel. The molten corium in the trap was re-heated to simulate decay heat of the corium by another induction heater. Water injection onto the molten corium was initiated after the corium re-heating was confirmed. Preliminary results from current data evaluation are summarized as follows; 1) Steam explosion was not observed when subcooled water was injected onto the molten corium. 2) Re-heating of molten UO2 debris in concrete trap by induction heating was confirmed. 3) Debris, in which a decay heat generation was simulated, was cooled about 20 minutes after water injection onto the corium. 4) This favorable cooling was attributed to the initial porosity of corium due to simulation of corium dropping process, water ingression via eroded concrete side wall clearance and the interruption of further concrete floor erosion due to the existence of pebble bed below debris. (author)

  20. The behaviour of Eu, Pu, Am radionuclide at burning radioactive graphite in an oxygen atmosphere. Computer experiments

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    Kolbin T.S.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Be means of the method of computer thermodynamic simulation we studied the behaviour of the europium, plutonium and americium from the combustion of radioactive graphite in oxygen. Europe is in the form of condensed EuOCl, Eu2O3 and vapour EuO. Pluto is in the form of condensed vapour PuO2 and PuO2. Americium is a condensed AmO2, Am2O3 and vapour Am. The basic reactions occurring compounds with europium, plutonium and americium. Equilibrium constants of the reactions have been determined.

  1. Operating experience of Fast Breeder Test Reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt / 13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type mixed carbide fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural material for future fast reactors. The reactor achieved first criticality in October 1985 with small indigenously designed and fabricated Mark I core (70% PuC-30% UC). The reactor power was subsequently raised in steps to 17.4 MWt by addition of Mark II fuel subassemblies (55% PuC-45% UC) and with the Mark I fuel operating at the designed linear heat rating of 400 W/cm. The turbo-generator was synchronized with the grid in July 1997. The achieved peak burn-up is 137 000 MWd/t so far without any fuel-clad failure. Presently the reactor is being operated at a nominal power of 15.7 MWt for irradiation of a test fuel subassembly of the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor, which is coming up at Kalpakkam. It is also planned to irradiate test subassemblies made of metallic fuel for future fast reactor program. Being a small reactor, all feed back coefficients of reactivity including void coefficient are negative and hence the reactor is inherently safe. This was confirmed by carrying out physics tests. The capability to remove decay heat under various incidental conditions including natural convection was demonstrated by carrying out engineering tests. Thermo couples are provided for on-line monitoring of fuel SA outlet temperature by dedicated real time computer and processed to generate trip signals for the reactor in case of power excursion, increase in clad hot spot temperature and subassembly flow blockage. All pipelines and capacities in primary main circuit are provided with segmented outer envelope to minimize and contain radioactive sodium leak while ensuring forced cooling through reactor to remove decay heat in case of failure of primary boundary. In secondary circuit, provision is

  2. Hot functional test chemistry - long term experience

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    Vonkova, K.; Kysela, J., E-mail: von@ujv.cz [Nuclear Research Inst. Rez plc, Husinec-Rez (Czech Republic); Marcinsky, M. [ENEL-SE, NPP Mochovce, Mochovce (Slovakia); Martykan, M. [CEZ-ETE, NPP Temelin, Temelin (Czech Republic)

    2010-07-01

    Primary circuit materials undergo general corrosion in high temperature, deoxygenated, neutral or mildly alkaline solutions to form thin oxide films. These oxide layers (films) serve as protective film and mitigate the further corrosion of primary materials. Inner chromium-rich oxide layer has low cation diffusion coefficients and thus control iron and nickel transport from the metal surface to the outer layer and their dissolution into the coolant. Much less corrosion products are generated by the compact, integral and stable oxide (passivation) layer. For the latest Czech and Slovak stations commissioned (Temelin and Mochovce) a modified Hot Functional Test (HFT) chemistry was developed in the NRI Rez. Chromium rich surface layer formatted due to modified HTF chemistry ensures lower corrosion rates and radiation field formation and thus also mitigates crud formation during operation. This procedure was also designed to prepare the commissioned unit for the further proper water chemistry practise. Mochovce 1 (SK) was the first station commissioned using these recommendations in 1998. Mochovce 2 (1999) and Temelin 1 and 2 (CZ - 2000 and 2002) were subsequently commissioned using these guidelines too. The main principles of the controlled primary water chemistry applied during the hot functional tests are reviewed and importance of the water chemistry, technological and other relevant parameters is stressed regarding to the quality of the passive layer formed on the primary system surfaces. Samples from Mochovce indicated that duplex oxide layers up to 20 μm thick were produced, which were mainly magnetite substituted with nickel and chromium (e.g. 60-65% Fe, 18-28% Cr, 9-12% Ni, <1% Mn and 1-2% Si on a stainless steel primary circuit sample). Long term operation experience from both nuclear power plants are discussed in this paper. Radiation field, occupational radiation exposure and corrosion layers evolution during the first c. ten years of operation are

  3. Hot functional test chemistry - long term experience

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    Primary circuit materials undergo general corrosion in high temperature, deoxygenated, neutral or mildly alkaline solutions to form thin oxide films. These oxide layers (films) serve as protective film and mitigate the further corrosion of primary materials. Inner chromium-rich oxide layer has low cation diffusion coefficients and thus control iron and nickel transport from the metal surface to the outer layer and their dissolution into the coolant. Much less corrosion products are generated by the compact, integral and stable oxide (passivation) layer. For the latest Czech and Slovak stations commissioned (Temelin and Mochovce) a modified Hot Functional Test (HFT) chemistry was developed in the NRI Rez. Chromium rich surface layer formatted due to modified HTF chemistry ensures lower corrosion rates and radiation field formation and thus also mitigates crud formation during operation. This procedure was also designed to prepare the commissioned unit for the further proper water chemistry practise. Mochovce 1 (SK) was the first station commissioned using these recommendations in 1998. Mochovce 2 (1999) and Temelin 1 and 2 (CZ - 2000 and 2002) were subsequently commissioned using these guidelines too. The main principles of the controlled primary water chemistry applied during the hot functional tests are reviewed and importance of the water chemistry, technological and other relevant parameters is stressed regarding to the quality of the passive layer formed on the primary system surfaces. Samples from Mochovce indicated that duplex oxide layers up to 20 μm thick were produced, which were mainly magnetite substituted with nickel and chromium (e.g. 60-65% Fe, 18-28% Cr, 9-12% Ni, <1% Mn and 1-2% Si on a stainless steel primary circuit sample). Long term operation experience from both nuclear power plants are discussed in this paper. Radiation field, occupational radiation exposure and corrosion layers evolution during the first c. ten years of operation are

  4. Microstructural evolution and Am migration behaviour in Am-containing fuels at the initial stage of irradiation

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    In order to investigate the effect of americium addition to MOX fuels on the irradiation behaviour, the 'Am-1' programme is being conducted in JAEA. The Am-1 programme consists of two short-term irradiation tests of 10-minute and 24-hour irradiations and a steady-state irradiation test. The short-term irradiation tests were successfully completed and the post-irradiation examinations (PIE) are in progress. The PIE for Am-containing MOX fuels focused on the microstructural evolution and redistribution behaviour of Am at the initial stage of irradiation and the results to date are reported. The successful development of fabrication technology with remote handling and the evaluation of thermo-chemical properties based on the out-of-pile experiments are described with an emphasis on the effects of Am addition on the MOX fuel properties. (authors)

  5. AMS ready for launch

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    Katarina Anthony

    2011-01-01

    On 29 April, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) will complete its long expedition to the International Space Station on board the space shuttle Endeavour. The Endeavour is set to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Station at 15:47 EST (21:47 CET).   Samuel Ting, principal investigator for the AMS project, and Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General, visit the Kennedy Space Centre before the AMS launch.  Courtesy of NASA and Kennedy Space Center. AMS is a CERN recognised experiment, created by an internal collaboration of 56 institutes. It will be the first large magnetic spectrometer to be used in space, and has been designed to function as an external module on the ISS. AMS will measure cosmic rays without atmospheric interference, allowing researchers on the ground to continue their search for dark matter and antimatter in the Universe. Data collected by AMS will be analysed in CERN’s new AMS Control Centre in Building 946 (due for completion in June 2011). The End...

  6. Die weltraumqualifizierte Datenakquisition des Übergangsstrahlungsdetektors im AMS-02 Experiment auf der Internationalen Raumstation. The Space Qualified Data Acquisition for the Transition Radiation Detector of the AMS-02 Experiment on the International Space Station

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    Sabellek, Andreas

    2008-01-01

    The transition radiation detector (TRD) of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) for cosmic rays allows a separation of positrons and protons and will be operated on the International Space Station for three years. Its space qualified readout electronics, developed and operated under responsibility of University of Karlsruhe, and the TRD front end have shown an excellent performance with cosmic rays on the ground in 2008. The readout system and the results of the first data are discussed.

  7. MIT 12 tesla test coil experiment

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    A 1 m diameter test coil consisting of three 39 m lengths of Internally Cooled Cabled Superconductor (ICCS), wound in the form of three double pancakes, has been installed in the 9 T background field High Field Test Facility (HFTF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The ICCS conductor is a 486 strand bronze matrix Nb3Sn cable, encapsulated in a squaredoff JBK-75 tube with a 32% helium space. The paper describes major test coil characteristics, method of fabrication and test objectives. Tests will be performed during September-October 1984

  8. D0-D0bar-Mischung im Zerfall D0 -> Ks pi+ pi- am PANDA-Experiment

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    Pitka, Andreas Benjamin

    2015-01-01

    Einer der am wenigsten getesteten Aspekte des Standardmodells der Teilchenphysik ist die Verletzung der Teilchen-Antiteilchen-Symmetrie, welche formal die Invarianz bei sukzessiver Anwendung der Ladungskonjugation C und der Raumspiegelung P bricht. Der im heutigen Universum beobachtete Überschuss an Materie gegenüber Antimaterie legt nahe, dass die CP-Invarianz kurz nach dem Urknall bei hohen Energieskalen in einem Umfang verletzt worden ist, den das Standardmodell quantitativ nicht zu erklär...

  9. The AmBulatory Closure Device Percutaneous Intervention (ABCD-PCI) study: a single-center experience

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    Falcone, Adam M.; Bose, Rahul; Stoler, Robert C; Kim, Michael; Laible, Emily; Kang, Lucy; Waters, Kim; Dunkerley, Janet; Choi, James W.

    2011-01-01

    The AmBulatory Closure Device Percutaneous Intervention (ABCD-PCI) study is a multicenter randomized prospective controlled trial evaluating the safety of and patient satisfaction with same-day discharge following ambulatory percutaneous intervention with a closure device. This article reviews the findings from a single center, Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, from October 2008 through April 2010, with 23 patients in the same-day discharge group and 21 patients in th...

  10. Ecotoxicological experiences on Lemna minor test system.

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    Szamosi-Hernádi, D; Oláh, B; Gáty, S; Pap, L

    2000-07-01

    Are plants generally less sensitive to toxicity than aquatic animals as indicated by some authors (1)? The use of phytotoxicity (higher plant) tests as a part of ecotoxicology is relatively underdeveloped. The objective of this study was to compare the results of the OECD Lemna Growth Inhibition Test with other mainly used test systems. Three toxicants were tested applying the Alga Growth Inhibition Test (Seleneastrum capricornutum), the Daphnia Immobilization Test (Daphnia magna) and the MICROTOX-test (Photobacterium phosphoreum). Duckweed plants were found to be sensitive to the chemicals tested, with nearly 100% inhibition of frond production occurring in the highest concentrations. The plants in some samples showed lesions (break up of the colony structure) and loss of green pigments (chlorosis), others showed localized dead tissues (necrosis). In addition to the morphological deviations (appearance) there is a wide range of characteristics to be observed on the test plants: number of fronds, number of plants, biomass, dry weight, mortality, CO2 and O2 exchange, concentration of chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b. It is consistent that the number of fronds is slightly more sensitive than or the same as the number of plants and that the biomass tend to be somewhat more tolerant than those for the number of plants (2). Applying the simplest way of observation, changes in the frond number were recorded. As Lemna minor show a characteristical sensitivity to the different kind of chemicals, it is a promising indicator of aquatic toxicity. PMID:10943492

  11. Astronomical and space experiments to test relativity

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    The principal topic of the lecture concerns the uses of pulsars as tools in experimental relativity. Pulsar timing and relativity are discussed with respect to:-the cosmic background gravitational radiation, relativity and binary pulsars, and quantitative test for gravitational radiation. A historical overview of experimental tests of general relativity is also given. (U.K.)

  12. Test Experience Effects in Longitudinal Comparisons of Adult Cognitive Functioning

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    Salthouse, Timothy

    2015-01-01

    It is widely recognized that experience with cognitive tests can influence estimates of cognitive change. Prior research has estimated experience effects at the level of groups by comparing the performance of a group of participants tested for the second time with the performance of a different group of participants at the same age tested for the…

  13. AMS in Phytonutrition

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    Dueker, S R; Buchholz, B A

    2003-08-26

    As public interest in phytonutrition continues to increase, the result will be an augmented demand for extensive phytochemical research. The fact that foods are inherently phytochemically complex dictates a need to apply scientific techniques, which can detect synergistic interaction among the many active principles and adjuvant substances in the plant, and furthermore, modify the activities of these components. As illustrated by the experiments discussed in this presentation, the advantages of AMS are unique and extensive. These advantages are best summarized by Dr. John Vogel, an originator of biological AMS experimentation: ''AMS brings (at least) three advantages to biochemical tracing: high sensitivity for finding low probability events or for use of physiologic-sized doses; small sample sizes for painless biopsies or highly specific biochemical separations; and reduction of overall radioisotope exposures, inventories, and waste streams.'' AMS opens the door to increased phytochemical tracing in humans to obtain biochemical data concerning human health at dietary relevant levels of exposure. AMS, thus, obviates the need for uncertain extrapolations from animal models, which express marginal relevance to human metabolism. The unparalleled capabilities and benefits of AMS will undoubtedly establish this particular MS technique as an important analytical tool in phytochemical research.

  14. Testing user experience in tablet game graphics

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    Härkönen, Heli

    2015-01-01

    As playing games has grown more popular than ever and the market is oversupplied by different games, it has become increasingly important to stand out in the competition. One way for game companies to do this is to concentrate on offering the players great usability and user experience. The purpose of the thesis is to find out how game graphic artists can enhance the user experience in games and increase the playability with their graphics. One of the fastest growing fields of games is m...

  15. Patch testing experience with 1000 patients

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    Bajaj A

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Patch testing is a definitive tool for diagnosing allergic contact dermatitis (ACD. It reveals the prevalence and trends of contact sensitization in the community, thereby paving the way for better standard series. There is paucity of large series of patch-tested patients from India. Aim: To report the 9-year patch-test data from a single general dermatology centre in North India. Methods: Consecutive patients presenting with signs/symptoms of suspected ACD were patch tested from May 1997 to April 2006. The Indian Standard Series was used. Parthenium was tested only in selected patients and cetrimide and chloroxylenol were added to the series. Results: In total, records of 1000 patients (566 male, 434 female were analyzed, yielding 1155 positive reactions in 590 (59% patients. Footwear dermatitis was the commonest suspected diagnosis, followed by ACD to medicaments, cosmetic dermatitis and plant dermatitis. Out of the allergens that were tested in all the patients, positivity to nickel was the commonest (12.9%, followed by potassium dichromate (11.1% neomycin (7%, mercaptobenzthiazole (6.6%, nitrofurazone (6%, colophony (5.7%, fragrance mix (5.5% and cobalt chloride (5.4%. However, parthenium was the commonest allergen based on the proportion of patients tested with it (14.5%. In men, potassium dichromate (30% was the commonest sensitizer and in women, nickel (43% was the commonest to show patch-test positivity. Conclusion: Our study revealed higher prevalence of footwear and medicament dermatitis in comparison to existing data. Allergy to antiseptics is significant in our patients. Further collaborative studies involving patients from other parts of India are required to have an overall view of ACD in India.

  16. An Experiment with a Narrative Discourse Test.

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    Ross, Steven

    A study investigated the use of a narrative discourse task to test oral English proficiency in non-native speakers for screening and placement. The subjects were Japanese university freshmen entering a five-level course in spoken English. The subjects were shown an animated cartoon of a Japanese folk tale, with narration in Japanese, and later…

  17. New experience and methods in ultrasonic testing

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    In addition to the conventional ultrasonic testing, ultrasonic line holography is a significant tool for improved interpretation of measured data. The creep wave scanning head is particularly suited for detecting sub-seam cracks, crack initiation under platings, and terrace-shaped fracture. The ultrasonic holography method also proved to be good for evaluating spot welds of austenitic sheets. (DG)

  18. Prof. Samuel ting presents results from AMS experiment at CERN main auditorium. Geneva 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS1) today announced the first results in its search for dark matter

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    2013-01-01

    Geneva 3 April 2013. The international team running the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) today announced the first results in its search for dark matter. The results, presented by AMS spokesperson Professor Samuel Ting in a seminar at CERN, are to be published in the journal Physical Review Letters. They report the observation of an excess of positrons in the cosmic ray flux

  19. AMS DAYS 2015 - Interview Roberto Battiston

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    Roberto Battiston, president of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and deputy spokesperson of the AMS experiments, tells about AMS latest results and the complementarity with the second run of the LHC in the search for dark matter

  20. Effects of First Occasion Test Experience on Longitudinal Cognitive Change

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    Salthouse, Timothy A.

    2013-01-01

    Effects of additional test experience on longitudinal change in 5 cognitive abilities was examined in a sample of healthy adults ranging from 18 to 80 years of age. Participants receiving experience with parallel versions of the cognitive tests on the first occasion had more positive cognitive change an average of 2.5 years later than participants…

  1. Quantitative consistency testing of thermal benchmark lattice experiments

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    The paper sets forth a general method to demonstrate the quantitative consistency (or inconsistency) of results of thermal reactor lattice experiments. The method is of particular importance in selecting standard ''benchmark'' experiments for comparison testing of lattice analysis codes and neutron cross sections. ''Benchmark'' thermal lattice experiments are currently selected by consensus, which usually means the experiment is geometrically simple, well-documented, reasonably complete, and qualitatively consistent. A literature search has not revealed any general quantitative test that has been applied to experimental results to demonstrate consistency, although some experiments must have been subjected to some form or other of quantitative test. The consistency method is based on a two-group neutron balance condition that is capable of revealing the quantitative consistency (or inconsistency) of reported thermal benchmark lattice integral parameters. This equation is used in conjunction with a second equation in the following discussion to assess the consistency (or inconsistency) of: (1) several Cross Section Evaluation Working Group (CSEWG) defined thermal benchmark lattices, (2) SRL experiments on the Mark 5R and Mark 15 lattices, and (3) several D2O lattices encountered as proposed thermal benchmark lattices. Nineteen thermal benchmark lattice experiments were subjected to a quantitative test of consistency between the reported experimental integral parameters. Results of this testing showed only two lattice experiments to be generally useful as ''benchmarks,'' three lattice experiments to be of limited usefulness, three lattice experiments to be potentially useful, and 11 lattice experiments to be not useful. These results are tabulated with the lattices identified

  2. Experience with testing hoisting ropes for mining

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    Dobrzanski, R.; Jasinski, J.; Milcarz, T.

    1987-03-01

    Evaluates design, operation and wear of 123 hoisting ropes used on 71 hoists in the Zabrze mine union. Flattened ropes with triangular strands and round-strand ropes (T, ST, S, WS, WK) are described. Laboratory tests show that fatigue wire breaking is the main cause of rope removal; irregular wire elongation and fluctuations of rope core are less significant. Three typical examples of hoisting rope failures are analyzed. Systems for magnetic inspection of hoisting ropes used by the laboratory of the Zabrze mine union are described: the MD-7, the MD-8, the DLS and the DLS-Rk with GP-2 measuring heads. Recommendations for rope inspection equipment and inspection procedure are made. 4 refs.

  3. Thermal stratification experiments with the condensation pool test rig

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    Laine, J.; Puustinen, M.

    2006-01-15

    This report summarizes the results of the thermal stratification experiments with the condensation pool test rig. One experiment was carried out in March and another one in May 2005 with a scaled down test facility designed and constructed at Lappeenranta University of Technology. The main purpose of the experiments was to study thermal stratification phenomenon in the condensation pool during steam discharge and to produce data for the validation of the stratification model of the APROS code. (au)

  4. Alignment of the drift tube detector at the neutrino oscillation experiment OPERA; Alignment des Driftroehrendetektors am Neutrino-Oszillationsexperiment OPERA

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    Goellnitz, Christoph

    2012-09-15

    The present thesis was composed during the course of the OPERA experiment, which aims to give a direct evidence for neutrino oscillations in the channel {nu}{sub {mu}} {yields} {nu}{sub {tau}}. The OPERA detector is designed to observe the appearance of tau neutrinos in an originally pure muon neutrino beam, the CNGS beam. As important part of the detector the precision tracker (PT), a drift tube detector, consists of 9504 drift tubes in 198 modules. In this thesis, several parts of the slow control of the PT are developed and implemented to ensure operation during data taking over several years. The main part is the geometric calibration, the alignment of the detector. The alignment procedure contains both hardware and software parts, the software methods are developed and applied. Using straight particle tracks, the detector components are geometrically corrected. A special challenge for the alignment for the PT is the fact that at this kind of low-rate experiment only a small number of particle tracks is available. With software-based corrections of the module rotation, a systematic error of 0.2 mrad has been attained, for corrections of translation, a systematic error of 32 {mu}m is reached. For the alignment between two adjacent PT walls, the statistical error is less than 8 {mu}m. All results of the position monitoring system are considered. All developed methods are tested with Monte Carlo simulations. The detector requirements ({Delta}p/p {<=} 0.25 below 25 GeV) are met. The analysis of the momentum measurement for high energies above 25 GeV demonstrates the resulting improvement. The mean momentum is falling significantly using the new alignment values. The significance of the detector alignment becomes most evident in the analysis of cosmic particles. The muon charge ratio R{sub {mu}} is expected not to be angular dependent. The {chi}{sup 2} probability of the measured distribution improves up to 58%. The muon charge ratio was also investigated in

  5. Parabolic dish test site: History and operating experience

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    Selcuk, M. K. (Compiler)

    1985-01-01

    The parabolic dish test site (PDTS) was established for testing point-focusing solar concentrator systems operating at temperatures approaching 1650 C. Among tests run were evaluation and performance characterization of parabolic dish concentrators, receivers, power conversion units, and solar/fossil-fuel hybrid systems. The PDTS was fully operational until its closure in June, 1984. The evolution of the test program, a chronological listing of the experiments run, and data summaries for most of the tests conducted are presented.

  6. An Additive Manufacturing Test Artifact

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    Moylan, Shawn; Slotwinski, John; Cooke, April; Jurrens, Kevin; Donmez, M Alkan

    2014-01-01

    A test artifact, intended for standardization, is proposed for the purpose of evaluating the performance of additive manufacturing (AM) systems. A thorough analysis of previously proposed AM test artifacts as well as experience with machining test artifacts have inspired the design of the proposed test artifact. This new artifact is designed to provide a characterization of the capabilities and limitations of an AM system, as well as to allow system improvement by linking specific errors meas...

  7. Tritium AMS for biomedical applications

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    The authors are developing 3H accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) at LLNL for work in the biological sciences. Their group has applied 14C AMS to a variety of problems (such as low-level dosimetry of genotoxic materials) and the development and demonstration of 3H AMS would greatly complement these studies. In conjunction with their present AMS capacity, the ability to perform 3H AMS measurements at equivalent sensitivities will allow them to perform unique double labeling experiments in which they learn the fate, distribution, and metabolism of separate fractions of xenobiotics and biologicals. Also, the large number of commercially available 3H-tagged compounds will allow them to perform experiments using compounds that are simply unavailable in 14C-tagged form. The authors anticipate being able to measure 3H/1H concentrations as low as 1 part in 1014 from sample masses as low as 2 μgs. Progress to date and future plans are discussed

  8. BETAview autoradiography system: laboratory tests and biological experiments

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    An autoradiography system prototype (BETAview) is presented; it is aimed at quantitative dynamic analysis of radioactive labelled biological samples. The system is based on a GaAs pixel array detector, bump-bonded to a low threshold and single particle counting electronics (Medipix). The detector has an area of about 1 cm2, segmented in 64x64 square pixels, 200 μm thick. Studies with gamma and beta emitters (210Pb, 241Am, 152Eu, 32P, 90Sr and 14C) allowed to identify optimal detector bias, to estimate detection efficiency and to measure system counting linearity. Two experiments showed the system capability to select radionuclides with different beta spectra and to perform a real time monitoring of biological phenomena

  9. Hydrolysis reactions of Am(III) and Am(V)

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    Hydrolysis reactions of Am(III) have been investigated in non-complexing solution as well as saline solutions under CO2-free conditions. The solubility experiment in combination with radiometric pH-titration is carried out for the pH range from 6 to 13, at different ionic strengths. In non-complexing solution, the solubility product is found to be increasing along with an increase of the specific α-activity in a given experimental solution. In concentrated NaCl solutions (I ≥ 3M, pH>7) with high specific α-activities (>1 Ci/L), the α-radiolysis starts generating substantial amounts of oxidized chlorine species, e.g. ClO-, which results in the oxidation of Am(III) to Am(V). The hydrolysis reaction of Am(V) in 3M NaCl is also investigated by radiometric pH-titration. Solubility products (Ksp) of Am(OH)3(s) and AmO2(OH)(s) and hydrolysis constants of Am(III) and Am(V) are calculated from the solubility data. The speciation of different hydrolysis products, undertaken by laser-induced photacoustic spectroscopy (LPAS), has verified probable species assessed theoretically on the basis of solubility experiments. (orig.)

  10. Near minimum-time maneuvers of the advanced space structures technology research experiment (ASTREX) test article: Theory and experiments

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    Vadali, Srinivas R.; Carter, Michael T.

    1994-01-01

    The Phillips Laboratory at the Edwards Air Force Base has developed the Advanced Space Structures Technology Research Experiment (ASTREX) facility to serve as a testbed for demonstrating the applicability of proven theories to the challenges of spacecraft maneuvers and structural control. This report describes the work performed on the ASTREX test article by Texas A&M University under contract NAS119373 as a part of the Control-Structure Interaction (CSI) Guest Investigator Program. The focus of this work is on maneuvering the ASTREX test article with compressed air thrusters that can be throttled, while attenuating structural excitation. The theoretical foundation for designing the near minimum-time thrust commands is based on the generation of smooth, parameterized optimal open-loop control profiles, and the determination of control laws for final position regulation and tracking using Lyapunov stability theory. Details of the theory, mathematical modeling, model updating, and compensation for the presence of 'real world' effects are described and the experimental results are presented. The results show an excellent match between theory and experiments.

  11. RELAP5 Analyses of ROSA/LSTF Experiments on AM Measures during PWR Vessel Bottom Small-Break LOCAs with Gas Inflow

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available RELAP5 code posttest analyses were performed on ROSA/LSTF experiments that simulated PWR 0.2% vessel bottom small-break loss-of-coolant accidents with different accident management (AM measures under assumptions of noncondensable gas inflow and total failure of high-pressure injection system. Depressurization of and auxiliary feedwater (AFW injection into the secondary-side of both steam generators (SGs as the AM measures were taken 10 min after a safety injection signal. The primary depressurization rate of 55 K/h caused rather slow primary depressurization being obstructed by the gas accumulation in the SG U-tubes after the completion of accumulator coolant injection. Core temperature excursion thus took place by core boil-off before the actuation of low-pressure injection (LPI system. The fast primary depressurization by fully opening the relief valves in both SGs with continuous AFW injection led to long-term core cooling by the LPI actuation even under the gas accumulation in the SG U-tubes. The code indicated remaining problems in the predictions of break flow rate during two-phase flow discharge period and primary pressure after the gas inflow. Influences of the primary depressurization rate with continuous AFW injection onto the long-term core cooling were clarified by the sensitivity analyses.

  12. Studies on arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) in the Alentejo (Portugal) using pea mutants resistant to AM fungi as a control tool for field conditions

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    Kleikamp, Bernd

    2002-01-01

    The utilization and management of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) symbiosis may improve production and sustainability of the cropping system. For this purpose, native AM fungi (AMF) were sought and tested for their efficiency to increase plant growth by enhanced P uptake and by alleviation of drought stress. Pot experiments with safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) and pea (Pisum sativum) in five soils (mostly sandy loamy Luvisols) and field experiments with peas were carried out during three years at...

  13. Cylinder expansion test and gas gun experiment comparison

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    Harrier, Danielle [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-30

    This is a summer internship presentation by the Hydro Working Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and goes into detail about their cylinder expansion test and gas gun experiment comparison. Specifically, the gas gun experiment is detailed along with applications, the cylinder expansion test is detailed along with applications, there is a comparison of the methods with pros and cons and limitations listed, the summer project is detailed, and future work is talked about.

  14. Test experience effects in longitudinal comparisons of adult cognitive functioning.

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    Salthouse, Timothy

    2015-09-01

    It is widely recognized that experience with cognitive tests can influence estimates of cognitive change. Prior research has estimated experience effects at the level of groups by comparing the performance of a group of participants tested for the second time with the performance of a different group of participants at the same age tested for the first time. This twice-minus-once-tested method was adapted in the current study to derive estimates of test experience at the level of individual participants. Among the major findings were that experience estimates were smaller at older ages, with measures of vocabulary and speed compared to measures of memory, reasoning, and spatial visualization, and with longer intervals between the first and second occasion. Although relations of overall cognitive ability with test experience effects were weak, there were significant correlations among the experience estimates in different cognitive domains. These results imply that at least in adulthood, simple measures of cognitive change likely underestimate maturational influences on cognitive functioning, and to a greater extent in young adults than in older adults. PMID:26098579

  15. [Reduction of animal experiments in experimental drug testing].

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    Behrensdorf-Nicol, H; Krämer, B

    2014-10-01

    In order to ensure the quality of biomedical products, an experimental test for every single manufactured batch is required for many products. Especially in vaccine testing, animal experiments are traditionally used for this purpose. For example, efficacy is often determined via challenge experiments in laboratory animals. Safety tests of vaccine batches are also mostly performed using laboratory animals. However, many animal experiments have clear inherent disadvantages (low accuracy, questionable transferability to humans, unclear significance). Furthermore, for ethical reasons and animal welfare aspects animal experiments are also seen very critical by the public. Therefore, there is a strong trend towards replacing animal experiments with methods in which no animals are used ("replacement"). If a replacement is not possible, the required animal experiments should be improved in order to minimize the number of animals necessary ("reduction") and to reduce pain and suffering caused by the experiment to a minimum ("refinement"). This "3R concept" is meanwhile firmly established in legislature. In recent years many mandatory animal experiments have been replaced by alternative in vitro methods or improved according to the 3R principles; numerous alternative methods are currently under development. Nevertheless, the process from the development of a new method to its legal implementation takes a long time. Therefore, supplementary regulatory measures to facilitate validation and acceptance of new alternative methods could contribute to a faster and more consequent implementation of the 3R concept in the testing of biomedical products. PMID:25183445

  16. ESL Students' Perceptions and Experiences of Standardized English Writing Tests

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    He, Ling; Shi, Ling

    2008-01-01

    The present study interviewed 16 international students (13 from Mainland China and 3 from Taiwan) in a Canadian university to explore their perceptions and experiences of two standardized English writing tests: the TWE (Test of Written English) and the essay task in LPI (English Language Proficiency Index). In Western Canada, TWE is used as an…

  17. The microelectronics and photonics test bed (MPTB) space, ground test and modeling experiments

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    This paper is an overview of the MPTB (microelectronics and photonics test bed) experiment, a combination of a space experiment, ground test and modeling programs looking at the response of advanced electronic and photonic technologies to the natural radiation environment of space. (author)

  18. Valuation of contamination of Am-241 by smear test and characterization of waste by scintillation liquid medium

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    Cardoso, Gabriella Souza [Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Goias (PUC-GO), Goiania, GO (Brazil). Dept. Matematica, Fisica, Quimica e Engenharia de Alimentos; Santos, Eliane Eugenia dos; Mingote, Raquel Maia; Barbosa, Rugles Cesar, E-mail: esantos@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: mingote@cnen.gov.b, E-mail: rbarbosa@cnen.gov.b [Centro Regional de Ciencias Nucleares do Centro Oeste (CRCN-CO/CNEN-GO), Abadia de Goias, GO (Brazil). Lab. de Radioprotecao

    2011-07-01

    The radioactive lightning rods Interim storage facility receives Midwest Regional Center for Nuclear Science - CRCN-CO, and contains the majority of devices called radioactive lightning rods, and so is our main study object with an interest in be adapt of Interim storage facility (ID) Radiation Protection requirements and management of radioactive waste. The radioactive lightning rods are devices that contain Americium 241 that fall under the categorization of radioactive sources (IAEA-TECDOC-1191) in category 4 (same device category of the static Eliminator type). The handling, transportation, maintenance, segregation and disposal of accessories and devices emitting ionizing radiation in which involve procedures require: special types of packaged, storage techniques, cleaning/hygiene and inventoried and equipment for Radiation Protection. Cleaning and hygiene as well as the disposition criterion of accessories makes it necessary for the introduction of safe cleanup criterion and more specific that the criterion for exemption. The radioactive lightning rods have brackets that represent physical danger in shipping and handling as well as liabilities of contamination as well as in the case of being contaminated, agents in the transfer of contaminants (Am-241) it is necessary to adopt analysis methodologies and procedures and criterion for the management of radioactive and nonradioactive materials. (author)

  19. 'I am a Child with Education and Knowledge': Karen Migrant and Refugee Children's Daily life Experiences in Thailand

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    Engan, Laila

    2012-01-01

    This master thesis is based on a field work conducted in Thailand with migrant and refugee children from Burma belonging to the ethnic minority of the Karen people. One urban school for migrant children and one rural refugee camp school served as research sites. The study explores the daily life experiences of children aged 8 – 13, with main focus on their school life. Various methods such as observation, essay writing, drawing and photography were used in order to search for the children’s o...

  20. Inbetriebnahme eines schnellen Photondetektors für den ringabbildenden Cerenkov-Detektor am COMPASS-Experiment

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    Hagemann, Roland

    2007-01-01

    This thesis is dedicated to the characterisation and comissioning of the new photon detection system of the upgraded COMPASS-RICH-1 detector and its new readout electronics. The jitter of the digital part of the readout electronics versus a reference TDC-CMC was determined to be (192 ± 2) ps. The time resolution of the entire readout chain, consisting of a multi-anode photo-multiplier, a pre-amplifier/discriminator and the digital electronics, was measured to be (323 ± 3) ps. The crosstalk between different channels of the whole readout chain was measured to be negligible, as it is below 1h. In order to test the new photon detection system including readout whenever necessary, a test system consisting of two LEDs inside the RICH vessel was designed and installed. The effective time window containing all relevant entries for physics analysis was determined after analysing the time distribution within all channels and within Cherenkov rings on an event by event basis. The T0 calibration ensures a central posi...

  1. Binary Experiments, Minimax Tests and 2-Alternating Capacities

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    Bednarski, Tadeusz

    1982-01-01

    The concept of Choquet's 2-alternating capacity is explored from the viewpoint of Le Cam's experiment theory. It is shown that there always exists a least informative binary experiment for two sets of probability measures generated by 2-alternating capacities. This result easily implies the Neyman-Pearson lemma for capacities. Moreover, its proof gives a new method of construction of minimax tests for problems in which hypotheses are generated by 2-alternating capacities. It is also proved th...

  2. The AMS-02 electromagnetic calorimeter

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    Cadoux, F; Chambert-Hermel, V; Chen, G; Chen, H; Coignet, G; Di Falco, S; Dubois, J M; Falchini, E; Franzoso, A; Fougeron, D; Fouque, N; Galeotti, S; Girard, L; Goy, C; Hermel, R; Incagli, M; Kossakowski, R; Lieunard, B; Liu, Y; Liu, Z; Lomtadze, T A; Maestro, P; Marrocchesi, P S; Paoletti, R; Pilo, F; Rosier-Lees, S; Spinella, F; Turini, N; Valle, G D; Venanzoni, G; Vialle, J P; Yu, Z; Zhuang, H

    2002-01-01

    The Electromagnetic Calorimeter (ECAL) of the AMS-02 experiment is a lead-scintillating fibers sampling calorimeter characterized by high granularity that allows to image the longitudinal and lateral showers development, a key issue to provide high electron/hadron discrimination. The light collection system and the FE electronics are designed to let the calorimeter operate over a wide energy range from few GeV up to 1 TeV. A full-scale prototype of the e.m. calorimeter was tested at CERN in October 2001 using electrons and pions beams with energy ranging from 3 to 100 GeV. Effective sampling thickness, linearity and energy resolution were measured. (8 refs).

  3. Migration experiments at the Grimsel Test Site, Switzerland

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    The Grimsel Migration Experiment is a multidisciplinary study aimed at testing models of solute transport in fractured media, determining the degree to which laboratory results could be extrapolated to field conditions and developing the methodology for characterization of potential repository sites. This report reviews briefly the present status of field tracer experiments and presents novel results involving conservative tracers (Na-fluoresceine, 82Br and 4He). On-line determination of 4He was achieved by the use of commercial He leak detector and development of a vacuum dialysis technique. In addition, from the results of a hydrogeochemical equilibration test important sorption characteristics of the migration fracture could be deduced

  4. 'Not the swab!' Young men's experiences with STI testing.

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    Shoveller, Jean A; Knight, Rod; Johnson, Joy; Oliffe, John L; Goldenberg, Shira

    2010-01-01

    In Canada, STI rates are high and rising, especially amongst young men. Meanwhile, the needs of young men regarding STI testing services are poorly understood, as are the socio-cultural and structural factors that influence young men's sexual health-seeking behaviours. To better understand this phenomenon, we draw on interviews with 45 men (ages 15-25) from British Columbia, Canada. Our research reveals how structural forces (e.g. STI testing procedures) interact with socio-cultural factors (e.g. perceptions of masculinities and feminities) to shape young men's experiences with STI testing. STI testing was characterised as both a potentially sexualised experience (e.g. fears of getting an erection during genital examinations), and as a process where young men experience multiple vulnerabilities associated with exposing the male body in clinical service sites. In response, participants drew on dominant ideals of masculinity to reaffirm their predominately hetero-normative gender identities. Despite growing up in an era where sexual health promotion efforts have been undertaken, participants did not feel they had permission to engage in discussions with other men about sexual health issues. Attending to young men's perspectives on STI testing represents a starting point in reforming our approaches to addressing how socio-cultural and structural factors shape these experiences. PMID:20415807

  5. Automatically generated acceptance test: A software reliability experiment

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    Protzel, Peter W.

    1988-01-01

    This study presents results of a software reliability experiment investigating the feasibility of a new error detection method. The method can be used as an acceptance test and is solely based on empirical data about the behavior of internal states of a program. The experimental design uses the existing environment of a multi-version experiment previously conducted at the NASA Langley Research Center, in which the launch interceptor problem is used as a model. This allows the controlled experimental investigation of versions with well-known single and multiple faults, and the availability of an oracle permits the determination of the error detection performance of the test. Fault interaction phenomena are observed that have an amplifying effect on the number of error occurrences. Preliminary results indicate that all faults examined so far are detected by the acceptance test. This shows promise for further investigations, and for the employment of this test method on other applications.

  6. Phototube tests in the MiniBooNE experiment

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    Bazarko, Andrew O.

    2006-11-01

    The MiniBooNE neutrino oscillation experiment at Fermilab uses 1520 8-in. PMTs: 1197 PMTs are Hamamatsu model R1408 and the rest are model R5912. All of the PMTs were tested to qualify for inclusion in the detector, sorted according to their charge and time resolutions and dark rates. Seven PMTs underwent additional low light level tests. The relative detection efficiency as a function of incident angle for seven additional PMTs was measured. Procedures and results are presented.

  7. Phototube tests in the MiniBooNE experiment

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    The MiniBooNE neutrino oscillation experiment at Fermilab uses 1520 8-in. PMTs: 1197 PMTs are Hamamatsu model R1408 and the rest are model R5912. All of the PMTs were tested to qualify for inclusion in the detector, sorted according to their charge and time resolutions and dark rates. Seven PMTs underwent additional low light level tests. The relative detection efficiency as a function of incident angle for seven additional PMTs was measured. Procedures and results are presented

  8. Phototube tests in the MiniBooNE experiment

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    Bazarko, A O

    2006-01-01

    The MiniBooNE neutrino oscillation experiment at Fermilab uses 1520 8-inch PMTs: 1197 PMTs are Hamamatsu model R1408 and the rest are model R5912. All of the PMTs were tested to qualify for inclusion in the detector, sorted according to their charge and time resolutions and dark rates. Seven PMTs underwent additional low light level tests. The relative detection efficiency as a function of incident angle for seven additional PMTs was measured. Procedures and results are presented.

  9. An Additive Manufacturing Test Artifact.

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    Moylan, Shawn; Slotwinski, John; Cooke, April; Jurrens, Kevin; Donmez, M Alkan

    2014-01-01

    A test artifact, intended for standardization, is proposed for the purpose of evaluating the performance of additive manufacturing (AM) systems. A thorough analysis of previously proposed AM test artifacts as well as experience with machining test artifacts have inspired the design of the proposed test artifact. This new artifact is designed to provide a characterization of the capabilities and limitations of an AM system, as well as to allow system improvement by linking specific errors measured in the test artifact to specific sources in the AM system. The proposed test artifact has been built in multiple materials using multiple AM technologies. The results of several of the builds are discussed, demonstrating how the measurement results can be used to characterize and improve a specific AM system. PMID:26601039

  10. Gatifloxacin (AM-1155, CG 5501) susceptibility testing interpretive criteria and quality control guidelines for dilution and disk (5-microgram) diffusion methods. The Quality Control Study Group.

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    Jones, R N; Kugler, K C; Erwin, M E; Biedenbach, D J; Beach, M L; Pfaller, M A

    1999-04-01

    Gatifloxacin (formerly AM-1155 and CG5501), a new 8-methoxy fluoroquinolone, has an expanded spectrum of activity against Gram-positive cocci and some anaerobic bacteria. This compound was tested against 600 recent clinical strains of rapidly growing aerobic species to establish susceptibility testing interpretive criteria for the reference broth microdilution and standardized disk (5-microgram) diffusion methods of the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS). These strains included 285 Enterobacteriaceae (17 species), 165 staphylococci, 49 enterococci, and 101 nonfermentative Gram-negative bacilli. Based on achievable serum levels with projected gatifloxacin dosing regimens, MIC break points of or = 18 mm) for susceptibility and > or = 8 micrograms/mL (< or = 14 mm) for resistance were selected. The absolute agreement between tests was 94.3% with no very major false-resistant errors. The quality control ranges (MIC and zone diameters) for the NCCLS recommended strains were determined in a nine-laboratory NCCLS protocol as follows: Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 = 0.008-0.03 microgram/mL and 31-37 mm; Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212 = 0.12-1 microgram/mL; Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853 = 0.5-2 micrograms/ml and 21-27 mm; Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923 = 27-33 mm and S. aureus ATCC 29213 = 0.03-0.12 microgram/mL. Gatifloxacin appears to be a promising new fluoroquinolone with acceptable susceptibility testing methods for routine clinical laboratory use. PMID:10212751

  11. Initial acceptance test experience with FFTF plant equipment

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    The purpose of this paper is to examine the initial acceptance test experience of certain pieces of auxiliary equipment of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). The scope focuses on the DHX blowers and drive train, inert gas blowers, H and V containment isolation valves, and the Surveillance and In-service Inspection (SISI) transporter and trolley. For each type of equipment, the discussion includes a summary of the design and system function, installation history, preoperational acceptance testing procedures and results, and unusual events and resolutions

  12. Benchmark enclosure fire suppression experiments - phase 1 test report.

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    Figueroa, Victor G.; Nichols, Robert Thomas; Blanchat, Thomas K.

    2007-06-01

    A series of fire benchmark water suppression tests were performed that may provide guidance for dispersal systems for the protection of high value assets. The test results provide boundary and temporal data necessary for water spray suppression model development and validation. A review of fire suppression in presented for both gaseous suppression and water mist fire suppression. The experimental setup and procedure for gathering water suppression performance data are shown. Characteristics of the nozzles used in the testing are presented. Results of the experiments are discussed.

  13. The VFAT Production Test Platform for the TOTEM Experiment

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    Aspell, P; Bialas, W; Kaspar, J; Kopal, J; Petäjäjärvi, J; Radicioni, E; Rouet, J; Snoeys, W; Vichoudis, P

    2008-01-01

    VFAT is the front-end ASIC designed for the charge readout of silicon and gas detectors within the TOTEM experiment of the LHC. A stand alone portable Totem Test Platform (TTP) with USB interface has been developed for the systematic testing of the TOTEM hybrids equipped with VFAT chips. This paper is divided into 3 sections; the first describes the hardware features of the TTP, the second describes the software routines for the control and systematic testing of VFATs, the third presents the analysis and a sample of results.

  14. Colombian experiences in distribution transformers short circuit withstand aptitude test

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    Aponte, G.; Cadavid, H.; Castro, F.; Lozano, C. [Universidad del Valle, Cali (Colombia). Dept. de Fisica; Lurie, A.I. [All-Russian Electrotechnical Institute, Moscow, (Russian Federation)

    1997-12-31

    Methods to increase the quality of transformers in Colombia`s electric power distribution system were discussed. Considerable effort has been expended in ensuring the transformer`s aptitude to support the electrodynamic loads that are presented under short circuit conditions. This involves complex technical problems related to magnetic fields and calculations of electrodynamic forces. Due to the scarcity of experience in Colombia with transformer withstand aptitude (SCWA) analysis, it was necessary to build a SCWA test field. The project stages and test results from two years of operation were described. The comprehensive research project included theoretical and methodological developments, modelling, calculations and tests. 5 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Prefabricated elements and structures: Developments, tests and experiences

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    Goltermann, Per

    2014-01-01

    Danish concrete structures are often built with prefabricated elements, joined together on the site and this provides a large challenge to constantly improve and optimize the elements, the joints and the models. DTU Byg has been active in the development, testing and modelling of new elements, joints and models and a number of results and experiences are presented in the paper.

  16. An isotope separation magnet for the injector test experiment (MITE)

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    A magnet has been designed for space-charge neutralization studies on the Injector Test Experiment at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories. Augmented by suitable collectors, the magnet could also be used for pilot-scale isotope separations. The present report documents the design of this particular magnet and illustrates the process of designing beam transport magnets in general

  17. Preliminary test experiment for electron beam injection to JSR

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    A preliminary test experiment has been carried out to investigate the property of electron beam from the JAERI linac which will be used as an injector for the JSR(JAERI Storage Ring). The electron beam was obtained within the energy resolution of 1.55 % and the peak current of 38 mA at 150 MeV. (author)

  18. New tests for neutrinos in low-energy solar experiments

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    Pastor, S

    1999-01-01

    We show how future solar neutrino experiments in the low energy region can be used to test novel neutrino properties. Information on the Majorana nature or neutrino magnetic moments can be extracted from the observation of electron anti-neutrinos from the Sun and the measurement of an azimuthal asymmetry in the total number of events, respectively.

  19. Testing for difference between two groups of functional neuroimaging experiments

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    Nielsen, Finn Årup; Chen, Andrew C. N.; Hansen, Lars Kai

    2004-01-01

    We describe a meta-analytic method that tests for the difference between two groups of functional neuroimaging experiments. We use kernel density estimation in three-dimensional brain space to convert points representing focal brain activations into a voxel-based representation. We find the maximum...... applied on data from thermal pain studies where "hot pain" and "cold pain" form the two groups....

  20. Optical tests of quantum nonlocality: from EPR-bell tests towards experiments with moving observers

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    Past, present and future experimental tests of quantum nonlocality are discussed. Consequences of assuming that the state-vector collapse is a real physical phenomenon in space-time are developed. These lead to experiments feasible with today's technology. (orig.)

  1. Large break LOCA experiment at reactor thermohydraulic test loop

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    The experiments of large break LOCA in the reactor Thermohydraulic Test Loop (UUTR) has been done. The experiments were held at hot leg side by use of accumulator safety injection system and without accumulator. Two experiments were done without activating the high and low pressure safety injection system, while make up system was activated until the experiments were stopped. The test were done at 1 MWt power with about 9,4 kg/sec primary coolant flow rate, and pressure 154 bar. The phenomena were only be limited on the effect of accumulator to the system during LOCA. The results of the experiments indicated a similar system depressurization phenomena for both with and without accumulator was activated. The system trip were happened at very closely different time for both at around 10 t h cycle. The significant difference were that in the experiments were the accumulator was activated, the system depressurization was going more slowly than without the accumulator, and the rods and the fluid temperature were more lower. In the case, the water injection system from the accumulator was able to reduced the rod and the cooling temperature as long as the water inventory is available

  2. Scaling, experiment, and code assessment on an integral testing facility

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    Yang, J.; Choi, S.W.; Lim, J.; Lee, D.Y.; Rassame, S.; Hibiki, T.; Ishii, M. [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, Indiana (United States)

    2011-07-01

    A series of integral tests simulating different types of Loss-Of-Coolant Accidents (LOCAs) for new Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) design were conducted on an integral test facility (Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integral Test Assembly, PUMA) facility. The PUMA facility was built with a scaling methodology addressing both the conservation principles and constitutive laws. A systemic study about the safety evaluation of the advanced passively safe BWR design has been performed with the collaboration of experiments on the scaled-down test facility and RELAP5/Mod3.3 code simulation. Various types of LOCA tests were performed, such as Main Steam Line Break (MSLB), Bottom Drain Line Break (BDLB), Gravity-Driven Line Break (GDLB), and Feed Water Line Break (FWLB). (author)

  3. Scaling, experiment, and code assessment on an integral testing facility

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    A series of integral tests simulating different types of Loss-Of-Coolant Accidents (LOCAs) for new Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) design were conducted on an integral test facility (Purdue University Multi-Dimensional Integral Test Assembly, PUMA) facility. The PUMA facility was built with a scaling methodology addressing both the conservation principles and constitutive laws. A systemic study about the safety evaluation of the advanced passively safe BWR design has been performed with the collaboration of experiments on the scaled-down test facility and RELAP5/Mod3.3 code simulation. Various types of LOCA tests were performed, such as Main Steam Line Break (MSLB), Bottom Drain Line Break (BDLB), Gravity-Driven Line Break (GDLB), and Feed Water Line Break (FWLB). (author)

  4. Experience and Consideration in Safety Critical Software Tests

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    Software for safety critical systems of nuclear power plants are developed based on a strict development process. Software verification and validation (SW V and V) is a very important one among development activities. Specially, testing part of SW V and V needs many efforts and know-how. KOPEC has experience from several projects for Nuclear Power Plants. Each SW V and V step of software development model has specific goals such as performance, calculation accuracy, response time, depending on test stage. To achieve each goal, various testing methodologies are adopted. When the results of each stage satisfy expected performance and accuracy, the next stage is performed. Faults are detected during tests, and if correcting faults needed software change, regression tests should be performed through all stages

  5. Presymptomatic ALS genetic counseling and testing: Experience and recommendations.

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    Benatar, Michael; Stanislaw, Christine; Reyes, Eliana; Hussain, Sumaira; Cooley, Anne; Fernandez, Maria Catalina; Dauphin, Danielle D; Michon, Sara-Claude; Andersen, Peter M; Wuu, Joanne

    2016-06-14

    Remarkable advances in our understanding of the genetic contributions to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have sparked discussion and debate about whether clinical genetic testing should routinely be offered to patients with ALS. A related, but distinct, question is whether presymptomatic genetic testing should be offered to family members who may be at risk for developing ALS. Existing guidelines for presymptomatic counseling and testing are mostly based on small number of individuals, clinical judgment, and experience from other neurodegenerative disorders. Over the course of the last 8 years, we have provided testing and 317 genetic counseling sessions (including predecision, pretest, posttest, and ad hoc counseling) to 161 first-degree family members participating in the Pre-Symptomatic Familial ALS Study (Pre-fALS), as well as testing and 75 posttest counseling sessions to 63 individuals with familial ALS. Based on this experience, and the real-world challenges we have had to overcome in the process, we recommend an updated set of guidelines for providing presymptomatic genetic counseling and testing to people at high genetic risk for developing ALS. These recommendations are especially timely and relevant given the growing interest in studying presymptomatic ALS. PMID:27194384

  6. Combined effects experiments with the condensation pool test facility

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    This report summarizes the results of the condensation pool experiments in spring 2006, where steam and steam/air mixture was blown into the pool through a DN200 blowdown pipe. Altogether three experiments, each consisting of several blows, were carried out with a scaled down test facility designed and constructed at Lappeenranta University of Technology. The main purpose of the experiments was to study the effects of non-condensable gas present in the discharge flow. Particularly pressure pulses inside the blowdown pipe and at the pool bottom caused by chugging were of interest. The test pool was an open stainless steel tank with a wall thickness of 4 mm and a bottom thickness of 5 mm containing 15 m3 of water. The nearby PACTEL test facility was used as a steam source. During the experiments the initial pressure of the steam source was 0.5 MPa and the pool water bulk temperature ranged from 40 C to 70 C. The test facility was equipped with high frequency instrumentation for capturing different aspects of the investigated phenomena. The data acquisition program recorded data with the frequency of 10 kHz. A digital high-speed video camera was used for visual observation of the pool interior. Air, in quantities even less than 1 %, reduced the condensation rate considerably. The high pressure pulses registered inside the blowdown pipe due to water hammer propagation during chugging almost disappeared when the combined discharge period of steam and air started. With noncondensable gas fractions above 3 % the damping of pressure oscillations inside the blowdown pipe was practically complete. Air quantities in the vicinity of 2 % started to have an effect also on the oscillations measured by the pressure sensor at the pool bottom. Both the amplitude and frequency of the pressure pulses decreased considerably. The experiments demonstrated that even small quantities of noncondensable gas can have a strong diminishing effect on pressure oscillations and structural loads

  7. Combined effects experiments with the condensation pool test facility

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    Puustinen, M. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology, Nuclear Safety Research Unit (Finland)

    2007-01-15

    This report summarizes the results of the condensation pool experiments in spring 2006, where steam and steam/air mixture was blown into the pool through a DN200 blowdown pipe. Altogether three experiments, each consisting of several blows, were carried out with a scaled down test facility designed and constructed at Lappeenranta University of Technology. The main purpose of the experiments was to study the effects of non-condensable gas present in the discharge flow. Particularly pressure pulses inside the blowdown pipe and at the pool bottom caused by chugging were of interest. The test pool was an open stainless steel tank with a wall thickness of 4 mm and a bottom thickness of 5 mm containing 15 m3 of water. The nearby PACTEL test facility was used as a steam source. During the experiments the initial pressure of the steam source was 0.5 MPa and the pool water bulk temperature ranged from 40 C to 70 C. The test facility was equipped with high frequency instrumentation for capturing different aspects of the investigated phenomena. The data acquisition program recorded data with the frequency of 10 kHz. A digital high-speed video camera was used for visual observation of the pool interior. Air, in quantities even less than 1 %, reduced the condensation rate considerably. The high pressure pulses registered inside the blowdown pipe due to water hammer propagation during chugging almost disappeared when the combined discharge period of steam and air started. With noncondensable gas fractions above 3 % the damping of pressure oscillations inside the blowdown pipe was practically complete. Air quantities in the vicinity of 2 % started to have an effect also on the oscillations measured by the pressure sensor at the pool bottom. Both the amplitude and frequency of the pressure pulses decreased considerably. The experiments demonstrated that even small quantities of noncondensable gas can have a strong diminishing effect on pressure oscillations and structural loads

  8. Halogen occultation experiment (HALOE) performance verification test procedure

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    Mauldin, L. E., III

    1986-01-01

    The Performance Verification Test Procedure is given for the Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE) instrument, which is being developed in house at the Langley Research Center for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). This procedure is used for comprehensive performance testing of the HALOE instrument which occurs before, during, and after flight environmental tests. The radiometric performance tests include noise, drift, linearity, instantaneous field-of-view, cal wheel gas cell characterization, and self thermal emissions. Pointer/tracker performance tests include sun sensor performance, gimbal performance, control system performance, and boresight alignment. In addition, the instrument is tested functionally in simulated orbit sequences and all command operating modes are exercised. The data analysis required for each test is specified and pass/fail criteria are given where applicable. This test will fully demonstrate the HALOE instrument's ability to achieve science mission requirements. The HALOE instrument is a gas correlation radiometer that measures vertical distribution of eight upper atmospheric constituents: O3, HCl, HF, NO, CH4, H2O, NO2, and CO2.

  9. AMS 742 sphincter: UCLA experience.

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    Bruskewitz, R; Raz, S; Smith, R B; Kaufman, J J

    1980-12-01

    Between December 1977 and November 1978 artificial sphincters were implanted in 2 female and 19 male patients for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Etiologies for incontinence varied, including post-prostatectomy incontinence, myelodysplasia and female incontinence after unsuccessful bladder neck suspension. Over-all, 38 per cent of the patients were excellent or improved postoperatively, while 24 per cent experienced continuing unabated urinary incontinence and 24 per cent experienced urethral erosion at the site of cuff placement. The device was removed in 14 per cent of the patients when it became infected. PMID:7441829

  10. Experiences with the test facility MILLI for reprocessing nuclear fuel

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    The facility MILLI is designed for experiments on dissolution and extraction of highly irradiated fuels with any enrichment. MILLI was designed and constructed from 1965 to 1970. After cold tests in 1971 the facility has been in hot operation since that time. Experiences with the reprocessing of high-burned UO2- and (U, Pu)O2-LWR and (U, Pu)O2-FBR fuel have been gained and have found application in the Karlsruhe reprocessing plant (WAK) as well as in the conceptual design of the large reprocessing plant in Gorleben. (orig.)

  11. CODEX-2 experiment. Integral VVER-440 core degradation test

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    The CODEX-2 experiment was performed with a VVER-440 type electrically heated 7-rod bundle. The bundle with UO2 pellets was fixed by three spacer grids and covered by a hexagonal shroud. The facility was heated up in argon atmosphere, then steam was added to the coolant and the electrical power was increased. Temperature escalation occurred in the upper part of the bundle which was destroyed during the temperature transient. Post-test examination of the bundle cross sections was carried out after the experiment. (author)

  12. Candu 600 fuelling machine testing, the romanian experience

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    The Candu 600 Fuelling Machine is a complex mechanism which must run in safety conditions and with high reliability in the Candu Reactor. The testing and commissioning process of this nuclear equipment meets the high standards of NPPs requirements using special technological facilities, modern measurement instruments as well the appropriate IT resources for data acquisition and processing. The paper presents the experience of the Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, Romania, in testing Candu 600 Fuelling Machines, inclusive the implied facilities, and in development of four simulators: two dedicated for the training of the Candu 600 Fuelling Machine Operators, and another two to simulate some process signals and actions. (authors)

  13. Radionuclides 137Cs, 90Sr, 241Am and 239+240Pu in vegetation cover of the former Semipalatinsk test site

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    The Semipalatinsk Test Site (STS) is one of the largest testing grounds for nuclear weapons. Diverse nuclear explosions were carried out on its territory: 340 underground tests (sites 'Degelen', 'Balapan' and 'Sary-Uzen'), 30 surface and 86 nuclear air explosions (site for radioactive warfare agent (RWA) and 'Experimental Field'). Since the STS was shutdown a large amount of information about current radiological situation in its territory has been collected. In recent years, one of the main problems is gradual transfer of its lands for national economy. Under these conditions, an essential element for prediction of radioactive contamination levels of food products is radionuclides redistribution parameters in soil-plant system used in calculation of doses to the population living within STS territory. Until recently, matter of radionuclides migration from soil to plants has been poorly studied. Individual researches, more or less devoted to this issue occurred in the past, but have virtually no information about accumulation of transuranic radionuclides in plants. More regular studies in this direction have been initiated recently. Between 2007 and 2013 features of artificial radionuclides accumulation in certain plant species under radioactive tunnel watercourses at 'Degelen' site were studied. We've obtained statistically reliable data characterizing accumulation of radionuclides, including 239+240Pu and 241Am, in steppe plants at 'Experimental field' site. The content of radionuclides in plants was researched at the RWA site. Comprehensive ecological survey in order to release the lands to the national economic turnover investigated parameters of radionuclides accumulation in steppe grasses at conditionally 'background' areas of STS and some parts of radioactive trace plume caused by the explosion in 1953. To date, all the findings have been generalized. We present an integrated picture about accumulation of artificial radionuclides 137Cs, 90Sr, 239+240Pu and

  14. Conducting Closed Habitation Experiments: Experience from the Lunar Mars Life Support Test Project

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    Barta, Daniel J.; Edeen, Marybeth A.; Henninger, Donald L.

    2006-01-01

    information from psychological and medical testing, data on the knowledge, experience and skills of the applicants, and team building exercises. The design, development, buildup and operation of test hardware and documentation followed the established NASA processes and requirements for test buildup and operation.

  15. Results of experiments in the THIBO II test section

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    It was possible to prove in 1988 in the course of the THIBO I experiments; that under certain operating conditions thermohydraulically induced rod damaging oscillations may occur in sodium cooled Mark II fuel elements. Since May 1989 another THIBO II test series has been performed in a new test section of the sodium loop of the IMF III. The area of the coolant channel was reduced to approximately half its previous surface so that the thermohydraulic conditions come very close to those prevailing in the KNK II reactor. The experiments have shown that even with minor sodium enthalpy raises and low rating, respectively, motions of the fuel pins can be induced. This applies also in cases where the clearance of the pin in the spacer has been set to realistically low values

  16. Test data from the US-Demonstration Poloidal Coil experiment

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    The US Demonstration Poloidal Field Coil (US-DPC) experiment took place successfully at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in late 1990. The 8 MJ niobium-tin coil was leak tight; it performed very well in DC tests; it performed well in AC tests, achieving approximately 70% of its design goal. An unexpected ramp-rate barrier at high currents was identified. The barrier could not be explored in the regime of higher fields and slower ramp rates due to limitations of the background-field coils. This document presents the results of the experiment with as little editing as possible. The coil, conductor, and operating conditions are given. The intent is to present data in a form that can be used by magnet analysts and designers

  17. Test data from the US-Demonstration Poloidal Coil experiment

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    Painter, T.A.; Steeves, M.M.; Takayasu, M.; Gung, C.; Hoenig, M.O. (Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Plasma Fusion Center); Tsuji, H.; Ando, T.; Hiyama, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Nishi, M.; Yoshida, K.; Okuno, K.; Nakajima, H.; Kato, T.; Sugimoto, M.; Isono, T.; Kawano, K.; Koizumi, N.; Osikiri, M.; Hanawa, H.; Ouchi, H.; Ono, M.; Ishida, H.; Hiue, H.; Yoshida, J.; Kamiyauchi, Y.; Ouchi, T.; Tajiri, F.

    1992-01-01

    The US Demonstration Poloidal Field Coil (US-DPC) experiment took place successfully at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in late 1990. The 8 MJ niobium-tin coil was leak tight; it performed very well in DC tests; it performed well in AC tests, achieving approximately 70% of its design goal. An unexpected ramp-rate barrier at high currents was identified. The barrier could not be explored in the regime of higher fields and slower ramp rates due to limitations of the background-field coils. This document presents the results of the experiment with as little editing as possible. The coil, conductor, and operating conditions are given. The intent is to present data in a form that can be used by magnet analysts and designers.

  18. AMS of {sup 14}C at low energies

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    Suter, M.; Huber, R.; Jacob, S. [ETHZ, Zurich (Switzerland); Synal, H.A. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-09-01

    At the ETH/PSI AMS facility {sup 14}C test measurements have been performed at low terminal voltages of 0.5 and 1 MV in order to study the feasibility of AMS with very small accelerators. These experiments have demonstrated that interfering molecules ({sup 13}CH and {sup 12}CH{sub 2}) in charge states 1{sup +} and 2{sup +} can be destroyed in an adequate Ar gas stripper. These new results imply the feasibility of a new generation of very small accelerator systems for {sup 14}C. (author) 1 fig., 3 refs.

  19. 40 CFR 60.4213 - What test methods and other procedures must I use if I am an owner or operator of a stationary CI...

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    2010-07-01

    ... must I use if I am an owner or operator of a stationary CI internal combustion engine with a... procedures must I use if I am an owner or operator of a stationary CI internal combustion engine with a displacement of greater than or equal to 30 liters per cylinder? Owners and operators of stationary CI ICE...

  20. Current operations and experiments at the Tritium Systems Test Assembly

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    The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) has continued to move toward operation of a fully-integrated, full-sized, computer-controlled fusion fuel processing loop. Concurrent, nonloop experiments have answered important questions on new components and issues such as palladium diffusion membranes, ceramic electrolysis cells, regenerable tritium getters, laser Raman spectroscopy, unregenerable tritium inventory on molecular sieves, tritium contamination problems and decontamination methods, and operating data on reliability, emissions, doses, and wastes generated. 4 refs., 2 figs

  1. Healthcare workers’ experiences of HIV testing in Tshwane, South Africa

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    Mamakwa S. Mataboge

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: In an era when antiretroviral (ARV therapy has become part of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV prevention strategy, early testing and introduction to ARVs iscritical for improving public health outcomes in general and, in particular, the lives of people living with HIV. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV as compared with the rest of the world. Initiated voluntary HIV counselling and testing and provider initiated counselling and testing (PICT are required in order to increase the uptake of HIV testing.Objectives: To explore and describe the experiences of healthcare workers who are themselves in need of HIV testing.Method: A descriptive, exploratory design was used. In-depth interviews were conducted with the 26 healthcare workers who were involved in HIV testing in the Tshwane district of South Africa. The participants were sampled purposively from two healthcare settings. A thematic framework was used for data analysis.Results: There was a complication with regard to PICT as healthcare workers felt they could not initiate HIV testing for themselves and or their work colleagues without their confidentiality being compromised. This was complicated further by both the perceived and actual fear of stigmatisation and discrimination. It was difficult for qualified staff to support and encourage the uptake of HIV testing by students nurses as this was seen, albeit incorrectly, as targeting the students in a negative manner.Conclusion: There is a need for accessible HIV testing policies for healthcare workers in order to increase access to HIV testing and prevent the progression of the disease

  2. Experiment for testing the closure property in ocean optics

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    Maffione, Robert A.; Honey, Richard C.; Brown, Robert A.

    1991-12-01

    This paper describes a novel experiment to simultaneously measure, over relatively long, near- vertical paths in unmixed ocean water, the spectral absorption and attenuation coefficients and the volume scattering function from which the scattering coefficient can be computed by integration. The experiment can therefore be used to test the widely used closure property in ocean optics. Another important aspect of these measurements is that they are indicative of the undisturbed, bulk inherent properties of the ocean water as opposed to conventional, short- path measurements, which appreciably disturb the measured water volume. This experiment was recently carried out during ONR's ocean optics cruise in August 1990 in Pacific waters off the coast of southern California.

  3. Concurrent tests of Lorentz invariance in β -decay experiments

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    Vos, K. K.; Wilschut, H. W.; Timmermans, R. G. E.

    2015-11-01

    Modern experiments on neutron and allowed nuclear β decay search for new semileptonic interactions, beyond the left-handed electroweak force. We show that ongoing and planned β -decay experiments, with isotopes at rest and in flight, can be exploited as sensitive tests of Lorentz invariance. The variety of correlations that involve the nuclear spin, the direction of the emitted β particle, and the recoil direction of the daughter nucleus allow for relatively simple experiments that give direct bounds on Lorentz violation. The pertinent observables are decay-rate asymmetries and their dependence on sidereal time. We discuss the potential of several asymmetries that together cover a large part of the parameter space for Lorentz violation in the gauge sector. High counting statistics is required.

  4. Experiments testing macroscopic quantum superpositions must be slow

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    2015-01-01

    We consider a thought experiment where the preparation of a macroscopically massive or charged particle in a quantum superposition and the associated dynamics of a distant test particle apparently allow for superluminal communication. We give a solution to the paradox which is based on the following fundamental principle: any local experiment, discriminating a coherent superposition from an incoherent statistical mixture, necessarily requires a minimum time proportional to the mass (or charge) of the system. For a charged particle, we consider two examples of such experiments, and show that they are both consistent with the previous limitation. In the first, the measurement requires to accelerate the charge, that can entangle with the emitted photons. In the second, the limitation can be ascribed to the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. On the other hand, when applied to massive particles our result provides an indirect evidence for the existence of gravitational vacuum fluctuations an...

  5. TRIGA criticality experiment for testing burn-up calculations

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    Persic, Andreja; Ravnik, Matjaz; Zagar, Tomaz [Jozef Stefan Institute, Reactor Physics Division, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    1999-07-01

    A criticality experiment with partly burned TRIGA fuel is described. 20 wt % enriched standard TRIGA fuel elements initially containing 12 wt % U are used. Their average burn-up is 1.4 MWd. Fuel element burn-up is calculated in 2-D four group diffusion approximation using TRIGLAV code. The burn-up of several fuel elements is also measured by reactivity method. The excess reactivity of several critical and subcritical core configurations is measured. Two core configurations contain the same fuel elements in the same arrangement as were used in the fresh TRIGA fuel criticality experiment performed in 1991. The results of the experiment may be applied for testing the computer codes used for fuel burn-up calculations. (author)

  6. Expose : procedure and results of the joint experiment verification tests

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    Panitz, C.; Rettberg, P.; Horneck, G.; Rabbow, E.; Baglioni, P.

    The International Space Station will carry the EXPOSE facility accommodated at the universal workplace URM-D located outside the Russian Service Module. The launch will be affected in 2005 and it is planned to stay in space for 1.5 years. The tray like structure will accomodate 2 chemical and 6 biological PI-experiments or experiment systems of the ROSE (Response of Organisms to Space Environment) consortium. EXPOSE will support long-term in situ studies of microbes in artificial meteorites, as well as of microbial communities from special ecological niches, such as endolithic and evaporitic ecosystems. The either vented or sealed experiment pockets will be covered by an optical filter system to control intensity and spectral range of solar UV irradiation. Control of sun exposure will be achieved by the use of individual shutters. To test the compatibility of the different biological systems and their adaptation to the opportunities and constraints of space conditions a profound ground support program has been developed. The procedure and first results of this joint Experiment Verification Tests (EVT) will be presented. The results will be essential for the success of the EXPOSE mission and have been done in parallel with the development and construction of the final hardware design of the facility. The results of the mission will contribute to the understanding of the organic chemistry processes in space, the biological adaptation strategies to extreme conditions, e.g. on early Earth and Mars, and the distribution of life beyond its planet of origin.

  7. The new AMS control centre

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    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2011-01-01

    Construction work for the future AMS control room began in November 2010 and should be finished this June. The new building, which will have been completed in record time thanks to the professionalism of the project team, will soon be ready to receive the initial data from the AMS experiment.     Luigi Scibile and Michael Poehler, from the GS department, at the AMS control centre construction site.   The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is due to wing its way towards the International Space Station (ISS) on board the shuttle Discovery in April. Mainly intended for research on antimatter and dark matter, the data collected by AMS will be sent to Houston in the United States and then directly to CERN’s new Building 946. Construction work for the AMS control centre building on the Route Gentner at CERN’s Prévessin site started in November 2010 and must be completed in time to receive the first data from the spectrometer in June. “It normall...

  8. Experiment data of ROSA-III test RUN 703

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    RUN 703 in the ROSA-III program is the third test of standard BWR LOCA test series. The test was simulated a 100% split break at the recirculation pump inlet side. Its purpose are to provide data to evaluate the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) behavior during a BWR 100% split break LOCA and to assess the system computer code. Therefore, the ROSA-III facility was configured to simulate a large (--1000 MWe) BWR LOCA resulting from a split break on the inlet side of the pump in a recirculation loop. The primary initial conditions are steam dome pressure 7.04 MPa, steam dome temperature 560 K, lower plenum subcooling 10 K, and core inlet flow 35.5 kg/s. During the system depressurization, emergency core cooling water was injected into the upper plenum and the core bypass in the pressure vessel. The data from RUN 703 are presented; the experiment achieved the above purposes successfully. (author)

  9. Five years operating experience at the Fast Flux Test Facility

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    The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) is a 400 Mw(t), loop-type, sodium-cooled, fast neutron reactor. It is operated by the Westinghouse Hanford Company for the United States Department of Energy at Richland, Washington. The FFTF is a multipurpose test reactor used to irradiate fuels and materials for programs such as Liquid Metal Reactor (LMR) research, fusion research, space power systems, isotope production and international research. FFTF is also used for testing concepts to be used in Advanced Reactors which will be designed to maximize passive safety features and not require complex shutdown systems to assure safe shutdown and heat removal. The FFTF also provides experience in the operation and maintenance of a reactor having prototypic components and systems typical of large LMR (LMFBR) power plants. The 5 year operational performance of the FFTF reactor is discussed in this report. 6 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Experiment data of ROSA-III test RUN 704

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    Run 704 in the ROSA-III program is the forth test of standard BWR LOCA test series, simulating a double-ended break in the recirculation pump inlet side with the whole emergency core cooling system (ECCS) activation. The test conditions were the same as those specified except a 2 sec. delay in the two breaks. The purpose of Run 704 were to provide data to evaluate ECCS behavior during LOCE operation to assess the system computer code. Therefore, the ROSA-III facility was configured to simulate a large (--1000 MWe) BWR LOCA resulting from a 200% double-ended ofset shear break on the inlet side of the pump in a recirculation loop. The primary initial conditions are stam dome pressure 7.04 MPa, steam dome temperature 560 K, lower plenum subcooling 14 K, and core inlet flow 35.7 kg/s. The data from Run 704 are presented; the experiment achieved the above purposes successfully. (author)

  11. Creating New Design-Build-Test Experiences as Outputs of Undergraduate Design-Build-Test Projects

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    Hermon, John Paul

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes a methodology of using individual engineering undergraduate student projects as a means of effectively and efficiently developing new Design-Build-Test (DBT) learning experiences and challenges. A key aspect of the rationale for this approach is that it benefits all parties. The student undertaking the individual project gets an authentic experience of producing a functional artefact, which has been the result of a design process that addresses conception, design, impleme...

  12. The Grimsel migration experiment: a hydrogeochemical equilibrium test

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    A step input of EM-water, which is chemically different from the water naturally flowing in the migration fracture (MI-water), was injected into the migration fracture (AU96) at the Grimsel Test Site (GTS). The dipole flow field was established between borehole BOMI 86.004 (injection well) and borehole BOMI 87.006 (extraction well). One aim of this hydrogeochemical equilibrium test was to observe how the system responded to the injection of a 'foreign' water and to determine the time required to reach new steady state conditions. A total of 22 water samples were taken from the extraction well for subsequent laboratory analyses. This test was part of the necessary preparation work required for future tracer migration experiments in which it might be necessary to inject a water with a different chemistry if a constant supply of natural migration water in the quantities required can not be guaranteed over the anticipated experimental time scales. The results of the hydrogeochemical equilibration test showed clearly that anions such as F- and Cl- reached steady state concentrations in the extracted water within ∼ 50 hours whereas the major cations, Na+ and Ca2+ required ∼ 150 hours. The three cations, Sr2+, K+ and Mg2+ showed evidence of being retarded more strongly. Sr2+ did not reach steady state until after ∼ 250 hours and K+ and Mg2+ appeared to be still increasing slowly when the experiment was terminated after ∼ 312 hours. The conclusion from this first part of the work was that EM-water should not be used as a source of injection water in any future migration experiment with sorbing tracers. These data were further analysed and interpreted assuming that the protomylonite fracture behaves as a weak cation exchange medium giving rise to composition changes in the extracted water in addition to those resulting from simple mixing processes. (author) 15 figs., 12 tabs., 27 refs

  13. Test plan for FY-94 digface characterization field experiments

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    The digface characterization concept has been under development at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) since fiscal year (FY) 1992 through the support of the Buried Waste Integrated Demonstration Program. A digface characterization system conducts continuous subsurface characterization simultaneously with retrieval of hazardous and radioactive waste from buried waste sites. The system deploys multiple sensors at the retrieval operation digface and collects data that provide a basis for detecting, locating, and classifying buried materials and hazardous conditions before they are disturbed by the retrieval equipment. This test plan describes ongoing efforts to test the digface characterization concept at the INEL's Cold Test Pit using a simplified prototype deployment apparatus and off-the-shelf sensors. FY-94 field experiments will explore problems in object detection and classification. Detection and classification of objects are fundamental to three of the four primary functions of digface characterization during overburden removal. This test plan establishes procedures for collecting and validating the digface characterization data sets. Analysis of these data will focus on testing and further developing analysis methods for object detection and classification during overburden removal

  14. Experiments Testing the Causes of Namibian Fairy Circles.

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    Full Text Available The grasslands on the sandy soils of the eastern edge of the Namib Desert of Namibia are strikingly punctuated by millions of mostly regularly-spaced circular bare spots 2 to 10 m or more in diameter, generally with a margin of taller grasses. The causes of these so called fairy circles are unknown, but several hypotheses have been advanced. In October 2009, we set up experiments that specifically tested four hypothesized causes, and monitored these 5 times between 2009 and 2015. Grass exclusion in circles due to seepage of subterranean vapors or gases was tested by burying an impermeable barrier beneath fairy circles, but seedling density and growth did not differ from barrier-less controls. Plant germination and growth inhibition by allelochemicals or nutrient deficiencies in fairy circle soils were tested by transferring fairy circle soil to artificially cleared circles in the grassy matrix, and matrix soil to fairy circles (along with circle to circle and matrix to matrix controls. None of the transfers changed the seedling density and growth from the control reference conditions. Limitation of plant growth due to micronutrient depletion within fairy circles was tested by supplementing circles with a micronutrient mixture, but did not result in differences in plant seedling density and growth. Short-range vegetation competitive feedbacks were tested by creating artificially-cleared circles of 2 or 4 m diameter located 2 or 6 m from a natural fairy circle. The natural circles remained bare and the artificial circles revegetated. These four experiments provided evidence that fairy circles were not caused by subterranean vapors, that fairy circle soil per se did not inhibit plant growth, and that the circles were not caused by micronutrient deficiency. There was also no evidence that vegetative feedbacks affected fairy circles on a 2 to 10 m scale. Landscape-scale vegetative self-organization is discussed as a more likely cause of fairy circles.

  15. Phototube Testing for the MiniBooNE Experiment

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    Gladstone, Laura; Brice, Steve; Bugel, Len; Fleming, Bonnie; Hawker, Eric; Killewald, Phillip; May, Justin; McKenney, Shawn; Nienaber, Paul; Patterson, Ryan; Roe, Byron; Sandberg, Vern; Smith, Darrel; Wysocki, Matt

    2005-04-01

    The MiniBooNE experiment at FNAL is a neutrino νμ->νe oscillation search whose detector is a 12 m spherical oil tank lined with 1520 8 inch photomultiplier tubes, Hamamatsu models R1408 and R5912, with custom--designed bases. Tests were performed on all the phototubes to determine the dark rate, charge and timing resolutions of the response, double--pulsing rate, and desired operating voltage for each tube, so that they could be sorted for optimal use in the detector. Eight additional phototubes were tested to find the angular dependance of their response, and these results for the R1408 and R5912 phototubes were fit to 5-- and 6--degree polynomials, respectively. This test was performed again at various voltages. These fits were incorporated into the MiniBooNE Monte Carlo. After the Super--K phototube implosion accident, an analysis was performed to determine the risk of a similar accident with MiniBooNE, and the risk was found to be negligible. *MiniBooNE is an experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

  16. Grimsel Test Site: modelling radionuclide migration field experiments

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    In the migration field experiments at Nagra's Grimsel Test Site, the processes of nuclide transport through a well defined fractured shear-zone in crystalline rock are being investigated. For these experiments, model calculations have been performed to obtain indications on validity and limitation of the model applied and the data deduced under field conditions. The model consists of a hydrological part, where the dipole flow fields of the experiments are determined, and a nuclide transport part, where the flow field driven nuclide propagation through the shear-zone is calculated. In addition to the description of the model, analytical expressions are given to guide the interpretation of experimental results. From the analysis of experimental breakthrough curves for conservative uranine, weakly sorbing sodium and more stronger sorbing strontium tracers, the following main results can be derived: i) The model is able to represent the breakthrough curves of the migration field experiments to a high degree of accuracy, ii) The process of matrix diffusion is manifest through the tails of the breakthrough curves decreasing with time as t-3/2 and through the special shape of the tail ends, both confirmed by the experiments, iii) For nuclide sorbing rapidly, not too strongly, linearly, and exhibiting a reversible cation exchange process on fault gouge, the laboratory sorption coefficient can reasonably well be extrapolated to field conditions. Adequate care in selecting and preparing the rock samples is, of course, a necessary requirement. Using the parameters determined in the previous analysis, predictions are made for experiments in a smaller an faster flow field. For conservative uranine and weakly sorbing sodium, the agreement of predicted and measured breakthrough curves is good, for the more stronger sorbing strontium reasonable, confirming that the model describes the main nuclide transport processes adequately. (author) figs., tabs., 29 refs

  17. Design and test of pixel sensors for the CMS experiment

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    Bolla, G.; Bortoletto, D.; Rott, C.; Roy, A.; Kwan, S.; Chien, C. Y.; Cho, H.; Gobbi, B.; Horisberger, R.; Kaufmann, R.

    2001-04-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will have a silicon pixel detector as its innermost tracking device. The pixel system will be exposed to the harsh radiation environment of the LHC. Prototype sensors have been designed to meet the specifications of the CMS experiment. The sensors are n +-n devices to allow partial depletion operation after bulk type inversion. The isolation of the n + pixels is provided through a novel double open p-ring design that allows sensors testing before bump bonding and flip chipping. The prototype wafers contain a variety of p-stop designs and are fabricated by two vendors on different bulk substrates including oxygenated silicon. A study of the static measurement of the prototype sensors before irradiation is presented.

  18. Design and test of pixel sensors for the CMS experiment

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    Bölla, G; Rott, C; Roy, A; Kwan, S; Chien, C Y; Cho, H; Gobbi, B; Horisberger, R P; Kaufmann, R

    2001-01-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will have a silicon pixel detector as its innermost tracking device. The pixel system will be exposed to the harsh radiation environment of the LHC. Prototype sensors have been designed to meet the specifications of the CMS experiment. The sensors are n/sup +/-n devices to allow partial depletion operation after bulk type inversion. The isolation of the n/sup +/ pixels is provided through a novel double open p-ring design that allows sensor testing before bump bonding and flip chipping. The prototype wafers contain a variety of p-stop designs and are fabricated by two vendors on different bulk substrates including oxygenated silicon. A study of the static measurement of the prototype sensors before irradiation is presented. (2 refs).

  19. Plasma lens experiments at the Final Focus Test Beam

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    Barletta, B. [California Univ., Los Angeles, CA (United States)]|[Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Chattopadhyay, S. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Chen, P. [Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Menlo Park, CA (United States)] [and others

    1993-04-01

    We intend to carry out a series of plasma lens experiments at the Final Focus Test Beam facility at SLAC. These experiments will be the first to study the focusing of particle beams by plasma focusing devices in the parameter regime of interest for high energy colliders, and is expected to lead to plasma lens designs capable of unprecedented spot sizes. Plasma focusing of positron beams will be attempted for the first time. We will study the effects of lens aberrations due to various lens imperfections. Several approaches will be applied to create the plasma required including laser ionization and beam ionization of a working gas. At an increased bunch population of 2.5 {times} 10{sup 10}, tunneling ionization of a gas target by an electron beam -- an effect which has never been observed before -- should be significant. The compactness of our device should prove to be of interest for applications at the SLC and the next generation linear colliders.

  20. Price vector effects in choice experiments: an empirical test

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    This paper investigates whether the preference and willingness-to-pay estimates obtained from the choice experiment method of estimating non-market values are sensitive to the vector of prices used in the experimental design. We undertake this test in the context of water quality improvements under the European Union's new Water Framework Directive. Using a mixed logit model, which allows for differing scale between the two samples, we find no significant impact of changing the price vector on estimates of preferences or willingness-to-pay. (author) (Choice modelling; Non-market valuation; Design effects; Water Framework Directive)

  1. Juno II (AM-14)

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    1959-01-01

    Juno II (AM-14) on the launch pad just prior to launch, March 3, 1959. The payload of AM-14 was Pioneer IV, America's first successful lunar mission. The Juno II was a modification of Jupiter ballistic missile

  2. Early experience with the Tritium Systems Test Assembly

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    The Tritium Systems Test Assembly (TSTA) project at Los Alamos is charged with developing and demonstrating the tritium technology required to fuel a deuterium-tritium burning fusion reactor and to develop and evaluate the personnel and environmental safety systems associated with the tritium facility. The TSTA project completed the construction phase in late 1982 and is currently in the component checkout and early experimental phase. Tritium introduction is scheduled for mid-summer 1983. Several major systems have been operated and tested with hydrogen and deuterium. These include the vacuum pump, the isotope separation system and the emergency tritium cleanup system. The results of the early experiments are summarized and the experimental programs for other systems are presented

  3. Combined Experiment Phase 1. [Horizontal axis wind turbines: wind tunnel testing versus field testing

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    Butterfield, C.P.; Musial, W.P.; Simms, D.A.

    1992-10-01

    How does wind tunnel airfoil data differ from the airfoil performance on an operating horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) The National Renewable Energy laboratory has been conducting a comprehensive test program focused on answering this question and understanding the basic fluid mechanics of rotating HAWT stall aerodynamics. The basic approach was to instrument a wind rotor, using an airfoil that was well documented by wind tunnel tests, and measure operating pressure distributions on the rotating blade. Based an the integrated values of the pressure data, airfoil performance coefficients were obtained, and comparisons were made between the rotating data and the wind tunnel data. Care was taken to the aerodynamic and geometric differences between the rotating and the wind tunnel models. This is the first of two reports describing the Combined Experiment Program and its results. This Phase I report covers background information such as test setup and instrumentation. It also includes wind tunnel test results and roughness testing.

  4. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

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    Alcaraz, J; Ambrosi, G; Anderhub, H; Ao, L; Arefev, A; Azzarello, P; Babucci, E; Baldini, L; Basile, M; Barancourt, D; Barão, F; Barbier, G; Barreira, G; Battiston, R; Becker, R; Becker, U; Bellagamba, L; Bene, P; Berdugo, J; Berges, P; Bertucci, B; Biland, A; Bizzaglia, S; Blasko, S; Bölla, G; Boschini, M; Bourquin, Maurice; Brocco, L; Bruni, G; Buénerd, M; Burger, J D; Burger, W J; Cai, X D; Camps, C; Cannarsa, P; Capell, M; Casadei, D; Casaus, J; Castellini, G; Cecchi, C; Chang, Y H; Chen, H F; Chen, H S; Chen, Z G; Chernoplekov, N A; Tzi Hong Chiueh; Chuang, Y L; Cindolo, F; Commichau, V; Contin, A; Crespo, P; Cristinziani, M; Cunha, J P D; Dai, T S; Deus, J D; Dinu, N; Djambazov, L; Dantone, I; Dong, Z R; Emonet, P; Engelberg, J; Eppling, F J; Eronen, T; Esposito, G; Extermann, P; Favier, Jean; Fiandrini, E; Fisher, P H; Flügge, G; Fouque, N; Galaktionov, Yu; Gervasi, M; Giusti, P; Grandi, D; Grimm, O; Gu, W Q; Hangarter, K; Hasan, A; Hermel, V; Hofer, H; Huang, M A; Hungerford, W; Ionica, M; Ionica, R; Jongmanns, M; Karlamaa, K; Karpinski, W; Kenney, G; Kenny, J; Kim, W; Klimentov, A; Kossakowski, R; Koutsenko, V F; Kraeber, M; Laborie, G; Laitinen, T; Lamanna, G; Laurenti, G; Lebedev, A; Lee, S C; Levi, G; Levchenko, P M; Liu, C L; Liu, H T; Lopes, I; Lu, G; Lü, Y S; Lübelsmeyer, K; Luckey, D; Lustermann, W; Maña, C; Margotti, A; Mayet, F; McNeil, R R; Meillon, B; Menichelli, M; Mihul, A; Mourao, A; Mujunen, A; Palmonari, F; Papi, A; Park, I H; Pauluzzi, M; Pauss, Felicitas; Perrin, E; Pesci, A; Pevsner, A; Pimenta, M; Plyaskin, V; Pozhidaev, V; Postolache, V; Produit, N; Rancoita, P G; Rapin, D; Raupach, F; Ren, D; Ren, Z; Ribordy, M; Richeux, J P; Riihonen, E; Ritakari, J; Röser, U; Roissin, C; Sagdeev, R; Sartorelli, G; Schwering, G; Scolieri, G; Seo, E S; Shoutko, V; Shoumilov, E; Siedling, R; Son, D; Song, T; Steuer, M; Sun, G S; Suter, H; Tang, X W; Ting, Samuel C C; Ting, S M; Tornikoski, M; Torsti, J; Ulbricht, J; Urpo, S; Usoskin, I; Valtonen, E; Vandenhirtz, J; Velcea, F; Velikhov, E P; Verlaat, B; Vetlitskii, I; Vezzu, F; Vialle, J P; Viertel, Gert M; Vitè, Davide F; Gunten, H V; Wallraff, W; Wang, B C; Wang, J Z; Wang, Y H; Wiik, K; Williams, C; Wu, S X; Xia, P C; Yan, J L; Yan, L G; Yang, C G; Yang, M; Ye, S W; Yeh, P; Xu, Z Z; Zhang, H Y; Zhang, Z P; Zhao, D X; Zhu, G Y; Zhu, W Z; Zhuang, H L; Zichichi, A; Zimmermann, B

    2002-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a large acceptance (0.65 sr m sup 2) detector designed to operate in the International Space Station (ISS) for three years. The purposes of the experiment are to search for cosmic antimatter and dark matter and to study the composition and energy spectrum of the primary cosmic rays. A 'scaled-down' version has been flown on the Space Shuttle Discovery for 10 days in June 1998. The complete AMS is programmed for installation on the ISS in October 2003 for an operational period of 3 yr. This contribution reports on the experimental configuration that will be installed on the ISS.

  5. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

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    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a large acceptance (0.65 sr m2) detector designed to operate in the International Space Station (ISS) for three years. The purposes of the experiment are to search for cosmic antimatter and dark matter and to study the composition and energy spectrum of the primary cosmic rays. A 'scaled-down' version has been flown on the Space Shuttle Discovery for 10 days in June 1998. The complete AMS is programmed for installation on the ISS in October 2003 for an operational period of 3 yr. This contribution reports on the experimental configuration that will be installed on the ISS

  6. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

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    Alcaraz, J.; Alpat, B.; Ambrosi, G.; Anderhub, H.; Ao, L.; Arefiev, A.; Azzarello, P.; Babucci, E.; Baldini, L.; Basile, M.; Barancourt, D.; Barao, F.; Barbier, G.; Barreira, G.; Battiston, R.; Becker, R.; Becker, U.; Bellagamba, L.; Bene, P.; Berdugo, J.; Berges, P.; Bertucci, B.; Biland, A.; Bizzaglia, S.; Blasko, S.; Boella, G.; Boschini, M.; Bourquin, M.; Brocco, L.; Bruni, G.; Buenerd, M.; Burger, J.D.; Burger, W.J.; Cai, X.D.; Camps, C.; Cannarsa, P.; Capell, M.; Casadei, D.; Casaus, J.; Castellini, G.; Cecchi, C.; Chang, Y.H.; Chen, H.F.; Chen, H.S.; Chen, Z.G.; Chernoplekov, N.A.; Chiueh, T.H.; Chuang, Y.L.; Cindolo, F.; Commichau, V.; Contin, A. E-mail: contin@bo.infn.it; Crespo, P.; Cristinziani, M.; Cunha, J.P. da; Dai, T.S.; Deus, J.D.; Dinu, N.; Djambazov, L.; DAntone, I.; Dong, Z.R.; Emonet, P.; Engelberg, J.; Eppling, F.J.; Eronen, T.; Esposito, G.; Extermann, P.; Favier, J.; Fiandrini, E.; Fisher, P.H.; Fluegge, G.; Fouque, N.; Galaktionov, Yu.; Gervasi, M.; Giusti, P.; Grandi, D.; Grimm, O.; Gu, W.Q.; Hangarter, K.; Hasan, A.; Hermel, V.; Hofer, H.; Huang, M.A.; Hungerford, W.; Ionica, M.; Ionica, R.; Jongmanns, M.; Karlamaa, K.; Karpinski, W.; Kenney, G.; Kenny, J.; Kim, W.; Klimentov, A.; Kossakowski, R.; Koutsenko, V.; Kraeber, M.; Laborie, G.; Laitinen, T.; Lamanna, G.; Laurenti, G.; Lebedev, A.; Lee, S.C.; Levi, G.; Levtchenko, P.; Liu, C.L.; Liu, H.T.; Lopes, I.; Lu, G.; Lu, Y.S.; Luebelsmeyer, K.; Luckey, D.; Lustermann, W.; Mana, C.; Margotti, A.; Mayet, F.; McNeil, R.R.; Meillon, B.; Menichelli, M.; Mihul, A.; Mourao, A.; Mujunen, A.; Palmonari, F.; Papi, A.; Park, I.H.; Pauluzzi, M.; Pauss, F.; Perrin, E.; Pesci, A.; Pevsner, A.; Pimenta, M.; Plyaskin, V.; Pojidaev, V.; Postolache, V.; Produit, N.; Rancoita, P.G.; Rapin, D.; Raupach, F.; Ren, D.; Ren, Z.; Ribordy, M.; Richeux, J.P.; Riihonen, E.; Ritakari, J.; Roeser, U.; Roissin, C.; Sagdeev, R.; Sartorelli, G.; Schultz von Dratzig, A.; Schwering, G.; Scolieri, G.; Seo, E.S.; Shoutko, V.

    2002-02-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a large acceptance (0.65 sr m{sup 2}) detector designed to operate in the International Space Station (ISS) for three years. The purposes of the experiment are to search for cosmic antimatter and dark matter and to study the composition and energy spectrum of the primary cosmic rays. A 'scaled-down' version has been flown on the Space Shuttle Discovery for 10 days in June 1998. The complete AMS is programmed for installation on the ISS in October 2003 for an operational period of 3 yr. This contribution reports on the experimental configuration that will be installed on the ISS.

  7. FLIRE--flowing liquid surface retention experiment, design and testing

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    The flowing liquid surface retention experiment (FLIRE) has been designed to provide fundamental data on the retention and pumping of He, H and other species in flowing liquid surfaces. The FLIRE concept uses an ion source with current densities near 0.5 mA/cm2 and a working distance of 30-40 mm. The ion source injects 300-5000 eV ions into a flowing stream of liquid lithium at nearly normal incidence. FLIRE is a dual chamber unit. The liquid lithium flows into one vacuum chamber isolating it from a bottom vacuum chamber. Two residual gas analyzers with a quadrupole mass spectrometer, monitor the partial pressure of the implanted species in each vacuum chamber measuring retention and diffusion coefficients. A liquid-metal (LM) injection system experiment has been carried out to verify the capability of transporting liquid lithium. Results show that liquid metal velocities of the order of 1 m/s can be achieved. Safety tests conclude that exposing 300 deg. C lithium to atmosphere result in benign chemical reactions. A test of the external and internal heating systems conclude that LM transfer lines can be heated to temperatures near 270 deg. C and ramp temperatures near 400 deg. C

  8. Experiment data of ROSA-III test run 701

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    Run 701 in the ROSA-III program is the first test of standard BWR LOCA test series, simulating a double-ended break on the inlet side of a recirculation pump. Its purposes are to check the ROSA-III facility and its instrumentation for BWR LOCA experiments and to provide the comprehensive experimental data at low transient power to assess the system computer code. Therefore, the ROSA-III facility was configured to simulate a large (-- 1000 MWe) BWR LOCA resulting from a 200% double-ended offset shear break on the inlet side of the pump in a recirculation loop. The primary initial conditions are steam dome pressure 7.16 MPa, steam dome temperature 561 K, lower plenum subcooling 11 K, and core inlet flow 37.0 kg/s. During the system depressurization, emergency core cooling water was injected into the mixture plenum and the core bypass in the pressure vessel to obtain the data on the effects of emergency core cooling on the system thermal-hydraulic response. The data from run 701 are presented; the experiment achieved the above purposes successfully. (author)

  9. MEMS Reliability: Infrastructure, Test Structures, Experiments, and Failure Modes

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    TANNER,DANELLE M.; SMITH,NORMAN F.; IRWIN,LLOYD W.; EATON,WILLIAM P.; HELGESEN,KAREN SUE; CLEMENT,J. JOSEPH; MILLER,WILLIAM M.; MILLER,SAMUEL L.; DUGGER,MICHAEL T.; WALRAVEN,JEREMY A.; PETERSON,KENNETH A.

    2000-01-01

    The burgeoning new technology of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) shows great promise in the weapons arena. We can now conceive of micro-gyros, micro-surety systems, and micro-navigators that are extremely small and inexpensive. Do we want to use this new technology in critical applications such as nuclear weapons? This question drove us to understand the reliability and failure mechanisms of silicon surface-micromachined MEMS. Development of a testing infrastructure was a crucial step to perform reliability experiments on MEMS devices and will be reported here. In addition, reliability test structures have been designed and characterized. Many experiments were performed to investigate failure modes and specifically those in different environments (humidity, temperature, shock, vibration, and storage). A predictive reliability model for wear of rubbing surfaces in microengines was developed. The root causes of failure for operating and non-operating MEMS are discussed. The major failure mechanism for operating MEMS was wear of the polysilicon rubbing surfaces. Reliability design rules for future MEMS devices are established.

  10. Experiments with the HORUS-II test facility

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    Within the scope of the German reactor safety research the thermohydraulic computer code ATHLET which was developed for accident analyses of western nuclear power plants is more and more used for the accident analysis of VVER-plants particularly for VVER-440,V-213. The experiments with the HORUS-facilities and the analyses with the ATHLET-code have been realized at the Technical University Zittau/Goerlitz since 1991. The aim of the investigations was to improve and verify the condensation model particularly the correlations for the calculation of the heat transfer coefficients in the ATHLET-code for pure steam and steam-noncondensing gas mixtures in horizontal tubes. About 130 condensation experiments have been performed at the HORUS-II facility. The experiments have been carried out with pure steam as well as with noncondensing gas injections into the steam mass flow. The experimental simulations are characterized as accident simulation tests for SBLOCA for VVER-conditions. The simulation conditions had been adjusted correspondingly to the parameters of a postulated SBLOCA's fourth phase at the original plant

  11. Experiments with the HORUS-II test facility

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    Alt, S.; Lischke, W. [Univ. for Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz, Zittau (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

    1997-12-31

    Within the scope of the German reactor safety research the thermohydraulic computer code ATHLET which was developed for accident analyses of western nuclear power plants is more and more used for the accident analysis of VVER-plants particularly for VVER-440,V-213. The experiments with the HORUS-facilities and the analyses with the ATHLET-code have been realized at the Technical University Zittau/Goerlitz since 1991. The aim of the investigations was to improve and verify the condensation model particularly the correlations for the calculation of the heat transfer coefficients in the ATHLET-code for pure steam and steam-noncondensing gas mixtures in horizontal tubes. About 130 condensation experiments have been performed at the HORUS-II facility. The experiments have been carried out with pure steam as well as with noncondensing gas injections into the steam mass flow. The experimental simulations are characterized as accident simulation tests for SBLOCA for VVER-conditions. The simulation conditions had been adjusted correspondingly to the parameters of a postulated SBLOCA`s fourth phase at the original plant. 4 refs.

  12. Experiments testing macroscopic quantum superpositions must be slow

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    Mari, Andrea; De Palma, Giacomo; Giovannetti, Vittorio

    2016-01-01

    We consider a thought experiment where the preparation of a macroscopically massive or charged particle in a quantum superposition and the associated dynamics of a distant test particle apparently allow for superluminal communication. We give a solution to the paradox which is based on the following fundamental principle: any local experiment, discriminating a coherent superposition from an incoherent statistical mixture, necessarily requires a minimum time proportional to the mass (or charge) of the system. For a charged particle, we consider two examples of such experiments, and show that they are both consistent with the previous limitation. In the first, the measurement requires to accelerate the charge, that can entangle with the emitted photons. In the second, the limitation can be ascribed to the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. On the other hand, when applied to massive particles our result provides an indirect evidence for the existence of gravitational vacuum fluctuations and for the possibility of entangling a particle with quantum gravitational radiation. PMID:26959656

  13. Experiments testing macroscopic quantum superpositions must be slow.

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    Mari, Andrea; De Palma, Giacomo; Giovannetti, Vittorio

    2016-01-01

    We consider a thought experiment where the preparation of a macroscopically massive or charged particle in a quantum superposition and the associated dynamics of a distant test particle apparently allow for superluminal communication. We give a solution to the paradox which is based on the following fundamental principle: any local experiment, discriminating a coherent superposition from an incoherent statistical mixture, necessarily requires a minimum time proportional to the mass (or charge) of the system. For a charged particle, we consider two examples of such experiments, and show that they are both consistent with the previous limitation. In the first, the measurement requires to accelerate the charge, that can entangle with the emitted photons. In the second, the limitation can be ascribed to the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. On the other hand, when applied to massive particles our result provides an indirect evidence for the existence of gravitational vacuum fluctuations and for the possibility of entangling a particle with quantum gravitational radiation. PMID:26959656

  14. Recent reactor testing and experience with gamma thermometers

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    Recent experience with gamma thermometers for light water reactors has primarily been in the Framatome reactors operated by Electricite de France. Other recent testing has taken place at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Otto Hahn ship reactor. Earlier experience with gamma thermometers was in heavy water reactors at Savannah River and Halden. This paper presents recent data from the light water reactor (LWR) programs. The principles of design and operation of the Radcal gamma thermometer were presented in ''Gamma Thermometer Developments for Light Water Reactors'', Leyse and Smith1. Observations from LWRs confirm the earlier experience from heavy water reactors that the gamma thermometer units give signals which are proportional to the power of surrounding fuel rods and virtually independent of exposure, surrounding poison and other conditions which affect signals of neutron sensitive devices. After 200 sensor-years in EdF reactors, there has been no change in the sensitivity of the devices. Nonetheless, the Radcal units can be recalibrated in-reactor by the introduction of electrical heating via a heater cable imbedded in the device. Algorithms and signal processing software have been developed to interpret and display the gamma thermometer signals. The results of this processing are illustrated here

  15. Experiments testing macroscopic quantum superpositions must be slow

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    Mari, Andrea; de Palma, Giacomo; Giovannetti, Vittorio

    2016-03-01

    We consider a thought experiment where the preparation of a macroscopically massive or charged particle in a quantum superposition and the associated dynamics of a distant test particle apparently allow for superluminal communication. We give a solution to the paradox which is based on the following fundamental principle: any local experiment, discriminating a coherent superposition from an incoherent statistical mixture, necessarily requires a minimum time proportional to the mass (or charge) of the system. For a charged particle, we consider two examples of such experiments, and show that they are both consistent with the previous limitation. In the first, the measurement requires to accelerate the charge, that can entangle with the emitted photons. In the second, the limitation can be ascribed to the quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field. On the other hand, when applied to massive particles our result provides an indirect evidence for the existence of gravitational vacuum fluctuations and for the possibility of entangling a particle with quantum gravitational radiation.

  16. The advanced containment experiments (ACE) radioiodine test facility experimental program

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    Results of the Advanced Containment Experiments (ACE) Radioiodine Test Facility (RTF) program are reported. This study consisted of four intermediate-scale experiments that investigated the effects of radiation, pH, surfaces and initial iodine speciation on iodine behaviour. The tests revealed that, in high radiation fields, the long-term volatility of iodine is independent of the initial iodine speciation (CsI, I2, CH3I). This is presumably because radiolytic reactions inter-convert aqueous iodine species; I- was the predominant aqueous iodine species after an absorbed dose of about 30-40 kGy. Tests at pH 9 and 5.5 demonstrated that iodine volatility increased significantly with decreasing pH. In addition, this study demonstrated that containment surfaces can play an important role in determining iodine volatility, gas and aqueous phase iodine speciation, and surface adsorption. In summary: The ACE/RTF experiments have demonstrated the importance of several factors on iodine behaviour within containment under reactor accident conditions. One of the most important factors was radiation. Without radiation, the volatility of iodine was dependent on the initial speciation of iodine, presumably because inter-conversion of iodine species by non-radiolytic reactions is relatively slow. In contrast, in the presence of radiation, the long-term volatility of iodine was independent of initial speciation. This is attributed to aqueous phase radiolytic reactions that result in rapid inter-conversion of iodine species. Iodine volatility was shown to increase significantly with decreasing pH. However, changing the pH from acidic to alkaline conditions did not result in rapid decreases in iodine volatility. This may have been due to desorption of volatile iodine species from surfaces, in the case of stainless steel, and the influence of organics in the epoxy tests. Surfaces were shown to influence iodine volatility and speciation. Higher gas phase iodine concentrations were

  17. Esperimento AMS problemi teorici e sperimentali nella ricerca di antimateria in raggi cosmici

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    Casadei, D

    1998-01-01

    In this thesis are reported the design and the tests that have been done on the prototype counters of the Time of Flight (TOF) system of the AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) experiment. The behaviour of the Hamamatsu R5900 under vacuum test is also shown. (text is in italian)

  18. Charting a Course through CORAL: Texas A&M University Libraries' Experience Implementing an Open-Source Electronic Resources Management System

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    Hartnett, Eric; Beh, Eugenia; Resnick, Taryn; Ugaz, Ana; Tabacaru, Simona

    2013-01-01

    In 2010, after two previous unsuccessful attempts at electronic resources management system (ERMS) implementation, Texas A&M University (TAMU) Libraries set out once again to find an ERMS that would fit its needs. After surveying the field, TAMU Libraries selected the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries-developed, open-source ERMS, CORAL…

  19. Actinide measurements by AMS using fluoride matrices

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    Cornett, R. J.; Kazi, Z. H.; Zhao, X.-L.; Chartrand, M. G.; Charles, R. J.; Kieser, W. E.

    2015-10-01

    Actinides can be measured by alpha spectroscopy (AS), mass spectroscopy or accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). We tested a simple method to separate Pu and Am isotopes from the sample matrix using a single extraction chromatography column. The actinides in the column eluent were then measured by AS or AMS using a fluoride target matrix. Pu and Am were coprecipitated with NdF3. The strongest AMS beams of Pu and Am were produced when there was a large excess of fluoride donor atoms in the target and the NdF3 precipitates were diluted about 6-8 fold with PbF2. The measured concentrations of 239,240Pu and 241Am agreed with the concentrations in standards of known activity and with two IAEA certified reference materials. Measurements of 239,240Pu and 241Am made at A.E. Lalonde AMS Laboratory agree, within their statistical uncertainty, with independent measurements made using the IsoTrace AMS system. This work demonstrated that fluoride targets can produce reliable beams of actinide anions and that the measurement of actinides using fluorides agree with published values in certified reference materials.

  20. Medial Amygdala Lesions in Male Rats Reduce Aggressive Behavior : Interference With Experience

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    Vochteloo, J.D.; Koolhaas, J.M.

    1987-01-01

    The medial nucleus of the amygdala (am) has been implicated in a variety of social behaviors. The present experiment will test the hypothesis that the effect of am lesions on intermale aggressive behavior is due to interference with social learning processes. Small electrolytic lesions of the am had

  1. Operating experience with superconducting cavities at the TESLA test facility

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    A description of the TESLA Test Facility, which has been set up at DESY by the TeV Energy Superconducting Accelerator (TESLA) collaboration, will be given as it is now after five years of installation and operation. The experience with the first three modules, each containing 8 superconducting 9-cell cavities, installed and operated in the TTF-linac will be described. The measurements in the vertical and horizontal cryostats as well as in the modules will be compared. Recent results of the operation at the TESLA design current, macropulses of 800 μsec with bunches of 3.2 nC at a rate of 2.25 MHz are given. New measurement results of the higher order modes (HOM) will be presented. The operation and optimisation of the TTF Free Electron Laser (TTF-FEL) will also be covered in this paper. (author)

  2. Experiment data report for semiscale Mod-1 Test S-06-5. (LOFT counterpart test). [PWR

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    1977-06-01

    Recorded test data are presented for Test S-06-5 of the Semiscale Mod-1 LOFT counterpart test series. These tests are among several Semiscale Mod-1 experiments conducted to investigate the thermal and hydraulic phenomena accompanying a hypothesized loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor (PWR) system. Test S-06-5 was conducted from initial conditions of 2272 psia and 536/sup 0/F to investigate the response of the Semiscale Mod-1 system to a depressurization and reflood transient following a simulated double-ended offset shear of the broken loop cold leg piping. During the test, cooling water was injected into the cold legs of the intact and broken loops to simulate emergency core coolant injection in a PWR. The purpose of Test S-06-5 was to assess the influence of the break nozzle geometry on core thermal and system response and on the subcooled and low quality mass flow rates at the break locations.

  3. A small and compact AMS facility for tritium depth profiling

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    M Friedrich; W Pilz; N Bekris; M Glugla; M Kiisk; V Liechtenstein

    2002-12-01

    Depth profiling measurements of tritium in carbon samples have been performed during the past seven years at the AMS facility installed at the Rossendorf 3 MV Tandetron. The samples have been cut from the inner walls of the fusion experiments ASDEX-upgrade/Garching and JET/Culham. The tritium content of the samples from JET required a dedicated AMS facility to prevent any contamination of the versatile 3 MV Tandetron. On the basis of an air-insulated 100 kV tandem accelerator equipped with a gas stripper an AMS facility exclusively devoted to tritium depth profiling was installed, tested and used for routine measurements. After additional successful tests employing diamond-like carbon (DLC) stripper foils at this accelerator, another small and compact 100 kV tandem accelerator with SF6 insulation and a DLC stripper has been installed at the AMS facility. Results obtained with the different tandem accelerators are presented.

  4. OSI Passive Seismic Experiment at the Former Nevada Test Site

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    Sweeney, J J; Harben, P

    2010-11-11

    resonance seismology really works and its effectiveness for OSI purposes has yet to be determined. For this experiment, we took a broad approach to the definition of ''resonance seismometry''; stretching it to include any means that employs passive seismic methods to infer the character of underground materials. In recent years there have been a number of advances in the use of correlation and noise analysis methods in seismology to obtain information about the subsurface. Our objective in this experiment was to use noise analysis and correlation analysis to evaluate these techniques for detecting and characterizing the underground damage zone from a nuclear explosion. The site that was chosen for the experiment was the Mackerel test in Area 4 of the former Nevada Test Site (now named the Nevada National Security Site, or NNSS). Mackerel was an underground nuclear test of less than 20 kT conducted in February of 1964 (DOENV-209-REV 15). The reason we chose this site is because there was a known apical cavity occurring at about 50 m depth above a rubble zone, and that the site had been investigated by the US Geological Survey with active seismic methods in 1965 (Watkins et al., 1967). Note that the time delay between detonation of the explosion (1964) and the time of the present survey (2010) is nearly 46 years - this would not be typical of an expected OSI under the CTBT.

  5. Fast Breeder Test Reactor: 15 years of operating experience

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWt/13.2 MWe sodium cooled, loop type, mixed carbide-fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors including sodium systems and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural materials for future fast reactors. It achieved first criticality in Oct 1985 with Mark I core (70% PuC - 30% UC). Steam generator was put in service in Jan 1993 and power was raised to 10.5 MWt in Dec 1993. Turbine generator was synchronized to the grid in Jul 1997. The indigenously developed mixed carbide fuel has achieved a peak burn up of 88,000 MWd/t till now at a linear heat rating of 320 W/cm and reactor power of 13.4 MWt without any fuel-clad failure. The paper presents operating and decontamination experience, performance of fuel, steam generator and sodium circuits, certain unusual occurrences encountered by the plant and various improvements carried out in reactor systems to enhance plant availability. (author)

  6. Experience with the generating plant at fast breeder test reactor

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    Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) is a 40 MWth/13.2 MW(e) sodium cooled, loop type, mixed carbide-fuelled reactor. Its main aim is to gain experience in the design, construction and operation of fast reactors including sodium systems and generating systems and to serve as an irradiation facility for development of fuel and structural materials for future fast reactors. It achieved first criticality in Oct.1985 with Mark-I core (70 % PUC-30 % UC). FBTR heat transport system consists of two primary sodium loops, two secondary sodium loops and one common tertiary steam and water circuit. Heat generated in the reactor core is transported to the tertiary loop by primary and secondary sodium loops. The steam water system mainly consists of a once through steam generator, which produces super heated steam at a pressure of 120 bars and temperature of 480 degC, feed water system and condensate system. The steam produced is supplied to a condensing turbine. The turbine in turn is coupled to an alternator. The steam generator was put in service in Jan.1993 and turbine generator was synchronized to the grid in July 1997. The paper presents operating experience with generating plant consisting of steam water circuit, condensing turbine and its associated systems and the alternator, various modifications carried out to improve system reliability and availability and certain incidents taken place in the generating plant. (author)

  7. Beam tests of the balloon-borne ATIC experiment

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    Ganel, O; Ahn, H S; Ampe, J; Bashindzhagian, G L; Case, G; Chang, H; Ellison, S; Fazely, A; Gould, R; Granger, D; Gunasingha, R M; Guzik, T G; Han, Y J; Isbert, J; Kim, H J; Kim, K C; Kim, S K; Kwon, Y; Panasyuk, M Y; Panov, A; Price, B; Samsonov, G; Schmidt, W K H; Sen, M; Seo, E S; Sina, R; Sokolskaya, N; Stewart, M; Voronin, A; Wagner, D; Wang, J Z; Wefel, J P; Wu, J; Zatsepin, V

    2005-01-01

    The Advanced Thin Ionization Calorimeter (ATIC) balloon-borne experiment is designed to perform cosmic-ray elemental spectra measurements from 50 GeV to 100 TeV for nuclei from hydrogen to iron. These measurements are expected to provide information about some of the most fundamental questions in astroparticle physics today. ATIC's design centers on an 18 radiation length (X0) deep bismuth germanate (BGO) calorimeter, preceded by a 0.75λint graphite target. In September 1999, the ATIC detector was exposed to high-energy beams at CERN's SPS accelerator within the framework of the development program for the Advanced Cosmic-ray Composition Experiment for the Space Station (ACCESS). In December 2000–January 2001 and again in December 2002–January 2003, ATIC flew on the first two of a series of long-duration balloon (LDB) flights from McMurdo Station, Antarctica. We present here results from the 1999 beam tests, including energy resolutions for electrons and protons at several beam energies from 100 to 375 G...

  8. Field testing at the Climax Stock on the Nevada Test Site: spent fuel test and radionuclide migration experiments

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    Two field tests in the Climax Stock are being conducted. The Climax Stock, a granitic instrusive, has been administratively excluded from consideration as a full-scale repository site. However, it provides a readily available facility for field testing with high-level radioactive materials at a depth (420 m) approaching that of a repository. The major test activity in the 1980 fiscal year has been initiation of the Spent Fuel Test-Climax (SFT-C). This test, which was authorized in June 1978, is designed to evaluate the generic feasibility of geologic storage and retrievability of commercial power reactor spent fuel assemblies in a granitic medium. In addition, the test is configured and instrumented to provide thermal and thermomechanical response data that will be relevant to the design of a repository in hard crystalline rock. The other field activity in the Climax Stock is a radionuclide migration test. It combines a series of field and laboratory migration experiments with the use of existing hydrologic models for pretest predictions and data interpretation. Goals of this project are to develop: (1) field measurement techniques for radionuclide migration studies in a hydrologic regime where the controlling mechanism is fracture permeability; (2) field test data on radionuclide migration; and (3) a comparison of laboratory- and field-measured retardation factors. This radionuclide migration test, which was authorized in the middle of the 1980 fiscal year, is in the preliminary design phase. The detailed program plan was prepared and subjected to formal peer review in August. In September/October researchers conducted preliminary flow tests with water in selected near-vertical fractures intersected by small horizontal boreholes. These tests were needed to establish the range of pressures, flow rates, and other operating parameters to be used in conducting the nuclide migration tests. 21 references, 14 figures, 1 table

  9. CFD modeling of the test 25 of the PANDA experiment

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    A large amount of steam and Hydrogen gas is expected to be released within the dry containment of a pressurized water reactor (PWR), after the hypothetical beginning of a severe accident leading to the melting of the core. The accurate modeling of gas distribution in a PWR containment concerns phenomena such as wall condensation, hydrogen accumulation, gas stratification and transport in the different compartments of the containment. The paper presents numerical assessments of CFD solvers NEPTUNE-CFD and Code-Saturne, and is focused on the analysis and the understanding of gas stratification and transport phenomena. NEPTUNE-CFD is dedicated to the simulation of incompressible and compressible multi-component/multi-phase flows, whereas Code-Saturne is dedicated to homogeneous incompressible or low Mach number compressible flows, with only one momentum equation representing the mixture of gases, liquid and particles. NEPTUNE-CFD is mainly used for nuclear engineering, whereas Code-Saturne is used either for nuclear and fossil energy engineering, and for environment (geophysical flows). The NEPTUNE-CFD code is developed within the framework of the NEPTUNE project, financially supported by CEA (Commissariat a l'energie Atomique), EDF, IRSN (Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire) and AREVA-NP. Both codes are validated and compared with experimental data corresponding to the test 25 of the PANDA experiment. This test concerns the distribution of mixture of gases (Helium as a simulant of hydrogen and condensing steam) in air over two vertical and cylindrical vessels, interconnected by a horizontal and cylindrical pipe. The overall dimensions of the experiment (Diameter ∼4 m, Height 8 m, Volume of the 2 vessels ∼180 m3) are not yet representative of the true scale of the reactors, but they already provide valuable information when compared to smaller scales (as experience TOSQAN∼7 m3). The computational results with Code-Saturne and NEPTUNE-CFD compare

  10. RAVE. Research on the offshore test field. Basic research and stress tests; RAVE. Forschen am Offshore-Testfeld. Grundlagenforschung und Stresstest

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    Rettenmeier, Andreas [Stuttgart Univ. (DE). Stiftungslehrstuhl Windenergie (SWE); Blasche, Kristin; Lambers-Huesmann, Maria; Schneehorst, Anja [Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), Hamburg (Germany); Wessel, Arne [Fraunhofer Institut fuer Windenergie und Energiesystemtechnik (IWES), Kassel (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    necessary long-term data for the technology and to protect nature. For example, Germany operates three automatic research platforms in the middle of the North and Baltic seas for this purpose: FINO 1 - 3. The next stage was taken in April 2010 when the German offshore test field ''alpha ventus'' commenced operation with 12 wind turbines. In 2011, 267 million kWh of wind power were produced there. As part of the applied research, operationally relevant research projects are in particular conducted here under the aforementioned RAVE name. The following brochure provides an overview of the preliminary findings from the research initiative. (orig.)

  11. The discrimination between cosmic positrons and protons with the Transition Radiation Detector of the AMS experiment on the International Space Station

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    Millinger, Mark

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is the development and validation of a particle identification method with the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 to allow for the determination of the positron fraction in the cosmic lepton flux. Independent measurements indicate that a significant amount of about 23% of the energy density in the universe consists of an unknown mass contribution, the so-called Dark Matter. The Neutralino, as the most popular Dark Matter partic...

  12. Experiment data report for semiscale Mod-1 test S-04-1 (baseline ECC test)

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    Recorded test data are presented for Test S-04-1 of the Semiscale Mod-1 Baseline ECC Test Series. This test is among several Semiscale Mod-1 experiments conducted to investigate the thermal and hydraulic phenomena accompanying a hypothesized loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor system. Test S-04-1 was conducted from an initial cold leg fluid temperature of 5420F and an initial pressure of 2,263 psia. A simulated double-ended offset shear cold leg break was used to investigate the system response to a depressurization and reflood transient using system volume scaled coolant injection parameters. System flow was set to achieve a core fluid temperature differential of 660F at a full core power of 1.6 MW. The flow resistance of the intact loop was based on core area scaling. An electrically heated core with a flat radial power profile was used in the pressure vessel to simulate the effects of a nuclear core. During system depressurization, core power was reduced from the initial level of 1.6 MW in such a manner as to simulate the surface heat flux response of nuclear fuel rods until such time that departure from nucleate boiling might occur. Blowdown to the pressure suppression system was accompanied by simulated emergency core cooling injection into both the intact and broken loops. Coolant injection was continued until test termination at 200 seconds after initiation of blowdown

  13. Experiences of the REACH testing proposals system to reduce animal testing.

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    Taylor, Katy; Stengel, Wolfgang; Casalegno, Carlotta; Andrew, David

    2014-01-01

    In order to reduce animal testing, companies registering chemical substances under the EU REACH legislation must propose rather than conduct certain tests on animals. Third parties can submit 'scientifically valid information' relevant to these proposals to the Agency responsible, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), who are obliged to take the information into account. The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) provided comments on nearly half of the 817 proposals for vertebrate tests on 480 substances published for comment for the first REACH deadline (between 1 August 2009 and 31 July 2012). The paper summarises the response by registrants and the Agency to third party comments and highlights issues with the use of read across, in vitro tests, QSAR and weight of evidence approaches. Use of existing data and evidence that testing is legally or scientifically unjustified remain the most successful comments for third parties to submit. There is a worrying conservatism within the Agency regarding the acceptance of alternative approaches and examples of where registrants have also failed to maximise opportunities to avoid testing. PMID:24609452

  14. Operating Experience with an Open-Cycle MHD Test Facility

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    The test facility used for experiments on open-cycle power generation is described. Its main part consists of a combustion chamber burning kerosene as fuel at a rate of approximately 25-45 kg/h (about 300-550 kW) and alcohol solution of KOH as seeding source. The chamber is fed by air preheated to the temperature of 650-750°C. To compensate for the heat losses, relatively large in an installation of such a small power input, and to increase the outlet temperature of the combustion gases, oxygen enrichment is used upto 10% (N2/O2 =2.5) A conventional magnet provides a magnetic field intensity of 25 kG over a volume of 50 cm x 12 cm x 6 cm, and consuming approximately 80 kW. Air supplied to the combustion chamber is pre-heated in the recuperator made of ''Nimonic'' sheets and ''Refrax'' (Carborundum) tubes. The design enables air to be pre-heated to the nominal temperature of 750°C with short-lived excursions to the temperature of 900°C. The rig is fitted with all ancillary equipment necessary for carrying out the long duration tests. The MHD generator channels, tested in the rig, are of standard length (0.5 m), with cross-sections varying from 4 cm x 2 cm to 8 cm x 3 cm. They are designed to handle hot combustion gases flowing at Mach numbers of 0.6 to 1.0, at pressures of 1.0 to 1.5 atm, and a temperature of approximately 2300°C. All four walls of the generator structure are externally water cooled. The MHD generator most frequently tested had 10 pairs of electrodes with either Faraday or Hall connections. The system of electrical connections and loads allows a great number of circuit combinations to be used with upto 20 pairs of electrodes (maximum). Experimental results are given for the tests made to determine the electrode material and design most suitable for the severe conditions prevailing inside the generator duct. Numerous materials were tested as possible duct electrodes. Cold electrodes made of copper, or of copper plated with tantalum, niobium and

  15. Test site experiments with a reconfigurable stepped frequency GPR

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    Persico, Raffaele; Matera, Loredana; Piro, Salvatore; Rizzo, Enzo; Capozzoli, Luigi

    2016-04-01

    the fact that the integration time of the harmonic components of the signal can be prolonged in a programmable way, so that (in particular) there is the possibility to reject undesired narrow band interferences without filtering the signal, namely without loosing part of the information contained in the signal. The third property is that the power can be modulated frequency by frequency. Indeed, we don't know if this third property is a real advantage, but the first two have been already exploited showing some encouraging results. At the conference, we will show the results achieved from two measurement campaign performed in two controlled site, namely the the test site of Hydrogeosite Laboratory, in Marsico Nuovo (Southern Italy), belonging to the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis of the Italian National Research Council [3] and the test site of Montelibretti, in central Italy, belonging to the Institute of Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council [4]. In both test sites, among other things, anomalies resembling features of archaeological or near surface interest have been predisposed, as a tomb, a paved road, an amphora, a statue, a buried chamber, a cylinder, a structure in opus coementicium. The test site of Montelibretti is outdoor, in an area of archaeological interest were the ancient population of the Sabini has left relevant testimonies. The test site of Hydrogeosite Laboratory is indoor, in a hat were a large pool (240m3) has been filled up with sand after burying the test targets. This test site is equipped also for hydrogeophysical experiments by means of a controlled hydraulic system for the progressive immission of water in the sand. Depth slices will be shown for both sites, as well as some tests for the mitigation of intereferences by means of the modulation of the integration time of the harmonic components of the signal. Some of the interferences have been artificially introduced by means of a

  16. A arte de partejar: experiência de cuidado das parteiras tradicionais de Envira/AM El arte de los partos: experiencia en atención de las parteras tradicionales de Envira/AM The art of attend the birth: experience in care of traditional midwives at Envira/AM

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    Keyla Cristiane do Nascimento

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de um estudo exploratório-descritivo de caráter qualitativo, que retrata as parteiras tradicionais de Envira, município do estado do Amazonas, onde 80% dos partos são feitos por elas. Objetiva caracterizar a experiência de cuidado no partejar dessas parteiras. Participaram do estudo 29 parteiras. Para a coleta de dados, optou-se por entrevistas gravadas. As informações foram analisadas de acordo com o método de análise de conteúdo. Seis categorias foram evidenciadas: parteiras de Envira - quem são?; ofício de partejar; partejar - quanto vale esse “dom”; problemas enfrentados pela parteira; problemas frequentemente encontrados pelas parteiras na gestação/parto; e relação com o serviço de saúde. Conclui-se afirmando que há um longo caminho a percorrer na reversão dos quadros de doenças, pobreza e abandono, um caminho no qual as parteiras treinadas poderão desempenhar importante papel, na medida em que atingem muitas mulheres, configurando-se como multiplicadores concretos de conhecimentos.Se trata de un estudio exploratorio-descriptivo de carácter cualitativo, que retrata las parteras tradicionales de Envira, municipio del estado de Amazonas, donde 80% de los partos son realizados por ellas. Su objetivo es caracterizar la experiencia del cuidado en el parto. Los participantes del estudio fueron 29 parteras. Para la recopilación de datos, fue elegida las entrevistas grabadas. La información se analizó en función de análisis de contenido. Seis categorías se destacaron: parteras de Envira - que son: ocupación de ayudar en el parto: cuánto vale este “don”; problemas que enfrentan las parteras; problemas frecuentes de las parteras durante el embarazo o el parto, y la relación con los servicios de salud. Se concluye diciendo que hay un largo camino por seguir para reverter los cuadros de enfermedades, pobreza y abandono. Una manera en que las par teras capacitadas pueden desempeñar papel importante, en

  17. A/M Area Metallurgical Laboratory: Summary of Phase I Characterization Well Installation, Cone Penetrometer Testing and Soil Coring for Soil Headspace Analysis

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    Van Pelt, R.S.

    1999-11-05

    This report documents the Phase I characterization of chlorinated solvent contamination in the regulatory-defined uppermost aquifer (includes the M Area, Lost Lake and middle sand aquifer zones) within the Metallurgical Laboratory (Met Lab) of the A/M Area.

  18. Multiorder etalon sounder (MOES) development and test for balloon experiment

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    Hays, Paul B.; Wnag, Jinxue; Wu, Jian

    1993-01-01

    concept and laboratory experiments were worked on for the past several years. Both theoretical studies and laboratory prototype experiments showed that MOES is very competitive compared with other high resolution sounders in terms of complexity and performance and has great potential as a compact and rugged high resolution atmospheric temperature and trace species sounder from the polar platform or the geostationary platform. The logical next step is to convert our laboratory prototype to a balloon instrument, so that field test of MOES can be carried out to prove the feasibility and capability of this new technology. Some of the activities related to the development of MOES for a possible balloon flight demonstration are described. Those research activities include the imaging quality study on the CLIO, the design and construction of a MOES laboratory prototype, the test and calibration of the MOES prototype, and the design of the balloon flight gondola.

  19. Possible Experiments to test Einstein's Special Relativity Theory

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    de Haan, Victor Otto

    2011-01-01

    All of the experiments supporting Einstein's Special Relativity Theory are also supportive of the Lorentz ether theory, or many other ether theories. However, a growing number of experiments show deviations from Einstein's Special Relativity Theory, but are supporting more extended theories. Some of these experiments are reviewed and analyzed. Unfortunately, many experiments are not of high quality, never repeated and mostly both. It is proposed that the most promising experiments should be r...

  20. Interview Roberto Battiston, AMS Deputy Spokesperson, English version

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    2011-01-01

    "The Universe is providing cosmic rays all the time". Roberto Battiston, deputy spokesperson of the AMS experiment (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) comments on the uninterrupted flow of high energy cosmic rays (several billion events per week) AMS is detecting since launch and deployment on the International Space Station (ISS). Rushes of the AMS POCC (Payload and Operations Control Centre) in CERN- Prevessin follow.

  1. Experience from the post-test analysis of MEGAPIE

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    Zanini, L., E-mail: luca.zanini@psi.ch [Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Dementjev, S.; Groeschel, F.; Leung, W.; Milenkovic, R.; Thomsen, K.; Wagner, W.; Wohlmuther, M. [Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Cheng Xu; Class, A.; Konobeyev, A. [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Postfach 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Agostini, P.; Meloni, P. [Ente per le nuove Tecnologie, l' Energia e l' Ambiente, Localita Brasimone, 40032 Camugnano, Bologna (Italy); David, J.-C.; Letourneau, A.; Leray, S.; Panebianco, S. [CEA - Saclay, Irfu/Service de Physique Nucleaire, F91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Cachon, L.; Latge, C.; Roubin, P. [CEA, Centre de Cadarache, DEN/DTN/DIR, F-13108 Saint Paul Lez Durance (France)

    2011-08-31

    The (MEGAWatt Pilot Experiment) MEGAPIE target was successfully irradiated in 2006 at the SINQ facility of the Paul Scherrer Institut. During the irradiation a series of measurements to monitor the operation of the target, the thermal hydraulics behavior and the neutronic and nuclear aspects, has been performed. In the post-test analysis phase of the project, the data were analyzed and important information relevant to accelerator-driven systems (ADS) was gained, in particular: (i) from the operation of the target several recommendations concern the simplification of the system and the improved reliability; (ii) data from the thermal hydraulic measurements have offered the opportunity to validate the codes used in the design phase; (iii) the neutronic analysis confirm the high performance of a liquid metal target and the importance of the delayed neutron measurements in an ADS target; (iv) the nuclear measurements of the gas released gave the opportunity to validate the codes used during the design phase and provided indications for the operation. From the results in these different domains recommendations to further development of ADS and heavy liquid metal targets are discussed.

  2. Test site experiments with a reconfigurable stepped frequency GPR

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    Persico, Raffaele; Matera, Loredana; Piro, Salvatore; Rizzo, Enzo; Capozzoli, Luigi

    2016-04-01

    the fact that the integration time of the harmonic components of the signal can be prolonged in a programmable way, so that (in particular) there is the possibility to reject undesired narrow band interferences without filtering the signal, namely without loosing part of the information contained in the signal. The third property is that the power can be modulated frequency by frequency. Indeed, we don't know if this third property is a real advantage, but the first two have been already exploited showing some encouraging results. At the conference, we will show the results achieved from two measurement campaign performed in two controlled site, namely the the test site of Hydrogeosite Laboratory, in Marsico Nuovo (Southern Italy), belonging to the Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis of the Italian National Research Council [3] and the test site of Montelibretti, in central Italy, belonging to the Institute of Technologies Applied to Cultural Heritage of the National Research Council [4]. In both test sites, among other things, anomalies resembling features of archaeological or near surface interest have been predisposed, as a tomb, a paved road, an amphora, a statue, a buried chamber, a cylinder, a structure in opus coementicium. The test site of Montelibretti is outdoor, in an area of archaeological interest were the ancient population of the Sabini has left relevant testimonies. The test site of Hydrogeosite Laboratory is indoor, in a hat were a large pool (240m3) has been filled up with sand after burying the test targets. This test site is equipped also for hydrogeophysical experiments by means of a controlled hydraulic system for the progressive immission of water in the sand. Depth slices will be shown for both sites, as well as some tests for the mitigation of intereferences by means of the modulation of the integration time of the harmonic components of the signal. Some of the interferences have been artificially introduced by means of a

  3. WILL I AM visits CERN

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    2013-01-01

    Will.i.am visited CERN in December 2013, fulfilling a wish he made in a video-link appearance at TEDxCERN earlier that year http://tedxcern.web.cern.ch/video/choral-performance-reach-stars-william. During his visit, he was shown the Antimatter Decelerator, the underground ATLAS experiment cavern and the CERN Control Centre. He also took the opportunity to promote CERN’s beam line for schools competition.

  4. Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics

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    Tobar, Michael E.; Stanwix, Paul L.; Susli, Mohamad; Wolf, Peter; Locke, Clayton R.; Ivanov, Eugene N.

    2005-01-01

    In this work we outline the two most commonly used test theories (RMS and SME) for testing Local Lorentz Invariance (LLI) of the photon. Then we develop the general framework of applying these test theories to resonator experiments with an emphasis on rotating experiments in the laboratory. We compare the inherent sensitivity factors of common experiments and propose some new configurations. Finally we apply the test theories to the rotating cryogenic experiment at the University of Western A...

  5. Study of the photomultiplier R7600-00-M4 for the purpose of the electromagnetic calorimeter in the AMS-02 experiment

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    The properties of the 4-channels photomultiplier R7600-00-M4 from Hamamatsu were extensively studied for use in the AMS-02 electromagnetic calorimeter. A scan of the photocathode with a precision in position better than 0.1 mm was performed in order to measure the position dependence of the sensitivity and of the cross talk between pixels. The influence of the magnetic field applied in X, Y and Z directions was measured. The dynamic range of the photomultiplier was measured and optimized by the appropriate choice of the high voltage divider and of the value of the high voltage. (authors)

  6. Absorbed dose rate estimation for protons, leptons and helium observed with AMS01 experiment in low earth orbit during STS-91 mission

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    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS01), a high-sensitivity particle spectrometer, was successfully flown for 10 d in June 1998 (STS91) in the orbit of the International Space Station (51.7 deg., ∼380 km). A high-statistics dataset of galactic cosmic rays were measured as a function of geomagnetic latitude, including the primary protons, leptons and helium as well as the trapped and quasi-trapped proton and lepton components. In this paper, the absorbed dose rate owing to the protons, leptons and helium are presented and compared with measurements made by other instruments flown on the same mission. (authors)

  7. The experience of the fuel waste management of AM and BR-10 reactor facilities at SSC RF IPPE named after A.I. Leipunsky

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    8 research and experimental reactors have been created at the Institute industrial site. The majority of them have been or are being decommissioned now. During many decades the reactor of the first-in-the-world NPP -AM and the fast neutron reactor BR-5 (BR-10) are the main research reactor bases of the Institute. They have been in operation for 45 and 40 years respectively. At present the preparation work for their decommissioning is being carried out. One of the problems of that process is the fuel waste management which amount is about 13 tons. The possibility of its reprocessing is under consideration. (author)

  8. AMS Data Analysis Overview

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    Malchow, Russell L. [National Security Technologies, LLC

    2015-04-20

    This presentation discusses standard techniques and processes used for radiation mapping (RM) via an AMS, Aerial Measurement System. The advantages and shortcomings of standard AMS-based RM are presented, along with some suggested areas for improvement. Issues touched on include what gets counted, data quality, background correction, data processing, altitude correction, isotope extraction, contouring, and time shift.

  9. The chemical composition of donors in AM CVn stars and ultra-compact X-ray binaries: observational tests of their formation

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    Nelemans, G.A.; Yungelson, L. R.; Van Der Sluys, M. V.; Tout, C. A.

    2009-01-01

    We study the formation of ultra-compact binaries (AM CVn stars and ultra-compact X-ray binaries) with emphasis on the surface chemical abundances of the donors in these systems. Hydrogen is not convincingly detected in the spectra of these systems. Three different proposed formation scenarios involve different donor stars, white dwarfs, helium stars or evolved main-sequence stars. Using detailed evolutionary calculations we show that the abundances of helium WD donors and evolved main-sequenc...

  10. INTRAVAL Finnsjoen Test - modelling results for some tracer experiments

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    This report presents the results within Phase II of the INTRAVAL study. Migration experiments performed at the Finnsjoen test site were investigated. The study was done to gain an improved understanding of not only the mechanisms of tracer transport, but also the accuracy and limitations of the model used. The model is based on the concept of a dual porosity medium, taking into account one dimensional advection, longitudinal dispersion, sorption onto the fracture surfaces, diffusion into connected pores of the matrix rock, and sorption onto matrix surfaces. The number of independent water carrying zones, represented either as planar fractures or tubelike veins, may be greater than one, and the sorption processes are described either by linear or non-linear Freundlich isotherms assuming instantaneous sorption equilibrium. The diffusion of the tracer out of the water-carrying zones into connected pore space of the adjacent rock is calculated perpendicular to the direction of the advective/dispersive flow. In the analysis, the fluid flow parameters are calibrated by the measured breakthrough curves for the conservative tracer (iodide). Subsequent fits to the experimental data for the two sorbing tracers strontium and cesium then involve element dependent parameters providing information on the sorption processes and on its representation in the model. The methodology of fixing all parameters except those for sorption with breakthrough curves for non-sorbing tracers generally worked well. The investigation clearly demonstrates the necessity of taking into account pump flow rate variations at both boundaries. If this is not done, reliable conclusions on transport mechanisms or geometrical factors can not be achieved. A two flow path model reproduces the measured data much better than a single flow path concept. (author) figs., tabs., 26 refs

  11. A Factorial Experiment on Scalability of Search Based Software Testing

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    Mehrmand, Arash

    2011-01-01

    Software testing is an expensive process, which is vital in the industry. Construction of the test-data in software testing requires the major cost and to decide which method to use in order to generate the test data is important. This paper discusses the efficiency of search-based algorithms (preferably genetic algorithm) versus random testing, in soft- ware test-data generation. This study di?ers from all previous studies due to sample programs (SUTs) which are used. Since we want to in- crease the complexity of SUTs gradually, and the program generation is automatic as well, Grammatical Evolution is used to guide the program generation. SUTs are generated according to the grammar we provide, with di?erent levels of complexity. SUTs will first undergo genetic al- gorithm and then random testing. Based on the test results, this paper recommends one method to use for automation of software testing.

  12. Testing mass-varying neutrinos with reactor experiments

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    Schwetz, Thomas; Winter, Walter

    2005-01-01

    We propose that reactor experiments could be used to constrain the environment dependence of neutrino mass and mixing parameters, which could be induced due to an acceleron coupling to matter fields. There are several short-baseline reactor experiment projects with different fractions of air and earth matter along the neutrino path. Moreover, the short baselines, in principle, allow the physical change of the material between source and detector. Hence, such experiments offer the possibility ...

  13. Experience in manufacturing of large size test vessel

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    Large Component Test Rig (LCTR) was constructed at Fast Reactor Technology Group (FRTG) for testing large size Proto type Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) components in sodium. A Large size Austenitic Stainless steel Test Vessel (TV-5) was fabricated for testing PFBR Transfer Arm. The Test Vessel is one of the major and critical components in the test facility. Central Workshop Division(CWD) has undertaken the manufacturing of Test Vessel-5. It consists of cylindrical shells, tori-spherical dished ends, shielding arrangements, elliptical shell and flange, baffle plates, internal supports, grid plate Assembly, sleeves, ring and top cover plate, nozzles etc. The manufacturing of test vessel was a challenging task due to the precision machining and fabrication of large size components with stringent dimensional and geometrical tolerances, longer weld length, colmonoy hard facing in the inner diameter of narrow sleeves, overlaying of austenitic stainless steel weld deposits on large size Carbon Steel flange and machining of O ring grooves. The assembly of large size machined and fabricated components was a challenging task due to misalignments arising during the assembly which required specially designed fixtures to control and achieve dimensions and geometrical tolerances. The test vessel was manufactured and tested meeting the requirements of the Pressure Vessel Code viz. ASME Section VIII Division-1. An innovative Quality Assurance Plan (QAP), was developed and followed meticulously to manufacture and to achieve the code requirements. This paper highlights the manufacturing methodology adopted and challenges encountered during fabrication and testing of Test Vessel-5. (author)

  14. A Factorial Experiment on Scalability of Search-based Software Testing

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    Mehrmand, Arash

    2009-01-01

    Software testing is an expensive process, which is vital in the industry. Construction of the test-data in software testing requires the major cost and knowing which method to use in order to generate the test data is very important. This paper discusses the performance of search-based algorithms (preferably genetic algorithm) versus random testing, in software test-data generation. A factorial experiment is designed so that, we have more than one factor for each experiment we make. Although ...

  15. Tested Demonstrations. Brownian Motion: A Classroom Demonstration and Student Experiment.

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    Kirksey, H. Graden; Jones, Richard F.

    1988-01-01

    Shows how video recordings of the Brownian motion of tiny particles may be made. Describes a classroom demonstration and cites a reported experiment designed to show the random nature of Brownian motion. Suggests a student experiment to discover the distance a tiny particle travels as a function of time. (MVL)

  16. AMS analyses at ANSTO

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    Lawson, E.M. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights, NSW (Australia). Physics Division

    1998-03-01

    The major use of ANTARES is Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) with {sup 14}C being the most commonly analysed radioisotope - presently about 35 % of the available beam time on ANTARES is used for {sup 14}C measurements. The accelerator measurements are supported by, and dependent on, a strong sample preparation section. The ANTARES AMS facility supports a wide range of investigations into fields such as global climate change, ice cores, oceanography, dendrochronology, anthropology, and classical and Australian archaeology. Described here are some examples of the ways in which AMS has been applied to support research into the archaeology, prehistory and culture of this continent`s indigenous Aboriginal peoples. (author)

  17. AMS analyses at ANSTO

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    The major use of ANTARES is Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) with 14C being the most commonly analysed radioisotope - presently about 35 % of the available beam time on ANTARES is used for 14C measurements. The accelerator measurements are supported by, and dependent on, a strong sample preparation section. The ANTARES AMS facility supports a wide range of investigations into fields such as global climate change, ice cores, oceanography, dendrochronology, anthropology, and classical and Australian archaeology. Described here are some examples of the ways in which AMS has been applied to support research into the archaeology, prehistory and culture of this continent's indigenous Aboriginal peoples. (author)

  18. Experience of manual periodic testing and development of automatic test devices

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    During more than two decades experience has been gained in the field of process control and instrumentation using signal noise analysis applied to measurements at Swedish nuclear power plants. The methods developed and employed cover areas like: - Sensor and component status test in safety systems during operation, - Monitoring of BWR-stability during start-up, - Thermal time constant analysis on irradiated fuel, - Monitoring of instrument tube vibrations during operation, Self-diagnosing neutron detectors. Together with stationary surveillance systems like SOLNAS for Early Warning based on spectral analysis and Pattern Recognition we use a mobile mini-computer twin station and PC/AT sets. Further theory development goes hand in hand with experimental results obtained through measurement campaigns. In the following some of the work under progress, demonstrated or already applied is described and the results are reported correspondingly

  19. Improved Kennedy-Thorndike experiment to test special relativity

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    Hils, Dieter; Hall, J. L.

    1990-01-01

    A modern version of the Kennedy-Thorndike experiment was carried out by searching for sidereal variations between the frequency of a laser locked to an I2 reference line and a laser locked to the resonance frequency of a highly stable cavity. No variations were found at the level of 2 x 10 to the -12th. This represents a 300-fold improvement over the original Kennedy-Thorndike experiment and allows the Lorentz transformations to be deduced entirely from experiment at an accuracy level of 70 ppm.

  20. An experiment to test centrifugal confinement for fusion

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    The basic idea of centrifugal confinement is to use centrifugal forces from supersonic rotation to augment conventional magnetic confinement. Optimizing this 'knob' results in a fusion device that features four advantages: steady state, no disruptions, superior cross-field confinement, and a simpler coil configuration. The idea rests on two prongs: first, centrifugal forces can confine plasmas to desired regions of shaped magnetic fields; second, the accompanying large velocity shear can stabilize even magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities. A third feature is that the velocity shear also viscously heats the plasma; no auxiliary heating is necessary to reach fusion temperatures. Regarding transport, the velocity shear can also quell microturbulence, leading to fully classical confinement, as there are no neoclassical effects. Classical parallel electron transport then sets the confinement time. These losses are minimized by a large Pastukhov factor resulting from the deep centrifugal potential well: at Mach 4-5, the Lawson criterion is accessible. One key issue is whether velocity shear will be sufficient by itself to stabilize MHD interchanges. Numerical simulations indicate that laminar equilibria can be obtained at Mach numbers of 4-5 but that the progression toward laminarity with increasing Mach number is accompanied by residual convection from the interchanges. The central goal of the Maryland Centrifugal Torus (MCT) [R. F. Ellis et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 44, 48 (1998)] is to obtain MHD stability from velocity shear. As an assist to accessing laminarity, MCT will incorporate two unique features: plasma elongation and toroidal magnetic field. The former raises velocity shear efficiency, and modest magnetic shear should suppress residual convection

  1. Skin Prick Testing and Immunotherapy in Nasobronchial Allergy: Our Experience

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    Lal, Amrith; Sunaina Waghray, Sunaina; Nand Kishore, N. N.

    2011-01-01

    In the present study of 331 patients suffering from signs/symptoms of nasal allergy, 9 nasal polyps, allergic conjunctivitis and allergic asthma, who were referred by clinician, were taken up for diagnosis of allergy with skin prick test (Ten et al. Mayo Clin Proc 70(8):783–784, 1995) and subjective improvement of patients by immunotherapy. Out of 331 patients tested 321 patients showed significant positive results and rest of them tested negative for allergy. High incidences of positive resu...

  2. First experiences with acceptance testing of multiple head SPECT cameras

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    User acceptance testing of newly installed gamma cameras is mandatory in order to verify manufacturers' specifications and to ensure optimal image quality. Acceptance test procedures are widely standardized today and are carried out following commonly accepted test protocols. Two new triple head gamma cameras have been installed during the last year at the Department of Nuclear Medicine of the Vienna University Hospital. For acceptance testing of these cameras a modified and expanded version of the commonly used test protocol for single head SPECT systems has been employed. Details of the tests that have been carried out and a comparison of the results obtained for both cameras are presented. Furthermore, some specific problems that are encountered during acceptance testing of multiple head systems are discussed. In particular it has been noted that some important tests of intrinsic camera parameters cannot be carried out, which makes a complete verification of vendors' specifications impossible. In spite of these problems the acceptance test system for multiple head cameras presented in this work was sufficient for establishing proper working conditions for clinical use. (authors)

  3. A New Loophole in Recent Bell Test Experiments

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    Bierhorst, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Recent experiments have reached detection efficiencies sufficient to close the detection loophole with photons. Both experiments ran multiple successive trials in fixed measurement configurations, rather than randomly re-setting the measurement configurations before each measurement trial. This opens a new potential loophole for a local hidden variable theory. The loophole invalidates one proposed method of statistical analysis of the experimental results, as demonstrated in this note. Theref...

  4. Why Am I Dizzy?

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    Full Text Available Video: "Why Am I Dizzy?" A few of the more common balance orders that affect older adults ... disease, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. Video excerpts courtesy of Johns Hopkins Center for Hearing ...

  5. Jets and tests of QCD in e+e- experiments

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    The current status of QCD tests using PETRA data is presented in three sections. The first section covers essentially qualitative comparisons using Q plots, thrust and psub(T) distributions and energy or momentum flow. The second section describes the quantitative determination of αsub(s) and the third section covers the scalar-vector tests of QCD. (author)

  6. I Am Canadian

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    Goddard, Joe

    "I Am Canadian: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the True North" looks at Canadian immigration history from a contemporary point of view. The article scrutinizes recent discussions on dual nationality and what this may mean for Canadianness......."I Am Canadian: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the True North" looks at Canadian immigration history from a contemporary point of view. The article scrutinizes recent discussions on dual nationality and what this may mean for Canadianness....

  7. Elements in biological AMS

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    AMS (Accelerator Mass Spectrometry) provides high detection sensitivity for isotopes whose half-lives are between 10 years and 100 million years. 14C is the most developed of such isotopes and is used in tracing natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the Earth's biosphere. Thirty-three elements in the main periodic table and 17 lanthanides or actinides have long lived isotopes, providing potential tracers for research in elemental biochemistry. Overlap of biologically interesting heavy elements and possible AMS tracers is discussed

  8. The discrimination between cosmic positrons and protons with the Transition Radiation Detector of the AMS experiment on the International Space Station

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    The aim of this thesis is the development and validation of a particle identification method with the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 to allow for the determination of the positron fraction in the cosmic lepton flux. Independent measurements indicate that a significant amount of about 23% of the energy density in the universe consists of an unknown mass contribution, the so-called Dark Matter. The Neutralino, as the most popular Dark Matter particle candidate, may produce an additional signal in the spectrum of cosmic rays. The fraction of positrons in the cosmic lepton flux possibly contains such a Dark Matter signal at high particle momenta. The currently most precise measurements in the region of this excess are provided by the satellite-borne PAMELA and Fermi detectors. Momentumdependent systematic uncertainties, especially the mis-identification of protons as positrons, could imitate the signal. However, if this positron excess is produced by Dark Matter the fraction should decrease above a theoretical energy threshold to the expectations, based on particle propagation. The energy region measured up to now does not show such a progress. Due to its significantly increased event statistics and its capability to measure up to higher particle energies, this signature could be observed with AMS-02. The number of events, which can be recorded by a detector, is limited by the combination of aperture and observable solid angle, quantified by the geometrical acceptance, and the observation time. As the cosmic particle flux follows a power-law in particle momentum with exponent γ ∼ -3, the observable momentum interval is thus constrained by statistics. Due to its large geometrical acceptance of about 0.5 m2sr, its long observation time of at least 9 years and its high proton suppression factor of >or similar 106 AMS-02 will record large and clean lepton samples and thus provide a precise measurement of the cosmic positron

  9. The discrimination between cosmic positrons and protons with the Transition Radiation Detector of the AMS experiment on the International Space Station

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    Millinger, Mark

    2012-10-08

    The aim of this thesis is the development and validation of a particle identification method with the Transition Radiation Detector (TRD) of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02 to allow for the determination of the positron fraction in the cosmic lepton flux. Independent measurements indicate that a significant amount of about 23% of the energy density in the universe consists of an unknown mass contribution, the so-called Dark Matter. The Neutralino, as the most popular Dark Matter particle candidate, may produce an additional signal in the spectrum of cosmic rays. The fraction of positrons in the cosmic lepton flux possibly contains such a Dark Matter signal at high particle momenta. The currently most precise measurements in the region of this excess are provided by the satellite-borne PAMELA and Fermi detectors. Momentumdependent systematic uncertainties, especially the mis-identification of protons as positrons, could imitate the signal. However, if this positron excess is produced by Dark Matter the fraction should decrease above a theoretical energy threshold to the expectations, based on particle propagation. The energy region measured up to now does not show such a progress. Due to its significantly increased event statistics and its capability to measure up to higher particle energies, this signature could be observed with AMS-02. The number of events, which can be recorded by a detector, is limited by the combination of aperture and observable solid angle, quantified by the geometrical acceptance, and the observation time. As the cosmic particle flux follows a power-law in particle momentum with exponent {gamma} {approx} -3, the observable momentum interval is thus constrained by statistics. Due to its large geometrical acceptance of about 0.5 m{sup 2}sr, its long observation time of at least 9 years and its high proton suppression factor of >or similar 10{sup 6} AMS-02 will record large and clean lepton samples and thus provide a precise measurement

  10. New results from AMS cosmic ray measurements

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    Huang, M. A.

    2002-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a detector designed to search for antimatter in the cosmic rays. The physics results from the test flight in June 1998 are analyzed and published. This paper reviews the results in the five published papers of the AMS collaboration, updates the current understanding of two puzzles, albedo $e^+/e^-$ and albedo $^3$He, and disscusses the influence of albedo particles.

  11. Canine Paternity Testing--Using Personal Experiences To Teach Science.

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    Rascati, Ralph J.

    2002-01-01

    Outlines how an example from the field of animal husbandry is used in a DNA Technology course to motivate students to take a deeper interest in the material. Focuses on paternity testing in dogs. (DDR)

  12. Analysis of Japanese pressurized thermal shock experiment (Step B test)

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    Two different 3D fracture analyses of the Japanese Step B pressurized thermal shock experiment have already been performed by Okamura et al. As it is unlikely that a third 3D analysis will produce results significantly different from these prior studies, the focus of the present investigation is on the reasonableness of 2D analytical approximations to the Step B experiment. The evolution of crack tip constraint during the PTS transient is also evaluated using the 2D analytical approximation. Details of the experimental configuration, mechanical and thermal loadings, material properties, and measured results are described by Okamura et al. and will not be repeated in detail here. 13 refs., 8 figs

  13. Engineering test station for TFTR blanket module experiments

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    A conceptual design has been carried out for an Engineering Test Station (ETS) which will provide structural support and utilities/instrumentation services for blanket modules positioned adjacent to the vacuum vessel of the TFTR (Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor). The ETS is supported independently from the Test Cell floor. The ETS module support platform is constructed of fiberglass to eliminate electromagnetic interaction with the pulsed tokamak fields. The ETS can hold blanket modules with dimensions up to 78 cm in width, 85 cm in height, and 105 cm in depth, and with a weight up to 4000 kg. Interfaces for all utility and instrumentation requirements are made via a shield plug in the TFTR igloo shielding. The modules are readily installed or removed by means of TFTR remote handling equipment

  14. Experiments with and results of inside tube test systems

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    The most frequent test is visual inspection by means of camera systems, nowadays normally using high-resolution CCD cameras. Although they do not reach the resolution of tube cameras, they have the advantage of a more compact design which is of extreme importance for inside tube testing with regard to passableness. The camera systems are fastened to a working head at the front of the inside tube manipulator, and freely movable in all directions by remote control. The photos taken by it are recorded on a videotape, and sound as well as captions may be added at will for documentation purposes. Visual testing is particularly suited for detecting extensive corroded or eroded spots from inside the tube. This is not only true for the welding seam zone, but also for bends, basic material and socket edges. (orig./DG)

  15. [Internal quality control for antimicrobial susceptibility test: an experience feedback].

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    Vedy, Serge

    2012-01-01

    Internal quality control (IQC) position in antimicrobial susceptibility testing must be evaluated attentively before using. Ours S. aureus ATCC 25923 use during year 2011 has given precious information that can be useful for other laboratories. First, IQC should never be used before checking that all the realisation process steps are controlled. It will then appear that reagents are the most susceptible to give false results. That's what happens in 2.74% of antimicrobial susceptibility test. IQC is then useful to limit their clinical's impact. However, IQC use also shows that quality improvement will be difficult without industrial producer's involvement. PMID:22826843

  16. Cerebrographie: 133Xenon inhalation method. Experience after 650 tests

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    The results of thorough testing of this tracer technique are reported. It is concluded that the xenon inhalation method is easy for the patient and is not traumatic but the technology is difficult. It involves complicated data techniques and is therefore prone to faults. The results correspond well with the clinical situation and with previous CBF data obtained with other methods for hypertension, migraine and cerebrovascular disease. The method is also efficient for the testing and follow-up of the more serious cerebrovascular patient. (Auth.)

  17. The Framed Standard Model (II) - A first Test against Experiment

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    Chan, HM

    2015-01-01

    Apart from the qualitative features described in \\cite{chm}, the renormalization group equation derived for the rotation of the fermion mass matrices are amenable to quantitative study. The equation depends on a coupling and a fudge factor and, on integration, on 3 integration constants. Its application to data analysis, however, requires the input from experiment of the heaviest generation masses $m_t, m_b, m_\\tau, m_{\

  18. Designing choice experiments to Test for Anchoring and Framing Effects

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    Marit Kragt; Jeff Bennett

    2008-01-01

    Choice experiments (CE) are increasingly used as a stated preference technique to value changes in non-market goods. Respondents to a CE survey are asked to make repeated choices between alternatives. Each alternative is described by a number of attributes – the attributes levels vary across alternatives and choice sets. A monetary attribute is typically included so that marginal values for changes in the non-market attributes presented can be estimated. The monetary attribute has central imp...

  19. The Superhorizon Test of Future B-mode Experiments

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    Lee, Hayden; Su, S. -C.; Baumann, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Inflation predicts B-mode polarization with correlations that span superhorizon scales at recombination. In contrast, the correlations set up by causal sources, such as phase transitions or defects, necessarily vanish on superhorizon scales. Motivated by BICEP2's B-mode detection, we consider the prospects for measuring the inflationary superhorizon signature in future observations. We explain that the finite resolution of an experiment and the filtering of the raw data induces a transfer of ...

  20. Testing the energy scale of the CELESTE experiment

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    Brion, E.; Smith, D.; collaboration, the CELESTE

    2003-01-01

    The uncertainties on the absolute energy scale of the CELESTE experiment affect the constraints CELESTE can impose on > 30 GeV gamma-ray emission models. To date, these uncertainties have been of order 30 %. The optical throughputs of the atmosphere and the detector are key to understanding the energy scale. We are comparing CELESTE photomultiplier anode currents measured for bright stars with predictions from the detector simulation. In these studies we include data from recently installed r...

  1. Rotating Resonator-Oscillator Experiments to Test Lorentz Invariance in Electrodynamics

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    Tobar, M E; Susli, M; Wolf, P; Locke, C R; Ivanov, E N; Tobar, Michael E.; Stanwix, Paul L.; Susli, Mohamad; Wolf, Peter; Locke, Clayton R.; Ivanov, Eugene N.

    2006-01-01

    In this work we outline the two most commonly used test theories (RMS and SME) for testing Local Lorentz Invariance (LLI) of the photon. Then we develop the general framework of applying these test theories to resonator experiments with an emphasis on rotating experiments in the laboratory. We compare the inherent sensitivity factors of common experiments and propose some new configurations. Finally we apply the test theories to the rotating cryogenic experiment at the University of Western Australia, which recently set the best limits in both the RMS and SME frameworks [hep-ph/0506074].

  2. Our experiences with tensile tests of arterial layers

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    Horný, L.; Chlup, Hynek; Sedláček, R.; Konvičková, S.

    Praha : Czech Technical University in Prague, 2005, s. 830-831. ISBN 80-01-03201-9. [Workshop 2005 : Biomedical Engineering. Praha (CZ), 21.03.2005-25.03.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/04/1181 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : tensile test * adventitie * medie Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics

  3. Experiment design for through-focus testing of intraocular lenses

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    Millán, María. S.; Alba-Bueno, Francisco; Vega, Fidel

    2013-11-01

    Eye models to test intraocular lenses (IOLs) in an optical bench are commonly designed in agreement with the ISO 11979-2 and 11979-9 standard requirements. However, modifications to the ISO eye model have been proposed to test IOLs in conditions closer to real human eye. Wavefront analysis and aberration characterization, wavelength dependence, efficiency, off-axis performance and imaging degradation under certain amount of misalignment can thus be measured in vitro. The main parts of the system to test IOLs are: the illumination system and object test, the eye model including the IOL immersed in a wet cell and a microscope assembled to a sensor that magnifies and captures the aerial image of the object formed by the eye model. A problem concerning the simultaneous variation of defocus and magnification arises when using the microscope to capture out-of-focus images in a through-focus study. Using the eye model, we study the problem of implementing a through-focus measurement of the imaging quality of an IOL. We find a solution based on geometrical optics and compare it with other proposals reported in the literature. The effects on the measurement of the Modulation Transfer Function and the Point Spread Function are predicted. Experimental results are obtained and discussed.

  4. Experiences with testing PCRV concrete and epoxy resin models

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    A 1:5 scale model of a prestressed concrete pressure vessel was used to investigate its operating behaviour when only partially prestressed so as to allow cracking even under operating conditions. Further experimental work consisted in the building and testing of epoxy resin models to check the results of three-dimensional numerical calculations. Results show that a partially prestressed vessel will operate reliably and that deformations under both short and long-term internal pressure are essentially reversible. The results from the epoxy resin models show that building such models also with complicated geometries and with embedded strain gauges can be successfully carried out and that testing such models is a good tool for checking computer calculations

  5. Experience in the quality assurance testing of HEPA filters

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    The DOE HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter quality-assurance test program was initiated in 1960 to ensure the supply of adequate filters for environmental control applications in DOE operations. The program has played a significant role in the development and improvement of HEPA filters, and has more than paid for itself. However, the receipt of large numbers of filters which require repair or waiver of specification requirements, even as recent as 1980 and 1981, indicates that there are problems in the HEPA filter manufacturing industry. It is clear that DOE users are receiving the 'cream of the crop' of HEPA filters, but that other users who do not avail themselves of the DOE testing service are receiving filters of lesser quality. (author)

  6. MagLev Cobra: Test Facilities and Operational Experiments

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    The superconducting MagLev technology for transportation systems is becoming mature due to the research and developing effort of recent years. The Brazilian project, named MagLev-Cobra, started in 1998. It has the goal of developing a superconducting levitation vehicle for urban areas. The adopted levitation technology is based on the diamagnetic and the flux pinning properties of YBa2Cu3O7−δ (YBCO) bulk blocks in the interaction with Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets. A laboratory test facility with permanent magnet guideway, linear induction motor and one vehicle module is been built to investigate its operation. The MagLev-Cobra project state of the art is presented in the present paper, describing some construction details of the new test line with 200 m.

  7. Experimental test accelerator: description and results of initial experiments

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    The ETA is a high current (10,000 Amp) linear induction accelerator that produces short (30 ns) pulses of electrons at 5 MeV twice per second or in bursts of 5 pulses separated by as little as one millisecond. At this time the machine has operated at 65% of its design current and 90% of the design voltage. This report contains a description of the accelerator and its diagnostics; the results of the initial year of operation; a comparison of design codes with experiments on beam transport; and a discussion of some of the special problems and their status

  8. Innovations in genetic testing and counseling: Patient experiences

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    Sie, A.S.

    2015-01-01

    Approximately 5 to 10% of all cancers are based on a hereditary predisposition. It is important to detect families with hereditary cancer, because they can take effective prevention measures for better survival. The process of identifying these families with hereditary cancer can be split into three stages: Stage I) Recognition & Referral Stage II) Genetic Testing & Counseling Stage III) Follow-up & Prevention Considering increased demands for cancer genetic services, this genetic diagnostic ...

  9. PTB experience with design qualification testing of radiation dosemeters

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    Radiation dosemeters with ionization chamber, a scintillator or a counting tube, are accepted for official calibration if the specimen has been approved by the PTB. The significance of the nowadays applied procedure, combining design qualification testing with subsequent calibration, is explained by comparing the measured data of the response of a given type A dosemeter, as a function of energy, dating back from periods prior to the introduction of the legal calibration duty, up to the dosemeter's official approval in 1982. (DG)

  10. Operating experiences and test results of six cold helium compressors

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    Brown, D. P.; Gibbs, R. J.; Schlafke, A. P.; Sondericker, J. H.; Wu, K. C.

    Three small and three large cold helium centrifugal compressors have been operated at Brookhaven National Laboratory between 1981 and 1986. The three small cold compressors have been installed on a 1000 W refrigerator for testing a string of superconducting magnets and for R and D purposes. The three large units are components of the BNL 24.8 KW refrigerator to be used to provide cooling for the RHIC project. These compressors are used either to circulate a large amount of supercritical helium through a group of magnets or to pump on the helium bath to reduce temperature in the system. One small circulating compressor tested employs tilting-pad gas bearings and is driven by a DC motor. The two small cold vacuum pumps tested use oil bearings and are driven by oil turbines. The three large oil-bearing cold compressors are driven by DC motors through a gear box. A unique feature of the large vacuum pump is the combination of two pumps with a total of four stages on the same shaft. The adiabatic efficiencies are found to be 57% for the large vacuum pumps and close to 50% for the large circulating compressor. Good overall reliability has been experienced.

  11. Improved testing through refactoring: Experience from the ProTest project

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    Li H; Thompson S

    2010-01-01

    We report on how the Wrangler refactoring tool has been used to improve and transform test code for Erlang systems. This has been achieved through the removal of code clones, the identification of properties for property-based testing and the definition of testing-aware refactorings and test-framework-specific refactorings. While some of the observations are Erlang-specific, others apply to test code in general.

  12. Results of poplar clone testing in field experiments

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Growth vigor of 7 poplar clones was researched, i.e. 5 candidate clones for registration (B-81, B-229, PE 19/66, 182/81 and 129/8 and 2 clonal cultivars (1-214 and "Pannonia" which had been registered earlier. The taxonomy of the study poplar clones was as follows: B-81 (Populus deltoides, B-229 (Populus deltoides, PE 19/66 (Populus deltoides, 182/81 (Populus deltoides, 129/81 (Populus x euramericana, 1-214 (Populus x euramericana and "Pannonia" (Populus x euramericana. The research was performed in three field experiments established in 2002 on the area of the Forest Estate Sremska Mitrovica. Although the experiments were established with several planting spaces, the first information indicate that the candidate clone PE 19/66 had the greatest vigor on the optimal soil types (humofluviosol and fluvisol loamy form, while the candidate clone B-81 had the advantage on the less favored soil type (meadow black soil on loess alluvium. Based on the attained diameters and heights, it can be concluded that these are the successfully established plantations and that the candidate clones showed significant genetic potentials, which points to the fact that in future the production of poplar wood volume can be significantly increased.

  13. Physiological mechanisms involved in resistance to cotton verticillium wilt induced by AM fungi

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    LIU Bing-jiang; LIU Run-jin

    2004-01-01

    @@ It was proved that arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi played an important role in increasing plant resistance to soilborne pathogens, especially when plants were pre-inoculated with AM fungi.Mechanisms involved in this phenomenon are not yet well understood. On the basis of the former experiment results in our lab, effects of AM fungi on cotton Verticillium wilt and the mechanisms of increasing disease resisitance by the tested fungi were studied in pot culture under greenhouse conditions. Two cotton cutivars Litai 8 and 86-1 which are susceptible to Verticillium dahliae were pre-inoculated with Glomus fasiculatum, and Gigaspora margarita, then inoculated with the strain of Verticillium dahliae, namely "An-Yang" (belong to intermediate virulent type) 30 days after the former inoculation. Results showed that AM fungi could improve the growth and development of cotton plants, increase plants dry mass, decrease incidence and disease index of Verticillium wilt of cotton plants, inhibit the infection and development of V. dahliae to different extent in the rhizosphere of cotton pre-inoculated with AM fungi, while the colonization and spore numbers of AM fungi were not reduced significantly by this pathogen. The defence enzymes, such as phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL), chitinase, β-1, 3-glucanase, peroxidase, polyphenoloxidase (PPO) were induced, and their activities and peak increased by AM fungi in roots and leaves, and the increasing speed and peak of the enzyme activity were higher in treatment with AM fungus preinoculation than the inoculation with only V. dahliae, which suggested that defense response was activated by AM fungi, and then made the cotton to react strongly and rapidly to the infection of V. dahliae. In addition, AM fungi decreased the content of malondiadehyde (MDA) in cotton roots and leaves,protected membrane system and alleviated the damage caused by the pathogen. The AM fungus,Glomus fasiculatum showed the superior effects of biological

  14. A review of experiments testing the shoving model

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    Hecksher, Tina; Dyre, J. C.

    2015-01-01

    According to the shoving model the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of supercooled liquids' relaxation time (or viscosity) derives from the fact that the high-frequency shear modulus is temperature dependent in the supercooled phase, often increasing a factor of three or four in the temperature...... interval over which the relaxation time increases by ten to fifteen decades. In this paper we have compiled all tests of the shoving model known to us. These involve rheological data obtained by different techniques, high-frequency sound-wave data, neutron scattering data for the vibrational mean...

  15. MARINET experiment KNSWING testing an I-Beam OWC attenuator

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    Nielsen, Kim; Bingham, Harry B.

    2015-01-01

    - a ship shaped wave energy converter facing the waves with its bow - can absorb along its sides in a range of regular and irregular wave conditions.The experiments were carried out in model scale 1:50 resembling the wave conditions and water depth of the Danish part of the North Sea and a 150. m long...... wave energy converter with 20 Oscillating Water Column (OWC) chambers on each side. The damping applied to each chamber by the Power Take Off (PTO) is modeled by forcing the air through a hole with an area of about 1.3% of the chamber water surface area.The results in irregular wave conditions shows...... wave energy converter demonstrated its seaworthiness and ability to absorb wave energy. The results form a valuable base for the development of a numerical model of the system that will be used for further optimization and development....

  16. Considerations on an Optical Test of Popper's Experiment

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    Reintjes, J

    2015-01-01

    We present a detailed analysis of a previously published realization of Popper's experiment using entangled ghost imaging. Our analysis, which is based on optical diffraction integrals, shows that, for the configuration previously described, the transverse spread of an unmeasured particle (the signal photon here) does not increase in inverse proportion to the width of its virtual confinement when its entangled twin is confined in transverse dimension by a physical slit. Rather we show that the spread of the unmeasured particle carries no dependence on the width of its virtual confinement in the published configuration. Instead, it spreads geometrically at a rate determined by the numerical aperture of the ghost imaging system. We further propose an alternative configuration for which the spread of the unmeasured particle does increase in inverse proportion to the width of its virtual confinement. We discuss the relation of these results to the predictions of Popper.

  17. Reactor power cutback system test experience at YGN 4

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    YGN 3 and 4 are the nuclear power plants having System 80 characteristics with a rated thermal output of 2815 MWth and a nominal net electrical output of 1040 MWe. YGN 3 achieved commercial operation on March 31, 1995 and YGN 4 completed Power Ascension Test (PAT) at 20%, 50%, 80% and 100% power by September 23, 1995. YGN 3 and 4 design incorporates the Reactor POwer Cutback System (RPCS) which reduces plant trips caused by Loss of Load (LOL)/ Turbine Trip and Loss of One Main Feedwater Pump (LOMFWP). The key design objective of the RPCS is to improve overall plant availability and performance, while minimizing challenges to the plant safety systems. The RPCS is designed to rapidly reduce reactor power by dropping preselected Control Element Assemblies (CEAs) while other NSSS control systems maintain process parameters within acceptable ranges. Extensive RPCS related tests performed during the initial startup of YGN 4 demonstrated that the RPCS can maintain the reactor on-line without opening primary or secondary safety valves and without actuating the Engineered Safety Features Actuation System (ESFAS). It is expected that use of the RPCS at YGN will increase the overall availability of the units and reduce the number of challenges to plant safety systems

  18. Post-test analysis of two accident management experiments performed at the BETHSY test facility using the code ATHLET

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    In the framework of the external validation of the thermal-hydraulic code ATHLET, which has been developed by the GRS, post test analyses of two experiments were done, which were performed at the french integral test facility BETHSY. During the experiment 5.2 C the complete loss of steam generator feedwater was simulated. The de-pressurization of the primary circuit and high pressure injection is assumed as an emergency measure. During the experiment 9.3 the break of a steam generator U-tube is simulated. The failure of the high pressure injection is assumed. As accident management measures, the depressurization of the steam generator secondary sides and finally of the primary circuit by opening of the pressurizer valve were investigated. The results show, that the code ATHLET is able to describe the complex scenario in good accordance with the experiment. For both tests the safety related statement could be reproduced. (author)

  19. Injection molded nanofluidic chips: Fabrication method and functional tests using single-molecule DNA experiments

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    Utko, Pawel; Persson, Karl Fredrik; Kristensen, Anders;

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate that fabrication of nanofluidic systems can be greatly simplified by injection molding of polymers. We functionally test our devices by single-molecule DNA experiments in nanochannels.......We demonstrate that fabrication of nanofluidic systems can be greatly simplified by injection molding of polymers. We functionally test our devices by single-molecule DNA experiments in nanochannels....

  20. Plant uptake and transport of 241Am

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    We conducted several experiments with 241Am to obtain a more complete understanding of how this transuranium element is absorbed and transported in plants. In a plant species (Tamarix pentandra Pall.) that has salt glands in the leaves excreting NaCl and other ions, 241Am was not pumped through these glands. Cyanide, which forms complexes with any metals, when applied to a calcareous soil, greatly increased the transport of 241Am into stems and leaves of bush bean plants. Radioactive cyanide (14C) was also transported to leaves and stems. When radish was grown in both calcareous and noncalcareous soils, 241Am appeared to be fixed on the peel so firmly that it was resistant to removal by HNO3 washing. The chelating agent DTPA induced increased transport of 241Am to leaves and into the fleshy roots of the radish. Data for Golden Cross hybrid corn grown in solution culture showed at least seven times as much 241Am transport to the xylem exudatields are corrected by recovery of added tracers

  1. Data acquisition electronics for NESTOR experiment: project and tests

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    The NESTOR detector, at present under construction, is a telescope for high-energy neutrino astronomy. The apparatus, based on Cherenkov light detection, will be deployed in deep sea (about 4000 m) near the S.W. Greek coast. We briefly describe the NESTOR detector, then we describe with more details the electronics for NESTOR data acquisition and transmission. The detector signals are sampled at 200 MHz and all the resulting information are transmitted to the laboratory on 30 km long electro-optical cable. The estimated Mean Time Between Failure of the full electronics system is greater than 20 years. Tests performed on the first prototypes confirm the main characteristics of these electronics: the dynamic range allowed for the signals is bigger than 1000, the pulse shape is reconstructed with an 8 bit ADC accuracy and the resolution in the measurement of the signal 'threshold crossing time' is better than 200 ps

  2. Experiment data of ROSA-III integral test RUN 710

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    The report presents data of RUN 710 at ROSA-III test facility. RUN 710 simulates a 200% double-ended break at the inlest side of a recirculation pump of a BWR. All ECCS are activated and electric power to simulated fuel rods in one core channel among four is not supplied in RUN 710. The primary initial conditions are steam dome pressure 7.35 MPa, lower plenum subcooling 10.8 K, core inlet flow rate 31.3 kg/s and core heat generation 2.42 MW. Peak cladding temperature is 609 K at Position 3, 352.5 mm above the mid plane of the core. All heater rods are quenched after ECCS actuation and the effectiveness of ECCS is confirmed. (author)

  3. Data acquisition electronics for NESTOR experiment: project and tests

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    Ameli, F; Bottai, S; Capone, A; Curti, F; Desiati, P; De Marchis, G; Massa, F; Masullo, R; Piccari, L; Vannucci, I

    1999-01-01

    The NESTOR detector, at present under construction, is a telescope for high-energy neutrino astronomy. The apparatus, based on Cherenkov light detection, will be deployed in deep sea (about 4000 m) near the S.W. Greek coast. We briefly describe the NESTOR detector, then we describe with more details the electronics for NESTOR data acquisition and transmission. The detector signals are sampled at 200 MHz and all the resulting information are transmitted to the laboratory on 30 km long electro-optical cable. The estimated Mean Time Between Failure of the full electronics system is greater than 20 years. Tests performed on the first prototypes confirm the main characteristics of these electronics: the dynamic range allowed for the signals is bigger than 1000, the pulse shape is reconstructed with an 8 bit ADC accuracy and the resolution in the measurement of the signal 'threshold crossing time' is better than 200 ps.

  4. Design, Development and Testing of Underwater Vehicles: ITB Experience

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    Muljowidodo, Said D; Budiyono, Agus; Nugroho, Sapto A

    2008-01-01

    The last decade has witnessed increasing worldwide interest in the research of underwater robotics with particular focus on the area of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The underwater robotics technology has enabled human to access the depth of the ocean to conduct environmental surveys, resources mapping as well as scientific and military missions. This capability is especially valuable for countries with major water or oceanic resources. As an archipelagic nation with more than 13,000 islands, Indonesia has one of the most abundant living and non-organic oceanic resources. The needs for the mapping, exploration, and environmental preservation of the vast marine resources are therefore imperative. The challenge of the deep water exploration has been the complex issues associated with hazardous and unstructured undersea and sea-bed environments. The paper reports the design, development and testing efforts of underwater vehicle that have been conducted at Institut Teknologi Bandung. Key technology areas...

  5. Experiments and simulation of split Hopkinson Bar tests on sand

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    Static triaxial cell data and Split Hopkinson Bar data has been generated for well controlled dry and wet sand under confined and unconfined conditions. This has demonstrated that the dry sand is rate independent in its behaviour, whereas the wet sand exhibits a strain rate dependency in its behaviour. Simulations have been performed with the Lagrangian hydrocode DYNA using a Porter-Gould equation of state (EOS) and Johnson-Holmquist type constitutive model. Comparison with the raw strain gauge data is qualitatively reasonable, although some of the details of the trace are not reproduced. Sensitivity studies have also been performed, which has demonstrated some deficiencies in the constitutive model, relating to wave-speed and definition of moduli in a granular material. This has given some insights into how the constitutive model should be improved and which future experimental tests will be required.

  6. Status of Wakefield Monitor Experiments at the CLIC Test Facility

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    Lillestøl, Reidar; Aftab, Namra; Corsini, Roberto; Döbert, Steffen; Farabolini, Wilfrid; Grudiev, Alexej; Javeed, Sumera; Pfingstner, Juergen; Wuensch, Walter

    2016-01-01

    For the very low emittance beams in CLIC, it is vital to mitigate emittance growth which leads to reduced luminosity in the detectors. One factor that leads to emittance growth is transverse wakefields in the accelerating structures. In order to combat this the structures must be aligned with a precision of a few um. For achieving this tolerance, accelerating structures are equipped with wakefield monitors that measure higher-order dipole modes excited by the beam when offset from the structure axis. We report on such measurements, performed using prototype CLIC accelerating structures which are part of the module installed in the CLIC Test Facility 3 (CTF3) at CERN. Measurements with and without the drive beam that feeds rf power to the structures are compared. Improvements to the experimental setup are discussed, and finally remaining measurements that should be performed before the completion of the program are summarized.

  7. Mercury flow experiments. 3. Simulation test plan under abnormal condition

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    Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) and High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) are promoting construction plan of Material-Life Science Facility, which is consisted of Muon Science Facility and Neutron Scattering Facility, in order to open up the new science fields. The Neutron Scattering Facility will be utilized for advanced fields of Material and Life science using high intensity neutrons generated by the spallation reaction induced by injecting a 1 MW pulsed proton beam onto a mercury target. Design of the spallation mercury target system is in progress to obtain good neutron performance keeping high reliability and safety. The target material is mercury. As a result of the spallation reaction, large amount of radioactive spallation products are to be contained in the mercury. Therefore to establish the safety of the target system, transient behaviors of the system during anticipated events should be well understood. The safety protection system and an instrumentation system for detecting abnormal conditions must be designed based on the transient behaviors in order to terminate the transient events safely. Transient behaviors of the mercury system were analyzed by using RELAP5, which has been used for safety analysis of light water reactors. This report presents a test plan of mercury system transient phenomena during abnormal events using a mercury experimental loop. To perform the tests, a laser level sensor was set on an expansion pot to measure an effluent mercury flow rate precisely and baffle plates were installed in the expansion pot to reduce a movement of mercury surface in the expansion pot. After this modification, fluctuation of a mercury surface was measured at flow rate flowing of 11 L/min. As a results, ±0.5 mm was observed. This performance is sufficient to measure the amount of effluent mercury from the experimental loop. (author)

  8. Test of special relativity theory by means of laser spectroscopy on relativistic {sup 7}Li{sup +} ions in the ESR; Test der Speziellen Relativitaetstheorie mittels Laserspektroskopie an relativistischen {sup 7}Li{sup +}-Ionen am ESR

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    Botermann, Benjamin

    2012-10-31

    The invariance under Lorentz transformation of the laws of physics is a fundamental postulate of modern physics and all theories of the fundamental interactions have been stated in a covariant form. Although the theory of Special Relativity (SR) has been tested and confirmed with high accuracy in a large number of experiments, improved tests are of fundamental interest due to the far-reaching relevance of this postulate. Additionally modern attempts of a unified description of the four fundamental interactions point to possible violations of Lorentz invariance. In this context experiments of the Ives-Stilwell type for a test of time dilation play an important role. High resolution laser spectroscopy is applied on relativistic particle beams to investigate the validity of the relativistic Doppler formula - and therefore of the time dilation factor γ. In the course of this thesis an Ives-Stilwell experiment was performed with {sup 7}Li{sup +} ions at a velocity of 34 % of the speed of light, which were stored at the experimental storage ring (ESR) of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung. The techniques of Λ- as well as saturation spectroscopy were employed on the 1s2s{sup 3}S{sub 1}→1s2p{sup 3}P{sub 2} transition. By a computer based analysis of the fluorescence detection system and utilization of appropriate edge filters the signal to noise ratio was decisively improved and the application of an additional pump laser allowed for the observation of a saturation signal for the first time. The frequency stability of both laser systems was specified by means of a frequency comb to obtain the highest possible accuracy. The data from the beam times were analyzed in the frameworks of the Robertson-Mansouri-Sexl test theory (RMS) and the Standard Model Extension (SME) and the corresponding upper limits of the relevant test parameters of the assigned theories were calculated. The upper limit of the parameter α was improved by a factor of 4 compared to

  9. Benchmark-experiments for Pb and Bi neutron data testing

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    The expedience of accurate estimation of neutron data for Pb and Bi has increased recently in connection with the Accelerator-driven system (ADS) projects and the new generation fast reactors under development, which shall use lead or lead-bismuth coolant. Still the significant difference (10%) in the energy range of 100 keV - 500 keV, for the σtot from various data sets has been observed. The differences found are associated with the energy range, for which experimental information is lacking. The situation with Bi data is not better. In this connection, several benchmarks were assembled at BFS with uranium and plutonium fuel and lead or lead-bismuth coolant. The scope of the investigations included the measurements of the spectral indexes, distributions of the fission rates of the main isotopes, small samples worths and coolant voiding. The special program was connected with minor actinides. The influence of the plutonium isotope composition was investigated at the assemblies with reactor and weapon grade Pu. Calculations of the measured parameters were carried out using the most modern versions of nuclear data libraries. All the results of these experiments and their analysis have prepared for the construction of the benchmarks and planed as the candidates for the International data base IRPhEP. (authors)

  10. IA, I AM

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    Munk, Timme Bisgaard; Mørk, Kristian

    2004-01-01

    Hvad er informationsarkitektur? Mørk & Munk gennemgår de forskellige metaforiske konstruktioner af begrebet og kommer med deres helt egen selvstændige definition. Informationsarkitektur er en samtale, strukturation, en klassifikationskamp og et konceptuelt blend. Læs hvorfor i dette working paper...... om et af de meste centrale begreber videnssamfundet. For nu er vi alle informationsarkitekter: IA, I AM....

  11. Algebraic multiscale method for flow in heterogeneous porous media with embedded discrete fractures (F-AMS)

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    Ţene, Matei; Al Kobaisi, Mohammed Saad; Hajibeygi, Hadi

    2016-09-01

    This paper introduces an Algebraic MultiScale method for simulation of flow in heterogeneous porous media with embedded discrete Fractures (F-AMS). First, multiscale coarse grids are independently constructed for both porous matrix and fracture networks. Then, a map between coarse- and fine-scale is obtained by algebraically computing basis functions with local support. In order to extend the localization assumption to the fractured media, four types of basis functions are investigated: (1) Decoupled-AMS, in which the two media are completely decoupled, (2) Frac-AMS and (3) Rock-AMS, which take into account only one-way transmissibilities, and (4) Coupled-AMS, in which the matrix and fracture interpolators are fully coupled. In order to ensure scalability, the F-AMS framework permits full flexibility in terms of the resolution of the fracture coarse grids. Numerical results are presented for two- and three-dimensional heterogeneous test cases. During these experiments, the performance of F-AMS, paired with ILU(0) as second-stage smoother in a convergent iterative procedure, is studied by monitoring CPU times and convergence rates. Finally, in order to investigate the scalability of the method, an extensive benchmark study is conducted, where a commercial algebraic multigrid solver is used as reference. The results show that, given an appropriate coarsening strategy, F-AMS is insensitive to severe fracture and matrix conductivity contrasts, as well as the length of the fracture networks. Its unique feature is that a fine-scale mass conservative flux field can be reconstructed after any iteration, providing efficient approximate solutions in time-dependent simulations.

  12. Some Validation Data for the Achievement Motives Scale (AMS).

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    Rand, Per

    1978-01-01

    A Norwegian version of the Achievement Motives Scale (AMS) was administered to Oslo sixth-graders, along with verbal, numeric, test anxiety, and lie/defensiveness tests. Results showed the relationships to academic performance predicted by achievement theory. Even when related to the personality scales, the AMS showed promising qualities.…

  13. Operating and test experience of EBR-II

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    EBR-II has operated for 27 years, the longest for any Liquid Metal Reactor (LMR) power plant. During that time, much has been learned about successful LMR operation and design. The basic lesson is that conservatism in design can pay significant dividends in operating reliability. Furthermore, such conservatism need not mean high cost. The EBR-II system emphasizes simplicity, minimizing the number of valves in the heat transport system, for example, and simplifying the primary heat-transport-system layout. Another lesson is that emphasizing reliability of the steam generating system at the sodium-water interface (by using duplex tubes in the case of EBR-II) has been well worth the higher initial costs; no problems with leakage have been encountered in EBR-II's operating history. Locating spent fuel storage in the primary tank and providing for decay heat removal by natural connective flow have also been contributors to EBR-II's success. The ability to accommodate loss of forced cooling or loss of heat sink passively has resulted in benefits for simplification, primarily through less reliance on emergency power and in not requiring the secondary sodium or steam systems to be safety grade. Also, the 'piped-pool' arrangement minimizes thermal stress to the primary tank and enhances natural convective flow. These benefits have been realized through a history of operation that has seen EBR-II evolve through four major phases in its test programs, culminating in its present mission as the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR) prototype. (author)

  14. Adhesion scratch testing - A round-robin experiment

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    Perry, A. J.; Valli, J.; Steinmann, P. A.

    1988-01-01

    Six sets of samples, TiN coated by chemical or physical vapor deposition methods (CVD or PVD) onto cemented carbide or high-speed steel (HSS), and TiC coated by CVD onto cemented carbide have been scratch tested using three types of commercially available scratch adhesion tester. With exception of one cemented carbide set, the reproducibility of the critical loads for any given set with a given stylus is excellent, about + or - 5 percent, and is about + or - 20 percent for different styli. Any differences in critical loads recorded for any given sample set can be attributed to the condition of the stylus (clean, new, etc.), the instrument used, the stylus itself (friction coefficient, etc.), and the sample set itself. One CVD set showed remarkably large differences in critical loads for different styli, which is thought to be related to a mechanical interaction between stylus and coating which is enhanced by a plastic deformability in the film related to the coating microstructure. The critical load for TiN on HSS increases with coating thickness, and differences in frictional conditions led to a systematic variation in the critical loads depending on the stylus used.

  15. Deuterium-tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test reactor

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    The deuterium-tritium (D-T) experimental program on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) is underway and routine tritium operations have been established. The technology upgrades made to the TFTR facility have been demonstrated to be sufficient for supporting both operations and maintenance for an extended D-T campaign. To date fusion power has been increased to ∼9 MW and several physics results of importance to the D-T reactor regime have been obtained: electron temperature, ion temperature, and plasma stored energy all increase substantially in the D-T regime relative to the D-D regime at the same neutral beam power and comparable limiter conditioning; possible alpha electron heating is indicated and energy confinement improvement with average ion mass is observed; and alpha particle losses appear to be classical with no evidence of TAE mode activity up to the PFUS ∼6 MW level. Instability in the TAE mode frequency range has been observed at PFUS > 7 MW and its effect on performance in under investigation. Preparations are underway to enhance the alpha particle density further by increasing fusion power and by extending the neutral beam pulse length to permit alpha particle effects of relevance to the ITER regime to be more fully explored

  16. Deuterium-tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test reactor

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    Hosea, J.; Adler, J.H.; Alling, P.; Ancher, C.; Anderson, H.; Anderson, J.L.; Anderson, J.W.; Arunasalam, V.; Ascione, G.; Ashcroft, D. [and others

    1994-09-01

    The deuterium-tritium (D-T) experimental program on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) is underway and routine tritium operations have been established. The technology upgrades made to the TFTR facility have been demonstrated to be sufficient for supporting both operations and maintenance for an extended D-T campaign. To date fusion power has been increased to {approx}9 MW and several physics results of importance to the D-T reactor regime have been obtained: electron temperature, ion temperature, and plasma stored energy all increase substantially in the D-T regime relative to the D-D regime at the same neutral beam power and comparable limiter conditioning; possible alpha electron heating is indicated and energy confinement improvement with average ion mass is observed; and alpha particle losses appear to be classical with no evidence of TAE mode activity up to the PFUS {approx}6 MW level. Instability in the TAE mode frequency range has been observed at PFUS > 7 MW and its effect on performance in under investigation. Preparations are underway to enhance the alpha particle density further by increasing fusion power and by extending the neutral beam pulse length to permit alpha particle effects of relevance to the ITER regime to be more fully explored.

  17. Active Thermal Control Experiments for LISA Ground Verification Testing

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    Higuchi, Sei; DeBra, Daniel B.

    2006-11-01

    The primary mission goal of LISA is detecting gravitational waves. LISA uses laser metrology to measure the distance between proof masses in three identical spacecrafts. The total acceleration disturbance to each proof mass is required to be below 3 × 10-15 m/s2√Hz . Optical path length variations on each optical bench must be kept below 40 pm/√Hz over 1 Hz to 0.1 mHz. Thermal variations due to, for example, solar radiation or temperature gradients across the proof mass housing will distort the spacecraft causing changes in the mass attraction and sensor location. We have developed a thermal control system developed for the LISA gravitational reference sensor (GRS) ground verification testing which provides thermal stability better than 1 mK/√Hz to f < 1 mHz and which by extension is suitable for in-flight thermal control for the LISA spacecraft to compensate solar irradiation. Thermally stable environment is very demanded for LISA performance verification. In a lab environment specifications can be met with considerable amount of insulation and thermal mass. For spacecraft, the very limited thermal mass calls for an active control system which can meet disturbance rejection and stability requirements simultaneously in the presence of long time delay. A simple proportional plus integral control law presently provides approximately 1 mK/√Hz of thermal stability for over 80 hours. Continuing development of a model predictive feed-forward algorithm will extend performance to below 1 mK/√Hz at f < 1 mHz and lower.

  18. The Prodromal Questionnaire : a case for IRT-based adaptive testing of psychotic experiences?

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    van Bebber, Jan; Wigman, Johanna T W; Meijer, Rob R; Ising, Helga K; van den Berg, David; Rietdijk, Judith; Dragt, Sara; Klaassen, Rianne; Nieman, Dorien; de Jonge, Peter; Sytema, Sjoerd; Wichers, Marieke; Linszen, Don; van der Gaag, Mark; Wunderink, Lex

    2016-01-01

    Computerized adaptive tests (CATs) for positive and negative psychotic experiences were developed and tested in N = 5705 help-seeking, non-psychotic young individuals. Instead of presenting all items, CATs choose a varying number of different items during test administration depending on respondents

  19. Construction of a laboratory assembly for the simulation of grid connection electric vehicles; Aufbau einer Test- und Simulationsumgebung zur Nachbildung von Elektrofahrzeugen am Netz

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    Rolink, Johannes; Ruthe, Sebastian; Rehtanz, Christian [Technische Univ. Dortmund (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    In the following, a laboratory assembly is described which is capable to develop and test various kinds of charging concepts. With this model, it is also possible to model the charging power as well as the harmonic charging behavior of electric vehicles at the low voltage grid. Due to the controllability of the model, it is possible to use the assembly for practical tests concerning load management strategies. Furthermore, it can be used for hardware-tests under stress that is during a simulated charging process. For the realistic modeling, the charging curves of different electric vehicles were measured and implemented in the laboratory assembly. (orig.)

  20. AMS and climate change

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    Kutschera, Walter, E-mail: walter.kutschera@univie.ac.a [Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator (VERA), Fakultaet fuer Physik - Isotopenforschung, Universitaet Wien, Waehringerstrasse 17, A-1090 Wien (Austria)

    2010-04-15

    This paper attempts to draw a connection between information that can be gained from measurements with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and the study of climate change on earth. The power of AMS to help in this endeavor is demonstrated by many contributions to these proceedings. Just like in archaeology, we are entering a phase of an 'integrated approach' to understand the various components of climate change. Even though some basic understanding emerged, we are still largely in a situation of a phenomenological description of climate change. Collecting more data is therefore of paramount interest. Based on a recent suggestion of 'geo-engineering' to take out CO{sub 2} from the atmosphere, this radical step will also be briefly discussed.

  1. AMS and climate change

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    Kutschera, Walter

    2010-04-01

    This paper attempts to draw a connection between information that can be gained from measurements with accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and the study of climate change on earth. The power of AMS to help in this endeavor is demonstrated by many contributions to these proceedings. Just like in archaeology, we are entering a phase of an 'integrated approach' to understand the various components of climate change. Even though some basic understanding emerged, we are still largely in a situation of a phenomenological description of climate change. Collecting more data is therefore of paramount interest. Based on a recent suggestion of 'geo-engineering' to take out CO 2 from the atmosphere, this radical step will also be briefly discussed.

  2. Experiment data report: Gap Conductance Test Series, Test GC 1-3 postirradiation examination. [BWR

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    Murdock, B. A.

    1977-09-01

    The results of the postirradiation examination of four boiling water reactor type, zircaloy-clad, UO/sub 2/-fueled rods tested as part of the Thermal Fuels Behavior Program are discussed. These rods were employed in Gap Conductance Test GC 1-3 which was conducted to obtain experimental data from which test rod gap conductance values could be determined by both the steady state integral kdT and the power oscillation methods. The postirradiation examination results provided will aid in interpreting and understanding the experimental data obtained during Test GC 1-3 and in evaluating the effect of fuel behavior on the fuel rod thermal response and interpreted gap conductances. Fuel rod fill gas composition and pressure and rod power profiles are discussed. Evidence is presented showing that significant amounts of water had been present in two of the four fuel rods during testing. For the two fuel rods that remained intact during the test, measurements of fuel pellet-to-cladding gap, as well as the surface area of the fuel cracks at several axial locations are presented. A total effective radial gap is calculated and the fuel structure and porosity are analyzed.

  3. “What am I going to say here?” The experiences of doctors and nurses communicating with patients in a cancer unit

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    JenniferCleland

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a study investigating the provider-patient communication perceptions, experiences, needs and strategies of doctors and nurses working together in a UK cancer setting. This was a qualitative study using individual interviews and focus group discussions. Interpretative Phenomenological analysis (IPA was used to underpin data collection and analysis. Twenty-six staff participated in the project (18 nurses and 8 doctors. Both professional groups identified an inherent emotional strain in their daily interactions with patients. The strategies they adopted to reduce this strain fell into two main categories: 1 Handling or managing the patient to keep negative emotion at bay; and 2 Managing self to keep negative emotion at bay. These strategies allowed staff to maintain a sense of control in an emotionally-stressful environment. Most believed that their communication skills were sufficient. In conclusion, communicating with and caring for cancer patients causes considerable psycho-social burden for doctors and nurses. Managing this burden influences their communication with patients. Without recognition of the need for staff to protect their own emotional well-being, communication skills training programmes, emphasised in current UK cancer care guidelines, may have little impact on practice.

  4. Suche nach dem Higgs-Boson in hadronischen Endzuständen mit fehlender Energie am L3-Experiment bei LEP

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    Zöller, Marc Henning

    2005-01-01

    This thesis presents searches for the Higgs boson, which is predicted by the Standard Model of Particle Physics and its extensions in order to endow fermions and bosons with their observed masses. While the Standard Model predicts only one Higgs boson »H«, the Minimal Supersymmetric Extension contains five Higgs bosons. This analysis refers to the light neutral »h«, which has nearly the same properties as the Standard Model Higgs boson. The analyses are based on data taken by the L3 experiment at the Large Electron Positron Collider (LEP) near Geneva during the years 1998 until 2000, which corresponds to an integrated luminosity of 629.7 pb−1 and which were collected in a center-of-mass energy range from 189 GeV to 209 GeV. The Higgs boson searches presented here analyse the data with regard to hadronic events with missing energy, since the visible energy is reduced compared to the total energy given by the LEP collider. According to theoretical prediction these final states can be produced via the Higg...

  5. Non-proportional tension-shear experiments in a biaxial test facility

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    Riel, van, A.C.M.J.; Boogaard, van den, F.E.; Huetink, J.

    2006-01-01

    This paper discusses the results obtained from experiments on DC06 mild steel with a biaxial test facility. The two presented tests are non-proportional tests consisting of a two stage strain path. First the samples are deformed in the tensile direction after which simple shear deformation is applied. In the one case elastic unloading is applied after the tensile deformation, while in the other case the tensile deformation is directly followed by the simple shear deformation. For the test wit...

  6. Ohmically heated toroidal experiment (OHTE) mobile ignition test reactor facility concept study

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    This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the use of an existing nuclear test complex at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) for the assembly, testing, and remote maintenance of the ohmically heated toroidal experiment (OHTE) compact reactor. The portable reactor concept is described and its application to OHTE testing and maintenance requirements is developed. Pertinent INEL facilities are described and several test system configurations that apply to these facilities are developed and evaluated

  7. Experiences of high-risk pregnant women who were offered a choice between non-invasive prenatal testing, invasive testing or no follow-up test

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    Van Schendel, Rachel; Page-Christiaens, Lieve; Beulen, Lean; Bilardo, Katia; De Boer, Marjon; Coumans, Audrey; Faas, Brigitte; Van Langen, Irene; Lichtenbelt, Klaske; Van Maarle, Merel; Macville, Merryn; Oepkes, Dick; Pajkrt, Eva; Henneman, Lidewij

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: The TRIDENT study (Trial by Dutch laboratories for Evaluation of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing) evaluates the implementation of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in the Dutch healthcare system. Here we report on the preferences and experiences of pregnant women at high risk for fetal

  8. Advanced Test Reactor In-Canal Ultrasonic Scanner: Experiment Design and Initial Results on Irradiated Plates

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    D. M. Wachs; J. M. Wight; D. T. Clark; J. M. Williams; S. C. Taylor; D. J. Utterbeck; G. L. Hawkes; G. S. Chang; R. G. Ambrosek; N. C. Craft

    2008-09-01

    An irradiation test device has been developed to support testing of prototypic scale plate type fuels in the Advanced Test Reactor. The experiment hardware and operating conditions were optimized to provide the irradiation conditions necessary to conduct performance and qualification tests on research reactor type fuels for the RERTR program. The device was designed to allow disassembly and reassembly in the ATR spent fuel canal so that interim inspections could be performed on the fuel plates. An ultrasonic scanner was developed to perform dimensional and transmission inspections during these interim investigations. Example results from the AFIP-2 experiment are presented.

  9. 40 years of stress testing. Application, experience and optimization; 40 Jahre Stresstest. Anwendung, Erfahrungen, Optimierung

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    Steiner, Michael [Open Grid Europe GmbH, Essen (Germany). Integritaet/Werkstofftechnik; Engel, Christian [TUeV Nord Systems GmbH und Co. KG, Essen (Germany). Arbeitsgruppe Anlagenbau und Pipelines

    2010-11-15

    Stress testing has been successfully used on pipelines for many decades. The experience compiled indicates that the targets stated in VdTUeV Code 1060, such as enhancement of service-life, elimination of defects and reduction of stresses, are actually achieved, provided such testing is correctly performed. There is, however, still a need for optimization of the maximum test-section volume, particularly in the case of large-caliber pipeline engineering projects. This article examines the experience gained with stress testing and the potentials for optimization. (orig.)

  10. Experiences and Issues Related to the Format of Bilingual Tests: Dual Language Test Booklets versus Two Different Test Booklets.

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    Stansfield, Charles W.

    This report, requested by the Massachusetts Department of Education, addresses the issue of the format of native language assessments of students' educational achievement. There are two basic options when administering a translation or adaptation of a test in another language: one is to produce test booklets in both languages and then determine…

  11. Dynamics-independent null experiment for testing time-reversal invariance

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    Arash, Firooz; Moravcsik, Michael J.; Goldstein, Gary R.

    1985-06-01

    It is shown that it is impossible to construct, in any reaction in atomic, nuclear, or particle physics, a null experiment that would unambiguously test the validity of time-reversal invariance independently of dynamical assumptions.

  12. Dynamics-independent null experiment for testing time-reversal invariance

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    It is shown that it is impossible to construct, in any reaction in atomic, nuclear, or particle physics, a null experiment that would unambiguously test the validity of time-reversal invariance independently of dynamical assumptions

  13. Screening for Saponins Using the Blood Hemolysis Test. An Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment.

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    Sotheeswaran, Subramaniam

    1988-01-01

    Describes an experiment for undergraduate chemistry laboratories involving a chemical found in plants and some sea animals. Discusses collection and identification of material, a hemolysis test, preparation of blood-coated agar plates, and application of samples. (CW)

  14. Microgravity Multi-Phase Flow Experiment for Suborbital Testing (MFEST) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Crew and Thermal Systems Division (CTSD), had previously developed an orbital flight experiment to 1) test the feasibility of...

  15. Health physics experiences in the operation of Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR)

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    This paper presents the health physics experience gained with the operation of the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), which was made critical in October 1985. Major operations that were carried out and the associated health physics surveillance are highlighted. (author)

  16. AMS-02 in Space: Physics Results

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    Tomassetti, Nicola

    2015-01-01

    The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) is a particle physics experiment designed to study origin and nature of Galactic Cosmic Rays (CRs) up to TeV energies from space. With its high sensitivity, long exposure and excellent identification capabilities, AMS is conducting a unique mission of fundamental physics research in space. To date, more than 60 billion CR events have been collected by AMS. The new results on CR leptons and the analysis and light-nuclei are presented and discussed. The new leptonic data indicate the existence of new sources of high-energy CR leptons, that may arise either by dark-matter particles annihilation or by nearby astrophysical sources of $e^{\\pm}$ pairs. Future data at higher energies and forthcoming measurements on the antiproton spectrum and the boron-to-carbon ratio will be crucial in providing the discrimination among the different scenario.

  17. AMS gets lift on space shuttle Discovery

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    2009-01-01

    AMS-02, the CERN-recognized experiment that will seek dark matter, missing matter and antimatter in Space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), has recently got the green light to be part of the STS-134 NASA mission in 2010. Installation of AMS detectors in the Prévessin experiment hall.In a recent press release, NASA announced that the last or last-but-one mission of the Space Shuttle programme would be the one that will deliver AMS, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, to the International Space Station. The Space Shuttle Discovery is due to lift off in July 2010 from Kennedy Space Center and its mission will include the installation of AMS to the exterior of the space station, using both the shuttle and station arms. "It wasn’t easy to get a lift on the Space Shuttle from the Bush administration," says professor Samuel Ting, spokesperson of the experiment, "since during his administration all the funds for space research w...

  18. 40 CFR 60.4212 - What test methods and other procedures must I use if I am an owner or operator of a stationary CI...

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    2010-07-01

    ... testing procedures in 40 CFR part 1039, subpart F. (b) Exhaust emissions from stationary CI ICE that are complying with the emission standards for new CI engines in 40 CFR part 1039 must not exceed the not-to... stationary CI ICE that are complying with the emission standards for new CI engines in 40 CFR 89.112 or...

  19. Tests of nuclear weapons and the beginning of radioactivity monitoring using the example of Switzerland; Die Kernwaffenversuche und der Beginn der Radioaktivitaetsueberwachung am Beispiel der Schweiz

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    Voelkle, Hansruedi [Univ. Chemin du Musee 3, Fribourg (Switzerland). Physikdept.

    2016-05-01

    A historical survey is given on the development and the tests of nuclear weapons including the consequences for humans and the environment, as well as on the generation of measuring networks for radioactivity in the environment in the same time. Some results of the measurements are shown exemplarily for Switzerland.

  20. Initial Results from On-Orbit Testing of the Fram Memory Test Experiment on the Fastsat Micro-Satellite

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    MacLeond, Todd C.; Sims, W. Herb; Varnavas,Kosta A.; Ho, Fat D.

    2011-01-01

    The Memory Test Experiment is a space test of a ferroelectric memory device on a low Earth orbit satellite that launched in November 2010. The memory device being tested is a commercial Ramtron Inc. 512K memory device. The circuit was designed into the satellite avionics and is not used to control the satellite. The test consists of writing and reading data with the ferroelectric based memory device. Any errors are detected and are stored on board the satellite. The data is sent to the ground through telemetry once a day. Analysis of the data can determine the kind of error that was found and will lead to a better understanding of the effects of space radiation on memory systems. The test is one of the first flight demonstrations of ferroelectric memory in a near polar orbit which allows testing in a varied radiation environment. The initial data from the test is presented. This paper details the goals and purpose of this experiment as well as the development process. The process for analyzing the data to gain the maximum understanding of the performance of the ferroelectric memory device is detailed.

  1. Qualification Tests of 474 Photomultiplier Tubes for the Inner Detector of the Double Chooz Experiment

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    Bauer, C; Borger, E.; Hofacker , R.; Jänner, K.; Kaether, F.; Langbrandtner, C.; Lindner, M.; Lucht, S.; Reissfelder, M.; Schoenert, S.; Stüken, A.; Wiebusch, C.

    2011-01-01

    The hemispherical 10" photomultiplier tube (PMT) R7081 from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (HPK) is used in various experiments in particle and astroparticle physics. We describe the test and calibration of 474 PMTs for the reactor antineutrino experiment Double Chooz. The unique test setup at Max-Planck-Institut f\\"ur Kernphysik Heidelberg (MPIK) allows one to calibrate 30 PMTs simultaneously and to characterize the single photo electron response, transit time spread, linear behaviour and saturati...

  2. Qualification tests of 474 photomultiplier tubes for the inner detector of the Double Chooz experiment

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    The hemispherical 10'' photomultiplier tube (PMT) R7081 from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (HPK) is used in various experiments in particle and astroparticle physics. We describe the test and calibration of 474 PMTs for the reactor antineutrino experiment Double Chooz. The unique test setup at Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kernphysik Heidelberg (MPIK) allows one to calibrate 30 PMTs simultaneously and to characterize the single photoelectron response, transit time spread, linear behaviour and saturation effects, photon detection efficiency and high voltage calibration.

  3. An Automated Test Framework for Experimenting with Stochastic Behavior in Reconfigurable Logic

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    Birklykke, Alex Aaen; Le Moullec, Yannick; Alminde, Lars; Prasad, Ramjee

    In this paper, we present an automated test frame- work for the characterization of stochastic behavior in logic circuits. The framework is intended as a platform for experimenting with and providing statistics on digital architectures given behavioral uncertainties at the gate-level. As an...... block subject to voltage/frequency scaling and Vdd -noise. The framework provides easy interfacing with laboratory equipment, design of experiment capabilities and automatic test execution, thus providing a powerful tool for characterizing stochastic behavior in reconfigurable logic....

  4. A test of the equivalence principle by long-baseline neutrino-oscillation experiments

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    Iida, K; Yasuda, O; Iida, Kazuhito; Minakata, Hisakazu; Yasuda, Osamu

    1993-01-01

    We show that a breakdown of the universality of the gravitational couplings to different neutrino flavors can be tested in long-baseline neutrino-oscillation experiments. In particular we have analyzed in detail a proposed experiment at SOUDAN 2 with $\

  5. Review of recent benchmark experiments on integral test for high energy nuclear data evaluation

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    Nakashima, Hiroshi; Tanaka, Susumu; Konno, Chikara; Fukahori, Tokio; Hayashi, Katsumi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1998-11-01

    A survey work of recent benchmark experiments on an integral test for high energy nuclear data evaluation was carried out as one of the work of the Task Force on JENDL High Energy File Integral Evaluation (JHEFIE). In this paper the results are compiled and the status of recent benchmark experiments is described. (author)

  6. The cryogenic pumping section of KATRIN and the test experiment TRAP

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    Eichelhardt, F

    2011-01-01

    The Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino experiment (KATRIN) employs a Cryogenic Pumping Section (CPS) at ~ 4.5 K to suppress the tritium penetration into the spectrometers. A test experiment (TRAP - Tritium Argon frost Pump) has been set up to investigate the tritium pumping performance of the CPS.

  7. $\\pi^{-}p \\to (K\\overline{K})^{\\pm}\\pi^{\\mp}\\eta$ bei 16 GeV/c, ein Experiment mit dem Omega-Spektrometer am CERN-PS und Bestimmung von Spin und Parität des D(1285)-Mesons im neutralen $(K\\overline{K}\\pi)$-System

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    Aebischer, Bernard; Otter, Gerd

    1979-01-01

    $\\pi^{-}p \\to (K\\overline{K})^{\\pm}\\pi^{\\mp}\\eta$ bei 16 GeV/c, ein Experiment mit dem Omega-Spektrometer am CERN-PS und Bestimmung von Spin und Parität des D(1285)-Mesons im neutralen $(K\\overline{K}\\pi)$-System

  8. Chemical Explosion Experiments to Improve Nuclear Test Monitoring - Developing a New Paradigm for Nuclear Test Monitoring with the Source Physics Experiments (SPE)

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    A series of chemical explosions, called the Source Physics Experiments (SPE), is being conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to develop a new more physics-based paradigm for nuclear test monitoring. Currently, monitoring relies on semi-empirical models to discriminate explosions from earthquakes and to estimate key parameters such as yield. While these models have been highly successful monitoring established test sites, there is concern that future tests could occur in media and at scale depths of burial outside of our empirical experience. This is highlighted by North Korean tests, which exhibit poor performance of a reliable discriminant, mb:Ms (Selby et al., 2012), possibly due to source emplacement and differences in seismic responses for nascent and established test sites. The goal of SPE is to replace these semi-empirical relationships with numerical techniques grounded in a physical basis and thus applicable to any geologic setting or depth

  9. Development of Next Generation Memory Test Experiment for Deployment on a Small Satellite

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    MacLeod, Todd; Ho, Fat D.

    2012-01-01

    The original Memory Test Experiment successfully flew on the FASTSAT satellite launched in November 2010. It contained a single Ramtron 512K ferroelectric memory. The memory device went through many thousands of read/write cycles and recorded any errors that were encountered. The original mission length was schedule to last 6 months but was extended to 18 months. New opportunities exist to launch a similar satellite and considerations for a new memory test experiment should be examined. The original experiment had to be designed and integrated in less than two months, so the experiment was a simple design using readily available parts. The follow-on experiment needs to be more sophisticated and encompass more technologies. This paper lays out the considerations for the design and development of this follow-on flight memory experiment. It also details the results from the original Memory Test Experiment that flew on board FASTSAT. Some of the design considerations for the new experiment include the number and type of memory devices to be used, the kinds of tests that will be performed, other data needed to analyze the results, and best use of limited resources on a small satellite. The memory technologies that are considered are FRAM, FLASH, SONOS, Resistive Memory, Phase Change Memory, Nano-wire Memory, Magneto-resistive Memory, Standard DRAM, and Standard SRAM. The kinds of tests that could be performed are read/write operations, non-volatile memory retention, write cycle endurance, power measurements, and testing Error Detection and Correction schemes. Other data that may help analyze the results are GPS location of recorded errors, time stamp of all data recorded, radiation measurements, temperature, and other activities being perform by the satellite. The resources of power, volume, mass, temperature, processing power, and telemetry bandwidth are extremely limited on a small satellite. Design considerations must be made to allow the experiment to not interfere

  10. GAM - Gas Migration Experiments in a Heterogeneous Shear Zone of the Grimsel Test of the Grimsel Test Site

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    This report documents the scientific investigations carried out as part of the GAM project between June 1997 and April 2001 at the Grimsel Test Site within the framework of Investigation Phase V (1997 - 2001). Four radioactive waste management organisations participated in the GAM experiment, namely ANDRA, ENRESA, NAGRA and Sandia National Laboratories for the US Department of Energy. The experiment team consisted of the delegates of the participating organisations, research groups from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona and, last but not least, several contractor teams. Essential aims of the GAM investigation programme were the development and testing of laboratory and field equipment for tracer experiments. Innovative laboratory technologies were applied, such as Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy and X-ray tomography, flow visualisation in artificial fractures, nuclear magnetic resonance measurements and neutron radiography. Furthermore, a new technique was tested for the recovery of well preserved core samples from the GAM shear zone. Novelties in field testing comprised the use of an on-line counter for the particle tracer tests and a georadar survey of gas and brine injection tests with a high frequency borehole antenna. The development of upscaling methodologies and the derivation of effective parameters for single- and two-phase flow models was another issue of interest. The investigations comprised theoretical studies on solute transport in non-uniform flow fields and assessment of the impact of the microstructure on solute and gas transport. Closely related to these theoretical studies was the numerical interpretation of the combined solute and gas tracer tests, which revealed the great potential of such data sets with regard to model discrimination. As a final step in the synthesis task of the GAM project, a model abstraction process was established, aimed at integrating the

  11. BIOMEX experiment: ultrastructural alterations, molecular damage and survival of the fungus Cryomyces antarcticus after the Experiment Verification Tests

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    C. Pacelli; Selbmann, L.; Zucconi, L.; de Vera, J.-P.; Rabbow, E.; Horneck, G; de la Torre, R.; Onofri, S.

    2016-01-01

    The search for traces of extinct or extant life in extraterrestrial environments is one of the main goals for astrobiologists; due to their ability to withstand stress producing conditions, extremophiles are perfect candidates for astrobiological studies. The BIOMEX project aims to test the ability of biomolecules and cell components to preserve their stability under space and Mars-like conditions, while at the same time investigating the survival capability of microorganisms. The experiment ...

  12. Educational Testing as an Accountability Measure: Drawing on Twentieth-Century Danish History of Education Experiences

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    Ydesen, Christian

    2013-01-01

    This article reveals perspectives based on experiences from twentieth-century Danish educational history by outlining contemporary, test-based accountability regime characteristics and their implications for education policy. The article introduces one such characteristic, followed by an empirical analysis of the origins and impacts of test-based…

  13. Emotional Experiences during Test Taking: Does Cognitive Ability Make a Difference?

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    Goetz, Thomas; Preckel, Franzis; Pekrun, Reinhard; Hall, Nathan C.

    2007-01-01

    This study examined test-related experiences of enjoyment, anger, anxiety, and boredom in a sample of 2059 German school students (50% female) from grade 6, and how they relate to students' abstract reasoning ability (ARA). Emotions were assessed immediately before, during, and after a mathematics achievement test. Analysis of variance showed that…

  14. La Grande dépression américaine et la neutralité de la monnaie : un test économétrique

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    Racette, Daniel; Bergeron, Pierre

    1984-01-01

    In this paper, the neutrality hypothesis is tested for the U.S. Great Depression. Neutrality is generally rejected by the data even when banking failures are excluded from the available information set in generating the anticipated rate of growth of money series. Hence our results are contrary to those of Barro (1977, 1978) and Barro and Rush (1980) for the Post War years. They confirm those of Mishkin (1982). Dans ce texte, nous utilisons des données de la période de l’entre-deux-guerres aux...

  15. Verification of the code ATHLET by post-test analysis of two experiments performed at the CCTF integral test facility

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    In the framework of the external validation of the thermohydraulic code ATHLET Mod 1.2 Cycle C, which has been developed by the GRS, post test analyses of two experiments were done, which were performed at the japanese test facility CCTF. The test facility CCTF is a 1:25 volume-scaled model of a 1000 MW pressurized water reactor. The tests simulate a double end break in the cold leg of the PWR with ECC injection into the cold leg and with combined ECC injection into the hot and cold legs. The evaluation of the calculated results shows, that the main phenomena can be calculated in a good agreement with the experiment. Especially the behaviour of the quench front and the core cooling are calculated very well. Applying a two-channel representation of the reactor model the radial behaviour of the quench front could be reproduced. Deviations between calculations and experiment can be observed simulating the emergency injection in the beginning of the transient. Very high condensation rates were calculated and the pressure decrease in this phase of the transient is overestimated. Besides that, the pressurization due to evaporation in the refill phase is underestimated by ATHLET. (orig.)

  16. The NASA Juncture Flow Experiment: Goals, Progress, and Preliminary Testing (Invited)

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    Rumsey, Christopher L.; Neuhart, Danny H.; Kegerise, Michael A.

    2016-01-01

    NASA has been working toward designing and conducting a juncture flow experiment on a wing-body aircraft configuration. The experiment is planned to provide validation-quality data for CFD that focuses on the onset and progression of a separation bubble near the wing-body juncture trailing edge region. This paper describes the goals and purpose of the experiment. Although currently considered unreliable, preliminary CFD analyses of several different configurations are shown. These configurations have been subsequently tested in a series of "risk-reduction" wind tunnel tests, in order to help down-select to a final configuration that will attain the desired flow behavior. The risk-reduction testing at the higher Reynolds number has not yet been completed (at the time of this writing), but some results from one of the low-Reynolds-number experiments are shown.

  17. A threat in the computer: the race implicit association test as a stereotype threat experience.

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    Frantz, Cynthia M; Cuddy, Amy J C; Burnett, Molly; Ray, Heidi; Hart, Allen

    2004-12-01

    Three experiments test whether the threat of appearing racist leads White participants to perform worse on the race Implicit Association Test (IAT) and whether self-affirmation can protect from this threat. Experiments 1 and 2 suggest that White participants show a stereotype threat effect when completing the race IAT, leading to stronger pro-White scores when the test is believed to be diagnostic of racism. This effect increases for domain-identified (highly motivated to control prejudice) participants (Experiment 2). In Experiment 3, self-affirmation inoculates participants against stereotype threat while taking the race IAT. These findings have methodological implications for use of the race IAT and theoretical implications concerning the malleability of automatic prejudice and the potential interpersonal effects of the fear of appearing racist. PMID:15536243

  18. Emotional experiences during test taking : does cognitive ability make a difference?

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    Götz, Thomas; Preckel, Franzis; Pekrun, Reinhard; Hall, Nathan C.

    2007-01-01

    This study examined test-related experiences of enjoyment, anger, anxiety, and boredom in a sample of 2059 German school students (50% female) from grade 6, and how they relate to students' abstract reasoning ability (ARA). Emotions were assessed immediately before, during, and after a mathematics achievement test. Analysis of variance showed that emotions experienced during the test situation differed based on students' ARA level, with correspondence analysis revealing substantial difference...

  19. Site characterization and validation - equipment design and techniques used in single borehole hydraulic testing, simulated drift experiment and crosshole testing

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    This report describes the equipment and techniques used to investigate the variation of hydrogeological parameters within a fractured crystalline rock mass. The testing program was performed during stage 3 of the site characterization and validation programme at the Stripa mine in Sweden. This programme used a multidisciplinary approach, combining geophysical, geological and hydrogeological methods, to determine how groundwater moved through the rock mass. The hydrogeological work package involved three components. Firstly, novel single borehole techniques (focused packer testing) were used to determine the distribution of hydraulic conductivity and head along individual boreholes. Secondly, water was abstracted from boreholes which were drilled to simulate a tunnel (simulated drift experiment). Locations and magnitudes of flows were measured together with pressure responses at various points in the SCV rock mass. Thirdly, small scale crosshole tests, involving detailed interference testing, were used to determine the variability of hydrogeological parameters within previously identified, significant flow zones. (au)

  20. Wideband Power Amplifier Modeling Incorporating Carrier Frequency Dependent AM/AM and AM/PM Characteristics

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    Tkacenko, A.

    2013-05-01

    In this article, we present a complex baseband model for a wideband power amplifier that incorporates carrier frequency dependent amplitude modulation (AM) and phase modulation (PM) (i.e., AM/AM and AM/PM) characteristics in the design process. The structure used to implement the amplifier model is a Wiener system which accounts for memory effects caused by the frequency selective nature of the amplifier, in addition to the nonlinearities caused by gain compression and saturation. By utilizing piecewise polynomial nonlinearities in the structure, it is shown how to construct the Wiener model to exactly accommodate all given AM/AM and AM/PM measurement constraints. Simulation results using data from a 50 W 32-way Ka-band solid-state power amplifier (SSPA) are provided, highlighting the differences in degradation incurred for a wideband input signal as compared with a narrowband input.

  1. Speciation of 241Am molecular compounds through 237Np Moessbauer and 241Am XPS spectroscopy

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    Light actinides (U to Am) can be found in several oxidation states from (II) to (VII) in the molecular form or in the condensed matter state. The large variety of oxidation states is usually attributed to the contribution of the 5f states to the valence orbitals. For the heavier actinides, for which the 5f electrons are non bonding, the actinides become rare-earth like with a smaller number of oxidation states (II and III). However it is still not understood what really decides on the stability of a given oxidation state, and how it is depending on the chemical environment (coordination sphere, nature of the counter-anion, etc). This work shows how Moessbauer spectroscopy and 4f photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) can contribute to progress in the understanding of the electronic structure of the actinide, especially for Am compounds Moessbauer reverse experiments were undertaken to show in what manner the electronic structure of the Am is preserved during the decay process (oxidation state stability). The result of XPS measurements shows that it is possible to correlate the 4f binding energy of the Am to the charge at the actinide core. The obtained results are somewhat surprising. The formal oxidation state (V) is 'less oxidised' than expected. Some Am(III) have less electron density (that means are more ionic) than americyl (V) hydroxide or carbonate. The reason for these surprisingly results comes from the 'Am=O' multiple bond system which reduces dramatically the charge at the actinide by a pi-donation mechanism. The evolution of the 4f binding energy of the Am species does not follow the oxidation state order. Theoretical DFT calculation were done on Am(V) compounds for qualitative electronic modeling. (authors)

  2. BIOMEX Experiment: Ultrastructural Alterations, Molecular Damage and Survival of the Fungus Cryomyces antarcticus after the Experiment Verification Tests

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    Pacelli, Claudia; Selbmann, Laura; Zucconi, Laura; De Vera, Jean-Pierre; Rabbow, Elke; Horneck, Gerda; de la Torre, Rosa; Onofri, Silvano

    2016-04-01

    The search for traces of extinct or extant life in extraterrestrial environments is one of the main goals for astrobiologists; due to their ability to withstand stress producing conditions, extremophiles are perfect candidates for astrobiological studies. The BIOMEX project aims to test the ability of biomolecules and cell components to preserve their stability under space and Mars-like conditions, while at the same time investigating the survival capability of microorganisms. The experiment has been launched into space and is being exposed on the EXPOSE-R2 payload, outside of the International Space Station (ISS) over a time-span of 1.5 years. Along with a number of other extremophilic microorganisms, the Antarctic cryptoendolithic black fungus Cryomyces antarcticus CCFEE 515 has been included in the experiment. Before launch, dried colonies grown on Lunar and Martian regolith analogues were exposed to vacuum, irradiation and temperature cycles in ground based experiments (EVT1 and EVT2). Cultural and molecular tests revealed that the fungus survived on rock analogues under space and simulated Martian conditions, showing only slight ultra-structural and molecular damage.

  3. JTAG test system for RPC muon trigger in the CMS experiment

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    Pozniak, Krzysztof T; Pietrusinski, M; Romaniuk, Ryszard; Rutkowski, P Z

    2002-01-01

    Theoretical and practical realisation of the JTAG testing system for the RPC Muon trigger of the CMS experiment at the LHC accelerator at CERN laboratory (Geneva) is presented. The paper covers issues related to tests of connections of the printed circuit boards (PCB) of the RPC trigger. Functionality tests of devices and modules were performed. Special tests were designed for large PLD FPGA. Testing environment for the JTAG model is discussed. The model is based on some existing and some newly developed testing algorithms. Practical system realisation is presented. The system consists of the hardware interface and the software layer. Software was built using C++ object oriented language and databases. Exemplary tests of the RPC Muon trigger electronics was performed and the results were given.

  4. Who am I?

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    Smedegaard Ernst Bengtsen, Søren

    general and singular dimensions of the supervisory dialogue through the category of style. I draw on the work of the American phenomenologists Alphonso Lingis and Graham Harman, little known in European context, who share the understanding that the category of style holds the key to accessing different...... planes of the self which are made manifest in the concrete situation (Lingis, 2007; Harman, 2005). Inspired as well by the American linguist Barbara Johnstone I term this singular level of the self the idiosyncratic dimension - a dimension where stylistic features specific to this person and this...... interpersonal meeting can be located (Johnstone, 1996). In the conference presentation I take the point of departure in my own data material and show how I am able to locate general and singular levels of the self by the means of stylistic analysis (a fusion of linguistic and phenomenological approaches...

  5. Panel discussion: [inservice testing] IST of pumps; experience and lessons learned

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    This is a record of a panel-attendee question and answer session discussing the experience and lessons learned from the pump IST (inservice testing) programs. Areas of discussion were mini-flow on pumps, pump testing, design of mini-flow pumps, vibration data on vertical pumps, accelerometer versus velocity transducers, ASME/ANSI OMa-1988 Part 6 instrument calibration, instrument accuracy, instrumentation of low flow pumps, low energy pumps, full flow versus mini-flow testing, low flow testing, temperature affects on failures, instrumentation of mini-flow lines, consistent instrumentation of pumps, identifying pump degradation, restrictions on running pumps in mini-flow, flow instability effects and replacement pump specifications

  6. Test on the reactor with the intelligent extrapolation criticality device for physical startup experiment

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    The Intelligent Extrapolation Criticality Device is used for automatic counting and automatic extrapolation during the criticality experiment on the reactor. Test must be performed on the zero-power reactor or other reactor before the Device is used. The paper describes the test situation and test results of the Device on the zero-power reactor. The test results show that the Device has the function of automatic counting and automatic extrapolation, the deviation of the extrapolation data is small, and it can satisfy the requirements of physical startup on the reactor. (author)

  7. A decade of radiological and shielding experience at the Fast Flux Test Facility

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    The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) was designed to permit irradiation testing of fuels and materials to support the commercial development of liquid-metal-cooled fast reactors (LMRs). A secondary objective was to gain experience in the design, construction, and operation of a relatively large LMR. The radiological experience gained from the operation of the facility as it applies to the area of radiation protection and shielding is presented. Experience from 8 yr of FFTF operation has demonstrated that radiological safety can be achieved in large LMRs. Layout of plant equipment in shielded compartments, careful operational planning, and adherence to procedures have combined to minimize personnel doses at FFTF and the release of radioactivity to the environment. The experience derived form the design, construction, and operation of FFTF should be of inestimable value in supporting future LMR development

  8. On the application of design of experiments to accelerated life testing

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    Today, there is an increasing demand for improved quality and reliability due to increasing system complexity and increasing demands from customer. Continuous improvement of quality is not only a means of competition but also a matter of staying in the market. Accelerated life testing and statistical design of experiments are two needed methods for improvement of quality. The combined use of them is very advantageous and increases the test efficiency. Accelerated life testing is a quick way to provide information on the life distribution of materials and products. By subjecting the test unit to conditions more severe than those at normal usage, the test time can be highly reduced. Estimates of life at normal stress levels are obtained by extrapolating the available information through a reasonable acceleration model. Accelerated life testing has mostly been used to measure reliability but it is high time to use it for improvement of quality. Design of experiments serves to find out the effect of design parameters and other interesting factors on performance measure and its variability. The obtained information is essential for a continuous improvement of quality. As an illustration, two sets of experiment are designed and performed at highly increased stress levels. The results are analysed and discussed and a time saving alternative is proposed. The combination of experimental design and accelerated life testing is discussed and illustrated. The combined use of these methods can be argued for in two different cases. One is for an exploratory improvement investigation and the other is for verification of reliability. In either case, the combined use is advantageous and improves the testing efficiency. Some general conclusions are drawn to be used for planning and performance of statistically designed accelerated life testing experiments. (70 refs.) (au)

  9. Retrospective tests of the long-term earthquake forecasts submitted to CSEP-Italy Predictability experiment.

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    Werner, M.; ETH Zurich; Zechar, J. D.; ETH Zurich; Marzocchi, W.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma1, Roma, Italia; Wiemer, S.; ETH Zurich

    2010-01-01

    On August 1, 2009, the global Collaboratory for the Study of Earthquake Predictability (CSEP) launched a prospective and comparative earthquake predictability experiment in Italy. The goal of this CSEP-Italy experiment is to test earthquake occurrence hypotheses that have been formalized as probabilistic earthquake forecasts over temporal scales that range from days to years. In the first round of forecast submissions, members of the CSEP- Italy Working Group presented 18 five-year and ten-ye...

  10. Atomic theory and tests of the Standard Model in atomic experiments

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    Measurements of the weak charge characterizing the strength of the electron-nucleon weak interaction provide tests of the Standard Model and a way of searching for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Atomic experiments give limits on the extra Z-boson, leptoquarks, composite fermions, and radiative corrections produced by particles that are predicted by new theories. To extract the accurate value of the weak charge from atomic experiments one has to perform high precision atomic calculations of the PNC effects

  11. APEX 3: a multi-purpose test platform for auditory psychophysical experiments

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    Francart, Tom; van Wieringen, Astrid; Wouters, Jan

    2008-01-01

    APEX 3 is a software test platform for auditory behavioral experiments. It provides a generic means of setting up experiments without any programming. The supported output devices include sound cards and cochlear implants from Cochlear Corporation and Advanced Bionics Corporation. Many psychophysical procedures are provided and there is an interface to add custom procedures. Plug-in interfaces are provided for data filters and external controllers. APEX 3 is supported under Linux and Windows ...

  12. Wind-To-Hydrogen Project: Operational Experience, Performance Testing, and Systems Integration

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    Harrison, K. W.; Martin, G. D.; Ramsden, T. G.; Kramer, W. E.; Novachek, F. J.

    2009-03-01

    The Wind2H2 system is fully functional and continues to gather performance data. In this report, specifications of the Wind2H2 equipment (electrolyzers, compressor, hydrogen storage tanks, and the hydrogen fueled generator) are summarized. System operational experience and lessons learned are discussed. Valuable operational experience is shared through running, testing, daily operations, and troubleshooting the Wind2H2 system and equipment errors are being logged to help evaluate the reliability of the system.

  13. APEX 3: a multi-purpose test platform for auditory psychophysical experiments.

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    Francart, Tom; van Wieringen, Astrid; Wouters, Jan

    2008-07-30

    APEX 3 is a software test platform for auditory behavioral experiments. It provides a generic means of setting up experiments without any programming. The supported output devices include sound cards and cochlear implants from Cochlear Corporation and Advanced Bionics Corporation. Many psychophysical procedures are provided and there is an interface to add custom procedures. Plug-in interfaces are provided for data filters and external controllers. APEX 3 is supported under Linux and Windows and is available free of charge. PMID:18538414

  14. Pre- and post- test calculation for the parameter-SF1 experiment with ATHLET-CD

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    The main objective of the PARAMETER-SF1 experiment in the frame of the ISTC project 3194 is the experimental and analytical investigation of the Russian VVER-1000 fuel rod assemblies behavior under simulated conditions of a severe accident. The special feature is to study the effect of flooding a superheated test bundle from the top (top quenching) which has not yet been investigated at all. - Simulation of the PARAMETER test facility To calculate the special effects of the top quenching, some aspects are important: detailed simulation of the bundle top, top and bottom quench front, heat losses at top/bottom of bundle, electrical heater power. - Main initial and boundary conditions The proposed initial and boundary conditions for the double-blind pre-test calculation were quite different from the actual experimental data during the test e.g.: electric power, mass flow (water, steam, argon), temperature. - Conclusions: first experiment with top flooding proposed initial condition given in the specification could not be performed during the experiment, bundle parameters deviated from anticipated values, thus, the pre-calculations not comparable with the experiment, post-calculations with ATHLET-CD showed good agreement with experiment data, top flooding is well predicted, calculational results sensitive with respect to: boundary conditions, nodalization. (authors)

  15. Traveling-wave tube reliability estimates, life tests, and space flight experience

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    Lalli, V. R.; Speck, C. E.

    1977-01-01

    Infant mortality, useful life, and wearout phase of twt life are considered. The performance of existing developmental tubes, flight experience, and sequential hardware testing are evaluated. The reliability history of twt's in space applications is documented by considering: (1) the generic parts of the tube in light of the manner in which their design and operation affect the ultimate reliability of the device, (2) the flight experience of medium power tubes, and (3) the available life test data for existing space-qualified twt's in addition to those of high power devices.

  16. Qualification Tests of 474 Photomultiplier Tubes for the Inner Detector of the Double Chooz Experiment

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    Bauer, C; Hofacker, R; Jänner, K; Kaether, F; Langbrandtner, C; Lindner, M; Lucht, S; Reissfelder, M; Schönert, S; Stüken, A; Wiebusch, C

    2011-01-01

    The hemispherical 10" photomultiplier tube (PMT) R7081 from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (HPK) is used in various experiments in particle and astroparticle physics. We describe the test and calibration of 474 PMTs for the reactor antineutrino experiment Double Chooz. The unique test setup at Max-Planck-Institut f\\"ur Kernphysik Heidelberg (MPIK) allows to calibrate 30 PMTs simultaneously and to characterize the single photo electron response, transit time spread, linear behaviour and saturation effects, photon detection efficiency and high voltage calibration.

  17. Qualification tests of 474 photomultiplier tubes for the inner detector of the Double Chooz experiment

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    Bauer, C.; Borger, E.; Hofacker, R.; Jänner, K.; Kaether, F.; Langbrandtner, C.; Lindner, M.; Lucht, S.; Reissfelder, M.; Schönert, S.; Stüken, A.; Wiebusch, C.

    2011-06-01

    The hemispherical 10'' photomultiplier tube (PMT) R7081 from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (HPK) is used in various experiments in particle and astroparticle physics. We describe the test and calibration of 474 PMTs for the reactor antineutrino experiment Double Chooz. The unique test setup at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik Heidelberg (MPIK) allows one to calibrate 30 PMTs simultaneously and to characterize the single photoelectron response, transit time spread, linear behaviour and saturation effects, photon detection efficiency and high voltage calibration.

  18. On the meaningfulness of testing preference axioms in stated preference discrete choice experiments

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    Hougaard, Jens Leth; Tjur, Carl Tue; Østerdal, Lars Peter Raahave

    2012-01-01

    A stream of studies on evaluation of health care services and public goods have developed tests of the preference axioms of completeness and transitivity and methods for detecting other preference phenomena such as unstability, learning- and tiredness effects, and random error, in stated preference...... discrete choice experiments. This methodological paper tries to identify the role of the preference axioms and other preference phenomena in the context of such experiments and discusses whether or howsuch axioms and phenomena can be subject to meaningful (statistical) tests....

  19. Thermal anchoring of wires in large scale superconducting coil test experiment

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    Highlights: • We addressed how thermal anchoring in large scale coil test is different compare to small cryogenic apparatus? • We did precise estimation of thermal anchoring length at 77 K and 4.2 K heat sink in large scale superconducting coil test experiment. • We addressed, the quality of anchoring without covering entire wires using Kapton/Teflon tape. • We obtained excellent results in temperature measurement without using GE Varnish by doubling estimated anchoring length. -- Abstract: Effective and precise thermal anchoring of wires in cryogenic experiment is mandatory to measure temperature in milikelvin accuracy and to avoid unnecessary cooling power due to additional heat conduction from room temperature (RT) to operating temperature (OT) through potential, field, displacement and stress measurement instrumentation wires. Instrumentation wires used in large scale superconducting coil test experiments are different compare to cryogenic apparatus in terms of unique construction and overall diameter/area due to errorless measurement in large time-varying magnetic field compare to small cryogenic apparatus, often shielded wires are used. Hence, along with other variables, anchoring techniques and required thermal anchoring length are entirely different in this experiment compare to cryogenic apparatus. In present paper, estimation of thermal anchoring length of five different types of instrumentation wires used in coils test campaign at Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), India has been discussed and some temperature measurement results of coils test campaign have been presented

  20. Review of LOFT [Loss-of-Fluid Test] large break experiments

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    Six non-nuclear and five nuclear large break loss-of-coolant experiments were performed in the Loss-of-Fluid Test (LOFT) PWR facility at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. These experiments provided a large amount of data necessary for evaluation and refinement of reactor system computer codes and had major impact on the understanding of large break loss-of-coolant accidents. An overview of these nuclear large break experiments performed under NRC and OECD LOFT programs is given and the major research results are presented. 55 refs., 89 figs., 5 tabs

  1. Benchmark Experiments at VNIITF Test Facilities for Verification of Nuclear Data Libraries

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    The paper describes test facilities used by the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, All-Russian Institute of Technical Physics (VNIITF) to perform benchmark experiments essential for the verification of nuclear data libraries. The key experiments discussed in the paper include critical mass measurements; the investigation of reaction rate distribution in critical and subcritical systems, in particular those with a 14-MeV neutron source; and studies on the spectra of neutrons and gamma quanta emitted from spheres and reflected by hemispheres with a central pulse source of 14-MeV neutrons. New experiments are proposed with a view to revising nuclear data essential for new nuclear developments

  2. Physical, mechanical and rheological properties of polymers: test facilities and experiences

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    The laboratories in polymer pilot plant of BTPS, MINT TECH-PARK well equipped with various polymer testing facilities. The determination of physical, mechanical and rheological properties of polymers are very important not only for research purpose but also for characterizations of polymer products from industries. This paper illustrates the polymer testing facilities available at polymer pilot plant of BTPS. The discussion includes the list of equipment, applications, customers, experience and problem faced during the daily operation. (Author)

  3. Heat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling

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    Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Jamin, Pierre; Orban, Philippe; Hermans, Thomas; Nguyen, Frédéric; Brouyère, Serge; Dassargues, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in...

  4. Heat tracer and solute tests in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling

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    Dassargues, Alain; Klepikova, Maria; Jamin, Pierre; Orban, Philippe; Brouyère, Serge

    2015-01-01

    Using heat as an active tracer in different types of aquifers is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential interest of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer conce...

  5. Design of experiments and equipment to test the ballooning characteristics of CANDU pressure tubes

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    Experiments have been planned and an apparatus has been designed to enable creep testing of end-of-life pressure tube specimens in a LOCA environment. Effects that could be studied include: annealing of irradiation damage during transient heating; effects of hydride blisters on pressure tube ballooning strains; and, effects of uniformly-distributed hydrogen content on pressure tube ballooning strains. The proposed experimental program will consist of separate effects creep tests on pressure tube sections under transient heating conditions

  6. The role of affective experience in work motivation: Test of a conceptual model

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    SEO, MYEONG-GU; Bartunek, Jean M; Barrett, Lisa Feldman

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this paper was to contribute to understanding of the crucial role of emotion in work motivation by testing a conceptual model developed by Seo, Barrett, and Bartunek (2004) that predicted the impacts of core affect on three behavioral outcomes of work motivation, generative-defensive orientation, effort, and persistence. We tested the model using an Internet-based investment simulation combined with an experience sampling procedure. Consistent with the predictions of the model,...

  7. Experiment data report for Semiscale Mod-1 Test S-29-3; integral test from reduced initial pressure. [PWR

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    Crapo, H.S.; Collins, B.L.; Sackett, K.E.

    1976-09-01

    Recorded test data are presented for Test S-29-3 of the Semiscale Mod-1 special heat transfer test series. This test is among several Semiscale Mod-1 experiments conducted to investigate the thermal and hydraulic phenomena accompanying a hypothesized loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor system. Test S-29-3 was conducted from an initial cold leg fluid temperature of 544/sup 0/F and an initial pressure of 1,760 psia. A simulated double-ended offset shear cold leg break was used to investigate the system response to a depressurization transient starting from a lower initial pressure than that usually associated with pressurized water reactor operation. System flow was set to achieve a full core fluid temperature differential of 66/sup 0/F at full core power of 1.6 MW. The flow resistance of the intact loop was based on core area scaling. An electrically heated core with a peaked radial power profile was used in the pressure vessel to simulate the effects of a nuclear core. During system depressurization, core power was reduced from the initial level of 1.6 MW to simulate the surface heat flux response of nuclear fuel rods until such time that departure from nucleate boiling might occur. Blowdown to the pressure suppression system was accompanied by simulated emergency core cooling injection into both the intact and broken loops. Coolant injection was continued until testtermination at 200 seconds after initiation of blowdown. The purpose of the report is to make available the uninterpreted data from Test S-29-3 for future data analysis and test results reporting activites. The data, presented in the form of graphs in engineering units, have been analyzed only to the extent necessary to assure that they are reasonable and consistent.

  8. Experiment data report for Semiscale Mod-1 Test S-29-3; integral test from reduced initial pressure

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    Recorded test data are presented for Test S-29-3 of the Semiscale Mod-1 special heat transfer test series. This test is among several Semiscale Mod-1 experiments conducted to investigate the thermal and hydraulic phenomena accompanying a hypothesized loss-of-coolant accident in a pressurized water reactor system. Test S-29-3 was conducted from an initial cold leg fluid temperature of 5440F and an initial pressure of 1,760 psia. A simulated double-ended offset shear cold leg break was used to investigate the system response to a depressurization transient starting from a lower initial pressure than that usually associated with pressurized water reactor operation. System flow was set to achieve a full core fluid temperature differential of 660F at full core power of 1.6 MW. The flow resistance of the intact loop was based on core area scaling. An electrically heated core with a peaked radial power profile was used in the pressure vessel to simulate the effects of a nuclear core. During system depressurization, core power was reduced from the initial level of 1.6 MW to simulate the surface heat flux response of nuclear fuel rods until such time that departure from nucleate boiling might occur. Blowdown to the pressure suppression system was accompanied by simulated emergency core cooling injection into both the intact and broken loops. Coolant injection was continued until testtermination at 200 seconds after initiation of blowdown. The purpose of the report is to make available the uninterpreted data from Test S-29-3 for future data analysis and test results reporting activites. The data, presented in the form of graphs in engineering units, have been analyzed only to the extent necessary to assure that they are reasonable and consistent

  9. Results from On-Orbit Testing of the Fram Memory Test Experiment on the Fastsat Micro-Satellite

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    MacLeod, Todd C.; Sims, W. Herb; Varnavas, Kosta A.; Ho, Fat D.

    2011-01-01

    NASA is planning on going beyond Low Earth orbit with manned exploration missions. The radiation environment for most Low Earth orbit missions is harsher than at the Earth's surface but much less harsh than deep space. Development of new electronics is needed to meet the requirements of high performance, radiation tolerance, and reliability. The need for both Volatile and Non-volatile memory has been identified. Emerging Non-volatile memory technologies (FRAM, C-RAM,M-RAM, R-RAM, Radiation Tolerant FLASH, SONOS, etc.) need to be investigated for use in Space missions. An opportunity arose to fly a small memory experiment on a high inclination satellite (FASTSAT). An off-the-shelf 512K Ramtron FRAM was chosen to be tested in the experiment.

  10. Competence of alpha spectrometry analysis algorithms used to resolve the 241Am and 243Am alpha peak overlap

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    Five alpha spectrometry analysis algorithms were evaluated for their ability to resolve the 241Am and 243Am peak overlap present under typical low-level counting conditions. The major factors affecting the performance of the algorithms were identified using design-of-experiment combined with statistical analysis of the results. The study showed that the accuracy of the 241Am/243Am ratios calculated by the algorithms depends greatly on the degree of peak deformation and tailing. Despite the improved data quality obtained using an algorithm that may include peak addition and tail estimation, the accurate determination of 241Am by alpha spectrometry relies primarily on reduction of peak overlap rather than on algorithm selection

  11. Beneficial uses of 241Am

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    This report assesses the uses of 241Am and the associated costs and supply. The study shows that 241Am-fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generators in the range of 1 to 5 W electrical provide the most promising use of kilogram amounts of this isotope. For medical uses, where purity is essential, irradiation of 241Am can produce 97% pure 238Pu at $21,000/g. Using a pyro-metallurgical process, 241Am could be recovered from molten salt extraction (MSE) residues at an estimated incremental cost of $83/g adjusted to reflect the disposal costs of waste products. This cost of recovery is less than the $300/g cost for disposal of the 241Am contained in the MSE residues

  12. Principles of Equivalence Their Role in Gravitation Physics and Experiments that Test Them

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    Haugan, Mark P; Haugan, Mark P.

    2001-01-01

    Modern formulations of equivalence principles provide the foundation for an efficient approach to understanding and organizing the structural features of gravitation field theories. Since theories' predictions reflect differences in their structures, principles of equivalence also support an efficient experimental strategy for testing gravitation theories and for exploring the range of conceivable gravitation physics. These principles focus attention squarely on empirical consequences of the fundamental structural differences that distinguish one gravitation theory from another. Interestingly, the variety of such consequences makes it possible to design and perform experiments that test equivalence principles stringently but do so in markedly different ways than the most familiar experimental tests.

  13. Operational experience in the Langley expansion tube with various test gases

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    Miller, C. G.

    1977-01-01

    A resume' of operating experiences with the Langley Expansion Tube is presented. The driver gas was unheated helium at a nominal pressure of 5000 psi and the majority of the data presented are for air and carbon dioxide test gases. The primary purpose of these data is to illustrate the effects of various parameters on quasi-steady test flow duration, as well as free stream and post-normal shock flow conditions. The discussion shows that the Langley Expansion Tube is an operational facility capable of producing good quality, highly repeatable, quasi-steady flow for test times sufficient to establish flow about blunt axisymmetric and two-dimensional models.

  14. The Effect of Three Test Methods on Reading Comprehension: An Experiment

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    Feng Liu

    2009-01-01

    This study carries out an experiment to find out the effect of three test methods—multiple-choice questions, gap filling and short answer questions—on reading comprehension. It is found that the three test methods have a significant effect on reading comprehension, gap filling is the most difficult, while multiple-choice questions and short answer questions are easier. Both the low-proficient and high-proficient students are affected by test method, there is no interaction effect. It is also ...

  15. Design of the Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Experiments for Irradiation in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    2005-10-01

    The United States Department of Energy’s Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program will be irradiating eight particle fuel tests in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the newly formed Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to support development of the next generation Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) in the United States. The ATR has a long history of irradiation testing in support of reactor development and the INL has been designated as the new United States Department of Energy’s lead laboratory for nuclear energy development. These AGR fuel experiments will be irradiated over the next ten years to demonstrate and qualify new particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The experiments will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with on-line temperature monitoring and control combined with on-line fission product monitoring of the sweep gas. The final design phase has just been completed on the first experiment (AGR-1) in this series and the support systems and fission product monitoring system that will monitor and control the experiment during irradiation. This paper discusses the development of the experimental hardware and support system designs and the status of the experiment.

  16. Computer-Based Testing in the Medical Curriculum: A Decade of Experiences at One School

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    McNulty, John; Chandrasekhar, Arcot; Hoyt, Amy; Gruener, Gregory; Espiritu, Baltazar; Price, Ron, Jr.

    2011-01-01

    This report summarizes more than a decade of experiences with implementing computer-based testing across a 4-year medical curriculum. Practical considerations are given to the fields incorporated within an item database and their use in the creation and analysis of examinations, security issues in the delivery and integrity of examinations,…

  17. Physicists purchase materials testing machine in support of pioneering particle physics experiments

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    Sharpe, Suzanne

    2007-01-01

    "The particle physics group at Liverpool University has purchased an LRXPlus singlecolumn materials testing machine from Lloyd Instruments, which will be used to help characterise the carbon-fibre support frames for detectors used for state-of-the-art particle physics experiments." (1 page)

  18. HECTR [Hydrogen Event: Containment Transient Response] analyses of the Nevada Test Site (NTS) premixed combustion experiments

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    The HECTR (Hydrogen Event: Containment Transient Response) computer code has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories to predict the transient pressure and temperature responses within reactor containments for hypothetical accidents involving the transport and combustion of hydrogen. Although HECTR was designed primarily to investigate these phenomena in LWRs, it may also be used to analyze hydrogen transport and combustion experiments as well. It is in this manner that HECTR is assessed and empirical correlations, such as the combustion completeness and flame speed correlations for the hydrogen combustion model, if necessary, are upgraded. In this report, we present HECTR analyses of the large-scale premixed hydrogen combustion experiments at the Nevada Test Site (NTS) and comparison with the test results. The existing correlations in HECTR version 1.0, under certain conditions, have difficulty in predicting accurately the combustion completeness and burn time for the NTS experiments. By combining the combustion data obtained from the NTS experiments with other experimental data (FITS, VGES, ACUREX, and Whiteshell), a set of new and better combustion correlations was generated. HECTR prediction of the containment responses, using a single-compartment model and EPRI-provided combustion completeness and burn time, compares reasonably well against the test results. However, HECTR prediction of the containment responses using a multicompartment model does not compare well with the test results. This discrepancy shows the deficiency of the homogeneous burning model used in HECTR. To overcome this deficiency, a flame propagation model is highly recommended. 16 refs., 84 figs., 5 tabs

  19. Thermal design, analysis, and testing of the CETA Space Shuttle Flight Experiment

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    Witsil, Amy K.; Foss, Richard A.

    1990-01-01

    Attention is given to the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Space Shuttle flight experiment designed to demonstrate techniques and equipment for propelling and restraining crew during EVA. Emphasis is placed on the thermal analysis of the CETA hardware, including thermal design trade-offs, modeling assumptions, temperature predictions, and testing activities.

  20. Teachers' Preferences for Educational Planning: Dynamic Testing, Teaching Experience and Teachers' Sense of Efficacy

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    Bosma, Tirza; Hessels, Marco G. P.; Resing, Wilma C. M.

    2012-01-01

    This study surveyed a sample of 188 elementary teachers with respect to their preference for information regarding educational planning, in particular information captured with dynamic testing procedures. The influence of teachers' experience and sense of efficacy on teachers' preferences was also investigated. Results indicated teachers'…

  1. A Dataset of Three Educational Technology Experiments on Differentiation, Formative Testing and Feedback

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    Haelermans, Carla; Ghysels, Joris; Prince, Fernao

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes a dataset with data from three individually randomized educational technology experiments on differentiation, formative testing and feedback during one school year for a group of 8th grade students in the Netherlands, using administrative data and the online motivation questionnaire of Boekaerts. The dataset consists of pre-…

  2. A numerical optimization of high altitude testing facility for wind tunnel experiments

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    Bruce Ralphin Rose J

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available High altitude test facilities are required to test the high area ratio nozzles operating at the upper stages of rocket in the nozzle full flow conditions. It is typically achieved by creating the ambient pressure equal or less than the nozzle exit pressure. On average, air/GN2 is used as active gas for ejector system that is stored in the high pressure cylinders. The wind tunnel facilities are used for conducting aerodynamic simulation experiments at/under various flow velocities and operating conditions. However, constructing both of these facilities require more laboratory space and expensive instruments. Because of this demerit, a novel scheme is implemented for conducting wind tunnel experiments by using the existing infrastructure available in the high altitude testing (HAT facility. This article presents the details about the methods implemented for suitably modifying the sub-scale HAT facility to conduct wind tunnel experiments. Hence, the design of nozzle for required area ratio A/A∗, realization of test section and the optimized configuration are focused in the present analysis. Specific insights into various rocket models including high thrust cryogenic engines and their holding mechanisms to conduct wind tunnel experiments in the HAT facility are analyzed. A detailed CFD analysis is done to propose this conversion without affecting the existing functional requirements of the HAT facility.

  3. Test beam results of Silicon Drift Detector prototypes for the ALICE experiment

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    We report preliminary beam test results of linear Silicon Drift Detector prototypes for the ALICE experiment. Linearity, resolution, charge transport and collection, and efficiency have been studied using a minimum ionizing particle beam for a very large area detector prototype read out with the OLA preamplifier/shaper and for another detector read out using a new transimpedance amplifier with a non linear response

  4. The operating experience and incident analysis for High Flux Engineering Test Reactor

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    The paper describes the incidents analysis for High Flux Engineering test reactor (HFETR) and introduces operating experience. Some suggestion have been made to reduce the incidents of HFETR. It is necessary to adopt new improvements which enhance the safety and reliability of operation. (author)

  5. Factors Affecting Spatial Test Performance: Sex, Handedness, Birth Order, and Experience.

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    Guay, Roland B.

    Four factors have been reported in the literature as being related to spatial test performance. This study investigated the main and interaction effects of sex, handedness, birth order, and experience on three different types of spatial performance; surface development, object rotation, and coordination of viewpoints. A total of 217 undergraduate…

  6. Frauen am Himmel

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    Gertrud Pfister

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Evelyn Zegenhagen hat ohne Zweifel das am besten recherchierte Buch über die Geschichte des Frauenfliegens und über die Rolle der Pilotinnen in der Geschichte der Luftfahrt zwischen 1918 und 1945 vorgelegt. Mit einem unglaublichen Forschungsaufwand hat sie viele Lücken in der vorliegenden Forschung zu diesem Thema geschlossen und erstmalig Biographien von Segelfliegerinnen und deren Chancen und Probleme aufgearbeitet. Damit gewährt sie Einblicke in einen Bereich der Luftfahrtgeschichte, der neue Perspektiven, nicht nur im Hinblick auf die Beteiligung von Frauen, eröffnet. Umfangreiche Quellenstudien ermöglichten es zudem, die Lebensläufe bisher weitgehend unbekannter Fliegerinnen zu rekonstruieren und bereits bekannte und gut dokumentierte Biographien um neue Facetten zu ergänzen. Zegenhagen hat den Anspruch, die Fliegerei der Frauen im zeitgenössischen Kontext zu betrachten und neben den individuellen Chancen auch die strukturellen Bedingungen zu berücksichtigen, ohne Frage eingelöst.

  7. As-Run Physics Analysis for the UCSB-1 Experiment in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    Nielsen, Joseph Wayne [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2015-09-01

    The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) -1 experiment was irradiated in the A-10 position of the ATR. The experiment was irradiated during cycles 145A, 145B, 146A, and 146B. Capsule 6A was removed from the test train following Cycle 145A and replaced with Capsule 6B. This report documents the as-run physics analysis in support of Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) of the test. This report documents the as-run fluence and displacements per atom (DPA) for each capsule of the experiment based on as-run operating history of the ATR. Average as-run heating rates for each capsule are also presented in this report to support the thermal analysis.

  8. Test plan for Fauske and Associates to perform tube propagation experiments with simulated Hanford tank wastes

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    This test plan, prepared at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for Westinghouse Hanford Company, provides guidance for performing tube propagation experiments on simulated Hanford tank wastes and on actual tank waste samples. Simulant compositions are defined and an experimental logic tree is provided for Fauske and Associates (FAI) to perform the experiments. From this guidance, methods and equipment for small-scale tube propagation experiments to be performed at the Hanford Site on actual tank samples will be developed. Propagation behavior of wastes will directly support the safety analysis (SARR) for the organic tanks. Tube propagation may be the definitive tool for determining the relative reactivity of the wastes contained in the Hanford tanks. FAI have performed tube propagation studies previously on simple two- and three-component surrogate mixtures. The simulant defined in this test plan more closely represents actual tank composition. Data will be used to support preparation of criteria for determining the relative safety of the organic bearing wastes

  9. Genetic counselor opinions of, and experiences with telephone communication of BRCA1/2 test results.

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    Bradbury, A R; Patrick-Miller, L; Fetzer, D; Egleston, B; Cummings, S A; Forman, A; Bealin, L; Peterson, C; Corbman, M; O'Connell, J; Daly, M B

    2011-02-01

    BRCA1/2 test disclosure has, historically, been conducted in-person by genetics professionals. Given increasing demand for, and access to, genetic testing, interest in telephone and Internet genetic services, including disclosure of test results, has increased. Semi-structured interviews with genetic counselors were conducted to determine interest in, and experiences with telephone disclosure of BRCA1/2 test results. Descriptive data are summarized with response proportions. One hundred and ninety-four genetic counselors completed self-administered surveys via the web. Although 98% had provided BRCA1/2 results by telephone, 77% had never provided pre-test counseling by telephone. Genetic counselors reported perceived advantages and disadvantages to telephone disclosure. Thirty-two percent of participants described experiences that made them question this practice. Genetic counselors more frequently reported discomfort with telephone disclosure of a positive result or variant of uncertain significance (p genetic counselors have provided telephone disclosure, however, most, infrequently. Genetic counselors identify potential advantages and disadvantages to telephone disclosure, and recognize the potential for testing and patient factors to impact patient outcomes. Further research evaluating the impact of testing and patient factors on cognitive, affective, social and behavioral outcomes of alternative models of communicating genetic information is warranted. PMID:21039431

  10. Flight Test Results from the Rake Airflow Gage Experiment on the F-15B Airplane

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    Frederick, Michael A.; Ratnayake, Nalin A.

    2011-01-01

    The Rake Airflow Gage Experiment involves a flow-field survey rake that was flown on the Propulsion Flight Test Fixture at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center using the Dryden F-15B research test bed airplane. The objective of this flight test was to ascertain the flow-field angularity, local Mach number profile, total pressure distortion, and dynamic pressure at the aerodynamic interface plane of the Channeled Centerbody Inlet Experiment. This new mixed-compression, supersonic inlet is planned for flight test in the near term. Knowledge of the flow-field characteristics at this location underneath the airplane is essential to flight test planning and computational modeling of the new inlet, anairplane, flying at a free-stream Mach number of 1.65 and a pressure altitude of 40,000 ft, would achieve the desired local Mach number for the future inlet flight test. Interface plane distortion levels of 2 percent and a local angle of attack of -2 deg were observed at this condition. Alternative flight conditions for future testing and an exploration of certain anomalous data also are provided.

  11. Trial fabrication and performance test of in-pile sodium loop for NSRR experiment

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    Described are the details of trial in-pile sodium loop for the NSRR experiment and its performance test results. The loop can be inserted inside the experimental tube of the NSRR reactor, and consists of main four systems of sodium circulation, cover gas, evacuation and air cooling. Seven fuel pins in maximum can be accommodated in the test section, and the test section is surrounded by neutron modetator made of zirconium hydride to get higher thermal neutron flux, thereby higher energy deposition in a test fuel pin. The loop is a doubly contained loop to avoid sodium leakage to the experimental tube in case of the failure of the sodium circulation systems, and thermal insulation is made by evacuating the gas inside the secondary containment. The performance test was made successfully, and the design target values of sodium temperature of 5000C and sodium velocity of 8 m/sec were attained well stably and safely through the test, although the operation with high sodium velocity at low sodium temperature was rather difficult due to large heat generation by the operation of the electromagnetic pump. Furthermore, before filling the loop with sodium, trial cutting and welding at the test section were performed for exchange it after the in-pile experiment and the difficulties and problems of the work were understood. (author)

  12. Comparative Evaluation of Coolant Mixing Experiments at the ROCOM, Vattenfall, and Gidropress Test Facilities

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Coolant mixing is an important mitigative mechanism against reactivity accidents caused by local boron dilution. Experiments on coolant mixing were carried out at three different test facilities representing three different reactor types. These are the ROCOM test facility modelling a German KONVOI-type reactor, the Vattenfall test facility being a model of a Westinghouse three-loop PWR, and the Gidropress test facility modelling a VVER-1000 PWR. The scenario of the start-up of the first main coolant pump was investigated in all three facilities. The experiments were accompanied by velocity measurements in the downcomer for the same scenario in the ROCOM and the Vattenfall test facilities. A similar flow structure was found in these measurements in both cases. A maximum of the velocity is measured at the opposite side in regard to the position of the loop with the starting-up pump whilst a recirculation area was found just below this inlet nozzle in both facilities. The analysis of the slug mixing experiments showed also comparable flow behaviour. In accordance with the velocity measurements, the first part of the deboration is also found on the opposite side. In this region, the maximum deboration is measured in all three cases. These maximum values are in the same order of magnitude for nearly identical initial slug volumes.

  13. Optimization of testing system and experiment research for pump turbine model

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    The pump turbine is key component of Pump Storage Power Plants. Moreover, the model testing proves significant guidance on design of pump turbine. Since pump turbine model testing is different from turbine model resulting from four quadrant experiment, point acquisition for transient operation conditions and special data processing, the optimization is made for these technological difficulties. In order to obtain a higher efficiency, a higher precision and a high degree of automation, the system of data acquisition is designed, in which the PXI platform was adopted, and the virtual instrument software LabVIEW was employed. And this system was successfully applied for the testing platform of Harbin Institute of Large Electric Machinery which achieves functions of transient conditions acquisition, measurement for positive and negative flow and speed, data processing, generating report, analysis for pressure fluctuation and so on. Finally four quadrant experiment was carried out in this test platform, results show that steady for the experiment operation conditions and repeatability for data which can better reflect the characteristic for ''S-shaped'' and reverse pump conditions. The system of pump turbine model test is significant for the research of pump turbine and has some guiding significance for the application of engineering

  14. GTS-LCS, in-situ experiment 2. Modeling of tracer test 09-03

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    Manette, M.; Saaltink, M.W. [BarcelonaTech, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain); Soler, J.M. [Inst. of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Barcelona (Spain)

    2015-02-15

    Within the framework of the GTS-LCS project (Grimsel Test Site - Long-Term Cement Studies), an in-situ experiment lasting about 5 years was started in 2009 to study water-cement-rock interactions in a fractured granite. Prior to the experiment, a tracer test was performed to characterize the initial flow and transport properties of the rock around the experimental boreholes. This study reports on the model interpretation of tracer test 09-03. The calculations were performed by means of a two-dimensional model (homogeneous fracture plane including 3 boreholes) using the Retraso-CodeBright software package. In the tracer test, Grimsel groundwater containing the tracer (uranine) was circulated in the emplacement borehole during 43 days (zero injection flow rate). Circulation continued without tracer afterwards. Water was extracted at the observation and extraction boreholes. Results from a model sensitivity analysis comparing model results with measured tracer concentrations showed 3 cases where the evolution of tracer concentrations in the 3 different boreholes was satisfactory. In these cases a low-permeability skin affected the emplacement and observation boreholes. No skin appeared to affect the extraction borehole. The background hydraulic gradient seems to have no effect on the results of the tracer test. These results will be applied in the calculation of the initial flow field for the reactive transport phase of in-situ experiment 2 (interaction between pre-hardened cement and fractured granite at Grimsel). (orig.)

  15. Containment integrity and leak testing. Procedures applied and experiences gained in European countries

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    Containment systems are the ultimate safety barrier for preventing the escape of gaseous, liquid and solid radioactive materials produced in normal operation, not retained in process systems, and for keeping back radioactive materials released by system malfunction or equipment failure. A primary element of the containment shell is therefore its leak-tight design. The report describes the present containment concepts mostly used in European countries. The leak-testing procedures applied and the experiences gained in their application are also discussed. The report refers more particularly to pre-operational testing, periodic testing and extrapolation methods of leak rates measured at test conditions to expected leak rates at calculated accident conditions. The actual problems in periodic containment leak rate testing are critically reviewed. In the appendix to the report a summary is given of the regulations and specifications applied in different member countries

  16. Perceived susceptibility and self-protective behavior: a field experiment to encourage home radon testing

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    Tested in a field experiment (N = 647) the hypothesis that perceptions of personal susceptibility are important in decisions to test one's home for radioactive radon gas. Experimental group subjects received a personal telephone call to tell them they lived in a high-risk area and a personal letter to reinforce the telephone message. After the intervention, experimental subjects were significantly more likely than minimal-treatment subjects to acknowledge the possibility of high radon levels in their homes. Perceptions of susceptibility and illness severity were significantly correlated with orders of radon test kits and with testing intentions. Nevertheless, there were no differences between groups in test orders or intentions. Results are discussed in terms of the difficulty of getting people to acknowledge susceptibility and the factors other than risk perceptions that influence self-protective behavior

  17. Tracer tests - possibilities and limitations. Experience from SKB fieldwork: 1977-2007

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    Loefgren, Martin; Crawford, James; Elert, Mark (Kemakta Konsult AB, Stockholm (SE))

    2007-09-15

    Tracer tests have played, and still play, a central role in investigations relating to the understanding of radionuclide retention processes in the field. At present there is a debate within the scientific community concerning how, and to what extent, tracer tests can be used to evaluate large-scale and long-term transport and retardation of radionuclides and other solutes of interest for Safety Assessment of repositories for spent nuclear fuel. In this report the SKB fieldwork on tracer tests performed at Swedish sites from 1977 to 2007 is described and discussed. Furthermore, the knowledge and process understanding evolved during the decades of radionuclide transport experiments and modelling within the SKB programme is summarised. One of the main objectives of this report is to discuss what data and knowledge can be extracted from different in situ tests in a robust fashion. Given the level of complexity associated with transport processes that may occur over the timescale of a tracer test, the utility of tracer tests is considered in the context of evidence-based interpretations of data which we characterise in the form of a sequence of questions of increasing complexity. The complexity of this sequence ranges from whether connection can be confirmed between injection and withdrawal points to whether quantitative data can be extrapolated from a tracer test to be subsequently used in Safety Assessment. The main findings of this report are that: Field scale tracer tests can confirm flow connectivity. Field scale tracer tests confirm the existence of retention. Field scale tracer tests alone can only broadly substantiate our process understanding. However, if performing extensive Site Characterisation and integrating the tracer test results with the full range of geoscientific information available, much support can be given to our process understanding. Field scale tracer tests can deliver the product of the material property group MPG and the F-factor, valid

  18. Tracer tests - possibilities and limitations. Experience from SKB fieldwork: 1977-2007

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    Tracer tests have played, and still play, a central role in investigations relating to the understanding of radionuclide retention processes in the field. At present there is a debate within the scientific community concerning how, and to what extent, tracer tests can be used to evaluate large-scale and long-term transport and retardation of radionuclides and other solutes of interest for Safety Assessment of repositories for spent nuclear fuel. In this report the SKB fieldwork on tracer tests performed at Swedish sites from 1977 to 2007 is described and discussed. Furthermore, the knowledge and process understanding evolved during the decades of radionuclide transport experiments and modelling within the SKB programme is summarised. One of the main objectives of this report is to discuss what data and knowledge can be extracted from different in situ tests in a robust fashion. Given the level of complexity associated with transport processes that may occur over the timescale of a tracer test, the utility of tracer tests is considered in the context of evidence-based interpretations of data which we characterise in the form of a sequence of questions of increasing complexity. The complexity of this sequence ranges from whether connection can be confirmed between injection and withdrawal points to whether quantitative data can be extrapolated from a tracer test to be subsequently used in Safety Assessment. The main findings of this report are that: Field scale tracer tests can confirm flow connectivity. Field scale tracer tests confirm the existence of retention. Field scale tracer tests alone can only broadly substantiate our process understanding. However, if performing extensive Site Characterisation and integrating the tracer test results with the full range of geoscientific information available, much support can be given to our process understanding. Field scale tracer tests can deliver the product of the material property group MPG and the F-factor, valid

  19. The solvent extraction of Am(VI) using centrifugal contactors

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    An engineering-scale centrifugal contactor test bed was built at Idaho National Laboratory to perform solvent extraction testing for the partitioning of hexavalent americium. The raffinate simulant feed was spiked with 243Am and 139Ce and treated with sodium bismuthate to oxidize americium to Am(VI), filtered and contacted with 1 M DAAP/dodecane using centrifugal contactors. Extraction efficiency comparable to batch contacts was obtained, indicating for the first time that Am(VI) can be maintained under process conditions. Contrary to expectations, stripping was not as effective as expected. However, this result may actually be advantageous to process design, since a scrub step, previously thought to be impossible due to rapid Am(VI) reduction, may now be considered for future flowsheet tests. (author)

  20. CRISP. D3.3. Final report on field experiments and tests

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    This document describes the high level results of the three field experiments and tests performed within the CRISP project. The aims of the document are: To give an account of the lessons learned from the experiments as they have been performed; To give recommendations for strategic use of intelligent ICT in high-DG power networks (thinking forward from our experience in the experiments); and To compile 'industrial guidelines and recommendations' for the strategic use of intelligent ICT for various operational aspects of high-DG power networks. These strategic recommendations will not only cover technology issues, but also business, economic, and market considerations. The role of utilities and third parties in utilising this new technology in this changing scene forms an important issue to be dealt with

  1. Research Study on Importance of Usability Testing/ User Experience (UX Testing

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper gives the information regarding Usability testing. How user interacts with the system testing? Usability means the software’s capability to be learned and understood easily and how attractive it looks to the consumer. Usability Testing is one of the black box testing technique. Usability testing tests features of the software like: How easy it is to use the software? How easy it is to learn the software? How convenient is the software to end user? Usability is the measure of a product's potential to fulfil the requirement user. In information technology, the term usability used in terms to software applications and Web sites, but it can be used in terms of any product that is employed to accomplish a task (Some of the examples are, a car dashboard, a toaster, or an alarm clock. Some outcomes used in determining product usability are user interface, visual consistency, and a clear, defined process for evolution. This paper we discussed Usability, Usability testing process, Usability Testing Components, evaluation methods, User experience importance, advantages and disadvantages of Usability testing.

  2. Post test calculation of the experiment `small break loss-of- coolant test` SBL-22 at the Finnish integral test facility PACTEL with the thermohydraulic code ATHLET

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    Lischke, W.; Vandreier, B. [Univ. for Applied Sciences, Zittau/Goerlitz (Germany). Dept. of Nuclear Technology

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    At the University for Applied Sciences Zittau/Goerlitz (FH) calculations for the verification of the ATHLET-code for reactors of type VVER are carried out since 1991, sponsored by the German Ministry for Education, Science and Technology (BMBF). The special features of these reactors in comparison to reactors of western countries are characterized by the duct route of reactor coolant pipes and the horizontal steam generators. Because of these special features, a check of validity of the ATHLET-models is necessary. For further verification of the ATHLET-code the post test calculation of the experiment SBL-22 (Small break loss-of-coolant test) realized at the finnish facility PACTEL was carried out. The experiment served for the examination of the natural circulation behaviour of the loop over a continuous range of primary side water inventory. 5 refs.

  3. Accumulation and retention of 241Am in marine plankton

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    Two samples of sea water spiked with 241Am were prepared, one containing a rich suspension of phytoplankton cells and the other not. Adult Artemia brine shrimp were placed in each sample and the accumulation, uptake and concentration factors were obtained. Results from the Artemia uptake show that 241Am is far more effectively accumulated from the water pathway than from the combined food and water pathway. The experiments indicate that 241Am is relatively non-assimilatable when digested and thus most, if not all, of the isotope is rapidly voided in fecal pellets

  4. Status of the NGNP Fuel Experiment AGR-2 Irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor

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    The United States Department of Energy’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) Advanced Gas Reactor (AGR) Fuel Development and Qualification Program will be irradiating up to seven separate low enriched uranium (LEU) tri-isotopic (TRISO) particle fuel (in compact form) experiments in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). These irradiations and fuel development are being accomplished to support development of the next generation reactors in the United States, and will be irradiated over the next several years to demonstrate and qualify new TRISO coated particle fuel for use in high temperature gas reactors. The goals of the irradiation experiments are to provide irradiation performance data to support fuel process development, to qualify fuel for normal operating conditions, to support development and validation of fuel performance and fission product transport models and codes, and to provide irradiated fuel and materials for post irradiation examination (PIE) and safety testing. The experiments, which will each consist of at least six separate capsules, will be irradiated in an inert sweep gas atmosphere with individual on-line temperature monitoring and control of each capsule. The sweep gas will also have on-line fission product monitoring on its effluent to track performance of the fuel in each individual capsule during irradiation. The first experiment (designated AGR-1) started irradiation in December 2006 and was completed in November 2009. The second experiment (AGR-2), which utilized the same experiment design as well as control and monitoring systems as AGR-1, started irradiation in June 2010 and is currently scheduled to be completed in April 2013. The design of this experiment and support systems will be briefly discussed, followed by the progress and status of the experiment to date.

  5. Emotion self-regulation, psychophysiological coherence, and test anxiety: results from an experiment using electrophysiological measures.

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    Bradley, Raymond Trevor; McCraty, Rollin; Atkinson, Mike; Tomasino, Dana; Daugherty, Alane; Arguelles, Lourdes

    2010-12-01

    This study investigated the effects of a novel, classroom-based emotion self-regulation program (TestEdge) on measures of test anxiety, socioemotional function, test performance, and heart rate variability (HRV) in high school students. The program teaches students how to self-generate a specific psychophysiological state--psychophysiological coherence--which has been shown to improve nervous system function, emotional stability, and cognitive performance. Implemented as part of a larger study investigating the population of tenth grade students in two California high schools (N = 980), the research reported here was conducted as a controlled pre- and post-intervention laboratory experiment, using electrophysiological measures, on a random stratified sample of students from the intervention and control schools (N = 136). The Stroop color-word conflict test was used as the experiment's stimulus to simulate the stress of taking a high-stakes test, while continuous HRV recordings were gathered. The post-intervention electrophysiological results showed a pattern of improvement across all HRV measures, indicating that students who received the intervention program had learned how to better manage their emotions and to self-activate the psychophysiological coherence state under stressful conditions. Moreover, students with high test anxiety exhibited increased HRV and heart rhythm coherence even during a resting baseline condition (without conscious use of the program's techniques), suggesting that they had internalized the benefits of the intervention. Consistent with these results, students exhibited reduced test anxiety and reduced negative affect after the intervention. Finally, there is suggestive evidence from a matched-pairs analysis that reduced test anxiety and increased psychophysiological coherence appear to be directly associated with improved test performance--a finding consistent with evidence from the larger study. PMID:20559707

  6. Test container design/fabrication/function for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant gas generation experiment glovebox

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    The gas generation experiments (GGE) are being conducted at Argonne National Laboratory-West (ANL0W) with contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste in support of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The purpose of the GGE is to determine the different quantities and types of gases that would be produced and the gas-generation rates that would develop if brine were introduced to CH-TRU waste under post-closure WIPP disposal room conditions. The experiment requires that a prescribed matrix of CH-TRU waste be placed in a 7.5 liter test container. After loaded with the CH-TRU waste, brine and inoculum mixtures (consisting of salt and microbes indigenous to the Carlsbad, New Mexico region) are added to the waste. The test will run for an anticipated time period of three to five years. The test container itself is an ASME rated pressure vessel constructed from Hastelloy C276 to eliminate corrosion that might contaminate the experimental results. The test container is required to maintain a maximum 10% head space with a maximum working pressure of 17.25 MPa (2,500 psia). The test container is designed to provide a gas sample of the head space without the removal of brine. Assembly of the test container lid and process valves is performed inside an inert atmosphere glovebox. Glovebox mockup activities were utilized from the beginning of the design phase to ensure the test container and associated process valves were designed for remote handling. In addition, test container processes (including brine addition, sparging, leak detection, and test container pressurization) are conducted inside the glovebox

  7. Pre-test analytical support for experiments quench-10, -11 and -12

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    Pre-test analyses using MELCOR1.8.5, SCDAP/RELAP5 and SCDAPSIM have been performed in collaboration of PSI and FZK to support FZK QUENCH programme of electrically-heated bundle tests on reflood of a degraded core. The experiments include QUENCH-10 and -11, recently carried out in the EU 5th Framework LACOMERA programme, with analytical support in the 6th Framework SARNET network of excellence, and QUENCH-12 to be performed in 2006 in support of the project ISTC1648-2. Each test involves novel features that pose challenges in the planning analyses to determine the test protocol and that require code and input changes to accommodate the test conditions. Special versions of the SCDAP codes were developed to simulate the effect of air on Zircaloy oxidation in the PWR air ingress test QUENCH-10, following pre-oxidation in steam. The analyses highlighted potential difficulties during the air oxidation and reflood phases that were avoided by changes in the test protocol. A more gradual thermal excursion could be achieved, facilitating control of the test, interpretation of data, and minimising the risk of a major excursion during quench. QUENCH-11 involved the steady boildown of an initially water-filled PWR bundle. Additional heating and water supplies were needed to give the desired conditions, and these needed to be tightly specified. Data from pre-tests with lower maximum temperatures were used to benchmark the models for defining the main test. QUENCH-12 examines the effect of WWER bundle configuration and cladding on heat-up, oxidation, and quench response. The bundle is significantly modified with changes to cladding material (Zr/1%Nb instead of Zry-4), electrical heating, and geometry, hence to radiative heat transfer, hydraulics and oxidation characteristics. Oxidation correlations for Zr/1%Nb in steam were introduced into special versions of SCDAP. Pre-test calculations suggest that the modified kinetics have only a minor effect on the thermal response, but

  8. Prototype tests for the liquid Krypton, Calorimeter of the CP-violation Experiment NA48

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    This work 1s the result of a one year stay as a technical student in the NA48 group at the European Center for Nuclear Research CERN from May 1992 to May 1993. The NA48 experiment is a fixed target experiment at the CERN Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) to study direct CP violation in neutral kaon decays. The aim of the experiment is the measurement of the ratio of the CP violation parameters £ '/£. Chapter 1 will explain the origin of these parameters and our current knowledge of their size. Chapter 2 will give a description of the NA48 experiment. A crucial part of the experiment will be a photon calorimeter filled with liquid krypton. It has to meet very ambitious demands concerning the high rate capability and the energy, space and time resolutions. In chapter 3 the principles of electromagnetic calorimetry and ionization chambers are reviewed. In 1992 two test beam exposures of a prototype of the liquid krypton calorimeter were performed. A description of these tests will be given in chapter 4. During th...

  9. Re-evaluation of a subsurface injection experiment for testing flow and transport models

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    The current preferred method for disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLW) at the Hanford Site is to vitrify the wastes so they can be stored in a near-surface, shallow-land burial facility (Shord 1995). Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) managed the PNL Vitrification Technology Development (PVTD) Project to assist Westinghouse Hanford Company (WHC) in designing and assessing the performance of a disposal facility for the vitrified LLW. Vadose zone flow and transport models are recognized as necessary tools for baseline risk assessments of stored waste forms. The objective of the Controlled Field Testing task of the PVTD Project is to perform and analyze field experiments to demonstrate the appropriateness of conceptual models for the performance assessment. The most convincing way to demonstrate appropriateness is to show that the model can reproduce the movement of water and contaminants in the field. Before expensive new experiments are initiated, an injection experiment conducted at the Hanford Site in 1980 (designated the ''Sisson and the Lu experiment'') should be completely analyzed and understood. Briefly, in that test, a solution containing multiple tracers was injected at a single point into the subsurface sediments. The resulting spread of the water and tracers was monitored in wells surrounding the injection point. Given the advances in knowledge, computational capabilities, and models over the last 15 years, it is important to re-analyze the data before proceeding to other experiments and history-matching exercises

  10. Ceramic coatings for HTR graphitic structures - tests and experiments with SiC-coated graphitic specimens

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    Graphite materials are used in high temperature reactors (HTRs) for fuel elements and core structures. In the AVR and in the THTR it was successfully demonstrated that especially the spherical fuel elements showed excellent behaviour during normal operation and accident conditions. Improvements are possible as part of efforts to achieve catastrophe-free nuclear technology. In case of a massive ingress of air or steam into the primary circuit of an HTR, it is possible, if no active steps are taken, that serious corrosion of graphitic structures can occur. For corrosion protection it is appropriate to provide these structures with ceramic (SiC) coatings. These coatings were produced by chemical vapour deposition and by the slip coating method. The coated graphitic specimens, spheres (without nuclear material) and other samples, were tested in many experiments, undergoing tests for corrosion, mechanics and irradiation. The results of these tests show that the SiC coatings applied to many graphites are corrosion-resistant and mechanically safe. For some coated graphitic spheres the post-irradiation experiments showed good corrosion properties at temperatures in the region of 750 deg C. For one material the corrosion resistance was good even for temperatures up to 1400 deg C (1600 deg C). Furthermore, alternative forms of coated spheres, consisting of screwed half-shells, have already been tested successfully in corrosion and irradiation experiments. (authors)

  11. Post-test analysis of ROSA-III experiment Run 702

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    The purpose of the ROSA-III experiment with a scaled BWR test facility is to examine primary coolant thermal-hydraulic behavior and performance of ECCS during a posturated loss-of-coolant accident of BWR. The results provide information for verification and improvement of reactor safety analysis codes. Run 702 assumed a 200% split break at the recirculation pump suction line under an average core power without ECCS activation. Post - test analysis of the Run 702 experiment was made with computer code RELAP4J. Agreement of the calculated system pressure and the experiment one was good. However, the calculated heater surface temperatures were higher than the measured ones. Also, the axial temperature distribution was different in tendency from the experimental one. From these results, the necessity was indicated of improving the analytical model of void distribution in the core and the nodalization in the pressure vassel, in order to make the analysis more realistic. And also, the need of characteristic test was indicated for ROSA-III test facility components, such as jet pump and piping form loss coefficient; likewise, flow rate measurements must be increased and refined. (author)

  12. Characterization, test and interpretative simulations of one-dimensional Carbon Fiber Composite prototype for SPIDER experiment

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    Highlights: • Prototype ITER neutral beam injector to study the beam source behavior requires beam characterization. • Among several types of diagnostic, a calorimeter made of fiber carbon composite (CFC) tiles will be used. • The CFC thermal behaviour is study by laser beam and will be characterize in particel beam. • Experiments and simulations results are discussed. • Designs for tests in particle beams are presented. -- Abstract: For ITER operations, additional heating systems are required. One of these systems is the neutral beam injector (NBI). The SPIDER experiment, a small-scale NBI, is going to be built with the aim to optimize the beam source. For this reason it is provided with several diagnostics, among which the Short-Time Retractable Instrumented Kalorimeter Experiment (STRIKE). In this contribution, a characterization of the Carbon Fiber Composite (CFC) tiles, which are the main component of the diagnostic, is presented. Such analyses include tests with a power laser, exposure to particle beams and thermal stress tests. The results are discussed, which will drive the definition of the acceptance tests of the final supply of CFC tiles

  13. Photocathode-Uniformity Tests of the Hamamatsu R5912 Photomultiplier Tubes Used in the Milagro Experiment

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    Vasileiou, V.; Ellsworth, R. W.; Smith, A.

    The Milagro experiment observes the extensive air showers produced by very high energy gamma-rays impacting the Earth’s atmosphere. Milagro uses 898 Hamamatsu R5912 Photomultiplier Tubes. To complete our Monte Carlo simulations, we tested the photocathode uniformity of our PMTs. The main finding was that the PMT gain and detection efficiency are a function of the distance from the center of the photocathode. Both quantities become considerably smaller as the illumination position nears the edge of the photocathode. Inclusion of the measured quantities in our MC simulations greatly increased the agreement between the simulations and the experiment.

  14. AM(VI) PARTITIONING STUDIES: FY14 FINAL REPORT

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    2014-10-01

    The use of higher oxidation states of americium in partitioning from the lanthanides is under continued investigation by the sigma team. This is based on the hypothesis that Am(VI) can be produced and remain stable in irradiated first cycle raffinate solution long enough to perform solvent extraction for separations. The stability of Am(VI) to autoreduction was measured using millimolar americium concentrations in a 1-cm cell with a Cary 6000 UV/Vis spectrophotometer for data acquisition. At millimolar americium concentrations, Am(VI) is stable enough against its own autoreduction for separations purposes. A second major accomplishment during FY14 was the hot test. Americium oxidation and extraction was performed using a centrifugal contactor-based test bed consisting of an extraction stage and two stripping stages. Sixty-three percent americium extraction was obtained in one extraction stage, in agreement with batch contacts. Promising electrochemical oxidation results have also been obtained, using terpyridine ligand derivatized electrodes for binding of Am(III). Approximately 50 % of the Am(III) was oxidized to Am(V) over the course of 1 hour. It is believed that this is the first demonstration of the electrolytic oxidation of americium in a non-complexing solution. Finally, an initial investigation of Am(VI) extraction using diethylhexylbutyramide (DEHBA) was performed.

  15. Development, design, construction and prototype test experience of steam generators for SNR 300

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    This paper deals with the work performed by NERATOOM and partners in development and construction of the steam generators for the SNR 300 LMFBR. Basic design, test results of the prototypes and experiences with the licensing process are described. The test of the straight-tube type made some design changes necessary; the test of the helical-tube type was flawless. During testing of both the straight-tube and the helical-tube steam generator spurious hydrogen signals occurred. The licensing procedure for this plant, the first of its kind, proved to be time- and labour-consuming. Thanks to the extensive development programme, especially on NDE, we overcame all problems encountered in licensing and manufacturing. (author)

  16. Critical Evaluation of an Intercalibration Project Focused on the Definition of New Multi-Element Soil Reference Materials (AMS-MO1 and AMS-ML1

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Soils are complex matrices and their geochemical investigation necessarily needs reliable Certified Reference Materials (CRMs, i.e. standards, to support analytical precision and accuracy. In particular, the definition of soil multi-element CRMs is particularly complex and involves an inter-laboratory program that employs numerous analytical techniques. In this study, we present the results of the inter-calibration experiment focused on the certification of two new soil standards named AMS-ML1 and AMS-MO1. The two soils developed on sandstone and serpentinite parent materials, respectively. The experiment involved numerous laboratories and focused on the evaluation of soil physicochemical parameters and geochemical analyses of major and trace elements by X-ray fluorescence (XRF and Inductive Coupled Plasma techniques (ICP-OES and ICP-MS. The data was statistically elaborated. Three levels of repeatability and accuracy in function of the different analytical methods and instrumentation equipment was observed. The statistical evaluation of the results obtained by ICP-OES on Aqua Regia extracts (i.e., Lilliefors test for normally, Grubbs test for outliers, Cochran test for outliers in variances and ANOVA allowed to computed some certified values for the two proposed soil standards. This preliminary study will represent the first step of a more thorough intercalibration ring-test involving a higher number of laboratories, in order to propose the investigated matrices as CRMs.

  17. Storage resource manager version 2.2: design, implementation, and testing experience

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    Storage Services are crucial components of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid Infrastructure spanning more than 200 sites and serving computing and storage resources to the High Energy Physics LHC communities. Up to tens of Petabytes of data are collected every year by the four LHC experiments at CERN. To process these large data volumes it is important to establish a protocol and a very efficient interface to the various storage solutions adopted by the WLCG sites. In this work we report on the experience acquired during the definition of the Storage Resource Manager v2.2 protocol. In particular, we focus on the study performed to enhance the interface and make it suitable for use by the WLCG communities. At the moment 5 different storage solutions implement the SRM v2.2 interface: BeStMan (LBNL), CASTOR (CERN and RAL), dCache (DESY and FNAL), DPM (CERN), and StoRM (INFN and ICTP). After a detailed inside review of the protocol, various test suites have been written identifying the most effective set of tests: the S2 test suite from CERN and the SRM-Tester test suite from LBNL. Such test suites have helped verifying the consistency and coherence of the proposed protocol and validating existing implementations. We conclude our work describing the results achieved

  18. Quality assurance in diagnostic radiology in Hungary - first experiences in acceptance testing

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    It is a general experience that optimum imaging with minimum patient doses, moreover, the safe operation and long life of X-ray equipment can be assured by regular measurement of technical parameters and checking of their constancy (routine performance testing) only. These tests are generally known as quality control, while together with the so-called corrective actions and its management it is called (physical-technical) quality assurance (QA). In the European Union, Directive 97/43/EURATOM about radiation protection of patients requires - among others - the good practice of (physical-technical) quality assurance. In Hungary, Decree No. 31/2001. (X.3.) of the Minister of Health harmonizes all of its requirements. Acceptance testing of new diagnostic X-ray equipment is assigned to NPHC-NRIRR. QA has been a daily practice in radiation therapy and nuclear medicine for a long time. A National Patient Dose Assessment Programme has also successfully run since 1989. We had, however, only few preliminaries in QA in diagnostic radiology in the second half of the eighties. Nowadays there are running QA programmes in some hospitals and mammography centres. he testing activity of our institute is independent from manufacturers, it is run within the frame of an accredited testing laboratory, using calibrated measuring instruments and based on valid international standards. So the started way of implementing QA in diagnostic radiology needs a lot of further efforts, adapting experiences of other countries, and also some financial help to reach an acceptable level in the EU. (authors)

  19. A review of experiments and results from the transient reactor test (TREAT) facility

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    The TREAT Facility was designed and built in the late 1950s at Argonne National Laboratory to provide a transient reactor for safety experiments on samples of reactor fuels. It first operated in 1959. Throughout its history, experiments conducted in TREAT have been important in establishing the behavior of a wide variety of reactor fuel elements under conditions predicted to occur in reactor accidents ranging from mild off normal transients to hypothetical core disruptive accidents. For much of its history, TREAT was used primarily to test liquid-metal reactor fuel elements, initially for the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II), then for the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), the Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant (CRBRP), the British Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR), and finally, for the Integral Fast Reactor (IFR). Both oxide and metal elements were tested in dry capsules and in flowing sodium loops. The data obtained were instrumental in establishing the behavior of the fuel under off-normal and accident conditions, a necessary part of the safety analysis of the various reactors. In addition, TREAT was used to test light-water reactor (LWR) elements in a steam environment to obtain fission-product release data under meltdown conditions. Studies are now under way on applications of TREAT to testing of the behavior of high-burnup LWR elements under reactivity-initiated accident (RIA) conditions using a high-pressure water loop

  20. Testing LISA drag-free control with the LISA technology package flight experiment

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    Bortoluzzi, D; Bosetti, P; Carbone, L; Cavalleri, A.; Ciccolella, A.; Da Lio, M.; Danzmann, K.; Dolesi, R; Gianolio, A.; Heinzel, G.; Hoyland, D.; Hoyle, D.; Hueller, M.; Nappo, F.; Sallusti, M.

    2003-01-01

    The LISA test masses must be kept free of stray acceleration noise to within 3 × 10-15 m s-2 Hz-1/2 in order to obtain the low-frequency gravitational wave sensitivity goal. The LISA technology package (LTP) is a dedicated ESA flight experiment for testing the drag-free control technology that must ensure purity of free fall in the LISA mission. We present here a brief description of the LTP experimental configuration, specific measurements to be performed and the requirements that must...

  1. Does the Peres experiment using photons test for hyper-complex (quaternionic) quantum theories?

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    Adler, Stephen L

    2016-01-01

    Assuming the standard axioms for quaternionic quantum theory and a spatially localized scattering interaction, the $S$-matrix in quaternionic quantum theory is complex valued, not quaternionic. Using the standard connections between the $S$-matrix, the forward scattering amplitude for electromagnetic wave scattering, and the index of refraction, we show that the index of refraction is necessarily complex, not quaternionic. This implies that the recent optical experiment of Procopio et al. based on the Peres proposal does not test for hyper-complex or quaternionic quantum effects arising within the standard Hilbert space framework. Such a test requires looking at near zone fields, not radiation zone fields.

  2. Design Authority in the Test Programme Definition: The Alenia Spazio Experience

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    Messidoro, P.; Sacchi, E.; Beruto, E.; Fleming, P.; Marucchi Chierro, P.-P.

    2004-08-01

    In addition, being the Verification and Test Programme a significant part of the spacecraft development life cycle in terms of cost and time, very often the subject of the mentioned discussion has the objective to optimize the verification campaign by possible deletion or limitation of some testing activities. The increased market pressure to reduce the project's schedule and cost is originating a dialecting process inside the project teams, involving program management and design authorities, in order to optimize the verification and testing programme. The paper introduces the Alenia Spazio experience in this context, coming from the real project life on different products and missions (science, TLC, EO, manned, transportation, military, commercial, recurrent and one-of-a-kind). Usually the applicable verification and testing standards (e.g. ECSS-E-10 part 2 "Verification" and ECSS-E-10 part 3 "Testing" [1]) are tailored to the specific project on the basis of its peculiar mission constraints. The Model Philosophy and the associated verification and test programme are defined following an iterative process which suitably combines several aspects (including for examples test requirements and facilities) as shown in Fig. 1 (from ECSS-E-10). The considered cases are mainly oriented to the thermal and mechanical verification, where the benefits of possible test programme optimizations are more significant. Considering the thermal qualification and acceptance testing (i.e. Thermal Balance and Thermal Vacuum) the lessons learned originated by the development of several satellites are presented together with the corresponding recommended approaches. In particular the cases are indicated in which a proper Thermal Balance Test is mandatory and others, in presence of more recurrent design, where a qualification by analysis could be envisaged. The importance of a proper Thermal Vacuum exposure for workmanship verification is also highlighted. Similar considerations are

  3. Giant Panda Maternal Care: A Test of the Experience Constraint Hypothesis

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    Snyder, Rebecca J.; Perdue, Bonnie M.; Zhang, Zhihe; Maple, Terry L.; Charlton, Benjamin D.

    2016-01-01

    The body condition constraint and the experience condition constraint hypotheses have both been proposed to account for differences in reproductive success between multiparous (experienced) and primiparous (first-time) mothers. However, because primiparous mothers are typically characterized by both inferior body condition and lack of experience when compared to multiparous mothers, interpreting experience related differences in maternal care as support for either the body condition constraint hypothesis or the experience constraint hypothesis is extremely difficult. Here, we examined maternal behaviour in captive giant pandas, allowing us to simultaneously control for body condition and provide a rigorous test of the experience constraint hypothesis in this endangered animal. We found that multiparous mothers spent more time engaged in key maternal behaviours (nursing, grooming, and holding cubs) and had significantly less vocal cubs than primiparous mothers. This study provides the first evidence supporting the experience constraint hypothesis in the order Carnivora, and may have utility for captive breeding programs in which it is important to monitor the welfare of this species’ highly altricial cubs, whose survival is almost entirely dependent on receiving adequate maternal care during the first few weeks of life. PMID:27272352

  4. Preliminary thermal and thermomechanical modeling for the Near Surface Test Facility heater experiments at Hanford

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    Preliminary thermal and thermomechanical analyses have been carried out for the heater experiments in the Near Surface Test Facility at Gable Mountain on the Hanford Reservation, Richland, Washington. Temperatures were calculated by Green's function method for the full-scale and time-scaled experiments. Six different heater power schedules were considered for the full-scale experiments to bracket all possible values of initial spent fuel power from canisters buried after different periods of cooling. Linear elastic finite-element models were used to calculate the thermally induced displacements and stresses for two of the power schedules. Due to the poor thermal conductivity and rather high Young's modulus of Pomona basalt (the rock type in which the heater experiments are to be conducted), very high temperatures, displacements and stresses were predicted in spite of the relatively low thermal expansion coefficient. These predicted values have been used for the design of the experiments. Recommendations are made in this report regarding the conduct of the experiments and the interpretation of the field data, as well as further thermomechanical modeling and input data required for more meaningful modeling of a fractured rock mass. Equations are given in Appendices A and B for temperatures caused by an arbitrary time-dependent cylindrical heater of finite length and radius, a finite-radius disc heater, as well as the generalization to the situation of an anisotropic medium

  5. Preliminary thermal and thermomechanical modeling for the Near Surface Test Facility heater experiments at Hanford

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    Chan, T.; Remer, J.S.

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    Preliminary thermal and thermomechanical analyses have been carried out for the heater experiments in the Near Surface Test Facility at Gable Mountain on the Hanford Reservation, Richland, Washington. Temperatures were calculated by Green's function method for the full-scale and time-scaled experiments. Six different heater power schedules were considered for the full-scale experiments to bracket all possible values of initial spent fuel power from canisters buried after different periods of cooling. Linear elastic finite-element models were used to calculate the thermally induced displacements and stresses for two of the power schedules. Due to the poor thermal conductivity and rather high Young's modulus of Pomona basalt (the rock type in which the heater experiments are to be conducted), very high temperatures, displacements and stresses were predicted in spite of the relatively low thermal expansion coefficient. These predicted values have been used for the design of the experiments. Recommendations are made in this report regarding the conduct of the experiments and the interpretation of the field data, as well as further thermomechanical modeling and input data required for more meaningful modeling of a fractured rock mass. Equations are given in Appendices A and B for temperatures caused by an arbitrary time-dependent cylindrical heater of finite length and radius, a finite-radius disc heater, as well as the generalization to the situation of an anisotropic medium.

  6. Feasibility of conducting a dynamic helium charging experiment for vanadium alloys in the advanced test reactor

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    Tsai, H.; Gomes, I.; Strain, R.V.; Smith, D.L. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Matsui, H. [Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

    1996-10-01

    The feasibility of conducting a dynamic helium charging experiment (DHCE) for vanadium alloys in the water-cooled Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) is being investigated as part of the U.S./Monbusho collaboration. Preliminary findings suggest that such an experiment is feasible, with certain constraints. Creating a suitable irradiation position in the ATR, designing an effective thermal neutron filter, incorporating thermocouples for limited specimen temperature monitoring, and handling of tritium during various phases of the assembly and reactor operation all appear to be feasible. An issue that would require special attention, however, is tritium permeation loss through the capsule wall at the higher design temperatures (>{approx}600{degrees}C). If permeation is excessive, the reduced amount of tritium entering the test specimens would limit the helium generation rates in them. At the lower design temperatures (<{approx}425{degrees}C), sodium, instead of lithium, may have to be used as the bond material to overcome the tritium solubility limitation.

  7. CODEX-AIT-1 experiment. Core degradation test under air ingress

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    The CODEX (COre Degradation EXperiment) facility was used to provide experimental data on the behaviour of real fuel bundles under air oxidation conditions. The CODEX-AIT-1 experiment was carried out with electrically heated 9-rod PWR type bundle. Temperature, flowrate, pressure measurements were recorded during the tests. Pyrometers and high temperature thermocouples were used for temperature measurements. Aerosol release was measured using on-line particle counters and cascade impactors. The test indicated the acceleration of oxidation phenomena and core degradation processes during the late phase of the vessel melt through accident, when the air can have access to the residual fuel bundles in the reactor core. The degradation process was accompanied with zirconium-nitride formation and release of U-rich aerosol. (author)

  8. Creep testing and creep loading experiments on friction stir welds in copper at 75 deg C

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    Specimens cut from friction stir welds in copper canisters for nuclear waste have been used for creep experiments at 75 deg C. The specimens were taken from a cross-weld position as well as heat affected zone and weld metal. The parent metal specimens exhibited longer creep lives than the weld specimens by a factor of three in time. They in turn were longer than those for the crossweld and HAZ specimens by an order of magnitude. The creep exponent was in the interval 50 to 69 implying that the material was well inside the power-law breakdown regime. The ductility properties expressed as reduction in area were not significantly different and all the rupture specimens demonstrated values exceeding 80%. Experiments were also carried out on the loading procedure of a creep test. Similar parent metal specimens and test conditions were used and the results show that the loading method has a large influence on the strain response of the specimen

  9. Pre-test analyses for the NESC1 spinning cylinder experiment

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    The spinning cylinder experiment organised by the Network for the Evaluation of Steel Components (NESC) is designed to investigate the cleavage initiation behaviour of both surface breaking and subclad defects in simulated end of life RPV material, exposed to a pressurised thermal shock transient. Pre-test structural integrity assessments are performed by the NESC Structural Analysis Task Group (TG3). The results of these structural integrity assessments are used to determine the design of the experiment and especially the sizes of the introduced defects. In this report the results of the pre-test analyses performed by the group Applied Mechanics at ECN - Nuclear Energy are described. Elastic as well as elasto-plastic structural analyses are performed for a surface breaking and a subclad defect in a forged cylinder with a 4 mm cladding. The semi elliptical defects have a depth of 40 mm and an aspect ratio of 1:3. (orig.)

  10. Clinical Experience of Auditory Brainstem Response Testing on Pediatric Patients in the Operating Room

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    Wheaton Hinchion; Briana Dornan; Guangwei Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Objectives. To review our experience of conducting auditory brainstem response (ABR) test on children in the operating room and discuss the benefits versus limitations of this practice. Methods. Retrospective review study conducted in a pediatric tertiary care facility. A total of 267 patients identified with usable data, including ABR results, medical and surgical notes, and follow-up evaluation. Results. Hearing status successfully determined in all patients based on the ABR results form th...

  11. Photocathode-Uniformity Tests of the Hamamatsu R5912 Photomultiplier Tubes Used in the Milagro Experiment

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    Vasileiou, V; Smith, A J

    2007-01-01

    The Milagro experiment observes the extensive air showers produced by very high energy gamma-rays impacting the Earth's atmosphere. Milagro uses 898 Hamamatsu R5912 Photomultiplier Tubes. To complete our Monte Carlo simulations, we tested the photocathode uniformity of our PMTs. The main finding was that the PMT gain and detection efficiency are a function of the distance from the center of the photocathode. Both quantities become considerably smaller as the illumination position nears the edge of the photocathode.

  12. Pre-test calculations of SPES experiment - a loss of main feedwater transient

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    Results of a pre-test calculation of international standard experiment ISP-22 SPES are shown in this paper. SPES facility represents a model of three-loop PWR power plant which was used to perform an experimental loss of main feedwater transient with emergency feedwater delayed. calculation was performed by RELAP5/MOD2/36.1 computer code which we had converted to VAX computers. (author)

  13. Magnetisation distribution measurements from powders using a 3He spin filter: a test experiment

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    Magnetisation distribution maps deduced from the measurement of polarization dependent cross-sections have provided information that has been key to our understanding of the detailed electronic configurations and mechanisms of superconductors, colossal magnetoresistance and molecular magnets. Presently, the absence of any installation on a powder instrument limits its application largely to single crystals. This article details a test experiment carried out using polarized 3He spin filters on a powder diffractometer together with the technical background and data analysis considerations

  14. Test of lead-glass detectors for the electron detection in the ELAN experiment

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    At the electron stretcher accelerator ELSA the experiment ELAN investigates scattering of electrons at light nuclei. Since ELSA operates the background situation has been improved so far that non-magnetic spectrometers became capable of detecting electrons and hadrons. For measurements of small cross sections it is advantageous to use large solid angle detectors. Therefore a (3x3)-block of lead glass detectors was tested and employed to detect elastic scattered electrons. (orig.)

  15. Proposed experiment to test the non-locality hypothesis in transient light-interference phenomena

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    Sato, Masanori

    2006-01-01

    The transient phenomena of the Mach-Zender interferometer are discussed. To test the non-locality hypothesis, a single mode laser with a large coherence length is used. The behavior of a photon and its wave packets in the paths of the interferometer are discussed. Coherent photons have wave packets that overlap, thus their interference pattern is influenced by the overlap of the wave packets of other photons in transient phenomena. The proposed transient light-interference experiment will pro...

  16. Application of recombination methods in CERN-CEC experiments and practical tests of the new developments

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    During the September 1993 CERN-CEC experiment the recombination chamber of REM-2 type from IAE was used for determination of ambient dose equivalent and quality factor in relativistic stray radiation fields outside shieldings of high energy accelerator. For some measurement positions more complete saturation curves were determined. This allowed to test the new recombination methods developed in IAE for determination of microdosimetric spectra and quality factors according to new recommendations of ICRP. (author). 14 refs, 9 figs, 3 tabs

  17. Simulation of spectroscopic patterns obtained in W/C test-limiter sputtering experiment at TEXTOR

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    On the TEXTOR tokamak various experiments aimed at investigation of tungsten erosion and transport are performed. In one experiment a spherical W/C twin limiter positioned close to the last-closed flux surface in the near scrape-off layer was exposed to a number of comparable plasma discharges with stepwise variations of edge plasma parameters. Spatial distribution of tungsten and carbon light emission was recorded with two dimensional CCD cameras and spectrometer systems with high spectral and spatial resolution. Penetration depths, tungsten sputtering fluxes and erosion yields were measured. Comparison between experimental data and the results of modelling with the 3D Monte-Carlo code ERO is performed. The main objective of this study was to test the adequacy of the existing atomic data for neutral tungsten. The modelled penetration depths of the light emission of tungsten are a factor of 2–3 smaller than in experiment, which may indicate the overestimation of ionization rates

  18. Status and Planned Experiments of the Hiradmat Pulsed Beam Material Test Facility at CERN SPS

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    Charitonidis, Nikolaos; Fabich, Adrian; Meddahi, Malika; Gianfelice-Wendt, Eliana

    2015-01-01

    HiRadMat (High Irradiation to Materials) is a facility at CERN designed to provide high-intensity pulsed beams to an irradiation area where material samples as well as accelerator component assemblies (e.g. vacuum windows, shock tests on high power targets, collimators) can be tested. The beam parameters (SPS 440 GeV protons with a pulse energy of up to 3.4 MJ, or alternatively lead/argon ions at the proton equivalent energy) can be tuned to match the needs of each experiment. It is a test area designed to perform single pulse experiments to evaluate the effect of high-intensity pulsed beams on materials in a dedicated environment, excluding long-time irradiation studies. The facility is designed for a maximum number of 1016 protons per year, in order to limit the activation of the irradiated samples to acceptable levels for human intervention. This paper will demonstrate the possibilities for research using this facility and go through examples of upcoming experiments scheduled in the beam period 2015/201...

  19. Status and Planned Experiments of the Hiradmat Pulsed Beam Material Test Facility at CERN SPS

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    Charitonidis, Nikolaos [CERN; Efthymiopoulos, Ilias [CERN; Fabich, Adrian [CERN; Meddahi, Malika [CERN; Gianfelice-Wendt, Eliana [Fermilab

    2015-06-01

    HiRadMat (High Irradiation to Materials) is a facility at CERN designed to provide high-intensity pulsed beams to an irradiation area where material samples as well as accelerator component assemblies (e.g. vacuum windows, shock tests on high power targets, collimators) can be tested. The beam parameters (SPS 440 GeV protons with a pulse energy of up to 3.4 MJ, or alternatively lead/argon ions at the proton equivalent energy) can be tuned to match the needs of each experiment. It is a test area designed to perform single pulse experiments to evaluate the effect of high-intensity pulsed beams on materials in a dedicated environment, excluding long-time irradiation studies. The facility is designed for a maximum number of 1016 protons per year, in order to limit the activation of the irradiated samples to acceptable levels for human intervention. This paper will demonstrate the possibilities for research using this facility and go through examples of upcoming experiments scheduled in the beam period 2015/2016.

  20. Limitations of the inspection and testing concepts for pressurised components from the viewpoint of operating experience

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    The role of in-service inspection and testing is to contribute to a safe and reliable operation of systems, structures and components. It is therefore the objective of inspections and tests to identify malfunctions and degradations at a stage early enough to avoid detrimental impacts on safety as well as on the reliability of the plant. Taking mostly the pressure boundary of German light-water reactors as an example, it is the intention of this paper to analyse how successful present inspection and testing requirements are and to discuss limitations. Based on a review of the world-wide operating experience the following questions of a more generic nature are addressed: - Are the relevant damage mechanisms being addressed in our codes and standards? - What are the criteria to develop a representative scope of inspection? - How to maintain a sufficient level of information for a decreasing number of nuclear power plants in operation? It can be concluded that the revision of codes and standards according to lessons learned from operating experience remains as an ongoing process. Furthermore, the criteria applied to derive a representative scope of inspection need to be addressed in more detail, specifically with respect to corrosion. The continuous evaluation of operating experience of a large number of plants is the most valuable source to identify beginning degradations. (author)

  1. U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC's results of the TG-53 experiment and field test

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    Desai, Sachi V.; Morcos, Amir

    2009-05-01

    Herein is described the U.S. Army RDECOM-ARDEC's purpose and series of activities conducted at the 2008 NATO SET-093 TG-53 experiment and field test. The overall purpose of the field test as stated by SET-093 panel was to provide a baseline test capable of providing relevant scenarios and data regarding a variety of impulsive generated acoustic events. As organized, the field experiment also allowed the room o study sensor interoperability across multiple platforms and multi-national users via the spider communication framework/reporting structure. This multinational network maintained by the host ETBS with a standardized messaging format with specific goals for each participating organization. ARDEC's role and purpose for the test was to provide situational awareness via the Spider and associated messaging format to the ETBS command center while continuing to gather unique acoustic data from various vantage points. ARDEC had several deliverables for the TG-53 field experiment derived from the mission and spirit of the field test. The most relevant deliverable was to demonstrate sensor interoperability via the Spider network and provide situational awareness by describing the said mortar/artillery events. The second purpose revolved around a relevant environment algorithm validation of the muzzle blast discrimination for future UGS transition in particular the UTAMS II. The algorithm validation information remained internal to the specific data acquisition system and not broadcasted out on the Spider network. The TG-53 field experiments provided the added opportunity to further test and refine the algorithm based on the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and multiresolution analysis. These techniques are used to classify and reliably discriminates between launch and impact artillery and/or mortar events via acoustic signals produced during detonation. Distinct characteristics are found within the acoustic signatures since impact events emphasize concussive and

  2. Comprehensive study of the operating and testing experience during the startup and initial operation at the Fort St. Vrain HTGR. Phase 1. Preoperational testing

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    The Phase I report documents the important experiences gained at the Fort St. Vrain HTGR plant during the performance of the preoperational tests. Also documented are general experiences at this plant which occurred during the time period of the preoperational testing to the commencement of the rise-to-power tests in April of 1975. This Phase I report also contains summary descriptions of the various Fort St. Vrain plant systems for use in intepreting the discussions contained in all three phase reports

  3. Ressecção hepática robótica. Relato de experiência pioneira na América Latina First robotic-assisted laparoscopic liver resection in Latin America

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    Marcel Autran C. Machado

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Graças ao melhor conhecimento da anatomia segmentar do fígado e desenvolvimento de novas técnicas, houve aumento no número de indicações de hepatectomias. O desenvolvimento da cirurgia minimamente invasiva ocorreu paralelamente e o aumento da experiência, aliado ao desenvolvimento de novos instrumentais, resultaram no crescimento exponencial das ressecções hepáticas videolaparoscópicas. A abordagem laparoscópica pode tornar viável a ressecção hepática em pacientes cirróticos com hipertensão portal que não tolerariam este mesmo procedimento por via laparotômica. A cirurgia robótica surgiu nos últimos anos como a última fronteira de desenvolvimento técnico aplicado à videocirurgia. O presente trabalho descreve a experiência pioneira de ressecção hepática totalmente com o uso de robótica na América Latina, em paciente com carcinoma hepatocelular e cirrose hepática. A hepatectomia laparoscópica com o uso do sistema robótico Da Vinci permite refinamentos técnicos graças à visualização tridimensional do campo cirúrgico e utilização de instrumentais precisos e com grande amplitude de movimentação que simulam os movimentos da mão humana.The surgical robotic system is superior to traditional laparoscopy in regards to 3-dimensional images and better instrumentations. Robotic surgery for hepatic resection has not yet been extensively reported. The aim of this paper is to report the first known case of liver resection with use of a computer-assisted, or robotic, surgical device in Latin America. A 72-year-old male with cryptogenic liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma was referred for surgical treatment. Preoperative clinical evaluation and laboratory data disclosed a Child-Pugh class A patient. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a 2.2 cm tumor in segment 5. Liver size was decreased and there were signs of portal hypertension, such as splenomegaly and enlarged portal vein collaterals. Preoperative upper

  4. Preparations for deuterium tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    Hawryluk, R.J.; Adler, H.; Alling, P.; Ancher, C.; Anderson, H.; Anderson, J.W.; Arunasalam, V.; Ascione, G.; Ashcroft, D.; Barnes, G. [and others

    1994-04-01

    The final hardware modifications for tritium operation have been completed for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). These activities include preparation of the tritium gas handling system, installation of additional neutron shielding, conversion of the toroidal field coil cooling system from water to a Fluorinet{sup {trademark}} system, modification of the vacuum system to handle tritium, preparation and testing of the neutral beam system for tritium operation and a final deuterium-deuterium (D-D) run to simulate expected deuterium-tritium (D-T) operation. Testing of the tritium system with low concentration tritium has successfully begun. Simulation of trace and high power D-T experiments using D-D have been performed. The physics objectives of D-T operation are production of {approximately} 10 megawatts (MW) of fusion power, evaluation of confinement and heating in deuterium-tritium plasmas, evaluation of {alpha}-particle heating of electrons, and collective effects driven by alpha particles and testing of diagnostics for confined {alpha}-particles. Experimental results and theoretical modeling in support of the D-T experiments are reviewed.

  5. Preparations for deuterium--tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor*

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    Hawryluk, R.J.; Adler, H.; Alling, P.; Ancher, C.; Anderson, H.; Anderson, J.L.; Anderson, J.W.; Arunasalam, V.; Ascione, G.; Aschroft, D.; Barnes, C.W.; Barnes, G.; Batchelor, D.B.; Bateman, G.; Batha, S.; Baylor, L.A.; Beer, M.; Bell, M.G.; Biglow, T.S.; Bitter, M.; Blanchard, W.; Bonoli, P.; Bretz, N.L.; Brunkhorst, C.; Budny, R.; Burgess, T.; Bush, H.; Bush, C.E.; Camp, R.; Caorlin, M.; Carnevale, H.; Chang, Z.; Chen, L.; Cheng, C.Z.; Chrzanowski, J.; Collazo, I.; Collins, J.; Coward, G.; Cowley, S.; Cropper, M.; Darrow, D.S.; Daugert, R.; DeLooper, J.; Duong, H.; Dudek, L.; Durst, R.; Efthimion, P.C.; Ernst, D.; Faunce, J.; Fonck, R.J.; Fredd, E.; Fredrickson, E.; Fromm, N.; Fu, G.Y.; Furth, H.P.; Garzotto, V.; Gentile, C.; Gettelfinger, G.; Gilbert, J.; Gioia, J.; Goldfinger, R.C.; Golian, T.; Gorelenkov, N.; Gouge, M.J.; Grek, B.; Grisham, L.R.; Hammett, G.; Hanson, G.R.; Heidbrink, W.; Hermann, H.W.; Hill, K.W.; Hirshman, S.; Hoffman, D.J.; Hosea, J.; Hulse, R.A.; Hsuan, H.; Ja

    1994-05-01

    The final hardware modifications for tritium operation have been completed for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) [Fusion Technol. [bold 21], 1324 (1992)]. These activities include preparation of the tritium gas handling system, installation of additional neutron shielding, conversion of the toroidal field coil cooling system from water to a Fluorinert[sup TM] system, modification of the vacuum system to handle tritium, preparation, and testing of the neutral beam system for tritium operation and a final deuterium--deuterium (D--D) run to simulate expected deuterium--tritium (D--T) operation. Testing of the tritium system with low concentration tritium has successfully begun. Simulation of trace and high power D--T experiments using D--D have been performed. The physics objectives of D--T operation are production of [approx]10 MW of fusion power, evaluation of confinement, and heating in deuterium--tritium plasmas, evaluation of [alpha]-particle heating of electrons, and collective effects driven by alpha particles and testing of diagnostics for confined [alpha] particles. Experimental results and theoretical modeling in support of the D--T experiments are reviewed.

  6. Preparations for deuterium tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    The final hardware modifications for tritium operation have been completed for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR). These activities include preparation of the tritium gas handling system, installation of additional neutron shielding, conversion of the toroidal field coil cooling system from water to a Fluorinettrademark system, modification of the vacuum system to handle tritium, preparation and testing of the neutral beam system for tritium operation and a final deuterium-deuterium (D-D) run to simulate expected deuterium-tritium (D-T) operation. Testing of the tritium system with low concentration tritium has successfully begun. Simulation of trace and high power D-T experiments using D-D have been performed. The physics objectives of D-T operation are production of ∼ 10 megawatts (MW) of fusion power, evaluation of confinement and heating in deuterium-tritium plasmas, evaluation of α-particle heating of electrons, and collective effects driven by alpha particles and testing of diagnostics for confined α-particles. Experimental results and theoretical modeling in support of the D-T experiments are reviewed

  7. Jet Grouting. Control of execution and result parameters. Test fields - Experience in Chile

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    This article emphasizes the importance of Test Fields in project that includes the Jet Grouting technique. In particular, the Chilean experience is analyzed, where the Jet Grouting was first introduced by Pilots Terratest S. A. in the year 2010, only, only in 2011 the first project using jet columns was constructed. The versatilely of this technique allows its use in a wide variety of projects, for example, soil capacity improvement, settlement control, reduction of soil permeability and other environmental applications. Currently, the most common applications are underpinning existing foundations, ground improvement, lateral support of excavations, hydraulic barriers, slope stabilization, liquefaction control, among others. The Jet Grouting is one of the most demanding soil improvement technique and requires excellence in designing and execution engineers and other involved specialist. It is therefore essential to ensure exhaustive control to the execution and final parameters, in order to check that the product- Jet Grouting element-have the design properties, and implement modifications if necessary. Many authors strongly advises that if there is no comparable experience and even if there is, a Test Field of Jet Grouting elements has to be executed in site. This field consists in a nearby area with similar geotechnical conditions of the project, where Jet Grouting test columns will be constructed. This Test Field will allow selecting the most effective execution parameters and verifying that the final product has he correct design properties. (Author)

  8. Identifying electrons and positrons with AMS-02

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    The AMS-02 experiment is a multi-purpose detector for cosmic ray particles mounted on the International Space Station. It recorded over 40 billion events since its installation in 2011. The bulk of these events are protons, which are most abundant in cosmic rays. Electrons are 100 times and positrons 1000 times less abundant. Measuring the positrons as function of energy is especially interesting, as an excess over the expected astrophysical background may hint at an additional source of positrons in the galaxy or a new phenomena responsible for the excess, e.g. dark-matter annihilation. In order to measure positrons accurately with a small uncertainty, a large proton rejection of 106 is needed. AMS-02 offers a transition radiation detector to separate positrons from protons and an electromagnetic calorimeter allowing a precise measurement of the kinetic energy of an incoming lepton. This talk covers the general strategy of identifying electrons/positrons with AMS-02 and presents the so-obtained electron/positron fluxes that were recently published.

  9. Optical alignment and testing of the Diffuse IR Background Experiment IR cryogenic telescope

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    Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment (DIRBE) optical alignment and testing methods are discussed. Using strobe videography, vibration and performance testing of a 32 hz tuning-fork chopper was carried out. The Cosmic Background explorer satellite provides improved microwave and IR all-sky maps of the cosmic background radiation from a polar orbit. A liquid helium cryostat houses the DIRBE and the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) instruments at a temperature of 2 K. Differential MicRowave Radiometers (DMRs) provide large scale maps of anisotropy of the 3 K background at wavelengths of 3.3, 5.7, and 9.6 mm. The DIRBE telescope is an IR photometric instrument with 10 wavelength bands between 1 and 300 microns, designed to measure radiation from the epoch of galaxy formation. Stringent stray light requirements mean that the DIRBE flight instrument has to be built and tested in a class 100 environment

  10. TOPFLOW-PTS experiments. pre-test calculations with NEPTUNECFD code

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    Hypothetical Small Break Loss Of Coolant Accident is identified as one of the most severe transients leading to a potential huge Pressurized Thermal Shock on the Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV). This may result in two-phase flow configurations in the cold legs, according to the operating conditions, and to reliably assess the RPV wall integrity, advanced two-phase flow simulations are required. Related needs in development and/or validation of these advanced models are important, and the on-going TOPFLOW-PTS experimental program was designed to provide a well documented data base to meet these needs. This paper focuses on pre-test NEPTUNECFD simulations of TOPFLOW-PTS experiments; these simulations were performed to (i) help in the definition of the test matrix and test procedure, and (ii) check the presence of the different key physical phenomena at the mock-up scale. (author)

  11. Electrostatic sensors for SPIDER experiment: Design, manufacture of prototypes, and first tests

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    Brombin, M., E-mail: matteo.brombin@igi.cnr.it; Spolaore, M.; Serianni, G.; Barzon, A.; Franchin, L.; Pasqualotto, R.; Pomaro, N.; Taliercio, C.; Trevisan, L. [Consorzio RFX, Associazione Euratom-Enea sulla Fusione, Corso Stati Uniti 4, I-35127 Padova (Italy); Schiesko, L. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, EURATOM Association, 1533, D-85740 Garching (Germany)

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    A system of electrostatic sensors has been designed for the SPIDER (Source for the production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from RF plasma) experiment, prototype RF source of the ITER NBI (neutral beam injection). A prototype of the sensor system was manufactured and tested at the BATMAN (BAvarian Test MAchine for Negative ions) facility, where the plasma environment is similar to that of SPIDER. Different aspects concerning the mechanical manufacturing and the signal conditioning are presented, among them the RF compensation adopted to reduce the RF effects which could lead to overestimated values of the electron temperature. The first commissioning tests provided ion saturation current values in the range assumed for the design, so the deduced plasma density estimate is consistent with the expected values.

  12. Electrostatic sensors for SPIDER experiment: Design, manufacture of prototypes, and first tests

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    Brombin, M.; Spolaore, M.; Serianni, G.; Barzon, A.; Franchin, L.; Pasqualotto, R.; Pomaro, N.; Schiesko, L.; Taliercio, C.; Trevisan, L.

    2014-02-01

    A system of electrostatic sensors has been designed for the SPIDER (Source for the production of Ions of Deuterium Extracted from RF plasma) experiment, prototype RF source of the ITER NBI (neutral beam injection). A prototype of the sensor system was manufactured and tested at the BATMAN (BAvarian Test MAchine for Negative ions) facility, where the plasma environment is similar to that of SPIDER. Different aspects concerning the mechanical manufacturing and the signal conditioning are presented, among them the RF compensation adopted to reduce the RF effects which could lead to overestimated values of the electron temperature. The first commissioning tests provided ion saturation current values in the range assumed for the design, so the deduced plasma density estimate is consistent with the expected values.

  13. Directed Design of Experiments for Validating Probability of Detection Capability of a Testing System

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    Generazio, Edward R. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A method of validating a probability of detection (POD) testing system using directed design of experiments (DOE) includes recording an input data set of observed hit and miss or analog data for sample components as a function of size of a flaw in the components. The method also includes processing the input data set to generate an output data set having an optimal class width, assigning a case number to the output data set, and generating validation instructions based on the assigned case number. An apparatus includes a host machine for receiving the input data set from the testing system and an algorithm for executing DOE to validate the test system. The algorithm applies DOE to the input data set to determine a data set having an optimal class width, assigns a case number to that data set, and generates validation instructions based on the case number.

  14. A hybrid silicon pixel telescope tested in a heavy-ion experiment

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    Specific features of the OMEGA-ION pixel detector are the adjustable delay with external trigger capability and the detector leakage current compensation. A row of pixels can be used for testing the electrical performance of the amplifier and comparator circuits. Detailed results of these electrical tests are presented. A telescope made of three OMEGA-ION hybrid silicon pixel detectors has been successfully tested in the heavy-ion experiment WA94. Each plane consisted of a single detector with 1006 active pixels (500 μm x 75 μm), each one being bump-bonded to the readout chip, and arranged in 16 columns and 63 rows respectively. With a sensitive area as small as 8000x4725 μm2 several million events with at least one track originating from the sulphur-sulphur interaction have been recorded in a few hours. Results on target reconstruction, tracking accuracy and efficiency are presented. (orig.)

  15. Optical alignment and testing of the Diffuse IR Background Experiment IR cryogenic telescope

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    Wood, H. John

    1989-01-01

    Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment (DIRBE) optical alignment and testing methods are discussed. Using strobe videography, vibration and performance testing of a 32 hz tuning-fork chopper was carried out. The Cosmic Background explorer satellite provides improved microwave and IR all-sky maps of the cosmic background radiation from a polar orbit. A liquid helium cryostat houses the DIRBE and the Far IR Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) instruments at a temperature of 2 K. Differential MicRowave Radiometers (DMRs) provide large scale maps of anisotropy of the 3 K background at wavelengths of 3.3, 5.7, and 9.6 mm. The DIRBE telescope is an IR photometric instrument with 10 wavelength bands between 1 and 300 microns, designed to measure radiation from the epoch of galaxy formation. Stringent stray light requirements mean that the DIRBE flight instrument has to be built and tested in a class 100 environment.

  16. Reactivity initiated accident (RIA) type tests and annular core pulse reactor (ACPR) operational experience

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    This paper describes the test conducted to investigate the failure threshold of the fuel when subject to RIA, accomplished in the TRIGA ACPR Nuclear Research Institute, Pitesti. The reactor facility, the capsule used in experiments and the experimental results are presented. The failure threshold was determined at 200 cal/g for an atmospheric gap pressure comparable with similar tests. The failure threshold decreases with increasing gap pressure. The tests proved useful for a better understanding of the fuel behavior in the transient conditions. As it is known RIA is not a common accident for the CANDU reactors, but the fuel failure mechanism can be similar to other type of accidents as LOCA and PCM. The program will be continued, with better instrumentation for the fuel sample and also independent instrumentation to measure pulse characteristics with better statistics. A new project for the experimental fuel elements must be considered to eliminate fuel-endcap interactions. (author)

  17. Upper Stage Flight Experiment 10K Engine Design and Test Results

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    Ross, R.; Morgan, D.; Crockett, D.; Martinez, L.; Anderson, W.; McNeal, C.

    2000-01-01

    A 10,000 lbf thrust chamber was developed for the Upper Stage Flight Experiment (USFE). This thrust chamber uses hydrogen peroxide/JP-8 oxidizer/fuel combination. The thrust chamber comprises an oxidizer dome and manifold, catalyst bed assembly, fuel injector, and chamber/nozzle assembly. Testing of the engine was done at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC) to verify its performance and life for future upper stage or Reusable Launch Vehicle applications. Various combinations of silver screen catalyst beds, fuel injectors, and combustion chambers were tested. Results of the tests showed high C* efficiencies (97% - 100%) and vacuum specific impulses of 275 - 298 seconds. With fuel film cooling, heating rates were low enough that the silica/quartz phenolic throat experienced minimal erosion. Mission derived requirements were met, along with a perfect safety record.

  18. Bioremoval of Am-241 and Cs-137 from liquid radioactive wasters by bacterial consortiums; Biorremocao de Am-241 e Cs-137 de rejeitos radioativos liquidos por consorcios bacterianos

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    Ferreira, Rafael Vicente de Padua; Lima, Josenilson B. de; Gomes, Mirella C.; Borba, Tania R.; Bellini, Maria Helena; Marumo, Julio Takehiro; Sakata, Solange Kazumi, E-mail: rpadua@ipen.b, E-mail: sksakata@ipen.b, E-mail: jblima@ipen.b, E-mail: mbmarumo@ipen.b, E-mail: jtmarumo@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2011-10-26

    This paper evaluates the capacity of two bacterial consortiums of impacted areas in removing the Am-241 and Cs-137 from liquid radioactive wastes.The experiments indicated that the two study consortiums were able to remove 100% of the Cs-137 and Am-241 presents in the waste from 4 days of contact. These results suggest that the bio removal with the selected consortiums, can be a viable technique for the treatment of radioactive wastes containing Am-241 and Cs-137

  19. Lattice design of the integrable optics test accelerator and optical stochastic cooling experiment at Fermilab

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    Kafka, Gene [Illinois Inst. of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States)

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    The Integrable Optics Test Accelerator (IOTA) storage ring at Fermilab will serve as the backbone for a broad spectrum of Advanced Accelerator R&D (AARD) experiments, and as such, must be designed with signi cant exibility in mind, but without compromising cost e ciency. The nonlinear experiments at IOTA will include: achievement of a large nonlinear tune shift/spread without degradation of dynamic aperture; suppression of strong lattice resonances; study of stability of nonlinear systems to perturbations; and studies of di erent variants of nonlinear magnet design. The ring optics control has challenging requirements that reach or exceed the present state of the art. The development of a complete self-consistent design of the IOTA ring optics, meeting the demands of all planned AARD experiments, is presented. Of particular interest are the precise control for nonlinear integrable optics experiments and the transverse-to-longitudinal coupling and phase stability for the Optical Stochastic Cooling Experiment (OSC). Since the beam time-of- ight must be tightly controlled in the OSC section, studies of second order corrections in this section are presented.

  20. Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment Phase V: Test Configuration and Available Data Campaigns; TOPICAL

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    The main objective of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment is to provide information needed to quantify the full-scale, three-dimensional, unsteady aerodynamic behavior of horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWTs). To accomplish this, an experimental wind turbine configured to meet specific research objectives was assembled and operated at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The turbine was instrumented to characterize rotating-blade aerodynamic performance, machine structural responses, and atmospheric inflow conditions. Comprehensive tests were conducted with the turbine operating in an outdoor field environment under diverse conditions. Resulting data are used to validate aerodynamic and structural dynamics models, which are an important part of wind turbine design and engineering codes. Improvements in these models are needed to better characterize aerodynamic response in both the steady-state post-stall and dynamic-stall regimes. Much of the effort in the first phase of the Unsteady Aerodynamics Experiment focused on developing required data acquisition systems. Complex instrumentation and equipment was needed to meet stringent data requirements while operating under the harsh environmental conditions of a wind turbine rotor. Once the data systems were developed, subsequent phases of experiments were then conducted to collect data for use in answering specific research questions. A description of the experiment configuration used during Phase V of the experiment is contained in this report

  1. Ground Testing a Nuclear Thermal Rocket: Design of a sub-scale demonstration experiment

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    David Bedsun; Debra Lee; Margaret Townsend; Clay A. Cooper; Jennifer Chapman; Ronald Samborsky; Mel Bulman; Daniel Brasuell; Stanley K. Borowski

    2012-07-01

    In 2008, the NASA Mars Architecture Team found that the Nuclear Thermal Rocket (NTR) was the preferred propulsion system out of all the combinations of chemical propulsion, solar electric, nuclear electric, aerobrake, and NTR studied. Recently, the National Research Council committee reviewing the NASA Technology Roadmaps recommended the NTR as one of the top 16 technologies that should be pursued by NASA. One of the main issues with developing a NTR for future missions is the ability to economically test the full system on the ground. In the late 1990s, the Sub-surface Active Filtering of Exhaust (SAFE) concept was first proposed by Howe as a method to test NTRs at full power and full duration. The concept relied on firing the NTR into one of the test holes at the Nevada Test Site which had been constructed to test nuclear weapons. In 2011, the cost of testing a NTR and the cost of performing a proof of concept experiment were evaluated.

  2. Experiment data report for LOFT nonnuclear Test L1-4

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    Test L1-4 was the fourth in a series of five nonnuclear isothermal blowdown tests conducted by the Loss of Fluid Test (LOFT) Program. Test L1-4 was the first Nuclear Regulatory Commission standard problem (International Problem No. 5 and U.S. Problem No. 7) experiment conducted at LOFT. Data from this test will be compared with predictions generated by the standard problem participants. For this test the LOFT Facility was configured to simulate a loss-of-coolant accident in a large pressurized water reactor resulting from a 200% double-ended offset shear break in a cold leg of the primary coolant system. A hydraulic core simulator assembly was installed in place of the nuclear core. The initial conditions in the primary coolant system intact loop were temperature at 2790C, gauge pressure at 15.65 MPa, and intact loop flow at 268.4 kg/s. During system depressurization into a simulated containment, emergency core cooling water was injected into the primary coolant system cold leg to provide data on the effects of emergency core cooling on system thermalhydraulic response

  3. Improving encoding strategies as a function of test knowledge and experience.

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    Storm, Benjamin C; Hickman, Michelle L; Bjork, Elizabeth L

    2016-05-01

    Information that is produced or generated during learning is better remembered than information that is passively read, a phenomenon known as the generation effect. Prior research by deWinstanley and Bjork (Memory & Cognition, 32, 945-955, 2004) has shown that learners, after experiencing the memorial benefits of generation in the context of a fill-in-the-blank test following the study of a text passage containing both to-be-read and to-be-generated items, become more effective encoders of to-be-read items on a second passage, thus eliminating the generation effect on a subsequent memory test. Current explanations of this phenomenon assume that learners need to actually experience the generation advantage on the test of the first passage to become more effective encoders of to-be-read items on the second passage. The results of the present research, however, suggest otherwise. Although experiencing a test of the first passage does appear to be critical for leading participants to become better encoders on the second passage, experiencing a generation advantage on the test for the first passage is not. More generally, these results shine new light on the generation effect as well as how and why taking tests has the potential to improve subsequent learning. PMID:26822535

  4. Aquifer recharge with reclaimed water in the Llobregat Delta. Laboratory batch experiments and field test site.

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    Tobella, J.

    2010-05-01

    Summary Spain, as most other Mediterranean countries, faces near future water shortages, generalized pollution and loss of water dependent ecosystems. Aquifer recharge represents a promising option to become a source for indirect potable reuse purposes but presence of pathogens as well as organic and inorganic pollutants should be avoided. To this end, understanding the processes of biogeochemical degradation occurring within the aquifer during infiltration is capital. A set of laboratory batch experiments has been assembled in order to assess the behaviour of selected pesticides, drugs, estrogens, surfactant degradation products, biocides and phthalates under different redox conditions. Data collected during laboratory experiments and monitoring activities at the Sant Vicenç dels Horts test site will be used to build and calibrate a numerical model (i) of the physical-chemical-biochemical processes occurring in the batches and (ii) of multicomponent reactive transport in the unsaturated/saturated zone at the test site. Keywords Aquifer recharge, batch experiments, emerging micropollutants, infiltration, numerical model, reclaimed water, redox conditions, Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT). 1. Introduction In Spain, the Llobregat River and aquifers, which supply water to Barcelona, have been overexploited for years and therefore, suffer from serious damages: the river dries up on summer, riparian vegetation has disappeared and seawater has intruded the aquifer. In a global context, solutions to water stress problems are urgently needed yet must be sustainable, economical and safe. Recent developments of analytical techniques detect the presence of the so-called "emerging" organic micropollutants in water and soils. Such compounds may affect living organisms when occurring in the environment at very low concentrations (microg/l or ng/l). In wastewater and drinking water treatment plants, a remarkable removal of these chemicals from water can be obtained only using

  5. Aquifer recharge with reclaimed water in the Llobregat Delta. Laboratory batch experiments and field test site.

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    Tobella, J.

    2010-05-01

    Summary Spain, as most other Mediterranean countries, faces near future water shortages, generalized pollution and loss of water dependent ecosystems. Aquifer recharge represents a promising option to become a source for indirect potable reuse purposes but presence of pathogens as well as organic and inorganic pollutants should be avoided. To this end, understanding the processes of biogeochemical degradation occurring within the aquifer during infiltration is capital. A set of laboratory batch experiments has been assembled in order to assess the behaviour of selected pesticides, drugs, estrogens, surfactant degradation products, biocides and phthalates under different redox conditions. Data collected during laboratory experiments and monitoring activities at the Sant Vicenç dels Horts test site will be used to build and calibrate a numerical model (i) of the physical-chemical-biochemical processes occurring in the batches and (ii) of multicomponent reactive transport in the unsaturated/saturated zone at the test site. Keywords Aquifer recharge, batch experiments, emerging micropollutants, infiltration, numerical model, reclaimed water, redox conditions, Soil Aquifer Treatment (SAT). 1. Introduction In Spain, the Llobregat River and aquifers, which supply water to Barcelona, have been overexploited for years and therefore, suffer from serious damages: the river dries up on summer, riparian vegetation has disappeared and seawater has intruded the aquifer. In a global context, solutions to water stress problems are urgently needed yet must be sustainable, economical and safe. Recent developments of analytical techniques detect the presence of the so-called "emerging" organic micropollutants in water and soils. Such compounds may affect living organisms when occurring in the environment at very low concentrations (microg/l or ng/l). In wastewater and drinking water treatment plants, a remarkable removal of these chemicals from water can be obtained only using

  6. Experience in Grid Site Testing for ATLAS, CMS and LHCb with HammerCloud

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    Frequent validation and stress testing of the network, storage and CPU resources of a grid site is essential to achieve high performance and reliability. HammerCloud was previously introduced with the goals of enabling VO- and site-administrators to run such tests in an automated or on-demand manner. The ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments have all developed VO plugins for the service and have successfully integrated it into their grid operations infrastructures. This work will present the experience in running HammerCloud at full scale for more than 3 years and present solutions to the scalability issues faced by the service. First, we will show the particular challenges faced when integrating with CMS and LHCb offline computing, including customized dashboards to show site validation reports for the VOs and a new API to tightly integrate with the LHCbDIRAC Resource Status System. Next, a study of the automatic site exclusion component used by ATLAS will be presented along with results for tuning the exclusion policies. A study of the historical test results for ATLAS, CMS and LHCb will be presented, including comparisons between the experiments’ grid availabilities and a search for site-based or temporal failure correlations. Finally, we will look to future plans that will allow users to gain new insights into the test results; these include developments to allow increased testing concurrency, increased scale in the number of metrics recorded per test job (up to hundreds), and increased scale in the historical job information (up to many millions of jobs per VO).

  7. Experience in Grid Site Testing for ATLAS, CMS and LHCb with HammerCloud

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    Elmsheuser, Johannes; Medrano Llamas, Ramón; Legger, Federica; Sciabà, Andrea; Sciacca, Gianfranco; Úbeda García, Mario; van der Ster, Daniel

    2012-12-01

    Frequent validation and stress testing of the network, storage and CPU resources of a grid site is essential to achieve high performance and reliability. HammerCloud was previously introduced with the goals of enabling VO- and site-administrators to run such tests in an automated or on-demand manner. The ATLAS, CMS and LHCb experiments have all developed VO plugins for the service and have successfully integrated it into their grid operations infrastructures. This work will present the experience in running HammerCloud at full scale for more than 3 years and present solutions to the scalability issues faced by the service. First, we will show the particular challenges faced when integrating with CMS and LHCb offline computing, including customized dashboards to show site validation reports for the VOs and a new API to tightly integrate with the LHCbDIRAC Resource Status System. Next, a study of the automatic site exclusion component used by ATLAS will be presented along with results for tuning the exclusion policies. A study of the historical test results for ATLAS, CMS and LHCb will be presented, including comparisons between the experiments’ grid availabilities and a search for site-based or temporal failure correlations. Finally, we will look to future plans that will allow users to gain new insights into the test results; these include developments to allow increased testing concurrency, increased scale in the number of metrics recorded per test job (up to hundreds), and increased scale in the historical job information (up to many millions of jobs per VO).

  8. Experience of NaK flow and heat transfer test loop dismantling

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    NaK (an alloy of sodium and potassium) Flow and Heat Transfer Test Loop was dismantled from January to February 2001. This report shows experience and results obtained in the dismantling. NaK has a low melting point, -12.6degC and has high chemical activity even comparing to sodium because of containing potassium of 78wt%. In addition, the dismantling of the NaK loop was the first experience in OEC. Therefore before dismantling NaK loop, evaluation of dismantling method, trainings of NaK handling and experiments of NaK reaction were carried out by all concerned to ensure the safety. As a result, the test loop was safely dismantled and NaK handling method was obtained. Followings are major results of this experience: (1) Followings were confirmed by experiments. 1) When NaK was exposed in atmosphere, NaK super oxide was produced by exothermal reaction with oxygen. However, the effect of thermal diffusion to NaK and a metal tray scarcely leads the ignition. 2) Exposing NaK alternately in low and high oxygen atmosphere increases the possibility of ignition. 3) As nitrogen gas may react exothermally with burning NaK and formulate KNO3, nitrogen gas does not have instant extinguish capability. (2) Cutting NaK pipe in the vinyl-bag filled with argon gas was effective to avoid NaK ignition. (3) Because there were no solidified crevice in components like sodium at the room temperature, NaK equipments were more easily dismantled than sodium equipments. (author)

  9. Linking manipulative experiments to field data to test the dilution effect.

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    Venesky, Matthew D; Liu, Xuan; Sauer, Erin L; Rohr, Jason R

    2014-05-01

    The dilution effect, the hypothesis that biodiversity reduces disease risk, has received support in many systems. However, few dilution effect studies have linked mechanistic experiments to field patterns to establish both causality and ecological relevance. We conducted a series of laboratory experiments and tested the dilution effect hypothesis in an amphibian-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) system and tested for consistency between our laboratory experiments and field patterns of amphibian species richness, host identity and Bd prevalence. In our laboratory experiments, we show that tadpoles can filter feed Bd zoospores and that the degree of suspension feeding was positively associated with their dilution potential. The obligate suspension feeder, Gastrophryne carolinensis, generally diluted the risk of chytridiomycosis for tadpoles of Bufo terrestris and Hyla cinerea, whereas tadpoles of B. terrestris (an obligate benthos feeder) generally amplified infections for the other species. In addition, G. carolinensis reduced Bd abundance on H. cinerea more so in the presence than absence of B. terrestris and B. terrestris amplified Bd abundance on H. cinerea more so in the absence than presence of G. carolinensis. Also, when ignoring species identity, species richness was a significant negative predictor of Bd abundance. In our analysis of field data, the presence of Bufo spp. and Gastrophryne spp. were significant positive and negative predictors of Bd prevalence, respectively, even after controlling for climate, vegetation, anthropogenic factors (human footprint), species richness and sampling effort. These patterns of dilution and amplification supported our laboratory findings, demonstrating that the results are likely ecologically relevant. The results from our laboratory and field data support the dilution effect hypothesis and also suggest that dilution and amplification are predictable based on host traits. Our study is among the first to link

  10. Preparation, installation, and calibration of a 152-fiber imaging experiment at the Nevada Test Site

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    Fiber-optic transmission lines are being used with increasing frequency in the demanding environment of nuclear device diagnostic tests at the Nevada Test Site. Previous reports have described diagnostic experiments that utilize properties of fiber-optic cables to provide capabilities that are extremely difficult to obtain with coaxial cable systems. This paper describes an imaging experiment conducted during the last quarter of 1980 at the Nevada Test Site involving 152 approx. 0.6-km long GI fibers in 18 cables. An imager cell sensitive to neutron and gamma radiation was located at approx. 8 m from the source. Individual elements of the fluor were coupled by approx. 10 m PCS fibers (for radiation damage resistance) to the GI fibers used for the uphole and surface lines to the detector station. Light from the imager cell in a 9-nm band, centered at 540 nm, was detected by photomultipliers and the electrical signals then recorded on oscilloscopes. Overall system bandwidth, including the fluor, was approx. 80 MHz. Due to the complexity of the experiment and the conditions associated with field testing, the PCS and GI fibers were cut and terminated under laboratory shop conditions prior to installation at the field site. Procedures used for quality assurance of the fiber assemblies as well as procedures used in checking fiber throughput during installation are described. The application of a large star coupler (5 input x 200 output fibers) used for system time and amplitude calibration and an attempt to shutter fibers with neutrons for a multiplexing application are also discussed

  11. Predictive modelling of a long-term diffusion experiment at the Grimsel test site, Switzerland

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    Full text of publication follows: Matrix diffusion has been well documented and studied on small-scale in the laboratory, and metre-scale field tracer tests have also been successfully interpreted using transport models incorporating matrix diffusion. However, direct measurements of the diffusion properties of relevant fractured rocks at scales larger than the typical laboratory scale (cm) are rare. Also, laboratory-based studies of matrix diffusion have several significant problems and only a few cases have produced relevant information. These potential problems include: - Sample collection and preparation will lead to de-stressing of the rock inducing non-reversible changes to the geometry of matrix porosity. In general, the changes tend to cause overestimation of the rock diffusivity and rock porosity. - A complete and integrated approach to study matrix pore heterogeneity has not yet been undertaken. Recent studies have shown that matrix pore space is highly heterogeneous and small-scale laboratory experiments may not give a true reflection of rock retardation properties. The pore structure heterogeneities at cm scales from ongoing studies are taken into account in this predictive modelling attempt. The new Long Term Diffusion (LTD) experiment at the Grimsel Test Site (GTS) in Switzerland plans a series of in situ and laboratory experiments to verify the well established theoretical basis for matrix diffusion (see www.grimsel.com for more information). One of the planned experiments aims to verify current models of matrix diffusion via a full-scale in situ monopole experiment in the IAEA Radiation Controlled Zone. It is currently planned to circulate a radionuclide cocktail (containing 14C, 90Sr, 99Tc, 129I, 137Cs, 152Eu and 239Pu, plus chemical homologues) deep in undisturbed rock matrix. The duration of the experiment will be at least one year in the first phase of the project. After circulating the solution during the required experimental time, the

  12. Genotoxicity Testing on the International Space Station: Preparatory Work on the Experiment TRIPLE-LUX

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    Stojicic, N.; Walrafen, D.; Rabbow, E.; Baumstark-Khan, C.; Rettberg, P.; Weisshaar, M. P.; Horneck, G.

    Harmful environmental factors - namely ionizing radiation - will continue to influence future manned space missions. The Radiation Biology Unit at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) develops cellular monitoring systems, which include bacterial and mammalian cell systems capable of recognizing DNA damage as a consequence of the presence of genotoxic conditions. Such a bioassay is the SWITCH test, which is part of the German space experiment ``Gene, immune and cellular responses to single and combined space flight conditions'' (TRIPLE-LUX) which has been selected by NASA to be performed on the International Space Station. It will supply basic information on the genotoxic response to radiation applied in microgravity. The biological end-point under investigation will depend on the bacterial SOS response brought about by genetically modified bacteria that are transformed with the pSWITCH plasmid (constructed from the plasmids pPLS-1 and pGFPuv). This luminescent/fluorescent bioassay for rapid toxicity (genotoxicity and cytotoxicity) testing, the SWITCH test (SWITCH: {S}almonella {W}eighting of {I}nduced {T}oxicity {C}yto/GenoTox for Human {H}ealth), makes use of two sensing and reporting systems for the two biological endpoints under investigation: the SOS-Lux test and the LAC-Fluoro test. The SWICH plasmid carries the promoterless lux operon of Photobacterium leiognathi as reporter element under the control of the DNA-damage dependent SOS promoter of ColD as sensor element (for genotoxicity testing) and the sequences for a hybrid protein consisting of ß-galactosidase and GFPuv of Aequorea victoria as reporter element under the control of the (in Salmonella constitutively active) LAC promoter of Escherichia coli as sensor element (for cytotoxicity testing). The system has worked properly for terrestrial applications during the first experiments. Experiments using X-rays and UV radiation of various qualities (from UVC to UVA) have given insights into cellular mechanisms

  13. Experience gained during Manufacture and Testing of the W7-X Superconducting Magnets

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    The W7-X basic device is presently being assembled at the Greifswald branch of IPP. The specific field configurations of this helical advanced stellarator are realised by a symmetric arrangement of 50 non-planar and 20 planar superconducting coils. In order to sustain the large electromagnetic forces and moments, all coils are bolted to a massive coil support structure and supported against each other by inter-coil support elements. Cooling of superconductor and the casing is provided by supercritical helium. For all coils the same cable-in-conduit conductor is used. This conductor is formed by a NbTi cable which is co-extruded in an aluminium jacket. Low-resistive electrical joints connect the conductor layers within a winding package and potential break provide electrical insulation of the helium pipes. After insulation and vacuum pressure impregnation, the winding packages are embedded in stainless steel casings, which are then finish-machined and equipped with cooling pipes. During a rapid shut-down of the magnet system the windings may experience voltages up to several kilovolts. High voltage tests under degraded vacuum conditions (Paschen tests) provide a sensitive method to detect weak points in the electrical insulation. Manufacture of the magnets is in a well advanced stage. All winding packages are completed, many of them are integrated in the casings and several coils have already been delivered for cold testing. These tests are performed in a cryogenic test facility at CEA Saclay. Tests at nominal operating conditions and quench tests confirmed the electric layout and the specified margin. Design changes have been implemented during fabrication due to more detailed structural analyses. Some manufacturing processes had to be modified and re-qualified to allow repair of weaknesses defects found during tests. The presentation will give an overview of the production status of the superconducting coils, the experiences gained during fabrication of the

  14. Immunotoxicity and genotoxicity testing for in-flight experiments under microgravity

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    Hansen, Peter-Diedrich; Hansen, Peter-Diedrich; Unruh, Eckehardt

    Life Sciences as Related to Space (F) Influence of Spaceflight Environment on Biological Systems (F44) Immunotoxicity and genotoxicity testing for In-flight experiments under microgravity Sensing approaches for ecosystem and human health Author: Peter D. Hansen Technische Universit¨t Berlin, Faculty VI - Planen, Bauen, Umwelt, a Institute for Ecological Research and Technology, Department for Ecotoxicology, Berlin, Germany Peter-diedrich.hansen@tu-berlin.de Eckehardt Unruh Technische Universit¨t Berlin, Faculty VI - Planen, Bauen, Umwelt, Institute a for Ecological Research and Technology, Department for Ecotoxicology, Berlin, Germany An immune response by mussel hemocytes is the selective reaction to particles which are identified as foreign by its immune system shown by phagocytosis. Phagocytotic activity is based on the chemotaxis and adhesion, ingestion and phagosome formation. The attachment at the surface of the hemocytes and consequently the uptake of the particles or bacteria can be directly quantified in the format of a fluorescent assay. Another relevant endpoint of phagocytosis is oxidative burst measured by luminescence. Phagocytosis-related production of ROS will be stimulated with opsonised zymosan. The hemocytes will be stored frozen at -80oC and reconstituted in-flight for the experiment. The assay system of the TRIPLELUX-B Experiment has been performed with a well-defined quantification and evaluation of the immune function phagocytosis. The indicator cells are the hemocytes of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis). The signals of the immuno cellular responses are translated into luminescence as a rapid optical reporter system. The results expected will determine whether the observed responses are caused by microgravity and/or radiation (change in permeability, endpoints in genotoxicity: DNA unwinding). The samples for genotoxicity will be processed after returning to earth. The immune system of invertebrates has not been studied so far in space. The

  15. Fuel gas from biomass for power and heat generation. Results of tests at the test gasification plant at Technical University Dresden; Brenngase aus Biomasse fuer die Strom- und Waermeerzeugung. Ergebnisse der Untersuchungen am Vergasungsversuchsstand der TU Dresden

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    Boehning, D.; Beckmann, M. [Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany). Institut fuer Energietechnik

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    The gasification of biomass into smaller decentralized plants with a thermal output up to 500 kW has been a subject of variable intensity in research and development. The current development state of the process is however still insufficient regardless of the process, such that a reliable and economic operation of the plants can be guaranteed. For the use of the produced fuel in the gas-engine, high standards are necessary for its quality. The article focusses on the reduction of tar content in fuel gas via catalytic partial oxidation. It describes the theoretical analysis of fundamentals with results and presents experimental tests at the gasification plant and the obtained results. Tests have been realized at the 75 kW{sub th} fixed bed gasifier at the catalytic partial oxidation (1{sup st} Function unit) and at the cooling of gas (2{sup nd} Function unit). The construction and material of the catalyst are essential parameters as well as the apply amount of oxygen, the position of supplying and mixing. By the use of a gas cooling in a stationary fluidized bed is it possible to decrease the tar content in the fuel gas, via condensation on bed material (charcoal). The gas cooling is installed behind the catalyst. The outcome of the combination of both gas treatment-function-units is a further monovariant for optimization. The second unit can also be considered as a ''safety filter''. (orig.)

  16. Validation testing of solute transport modelling using SHETRAN. The Calder Hollow experiments

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    Hill-slope plot experiments were conducted at Calder Hollow, near Sellafield in West Cumbria, using lanthanum chloride (strongly sorbing) and strontium chloride (weakly sorbing) tracers in solution. Water and solute were injected via boreholes into a sand layer in a sequence of Quaternary drift deposits and the resulting subsurface transport plumes studied using core extraction and laboratory measurement of lanthanum, and fluid conductivity and bulk resistivity monitoring of strontium in an array of observation boreholes. Simulations of the field experiments were run using the SHETRAN hydrological modelling system. SHETRAN is a physically based, spatially distributed system. It was used to simulate the combined subsurface water flow (calibrated against field observations of piezometric head) and solute transport (uncalibrated, and run without any knowledge of the field observations for solute) taking place during the experiments. The results of the simulations were used to gauge the ability of SHETRAN to predict the subsurface transport of the lanthanum chloride and strontium chloride tracers in a validation exercise. The validation approach is based on the 'blind' method of Ewen and Parkin (1996), and involved using SHETRAN as it would be used in a real application. Ranges were established for the measured values of the physical properties of the porous media, supplemented by values from the literature, and these were used in conjunction with an analysis of calibrated flow simulations to create 48 SHETRAN parameter datasets for the lanthanum experiment and 16 for the strontium experiment. The datasets each led to a physically plausible simulation consistent with all the available information. A number of 'tests' were defined to compare model simulation results against field measurements. The simulations were used as a starting point to derive upper and lower 'bounds' for the model generated results, in order to incorporate uncertainty. Two teams produced distinct

  17. Acoustic interactions between an altitude test facility and jet engine plumes: Theory and experiments

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    Ahuja, K. K.; Jones, R. R., III; Tam, C. K.; Massey, K. C.; Fleming, A. J.

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    The overall objective of the described effort was to develop an understanding of the physical mechanisms involved in the flow/acoustic interactions experienced in full-scale altitude engine test facilities. This is done by conducting subscale experiments and through development of a theoretical model. Model cold jet experiments with an axisymmetric convergent nozzle are performed in a test setup that stimulates a supersonic jet exhausting into a cylindrical diffuser. The measured data consist of detailed flow visualization data and acoustic spectra for a free and a ducted plume. It is shown that duct resonance is most likely responsible by theoretical calculations. Theoretical calculations also indicate that the higher discrete tones observed in the measurements are related to the screech phenomena. Limited experiments on the sensitivity of a free 2-D, C-D nozzle to externally imposed sound are also presented. It is shown that a 2-D, C-D nozzle with a cutback is less excitable than a 2-D C-D nozzle with no cutback. At a pressure ratio of 1.5 unsteady separation from the diverging walls of the nozzle is noticed. This separation switches from one wall to the opposite wall thus providing an unsteady deflection of the plume. It is shown that this phenomenon is related to the venting provided by the cutback section.

  18. Testing and characterization of MAPMT for the MINERνA experiment

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    Full text. The availability of high intensity neutrino beams, like FERMILAB's NuMI makes it possible the detailed study of neutrino interactions with a high statistics as never done before. MINERνA is a neutrino experiment at the FERMILAB NuMI neutrino beam that is designed to have a highly segmented and a high precision detector. It shall collect over 13 millions events in an estimated 4 year run. The detector will allow a detailed study of neutrino-nucleous interactions. Moreover, its segmented target, with four different materials, will make possible, for the first time, a systematic study of nuclear effects in neutrino interactions. Its tracking and calorimetric capabilities account for a complete reconstruction of the events and assure a full identification of the particles. MINERνA had a test run from March 2009 to June 2009 using a working prototype consisting of about 20% of the full detector. In the continuing process of assembling the detector all the 500 MAPMT of the detector must be fully tested and characterized before the final assembly. We describe and present here the work that has been done toward this goal with the support of the OLYMPUS computer cluster at CBPF and introduce the work of defining and implementing the experiment dataset to be used during the experiment run to be started in March 2010. (author)

  19. Large-scale HDR-hydrogen mixing experiments - Test Group E 11

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    During severe accidents in light-water reactors, substantial amounts of hydrogen can be generated by the metal-water reaction during core heat-up and by core-uncovery as well as by virtue of core-concrete interactions after vessel lower head failure. This hydrogen is released into the containment. A key issue within this context relates to the global and local hydrogen distributions and associated mixing phenomena in multi-compartment geometry in order to plan for proper mitigation measures. In the case, that no mitigating measures are provided it has to be demonstrated at least that the containment integrity is not threatened by the combustion of hydrogen including local detonations. On the basis of the experiences gained both with respect to experimental and computational aspects, a complete, major test group, E 11, was designed and performed in the context of HDR-Safety Program Phase III in the summer of 1989. This test series consisted of eight different experiments covering all aspects of H2-distribution and mitigation features such as: small and large LOCA controlled containment atmosphere conditions, axially different injection positions, multiple injections of gas mixtures, multiple steam injections into different compartments internal and external spray initiations, boiling sump simulation, dry energy addition and venting measures at three different axial positions. The paper outlines all major facility features used during the individual experiments and presents the detailed experimental procedures as performed, along with results

  20. High heat flux testing of CFC composites for the tokamak physics experiment

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    Valentine, P. G.; Nygren, R. E.; Burns, R. W.; Rocket, P. D.; Colleraine, A. P.; Lederich, R. J.; Bradley, J. T.

    1996-10-01

    High heat flux (HHF) testing of carbon fiber reinforced carbon composites (CFC's) was conducted under the General Atomics program to develop plasma-facing components (PFC's) for Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory's tokamak physics experiment (TPX). As part of the process of selecting TPX CFC materials, a series of HHF tests were conducted with the 30 kW electron beam test system (EBTS) facility at Sandia National Laboratories, and with the plasma disruption simulator I (PLADIS-I) facility at the University of New Mexico. The purpose of the tests was to make assessments of the thermal performance and erosion behavior of CFC materials. Tests were conducted with 42 different CFC materials. In general, the CFC materials withstood the rapid thermal pulse environments without fracturing, delaminating, or degrading in a non-uniform manner; significant differences in thermal performance, erosion behavior, vapor evolution, etc. were observed and preliminary findings are presented below. The CFC's exposed to the hydrogen plasma pulses in PLADIS-I exhibited greater erosion rates than the CFC materials exposed to the electron-beam pulses in EBTS. The results obtained support the continued consideration of a variety of CFC composites for TPX PFC components.

  1. Experience of 12 kA / 16 V SMPS during the HTS current leads test

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    As a part of upgradation plans in SST-1 Tokamak Machine, a (+/-) pair of 3.3 kA rated prototype hybrid current leads were developed using Di-BiSCCO as High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) and the Copper Heat exchanger (77 K - 300 K). In order to validate the manufacturing procedure prior to go for series production of such current leads, it was recommended to test these current leads using dedicated and very reliable switch mode DC power supply. A dedicated 12 kA, 16 VDC high current, low voltage programmable switch mode power supply (SMPS) is already installed and successfully commissioned and tested as part of test facility. This power supply has special features such as modularity (8 modules), N+1 redundancy, very low ripple voltage (< 8 mVrms), precise current measurements with Direct Current - Current Transformer, CC/CV modes with auto-crossover and auto-sequence programming. As a part of acceptance of this converter, A 5.8 mΩ water-cooled low resistive dummy load and PLC based SCADA system is designed, developed for commissioning of power supply. The same power supply was used for the testing of the prototype HTS current leads connected via 1 mΩ feeder cooled using liquid nitrogen at 77 K. The paper describes the salient features and state-of-art of power supply. Experience and results obtained from this converter during the HTS current leads test especially for lower current operation are discussed. (author)

  2. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) Material Test Results for the Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE)

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    Lerch, Bradley A.; Thesken, John C.; Bunnell, Charles T.

    2007-01-01

    In support of the Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE) program, several polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) flight vessels were constructed. Some vessels used a multipiece design, which was chemically welded together. Due to questions regarding the effects of the experiment fluid (silicone oil) on the weld integrity, a series of tests were conducted to provide evidence of the adequacy of the current vessel design. Tensile tests were conducted on PMMA samples that were both in the as-received condition, and also aged in air or oil for up to 8 weeks. Both welded and unwelded samples were examined. Fracture of the joints was studied using notched tensile specimens and Brazilian disk tests. Results showed that aging had no effect on tensile properties. While the welded samples were weaker than the base parent material, the weld strength was found to be further degraded by bubbles in the weld zone. Finally a fracture analysis using the worst-case fracture conditions of the vessel was performed, and the vessel design was found to have a factor of three safety margin.

  3. Test results and supporting analysis of a near-surface heater experiment in the Eleana argillite

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    A preliminary evaluation of the in-situ thermomechanical response of argillite to heating was obtained from a near-surface heater test in the Eleana Formation, at the United States Department of Energy, Nevada Test Site. The experiment consisted of a 3.8 kW, 3-m long x 0.3-m diameter electrical heater in a central hole surrounded by peripheral holes containing instrumentation to measure temperature, gas pressures, and vertical displacement. A thermal model of the experiment agreed well with experimental results; a comparison of measured and predicted temperatures indicates that some nonmodeled vertical transport of water and water vapor occurred near the heater, especially at early times. A mechanical model indicated that contraction of expandable clays in the argillite produced a region 1.5 - 2.0 m in radius, in which opening of preexisting joints occurred as a result of volumetric contraction. Results of thermal and mechanical modeling, laboratory property measurements, experimental temperature measurements, and post-test observations are all self-consistent and provide preliminary information on the in-situ response of argillaceous rocks to the emplacement of heat-producing nuclear waste

  4. Characterize Behaviour of Emerging Pollutants in Artificial Recharge: Column Experiments - Experiment Design and Results of Preliminary Tests

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    Wang, H.; Carrera, J.; Ayora, C.; Licha, T.

    2012-04-01

    Emerging pollutants (EPs) have been detected in water resources as a result of human activities in recent years. They include pharmaceuticals, personal care products, dioxins, flame retardants, etc. They are a source of concern because many of them are resistant to conventional water treatment, and they are harmful to human health, even in low concentrations. Generally, this study aims to characterize the behaviour of emerging pollutants in reclaimed water in column experiments which simulates artificial recharge. One column set includes three parts: influent, reactive layer column (RLC) and aquifer column (AC). The main influent is decided to be Secondary Effluent (SE) of El Prat Wastewater Treatment Plant, Barcelona. The flow rate of the column experiment is 0.9-1.5 mL/min. the residence time of RLC is designed to be about 1 day and 30-40 days for AC. Both columns are made of stainless steel. Reactive layer column (DI 10cm * L55cm) is named after the filling material which is a mixture of organic substrate, clay and goethite. One purpose of the application of the mixture is to increase dissolve organic carbon (DOC). Leaching test in batchs and columns has been done to select proper organic substrate. As a result, compost was selected due to its long lasting of releasing organic matter (OM). The other purpose of the application of the mixture is to enhance adsorption of EPs. Partition coefficients (Kow) of EPs indicate the ability of adsorption to OM. EPs with logKow>2 could be adsorbed to OM, like Ibuprofen, Bezafibrate and Diclofenac. Moreover, some of EPs are charged in the solution with pH=7, according to its acid dissociation constant (Ka). Positively charged EPs, for example Atenolol, could adsorb to clay. In the opposite, negatively charged EPs, for example Gemfibrozil, could adsorb to goethite. Aquifer column (DI 35cm * L1.5m) is to simulate the processes taking place in aquifer in artificial recharge. The filling of AC has two parts: silica sand and

  5. Metallographic post-test investigations for the scaled core-meltdown-experiments FOREVER-1 and -2

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    FOREVER (Failure Of Reactor Vessel Rentention) experiments have been carried out in order to simulate the behaviour the lower head of a reactor pressure vessel under the conditions of a depressurized core melt down scenario. In particular the creep behaviour and the vessel failure mode have been investigated. Metallographic post test investigations have complemented the experimental programme. Samples of different height positions of the vessel of the FOREVER-C1 and -C2 experiments were metallographically examined and characteristic microstructural appearances were identified. Additionally samples with ineffected microstructure were annealed at different temperatures and cooled by different rates and afterwards investigated. In this way the microstructural effects of the temperature regime, the thermomechanical loads and the environmental attack could be characterized. Remarkable effects were characteristic for the FOREVER-C2 experiment where the highest-loaded region below the welding joint reached temperatures of approx. 1100 C and a strong creep damage occurred. In the FOREVER-C1 experiment creep damage could not be observed and the maximum temperature did not exceed 900 C. Environmental attack generated decarburization and oxidation but the effect was restricted to a narrow surface layer. There was almost no chemical interaction between the oxidic melt and the vessel material. (orig.)

  6. Application of photon detectors in the VIP2 experiment to test the Pauli Exclusion Principle

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    Pichler, A.; Bartalucci, S.; Bazzi, M.; Bertolucci, S.; Berucci, C.; Bragadireanu, M.; Cargnelli, M.; Clozza, A.; Curceanu, C.; De Paolis, L.; Di Matteo, S.; D’Ufflzi, A.; Egger, J.-P.; Guaraldo, C.; Iliescu, M.; Ishiwatari, T.; Laubenstein, M.; Marton, J.; Milotti, E.; Pietreanu, D.; Piscicchia, K.; Ponta, T.; Sbardella, E.; Scordo, A.; Shi, H.; Sirghi, D.; Sirghi, F.; Sperandio, L.; Vazquez-Doce, O.; Widmann, E.; Zmeskal, J.

    2016-05-01

    The Pauli Exclusion Principle (PEP) was introduced by the austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli in 1925. Since then, several experiments have checked its validity. From 2006 until 2010, the VIP (Violation of the Pauli Principle) experiment took data at the LNGS underground laboratory to test the PEP. This experiment looked for electronic 2p to Is transitions in copper, where 2 electrons are in the Is state before the transition happens. These transitions violate the PEP. The lack of detection of X-ray photons coming from these transitions resulted in a preliminary upper limit for the violation of the PEP of 4.7 × 10-29. Currently, the successor experiment VIP2 is under preparation. The main improvements are, on one side, the use of Silicon Drift Detectors (SDDs) as X-ray photon detectors. On the other side an active shielding is implemented, which consists of plastic scintillator bars read by Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). The employment of these detectors will improve the upper limit for the violation of the PEP by around 2 orders of magnitude.

  7. Why are some dimensions integral? Testing two hypotheses through causal learning experiments.

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    Soto, Fabián A; Quintana, Gonzalo R; Pérez-Acosta, Andrés M; Ponce, Fernando P; Vogel, Edgar H

    2015-10-01

    Compound generalization and dimensional generalization are traditionally studied independently by different groups of researchers, who have proposed separate theories to explain results from each area. A recent extension of Shepard's rational theory of dimensional generalization allows an explanation of data from both areas within a single framework. However, the conceptualization of dimensional integrality in this theory (the direction hypothesis) is different from that favored by Shepard in his original theory (the correlation hypothesis). Here, we report two experiments that test differential predictions of these two notions of integrality. Each experiment takes a design from compound generalization and translates it into a design for dimensional generalization by replacing discrete stimulus components with dimensional values. Experiment 1 showed that an effect analogous to summation is found in dimensional generalization with separable dimensions, but the opposite effect is found with integral dimensions. Experiment 2 showed that the analogue of a biconditional discrimination is solved faster when stimuli vary in integral dimensions than when stimuli vary in separable dimensions. These results, which are analogous to more "non-linear" processing with integral than with separable dimensions, were predicted by the direction hypothesis, but not by the correlation hypothesis. This confirms the assumptions of the unified rational theory of stimulus generalization and reveals interesting links between compound and dimensional generalization phenomena. PMID:26163820

  8. Application of photon detectors in the VIP2 experiment to test the Pauli Exclusion Principle

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    Pichler, A; Bazzi, M.; Bertolucci, S.; Berucci, C.; Bragadireanu, M.; Cargnelli, M.; Clozza, A.; Curceanu, C.; De Paolis, L.; Di Matteo, S.; D'Ufflzi, A.; Egger, J.P.; Guaraldo, C.; Iliescu, M.; Ishiwatari, T.; Laubenstein, M.; Marton, J.; Milotti, E.; Pietreanu, D.; Piscicchia, K.; Ponta, T.; Sbardella, E.; Scordo, A.; Shi, H.; Sirghi, D.; Sirghi, F.; Sperandio, L.; Vazquez-Doce, O.; Widmann, E.; Zmeskal, J.

    2016-01-01

    The Pauli Exclusion Principle (PEP) was introduced by the austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli in 1925. Since then, several experiments have checked its validity. From 2006 until 2010, the VIP (VIolation of the Pauli Principle) experiment took data at the LNGS underground laboratory to test the PEP. This experiment looked for electronic 2p to 1s transitions in copper, where 2 electrons are in the 1s state before the transition happens. These transitions violate the PEP. The lack of detection of X-ray photons coming from these transitions resulted in a preliminary upper limit for the violation of the PEP of $4.7 \\times 10^{-29}$. Currently, the successor experiment VIP2 is under preparation. The main improvements are, on one side, the use of Silicon Drift Detectors (SDDs) as X-ray photon detectors. On the other side an active shielding is implemented, which consists of plastic scintillator bars read by Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). The employment of these detectors will improve the upper limit for the violati...

  9. Six minute walk test in respiratory diseases: A university hospital experience

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Six minutes walk test (6MWT, is a sub-maximal exercise test, used as a clinical indicator of the functional capacity, in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. Its safety, validity, reliability and its correlation with several physiological instruments, are well studied. However, there are no published data on 6MWT, in the Saudi population. We are reviewing our experience with 6MWT and assessing its safety and its correlation with pulmonary function variables, in patients with pulmonary diseases, in our local population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We consecutively studied patients with pulmonary diseases, who underwent 6MWT and pulmonary function test in King Khalid University Hospital, from June 2003 to December 2004. The 6MWTs were conducted according to the American Thoracic Society guidelines. Spirometry, lung volumes and diffusion capacity measurements were correlated with the absolute walked distance. RESULTS: One hundred and twenty nine tests were performed. All patients were of the Saudi community (59% female, with mean age of 43±15 years. Out of 129 patients, 65 patients had proven respiratory diagnosis. In all patients, the test were performed with no serious complications. The six minute walk distance (6MWD had correlation with patient′s height (r=+0.40, P < 0.001, but not with patients′ weight, BMI, borg scale, or oxygen saturation. The 6MWD correlated significantly with Dlco (r=+0.52, P < 0.01, FVC (r=+0.46, r< 0.001 and had a weaker relation with FEV1 (r=+0.31, P < 0.05. The test had no significant correlation with lung volumetric parameters (TLC, FRC and RV. CONCLUSION: 6MWT is simple and safe test in evaluating patients with chronic pulmonary diseases in the Saudi population. In our study, 6MWD showed correlation with spirometric parameters and diffusion capacity. Further studies are needed to evaluate 6MWT in a more homogenous patients′ population.

  10. A test of transition radiation detectors for a colliding beam experiment

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    We have tested transition radiation detectors (TRDs) to separate electrons from pions in the momentum range between 2.0 GeV/c and 7.5 GeV/c. The radiator materials used in this experiment were polypropylene (CH2) fibers and lithium (Li) foils. A Xe filled longitudinal drift chamber of 3 cm depth was used for detecting transition radiation photons. We compared the methods of truncated mean of the total charge measurements and of maximum likelihood as well as cluster counting methods. We obtained 2% electron/pion separation for the CH2 fibers in the configuration of four modules with total length of 32 cm for a typical geometry of a collider experiment. (orig.)

  11. CODEX-B4C experiment. Core degradation test with boron carbide control rod

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    The CODEX-B4C bundle test has been successfully performed on 25th May 2001 in the framework of the COLOSS project of the EU 5th FWP. The high temperature degradation of a VVER-1000 type bundle with B4C control rod was investigated with electrically heated fuel rods. The experiment was carried out according to a scenario selected in favour of methane formation. Degradation of control rod and fuel bundle took place at temperatures ∼2000 deg C, cooling down of the bundle was performed in steam atmosphere. The gas composition measurement indicated no methane production during the experiment. High release of aerosols was detected in the high temperature oxidation phase. The on-line measured data are collected into a database and are available for code validation and development. (author)

  12. Some tests of wet tropospheric calibration for the CASA Uno Global Positioning System experiment

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    Dixon, T. H.; Wolf, S. Kornreich

    1990-01-01

    Wet tropospheric path delay can be a major error source for Global Positioning System (GPS) geodetic experiments. Strategies for minimizing this error are investigted using data from CASA Uno, the first major GPS experiment in Central and South America, where wet path delays may be both high and variable. Wet path delay calibration using water vapor radiometers (WVRs) and residual delay estimation is compared with strategies where the entire wet path delay is estimated stochastically without prior calibration, using data from a 270-km test baseline in Costa Rica. Both approaches yield centimeter-level baseline repeatability and similar tropospheric estimates, suggesting that WVR calibration is not critical for obtaining high precision results with GPS in the CASA region.

  13. Testing of large real-size GEM detector for CBM experiment

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    Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) detector has been extensively used in many experiments for its excellent performance as a tracking detector. In CBM experiment, Muon Chamber detector (MUCH) for tracking muon, will be built using GEM based detector technology. In this direction several R and D has been performed with small to medium size triple GEM chambers. A real-size triple GEM detector proto-type, suitable for 1st detector station of MUCH detector, has been tested using high intensity proton beam of momentum 2.36 GeV/c at COSY, Germany. We get efficiency of detector >95 % at Δ VGEM = 371: 85 V. The variation of efficiency of the detector with rate of incoming particle is within 1%. The detector shows a gain of 3509 at ∆ Vgem = 375.18 Volt. The gain is stable with high rate of incoming particles with a small variation (∼9%)

  14. Recoil detector test for the day-one experiment at HESR

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    The proposed day-one experiment at HESR is a dedicated measurement of antiproton-proton elastic scattering. The aim of the day-one experiment is to determine the elastic differential parameters (total cross section σT, the ratio of real to imaginary part of the forward scattering amplitude ρ, and the slope parameter B) by measuring a large range of 4-momentum transfer squared t (0.0008-0.1 GeV2). The conceptual design of the day-one experiment is to measure the elastic scattered antiproton and recoil proton, by a tracking detector in the small polar angle range and by an energy detector near 90 , respectively. The recoil arm covers a maximum polar angle range from 71 to 90 and consists of two silicon strip detectors (76.8(length) x 50.0(width) x 1.0(thickness) mm3) and two germanium detectors (80.4(length) x 50.0(width) x 5.0 (11.0) (thickness) mm3). All detectors are single sided structure with 1.2 mm pitch. The silicon detectors will be used to detect recoil protons with energy up to about 12 MeV and the germanium detectors will be used to detect protons with energy from 12 MeV to 60 MeV. At present, one recoil arm is being constructed and the test for the detectors with radioactive sources is on-going. Preliminary test results indicate that all detectors are operational and work properly. The latest test results of these detectors are presented.

  15. Multi-Partner Experiment to Test Volcanic-Ash Ingestion by a Jet Engine

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    Lekki, John; Lyall, Eric; Guffanti, Marianne; Fisher, John; Erlund, Beth; Clarkson, Rory; van de Wall, Allan

    2013-01-01

    A research team of U.S. Government agencies and engine manufacturers are designing an experiment to test volcanic-ash ingestion by a NASA owned F117 engine that was donated by the U.S. Air Force. The experiment is being conducted under the auspices of NASA s Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research (VIPR) Program and will take place in early 2014 at Edwards AFB in California as an on-ground, on-wing test. The primary objectives are to determine the effect on the engine of several hours of exposure to low to moderate ash concentrations, currently proposed at 1 and 10 mg/m3 and to evaluate the capability of engine health management technologies for detecting these effects. A natural volcanic ash will be used that is representative of distal ash clouds many 100's to approximately 1000 km from a volcanic source i.e., the ash should be composed of fresh glassy particles a few tens of microns in size. The glassy ash particles are expected to soften and become less viscous when exposed to the high temperatures of the combustion chamber, then stick to the nozzle guide vanes of the high-pressure turbine. Numerous observations and measurements of the engine s performance and degradation will be made during the course of the experiment, including borescope and tear-down inspections. While not intended to be sufficient for rigorous certification of engine performance when ash is ingested, the experiment should provide useful information to aircraft manufacturers, airline operators, and military and civil regulators in their efforts to evaluate the range of risks that ash hazards pose to aviation.

  16. ORNL Pre-test Analyses of A Large-scale Experiment in STYLE

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is conducting a series of numerical analyses to simulate a large scale mock-up experiment planned within the European Network for Structural Integrity for Lifetime Management non-RPV Components (STYLE). STYLE is a European cooperative effort to assess the structural integrity of (non-reactor pressure vessel) reactor coolant pressure boundary components relevant to ageing and life-time management and to integrate the knowledge created in the project into mainstream nuclear industry assessment codes. ORNL contributes work-in-kind support to STYLE Work Package 2 (Numerical Analysis/Advanced Tools) and Work Package 3 (Engineering Assessment Methods/LBB Analyses). This paper summarizes the current status of ORNL analyses of the STYLE Mock-Up3 large-scale experiment to simulate and evaluate crack growth in a cladded ferritic pipe. The analyses are being performed in two parts. In the first part, advanced fracture mechanics models are being developed and performed to evaluate several experiment designs taking into account the capabilities of the test facility while satisfying the test objectives. Then these advanced fracture mechanics models will be utilized to simulate the crack growth in the large scale mock-up test. For the second part, the recently developed ORNL SIAM-PFM open-source, cross-platform, probabilistic computational tool will be used to generate an alternative assessment for comparison with the advanced fracture mechanics model results. The SIAM-PFM probabilistic analysis of the Mock-Up3 experiment will utilize fracture modules that are installed into a general probabilistic framework. The probabilistic results of the Mock-Up3 experiment obtained from SIAM-PFM will be compared to those results generated using the deterministic 3D nonlinear finite-element modeling approach. The objective of the probabilistic analysis is to provide uncertainty bounds that will assist in assessing the more detailed 3D finite

  17. Check-Standard Testing Across Multiple Transonic Wind Tunnels with the Modern Design of Experiments

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    Deloach, Richard

    2012-01-01

    This paper reports the result of an analysis of wind tunnel data acquired in support of the Facility Analysis Verification & Operational Reliability (FAVOR) project. The analysis uses methods referred to collectively at Langley Research Center as the Modern Design of Experiments (MDOE). These methods quantify the total variance in a sample of wind tunnel data and partition it into explained and unexplained components. The unexplained component is further partitioned in random and systematic components. This analysis was performed on data acquired in similar wind tunnel tests executed in four different U.S. transonic facilities. The measurement environment of each facility was quantified and compared.

  18. Experiences with a Focus on Test in Teaching

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    2008-01-01

    Software of high quality is a major concern in teaching programming: simply making any program that fulfills the requirements is not enough. Yet the way teachers often state exercises tends to make the students focus more on functionality requirements and deadlines than on keeping the program...... quality high. This chapter discusses some concrete teaching guidelines that help in keeping the learning focus on quality and reports on our experiences in applying them. It furthermore presents an important observation relating to the use of test-driven development as a process that focus on high quality...

  19. First test of Lorentz violation with a reactor-based antineutrino experiment

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    We present a search for Lorentz violation with 8249 candidate electron antineutrino events taken by the Double Chooz experiment in 227.9 live days of running. This analysis, featuring a search for a sidereal time dependence of the events, is the first test of Lorentz invariance using a reactor-based antineutrino source. No sidereal variation is present in the data and the disappearance results are consistent with sidereal time independent oscillations. Under the Standard-Model Extension, we set the first limits on 14 Lorentz violating coefficients associated with transitions between electron and tau flavor, and set two competitive limits associated with transitions between electron and muon flavor. (authors)

  20. The SAT calorimeter of the DELPHI experiment at LEP; results of a module test

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    Alvsvag, S.J.; Eide, B.; Frodesen, A.G.; Grung, B.; Iversen, P.S.; Klovning, A.; Kvaavik, D.; Lillestoel, E.; Lillethun, E.; Maeland, O.A.; Pettersen, T.E.; Rongved, R.; Topphol, A.K. (Bergen Univ. (Norway). Dept. of Physics)

    1990-05-10

    The construction of an electromagnetic calorimeter using scintillating plastic fibres and lead plates is described. The calorimeter is part of the Small Angle Tagger (SAT) of the DELPHI experiment at the LEP collider, recording high-energy electrons, positrons and photons. Results from a test of a module of similar construction are presented. The module was found to have a linear energy response when exposed to electrons of 10-70 GeV, with an energy resolution given by {sigma}/E(%) = (1.16{sup 2}+(11.4/{radical}E(GeV)){sup 2}){sup 1/2}. (orig.).