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  1. ARES v2 - new features and improved performance

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    Sousa, S G; Adibekyan, V; Delgado-Mena, E; Israelian, G

    2015-01-01

    Aims: We present a new upgraded version of ARES. The new version includes a series of interesting new features such as automatic radial velocity correction, a fully automatic continuum determination, and an estimation of the errors for the equivalent widths. Methods: The automatic correction of the radial velocity is achieved with a simple cross-correlation function, and the automatic continuum determination, as well as the estimation of the errors, relies on a new approach to evaluating the spectral noise at the continuum level. Results: ARES v2 is totally compatible with its predecessor. We show that the fully automatic continuum determination is consistent with the previous methods applied for this task. It also presents a significant improvement on its performance thanks to the implementation of a parallel computation using the OpenMP library.

  2. Potential performance analysis and future trend prediction of electric vehicle with V2G/V2H/V2B capability

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    Dalong Guo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Due to the intermittent nature, renewable energy sources (RES has brought new challenges on load balancing and energy dispatching to the Smart Grid. Potentially served as distributed energy storage, Electric Vehicle’s (EV battery can be used as a way to help mitigate the pressure of fluctuation brought by RES and reinforce the stability of power systems. This paper gives a comprehensive review of the current situation of EV technology and mainly emphasizing three EV discharging operations which are Vehicle to Grid (V2G, Vehicle to Home (V2H, and Vehicle to Building (V2B, respectively. When needed, EV’s battery can discharge and send its surplus energy back to power grid, residential homes, or buildings. Based on our data analysis, we argue that V2G with the largest transmission power losses is potentially less efficient compared with the other two modes. We show that the residential users have the incentive to schedule the charging, V2G, and V2H according to the real-time price (RTP and the market sell-back price. In addition, we discuss some challenges and potential risks resulting from EVs’ fast growth. Finally we propose some suggestions on future power systems and also argue that some incentives or rewards need to be provided to motivate EV owners to behave in the best interests of the overall power systems.

  3. PERFORMANCE COMPARISON OF POSITION-BASED ROUTING PROTOCOLS IN VEHICLE-TOVEHICLE (V2V COMMUNICATION

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    SANJOY DAS

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs is the new wireless networking concept of the wireless ad hoc networks in the research community. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V communication plays a significant role in providing a high level of safety and convenience to drivers and passengers. Routing in VANET is a major challenge and research area. Position based routing protocol has been identified to be suitable for VANETs because of frequently changed network topology and highly dynamic nature of vehicular nodes. Many position based routing protocols have been developed for routing messages in greedy orwarding way in VANETs. However, few of them are efficient when the network is highly dynamic. In this paper, we present an overview andqualitative comparison of existing position based routing protocols that are based on the position prediction of neighboring and destination nodes. We evaluate the performance metrics such as end-to-end delay and packet delivery ratio using NS-2 simulator.

  4. [Study on performance of Ni3 V2O8 catalyst and analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy].

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    Xu, Ai-ju; Zhaorigetu, Bao; Jia, Mei-lin; Lin, Qin

    2007-10-01

    Ni3V2O8 catalyst was prepared by oxalate co-precipitation method with microwave heating in this paper. In order to study the relationship between the catalytic performance and the surface species, the catalyst was characterized by XRD, BET, H2-TPR, XPS, TEM and conductivity measurement. The surface property of Ni3V2O8 was studied by XPS and the catalytic performance of the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene was also investigated. The results of XRD showedthat pure Ni3V2O8 with nice structure was obtained. TEM experiments results demonstrated that the prepared Ni3V2O8 catalyst at 700 degrees C calcination showed uniform particle with the mean particle size of 30 nm. The surface area of the catalyst was 8.623 m2 x g(-1). The diagram of the relationship between electrical conductivity and oxygen partial pressure of Ni3V2O8 showed dsigma/dPO2, >0, implying that Ni3V2O8 catalyst was a p-type semiconductor. H2-TPR results showed that only one unsymmetrical reduction peak appeared at 663.5 degreesC within 300-900 degrees C region over Ni3V2O8 catalyst and no obvious shoulder peak was observed. It could also be found that the ratio of non complete reduction oxygen species was about 33.59% (O(-) 27.55%, O2(2-) 6.04%) from the O(1s) XPS result and more V4+ species existed on the Ni3V2O8 catalyst surface. The TPR and XPS results illustrated that the transformation of the lattice oxygen to non-complete reduction oxygen in NiV2O8 catalyst might promote the oxidation-reduction reaction between different valence vanadium and promoted the oxygen vacancy formation. This then led to abundant non-complete reduction oxygen O(-) and V4+ species formation on the surface of Ni3V2O8 catalyst. The active result of oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene showed that the 60.02% propylene selectivity could be reached at 18.60% propane conversion. Compared with the reported results over the coexistent NiO and Ni3V2O8 system from the literature, pure Ni3V2O8 catalyst

  5. Channel modelling and performance analysis of V2I communication systems in blind bend scattering environments

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    Chelli, Ali

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we derive a new geometrical blind bend scattering model for vehicle-to- infrastructure (V2I) communications. The proposed model takes into account single-bounce and double- bounce scattering stemming from fixed scatterers located on both sides of a curved street. Starting from the geometrical blind bend model, the exact expression of the angle of departure (AOD) is derived. Based on this expression, the probability density function (PDF) of the AOD and the Doppler power spectrum are determined. Analytical expressions for the channel gain and the temporal autocorrelation function (ACF) are provided under non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions. Additionally, we investigate the impact of the position of transmitting vehicle relatively to the receiving road-side unit on the channel statistics. Moreover, we study the performance of different digital modulations over a sum of singly and doubly scattered (SSDS) channel. Note that the proposed V2I channel model falls under the umbrella of SSDS channels since the transmitted signal undergoes a combination of single-bounce and double-bounce scattering. We study some characteristic quantities of SSDS channels and derive expressions for the average symbol error probability of several modulation schemes over SSDS channels with and without diversity combining. The validity of these analytical expressions is confirmed by computer-based simulations.

  6. Preparation of V2 O5/V/V2O5 trilayer thin film and its photoelectric performance%V2O5/V/V2O5复合膜的制备及其光电性能研究

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    颜毓雷; 李合琴; 乔恺; 张学科; 周矗; 陶磊

    2014-01-01

    V2 O5/V/V2 O5 trilayer thin film with different deposition time of V layer was prepared on glass substrates by DC magnetron sputtering at room temperature . T hen all of the as-deposited V2 O5/V/V2 O5 trilayer thin film were annealed at 450 ℃ for 60 min under air atmosphere .The photo-electric performance of the V2 O5/V/V2 O5 trilayer thin film was studied by four-point probe measure-ment .The structure of the V2 O5/V/V2 O5 three-layer thin film was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) .The results show that the annealed V2 O5/V/V2 O5 trilayer thin film with 25 min of V layer deposition possesses a square resistance of 38 .5 kΩ ,a temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of-0 .021 8 K -1 and an infrared absorption of above 0 .6 at the band between 700 nm and 1 400 nm ,so it is suitable for the application of uncooled micro-bolometer .%文章采用直流磁控溅射法在玻璃衬底上制备了V2 O5/V/V2 O5复合膜,通过改变中间层钒的溅射时间,制备了3组薄膜。所有薄膜均在450℃空气气氛中退火60 min。用四探针测试仪测试了薄膜的电学性能,用X射线衍射仪对薄膜的结构组分进行分析。实验结果表明,当V层溅射时间为25 min时,经450℃退火后的薄膜方块电阻为38.5 kΩ,电阻温度系数为-0.0218 K -1,在700~1400 nm波段红外吸光度均在0.6以上,符合非致冷微测辐射热计的应用要求。

  7. V2O5-C-SnO2 Hybrid Nanobelts as High Performance Anodes for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Linfei; Yang, Mingyang; Zhang, Shengliang; Wu, Zefei; Amini, Abbas; Zhang, Yi; Wang, Dongyong; Bao, Shuhan; Lu, Zhouguang; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-01-01

    The superior performance of metal oxide nanocomposites has introduced them as excellent candidates for emerging energy sources, and attracted significant attention in recent years. The drawback of these materials is their inherent structural pulverization which adversely impacts their performance and makes the rational design of stable nanocomposites a great challenge. In this work, functional V2O5-C-SnO2 hybrid nanobelts (VCSNs) with a stable structure are introduced where the ultradispersed SnO2 nanocrystals are tightly linked with glucose on the V2O5 surface. The nanostructured V2O5 acts as a supporting matrix as well as an active electrode component. Compared with existing carbon-V2O5 hybrid nanobelts, these hybrid nanobelts exhibit a much higher reversible capacity and architectural stability when used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The superior cyclic performance of VCSNs can be attributed to the synergistic effects of SnO2 and V2O5. However, limited data are available for V2O5-based anodes in lithium-ion battery design. PMID:27677326

  8. Fabrication of V2O5 with various morphologies for high-performance electrochemical capacitor

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    Zhang, Yifu; Zheng, Jiqi; Zhao, Yunfeng; Hu, Tao; Gao, Zhanming; Meng, Changgong

    2016-07-01

    Three types of V2O5 structures including nanobelts, nanoparticles and microspheres were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal route and combination of calcination. The morphology of the sample depends on the quantity of oxalic acid used in the experiments. V2O5 nanobelts, nanoparticles and microspheres were respectively obtained when 0.63, 1.89 and 3.78 g of oxalic acid were used. The composition, morphology and structure of the samples were characterized by XRD, IR, SEM and TEM, respectively. The electrochemical properties of V2O5 nanobelts, nanoparticles and microspheres as electrodes in a supercapacitor device were measured using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD). The electrochemical results indicate that V2O5 microspheres lead to a significant improvement of storage capacity and they show the largest specific capacitance of 308 F g-1 when used as supercapacitor electrode in 1 mol L-1 LiNO3 electrolyte. It turns out that V2O5 microsphere is an ideal material compared with other morphologies for supercapacitor electrode in the present work.

  9. Improved Performance of Pentacene Organic Field-Effect Transistors by Inserting a V2O5 Metal Oxide Layer

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    赵赓; 程晓曼; 田海军; 杜博群; 梁晓宇

    2011-01-01

    We fabricate pentacene-based organic field effect transistors(OFETs),inserting a transition metal oxide(V2 O5)layer between the pentacene and Al source-drain(S/D)electrodes.The performance of the devices with V2O5/AlS/D electrodes is considerably improved compared to the pentacene-based OFET with only Al S/D electrodes.After the 10-nm V2O5 layer modification,the effective field-effect mobility of the devices increases from 2.7 ×10-3 cm2 /V.s to 8.93 × 10-1 cm2 /V.s.Owing to the change of the injection property,the effective threshold voltage (Vth)is changed from-7.5 V to-5 V and the on/off ratio shifts from 102 to 104.Moreover,the dispersion of sub-threshold current in the devices disappears.These performance improvements are ascribed to the low carrier injection barrier and the reduction of contact resistance.It is indicated that V2O5 layer modification is an effective approach to improve pentacene-based OFET performance.%We fabricate pentacene-based organic field effect transistors (OFETs), inserting a transition metal oxide (V2O5) layer between the pentacene and Al source-drain (S/D) electrodes. The performance of the devices with V2 O5/AI S/D electrodes is considerably improved compared to the pentacene-based OFET with only Al S/D electrodes. After the 10-nm V2O5 layer modification, the effective field-effect mobility of the devices increases from 2.7 x 10~3 cm2/V-s to 8.93x10-1 cm2/V-s. Owing to the change of the injection property, the effective threshold voltage (Vth) is changed from -7.5 V to -5 V and the on/off ratio shifts from l02 to 104. Moreover, the dispersion of sub-threshold current in the devices disappears. These performance improvements are ascribed to the low carrier injection barrier and the reduction of contact resistance. It is indicated that V2O5 layer modification is an effective approach to improve pentacene-based OFET performance.

  10. Performance Test Results of the NASA-457M v2 Hall Thruster

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    Soulas, George C.; Haag, Thomas W.; Herman, Daniel A.; Huang, Wensheng; Kamhawi, Hani; Shastry, Rohit

    2012-01-01

    Performance testing of a second generation, 50 kW-class Hall thruster labeled NASA-457M v2 was conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center. This NASA-designed thruster is an excellent candidate for a solar electric propulsion system that supports human exploration missions. Thruster discharge power was varied from 5 to 50 kW over discharge voltage and current ranges of 200 to 500 V and 15 to 100 A, respectively. Anode efficiencies varied from 0.56 to 0.71. The peak efficiency was similar to that of other state-of-the-art high power Hall thrusters, but outperformed these thrusters at lower discharge voltages. The 0.05 to 0.18 higher anode efficiencies of this thruster compared to its predecessor were primarily due to which of two stable discharge modes the thruster was operated. One stable mode was at low magnetic field strengths, which produced high anode efficiencies, and the other at high magnetic fields where its predecessor was operated. Cathode keeper voltages were always within 2.1 to 6.2 V and cathode voltages were within 13 V of tank ground during high anode efficiency operation. However, during operation at high magnetic fields, cathode-to-ground voltage magnitudes increased dramatically, exceeding 30 V, due to the high axial magnetic field strengths in the immediate vicinity of the centrally-mounted cathode. The peak thrust was 2.3 N and this occurred at a total thruster input power of 50.0 kW at a 500 V discharge voltage. The thruster demonstrated a thrust-to-power range of 76.4 mN/kW at low power to 46.1 mN/kW at full power, and a specific impulse range of 1420 to 2740 s. For a discharge voltage of 300 V, where specific impulses would be about 2000 s, thrust efficiencies varied from 0.57 to 0.63.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nano-V2O5 by flame spray pyrolysis, and its cathodic performance in Li-ion rechargeable batteries

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    Highlights: • Nano-V2O5 was produced by flame spray pyrolysis to test its potential as a cathode material in Li-ion rechargeable batteries. • BET, XRD, SEM, TEM-EDS-SAED and HRTEM techniques were used to characterize V2O5 nano-particles for the investigation of their structural and morphological properties. • Electrochemical measurements showed high rate reversibility, low polarisation during lithium insertion/extraction, stable interfacial resistance and high electrical conductivity. - Abstract: Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nano-particles have been synthesized by flame spray pyrolysis method to investigate their cathodic performance in Li-ion rechargeable batteries. They were characterized by surface area (Brunauer–Emmett–Teller, BET method), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy–energy dispersive spectrometry (TEM–EDS), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. Spherical, crystalline (orthorhombic) nano-V2O5 particles were produced. The electrochemical tests, including cyclic voltammetry (CV) and ac impedance spectroscopy (IS), were performed to obtain the reversibility and conductivity kinetic parameters. From IS measurements, nano film conductivity was found to be 2.42 × 10−6 S cm−1, which is 10-fold higher than the commercial micro-particle V2O5 counterparts. From spectra, it was also found that the interfacial resistance became stable after 7200 s. The impedance results indicated that the rate of reaction at the interphase was controlled by both charge transfer and diffusion processes. The cyclic voltammogram showed high reversibility rate and low polarization

  12. Carbon wrapped hierarchical Li3V2(PO4)3 microspheres for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Liang, Shuquan; Tan, Qinguang; Xiong, Wei; Tang, Yan; Tan, Xiaoping; Huang, Linjun; Pan, Anqiang; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-01-01

    Nanomaterials are extensively studied in electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems because of their structural advantages. However, their volumetric energy density still needs improvement due to the high surface area, especially the carbon based nanocomposites. Constructing hierarchical micro-scaled materials from closely stacked subunits is proposed as an effective way to solve the problem. In this work, Li3V2(PO4)3@carbon hierarchical microspheres are prepared by a solvothermal reaction and subsequent annealing. Hierarchical Li3V2(PO4)3 structures with different subunits are obtained with the aid of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP). Moreover, excessive PVP interconnect and form PVP-based hydrogels, which later convert into conductive carbon layer on the surface of Li3V2(PO4)3 microspheres during the annealing process. As a cathode material for lithium ion batteries, the 3D carbon wrapped Li3V2(PO4)3 hierarchical microspheres exhibit high rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The electrode has the capacity retention of 80% after 5000 cycles even at 50C. PMID:27649860

  13. Carbon wrapped hierarchical Li3V2(PO4)3 microspheres for high performance lithium ion batteries.

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    Liang, Shuquan; Tan, Qinguang; Xiong, Wei; Tang, Yan; Tan, Xiaoping; Huang, Linjun; Pan, Anqiang; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-01-01

    Nanomaterials are extensively studied in electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems because of their structural advantages. However, their volumetric energy density still needs improvement due to the high surface area, especially the carbon based nanocomposites. Constructing hierarchical micro-scaled materials from closely stacked subunits is proposed as an effective way to solve the problem. In this work, Li3V2(PO4)3@carbon hierarchical microspheres are prepared by a solvothermal reaction and subsequent annealing. Hierarchical Li3V2(PO4)3 structures with different subunits are obtained with the aid of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP). Moreover, excessive PVP interconnect and form PVP-based hydrogels, which later convert into conductive carbon layer on the surface of Li3V2(PO4)3 microspheres during the annealing process. As a cathode material for lithium ion batteries, the 3D carbon wrapped Li3V2(PO4)3 hierarchical microspheres exhibit high rate capability and excellent cycling stability. The electrode has the capacity retention of 80% after 5000 cycles even at 50C. PMID:27649860

  14. Color blobs in cortical areas V1 and V2 of the new world monkey Callithrix jacchus, revealed by non-differential optical imaging.

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    Valverde Salzmann, Matthias F; Bartels, Andreas; Logothetis, Nikos K; Schüz, Almut

    2012-06-01

    Color vision is reserved to only few mammals, such as Old World monkeys and humans. Most Old World monkeys are trichromats. Among them, macaques were shown to exhibit functional domains of color-selectivity, in areas V1 and V2 of the visual cortex. Such color domains have not yet been shown in New World monkeys. In marmosets a sex-linked dichotomy results in dichromatic and trichromatic genotypes, rendering most male marmosets color-blind. Here we used trichromatic female marmosets to examine the intrinsic signal response in V1 and V2 to chromatic and achromatic stimuli, using optical imaging. To activate the subsystems individually, we used spatially homogeneous isoluminant color opponent (red/green, blue/yellow) and hue versus achromatic flicker (red/gray, green/gray, blue/gray, yellow/gray), as well as achromatic luminance flicker. In contrast to previous optical imaging studies in marmosets, we find clearly segregated color domains, similar to those seen in macaques. Red/green and red/gray flicker were found to be the appropriate stimulus for revealing color domains in single-condition maps. Blue/gray and blue/yellow flicker stimuli resulted in faint patch-patterns. A recently described multimodal vessel mapping approach allowed for an accurate alignment of the functional and anatomical datasets. Color domains were tightly colocalized with cytochrome oxidase blobs in V1 and with thin stripes in V2. Thus, our findings are in accord with 2-Deoxy-D-glucose studies performed in V1 of macaques and studies on color representation in V2. Our results suggest a similar organization of early cortical color processing in trichromats of both Old World and New World monkeys. PMID:22674264

  15. Template-free synthesis of highly porous V2O5 cuboids with enhanced performance for lithium ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Cheng; Fang, Guozhao; Liang, Caiwu; Zhou, Jiang; Tan, Xiaoping; Pan, Anqiang; Liang, Shuquan

    2016-07-29

    Highly porous hierarchical V2O5 cuboids have been synthesized by a template-free PVP-assisted polyxol method and the formation mechanism is studied. The cuboids are assembled from numerous mesoporous nanoplates and the preferred orientation of each single nanoplate exposes the 〈110〉 facets, facilitating lithium-ion diffusion by offering a prior channel. This material exhibits a high capacity of 143 mA h g(-1), high rate capacity of 10 C and long life cycling performance up to 1000 cycles. The excellent electrochemical performance of V2O5 cuboid electrodes is due to its unique porous cuboid morphology and optimized structural stability upon cycling. This research provides an effective route to the construction of complex porous architectures assembled from nanocrystals through a surfactant-assisted synthesis method. PMID:27320105

  16. Template-free synthesis of highly porous V2O5 cuboids with enhanced performance for lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Cheng; Fang, Guozhao; Liang, Caiwu; Zhou, Jiang; Tan, Xiaoping; Pan, Anqiang; Liang, Shuquan

    2016-07-01

    Highly porous hierarchical V2O5 cuboids have been synthesized by a template-free PVP-assisted polyxol method and the formation mechanism is studied. The cuboids are assembled from numerous mesoporous nanoplates and the preferred orientation of each single nanoplate exposes the facets, facilitating lithium-ion diffusion by offering a prior channel. This material exhibits a high capacity of 143 mA h g‑1, high rate capacity of 10 C and long life cycling performance up to 1000 cycles. The excellent electrochemical performance of V2O5 cuboid electrodes is due to its unique porous cuboid morphology and optimized structural stability upon cycling. This research provides an effective route to the construction of complex porous architectures assembled from nanocrystals through a surfactant-assisted synthesis method.

  17. Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of Cu2V2O7%Cu2V2O7的合成及电化学性能

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    郭光辉; 陈珊; 刘芳芳; 张利玉

    2014-01-01

    采用溶胶凝胶法制备了锂离子电池负极材料Cu2V2O7,分别用X射线衍射仪,电子扫描电镜对产物的结构和微观形貌进行表征.结果表明,合成产物纯度高,微粒形貌规整、表面光滑、粒径小.用其组装的电池经恒流充放电测试表明,样品初始放电比容量为682.8 mAh/g,具有良好的循环性能.

  18. Electrodeposited Structurally Stable V2O5 Inverse Opal Networks as High Performance Thin Film Lithium Batteries.

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    Armstrong, Eileen; McNulty, David; Geaney, Hugh; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-12-01

    High performance thin film lithium batteries using structurally stable electrodeposited V2O5 inverse opal (IO) networks as cathodes provide high capacity and outstanding cycling capability and also were demonstrated on transparent conducting oxide current collectors. The superior electrochemical performance of the inverse opal structures was evaluated through galvanostatic and potentiodynamic cycling, and the IO thin film battery offers increased capacity retention compared to micron-scale bulk particles from improved mechanical stability and electrical contact to stainless steel or transparent conducting current collectors from bottom-up electrodeposition growth. Li(+) is inserted into planar and IO structures at different potentials, and correlated to a preferential exposure of insertion sites of the IO network to the electrolyte. Additionally, potentiodynamic testing quantified the portion of the capacity stored as surface bound capacitive charge. Raman scattering and XRD characterization showed how the IO allows swelling into the pore volume rather than away from the current collector. V2O5 IO coin cells offer high initial capacities, but capacity fading can occur with limited electrolyte. Finally, we demonstrate that a V2O5 IO thin film battery prepared on a transparent conducting current collector with excess electrolyte exhibits high capacities (∼200 mAh g(-1)) and outstanding capacity retention and rate capability.

  19. Nuclear power performance and safety. V.2. Achievements in construction and operation

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    The International Conference on Nuclear Power Performance and Safety, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, was held at the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 28 September to 2 October 1987. The objective of the Conference was to promote an exchange of worldwide information on the current trends in the performance and safety of nuclear power and its fuel cycle, and to take a forward look at the expectations and objectives for the 1990s. This objective was accomplished through presentation and discussion of about 200 papers at the Conference. This is volume 2 of the Conference proceedings. The presentations in this volume were divided into the following sections: plant construction achievements (8 papers); plant availability achievements (12 papers); controlling and financing nuclear power cost (6 papers); achievements in technology transfer and infrastructure development (5 papers); advanced systems (9 papers). A separate abstract was prepared for each of these papers. Refs, figs and tabs

  20. Electrochemical Performances of Li+ Intercalation and Deintercalation Processes for Electrochromism of MoO3-Doped V2o5 Films Prepared By The Sol-Gel Method

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    Wang, He; Costa, Manuel F. M.; Sun, Shengnan; Teixeira, Vasco M. P.; Cui, Haining

    2015-01-01

    MoO3-doped V2O5 thin films electrode exhibit much enhanced electrochemical performances than the pure V2O5 counterpart. 1M nonaqueous solution of LiClO4 in propylene carbonate (PC) was the electrolyte solution about cyclic voltammetry (CV) of V2O5/MoO3/ITO glass electrodes at room temperature. With the increasing proportion of MoO3 doped in V2O5, all the redox peak currents of the five samples increased, suggesting that their electrochemical activity increased with the initial ...

  1. Synthesis and Electrochemical Performance of the Na3V2(PO4)3 Cathode for Sodium-Ion Batteries

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    Van Nghia, Nguyen; Jafian, Samuel; Hung, I.-Ming

    2016-05-01

    Rhombohedral Na3V2(PO4)3 with a Na+ superionic conductor structure was synthesized using a solid-state reaction method. Citric acid was used as a carbon resource for carbon-thermal reduction reaction to reduce the oxidation state of vanadium. The shape of Na3V2(PO4)3 particles is irregular and its average diameter is in the range 30-50 nm. The Na3V2(PO4)3 exhibits a superior cycling ability and rate capability. The discharge capacity retains 74.3% of the discharge capacity of its first cycle with coulombic efficiency of 99.3% after 100 cycles. The discharge capacity of Na3V2(PO4)3 at 10 C is 48.87 mAh g-1, which is 58.4% of the cell cycled at 0.1 C. Furthermore, the structure of Na3V2(PO4)3 is stable for a considerable amount of Na+ ions (2 mol of Na+ ions) insertion and extraction with only 0.42% difference of unit-cell volume between fully charged and discharged states. Na3V2(PO4)3 is a potential cathode material for sodium-ion battery applications.

  2. Graphene Oxide Templated Growth and Superior Lithium Storage Performance of Novel Hierarchical Co2V2O7 Nanosheets.

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    Luo, Yanzhu; Xu, Xu; Zhang, Yuxiang; Chen, Chih-Yen; Zhou, Liang; Yan, Mengyu; Wei, Qiulong; Tian, Xiaocong; Mai, Liqiang

    2016-02-01

    Hierarchical Co2V2O7 nanosheets consisted of interconnected nanoparticles are synthesized by a facile method using graphene oxide as the template. The electrochemical reaction mechanism of the Co2V2O7 nanosheets is thoroughly investigated by in situ XRD and ex situ TEM. The initial Co2V2O7 transforms into CoO nanoparticles and vanadium oxides in the first cycle, and the following reversible conversion reaction mainly occurs between CoO and Co and lithiation/delithiation of the vanadium oxides. The Co2V2O7 nanosheet displays a high reversible capacity (962 mAh/g at 0.5 A/g) and remarkable high rate capability. When cycled at 5.0 A/g, a reversible capacity of 441 mAh/g can be retained after 900 cycles. The stable high capacity and excellent rate capability make the hierarchical Co2V2O7 nanosheets a promising anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

  3. Simple O2 Plasma-Processed V2O5 as an Anode Buffer Layer for High-Performance Polymer Solar Cells

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    Bao, Xichang; Zhu, Qianqian; Wang, Ting;

    2015-01-01

    A simple O2 plasma processing method for preparation of a vanadium oxide (V2O5) anode buffer layer on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass for polymer solar cells (PSCs) is reported. The V2O5 layer with high transmittance and good electrical and interfacial properties was prepared by spin coating...... a vanadium(V) triisopropoxide oxide alcohol solution on ITO and then O2 plasma treatment for 10 min [V2O5 (O2 plasma)]. PSCs based on P3HT:PC61BM and PBDTTT-C:PC71BM using V2O5 (O2 plasma) as an anode buffer layer show high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 4.47 and 7.54%, respectively, under...... transport property of the V2O5 (O2 plasma) layer. The results indicate that an O2 plasma-processed V2O5 film is an efficient and economical anode buffer layer for high-performance PSCs. It also provides an attractive choice for low-cost fabrication of organic electronics...

  4. Na0.282V2O5: A high-performance cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries and sodium batteries

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    Cai, Yangsheng; Zhou, Jiang; Fang, Guozhao; Cai, Gemei; Pan, Anqiang; Liang, Shuquan

    2016-10-01

    Na0.282V2O5 nanorods have been successfully prepared using a facile hydrothermal reaction followed by a calcination treatment, which is then used as a cathode for lithium batteries and sodium batteries for the first time. The crystal structure is refined to be a monoclinic lattice, which contains 3D tunnels along the b-axis. The Na ions are located inside the tunnels and form "pillar effect" to prevent the collapse of the crystal structure. As cathode material for lithium batteries, the Na0.282V2O5 nanorods deliver a high discharge specific capacity of 264, 186, 191 and 149 mA h g-1 at the current density of 50, 500, 1000 and 1500 mA g-1, respectively. The Na0.282V2O5 nanorods demonstrate the excellent cycling performance up to 400 cycles at 1 and 1.5 A g-1. Importantly, as cathode material for sodium batteries, Na0.282V2O5 exhibits superior long-term cyclic stability up to 1000 cycles at 0.3 A g-1. The results of ex-situ XRD, EIS and first-principle calculation indicate that the Na0.282V2O5 possesses good electrical conductivity and structural stability. Our work demonstrates that the Na0.282V2O5 material could be considered as a potential cathode for lithium-ion batteries, and even sodium ion batteries.

  5. Impacts of synthesis temperature and carbon content on the electrochemical performances of the Li3V2(PO4)3/C composite synthesized by a polyol method

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    As a cathode material for Li-ion battery, Li3V2(PO4)3 was synthesized by a polyol method using LiOH·H2O, V2O5, NH4H2PO4, sucrose, and ethylene glycol as starting materials. Under the polyol process, the impacts of synthesis parameters, including the sintering temperature, holding time, and carbon content, on the morphological evolution and electrochemical properties of Li3V2(PO4)3 were investigated. The XRD results show the formation of pure Li3V2(PO4)3 with monoclinic crystal structure. The images of SEM show the similar-spherical morphology with uniform and optimized particles size, which greatly improves the electrochemical performance. The carbon coated on the Li3V2(PO4)3 particles was clearly observed by electron microscopy. The particle size of Li3V2(PO4)3 powders gradually decreases with the increase of carbon content in composite. In the potential range of 3.0–4.3 V, the composite synthesized at 800 °C for 10 h with 10% carbon content shows the highest discharge capacity of 128 mAh g−1 at 0.1C, which is nearly close to the theoretical capacity, and it remains fairly stable (more than 126 mAh g−1) even after the 20th cycles. Based on the results from the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis, the apparent diffusion coefficients of Li ions in the composite materials are between 1.82 × 10−10 and 3.79 × 10−9 cm2 s−1, which are much higher than those of olivine LiFePO4. - Highlights: • As a cathode material, Li3V2(PO4)3/C was successfully synthesized by polyol method. • Impacts of synthesis temperature, holding time and carbon content were studied. • Electrochemical performance of Li3V2(PO4)3 was affected by particle morphology and size. • Li3V2(PO4)3/10% C shows the highest discharge capacity of 128 mAh g−1 at 0.1C. • Apparent diffusion coefficient of Li ions of Li3V2(PO4)3 is higher than that of LiFePO4

  6. High-performance p-n heterojunction photodetectors based on V2O5 nanorods by spray pyrolysis

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    Abd-Alghafour, N. M.; Ahmed, Naser. M.; Hassan, Z.; Bououdina, M.

    2016-09-01

    V2O5 heterojunction photodetector was fabricated onto Si(100) substrate using spray pyrolysis technique. Vanadium chloride (VCl3) precursor with 0.05 M concentration was used to prepare V2O5 thin film. The structural, morphological, and optical properties of V2O5 thin film were investigated. High-resolution X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of V2O5 thin film with a preferred orientation along (110) plane. Morphological observations using field emission scanning electron microscope displayed the formation of thin film with rod-like nanostructure. The optical properties examined by photoluminescence spectroscopy indicated a high-intensity visible peak centered around 530 nm. Current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of the fabricated device under visible light exhibited low dark current and high photocurrent of 540 μA at 3 V bias voltages. Upon exposure to 560 nm visible light (24 mW/cm2) at 3 V, the device displayed a good sensitivity of 20.16 × 102. In addition, the internal gain of the photodiode was 21.16, and the photoresponse peak was 50 mA/W. The rise and recovery times of the photodiode were calculated to be 0.127 and 0.526 s under visible light (560 nm, 24 mW/cm2), respectively, at 3 V.

  7. Corrosion performance of heat resistant alloys in Na2SO4-V2O5 molten salts

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    The corrosion resistant of three heat resistant alloys in molten vanadium pentoxide (V2O5), sodium sulfate (Na2SO4) and 80(mol%) V2O5-20Na2SO4 has been evaluated using the weight loss technique. Materials included Fe-25Cr-35Ni-0.45C, Fe-35Cr-45Ni with 0.12 and 0.45C alloys. Temperatures included 600, 700 and 800 deg. C for V2O5 and the 80V2O5-20Na2SO4 mixture, and 800, 900 and 1000 deg. C for Na2SO4. The tests were supplemented by detailed electronic microscopy and microanalysis studies. In all cases, the least resistant alloy was the Fe-25Cr-35Ni-0.45C one whereas the most resistant was the Fe-35Cr-45Ni-0.12C one. The results are discussed in terms of the acidic dissolution of the external protective Cr2O3, Al2O3 and SiO2 layers, by the salts and internal sulfidation

  8. The co-effect of Sb and Nb on the SCR performance of the V2O5/TiO2 catalyst.

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    Du, Xuesen; Gao, Xiang; Fu, Yincheng; Gao, Feng; Luo, Zhongyang; Cen, Kefa

    2012-02-15

    The effect of the Sb and Nb additives on the V(2)O(5)/TiO(2) catalyst for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with NH(3) was investigated. The experimental results show that either Nb or Sb can improve the activity of V(2)O(5)/TiO(2) catalyst. Higher Nb loading led to higher N(2) selectivity. The co-doping of Sb and Nb showed higher improving effect than the single doping of Sb or Nb. The V(2)O(5)/TiO(2) catalyst doped with Sb and Nb had a better H(2)O resistance than the V(2)O(5)/TiO(2) catalyst. The addition of Sb and Nb also enhance the resistance of the V(2)O(5)/TiO(2) catalyst to K(2)O poisoning. The catalysts were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM, and XPS. The results showed that the active components of V, Sb, and Nb were well interacting with each other. The coexistence of Sb and Nb will enhance the redox ability and surface acidity and thus promote the SCR performance.

  9. Bio-assisted synthesis of mesoporous Li3V2(PO4)3 for high performance lithium-ion batteries

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    He, W.; Zhang, X.D.; Du, X.Y.;

    2013-01-01

    The mesoporous biocarbon coated Li3V2(PO4)3(MBC-LVP) cathode material is synthesized by abiotemplate-assisted sol–gel reaction process using low-cost beer waste brewing yeasts (BWBYs) as bothstructural template and biocarbon source. The structure and electrochemical performances of MBC-LVPwere in...

  10. 空心聚吡咯/V2O5复合材料的制备及其电化学性能%Preparation and electrochemical performance of hollow-spherical polypyrrole/V2O5 composite

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    王远洪; 刘恒; 朱丁; 郭再萍; 刘华坤; 窦诗学

    2011-01-01

    为改善晶态V2O5 (c-V2O5)正极材料实际容量较低、循环性能较差等问题,制备了空心球聚吡咯/V205复合材料.利用导电吡咯单体(Py)在中空型V2O5层间发生原位氧化聚合反应制备聚吡咯(PPy)/中空型V2O5复合材料( HS-PPy/V2O5).采用X射线衍射仪(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、透射电镜(TEM)对样品进行表征,采用恒流充放电测试和电化学阻抗(EIS)测试样品的电化学性能.结果表明,Py单体己插入中空型V2O5层间,与纯中空型V2O5相比,制备的HS-PPY/V2O5复合材料比容量虽然有所减小,但是循环稳定性有较大的提高.

  11. Study on structure and electrochemical performance of Tm3+-doped monoclinic Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Tm3+-doped Li3V2(PO4)3/C has been firstly synthesized by a solid-state reaction. • Tm3+-doping can enhance the structural stability and electrical conductivity. • The high rate capability and cycling stability are improved after Tm3+-doping. - Abstract: Monoclinic Li3V2-xTmx(PO4)3/C with different Tm3+-doping contents (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) have been successfully synthesized for the first time via a conventional solid-state reaction. The effect of Tm3+-doping on the crystalline structure, morphology and electrochemical performance of Li3V2(PO4)3/C has been investigated in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrochemical measurements. The same phase-pure monoclinic structure of Tm3+-doped Li3V2(PO4)3/C sample can be obtained from XRD results while the particle size is smaller than that of pristine Li3V2(PO4)3/C. The Li3V1.97Tm0.03(PO4)3/C composite exhibits the most excellent electrochemical performance among all the samples. In the voltage range of 3.0–4.8 V, the Li3V1.97Tm0.03(PO4)3/C sample delivers a very high initial discharge capacity of 181.2 mAhg−1 at 0.1 C, significantly higher than that of pristine Li3V2(PO4)3/C (170.1 mAhg−1). Moreover, it can still deliver a discharge capacity of 141 mAhg−1 and 123.3 mAhg−1 at 5.0 and 10.0 C, respectively, and sustain 95.2% and 93.4% of capacity retention after 20 cycles. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results demonstrate that the reversibility of pristine Li3V2(PO4)3/C is enhanced and the charge-transfer resistance is reduced after Tm3+-doping at V sites. These improved electrochemical performance can be contributed to the appropriate addition of Tm3+-doping in Li3V2(PO4)3/C system by enhancing structural stability and electrical conductivity

  12. V2:Performance of the solid deuterium ultra-cold neutron source at the pulsed reactor TRIGA Mainz

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    Karch, J.; Sobolev, Yu.; M. Beck; Eberhardt, K.; Hampel, G.; Heil, W.; Kieser, R.; Reich, T.; Trautmann, N.; Ziegner, M.

    2013-01-01

    The performance of the solid deuterium ultra-cold neutron source at the pulsed reactor TRIGA Mainz with a maximum peak energy of 10 MJ is described. The solid deuterium converter with a volume of V=160 cm3 (8 mol), which is exposed to a thermal neutron fluence of 4.5x10^13 n/cm2, delivers up to 550 000 UCN per pulse outside of the biological shield at the experimental area. UCN densities of ~ 10/cm3 are obtained in stainless steel bottles of V ~ 10 L resulting in a storage efficiency of ~20%....

  13. Novel Rechargeable M3V2(PO4)3//Zinc (M = Li, Na) Hybrid Aqueous Batteries with Excellent Cycling Performance

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    Zhao, H. B.; Hu, C. J.; Cheng, H. W.; Fang, J. H.; Xie, Y. P.; Fang, W. Y.; Doan, T. N. L.; Hoang, T. K. A.; Xu, J. Q.; Chen, P.

    2016-05-01

    A rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery (ReHAB) containing NASICON-type M3V2(PO4)3 (M = Li, Na) as the cathodes and Zinc metal as the anode, working in Li2SO4-ZnSO4 aqueous electrolyte, has been studied. Both of Li3V2(PO4)3 and Na3V2(PO4)3 cathodes can be reversibly charge/discharge with the initial discharge capacity of 128 mAh g‑1 and 96 mAh g‑1 at 0.2C, respectively, with high up to 84% of capacity retention ratio after 200 cycles. The electrochemical assisted ex-XRD confirm that Li3V2(PO4)3 and Na3V2(PO4)3 are relative stable in aqueous electrolyte, and Na3V2(PO4)3 showed more complicated electrochemical mechanism due to the co-insertion of Li+ and Na+. The effect of pH of aqueous electrolyte and the dendrite of Zn on the cycling performance of as designed MVP/Zn ReHABs were investigated, and weak acidic aqueous electrolyte with pH around 4.0–4.5 was optimized. The float current test confirmed that the designed batteries are stable in aqueous electrolytes. The MVP//Zn ReHABs could be a potential candidate for future rechargeable aqueous battery due to their high safety, fast dynamic speed and adaptable electrochemical window. Moreover, this hybrid battery broadens the scope of battery material research from single-ion-involving to double-ions -involving rechargeable batteries.

  14. A distributed computing approach to improve the performance of the Parallel Ocean Program (v2.1

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The Parallel Ocean Program (POP is used in many strongly eddying ocean circulation simulations. Ideally one would like to do thousand-year long simulations, but the current performance of POP prohibits this type of simulations. In this work, using a new distributed computing approach, two innovations to improve the performance of POP are presented. The first is a new block partitioning scheme for the optimization of the load balancing of POP such that it can be run efficiently in a multi-platform setting. The second is an implementation of part of the POP model code on Graphics Processing Units. We show that the combination of both innovations leads to a substantial performance increase also when running POP simultaneously over multiple computational platforms.

  15. A distributed computing approach to improve the performance of the Parallel Ocean Program (v2.1

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    Full Text Available The Parallel Ocean Program (POP is used in many strongly eddying ocean circulation simulations. Ideally it would be desirable to be able to do thousand-year-long simulations, but the current performance of POP prohibits these types of simulations. In this work, using a new distributed computing approach, two methods to improve the performance of POP are presented. The first is a block-partitioning scheme for the optimization of the load balancing of POP such that it can be run efficiently in a multi-platform setting. The second is the implementation of part of the POP model code on graphics processing units (GPUs. We show that the combination of both innovations also leads to a substantial performance increase when running POP simultaneously over multiple computational platforms.

  16. Bio-assisted synthesis of mesoporous Li3V2(PO4)3 for high performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We present a biomimetic way for obtaining mesoporous biocarbon coated Li3V2(PO4)3 (MBC-LVP). • This method is to apply yeasts as a structural template and a biocarbon source. • The MBC-LVP has uniform particles and fine biocarbon coating network structure. • The MBC-LVP exhibits outstanding electrochemical performances. - Abstract: The mesoporous biocarbon coated Li3V2(PO4)3 (MBC-LVP) cathode material is synthesized by a biotemplate-assisted sol–gel reaction process using low-cost beer waste brewing yeasts (BWBYs) as both structural template and biocarbon source. The structure and electrochemical performances of MBC-LVP were investigated using Raman spectra, thermogravimetric measurements (TGA), adsorption–desorption isotherms and pore-size-distribution curves, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM and HRTEM), and electrochemical methods. The results show that the MBC-LVP synthesized at 750 °C has a hierarchical nanostructure, which consist of Li3V2(PO4)3 crystal nanoparticles and amorphous biocarbons network (11.5%) with hierarchical mesoporous structures (slit shape mesopores, open wormlike mesopores and plugged mesopores). This hierarchical nanostructure facilitates electron and lithium ion diffusion. The MBC-LVP electrode has high discharge capacity (about 205 mAh g−1) at a current density of 0.2 C in the voltage region of 3.0–4.8 V and the diffusion coefficient of Li+-ions determined by CV and EIS is higher than those of olivine LiFePO4. We have revealed the formation mechanism of MBC-LVP, the possible lithium pathways in the MBC-LVP and established a relation between the structure and the ionic and electronic transport properties

  17. Characterization and performance of V2Os/CeO2 for NH3-SCR of NO at low temperatures

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    Caiting LI; Qun LI; Pei LU; Huafei CU11; Guangming ZENG

    2012-01-01

    A series of CeO2 supported V205 catalysts with various loadings were prepared with different calcination temperatures by the incipient impregnation. The catalysts were evaluated for low temperature selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with ammonia (NH3). The effects of 02 and SO2 on catalytic activity were also studied. The catalysts were characterized by specific surface areas (SBET) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The experimental results showed that NO conversion changed significantly with the different V205 loading and calcination temperature. With the V205 loading increasing from 0 to 10wt%, NO conversion increased significantly, but decreased at higher loading. The optimum calcination temperature was 400℃. The best catalyst yielded above 80% NO conversion in the reaction temperature range of 160℃-300℃. The formation of CeVO4 on the surface of catalysts caused the decrease of redox ability.

  18. A High-Performance Numerical Library for Solving Eigenvalue Problems: FEAST Solver v2.0 User's Guide

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    Polizzi, Eric

    2012-01-01

    The FEAST solver package is a free high-performance numerical library for solving the standard or generalized eigenvalue problem, and obtaining all the eigenvalues and eigenvectors within a given search interval. It is based on an innovative fast and stable numerical algorithm presented in Phys. Rev B Vol.79, p115112 (2009) - named the FEAST algorithm - which deviates fundamentally from the traditional Krylov subspace iteration based techniques (Arnoldi and Lanczos algorithms) or other Davidson-Jacobi techniques. The FEAST algorithm takes its inspiration from the density-matrix representation and contour integration technique in quantum mechanics. It is free from orthogonalization procedures, and its main computational tasks consist of solving very few inner independent linear systems with multiple right-hand sides and one reduced eigenvalue problem orders of magnitude smaller than the original one. The FEAST algorithm combines simplicity and efficiency and offers many important capabilities for achieving hig...

  19. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Performance of the ViroSeq® HIV-1 Genotyping System v2.0 in Central Africa.

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    Mouafo, Linda Chapdeleine Mekue; Péré, Hélène; Ndjoyi-Mbiguino, Angélique; Koyalta, Donato; Longo, Jean De Dieu; Mbopi-Kéou, François-Xavier; Kane, Coumba Toure; Bélec, Laurent

    2015-01-01

    Resistance genotypes in pol gene of HIV-1 were obtained by the ViroSeq(®) HIV-1 Genotyping System v2.0 (Celera Diagnostics, Alameda, CA, USA) in 138 of 145 (95%) antiretroviral treatment-experienced adults in virological failure living in Central Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon). HIV-1 group M exhibited broad genetic diversity. Performance of the 7 ViroSeq(®) sequencing primers showed high failure rate, from 3% to 76% (D: 76%; F: 17%; A and H: 15%; G and B: 4%; C: 3%). These findings emphasize the need of updating the ViroSeq(®) HIV-1 genotyping system for non-B subtypes HIV-1.

  20. Substrate-free fabrication of self-supported V2O5 nanobelt arrays by a low-temperature solvothermal method with high electrochemical performance

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    Xu, Haitao; Zhang, Huijuan; Liu, Li; Fang, Ling; Wang, Yu

    2016-08-01

    In the designed synthesis, self-supported NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were prepared via a low-temperature solvothermal method. Then the NH4V3O8 nanobelt arrays were calcined in air atmosphere. Finally, a self-supported pattern of oriented V2O5 nanobelts was obtained for the first time. Further characterization methods certified that the growth direction of NH4V3O8 nanobelts was perpendicular to the orientation plane of self-formed NH4V3O8 sheet-like substrates. As a result, the nanobelts should stretch easily on the sheet-like substrate in an oriented manner. We prove that the solvent of ethanol plays a key role in the reaction and crystal growth process. It balances the two competing oxolation and olation reactions. Furthermore, the unique pattern served as high performance a lithium-ion battery and supercapacitor. Overall, the excellent electrochemical performances, for example, outstanding rate stability, remarkable cycling capacitance and ultrahigh capacity verify that the self-supported alignments have great potential applications in lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors.

  1. Performance of V2O5-WO3-MoO3/TiO2 Catalyst for Selective Catalytic Reduction of NOx by NH3

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    GAO Yan; LUAN Tao; L(U) Tao; CHENG Kai; XU Hongming

    2013-01-01

    The V2O5-WO3-MoO3/TiO2 honeycomb catalyst was prepared with industrial grade chemicals.The structural and physico-chemical properties were analyzed with X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron micrograph (SEM) and mercury porosimetry.The NOx conversion and durability were investigated on a pilot plant test set under the actual operational conditions of a coal fired boiler.The catalyst monolith had good formability with mass percentage ofV: W: Mo: TiO2: fiber glass=1: 4.5: 4.5: 72: 18.Vanadium,tungsten and molybdenum species were highly dispersed on anatase TiO2 without causing the transformation of anatase TiO2 to rutile by calcining under a current of air at 450 ℃ for 4.5 h,but there were some degrees of crystal distortion.The catalyst particle sizes were almost uniform with close pile-up and the pore structure was regular with complete macro-pore formation and large specific surface area.The NOx conversion was sensitive to temperature but nearly insensitive to NH3.The catalyst showed strong adaptability to NOx concentration with activity above 80% in the range of 615-1640 mg·m-3.Within the range of 720-8640 h continuous operation,the NOx conversion dropped at a rate of about 1% reduction per 600 h.

  2. Corrosion Performance of AISI-309 Exposed to Molten Salts V2O5-Na2SO4 at 700°C Applying EIS and Rp Electrochemical Techniques

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion performance of AISI-309 exposed 5 days to molten salts 50 mol% V2O5-50 mol% Na2SO4 at 700°C is reported in this paper. Such evaluation was made using three electrochemical techniques: potentiodynamic polarization curve (PC, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, and linear polarization resistance (Rp. From PC, the Tafel slopes, Icorr, and Ecorr were obtained. From Nyquist and Bode plots, it was possible to determine two different stages; the first one showed just one loop, which indicated the initial formation of Cr2O3 layer over the metallic surface; after that, the dissolution of Cr2O3 formed a porous layer, which became part of the corrosion products; at the same time a NiO layer combined with sulfur was forming, which was suggested as the second stage, represented by two capacitive loops. EIS plots were in agreement with the physical characterization made from SEM and EDS analyses. Fitting of EIS experimental data allowed us to propose two electrical circuits, being in concordance with the corrosion stages. Parameters obtained from the simulation of EIS data are also reported. From the results, it was stated that AISI-309 suffered intergranular corrosion due to the presence of sulfur, which diffused to the metallic surface through a porous Cr2O3 layer.

  3. Impact of Support and Potassium-Poisoning on the V2O5-WO3/ZrO2 Catalyst Performance in Ammonia Oxidation

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    Due-Hansen, Johannes; Kustov, Arkadii; Christensen, Claus H.;

    2009-01-01

    A series of WO3-promoted zirconia supports were synthesized and calcined between 400 and 800C. Subsequently vanadium oxide was introduced to obtain 3.5 wt% V2O5. The influence of the calcination temperature and potassium-poisoning (K/V = 0.2, molar ratio) on the catalytic activity in the selective...

  4. Sensing Traffic Density Combining V2V and V2I Wireless Communications

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    Sanguesa, Julio A.; Barrachina, Javier; Fogue, Manuel; Garrido, Piedad; Martinez, Francisco J.; Cano, Juan-Carlos; Calafate, Carlos T.; Manzoni, Pietro

    2015-01-01

    Wireless technologies are making the development of new applications and services in vehicular environments possible since they enable mobile communication between vehicles (V2V), as well as communication between vehicles and infrastructure nodes (V2I). Usually, V2V communications are dedicated to the transmission of small messages mainly focused on improving traffic safety. Instead, V2I communications allow users to access the Internet and benefit from higher level applications. The combination of both V2V and V2I, known as V2X communications, can increase the benefits even further, thereby making intelligent transportation systems (ITS) a reality. In this paper, we introduce V2X-d, a novel architecture specially designed to estimate traffic density on the road. In particular, V2X-d exploits the combination of V2V and V2I communications. Our approach is based on the information gathered by sensors (i.e., vehicles and road side units (RSUs)) and the characteristics of the roadmap topology to accurately make an estimation of the instant vehicle density. The combination of both mechanisms improves the accuracy and coverage area of the data gathered, while increasing the robustness and fault tolerance of the overall approach, e.g., using the information offered by V2V communications to provide additional density information in areas where RSUs are scarce or malfunctioning. By using our collaborative sensing scheme, future ITS solutions will be able to establish adequate dissemination protocols or to apply more efficient traffic congestion reduction policies, since they will be aware of the instantaneous density of vehicles. PMID:26694405

  5. Sensing Traffic Density Combining V2V and V2I Wireless Communications.

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    Sanguesa, Julio A; Barrachina, Javier; Fogue, Manuel; Garrido, Piedad; Martinez, Francisco J; Cano, Juan-Carlos; Calafate, Carlos T; Manzoni, Pietro

    2015-12-16

    Wireless technologies are making the development of new applications and services in vehicular environments possible since they enable mobile communication between vehicles (V2V), as well as communication between vehicles and infrastructure nodes (V2I). Usually, V2V communications are dedicated to the transmission of small messages mainly focused on improving traffic safety. Instead, V2I communications allow users to access the Internet and benefit from higher level applications. The combination of both V2V and V2I, known as V2X communications, can increase the benefits even further, thereby making intelligent transportation systems (ITS) a reality. In this paper, we introduce V2X-d, a novel architecture specially designed to estimate traffic density on the road. In particular, V2X-d exploits the combination of V2V and V2I communications. Our approach is based on the information gathered by sensors (i.e., vehicles and road side units (RSUs)) and the characteristics of the roadmap topology to accurately make an estimation of the instant vehicle density. The combination of both mechanisms improves the accuracy and coverage area of the data gathered, while increasing the robustness and fault tolerance of the overall approach, e.g., using the information offered by V2V communications to provide additional density information in areas where RSUs are scarce or malfunctioning. By using our collaborative sensing scheme, future ITS solutions will be able to establish adequate dissemination protocols or to apply more efficient traffic congestion reduction policies, since they will be aware of the instantaneous density of vehicles.

  6. Sensing Traffic Density Combining V2V and V2I Wireless Communications

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    Julio A. Sanguesa

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Wireless technologies are making the development of new applications and services in vehicular environments possible since they enable mobile communication between vehicles (V2V, as well as communication between vehicles and infrastructure nodes (V2I. Usually, V2V communications are dedicated to the transmission of small messages mainly focused on improving traffic safety. Instead, V2I communications allow users to access the Internet and benefit from higher level applications. The combination of both V2V and V2I, known as V2X communications, can increase the benefits even further, thereby making intelligent transportation systems (ITS a reality. In this paper, we introduce V2X-d, a novel architecture specially designed to estimate traffic density on the road. In particular, V2X-d exploits the combination of V2V and V2I communications. Our approach is based on the information gathered by sensors (i.e., vehicles and road side units (RSUs and the characteristics of the roadmap topology to accurately make an estimation of the instant vehicle density. The combination of both mechanisms improves the accuracy and coverage area of the data gathered, while increasing the robustness and fault tolerance of the overall approach, e.g., using the information offered by V2V communications to provide additional density information in areas where RSUs are scarce or malfunctioning. By using our collaborative sensing scheme, future ITS solutions will be able to establish adequate dissemination protocols or to apply more efficient traffic congestion reduction policies, since they will be aware of the instantaneous density of vehicles.

  7. Sensing Traffic Density Combining V2V and V2I Wireless Communications.

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    Sanguesa, Julio A; Barrachina, Javier; Fogue, Manuel; Garrido, Piedad; Martinez, Francisco J; Cano, Juan-Carlos; Calafate, Carlos T; Manzoni, Pietro

    2015-01-01

    Wireless technologies are making the development of new applications and services in vehicular environments possible since they enable mobile communication between vehicles (V2V), as well as communication between vehicles and infrastructure nodes (V2I). Usually, V2V communications are dedicated to the transmission of small messages mainly focused on improving traffic safety. Instead, V2I communications allow users to access the Internet and benefit from higher level applications. The combination of both V2V and V2I, known as V2X communications, can increase the benefits even further, thereby making intelligent transportation systems (ITS) a reality. In this paper, we introduce V2X-d, a novel architecture specially designed to estimate traffic density on the road. In particular, V2X-d exploits the combination of V2V and V2I communications. Our approach is based on the information gathered by sensors (i.e., vehicles and road side units (RSUs)) and the characteristics of the roadmap topology to accurately make an estimation of the instant vehicle density. The combination of both mechanisms improves the accuracy and coverage area of the data gathered, while increasing the robustness and fault tolerance of the overall approach, e.g., using the information offered by V2V communications to provide additional density information in areas where RSUs are scarce or malfunctioning. By using our collaborative sensing scheme, future ITS solutions will be able to establish adequate dissemination protocols or to apply more efficient traffic congestion reduction policies, since they will be aware of the instantaneous density of vehicles. PMID:26694405

  8. pH值和螯合剂复合作用对正极材料Li3V2(PO4)3/C性能的影响%Influence of pH value and chelating reagent on performance of Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material

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    向伟; 唐艳; 王雁英; 钟本和; 方为茂; 刘恒; 郭孝东

    2013-01-01

    The Li3V2(PO4)3/C composite cathode material was synthesized via sol-gel method using three different chelating agents (citric acid,salicylic acid and polyacrylic acid) at pH value of 3 or 7.The crystal structure,morphology,specific surface area and electrochemical performance of the prepared samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),cyclic voltammetry (CV),electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge/discharge test.The results show that the effects of pH value on the performance of the prepared materials are greatly related to the chelating agents.With salicylic acid or polyacrylic acid as the chelating reagent,the structure,morphology and electrochemical performance of the samples are greatly influenced by the pH values.However,the structure of the materials with citric acid as the chelating agent does not change as pH value changes,and the materials own uniform particle size distribution and good electrochemical performance.It delivers an initial discharge capacity of 113.58 mA·h/g at 10C,remaining as high as 108.48 mA·h/g after 900 cycles,with a capacity retention of 95.51%.%使用不同的螯合剂(柠檬酸、水杨酸和聚丙烯酸)在不同的pH值条件下,采用溶胶-凝胶法合成Li3V2(PO4)3/C正极材料.通过X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、循环伏安(CV)、电化学阻抗谱(EIS)以及恒流充放电测试等方法,研究材料的结构、形貌及电化学性能.结果表明,pH值对材料性能的影响与所采用的螯合剂有很大的关系.当采用水杨酸和聚丙烯酸为螯合剂时,升高pH值对材料的结构、形貌和电化学性能有较大的负面影响.而采用柠檬酸为螯合剂时,材料结构无变化且颗粒分布更均匀,高倍率放电性能和循环性能也得到改善,10C首次放电容量为113.58 mA·h/g,循环900次后容量保持率为95.51%.

  9. Influences of C Sources on Performances of Cathode Material Li3V2 (PO4) 3 for Lithium-ion Battery%碳源对锂离子电池正极材料Li3V2(PO4)3性能的影响

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    刘丽英; 陈炼; 张海燕; 翟玉春

    2012-01-01

    Cathode material Li3 V2 ( PO4 ) 3 for lithium-ion battery was synthesized by combination of ball milling and carbothermal reduction, using citric acid, glucose and sucrose as carbon sources, respectively. The reaction mechanism of synthesis process was determined by TG-DTA analysis. Influences of different carbon sources on physical and electrochemical performances of as-prepared materials were also characterized through XRD, SEM and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests, etc. The results show that carbon sources had significant influences on morphology and electrochemical properties of Li3V2(PO4)3. All products had single phase crystal structures of Li3V2(PO4)3. With citric acid as carbon source, products had better electrochemical properties, the initial specific discharge capacities reached 153.0 mAh · g-1 and 130. 6 mAh · g-1 at 0. 1 C and 1 C rates, and capacity retentions were 95.0% and 96.63% after 50 cycles, respectively.%分别以柠檬酸、葡萄糖和蔗糖为碳源,采用球磨与碳热还原结合法制备了锂离子电池正极材料Li3V2(PO4)3/C.采用TG-DTA分析确定了合成过程的反应机理.通过XRD、SEM及恒电流充放电等测试研究了碳源对产物物理及电化学特性的影响.结果表明,碳源的选择对产物形貌和电化学性能影响较大.不同碳源制备的材料都具有单一相的Li3V2(PO4)3晶体结构,以柠檬酸为碳源制备的磷酸钒锂综合电化学性能较好,0.1C和1C条件下,首次放电容量分别为151.0 mAh·g-1和131.6 mAh·g-1,50次循环后容量保持率为95.0%和96.6%.

  10. Selectivity and tolerance for visual texture in macaque V2.

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    Ziemba, Corey M; Freeman, Jeremy; Movshon, J Anthony; Simoncelli, Eero P

    2016-05-31

    As information propagates along the ventral visual hierarchy, neuronal responses become both more specific for particular image features and more tolerant of image transformations that preserve those features. Here, we present evidence that neurons in area V2 are selective for local statistics that occur in natural visual textures, and tolerant of manipulations that preserve these statistics. Texture stimuli were generated by sampling from a statistical model, with parameters chosen to match the parameters of a set of visually distinct natural texture images. Stimuli generated with the same statistics are perceptually similar to each other despite differences, arising from the sampling process, in the precise spatial location of features. We assessed the accuracy with which these textures could be classified based on the responses of V1 and V2 neurons recorded individually in anesthetized macaque monkeys. We also assessed the accuracy with which particular samples could be identified, relative to other statistically matched samples. For populations of up to 100 cells, V1 neurons supported better performance in the sample identification task, whereas V2 neurons exhibited better performance in texture classification. Relative to V1, the responses of V2 show greater selectivity and tolerance for the representation of texture statistics. PMID:27173899

  11. Sputtering Deposition of Sandwich-Structured V2O5/Metal (V, W)/V2O5 Multilayers for the Preparation of High-Performance Thermally Sensitive VO2 Thin Films with Selectivity of VO2 (B) and VO2 (M) Polymorph.

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    Liu, Hengwu; Wan, Dongyun; Ishaq, Ahmad; Chen, Lanli; Guo, Beibei; Shi, Siqi; Luo, Hongjie; Gao, Yanfeng

    2016-03-01

    For specific application to an uncooled infrared detector, VO2 thin films should have a series of characteristics including purposefully chosen polymorphs, accurate stoichiometry, phase stabilization, a high temperature-coefficient of resistance (TCR), and suitable square-resistance. This work reports controllable preparation of high-performance VO2 films via post annealing of a sandwich-structured V2O5/metal (V, W)/V2O5 multilayer precursor, which was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. This sandwich structure can dynamically regulate oxygen contents and doping element levels in the films, enabling us to achieve accurate regulation of stoichiometry and polymorphs. The precursor films undergo a B to M phase transition depending on the quantity of the metal layers. At the thickness of the metal layer below a limitation, the resulting film after heat treatment was VO2 (B), and above the limitation, the product was VO2 (M). The optical modulation of the VO2 (M) in the near-infrared region can be tuned from 1.2 to 39.8% (ΔT2000 nm). TCR values can range from -1.89 to -4.29%/K and the square-resistances at room temperature (R0) from 69.68 to 12.63 kΩ. The simplicity in phase regulation of the present method and the superior optical and electrical properties of the films may allow its wide applications in thermo-opto-electro sensing devices.

  12. Off-stoichiometric Li3-3xV2+x(PO4)3/C as cathode materials for high-performance lithium-ion batteries

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    Sun, Pingping; Qin, Sai; Wang, Xiuzhen; An, Ruiyi; Xu, Qingyu; Cui, Xia; Sun, Yueming; Wang, Shuangbao; Wang, Peng; Fan, Qi

    2015-10-01

    High-rate and ultralong-life performance is one of the main objectives for the fast development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Here we present a highly efficient design of off-stoichiometric Li3-3xV2+x(PO4)3/C (x = 0-0.12) nanocomposites as cathode material. The nanocomposites are crystallized along with one-step method by in-situ carbonization. Among them, Li3-3xV2+x(PO4)3/C nanocomposites with x = 0.10 exhibit the most excellent performance. The initial discharge capacity is 131 mAh g-1 (theoretical capacity is 133 mAh g-1) when cycled at a rate of 0.5C in the range of 3.0-4.3 V, and 121.6 mAh g-1 at 10C. Even at 20C, it still delivers an initial discharge capacity of 92.5 mAh g-1, and a remarkable capacity of 85.1 mAh g-1 after 1000 cycles, corresponding to capacity retention of 92%. The excellent performance is attributed to the improved lithium ion mobility and electronic conductivity. Our work provides an efficient technique for the large-scale industrial production of Li3V2(PO4)3 for ultrafast rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

  13. Fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor arrays with hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 nanowires integrated with a SnO2 nanowire UV sensor

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    Kim, Daeil; Yun, Junyeong; Lee, Geumbee; Ha, Jeong Sook

    2014-09-01

    We report on the on-chip fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor (MSC) arrays with hybrid electrodes of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/V2O5 nanowire (NW) composites and a solid electrolyte, which could power the SnO2 NW UV sensor integrated on the same flexible substrate. The patterned MSC using hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 NW composites with 10 vol% of V2O5 NWs exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with a high volume capacitance of 80 F cm-3 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 in a PVA-LiCl electrolyte and good cycle performance to maintain 82% of the capacitance after 10 000 cycles at a current density of 11.6 A cm-3. The patterned MSC also showed an excellent energy density of 6.8 mW h cm-3, comparable to that of a Li-thin film battery (1-10 mW h cm-3), and a power density of 80.8 W cm-3 comparable to that of state-of-the-art MSCs. In addition, the flexible MSC array on a PET substrate showed mechanical stability over bending with a bending radius down to 1.5 mm under both compressive and tensile stress. Even after 1000 bending cycles at a bending radius of 7 mm, 94% of the initial capacitance was maintained. Furthermore, we have shown the operation of a SnO2 NW UV sensor using such a fabricated MSC array integrated into the same circuit on the PET substrate.We report on the on-chip fabrication of high performance flexible micro-supercapacitor (MSC) arrays with hybrid electrodes of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/V2O5 nanowire (NW) composites and a solid electrolyte, which could power the SnO2 NW UV sensor integrated on the same flexible substrate. The patterned MSC using hybrid electrodes of MWNT/V2O5 NW composites with 10 vol% of V2O5 NWs exhibited excellent electrochemical performance with a high volume capacitance of 80 F cm-3 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 in a PVA-LiCl electrolyte and good cycle performance to maintain 82% of the capacitance after 10 000 cycles at a current density of 11.6 A cm-3. The patterned MSC also

  14. 锰掺杂对锂离子电池正极材料Li3V2(PO4)3/C性能的影响%Effect of Mn-doping on performance of Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material for lithium ion batteries

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    翟静; 赵敏寿; 王丹丹

    2011-01-01

    采用溶胶-凝胶法合成Li3V2-2/3xMnx(PO4)3(0≤x≤0.12).采用XRD、SEM、XPS、恒流充放电和电化学阻抗谱(EIS)研究Mn掺杂对Li3v2(PO4)3/C结构和电化学性能的影响.XRD研究表明:掺杂少量的Mn2+不会影响材料的结构,所有样品均具有单一相态的单斜结构(P21/n空间群).XPS分析表明:在Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C中,V和Mn的化合价分别为+3和+2,原料中的柠檬酸在煅烧过程中分解成C而残留在Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C中.电化学测试表明:掺杂Mn改善了电极材料的循环性能和倍率性能,正极材料Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C表现出最好的循环稳定性和倍率性能.在40 mA/g的放电电流密度下,循环100次后,Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C的放电容量从158.8mA·h/g衰减到120.5 mA·h/g,容量保持率为75.9%,而未掺杂样品的放电容量从164.2 mA·h/g衰减到72.6 mA·h/g,容量保持率为44.2%.当放电电流密度增加到lC时,Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C的初始放电容量仍能达到146.4mA·h/g,循环100次后,放电容量保持为107.5 mA·h/g.EIS测试表明,掺杂适量的Mn2+减小了电荷转移阻抗,这有利于Li+的脱嵌.%Li3V2-2/3xMnx(PO4)3(0≤x≤0.12) powders were synthesized by sol-gel method. The effect of Mn2+-doping on the structure and electrochemical performances of Li3V2(PO4)3/C was characterized by XRD,SEM,XPS,galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(ElS). The XRD study shows that a small amount of Mn2+-doped does not alter the structure of Li3V2(PO4)3/C materials,and all Mn2+-doped samples are of pure single phase with a monoclinic structure (space group P21/n).The XPS analysis indicates that valences state of V and Mn are +3 and +2 in Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)3/C,respectively,and the citric acid in raw materials was decomposed into carbon during calcination,and residual carbon exists in Li3V1.94Mn0.09(PO4)/C. The results of electrochemical measurements show that Mn2+-doping can improve the cyclic stability and rate

  15. Synthesis of Mesoporous V2O5-CeO2/SBA-15 Catalysts and Their Performance in Catalytic Combustion of Chlorobenzene%v2O5-CeO/SBA-15催化剂的制备及氯苯催化燃烧的性能研究

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    李辉; 屈钦; 刘善堂

    2011-01-01

    以介孔分子筛SBA-15为载体,采用等体积浸渍法分别制备了不同V负载量(4%- 15%(质量分数))的V2O5/SBA-15及经过铈掺杂后的V2O5-CeO2/SBA-15催化剂,考察了催化剂对氯苯的催化燃烧性能,用XRD,UV-vis,SEM和TEM对催化剂进行了表征.活性评价结果表明,当V质量分数在10%时的V2O5/SBA-15催化剂对氯苯催化燃烧性能最好,在掺杂10%的稀土Ce后,催化燃烧氯苯的活性得到明显提高.表征结果表明,V2O5和CeO2均分散在SBA-15的孔道骨架上,没有破坏SBA-15的中孔结构.%The catalytic oxidation of chlorobenzene was investigated on V2O5/SBA-15 and V2O5-CeO2/ SBA-15 catalysts. These catalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM and UV-vis spectroscopy. The pure ordered hexagonal mesoporous silica SBA-15 was used as a support for preparing dispersed vanadium and cerium containing catalysts. The V2O5/SBA-15 samples with different V loading (4%~15%) and cerium doped V2O5/SBA-15 catalyst were prepared byincipient wetness impregnation. The catalytic combustion of chlorobenzene was investigated on V2O5/SBA-15 and V2O5-CeO2/SBA-15 catalysts. The V2O5/ SBA-15 catalysts containing 10% V showed the highest activity for the catalytic combustion of chlorobenzene. When 10% Ce was added into V( 10% )/SBA-15 catalyst, the conversion of chlorobenzene was obviously increased. The characterization showed that V2O5 and CeO2 could enter SBA-15 framework.

  16. 2-minute Gridded Global Relief Data (ETOPO2) v2

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Two-minute gridded global relief for both ocean and land areas are available in the ETOPO2v2 (2006) database. ETOPO2v2 replaced ETOPO2 (2001). The historic 2-minute...

  17. AdapterRemoval v2

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    Schubert, Mikkel; Lindgreen, Stinus; Orlando, Ludovic

    2016-01-01

    process the growing amount of data generated per sequencing run. FINDINGS: We introduce AdapterRemoval v2, a major revision of AdapterRemoval v1, which introduces (i) striking improvements in throughput, through the use of single instruction, multiple data (SIMD; SSE1 and SSE2) instructions and multi......-threading support, (ii) the ability to handle datasets containing reads or read-pairs with different adapters or adapter pairs, (iii) simultaneous demultiplexing and adapter trimming, (iv) the ability to reconstruct adapter sequences from paired-end reads for poorly documented data sets, and (v) native gzip and...... bzip2 support. CONCLUSIONS: We show that AdapterRemoval v2 compares favorably with existing tools, while offering superior throughput to most alternatives examined here, both for single and multi-threaded operations....

  18. Co-modification of nitrogen-doped graphene and carbon on Li3V2(PO4)3 particles with excellent long-term and high-rate performance for lithium storage

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    Ren, Manman; Yang, Mingzhi; Liu, Weiliang; Li, Mei; Su, Liwei; Wu, Xianbin; Wang, Yuanhao

    2016-09-01

    In this work, N-doped graphene and carbon co-modified Li3V2(PO4)3 composites (LVP/NGC) are successfully fabricated through a xerogel method for the first time. The obtained architecture combines two types of electronic contact with Li3V2(PO4)3 particles: the point-to-face contact of N-doped graphene and the face-to-face contact of N-doped carbon coating layers. Profiting from the favorable complex structure, graphene and carbon coating layers offer an extraordinary network for electron transfer and hence an excellent long-term and high-rate performance. Even tested at the rate of 40 C, the reversible capacity still maintains 86.9 mAh g-1 after 800 cycles without any fading. This work provides a promising route to improve the long-term and high-rate performance of cathodes for LIBs and enlightens us on exploring preferable strategies to develop advanced electrode materials for other energy storage devices.

  19. ITER concept definition. V.2

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    Volume II of the two volumes describing the concept definition of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor deals with the ITER concept in technical depth, and covers all areas of design of the ITER tokamak. Included are an assessment of the current database for design, scoping studies, rationale for concepts selection, performance flexibility, the ITER concept, the operations and experimental/testing program, ITER parameters and design phase schedule, and research and development specific to ITER. This latter includes a definition of specific research and development tasks, a division of tasks among members, specific milestones, required results, and schedules. Figs and tabs

  20. Engineering sciences area and module performance and failure analysis area

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    Ross, R. G., Jr.; Runkle, L. D.

    1982-01-01

    Photovoltaic-array/power-conditioner interface studies are updated. An experiment conducted to evaluate different operating-point strategies, such as constant voltage and pilot cells, and to determine array energy losses when the array is operated off the maximum power points is described. Initial results over a test period of three and a half weeks showed a 2% energy loss when the array is operated at a fixed voltage. Degraded-array studies conducted at NE RES that used a range of simulated common types of degraded I-V curves are reviewed. The instrumentation installed at the JPL field-test site to obtain the irradiance data was described. Experiments using an optical filter to adjust the spectral irradiance of the large-area pulsed solar simulator (LAPSS) to AM1.5 are described. Residential-array research activity is reviewed. Voltage isolation test results are described. Experiments performed on one type of module to determine the relationship between leakage current and temperature are reviewed. An encapsulated-cell testing approach is explained. The test program, data reduction methods, and initial results of long-duration module testing are described.

  1. AdapterRemoval v2

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    Schubert, Mikkel; Lindgreen, Stinus; Orlando, Ludovic Antoine Alexandre

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: As high-throughput sequencing platforms produce longer and longer reads, sequences generated from short inserts, such as those obtained from fossil and degraded material, are increasingly expected to contain adapter sequences. Efficient adapter trimming algorithms are also needed to...... process the growing amount of data generated per sequencing run. FINDINGS: We introduce AdapterRemoval v2, a major revision of AdapterRemoval v1, which introduces (i) striking improvements in throughput, through the use of single instruction, multiple data (SIMD; SSE1 and SSE2) instructions and multi......-threading support, (ii) the ability to handle datasets containing reads or read-pairs with different adapters or adapter pairs, (iii) simultaneous demultiplexing and adapter trimming, (iv) the ability to reconstruct adapter sequences from paired-end reads for poorly documented data sets, and (v) native gzip and...

  2. An Orientation Map for Motion Boundaries in Macaque V2.

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    Chen, Ming; Li, Peichao; Zhu, Shude; Han, Chao; Xu, Haoran; Fang, Yang; Hu, Jiaming; Roe, Anna W; Lu, Haidong D

    2016-01-01

    The ability to extract the shape of moving objects is fundamental to visual perception. However, where such computations are processed in the visual system is unknown. To address this question, we used intrinsic signal optical imaging in awake monkeys to examine cortical response to perceptual contours defined by motion contrast (motion boundaries, MBs). We found that MB stimuli elicit a robust orientation response in area V2. Orientation maps derived from subtraction of orthogonal MB stimuli aligned well with the orientation maps obtained with luminance gratings (LGs). In contrast, area V1 responded well to LGs, but exhibited a much weaker orientation response to MBs. We further show that V2 direction domains respond to motion contrast, which is required in the detection of MB in V2. These results suggest that V2 represents MB information, an important prerequisite for shape recognition and figure-ground segregation. PMID:25260703

  3. Preparation and Electrochemical Performance of S- V2O5 Composite Cathodematerials for Lithium/Sulfur Batteries%锂硫二次电池S-V2O5正极复合材料的制备及其电化学性能

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    彭代江

    2011-01-01

    采用不同化学计量比的单质硫和五氧化二钒合成复合材料,应用XRD和SEM表征观察硫-五氧化二钒复合材料,循环伏安、交流阻抗和电池充放电测试材料的电化学性能.结果表明:n(S):n(V2O5)为5:1时具有较好的电化学性能,首次放电比容量为396.7 mAh·g-1,以0.1 C倍率循环20次后的容量为350 mAh·g-1.%A composite is synthesized by heating different stoichiometric mixture of element sulfur (S) and vanadium pentoxide (V2O5 ). The sulfur-vanadium pentoxide composites are characterized by X-ray diffraction and SEM. The electrochemical property is characterized by cyclic voltammetry ( CV), A. C. impedance and constant current charge and discharge. It reveals that n(S):n( V2O5 ) at 5:1 stoichiometric mixture exhibite a good electrochemical property with initial discharge capacity up to 396. 7 mAh · g-1 after 20 cycles.

  4. Electrochemical performance of mixed valence Na3V2O2x(PO4)2F3-2x/C as cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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    Serras, Paula; Palomares, Verónica; Goñi, Aintzane; Kubiak, Pierre; Rojo, Teófilo

    2013-11-01

    A composite made of a mixed-valence sodium-vanadium fluorophosphate and 6.4% wt. carbon, Na3V2O2x(PO4)2F3-2x/C (0 oxidation state of vanadium in the phase. Morphological and texture analyses showed that carbon forms a network surrounding the particles, leading to a mesoporous composite with a high specific area of 67 m2 g-1. Electrochemical characterization conducted in Swagelok cells by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic cycling indicated that sodium extraction/insertion proceeds through a complex mechanism in two voltage pseudo-plateaux at 3.6 and 4.1 V vs. Na/Na+. Rate capability of the material ranges from specific capacities of 100 mAh g-1 at C/20 to 75 mAh g-1 at 5C. Cycling stability at 1C showed coulombic efficiency higher than 99% and capacity retention of 95% after 200 cycles.

  5. Carbon-coated Li3V2(PO4)3 as insertion type electrode for lithium-ion hybrid electrochemical capacitors: An evaluation of anode and cathodic performance

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    Satish, Rohit; Aravindan, Vanchiappan; Ling, Wong Chui; Madhavi, Srinivasan

    2015-05-01

    We first report the possible utilization of carbon-coated Li3V2(PO4)3 (LVP-C) phase as insertion type anode and cathode in Lithium-ion hybrid electrochemical capacitor (Li-HEC) applications with activated carbon (AC) counter electrode. Conventional sol-gel technique is utilized to prepare LVP-C and characterized by various techniques like powder X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Li-cycling studies are performed in half-cell assembly to evaluate the optimum mass loading for the fabrication of Li-HEC. A reversible capacity of ∼125 and ∼91 mAh g-1 is noted (current density of 100 mA g-1) when LVP-C is employed as cathode (3-4.3 V vs. Li) and anode (1-3 V vs. Li), respectively. Li-HEC is constructed in an organic electrolyte and tested in two configurations, using LVP-C as positive electrode and AC as the negative electrode (LVP-C/AC) and the second one composed of AC as the positive electrode and LVP-C as the negative electrode (AC/LVP-C). The LVP-C/AC and AC/LVP-C Li-HECs delivered maximum energy densities of ∼27 and ∼25 Wh kg-1, respectively.

  6. Ionic conduction in different hydrated V2O5 film

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    Saatci, A. Evrim; Gökdemir, F. Pınar; Menda, U. Deneb; Kavak, Pelin; Özdemir, Orhan; Kutlu, Kubilay

    2012-09-01

    Because of the layered structure of vanadium pentoxide films (V2O5), approved by XRD measurement, sensitized from different hydrated V2O5.nH2O sols, demonstrated anisotropic conductivities in current voltage (I-V) measurement. Conductivity values, originated from electronic and ionic conductions, differed provided that measurements were performed in a direction parallel to the ribbons rather than perpendicular to them. The overall electrical conductivity of V2O5nH2O sols mainly depended on the hydration state n and the amount of reduced V4+ ions in which n was determined around 4-6 [1] from the basal distance (17.6 Å) through XRD measurement while V4+ ions were determined through FTIR analysis. Electronic conduction prevailed in dehydrated V2O50.5H2O sols whereas non-stoichiometric vanadium pentoxide was a mixed-valence compound and its electronic properties arised from electron hopping between V4+ and V5+ ions so-called "small polaron model". Indeed, reduction/oxidation peaks in lithium (Li+) intercalation by cyclic voltammograms (CV) indicated the V4+ and V5+ ions in V2O5 sols. Temperature dependent I-V analysis showed Arheniuss type activation energy, EA, and located in between 0.3-0.5 eV; proposing ionic conduction rather than electronic conduction, specifically proton diffusion in V2O5 film. Indeed, hydration state greater than 0.5 predicted ionic conduction [1].

  7. Body Area Networks performance analysis using UWB.

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    Fatehy, Mohammed; Kohno, Ryuji

    2013-01-01

    The successful realization of a Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) using Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology supports different medical and consumer electronics (CE) applications but stand in a need for an innovative solution to meet the different requirements of these applications. Previously, we proposed to use adaptive processing gain (PG) to fulfill the different QoS requirements of these WBAN applications. In this paper, interference occurred between two different BANs in a UWB-based system has been analyzed in terms of acceptable ratio of overlapping between these BANs' PG providing the required QoS for each BAN. The first BAN employed for a healthcare device (e.g. EEG, ECG, etc.) with a relatively longer spreading sequence is used and the second customized for entertainment application (e.g. wireless headset, wireless game pad, etc.) where a shorter spreading code is assigned. Considering bandwidth utilization and difference in the employed spreading sequence, the acceptable ratio of overlapping between these BANs should fall between 0.05 and 0.5 in order to optimize the used spreading sequence and in the meantime satisfying the required QoS for these applications. PMID:24109913

  8. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication.

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    Kim, Jai-Eun; Kim, Ji-Won; Park, Youngil; Kim, Ki-Doo

    2016-04-23

    In this paper, we analyze the applicability of color-space-based, color-independent visual-MIMO for V2X. We aim to achieve a visual-MIMO scheme that can maintain the original color and brightness while performing seamless communication. We consider two scenarios of GCM based visual-MIMO for V2X. One is a multipath transmission using visual-MIMO networking and the other is multi-node V2X communication. In the scenario of multipath transmission, we analyze the channel capacity numerically and we illustrate the significance of networking information such as distance, reference color (symbol), and multiplexing-diversity mode transitions. In addition, in the V2X scenario of multiple access, we may achieve the simultaneous multiple access communication without node interferences by dividing the communication area using image processing. Finally, through numerical simulation, we show the superior SER performance of the visual-MIMO scheme compared with LED-PD communication and show the numerical result of the GCM based visual-MIMO channel capacity versus distance.

  9. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Silver Vanadium Oxide (Ag0.35V2O5) Nanobelts for Sensing Amines

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    Fu, Haitao; Xie, Hui; Yang, Xiaohong; An, Xizhong; Jiang, Xuchuan; Yu, Aibing

    2015-10-01

    A simple hydrothermal method for the synthesis of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts with the assistance of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is reported in this study. The experimental variables that may affect the nanoparticle structures were investigated. And several advanced techniques, such as TEM, HRTEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), were used to characterize the morphology and composition of the as-prepared nanobelts. The mechanism of the formation and growth of Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts was also investigated and discussed. The results show that SDS, as a weak reducing agent, plays a crucial role in the formation of Ag0.35V2O5. According to N2 sorption isothermals, the as-prepared Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts are found to exhibit relative high surface area. The gas sensing performance of the Ag0.35V2O5 nanobelts towards organic amine was tested. It is found that the nanobelts show superior sensitivity of amine(s) to V2O5 particles, lower detection limit (5 ppm), and higher selectivity of amine versus ammonia at an optimized working temperature of ~260 °C. Moreover, the density functional theory (DFT) simulation was conducted to better understand the sensing mechanism. These findings may be useful in designing promising materials to detect amine gases for medical or food industrial applications.

  10. Assembling of H5PW10V2O40/MCM-48 and studying its superior catalytic performance in the synthesis of 14-aryl-14-H-dibenzo[a, j]xanthenes

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    Reza Tayebee; Behrouz Maleki

    2013-03-01

    A highly efficient, green, and reusable heterogeneous catalytic system is introduced for the preparation of aryl-14-H-dibenzo[a,j]xanthenes via one-pot condensation of -naphthol with aryl-aldehydes by the mediation of a heterogeneous material composed of Keggin%-type tungsto-divanado-phosphoric acid, H5PW10V2O40, supported on MCM-48 under solvent-free condition. Excellent yields (85-100%), short reaction time (<60 min.), mild condition, simple work-up, and using a cheap and environmentally friendly catalyst bearing remarkable reusability are advantages of the present methodology. The catalytic efficacy of H5PW10V2O40/MCM-48 over some reported protocols are also overviewed.

  11. Saikosaponin v-2 from Bupleurum chinense

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    2001-01-01

    Saikosaponin v-2(1), was isolated from the roots of the title plant and the structure was identified on the basis of spectral analysis. Saikosaponin v-2 is a new compound, which was identified as 3b,16a,23,28-tetrahydroxy-olean-11,13(18)-dien-30-oic acid-3-O-b-D-glucopyrano- syl-(1?2)glucopyranosyl-(1?3)-b-D-fucopyranosyl-30-O-xylitol ester.

  12. An analysis of CDTN performance in the reactors technology area

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    The author makes an analysis of CDTN (Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear) performance in the reactors technology area, showing difficulties and failures, but emphasizing the particular competence and capacity acquired in this area, as for example: the capacity in codes and methods are of neutronic calculations and nuclear projects, experimental thermohydraulic program, tests services in components and the others. (C.M.)

  13. A feasibility Study: The Succinct Solver v2.0, XSB Prolog v2.6, and Flow-Logic Based Program Analysis for Carmel

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    Pilegaard, Henrik

    2003-01-01

    We perform a direct comparison of the {Succinct Solver v2.0} and {XSB Prolog v2.6} based on experiments with {Control Flow Analyses} of scalable {Discretionary Ambient programs} and {Carmel programs}. To facilitate this comparison we expand ALFP clauses accepted by the Succinct Solver into more...

  14. Hadoop MapReduce v2 cookbook

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    Gunarathne, Thilina

    2015-01-01

    If you are a Big Data enthusiast and wish to use Hadoop v2 to solve your problems, then this book is for you. This book is for Java programmers with little to moderate knowledge of Hadoop MapReduce. This is also a one-stop reference for developers and system admins who want to quickly get up to speed with using Hadoop v2. It would be helpful to have a basic knowledge of software development using Java and a basic working knowledge of Linux.

  15. WMOST v2 Case Study: Monponsett Ponds

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    This webinar presents an overview of the preliminary results of a case study application of EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool v2 (WMOST) for stakeholders in the Monponsett Ponds Watershed Workgroup. Monponsett Ponds is a large water system consisting of two ba...

  16. Bamboo-like Composites of V2O5/Polyindole and Activated Carbon Cloth as Electrodes for All-Solid-State Flexible Asymmetric Supercapacitors.

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    Zhou, Xi; Chen, Qiang; Wang, Anqi; Xu, Jian; Wu, Shishan; Shen, Jian

    2016-02-17

    A bamboo-like nanomaterial composed of V2O5/polyindole (V2O5/PIn) decorated onto the activated carbon cloth was fabricated for supercapacitors. The PIn could effectively enhance the electronic conductivity and prevent the dissolution of vanadium. And the activation of carbon cloth with functional groups is conducive to anchoring the V2O5 and improving surface area, which results in an enhancement of electrochemical performance and leads to a high specific capacitance of 535.5 F/g. Moreover, an asymmetric flexible supercapacitor based on V2O5/PIn@activate carbon cloth and reduced graphene oxide (rGO)@activate carbon cloth exhibits a high energy density (38.7 W h/kg) at a power density of 900 W/kg and good cyclic stability (capacitance retention of 91.1% after 5000 cycles). And the prepared device is shown to power the light-emitting diode bulbs efficiently. PMID:26796859

  17. Wavy channel transistor for area efficient high performance operation

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    Fahad, Hossain M.

    2013-04-05

    We report a wavy channel FinFET like transistor where the channel is wavy to increase its width without any area penalty and thereby increasing its drive current. Through simulation and experiments, we show the effectiveness of such device architecture is capable of high performance operation compared to conventional FinFETs with comparatively higher area efficiency and lower chip latency as well as lower power consumption.

  18. The performance of Chinese restaurants in Turku area

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    Li, Chuang

    2011-01-01

    Turku is one of the biggest cities in Finland. There are many Chinese immigrants inhabitant in Turku area, as a result, Chinese food become more and more popular in the area. And many Chinese restaurants started booming since 1990s. Chinese restaurants play an important role in restaurant business in Turku area as well. The purpose of my thesis is to research the potential problems/disadvantages when running a Chinese restaurant, and, if there are, how to improve the performance of a Chin...

  19. DEPOSITION VELOCITY ESTIMATION WITH THE GENII V2 SOFTWARE

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    Hutchins, H.

    2012-04-23

    In 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) Chief of Nuclear Safety and Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), with the support of industry experts in atmospheric sciences and accident dose consequences analysis, performed detailed analyses of the basis for the dry deposition velocity (DV) values used in the MACCS2 computer code. As a result of these analyses, DOE concluded that the historically used default DV values of 1 centimeter/second (cm/s) for unfiltered/unmitigated releases and 0.1 cm/s for filtered/mitigated releases may not be reasonably conservative for all DOE sites and accident scenarios. HSS recently issued Safety Bulletin 2011-02, Accident Analysis Parameter Update, recommending the use of the newly developed default DV, 0.1 cm/s for an unmitigated/unfiltered release. Alternatively site specific DV values can be developed using GENII version 2 (GENII v2) computer code. Key input parameters for calculating DV values include surface roughness, maximum wind speed for calm, particle size, particle density and meteorological data (wind speed and stability class). This paper will include reasonably conservative inputs, and a truncated parametric study. In lieu of the highly-conservative recommended DV value (0.1cm/s) for unmitigated/unfiltered release, GENII v2 has been used to justify estimated 95th percentile DV values. Also presented here are atmospheric dilution factors ({chi}/Q values) calculated with the MACCS2 code using the DV values form GENII v2, {chi}/Q values calculated directly with GENII v2, and a discussion of these results compare with one another. This paper will give an overview of the process of calculating DV with GENII v2 including a discussion of the sensitivity of input parameters.

  20. Visual to Parametric Interaction (V2PI.

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    Full Text Available Typical data visualizations result from linear pipelines that start by characterizing data using a model or algorithm to reduce the dimension and summarize structure, and end by displaying the data in a reduced dimensional form. Sensemaking may take place at the end of the pipeline when users have an opportunity to observe, digest, and internalize any information displayed. However, some visualizations mask meaningful data structures when model or algorithm constraints (e.g., parameter specifications contradict information in the data. Yet, due to the linearity of the pipeline, users do not have a natural means to adjust the displays. In this paper, we present a framework for creating dynamic data displays that rely on both mechanistic data summaries and expert judgement. The key is that we develop both the theory and methods of a new human-data interaction to which we refer as " Visual to Parametric Interaction" (V2PI. With V2PI, the pipeline becomes bi-directional in that users are embedded in the pipeline; users learn from visualizations and the visualizations adjust to expert judgement. We demonstrate the utility of V2PI and a bi-directional pipeline with two examples.

  1. Porous V2O5/RGO/CNT hierarchical architecture as a cathode material: Emphasis on the contribution of surface lithium storage

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    Palanisamy, Kowsalya; Um, Ji Hyun; Jeong, Mihee; Yoon, Won-Sub

    2016-08-01

    A three dimensional vanadium pentoxide/reduced graphene oxide/carbon nanotube (3D V2O5/RGO/CNT) composite is synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The combination of 2D RGO and 1D CNT establishes continuous 3D conductive network, and most notably, the 1D CNT is designed to form hierarchically porous structure by penetrating into V2O5 microsphere assembly constituted of numerous V2O5 nanoparticles. The highly porous V2O5 microsphere enhances electrolyte contact and shortens Li+ diffusion path as a consequence of its developed surface area and mesoporosity. The successive phase transformations of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT from α-phase to ɛ-, δ-, γ-, and ω-phase and its structural reversibility upon Li+ intercalation/de-intercalation are investigated by in situ XRD analysis, and the electronic and local structure reversibility around vanadium atom in 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT is observed by in situ XANES analysis. The 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT achieves a high capacity of 220 mAh g-1 at 1 C after 80 cycles and an excellent rate capability of 100 mAh g-1 even at a considerably high rate of 20 C. The porous 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT structure not only provides facile Li+ diffusion into bulk but contributes to surface Li+ storage as well, which enables the design of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT composite to become a promising cathode architecture for high performance LIBs.

  2. Porous V2O5/RGO/CNT hierarchical architecture as a cathode material: Emphasis on the contribution of surface lithium storage

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    Palanisamy, Kowsalya; Um, Ji Hyun; Jeong, Mihee; Yoon, Won-Sub

    2016-01-01

    A three dimensional vanadium pentoxide/reduced graphene oxide/carbon nanotube (3D V2O5/RGO/CNT) composite is synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The combination of 2D RGO and 1D CNT establishes continuous 3D conductive network, and most notably, the 1D CNT is designed to form hierarchically porous structure by penetrating into V2O5 microsphere assembly constituted of numerous V2O5 nanoparticles. The highly porous V2O5 microsphere enhances electrolyte contact and shortens Li+ diffusion path as a consequence of its developed surface area and mesoporosity. The successive phase transformations of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT from α-phase to ε-, δ-, γ-, and ω-phase and its structural reversibility upon Li+ intercalation/de-intercalation are investigated by in situ XRD analysis, and the electronic and local structure reversibility around vanadium atom in 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT is observed by in situ XANES analysis. The 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT achieves a high capacity of 220 mAh g−1 at 1 C after 80 cycles and an excellent rate capability of 100 mAh g−1 even at a considerably high rate of 20 C. The porous 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT structure not only provides facile Li+ diffusion into bulk but contributes to surface Li+ storage as well, which enables the design of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT composite to become a promising cathode architecture for high performance LIBs. PMID:27511434

  3. Porous V2O5/RGO/CNT hierarchical architecture as a cathode material: Emphasis on the contribution of surface lithium storage.

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    Palanisamy, Kowsalya; Um, Ji Hyun; Jeong, Mihee; Yoon, Won-Sub

    2016-01-01

    A three dimensional vanadium pentoxide/reduced graphene oxide/carbon nanotube (3D V2O5/RGO/CNT) composite is synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The combination of 2D RGO and 1D CNT establishes continuous 3D conductive network, and most notably, the 1D CNT is designed to form hierarchically porous structure by penetrating into V2O5 microsphere assembly constituted of numerous V2O5 nanoparticles. The highly porous V2O5 microsphere enhances electrolyte contact and shortens Li(+) diffusion path as a consequence of its developed surface area and mesoporosity. The successive phase transformations of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT from α-phase to ε-, δ-, γ-, and ω-phase and its structural reversibility upon Li(+) intercalation/de-intercalation are investigated by in situ XRD analysis, and the electronic and local structure reversibility around vanadium atom in 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT is observed by in situ XANES analysis. The 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT achieves a high capacity of 220 mAh g(-1) at 1 C after 80 cycles and an excellent rate capability of 100 mAh g(-1) even at a considerably high rate of 20 C. The porous 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT structure not only provides facile Li(+) diffusion into bulk but contributes to surface Li(+) storage as well, which enables the design of 3D V2O5/RGO/CNT composite to become a promising cathode architecture for high performance LIBs. PMID:27511434

  4. Compute and Storage Clouds Using Wide Area High Performance Networks

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    Grossman, Robert L; Sabala, Michael; Zhang, Wanzhi

    2008-01-01

    We describe a cloud based infrastructure that we have developed that is optimized for wide area, high performance networks and designed to support data mining applications. The infrastructure consists of a storage cloud called Sector and a compute cloud called Sphere. We describe two applications that we have built using the cloud and some experimental studies.

  5. Packaging and Performance of 980nm Broad Area Semiconductor Lasers

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    2006-01-01

    High power broad area semiconductor lasers have found increasing applications in pumping of solid state laser systems and fiber amplifiers, frequency doubling, medical systems and material processing.Packaging including the assembly design, process and thermal management, has a significant impact on the optical performance and reliability of a high power broad area laser. In this paper, we introduce the package structures and assembling process of 980nm broad area lasers and report the performances including output power, thermal behavior and far fields.We will report two types of high power broad area laser assemblies.One is a microchannel liquid cooled assembly and the other is a conduction cooled CT-mount assembly. Optical powers of 15W and 10W were achieved from a 980nm broad area laser with a 120 μ m stripe width in a microchannel liquid cooled assembly and conduction cooled CT-mount assembly, respectively.Furthermore,a high power of 6.5W out of fiber was demonstrated from a pigtailed, fully packaged butterfly-type module without TEC (Thermoelectric cooler).The measurement results showed that thermal management is the key in not only improving output power, but also significantly improving beam divergence and far field distribution.The results also showed that the die attach solder can significant impact the reliability of high power broad area lasers and that indium solder is not suitable for high power laser applications due to electromigration at high current densities and high temperatures.

  6. Storage Area Networks and The High Performance Storage System

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    Hulen, H; Graf, O; Fitzgerald, K; Watson, R W

    2002-03-04

    The High Performance Storage System (HPSS) is a mature Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) system that was developed around a network-centered architecture, with client access to storage provided through third-party controls. Because of this design, HPSS is able to leverage today's Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructures to provide cost effective, large-scale storage systems and high performance global file access for clients. Key attributes of SAN file systems are found in HPSS today, and more complete SAN file system capabilities are being added. This paper traces the HPSS storage network architecture from the original implementation using HIPPI and IPI-3 technology, through today's local area network (LAN) capabilities, and to SAN file system capabilities now in development. At each stage, HPSS capabilities are compared with capabilities generally accepted today as characteristic of storage area networks and SAN file systems.

  7. A conceptual V2G aggregation platform

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    João C. Ferreira; Afonso, João L.

    2012-01-01

    In this work is proposed the design of a system to create and handle an Electric Vehicle (EV) community, based on social networks collaborative approach and a credit mechanism to incentive participation and divide profits. This system is part of a V2G (Vehicle-to-Grid) module that allows EV owners to be aggregated in communities and participate in the electricity market. With this system it is possible for the EV owners to win money while the EVs are parked and plugged, delivering...

  8. Working memory training shows immediate and long-term effects on cognitive performance in children [v2; ref status: indexed, http://f1000r.es/4rj

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    Fiona Pugin

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Working memory is important for mental reasoning and learning processes. Several studies in adults and school-age children have shown performance improvement in cognitive tests after working memory training. Our aim was to examine not only immediate but also long-term effects of intensive working memory training on cognitive performance tests in children. Fourteen healthy male subjects between 10 and 16 years trained a visuospatial n-back task over 3 weeks (30 min daily, while 15 individuals of the same age range served as a passive control group. Significant differences in immediate (after 3 weeks of training and long-term effects (after 2-6 months in an auditory n-back task were observed compared to controls (2.5 fold immediate and 4.7 fold long-term increase in the training group compared to the controls. The improvement was more pronounced in subjects who improved their performance during the training. Other cognitive functions (matrices test and Stroop task did not change when comparing the training group to the control group. We conclude that visuospatial working memory training in children boosts performance in similar memory tasks such as the auditory n-back task. The sustained performance improvement several months after the training supports the effectiveness of the training.

  9. Beam Tracking in Switched-Beam Antenna System for V2V Communication

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    Settawit Poochaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the proposed switched beam antenna system for V2V communication including optimum antenna half power beamwidth determination in urban road environments. SQP optimization method is selected for the computation of optimum antenna half power beamwidth. In addition, beam tracking algorithm is applied to guarantee the best beam selection with maximum RSSI. The results present the success of the proposed system with the increasing of V2V performance metrics. Also, V2V data dissemination via the proposed system introduces the enhancement of V2V link in terms of RSSI, PER, BER, Tsafe, and Rsafe. The results indicate the improvement of V2V link reliability. Consequently, the road safety is improved.

  10. E-Area Performance Assessment Interim Measures Assessment FY2005

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    Stallings, M

    2006-01-31

    After major changes to the limits for various disposal units of the E-Area Low Level Waste Facility (ELLWF) last year, no major changes have been made during FY2005. A Special Analysis was completed which removes the air pathway {sup 14}C limit from the Intermediate Level Vault (ILV). This analysis will allow the disposal of reactor moderator deionizers which previously had no pathway to disposal. Several studies have also been completed providing groundwater transport input for future special analyses. During the past year, since Slit Trenches No.1 and No.2 were nearing volumetric capacity, they were operationally closed under a preliminary closure analysis. This analysis was performed using as-disposed conditions and data and showed that concrete rubble from the demolition of 232-F was acceptable for disposal in the STs even though the latest special analysis for the STs had reduced the tritium limits so that the inventory in the rubble exceeded limits. A number of special studies are planned during the next years; perhaps the largest of these will be revision of the Performance Assessment (PA) for the ELLWF. The revision will be accomplished by incorporating special analyses performed since the last PA revision as well as revising analyses to include new data. Projected impacts on disposal limits of more recent studies have been estimated. No interim measures will be applied during this year. However, it is being recommended that tritium disposals to the Components-in-Grout (CIG) Trenches be suspended until a limited Special Analysis (SA) currently in progress is completed. This SA will give recommendations for optimum placement of tritiated D-Area tower waste. Further recommendations for tritiated waste placement in the CIG Trenches will be given in the upcoming PA revision.

  11. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication

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    Jai-Eun Kim; Ji-Won Kim; Youngil Park; Ki-Doo Kim

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we analyze the applicability of color-space-based, color-independent visual-MIMO for V2X. We aim to achieve a visual-MIMO scheme that can maintain the original color and brightness while performing seamless communication. We consider two scenarios of GCM based visual-MIMO for V2X. One is a multipath transmission using visual-MIMO networking and the other is multi-node V2X communication. In the scenario of multipath transmission, we analyze the channel capacity numerically and w...

  12. V2O5-TiO2-AlF3/Al2O3催化臭氧化降解3,4,5,6-四氯吡啶甲酸、苯乙酮和乙酸的性能%Catalytic Performance of V2O5-TiO2-AlF3/Al2O3 in Ozonation of 3,4,5,6-tetrachloropicolinic Acid, Acetophenone, Acetic Acid, Hydroxyl Radical in Aqueous Solution

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    蒋燮强; 蓝小飞

    2016-01-01

    利用V2O5-TiO2-AlF3/A12O3催化臭氧化体系降解了三种不同类型的有机物(杂环类化合物四氯吡啶甲酸、芳环类化合物苯乙酮和小分子乙酸).结果发现,该催化剂均能明显提高臭氧化降解三种不同有机物的效率,且体系均遵循羟基自由基的反应机理.这说明该催化剂在臭氧化降解三种不同类型的有机物过程中均显示出了较好的活性,这对建立降解效率具有广普性的臭氧类高级氧化技术具有重要的意义,该结果将会有力推动臭氧化技术在实际废水处理中的应用意义深远.

  13. Surfactant Effects on the Morphology and Pseudocapacitive Behavior of V2 O5 ⋅H2 O.

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    Qian, Aniu; Zhuo, Kai; Shin, Myung Sik; Chun, Woo Won; Choi, Bit Na; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-07-20

    To overcome the drawback of low electrical conductivity within supercapacitor applications, several surfactants are used for nanoscale V2 O5 to enhance the specific surface area. Polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG-6000), sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), and Pluronic P-123 (P123) controllers, if used as soft templates, easily form large specific surface area crystals. However, the specific mechanism through which this occurs and the influence of these surfactants is not clear for V2 O5 ⋅H2 O. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the mechanism of crystal growth through hydrothermal processes and the pseudocapacitive behavior of these crystals formed by using diverse surfactants, including PEG-6000, SDBS, and P123. Our results show that different surfactants can dramatically influence the morphology and capacitive behavior of V2 O5 ⋅H2 O powders. Linear nanowires, flower-like flakes, and curly bundled nanowires can be obtained because of electrostatic interactions in the presence of PEG-6000, SDBS, and P123, respectively. Furthermore, the electrochemical performance of these powders shows that the nanowires, which are electrodes mediated by PEG-6000, exhibit the highest capacitance of 349 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1) of all the surfactants studied. However, a symmetric P123 electrode comprising curly bundled nanowires with numerous nanopores showed an excellent and stable specific capacitance of 127 F g(-1) after 200 cycles. This work is beneficial to understanding the fundamental role of the surfactant in the assisted growth of V2 O5 ⋅H2 O and the resulting electrochemical properties of the pseudocapacitors, which could be useful for the future design of appropriate materials.

  14. Structural and electrochemical properties of V2O5 and AgxV2O5 nanowries prepared by template assisted method

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    Sahana, M. B.; Sudakar, C.; Naik, R.; Naik, V. M.

    2009-03-01

    Vanadium pentaoxide and silver vanadium oxides are promising cathode materials for lithium ion battery as it allows easy intercalation/deintercalation of Li+ due its open layered structure. During Li+ intercalation energy is stored as chemical potential and during deintercalation the energy is released as electricity. Because of the large surface area nanostructured materials have enhanced energy storage capacity. We have prepared V2O5 and AgxV2O5 (x= 0.1, 0.5) nanowires by template assisted method using radiation track etched hydrophilic PC membrane. The nanowires were grown on ITO coated glass substrates for optical analysis and on stainless steel substrate for XRD, SEM, Raman and electrochemical measurements. The effects of Ag doping on the electrochemical properties of V2O5 nanowires were investigated using a three electrode cell with nanowries as working electrode and Li as counter and reference electrode and lithium perchlorate in propylene carbonate as the electrolyte. The electrochemical characteristics of V2O5 and AgxV2O5 nanowries such as lithium intercalation capacity, cyclic stability and diffusion coefficient will be presented.

  15. V2O5 thin film deposition for application in organic solar cells

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    Arbab, Elhadi A. A.; Mola, Genene Tessema

    2016-04-01

    Vanadium pentoxide V2O5 films were fabricated by way of electrochemical deposition technique for application as hole transport buffer layer in organic solar cell. A thin and uniform V2O5 films were successfully deposited on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrate. The characterization of surface morphology and optical properties of the deposition suggest that the films are suitable for photovoltaic application. Organic solar cell fabricated using V2O5 as hole transport buffer layer showed better devices performance and environmental stability than those devices fabricated with PEDOT:PSS. In an ambient device preparation condition, the power conversion efficiency increases by nearly 80 % compared with PEDOT:PSS-based devices. The devices lifetime using V2O5 buffer layer has improved by a factor of 10 over those devices with PEDOT:PSS.

  16. Case Studies with Lurette V2

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    Jahier, Erwan; Raymond, Pascal; Baufreton, Philippe

    2004-01-01

    International audience Lurette is an automated testing tool dedicated to reactive programs. The test process is automated at two levels: given a formal description of the System Under Test (SUT) environment, Lurette generates realistic input sequences; and, given a formal description of expected properties, Lurette performs the test results analysis. Lurette has been reimplemented from scratch. In this new version, the main novelty lies in the way the SUT environment is described. This is ...

  17. Dependence of V2 illusory contour response on V1 cell properties and topographic organization.

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    Cohen, Amelia; Buia, Calin; Tiesinga, Paul

    2014-06-01

    An illusory contour is an image that is perceived as a contour in the absence of typical contour characteristics, such as a change in luminance or chromaticity across the stimulus. In cats and primates, cells that respond to illusory contours are sparse in cortical area V1, but are found in greater numbers in cortical area V2. We propose a model capable of illusory contour detection that is based on a realistic topographic organization of V1 cells, which reproduces the responses of individual cell types measured experimentally. The model allows us to explain several experimentally observed properties of V2 cells including variability in orientation tuning and inducer spacing preference. As a practical application, the model can be used to estimate the relationship between the severity of a cortical injury in the primary visual cortex and the deterioration of V2 cell responses to real and illusory contours. PMID:24801874

  18. Fleet operator risks for using fleets for V2G regulation

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    Future fleets of vehicles may include electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) because of potential fuel savings. Recent demonstration of diesel parallel hybrids in a delivery fleet led to fuel economy improvements, and hybrid bus demonstrations exhibited twice the fuel economy of the conventional bus. Fleet ownership may include management of a fleet of vehicles as small as 10 units and as large as hundreds or thousands. In addition to fuel savings, the newer extended range electric vehicles (EREVs) and pure EVs permit vehicle to grid (V2G) opportunities. These V2G opportunities may present additional revenue for fleets by providing ancillary services to local grid independent system operators (ISOs), provided that the burden of driving and V2G services do not accelerate the degradation of the battery systems in these vehicles. The subject of this study is to determine the financial risks associated with accelerated battery degradation in a V2G-enabled EREV fleet expected to perform ancillary service duty while charging in addition to the normal loads of drive cycle duty. We determine that battery cycle life during V2G duty is a critical parameter, which can determine whether or not the business model is viable. - Highlights: ► V2G regulation cycle life of EREV batteries must be >50,000 cycles to be profitable. ► Present knowledge and test data about the impact of V2G cycles on battery life are limited. ► Replacement of batteries and energy throughput are major factors in the cost–benefit analysis. ► V2G fleet is not viable with present data but can be viable with some technical advancement.

  19. Performance Report and Improvements in CV Machine Areas

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    2000-01-01

    The performance of cooling and ventilation (CV) equipment is defined as its availability to the PS, SPS and LEP accelerators. Three teams for the accelerators plus a Utilities team, which receives performance information from the physics and technical control room, carry out the operation of this equipment. Collected performance statistics as well as data from the Computer Aided Maintenance Management system (CAMM) and supervision system provide information on the exact state of the CV equipment. This is used to more effectively schedule preventive maintenance which, by reducing system failures, results in improved equipment performance. This paper will present performance data and discuss the prospects for improving it through the use of an updated version of CAMM and a new supervision system.

  20. Performance evaluations related to area characterization of crystalline rock

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    This report discusses the use of performance-based procedures as a planning tool to assist the development and implementation of the Crystalline Rock Repository Project (CRP). Fundamentally, performance assessment is simply a method of expressing our knowledge about a site in a defensible, quantitative manner in terms of meaningful performance criteria. Once developed, these procedures can be utilized as tools to assist the CRP in resolving specific program issues. Conceptually, this involves the ability to estimate site performance based on current information and, by postulating the effect of new information, estimate the changes in performance estimates as a result of future program decisions. This provides a means of examining the probable outcome of alternative program decisions without actually carrying out these decisions. The probable results of different program decision paths can then be compared to determine the optimum choice based on current information. The performance-based procedures rely on the implementation of a general performance assessment system to predict site performance. This system or framework must be at least partially in place in order to implement any of the performance-based procedures. Essentially this would involve identification of program requirements, analysis of processes and characteristics that determine compliance with requirements, development of a procedure to assess site characterization and uncertainties, and development of models to estimate performance. Although the framework needs to be defensible and repeatable, it need not include complex and sophisticated models. Rather, the models and procedures should be consistent with the level of available information at any stage in the program. 65 refs., 54 figs., 12 tabs

  1. Tiled WMS/KML Server V2

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    Plesea, Lucian

    2012-01-01

    This software is a higher-performance implementation of tiled WMS, with integral support for KML and time-varying data. This software is compliant with the Open Geospatial WMS standard, and supports KML natively as a WMS return type, including support for the time attribute. Regionated KML wrappers are generated that match the existing tiled WMS dataset. Ping and JPG formats are supported, and the software is implemented as an Apache 2.0 module that supports a threading execution model that is capable of supporting very high request rates. The module intercepts and responds to WMS requests that match certain patterns and returns the existing tiles. If a KML format that matches an existing pyramid and tile dataset is requested, regionated KML is generated and returned to the requesting application. In addition, KML requests that do not match the existing tile datasets generate a KML response that includes the corresponding JPG WMS request, effectively adding KML support to a backing WMS server.

  2. WATERLOPP V2/64: A highly parallel machine for numerical computation

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    Ostlund, Neil S.

    1985-07-01

    Current technological trends suggest that the high performance scientific machines of the future are very likely to consist of a large number (greater than 1024) of processors connected and communicating with each other in some as yet undetermined manner. Such an assembly of processors should behave as a single machine in obtaining numerical solutions to scientific problems. However, the appropriate way of organizing both the hardware and software of such an assembly of processors is an unsolved and active area of research. It is particularly important to minimize the organizational overhead of interprocessor comunication, global synchronization, and contention for shared resources if the performance of a large number ( n) of processors is to be anything like the desirable n times the performance of a single processor. In many situations, adding a processor actually decreases the performance of the overall system since the extra organizational overhead is larger than the extra processing power added. The systolic loop architecture is a new multiple processor architecture which attemps at a solution to the problem of how to organize a large number of asynchronous processors into an effective computational system while minimizing the organizational overhead. This paper gives a brief overview of the basic systolic loop architecture, systolic loop algorithms for numerical computation, and a 64-processor implementation of the architecture, WATERLOOP V2/64, that is being used as a testbed for exploring the hardware, software, and algorithmic aspects of the architecture.

  3. Potential range land for grazing cattle in the United States Pacific Northwest summarized for NHDPlus v2 catchments

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This spatial data set was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to represent the area of land within each incremental watershed delineated in the NHDPlus v2...

  4. GDF v2.0, an enhanced version of GDF

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    Tsoulos, Ioannis G.; Gavrilis, Dimitris; Dermatas, Evangelos

    2007-12-01

    An improved version of the function estimation program GDF is presented. The main enhancements of the new version include: multi-output function estimation, capability of defining custom functions in the grammar and selection of the error function. The new version has been evaluated on a series of classification and regression datasets, that are widely used for the evaluation of such methods. It is compared to two known neural networks and outperforms them in 5 (out of 10) datasets. Program summaryTitle of program: GDF v2.0 Catalogue identifier: ADXC_v2_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADXC_v2_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 98 147 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2 040 684 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: GNU C++ Computer: The program is designed to be portable in all systems running the GNU C++ compiler Operating system: Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD RAM: 200000 bytes Classification: 4.9 Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes Nature of problem: The technique of function estimation tries to discover from a series of input data a functional form that best describes them. This can be performed with the use of parametric models, whose parameters can adapt according to the input data. Solution method: Functional forms are being created by genetic programming which are approximations for the symbolic regression problem. Reasons for new version: The GDF package was extended in order to be more flexible and user customizable than the old package. The user can extend the package by defining his own error functions and he can extend the grammar of the package by adding new functions to the function repertoire. Also, the new version can perform function estimation of multi

  5. The Verb Always Leaves IP in V2 Clauses

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    Schwartz, Bonnie D.; Vikner, Sten

    2007-01-01

    analysis in which the verb moves into an Xº which is the sister of IP may be compatible with what we say here. Various alternatives to this analysis have been explored in the literature, and here we will address two in particular: One alternative is that there is an asymmetry between subject......-initial and non-subject-initial V2 clauses, the former being only IPs and the latter CPs, as suggested by Travis (1984, 1986, 1991) and Zwart (1990, 1991). Below we will refer to this analysis as the 'V2 asymmetry' analysis. The other alternative analysis is that V2 takes place inside IP, as suggested by Diesing...

  6. SPHY v2.0: Spatial Processes in HYdrology

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    W. Terink

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces and presents the Spatial Processes in HYdrology (SPHY model (v2.0, its development background, its underlying concepts, and some typical applications. The SPHY model is developed using the best components of existing and well-tested simulation models, and is developed with the explicit aim to simulate terrestrial hydrology at flexible scales, under various land use and climate conditions. SPHY is a spatially distributed leaky bucket type of model, and is applied on a cell-by-cell basis. The model is written in the Python programming language using the PCRaster dynamic modelling framework. Compared to other hydrological models, that typically focus on the simulation of streamflow only, the SPHY model has several advantages: it (i integrates most relevant hydrological processes, (ii is setup modular, (iii is easy adjustable and applicable, (iii can easily be linked to remote sensing data, and (iv can be applied for operational as well as strategic decision support. The most relevant hydrological processes that are integrated in the SPHY model are rainfall–runoff processes, cryosphere processes, evapotranspiration processes, the simulation of dynamic vegetational cover, lake/reservoir outflow, and the simulation of rootzone moisture contents. Studies in which the SPHY model was successfully applied and tested are described in this paper, and range from (i real-time soil moisture predictions to support irrigation management in lowland areas, to (ii detailed climate change impact studies in snow and glacier-fed river basins, to (iii operational flow forecasting in mountainous catchments.

  7. SPHY v2.0: Spatial Processes in HYdrology

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    Terink, W.; Lutz, A. F.; Simons, G. W. H.; Immerzeel, W. W.; Droogers, P.

    2015-07-01

    This paper introduces and presents the Spatial Processes in HYdrology (SPHY) model (v2.0), its development background, its underlying concepts, and some example applications. SPHY has been developed with the explicit aim of simulating terrestrial hydrology on flexible scales, under various physiographical and hydroclimatic conditions, by integrating key components from existing and well-tested models. SPHY is a spatially distributed leaky bucket type of model, and is applied on a cell-by-cell basis. The model is written in the Python programming language using the PCRaster dynamic modeling framework. SPHY (i) integrates most hydrologic processes, (ii) has the flexibility to be applied in a wide range of hydrologic applications, and (iii) on various scales, and (iv) can easily be implemented. The most relevant hydrological processes that are integrated into the SPHY model are rainfall-runoff processes, cryosphere processes, evapotranspiration processes, the dynamic evolution of vegetation cover, lake/reservoir outflow, and the simulation of root-zone moisture contents. Studies in which the SPHY model was successfully applied and tested are described in this paper, including (i) real-time soil moisture predictions to support irrigation management in lowland areas, (ii) climate change impact studies in snow- and glacier-fed river basins, and (iii) operational flow forecasting in mountainous catchments.

  8. Measuring the Determinants of Relative Economic Performance of Rural Areas

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    Agarwal, Sheela; Rahman, Sanzidur; Errington, Andrew

    2009-01-01

    This paper examines the determinants of economic performance of 149 English rural Local Authority Districts (LADs). A Three Stage Least Square (3SLS) estimation procedure was employed to jointly determine the influence of a wide range of indicators representing economic, human, cultural and environmental capital, as well as less tangible or "soft"…

  9. Synthesis of nanosized V2O5 coated SiO2 catalyst by the gel combustion method

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    Catalysts nanosized V2O5/SiO2 powder has been synthesised at 550oC by the combustion of gel prepared from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and vanadium nitrates. V2O5/SiO2, characterization is examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET (Brunaure-Emmet-Teller) measurements. Purther thermal treatment at 550oC for 1.5 hrs yields the single phase of V2O5. Average particle size of V2O5 is 80 nm and specific surface area of V2O5/SiO2 is 13.50 m2/g. (author)

  10. Performance model for large area solid oxide fuel cells

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    Klotz, Dino; Schmidt, Jan Philipp; Weber, André; Ivers-Tiffée, Ellen

    2014-08-01

    A parameter set obtained from a 1 cm2 size electrode cell is used to develop and calibrate a one-dimensional spatially resolved model. It is demonstrated that this performance model precalculates the evolving operating parameters along the gas channel of a large-sized cell. Input parameters are: (i) number of discretization elements N, accounting for anodic gas conversion, (ii) anodic gas flow rate and composition and (iv) operating voltage. The model calculations based on data from the 1 cm2 cell are scaled to be equivalent to a larger cell with 16 cm2 electrode size which is used to validate the performance model. The current/voltage characteristics can be predicted very accurately, even when anodic gas flow rates vary by as much as a factor of four. The performance model presented herein simulates the total overvoltage and does so in a broad range of operation conditions. This is done with an accuracy of the simulated current better than 6.1% for UOP = 0.85 V, 3.8% for UOP = 0.8 V and 3.7% for UOP = 0.75 V. It is hoped that these equations will form the basis of a greater model, capable of predicting all the conditions found throughout any industrial stack.

  11. Concurrent validity of the Microsoft Kinect for Windows v2 for measuring spatiotemporal gait parameters.

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    Dolatabadi, Elham; Taati, Babak; Mihailidis, Alex

    2016-09-01

    This paper presents a study to evaluate the concurrent validity of the Microsoft Kinect for Windows v2 for measuring the spatiotemporal parameters of gait. Twenty healthy adults performed several sequences of walks across a GAITRite mat under three different conditions: usual pace, fast pace, and dual task. Each walking sequence was simultaneously captured with two Kinect for Windows v2 and the GAITRite system. An automated algorithm was employed to extract various spatiotemporal features including stance time, step length, step time and gait velocity from the recorded Kinect v2 sequences. Accuracy in terms of reliability, concurrent validity and limits of agreement was examined for each gait feature under different walking conditions. The 95% Bland-Altman limits of agreement were narrow enough for the Kinect v2 to be a valid tool for measuring all reported spatiotemporal parameters of gait in all three conditions. An excellent intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC2, 1) ranging from 0.9 to 0.98 was observed for all gait measures across different walking conditions. The inter trial reliability of all gait parameters were shown to be strong for all walking types (ICC3, 1 > 0.73). The results of this study suggest that the Kinect for Windows v2 has the capacity to measure selected spatiotemporal gait parameters for healthy adults. PMID:27387901

  12. HSP v2: Haptic Signal Processing with Extensions for Physical Modeling

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    Overholt, Daniel; Kontogeorgakopoulos, Alexandros; Berdahl, Edgar

    2010-01-01

    The Haptic Signal Processing (HSP) platform aims to enable musicians to easily design and perform with digital haptic musical instruments [1]. In this paper, we present some new objects introduced in version v2 for modeling of musical dynamical systems such as resonators and vibrating strings...

  13. Epitope mapping of conformational V2-specific anti-HIV human monoclonal antibodies reveals an immunodominant site in V2.

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    Full Text Available In the case-control study of the RV144 vaccine trial, the levels of antibodies to the V1V2 region of the gp120 envelope glycoprotein were found to correlate inversely with risk of HIV infection. This recent demonstration of the potential role of V1V2 as a vaccine target has catapulted this region into the focus of HIV-1 research. We previously described seven human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs derived from HIV-infected individuals that are directed against conformational epitopes in the V1V2 domain. In this study, using lysates of SF162 pseudoviruses carrying V1V2 mutations, we mapped the epitopes of these seven mAbs. All tested mAbs demonstrated a similar binding pattern in which three mutations (F176A, Y177T, and D180L abrogated binding of at least six of the seven mAbs to ≤15% of SF162 wildtype binding. Binding of six or all of the mAbs was reduced to ≤50% of wildtype by single substitutions at seven positions (168, 180, 181, 183, 184, 191, and 193, while one change, V181I, increased the binding of all mAbs. When mapped onto a model of V2, our results suggest that the epitope of the conformational V2 mAbs is located mostly in the disordered region of the available crystal structure of V1V2, overlapping and surrounding the α4β7 binding site on V2.

  14. 20 CFR 666.300 - What performance indicators apply to local areas?

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    2010-04-01

    ... area in a State is subject to the same core indicators of performance and the customer satisfaction... LABOR PERFORMANCE ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER TITLE I OF THE WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT Local Measures...

  15. A high-response ethanol gas sensor based on one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures.

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    Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Yun; Meng, Chuanmin; Gao, Zhao; Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun; Peng, Xusheng; Zhang, Botao; Lin, Yifeng; Liu, Lixin

    2016-10-21

    Hierarchical nanostructures with much increased surface-to-volume ratio have been of significant interest for prototypical gas sensors. Herein we report a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process, in which well-matched energy levels induced by the formation of effective heterojunctions between TiO2 and V2O5, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and complete electron depletion for the V2O5 nanobranches induced by the branched-nanofiber structures are all beneficial to the change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. As a result, the ethanol sensing performance of this device shows a lower operating temperature, faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity and about seven times higher sensitivity compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. This study not only confirms the gas sensing mechanism for performing enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to the design of nanostructure-based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27640550

  16. A high-response ethanol gas sensor based on one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Yun; Meng, Chuanmin; Gao, Zhao; Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun; Peng, Xusheng; Zhang, Botao; Lin, Yifeng; Liu, Lixin

    2016-10-01

    Hierarchical nanostructures with much increased surface-to-volume ratio have been of significant interest for prototypical gas sensors. Herein we report a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process, in which well-matched energy levels induced by the formation of effective heterojunctions between TiO2 and V2O5, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and complete electron depletion for the V2O5 nanobranches induced by the branched-nanofiber structures are all beneficial to the change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. As a result, the ethanol sensing performance of this device shows a lower operating temperature, faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity and about seven times higher sensitivity compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. This study not only confirms the gas sensing mechanism for performing enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to the design of nanostructure-based chemical sensors with desirable performance.

  17. Power Quality Evaluation of 480-V, 2-MVA UPS Systems

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    CAMM,E.H.; COREY,GARTH P.; ROBERTS,B.

    2000-06-21

    A mobile 480-V, 2-MVA UPS System utilizing battery energy storage was installed at S and C Electric Company's Polymer Products Fabrication Building in Chicago, Illinois in May 1999 to provide uninterrupted power to the building for up to 15 seconds in the event of a voltage sag or momentary interruption in the local utility supply. Similar units can be applied at medium voltage through the application of a step-up transformer to provide momentary power disturbance ride through of up to 30 seconds for loads up to 15 MVA at system voltages ranging from 4.16 kV to 34.5 kV. A power quality evaluation of the installation was performed over a six-month period from July 1999 to early January 2000. This paper describes the details and results of this power quality evaluation, which involved two phases. Phase I involved the collection and review of power disturbance data and the effects on process equipment, while Phase II involved power quality monitoring of utility source and building load voltages and currents over a period of six months. Review of power disturbance data and equipment power-disturbance ride-through characteristics during Phase I of the project indicated that the polymer fabrication process in the building is affected by the tripping of motors driving hydraulic pumps for the thermal set molding machines. The tripping of these motors may have resulted in direct production losses in 1998 of approximately $468,000. The monitoring conducted during Phase II of the project showed that the PureWave UPS operated as intended during 12 utility voltage sag events to protect the building's load against momentary power disturbances. In addition, the unit operated successfully during many staged interruptions involving opening of a source-side circuit breaker.

  18. MR_CHIROD v.2: magnetic resonance compatible smart hand rehabilitation device for brain imaging.

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    Khanicheh, Azadeh; Mintzopoulos, Dionyssios; Weinberg, Brian; Tzika, A Aria; Mavroidis, Constantinos

    2008-02-01

    This paper presents the design, fabrication, and testing of a novel, one degree-of-freedom, magnetic resonance compatible smart hand interfaced rehabilitation device (MR_CHIROD v.2), which may be used in brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging during handgrip rehabilitation. A key feature of the device is the use of electrorheological fluids (ERFs) to achieve computer controlled, variable, and tunable resistive force generation. The device consists of three major subsystems: 1) an ERF based resistive element, 2) handles, and c) two sensors, one optical encoder and one force sensor, to measure the patient induced motion and force. MR_CHIROD v.2 is designed to resist up to 50% of the maximum level of gripping force of a human hand and be controlled in real time. Our results demonstrate that the MR environment does not interfere with the performance of the MR_CHIROD v.2, and, reciprocally, its use does not cause fMR image artifacts. The results are encouraging in jointly using MR_CHIROD v.2 and brain MR imaging to study motor performance and assess rehabilitation after neurological injuries such as stroke. PMID:18303810

  19. V2G Market Price Strategy Based on Reverse Supply%基于逆向供应的V2G市场电价策略研究

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    史乐峰; 任玉珑; 俞集辉; 申威

    2012-01-01

    There is a growing interest in studying electric vehicles (EV) because it has the potential of coping with the rising gas price and environmental pollution caused by automobile emissions. The academic is particularly interested in studying the relationships among EV, V2C technology, and grid. The current literature on V2C technology is limited to research areas in the system optimization, affluence of technology, or economic and environment influence of V2C technology.The V2C technology is based on the situation that most electric vehicles remain connected with power grid and provide voluntarilyauxiliary services, such as peak load regulation and frequency regulation. Most of current research makes the assumption that an operator is in charge of coordination of electric vehicles. This paper attempts to discuss an incentive power price strategy which can connect EV owners with the EV and power grid following the requirement of grid operation by taking the reverse power supply of electric vehicles to power grid through V2C technology as the research object. The strategy can also set a V2G market to Bchieve the incentive compatibility between electric vehicle owners and power companies by influencing the electric vehicle owners with V2G price0In the first part, the V2G market model of auxiliary service transaction between EV owners and power companies is structured. Power companies possesses a market initiative in V2G market and exerts an influence on charge-discharge behavior of EV owners through V2G price0 In addition, the power demand model of EV owner is established based on V2G market in the condition that power companies sets different strategies about charging price during peak hours. The Utter two parts of this paper calculate the respective benefits of EV owners and power companies in the V2C market when different price strategies are used by power companies. The comparison shows that higher market response can be obtained with lower V2G price resulted from

  20. V2 word order in subordinate clauses in spoken Danish

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    Jensen, Torben Juel; Christensen, Tanya Karoli

    Danish grammatical tradition has it that V2 and V3 word order are signals of the syntactic difference between main and subordinate clauses. However, several studies have shown that both word orders appear in both clause types (Heltoft 2005, Christensen 2007, Jensen forthc.). Though V2 and V3...... studies of two age cohorts of speakers in Copenhagen, recorded in the 1980s and again in 2005-07, and on recent recordings with two age cohorts of speakers from the western part of Jutland. This makes it possible to study variation and change with respect to word order in subordinate clauses in both real...

  1. Substrate effects on V 2O 3 thin films

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo; Frésard, Raymond; Eyert, Volker

    2009-01-01

    We apply density functional theory and the augmented spherical wave method to analyze the electronic structure of V 2O 3 in the vicinity of an interface to Al 2O 3. The interface is modeled by a heterostructure setup of alternating vanadate and aluminate slabs. We focus on the possible modifications of the V 2O 3 electronic states in this geometry, induced by the presence of the aluminate layers. In particular, we find that the tendency of the V 3 d states to localize is enhanced and may even cause a metal-insulator transition.

  2. S3-3: Misbinding of Color and Motion in Human V2 Revealed by Color-Contingent Motion Adaptation

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    Fang Fang

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Wu, Kanai, & Shimojo (2004 Nature 429 262 described a compelling illusion demonstrating a steady-state misbinding of color and motion. Here, we took advantage of the illusion and performed psychophysical and fMRI adaptation experiments to explore the neural mechanism of color-motion misbinding. The stimulus subtended 20 deg by 14 deg of visual angle and contained two sheets of random dots, one sheet moving up and the other moving down. On the upward-moving sheet, dots in the right-end area (4 deg by 14 deg were red, and the rest of the dots were green. On the downward-moving sheet, dots in the right-end area were green, and the rest of the dots were red. When subjects fixated at the center of the stimulus, they bound the color and motion of the dots in the right-end area erroneously–the red dots appeared to move downwards and the green dots appeared to move upwards. In the psychophysical experiment, we measured the color-contingent motion aftereffect in the right-end area after adaptation to the illusory stimulus. A significant aftereffect was observed as if subjects had adapted to the perceived binding of color and motion, rather than the physical binding. For example, after adaptation, stationary red dots appeared to move upwards, and stationary green dots appeared to move downwards. In the fMRI experiment, we measured direction-selective motion adaptation effects in V1, V2, V3, V4, V3A/B, and V5. Relative to other cortical areas, V2 showed a much stronger adaptation effect to the perceived motion direction (rather than the physical direction for both the red and green dots. Significantly, the fMRI adaptation effect in V2 correlated with the color-contingent motion aftereffect across twelve subjects. This study provides the first human evidence that color and motion could be misbound at a very early stage of visual processing.

  3. V2O5-Poly aniline Nano composite as Catalyst in Ozonization of Oleic Acid

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    In this work, the synthesis of Azelaic acid (AA) from oleic acid cleavage is studied. The reaction is done by using V2O5- Poly aniline (pani) nano composite as catalyst in solvent free medium. Preparation of V2O5- pani nano composite as a catalyst is done via micelle solution by using cationic surfactant, cethyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). Various loading percentages of V2O5 in Pani are considered and their differences in activity and selectivity are also evaluated. According to GC analysis, results showed that nano composite as catalyst is two times more selective to azelaic acid compare to bulk and nano V2O5. This nano composite has significant selectivity to azelaic acid rather than pelargonic acid , the by-product of oleic acid ozonolysis. For characterization TEM, FESEM, BET, XPS, TGA, XRD analysis are done .It is found that both yield and selectivity are increased when surface area, defects and specific active sites of catalyst are increased. (author)

  4. A Innovative Engineering Summer School V2.0

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    Bennedsen, Jens; Larsen, Peter Gorm

    2010-01-01

    This article describes a summer school which focuses on a conceive-design project. The summer school has been run three times; each of the implementations is described. The last implementation (v2.0) is discussed and four challenges are identified and discussed in detail: assignments, the role of...

  5. Pion form factor in the range -10 GeV^2 < s < 1 GeV^2

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    Achasov, N N

    2012-01-01

    Based on the field-theory-inspired approach, a new expression for the pion form factor F_pi is proposed. It takes into account the pseudoscalar meson loops $\\pi^+\\pi^-$ and $K\\bar K$ and the mixing of $\\rho(770)$ with heavier $\\rho(1450)$ and $\\rho(1700)$ resonances. The expression possesses correct analytical properties and describes the data in the wide range of the energy squared $-10{GeV}^2\\leq s\\leq1$ GeV$^2$ without introducing the phenomenological Blatt -- Weisskopf range parameter $R_\\pi$.

  6. Impacts of Surface Energy on Lithium Ion Intercalation Properties of V2O5.

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    Ma, Wenda; Zhang, Changkun; Liu, Chaofeng; Nan, Xihui; Fu, Haoyu; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-08-01

    Oxygen vacancies have demonstrated to be one of the most effective ways to alter electrochemical performance of electrodes for lithium ion batteries, though there is little information how oxygen vacancies affect the electrochemical properties. Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) cathode has been investigated to explore the relationship among oxygen vacancies, surface energy, and electrochemical properties. The hydrogen-treated V2O5 (H-V2O5) sample synthesized via thermal treatment under H2 atmosphere possesses a high surface energy (63 mJ m(-2)) as compared to that of pristine V2O5 (40 mJ m(-2)) and delivers a high reversible capacity of 273.4 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 50 mA g(-1), retaining 189.0 mAh g(-1) when the current density increases to 2 A g(-1). It also displays a capacity retention of 92% after 100 cycles at 150 mA g(-1). The presence of surface oxygen vacancies increases surface energy and possibly serves as a nucleation center to facilitate phase transition during lithium ion intercalation and deintercalation processes. PMID:27400230

  7. Economic Feasibility of V2G Frequency Regulation in Consideration of Battery Wear

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    Sekyung Han

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available An economic feasibility study of vehicle-to-grid (V2G frequency regulation is performed in consideration of battery wear. Usually, a transaction for frequency regulation is made in terms of power capacity while the battery-wear proceeds in proportion to the absolute amount of energy transferred. In order to relate the two quantities, we first estimate the amount of transferred energy in terms of contracted power capacity, and hence regulation income, by analyzing actual regulation signals and transactions. On the other hand, the amount of transferrable energy during the life cycle of a battery is estimated analyzing some pervasive specifications for electric vehicle (EV batteries. The expected V2G income is then estimated and compared with battery prices to judge the economic feasibility of V2G regulation. In the latter part of the paper, the assessment result is validated with actual cycle life data of an EV battery cell. As a result, it is concluded that the estimated profit exceeds current market price of EV batteries, indicating that V2G regulation is an economically feasible service.

  8. A parametric study of rate of advance and area coverage rate performance of synthetic aperture radar.

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    Raynal, Ann Marie [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hensley, Jr., William H. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Burns, Bryan L. [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Doerry, Armin Walter [Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2014-11-01

    The linear ground distance per unit time and ground area covered per unit time of producing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, termed rate of advance (ROA) and area coverage rate (ACR), are important metrics for platform and radar performance in surveillance applications. These metrics depend on many parameters of a SAR system such as wavelength, aircraft velocity, resolution, antenna beamwidth, imaging mode, and geometry. Often the effects of these parameters on rate of advance and area coverage rate are non-linear. This report addresses the impact of different parameter spaces as they relate to rate of advance and area coverage rate performance.

  9. Novel synergistic 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C nano-hybrid cathode with enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Zhijian; Hu, Guorong; Cao, Yanbing; Duan, Jianguo; Du, Ke; Peng, Zhongdong

    2016-01-01

    The nanostructured 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C composites are successfully synthesized by a facile solvothermal method followed by mechanical activation and subsequent carbonthermal reduction process. Behaviours of bi-phase co-existence and element mutual-substitution have been investigated by XRD, TEM/EDX and FTIR. The result shows that the composites have dual phase boundaries including the semi-coherent phase interface and incoherent phase interface, as well as the advantage of Na3V2(PO4)2F3 acting as ionic conductor. Due to the multifunctional phase and (Mn,Fe)-V mutual doping as well as nano-carbon continual conducting network, enhanced Li+ migration and charge transfer of nano-hybrid is obtained. Compared with pristine one, the 0.9LiMn0.9Fe0.1PO4·0.1Na3V2(PO4)2F3/C composites exhibit high rate capability and cycling ability, showing 125.5, 106.4 mAh g-1 at 1.0 C, 3.0 C at room temperature, respectively, with high capacity retention up to 93.9% after 600th at 2 C.

  10. ASTEC V2 severe accident integral code main features, current V2.0 modelling status, perspectives

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    Chatelard, P., E-mail: patrick.chatelard@irsn.fr [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES, B.250, Cadarache BP3 13115, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, Cedex (France); Reinke, N.; Arndt, S. [Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, Schwertnergasse 1, 50677 Köln (Germany); Belon, S.; Cantrel, L.; Carenini, L.; Chevalier-Jabet, K.; Cousin, F. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES, B.250, Cadarache BP3 13115, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, Cedex (France); Eckel, J. [Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, Schwertnergasse 1, 50677 Köln (Germany); Jacq, F.; Marchetto, C.; Mun, C.; Piar, L. [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES, B.250, Cadarache BP3 13115, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, Cedex (France)

    2014-06-01

    The severe accident integral code ASTEC, jointly developed since almost 20 years by IRSN and GRS, simulates the behaviour of a whole nuclear power plant under severe accident conditions, including severe accident management by engineering systems and procedures. Since 2004, the ASTEC code is progressively becoming the reference European severe accident integral code through in particular the intensification of research activities carried out in the frame of the SARNET European network of excellence. The first version of the new series ASTEC V2 was released in 2009 to about 30 organizations worldwide and in particular to SARNET partners. With respect to the previous V1 series, this new V2 series includes advanced core degradation models (issued from the ICARE2 IRSN mechanistic code) and necessary extensions to be applicable to Gen. III reactor designs, notably a description of the core catcher component to simulate severe accidents transients applied to the EPR reactor. Besides these two key-evolutions, most of the other physical modules have also been improved and ASTEC V2 is now coupled to the SUNSET statistical tool to make easier the uncertainty and sensitivity analyses. The ASTEC models are today at the state of the art (in particular fission product models with respect to source term evaluation), except for quenching of a severely damage core. Beyond the need to develop an adequate model for the reflooding of a degraded core, the main other mean-term objectives are to further progress on the on-going extension of the scope of application to BWR and CANDU reactors, to spent fuel pool accidents as well as to accidents in both the ITER Fusion facility and Gen. IV reactors (in priority on sodium-cooled fast reactors) while making ASTEC evolving towards a severe accident simulator constitutes the main long-term objective. This paper presents the status of the ASTEC V2 versions, focussing on the description of V2.0 models for water-cooled nuclear plants.

  11. TERS v2.0: An improved version of TERS

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    Nath, S.

    2009-11-01

    We present a new version of the semimicroscopic Monte Carlo code "TERS". The procedure for calculating multiple small angle Coulomb scattering of the residues in the target has been modified. Target-backing and residue charge-reset foils, which are often used in heavy ion-induced complete fusion reactions, are included in the code. New version program summaryProgram title: TERS v2.0 Catalogue identifier: AEBD_v2_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEBD_v2_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 7309 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 1 219 555 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: C Computer: The code has been developed and tested on a PC with Intel Pentium IV processor. Operating system: Linux RAM: About 8 Mbytes Classification: 17.7 External routines: pgplot graphics subroutine library [1] should be installed in the system for generating residue trajectory plots. (The library is included in the CPC distribution file.) Catalogue identifier of previous version: AEBD_v1_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 179 (2008) 492 Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes Nature of problem: Recoil separators are employed to select and identify nuclei of interest, produced in a nuclear reaction, rejecting unreacted beam and other undesired reaction products. It is important to know what fraction of the selected nuclei, leaving the target, reach the detection system. This information is crucial for determining absolute cross section of the studied reaction. Solution method: Interaction of projectiles with target nuclei is treated event by event, semimicro-scopically. Position and angle (with respect to beam direction), energy and charge state of the reaction products are

  12. Economic Feasibility of V2G Frequency Regulation in Consideration of Battery Wear

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    2013-01-01

    An economic feasibility study of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) frequency regulation is performed in consideration of battery wear. Usually, a transaction for frequency regulation is made in terms of power capacity while the battery-wear proceeds in proportion to the absolute amount of energy transferred. In order to relate the two quantities, we first estimate the amount of transferred energy in terms of contracted power capacity, and hence regulation income, by analyzing actual regulation signals an...

  13. Structure of Na0.56V2O5

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    Mr=194.75, monoclinic, C2/m, a=11.663(9), b=3.6532(7), c=8.92(1) A, β=90.91(4)deg, V=379.9(7) A3, Z=4, Dx=3.405 Mg m-3, Mo Kα, λ=0.71073 A, μ=4.774 mm-1, F(000)=368.64, room temperature, final R=0.056 for 1234 unique observed reflections. Distorted octahedra of VO6 are linked together to form V2O5 layers parallel to (001). Na ions are situated between the layers and surrounded by seven O atoms. The structure is closely related to that of δ-Ag1-xV2O5. (orig.)

  14. Solving the $R_{AA}\\otimes v_2$ puzzle

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    Noronha-Hostler, Jacquelyn

    2016-01-01

    For the past ten years $R_{AA}(p_T)$, the nuclear modification factor that encodes the suppression of high $p_T$ particles due to energy loss within the medium was fairly well described by many theoretical models. However, the same models systematically under-predicted the high $p_T$ elliptic flow, $v_2$, which is experimentally measured as the correlation between soft and hard hadrons. All previous calculations neglected the effect of event-by-event fluctuations of an expanding viscous hydrodynamical background as well as the soft-hard flow harmonic correlations in the experimentally measured $v_2$. In this talk I show how event-by-event viscous hydrodynamics (computed using the v-USPhydro code) coupled to an energy loss model (BBMG) is able to simultaneously describe soft physics observables as well as the high-$p_T$ $R_{AA}$ and $v_2$. Suggestions for future more differential calculations at the LHC run2 are made to explore soft-hard flow correlations.

  15. Magnetism and magnetoelectricity in the polar oxide α-Cu2V2O7

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    Lee, Y.-W.; Jang, T.-H.; Dissanayake, S. E.; Lee, Seunghun; Jeong, Yoon H.

    2016-01-01

    Single crystals of the orthorhombic polar oxide α-Cu2V2O7 with space group Fdd2 are synthesized and their physical properties are measured. Neutron powder diffraction is also performed on a polycrystal sample to extract the magnetic structure. The ground state is shown to be weakly ferromagnetic, that is, collinearly antiferromagnetic in the a-direction with a small remanent magnetization in the c-direction. When an external magnetic field is applied in the c-direction, further spin canting, accompanied by the induced electric polarization, occurs. It is demonstrated that the magnetoelectric effect in α-Cu2V2O7 is adequately described if spin-dependent p\\text-d hybridization due to spin-orbit coupling as well as magnetic domain effects are simultaneously taken into account. We discuss the implication of the present result in the search for materials with multiferroicity and/or magnetoelectricity.

  16. Vanadium pentoxide nanochains for high-performance electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Umeshbabu, Ediga; Ranga Rao, G

    2016-06-15

    We have synthesized unique hierarchical one dimensional (1D) nanochains of V2O5 by employing simple hydrothermal method using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a soft template. The electrochemical performance of resulting V2O5 electrode materials was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques. The V2O5 nanochains (V2O5-ctab) show maximum specific capacitance of 631Fg(-1) at a current density of 0.5Ag(-1) and retain 300Fg(-1) even at high current density of 15Ag(-1). In addition the V2O5 nanochains show good cyclic stability with 75% capacitance retention after 1200 charge-discharge cycles. The order of specific capacitance is commercial bulk-V2O5 (160Fg(-1))V2O5 particles (395Fg(-1))<V2O5 nanochains (631Fg(-1)). The interconnected nanochain-like morphology and high specific surface area are the main factors which contribute to higher electrochemical performance to V2O5 nanochains and promote facile exchange of Li(+) ions during the charge-discharge processes. PMID:27038783

  17. Layer by layer assembly of ultrathin V2O5 anchored MWCNTs and graphene on textile fabrics for fabrication of high energy density flexible supercapacitor electrodes

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    Shakir, Imran; Ali, Zahid; Bae, Jihyun; Park, Jongjin; Kang, Dae Joon

    2014-03-01

    Among transition metal oxides, vanadium oxides have received relatively modest attention for supercapacitor applications. Yet, this material is abundant, relatively inexpensive and offer several oxidation states which can provide a broad range of redox reactions suitable for supercapacitor operation. Electrochemical supercapacitors based on nanostructured vanadium oxide (V2O5) suffer from relatively low energy densities as they have low surface area and poor electrical conductivities. To overcome these problems, we developed a layer by layer assembly (LBL) technique in which a graphene layer was alternatively inserted between MWCNT films coated with ultrathin (3 nm) V2O5. The insertion of a conductive spacer of graphene between the MWCNT films coated with V2O5 not only prevents agglomeration between the MWCNT films but also substantially enhances the specific capacitance by 67%, to as high as ~2590 F g-1. Furthermore, the LBL assembled multilayer supercapacitor electrodes exhibited an excellent cycling performance of >97%, capacitance retention over 5000 cycles and a high energy density of 96 W h kg-1 at a power density of 800 W kg-1. Our approach clearly offers an exciting opportunity for enhancing the device performance of metal oxide-based electrochemical supercapacitors suitable for next-generation flexible energy storage devices by employing a facile LBL assembly technique.Among transition metal oxides, vanadium oxides have received relatively modest attention for supercapacitor applications. Yet, this material is abundant, relatively inexpensive and offer several oxidation states which can provide a broad range of redox reactions suitable for supercapacitor operation. Electrochemical supercapacitors based on nanostructured vanadium oxide (V2O5) suffer from relatively low energy densities as they have low surface area and poor electrical conductivities. To overcome these problems, we developed a layer by layer assembly (LBL) technique in which a graphene layer

  18. Compositional, microstructural, and vibrational characteristics of synthesized V2O5 microspheres with nanorod formation

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    Dhayal Raj, A.; Suresh Kumar, P.; Yang, Q.; Mangalaraj, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Albert Irudayaraj, A.

    2013-07-01

    Microspheres composed of vanadium pentoxide nanorods have been successfully synthesized using a single step solvothermal method. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) analysis were used to characterize the morphology of the nanorod-like structures. The results show that the microspheres have an average diameter of 3.5 μm and that the diameter of the nanorods, of which these microspheres consist, ranges from 150 to 200 nm. Chemical and phase composition of the microspheres was analyzed using X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Selective Area Electron Diffraction (SAED). XRD patterns show that the nanorods are composed of V2O5 phase. The SAED patterns confirm the polycrystalline nature of V2O5 phase in the samples. The XPS spectra indicate that the surface of the microsphere samples consist predominantly of vanadium in its V5+ oxidation state. Vibrational analysis was done using Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy and the results further confirm the formation of V2O5 phase.

  19. IPG Job Manager v2.0 Design Documentation

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    Hu, Chaumin

    2003-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation provides a high-level design of the IPG Job Manager, and satisfies its Master Requirement Specification v2.0 Revision 1.0, 01/29/2003. The presentation includes a Software Architecture/Functional Overview with the following: Job Model; Job Manager Client/Server Architecture; Job Manager Client (Job Manager Client Class Diagram and Job Manager Client Activity Diagram); Job Manager Server (Job Manager Client Class Diagram and Job Manager Client Activity Diagram); Development Environment; Project Plan; Requirement Traceability.

  20. Effects of cell area on the performance of dye sensitized solar cell

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    Khatani, Mehboob, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Mohamed, Norani Muti, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Hamid, Nor Hisham, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Sahmer, Ahmad Zahrin, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com; Samsudin, Adel, E-mail: mkhatani@hotmail.com, E-mail: noranimuti-mohamed@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hishmid@petronas.com.my, E-mail: azclement@yahoo.com, E-mail: aeska07@gmail.com [Centre of Innovative Nanostructures and Nanodevices (COINN), UTP (Malaysia)

    2014-10-24

    Dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) have significant advantage over the current silicon cells by having low manufacturing cost and potentially high conversion efficiency. Therefore, DSCs are expected to be used as the next generation solar cell device that covers wide range of new applications. In order to achieve highly efficient DSCs for practical application, study on the effect of increasing the cell’s area on the performance of dye sensitized solar need to be carried out. Three different DSC cell areas namely, 1, 12.96 and 93.5 cm{sup 2} respectively were fabricated and analyzed through solar simulator and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). From the analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), it was observed that the cell’s electron lifetime was influenced significantly by the cell’s area. Although the collection efficiency of all cells recorded to be approximately 100% but higher recombination rate with increased cell area reduced the performance of the cell.

  1. Electrical conductivity and dielectric studies of MnO2 doped V2O5

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    Tan, Foo Khoon; Hassan, Jumiah; Wahab, Zaidan Abd.; Azis, Raba'ah Syahidah

    The investigation on electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of mixed oxide of manganese (Mn) and vanadium (V) was carried out to study the mixed oxides response to different frequencies and different measuring temperatures. The frequency and temperature dependence of AC conductivity, dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor of mixed oxides were studied in the frequency range of 40 Hz-1 MHz and a temperature range of 30-250 °C. Since the mixed oxides are multi phase materials, hence the properties of the pure oxides are also presented in this study to discuss the multi phase behaviour of the mixed oxides. The XRD pattern shows the Mn-V oxide is multiphase and quantitative phase analysis was performed to determine the relative phases. The overall results indicate that with increasing temperature, the AC conductivity, dielectric constant, dielectric loss factor and loss tangent of the Mn-V mixed oxide increases. However, it shows an overlap in the dielectric constant at 225 °C and 250 °C due to the V2O5 phase in the mixed oxide. From the AC activation energy, the mixed oxides underwent conduction mechanism transition from band to hopping in the investigated frequency range. The MnV2O6 has relatively good resistivity, therefore the mixed oxide sintered at 550 °C with the highest composition of MnV2O6 gives the highest dielectric constant of 9845 at 1 kHz, and at 250 °C.

  2. Highly Flexible Self-Assembled V2O5 Cathodes Enabled by Conducting Diblock Copolymers

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    An, Hyosung; Mike, Jared; Smith, Kendall; Swank, Lisa; Lin, Yen-Hao; Pesek, Stacy; Verduzco, Rafael; Lutkenhaus, Jodie

    Structural energy storage materials combining load-bearing mechanical properties and high energy storage performance are desired for applications in wearable devices or flexible displays. Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is a promising cathode material for possible use in flexible battery electrodes, but it remains limited by low Li+ diffusion coefficient and electronic conductivity, severe volumetric changes upon cycling, and limited mechanical flexibility. Here, we demonstrate a route to address these challenges by blending a diblock copolymer bearing electron- and ion-conducting blocks, poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(ethyleneoxide) (P3HT- b-PEO), with V2O5 to form a mechanically flexible, electro-mechanically stable hybrid electrode. V2O5 layers were arranged parallel in brick-and-mortar-like fashion held together by the P3HT- b-PEO binder. This unique structure significantly enhances mechanical flexibility, toughness and cyclability without sacrificing capacity. Electrodes comprised of 10 wt% polymer have unusually high toughness (293 kJ/m3) and specific energy (530 Wh/kg), both higher than reduced graphene oxide paper electrodes.

  3. Impression of plasma voltage on growth of α-V2O5 nanostructured thin films

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    Sharma, Rabindar Kumar; Kumar, Prabhat; Reddy, G. B.

    2015-06-01

    In this communication, we synthesized vanadium pentoxide (α-V2O5) nanostructured thin films (NSTs) accompanied with nanoflakes/ nanoplates on the Ni-coated glass substrates employing plasma assisted sublimation process (PASP) as a function of plasma voltage (Vp). The effect of plasma voltage on structural, morphological, compositional, and vibrational properties have been studied systematically. The structural analysis divulged that all films deposited at different Vp have pure orthorhombic phase, no impurity phase is detected under resolution limit of XRD and XPS. The morphological studies of samples is carried out by SEM, revealed that features as well as alignment of V2O5 NSTs is greatly monitored by Vp and the film possessing the best features is obtained at 2500volt. In addition, XPS results reveal that V5+ oxidation state is the most prominent state in sample V2, which represents better stoichiometric nature of film. The vibrational study of all samples is performed by FTIR and strongly support the XRD observations. All the results are in consonance with each other.

  4. Ultrasound Velocity Measurements in the Orbital-Degenerate Frustrated Spinel MgV2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Ishikawa, Takashi; Hara, Shigeo; Islam, A. T. M. Nazmul; Wheeler, Elisa M.; Lake, Bella

    2014-03-01

    Magnesium vanadate spinel MgV2O4 is a geometrically frustrated magnet with t2 g-orbital degeneracy of V3+ (3d2), which undergoes a cubic-to-tetragonal structural transition at Ts = 65 K and an antiferromagnetic (AF) transition at TN = 42 K. For MgV2O4, it is considered that the occurrence of t2 g-orbital order at Ts causes the release of frustration by the AF ordering at TN lower than Ts. We performed ultrasound velocity measurements in high-purity single crystal of MgV2O4. Temperature dependence of the tetragonal shear modulus (C11 -C12)/2 exhibits huge Curie-type softening in the cubic paramagnetic (PM) phase (T >Ts), which should be a precursor to the cubic-to-tetragonal lattice distortion at Ts. The trigonal shear modulus C44(T) exhibits softening with an upturn curvature in the cubic PM phase, indicating a coupling of the lattice to magnetic excitations. These softenings suggest the coexistence of the dynamical Jahn-Teller effect and the dynamical magnetic state in the cubic PM phase.

  5. Synthesis of Large Area Graphene for High Performance in Flexible Optoelectronic Devices

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    Polat, Emre O.; Balci, Osman; Kakenov, Nurbek; Uzlu, Hasan Burkay; Kocabas, Coskun; Dahiya, Ravinder

    2015-11-01

    This work demonstrates an attractive low-cost route to obtain large area and high-quality graphene films by using the ultra-smooth copper foils which are typically used as the negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. We first compared the electronic transport properties of our new graphene film with the one synthesized by using commonly used standard copper foils in chemical vapor deposition (CVD). We observed a stark improvement in the electrical performance of the transistors realized on our graphene films. To study the optical properties on large area, we transferred CVD based graphene to transparent flexible substrates using hot lamination method and performed large area optical scanning. We demonstrate the promise of our high quality graphene films for large areas with ~400 cm2 flexible optical modulators. We obtained a profound light modulation over a broad spectrum by using the fabricated large area transparent graphene supercapacitors and we compared the performance of our devices with the one based on graphene from standard copper. We propose that the copper foils used in the lithium-ion batteries could be used to obtain high-quality graphene at much lower-cost, with the improved performance of electrical transport and optical properties in the devices made from them.

  6. Synthesis of Large Area Graphene for High Performance in Flexible Optoelectronic Devices.

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    Polat, Emre O; Balci, Osman; Kakenov, Nurbek; Uzlu, Hasan Burkay; Kocabas, Coskun; Dahiya, Ravinder

    2015-01-01

    This work demonstrates an attractive low-cost route to obtain large area and high-quality graphene films by using the ultra-smooth copper foils which are typically used as the negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. We first compared the electronic transport properties of our new graphene film with the one synthesized by using commonly used standard copper foils in chemical vapor deposition (CVD). We observed a stark improvement in the electrical performance of the transistors realized on our graphene films. To study the optical properties on large area, we transferred CVD based graphene to transparent flexible substrates using hot lamination method and performed large area optical scanning. We demonstrate the promise of our high quality graphene films for large areas with ~400 cm(2) flexible optical modulators. We obtained a profound light modulation over a broad spectrum by using the fabricated large area transparent graphene supercapacitors and we compared the performance of our devices with the one based on graphene from standard copper. We propose that the copper foils used in the lithium-ion batteries could be used to obtain high-quality graphene at much lower-cost, with the improved performance of electrical transport and optical properties in the devices made from them. PMID:26578425

  7. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at solid waste storage area 6

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    This revised performance assessment (PA) for the continued disposal operations at Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA) 6 on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) has been prepared to demonstrate compliance with the performance objectives for low-level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal contained in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5820.2A. This revised PA considers disposal operations conducted from September 26, 1988, through the projects lifetime of the disposal facility

  8. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at solid waste storage area 6

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    This revised performance assessment (PA) for the continued disposal operations at Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA) 6 on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) has been prepared to demonstrate compliance with the performance objectives for low-level radioactive waste (LLW) disposal contained in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5820.2A. This revised PA considers disposal operations conducted from September 26, 1988, through the projects lifetime of the disposal facility.

  9. Fishers' perceptions as indicators of the performance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

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    Leleu, Kevin; Alban, Frederique; Pelletier, Dominique; Charbonnel, Eric; Letourneur, Yves; Boudouresque, Charles F.

    2012-01-01

    How users perceive the performance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is fundamental for the social acceptance of these zones. Moreover, their perceptions may be relevant for monitoring the effects of MPAs on extractive activities. This study analyzes artisanal fishers' perceptions of the performance of a north-western Mediterranean coastal MPA, which encompasses two no-take zones (NTZs). Three viewpoints have been considered: the effect on the personal activity of fishers, the effect on the lo...

  10. The Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit for Space Habitation and Exploration

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit for Space Habitation and Exploration is a novel system concept that provides a platform for integrating sensors and actuators with daily astronaut intravehicular activities to improve health and performance, while reducing the mass and volume of the physiologic adaptation countermeasure systems, as well as the required exercise time during long-duration space exploration missions. The V2Suit system leverages wearable kinematic monitoring technology and uses inertial measurement units (IMUs and control moment gyroscopes (CMGs within miniaturized modules placed on body segments to provide a viscous resistance during movements against a specified direction of down – initially as a countermeasure to the sensorimotor adaptation performance decrements that manifest themselves while living and working in microgravity and during gravitational transitions during long-duration spaceflight, including post-flight recovery and rehabilitation. Several aspects of the V2Suit system concept were explored and simulated prior to developing a brassboard prototype for technology demonstration. This included a system architecture for identifying the key components and their interconnects, initial identification of key human-system integration challenges, development of a simulation architecture for CMG selection and parameter sizing, and the detailed mechanical design and fabrication of a module. The brassboard prototype demonstrates closed-loop control from down initialization through CMG actuation, and provides a research platform for human performance evaluations to mitigate sensorimotor adaptation, as well as a tool for determining the performance requirements when used as a musculoskeletal deconditioning countermeasure. This type of countermeasure system also has Earth benefits, particularly in gait or movement stabilization and rehabilitation.

  11. Waterfowl migration and distribution in North West estuaries. V. 2

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    Waterfowl populations may be affected by the proposed tidal barrage across the Mersey. A study was performed with three objectives: (1) to evaluate the patterns of usage of the intertidal flats of the Mersey estuary by waders and wildfowl and to establish which are the preferred areas; (2) to identify the places of origin and movement patterns of the populations of waders and wildfowl that visit the Mersey estuary; and (3) to evaluate evidence regarding the capacity of British estuaries to absorb waders and wildfowl populations which might be displaced by a Mersey Barrage. The text and tables of results of this study have already been presented in Volume 1. Volume 2 contains the figures describing the results (U.K)

  12. A strategy for single-step elaboration of V2O5-grafted TiO2 nanostructured photocatalysts with evenly distributed pores

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    Highlights: → V2O5-TiO2 layers were grown by MAO technique under pulse current for the first time. → A correlation between photocatalytic performance and growth conditions was proposed. - Abstract: V2O5-TiO2 nanostructured porous layers were grown through micro arc oxidation of titanium in vanadate containing electrolytes. This study sheds light on the effect of the electric current type on the photocatalytic performance of the layers. Surface morphology of the layers was investigated by SEM. The results revealed a porous structure with a pores size of 30-180 nm depending on the frequency and the duty cycle. A uniform porous structure was obtained under the pulse-DC regime. Topographical investigations revealed a rough surface which is favorable for catalytic applications. Our XRD and XPS results showed that the layers consisted of anatase, rutile, and vanadium oxide phases whose fraction was observed to change depending on the electric variables. Finally, methylene blue was selected as a model material in order to evaluate the photocatalytic performance of the grown layers. The layers which were fabricated under pulse current, especially those synthesized at the frequency of 500 Hz and duty cycle of 5%, exhibited higher photocatalytic efficiency under ultraviolet and visible illuminations on account of their higher surface area and anatase/rutile fraction.

  13. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at solid waste storage area 6. Appendices

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    This appendix provides the radionuclide inventory data used for the Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA) 6 Performance Assessment (PA). The uncertainties in the radionuclide inventory data are also provided, along with the descriptions of the methods used to estimate the uncertainties.

  14. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at solid waste storage area 6. Appendices

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    This appendix provides the radionuclide inventory data used for the Solid Waste Storage Area (SWSA) 6 Performance Assessment (PA). The uncertainties in the radionuclide inventory data are also provided, along with the descriptions of the methods used to estimate the uncertainties. of the methods used to estimate the uncertainties

  15. Implementation and performance evaluation of mobile ad hoc network for Emergency Telemedicine System in disaster areas.

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    Kim, J C; Kim, D Y; Jung, S M; Lee, M H; Kim, K S; Lee, C K; Nah, J Y; Lee, S H; Kim, J H; Choi, W J; Yoo, S K

    2009-01-01

    So far we have developed Emergency Telemedicine System (ETS) which is a robust system using heterogeneous networks. In disaster areas, however, ETS cannot be used if the primary network channel is disabled due to damages on the network infrastructures. Thus we designed network management software for disaster communication network by combination of Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) and Wireless LAN (WLAN). This software maintains routes to a Backbone Gateway Node in dynamic network topologies. In this paper, we introduce the proposed disaster communication network with management software, and evaluate its performance using ETS between Medical Center and simulated disaster areas. We also present the results of network performance analysis which identifies the possibility of actual Telemedicine Service in disaster areas via MANET and mobile network (e.g. HSDPA, WiBro). PMID:19964544

  16. Developments and applications of DAQ framework DABC v2

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    Adamczewski-Musch, J.; Kurz, N.; Linev, S.

    2015-12-01

    The Data Acquisition Backbone Core (DABC) is a software framework for distributed data acquisition. In 2013 Version 2 of DABC has been released with several improvements. For monitoring and control, an HTTP web server and a proprietary command channel socket have been provided. Web browser GUIs have been implemented for configuration and control of DABC and MBS DAQ nodes via such HTTP server. Several specific plug-ins, for example interfacing PEXOR/KINPEX optical readout PCIe boards, or HADES trbnet input and hld file output, have been further developed. In 2014, DABC v2 was applied for production data taking of the HADES collaboration's pion beam time at GSI. It fully replaced the functionality of the previous event builder software and added new features concerning online monitoring.

  17. Ground State Property of LiV2O4

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    XU Ying; ZENG Zhi

    2007-01-01

    @@ The spinel structure LiV2O4 is studied by local density approximation (LDA) as well as including strong correlation correction potential, i.e. the LDA+U scheme, which concerns the strongly correlated interaction. With LDA, the orbitals of V 3d and O 2p are well separated so that it presents purely metallic heavy fermion behaviour.The total energy of ferromagnetic phase is slightly lower than that of paramagnetic phase within the LDA approach. This implies that the ferromagnetic instability as a consequence of spin frustrated magnetism can be observed in experiments. The strong correlation interaction by using LDA+U enhances the exchange splitting.The heavy-fermion feature can be derived from the sharp peak around the Fermi level from the density of states.

  18. Locating PHEV Exchange Stations in V2G

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    Pan, Feng; Berscheid, Alan; Izraelevitz, David

    2010-01-01

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are an environmentally friendly technology that is expected to rapidly penetrate the transportation system. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar have received considerable attention as clean power options for future generation expansion. However, these sources are intermittent and increase the uncertainty in the ability to generate power. The deployment of PHEVs in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) system provide a potential mechanism for reducing the variability of renewable energy sources. For example, PHEV supporting infrastructures like battery exchange stations that provide battery service to PHEV customers could be used as storage devices to stabilize the grid when renewable energy production is fluctuating. In this paper, we study how to best site these stations in terms of how they can support both the transportation system and the power grid. To model this problem we develop a two-stage stochastic program to optimally locate the stations prior to the realizat...

  19. SpaceCube v2.0 Space Flight Hybrid Reconfigurable Data Processing System

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    Petrick, Dave

    2014-01-01

    This paper details the design architecture, design methodology, and the advantages of the SpaceCube v2.0 high performance data processing system for space applications. The purpose in building the SpaceCube v2.0 system is to create a superior high performance, reconfigurable, hybrid data processing system that can be used in a multitude of applications including those that require a radiation hardened and reliable solution. The SpaceCube v2.0 system leverages seven years of board design, avionics systems design, and space flight application experiences. This paper shows how SpaceCube v2.0 solves the increasing computing demands of space data processing applications that cannot be attained with a standalone processor approach.The main objective during the design stage is to find a good system balance between power, size, reliability, cost, and data processing capability. These design variables directly impact each other, and it is important to understand how to achieve a suitable balance. This paper will detail how these critical design factors were managed including the construction of an Engineering Model for an experiment on the International Space Station to test out design concepts. We will describe the designs for the processor card, power card, backplane, and a mission unique interface card. The mechanical design for the box will also be detailed since it is critical in meeting the stringent thermal and structural requirements imposed by the processing system. In addition, the mechanical design uses advanced thermal conduction techniques to solve the internal thermal challenges.The SpaceCube v2.0 processing system is based on an extended version of the 3U cPCI standard form factor where each card is 190mm x 100mm in size The typical power draw of the processor card is 8 to 10W and scales with application complexity. The SpaceCube v2.0 data processing card features two Xilinx Virtex-5 QV Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), eight memory modules, a monitor

  20. Solid rocket booster thrust vector control V-2 off-nominal testing

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    Pagan, B.

    1981-01-01

    The results of the V-2 off nominal test sequence performed on the space shuttle solid rocket booster thrust vector control (SRB TVC) system are reported. The TVC subsystem was subjected to 19 off nominal test conditions. The test sequence consisted of: 8 burp starts, 30 hot firings, 14 GN2 spin tests, and 3 servicing passive system tests. It is concluded that the TVC subsystem operated nominally in response to the given commands and test conditions. Test objectives, detail results, and data are included.

  1. Ultrasound velocity measurements in orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel MgV2O4

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    Ishikawa, T.; Watanabe, T.; Hara, S.; Islam, A. T. M. N.; Wheeler, E. M.; Lake, B.

    2015-03-01

    Ultrasound velocity measurements of the orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel MgV2O4 are performed in the disorder-free high-purity single crystal which exhibits successive structural and antiferromagnetic phase transitions, and in the disorder-introduced single crystal which exhibits spin-glass-like behavior. The measurements reveal coexisting two types of anomalous temperature dependence of the elastic moduli in the cubic paramagnetic phase: Curie-type softening with decreasing temperature, and softening with a characteristic minimum with decreasing temperature. These elastic anomalies should respectively originate from the coexisting orbital fluctuations and spin-cluster excitations.

  2. Preliminary Geological Map of the Fortuna Tessera (V-2) Quadrangle, Venus

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    Ivanov, M. A.; Head, J. W.

    2009-01-01

    The Fortuna Tessera quadrangle (50-75 N, 0-60 E) is a large region of tessera [1] that includes the major portion of Fortuna and Laima Tesserae [2]. Near the western edge of the map area, Fortuna Tessera is in contact with the highest moun-tain belt on Venus, Maxwell Montes. Deformational belts of Sigrun-Manto Fossae (extensional structures) and Au ra Dorsa (contractional structures) separate the tessera regions. Highly deformed terrains correspond to elevated regions and mildly deformed units are with low-lying areas. The sets of features within the V-2 quadrangle permit us to address the following important questions: (1) the timing and processes of crustal thickening/thinning, (2) the nature and origin of tesserae and deformation belts and their relation to crustal thickening processes, (3) the existence or absence of major evolutionary trends of volcanism and tectonics. The key feature in all of these problems is the regional sequence of events. Here we present description of units that occur in the V-2 quadrangle, their regional correlation chart (Fig. 1), and preliminary geological map of the region (Fig. 2).

  3. Nanostructure, thermoelectric properties, and transport theory of V2VI3 and V2VI3/IV-VI based superlattices and nanomaterials

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    The scope of this work is to review the thermoelectric properties, the microstructures, and their correlation with theoretical calculations and predictions for recent chalcogenide based materials. The main focus is put on thin multilayered Bi2Te3, Sb2Te3 films, and bulk V2VI3/IV-VI mixed systems. For all films a systematic characterization of the thermoelectric properties as well as the micro- and nanostructure was performed. The degree of crystallinity of the multilayered films varied from epitaxial systems to polycrystalline films. Other multilayered thin films revealed promising thermoelectric properties. (SnSe)1.2TiSe2 thin films with rotational disorder yielded the highest Seebeck coefficient published to date for analogous materials. For bulk V2VI3/IV-VI mixed systems insides are given into a complete ''material to module'' process resulting in a high performance thermoelectric generator using (1-x)(GeTe) x(Bi2Se0.2Te2.8) (x = 0.038). Cyclic heating of this system with x = 0.063 resulted in a drastic change of the micro- and nanostructure observed by ex situ and in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Consequently a degradation of ZT at 450 C from ∝2.0 to ∝1.0 was observed, while samples with x = 0.038 showed a stable ZT of 1.5. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. For Children—Charity Performance for Rebuilding Schools in Sichuan Disaster Areas Held in Malaysia

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    2008-01-01

    <正>On July 28, the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, was thronged with people."For Children-Charity Performance for Rebuilding Schools in China’s Sichuan Disaster Areas" presenting 25 excellent items selected from the 2008 Second Chinese-Malaysian Youth Dance Competition was held in the Thean Hou Hall of the temple. On the big screens at both sides of the stage was shown the videoed live telecast of the Chinese people’s courageous rescue and relief efforts in the earthquake areas. The atmosphere in the hall was both solemn and enthusiastic.

  5. Congestion Based Mechanism for Route Discovery in a V2I-V2V System Applying Smart Devices and IoT

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    Natalia Parrado; Yezid Donoso

    2015-01-01

    The Internet of Things is a new paradigm in which objects in a specific context can be integrated into traditional communication networks to actively participate in solving a determined problem. The Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies are specific cases of IoT and key enablers for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). V2V and V2I have been widely used to solve different problems associated with transportation in cities, in which the most important is ...

  6. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at Solid Waste Storage Area 6

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    This radiological performance assessment for the continued disposal operations at Solid Waste Storage Area 6 (SWSA 6) on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) has been prepared to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the US DOE. The analysis of SWSA 6 required the use of assumptions to supplement the available site data when the available data were incomplete for the purpose of analysis. Results indicate that SWSA 6 does not presently meet the performance objectives of DOE Order 5820.2A. Changes in operations and continued work on the performance assessment are expected to demonstrate compliance with the performance objectives for continuing operations at the Interim Waste Management Facility (IWMF). All other disposal operations in SWSA 6 are to be discontinued as of January 1, 1994. The disposal units at which disposal operations are discontinued will be subject to CERCLA remediation, which will result in acceptable protection of the public health and safety

  7. Evaluation of replacement protocols and modifications to TCP to enhance ASC Wide Area Network performance.

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    Romero, Randy L. Jr.

    2004-09-01

    Historically, TCP/IP has been the protocol suite used to transfer data throughout the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) community. However, TCP was developed many years ago for an environment very different from the ASC Wide Area Network (WAN) of today. There have been numerous publications that hint of better performance if modifications were made to the TCP algorithms or a different protocol was used to transfer data across a high bandwidth, high delay WAN. Since Sandia National Laboratories wants to maximize the ASC WAN performance to support the Thor's Hammer supercomputer, there is strong interest in evaluating modifications to the TCP protocol and in evaluating alternatives to TCP, such as SCTP, to determine if they provide improved performance. Therefore, the goal of this project is to test, evaluate, compare, and report protocol technologies that enhance the performance of the ASC WAN.

  8. Performance assessment for continuing and future operations at Solid Waste Storage Area 6

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    1994-02-01

    This radiological performance assessment for the continued disposal operations at Solid Waste Storage Area 6 (SWSA 6) on the Oak Ridge Reservation (ORR) has been prepared to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the US DOE. The analysis of SWSA 6 required the use of assumptions to supplement the available site data when the available data were incomplete for the purpose of analysis. Results indicate that SWSA 6 does not presently meet the performance objectives of DOE Order 5820.2A. Changes in operations and continued work on the performance assessment are expected to demonstrate compliance with the performance objectives for continuing operations at the Interim Waste Management Facility (IWMF). All other disposal operations in SWSA 6 are to be discontinued as of January 1, 1994. The disposal units at which disposal operations are discontinued will be subject to CERCLA remediation, which will result in acceptable protection of the public health and safety.

  9. [Removal of gaseous elemental mercury over cerium doped low vanadium loading V2O5-WO3/TiO2 in simulated coal-fired flue gas].

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    Wan, Qi; Duan, Lei; He, Ke-Bin; Chen, Liang; Li, Jun-Hua

    2011-09-01

    This paper discussed a recent study of mercury removal by gaseous hydrogen chloride over novel Ce doped low vanadium V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalysts under a bench scale condition. The performances on Hg(0) removal over the catalyst were tested in simulated flue gas with 80-100 microg x m(-3) Hg(0), 8% O2, 10 x10(-6) HCl, 8% H2O, 800 x10(-6) SO2 and balanced with N2. Results showed that about 95% of Hg(0) could be removed. According to the characterization results, BET surface areas had not significant influence on catalytic performance. XPS results indicated that Ce4+ oxide was a mainly form in the catalysts surface, which was beneficial for Hg(0) removal reactions. Water vapor slightly inhibited Hg(0) removal efficiency, due to the competitive adsorption, however, SO2 promoted the oxidation reactions, resulting in higher removal efficiencies. PMID:22165254

  10. The Open Cloud Testbed: A Wide Area Testbed for Cloud Computing Utilizing High Performance Network Services

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    Grossman, Robert; Sabala, Michal; Bennet, Collin; Seidman, Jonathan; Mambratti, Joe

    2009-01-01

    Recently, a number of cloud platforms and services have been developed for data intensive computing, including Hadoop, Sector, CloudStore (formerly KFS), HBase, and Thrift. In order to benchmark the performance of these systems, to investigate their interoperability, and to experiment with new services based on flexible compute node and network provisioning capabilities, we have designed and implemented a large scale testbed called the Open Cloud Testbed (OCT). Currently the OCT has 120 nodes in four data centers: Baltimore, Chicago (two locations), and San Diego. In contrast to other cloud testbeds, which are in small geographic areas and which are based on commodity Internet services, the OCT is a wide area testbed and the four data centers are connected with a high performance 10Gb/s network, based on a foundation of dedicated lightpaths. This testbed can address the requirements of extremely large data streams that challenge other types of distributed infrastructure. We have also developed several utiliti...

  11. An abbreviated task-oriented assessment (Bay Area Functional Performance Evaluation).

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    Mann, W C; Huselid, R

    1993-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore development of an abbreviated version of the Task-Oriented Assessment component of the Bay Area Functional Performance Evaluation (BaFPE). The BaFPE is widely used by occupational therapists practicing in mental health, but therapists have requested an instrument that could be administered and scored more quickly. Both a subjective and objective analysis support the development of an abbreviated version of the Task-Oriented Assessment. PMID:8470740

  12. ICESat's performance and the application in Dome A area in Antarctica

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    2006-01-01

    This paper summarized the on-orbit measurement performance of GLAS, and analyzed the precision of its data products. By comparing the high-accuracy ICESat measurements with the GPS ground surveys during 21st CHINARE inner ice sheets expedition, it is analyzed and validated that the suggested Dome A area and the measured peak point of Antarctica inner ice sheets defined during 21st CHINARE are both correct.

  13. Synthesis of large area graphene for high performance in flexible optoelectronic devices

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    Emre O. Polat; Osman Balci; Nurbek Kakenov; Hasan Burkay Uzlu; Coskun Kocabas; Ravinder Dahiya

    2015-01-01

    This work demonstrates an attractive low-cost route to obtain large area and high-quality graphene films by using the ultra-smooth copper foils which are typically used as the negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. We first compared the electronic transport properties of our new graphene film with the one synthesized by using commonly used standard copper foils in chemical vapor deposition (CVD). We observed a stark improvement in the electrical performance of the transistors realized ...

  14. Investigation of the performance of a variable area diffuser for gas dynamic lasers

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    Nuttbrock, D.L.

    1974-06-01

    An experimental study was performed to determine the performance of a variable area diffuser downstrem of an array of supersonic nozzles, and to determine the Mach number profile between the nozzle exit and the diffuser entrance. The study was conducted on a blowdown wind tunnel and the test section was designed to model a gas dynamic laser with an array of five nozzle blades, a constant area section, and a converging-diverging diffuser. Air at a temperature of 70/sup 0/F and at total pressures ranging from 100 to 210 psig was expanded through an area ratio of approximately 66. Using various pressure measurements the Mach number was found to decrease from M = 6.4 at the nozzle exit to approximately M = 4.0 at the diffuser entrance. The rapid decrease was attributed to the irreversible effects of friction, the nozzle blade wakes, and the nozzle throat shocks. The minimum starting area ratio of the diffuser was 0.59, which agrees well with one dimensional theory.

  15. 26 CFR 31.3121(v)(2)-2 - Effective dates and transition rules.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Effective dates and transition rules. 31.3121(v)(2)-2 Section 31.3121(v)(2)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY... Provisions § 31.3121(v)(2)-2 Effective dates and transition rules. (a) General statutory effective...

  16. E AREA LOW LEVEL WASTE FACILITY DOE 435.1 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

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    2008-03-31

    This Performance Assessment for the Savannah River Site E-Area Low-Level Waste Facility was prepared to meet requirements of Chapter IV of the Department of Energy Order 435.1-1. The Order specifies that a Performance Assessment should provide reasonable assurance that a low-level waste disposal facility will comply with the performance objectives of the Order. The Order also requires assessments of impacts to water resources and to hypothetical inadvertent intruders for purposes of establishing limits on radionuclides that may be disposed near-surface. According to the Order, calculations of potential doses and releases from the facility should address a 1,000-year period after facility closure. The point of compliance for the performance measures relevant to the all pathways and air pathway performance objective, as well as to the impact on water resources assessment requirement, must correspond to the point of highest projected dose or concentration beyond a 100-m buffer zone surrounding the disposed waste following the assumed end of active institutional controls 100 years after facility closure. During the operational and institutional control periods, the point of compliance for the all pathways and air pathway performance measures is the SRS boundary. However, for the water resources impact assessment, the point of compliance remains the point of highest projected dose or concentration beyond a 100-m buffer zone surrounding the disposed waste during the operational and institutional control periods. For performance measures relevant to radon and inadvertent intruders, the points of compliance are the disposal facility surface for all time periods and the disposal facility after the assumed loss of active institutional controls 100 years after facility closure, respectively. The E-Area Low-Level Waste Facility is located in the central region of the SRS known as the General Separations Area. It is an elbow-shaped, cleared area, which curves to the northwest

  17. The Governance Structure and Performance of Agricultural Cooperative Economic Organizations in the Three Gorges Reservoir Area

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    2012-01-01

    On the basis of questionnaire survey results of 100 agricultural cooperative economic organizations in Three Gorges Reservoir Area,this article uses the structural equation modeling as analysis tool to conduct empirical analysis of the governance structure and performance of agricultural cooperative economic organizations. The results show that the ownership structure has the most critical impact on the performance of cooperative organizations,and the impact coefficient is as high as 0.92; the importance of oversight mechanism is basically equivalent to that of the council structure for cooperative organizations,and the impact coefficient is 0.87 and 0.86,respectively,second only to the ownership structure; the size of members’ quit capacity also has a very important impact on the performance of organizations,with impact coefficient of 0.74. Thus,the problems influencing the performance of organizations,in the current governance structure of agricultural cooperative economic organizations in Three Gorges Reservoir Area,are pointed out. Finally,corresponding countermeasures are put forward.

  18. Searching the protein structure database for ligand-binding site similarities using CPASS v.2

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    Caprez Adam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A recent analysis of protein sequences deposited in the NCBI RefSeq database indicates that ~8.5 million protein sequences are encoded in prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes, where ~30% are explicitly annotated as "hypothetical" or "uncharacterized" protein. Our Comparison of Protein Active-Site Structures (CPASS v.2 database and software compares the sequence and structural characteristics of experimentally determined ligand binding sites to infer a functional relationship in the absence of global sequence or structure similarity. CPASS is an important component of our Functional Annotation Screening Technology by NMR (FAST-NMR protocol and has been successfully applied to aid the annotation of a number of proteins of unknown function. Findings We report a major upgrade to our CPASS software and database that significantly improves its broad utility. CPASS v.2 is designed with a layered architecture to increase flexibility and portability that also enables job distribution over the Open Science Grid (OSG to increase speed. Similarly, the CPASS interface was enhanced to provide more user flexibility in submitting a CPASS query. CPASS v.2 now allows for both automatic and manual definition of ligand-binding sites and permits pair-wise, one versus all, one versus list, or list versus list comparisons. Solvent accessible surface area, ligand root-mean square difference, and Cβ distances have been incorporated into the CPASS similarity function to improve the quality of the results. The CPASS database has also been updated. Conclusions CPASS v.2 is more than an order of magnitude faster than the original implementation, and allows for multiple simultaneous job submissions. Similarly, the CPASS database of ligand-defined binding sites has increased in size by ~ 38%, dramatically increasing the likelihood of a positive search result. The modification to the CPASS similarity function is effective in reducing CPASS similarity scores

  19. E AREA LOW LEVEL WASTE FACILITY DOE 435.1 PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

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    Wilhite, E

    2008-03-31

    This Performance Assessment for the Savannah River Site E-Area Low-Level Waste Facility was prepared to meet requirements of Chapter IV of the Department of Energy Order 435.1-1. The Order specifies that a Performance Assessment should provide reasonable assurance that a low-level waste disposal facility will comply with the performance objectives of the Order. The Order also requires assessments of impacts to water resources and to hypothetical inadvertent intruders for purposes of establishing limits on radionuclides that may be disposed near-surface. According to the Order, calculations of potential doses and releases from the facility should address a 1,000-year period after facility closure. The point of compliance for the performance measures relevant to the all pathways and air pathway performance objective, as well as to the impact on water resources assessment requirement, must correspond to the point of highest projected dose or concentration beyond a 100-m buffer zone surrounding the disposed waste following the assumed end of active institutional controls 100 years after facility closure. During the operational and institutional control periods, the point of compliance for the all pathways and air pathway performance measures is the SRS boundary. However, for the water resources impact assessment, the point of compliance remains the point of highest projected dose or concentration beyond a 100-m buffer zone surrounding the disposed waste during the operational and institutional control periods. For performance measures relevant to radon and inadvertent intruders, the points of compliance are the disposal facility surface for all time periods and the disposal facility after the assumed loss of active institutional controls 100 years after facility closure, respectively. The E-Area Low-Level Waste Facility is located in the central region of the SRS known as the General Separations Area. It is an elbow-shaped, cleared area, which curves to the northwest

  20. Performance and reliability of empirical mobility relationships for the prediction of Debris Flow inundated areas

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    Simoni, Alessandro; Berti, Matteo; Mammoliti, Maria

    2010-05-01

    Empirical mobility relationships can be used for preliminary DF Hazard assessment. An adaptation of the original relationships has been proposed for alpine debris flows (DFLOWZ model; Berti and Simoni, 2007). Once a reference debris flow volume is chosen, the code DFLOWZ allows to estimate the area potentially affected by the event based on the mutual relationships between channel cross-sectional area, planimetric area of the deposit and overall volume. We back-analyzed 25 DF events occurred in the Bolzano province (Italy), ranging in volume from 3,000 to 300,000 m3 and evalutated the performance of the automated method through an objective reliability index. Our aim is: - evaluate the effects of uncertainty associated with the empirical mobility relationships; - assess other possible sources of error or violations of the assumptions that underlie the model. Results indicate that a high-resolution DEM (≤ 2.5 m) is essential to get a reliable inundation prediction over a fan. The code itself performs well, in a wide range of situations, demonstrating the conceptual correctness of underlying assumptions. The most relevant source of error remains the uncertainty associated with the empirical mobility relationships, due mainly to errors in volume measurements of DF deposits. Their improvement can be achieved through the collection of high quality field data of DF events.

  1. Performance of the ARPA-SMR limited-area ensemble prediction system: two flood cases

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    A. Montani

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance of the ARPA-SMR Limited-area Ensemble Prediction System (LEPS, generated by nesting a limited-area model on selected members of the ECMWF targeted ensemble, is evaluated for two flood events that occurred during September 1992. The predictability of the events is studied for forecast times ranging from 2 to 4 days. The extent to which floods localised in time and space can be forecast at high resolution in probabilistic terms was investigated. Rainfall probability maps generated by both LEPS and ECMWF targeted ensembles are compared for different precipitation thresholds in order to assess the impact of enhanced resolution. At all considered forecast ranges, LEPS performs better, providing a more accurate description of the event with respect to the spatio-temporal location, as well as its intensity. In both flood cases, LEPS probability maps turn out to be a very valuable tool to assist forecasters to issue flood alerts at different forecast ranges. It is also shown that at the shortest forecast range, the deterministic prediction provided by the limited area model, when run in a higher-resolution configuration, provides a very accurate rainfall pattern and a good quantitative estimate of the total rainfall deployed in the flooded regions.

  2. Performance of a Fieldable Large-Area, Coded-Aperture, Gamma Imager

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    Habte Ghebretatios, Frezghi [ORNL; Cunningham, Mark F [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL); Fabris, Lorenzo [ORNL; Ziock, Klaus-Peter [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    We recently developed a fieldable large-area, coded-aperture, gamma imager (the Large Area Imager - LAI). The instrument was developed to detect weak radiation sources in a fluctuating natural background. Ideally, the efficacy of the instrument is determined using receiver-operator statistics generated from measurement data in terms of probability of detection versus probability of false alarm. However, due to the impracticality of hiding many sources in public areas, it is difficult to measure the data required to generate receiver-operator characteristic (ROC) curves. Instead, we develop a high statistics "model source" from measurements of a real point source and then inject the model source into data collected from the world at large where, presumably, no source exists. In this paper we have applied this "source injection" technique to evaluate the performance of the LAI. We plotted ROC curves obtained for different source locations from the imager and for different source strengths when the source is injected at 50 m from the imager. The result shows that this prototype instrument provides excellent performance for a 1-mCi source at a distance of 50 m from the imager in a single pass at 25 mph.

  3. The physics mechanisms of light and heavy flavor $v_{2}$ and mass ordering in AMPT

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    Li, Hanlin; Wang, Fuqiang

    2016-01-01

    A Multi-Phase Transport (AMPT) model has been shown to describe experimental data well, such as the bulk properties of particle spectra and elliptic anisotropy ($v_{2}$) in heavy ion collisions. Recent studies have shown that AMPT describes the $v_{2}$ data in small system collisions as well. In these proceedings, we first investigate the origin of the mass ordering of identified hadrons $v_{2}$ in heavy ion as well as small system collisions. We then study the production mechanism of the charm $v_{2}$ in light of the escape mechanism for the light quark $v_{2}$.

  4. THE NANOCOMPOSITE FILM OF POLYMER INTERCALATION IN V2O5 XEROGEL

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    2000-01-01

    The nanocomposite films were prepared by poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, intercalation in V2O5 xerogel in sol-gel. The synthesis and state of the films are investigated by the XRD, IR, SEM, etc. The results show that V2O5 xerogel is a layered structure which arranges in c-direction. The interlayer distance of V2O5 xerogel increases remarkably when PEO is intercalated in V2O5 xerogel interlayer. PEO has strong interaction with V2O5 host. The surface of the films is homogeneous without holes and cracks.

  5. 2012 Annual Summary Report for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites at the Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada: Review of the Performance Assessments and Composite Analyses

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    Shott, G. [National Security Technologies, LLC

    2013-03-18

    July 1, 2006, with the last shipment received in April 2006. The FY 2012 review of operations, facility design, closure plans, monitoring results, and R&D results for the Area 3 RWMS indicates no changes that would impact PA validity. A special analysis using the Area 3 RWMS v2.102 GoldSim PA model was prepared to update the PA results for the Area 3 RWMS in FY 2012. The special analysis concludes that all performance objectives can be met and the Area 3 RWMS PA remains valid. There is no need to the revise the Area 3 RWMS PA. Review of Area 5 RWMS operations, design, closure plans, monitoring results, and R&D activities indicates no significant changes other than an increase in the inventory disposed. The FY 2012 PA results, generated with the Area 5 RWMS v4.114 GoldSim PA model, indicate that there continues to be a reasonable expectation of meeting all performance objectives. The results and conclusions of the Area 5 RWMS PA are judged valid, and there is no need to the revise the PA. A review of changes potentially impacting the CAs indicates that no significant changes occurred in FY 2012. The continuing adequacy of the CAs was evaluated with the new models, and no significant changes that would alter CA results or conclusions were found. The revision of the Area 3 RWMS CA, which will include the Underground Test Area source term (Corrective Action Unit [CAU] 97), is scheduled for FY 2024, following the completion of the Yucca Flat CAU 97 Corrective Action Decision Document/Corrective Action Plan in FY 2016. Inclusion of the Frenchman Flat CAU 98 results in the Area 5 RWMS CA is scheduled for FY 2016, pending the completion of the CAU 98 closure report in FY 2015. Near-term R&D efforts will focus on continuing development of the Area 3 and Area 5 RWMS GoldSim PA/CA and inventory models.

  6. Effect of the selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists in hepatic cirrhosis patients with ascites: a meta-analysis

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    Shao-hui TANG

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists in the treatment of hepatic cirrhosis patients with ascites. Methods PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Database for Chinese Technical Periodical (VIP, Chinese Journal Full-Text Database (CNKI, and Wan Fang Digital Journal Full-text Database were retrieved to collect clinical randomized controlled trials of hepatic cirrhosis with ascites treated by selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists. Meta analysis was performed by using Review Manager 5.0. Results Nine randomized controlled trials including 1884 patients met the inclusion criteria. Meta-analysis showed that: 1 The selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists were associated with a significant reduction in body weight compared with placebo (WMD=–1.98kg, 95%CI:–3.24-–0.72kg, P=0.002. Treatment with selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists was associated with an improvement of low serum sodium concentration compared to placebo (WMD=3.74mmol/L, 95%CI: 0.91-6.58mmol/L, P=0.01. The percentage of patients with worsening ascites was higher in the group of patients treated with placebo (RR=0.51, 95%CI: 0.34-0.77, P=0.001. 2 The amplitude of increased urine volume was obviously higher in selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists group than in placebo group (WMD=1437.65ml, 95%CI: 649.01-2226.30ml, P=0.0004. The difference of serum creatinine in the selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists group was not statistically significant compared with the control group (WMD=–3.49μmol/L, 95%CI: –12.54¬5.56μmol/L, P=0.45. 3 There was no statistical significance between the two groups in the heart rate, systolic pressure, diastolic pressure and mortality (P>0.05. The rate of other adverse reactions was higher in the selective vasopressin V2 receptor antagonists group compared with that of placebo group (P=0.003. Conclusion

  7. CT study of the performance of reciprocating and oscillatory motions in flattened root canal areas

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    Moura-Netto, Cacio, E-mail: caciomn@usp.br [Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (UNICSUL), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Odontologia; Palo, Renato Miotto [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (ICT/UNESP), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia; Pinto, Larissa Fernanda; Daltoe, Gisele; Mello-Moura, Anna Carolina Volpi [Universidade Ibirapuera (UNIB), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Fac. de Odontologia

    2015-03-01

    Abstract: Root canal preparation is an important step in endodontic treatment. The anatomical complexity of the middle third of the root compromises the effective cleaning of this area. Thus, advances have been made in instrumentation techniques and instruments for this purpose. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of three different instrumentation systems on the enlargement of the middle thirds of root canals in mandibular incisors. The preparation methods used were the reciprocating systems Reciproc (Group I) and WaveOne (Group II) and the oscillatory system Tilos (Group III). Comparisons were made by three-dimensional image reconstruction with cone-beam computed tomography before and after instrumentation. Changes in area, perimeter, centering ability, and pattern of preparation were analyzed. The results were subjected to ANOVA complemented by the Tukey’s test. Changes in area, perimeter, and tendency of transportation showed similar results among groups. The transportation index of the Tilos system was significantly lower than that of the other groups. Qualitative analysis of the preparation pattern showed that the Tilos system had a more uniform preparation, although Reciproc and WaveOne preparations appeared more rounded, incompatible with the original canal anatomy. There was similarity in the systems’ performance on flattened areas, although the Tilos system presented a better pattern of root canal preparation and a lower index of transportation. (author)

  8. CT study of the performance of reciprocating and oscillatory motions in flattened root canal areas

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    Abstract: Root canal preparation is an important step in endodontic treatment. The anatomical complexity of the middle third of the root compromises the effective cleaning of this area. Thus, advances have been made in instrumentation techniques and instruments for this purpose. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of three different instrumentation systems on the enlargement of the middle thirds of root canals in mandibular incisors. The preparation methods used were the reciprocating systems Reciproc (Group I) and WaveOne (Group II) and the oscillatory system Tilos (Group III). Comparisons were made by three-dimensional image reconstruction with cone-beam computed tomography before and after instrumentation. Changes in area, perimeter, centering ability, and pattern of preparation were analyzed. The results were subjected to ANOVA complemented by the Tukey’s test. Changes in area, perimeter, and tendency of transportation showed similar results among groups. The transportation index of the Tilos system was significantly lower than that of the other groups. Qualitative analysis of the preparation pattern showed that the Tilos system had a more uniform preparation, although Reciproc and WaveOne preparations appeared more rounded, incompatible with the original canal anatomy. There was similarity in the systems’ performance on flattened areas, although the Tilos system presented a better pattern of root canal preparation and a lower index of transportation. (author)

  9. Wavy channel Thin Film Transistor for area efficient, high performance and low power applications

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    Hanna, Amir

    2014-06-01

    We report a new Thin Film Transistor (TFT) architecture that allows expansion of the device width using wavy (continuous without separation) fin features - termed as wavy channel (WC) architecture. This architecture allows expansion of transistor width in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, thus not consuming extra chip area, achieving area efficiency. The devices have shown for a 13% increase in the device width resulting in a maximum 2.4x increase in \\'ON\\' current value of the WCTFT, when compared to planar devices consuming the same chip area, while using atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide (ZnO) as the channel material. The WCTFT devices also maintain similar \\'OFF\\' current value, similar to 100 pA, when compared to planar devices, thus not compromising on power consumption for performance which usually happens with larger width devices. This work offers a pragmatic opportunity to use WCTFTs as backplane circuitry for large-area high-resolution display applications without any limitation any TFT materials.

  10. Wavy channel thin film transistor architecture for area efficient, high performance and low power displays

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    Hanna, Amir

    2013-12-23

    We demonstrate a new thin film transistor (TFT) architecture that allows expansion of the device width using continuous fin features - termed as wavy channel (WC) architecture. This architecture allows expansion of transistor width in a direction perpendicular to the substrate, thus not consuming extra chip area, achieving area efficiency. The devices have shown for a 13% increase in the device width resulting in a maximum 2.5× increase in \\'ON\\' current value of the WCTFT, when compared to planar devices consuming the same chip area, while using atomic layer deposition based zinc oxide (ZnO) as the channel material. The WCTFT devices also maintain similar \\'OFF\\' current value, ~100 pA, when compared to planar devices, thus not compromising on power consumption for performance which usually happens with larger width devices. This work offers an interesting opportunity to use WCTFTs as backplane circuitry for large-area high-resolution display applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Synthesis and Characterization of Self-Assembled V2O5 Mesostructures Intercalated by Polyaniline

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    Li Li; Zifeng Yan

    2005-01-01

    A new nanocomposite of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) and polyaniline (PANI) were synthesized by in situ oxidative polymerization/intercalation on V2O5 powder at room temperature. The reaction was facile and topotactic, forming polyaniline as the emeraldine salt. It was indicated that V2O5 itself can catalyze the oxidative polymerization of aniline and that layered structure could make aniline intercalate into the V2O5 framework. It makes the in situ polymerization feasible to occur in the layer of V2O5 structure. XRD results showed PANI/V2O5 nanocomposite possessed lamellar mesostructure, which was determined by an X-ray diffraction peak at 6.5° and SEM photograph. And FT-IR spectrum suggested that there was interaction between PANI and V2O5. The hybrid had better thermal stability in N2 and air ambience.

  12. Improving the performance of indicator groups for the identification of important areas for species conservation

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    Larsen, Frank Wugt; Bladt, Jesper; Rahbek, Carsten

    2007-01-01

    of widespread and large-bodied species decreased effectiveness. Changes in the number of genera and families only marginally affected the performance of indicator groups. Our results reveal that a focus on species of special conservation concern, which are legitimate conservation targets in their own right......Indicator groups may be important tools with which to guide the selection of networks of areas for conservation. Nevertheless, the literature provides little guidance as to what makes some groups of species more suitable than others to guide area selection. Using distributional data on all sub......-Saharan birds and mammals, we assessed factors that influence the effectiveness of indicator groups. We assessed the influence of threatened, endemic, range-restricted, widespread, and large-bodied species by systematically varying their number in indicator groups. We also assessed the influence of taxonomic...

  13. Performance of the Anti-Coincidence Detector on the GLAST Large Area Telescope

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    Thompson, D.J.; /NASA, Goddard; Charles, E.; /SLAC; Hartman, R.C.; /NASA, Goddard; Moiseev, A.A.; /NASA, Goddard; Ormes, J.F.; /NASA, Goddard /Denver U.

    2007-10-22

    The Anti-Coincidence Detector (ACD), the outermost detector layer in the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) Large Area Telescope (LAT), is designed to detect and veto incident cosmic ray charged particles, which outnumber cosmic gamma rays by 3-4 orders of magnitude. The challenge in ACD design is that it must have high (0.9997) detection efficiency for singly-charged relativistic particles, but must also have a low probability for self-veto of high-energy gammas by backsplash radiation from interactions in the LAT calorimeter. Simulations and tests demonstrate that the ACD meets its design requirements. The performance of the ACD has remained stable through stand-alone environmental testing, shipment across the U.S., installation onto the LAT, shipment back across the U.S., LAT environmental testing, and shipment to Arizona. As part of the fully-assembled GLAST observatory, the ACD is being readied for final testing before launch.

  14. Malaria is associated with poor school performance in an endemic area of the Brazilian Amazon

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    Lacerda Marcus VG

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Approximately 40% of the world's population is at risk for malaria. In highly endemic tropical areas, malaria is a major cause of morbidity and mortality during infancy. There is a complex interrelationship between malaria, malnutrition and intestinal helminths, and this may impair cognitive development in children. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between malaria and school performance in children living in an endemic area where Plasmodium vivax is the species responsible for most of the cases. Methods The study was conducted in the Municipality of Careiro, Amazonas, Brazil, with five to14 year-old children, studying the first eight grades of public school, during the year 2008. After an initial active case detection, during nine months of follow-up, passive malaria cases detection was instituted, through a thick blood smear performed in every child with fever. School performance was evaluated by the final notes in Mathematics and Portuguese Language. Performance was considered poor when either of the final notes in these disciplines was below the 50th percentile for the respective class and grade. Results The total number of students followed-up in the cohort was 198. Malarial attacks were reported in 70 (35.4% of these students, with no cases of severe disease. Plasmodium vivax was detected in 69.2% of the attacks, Plasmodium falciparum in 25.5% and both species in 5.3%. In the multivariate analysis, adjusting for age, mother's education, time living in the study area and school absenteeism, presenting with at least one episode of malaria independently predicted a poor performance at school [OR = 1.91 (1.04-3.54; p = 0.039]. Conclusion Non-severe malaria compromises the school performance of children even during a nine-month follow-up, potentially contributing to the maintenance of underdevelopment in countries endemic for malaria. This is the first evidence of such impact in Latin America, where P

  15. Study of hyperfine interactions in V2O3 by angular correlation

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    The hyperfine interaction in v2O3 in function of temperature by measurements of time differential perturbed angular correlation is studied. The samples presented quadrupole interaction in the probe center, Cd111 immediatelly after sintering, when reduced in H2 flux at 8000C. A pure electric quadrupole interaction at the metallic phase and a combined interaction of magnetic dipole and electric quadrupole at the insulating antiferromagnetic phase, were observed. The electric field gradient undergoes abrupt variation at the metal-insulating transition at T=1600K from 8.2x1017v/cm2 at the insulating phase to 6.3x1017v/cm2 in the metallic phase, however varies smoothly with the temperature at T=4500K when variations in resistivity also occur. At metallic phase the electric field increases with the temperature enhacement. The hyperfine magnetic field of Cd111 at antiferromagnetic phase of V2O3 has a saturation value of 15(1) KOe and performes an angle of β=68(2)0 with the main component direction of electric field gradient. (M.C.K.)

  16. Agronomic performance for biodiesel production potential of Brassica carinata A. Braun in Mediterranean marginal areas

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    Francesco Montemurro

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Brassicaceae are promising oil feedstock for cultivation in centralsouthern Italy. Therefore, a two-year investigation on Brassica carinata A. Braun (cv. CT 204 was carried out in three sites of Apulia region [Site 1, Alberobello - Murgia foreland; Site 2, Troia (Foggia - Daunian sub-Apennines; Site 3, Monteroni (Lecce - Area of Salento], and in one site of Basilicata region (Site 4, Hill of Matera. The aim was to identify site-specific management practices [by comparing minimum vs conventional tillage, low sowing density vs high sowing density; different levels of nitrogen (N supply and organic fertilisers] in the four different marginal areas, to achieve optimum yield performance for biodiesel prospective production. The crop showed a good adaptability in the study sites, and the highest N level positively influenced the yield performance in Sites 1, 2 and 3. Moreover, the reduction of mechanical operations (minimum tillage did not negatively influence crop production and seed oil content. The highest density of sowing tested determined the best crop performance in Site 3, particularly showing the maximum seed oil content with the lowest N supply. Finally, in Site 4 the compost mixed with mineral N fertiliser as well as the sewage sludge from urban wastewater determined productive results comparable to those obtained with mineral fertiliser, evidencing that organic fertilisers could (partially or completely substitute the mineral one for this crop in the study site. On the whole, seed yield and oil content showed a potential for biodiesel production of Brassica carinata cultivated with site-specific agronomic techniques in four different marginal areas of Southern Italy, suggesting it can be likely achieved the crop environmental adaptation.

  17. Radiological performance assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility

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    Cook, J.R.

    2000-04-11

    This report is the first revision to ``Radiological Performance Assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility, Revision 0'', which was issued in April 1994 and received conditional DOE approval in September 1994. The title of this report has been changed to conform to the current name of the facility. The revision incorporates improved groundwater modeling methodology, which includes a large data base of site specific geotechnical data, and special Analyses on disposal of cement-based wasteforms and naval wastes, issued after publication of Revision 0.

  18. Radiological performance assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility

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    This report is the first revision to ''Radiological Performance Assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility, Revision 0'', which was issued in April 1994 and received conditional DOE approval in September 1994. The title of this report has been changed to conform to the current name of the facility. The revision incorporates improved groundwater modeling methodology, which includes a large data base of site specific geotechnical data, and special Analyses on disposal of cement-based wasteforms and naval wastes, issued after publication of Revision 0

  19. Hot Corrosion Behavior of YSZ in the Presence of V2O5%YSZ涂覆V2O5热腐蚀行为研究

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    丰怀北; 徐强; 朱时珍; 刘玲

    2013-01-01

    本文以V2O5为腐蚀介质,采用涂盐法研究了温度对YSZ腐蚀的影响.结果表明:YSZ在650℃和750℃腐蚀时,反应以ZrV2O7和YVO4生成为主,并存在少量ZrO2的t→m相转变;750℃时,V2O5熔融加快了反应速率;在高于750℃温度时腐蚀,产物不存在ZrV2O7,稳定剂Y2O3与熔融V2O5酸性溶解,加快ZrO2的t→m相转变;温度升高,m-ZrO2相增多,晶粒间孔隙变大,试样表面逐渐疏松.%Hot corrosion tests were carried out on the yttria-stabilized zirconia(YSZ) specimen in molten salt V2O5 at different temperature.Results show that:at 650 ℃ and 750 ℃ for 20 h,almost corrosion product was ZrV2O7 in cubic shape and YVO4,meanwhile there was small amount of monoclinic ZrO2.Due to vanadium pentoxide melted,the rate of reaction increased at 750 ℃.When corrosion occurred above 750 ℃,ZrV2O7 did not exist.Y2O3 was acidic dissolved with liquated V2O5,so the phase transition of m-ZrO2 accelerated.In higher temperature,m-ZrO2 grains increased and distributed with no rules,the intergranular crack became larger.

  20. Subsolidus phase relationships and photocatalytic properties in the ternary system TiO2–Bi2O3–V2O5

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    Highlights: • The subsolidus phase relationships of the system TiO2–Bi2O3–V2O5 were determined. • A new ternary compound Bi17V2TiO32.5 was found by the powder diffraction pattern. • Bi25VO40 shows high photocatalytic activity under visible light. -- Abstract: The subsolidus phase relationships of the system TiO2–Bi2O3–V2O5 were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. There were 8 binary compounds, two solid solution areas, 4 two-phase fields, and 12 three-phase regions in this system. A new ternary compound Bi17V2TiO32.5 was discovered by the powder diffraction pattern. Three solid solutions as xBi2O3:V2O5 (5 ⩽ x ⩽ 6), (Bi2O3)1−x(V2O5)x (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.069) and the BIMEVOX family of materials were also identified. The studies of the photocatalytic activity of selective area showed Bi25VO40 tops others with high photocatalytic activity under visible light

  1. A Na3V2(PO4)3 cathode material for use in hybrid lithium ion batteries.

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    Song, Weixin; Ji, Xiaobo; Pan, Chengchi; Zhu, Yirong; Chen, Qiyuan; Banks, Craig E

    2013-09-14

    A NASICON-structure Na3V2(PO4)3 cathode material prepared by carbothermal reduction method is employed in a hybrid-ion battery with Li-involved electrolyte and anode. The ion-transportation mechanism is firstly investigated in this complicated system for an open three-dimensional framework Na3V2(PO4)3. Ion-exchange is greatly influenced by the standing time, for example, the 1 hour battery presents a specific capacity of 128 mA h g(-1) while the 24 hour battery exhibits a value of 148 mA h g(-1) with improved rate and cycling performances over existing literature reported Li-ion batteries. In the hybrid-ion system, an ion-exchange process likely takes place between the two Na(2) sites in the rhombohedral structure. NaLi2V2(PO4)3 could be produced by ion-transportation since the Na(+) in the Na(1) site is stationary and the three Na(2) sites could be used to accommodate the incoming alkali ions; Li(x)Na(y)V2(PO4)3 would come out when the vacant site in Na(2) was occupied depending on the applied voltage range. The reported methodology and power characteristics are greater than those previously reported.

  2. Area and energy efficient high-performance ZnO wavy channel thin-film transistor

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    Hanna, Amir

    2014-09-01

    Increased output current while maintaining low power consumption in thin-film transistors (TFTs) is essential for future generation large-area high-resolution displays. Here, we show wavy channel (WC) architecture in TFT that allows the expansion of the transistor width in the direction perpendicular to the substrate through integrating continuous fin features on the underlying substrate. This architecture enables expanding the TFT width without consuming any additional chip area, thus enabling increased performance while maintaining the real estate integrity. The experimental WCTFTs show a linear increase in output current as a function of number of fins per device resulting in (3.5×) increase in output current when compared with planar counterparts that consume the same chip area. The new architecture also allows tuning the threshold voltage as a function of the number of fin features included in the device, as threshold voltage linearly decreased from 6.8 V for planar device to 2.6 V for WC devices with 32 fins. This makes the new architecture more power efficient as lower operation voltages could be used for WC devices compared with planar counterparts. It was also found that field effect mobility linearly increases with the number of fins included in the device, showing almost \\\\(1.8×) enhancements in the field effect mobility than that of the planar counterparts. This can be attributed to higher electric field in the channel due to the fin architecture and threshold voltage shift. © 2014 IEEE.

  3. The oxytocin/vasopressin receptor family has at least five members in the gnathostome lineage, inclucing two distinct V2 subtypes.

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    Ocampo Daza, Daniel; Lewicka, Michalina; Larhammar, Dan

    2012-01-01

    The vertebrate oxytocin and vasopressin receptors form a family of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that mediate a large variety of functions, including social behavior and the regulation of blood pressure, water balance and reproduction. In mammals four family members have been identified, three of which respond to vasopressin (VP) named V1A, V1B and V2, and one of which is activated by oxytocin (OT), called the OT receptor. Four receptors have been identified in chicken as well, but these have received different names. Until recently only V1-type receptors have been described in several species of teleost fishes. We have identified family members in several gnathostome genomes and performed phylogenetic analyses to classify OT/VP-receptors across species and determine orthology relationships. Our phylogenetic tree identifies five distinct ancestral gnathostome receptor subtypes in the OT/VP receptor family: V1A, V1B, V2A, V2B and OT receptors. The existence of distinct V2A and V2B receptors has not been previously recognized. We have found these two subtypes in all examined teleost genomes as well as in available frog and lizard genomes and conclude that the V2A-type is orthologous to mammalian V2 receptors whereas the V2B-type is orthologous to avian V2 receptors. Some teleost fishes have acquired additional and more recent gene duplicates with up to eight receptor family members. Thus, this analysis reveals an unprecedented complexity in the gnathostome repertoire of OT/VP receptors, opening interesting research avenues regarding functions such as regulation of water balance, reproduction and behavior, particularly in reptiles, amphibians, teleost fishes and cartilaginous fishes. PMID:22057000

  4. Structural Characterization of the β-Cu 2V 2O 7- α-Zn 2V 2O 7 Solid Solution

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    Schindler, Michael; Hawthorne, Frank C.

    1999-08-01

    (Zn2-xCux)V2O7 solid-solutions were synthesized by heating to 1000°C, cooling to 750°C, and then quenching. Powder-diffraction patterns and the single-crystal structure refinements of (Cu0.56Zn1.44)V2O7, (Cu1.0Zn1.0)V2O7, and (Cu1.53Zn0.47)V2O7 show that the solid-solution series between α-Zn2V2O7 and β-Cu2V2O7 is complete and that there is no phase transition. With substitution of Zn by Cu2+, a and b lattice constants increase and decrease, respectively, while c lattice constant and cell volume (V) do not change. This results from elongation of the (MO5) square pyramid (M=Zn, Cu2+) and from rotation of the vanadate tetrahedra. In order to form the elongated square-pyramid that must accompany increasing substitution of Zn by Cu2+, the apical M-O bond length increases and decreases its incident bond valence at M2+. The resulting bond-valence deficit is compensated by shortening of the equatorial M-O bond lengths. The response of the α-Zn2V2O7/β-Cu2V2O7 framework to the strain produced by elongation of the square pyramid involves coupled clockwise and counter clockwise rotations of the (VO4) tetrahedra, accounting for the constant cell volumes and increase and decrease of the a and b lattice constants, respectively. This cooperative response is possible because there are no symmetry restrictions on the rotation of the (VO4) tetrahedra.

  5. Structural characterization of the β-Cu2V2O7-α-Zn2V2O7 solid solution

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    (Zn2-xCux)V2O7 solid-solutions were synthesized by heating to 1000 C, cooling to 750 C, and then quenching. Powder-diffraction patterns and the single-crystal structure refinements of (Cu0.56Zn1.44)V2O7, (Cu1.0Zn1.0V2O7, and (Cu1.53Zn0.47)V2)7 show that the solid-solution series between α-Zn2V2O7 and β-Cu2V2O7 is complete and that there is no phase transition. With substitution of Zn by Cu2+, a and b lattice constants increase and decrease, respectively, while c lattice constant and cell volume (V) do not change. This results from elongation of the (MO5) square pyramid (M = Zn, Cu2+) and from rotation of the vanadate tetrahedra. In order to form the elongated square-pyramid that must accompany increasing substitution of Zn by Cu2+, the apical M-O bond length increases and decreases its incident bond valence at M2+. The resulting bond-valence deficit is compensated by shortening of the equatorial M-O bond lengths. The response of the α-Zn2V2O7/β-Cu2V2O7 framework to the strain produced by elongation of the square pyramid involves coupled clockwise and counter clockwise rotations of the (VO4) tetrahedra, accounting for the constant cell volumes and increase and decrease of the a and b lattice constants, respectively. This cooperative response is possible because there are no symmetry restrictions on the rotation of the (VO4) tetrahedra

  6. Performance of V3-based HIV-1 sero subtyping in HIV endemic areas

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    Lara Tavoschi

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available HIV-1 serosubtyping based on reactivity to peptides from the V3 region of gp120 is a low-cost and easy to perform procedure often used in geographical areas with high prevalence and incidence of HIV infection. We evaluated the performance of V3-based serotyping on 148 sera from 118 HIV-1-infected individuals living in Uganda, with estimated dates of seroconversion. Of the 148 tested samples, 68 (46.0% specifically reacted with only one of the V3 peptides included in the test (SP, 64 (43.2% did not react with any peptide (NR and 16 (10.8% reacted with two or more peptides (CR. According to the estimated seroconversion date, the large majority of samples collected early after infection belonged to the NR group. These samples had also a low Avidity Index. In contrast, samples collected later after infection belonged mainly to CR and SP groups and had also a higher avidity index. These results indicate that the performance of V3-based assays depends on maturation of HIV-specific immune response and can be significantly lowered when these tests are carried out on specimens collected from recently infected individuals.

  7. Large area glare sources and their effect on discomfort and visual performance at computer workstations

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    Osterhaus, W.K.E. [Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (United States); Bailey, I.L. [California Univ., Berkeley, CA (United States). School of Optometry

    1992-05-01

    This paper studies the effects of a large area light source of variable but uniform luminance surrounding a video display terminal (VDT) on the perceived glare discomfort and visual performance of computer operators. A set of criteria was established for rating the discomfort from glare as either ``intolerable,`` ``disturbing,`` ``noticeable,`` or ``imperceptible``. Source luminance adjustments by means of a variable transformer to match the subjective glare criteria, as well as ratings of preselected lighting conditions on a visual analog scale with the same criteria, were used to determine comfortable lighting conditions. Results from the experiment indicate that subjects reliably selected a preferred lighting condition at any time when asked to adjust the luminance to produce optimum visual comfort. There was considerable between-subject variation in the range of luminances over which the surround field was neither noticeably too dim nor noticeably too bright. Comfortable luminance ranges also varied with initial presentation luminances immediately preceding the adjustment. Subjects preferred higher luminances following high initial presentation luminances. Performance speed at a difficult letter-counting task suggests that visual performance was slightly impaired by the presence of glare discomfort. Counting errors also occurred slightly more frequently under higher surround source luminances. There was a tendency for subjects to become more susceptible to glare over the course of the experiment.

  8. V2S: Voice to Sign Language Translation System for Malaysian Deaf People

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    Mean Foong, Oi; Low, Tang Jung; La, Wai Wan

    The process of learning and understand the sign language may be cumbersome to some, and therefore, this paper proposes a solution to this problem by providing a voice (English Language) to sign language translation system using Speech and Image processing technique. Speech processing which includes Speech Recognition is the study of recognizing the words being spoken, regardless of whom the speaker is. This project uses template-based recognition as the main approach in which the V2S system first needs to be trained with speech pattern based on some generic spectral parameter set. These spectral parameter set will then be stored as template in a database. The system will perform the recognition process through matching the parameter set of the input speech with the stored templates to finally display the sign language in video format. Empirical results show that the system has 80.3% recognition rate.

  9. Elastic Anomalies in Orbital-Degenerate Frustrated Spinel CoV2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Yamada, Shogo; Koborinai, Rui; Katsufuji, Takuro

    Ultrasound velocity measurements were performed on a single crystal of the orbital-degenerate frustrated spinel CoV2O4 in all the symmetrically-independent elastic moduli of the cubic crystal. The measurements of temperature dependence of the elastic moduli observed discontinuous elastic anomalies due to a ferrimagnetic transition at TC = 165 K and another phase transition at T* = 50 K. Additionally, the measurements observed anomalous temperature dependence of the elastic moduli, specifically, non-monotonic temperature dependence in the magnetically-ordered phase below TC, and magnetic-field-sensitive elastic softening with decreasing temperature in the paramagnetic phase above TC. These anomalous temperature variations below and above TC should be driven by the coupling of lattice to magnetic excitations.

  10. Congestion based mechanism for route discovery in a V2I-V2V system applying smart devices and IoT.

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    Parrado, Natalia; Donoso, Yezid

    2015-01-01

    The Internet of Things is a new paradigm in which objects in a specific context can be integrated into traditional communication networks to actively participate in solving a determined problem. The Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies are specific cases of IoT and key enablers for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). V2V and V2I have been widely used to solve different problems associated with transportation in cities, in which the most important is traffic congestion. A high percentage of congestion is usually presented by the inappropriate use of resources in vehicular infrastructure. In addition, the integration of traffic congestion in decision making for vehicular traffic is a challenge due to its high dynamic behavior. In this paper, an optimization model over the load balancing in the congestion percentage of the streets is formulated. Later, we explore a fully congestion-oriented route discovery mechanism and we make a proposal on the communication infrastructure that should support it based on V2I and V2V communication. The mechanism is also compared with a modified Dijkstra's approach that reacts at congestion states. Finally, we compare the results of the efficiency of the vehicle's trip with the efficiency in the use of the capacity of the vehicular network. PMID:25835185

  11. Congestion Based Mechanism for Route Discovery in a V2I-V2V System Applying Smart Devices and IoT

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The Internet of Things is a new paradigm in which objects in a specific context can be integrated into traditional communication networks to actively participate in solving a determined problem. The Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I technologies are specific cases of IoT and key enablers for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS. V2V and V2I have been widely used to solve different problems associated with transportation in cities, in which the most important is traffic congestion. A high percentage of congestion is usually presented by the inappropriate use of resources in vehicular infrastructure. In addition, the integration of traffic congestion in decision making for vehicular traffic is a challenge due to its high dynamic behavior. In this paper, an optimization model over the load balancing in the congestion percentage of the streets is formulated. Later, we explore a fully congestion-oriented route discovery mechanism and we make a proposal on the communication infrastructure that should support it based on V2I and V2V communication. The mechanism is also compared with a modified Dijkstra’s approach that reacts at congestion states. Finally, we compare the results of the efficiency of the vehicle’s trip with the efficiency in the use of the capacity of the vehicular network.

  12. Congestion based mechanism for route discovery in a V2I-V2V system applying smart devices and IoT.

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    Parrado, Natalia; Donoso, Yezid

    2015-03-31

    The Internet of Things is a new paradigm in which objects in a specific context can be integrated into traditional communication networks to actively participate in solving a determined problem. The Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technologies are specific cases of IoT and key enablers for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). V2V and V2I have been widely used to solve different problems associated with transportation in cities, in which the most important is traffic congestion. A high percentage of congestion is usually presented by the inappropriate use of resources in vehicular infrastructure. In addition, the integration of traffic congestion in decision making for vehicular traffic is a challenge due to its high dynamic behavior. In this paper, an optimization model over the load balancing in the congestion percentage of the streets is formulated. Later, we explore a fully congestion-oriented route discovery mechanism and we make a proposal on the communication infrastructure that should support it based on V2I and V2V communication. The mechanism is also compared with a modified Dijkstra's approach that reacts at congestion states. Finally, we compare the results of the efficiency of the vehicle's trip with the efficiency in the use of the capacity of the vehicular network.

  13. Intercomparison of delayed neutron summation calculations among JEF2.2, ENDF/B-VI and JNDC-V2

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    Sagisaka, Mitsuyuki [Nagoya Univ. (Japan); Oyamatsu, K.; Kukita, Y.

    1998-03-01

    We perform intercomparison of delayed neutron activities calculated with JEF2.2, ENDF/B-VI and JNDC-V2 with a simple new method. Significant differences are found at t < 20 (s) for major fissioning systems. The differences are found to stem from fission yields or decay data of several nuclides. The list of these nuclides are also given for the future experimental determination of these nuclear data. (author)

  14. TYLCV-Is movement in planta does not require V2 protein

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    Hak, Hagit [Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan (Israel); Department of Biological Chemistry, The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel); Levy, Yael; Chandran, Sam A.; Belausov, Eduard [Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan (Israel); Loyter, Abraham [Department of Biological Chemistry, The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel); Lapidot, Moshe [Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan (Israel); Gafni, Yedidya, E-mail: ygafni@volcani.agri.gov.il [Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan (Israel)

    2015-03-15

    Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV), a major tomato pathogen causing extensive crop losses, is a whitefly-transmitted geminivirus. V2 mutants of TYLCV-Is and related viruses tend to induce symptomless infection with attenuated viral DNA levels, while accumulating close to wild-type DNA levels in protoplasts, suggesting V2 as a movement protein. The discovery of plant-silencing mechanisms and viral silencing suppressors, V2 included, led us to reconsider V2's involvement in viral movement. We studied two mutant versions of the virus, one impaired in V2 silencing-suppression activity, and another carrying a non-translatable V2. While both mutant viruses spread in the infected plant to newly emerged leaves at the same rate as the wild-type virus, their DNA-accumulation levels were tenfold lower than in the wild-type virus. Thus, we suggest that the setback in virus proliferation, previously ascribed to a movement impediment, is due to lack of silencing-suppression activity. - Highlights: • TYLCV-Is V2 protein is localized in distinct microbodies throughout the cell cytoplasm, around the nucleus and in association with cytoplasmic strands but is not associated with the plasmodesmata. • Disruption of RNA-silencing suppression activity of TYLCV-Is V2 protein causes low titer of the virus in the infected plants. • The movement of TYLCV-Is in planta does not require a functional V2 protein.

  15. Validity of SenseWear® Armband v5.2 and v2.2 for estimating energy expenditure.

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    Bhammar, Dharini M; Sawyer, Brandon J; Tucker, Wesley J; Lee, Jung-Min; Gaesser, Glenn A

    2016-10-01

    We compared SenseWear Armband versions (v) 2.2 and 5.2 for estimating energy expenditure in healthy adults. Thirty-four adults (26 women), 30.1 ± 8.7 years old, performed two trials that included light-, moderate- and vigorous-intensity activities: (1) structured routine: seven activities performed for 8-min each, with 4-min of rest between activities; (2) semi-structured routine: 12 activities performed for 5-min each, with no rest between activities. Energy expenditure was measured by indirect calorimetry and predicted using SenseWear v2.2 and v5.2. Compared to indirect calorimetry (297.8 ± 54.2 kcal), the total energy expenditure was overestimated (P rowing). Although both algorithms overestimated energy expenditure as well as time spent in moderate-intensity physical activity (P < 0.05), v5.2 offered better estimates than v2.2. PMID:26854829

  16. Evaluating the performance of urban management in community sustainable: Case Study in area of Narmak - Tehran

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    Mohammad Habibi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Uncontrolled urban development that was coincided with the Industrial Revolution, make living in a city faced with new problems that were completely antithetical to sustainable development. To solve this problem, administrators, planners, and urban management in general, have prepared plans for development. Because of their unresponsive to urban neighborhoods, development plans and because of their upward to downward processes, these development projects were incapable of solving problems, and many of them have failed. On the other hand, for better urban governance, participation of all actors in both public and private sector and civil society were essential. In addition, on this level of cooperation, leading to ready all actors for culture governance of democratic were realized. This study investigated the role of community-based management in achieving sustainable urban development deals and has analyzed social stability in four dimensions including cultural, economic, physical and environmental. Study area, was a neighborhood of Tehran, in the area of eight, Narmak. The research was a descriptive - analytical study and collecting information and data were performed in the form of documents and survey. The results suggest that the effects of urban management on stabilizing neighborhoods, in physical and environmental aspects, are quite tangible. However, with regard to social and economic dimensions, this effect was more diminished. Certainly, the role and power of urban management in social and economic dimensions could be obtained more sustainability for Narmak neighborhood.

  17. Performance of Large Area X-ray Proportional Counters in a Balloon Experiment

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    Roy, J; Dedhia, D K; Manchanda, R K; Shah, P B; Chitnis, V R; Gujar, V M; Parmar, J V; Pawar, D M; Kurhade, V B

    2016-01-01

    ASTROSAT is India's first satellite fully devoted to astronomical observations covering a wide spectral band from optical to hard X-rays by a complement of 4 co-aligned instruments and a Scanning Sky X-ray Monitor. One of the instruments is Large Area X-ray Proportional Counter with 3 identical detectors. In order to assess the performance of this instrument, a balloon experiment with two prototype Large Area X-ray Proportional Counters (LAXPC) was carried out on 2008 April 14. The design of these LAXPCs was similar to those on the ASTROSAT except that their field of view (FOV) was 3$^{\\circ}$ $\\times$ 3$^{\\circ}$ versus FOV of 1$^{\\circ}$ $\\times$ 1$^{\\circ}$ for the LAXPCs on the ASTROSAT. The LAXPCs are aimed at the timing and spectral studies of X-ray sources in 3-80 keV region. In the balloon experiment, the LAXPC, associated electronics and support systems were mounted on an oriented platform which could be pre-programmed to track any source in the sky. A brief description of the LAXPC design, laborator...

  18. Handbook of zinc oxide and related materials, v.2

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    Feng, Zhe Chuan

    2012-01-01

    Through their application in energy-efficient and environmentally friendly devices, zinc oxide (ZnO) and related classes of wide gap semiconductors, including GaN and SiC, are revolutionizing numerous areas, from lighting, energy conversion, photovoltaics, and communications to biotechnology, imaging, and medicine. With an emphasis on engineering and materials science, Handbook of Zinc Oxide and Related Materials provides a comprehensive, up-to-date review of various technological aspects of ZnO. Volume Two focuses on devices and nanostructures created from ZnO and similar materials. The book

  19. Performance of high area ratio nozzles for a small rocket thruster

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    Kushida, R. O.; Hermel, J.; Apfel, S.; Zydowicz, M.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical estimates of supersonic nozzle performance have been compared to experimental test data for nozzles with an area ratio of 100:1 conical and 300:1 optimum contour, and 300:1 nozzles cut off at 200:1 and 100:1. These tests were done on a Hughes Aircraft Company 5 lbf monopropellant hydrazine thruster with chamber pressures ranging from 25 to 135 psia. The analytic method used is the conventional inviscid method of characteristic with correction for laminar boundary layer displacement and drag. Replacing the 100:1 conical nozzle with the 300:1 contoured nozzle resulted in an improvement in thrust performance of 0.74 percent at chamber pressure of 25 psia to 2.14 percent at chamber pressure of 135 psia. The data is significant because it is experimental verification that conventional nozzle design techniques are applicable even where the boundary layer is laminar and displaces as much as 35 percent of the flow at the nozzle exit plane.

  20. Performance assessment and the safety case: Lessons from recent international projects and areas for further development

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    The European Commission (EC) PAMINA project - Performance Assessment Methodologies in Application to Guide the Development of the Safety Case - was conducted over the period 2006-2009 and brought together 27 organisations from 10 countries. PAMINA had the aim of improving and developing a common understanding of performance assessment (PA) methodologies for disposal concepts for spent fuel and other long-lived radioactive wastes in a range of geological environments. This was followed by a Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) sponsored project on Methods for Safety Assessment of Geological Disposal Facilities for Radioactive Waste (MeSA), which was completed in 2012. This paper presents a selection of conclusions from these projects, in the context of general understanding developed on what would constitute an acceptable safety case for a geological disposal facility, and outlines areas for further development. The paper also introduces a new project on PA that is under consideration within the context of the EC Implementing Geological Disposal of Radioactive Waste Technology Platform (IGD-TP). (authors)

  1. Performance Improvements of Selective Emitters by Laser Openings on Large-Area Multicrystalline Si Solar Cells

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    Sheng-Shih Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the laser opening technique used to form a selective emitter (SE structure on multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si. This technique can be used in the large-area (156 × 156 mm2 solar cells. SE process of this investigation was performed using 3 samples SE1–SE3. Laser fluences can vary in range of 2–5 J/cm2. The optimal conversion efficiency of 15.95% is obtained with the SE3 (2 J/cm2 fluence after laser opening with optimization of heavy and light dopant, which yields a gain of 0.48%abs compared with that of a reference cell (without fluence. In addition, this optimal SE3 cell displays improved characteristics compared with other cells with a higher average value of external quantum efficiency (EQEavg = 68.6% and a lower average value of power loss (Ploss = 2.33 mW/cm2. For the fabrication of solar cells, the laser opening process comprises fewer steps than traditional photolithography does. Furthermore, the laser opening process decreases consumption of chemical materials; therefore, the laser opening process decreases both time and cost. Therefore, SE process is simple, cheap, and suitable for commercialization. Moreover, the prominent features of the process render it effective means to promote overall performance in the photovoltaic industry.

  2. Zebrafish CaV2.1 calcium channels are tailored for fast synchronous neuromuscular transmission.

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    Naranjo, David; Wen, Hua; Brehm, Paul

    2015-02-01

    The CaV2.2 (N-type) and CaV2.1 (P/Q-type) voltage-dependent calcium channels are prevalent throughout the nervous system where they mediate synaptic transmission, but the basis for the selective presence at individual synapses still remains an open question. The CaV2.1 channels have been proposed to respond more effectively to brief action potentials (APs), an idea supported by computational modeling. However, the side-by-side comparison of CaV2.1 and CaV2.2 kinetics in intact neurons failed to reveal differences. As an alternative means for direct functional comparison we expressed zebrafish CaV2.1 and CaV2.2 α-subunits, along with their accessory subunits, in HEK293 cells. HEK cells lack calcium currents, thereby circumventing the need for pharmacological inhibition of mixed calcium channel isoforms present in neurons. HEK cells also have a simplified morphology compared to neurons, which improves voltage control. Our measurements revealed faster kinetics and shallower voltage-dependence of activation and deactivation for CaV2.1. Additionally, recordings of calcium current in response to a command waveform based on the motorneuron AP show, directly, more effective activation of CaV2.1. Analysis of calcium currents associated with the AP waveform indicate an approximately fourfold greater open probability (PO) for CaV2.1. The efficient activation of CaV2.1 channels during APs may contribute to the highly reliable transmission at zebrafish neuromuscular junctions. PMID:25650925

  3. Zebrafish CaV2.1 Calcium Channels Are Tailored for Fast Synchronous Neuromuscular Transmission

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    Naranjo, David; Wen, Hua; Brehm, Paul

    2015-01-01

    The CaV2.2 (N-type) and CaV2.1 (P/Q-type) voltage-dependent calcium channels are prevalent throughout the nervous system where they mediate synaptic transmission, but the basis for the selective presence at individual synapses still remains an open question. The CaV2.1 channels have been proposed to respond more effectively to brief action potentials (APs), an idea supported by computational modeling. However, the side-by-side comparison of CaV2.1 and CaV2.2 kinetics in intact neurons failed to reveal differences. As an alternative means for direct functional comparison we expressed zebrafish CaV2.1 and CaV2.2 α-subunits, along with their accessory subunits, in HEK293 cells. HEK cells lack calcium currents, thereby circumventing the need for pharmacological inhibition of mixed calcium channel isoforms present in neurons. HEK cells also have a simplified morphology compared to neurons, which improves voltage control. Our measurements revealed faster kinetics and shallower voltage-dependence of activation and deactivation for CaV2.1. Additionally, recordings of calcium current in response to a command waveform based on the motorneuron AP show, directly, more effective activation of CaV2.1. Analysis of calcium currents associated with the AP waveform indicate an approximately fourfold greater open probability (PO) for CaV2.1. The efficient activation of CaV2.1 channels during APs may contribute to the highly reliable transmission at zebrafish neuromuscular junctions. PMID:25650925

  4. Performance of sand filters for the separations areas at the Savannah River Laboratory

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    Two new large sand filters, 30.5 by 100 m, were constructed and put into service at the Savannah River Plant (SRP) in 1975 and 1976. These units were designed to provide final filtration of process air - one for each of the two separations areas. Eventual flow will be 4950 m3/min (205,000 scfm) on each unit when all facilities are connected. They were built as replacements for the original sand filters that began operation in 1954 and 1955. The new filters have been operated in parallel with the old units following partial failure of the old units from acid attack and erosion of the concrete support structure for the sand beds. The design of the new units was based on extensive tests at SRP on characteristics of different sands. The performance of the new filters meets criteria for pressure drop, flow capacity, and efficiency. The efficiencies measured by DOP test are greater than 99.98%. Parallel operation reduces air velocity through the beds, which increases efficiency. A characteristic of sand filter performance has been low apparent efficiency at low input; efficiency increases as the activity input rises. This is attributed to a small entrainment release from the large amount of activity already sorbed on the filter; this release controls and lowers the calculated efficiency at low input. An analysis of efficiency as a function of input activity projects efficiencies greater than 99.99% for large inputs that might be characteristic of large internal accidents. The data indicate that DOP efficiencies can be used in hazards analyses to determine accident consequences. Routine evaluation of filter releases can be used for surveillance to establish that performance is normal at other times

  5. 反相微乳法制备纳米V2O5%Preparation of V2O5 Nanoparticles by Reverse Microemulsion Method

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    唐雪萍; 强敏; 罗卫; 王欣; 王玉珏; 邹瑜

    2012-01-01

    采用十六烷基三甲基溴化铵(CTAB)/正丁醇/正辛烷/水溶液微乳体系成功制备了纳米V2O5.先采用反相微乳法分别制备碱性偏钒酸铵微乳液和稀硫酸单相微乳液,再将两种微乳液混合得到V2O5前驱物,经陈化、洗涤、干燥、焙烧得到纳米V2O5.通过测定电导率分析了微乳体系的稳定性,采用FTIR、XRD、TEM对纳米V2O5的结构、成分、晶形、粒径等进行了表征.结果表明,采用反相微乳法制备的纳米V2O5为球形、分散性较好、颗粒粒径为6~20nm.%V2O5 Nanoparticles was successfully prepared by reverse microemulsion composed of cetyltrime-thylammonium bromide (CTAB)/1-butanol/l-octane/water. Ammonium metavanadate alkaline microemulsion and sulfuric acid configurable single phase microemulsion were prepared through reverse microemulsion method,and then two sets of microemulsion was mixed. After precursors synthesized in a W/O reverse microemulsion were washed,dryed and calcined, the V2O5 nanoparticles were obtained. The stability of microemulsion was investigated by measuring the conductivity,and the structure,composition,crystal form,morphologies and size of the V2O5 nanoparticles were characterized by FTIR,XRD,TEM. V2O5 Nanoparticles with spherical grains, good monodispersity and 6~20 nm of size was obtained by reverse microemulsion method.

  6. Evaluation of the effect of V2O5 on the electrical and thermoelectric properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene nanoplatelets nanocomposite

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    Morad, M.; Fadlallah, M. M.; Hassan, M. A.; Sheha, E.

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this contribution is to introduce high performance materials for thermoelectric devices. A nanopolymer composite of PVAGNP ((polyvinyl alcohol ((PVA)0.6/graphene nanoplatelets (GNP)0.4))1-x(V2O5)x where x = 0, 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 wt% has been prepared using a solution cast technique. The influence of V2O5 additives on the morphology, structure, thermal and electrical properties of PVA has been examined by FTIR, XRD, TGA, DC and IV techniques. The disassociation of V2O5 to (V4+) and (V5+) in the composites acts as a co-bridge which can facilitate the translational electronic motion, which enhances the charge carrier mobility and the electrical conductivity. A prototype cell was constructed using (PVAGNP)1-x(GNP)x nanocomposites with constantan wire. The addition of V2O5 improves the thermoelectric properties of the (PVA)0.6(GNP)0.4 nanocomposite, where the Seebeck coefficient is increased from 23.1 to 45.8 μV K-1 from 0 to 10 wt% V2O5, respectively. The power factor is increased from 1.17 × 10-2 to 36.30 × 10-2 μWm-1 K-2 from 0 to 10 wt% V2O5, respectively, and the ZT is increased from 4.47 × 10-9 to 1.46 × 10-7.

  7. Result Summary for the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site Performance Assessment Model Version 4.113

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    Shott, G. J.

    2012-04-15

    Preliminary results for Version 4.113 of the Nevada National Security Site Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site performance assessment model are summarized. Version 4.113 includes the Fiscal Year 2011 inventory estimate.

  8. Mobility Patterns Informing V2X Research Projects: Eco-Routing and Electrified Roadway Project Examples

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    Gonder, Jeff; Brooker, Aaron; Burton, Evan; Wang, Lijuan; Wood, Eric

    2016-05-19

    Presentation given at an 'Expert Workshop on V2X Enabled Electric Vehicles' hosted at NREL on behalf of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement for Task 28: Home Grids and V2X Technologies.

  9. Structure of recombinant Ves v 2 at 2.0 Angstrom resolution

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    Skov, Lars K; Seppälä, Ulla; Coen, Jeremy J F;

    2006-01-01

    Wasp venom from Vespula vulgaris contains three major allergens: Ves v 1, Ves v 2 and Ves v 5. Here, the cloning, expression, biochemical characterization and crystal structure determination of the hyaluronidase Ves v 2 from family 56 of the glycoside hydrolases are reported. The allergen was exp...

  10. World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map version 2 (WDMAM v.2) - released for research and education

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    CHOI-Dyment, Y.; Lesur, V.; Dyment, J.; Hamoudi, M.; Thebault, E.; Catalan, M.

    2015-12-01

    The World Digital Magnetic Anomaly Map is an international initiative carried out under the auspices of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA) and the Commission for the Geological Map of the World (CGMW). A first version of the map has been published and distributed eight years ago (WDMAM v1; Korhonen et al., 2007). We have produced a candidate which has been accepted as the second version of this map (WDMAM v2) at the International Union of Geophysics and Geodesy in Prag, in June 2015. On land, we adopted an alternative approach avoiding any unnecessary processing on existing aeromagnetic compilations. When available, we used the original aeromagnetic data. As a result the final compilation remains an acceptable representation of the national and international data grids. Over oceanic areas the marine data have been extended. In areas of insufficient data coverage, a model has been computed based on a modified digital grid of the oceanic lithosphere age, considering plate motions in the determination of magnetization vector directions. This model has been further adjusted to the available data, resulting in a better representation of the anomalies. The final grid will be periodically upgraded. Version 2.0 has been released and is available at wdmam.org to support both research and education projects. Colleagues willing to contribute data for future releases (and become a co-author of the map) should contact any of the authors or Jerome Dyment (chair of the WDMAM Task Force) at jdy@ipgp.fr .

  11. Quantifying facial paralysis using the Kinect v2.

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    Gaber, Amira; Taher, Mona F; Wahed, Manal Abdel

    2015-01-01

    Assessment of facial paralysis (FP) and quantitative grading of facial asymmetry are essential in order to quantify the extent of the condition as well as to follow its improvement or progression. As such, there is a need for an accurate quantitative grading system that is easy to use, inexpensive and has minimal inter-observer variability. A comprehensive automated system to quantify and grade FP is the main objective of this work. An initial prototype has been presented by the authors. The present research aims to enhance the accuracy and robustness of one of this system's modules: the resting symmetry module. This is achieved by including several modifications to the computation method of the symmetry index (SI) for the eyebrows, eyes and mouth. These modifications are the gamma correction technique, the area of the eyes, and the slope of the mouth. The system was tested on normal subjects and showed promising results. The mean SI of the eyebrows decreased slightly from 98.42% to 98.04% using the modified method while the mean SI for the eyes and mouth increased from 96.93% to 99.63% and from 95.6% to 98.11% respectively while using the modified method. The system is easy to use, inexpensive, automated and fast, has no inter-observer variability and is thus well suited for clinical use.

  12. CPLOAS_2 V2.10 verification report.

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    Groth, Katrina M.

    2014-07-01

    A series of test cases designed to verify the correct implementation of several features of the CPLOAS_2 program are documented. CPLOAS_2 is used to calculate the probability of loss of assured safety (PLOAS) for a weak link (WL)/strong link (SL) system. CPLOAS_2 takes physical properties (e.g., temperature, pressure, etc.) of a WL/SL system and uses these properties and definitions of link failure properties in probabilistic calculations to determine PLOAS. The features being tested include (i) six aleatory distribution forms, (ii) five numerical procedures for the determination of PLOAS (i.e., one quadrature procedure, two simple random sampling procedures, and two importance sampling procedures), and (iii) time and environmental margin calculations. All tests were performed with CPLOAS_2 version 2.10.

  13. A novel splicing mutation in the V2 vasopressin receptor

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    Kamperis, Konstantinos; Siggaard, C; Herlin, Troels;

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    of the gene in both the affected male (hemizygous) and his mother (heterozygous). This mutation is likely to cause aberrant splicing of the terminal intron of the gene, leading to a non-functional AVP receptor. The clinical studies were consistent with such a hypothesis, as the affected subject had a severe......In order to elucidate the molecular basis and the clinical characteristics of X-linked recessive nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (CNDI) in a kindred of Danish descent, we performed direct sequencing of the arginine vasopressin receptor 2 (AVPR2) gene in five members of the family, as well...... as clinical investigations comprising a fluid deprivation test and a 1-deamino-8-D-arginine-vasopressin (dDAVP) infusion test in the study subject and his mother. We found a highly unusual, novel, de novo 1447A-->C point mutation (gDNA), involving the invariable splice acceptor of the second intron...

  14. Comparing the Performance of Protected and Unprotected Areas in Conserving Freshwater Fish Abundance and Biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

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    Emmanuel Andrew Sweke; Julius Michael Assam; Abdillahi Ismail Chande; Athanasio Stephano Mbonde; Magnus Mosha; Abel Mtui

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    Marine protected areas have been shown to conserve aquatic resources including fish, but few studies have been conducted of protected areas in freshwater environments. This is particularly true of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. To better conserve the lake’s biodiversity, an understanding of the role played by protected areas in conserving fish abundance and diversity is needed. Sampling of fish and environmental parameters was performed within the Mahale Mountains National Park (MMNP) and nearby ...

  15. Genomic organization and sequence analysis of the vomeronasal receptor V2R genes in mouse genome

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    YANG Hui; Zhang YaPing

    2007-01-01

    Two multigene superfamilies, named V1R and V2R, encoding seven-transmembrane-domain G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been identified as pheromone receptors in mammals. Three V2R gene families have been described in mouse and rat. Here we screened the updated mouse genome sequence database and finally retrieved 63 putative functional V2R genes including three newly identified genes which formed a new additional family. We described the genomic organization of these genes and also characterized the conservation of mouse V2R protein sequences. These genomic and sequence information we described are useful as part of the evidence to speculate the functional domain of V2Rs and should give aid to the functionality study in the future.

  16. Transporte de carga em compósitos de polianilina/V2O5 Charge transportation in polyaniline/V2O5 composites

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    Fritz Huguenin

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, composites formed from a mixture of V2O5 and polyaniline (PANI were investigated, for applications as cathode materials for secondary lithium batteries. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM data show that charge compensation in the [PANI]0.3V2O5 nanocomposite is achieved predominantly by Li+ migration. However, the charge compensation in the [PANI]V2O5 microcomposite occurs by Li+ and ClO4- transport. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS measurements reveal several benefits of nanohybrid formation, including the achievement of shorter ionic diffusion pathways, the higher diffusion rate of the lithium ion and also the higher electronic conductivity, which are responsible for a synergetic effect of the energy storage properties.

  17. A Querying Method over RDF-ized Health Level Seven v2.5 Messages Using Life Science Knowledge Resources

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    2016-01-01

    Background Health level seven version 2.5 (HL7 v2.5) is a widespread messaging standard for information exchange between clinical information systems. By applying Semantic Web technologies for handling HL7 v2.5 messages, it is possible to integrate large-scale clinical data with life science knowledge resources. Objective Showing feasibility of a querying method over large-scale resource description framework (RDF)-ized HL7 v2.5 messages using publicly available drug databases. Methods We developed a method to convert HL7 v2.5 messages into the RDF. We also converted five kinds of drug databases into RDF and provided explicit links between the corresponding items among them. With those linked drug data, we then developed a method for query expansion to search the clinical data using semantic information on drug classes along with four types of temporal patterns. For evaluation purpose, medication orders and laboratory test results for a 3-year period at the University of Tokyo Hospital were used, and the query execution times were measured. Results Approximately 650 million RDF triples for medication orders and 790 million RDF triples for laboratory test results were converted. Taking three types of query in use cases for detecting adverse events of drugs as an example, we confirmed these queries were represented in SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (SPARQL) using our methods and comparison with conventional query expressions were performed. The measurement results confirm that the query time is feasible and increases logarithmically or linearly with the amount of data and without diverging. Conclusions The proposed methods enabled query expressions that separate knowledge resources and clinical data, thereby suggesting the feasibility for improving the usability of clinical data by enhancing the knowledge resources. We also demonstrate that when HL7 v2.5 messages are automatically converted into RDF, searches are still possible through SPARQL without

  18. Preliminary Performance Assessment for the Waste Management Area C at the Hanford Site in Southeast Washington

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    Bergeron, Marcel P. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States); Singleton, Kristin M. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States); Eberlein, Susan J. [Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, Richland, WA (United States)

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    A performance assessment (PA) of Single-Shell Tank (SST) Waste Management Area C (WMA C) located at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hanford Site in southeastern Washington is being conducted to satisfy the requirements of the Hanford Federal Facility Agreement and Consent Order (HFFACO), as well as other Federal requirements and State-approved closure plans and permits. The WMP C PA assesses the fate, transport, and impacts of radionuclides and hazardous chemicals within residual wastes left in tanks and ancillary equipment and facilities in their assumed closed configuration and the subsequent risks to humans into the far future. The part of the PA focused on radiological impacts is being developed to meet the requirements for a closure authorization under DOE Order 435.1 that includes a waste incidental to reprocessing determination for residual wastes remaining in tanks, ancillary equipment, and facilities. An additional part of the PA will evaluate human health and environmental impacts from hazardous chemical inventories in residual wastes remaining in WMA C tanks, ancillary equipment, and facilities needed to meet the requirements for permitted closure under RCRA.

  19. Performance of Coral Reef Management within Marine Protected Areas: Integrating Ecological, Socioeconomic, Technological, and Institutional Dimensions

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This research studied the characteristics and approaches that contributed to the successful of coral reef management (CRM efforts.  One such characteristic occurred in most case  studies was the importance of integrating ecological, socio-economic, technological use, and  institutional dimensions during all processes. Based on a multi-dimensional analysis,  the sustainability of CRM was 56.34% cumulatively, indicating a moderate level of management. This study  further suggested the importance to improve  technology and institution to achieve an effective CRM since both dimensions have  contributed only 38.80% and 49.26% respectively.  Stakeholder involvement was also central to the success of networking development within the management of Cenderawasih Bay National Park, specifically in facilitating the integration of ecological, socioeconomic, political will, and local cultural objectives in achieving an optimum planning objectives. Compilations of baselin information (both scientific and local knowledge were important to evaluate the effectiveness of all processes and for adaptive management to increase its potential in the management strategies. Balancing the integration of all management dimensions (ecology, socio-economic, technology, and institution in the whole processes with specific attributes in each case, would lead to an adaptive management for the implementation of conservation and management process.Keywords: coral  reef, management performance,  integrated dimensions, marine protected areas.

  20. Water quality and quantity assessment of pervious pavements performance in experimental car park areas.

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    Sañudo-Fontaneda, Luis A; Charlesworth, Susanne M; Castro-Fresno, Daniel; Andres-Valeri, Valerio C A; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Pervious pavements have become one of the most used sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) techniques in car parks. This research paper presents the results of monitoring water quality from several experimental car park areas designed and constructed in Spain with bays made of interlocking concrete block pavement, porous asphalt, polymer-modified porous concrete and reinforced grass with plastic and concrete cells. Moreover, two different sub-base materials were used (limestone aggregates and basic oxygen furnace slag). This study therefore encompasses the majority of the materials used as permeable surfaces and sub-base layers all over the world. Effluent from the test bays was monitored for dissolved oxygen, pH, electric conductivity, total suspended solids, turbidity and total petroleum hydrocarbons in order to analyze the behaviour shown by each combination of surface and sub-base materials. In addition, permeability tests were undertaken in all car parks using the 'Laboratorio Caminos Santander' permeameter and the Cantabrian Portable Infiltrometer. All results are presented together with the influence of surface and sub-base materials on water quality indicators using bivariate correlation statistical analysis at a confidence level of 95%. The polymer-modified porous concrete surface course in combination with limestone aggregate sub-base presented the best performance.

  1. Water quality and quantity assessment of pervious pavements performance in experimental car park areas.

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    Sañudo-Fontaneda, Luis A; Charlesworth, Susanne M; Castro-Fresno, Daniel; Andres-Valeri, Valerio C A; Rodriguez-Hernandez, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Pervious pavements have become one of the most used sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) techniques in car parks. This research paper presents the results of monitoring water quality from several experimental car park areas designed and constructed in Spain with bays made of interlocking concrete block pavement, porous asphalt, polymer-modified porous concrete and reinforced grass with plastic and concrete cells. Moreover, two different sub-base materials were used (limestone aggregates and basic oxygen furnace slag). This study therefore encompasses the majority of the materials used as permeable surfaces and sub-base layers all over the world. Effluent from the test bays was monitored for dissolved oxygen, pH, electric conductivity, total suspended solids, turbidity and total petroleum hydrocarbons in order to analyze the behaviour shown by each combination of surface and sub-base materials. In addition, permeability tests were undertaken in all car parks using the 'Laboratorio Caminos Santander' permeameter and the Cantabrian Portable Infiltrometer. All results are presented together with the influence of surface and sub-base materials on water quality indicators using bivariate correlation statistical analysis at a confidence level of 95%. The polymer-modified porous concrete surface course in combination with limestone aggregate sub-base presented the best performance. PMID:24718346

  2. Performance of low-cost X-ray area detectors with consumer digital cameras

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    We constructed X-ray detectors using consumer-grade digital cameras coupled to commercial X-ray phosphors. Several detector configurations were tested against the Varian PaxScan 3024M (Varian 3024M) digital flat panel detector. These include consumer cameras (Nikon D800, Nikon D700, and Nikon D3X) coupled to a green emission phosphor in a back-lit, normal incidence geometry, and in a front-lit, oblique incidence geometry. We used the photon transfer method to evaluate detector sensitivity and dark noise, and the edge test method to evaluate their spatial resolution. The essential specifications provided by our evaluation include discrete charge events captured per mm2 per unit exposure surface dose, dark noise in equivalents of charge events per pixel, and spatial resolution in terms of the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the detector's line spread function (LSF). Measurements were performed using a tungsten anode X-ray tube at 50 kVp. The results show that the home-built detectors provide better sensitivity and lower noise than the commercial flat panel detector, and some have better spatial resolution. The trade-off is substantially smaller imaging areas. Given their much lower costs, these home-built detectors are attractive options for prototype development of low-dose imaging applications

  3. On the Capability of Smartphones to Perform as Communication Gateways in Medical Wireless Personal Area Networks

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    María José Morón

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper evaluates and characterizes the technical performance of medicalwireless personal area networks (WPANs that are based on smartphones. For this purpose,a prototype of a health telemonitoring system is presented. The prototype incorporates acommercial Android smartphone, which acts as a relay point, or “gateway”, between a setof wireless medical sensors and a data server. Additionally, the paper investigates if theconventional capabilities of current commercial smartphones can be affected by their useas gateways or “Holters” in health monitoring applications. Specifically, the profiling hasfocused on the CPU and power consumption of the mobile devices. These metrics havebeen measured under several test conditions modifying the smartphone model, the type ofsensors connected to the WPAN, the employed Bluetooth profile (SPP (serial port profile orHDP (health device profile, the use of other peripherals, such as a GPS receiver, the impactof the use of theWi-Fi interface or the employed method to encode and forward the data thatare collected from the sensors.

  4. Big Area Additive Manufacturing of High Performance Bonded NdFeB Magnets

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    Li, Ling; Tirado, Angelica; Nlebedim, I. C.; Rios, Orlando; Post, Brian; Kunc, Vlastimil; Lowden, R. R.; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Fredette, Robert; Ormerod, John; Lograsso, Thomas A.; Paranthaman, M. Parans

    2016-01-01

    Additive manufacturing allows for the production of complex parts with minimum material waste, offering an effective technique for fabricating permanent magnets which frequently involve critical rare earth elements. In this report, we demonstrate a novel method - Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) - to fabricate isotropic near-net-shape NdFeB bonded magnets with magnetic and mechanical properties comparable or better than those of traditional injection molded magnets. The starting polymer magnet composite pellets consist of 65 vol% isotropic NdFeB powder and 35 vol% polyamide (Nylon-12). The density of the final BAAM magnet product reached 4.8 g/cm3, and the room temperature magnetic properties are: intrinsic coercivity Hci = 688.4 kA/m, remanence Br = 0.51 T, and energy product (BH)max = 43.49 kJ/m3 (5.47 MGOe). In addition, tensile tests performed on four dog-bone shaped specimens yielded an average ultimate tensile strength of 6.60 MPa and an average failure strain of 4.18%. Scanning electron microscopy images of the fracture surfaces indicate that the failure is primarily related to the debonding of the magnetic particles from the polymer binder. The present method significantly simplifies manufacturing of near-net-shape bonded magnets, enables efficient use of rare earth elements thus contributing towards enriching the supply of critical materials. PMID:27796339

  5. Performance of vegetated swales for improving road runoff quality in a moderate traffic urban area.

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    Leroy, Marie-Charlotte; Portet-Koltalo, Florence; Legras, Marc; Lederf, Franck; Moncond'huy, Vincent; Polaert, Isabelle; Marcotte, Stéphane

    2016-10-01

    In recent years, due to their economic and ecological advantages, green infrastructures for stormwater management have been widely implemented. The present study focused on vegetated swales and compared two vegetated covers, grassed or planted with macrophytes in order to evaluate their performance in terms of water quality improvement. These swales collected runoff of a moderately busy road (<2500vehday(-1)) in a commercial area. Twelve storm events were analyzed over a two year period with measurement of total suspended solids (TSS), chemical oxygen demand (COD), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), total hydrocarbons (THC), total phosphorous (TP), total Kjeldahl nitrogen (TKN), trace elements and 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The grass cover led to poor results due to lower retention of soil particles on which trace elements and PAHs are bounded. The swales planted with macrophytes, with a deeper root system more capable of retaining soil particles, led to reductions of concentrations from 17 to 45% for trace elements such as lead, zinc and copper and 30% for the 16 PAHs in infiltrated waters. In addition, the macrophyte cover showed lower variability of pollutant concentrations in infiltrated waters compared to incoming waters. This buffering capacity is interesting to mitigate the impact of moderate peak pollution on surface water or ground water quality. PMID:27220090

  6. Maintenance Plan for the Performance Assessments and Composite Analyses of the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites at the Nevada Test Site

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    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Manual M 435.1-1 requires that performance assessments (PAs) and composite analyses (CAs) for low-level waste (LLW) disposal facilities be maintained by the field offices. This plan describes the activities performed to maintain the PA and the CA for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites (RWMSs) at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). This plan supersedes the Maintenance Plan for the Performance Assessments and Composite Analyses for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites at the Nevada Test Site (DOE/NV/11718--491-REV 1, dated September 2002). The plan is based on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Order 435.1 (DOE, 1999a), DOE Manual M 435.1-1 (DOE, 1999b), the DOE M 435.1-1 Implementation Guide DOE G 435.1-1 (DOE, 1999c), and the Maintenance Guide for PAs and CAs (DOE, 1999d). The plan includes a current update on PA/CA documentation, a revised schedule, and a section on Quality Assurance

  7. The Performance of Forestry Human Resources in Licensing Forest Utilization, The Lease of Forest Area, and The Release of Forest Area

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Performance assesment includes the quantity and quality measurements of individual or group works within organization in carrying out duties and functions. It is based on norms, standard operational procedure (SOP, and specified criteria in an organization. Factors affecting quality and quantity of individual performance in an organization are skills, experience, ability, competence, willingness, energy, technology, leadership, compensation, clarity of purpose, and security. This study aims to identify and analyze the performance of forestry human resources (HR related to licensing forest utilization, releasing forest area, and leasing forest area. The results of the study are: (1 the performance of forestry HR in licensing forest utilization was relatively still poor; (2 the structure (rules, norms, cultural cognitive of forestry HR was unclear and is not well developed; and (3 the culture of learning organization, including personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and system thinking is still insufficient and needs to be developed at the ministerial, provincial, and district/city levels. Some suggestions for improving the performance of forestry HR are: (1 establishing an appraisal team/task force of forestry HR performance; (2 developing commitment for high quality service at the bureaucratic elites and their highest level networks; and (3 considering the development of one stop licensing supported by online system to promote transparency and public accountability.

  8. Evaluation of Urban Polder Drainage System performance in Jakarta. Case Study Kelapa gading Area

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    Kalmah, L.; Suryadi, F.X.; Schultz, E.

    2010-01-01

    Kelapa Gading area is located in the plains of North Jakarta about 6 km from the coastline of Jakarta Bay. Kelapa Gading area covers 1288 ha it consists of three large compartments and next to that the Kodamar Unit separated system from Kelapa Gading excess water of the area is discharged to Sunter

  9. In situ carbon-coated yolk-shell V2O3 microspheres for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Jiang, Le; Qu, Yang; Ren, Zhiyu; Yu, Peng; Zhao, Dongdong; Zhou, Wei; Wang, Lei; Fu, Honggang

    2015-01-28

    Metal oxide-based materials with yolk-shell morphology have been intensively investigated as important anodes for Li-ion batteries due to their large ion storage ability, high safety, and excellent cycling stability. In this work, in situ carbon-coated yolk-shell V2O3 microspheres were synthesized via a template-free polyol solvothermal method. The growth of yolk-shell microspheres underwent coordination and polymerization, followed by an inside-out Ostwald-ripening process and further calcination in N2 atmosphere. The thin amorphous carbon layers coating on the microspheres' surface came from polyol frameworks which could protect V2O3 during the charge-discharge process and led to a better stability in Li-ion batteries. The in situ carbon-coated yolk-shell V2O3 microspheres showed a capacity of 437.5 mAh·g(-1) after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.1 A·g(-1), which was 92.6% of its initial capability (472.5 mAh·g(-1)). They were regarded as excellent electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries and exhibit good electrochemistry performance and stability. PMID:25569599

  10. Genuine metal-insulator transition of V2O3 revealed by hard X-ray photoemission

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    V2O3 is a paradigmatic example of Mott-Hubbard (MH) metal-insulator transition (MIT) materials; it displays the 1st-order transition from the paramagnetic metal (PM) to the antiferromagnetic insulator (AFI) at 150 K. In order to reveal the mechanism of the Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition (MH-MIT) in V2O3, we have performed the hard X-ray photoemission (HAXPES) with hν=8170 eV at BL19LXU in SPring-8. The energy resolution was set to 130 meV. The clean surface of the single crystalline sample was obtained by cleavage in situ in ultra-high vacuum. The significant spectral transfer of the V 3d states is observed through the MH-MIT. We reveal the simple Mott-Hubbard scenario does not describe the transition, and new reliable model is required to explain the MH-MIT on V2O3

  11. Size-dependent magnetism in nanocrystals of spin-chain α-CoV2O6

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    Shu, H.; Ouyang, Z. W.; Sun, Y. C.; Ruan, M. Y.; Li, J. J.; Yue, X. Y.; Wang, Z. X.; Xia, Z. C.; Rao, G. H.

    2016-06-01

    Magnetization and high-field ESR measurements have been performed to study the magnetism of nanocrystals of α-CoV2O6, an Ising spin-chain system without triangular lattice but presenting interesting 1/3 magnetization step. The results demonstrated the antiferromagnetic (AFM) enhancement and gradual suppression of the 1/3 magnetization step in nanoparticle samples. Within the framework of core-shell model consisting of the AFM core spins and the uncompensated/disordered shell spins, the AFM enhancement below TN=13 K is a result of enhanced shell disorder with weak ferromagnetism. This AFM enhancement, along with the suppression of saturation magnetization, results in the suppression of 1/3 magnetization step. Furthermore, the paramagnetism of the shell was confirmed by our high-field ESR measurements. The time-dependent magnetization suggests the presence of spin-glass-like freezing. This is expected for nanoparticles with surface shell disorder with ferromagnetic correlations, but is not expected for bulk material of α-CoV2O6 without spin frustration. These findings demonstrate that size tuning is an effective parameter for controlling the ground state of α-CoV2O6.

  12. 188Re-ZHER2:V2, a promising targeting against HER2-expressing tumors: in vitro and in vivo assessment

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    . Already at 4 h pi, the tumor uptake exceeded uptake in kidneys (1.9±0.2 %IA/g). Overall, an area under curve (AUC) for tumor exceeded AUC for kidney by 4-fold, and AUC for bone by 70-fold. γ-camera imaging, performed at 1 and 4 h showed that tumor xenografts was the only sites with prominent accumulation of radioactivity. Kidney visualization was possible 1 h after injection, but only the HER2-expressing tumor xenografts were visible at 4 h p.i. Conclusion: current results suggest that the use of 188Re-ZHER2:V2 can deliver high dose to tumors sparing kidneys and bone marrow. Biodistribution profile suggests that therapy fractionation is possible, providing re-oxygenation of quiescent malignant cells in tumors. (authors)

  13. Tyrosine-sulfated V2 peptides inhibit HIV-1 infection via coreceptor mimicry.

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    Cimbro, Raffaello; Peterson, Francis C; Liu, Qingbo; Guzzo, Christina; Zhang, Peng; Miao, Huiyi; Van Ryk, Donald; Ambroggio, Xavier; Hurt, Darrell E; De Gioia, Luca; Volkman, Brian F; Dolan, Michael A; Lusso, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    Tyrosine sulfation is a post-translational modification that facilitates protein-protein interaction. Two sulfated tyrosines (Tys173 and Tys177) were recently identified within the second variable (V2) loop of the major HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein, gp120, and shown to contribute to stabilizing the intramolecular interaction between V2 and the third variable (V3) loop. Here, we report that tyrosine-sulfated peptides derived from V2 act as structural and functional mimics of the CCR5 N-terminus and potently block HIV-1 infection. Nuclear magnetic and surface plasmon resonance analyses indicate that a tyrosine-sulfated V2 peptide (pV2α-Tys) adopts a CCR5-like helical conformation and directly interacts with gp120 in a CD4-dependent fashion, competing with a CCR5 N-terminal peptide. Sulfated V2 mimics, but not their non-sulfated counterparts, inhibit HIV-1 entry and fusion by preventing coreceptor utilization, with the highly conserved C-terminal sulfotyrosine, Tys177, playing a dominant role. Unlike CCR5 N-terminal peptides, V2 mimics inhibit a broad range of HIV-1 strains irrespective of their coreceptor tropism, highlighting the overall structural conservation of the coreceptor-binding site in gp120. These results document the use of receptor mimicry by a retrovirus to occlude a key neutralization target site and provide leads for the design of therapeutic strategies against HIV-1. PMID:27389109

  14. A review of the growth of V2O5 films from 1885 to 2010

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    This year is the 125th anniversary of the first synthesis of V2O5 gels. The fascinating properties and wide application range of V2O5 thin films have attracted significant attention over the past decades. Its wide optical band gap, layered structure, good chemical and thermal stability and excellent thermoelectric and electrochromic properties have made V2O5 a promising material for industrial applications such as gas sensors, electrochromic devices, optical switching devices, and reversible cathode materials for Li batteries. Gels were the first form in which V2O5 was synthesized at the end of the 19th century. Interest started to grow in the 1980s due to the discovery of their semiconducting properties and their use in antistatic coatings in the photographic industry. The rapid development of the sol-gel process brought new interest in V2O5 gels. Following a short discussion of vanadium oxides and V2O5, I summarize all thin film preparation techniques known up to now and use reported optical band gaps to characterize different growth methods. An estimation of the Bohr radius for V2O5 is also presented. This article provides an up-to-date review of more than a century (1885-2010) of research on the growth of vanadium oxide thin films. Nonetheless, due to the huge number of publications in the field, only those are selected and described which, according to the author, contribute the most to the field's further development.

  15. Electronic structure and magnetic properties of monoclinic β-Cu2V2O7 : A GGA+U study

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    Yashima, Masatomo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2009-03-01

    A first-principles study on monoclinic C2/c copper pyrovanadate β-Cu2V2O7 has been performed using the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U method. The optimized unit-cell parameters and atomic coordinates of β-Cu2V2O7 agree well with experimental data. The optimized crystal structure of β-Cu2V2O7 indicates the existence of one-dimensional -Cu-Cu-Cu-Cu- chains. The electronic structure and magnetic properties were evaluated by the GGA+U calculations, which indicate that the β-Cu2V2O7 is a semiconducting antiferromagnetic material with an indirect band gap and local magnetic moment per Cu atom of 0.73μB . The intrachain exchanges for short and long Cu-Cu couples are estimated to be 6.4 and 4.1 meV, respectively, while the calculated interchain exchange (2.1 meV) is smaller, which indicate the one-dimensional character. The top of the valence band is composed of V3d , O2p , and Cu3d electrons while the bottom of the conduction band is primarily composed of Cu3d electrons. Valence electron-density distribution map indicates the V-O and Cu-O covalent bonds. Calculated partial electronic density of states strongly suggests that the V-O and Cu-O covalent bonds are mainly attributed to the overlaps of V3d and O2p atomic orbitals and of Cu3d and O2p , respectively.

  16. Performance of Bridge Decks and Girders with Lightweight Aggregate Concrete, v. 2 of 2

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    Ramirez, J.A.; Olek, J.; Rolle, Eric Joseph; Malone, Brian Joseph

    2000-01-01

    Structural lightweight concrete is a very versatile material and Haydite and Minergy lightweight aggregates can be utilized in the mixture development of concrete for use in girders and decks in bridges. More widespread use of lightweight aggregates (LWA) would result in savings in construction cost due to considerable dead load reduction. The materials phase of this research study evaluated the fresh concrete properties (slump, unit weight, and air content), the mechanical properties of ...

  17. Electrochromic Properties of Sol-gel Deposited V2O5 and TiO2-V2O5 Binary Thin Films

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    Transparent mixed phase (1 - x)V2O5-xTiO2 (x=0,0.1,0.2,0.3,0.4) thin films were prepared on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass via sol-gel process. The films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry, optical spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, IR and X-ray diffractometer.Electrochemical lithium insertion/extraction showed that the porous structure of sol-gel (1 -x)V2.O5-xTiO2 thin films exhibited good recharge ability of Li+/e- insertion/extraction process.For a 220 nm thick (1 - x)V2O5-xTiO2 film with 90% V2O5, the capacity of charge exchange reached 9 mC/cm2. In both Li+ intercalated and free states, the films were highly transparent to visible light. Such films have potential applications in counter electrodes for electrochromic smart windows and other electrochemical devices.

  18. Probabilistic assessment of the long-term performance of the Panel Mine tailings area

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    Rio Algom's Panel Uranium Mine originally operated between 1958 and 1961. It was reactivated in 1979 and operated continuously until 1990. In all, the mine produced about 14 million tons of potentially acid generating, low level radioactive uranium tailings; about 5% pyrite (by weight) with less than 0.1% U3O8. The tailings area consists of two rock rimmed basins. Topographic lows around the perimeter are closed by a total of six containment dams. To minimize the acid generating potential within the tailings, a decommissioning plan to flood the impounded tailings is being implemented. The anticipated performance of engineered structures (dams, spillways, channels, etc.) and the flooded tailings concept, over time periods in the order of thousands of years, have been addressed using probabilistic methods, based on subjective probability distributions consistent with available site specific information. The probable costs associated with long-term inspection and maintenance of the facility, as well as the probable costs and environmental consequences (e.g. tailings releases) associated with potential dam failures due to disruptive events such as floods, droughts and earthquakes were determined using a probabilistic model which consists of five, essentially independent, sub-models: a Maintenance Model, an Earthquake Response Model, a Flood Response Model, a Drought Model and an Integration Model. The principal conclusion derived from this assessment is that, for a well designed, constructed and maintained facility, there is very little likelihood that water and/or tailings solids will be released as a result of a containment dam failure; annual probability of the order of 10-6. Failure to maintain the facility over the long-term significantly increases the likelihood of dam failure with resultant release of water and suspended tailings solids

  19. Radiological performance assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility

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    The E-Area Vaults (EAVs) located on a 200 acre site immediately north of the current LLW burial site at Savannah River Site will provide a new disposal and storage site for solid, low-level, non-hazardous radioactive waste. The EAV Disposal Facility will contain several large concrete vaults divided into cells. Three types of structures will house four designated waste types. The Intermediate Level Non-Tritium Vaults will receive waste radiating greater than 200 mR/h at 5 cm from the outer disposal container. The Intermediate Level Tritium Vaults will receive waste with at least 10 Ci of tritium per package. These two vaults share a similar design, are adjacent, share waste handling equipment, and will be closed as one facility. The second type of structure is the Low Activity Waste Vaults which will receive waste radiating less than 200 mR/h at 5 cm from the outer disposal container and containing less than 10 Ci of tritium per package. The third facility, the Long Lived Waste Storage Building, provides covered, long term storage for waste containing long lived isotopes. Two additional types of disposal are proposed: (1) trench disposal of suspect soil, (2) naval reactor component disposal. To evaluate the long-term performance of the EAVs, site-specific conceptual models were developed to consider: (1) exposure pathways and scenarios of potential importance; (2) potential releases from the facility to the environment; (3) effects of degradation of engineered features; (4) transport in the environment; (5) potential doses received from radionuclides of interest in each vault type

  20. Performance Evaluation of a Waste Stabilization Pond in a Rural Area in Egypt

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    Mahassen M.E.D. Ghazy

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance evaluation of the waste stabilization pond (WSP as a model of domestic wastewater treatment unit in rural area was carried out. The unit comprised of anaerobic, facultative and maturation ponds in two series. The effluents of WSP which are discharged in the drain had the BOD reduced to 109-245 mg L-1 (Mean = 145.3 mg L-1, 50.65% removal, while the COD was reduced to 221-400 mg L-1 (Mean = 289 mg L-1, 48.95% removal and the total suspended solids (TSS were reduced to 118-190 mg L-1 (Mean = 157.8 mg L-1, 44.3% removal. The reduction percentages of total coliform (TC, faecal coliform (FC, E.coli, faecal streptococci (FS, salmonellae and Listeria were 98.8, 95.6, 79.4, 96.8, 97.9 and 89.5% respectively. Also, the removal percentages of coliphage and infectious rotaviruses were 49.03 and 99.66% respectively. Identical sequences of rotaviruses VP-6 detected in the final effluent of the pond and the drain were observed. Euglena variables and Chlamydomonas reinhardt were predominant in anaerobic, facultative and maturation effluents. It has been noticed that pollution affected species diversity of zooplankton; the number of species in facultative pond was 8 species because of high pollution level, whereas in maturation pond increased to 21 species. Also, pollution in anaerobic pond increased density of ciliates (Protozoa which are known to be bio-indicators of organic pollution. The percent removal of ciliates in the maturation pond was 70%. It is recommended to make some modifications in the design to increase the efficiency of WSP.

  1. Effect of In-Vehicle Audio Warning System on Driver’s Speed Control Performance in Transition Zones from Rural Areas to Urban Areas

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    Yan, Xuedong; Wang, Jiali; Wu, Jiawei

    2016-01-01

    Speeding is a major contributing factor to traffic crashes and frequently happens in areas where there is a mutation in speed limits, such as the transition zones that connect urban areas from rural areas. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of an in-vehicle audio warning system and lit speed limit sign on preventing drivers’ speeding behavior in transition zones. A high-fidelity driving simulator was used to establish a roadway network with the transition zone. A total of 41 participants were recruited for this experiment, and the driving speed performance data were collected from the simulator. The experimental results display that the implementation of the audio warning system could significantly reduce drivers’ operating speed before they entered the urban area, while the lit speed limit sign had a minimal effect on improving the drivers’ speed control performance. Without consideration of different types of speed limit signs, it is found that male drivers generally had a higher operating speed both upstream and in the transition zones and have a larger maximum deceleration for speed reduction than female drivers. Moreover, the drivers who had medium-level driving experience had the higher operating speed and were more likely to have speeding behaviors in the transition zones than those who had low-level and high-level driving experience in the transition zones. PMID:27347990

  2. Effect of In-Vehicle Audio Warning System on Driver's Speed Control Performance in Transition Zones from Rural Areas to Urban Areas.

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    Yan, Xuedong; Wang, Jiali; Wu, Jiawei

    2016-01-01

    Speeding is a major contributing factor to traffic crashes and frequently happens in areas where there is a mutation in speed limits, such as the transition zones that connect urban areas from rural areas. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of an in-vehicle audio warning system and lit speed limit sign on preventing drivers' speeding behavior in transition zones. A high-fidelity driving simulator was used to establish a roadway network with the transition zone. A total of 41 participants were recruited for this experiment, and the driving speed performance data were collected from the simulator. The experimental results display that the implementation of the audio warning system could significantly reduce drivers' operating speed before they entered the urban area, while the lit speed limit sign had a minimal effect on improving the drivers' speed control performance. Without consideration of different types of speed limit signs, it is found that male drivers generally had a higher operating speed both upstream and in the transition zones and have a larger maximum deceleration for speed reduction than female drivers. Moreover, the drivers who had medium-level driving experience had the higher operating speed and were more likely to have speeding behaviors in the transition zones than those who had low-level and high-level driving experience in the transition zones. PMID:27347990

  3. Cost-effective and environmentally friendly options to improve livestock performance in dry areas

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    Ruminant production is the main source of income for rural population living in dry areas. The lack of adequate year-round feed resources is the most important factor contributing to the low productive and reproductive performances of the farm animals. Rangeland degradation, increasing use of some concentrate feeds in biofuel industry, global warming, recent leap in the prices of concentrate feeds and the international economical crisis are seriously threatening the sustainability of livestock-based production systems. Some promising cost-effective and environmentally friendly options, which could overcome this situation, are discussed in this paper. Rumen manipulation with secondary compounds - The possible use of natural plant products as a growth promoter provides cheaper, safer and more consumer acceptable alternatives to synthetic compounds. Recent studies showed that the association of a small amount of a tanniniferous legume shrub, i.e. Acacia cyanophylla Lindl., with soya bean meal (SBM) resulted in a significant increase in daily gain of lambs (67 vs. 43 g/d) on oaten hay. This effect was obtained when total tannins to dietary protein ratio averaged 0.021 and SBM (200 g/d) was distributed immediately after the entire consumption of the Acacia leaves (100 g/d) by animals. Sulla (Hedysarum coronarium), a mediterranean legume, contains a moderate level of condensed tannins (CT) and is relatively high in crude protein. Due to these characteristics, sulla grazing lambs grew better (150 vs. 110 g/d) than those on the same pasture but drenched with polyethylene glycol, a tannin deactivating reagent. The presence of gastrointestinal parasites (GIP) in ruminants decreases mainly protein utilization. This results in decreased growth of ruminants harbouring high number of parasites. Recent studies showed that the incorporation of CT-containing feedstuffs in the diet reduce GIP. Tannins might interfere directly with the biology of various nematode stages and they

  4. Comparing the Performance of Protected and Unprotected Areas in Conserving Freshwater Fish Abundance and Biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania

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    Emmanuel Andrew Sweke

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Marine protected areas have been shown to conserve aquatic resources including fish, but few studies have been conducted of protected areas in freshwater environments. This is particularly true of Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania. To better conserve the lake’s biodiversity, an understanding of the role played by protected areas in conserving fish abundance and diversity is needed. Sampling of fish and environmental parameters was performed within the Mahale Mountains National Park (MMNP and nearby unprotected areas at depths between 5 m and 10 m. Twelve replicates of fish sampling were performed at each site using gillnets set perpendicularly to the shore. Mann-Whitney tests were performed, and the total amount of species turnover was calculated. A total of 518 individual fish from 57 species were recorded in the survey. The fish weight abundance was fivefold greater in the MMNP than in the unprotected areas. Fish abundance and diversity were higher in the MMNP than in the unprotected areas and decreased with distance from it. Our findings confirmed the importance of the protected area in conserving fish resources in Lake Tanganyika. The study provides baseline information for management of the resources and guiding future studies in the lake and other related ecosystems. Management approaches that foster awareness and engage with communities surrounding the MMNP are recommended for successful conservation of the resources in the region.

  5. The ATLAS Software Installation System v2: a highly available system to install and validate Grid and Cloud sites via Panda

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    De Salvo, A.; Kataoka, M.; Sanchez Pineda, A.; Smirnov, Y.

    2015-12-01

    The ATLAS Installation System v2 is the evolution of the original system, used since 2003. The original tool has been completely re-designed in terms of database backend and components, adding support for submission to multiple backends, including the original Workload Management Service (WMS) and the new PanDA modules. The database engine has been changed from plain MySQL to Galera/Percona and the table structure has been optimized to allow a full High-Availability (HA) solution over Wide Area Network. The servlets, running on each frontend, have been also decoupled from local settings, to allow an easy scalability of the system, including the possibility of an HA system with multiple sites. The clients can also be run in multiple copies and in different geographical locations, and take care of sending the installation and validation jobs to the target Grid or Cloud sites. Moreover, the Installation Database is used as source of parameters by the automatic agents running in CVMFS, in order to install the software and distribute it to the sites. The system is in production for ATLAS since 2013, having as main sites in HA the INFN Roma Tier 2 and the CERN Agile Infrastructure. The Light Job Submission Framework for Installation (LJSFi) v2 engine is directly interfacing with PanDA for the Job Management, the Atlas Grid Information System (AGIS) for the site parameter configurations, and CVMFS for both core components and the installation of the software itself. LJSFi2 is also able to use other plugins, and is essentially Virtual Organization (VO) agnostic, so can be directly used and extended to cope with the requirements of any Grid or Cloud enabled VO. In this work we will present the architecture, performance, status and possible evolutions to the system for the LHC Run2 and beyond.

  6. Synthesis of V2O5 Nanoflakes on PET Fiber as Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalysts for Degradation of RhB Dye

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    Yim-Leng Chan

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    Full Text Available The visible-light-driven semiconductor photocatalysts are the current research focus techniques used to decompose organic pollutants/compounds. The photodegradation efficiency of organic compounds by photocatalyst is expected to be better compared to UV-light-driven semiconductor photocatalysts technique since the major components of our solar energy are visible light (~44%. However, as most of the previous research work has been carried out using semiconductor photocatalysts in the form of powder, extra steps and costs are needed to remove this powder from the slurry to prevent secondary pollution. In this research work, we will explain our fabrication technique of V2O5 nanoflakes by growing radially on PET fibers. By utilizing the flexibility and high surface area of polymeric fibers as novel substrate for the growth of V2O5 nanoflakes, the Rhodamine B (RhB could be degraded under visible light irradiation. The photodegradation of RhB solution by V2O5 nanoflakes followed the 1st order kinetic with a constant rate of 0.0065 min−1. The success of this research work indicates that V2O5 nanoflakes grown on PET fibre could be possibly used as organic waste water purifier under continuous flow condition. A photodegradation mechanism of V2O5 nanostructures to degrade RhB dye is proposed based on the energy diagram.

  7. Deactivation in the Sensorimotor Area during Observation of a Human Agent Performing Robotic Actions

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    Shimada, Sotaro

    2010-01-01

    It is well established that several motor areas, called the mirror-neuron system (MNS), are activated when an individual observes other's actions. However, whether the MNS responds similarly to robotic actions compared with human actions is still controversial. The present study investigated whether and how the motor area activity is influenced by…

  8. Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for Space Habitation and Exploration Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The “Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for Space Habitation and Exploration” is a visionary system concept that will revolutionize space...

  9. Synthesis and Structure of Polypyrrole Derivatives/V2O5 Nanocomposites

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    Shi Chuang; Zhu Quan-yao; Shu Hong; Jiang Zhong-xing

    2004-01-01

    Poly(N,N,N-trimethyl-(2-pyrrol-1-yl)ethyl ammonium iodide)/V2O5(PTPAI/V2O5) nanocomposites were synthesized by sol-gel method. This method involved formation of vanadium pentoxide xerogel in the presence of polypyrrole derivatives solution. X-ray diffraction(XRD) indicated that the polypyrrole derivative particles encapsulated in the fibrous V2O5 network and the layered distance significantly increased from 1.077 39 to 1.354 56 nm. The interaction between polypyrrole and V2O5 in the 'nanocomposites' was characterized by IR spectroscopy. The Scanning Electron Microscope(SEM) micrographs reveal the structural contrasts between the hybrid materials and the pristine vanadium oxide xerogel.

  10. Nonsewered population in the United States Pacific Northwest for 2002 summarized for NHDPlus v2 catchments

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This spatial data set was created by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to represent the population within each incremental watershed delineated in the NHDPlus v2...

  11. Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for Space Habitation and Exploration Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) is a specialized spacesuit designed to keep astronauts healthy during long-duration space exploration missions and...

  12. Structure of V2AlC studied by theory and experiment

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    We have studied V2AlC (space group P63/mmc, prototype Cr2AlC) by ab initio calculations. The density of states (DOS) of V2AlC for antiferromagnetic, ferromagnetic, and paramagnetic configurations have been discussed. According to the analysis of DOS and cohesive energy, no significant stability differences between spin-polarized and non-spin-polarized configurations were found. Based on the partial DOS analysis, V2AlC can be classified as a strongly coupled nanolaminate according to our previous work [Z. Sun, D. Music, R. Ahuja, S. Li, and J. M. Schneider, Phys. Rev. B 70, 092102 (2004)]. Furthermore, this phase has been synthesized in the form of thin films by magnetron sputtering. The equilibrium volume, determined by x-ray diffraction, is in good agreement with the theoretical data, implying that ab initio calculations provide an accurate description of V2AlC

  13. Supplement feeding in late gestation to improve the performance of ewes in a dry area

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    Nutritionally, late gestation is an extremely critical production phase in the ewe flock. This is the period of the majority of foetal growth and the period when the majority of the ewe's mammary system develops. Restriction, during foetal life, will exhibit suboptimal development of the small and large intestine, deposit less bone, less muscle and fatter to weaning, and may resulted lower birth weights and weaning weights of lambs. It is essential that a specialized feeding program be used pre-lambing to support the nutrient requirements in the ewe flock. Supplement feeding pregnant ewes with molasses and cottonseed meal resulted in a higher weight of lambs at birth day, 3 months old and 6 month old In this study, the effect of supplementary feeding on the performance of pregnant ewes, grazing in a dry area of Borazjan, located at northern of Bushehr province in south Iran, was considered. In a completely randomize design, thirty pregnant ewes with average body weight of 43.2 ± 3.4 Kg, were tested for supplementary feeding with 2 treatment groups against a control group. The supplementary feeding started from 120 d of gestation and prolonged till parturition. All animals were grazed in dry land pasture and cereal crops residues all the day times but the treatment groups received concentrate supplement mixed up of: I) wheat bran +sugar cane molasses +cotton seed meal +vitamins and II) wheat bran +sugar cane molasses +urea +vitamins to provide extra macro and micro nutrients with different portion of rumen degradable and undegradable protein between treatments as described. The lambing rate was recorded and the live weight of lambs was measured at birthday, 3 and 6-month age. Results showed that the lambing rate, based on the number of lambs per groups, were similar in both treatment groups and the control as well. As it is shown in Table II, lams born from the ewes received supplement feed, had significantly (P < 0.05) higher birth weight comparing to the control

  14. Vehicle-to-anything application (v2anything app) for electric vehicles

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    João C. Ferreira; Monteiro, Vítor Duarte Fernandes; Afonso, João L.

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a mobile information system denominated as Vehicle-to-Anything Application (V2Anything App), and explains its conceptual aspects. This application is aimed at giving relevant information to Full Electric Vehicle (FEV) drivers, by supporting the integration of several sources of data in a mobile application, thus contributing to the deployment of the electric mobility process. The V2Anything App provides recommendations to the drivers about the FEV range autonomy, location ...

  15. PRACTISE – Photo Rectification And ClassificaTIon SoftwarE (V.2.0

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Terrestrial photography combined with the recently presented Photo Rectification And ClassificaTIon SoftwarE (PRACTISE V.1.0 has proven to be a valuable source to derive snow cover maps in a high temporal and spatial resolution. The areal coverage of the used digital photographs is however strongly limited. Satellite images on the other hand can cover larger areas but do show uncertainties with respect to the accurate detection of the snow covered area. This is especially the fact if user defined thresholds are needed e.g. in case of the frequently used Normalised-Difference Snow Index (NDSI. The definition of this value is often not adequately defined by either a general value from literature or over the impression of the user but not by reproducible independent information. PRACTISE V.2.0 addresses this important aspect and does show additional improvements. The Matlab based software is now able to automatically process and detect snow cover in satellite images. A simultaneously captured camera-derived snow cover map is in this case utilised as in-situ information for calibrating the NDSI threshold value. Moreover, an additional automatic snow cover classification, specifically developed to classify shadow-affected photographs was included. The improved software was tested for photographs and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+ as well as Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI scenes in the Zugspitze massif (Germany. The results have shown that using terrestrial photography in combination with satellite imagery can lead to an objective, reproducible and user-independent derivation of the NDSI threshold and the resulting snow cover map. The presented method is not limited to the sensor system or the threshold used in here but offers manifold application options for other scientific branches.

  16. V2 to Bomarc: Reading Gravity’s Rainbow in Context

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    Joshua Comyn

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this article I argue that while Thomas Pynchon’s 1973 novel, 'Gravity’s Rainbow',' 'is set primarily between 1944-1946 in Europe, it also simultaneously addresses itself to its own authorial context—that of the “Long Sixties” in America. In particular I consider details of Pynchon’s employment at the Bomarc Service News in the years 1960-1962—the Bomarc being a surface-to-air interceptor missile manufactured by the Boeing Aircraft Company for the United States Air Force. Given that the V-2 rocket is the preeminent symbol of control in 'Gravity’s Rainbow', I argue that we ought to consider 'Gravity’s Rainbow 'in relation to the Bomarc, a technological descendent of the V-2, and a key defensive weapon in the Air Force’s Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE, a centralised system for continental air defence, and the preeminent computerised command and control system of its time. The Bomarc was for these reasons a crucial component of a technical system of control that provided the primary material support for what Paul Edwards has described as the “closed-world discourse” of Cold War America. In light of this history I proceed to read the novel in terms of the operative presence of this discourse in the American public domain—in articles, newsreels and other media—demonstrating the manner in which the ‘Rocket-State’ of 'Gravity’s Rainbow 'reconstitutes the human subject as a cyborg, thereby problematising the liberal humanist conception of the subject as discrete, autonomous and autopoetic. I supplement this contextual reading of the novel with formalist considerations for the manner in which the reader of the novel is implicated in 'Gravity’s Rainbow’s' own operations of closure and control, and argue that the reader of the novel is also, regardless of context, subjected to and by the act of reading the novel considered in cybernetic terms. I conclude the essay by reading the novel’s closing moments

  17. Fission rate distributions on assemblies V-3, V-3B and V-2-R

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    The fission rate distributions were measured on a series of Assemblies FCA V-3, V-3B1, V-3B3, V-3B4, V-3B5 and V-2R. They are the systems for engineering mock-up of Fast Experimental Reactor ''JOYO''. Composition of core material is common for any of Assemblies. However, different material is used with the Assemblies such as natural uranium metal, mixture of uranium oxide and moderators, and stainless steel for their blanket. One-dimensional diffusion calculations by EXPANDA-4 and two-dimensional diffusion calculations by EXTERMINATOR-2 have been performed using JAERI-FAST Version II. The ratio of calculational result to the experimental one (C/E) is very close to the unity in the core region. It is less than 1.0 systematically in the blanket region. This disagreement can be improved by taking the streaming effect of experimental hole, and by appropriate treatment of the empty lattice region outside of the blanket. (author)

  18. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films: WO3+xV2O5

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    Li, Zhuying; Liu, Hui; Liu, Ye; Yang, Shaohong; Liu, Yan; Wang, Chong

    2010-05-01

    Since Deb's experiment in 1973 on the electrochromic effect, transmissive electrochromic films exhibit outstanding potential as energy efficient window controls which allow dynamic control of the solar energy transmission. These films with non-volatile memory, once in the coloured state, remain in the same state even after removal of the field. The optical and electrochemical properties of electrochromic films using magnetron sputter deposition tungsten oxide thin films and vanadium oxide doped tungsten-vanadium oxide thin films on ITO coated glass were investigated. From the UV region of the transmittance spectra, the optical band gap energy from the fundamental absorption edge can be determined. And the Cyclic voltammograms of these thin films in 1 mol LiClO4 propylene carbonate electrolyte (LIPC) were measured and analysed. The anode electrochromic V2O5 doped cathode electrochromic WO3 could make films colour changing while the transmittance of films keeped invariance. These performance characteristics make tungstenvanadium oxide colour changeably thin films are suitable for electrochromic windows applications.

  19. Electrochemical impedance spectra of V2O5 xerogel films with intercalation of lithium ion

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    ZHANG Yong; LIU Yu-wen; CHENG Yu-shan; HU Xin-guo

    2005-01-01

    Vanadium pentoxide xerogel films used for lithium rechargeable batteries were prepared from crystalline c-V2 O5 by melt quenching method,then the electrochemical process of lithium intercalation into vanadium pentoxide xerogel films was simulated with an equivalent circuit model, which was derived from the mechanism of electrode reactions. Measured electrochemical impedance spectra at various electrode potentials were analyzed by using the complex non-linear least-squares fitting method. The results show that impedance spectra consist of 2 high-to-medium frequency depressed arcs and a low frequency straight line. The high frequency arc is attributed to the absorption reaction of lithium ions into the oxide film, the medium frequency arc is attributed to the charge transfer reaction at the vanadium oxide/electrolyte interface and the low frequency is characterized by a straight line with a phase angle of 45° corresponding to the diffusion of lithium ion through vanadium oxide phase. The experimental and calculated results are compared and discussed focusing on the electrochemical performance and the state of charge of the electrode. Moreover, the high consistence of the fitted values of the model to the experimental data indicates that this mathematical model does give a satisfying description of the intercalation process of vanadium pentoxide xerogel films.

  20. Real time estimates of the euro area output gap: reliability and forecasting performance

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    Marcellino, Massimiliano; Musso, Alberto

    2010-01-01

    This paper provides evidence on the reliability of euro area real-time output gap estimates. A genuine real-time data set for the euro area is used, including vintages of several sets of euro area output gap estimates available from 1999 to 2006. It turns out that real-time estimates of the output gap are characterised by a high degree of uncertainty, much higher than that resulting from model and estimation uncertainty only. In particular, the evidence indicates that both the magnitude and t...

  1. Encouraging vehicle-to-grid (V2G) participation through premium tariff rates

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    Richardson, David B.

    2013-12-01

    The provision of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services to an electric grid by electric vehicles (EVs) can potentially reduce the cost of vehicle ownership through revenue generation. Recent studies indicate that yearly vehicle profit from V2G may not be sufficient to induce widespread participation. This paper investigates the feasibility of a premium tariff rate for V2G power, similar to current feed-in-tariff (FIT) programs for renewable energy. Using Ontario, Canada as a case study, an hourly time-series model for a fleet of commuter EVs is created. Tariff rates for V2G peak power are calculated based on the same return on investment as the current FIT for renewable energy in Ontario. The tariff rates are competitive with the renewable energy tariffs, especially when EVs are allowed to provide ancillary services to the grid in addition to peak power. Despite the guaranteed rate of return, yearly vehicle profit is low. Two variations are considered to increase vehicle profit, thereby enhancing the attractiveness of V2G. A higher return on investment is favored over direct benefits offered to EV owners. A higher return on investment may be justifiable based on the higher level of risk inherent in V2G when compared to renewable energy.

  2. Investigation of a Centrifugal Compressor and Study of the Area Ratio and TIP Clearance Effects on Performance

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    Mahdi Nili-Ahmadabadi; Ali Hajilouy-Benisi; Mohammad Durali; Farhad Ghadak

    2008-01-01

    In this research, the centrifugal compressor of a turbocharger is investigated experimentally and numerically. Performance characteristics of the compressor were obtained experimentally by measurements of rotor speed and flow parameters at the inlet and outlet of the compressor. Three dimensional flow field in the impeller and dif-fuser was analyzed numerically using a full Navier-Stokes program with SST turbulence model. The performance characteristics of the compressor were obtained numerically, which were then compared with the experimental results. The comparison shows good agreement.Furthermore, the effect of area ratio and tip clearance on the performance parameters and flow field was stud-ied numerically. The impeller area ratio was changed by cutting the impeller exit axial width from an initial value of 4.1 mm to a final value of 5.1 mm, resulting in an area ratio from 0.792 to 0.965. For the rotor with exit axial width of 4.6 nun, performance was investigated for tip clearance of 0.0, 0.5 and 1.0 mm. Results of this simula-tion at design point showed that the compressor pressure ratio peaked at an area ratio of 0.792 while the effi-ciency peaked at a higher value of area ratio of 0.878. Also the increment of the tip clearance from 0 to 1 mm re-sulted in 20 percent efficiency decrease.

  3. Investigation of a centrifugal compressor and study of the area ratio and TIP clearance effects on performance

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    Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahdi; Hajilouy-Benisi, Ali; Durali, Mohammad; Ghadak, Farhad

    2008-12-01

    In this research, the centrifugal compressor of a turbocharger is investigated experimentally and numerically. Performance characteristics of the compressor were obtained experimentally by measurements of rotor speed and flow parameters at the inlet and outlet of the compressor. Three dimensional flow field in the impeller and diffuser was analyzed numerically using a full Navier-Stokes program with SST turbulence model. The performance characteristics of the compressor were obtained numerically, which were then compared with the experimental results. The comparison shows good agreement. Furthermore, the effect of area ratio and tip clearance on the performance parameters and flow field was studied numerically. The impeller area ratio was changed by cutting the impeller exit axial width from an initial value of 4.1 mm to a final value of 5.1 mm, resulting in an area ratio from 0.792 to 0.965. For the rotor with exit axial width of 4.6 mm, performance was investigated for tip clearance of 0.0, 0.5 and 1.0 mm. Results of this simulation at design point showed that the compressor pressure ratio peaked at an area ratio of 0.792 while the efficiency peaked at a higher value of area ratio of 0.878. Also the increment of the tip clearance from 0 to 1 mm resulted in 20 percent efficiency decrease.

  4. Monetary policy, macroeconomic policy mix and economic performance in the Euro area

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    Hein, Eckhard; Truger, Achim

    2006-01-01

    In order to explain slow growth and high unemployment in the Euro area, in particular if compared to the USA, we follow a macroeconomic policy view focussing on the more restrictive stance of monetary, fiscal and wage policies in the Euro area. In the present paper we focus on the particular role of monetary policy, because the European Central Bank (ECB) seems to be the major obstacle to higher growth and employment. Analysing the macroeconomic policy mix, wage policies and fiscal policies a...

  5. Bear River Heritage Area: A Study of Recreation Specialization and Importance-Performance

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    Baird, Tyler A.

    2013-01-01

    Heritage tourism is a fast growing sector in the recreation arena. Research into multiple aspects of heritage tourism has increased during the last few decades as it has been recognized as a distinct form of tourism and promoted around the globe. This study was conducted in an effort to better understand multiple aspects of heritage tourism in the Bear River Heritage Area of northern Utah and southeastern Idaho. The following aims to provide Bear River Heritage Area leadership with baseline d...

  6. Highly Flexible and High-Performance Complementary Inverters of Large-Area Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers

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    Pu, Jiang

    2016-03-23

    Complementary inverters constructed from large-area monolayers of WSe2 and MoS2 achieve excellent logic swings and yield an extremely high gain, large total noise margin, low power consumption, and good switching speed. Moreover, the WSe2 complementary-like inverters built on plastic substrates exhibit high mechanical stability. The results provide a path toward large-area flexible electronics. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. A distributed file system for a wide-area high performance computing infrastructure

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    Walker, Edward

    2009-01-01

    We describe our work in implementing a wide-area distributed file system for the NSF TeraGrid. The system, called XUFS, allows private distributed name spaces to be created for transparent access to personal files across over 9000 computer nodes. XUFS builds on many principles from prior distributed file systems research, but extends key design goals to support the workflow of computational science researchers. Specifically, XUFS supports file access from the desktop to the wide-area network ...

  8. Comparison of INNO-LiPA HPV Genotyping v2 with PCR product subcloning and sequencing for identification of genital human papillomavirus genotypes in African women

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    Didelot Rousseau, Marie-Noëlle; Courgnaud, Valérie; Nagot, N.; Ouedraogo, A; Konate, I; Mayaud, P; H. Weiss; Van De Perre, Philippe; Segondy, Michel

    2006-01-01

    The performance characteristics of the INNO-LiPA Genotyping v2 test for human papillomavirus (HPV) identification were assessed by comparing results with those obtained by PCR product sequencing after subcloning, in genital samples from 20 highly sexually exposed African women. The INNO-LiPA HPV Genotyping v2 test identified more HPV types than subcloning/sequencing (56 versus 37, respectively). Overall, 86.5% (32/37) of the HPV types identified by subcloning/sequencing were identified by the...

  9. Phy-chemical Attributes of Nano-scale V2O5/TiO2 Catalyst and Its’ Effect on Soot Oxidation

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    Deqing Mei; Lichang Li; Chen Zhu; Xiang Zhao; Yinnan Yuan

    2016-01-01

    The V2O5 catalysts which supported on nano-scale TiO2 with variation of vanadium contents (5%, 10%, 20% and 40%) were prepared by an incipient-wetness impregnation method. The phase structures of nano-scale V2O5/TiO2 catalysts with different loading rates were characterized by Scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. The oxidation activities of catalysts over diesel soot were performed in a themogravimetric analysis (TGA) syst...

  10. Radiological performance assessment for the E-Area Vaults Disposal Facility. Appendices A through M

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    Cook, J.R.

    1994-04-15

    These document contains appendices A-M for the performance assessment. They are A: details of models and assumptions, B: computer codes, C: data tabulation, D: geochemical interactions, E: hydrogeology of the Savannah River Site, F: software QA plans, G: completeness review guide, H: performance assessment peer review panel recommendations, I: suspect soil performance analysis, J: sensitivity/uncertainty analysis, K: vault degradation study, L: description of naval reactor waste disposal, M: porflow input file. (GHH)

  11. The Impact of Home Environment Factors on Academic Performance of Senior Secondary School Students in Garki Area District, Abuja - Nigeria

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    L. T. Dzever

    2015-01-01

    The study examined the impact of home environment factors on the academic performance of public secondary school students in Garki Area District, Abuja, Nigeria. The stratified sampling technique was used to select 300 students from six public schools, while the simple random sampling technique was used to administer the questionnaire. The study utilized a descriptive survey research design for the study. Also, data on student’s academic performance was obtained from student’s scores in four ...

  12. Expression and function of K(V)2-containing channels in human urinary bladder smooth muscle.

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    Hristov, Kiril L; Chen, Muyan; Afeli, Serge A Y; Cheng, Qiuping; Rovner, Eric S; Petkov, Georgi V

    2012-06-01

    The functional role of the voltage-gated K(+) (K(V)) channels in human detrusor smooth muscle (DSM) is largely unexplored. Here, we provide molecular, electrophysiological, and functional evidence for the expression of K(V)2.1, K(V)2.2, and the electrically silent K(V)9.3 subunits in human DSM. Stromatoxin-1 (ScTx1), a selective inhibitor of K(V)2.1, K(V)2.2, and K(V)4.2 homotetrameric channels and of K(V)2.1/9.3 heterotetrameric channels, was used to examine the role of these channels in human DSM function. Human DSM tissues were obtained during open bladder surgeries from patients without a history of overactive bladder. Freshly isolated human DSM cells were studied using RT-PCR, immunocytochemistry, live-cell Ca(2+) imaging, and the perforated whole cell patch-clamp technique. Isometric DSM tension recordings of human DSM isolated strips were conducted using tissue baths. RT-PCR experiments showed mRNA expression of K(V)2.1, K(V)2.2, and K(V)9.3 (but not K(V)4.2) channel subunits in human isolated DSM cells. K(V)2.1 and K(V)2.2 protein expression was confirmed by Western blot analysis and immunocytochemistry. Perforated whole cell patch-clamp experiments revealed that ScTx1 (100 nM) inhibited the amplitude of the voltage step-induced K(V) current in freshly isolated human DSM cells. ScTx1 (100 nM) significantly increased the intracellular Ca(2+) level in DSM cells. In human DSM isolated strips, ScTx1 (100 nM) increased the spontaneous phasic contraction amplitude and muscle force, and enhanced the amplitude of the electrical field stimulation-induced contractions within the range of 3.5-30 Hz stimulation frequencies. These findings reveal that ScTx1-sensitive K(V)2-containing channels are key regulators of human DSM excitability and contractility and may represent new targets for pharmacological or genetic intervention for bladder dysfunction.

  13. Body Area Wireless Sensor Networks for the Analysis of Cycling Performance

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    Marin-Perianu, Raluca; Marin-Perianu, Mihai; Rouffet, David; Taylor, Simon; Havinga, Paul; Begg, Rezaul; Palaniswami, Marimuthu

    2010-01-01

    In high-performance cycling, there is a need for advanced technological means of assessing the cyclists’ performance during training and competition, and the risk of overuse injuries. Existing techniques rely on off-line, laboratory-based analysis, as well as on outfitting the bike with various sens

  14. The thermal performance of seawater-source heat pump systems in areas of severe cold during winter

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    Highlights: • Thermal performance of SWHP systems with HCHE and BWIS are compared with ASHP. • Exergy efficiencies and destruction rates of SWHP and ASHP system are performed. • HSPF is used to express the performance of heat pump systems. • Economic analyses of the heat pump systems are performed and compared. - Abstract: The research concerning ocean energy exploitation in North China is undoubtedly of significant importance to the development of the national ocean energy. The use of seawater heat pump (SWHP) systems is a better choice than air-source heat pump (ASHP) systems. The latter systems have a lower efficiency because of the formation of frost on the surface of its airside heat exchanger when the ambient air temperature is low. This paper reports research investigating the system efficiency of SWHP systems in areas of severe cold during winter. Experiments are conducted to compare the thermal performance of the beach well infiltration intake systems (BWIS) and the helical coil heat exchanger (HCHE) for SWHP systems in the Bohai Sea, Tianjin, North China. Heat transfer rate, COP (coefficient of performance) values, exergy efficiencies and exergy destruction rates of the SWHP systems with BWIS and HCHE are presented and compared with the ASHP systems. The study results indicate that the BWIS for SWHP systems has the highest thermal performance during the whole heating season in areas of severe cold during winter. That performance is observed because icing on the outer surfaces of the tubes of the HCHE and frost formation on the surface of the heat exchanger of the ASHP have great effects on the heat transfer performance. The Heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is used to express the performance of heat pump systems over the entire heating season. Economic analyses of the BWIS and HCHE are performed according to local economics to compare the application of the HCHE and BWIS, and the results indicate that the HCHE has a better economic value

  15. Impact of substrate characteristics on performance of large area plasmonic photoconductive emitters.

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    Yardimci, Nezih T; Salas, Rodolfo; Krivoy, Erica M; Nair, Hari P; Bank, Seth R; Jarrahi, Mona

    2015-12-14

    We present a comprehensive analysis of terahertz radiation from large area plasmonic photoconductive emitters in relation with characteristics of device substrate. Specifically, we investigate the radiation properties of large area plasmonic photoconductive emitters fabricated on GaAs substrates that exhibit short carrier lifetimes through low-temperature substrate growth and through epitaxially embedded rare-earth arsenide (ErAs and LuAs) nanoparticles in superlattice structures. Our analysis indicates that the utilized substrate composition and growth process for achieving short carrier lifetimes are crucial in determining substrate resistivity, carrier drift velocity, and carrier lifetime, which directly impact optical-to-terahertz conversion efficiency, radiation power, radiation bandwidth, and reliability of large area plasmonic photoconductive emitters.

  16. The Forecasting Performance of Real Time Estimates of the EURO Area Output Gap

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    Marcellino, Massimiliano; Musso, Alberto

    2010-01-01

    This paper provides real time evidence on the usefulness of the euro area output gap as a leading indicator for inflation and growth. A genuine real-time data set for the euro area is used, including vintages of several alternative gap estimates. It turns out that, despite some difference across output gap estimates and forecast horizons, the results point clearly to a lack of any usefulness of real-time output gap estimates for inflation forecasting both in the short term (one-quarter and on...

  17. Sintering of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al and mechanical properties

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    Highlights: → Densification is only the first step for the sintering of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al. → Master alloy selection or design of sintering pathway is the real challenge. → The use of 10V-2Fe-3Al master alloy is preferred to the use of 85V-15Al. → Sintering of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al is mainly controlled by the self-diffusion of Ti. - Abstract: A comprehensive study has been made of the sintering and microstructural evolution of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al compacted from titanium and master alloy powder blends. The densification of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al at ≤1300 deg. C occurs by solid-state sintering with apparent activation energy of 163 ± 13 kJ/mol, which falls into the reported activation energy range for the self-diffusion of titanium. The sintered density depends primarily on the titanium powder size while the sintered microstructure and mechanical properties depend mainly on the master alloy type or diffusion of vanadium. The real challenge for the fabrication of Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al by sintering is not densification, which is trivial with relatively fine titanium powder. Rather, it is the realisation of a desired microstructure through master alloy selection or design of the sintering pathway, which determines the distribution of the principal alloying element V, a slow diffuser in β-Ti. This distinguishes it from the sintering of lean alloys, where the focus has predominantly been on densification. The use of 10V-2Fe-3Al master alloy produced more uniform microstructures and therefore much better ductility than the use of 85V-15Al at similar densities.

  18. Home Influences on the Academic Performance of Agricultural Science Students in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria

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    Ndirika, Maryann C.; Njoku, U. J.

    2012-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the home influences on the academic performance of agricultural science secondary school students in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State. The instrument used in data collection was a validated questionnaire structured on a two point rating scale. Simple random sampling technique was used to select…

  19. Addendum to the performance assessment analysis for low-level waste disposal in the 200 west area active burial grounds

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    Wood, M.I., Westinghouse Hanford

    1996-12-20

    An addendum was completed to the performance assessment (PA) analysis for the active 200 West Area low-level solid waste burial grounds. The addendum includes supplemental information developed during the review of the PA analysis, an ALARA analysis, a comparison of PA results with the Hanford Groundwater Protection Strategy, and a justification for the assumption of 500 year deterrence to the inadvertent intruder.

  20. Performance and experience in oral narratives on the border areas between Argentina, Brazil e Uruguay

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    Luciana Hartmann

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available In the frontier among Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay oral narratives transpose political limits. On circulating in this region, narratives reveal identities, traditions and even feelings. In these countries the practice of storytelling is a central aspect of a "culture of frontier", it is fundamental for transmitting values and knowledge. In this paper I present an specific aspect of this culture: the story-tellers performances and its importance on the organization and transmission of the experience of living in the frontier. Firstly, it is done a theoretical approach about the relationship among experience, performance and narrative definitions. Then, presenting two narratives - one a comic story, and the other a personal life narrative - I explain how concepts of "performance as an exhibition" and "performance as skill" can be useful to understand the different forms storytellers act in narrative events.

  1. Performance assessment for the disposal of low-level waste in the 200 West Area Burial Grounds

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    Wood, M.I.; Khaleel, R.; Rittmann, P.D.; Lu, A.H.; Finfrock, S.H.; DeLorenzo, T.H. [Westinghouse Hanford Co., Richland, WA (United States); Serne, R.J.; Cantrell, K.J. [Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1995-06-01

    This document reports the findings of a performance assessment (PA) analysis for the disposal of solid low-level radioactive waste (LLW) in the 200 West Area Low-Level Waste Burial Grounds (LLBG) in the northwest corner of the 200 West Area of the Hanford Site. This PA analysis is required by US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5820.2A (DOE 1988a) to demonstrate that a given disposal practice is in compliance with a set of performance objectives quantified in the order. These performance objectives are applicable to the disposal of DOE-generated LLW at any DOE-operated site after the finalization of the order in September 1988. At the Hanford Site, DOE, Richland Operations Office (RL) has issued a site-specific supplement to DOE Order 5820.2A, DOE-RL 5820.2A (DOE 1993), which provides additiona I ce objectives that must be satisfied.

  2. Model experiment on anti-deformation performance of a self-supporting transmission tower in a subsidence area

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    Yuan Guanglin; Shu Qianjin; Zhang Yunfei; Liu Tao; Ji Yongsheng; Xu Guoan

    2012-01-01

    A large number of high-voltage power transmission towers have recently been constructed in mining areas prone to subsidence.In order to ensure the safety of the transmission towers and the safe operation of transmission systems,it is imperative to carry out research on the anti-deformation performance of transmission towers.In our study,we performed experiments on the anti-deformation performance of a transmission tower in a subsidence area on a scale model with a geometric scale ratio of 1∶5 and analyzed the failure mechanism of the tower members.The results show that,when the axial distance between two supports changes,destabilization failure most likely occurs in the members of the bottom transverse layer because some parts of the main diagonal member bars yield under the action of compression.The failure mechanism of the tower members basically coincides with the lever principle.

  3. Effect of High Receiver Thermal Loss Per Unit Area on the Performance of Solar Central Receiver Systems Having Optimum Heliostat Fields and Optimum Receiver Aperture Areas.

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    Pitman, Charles L.

    Recent efforts in solar central receiver research have been directed toward high temperature applications. Associated with high temperature processes are greater receiver thermal losses due to reradiation and convection. This dissertation examines the performance of central receiver systems having optimum heliostate fields and receiver aperture areas as a function of receiver thermal loss per unit area of receiver aperture. The results address the problem of application optimization (loss varies) as opposed to the problem of optimization of a design for a specific application (loss fixed). A reasonable range of values for the primary independent variable L (the average reradiative and convective loss per unit area of receiver aperture) and a reasonable set of design assumptions were first established. The optimum receiver aperture area, number and spacings of heliostats, and field boundary were then determined for two tower focal heights and for each value of L. From this, the solar subsystem performance for each optimized system was calculated. Heliostat field analysis and optimization required a detailed computational analysis. A significant modification to the standard method of solving the optimization equations, effectively a decoupling of the solution process into collector and receiver subsystem parts, greatly aided the analysis. Results are presented for tower focal heights of 150 and 180 m. Values of L ranging from 0.04 to 0.50 MW m('-2) were considered, roughly corresponding to working fluid temperatures (at receiver exit) in the range of 650 to 1650 C. As L increases over this range, the receiver thermal efficiency and the receiver interception factor decrease. The optimal power level drops by almost half, and the cost per unit of energy produced increases by about 25% for the base case set of design assumptions. The resulting decrease in solar subsystem efficiency (relative to the defined annual input energy) from 0.57 to 0.35 is about 40% and is a

  4. V_2O_5复合薄膜材料的制备

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    王爱荣; 吴广明; 杨辉宇; 张明霞; 周斌; 牛锡贤; 汪国庆; 沈军

    2008-01-01

    本文采用了单壁碳纳米管(SWCNTs)与V2O5气凝胶进行复合。首先采用混酸处理的方法对SWCNTs进行预处理,然后与V2O5溶胶进行复合。V2O5复合气凝胶薄膜材料的制备过程,主要是以V2O5粉末、苯甲醇(BA)、异丙醇(IP)和SWCNTs为原料,采用溶胶-凝胶法、提拉法镀膜和溶剂替换的方法来制备。利用紫外-可见-近红外分光光度计、傅里叶红外光谱仪、原子力显微镜、透射和扫描电子显微镜等表征手段,研究了SWCNTs复合V2O5气凝胶薄膜材料的结构和热处理对薄膜性能的影响。

  5. Chx10 Consolidates V2a Interneuron Identity through Two Distinct Gene Repression Modes.

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    Clovis, Yoanne M; Seo, So Yeon; Kwon, Ji-Sun; Rhee, Jennifer C; Yeo, Sujeong; Lee, Jae W; Lee, Seunghee; Lee, Soo-Kyung

    2016-08-01

    During development, two cell types born from closely related progenitor pools often express identical transcriptional regulators despite their completely distinct characteristics. This phenomenon implies the need for a mechanism that operates to segregate the identities of the two cell types throughout differentiation after initial fate commitment. To understand this mechanism, we investigated the fate specification of spinal V2a interneurons, which share important developmental genes with motor neurons (MNs). We demonstrate that the paired homeodomain factor Chx10 functions as a critical determinant for V2a fate and is required to consolidate V2a identity in postmitotic neurons. Chx10 actively promotes V2a fate, downstream of the LIM-homeodomain factor Lhx3, while concomitantly suppressing the MN developmental program by preventing the MN-specific transcription complex from binding and activating MN genes. This dual activity enables Chx10 to effectively separate the V2a and MN pathways. Our study uncovers a widely applicable gene regulatory principle for segregating related cell fates. PMID:27477290

  6. Ionic liquid intercalated V2O5 nanorods: synthesis and characterization

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    K Manjunath; V D’Souza; J Dupont; T Ramakrishnappa; G Nagaraju

    2015-09-01

    In this work, ionic liquid (IL) intercalated V2O5 (IL-V2O5) nanorods have been synthesized through the IL-assisted hydrothermal method using imidazolium-based functionalized IL at 130°C for 3 days. The structure and morphology of the obtained product was characterized using various techniques. X-ray diffraction pattern reveals the intercalation of IL at 2 = 7° in orthorhombic V2O5. The Fourier transform infrared spectrum shows a band at 1044 cm–1, which could be assigned to stretching vibration of terminal vanadyl (V=O), sensitive to cation intercalation between vanadium oxide layers. UV–vis absorption spectrum of IL-V2O5 nanorods and calcined V2O5 nanoparticles show a maximum absorbance at 402 and 420 nm, respectively. The morphology of the product was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and transition electron microscopy (TEM). TEM analysis reveals the nanorods with thickness of 30–50 nm.

  7. Results of Aquifer Tests Performed Near R-Area, Savannah River Site

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    Hiergesell, R.A.

    2001-01-31

    The aquifer testing described in this report was conducted in response to USEPA comments (WSRC, 1998) on the Rev. 0 R-Reactor Seepage Basins RFI/RI Report (WSRC, 1998a), Appendix G, Groundwater Contaminant Transport Modeling for the R-Reactor Seepage Basins (RRSB)/108-4R Overflow Basin Operable Unit. The R-area regional flow model described in Appendix G of the RFI/RI is based on small-scale and/or indirect measures of hydraulic conductivity, including laboratory tests, slug tests, cone penetration testing (CPT) and lithologic core descriptions. The USEPA proposed and SRS- agreed that large-scale conductivity estimates from multiple well pumping tests would be beneficial for validating the model conductivity field. Overall, the aquifer test results validate the 1998 R-area regional groundwater flow model.

  8. Intrinsic performance-limiting instabilities in two-level class-B broad-area lasers

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    Pakhomov, A. V.; Molevich, N. E.; Krents, A. A.; Anchikov, D. A.

    2016-08-01

    The present paper is concerned with the analytical and numerical investigation of the transverse spatio-temporal instabilities in two-level broad-area lasers for the specific class-B case. We show that the two-level class-B broad-area laser tends to naturally operate in the filamentary state. This is revealed to be provided with two causes. First of them is related with the homogeneous output profile being intrinsically unstable due to the traveling-wave instability, independently from the boundary conditions. Secondly, high sensitivity to the boundaries of the pumping region was found for the commonly used top-hat-like profile leading to boundaries-induced filamentary dynamics. Spatio-temporal properties of both instability mechanisms are studied and their effects on the resulting laser dynamical behavior are analyzed.

  9. The Effect of Trees and Grass on the Thermal and Hydrological Performance of an Urban Area

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    Armson, David

    2012-01-01

    The process of urbanization dramatically alters the landscape which can have negative effects on the environment, and thereby, places the inhabitants and the city itself at risk. The development of an urban heat island can have severe health implications for city inhabitants during prolonged heat waves. Urbanisation also alters hydrological processes, which can place urban areas at a greater threat of surface flooding during heavy rainfall. As cities are continuing to expand, and as climate c...

  10. Water quality and quantity assessment of pervious pavements performance in experimental car park areas

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    Sañudo Fontaneda, Luis Ángel; Charlesworth, Susanne M.; Castro Fresno, Daniel; Andrés Valeri, Valero Carlos Alessio; Rodríguez Hernández, Jorge

    2014-01-01

    Pervious pavements have become one of the most used sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) techniques in car parks. This research paper presents the results of monitoring water quality from several experimental car park areas designed and constructed in Spain with bays made of interlocking concrete block pavement, porous asphalt, polymer-modified porous concrete and reinforced grass with plastic and concrete cells. Moreover, two different sub-base materials were used (limestone aggregates a...

  11. Radiological performance assessment for the Z-Area Saltstone Disposal Facility

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    This radiological performance assessment (RPA) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF) was prepared in accordance with the requirements of Chapter III of the US Department of Energy Order 5820.2A. The Order specifies that an RPA should provide reasonable assurance that a low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility will comply with the performance objectives of the Order. The performance objectives require that: (1) exposures of the general public to radioactivity in the waste or released from the waste will not result in an effective dose equivalent of 25 mrem per year; (2) releases to the atmosphere will meet the requirements of 40 CFR 61; (3) inadvertent intruders will not be committed to an excess of an effective dose equivalent of 100 mrem per year from chronic exposure, or 500 mrem from a single acute exposure; and (4) groundwater resources will be protected in accordance with Federal, State and local requirements

  12. Evaluation of The Impacts of VMS on Traffic Performance Measures in An Urban Area in Indonesia

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    A. Caroline Sutandi

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Variable Message Sign (VMS is especially recommended for congested flow conditions. The aim of this study is to investigate how drivers in a large city in a developing country with many specific geometric and traffic conditions and also specific driver behaviour, use VMS in aid of choosing route for their inter-city trips. Furthermore, to explore the impact of the use of the information on increasing traffic performance measures. A case study was carried out in Bandung, Indonesia. Microscopic traffic simulations were used in this study to evaluate traffic performance measures. The results of the evaluation found that VMS has insignificant impact on drivers’ route choice behaviour. The results indicated that drivers in Bandung rely much on their experience of traffic conditions commonly occur in the city and demonstrated that VMS has no significant impact to increase traffic performance, but has better impact on the roads with higher number of alternative roads.

  13. Radiological performance assessment for the Z-Area Saltstone Disposal Facility

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    Cook, J.R.; Fowler, J.R. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)

    1992-12-18

    This radiological performance assessment (RPA) for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF) was prepared in accordance with the requirements of Chapter III of the US Department of Energy Order 5820.2A. The Order specifies that an RPA should provide reasonable assurance that a low-level waste (LLW) disposal facility will comply with the performance objectives of the Order. The performance objectives require that: (1) exposures of the general public to radioactivity in the waste or released from the waste will not result in an effective dose equivalent of 25 mrem per year; (2) releases to the atmosphere will meet the requirements of 40 CFR 61; (3) inadvertent intruders will not be committed to an excess of an effective dose equivalent of 100 mrem per year from chronic exposure, or 500 mrem from a single acute exposure; and (4) groundwater resources will be protected in accordance with Federal, State and local requirements.

  14. Design and performance of a large area neutron sensitive anger camera

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    Riedel, R. A.; Donahue, C.; Visscher, T.; Montcalm, C.

    2015-09-01

    We describe the design and performance of a 157 mm×157 mm two dimensional neutron detector. The detector uses the Anger principle to determine the position of neutrons. We have verified FWHM resolution of Anger Cameras. The performance of the detector is limited by the light yield of the scintillator, and it is estimated that the resolution of the current detector could be doubled with a brighter scintillator. Data collected from small (<1 mm3) single crystal reference samples at the single crystal instrument TOPAZ provide results with low values of the refinement parameter Rw(F).

  15. Performance assessment for the disposal of low-level waste in the 200 east area burial grounds

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    Wood, M.I., Westinghouse Hanford

    1996-08-15

    A performance assessment analysis was completed for the 200 East Area Low-Level Burial Grounds (LLBG) to satisfy compliance requirements in DOE Order 5820.2A. In the analysis, scenarios of radionuclide release from the 200 East Area Low-Level waste facility was evaluated. The analysis focused on two primary scenarios leading to exposure. The first was inadvertent intrusion. In this scenario, it was assumed that institutional control of the site and knowledge of the disposal facility has been lost. Waste is subsequently exhumed and dose from exposure is received. The second scenario was groundwater contamination.In this scenario, radionuclides are leached from the waste by infiltrating precipitation and transported through the soil column to the underlying unconfined aquifer. The contaminated water is pumped from a well 100 m downstream and consumed,causing dose. Estimates of potential contamination of the surrounding environment were developed and the associated doses to the maximum exposed individual were calculated. The doses were compared with performance objective dose limits, found primarily in the DOE order 5850.2A. In the 200 East Area LLBG,it was shown that projected doses are estimated to be well below the limits because of the combination of environmental, waste inventory, and disposal facility characteristics of the 200 East Area LLBG. Waste acceptance criteria were also derived to ensure that disposal of future waste inventories in the 200 East Area LLBG will not cause an unacceptable increase in estimated dose.

  16. Correlating Lithium Hydroxyl Accumulation with Capacity Retention in V2O5 Aerogel Cathodes.

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    Wangoh, Linda W; Huang, Yiqing; Jezorek, Ryan L; Kehoe, Aoife B; Watson, Graeme W; Omenya, Fredrick; Quackenbush, Nicholas F; Chernova, Natasha A; Whittingham, M Stanley; Piper, Louis F J

    2016-05-11

    V2O5 aerogels are capable of reversibly intercalating more than 5 Li(+)/V2O5 but suffer from lifetime issues due to their poor capacity retention upon cycling. We employed a range of material characterization and electrochemical techniques along with atomic pair distribution function, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory to determine the origin of the capacity fading in V2O5 aerogel cathodes. In addition to the expected vanadium redox due to intercalation, we observed LiOH species that formed upon discharge and were only partially removed after charging, resulting in an accumulation of electrochemically inactive LiOH over each cycle. Our results indicate that the tightly bound water that is necessary for maintaining the aerogel structure is also inherently responsible for the capacity fade.

  17. Correlating Lithium Hydroxyl Accumulation with Capacity Retention in V2O5 Aerogel Cathodes.

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    Wangoh, Linda W; Huang, Yiqing; Jezorek, Ryan L; Kehoe, Aoife B; Watson, Graeme W; Omenya, Fredrick; Quackenbush, Nicholas F; Chernova, Natasha A; Whittingham, M Stanley; Piper, Louis F J

    2016-05-11

    V2O5 aerogels are capable of reversibly intercalating more than 5 Li(+)/V2O5 but suffer from lifetime issues due to their poor capacity retention upon cycling. We employed a range of material characterization and electrochemical techniques along with atomic pair distribution function, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory to determine the origin of the capacity fading in V2O5 aerogel cathodes. In addition to the expected vanadium redox due to intercalation, we observed LiOH species that formed upon discharge and were only partially removed after charging, resulting in an accumulation of electrochemically inactive LiOH over each cycle. Our results indicate that the tightly bound water that is necessary for maintaining the aerogel structure is also inherently responsible for the capacity fade. PMID:27104947

  18. About a new metastable compound: Zn4V2O9

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    For the first time Zn4V2O9 was prepared and investigated by single crystal X-ray methods. The metastable compound exists between a CO2-Laser generated flux and the solid ZnO/V2O5 material. The quenched light brown crystals show a monoclinic symmetry (space group C22-P21, a=10.488(5), b=8.198(6), c=9.682(5) A; β=118.66(4)0; Z=4). Zn4V2O9 has a characteristic Zn/O-framework with incorporated V5+ in tetrahedral coordination. The relationship to Zn4Ta2O9 and the calculation of the madelung part of lattice energy (MAPLE) in respect to the metastable character are discussed. (Author)

  19. Performance Analysis of Ultra Wideband Receivers for High Data Rate Wireless Personal Area Network System

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    Das, Bikramaditya; 10.5121/jgraphhoc.2010.2104

    2010-01-01

    For high data rate ultra wideband communication system, performance comparison of Rake, MMSE and Rake-MMSE receivers is attempted in this paper. Further a detail study on Rake-MMSE time domain equalizers is carried out taking into account all the important parameters such as the effect of the number of Rake fingers and equalizer taps on the error rate performance. This receiver combats inter-symbol interference by taking advantages of both the Rake and equalizer structure. The bit error rate performances are investigated using MATLAB simulation on IEEE 802.15.3a defined UWB channel models. Simulation results show that the bit error rate probability of Rake-MMSE receiver is much better than Rake receiver and MMSE equalizer. Study on non-line of sight indoor channel models illustrates that bit error rate performance of Rake-MMSE (both LE and DFE) improves for CM3 model with smaller spread compared to CM4 channel model. It is indicated that for a MMSE equalizer operating at low to medium SNR values, the number o...

  20. Performance Analysis of Ultra Wideband Receivers for High Data Rate Wireless Personal Area Network System

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    Full Text Available For high data rate ultra wideband communication system, performance comparison of Rake, MMSE andRake-MMSE receivers is attempted in this paper. Further a detail study on Rake-MMSE time domainequalizers is carried out taking into account all the important parameters such as the effect of the numberof Rake fingers and equalizer taps on the error rate performance. This receiver combats inter-symbolinterference by taking advantages of both the Rake and equalizer structure. The bit error rateperformances are investigated using MATLAB simulation on IEEE 802.15.3a defined UWB channelmodels. Simulation results show that the bit error rate probability of Rake-MMSE receiver is much betterthan Rake receiver and MMSE equalizer. Study on non-line of sight indoor channel models illustratesthat bit error rate performance of Rake-MMSE (both LE and DFE improves for CM3 model with smallerspread compared to CM4 channel model. It is indicated that for a MMSE equalizer operating at low tomedium SNR values, the number of Rake fingers is the dominant factor to improve system performance,while at high SNR values the number of equalizer taps plays a more significant role in reducing the errorrate.

  1. A Performance Analysis of a Wireless Body-Area Network Monitoring System for Professional Cycling

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    Marin-Perianu, Raluca; Marin-Perianu, Mihai; Havinga, Paul; Taylor, Simon; Begg, Rezaul; Palaniswami, Marimuthu; Rouffet, David; Thomas, P.

    2011-01-01

    It is essential for any highly trained cyclist to optimize his pedalling movement in order to maximize the performance and minimize the risk of injuries. Current techniques rely on bicycle fitting and off-line laboratory measurements. These techniques do not allow the assessment of the kinematics of

  2. Performance evaluation of the conventional Brazilian industries radiation protection in the small industrial gauges and industrial radiography areas

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    This works evaluates by punctuation the performance in conventional Brazilian industries radiation protection area which make use of small industrial gauges and industrial radiography. It proposes, procedures for industry self-evaluation, besides a new radiation protection plans pattern for the small industrial gauges area. The data source where inspection reports of Dosimetry Radiation Protection Institute/Nuclear Energy Commission conventional Brazilian industries' radiation protection plans, beyond visitation to the inspection place. The performance evaluation has been realized both in the administrative and operational aspects of the industries. About of 60% of the industries have a satisfactory register control which does not happen to the operational control. The performance evaluation advantage is that industries may self-evaluate, foreseeing Dosimetry Radiation Protection Institute's regulation inspections, correcting its irregularities, automatically improving its services. The number of industries which have obtained satisfactory performance in both areas is below 70%, both in administrative and operational aspects. Such number can be considered a low one as it is radiation protection. The procedures propose in this work aim to improve such a situation. (author)

  3. Vasopressin receptors V1a and V2 are not osmosensors.

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    Lykke, Kasper; Assentoft, Mette; Fenton, Robert A; Rosenkilde, Mette M; MacAulay, Nanna

    2015-08-01

    Herein, we investigated whether G protein-coupled signaling via the vasopressin receptors of the V1a and V2 subtypes (V1aR and V2R) could be obtained as a direct response to hyperosmolar challenges and/or whether hyperosmolar challenges could augment classical vasopressin-dependent V1aR signaling. The V1aR-dependent response was monitored indirectly via its effects on aquaporin 4 (AQP4) when heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes and V1aR and V2R function was directly monitored following heterologous expression in COS-7 cells. A tendency toward an osmotically induced, V1aR-mediated reduction in AQP4-dependent water permeability was observed, although osmotic challenges failed to mimic vasopressin-dependent V1aR-mediated internalization of AQP4. Direct monitoring of inositol phosphate (IP) production of V1aR-expressing COS-7 cells demonstrated an efficient vasopressin-dependent response that was, however, independent of hyperosmotic challenges. Similarly, the cAMP production by the V2R was unaffected by hyperosmotic challenges although, in contrast to the V1aR, the V2R displayed an ability to support alternative signaling (IP production) at higher concentration of vasopressin. V1aR and V2R respond directly to vasopressin exposure, but they do not have an ability to act as osmo- or volume sensors when exposed to an osmotic gradient in the absence or presence of vasopressin. PMID:26311834

  4. PISCES-v2: an ocean biogeochemical model for carbon and ecosystem studies

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available PISCES-v2 is a biogeochemical model which simulates the lower trophic levels of marine ecosystem (phytoplankton, microzooplankton and mesozooplankton and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and of the main nutrients (P, N, Fe, and Si. The model is intended to be used for both regional and global configurations at high or low spatial resolutions as well as for short-term (seasonal, interannual and long-term (climate change, paleoceanography analyses. There are twenty-four prognostic variables (tracers including two phytoplankton compartments (diatoms and nanophytoplankton, two zooplankton size-classes (microzooplankton and mesozooplankton and a description of the carbonate chemistry. Formulations in PISCES-v2 are based on a mixed Monod–Quota formalism: on one hand, stoichiometry of C/N/P is fixed and growth rate of phytoplankton is limited by the external availability in N, P and Si. On the other hand, the iron and silicium quotas are variable and growth rate of phytoplankton is limited by the internal availability in Fe. Various parameterizations can be activated in PISCES-v2, setting for instance the complexity of iron chemistry or the description of particulate organic materials. So far, PISCES-v2 has been coupled to the NEMO and ROMS systems. A full description of PISCES-v2 and of its optional functionalities is provided here. The results of a quasi-steady state simulation are presented and evaluated against diverse observational and satellite-derived data. Finally, some of the new functionalities of PISCES-v2 are tested in a series of sensitivity experiments.

  5. V2O5催化氧化深度脱硫%Deep desulfurization by catalytic oxidation over V2 O5 catalyst

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    宋华; 冯化林; 李国忠; 江雪原

    2011-01-01

    To study an oxidative deep desulfurization method, the effects of the catalysts and coagents on desulfurization were investigated with H2O2 as oxidant. The catalytic ability of various catalysts follows the order of V2O5 > phosphotungstic acid > phosphomolybdic acid. The optimum conditions of oxidation were studied with V2O5 as catalyst and anhydrous ethyl alcohol as coagent. The results show that under the conditions of thiophene/petroleum ether model oil volume of 10 mL, H2O2 volume of 0.05 mL( volume fraction 1.5% ), V2O5 catalyst mass of 0.002 0 g( mass concentration 200 mg/L), anhydrous ethylalcohol of 0.50 mL( volume fraction 5% ), at 40 ℃,reacting for 60 min, the reactants were extracted with N, N-dimethylformamide as the extractant; when extraction temperature is 15 ℃, extraction time is 15 min, and the volume ratio of solvent to oil is 1, the suffur mass fraction of the thiophene to petroleum ether model oil is reduced from 200 mg/L to 30.8 mg/L, and the desulfurization ratio reaches 84.6%, which is 28.0% higher than that of thiophene/petroleum ether model oil extracted directly without oxidizing. The oxidized desulfurization effect is remarkable. The sulfur mass fraction of gasoline is reduced from 179.3 mg/L to 18.0 mg/L, and the desulfurization rate reaches 91.0% by this method, showing a high potential for industrial application.%为了研究氧化法深度脱硫技术,以H2O2为氧化剂,考察了不同催化剂和助剂对脱硫效果的影响.各催化剂的催化性能大小顺序为V2O5>磷钨酸>磷钼酸.以V2O5为催化剂,无水乙醇为助剂,优化了氧化条件.结果表明:在噻吩/石油醚模拟油体积10 mL、H2O2 0.05mL(体积分数1.5%)、V2O5 0.002 0 g(质量浓度200 mg/L)、无水乙醇0.50 mL(体积分数5%)、氧化温度40℃的反应条件下,氧化60min,得到的氧化产物采用N,N-二甲基甲酰胺进行萃取,萃取温度15℃,萃取时间15 min,剂油体积比为1时,噻吩/石油醚模拟

  6. Status of compost usage and its performance on vegetable production in Monga areas of Bangladesh

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The present study was carried out to assess the existing status of compost usage on vegetable production and determine the overall effect of household waste compost (HWC on growth and yield of vegetables and enhancement of soil fertility in the monga areas of Bangladesh. A field survey was conducted on 152 sampled farmers during 2010 to 2011. Questionnaire containing both closed and open-ended questions were used to assess existing production practices of vegetables using compost in both homestead and field conditions. Three field trials at Badargonj and Kawnia upazilas of Rangpur district were conducted taking four treatments i.e. control, recommended doses (RD of fertilizers, HWC at the rate of 10 tha-1, and HWC 10 t ha-1 plus RD as IPNS based with Lal shak, Palong shak, Pui shak and Tomato. Base line survey results indicated inadequate knowledge of the farmers on use and preparation of the household waste compost. Yield data of all vegetables i.e. Tomato, Lal shak, Palong shak and Pui shak indicated that the combined application of nutrients using organic and inorganic sources were significantly better than that of solitary application of inorganic fertilizers. The potential of household waste compost applied @ 10 t ha-1 along with inorganic fertilizers applied was found highly satisfactory in producing Tomato, where yield was recorded 75 t ha-1 in the study area. The fresh yield of Palong shak was found 16 t ha-1 when recommended doses of inorganic fertilizers were applied, but it was about 19 t ha-1 under combined application of HWC @ 10 t ha-1 and inorganic fertilizers following IPNS concept. The fresh yield of Pui shak was found about 49 t ha-1 under combined application of organic and inorganic nutrients. Considering the availability and costs of different composts, it is evinced that HWC contained good amount of NPK which indicates its potentiality to be used as a soil amendment, improving soil fertility and crop productivity. It can be

  7. Co3V2O8 Sponge Network Morphology Derived from Metal-Organic Framework as an Excellent Lithium Storage Anode Material.

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    Soundharrajan, Vaiyapuri; Sambandam, Balaji; Song, Jinju; Kim, Sungjin; Jo, Jeonggeun; Kim, Seokhun; Lee, Seulgi; Mathew, Vinod; Kim, Jaekook

    2016-04-01

    Metal-organic framework (MOF)-based synthesis of battery electrodes has presntly become a topic of significant research interest. Considering the complications to prepare Co3V2O8 due to the criticality of its stoichiometric composition, we report on a simple MOF-based solvothermal synthesis of Co3V2O8 for use as potential anodes for lithium battery applications. Characterizations by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, high resolution electron microscopy, and porous studies revealed that the phase pure Co3V2O8 nanoparticles are interconnected to form a sponge-like morphology with porous properties. Electrochemical measurements exposed the excellent lithium storage (∼1000 mAh g(-1) at 200 mA g(-1)) and retention properties (501 mAh g(-1) at 1000 mA g(-1) after 700 cycles) of the prepared Co3V2O8 electrode. A notable rate performance of 430 mAh g(-1) at 3200 mA g(-1) was also observed, and ex situ investigations confirmed the morphological and structural stability of this material. These results validate that the unique nanostructured morphology arising from the use of the ordered array of MOF networks is favorable for improving the cyclability and rate capability in battery electrodes. The synthetic strategy presented herein may provide solutions to develop phase pure mixed metal oxides for high-performance electrodes for useful energy storage applications.

  8. Controllable synthesis of high-rate and long cycle-life Na3V2(PO4)3 for sodium-ion batteries

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    Li, Hui; Wu, Chuan; Bai, Ying; Wu, Feng; Wang, Muzi

    2016-09-01

    Structural and morphological control is an effective approach for improvement of electrochemical performance in rechargeable batteries. In this paper, three different morphological Na3V2(PO4)3 (irregular shaped, the porous sponge-like and plate like) were successfully prepared through controlling the amount of oxalic acid by a simple two-step reduction method. It is found that the amount of oxalic acid has vital impacts on the morphology of Na3V2(PO4)3; moreover, the morphological evolution and formation mechanism are proposed based on the reactions of different amount of oxalic acid occurring in the two-step reduction process. The excellent electrochemical performances of the porous sponge-like Na3V2(PO4)3 are attributed to the unique morphology. The initial capacity of the porous sponge-like Na3V2(PO4)3 is 101.77 mAh g-1 at 30 C; after 700 cycles, it remains as high as 89.28 mAh g-1 with only 12% capacity loss. When the current density increases to 50 C and 70 C, the capacity retentions of 81% after 600 cycles, and 92.5% after 500 cycles are achieved, respectively.

  9. 应用于V2G的AC/DC矩阵变换器%AC/DC Matrix Converters for V2G Applications

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    王辉; 粟梅; 孙尧; 李幸; 韩华; 张关关

    2013-01-01

    Due to the problems of battery voltage adaptation and power-volume ratio and system efficiency of the pulse width modulation (PWM) voltage source rectifier (VSR)in vehicle to grid (V2G) systems,this paper presents a solution based on AC/DC matrix converter topology for the V2G Against the characteristic of relatively large charging current ripple in the classical current space vector modulation strategy,a sectional optimized modulation strategy that can reduce the charging current ripple within the whole output range was proposed.The comparative analysis was made between the classical current space vector modulation strategy and the proposed strategy.The simulation and experimental results demonstrate the validity and effectiveness of the proposed sectional optimized modulation strategy.%由于当前V2G系统中普遍采用的电压型脉宽调制(pulse width modulation,PWM)整流方案中所存在的蓄电池电压匹配、功率体积比及系统效率问题,提出一种采用AC/DC矩阵变换器的解决方案.针对经典电流空间矢量调制策略中充电电流纹波较大的缺点,提出一种在全输出范围内减小充电电流纹波的分段优化调制策略,并深入对比分析这两种调制策略下充电电流纹波的大小.仿真和实验结果表明,所提分段优化调制策略的正确性和可行性.

  10. Influence of the vacuum interface on the charge distribution in V 2 O 3 thin films

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    Schwingenschlögl, Udo

    2009-09-22

    The electronic structure of V2O3 thin films is studied by means of the augmented spherical wave method as based on density functional theory and the local density approximation. We establish that the effects of charge redistribution, induced by the vacuum interface, in such films are restricted to a very narrow surface layer of ≈15 Å thickness. As a consequence, charge redistribution can be ruled out as a source of the extraordinary thickness dependence of the metal–insulator transition observed in V2O3 thin films of ~100–1000 Å thickness.

  11. Subsolidus Phase Relations in the ZnO-BaO-V2O5 System

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    ZHENG Meng; LV Pei-Wen; CHEN Da-Gui; YAN Feng-Bo; HUANG Feng

    2013-01-01

    The subsolidus phase relations of the ZnO-BaO-V2O5 ternary systems were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction analysis.There are three ternary compounds,nine binary compounds and sixteen 3-phase regions found in this system.The crystal structure of the ternary compound Ba2ZnV2O8 was refined by Rietveld profile fitting method and the powder diffraction pattern is given.A new ternary compound Ba3.4Zn0.8V4O14.2 has been found by the powder diffraction pattern.

  12. Influence of the vacuum interface on the charge distribution in V2O3 thin films

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    Schwingenschlögl, U.; Frésard, R.; Eyert, V.

    2009-09-01

    The electronic structure of V2O3 thin films is studied by means of the augmented spherical wave method as based on density functional theory and the local density approximation. We establish that the effects of charge redistribution, induced by the vacuum interface, in such films are restricted to a very narrow surface layer of ≈15 Å thickness. As a consequence, charge redistribution can be ruled out as a source of the extraordinary thickness dependence of the metal-insulator transition observed in V2O3 thin films of ~100-1000 Å thickness.

  13. Structural, Optical and Electrochromic Properties of Sol–Gel V2O5Thin Films

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    E. L. Ameziane; Bennouna, A.; R. Jourdani; A. Outzourhit; Benmouss, M.

    2003-01-01

    Vanadium pentoxide thin films are prepared by the sol–gel route by dissolving V2O5 powder (99.5% purity) in H2O2 solution. The solution is spin-coated on glass substrates for optical (UV–VIS–NIR) and XRD analysis, and on ITOcoated glass substrates for electrochromic measurements. The samples are then annealed at 150°C for 1 hour. The resulting films have a yellow-orange color, typical of polycrystalline V2O5. XRD measurements have shown that after annealing in air at 400°C the structure of th...

  14. Pressure and doping driven metal-to-insulator transition in V2O3

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    In the V2O3 system chemical doping and application of pressure are usually assumed to have equivalent effects for the physics of the Mott Hubbard metal-to-insulator transition (MIT). Recent experimental evidence, however, shows that application of pressure on the Cr-doped V2O3 cannot repristinate the situation of the undoped compound. In order to understand the underlying physical mechanisms in the differently driven MITs we investigate optical and X-ray absorption spectra by means of the local density approximation and its merger with dynamical mean field theory (LDA+DMFT) as well as full multiplet cluster calculations.

  15. Pneumatic vs. door-to-door waste collection systems in existing urban areas: a comparison of economic performance.

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    Teerioja, Nea; Moliis, Katja; Kuvaja, Eveliina; Ollikainen, Markku; Punkkinen, Henna; Merta, Elina

    2012-10-01

    Pneumatic waste collection systems are becoming increasingly popular in new urban residential areas, and an attractive alternative to conventional vehicle-operated municipal solid waste (MSW) collection also in ready-built urban areas. How well pneumatic systems perform in ready-built areas is, however, an unexplored topic. In this paper, we analyze how a hypothetical stationary pneumatic waste collection system compares economically to a traditional vehicle-operated door-to-door collection system in an existing, densely populated urban area. Both pneumatic and door-to-door collection systems face disadvantages in such areas. While buildings and fixed city infrastructure increase the installation costs of a pneumatic system in existing residential areas, the limited space for waste transportation vehicles and containers cause problems for vehicle-operated waste collection systems. The method used for analyzing the cost effects of the compared waste collection systems in our case study takes into account also monetized environmental effects of both waste collection systems. As a result, we find that the door-to-door collection system is economically almost six times more superior. The dominant cost factor in the analysis is the large investment cost of the pneumatic system. The economic value of land is an important variable, as it is able to reverse the results, if the value of land saved with a pneumatic system is sufficiently high. PMID:22721607

  16. Caracterização textural e estrutural de V2O5/TiO2 obtidos via sol-gel: comparação entre secagem convencional e supercrítica Textural and structural characterization of V2O5/TiO2 catalysts obtained by the sol-gel method: comparison between conventional and supercritical drying

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    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available This work describes a modified sol-gel method for the preparation of V2O5/TiO2 catalysts. The samples have been characterized by N2 adsorption at 77K, x-ray diffractometry (XRD and Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR. The surface area increases with the vanadia loading from 24 m² g-1, for pure TiO2, to 87 m² g-1 for 9wt.% of V2O5. The rutile form is predominant for pure TiO2 but became enriched with anatase phase when vanadia loading is increased. No crystalline V2O5 phase was observed in the catalysts diffractograms. Two species of surface vanadium observed by FT-IR spectroscopy a monomeric vanadyl and polymeric vanadates, the vanadyl/vanadate ratio remains practically constant.

  17. Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Storage Friendly TCP Performance in Distributed Storage Area Network

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    Suresh Muknahallipatna

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Fibre channel storage area networks (SAN are widely implemented in production data center environments. Recently the storage industry has moved towards deployment of distributed SANs (DSAN, geographically dispersed across large physical distances. In a DSAN, specialized gateway devices interconnect the individual Fibre Channel (FC fabrics over IP networks using TCP/IP based protocols (iFCP or FCIP or over metro to long distance optical networks such as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM based networks that utilize native FC ports supporting large numbers of link credits. When using TCP/IP based storage networking protocols to interconnect local FC fabrics in a DSAN, the sustained throughput achievable depends upon the link characteristics and TCP/IP stack implementation. Sustaining maximum possible storage traffic throughput across the wide area network enables practical DSAN deployments by maintaining the required site to site service level agreements.This study explores the effects of several TCP/IP modifications on sustained traffic throughput for a DSAN interconnected via iFCP gateways across an impaired network. The TCP/IP stack modifications, known as storage friendly, include changes to the window scaling, congestion avoidance, and fast recovery algorithms. The theoretical background and experimental results are presented to explain and illustrate these modifications.

  18. Towards The Development of an Index to Measure the Performance of Multi-Productivity Areas

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This research aims to develop two models that predict the percentage loss or increase of productivity performance in construction firms. The first model based on regression analysis. Thirty-five factors that affected construction productivity gathered from literature and were found to be significant following a questionnaire survey. Twelve factors were the most significant factors that impact construction productivity (independent variables. An productivity performance index (PPI was established (the dependent variable. The second model is a neural network model. Validation of the models revealed that out of 10 models tried by neural networks, the model with batch training, scaled conjugate gradient as an optimization algorithm and hyperbolic tangent and identity activation functions for input and output layers, outperforms the best model based on regression analysis. It gave Mean Average Percentage Error between the actual and predicted values of PPI by 12.5%, against 19.2% for the best model based on regression analysis.

  19. Design and performance of a large area neutron sensitive anger camera

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    Riedel, R.A., E-mail: riedelra@ornl.gov; Donahue, C.; Visscher, T.; Montcalm, C.

    2015-09-11

    We describe the design and performance of a 157 mm×157 mm two dimensional neutron detector. The detector uses the Anger principle to determine the position of neutrons. We have verified FWHM resolution of <1.2 mm with distortion <0.5 mm on over 50 installed Anger Cameras. The performance of the detector is limited by the light yield of the scintillator, and it is estimated that the resolution of the current detector could be doubled with a brighter scintillator. Data collected from small (<1 mm{sup 3}) single crystal reference samples at the single crystal instrument TOPAZ provide results with low values of the refinement parameter R{sub w}(F)

  20. Resistance and Seakeeping Numerical Performance Analyses of a Semi-Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull at Medium to High Speeds

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    Giuliano Vernengo; Dario Bruzzone

    2016-01-01

    The hydrodynamic analysis of a new semi-small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) suitable for various applications such as small and medium size passenger ferries is presented. This may be an attractive crossover configuration resulting from the merging of two classical shapes: a conventional SWATH and a fast catamaran. The final hull design exhibits a wedge-like waterline shape with the maximum beam at the stern; the hull ends with a very narrow entrance angle, has a prominent bulbous bow typical of SWATH vessels, and features full stern to arrange waterjet propellers. Our analysis aims to perform a preliminary assessment of the hydrodynamic performance of a hull with such a complex shape both in terms of resistance of the hull in calm water and seakeeping capability in regular head waves and compare the performance with that of a conventional SWATH. The analysis is performed using a boundary element method that was preliminarily validated on a conventional SWATH vessel.

  1. The Impact of Home Environment Factors on Academic Performance of Senior Secondary School Students in Garki Area District, Abuja - Nigeria

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    L. T. Dzever

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The study examined the impact of home environment factors on the academic performance of public secondary school students in Garki Area District, Abuja, Nigeria. The stratified sampling technique was used to select 300 students from six public schools, while the simple random sampling technique was used to administer the questionnaire. The study utilized a descriptive survey research design for the study. Also, data on student’s academic performance was obtained from student’s scores in four selected school subjects. Data obtained was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques; Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Multiple regression analysis (ANOVA. The results result revealed a positive and significant relationship between permissive patenting style with academic performance (p0.05. Also, the result from the study identified income, educational background and occupational level as well as permissive parenting style as the main predictive variables influencing students’ academic performance.

  2. Improving health service delivery organisational performance in health systems: a taxonomy of strategy areas and conceptual framework for strategy selection.

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    Pallas, Sarah W; Curry, Leslie; Bashyal, Chhitij; Berman, Peter; Bradley, Elizabeth H

    2012-03-01

    Health systems strengthening (HSS) is a priority for global health funders, policy-makers and practitioners. Although many HSS efforts have focused on policy levers such as financing approaches, payment schemes or regulatory reforms, less attention has been directed to targeting the organisations that deliver health services such as hospitals, health centres and clinics. Evidence suggests that the impact of organisation-level interventions varies by context; however, we lack a general framework for integrating organisational context into performance improvement strategies for health service delivery organisations. Drawing on open systems theories from organisational behaviour and management as well as a review of 181 empirical studies of health service delivery organisations in low- and middle-income countries, we propose a taxonomy of seven strategy areas for improving organisational performance as well as a multistage conceptual framework for selecting among them. We propose that the choice of strategy for improving health service delivery organisational performance should be informed by: (i) the root cause of the organisation's performance gap; (ii) the environmental conditions facing the organisation; and (iii) the implementation capability of the organisation. We also highlight conditions under which different strategy areas may be expected to be optimally effective. The approaches presented in this paper offer a way for health system decision-makers and researchers to systematically assess and incorporate organisational context in the process of developing strategies to improve the performance of health service delivery organisations and, ultimately, of health systems.

  3. Performance of a Large Area Avalanche Photodiode in a Liquid Xenon Ionization and Scintillation Chamber

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    Ni, K; Day, D; Giboni, K L; Lopes, J A M; Majewski, P; Yamashita, M

    2005-01-01

    Scintillation light produced in liquid xenon (LXe) by alpha particles, electrons and gamma-rays was detected with a large area avalanche photodiode (LAAPD) immersed in the liquid. The alpha scintillation yield was measured as a function of applied electric field. We estimate the quantum efficiency of the LAAPD to be 45%. The best energy resolution from the light measurement at zero electric field is 7.5%(sigma) for 976 keV internal conversion electrons from Bi-207 and 2.6%(sigma) for 5.5 MeV alpha particles from Am-241. The detector used for these measurements was also operated as a gridded ionization chamber to measure the charge yield. We confirm that using a LAAPD in LXe does not introduce impurities which inhibit the drifting of free electrons.

  4. Economic-environmental performance indexes for solar-powered absorption cooling system in Mediterranean area

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    N. Cardinale, G. Rospi, F. Ruggiero

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The most recent European (Directive 2006/32/CE of April 5/2006 relating to the efficiency of the final uses of the energy and the energetic services and national (Decree 311/06 normatives impose the use of energetic systems more efficient that minimize the use of fossil fuels in comparison to the use of renewable energy. In this research a comparison was developed between the traditional electric equipments (which use vapour compression and the absorption equipments (powered by solar thermal energy. This comparison was implemented considering the energetic, economic and environmental aspects. This research explores the technical - economic potentialities of solar HVAC systems, with particular reference to those based on the absorption cycles, verifying the possible applications in regions of the Mediterranean area (in particular Madrid, Palermo and Athens. In particular we define an economic index and an environmental-energetic index.

  5. The economic performance of nuclear thermal power station in southeast area of our country

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    This paper is a supplementary to ''An Economic Comparison between Nuclear and Coal Electric Power Station in Southeast Area of Our Country'', written by Luo Anren. As the efficiency of a co-generation power plant is much higher than that of the conventional one, a small or medium-sized steam supplying nuclear power plant will be also more economic than a fuel-fired power plant even with a capacity of 1000MWe. It is more suitable to the situation in China to develop a series of small and medium-sized nuclear power plants supplying process steam or hot water for district heating. This will be beneficial to energy saving as well as to environmental protection. (Author)

  6. Contrast structure and EDLC performances of activated spherical carbons with medium and large surface areas

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    Two spherical carbons of 500 and 3000 m2/g, respectively, activated with NaOH (M500) and KOH (M3000), were examined in relation to their carbon structure and electrochemical behavior to explain their contrast capacitances as EDLC electrode. M500 and M3000 showed capacitances per weight (F/g) and volume (F/ml) of 35 and 35 (M500), 40 and 25 (M3000), respectively. The charge profile of M500 by galvanostat charge indicated that the charge took place rapidly below 1.5 V and then very gradually increased up to the final voltage of 2.7 V in the first charge. Such electrochemical behavior suggests electric field activation of this particular activated carbon at the charge. The charge profile of M3000 was conventional. The structure of M500 suffered a certain marked expansion at the charge, however the 0 0 2 diffractions profile shifted very slightly to a lower angle at the change. Such charge appears reversible while the structure of expansion was more or less irreversible. No expansion was observed with M3000 at the charge to the same voltage. Such a structure allows high efficiency of EDLC due to small pores and electric field activation to induce small pores among the graphitic units. In contrast, M3000 with its larger surface areas of relatively large pores in the graphitic structure showed a larger capacitance per weight. However many useless pores cause lower the capacitance per volume. In addition, large pores lose the efficiency for the formation of an electric double layer per unit surface area of the pore, while the non-graphitic wall of M3000 fails to introduce small pores with a higher capacitance

  7. Poverty and academic performance of learners in rural areas of Mafikeng : with special references to Magogoe Village / Mmamorake Faith Mpete

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    Mpete, Mmamorake Faith

    2005-01-01

    This research report examines poverty as a socio-economic factor that may hamper the academic performance of learners in rural areas of Mafikeng (Magogoe). The research was conducted in Magogoe village of Mafikeng. The researcher is a professional Middle school educator, who in her experience as an educator realised that there are learners who do not achieve academically because of their social background. A descriptive 'study was undertaken to research on poverty and academ...

  8. Obstacle avoidance and smooth trajectory control: Neural areas highlighted during improved locomotor performance.

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    Jaclyn eBillington

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Visual control of locomotion typically involves both detection of current egomotion as well as anticipation of impending changes in trajectory. To determine if there are distinct neural systems involved in these aspects of steering control we used a slalom paradigm, which required participants to steer around objects in a computer simulated environment using a joystick. In some trials the whole slalom layout was visible (steering ‘preview’ trials so planning of the trajectory around future waypoints was possible, whereas in other trials the slalom course was only revealed one object at a time (steering ‘near’ trials so that future planning was restricted. In order to control for any differences in the motor requirements and visual properties between ‘preview’ and ‘near’ trials, we also interleaved control trials which replayed a participants’ previous steering trials, with the task being to mimic the observed steering. Behavioral and fMRI results confirmed previous findings of superior parietal lobe (SPL recruitment during steering trials, with a more extensive parietal and sensorimotor network during steering ‘preview’ compared to steer ‘near’ trials. Correlational analysis of fMRI data with respect to individual behavioral performance revealed that there was increased activation in the SPL in participants who exhibited smoother steering performance. These findings indicate that there is a role for the SPL in spatial encoding and updating of future targets or obstacles during forward locomotion, which also provides a potential neural underpinning to explain improved steering performance on an individual basis.

  9. THE DIRECT GEOREFERENCING APPLICATION AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF UAV HELICOPTER IN GCP-FREE AREA

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    C. F. Lo

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available There are many disasters happened because the weather changes extremely in these years. To facilitate applications such as environment detection or monitoring becomes very important. Therefore, the development of rapid low cost systems for collecting near real-time spatial information is very critical. Rapid spatial information collection has become an emerging trend for remote sensing and mapping applications. This study develops a Direct Georeferencing (DG based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV helicopter photogrammetric platform where an Inertial Navigation System (INS/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS integrated Positioning and Orientation System (POS system is implemented to provide the DG capability of the platform. The performance verification indicates that the proposed platform can capture aerial images successfully. A flight test is performed to verify the positioning accuracy in DG mode without using Ground Control Points (GCP. The preliminary results illustrate that horizontal DG positioning accuracies in the x and y axes are around 5 meter with 100 meter flight height. The positioning accuracy in the z axis is less than 10 meter. Such accuracy is good for near real-time disaster relief. The DG ready function of proposed platform guarantees mapping and positioning capability even in GCP free environments, which is very important for rapid urgent response for disaster relief. Generally speaking, the data processing time for the DG module, including POS solution generalization, interpolation, Exterior Orientation Parameters (EOP generation, and feature point measurements, is less than 1 hour.

  10. The Influence of Multiple Specializations on Economic Performance in U.S. Metropolitan Areas

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    Full Text Available Scholars have recently been debating how economic structure affects regional economic performance. Regional economic structure typically indicates how the industries in regions are organized. The attribute of industrial organization in regions is typically measured by how the employment in a region is distributed among various sectors. If the employment in a region is highly concentrated on a limited number of sectors, that region is industrially specialized. On the contrary, when the employment is more evenly distributed among various industries, that region is highly diversified in its industrial organization. In this context, some researchers recognized that diversity and specialization are not opposite concepts. Instead, they can coexist, for example in the form of diversified specializations. In this study, this body of literature was extended by formulating an indicator to measure the extent of multiple specializations in regional economies and by examining the effect of multiple specializations on regional economic performance. Empirical analysis showed that specializing in multiple industrial pursuits helped regions to achieve both faster and more stable economic growth.

  11. 2D numerical simulation of impinging jet onto the concave surface by k - w - overline{{v2 }} - f turbulence model

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    Seifi, Zeinab; Nazari, Mohammad Reza; Khalaji, Erfan

    2016-03-01

    In the present article, the characteristics of turbulent jet impinging onto a concave surface is studied using k - w - overline{{v2 }} - f turbulence model. Dependent parameters such as inlet Reynolds number (2960 heat transfer of stagnation area and wall jet goes up and down through nozzle-plate distance enhancement respectively. Finally, the effects of sinusoidal pulsed inlet profile on heat transfer of unconfined impinging jet indicate direct affiliation of amplitude and neutral impact of frequency on Nusselt number distribution.

  12. Nonlinear transport in beta-Na0.33V2O5

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    Sirbu, S; Yamauchi, T; Ueda, Y; van Loosdrecht, PHM

    2005-01-01

    The transport properties of the charge ordering compound beta-Na0.33V2O5 are studied in the temperature range from 65 K to 300 K using current driven DC conductivity experiments. Below the metal-insulator transition temperature (T-MI = 136 K) this material shows a typical non-linear charge density w

  13. Nonlinear transport in beta-Na0.33V2O5

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    Sirbu, S.; Yamauchi, T.; Ueda, Y.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.

    2006-01-01

    Transport properties of the charge ordering compound beta-Na0.33V2O5 are studied in the temperature range from 30 K to 300 K using current driven DC conductivity experiments. It is found that below the metal-insulator transition temperature (T-MI = 136 K) this material shows a nonlinear charge densi

  14. 76 FR 2800 - Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-2 and V-21; Hawaii

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    2011-01-18

    ... and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory..., 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389. Sec. 71.1 0 2. The incorporation... TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-2 and...

  15. Dielectric anomaly in NaV2O5 : evidence for charge ordering

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    Smirnov, A.I.; Popova, M.N.; Sushkov, A.B.; Golubchik, S.A.; Khomskii, D.I.; Mostovoy, M.V.; Vasil'ev, A.N.; Isobe, M.; Ueda, Y.

    2000-01-01

    We found a high-frequency dielectric and magnetic anomaly in NaV2O5 at the phase transition into the spin-gap state. The dielectric constant anomaly is of the antiferroelectric type, which is in agreement with the models assuming the zigzag charge ordering in the ab-plane.

  16. Electronic decal: a security function based on V2X communication

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    Knapik, Peter; Schoch, Elmar; Kargl, Frank

    2013-01-01

    New technologies such as vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are on the rise. They are mainly used to increase road safety as well as traffic efficiency and to provide customers with infotainment features. However, these new technologies also provide the op

  17. Price-based Energy Control for V2G Networks in the Industrial Smart Grid

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The energy crisis and global warming call for a new industrial revolution in production and distribution of renewable energy. Distributed power generation will be well developed in the new smart electricity distribution grid, in which robust power distribution will be the key technology. In this paper, we present a new vehicle-to-grid (V2G network for energy transfer, in which distributed renewable energy helps the power grid balance demand and supply. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs will act as transporters of electricity for distributed renewable energy dispatching. We formulate and analyze the V2G network within the theoretical framework of complex network. We also employ the generalized synchronization method to study the dynamic behavior of V2G networks. Furthermore, we develop a new price-based energy control method to stimulate the PHEV's behavior of charging and discharging. Simulation results indicate that the V2G network can achieve synchronization and each region is able to balance energy supply and demand through price-based control.

  18. Robust Supersolidity in the V1- V2 Extended Bose-Hubbard Model

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    Greene, Nicole; Pixley, Jedediah

    2016-05-01

    Motivated by ultra-cold atomic gases with long-range interactions in an optical lattice we study the effects of the next-nearest neighbor interaction on the extended Bose-Hubbard model on a square lattice. Using the variational Gutzwiller approach with a four-site unit cell we determine the ground state phase diagrams as a function of the model parameters. We focus on the interplay of each interaction between the nearest neighbor (V1) , the next-nearest neighbor (V2) , and the onsite repulsion (U). We find various super-solid phases that can be described by one of the ordering wave-vectors (π, 0), (0, π) , and (π, π) . In the limits V1, V2 U we find phases reminiscent of the limit V2 = 0 but with a richer super solid structure. For V1 V2 we find a qualitatively new super solid phase that is quite stable and occupies a large region of the phase diagram. For sufficiently strong interactions we find various Mott and charge density wave (CDW) insulating phases that can be understood in the classical limit (i.e. no inter-site tunneling). We characterize the nature of each quantum phase transition between Mott/CDW to super-solid to superfluid at the mean field level.

  19. GSEVM v.2: MCMC software to analyse genetically structured environmental variance models

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    Ibáñez-Escriche, N; Garcia, M; Sorensen, D

    2010-01-01

    This note provides a description of software that allows to fit Bayesian genetically structured variance models using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). The gsevm v.2 program was written in Fortran 90. The DOS and Unix executable programs, the user's guide, and some example files are freely availab...

  20. National High School Center Early Warning System Tool v2.0: Technical Manual

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    National High School Center, 2011

    2011-01-01

    The Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0 is a Microsoft Excel-based tool developed by the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with Matrix Knowledge Group. The tool enables schools, districts, and states to identify students who may be at risk of dropping out of high school and to monitor these…

  1. Effect of landscape density in a residential area on thermal performance in a tropical climate

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    Kamarulzaman Noorazlina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available It is a well-documented that the urban air temperature is gradually growing in all cities due to the rapid development of buildings, roads and other infrastructure, human activities and also decreasing in vegetated areas. In a tropical climate, outdoor environment is clearly warmer than indoor environment due to higher air temperatures, particularly in dry seasons. Since the indoor environment is influenced by its surroundings, this situation indirectly contributes to the discomfort indoor environment in the building. Thus, it generates to the dependence on mechanical ventilation and increase the energy consumption in buildings. Many research studies have proof that plants not only beauty a city, but also improve the urban environmental condition by reducing the transferring of heat flux on buildings and increasing the reflection of radiation and shading. Therefore strategically placed vegetation around a building could decrease the energy consumption in buildings by reducing the adverse impact of some climate elements. Overall, this paper focuses on the results of a preliminary pilot study of two Semi-Detached houses with different landscape density in Seri Iskandar, Perak. Three climatic parameters, building configuration, and landscape design measured and analyze in this paper.

  2. Location performance objectives for the NNWSI area-to-location screening activity

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    Sinnock, S.; Fernandez, J.A.

    1984-01-01

    Fifty-four objectives were identified to guide the screening of the Nevada Research and Development Area of the Nevada Test Site for relatively favorable locations for the disposal of nuclear waste in a mined geologic repository. The objectives were organized as a hierarchy composed of 4 upper-level, 12 middle-level, and 38 lower-level objectives. The four upper-level objectives account for broad national goals to contain and isolate nuclear waste in an environmentally sound and economically acceptable manner. The middle-level objectives correspond to topical categories that logically relate the upper-level objectives to site-specific concerns such as seismicity, sensitive species, and flooding hazards (represented by the lower-level objectives). The relative merits of alternative locations were compared by an application of decision analysis based on standard utility theory. The relative favorabilities of pertinent physical conditions at each alternative location were weighted in relation to the importance of objectives, and summed to produce maps indicating the most and the least favorable locations. Descriptions of the objectives were organized by the hierarchical format; they detail the applicability of each objective to geologic repository siting, previously published siting criteria corresponding to each objective, and the rationale for the weight assigned to each objective, and the pertinent attributes for evaluating locations with respect to each objective. 51 references, 47 figures, 4 tables.

  3. Associated Factors to Human Papilloma Virus. A study performed in Health Area V, in Cienfuegos, Cuba.

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    Miryam González González del Pino

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Human Papilloma Virus has been considered as the precursor of flat lesions in the cervical epithelium which develops Cervix uterine cancer. Objectives: to analyze risk factors associated to infections due to human papilloma virus. Method: An ambispective, descriptive study was carried out from January 2003 to January 2004, taking 60 patients whose Papanicolaou smears were abnormal. All these patients belonged to health area V, in Cienfuegos, Cuba. A guide for interview with different variables was used. Results: infected predominant ages were from 30 to 39 years old. 55% of the patients are married women or with stable sexual relationships. 6 patients comprised between 40 to 59 years old were observed with association to intra epithelium cervix neoplasias. For a 10 % of them, they have had from 3 to 12 sexual partners. The starting age to have sexual intercourse is from 15 to 19 years old. 75 % of the patients are smokers. Conclusions: results coincide with the medical literature reviewed regarding risk factors and its important relationship with NIC and so the cervicouterine cancer genesis.

  4. Location performance objectives for the NNWSI area-to-location screening activity

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    Fifty-four objectives were identified to guide the screening of the Nevada Research and Development Area of the Nevada Test Site for relatively favorable locations for the disposal of nuclear waste in a mined geologic repository. The objectives were organized as a hierarchy composed of 4 upper-level, 12 middle-level, and 38 lower-level objectives. The four upper-level objectives account for broad national goals to contain and isolate nuclear waste in an environmentally sound and economically acceptable manner. The middle-level objectives correspond to topical categories that logically relate the upper-level objectives to site-specific concerns such as seismicity, sensitive species, and flooding hazards (represented by the lower-level objectives). The relative merits of alternative locations were compared by an application of decision analysis based on standard utility theory. The relative favorabilities of pertinent physical conditions at each alternative location were weighted in relation to the importance of objectives, and summed to produce maps indicating the most and the least favorable locations. Descriptions of the objectives were organized by the hierarchical format; they detail the applicability of each objective to geologic repository siting, previously published siting criteria corresponding to each objective, and the rationale for the weight assigned to each objective, and the pertinent attributes for evaluating locations with respect to each objective. 51 references, 47 figures, 4 tables

  5. Mechanical performance of a double-face reinforced retaining wall in an area disturbed by mining

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    YU Guang-yun; BAI Yong-sheng; SHENG Ping; GUO Rui-ping

    2009-01-01

    The application of a double-face reinforced retaining wall during road construction can reduce engineering costs, speed road paving and have a good influence on environment. An ABAQUS numerical model of a double-face reinforced retaining wall was built. The influence of surface subsidence induced by mining was considered. A physical model test was also performed in the laboratory on a reinforced retaining wall. The influence of subsidence induced by mining was observed. The numerical results match measurements in the laboratory very well. The vertical pressure on the base of the retaining wall, the horizontal displacement of the wall and the horizontal soil pressure acting on the wall were analyzed. The differential settlement of the reinforced belt and axial forces in the wall were also studied.

  6. A V2O5/conductive-polymer core/shell nanobelt array on three-dimensional graphite foam: a high-rate, ultrastable, and freestanding cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Chao, Dongliang; Xia, Xinhui; Liu, Jilei; Fan, Zhanxi; Ng, Chin Fan; Lin, Jianyi; Zhang, Hua; Shen, Ze Xiang; Fan, Hong Jin

    2014-09-01

    A thin polymer shell helps V2O5 a lot. Short V2O5 nanobelts are grown directly on 3D graphite foam as a lithium-ion battery (LIB) cathode material. A further coating of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin shell is the key to the high performance. An excellent high-rate capability and ultrastable cycling up to 1000 cycles are demonstrated. PMID:24888872

  7. Academic performance in the high school mathematics standardized test at metropolitan and remote areas of Costa Rica schools in 2013

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    Mario Castillo-Sánchez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This article describes the academic performance of students from urban and distant areas in the national mathematics test corresponding to the completion of secondary education, considering the specific test and according to the different types of schools: daytime (daytime scientific, daytime humanistic, nighttime, technical or integrated centers for education of young people and adults (CINDEA, in its Spanish acronym.  The main objective is to describe the students academic performance in the national mathematics test issued to complete high-school level, for the year 2013 and according to the country educational areas.  For the analysis of such information, the main source used was the High-School Education National Report, issued by the Ministry of Public Education for 2013 standardized tests.  One of the conclusions from this study is the need to carry out a historical analysis of the performance of educational institutions which have recently obtained the highest and lowest average grades in the high-school diploma tests, in order to be able to delve into the causes of those performances.

  8. The Effect of Bypass Nozzle Exit Area on Fan Aerodynamic Performance and Noise in a Model Turbofan Simulator

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    Hughes, Christopher E.; Podboy, Gary, G.; Woodward, Richard P.; Jeracki, Robert, J.

    2013-01-01

    The design of effective new technologies to reduce aircraft propulsion noise is dependent on identifying and understanding the noise sources and noise generation mechanisms in the modern turbofan engine, as well as determining their contribution to the overall aircraft noise signature. Therefore, a comprehensive aeroacoustic wind tunnel test program was conducted called the Fan Broadband Source Diagnostic Test as part of the NASA Quiet Aircraft Technology program. The test was performed in the anechoic NASA Glenn 9- by 15-Foot Low Speed Wind Tunnel using a 1/5 scale model turbofan simulator which represented a current generation, medium pressure ratio, high bypass turbofan aircraft engine. The investigation focused on simulating in model scale only the bypass section of the turbofan engine. The test objectives were to: identify the noise sources within the model and determine their noise level; investigate several component design technologies by determining their impact on the aerodynamic and acoustic performance of the fan stage; and conduct detailed flow diagnostics within the fan flow field to characterize the physics of the noise generation mechanisms in a turbofan model. This report discusses results obtained for one aspect of the Source Diagnostic Test that investigated the effect of the bypass or fan nozzle exit area on the bypass stage aerodynamic performance, specifically the fan and outlet guide vanes or stators, as well as the farfield acoustic noise level. The aerodynamic performance, farfield acoustics, and Laser Doppler Velocimeter flow diagnostic results are presented for the fan and four different fixed-area bypass nozzle configurations. The nozzles simulated fixed engine operating lines and encompassed the fan stage operating envelope from near stall to cruise. One nozzle was selected as a baseline reference, representing the nozzle area which would achieve the design point operating conditions and fan stage performance. The total area change from

  9. PISCES-v2: an ocean biogeochemical model for carbon and ecosystem studies

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    O. Aumont

    2015-08-01

    of marine ecosystems (phytoplankton, microzooplankton and mesozooplankton and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and of the main nutrients (P, N, Fe, and Si. The model is intended to be used for both regional and global configurations at high or low spatial resolutions as well as for short-term (seasonal, interannual and long-term (climate change, paleoceanography analyses. There are 24 prognostic variables (tracers including two phytoplankton compartments (diatoms and nanophytoplankton, two zooplankton size classes (microzooplankton and mesozooplankton and a description of the carbonate chemistry. Formulations in PISCES-v2 are based on a mixed Monod–quota formalism. On the one hand, stoichiometry of C / N / P is fixed and growth rate of phytoplankton is limited by the external availability in N, P and Si. On the other hand, the iron and silicon quotas are variable and the growth rate of phytoplankton is limited by the internal availability in Fe. Various parameterizations can be activated in PISCES-v2, setting, for instance, the complexity of iron chemistry or the description of particulate organic materials. So far, PISCES-v2 has been coupled to the Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO and Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS systems. A full description of PISCES-v2 and of its optional functionalities is provided here. The results of a quasi-steady-state simulation are presented and evaluated against diverse observational and satellite-derived data. Finally, some of the new functionalities of PISCES-v2 are tested in a series of sensitivity experiments.

  10. The 12-item medical outcomes study short form health survey version 2.0 (SF-12v2: a population-based validation study from Tehran, Iran

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    Omidvari Sepideh

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The SF-12v2 is the improved version of the SF-12v1. This study aimed to validate the SF-12v2 in Iran. Methods A random sample of the general population aged 18 years and over living in Tehran, Iran completed the instrument. Reliability was estimated using internal consistency and validity was assessed using known-groups comparison and convergent validity. In addition the factor structure of the questionnaire was extracted by performing both exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses (EFA and CFA. Results In all, 3685 individuals were studied (1887male and 1798 female. Internal consistency for both summary measures was satisfactory. Cronbach's α for the Physical Component Summary (PCS-12 was 0.87 and for the Mental Component Summary (MCS-12 it was 0.82. Known-groups comparison showed that the SF-12v2 discriminated well between men and women and those who differed in age and educational status (P Conclusion Although the findings could not be generalized to the Iranian population, overall the findings suggest that the SF-12v2 is a reliable and valid measure of health related quality of life among Iranians and now could be used in future health outcome studies. However, further studies are recommended to establish its stability, responsiveness to change, and concurrent validity for this health survey in Iran.

  11. Mechanism of Electrochemical Deposition and Coloration of Electrochromic V2O5 Nano Thin Films: an In Situ X-Ray Spectroscopy Study.

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    Lu, Ying-Rui; Wu, Tzung-Zing; Chen, Chi-Liang; Wei, Da-Hau; Chen, Jeng-Lung; Chou, Wu-Ching; Dong, Chung-Li

    2015-12-01

    Electrochromic switching devices have elicited considerable attention because these thin films are among the most promising materials for energy-saving applications. The vanadium oxide system is simple and inexpensive because only a single-layer film of this material is sufficient for coloration. Vanadium dioxide thin films are fabricated by electrochemical deposition and cyclic voltammetry. Chronoamperometric analyses have indicated that the thin V2O5 film demonstrates faster intercalation and deintercalation of lithium ions than those of the thick V2O5 film, benefiting the coloration rate. Despite substantial research on the synthesis of vanadium oxides, the monitoring of electronic and atomic structures during growth and coloration of such material has not been thoroughly examined. In the present study, in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is employed to determine the electronic and atomic structures of V2O5 thin films during electrochemical growth and then electrochromic coloration. In situ XAS results demonstrate the growth mechanism of the electrodeposited V2O5 thin film and suggest that its electrochromic performance strongly depends on the local atomic structure. This study improves our understanding of the electronic and atomic properties of the vanadium oxide system grown by electrochemical deposition and enhances the design of electrochromic materials for potential energy-saving applications. PMID:26437657

  12. Influences of neodymium doping on magnetic and electrochemical properties of Li3V2(PO4)3/C synthesized via a sol-gel method

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    Liu, Liying; Qiu, Yongbin; Mai, Yongzhi; Wu, Qibai; Zhang, Haiyan

    2015-11-01

    A series of neodymium doped Li3V2-xNdx(PO4)3/C cathode materials have been successfully synthesized by a citric acid assisted sol-gel method. Nd doped samples (x ≤ 0.10) have well developed monoclinic structure of Li3V2(PO4)3 with enlarged unit cell volume. All samples present typical characteristics of paramagnetism in 4 cycle stability. The Li3V1.95Nd0.05(PO4)3/C presents the first discharge capacity of 129.2 mAh g-1 at 1 C rate in the voltage range of 3.0-4.3 V, 21.7% higher than that of Li3V2(PO4)3/C. And no capacity loss occurs after 100 cycles. The high structural stability, low charge-transfer resistance and rapid Li+ diffusion due to the presence of Nd3+ are mainly responsible for the superior electrochemical performance of Nd doped Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode materials.

  13. Performance of Large Area Micromegas Detectors for the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer Upgrade Project

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    Losel, Philipp Jonathan; The ATLAS collaboration; Hertenberger, Ralf; Mueller, Ralph Soeren Peter; Bortfeldt, Jonathan; Flierl, Bernhard Matthias; Zibell, Andre

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    Four German institutes are building the 32 high-rate capable SM2 Micromegas quadruplets, for the upgrade of the Small Wheels of the ATLAS muon spectrometer. The cathodes and strip-anodes of the m$^2$ in size quadruplets consist of stable honeycomb sandwiches with a requested planarity better than 80 $\\mu$m. The qualification of a full-size SM2 quadruplet, foreseen by ATLAS time schedule for August 2015, will be performed in the Munich Cosmic Ray Measurement Facility (CRMF). Two fully working 4 m$\\times$ 2.2 m ATLAS drift-tube chambers provide muon tracking, a RD51 SRS based data acquisition system provides readout of all 12288 electronic channels using 96 APV25 frontend boards. We report on homogeneity of pulse-height and efficiency and will present measurements of the planarity of the sandwich planes and the positions of the readout-strips. This has been pioneered by studying a $102 \\times 92$ cm$^2$ Micromegas chamber with similar readout pitch in the CRMF using the TPC-like analysis method. At trigger rate...

  14. Performance of Large Area Micromegas Detectors for the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer Upgrade Project

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    Losel, Philipp Jonathan; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    Four German institutes are building 32 high-rate capable SM2 Micromegas quadruplets, for the upgrade of the Small Wheels of the ATLAS muon spectrometer. The cathodes and strip-anodes of the 2 m$^2$ quadruplets consist of stable honeycomb sandwiches with a requested planarity better than 80 $\\mu$m. The qualification of full-size SM2 quadruplets will be performed in the Munich Cosmic Ray Measurement Facility (CRMF). Two fully working 4 m $\\times$ 2.2 m ATLAS drift-tube chambers provide muon tracking, a RD51 SRS based data acquisition system provides readout of all 12288 electronic channels using 96 APV25 front-end boards. The goal is to measure the homogeneity of pulse-height and efficiency and to determine the planarity of the sandwich planes and the positions of the readout-strips. This has been pioneered by studying a 102 $\\times$ 92 cm$^2$ Micromegas chamber with similar readout pitch in the CRMF using the TPC-like analysis method. At trigger rates above 100 Hz data taking takes only a few days for sufficie...

  15. Performance of hybrid photon detector prototypes with 80% active area for the RICH counters of LHCb

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    Albrecht, E; Barber, G J; Bibby, J H; Campbell, M; Duane, A; Gys, Thierry; Montenegro, J; Piedigrossi, D; Schomaker, R; Snoeys, W; Wotton, S A; Wyllie, Ken H

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    We report on the ongoing work towards a hybrid photon detector with integrated Si pixel readout for the ring imaging Cherenkov detectors of the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. The photon detector is based on an electrostatically focussed image intensifier tube geometry where the image is de-magnified by a factor of ~5. The anode consists of a silicon pixel array, bump-bonded to a binary readout chip with matching pixel electronics. The performance of full-scale prototypes equipped with 61-pixel anodes and external analogue readout is presented. The average signal-to-noise ratio is ~11 with a peaking time of 1.2 mu s. The tube active-to-total surface ratio is 81.7%, which meets the LHCb requirements. The spatial precision is measured to be better than 90 mu m. A cluster of three such tubes has been installed in the LHCb RICH 1 prototype where Cherenkov gas rings have been successfully detected. Progress towards the encapsulation of new pixel electronics into a tube is also reported. In pa...

  16. Determinants of a simulated cross-country skiing sprint competition using V2 skating technique on roller skis.

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    Mikkola, Jussi; Laaksonen, Marko; Holmberg, Hans-Christer; Vesterinen, Ville; Nummela, Ari

    2010-04-01

    The present study investigated the performance-predicting factors of a simulated cross-country (XC) skiing sprint competition on roller skis, on a slow surface. Sixteen elite male XC skiers performed a simulated sprint competition (4 x 850 m heat with a 20-minute recovery) using V2 skating technique on an indoor tartan track. Heat velocities, oxygen consumption, and peak lactate were measured during or after the heats. Maximal skiing velocity was measured by performing a 30-m speed test. Explosive and maximal force production in the upper body was determined by bench press (BP). Subjects also performed maximal anaerobic skiing test (MAST) and the 2 x 2-km double poling (DP) test. The maximal velocity of MAST (VMAST) and velocities at 3 (V3), 5 (V5), 7 (V7) mmol.L lactate levels in MAST were determined. In the 2 x 2-km test, DP economy (VO2SUBDP) and maximal 2-km DP velocity (VDP2KM) were determined. The best single performance-predicting factors for the sprint performance were VDP2KM (r = 0.73, p skiing power (VMAST, p skiing economy (V3, V5, V7, p skiing sprint competition, whereas the aerobic characteristics become more important as the XC skiing sprint competition progressed. This study indicates that sprint skiers should emphasize sport-specific upper body training, and training skiing economy at high speeds.

  17. Peapod-like V2O3 nanorods encapsulated into carbon as binder-free and flexible electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Li, Xingxing; Fu, Jijiang; Pan, Zhiguo; Su, Jianjun; Xu, Jiangwen; Gao, Biao; Peng, Xiang; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Xuming; Chu, Paul K.

    2016-11-01

    Designing and fabricating electrodes with excellent mechanical flexibility and superior electrochemical performance for high-performance lithium ion battery (LIBs) is challenging. Herein, ultralong peapod-like nanowires (NWs) composed of short vanadium sesquioxide nanorods (V2O3 NRs) encapsulated with carbon are produced as high-performance anode materials. The freestanding and flexible film has a high capacity of 210 mAh g-1 at a current density of 0.1 C, and exhibits appreciable rate capability with 68% capacitance retention when the current density is increased from 0.1 to 1 C, and excellent long-term cycling stability without apparent capacity fading after 125 cycles, which is better then that of the active carbon mixed V2O3 NRs and bare V2O3 NRs. The outstanding electrochemical performance is attributed to proper accommodation of the volume expansion of the vanadium oxide in the carbon in the lithiation/delithiation process as well as the outer conductive three-dimensional (3D) carbon network. The formation mechanism of the peapod-like structure is investigated by thermogravimetric analysis connected to a mass spectrometer (MS). The ultralong peapod-like nanostructure overcomes the physical and chemical drawbacks of vanadium oxide and has large potential applicability for flexible energy-storage devices.

  18. Local scale comparisons of biodiversity as a test for global protected area ecological performance: a meta-analysis.

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    Coetzee, Bernard W T; Gaston, Kevin J; Chown, Steven L

    2014-01-01

    Terrestrial protected areas (PAs) are cornerstones of global biodiversity conservation. Their efficacy in terms of maintaining biodiversity is, however, much debated. Studies to date have been unable to provide a general answer as to PA conservation efficacy because of their typically restricted geographic and/or taxonomic focus, or qualitative approaches focusing on proxies for biodiversity, such as deforestation. Given the rarity of historical data to enable comparisons of biodiversity before/after PA establishment, many smaller scale studies over the past 30 years have directly compared biodiversity inside PAs to that of surrounding areas, which provides one measure of PA ecological performance. Here we use a meta-analysis of such studies (N = 86) to test if PAs contain higher biodiversity values than surrounding areas, and so assess their contribution to determining PA efficacy. We find that PAs generally have higher abundances of individual species, higher assemblage abundances, and higher species richness values compared with alternative land uses. Local scale studies in combination thus show that PAs retain more biodiversity than alternative land use areas. Nonetheless, much variation is present in the effect sizes, which underscores the context-specificity of PA efficacy.

  19. Does small-sided-games' court area influence metabolic, perceptual, and physical performance parameters of young elite basketball players?

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    Marcelino, P R; Aoki, M S; Arruda, Afs; Freitas, C G; Mendez-Villanueva, A; Moreira, A

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of court size on physiological responses and physical performance of young elite basketball players. Twelve male basketball players (18.6 ± 0.5 years; 88.8 ± 14.5 kg; 192.6 ± 6.5 cm) from an under-19 team performed two small-sided games (matches) with different court areas (28x15 m and 28x9 m; 28x15 and 28x9 protocols). The number of players (3x3) was kept the same in each protocol. The players performed a repeated-sprint ability (RSA) test before and after each match. Blood lactate concentration was collected before (pre) and after (post) the matches, and the session rating of perceived exertion (session-RPE) was determined 30 minutes after the match. Best and mean time in the RSA test were not different between the 28x15 and the 28x9 match protocols (p > 0.05). A significant difference was observed for lactate concentration from pre- to post-match (p 0.05, ES=0.41). In summary, the results of the current study suggest that the different court areas induced similar responses. Although there was no significant difference in effort perception, players tended to perceive a greater effort in the larger court size. PMID:26985132

  20. Does small-sided-games’ court area influence metabolic, perceptual, and physical performance parameters of young elite basketball players?

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    Marcelino, PR; Aoki, MS; Arruda, AFS; Freitas, CG; Mendez-Villanueva, A

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of court size on physiological responses and physical performance of young elite basketball players. Twelve male basketball players (18.6 ± 0.5 years; 88.8 ± 14.5 kg; 192.6 ± 6.5 cm) from an under-19 team performed two small-sided games (matches) with different court areas (28x15 m and 28x9 m; 28x15 and 28x9 protocols). The number of players (3x3) was kept the same in each protocol. The players performed a repeated-sprint ability (RSA) test before and after each match. Blood lactate concentration was collected before (pre) and after (post) the matches, and the session rating of perceived exertion (session-RPE) was determined 30 minutes after the match. Best and mean time in the RSA test were not different between the 28x15 and the 28x9 match protocols (p > 0.05). A significant difference was observed for lactate concentration from pre- to post-match (p 0.05, ES=0.41). In summary, the results of the current study suggest that the different court areas induced similar responses. Although there was no significant difference in effort perception, players tended to perceive a greater effort in the larger court size. PMID:26985132

  1. CATHARE 2 V2.5{sub 2}: A single version for various applications

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    Geffraye, G., E-mail: genevieve.geffraye@cea.fr [CEA, DEN, DER, F-38054 Grenoble (France); Antoni, O.; Farvacque, M.; Kadri, D.; Lavialle, G.; Rameau, B.; Ruby, A. [CEA, DEN, DER, F-38054 Grenoble (France)

    2011-11-15

    method for the extension to new fluids is presented with an overview of the most striking functional and modelling features that have been implemented in the new CATHARE 2 V2.5{sub 2} version to be released mid-2009 for industrial applications.

  2. Structure and transport properties of the electronically correlated thiospinel CuV2S4

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    This work deals with the single crystal growth and the characterization of crystallographic, magnetic and mainly electronic transport properties of the metallic thiospinel CuV2S4, which is isostructural and isoelectronic to the heavy fermion system LiV2O4. Former reports of an enhanced Sommerfeld-coefficient of the specific heat indicated that electronic correlations are present in CuV2S4 as well. Additionally CuV2S4 shows a phase transition at 90 K, which has been associated with the formation of a charge density wave (CDW), whose propagation vector changes its length at two additional phase transitions close to 75 K and 55 K. The formation of a CDW is a typical low dimensional order phenomenon and very unusual for a three dimensional system with a cubic crystal symmetry in the high temperature phase. An additional motivation for the efforts to grow single crystals of this compound was a sample dependency which seemed to correlate with the type of transport agent (iodine or chlorine) used in the chemical transport reaction as the preferred preparation procedure for the single crystal growth. Due to the direct comparison of single crystals grown by both types of transport agents it could be shown that a very low concentration of chlorine is the origin for the almost complete suppression of the phase transitions in the corresponding type of single crystals. The strong sensitivity of the CDW-formation to disorder is also reflected by the huge increase of the residual resistivity ratio of more than one order of magnitude which could only be achieved by annealing procedures in the case of single crystals grown with iodine as transport agent. The high quality of the samples allowed for the first time to detect all three phase transition signatures in resistivity measurements. Their almost identical temperature dependence as a function of external hydrostatic pressure emphasizes their common physical origin. The coefficient of the T2 behavior of the electrical

  3. Oscillation Performance and Wide‐area Coordination Control of Power System with Large‐scale Wind Farms

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    Su, Chi

    With the growing interconnection among distant power grids, low‐frequency oscillation problem across wide area arises in some modern power systems. This oscillation problem is commonly regarded as lack of damping in inter‐area oscillation modes in the sense of small signal stability. Solutions...... to this problem need to be implemented in the power systems. On the other hand, wind power especially largescale wind farms are increasingly integrated into modern power systems and bring new challenges to power system operation and control. The influence of wind power integration on system oscillation...... performance needs to be investigated. And according to some grid code requirements, power system oscillation damping improvement supplied by wind farms might become necessary. Under this circumstance, the present dissertation aims at studying oscillation damping control strategies using different components...

  4. Chlorine-Induced In Situ Regulation to Synthesize Graphene Frameworks with Large Specific Area for Excellent Supercapacitor Performance.

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    Zhu, Yanyan; Cui, Huijuan; Meng, Xin; Zheng, Jianfeng; Yang, Pengju; Li, Li; Wang, Zhijian; Jia, Suping; Zhu, Zhenping

    2016-03-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) graphene frameworks are usually limited by a complicated preparation process and a low specific surface area. This paper presents a facile suitable approach to effectively synthesize 3D graphene frameworks (GFs) with large specific surface area (up to 1018 m(2) g(-1)) through quick thermal decomposition from sodium chloroacetate, which are considerably larger than those of sodium acetate reported in our recent study. The chlorine element in sodium chloroacetate may possess a strong capability to induce in situ activation and regulate graphene formation during pyrolysis in one step. These GFs can be applied as excellent electrode materials for supercapacitors and can achieve an enhanced supercapacitor performance with a specific capacitance of 266 F g(-1) at a current density of 0.5 A g(-1). PMID:26902453

  5. Structure of phases of the sillenite family in the Bi2O3-V2O5 system

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    X-ray diffraction studies of sillenite Bi24V2O40 single crystals grown by the hydrothermal method are performed for a separate crystal and powdered crystals. It is found that the composition of the two specimens is described by the (Bi24−x▭x)[Biy3+V1−y5+]2 O40 general formula with completely populated oxygen sites but differs in the content of vacancies at the bismuth site (this was established for the first time) and the Bi: V ratio at the tetrahedral site. The structural models of all the vanadium-containing sillenites reported in the literature are considered, and the possibility that Bi atoms are located at the centers of BiO4 tetrahedra is established.

  6. ASTEC V2.0 reactor applications on French PWR 900 MWe accident sequences and comparison with MAAP4

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    Lombard, Virginie; Azarian, Garo; Ducousso, Erik; Gandrille, Pascal, E-mail: pascal.gandrille@areva.com

    2014-06-01

    In the frame of the SARNET Severe Accident Network of Excellence an important task of partners is the assessment of the ASTEC integral code, considered today as the European reference code for evaluation of the source term. A code-to-code comparison between ASTEC V2.0 rev1 and MAAP 4.0.7 code versions has been performed by AREVA NP SAS on a French PWR 900 MWe. Two transients have been analyzed, focussing on in-vessel phenomena: total loss of feedwater (H2 sequence in the French nomenclature) and total loss of onsite and offsite power (H3 sequence). The detailed analysis shows an overall good agreement between both code results on thermal-hydraulics, hydrogen production and core degradation phenomena.

  7. Multiple lattice instabilities resolved by magnetic-field and disorder sensitivities in MgV2O4

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    Watanabe, Tadataka; Ishikawa, Takashi; Hara, Shigeo; Islam, A. T. M. Nazmul; Wheeler, Elisa M.; Lake, Bella

    2014-09-01

    Ultrasound velocity measurements of the orbitally degenerate frustrated spinel MgV2O4 are performed in a high-purity single crystal which exhibits successive structural and antiferromagnetic phase transitions, and in the disorder-introduced single crystal which exhibits spin-glass-like behavior. The measurements reveal that two types of unusual temperature dependence of the elastic moduli coexist in the cubic paramagnetic phase, which are resolved by magnetic-field and disorder sensitivities: huge Curie-type softening with decreasing temperature (convex temperature dependence), and concave temperature dependence with a characteristic minimum. These elastic anomalies suggest the coupling of the lattice to coexisting orbital fluctuations and spin-cluster excitations.

  8. Hierarchical nanocomposites of vanadium oxide thin film anchored on graphene as high-performance cathodes in li-ion batteries.

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    Li, Zhe-Fei; Zhang, Hangyu; Liu, Qi; Liu, Yadong; Stanciu, Lia; Xie, Jian

    2014-11-12

    Hierarchical nanocomposites of V2O5 thin film anchored on graphene sheets were prepared by slow hydrolysis of vanadyl triisobutoxide on graphene oxide followed by thermal treatment. The nanocomposite possessed a hierarchical structure of thin V2O5 film uniformly grown on graphene, leading to a high specific surface area and a good electronic/ionic conducting path. When used as the cathode material, the graphene/V2O5 nanosheet nanocomposites exhibit higher specific capacity, better rate performance, and longer cycle life, as compared to the pure V2O5. The nanocomposite cathode was able to deliver a specific capacity of 243 mAh/g, 191 mAh/g, and 86 mAh/g at a current density of 50 mA/g, 500 mA/g, and 15 A/g, respectively. Even after 300 cycles at 500 mA/g, the composite electrode still exhibited a specific capacity of ∼ 122 mAh/g, which corresponds to ∼ 64% of its initial capacity. This enhanced electrochemical performance can be attributed to facile electron transport between graphene and V2O5, fast Li-ion diffusion within the electrode, the high surface area of the composites, and a pore structure that can accommodate the volume change during lithiation/delithiation, which results from the unique hierarchical nanostructure of the V2O5 anchored on graphene.

  9. Identification of Human Adenovirus in Respiratory Samples with Luminex Respiratory Virus Panel Fast V2 Assay and Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction.

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    Esposito, Susanna; Scala, Alessia; Bianchini, Sonia; Zampiero, Alberto; Fossali, Emilio; Principi, Nicola

    2016-01-01

    In order to compare the last version of the Respiratory Virus Panel (RVP) Fast assay for human Adenovirus (hAdv) detection with a specific real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), which is considered the gold standard for hAdv detection, nasopharyngeal samples collected from 309 children (age range, four months to eight years) with respiratory tract infection were tested using the RVP Fast v2 assay (Luminex Molecular Diagnostics, Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada) and a specific TaqMan qPCR to identify hAdv DNA. The RVP Fast v2 assay detected 30/61 (49.2%) hAdv infections that had been identified by real-time qPCR, demonstrating a significantly lower detection rate (p < 0.001). The sensitivity of the RVP Fast v2 assay in comparison to qPCR was lower in younger children (42.9% vs. 57.7%; Cohen's kappa coefficient, 0.53); in samples with co-infections (40.0% vs. 56.7%; Cohen's kappa coefficient, 0.52); and in samples with hAdv type C (45.9% vs. 57.1%; Cohen's kappa coefficient, 0.60). Samples with lower viral loads were associated with a significantly lower sensitivity of the RVP Fast v2 assay (35.1% vs. 68.2%, p = 0.01; Cohen's kappa coefficients, 0.49). The RVP Fast v2 assay has important limitations for the detection of hAdv and cannot be used to evaluate whether hAdvs are the main etiologic agent responsible for an outbreak or when epidemiological studies are performed. PMID:26927078

  10. Nuclear Transparency and Single Particle Spectral Functions from Quasielastic A(e,e'p) Reactions up to Q2=8.1 GeV2

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    David McKee

    2003-05-01

    High statistics elastic and quasielastic scattering measurements were performed on hydrogen, deuterium, carbon, and iron at squared momentum transfers up to 8.1 GeV2. Both the nuclear transparency and the single particle spectral functions were extracted by means of comparison with a Plane- Wave Impulse Approximation calculation. Our data provide no evidence of the onset of color transparency within our kinematic range.

  11. Novel layered Li3V2(PO4)3/rGO&C sheets as high-rate and long-life lithium ion battery cathodes.

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    Wei, Qiulong; Xu, Yanan; Li, Qidong; Tan, Shuangshuang; Ren, Wenhao; An, Qinyou; Mai, Liqiang

    2016-07-01

    Novel layered Li3V2(PO4)3/rGO&C sheets are synthesized by novel interfacial modified assembly, freeze-drying and confined annealing processes. The uniform LVP layers are alternated with rGO&C layers to form the composite layered structure, providing effective electron and ion transport. As a lithium-ion battery cathode, the composite displays excellent electrochemical performance. PMID:27334928

  12. Fuel Economy Improvement Potential of a Heavy Duty Truck using V2x Communication

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    LaClair, Tim J [ORNL; Verma, Rajeev [Eaton Corporation; Norris, Sarah [Eaton Corporation; Cochran, Robert [Eaton Corporation

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce an intelligent driver assistance system to reduce fuel consumption in heavy duty vehicles irrespective of the driving style of the driver. We specifically study the potential of V2I and V2V communications to reduce fuel consumption in heavy duty trucks. Most ITS communications today are oriented towards vehicle safety, with communications strategies and hardware that tend to focus on low latency. This has resulted in technologies emerging with a relatively limited range for the communications. For fuel economy, it is expected that most benefits will be derived with greater communications distances, at the scale of many hundred meters or several kilometers, due to the large inertia of heavy duty vehicles. It may therefore be necessary to employ different communications strategies for ITS applications aimed at fuel economy and other environmental benefits than what is used for safety applications in order to achieve the greatest benefits.

  13. FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH KINECT V2 SENSOR FOR CLOSE RANGE 3D MODELLING

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available RGB-D cameras, also known as range imaging cameras, are a recent generation of sensors. As they are suitable for measuring distances to objects at high frame rate, such sensors are increasingly used for 3D acquisitions, and more generally for applications in robotics or computer vision. This kind of sensors became popular especially since the Kinect v1 (Microsoft arrived on the market in November 2010. In July 2014, Windows has released a new sensor, the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, based on another technology as its first device. However, due to its initial development for video games, the quality assessment of this new device for 3D modelling represents a major investigation axis. In this paper first experiences with Kinect v2 sensor are related, and the ability of close range 3D modelling is investigated. For this purpose, error sources on output data as well as a calibration approach are presented.

  14. Observation of a new incommensurate phase in the spinel MnV2 O4

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    de La Pena Munoz, Gilberto; Lee, Sangjun; Gleason, Samuel; Byrum, Taylor; Fang, Xinyue; Weng, Shih-Chang; Abbamonte, Peter

    Using x-ray scattering, we studied the temperature dependence of a large volume of reciprocal space in a MnV2O4 spinel crystal. In addition to the known cubic to tetragonal phase transition at around 56 K, we observed previously unreported incommensurate modulation peaks at delta q = 0.33 0.33 -0.16. We measured the temperature dependence of these modulations and, while they exhibit a shift or splitting in momentum space analogous to that of the structural phase transition, they do so at higher temperature than the Bragg reflections (100K). Our results suggest that MnV2O4 has an additional phase transition that may a precursor for the V t2g orbital ordering, which is closely related to the cubic to tetragonal transition. This work was supported by the DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-06ER46285.

  15. Growth and characterization of V2O5 nanorods deposited by spray pyrolysis at low temperatures

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    Abd-Alghafour, N. M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Hassan, Zai.; Mohammad, Sabah M.; Bououdina, M.

    2016-07-01

    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanorods were deposited by spray pyrolysis on preheated glass substrates at low temperatures. The influence of substrate temperature on the crystallization of V2O5 has been investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) revealed that the films deposited at Tsub = 300°C were orthorhombic structures with preferential along (001) direction. Formation of nanorods from substrate surface which led to the formation of films with small-sized and rod-shaped nanostructure is observed by field scanning electron microscopy. Optical transmittance in the visible range increases to reach a maximum value of about 80% for a substrate temperature of 350°C. PL spectra reveal one main broad peak centered around 540 nm with high intensity.

  16. The Mont Blanc mystery solved? A $m^2=-0.28 keV^2$ neutrino

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    Ehrlich, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Evidence is presented in support of a hypothesis made in 2013 predicting the existence of a tachyonic neutrino mass eigenstate doublet having $m^2\\approx -0.2 keV^2$ with $\\Delta m^2=1 eV^2.$ The evidence is based primarily on the puzzling LSD (Mont Blanc) neutrino burst observed on February 23, 1987, which the hypothesis thoroughly explains, with additional support from the Kamiokande-II events recorded on the same day. The probability of the null hypothesis, i.e., that background fluctuations can explain the noted features of the two data sets is estimated to be $4.2\\sigma$ (Mont Blanc), and $3.7\\sigma$ (K-II). Such a controversial hypothesis as a tachyonic neutrino requires absolutely definitive proof, and there may exist a test based on observing the neutrino spectrum from diffuse supernovae that could supply it.

  17. Design Approach for Vehicle To Vehicle (V2V Dissemination of Messages in Vehicular Adhoc Network

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Designing a protocol structure which contains the control system, VANET device and the type of communication message structures which will implement the message packets for v2v or v2I infrastructure . The different message packets contain the information required to transfer from one node to another in vehicular network for communication. Design various algorithm required for Control, Alert and Infotainment messages. Time stamping lowering data rate efficient packet delivery and proper communication of required messages. Implementation of proposed algorithms and comparison of them with existing algorithms and study of different factors affecting the working of theses algorithms. Analysis of proposed design approach and improvements in results if required. Keywords -

  18. Toward a simultaneous description of $R_{AA}$ and $v_2$ for heavy quarks

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    Das, Santosh K; Plumari, Salvatore; Greco, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    The two key observables related to heavy quarks that have been measured in RHIC and LHC energies are the nuclear suppression factor $R_{AA}$ and the elliptic flow $v_2$. Simultaneous description of these two observables is a top challenge for all the existing models. We have highlighted how a consistent combination of four ingredients i.e the temperature dependence of the energy loss, full solution of the Boltzmann collision integral for the momentum evolution of heavy quark, hadronization by coalescence, then the hadronic rescattering, responsible to address a large part of such a puzzle. We have considered four different models to evaluate the temperature dependence of drag coefficients of the heavy quark in QGP. All these four different models are set to reproduce the same $R_{AA}$ as of the experiments. We have shown that for the same $R_{AA}$, the $v_2$ could be quite different depending on the interaction dynamics as well as other ingredients.

  19. Large diamagnetic susceptibility from petit Fermi surfaces in LaV2Al20

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    The large diamagnetic susceptibility of LaV2Al20 is studied by magnetization and de Haas–van Alphen (dHvA) oscillation measurements on single crystals as well as by Ti-for-V substitution (hole doping) experiments. Its origin is ascribed to a tiny holelike Fermi surface (FS) with a low Fermi temperature of 140 K and a small dHvA frequency of 19 T. The FS has a characteristic anisotropy that is approximated by six spheroidal hole pockets elongated along the cubic <001> directions with a minimum effective mass of 0.067 times the free electron mass. This characteristic FS can generate an unusually large Landau–Peierls diamagnetic susceptibility as observed experimentally in LaV2Al20. (author)

  20. Elliptic Anisotropy $v_2$ May Be Dominated by Particle Escape instead of Hydrodynamic Flow

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    Lin, Zi-Wei; Edmonds, Terrence; Liu, Feng; Molnar, Denes; Wang, Fuqiang

    2015-01-01

    It is commonly believed that azimuthal anisotropies in relativistic heavy ion collisions are generated by hydrodynamic evolution of the strongly interacting quark-gluon plasma. Here we use transport models to study how azimuthal anisotropies depend on the number of collisions that each parton suffers. We find that the majority of $v_2$ comes from the anisotropic escape of partons, not from the parton collective flow, for semi-central Au+Au collisions at 200A GeV. As expected, the fraction of $v_2$ from the anisotropic particle escape is even higher for smaller systems such as d+Au. Our transport model results also confirm that azimuthal anisotropies would be dominated by hydrodynamic flow at unrealistically-high parton cross sections. Our finding thus naturally explains the similarity of azimuthal anisotropies in small and large systems; however, it presents a challenge to the paradigm of anisotropic flow.

  1. Photoconductivity in nanostructured sulfur-doped V2O5 thin films

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    Mousavi, M.; Yazdi, Sh. Tabatabai

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, S-doped vanadium oxide thin films with doping levels up to 40 at.% are prepared via spray pyrolysis method on glass substrates, and the effect of S-doping on the structural and photoconductivity related properties of β-V2O5 thin films is studied. The results show that most of the films have been grown in the tetragonal β-V2O5 phase structure with the preferred orientation along [200]. With increasing the doping level, the samples tend to be amorphous. The structure of the samples reveals to be nanobelt-shaped whose width decreases from nearly 100 nm to 40 nm with S concentration. The photoconductivity measurements show that by increasing the S-doping level, the photosensitivity increases, which is due to the prolonged electron’s lifetime as a result of enhanced defect states acting as trap levels.

  2. CREST v2.1 Refined by a Distributed Linear Reservoir Routing Scheme

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    Shen, X.; Hong, Y.; Zhang, K.; Hao, Z.; Wang, D.

    2014-12-01

    Hydrologic modeling is important in water resources management, and flooding disaster warning and management. Routing scheme is among the most important components of a hydrologic model. In this study, we replace the lumped LRR (linear reservoir routing) scheme used in previous versions of the distributed hydrological model, CREST (coupled routing and excess storage) by a newly proposed distributed LRR method, which is theoretically more suitable for distributed hydrological models. Consequently, we have effectively solved the problems of: 1) low values of channel flow in daily simulation, 2) discontinuous flow value along the river network during flood events and 3) irrational model parameters. The CREST model equipped with both the routing schemes have been tested in the Gan River basin. The distributed LRR scheme has been confirmed to outperform the lumped counterpart by two comparisons, hydrograph validation and visual speculation of the continuity of stream flow along the river: 1) The CREST v2.1 (version 2.1) with the implementation of the distributed LRR achieved excellent result of [NSCE(Nash coefficient), CC (correlation coefficient), bias] =[0.897, 0.947 -1.57%] while the original CREST v2.0 produced only negative NSCE, close to zero CC and large bias. 2) CREST v2.1 produced more naturally smooth river flow pattern along the river network while v2.0 simulated bumping and discontinuous discharge along the mainstream. Moreover, we further observe that by using the distributed LRR method, 1) all model parameters fell within their reasonable region after an automatic optimization; 2) CREST forced by satellite-based precipitation and PET products produces a reasonably well result, i.e., (NSCE, CC, bias) = (0.756, 0.871, -0.669%) in the case study, although there is still room to improve regarding their low spatial resolution and underestimation of the heavy rainfall events in the satellite products.

  3. Thaksinomics: A New Asian Paradigm; Strategic Insights: v.2, issue 12 (December 2003)

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    Looney, Robert

    2003-01-01

    This article appeared in Strategic Insights (December 2003), v.2 no.12 Prior to the Asian Economic Crisis sparked by the collapse of the Thai baht in 1997, Southeast Asia looked like a sure bet for a long period of high sustained economic growth. As a region, Southeast Asia's economies are the most open to international trade. While such openness spurred their growth for several decades, in the post 1997 period it has left them increasingly vulnerable to adverse economic and political sh...

  4. Record low temperature Mo doped V2O5 thermochromic thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    M. Nazemiyan; Y. S. Jalili

    2013-01-01

    Thermochromic properties of polycrystalline molybdenum doped vanadium pentoxide thin films grown by the spray pyrolysis technique were investigated. Tetragonal thin film structures of this system are grown. The transmittance spectral analysis with temperature indicates a record semiconductor-metal transition temperature of < 50oC. This critical temperature is approximately 1/3 to 1/6 of magnitude expected for V2O5 thin films. The resistance of the thermochromic thin film also underwent a tran...

  5. Draft Genome Sequences of Vibrio alginolyticus Strains V1 and V2, Opportunistic Marine Pathogens

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    Castillo, Daniel; D'Alvise, Paul; Kalatzis, Panos G.;

    2015-01-01

    We announce the draft genome sequences of Vibrio alginolyticus strains V1 and V2, isolated from juvenile Sparus aurata and Dentex dentex, respectively, during outbreaks of vibriosis. The genome sequences are 5,257,950 bp with a G+C content of 44.5% for V. alginolyticus V1 and 5,068,299 bp with a G...

  6. Electrochemical potential of intercalation phase: Li/V 2O 5 system

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    Wu, Qi-Hui

    2006-12-01

    In the communication, the use of photoelectron spectroscopy in evaluating the electrochemical potentials for intercalation phase (Li/V 2O 5 system) is presented. Two contributions, i.e. Fermi level shift and formation of surface dipole, are the main factors in the change of battery voltage during the Li intercalation. It was found that the formation of surface dipole plays more important role in the decrease of the battery voltage due to the adsorption of Li on the surface.

  7. Rescue of vasopressin V2 receptor mutants by chemical chaperones: specificity and mechanism.

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    Robben, J.H.; Sze, M.; Knoers, N.V.A.M.; Deen, P. M. T.

    2006-01-01

    Because missense mutations in genetic diseases of membrane proteins often result in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) retention of functional proteins, drug-induced rescue of their cell surface expression and understanding the underlying mechanism are of clinical value. To study this, we tested chemical chaperones and sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase pump inhibitors on Madin-Darby canine kidney cells expressing nine ER-retained vasopressin type-2 receptor (V2R) mutants involved in nephrogeni...

  8. Novel CYP4V2 mutations associated with Bietti crystalline corneoretinal dystrophy in Chinese patients

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    Rong; Tian; Shu-Ran; Wang; Jing; Wang; You-Xin; Chen

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To analyze the CYP4V2 mutations in five unrelated Chinese patients with Bietti crystalline corneoretinal dystrophy(BCD) and to provide clinical features of these patients. BCD is a rare monogenic autosomal recessively inherited disorder characterized by the presence of crystals in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium atrophy. Mutations in the CYP4V2 gene have been found to be causative for BCD.METHODS: Ophthalmic examinations were carried out in the affected individuals. Peripheral blood samples were collected and genomic DNA was extracted. All exons and flanking intronic regions of the CYP4V2 gene were amplified with polymerase chain reaction and screened for mutations by direct DNA sequencing. One hundred control chromosomes were also screened to exclude nonpathogenic polymorphisms.RESULTS: Fundus examination revealed the presence of tiny yellowish-sparkling crystals at the posterior pole of the fundus and atrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium in all patients. Choroid neovascularization was noted in one patient. Five different CYP4V2 mutations were identified, including two missense mutations(p.F73 L,p.R400H), two splice site mutations(c.802-8810del17ins GC, c.1091-2A >G), and one single base-pair deletion(p.T479 Tfs X7 or c.1437 del C). The two splice site mutations were identified in three of the patients with BCD. Mutation p.T479 Tfs X7 was a novel mutation not observed in any of 100 ethnically matched control chromosomes.CONCLUSION: Mutation c.802-8810del17ins GC and c.1091-2A>G are common mutations in Chinese patientswith BCD. Our results expand the allelic heterogeneity of BCD.

  9. Rough Neighbors: Afghanistan and Pakistan; Strategic Insights: v.2, issue 1 (January 2003)

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    2003-01-01

    This article appeared in Strategic Insights (January 2003), v.2 no.1 Focus on South Asia over the past fifty years has primarily remained on the India-Pakistan rivalry and tensions over Kashmir. This dimension overshadowed the effect of Pakistan-Afghanistan relations on the security dynamics of the South-Central Asian region. The historical and cultural dimension of the Afghanistan-Pakistan relation has been and will remain critical in the evolving regional dynamics. Since the events of Se...

  10. Birth and death of quasiparticles in the Mott-Hubbard prototype V2O3

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    The infrared conductivity of V2O3 is measured in the whole phase diagram to study the behavior of quasiparticles which appear above the Neel temperature TN, and eventually disappear further enhancing the temperature. We present theoretical calculations demonstrating that this loss of coherence in the vicinity of the Mott transition is enhanced by small changes of the lattice parameters. This leads to a downturn in the optical conductivity at small frequencies, as our experimental data show above 450 K

  11. Surface reactivity of V2O5(001): Effects of vacancies, protonation, hydroxylation, and chlorination

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    Negreira, Ana Suarez; Aboud, Shela; Wilcox, Jennifer

    2011-01-01

    Using density-functional theory we analyze the thermodynamic stability of partially reduced, protonated, hydroxylated, and chlorinated V2O5(001) surfaces under flue gas conditions. These surfaces are characterized geometrically through surface relaxation calculations and electronically through charge distribution and density-of-states analysis to understand the change in surface reactivity under different pressure and temperature conditions, with a primary focus on coal-fired flue gas conditions. The stoichiometric surface is found to be the most favorable termination under flue gas conditions, but at low oxygen partial pressures (i.e., ultra-high-vacuum conditions) and elevated temperatures, the partially reduced V2O5(001) surfaces with one or two vanadyl oxygen vacancies are found to be stable. A surface semiconductor-to-metal transformation takes place with the addition of oxygen vacancies indicated by a decrease in the band gap. The protonation of the V2O5(001) surface only takes place at low oxygen partial pressures where the main source or sink of hydrogen atoms comes from H2. The study of the thermodynamic stability of protonated surfaces and surfaces with dissociated water with both H- and OH- groups indicated that these surfaces are not stable under flue gas conditions. Chlorinated surfaces were not stable under the flue gas and the coverage conditions tested. Larger HCl concentrations or smaller coverages may lead to stable chlorinated structures; however, the small coverages required to accurately represent the chlorine flue gas concentrations would require much larger unit-cell sizes that would be too computationally expensive. From this work it is evident that the stoichiometric surface of V2O5 is the most stable under flue gas conditions, and likely reactivity corresponding to NOx reduction, surface chlorination, and mercury oxidation stems from support effects on the vanadia catalyst, which influences the vanadium oxidation state and subsequent

  12. Structures of HIV-1-Env V1V2 with broadly neutralizing antibodies reveal commonalities that enable vaccine design

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    Gorman, Jason; Soto, Cinque; Yang, Max M.; Davenport, Thaddeus M.; Guttman, Miklos; Robert T Bailer; Chambers, Michael; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; DeKosky, Brandon J.; Doria-Rose, Nicole A.; Druz, Aliaksandr; Ernandes, Michael J.; Georgiev, Ivelin S.; Jarosinski, Marissa C.; Joyce, M. Gordon

    2015-01-01

    Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against HIV-1-Env V1V2 arise in multiple donors. However, atomic-level interactions had only been determined with antibodies from a single donor, making commonalities in recognition uncertain. Here we report the co-crystal structure of V1V2 with antibody CH03 from a second donor and model Env interactions of antibody CAP256-VRC26 from a third. These V1V2-directed bNAbs utilized strand-strand interactions between a protruding antibody loop and a V1V2 str...

  13. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-09-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance.

  14. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-01-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27615429

  15. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures.

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-01-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27615429

  16. ZnO/V2 O5纳米管阵列的合成及其光电化学性能研究%Directed synthesis of ZnO/V2 O5 nanotube arrays with enhanced photoelectrochemical properties

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    刘兆清; 黄志翠; 张秋丽; 曾环娜; 李楠; 苏育志

    2015-01-01

    通过简单直接的两步电化学沉积法成功制备了核壳结构的 ZnO/V2 O5纳米管阵列。通过采用 XRD, SEM,TEM和 XPS 等表征手段对这些制备的 ZnO/V2 O5核壳纳米管结构的物相和微结构进行分析。光电化学测试结果表明:ZnO/V2 O5核壳纳米管阵列相比于单一的 ZnO 纳米棒阵列具有明显增强的光电化学性能,使其有望在光解水领域得到广泛的应用。%In this work,ZnO /V2 O5 core /shell nanotube arrays (NTAs)have been successfully synthesized via a simple and two-step electrochemical deposition process.The as-prepared ZnO /V2 O5 samples are characterized by power X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM),transmission electron microscopy (TEM)and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).The as-prepared ZnO /V2 O5 NTAs exhibits enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC)performance compared with pure ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs),indicating the promising application in photoelectrochemical water splitting.

  17. Electric-field-induced semiconductor-semiconductor transition in V2O5

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    Fisher, B.; Genossar, J.; Patlagan, L.; Chashka, K. B.; Reisner, G. M.

    2015-08-01

    We report on DC I- V characteristics of two crystalline V2O5 fibers measured at room temperature over a range of currents of more than four orders of magnitude. At low currents, the resistances of the samples decrease exponentially with voltage, a behavior that can be attributed to field-enhanced tunneling. At higher currents, self-heating induces hysteretic nonlinear conductivity and small jumps toward lower resistances. In the highest range of currents, the I- V characteristics exhibit dramatic switching toward a new state with much lower resistance and memory. At first, switching could be repeated several times by cycling the sample between lower and higher currents. Eventually, a final state stabilized with smooth nonlinear I- V characteristics. The temperature dependence of the resistance of both the initial and final states is activated with similar activation energies; the voltage dependence of the resistance at low currents is also similar except for the large ratio of the pre-exponents. The final state of the samples was identified by the X-ray diffraction pattern of one of them, as the stable α-V2O5 phase. An interpretation of these results based on switching between metastable and stable phases of V2O5 is proposed.

  18. Toward a solution to the RAA and v2 puzzle for heavy quarks

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    Santosh K. Das

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The heavy quarks constitute a unique probe of the quark–gluon plasma properties. A puzzling relation between the nuclear modification factor RAA(pT and the elliptic flow v2(pT has been observed both at RHIC and LHC energies. Predicting correctly both observables has been a challenge to all existing models, especially for D mesons. We discuss how the temperature dependence of the heavy quark drag coefficient is responsible for a large part of such a puzzle. In particular, we have considered four different models to evaluate the temperature dependence of drag and diffusion coefficients propagating through a quark gluon plasma (QGP. All the four different models are set to reproduce the same RAA(pT observed in experiments at RHIC and LHC energy. We point out that for the same RAA(pT one can generate 2–3 times more v2 depending on the temperature dependence of the heavy quark drag coefficient. A non-decreasing drag coefficient as T→Tc is a major ingredient for a simultaneous description of RAA(pT and v2(pT.

  19. Input modelling of ASSERT-PV V2R8M1 for RUFIC fuel bundle

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    This report describes the input modelling for subchannel analysis of CANFLEX-RU (RUFIC) fuel bundle which has been developed for an advanced fuel bundle of CANDU-6 reactor, using ASSERT-PV V2R8M1 code. Execution file of ASSERT-PV V2R8M1 code was recently transferred from AECL under JRDC agreement between KAERI and AECL. SSERT-PV V2R8M1 which is quite different from COBRA-IV-i code has been developed for thermalhydraulic analysis of CANDU-6 fuel channel by subchannel analysis method and updated so that 43-element CANDU fuel geometry can be applied. Hence, ASSERT code can be applied to the subchannel analysis of RUFIC fuel bundle. The present report was prepared for ASSERT input modelling of RUFIC fuel bundle. Since the ASSERT results highly depend on user's input modelling, the calculation results may be quite different among the user's input models. The objective of the present report is the preparation of detail description of the background information for input data and gives credibility of the calculation results

  20. Is alpha-V2O5 a cathode material for Mg insertion batteries?

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    Sa, Niya; Wang, Hao; Proffit, Danielle L.; Lipson, Albert L.; Key, Baris; Liu, Miao; Feng, Zhenxing; Fister, Timothy T.; Ren, Yang; Sun, Cheng-Jun; Vaughey, John T.; Fenter, Paul A.; Persson, Kristin A.; Burrell, Anthony K.

    2016-08-01

    When designing a high energy density battery, one of the critical features is a high voltage, high capacity cathode material. In the development of Mg batteries, oxide cathodes that can reversibly intercalate Mg, while at the same time being compatible with an electrolyte that can deposit Mg reversibly are rare. Herein, we report the compatibility of Mg anodes with α-V2O5 by employing magnesium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide in diglyme electrolytes at very low water levels. Electrolytes that contain a high water level do not reversibly deposit Mg, but interestingly these electrolytes appear to enable much higher capacities for an α-V2O5 cathode. Solid state NMR indicates that the major source of the higher capacity in high water content electrolytes originates from reversible proton insertion. In contrast, we found that lowering the water level of the magnesium bis(trifluoromethane sulfonyl)imide in diglyme electrolyte is critical to achieve reversible Mg deposition and direct evidence for reversible Mg intercalation is shown. Findings we report here elucidate the role of proton intercalation in water-containing electrolytes and clarify numerous conflicting reports of Mg insertion into α-V2O5.

  1. Pressure-induced frustration in charge ordered spinel AlV2O4

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    Kalavathi, S.; Vennila Raju, Selva; Williams, Quentin; Sahu, P. Ch; Sastry, V. S.; Sahu, H. K.

    2013-07-01

    AlV2O4 is the only spinel compound so far known that exists in the charge ordered state at room temperature. It is known to transform to a charge frustrated cubic spinel structure above 427 ° C. The presence of multivalent V ions in the pyrochlore lattice of the cubic spinel phase brings about the charge frustration that is relieved in the room temperature rhombohedral phase by the clustering of vanadium into a heptamer molecular unit along with a lone V atom. The present work is the first demonstration of pressure-induced frustration in the charge ordered state of AlV2O4. Synchrotron powder x-ray diffraction studies carried out at room temperature on AlV2O4 subjected to high pressure in a diamond anvil cell show that the charge ordered rhombohedral phase becomes unstable under the application of pressure and transforms to the frustrated cubic spinel structure. The frustration is found to be present even after pressure recovery. The possible role of pressure on vanadium t2g orbitals in understanding these observations is discussed.

  2. Kinect v2 and RGB Stereo Cameras Integration for Depth Map Enhancement

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    Ravanelli, R.; Nascetti, A.; Crespi, M.

    2016-06-01

    Today range cameras are widespread low-cost sensors based on two different principles of operation: we can distinguish between Structured Light (SL) range cameras (Kinect v1, Structure Sensor, ...) and Time Of Flight (ToF) range cameras (Kinect v2, ...). Both the types are easy to use 3D scanners, able to reconstruct dense point clouds at high frame rate. However the depth maps obtained are often noisy and not enough accurate, therefore it is generally essential to improve their quality. Standard RGB cameras can be a valuable solution to solve such issue. The aim of this paper is therefore to evaluate the integration feasibility of these two different 3D modelling techniques, characterized by complementary features and based on standard low-cost sensors. For this purpose, a 3D model of a DUPLOTM bricks construction was reconstructed both with the Kinect v2 range camera and by processing one stereo pair acquired with a Canon Eos 1200D DSLR camera. The scale of the photgrammetric model was retrieved from the coordinates measured by Kinect v2. The preliminary results are encouraging and show that the foreseen integration could lead to an higher metric accuracy and a major level of completeness with respect to that obtained by using only separated techniques.

  3. Measurement-based Evaluation of the Impact of Large Vehicle Shadowing on V2X Communications

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    Rodriguez, Ignacio; Portela Lopes de Almeida, Erika; Lauridsen, Mads;

    2016-01-01

    Upcoming applications, such as autonomous vehicles, will pose strict requirements on the vehicular networks. In order to provide these new services reliably, an accurate understanding of propagation in the vehicular scenarios is needed. In this context, this paper presents a measurement-based eva......Upcoming applications, such as autonomous vehicles, will pose strict requirements on the vehicular networks. In order to provide these new services reliably, an accurate understanding of propagation in the vehicular scenarios is needed. In this context, this paper presents a measurement......-based evaluation of large vehicle shadowing at 5.8 GHz in V2X scenarios. The receiver antenna height is fixed to average vehicular height (1.5 m), while the transmitter antennas are located at different heights (1.5, 5, and 7 m) in order to investigate both V2V and V2I scenarios. A truck was used to obstruct...... the measurements, showing a good match with a RMSE of 4.1 dB. Based on both measurements and ray-tracing data, a simple deterministic shadowing model, useful for implementation in system level simulators, is presented, as a first step towards a more dynamic and scalable shadowing model....

  4. Magnetic excitations and anomalous spin-wave broadening in multiferroic FeV2O4

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    Zhang, Qiang [Ames Laboratory; Ramazanoglu, Mehmet [Ames Laboratory; Chi, Songxue [Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Liu, Yong [Ames Laboratory; Lograsso, Thomas A. [Ames Laboratory; Vaknin, David [Ames Laboratory

    2014-06-01

    We report on the different roles of two orbital-active Fe2+ at the A site and V3+ at the B site in the magnetic excitations and on the anomalous spin-wave broadening in FeV2O4. FeV2O4 exhibits three structural transitions and successive paramagnetic (PM)–collinear ferrimagnetic (CFI)–noncollinear ferrimagnetic (NCFI)/ferroelectric transitions. The high-temperature tetragonal/PM–orthorhombic/CFI transition is accompanied by the appearance of a large energy gap in the magnetic excitations due to strong spin-orbit-coupling-induced anisotropy at the Fe2+ site. While there is no measurable increase in the energy gap from the orbital ordering of V3+ at the orthorhombic/CFI–tetragonal/NCFI transition, anomalous spin-wave broadening is observed in the orthorhombic/CFI state due to V3+ spin fluctuations at the B site. The spin-wave broadening is also observed at the zone boundary without softening in the NCFI/ferroelectric phase, which is discussed in terms of magnon-phonon coupling. Our study also indicates that the Fe2+ spins without the frustration at the A site may not play an important role in inducing ferroelectricity in the tetragonal/NCFI phase of FeV2O4.

  5. Improving Performance of Free Space Optics Link Using Array of Receivers in Terrible Weather Conditions of Plain and Hilly Areas

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Free-space optical (FSO communication is a cost effective and high data rate access technique, which has been proving itself a best alternative to radio frequency technology. FSO link provides high bandwidth solution to the last mile access bottleneck. However, for terrestrial communication systems, the performance of these links is severely degraded from atmospheric loss mainly due to fog, rain and snow. So, a continuous availability of the link is always a concern. This paper investigates the dreadful weather effects such as rain, fog, snow, and other losses on the transmission performance of FSO systems. The technique of using an array of receivers for improving the performance of FSO links is explored in this paper. It involves the deployment of multiple photo detectors at the receiver end to mitigate effects of various weather conditions. The performance of the proposed system is evaluated in terms of bit error rate, received signal power, Q- factor and height of eye diagram. The influence of various weather conditions of plain and hilly areas are taken into consideration and results are compared with conventional FSO links.

  6. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT TO SUPPORT CLOSURE OF SINGLE-SHELL TANK WASTE MANAGEMENT AREA C AT THE HANFORD SITE

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    2010-01-14

    Current proposed regulatory agreements (Consent Decree) at the Hanford Site call for closure of the Single-Shell Tank (SST) Waste Management Area (WMA) C in the year 2019. WMA C is part of the SST system in 200 East area ofthe Hanford Site and is one of the first tank farm areas built in mid-1940s. In order to close WMA C, both tank and facility closure activities and corrective actions associated with existing soil and groundwater contamination must be performed. Remedial activities for WMA C and corrective actions for soils and groundwater within that system will be supported by various types of risk assessments and interim performance assessments (PA). The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of River Protection (DOE-ORP) and the State ofWashington Department of Ecology (Ecology) are sponsoring a series of working sessions with regulators and stakeholders to solicit input and to obtain a common understanding concerning the scope, methods, and data to be used in the planned risk assessments and PAs to support closure of WMA C. In addition to DOE-ORP and Ecology staff and contractors, working session members include representatives from the U.S. Enviromnental Protection Agency, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), interested tribal nations, other stakeholders groups, and members of the interested public. NRC staff involvement in the working sessions is as a technical resource to assess whether required waste determinations by DOE for waste incidental to reprocessing are based on sound technical assumptions, analyses, and conclusions relative to applicable incidental waste criteria.

  7. Study comparing human papillomavirus (HPV) real-time multiplex PCR and Hybrid Capture II INNO-LiPA v2 HPV genotyping PCR assays

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    Iftner, Thomas; Germ, Liesje; Swoyer, Ryan;

    2009-01-01

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA genotyping is an essential test to establish efficacy in HPV vaccine clinical trials and HPV prevalence in natural history studies. A number of HPV DNA genotyping methods have been cited in the literature, but the comparability of the outcomes from the different...... methods has not been well characterized. Clinically, cytology is used to establish possible HPV infection. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of HPV multiplex PCR assays compared to those of the testing scheme of the Hybrid Capture II (HCII) assay followed by an HPV PCR/line hybridization assay...... (HCII-LiPA v2). SurePath residual samples were split into two aliquots. One aliquot was subjected to HCII testing followed by DNA extraction and LiPA v2 genotyping. The second aliquot was shipped to a second laboratory, where DNA was extracted and HPV multiplex PCR testing was performed. Comparisons...

  8. The silane isotopomers 29SiH4 and 30SiH4 constants of the v2/v4 dyad

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    The IR spectrum of two silane isotopomers containing 29Si and 30Si was investigated with CO2 laser side bands in the range between 877 and 954 cm-1 at a resolution of 2 x 10-5 cm-1. An analysis of the v2 and (or) v4 dyad has been performed, including data obtained by Henry and Valentin from a Fourier transform spectrum and sub-Doppler lines observed by Borde (Rev. Cethedec-Ondes Ns, 83(1), 1 (1983)) and Skrzypczak et al. (J. Mol. Spectrosc. 138, 311 (1989)). From the fit 41 vibration-rotation constants, tΩ(K,nΓ) of the v2/v4 Hamiltonian have been determined. (author)

  9. The Structural Evolution of V2O5 Nanocystals during Electrochemical Cycling Studied Using In operando Synchrotron Techniques

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    The structural evolution of vanadium oxide (V2O5) nanocrystals was studied during Li+ ion intercalation and deintercalation (i.e. electrochemical discharge/charge) processes using in operando high-energy x-ray diffraction (HEXRD) and in operando x-ray adsorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). The HEXRD results clearly show that V2O5 undergoes phase transformations during the first Li+ ion intercalation (i.e. discharge) process. The analysis of the XANES data suggests that the average oxidation state of vanadium in fully charged V2O5 nanocrystals decreases to less than +5 after the first four cycles. The combined results of the unchanged crystal structure (HEXRD) and the decreased oxidation state (XANES) lead to the conclusion that some of the Li+ ions are trapped within the V2O5 framework and the V2O5 exists as Li0.18V2O5 instead of pure V2O5 after the first four cycles, while the trapped Li+ ion may increase the stability of V2O5 framework

  10. Modeling carbon sequestration in afforestation, agroforestry and forest management projects: the CO2FIX V.2 approach

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    Masera, O.R.; Garza-Caligaris, J.F.; Kanninen, M.; Karjalainen, T.; Liski, J.; Nabuurs, G.J.; Pussinen, A.; Jong de, B.H.J.; Mohren, G.M.J.

    2003-01-01

    The paper describes the Version 2 of the CO2FIX (CO2FIX V.2) model, a user-friendly tool for dynamically estimating the carbon sequestration potential of forest management, agroforesty and afforestation projects. CO2FIX V.2 is a multi-cohort ecosystem-level model based on carbon accounting of forest

  11. Rare Earth Free Zn3V2O8 Phosphor with Controlled Microstructure and Its Photocatalytic Activity

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    Hom Nath Luitel

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Microsphere of rare earth free phosphor, Zn3V2O8, with broadband yellowish white emission was synthesized by combustion route and compared with the hydrothermal, sol-gel, and solid state reaction methods. The phosphor samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. UV-visible absorption and photoluminescence (PL emission and excitation spectra were investigated for these phosphors. Zn3V2O8 phosphor containing 10 mol% of H3BO3 flux exhibited enhanced PL emission showing broadband from 450 nm to 750 nm. Effect of stoichiometry of Zn and V on the host lattice and its effect on the PL emission spectra were studied. Series of Mg3V2O8, Ca3V2O8, and Sr3V2O8 phosphors were also synthesized and compared to the Zn3V2O8 phosphor in terms of PL emission and internal quantum yield, and it was found that Zn3V2O8 is the most efficient phosphor among the other phosphors studied with quantum yield of 60%. The visible light irradiated photocatalytic activity of these phosphors was investigated and it was found that the hydrothermal Zn3V2O8 exhibited enhanced activity.

  12. Bioinjection Performance Review for the Building 100 Area and 4.5 Acre Site at the Pinellas County, Florida, Site

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    Survochak, Scott [US Department of Energy, Washington, DC (United States). Office of Legacy Management; Daniel, Joe [Navarro Research and Engineering, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-05-01

    This document provides a summary of a review of the performance of bioinjection activities at the Building 100 Area and the 4.5 Acre Site at the Pinellas County, Florida, Site since 2010, determines how best to optimize future injection events, and identifies the approach for the bioinjection event in 2016 at (1) the 4.5 Acre Site and (2) the Essentra property at the Building 100 Area. Because this document describes the next bioinjection event at the 4.5 Acre Site, it also serves as an addendum to the Interim Remedial Action Plan for Emulsified Edible Oil Injection at the 4.5 Acre Site (DOE 2013). In addition, this document revises the injection layout and injection intervals for the Essentra property that were originally described in the Interim Corrective Measure Work Plan for Source and Plume Treatment at the Building 100 Area (DOE 2014), and is a de facto update of that document. Bioinjection consists of injection of emulsified vegetable oil (EVO) and the microorganism Dehalococcoides mccartyi (DHM; formerly known as Dehalococcoides ethenogenes) into the subsurface to enhance biodegradation of trichloroethene (TCE), dichloroethene (DCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). VC is the only contaminant that exceeds its maximum contaminant level (10 micrograms per liter onsite and 1 microgram per liter onsite) on the 4.5 Acre Site and the Essentra property. Bioinjection was conducted at the 4.5 Acre Site in 2010 and 2013. Approximately 49,900 gallons of EVO and DHM were injected at 95 injection points in February 2010, and approximately 22,900 gallons of EVO and DHM were injected at 46 injection points in July 2013. The injection locations are shown on Figure 1. The goal of bioinjection at the 4.5 Acre Site is to decrease contaminant concentrations to maximum contaminant levels along the west and southwest property boundaries (to meet risk–based corrective action requirements) and to minimize the extent of the contaminant plume in the interior of the site. Bioinjection was

  13. Influence of temperature on the microstructure of V2O5 film prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    SU Qing; PAN Xiaojun; XIE Erqing; WANG Yinyue; QIU Jiawen; LIU Xueqin

    2006-01-01

    V2O5 films were prepared on silicon wafers by DC magnetron sputtering and post-annealing under various conditions. The influence of depositing and post-annealing temperatures on microstructure of V2O5 films was studied by XRD and Raman scattering measurements. The results reveal that sputtered V2O5 films show preferred growth orientation along (001) planes and the c -axis is perpendicular to the silicon substrate surface. It is interesting to find that both the V2O5 film deposited at temperature of 511 ℃ and the one annealed at 500℃ exhibit desirable layer-type structure of orthorhombic symmetry. Such layer-typed V2O5 films are promising candidates for cathodes of rechargeable lithiumor magnesium thin-film batteries.

  14. Growth of α-V2O5 nanostructured thin films as a function of deposition process

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    Singh, Megha; Sharma, Rabindar K.; Reddy, G. B.

    2016-05-01

    In this communication, we synthesizedvanadium pentoxide (α-V2O5) nanostructured thin films (NSTs) using four different methods for obtaining vanadate species namely thermal evaporation (source of vanadate species are V2O5 powder and vanadium metal foil) and plasma assisted sublimation process (source of vanadate species are V2O5 powder and vanadium metal foil). The effect of plasmaon morphological and structural propertieshave been systematicallystudied. XRD revealed thermal evaporation process yielded amorphous films whereassublimation process yielded highly crystalline α-V2O5 films. HRTEM of nanobelts show, the growth is preferred in (001) crystallographic direction with interplanar distance of 0.43 nm. XPS revealed O/V ratio of ~2.4, which nearly agrees with standard V2O5 stoichiometry. SEM revealed deposition process affect morphology of films; thermal evaporation results in smoother film while plasma assisted sublimation process reveals nanoflakes and nanobelts (NBs). All the results are inconcordance with each other.

  15. Early performance of Pinus radiata provenances in the earthquake-ravaged dry river valley area of Sichuan, southwest China

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    Huiquan Bi; Rongwei Li; Zongxing Wu; Quan Huang; Qianli Liu; Yongli; Zhou Yun Li

    2013-01-01

    A provenance experiment involving five native provenances and an Australian landrace of Pinus radiata (D. Don) was established over three sites in the dry river valley area of Sichuan, southwest China in 2004 in order to select the most suitable provenance for environmental planting on the dry, steep and degraded slopes to reduce soil erosion. Although with much lower soil moisture supply and mean minimum temperatures in winter compared to P. radiata provenance trials estab-lished elsewhere in the world, these sites are within the working limits of the species defined by previous climate modelling and matching. Be-cause of the difficult site conditions and severe natural disturbances after the experiment was established, mortality was high across the three sites in comparison to provenance trials in other countries. The average mor-tality rate among the provenance by replicate planting units over the three sites varied from 16% to 76% four years after planting, and from 40%to 88%five years after planting . The repeated measurements of tree size over time were analysed using multilevel linear mixed models to derive growth curves for the mean, median, the 75th and the 90th percen-tiles of the size distribution of each provenance at each site. There were significant site effects on tree growth, but no significant interactions between site and provenance was detected. Among the six provenances, Cambria was the best performer in diameter, height and stem volume growth across all sites. The better than average and the best trees of this provenance, as represented by the 75th and 90th percentiles of the nomi-nal stem volume distribution, were significantly larger than the Austra-lian landrace, Año Nuevo, and the two island provenances, Guadalupe and Cedros. Monterey was overall the second best performer behind Cambria. The Australian landrace, Guadalupe and Año Nuevo had simi-lar performances in general. Cedros was significantly and consistently inferior to all other

  16. Breeding performance of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and great tits (Parus major) in a heavy metal polluted area

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    Eeva, T., E-mail: tapio.eeva@utu.f [Section of Ecology, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland); Ahola, M.; Lehikoinen, E. [Section of Ecology, University of Turku, FIN-20014 Turku (Finland)

    2009-11-15

    We compared heavy metal levels, calcium levels, breeding parameters and condition of nestling and adult Cyanistes caeruleus and Parus major along a heavy metal pollution gradient. Both species started laying earlier and showed inferior nestling growth and smaller fledging probability in the polluted areas, which are phenologically advanced in spring due to sparse forests. The major inter-specific difference in the responses was that the clutch size and hatching success were decreased in the polluted area in P. major, but not in C. caeruleus. Heavy metal profiles in nestling feces were relatively similar in the two species, though Ni and Pb levels were higher in C. caeruleus than in P. major. However, the latter species showed markedly higher fecal calcium concentrations. Lower calcium levels and higher levels of some heavy metals in C. caeruleus suggest that in Ca-deficient environments this species might be more susceptible to negative pollution effects than P. major. - Breeding performance in two Parid species near a Cu smelter.

  17. Performance of pile foundation for the civil infrastructure of high speed rail in severe ground subsidence area

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    Yang, H. W.

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the performance of pile foundation is assessed for the 30 km long viaduct bridge structure seating in the ground subsidence area in the central part of Taiwan. The focus of this paper is placed on the settlement behaviour of a continuous 3-span R. C. viaduct bridge supported on piles adjacent to highway embankment. Monitoring data accumulated over the last 12 years indicate that the observed pace of the settlement of the viaduct structure in other sections matches that of the ground. However, the bridge piers adjacent to the embankment have been suffering an additional approximately 1 cm settlement every year since the completion of the embankment construction. It was believed that the piers may suffer from enormous negative skin friction owing to the surcharge from the embankment and groundwater depression. This paper first summarizes the settlement analysis results to quantify the settlement of pile due to regional ground subsidence and the combined effects from ground water fluctuation and embankment surcharge loading. Accordingly, a loading path on P'-q stress space is formulated to illustrate the loading variation subject to the combined loading effects that can explain why the combined effect becoming significant on settlement control for civil infrastructure in ground subsidence area.

  18. Simultaneous removal of elemental mercury and NO from flue gas by V2O5–CeO2/TiO2 catalysts

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    Highlights: • V2O5–CeO2/TiO2 catalyst was developed for both NO and Hg0 removal from simulated flue gas. • The existence of the redox cycle of V4+ + Ce4+ ↔ V5+ + Ce3+ over V2O5–CeO2/TiO2 catalyst could not only greatly improve the NO conversion, but also promote the oxidation of Hg0. • The roles of NH3/NO ratio, O2, SO2, and H2O (g) in the flue gas on both NO conversion and Hg0 oxidation were well explored. • A feasible one step process for nitrogen oxides and mercury removal in the flue gas was proposed. - Abstract: A series of Ce-doped V2O5/TiO2 catalysts synthesized by an ultrasound assisted impregnation method were employed to investigate simultaneous removal of elemental mercury (Hg0) and NO in lab-scale experiments. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET), X-ray diffractogram (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses were used to characterize the samples. Compared to TiO2 support, the catalytic performance of CeO2 doped on both TiO2 and V2O5/TiO2 catalysts have been improved. Remarkably, 1%V2O5–10% CeO2/TiO2 (V1Ce10Ti) exhibited the highest Hg0 oxidation efficiency of 81.55% at 250 °C with a desired NO removal efficiency under the same condition. Both the NO conversion and Hg0 oxidation efficiency were enhanced in the presence of O2. The activity was inhibited by the injection of NH3 with the increase of NH3/NO. When in the presence of 400 ppm SO2, Hg0 oxidation was slightly affected. Furthermore, Hg0 removal behavior under both oxidation and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) condition over V1Ce10Ti were well investigated to further probe into the feasibility of one single unit for multi-pollutants control in industry application. The existence of the redox cycle of V4+ + Ce4+ ↔ V5+ + Ce3+ in V2O5–CeO2/TiO2 catalyst could not only greatly improve the NO conversion, but also promote the oxidation of Hg0

  19. Collision-induced absorption in the v2 fundamental band of 12CH4

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    Yang Ze-Jin; Cheng Xin-Lu; Yang Xiang-Dong

    2007-01-01

    The integrated intensities of the collision-induced absorption of the v2 band of 12CH4 perturbed by Ar have been calculated theoretically using the ab initio calculations, and the value of the quadrupole transition moment we obtained is = 5.226ea(20). The corresponding experimental value obtained from 12CH4-Ar spectra is || = 4.931ea(20).Ignoring vibration-rotation interaction and Coriolis interaction, and considering both the theoretical approximations and experimental uncertainties, the agreement can be regarded as good, thus confirming that the enhancement is due to the quadrupole collision-induced mechanism.

  20. Record low temperature Mo doped V2O5 thermochromic thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Thermochromic properties of polycrystalline molybdenum doped vanadium pentoxide thin films grown by the spray pyrolysis technique were investigated. Tetragonal thin film structures of this system are grown. The transmittance spectral analysis with temperature indicates a record semiconductor-metal transition temperature of < 50oC. This critical temperature is approximately 1/3 to 1/6 of magnitude expected for V2O5 thin films. The resistance of the thermochromic thin film also underwent a transition or phase change as expected, a reduction from more than few mega ohms to less than kilo ohm regime indicating potential applications in optoelectronics.

  1. t-channel factorization description of γγ->V1V2

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    A t-channel factorization model is used to estimate cross sections for the processes γγ->V1V2. Whenever V=rho, the width of the rho has been included in the calculations. The channels γγ->rho0rho0, rho0phi, phiphi, ωω, rho0ω and rho+rho- are calculated for two quasi-real photons. Predictions are also given for the process γsup(*)γ->rho0rho0 for virtual photon mass squared Q22. Our results are consistent with all available experimental data. (orig.)

  2. Vasopressin receptors V1a and V2 are not osmosensors

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    Lykke, Kasper; Assentoft, Mette; Fenton, Robert A;

    2015-01-01

    in AQP4-dependent water permeability was observed, although osmotic challenges failed to mimic vasopressin-dependent V1aR-mediated internalization of AQP4. Direct monitoring of inositol phosphate (IP) production of V1aR-expressing COS-7 cells demonstrated an efficient vasopressin-dependent response....... The V1aR-dependent response was monitored indirectly via its effects on aquaporin 4 (AQP4) when heterologously expressed in Xenopus oocytes and V1aR and V2R function was directly monitored following heterologous expression in COS-7 cells. A tendency toward an osmotically induced, V1aR-mediated reduction...

  3. Annealing Effect of Magnetostriction in Fe49Co49V2 Alloy

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    2000-01-01

    Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology, P.O.Box 135 Pohang, 790-600, Korea A Fe49Co49V2 alloy was annealed at 500, 750, 800 and 900℃. The magnetostriction was measured by Michelson laser interferometer to receive the feedback signal of OPL variation. With the increase of annealing temperature, the grain size of texture in samples increases due to the recrystallization. Magnetostriction of 2× 10-6 at H=60 Oe increases up to 38 × 10-6 at annealing temperature of 900C, suggesting that the magnetostrictive characteristics are improved by the microstructural modification.

  4. MD5解密器速度加强版V2.2

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    2005-01-01

    解MD5密码的破解软件很多.今天介绍的这款MD5解密器速度加强版是原作者在此软件V2.0的基础上去除了影响速度的功能.并对加密算法进行了修改的结果.速度比同类解密器快了非常多。

  5. Electron spin resonance study of Na_{1-x}Li_xV_2O_5

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    Lohmann, M.; von Nidda, H. -A. Krug; Loidl, A.; Morre, E.; Dischner, M.; Geibel, C

    1999-01-01

    We measured X-band electron-spin resonance of single crystalline sodium vanadate doped with lithium, Na_{1-x}Li_xV_2O_5 for 0 < x < 1.3% . The phase transition into a dimerized phase that is observed at 34 K in the undoped compound, was found to be strongly suppressed upon doping with lithium. The spin susceptibility was analyzed to determine the transition temperature and the energy gap with respect to the lithium content. The transition temperature Tsp is suppressed following a square depen...

  6. ESP v2.0: enhanced method for exploring emission impacts of future scenarios in the United States – addressing spatial allocation

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    L. Ran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The Emission Scenario Projection (ESP method produces future-year air pollutant emissions for mesoscale air quality modeling applications. We present ESP v2.0, which expands upon ESP v1.0 by spatially allocating future-year emissions to account for projected population and land use changes. In ESP v2.0, US Census Division-level emission growth factors are developed using an energy system model. Regional factors for population-related emissions are spatially disaggregated to the county level using population growth and migration projections. The county-level growth factors are then applied to grow a base-year emission inventory to the future. Spatial surrogates are updated to account for future population and land use changes, and these surrogates are used to map projected county-level emissions to a modeling grid for use within an air quality model. We evaluate ESP v2.0 by comparing US 12 km emissions for 2005 with projections for 2050. We also evaluate the individual and combined effects of county-level disaggregation and of updating spatial surrogates. Results suggest that the common practice of modeling future emissions without considering spatial redistribution over-predicts emissions in the urban core and under-predicts emissions in suburban and exurban areas. In addition to improving multi-decadal emission projections, a strength of ESP v2.0 is that it can be applied to assess the emissions and air quality implications of alternative energy, population and land use scenarios.

  7. Analysis of Farms Performance Using Different Sources of Irrigation Water: A Case Study in a Semi-Arid Area

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    Hayat Lionboui

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available I mproving production efficiency is the main objective of government action to avoid efficiency losses and to increase the income of farmers. The aim of this study was to analyze performance levels of farms in the irrigated perimeter of Tadla in Morocco, according to the source of irrigation water. Thus, technical, allocative and economic efficiency were analyzed for farms in this area. To estimate the efficiency indices, the approach adopted is based on Data Envelopment Analysis method. Sixty samples of farms were chosen according to the mode of access to irrigation water. The results showed significant variability in technical, allocative and economic efficiency between the observed farms. The source of irrigation water is an important determinant of farm performance in the Tadla region. Thus, the average of economic efficiency varies between 45% and 83% according to the source of irrigation water. In terms of water valuation, farms that use only groundwater achieve a better value of irrigation water (2.19 MAD1 /m3 in comparison with those that combine between surface and groundwater and those which are limited to the use of surface water.

  8. Borehole radar measurements performed on preliminary investigation areas in Finland for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel

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    Carlsten, S. [Swedish Geological Co., Uppsala (Sweden)

    1991-05-01

    Borehole radar measurements with the RAMAC system have been performed in 24 boreholes distributed between the investigation areas Kuhmo Romuvaara, Hyrynsalmi Veitsivaara, Konginkangas Kivetty, Sievi Syyry, and Eurajoki Olkiluoto. The purpose of the borehole radar measurement program has been to investigate the bedrock in the vicinity of the boreholes in order to obtain information about geometry and extent of fracture zones, lithological contacts and other structures. The measurements have been performed as singlehole radar reflection measurements and Vertical Radar Profiling (VRP) measurements, using antennas with 22 MHz frequency range in both configurations. The total measured length in the singlehole radar reflection mode is 13304 meter and in the VRP mode 9200 meter. The VRP measurements are not presented in the report. Radar data from the singlehole reflection measurements are presented as grey scale radar maps after digital filtering with a bandpass filter and a moving average filter. Interpreted zones from the singlehole radar measurements are presented in tables for each borehole. It has been possible to study structures at distances of more than 110 meter from the borehole.

  9. Borehole radar measurements performed on preliminary investigation areas in Finland for final disposal of spent nuclear fuel

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    Borehole radar measurements with the RAMAC system have been performed in 24 boreholes distributed between the investigation areas Kuhmo Romuvaara, Hyrynsalmi Veitsivaara, Konginkangas Kivetty, Sievi Syyry, and Eurajoki Olkiluoto. The purpose of the borehole radar measurement program has been to investigate the bedrock in the vicinity of the boreholes in order to obtain information about geometry and extent of fracture zones, lithological contacts and other structures. The measurements have been performed as singlehole radar reflection measurements and Vertical Radar Profiling (VRP) measurements, using antennas with 22 MHz frequency range in both configurations. The total measured length in the singlehole radar reflection mode is 13304 meter and in the VRP mode 9200 meter. The VRP measurements are not presented in the report. Radar data from the singlehole reflection measurements are presented as grey scale radar maps after digital filtering with a bandpass filter and a moving average filter. Interpreted zones from the singlehole radar measurements are presented in tables for each borehole. It has been possible to study structures at distances of more than 110 meter from the borehole

  10. Analysis of V2 antibody responses induced in vaccinees in the ALVAC/AIDSVAX HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trial.

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    Zolla-Pazner, Susan; deCamp, Allan C; Cardozo, Timothy; Karasavvas, Nicos; Gottardo, Raphael; Williams, Constance; Morris, Daryl E; Tomaras, Georgia; Rao, Mangala; Billings, Erik; Berman, Phillip; Shen, Xiaoying; Andrews, Charla; O'Connell, Robert J; Ngauy, Viseth; Nitayaphan, Sorachai; de Souza, Mark; Korber, Bette; Koup, Richard; Bailer, Robert T; Mascola, John R; Pinter, Abraham; Montefiori, David; Haynes, Barton F; Robb, Merlin L; Rerks-Ngarm, Supachai; Michael, Nelson L; Gilbert, Peter B; Kim, Jerome H

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    The RV144 clinical trial of a prime/boost immunizing regimen using recombinant canary pox (ALVAC-HIV) and two gp120 proteins (AIDSVAX B and E) was previously shown to have a 31.2% efficacy rate. Plasma specimens from vaccine and placebo recipients were used in an extensive set of assays to identify correlates of HIV-1 infection risk. Of six primary variables that were studied, only one displayed a significant inverse correlation with risk of infection: the antibody (Ab) response to a fusion protein containing the V1 and V2 regions of gp120 (gp70-V1V2). This finding prompted a thorough examination of the results generated with the complete panel of 13 assays measuring various V2 Abs in the stored plasma used in the initial pilot studies and those used in the subsequent case-control study. The studies revealed that the ALVAC-HIV/AIDSVAX vaccine induced V2-specific Abs that cross-react with multiple HIV-1 subgroups and recognize both conformational and linear epitopes. The conformational epitope was present on gp70-V1V2, while the predominant linear V2 epitope mapped to residues 165-178, immediately N-terminal to the putative α4β7 binding motif in the mid-loop region of V2. Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated to compare the risk of infection with data from 12 V2 assays, and in 11 of these, the ORs were ≤1, reaching statistical significance for two of the variables: Ab responses to gp70-V1V2 and to overlapping V2 linear peptides. It remains to be determined whether anti-V2 Ab responses were directly responsible for the reduced infection rate in RV144 and whether anti-V2 Abs will prove to be important with other candidate HIV vaccines that show efficacy, however, the results support continued dissection of Ab responses to the V2 region which may illuminate mechanisms of protection from HIV-1 infection and may facilitate the development of an effective HIV-1 vaccine. PMID:23349725

  11. Analysis of V2 antibody responses induced in vaccinees in the ALVAC/AIDSVAX HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trial.

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    Susan Zolla-Pazner

    Full Text Available The RV144 clinical trial of a prime/boost immunizing regimen using recombinant canary pox (ALVAC-HIV and two gp120 proteins (AIDSVAX B and E was previously shown to have a 31.2% efficacy rate. Plasma specimens from vaccine and placebo recipients were used in an extensive set of assays to identify correlates of HIV-1 infection risk. Of six primary variables that were studied, only one displayed a significant inverse correlation with risk of infection: the antibody (Ab response to a fusion protein containing the V1 and V2 regions of gp120 (gp70-V1V2. This finding prompted a thorough examination of the results generated with the complete panel of 13 assays measuring various V2 Abs in the stored plasma used in the initial pilot studies and those used in the subsequent case-control study. The studies revealed that the ALVAC-HIV/AIDSVAX vaccine induced V2-specific Abs that cross-react with multiple HIV-1 subgroups and recognize both conformational and linear epitopes. The conformational epitope was present on gp70-V1V2, while the predominant linear V2 epitope mapped to residues 165-178, immediately N-terminal to the putative α4β7 binding motif in the mid-loop region of V2. Odds ratios (ORs were calculated to compare the risk of infection with data from 12 V2 assays, and in 11 of these, the ORs were ≤1, reaching statistical significance for two of the variables: Ab responses to gp70-V1V2 and to overlapping V2 linear peptides. It remains to be determined whether anti-V2 Ab responses were directly responsible for the reduced infection rate in RV144 and whether anti-V2 Abs will prove to be important with other candidate HIV vaccines that show efficacy, however, the results support continued dissection of Ab responses to the V2 region which may illuminate mechanisms of protection from HIV-1 infection and may facilitate the development of an effective HIV-1 vaccine.

  12. Herbage intake and animal performance of cattle grazing dwarf elaphant grass with two access times to a forage peanut area

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    Diego Melo de Liz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Relatively short grazing periods in a pure legume pasture can be an alternative for increasing animal performance in medium-quality tropical pastures. Thus, the aim was to evaluate the herbage intake and animal performance of steers grazing dwarf elephant grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schum. cv. BRS Kurumi with two access times [2 h (07:00 - 9:00 and 6 h (07:00 - 13:00] to an area of forage peanut (Arachis pintoi cv. Amarillo. Twelve steers (219 ± 28.8 kg LW were divided into four groups and assessed during three consecutive grazing cycles, from January to March 2013. The crude protein and neutral detergent fiber contents were 158 and 577 g/kg dry matter (DM for dwarf elephant grass and 209 and 435 g/kg DM for forage peanut, respectively. The pre-grazing height and leaf mass of dwarf elephant grass and forage peanut were 94 cm and 2782 kg DM/ha and 15 cm and 1751 kg DM/ha, respectively. The herbage intake (mean = 2.7 ± 0.06% LW and average daily weight gain (mean = 1.16 ± 0.31 kg/day were similar for both treatments. However, animals with 2-h access to the legume paddock grazed for 71% of the time, whereas those with 6-h access grazed for 48% of the time. The performance of the steers that were allowed to graze forage peanut pasture for 2 h is similar to that of those that were allowed to graze the legume pasture for 6 h.

  13. Patient’s expectation on communication performances community of Dental Health Services providers located in urban and rural area

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    Taufan Bramantoro

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: The quality of dentist’s communication skills is considered as one of important aspects on the quality of dental health services assessment. During the initial interview conducted at Ketabang, Dupak, and Kepadangan community dental health services at Surabaya and Sidoarjo, Indonesia, it appeared that eighty percent of initial respondents were not satisfied with the communication aspect. Community Dental Health Services (CDHS need to assess the communication performances based on community characteristics in effort to promote the quality and effectiveness of the denta health services. Purpose: The objective of this study was to analyze patient’s expectation values priorities on dentists' communication performances in CDHS that located in urban and rural area. Methods: The study was conducted in Ketabang Surabaya, Dupak Surabaya and Kepadangan Sidoarjo CDHSs. The participants were 400 patients above 18 years old. Participants were assessed their expectation value using the communication performances of dental health services questionnaire. Results: Patients in urban CDHS appeared that there were two priority aspects which had high values, namely the clarity of instructions and the dentist’s ability of active listening to the patient, while patients in rural CDHS revealed that the clarity of instructions and dentist-patient relationship were the aspects with high values. Conclusion: Patients in CDHS that located in rural area expect more dentist-patient interpersonal relationship performance than patients in CDHS located in urban area. This finding becomes a valuable information for CDHS to develop communication strategies based on community characteristics.Latar belakang: Kualitas komunikasi dari dokter gigi merupakan salah satu aspek penting dalam penilaian kualitas layanan suatu sarana pelayanan kesehatan. Pada wawancara pendahuluan yang dilaksanakan di puskesmas Ketabang, Dupak dan Kepadangan di Surabaya dan Sidoarjo

  14. Effect of V2O5 on the dc conductivity of sodium bismuth borate glasses

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    Transition metal doped quaternary glass system with composition 20Na2O-30Bi2O3-(50- x)B2O3-xV2O5 (where x = 0, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 2.0 mol%) has been prepared by normal melt-quench technique using analytical grade Na2CO3, Bi2O3, H3BO3, V2O5 chemicals. The main objective of present study is to investigate the effect of transition metal oxide on the conductivity mechanism of ternary alkali bismuth borate glasses. Density (D) and molar volume (VM) of each glass sample was calculated using Archimedes method. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements were carried out at a heating rate of 10K/min for the determination of glass transition temperature Tg using Q10 DSC (TA Instruments). The values of dc conductivity and activation energy for conductivity and relaxation time have been calculated for all samples using sample dimensions. (author)

  15. Autonomous Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V Decision Making in Roundabout using Game Theory

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    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Roundabout intersections promote a continuous flow of traffic. Roundabouts entry move traffic through an intersection more quickly, and with less congestion on approaching roads. With the introduction of smart vehicles and cooperative decision-making, roundabout management shortens the waiting time and leads to a more efficient traffic without breaking the traffic laws and earning penalties. This paper proposes a novel approach of cooperative behavior strategy in conflict situations between the autonomous vehicles in roundabout using game theory. The game theory presents a strategic decision-making technique between independent agents - players. Each individual player tends to achieve best payoff, by analyzing possible actions of other players and their influence on game outcome. The Prisoner's Dilemma game strategy is selected as approach to autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V decision making at roundabout test-bed, because the commonly known traffic laws dictate certain rules of vehicle's behavior at roundabout. It is shown that, by integrating non-zero-sum game theory in autonomous vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V decision making capabilities, the roundabout entry problem can be solved efficiently with shortened waiting times for individual autonomous vehicles.

  16. β-Cu2V2O7 : A spin- (1)/(2) honeycomb lattice system

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    Tsirlin, Alexander A.; Janson, Oleg; Rosner, Helge

    2010-10-01

    We report on band-structure calculations and a microscopic model of the low-dimensional magnet β-Cu2V2O7 . Magnetic properties of this compound can be described by a spin- (1)/(2) anisotropic honeycomb lattice model with the averaged coupling J¯1=60-66K . The low symmetry of the crystal structure leads to two inequivalent couplings J1 and J1' but this weak spatial anisotropy does not affect the essential physics of the honeycomb spin lattice. The structural realization of the honeycomb lattice is highly nontrivial: the leading interactions J1 and J1' run via double bridges of VO4 tetrahedra between spatially separated Cu atoms while the interactions between structural nearest neighbors are negligible. The non-negligible interplane coupling J⊥≃15K gives rise to the long-range magnetic ordering at TN≃26K . Our model simulations improve the fit of the magnetic susceptibility data, compared to the previously assumed spin-chain models. Additionally, the simulated ordering temperature of 27 K is in remarkable agreement with the experiment. Our study evaluates β-Cu2V2O7 as the best available experimental realization of the spin- (1)/(2) Heisenberg model on the honeycomb lattice. We also provide an instructive comparison of different band-structure codes and computational approaches to the evaluation of exchange couplings in magnetic insulators.

  17. V2O5 xerogel-poly(ethylene oxide) hybrid material: Synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical properties

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    In this work, we report the synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical properties of vanadium pentoxide xerogel-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) hybrid materials obtained by varying the average molecular weight of the organic component as well as the components' ratios. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet/visible and infrared spectroscopies, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance, and cyclic voltammetry. Despite the presence of broad and low intensity peaks, the X-ray diffractograms indicate that the lamellar structure of the vanadium pentoxide xerogel is preserved, with increase in the interplanar spacing, giving evidence of a low-crystalline structure. We found that the electrochemical behaviour of the hybrid materials is quite similar to that found for the V2O5 xerogel alone, and we verified that PEO leads to stabilization and reproducibility of the Li+ electrochemical insertion/de-insertion into the V2O5 xerogel structure, which makes these materials potential components of lithium ion batteries. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis, structural and electrochemical properties of vanadium pentoxide xerogel-poly(ethylene oxide) hybrid materials have been described. Despite the presence of broad and low intensity peaks, the X-ray diffractograms indicate that the lamellar structure of the vanadium pentoxide xerogel is preserved. The cyclic voltammetry technique demonstrated that PEO intercalation provides an improvement in the electrochemical properties, mainly with respect to the lithium electroinsertion process into the oxide matrix

  18. Epigenetic modification of vomeronasal (V2r) precursor neurons by histone deacetylation.

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    Xia, J; Broad, K D; Emson, P C; Keverne, E B

    2010-09-01

    Vomeronasal neurons undergo continuous neurogenesis throughout development and adult life. These neurons originate as stem cells in the apical zone of the lumen of the vomeronasal organ (VNO) and are described as nestin-expressing glia-like progenitor cells (Murdoch and Roskams, 2008). They then migrate horizontally along the basal zone where they differentiate into functional VNO neurons (Kaba et al., 1988). We harvested progenitor cells from the adult VNO and, after 3-6 months of invitro culture, these VNO neurons remained in a stable undifferentiated state expressing nestin, beta-tubulin III and vomeronasal type 2 (V2r), but not vomeronasal type 1 (V1r) receptors. Application of histone-deacetylase inhibitors induced development of a neural phenotype that expressed V2r receptors, a down-regulation of nestin expression and no change in any specific genetic markers associated with glial cells. Treatment with valproic acid induced extensive changes in gene expression in the axon guidance pathway. The adult VNO is known to functionally adapt throughout life as a consequence of changes in both a mouse's physiological status and its social environment. These pluripotent cultured neurons may provide valuable insights into how changes in both physiology and environment, exert epigenetic effects on vomeronasal neurons as they undergo continuous neurogenesis and development throughout the life of a mouse. PMID:20594945

  19. Mapping polaronic states and lithiation gradients in individual V2O5 nanowires.

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    De Jesus, Luis R; Horrocks, Gregory A; Liang, Yufeng; Parija, Abhishek; Jaye, Cherno; Wangoh, Linda; Wang, Jian; Fischer, Daniel A; Piper, Louis F J; Prendergast, David; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2016-01-01

    The rapid insertion and extraction of Li ions from a cathode material is imperative for the functioning of a Li-ion battery. In many cathode materials such as LiCoO2, lithiation proceeds through solid-solution formation, whereas in other materials such as LiFePO4 lithiation/delithiation is accompanied by a phase transition between Li-rich and Li-poor phases. We demonstrate using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) that in individual nanowires of layered V2O5, lithiation gradients observed on Li-ion intercalation arise from electron localization and local structural polarization. Electrons localized on the V2O5 framework couple to local structural distortions, giving rise to small polarons that serves as a bottleneck for further Li-ion insertion. The stabilization of this polaron impedes equilibration of charge density across the nanowire and gives rise to distinctive domains. The enhancement in charge/discharge rates for this material on nanostructuring can be attributed to circumventing challenges with charge transport from polaron formation. PMID:27349567

  20. Cyclic softening of the Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al titanium alloy

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    Luquiau, D. [Univ. de Technologie de Compiegne (France). Dept. de Genie Mecanique; Feaugas, X. [Univ. de Technologie de Compiegne (France). Dept. de Genie Mecanique; Clavel, M. [Univ. de Technologie de Compiegne (France). Dept. de Genie Mecanique

    1997-03-31

    The {beta}-metastable Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy is studied in low cycle fatigue (LCF) at room temperature. An acicular and two equiaxed {alpha}{sub p} structures aged at different temperatures were produced and specimens were tested under plastic strain control. The experimental results show that the Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al alloy softens cyclically. The amplitude of the softening is not affected by the microstructure and it decreases as the applied plastic strain increases. The investigations show that this phenomenon proceeds from a decrease in both the isotropic and the kinematic components of the stress. The deformation modes have been analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) after the cyclic softening stage. Homogeneous prismatic slip is mainly observed in the {alpha}-phase. Furthermore, abundant cross-slip of left angle a right angle dislocations and left angle c+a right angle slip are also observed. The kinematic decrease is associated with a process of grain-to-grain homogenization of yielding through the microstructure, and the isotropic softening with dislocations annihilation enhanced by cross-slip in the {alpha}-phase. Quantitative TEM analysis with regard to the crystallographic orientation of {alpha}{sub p} particles indicates that the decrease in the softening amplitude at high levels of the applied plastic strain must be related to the occurrence of left angle c+a right angle slip. (orig.)

  1. Optical constants and electrochromic properties of sol-gel V{2}O{5} thin films

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    Benmoussa, M.; Outzourhit, A.; Bennouna, A.; Ameziane, E. L.

    2005-03-01

    Vanadium pentoxide thin films are prepared by the sol-gel route by dissolving V{2}O{5} powder (99.5% purity) in H{2}O{2} solution. The solution is spin - coated on glass substrates for optical (UV-VIS-NIR) analysis, and on ITO-coated glass substrates for electrochromic measurements. The samples are then annealed at 150 ° C for 1 hour. The resulting films have a yellow-orange color, typical of polycrystalline V{2}O{5}. The optical and physical constants (n, α , Eg, the thickness d and the mean thickness inhomogeneity σ ) of the films are calculated using a simple and accurate method based on the transmission spectrum alone. Electrochromism of the films is studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) in propylene carbonate solution containing 1 mol/1LiClO{4}. The films show reversible multichromism (yellow-green-blue) upon Li+ ion insertion/extraction. The absorbance of films colored at three different potentials is measured in the UV-VIS wavelength range, and this study shows that the changes in the optical absorption are consistent with the film color changes. Finally, the optical and electrochromic properties of the films prepared by this method are compared with those of the sputtered films already studied in our previous works.

  2. Heavy Fermion Superconductivity in Non-magnetic Cage Compound PrV2Al20

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    Matsumoto, Yosuke; Tsujimoto, Masaki; Tomita, Takahiro; Sakai, Akito; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-02-01

    PrT2Al20 (T = Ti, V) are ideal systems to study the quadrupole Kondo effect and quantum criticality arising from orbital degrees of freedom. Both systems have the nonmagnetic cubic Γ3 crystal electric field ground doublet with the well separated excited state. In particular, PrV2Al20 exhibits anomalous metallic behavior above and below the multipolar ordering temperatures, reflecting the even stronger hybridization between f and conduction electrons possibly due to a proximity to a orbital quantum critical point. Here, we discuss the heavy fermion superconductivity (SC) of PrV2Al20 in detail. The SC appears at Tc = 0.05 K with the highly enhanced effective mass (m* /m0 ∼ 140) estimated using the temperature dependence of the upper critical field. In addition, large electronic specific heat coefficient of γ ∼ 0.9 J/mol K2 above Tc and the large specific heat jump at Tc of ΔC/Tc ∼ 0.3 J/mol K2 provide direct evidences of the heavy fermion SC. This observation indicates the first realization of the novel SC arising from the orbital fluctuation of the f electrons at ambient pressure.

  3. miTALOS v2: Analyzing Tissue Specific microRNA Function.

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    Preusse, Martin; Theis, Fabian J; Mueller, Nikola S

    2016-01-01

    MicroRNAs are involved in almost all biological processes and have emerged as regulators of signaling pathways. We show that miRNA target genes and pathway genes are not uniformly expressed across human tissues. To capture tissue specific effects, we developed a novel methodology for tissue specific pathway analysis of miRNAs. We incorporated the most recent and highest quality miRNA targeting data (TargetScan and StarBase), RNA-seq based gene expression data (EBI Expression Atlas) and multiple new pathway data sources to increase the biological relevance of the predicted miRNA-pathway associations. We identified new potential roles of miR-199a-3p, miR-199b-3p and the miR-200 family in hepatocellular carcinoma, involving the regulation of metastasis through MAPK and Wnt signaling. Also, an association of miR-571 and Notch signaling in liver fibrosis was proposed. To facilitate data update and future extensions of our tool, we developed a flexible database backend using the graph database neo4j. The new backend as well as the novel methodology were included in the updated miTALOS v2, a tool that provides insights into tissue specific miRNA regulation of biological pathways. miTALOS v2 is available at http://mips.helmholtz-muenchen.de/mitalos. PMID:26998997

  4. Elastic properties of the vanadate spinel MnV2O4

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    Keppens, V.; Luan, Y.; Garlea, V. O.; Jin, R.; Mandrus, D.

    2008-03-01

    Spinel vanadates AV2O4 are known to undergo a cubic-to-tetragonal structural phase transition (SPT) at temperature TS and order magnetically at lower temperature TN. ZnV2O4 is characteristic of the entire series and has received extensive theoretical attention. When Mn occupies the A site there is an additional superexchange interaction between Mn and V. This superexchange interaction leads to ferrimagnetic order at about 56 K, involving a ferromagnetic configuration of the V spins. The current work focuses on the elastic properties of MnV2O4. Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy (RUS) has been used to measure the elastic response of the sample, as a function of temperature (5-300K) and magnetic field (0-7 Tesla). The temperature dependence of the frequencies is found to be quite unusual, displaying a softening over a large temperature range. Measurements in magnetic field reveal an additional feature near 50 K, which could represent a striking manifestation of direct spin-orbital coupling.

  5. Mapping polaronic states and lithiation gradients in individual V2O5 nanowires

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    de Jesus, Luis R.; Horrocks, Gregory A.; Liang, Yufeng; Parija, Abhishek; Jaye, Cherno; Wangoh, Linda; Wang, Jian; Fischer, Daniel A.; Piper, Louis F. J.; Prendergast, David; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2016-06-01

    The rapid insertion and extraction of Li ions from a cathode material is imperative for the functioning of a Li-ion battery. In many cathode materials such as LiCoO2, lithiation proceeds through solid-solution formation, whereas in other materials such as LiFePO4 lithiation/delithiation is accompanied by a phase transition between Li-rich and Li-poor phases. We demonstrate using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) that in individual nanowires of layered V2O5, lithiation gradients observed on Li-ion intercalation arise from electron localization and local structural polarization. Electrons localized on the V2O5 framework couple to local structural distortions, giving rise to small polarons that serves as a bottleneck for further Li-ion insertion. The stabilization of this polaron impedes equilibration of charge density across the nanowire and gives rise to distinctive domains. The enhancement in charge/discharge rates for this material on nanostructuring can be attributed to circumventing challenges with charge transport from polaron formation.

  6. Multithreaded transactions in scientific computing. The Growth06_v2 program

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    Daniluk, Andrzej

    2009-07-01

    Writing a concurrent program can be more difficult than writing a sequential program. Programmer needs to think about synchronization, race conditions and shared variables. Transactions help reduce the inconvenience of using threads. A transaction is an abstraction, which allows programmers to group a sequence of actions on the program into a logical, higher-level computation unit. This paper presents a new version of the GROWTHGr and GROWTH06 programs. New version program summaryProgram title: GROWTH06_v2 Catalogue identifier: ADVL_v2_1 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADVL_v2_1.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 65 255 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 865 985 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Object Pascal Computer: Pentium-based PC Operating system: Windows 9x, XP, NT, Vista RAM: more than 1 MB Classification: 4.3, 7.2, 6.2, 8, 14 Catalogue identifier of previous version: ADVL_v2_0 Journal reference of previous version: Comput. Phys. Comm. 175 (2006) 678 Does the new version supersede the previous version?: Yes Nature of problem: The programs compute the RHEED intensities during the growth of thin epitaxial structures prepared using the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The computations are based on the use of kinematical diffraction theory. Solution method: Epitaxial growth of thin films is modelled by a set of non-linear differential equations [1]. The Runge-Kutta method with adaptive stepsize control was used for solving initial value problem for non-linear differential equations [2]. Reasons for new version: According to the users' suggestions functionality of the program has been improved. Moreover, new use cases have been added which make the handling of the program easier and more

  7. Effect of MgO nanolayer coated on Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material for lithium-ion battery

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    MgO nanolayer coated on Li3V2(PO4)3/C particles was successfully prepared by a sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the crystal structure of the Li3V2(PO4)3/C cores does not been affected by the coating. Nanolayer-structured MgO on the surface of Li3V2(PO4)3/C particles is demonstrated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Galvanostatic charge/discharge, EIS and cyclic voltammetry measurements clearly show that MgO nanocoating stabilizes the structure of the cathode material, decreases the interface charge transfer resistance and enhances the reversibility of electrode reaction. Electrochemical properties of the coated samples were investigated, showing enhancements of the initial discharge capacity, the cyclability and the rate performance. For MgO of 4.5 mol% coated sample, the initial discharge capacity is 194.4 mAh g-1 at 40 mA g-1 current density, which is close to the theoretical discharge capacity of 197 mAh g-1, and the discharge capacity remains 137.5 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles, and its capacity retention of 70.73% is higher than that of pristine Li3V2(PO4)3/C, 43.7%. The initial discharge capacity still reaches 157.81 mAh g-1, 157.29 mAh g-1 and 144.64 mAh g-1 at 1C, 1.5C, 2C rates, respectively.

  8. Simultaneous removal of elemental mercury and NO from flue gas by V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalysts

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    Zhang, Xunan; Li, Caiting; Zhao, Lingkui; Zhang, Jie; Zeng, Guangming; Xie, Yin'e.; Yu, Ming'e.

    2015-08-01

    A series of Ce-doped V2O5/TiO2 catalysts synthesized by an ultrasound assisted impregnation method were employed to investigate simultaneous removal of elemental mercury (Hg0) and NO in lab-scale experiments. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffractogram (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses were used to characterize the samples. Compared to TiO2 support, the catalytic performance of CeO2 doped on both TiO2 and V2O5/TiO2 catalysts have been improved. Remarkably, 1%V2O5-10% CeO2/TiO2 (V1Ce10Ti) exhibited the highest Hg0 oxidation efficiency of 81.55% at 250 °C with a desired NO removal efficiency under the same condition. Both the NO conversion and Hg0 oxidation efficiency were enhanced in the presence of O2. The activity was inhibited by the injection of NH3 with the increase of NH3/NO. When in the presence of 400 ppm SO2, Hg0 oxidation was slightly affected. Furthermore, Hg0 removal behavior under both oxidation and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) condition over V1Ce10Ti were well investigated to further probe into the feasibility of one single unit for multi-pollutants control in industry application. The existence of the redox cycle of V4+ + Ce4+ ↔ V5+ + Ce3+ in V2O5-CeO2/TiO2 catalyst could not only greatly improve the NO conversion, but also promote the oxidation of Hg0.

  9. Study comparing human papillomavirus (HPV) real-time multiplex PCR and Hybrid Capture II INNO-LiPA v2 HPV genotyping PCR assays.

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    Iftner, Thomas; Germ, Liesje; Swoyer, Ryan; Kjaer, Susanne Kruger; Breugelmans, J Gabrielle; Munk, Christian; Stubenrauch, Frank; Antonello, Joseph; Bryan, Janine T; Taddeo, Frank J

    2009-07-01

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA genotyping is an essential test to establish efficacy in HPV vaccine clinical trials and HPV prevalence in natural history studies. A number of HPV DNA genotyping methods have been cited in the literature, but the comparability of the outcomes from the different methods has not been well characterized. Clinically, cytology is used to establish possible HPV infection. We evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of HPV multiplex PCR assays compared to those of the testing scheme of the Hybrid Capture II (HCII) assay followed by an HPV PCR/line hybridization assay (HCII-LiPA v2). SurePath residual samples were split into two aliquots. One aliquot was subjected to HCII testing followed by DNA extraction and LiPA v2 genotyping. The second aliquot was shipped to a second laboratory, where DNA was extracted and HPV multiplex PCR testing was performed. Comparisons were evaluated for 15 HPV types common in both assays. A slightly higher proportion of samples tested positive by the HPV multiplex PCR than by the HCII-LiPA v2 assay. The sensitivities of the multiplex PCR assay relative to those of the HCII-LiPA v2 assay for HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18, for example, were 0.806, 0.646, 0.920, and 0.860, respectively; the specificities were 0.986, 0.998, 0.960, and 0.986, respectively. The overall comparability of detection of the 15 HPV types was quite high. Analyses of DNA genotype testing compared to cytology results demonstrated a significant discordance between cytology-negative (normal) and HPV DNA-positive results. This demonstrates the challenges of cytological diagnosis and the possibility that a significant number of HPV-infected cells may appear cytologically normal.

  10. Partial reconfiguration of a peripheral in an FPGA-based SoC to analyse performance-area behaviour

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    Cardona, Andres; Guo, Yi; Ferrer, Carles

    2011-05-01

    Systems on Chip (SoC) are present in a wide range of applications. This diversity in addition with the quantity of critical variables involved in their design process becomes it as a great challenging topic. FPGAs have consolidated as a preferred device to develop and prototype SoCs, and consequently Partial Reconfiguration (PR) has gained importance in this approach. Through PR it is possible to have a section of the FPGA operating, while other section is disabled and partially reconfigured to provide new functionality. In this way hardware resources can be time-multiplexed and therefore it is possible to reduce size, cost and power. In this case we focus on the implementation of a SoC, in an FPGA-based board, with one of its peripherals being a reconfigurable partition (RP). Inside this RP different hardware modules defined as reconfigurable modules (RM) can be configured. Thus, the system is suitable to have different hardware configurations depending on the application needs and FPGA limitations, while the rest of the system continues working. To this end a MicroBlaze soft-core processor is used in the system design and a Virtex-5 FPGA board is utilized to its implementations. A remote sensing application is used to explore the capabilities of this approach. Identifying the section(s) of the application suitable of being time-shared it is possible to define the RMs to place inside the RP. Different configurations were carried out and measurements of area were taken. Preliminary results of the performance-area utilisation are presented to validate the improvement in flexibility and resource usage.

  11. Reset-sensing quasi-V2 single-inductor multiple-output buck converter with reduced cross-regulation

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    Lee, ATL; Tan, SC; Hui, SYR; Chan, PCH; Sin, JKO

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a reset-sensing quasi-V2 single-inductor multiple-output (SIMO) converter with minimal cross-regulation. The conventional quasi-V2 sensing scheme in SIMO converters suffers from serious cross-regulation which is primarily induced by the load differentiation with unbalanced loads. It is shown that the proposed reset-sensing quasi-V2 control scheme can significantly reduce cross-regulation by completely discharging the feed-forward sensing node to zero volts during the idle ...

  12. ESR Characterization and Activity of V2O5/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts for Dehydrogenation of Isobutane

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    2002-01-01

    The ESR spectra of catalyst V2O5/γ-Al2O3 and its activity for the dehydrogenation of isobutane were investigated. On the basis of the results of the ESR spectroscopy associated with the TPR results, it is suggested that there is a strong interaction between V2O5 and γ-Al2O3 and the V4+ species on the surface is the active center of catalyst V2O5/γ-Al2O3 for this reaction.

  13. A Querying Method over RDF-ized Health Level Seven v2.5 Messages Using Life Science Knowledge Resources

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    KAWAZOE, YOSHIMASA; Imai,Takeshi; Ohe, Kazuhiko

    2016-01-01

    Background Health level seven version 2.5 (HL7 v2.5) is a widespread messaging standard for information exchange between clinical information systems. By applying Semantic Web technologies for handling HL7 v2.5 messages, it is possible to integrate large-scale clinical data with life science knowledge resources. Objective Showing feasibility of a querying method over large-scale resource description framework (RDF)-ized HL7 v2.5 messages using publicly available drug databases. Methods We dev...

  14. A simple method to retrospectively estimate patient dose-area product for chest tomosynthesis examinations performed using VolumeRAD

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    Båth, Magnus, E-mail: magnus.bath@vgregion.se; Svalkvist, Angelica [Department of Radiation Physics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg SE-413 45, Sweden and Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg SE-413 45 (Sweden); Söderman, Christina [Department of Radiation Physics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg SE-413 45 (Sweden)

    2014-10-15

    Purpose: The purpose of the present work was to develop and validate a method of retrospectively estimating the dose-area product (DAP) of a chest tomosynthesis examination performed using the VolumeRAD system (GE Healthcare, Chalfont St. Giles, UK) from digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data available in the scout image. Methods: DICOM data were retrieved for 20 patients undergoing chest tomosynthesis using VolumeRAD. Using information about how the exposure parameters for the tomosynthesis examination are determined by the scout image, a correction factor for the adjustment in field size with projection angle was determined. The correction factor was used to estimate the DAP for 20 additional chest tomosynthesis examinations from DICOM data available in the scout images, which was compared with the actual DAP registered for the projection radiographs acquired during the tomosynthesis examination. Results: A field size correction factor of 0.935 was determined. Applying the developed method using this factor, the average difference between the estimated DAP and the actual DAP was 0.2%, with a standard deviation of 0.8%. However, the difference was not normally distributed and the maximum error was only 1.0%. The validity and reliability of the presented method were thus very high. Conclusions: A method to estimate the DAP of a chest tomosynthesis examination performed using the VolumeRAD system from DICOM data in the scout image was developed and validated. As the scout image normally is the only image connected to the tomosynthesis examination stored in the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) containing dose data, the method may be of value for retrospectively estimating patient dose in clinical use of chest tomosynthesis.

  15. THE PERFORMANCE OF UPLAND RICE ESTABLISHED ON ALANG-ALANG DOMINATED AREA AFTER VARIOUS TECHNIQUES OF ALANG-ALANG CONTROL

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    Full Text Available Pot experiment to investigate the performance of upland rice in a previously alang-alang dominated area was conducted under greenhouse condition at BIOTROP, Bogor, Indonesia from November 1986 to May 1989. The treatments were factorially combined, replicated 5 times and randomized completely. The first factor was alang-alang control consisting of 5 different techniques, i.e. (1 glyphosate applied at 2.2 kg a.e./ha; (2 imazapyr applied at 1.5 kg a.e./ha; (3 dalapon applied twice at 7.4 + 7.4 kg a.i./ha; (4 slashing followed by soil cultivation; (5 slashing of alang-alang only; while the second factor was nitrogen fertilizer at 4 different levels, i.e. (1 0 kg N/ha, (2 60 kg N/ha, (3 120 kg N/ha given twice, 60 kg N/ha at planting time and 60 kg N/ha at 38 dap, (4 180 kg N/ha given twice, 90 kg N/ha at planting and 90 kg N/ha at 38 dap. Plant height (cm, tiller number/pot, productive tiller (%, panicle length (cm, spikelets/panicle, empty spikelet (%, weight 1000 grains (g and grain yield (ton/ha were observed. Upland rice grown with zero tillage technique using glyphosate (2.2 kg a.i./ha or dalapon (14.8 kg a.i./ha performed as good as or even better than manual cultivation. Imazapyr at 1.5 kg a.e./ha was phytotoxic to rice planted 1 month after spraying. The application of N fertilizer lower than 60 kg N/ha was not sufficient, but more than 60 kg N/ha was too high; it stimulated the production of too many tillers, with high percentage of unproductive tillers and empty grains.

  16. Synaptic Vesicle Tethering and the CaV2.2 Distal C-terminal

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    Fiona K Wong

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available . Evidence that synaptic vesicles (SVs can be gated by a single voltage sensitive calcium channel (CaV2.2 predict a molecular linking mechanism or ‘tether’[Stanley 1993]. Recent studies have proposed that the SV binds to the distal C-terminal on the CaV2.2 calcium channel [Kaeser et al. 2011;Wong, Li, and Stanley 2013] while genetic analysis proposed a double tether mechanism via RIM: directly to the C terminus PDZ ligand domain or indirectly via a more proximal proline rich site [Kaeser et al. 2011]. Using a novel in vitro SV-PD binding assay, we reported that SVs bind to a fusion protein comprising the C-terminal distal third (C3, aa 2137-2357 [Wong, Li, and Stanley 2013]. Here we limit the binding site further to the last 58 aa, beyond the proline rich site, by the absence of SV capture by a truncated C3 fusion protein (aa 2137-2299. To test PDZ-dependent binding we generated two C terminus-mutant C3 fusion proteins and a mimetic blocking peptide (H-WC, aa 2349-2357 and validated these by elimination of MINT-1 or RIM binding. Persistence of SV capture with all three fusion proteins or with the full length C3 protein but in the presence of the blocking peptide, demonstrated that SVs can bind to the distal C-terminal via a PDZ-independent mechanism. These results were supported in situ by normal SV turnover in H-WC-loaded synaptosomes, as assayed by a novel peptide cryoloading method. Thus, SVs tether to the CaV2.2 C-terminal within a 49 aa region immediately prior to the terminus PDZ ligand domain. Long tethers that could reflect extended C termini were imaged by electron microscopy of synaptosome ghosts. To fully account for SV tethering we propose a model where SVs are initially captured, or ‘grabbed’, from the cytoplasm by a binding site on the distal region of the channel C-terminal and are then retracted to be ‘locked’ close to the channel by a second attachment mechanism in preparation for single channel domain gating.

  17. 2013 Annual Summary Report for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites at the Nevada National Security Site, Nye County, Nevada; Review of the Performance Assessments and Composite Analyses

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    Shott, Gregory [NSTec

    2014-03-01

    The Maintenance Plan for the Performance Assessments and Composite Analyses for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites at the Nevada Test Site (National Security Technologies, LLC 2007a) requires an annual review to assess the adequacy of the performance assessments (PAs) and composite analyses (CAs), with the results submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management. The Disposal Authorization Statements for the Area 3 and Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Sites (RWMSs) also require that such reviews be made and that secondary or minor unresolved issues be tracked and addressed as part of the maintenance plan (DOE 1999a, 2000). The U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Field Office performed an annual review of the Area 3 and Area 5 RWMS PAs and CAs for fiscal year (FY) 2013. This annual summary report presents data and conclusions from the FY 2013 review, and determines the adequacy of the PAs and CAs. Operational factors (e.g., waste forms and containers, facility design, and waste receipts), closure plans, monitoring results, and research and development (R&D) activities were reviewed to determine the adequacy of the PAs. Likewise, the environmental restoration activities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) relevant to the sources of residual radioactive material that are considered in the CAs, the land-use planning, and the results of the environmental monitoring and R&D activities were reviewed to determine the adequacy of the CAs. Important developments in FY 2013 include the following: • Development of a new Area 5 RWMS closure inventory estimate based on disposals through FY 2013 • Evaluation of new or revised waste streams by special analysis • Development of version 4.115 of the Area 5 RWMS GoldSim PA/CA model The Area 3 RWMS has been in inactive status since July 1, 2006, with the last shipment received in April 2006. The FY 2013 review of operations

  18. The role of a detailed aqueous phase source release model in the LANL area G performance assessment

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    Vold, E.L.; Shuman, R.; Hollis, D.K. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    A preliminary draft of the Performance Assessment for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) low-level radioactive waste disposal facility at Area G is currently being completed as required by Department of Energy orders. A detailed review of the inventory data base records and the existing models for source release led to the development of a new modeling capability to describe the liquid phase transport from the waste package volumes. Nuclide quantities are sorted down to four waste package release categories for modeling: rapid release, soil, concrete/sludge, and corrosion. Geochemistry for the waste packages was evaluated in terms of the equilibrium coefficients, Kds, and elemental solubility limits, Csl, interpolated from the literature. Percolation calculations for the base case closure cover show a highly skewed distribution with an average of 4 mm/yr percolation from the disposal unit bottom. The waste release model is based on a compartment representation of the package efflux, and depends on package size, percolation rate or Darcy flux, retardation coefficient, and moisture content.

  19. Radiation damage features V-2.5Zr-0.35C alloy welds

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    We have carried out irradiation studies of base metal and welds of V-2.5Zr-0.35C alloy in the BOR-60 reactor in a 7Li environment at temperatures of 540 to 820 C for doses of 43-60 dpa. The welding was made by tungsten electrodes under Ar or He atmosphere. The welding zone is in the middle of the flat tensile specimens. The rupture of the specimens was in the base metal both before and after the irradiation while the radiation damage character of the welding zone differed drastically from the base metal. With the help of TEM investigation it was shown that during the irradiation, intensive precipitation of the fine phase occurred. This phase was of cubic type, presumably VC and/or ZrC, less than 5 nm in size and of 3.1016 cm-3 density. This should lead to significant strengthening and embrittlement of the welds under irradiation. (orig.)

  20. Phase Structural Characteristics of ZrV2 Thin Film Prepared by Magnetron Sputtering

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    XU Shi-Lin; SHI Li-Qun

    2005-01-01

    @@ The thin film metal hydride has become an emerging field of research in metal hydride batteries for its good mechanical and hydrogenation properties. ZrV2 thin films have been prepared using a dc magnetron sputtering method, and the phase structure is investigated. Only amorphous or crystalline Zr and V mixture phases are achieved when substrates are heated during either to 400℃ or to 550 ℃. The annealing causes segregation of Zr and V in the film induced by strain-driven diffusion and interdiffusion between substrate Mo and film elements at high temperature, which results in the formation of mixture phases of C14, C15, Zr and V, but the content of C15 phase is not higher compared with that in the bulk material.

  1. Thickness Measurement of V2O5 Nanometric Thin Films Using a Portable XRF

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    Fabio Lopes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanometric thin films have always been chiefly used for decoration; however they are now being widely used as the basis of high technology. Among the various physical qualities that characterize them, the thickness strongly influences their properties. Thus, a new procedure is hereby proposed and developed for determining the thickness of V2O5 nanometric thin films deposited on the glass surface using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (PXRF equipment and the attenuation of the radiation intensity Kα of calcium present in the glass. It is shown through the present paper that the radiation intensity of calcium Kα rays is proportional to film thickness in nanometric films of vanadium deposited on the glass surface.

  2. Electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of the K2SO4-V2O5 molten electrolyte

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    Schmidt, Douglas S.; Winnick, Jack; Boghosian, Soghomon;

    1999-01-01

    A 60 mol % K(2)SO(4)J/40 mol % V2O5 molten salt mixture was tested for electrochemical activity to determine its propensity for sulfate transport. Results of cyclic voltammetry showed a high electrochemical activity due likely to the reduction and oxidation of bulk, as opposed to minor, species...... of the eutectic mixture with SO2 a V(IV) and a V(III) compound, most probably K-4(VO)(3)(SO4)(5) and K3V(SO4)(3) were isolated, as evidenced from infrared and electron spin resonance spectroscopy. These compounds might be involved in the electrochemically observed plating and stripping reactions. (C) 1999...... The Electrochemical Society. S0013-4651(98)01-004-0. All rights reserved....

  3. Structural transition and orbital glass physics in near-itinerant CoV2O4

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    Reig-i-Plessis, D.; Casavant, D.; Garlea, V. O.; Aczel, A. A.; Feygenson, M.; Neuefeind, J.; Zhou, H. D.; Nagler, S. E.; MacDougall, G. J.

    2016-01-01

    The ferrimagnetic spinel CoV2O4 has been a topic of intense recent interest, both as a frustrated insulator with unquenched orbital degeneracy and as a near-itinerant magnet which can be driven metallic with moderate applied pressure. Here, we report on our recent neutron diffraction and inelastic scattering measurements on powders with minimal cation site disorder. Our main new result is the identification of a weak (Δ/a a ˜10-4 ), first order structural phase transition at T*=90 K, the same temperature where spin canting was seen in recent single crystal measurements. This transition is characterized by a short-range distortion of oxygen octahedral positions, and inelastic data further establish a weak Δ ˜1.25 meV spin gap at low temperature. Together, these findings provide strong support for the local orbital picture and the existence of an orbital glass state at temperatures below T*.

  4. Multi-Kinect v2 Camera Based Monitoring System for Radiotherapy Patient Safety.

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    Santhanam, Anand P; Min, Yugang; Kupelian, Patrick; Low, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    3D kinect camera systems are essential for real-time imaging of 3D treatment space that consists of both the patient anatomy as well as the treatment equipment setup. In this paper, we present the technical details of a 3D treatment room monitoring system that employs a scalable number of calibrated and coregistered Kinect v2 cameras. The monitoring system tracks radiation gantry and treatment couch positions, and tracks the patient and immobilization accessories. The number and positions of the cameras were selected to avoid line-of-sight issues and to adequately cover the treatment setup. The cameras were calibrated with a calibration error of 0.1 mm. Our tracking system evaluation show that both gantry and patient motion could be acquired at a rate of 30 frames per second. The transformations between the cameras yielded a 3D treatment space accuracy of < 2 mm error in a radiotherapy setup within 500mm around the isocenter. PMID:27046604

  5. Ion beam sputter deposition of V 2O 5 thin films

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    Gallasch, T.; Stockhoff, T.; Baither, D.; Schmitz, G.

    V 2O 5 thin films were deposited by means of dc-ion beam sputtering. To determine the influence of various deposition parameters, samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. Using electron energy loss spectroscopy, the oxidation state of vanadium was quantified based on the chemical shift of absorption edges. Measurement of in-plane direct current showed that the electronic conductivity varies over several orders of magnitude depending on the preparation conditions. The desired structure suitable for battery applications is achieved by sputtering under partial pressure of oxygen and suitable post-annealing under ambient atmosphere. Reversible intercalation of Li into the produced thin films was demonstrated.

  6. Structural and electronic properties of V2O3 ultrathin film on Ag(001): LEED and photoemission study

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    Kundu, Asish K.; Menon, Krishnakumar S. R.

    2016-05-01

    V2O3 ultrathin films were grown on Ag(001) substrate by reactive evaporation of vanadium (V) metal in presence of oxygen and their structural and electronic properties were studied by Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photo Electron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopic (ARPES) techniques, respectively. On top of square symmetry substrate Ag(001), hexagonal surface of V2O3 (0001) is stabilized in the form of two domain structure, rotated by 30°(or 90°)to each other, has been observed by LEED. Rather than epitaxial flat monolayer, formation of well-ordered V2O3 (0001) island has been confirmed from the LEED and the Photoemission Spectroscopic (PES) study. Stoichiometry of the grown film was confirmed by the XPS study. Evolution of valance band electronic structure of V2O3 (0001) surface has been studied as a function of film thickness by ARPES.

  7. Phase stability and defect structure of the C15 Laves phase Nb(Cr,V)2

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    Vanadium alloyed C15 Laves phase based on NbCr2 and phase equilibria in the Nb-Cr-V system have been studied, focusing on the physical metallurgy and defect structures of the C15 phase.Based on the Nb-Cr-V phase diagram established in this work, the defect structure/mechanism in the ternary C15 Laves phase is investigated using a combination of metallography, SEM/EDS, TEM/ALCHEMI, and X-ray powder diffraction. It is found that the C15 phase field of NbCr2 is extended by V alloying up to more than 3 at.% V and V substitutes exclusively on the Cr site instead of the Nb site, although the atomic sizes of the constituent elements indicate rCr V Nb. The lattice constants of the ternary C15 phase Nb(Cr,V)2 increase linearly with increasing V content. The electronic structure and total energy of the C15 intermetallic phase NbCr2 have been calculated using the linear muffin tin orbital (LMTO) method with the atomic sphere approximation (ASA). The electronic band structure and density of electronic states were obtained. The formation and stability of the ternary C15 Laves phase Nb(Cr,V)2, the defect structure/mechanism, and the compositional dependence of the lattice constants are elucidated using a combination of geometric and electronic considerations. These results indicate that the electronic factor may also play an important role, in addition to the atomic size rule, in determining the alloying behavior and the defect structure/mechanism of C15 Laves phases based on NbCr2

  8. Investigation of thermoelectric properties of ZnV2O4 compound at high temperatures

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    Singh, Saurabh; Maurya, R. K.; Pandey, Sudhir K.

    2016-10-01

    In the present work, we report the experimental thermopower (α) data for ZnV2O4 in the high temperature range 300-600 K. The values of α are found to be  ˜184 and  ˜126 μV K-1 at  ˜300 and  ˜600 K, respectively. The temperature dependent behavior of α is almost linear in the measured temperature range. In order to understand the large and positive α values observed in this compound, we have also investigated the electronic and thermoelectric properties by combining the ab initio electronic structure calculations with Boltzmann transport theory. Within the local spin density approximation plus Hubbard U, the anti-ferromagnetic ground state calculation gives an energy gap  ˜0.33 eV for U  =  3.7 eV, which is in accordance with the experimental results. The effective mass for holes in the valence band is found nearly four times that of electrons in the conduction band. The large effective mass of holes are mainly responsible for the observed positive and large α value in this compound. There is reasonably good matching between calculated and experimental α value in the temperature range 300-410 K. The power factor calculation shows that thermoelectric properties in the high temperature region can be enhanced by tuning the sample synthesis conditions and suitable doping. The estimated value of figure-of-merit, ZT, for p-type doped ZnV2O4 is  ˜0.3 in the temperature range 900-1400 K. It suggests that by an appropriate amount of p-type doping, this compound can be a good thermoelectric material in the high temperature region.

  9. Comparing forest fragmentation and its drivers in China and the USA with Globcover v2.2

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    Li, M.; Mao, L.; Zhou, C.; Vogelmann, J.E.; Zhu, Z.

    2010-01-01

    Forest loss and fragmentation are of major concern to the international community, in large part because they impact so many important environmental processes. The main objective of this study was to assess the differences in forest fragmentation patterns and drivers between China and the conterminous United States (USA). Using the latest 300-m resolution global land cover product, Globcover v2.2, a comparative analysis of forest fragmentation patterns and drivers was made. The fragmentation patterns were characterized by using a forest fragmentation model built on the sliding window analysis technique in association with landscape indices. Results showed that China's forests were substantially more fragmented than those of the USA. This was evidenced by a large difference in the amount of interior forest area share, with China having 48% interior forest versus the 66% for the USA. China's forest fragmentation was primarily attributed to anthropogenic disturbances, driven particularly by agricultural expansion from an increasing and large population, as well as poor forest management practices. In contrast, USA forests were principally fragmented by natural land cover types. However, USA urban sprawl contributed more to forest fragmentation than in China. This is closely tied to the USA's economy, lifestyle and institutional processes. Fragmentation maps were generated from this study, which provide valuable insights and implications regarding habitat planning for rare and endangered species. Such maps enable development of strategic plans for sustainable forest management by identifying areas with high amounts of human-induced fragmentation, which improve risk assessments and enable better targeting for protection and remediation efforts. Because forest fragmentation is a long-term, complex process that is highly related to political, institutional, economic and philosophical arenas, both nations need to take effective and comprehensive measures to mitigate the

  10. Can a pile of scrap unmask a new high technology? The A4/V-2 No V89 Bäckebo-torpeden

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    Ingemar Skoog, A.

    2013-04-01

    Three months before the first V-2 rocket attack on London a test vehicle crashed in southern Sweden on June 13, 1944. At this time the Allied only had limited knowledge about the rocket (A4/V-2) from agent reports and information from the Polish resistance investigating some remains from a crashed test vehicle in Poland. London was confronted with a new weapon supposedly able to carry an explosive warhead of several tons some 250 km. The A4/V-2 rocket test vehicle number V89 broke apart shortly before impacting ground. In a short time 2 t of metal parts and electrical equipment was collected and transported to Stockholm for investigations. A first Swedish report was ready by July 21, 1944 and the rocket parts were then transported to England for further investigations. By August 18, 1944 the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) had its preliminary report ready. But how close to reality can a complex vehicle be reconstructed and the performance calculated from a pile of scrap by investigators dealing with a technology not seen before? In the early 1940s the state of art of liquid propellant rocket technology outside Germany was limited and the size of a liquid rocket engine for the likely performance hardly imaginable. The Swedish and British reports, at that time classified as top secret, have since been released and permit a very detailed analysis of the task to reconstruct the rocket vehicle, the engine itself and its performance. An assessment of the occurrence at Peenemünde and how the rocket became astray and fell in southern Sweden, together with the analyses by Swedish and British military investigators give a unique insight into the true nature of the V89. It shows the real capabilities of early aeronautical accident investigation methods in combination with solid engineering knowledge to unmask a new high technology.

  11. 纳米V2O5/AC催化剂脱除烟气中NO的研究%Removal of NO in flue gas with nano V2O5/AC catalyst

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    杨娟娟; 强敏; 雷晶晶; 李维; 王欣

    2014-01-01

    以质量分数20%硝酸改性后的柱状活性焦(AC)为载体,通过负载水热法合成的带状纳米V2O5,制备出了带状纳米V2O5/AC催化剂(SV/AC).将SV/AC和传统浸渍法制备出的V2O5/AC催化剂进行脱硝催化性能测试比较,实验结果表明:在烟道温度为200℃,空速为6 000 L/(kg·h),体积分数ψ(NO)=0.05%,ψ(NH3)=0.05%,ψ(O2)=5%,N2为平衡气体,V2O5负载量(质量分数)为1%的条件下,SV/AC的脱硝率可达45.36%,较AC,NAC,V2O5/AC分别提高了39.5%,23.07%,8.04%.SEN和EDS发现SV/AC催化剂的表面孔隙结构较V2 O5/AC,NAC,AC更为发达,BET显示SV/AC的微孔率可达61.9%,较AC,NAC,V2 O5/AC分别增加了39.6%,4.3%,14.0%.在实验条件相同的情况下,研究了添加Cu,Fe,Mo,Ce的金属氧化物对带状纳米V2O5/AC催化剂脱除NO性能的影响.实验结果表明:添加了Fe2 O3后的带状纳米V2O5/AC催化剂的脱硝性能最佳,在Fe2 O3和纳米V2O5的负载量均为1.0%时,催化剂的脱硝率达到最大值,为49.72%,比SV/AC提高了4.36%.

  12. Bipartite bosonic modes and magnetic memory effects in superconducting Sr4V2O6Fe2As2

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    Lee, Jhinhwan; Choi, Seokhwan; Lee, Hyun Jung; Jang, Won-Jun; Ok, Jong Mok; Choi, Hyun Woo; Jung, Jin Oh; Son, Dong Hyun; Suh, Hwan Soo; Semertzidis, Yannis; Kim, Jun Sung

    Using a homemade variable temperature high field spin-polarized STM, we have performed spectroscopic-imaging STM measurement on the parent-state superconductor Sr4V2O6Fe2As2 with each unit cell composed of superconducting FeAs layer sandwiched by two nearly Mott-insulating Sr2VO3 layers. The hybridization between the localized V electrons and the itinerant Fe electrons causes electron transfer to the FeAs bands and generates a Gamma-centered electron pocket, as well as a Fano resonance at -18 meV with signature of Fano lattice. In the QPI measurement, we observed two distinct bosonic modes, i.e. the kinks and the partial replicas of the QPI dispersion with characteristic mode energies around 14 meV and 20 meV respectively, which agree with the self-energies due to two distinct electron-boson mode coupling functions in Migdal approximation. In spin-polarized STM mode, we observed atomic scale magnetic memory effect of the V atoms controlled with low energy (around 50 meV) spin-polarized tunneling current and used it to reveal underlying magnetic domains in the FeAs layer. Variable temperature spin-polarized STM measurements on some known antiferromagnetic materials will also be presented and discussed.

  13. MAO-synthesized Al2O3-supported V2O5 nano-porous catalysts: Growth, characterization, and photoactivity

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    V2O5-loaded Al2O3 layers were successfully grown via micro-arc oxidation (MAO) process for the first time. Surface morphology and topography of the layers were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). It was found that the composite layers had a porous structure with a rough surface which is suitable for catalytic applications. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques were also employed to study phase structure and chemical composition of the composite layers. The layers consisted of γ-alumina, α-alumina, and vanadium pentoxide phases in which their relative contents varied with the applied voltage. Meanwhile, optical properties of the composite layers were investigated using UV-vis spectrophotometry technique, and the band gap energy was calculated as 3.15 eV. Furthermore, photocatalytic performance of the synthesized composite layers was determined by measuring the decomposition rate of methylene blue solution, as a model compound, on the surface of the layers under ultra violet photo-irradiation. It was found that more than 91% of the methylene blue was degraded after 120 min with a rate constant of k = 0.0192 min-1.

  14. Simulation of nanoindentation experiment on RF magnetron sputtered nanocolumnar V2O5 film using finite element method

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    Porwal, Deeksha; Gupta, A. K.; Pillai, Anju M.; Sharma, Anand Kumar; Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kumar; Khan, Kallol; Dey, Arjun

    2016-07-01

    The present work reports the nanomechanical behavior of a pulsed radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtered vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) film deposited on silicon (Si) substrate using a combination of nanoindentation experiments and a finite element model (FEM). Deposited V2O5 film is characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), nanoprofilometry, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), nanoindentation and FEM. The phase pure 6.16 μm V2O5 film shows a nanocolumnar structure. The film exhibits nanohardness (H) of 0.16 ± 0.013 GPa and Young’s modulus (E) of about 12.05 ± 1.41 GPa. The FEM reproduces experimentally obtained load versus depth (P-h) plot and subsequently give yield stress and strain hardening component data of V2O5 film on Si substrate. Stress-strain behavior and von-Mises stress distribution of the V2O5 film with Si substrate system are also simulated. The FE model confirms the local maximum equivalent stress active underneath the nanoindenters to be nearly twice as high as the yield stress and thereby explains the plastic deformation observed in the V2O5 film.

  15. Preparation and characterization of the TiO2-V2O5 photocatalyst with visible-light activity

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    LIU Jianhua; YANG Rong; LI Songmei

    2006-01-01

    Visible-light responsive TiO2-V2O5 catalyst was prepared using a binary sol-gel and in-situ intercalation method.The TiO2 sol and V2O5 sol were mixed to disperse the V2O5 species in the TiO2 phase at molecular level. The binary sol was then intercalated into interspaces of polyaniline (PANI) by means of in-situ polymerization of aniline. Conglomeration of the TiO2-V2O5 clusters during the calcination process was avoided because of the wrap of polyaniline. The surface morphology, the crystal phases, the stmcture, and the absorption spectra of (PANI)n/TiO2-V2O5 and the composite catalyst were studied using SEM, XRD, FI-IR, and UV-Vis. The photoactivity of the prepared catalyst under UV and visible light irradiation were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue (MB) solution. The results showed that the composite catalyst displayed a homogeneous anatase phase, and the vanadium pentoxide species was highly dispersed in the TiO2 phase. The composite catalyst responded to visible light because of the narrowed band gap. In this study, the catalyst with the sol volume ratio of TiO2: V2O5 = 10:1 presented the best photocatalytic activity.

  16. Effects of process parameters on the optical constants of highly textured V2O5 thin films

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    Atuchin, V. V.; Kochubey, V. A.; Pokrovsky, L. D.; Kruchinin, V. N.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-09-01

    The optical properties of the highly-textured V2O5 thin-films grown on Si(100) by sputter-deposition at various oxygen reactive-pressures were investigated in detail. The profiles of the optical constants, namely the refractive index and extinction coefficient, of V2O5 films were evaluated in the photon-energy range of 1-5 eV. At photon-energy above 2.5 eV, the dispersion behavior in optical constants is explained based on Lorentz-Drude model. The refractive index dispersion fits to a Cauchy's relation at photon-energy below 2.5 eV, where the V2O5-film is mostly transparent. The optical transitions across the bandgap occur at energy ˜2.5-3.2 eV depending on the V2O5 growth conditions and film-microstructure. The highly-textured and c-axis oriented V2O5-films, fabricated under optimum conditions of temperature and oxygen partial pressure, exhibit excellent optical characteristics similar to V2O5 single crystals.

  17. Structure of HIV-1 gp120 V1/V2 domain with broadly neutralizing antibody PG9

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    McLellan, Jason S.; Pancera, Marie; Carrico, Chris; Gorman, Jason; Julien, Jean-Philippe; Khayat, Reza; Louder, Robert; Pejchal, Robert; Sastry, Mallika; Dai, Kaifan; O’Dell, Sijy; Patel, Nikita; Shahzad-ul-Hussan, Syed; Yang, Yongping; Zhang, Baoshan; Zhou, Tongqing; Zhu, Jiang; Boyington, Jeffrey C.; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; Diwanji, Devan; Georgiev, Ivelin; Kwon, Young Do; Lee, Doyung; Louder, Mark K.; Moquin, Stephanie; Schmidt, Stephen D.; Yang, Zhi-Yong; Bonsignori, Mattia; Crump, John A.; Kapiga, Saidi H.; Sam, Noel E.; Haynes, Barton F.; Burton, Dennis R.; Koff, Wayne C.; Walker, Laura M.; Phogat, Sanjay; Wyatt, Richard; Orwenyo, Jared; Wang, Lai-Xi; Arthos, James; Bewley, Carole A.; Mascola, John R.; Nabel, Gary J.; Schief, William R.; Ward, Andrew B.; Wilson, Ian A.; Kwong, Peter D. (UWASH); (NIH); (Scripps); (Duke); (IAVI); (Maryland-MED)

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    Variable regions 1 and 2 (V1/V2) of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) gp120 envelope glycoprotein are critical for viral evasion of antibody neutralization, and are themselves protected by extraordinary sequence diversity and N-linked glycosylation. Human antibodies such as PG9 nonetheless engage V1/V2 and neutralize 80% of HIV-1 isolates. Here we report the structure of V1/V2 in complex with PG9. V1/V2 forms a four-stranded {beta}-sheet domain, in which sequence diversity and glycosylation are largely segregated to strand-connecting loops. PG9 recognition involves electrostatic, sequence-independent and glycan interactions: the latter account for over half the interactive surface but are of sufficiently weak affinity to avoid autoreactivity. The structures of V1/V2-directed antibodies CH04 and PGT145 indicate that they share a common mode of glycan penetration by extended anionic loops. In addition to structurally defining V1/V2, the results thus identify a paradigm of antibody recognition for highly glycosylated antigens, which - with PG9 - involves a site of vulnerability comprising just two glycans and a strand.

  18. Comparative study of the thermal and redox behaviour of alkali-promoted V2O5 catalysts

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    Alkali-promoted V2O5 catalysts M-V2O5 (M=Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs) synthesised by impregnation of V2O5 with alkali sulfate solution have been investigated under inert and reducing atmosphere using thermoanalytical methods (TG/DTA, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR)). Pure V2O5 was used for comparison. Whereas in Li- and Na-promoted catalysts only V2O5 as crystalline phase could be detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD), the K-, Rb-, and Cs-promoted catalysts additionally contain the vanadate phase MV3O8. The surface acidity (Broensted- and Lewis-sites) as well as the starting temperature of the hydrogen consumption decrease with increasing size of the alkali cation. The reduction of the K-, Rb-, and Cs-promoted catalysts leads to the formation of bronze-like phases besides V2O5 at relative low temperatures. The bronze phases stabilise the V4+ oxidation state and improve the redox properties. A characteristic splitting and shifting of the ν(V=O) mode in the FTIR spectrum indicates the formation of V4+ in the different bronze phases. The favoured formation of bronze-like phases especially under reducing conditions enhances the release of SO2 at lower temperatures, the formation of H2S can be neglected

  19. Structures of HIV-1-Env V1V2 with broadly neutralizing antibodies reveal commonalities that enable vaccine design

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    Gorman, Jason; Soto, Cinque; Yang, Max M.; Davenport, Thaddeus M.; Guttman, Miklos; Bailer, Robert T.; Chambers, Michael; Chuang, Gwo-Yu; DeKosky, Brandon J.; Doria-Rose, Nicole A.; Druz, Aliaksandr; Ernandes, Michael J.; Georgiev, Ivelin S.; Jarosinski, Marissa C.; Joyce, M. Gordon; Lemmin, Thomas M.; Leung, Sherman; Louder, Mark K.; McDaniel, Jonathan R.; Narpala, Sandeep; Pancera, Marie; Stuckey, Jonathan; Wu, Xueling; Yang, Yongping; Zhang, Baoshan; Zhou, Tongqing; Mullikin, James C.; Baxa, Ulrich; Georgiou, George; McDermott, Adrian B.; Bonsignori, Mattia; Haynes, Barton F.; Moore, Penny L.; Morris, Lynn; Lee, Kelly K.; Shapiro, Lawrence; Mascola, John R.; Kwong, Peter D.

    2016-01-01

    Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against HIV-1-Env V1V2 arise in multiple donors. However, atomic-level interactions had only been determined with antibodies from a single donor, making commonalities in recognition uncertain. Here we report the co-crystal structure of V1V2 with antibody CH03 from a second donor and model Env interactions of antibody CAP256-VRC26 from a third. These V1V2-directed bNAbs utilized strand-strand interactions between a protruding antibody loop and a V1V2 strand, but differed in their N-glycan recognition. Ontogeny analysis indicated protruding loops to develop early, with glycan interactions maturing over time. Altogether, the multidonor information suggested V1V2-directed bNAbs to form an ‘extended class’, for which we engineered ontogeny-specific antigens: Env trimers with chimeric V1V2s that interacted with inferred ancestor and intermediate antibodies. The ontogeny-based design of vaccine antigens described here may provide a general means for eliciting antibodies of a desired class. PMID:26689967

  20. Field-scale model for the natural attenuation of uranium at the Hanford 300 area using high performance computing

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    Lichtner, Peter C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hammond, Glenn E [PNNL

    2009-01-01

    Three-dimensional reactive flow and transport simulations are carried out to better understand the persistence of uranium [U(VI)] at the Hanford 300 Area bordering the Columbia River. The massively parallel code PFLOTRAN developed under a DOE SciDAC-2 project is employed in the simulations. The calculations were carried out on 4096 processor cores on ORNL's Jaguar XT4 & 5 Cray supercomputers with run times on the order of 6 hours, equivalent to several years if performed on a single processor with sufficient memory. A new conceptual model is presented for understanding present-day and future attenuation rates of U(VI) at the 300 Area site. Unique to the conceptual model is the recognition of three distinct phases in the evolution of the site corresponding to: (I) initial emplacement of waste; (II) present-day conditions of slow leaching of U(VI) from the Hanford sediments; and (III) the complete removal of non-labile U(VI) from the source region. This work focuses on Phase II. Both labile and non-labile forms of U(VI) are included in the model as sorbed and mineralized forms of U(VI), respectively. The non-labile form plays an important role in providing a long-term source of U(VI) as it slowly leaches out of the Hanford sediment. Rapid fluctuations in the Columbia River stage on hourly, weekly and seasonal time scales are found to' playa major role in determining the migration behavior of U(VI). The calculations demonstrate that U(VI) is released into the Columbia River at a highly fluctuating rate in a ratchet-like behavior with nonzero U(VI) flux occurring only during flow from contaminated sediment into the river. The cumulative flux, however, is found to increase approximately linearly with time. The flow rate and U(VI) flux into the Columbia River predicted by the model is highly sensitive to the value used in the conductance boundary condition at the river-sediment interface. By fitting the conductance to the measured piezometric head at well 399