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  1. Orientation domain diversity in macaque area V2

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    Roe, Anna

    2014-01-01

    Benjamin M Ramsden,1 Chou P Hung,2 Anna Wang Roe3 1Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA; 2Department of Neuroscience, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA; 3Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA Abstract: Single orientation domains in primary (V1) and second (V2) visual cortical areas are known to encode the orientation of visual contours. However, the visual world contains multiple and com...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. [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

  6. Projections to early visual areas V1 and V2 in the calcarine fissure from parietal association areas in the macaque.

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    Elena Borra

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Non-extrastriate projections to area V1 in monkeys, now demonstrated by several anatomical studies, are potential substrates of physiologically documented multisensory effects in primary sensory areas. The full network of projections among association and primary areas, however, is likely to be complex and is still only partially understood. In the present report, we used the anterograde tracer biotinylated dextran amine to investigate projections to areas V1 and V2 from subdivisions of the parietal association cortex in macaque. Parietal cortex was chosen to allow comparisons between projections from this higher association area and from other previously reported areas. In addition, we were interested in further elucidating pathways to areas V1 and V2 from parietal areas, as potentially contributing to attention and active vision. Of eight cases, three brains had projections only to area V2, and the five others projected to both areas V1 and V2. Terminations in area V1 were sparse. These were located in supragranular layers I, II, upper III; occasionally in IVB; and in layer VI. Terminations in V2 were denser, and slightly more prevalent in the supragranular layers. For both areas, terminations were in the calcarine region, corresponding to the representation of the peripheral visual field. By reconstructions of single axons, we demonstrated that four of nine axons had collaterals, either to V1 and V2 (n=1 or to area V1 and a ventral area likely to be TEO (n=3. In area V1, axons extended divergently in layer VI as well as layer I. Overall, these and previous results suggest a nested connectivity architecture, consisting of multiple direct and indirect recurrent projections from association areas to area V1. Terminations in area V1 are not abundant, but could be potentiated by the network of indirect connections.

  7. 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.

  8. Grid Interconnection and Performance Testing Procedures for Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) Power Electronics: Preprint

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    Kramer, W.; Chakraborty, S.; Kroposki, B.; Hoke, A.; Martin, G.; Markel, T.

    2012-03-01

    Bidirectional power electronics can add vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability in a plug-in vehicle, which then allows the vehicle to operate as a distributed resource (DR). The uniqueness of the battery-based V2G power electronics requires a test procedure that will not only maintain IEEE interconnection standards, but can also evaluate the electrical performance of the vehicle working as a DR. The objective of this paper is to discuss a recently published NREL technical report that provides interim test procedures for V2G vehicles for their integration into the electrical distribution systems and for their performance in terms of continuous output power, efficiency, and losses. Additionally, some other test procedures are discussed that are applicable to a V2G vehicle that desires to provide power reserve functions. A few sample test results are provided based on testing of prototype V2G vehicles at NREL.

  9. 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。

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Electrochromic performance of sol-gel deposited V2O5:Ta films

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    Vanadium and tantalum-doped vanadium pentoxide, V2O5 and V2O5:Ta thin films (2.5 and 5 mol% of Ta) were prepared using sol-gel dip coating technique. The coating solutions were prepared by reacting vanadium (V) oxytripropoxide and tantalum ethoxide (V) as precursors using anhydrous isopropyl alcohol as solvent. The films were deposited on a transparent glass substrate with ITO conducting film by dip coating technique, with a withdrawal of 20 cm/min from the vanadium-tantalum solution and thermally treated at 300 deg. C for 1 h. The resulting films were characterized by cyclic voltammetry, optical spectroscopy and by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The morphology of the films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The feasibility for use of these electrodes as ion storage for electrochromic devices was investigated

  13. 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

  14. 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

  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

    2016-07-01

    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.

  16. Preparation and room temperature NO2-sensing performances of porous silicon/V2O5 nanorods

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    Wen-Jun, Yan; Ming, Hu; Ji-Ran, Liang; Deng-Feng, Wang; Yu-Long, Wei; Yu-Xiang, Qin

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, porous silicon/V2O5 nanorod composites are prepared by a heating process of as-sputtered V film on porous silicon (PS) at 600 °C for different times (15, 30, and 45 min) in air. The morphologies and crystal structures of the samples are investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), x-ray diffractometer (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectrum (RS). An improved understanding of the growth process of V2O5 nanorods on PS is presented. The gas sensing properties of samples are measured for NO2 gas of 0.25 ppm∼3 ppm at 25 °C. We investigate the effects of the annealing time on the NO2-sensing performances of the samples. The sample obtained at 600 °C for 30 min exhibits a very strong response and fast response-recovery rate to ppm level NO2, indicating a p-type semiconducting behavior. The XPS analysis reveals that the heating process for 30 min produces the biggest number of oxygen vacancies in the nanorods, which is highly beneficial to gas sensing. The significant NO2 sensing performance of the sample obtained at 600 °C for 30 min probably is due to the strong amplification effect of the heterojunction between PS and V2O5 and a large number of oxygen vacancies in the nanorods. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61271070, 61274074, and 61574100).

  17. 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

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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. PMID:22169236

  3. 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...

  4. Low temperature electrochemical performance of β-LixV2O5 cathode for lithium-ion batteries

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    The low temperature electrochemical behavior of β-LixV2O5 as cathode material was investigated by galvanostatic charge/discharge test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The β-LixV2O5 cathode exhibited unusual high capacity retention ratio upon 100 cycles under subzero temperatures: 88.6% at −40 °C, 79.5% at −20 °C, and 82.3% at 0 °C while only 55.0% at room temperature. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results indicate that the charge-transfer resistance increases sharply and the lithium diffusion coefficient decreases gradually as temperature dropping to −40 °C. According to Randles plot and Arrhenius equation, the activation energies for charge-transfer and solid-state lithium diffusion at 20% state of charge are 43.28 and 47.96 kJ mol−1, respectively, suggesting that the electrochemical process dynamics of the β-LixV2O5 electrode is controlled by the sluggish charge-transfer kinetics as well as solid-state ionic diffusion

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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%....

  8. 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.

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

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    B. van Werkhoven

    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.

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

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    B. van Werkhoven

    2014-02-01

    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. Enhanced high-rate performance of manganese substituted Na3V2(PO4)3/C as cathode for sodium-ion batteries

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    Klee, R.; Lavela, P.; Aragón, M. J.; Alcántara, R.; Tirado, J. L.

    2016-05-01

    Composites with general stoichiometry Na3V2-xMnx(PO4)3/C (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.7) have been evaluated as cathode materials in sodium-ion batteries. The sol-gel method here employed favors the formation of a homogeneously dispersed carbon conductive phase. XRD patterns show a limited solubility of Mn in the NASICON structure. The substitution of 0.3-0.5 manganese per formula unit promotes the formation of a homogeneous composite. XPS spectra evidence an effective substitution of V3+ by Mn3+. Galvanostatic cycling of sodium half-cell reveal a plateau at 3.4 V ascribable to the V4+/V3+ redox couple. A small and reversible plateau at ca. 3.85 V is also observed for x ≥ 0.3, and ascribed to the activation of the V5+/V4+ redox couple, according to XPS spectroscopy. Ex-situ XRD patterns NayV1.7Mn0.3(PO4)3 evidence the occurrence of a reversible two phase mechanism of sodium insertion. An optimized performance is achieved for Na3V1.7Mn0.3(PO4)3/C, reaching a capacity value of 104 mA h g-1 at C/2 and 92 mA h g-1 at 2C. It is ascribed to the optimal morphology, leading to low internal resistance and favorable electrode-electrolyte interphase.

  15. 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 the...... plasma) anode buffer layer. The improved PCE is ascribed to the greatly improved fill factor and enhanced short-circuit current density of the devices, which benefited from the change in the work function of V2O5, a surface with many dangling bonds for better interfacial contact, and the excellent charge...

  16. 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.; Fehrmann, Rasmus

    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 selectiv...

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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

    2016-03-30

    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. PMID:26979421

  2. 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

  3. Euro Area Export Performance and Competitiveness

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    Jarkko Turunen; Richard T. Harmsen; Tamim Bayoumi

    2011-01-01

    Concerns about export growth within the euro area peripheral countries due to a lack of competitiveness within the euro area are a key policy issue. Our analysis suggests that: (i) Long-term price elasticities for intra-euro area exports are at least double those for extra-euro area exports, so traditional real effective exchange rate indexes may overstate the effectiveness of euro depreciation in restoring exports growth in the euro area periphery and; (ii) There are surprisingly wide diverg...

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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....

  8. 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

  9. Performance of large area Micro Pixel Chamber

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    Nagayoshi, T.; Kubo, H.; Miuchi, K; Ochi, A.; Orito, R.; Takada, A; Tanimori, T.; Ueno, M

    2003-01-01

    A novel gaseous two-dimensional imaging detector "Micro Pixel Chamber (micro-PIC)" has been developed. This detector is based on double sided printed circuit board (PCB). We have developed large area (10cm x 10cm) micro-PICs with 65536 pixel anodes of 400um pitch on a 100um thick insulating substrate. Achieved energy resolution was 30% (FWHM) at 5.9keV, and a gas gain of 7000 was obtained with argon ethane (8:2) gas mixture. This gain is high enough to detect minimum ionizing particles with s...

  10. 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...

  11. 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

  12. Performance of large area Micro Pixel Chamber

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    Nagayoshi, T; Miuchi, K; Ochi, A; Orito, R; Takada, A; Tanimori, T; Ueno, M

    2003-01-01

    A novel gaseous two-dimensional imaging detector "Micro Pixel Chamber (micro-PIC)" has been developed. This detector is based on double sided printed circuit board (PCB). We have developed large area (10cm x 10cm) micro-PICs with 65536 pixel anodes of 400um pitch on a 100um thick insulating substrate. Achieved energy resolution was 30% (FWHM) at 5.9keV, and a gas gain of 7000 was obtained with argon ethane (8:2) gas mixture. This gain is high enough to detect minimum ionizing particles with such a small electrode pitch. Although several discharges occurred during 65 hours continuous operation, the detectors have kept stable operation with high gain. The micro-PIC is a useful detector for many applications e.g. X-ray, gamma ray, and charged particle imaging. The micro electrode structure allows us to measure directions of primary electrons due to incident X-rays or gamma rays, which provide a strong method for X-ray polarimetry and gamma-ray imaging.

  13. 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

  14. Performance characteristics of large area electron accelerators

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    The performance characteristics of planar electron accelerators using hot cathodes, and operating in the 150 to 500 kilovolt range will be reviewed. Self-shielded units utilizing barium dispenser cathodes capable of providing variable pulse width (10-3 to 10-6 secs) at variable repetition frequency, with peak window current densities to 15 mA/cm2 are discussed. Some of the problems peculiar to the diagnosis of these relatively low energy beams will be reviewed with attention to the limitations of available thin film dosimeters suitable for this energy regime. The use of these techniques for the determination of beam quality differences between beams generated by these systems and comparable cold-cathode units will be discussed. In addition to the plasma physics applications of these energy sources, a number of processes of industrial interest involving cw initiation of chemical reactions have been commercialized over the past two years. The high energy efficiency offered by these all electric systems as compared with their thermal counterparts has generated increasing interest in these energy sources since the crisis of 1973. Self-shielded units up to 1.4 meters long and rated at 200 kV continuous operation at 20 kW will be described. Some of the problems peculiar to the introduction of this type of energy source into the non-laboratory environment will be treated, with discussion of federal and state regulations affecting their use

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.)

  18. Color-Space-Based Visual-MIMO for V2X Communication †

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

    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 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. PMID:27120603

  19. 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].

  20. 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.

  1. V2O5/Mesoporous Carbon Composite as a Cathode Material for Lithium-ion Batteries

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    ABSTRACT: V2O5/mesoporous carbon composite has been prepared by an ultrasonically assisted method followed by a sintering process. The as-prepared V2O5/mesoporous carbon material containing 90 wt% V2O5 shows better electrochemical performance, with capacity of 163 mA h g−1 after 100 cycles at the current density of 500 mA g−1, as well as better charge/discharge rate capability for lithium storage than V2O5 nanoparticles. The improved electrochemical performance indicates that the V2O5/mesoporous carbon composite could be used as a promising cathode material for lithium ion batteries

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. When Swedes Begin to Learn German: From V2 to V2

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    Bohnacker, Ute

    2006-01-01

    This article investigates verb placement, especially Verb second (V2), in post-puberty second language (L2) learners of two closely related Germanic V2 languages: Swedish and German. Hakansson, "et al." (2002) have adduced data from first language (L1) Swedish-speaking learners of German in support of the claim that the syntactic property of V2

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Melt sonoquenching: an affective process to obtain new hybrid material and achieve enhanced electrochromic performances based on V2O5/2,4,5-tris(1-methyl- 4-pyridinium)-imidazolide tetrafluoroborate nanofibers

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    Hybrid electrochromic materials are a very important class of compounds, because they enable new and/or better optical and electrochemical properties to be unfolded. This paper reports the synthesis of the new V2O5.1.26H2O([C3N2(C6H7N)3])0.07 using the combination of two traditional methods, melting quenching and sonochemistry. The new material was characterized by several methods in order to verify the physical and chemical characteristics and its possible use as an electrochromic electrode. The organic guest provokes an interlayer spacing decrease of the inorganic matrix and the electrostatic interaction between the oxo groups of the V2O5 matrix and the pyridinium rings of the organic guest demonstrate a strong interaction. The new hybrid nanostructure presented good reversibility and cyclability during 50 cycles, electrochromic efficiency of 22 cm2 C-1 (410 nm) and 96 % color retention after 50 cycles of color changing. (author)'

  11. 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...

  12. Materials balance area Custodian Performance Evaluation Program at PNL

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    The material balance area (MBA) custodian has primary responsibility for control and accountability of nuclear material within an MBA. In this role, the custodian operates as an extension of the facility material control and accountability (MC ampersand A) organization. To effectively meet administrative requirements and protection needs, the custodian must be fully trained in all aspects of MC ampersand A related to the MBA, and custodian performance must be periodically evaluated. DOE Policy requires that each facility provide for a program which assures that each facility provide for a program which assures that personnel performing MC ampersand A functions are (1) trained and/or qualified to perform their duties and responsibilities and (2) knowledgeable of requirements and procedures related to their functions. The MBA Custodian Performance Evaluation Program at PNL uses a variety of assessment techniques to meet this goal, including internal and independent MBA audits, periodic custodian testing, conduct of limited scope performance tests, daily monitoring of MC ampersand A documentation, and reviewing custodian performance during physical inventories. The data collected from these sources is analyzed and incorporated into an annual custodian performance evaluation document, given to each custodian and line management. Development of this program has resulted in significantly improved custodian performance and a marked decrease in finding and observations identified during MBA audits

  13. 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.

  14. Material balance area custodian performance evaluation program at PNL

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    This paper reports that the material balance area (MBA) custodian has primary responsibility for control and accountability of nuclear material within an MBA. In this role, the custodian operates as an extension of the facility material control and accountability (MC and A) organization. To effectively meet administrative requirements and protection needs, the custodian must be fully trained in all aspects of MC and A related to the MBA, and custodian performance must be periodically evaluated. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Policy requires that each facility provide for a program which ensures that personnel performing MC and A functions are trained and/or qualified to perform their duties and responsibilities and knowledgeable of requirements and procedures related to their functions. the MBA Custodian Performance Evaluation Program at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) uses a variety of assessment techniques to meet this goal, including internal and independent MBA audits, periodic custodian testing, limited scope performance tests, daily monitoring of MC and A documentation, and reviewing custodian performance during physical inventories

  15. Improved stability of electrochromic devices using Ti-doped V2O5 film

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Ti-doped V2O5 films were created by spin coating a solution on glass. • Adding Ti distorted V2O5 layers structure, proving more free space for Li+ movement. • Doped V2O5 demonstrated better stability and higher transmittance than pure V2O5. • Electrochromic device with optimized doped film exhibited excellent cyclic stability. • Electrochromic device with doped film demonstrated a good memory effect. - Abstract: Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is a promising material for constructing electrochromic devices, due to its outstanding properties of lithium ion intercalation/deintercalation. However, its poor cyclic stability limits practical applications. We report here that V2O5 films gain significantly improved cyclic stability by doping with titanium (Ti) and perform well in WO3-based electrochromic devices. V2O5 films were fabricated by spin coating with a vanadium triisopropoxy oxide solution followed by heat treatment. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that introducing the Ti element reduces the crystallinity of a V2O5 film and distorts its layer structure. The cyclic stability of the V2O5 films increases as the doped Ti content increases. The electrochromic device assembled with an optimized V2O5 electrode (V:Ti = 2:1) has lasted 200,000 cyclic switching times between the lowest (2%) and highest (62%) transmittance with no significant degradation of performance

  16. 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...

  17. Low-temperature performance of a large area avalanche photodiode

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    A Large Area Avalanche Photodiode was studied, aiming to access its performance as light detector at low temperatures, down to -80 deg. C. The excess noise factor, F, was measured and found to be approximately independent of the temperature. A linear dependence of F on the APD gain with a slope of 0.00239±0.00008 was observed for gains >100. The detection of low intensity light pulses, producing only a few primary electron-hole pairs in the photodiode, is reported

  18. The Representation of Orientation in Macaque V2: Four Stripes Not Three.

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    Felleman, Daniel J; Lim, Heejin; Xiao, Youping; Wang, Yi; Eriksson, Anastasia; Parajuli, Arun

    2015-09-01

    Area V2 of macaque monkeys is traditionally thought to consist of 3 distinct functional compartments with characteristic cortical connections and functional properties. Orientation selectivity is one property that has frequently been used to distinguish V2 stripes, however, this receptive field property has been found in a high percentage of neurons across V2 compartments. Using quantitative intrinsic cortical imaging, we derived maps of preferred orientation, orientation selectivity, and orientation gradient in thin stripes, thick stripes, and interstripes in area V2. Orientation-selective responses were found in each V2 stripe, but the magnitude and organization of orientation selectivity differed significantly from stripe to stripe. Remarkably, the 2 pale stripes flanking each cytochrome oxidase dense stripe differed significantly in their representation of orientation resulting in their distinction as type-I and type-II interstripes. V2 orientation maps are characterized by clockwise and anticlockwise "orientation pinwheels", but unlike V1, they are not homogeneously distributed across V2. Furthermore, V2 stripes contain large-scale sequences of preferred orientation. These analyses demonstrate that V2 consists of 4 distinct functional compartments; thick stripes and type-II interstripes, which are strongly orientation selective and thin stripes and type-I interstripes, which are significantly less selective for orientation and exhibit larger orientation gradient magnitudes. PMID:24614951

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Performance of high-velocity oxyfuel-sprayed coatings on an fe-based superalloy in Na2SO4-60%V2O5 environment at 900 °C Part I: Characterization of the coatings

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    Sidhu, T. S.; Prakash, S.; Agrawal, R. D.

    2006-02-01

    This article demonstrates the successful formulation of NiCrBSi, Cr3C2-NiCr, Ni-20Cr, and Stellite-6 coatings on an Fe-based superalloy by a high-velocity oxyfuel (HVOF) process for hot corrosion applications. The microstructure, porosity, coating thickness, phase formation, and microhardness properties of the coatings have been characterized using the combined techniques of optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. A microhardness tester was used to determine the hardness of the coatings. The coatings in general exhibit characteristic splat-like, layered morphologies due to the deposition and resolidification of successive molten or semimolten powder particles. The NiCrBSi, Cr3C2-NiCr, and Ni-20Cr coatings have shown a nickel-base face-centered cubic (fcc) structure as a principal phase, whereas Stellite-6 coating has an fcc Co-rich metallic matrix. Oxides/spinel oxides are formed in small fraction as intersplat lamellae or globules oriented parallel to the substrate surface. Coatings possess some unmelted/partially melted particles, inclusions, and porosity less than 2%. The microhardness of the coatings is found to be higher than the superalloys. The Cr3C2-NiCr coating has indicated a maximum microhardness of 990 Hv, while a Ni-20Cr coating has shown a minimum value of about 600 Hv. This article is focused on the characterization of HVOF coatings. The hot corrosion behavior of these coatings in a molten salt (Na2SO4-60%V2O5) environment at 900 °C under cyclic conditions is being presented as part II included in this issue.

  4. The PLTEMP V2.1 code

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    Recent improvements to the computer code PLTEMP/ANL V2.1 are described. A new iterative, error-minimization solution technique is used to obtain the thermal distribution both within each fuel plate, and along the axial length of each coolant channel. A new, radial geometry solution is available for tube-type fuel assemblies. Software comparisons of these and other new models are described. Applications to Russian-designed IRT-type research reactors are described. (author)

  5. Detection and quantitation of HBV DNA in miniaturized samples: multi centre study to evaluate the performance of the COBAS ® AmpliPrep/COBAS ® TaqMan ® hepatitis B virus (HBV) test v2.0 by the use of plasma or serum specimens.

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    Berger, Annemarie; Gohl, Peter; Stürmer, Martin; Rabenau, Holger Felix; Nauck, Markus; Doerr, Hans Wilhelm

    2010-11-01

    Laboratory analysis of blood specimens is an increasingly important tool for rapid diagnosis and control of therapy. So, miniaturization of test systems is needed, but reduced specimens might impair test quality. For rapid detection and quantitation of HBV DNA, the COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HBV test has proved a robust instrument in routine diagnostic services. The test system has been modified recently for application of reduced samples of blood plasma and for blood serum, too. The performance of this modified COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HBV v2.0 (HBV v2.0 (this test is currently not available in the USA)) test was evaluated by comparison with the former COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HBV v1.0 (HBV v1.0) test. In this study a platform correlation of both assay versions was done including 275 HBV DNA positive EDTA plasma samples. Comparable results were obtained (R(2)=0.97, mean difference -0.03 log(10)IU/ml). The verification of equivalency of the sample matrix (plasma vs. serum samples tested in HBV v2.0 in the same run) showed comparable results for all 278 samples with a R(2)=0.99 and a mean difference of 0.06 log(10)IU/ml. In conclusion, the new test version HBV v2.0 is highly specific and reproducible and quantifies accurately HBV DNA in EDTA plasma and serum samples from patients with chronic HBV infection. PMID:20728470

  6. Performance Analysis of Traffic Sensitive Wireless Body Area Networks

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    Ali Çalhan

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The cooperation of micro-electronics, wireless communications, integrated circuits and sensor networks have led to rise of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs. The aim of WBANs is to keep a human body under control by means of a set of small-size, lightweight, and low-power sensor nodes placed in, on, or around the human body. The WBANs are also used in a number of new applications namely health monitoring, entertainment, sports, and military applications. The sensor nodes in WBANs have limited energy resources as a result of communicating with each other wirelessly. Therefore, the medium access control protocols for WBANs must be energy efficient protocols. Also, WBAN’s importance of having the different data traffics has increased determination of operation sequence at the coordinator nodes. In this study, data traffic sensitive WBAN is proposed. End to end delay and throughput results are examined for performance evaluation.

  7. Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) design techniques and performance evaluation.

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    Khan, Jamil Yusuf; Yuce, Mehmet R; Bulger, Garrick; Harding, Benjamin

    2012-06-01

    In recent years interest in the application of Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) for patient monitoring applications has grown significantly. A WBAN can be used to develop patient monitoring systems which offer flexibility to medical staff and mobility to patients. Patients monitoring could involve a range of activities including data collection from various body sensors for storage and diagnosis, transmitting data to remote medical databases, and controlling medical appliances, etc. Also, WBANs could operate in an interconnected mode to enable remote patient monitoring using telehealth/e-health applications. A WBAN can also be used to monitor athletes' performance and assist them in training activities. For such applications it is very important that a WBAN collects and transmits data reliably, and in a timely manner to a monitoring entity. In order to address these issues, this paper presents WBAN design techniques for medical applications. We examine the WBAN design issues with particular emphasis on the design of MAC protocols and power consumption profiles of WBAN. Some simulation results are presented to further illustrate the performances of various WBAN design techniques. PMID:20953680

  8. 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...

  9. Magnetic phase diagrams of the Kagome staircase compounds Co3V2O8 and Ni3V2O8

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    An extensive low temperature magnetization study of high quality single crystals of the Kagome staircase compounds Ni3V2O8 and Co3V2O8 has been performed, and the H-T phase diagrams have been determined from these measurements. The magnetization and susceptibility curves for Co3V2O8 are analysed in terms of their compatibility with the different ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic structures proposed for this compound. For Ni3V2O8, the phase diagram is extended to magnetic fields higher than previously reported; for a field applied along the a axis, the low temperature incommensurate phase is found to close at around 90 kOe

  10. 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.

  11. The Verb Always Leaves IP in V2 Clauses

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    Schwartz, Bonnie D.; Vikner, Sten

    2007-01-01

    The verb second (V2) phenomenon, as it is found in the Germanic languages, has been the focus of much attention within recent syntactic research. In most of the literature on V2, it is assumed that the verb in all V2 clauses has moved to a head position outside IP, e.g. Cº. In Schwartz & Vikner...

  12. 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

  13. 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...

  14. Opportunistic Relaying in Wireless Body Area Networks: Coexistence Performance

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    Dong, Jie; SMITH, DAVID

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a cooperative two-hop communication scheme, together with opportunistic relaying (OR), is applied within a mobile wireless body area network (WBAN). Its effectiveness in interference mitigation is investigated in a scenario where there are multiple closely-located networks. Due to a typical WBAN's nature, no coordination is used among different WBANs. A suitable time-division-multiple-access (TDMA) is adopted as both an intra-network and also an inter-network access scheme. Ext...

  15. The Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for space habitation and exploration

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    Duda, Kevin R.; Vasquez, Rebecca A.; Middleton, Akil J.; Hansberry, Mitchell L.; Newman, Dava J.; Jacobs, Shane E.; West, John J.

    2015-01-01

    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 tech...

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

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    Duda, Kevin R.; Newman, Dava J.; Jacobs, Shane E.

    2015-01-01

    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 tec...

  17. 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"…

  18. Performance Analysis of Traffic Sensitive Wireless Body Area Networks

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    ÇALHAN, Ali

    2015-01-01

    The cooperation of micro-electronics, wireless communications, integrated circuits and sensor networks have led to rise of Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs). The aim of WBANs is to keep a human body under control by means of a set of small-size, lightweight, and low-power sensor nodes placed in, on, or around the human body. The WBANs are also used in a number of new applications namely health monitoring, entertainment, sports, and military applications. The sensor nodes in WBANs have limit...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Doping of Co into V2O5 nanoparticles enhances photodegradation of methylene blue

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    Highlights: • Co-doped V2O5 nanoparticles are synthesized by thermal decomposition method. • The nanoparticles are used as photocatalyst for the first time. • Doped samples exhibited enhanced photodegradation property. • Observed enhanced activity is due to Co and plausible mechanism has been proposed. - Abstract: V2O5 nanoparticles doped with different amounts of (x = 2%, 5% and 10%) Co was successfully synthesized by thermal decomposition method with the purpose of enhancing their photodegradation performance under visible light irradiation. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman, UV–Vis, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The photodegradation property of the prepared pure V2O5 and Co-V2O5 nanoparticles were investigated by using aqueous solution of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The obtained results clearly indicated that the amount of Co has significant effect on the photodegradation of MB. Particularly, 10%Co-V2O5 nanoparticles exhibits enhanced photodegradation property than the pure, 2% and 5%Co-doped samples. A plausible mechanism was put forth for such significant improvements in photodegradation performance of Co-V2O5

  3. 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

  4. Fabrication and Li+-intercalation properties of V2O5-TiO2 composite nanorod arrays

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    A capillary-enforced template-based method has been applied to fabricate V2O5-TiO2 composite nanorod arrays via filling mixture of VOSO4 and TiOSO4 solutions into the pores of polycarbonate membrane. For comparison purposes, pure V2O5 nanorod arrays were prepared through the similar template-based method with V2O5 sol and the sol was synthesized through the V2O5-H2O2 route. The nanorods covered completely a large area and projected from the surface of ITO substrate. The addition of TiO2 to V2O5 has demonstrated to greatly affect the Li+ intercalation capacity of V2O5. For example, V2O5-TiO2 nanorod array with molar ratio V/Ti=75/25 delivered 1.5 times discharge capacity of V2O5 nanorods at a current density of 92 mA/g. Such improvement in the intercalation properties was ascribed to the change of crystallinity and possible modification in lattice structure and interaction forces between adjacent layers in V2O5. (orig.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. New Methods for Modeling and Monitoring Wildfires Using Multiple Data Sources: Smartfire v2

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    Raffuse, S. M.; Larkin, N. K.; Pryden, D. A.; Dedecko, T. M.

    2011-12-01

    While forest and other wildland fires may be naturally beneficial to the ecosystem, they can be catastrophic from the human perspective. To detect, monitor, and map wildland fires, satellite observations have been used for many years, and multiple satellite-derived products with various attributes (hot spot detection vs. burn scar, polar orbiting vs. geostationary, etc.) have been developed. Each product provides something useful that might not be available from the others. In some jurisdictions, land management agencies also provide useful fire information from ground reports and aircraft surveillance. The Smartfire system was originally developed in 2007 to combine fire activity data from satellite observations and ground reports into a single reconciled data set of best available fire activity in near real-time. Smartfire v1 combines satellite observations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hazard Mapping System and ground reports from the National Interagency Fire Center. Smartfire v1 has been used for real-time fire and smoke modeling and for developing the wildland fire emissions inventory for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Smartfire has also proven beneficial during emergencies when rapid response is needed, such as large wildfires with impacts on residential areas. The Smartfire system has been comprehensively redesigned to be more flexible, expandable, and accurate. Smartfire v2 provides a framework that intelligently combines an indefinite number of fire information data sources into custom-reconciled data streams for modeling, monitoring, emergency response, retrospective analysis, and emissions inventory development. We will present an overview of Smartfire v2 and assess how well it performs using only data sets available in near-real time.

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Metamorphosis of NPP A1, V1, V2

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    In this book the history of construction, commissioning and exploitation of NPP A1, NPP V1 and NPP V2 in Jaslovske Bohunice is presented on documentary photos. Vicinity around of these NPPs is presented, too

  16. A Hierarchical Statistical Model of Natural Images Explains Tuning Properties in V2.

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    Hosoya, Haruo; Hyvärinen, Aapo

    2015-07-22

    Previous theoretical and experimental studies have demonstrated tight relationships between natural image statistics and neural representations in V1. In particular, receptive field properties similar to simple and complex cells have been shown to be inferable from sparse coding of natural images. However, whether such a relationship exists in higher areas has not been clarified. To address this question for V2, we trained a sparse coding model that took as input the output of a fixed V1-like model, which was in its turn fed a large variety of natural image patches as input. After the training, the model exhibited response properties that were qualitatively and quantitatively compatible with three major neurophysiological results on macaque V2, as follows: (1) homogeneous and heterogeneous integration of local orientations (Anzai et al., 2007); (2) a wide range of angle selectivities with biased sensitivities to one component orientation (Ito and Komatsu, 2004); and (3) exclusive length and width suppression (Schmid et al., 2014). The reproducibility was stable across variations in several model parameters. Further, a formal classification of the internal representations of the model units offered detailed interpretations of the experimental data, emphasizing that a novel type of model cell that could detect a combination of local orientations converging toward a single spatial point (potentially related to corner-like features) played an important role in reproducing tuning properties compatible with V2. These results are consistent with the idea that V2 uses a sparse code of natural images. Significance statement: Sparse coding theory has successfully explained a number of receptive field properties in V1; but how about in V2? This question has recently become important since a variety of properties distinct from V1 have been discovered in V2, and thus a more integrative understanding is called for. Our study shows that a hierarchical sparse coding model of

  17. Performance of the Lot Quality Assurance Sampling Method Compared to Surveillance for Identifying Inadequately-performing Areas in Matlab, Bangladesh

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    Bhuiya, Abbas; Hanifi, S M A; Roy, Nikhil; Streatfield, P. Kim

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    This paper compared the performance of the lot quality assurance sampling (LQAS) method in identifying inadequately-performing health work-areas with that of using health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) data and examined the feasibility of applying the method by field-level programme supervisors. The study was carried out in Matlab, the field site of ICDDR,B, where a HDSS has been in place for over 30 years. The LQAS method was applied in 57 work-areas of community health workers i...

  18. Magnetic phase diagram of the kagome staircase Co3V2O8

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    Magnetization and specific heat measurements have been performed for the S=3/2 antiferromagnet on a kagome staircase, Co3V2O8 single crystal as a function of temperature and magnetic field . Using these data the phase diagram was established on the H-T plane and compared with that determined for Ni3V2O8. The both phase diagrams are described by a model of competing first and second neighbor interactions and uniaxial anisotropy with the easy-axis magnetization along the a-axis

  19. MoV2O8 nanostructures: controlled synthesis and lithium storage mechanism

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    Yin, Zhigang; Xiao, Ying; Wang, Xia; Wang, Wei; Zhao, Di; Cao, Minhua

    2015-12-01

    A facile two-step strategy involving a solvothermal method and a subsequent calcining treatment was successfully developed for the preparation of MoV2O8 nanorods in the absence of any surfactants. Acetic acid was chosen as the solvent to provide an acidic environment. The as-synthesized MoV2O8 nanorods were evaluated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, which showed excellent lithium storage performance in terms of its specific capacity, rate performance, and cycling stability. It could deliver a specific capacity of over 1325 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles at 0.2 A g-1, which is much higher than that of bulk MoV2O8 (617 mA h g-1). When the cell was cycled at a current density as high as 10.0 A g-1, it still maintained a high specific capacity of around 570 mA h g-1. The phase transformation, intercalation-deintercalation and partial redox processes are responsible for the lithium storage mechanism of MoV2O8 based on ex situ X-ray diffraction, X-ray photo electron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies, highlighting a new lithium storage mechanism for ternary metal oxides.A facile two-step strategy involving a solvothermal method and a subsequent calcining treatment was successfully developed for the preparation of MoV2O8 nanorods in the absence of any surfactants. Acetic acid was chosen as the solvent to provide an acidic environment. The as-synthesized MoV2O8 nanorods were evaluated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, which showed excellent lithium storage performance in terms of its specific capacity, rate performance, and cycling stability. It could deliver a specific capacity of over 1325 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles at 0.2 A g-1, which is much higher than that of bulk MoV2O8 (617 mA h g-1). When the cell was cycled at a current density as high as 10.0 A g-1, it still maintained a high specific capacity of around 570 mA h g-1. The phase transformation, intercalation-deintercalation and partial redox processes are responsible for

  20. Li2O(Na2O)-CoO-V2O5 systems

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    Equilibrium phase composition of the systems: Li2O-CoO-V2O5 and Na2O-CoO-V2O5 at subsolidus temperatures has been studied. Formation of solid solution Li1-xCox/2VO3 (0≤ x ≤ 0.20) and binary orthovanadate LiCoVO4 in lithium-containing system is shown. No ternary compounds have been revealed in sodium-containing system. The relevant diagrams of phase ratios are plotted and their triangulation is performed. 18 refs

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

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

    2015-09-01

    Mechanically robust battery electrodes are desired for applications in wearable devices, flexible displays, and structural energy and power. In this regard, the challenge is to balance mechanical and electrochemical properties in materials that are inherently brittle. Here, we demonstrate a unique water-based self-assembly approach that incorporates a diblock copolymer bearing electron- and ion-conducting blocks, poly(3-hexylthiophene)-block-poly(ethyleneoxide) (P3HT-b-PEO), with V2O5 to form a flexible, tough, carbon-free hybrid battery cathode. V2O5 is a promising lithium intercalation material, but it remains limited by its poor conductivity and mechanical properties. Our approach leads to a unique electrode structure consisting of interlocking V2O5 layers glued together with micellar aggregates of P3HT-b-PEO, which results in robust mechanical properties, far exceeding the those obtained from conventional fluoropolymer binders. Only 5 wt % polymer is required to triple the flexibility of V2O5, and 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. Furthermore, addition of P3HT-b-PEO enhances lithium-ion diffusion, eliminates cracking during cycling, and boosts cyclability relative to V2O5 alone. These results highlight the importance of tradeoffs between mechanical and electrochemical performance, where polymer content can be used to tune both aspects.

  2. 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

  3. LANL*V2.0: global modeling and validation

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    S. Zaharia

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available We describe in this paper the new version of LANL*, an artificial neural network (ANN for calculating the magnetic drift invariant L*. This quantity is used for modeling radiation belt dynamics and for space weather applications. We have implemented the following enhancements in the new version: (1 we have removed the limitation to geosynchronous orbit and the model can now be used for a much larger region. (2 The new version is based on the improved magnetic field model by Tsyganenko and Sitnov (2005 (TS05 instead of the older model by Tsyganenko et al. (2003. We have validated the model and compared our results to L* calculations with the TS05 model based on ephemerides for CRRES, Polar, GPS, a LANL geosynchronous satellite, and a virtual RBSP type orbit. We find that the neural network performs very well for all these orbits with an error typically ΔL* * V2.0 artificial neural network is orders of magnitudes faster than traditional numerical field line integration techniques with the TS05 model. It has applications to real-time radiation belt forecasting, analysis of data sets involving decades of satellite of observations, and other problems in space weather.

  4. 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...

  5. Automated Transportation Management System (ATMS) V2.0 logistics module PBI acceptance criteria

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    This document defines the acceptance criteria for the Automated Transportation Management System V2.0 Logistics Module Performance Based Incentive (PBI). This acceptance criteria will be the primary basis for the generation of acceptance test procedures. The purpose of this document is to define the minimum criteria that must be fulfilled to guarantee acceptance of the Logistics Module

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

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    Luzia M Mayr

    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.

  7. Exploring the key performance areas and assessment criteria for the evaluation of students’ clinical performance: a delphi study

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    C. Joseph

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: evaluating  students’ clinical  performance  is  an integral part of the quality assurance in a physiotherapy curriculum, however, the objectivity during clinical examination have been questioned on numerous occasions.  The  aim  of  this  study  was  to  explore  the  essential  key  clinical performance areas and the associated assessment criteria in order to develop a reliable clinical assessment form.Methods: A Delphi study was used to obtain consensus on the development of a reliable clinical performance assessment tool. The study population consisted of  purposively  selected  academic  physiotherapy  staff  from  the  University  of Western Cape as well as supervisors and clinicians involved in the examination of  physiotherapy  students  from  the  three  Universities  in  the  Western Cape.  Findings  from  the  Delphi  rounds  were analysed  descriptively. Fifty  percent  or  higher  agreement  on  an  element  was  interpreted  as  an  acceptable  level of consensus.Results: Eight key performance areas were identified with five assessment criteria per key performance area as well as the weighting per area. It was evident that evaluators differed on the expectations of physiotherapy students as well as the criteria used to assess them.Conclusions: The Delphi panel contributed to the formulation of a clinical assessment form through the identification of  relevant  key  performance  areas  and  assessment  criteria  as  they  relate  to undergraduate  physiotherapy  training. Consensus on both aspects was reached following discussion and calculation of mean ranking sores.Implications: This process of reaching consensus in determining clear criteria for measuring key performance areas contributes to the objectivity of the process of examinations.

  8. Does Skilled Migration Foster Innovative Performance? Evidence from British Local Areas

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    Luisa Gagliardi

    2011-01-01

    What is the effect of an increase in the stock of human capital on the innovative performance of a local economy? This paper tests the hypothesis of a causal link between an increase in the average stock of human capital, due to skilled migration inflows, and the innovative performance of local areas using British data. The paper examines the role of human capital externalities as crucial determinant of local productivity and innovative performance, suggesting that the geographically bound na...

  9. Performance Study of Localization Techniques in Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks

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    Rehman, Obaid Ur; Javaid, Nadeem; Bibi, Ayesha; Khan, Zahoor Ali

    2012-01-01

    One of the major issues in Wireless Body Area Sensor Networks (WBASNs) is efficient localization. There are various techniques for indoor and outdoor environments to locate a person. This study evaluating and compares performance of optimization schemes in indoor environments for optimal placement of wireless sensors, where patients can perform their daily activities. In indoor environments, the performance comparison between Distance Vector-Hop algorithm, Ring Overlapping Based on Comparison...

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. AC impedance studies of V2O5 containing glasses

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    Glasses with composition V2O5-BaO-MO-B2O3(MO=SiO2,GeO2,P2O5) were studied using AC impedance analyzer. The measurements show that conductivities increase with V2O5 contents, and the P2O5 containing glasses have higher conductivities. The electric modulus was analyzed based on the Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts (KWW) relaxation function, φ(t)=exp[-(t/τ0)1-n]. The exponent n increases with V2O5 content. In addition, as the temperature approaches glass transition temperature, n increases with temperature. The results are interpreted in terms of Ngai's coupling model when applied to polaron conductivity relaxation

  13. V2 word order in subordinate clauses in spoken Danish

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    Jensen, Torben Juel; Christensen, Tanya Karoli

    asymmetrically distributed, we argue that the word order difference should rather be seen as a signal of (subtle) semantic differences. In main clauses, V3 is highly marked in comparison to V2, and occurs in what may be called emotives. In subordinate clauses, V2 is marked and signals what has been called...... 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...... and apparent time, as well as geographical variation. The results show that V2 word order in subordinate clauses is much more frequent than commonly assumed. Furthermore, they indicate that the most decisive factors predicting word order in subordinate clauses are the syntactic function of the clause...

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

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    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.

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

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    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 cm2 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

  18. Impact of the environment and the topology on the performance of hierarchical body area networks

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    Ferrari Gianluigi; Dricot Jean-Michel; Van Roy Stéphane; Horlin François; De Doncker Philippe

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Personal area networks and, more specifically, body area networks (BANs) are key building blocks of future generation networks and of the Internet of Things as well. In this article, we present a novel analytical framework for network performance analysis of body sensor networks with hierarchical (tree) topologies. This framework takes into account the specificities of the on-body channel modeling and the impact of the surrounding environment. The obtained results clearly highlight t...

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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...

  2. 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 $R_\\pi$.

  3. 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

  4. Two-dimensional V2O5 sheet network as electrode for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Xu, Yun; Dunwell, Marco; Fei, Ling; Fu, Engang; Lin, Qianglu; Patterson, Brian; Yuan, Bin; Deng, Shuguang; Andersen, Paul; Luo, Hongmei; Zou, Guifu

    2014-11-26

    Two-dimensional V2O5 and manganese-doped V2O5 sheet network were synthesized by a one-step polymer-assisted chemical solution method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, thermal-gravimetric analysis, and galvanostatic discharge-charge analysis. The V2O5 particles were covered with thin carbon layers, which remained after decomposition of the polymer, forming a network-like sheet structure. This V2O5 network exhibits a high capacity of about 300 and 600 mA·h/g at a current density of 100 mA/g when it was used as a cathode and anode, respectively. After doping with 5% molar ratio of manganese, the capacity of the cathode increases from 99 to 165 mA·h/g at a current density of 1 A/g (∼3 C). This unique network structure provides an interconnected transportation pathway for lithium ions. Improvement of electrochemical performance after doping manganese could be attributed to the enhancement of electronic conductivity. PMID:25369296

  5. 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

  6. Factors Affecting Performance of Adults in Adult and Continuing Education in Nkulumane-Emganwini Area

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    Precious Ndlovu; Wisdom Moyo

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation of the factors affecting academic performance with the performance levels of adults in adult and continuing education in Nkulumane-Emganwini area. These factors were arbitrarily selected from the literature review. The research design selected was the empirical approach .A sample of 40 students was randomly selected from a population of 420 in Nkulumane –Emganwini in the four schools Questionnaires were used as the research instrume...

  7. Factors Affecting Performance of Adults in Adult and Continuing Education in Nkulumane-Emganwini Area

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    Wisdom Moyo; Precious Ndlovu

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation of the factors affecting academic performance with the performance levels of adults in adult and continuing education in Nkulumane-Emganwini area.  These factors were arbitrarily selected from the literature review. The research design selected was the empirical approach .A sample of 40 students was randomly selected from a population of 420 in Nkulumane –Emganwini in the four schools   Questionnaires were used as the research instrum...

  8. 1997-1998 Annual Review of the 200 West and 200 East area performance assessments

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    An annual review of the 200 West and 200 East Area Performance Assessment (PA) analyses for fiscal year 1998 was completed. Burial ground disposal operations were found to be compliant with performance objectives in DOE Order 5820.2A. Other newly generated information and analyses relevant to PA assumptions and results were summarized. This report was initially submitted to the Department of Energy-Richland Office (DOE-RL) as a letter report in October, 1998

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  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. G2V and V2G operation 20 kW battery charger

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    Escoda, Jordi; Fontanilles, Joan; Biel Solé, Domingo; Repecho del Corral, Víctor; Cardoner Parpal, Rafel; Griñó Cubero, Robert

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a bidirectional on-board battery charger for Electric Vehicles designed to perform both Grid to Vehicle (G2V) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) operation. The charger can also operate with single or three-phase power grid connection, regulates the battery charging current and presents input unity power factor. A high frequency three-phase transformer has been included in the charger, this providing galvanic isolation.

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

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    Sekyung Han; Soohee Han

    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...

  18. 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.

  19. Prediction of meteor shower of comet 161P/2004 V2

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    Tomko, D.; Neslušan, L.

    2014-07-01

    We deal with theoretical meteoroid stream of Halley-type comet 161P/2004 V2. For two perihelion passages in the far past, we model the stream and follow its dynamical evolution until the present. We predict the characteristics of potential meteor showers according to the dynamical properties of artificial particles currently approaching the orbit of the Earth. Our dynamical study reveals that the comet 161P/2004 V2 could have an associated Earth-observable meteor shower, although no significant number of artificial particles are identified with real, photographic, video, or radar meteors. However, the mean radiant of the shower is predicted on the southern sky (its declination is about -23 grad) where a relatively low number of real meteors has been detected and, therefore, recorded in the databases used. The shower of 161P has a compact radiant area and a relatively large geocentric velocity of ~ 53 km/s.

  20. 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

  1. 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.)

  2. The effect of sunny area ratios on the thermal performance of solar ponds

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    Highlights: • The effect of sunny area ratio on model solar ponds in different geometries. • The sunny area ratio was calculated for 8 different cases. • The efficiency of the model solar pond was determined for 8 different cases. • The energy efficiencies of the solar pond are affected by the sizes of the solar pond, strongly. • The results help to select the sizes of the solar pond before construction. - Abstract: In this study, we investigated the effect of the sunny area ratios on thermal efficiency of model solar pond for different cases in Adiyaman, Turkey. For this purpose, we modeled the solar ponds to compute theoretical sunny area ratios of the zones and temperature distributions in order to find the performance of the model solar ponds. Incorporating the finite difference approach, one and two dimensional heat balances were written for inner zones and insulation side walls. Through, careful determination of the dimensions, insulation parameter and incoming solar radiation reaching the storage zone increased the efficiency of the solar pond. The efficiencies of the model solar pond were determined for case1a–2a–3a–4a to be maximum 14.93%, 20.42%, 23.51% and 27.84%, and for case1b–2b–3b–4b to be maximum 12.65%, 16.76%, 21.37% and 23.30% in August, respectively. With the increase of the sunny area ratio, the performance of the solar pond significantly increased. However, with the increasing rate of the surface area, performance increase rate decreased gradually. The results provide a strong perspective to determine the dimensions of the solar pond before starting the project of a solar pond

  3. Investigation on the pressure matching performance of the constant area supersonic-supersonic ejector

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The pressure matching performance of the constant area supersonic-supersonic ejector has been studied by varying the primary and secondary Mach numbers. The effect of the primary fluid injection configurations in ejector, namely peripheral and central, has been investigated as well. Schlieren pictures of flow structure in the former part of the mixing duct with different stagnation pressure ratio of the primary and secondary flows have been taken. Pressure ratios of the primary and secondary flows at the limiting condition have been obtained from the results of pressure and optical measurements. Additionally, a computational fluid dynamics analysis has been performed to clarify the physical meaning of the pressure matching performance diagram of the ejector. The obtained results show that the pressure matching performance of the constant area supersonic-supersonic ejector increases with the increase of the secondary Mach number, and the performance decreases slightly with the increase of the primary Mach number. The phenomenon of boundary layer separation induced by shock wave results in weaker pressure matching performance of the central ejector than that of the peripheral one. Furthermore, based on the observations of the experiment, a simplified analytical model has been proposed to predict the limiting pressure ratio, and the predicted values obtained by this model agree well with the experimental data.

  4. Testing the QA Method for Calculating Jet v_{2}

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    Mueller, Jason

    2014-01-01

    For the summer, I was assigned to work on the ALICE experiment with Alice Ohlson. I wrote several programs throughout the summer that were used to calculate jet v 2 using a non-standard method described by my supervisor in her Ph.D. thesis. Though the project is not yet complete, significant progress has been made, and the results so far seem promising.

  5. CODAR Viewer - A V2V Communication Awareness Display

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    Kranz, Matthias; Röckl, Matthias; Franz, Andreas; Strang, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    The CODAR System is a simulation and visualization toolbox for vehicle-to-vehicle communication. In this paper, we introduce the visualization component, the CODAR Viewer, as context information display. It visualizes communication, creates awareness and provides situation information. Visualized vehicle-to-x (V2X) communication data provides additional information, increasing safety and allowing more informed driving decisions if adequately presented to the driver with respect to the current...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Performance of the UA6 large-area silicon drift chamber prototype

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    This report presents results on the performance of a large-area silicon drift detector (∝4x4 cm2), which has been designed for use as a high-resolution tracking device in the experiment UA6 at the CERN p-anti p collider. We give here the basic characteristics of the design, and report the first experimental results. The influence, on the detector's performance, of the adopted design criteria and of the quality of the semiconductors has been experimentally determined and is discussed. Results of the first drift-time calibration using an on-board device for charge injection are also given. (orig.)

  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. 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

  15. Improving the Real-time Performance of a Wireless Local Area Network

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    Baldwin, Rusty Olen

    1999-01-01

    This research considers the transmission of real-time data within a wireless local area network (WLAN). Exact and approximate analytic network evaluation techniques are examined. The suitability of using a given technique in a particular situation is discussed. Simulation models are developed to study the performance of our protocol RT-MAC (real-time medium access control). RT-MAC is a novel, simple, and elegant MAC protocol for use in transmitting real-time data in point to point a...

  16. Savannah River Site plan for performing maintenance in Federal Facility Agreement areas (O and M Plan)

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    The Savannah River Site was placed on the National Priority List (NPL) in December 1989 and became subject to comprehensive remediation in accordance with CERCLA. The FFA, effective August 16, 1993, establishes the requirements for Site investigation and remediation of releases and potential releases of hazardous substances, and interim status corrective action for releases of hazardous wastes or hazardous constituents. It was determined that further direction was needed for the Operating Departments regarding operation and maintenance activities within those areas listed in the FFA. The Plan for Performing Maintenance (O and M Plan) provides this additional direction. Section 4.0 addresses the operation and maintenance activities necessary for continued operation of the facilities in areas identified as RCRA/CERCLA Units or Site Evaluation Areas. Certain types of the O and M activity could be construed as a remedial or removal action. The intent of this Plan is to provide direction for conducting operation and maintenance activities that are not intended to be remedial or removal actions. The Plan identifies the locations of the units and areas, defines intrusive O and M activities, classifies the intrusive activity as either minor or major, and identifies the requirements, approvals, and documentation necessary to perform the activity in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment; and minimizes any potential impact to any future removal and remedial actions

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

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    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.

  18. Performance characterization of large-area CMOS FPD for micro-CT applications

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    Kam, Soohwa; Kim, Hokyung; Jeon, Hosang [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-15

    Recent advanced echnologies in a Si wafer growth and buttable detector module have overcomes the imaging detector size limitation to develop a large area digital radiography (DR) detector. With these advantages, the usage of the CMOS FPD for large-area x-ray detector applications (small-animal imaging, fluoroscopy, angiography, etc.) has been recently spotlighted. Although a-Si FPDs have many advantages such as a large imaging area, thin structure, and veiling glares, there are still some technical difficulties including relatively large pixel size and image lag to apply for a dynamic imaging applications such as a micro-CT for small-animal imaging. However, CMOS technology can be a solution for these technical limitations. Therefore, it is necessary to characterize the quantitative performance of CMOS FPD for small animal micro-CT application. In this study, we have investigated an imaging performance of CMOS FPD. As an imaging performance metrics, sensitivity, modulation-transfer function (MTF), noise-power spectrum (NPS), and detective quantum efficiency (DQE) have been investigated.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Multicriteria model to support decisions related to the market area performance of a computer company

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    Sandro César Bortoluzzi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed at constructing a model of performance evaluation in the market area of Seprol Computadores e Sistemas Ltda company. Thus, we chose the Multicriteria Methodology for Decision Aid - Constructivist (MCDA-C to (i structure and build knowledge about the objectives to be considered in the model; (ii evaluate the objectives through ordinal and cardinal scales; (iii suggest actions of improvement.  The research is characterized as an exploratory, qualitative and quantitative case study. The main results of the research were: (I the identification of four main dimensions - image, customers, suppliers and strategies - which account for the company performance in relation to the market (ii twenty-one indicators were built to evaluate the performance of the four dimensions, (iii we evaluated the company's current situation regarding the market, which totaled 62 points on a scale that "100" represents the good level and "0" represents the neutral level; (iv advices were prepared for improvement, and if they are successfully implemented they will increase the company's performance to 76 points. It is concluded that the methodology MCDA-C has fulfilled the role of evaluating the intangible aspects related to the market area of the studied company.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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    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

  7. 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.

  8. Program of upgrading and safety improvement of NPP V-2 units

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    This paper dealt with the role of Bohunice NPP in the frame of energy production by Slovak Energy joint company, upgrading and safety improvement of NPP V-2 units, basic documents for defining the goals of NPP V-2 units safety upgrading, assessment of safety of NPP V-2 units, program of upgrading and safety improvement of NPP V-2 units, and with the financial resources necessary for upgrading and safety improvement of NPP V-2 units

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

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    Cacio MOURA-NETTO

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  10. 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)

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Impact of the environment and the topology on the performance of hierarchical body area networks

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    Ferrari Gianluigi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Personal area networks and, more specifically, body area networks (BANs are key building blocks of future generation networks and of the Internet of Things as well. In this article, we present a novel analytical framework for network performance analysis of body sensor networks with hierarchical (tree topologies. This framework takes into account the specificities of the on-body channel modeling and the impact of the surrounding environment. The obtained results clearly highlight the differences between indoor and outdoor scenarios, and provide several insights on BAN design and analysis. In particular, it will be shown that the BAN topology should be selected according to the foreseen medical application and the deployment environment.

  17. Core-logs of the vertical borehole V2

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    In the hydrogeological programme of the Stripa Project, borehole V2 was prolonged to a final depth of 822 m. The previous core from 0-471.4 m was relogged. The drill core was logged with regard to rock characteristics, fracture frequency, dipping and filling. The results are presented as core-logs and fracture diagrams. Borehole V2 shows similar characteristics as found in other drillings in the Stripa Mine. It penetrates Stripa granite to its full depth. recorded fractures shows a clear predominance of medium-steep fractures, while flat-lying fractures are more sparsly occuring, a fact which is even more pronounced below 400 m depth. Due to the vertical direction of the borehole, steeply dipping fractures are underestimated in the core. The mean fracture frequency, related to the total length of the core, is 2.1 fractures/m. Chlorite, calcite and epidote are the dominating coating minerals in the fractures, each making up about 25-30 percent of all coated fractures. (Authors)

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

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    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

  19. 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.

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

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    Kevin R Duda

    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.

  1. The Variable Vector Countermeasure Suit (V2Suit) for space habitation and exploration.

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    Duda, Kevin R; Vasquez, Rebecca A; Middleton, Akil J; Hansberry, Mitchell L; Newman, Dava J; Jacobs, Shane E; West, John J

    2015-01-01

    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. PMID:25914631

  2. Promotional effects of carbon nanotubes on V2O5/TiO2 for NOX removal

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    Highlights: → A series of V2O5/TiO2-CNT catalysts were synthesized by sol-gel. → A catalytic promotion was observed by adding CNTs to V2O5/TiO2. → The acidity and oxidation of NO to NO2 increased with CNTs. - Abstract: A series of V2O5/TiO2-carbon nanotube (CNT) catalysts were synthesized by sol-gel method, and their activities for NOX removal were compared. A catalytic promotional effect was observed by adding CNTs to V2O5/TiO2. The catalyst V2O5/TiO2-CNTs (10 wt.%) showed an NOX removal efficiency of 89% at 300 oC under a GHSV of 22,500 h-1. Based on X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, NH3-temperature-programmed desorption, temperature-programmed reduction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis, the increased acidity and reducibility, which could promote NH3 adsorption and oxidation of NO to NO2, respectively, contributed to this promotion.

  3. 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

  4. Identification of Occupational Health, Safety, Security (OHSS) and Environmental Performance Indicators in port areas

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    Antao, Pedro; Calderón, Marlene; Puig Duran, Martí; Michail, Antonis; Wooldridge, Chris; Darbra Roman, Rosa Maria

    2016-01-01

    This paper aims at defining a set of indicators to be applied in port areas on the topics of Occupational Health, Safety, Security (OHSS) and Environment. The techniques used to identify and select the OHSS indicators involved two different approaches: (i) a bottom-up method, where an extended and in-depth analysis was performed in order to assess the current indicators applied by ports and, (ii) a top-down approach, mainly based on legislation and regulations as well as the feedback from sta...

  5. 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.

  6. Performance evaluation of a Wireless Body Area sensor network for remote patient monitoring.

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    Khan, Jamil Y; Yuce, Mehmet R; Karami, Farbood

    2008-01-01

    In recent years, interests in the application of Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) have grown considerably. A WBAN can be used to develop a patient monitoring system which offers flexibility and mobility to patients. Use of a WBAN will also allow the flexibility of setting up a remote monitoring system via either the internet or an intranet. For such medical systems it is very important that a WBAN can collect and transmit data reliably, and in a timely manner to the monitoring entity. In this paper we examine the performance of an IEEE802.15.4/Zigbee MAC based WBAN operating in different patient monitoring environment. We study the performance of a remote patient monitoring system using an OPNET based simulation model. PMID:19162897

  7. The High Performance and Wide Area Analysis and Mining of Scientific & Engineering Data

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    Grossman, R.

    2002-12-01

    This final report summarizes our accomplishments and findings and includes recent publications occurring in the final period of this award. One of our research goals was to develop algorithms and services for remote data analysis and distributed data mining which scaled from the commodity internet to high performance networks. When we began the project there was no effective mechanisms to achieve high end to end performance for data intensive applications over wide area, high bandwidth networks. For this reason, we developed algorithms and services for Layers 2,3, and 4 in the simple data web application stack below. We describe our research accomplishments for each of these layers in turn: Layer 4--Data Web Applications; Layer 3--Data Web Services; Layer 2--Network Protocol Services; Layer 1--IP.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Characterization of Ag-doped vanadium oxide (AgxV2O5) thin film for cathode of thin film battery

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    The effect of silver co-sputtering on the characteristics of amorphous V2O5 films, grown by dc reactive sputtering, is investigated. The co-sputtering process influences the growth mechanism as well as the characteristics of the V2O5 films. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) results indicate that the microstructure of the V2O5 films is affected by the rf power of the co-sputtered silver. In addition, an all-solid-state thin film battery with full cell structure of Li/LiPON/AgxV2O5/Pt has been fabricated. It is found that the silver co-sputtered V2O5 cathode film exhibits better cycle performance than an undoped one

  14. Simulation of VVER MCCI reactor test case with ASTEC V2/MEDICIS computer code

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    This paper presents an application of the ASTEC v2, module MEDICIS for simulation of VVER Molten core concrete interaction test (MCCI) case without water injection. The main purpose of performed calculation is verification and improvement of module MEDICIS/ASTECv2 for better simulation of core concrete interaction processes. The VVER-1000 reference nuclear power plant was chosen as SARNET2 benchmark MCCI test-case. The initial conditions for MCCI test are taken after SBO scenario calculated with ASTEC version 1.3R2 by INRNE. (authors)

  15. Direct Detection of Dark Matter with MadDM v.2.0

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    Backovic, Mihailo; Kong, Kyoungchul; Martini, Antony(Centre for Cosmology, Particle Physics and Phenomenology (CP3), Université catholique de Louvain, Chemin du Cyclotron 2, B-1348, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium); Mattelaer, Olivier; Mohlabeng, Gopolang

    2015-01-01

    We present MadDM v.2.0, a numerical tool for dark matter physics in a generic model. This version is the next step towards the development of a fully automated framework for dark matter searches at the interface of collider physics, astro-physics and cosmology. It extends the capabilities of v.1.0 to perform calculations relevant to the direct detection of dark matter. These include calculations of spin-independent/spin-dependent nucleon scattering cross sections and nuclear recoil rates (as ...

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. Synthesis of CuV2O6 as a cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries from V2O5 gel

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    CuV2O6 is a very promising cathode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. By a soft chemistry method, CuV2O6 is successfully synthesized from V2O5 hydrogel and Cu2O powder. CuV2O6 with different degrees of crystallinity are obtained by heating CuV2O6 precursor at various temperatures. XRD, TG-DTA, TEM and SEM experiments are conducted to characterize its physical properties, and the electrochemical properties have been investigated by galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments. As a result, CuV2O6 annealed at 550 deg. C has smaller crystal lattice constants and better electrochemical properties compared to the sample synthesized by the conventional solid-state method

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. A review of the Protocol Reporter v.2.0

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    The Agreement between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the IAEA for the Application of Safeguards in Connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (the Safeguards Agreement) entered into force on November 14th, 1975. The Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement (the Additional Protocol) was signed on June 21st, 1999 and entered into force on February 19th, 2004. ROK has been submitting annual updated reports of initial declaration on every May 15th since August 2004. Additional protocol reports have been submitted through Protocol Reporter provided by IAEA. Protocol Reporter is a computer system that facilitates preparation of reports by Member States of Declarations pursuant to Article 2 and 3 of the Protocol Additional to Safeguards Agreements (Additional Protocol). Protocol Reporter version 1.0 was developed by the IAEA in 1999 to help Member States structure electronic data storage and reporting formats in a way which is compatible with the guidelines on the Additional Protocol and its data handling system. However, Protocol Reporter version 1.0 had several limitations in data management and Member states requested upgraded software. In order to meet the demand, IAEA developed and released Protocol Reporter version 2.0 in 2008. Member states, consequently, should declare and submit the additional reports through the new version of the protocol reporter. This paper aimed to provide a brief overview of Protocol Reporter v.2.0 and highlight the improvements over the previous version

  8. 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

  9. 26 CFR 31.3121(v)(2)-2 - Effective dates and transition rules.

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    ... 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...

  10. 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

  11. Hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-V2O5 (vanadium pentoxide) spheres as cathode materials for high-energy and high-power lithium ion-batteries

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    We facilely fabricate hierarchical 3D microspheres consisting of 2D V2O5 (vanadium pentoxide) nanosheets by a low temperature hydrothermal method and use it to structure hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-LIBs (lithium ion batteries) cathode. This is a template-free and facile method easy for scale-up production of hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-structured V2O5 spheres beneficial for high performance LIBs applications. Such a facile method resulted hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-V2O5 possess many unique features good for LIBs: (1) 2D V2O5 nanosheets facilitate the Li+ diffusions and electron transports; (2) hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-cathode structure built up by V2O5 nanosheet spheres will lead to the close and sufficient contact between electrolytes and activate materials and at the same time will create buffer volume to accommodate the volume change during discharging/charging process; and (3) micro-scale V2O5 spheres are easy to result in high cell packing density beneficial for high power battery. As revealed by the experimental results, the micro-/nano-V2O5 electrode demonstrates high initial discharge and charge capacities with no irreversible loss, high rate capacities at different currents and long-lasting lifespan. The high-energy and high-power performances of the micro-/nano-V2O5 electrode is ascribed to the unique hierarchical micro-/nano-structure merits of V2O5 spheres as abovementioned. In view of the advantages of facile fabrication method and unique features of 3D micro-/nano-V2O5 spheres for high power and high energy LIB battery, it is of great significance to beneficially broaden the applications of high-energy and high-power LIBs with creating novel hierarchical micro-/nano-structured V2O5 cathode materials. - Highlights: • Hierarchical 3D micro-/nano-V2O5 spheres were facile fabricated by a template free hydrothermal method for LIBs cathode. • High energy and high power LIBs were resulted from many unique features. • Unique hierarchical 3D micro

  12. Coordination of vanadium in the phases 4PbO . V2O5 and 8PbO . V2O5

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    It is demonstrated, using infrared spectroscopy, that the coordination of vanadium in the two binary phases 4 PbO . V2O5 and 8 PbO . V2O5 is tetrahedral. The spectra in the V-O stretching region closely resembles that of the lead(II) orthovanadate, Pb3(VO4)2. (author)

  13. 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 ...

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

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    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

  15. THE NANOCOMPOSITE FILM OF POLYMER INTERCALATION IN V2O5 XEROGEL

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    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.

  16. Effect of heavy strength training on thigh muscle cross-sectional area, performance determinants, and performance in well-trained cyclists

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    Rønnestad, Bent R.; Hansen, Ernst Albin; Raastad, Truls

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of heavy strength training on thigh muscle cross-sectional area (CSA), determinants of cycling performance, and cycling performance in well-trained cyclists. Twenty well-trained cyclists were assigned to either usual endurance training combined with heavy strength training [E + S; n = 11 (♂ = 11)] or to usual endurance training only [E; n = 9 (♂ = 7, ♀ = 2)]. The strength training performed by E + S consisted of four lower body exercises...

  17. A Hybrid Flight Control for a Simulated Raptor-30 V2 Helicopter

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a hybrid flight control system for a single rotor simulated Raptor-30 V2 helicopter. Hybrid intelligent control system, combination of the conventional and intelligent control methodologies, is applied to small model helicopter. The proposed hybrid control used PID as a traditional control and fuzzy as an intelligent control so as to take the maximum advantage of advanced control theory. The helicopter?s model used; comes from X-Plane flight simulator and their hybrid flight control system was simulated using MATLAB/SIMULINK in a simulation platform. X-Plane is also used to visualize the performance of this proposed autopilot design. Through a series of numerous experiments, the operation of hybrid control system was investigated. Results verified that the proposed hybrid control has an excellent performance at hovering flight mode.

  18. A hybrid flight control for a simulated raptor-30 v2 helicopter

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    This paper presents a hybrid flight control system for a single rotor simulated Raptor-30 V2 helicopter. Hybrid intelligent control system, combination of the conventional and intelligent control methodologies, is applied to small model helicopter. The proposed hybrid control used PID as a traditional control and fuzzy as an intelligent control so as to take the maximum advantage of advanced control theory. The helicopter model used; comes from X-Plane flight simulator and their hybrid flight control system was simulated using MATLAB/SIMULINK in a simulation platform. X-Plane is also used to visualize the performance of this proposed autopilot design. Through a series of numerous experiments, the operation of hybrid control system was investigated. Results verified that the proposed hybrid control has an excellent performance at hovering flight mode. (author)

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  1. The performance of the expanded programme on immunization in a rural area of Mozambique.

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    Lanaspa, Miguel; Balcells, Reyes; Sacoor, Charfudin; Nhama, Abel; Aponte, John J; Bassat, Quique

    2015-09-01

    Vaccines are an effective public health measure. Vaccination coverage has improved in Africa in the last decades but has still not reached WHO/UNICEF target of at least 90% first-dose coverage for vaccines in the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) implemented in Mozambique in 1979. There are concerns about reliability of vaccination coverage official data from low-income countries, and inequities in vaccine administration. We randomly sampled 266 under-five years children from Taninga, a poor rural area in Southern Mozambique under a Demographic surveillance system and collected data directly from the individual national health cards when available (BCG, DTP/HepB/Hib, Polio, Measles). We also collected data on socio-economic variables through an interview. Overall, only 5% of the participants did not receive all the doses of the vaccines included in the EPI in a timely manner (overall vaccination coverage 95%, 95% CI: 93.5-95.5%). The socio-economic status was homogenously low and no differences were found between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Vaccination coverage in Taninga was very high, despite the low socio-economic status of the population. The high performance of the EPI in Taninga is an encouraging experience for achieving high vaccination coverage in low-income rural settings. PMID:26095045

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

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    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.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. RETROSPECTIVE ESTIMATION OF PATIENT DOSE-AREA PRODUCT IN THORACIC SPINE TOMOSYNTHESIS PERFORMED USING VOLUMERAD.

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    Båth, Magnus; Söderman, Christina; Svalkvist, Angelica

    2016-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of a recently developed method of retrospectively estimating the patient dose-area product (DAP) of a chest tomosynthesis examination, performed using VolumeRAD, in thoracic spine tomosynthesis and to determine the necessary field-size correction factor. Digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) data for the projection radiographs acquired during a thoracic spine tomosynthesis examination were retrieved directly from the modality for 17 patients. Using the previously developed method, an estimated DAP for the tomosynthesis examination was determined from DICOM data in the scout image. By comparing the estimated DAP with the actual DAP registered for the projection radiographs, a field-size correction factor was determined. The field-size correction factor for thoracic spine tomosynthesis was determined to 0.92. Applying this factor to the DAP estimated retrospectively, the maximum difference between the estimated DAP and the actual DAP was <3 %. In conclusion, the previously developed method of retrospectively estimating the DAP in chest tomosynthesis can be applied to thoracic spine tomosynthesis. PMID:26590395

  6. 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)

    2015-01-07

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Thermally Controlled V2O5 Nanoparticles as Cathode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Enhanced Rate Capability

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Abstract: Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is an attractive cathode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) because of its low cost, high abundance, and relatively high theoretical capacity (294 mA h g−1 with two lithium insertions/extractions per unit formula at 2.0–4.0 V). However, practical applications of V2O5 are hampered by its poor structural stability, low electrical conductivity, and slow ion diffusion kinetics, resulting in poor long-term cycling stability and rate performance. In this study, V2O5 nanoparticles are synthesized by a fast sol-gel method with citric acid (C6H8O7) at 400, 500, 600, and 700 °C. The thickness of the amorphous layers on the surface of the V2O5 nanoparticles is controlled from approximately 4–5 to 1–2 nm by adjusting the calcination temperature. The V2O5 nanoparticles synthesized at 600 °C show better electrochemical performances than the other samples. They exhibit a high initial discharge capacity of 276 mA h g−1 between 2.1 and 4.0 V at a rate of 1 C, and good capacity retention of 83% after 50 cycles. Even at 10 C rate, a discharge capacity of about 168 mA h g−1 is obtained after 100 cycles. The excellent rate capability and cycling stability are also achieved at current densities of 0.5–20 C

  13. 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

  14. Impacts of cold climate on human heat balance, performance and health in circumpolar areas.

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    Hassi, Juhani; Rytkönen, Mika; Kotaniemi, Jyrki; Rintamäki, Hannu

    2005-12-01

    In circumpolar areas the climate remains cool or thermoneutral during the majority of the days of the year spite of global warming. Therefore, health consequences related to cold exposure represent also in the future the majority of climate-related adverse health effects. Hot summers may be an exception. At ambient temperatures below +10 - +12 degrees C, humans experience cold stress of varying degree. Man can compensate a 10 degrees C change in ambient temperature by changing metabolic heat production by 30-40 W m(-2) or by wearing an additional/taking off ca. 0.4 clo units (corresponding to one thick clothing layer). Cold ambient temperature may be a risk for human health and cause varying levels of performance limitations. The impacts of cold exposure on health and wellbeing cause a burden to many societies in terms of lowered productivity and higher costs related to health care systems as well as public health planning and management. In order to provide preventive and protective public health actions for cold-induced adverse health effects, it is important to recognize cold related injuries, illnesses and symptoms and their turn-up temperatures, and to identify the most at-risk population subgroups and factors that increase or decrease the health risks posed by cold ambient temperatures. The majority of cold-related harmful health impacts can be prevented or managed by correct preventive and protective actions. Rapid unpredictable changes are more difficult to compensate because of lack of experience (affecting attitude and skills), preparedness (vehicles, garments, supplies, logistics etc.) and/or acclimatization. PMID:16440608

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

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

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

    1994-04-15

    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.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  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. 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

  7. Relevance and Reliability of Area-Wide Congestion Performance Measures in Road Networks

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    Moran, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    For operational and planning purposes it is important to observe, predict and monitor the traffic performance of congested urban road links and networks. This monitoring effort describes the traffic conditions in road networks using congestion performance measures. The objective of this research is to analyse and evaluate methods for measuring congestion and congestion performance measures for monitoring purposes. For this objective, a selection of the required aspects of the performance meas...

  8. 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

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

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    Natalia Parrado

    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.

  10. 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

  11. Photochromism in V2O5 thin layers produced according to 'sol-gel' technology

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    For the first time is reported on the photochromic properties of V2O5 amorphous layers produced according to the 'sol-gel' technology. Absorption spectra are presented of the V2O5 amorphous layers before and after their irradiation by some doses of the mercury-discharge lamp radiation. The obtained results permit make to the conclusion on the prospects of V2O5 gels as photochromic materials

  12. Novel insights into the molecular pathogenesis of CYP4V2-associated Bietti's retinal dystrophy

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    Astuti, G.D.N; Sun, V.; Bauwens, M; Zobor, D.; Leroy, B.P.; Omar, A.; Jurklies, B; Lopez, I; Ren, H.; Yazar, V.; Hamel, C; Kellner, U.; Wissinger, B.; Kohl, S; Baere, E. de

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    Bietti's crystalline dystrophy (BCD) is a rare, autosomal recessive retinal degenerative disease associated with mutations in CYP4V2. In this study, we describe the genetic and clinical findings in 19 unrelated BCD patients recruited from five international retinal dystrophy clinics. Patients underwent ophthalmic examinations and were screened for CYP4V2 mutations by Sanger sequencing and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) copy number variation screening. Eight CYP4V2 mutations wer...

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

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    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.

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

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    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

  18. The Budapest Reference Connectome Server v2.0

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    Szalkai, Balazs; Kerepesi, Csaba; Varga, Balint; Grolmusz, Vince

    2014-01-01

    The connectomes of different human brains are pairwise distinct: we cannot talk about an abstract "graph of the brain". Two typical connectomes, however, have quite a few common graph edges that may describe the same connections between the same cortical areas. The Budapest Reference Connectome Server Ver. 2.0 (http://connectome.pitgroup.org) generates the common edges of the connectomes of 96 distinct cortexes, each with 1015 vertices, computed from 96 MRI data sets of the Human Connectome P...

  19. 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...

  20. 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 ...

  1. Fabrication of V2O3/C core–shell structured composite and VC nanobelts by the thermal treatment of VO2/C composite

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    Highlights: ► Belt-like V2O3/C core–shell structured composite has been successfully synthesized. ► Vanadium carbide (VC) has been successfully synthesized. ► The carbon coated on the surface of V2O3 and VC is amorphous. ► Some C–H groups remain in the as-obtained V2O3/C and VC. ► VC has good thermal stability and oxidation resistance below 335 °C in air. - Abstract: Belt-like V2O3 encapsulated into carbon tubes (V2O3/C) core–shell structured composite and vanadium carbide (VC) nanobelts have been successfully synthesized by the thermal treatment with VO2/C core–shell structured composite through adjusting the heating temperature for the first time. The amorphous carbon on the surface of VO2 plays a dual role in this thermal process, namely as the reductant to reduce VO2 to V2O3 or VC, and as the carbon precursor for the V2O3/C carbon shell and VC. The as-obtained samples were respectively characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, Raman spectrum, elemental analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller. V2O3/C was successfully synthesized at 700–900 °C for 2 h, and VC nanobelts were successfully prepared at 1000 °C for 2 h. The as-obtained V2O3/C composite and VC nanobelts contain C–H groups, which will facilitate the linkage of catalytic species or polymers to the surface in their potential applications. V2O3/C composite has higher specific surface area than that of VC due to the amorphous carbon coated on the surface of V2O3. Furthermore, the thermal stability of VC in air was investigated by Thermo-Gravimetric/Differential Thermal Analyzer, revealing that it had good thermal stability and oxidation resistance below 335 °C in air.

  2. Three propositions on why characteristics of performance management systems converge across policy areas with different levels of task complexity

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    Bjørnholt, Bente; Lindholst, Andrej Christian; Agger Nielsen, Jeppe

    task complexity amidst a lack of formal and overarching, government-wide policies. We advance our propositions from a case study comparing the characteristics of performance management systems across social services (eldercare) and technical services (park services) in Denmark. Contrary to expectations...... for divergence due to differences in task complexity, the characteristics of performance management systems in the two policy areas are observed to converge. On the basis of a case study, we propose that convergence has occurred due to 1) similarities in policy-specific reforms, 2) institutional......This article investigates the differences and similarities between performance management systems across public services. We offer three propositions as to why the characteristics of performance management systems may still converge across policy areas in the public sector with different levels of...

  3. 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)

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

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    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

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Process Performance Measurement as Part of Business Process Management in Manufacturing Area

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    Tupa, Jiri

    2010-01-01

    This chapter presents an example of process controlling application. Process controlling described in this paper, comprises the following components: Evaluation of the efficiency of business processes based on key performance indicators Transparent representation of procedures actually performed for cause analysis. Deduction of optimization measures. Continuous monitoring of success developments. Organizational analysis. The process controlling is very important tool for process improvement i...

  11. 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

    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....... Increasing the proportion of threatened, endemic, and range-restricted species in the indicator groups improved effectiveness of the selected area networks; in particular it improved the effectiveness in representing other threatened and range-restricted species. In contrast increasing the proportion of...

  12. Li3V2(PO4)3 membrane electrode supported on a 3D-porous carbon fiber film

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    Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the synthesis process of free-standing LVP@C laminates. -- Abstract: A novel and simple in-situ solid-state reaction route is developed to synthesize a three-dimensional (3D) porous carbon fiber film-supported Li3V2(PO4)3 membrane electrode. The carbon film is obtained via the carbonization of a bioproduct rice paper (RP). The carbon film can function as both a current collector and a 3D electronic conduction network for the loaded Li3V2(PO4)3 particles. The structure and electrochemical properties of the Li3V2(PO4)3 membrane electrode are characterized. As a free-standing membrane electrode, it exhibits good rate performance at room temperature with a specific capacity of 108 and 142 mAh g−1 at 10 C rate in the voltage range of 3.0–4.3 V and 3.0–4.8 V, respectively. It also shows good cycling performance with a specific capacity of 123 mAh g−1 after 500 cycles at 1 C rate in the voltage range of 3.0–4.8 V

  13. 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

  14. Data Acquisition and Control System for High-Performance Large-Area CCD Systems

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    Afanasieva, I V

    2015-01-01

    Astronomical CCD systems based on second-generation DINACON controllers were developed at the SAO RAS Advanced Design Laboratory more than seven years ago and since then have been in constant operation at the 6-meter and Zeiss-1000 telescopes. Such systems use monolithic large-area CCDs. We describe the software developed for the control of a family of large-area CCD systems equipped with a DINACON-II controller. The software suite serves for acquisition, primary reduction, visualization, and storage of video data, and also for the control, setup, and diagnostics of the CCD system.

  15. 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...

  16. Realization of limited-area cathodes and their performance in an electron optical column

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    Limited-area cathodes based upon impregnated dispenser cathod material have been investigated in an electron optical column at accelerating voltages of up to 30 kV. A peak axial brightness of about 6 X 105 A/cm2 sr was obtained at this voltage using a flat cathode. Brightness values greater by a factor of 10 were measured using a conical limited-area cathode with a tip radius of curvature of 0.075 mm. The latter measurements were affected by space-charge spreading in the beam. 7 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab

  17. 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.

  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. 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 .

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. A novel splicing mutation in the V2 vasopressin receptor

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

    2000-01-01

    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 of the...

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

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    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

  4. Performance test and quality control of large area reference sources fabricated by the ink-jet printing technique

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    Quantitative performance tests and evaluations were carried out for large area reference sources fabricated by the ink-jet printing technique developed by NMIJ/AIST. The present tests were performed quantitatively with emphasis on uniformity, surface emission rate and long-term stability. Some techniques to minimize the self-absorption and to control the amount of radioactivity were established. The prototype source fabricated in this study safely satisfies the requirements specified in ISO 8769. - Highlights: ► Quantitative performance tests emphasis on uniformity and long-term stability were carried out. ► Some techniques to control the amount of radioactivity were examined. ► QC technique on printing activity in manufacturing large area source was established.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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    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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Impacts of cold climate on human heat balance, performance and health in circumpolar areas

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    Hassi, Juhani; Rytkönen, Mika; Kotaniemi, Jyrki; Rintamäki, Hannu

    2005-01-01

    In circumpolar areas the climate remains cool or thermoneutral during the majority of the days of the year spite of global warming. Therefore, health consequences related to cold exposure represent also in the future the majority of climate-related adverse health effects. Hot summers may be an exception. At ambient temperatures below +10 - +12 degrees C, humans experience cold stress of varying degree. Man can compensate a 10 degrees C change in ambient temperature by changing metabolic heat ...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. How Does Multiple-Packet Reception Capability Scale the Performance of Wireless Local Area Networks?

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    Jun, Ying; Zhang; Zheng, Pengxuan; Liew, Soung Chang

    2010-01-01

    Thanks to its simplicity and cost efficiency, wireless local area network (WLAN) enjoys unique advantages in providing high-speed and low-cost wireless services in hot spots and indoor environments. Traditional WLAN medium-access-control (MAC) protocols assume that only one station can transmit at a time: simultaneous transmissions of more than one station cause the destruction of all packets involved. By exploiting recent advances in PHY-layer multiuser detection (MUD) techniques, it is poss...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Ecological restoration and soil improvement performance of the seabuckthorn flexible dam in the Pisha Sandstone area of Northwestern China

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    F. S. Yang

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Soil erosion of the Pisha Sandstone area of Loess Plateau is extremely severe in China. The Pisha Sandstone is very hard when it is dry, while it is very frail when wet. The seabuckthorn flexible dam (SFD, a type of ecological engineering, was proposed to control soil erosion and meliorate soil within the Pisha Sandstone area. To assess its effectiveness and the ecological restoration and soil improvement performance, a field experiment was conducted in this area. We found the strong sediment retention capacity of the SFD is the basis of using it to restore the ecosystem. We compared some certain ecological factors and soil quality between a gully with the SFD and a gully without the SFD, including soil moisture, soil organic matter (SOM, soil nutrients (including Ammonia Nitrogen, available phosphorus and Potassium, vegetation coverage and biodiversity. The results showed that the SFD exhibits excellent performance for ecological restoration and soil improvement of this area. The results are as follows: (i by the sediment retention action, the deposition commonly occurred in the SFD gully, and the deposition patterns are obviously different from upper to lower gully, (ii more surprisingly, unlike trees or other shrubs, the seabuckthorn has good horizontal extending capacity by its root system, (iii soil moisture, SOM, soil nutrients, vegetation coverage and biodiversity in the vegetated gully with the SFD are all markedly increased. The results showed the SFD is both effective and novel biological measure for ecological restoration and soil improvement within the Pisha Sandstone area.

  19. Ecological restoration and soil improvement performance of the seabuckthorn flexible dam in the Pisha Sandstone area of Northwestern China

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    Yang, F. S.; Cao, M. M.; Li, H. E.; Wang, X. H.; Bi, C. F.

    2014-09-01

    Soil erosion of the Pisha Sandstone area of Loess Plateau is extremely severe in China. The Pisha Sandstone is very hard when it is dry, while it is very frail when wet. The seabuckthorn flexible dam (SFD), a type of ecological engineering, was proposed to control soil erosion and meliorate soil within the Pisha Sandstone area. To assess its effectiveness and the ecological restoration and soil improvement performance, a field experiment was conducted in this area. We found the strong sediment retention capacity of the SFD is the basis of using it to restore the ecosystem. We compared some certain ecological factors and soil quality between a gully with the SFD and a gully without the SFD, including soil moisture, soil organic matter (SOM), soil nutrients (including Ammonia Nitrogen, available phosphorus and Potassium), vegetation coverage and biodiversity. The results showed that the SFD exhibits excellent performance for ecological restoration and soil improvement of this area. The results are as follows: (i) by the sediment retention action, the deposition commonly occurred in the SFD gully, and the deposition patterns are obviously different from upper to lower gully, (ii) more surprisingly, unlike trees or other shrubs, the seabuckthorn has good horizontal extending capacity by its root system, (iii) soil moisture, SOM, soil nutrients, vegetation coverage and biodiversity in the vegetated gully with the SFD are all markedly increased. The results showed the SFD is both effective and novel biological measure for ecological restoration and soil improvement within the Pisha Sandstone area.

  20. 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.

  1. 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)

  2. Product Delivery Expectations: Hanford LAW Product Performance and Acceptance Tanks Focus Area Task

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    Holtzscheiter, E.W.

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    This task has several facets all aimed at providing technical products that will support the immobilization of Hanford's Low Activity Waste. Since this task breaks new ground in developing predictive capability, a review process external to the technical team is critical for acceptance by the technical community and is key to Hanford's Performance Assessment review process.

  3. Product Delivery Expectations: Hanford LAW Product Performance and Acceptance Tanks Focus Area Task

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    This task has several facets all aimed at providing technical products that will support the immobilization of Hanford's Low Activity Waste. Since this task breaks new ground in developing predictive capability, a review process external to the technical team is critical for acceptance by the technical community and is key to Hanford's Performance Assessment review process

  4. 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

  5. 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...

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

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    Bikramaditya Das

    2010-03-01

    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.

  7. 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)

  8. Performance analysis of automatic generation control of interconnected power systems with delayed mode operation of area control error

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    Janardan Nanda

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This study presents automatic generation control (AGC of interconnected power systems comprising of two thermal and one hydro area having integral controllers. Emphasis is given to a delay in the area control error for the actuation of the supplementary controller and to examine its impact on the dynamic response against no delay which is usually the practice. Analysis is based on 50% loading condition in all the areas. The system performance is examined considering 1% step load perturbation. Results reveal that delayed mode operation provides a better system dynamic performance compared with that obtained without delay and has several distinct merits for the governor. The delay is linked with reduction in wear and tear of the secondary controller and hence increases the life of the governor. The controller gains are optimised by particle swarm optimisation. The performance of delayed mode operation of AGC at other loading conditions is also analysed. An attempt has also been made to find the impact of weights for different components in a cost function used to optimise the controller gains. A modified cost function having different weights for different components when used for controller gain optimisation improves the system performance.

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Performance of a large area avalanche photodiode in a liquid xenon ionization and scintillation chamber

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    Ni, K.; Aprile, E.; 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 207Bi and 2.6%([sigma]) for 5.5 M...

  13. Nitrogen-doped porous carbon with an ultrahigh specific surface area for superior performance supercapacitors

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    Long, Chao; Zhuang, Jianle; Xiao, Yong; Zheng, Mingtao; Hu, Hang; Dong, Hanwu; Lei, Bingfu; Zhang, Haoran; Liu, Yingliang

    2016-04-01

    Owing to its abundant nitrogen content, silk cocoon is a promising precursor for the synthesis of Nitrogen-doped porous carbon (N-PC). Using a simple staged KOH activation, the prepared sample displays particular nanostructure with ultrahigh specific surface area (3841 m2 g-1) and appropriate pore size, providing favorable pathways for transportation and penetration of electrolyte ions. Additionally, the doped nitrogen atoms ensure the samples with pseudocapacitive behavior. Those special characteristics endow N-PCs with high capacity, low resistance, and long-term stability, indicating a wonderful potential for application in energy-storage devices.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

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

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    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.

  1. 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. PMID:24030877

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  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. Experience with silicon sensor performance and quality control for a large-area detector

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    Krammer, M

    2003-01-01

    The CMS silicon tracker, at present under construction, will consist of 10 barrel layers and 2 multiplied by 9 end cap discs inside a volume of about 5.6 m length and 2.4 m radius. The total sensitive area covered by silicon will exceed 200 m**2. To cope with the expected radiation damage induced by the particle fluence at the Large Hadron Collider the detector will be operated at -10 degree C. Two companies manufacture the 25000 silicon sensors in 15 different geometries. The delivery of the sensors is under way and hence an extensive quality control program for the sensors has been put in operation. The paper gives an overview of the CMS tracker system and subsequently concentrates on the results from the sensor tests. In addition, measurements on dedicated test structures are presented which were designed to monitor the stability of the sensor production process.

  6. How Does Multiple-Packet Reception Capability Scale the Performance of Wireless Local Area Networks?

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    Jun, Ying; Zheng, Pengxuan; Liew, Soung Chang

    2010-01-01

    Thanks to its simplicity and cost efficiency, wireless local area network (WLAN) enjoys unique advantages in providing high-speed and low-cost wireless services in hot spots and indoor environments. Traditional WLAN medium-access-control (MAC) protocols assume that only one station can transmit at a time: simultaneous transmissions of more than one station cause the destruction of all packets involved. By exploiting recent advances in PHY-layer multiuser detection (MUD) techniques, it is possible for a receiver to receive multiple packets simultaneously. This paper argues that such multipacket reception (MPR) capability can greatly enhance the capacity of future WLANs. In addition, the paper provides the MAC-layer and PHY-layer designs needed to achieve the improved capacity. First, to demonstrate MPR as a powerful capacity-enhancement technique, we prove a "super-linearity" result, which states that the system throughput per unit cost increases as the MPR capability increases. Second, we show that the common...

  7. 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

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

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    2014-01-01

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. On-board electric vehicle battery charger with enhanced V2H operation mode

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    Monteiro, Vítor Duarte Fernandes; Exposto, Bruno Fernandes; Pinto, J. G.; Almeida, Raul Fernando Silva; João C. Ferreira; Meléndez, Andrés A. Nogueiras; João L Afonso

    2014-01-01

    This paper proposes an on-board Electric Vehicle (EV) battery charger with enhanced Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) operation mode. For such purpose was adapted an on-board bidirectional battery charger prototype to allow the Grid-to-Vehicle (G2V), Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and V2H operation modes. Along the paper are presented the hardware topology and the control algorithms of this battery charger. The idea underlying to this paper is the operation of the on-board bidirectional ba...

  11. 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...

  12. Reusing copper tailings in concrete: corrosion performance and socioeconomic implications for the Lefke-Xeros area of Cyprus

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    Onuaguluchi, Obinna; EREN, Özgür

    2016-01-01

    Copper mining and processing activities at an abandoned mine in the Lefke-Xeros area of Cyprus have created a huge environmental contamination problem in the locality. As an alternative mitigation and management measure, we reported in previous studies that these tailings could be used as a concrete making material. In this paper, results of an experimental investigation of the reinforcement corrosion performance and cost efficiency of 0.57 and 0.50 w/b ratio concrete containing copper tailin...

  13. Performance of a liquid argon time projection chamber exposed to the CERN West Area Neutrino Facility neutrino beam

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    We present the results of the first exposure of a Liquid Argon TPC to a multi-GeV neutrino beam. The data have been collected with a 50 liters ICARUS-like chamber located between the CHORUS and NOMAD experiments at the CERN West Area Neutrino Facility (WANF). We discuss both the instrumental performance of the detector and its capability to identify and reconstruct low-multiplicity neutrino interactions

  14. Program Plan for Revision of the Z-Area Saltstone Disposal Facility Performance Assessment

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    Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the Saltstone Project, are embarking on the next revision to the Saltstone Disposal Facility (SDF) performance assessment (PA). This program plan has been prepared to outline the general approach, scope, schedule and resources for the PA revision. The plan briefly describes the task elements of the PA process. It discusses critical PA considerations in the development of conceptual models and interpretation of results. Applicable quality assurance (QA) requirements are identified and the methods for implementing QA for both software and documentation are described. The plan identifies project resources supporting the core team and providing project oversight. Program issues and risks are identified as well as mitigation of those risks. Finally, a preliminary program schedule has been developed and key deliverables identified. A number of significant changes have been implemented since the last PA revision resulting in a new design for future SDF disposal units. This revision will encompass the existing and planned disposal units, PA critical radionuclides and exposure pathways important to SDF performance. An integrated analysis of the overall facility layout, including all disposal units, will be performed to assess the impact of plume overlap on PA results. Finally, a rigorous treatment of uncertainty will be undertaken using probabilistic simulations. This analysis will be reviewed and approved by DOE-SR, DOE-HQ and potentially the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). This revision will be completed and ready for the start of the DOE review at the end of December 2006. This work supports a Saltstone Vault 2 fee-bearing milestone. This milestone includes completion of the Vault 2 module of the PA revision by the end of FY06

  15. 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.

  16. The Direct Georeferencing Application and Performance Analysis of Uav Helicopter in Gcp-Free Area

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    Lo, C. F.; Tsai, M. L.; Chiang, K. W.; Chu, C. H.; Tsai, G. J.; Cheng, C. K.; El-Sheimy, N.; Ayman, H.

    2015-08-01

    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.

  17. Design features and performance of the LAMPF high-intensity beam area

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    LAMPF is a multi-purpose high-intensity meson factory capable of producing a 1 mA beam of 800-MeV protons. The three target cells and the beam stop facilities in the high intensity area have many special design features that are required for operation in the presence of high heat loads and intense radiation fields where accessibility is extremely limited. Reliable targets, beam windows, beam stops, beam transport and diagnostic components, vacuum enclosures, and auxiliary systems have been developed. Sophisticated remote-handling systems are employed for maintenance. Complex protection systems have been developed to guard against damage caused by errant beam. Beam availability approaching 90% has been achieved at currents of 600 to 700 μA. A new facility for direct proton and neutron radiation effects studies will be installed in 1985. The new facility will provide an integrated spallation neutron flux of up to 5 x 1017 m-2s-1 and will anable proton irradiation studies in the primary beam

  18. Dynamic and noise performance of large gate area MESFETs made in a monolithic process

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    Metal-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistors (MESFETs) with gate area up to 48,000 μm2 have been designed and fabricated using an ion-implanted GaAs monolithic process. They have been characterized at 300 K and in particular at 77 K and 4 K as they will be used at the input stage of low-noise preamplifiers for different kinds of cryogenic particle detectors. A single device with W = 6,000 μm has a 1/f noise sufficiently low to substitute it for a group of ten discrete MESFETs of the best quality put in parallel at the input of voltage-sensitive preamplifiers for bolometric detectors. A substantial reduction of noise, with high speed and low power dissipation was obtained in a prototype of a preamplifier designed for LAR calorimetry. Using the SPICE parameters extracted from measurements done on the present FETs, the authors designed monolithic low noise preamplifiers for the mentioned applications. The chips are presently under fabrication

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. The NPPR Trnava participation in the NPP V-2 modernisation and safety improvement project

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    The presented contribution deals with form, present state and results of Nuclear Power Plants Research Inst.e participation in the NPP V-2 Jaslovske Bohunice Modernization and Safety Improvement Project.(author)

  5. 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...

  6. 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

  7. 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  11. PRACTISE - Photo Rectification And ClassificaTIon SoftwarE (V.2.1)

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    Härer, S.; Bernhardt, M.; Schulz, K.

    2016-01-01

    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 normalized-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.2.1 addresses this important aspect and shows 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 utilized 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 show 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.

  12. Performance evaluation of wearable wireless body area networks during walking motions in 444.5 MHz and 2450 MHz.

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    Takizawa, Kenichi; Watanabe, Katsuhiro; Kumazawa, Masaki; Hamada, Yusuke; Ikegami, Tetsushi; Hamaguchi, Kiyoshi

    2010-01-01

    This paper gives performance evaluation of wearable wireless body area networks (WBANs) during walking motion. In order to evaluate the performance, received signal strength (RSS), packet error rate (PER), and bit error rate (BER) are measured in an anechoic chamber and an office room. This measurement is conducted in the frequency band of 444.5 and 2450 MHz by using GFSK signal with symbol rate of 1 MHz. The results show that in the anechoic chamber the WBAN using the 444.5 MHz enables to provide error-free communication, on the other hand, the WBAN operated in the 2450 MHz faces packet errors. Measurement results in the office room give comparable performance between these frequencies. From these observations, the use of 2450 MHz for wearable WBANs needs reflection waves in order to compensate a shadowing effect caused by the human body using the WBAN. PMID:21097187

  13. 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 ...

  14. Quasiparticle evolution and pseudogap formation in V2O3: An infrared spectroscopy study

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    Baldassarre, L.; Perucchi, A.; Nicoletti, D.; Toschi, A.; Sangiovanni, G.; Held, K.; M. Capone; Ortolani, M.; Malavasi, L.; Marsi, M.; Metcalf, P.; Postorino, P.; Lupi, S.

    2007-01-01

    The infrared conductivity of V2O3 is measured in the whole phase diagram. Quasiparticles appear above the Neel temperature TN and eventually disappear further enhancing the temperature, leading to a pseudogap in the optical spectrum above 425 K. Our calculations demonstrate that this loss of coherence can be explained only if the temperature dependence of lattice parameters is considered. V2O3 is therefore effectively driven from the metallic to the insulating side of the Mott transition as t...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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 against the

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Experimental intra-arterial administration of SR-2508 in the rabbit V2 carcinoma model

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    The use of the nitroimidazole radiation sensitizers, misonidazole and SR-2508, has been limited by a variety of side-effects, principally peripheral neuropathies. To increase the effectiveness of radiosensitization and reduce the administered dose of the sensitizers, intra-arterial delivery of SR-2508 was performed and followed with 10Gy of 4 MeV photon beam radiotherapy in the rabbit V2 carcinoma tumour model. Comparison was made with rabbits treated with an identical dose of SR-2508 given intravenously prior to photon beam radiotherapy. Control animals were treated with radiation therapy only, intra-arterial SR-2508 only, or had no treatment. Neither radiation therapy alone nor SR-2508 alone had any effect on tumour growth. In the intra-arterial group, tumour growth was slower and size was significantly smaller than all other groups. Results suggest that the intra-arterial infusion of radiation sensitizer produces greater tumour response than intravenous infusion when each is combined with radiation therapy. (author)

  1. Experimental intra-arterial administration of SR-2508 in the rabbit V2 carcinoma model

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    Coldwell, D.M.; Huff, J.; Marcellus, H.; Coldwell, S.G.

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    The use of the nitroimidazole radiation sensitizers, misonidazole and SR-2508, has been limited by a variety of side-effects, principally peripheral neuropathies. To increase the effectiveness of radiosensitization and reduce the administered dose of the sensitizers, intra-arterial delivery of SR-2508 was performed and followed with 10Gy of 4 MeV photon beam radiotherapy in the rabbit V2 carcinoma tumour model. Comparison was made with rabbits treated with an identical dose of SR-2508 given intravenously prior to photon beam radiotherapy. Control animals were treated with radiation therapy only, intra-arterial SR-2508 only, or had no treatment. Neither radiation therapy alone nor SR-2508 alone had any effect on tumour growth. In the intra-arterial group, tumour growth was slower and size was significantly smaller than all other groups. Results suggest that the intra-arterial infusion of radiation sensitizer produces greater tumour response than intravenous infusion when each is combined with radiation therapy.

  2. 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)

  3. MELCOR Comparative Analyses of Severe Accident of Medium LOCA for the NPP V2 Bohunice

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    This paper presents the results of safety analysis of a medium LOCA (break size 100 mm in cold leg) for the V2 Bohunice nuclear power plant (VVER-440/V-213), and compares the results calculated by various computer codes (MELCOR, MAAP, RELAP/SCADAP). The analysis is performed within the SWISSLOVAK project by the safety analysis group at the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic. The medium LOCA accident is combined with station blackout scenario which leads to the core uncovery and meltdown of the reactor core. The core meltdown is followed by the core relocation to the lower plenum, heat up of the reactor pressure vessel lower head, failure of the lower head, and debris ejection into the reactor cavity. The time of key events calculated by various computer codes is similar. The start of core melt is predicted within 0.8 to 1.08 hours and the reactor pressure vessel lower head failure is predicted within 4.1 to 6.3 hours since the initiation of the accident. A substantial release of noble gases to the environment through the permanent containment leakage is calculated. The compartmentalization of the containment and the presence of the bubble condenser affect the release of the fission products. (author)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. K0.5V2O5: A novel Li intercalation compound as positive electrode material for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    We report here for the first time the reversible electrochemical lithium insertion in the potassium vanadium bronze K0.5V2O5 leading to LixK0.5V2O5 with 0 0.5V2O5 are prepared by a fast and facile synthesis route. A specific capacity of 210 mAh g−1 is available at an average voltage of 2.6 V without any significant structural changes even after extended cycling experiments. This vanadium bronze exhibits an excellent capacity retention with still 200 mAh g−1 at C/10 after 70 cycles and a good rate capability with 140 and 120 mAh g−1 at 1 C and 1.4 C respectively. The electrochemical performance of this cathode material is one of the best among vanadium bronzes

  8. The electrochemical catalytic activity of single-walled carbon nanotubes towards VO2+/VO2+ and V3+/V2+ redox pairs for an all vanadium redox flow battery

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    Highlights: ► SWCNT shows excellent electrochemical catalytic activity towards VO2+/VO2+ and V3+/V2+ redox couples. ► The anodic reactions are more sensitive to the surface oxygen atom content change compared with the cathodic reactions. ► The enhanced battery performance clearly demonstrated that the SWCNT is suitable to be used as an electrode catalyst for VRFB. - Abstract: Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) was used as an electrode catalyst for an all vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB). The electrochemical property of SWCNT towards VO2+/VO2+ and V3+/V2+ was carefully characterized by cyclic voltammetric (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. The peak current values for these redox pairs were significantly higher on the modified glassy carbon electrode compared with those obtained on the bare electrode, suggesting the excellent electrochemical activity of the SWCNT. Moreover, it was proved that the anodic process was more dependent on the surface oxygen of the SWCNT than the cathodic process through changing its surface oxygen content. Detailed EIS analysis of different modified electrodes revealed that the charge and mass transfer processes were accelerated at the modified electrode–electrolyte interface, which could be ascribed to the large specific surface area, the surface defects and the oxygen functional groups of the SWCNT. The enhanced battery performance effectively demonstrated that the SWCNT was suitable to serve as an electrode catalyst for the VRFB.

  9. 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

  10. Modernization of Nuclear Power Plant V2 Bohunice in Slovak Republic

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    After successful completion of extensive Gradual Reconstruction (1996-2000) of Nuclear Power Plant V1 (2 x VVER440/V230), there started modernisation project of Nuclear Power Plant V2 (2 x VVER440/V213) in the site Jaslovske Bohunice with planned completion in the year 2008. The main goal and priority of NPP V2 modernisation programme is to increase safety and reliability of the operation, but also to create conditions for extension of the operating life and economy improvement of NPP V2 operation. NPP V2 units in Jaslovske Bohunice were commissioned in the year 1984 and 1985. In the year 1997, management of Slovenske Elektrarne approved goals of modernisation programme and safety increasing of NPP V2. At modernisation programme defining, there were taken into consideration results of safety assessment and recommendations for improvement of NPP with VVER 440/V213 processed within the projects IAEA, WANO, VUJE and the other organisations which have had experiences with the operation of NPP with VVER reactors (basic documents: Safety report NPP V2 after 10 years of operation, VUJE, 1993, Safety issue and their ranking for nuclear power plants WWER 440/V213 type, IAEA, 1996, Safety improvements of NPP V2 and design of their solution, VUJE, 1997). Detail range, content and schedule of programme implementation were elaborated by VUJE in the year 2001. VUJE worked out solution designs into the level of project requirements (Conceptual Design) in the document: 'Safety concept for modernisation and safety increasing of NPP V2' Modernisation works are implemented mainly in I and C and electro part, works in nuclear systems and the civil part are implemented in smaller range. Implementation works in modernisation project are realized mainly during planned units outages for refuelling. VUJE as the general designer provides elaboration of design documentation, safety documentation; support of general contractor and it is responsible for overall coordination and functionality

  11. 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

  12. Testing UAVs to perform aerial photographic survey of harp and hooded seals in the West Ice area

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    2014-01-01

    The aim of the KV “Svalbard” survey was to test two UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) to perform aerial photographic surveys of harp and hooded seal whelping patches on the drift ice in the West Ice area in the Greenland Sea. Digital cameras and a thermal infrared (IR) camera were used. We aimed to explore various survey altitudes and camera settings to obtain an optimal altitude and camera set up for photographing seal pups. Simultaneous use of digital and IR cameras enable us to explore combi...

  13. 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.

  14. Overview of the independent ASTEC V2.0 validation by SARNET partners

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    Chatelard, Patrick, E-mail: patrick.chatelard@irsn.fr [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES/SAG, Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance 13115 (France); Arndt, Siegfried [GRS, Berlin (Germany); Atanasova, Boryana [INRNE, Sofia (Bulgaria); Bandini, Giacomino [ENEA, Bologne (Italy); Bleyer, Alexandre [Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), PSN-RES/SAG, Cadarache, Saint-Paul-lez-Durance 13115 (France); Brähler, Thimo [RUB, Bochum (Germany); Buck, Michael [IKE, Stuttgart (Germany); Kljenak, Ivo [JSI, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kujal, Bohumir [UJV, Rez (Czech Republic)

    2014-06-01

    Significant efforts are put into the assessment of the severe accident integral code ASTEC, jointly developed since several years by IRSN and GRS, either through comparison with results of the most important international experiments or through benchmarks with other severe accident simulation codes on plant applications. These efforts are done in first priority by the code developers’ organisations, IRSN and GRS, and also by numerous partners, in particular in the frame of the SARNET European network. The first version of the new series ASTEC V2 had been released in July 2009 to SARNET partners. Two subsequent V2.0 code revisions, including several modelling improvements, have been then released to the same partners, respectively in 2010 and 2011. This paper summarises first the approach of ASTEC validation vs. experiments, along with a description of the validation matrix, and presents then a few examples of applications of the ASTEC V2.0-rev1 version carried out in 2011 by the SARNET users. These calculation examples are selected in a way to cover diverse aspects of severe accident phenomenology, i.e. to cover both in-vessel and ex-vessel processes, in order to provide a good picture of the current ASTEC V2 capabilities. Finally, the main lessons drawn from this joint validation task are summarised, along with an evaluation of the current physical modelling relevance and thus an identification of the ASTEC V2.0 validity domain.

  15. 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.

  16. 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。

  17. 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

  18. Advanced Placement[R] Exam-Taking and Performance: Relationships with First-Year Subject Area College Grades. Research Report 2011-4

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    Patterson, Brian F.; Packman, Sheryl; Kobrin, Jennifer L.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Advanced Placement[R] (AP[R]) exam participation and performance on college grades for courses taken in the same subject area as students' AP Exam(s). Students' first-year college subject area grade point averages (SGPAs) were examined in nine subject areas: mathematics, computer science,…

  19. 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.

  20. 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. PMID:26983348

  1. Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Substituted Desloratadines as Potent Arginine Vasopressin V2 Receptor Antagonists

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Twenty-one non-peptide substituted desloratadine class compounds were synthesized as novel arginine vasopressin receptor antagonists from desloratadine via successive acylation, reduction and acylation reactions. Their structures were characterized by 1H-NMR and HRMS, their biological activity was evaluated by in vitro and in vivo studies. The in vitro binding assay and cAMP accumulation assay indicated that these compounds are potent selective V2 receptor antagonists. Among them compounds 1n, 1t and 1v exhibited both high affinity and promising selectivity for V2 receptors. The in vivo diuretic assay demonstrated that 1t presented remarkable diuretic activity. In conclusion, 1t is a potent novel AVP V2 receptor antagonist candidate.

  2. 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...... of recombinant Ves v 2 was determined at 2.0 A resolution and reveals a central (beta/alpha)(7) core that is further stabilized by two disulfide bonds (Cys19-Cys308 and Cys185-Cys197). Based on sequence alignments and structural comparison with the honeybee allergen Api m 2, it is proposed that a...... conserved cavity near the active site is involved in binding of the substrate. Surface epitopes and putative glycosylation sites have been compared with those of two other major group 2 allergens from Apis mellifera (honeybee) and Dolichovespula maculata (white-faced hornet). The analysis suggests that the...

  3. Mechanism of oxygen ion transfer in oxide melts based on V2O5

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    Klimashin, A. A.; Belousov, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    A model of oxygen ion transport in molten V2O5 is proposed. Within the framework of this model, the values of the parabolic rate constant of the catastrophic oxidation of copper in contact with V2O5 and oxygen flux through an ion transport membrane with liquid-channel grain-boundary structure on the basis of V2O5 are calculated as k'' = 2.4 × 10-5 kg2/(m4 s) and J = 2.7 × 10-4 mol/(m2 s) at 700°C. These values are in agreement with the experimental data in order of magnitude, indicating the agreement between theory and experiment.

  4. 51V-NMR study of the Kagome staircase compound Co3V2O8

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    Kagome staircase compound Co3V2O8 (S = 3/2) has a structure very similar to multiferroic compound Ni3V2Og (S = 1), but their magnetic phase diagrams differ noticeably. We present the results of the first NMR study in Co3V2O8 single crystal. From 51V-NMR spectra, the components of electric field gradient (EFG) tensor and of magnetic shifts tensor, Ki, are obtained. The temperature dependences of NMR shifts 51Ki for each main crystal axis direction are well described by a spin contributions in the paramagnetic phase. In ferromagnetic phase the zero field 51V-NMR spectrum is observed in the temperature range of 1.5-6.3 K.

  5. 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)

  6. 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

    -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...... depend on the transmitter antenna height, reaching maximum values of 21-23 dB. The statistical analysis also shows that the differences in shadow level due to the non-symmetries of the obstacle truck are in the order of approximately 2 dB. A simple 3D ray-tracing simulation is validated against the...

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Performance evaluation of of caesium, iodine, strontium and ruthenium isotopes in urban areas after contamination by accidental release

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    The exposures of urban populations to the radiation derived from the deposition, after accidental atmospheric releases, of I37Cs, 134Cs, 129I, 131I, 133I, 89Sr, l03Ru and 106Ru were assessed, using the integrated system for the evaluation of environmental radiological impact in emergency situations (SIEM), developed by the Instituto de Radioprotecao e Dosimetria (IRD) / Comissao Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN). These radionuclides are fission products likely to be emitted in the occurrence of severe nuclear reactor accidents. Their environmental behaviour in urban areas, due to their deposition in soil, in urban surfaces and in vegetable-garden food products, such as leafy and non-leafy vegetables, were analyzed, and dose assessments at the short, medium and long terms were performed, with and without the application of protective measures for reduction of doses. Simulations of unitary initial deposition for each radionuclide and of two different potential accidents involving pressurized water reactors (PWR), with different source terms and distinct deposition for each radionuclide, were performed. Results were analyzed on the basis of the relative relevance of radionuclides and pathways for the exposure of members of the public, as a function of age and time after the release. It was also performed an assessment of the effectiveness of protective measures as a function of the moment of their implementation. (author)

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. The K2O-CaO-V2O5 system

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    The phase composition of the K2O-CaO-V2O5 system in the subsolidus region is investigated. The proper phase equilibrium diagram is plotted. The formation in the system of two new compounds-binary pyrovanadate K2CaV v2O7 and binary orthovanadate K4Ca(VO4)2 has been found. The temperatures of peritectic melting of the salts are 680 and 1250 deg c, respectively. Some physico-chemical characteristics of binary potassium- and calcium vanadates are determined

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. The Effect of Acidic and Redox Properties of V2O5/CeO2-ZrO2 Catalysts in Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3

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    Putluru, Siva Sankar Reddy; Riisager, Anders; Fehrmann, Rasmus

    2009-01-01

    V2O5 supported ZrO2 and CeO2–ZrO2 catalysts were prepared and characterized by N2 physisorption, XRPD, TPR, and NH3-TPD methods. The influence of calcination temperature from 400 to 600 °C on crystallinity, acidic and redox properties were studied and compared with the catalytic activity in the...... selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with ammonia. The surface area of the catalysts decreased gradually with increasing calcination temperature. The SCR activity of V2O5/ZrO2 catalysts was found to be related with the support crystallinity, whereas V2O5/CeO2–ZrO2 catalysts were also dependent on...... acidic and redox properties of the catalyst. The V2O5/CeO2–ZrO2 catalysts showed high activity and selectivity for reduction of NO with NH3....

  20. 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.

  1. Performance of an Arrangement of Several Large-Area Proportional Counters for the Assessment of Pu239 Lung Burdens

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    If plutonium-239 has been deposited in the human lung, some of the emitted soft X-rays can be measured from the outside by proportional counters. Efficiency of such measurements depends on sensitive area and geometrical arrangement of the counters in regard to the body, on absorption of the X-rays inside the counter, on reduction of the radiation in the wall or window of the counter, on the background of the counter and on stability of this background in spite of β- and γ- radiation coming from other nuclides than plutonium-239 in the body. Most of these parameters are optimized by using three large-area, thin-window, argon filled proportional counters mounted inside a large steel-room opposite the chest and both lung lobes of a sitting patient. These counters are anti-coincidence shielded in such a way that only soft X-rays causing the origination of photoelectrons inside the measuring counter proper are detected. The effect is enforced by passing the electrical pulses through a one-channel pulse height analyser. Construction and performance of such an arrangement are described in the paper. (author)

  2. 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.

  3. Breeding performance of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) and great tits (Parus major) in a heavy metal polluted area

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    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.

  4. Freeze-drying synthesis of Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: ► Li3V2(PO4)3/C was synthesized by freeze-drying method. ► A specific capacity of 105.6 mAh g−1 can be obtained at 14.8 C. ► 93.3 mAh g−1 can be delivered at a higher current density of 29.6 C. ► The Li3V2(PO4)3/C electrode shows a good cycling performance. - Abstract: Li3V2(PO4)3/C cathode material was synthesized by using a freeze-drying method followed by carbon-thermal reduction. This as-prepared material has a uniform particle size distribution and a well carbon coating on the surface of Li3V2(PO4)3 particles. The Li3V2(PO4)3/C exhibits good electrochemical performance and cycling stability. Between 3.0 and 4.3 V, the composite delivered a reversible capacity of 125.2 mAh g−1 at a charge–discharge rate of 1.48 C (1 C = 133 mA g−1) and without obviously capacity fading after 100 cycles. Even at 14.8 C and 29.6 C rates, it can still deliver discharge capacities of 105.6 mAh g−1 and 93.3 mAh g−1, and the discharge capacities of 84.5 and 60.5 mAh g−1 are sustained after 500 cycles, respectively.

  5. Modernization and safety improvement project of the NPP V-2 Jaslovske Bohunice

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    The contribution deals with form, present state and results of Nuclear Power Plants Research Institute (the Slovak acronym is VUJE - Vyskumny Ustav Jadrovych Elektrarni) participation in the NPP V-2 Jaslovske Bohunice Modernization and Safety Improvement Project. Short description of VUJE history, activity and results is also done as well as NPPs Jaslovske Bohunice characterization. (authors)

  6. Strong orbital fluctuations in multipolar ordered states of 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. The 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 an orbital quantum critical point. Here we report the anomalous metallic behaviors found in a pure single crystal of PrV2Al20. Our detailed analyses revealed that the resistivity indicates power law temperature dependence proportional to T3. Furthermore, we pointed out that the 4f electron contribution to the specific heat also exhibits power law behavior proportional to T4. Both observations are in a sharp contrast to the gapped behavior found in PrTi2Al20 and indicate the strong c-f hybridization and strong orbital fluctuations in PrV2Al20. In addition, the 4f electron contribution to the entropy in PrV2Al20 reaches only 50% of R ln 2 at an orbital ordering at T=0.75 K, suggesting another 50% of R ln 2 expected for Γ3 doublet is already released at higher temperature possibly due to quadrupole Kondo effect.

  7. Price-based Energy Control for V2G Networks in the Industrial Smart Grid

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    Rong Yu

    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.

  8. Correlation between the high temperature anomalies in V2O3 and the lattice parameters

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    A single phase corundum type structure was observed in V2O3 from 165 to 1100 K. An anomalous behaviour of the lattice parameters of the rhombohedral unit cell was found in the high temperature region where V2O3 undergoes a broad electrical transition. The unit cell edge asub(R) contracts above 165 K, reaching a minimum at 533 K, after which there is a sharp increase. Above 595 K asub(R) expands continuously and then almost linearly above 775 K. The temperature dependence of the rhombohedral angle shows two distinct regions, and the volume expansion follows the variation of angle: the change of the rate of expansion coincides with the minimum of asub(R). The contraction of asub(R) corresponds to a reduction in certain second-neighbor V-V distances. The results show that a gradual transition is taking place in V2O3 from an α type structure to a β type characteristic of the Cr-doped V2O3 compounds. In addition, the sharp dip of the asub(R) curve occurs at nearly the same temperature as the peak previously observed in small angle scattering of neutrons. It is presumed that the two effects are related, and that the critical-like behaviour of asub(R) is due to some dynamic magnetoelastic effect involving second neighbor V-V interactions. (author)

  9. Hydrogen photochromism in V2O5 layers prepared by the sol–gel technology

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We prepared the V2O5 gel layer by the sol–gel technology to investigate the photochromism. • The comprehensive characterization of the gels was carried out with the help of different technique. • The photochromic sensitivity of the layers was enhanced with thickness. • The position of the arising absorption band in the spectral range was dependant on the concentration of inserted hydrogen atoms. - Abstract: Here we report on hydrogen photochromism in V2O5 highly disordered layers, i.e., photochromism that occurs due to hydrogen atoms; the hydrogen being detached under the action of light from organic molecules adsorbed on the oxide surface, whereas the V2O5 layers have been prepared by the sol–gel technology. The comprehensive characterization of the layers has been carried out, as well as the investigation of the parameters influencing their photochromic sensitivity. The high photochromic sensitivity of the V2O5 layers is provided by the surface Grotthuss diffusion of the injected protons

  10. 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...

  11. Disorder effects in the S=1 antiferromagnetic spin ladder CaV2O4

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    Guitarra, S. R.; Caneiro, A.; Niebieskikwiat, D.

    2015-10-01

    We study the physical properties of the antiferromagnetic spin ladder CaV2O4 (CVO) and the Y-doped related compound Ca0.9Y0.1V2O4. In the latter, X-ray diffraction demonstrates the segregation of a small amount of a vanadium-perovskite impurity phase, leading to the formation of V vacancies within the main CVO-type structure. The 1D character of this calcium-vanadite enhances the influence of the vacancies on the electric and magnetic properties of Ca0.9Y0.1V2O4. Electrical transport is characterized by a variable-range hopping mechanism determined by the charging energy of nm-sized segments of V chains delimited by V vacancies, i.e. a Coulomb gap is formed at the Fermi level. These vacancies also locally affect the magnetic correlations, breaking the long-range AFM order observed in CaV2O4 and producing exchange bias when the Y-doped sample is cooled with an applied magnetic field.

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Microwave-Assisted Solvothermal Synthesis of VO2 Hollow Spheres and Their Conversion into V2O5 Hollow Spheres with Improved Lithium Storage Capability.

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    Pan, Jing; Zhong, Li; Li, Ming; Luo, Yuanyuan; Li, Guanghai

    2016-01-22

    Monodispersed hierarchically structured V2O5 hollow spheres were successfully obtained from orthorhombic VO2 hollow spheres, which are in turn synthesized by a simple template-free microwave-assisted solvothermal method. The structural evolution of VO2 hollow spheres has been studied and explained by a chemically induced self-transformation process. The reaction time and water content in the reaction solution have a great influence on the morphology and phase structure of the resulting products in the solvothermal reaction. The diameter of the VO2 hollow spheres can be regulated simply by changing vanadium ion content in the reaction solution. The VO2 hollow spheres can be transformed into V2O5 hollow spheres with nearly no morphological change by annealing in air. The nanorods composed of V2O5 hollow spheres have an average length of about 70 nm and width of about 19 nm. When used as a cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, the V2O5 hollow spheres display a diameter-dependent electrochemical performance, and the 440 nm hollow spheres show the highest specific discharge capacity of 377.5 mAhg(-1) at a current density of 50 mAg(-1) , and are better than the corresponding solid spheres and nanorod assemblies. PMID:26749240

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Hydrological simulation approaches for BMPs and LID practices in highly urbanized area and development of hydrological performance indicator system

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    Yan-wei SUN

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Urbanization causes hydrological change and increases stormwater runoff volumes, leading to flooding, erosion, and the degradation of instream ecosystem health. Best management practices (BMPs, like detention ponds and infiltration trenches, have been widely used to control flood runoff events for the past decade. However, low impact development (LID options have been proposed as an alternative approach to better mimic the natural flow regime by using decentralized designs to control stormwater runoff at the source, rather than at a centralized location in the watershed. For highly urbanized areas, LID stormwater management practices such as bioretention cells and porous pavements can be used to retrofit existing infrastructure and reduce runoff volumes and peak flows. This paper describes a modeling approach to incorporate these LID practices and the two BMPs of detention ponds and infiltration trenches in an existing hydrological model to estimate the impacts of BMPs and LID practices on the surface runoff. The modeling approach has been used in a parking lot located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA, to predict hydrological performance of BMPs and LID practices. A performance indicator system including the flow duration curve, peak flow frequency exceedance curve, and runoff coefficient have been developed in an attempt to represent impacts of BMPs and LID practices on the entire spectrum of the runoff regime. Results demonstrate that use of these BMPs and LID practices leads to significant stormwater control for small rainfall events and less control for flood events.

  2. The influence of normal stress anisotropy in predicting scalar dispersion with the v2-f model

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    Highlights: → Capturing flow anisotropy key to predicting scalar dispersion from localized sources. → Boussinesq approximation and a scalar turbulent diffusivity limit dispersion prediction potential. → Anisotropy information from the v2-f model incorporated with algebraic scalar flux models. → Predictions of three-component turbulent scalar flux comparable to second moment closure approach. - Abstract: A numerical study of scalar dispersion is presented to investigate the effectiveness of pairing the v2-f turbulence model with algebraic models for the scalar flux. This approach is contrasted with utilizing a full Second Moment Closure (SMC) as the flow field input to the scalar model. Predictions of scalar transport in a turbulent channel and over a wavy wall are compared to available DNS databases. The latter case includes a scalar release from a point source and therefore detailed comparisons of the three-component turbulent scalar flux are reported. It is found that the transported variable v2, representing the near wall turbulent velocity fluctuation scale, can be used to increase the level of normal stress anisotropy provided to algebraic scalar models and thereby improve mean scalar prediction over that of the Standard Gradient Diffusion Hypothesis (SGDH). Improvement is most significant in the near wall region. Three specifications of the normal stresses, derived from v2, are considered to provide the link from the v2-f model to the algebraic flux models used to close the scalar transport equation. Barycentric maps are used to examine the state of turbulence anisotropy in each case. As the anisotropy in the normal stress specification becomes more accurate, improvements are realized in the prediction of the spanwise flux as well as the mean concentration.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. No Damage of Dietary Dried Fermented Ginger Diet without Antibiotics on Growth Performance in Broilers Reared in Tropical Area

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    Duddoa Khonyoung

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The experiment was carried out to determine whether the dietary Dried Fermented Ginger (DFG has no affecting damage on broiler growth performance and can also be applicable in tropical and subtropical area using basal diets without antibiotics. Approach: Three hundred and fifty 7-d-old Arbor Acres broiler chicks were divided into one basal diet group (control and 6 experimental groups. The basal diets were adequately formulated, but not added with antibiotics. Among the 6 DFG groups, 3 groups were fed each basal diet supplemented with DFG at 0.25 (0.25 S, 0.5 (0.5 S and 1% (1 S levels from 7-42 days of age (starter groups. The remaining 3 DFG groups were fed the starter basal diet until 21 days of age. At 22 days of age, they were switched to finisher diet supplemented with DFG at 0.25 (0.25 F, 0.5 (0.5 F and 1% (1 F, from 22-42 days of age (finisher groups. Results: Feed intake, body weight gain and feed efficiency were not significantly different among the groups (p>0.05. However, when the body weight gain of the control was expressed as an index of 100, the body weight gain index of the DFG groups was better than the control except the 0.25 S groups. Compared to the body weight gain index of the starter groups, they showed the better index. The values of feed efficiency were also better in all the experimental groups than in the control. Conclusion: The present results suggest that DFG can apply to tropical and subtropical area as a natural supplementation without antibiotics and it is better to supplement to basal diet during finisher stage (from 22 days old.

  8. 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

  9. VLBI observations of the V=1 and V=2 SiO masers in W Hydra and VX Sagittarius

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    Previous observations established the small angular size and high brightness temperature of emission from the v=1, J=1-0 transition of SiO from the circumstellar envelopes of the supergiant VX Sgr and the Mira variable R Cas. A second VLBI experiment was performed on the SiO masers in several late type stars on 31 Oct.-2 Nov. 1978 to compare the physical characteristics of the SiO masers in the v=1 and v=2 states. With an energy separation of 1258 cm-1 (an equivalent temperature of 1753 K) between the two vibrational states, differences in excitation and pumping of the maser states may lead to different maser properties. (Auth.)

  10. 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.

  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. Nuclear Transparency and Single Particle Spectral Functions from Quasielastic A(e,e'p) Reactions up to Q2=8.1 GeV2

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    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.

  13. 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

  14. Crystal structure investigation of the barium vanadyl-vanadate: Ba2(VO)V2O8

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    Single crystals of Ba2(VO)V2O8 have been prepared by solid state reactions of Ba2V2O7, V2O3 and V2O5 in sealed silica tubes. This compound crystallizes with monoclinic symmetry, space group C22-P21, a 8.1174(9), b = 5.9699(9), c = 9.2903(9) A, β = 113.94(1) , Z = 2. V5+ shows tetrahedral coordination. V4+ inside 1∞[V(3)O4] chains is characterized by a square pyramidal coordination with a short apical V-O distance of 1.6 A typically for vanadyl groups. Ba2(VO)V2O8 represents a new structure type and is not isotypic to Sr2(VO)V2O8. (orig.)

  15. 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.

  16. A simple method to retrospectively estimate patient dose-area product for chest tomosynthesis examinations performed using VolumeRAD

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    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

  17. THE PERFORMANCE OF UPLAND RICE ESTABLISHED ON ALANG-ALANG DOMINATED AREA AFTER VARIOUS TECHNIQUES OF ALANG-ALANG CONTROL

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    S. TJITROSEMITO

    1992-01-01

    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.

  18. Synthesis of single crystals of V2AlC phase by high-temperature solution growth and slow cooling technique

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    Single-crystalline platelets of the nanolaminated V2AlC phase have been produced by high-temperature solution growth followed by a slow cooling process, with areas ranging from a few mm2 up to almost 1 cm2. Structural characterization confirms the single-crystalline character of the samples. The surface morphology of the V2AlC crystals is flat and devoid of dendrites. Well-defined steps and terraces indicate a step flow growth process. Emphasis is put on the mechanical cleavage of the samples which can be achieved in the basal plane thanks to the existence of the weakly bonded Al atomic planes. The cleavage surface exhibits terraces ending with a triangular shape and with a height equal to an integer number of half-lattice units

  19. 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

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    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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. Large-area aligned growth of single-crystalline organic nanowire arrays for high-performance photodetectors

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    Due to their extraordinary properties, single-crystalline organic nanowires (NWs) are important building blocks for future low-cost and efficient nano-optoelectronic devices. However, it remains a critical challenge to assemble organic NWs rationally in an orientation-, dimensionality- and location-controlled manner. Herein, we demonstrate a feasible method for aligned growth of single-crystalline copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) NW arrays with high density, large-area uniformity and perfect crossed alignment by using Au film as a template. The growth process was investigated in detail. The Au film was found to have a critical function in the aligned growth of NWs, but may only serve as the active site for NW nucleation because of the large surface energy, as well as direct the subsequent aligned growth. The as-prepared NWs were then transferred to construct single NW-based photoconductive devices, which demonstrated excellent photoresponse properties with robust stability and reproducibility; the device showed a high switching ratio of ∼180, a fast response speed of ∼100 ms and could stand continuous operation up to 2 h. Importantly, this strategy can be extended to other organic molecules for their synthesis of NW arrays, revealing great potential for use in the construction of large-scale high-performance functional nano-optoelectronic devices. (paper)

  3. Electrodos híbridos a base de Polianilina/V2O5 para el desarrollo de baterías plásticas de litio

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    Gómez-Romero, P.

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available We present the synthesis and characterization of the hybrid PAni/V2O5 and its performance as cathode in reversible lithium cells. The synthesis was made directly from the V2O5 gel. We observe a direct relationship between the synthesis conditions and the specific charge (Ah/Kg obtained during the analysis of the material as cathode in lithium batteries. On the other hand, oxygen treatments were carried out to increase the oxidation state of the V2O5 in the hybrid material. Higher temperatures and period of treatment leads to the decomposition of the organic part of the hybrid PAni/V2O5. The syntesis conditions of the hybrid, showed great influence over the specific charge. Values as high as 302 Ah/Kg were observed at slow discharge rate (C/48 and 200-238 Ah/Kg at discharge rate of C/12, this values correspond to the insertion of 2.7 and 2.08 lithium ions respectively. These values demonstrate the synergic response between PAni and the V2O5 oxide material.Presentamos la síntesis y caracterización del híbrido PAni/V2O5 y su aplicación como cátodo en baterías reversibles de litio. La síntesis se realizó directamente a partir del hidrogel de V2O5. Observamos una relación directa entre las condiciones de síntesis y la carga específica (Ah/Kg obtenida durante el análisis del material como cátodo en baterías recargables de litio. Por otro lado, se llevaron a cabo tratamientos con oxígeno para aumentar el estado de oxidación del V2O5 en el material híbrido. El uso de mayores temperaturas y tiempos de reacción provoca la descomposición de la parte orgánica del híbrido PAni/V2O5. La carga específica y tratamientos posteriores de los híbridos obtenidos son muy sensibles a las condiciones de síntesis. Se observaron valores tan elevados como 302 Ah/Kg a baja velocidad de descarga (C/48 y 200-238 Ah/Kg a una velocidad de descarga de C/12, valores que corresponden a la inserción de 2.7 y 2.08 iones litio respectivamente. Estos valores

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Mn2V2O7

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    Sannigrahi, J.; Giri, S.; Majumdar, S.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic and dielectric properties of the manganese di-vanadate compound Mn2V2O7 are reported. The sample shows martensitic type structural transition close to room temperature which is evident both in the magnetic and dielectric data. Mn2V2O7 shows signature of antiferromagnetic type ordering around 17 K with concomitant anomaly in the dielectric properties at the same point, although no spontaneous electric polarization was found below 17 K. This clearly signifies a magnetic order driven electric anomaly and possibly it is antiferroelectric type with no net polarization. The dielectric relaxation behaviours show marked difference across the structural transition close to room temperature. Interestingly, the sample shows reversible switching behaviour across the structural transition close to 300 K between high and low dielectric states which can have important practical applications.

  11. Design Approach for Vehicle To Vehicle (V2V Dissemination of Messages in Vehicular Adhoc Network

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    Amita Meshram

    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 -

  12. A microscopic view on the Mott transition in chromium-doped V(2)O(3).

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    Lupi, S; Baldassarre, L; Mansart, B; Perucchi, A; Barinov, A; Dudin, P; Papalazarou, E; Rodolakis, F; Rueff, J-P; Itié, J-P; Ravy, S; Nicoletti, D; Postorino, P; Hansmann, P; Parragh, N; Toschi, A; Saha-Dasgupta, T; Andersen, O K; Sangiovanni, G; Held, K; Marsi, M

    2010-01-01

    V(2)O(3) is the prototype system for the Mott transition, one of the most fundamental phenomena of electronic correlation. Temperature, doping or pressure induce a metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) between a paramagnetic metal (PM) and a paramagnetic insulator. This or related MITs have a high technological potential, among others, for intelligent windows and field effect transistors. However the spatial scale on which such transitions develop is not known in spite of their importance for research and applications. Here we unveil for the first time the MIT in Cr-doped V(2)O(3) with submicron lateral resolution: with decreasing temperature, microscopic domains become metallic and coexist with an insulating background. This explains why the associated PM phase is actually a poor metal. The phase separation can be associated with a thermodynamic instability near the transition. This instability is reduced by pressure, that promotes a genuine Mott transition to an eventually homogeneous metallic state. PMID:21045823

  13. FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH KINECT V2 SENSOR FOR CLOSE RANGE 3D MODELLING

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    E. Lachat

    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. On the phase composition of BaO-V2O5 system

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    Ba3V4O13(1) and new vanadate Ba4V2O9(2) are synthesized from BaO and Ba3V2O8 at 700 deg C during 80 hs. Compound 1 is crystallized in monoclinic syngony, elementary cell parameters are as follows: a=15.073±0.015, b=8.94±0.009, c=10.16±0.01 A; β=103.495±0.014 deg. Vanadate 2 is crystallized in tetragonal syngony with the following cell parameters: a=18.75±0.01; c=18.09±0.01 A. At 800-1000 deg C vanadate 2 reacts with the air carbon dioxide with formation of carbonate and orthovanadate. IR spectra and roentgenographic properties of the prepared compounds are studied

  15. CGC/saturation approach for high energy soft interactions: v2 in proton-proton collisions

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    Gotsman, E.; Levin, E.; Maor, U.; Tapia, S.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper we continue our program to construct a model for high energy soft interactions, based on the CGC/saturation approach. We demonstrate that in our model, which describes diffractive physics as well as multiparticle production at high energy, the density variation mechanism leads to the value of v2 , which is about 60%-70% of the measured v2 . Bearing in mind that in the CGC/saturation approach there are two other mechanisms present, Bose enhancement in the wave function and local anisotropy, we believe that the azimuthal long range rapidity correlations in proton-proton collisions stem from the CGC/saturation physics, and not from quark-gluon plasma production.

  16. 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.

  17. Rattling-enhanced superconductivity in M V2A l20(M =Sc ,Lu ,Y ) intermetallic cage compounds

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    Winiarski, M. J.; Wiendlocha, B.; Sternik, M.; Wiśniewski, P.; O'Brien, J. R.; Kaczorowski, D.; Klimczuk, T.

    2016-04-01

    Polycrystalline samples of four intermetallic compounds: M V2A l20 (M =Sc , Y, La, and Lu) were synthesized using an arc-melting technique. The crystal structures were analyzed by means of powder x-ray diffraction and Rietveld analysis, and the physical properties were studied by means of heat capacity, electrical resistivity, and magnetic susceptibility measurements down to 0.4 K. For Sc V2A l20 , Lu V2A l20 , and Y V2A l20 , superconductivity was observed with critical temperatures Tc=1.00 , 0.57, and 0.60 K, respectively. Superconductivity for the Lu compound is reported. Theoretical calculations of the electronic and phonon structures were conducted in order to analyze the superconductivity and dynamics in Sc V2A l20 , Y V2A l20 , and Lu V2A l20 and to explain the lack of a superconducting transition in La V2A l20 down to 0.4 K. The results of the experimental and theoretical studies show that all the compounds are weakly coupled type-II BCS superconductors, and reveal the importance of the M -atom anharmonic "rattling" modes for the superconductivity in these materials, which seem to enhance Tc, especially for Sc V2A l20 .

  18. 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...

  19. Lattice parameter anomalies in V2O3 at high temperature

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    The rhombohedral lattice parameters of pure V2O3 show anomalous behaviour in the high temperature region. The change in the rate of expansion of the rhombohedral angle αsub(R) occurs at 533 K where the lattice constant asub(R) reaches a minimum. The sharp dip at 533 K in the asub(R) curve can be correlated with the peak observed in recent small angle scattering of neutrons and might be due to some dynamic magnetoelastic effect. (author)

  20. The first disease connection for Ca(v)2.2 channels

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    Weiss, Norbert

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 34, č. 3 (2015), s. 217-219. ISSN 0231-5882 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-13556S; GA MŠk 7AMB15FR015 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : calcium channel * Ca(v)2.2 channel * channelopathies * myoclonus-dystonia syndrome Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry Impact factor: 1.173, year: 2014

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Investigation on V2O5 recovery from spent vanadium catalysts

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    Possibilities of utilization of the spent vanadium catalysts, and especially of recovery of its most expensive component - V2O5, have been investigated. Two methods have been tested; one consisting in sintering the catalyst with appropriate fluxes with subsequent leaching the sinter with water to liberate the vanadium compounds and alternatively a method in which the vanadium compounds were leached from the catalyst with a sodium hydroxide solution with and without the addition of an oxidizing agent. (author). 5 refs, 2 tabs

  5. 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

  6. A Microscopic View on the Mott transition in Chromium-doped V2O3

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    Lupi, S.; Baldassarre, L.; Mansart, B.; Perucchi, A.; Barinov, A.; Dudin, P.; Papalazarou, E.; Rodolakis, F.; Rueff, J. -P.; Itié, J.-P.; Ravy, S.; Nicoletti, D.; Postorino, P.; Hansmann, P.; Parragh, N.

    2010-01-01

    V2O3 is the prototype system for the Mott transition, one of the most fundamental phenomena of electronic correlation. Temperature, doping or pressure induce a metal to insulator transition (MIT) between a paramagnetic metal (PM) and a paramagnetic insulator (PI). This or related MITs have a high technological potential, among others for intelligent windows and field effect transistors. However the spatial scale on which such transitions develop is not known in spite of their importance for r...

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Synthesis, structural and electrochemical properties of electron beam evaporated V2O5 thin films

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    Vanadium pentoxide is one of the most promising cathode materials because it offers high energy density, low cost, low toxicity over the other cathode materials. Its layered and open structure makes this material in thin film form well suited for electro-chemical insertion reactions with the Li ions. In the present investigation, V2O5 thin films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation technique on gold coated silicon substrates maintained at a substrate temperature of 250°C in an oxygen partial pressure of 2 × 10−4 mbar. The XRD patterns exhibited three predominant diffraction peaks corresponding to (200) (001) and (400) planes of orthorhombic phase of V2O5 with Pmnm space group. The electrochemical characteristics of V2O5 thin films with thickness of 600 nm were examined in non-aqueous region. The film exhibited step wise discharge with two plateaus. The as-deposited film delivered a discharge capacity of 70 μAh/(cm2-μm) at a current density of 30 μA/cm2. Annealing of these films at 450°C exhibited a better discharge capacity of 90 μAh/(cm2-μm).

  14. Synthesis, structural and electrochemical properties of electron beam evaporated V2O5 thin films

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    Hussain, O. M.; Rosaiah, P.

    2012-06-01

    Vanadium pentoxide is one of the most promising cathode materials because it offers high energy density, low cost, low toxicity over the other cathode materials. Its layered and open structure makes this material in thin film form well suited for electro-chemical insertion reactions with the Li ions. In the present investigation, V2O5 thin films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation technique on gold coated silicon substrates maintained at a substrate temperature of 250°C in an oxygen partial pressure of 2 × 10-4 mbar. The XRD patterns exhibited three predominant diffraction peaks corresponding to (200) (001) and (400) planes of orthorhombic phase of V2O5 with Pmnm space group. The electrochemical characteristics of V2O5 thin films with thickness of 600 nm were examined in non-aqueous region. The film exhibited step wise discharge with two plateaus. The as-deposited film delivered a discharge capacity of 70 μAh/(cm2-μm) at a current density of 30 μA/cm2. Annealing of these films at 450°C exhibited a better discharge capacity of 90 μAh/(cm2-μm).

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Spatial structure of neuronal receptive field in awake monkey secondary visual cortex (V2).

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    Liu, Lu; She, Liang; Chen, Ming; Liu, Tianyi; Lu, Haidong D; Dan, Yang; Poo, Mu-ming

    2016-02-16

    Visual processing depends critically on the receptive field (RF) properties of visual neurons. However, comprehensive characterization of RFs beyond the primary visual cortex (V1) remains a challenge. Here we report fine RF structures in secondary visual cortex (V2) of awake macaque monkeys, identified through a projection pursuit regression analysis of neuronal responses to natural images. We found that V2 RFs could be broadly classified as V1-like (typical Gabor-shaped subunits), ultralong (subunits with high aspect ratios), or complex-shaped (subunits with multiple oriented components). Furthermore, single-unit recordings from functional domains identified by intrinsic optical imaging showed that neurons with ultralong RFs were primarily localized within pale stripes, whereas neurons with complex-shaped RFs were more concentrated in thin stripes. Thus, by combining single-unit recording with optical imaging and a computational approach, we identified RF subunits underlying spatial feature selectivity of V2 neurons and demonstrated the functional organization of these RF properties. PMID:26839410

  18. 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

  19. LiV2O4: A heavy fermion transition metal oxide

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    The format of this dissertation is as follows. In the remainder of Chapter 1, brief introductions and reviews are given to the topics of frustration, heavy fermions and spinels including the precedent work of LiV2O4. In Chapter 2, as a general overview of this work the important publication in Physical Review Letters by the author of this dissertation and collaborators regarding the discovery of the heavy fermion behavior in LiV2O4 is introduced [removed for separate processing]. The preparation methods employed by the author for nine LiV2O4 and two Li1+xTi2-xO4 (x = 0 and 1/3) polycrystalline samples are introduced in Chapter 3. The subsequent structural characterization of the LiV2O4 and Li1+xTi2-xO4 samples was done by the author using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), x-ray diffraction measurements and their structural refinements by the Rietveld analysis. The results of the characterization are detailed in Chapter 3. In Chapter 4 magnetization measurements carried out by the author are detailed. In Chapter 5, after briefly discussing the resistivity measurement results including the single-crystal work by Rogers et al., for the purpose of clear characterization of LiV2O4 it is of great importance to introduce in the following chapters the experiments and subsequent data analyses done by his collaborators. Heat capacity measurements (Chapter 6) were carried out and analyzed by Dr. C.A. Swenson, and modeled theoretically by Dr. D.C. Johnston. In Chapter 7 a thermal expansion study using neutron diffraction by Dr. O. Chmaissem et al. and capacitance dilatometry measurements by Dr. C.A. Swenson are introduced. The data analyses for the thermal expansion study were mainly done by Dr. O. Chmaissem (for neutron diffraction) and Dr. C.A. Swendon (for dilatometry), with assistances by Dr. J.D. Jorgensen, Dr. D.C. Johnston, and S. Kondo the author of this dissertation. Chapter 8 describes nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements and analyses by Dr. A.V. Mahajan, R

  20. Reproductive performances of Black Bengal goat under semi-intensive and extensive conditions at rural areas in Bangladesh

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    Md. Jahid Hasan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The current study was aimed to investigate the influence of housing system on female reproductive traits of Black Bengal goats at rural areas in Bangladesh during the period of July to December 2012. A total of 200 Black Bengal goats reared under semi-intensive (n=100 and extensive conditions (n=100 were selected considering their age, body weight, body shape, and conformation. In semi-intensive condition, average age at puberty was 197.82±12.58 days, and age at first conception was 292.96±0.50 days; whereas, these lengths were 208.82±12.60 days and 287.65±0.52 days in extensive condition, respectively. Age at first kidding was 448.26±25.48 days under semi-intensive condition, whereas under extensive condition it was 450.07±22.43 days. Under semi-intensive condition, average litter size at the first, second and third parity were 1.06±0.13, 1.76±0.12 and 1.96±0.12, respectively. In contrast, under extensive condition, these values were 1.01±0.10, 1.62±0.12 and 1.75±0.11, respectively. The average kidding interval under semi-intensive system was 190.2±20 days, and the length reduced to 178.23±0.50 days (p<0.01 in the case of extensive housing system. It is concluded that rearing under extensive condition provoked better reproductive performance in Black Bengal goats as compared to semi-intensive housing system at rural level in Bangladesh.