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  1. Heavy Oil Process Monitor: Automated On-Column Asphaltene Precipitation and Re-Dissolution

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    John F. Schabron; Joseph F. Rovani; Mark Sanderson

    2007-03-31

    An automated separation technique was developed that provides a new approach to measuring the distribution profiles of the most polar, or asphaltenic components of an oil, using a continuous flow system to precipitate and re-dissolve asphaltenes from the oil. Methods of analysis based on this new technique were explored. One method based on the new technique involves precipitation of a portion of residua sample in heptane on a polytetrafluoroethylene-packed (PTFE) column. The precipitated material is re-dissolved in three steps using solvents of increasing polarity: cyclohexane, toluene, and methylene chloride. The amount of asphaltenes that dissolve in cyclohexane is a useful diagnostic of the thermal history of oil, and its proximity to coke formation. For example, about 40 % (w/w) of the heptane asphaltenes from unpyrolyzed residua dissolves in cyclohexane. As pyrolysis progresses, this number decrease to below 15% as coke and toluene insoluble pre-coke materials appear. Currently, the procedure for the isolation of heptane asphaltenes and the determination of the amount of asphaltenes soluble in cyclohexane spans three days. The automated procedure takes one hour. Another method uses a single solvent, methylene chloride, to re-dissolve the material that precipitates on heptane on the PTFE-packed column. The area of this second peak can be used to calculate a value which correlates with gravimetric asphaltene content. Currently the gravimetric procedure to determine asphaltenes takes about 24 hours. The automated procedure takes 30 minutes. Results for four series of original and pyrolyzed residua were compared with data from the gravimetric methods. Methods based on the new on-column precipitation and re-dissolution technique provide significantly more detail about the polar constituent's oils than the gravimetric determination of asphaltenes.

  2. HEAVY OIL PROCESS MONITOR: AUTOMATED ON-COLUMN ASPHALTENE PRECIPITATION AND RE-DISSOLUTION

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    John F. Schabron; Joseph F. Rovani Jr; Mark Sanderson

    2006-06-01

    About 37-50% (w/w) of the heptane asphaltenes from unpyrolyzed residua dissolve in cyclohexane. As pyrolysis progresses, this number decrease to below 15% as coke and toluene insoluble pre-coke materials appear. This solubility measurement can be used after coke begins to form, unlike the flocculation titration, which cannot be applied to multi-phase systems. Currently, the procedure for the isolation of heptane asphaltenes and the determination of the amount of asphaltenes soluble in cyclohexane spans three days. A more rapid method to measure asphaltene solubility was explored using a novel on-column asphaltene precipitation and re-dissolution technique. This was automated using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) equipment with a step gradient sequence using the solvents: heptane, cyclohexane, toluene:methanol (98:2). Results for four series of original and pyrolyzed residua were compared with data from the gravimetric method. The measurement time was reduced from three days to forty minutes. The separation was expanded further with the use of four solvents: heptane, cyclohexane, toluene, and cyclohexanone or methylene chloride. This provides a fourth peak which represents the most polar components, in the oil.

  3. Determination of asphaltenes in heavy oils using an on-column method

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    Rogel, E.; Ovalles, C.; Moir, M. [Chevron Energy Technology Co., Richmond, CA (United States); Schabron, J.F. [Western Research Inst., Laramie, WY (United States)

    2009-07-01

    An improved analytical method for determining the asphaltene content in crude oil and petroleum samples was presented. The method used an on-column precipitation technique coupled with an evaporative light scattering detector (ELSD). The column has an inert packing material where the asphaltene was precipitated and re-dissolved using a solvent. Heavy crude oils with asphaltene contents ranging from 5 to 25 per cent w/w were tested. A blend of 90:10 dichloromethane and methanol was used to decrease the influence of hydrocarbon adsorption mechanisms from the polymeric liquid chromatographic phases. A series of laboratory experiments were conducted to compare results obtained using the method with results obtained using traditional gravimetric methods. Regression analysis was used to determine the calibration constants. The study showed that the method can be used as replacement for conventional gravimetric methods when faster results are needed or when sample sizes are small. It was concluded that the method was able to accurately quantify asphaltene contents as low as 120 ppm. 8 refs., 1 tab., 3 figs.

  4. The Asphaltenes

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    Mullins, Oliver C.

    2011-07-01

    Asphaltenes, the most aromatic of the heaviest components of crude oil, are critical to all aspects of petroleum utilization, including reservoir characterization, production, transportation, refining, upgrading, paving, and coating materials. The asphaltenes, which are solid, have or impart crucial and often deleterious attributes in fluids such as high viscosity, emulsion stability, low distillate yields, and inopportune phase separation. Nevertheless, fundamental uncertainties had precluded a first-principles approach to asphaltenes until now. Recently, asphaltene science has undergone a renaissance; many basic molecular and nanocolloidal properties have been resolved and codified in the modified Yen model (also known as the Yen-Mullins model), thereby enabling predictive asphaltene science. Advances in analytical chemistry, especially mass spectrometry, enable the identification of tens of thousands of distinct chemical species in crude oils and asphaltenes. These and other powerful advances in asphaltene science fall under the banner of petroleomics, which incorporates predictive petroleum science and provides a framework for future developments.

  5. Interfacial behavior of asphaltenes.

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    Langevin, Dominique; Argillier, Jean-François

    2016-07-01

    We review the existing literature on asphaltenes at various types of interfaces: oil-water, air-water, gas-oil and solid-liquid, with more emphasis on the oil-water interfaces. We address the role of asphaltene aggregation, recently clarified for asphaltenes in bulk by the Yen-Mullins model. We discuss the questions of adsorption reversibility and interfacial rheology, especially in connection with emulsion stability. PMID:26498501

  6. The fractal aggregation of asphaltenes.

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    Hoepfner, Michael P; Fávero, Cláudio Vilas Bôas; Haji-Akbari, Nasim; Fogler, H Scott

    2013-07-16

    This paper discusses time-resolved small-angle neutron scattering results that were used to investigate asphaltene structure and stability with and without a precipitant added in both crude oil and model oil. A novel approach was used to isolate the scattering from asphaltenes that are insoluble and in the process of aggregating from those that are soluble. It was found that both soluble and insoluble asphaltenes form fractal clusters in crude oil and the fractal dimension of the insoluble asphaltene clusters is higher than that of the soluble clusters. Adding heptane also increases the size of soluble asphaltene clusters without modifying the fractal dimension. Understanding the process of insoluble asphaltenes forming fractals with higher fractal dimensions will potentially reveal the microscopic asphaltene destabilization mechanism (i.e., how a precipitant modifies asphaltene-asphaltene interactions). It was concluded that because of the polydisperse nature of asphaltenes, no well-defined asphaltene phase stability envelope exists and small amounts of asphaltenes precipitated even at dilute precipitant concentrations. Asphaltenes that are stable in a crude oil-precipitant mixture are dispersed on the nanometer length scale. An asphaltene precipitation mechanism is proposed that is consistent with the experimental findings. Additionally, it was found that the heptane-insoluble asphaltene fraction is the dominant source of small-angle scattering in crude oil and the previously unobtainable asphaltene solubility at low heptane concentrations was measured. PMID:23808932

  7. Athabasca asphaltene structures

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    Dettman, H.; Salmon, S.; Zinz, D. [National Centre for Upgrading Technology, Devon, AB (Canada)

    2009-07-01

    In order to model petroleum behaviour during production and refining processes, it is important to understand the molecular character of oil components. Gas chromatography can be used to separate components with boiling points less than 524 degrees C. However, since asphaltenes have a higher boiling point, gel permeation chromatography (GPC) must be used to separate species before analysis. Analysis of Athabasca asphaltene GPC fractions has shown that asphaltenes consist of 2 types of species, notably crunchy species that are graphitic in appearance, and oily species. The molecular weights range from 400 to 2000 g/mole as measured by low resolution mass spectrometry. This poster described the ongoing effort to separate the asphaltenes by polarity. Athabasca asphaltenes were subfractioned into 4 parts according to differential solubility in pentane and centrifugation. Acidic species were isolated from the asphaltenes using adsorption chromatography. The 4 polarity fractions and acid species have been characterized with particular reference to elemental and metals content. Analyses were performed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) carbon type analyses. This poster provided comparisons of their elution profiles by GPC. tabs., figs.

  8. Raman spectrum of asphaltene

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    Abdallah, Wael A.

    2012-11-05

    Asphaltenes extracted from seven different crude oils representing different geological formations from around the globe were analyzed using the Raman spectroscopic technique. Each spectrum is fitted with four main peaks using the Gaussian function. On the basis of D1 and G bands of the Raman spectrum, asphaltene indicated an ordered structure with the presence of boundary defected edges. The average aromatic sheet size of the asphaltene molecules is estimated within the range of 1.52-1.88 nm, which represents approximately seven to eight aromatic fused rings. This estimation is based on the integrated intensity of D1 and G bands, as proposed by Tunistra and Koenig. The results here are in perfect agreement with so many other used techniques and indicate the potential applicability of Raman measurements to determine the average aromatic ring size and its boundary. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  9. Polymeric stabilization of colloidal asphaltenes

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    Hashmi, Sara; Firoozabadi, Abbas

    2010-03-01

    Asphaltenes, the heaviest component of crude oil, cause many problems in petroleum extraction and recovery. Operationally defined as insoluble in long chain alkanes but soluble in toluene, asphaltenes have been described by bulk thermodynamic models such as the Flory-Huggins theory. However, bulk models work well only for asphaltenes in good solvents. Characterization of asphaltenes in poor solvents remains elusive: molecular scale asphaltenes readily aggregate to the colloidal scale and become highly unstable in solution. We investigate the ability of polymers to stabilize colloidal asphaltene suspensions in heptane. In the absence of added polymer, sedimentation measurements reveal dynamics reminiscent of collapsing gels. Adding polymers to colloidal asphaltene suspensions can delay the characteristic sedimentation time by orders of magnitude. Light scattering results suggest that the mechanism of stabilization may be related to a decrease in both particle size and polydispersity as a function of added polymer.

  10. A simple on-column preparation of [11C]choline. Automation and adaptation to routine production for clinical positron emission tomography (PET)

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    [11C]Choline is currently a potential PET radiopharmaceutical for tumor imaging. For its routine PET application we have developed an automated synthesis system based on the Sep-Pak [11C]methylation method. A simple and highly sensitive method for the detection of residual 2-dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) in [11C]choline injections was also developed by the combination of headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Using this system, [11C]choline ready for injection can be obtained in a decay corrected radiochemical yield of 88% with a radiochemical purity of >99% after optimizing reaction parameters. The total synthesis time was 16 min after the end of irradiation. The simplicity, the high efficiency, and the use of disposable components are advantageous for routine clinical use. (author)

  11. Asphaltene based photovoltaic devices

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    Chianelli, Russell R.; Castillo, Karina; Gupta, Vipin; Qudah, Ali M.; Torres, Brenda; Abujnah, Rajib E.

    2016-03-22

    Photovoltaic devices and methods of making the same, are disclosed herein. The cell comprises a photovoltaic device that comprises a first electrically conductive layer comprising a photo-sensitized electrode; at least one photoelectrochemical layer comprising metal-oxide particles, an electrolyte solution comprising at least one asphaltene fraction, wherein the metal-oxide particles are optionally dispersed in a surfactant; and a second electrically conductive layer comprising a counter-electrode, wherein the second electrically conductive layer comprises one or more conductive elements comprising carbon, graphite, soot, carbon allotropes or any combinations thereof.

  12. Asphaltene Aggregation and Fouling Behavior

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    Derakhshesh, Marzie

    This thesis explored the properties of asphaltene nano-aggregates in crude oil and toluene based solutions and fouling at process furnace temperatures, and the links between these two phenomena. The link between stability of asphaltenes at ambient conditions and fouling at the conditions of a delayed coker furnace, at over 450 °C, was examined by blending crude oil with an aliphatic diluent in different ratios. The stability of the blends were measured using a S-value analyzer, then fouling rates were measured on electrically heated stainless steel 316 wires in an autoclave reactor. The less stable the blend, the greater the rate and extent of fouling. The most severe fouling occurred with the unstable asphaltenes. SEM imaging of the foulant illustrates very different textures, with the structure becoming more porous with lower stability. Under cross-polarized light, the coke shows the presence of mesophase in the foulant layer. These data suggest a correlation between the fouling rate at high temperature furnace conditions and the stability index of the crude oil. Three organic polysulfides were introduced to the crude oil to examine their effect on fouling. The polysulfides are able to reduce coking and carbon monoxide generation in steam crackers. The fouling results demonstrated that polysulfide with more sulfur content increased the amount of corrosion-fouling of the wire. Various additives, solvents, ultrasound, and heat were employed to attempt to completely disaggregate the asphaltene nano-aggregates in solution at room temperature. The primary analytical technique used to monitor the nano-aggregation state of the asphaltenes in solution was the UV-visible spectroscopy. The results indicate that stronger solvents, such as pyridine and quinoline, combined with ionic liquids yield a slight reduction in the apparent absorbance at longer wavelengths, indicative of a decrease in the nano-aggregate size although the magnitude of the decrease is not significant

  13. Electrodeposition of Asphaltenes. 2. Effect of Resins and Additives

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    Khvostichenko, Daria S; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2010-01-01

    Electrodeposition of asphaltenes from oil/heptane, asphaltene/heptane, and asphaltene/heptane/additive mixtures has been investigated. Toluene, native petroleum resins, and a synthetic asphaltene dispersant, p-nonylphenol, were used as additives. The addition of these components led to partial...... preparation of the mixture and the toluene content. Introduction of petroleum resins into asphaltene/heptane mixtures resulted in neutralization of the asphaltene particle charge. The addition of p-nonylphenol to asphaltene suspensions in heptane did not alter the charge of asphaltene particles. Current...

  14. Asphaltenes and Asphaltene model compounds: Adsorption, Desorption and Interfacial Rheology.

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    Pradilla, Diego

    2016-01-01

    There are numerous problems encountered during extraction, production, transportation and refining of crude oil. Most of these problems are typically oil-specific, meaning that they depend upon the source of the oil, and sometimes they are reservoir-specific, meaning that they depend on the stage of extraction (primary, secondary or enhanced recovery). Nevertheless, a great part of the problems are related to the indigenous surface-active species such as asphaltenes, naphthenat...

  15. Molecular thermodynamics for prevention of asphaltene precipitation

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    Wu, Jianzhong; Prausnitz, J.M.

    1996-06-01

    Crude petroleum is a complex mixture of compounds with different chemical structures and molecular weights. Asphaltenes, the heaviest and most polar fraction of crude oil, are insoluble in normal alkanes such as n-heptane, but they are soluble in aromatic solvents such as toluene. The molecular nature of asphaltenes and their role in production and processing of crude oils have been the topic of numerous studies. Under some conditions, asphaltenes precipitate from a petroleum fluid, causing severe problems in production and transportation Our research objective is to develop a theoretically based, but engineering-oriented, molecular-thermodynamic model which can describe the phase behavior of asphaltene precipitation in petroleum fluids, to provide guidance for petroleum-engineering design and production. In this progress report, particular attention is given to the potential of mean force between asphaltene molecules in a medium of asphaltene-free solvent. This potential of mean force is derived using the principles of colloid science. It depends on the properties of asphaltene and those of the solvent as well as on temperature and pressure. The effect of a solvent on interactions between asphaltenes is taken into account through its density and through its molecular dispersion properties.

  16. Quantification of asphaltene precipitation by scaling equation

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    Janier, Josefina Barnachea; Jalil, Mohamad Afzal B. Abd.; Samin, Mohamad Izhar B. Mohd; Karim, Samsul Ariffin B. A.

    2015-02-01

    Asphaltene precipitation from crude oil is one of the issues for the oil industry. The deposition of asphaltene occurs during production, transportation and separating process. The injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) during enhance oil recovery (EOR) is believed to contribute much to the precipitation of asphaltene. Precipitation can be affected by the changes in temperature and pressure on the crude oil however, reduction in pressure contribute much to the instability of asphaltene as compared to temperature. This paper discussed the quantification of precipitated asphaltene in crude oil at different high pressures and at constant temperature. The derived scaling equation was based on the reservoir condition with variation in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) mixed with Dulang a light crude oil sample used in the experiment towards the stability of asphaltene. A FluidEval PVT cell with Solid Detection System (SDS) was the instrument used to gain experimental knowledge on the behavior of fluid at reservoir conditions. Two conditions were followed in the conduct of the experiment. Firstly, a 45cc light crude oil was mixed with 18cc (40%) of CO2 and secondly, the same amount of crude oil sample was mixed with 27cc (60%) of CO2. Results showed that for a 45cc crude oil sample combined with 18cc (40%) of CO2 gas indicated a saturation pressure of 1498.37psi and asphaltene onset point was 1620psi. Then for the same amount of crude oil combined with 27cc (60%) of CO2, the saturation pressure was 2046.502psi and asphaltene onset point was 2230psi. The derivation of the scaling equation considered reservoir temperature, pressure, bubble point pressure, mole percent of the precipitant the injected gas CO2, and the gas molecular weight. The scaled equation resulted to a third order polynomial that can be used to quantify the amount of asphaltene in crude oil.

  17. Separation and characterization of asphaltenic subfractions

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    Honse, Siller O.; Ferreira, Silas R.; Mansur, Claudia R. E.; Lucas, Elizabete F. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IMA/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas Professora Eloisa Mano; Gonzalez, Gaspar, E-mail: elucas@ima.ufrj.br [Centro de Pesquisas da PETROBRAS (CENPES), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    The structure of the various asphaltenic subfractions found in crude oil was evaluated. For this purpose, C5 asphaltenes were extracted from an asphaltic residue using n-pentane as the flocculant solvent. The different subfractions were isolated from the C5 asphaltenes by the difference in solubility in different solvents. These were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray fluorescence, elementary analysis and mass spectrometry. The results confirmed that the subfractions extracted with higher alkanes had greater aromaticity and molar mass. However, small solubility variations between the subfractions were attributed mainly to the variation in the concentrations of cyclical hydrocarbon compounds and metals (author)

  18. Determination of the molecular weight of asphaltenes

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    Average molecular weights of asphaltenes from Colombian Barrancabermeja asphalts were determined using freezing point depression and MALDI TOF methods. Asphaltenes from different sources were used: fresh Barrancabermeja asphalt and recovered asphalt of the same origin that had been used as paving during five years. The results obtained using both techniques ate consistent and show that average molecular weight of asphaltenes from fresh asphalt is lower than the weight of asphaltenes from recovered asphalts. The freezing point depression method using benzene as solvent proved to be reliable and accurate when the temperature changes are measured with an uncertainty of +/- 0.00 1 K. The matrix preparation for the MALDI TOF method was modified using silver trifluoroacetate as ionisation promoter

  19. Asphaltenes-based polymer nano-composites

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    Bowen, III, Daniel E

    2013-12-17

    Inventive composite materials are provided. The composite is preferably a nano-composite, and comprises an asphaltene, or a mixture of asphaltenes, blended with a polymer. The polymer can be any polymer in need of altered properties, including those selected from the group consisting of epoxies, acrylics, urethanes, silicones, cyanoacrylates, vulcanized rubber, phenol-formaldehyde, melamine-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde, imides, esters, cyanate esters, allyl resins.

  20. Rheology of asphaltene-toluene/water interfaces.

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    Sztukowski, Danuta M; Yarranton, Harvey W

    2005-12-01

    The stability of water-in-crude oil emulsions is frequently attributed to a rigid asphaltene film at the water/oil interface. The rheological properties of these films and their relationship to emulsion stability are ill defined. In this study, the interfacial tension, elastic modulus, and viscous modulus were measured using a drop shape analyzer for model oils consisting of asphaltenes dissolved in toluene for concentrations varying from 0.002 to 20 kg/m(3). The effects of oscillation frequency, asphaltene concentration, and interface aging time were examined. The films exhibited viscoelastic behavior. The total modulus increased as the interface aged at all asphaltene concentrations. An attempt was made to model the rheology for the full range of asphaltene concentration. The instantaneous elasticity was modeled with a surface equation of state (SEOS), and the elastic and viscous moduli, with the Lucassen-van den Tempel (LVDT) model. It was found that only the early-time data could be modeled using the SEOS-LVDT approach; that is, the instantaneous, elastic, and viscous moduli of interfaces aged for at most 10 minutes. At longer interface aging times, the SEOS-LVDT approach was invalid, likely because of irreversible adsorption of asphaltenes on the interface and the formation of a network structure. PMID:16316096

  1. The Critical Micelle Concentration of Asphaltenes as Measured by Calorimetry

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    Andersen, Simon Ivar; Christensen, S. D.

    2000-01-01

    solvent mixture) is titrated with a solution of asphaltene in the same solvent. The asphaltene concentration of the injected solution is at a level above the critical micelle concentration (CMC). In the present paper the procedure is applied in investigation of asphaltenes as well as subfractions...

  2. Investigation of Asphaltene Precipitation at Elevated Temperature

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    Andersen, Simon Ivar; Lindeloff, Niels; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    1998-01-01

    In order to obtain quantitative data on the asphaltene precipitation induced by the addition of n-alkane (heptane) at temperatures above the normal boiling point of the precipitant, a high temperature/high pressure filtration apparatus has been constructed. Oil and alkane are mixed at the...... the extracted fraction, hence there is no room for stirring. The equipment as well as solutions to some of the problems are presented along with precipitation data from 40 to 200 degrees C. The asphaltenes separated are analyzed using FT-ir. The filtrate containing the maltenes was cooled to room...

  3. Colloidal structural evolution of asphaltene studied by confocal microscopy

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    Hung, Jannett; Castillo, Jimmy A.; Reyes, A.

    2004-10-01

    In this work, a detail analysis of the flocculation kinetic of asphaltenes colloidal particles has been carried out usng confocal microscopy. The colloidal structural evolution of the asphaltene flocculated has had varies postulated; however, the aggregation process of asphaltene is still not fully understood. In a recent paper, using Confocal microscope (homemade), we reported high-resolution micrographic images of asphaltenes flocculated and the correlation between crude oil stability and flocculation process. This technique permitted visualizes directly the physical nature of asphaltene flocculated. In this work, a detail analysis of the flocculation kinetic of asphaltene colloidal particles has been carried out using confocal microscopy. The physical nature of asphaltene flocculated from different crude oils is showed through of high-resolution image micrographies and its colloidal structural evolution.

  4. Asphaltene precipitates in oil production wells

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    Kleinitz, W,; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    1998-01-01

    At the beginning of production in a southern German oil field, flow blockage was observed during file initial stage of production from the oil wells. The hindrance was caused by the precipitation of asphaltenes in the proximity of the borehole and in the tubings. The precipitates were of solid...

  5. Asphaltenes : interfacial aggregates characterization and film structure

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    Alvarez, G.; Argillier, J.F. [Inst. Francais du Petrole, Rueil-Malmaison Cedex (France); Langevin, D. [Univ. Paris-Sud, Orsay Cedex (France). Laboratoire de Physique des Solides

    2008-07-01

    An understanding of stability mechanisms of crude oil emulsions is necessary for controlling and improving heavy oil production. The properties of the amphiphilic film that surrounds the droplets influence the behaviour of emulsions. This study examined the complex composition of asphaltenes, resins and naphtenic acids found in crude oil using a combination of techniques, such as measurement of dynamic interfacial tension and rheology of water; and modelling the oil interface where asphaltenes or naphthenic acids are dissolved. The study revealed the properties of the films. The amount of adsorbed asphaltene at the interface was determined through small-angle neutrons scattering (SANS) measurements, in which the structure of the interfacial layer and aggregates characteristics were obtained, along with UV-VIS experiments. The study showed that different parameters have a significant influence on interfacial structure and film properties, and therefore on emulsions behaviour. The parameters include naphthenic acid/asphaltene ratio, molecular weight of the naphtenic acid, pH and ionic strength of the aqueous phase. Some correlation between microscopic properties and macroscopic behaviour were obtained using stability tests on emulsions.

  6. On the Mass Balance of Asphaltene Precipitation

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    Andersen, Simon Ivar; Lira-Galeana, C.; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    2001-01-01

    In the evaluation of experimental data as well as in calculation of phase equilibria the necessity of the application of mass balances is obvious. In the case of asphaltenes the colloidal nature of these compounds may highly affect the mass balance. In the present paper several experiments are pe...

  7. Monitoring of large diesel engines through asphaltene content

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    Declerck, R. [Texaco Technology Ghent (Belgium)

    1997-12-31

    Lubricants in large diesel engines, for marine and power plant application, are open contaminated with heavy fuel. This type of contamination results in blackening of the engines and deposit formation because of the coagulation of asphaltene particles. Monitoring of the asphaltene content presents the operator with important information on the condition of the engine and the lubricant. This technique was an important asset in developing a new range of lubricants highly capable of tackling the presence of asphaltenes. (orig.)

  8. Pyrolysis of petroleum asphaltenes from different geological origins and use of methylnaphthalenes and methylphenanthrenes as maturity indicators for asphaltenes

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    Manoj Kumar Sarmah; Arun Borthakur; Aradhana Dutta

    2010-08-01

    Asphaltenes separated from two different crude oils from upper Assam, India, having different geological origins, viz. DK (Eocene) and JN (Oligocene–Miocene) were pyrolysed at 600°C and the products were analysed by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) especially for the generated alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes. Both the asphaltenes produced aliphatic as well as aromatic compound classes. Alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes were identified by using reference chromatograms and literature data and the distributions were used to assess thermal maturity of the asphaltenes. The ratios of -substituted to α-substituted isomers of both alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes revealed higher maturity of the JN asphaltenes than the DK asphaltenes. For both the asphaltenes the abundance of 1-methylphenanthrene dominated over that of 9-methylphenanthrene showing the terrestrial nature of the organic matter.

  9. Pyrolysis of petroleum asphaltenes from different geological origins and use of methylnaphthalenes and methylphenanthrenes as maturity indicators for asphaltenes

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    Manoj Kumar Sarmah; Arun Borthakur; Aradhana Dutta

    2013-04-01

    Asphaltenes separated from two different crude oils from upper Assam, India, having different geological origins, viz. DK(eocene) and JN (oligocene–miocene) were pyrolysed at 600 °C and the products were analysed by gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC/MS) especially for the generated alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes. Both the asphaltenes produce aliphatic as well as aromatic compound classes. Alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes were identified by using reference chromatograms and literature data and the distributions used to assess thermalmaturity of the asphaltenes. The ratios of -substituted to -substituted isomers of both alkylnaphthalenes and alkylphenanthrenes revealed higher maturity of the JN asphaltenes than the DK asphaltenes. For both the asphaltenes, the abundance of 1-methylphenanthrene dominates over that of 9-methylphenanthrene showing the terrestrial nature of the organic matter.

  10. Effect of asphaltenes on crude oil wax crystallization

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    Kriz, Pavel; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2005-01-01

    The paper summarizes the experimental work done on asphaltene influenced wax crystallization. Three different asphaltenes (from stable oil, instable oil, and deposit) were mixed at several concentrations or dispersions into the waxy crude oil. These blends were evaluated by viscometry and yield...... stress measurement and compared with the original crude oil. A complex asphaltene−wax interaction as a function of asphaltene concentration and degree of asphaltene dispersion under dynamic and static condition was observed. The crystallization and the wax network strength was strongly dependent...

  11. Separation of Asphaltenes by Polarity using Liquid-Liquid Extraction

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    Andersen, Simon Ivar

    1997-01-01

    In order to investigate the nature of petroleum asphaltenes in terms of polarity a process was developed using initial liquid-liquid extraction of the oil phase followed by precipitation of the asphaltenes using n-heptane. The liquid-liquid extraction was performed using toluene-methanol mixtures...... with increasing content of toluene. Although large fractions of the crude oil (Alaska ´93) was extracted in the higher polarity solvents (high concentration of methanol), the asphaltene content of the dissolved material was low. As the toluene content increased more asphaltenes were transferred to the...... extracted in the high polarity solvents....

  12. Study of asphaltene precipitation by Calorimetry

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    Verdier, Sylvain Charles Roland; Plantier, Frédéric; Bessières, David; Andersen, Simon Ivar; Stenby, Erling Halfdan; Carrier, Hervé

    2007-01-01

    Can calorimetry bring new input to the Current understanding of asphaltene precipitation? In this work, two types of precipitation were studied by means of calorimetry: addition of n-heptane into asphaltene solutions and temperature/pressure variations on a recombined live oil. The first series of...... experiments showed that weak forces determine precipitation. Indeed, isothermal titration calorimetry could not detect any clear signal although this technique can detect low-energy transitions such as liquid-liquid equilibrium and rnicellization. The second series of tests proved that precipitation caused by...... T and P variations is exothermic for this system. Furthermore, the temperature-induced precipitation is accompanied by an increase in the apparent thermal expansivity. Therefore, it seems that these two phase transitions exhibit different calorimetric behaviours and they may not be as similar as...

  13. Asphaltene analysis using size exclusion chromatogrphy

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    Lynch, A.W.; Thomas, M.G.

    1983-09-01

    A common technique used in coal liquefaction investigations is the asphaltene analysis, whereby products are separated into four major fractions (insolubles, preasphaltenes, asphaltenes and oils) by solvent extraction techniques. The fractions are defined by their solubility in organic solvents such as tetrahydrofuran, toluene and pentane. An instrumental method of analysis, using gel permeation liquid chromatography, was developed to reduce the problems with the conventional solvent separation. The technique relies upon the fact that the fractions differ in molecular size as well as solubility. The method uses one solvent (THF) and a single 100A microstyragel column to separate the three soluble fractions. The trends in the data obtained with the molecular size separation agree with the trends obtained by conventional solvent separation on the same samples. (5 refs.)

  14. Investigation of Asphaltene Precipitation at Elevated Temperature

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    Andersen, Simon Ivar; Lindeloff, Niels; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    1998-01-01

    appropriate temperature and the pressure in closed vessels keeping the mixture at the liquid state. The filtration is performed with a small differential pressure over the filter so as to avoid flashing the mixture. The technique requires a low dead volume in the system to minimize the content of maltenes in...... the extracted fraction, hence there is no room for stirring. The equipment as well as solutions to some of the problems are presented along with precipitation data from 40 to 200 degrees C. The asphaltenes separated are analyzed using FT-ir. The filtrate containing the maltenes was cooled to room...... temperature and the asphaltenes separating upon cooling was collected and analyzed. The oil and selected maltene fractions and extraction/cleaning solvents were analyzed using GC....

  15. HINDERED DIFFUSION OF ASPHALTENES AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE

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    James A. Guin; Ganesh Ramakrishnan; Keiji Asada

    2000-04-07

    During this past six months we continued our ongoing studies of the diffusion controlled uptake of coal and petroleum asphaltenes into a porous carbon catalyst. Toluene was used as the solvent for experiments at 20 C and 75 C while 1-methylnaphthalene was the solvent for the higher temperature experiments at 100 C, 150 C and 250 C. All runs were made at a pressure of 250 psi (inert He gas). Experiments were performed at 20 C and 75 C, for the petroleum asphaltene/toluene system. For the coal asphaltene/toluene system, experiments were performed at 75 C. Experiments were performed at 100 C, 150 C and 250 C for the coal asphaltene/1-methylnaphthalene system. A comparison between the experimental data and model simulated data showed that the mathematical model satisfactorily fitted the adsorptive diffusion of both the coal and petroleum asphaltenes onto a porous activated carbon. The adsorption constant decreases with an increase in temperature for both, the coal asphaltene/1-methylnaphthalene system as well as the petroleum asphaltene/toluene system. It was found that the adsorption constant for the coal asphaltene/toluene system at 75 C was much higher than that of the petroleum asphaltene/toluene system at the same temperature providing evidence of the greater affinity of the coal asphaltenes for the carbon surface. This could be due to the presence of more functional heteroatomic groups in the coal asphaltenes compared to their petroleum counterparts. Also during this time period, a new carbon catalyst support was prepared in our laboratory which will be used in adsorption experiments during the next phase of work.

  16. Asphaltene and solids-stabilized water-in-oil emulsions

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    Sztukowski, Danuta M.

    Water-in-crude oil emulsions are a problem in crude oil production, transportation, and processing. Many of these emulsions are stabilized by asphaltenes and native oilfield solids adsorbed at the oil-water interface. Design of effective emulsion treatments is hampered because there is a lack of understanding of the role asphaltenes and solids play in stabilizing these emulsions. In this work, the structural, compositional and rheological properties of water/hydrocarbon interfaces were determined for model emulsions consisting of water, toluene, heptane, asphaltenes and native oilfield solids. The characteristics of the interface were related to the properties of asphaltenes and native solids. Emulsion stability was correlated to interfacial rheology. A combination of vapour pressure osmometry, interfacial tension and emulsion gravimetric studies indicated that asphaltenes initially adsorb at the interface as a monolayer of self-associated molecular aggregates. It was demonstrated why it is necessary to account for asphaltene self-association when interpreting interfacial measurements. The interfacial area of Athabasca asphaltenes was found to be approximately 1.5 nm2 and did not vary with concentration or asphaltene self-association. Hence, more self-associated asphaltenes simply formed a thicker monolayer. The interfacial monolayer observed in this work varied from 2 to 9 nm in thickness. The asphaltene monolayer was shown to adsorb reversibly only at short interface aging times. The film gradually reorganizes at the interface to form a rigid, irreversibly adsorbed network. The elastic and viscous moduli can be modeled using the Lucassen-van den Tempel (LVDT) model when the aging time is less than 10 minutes. An increase in film rigidity can be detected with an increase in the total elastic modulus. Increased film rigidity was shown to reduce the rate of coalescence in an emulsion and increase overall emulsion stability (reduce free water resolution). The rate of

  17. Study on the polarity, solubility, and stacking characteristics of asphaltenes

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    Zhang, Long-li

    2014-07-01

    The structure and transformation of fused aromatic ring system in asphaltenes play an important role in the character of asphaltenes, and in step affect the properties of heavy oils. Polarity, solubility and structural characteristics of asphaltenes derived from Tahe atmospheric residue (THAR) and Tuo-826 heavy crude oil (Tuo-826) were analyzed for study of their internal relationship. A fractionation method was used to separate the asphaltenes into four sub-fractions, based on their solubility in the mixed solvent, for the study of different structural and physical-chemical properties, such as polarity, solubility, morphology, stacking characteristics, and mean structural parameters. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation can present the intuitive morphology of asphaltene molecules, and shows that the structure of asphaltenes is in local order as well as long range disorder. The analysis results showed that n-heptane asphaltenes of THAR and Tuo-826 had larger dipole moment values, larger fused aromatic ring systems, larger mean number of stacking layers, and less interlayer spacing between stacking layers than the corresponding n-pentane asphaltenes. The sub-fractions that were inclined to precipitate from the mixture of n-heptane and tetrahydrofuran had larger polarity and less solubility. From the first sub-fraction to the fourth sub-fraction, polarity, mean stacking numbers, and average layer size from the TEM images follow a gradual decrease. The structural parameters derived from TEM images could reflect the largest fused aromatic ring system in asphaltene molecule, yet the parameters derived from 1H NMR data reflected the mean message of poly-aromatic ring systems. The structural parameters derived from TEM images were more consistent with the polarity variation of sub-fractions than those derived from 1H NMR data, which indicates that the largest fused aromatic ring system will play a more important role in the stacking characteristics of

  18. Interfacial tension change due to asphaltene flocculation in recombined oils

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    Carrier, H.; Pauly, J.; Daridon, J.L. [Univ. de Pau, Pau Cedex (France). Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes; Mejia, A. [Univ. de Pau, Pau Cedex (France). Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes; Univ. Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Facultad de Ciencias; Castillo, J. [Univ. Central de Venezuela, Caracas (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Facultad de Ciencias

    2008-07-01

    Asphaltenes found in reservoirs fluids may dissolve as colloidal aggregates in crude oils. The aggregates might destabilize as a result of changes in both temperature and pressure, resulting in flocculation of asphaltenes. The insolubility of asphaltenes can cause major problems at different stages of oil production, such as deposition and flow blockage. In order to evaluate the risk of asphaltene formation and to design techniques to prevent asphaltene deposits, it is necessary to measure and predict the conditions of flocculation throughout the pressures encountered from reservoir to surface conditions. To date, most asphaltene stability studies have been conducted at atmospheric pressure for dead oils by adding precipitating solvents. However the relationship of these stability tests with asphaltene flocculation due to the decompression of live oil in reservoir or production conditions is not fully established. Accurate measurements on both atmospheric and field conditions are needed. In order to address this problem, a high-pressure device using refractive index measurements and a filtration technique was designed to measure onset of asphaltene flocculation in live oils. The capacity of the device was also extended to investigate the evolution of the interfacial tension between crude oil and gases or immiscible liquids such as water, at pressures up to 70 MPa. Interfacial tension was measured by axisymmetric drop shape analysis of a pendant oil drop. The study found that a relationship exists between the discontinuity in the trend of the superficial tension as a function of the pressure and the threshold of asphaltenes aggregation due to decompression. The study provided evidence of the effect of asphaltenes flocculation on the interfacial tension. 2 refs.

  19. Structural Study of Asphaltenes from Iranian Heavy Crude Oil

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    Davarpanah L.

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, asphaltene precipitation from Iranian heavy crude oil (Persian Gulf off-shore was performed using n-pentane (n-C5 and n-heptane (n-C7 as light alkane precipitants. Several analytical techniques, each following different principles, were then used to structurally characterize the precipitated asphaltenes. The yield of asphaltene obtained using n-pentane precipitant was higher than asphaltene precipitated with the use of n-heptane. The asphaltene removal affected the n-C5 and n-C7 maltene fractions at temperatures below 204°C, as shown by the data obtained through the simulated distillation technique. Viscosity of heavy oil is influenced by the asphaltene content and behavior. The viscosity dependence of the test heavy oil on the shear rate applied was determined and the flow was low at y. above 25 s-1 . The reconstituted heavy oil samples were prepared by adding different amounts of asphaltenes to the maltenes (deasphalted heavy oil and asphaltene effects were more pronounced at the low temperature of 25°C as compared with those at the higher temperatures. According to the power law model used in this study the flowability of the test heavy oil exhibited a pseudoplastic character. Structural results obtained from Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR spectroscopy showed the presence of the different functional groups in the precipitated asphaltenes. For instance, the presence of different hydrocarbons (aliphatic, aromatic and alicyclic based on their characteristics in the FTIR spectra was confirmed. Resins are effective dispersants, and removal of this fraction from the crude oil is disturbing to the colloidal nature of heavy oil; asphaltene flocculation and precipitation eventually occur. Appearance of pores in the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM images was used as an indicator of the resin detachment. With the use of 1H and 13C Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR spectroscopy, two important structural parameters of the

  20. Asphaltene precipitates in oil production wells

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    Kleinitz, W,; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    1998-01-01

    compounds in the organic scales from operations definitely differed from the data published in the literature. In order to dissolve the precipitates and thus eliminate the damage, various organic solvents and industrial solvent mixtures were examined. The kinetics of the dissolution process in operational...... subsequently resumed in these wells. The production from the wells was adjusted in such a way that the conditions for asphaltene deposition are effectively suppressed for several years. The long-term success of the treatment tons also supported by modifying the production strategy. The process of optimising...

  1. Role of asphaltenes in stabilizing thin liquid emulsion films.

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    Tchoukov, Plamen; Yang, Fan; Xu, Zhenghe; Dabros, Tadeusz; Czarnecki, Jan; Sjöblom, Johan

    2014-03-25

    Drainage kinetics, thickness, and stability of water-in-oil thin liquid emulsion films obtained from asphaltenes, heavy oil (bitumen), and deasphalted heavy oil (maltenes) diluted in toluene are studied. The results show that asphaltenes stabilize thin organic liquid films at much lower concentrations than maltenes and bitumen. The drainage of thin organic liquid films containing asphaltenes is significantly slower than the drainage of the films containing maltenes and bitumen. The films stabilized by asphaltenes are much thicker (40-90 nm) than those stabilized by maltenes (∼10 nm). Such significant variation in the film properties points to different stabilization mechanisms of thin organic liquid films. Apparent aging effects, including gradual increase of film thickness, rigidity of oil/water interface, and formation of submicrometer size aggregates, were observed for thin organic liquid films containing asphaltenes. No aging effects were observed for films containing maltenes and bitumen in toluene. The increasing stability and lower drainage dynamics of asphaltene-containing thin liquid films are attributed to specific ability of asphaltenes to self-assemble and form 3D network in the film. The characteristic length of stable films is well beyond the size of single asphaltene molecules, nanoaggregates, or even clusters of nanoaggregates reported in the literature. Buildup of such 3D structure modifies the rheological properties of the liquid film to be non-Newtonian with yield stress (gel like). Formation of such network structure appears to be responsible for the slower drainage of thin asphaltenes in toluene liquid films. The yield stress of liquid film as small as ∼10(-2) Pa is sufficient to stop the drainage before the film reaches the critical thickness at which film rupture occurs. PMID:24564447

  2. A study of asphaltene solubility and precipitation

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    Hong E.; Paul Watkinson [University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Canada). Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    2004-10-01

    The effects of diluent composition on asphaltene precipitation from Cold Lake vacuum residue and Athabasca atmospheric tower bottoms were determined using the hot filtration method at 60-85{sup o}C. For selected mixtures the temperature range was extended to 300{sup o}C. The diluents include pure n-alkanes, a lube oil base-stock, a heavy vacuum gas oil and a resin-enriched fraction recovered from Cold Lake vacuum residue by supercritical fluid extraction and fractionation. The latter three complex diluents were tested alone and in blends, in order to cover a range of saturates from 56 to 99.4 wt%, aromatics from 0.6 to 25 wt%, and resins from 0 to 19 wt%. The scaling equation proposed by Rassamdana et al. in which the weight percent of asphaltenes precipitated is expressed as a function of alkane to feed ratio, and the alkane molecular mass, gave good agreement with the data for the pure alkane diluents. For the more complex diluents, an extension to the scaling equation was developed with two additional variables (the density and saturate content of the diluents). This equation provided good agreement with the data over a wide range of diluent to feed ratios. By the addition of the colloidal instability index of the feed oil into the variables of the scaling equation, the precipitation data from the two different feed oils could be correlated. 13 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

  3. Chemical composition of asphaltenes from thermal dissociation of brown coal

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    Evstaf' ev, S.N.; Denisova, T.I.; Tuturina, V.V.

    1987-07-01

    Investigates chemical composition of asphaltenes and preasphaltenes separated from liquid products of thermal dissociation of Azeisk deposit brown coal in tetralin. Asphaltenes and preasphaltenes represent a mixture of mainly aromatic compounds containing bi- and tri-cyclic aromatic fractions differing by length of aliphatic substituents and by distribution of oxygen-containing functional groups. Describes tests carried out at 300-420 C in autoclaves using 0.1-0.3 mm coal particles and tetralin containing decalin (2.8%) and naphthalene (5.2%). Establishes that asphaltenes soluble in acetone are represented by low-molecular saturated compounds; about 60% of oxygen in asphaltenes and preasphaltenes is attached to ethereal and heterocyclic structure groups. 10 refs.

  4. A chemical process of asphaltenes dispersion : anticor DSA 700

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    This work deals with asphalts dispersion chemical process. Asphaltenes are constituents of petroleum which under chemical, physical or mechanical variations effect precipitate and create deposits. In order to cope with this problem, a product : Anticor DSA 700 has been adjusted and allow to stabilize asphaltenes. This method has already been used in France and in Algeria and will be extended to others west countries. (O.L.). 2 figs

  5. HINDERED DIFFUSION OF ASPHALTENES AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE AND PRESSURE

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    James A. Guin; Ganesh Ramakrishnan

    1999-10-07

    During this time period, experiments were performed to study the diffusion controlled uptake of quinoline and a coal asphaltene into porous carbon catalyst pellets. Cyclohexane and toluene were used as solvents for quinoline and the coal asphaltene respectively. The experiments were performed at 27 C and 75 C, at a pressure of 250 psi (inert gas) for the quinoline/cyclohexane system. For the coal asphaltene/toluene system, experiments were performed at 27 C, also at a pressure of 250 psi. These experiments were performed in a 20 cm{sup 3} microautoclave, the use of which is advantageous since it is economical from both a chemical procurement and waste disposal standpoint due to the small quantities of solvents and catalysts used. A C++ program was written to simulate data using a mathematical model which incorporated both diffusional and adsorption mechanisms. The simulation results showed that the mathematical model satisfactorily fitted the adsorptive diffusion of quinoline and the coal asphaltene onto a porous activated carbon. For the quinoline/cyclohexane system, the adsorption constant decreased with an increase in temperature. The adsorption constant for the coal asphaltene/toluene system at 27 C was found to be much higher than that of the quinoline/cyclohexane system at the same temperature. Apparently the coal asphaltenes have a much greater affinity for the surface of the carbon catalyst than is evidenced by the quinoline molecule.

  6. Novel stationary phases based on asphaltenes for gas chromatography.

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    Boczkaj, Grzegorz; Momotko, Malwina; Chruszczyk, Dorota; Przyjazny, Andrzej; Kamiński, Marian

    2016-07-01

    We present the results of investigations on the possibility of the application of the asphaltene fraction isolated from the oxidized residue from vacuum distillation of crude oil as a stationary phase for gas chromatography. The results of the investigation revealed that the asphaltene stationary phases can find use for the separation of a wide range of volatile organic compounds. The experimental values of Rohrschneider/McReynolds constants characterize the asphaltenes as stationary phases of medium polarity and selectivity similar to commercially available phases based on alkyl phthalates. Isolation of asphaltenes from the material obtained under controlled process conditions allows the production of a stationary phase having reproducible sorption properties and chromatographic columns having the same selectivity. Unique selectivity and high thermal stability make asphaltenes attractive as a material for stationary phases for gas chromatography. A low production cost from a readily available raw material (oxidized petroleum bitumens) is an important economic factor in case of application of the asphaltene stationary phases for preparative and process separations. PMID:27144876

  7. Modelling the effect of gas injections on the stability of asphaltene-containing crude oils

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    Zhang, X.; Moorwood, T. [Infochem, Munich (Germany); Merino Garcia, D.; Pena Diez, J.L. [Repsol YPF, Madrid (Spain)

    2008-07-01

    In oil fields where asphaltene deposits occur, they present major remediation problems and can halt production due to flow blockage. Crude oils which precipitate asphaltenes generally contain both asphaltene molecules and lighter resin molecules. Resins are thought to solvate the asphaltene molecules, thus stabilizing the solution, while light gases have the opposite effect. In order to model asphaltene phase behaviour, it is important to understand the impact of adding gas to asphaltene-containing crudes. This study presented several experimental investigations of gas injection into asphaltene-containing crudes. The trends of asphaltene destabilization were discussed. The injection gases ranged from pure gases to a gas condensate. The data were modelled using a conventional equation of state together with an extra term that considered the association between asphaltene molecules and their solvation by resins. Since the model could simultaneously described the gas, oil and asphaltene phases, it was possible to calculate phase stability and phase equilibria. However, a different model had to be used to obtain the gas-oil equilibrium because the use of solubility parameters only allows the stability of the asphaltene phase to be calculated. The model correctly predicted that the gases will promote asphaltene precipitation. In its original form, the model tended to over-predict the trend. The optimal parameter values needed to represent all the available experimental data were determined. The extent to which the effect of gas injection on asphaltenes can be predicted was then discussed.

  8. Comparisons Between Asphaltenes from the Dead and Live-Oil Samples of the Same Crude Oils

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    Aquino-Olivos, M.A.; Andersen, Simon Ivar; Lira-Galeana, C.

    2003-01-01

    extracted and analyzed. These pressure-driven asphaltenes found on the filter were found to make up in the range between 50 and 100 ppm of the whole crude oil. Opening of the cell did not reveal asphaltenes retained due to wall adhesion. Size exclusion chromatography tests performed on both the live-oil......-derived asphaltenes and the standard asphaltenes as precipitated by atmospheric titration on the same crude oil, revealed that the live-oil asphaltenes had apparent smaller hydrodynamic volume and narrower distributions than the standard asphaltenes for two oils. Further FTIR tests also showed large differences......Asphaltenes precipitated from pressure-preserve bottomhole oil samples have been obtained for three oils at different pressures, using a bulk high-pressure filtration apparatus. The precipitates captured on the filter were recovered, the asphaltenes defined by the n-heptane insolubility were...

  9. Comparisons Between Asphaltenes from the Dead and Live-Oil Samples of the Same Crude Oils

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    Aquino-Olivos, M.A.; Andersen, Simon Ivar; Lira-Galeana, C.

    2003-01-01

    Asphaltenes precipitated from pressure-preserve bottomhole oil samples have been obtained for three oils at different pressures, using a bulk high-pressure filtration apparatus. The precipitates captured on the filter were recovered, the asphaltenes defined by the n-heptane insolubility were...... extracted and analyzed. These pressure-driven asphaltenes found on the filter were found to make up in the range between 50 and 100 ppm of the whole crude oil. Opening of the cell did not reveal asphaltenes retained due to wall adhesion. Size exclusion chromatography tests performed on both the live-oil......-derived asphaltenes and the standard asphaltenes as precipitated by atmospheric titration on the same crude oil, revealed that the live-oil asphaltenes had apparent smaller hydrodynamic volume and narrower distributions than the standard asphaltenes for two oils. Further FTIR tests also showed large differences...

  10. New method for the onset point determination of the petroleum asphaltene aggregation

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    Work has been devoted to investigation of the process of asphaltenes aggregation in a model system asphaltene-toluene-heptane. The procedure of the onset point determination of the petroleum asphaltenes which is based on the method of photon correlation spectroscopy has been described. Two ways have been developed to determine the onset of asphaltenes aggregation by means of method of photon correlation spectroscopy. The first method allows defining the onset of asphaltenes aggregation of light scattering intensity depending on the quantity of n-alkane in the model system. The second method allows determining the onset point of asphaltenes aggregation parameter k depending on the quantity of n-alkane. A comparative evaluation of onset points, obtained in different ways has been given. The influence of the model system composition on the process of asphaltenes aggregation has been studied. The characteristic diffusion time of asphaltenes has been calculated

  11. An experimental study of asphaltene particle sizes in n-heptane-toluene mixtures by light scattering

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    Rajagopal K.; Silva S. M. C.

    2004-01-01

    The particle size of asphaltene flocculates has been the subject of many recent studies because of its importance in the control of deposition in petroleum production and processing. We measured the size of asphaltene flocculates in toluene and toluene - n-heptane mixtures, using the light-scattering technique. The asphaltenes had been extracted from Brazilian oil from the Campos Basin, according to British Standards Method IP-143/82. The asphaltene concentration in solution ranged between 10...

  12. Correlations between SARA Fractions, Density, and RI to Investigate the Stability of Asphaltene

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    Ali Chamkalani

    2012-01-01

    Asphaltene precipitation is one of the most common problems in both oil recovery and refinery processes. Its deposition causes many problems mainly because of the fuzzy nature of asphaltene and the large number of parameters affecting precipitation. Unfortunately there is not a predictive technique for screening it. Refractive index (RI) was used as a stability test for asphaltene which makes a quantitative judgment for asphaltene stability. In our study, we first represent a novel correlatio...

  13. Asphaltene flocculation and collapse from petroleum fluids

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    Branco, Valter Antonio M.; De Almeida Xavier, Luiza Cristina [Petroleo Brasilerio S.A., Petrobras/CENPES/DIGER, Cidade Universitaria, Quadra 7, Ilma Fundao, RJ, 21910 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Mansoori, G. Ali; Park, Sang J.; Manafi, Hussain [Thermodynamics Research Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 810 S. Clinton Street, 60607-7000 Chicago, IL (United States)

    2001-12-29

    Deposition of complex and heavy organic compounds, which exist in petroleum crude and heavy oil, can cause a number of severe problems. To prevent deposition inside the reservoir, in the well head and inside the transmission lines, it is necessary to be able to predict the onset and amount of deposition due to various factors. In the present paper, the mechanism of asphaltene deposition, which is the major cause of most organic deposition cases, is modeled based on statistical mechanics of polydisperse polymer solutions joined with the kinetic theory of aggregation and its predictive capability is discussed. Utilization of statistical mechanics of polydisperse polymer solutions joined with kinetic theory of aggregation enables us to develop a realistic model which is able to predict both reversible and irreversible heavy organic depositions. The present model is capable of describing several reversible and irreversible situations, such as the phenomena of organic deposition, growing mechanism of heavy organic aggregates, the size distributions of precipitated organics and the solubility of heavy organics in a crude oil due to variations in oil pressure, temperature and composition. As an example, the present model is applied for heavy organics deposition prediction of two different Brazilian crude oils for which experimental data are available. It is shown that the prediction results of the present model are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  14. Cooee bitumen. II. Stability of linear asphaltene nanoaggregates

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    Lemarchand, Claire; Schrøder, Thomas; Dyre, J. C.;

    2014-01-01

    chose first to consider the simple case where only asphaltene molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate. We used a master equation approach and a related statistical mechanics model. The linear asphaltene nanoaggregates behave as a rigid linear chain. The most complicated case where all aromatic......Asphaltene and smaller aromatic molecules tend to form linear nanoaggregates in bitumen. Over the years bitumen undergoes chemical aging and during this process, the size of the nanoaggregate increases. This increase is associated with an increase in viscosity and brittleness of the bitumen...... molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate is then discussed. The linear aggregates where all aromatic molecules are counted seem to behave as a flexible linear chain...

  15. Hindered Diffusion of Asphaltenes at Evaluated Temperature and Pressure

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    James A. Guin; Surya Vadlamani; Xiafeng Yang

    1998-12-04

    During this time period, uptake experiments were performed at elevated temperatures up to 280 o C for the adsorptive diffusion of a coal asphaltene in 1- methylnaphthalene onto alumina catalyst pellets. Model simulation results showed that a mathematical model incorporating diffusion and adsorption mechanisms satisfactorily fitted the adsorptive diffusion of coal asphaltenes onto the alumina catalyst in a fairly wide temperature range of 55 o C to 280 o C. The logarithm of the adsorption constant, obtained by simulating the experimental data with the model solution, was found to be linearly dependent on temperature. As temperature increased, the value of the adsorption constant decreased. On the other hand, the effective diffusivity of the asphaltene increased with temperature. These off-setting temperature dependencies resulting from the adsorption constant and the effective diffusivity compensated at least to some extent in the uptake process.

  16. Thin film pyrolysis of oil sands asphaltenes for structural analysis

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    Karimi, Arash; Gray, Murray R [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta (Canada); Qian, Kuangnan; Olmstead, William N.; Freund, Howard [ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (United States)], email: murray.gray@ualberta.ca

    2010-07-01

    Current methods to extract asphaltene building blocks only produce small sample quantities per batch for analysis. To reach sample quantities sufficient for several analytical methods on each batch, the following method was investigated in a preliminary study. Asphaltenes from Alberta bitumen were spray coated as thin films on alloy plates to be used in controlled pyrolysis. Each batch of six plates reacted around 1 g of asphaltenes in the furnace. Reaction products were purged from the reaction chamber with cold nitrogen, then cooled in a cold trap. Gases were collected and analysed using gas chromatography. Liquid products were condensed in a cold trap, rinsed with solvent, and evaporated overnight. The coke was also recovered from the plates and analysed. The method yielded mass balances greater than 90%. Products analysis revealed molecular fragment sizes ranging from C10 to C100. Lighter components (C5-C10) were not detected, having probably evaporated during solvent removal.

  17. Polymeric dispersants delay sedimentation in colloidal asphaltene suspensions.

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    Hashmi, Sara M; Quintiliano, Leah A; Firoozabadi, Abbas

    2010-06-01

    Asphaltenes, among the heaviest components of crude oil, can become unstable under a variety of conditions and precipitate and sediment out of solution. In this report, we present sedimentation measurements for a system of colloidal scale asphaltene particles suspended in heptane. Adding dispersants to the suspension can improve the stability of the system and can mediate the transition from a power-law collapse in the sedimentation front to a rising front. Additional dispersant beyond a crossover concentration can cause a significant delay in the dynamics. Dynamic light scattering measurements suggest that the stabilization provided by the dispersants may occur through a reduction of both the size and polydispersity of the asphaltene particles in suspension. PMID:20334407

  18. Cooee bitumen II: Stability of linear asphaltene nanoaggregates

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    Lemarchand, Claire A; Dyre, Jeppe C; Hansen, Jesper S

    2014-01-01

    Asphaltene and smaller aromatic molecules tend to form linear nanoaggregates in bitumen.Over the years bitumen undergoes chemical aging and during this process, the size of the nanoaggregate increases. This increase is associated with an increase in viscosity and brittleness of the bitumen, eventually leading to road deterioration. This paper focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind nanoaggregate size and stability. We used molecular dynamics simulations to quantify the probability of having a nanoaggregate of a given size in the stationary regime. To model this complicated behavior, we chose first to consider the simple case where only asphaltene molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate. We used a master equation approach and a related statistical mechanics model. The linear asphaltene nanoaggregates behave as a rigid linear chain. The most complicated case where all aromatic molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate is then discussed. The linear aggregates where all aromatic molecules are counted seem ...

  19. Cooee bitumen. II. Stability of linear asphaltene nanoaggregates

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    Lemarchand, Claire A.; Schrøder, Thomas B.; Dyre, Jeppe C.; Hansen, Jesper S.

    2014-10-01

    Asphaltene and smaller aromatic molecules tend to form linear nanoaggregates in bitumen. Over the years bitumen undergoes chemical aging and during this process, the size of the nanoaggregate increases. This increase is associated with an increase in viscosity and brittleness of the bitumen, eventually leading to road deterioration. This paper focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind nanoaggregate size and stability. We used molecular dynamics simulations to quantify the probability of having a nanoaggregate of a given size in the stationary regime. To model this complicated behavior, we chose first to consider the simple case where only asphaltene molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate. We used a master equation approach and a related statistical mechanics model. The linear asphaltene nanoaggregates behave as a rigid linear chain. The most complicated case where all aromatic molecules are counted in a nanoaggregate is then discussed. The linear aggregates where all aromatic molecules are counted seem to behave as a flexible linear chain.

  20. Stability and demulsification of emulsions stabilized by asphaltenes or resins.

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    Xia, Lixin; Lu, Shiwei; Cao, Guoying

    2004-03-15

    Experimental data are presented to show the influence of asphaltenes and resins on the stability and demulsification of emulsions. It was found that emulsion stability was related to the concentrations of the asphaltene and resin in the crude oil, and the state of dispersion of the asphaltenes and resins (molecular vs colloidal) was critical to the strength or rigidity of interfacial films and hence to the stability of the emulsions. Based on this research, a possible emulsion minimization approach in refineries, which can be implemented utilizing microwave radiation, is also suggested. Comparing with conventional heating, microwave radiation can enhance the demulsification rate by an order of magnitude. The demulsification efficiency reaches 100% in a very short time under microwave radiation. PMID:14972628

  1. Degradation of Asphaltenic Fraction by Locally Isolated Halotolerant Bacterial Strains

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    Ali, Hager R.; Nour Sh. El-Gendy; Moustafa, Yasser M.; Roushdy, Mohamed I.; Hashem, Ahmed I.

    2012-01-01

    Three halotolerant bacterial species were isolated from locally oil-polluted water sample for their ability to utilize asphaltene (Asph) fraction as sole carbon and energy source. These bacteria degrade 83–96% of 2500 mg/L asphaltene within 21 d at 30°C and pH7. They were identified as Bacillus sp. Asph1, Pseudomonas aeruginosa Asph2, and Micrococcus sp. Asph3. A statistically significant difference at 95% confidence level for cell growth and percentage biodegradation (%BD) was observed in al...

  2. The effect of asphaltene particle size and distribution on the temporal advancement of the asphaltene deposition profile in the well column

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    Zeinali Hasanvand, Mahdi; Mosayebi Behbahani, Reza; Feyzi, Farzaneh; Ali Mousavi Dehghani, Seyed

    2016-05-01

    Asphaltene deposition in oil wells is an inconvenient production problem. Generating a precise deposition model for the well column is essential for optimal well design and prevention/reduction of deposition-associated difficulties. The goal of this study is to determine the effects of various parameters on the deposition process. These parameters include oil viscosity, temperature, flow velocity, well diameter and asphaltene particle size and particle size distribution. The first five parameters are analyzed using Escobedo and Mansoori (2010), Cleaver and Yates (1975) and Friedlander and Johnstone (1957) asphaltene deposition models. The last parameter (asphaltene particle size distribution) is not directly included in the asphaltene deposition models. Therefore, a dynamic well column model is generated by combining transport phenomena (mass, heat and momentum transfer) equations with thermodynamic models. The model is fine-tuned and verified based on field data from an Iranian producing oil well with frequent asphaltene deposition problem and subsequently used for predicting the time-dependent development of the asphaltene deposition profile in the well column for a series of asphaltene particle size distributions. The results show the effect of the said parameters depends on how the buffer layer and Brownian motion are defined. The Escobedo and Mansoori (2010) model is found to make better predictions of deposited asphaltene in the studied well.

  3. Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR by Miscible CO2 and Water Flooding of Asphaltenic and Non-Asphaltenic Oils

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    Edwin A. Chukwudeme

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available An EOR study has been performed applying miscible CO2 flooding and compared with that for water flooding. Three different oils are used, reference oil (n-decane, model oil (n-C10, SA, toluene and 0.35 wt % asphaltene and crude oil (10 wt % asphaltene obtained from the Middle East. Stearic acid (SA is added representing a natural surfactant in oil. For the non-asphaltenic oil, miscible CO2 flooding is shown to be more favourable than that by water. However, it is interesting to see that for first years after the start of the injection (< 3 years it is shown that there is almost no difference between the recovered oils by water and CO2, after which (> 3 years oil recovery by gas injection showed a significant increase. This may be due to the enhanced performance at the increased reservoir pressure during the first period. Maximum oil recovery is shown by miscible CO2 flooding of asphaltenic oil at combined temperatures and pressures of 50 °C/90 bar and 70 °C/120 bar (no significant difference between the two cases, about 1% compared to 80 °C/140 bar. This may support the positive influence of the high combined temperatures and pressures for the miscible CO2 flooding; however beyond a certain limit the oil recovery declined due to increased asphaltene deposition. Another interesting finding in this work is that for single phase oil, an almost linear relationship is observed between the pressure drop and the asphaltene deposition regardless of the flowing fluid pressure.

  4. Asphaltene detection using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

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    Alabi, O O; Edilbi, A N F; Brolly, C; Muirhead, D; Parnell, J; Stacey, R; Bowden, S A

    2015-04-28

    Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy using a gold substrate and excitation at 514 nm can detect sub parts per million quantities of asphaltene and thereby petroleum. This simple format and sensitivity make it transformative for applications including sample triage, flow assurance, environmental protection and analysis of unique one of a kind materials. PMID:25812164

  5. Langmuir films of asphaltene model compounds and their fluorescent properties.

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    Nordgård, Erland L; Landsem, Eva; Sjöblom, Johan

    2008-08-19

    The relationship between the physicochemical properties of asphaltenes and asphaltene structure is an issue of increasing focus. Surface pressure-area isotherms of asphaltene model compounds have been investigated to gain more knowledge of their arrangement at an aqueous surface. Variations in interfacial activity have been correlated to proposed arrangements. The presence of a carboxylic acid has shown to be crucial for their interfacial activity and film properties. The acid group directs the molecules normal to the surface, forming a stable monolayer film. The high stability was absent when no acidic groups were present. Fluorescence spectra of deposited Langmuir-Blodgett films showed only the presence of the excimer emission for thin films of acidic model compounds, indicating a close face-to-face arrangement of the molecules. Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) of the model compounds in toluene indicated the presence of aggregates for two of four compounds at low concentrations. However, a sudden drop of interfacial tension observed could not be correlated to the aggregation. Instead, aggregation induced by addition of a "poor" solvent showed decreased interfacial activity when aggregated due to decrease of monomers in bulk. The findings regarding these asphaltene model compounds and their structural differences show the great effect an acidic group has on their physicochemical properties. PMID:18652499

  6. A Thermodynamic Mixed-Solid Asphaltene Precipitation Model

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    Lindeloff, Niels; Heidemann, R.A.; Andersen, Simon Ivar;

    1998-01-01

    A simple model for the prediction of asphaltene precipitation is proposed. The model is based on an equation of state and uses standard thermodynamics, thus assuming that the precipitation phenomenon is a reversible process. The solid phase is treated as an ideal multicomponent mixture. An activi...

  7. Aggregation of model asphaltenes: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Costa, J L L F S; Simionesie, D; Zhang, Z J; Mulheran, P A

    2016-10-01

    Natural asphaltenes are defined as polyaromatic compounds whose chemical composition and structure are dependent on their geological origin and production history, hence are regarded as complex molecules with aromatic cores and aliphatic tails that occur in the heaviest fraction of crude oil. The aggregation of asphaltenes presents a range of technical challenges to the production and processing of oil. In this work we study the behaviour of the model asphaltene-like molecule hexa-tert-butylhexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HTBHBC) using molecular dynamics simulation. It was found that the regular arrangement of the tert-butyl side chains prevents the formation of strongly-bound dimers by severely restricting the configurational space of the aggregation pathway. In contrast, a modified molecule with only 3 side chains is readily able to form dimers. This work therefore confirms the influence of the molecular structure of polyaromatic compounds on their aggregation mechanism, and reveals the unexpected design rules required for model systems that can mimic the behavior of asphaltenes. PMID:27465036

  8. Microfluidic investigation of the deposition of asphaltenes in porous media.

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    Hu, Chuntian; Morris, James E; Hartman, Ryan L

    2014-06-21

    The deposition of asphaltenes in porous media, an important problem in science and macromolecular engineering, was for the first time investigated in a transparent packed-bed microreactor (μPBR) with online analytics to generate high-throughput information. Residence time distributions of the μPBR before and after loading with ~29 μm quartz particles were measured using inline UV-Vis spectroscopy. Stable packings of quartz particles with porosity of ~40% and permeability of ~500 mD were obtained. The presence of the packing materials reduced dispersion under the same velocity via estimation of dispersion coefficients and the Bodenstein number. Reynolds number was observed to influence the asphaltene deposition mechanism. For larger Reynolds numbers, mechanical entrapment likely resulted in significant pressure drops for less pore volumes injected and less mass of asphaltenes being retained under the same maximum dimensionless pressure drop. The innovation of packed-bed microfluidics for investigations on asphaltene deposition mechanisms could contribute to society by bridging macromolecular science with microsystems. PMID:24777527

  9. A Thermodynamic Mixed-Solid Asphaltene Precipitation Model

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    Lindeloff, Niels; Heidemann, R.A.; Andersen, Simon Ivar; Stenby, Erling Halfdan

    A simple model for the prediction of asphaltene precipitation is proposed. The model is based on an equation of state and uses standard thermodynamics, thus assuming that the precipitation phenomenon is a reversible process. The solid phase is treated as an ideal multicomponent mixture. An activity...

  10. Water-in-Hydrocarbon Emulsions Stabilized by Asphaltenes at Low Concentrations.

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    Yarranton; Hussein; Masliyah

    2000-08-01

    The role of Athabasca asphaltene particles and molecules in stabilizing emulsions was examined by measuring the surface area of water-in-toluene/hexane emulsions stabilized by various asphaltene fractions, each with a different proportion of soluble and insoluble asphaltenes. The stabilized interfacial area was found to depend only on the amount of soluble asphaltenes. Furthermore, the amount of asphaltenes on the interface was consistent with molecular monolayer coverage. Hence, at low concentrations, asphaltenes appear to both act as a molecular surfactant and stabilize emulsions. The effect of the hexane : toluene ratio on emulsion stability was examined as well. At lower hexane : toluene ratios, more asphaltenes were soluble but the surface activity of a given asphaltene molecule was reduced. The two effects oppose each other but, in general, a smaller fraction of asphaltenes appeared to stabilize emulsions at lower hexane : toluene ratios. The results imply that the emulsifying capacity of asphaltenes is reduced but not eliminated in better solvents. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. PMID:10882493

  11. Permeability reduction by asphaltenes and resins deposition in porous media

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    R. Hamadou; M. Khodja; M. Kartout; A. Jada [Sonatrach/Division Centre de Recherche et Developpement, Boumerdes (Algeria)

    2008-08-15

    The deposition of crude oil polar fractions such as asphaltenes and resins in oil reservoir rocks reduce considerably the rock permeability and the oil production. In the present work, a crude oil and various core samples were extracted from Rhourd-Nouss (RN) reservoir rock. Afterwards, core flow experiments were carried out in the laboratory to investigate permeability reduction that causes formation damage. The core permeability damage was evaluated by flooding Soltrol, through the sample and measuring the solvent permeabilities, K{sub I} and K{sub f}, respectively, before and after injection of a given pore volume number of the crude oil. The data indicate that upon flooding the crude oil through the porous medium, considerable permeability reduction, expressed as the ratio (K{sub I} - K{sub f})/K{sub I}, and ranging from 72.4% to 98.3% were observed. The permeability reduction is found to result from irreversible retention of asphaltenes and resins in the porous core sample. However, no correlations could be established between the depth of the well, the core porosity, the core mineral compositions determined by X-ray analysis, and the permeability damage factors. In addition, effluents flowing away from RN wells were collected and analysed at various periods, after carrying out aromatic solvents squeezes. The amount of saturates, aromatics, resins, and asphaltenes (SARA analysis), of the crude oil, the deposited crude oil fraction, and the effluent's residues were measured and compared. The asphaltenes weight percent was found to increase from 1.56% for the crude oil to 11.42% for the deposited oil fraction, and was in the range 1.37-2.36% for the effluent's residues. Such results indicate that the deposited oil fraction and the effluent's residues consist mainly of asphaltenes and resins. 26 refs., 1 fig., 11 tabs.

  12. The importance of asphaltene origin on its behaviour in production systems

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    Grutters, M.; Stankiewicz, A.; Cornelisse, P.; Utech, N. [Shell Global Solutions, The Hague (Netherlands)

    2008-07-01

    Despite much progress in characterizing asphaltenes, little is known about the relation between the size and shape of asphaltenes and their impact on flow assurance. This lack of understanding is related primarily to the fact that the asphaltenes structure found in crudes depends on many geochemical processes that are generally not included as input for flow assurance studies. The geochemical processes that are important to asphaltenes are type of source rock and deposited organic matter, maturity, migration history, and processes in the reservoir as hybridization and biodegradation. A careful examination of geochemical processes can reveal the relationship between asphaltene behaviour in fields that are seemingly very different or distant. This paper provided some examples of these relationships. Understanding the structure of asphaltenes is critical and warrants the further development of methods for more accurate characterization.

  13. Method for determining asphaltene stability of a hydrocarbon-containing material

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    Schabron, John F; Rovani, Jr., Joseph F

    2013-02-05

    A method for determining asphaltene stability in a hydrocarbon-containing material having solvated asphaltenes therein is disclosed. In at least one embodiment, it involves the steps of: (a) precipitating an amount of the asphaltenes from a liquid sample of the hydrocarbon-containing material with an alkane mobile phase solvent in a column; (b) dissolving a first amount and a second amount of the precipitated asphaltenes by changing the alkane mobile phase solvent to a final mobile phase solvent having a solubility parameter that is higher than the alkane mobile phase solvent; (c) monitoring the concentration of eluted fractions from the column; (d) creating a solubility profile of the dissolved asphaltenes in the hydrocarbon-containing material; and (e) determining one or more asphaltene stability parameters of the hydrocarbon-containing material.

  14. Prediction of the Gas Injection Effect on the Asphaltene Phase Envelope

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    Bahrami Peyman; Kharrat Riyaz; Mahdavi Sedigheh; Firoozinia Hamed

    2015-01-01

    Asphaltene instability may occur when pressure, temperature and compositional variations affect the reservoir oil. Permeability reduction, wettability alteration, and plugging of wells and flow lines are the consequences of this phenomenon. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate the asphaltene behavior in different thermodynamic conditions by knowing the Asphaltene Precipitation Envelope (APE) in a preventive way rather than the costly clean-up procedures. The selected reservoir oil has face...

  15. Bayesian Belief Network Method for Predicting Asphaltene Precipitation in Light Oil Reservoirs

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    Jeffrey O. Oseh (M.Sc.); Olugbenga A. Falode (Ph.D)

    2015-01-01

    Asphaltene precipitation is caused by a number of factors including changes in pressure, temperature, and composition. The two most prevalent causes of asphaltene precipitation in light oil reservoirs are decreasing pressure and mixing oil with injected solvent in improved oil recovery processes. This study focused on predicting the amount of asphaltene precipitation with increasing Gas-Oil Ratio in a light oil reservoir using Bayesian Belief Network Method. These Artificial Intelligence-Baye...

  16. Impact of maltene and asphaltene fraction on mechanical behavior and microstructure of bitumen

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    Hofko, B.; L. Eberhardsteiner; Fussl, J.; H. Grothe; Handle, F.; Hospodka, M.; Grossegger, D.; Nahar, S.N.; Schmets, A. J. M.; Scarpas, A.

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    As a widely accepted concept, bitumen consists of four fractions that can be distinguished by their polarity. Highly polar asphaltene micelles are dispersed in a viscous phase of saturates, aromatics and resins (maltene phase). Different concentrations of asphaltenes in the bitumen result in a range of mechanical response properties. In an interdisciplinary study the impact of the maltene phase and asphaltenes on the linear viscoelastic behavior and the microstructure of bitumen were analyzed...

  17. COMPARISON BETWEEN ASPHALTENES (SUBFRACTIONS EXTRACTED FROM TWO DIFFERENT ASPHALTIC RESIDUES: CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND PHASE BEHAVIOR

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    Silas R. Ferreira

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltenes are blamed for various problems in the petroleum industry, especially formation of solid deposits and stabilization of water-in-oil emulsions. Many studies have been conducted to characterize chemical structures of asphaltenes and assess their phase behavior in crude oil or in model-systems of asphaltenes extracted from oil or asphaltic residues from refineries. However, due to the diversity and complexity of these structures, there is still much to be investigated. In this study, asphaltene (subfractions were extracted from an asphaltic residue (AR02, characterized by NMR, elemental analysis, X-ray fluorescence and MS-TOF, and compared to asphaltene subfractions obtained from another asphaltic residue (AR01 described in a previous article. The (subfractions obtained from the two residues were used to prepare model-systems containing 1 wt% of asphaltenes in toluene and their phase behavior was evaluated by measuring asphaltene precipitation onset using optical microscopy. The results obtained indicated minor differences between the asphaltene fractions obtained from the asphaltic residues of distinct origins, with respect to aromaticity, elemental composition (CHN, presence and content of heteroelements and average molar mass. Regarding stability, minor differences in molecule polarity appear to promote major differences in the phase behavior of each of the asphaltene fractions isolated.

  18. The acoustic spectroscopy of asphaltene aggregation in petroleum

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    A sphaltenes are well known to be important in causing blockages during production, transportation and refining. They are also responsible for the formation of tar mats in petroleum reservoirs, which can impede crude oil recovery. Acoustic spectroscopy in the frequency range 2 – 120 MHz was used to detect the aggregation of asphaltenes in a North Sea crude oil (UK continental shelf). In the absence of aggregation, both the toluene solvent and the maltenes isolated from the oil exhibit a power law dependence which is a function of the continuous phase. In contrast the crude oil itself showed clear signs of a changing size of the scattering entities. With sufficient information, it may in future be possible to determine the size of the scattering particles from the acoustic spectrum including the changing size of the asphaltene particles during aggregation.

  19. Asphaltenes in Mexican fuel oils; Asfaltenos en combustoleos mexicanos

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    Longoria Ramirez, Rigoberto [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1996-12-31

    In this article the main aspects in which the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) has worked to contribute to the solution of problems due to the presence of asphaltenes in national fuel oils, are emphasized. The increment of these compounds, that concentrate harmful elements, in the last ten years has reached 22% by weight of the fuel oil. It is demonstrated that the quantification of asphaltenes depends on the type of solvent employed. [Espanol] En este articulo se subrayan los principales aspectos en los que el Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) ha trabajado para contribuir a la solucion de problemas debidos a la presencia de asfaltenos en combustoleos nacionales. El incremento de estos compuestos, que concentran elementos nocivos, en los ultimos diez anos ha llegado hasta un 22% del peso del combustoleo. Se demuestra que la cuantificacion de los asfaltenos depende del tipo de solvente utilizado.

  20. Cooee bitumen II: Stability of linear asphaltene nanoaggregates

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    Lemarchand, Claire,; Schrøder, Thomas; Dyre, J.C.; Hansen, Jesper Schmidt

    2014-01-01

    Asphaltene and smaller aromatic molecules tend to form linear nanoaggregates in bitumen. Over the years bitumen undergoes chemical aging and during this process, the size of the nanoaggregate increases. This increase is associated with an increase in viscosity and brittleness of the bitumen, eventually leading to road deterioration. This paper focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind nanoaggregate size and stability. We used molecular dynamics simulations to quantify the probability of ...

  1. Behavior of asphaltene model compounds at w/o interfaces.

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    Nordgård, Erland L; Sørland, Geir; Sjöblom, Johan

    2010-02-16

    Asphaltenes, present in significant amounts in heavy crude oil, contains subfractions capable of stabilizing water-in-oil emulsions. Still, the composition of these subfractions is not known in detail, and the actual mechanism behind emulsion stability is dependent on perceived interfacial concentrations and compositions. This study aims at utilizing polyaromatic surfactants which contains an acidic moiety as model compounds for the surface-active subfraction of asphaltenes. A modified pulse-field gradient (PFG) NMR method has been used to study droplet sizes and stability of emulsions prepared with asphaltene model compounds. The method has been compared to the standard microscopy droplet counting method. Arithmetic and volumetric mean droplet sizes as a function of surfactant concentration and water content clearly showed that the interfacial area was dependent on the available surfactant at the emulsion interface. Adsorption of the model compounds onto hydrophilic silica has been investigated by UV depletion, and minor differences in the chemical structure of the model compounds caused significant differences in the affinity toward this highly polar surface. The cross-sectional areas obtained have been compared to areas from the surface-to-volume ratio found by NMR and gave similar results for one of the two model compounds. The mean molecular area for this compound suggested a tilted geometry of the aromatic core with respect to the interface, which has also been proposed for real asphaltenic samples. The film behavior was further investigated using a liquid-liquid Langmuir trough supporting the ability to form stable interfacial films. This study supports that acidic, or strong hydrogen-bonding fractions, can promote stable water-in-oil emulsion. The use of model compounds opens up for studying emulsion behavior and demulsifier efficiency based on true interfacial concentrations rather than perceived interfaces. PMID:19852481

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

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    Auflem, Inge Harald

    2002-07-01

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

  3. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Carbon Dioxide Flooding by Managing Asphaltene Precipitation

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    Deo, Milind D.

    2002-02-21

    This project was undertaken to understand fundamental aspects of carbon dioxide (CO2) induced asphaltene precipitation. Oil and asphaltene samples from the Rangely field in Colorado were used for most of the project. The project consisted of pure component and high-pressure, thermodynamic experiments, thermodynamic modeling, kinetic experiments and modeling, targeted corefloods and compositional modeling.

  4. Molecular dynamic simulation of asphaltene co-aggregation with humic acid during oil spill.

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    Zhu, Xinzhe; Chen, Daoyi; Wu, Guozhong

    2015-11-01

    Humic acid in water and sediment plays a key role in the fate and transport of the spilled oil, but little is known about its influence on the aggregation of heavy oil asphaltenes which is adverse for remediation. Molecular dynamic simulation was performed to characterize the co-aggregation of asphaltenes (continental model and Violanthrone-79 model) with Leonardite humic acid (LHA) at the toluene-water interface and in bulk water, respectively, to simulate the transport of asphaltenes from oil to water. At the toluene-water interface, a LHA layer tended to form and bind to the water by hydrogen bonding which provided a surface for the accumulation of asphaltenes by parallel or T-shape stacking. After entering the bulk water, asphaltene aggregates stacked in parallel were tightly sequestrated inside the inner cavity of LHA aggregates following surface adsorption and structure deformation. Asphaltene aggregation in water was 2-fold higher than at the toluene-water interface. The presence of LHA increased the intensity of asphaltene aggregation by up to 83% in bulk water while relatively less influence was observed at the toluene-water interface. Overall results suggested that the co-aggregation of asphaltene with humic acid should be incorporated to the current oil spill models for better interpreting the overall environmental risks of oil spill. PMID:26149857

  5. Chemical modification of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with possible application as asphaltene flocculant agent

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    Asphaltenes can cause enormous losses in the oil industry, because they are soluble only in aromatic solvents. Therefore, they must be removed from the petroleum before it is refined, using flocculant agents. Aiming to find new materials that can work as flocculant agents to asphaltenes, cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were chemically modified through acid-base reactions using dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid (DBSA) to increase their lipophilicity. Nanoparticle synthesis was performed using the co-precipitation method followed by annealing of these nanoparticles, aiming to change the structural phase. Modified and unmodified nanoparticles were tested by FTIR-ATR, XRD and TGA/DTA. In addition, precipitation onset of the asphaltenes was performed using modified and unmodified nanoparticles. These tests showed that modified nanoparticles have a potential application as flocculant agents used to remove asphaltenes before oil refining, since the presence of nanoparticles promotes the asphaltene precipitation onset with the addition of a small amount of non-solvent (author)

  6. An experimental study of asphaltene particle sizes in n-heptane-toluene mixtures by light scattering

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    Rajagopal K.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The particle size of asphaltene flocculates has been the subject of many recent studies because of its importance in the control of deposition in petroleum production and processing. We measured the size of asphaltene flocculates in toluene and toluene - n-heptane mixtures, using the light-scattering technique. The asphaltenes had been extracted from Brazilian oil from the Campos Basin, according to British Standards Method IP-143/82. The asphaltene concentration in solution ranged between 10-6 g/ml and 10-7 g/ml. Sizes was measured for a period of about 10000 minutes at a constant temperature of 20°C. We found that the average size of the particles remained constant with time and increase with an increase in amount of n-heptane. The correlation obtained for size with concentration will be useful in asphaltene precipitation models.

  7. The formation of rag layers and the role of interfacial partition of naphthenates and asphaltenes

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    Moran, K. [Syncrude, Edmonton, AB (Canada); Kiran, S.; Acosta, E.J. [Toronto Univ., ON (Canada). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

    2008-07-01

    Stable emulsions of oil and water are known as rag layers and have been associated with the precipitation of asphaltenes and the formation of liquid crystal phases. This paper presented optical microscopy studies of rag layers produced under different conditions. Liquid crystal formation was observed only under specific conditions, such as in the presence of un-dissociated naphthenic acids. Liquid crystal phases were not observed in the absence of naphthenic acids or in the presence of sodium naphthenates. The formation of rag layer was associated to the fraction of asphaltene where the oil was reduced. Optical micrographs showed that the droplets of oil and/or water in the rag layer were not stabilized by the particles of asphaltene precipitated. These observations were explained using a hypothesis of asphaltene interfacial partition, whereby the asphaltene molecules accumulate near the oil/water interface to form skins that inhibit their coalescence and separation.

  8. Chemical modification of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with possible application as asphaltene flocculant agent

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    Oliveira, G.E.; Clarindo, J.E.S.; Santo, K.S.E., E-mail: geiza.oliveira@ufes.br [Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo (CCE/DQUI/UFES), Vitoria, ES (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Exatas. Dept. de Quimica; Souza Junior, F.G. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IMA/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Instituto de Macromoleculas

    2013-11-01

    Asphaltenes can cause enormous losses in the oil industry, because they are soluble only in aromatic solvents. Therefore, they must be removed from the petroleum before it is refined, using flocculant agents. Aiming to find new materials that can work as flocculant agents to asphaltenes, cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were chemically modified through acid-base reactions using dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid (DBSA) to increase their lipophilicity. Nanoparticle synthesis was performed using the co-precipitation method followed by annealing of these nanoparticles, aiming to change the structural phase. Modified and unmodified nanoparticles were tested by FTIR-ATR, XRD and TGA/DTA. In addition, precipitation onset of the asphaltenes was performed using modified and unmodified nanoparticles. These tests showed that modified nanoparticles have a potential application as flocculant agents used to remove asphaltenes before oil refining, since the presence of nanoparticles promotes the asphaltene precipitation onset with the addition of a small amount of non-solvent (author)

  9. Evaluation of the asphaltenes macromolecules stabilization by alkylbenzenes compounds; Avaliacao da estabilizacao de macromoleculas asfaltenicas por compostos alquilbenzenicos

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    Oliveira, G.E.; Mansur, C.R.E.; Lucas, E.F. [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas]. E-mail: elucas@ima.ufrj.br; geiza@ima.ufrj.br; Gonzalez, G. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas]. E-mail: gaspar@cenpes.petrobras.com.br

    2003-07-01

    The asphaltene deposition is a problem that affects oil production, transportation and storage. Some researches about asphaltene stabilization have been made in order to avoid its flocculation and deposition. In this work, the performance of four alkylbenzene compounds as asphaltene stabilizer was evaluated. The additive were tested in two different concentrations: 5000 and 10000 mg/L. Cardanol, polycardanol, polystyrene and polystyrene sulfonade were used as additive. The study was carried out by asphaltene precipitation in a solvent mixture (toluene and heptane), since that the asphaltene solubility in these solvents are different. The best results were obtained by using cardanol, at 5000 mg/L. (author)

  10. Geochemistry of raw Asphaltenes of the Oriental Plains

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    Were studied samples of asphaltenes previously separate from 44 raw (p.eb ≥ 200 Celsius degrades) of the three regions of the Oriental Plains: Meta, Casanare and Arauca. The elementary analysis of asphaltenes samples of was carried out in a Carlo Erba CHNS analyzing, with a Coulometric auxiliary of Sulfur (Western Atlas, Core Laboratories). Starting from this analysis the atomic relationships were calculated (H/C), (O/C), (N/S), (C/S) and (C/N) which were used to discriminate or to separate the samples in groups. The pyrolysis Rock-eval was carried out on 20 mg, of each sample diluted with 80 mg of fine quartz, in order to avoiding the problems that are presented when it works with samples that contain more than 20% of Total Organic Carbon (COT). The results of this pyrolysis allowed establishing the presence of six groups or families in the samples of asphaltenes. It was also proven that the raw of the Arauca Field is of terrestrial origin while those of Cano Limon are originated of marine kerogens. With Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of proton (RMN of H) the percentages of Ha, Hβ, Ha, Hox y HAR+F, were calculated as well as the percentage of carbon aromatic insubstituted (% CAR (US)). Also, it was calculated the Aromatic Factor, FA and the substitution degree a, they were also calculated starting from these data the relationships FA/s, Hα/Hox+F y Hα/Hβ. When correlating the diverse data obtained starting from the elementary analysis to each other, the pyrolysis rock-eval and the RMN of H was possible to find two families or groups of raw in each one of the three areas of the Oriental Plains, giving a total of six families or groups of raw in the 44 studied samples. The correlations were: S2/S3 versus (N/S)AT, (C/S)AT versus FA/a, % Car (US) versus FA/d, FA versus, Ha /Ha r+d versus F A/d. Keeping in mind that Behar et al (1984) they concluded in their investigation of asphalts Geochemistry that the gases chromatography (PY -GC) of asphalts it could be used for

  11. Characterization of Physically and Chemically Separated Athabasca Asphaltenes Using Small-Angle X-ray Scattering

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    Amundaraín Hurtado, Jesús Leonardo; Chodakowski, Martin; Long, Bingwen; Shaw, John M. (Alberta)

    2012-02-07

    Athabasca asphaltenes were characterized using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Two methods were used to separate asphaltenes from the Athabasca bitumen: namely, chemical separation by precipitation with n-pentane and physical separation by nanofiltration using a zirconia membrane with a 20 nm average pore size. The permeate and chemically separated samples were diluted in 1-methylnaphtalene and n-dodecane prior to SAXS measurements. The temperature and asphaltene concentration ranges were 50-310 C and 1-10.4 wt %, respectively. Model-independent analysis of SAXS data provided the radius of gyration and the scattering coefficients. Model-dependent fits provided size distributions for asphaltenes assuming that they are dense and spherical. Model-independent analysis for physically and chemically separated asphaltenes showed significant differences in nominal size and structure, and the temperature dependence of structural properties. The results challenge the merits of using chemically separated asphaltene properties as a basis for asphaltene property prediction in hydrocarbon resources. While the residuals for model-dependent fits are small, the results are inconsistent with the structural parameters obtained from model-independent analysis.

  12. Study on the dipole moment of asphaltene molecules through dielectric measuring

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    Zhang, Long Li

    2015-01-01

    The polarity of asphaltenes influences production, transportation, and refining of heavy oils. However, the dipole moment of asphaltene molecules is difficult to measure due to their complex composition and electromagnetic opaqueness. In this work, we present a convenient and efficient way to determine the dipole moment of asphaltene in solution by dielectric measurements alone without measurement of the refractive index. The dipole moment of n-heptane asphaltenes of Middle East atmospheric residue (MEAR) and Ta-He atmospheric residue (THAR) are measured within the temperature range of -60°C to 20°C. There is one dielectric loss peak in the measured solutions of the two types of asphaltene at the temperatures of -60°C or -40°C, indicating there is one type of dipole in the solution. Furthermore, there are two dielectric loss peaks in the measured solutions of the two kinds of asphaltene when the temperature rises above -5°C, indicating there are two types of dipoles corresponding to the two peaks. This phenomenon indicates that as the temperature increases above -5°C, the asphaltene molecules aggregate and present larger dipole moment values. The dipole moments of MEAR C7-asphaltene aggregates are up to 5 times larger than those before aggregation. On the other hand, the dipole moments of the THAR C7-asphaltene aggregates are only 3 times larger than those before aggregation. It will be demonstrated that this method is capable of simultaneously measuring multi dipoles in one solution, instead of obtaining only the mean dipole moment. In addition, this method can be used with a wide range of concentrations and temperatures.

  13. Diagnosis of asphaltene stability in crude oil through “two parameters” SVM model

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    Chamkalani, Ali; Mohammadi, Amir H.; Eslamimanesh, Ali;

    2012-01-01

    Asphaltene precipitation/deposition and its imposing difficulties are drastic issues in petroleum industry. Monitoring the asphaltene stability conditions in crude oil systems is still a challenge and has been subject of many studies. In this work, the Refractive Index (RI) of several oil samples...... is determined using the existing SARA fractions experimental data for this purpose. The powerful Least-Square modification of Support Vector Machine (LSSVM) strategy is applied to develop a computer program, by which the asphaltene stability region can be determined for various crudes. The developed two...

  14. Investigating molecular interactions and surface morphology of wax-doped asphaltenes.

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    Pahlavan, Farideh; Mousavi, Masoumeh; Hung, Albert; Fini, Ellie H

    2016-04-01

    The nature and origin of bee-like microstructures (bees) in asphalt binders and their impact on asphalt oxidation have been the subject of extensive discussions in recent years. While several studies refer to the bees as solely surface features, some others consider them to be bulk microcrystalline components that are formed due to co-precipitation of wax and asphaltene molecules. In this study, we use a rigorous theoretical and experimental approach to investigate the interplay of asphalt components (mainly asphaltene and wax) and their impact on bee formation. In the theoretical section, quantum-mechanical calculations using density functional theory (DFT) are used to evaluate the strength of interactions between asphaltene unit sheets in the presence and absence of a wax component, as well as the mutual interactions between asphaltene molecules (monomers and dimers) and paraffin wax. The results of this section reveal that paraffin waxes not only do not reinforce the interaction between the asphaltene unit sheets, they destabilize asphaltene assembly and dimerization. AIM (Atom in Molecules) analysis shows the destabilizing effect of wax on asphaltene assembly as a reduction in the number of cage and bond critical points between asphaltenes. This destabilization effect among interacting systems (asphaltene-asphaltene and wax-asphaltene) does not support the hypothesis that interaction between paraffin waxes and non-wax components, such as asphaltene, is responsible for their co-precipitation and bee formation. To further examine the effect of wax component on asphalt microstructure experimentally, we used atomic force microscopy (AFM) to study the surface morphology of an asphalt sample doped with 1% to 25% paraffin wax. In agreement with the conclusions drawn from the DFT approach, our experiments indicate that paraffin wax tends to crystallize separately and form lamellar paraffin wax crystal inclusions with 10 nm thickness. Moreover, the addition of 3% wax

  15. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Carbon Dioxide Flooding by Managing Asphaltene Precipitation

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    Deo, Milind D.

    2002-02-21

    Objectives of this project was to understand asphaltene precipitation in General and carbon dioxide induced precipitation in particular. To this effect, thermodynamic and kinetic experiments with the Rangely crude oil were conducted and thermodynamic and reservoir models were developed.

  16. Asphaltene self-association: Modeling and effect of fractionation with a polar solvent

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    Garcia, Daniel Merino; Murgich, J; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2004-01-01

    The self-association of asphaltenes in toluene is believed to occur step-wise, rather than by the formation of micelles. A number of step-wise models have been used to fit the calorimetric titration of asphaltenes in dried toluene solutions, with excellent results. All the models are based on...... chemical reactions equivalent to the ones found in polymerization. The study shows that the choice of the average properties of asphaltenes, such as the molecular weight, is critical in the final value of the parameter of interest, namely the average heat of self-association DeltaH(a). The low values of...... because it does not self-associate or because the dilution effect is not strong enough to break the aggregates. Fluorescence and IR spectroscopy experiments confirm there is self-association in INS fraction, leading to the conclusion that asphaltene aggregates are formed by bonds of different strengths...

  17. Modelling asphaltene precipitation equilibrium : influence of the experimental contact time and temperature

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    Dufour, J.; Marugan, J.; Calles, J.A.; Gimenez-Aguirre, R. [Rey Juan Carlos Univ., Madrid (Spain). Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Technology, Repsol-YPF Flow Assurance Laboratory; Pena, J.L. [Rey Juan Carlos Univ., Madrid (Spain). Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Technology, Repsol-YPF Flow Assurance Laboratory; Centro Tecnologico Repsol-YPF, Madrid (Spain); Merino-Garcia, D. [Centro Tecnologico Repsol-YPF, Madrid (Spain)

    2008-07-01

    Asphaltene deposition creates flow assurance problems and economic losses for petroleum companies. Predictive models are therefore needed to prevent these problems. Most models found in the literature are based on equilibrium calculations and must be checked against experimental data of both onset and amount of asphaltenes separated. However, the samples must be equilibrated for a long time since the kinetics of asphaltene aggregation and precipitation are slow. This paper discussed the kinetics of asphaltene precipitation, based on results obtained from a problematic South American crude and its residue. The influence of temperature, chain length of the n-alkane solvent and n-alkane/oil mass ratio was evaluated. The solids were characterized by 1H NMR, elemental analysis and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to determine their chemical structure. Metal contents (mainly Fe, V and Ni) have been measured by atomic emission spectroscopy. The true equilibrium data will be used to validate equilibrium models from the literature.

  18. Bayesian Belief Network Method for Predicting Asphaltene Precipitation in Light Oil Reservoirs

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    Jeffrey O. Oseh (M.Sc.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltene precipitation is caused by a number of factors including changes in pressure, temperature, and composition. The two most prevalent causes of asphaltene precipitation in light oil reservoirs are decreasing pressure and mixing oil with injected solvent in improved oil recovery processes. This study focused on predicting the amount of asphaltene precipitation with increasing Gas-Oil Ratio in a light oil reservoir using Bayesian Belief Network Method. These Artificial Intelligence-Bayesian Belief Network Method employed were validated and tested by unseen data to determine their accuracy and trend stability and were also compared with the findings obtained from Scaling equations. The obtained Bayesian Belief Network results indicated that the method showed an improved performance of predicting the amount of asphaltene precipitated in light oil reservoirs thus reducing the number of experiments required.

  19. Studies of water-in-oil emulsions: the role of asphaltenes and resins

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    Experiments were conducted to study the role of asphaltenes in water-in-oil emulsions. Asphaltenes are the agents that act like surfactants and are responsible for the formation and stability of these emulsions. Experiments were conducted on an emulsion that had been standing for three months, and on a salt water-oil emulsion. A series of tests were performed to study how asphaltenes would migrate in the absence of a strong gravity effect. All the experiments showed that asphaltenes migrate to the oil-water interface from the oil. This explains why an emulsion which sits for a long time can become more viscous and more stable as time progresses. Future work will determine whether resins will behave in the same manner. 36 refs., 2 tabs

  20. Investigation of asphaltene precipitation in miscible gas injection processes: experimental study and modeling

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    S. Moradi

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltene precipitation during natural depletion and miscible gas injection is a common problem in oilfields throughout the world. In this work, static precipitation tests are conducted to investigate the effects of pressure, temperature and gas type and concentration on asphaltene instability. Three different oil samples have been studied under reservoir conditions with/without nitrogen and methane injection. Besides applying common thermodynamic models, a new scaling equation is presented to predict asphaltene precipitation under HPHT gas injection. Extensive published data from the literature are also used in model development. The scaling approach is attractive because it is simple and complex asphaltene properties are not involved in the calculations. Moreover, the proposed model provides universal parameters for different fluid samples over a wide range of pressure and temperature that makes it novel for evaluation of future gas injection projects when simple PVT data are available.

  1. Analysis of metals in asphaltenes of KU-46 by PIXE analysis

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    The content of metals of the asphaltenes obtained from the KU-46 mexican crude with n-heptane was evaluated. The found metals in higher concentration are transition metals as well as the vanadium, nickel, copper and zinc. Moreover the sulfur in high concentrations was quantified. The metallic content of the asphaltenes revealed that the crude contains a lower quantity of metals unlike the vacuum residue previously analysed. (Author)

  2. Prediction of the Gas Injection Effect on the Asphaltene Phase Envelope

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    Bahrami Peyman

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltene instability may occur when pressure, temperature and compositional variations affect the reservoir oil. Permeability reduction, wettability alteration, and plugging of wells and flow lines are the consequences of this phenomenon. Therefore, it is crucial to investigate the asphaltene behavior in different thermodynamic conditions by knowing the Asphaltene Precipitation Envelope (APE in a preventive way rather than the costly clean-up procedures. The selected reservoir oil has faced a remarkable decline in production due to several years of extraction, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR has been considered as a solution. Therefore, in this paper, a comprehensive study was carried out to predict the effects of different injected gases on asphaltene onset and to prevent future asphaltene precipitation based on the laboratory data. The Advanced Redlich-Kwong-Soave (RKSA equation of state was considered to develop APE using Multiflash (Infochem Co.. For the selected reservoir oil, with temperature reduction at low temperatures, asphaltene precipitation weakened and made the onset pressure decrease, so this behavior is different from the results obtained in other published reports. On the basis of this model, several sensitivity analyses were performed with different gases (i.e., methane, CO2, N2 and associated gases to compare the risk of each gas for future EOR strategies. APE tend to expand as the amount of injected gases increases, except for CO2 gas injection, that showed another unconventional behavior for this crude oil. It was observed that for CO2 gas injection below a certain temperature, asphaltene stability increased, which can be considered as a good inhibitor of asphaltene precipitation.

  3. Distribution of metals in vacuum residuums, asphaltenes and maltenes by PIXE

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    The PIXE technique for determining directly the distribution and abundance of trace metals in vacuum residuum, asphaltenes and maltenes separated with n-alkanes (C5-C8) is used. The metal content of petroleum derivatives revealed that the vacuum residuum contains iron, aluminium, vanadium and nickel mainly, while that the asphaltenes and maltenes maintain inside of their composition only preferably the vanadium and nickel as majority elements. (Author)

  4. Kinetic studies on the pyrolysis of asphaltenes from differenttypes of kerogens

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    2000-01-01

    The pyrolysis kinetics of a series of asphaltenes, from different types of kerogens, are studied in this work. The results indicate that the distributions of activation energy are over a wide range for the asphaltenes from type I kerogens. There is still a large potential of hydrocarbon generation in case the activation energy is above 350 kJ·mol-1. While the distributions of activation energy are comparatively over a narrow range for the asphaltenes from type II and II kerogens,there is a little or almost no potential of hydrocarbon generation with the activation energy above 350 kJ·mol-1 respectively. For the asphaltenes from some specific type of kerogens, the pyrolysis kinetics can be applied to marking their maturity. Furthermore, based on detailed discussions of the kinetics parameter frequency factor, the asphaltenes from type I kerogens are considered to be of great potential to regenerate oils, while the asphaltenes' potential for oil-to-gas conversion tends to go down in order of primitive kerogen types of Ⅲ II and I.

  5. Structural Characterisation of Asphaltenes during Residue Hydrotreatment with Light Cycle Oil as an Additive

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    Yong-Jun Liu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Several atmospheric residues (AR of Kuwaiti crude, in the absence, or in the presence, of light cycle oil (LCO as an aromatic additive, were hydrotreated in an experimental plant. Asphaltenes (precipitated from Kuwaiti AR, a hydrotreated AR, and a hydrotreated blend of AR and LCO were characterised by chemical structure and changes during residue hydrotreatment. The average structural parameters of these asphaltenes, obtained from a combined method of element analysis, average molecular weight, X-ray diffraction, and NMR, demonstrate that, after hydrotreatment, the aromatic cores of the asphaltenes become more compact and smaller whereas the peripheral alkyl branches are decreased in number and shortened. The influence of LCO on residue hydrotreating is also studied in terms of structural changes in the asphaltenes. The findings imply that LCO added to AR during hydrotreating improves the degree of aromatic substitution, the total hydrogen/carbon atomic ratio per average molecule, the distance between aromatic sheets and aliphatic chains, and so forth, by modifying the colloidal nature and microstructure of asphaltene: this is beneficial for the further hydroprocessing of AR. Three hypothetical average molecules are proposed to represent the changes undergone by such asphaltenes during hydrotreatment as well as the effects of additive LCO.

  6. Asphaltene macrostructure of petroleum crude investigated by small angle neutron scattering

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    Complete text of publication follows. The amount and the phase stability of the asphaltene fraction in petroleum and crude oils are important during the production, the processing and the transportation of these crude fluids. Small angle neutron scattering SANS technique was used to investigate the colloidal properties of an Algerian petroleum crude. Dilute samples with various concentrations up to 11% vol. were studied. The macrostructure of the present asphaltene fraction as well as its size distributions and volume fraction were extracted by modeling the experimental scattering data using a non linear least squares fitting program. The analysis results suggest that into the studied conditions, the petroleum crude asphaltene fraction seems to form stable micellar systems with a polydisperse globular like shape structures. It was found that the micelles mean size radius was about 2 nm and did not vary with the petroleum fluid medium concentration. The volume fraction of asphaltenes did not also increase with petroleum fluid medium concentration. These results suggest that the forming micelles were stable and there was no aggregation. In order to probe the internal structure of the asphaltene micelles the contrast variation technique was also performed on the isolated asphaltene fraction and from these results a form factor shape model was proposed. (author)

  7. Formation of asphaltene deposits from crude oil destabilized by addition of propane

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    Wang, J.; Creek, J. [Chevron Energy Technology Co., Houston, TX (United States); Fan, T.; Buckley, J. [New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, NM (United States)

    2008-07-01

    As oil development moves into deeper water and deeper wells, it is increasingly important to predict the formation of asphaltene deposits. The first step toward predicting deposition is knowing the asphaltene stability as a function of temperature, pressure, and composition. Flocculated asphaltenes can segregate under the influence of gravity in low energy environments. The challenge lies in understanding the deposits that form on pipe walls in producing wells. This paper reported on a continuing study of arterial deposition from destabilized crude oils in stainless steel capillary tubing as a function of several variables, including the molecular size of the paraffinic precipitating agent. The initial studies revealed that destabilization of asphaltenes from a given crude oil with higher molecular weight precipitants produced a larger volume of asphaltene enriched deposit compared to a lower molecular weight precipitant with the same crude oil. Liquid n-paraffins precipitants from n-pentane to n-pentadecane were used in the initial studies. The data was then used to forecast precipitation with solution gas at different pressures and temperatures. In this present study, the range of paraffinic precipitants was extended to include propane for a comparative evaluation to determine the driving force for asphaltene precipitation in reservoir fluids.

  8. Chemistry and structure of coal derived asphaltenes and preasphaltenes. Interim report

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    Yen, T. F.

    1979-01-01

    It is the objective of this project to isolate the asphaltene and preasphaltene fractions from coal liquids from a number of liquefaction processes. These processes consist of in general: catalytic hydrogenation, staged pyrolysis and solvent refining. The asphaltene fractions may be further separated by both gradient elution through column chromatography, and molecular size distribution through gel permeation chromatography. These coal-derived asphaltene and preashpaltene fractions will then be investigated by various chemical and physical methods for characterization of their structures. After the parameters are obtained, these parameters will be correlated with the refining and conversion variables which control a given type of liquefaction process. The effects of asphaltene in catalysis, ash or metal removal, desulfurization and denitrification will also be correlated. It is anticipated that understanding the role of asphaltenes in liquefaction processes will enable engineers to both improve existing processes, and to make recommendations for operational changes in planned liquefaction units. The objective of Phase 1 was to complete the isolation and separation of coal liquid fractions and to initiate their characterization. The objective of Phase 2 is to continue the characterization of coal asphaltenes and other coal liquid fractions by use of physical and instrumental methods. The structural parameters obtained will be used to postulate hypothetical average structures for coal liquid fractions.The objective of Phase 3 is to concentrate on the characterization of the preasphaltene (benzene insoluble fraction) of coal liquid fraction by the available physical and chemical methods to obtain a number of structural parameters.

  9. COMPARISON BETWEEN ASPHALTENES (SUB)FRACTIONS EXTRACTED FROM TWO DIFFERENT ASPHALTIC RESIDUES: CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION AND PHASE BEHAVIOR

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    Silas R. Ferreira; Fabio R. Barreira; Luciana S. Spinelli; Katia Z. Leal; Peter Seidl; Elizabete F. Lucas

    2016-01-01

    Asphaltenes are blamed for various problems in the petroleum industry, especially formation of solid deposits and stabilization of water-in-oil emulsions. Many studies have been conducted to characterize chemical structures of asphaltenes and assess their phase behavior in crude oil or in model-systems of asphaltenes extracted from oil or asphaltic residues from refineries. However, due to the diversity and complexity of these structures, there is still much to be investigated. In this study,...

  10. Study on the interaction of asphaltenes macromolecules and stabilizer compounds: LCC and cardanol; Estudo da interatividade entre macromoleculas asfaltenicas e compostos estabilizantes: LCC e cardanol

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    Moreira, Luiz Fernando Bandeira; Lucas, Elizabete Fernandes [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas; Gonzalez, Gaspar [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas

    1998-09-01

    Petroleum contains asphaltene which can be precipitated, generating various problems affecting the crude oil production and transport, storage and processing. This work presents a mathematical adaptation of interaction models for the asphaltene-stabilizer system allowing prediction of stabilizer performance for avoiding asphaltene precipitation. The ashew liquid and particularly the cardanol have been studied by using the peptising test. The ashew and cardanol present the asphaltene stabilizer properties and positive properties in both cases. (author)

  11. Determination of trace elements in GPC fractions of oil-sand asphaltenes by INAA

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    Asphaltene samples precipitated from Athabasca and Cold Lake oil-sand bitumens were separated into 12 fractions of varying molecular weight by preparative gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Each fraction was then analyzed by analytical GPC and visible spectrometry. Concentrations of As, Ce, Co, Cr, Eu, Ga, Hf, Hg, La, Ni, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Tb, Th, U, V, Zn, and Zr in the fractions were determined by neutron activation analysis. Molecular weights of the Athabasca fractions are generally higher than the corresponding Cold Lake fractions. Between 58% and 90% of the metal contents occur in the high molecular weight fractions of both asphaltenes. Except for V and Cr, which show biomodel distributions, all the elements have decreasing concentrations as the molecular weight of the fraction decreases. High molecular weight fractions, constituting about 55% of the whole asphaltenes, contain nonporphyrin bound vanadium compounds. It is estimated that 27% and 31% of V present in Athabasca and Cold Lake asphaltenes respectively occur as porphyrin type compounds, including vanadyl prophyrins released from the asphaltene micelle during the separation and vanadyl porphyrins bearing high-molecular-weight substituents

  12. The aggregation and diffusion of asphaltenes studied by GPU-accelerated dissipative particle dynamics

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    Wang, Sibo; Xu, Junbo; Wen, Hao

    2014-12-01

    The heavy crude oil consists of thousands of compounds and much of them have large molecular weights and complex structures. Studying the aggregation and diffusion behavior of asphaltenes can facilitate the understanding of the heavy crude oil. In previous studies, the fused aromatic rings were treated as rigid bodies so that dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) integrated with the quaternion method can be used to study asphaltene systems. In this work, DPD integrated with the quaternion method is implemented on graphics processing units (GPUs). Compared with the serial program, tens of times speedup can be achieved when simulations performed on a single GPU. Using multiple GPUs can provide faster computation speed and more storage space for simulations of significant large systems. By using large systems, simulations of the asphaltene-toluene system at extremely dilute concentrations can be performed. The determined diffusion coefficients of asphaltenes are similar to that in experimental studies. At last, the aggregation behavior of asphaltenes in heptane was investigated, and the simulation results agreed with the modified Yen model. Monomers, nanoaggregates and clusters were observed from the simulations at different concentrations.

  13. Asphaltene precipitation and its effects on the vapour extraction (VAPEX) heavy oil recovery process

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    Luo, P.; Wang, X.; Gu, Y. [Society of Petroleum Engineers, Canadian Section, Calgary, AB (Canada)]|[Regina Univ., SK (Canada). Petroleum Technology Research Centre; Zhang, H. [Society of Petroleum Engineers, Canadian Section, Calgary, AB (Canada)]|[Core Laboratories Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada); Moghadam, L. [Fekete Associates Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada)

    2008-10-15

    One of the most important physical phenomena during the solvent vapour extraction (VAPEX) of heavy oil recovery is asphaltene precipitation. After the asphaltene precipitation occurs, the produced heavy oil is deasphalted in-situ, resulting in a lower viscosity and better quality. However, precipitated asphaltenes may plug some small pores of the reservoir formation, thus reducing its permeability. This paper examined the effects of three operating factors on the asphaltene precipitation during the VAPEX process, notably solvent type; operating pressure; and sand-pack permeability. Eight VAPEX tests were conducted to recover two different Lloydminster heavy oil samples from a rectangular sand-packed physical model with a butane mixture and propane as the respective solvents. The accumulative heavy oil and solvent production from the physical model were measured in the entire VAPEX process. The paper described the materials, experimental set-up, and experimental preparation. The VAPEX test was also explained. Results were presented for sand consolidation; solvent effect; pressure effect; and permeability effect. It was concluded that when the extracting solvent is in a liquid-gas state, asphaltene precipitation occurs and leads to in-situ deasphalting. 15 refs., 3 tabs., 6 figs.

  14. Molecular mechanics and microcalorimetric investigations of the effects of molecular water on the aggregation of asphaltenes in solutions

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    Murgich, J.; Lira-Galeana, C.; Garcia, Daniel Merino; Andersen, Simon Ivar; del Rio-Garcia, J.M.

    2002-01-01

    The interaction of two model asphaltene molecules from the Athabasca sand oil with a water molecule in a toluene solution was studied by means of molecular mechanics calculations. It was found that water forms bridging H bonds between the heteroatoms of asphaltenes with a considerable span in ene...

  15. Characterization of the onset asphaltenes by focused-beam laser reflectance : a tool for chemical additives screening

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    Marugan, J.; Calles, J.A.; Dufour, J.; Gimenez-Aguirre, R. [Univ. Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain). URJC-Repsol-YPF Flow Assurance Laboratory, Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Technology; Pena, J.L. [Univ. Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid (Spain). URJC-Repsol-YPF Flow Assurance Laboratory, Dept. of Chemical and Environmental Technology; Centro Tecnologico Repsol-YPF, Madrid (Spain); Merino-Garcia, D. [Centro Tecnologico Repsol-YPF, Madrid (Spain)

    2008-07-01

    The deposition of asphaltenes in crude oil can cause flow assurance problems. In this study, a laser reflectance technique known as Focused-Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM) was used to study the kinetics of asphaltenes aggregation near onset. The FBRM tool provides a very sensitive way of determining the onset n-alkane/oil mass ratio. The influence of the n-alkane solvent and temperature on the solvent/oil threshold ratio of 2 South American crude oils with 21 and 27 API were investigated. The FBRM technique provided kinetic information about the evolution with time of the size distribution of asphaltenes flocs. Additional FBRM experiments of asphaltene redissolution and reprecipitation were also performed for a comparative evaluation, beginning with the solids recovered following the IP- 143 standard, which were fractionated into 4 different polarity groups using n-pentane - chloroform mixtures. The objective was to find correlations between polarity of the asphaltenes and its instability near the onset. Metal content was determined through atomic emission spectroscopy. The solids were characterized by 1H NMR, FT-IR spectroscopy, and vapour-pressure osmometry in order to determine the chemical and structural features of the most unstable asphaltenes. The FBRM probe was used to screen commercial chemical additives to prevent asphaltenes deposits. This technique was shown to be a very powerful tool for examining the influence of additives on the aggregation kinetics and the particle size distribution of the first asphaltene solids.

  16. Isothermal Titration Calorimetry and Fluorescence Spectroscopy Study Of Asphaltene Self-Association In Toluene And Interaction With A Model Resin

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    Garcia, Daniel Merino; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2002-01-01

    This article collects the work performed by Isothermal Titration Caloritnetry (ITC) in the study of the self-association of asphaltenes in toluene solutions. Calorimetric experiments show that asphaltenes, start self-associating at very low concentrations and that the existence of a Critical Mice...

  17. Removal of asphaltene and paraffin deposits using micellar solutions and fused reactions. Final report, 1995--1997

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    Chang, C.L.; Nalwaya, V.; Singh, P.; Fogler, H.S.

    1998-05-01

    Chemical treatments of paraffin and asphaltene deposition by means of cleaning fluids were carried out in this research project. Research focused on the characterization of asphaltene and paraffin materials and dissolution of asphaltene and paraffin deposits using surfactant/micellar fluids developed early in the project. The key parameters controlling the dissolution rate were identified and the process of asphaltene/paraffin dissolution were examined using microscopic apparatus. Numerical modeling was also carried out to understand the dissolution of paraffin deposits. The results show that fused chemical reaction systems are a promising way of removing paraffin deposits in subsea pipelines. The fused system may be in the form of alternate pulses, emulsions systems or encapsulated catalyst systems. Fused reaction systems, in fact, are extremely cost-effective--less than 10% of the cost of replacing entire sections of the blocked pipeline. The results presented in this report can have a real impact on the petroleum industry and the National Oil Program, if it is realized that the remediation technologies developed here can substantially delay abandonment (due to asphaltene/paraffin plugging) of domestic petroleum resources. The report also sheds new light on the nature and properties of asphaltenes and paraffin deposits which will ultimately help the scientific and research community to develop effective methods in eliminating asphaltene/paraffin deposition problems. It must also be realized that asphaltene remediation technologies developed and presented in this report are a real alternative to aromatic cleaning fluids currently used by the petroleum industry.

  18. Calorimetric Evidence about the Application of the Concept of CMC to Asphaltene Self-Association

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    Garcia, Daniel Merino; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2005-01-01

    For many years, the concept of critical micellar concentration (CMC) has been projected from surfactant science into asphaltene science. There are several similarities between these two species, such as the stabilization of water-in-oil emulsions and surface activity, which suggested that...... asphaltenes may also have a concentration at which self-association occurs (CMC). This article presents evidence found by calorimetry and spectroscopic techniques, that suggest that this concept may not be adequate for asphaltene self-association in toluene solutions. Isothermal titration calorimetry has been...... widely used in surfactant science to determine both the CMC and the enthalpy of micellation of many surfactants. The concentration interval could be divided into three regions: monomer region, micellation region, and micelle region. The absence of the first region (monomer) in the concentration range...

  19. Structural modifications of petroleum asphaltenes by reductive alkylation investigated by TLC-FID

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    Cagniant, D.; Nosyrev, I.; Cebolla, V.; Vela, J.; Membrado, L.; Gruber, R. [Universite de Metz, Metz (France). Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et d' Analyses Chimiques

    2001-01-01

    The reductive alkylation of a French petroleum asphaltene (Lagrave) was studied with potassium in THF, in absence of an electron transfer reagent. From the number of butyl and benzyl groups added to the starting asphaltene, the difference of reactivity of the alkyl reagents, butyl iodide and benzyl bromide, was pointed out. Special attention was focused on the cleavage of C-S and C-O linkages in relation to the structural modifications. From the number of hydrogen atoms added during the reduction step, it was concluded that the sulphide linkages are mainly of aryl-S-aryl, aryl-S-alkyl or alkyl-S-alkyl types. The TLC-FID (Iatroscan) analysis was found to be very suitable to follow the 'depolymerization' process of the asphaltene, qualitatively as well as quantitatively, by the application hydrocarbon group type analysis. 23 refs., 2 figs., 5 tabs.

  20. Sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of petroleum asphaltenes and model compounds

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    The utility of sulfur K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy for the determination and quantification of sulfur forms in petroleum asphaltenes has been investigated. Both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra were obtained for a selected group of model compounds and for several petroleum asphaltene samples. For the model compounds the sulfur XANES was found to vary widely from compound to compound and to provide a fingerprint for the form of sulfur involved. The use of third derivatives of the spectra enabled discrimination of mixtures of sulfidic and thiophenic model compounds and allowed approximate quantification of the amount of each component in the mixtures and in the asphaltene samples. These results represent the first demonstration that nonvolatile sulfur forms can be distinguished and approximately quantified by direct measurement

  1. A study of some asphaltenes solutions structure and of a Safaniya vacuum residue

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    Guille, V.

    1996-05-20

    A lot of problems in the petroleum industry are due to the presence of asphaltenes compounds in petroleum products. A good knowledge of the chemical composition and the different properties of asphaltenes in solution are necessary to cope with these difficulties. We have then examined a Safaniya Vacuum Residue (VR) and its fractions (asphaltenes, resins, aromatics and saturates). In order to describe the macro-structure of these complex colloidal systems, we used different characterisation techniques: small angle X-ray and neutron scattering (SAXS and SANS), rheology and electron microscopy. Scattering techniques allows us to precise the model for asphaltenes and resins in solution. These macromolecules are poly-dispersed disk-like particles with thickness and diameter which are respectively close to 1 to 10 nm. The average molecular weight is equal to 106 000 for asphaltenes and 3 300 for resins. We have shown that SAXS is more sensitive to the scattering of the aromatic part of the molecule. Adding n-heptane induces first a de-solvation of the molecules and then an aggregation up to flocculation. These solutions present large heterogeneities due to concentration fluctuations. A huge difference in the chemical composition of the different asphaltenes molecules can explain these fluctuations. These heterogeneities are stable as a function of temperature; this means that exist strong molecular interactions. Ultracentrifugation gives two different fractions which contain different chemical structures, more or less aromatic. Solutions, in good solvent, of these two fractions are homogeneous but a mixture of these two fractions exhibits, heterogeneities. SAXS gives information about the structure of VR. We have observed the presence of large density fluctuations up to 300 deg. C. Rheological measurements confirm three-dimensional organisation. (author). 11 refs., 11 figs., 49 tabs.

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

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    McLean; Kilpatrick

    1997-12-01

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

  3. Fractal characteristics of an asphaltene deposited heterogeneous surface

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    Several methods have been employed in recent years to investigate homogeneous surface topography based on image analysis, such as AFM (atomic force microscopy) and SEM (scanning electron microscopy). Fractal analysis of the images provides fractal dimension of the surface which is used as one of the most common surface indices. Surface topography has generally been considered to be mono-fractal. On the other hand, precipitation of organic materials on a rough surface and its irregular growth result in morphology alteration and converts a homogeneous surface to a heterogeneous one. In this case a mono-fractal description of the surface does not completely describe the nature of the altered surface. This work aims to investigate the topography alteration of a glass surface as a result of asphaltene precipitation and its growth at various pressures using a bi-fractal approach. The experimental results of the deposited surfaces were clearly indicating two regions of micro- and macro-asperities namely, surface types I and II, respectively. The fractal plots were indicative of bi-fractal behavior and for each surface type one fractal dimension was calculated. The topography information of the surfaces was obtained by two image analyses, AFM and SEM imaging techniques. Results of the bi-fractal analysis demonstrated that topography alteration in surface type II (macro-asperities) is more evident than that in surface type I (micro-asperities). Compared to surface type II, a better correlation was observed between the fractal dimensions inferred from the AFM images (DA) and those of the SEM images (DS) in surface type I.

  4. Monitoring the formation of asphaltene and pre-asphaltene through solvent soaking during liquefaction of Mukah Malingian Malaysian coal via semi-continuous solvent flow high-pressure reactor system

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    Khudzir Ismail; Nur Nasulhah Kasim; Mohd Azlan Mohd Ishak; Mohd Fauzi Abdullah [University Technology MARA Perlis, Perlis (Malaysia). Fuel Combustion Research Laboratory

    2007-07-01

    One of the problems that could affect the production of high percentage of oil + gas yield during liquefaction of low-rank coal is the production of high amount of asphaltene, pre-asphaltene and coke through de-polymerisation and re-polymerisation of the radical species within the coal carbon matrix at high temperature regime. Hence, one solution is to suppress the re-polymerisation reaction by supplying sufficient amount of fresh donor solvent at the appropriate liquefaction temperature to instantaneously cap the reactive radical species. In this work, the effect of solvent flow rates and solvent soaking time at selective isothermal temperatures on the formation of asphaltene and preasphaltene during liquefaction of Mukah Balingian low-rank Malaysian coal via semi-continuous solvent flow high-pressure reactor system were studied. The liquefaction processes were carried out at 4 MPa with three different solvent flow rates i.e. at 2, 7, and 10 ml/min, and at temperature ranging from 300 to 450{sup o}C by using tetralin as hydrogen donor solvent. Initial findings showed that asphaltene and pre-asphaltene begin to form at liquefaction temperature range of 300-350{sup o}C, with the percent yields tend to increase with increasing in the solvent flow rate and solvent soaking time. At above 400{sup o}C, the percent of asphaltene and pre-asphaltene seem to decrease slightly probably due to conversion of these components to oil + gas. The slight reduction in the percentage of asphaltene and pre-asphaltene suggest that sufficient amount of hydrogen donors were present during the soaking condition to cap the small radical species, thus preventing the re-polymerisation reaction and promoting the formation of oil+gas. Apparently, the percentages of coal conversion and oil + gas yield were almost similar regardless whether the solvent soaking was applied at 400 or 420{sup o}C. 18 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  5. Effect on molecular interactions of chemical alteration of petroleum asphaltenes. I

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    Juyal, Priyanka; Garcia, Daniel Merino; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2005-01-01

    Asphaltenes are naturally occurring components of crude oil and have been the subject of many studies that have involved a variety of methods to determine their complex structure, their association in crude oil with resins, and their agglomeration phenomena. Yet, the molecular structures of aspha...

  6. Determination of asphaltene onset conditions using the cubic plus association equation of state

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    Arya, Alay; von Solms, Nicolas; Kontogeorgis, Georgios M.

    2015-01-01

    The cubic-plus-association (CPA) equation of state (EoS) has already been proven to be a successful model for phase equilibrium calculations for systems containing associating components and has already been applied for asphaltene modeling by few researchers. In the present work, we apply the CPA...

  7. Investigating the factors influencing recovery of asphaltenic oil by water and miscible CO{sub 2} flooding

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    Chukwudeme, Edwin Andrew

    2009-09-15

    Conclusions that may be drawn from this work on the influence of CO{sub 2}, temperature, pressure and water composition on the recovery of asphaltenic oil by water and CO{sub 2} flooding are as follows: Asphaltene is found to alter outcrop chalk wettability from water-wet to more oil wet, which influence oil recovery by miscible CO{sub 2} and water flooding. Modification of Hirschberg solubility model for predicting asphaltene deposition has been done to account for the effect of CO{sub 2} fraction in the liquid phase during miscible flooding. This is done based on data from this work and literature. This model made it possible to isolate the effect of CO{sub 2} fraction in liquid phase on asphaltene deposition during miscible flooding. Hence, determine the critical fraction of CO{sub 2} that initiate the asphaltene deposition. The critical fraction of CO{sub 2} is estimated to be between 17 to 42 mol percent (mol%), with 33 mol% as average value. A ternary diagram is developed and is based on solubility parameter ratio (S.P.R) and molar volume ratio (V{sub CO2}/V{sub L}) and their relation to asphaltene deposition using data from this work and literature. From this data, it may be suggested that S.P.R is a determining factor for asphaltene deposition during CO{sub 2} flooding, which is not unreasonable since it is influenced by the molar volume ratio, hence temperature, pressure and composition. It is interesting to see a linear relationship between asphaltene precipitation and pressure drop regardless of the flowing pressure at isothermal condition. This is tested for under-saturated fluids. Oil recovery by miscible CO{sub 2} flooding shows low ultimate oil recovery with increasing temperature and pressure for asphaltenic oil compared to non-asphaltenic. CO{sub 2} flooding is found to be plausible for asphaltenic reservoir at lower temperature (< 70 C). From simulation studies, EOR by CO{sub 2} initiated after at least three years of water injection show the

  8. Separation and characterization of resins and asphaltenes coming from Castilla crude Evaluation of their molecular interaction

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    The study of resins and asphaltenes, the heaviest fractions of oil, has become an area of interest due to the abundance of heavy crude oils in Colombia and Latin America. We studied the chemical composition of the heavy fractions of Castilla crude oil, evaluated some of its molecular parameters and found evidence of the interaction between the resins extracted from the crude with the asphaltenes of the original crude. With this objective, we carried out at the pilot plant level precipitation of the resin-asphaltene (R-A) aggregate by adding and mixing under controlled conditions, a paraffin solvent, from the Apiay refinery, called Apiasol. By extracting Soxhlet with the same solvent, resin 1 of aggregate R-A was separated. Resin ll defined as the soluble fraction that is part of the maltenes, was separated from the deasphalted crude by open column chromatography, using alumina as support, according to the SAR method (Saturated, Aromatics, Resins). The fractions of resins and the asphaltenes obtained, were characterized by: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), FT-lR, DRX, elementary analysis (C, H, N, S), metal content (Ni and V), distribution of molecular weight by GPC, and average molecular weight by VPO. The results obtained show evidence that resin l which is part of the aggregate has less average molecular weight than resin ll which is present in the fraction of maltenes. In addition, some changes were found in the elementary analysis of among the resins. On the one hand, and taking into account the existing theories of molecular interactions among these fractions, it was found that the resins l separated from the R-A aggregate, when added to the crude, they stabilize their asphaltenes. This evaluation was carried out by analyzing the flocculation point of the crude and its mixtures with 1,9% and 3,8% of resin l, when they are titrated with a precipitating agent in an NIR cell that works with high pressure and temperature

  9. Dynamic Surface Properties of Asphaltenes and Resins at the Oil-Air Interface.

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    Bauget, Fabrice; Langevin, Dominique; Lenormand, Roland

    2001-07-15

    Because of the existence of large reserves, the production of heavy oils is presently the object of much interest. Some heavy oil reservoirs show anomalous behavior in primary production, with rates of production better than predicted. In Canada and Venezuela some heavy oils are produced in the form of "bubbly" oil, which is stable for several hours in open vessels. These crude oils are therefore commonly called "foamy oils". Since the presence of bubbles could be responsible for an enhanced rate of production, a better knowledge of the properties of the gas-oil interface is desirable. We have experimentally studied the effect of concentration of asphaltenes and resins on static and dynamic properties of oil-air interfaces and also on bulk viscosity. The experiments include surface tension measurements using the pendant-drop method, surface viscosity by the oscillating-drop method, foamability by continuous gas injection, and film lifetime. All the experiments were performed using resins and asphaltenes in toluene solutions at 20 degrees C. At first asphaltenes enhance foamability and film lifetime. All the experiments performed showed a change in regime for asphaltene concentrations around 10% by weight, possibly due to clustering. At the studied concentrations, the adsorption process at the air-oil interface is not diffusion controlled but rather involves a reorganization of asphaltene molecules in a network structure. The formation of a solid skin is well identified by the increase of the elastic modulus. This elastic modulus is also an important property for foam stability, since a rigid interface limits bubble rupture. The interface rigidity at long times decreases with increases in resin fraction, which could decrease foam stability as well as emulsion stability. Copyright 2001 Academic Press. PMID:11427016

  10. Compositional thermodynamic model of asphaltenes flocculation out of crudes; Modelisation thermodynamique compositionnelle de la floculation des bruts asphalteniques

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    Szewczyk, V.

    1997-12-02

    The aim of this work is to propose to the oil industry a compositional thermodynamic model able to predict the operating conditions which induce asphaltenes flocculation out of crudes. In this study, various analytical methods (calorimetry, elemental analysis, {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance, neutron diffusion,...) have been used in order to get a better description of the asphaltene fraction to infer its flocculation mechanism. The proposed model describes this flocculation as a thermodynamic transition inducing the formation of a new liquid phase with a high asphaltene content and formed by all the components initially in the crude: the asphaltene deposit. Asphaltenes are represented as a pseudo-component essentially made of carbon and hydrogen. The analytical modelling of the F11-F20 light fraction is the one proposed by Jaubert (1993). The F20+ heavy fraction is represented by four pseudo-components, their physical properties are calculated using the group contribution methods of Avaullee (1995) and of Rogalski and Neau (1990). The Peng-Robinson equation of state (1976) combined with the Abdoul and Peneloux group contribution mixing rules (1989) is used in order to restitute the gas-liquid-asphaltene deposit phase equilibria. This model not being able to compute flocculation conditions on a predictive manner, the method consists in fitting some physical properties of the pseudo-components introduced in the analytical representation of the asphaltene crudes. he obtained results show results show that the proposed flocculation model is then well adapted to the description of the thermodynamic properties (saturation pressures, relative volumes, flocculation curves) of asphaltene crudes within a relatively large range of temperature (30-150 deg C) and pressure (0.1-50 MPa), covering the majority of conditions met in oil production. (author) 109 refs.

  11. Problematic stabilizing films in petroleum emulsions: shear rheological response of viscoelastic asphaltene films and the effect on drop coalescence.

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    Harbottle, D; Q. Chen; Moorthy, K.; Wang, L.; Xu, S; Liu, Q.; Sjoblom, J; Z. Xu

    2014-01-01

    Adsorption of asphaltenes at the water-oil interface contributes to the stability of petroleum emulsions by forming a networked film that can hinder drop-drop coalescence. The interfacial microstructure can either be liquid-like or solid-like, depending on (i) initial bulk concentration of asphaltenes, (ii) interfacial aging time, and (iii) solvent aromaticity. Two techniques--interfacial shear rheology and integrated thin film drainage apparatus--provided equivalent interface aging condition...

  12. The influence of petroleum asphaltenic sub fractions on the demulsifiers performance; Influencia de subfracoes asfaltenicas de petroleo sobre a acao de desemulsificantes

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    Honse, Siller O.; Mansur, Claudia R.E.; Lucas, Elizabete F. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IMA/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas. Lab. de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo], e-mail: celias@ima.ufrj.br

    2011-07-01

    The aim of this work is to evaluate the influence of asphaltene fractions and subfractions on the stabilization of petroleum emulsions, as well as on the efficiency of demulsifiers based on poly(ethylene oxide-b-propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO). Asphaltenes were extracted from an asphaltic residue using n-heptane (C5 asphaltenes) and n-decane (asphaltenes C10). Intermediate subfractions were also obtained. Model emulsions, consisted of water and dispersions of the asphaltene in toluene were prepared, with and without adding demulsifier. The stability of the emulsions was higher when adding more polar fractions. However, asphaltenes presenting a broad distribution of polarity cause higher emulsion stability than that presenting very narrow distribution of intermediate polarity. The efficiency of PEO-PPO copolymer on emulsions separation is related to the original stability of the emulsions. In this work, it was confirmed that branched surfactant presents higher efficiency than the linear. (author)

  13. Chemistry and structure of coal-derived asphaltenes, Phase III. Quarterly progress report, January--March 1978

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    Yen, T. F.

    1978-01-01

    The solubility limits of Synthoil and PAMCO asphaltenes have been measured as a function of Hildebrand solubility parameters and hydrogen bonding. Solvents with moderate hydrogen bonding capacity such as dioxane, ethyl benzoate and dibutyl phthalate were found to be most effective in dissolving asphaltenes over the widest range of solubility parameters. VPO molecular weight studies of coal liquid derived carbenes, as a function of concentration in the solvent THF, indicate that these fractions are more strongly self-associated than the corresponding asphaltenes, and generally afford high infinite dilution number average molecular weights: Synthoil, 861; HRI H-Coal, 1156; Cat. Inc. SRC, 1228; PAMCO SRC, 1054. The variable ESR temperature dependence of the spin intensity for a Synthoil asphaltene-I/sub 2/ charge transfer followed a 1/T (Curie--Weiss) dependence over the temperature range from 25/sup 0/ to -114/sup 0/C suggesting that independent, non-interacting donor and acceptor doublets were formed. Weight percent OH values, determined from 'H NMR analysis of silylated asphaltenes, were found to provide a reasonably linear correlation with the absorbance of the monomeric OH infrared stretching bands of the asphaltenes.

  14. Molecular Dynamics Simulation: The Behavior of Asphaltene in Crude Oil and at the Oil/Water Interface

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    Gao, Fengfeng

    2014-12-18

    Carboxyl asphaltene is commonly discussed in the petroleum industry. In most conditions, electroneutral carboxyl asphaltene molecules can be deprotonated to become carboxylate asphaltenes. Both in crude oil and at the oil/water interface, the characteristics of anionic carboxylate asphaltenes are different than those of the carboxyl asphaltenes. In this paper, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are utilized to study the structural features of different asphaltene molecules, namely, C5 Pe and anionic C5 Pe, at the molecular level. In crude oil, the electroneutral C5 Pe molecules prefer to form a steady face-to-face stacking, while the anionic C5 Pe molecules are inclined to form face-to-face stacking and T-shaped II stacking because of the repulsion of the anionic headgroups. Anionic C5 Pe has a distinct affinity to the oil/water interface during the simulation, while the C5 Pe molecules persist in the crude oil domain. A three-stage model of anionic C5 Pe molecules adsorbed at the oil/water interface is finally developed.

  15. Application of the PC-SAFT EoS in the definition of a universal plot for asphaltene stability

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    Vargas, F.; Hirasaki, G.; Chapman, W. [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Gonzalez, D. [Rice Univ., Houston, TX (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Schlumberger, Houston, TX (United States); Wang, J.; Creek, J. [Chevron Energy Technology Co., Houston, TX (United States); Buckley, J. [New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM (United States). PRRC

    2008-07-01

    This paper presented a new tool to model asphaltene stability under reservoir conditions. Asphaltene poses a problem in deep water production because of it has the tendency to precipitate, and the mechanisms of aggregation and deposition are not completely understood. A universal model is needed to predict the stability of these species, under different conditions. This paper presented advances in developing a general method to model asphaltene stability in oil, using the PC-SAFT Equation of State (EoS), regardless of the oil components and their compositions. The PC-SAFT EoS is an alternative to the Flory-Huggins theory (FHT) and has been successfully used to model asphaltene stability. By defining dimensionless parameters, the equilibrium curves of different multicomponent mixtures collapse onto one single curve. The obtained universal plots for the bubble point and the onset of asphaltene precipitation were found to be in excellent agreement with results obtained from simulations. This paper also presented an extension of this model to mixtures containing dissolved gases, such as methane, carbon dioxide and ethane. The study also addressed the issue regarding the validity of the current mixing rule for solubility parameters of mixtures containing dissolved gases. A new mixing rule was derived for solubility parameters of mixtures containing liquids and dissolved gases. There was good agreement between simulation results and refractive index measurements. In addition, the universal curves for asphaltene stability and the corresponding dimensionless numbers proposed in this study can be obtained using this new mixing rule.

  16. Polymer solution and lattice theory applications for modeling of asphaltene precipitation in petroleum mixtures

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    S. A. Mousavi-Dehghani

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Here asphaltene precipitation in petroleum reservoirs during natural depletion and miscible gas injection is modeled via two distinct and new methods (polymer solution and lattice theories. The first model is based on the polymer solution theory, which is a combination of Miller's combinatorial term with a modified residual term of the original Flory-Huggins theory. The second one is the application of the well-known Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state (SL EOS to describe the phase behavior of asphaltene compounds in crude oil. The results of both models show an acceptable and good agreement between the real data (field and experimental and these two models. As it can be seen from the obtained results of these two models, it seems application of the lattice or polymer solution theories (based on The Miller's combinatorial term could give the better and more close to real data.

  17. Fullerenes in asphaltenes and other carbonaceous materials: natural constituents or laser artifacts.

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    Santos, Vanessa G; Fasciotti, Maíra; Pudenzi, Marcos A; Klitzke, Clécio F; Nascimento, Heliara L; Pereira, Rosana C L; Bastos, Wagner L; Eberlin, Marcos N

    2016-04-25

    The presence of fullerenes as natural constituents of carbonaceous materials or their formation as laser artifacts during laser desorption ionization (LDI) mass spectrometry (MS) analysis is reinvestigated and reviewed. The results using asphaltene samples with varying composition as well as standard polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and fullerene samples as models have demonstrated that indeed Cn ring fullerenes are not natural constituents but they are formed as common and often as predominant artifacts upon laser radiation, and a series of incorrect assignments based on LDI-MS data of several carbonaceous materials seems unfortunately to have been made. When the present results are evaluated also in the light of the vast literature on LDI-MS of carbonaceous materials, the formation of fullerene artifacts seems particularly common for LDI-MS analysis of asphaltenes and other carbonaceous samples with considerably high levels of PAH and varies according to the type of laser used, and the intensity of the laser beam. PMID:26805430

  18. Reduction of Water/Oil Interfacial Tension by Model Asphaltenes: The Governing Role of Surface Concentration.

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    Jian, Cuiying; Poopari, Mohammad Reza; Liu, Qingxia; Zerpa, Nestor; Zeng, Hongbo; Tang, Tian

    2016-06-30

    In this work, pendant drop techniques and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were employed to investigate the effect of asphaltene concentrations on the interfacial tension (IFT) of the oil/water interface. Here, oil and asphaltene were represented by, respectively, common organic solvents and Violanthrone-79, and two types of concentration, i.e., bulk concentration and surface concentration, were examined. Correlations between the IFTs from experiments and MD simulations revealed that surface concentration, rather than the commonly used bulk concentration, determines the reduction of oil/water IFTs. Through analyzing the hydrogen bonding, the underlying mechanism for the IFT reduction was proposed. Our discussions here not only enable the direct comparison between experiments and MD simulations on the IFTs but also help with future interfacial studies using combined experimental and simulation approaches. The methodologies used in this work can be extended to many other oil/water interfaces in the presence of interfacially active compounds. PMID:27268710

  19. Experimental Study and Mathematical Modeling of Asphaltene Deposition Mechanism in Core Samples

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    Jafari Behbahani T.; Ghotbi C.; Taghikhani V.; Shahrabadi A.

    2015-01-01

    In this work, experimental studies were conducted to determine the effect of asphaltene deposition on the permeability reduction and porosity reduction of carbonate, sandstone and dolomite rock samples using an Iranian bottom hole live oil sample which is close to reservoir conditions, whereas in the majority of previous work, a mixture of recombined oil (a mixture of dead oil and associated gas) was injected into a core sample which is far from reservoir conditions. The effect of the oil inj...

  20. Polymer solution and lattice theory applications for modeling of asphaltene precipitation in petroleum mixtures

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    S. A. Mousavi-Dehghani; Mirzayi, B.; M. Vafaie-Sefti

    2008-01-01

    Here asphaltene precipitation in petroleum reservoirs during natural depletion and miscible gas injection is modeled via two distinct and new methods (polymer solution and lattice theories). The first model is based on the polymer solution theory, which is a combination of Miller's combinatorial term with a modified residual term of the original Flory-Huggins theory. The second one is the application of the well-known Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state (SL EOS) to describe the phase behavior o...

  1. Organic flow assurance: Asphaltene dispersant/inhibitor formulation development through experimental design

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    Abrahamsen, Eirin L.

    2012-01-01

    The exploitation of hydrocarbon has forced the petroleum production to move closer to extreme climate areas and deep waters such as the Barents Sea. These challenges require effective and safe production, transport and processing of the petroleum sources. Chemical and physical changes in the reservoir may cause different types of unpredicted problems such as organic deposits which are mainly asphaltene and wax precipitation. Wax precipitation is very common in subsea pipelines....

  2. Correlations between diamagnetic properties and structural characters of asphaltenes and other heavy petroleum products

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    El-Mohamed, S.; Achard, M.-F.; Hardouin, F.; Gasparoux, H.

    1986-11-01

    Magnetic susceptibility measurements are made at room temperature on heavy petroleum products. They provide characteristic values of the diamagnetism of such organic compounds with high molecular masses. By the use of the Pascal's rules the average number of condensed aromatic rings, in asphaltenes and other heavy petroleum fractions, must be small and undoubtedly less than in the well-known Yen's model. 10 refs., 4 figs., 4 tabs.

  3. DEGRADATION OF ASPHALTENES BY INDIVIDUAL OIL-UTILIZING AEROBIC BACTERIAL STRAINS

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    Shkidchenko, Alexander; Akhmetov, Lenar; Gafarov, Arslan

    2013-01-01

    The possibility of biodegradation of asphaltenes at a room temperature by single aerobic strains Microbacterium liquefaciens Ash-10, Pseudomonas putida Ash-4, Rhodococcus erythropolis Sh-3 and Bacillus sp. 2, isolated from soil with chronic petroleum pollution has been shown. All strains possess high oil-utilizing activity and the ability to grow on agar media containing polycondensed hydrocarbons, black oil, alcohol-benzene resins, benzene resins as sole sources of carbon and energy. The str...

  4. Rheological, dielectric and structural characterization of asphaltene suspensions under DC electric fields

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    L. Rejon; O. Manero; C. Lira-Galeana [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Morelos (Mexico)

    2004-03-01

    The rheological, dielectric and structural behavior of suspensions composed of silicon oil and asphaltene particles under DC electric fields are investigated experimentally. In the absence of an electric field, the suspensions show a near Newtonian behavior. When the electric field (E) is applied, the suspensions behave as Bingham plastics with a yield stress that varies as a power of the electric field. The increase in the viscosity of the suspensions (electrorheological phenomenon, ER) is more accentuated at low shear rates and depends on the electric field intensity. The resulting rheological behavior can be attributed to the formation of structures induced by the electric field, and they break when the shear rate is increased. The relation between the structural arrangements of the suspension under an electric field and the rheological behavior is analyzed in this study. Results show that the ER response of asphaltene suspensions is not as large as that observed in conventional ER fluids, but nevertheless they throw light on the contribution of electrorheological mechanisms upon asphaltene particle aggregation observed in the transport of the crude oil in the petroleum industry. 17 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Air oxidation of the kerogen/asphaltene vanadyl porphyrins: an electron spin resonance study

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    MIRJANA S. PAVLOVIC

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available The thermal behavior of vanadyl porphyrins was studied by electron spin resonance during heating of kerogens, isolated from the La Luna (Venezuela and Serpiano (Switzerland bituminous rocks, at 25°C for 1 to 20 days in the presence of air. During the thermal treatment of the kerogens, the vanadyl porphyrins resonance signals decrease monotonically and become quite small after 6 days of heating. Concomitantly, new vanadyl signals appear and, at longer heating times, dominate the spectrum. It is suggested that the secondary vanadyl species must have been formed from vanadyl porphyrins. Similar conversions of vanadyl porphyrins are observed under the same experimental conditions for asphaltenes extracted from the La Luna and Serpiano rocks, and floating asphalt from the Dead Sea (Israel. A comparison of the spin-Hamiltonian parameters for vanadyl porphyrins and the vanadyl compounds obtained during pyrolysis of the kerogens/asphaltenes suggests that the latter are of a non-porphyrin type. For comparison a study was conducted on Western Kentucky No. 9 coal enriched with vanadium (>>400 ppm from six mines. All the coal samples show only the presence of predominant by non-porphyrin vanadyl compounds, similar to those generated through laboratory heating of the kerogens/asphaltenes in air. In addition, some samples also contain a minor amount of vanadyl porphyrins.

  6. Syngas obtainment from the gasification of asphaltenes of the San Fernando crude oil

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    In this work, we developed the first study in Colombia to obtain and evaluate syngas compositions derived from asphaltenes gasification. These asphaltenes came from the implementation of a Deasphalting process to San Fernando crude oil, with the purpose of looking for technological options for their utilization. We performed the design, installation and commissioning of facilities for the gasification of asphaltenes at laboratory scale, it following an experimental methodology, performing nine tests and considering temperature and agent gasification quantity (oxygen) as independent variables. The syngas derived from gasification was analyzed by two chromatographic techniques, which reported the presence of refinery gases and sulfur. We evidenced a growth tendency of CO, H2 and sulfur composition and a decrease in CH4 and CO2 composition with temperature. The composition of the syngas was evaluated with different quantities of gasification agent (33%, 40% and 47% the amount of oxygen theoretically required for complete combustion) at each temperature levels operated. It was established that when using a 40% of gasification agent, you get greater average content of CO and H2, which are the interest gases in the gasification process.

  7. Colloidal asphaltene deposition in laminar pipe flow: Flow rate and parametric effects

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    Hashmi, S. M.; Loewenberg, M.; Firoozabadi, A.

    2015-08-01

    Deposition from a suspended phase onto a surface can aversely affect everyday transport processes on a variety of scales, from mineral scale corrosion of household plumbing systems to asphaltene deposition in large-scale pipelines in the petroleum industry. While petroleum may be a single fluid phase under reservoir conditions, depressurization upon production often induces a phase transition in the fluid, resulting in the precipitation of asphaltene material which readily aggregates to the colloidal scale and deposits on metallic surfaces. Colloidal asphaltene deposition in wellbores and pipelines can be especially problematic for industrial purposes, where cleanup processes necessitate costly operational shutdowns. In order to better understand the parametric dependence of deposition which leads to flow blockages, we carry out lab-scale experiments under a variety of material and flow conditions. We develop a parametric scaling model to understand the fluid dynamics and transport considerations governing deposition. The lab-scale experiments are performed by injecting precipitating petroleum fluid mixtures into a small metal pipe, which results in deposition and clogging, assessed by measuring the pressure drop across the pipe. Parametric scaling arguments suggest that the clogging behavior is determined by a combination of the Peclet number, volume fraction of depositing material, and the volume of the injection itself.

  8. Home Automation

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    Ahmed, Zeeshan

    2010-01-01

    In this paper I briefly discuss the importance of home automation system. Going in to the details I briefly present a real time designed and implemented software and hardware oriented house automation research project, capable of automating house's electricity and providing a security system to detect the presence of unexpected behavior.

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

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    Aske, Narve

    2002-06-01

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

  10. Probing Molecular Interactions of Asphaltenes in Heptol Using a Surface Forces Apparatus: Implications on Stability of Water-in-Oil Emulsions.

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    Zhang, Ling; Shi, Chen; Lu, Qingye; Liu, Qingxia; Zeng, Hongbo

    2016-05-17

    The behaviors and molecular interactions of asphaltenes are related to many challenging issues in oil production. In this study, the molecular interaction mechanism of asphaltenes in Heptol solvents of varying toluene/n-heptane ratio were directly measured using a surface forces apparatus (SFA). The results showed that the interactions between asphaltene surfaces gradually changed from pure repulsion to weak adhesion as the weight ratio of toluene (ω) in Heptol decreased from ω = 1 to 0. The measured repulsion was mainly due to the steric interactions between swelling asphaltene molecules and/aggregates. The micropipet technique was applied to test the stability of two water-in-oil emulsion droplets attached to glass pipettes. A computer-controlled 4-roll mill fluidic device was also built in-house to investigate the interaction of free-suspending water-in-oil emulsions under dynamic flow conditions. Both micropipet and 4-roll mill fluidic tests demonstrate that asphaltenes adsorbed at oil/water interfaces play a critical role in stabilizing the emulsion drops, in agreement with the repulsion measured between asphaltene surfaces in toluene using SFA, and that interfacial sliding or shearing is generally required to destabilize the protective interfacial apshaltene layers which facilitates the coalescence of emulsion drops. Our results provide insights into the fundamental understanding of molecular interaction mechanisms of asphaltenes in organic solvents and stabilization/destabilization behaviors of water-in-oil emulsions with asphaltenes. PMID:27128395

  11. Colloidal analysis of the asphaltene and their fractions with p-nitrophenol (PNP) of the Furrial crude oil for effect of the hydrotreating to different pressures

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    Labrador-Sanchez, H. [Univ. de Carabobo, Estado Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Dept. de Quimica, Grupo de Petroleo, Hidrocarburo y Derivados; Lindarte, L. [Univ. de Carabobo, Estado Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Dept. de Quimica, Grupo de Petroleo, Hidrocarburo y Derivados; Univ. de Carabobo, Estado Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Dept. de Quimica, Laboratorio de Catalisis y Metales de Transicion; Luis, M.A. [Univ. de Carabobo, Estado Carabobo (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of). Dept. de Quimica, Laboratorio de Catalisis y Metales de Transicion

    2008-07-01

    A study was conducted to investigate the effect of hydrotreating Furrial crude oil on asphaltene and its fractions (A1 and A2) obtained by the p-Nitrophenol (PNP) method. A batch reactor was used at different pressures of hydrogen to perform 8 hydrotreating reactions on the Furrial crude oil. Asphaltenes were separated from the oil and fractioned with PNP to obtain A1 and A2. The asphaltene and their fractions were characterized for flocculation threshold, percentage of total sulfur, nuclear magnetic resonance of 13C and elemental composition. The study showed that hydrotreating influenced the colloidal behaviour of the asphaltene and that the catalyst promoted the conversion of asphaltene, its stability, and its desulfurization. Hydrotreating had a greater affect on the A2 fraction than the A1 fraction. 2 refs.

  12. A new strategy for the on-column exopeptidase cleavage of poly-histidine tagged proteins.

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    Kuo, Wen-Hui K; Chase, Howard A

    2011-10-15

    This paper describes a new strategy, which aims to make on-column poly-histidine tag removal more useful in the production of recombinant proteins by improving the yield and efficiency of on-column exopeptidase cleavage. This involves improvement of the on-column cleavage condition by using imidazole concentrations in the range of 100-500 mM in the cleavage buffer. At 300 mM imidazole, maximum on-column cleavage yield (in excess of 99%) was achieved in 3h of incubation. However, as a result of the increased imidazole concentration, this new strategy of on-column cleavage results in some residual uncleaved poly-histidine tagged proteins (~0.1%) and the production of cleaved dipeptides, both of which need to be further removed in a subsequent step. A method involving the recirculation of recovered proteins and peptides through the immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) column (same-column recirculation) was found to be superior to subtractive IMAC for the purpose of contaminant clearance. Recovery of the detagged target proteins was achieved using 10 column volumes of recovery buffer, which had the effect of diluting the imidazole concentration to a suitably low level for contaminant removal by same-column recirculation. This strategy was also applicable at a higher adsorbent loading of 10 mg protein/mL adsorbent with an optimal ratio of 200 mU of DAPase per mg of adsorbed tagged maltose binding protein (MBP), giving a cleavage yield of 99.1% in 3 h. Finally, on-column cleavage conditions including the effect of protease concentration and incubation time on the new strategy have been investigated and comparisons are made for different tag removal strategies. PMID:21925974

  13. Thermogravimetric analysis of petroleum asphaltenes along with estimation of average chemical structure by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Combining with the 1H and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) determinations, elemental analysis and molecular weight measurement, average molecular formula of the chemical unit for the asphaltenes from Chinese Daqing crude oil were calculated. Thermal pyrolysis kinetics of the asphaltenes had been studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The distributed activation energy model (DAEM) was used to analyze these complex systems. The results show that the peak activation energy for pyrolysis of the asphaltenes is 245 kJ mol-1 and the pre-exponential factor is 5.88 x 1014 s-1. The DAEM method presented reasonably good results of the prediction of the weight loss curves. A linear relationship can be found from the plots of logarithm of the pre-exponential factor against the activation energy at selected conversion values. This phenomenon known as the compensation effect was explained and it was in agreement with the estimated chemical structure determined by NMR

  14. Quantitative Determination of Asphaltenes and Resins in Solution by Means of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Correlations to Emulsion Stability.

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    Kallevik, Harald; Kvalheim, Olav M.; Sjöblom, Johan

    2000-05-15

    Near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy in the range 1100-2250 nm together with a latent-variable regression technique is used to analyze the content of asphaltene and resins in solution. It is shown that this technique is capable of determining the amount of these components individually. w/o emulsions were prepared from the separated components of asphaltenes and resins from crude oils. The stability was directly determined with the critical voltage in a dielectric instrumentation. The emulsion stability decreased linearly with an increase in the resin/asphaltene ratio. A final linear model correlating the critical voltage and the analytical concentrations (from the NIR spectra) could be established for this model system. Copyright 2000 Academic Press. PMID:11254289

  15. On the application of NiO nanoparticles to mitigate in situ asphaltene deposition in carbonate porous matrix

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    Hashemi, Seyed Iman; Fazelabdolabadi, Babak; Moradi, Siyamak; Rashidi, Ali Morad; Shahrabadi, Abbas; Bagherzadeh, Hadi

    2016-01-01

    Prevention of asphaltene formation in reservoir rocks can result in resolving a severe long-lasting issue in petroleum production. The present research addresses the issue in the context of exploring the potential effect of nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles in destabilizing asphaltene deposition in porous media, in the presence of carbon dioxide. To ensure proper distribution within the system and to retain future field-scale applicability, the NiO nanoparticles were exposed to the in situ oil via injection gas stream, in which they had been uniformly dispersed using polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The experimental results, established under miscible CO2 state, indicate a considerable improvement in permeability/porosity reduction of core, as well as less asphaltene accumulation in porous media and increased oil recovery factor after applying NiO nanoparticles.

  16. Library Automation

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    Dhakne, B. N.; Giri, V. V; Waghmode, S. S.

    2010-01-01

    New technologies library provides several new materials, media and mode of storing and communicating the information. Library Automation reduces the drudgery of repeated manual efforts in library routine. By use of library automation collection, Storage, Administration, Processing, Preservation and communication etc.

  17. Process automation

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    Process automation technology has been pursued in the chemical processing industries and to a very limited extent in nuclear fuel reprocessing. Its effective use has been restricted in the past by the lack of diverse and reliable process instrumentation and the unavailability of sophisticated software designed for process control. The Integrated Equipment Test (IET) facility was developed by the Consolidated Fuel Reprocessing Program (CFRP) in part to demonstrate new concepts for control of advanced nuclear fuel reprocessing plants. A demonstration of fuel reprocessing equipment automation using advanced instrumentation and a modern, microprocessor-based control system is nearing completion in the facility. This facility provides for the synergistic testing of all chemical process features of a prototypical fuel reprocessing plant that can be attained with unirradiated uranium-bearing feed materials. The unique equipment and mission of the IET facility make it an ideal test bed for automation studies. This effort will provide for the demonstration of the plant automation concept and for the development of techniques for similar applications in a full-scale plant. A set of preliminary recommendations for implementing process automation has been compiled. Some of these concepts are not generally recognized or accepted. The automation work now under way in the IET facility should be useful to others in helping avoid costly mistakes because of the underutilization or misapplication of process automation. 6 figs

  18. Study of flow properties of asphaltenic oils in a porous medium; Etude des proprietes d`ecoulement des bruts asphalteniques en milieu poreux

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    Petrova-Bensalem, R.

    1998-06-30

    Deposits of asphaltenes during production can adversely affect the exploitation of certain fields, that of Hassi Messaoud is a known example. The objective of this study is essentially focused on the damage aspects due to formation of this deposits. A methodology has been developed which makes it possible to determine the flow properties of asphaltenic oils in a porous medium under conditions close to those of a reservoir and to detect the formation of organic deposits in situ. Several types of rocks with different morphology were selected along with a number of asphaltenic oils having varied geographic origins. It was shown with these that it was possible to evaluate, in laboratory, the reduction in permeability to the oil resulting from an asphaltene deposit during the circulation of crude oil in the samples. It was observed that the variation in blocking the cores as a function of the volume of injected fluid is similar to the blocking kinetics ascertained for the retention of solid suspended particles in injection water. This similarity in the phenomena led to using particle damage models developed for the latter case. Several experiments involving blocking by asphaltenes could thus be satisfactory simulated, showing that this approach is worth developing despite the differences between the two types of colloidal suspension. The method using injection or `squeeze` of co- solvents was studied with the same systems (rock/crude oil) as a possible remedy for asphaltene deposition. To select suitable solvents and additives. A methodology was established based on application of Hansen`s theory for adjusting the polarity of solvent to the chemical properties of the asphaltene to be eliminated. This was combined with a series of in vitro tests with separated asphaltenes and the minerals of the reservoir rock. The efficiency of the co-solvents thus selected was verified by slug injection in to cores which has been damaged by asphaltenes. This approach may well help the

  19. Extraction and characterization of crude oil asphaltenes sub fractions; Extracao e caracterizacao de subfracoes de asfaltenos de petroleo

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    Ferreira, Silas R.; Calado, Lucas S.; Honse, Siller O.; Mansur, Claudia R.E.; Lucas, Elizabete F., E-mail: silas@ima.ufrj.br [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Macromoleculas, Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2011-07-01

    Asphaltenes from crude oil have been studied for a long time. However, until today their chemical structures and physical-chemical properties are not well established. Nowadays, it is accepted that asphaltenes are dispersed in the crude oil as macro structures, which are mainly constituted of some condensed aromatic rings (about 6-20), containing aliphatic or naphthenic groups. The asphaltenes are also defined as the crude oil fraction that is insoluble in low molar mass n-alkanes and soluble in aromatic solvents, like benzene and toluene In order to investigate the molecular structure, in this work the asphaltenes were separated by using a different procedure as that normally described in the literature and characterized by infrared spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, x-ray fluorescence, elemental analyses and particle size and size distribution. The difference in subfractions polarity can be attributed not only to the aromaticity changes but also to the content of elements, such as N, O, Fe, V, Si e Ni. (author)

  20. Effect of demulsifiers on interfacial films and stability of water-in-oil emulsions stabilized by asphaltenes

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    Baydak, E.N.; Yarranton, H.W.; Ortiz, D. [Calgary Univ., AB (Canada). Dept. of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering; Moran, K. [Syncrude Research Centre, Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    2008-07-01

    In water-in-toluene/heptane emulsions stabilized by asphaltenes, there is a correlation between emulsion stability and the compressibility of interfacial asphaltene films. In order to determine if this correlation for emulsion stability is more generally applicable, a study was conducted in which the effect of commercial demulsifiers on the film properties and emulsion stability was measured. A naphthenic acid (NA) and a branched dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid (DDBS) were examined. Surface pressure isotherms were measured in a drop shape analyzer for droplets of asphaltenes, toluene, and heptane surrounded by a solution of water and surfactant. The experimental variables included heptane, asphaltene and surfactant concentration along with aging time. The compressibilities of the interfacial films were determined from the slope of the surface pressure isotherms. Water-in-oil emulsions were prepared from the same solutions. Emulsion stability was evaluated in terms of the free water evolved after a treatment of centrifugation and heating. Initial results suggest that the demulsifiers increase the compressibility of the interfacial films. In most cases, the addition of the demulsifier increased emulsion stability. The timing of the addition of the demulsifier or the phase to which it was added did not appear to have an influence on the results. It was concluded that the reduction in interfacial tension from the added surfactant may inhibit coalescence more than the weakening of the interfacial film promotes coalescence. 1 ref.

  1. Problematic stabilizing films in petroleum emulsions: shear rheological response of viscoelastic asphaltene films and the effect on drop coalescence.

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    Harbottle, David; Chen, Qian; Moorthy, Krishna; Wang, Louxiang; Xu, Shengming; Liu, Qingxia; Sjoblom, Johan; Xu, Zhenghe

    2014-06-17

    Adsorption of asphaltenes at the water-oil interface contributes to the stability of petroleum emulsions by forming a networked film that can hinder drop-drop coalescence. The interfacial microstructure can either be liquid-like or solid-like, depending on (i) initial bulk concentration of asphaltenes, (ii) interfacial aging time, and (iii) solvent aromaticity. Two techniques--interfacial shear rheology and integrated thin film drainage apparatus--provided equivalent interface aging conditions, enabling direct correlation of the interfacial rheology and droplet stability. The shear rheological properties of the asphaltene film were found to be critical to the stability of contacting drops. With a viscous dominant interfacial microstructure, the coalescence time for two drops in intimate contact was rapid, on the order of seconds. However, as the elastic contribution develops and the film microstructure begins to be dominated by elasticity, the two drops in contact do not coalescence. Such step-change transition in coalescence is thought to be related to the high shear yield stress (~10(4) Pa), which is a function of the film shear yield point and the film thickness (as measured by quartz crystal microbalance), and the increased elastic stiffness of the film that prevents mobility and rupture of the asphaltene film, which when in a solid-like state provides an energy barrier against drop coalescence. PMID:24845467

  2. Three Related FCA Methods for Mining Biclusters of Similar Values on Columns

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    Kaytoue, Mehdi; Codocedo, Victor; Baixeries, Jaume; Napoli, Amedeo

    2014-01-01

    Biclustering numerical data tables consists in detecting particular and strong associations between both subsets of objects and attributes. Such biclusters are interesting since they model the data as local patterns. Whereas there exists several definitions of biclusters, depending on the constraints they should respect, we focus in this paper on biclusters of similar values on columns. There are several ad hoc methods for mining such biclusters in the literature. We focus here on two aspects...

  3. Analysis of metals in asphaltenes of KU-46 by PIXE analysis; Analisis de metales en asfaltenos de crudo mexicano KU-46 por PIXE

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    Navidad G, P.; Pina L, L.I.; Lopez M, J.; Ramirez T, J.J.; Aspiazu F, J.A.; Romero G, E.T. [Gerencia de Ciencias Basicas, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2002-07-01

    The content of metals of the asphaltenes obtained from the KU-46 mexican crude with n-heptane was evaluated. The found metals in higher concentration are transition metals as well as the vanadium, nickel, copper and zinc. Moreover the sulfur in high concentrations was quantified. The metallic content of the asphaltenes revealed that the crude contains a lower quantity of metals unlike the vacuum residue previously analysed. (Author)

  4. Effect of Asphaltene Dispersants on Asphaltene Dispersibility in Heavy Fuel Oil%沥青质分散剂对重质燃料油沥青质分散稳定作用研究

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    刘新亮; 张菅; 尹海亮

    2014-01-01

    以总潜在沉淀物为指标,考察了沥青质分散剂对船用燃料油沥青质分散性的影响,并对其分散机理进行了讨论,结果表明,十二烷基苯磺酸、十二烷基苯酚、十二烷基醇和十二烷基胺均对燃料油中的沥青质有一定的分散作用,其中,十二烷基苯磺酸分散性能最好,99%以上的以总潜在沉淀物形式检测到的沥青质可以被其重新分散到燃料油中,其良好的分散性可能与十二烷基苯磺酸分子中的酸性官能团和苯环有关。%The dispersibilities of four different dispersants (dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid,dodecanol,dodecylamine and dodecyl phenol) to asphaltene in heavy fuel oil were evaluated by using the potential total sediment as the index, and the possible dispersing mechanism was discussed. The results show that, dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid has the highest disperability to asphaltene in heavy fuel oil, and more than 99 % asphaltene aggregation can be redispersed when dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid dosage is 4%(wt).

  5. Investigation of the Gas Injection Effect on Asphaltene Onset Precipitation Using the Cubic-Plus-Association Equation of State

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    Arya, Alay; von Solms, Nicolas; Kontogeorgis, Georgios M.

    2016-01-01

    Miscible and immiscible gas flooding is one of the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques that has been widely used to increase the oil production. One of the critical problems with gas flooding is that it generally aggravates the asphaltene precipitation, which further creates a flow assurance...... modeling approach from the previous work and provide the conceptual base for it. Five different reservoir fluids are studied to validate whether the model is able to calculate the effect of different types (e.g., N2, CO2, and methane) and amounts (e.g., 10, 20, and 30 mol %) of gas injections in agreement...... amounts of gas injections and also remains the same at upper and lower onset pressure boundaries. On the basis of this unique characteristic, a simple procedure to predict asphaltene phase envelope (APE) for the reservoir oil with relatively simple and few experimental data, performed on STO with n...

  6. Modeling of asphaltene precipitation due to steam and n-alkane co-injection in the ES-SAGD process

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    Badamchizadeh, A.; Kohse, Bruce F.; Kumar, A. [Computer Modelling Group Ltd (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    This paper provides an insight into the SAGD process in general, and the formation of asphaltene participates in the hybrid ES-SAGD process in particular. The objective of this work was to build an EoS model able to calculate the physical and chemical properties of the bitumen and n-alkane mixture, develop a model to quantify asphaltene participates in bitumen due to n-alkane injection, and investigate their effect on the ES-SAGD process. Athabasca bitumen properties identified under various test conditions and from the results of previous efforts, mainly the SimDist experimental data, were illustrated. These data were used to develop the EoS model, which in turn was used to generate the STARS thermal simulator. Overall, the EoS model was successfully developed and hence was able to predict bitumen and n-heptane properties. Moreover, asphaltene deposition in the ES-SAGD process was modeled in the thermal simulator its effect in causing oil blockage and restrictions in the steam chamber over a long run of the process was demonstrated.

  7. Effect of surfactants on interfacial films and stability of water-in-oil emulsions stabilized by asphaltenes.

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    Ortiz, D P; Baydak, E N; Yarranton, H W

    2010-11-15

    The effect of additives on asphaltene interfacial films and emulsion stability was analyzed through the change in film properties. Surface pressure isotherms were measured at 23°C for model interfaces between aqueous surfactant solutions and asphaltenes dissolved in toluene and heptane-toluene mixtures. Compressibility, crumpling film ratio and surface pressure were determined from the surface pressure isotherms. The stability of water-in-oil emulsions was determined for the same systems based on the proportion of unresolved emulsified water after repeated treatment involving heating at 60°C and centrifugation. Experimental variables included concentration of asphaltenes (5 and 10 kg/m(3)), concentration and type of surfactant (Aerosol OT, nonylphenol ethoxylates, polypropylene oxide block-copolymer, dodecylbenzene sulfonic acids, dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid-polymer blend, diisopropyl naphthalene sulfonic acid, and sodium naphthenate) and aging time (from 10 min to 4 h). Additives were found to have two opposing effects on film properties and emulsion stability: (1) decreasing or eliminating the crumpling ratio which destabilized emulsions and (2) decreasing interfacial tension which enhanced emulsion stability. A stability parameter was defined to include both the crumpling ratio and interfacial tension and provided a consistent correlation for the percent residual emulsified water. PMID:20804982

  8. Characterization of asphaltene molecular structures by cracking under hydrogenation conditions and prediction of the viscosity reduction from visbreaking of heavy oils

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    Rueda Velasquez, Rosa Imelda

    The chemical building blocks that comprise petroleum asphaltenes were determined by cracking samples under conditions that minimized alterations to aromatic and cycloalkyl groups. Hydrogenation conditions that used tetralin as hydrogen-donor solvent, with an iron-based catalyst, allowed asphaltenes from different geological regions to yield 50-60 wt% of distillates (Paraffins and 1-3 ring aromatics were the most abundant building blocks. The diversity of molecules identified, and the high yield of paraffins were consistent with high heterogeneity and complexity of molecules, built up by smaller fragments attached to each other by bridges. The sum of material remaining as vacuum residue and coke was in the range of 35-45 wt%; this total represents the maximum amount of large clusters in asphaltenes that could not be converted to lighter compounds under the evaluated cracking conditions. These analytical data for Cold Lake asphaltenes were transformed into probability density functions that described the molecular weight distributions of the building blocks. These distributions were input for a Monte Carlo approach that allowed stochastic construction of asphaltenes and simulation of their cracking reactions to examine differences in the distributions of products associated to the molecular topology. The construction algorithm evidenced that a significant amount of asphaltenes would consist of 3-5 building blocks. The results did not show significant differences between linear and dendritic molecular architectures, but suggested that dendritic molecules would experience slower reaction rates as they required more breakages to reach a given yield of distillates. Thermal cracking of asphaltenes in heavy oils and bitumens can dramatically reduce viscosity, enabling pipeline transportation with less solvent addition. The viscosities of the products from visbreaking reactions of two different heavy oils were modeled with lumped kinetics based on boiling point pseudo

  9. Automation Security

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    Mirzoev, Dr. Timur

    2014-01-01

    Web-based Automated Process Control systems are a new type of applications that use the Internet to control industrial processes with the access to the real-time data. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) networks contain computers and applications that perform key functions in providing essential services and commodities (e.g., electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water, waste treatment, transportation) to all Americans. As such, they are part of the nation s critical infrastructu...

  10. Mise en évidence de la polydispersité physico-chimique des asphaltènes Evidence of the Physicochemical Polydispersity of Asphaltenes

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Afin d'élaborer un modèle thermodynamique capable de décrire la floculation des asphaltènes en s'appuyant au maximum sur la réalité physicochimique, nous nous sommes efforc In order to develop a thermodynamic model able to describe the flocculation of asphaltenes according to their physicochemical properties, we have tried to give a better definition of the asphaltenes chemical structure and to show its influence on the mechanism of aggregation in solution. This work consisted in :- putting in evidence the physical and chemical polydispersity of asphaltenes;- studying simultaneously the nature and the localization of the chemical functions in the asphaltene oligomers (elemental analysis, analysis of the pyrolysed products, etc. and their capacity to aggregate in solution (X-ray diffusion to better understand the aggregation mechanims and to identify the functions responsible of this aggregation;- establishing a relation between the proportion of these functions and the size of the aggregates in order to take it in account in the thermodynamic model.The fractionation of a sample of asphaltenes with increasing quantities of n-heptane has allowed to separate different classes of aggregates. For each added quantity of n-heptane, the sample of asphaltenes has been separated in an insoluble fraction and a soluble one. The insoluble fraction contains the aggregates which firstly floculate. The elemental composition of each fraction has been determined by elemetal analysis. The pyrolysis in an open medium has allowed to break the aggregates in elementary patterns, the nature of the different patterns has been determined by liquid and gazeous chromatography. The size of the aggregates has been observed by X-ray diffusion.The results of this chemical characterization have shown that the initial sample of asphaltenes is formed by a group of oligomers having different elemental compositions and different chemical structures. The aggregates which

  11. Asphaltenes analysis arising of non conventional oils; Analise de asfaltenos oriundos de petroleos nao convencionais

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    Silva, Fernanda B. da; Fiorio, Paula G.P.; Guimaraes, Maria Jose O.C.; Seidl, Peter R. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Escola de Quimica

    2012-07-01

    The need to use heavy fractions in an efficient way in the production of nobler fractions has motivated the search for ways of separating the asphaltenes, since these molecules increase the viscosity of the fractions submitted to distillation, contribute to the formation of coke and to poisoning and deactivation of catalysts used in process such as cracking, reform, etc, besides provoking cloggings and blockages caused by its deposition, generating losses on the productivity and increases of the operational costs. This paper evaluates the influence of solvent blends (EQ-NP) in the selective extraction of constituents of three samples from Brazilian heavy crude. For the extraction process was used two solvent blends (N1P1 and N1P2). The solvent blend composed of N1P1 showed a higher selectivity in the extraction of aggregates than N1P2. The extracted fraction was characterized by Hydrogen Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ({sup 1}H-NMR) and revealed that the chemical species extracted from different blends exhibit very small differences. (author)

  12. Automated Budget System

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    Department of Transportation — The Automated Budget System (ABS) automates management and planning of the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (MMAC) budget by providing enhanced capability to plan,...

  13. Steroid-Derived Naphthoquinoline Asphaltene Model Compounds: Hydriodic Acid Is the Active Catalyst in I2-Promoted Multicomponent Cyclocondensation Reactions.

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    Schulze, Matthias; Scott, David E; Scherer, Alexander; Hampel, Frank; Hamilton, Robin J; Gray, Murray R; Tykwinski, Rik R; Stryker, Jeffrey M

    2015-12-01

    A multicomponent cyclocondensation reaction between 2-aminoanthracene, aromatic aldehydes, and 5-α-cholestan-3-one has been used to synthesize model asphaltene compounds. The active catalyst for this reaction has been identified as hydriodic acid, which is formed in situ from the reaction of iodine with water, while iodine is not a catalyst under anhydrous conditions. The products, which contain a tetrahydro[4]helicene moiety, are optically active, and the stereochemical characteristics have been examined by VT-NMR and VT-CD spectroscopies, as well as X-ray crystallography. PMID:26584791

  14. N(pro) fusion technology: On-column complementation to improve efficiency in biopharmaceutical production.

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    Schindler, S; Missbichler, B; Walther, C; Sponring, M; Cserjan-Puschmann, M; Auer, B; Schneider, R; Dürauer, A

    2016-04-01

    N(pro) fusion technology, a highly efficient system for overexpression of proteins and peptides in Escherichia coli, was further developed by splitting the autoprotease N(pro) into two fragments to generate a functional complementation system. The size of the expression tag is thus reduced from 168 to 58 amino acids, so by 66%. Upon complementation of the fragments auto-proteolytic activity is restored. This process has been shown for three model proteins of different size, a short 16 aa-peptide, MCP-1, and lysozyme. Moreover, the complementation was still functional after immobilization of the N-terminal fragment to a solid support which enables recycling of the immobilized fragment. This strategy enhances overall productivity of N(pro) Fusion Technology and thus allows more efficient production of recombinant proteins with reduced costs and in higher yields. Overall, the N(pro) complementation system has, depending on the size of the target molecule, potential to increase the productivity up to 4 fold for batch refolding and even more for on-column refolding strategies by the proven possibility of regeneration of the immobilized fragment. PMID:26687898

  15. Manufacturing and automation

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    Ernesto Córdoba Nieto

    2010-01-01

    The article presents concepts and definitions from different sources concerning automation. The work approaches automation by virtue of the author’s experience in manufacturing production; why and how automation prolects are embarked upon is considered. Technological reflection regarding the progressive advances or stages of automation in the production area is stressed. Coriat and Freyssenet’s thoughts about and approaches to the problem of automation and its current state are taken and e...

  16. Do column frits contribute to the on-column, flow-induced degradation of macromolecules?

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    Striegel, André M

    2014-09-12

    Flow-induced, on-column degradation is a major hindrance to the accurate characterization of ultra-high molar mass macromolecules and colloids. This degradation is a direct result of the large shear rates which are generated within the column, which cause chain scission to occur both in the interstitial medium and, it has been postulated, at the packing particle pore boundary. An additional putative source of degradation has been the column frits, though little experimental evidence exists to either support or refute this claim. To this effect, the present experiments examine the role of the frits in the degradation of high molar mass macromolecules. Two narrow dispersity polystyrene standards, the molar mass of which differs by a factor of two, were analyzed on three different size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) columns, each with frits of different pore size, at various flow rates. In the smallest pore size column, which also contained the smallest frits and which was packed with the smallest diameter particles, the larger standard was forced to degrade by increasing the flow rate of the mobile phase. During the course of the latter portion of the study, the inlet and the outlet frits were removed from the column, in stepwise fashion. It was concluded that neither frit played any appreciable role in the degradation. Results of our studies were applied to explain previously observed degradation in ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography of polymers. The general conclusion arrived at herein is that the column frits are likely to have a secondary role (as compared to interstitial and pore boundary stresses), or no role at all, in polymer degradation for cases where the frit radius is larger than or equal to the hydraulic radius rcof the column. PMID:25085820

  17. Techniques for monitoring fouling tendency resulting from thermal treatment

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    Schabron, J.F.; Rovani, J.F. [United States Dept. of Energy, Laramie, WY (United States). Western Research Inst.

    2006-07-01

    Western Research Institute (WRI) coking index calculations use analyses derived from various stages of pyrolysis. Pyrolsis severity is monitored using automated flocculation titrimetry (AFT) and ultrasonic spectroscopy. AFT data are then used to to calculate various stability and solubility parameters. Ultrasonic amplitude and frequency spectra of residua exhibit maximum intensities near 1.1 MHz and diminish during the initial stages of pyrolysis, then grown again as pre-coke materials form. As pyrolysis progresses, the amount of heptane asphaltenes soluble in cyclohexane decreases as coke and toluene insoluble (TI) pre-coke materials appear. While automated flocculation titrimetry (AFT) and ultrasonic spectroscopy can be used to calculate the various stability and solubility parameters, analysis can take up to 3 days to perform. This presentation provided details of a novel automated on-column asphaltene precipitation and re-dissolution technique to isolate heptane asphaltenes and determine the amount of asphaltenes soluble in cyclohexane. Oil solution is injected onto a packed column with a heptane mobile phase. Asphaltene material is re-dissolved in a step gradient sequence of 4 solvents: heptane; cyclohexane; toluene; and methylene chloride. The sequence is followed by a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) stationary phase. Experiments with the method indicated that greater accuracy in the distribution and amounts of polar materials were observed than with gravimetric asphaltene analysis. It was concluded that the automated technique provides a sensitive diagnosis of the pyrolysis severity history of a residuum. refs., tabs., figs.

  18. Far- and mid-infrared spectroscopy of complex organic matter of astrochemical interest: coal, heavy petroleum fractions, and asphaltenes

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    Cataldo, F; Manchado, A

    2012-01-01

    The coexistence of a large variety of molecular species (i.e., aromatic, cycloaliphatic and aliphatic) in several astrophysical environments suggests that unidentified IR emission (UIE) occurs from small solid particles containing a mix of aromatic and aliphatic structures (e.g., coal, petroleum, etc.), renewing the astronomical interest on this type of materials. A series of heavy petroleum fractions namely DAE, RAE, BQ-1, and asphaltenes derived from BQ-1 were used together with anthracite coal and bitumen as model compounds in matching the band pattern of the emission features of proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe). All the model materials were examined in the mid-infrared (2.5-16.7 um) and for the first time in the far-infrared (16.7-200 um), and the IR bands were compared with the UIE from PPNe. The best match of the PPNe band pattern is offered by the BQ-1 heavy aromatic oil fraction and by its asphaltenes fraction. Particularly interesting is the ability of BQ-1 to match the band pattern of the aromatic-ali...

  19. Chemical modification of a bitumen and its non-fuel uses. [Reactions of tar sand asphaltenes in synthesis of non-fuel products

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    Moschopedis, S.E.; Speight, J.G.

    1974-01-01

    Simple reactions are described whereby tar sand bitumen can be converted to a whole range of materials. Examples are given to illustrate the non-fuel uses of the products. The following reactions of Athabasca asphaltenes are considered: oxidation, halogenation, sulfonation and sulfomethylation, phosphorylation, hydrogenation, reactions with S and O, reactions with metal salts, and miscellaneous chemical conversions. (JGB)

  20. Combustion of drops of Mexican fuel oils with high asphaltenes content; Combustion de gotas de combustoleos mexicanos con alto contenido de asfaltenos

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    Garcia Rodriguez, Jose Francisco [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1998-09-01

    In this work the combustion of fuel drops with a content of 18% of asphaltenes has been studied . The results obtained for this fuel were compared with the ones obtained for another with a content of 12% asphaltenes. The drops were suspended in a platinum filament and burned in an spherical radiant furnace. The drop size varied between 600 and 800 microns. The fuel drops with 12% asphaltenes showed shorter combustion times, a smaller diameter increment of the smaller diameter during the combustion stages and also a shorter burning time of the carbonaceous residue than the fuel drops with a content of 18% asphaltenes. [Espanol] En el presente trabajo se ha estudiado la combustion de gotas de combustible con 18% de contenido de asfaltenos. Los resultados obtenidos para este combustible se compararon con los obtenidos para otro con 12% de contenido de asfaltenos. Las gotas fueron suspendidas en un filamento de platino y quemadas en un horno radiante esferico. El tamano de las gotas vario entre 600 y 800 micras. Las gotas de combustible con 12% de asfaltenos mostraron tiempos de combustion mas cortos, un incremento del diametro menor durante las etapas de combustion y un tiempo de quemado del residuo carbonoso tambien mas corto que las gotas del combustible con 18% de contenido de asfaltenos.

  1. A small angle neutron scattering study of the adsorbed asphaltene layer in water-in-hydrocarbon emulsions: structural description related to stability.

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    Jestin, Jacques; Simon, Sébastien; Zupancic, Lina; Barré, Loïc

    2007-10-01

    We have developed a specific protocol to study with SANS measurements, the structure of the interfacial film layer in water-in-oil emulsions stabilized by asphaltene. Using the contrast matching technique available for neutron scattering, we have access to both the composition and the quantity of interface. The results obtained give us a view of the asphaltene aggregates in the interfacial film, which are structured as a monolayer and show a direct correlation between the size of asphaltene aggregates in solution and the thickness of the film layer. The organization of the interface has been studied as a function of several parameters such as the quantity of resins, i.e., the size of aggregates, the pH of the aqueous phase, and the aging time of the emulsions and the consequences of these variations on the macroscopic stability of these emulsions. We show that the key parameter for the stability is the inter-asphaltene aggregate interaction inside the film layer. Changing the attractive/repulsive balance between the aggregates in the film at the microscopic scale, by changing the aggregate's size or the aggregate's ionization, has a direct incidence on the quantity of water recovered after centrifugation: the stronger the attraction between aggregates in the film, the more stable the emulsion is. PMID:17867712

  2. Probing the Carbonyl Functionality of a Petroleum Resin and Asphaltene through Oximation and Schiff Base Formation in Conjunction with N-15 NMR.

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    Kevin A Thorn

    Full Text Available Despite recent advances in spectroscopic techniques, there is uncertainty regarding the nature of the carbonyl groups in the asphaltene and resin fractions of crude oil, information necessary for an understanding of the physical properties and environmental fate of these materials. Carbonyl and hydroxyl group functionalities are not observed in natural abundance 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectra of asphaltenes and resins and therefore require spin labeling techniques for detection. In this study, the carbonyl functionalities of the resin and asphaltene fractions from a light aliphatic crude oil that is the source of groundwater contamination at the long term USGS study site near Bemidji, Minnesota, have been examined through reaction with 15N-labeled hydroxylamine and aniline in conjunction with analysis by solid and liquid state 15N NMR. Ketone groups were revealed through 15N NMR detection of their oxime and Schiff base derivatives, and esters through their hydroxamic acid derivatives. Anilinohydroquinone adducts provided evidence for quinones. Some possible configurations of the ketone groups in the resin and asphaltene fractions can be inferred from a consideration of the likely reactions that lead to heterocyclic condensation products with aniline and to the Beckmann reaction products from the initially formed oximes. These include aromatic ketones and ketones adjacent to quaternary carbon centers, β-hydroxyketones, β-diketones, and β-ketoesters. In a solid state cross polarization/magic angle spinning (CP/MAS 15N NMR spectrum recorded on the underivatized asphaltene as a control, carbazole and pyrrole-like nitrogens were the major naturally abundant nitrogens detected.

  3. Rheological properties of hydrate suspensions in asphaltenic crude oils; Proprietes rheologiques de suspensions d'hydrate dans des bruts asphalteniques

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    Marques de Toledo Camargo, R.

    2001-03-01

    The development of offshore oil exploitation under increasing water depths has forced oil companies to increase their understanding of gas hydrate formation and transportation in multiphase flow lines in which a liquid hydrocarbon phase is present. This work deals with the flow behaviour of hydrate suspensions in which a liquid hydrocarbon is the continuous phase. Three different liquid hydrocarbons are used: an asphaltenic crude oil, a condensate completely free of asphaltenes and a mixture between the asphaltenic oil and heptane. The rheological characterisation of hydrate suspensions is the main tool employed. Two original experimental devices are used: a PVT cell adapted to operate as a Couette type rheometer and a semi-industrial flow loop. Hydrate suspensions using the asphaltenic oil showed shear-thinning behaviour and thixotropy. This behaviour is typically found in flocculated systems, in which the particles attract each other forming flocs of aggregated particles at low shear rates. The suspensions using the condensate showed Newtonian behaviour. Their relative viscosities were high, which suggests that an aggregation process between hydrate particles takes. place during hydrate formation. Finally, hydrate suspensions using the mixture asphaltenic oil-heptane showed shear-thinning behaviour, thixotropy and high relative viscosity. From these results it can be inferred that, after the achievement of the hydrate formation process, the attractive forces between hydrate particles are weak. making unlikely pipeline obstruction by an aggregation process. Nevertheless, during the hydrate formation, these attractive forces can be sufficiently high. It seems that the hydrate surface wettability is an important parameter in this phenomena. (author)

  4. Manufacturing and automation

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    Ernesto Córdoba Nieto

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The article presents concepts and definitions from different sources concerning automation. The work approaches automation by virtue of the author’s experience in manufacturing production; why and how automation prolects are embarked upon is considered. Technological reflection regarding the progressive advances or stages of automation in the production area is stressed. Coriat and Freyssenet’s thoughts about and approaches to the problem of automation and its current state are taken and examined, especially that referring to the problem’s relationship with reconciling the level of automation with the flexibility and productivity demanded by competitive, worldwide manufacturing.

  5. An efficient on-column expressed protein ligation strategy: Application to segmental triple labeling of human apolipoprotein E3

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    Zhao, Wentao; Zhang, Yonghong; Cui, Chunxian; Li, Qianqian; Wang, Jianjun

    2008-01-01

    Expressed protein ligation (EPL) is an intein-based approach that has been used for protein engineering and biophysical studies of protein structures. One major problem of the EPL is the low yield of final ligation product, primarily due to the complex procedure of the EPL, preventing EPL from gaining popularity in the research community. Here we report an efficient on-column EPL strategy, which focuses on enhancing the expression level of the intein-fusion protein that generates thioester fo...

  6. An automated swimming respirometer

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    STEFFENSEN, JF; JOHANSEN, K; BUSHNELL, PG

    1984-01-01

    An automated respirometer is described that can be used for computerized respirometry of trout and sharks.......An automated respirometer is described that can be used for computerized respirometry of trout and sharks....

  7. Configuration Management Automation (CMA)

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    Department of Transportation — Configuration Management Automation (CMA) will provide an automated, integrated enterprise solution to support CM of FAA NAS and Non-NAS assets and investments. CMA...

  8. Workflow automation architecture standard

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    Moshofsky, R.P.; Rohen, W.T. [Boeing Computer Services Co., Richland, WA (United States)

    1994-11-14

    This document presents an architectural standard for application of workflow automation technology. The standard includes a functional architecture, process for developing an automated workflow system for a work group, functional and collateral specifications for workflow automation, and results of a proof of concept prototype.

  9. Géochimie des résines et asphaltènes Geochernistry of Resins and Asphaltenes

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    Tissot B.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Les produits lourds des huiles brutes (résines et asphaltènes jouent un rôle important dans la genèse et l'accumulation du pétrole, ainsi que dans la mise en production par des méthodes conventionnelles ou par récupération assistée. Les asphaltènes et résines sont considérés ici comme des fragments de kérogène, avec une structure d'ensemble comparable : ils peuvent constituer des intermédiaires dans la genèse de l'huile brute par dégradation thermique du kérogène. De plus, la pyrolyse des asphaltènes séparés à partir d'un pétrole biodégradé peut produire de nouveaux hydrocarbures saturés qui reproduisent la fraction saturée primitive, détruite par la dégradation ; on peut ainsi disposer d'un nouvel outil pour corréler ce type d'huiles brutes. Les produits lourds semblent défavorisés par rapport aux hydrocarbures, dans la migration de la roche-mère vers le réservoir, où les résines et asphaltènes sont proportionnellement moins abondants. La structure physique des asphaltènes et résines dans les pétroles, et en particulier l'existence d'une macrostructure du type micelles ou agrégats, est probablement responsable de la viscosité élevée des huiles lourdes. Une meilleure connaissance de cette macrostructure pourrait suggérer de nouvelles méthodes pour diminuer la viscosité et améliorer la récupération des huiles lourdes. The heavy constituents of crude oil (resins and asphaltenes play an important role in generation and accumulation of petroleum, and also in production by conventional and enhanced oil recovery processes. Asphaltenes and resins are considered here as small fragments of kerogen, with a comparable overall structure: they may act as intermediate compounds in oil generation by thermal breakdown of kerogen. Furthermore, pyrolysis of asphaltenes separated from a degraded crude oil is able to generate a new saturated hydrocarbon fraction which duplicates the original one, now degraded

  10. Effect of asphaltene and resin oils on the viscosity of bituminous petroleum materials to be used as asphalt primers

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    Bencomo, M. R.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available The bituminous crude from the Machete, Venezuela, area, which has such a fluid consistency that it falls outside the normal scope of the A5TM D-5 (1 penetration test exceeding the 3D-mm ceiling specified in that standard and can be used as an asphalt primer: Like other asphalt products, these materials are -chemically speaking- a mix of numerous naphthenic, paraffinic and aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic compounds containing sulphur, nitrogen, oxygen and so on. They have a dense and a malthene oil phase which, along with the natural hydrocarbons additives used in these products acts as a volatile fluidizer. The former is described as a mix of asphaltenes: complex high molecular weight substances that are insoluble in paraffinic hydrocarbons and soluble in aromatic compounds such as benzene. The malthene oil phase, in turn, consists in a mix of resins and hydrocarbons and together the two constitute a colloidal system. The experiments discussed in the present paper were conducted to determine the effect of the proportion of asphaltenes and resin oils on the viscosity of such bituminous crude emulsions/ with a view to their use as primers. These experiments were run in a Parr batch reactor in a nitrogen atmosphere using n-heptane as a solvent. The resins were separated after the asphaltenes precipitated from the samples and subsequently from the malthene fraction obtained. The results showed that the asphaltenes account for the structural characteristics and consistency of the medium and the resin oils for its cohesive properties/,the malthene oils act as solvents.Los crudos extrapesados procedentes del área Machete (Venezuela son materiales de consistencia blanda o fluida, por lo que se salen del campo en el que normalmente se aplica el ensayo de penetración a productos asfálticos según el método ASTM D-5 (1, cuyo límite máximo es 30 mm, y pueden ser utilizados como pinturas asfálticas de imprimación. Al igual que otros productos

  11. ATOMISTIC MODELING OF OIL SHALE KEROGENS AND ASPHALTENES ALONG WITH THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH THE INORGANIC MINERAL MATRIX

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    Facelli, Julio; Pugmire, Ronald; Pimienta, Ian

    2011-03-31

    The goal of this project is to obtain and validate three dimensional atomistic models for the organic matter in both oil shales and oil sands. In the case of oil shales the modeling was completed for kerogen, the insoluble portion of the organic matter; for oil sands it was for asphaltenes, a class of molecules found in crude oil. The three dimensional models discussed in this report were developed starting from existing literature two dimensional models. The models developed included one kerogen, based on experimental data on a kerogen isolated from a Green River oil shale, and a set of six representative asphaltenes. Subsequently, the interactions between these organic models and an inorganic matrix was explored in order to gain insight into the chemical nature of this interaction, which could provide vital information in developing efficient methods to remove the organic material from inorganic mineral substrate. The inorganic substrate used to model the interaction was illite, an aluminum silicate oxide clay. In order to obtain the feedback necessary to validate the models, it is necessary to be able to calculate different observable quantities and to show that these observables both reproduce the results of experimental measurements on actual samples as well as that the observables are sensitive to structural differences between models. The observables that were calculated using the models include 13C NMR spectra, the IR vibrational spectra, and the atomic pair wise distribution function; these were chosen as they are among the methods for which both experimental and calculated values can be readily obtained. Where available, comparison was made to experiment results. Finally, molecular dynamic simulations of pyrolysis were completed on the models to gain an understanding into the nature of the decomposition of these materials when heated.

  12. Brewster angle microscopy of Langmuir films of athabasca bitumens, n-C5 asphaltenes, and SAGD bitumen during pressure-area hysteresis.

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    Hua, Yujuan; Angle, Chandra W

    2013-01-01

    Bitumen films formed on water surfaces have negative consequences, both environmental and economic. CanmetENERGY has placed considerable research emphasis on understanding the structures of the bitumen films on water as a necessary step before optimization of bitumen extraction. The detailed structures of the adsorbed molecules and, especially, the role of asphaltene molecules at the interfaces are still under scrutiny and debate. In the present study, we compared bitumen and asphaltene films as they were compressed and expanded under various surface pressures in order to achieve a clearer understanding of bitumen film structures. We used a customized NIMA Langmuir trough interfaced to a Brewster angle microscope (BAM) and CCD camera (Nanofilm_ep3BAM, Accurion, previously Nanofilm Gmbh) to study images of bitumen films at the air/water interface. The bitumen film appeared uniform with high reflectivity at a surface pressure of 18 mN·m(-1) and exhibited a coarse pebblelike interface with reduced reflectivity in the liquid condensed (LC) phase at higher pressures (18-35 mN·m(-1)). During the first cycle of compression asphaltene films showed well-defined phase transitions and a uniformly smooth interface in the LC phase between 9 and 35 mN·m(-1). However, folding or buckling occurred at surface pressures from 35 to 44 mN·m(-1). On expansion, asphaltene films appeared to break into islands. The hysteresis of the pressure-area isotherm was much larger for asphaltenes than for bitumen. In both compression and expansion cycles, BAM images for bitumen films appeared to be more reproducible than those of the asphaltene films at the same surface pressures. Films for low-°API SAGD bitumen were almost identical to those for surface-mined bitumen. Films formed from partially deasphalted surface-mined bitumens showed higher compressibility and lower rigidity than the original bitumen. The BAM images illustrated significant differences between the partially deasphalted and

  13. Shoe-String Automation

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    Duncan, M.L.

    2001-07-30

    Faced with a downsizing organization, serious budget reductions and retirement of key metrology personnel, maintaining capabilities to provide necessary services to our customers was becoming increasingly difficult. It appeared that the only solution was to automate some of our more personnel-intensive processes; however, it was crucial that the most personnel-intensive candidate process be automated, at the lowest price possible and with the lowest risk of failure. This discussion relates factors in the selection of the Standard Leak Calibration System for automation, the methods of automation used to provide the lowest-cost solution and the benefits realized as a result of the automation.

  14. Avaliação geoquímica de biomarcadores ocluídos em estruturas asfaltênicas Geochemical evaluation of occluded biomarkers in asphaltenic structures

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltenes from two Brazilian crude oils were submitted to mild oxidation to disrupt their structure, releasing the occluded oil. The released hydrocarbons were compared with those from the original crude oil, and used to evaluate the alteration of the oils, especially as a result of biodegradation, but also thermal maturity. The crude oils used are depleted in n-alkanes, which are usually related to biodegradation. However, the released products from the corresponding asphaltenes have n-alkane distributions from nC10 to nC40, suggesting a protection effect from biodegradation. The m/z 191 mass chromatograms showed higher relative intensities for tricyclic terpanes than the hopanes in the crude in comparison with the released ones.

  15. Improved automated synthesis and preliminary animal PET/CT imaging of 11C-acetate

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    To study a simple and rapid automated synthetic technology of 11C-acetate (11C- AC), automated synthesis of 11C-AC was performed by carboxylation of MeMgBr/tetrahydrofuran (THF) on a polyethylene loop with 11C-CO2, followed by hydrolysis and purification on solid-phase extraction cartridges using a 11C-Choline/Methionine synthesizer made in China. A high and reproducible radiochemical yield of above 40% (decay corrected) was obtained within the whole synthesis time about 8 min from 11C-CO2. The radiochemical purity of 11C-AC was over 95%. The novel, simple and rapid on-column hydrolysis-purification procedure should adaptable to the fully automated synthesis of 11C-AC at several commercial synthesis module. 11C-AC injection produced by the automated procedure is safe and effective, and can be used for PET imaging of animals and humans. (authors)

  16. Ruthenium-ion-catalyzed oxidation of asphaltenes and oil-source correlation of heavy oils from the Lunnan and Tahe oilfields in the Tarim Basin, NW China

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    MA Anlai; ZHANG Shuichang; ZHANG Dajiang; JIN Zhijun; MA Xiaojuan; CHEN Qingtang

    2005-01-01

    The identification of marine source rocks in the Tarim Basin is debated vigorously. The intention of this paper is to investigate the asphaltenes in heavy oils from the Lunnan and Tahe oilfields and Well TD2 with ruthenium-ions-catalyzed oxidation technique (RICO), in order to explore its role in oil-oil and oil-source correlations. The RICO products included n-alkanoic acids, α, ω-di-n-alkanoic acids, branched alkanoic acids, tricyclic terpanoic acids, hopanoic acids, gammacerane carboxylic acid , regular sterane carboxylic acids and 4-methylsterane carboxylic acids. The n-alkyl chains and biomarkers bounded on the asphaltenes were of unsusceptibility to biodegradation. The distribution and absolute concentrations of n-alkanoic acids in the RICO products of heavy oils from the Lunnan and Tahe oilfields are different from those of Well TD2. The biomarkers bounded on the asphaltenes, especially steranes, have a distribution trend similar to that of the counterparts in saturates. The sterane carboxylic acids and 4-methylsterane carboxylic acids in the RICO products of heavy oils from the Lunnan and Tahe oilfields, dominated by C30 sterane and C31 4-methylsterane carboxylic acids, respectively, are significantly different from those of the heavy oils of Well TD2, whose dominating sterane and 4-methylsterane carboxylic acids are C2s sterane and C29 4-methylsterane acids, respectively. The RICO products of the asphaltenes further indicate that the Middle-Upper Ordovician may be the main source rocks for heavy oils from the Lunnan and Tahe oilfields.

  17. Effect of various catalysts on the chemical structure of oils and asphaltenes obtained from the hydroliquefaction of a highly volatile bituminous coal

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    Cebolla, V.L.; Diack, M.; Oberson, M.; Bacaud, R.; Cagniant, D.; Nickel-Pepin-Donat, B. (Universite de Metz, Metz (France))

    1991-07-01

    The catalysts studied were aerosols of SiO{sub 2}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MoO{sub 3} and Ni-Mo/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The hydroliquefaction runs at 350, 400 and 430{degree}C, in the presence of tetralin and sulfur, were evaluated by solvent extractions, hydrogen consumption and structural analysis of the isolated oil and asphaltene fractions. At 350 {degree}C, a clear influence of the catalyst on the extraction yields is observed. This effect disappears at higher temperatures. Nevertheless, hydrogen consumption from gas or solvent is affected by the nature of the catalyst at a given temperature. The influence of the catalyst is also confirmed by electron spin resonance study of the stable radicals of the tetrahydrofuran insoluble fractions. After elimination of tetralin, the structural analyses were carried out by gas chromatography (oils), size exclusion chromatography (oils and asphaltenes) and extrography (raw hydroliquefaction products). The oils obtained with sulfided Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} or MoO{sub 3} contained significantly more two-ringed aromatic compounds than oils obtained with the other catalysts or without added catalyst. No significant influence of the catalyst at a given temperature on the oils and asphaltenes is observed by size exclusion chromatography. In contrast, a large temperature effect is evidenced for each fraction, independently of the nature of the catalyst. 38 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Effect of salts on the interfacial tension of asphaltene-toluene/water interface : prediction by Poisson-Boltzmann modified model and experimental validation

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    Se, R.A.G.; Lima, E.R.A.; Nele, M.; Tavares, F.W. [Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). School of Chemistry; Bostrom, M. [Linkoping Univ., Linkoping (Sweden). Dept. of Physics, Chemistry and Biology

    2008-07-01

    This study presented new experimental data of interfacial tension of toluene-asphaltene/water systems in the presence of different salts. In order to study the stability of emulsions caused by the presence of salts in produced water, it is important to understand the interaction of ions at the interface. It was simpler to use model systems consisting of asphaltenes dissolved in toluene because of the complexity of the interfacially active components in oil. The study involved a Brazilian crude oil in which asphaltene was precipitated with a 1:15 ratio of n-heptane and solutions of water with salts LiCl, KCl, NaCl, NaI, NaBr and KBr in concentrations of 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.0 M. The study investigated salt mixtures NaCl/NaBr and NaCl/NaI in the proportions 0.8:0.2, 0.6:0.4, 0.4:0.6, 0.2:0.8 molar. The experimental data was modeled using a modified Poisson-Boltzmann equation that considered dispersion in order to take into account the influence of ions at the interface.

  19. Automated stopcock actuator

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    Vandehey, N. T.; O'Neil, J.P.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction We have developed a low-cost stopcock valve actuator for radiochemistry automation built using a stepper motor and an Arduino, an open-source single-board microcontroller. The con-troller hardware can be programmed to run by serial communication or via two 5–24 V digital lines for simple integration into any automation control system. This valve actuator allows for automated use of a single, disposable stopcock, providing a number of advantages over stopcock manifold systems ...

  20. The Adaptive Automation Design

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    Calefato, Caterina; Montanari, Roberto; TESAURI, Francesco

    2008-01-01

    After considering the positive effects of adaptive automation implementation, this chapter focuses on two partly overlapping phenomena: on the one hand, the role of trust in automation is considered, particularly as to the effects of overtrust and mistrust in automation's reliability; on the other hand, long-term lack of exercise on specific operation may lead users to skill deterioration. As a future work, it will be interesting and challenging to explore the conjunction of adaptive automati...

  1. Service functional test automation

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    Hillah, Lom Messan; Maesano, Ariele-Paolo; Rosa, Fabio; Maesano, Libero; Lettere, Marco; Fontanelli, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the automation of the functional test of services (black-box testing) and services architectures (grey-box testing) that has been developed by the MIDAS project and is accessible on the MIDAS SaaS. In particular, the paper illustrates the solutions of tough functional test automation problems such as: (i) the configuration of the automated test execution system against large and complex services architectures, (ii) the constraint-based test input generation, (iii) the spec...

  2. Re-Os dating of maltenes and asphaltenes within single samples of crude oil

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    Georgiev, Svetoslav V.; Stein, Holly J.; Hannah, Judith L.; Galimberti, Roberto; Nali, Micaela; Yang, Gang; Zimmerman, Aaron

    2016-04-01

    Re-Os geochronology of oil may constrain the timing of oil formation and improve oil-source and oil-oil correlations. Typically, asphaltene (ASPH), the heaviest and most Re-Os rich oil fraction, from multiple oils within an oil field or a larger petroleum system are analyzed to obtain sufficient spread in Re-Os isotopic ratios, a mathematical necessity for precise Re-Os isochrons. Here we offer a new approach for Re-Os geochronology of oil based on isotopic analyses of different fractions within a single sample of crude oil. We studied three oils from the Gela oil field, southern Sicily, Italy, recovered from Triassic-Jurassic stratigraphic intervals (Streppenosa, Noto, and Sciacca Formations) within the Gela-1 well. ASPH (insoluble in n-alkane) and maltene (MALT, soluble in n-alkane) fractions of oil were separated using n-pentane, n-hexane, n-heptane and n-decane solvents. The ASPH contents of the Sciacca and Noto oils (26-33 wt%) are notably higher compared to the Streppenosa oil (7-12 wt% ASPH). We present an optimized Re-Os procedure with sample digestion in a high-pressure asher, followed by isotopic measurements using negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry. Very high metal contents of Gela oils allowed acquisition of precise Re-Os data. Systematic variations between the type of solvent used for ASPH precipitation and the ASPH content of the oil (also known from the literature) and the Re-Os contents of the ASPH and MALT fractions (first observed in this study) provide important practical applications for Re-Os analyses of oil. Most Re and Os (∼96-98%) in the Noto oil are hosted in the ASPH fraction. In contrast, a significant portion of Re and Os (∼33-34%) is stored in the MALT fraction of the lighter, but heavily biodegraded Streppenosa oil. Collectively, our new data on alkane distribution, hopane and sterane biomarkers, major and trace element contents, and Re-Os concentrations and isotopic ratios of the oils and their fractions support the

  3. Automated Weather Observing System

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    Department of Transportation — The Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) is a suite of sensors, which measure, collect, and disseminate weather data to help meteorologists, pilots, and flight...

  4. Laboratory Automation and Middleware.

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    Riben, Michael

    2015-06-01

    The practice of surgical pathology is under constant pressure to deliver the highest quality of service, reduce errors, increase throughput, and decrease turnaround time while at the same time dealing with an aging workforce, increasing financial constraints, and economic uncertainty. Although not able to implement total laboratory automation, great progress continues to be made in workstation automation in all areas of the pathology laboratory. This report highlights the benefits and challenges of pathology automation, reviews middleware and its use to facilitate automation, and reviews the progress so far in the anatomic pathology laboratory. PMID:26065792

  5. Automated cloning methods.; TOPICAL

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    Argonne has developed a series of automated protocols to generate bacterial expression clones by using a robotic system designed to be used in procedures associated with molecular biology. The system provides plate storage, temperature control from 4 to 37 C at various locations, and Biomek and Multimek pipetting stations. The automated system consists of a robot that transports sources from the active station on the automation system. Protocols for the automated generation of bacterial expression clones can be grouped into three categories (Figure 1). Fragment generation protocols are initiated on day one of the expression cloning procedure and encompass those protocols involved in generating purified coding region (PCR)

  6. Molecular Weight and Association of Asphaltenes: a Critical Review Masse moléculaire et association des asphaltènes : une revue critique

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    Speight J. G.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available The determination of asphaltene molecular weights is complicated by the tendency of asphaltene molecules to associate with each other and with other petroleum constituents, and reported molecular weights vary from 900 to 300 000. This paper reviews the methods (vapor pressure osmometry, size exclusion chromatography, ultrafiltration, ultracentrifugation, viscosity, small angle X-ray scattering, infrared spectroscopy, solubilization, and interfacial tension that have been used to estimate asphaltene molecular weights and to probe association phenomena. It is concluded that asphaltene fractions from typical crudes have a number average molecular weight of 1 200-2 700 and a molecular weight range of 1,000-10,000 or higher. Intermolecular association phenomena are primarily responsible for observed molecular weights up to and in excess of 100,000 but detailed mechanisms of the intermolecular associations are not well understood. Certain observations suggest that asphaltene molecules are associated in reversedmicelles and that asphaltenes interact selectively with resins although the evidence on these points is subject to alternate interpretations. H-bond interactions between asphaltenes and resins have been demonstrated. La détermination de la masse moléculaire des asphaltènes est difficile à cause de la tendance qu'ont les molécules d'asphaltènes à s'associer les unes aux autres et avec d'autres constituants des pétroles. Ces masses moléculaires varient de 900 à 300 000. Cet article passe en revue les méthodes (osmométrie par tension de vapeur, chromatographie d'exclusion stérique, ultrafiltration, ultracentrifugation, viscosité, diffusion centrale des rayons X, spectroscopie infra-rouge, solubilisation et tension interfaciale qui ont été utilisées pour estimer les masses moléculaires des asphaltènes et pour étudier les phénomènes d'association. On conclut que les asphaltènes extraits de bruts types ont des masses mol

  7. Library Automation Style Guide.

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    This library automation style guide lists specific terms and names often used in the library automation industry. The terms and/or acronyms are listed alphabetically and each is followed by a brief definition. The guide refers to the "Chicago Manual of Style" for general rules, and a notes section is included for the convenience of individual…

  8. Automation in Warehouse Development

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    Hamberg, R.; Verriet, J.

    2012-01-01

    The warehouses of the future will come in a variety of forms, but with a few common ingredients. Firstly, human operational handling of items in warehouses is increasingly being replaced by automated item handling. Extended warehouse automation counteracts the scarcity of human operators and support

  9. Automate functional testing

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    Ramesh Kalindri

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Currently, software engineers are increasingly turning to the option of automating functional tests, but not always have successful in this endeavor. Reasons range from low planning until over cost in the process. Some principles that can guide teams in automating these tests are described in this article.

  10. Automation in Immunohematology

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    Meenu Bajpai

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available There have been rapid technological advances in blood banking in South Asian region over the past decade with an increasing emphasis on quality and safety of blood products. The conventional test tube technique has given way to newer techniques such as column agglutination technique, solid phase red cell adherence assay, and erythrocyte-magnetized technique. These new technologies are adaptable to automation and major manufacturers in this field have come up with semi and fully automated equipments for immunohematology tests in the blood bank. Automation improves the objectivity and reproducibility of tests. It reduces human errors in patient identification and transcription errors. Documentation and traceability of tests, reagents and processes and archiving of results is another major advantage of automation. Shifting from manual methods to automation is a major undertaking for any transfusion service to provide quality patient care with lesser turnaround time for their ever increasing workload. This article discusses the various issues involved in the process.

  11. Automated model building

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    Caferra, Ricardo; Peltier, Nicholas

    2004-01-01

    This is the first book on automated model building, a discipline of automated deduction that is of growing importance Although models and their construction are important per se, automated model building has appeared as a natural enrichment of automated deduction, especially in the attempt to capture the human way of reasoning The book provides an historical overview of the field of automated deduction, and presents the foundations of different existing approaches to model construction, in particular those developed by the authors Finite and infinite model building techniques are presented The main emphasis is on calculi-based methods, and relevant practical results are provided The book is of interest to researchers and graduate students in computer science, computational logic and artificial intelligence It can also be used as a textbook in advanced undergraduate courses

  12. Automation in Warehouse Development

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    Verriet, Jacques

    2012-01-01

    The warehouses of the future will come in a variety of forms, but with a few common ingredients. Firstly, human operational handling of items in warehouses is increasingly being replaced by automated item handling. Extended warehouse automation counteracts the scarcity of human operators and supports the quality of picking processes. Secondly, the development of models to simulate and analyse warehouse designs and their components facilitates the challenging task of developing warehouses that take into account each customer’s individual requirements and logistic processes. Automation in Warehouse Development addresses both types of automation from the innovative perspective of applied science. In particular, it describes the outcomes of the Falcon project, a joint endeavour by a consortium of industrial and academic partners. The results include a model-based approach to automate warehouse control design, analysis models for warehouse design, concepts for robotic item handling and computer vision, and auton...

  13. Advances in inspection automation

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    Weber, Walter H.; Mair, H. Douglas; Jansen, Dion; Lombardi, Luciano

    2013-01-01

    This new session at QNDE reflects the growing interest in inspection automation. Our paper describes a newly developed platform that makes the complex NDE automation possible without the need for software programmers. Inspection tasks that are tedious, error-prone or impossible for humans to perform can now be automated using a form of drag and drop visual scripting. Our work attempts to rectify the problem that NDE is not keeping pace with the rest of factory automation. Outside of NDE, robots routinely and autonomously machine parts, assemble components, weld structures and report progress to corporate databases. By contrast, components arriving in the NDT department typically require manual part handling, calibrations and analysis. The automation examples in this paper cover the development of robotic thickness gauging and the use of adaptive contour following on the NRU reactor inspection at Chalk River.

  14. Improvement of Test Automation

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    Räsänen, Timo

    2013-01-01

    The purpose for this study was to find out how to ensure that the automated testing of MME in the Network Verification will continue smooth and reliable while using the in-house developed test automation framework. The goal of this thesis was to reveal the reasons of the currently challenging situation and to find the key elements to be improved in the MME testing carried by the test automation. Also a reason for the study was to get solutions as to how to change the current procedures and wa...

  15. Chef infrastructure automation cookbook

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    Marschall, Matthias

    2013-01-01

    Chef Infrastructure Automation Cookbook contains practical recipes on everything you will need to automate your infrastructure using Chef. The book is packed with illustrated code examples to automate your server and cloud infrastructure.The book first shows you the simplest way to achieve a certain task. Then it explains every step in detail, so that you can build your knowledge about how things work. Eventually, the book shows you additional things to consider for each approach. That way, you can learn step-by-step and build profound knowledge on how to go about your configuration management

  16. Automation of radiochemical analysis by flow injection techniques. Am-Pu separation using TRU-resinTM sorbent extraction column

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    A rapid automated flow injection analysis (FIA) procedure was developed for efficient separation of Am and Pu from each other and from interfering matrix and radionuclide components using a TRU-resinTM column. Selective Pu elution is enabled via on-column reduction. The separation was developed using on-line radioactivity detection. After the separation had been developed, fraction collection was used to obtain the separated fractions. In this manner, a FIA instrument functions as an automated separation workstation capable of unattended operation. (author)

  17. Automated Vehicles Symposium 2014

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    Beiker, Sven; Road Vehicle Automation 2

    2015-01-01

    This paper collection is the second volume of the LNMOB series on Road Vehicle Automation. The book contains a comprehensive review of current technical, socio-economic, and legal perspectives written by experts coming from public authorities, companies and universities in the U.S., Europe and Japan. It originates from the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2014, which was jointly organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Burlingame, CA, in July 2014. The contributions discuss the challenges arising from the integration of highly automated and self-driving vehicles into the transportation system, with a focus on human factors and different deployment scenarios. This book is an indispensable source of information for academic researchers, industrial engineers, and policy makers interested in the topic of road vehicle automation.

  18. I-94 Automation FAQs

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    Department of Homeland Security — In order to increase efficiency, reduce operating costs and streamline the admissions process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has automated Form I-94 at air and...

  19. Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015

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    Beiker, Sven

    2016-01-01

    This edited book comprises papers about the impacts, benefits and challenges of connected and automated cars. It is the third volume of the LNMOB series dealing with Road Vehicle Automation. The book comprises contributions from researchers, industry practitioners and policy makers, covering perspectives from the U.S., Europe and Japan. It is based on the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 which was jointly organized by the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in July 2015. The topical spectrum includes, but is not limited to, public sector activities, human factors, ethical and business aspects, energy and technological perspectives, vehicle systems and transportation infrastructure. This book is an indispensable source of information for academic researchers, industrial engineers and policy makers interested in the topic of road vehicle automation.

  20. Hydrometeorological Automated Data System

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The Office of Hydrologic Development of the National Weather Service operates HADS, the Hydrometeorological Automated Data System. This data set contains the last...

  1. An automated Certification Authority

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    Shamardin, L V

    2002-01-01

    This note describe an approach to building an automated Certification Authority. It is compatible with basic requirements of RFC2527. It also supports Registration Authorities and Globus Toolkit grid-cert-renew automatic certificate renewal.

  2. Disassembly automation automated systems with cognitive abilities

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    Vongbunyong, Supachai

    2015-01-01

    This book presents a number of aspects to be considered in the development of disassembly automation, including the mechanical system, vision system and intelligent planner. The implementation of cognitive robotics increases the flexibility and degree of autonomy of the disassembly system. Disassembly, as a step in the treatment of end-of-life products, can allow the recovery of embodied value left within disposed products, as well as the appropriate separation of potentially-hazardous components. In the end-of-life treatment industry, disassembly has largely been limited to manual labor, which is expensive in developed countries. Automation is one possible solution for economic feasibility. The target audience primarily comprises researchers and experts in the field, but the book may also be beneficial for graduate students.

  3. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF THE POLYSTYRENE - ASPHALTENE GRAFT COPOLYMER BY FT-IR SPECTROSCOPY SÍNTESIS Y CARACTERIZACIÓN DEL COPOLIMERO ASFALTENO - POLIESTIRENO POR ESPECTROSCOPIA INFRAROJA

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    Adan-Yovani León-Bermúdez

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The creation of new polymer compounds to be added to asphalt has drawn considerable attention because these substances have succeeded in modifying the asphalt rheologic characteristics and physical properties for the enhancement of its behavior during the time of use. This work explains the synthesis of a new graft copolymer based on an asphalt fraction called asphaltene, modified with maleic anhydride. Polystyrene functionalization is conducted in a parallel fashion in order to obtain polybenzylamine resin with an amine - NH2 free group, that reacts with the anhydride graft groups in the asphaltene, thus obtaining the new Polystyrene/Asphaltene graft copolymer.La creación de nuevos compuestos poliméricos para ser adicionados al asfalto, ha llamado la atención de manera considerable debido a que estas sustancias han logrado modificar las características reológicas y propiedades físicas del asfalto, con la finalidad de mejorar su comportamiento en el tiempo de uso. El presente trabajo explica, la síntesis de un nuevo copolímero de injerto a partir de una fracción del asfalto llamada asfalteno, la cual es modificada con anhídrido maleico. Paralelamente se realiza la funcionalización del poliestireno, resina polibencilamina, esta posee un grupo amina - NH2 libre que reacciona con los grupos anhídro, injertados en el asfalteno, y así obtener el nuevo copolímero de injerto Poliestireno/Asfalteno.

  4. Automated security management

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    Al-Shaer, Ehab; Xie, Geoffrey

    2013-01-01

    In this contributed volume, leading international researchers explore configuration modeling and checking, vulnerability and risk assessment, configuration analysis, and diagnostics and discovery. The authors equip readers to understand automated security management systems and techniques that increase overall network assurability and usability. These constantly changing networks defend against cyber attacks by integrating hundreds of security devices such as firewalls, IPSec gateways, IDS/IPS, authentication servers, authorization/RBAC servers, and crypto systems. Automated Security Managemen

  5. Automating Supplier Selection Procedures

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    Davidrajuh, Reggie

    2001-01-01

    This dissertation describes a methodology, tools, and implementation techniques of automating supplier selection procedures of a small and medium-sized agile virtual enterprise. Firstly, a modeling approach is devised that can be used to model the supplier selection procedures of an enterprise. This modeling approach divides the supplier selection procedures broadly into three stages, the pre-selection, selection, and post-selection stages. Secondly, a methodology is presented for automating ...

  6. Taiwan Automated Telescope Network

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    Shuhrat Ehgamberdiev; Alexander Serebryanskiy; Antonio Jimenez; Li-Han Wang; Ming-Tsung Sun; Javier Fernandez Fernandez; Dean-Yi Chou

    2010-01-01

    A global network of small automated telescopes, the Taiwan Automated Telescope (TAT) network, dedicated to photometric measurements of stellar pulsations, is under construction. Two telescopes have been installed in Teide Observatory, Tenerife, Spain and Maidanak Observatory, Uzbekistan. The third telescope will be installed at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, USA. Each system uses a 9-cm Maksutov-type telescope. The effective focal length is 225 cm, corresponding to an f-ratio of 25. The field...

  7. Automated Lattice Perturbation Theory

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    Monahan, Christopher

    2014-11-01

    I review recent developments in automated lattice perturbation theory. Starting with an overview of lattice perturbation theory, I focus on the three automation packages currently "on the market": HiPPy/HPsrc, Pastor and PhySyCAl. I highlight some recent applications of these methods, particularly in B physics. In the final section I briefly discuss the related, but distinct, approach of numerical stochastic perturbation theory.

  8. Automated functional software testing

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    Jelnikar, Kristina

    2009-01-01

    The following work describes an approach to software test automation of functional testing. In the introductory part we are introducing what testing problems development companies are facing. The second chapter describes some testing methods, what role does testing have in software development, some approaches to software development and the meaning of testing environment. Chapter 3 is all about test automation. After a brief historical presentation, we are demonstrating through s...

  9. Instant Sikuli test automation

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    Lau, Ben

    2013-01-01

    Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. A concise guide written in an easy-to follow style using the Starter guide approach.This book is aimed at automation and testing professionals who want to use Sikuli to automate GUI. Some Python programming experience is assumed.

  10. Colloidal Structure of Heavy Crudes and Asphaltene Soltutions Structure colloïdale des bruts lourds et des suspensions d'asphaltènes

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    Barre L.

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Many industrial problems that arise during petroleum processing are related to the high concentration of asphaltenes. A good knowledge of the chemical composition of these macromolecules and a detailed understanding of the evolution of the colloïdal structures present in oil and its derivatives can play a decisive role in improving processing facilities. Asphaltenes are defined by their insolubility in n-heptane. Soluble molecules are called maltenes which can be fractionated by liquid chromatography in so-called resins, aromatic and saturated fractions. The major part of the research carried out on these complex molecules concerned the chemical composition determination from powerful techniques measurements as for instance IR or NMR methods. Nevertheless, very little information on the colloïdal structure of asphaltenes or resins in pure solvent or in real systems is accessible.The molecular weight determination was the first objective; several techniques, as vapour pressure osmometry (VPO, were used. The main conclusion of these determinations was the huge variation of the molecular weight measured by different methods. We used X-ray and neutron small angle scattering techniques in order to deduce the size polydispersity and the weight average molecular weight. Different systems as (i asphaltenes or resins in solution with different solvents, or (ii asphaltene and resin mixtures in suspension with good or bad solvents were investigated as a function of temperature increase. We have exhibited that the aggregation number, i.e. the number of smaller entities , can strongly vary with solvent composition and temperature. Resins appear as very good solvent for asphaltene molecules. Scattering measurements often exhibit strong scattered intensity at small scattering vector, showing the presence in the suspension of large heterogeneities in diluted solutions of asphaltenes and resins. We can suggest that these heterogeneities are due to

  11. Far infrared (terahertz) spectroscopy of a series of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and application to structure interpretation of asphaltenes and related compounds

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    Cataldo, Franco; Angelini, Giancarlo; García-Hernández, D. A.; Manchado, Arturo

    2013-07-01

    A series of 33 different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were studied by far infrared spectroscopy (terahertz spectroscopy) in the spectral range comprised between 600 and 50 cm-1. In addition to common PAHs like naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene, picene, pyrene, benzo[α]pyrene, and perylene, also quite unusual PAHs were studied like tetracene, pentacene, acenaphtene, acenaphtylene, triphenylene, and decacyclene. A series of alkylated naphthalenes and anthracenes were studied as well as methypyrene. Partially or totally hydrogenated PAHs were also object of the present investigation, ranging from tetrahydronaphthalene (tetralin) to decahydronaphthalene (decalin), 9,10-dihydroanthracene, 9,10-dihydrophenanthrene, hexahydropyrene, and dodecahydrotriphenylene. Finally, the large and quite rare PAHs coronene, quaterrylene, hexabenzocoronene, and dicoronylene were studied by far infrared spectroscopy. The resulting reference spectra were used in the interpretation of the chemical structure of asphaltenes (as extracted from a heavy petroleum fraction and from bitumen), the chemical structures of other petroleum fractions known as DAE (distillate aromatic extract) and RAE (residual aromatic extract), and a possible interpretation of components of the chemical structure of anthracite coal. Asphaltenes, heavy petroleum fractions, and coal were proposed as model compounds for the interpretation of the emission spectra of certain proto-planetary nebulae (PPNe) with a good matching in the mid infrared between the band pattern of the PPNe emission spectra and the spectra of these oil fractions or coal. Although this study was finalized in an astrochemical context, it may find application also in the petroleum and coal chemistry.

  12. Automated Camera Calibration

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    Chen, Siqi; Cheng, Yang; Willson, Reg

    2006-01-01

    Automated Camera Calibration (ACAL) is a computer program that automates the generation of calibration data for camera models used in machine vision systems. Machine vision camera models describe the mapping between points in three-dimensional (3D) space in front of the camera and the corresponding points in two-dimensional (2D) space in the camera s image. Calibrating a camera model requires a set of calibration data containing known 3D-to-2D point correspondences for the given camera system. Generating calibration data typically involves taking images of a calibration target where the 3D locations of the target s fiducial marks are known, and then measuring the 2D locations of the fiducial marks in the images. ACAL automates the analysis of calibration target images and greatly speeds the overall calibration process.

  13. Automated telescope scheduling

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    Johnston, Mark D.

    1988-08-01

    With the ever increasing level of automation of astronomical telescopes the benefits and feasibility of automated planning and scheduling are becoming more apparent. Improved efficiency and increased overall telescope utilization are the most obvious goals. Automated scheduling at some level has been done for several satellite observatories, but the requirements on these systems were much less stringent than on modern ground or satellite observatories. The scheduling problem is particularly acute for Hubble Space Telescope: virtually all observations must be planned in excruciating detail weeks to months in advance. Space Telescope Science Institute has recently made significant progress on the scheduling problem by exploiting state-of-the-art artificial intelligence software technology. What is especially interesting is that this effort has already yielded software that is well suited to scheduling groundbased telescopes, including the problem of optimizing the coordinated scheduling of more than one telescope.

  14. Myths in test automation

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    Jazmine Francis

    2015-01-01

    Myths in automation of software testing is an issue of discussion that echoes about the areas of service in validation of software industry. Probably, the first though that appears in knowledgeable reader would be Why this old topic again? What's New to discuss the matter? But, for the first time everyone agrees that undoubtedly automation testing today is not today what it used to be ten or fifteen years ago, because it has evolved in scope and magnitude. What began as a simple linear script...

  15. Automated phantom assay system

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    This paper describes an automated phantom assay system developed for assaying phantoms spiked with minute quantities of radionuclides. The system includes a computer-controlled linear-translation table that positions the phantom at exact distances from a spectrometer. A multichannel analyzer (MCA) interfaces with a computer to collect gamma spectral data. Signals transmitted between the controller and MCA synchronize data collection and phantom positioning. Measured data are then stored on disk for subsequent analysis. The automated system allows continuous unattended operation and ensures reproducible results

  16. Automated conflict resolution issues

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    Wike, Jeffrey S.

    1991-01-01

    A discussion is presented of how conflicts for Space Network resources should be resolved in the ATDRSS era. The following topics are presented: a description of how resource conflicts are currently resolved; a description of issues associated with automated conflict resolution; present conflict resolution strategies; and topics for further discussion.

  17. Protokoller til Home Automation

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    Kjær, Kristian Ellebæk

    2008-01-01

    computer, der kan skifte mellem foruddefinerede indstillinger. Nogle gange kan computeren fjernstyres over internettet, så man kan se hjemmets status fra en computer eller måske endda fra en mobiltelefon. Mens nævnte anvendelser er klassiske indenfor home automation, er yderligere funktionalitet dukket op...

  18. Myths in test automation

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    Jazmine Francis

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Myths in automation of software testing is an issue of discussion that echoes about the areas of service in validation of software industry. Probably, the first though that appears in knowledgeable reader would be Why this old topic again? What's New to discuss the matter? But, for the first time everyone agrees that undoubtedly automation testing today is not today what it used to be ten or fifteen years ago, because it has evolved in scope and magnitude. What began as a simple linear scripts for web applications today has a complex architecture and a hybrid framework to facilitate the implementation of testing applications developed with various platforms and technologies. Undoubtedly automation has advanced, but so did the myths associated with it. The change in perspective and knowledge of people on automation has altered the terrain. This article reflects the points of views and experience of the author in what has to do with the transformation of the original myths in new versions, and how they are derived; also provides his thoughts on the new generation of myths.

  19. Automated data model evaluation

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    Modeling process is essential phase within information systems development and implementation. This paper presents methods and techniques for analysis and evaluation of data model correctness. Recent methodologies and development results regarding automation of the process of model correctness analysis and relations with ontology tools has been presented. Key words: Database modeling, Data model correctness, Evaluation

  20. Automated solvent concentrator

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    Griffith, J. S.; Stuart, J. L.

    1976-01-01

    Designed for automated drug identification system (AUDRI), device increases concentration by 100. Sample is first filtered, removing particulate contaminants and reducing water content of sample. Sample is extracted from filtered residue by specific solvent. Concentrator provides input material to analysis subsystem.

  1. ELECTROPNEUMATIC AUTOMATION EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY

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    Dolgorukov, S. O.; National Aviation University; Roman, B. V.; National Aviation University

    2013-01-01

    The article reflects current situation in education regarding mechatronics learning difficulties. Com-plex of laboratory test benches on electropneumatic automation are considered as a tool in advancing through technical science. Course of laboratory works developed to meet the requirement of efficient and reliable way of practical skills acquisition is regarded the simplest way for students to learn the ba-sics of mechatronics.

  2. Automating spectral measurements

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    Goldstein, Fred T.

    2008-09-01

    This paper discusses the architecture of software utilized in spectroscopic measurements. As optical coatings become more sophisticated, there is mounting need to automate data acquisition (DAQ) from spectrophotometers. Such need is exacerbated when 100% inspection is required, ancillary devices are utilized, cost reduction is crucial, or security is vital. While instrument manufacturers normally provide point-and-click DAQ software, an application programming interface (API) may be missing. In such cases automation is impossible or expensive. An API is typically provided in libraries (*.dll, *.ocx) which may be embedded in user-developed applications. Users can thereby implement DAQ automation in several Windows languages. Another possibility, developed by FTG as an alternative to instrument manufacturers' software, is the ActiveX application (*.exe). ActiveX, a component of many Windows applications, provides means for programming and interoperability. This architecture permits a point-and-click program to act as automation client and server. Excel, for example, can control and be controlled by DAQ applications. Most importantly, ActiveX permits ancillary devices such as barcode readers and XY-stages to be easily and economically integrated into scanning procedures. Since an ActiveX application has its own user-interface, it can be independently tested. The ActiveX application then runs (visibly or invisibly) under DAQ software control. Automation capabilities are accessed via a built-in spectro-BASIC language with industry-standard (VBA-compatible) syntax. Supplementing ActiveX, spectro-BASIC also includes auxiliary serial port commands for interfacing programmable logic controllers (PLC). A typical application is automatic filter handling.

  3. Automated Preferences Elicitation

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    Kárný, Miroslav; Guy, Tatiana Valentine

    Prague : Institute of Information Theory and Automation, 2011, s. 20-25. ISBN 978-80-903834-6-3. [The 2nd International Workshop od Decision Making with Multiple Imperfect Decision Makers. Held in Conjunction with the 25th Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2011). Sierra Nevada (ES), 16.12.2011-16.12.2011] R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0572; GA ČR GA102/08/0567 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : elicitation * decision making * Bayesian decision making * fully probabilistic design Subject RIV: BB - Applied Statistics, Operational Research http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2011/AS/karny-automated preferences elicitation.pdf

  4. Automated drawing generation system

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    Since automated CAD drawing generation systems still require human intervention, improvements were focussed on an interactive processing section (data input and correcting operation) which necessitates a vast amount of work. As a result, human intervention was eliminated, the original objective of a computerized system. This is the first step taken towards complete automation. The effects of development and commercialization of the system are as described below. (1) The interactive processing time required for generating drawings was improved. It was determined that introduction of the CAD system has reduced the time required for generating drawings. (2) The difference in skills between workers preparing drawings has been eliminated and the quality of drawings has been made uniform. (3) The extent of knowledge and experience demanded of workers has been reduced. (author)

  5. Terminal automation system maintenance

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    Coffelt, D.; Hewitt, J. [Engineered Systems Inc., Tempe, AZ (United States)

    1997-01-01

    Nothing has improved petroleum product loading in recent years more than terminal automation systems. The presence of terminal automation systems (TAS) at loading racks has increased operational efficiency and safety and enhanced their accounting and management capabilities. However, like all finite systems, they occasionally malfunction or fail. Proper servicing and maintenance can minimize this. And in the unlikely event a TAS breakdown does occur, prompt and effective troubleshooting can reduce its impact on terminal productivity. To accommodate around-the-clock loading at racks, increasingly unattended by terminal personnel, TAS maintenance, servicing and troubleshooting has become increasingly demanding. It has also become increasingly important. After 15 years of trial and error at petroleum and petrochemical storage and transfer terminals, a number of successful troubleshooting programs have been developed. These include 24-hour {open_quotes}help hotlines,{close_quotes} internal (terminal company) and external (supplier) support staff, and {open_quotes}layered{close_quotes} support. These programs are described.

  6. ATLAS Distributed Computing Automation

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    Schovancova, J; The ATLAS collaboration; Borrego, C; Campana, S; Di Girolamo, A; Elmsheuser, J; Hejbal, J; Kouba, T; Legger, F; Magradze, E; Medrano Llamas, R; Negri, G; Rinaldi, L; Sciacca, G; Serfon, C; Van Der Ster, D C

    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Experiment benefits from computing resources distributed worldwide at more than 100 WLCG sites. The ATLAS Grid sites provide over 100k CPU job slots, over 100 PB of storage space on disk or tape. Monitoring of status of such a complex infrastructure is essential. The ATLAS Grid infrastructure is monitored 24/7 by two teams of shifters distributed world-wide, by the ATLAS Distributed Computing experts, and by site administrators. In this paper we summarize automation efforts performed within the ATLAS Distributed Computing team in order to reduce manpower costs and improve the reliability of the system. Different aspects of the automation process are described: from the ATLAS Grid site topology provided by the ATLAS Grid Information System, via automatic site testing by the HammerCloud, to automatic exclusion from production or analysis activities.

  7. Rapid automated nuclear chemistry

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    Rapid Automated Nuclear Chemistry (RANC) can be thought of as the Z-separation of Neutron-rich Isotopes by Automated Methods. The range of RANC studies of fission and its products is large. In a sense, the studies can be categorized into various energy ranges from the highest where the fission process and particle emission are considered, to low energies where nuclear dynamics are being explored. This paper presents a table which gives examples of current research using RANC on fission and fission products. The remainder of this text is divided into three parts. The first contains a discussion of the chemical methods available for the fission product elements, the second describes the major techniques, and in the last section, examples of recent results are discussed as illustrations of the use of RANC

  8. Rapid automated nuclear chemistry

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    Meyer, R.A.

    1979-05-31

    Rapid Automated Nuclear Chemistry (RANC) can be thought of as the Z-separation of Neutron-rich Isotopes by Automated Methods. The range of RANC studies of fission and its products is large. In a sense, the studies can be categorized into various energy ranges from the highest where the fission process and particle emission are considered, to low energies where nuclear dynamics are being explored. This paper presents a table which gives examples of current research using RANC on fission and fission products. The remainder of this text is divided into three parts. The first contains a discussion of the chemical methods available for the fission product elements, the second describes the major techniques, and in the last section, examples of recent results are discussed as illustrations of the use of RANC.

  9. Automated Microbial Metabolism Laboratory

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    1973-01-01

    Development of the automated microbial metabolism laboratory (AMML) concept is reported. The focus of effort of AMML was on the advanced labeled release experiment. Labeled substrates, inhibitors, and temperatures were investigated to establish a comparative biochemical profile. Profiles at three time intervals on soil and pure cultures of bacteria isolated from soil were prepared to establish a complete library. The development of a strategy for the return of a soil sample from Mars is also reported.

  10. Components for automated microscopy

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    Determann, H.; Hartmann, H.; Schade, K. H.; Stankewitz, H. W.

    1980-12-01

    A number of devices, aiming at automated analysis of microscopic objects as regards their morphometrical parameters or their photometrical values, were developed. These comprise: (1) a device for automatic focusing tuned on maximum contrast; (2) a feedback system for automatic optimization of microscope illumination; and (3) microscope lenses with adjustable pupil distances for usage in the two previous devices. An extensive test program on histological and zytological applications proves the wide application possibilities of the autofocusing device.

  11. Automation of dissolution tests

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    Rolf Rolli

    2003-01-01

    Dissolution testing of drug formulations was introduced in the 1960s and accepted by health regulatory authorities in the 1970s. Since then, the importance of dissolution has grown rapidly as have the number of tests and demands in quality-control laboratories. Recent research works lead to the development of in-vitro dissolution tests as replacements for human and animal bioequivalence studies. For many years, a lot of time and effort has been invested in automation of dissolution tests. The...

  12. Automated uranium assays

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    Precise, timely inventories of enriched uranium stocks are vital to help prevent the loss, theft, or diversion of this material for illicit use. A wet-chemistry analyzer has been developed at LLL to assist in these inventories by performing automated analyses of uranium samples from different stages in the nuclear fuel cycle. These assays offer improved accuracy, reduced costs, significant savings in manpower, and lower radiation exposure for personnel compared with present techniques

  13. Construction Automation and Robotics

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    Bock, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Due to the high complexity of the construction process and the stagnating technological development a long-term preparation is necessary to adapt it to advanced construction methods. Architects, engineers and all other participants of the construction process have to be integrated in this adaptation process. The short- and long-term development of automation will take place step-by-step and will be oriented to the respective application and requirements. In the initial phase existing building...

  14. Shielded cells transfer automation

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    Nuclear waste from shielded cells is removed, packaged, and transferred manually in many nuclear facilities. To reduce radiation exposure to operators, technological advances in remote handling and automation were employed. An industrial robot and a specially designed end effector, access port, and sealing machine were used to remotely bag waste containers out of a glove box. The system is operated from a control panel outside the work area via television cameras

  15. Evaluation of nano emulsion containing asphaltenes dispersant additive in dehydration of oil; Avaliacao de nanoemulsoes contendo aditivo dispersante de asfaltenos na desidratacao de petroleo

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    Oliveira, Priscila F. de; Rodrigues, Jessica S.; Mansur, Claudia R.E. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ Instituto de Macromoleculas/ Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], e-mail: prisfrias@hotmail.com

    2011-07-01

    Due to the problem of the formation of emulsions type water-oil during oil production, new alternatives of the breakdown of these emulsions have been proposed over the years. Several polymers have been used to destabilize these emulsions and among them are those based on polyphenylene ether. The aim of this study was to develop nanoemulsions type oil / water, where an asphaltenes dispersant additive was dissolved in dispersed phase in order to evaluate them as a new alternative in the breakdown of oil emulsions. The nanoemulsions were prepared in the presence of surfactant based on polyoxide using a high pressure homogenizer (HPH). We obtained stable nanoemulsions for more than 30 days in the presence or absence of additive. These nanoemulsions were effective in water /oil phase separation, and the nanoemulsion containing the dispersant additive provided a faster separation of these phases. (author)

  16. Routine method for quantitative /sup 13/C NMR spectra editing and providing structural patterns. Application to every kind of petroleum fractions including residues and asphaltenes

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    Bouquet, M.; Bailleul, A.

    1986-09-01

    In order to derive structural hydrocarbon patterns of petroleum cuts, including high molecular fractions and heavy cuts, in both quantitative and routine procedure, the authors have built up a method based on inverse gated decoupling and gated spin-echo /sup 13/C experiments. Multiplet selection methods allow identification of CH/sub n/ groups (n is 0-3) and quantitativeness is obtained with the use of relaxation reagent, two conventional spin echo and three gated spin echo experiments, and a correction factor applied to aliphatic carbons basic spectra. Different steps of the method are discussed theoretically and examples dealing with vacuum distillates, residues and fractions (resins, asphaltenes) are given. Emphasis has been put on the experimental and practical running of the described method, convenient with routine industrial research experiments. 14 references.

  17. LINAC control automation system

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    A 7 MeV Electron Beam Linear Accelerator (LINAC) being used for pulse radiolysis experiments at RC and CDD, B.A.R.C. has been automated with a PLC based control panel designed and developed by Computer Division, B.A.R.C.. The control panel after power on switches ON various units in a pre-defined sequence and intervals on a single turn of START key from OFF to ON position. The control panel also generates various ramp signals in a pre-defined sequence and rate and steady values and feeds to the LINAC bringing it to the ready for experiment condition. Similarly on a single turn of STOP key from OFF to ON position, the panel ramps down the various signals in pre-defined manners and makes OFF the various units in predefined sequence and timing providing safety to the machine. The steady values for various signals are on line settable as and when required so. This automation system relieves the operator from fatigue of time consuming manual ramping up or down of various signals and running around in four rooms for switching ON or OFF the various units enhancing efficiency and safety. This also facilitates the user scientist to do start up and shutdown operation in the absence of skilled operators and thus adds flexibility for working up to extended timing. This unit has been working satisfactorily since August 2002. For extraordinary condition automation to manual or vice versa change over has been provided. (author)

  18. M2m Automation: Matlab-To-Map Reduce Automation

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    Archana C S

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract- MapReduce is a very popular parallel programming model for cloud computing platforms, and has become an effective method for processing massive data by using a cluster of computers. Program language -to-MapReduce Automator is a possible solution to help traditional programmers easily deploy an application to cloud systems through translating sequential codes to MapReduce codes.M2M Automation mainly focuses on automating numerical computations by using hadoop at the back end. M2M automates Hadoop, for faster execution of Matlab commands using MapReduce code.

  19. Automated Assessment, Face to Face

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    Rizik M. H. Al-Sayyed; Amjad Hudaib; Muhannad AL-Shboul; Yousef Majdalawi; Mohammed Bataineh

    2010-01-01

    This research paper evaluates the usability of automated exams and compares them with the paper-and-pencil traditional ones. It presents the results of a detailed study conducted at The University of Jordan (UoJ) that comprised students from 15 faculties. A set of 613 students were asked about their opinions concerning automated exams; and their opinions were deeply analyzed. The results indicate that most students reported that they are satisfied with using automated exams but they have sugg...

  20. Automation System Products and Research

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    Rintala, Mikko; Sormunen, Jussi; Kuisma, Petri; Rahkala, Matti

    2014-01-01

    Automation systems are used in most buildings nowadays. In the past they were mainly used in industry to control and monitor critical systems. During the past few decades the automation systems have become more common and are used today from big industrial solutions to homes of private customers. With the growing need for ecologic and cost-efficient management systems, home and building automation systems are becoming a standard way of controlling lighting, ventilation, heating etc. Auto...

  1. Software Testing and Documenting Automation

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    Tsybin, Anton; Lyadova, Lyudmila

    2008-01-01

    This article describes some approaches to problem of testing and documenting automation in information systems with graphical user interface. Combination of data mining methods and theory of finite state machines is used for testing automation. Automated creation of software documentation is based on using metadata in documented system. Metadata is built on graph model. Described approaches improve performance and quality of testing and documenting processes.

  2. Embedded system for building automation

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    Rolih, Andrej

    2014-01-01

    Home automation is a fast developing field of computer science and electronics. Companies are offering many different products for home automation. Ranging anywhere from complete systems for building management and control, to simple smart lights that can be connected to the internet. These products offer the user greater living comfort and lower their expenses by reducing the energy usage. This thesis shows the development of a simple home automation system that focuses mainly on the enhance...

  3. World-wide distribution automation systems

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    Devaney, T.M.

    1994-12-31

    A worldwide power distribution automation system is outlined. Distribution automation is defined and the status of utility automation is discussed. Other topics discussed include a distribution management system, substation feeder, and customer functions, potential benefits, automation costs, planning and engineering considerations, automation trends, databases, system operation, computer modeling of system, and distribution management systems.

  4. AUTOMATED API TESTING APPROACH

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    SUNIL L. BANGARE

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Software testing is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. With the help of software testing we can verify or validate the software product. Normally testing will be done after development of software but we can perform the software testing at the time of development process also. This paper will give you a brief introduction about Automated API Testing Tool. This tool of testing will reduce lots of headache after the whole development of software. It saves time as well as money. Such type of testing is helpful in the Industries & Colleges also.

  5. Automated radioimmunoassay of nicotine

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    The authors have developed an automated nonequilibrium procedure for the radioimmunoassay of nicotine. The use of a unique iodinated nicotine derivative in this procedure gave a sensitivity of 10 μg/l for nicotine with a between-run precision of 7.4% and within-run precision of 6.0%. Nicotine levels of 60 to 67 μg/l were found in subjects 15 min after smoking one standard cigarette. The technique herein reported is a very rapid, and sensitive radioimmunoassay for nicotine and facilitates the determination of nicotine in smoking subjects during the actual process of smoking. (Auth.)

  6. Automated Motivic Analysis

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    Lartillot, Olivier

    2016-01-01

    Motivic analysis provides very detailed understanding of musical composi- tions, but is also particularly difficult to formalize and systematize. A computational automation of the discovery of motivic patterns cannot be reduced to a mere extraction of all possible sequences of descriptions....... The systematic approach inexorably leads to a proliferation of redundant structures that needs to be addressed properly. Global filtering techniques cause a drastic elimination of interesting structures that damages the quality of the analysis. On the other hand, a selection of closed patterns allows...

  7. Mechatronic Design Automation

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    Fan, Zhun

    This book proposes a novel design method that combines both genetic programming (GP) to automatically explore the open-ended design space and bond graphs (BG) to unify design representations of multi-domain Mechatronic systems. Results show that the method, formally called GPBG method, can...... successfully design analogue filters, vibration absorbers, micro-electro-mechanical systems, and vehicle suspension systems, all in an automatic or semi-automatic way. It also investigates the very important issue of co-designing plant-structures and dynamic controllers in automated design of Mechatronic...

  8. STUDY ON THE CHANGING OF COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURE OF ASPHALTENE DURING RESIDUE HYDROTREATING%渣油加氢处理中沥青质组成和结构的变化研究

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    王跃; 张会成; 凌凤香; 马波

    2012-01-01

    Residue oil hydrotreating experiments were carried out on a pilot plant unit to investigate the effect of reaction temperature and hydrotreating severity on the composition and the molecular structure of asphaltenes in the treated residue samples. Results showed that with the increase of reaction temperature or the depth of hydrogenation, the asphaltene content in the treated residue sample decreased; the sulfur, nickel and vanadium contents of asphaltene dropped, but the nitrogen content gave an increase trend. The average molecular structural parameters of asphaltene in the obtained samples were calculated from the spectrum of 1H-NMR and 13C-NMR. Results showed that with the increase of reaction temperature, the fraction of paraffins decreased and the fraction of aromatics increased; however, with the increase of hydrogenation depth, the fraction of paraffins increased and the fraction of aromatics decreased.%利用渣油加氢处理中试装置考察反应温度和加氢深度对加氢产物渣油中沥青质组成、结构的影响,结果表明:随温度或加氢深度增加,加氢产物渣油中沥青质含量降低,沥青质中硫、镍、钒含量降低,氮含量呈增加趋势.采用13C-NMR谱和1H-NMR谱,计算了沥青质的平均分子结构参数,结果表明:随着温度的升高,饱和碳分率逐渐下降,芳香碳分率逐渐升高;随着加氢深度增大,饱和碳分率逐渐升高,而芳香碳分率逐渐下降.

  9. Maneuver Automation Software

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    Uffelman, Hal; Goodson, Troy; Pellegrin, Michael; Stavert, Lynn; Burk, Thomas; Beach, David; Signorelli, Joel; Jones, Jeremy; Hahn, Yungsun; Attiyah, Ahlam; Illsley, Jeannette

    2009-01-01

    The Maneuver Automation Software (MAS) automates the process of generating commands for maneuvers to keep the spacecraft of the Cassini-Huygens mission on a predetermined prime mission trajectory. Before MAS became available, a team of approximately 10 members had to work about two weeks to design, test, and implement each maneuver in a process that involved running many maneuver-related application programs and then serially handing off data products to other parts of the team. MAS enables a three-member team to design, test, and implement a maneuver in about one-half hour after Navigation has process-tracking data. MAS accepts more than 60 parameters and 22 files as input directly from users. MAS consists of Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL) scripts that link, sequence, and execute the maneuver- related application programs: "Pushing a single button" on a graphical user interface causes MAS to run navigation programs that design a maneuver; programs that create sequences of commands to execute the maneuver on the spacecraft; and a program that generates predictions about maneuver performance and generates reports and other files that enable users to quickly review and verify the maneuver design. MAS can also generate presentation materials, initiate electronic command request forms, and archive all data products for future reference.

  10. Automated Test Case Generation

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    2015-01-01

    I would like to present the concept of automated test case generation. I work on it as part of my PhD and I think it would be interesting also for other people. It is also the topic of a workshop paper that I am introducing in Paris. (abstract below) Please note that the talk itself would be more general and not about the specifics of my PhD, but about the broad field of Automated Test Case Generation. I would introduce the main approaches (combinatorial testing, symbolic execution, adaptive random testing) and their advantages and problems. (oracle problem, combinatorial explosion, ...) Abstract of the paper: Over the last decade code-based test case generation techniques such as combinatorial testing or dynamic symbolic execution have seen growing research popularity. Most algorithms and tool implementations are based on finding assignments for input parameter values in order to maximise the execution branch coverage. Only few of them consider dependencies from outside the Code Under Test’s scope such...

  11. Automation from pictures

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    The state transition diagram (STD) model has been helpful in the design of real time software, especially with the emergence of graphical computer aided software engineering (CASE) tools. Nevertheless, the translation of the STD to real time code has in the past been primarily a manual task. At Los Alamos we have automated this process. The designer constructs the STD using a CASE tool (Cadre Teamwork) using a special notation for events and actions. A translator converts the STD into an intermediate state notation language (SNL), and this SNL is compiled directly into C code (a state program). Execution of the state program is driven by external events, allowing multiple state programs to effectively share the resources of the host processor. Since the design and the code are tightly integrated through the CASE tool, the design and code never diverge, and we avoid design obsolescence. Furthermore, the CASE tool automates the production of formal technical documents from the graphic description encapsulated by the CASE tool. (author)

  12. Automated digital magnetofluidics

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    Schneider, J; Garcia, A A; Marquez, M [Harrington Department of Bioengineering Arizona State University, Tempe AZ 85287-9709 (United States)], E-mail: tony.garcia@asu.edu

    2008-08-15

    Drops can be moved in complex patterns on superhydrophobic surfaces using a reconfigured computer-controlled x-y metrology stage with a high degree of accuracy, flexibility, and reconfigurability. The stage employs a DMC-4030 controller which has a RISC-based, clock multiplying processor with DSP functions, accepting encoder inputs up to 22 MHz, provides servo update rates as high as 32 kHz, and processes commands at rates as fast as 40 milliseconds. A 6.35 mm diameter cylindrical NdFeB magnet is translated by the stage causing water drops to move by the action of induced magnetization of coated iron microspheres that remain in the drop and are attracted to the rare earth magnet through digital magnetofluidics. Water drops are easily moved in complex patterns in automated digital magnetofluidics at an average speed of 2.8 cm/s over a superhydrophobic polyethylene surface created by solvent casting. With additional components, some potential uses for this automated microfluidic system include characterization of superhydrophobic surfaces, water quality analysis, and medical diagnostics.

  13. Automated Postediting of Documents

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    Knight, K; Knight, Kevin; Chander, Ishwar

    1994-01-01

    Large amounts of low- to medium-quality English texts are now being produced by machine translation (MT) systems, optical character readers (OCR), and non-native speakers of English. Most of this text must be postedited by hand before it sees the light of day. Improving text quality is tedious work, but its automation has not received much research attention. Anyone who has postedited a technical report or thesis written by a non-native speaker of English knows the potential of an automated postediting system. For the case of MT-generated text, we argue for the construction of postediting modules that are portable across MT systems, as an alternative to hardcoding improvements inside any one system. As an example, we have built a complete self-contained postediting module for the task of article selection (a, an, the) for English noun phrases. This is a notoriously difficult problem for Japanese-English MT. Our system contains over 200,000 rules derived automatically from online text resources. We report on l...

  14. Estudo da interatividade entre macromoléculas asfaltênicas e compostos estabilizantes: LCC e Cardanol Study of the interactivity between asphaltenic macromolecules and stabilizing compounds: cashew-nut Shell liquid and Cardanol

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    Luiz Fernando B. Moreira

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available O asfalteno contido no petróleo pode se depositar gerando inúmeros problemas que podem afetar não só a produção, mas também todas as etapas que envolvem o transporte, armazenamento e processamento do óleo cru. Este trabalho apresenta uma adaptação matemática de modelos de interatividade para o sistema asfalteno/estabilizante capaz de prever o desempenho do estabilizante em evitar a precipitação de asfalteno. A capacidade do líquido da casca da castanha de caju (LCC e de um dos seus derivados, o cardanol, foi estudada empregando-se o teste de peptização. Tanto o LCC quanto o cardanol apresentaram propriedades estabilizadoras de asfaltenos e exibiram interatividade positiva em ambos os casos.Asphaltenes deposition may cause serious problems for crude oil production, treatment and refining. Additives that disperse or peptisize asphaltenes particles may prevent this deposition process, avoiding serious technological problems. The results presented in this paper show that the oil extracted from cashew nut shell and cardanol, one of its components, may be used as peptizing agent for asphaltenes. Furthermore, it is shown that dispersants display binding isotherms presenting typical co-operative association.

  15. Optimization of asphaltenes decantation equipment used in deasphalting process using computational fluid dynamics; Otimizacao de um equipamento para a decantacao de asfaltenos no processo de desasfaltacao usando fluidodinamica computacional

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    Arenales, Carlos Gregorio Dallos [Cooperativa de Trabajadores Profesionales Ltda (CTP), Santander (Colombia); Pimiento, Carlos Eduardo Lizcano; Quintero, Lina Constanza Navarro; Bueno, Jhon Ivan Penaloza [Empresa Colombiana de Petroleos S.A. (ICP/ECOPETROL), Santander (Colombia). Instituto Colombiano del Petroleo

    2012-07-01

    Heavy crude oil is a complex mixture of compounds that include saturates, aromatics, resins and asphaltenes. In this mixture, the asphaltenes are the heaviest components and can be unstable and precipitate. This kind of components causes troubles in transportation and processing. One way to reduce this problem is through technologies that use solvents, which under adequate operating conditions, separate the heavy fraction, improving the properties and conditions for transporting and refining of heavy crude oil. One of the processes used in the petroleum industry to improve the properties of heavy and residue oil is the solvent deasphalting. These processes have the disadvantage of work at elevated pressure and temperature. The Colombian Petroleum Company, ECOPETROL S.A. has developed its own process of upgrading heavy oils, ECODESF, a process that is designed to work at moderate conditions of pressure and temperature and that by using a paraffinic solvent, significantly improves the quality of heavy oil, reducing its viscosity and increasing API gravity. The present work develops a model of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for asphaltene settler, using microscopic balance. The response of this model allowed determine: the solids flow pattern distribution and accumulation points of heavy phase. This information is useful for understanding the fluid-dynamic behavior of the system. The model was validated using data from a pilot plant with capacity for treatment 1.25 BPD of heavy crude oil. This pilot plant is located in the Colombian Petroleum Institute of ECOPETROL (ICP), Piedecuesta city, Santander, Colombia. (author)

  16. Testing automation of projects in telecommunication domain

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    Alexey, Veselov; Vsevolod, Kotlyarov

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents an integrated approach to testing automation of telecommunication projects along with proposals to automation of conformance testing. The underlying idea is to benefit from combining formal verification and testing automation techniques in order to improve product quality.

  17. BCR- ringtest of some individual chlorobiphenyls in cleaned eel-fat extracts (3/1984): On column injection : summary of results

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    1984-01-01

    In the meeting on PCB analyses organized in Ulm, Donau, West Germany, 11-13 April 1984, where the second ringtest 2/1983 (Report 84.27 d.d. 1984- 03- 26) was discussed, it was decided to organize a next ringtest. In this ringtest identification and quantification of some individual chlorobiphenyls should he carried out in the extracts of eel-fat samples (cleaned-up by saponification) using splitless injection (part 1) and/or on-column injection after optimization (part 2). For the optimizatio...

  18. Automated Methods of Corrosion Measurements

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov

    . Mechanical control, recording, and data processing must therefore be automated to a high level of precision and reliability. These general techniques and the apparatus involved have been described extensively. The automated methods of such high-resolution microscopy coordinated with computerized...

  19. Opening up Library Automation Software

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    Breeding, Marshall

    2009-01-01

    Throughout the history of library automation, the author has seen a steady advancement toward more open systems. In the early days of library automation, when proprietary systems dominated, the need for standards was paramount since other means of inter-operability and data exchange weren't possible. Today's focus on Application Programming…

  20. Automation, Performance and International Competition

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    Kromann, Lene; Sørensen, Anders

    productivity growth than other firms. Moreover, automation improves the efficiency of all stages of the production process by reducing setup time, run time, and inspection time and increasing uptime and quantity produced per worker. The efficiency improvement varies by type of automation....

  1. Automated separation for heterogeneous immunoassays

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    Truchaud, A.; Barclay, J; Yvert, J. P.; Capolaghi, B.

    1991-01-01

    Beside general requirements for modern automated systems, immunoassay automation involves specific requirements as a separation step for heterogeneous immunoassays. Systems are designed according to the solid phase selected: dedicated or open robots for coated tubes and wells, systems nearly similar to chemistry analysers in the case of magnetic particles, and a completely original design for those using porous and film materials.

  2. Automated Test-Form Generation

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    van der Linden, Wim J.; Diao, Qi

    2011-01-01

    In automated test assembly (ATA), the methodology of mixed-integer programming is used to select test items from an item bank to meet the specifications for a desired test form and optimize its measurement accuracy. The same methodology can be used to automate the formatting of the set of selected items into the actual test form. Three different…

  3. Automated Methods Of Corrosion Measurements

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    Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Reeve, John Ch;

    1997-01-01

    The chapter describes the following automated measurements: Corrosion Measurements by Titration, Imaging Corrosion by Scanning Probe Microscopy, Critical Pitting Temperature and Application of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Permeation Cell.......The chapter describes the following automated measurements: Corrosion Measurements by Titration, Imaging Corrosion by Scanning Probe Microscopy, Critical Pitting Temperature and Application of the Electrochemical Hydrogen Permeation Cell....

  4. Automated Standard Hazard Tool

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    Stebler, Shane

    2014-01-01

    The current system used to generate standard hazard reports is considered cumbersome and iterative. This study defines a structure for this system's process in a clear, algorithmic way so that standard hazard reports and basic hazard analysis may be completed using a centralized, web-based computer application. To accomplish this task, a test server is used to host a prototype of the tool during development. The prototype is configured to easily integrate into NASA's current server systems with minimal alteration. Additionally, the tool is easily updated and provides NASA with a system that may grow to accommodate future requirements and possibly, different applications. Results of this project's success are outlined in positive, subjective reviews complete by payload providers and NASA Safety and Mission Assurance personnel. Ideally, this prototype will increase interest in the concept of standard hazard automation and lead to the full-scale production of a user-ready application.

  5. Expedition automated flow fluorometer

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    Krikun, V. A.; Salyuk, P. A.

    2015-11-01

    This paper describes an apparatus and operation of automated flow-through dual-channel fluorometer for studying the fluorescence of dissolved organic matter, and the fluorescence of phytoplankton cells with open and closed reaction centers in sea areas with oligotrophic and eutrophic water type. The step-by step excitation by two semiconductor lasers or two light-emitting diodes is realized in the current device. The excitation wavelengths are 405nm and 532nm in the default configuration. Excitation radiation of each light source can be changed with different durations, intensities and repetition rate. Registration of the fluorescence signal carried out by two photo-multipliers with different optical filters of 580-600 nm and 680-700 nm band pass diapasons. The configuration of excitation sources and spectral diapasons of registered radiation can be changed due to decided tasks.

  6. Robust automated knowledge capture.

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    Stevens-Adams, Susan Marie; Abbott, Robert G.; Forsythe, James Chris; Trumbo, Michael Christopher Stefan; Haass, Michael Joseph; Hendrickson, Stacey M. Langfitt

    2011-10-01

    This report summarizes research conducted through the Sandia National Laboratories Robust Automated Knowledge Capture Laboratory Directed Research and Development project. The objective of this project was to advance scientific understanding of the influence of individual cognitive attributes on decision making. The project has developed a quantitative model known as RumRunner that has proven effective in predicting the propensity of an individual to shift strategies on the basis of task and experience related parameters. Three separate studies are described which have validated the basic RumRunner model. This work provides a basis for better understanding human decision making in high consequent national security applications, and in particular, the individual characteristics that underlie adaptive thinking.

  7. Berkeley automated supernova search

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    The Berkeley automated supernova search employs a computer controlled 36-inch telescope and charge coupled device (CCD) detector to image 2500 galaxies per night. A dedicated minicomputer compares each galaxy image with stored reference data to identify supernovae in real time. The threshold for detection is m/sub v/ = 18.8. We plan to monitor roughly 500 galaxies in Virgo and closer every night, and an additional 6000 galaxies out to 70 Mpc on a three night cycle. This should yield very early detection of several supernovae per year for detailed study, and reliable premaximum detection of roughly 100 supernovae per year for statistical studies. The search should be operational in mid-1982

  8. Automated synthetic scene generation

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    Givens, Ryan N.

    Physics-based simulations generate synthetic imagery to help organizations anticipate system performance of proposed remote sensing systems. However, manually constructing synthetic scenes which are sophisticated enough to capture the complexity of real-world sites can take days to months depending on the size of the site and desired fidelity of the scene. This research, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate, successfully developed an automated approach to fuse high-resolution RGB imagery, lidar data, and hyperspectral imagery and then extract the necessary scene components. The method greatly reduces the time and money required to generate realistic synthetic scenes and developed new approaches to improve material identification using information from all three of the input datasets.

  9. Automated Electrostatics Environmental Chamber

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    Calle, Carlos; Lewis, Dean C.; Buchanan, Randy K.; Buchanan, Aubri

    2005-01-01

    The Mars Electrostatics Chamber (MEC) is an environmental chamber designed primarily to create atmospheric conditions like those at the surface of Mars to support experiments on electrostatic effects in the Martian environment. The chamber is equipped with a vacuum system, a cryogenic cooling system, an atmospheric-gas replenishing and analysis system, and a computerized control system that can be programmed by the user and that provides both automation and options for manual control. The control system can be set to maintain steady Mars-like conditions or to impose temperature and pressure variations of a Mars diurnal cycle at any given season and latitude. In addition, the MEC can be used in other areas of research because it can create steady or varying atmospheric conditions anywhere within the wide temperature, pressure, and composition ranges between the extremes of Mars-like and Earth-like conditions.

  10. [From automation to robotics].

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    1985-01-01

    The introduction of automation into the laboratory of biology seems to be unavoidable. But at which cost, if it is necessary to purchase a new machine for every new application? Fortunately the same image processing techniques, belonging to a theoretic framework called Mathematical Morphology, may be used in visual inspection tasks, both in car industry and in the biology lab. Since the market for industrial robotics applications is much higher than the market of biomedical applications, the price of image processing devices drops, and becomes sometimes less than the price of a complete microscope equipment. The power of the image processing methods of Mathematical Morphology will be illustrated by various examples, as automatic silver grain counting in autoradiography, determination of HLA genotype, electrophoretic gels analysis, automatic screening of cervical smears... Thus several heterogeneous applications may share the same image processing device, provided there is a separate and devoted work station for each of them. PMID:4091303

  11. Automating the multiprocessing environment

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    Arpasi, Dale J.

    1989-01-01

    An approach to automate the programming and operation of tree-structured networks of multiprocessor systems is discussed. A conceptual, knowledge-based operating environment is presented, and requirements for two major technology elements are identified as follows: (1) An intelligent information translator is proposed for implementating information transfer between dissimilar hardware and software, thereby enabling independent and modular development of future systems and promoting a language-independence of codes and information; (2) A resident system activity manager, which recognizes the systems capabilities and monitors the status of all systems within the environment, is proposed for integrating dissimilar systems into effective parallel processing resources to optimally meet user needs. Finally, key computational capabilities which must be provided before the environment can be realized are identified.

  12. 渣油加氢处理前后沥青质的微观结构研究%Microstructure characterization of asphaltenes from atmospheric residue before and after hydroprocessing

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    刘勇军

    2012-01-01

    采用元素分析、扫描电镜和透射电镜等分析方法对渣油原料中的沥青质、加氢处理后的沥青质及添加高芳香性轻循环油(LCO)反应后的沥青质进行对比研究.结果发现,渣油加氢处理前后沥青质的表面呈现出光滑表面和多孔的球形颗粒表面两种完全不同的形貌.渣油加氢前后沥青质的芳核堆砌表现出明显的长程无序局部有序的特征;加氢处理后的沥青质芳核片层易于堆砌,出现了多层堆砌、长程有序的类石墨结构.渣油中高芳香性LCO的添加有利于促进沥青质的加氢反应、改善沥青质芳核系统在渣油加氢处理过程中的聚集行为.%A comparative study on microstructure of asphaltenes obtained from an atmospheric residue (AR),a hydroprocessed oil of AR and a blending of AR with high aromatic light cycle oil (LCO) was carried out by element analysis,scanning and transmission electron microscopy ( SEM and TEM). Different asphaltene morphologies,smooth surface and porous surface with spherical particles,were observed by SEM before and after hydroprocessing. The results of TEM micrographs show that the aromatic ring stacking of original asphaltene is characterized of long range disorder and short range order,and multi-stacking graphite-like carbon with long range order is observed for hydroprocessed asphaltene. The addition of high aromatic LCO into AR enhances the hydrogenation reactions of asphaltene and inhibits the aggregation of aromatic ring systems under AR hydrotreating.

  13. 沥青质裂解反应选择性分析%Analysis for the Selectivity of Asphaltene Cracking Reactions

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    赵迎宪; 危凤; 李达

    2011-01-01

    A pentane-insoluble asphaltene was processed by thermal cracking, thermal hydrocracking and catalytic hydrocracking over NiMo/γ-Al2O3 at 703 K, respectively. Analysis of selectivity showed that at the same level of asphaltene conversion and according to the selectivity of liquid products from high to low the three cracking reactions were in the order of catalytic hydrocracking, thermal hydrocracking, thermal cracking, while according to the selectivity of coke from high to low, the three cracking reactions were in the opposite order. In thermal cracking, a large amount of sulfur converted from the feed into coke, and in thermal hydrocracking, molecular hydrogen played a certain degree role in inhibiting formation of coke with high sulfur content, and in catalytic hydrocracking the catalyst effectively activated hydrogen molecules to hydrogenate the reactant and middle products, leading to a significant reduction of coke formation and remarkable improvement of liquid stability, selectivity and quality (lower average relative molecular mass and sulfur content).%在703K下,考察了1种正戊烷不溶的沥青质的热裂解、临氢热裂解和NiMo/y-Al2O3存在时的临氢催化裂解反应.结果表明,在相同的反应物转化率水平下,3种裂解反应按液体产物选择性从大到小的排列顺序为临氢催化裂解、临氢热裂解、热裂解反应,而按焦炭的选择性的排列顺序则相反.在热裂解反应中,沥青质中大量的硫被转化生成高硫焦炭;在临氢热裂解反应中,氢气分子对高硫焦炭的生成只起到有限的抑制作用;在临氢催化裂解反应中,催化剂充分激活氢气分子,使其有效地对沥青质及中间产物发生“加氢”(氢化)作用,显著地抑制了焦炭的生成,提高了液体产物的稳定性、选择性和品质(低相对分子质量和低硫含量).

  14. Automating the radiographic NDT process

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    Automation, the removal of the human element in inspection, has not been generally applied to film radiographic NDT. The justication for automating is not only productivity but also reliability of results. Film remains in the automated system of the future because of its extremely high image content, approximately 8 x 109 bits per 14 x 17. The equivalent to 2200 computer floppy discs. Parts handling systems and robotics applied for manufacturing and some NDT modalities, should now be applied to film radiographic NDT systems. Automatic film handling can be achieved with the daylight NDT film handling system. Automatic film processing is becoming the standard in industry and can be coupled to the daylight system. Robots offer the opportunity to automate fully the exposure step. Finally, computer aided interpretation appears on the horizon. A unit which laser scans a 14 x 17 (inch) film in 6 - 8 seconds can digitize film information for further manipulation and possible automatic interrogations (computer aided interpretation). The system called FDRS (for Film Digital Radiography System) is moving toward 50 micron (*approx* 16 lines/mm) resolution. This is believed to meet the need of the majority of image content needs. We expect the automated system to appear first in parts (modules) as certain operations are automated. The future will see it all come together in an automated film radiographic NDT system (author)

  15. Automating the radiographic ndt process

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    Automation, the removal of the human element in inspection, has not been generally applied to film radiographic NDT. The justification for automating is not only productivity but also reliability of results. Film remains in the automated system of the future because of its extremely high image content, approximately 8 x 109 bits per 14 x 17. This is equivalent to 2200 computer floppy discs. Parts handling systems and robotics applied for manufacturing and some NDT modalities, should now be applied to film radiographic NDT systems. Automatic film handling can be achieved with the daylight NDT film handling system. Automatic film processing is becoming the standard in industry and can be coupled to the daylight system. Robots offer the opportunity to automate fully the exposure step. Finally, computer aided interpretation appears on the horizon. A unit which laser scans a 14 x 17 inch film in 6 - 8 seconds can digitize film information for further manipulation and possible automatic interrogations (computer aided interpretation). The system called FDRS (for Film Digital Radiography System) is moving toward 50 micron (16 lines/mm) resolution. This is believed to meet the need of the majority of image content needs. We expect the automated system to appear first in separate parts (modules) as certain operations are automated. The future will see it all come together in an automated film radiographic NDT system

  16. Automated Fluid Interface System (AFIS)

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    1990-01-01

    Automated remote fluid servicing will be necessary for future space missions, as future satellites will be designed for on-orbit consumable replenishment. In order to develop an on-orbit remote servicing capability, a standard interface between a tanker and the receiving satellite is needed. The objective of the Automated Fluid Interface System (AFIS) program is to design, fabricate, and functionally demonstrate compliance with all design requirements for an automated fluid interface system. A description and documentation of the Fairchild AFIS design is provided.

  17. Instruments for radiation measurement in life sciences (5). Development of imaging technology in life sciences. 2. State-of-the-art automated methods for radiosynthesis of positron-emitting compounds

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    It introduces the automated method for radiosynthesis of positron-emitting compounds with 11C, 13N, 15O and 18F using diagnosis by the positron emission tomography (PET). The on-column radiosynthesis using 11CH3I and 18F-produced [11C] choline, [11C] methionine and 2-deoxy-2-[18F] fluoro-D-glucose. The loop labeled method, quick synthesis using microwave heating, and automation is stated. 13NH3 synthesis system, synthesis route of 11C-labeled precursors, 11CH3I gas synthesis method, a miniature module for synthesis of L-[11C] methionine/[11C] choline, three resins using on-column labeled 18F compound, three examples of chemical reactions for on-column synthesis, an automated synthesis device for [18F]FDG: TRACERlabMXFDG, flow route of [11C] methylation by loop labeled method, examples of PET radiopharmaceutical synthesis reactions by microwave heating, and change of He flow rate with the elapsed time are illustrated. (S.Y.)

  18. National Automated Conformity Inspection Process

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    Department of Transportation — The National Automated Conformity Inspection Process (NACIP) Application is intended to expedite the workflow process as it pertains to the FAA Form 81 0-10 Request...

  19. Automation of antimicrobial activity screening.

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    Forry, Samuel P; Madonna, Megan C; López-Pérez, Daneli; Lin, Nancy J; Pasco, Madeleine D

    2016-03-01

    Manual and automated methods were compared for routine screening of compounds for antimicrobial activity. Automation generally accelerated assays and required less user intervention while producing comparable results. Automated protocols were validated for planktonic, biofilm, and agar cultures of the oral microbe Streptococcus mutans that is commonly associated with tooth decay. Toxicity assays for the known antimicrobial compound cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) were validated against planktonic, biofilm forming, and 24 h biofilm culture conditions, and several commonly reported toxicity/antimicrobial activity measures were evaluated: the 50 % inhibitory concentration (IC50), the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), and the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC). Using automated methods, three halide salts of cetylpyridinium (CPC, CPB, CPI) were rapidly screened with no detectable effect of the counter ion on antimicrobial activity. PMID:26970766

  20. Automating the Purple Crow Lidar

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    Hicks, Shannon; Sica, R. J.; Argall, P. S.

    2016-06-01

    The Purple Crow LiDAR (PCL) was built to measure short and long term coupling between the lower, middle, and upper atmosphere. The initial component of my MSc. project is to automate two key elements of the PCL: the rotating liquid mercury mirror and the Zaber alignment mirror. In addition to the automation of the Zaber alignment mirror, it is also necessary to describe the mirror's movement and positioning errors. Its properties will then be added into the alignment software. Once the alignment software has been completed, we will compare the new alignment method with the previous manual procedure. This is the first among several projects that will culminate in a fully-automated lidar. Eventually, we will be able to work remotely, thereby increasing the amount of data we collect. This paper will describe the motivation for automation, the methods we propose, preliminary results for the Zaber alignment error analysis, and future work.

  1. Fully automated parallel oligonucleotide synthesizer

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    Lebl, M.; Burger, Ch.; Ellman, B.; Heiner, D.; Ibrahim, G.; Jones, A.; Nibbe, M.; Thompson, J.; Mudra, Petr; Pokorný, Vít; Poncar, Pavel; Ženíšek, Karel

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 66, č. 8 (2001), s. 1299-1314. ISSN 0010-0765 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4055905 Keywords : automated oligonucleotide synthesizer Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 0.778, year: 2001

  2. Home automation with Intel Galileo

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    Dundar, Onur

    2015-01-01

    This book is for anyone who wants to learn Intel Galileo for home automation and cross-platform software development. No knowledge of programming with Intel Galileo is assumed, but knowledge of the C programming language is essential.

  3. Towards automated traceability maintenance.

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    Mäder, Patrick; Gotel, Orlena

    2012-10-01

    Traceability relations support stakeholders in understanding the dependencies between artifacts created during the development of a software system and thus enable many development-related tasks. To ensure that the anticipated benefits of these tasks can be realized, it is necessary to have an up-to-date set of traceability relations between the established artifacts. This goal requires the creation of traceability relations during the initial development process. Furthermore, the goal also requires the maintenance of traceability relations over time as the software system evolves in order to prevent their decay. In this paper, an approach is discussed that supports the (semi-) automated update of traceability relations between requirements, analysis and design models of software systems expressed in the UML. This is made possible by analyzing change events that have been captured while working within a third-party UML modeling tool. Within the captured flow of events, development activities comprised of several events are recognized. These are matched with predefined rules that direct the update of impacted traceability relations. The overall approach is supported by a prototype tool and empirical results on the effectiveness of tool-supported traceability maintenance are provided. PMID:23471308

  4. Automated document analysis system

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    Black, Jeffrey D.; Dietzel, Robert; Hartnett, David

    2002-08-01

    A software application has been developed to aid law enforcement and government intelligence gathering organizations in the translation and analysis of foreign language documents with potential intelligence content. The Automated Document Analysis System (ADAS) provides the capability to search (data or text mine) documents in English and the most commonly encountered foreign languages, including Arabic. Hardcopy documents are scanned by a high-speed scanner and are optical character recognized (OCR). Documents obtained in an electronic format bypass the OCR and are copied directly to a working directory. For translation and analysis, the script and the language of the documents are first determined. If the document is not in English, the document is machine translated to English. The documents are searched for keywords and key features in either the native language or translated English. The user can quickly review the document to determine if it has any intelligence content and whether detailed, verbatim human translation is required. The documents and document content are cataloged for potential future analysis. The system allows non-linguists to evaluate foreign language documents and allows for the quick analysis of a large quantity of documents. All document processing can be performed manually or automatically on a single document or a batch of documents.

  5. Automated Supernova Discovery (Abstract)

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    Post, R. S.

    2015-12-01

    (Abstract only) We are developing a system of robotic telescopes for automatic recognition of Supernovas as well as other transient events in collaboration with the Puckett Supernova Search Team. At the SAS2014 meeting, the discovery program, SNARE, was first described. Since then, it has been continuously improved to handle searches under a wide variety of atmospheric conditions. Currently, two telescopes are used to build a reference library while searching for PSN with a partial library. Since data is taken every night without clouds, we must deal with varying atmospheric and high background illumination from the moon. Software is configured to identify a PSN, reshoot for verification with options to change the run plan to acquire photometric or spectrographic data. The telescopes are 24-inch CDK24, with Alta U230 cameras, one in CA and one in NM. Images and run plans are sent between sites so the CA telescope can search while photometry is done in NM. Our goal is to find bright PSNs with magnitude 17.5 or less which is the limit of our planned spectroscopy. We present results from our first automated PSN discoveries and plans for PSN data acquisition.

  6. Automated Stellar Spectral Classification

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    Bailer-Jones, Coryn; Irwin, Mike; von Hippel, Ted

    1996-05-01

    Stellar classification has long been a useful tool for probing important astrophysical phenomena. Beyond simply categorizing stars it yields fundamental stellar parameters, acts as a probe of galactic abundance distributions and gives a first foothold on the cosmological distance ladder. The MK system in particular has survived on account of its robustness to changes in the calibrations of the physical parameters. Nonetheless, if stellar classification is to continue as a useful tool in stellar surveys, then it must adapt to keep pace with the large amounts of data which will be acquired as magnitude limits are pushed ever deeper. We are working on a project to automate the multi-parameter classification of visual stellar spectra, using artificial neural networks and other techniques. Our techniques have been developed with 10,000 spectra (B Analysis as a front-end compression of the data. Our continuing work also looks at the application of synthetic spectra to the direct classification of spectra in terms of the physical parameters of Teff, log g, and [Fe/H].

  7. Genetic circuit design automation.

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    Nielsen, Alec A K; Der, Bryan S; Shin, Jonghyeon; Vaidyanathan, Prashant; Paralanov, Vanya; Strychalski, Elizabeth A; Ross, David; Densmore, Douglas; Voigt, Christopher A

    2016-04-01

    Computation can be performed in living cells by DNA-encoded circuits that process sensory information and control biological functions. Their construction is time-intensive, requiring manual part assembly and balancing of regulator expression. We describe a design environment, Cello, in which a user writes Verilog code that is automatically transformed into a DNA sequence. Algorithms build a circuit diagram, assign and connect gates, and simulate performance. Reliable circuit design requires the insulation of gates from genetic context, so that they function identically when used in different circuits. We used Cello to design 60 circuits forEscherichia coli(880,000 base pairs of DNA), for which each DNA sequence was built as predicted by the software with no additional tuning. Of these, 45 circuits performed correctly in every output state (up to 10 regulators and 55 parts), and across all circuits 92% of the output states functioned as predicted. Design automation simplifies the incorporation of genetic circuits into biotechnology projects that require decision-making, control, sensing, or spatial organization. PMID:27034378

  8. Virtual Machine in Automation Projects

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    Xing, Xiaoyuan

    2010-01-01

    Virtual machine, as an engineering tool, has recently been introduced into automation projects in Tetra Pak Processing System AB. The goal of this paper is to examine how to better utilize virtual machine for the automation projects. This paper designs different project scenarios using virtual machine. It analyzes installability, performance and stability of virtual machine from the test results. Technical solutions concerning virtual machine are discussed such as the conversion with physical...

  9. 2015 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference

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    Li, Hongbo

    2015-01-01

    Proceedings of the 2015 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference presents selected research papers from the CIAC’15, held in Fuzhou, China. The topics include adaptive control, fuzzy control, neural network based control, knowledge based control, hybrid intelligent control, learning control, evolutionary mechanism based control, multi-sensor integration, failure diagnosis, reconfigurable control, etc. Engineers and researchers from academia, industry and the government can gain valuable insights into interdisciplinary solutions in the field of intelligent automation.

  10. Aprendizaje automático

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    Moreno, Antonio

    2006-01-01

    En este libro se introducen los conceptos básicos en una de las ramas más estudiadas actualmente dentro de la inteligencia artificial: el aprendizaje automático. Se estudian temas como el aprendizaje inductivo, el razonamiento analógico, el aprendizaje basado en explicaciones, las redes neuronales, los algoritmos genéticos, el razonamiento basado en casos o las aproximaciones teóricas al aprendizaje automático.

  11. Automation of cell line development

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    Lindgren, Kristina; Salmén, Andréa; Lundgren, Mats; Bylund, Lovisa; Ebler, Åsa; Fäldt, Eric; Sörvik, Lina; Fenge, Christel; Skoging-Nyberg, Ulrica

    2009-01-01

    An automated platform for development of high producing cell lines for biopharmaceutical production has been established in order to increase throughput and reduce development costs. The concept is based on the Cello robotic system (The Automation Partnership) and covers screening for colonies and expansion of static cultures. In this study, the glutamine synthetase expression system (Lonza Biologics) for production of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies in Chinese hamster ovary cells was used ...

  12. Quantitative extraction of methylgermanium species at trace levels and determination by on-column capillary gas chromatography with flame photometric detector

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    1998-01-01

    A solvent extraction procedure for the quantitativeextraction of trace levels of methylgermanium species as theirchloride complex has been developed and the extract was determinedby an on-column capillary gas chromatography with a lab-modifiedflame phorometric detector(FPD) using quartz surface-inducedgermanium emission after pentylation with Grignard reaction. Theextracted percentages for TMGe, DMGe and MMGe in a 100-ml 9mol/LHCl aqueous solution by a single extraction with 1 ml hexane are86.6%, 87.4% and 96.2%, respectively. The precision for overallprocedure range from 3.9% to 7.5%. The extraction was found to beindependent of the initial concentration of methylgermanium speciesin the aqueous phase, which typically varied from 0.1 to 10 μg. This method is suitable for most types of environmental samples and, are superior to all hydride generation coupled spectrometric andspectrophotometric methods in terms of selectivity and toleranceability to interference.

  13. Automated ship image acquisition

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    Hammond, T. R.

    2008-04-01

    The experimental Automated Ship Image Acquisition System (ASIA) collects high-resolution ship photographs at a shore-based laboratory, with minimal human intervention. The system uses Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to direct a high-resolution SLR digital camera to ship targets and to identify the ships in the resulting photographs. The photo database is then searchable using the rich data fields from AIS, which include the name, type, call sign and various vessel identification numbers. The high-resolution images from ASIA are intended to provide information that can corroborate AIS reports (e.g., extract identification from the name on the hull) or provide information that has been omitted from the AIS reports (e.g., missing or incorrect hull dimensions, cargo, etc). Once assembled into a searchable image database, the images can be used for a wide variety of marine safety and security applications. This paper documents the author's experience with the practicality of composing photographs based on AIS reports alone, describing a number of ways in which this can go wrong, from errors in the AIS reports, to fixed and mobile obstructions and multiple ships in the shot. The frequency with which various errors occurred in automatically-composed photographs collected in Halifax harbour in winter time were determined by manual examination of the images. 45% of the images examined were considered of a quality sufficient to read identification markings, numbers and text off the entire ship. One of the main technical challenges for ASIA lies in automatically differentiating good and bad photographs, so that few bad ones would be shown to human users. Initial attempts at automatic photo rating showed 75% agreement with manual assessments.

  14. AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF BREAKERS

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    E. M. Farhadzade

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Breakers relate to Electric Power Systems’ equipment, the reliability of which influence, to a great extend, on reliability of Power Plants. In particular, the breakers determine structural reliability of switchgear circuit of Power Stations and network substations. Failure in short-circuit switching off by breaker with further failure of reservation unit or system of long-distance protection lead quite often to system emergency.The problem of breakers’ reliability improvement and the reduction of maintenance expenses is becoming ever more urgent in conditions of systematic increasing of maintenance cost and repair expenses of oil circuit and air-break circuit breakers. The main direction of this problem solution is the improvement of diagnostic control methods and organization of on-condition maintenance. But this demands to use a great amount of statistic information about nameplate data of breakers and their operating conditions, about their failures, testing and repairing, advanced developments (software of computer technologies and specific automated information system (AIS.The new AIS with AISV logo was developed at the department: “Reliability of power equipment” of AzRDSI of Energy. The main features of AISV are:· to provide the security and data base accuracy;· to carry out systematic control of breakers conformity with operating conditions;· to make the estimation of individual  reliability’s value and characteristics of its changing for given combination of characteristics variety;· to provide personnel, who is responsible for technical maintenance of breakers, not only with information but also with methodological support, including recommendations for the given problem solving  and advanced methods for its realization.

  15. Automated Solid-Phase Radiofluorination Using Polymer-Supported Phosphazenes

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    Bente Mathiessen

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The polymer supported phosphazene bases PS-P2tBu and the novel PS-P2PEG allowed for efficient extraction of [18F]F− from proton irradiated [18O]H2O and subsequent radiofluorination of a broad range of substrates directly on the resin. The highest radiochemical yields were obtained with aliphatic sulfonates (69% and bromides (42%; the total radiosynthesis time was 35–45 min. The multivariate analysis showed that the radiochemical yields and purities were controlled by the resin load, reaction temperature, and column packing effects. The resins could be reused several times with the same or different substrates. The fully automated on-column radiofluorination methodology was applied to the radiosynthesis of the important PET radiotracers [18F]FLT and [18F]FDG. The latter was produced with 40% yield on a 120 GBq scale and passed GMP-regulated quality control required for commercial production of [18F]FDG. The combination of compact form factor, simplicity of [18F]F− recovery and processing, and column reusability can make solid phase radiofluorination an attractive radiochemistry platform for the emerging dose-on-demand instruments for bedside production of PET radiotracers.

  16. Programmable automation systems in PSA

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    The Finnish safety authority (STUK) requires plant specific PSAs, and quantitative safety goals are set on different levels. The reliability analysis is more problematic when critical safety functions are realized by applying programmable automation systems. Conventional modeling techniques do not necessarily apply to the analysis of these systems, and the quantification seems to be impossible. However, it is important to analyze contribution of programmable automation systems to the plant safety and PSA is the only method with system analytical view over the safety. This report discusses the applicability of PSA methodology (fault tree analyses, failure modes and effects analyses) in the analysis of programmable automation systems. The problem of how to decompose programmable automation systems for reliability modeling purposes is discussed. In addition to the qualitative analysis and structural reliability modeling issues, the possibility to evaluate failure probabilities of programmable automation systems is considered. One solution to the quantification issue is the use of expert judgements, and the principles to apply expert judgements is discussed in the paper. A framework to apply expert judgements is outlined. Further, the impacts of subjective estimates on the interpretation of PSA results are discussed. (orig.) (13 refs.)

  17. International Conference Automation : Challenges in Automation, Robotics and Measurement Techniques

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    Zieliński, Cezary; Kaliczyńska, Małgorzata

    2016-01-01

    This book presents the set of papers accepted for presentation at the International Conference Automation, held in Warsaw, 2-4 March of 2016. It presents the research results presented by top experts in the fields of industrial automation, control, robotics and measurement techniques. Each chapter presents a thorough analysis of a specific technical problem which is usually followed by numerical analysis, simulation, and description of results of implementation of the solution of a real world problem. The presented theoretical results, practical solutions and guidelines will be valuable for both researchers working in the area of engineering sciences and for practitioners solving industrial problems. .

  18. Computer automation and artificial intelligence

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    Rapid advances in computing, resulting from micro chip revolution has increased its application manifold particularly for computer automation. Yet the level of automation available, has limited its application to more complex and dynamic systems which require an intelligent computer control. In this paper a review of Artificial intelligence techniques used to augment automation is presented. The current sequential processing approach usually adopted in artificial intelligence has succeeded in emulating the symbolic processing part of intelligence, but the processing power required to get more elusive aspects of intelligence leads towards parallel processing. An overview of parallel processing with emphasis on transputer is also provided. A Fuzzy knowledge based controller for amination drug delivery in muscle relaxant anesthesia on transputer is described. 4 figs. (author)

  19. Manual versus automated blood sampling

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    Teilmann, A C; Kalliokoski, Otto; Sørensen, Dorte B;

    2014-01-01

    corticosterone metabolites, and expressed more anxious behavior than did the mice of the other groups. Plasma corticosterone levels of mice subjected to tail blood sampling were also elevated, although less significantly. Mice subjected to automated blood sampling were less affected with regard to the parameters......Facial vein (cheek blood) and caudal vein (tail blood) phlebotomy are two commonly used techniques for obtaining blood samples from laboratory mice, while automated blood sampling through a permanent catheter is a relatively new technique in mice. The present study compared physiological parameters......, glucocorticoid dynamics as well as the behavior of mice sampled repeatedly for 24 h by cheek blood, tail blood or automated blood sampling from the carotid artery. Mice subjected to cheek blood sampling lost significantly more body weight, had elevated levels of plasma corticosterone, excreted more fecal...

  20. Unmet needs in automated cytogenetics

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    Though some, at least, of the goals of automation systems for analysis of clinical cytogenetic material seem either at hand, like automatic metaphase finding, or at least likely to be met in the near future, like operator-assisted semi-automatic analysis of banded metaphase spreads, important areas of cytogenetic analsis, most importantly the determination of chromosomal aberration frequencies in populations of cells or in samples of cells from people exposed to environmental mutagens, await practical methods of automation. Important as are the clinical diagnostic applications, it is apparent that increasing concern over the clastogenic effects of the multitude of potentially clastogenic chemical and physical agents to which human populations are being increasingly exposed, and the resulting emergence of extensive cytogenetic testing protocols, makes the development of automation not only economically feasible but almost mandatory. The nature of the problems involved, and acutal of possible approaches to their solution, are discussed

  1. Network based automation for SMEs

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    Shahabeddini Parizi, Mohammad; Radziwon, Agnieszka

    2016-01-01

    The implementation of appropriate automation concepts which increase productivity in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) requires a lot of effort, due to their limited resources. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for small firms to open up for the external sources of knowledge, which...... could be obtained through network interaction. Based on two extreme cases of SMEs representing low-tech industry and an in-depth analysis of their manufacturing facilities this paper presents how collaboration between firms embedded in a regional ecosystem could result in implementation of new...... other members of the same regional ecosystem. The findings highlight two main automation related areas where manufacturing SMEs could leverage on external sources on knowledge – these are assistance in defining automation problem as well as appropriate solution and provider selection. Consequently, this...

  2. Design automation for integrated circuits

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    Newell, S. B.; de Geus, A. J.; Rohrer, R. A.

    1983-04-01

    Consideration is given to the development status of the use of computers in automated integrated circuit design methods, which promise the minimization of both design time and design error incidence. Integrated circuit design encompasses two major tasks: error specification, in which the goal is a logic diagram that accurately represents the desired electronic function, and physical specification, in which the goal is an exact description of the physical locations of all circuit elements and their interconnections on the chip. Design automation not only saves money by reducing design and fabrication time, but also helps the community of systems and logic designers to work more innovatively. Attention is given to established design automation methodologies, programmable logic arrays, and design shortcuts.

  3. Automated synthesis of sialylated oligosaccharides

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    Davide Esposito

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Sialic acid-containing glycans play a major role in cell-surface interactions with external partners such as cells and viruses. Straightforward access to sialosides is required in order to study their biological functions on a molecular level. Here, automated oligosaccharide synthesis was used to facilitate the preparation of this class of biomolecules. Our strategy relies on novel sialyl α-(2→3 and α-(2→6 galactosyl imidates, which, used in combination with the automated platform, provided rapid access to a small library of conjugation-ready sialosides of biological relevance.

  4. Agile Data: Automating database refactorings

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    Bruno Xavier

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses an automated approach to database change management throughout the companies’ development workflow. By using automated tools, companies can avoid common issues related to manual database deployments. This work was motivated by analyzing usual problems within organizations, mostly originated from manual interventions that may result in systems disruptions and production incidents. In addition to practices of continuous integration and continuous delivery, the current paper describes a case study in which a suggested pipeline is implemented in order to reduce the deployment times and decrease incidents due to ineffective data controlling.

  5. Automation system for experiment control

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    An automated multi-level system designed for acquisition, accumulation, sorting and processing of information obtained in the course of an experiment is discussed. Intelligent terminals are established at each nuclear installation, which are interconnected with measuring equipment of the corresponding installation. The intelligent terminals operating in the interactive real-time mode permit to use through data links computing facilities and storage of the processing centre. On the top level of the automated system the third generation M4030 computer with 256 Kbyte internal memory is employed. The intelligent terminals are created on the basis of the Ryad-1010 and M-400 computers

  6. Status of automated tensile machine

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    The objective of this work is to develop the Monbusho Automated Tensile machine (MATRON) and install and operate it at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL). The machine is designed to provide rapid, automated testing of irradiated miniature tensile specimen in a vacuum at elevated temperatures. The MATRON was successfully developed and shipped to PNL for installation in a hot facility. The original installation plan was modified to simplify the current and subsequent installations, and the installation was completed. Detailed procedures governing the operation of the system were written. Testing on irradiated miniature tensile specimen should begin in the near future

  7. Design automation, languages, and simulations

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    Chen, Wai-Kai

    2003-01-01

    As the complexity of electronic systems continues to increase, the micro-electronic industry depends upon automation and simulations to adapt quickly to market changes and new technologies. Compiled from chapters contributed to CRC's best-selling VLSI Handbook, this volume covers a broad range of topics relevant to design automation, languages, and simulations. These include a collaborative framework that coordinates distributed design activities through the Internet, an overview of the Verilog hardware description language and its use in a design environment, hardware/software co-design, syst

  8. Automated Podcasting System for Universities

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    Ypatios Grigoriadis

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results achieved at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz in the field of automating the process of recording and publishing university lectures in a very new way. It outlines cornerstones of the development and integration of an automated recording system such as the lecture hall setup, the recording hardware and software architecture as well as the development of a text-based search for the final product by method of indexing video podcasts. Furthermore, the paper takes a look at didactical aspects, evaluations done in this context and future outlook.

  9. 2013 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference

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    Deng, Zhidong

    2013-01-01

    Proceedings of the 2013 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference presents selected research papers from the CIAC’13, held in Yangzhou, China. The topics include e.g. adaptive control, fuzzy control, neural network based control, knowledge based control, hybrid intelligent control, learning control, evolutionary mechanism based control, multi-sensor integration, failure diagnosis, and reconfigurable control. Engineers and researchers from academia, industry, and government can gain an inside view of new solutions combining ideas from multiple disciplines in the field of intelligent automation.   Zengqi Sun and Zhidong Deng are professors at the Department of Computer Science, Tsinghua University, China.

  10. 2013 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference

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    Deng, Zhidong

    2013-01-01

    Proceedings of the 2013 Chinese Intelligent Automation Conference presents selected research papers from the CIAC’13, held in Yangzhou, China. The topics include e.g. adaptive control, fuzzy control, neural network based control, knowledge based control, hybrid intelligent control, learning control, evolutionary mechanism based control, multi-sensor integration, failure diagnosis, and reconfigurable control. Engineers and researchers from academia, industry, and government can gain an inside view of new solutions combining ideas from multiple disciplines in the field of intelligent automation. Zengqi Sun and Zhidong Deng are professors at the Department of Computer Science, Tsinghua University, China.

  11. Determination of Lignin in Marine Sediment Using Alkaline Cupric Oxide Oxidation-Solid Phase Extraction-on-Column Derivatization-Gas Chromatography

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    ZHANG Ting; LI Xianguo; SUN Shuwen; LAN Haiqing; DU Peirui; WANG Min

    2013-01-01

    Lignin serves as one of the most important molecular fossils for tracing Terrestrial Organic Matters (TOMs) in marine environment.Extraction and derivatization of lignin oxidation products (LOPs) are crucial for accurate quantification of lignin in marine sediment.Here we report a modification of the conventional alkaline cupric oxide (CuO) oxidation method,the modification consisting in a solid phase extraction (SPE) and a novel on-column derivatization being employed for better efficiency and reproducibility.In spiking blanks,recoveries with SPE for the LOPs are between 77.84% and 99.57% with relative standard deviations (RSDs) ranging from 0.57% to 8.04% (n=3),while those with traditional liquid-liquid extraction (LLE) are from 44.52% to 86.16% with RSDs being from 0.53% to 13.14% (n=3).Moreover,the reproducibility is greatly improved with SPE,with less solvent consumption and shorter processing time.The average efficiency of on-column derivatization for LOPs is 100.8%±0.68%,which is significantly higher than those of in-vial or in-syringe derivatization,thus resulting in still less consumption of derivatizing reagents.Lignin in the surface sediments sampled from the south of Yangtze River estuary,China,was determined with the established method.Recoveries of 72.66% to 85.99% with standard deviation less than 0.01mg/10g dry weight are obtained except for p-hydroxybenzaldehyde.The lignin content ∑8 (produced from 10g dry sediment) in the research area is between 0.231 and 0.587mg.S/V and C/V ratios (1.028±0.433 and 0.192 ±0.066,respectively) indicate that the TOMs in this region are originated from a mixture of woody and nonwoody angiosperm plants; the high values of (Ad/A1)v suggest that the TOMs has been highly degraded.

  12. Toward designing for trust in database automation

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    Appropriate reliance on system automation is imperative for safe and productive work, especially in safety-critical systems. It is unsafe to rely on automation beyond its designed use; conversely, it can be both unproductive and unsafe to manually perform tasks that are better relegated to automated tools. Operator trust in automated tools mediates reliance, and trust appears to affect how operators use technology. As automated agents become more complex, the question of trust in automation is increasingly important. In order to achieve proper use of automation, we must engender an appropriate degree of trust that is sensitive to changes in operating functions and context. In this paper, we present research concerning trust in automation in the domain of automated tools for relational databases. Lee and See have provided models of trust in automation. One model developed by Lee and See identifies three key categories of information about the automation that lie along a continuum of attributional abstraction. Purpose-, process-and performance-related information serve, both individually and through inferences between them, to describe automation in such a way as to engender r properly-calibrated trust. Thus, one can look at information from different levels of attributional abstraction as a general requirements analysis for information key to appropriate trust in automation. The model of information necessary to engender appropriate trust in automation [1] is a general one. Although it describes categories of information, it does not provide insight on how to determine the specific information elements required for a given automated tool. We have applied the Abstraction Hierarchy (AH) to this problem in the domain of relational databases. The AH serves as a formal description of the automation at several levels of abstraction, ranging from a very abstract purpose-oriented description to a more concrete description of the resources involved in the automated process

  13. Automated Ply Inspection (API) for AFP Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Automated Ply Inspection (API) system autonomously inspects layups created by high speed automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. API comprises a high accuracy...

  14. Laboratory automation and LIMS in forensics

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    Stangegaard, Michael; Hansen, Anders Johannes; Morling, Niels

    2013-01-01

    Implementation of laboratory automation and LIMS in a forensic laboratory enables the laboratory, to standardize sample processing. Automated liquid handlers can increase throughput and eliminate manual repetitive pipetting operations, known to result in occupational injuries to the technical staff...

  15. Towards Automated System Synthesis Using SCIDUCTION

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    2011-01-01

    Automated synthesis of systems that are correct by construction has been a long-standing goal of computer science. Synthesis is a creative task and requires human intuition and skill. Its complete automation is currently beyond the capacity of programs that do automated reasoning. However, there is a pressing need for tools and techniques that can automate non-intuitive and error-prone synthesis tasks. This thesis proposes a novel synthesis approach to solve such tasks in the synthesis of pro...

  16. GUI test automation for Qt application

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    2015-01-01

    GUI test automation is a popular and interesting subject in the testing industry. Many companies plan to start test automation projects in order to implement efficient, less expensive software testing. However, there are challenges for the testing team who lack experience performing GUI tests automation. Many GUI test automation projects have ended in failure due to mistakes made during the early stages of the project. The major work of this thesis is to find a solution to the challenges of e...

  17. Automated Integrated Analog Filter Design Issues

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    2015-01-01

    An analysis of modern automated integrated analog circuits design methods and their use in integrated filter design is done. Current modern analog circuits automated tools are based on optimization algorithms and/or new circuit generation methods. Most automated integrated filter design methods are only suited to gmC and switched current filter topologies. Here, an algorithm for an active RC integrated filter design is proposed, that can be used in automated filter designs. The algorithm is t...

  18. Ultrasensitive analysis of glucose in serum by capillary electrophoresis with LIF detection in combination with signal amplification strategies and on-column enzymatic assay.

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    Guan, Yueqing; Zhou, Guobin

    2016-03-01

    A highly specific and sensitive method for glucose quantification in human serum samples based on on-column enzymatic assay is described. In this method, the head of the capillary was used as a nanoliter-microreactor, the diluted samples spiked with a novel fluorogenic reagent named 2-[6-(4'-amino) phenoxy-3H-xanthen-3-on-9-yl] benzoic acid (APF), and the mixed enzyme solutions of glucose oxidase (GOx) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), were individually injected into the capillary. Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) generated in situ by catalytic reaction between GOx and glucose, activates APF in the presence of HRP to form a highly fluorescent product, which was electrophoretically separated from the unreacted APF and detected by the LIF detector. The proposed method allowed the determination of glucose down to 10 nM in real samples, with RSD values lower than 3.5%, which also has the potential for measurements of multicomponents in many other systems including measurement of α-glucosidase activity and screening for its inhibitors. PMID:26668076

  19. Automated activation-analysis system

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    An automated delayed neutron counting and instrumental neutron activation analysis system has been developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Omega West Reactor (OWR) to analyze samples for uranium and 31 additional elements with a maximum throughput of 400 samples per day. The system and its mode of operation for a large reconnaissance survey are described

  20. Automated Analysis of Infinite Scenarios

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    The security of a network protocol crucially relies on the scenario in which the protocol is deployed. This paper describes syntactic constructs for modelling network scenarios and presents an automated analysis tool, which can guarantee that security properties hold in all of the (infinitely many...

  1. Automated visual inspection of textile

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    Jensen, Rune Fisker; Carstensen, Jens Michael

    A method for automated inspection of two types of textile is presented. The goal of the inspection is to determine defects in the textile. A prototype is constructed for simulating the textile production line. At the prototype the images of the textile are acquired by a high speed line scan camera...

  2. Automation of Space Inventory Management

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    Fink, Patrick W.; Ngo, Phong; Wagner, Raymond; Barton, Richard; Gifford, Kevin

    2009-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes the utilization of automated space-based inventory management through handheld RFID readers and BioNet Middleware. The contents include: 1) Space-Based INventory Management; 2) Real-Time RFID Location and Tracking; 3) Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) RFID; and 4) BioNet Middleware.

  3. Distribution system analysis and automation

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    Gers, Juan

    2013-01-01

    A comprehensive guide to techniques that allow engineers to simulate, analyse and optimise power distribution systems which combined with automation, underpin the emerging concept of the "smart grid". This book is supported by theoretical concepts with real-world applications and MATLAB exercises.

  4. Automating the conflict resolution process

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    Wike, Jeffrey S.

    1991-01-01

    The purpose is to initiate a discussion of how the conflict resolution process at the Network Control Center can be made more efficient. Described here are how resource conflicts are currently resolved as well as the impacts of automating conflict resolution in the ATDRSS era. A variety of conflict resolution strategies are presented.

  5. Automated Clustering of Similar Amendments

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    2016-01-01

    The Italian Senate is clogged by computer-generated amendments. This talk will describe a simple strategy to cluster them in an automated fashion, so that the appropriate Senate procedures can be used to get rid of them in one sweep.

  6. Feasibility Analysis of Crane Automation

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    DONG Ming-xiao; MEI Xue-song; JIANG Ge-dong; ZHANG Gui-qing

    2006-01-01

    This paper summarizes the modeling methods, open-loop control and closed-loop control techniques of various forms of cranes, worldwide, and discusses their feasibilities and limitations in engineering. Then the dynamic behaviors of cranes are analyzed. Finally, we propose applied modeling methods and feasible control techniques and demonstrate the feasibilities of crane automation.

  7. Automation; The New Industrial Revolution.

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    Arnstein, George E.

    Automation is a word that describes the workings of computers and the innovations of automatic transfer machines in the factory. As the hallmark of the new industrial revolution, computers displace workers and create a need for new skills and retraining programs. With improved communication between industry and the educational community to…

  8. Automation of Feynman diagram evaluations

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    A C-program DIANA (DIagram ANAlyser) for the automation of Feynman diagram evaluations is presented. It consists of two parts: the analyzer of diagrams and the interpreter of a special text manipulating language. This language can be used to create a source code for analytical or numerical evaluations and to keep the control of the process in general

  9. Automated methods of corrosion measurement

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Bech-Nielsen, Gregers; Reeve, John Ch;

    1997-01-01

    to revise assumptions regarding the basis of the method, which sometimes leads to the discovery of as-yet unnoticed phenomena. The present selection of automated methods for corrosion measurements is not motivated simply by the fact that a certain measurement can be performed automatically...

  10. Teacherbot: Interventions in Automated Teaching

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    Bayne, Sian

    2015-01-01

    Promises of "teacher-light" tuition and of enhanced "efficiency" via the automation of teaching have been with us since the early days of digital education, sometimes embraced by academics and institutions, and sometimes resisted as a set of moves which are damaging to teacher professionalism and to the humanistic values of…

  11. Automation, Labor Productivity and Employment

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    Kromann, Lene; Rose Skaksen, Jan; Sørensen, Anders

    CEBR fremlægger nu den første rapport i AIM-projektet. Rapporten viser, at der er gode muligheder for yderligere automation i en stor del af de danske fremstillingsvirksomheder. For i dag er gennemsnitligt kun omkring 30 % af virksomhedernes produktionsprocesser automatiserede. Navnlig procesområ...

  12. CCD characterization and measurements automation

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    Kotov, I.V.; Frank, J.; Kotov, A.I.; Kubánek, Petr; O´Connor, P.; Prouza, Michael; Radeka, V.; Takacs, P.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 695, Dec (2012), 188-192. ISSN 0168-9002 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME09052 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100502 Keywords : CCD * characterization * test automation Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics Impact factor: 1.142, year: 2012

  13. Adaptation : A Partially Automated Approach

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    Manjing, Tham; Bukhsh, F.A.; Weigand, H.

    2014-01-01

    This paper showcases the possibility of creating an adaptive auditing system. Adaptation in an audit environment need human intervention at some point. Based on a case study this paper focuses on automation of adaptation process. It is divided into solution design and validation parts. The artifact

  14. Automating the radiographic NDT process

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    Automation, the removal of the human element in inspection has not been generally applied to film radiographic NDT. The justification for automation is not only productivity but also reliability of results. Film remains in the automated system of the future because of its extremely high image content, approximately 3x10 (to the power of nine) bits per 14x17. This is equivalent to 2200 computer floppy disks parts handling systems and robotics applied for manufacturing and some NDT modalities, should now be applied to film radiographic NDT systems. Automatic film handling can be achieved with the daylight NDT film handling system. Automatic film processing is becoming the standard in industry and can be coupled to the daylight system. Robots offer the opportunity to automate fully the exposure step. Finally, a computer aided interpretation appears on the horizon. A unit which laser scans a 14x27 (inch) film in 6-8 seconds can digitize film in information for further manipulation and possible automatic interrogations (computer aided interpretation). The system called FDRS (for film digital radiography system) is moving toward 50 micron (16 lines/mm) resolution. This is believed to meet the need of the majority of image content needs. (Author). 4 refs.; 21 figs

  15. Automating Shallow Seismic Imaging

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    Steeples, Don W.

    2004-12-09

    This seven-year, shallow-seismic reflection research project had the aim of improving geophysical imaging of possible contaminant flow paths. Thousands of chemically contaminated sites exist in the United States, including at least 3,700 at Department of Energy (DOE) facilities. Imaging technologies such as shallow seismic reflection (SSR) and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) sometimes are capable of identifying geologic conditions that might indicate preferential contaminant-flow paths. Historically, SSR has been used very little at depths shallower than 30 m, and even more rarely at depths of 10 m or less. Conversely, GPR is rarely useful at depths greater than 10 m, especially in areas where clay or other electrically conductive materials are present near the surface. Efforts to image the cone of depression around a pumping well using seismic methods were only partially successful (for complete references of all research results, see the full Final Technical Report, DOE/ER/14826-F), but peripheral results included development of SSR methods for depths shallower than one meter, a depth range that had not been achieved before. Imaging at such shallow depths, however, requires geophone intervals of the order of 10 cm or less, which makes such surveys very expensive in terms of human time and effort. We also showed that SSR and GPR could be used in a complementary fashion to image the same volume of earth at very shallow depths. The primary research focus of the second three-year period of funding was to develop and demonstrate an automated method of conducting two-dimensional (2D) shallow-seismic surveys with the goal of saving time, effort, and money. Tests involving the second generation of the hydraulic geophone-planting device dubbed the ''Autojuggie'' showed that large numbers of geophones can be placed quickly and automatically and can acquire high-quality data, although not under rough topographic conditions. In some easy

  16. You're a What? Automation Technician

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    Mullins, John

    2010-01-01

    Many people think of automation as laborsaving technology, but it sure keeps Jim Duffell busy. Defined simply, automation is a technique for making a device run or a process occur with minimal direct human intervention. But the functions and technologies involved in automated manufacturing are complex. Nearly all functions, from orders coming in…

  17. Library Automation : Change for Productivity in Service

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    M.A. Gopinath

    1995-01-01

    Library operations, in the context of the automation necessitate for an integrated approach and change in the perception of library's work. It examines the functional aspects, social aspects and system dynamics of library automation. Some strategies for library automation are suggested.

  18. The determination of maturity levels in source rocks of the La Luna Formation, Maracaibo Basin, Venezuela, based on convention geochemical parameters and asphaltenes; Determinacao do grau de maturacao em rochas geradoras de petroleo, formacao La Luna, Bacia de Maracaibo, Venezuela: parametros geoquimicos convencionais e asfaltenos

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    Castro, L.P. de [Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC-RS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Centro de Excelencia em Pesquisas sobre o Armazenamento de Carbono; Franco, N. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia; Lopez, L.; Lo Monaco, S.; Escobar, G. [Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Caracas (Venezuela); Kalkreuth, W. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Centro de Excelencia em Analises de Carvao e Rochas Geradoras de Petroleo

    2008-07-01

    The La Luna Formation, main source rock of the Maracaibo Basin was studied by conventional geochemical parameters, used to determine the maturity, and they were compared with the physic-chemical and molecular properties of the asphaltenes present in the bitumen of the rocks. Three wells were studied (A, B and C) with a total of 13 samples. Based on Rock-Eval results the organic matter in well A (455 deg C Tmax) shows a relatively high level of maturation (top of the oil window), whereas the organic matter in well B (435 - 436 deg C Tmax) is in the beginning of the oil window. Tmax values in well C (438 - 446 deg C) and well C suggest an intermediate maturity level. The biomarkers identified in well B and C show ratios indicating an equilibrium state in the maturity level. A good correlation was found comparing the conventional analytical data with the determination of maturity level obtained from the asphaltenes precipitated from the bitumen of the samples. With increased maturity levels the H1 NMR analysis showed enrichment in aromatic molecules in relation to aliphatic, due to the bitumen aromatization process. Similarly, the asphaltenes molecular weight has higher values in samples characterized by elevated maturity levels. This confirms earlier studies that showed that asphaltenes may be utilized as maturity parameter of organic matter. (author)

  19. Prediction of Volumetric Properties and (Multi- Phase Behaviour of Asphaltenic Crudes Prédiction des propriétés volumétriques et des équilibres de phases des bruts asphalténiques

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    Szewczyk V.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Asphaltenes flocculation is described as a thermodynamic transition inducing the formation of a new liquid phase with a high asphaltenic content; this phase being the asphaltenic deposit. The thermodynamic model selected is the Peng-Robinson Equation of State associated with the Abdoul and Péneloux group contribution mixing rules. The oil is modeled by 33 pseudocomponents. Mainly, the heavy F(11+ residue is represented as one pseudocomponent for the F11 - F20 cut and as 4 pseudocomponents for the F(20+ cut : Sat F(20+ , Aro F(20+ , Resinsand Asphaltenes . The physical properties of the Sat F(20+ , Aro F(20+and Resinspseudocomponents are calculated using the group contribution methods of Avaullée, and of Rogalski and Neau, based on the knowledge of their molecular structure. The physical properties of the F11 - F20and Asphaltenespseudocomponents are fitted in order to reproduce correctly the bubble pressure, the relative volumes and the flocculated quantities at 303 K. The model gives the proportion and the composition of asphaltene deposits in the oil at different temperatures (303 - 403 K within a relatively large pressure range (0. 1 - 50 MPa including the bubble pressure of the considered crude. La floculation des asphaltènes est décrite comme une transition thermodynamique conduisant à la formation d'une nouvelle phase liquide riche en asphaltènes : le dépôt asphalténique. Le modèle thermodynamique choisi est l'équation d'état de Peng-Robinson associée aux règles de mélange d'Abdoul et Péneloux fondées sur les contributions de groupes. Le brut est représenté par 33 pseudo-constituants. La fraction lourde F(11+ est représentée par un pseudo-constituant pour la coupe F11 - F20 et 4 pseudo-constituants pour la coupe F(20+ : Sat F(20+ , Aro F(20+ , Résines , Asphaltènes . Les propriétés physiques des pseudo-constituants Sat F(20+, Aro F(20+et Résinessont calculées à l'aide des méthodes de contribution de groupes

  20. Automation for a base station stability testing

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    Punnek, Elvis

    2016-01-01

    This Batchelor’s thesis was commissioned by Oy LM Ericsson Ab Oulu. The aim of it was to help to investigate and create a test automation solution for the stability testing of the LTE base station. The main objective was to create a test automation for a predefined test set. This test automation solution had to be created for specific environments and equipment. This work included creating the automation for the test cases and putting them to daily test automation jobs. The key factor...

  1. An Overview of Moonlight Applications Test Automation

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    Appasami Govindasamy

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Now-a-days web applications are developed by new technologies like Moonlight, Silverlight, JAVAFX, FLEX, etc. Silverlight is Microsoft's cross platform runtime and development technology for running Web-based multimedia applications in windows platform. Moonlight is an open-source implementation of the Silverlight development platform for Linux and other Unix/X11-based operating systems. It is a new technology in .Net 4.0 to develop rich interactive and attractive platform independent web applications. User Interface Test Automation is very essential for Software industries to reduce test time, cost and man power. Moonlight is new .NET technology to develop rich interactive Internet applications with the collaboration of Novel Corporation. Testing these kinds of applications are not so easy to test, especially the User interface test automation is very difficult. Software test automation has the capability to decrease the overall cost of testing and improve software quality, but most testing organizations have not been able to achieve the full potential of test automation. Many groups that implement test automation programs run into a number of common pitfalls. These problems can lead to test automation plans being completely scrapped, with the tools purchased for test automation becoming expensive. Often teams continue their automation effort, burdened with huge costs in maintaining large suites of automated test scripts. This paper will first discuss some of the key benefits of software test automation, and then examine the most common techniques used to implement software test automation of Moonlight Applications Test Automation. It will then discuss test automation and their potential. Finally, it will do test automation.

  2. Peripheral DSA with automated stepping

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    Peripheral digital angiography can now be applied with automated stepping to evaluate the complete lower extremity, with one single injection of contrast medium. In general, good-quality images have been obtained. In some cases, a stationary run had to be carried out with a digital subtraction angiographic (DSA) technique. The authors report a further improvement of this method: it allows angiographic evaluation of the complete lower extremity with DSA technique after a single contrast medium injection of 60 mL. Altogether, 25 examinations were evaluated and compared with results of the nonsubtracted technique. With the DSA-technique, additional series could be reduced to only those where significant differences in flow between the extremities necessitated different timing, as known from conventional angiography as well. In conclusion, the use of DSA technique with automated stepping may totally replace conventional angiography of the peripheral arteries

  3. Automated nanomanipulation for nanodevice construction

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    Nanowire field-effect transistors (nano-FETs) are nanodevices capable of highly sensitive, label-free sensing of molecules. However, significant variations in sensitivity across devices can result from poor control over device parameters, such as nanowire diameter and the number of electrode-bridging nanowires. This paper presents a fabrication approach that uses wafer-scale nanowire contact printing for throughput and uses automated nanomanipulation for precision control of nanowire number and diameter. The process requires only one photolithography mask. Using nanowire contact printing and post-processing (i.e. nanomanipulation inside a scanning electron microscope), we are able to produce devices all with a single-nanowire and similar diameters at a speed of ∼1 min/device with a success rate of 95% (n = 500). This technology represents a seamless integration of wafer-scale microfabrication and automated nanorobotic manipulation for producing nano-FET sensors with consistent response across devices. (paper)

  4. CCD characterization and measurements automation

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    Modern mosaic cameras have grown both in size and in number of sensors. The required volume of sensor testing and characterization has grown accordingly. For camera projects as large as the LSST, test automation becomes a necessity. A CCD testing and characterization laboratory was built and is in operation for the LSST project. Characterization of LSST study contract sensors has been performed. The characterization process and its automation are discussed, and results are presented. Our system automatically acquires images, populates a database with metadata information, and runs express analysis. This approach is illustrated on 55Fe data analysis. 55Fe data are used to measure gain, charge transfer efficiency and charge diffusion. Examples of express analysis results are presented and discussed.

  5. Automating occupational protection records systems

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    Occupational protection records have traditionally been generated by field and laboratory personnel, assembled into files in the safety office, and eventually stored in a warehouse or other facility. Until recently, these records have been primarily paper copies, often handwritten. Sometimes, the paper is microfilmed for storage. However, electronic records are beginning to replace these traditional methods. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance for making the transition to automated record keeping and retrieval using modern computer equipment. This paper describes the types of records most readily converted to electronic record keeping and a methodology for implementing an automated record system. The process of conversion is based on a requirements analysis to assess program needs and a high level of user involvement during the development. The importance of indexing the hard copy records for easy retrieval is also discussed. The concept of linkage between related records and its importance relative to reporting, research, and litigation will be addressed. 2 figs

  6. GUI test automation with SWTBot

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    Mazurkiewicz, Milosz

    2010-01-01

    In this thesis the author presents theoretical background of GUI test automation as well as technologies, tools and methodologies required to fully understand the test program written in SWTBot. Practical part of the thesis was to implement a program testing File Menu options of Pegasus RCP application developed in Nokia Siemens Networks. Concluding this dissertation, in the author’s opinion test programs written using SWTBot are relatively easy to read and intuitive for people familiar w...

  7. Automated Periodontal Diseases Classification System

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    Aliaa A. A. Youssif; Abeer Saad Gawish,; Mohammed Elsaid Moussa

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an efficient and innovative system for automated classification of periodontal diseases, The strength of our technique lies in the fact that it incorporates knowledge from the patients' clinical data, along with the features automatically extracted from the Haematoxylin and Eosin (H&E) stained microscopic images. Our system uses image processing techniques based on color deconvolution, morphological operations, and watershed transforms for epithelium & connective tissue se...

  8. Automated Scheduling Via Artificial Intelligence

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    Biefeld, Eric W.; Cooper, Lynne P.

    1991-01-01

    Artificial-intelligence software that automates scheduling developed in Operations Mission Planner (OMP) research project. Software used in both generation of new schedules and modification of existing schedules in view of changes in tasks and/or available resources. Approach based on iterative refinement. Although project focused upon scheduling of operations of scientific instruments and other equipment aboard spacecraft, also applicable to such terrestrial problems as scheduling production in factory.

  9. System of automated map design

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    Preprint 'System of automated map design' contains information about the program shell for construction of territory map, performing level line drawing of arbitrary two-dimension field (in particular, the radionuclide concentration field). The work schedule and data structures are supplied, as well as data on system performance. The preprint can become useful for experts in radioecology and for all persons involved in territory pollution mapping or multi-purpose geochemical mapping. (author)

  10. Magnetic Resonance Connectome Automated Pipeline

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    Gray, William R.; Bogovic, John A.; Vogelstein, Joshua T; Landman, Bennett A.; Prince, Jerry L.; Vogelstein, R. Jacob

    2011-01-01

    This manuscript presents a novel, tightly integrated pipeline for estimating a connectome, which is a comprehensive description of the neural circuits in the brain. The pipeline utilizes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data to produce a high-level estimate of the structural connectivity in the human brain. The Magnetic Resonance Connectome Automated Pipeline (MRCAP) is efficient and its modular construction allows researchers to modify algorithms to meet their specific requirements. The pipe...

  11. Automation of painted slate inspection

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    Carew, Tim

    2002-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the problem of how to detect visual defects on painted slates using an automated visual inspection system. The vision system that has been developed consists of two major components. The first component addresses issues such as the mechanical implementation and interfacing the inspection system with the optical and sensing equipment whereas the second component involves the development of an image processing algorithm able to identify the visual defects present o...

  12. Automated diagnostics of electronic systems

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    Drees, Arto

    2014-01-01

    This thesis was commissioned by Nokia Networks as a part of a wider ongoing quality project. The main objective for this thesis and the quality project was to improve diagnostic accuracy on a certain base station product by targeting the most misdiagnosed faults and to reduce unnecessary component replacement. To achieve the objective, an early version of an automated diagnostic tool was developed. The tool was developed using Microsoft Visual Studio and C# programming language. The tool ...

  13. Automated Analysis of Corpora Callosa

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    Stegmann, Mikkel Bille; Davies, Rhodri H.

    2003-01-01

    This report describes and evaluates the steps needed to perform modern model-based interpretation of the corpus callosum in MRI. The process is discussed from the initial landmark-free contours to full-fledged statistical models based on the Active Appearance Models framework. Topics treated...... include landmark placement, background modelling and multi-resolution analysis. Preliminary quantitative and qualitative validation in a cross-sectional study show that fully automated analysis and segmentation of the corpus callosum are feasible....

  14. Small Business Innovations (Automated Information)

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    1992-01-01

    Bruce G. Jackson & Associates Document Director is an automated tool that combines word processing and database management technologies to offer the flexibility and convenience of text processing with the linking capability of database management. Originally developed for NASA, it provides a means to collect and manage information associated with requirements development. The software system was used by NASA in the design of the Assured Crew Return Vehicle, as well as by other government and commercial organizations including the Southwest Research Institute.

  15. Method development in automated mineralogy

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    Sandmann, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    The underlying research that resulted in this doctoral dissertation was performed at the Division of Economic Geology and Petrology of the Department of Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg between 2011 and 2014. It was the primary aim of this thesis to develop and test novel applications for the technology of ‘Automated Mineralogy’ in the field of economic geology and geometallurgy. A “Mineral Liberation Analyser” (MLA) instrument of FEI Company was used to conduct most analytical studies. T...

  16. Efficient And Maintainable Test Automation

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    Ahmed, Abdifatah; Lindhe, Magnus

    2002-01-01

    More and more companies experience problems with maintainability and time-consuming development of automated testing tools. The MPC department at Ericsson Software Technology AB use methods and tools often developed during time pressure that results in time-consuming testing and requires more effort and resources than planned. The tools are also such nature that they are hard to expand, maintain and in some cases they have been thrown out between releases. For this reason, we could identify t...

  17. Automated Traffic Enforcement in France

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    BRIQUET, Philippe; CANEL, A

    2002-01-01

    One of the goals of traffic safety in cities and between cities is to increase compliance with Traffic Regulations. For this purpose, the French Ministry of Transportation decided to set up an automated traffic enforcement program. This program currently focuses on several types of violations : speeding, spacing between vehicles, and traffic light and railway crossing. This article presents the main goals of the program and the expected challenges and characteristics of operations that have b...

  18. Automated minimax design of networks

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    Madsen, Kaj; Schjær-Jacobsen, Hans; Voldby, J

    1975-01-01

    A new gradient algorithm for the solution of nonlinear minimax problems has been developed. The algorithm is well suited for automated minimax design of networks and it is very simple to use. It compares favorably with recent minimax and leastpth algorithms. General convergence problems related...... to minimax design of networks are discussed. Finally, minimax design of equalization networks for reflectiontype microwave amplifiers is carried out by means of the proposed algorithm....

  19. The contaminant analysis automation robot implementation for the automated laboratory

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    The Contaminant Analysis Automation (CAA) project defines the automated laboratory as a series of standard laboratory modules (SLM) serviced by a robotic standard support module (SSM). These SLMs are designed to allow plug-and-play integration into automated systems that perform standard analysis methods (SAM). While the SLMs are autonomous in the execution of their particular chemical processing task, the SAM concept relies on a high-level task sequence controller (TSC) to coordinate the robotic delivery of materials requisite for SLM operations, initiate an SLM operation with the chemical method dependent operating parameters, and coordinate the robotic removal of materials from the SLM when its commands and events has been established to allow ready them for transport operations as well as performing the Supervisor and Subsystems (GENISAS) software governs events from the SLMs and robot. The Intelligent System Operating Environment (ISOE) enables the inter-process communications used by GENISAS. CAA selected the Hewlett-Packard Optimized Robot for Chemical Analysis (ORCA) and its associated Windows based Methods Development Software (MDS) as the robot SSM. The MDS software is used to teach the robot each SLM position and required material port motions. To allow the TSC to command these SLM motions, a hardware and software implementation was required that allowed message passing between different operating systems. This implementation involved the use of a Virtual Memory Extended (VME) rack with a Force CPU-30 computer running VxWorks; a real-time multitasking operating system, and a Radiuses PC compatible VME computer running MDS. A GENISAS server on The Force computer accepts a transport command from the TSC, a GENISAS supervisor, over Ethernet and notifies software on the RadiSys PC of the pending command through VMEbus shared memory. The command is then delivered to the MDS robot control software using a Windows Dynamic Data Exchange conversation

  20. How to assess sustainability in automated manufacturing

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    Dijkman, Teunis Johannes; Rödger, Jan-Markus; Bey, Niki

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to describe how sustainability in automation can be assessed. The assessment method is illustrated using a case study of a robot. Three aspects of sustainability assessment in automation are identified. Firstly, we consider automation as part of a larger system that...... fulfills the market demand for a given functionality. Secondly, three aspects of sustainability have to be assessed: environment, economy, and society. Thirdly, automation is part of a system with many levels, with different actors on each level, resulting in meeting the market demand. In this system......, (sustainability) specifications move top-down, which helps avoiding sub-optimization and problem shifting. From these three aspects, sustainable automation is defined as automation that contributes to products that fulfill a market demand in a more sustainable way. The case study presents the carbon footprints of...

  1. Modern trends in automation of industrial complexes

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    Svjatnyj, Vladimir A.; Brovkina, Daniella Yu.

    2016-01-01

    This paper is dedicated to the study of the transition of manufacturing to a new stage of its development due to the introduction of the latest computer technologies, that have become common in the service sector, into the automation process. One of the characteristic features of the development of modern industry is the integration of the achievements of the theory and practice of automation, information technology, robotics and "human–automated object" systems. "Industry 4.0" was designed a...

  2. Study of the interface solid/solutions containing PEO-PPO block copolymers and asphaltenes by FTIR/ATR; Estudo de solucoes de copolimeros em bloco de PEO-PPO contendo asfaltenos por FTIR/DTA

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    Aguiar, Janaina I.S.; Neto, Jessica S.G.; Mansur, Claudia R.E. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Macromoleculas, Laboratorio de Macromoleculas e Coloides na Industria de Petroleo, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)], E-mails: janaina_333@hotmail.com, kinha_dac_dm@hotmail.com; celias@ima.ufrj.br

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    The formation of water/oil emulsions can cause problems in various stages of production, processing and refining of petroleum. In this study, the technique of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) using the method of attenuated total reflectance (ATR) was applied to study the solid-solutions of block copolymers based on poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) (PEO-PPO) interface and its interaction in this interface with asphaltenic fractions of petroleum. The solid is the crystal of the ATR. Initially, we determined the critical micelle concentration values of the copolymers, which were consistent those obtained by a tensiometer. Bottle Test was also performed to correlate the efficiency of PEO-PPO copolymers in the breaking of water/oil emulsions with its adsorption at the interfaces solutions. (author)

  3. Rapid Automated Mission Planning System Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed innovation is an automated UAS mission planning system that will rapidly identify emergency (contingency) landing sites, manage contingency routing,...

  4. Automated Contingency Management for Propulsion Systems

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Increasing demand for improved reliability and survivability of mission-critical systems is driving the development of health monitoring and Automated Contingency...

  5. Automated monitoring of milk meters

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    Mol, de, M.J.; Andre, G.

    2009-01-01

    Automated monitoring might be an alternative for periodic checking of electronic milk meters. A computer model based on Dynamic Linear Modelling (DLM) has been developed for this purpose. Two situations are distinguished: more milking stands in the milking parlour and only one milking stand in the milking parlour, e.g. in case of robotic milking. In the first case the model is based on a comparison per milking session of the average per stand with the overall average over all stands. The mode...

  6. Ball Bearing Stacking Automation System

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This document is an effort to introduce the concept of automation in small scale industries and or small workshops that are involved in the manufacturing of small objects such as nuts, bolts and ball bearing in this case. This an electromechanical system which includes certain mechanical parts that involves one base stand on which one vertical metallic frame is mounted and hinged to this vertical stand is an in humanized effort seems inadequate in this era making necessary the use of Electronics, Computer in the manufacturing processes leading to the concept of Automated Manufacturing System (AMS.The ball bearing stack automation is an effort in this regard. In our project we go for stack automation for any object for example a ball bearing, be that is still a manual system there. It will be microcontroller based project control system equipped with microcontroller 89C51 from any manufacturer like Atmel or Philips. This could have been easily implemented if a PLC could be used for manufacturing the staking unit but I adopted the microcontroller based system so that some more modification in the system can be effected at will as to use the same hardware .Although a very small object i.e. ball bearig or small nut and fixture will be tried to be stacked, the system with more precision and more power handling capacity could be built for various requirements of the industry. For increasing more control capacity, we can use another module of this series. When the bearing is ready, it will be sent for packing. This is sensed by an inductive sensor. The output will be proceeds by PLC and microcontroller card which will be driving the assembly in order to put it into pads or flaps. This project will also count the total number of bearings to be packed and will display it on a LCD for real time reference and a provision is made using a higher level language using hyper terminal of the computer

  7. Autonomous Home Automated Hexapod Robot

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    Addanki Purna Ramesh,

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on design and implementation of six legged robot that is capable of monitoring and performing house hold works independently. The Autonomous Home Automated Hexapod is developed with three AT89C52 microcontrollers which functions as brain of the robot to which all operating functions of each module are chronologically programmed in it. The legs of the robot were developed with 2 servo motors to provide two degree for each leg. Several additional sensors like TSOP1738 (IR, RF transmitter andreceiver, DS1307 (Real Time Clock have been embedded into robot in modular form to make it work autonomously.

  8. Smart Home Automation with Linux

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    Goodwin, Steven

    2010-01-01

    Linux users can now control their homes remotely! Are you a Linux user who has ever wanted to turn on the lights in your house, or open and close the curtains, while away on holiday? Want to be able to play the same music in every room, controlled from your laptop or mobile phone? Do you want to do these things without an expensive off-the-shelf kit? In Beginning Linux Home Automation, Steven Goodwin will show you how a house can be fully controlled by its occupants, all using open source software. From appliances to kettles to curtains, control your home remotely! What you'll learn* Control a

  9. AUTOMATED TESTING OF OPC SERVERS

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    Farnham, B

    2011-01-01

    CERN relies on OPC Server implementations from 3rd party device vendors to provide a software interface to their respective hardware. Each time a vendor releases a new OPC Server version it is regression tested internally to verify that existing functionality has not been inadvertently broken during the process of adding new features. In addition bugs and problems must be communicated to the vendors in a reliable and portable way. This presentation covers the automated test approach used at CERN to cover both cases: Scripts are written in a domain specific language specifically created for describing OPC tests and executed by a custom software engine driving the OPC Server implementation.

  10. Automated Orientation of Aerial Images

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    Høhle, Joachim

    2002-01-01

    Methods for automated orientation of aerial images are presented. They are based on the use of templates, which are derived from existing databases, and area-based matching. The characteristics of available database information and the accuracy requirements for map compilation and orthoimage...... production are discussed on the example of Denmark. Details on the developed methods for interior and exterior orientation are described. Practical examples like the measurement of réseau images, updating of topographic databases and renewal of orthoimages are used to prove the feasibility of the developed...

  11. Automating the training development process

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    Scott, Carol J.

    1993-01-01

    The Automated Training Development System (ATDS) was developed as a training tool for the JPL training environment. ATDS is based on the standard for military training programs and is designed to develop training from a system perspective, focusing on components in terms of the whole process. The principal feature of ATDS is data base maintainability. Everything is contained and maintained within the data base, and, if properly developed, it could be a training component of a software delivery and provided to CM as a controlled item. The analysis, development, design, presentation, and reporting phases in the ATDS instructional design method are illustrated.

  12. 78 FR 44142 - Modification of Two National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Tests Concerning Automated...

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    2013-07-23

    ... Automation Program (NCAP) test called the Document Image System (DIS) test. See 77 FR 20835. The DIS test... Automation Program Test of Automated Manifest Capabilities for Ocean and Rail Carriers: 76 FR 42721 (July 19... (SE test). See 76 FR 69755. The SE test established new entry capability to simplify the entry......

  13. 75 FR 64737 - Automated Commercial Environment (ACE): Announcement of a National Customs Automation Program...

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    2010-10-20

    ... National Customs Automation Program Test of Automated Manifest Capabilities for Ocean and Rail Carriers... Protection (CBP) will be conducting a National Customs Automation Program test concerning the transmission of... Security Act of 2002 (see 68 FR 68140, December 5, 2003), and the advance data ocean carriers are...

  14. 77 FR 48527 - National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Test Concerning Automated Commercial Environment (ACE...

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    ... SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Test Concerning...) National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test concerning Automated Commercial Environment (ACE... Simplified Entry were announced in a notice published in the Federal Register on November 9, 2011 (76...

  15. Automated parking garage system model

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    Collins, E. R., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    A one-twenty-fifth scale model of the key components of an automated parking garage system is described. The design of the model required transferring a vehicle from an entry level, vertically (+Z, -Z), to a storage location at any one of four storage positions (+X, -X, +Y, +Y, -Y) on the storage levels. There are three primary subsystems: (1) a screw jack to provide the vertical motion of the elevator, (2) a cam-driven track-switching device to provide X to Y motion, and (3) a transfer cart to provide horizontal travel and a small amount to vertical motion for transfer to the storage location. Motive power is provided by dc permanent magnet gear motors, one each for the elevator and track switching device and two for the transfer cart drive system (one driving the cart horizontally and the other providing the vertical transfer). The control system, through the use of a microprocessor, provides complete automation through a feedback system which utilizes sensing devices.

  16. Cassini Tour Atlas Automated Generation

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    Grazier, Kevin R.; Roumeliotis, Chris; Lange, Robert D.

    2011-01-01

    During the Cassini spacecraft s cruise phase and nominal mission, the Cassini Science Planning Team developed and maintained an online database of geometric and timing information called the Cassini Tour Atlas. The Tour Atlas consisted of several hundreds of megabytes of EVENTS mission planning software outputs, tables, plots, and images used by mission scientists for observation planning. Each time the nominal mission trajectory was altered or tweaked, a new Tour Atlas had to be regenerated manually. In the early phases of Cassini s Equinox Mission planning, an a priori estimate suggested that mission tour designers would develop approximately 30 candidate tours within a short period of time. So that Cassini scientists could properly analyze the science opportunities in each candidate tour quickly and thoroughly so that the optimal series of orbits for science return could be selected, a separate Tour Atlas was required for each trajectory. The task of manually generating the number of trajectory analyses in the allotted time would have been impossible, so the entire task was automated using code written in five different programming languages. This software automates the generation of the Cassini Tour Atlas database. It performs with one UNIX command what previously took a day or two of human labor.

  17. Automated Car Park Management System

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    Fabros, J. P.; Tabañag, D.; Espra, A.; Gerasta, O. J.

    2015-06-01

    This study aims to develop a prototype for an Automated Car Park Management System that will increase the quality of service of parking lots through the integration of a smart system that assists motorist in finding vacant parking lot. The research was based on implementing an operating system and a monitoring system for parking system without the use of manpower. This will include Parking Guidance and Information System concept which will efficiently assist motorists and ensures the safety of the vehicles and the valuables inside the vehicle. For monitoring, Optical Character Recognition was employed to monitor and put into list all the cars entering the parking area. All parking events in this system are visible via MATLAB GUI which contain time-in, time-out, time consumed information and also the lot number where the car parks. To put into reality, this system has a payment method, and it comes via a coin slot operation to control the exit gate. The Automated Car Park Management System was successfully built by utilizing microcontrollers specifically one PIC18f4550 and two PIC16F84s and one PIC16F628A.

  18. Automation of Extraction Chromatograhic and Ion Exchange Separations for Radiochemical Analysis and Monitoring

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    Radiochemical analysis, complete with the separation of radionuclides of interest from the sample matrix and from other interfering radionuclides, is often an essential step in the determination of the radiochemical composition of a nuclear sample or process stream. Although some radionuclides can be determined nondestructively by gamma spectroscopy, where the gamma rays penetrate significant distances in condensed media and the gamma ray energies are diagnostic for specific radionuclides, other radionuclides that may be of interest emit only alpha or beta particles. For these, samples must be taken for destructive analysis and radiochemical separations are required. For process monitoring purposes, the radiochemical separation and detection methods must be rapid so that the results will be timely. These results could be obtained by laboratory analysis or by radiochemical process analyzers operating on-line or at-site. In either case, there is a need for automated radiochemical analysis methods to provide speed, throughput, safety, and consistent analytical protocols. Classical methods of separation used during the development of nuclear technologies, namely manual precipitations, solvent extractions, and ion exchange, are slow and labor intensive. Fortunately, the convergence of digital instrumentation for preprogrammed fluid manipulation and the development of new separation materials for column-based isolation of radionuclides has enabled the development of automated radiochemical analysis methodology. The primary means for separating radionuclides in solution are liquid-liquid extraction and ion exchange. These processes are well known and have been reviewed in the past.1 Ion exchange is readily employed in column formats. Liquid-liquid extraction can also be implemented on column formats using solvent-impregnated resins as extraction chromatographic materials. The organic liquid extractant is immobilized in the pores of a microporous polymer material. Under

  19. Automated underwater object classification using optical imagery

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    Shihavuddin, A.S.M.

    2014-01-01

    This thesis addresses the problem of automated underwater optical image characterization. Remote underwater optical sensing allows the collection and storage of vast amounts of data for which manual classification may take months. Supervised automated classification of such datasets can save time and resources and can also enable extraction of valuableinformation related to marine and geological research

  20. Automation and Integration in Semiconductor Manufacturing

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    Liao, Da-Yin

    2010-01-01

    Semiconductor automation originates from the prevention and avoidance of frauds in daily fab operations. As semiconductor technology and business continuously advance and grow, manufacturing systems must aggressively evolve to meet the changing technical and business requirements in this industry. Semiconductor manufacturing has been suffering pains from islands of automation. The problems associated with these systems are limited

  1. Investing in the Future: Automation Marketplace 2009

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    Breeding, Marshall

    2009-01-01

    In a year where the general economy presented enormous challenges, libraries continued to make investments in automation, especially in products that help improve what and how they deliver to their end users. Access to electronic content remains a key driver. In response to anticipated needs for new approaches to library automation, many companies…

  2. Working toward Transparency in Library Automation

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    Breeding, Marshall

    2007-01-01

    In this article, the author argues the need for transparency with regard to the automation systems used in libraries. As librarians make decisions regarding automation software and services, they should have convenient access to information about the organizations it will potentially acquire technology from and about the collective experiences of…

  3. Workflow Automation: A Collective Case Study

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    Harlan, Jennifer

    2013-01-01

    Knowledge management has proven to be a sustainable competitive advantage for many organizations. Knowledge management systems are abundant, with multiple functionalities. The literature reinforces the use of workflow automation with knowledge management systems to benefit organizations; however, it was not known if process automation yielded…

  4. Ecological Automation Design, Extending Work Domain Analysis

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    Amelink, M.H.J.

    2010-01-01

    In high–risk domains like aviation, medicine and nuclear power plant control, automation has enabled new capabilities, increased the economy of operation and has greatly contributed to safety. However, automation increases the number of couplings in a system, which can inadvertently lead to more com

  5. Do You Automate? Saving Time and Dollars

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    Carmichael, Christine H.

    2010-01-01

    An automated workforce management strategy can help schools save jobs, improve the job satisfaction of teachers and staff, and free up precious budget dollars for investments in critical learning resources. Automated workforce management systems can help schools control labor costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve employee satisfaction.…

  6. Physiological Self-Regulation and Adaptive Automation

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    Prinzell, Lawrence J.; Pope, Alan T.; Freeman, Frederick G.

    2007-01-01

    Adaptive automation has been proposed as a solution to current problems of human-automation interaction. Past research has shown the potential of this advanced form of automation to enhance pilot engagement and lower cognitive workload. However, there have been concerns voiced regarding issues, such as automation surprises, associated with the use of adaptive automation. This study examined the use of psychophysiological self-regulation training with adaptive automation that may help pilots deal with these problems through the enhancement of cognitive resource management skills. Eighteen participants were assigned to 3 groups (self-regulation training, false feedback, and control) and performed resource management, monitoring, and tracking tasks from the Multiple Attribute Task Battery. The tracking task was cycled between 3 levels of task difficulty (automatic, adaptive aiding, manual) on the basis of the electroencephalogram-derived engagement index. The other two tasks remained in automatic mode that had a single automation failure. Those participants who had received self-regulation training performed significantly better and reported lower National Aeronautics and Space Administration Task Load Index scores than participants in the false feedback and control groups. The theoretical and practical implications of these results for adaptive automation are discussed.

  7. The ripple effect of automated driving

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    Milakis, D.; Van Arem, B.; van Wee, B

    2015-01-01

    Most papers published so far focus on traffic implications of automated driving, while papers that focus more on wider impacts do not present a respective conceptualization. This paper aims to fill this gap by proposing a conceptualization of policy and society related implications of automated driving inspired by the ripple effect model.

  8. Approaches to automated protein crystal harvesting

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    Approaches to automated and robot-assisted harvesting of protein crystals are critically reviewed. While no true turn-key solutions for automation of protein crystal harvesting are currently available, systems incorporating advanced robotics and micro-electromechanical systems represent exciting developments with the potential to revolutionize the way in which protein crystals are harvested

  9. Management Planning Requirements for Implementing Office Automation.

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    McDole, Thomas L.

    To be successful in implementing office automation, office managers must consider more than the obvious question of which system to purchase. They must consider whether automation of their particular office and operations will yield benefits of a significant magnitude to warrant the expense of money, time, and energy needed to install and operate…

  10. An Automation Interface for Kappa PC

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    Hartvig, Susanne C

    1999-01-01

    The reports documents an automation interface for Kappa PC. The automation interface can be used to embed Kappa applications in 32-bit Windowsapplications.The interface includes functions for initialising Kappa, for loading an application, for settingvalues, for getting values, and for stopping...

  11. Automation and Job Satisfaction among Reference Librarians.

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    Whitlatch, Jo Bell

    1991-01-01

    Discussion of job satisfaction and the level of job performance focuses on the effect of automation on job satisfaction among reference librarians. The influence of stress is discussed, a job strain model is explained, and examples of how to design a job to reduce the stress caused by automation are given. (12 references) (LRW)

  12. Validation of Automated Scoring of Science Assessments

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    Liu, Ou Lydia; Rios, Joseph A.; Heilman, Michael; Gerard, Libby; Linn, Marcia C.

    2016-01-01

    Constructed response items can both measure the coherence of student ideas and serve as reflective experiences to strengthen instruction. We report on new automated scoring technologies that can reduce the cost and complexity of scoring constructed-response items. This study explored the accuracy of c-rater-ML, an automated scoring engine…

  13. The Automated Planet Finder's automation & first two years of science

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    Burt, Jennifer; Laughlin, Greg; Vogt, Steven S.; Holden, Bradford

    2016-01-01

    The Automated Planet Finder (APF) is the newest facility at Lick Observatory, comprised of a 2.4m telescope coupled with the high-resolution Levy echelle spectrograph. Purpose built for exoplanet detection and characterization, 80% of the telescope's observing time is dedicated to these science goals. The APF has demonstrated 1 m/s radial velocity precision on bright, RV standard stars and performs with the same speed-on-sky as Keck/HIRES when observing M-dwarfs.The telesope is fully automated for RV operations, using a dynamic scheduler that makes informed decisions on which targets to observe based on scientific interest, desired cadence, required precision levels and current observing conditions, all on a minute-to-minute basis. This ensures that time is not wasted chasing non-optimal targets on nights with poor conditions and enables rapid changes to the overall science observing strategy.The APF has contributed to the detection of four planetary systems in its first two years of scientific operations. Our most recent detection is that of a 6-planet system around the bright (V=5.5), nearby (d=6.5pc), K3V star HD 219134. The planets in this system have masses ranging from 3.5 to108 MEarth, with orbital periods from 3 to 2247 days. An independent detection of the inner 4 planets in this system by the HARPS-N team has shown that the 3d planet transits the star, making this system ideal for follow-up observations.I will discuss the design and implementation of the APF's dynamic scheduler, the telescope's planet detections to date, overall performance results of the telescope and our future observing strategy.

  14. Principles and methods for automated palynology.

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    Holt, K A; Bennett, K D

    2014-08-01

    Pollen grains are microscopic so their identification and quantification has, for decades, depended upon human observers using light microscopes: a labour-intensive approach. Modern improvements in computing and imaging hardware and software now bring automation of pollen analyses within reach. In this paper, we provide the first review in over 15 yr of progress towards automation of the part of palynology concerned with counting and classifying pollen, bringing together literature published from a wide spectrum of sources. We consider which attempts offer the most potential for an automated palynology system for universal application across all fields of research concerned with pollen classification and counting. We discuss what is required to make the datasets of these automated systems as acceptable as those produced by human palynologists, and present suggestions for how automation will generate novel approaches to counting and classifying pollen that have hitherto been unthinkable. PMID:25180326

  15. Automation literature: A brief review and analysis

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    Smith, D.; Dieterly, D. L.

    1980-01-01

    Current thought and research positions which may allow for an improved capability to understand the impact of introducing automation to an existing system are established. The orientation was toward the type of studies which may provide some general insight into automation; specifically, the impact of automation in human performance and the resulting system performance. While an extensive number of articles were reviewed, only those that addressed the issue of automation and human performance were selected to be discussed. The literature is organized along two dimensions: time, Pre-1970, Post-1970; and type of approach, Engineering or Behavioral Science. The conclusions reached are not definitive, but do provide the initial stepping stones in an attempt to begin to bridge the concept of automation in a systematic progression.

  16. Future Computer, Communication, Control and Automation

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    2011 International Conference on Computer, Communication, Control and Automation

    2012-01-01

    The volume includes a set of selected papers extended and revised from the 2011 International Conference on Computer, Communication, Control and Automation (3CA 2011). 2011 International Conference on Computer, Communication, Control and Automation (3CA 2011) has been held in Zhuhai, China, November 19-20, 2011. This volume topics covered include wireless communications, advances in wireless video, wireless sensors networking, security in wireless networks, network measurement and management, hybrid and discrete-event systems, internet analytics and automation, robotic system and applications, reconfigurable automation systems, machine vision in automation. We hope that researchers, graduate students and other interested readers benefit scientifically from the proceedings and also find it stimulating in the process.

  17. Radiographic examination takes on an automated image

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    Automation can be effectively applied to nondestructive testing (NDT). Until recently, film radiography used in NDT was largely a manual process, involving the shooting of a series of x-rays, manually positioned and manually processed. In other words, much radiographic work is being done the way it was over 50 years ago. Significant advances in automation have changed the face of manufacturing, and industry has shared in the benefits brought by such progress. The handling of parts, which was once responsible for a large measure of labor costs, is now assigned to robotic equipment. In nondestructive testing processes, some progress has been achieved in automation - for example, in real-time imaging systems. However, only recently have truly automated NDT begun to emerge. There are two major reasons to introduce automation into NDT - reliability and productivity. Any process or technique that can improve the reliability of parts testing could easily justify the capital investments required

  18. Reload safety analysis automation tools

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    Performing core physics calculations for the sake of reload safety analysis is a very demanding and time consuming process. This process generally begins with the preparation of libraries for the core physics code using a lattice code. The next step involves creating a very large set of calculations with the core physics code. Lastly, the results of the calculations must be interpreted, correctly applying uncertainties and checking whether applicable limits are satisfied. Such a procedure requires three specialized experts. One must understand the lattice code in order to correctly calculate and interpret its results. The next expert must have a good understanding of the physics code in order to create libraries from the lattice code results and to correctly define all the calculations involved. The third expert must have a deep knowledge of the power plant and the reload safety analysis procedure in order to verify, that all the necessary calculations were performed. Such a procedure involves many steps and is very time consuming. At ÚJV Řež, a.s., we have developed a set of tools which can be used to automate and simplify the whole process of performing reload safety analysis. Our application QUADRIGA automates lattice code calculations for library preparation. It removes user interaction with the lattice code and reduces his task to defining fuel pin types, enrichments, assembly maps and operational parameters all through a very nice and user-friendly GUI. The second part in reload safety analysis calculations is done by CycleKit, a code which is linked with our core physics code ANDREA. Through CycleKit large sets of calculations with complicated interdependencies can be performed using simple and convenient notation. CycleKit automates the interaction with ANDREA, organizes all the calculations, collects the results, performs limit verification and displays the output in clickable html format. Using this set of tools for reload safety analysis simplifies

  19. An automated portable array biosensor

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    Golden, Joel P.; Shubin, Yura S.; Shriver-Lake, Lisa C.; Delehanty, James B.; Sapsford, Kim E.; Rowe-Taitt, Chris A.; Ligler, Frances S.

    2003-07-01

    Array biosensors provide the capability of immobilizing multiple capture biomolecules onto a single surface and therefore offer the exciting prospect of multi-analyte detection. A miniaturized, fully automated, stand-alone biosensor is reported which can simultaneously test multiple samples for multiple analytes. This portable system (monitoring for food safety, infectious disease detection, and biological warfare defense. The surface-selective nature of this technology allows determination of binding constants and tracking of both specific and non-specific binding events as they occur. Thus, it provides an exciting new research tool for characterizing the interactions of biomolecules with surfaces or immobilized receptors in real time. This capability has important implications for development of new materials and sensors.

  20. Automated Periodontal Diseases Classification System

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    Aliaa A. A. Youssif

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an efficient and innovative system for automated classification of periodontal diseases, The strength of our technique lies in the fact that it incorporates knowledge from the patients' clinical data, along with the features automatically extracted from the Haematoxylin and Eosin (H&E stained microscopic images. Our system uses image processing techniques based on color deconvolution, morphological operations, and watershed transforms for epithelium & connective tissue segmentation, nuclear segmentation, and extraction of the microscopic immunohistochemical features for the nuclei, dilated blood vessels & collagen fibers. Also, Feedforward Backpropagation Artificial Neural Networks are used for the classification process. We report 100% classification accuracy in correctly identifying the different periodontal diseases observed in our 30 samples dataset.

  1. Automated information retrieval using CLIPS

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    Raines, Rodney Doyle, III; Beug, James Lewis

    1991-01-01

    Expert systems have considerable potential to assist computer users in managing the large volume of information available to them. One possible use of an expert system is to model the information retrieval interests of a human user and then make recommendations to the user as to articles of interest. At Cal Poly, a prototype expert system written in the C Language Integrated Production System (CLIPS) serves as an Automated Information Retrieval System (AIRS). AIRS monitors a user's reading preferences, develops a profile of the user, and then evaluates items returned from the information base. When prompted by the user, AIRS returns a list of items of interest to the user. In order to minimize the impact on system resources, AIRS is designed to run in the background during periods of light system use.

  2. Automation of BESSY scanning tables

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    A micro processor M6800 is used for the automation of scanning and premeasuring BESSY tables. The tasks achieved by the micro processor are: 1. control of spooling of the four asynchronous film winding devices and switching on and off the 4 projections lamps, 2. pre-processing of the data coming from a bi-polar coordinates measuring device, 3. bi-directional interchange of informations between the operator, the BESSY table and the DEC PDP 11/34 mini computer controling the scanning operations, 4. control of the magnification on the table by swapping the projection lenses of appropriate focal lengths and the associated light boxes (under development). In connection with point 4, study is being made for the use of BESSY tables for accurate measurements (+/-5 microns), by encoding the displacements of the projections lenses. (orig.)

  3. Automating Spreadsheet Discovery & Risk Assessment

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    Perry, Eric

    2008-01-01

    There have been many articles and mishaps published about the risks of uncontrolled spreadsheets in today's business environment, including non-compliance, operational risk, errors, and fraud all leading to significant loss events. Spreadsheets fall into the realm of end user developed applications and are often absent the proper safeguards and controls an IT organization would enforce for enterprise applications. There is also an overall lack of software programming discipline enforced in how spreadsheets are developed. However, before an organization can apply proper controls and discipline to critical spreadsheets, an accurate and living inventory of spreadsheets across the enterprise must be created, and all critical spreadsheets must be identified. As such, this paper proposes an automated approach to the initial stages of the spreadsheet management lifecycle - discovery, inventory and risk assessment. Without the use of technology, these phases are often treated as a one-off project. By leveraging techn...

  4. Audit: Automated Disk Investigation Toolkit

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    Umit Karabiyik

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Software tools designed for disk analysis play a critical role today in forensics investigations. However, these digital forensics tools are often difficult to use, usually task specific, and generally require professionally trained users with IT backgrounds. The relevant tools are also often open source requiring additional technical knowledge and proper configuration. This makes it difficult for investigators without some computer science background to easily conduct the needed disk analysis. In this paper, we present AUDIT, a novel automated disk investigation toolkit that supports investigations conducted by non-expert (in IT and disk technology and expert investigators. Our proof of concept design and implementation of AUDIT intelligently integrates open source tools and guides non-IT professionals while requiring minimal technical knowledge about the disk structures and file systems of the target disk image.

  5. Modbus based Multinode Irrigation Automation

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    Shashi Raj K

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available As we know that Cultivating some plants and flowers in a closed environment requires precise control of Humidity, Temperature, Light Intensity and becomes risky and difficult. So if we automate this process by using sensors and actuators whose settings are set accordingly by the user then the work and burden of the farmer gets reduced to maximum extent. In this paper we are designing this system, where we place a slave device in the land slots which acquire the data and send it to one main master device. The slave and master communicates through RS485 network using modbus protocol which is cheap and yet effective. So that the user can monitor and control each and every node from the master itself. The master also timely updates the conditions of the plants environment timely to the user through SMS using GSM technology.

  6. Automated testing of OPC servers

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    CERN relies on OPC Server implementations from third party device vendors to provide a software interface to their respective hardware. Each time a vendor releases a new OPC Server version it is regression tested internally to verify that existing functionality has not been inadvertently broken during the process of adding new features. In addition bugs and problems must be communicated to the vendors in a reliable and portable way. This presentation covers the automated test approach used at CERN to cover both cases: scripts are written in a domain specific language specifically created for describing OPC tests and executed by a custom software engine driving the OPC Server implementation. The OPC test script runner has been used to successfully narrow down operations causing a memory leak in an OPC server from an industrial power supply vendor

  7. SAMI Automated Plug Plate Configuration

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    Lorente, Nuria P F; Goodwin, Michael

    2012-01-01

    The Sydney-AAO Multi-object Integral field spectrograph (SAMI) is a prototype wide-field system at the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) which uses a plug-plate to mount its 13 x 61-core imaging fibre bundles (hexabundles) in the optical path at the telescope's prime focus. In this paper we describe the process of determining the positions of the plug-plate holes, where plates contain three or more stacked observation configurations. The process, which up until now has involved several separate processes and has required significant manual configuration and checking, is now being automated to increase efficiency and reduce error. This is carried out by means of a thin Java controller layer which drives the configuration cycle. This layer controls the user interface and the C++ algorithm layer where the plate configuration and optimisation is carried out. Additionally, through the Aladin display package, it provides visualisation and facilitates user verification of the resulting plates.

  8. Automation of finite element methods

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    Korelc, Jože

    2016-01-01

    New finite elements are needed as well in research as in industry environments for the development of virtual prediction techniques. The design and implementation of novel finite elements for specific purposes is a tedious and time consuming task, especially for nonlinear formulations. The automation of this process can help to speed up this process considerably since the generation of the final computer code can be accelerated by order of several magnitudes. This book provides the reader with the required knowledge needed to employ modern automatic tools like AceGen within solid mechanics in a successful way. It covers the range from the theoretical background, algorithmic treatments to many different applications. The book is written for advanced students in the engineering field and for researchers in educational and industrial environments.

  9. Automated cleaning of electronic components

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    Environmental and operator safety concerns are leading to the elimination of trichloroethylene and chlorofluorocarbon solvents in cleaning processes that remove rosin flux, organic and inorganic contamination, and particulates from electronic components. Present processes depend heavily on these solvents for manual spray cleaning of small components and subassemblies. Use of alternative solvent systems can lead to longer processing times and reduced quality. Automated spray cleaning can improve the quality of the cleaning process, thus enabling the productive use of environmentally conscious materials, while minimizing personnel exposure to hazardous materials. We describe the development of a prototype robotic system for cleaning electronic components in a spray cleaning workcell. An important feature of the prototype system is the capability to generate the robot paths and motions automatically from the CAD models of the part to be cleaned, and to embed cleaning process knowledge into the automatically programmed operations

  10. Automated reactor records evaluation framework

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    The only truly reliable method for core physics code validation is comparison against experimental data – and for power nuclear reactors, the only reasonably acquirable kind of experimental data are the reactor records. However, the amount of the data coming from the reactor operation is often so vast that it can be discouraging for the code developers to use it properly. Thus, the validation package is further reduced because the data is hard to use. This paper presents an elaborate, fully automated framework, which was designed and implemented in our institute, for reactor records processing and its use for core physics code validation. The workflow, implemented as a Web 2.0 application, provides a practical and painless solution for use of reactor records data for code development and validation. (author)

  11. Automated quantitative analysis for pneumoconiosis

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    Kondo, Hiroshi; Zhao, Bin; Mino, Masako

    1998-09-01

    Automated quantitative analysis for pneumoconiosis is presented. In this paper Japanese standard radiographs of pneumoconiosis are categorized by measuring the area density and the number density of small rounded opacities. And furthermore the classification of the size and shape of the opacities is made from the measuring of the equivalent radiuses of each opacity. The proposed method includes a bi- level unsharp masking filter with a 1D uniform impulse response in order to eliminate the undesired parts such as the images of blood vessels and ribs in the chest x-ray photo. The fuzzy contrast enhancement is also introduced in this method for easy and exact detection of small rounded opacities. Many simulation examples show that the proposed method is more reliable than the former method.

  12. Database automation of accelerator operation

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    Database management techniques are applied to automating the setup of operating parameters of a heavy-ion accelerator used in nuclear physics experiments. Data files consist of ion-beam attributes, the interconnection assignments of the numerous power supplies and magnetic elements that steer the ions' path through the system, the data values that represent the electrical currents supplied by the power supplies, as well as the positions of motors and status of mechanical actuators. The database is relational and permits searching on ranges of any subset of the ion-beam attributes. A file selected from the database is used by the control software to replicate the ion beam conditions by adjusting the physical elements in a continuous manner

  13. Automated Extraction of Flow Features

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    Dorney, Suzanne (Technical Monitor); Haimes, Robert

    2005-01-01

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations are routinely performed as part of the design process of most fluid handling devices. In order to efficiently and effectively use the results of a CFD simulation, visualization tools are often used. These tools are used in all stages of the CFD simulation including pre-processing, interim-processing, and post-processing, to interpret the results. Each of these stages requires visualization tools that allow one to examine the geometry of the device, as well as the partial or final results of the simulation. An engineer will typically generate a series of contour and vector plots to better understand the physics of how the fluid is interacting with the physical device. Of particular interest are detecting features such as shocks, re-circulation zones, and vortices (which will highlight areas of stress and loss). As the demand for CFD analyses continues to increase the need for automated feature extraction capabilities has become vital. In the past, feature extraction and identification were interesting concepts, but not required in understanding the physics of a steady flow field. This is because the results of the more traditional tools like; isc-surface, cuts and streamlines, were more interactive and easily abstracted so they could be represented to the investigator. These tools worked and properly conveyed the collected information at the expense of a great deal of interaction. For unsteady flow-fields, the investigator does not have the luxury of spending time scanning only one "snapshot" of the simulation. Automated assistance is required in pointing out areas of potential interest contained within the flow. This must not require a heavy compute burden (the visualization should not significantly slow down the solution procedure for co-processing environments). Methods must be developed to abstract the feature of interest and display it in a manner that physically makes sense.

  14. Automated measurement of Drosophila wings

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    Mezey Jason

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Many studies in evolutionary biology and genetics are limited by the rate at which phenotypic information can be acquired. The wings of Drosophila species are a favorable target for automated analysis because of the many interesting questions in evolution and development that can be addressed with them, and because of their simple structure. Results We have developed an automated image analysis system (WINGMACHINE that measures the positions of all the veins and the edges of the wing blade of Drosophilid flies. A video image is obtained with the aid of a simple suction device that immobilizes the wing of a live fly. Low-level processing is used to find the major intersections of the veins. High-level processing then optimizes the fit of an a priori B-spline model of wing shape. WINGMACHINE allows the measurement of 1 wing per minute, including handling, imaging, analysis, and data editing. The repeatabilities of 12 vein intersections averaged 86% in a sample of flies of the same species and sex. Comparison of 2400 wings of 25 Drosophilid species shows that wing shape is quite conservative within the group, but that almost all taxa are diagnosably different from one another. Wing shape retains some phylogenetic structure, although some species have shapes very different from closely related species. The WINGMACHINE system facilitates artificial selection experiments on complex aspects of wing shape. We selected on an index which is a function of 14 separate measurements of each wing. After 14 generations, we achieved a 15 S.D. difference between up and down-selected treatments. Conclusion WINGMACHINE enables rapid, highly repeatable measurements of wings in the family Drosophilidae. Our approach to image analysis may be applicable to a variety of biological objects that can be represented as a framework of connected lines.

  15. Modélisation de la combustion de fuels lourds prenant en compte la dispersion des asphaltènes Modeling Heavy Fuel-Oil Combustion (While Considering Or Including Asphaltene Dispersion

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    Audibert F.

    2006-11-01

    difficultés relevant du mode d'exploration et de la non adéquation entre les structures asphalténiques et fractales. On a finalement opté pour une détermination visuelle s'appuyant sur les clichés sur lesquels les agglomérats d'asphaltènes sont clairement visualisés tels qu'ils sont dans le fuel. Ce mode d'exploration laborieux a cependant permis de déterminer un modèle construit sur une série de 25 fuels dont 10 ont été brûlés sur une chaudière de 2 MW, et 15 sur un four de 100 kW. Ce modèle fait intervenir les teneurs en carbone Conradson et en métaux, ainsi que le taux de dispersion des asphaltènes. Le perfectionnement des moyens d'exploration aidant, on peut s'attendre à ce que soient disponibles des techniques d'évaluation de la dispersion sur les clichés. Ce paramètre pourra alors être pris en considération pour une meilleure prédiction de résultats de combustion insuffisamment expliqués avec les paramètres classiques. Various models aiming to predict the amount of unburned particles (solids during heavy fuel-oil combustion have been developed. The parameters taken into consideration are generally asphaltenes precipitated by normal heptane or pentane and Conradson carbon as well as the metals content having a known catalytic effect on cenosphere combustion in the combustion chamber. The Exxon and Shell models can be mentioned, which were developed respectively in 1979 and 1981 (Chapter II. Other models also give consideration to the fuel-oil composition, the way it is atomized and diffused in the chamber and the combustion kinetics (research done by the MIT Energy Laboratory published in 1986. However, the above parameters are not the only ones involved. For some fuel oils, experience has shown that the state of dispersion of asphaltenes may also play an important role particularly for combustion installations with mechanical injection for which the dispersion of fuel-oil droplets is not very great and does not affect the structures built

  16. Automation tools for flexible aircraft maintenance.

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    Prentice, William J.; Drotning, William D.; Watterberg, Peter A.; Loucks, Clifford S.; Kozlowski, David M.

    2003-11-01

    This report summarizes the accomplishments of the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project 26546 at Sandia, during the period FY01 through FY03. The project team visited four DoD depots that support extensive aircraft maintenance in order to understand critical needs for automation, and to identify maintenance processes for potential automation or integration opportunities. From the visits, the team identified technology needs and application issues, as well as non-technical drivers that influence the application of automation in depot maintenance of aircraft. Software tools for automation facility design analysis were developed, improved, extended, and integrated to encompass greater breadth for eventual application as a generalized design tool. The design tools for automated path planning and path generation have been enhanced to incorporate those complex robot systems with redundant joint configurations, which are likely candidate designs for a complex aircraft maintenance facility. A prototype force-controlled actively compliant end-effector was designed and developed based on a parallel kinematic mechanism design. This device was developed for demonstration of surface finishing, one of many in-contact operations performed during aircraft maintenance. This end-effector tool was positioned along the workpiece by a robot manipulator, programmed for operation by the automated planning tools integrated for this project. Together, the hardware and software tools demonstrate many of the technologies required for flexible automation in a maintenance facility.

  17. Crew system dynamics - Combining humans and automation

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    Connors, Mary

    1989-01-01

    Some of the human factor issues involved in effectively combining human and automated systems are examined with particular reference to spaceflights. The concepts of the crew system and crew systems dynamics are defined, and the present status of crew systems is summarized. The possibilities and potential problems aasociated with the use of automated systems are discussed, as are unique capabilities and possible errors introduced by human participants. It is emphasized that the true integration of human and automated systems must allow for the characteristics of both.

  18. Eye tracking technology for Automation Industry

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    Hedlund, Markus

    2012-01-01

    This master thesis is done at CrossControl, a company in the automation industry. A literature review was done covering state of the art technology of eye-tracking and gaze control and how it can be used in the automation industry. One purpose with the study was to indentify features important for an eye-tracker in automation applications. Findings suggests that there are no standard methods for measuring the performance of trackers and further that performance in regard to gaze control is li...

  19. Implementing a Data Logger for Home Automation

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    Hailegiorgis, Henoke

    2015-01-01

    Today’s technology provides a smart and secure ability to a home automation system. However to overcoming drawbacks and improving the system in a cost effective way needs to be done in a broader sense by paying attention to the most important purpose of a house automation system. The purpose of this thesis is to discuss a data logger, an automatic data collecting device, extension to a home automation system to improve the performance of the system. The focus is on the data logger design a...

  20. SHARP: Spacecraft Health Automated Reasoning Prototype

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    Atkinson, David J.

    1991-01-01

    The planetary spacecraft mission OPS as applied to SHARP is studied. Knowledge systems involved in this study are detailed. SHARP development task and Voyager telecom link analysis were examined. It was concluded that artificial intelligence has a proven capability to deliver useful functions in a real time space flight operations environment. SHARP has precipitated major change in acceptance of automation at JPL. The potential payoff from automation using AI is substantial. SHARP, and other AI technology is being transferred into systems in development including mission operations automation, science data systems, and infrastructure applications.

  1. Welding process automation in power machine building

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    The level of welding automation operations in power engineering and ways of its enhancement are highlighted. Used as the examples of comlex automation are an apparatus for the horizontal welding of turbine rotors, remotely controlled automatic machine for welding ring joint of large-sized vessels, equipment for the electron-beam welding of steam turbine assemblies of alloyed steels. The prospects of industrial robots are noted. The importance of the complex automation of technological process, including stocking, assemblying, transportation and auxiliary operations, is emphasized

  2. Automated Data Quality Assessment of Marine Sensors

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    Smith, Daniel V; Leon Reznik; Paulo A. Souza; Timms, Greg P.

    2011-01-01

    The automated collection of data (e.g., through sensor networks) has led to a massive increase in the quantity of environmental and other data available. The sheer quantity of data and growing need for real-time ingestion of sensor data (e.g., alerts and forecasts from physical models) means that automated Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) is necessary to ensure that the data collected is fit for purpose. Current automated QA/QC approaches provide assessments based upon hard classific...

  3. Designing a Software Test Automation Framework

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    Sabina AMARICAI

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Testing is an art and science that should ultimately lead to lower cost businesses through increasing control and reducing risk. Testing specialists should thoroughly understand the system or application from both the technical and the business perspective, and then design, build and implement the minimum-cost, maximum-coverage validation framework. Test Automation is an important ingredient for testing large scale applications. In this paper we discuss several test automation frameworks, their advantages and disadvantages. We also propose a custom automation framework model that is suited for applications with very complex business requirements and numerous interfaces.

  4. Process development for automated solar cell and module production. Task 4: automated array assembly

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    Hagerty, J.J.

    1980-06-30

    The scope of work under this contract involves specifying a process sequence which can be used in conjunction with automated equipment for the mass production of solar cell modules for terrestrial use. This process sequence is then critically analyzed from a technical and economic standpoint to determine the technological readiness of each process step for implementation. The process steps are ranked according to the degree of development effort required and according to their significance to the overall process. Under this contract the steps receiving analysis were: back contact metallization, automated cell array layup/interconnect, and module edge sealing. For automated layup/interconnect both hard automation and programmable automation (using an industrial robot) were studied. The programmable automation system was then selected for actual hardware development. Economic analysis using the SAMICS system has been performed during these studies to assure that development efforts have been directed towards the ultimate goal of price reduction. Details are given. (WHK)

  5. Experimental Investigation of the Asphaltene Deposition Process during Different Production Schemes Étude expérimentale du processus de dépôt d’asphaltènes au cours de différents modes de production

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    Bagheri M.B.

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of asphaltene precipitation and deposition during lean gas injection, CO2 injection and natural depletion in reservoir conditions. In addition, the effect of variations in operating pressure, injection gas concentration and production rate on asphaltene precipitation and deposition were investigated. The severity of asphaltene deposition was found to be more pronounced in lean gas injection in comparison with CO2 injection and natural depletion. Increasing the flow rate in natural depletion experiments showed a considerable increase in asphaltene deposition, and consequently permeability reduction in the core matrix. Moreover, more asphaltene deposition was observed along the porous media in the gas injection experiments when the gas mol percent of the mixture was increased. Cet article présente les résultats d’une étude de la précipitation et du dépôt d’asphaltènes qui peuvent se produire lors d’une injection de gaz pauvre, d’une injection de CO2 ou d’une déplétion naturelle en conditions de réservoir. En outre, les effets de la pression de fonctionnement, de la concentration en gaz injecté et du débit de production sur la précipitation et le dépôt d’asphaltènes ont été étudiés. Il a été constaté que l’importance du dépôt d’asphaltènes est plus prononcée dans le cas d’une injection de gaz pauvre comparativement à une injection de CO2 ou à une déplétion naturelle. Une augmentation du débit au cours d’expériences de déplétion naturelle a montré un accroissement considérable du dépôt d’asphaltènes et, en conséquence, une réduction de perméabilité au sein de la matrice poreuse. Par ailleurs, un dépôt d’asphaltènes plus important a été observé au cours des expériences d’injection de gaz lorsque la concentration molaire gazeuse dans le mélange était augmentée.

  6. Adaptive Automation: Leveraging Machine Learning to Support Uninterrupted Automated Testing of Software Applications

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    Mathur, Rajesh; Miles, Scott; Du, Miao

    2015-01-01

    Checking software application suitability using automated software tools has become a vital element for most organisations irrespective of whether they produce in-house software or simply customise off-the-shelf software applications for internal use. As software solutions become ever more complex, the industry becomes increasingly dependent on software automation tools, yet the brittle nature of the available software automation tools limits their effectiveness. Companies invest significantl...

  7. Designing and implementing test automation frameworks with QTP

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    Bhargava, Ashish

    2013-01-01

    A tutorial-based approach, showing basic coding and designing techniques to build test automation frameworks.If you are a beginner, an automation engineer, an aspiring test automation engineer, a manual tester, a test lead or a test architect who wants to learn, create, and maintain test automation frameworks, this book will accelerate your ability to develop and adapt the framework.

  8. Automation of Space Station module power management and distribution system

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    Bechtel, Robert; Weeks, Dave; Walls, Bryan

    1990-01-01

    Viewgraphs on automation of space station module (SSM) power management and distribution (PMAD) system are presented. Topics covered include: reasons for power system automation; SSM/PMAD approach to automation; SSM/PMAD test bed; SSM/PMAD topology; functional partitioning; SSM/PMAD control; rack level autonomy; FRAMES AI system; and future technology needs for power system automation.

  9. 21 CFR 864.5200 - Automated cell counter.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Automated cell counter. 864.5200 Section 864.5200....5200 Automated cell counter. (a) Identification. An automated cell counter is a fully-automated or semi... corpuscular hemoglobin concentration). These devices may use either an electronic particle counting method...

  10. 21 CFR 864.3875 - Automated tissue processor.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Automated tissue processor. 864.3875 Section 864.3875 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED... Automated tissue processor. (a) Identification. An automated tissue processor is an automated system used...

  11. Safeguards Automated Facility Evaluation (SAFE) methodology

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    An automated approach to facility safeguards effectiveness evaluation has been developed. This automated process, called Safeguards Automated Facility Evaluation (SAFE), consists of a collection of a continuous stream of operational modules for facility characterization, the selection of critical paths, and the evaluation of safeguards effectiveness along these paths. The technique has been implemented on an interactive computer time-sharing system and makes use of computer graphics for the processing and presentation of information. Using this technique, a comprehensive evaluation of a safeguards system can be provided by systematically varying the parameters that characterize the physical protection components of a facility to reflect the perceived adversary attributes and strategy, environmental conditions, and site operational conditions. The SAFE procedure has broad applications in the nuclear facility safeguards field as well as in the security field in general. Any fixed facility containing valuable materials or components to be protected from theft or sabotage could be analyzed using this same automated evaluation technique

  12. An automated imaging system for radiation biodosimetry.

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    Garty, Guy; Bigelow, Alan W; Repin, Mikhail; Turner, Helen C; Bian, Dakai; Balajee, Adayabalam S; Lyulko, Oleksandra V; Taveras, Maria; Yao, Y Lawrence; Brenner, David J

    2015-07-01

    We describe here an automated imaging system developed at the Center for High Throughput Minimally Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry. The imaging system is built around a fast, sensitive sCMOS camera and rapid switchable LED light source. It features complete automation of all the steps of the imaging process and contains built-in feedback loops to ensure proper operation. The imaging system is intended as a back end to the RABiT-a robotic platform for radiation biodosimetry. It is intended to automate image acquisition and analysis for four biodosimetry assays for which we have developed automated protocols: The Cytokinesis Blocked Micronucleus assay, the γ-H2AX assay, the Dicentric assay (using PNA or FISH probes) and the RABiT-BAND assay. PMID:25939519

  13. Automated Feature Extraction from Hyperspectral Imagery Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed activities will result in the development of a novel hyperspectral feature-extraction toolkit that will provide a simple, automated, and accurate...

  14. Honeywell modular automation system computer software documentation

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    This document provides a Computer Software Documentation for a new Honeywell Modular Automation System (MAS) being installed in the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP). This system will be used to control new thermal stabilization furnaces in HA-21I

  15. A Toolchain for Home Automation Controller Development

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    Dalsgaard, Peter H.; Le Guilly, Thibaut; Middelhede, Daniel; Olsen, Petur; Pedersen, Thomas; Ravn, Anders Peter; Skou, Arne

    Home Automation systems provide a large number of devices to control diverse appliances. Taking advantage of this diversity to create efficient and intelligent environments requires well designed, validated, and implemented controllers. However, designing and deploying such controllers is a complex...

  16. Auditing and GRC automation in SAP

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    Chuprunov, Maxim

    2013-01-01

    Going beyond current literature, this book extends internal controls to efficiency and profitability. Offers an audit guide for an SAP ERP system, covers risks and control descriptions, and shows how to automate compliance management based on SAP GRC.

  17. Automated Window 8 Security and Safety System

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Automated Windows 8 Security Console is software program which is aimed to help Windows 8 Users to protect their privacy & from malicious attacks. Automated Windows 8 Security Console is a Graphical User Interface Software which guides an average user about the latest security issues involved in windows 8. Software then offers a feature to implement the security by simple approval by user. The approval can be a simple click or an enter button. Automated windows 8 Security Console will establish a security configuration for Microsoft Windows 8. Automated Windows 8 Security Console will help system and application administrators, security specialists, auditors, help desk, and platform deployment person who plan to develop, deploy, assess, or secure solutions that incorporate Microsoft Windows 8.We are Making Windows Security Console which make the user free from Malicious attack and privacy.

  18. Understanding Human Error Based on Automated Analyses

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This is a report on a continuing study of automated analyses of experiential textual reports to gain insight into the causal factors of human errors in aviation...

  19. Image segmentation for automated dental identification

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    Haj Said, Eyad; Nassar, Diaa Eldin M.; Ammar, Hany H.

    2006-02-01

    Dental features are one of few biometric identifiers that qualify for postmortem identification; therefore, creation of an Automated Dental Identification System (ADIS) with goals and objectives similar to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) has received increased attention. As a part of ADIS, teeth segmentation from dental radiographs films is an essential step in the identification process. In this paper, we introduce a fully automated approach for teeth segmentation with goal to extract at least one tooth from the dental radiograph film. We evaluate our approach based on theoretical and empirical basis, and we compare its performance with the performance of other approaches introduced in the literature. The results show that our approach exhibits the lowest failure rate and the highest optimality among all full automated approaches introduced in the literature.

  20. The Variability of Automated QRS Duration Measurement

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    Vančura, V.; Wichterle, D.; Ulč, I.; Šmíd, J.; Brabec, Marek; Zárybnická, M.; Rokyta, R.

    -, published online February 18 (2016). ISSN 1099-5129 Institutional support: RVO:67985807 Keywords : ECG * QRS complex * automated measurement Subject RIV: FA - Cardiovascular Diseases incl. Cardiotharic Surgery Impact factor: 3.670, year: 2014

  1. Automate The Tax Levy Process (Taxy)

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    Social Security Administration — This data store contains information to support the automation of Tax Levy payments. Data includes but is not limited to Title II benefits adjustment data, as well...

  2. Murine Automated Urine Sampler (MAUS) Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This proposal outlines planned development for a low-power, low-mass automated urine sample collection and preservation system for small mammals, capable of...

  3. Future Control and Automation : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Future Control and Automation

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    2012-01-01

    This volume Future Control and Automation- Volume 2 includes best papers from 2012 2nd International Conference on Future Control and Automation (ICFCA 2012) held on July 1-2, 2012, Changsha, China. Future control and automation is the use of control systems and information technologies to reduce the need for human work in the production of goods and services. This volume can be divided into six sessions on the basis of the classification of manuscripts considered, which is listed as follows: Mathematical Modeling, Analysis and Computation, Control Engineering, Reliable Networks Design, Vehicular Communications and Networking, Automation and Mechatronics.

  4. Automation of Test Cases for Web Applications : Automation of CRM Test Cases

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    Seyoum, Alazar

    2012-01-01

    The main theme of this project was to design a test automation framework for automating web related test cases. Automating test cases designed for testing a web interface provide a means of improving a software development process by shortening the testing phase in the software development life cycle. In this project an existing AutoTester framework and iMacros test automation tools were used. CRM Test Agent was developed to integrate AutoTester to iMacros and to enable the AutoTester,...

  5. Automation for System Safety Analysis

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    Malin, Jane T.; Fleming, Land; Throop, David; Thronesbery, Carroll; Flores, Joshua; Bennett, Ted; Wennberg, Paul

    2009-01-01

    This presentation describes work to integrate a set of tools to support early model-based analysis of failures and hazards due to system-software interactions. The tools perform and assist analysts in the following tasks: 1) extract model parts from text for architecture and safety/hazard models; 2) combine the parts with library information to develop the models for visualization and analysis; 3) perform graph analysis and simulation to identify and evaluate possible paths from hazard sources to vulnerable entities and functions, in nominal and anomalous system-software configurations and scenarios; and 4) identify resulting candidate scenarios for software integration testing. There has been significant technical progress in model extraction from Orion program text sources, architecture model derivation (components and connections) and documentation of extraction sources. Models have been derived from Internal Interface Requirements Documents (IIRDs) and FMEA documents. Linguistic text processing is used to extract model parts and relationships, and the Aerospace Ontology also aids automated model development from the extracted information. Visualizations of these models assist analysts in requirements overview and in checking consistency and completeness.

  6. Automated satellite telemetry processing system

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    Parunakian, David; Kalegaev, Vladimir; Barinova, Vera

    In this paper we describe the design and important implementation details of the new automated system for processing satellite telemetry developedat Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of Moscow State University (SINP MSU) . We discuss the most common tasks and pitfall for such systems built around data stream from a single spacecraft or a single instrument, and suggest a solution that allows to quickly develop telemetry processing modules and to integrate them with an existing polling mechanism, support infrastructure and data storage in Oracle or MySQL database systems. We also demonstrate the benefits of this approach using modules for processing three different spacecraft data streams: Coronas-Photon (2009-003A), Tatiana-2 (2009-049D) and Meteor-M no.1 (2009-049A). The data format and protocols used by each of these spacecraft have distinct peculiarities, which nevertheless did not pose a problem for integrating their modules into the main system. Remote access via web interface to Oracle databases and sophisticated visualization tools create a possibility of efficient scientific exploitation of satellite data. Such a system is already deployed at the web portal of the Space Monitoring Data Center (SMDC) of SINP MSU (http://smdc.sinp.msu.ru).

  7. Automated Pipelines for Spectroscopic Analysis

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    Prieto, Carlos Allende

    2016-01-01

    The Gaia mission will have a profound impact on our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the Milky Way. Gaia is providing an exhaustive census of stellar parallaxes, proper motions, positions, colors and radial velocities, but also leaves some flaring holes in an otherwise complete data set. The radial velocities measured with the on-board high-resolution spectrograph will only reach some 10% of the full sample of stars with astrometry and photometry from the mission, and detailed chemical information will be obtained for less than 1%. Teams all over the world are organizing large-scale projects to provide complementary radial velocities and chemistry, since this can now be done very efficiently from the ground thanks to large and mid-size telescopes with a wide field-of-view and multi-object spectrographs. As a result, automated data processing is taking an ever increasing relevance, and the concept is applying to many more areas, from targeting to analysis. In this paper, I provide a quick overvie...

  8. Automation of Design Engineering Processes

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    Torrey, Glenn; Sawasky, Gerald; Courey, Karim

    2004-01-01

    A method, and a computer program that helps to implement the method, have been developed to automate and systematize the retention and retrieval of all the written records generated during the process of designing a complex engineering system. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough that all the written records as used here is meant to be taken literally: it signifies not only final drawings and final engineering calculations but also such ancillary documents as minutes of meetings, memoranda, requests for design changes, approval and review documents, and reports of tests. One important purpose served by the method is to make the records readily available to all involved users via their computer workstations from one computer archive while eliminating the need for voluminous paper files stored in different places. Another important purpose served by the method is to facilitate the work of engineers who are charged with sustaining the system and were not involved in the original design decisions. The method helps the sustaining engineers to retrieve information that enables them to retrace the reasoning that led to the original design decisions, thereby helping them to understand the system better and to make informed engineering choices pertaining to maintenance and/or modifications of the system. The software used to implement the method is written in Microsoft Access. All of the documents pertaining to the design of a given system are stored in one relational database in such a manner that they can be related to each other via a single tracking number.

  9. Automated Chess Playing with a Robot Manipulator

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    Angelkov, Dimitrija; Koceska, Natasa; Saso KOCESKI

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes a system for automated chess playing with a robot manipulator. Customized chess engine is used to implement chess rules, to evaluate the board position during the game and to compute the next move of the robot using the alpha-beta search algorithm. This work contributes to the recent trends for creating automated robotic games and introduction of non-standard human-computer interfaces.

  10. Automated control system in charged particle accelerators

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    A general approach to the design of automated radiation safety systems at charged particle accelerators is described. Parameters of high-energy electron accelerators of the Kharkov Physics and Engineering Institute are presented. Characteristics of the surrounding radiation fields are given. Ionizing radiation transducers which can be used in automated systems are considered. Local radiation monitoring station based on the LUE-2000 accelerator of the institute is described. 9 refs.; 4 figs.; 1 tab

  11. Netduino home automation projects for lazy boys

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    Cavanagh, Matt

    2013-01-01

    Netduino Home Automation Projects for Lazy Boys is written in a practical and friendly style. Reading this book will be an experience full of fun and learning as well.This book is ideally suited for someone who is interested in home automation, has some experience in C#, and has used a Netduino before but wants to explore more advanced topics. However, the book starts from the very basics so it can be picked up even by novices.

  12. Automated Greenhouse : Temperature and soil moisture control

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    Attalla, Daniela; Tannfelt Wu, Jennifer

    2015-01-01

    In this thesis an automated greenhouse was built with the purpose of investigating the watering system’s reliability and if a desired range of temperatures can be maintained. The microcontroller used to create the automated greenhouse was an Arduino UNO. This project utilizes two different sensors, a soil moisture sensor and a temperature sensor. The sensors are controlling the two actuators which are a heating fan and a pump. The heating fan is used to change the temperature and the pump is ...

  13. AXIOME: automated exploration of microbial diversity

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    Lynch, Michael DJ; Andre P Masella; Hall, Michael W; Bartram, Andrea K.; Neufeld, Josh D.

    2013-01-01

    Background Although high-throughput sequencing of small subunit rRNA genes has revolutionized our understanding of microbial ecosystems, these technologies generate data at depths that benefit from automated analysis. Here we present AXIOME (Automation, eXtension, and Integration Of Microbial Ecology), a highly flexible and extensible management tool for popular microbial ecology analysis packages that promotes reproducibility and customization in microbial research. Findings AXIOME streamlin...

  14. Designing Automated Market Makers with Adaptive Liquidity

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    Li, Xiaolong

    2012-01-01

    There is a recent surge on the design of automated market makers for securities markets over a finite outcome space, among which is a growing interest in finding automated market makers that have sensitive liquidity. That is, the class of market makers that could adjust their liquidity levels according to market activities. Towards this goal, we first give a formal definition of liquidityadaptation,. that captures this intuition. Then, building on the ideas from \\cite{ACV11,ACV12} and \\cite{O...

  15. DIDACTIC AUTOMATED STATION OF COMPLEX KINEMATICS

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    Mariusz Sosnowski

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the design, control system and software that controls the automated station of complex kinematics. Control interface and software has been developed and manufactured in the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin in the Department of Automated Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Quality. Conducting classes designed to teach programming and design of structures and systems for monitoring the robot kinematic components with non-standard structures was the reason for installation of the control system and software.

  16. DIDACTIC AUTOMATED STATION OF COMPLEX KINEMATICS

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    Mariusz Sosnowski; Jędrzej Jaskowski

    2014-01-01

    The paper presents the design, control system and software that controls the automated station of complex kinematics. Control interface and software has been developed and manufactured in the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin in the Department of Automated Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Quality. Conducting classes designed to teach programming and design of structures and systems for monitoring the robot kinematic components with non-standard structures was the reaso...

  17. Implementation of and experiences with new automation

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    Ifte Mahmud; David Kim

    2000-01-01

    In an environment where cost, timeliness, and quality drives the business, it is essential to look for answers in technology where these challenges can be met. In the Novartis Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Department, automation and robotics have become just the tools to meet these challenges. Although automation is a relatively new concept in our department, we have fully embraced it within just a few years. As our company went through a merger, there was a significant reduction in the wo...

  18. Radioligand assay: current trends in automation

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    Using automatic equipment to perform routine RIA procedures can save time and money, improve precision, and free technologists to work on more-complex, non-routine assays. This article examines some of the instruments available for semiautomated and fully automated RIA testing. The pros and cons of automated testing are explored, and a framework for judging the true value and limitations of systems is presented

  19. Automated symbolic algebra for quantum chemistry

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    Today, state-of-the-art computational methods and programs for quantum theory for electron correlation may not be developed entirely manually. They are often constructed with the essential aid of symbolic algebra systems automating lengthy and error-prone mathematical derivation and computer implementation, inevitable in these developments. Recent progress in this new paradigm of chemical theory development-complete automation-is reviewed

  20. Increasing work efficiency through tax calculation automation

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    Pullinen, Lauri

    2015-01-01

    In an environment of ever-increasing price competition organizations need to find ways to renew business models in order to increase their total work efficiency. One way of accomplishing this is to automate certain work tasks. This paper introduces a partial solution to the aforementioned challenges in the form of creating an automated tax calculation tool. Design research in information systems was used as the primary research method and the actual research process was carried out in the...

  1. Automating Game Design In Three Dimensions

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    Cook, Michael; Colton, Simon; Gow, Jeremy

    2014-01-01

    We describe ANGELINA-5, a new iteration of the AN- GELINA framework for investigating and building software which automates the process of videogame design. ANGELINA-5 is the first automated game design tool that produces 3D games. We outline here the system’s structure, the challenges inherent in building an auto- mated game designer in a modern game engine, and we discuss the future research directions for the project.

  2. Designing a Software Test Automation Framework

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    Sabina AMARICAI; Constantinescu, Radu

    2014-01-01

    Testing is an art and science that should ultimately lead to lower cost businesses through increasing control and reducing risk. Testing specialists should thoroughly understand the system or application from both the technical and the business perspective, and then design, build and implement the minimum-cost, maximum-coverage validation framework. Test Automation is an important ingredient for testing large scale applications. In this paper we discuss several test automation frameworks, th...

  3. Electric power distribution, automation, protection, and control

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    Momoh, James A

    2007-01-01

    * Each Chapter Provides an Introduction, Illustrative Examples, and a SummaryIntroduction to Distribution Automation Systems Historical Background Distribution System Topology and Structure Distribution Automation (DA) and Control Computational Techniques for Distribution Systems Complex Power Concepts Balanced Voltage to Neutral-Connected System Power Relationship for f Y-?-Connected System Per-Unit System Calculation of Power Losses Voltage Regulation Techniques Voltage-Sag Analysis and Calculation Equipment Modeling Components Modeling Distribution System Line Model Distribution Power Flo

  4. Trends in Robotics and Automation in Construction

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    Balaguer, Carlos; Abderrahim, Mohamed

    2008-01-01

    This chapter presented the summarised -state-of-the-art in the area of robotics and automation in construction focusing on the new robots development and machine automation. This area of robot development was very strong during 90s. However actual research and development in the RAC is more focused on new emerging technologies and mainly based on software and IT technologies. This is based on the software integration, simulation and Virtual Reality environments, sensor-based monitoring and tr...

  5. Space science experimentation automation and support

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    Frainier, Richard J.; Groleau, Nicolas; Shapiro, Jeff C.

    1994-01-01

    This paper outlines recent work done at the NASA Ames Artificial Intelligence Research Laboratory on automation and support of science experiments on the US Space Shuttle in low earth orbit. Three approaches to increasing the science return of these experiments using emerging automation technologies are described: remote control (telescience), science advisors for astronaut operators, and fully autonomous experiments. The capabilities and limitations of these approaches are reviewed.

  6. COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TEST AUTOMATION ROI

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    Muthusundar, S. K.

    2011-01-01

    Need of enhancing the potential benefits of a project by robust strategies that reduces the execution time of testing cycle and maintenance effort result in increased productivity by additional test cases within a given schedule this objective can be met the organist ions with the help of test Automation framework. Return oninvestment (ROI) can also be achieved through test automation. It reduced the maintenance effort and script development result will help increase the speed of test executi...

  7. Controlling high speed automated transport network operations

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    de Feijter, R.

    2006-01-01

    This thesis presents a framework for the control of automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The framework implements the transport system as a community of cooperating agents. Besides the architecture and elements of the framework a wide range of infrastructure scene templates is described. These scene templates, ranging from terminal infrastructure to freeways, can be used as building blocks to create a control system for an automated transport network.

  8. A lifelogging approach to automated market research

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    Hughes, Mark; Newman, Eamonn; Smeaton, Alan F.; O'connor, Noel E.

    2012-01-01

    Market research companies spend large amounts of money carrying out time-intensive processes to gather information about peo- ple’s activities, such as the place they frequent and the activities in which they partake. Due to high costs and logistical difficulties, an automated approach to this practice is needed. In this work we present an automated market research system based on computer vision and machine learning algorithms with visual lifelogging data, developed in collaboration with ...

  9. Towards Automated Testing of Web Service Choreographies

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    Besson F.M.; Leal P.M.B.; Kon F.; Goldman A; Milojicic D.

    2011-01-01

    Web service choreographies have been proposed as a decentralized scalable way of composing services in a SOA environment. In spite of all the benefi ts of choreographies, the decentralized ow of information, the parallelism, and multiple party communication restrict the automated testing of choreographies at design and runtime. The goal of our research is to adapt the automated testing techniques used by the Agile Software Development community to the SOA context. To achieve that, we seek to ...

  10. Automation Using Robotic Arm in Rotor Packaging

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    G. Gopu; ARJUN SHIBY M; NAGA ARJUN M; SHASHANK R; SINAN V

    2013-01-01

    Till date automation in small and medium scale industries has not enjoyed the same rate of growth as in other information technology sectors, lagging significantly behind automation in large batch production .The use of LabVIEW interfaced with micro-controller in controlling a robotic arm is a latest technique which is being implemented in this project. In medium scale industries packaging of rotors is done manually. This Process is time consuming and also requires manpower. Through this proj...

  11. Automated concept matching between laboratory databases.

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    Sun, Yao

    2002-01-01

    To address the problem of semantic inconsistencies between medical databases, semantic network representations can be utilized to automate the matching of medical concepts between the databases. The performance of automated concept matching was tested by creating semantic network representations for two laboratory databases, one from a pediatric hospital and the other from an oncology institute. The matching algorithms identified all equivalent concepts that were present in both databases, an...

  12. Computer Programs For Automated Welding System

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    Agapakis, John E.

    1993-01-01

    Computer programs developed for use in controlling automated welding system described in MFS-28578. Together with control computer, computer input and output devices and control sensors and actuators, provide flexible capability for planning and implementation of schemes for automated welding of specific workpieces. Developed according to macro- and task-level programming schemes, which increases productivity and consistency by reducing amount of "teaching" of system by technician. System provides for three-dimensional mathematical modeling of workpieces, work cells, robots, and positioners.

  13. Cost accounting in the automated manufacturing environment

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    Hastings, John T.

    1988-01-01

    Cost accounting and product costing techniques are used by firms to measure the amount of resources consumed in the production of goods. Writings in the current literature Johnson, 1987; Kaplan, 1987; Howell, 1987 have argued that traditional cost accounting should be modified in an automated manufacturing environment. The purpose of this thesis is to determine whether traditional cost accounting techniques should be modified in the automated manufacturing environment. Data for this thesis we...

  14. Automated Acceptance Testing : Why and How to Implement?

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    Muroma, Sebastian

    2015-01-01

    The goal of this thesis was to investigate why manual acceptance tests should be automated in a software project and how the automation should be carried out. The topic is of relevance because automated testing is one way to improve the quality of software. Different methods, procedures, types and tools can be used to create automated testing. The challenges of automated testing are implementation, setting the right objectives and choosing the right tool. The benef...

  15. Enhancing Seismic Calibration Research Through Software Automation

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    Ruppert, S; Dodge, D; Elliott, A; Ganzberger, M; Hauk, T; Matzel, E; Ryall, F

    2004-07-09

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Ground-Based Nuclear Explosion Monitoring Research and Engineering (GNEM R&E) Program has made significant progress enhancing the process of deriving seismic calibrations and performing scientific integration with automation tools. We present an overview of our software automation efforts and framework to address the problematic issues of very large datasets and varied formats utilized during seismic calibration research. The software and scientific automation initiatives directly support the rapid collection of raw and contextual seismic data used in research, provide efficient interfaces for researchers to measure/analyze data, and provide a framework for research dataset integration. The automation also improves the researcher's ability to assemble quality controlled research products for delivery into the NNSA Knowledge Base (KB). The software and scientific automation tasks provide the robust foundation upon which synergistic and efficient development of, GNEM R&E Program, seismic calibration research may be built. The task of constructing many seismic calibration products is labor intensive and complex, hence expensive. However, aspects of calibration product construction are susceptible to automation and future economies. We are applying software and scientific automation to problems within two distinct phases or 'tiers' of the seismic calibration process. The first tier involves initial collection of waveform and parameter (bulletin) data that comprise the 'raw materials' from which signal travel-time and amplitude correction surfaces are derived and is highly suited for software automation. The second tier in seismic research content development activities include development of correction surfaces and other calibrations. This second tier is less susceptible to complete automation, as these activities require the judgment of scientists skilled in the interpretation of often highly

  16. Optimization of automation: I. Estimation method of cognitive automation rates reflecting the effects of automation on human operators in nuclear power plants

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    Highlights: • We propose an estimation method of the automation rate by taking the advantages of automation as the estimation measures. • We conduct the experiments to examine the validity of the suggested method. • The higher the cognitive automation rate is, the greater the decreased rate of the working time will be. • The usefulness of the suggested estimation method is proved by statistical analyses. - Abstract: Since automation was introduced in various industrial fields, the concept of the automation rate has been used to indicate the inclusion proportion of automation among all work processes or facilities. Expressions of the inclusion proportion of automation are predictable, as is the ability to express the degree of the enhancement of human performance. However, many researchers have found that a high automation rate does not guarantee high performance. Therefore, to reflect the effects of automation on human performance, this paper proposes a new estimation method of the automation rate that considers the effects of automation on human operators in nuclear power plants (NPPs). Automation in NPPs can be divided into two types: system automation and cognitive automation. Some general descriptions and characteristics of each type of automation are provided, and the advantages of automation are investigated. The advantages of each type of automation are used as measures of the estimation method of the automation rate. One advantage was found to be a reduction in the number of tasks, and another was a reduction in human cognitive task loads. The system and the cognitive automation rate were proposed as quantitative measures by taking advantage of the aforementioned benefits. To quantify the required human cognitive task loads and thus suggest the cognitive automation rate, Conant’s information-theory-based model was applied. The validity of the suggested method, especially as regards the cognitive automation rate, was proven by conducting

  17. Comparison of Temperature Programmable Split/Splitless and Cool On-Column Inlets for the Determination of Glycerol and Glycerides in Biodiesel by Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection.

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    Giardina, Matthew; McCurry, James D

    2016-01-01

    The European Standard EN 14105:2011-07 is an analysis method for quantifying free glycerol and residual mono-, di- and triacylglycerides impurities in biodiesel by gas chromatography. The method specifies an "on-column injector or equivalent device" as the means of sample introduction. Cool on-column (COC) would appear to be an ideal choice, particularly for quantifying triacylglycerides, as it provides high quantitative accuracy and precision with minimal mass discrimination. However, there are a few drawbacks in using COC for this application. The relatively high concentration of the biodiesel in the prepared samples impedes solvent focusing of early eluting compounds such as glycerol, causing band broadening and shifts in retention time compared with the external calibration standards. More problematic is method robustness when using a metal retention gap. Repeated injections onto the retention gap cause the method control specification to fail within relatively few injections. As an alternative, a temperature programmable split/splitless (TPSS) inlet was investigated for performance equivalency. The results demonstrate that the TPSS yields concentration measurements indistinguishable from the COC inlet at the 95% confidence level. In addition, the robustness of the TPSS far exceeds that of the COC inlet by eliminating the performance control failure and providing solvent focusing for the early eluting peaks. PMID:26921893

  18. On-column tryptic mapping of proteins using metal-ion-chelated magnetic silica microspheres by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Li, Yan; Yan, Bo; Xu, Xiuqing; Deng, Chunhui; Yang, Pengyuan; Shen, Xizhong; Zhang, Xiangmin

    2007-01-01

    Peptide mapping analysis, utilizing an easily replaceable and regenerable on-column enzymatic microreactor with metal-ion-chelated adsorption of enzyme on magnetic silica microspheres, combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS), was developed. Firstly, magnetic microspheres of small size and strong magnetism were prepared through solvothermal reaction. Thereafter, by introducing tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), magnetic silica (MS) microspheres were formed. Trypsin could then be immobilized onto the MS microspheres based on the Lewis acid-base interaction through the divalent cation chelators such as iminodiacetic acid (IDA), which was chemically bound to the microspheres through the introduction of glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GLYMO). The trypsin-immobilized MS microspheres were then locally packed into the capillary by the application of a strong magnetic field using a magnet. The performance of the method was exemplified with digestion of bovine serum albumin for 5 min at 50 degrees C and the result was comparable to the 12 h in-solution digestion. The ability of regeneration of the prepared on-column microreactor and good reproducibility of microreactor before and after regeneration were also demonstrated. PMID:17577873

  19. Automating linear accelerator quality assurance

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    Eckhause, Tobias; Thorwarth, Ryan; Moran, Jean M., E-mail: jmmoran@med.umich.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5010 (United States); Al-Hallaq, Hania; Farrey, Karl [Department of Radiation Oncology and Cellular Oncology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Ritter, Timothy [Ann Arbor VA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States); DeMarco, John [Department of Radiation Oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 90048 (United States); Pawlicki, Todd; Kim, Gwe-Ya [UCSD Medical Center, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Popple, Richard [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35249 (United States); Sharma, Vijeshwar; Park, SungYong [Karmanos Cancer Institute, McLaren-Flint, Flint, Michigan 48532 (United States); Perez, Mario; Booth, Jeremy T. [Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW 2065 (Australia)

    2015-10-15

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was 2-fold. One purpose was to develop an automated, streamlined quality assurance (QA) program for use by multiple centers. The second purpose was to evaluate machine performance over time for multiple centers using linear accelerator (Linac) log files and electronic portal images. The authors sought to evaluate variations in Linac performance to establish as a reference for other centers. Methods: The authors developed analytical software tools for a QA program using both log files and electronic portal imaging device (EPID) measurements. The first tool is a general analysis tool which can read and visually represent data in the log file. This tool, which can be used to automatically analyze patient treatment or QA log files, examines the files for Linac deviations which exceed thresholds. The second set of tools consists of a test suite of QA fields, a standard phantom, and software to collect information from the log files on deviations from the expected values. The test suite was designed to focus on the mechanical tests of the Linac to include jaw, MLC, and collimator positions during static, IMRT, and volumetric modulated arc therapy delivery. A consortium of eight institutions delivered the test suite at monthly or weekly intervals on each Linac using a standard phantom. The behavior of various components was analyzed for eight TrueBeam Linacs. Results: For the EPID and trajectory log file analysis, all observed deviations which exceeded established thresholds for Linac behavior resulted in a beam hold off. In the absence of an interlock-triggering event, the maximum observed log file deviations between the expected and actual component positions (such as MLC leaves) varied from less than 1% to 26% of published tolerance thresholds. The maximum and standard deviations of the variations due to gantry sag, collimator angle, jaw position, and MLC positions are presented. Gantry sag among Linacs was 0.336 ± 0.072 mm. The

  20. Automating linear accelerator quality assurance

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    Purpose: The purpose of this study was 2-fold. One purpose was to develop an automated, streamlined quality assurance (QA) program for use by multiple centers. The second purpose was to evaluate machine performance over time for multiple centers using linear accelerator (Linac) log files and electronic portal images. The authors sought to evaluate variations in Linac performance to establish as a reference for other centers. Methods: The authors developed analytical software tools for a QA program using both log files and electronic portal imaging device (EPID) measurements. The first tool is a general analysis tool which can read and visually represent data in the log file. This tool, which can be used to automatically analyze patient treatment or QA log files, examines the files for Linac deviations which exceed thresholds. The second set of tools consists of a test suite of QA fields, a standard phantom, and software to collect information from the log files on deviations from the expected values. The test suite was designed to focus on the mechanical tests of the Linac to include jaw, MLC, and collimator positions during static, IMRT, and volumetric modulated arc therapy delivery. A consortium of eight institutions delivered the test suite at monthly or weekly intervals on each Linac using a standard phantom. The behavior of various components was analyzed for eight TrueBeam Linacs. Results: For the EPID and trajectory log file analysis, all observed deviations which exceeded established thresholds for Linac behavior resulted in a beam hold off. In the absence of an interlock-triggering event, the maximum observed log file deviations between the expected and actual component positions (such as MLC leaves) varied from less than 1% to 26% of published tolerance thresholds. The maximum and standard deviations of the variations due to gantry sag, collimator angle, jaw position, and MLC positions are presented. Gantry sag among Linacs was 0.336 ± 0.072 mm. The