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  1. Analyzing ground ozone formation regimes using a principal axis factoring method: A case study of Kladno (Czech Republic) industrial area

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    Malec, L.; Skacel, F. [Department of Gas, Coke and Air Protection, Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, (Czech Republic)]. E-mail: Lukas.Malec@vscht.cz; Fousek, T. [Institute of Public Health, District of Central Czech Republic, Kladno (Czech Republic); Tekac, V. [Department of Gas, Coke and Air Protection, Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, (Czech Republic); Kral, P. [Institute of Public Health, District of Central Czech Republic, Kladno (Czech Republic)

    2008-07-15

    Tropospheric ozone is a secondary air pollutant, changes in the ambient content of which are affected by both, the emission rates of primary pollutants and the variability of meteorological conditions. In this paper, we use two multivariate statistical methods to analyze the impact of the meteorological conditions associated with pollutant transformation processes. First, we evaluated the variability of the spatial and temporal distribution of ozone precursor parameters by using discriminant analysis (DA) in locations close to the industrial area of Kladno (a city in the Czech Republic). Second, we interpreted the data set by using factor analysis (FA) to examine the differences between ozone formation processes in summer and in winter. To avoid temperature dependency between the variables, as well as to describe tropospheric washout processes, we used water vapour content rather than the more commonly employed relative humidity parameter. In this way, we were able to successfully determine and subsequently evaluate the various processes of ozone formation, together with the distribution of ozone precursors. High air temperature, radiation and low water content relate to summer pollution episodes, while radiation and wind speed prove to be the most important parameters during winter. [Spanish] El ozono troposferico es un contaminante fotoquimico secundario cuyos contenidos estan influidos tanto por las razones de emision de las sustancias contaminantes primarias como por la variabilidad de las condiciones meteorologicas. En este trabajo utilizamos dos metodos estadisticos multivariados para el analisis de la influencia de las condiciones meteorologicas relacionadas con los procesos de transformacion de las sustancias contaminantes. Primero, estimamos la variabilidad de la descomposicion espacial y temporal de los precursores de ozono mediante el analisis discriminante (DA) en las areas cercanas a la zona industrial de Kladno (una ciudad de la Republica Checa

  2. Usefulness of the long-axis and short-axis reformatted images of multidetector-row CT in evaluating T-factor of the surgically resected pancreaticobiliary malignancies

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    Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of curved planar reformations along the duct (long-axis CPR) and series of reformations perpendicular to the duct (short-axis MPR) in evaluating T-factors of pancreaticobiliary malignancy. Materials and methods: Twenty-five patients with surgically proven pancreaticobiliary malignancy (12 bile duct cancers and 13 pancreas cancers) were evaluated. A dynamic study was performed with multidetector-row CT with four detectors, and reconstructed with 1 mm thickness and intervals. Tracing the center of the duct system on axial images, long-axis CPR images and serial short-axis MPR images were obtained. Two radiologists interpreted the T factor of the diseases three times: session (1), axial images only; session (2), axial, coronal and sagittal multiplanar reformation images; and session (3), axial, long-axis CPR, and short-axis MPR images. Receiver operating characteristic curves were analyzed. Results: In evaluations of bile duct cancer, Az values of (3) (0.95, 0.92) were higher than those of (1) (0.89, 0.88) and (2) (0.92, 0.89), with some significant differences. In evaluations of pancreas cancer, Az values of all interpretations were almost equal. Conclusion: Long-axis CPR and short-axis MPR images were suggested to be useful as additional images to the original axial images in evaluating the local extension of bile duct carcinomas

  3. Contribution to the method for determining femoral neck axis

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    Anđelković Zoran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Femoral neck axis plotting is of great significance in measuring parameters that define femoral head-neck junction sphericity in the group of patients with the femoroacetabular impingement. Literature methods of femoral neck axis determination have weaknesses associated with the risk of obtaining inaccurate values of certain parameters. Objective. Method of plotting of the femoral neck axis by two parallel lines that belong to the medial quarter of the femoral neck is proposed. Method was tested on the anatomic specimens and the respective radiograms. Methods. A total of 31 anatomic specimens of the proximal femur and respective radiographs were used, on which three axes of the femoral neck were plotted; accordingly, alpha angle value was determined and tested with corresponding parametric tests, with the measurement error of less than 5% and the strength of the applied tests of 80%. Results. Alpha angle values obtained by plotting femoral neck axis using the literature and methods we have proposed were not significantly different in our series, and, in more than a half of the specimens, the two axes overlapped each other. Conclusion. The advantage of the proposed method does not depend on the position of the femoral head rotation center in relation to the femoral neck, which favors proposed method for measuring the angles of femoral head sphericity in patients with the femoral head translation. Disadvantage of the study is a small sample size for valid conclusions about the applicability of this method in clinical practice.

  4. Off-axis angular spectrum method with variable sampling interval

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    Kim, Yong-Hae; Byun, Chun-Won; Oh, Himchan; Pi, Jae-Eun; Choi, Ji-Hun; Kim, Gi Heon; Lee, Myung-Lae; Ryu, Hojun; Hwang, Chi-Sun

    2015-08-01

    We proposed a novel off-axis angular spectrum method (ASM) for simulating free space wave propagation with a large shifted destination plane. The off-axis numerical simulation took wave propagation between a parallel source and a destination plane, but a destination plane was shifted from a source plane. The shifted angular spectrum method was proposed for diffraction simulation with a shifted destination plane and satisfied the Nyquist condition for sampling by limiting a bandwidth of a propagation field to avoid an aliasing error due to under sampling. However, the effective sampling number of the shifted ASM decreased when the shifted distance of the destination plane was large which caused a numerical error in the diffraction simulation. To compensate for the decrease of an effective sampling number for the large shifted destination plane, we used a variable sampling interval in a Fourier space to maintain the same effective sampling number independent of the shifted distance of the destination plane. As a result, our proposed off-axis ASM with a variable sampling interval can produce simulation results with high accuracy for nearly every shifted distance of a destination plane when an off-axis angle is less than 75°. We compared the performances of the off-axis ASM using the Chirp Z transform and non-uniform FFT for implementing a variable spatial frequency in a Fourier space.

  5. Efficient Path Query and Reasoning Method Based on Rare Axis

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    姜洋; 冯志勇; 王鑫马晓宁

    2015-01-01

    A new concept of rare axis based on statistical facts is proposed, and an evaluation algorithm is designed thereafter. For the nested regular expressions containing rare axes, the proposed algorithm can reduce its evaluation complexity from polynomial time to nearly linear time. The distributed technique is also employed to construct the navigation axis indexes for resource description framework (RDF) graph data. Experiment results in DrugBank and BioGRID show that this method can improve the query efficiency significantly while ensuring the accuracy and meet the query requirements on Web-scale RDF graph data.

  6. The method of isolines for the shower axis determination

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    Kirov, I. N.; Stamenov, J. N.

    2006-01-01

    The method of isolines (contours) is proposed to be used for deter- mination of core location of extensive air shower on the array plane. As variable z=f(x,y) are used flux densities of particles, registrated from ground detectors. Obtained isolines are approximated with circles, which centers show impact point of shower axis. The method was demostrated on experimental data from Tien-Shan shower array in period 1974-82. The possibilities and difficulties of the method are discussed.

  7. Role of the fibroblast growth factor receptor axis in cholangiocarcinoma.

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    Ang, Celina

    2015-07-01

    Advanced cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a highly lethal disease with limited therapeutic options beyond cytotoxic chemotherapy. Molecular profiling of CCA has provided insights into the pathogenesis of this disease and identified potential therapeutic targets. The fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) axis is important for maintaining tissue homeostasis. Aberrations in FGFR activity have been implicated in the development and progression of CCA and other malignancies, which has generated significant interest in exploring FGFR's therapeutic potential. FGFR2 fusion events are present in up to 17% of intrahepatic CCAs and appear to predict sensitivity to FGFR inhibitors even after progression on chemotherapy. These observations have led to a clinical trial evaluating FGFR inhibition in patients with CCA enriched for FGFR alterations. This review summarizes current knowledge about the role of the FGFR pathway in cholangiocarcinogenesis and ongoing work in developing FGFR-directed therapies as an antineoplastic strategy for CCA. PMID:25678238

  8. Moving Object Detection Using Graph’s Axis Change Method

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    Gagandeep Kaur

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The detection and identify moving objects in a video sequence is very important concept. The currently available techniques for motion estimation can be broadly categorized into main classes: block matching methods and optical flow methods. But here detection of moving objects is detected by using Graph’s axis change method. Here we convert the image in to pixels and then calculate the values when the pixel change its position according to x axis and y axis. There is no problem of fixed and movable background. This paper investigates the different motion estimation algorithms used for video processing applications. Among the available motion estimation methods, the Lucas kanade Algorithm using changed axis’s method has been used in this paper for detection of moving objects in a video sequence. The algorithm produces the result of Horizontal and Vertical components velocity, u and v respectively. This velocity is measured in the form of vectors and has been used to segment the moving objects from the video sequence. The algorithm has been applied to different sets of synthetic and real video sequence.

  9. The methods of the LHC magnets' magnetic axis location measurement

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    More than 8 thousands LHC magnets of various types will be extensively measured during series magnetic test at both room and superfluid helium temperature. The precise knowledge of the magnetic axis positioning is vital for the alignment of those magnets in the tunnel. The most efficient and cost effective method with rotating pick up coil is chosen currently as a baseline for series measurement. The position of the measuring coil axis herewith is measured with a dedicated optical system. The deflection of the light beam in the air due to temperature gradient either passing through the cold bore when the magnet excited for warm measurement or through the anti-cryostat during cold measurement can reach magnitudes significantly exceeding tolerance and therefore is a critical issue. We present studies of the light deflection in 10 m long dipole at warm and cold and propose means to reduce it. The result of the dipole centring powered in Quadrupole Configured Dipole (QCD) or 'ugly quad' configuration and correlation with centring based on high order harmonics are presented as well. (authors)

  10. A sensitive method of determining optic axis azimuth based on laser feedback

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    A sensitive method to determine the optic axis azimuth of the birefringence element is presented, which is based on laser feedback. The phase difference between the two intensities in birefringence feedback changes with the angle between the optic axis of the birefringence element and laser original polarization. The phase difference is highly sensitive to the relative position of the optic axis and the laser original polarization. This method is used to highly precisely determine the optic axis azimuth, and is able to distinguish between the fast axis and the slow axis of the birefringence element. Theoretical analysis and experimental results are both demonstrated. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  11. A Method for Modeling of Floating Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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    Wang, Kai; Hansen, Martin Otto Laver; Moan, Torgeir

    2013-01-01

    It is of interest to investigate the potential advantages of floating vertical axis wind turbine (FVAWT) due to its economical installation and maintenance. A novel 5MW vertical axis wind turbine concept with a Darrieus rotor mounted on a semi-submersible support structure is proposed in this paper...

  12. Associations between genetic polymorphisms of insulin-like growth factor axis genes and risk for age-related macular degeneration

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    Purpose: Our objective was to investigate if insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis genes affect the risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: 864 Caucasian non-diabetic participants from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Genetic Repository were used in this case control st...

  13. The growth hormone axis and insulin-like growth factors

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    Radosavljević Tatjana

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Growth is regulated by the interaction of environmental signals with endogenous neuroendocrine responses to the genetic programs that determine the body plan. The insulin-like growth factors (IGFs are integral components of multiple systems controlling both growth and metabolism. The IGF system The IGF system is thought to be more complex than other endocrine systems, as genes for six IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs have been identified so far. The IGFs play a critical role in both cell cycle control and apoptosis, two functions involved in regulation of tumorigenesis. Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I is essential for normal growth. Confirmation of the significance of IGF-I in human physiology was obtained by the discovery of a patient with intrauterine growth retardation and postnatal growth failure associated with a mutation in the IGF-1 gene. Stages of evolution of the somatomedin hypothesis The original somatomedin hypothesis postulated that somatic growth was regulated by growth hormone's (GH's stimulation of hepatic IGF-1 production, with IGF-1 acting in an endocrine fashion to promote growth. The dual effectors theory proposed an alternative view, involving direct effects by GH on peripheral tissues not mediated by IGF-1 and GH-stimulated local IGF-1 production for autocrine/paracrine action. It is now clear that G H stimulates the formation of ternary IGF binding complex, which stabilizes IGF-I in the serum.

  14. Research on calibration method of axis-shift multi-camera for aerial photogrammetry

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    Wang, Xiao; Fang, Junyong; Ma, Jingyu; Zhang, Xiaohong; Zhao, Dong; Liu, Xue

    2015-12-01

    Axis-shift multi-camera has been gradually applied in the aerial photogrammetry because of its advantages on structure design. In this paper, the basic axis-shift theory is analyzed, and an improved calibration method is described. A prototype system, including two axis-shift cameras, is developed to validate the feasibility and correctness of the proposed method. With the help of a high-precision indoor control field, the parameters of single camera and the relative orientation parameters of the dual camera system are calculated respectively. Experiment result indicates that this calibration method is suitable for the axis-shift multi camera system.

  15. Deflecting Easy-axis of Fe304 Single Crystal Nanowires by Magnetic-field-induced Method

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    W. Wang; S. Y. Wang

    2012-01-01

    In order to control the orientation of easy-axis of magnetic nanowires, FesO4 single crystal nanowires with easy-axis perpendicular to wire-axis were prepared successfully by means of a magnetic-field-induced method. Analysis of X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction pattern showed that there was a wide-angle deflection of easy-axis in the prepared Fe304 nanowires. A high saturation magnetization (82 emu/g) of the FesO4 nanowires was achieved at room temperature. The benefits and mechanism of the deflection of easy-axis from its wire-axis in FesO4 single crystal nanowires were discussed. The results are expected to broaden the magnetic properties of traditional ferrite nanowires.

  16. Role of the insulin-like growth factor 1 axis and visceral adiposity in oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

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    Donohoe, C L

    2012-03-01

    Epidemiological studies have linked obesity with many cancers. The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) 1 axis may be an important mediator in obesity-associated cancer. This study examined the relationship between IGF-1 and its receptor (IGF-1R) in oesophageal adenocarcinoma, a cancer strongly linked to obesity.

  17. Model Correction Factor Method

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    Christensen, Claus; Randrup-Thomsen, Søren; Morsing Johannesen, Johannes

    1997-01-01

    of the model correction factor method, is that in simpler form not using gradient information on the original limit state function or only using this information once, a drastic reduction of the number of limit state evaluation is obtained together with good approximations on the reliability. Methods......The model correction factor method is proposed as an alternative to traditional polynomial based response surface techniques in structural reliability considering a computationally time consuming limit state procedure as a 'black box'. The class of polynomial functions is replaced by a limit...... statebased on an idealized mechanical model to be adapted to the original limit state by the model correction factor. Reliable approximations are obtained by iterative use of gradient information on the original limit state function analogously to previous response surface approaches. However, the strength...

  18. Compensation method for the alignment angle error of a gear axis in profile deviation measurement

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    In the precision measurement of involute helical gears, the alignment angle error of a gear axis, which was caused by the assembly error of a gear measuring machine, will affect the measurement accuracy of profile deviation. A model of the involute helical gear is established under the condition that the alignment angle error of the gear axis exists. Based on the measurement theory of profile deviation, without changing the initial measurement method and data process of the gear measuring machine, a compensation method is proposed for the alignment angle error of the gear axis that is included in profile deviation measurement results. Using this method, the alignment angle error of the gear axis can be compensated for precisely. Some experiments that compare the residual alignment angle error of a gear axis after compensation for the initial alignment angle error were performed to verify the accuracy and feasibility of this method. Experimental results show that the residual alignment angle error of a gear axis included in the profile deviation measurement results is decreased by more than 85% after compensation, and this compensation method significantly improves the measurement accuracy of the profile deviation of involute helical gear. (paper)

  19. A new robust gradient-based method for detection of symmetry axis

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    Hu, Jing; Wan, Qinqi; Hu, Yongli

    2015-12-01

    Symmetry axis extraction is an important part of the image feature detection. So far, various classical symmetry axes extraction algorithms have been proposed, such as the minimum-inertia-axis-based method, the SIFT-based method. If the input image is blurry, or it's difficult to extract feature points or corner points from input images, however, the above algorithms are difficult to obtain satisfied results. This paper presents a gradient-based method that can robustly extract symmetry axis from visual pattern. The key points of our methods are gradient calculation, symmetric weight calculation, and Hough Transform. Our method was evaluated on several datasets, including both blurred and smooth-edged cases. Experimental results demonstrated that our method achieves a more robust performance than previous methods.

  20. Latent profile analysis and principal axis factoring of the DSM-5 dissociative subtype

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    Paul A. Frewen

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: A dissociative subtype has been recognized based on the presence of experiences of depersonalization and derealization in relation to DSM-IV posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD. However, the dissociative subtype has not been assessed in a community sample in relation to the revised DSM-5 PTSD criteria. Moreover, the 20-item PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5 currently does not assess depersonalization and derealization. Method: We therefore evaluated two items for assessing depersonalization and derealization in 557 participants recruited online who endorsed PTSD symptoms of at least moderate severity on the PCL-5. Results: A five-class solution identified two PTSD classes who endorsed dissociative experiences associated with either 1 severe or 2 moderate PTSD symptom severity (D-PTSD classes. Those in the severe dissociative class were particularly likely to endorse histories of childhood physical and sexual abuse. A principal axis factor analysis of the symptom list identified six latent variables: 1 Reexperiencing, 2 Emotional Numbing/Anhedonia, 3 Dissociation, 4 Negative Alterations in Cognition & Mood, 5 Avoidance, and 6 Hyperarousal. Conclusions: The present results further support the presence of a dissociative subtype within the DSM-5 criteria for PTSD.

  1. Polymorphisms in the Insulin-Like Growth Factor Axis Are Associated with Gastrointestinal Cancer

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    Ong, J.; Salomon, J; Morsche, R.H.M. te; Roelofs, H.M.J.; Witteman, B.J.; Dura, P.; Lacko, M; Peters, W H M

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Numerous factors influence the development of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer. The insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis plays a role in embryonic and postnatal growth and tissue repair. Elevated levels of IGFs, low levels of IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs) and over-expression of IGF receptor (IGFR-I) were associated with several stages of cancer. Here, the prevalence of the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs6214 in the IGF type I (IGF-I) gene and rs6898743 in the growth hormo...

  2. Liver-spleen axis, insulin-like growth factor-(IGF-I axis and fat mass in overweight/obese females

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    Lombardi Gaetano

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fat mass (FM in overweight/obese subjects has a primary role in determining low-grade chronic inflammation and, in turn, insulin resistance (IR and ectopic lipid storage within the liver. Obesity, aging, and FM influence the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I axis, and chronic inflammation might reduce IGF-I signaling. Altered IGF-I axis is frequently observed in patients with Hepatic steatosis (HS. We tested the hypothesis that FM, or spleen volume and C-reactive protein (CRP--all indexes of chronic inflammation--could affect the IGF-I axis status in overweight/obese, independently of HS. Methods The study population included 48 overweight/obese women (age 41 ± 13 years; BMI: 35.8 ± 5.8 kg/m2; range: 25.3-53.7, who underwent assessment of fasting plasma glucose and insulin, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA, cholesterol and triglycerides, HDL-cholesterol, transaminases, high-sensitive CRP, uric acid, IGF-I, IGF binding protein (BP-1, IGFBP-3, and IGF-I/IGFBP-3 ratio. Standard deviation score of IGF-I according to age (zSDS were also calculated. FM was determined by bioelectrical impedance analysis. HS severity grading (score 0-4 according liver hyperechogenicity and spleen longitudinal diameter (SLD were evaluated by ultrasound. Results Metabolic syndrome (MS and HS were present in 33% and 85% of subjects, respectively. MS prevalence was 43% in subjects with increased SLD. IGF-I values, but not IGF-I zSDS, and IGF-I/IGFBP-3 ratio were significantly lower, while FM%, FPI, HOMA, ALT, CRP, were significantly higher in patients with severe HS than in those with mild HS. IGF-I zSDS (r = -0.42, r = -0.54, respectively; p Conclusions The present study suggests that lower IGF-I status in our study population is associated with higher FM, SLD, CRP and more severe HS.

  3. Evaluation of off-axis wedge correction factor using diode dosimeters for estimation of delivered dose in external radiotherapy

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    Mahmoud Allahverdi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available An in vivo dosimetry system, using p-type diode dosimeters, was characterized for clinical applications of treatment machines ranging in megavoltage energies. This paper investigates two different models of diodes for externally wedged beams and explains a new algorithm for the calculation of the target dose at various tissue depths in external radiotherapy. The values of off-axis wedge correction factors were determined at two different positions in the wedged (toward the thick and thin edges and in the non-wedged directions on entrance and exit surfaces of a polystyrene phantom in 60 Co and 6 MV photon beams. Depth transmission was defined on the entrance and exit surfaces to obtain the off-axis wedge correction factor at any depth. As the sensitivity of the diodes depends on physical characteristics [field size, source-skin distance (SSD, thickness, backscatter], correction factors were applied to the diode reading when measuring conditions different from calibration situations . The results indicate that needful correction factors for 60 Co wedged photons are usually larger than those for 6 MV wedged photon beams. In vivo dosimetry performed with the proposed algorithms at externally wedged beams has negligible probable errors (less than 0.5% and is a reliable method for patient dose control.

  4. Single Vector Calibration System for Multi-Axis Load Cells and Method for Calibrating a Multi-Axis Load Cell

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    Parker, Peter A. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A single vector calibration system is provided which facilitates the calibration of multi-axis load cells, including wind tunnel force balances. The single vector system provides the capability to calibrate a multi-axis load cell using a single directional load, for example loading solely in the gravitational direction. The system manipulates the load cell in three-dimensional space, while keeping the uni-directional calibration load aligned. The use of a single vector calibration load reduces the set-up time for the multi-axis load combinations needed to generate a complete calibration mathematical model. The system also reduces load application inaccuracies caused by the conventional requirement to generate multiple force vectors. The simplicity of the system reduces calibration time and cost, while simultaneously increasing calibration accuracy.

  5. Effect of sericin on diabetic hippocampal growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor 1 axis***

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    Zhihong Chen; Songhe Yang; Yaqiang He; Chengjun Song; Yongping Liu

    2013-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that sericin extracted from silk cocoon significantly reduces blood glucose levels and protects the nervous system against diabetes mel itus. In this study, a rat type 2 diabetes mel itus model was established by intraperitoneal injection of 25 mg/kg streptozotocin for 3 successive days, fol owing which the rats were treated with sericin for 35 days. After treatment, the blood glucose levels of the diabetic rats decreased significantly, the growth hormone level in serum and its expression in the hippocampus decreased significantly, while the insulin-like growth factor-1 level in serum and insulin-like growth factor-1 and growth hormone receptor expression in the hippocampus increased significantly. The experimental findings indicate that sericin improves disorders of the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor 1 axis to al eviate hippocampal damage in diabetic rats.

  6. Polymorphisms in the insulin-like growth factor axis are associated with gastrointestinal cancer.

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    Jennie Ong

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Numerous factors influence the development of gastrointestinal (GI cancer. The insulin-like growth factor (IGF axis plays a role in embryonic and postnatal growth and tissue repair. Elevated levels of IGFs, low levels of IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs and over-expression of IGF receptor (IGFR-I were associated with several stages of cancer. Here, the prevalence of the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs rs6214 in the IGF type I (IGF-I gene and rs6898743 in the growth hormone receptor (GHR gene in patients with GI cancer and controls was studied. MATERIALS & METHODS: In this Dutch case-control study, DNA isolated from blood of 1,457 GI cancer patients; 438 patients with head and neck cancer (HNC, 475 with esophageal cancer (EC and 544 with colorectal cancer (CRC and 1,457 matched controls, was used to determine the rs6214 and rs6898743 genotypes by polymerase chain reaction. The association between these SNPs and GI cancer, HNC, esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC, esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC and proximal or distal CRC was studied. Odds ratios (ORs with 95% confidence interval (95% CI were calculated via unconditional logistic regression. RESULTS: Overall for GI cancer, the ORs for SNPs rs6214 and rs6898743 were approximately 1.0 (p-value>0.05, using the most common genotypes GG as reference. An OR of 1.54 (95% CI, 1.05-2.27 was found for EC for genotype AA of rs6214. The ORs for EAC were 1.45 (95% CI, 1.04-2.01 and 1.71 (95% CI, 1.10-2.68, for genotypes GA and AA, respectively. Genotype GC of rs6898743 showed an OR of 0.47 (95% CI, 0.26-0.86 for ESCC. CONCLUSION: The A allele of SNP rs6214 in the IGF-I gene was associated with EAC, and with HNC in women. The GC genotype of rs6898743 in the GHR gene was negatively associated with ESCC.

  7. Polysomnographic sleep, growth hormone insulin-like growth factor-I axis, leptin, and weight loss

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    Rasmussen, Michael; Wildschiødtz, Gordon; Juul, Anders;

    2008-01-01

    Short sleep appears to be strongly associated with obesity and altered metabolic function, and sleep and growth hormone (GH) secretion seems interlinked. In obesity, both the GH-insulin-like-growth-factor-I (GH-IGF-I) axis and sleep have been reported to be abnormal, however, no studies have...... investigated sleep in relation to the GH-IGF-I axis and weight loss in obese subjects. In this study polygraphic sleep recordings, 24-h GH release, 24-h leptin levels, free-IGF-I, total-IGF-I, IGF-binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3), acid-labile subunit (ALS), cortisol and insulin sensitivity were determined in six...... severely obese subjects (BMI: 41+/-1 kg/m(2), 32+/-2 years of age), cross-sectional at baseline, and longitudinal after a dramatically diet-induced weight loss (36+/-7 kg). Ten age- and gender-matched nonobese subjects served as controls. Sleep duration (360+/-17 vs. 448+/-15 min/night; P<0.01), 24-h GH...

  8. The technical method of geometric error measurement for multi-axis NC machine tool by laser tracker

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    The machining accuracy is an important index to evaluate the machine tool characteristics, and error measurement and compensation are effective methods to improve the machining accuracy with low cost. Error measurement is a prerequisite and basis for error compensation, so how to quickly and accurately measure the machine error is particularly important. To quickly and accurately detect the geometric error of multi-axis NC machine tool, a new method with laser tracker based on the sequential multi-lateration measurement principle is proposed in the paper. The laser tracker is used to measure the same motion trajectory of the linear axis and rotary axis of machine tool at different base stations. Based on the GPS principle, the space coordinates of each measuring point can be determined by large amount of measured data. Then according to the error model of the linear axis and rotary axis, each error can be separated. In the paper, the principles of sequential multi-lateration measurement are analyzed in depth. By establishing the mathematical model of sequential multi-lateration measurement for the linear axis and rotary axis, the algorithms for linear axis measurement and rotary axis measurement are derived and proved feasible by simulations, respectively. Meanwhile, the error separation algorithm is also deduced. The results of experiments show that this method can achieve quick and accurate detection of errors in multi-axis NC machine tool. (paper)

  9. An Aerodynamic Method for the Analysis of Isolated Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines

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    Christian Masson; Idriss Ammara; Ion Paraschivoiu

    1997-01-01

    The aerodynamic analysis of a wind turbine represents a very complex task since it involves an unsteady three-dimensional viscous flow. In most existing performance-analysis methods, wind turbines are considered isolated so that interference effects caused by other rotors or by the site topology are neglected. Studying these effects in order to optimize the arrangement and the positioning of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines (HAWTs) on a wind farm is one of the research activities of the Bombardi...

  10. A Fast and High-Accuracy Compass Alignment Method to SINS with Azimuth Axis Rotation

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    Xixiang Liu; Xiaosu Xu; Yiting Liu; Lihui Wang

    2013-01-01

    Azimuth axis rotating modulation was introduced to improve the alignment accuracy of strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS) through compass algorithm, in which the limit accuracy was determined by equivalent sensor errors in the eastern and northern direction. In this modulation, horizontal sensor errors were modulated into zero mean periodic variables. Furthermore, two methods were introduced to ensure alignment accuracy and speed: (1) shortened rotating cycle and redesigned compass par...

  11. Development of automatic extraction method of left ventricular contours on long axis view MR cine images

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    In the MRI cardiac function analysis, left ventricular volume curves and diagnosis parameters are obtained by extracting the left ventricular cavities as regions of interest (ROI) from long axis view MR cine images. The ROI extractions had to be done by manual operations, because automatization of the extraction is difficult. A long axis view left ventricular contour consists of a cardiac wall part and an aortic valve part. The above mentioned difficulty is due to the decline of contrast on the cardiac wall part, and the disappearance of edge on the aortic valve part. In this paper, we report a new automatic extraction method for long axis view MR cine images, which needs only 3 manually indicated points on the 1st image to extract all the contours from the total sequence of images. At first, candidate points of a contour are detected by edge detection. Then, selecting the best matched combination of candidate points by Dynamic Programming, the cardiac wall part is automatically extracted. The aortic valve part is manually extracted for the 1st image by indicating both the end points, and is automatically extracted for the rest of the images, by utilizing the aortic valve motion characteristics throughout a cardiac cycle. (author)

  12. Stability analysis of axi-symmetric shells by the finite element method, (2)

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    Generally in case of the buckling of shells, the balanced load lowers rapidly after the buckling, and the maximum values are observed on the load-deflection curves. Snapping buckling occurs and stability is lost often at the much lower load than the theoretical linear buckling load. The buckling of shallow spherical shells is the typical example. In this paper, the method of dealing with the snapping buckling and bifurcation buckling of shells by the finite element method is described. Axi-symmetric deformation is taken into account in the equation for strain and deformation relationship used in this paper so that bifurcation buckling can be treated. Axi-symmetric shells are modeled as the assembly of truncated conical shells, and the equation for basis relation and the stiffness matrices used are same as those in the previous paper. The method of stepwise increasing load is used for the analysis. The eigenvalues of stiffness matrices can be utilized as the critical condition for the stability and instability of systems, accordingly they are analyzed. Taking the example of the buckling of shallow spherical shells subjected to uniform external pressure, snapping buckling and bifurcation buckling were analyzed. The computer program was developed, and the results of numerical calculation by this analysis were compared with the results by other researchers. The propriety of this analytical method was proved. (Kako, I.)

  13. Factorization Method in Quantum Mechanics

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    Dong, Shi-Hai

    2007-01-01

    This Work introduces the factorization method in quantum mechanics at an advanced level with an aim to put mathematical and physical concepts and techniques like the factorization method, Lie algebras, matrix elements and quantum control at the Reader’s disposal. For this purpose a comprehensive description is provided of the factorization method and its wide applications in quantum mechanics which complements the traditional coverage found in the existing quantum mechanics textbooks. Related to this classic method are the supersymmetric quantum mechanics, shape invariant potentials and group theoretical approaches. It is no exaggeration to say that this method has become the milestone of these approaches. In fact the Author’s driving force has been his desire to provide a comprehensive review volume that includes some new and significant results about the factorization method in quantum mechanics since the literature is inundated with scattered articles in this field, and to pave the Reader’s way into ...

  14. Acute alterations in growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor axis in humans injected with endotoxin.

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    Lang, C H; Pollard, V; Fan, J; Traber, L D; Traber, D L; Frost, R A; Gelato, M C; Prough, D S

    1997-07-01

    The purpose of the present study was to characterize the acute changes in the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) system in humans after administration of endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide; LPS). Escherichia coli LPS (4 ng/kg) was injected intravenously into healthy adults, and serial blood samples were collected for the next 5 h; subjects injected with saline served as time-matched controls. LPS administration resulted in a gradual decrease in the total extractable IGF-I concentration, which was reduced by approximately 20% over the final 2 h of the experiment; levels of free IGF-I were not significantly altered. LPS also produced a marked but transient elevation in growth hormone (GH) concentration. IGF-binding protein (BP)-1 levels were elevated more than fivefold 2 h after LPS injection, and thereafter levels gradually returned toward baseline. IGFBP-2 concentration also increased after LPS injection, but the maximal increase (approximately 50% above basal) was observed during the final 2 h of the protocol. In contrast, IGFBP-3 levels did not vary over the period examined in response to LPS, and there was no apparent increase in number of BP-3 proteolytic fragments. Cortisol levels were increased early and remained two- to threefold above baseline throughout the protocol. No significant alterations in serum concentration of glucose or insulin were noted. LPS also produced an early elevation in tumor necrosis factor and a later increase in interleukin-6. These data indicate that the acute changes in the GH-IGF axis in humans in response to LPS are comparable with those observed in humans in other traumatic conditions and in animal models of endotoxemia and infection. PMID:9249574

  15. An empirical and computational method for performance evaluation of vertical axis wind energy capture system

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    French, Jesse Jason

    This Dissertation presents the author's investigation and development of a systematic method for evaluating the aerodynamic performance of Vertical Axis Wind Energy Capture Systems (WECS) apart from their electrical generation capability. The current standard method for specifying a wind energy machine is to discuss its rated power in kilowatts (or megawatts when capacity exceeds 100 kW). While this holistic method is effective for comparing machines it does not reveal the essential characteristics necessary for optimization of individual machine components. The method developed herein separates the performance characteristics of the WECS from the generation characteristics and isolates them for benchmarking and optimization. In order to develop an evaluation criterion, it was essential to evaluate and benchmark the current state of the art for wind energy capture. A thorough history of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) development and technology transfer, a standardized set of VAWT terms and a complete taxonomy of WECS types are included to ensure comparisons remain appropriate and within the same class of machine. Existing analytical methods for WECS and wind energy airfoils are surveyed and appropriate methods are selected and presented for establishing lift, drag, solidity, and specific power. A novel technique is developed for more accurately calculating VAWT solidity and is presented along with the numerous historical methods for solidity calculation. Empirical methods are presented for characterizing advance ratio and aerodynamic coefficient of performance. Results show that a VAWT can be optimized aerodynamically without consideration of generator efficiency using low capital cost rapid prototyping methods and an unsophisticated open loop wind tunnel. Wind tunnel model production with a rapid prototyping machine and kilowatt scale prototyping using composite material fabrication are discussed. Fixed and mobile test tower design and instrumentation are

  16. Toolpath generation method for four-axis NC machining of helical rotor

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper presented a method for generating the toolpaths for the machining of a helical rotor onfive-axis machine tool.Design/methodology/approach: The geometry of the helical rotor is designed based on the ruled surfaces.Through the homogeneous coordinate transformation, the cutter location of the flank milling for four-axismachining can be generated. The postprocessor are developed for converting the cutter location file to the fouraxisnumerical control program.Findings: The toolpath generated are verified through solid cutting simulation and a trial cut. The results showthat the proposed method is valid and the machining process works well.Practical implications: As a result, modeling based on ruled surface is frequently used in constructing curvedsurfaces for aerospace industry and precision mechanical parts such as spatial cams, turbines, dies and molds,rotors of pumps, and centrifugal impellers.Originality/value: This paper describes multi – axis toolpath generation using the flank milling method for thehelical rotor, the cutter location file can be generated with cylindrical and mill.

  17. A vertical axis tracking method - theoretical consideration for photovoltaic systems at high latitude sites

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    Gupta, G. R. K; Narasimba Rao, A. V; Subramanyam S [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Warangal (India)

    2000-07-01

    In photovoltaic power generation the photovoltaic array is the most cost intensive unit. In order to make the photovoltaic power competitive the array is to be loaded to its maximum capacity for the longer periods of time. One of the strategies to minimize the cosine effect is by tracking the device. In this paper a novel method of Vertical Axis tracking system with optimum tilt is described. Optimum tilt is obtained by weighting the beam radiation with the altitude of the sun over day. Oslo is chosen for the study because the system is better suited for places having higher latitudes. It is observed that the energy collected in the vertical axis tracking is almost equivalent to that of two-axis tracking mode at latitudes 66.7method offers mechanically simpler construction. The change in tracking angle in a year is 32 Celsius degrees , which is smaller compared to 47 Celsius degrees required for two-axis tracking. [Spanish] En la generacion de energia electrica fotovoltaica el arreglo fotovoltaico es la unidad mas costosa. Para hacer la energia electrica fotovoltaica competitiva el arreglo debe de ser cargado a su maxima capacidad por periodos de tiempo mas largos. Una de las estrategias para minimizar el efecto del coseno es haciendo que el dispositivo siga la trayectoria. En este articulo se describe un metodo novedoso de un sistema de seguimiento de eje vertical con inclinacion optima. La inclinacion optima se obtiene contrapesando la radiacion del rayo contra la altitud del sol durante el dia. Se escogio la Ciudad de Oslo para el estudio porque el sistema es mas adecuado para lugares que tienen altas latitudes. Se observa que la energia recolectada en el seguidor de eje vertical es casi equivalente al modo de rastreo de dos ejes a latitudes de 6.7< {phi}< 23.45. Este metodo ofrece una construccion mecanica mas simple, el cambio del angulo de rastreo en un ano es de 32 grados Celsius que es inferior si se compara con los 47grados Celsius

  18. A Fast and High-Accuracy Compass Alignment Method to SINS with Azimuth Axis Rotation

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    Xixiang Liu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Azimuth axis rotating modulation was introduced to improve the alignment accuracy of strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS through compass algorithm, in which the limit accuracy was determined by equivalent sensor errors in the eastern and northern direction. In this modulation, horizontal sensor errors were modulated into zero mean periodic variables. Furthermore, two methods were introduced to ensure alignment accuracy and speed: (1 shortened rotating cycle and redesigned compass parameters were selected to eliminate or ease the amplification to low-frequency senor error inputs in compass loop caused by rotation and (2 a data repeated calculation method was designed to shorten prolonged alignment time caused by the above redesigned parameters. Based on a certain SINS, turntable test proves that alignment accuracy and time were significantly improved and slightly shortened in comparison with the classical compass alignment.

  19. Growth inhibition of thyroid follicular cell-derived cancers by the opioid growth factor (OGF - opioid growth factor receptor (OGFr axis

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    Donahue Renee N

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Carcinoma of the thyroid gland is an uncommon cancer, but the most frequent malignancy of the endocrine system. Most thyroid cancers are derived from the follicular cell. Follicular carcinoma (FTC is considered more malignant than papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC, and anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC is one of the most lethal human cancers. Opioid Growth Factor (OGF; chemical term - [Met5]-enkephalin and its receptor, OGFr, form an inhibitory axis regulating cell proliferation. Both the peptide and receptor have been detected in a wide variety of cancers, and OGF is currently used clinically as a biotherapy for some non-thyroid neoplasias. This study addressed the question of whether the OGF-OGFr axis is present and functional in human thyroid follicular cell - derived cancer. Methods Utilizing human ATC (KAT-18, PTC (KTC-1, and FTC (WRO 82-1 cell lines, immunohistochemistry was employed to ascertain the presence and location of OGF and OGFr. The growth characteristics in the presence of OGF or the opioid antagonist naltrexone (NTX, and the specificity of opioid peptides for proliferation of ATC, were established in KAT-18 cells. Dependence on peptide and receptor were investigated using neutralization studies with antibodies and siRNA experiments, respectively. The mechanism of peptide action on DNA synthesis and cell survival was ascertained. The ubiquity of the OGF-OGFr axis in thyroid follicular cell-derived cancer was assessed in KTC-1 (PTC and WRO 82-1 (FTC tumor cells. Results OGF and OGFr were present in KAT-18 cells. Concentrations of 10-6 M OGF inhibited cell replication up to 30%, whereas NTX increased cell growth up to 35% relative to cultures treated with sterile water. OGF treatment reduced cell number by as much as 38% in KAT-18 ATC in a dose-dependent and receptor-mediated manner. OGF antibodies neutralized the inhibitory effects of OGF, and siRNA knockdown of OGFr negated growth inhibition by OGF. Cell survival

  20. A method for determining the alignment accuracy of the treatment table axis at an isocentric irradiation facility

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    At an isocentric irradiation facility, the rotation axis of the treatment table has to be accurately aligned in vertical orientation to the isocentre, which is usually marked by three perpendicular laser planes. In particular, high precision radiotherapy techniques, such as radiosurgery or intensity modulated radiotherapy, require a higher alignment accuracy of the table axis than routinely specified by the manufacturers. A simple and efficient method is presented to measure the direction and the size of the displacement of the table axis from the isocentre as marked by the lasers. In addition, the inclination of the table axis against the vertical direction can be determined. The measured displacement and inclination provide the required data to correct for possible misalignments of the treatment table axis and to maintain its alignment. Measurements were performed over a period of two years for a treatment table located at the German heavy ion therapy facility. The mean radial distance between the table axis and the isocentre was found to be 0.25±0.25 mm. The mean inclination of the table axis in the XZ- and YZ-planes was measured to be -0.03±0.02 deg. and -0.04±0.01 deg., respectively. The measurements demonstrate the good alignment of the treatment table over the analysed time period. The described method can be applied to any isocentric irradiation facility, especially including isocentric linear accelerators used for radiosurgery or other high precision irradiation techniques. (author)

  1. A direct method for evaluating performance of horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Maalawi, K.Y.; Badawy, M.T.S. [National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt). Mechanical Engineering Dept.

    2001-06-01

    This paper presents a direct approach for the determination of aerodynamic performance characteristics of horizontal axis wind turbines. Based on Glauert's solution of an ideal windmill along with an exact trigonometric function method, analytical closed form equations are derived and given for preliminary determination of the optimum chord and twist distributions. The variation of the angle of attack of the relative wind along blade span is then obtained directly from a unique equation for a known rotor size and refined blade geometry. A case study including the analysis of an existing turbine model is given and results are discussed and compared with those obtained by other investigators. It is shown that the approach used in this study is efficient and saves much of the computational time as compared with the commonly used iterative procedures. (Author)

  2. A 3-D aerodynamic method for the analysis of isolated horizontal-axis wind turbines

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    Ammara, I.; Masson, C.; Paraschivoiu, I. [Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal (Canada)

    1997-12-31

    In most existing performance-analysis methods, wind turbines are considered isolated so that interference effects caused by other rotors or by the site topography are neglected. The main objective of this paper is to propose a practical 3-D method suitable for the study of these effects, in order to optimize the arrangement and the positioning of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbines (HAWTs) in a wind farm. In the proposed methodology, the flow field around isolated HAWTs is predicted by solving the 3-D, time-averaged, steady-state, incompressible, Navier-Stokes equations in which the turbines are represented by distributions of momentum sources. The resulting governing equations are solved using a Control-Volume Finite Element Method (CVFEM). The fundamental aspects related to the development of a practical 3-D method are discussed in this paper, with an emphasis on some of the challenges that arose during its implementation. The current implementation is limited to the analysis of isolated HAWTs. Preliminary results have indicated that, the proposed 3-D method reaches the same level of accuracy, in terms of performance predictions, that the previously developed 2-D axisymmetric model and the well-known momentum-strip theory, while still using reasonable computers resources. It can be considered as a useful tool for the design of HAWTs. Its main advantages, however, are its intrinsic capacity to predict the details of the flow in the wake, and its capabilities of modelling arbitrary wind-turbine arrangements and including ground effects.

  3. A method for raytracing through schematic eyes with off-axis components.

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    Clement, R A; Dunne, M C; Barnes, D A

    1987-01-01

    A linear algebraic method for tracing skew rays through aspheric surfaces is described. The advantage of this method is that the refracting surfaces can be translated and rotated with respect to each other. The method is used to investigate the optical factors affecting the location of Purkinje images. PMID:3658438

  4. The growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor axis in critical illness.

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    Gelato, M C

    2000-09-01

    Over the past several years, we have studied a variety of clinical conditions that are characterized by significant alterations in the GH/IGF system that might contribute to catabolism. Our studies have focused in detail on IGF-I and -II and the major IGFBPs in the circulation, IGFBP-3, -1, and -2; GH was also measured in some of these studies. In light of a recent study that has raised concerns about the use of GH in critically ill patients, we now review the changes in the GH/IGF axis during critical illness, the interaction between cytokines and the GH/IGF axis, and the safety and efficacy of GH therapy in critical illness. We conclude that it is premature to recommend interruption of GH therapy in patients with documented GH deficiency during periods of acute illness. PMID:11086657

  5. A method to determine the orientation of the upper arm about its longitudinal axis during dynamic motions.

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    Gordon, Brian J; Dapena, Jesús

    2013-01-01

    Inaccuracy in determining the orientation of the upper arm about its longitudinal axis (twist orientation) has been a pervasive problem in sport biomechanics research. The purpose of this study was to develop a method to improve the calculation of the upper arm twist orientation in dynamic sports activities. The twist orientation of the upper arm is defined by the orientation of its mediolateral axis. The basis for the new method is that at any angle in the flexion/extension range of an individual's elbow, it is possible to define a true mediolateral axis and also a surrogate mediolateral axis perpendicular to the plane containing the shoulder, elbow and wrist joints. The difference between the twist orientations indicated by these two versions of the mediolateral axis will vary from one elbow angle to another, but if the elbow joint deforms equally in different activities, for any given subject the difference should be constant at any given value of the elbow angle. Application of the new method required individuals to execute sedate elbow extension trials prior to the dynamic trials. Three-dimensional motion analysis of the sedate extension trials allowed quantification of the difference between the true and surrogate mediolateral axes for all angles in the entire flexion/extension range of an individual's elbow. This made it possible to calculate in any dynamic trial the twist orientation defined by the true mediolateral axis from the twist orientation defined by the surrogate mediolateral axis. The method was tested on a wooden model of the arm. PMID:23141956

  6. The emerging role of the fibroblast growth factor-23-klotho axis in renal regulation of phosphate homeostasis.

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    Razzaque, Mohammed S; Lanske, Beate

    2007-07-01

    Normal mineral ion homeostasis is tightly controlled by numerous endocrine factors that coordinately exert effects on intestine, kidney, and bone to maintain physiological balance. The importance of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-23-klotho axis in regulating mineral ion homeostasis has been proposed from recent research observations. Experimental studies suggest that 1) FGF23 is an important in vivo regulator of phosphate homeostasis, 2) FGF23 acts as a counter regulatory hormone to modulate the renal 1alpha-hydroxylase and sodium-phosphate cotransporter activities, 3) there is a trend of interrelationship between FGF23 and parathyroid hormone activities, 4) most of the FGF23 functions are conducted through the activation of FGF receptors, and 5) such receptor activation needs klotho, as a cofactor to generate downstream signaling events. These observations clearly suggest the emerging roles of the FGF23-klotho axis in maintaining mineral ion homeostasis. In this brief article, we will summarize how the FGF23-klotho axis might coordinately regulate normal mineral ion homeostasis, and how their abnormal regulation could severely disrupt such homeostasis to induce disease pathology. PMID:17592015

  7. Automated Method for Estimating Nutation Time Constant Model Parameters for Spacecraft Spinning on Axis

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    2008-01-01

    Calculating an accurate nutation time constant (NTC), or nutation rate of growth, for a spinning upper stage is important for ensuring mission success. Spacecraft nutation, or wobble, is caused by energy dissipation anywhere in the system. Propellant slosh in the spacecraft fuel tanks is the primary source for this dissipation and, if it is in a state of resonance, the NTC can become short enough to violate mission constraints. The Spinning Slosh Test Rig (SSTR) is a forced-motion spin table where fluid dynamic effects in full-scale fuel tanks can be tested in order to obtain key parameters used to calculate the NTC. We accomplish this by independently varying nutation frequency versus the spin rate and measuring force and torque responses on the tank. This method was used to predict parameters for the Genesis, Contour, and Stereo missions, whose tanks were mounted outboard from the spin axis. These parameters are incorporated into a mathematical model that uses mechanical analogs, such as pendulums and rotors, to simulate the force and torque resonances associated with fluid slosh.

  8. Structural Optimization Design of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine Blades Using a Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm and Finite Element Method

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    Pan Pan; Rongrong Gu; Jie Zhu; Xin Cai

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents an optimization method for the structural design of horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT) blades based on the particle swarm optimization algorithm (PSO) combined with the finite element method (FEM). The main goal is to create an optimization tool and to demonstrate the potential improvements that could be brought to the structural design of HAWT blades. A multi-criteria constrained optimization design model pursued with respect to minimum mass of the blade is developed. Th...

  9. A New Method for Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT Blade Optimization

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    Mohammadreza Mohammadi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Iran has a great potential for wind energy. This paper introduces optimization of 7 wind turbine blades for small and medium scales in a determined wind condition of Zabol site, Iran, where the average wind speed is considered 7 m /s. Considered wind turbines are 3 bladed and radius of 7 case study turbine blades are 4.5 m, 6.5 m, 8 m, 9 m, 10 m, 15.5 m and 20 m. As the first step, an initial design is performed using one airfoil (NACA 63-215 across the blade. In the next step, every blade is divided into three sections, while the 20 % of first part of the blade is considered as root, the 5% of last the part is considered as tip and the rest of the blade as mid part. Providing necessary input data, suitable airfoils for wind turbines including 43 airfoils are extracted and their experimental data are entered in optimization process. Three variables in this optimization problem would be airfoil type, attack angle and chord, where the objective function is maximum output torque. A MATLAB code was written for design and optimization of the blade, which was validated with a previous experimental work. In addition, a comparison was made to show the effect of optimization with two variables (airfoil type and attack angle versus optimization with three variables (airfoil type, attack angle and chord on output torque increase. Results of this research shows a dramatic increase in comparison to initial designed blade with one airfoil where two variable optimization causes 7.7% to 22.27 % enhancement and three variable optimization causes 17.91% up to 24.48% rise in output torque .Article History: Received Oct 15, 2015; Received in revised form January 2, 2016; Accepted January 14, 2016; Available online How to Cite This Article: Mohammadi, M., Mohammadi, A. and Farahat, S. (2016 A New Method for Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT Blade Optimization. Int. Journal of Renewable Energy Development, 5(1,1-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.14710/ijred.5.1.1-8

  10. Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 α/platelet derived growth factor axis in HIV-associated pulmonary vascular remodeling

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    Bartolome Sonja

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infected patients are at increased risk for the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH. Recent reports have demonstrated that HIV associated viral proteins induce reactive oxygen species (ROS with resultant endothelial cell dysfunction and related vascular injury. In this study, we explored the impact of HIV protein induced oxidative stress on production of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF-1α and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF, critical mediators implicated in the pathogenesis of HIV-PAH. Methods The lungs from 4-5 months old HIV-1 transgenic (Tg rats were assessed for the presence of pulmonary vascular remodeling and HIF-1α/PDGF-BB expression in comparison with wild type controls. Human primary pulmonary arterial endothelial cells (HPAEC were treated with HIV-associated proteins in the presence or absence of pretreatment with antioxidants, for 24 hrs followed by estimation of ROS levels and western blot analysis of HIF-1α or PDGF-BB. Results HIV-Tg rats, a model with marked viral protein induced vascular oxidative stress in the absence of active HIV-1 replication demonstrated significant medial thickening of pulmonary vessels and increased right ventricular mass compared to wild-type controls, with increased expression of HIF-1α and PDGF-BB in HIV-Tg rats. The up-regulation of both HIF-1α and PDGF-B chain mRNA in each HIV-Tg rat was directly correlated with an increase in right ventricular/left ventricular+septum ratio. Supporting our in-vivo findings, HPAECs treated with HIV-proteins: Tat and gp120, demonstrated increased ROS and parallel increase of PDGF-BB expression with the maximum induction observed on treatment with R5 type gp-120CM. Pre-treatment of endothelial cells with antioxidants or transfection of cells with HIF-1α small interfering RNA resulted in abrogation of gp-120CM mediated induction of PDGF-BB, therefore, confirming that ROS generation and

  11. A novel path generation method of onsite 5-axis surface inspection using the dual-cubic NURBS representation

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    Li, Wen-long; Wang, Gang; Zhang, Gang; Pang, Chang-tao; Yin, Zhou-pin

    2016-09-01

    Onsite surface inspection with a touch probe or a laser scanner is a promising technique for efficiently evaluating surface profile error. The existing work of 5-axis inspection path generation bears a serious drawback, however, as there is a drastic orientation change of the inspection axis. Such a sudden change may exceed the stringent physical limit on the speed and acceleration of the rotary motions of the machine tool. In this paper, we propose a novel path generation method for onsite 5-axis surface inspection. The accessibility cones are defined and used to generate alternative interference-free inspection directions. Then, the control points are optimally calculated to obtain the dual-cubic non-Uniform rational B-splines (NURBS) curves, which respectively determine the path points and the axis vectors in an inspection path. The generated inspection path is smooth and non-interference, which deals with the ‘mutation and shake’ problems and guarantees a stable speed and acceleration of machine tool rotary motions. Its feasibility and validity is verified by the onsite inspection experiments of impeller blade.

  12. Impaired genome maintenance suppresses the growth hormone--insulin-like growth factor 1 axis in mice with Cockayne syndrome.

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    Ingrid van der Pluijm

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Cockayne syndrome (CS is a photosensitive, DNA repair disorder associated with progeria that is caused by a defect in the transcription-coupled repair subpathway of nucleotide excision repair (NER. Here, complete inactivation of NER in Csb(m/m/Xpa(-/- mutants causes a phenotype that reliably mimics the human progeroid CS syndrome. Newborn Csb(m/m/Xpa(-/- mice display attenuated growth, progressive neurological dysfunction, retinal degeneration, cachexia, kyphosis, and die before weaning. Mouse liver transcriptome analysis and several physiological endpoints revealed systemic suppression of the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor 1 (GH/IGF1 somatotroph axis and oxidative metabolism, increased antioxidant responses, and hypoglycemia together with hepatic glycogen and fat accumulation. Broad genome-wide parallels between Csb(m/m/Xpa(-/- and naturally aged mouse liver transcriptomes suggested that these changes are intrinsic to natural ageing and the DNA repair-deficient mice. Importantly, wild-type mice exposed to a low dose of chronic genotoxic stress recapitulated this response, thereby pointing to a novel link between genome instability and the age-related decline of the somatotroph axis.

  13. Microglial priming through the lung-brain axis: the role of air pollution-induced circulating factors.

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    Mumaw, Christen L; Levesque, Shannon; McGraw, Constance; Robertson, Sarah; Lucas, Selita; Stafflinger, Jillian E; Campen, Matthew J; Hall, Pamela; Norenberg, Jeffrey P; Anderson, Tamara; Lund, Amie K; McDonald, Jacob D; Ottens, Andrew K; Block, Michelle L

    2016-05-01

    Air pollution is implicated in neurodegenerative disease risk and progression and in microglial activation, but the mechanisms are unknown. In this study, microglia remained activated 24 h after ozone (O3) exposure in rats, suggesting a persistent signal from lung to brain. Ex vivo analysis of serum from O3-treated rats revealed an augmented microglial proinflammatory response and β-amyloid 42 (Aβ42) neurotoxicity independent of traditional circulating cytokines, where macrophage-1 antigen-mediated microglia proinflammatory priming. Aged mice exhibited reduced pulmonary immune profiles and the most pronounced neuroinflammation and microglial activation in response to mixed vehicle emissions. Consistent with this premise, cluster of differentiation 36 (CD36)(-/-) mice exhibited impaired pulmonary immune responses concurrent with augmented neuroinflammation and microglial activation in response to O3 Further, aging glia were more sensitive to the proinflammatory effects of O3 serum. Together, these findings outline the lung-brain axis, where air pollutant exposures result in circulating, cytokine-independent signals present in serum that elevate the brain proinflammatory milieu, which is linked to the pulmonary response and is further augmented with age.-Mumaw, C. L., Levesque, S., McGraw, C., Robertson, S., Lucas, S., Stafflinger, J. E., Campen, M. J., Hall, P., Norenberg, J. P., Anderson, T., Lund, A. K., McDonald, J. D., Ottens, A. K., Block, M. L. Microglial priming through the lung-brain axis: the role of air pollution-induced circulating factors. PMID:26864854

  14. The insulin-like growth factor axis and collagen turnover during prednisolone treatment

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    Wolthers, O D; Juul, A; Hansen, M;

    1994-01-01

    Serum concentrations of insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein 3 (IGFBP-3), the carboxyterminal propeptide of type I collagen (PICP), the carboxyterminal pyridinoline crosslinked telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), and the aminoterminal propeptide of...... effects on serum concentrations of IGF-I and IGFBP-3 were found. Dose related reductions of PICP, ICTP, and PIIINP were observed: the mean (SEM) reduction in PICP was 33.4 (26.3) and 68.4 (20.6) micrograms/l, in ICTP 2.5 (0.5) and 2.9 (0.6) micrograms/l, and in PIIINP 2.1 (0.7) and 3.1 (1.8) micrograms....../l during the 2.5 and 5.0 mg prednisolone periods respectively. Short term treatment with low daily doses of prednisolone is associated with suppression of serum markers of type I and III collagen turnover in children with asthma. Intermediate and long term effects remain to be studied....

  15. Hepatoma-derived growth factor/nucleolin axis as a novel oncogenic pathway in liver carcinogenesis.

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    Chen, San-Cher; Hu, Tsung-Hui; Huang, Chao-Cheng; Kung, Mei-Lang; Chu, Tian-Huei; Yi, Li-Na; Huang, Shih-Tsung; Chan, Hoi-Hung; Chuang, Jiin-Haur; Liu, Li-Feng; Wu, Han-Chung; Wu, Deng-Chyang; Chang, Min-Chi; Tai, Ming-Hong

    2015-06-30

    Hepatoma-derived growth factor (HDGF) overexpression is involved in liver fibrosis and carcinogenesis. However, the receptor(s) and signaling for HDGF remain unclear. By using affinity chromatography and proteomic techniques, nucleolin (NCL) was identified and validated as a HDGF-interacting membrane protein in hepatoma cells. Exogenous HDGF elicited the membrane NCL accumulation within 0.5 hour by protein stabilization and transcriptional NCL upregulation within 24 hours. Blockade of surface NCL by antibodies neutralization potently suppressed HDGF uptake and HDGF-stimulated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signaling in hepatoma cells. By using rescectd hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues, immunohistochemical analysis revealed NCL overexpression was correlated with tumour grades, vascular invasion, serum alpha-fetoprotein levels and the poor survival in HCC patients. Multivariate analysis showed NCL was an independent prognostic factor for survival outcome of HCC patients after surgery. To delineate the role of NCL in liver carcinogenesis, ectopic NCL overexpression promoted the oncogenic behaviours and induced PI3K/Akt activation in hepatoma cells. Conversely, NCL knockdown by RNA interference attenuated the oncogenic behaviours and PI3K/Akt signaling, which could be partially rescued by exogenous HDGF supply. In summary, this study provides the first evidence that surface NCL transmits the oncogenic signaling of HDGF and facilitates a novel diagnostic and therapeutic target for HCC. PMID:25938538

  16. A New Factorization Method to Factorize RSA Public Key Encryption

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    Bhagvant Ram Ambedkar

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The security of public key encryption such as RSA scheme relied on the integer factoring problem. The security of RSA algorithm is based on positive integer N, because each transmitting node generates pair of keys such as public and private. Encryption and decryption of any message depends on N. Where, N is the product of two prime numbers and pair of key generation is dependent on these prime numbers. The factorization of N is very intricate. In this paper a New Factorization method is proposed to obtain the factor of positive integer N. The proposed work focuses on factorization of all trivial and nontrivial integer numbers and requires fewer steps for factorization process of RSA modulus N. The New Factorization method is based on Pollard rho factorization method. Experimental results shown that factorization speed is fast as compare existing methods.

  17. Pathogenesis of Parkinson disease--the gut-brain axis and environmental factors.

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    Klingelhoefer, Lisa; Reichmann, Heinz

    2015-11-01

    Parkinson disease (PD) follows a defined clinical pattern, and a range of nonmotor symptoms precede the motor phase. The predominant early nonmotor manifestations are olfactory impairment and constipation. The pathology that accompanies these symptoms is consistent with the Braak staging system: α-synuclein in the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus nerve, the olfactory bulb, the enteric nervous system (ENS) and the submandibular gland, each of which is a gateway to the environment. The neuropathological process that leads to PD seems to start in the ENS or the olfactory bulb and spreads via rostrocranial transmission to the substantia nigra and further into the CNS, raising the intriguing possibility that environmental substances can trigger pathogenesis. Evidence from epidemiological studies and animal models supports this hypothesis. For example, in mice, intragastric administration of the pesticide rotenone can almost completely reproduce the typical pathological and clinical features of PD. In this Review, we present clinical and pathological evidence to support the hypothesis that PD starts in the gut and spreads via trans-synaptic cell-to-cell transfer of pathology through the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems to the substantia nigra and the CNS. We also consider how environmental factors might trigger pathogenesis, and the potential for therapeutically targeting the mechanisms of these initial stages. PMID:26503923

  18. A novel method for defining the Greyhound talocrural joint axis of rotation for hinged transarticular external skeletal fixation.

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    Colborne, G R; Hadley, N R; Wallace, A M

    2013-01-01

    In order to apply hinged transarticular external skeletal fixation for stabilization of the injured canine tarsal joint, knowledge of the three-dimensional (3D) location and orientation of the transverse axis is necessary. This method of immobilization may be used as a primary or adjunctive method of stabilisation for a large number of traumatic conditions. Using pin-mounted markers in the cadaveric Greyhound crus and talus, a closed-form solution of absolute orientation was used to identify, on radiographs, the lateral and medial locations of the transverse axis by tracking the 3D excursions of the markers during flexion and extension. A line was drawn across the dorsal aspect of the calcaneus from the most dorsal point on the distal articular surface(proximal intertarsal joint: PIJ) to the most dorsal point on its proximal articulation with the body of the talus, and the location of the centre of rotation was expressed in terms of the length of that line. In seven Greyhound tarsal joints, the medial end of the axis was located 73 ± 10% proximal to the PIJ and 11 ± 7% dorsal to the line. The lateral end was 73 ± 9% proximal tothe PIJ and -2 ± 3% plantar to the line. PMID:23612749

  19. The interaction of social risk factors and HPA axis dysregulation in predicting emotional symptoms of five- and six-year-old children

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    Klitzing, Kai von; Perren, Sonja; Klein, Annette M.; Stadelmann, Stephanie; White, Lars O.; Groeben, Maureen; Holsboer-Trachsler, Edith; Brand, Serge; Hatzinger, Martin

    2012-01-01

    We examined the links of social relational (family environment and peer victimization) and neuroendocrinological (HPA axis dysregulation) risk factors to children's emotional symptoms. We placed special emphasis on the joint effects of these risk factors with respect to the emergence and course of the emotional symptoms.

  20. A comparison of two methods for the assessment of stress axis activity in wild fish in relation to wastewater effluent exposure.

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    Pottinger, Tom G; Williams, Richard J; Matthiessen, Peter

    2016-05-01

    Riverine fish are particularly vulnerable to chemical exposure - rivers receive chemicals of anthropogenic origin from a variety of sources, one of the most significant being the chemically complex effluents discharged by wastewater treatment works (WWTWs). The extent to which non-reproductive components of the endocrine system in fish may be vulnerable to interference by contaminants associated with WWTW effluent is not well understood, but a significant body of evidence does suggest that contaminants present in the aquatic environment may interfere with the normal function of the neuroendocrine stress axis in fish. Field investigations of stress axis function in free-living populations of fish by measurement of hormone concentrations in blood can be confounded by the remoteness of sampling locations and the size of target species. Two methods for assessing stress axis reactivity in situations where blood samples are unavailable were compared in three-spined sticklebacks in relation to their exposure to WWTWs effluent. Sticklebacks were sampled in two successive years at fifteen sites in north-west England impacted by WWTW effluent and the response of each fish to the combined stressor of capture and a brief period of confinement was evaluated using both whole-body immunoreactive cortisol concentrations (WBIC) and the rate of release of cortisol to water (CRTW). A positive relationship between the magnitude of stress-induced CRTW in sticklebacks of both sexes and WWTW effluent concentration at site of capture was observed in both years. However, the relationship between stress-induced WBIC and WWTW effluent concentration was not consistent. These results suggest that components of WWTW effluent can modulate the magnitude of the neuroendocrine stress response in sticklebacks, and by inference in other fish species, but they raise questions about the measurement and interpretation of stress axis responses in fish via endpoints other than blood hormone concentrations

  1. The Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)/Met Axis: A Neglected Target in the Treatment of Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms?

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    Met is the receptor of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a cytoprotective cytokine. Disturbing the equilibrium between Met and its ligand may lead to inappropriate cell survival, accumulation of genetic abnormalities and eventually, malignancy. Abnormal activation of the HGF/Met axis is established in solid tumours and in chronic haematological malignancies, including myeloma, acute myeloid leukaemia, chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML), and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). The molecular mechanisms potentially responsible for the abnormal activation of HGF/Met pathways are described and discussed. Importantly, inCML and in MPNs, the production of HGF is independent of Bcr-Abl and JAK2V617F, the main molecular markers of these diseases. In vitro studies showed that blocking HGF/Met function with neutralizing antibodies or Met inhibitors significantly impairs the growth of JAK2V617F-mutated cells. With personalised medicine and curative treatment in view, blocking activation of HGF/Met could be a useful addition in the treatment of CML and MPNs for those patients with high HGF/MET expression not controlled by current treatments (Bcr-Abl inhibitors in CML; phlebotomy, hydroxurea, JAK inhibitors in MPNs)

  2. The Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF/Met Axis: A Neglected Target in the Treatment of Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms?

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    Marjorie Boissinot

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Met is the receptor of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF, a cytoprotective cytokine. Disturbing the equilibrium between Met and its ligand may lead to inappropriate cell survival, accumulation of genetic abnormalities and eventually, malignancy. Abnormal activation of the HGF/Met axis is established in solid tumours and in chronic haematological malignancies, including myeloma, acute myeloid leukaemia, chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML, and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs. The molecular mechanisms potentially responsible for the abnormal activation of HGF/Met pathways are described and discussed. Importantly, inCML and in MPNs, the production of HGF is independent of Bcr-Abl and JAK2V617F, the main molecular markers of these diseases. In vitro studies showed that blocking HGF/Met function with neutralizing antibodies or Met inhibitors significantly impairs the growth of JAK2V617F-mutated cells. With personalised medicine and curative treatment in view, blocking activation of HGF/Met could be a useful addition in the treatment of CML and MPNs for those patients with high HGF/MET expression not controlled by current treatments (Bcr-Abl inhibitors in CML; phlebotomy, hydroxurea, JAK inhibitors in MPNs.

  3. The Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF)/Met Axis: A Neglected Target in the Treatment of Chronic Myeloproliferative Neoplasms?

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    Boissinot, Marjorie [Translational Neuro-Oncology Group, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, University of Leeds, Level 5 Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St James’s Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF (United Kingdom); Vilaine, Mathias [Institute of Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN), CNRS-Inserm-UNS UMR 7284, U 1081, Centre A. Lacassagne, 33 Avenue Valombrose, Nice 06189 (France); Hermouet, Sylvie, E-mail: sylvie.hermouet@univ-nantes.fr [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU), Place Alexis Ricordeau, Nantes 44093 (France); Inserm UMR892, Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie Nantes-Angers, Institut de Recherche en Santé, Université de Nantes, 8 quai Moncousu, Nantes cedex 44007 (France)

    2014-08-12

    Met is the receptor of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), a cytoprotective cytokine. Disturbing the equilibrium between Met and its ligand may lead to inappropriate cell survival, accumulation of genetic abnormalities and eventually, malignancy. Abnormal activation of the HGF/Met axis is established in solid tumours and in chronic haematological malignancies, including myeloma, acute myeloid leukaemia, chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML), and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). The molecular mechanisms potentially responsible for the abnormal activation of HGF/Met pathways are described and discussed. Importantly, inCML and in MPNs, the production of HGF is independent of Bcr-Abl and JAK2V617F, the main molecular markers of these diseases. In vitro studies showed that blocking HGF/Met function with neutralizing antibodies or Met inhibitors significantly impairs the growth of JAK2V617F-mutated cells. With personalised medicine and curative treatment in view, blocking activation of HGF/Met could be a useful addition in the treatment of CML and MPNs for those patients with high HGF/MET expression not controlled by current treatments (Bcr-Abl inhibitors in CML; phlebotomy, hydroxurea, JAK inhibitors in MPNs)

  4. Role of platelet-derived growth factor/platelet-derived growth factor receptor axis in the trafficking of circulating fibrocytes in pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Aono, Yoshinori; Kishi, Masami; Yokota, Yuki; Azuma, Momoyo; Kinoshita, Katsuhiro; Takezaki, Akio; Sato, Seidai; Kawano, Hiroshi; Kishi, Jun; Goto, Hisatsugu; Uehara, Hisanori; Izumi, Keisuke; Nishioka, Yasuhiko

    2014-12-01

    Circulating fibrocytes have been reported to migrate into the injured lungs, and contribute to fibrogenesis via CXCL12-CXCR4 axis. In contrast, we report that imatinib mesylate prevented bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice by inhibiting platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR), even when it was administered only in the early phase. The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) might directly contribute to the migration of fibrocytes to the injured lungs. PDGFR expression in fibrocytes was examined by flow cytometry and RT-PCR. The migration of fibrocytes was evaluated by using a chemotaxis assay for human fibrocytes isolated from peripheral blood. The numbers of fibrocytes triple-stained for CD45, collagen-1, and CXCR4 were also examined in lung digests of BLM-treated mice. PDGFR mRNA levels in fibrocytes isolated from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis were investigated by real-time PCR. Fibrocytes expressed both PDGFR-α and -β, and migrated in response to PDGFs. PDGFR inhibitors (imatinib, PDGFR-blocking antibodies) suppressed fibrocyte migration in vitro, and reduced the number of fibrocytes in the lungs of BLM-treated mice. PDGF-BB was a stronger chemoattractant than the other PDGFs in vitro, and anti-PDGFR-β-blocking antibody decreased the numbers of fibrocytes in the lungs compared with anti-PDGFR-α antibody in vivo. Marked expression of PDGFR-β was observed in fibrocytes from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis compared with healthy subjects. These results suggest that PDGF directly functions as a strong chemoattractant for fibrocytes. In particular, the PDGF-BB-PDGFR-β biological axis might play a critical role in fibrocyte migration into the fibrotic lungs. PMID:24885373

  5. Regulation of Connective Tissue Growth Factor and Cardiac Fibrosis by an SRF/MicroRNA-133a Axis.

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    Aude Angelini

    Full Text Available Myocardial fibrosis contributes to the remodeling of heart and the loss of cardiac function leading to heart failure. SRF is a transcription factor implicated in the regulation of a large variety of genes involved in cardiac structure and function. To investigate the impact of an SRF overexpression in heart, we developed a new cardiac-specific and tamoxifen-inducible SRF overexpression mouse model by the Cre/loxP strategy. Here, we report that a high level overexpression of SRF leads to severe modifications of cardiac cytoarchitecture affecting the balance between cardiomyocytes and cardiac fibroblasts and also a profound alteration of cardiac gene expression program. The drastic development of fibrosis was characterized by intense sirius red staining and associated with an increased expression of genes encoding extracellular matrix proteins such as fibronectin, procollagen type 1α1 and type 3α1 and especially connective tissue growth factor (CTGF. Furthermore miR-133a, one of the most predominant cardiac miRNAs, is strongly downregulated when SRF is overexpressed. By comparison a low level overexpression of SRF has minor impact on these different processes. Investigation with miR-133a, antimiR-133a and AdSRF-VP16 experiments in H9c2 cardiac cells demonstrated that: 1-miR-133a acts as a repressor of SRF and CTGF expression; 2-a simultaneous overexpression of SRF by AdSRF-VP16 and inhibition of miR-133a by a specific antimiR increase CTGF expression; 3-miR-133a overexpression can block the upregulation of CTGF induced by AdSRF-VP16. Taken together, these findings reveal a key role of the SRF/CTGF/miR-133a axis in the regulation of cardiac fibrosis.

  6. Inverse design-momentum, a method for the preliminary design of horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Wind turbine rotor prediction methods based on generalized momentum theory BEM routinely used in industry and vortex wake methods demand the use of airfoil tabulated data and geometrical specifications such as the blade spanwise chord distribution. They belong to the category of 'direct design' methods. When, on the other hand, the geometry is deduced from some design objective, we refer to 'inverse design' methods. This paper presents a method for the preliminary design of wind turbine rotors based on an inverse design approach. For this purpose, a generalized theory was developed without using classical tools such as BEM. Instead, it uses a simplified meridional flow analysis of axial turbomachines and is based on the assumption that knowing the vortex distribution and appropriate boundary conditions is tantamount to knowing the velocity distribution. The simple conservation properties of the vortex components consistently cope with the forces and specific work exchange expressions through the rotor. The method allows for rotor arbitrarily radial load distribution and includes the wake rotation and expansion. Radial pressure gradient is considered in the wake. The capability of the model is demonstrated first by a comparison with the classical actuator disk theory in investigating the consistency of the flow field, then the model is used to predict the blade planform of a commercial wind turbine. Based on these validations, the authors postulate the use of a different vortex distribution (i.e. not-uniform loading) for blade design and discuss the effect of such choices on blade chord and twist, force distribution and power coefficient. In addition to the method's straightforward application to the pre-design phase, the model clearly shows the link between blade geometry and performance allowing quick preliminary evaluation of non uniform loading on blade structural characteristics

  7. An Aerodynamic Method for the Preliminary Design of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

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    X. Munduate

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper describes a method developed to assist in the preliminary aerodynamic design of wind turbines by identifying regions of the rotor disk which are dominated by unsteady and/or three-dimensional effects. The technique is based on a blade element/momentum predictor that has been extended to consider yawed flow and tower shadow effects. In addition, the method tracks temporal changes in blade incidence to identify regions of the rotor disk which are susceptible to dynamic stall. It also monitors and assesses the severity of three-dimensional stall delay and the extent to which this interacts with the regions of unsteadiness. In the paper the capability of the method will be demonstrated by application to the specific test case of the U. S. National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL Combined Experiment turbine.

  8. Transforming growth factor-β1/Smad/connective tissue growth factor axis: The main pathway in radiation-induced fibrosis of osteoradionecrosis?

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    Qian Wei Zhuang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Osteoradionecrosis (ORN of the mandible is a serious complication following radiation therapy for malignancies of the head and neck. Radiation-induced fibrosis (RIF is a new theory that accounts for the damage to normal tissues after radiotherapy, and the radiation-induced fibroatrophic mechanism includes the free-radical formation, endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, microvascular thrombosis, fibrosis and remodeling, and finally bone and tissue necrosis. The Hypothesis: Previous studies revealed that transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1 is the master switch cytokine responsible for the regulation of fibroblast proliferation and differentiation that result in RIF. Among the targets of TGF-β1, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF is a downstream mediator through the Smad3/4 pathway and plays an important role in connective tissue homeostasis and fibroblast proliferation. Studies have proved that the TGF-β1/Smad/CTGF signaling pathway is involved in the RIF of soft tissues, so the authors put forward a hypothesis that the TGF-β1/Smad/CTGF axis is also the main pathway in RIF of ORN. Evaluation of the Hypothesis: The validation of our hypothesis may provide new insights for better understanding the pathogenesis of ORN and open new perspectives for anti-fibrotic therapies, and pioneer novel approaches to treat ORN.

  9. An unsteady vortex lattice method model of a horizontal axis wind turbine operating in an upstream rotor wake

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    An unsteady formulation of the vortex lattice method, VLM, is presented that uses a force- free representation of the wake behind a horizontal axis wind turbine, HAWT, to calculate the aerodynamic loading on a turbine operating in the wake of an upstream rotor. A Cartesian velocity grid is superimposed over the computational domain to facilitate the representation of the atmospheric turbulence surrounding the turbine and wind shear. The wake of an upstream rotor is modelled using two methods: a mean velocity deficit with superimposed turbulence, based on experimental observations, and a purely numeric periodic boundary condition. Both methods are treated as frozen and propagated with the velocity grid. Measurements of the mean thrust and blade root bending moment on a three bladed horizontal axis rotor modelling a 5 MW HAWT at 1:250 scale were carried out in a wind tunnel. Comparisons are made between operation in uniform flow and in the wake of a similarly loaded rotor approximately 6.5 diameters upstream. The measurements were used to validate the output from the VLM simulations, assuming a completely rigid rotor. The trends in the simulation thrust predictions are found to compare well with the uniform flow case, except at low tip speed ratios where there are losses due to stall which are yet to be included in the model. The simple wake model predicts the mean deficit, whilst the periodic boundary condition captures more of the frequency content of the loading in an upstream wake. However, all the thrust loads are over-predicted. The simulation results severely overestimate the bending moment, which needs addressing. However, the reduction in bending due to the simple wake model is found to reflect the experimental data reasonably well

  10. An unsteady vortex lattice method model of a horizontal axis wind turbine operating in an upstream rotor wake

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    Hankin, D.; Graham, J. M. R.

    2014-12-01

    An unsteady formulation of the vortex lattice method, VLM, is presented that uses a force- free representation of the wake behind a horizontal axis wind turbine, HAWT, to calculate the aerodynamic loading on a turbine operating in the wake of an upstream rotor. A Cartesian velocity grid is superimposed over the computational domain to facilitate the representation of the atmospheric turbulence surrounding the turbine and wind shear. The wake of an upstream rotor is modelled using two methods: a mean velocity deficit with superimposed turbulence, based on experimental observations, and a purely numeric periodic boundary condition. Both methods are treated as frozen and propagated with the velocity grid. Measurements of the mean thrust and blade root bending moment on a three bladed horizontal axis rotor modelling a 5 MW HAWT at 1:250 scale were carried out in a wind tunnel. Comparisons are made between operation in uniform flow and in the wake of a similarly loaded rotor approximately 6.5 diameters upstream. The measurements were used to validate the output from the VLM simulations, assuming a completely rigid rotor. The trends in the simulation thrust predictions are found to compare well with the uniform flow case, except at low tip speed ratios where there are losses due to stall which are yet to be included in the model. The simple wake model predicts the mean deficit, whilst the periodic boundary condition captures more of the frequency content of the loading in an upstream wake. However, all the thrust loads are over-predicted. The simulation results severely overestimate the bending moment, which needs addressing. However, the reduction in bending due to the simple wake model is found to reflect the experimental data reasonably well.

  11. Method and apparatus for calibrating multi-axis load cells in a dexterous robot

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    Wampler, II, Charles W. (Inventor); Platt, Jr., Robert J. (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A robotic system includes a dexterous robot having robotic joints, angle sensors adapted for measuring joint angles at a corresponding one of the joints, load cells for measuring a set of strain values imparted to a corresponding one of the load cells during a predetermined pose of the robot, and a host machine. The host machine is electrically connected to the load cells and angle sensors, and receives the joint angle values and strain values during the predetermined pose. The robot presses together mating pairs of load cells to form the poses. The host machine executes an algorithm to process the joint angles and strain values, and from the set of all calibration matrices that minimize error in force balance equations, selects the set of calibration matrices that is closest in a value to a pre-specified value. A method for calibrating the load cells via the algorithm is also provided.

  12. Triple axis spectrometers

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    Conventional triple-axis neutron spectroscopy was developed by Brockhouse over thirty years ago' and remains today a versatile and powerful tool for probing the dynamics of condensed matter. The original design of the triple axis spectrometer is technically simple and probes momentum and energy space on a point-by-point basis. This ability to systematically probe the scattering function in a way which only requires a few angles to be moved under computer control and where the observed data in general can be analysed using a pencil and graph paper or a simple fitting routine, has been essential for the success of the method. These constraints were quite reasonable at the time the technique was developed. Advances in computer based data acquisition, neutron beam optics, and position sensitive area detectors have been gradually implemented on many triple axis spectrometer spectrometers, but the full potential of this has not been fully exploited yet. Further improvement in terms of efficiency (beyond point by point inspection) and increased sensitivity (use of focusing optics whenever the problem allows it) could easily be up to a factor of 10-20 over present instruments for many problems at a cost which is negligible compared to that of increasing the flux of the source. The real cost will be in complexity - finding the optimal set-up for a given scan and interpreting the data as the they are taken. On-line transformation of the data for an appropriate display in Q, ω space and analysis tools will be equally important for this task, and the success of these new ideas will crucially depend on how well we solve these problems. (author)

  13. A New Factorization Method to Factorize RSA Public Key Encryption

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    Bhagvant Ram Ambedkar; Sarabjeet Singh Bedi

    2011-01-01

    The security of public key encryption such as RSA scheme relied on the integer factoring problem. The security of RSA algorithm is based on positive integer N, because each transmitting node generates pair of keys such as public and private. Encryption and decryption of any message depends on N. Where, N is the product of two prime numbers and pair of key generation is dependent on these prime numbers. The factorization of N is very intricate. In this paper a New Factorization method is propo...

  14. Structural Optimization Design of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine Blades Using a Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm and Finite Element Method

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    Pan Pan

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an optimization method for the structural design of horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT blades based on the particle swarm optimization algorithm (PSO combined with the finite element method (FEM. The main goal is to create an optimization tool and to demonstrate the potential improvements that could be brought to the structural design of HAWT blades. A multi-criteria constrained optimization design model pursued with respect to minimum mass of the blade is developed. The number and the location of layers in the spar cap and the positions of the shear webs are employed as the design variables, while the strain limit, blade/tower clearance limit and vibration limit are taken into account as the constraint conditions. The optimization of the design of a commercial 1.5 MW HAWT blade is carried out by combining the above method and design model under ultimate (extreme flap-wise load conditions. The optimization results are described and compared with the original design. It shows that the method used in this study is efficient and produces improved designs.

  15. Normal sweat secretion despite impaired growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor-I axis in obese subjects

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    Rasmussen, Michael Højby; Juul, Anders; Main, Katharina M;

    2011-01-01

    Adults with GH deficiency are known to exhibit reduced sweating. Whether sweating capacity is impacted in obese subjects with impaired GH secretion have not previously been investigated. The main objective was to investigate sweat secretion rate and the GH-IGF-I axis in obese subjects before and ...

  16. Innate Immunity Derived Factors as External Modulators of the CXCL12 - CXCR4 Axis and Their Role in Stem Cell Homing and Mobilization

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    Mariusz Z. Ratajczak, Karol Serwin, Gabriela Schneider

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    Full Text Available The α-chemokine CXCL12 (stromal derived factor-1; SDF-1 and its corresponding GαI protein-coupled CXCR4 receptor axis play an important role in retention of hematopoietic stem progenitor cells (HSPCs in bone marrow (BM stem cell niches. CXCL12 has also been identified as a strong chemoattractant for HSPCs and implicated both in homing of HSPCs to BM after transplantation and in egress of these cells from BM into peripheral blood (PB. However, since CXCL12, as a peptide, is highly susceptible to degradation by proteolytic enzymes, its real biological availability in biological fluids may be somewhat limited. In this review, we will present data demonstrating that the CXCL12-CXCR4 axis is positively modulated by innate immunity-derived several external factors, ensuring that even low (near threshold doses of CXCL12 still exert a robust chemotactic influence on HSPCs.

  17. Active stall control for large offshore horizontal axis wind turbines: a conceptual study considering different actuation methods

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    Pereira, R.; Van Bussel, G.J.W.; Timmer, W.A.

    2014-01-01

    The increasing size of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines and the trend to install wind farms further offshore demand more robust design options. If the pitch system could be eliminated, the availability of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines should increase. This research investigates the use of active stall

  18. A METHOD OF DETERMINING THE COORDINATES OF THE STIFFNESS CENTER AND THE STIFFNESS PRINCIPAL AXIS OF THE VIBRATING SYSTEM WITH DAMPING

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    Dang Xuan Truong; Tran Duc Chinh

    2014-01-01

    The report presents a methodology to determine the directions of the stiffness principal axis (in this case subject to the linear displacement and forced rotation angle) of a solid object interact with the surrounding environment by resilient bearing supports. The results also show that determining the coordinates of the stiffness center in the vibrating system with damping factors is necessary in our research.

  19. The Performance Test of Three Different Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT Blade Shapes Using Experimental and Numerical Methods

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    Wen-Tong Chong

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Three different horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT blade geometries with the same diameter of 0.72 m using the same NACA4418 airfoil profile have been investigated both experimentally and numerically. The first is an optimum (OPT blade shape, obtained using improved blade element momentum (BEM theory. A detailed description of the blade geometry is also given. The second is an untapered and optimum twist (UOT blade with the same twist distributions as the OPT blade. The third blade is untapered and untwisted (UUT. Wind tunnel experiments were used to measure the power coefficients of these blades, and the results indicate that both the OPT and UOT blades perform with the same maximum power coefficient, Cp = 0.428, but it is located at different tip speed ratio, λ = 4.92 for the OPT blade and λ = 4.32 for the UOT blade. The UUT blade has a maximum power coefficient of Cp = 0.210 at λ = 3.86. After the tests, numerical simulations were performed using a full three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD method using the k-ω SST turbulence model. It has been found that CFD predictions reproduce the most accurate model power coefficients. The good agreement between the measured and computed power coefficients of the three models strongly suggest that accurate predictions of HAWT blade performance at full-scale conditions are also possible using the CFD method.

  20. Multi-Body Unsteady Aerodynamics in 2D Applied to aVertical-Axis Wind Turbine Using a Vortex Method

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    Österberg, David

    2010-01-01

    Vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) have many advantages over traditional Horizontalaxis wind turbines (HAWT).One of the more severe problem of VAWTs are the complicated aerodynamicbehavior inherent in the concept. Incontrast to HAWTs the blades experience varying angle of attack during its orbitalmotion. The unsteady flowleads to unsteady loads, and hence, to increased risk for problems with fatigue.A tool for aerodynamic analysis of vertical axis wind turbines has been developed.The model, a...

  1. Vertical Axis Wind Turbine flows using a Vortex Particle-Mesh method: from near to very far wakes

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    Backaert, Stephane; Chatelain, Philippe; Winckelmans, Gregoire; Kern, Stefan; Maeder, Thierry; von Terzi, Dominic; van Rees, Wim; Koumoutsakos, Petros

    2012-11-01

    A Vortex Particle-Mesh (VPM) method with immersed lifting lines has been developed and validated. The vorticity-velocity formulation of the NS equations is treated in a hybrid way: particles handle advection while the mesh is used to evaluate the differential operators and for the fast Poisson solvers (here a Fourier-based solver which simultaneously allows for unbounded directions and inlet/outlet boundaries). Both discretizations communicate through high order interpolation. The immersed lifting lines handle the creation of vorticity from the blade elements and its early development. LES of Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) flows are performed, with a relatively fine resolution (128 and 160 grid points per blade) and for computational domains extending up to 6 D and 14 D downstream of the rotor. The wake complex development is captured in details, from the blades to the near wake coherent vortices, to the transitional ones, to the fully developed turbulent far wake. Mean flow statistics in planes (horizontal, vertical and cross) are also presented. A case with a realistic turbulent wind inflow is also considered. The physics are more complex than for HAWT flows. Computational resources provided by a PRACE award.

  2. Resolution of a triple axis spectrometer

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    Nielsen, Mourits; Bjerrum Møller, Hans

    A new method for obtaining the resolution function for a triple-axis neutron spectrometer is described, involving a combination of direct measurement and analytical calculation. All factors which contribute to the finite resolution of the instrument may be taken into account, and Gaussian or...

  3. Model correction factor method for system analysis

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    Ditlevsen, Ove Dalager; Johannesen, Johannes M.

    2000-01-01

    The Model Correction Factor Method is an intelligent response surface method based on simplifiedmodeling. MCFM is aimed for reliability analysis in case of a limit state defined by an elaborate model. Herein it isdemonstrated that the method is applicable for elaborate limit state surfaces on which...... clearly defined failure modes, the MCFM can bestarted from each idealized single mode limit state in turn to identify a locally most central point on the elaborate limitstate surface. Typically this procedure leads to a fewer number of locally most central failure points on the elaboratelimit state...

  4. A semi-dominant mutation in the general splicing factor SF3a66 causes anterior-posterior axis reversal in one-cell stage C. elegans embryos.

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    Full Text Available Establishment of anterior-posterior polarity in one-cell stage Caenorhabditis elegans embryos depends in part on astral microtubules. As the zygote enters mitosis, these microtubules promote the establishment of a posterior pole by binding to and protecting a cytoplasmic pool of the posterior polarity protein PAR-2 from phosphorylation by the cortically localized anterior polarity protein PKC-3. Prior to activation of the sperm aster, the oocyte Meiosis I and II spindles assemble and function, usually at the future anterior pole, but these meiotic spindle microtubules fail to establish posterior polarity through PAR-2. Here we show that a semi-dominant mutation in the general splicing factor SF3a66 can lead to a reversed axis of AP polarity that depends on PAR-2 and possibly on close proximity of oocyte meiotic spindles with the cell cortex. One possible explanation is that reduced levels of PKC-3, due to a general splicing defect, can result in axis reversal due to a failure to prevent oocyte meiotic spindle microtubules from interfering with AP axis formation.

  5. Effects of sericin on the testicular growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis in a rat model of type 2 diabetes

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    Song, Cheng-Jun; Yang, Zhen-Jun; Tang, Qi-Feng; Chen, Zhi-Hong

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of sericin on the testicular growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis in rats with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Forty rats were randomly assigned to normal control, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sericin and metformin treated groups. Type 2 diabetes was established by repeated intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin, and identified by blood glucose ≥16.7 mmol/L at 1 week. The diabetic rats were given no other treatment, these rats in the se...

  6. Review of human factors guidelines and methods

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    The review examines the use of human factors guidelines and methods in high technology applications, with emphasis on application to the nuclear industry. An extensive literature review was carried out identifying over 250 applicable documents, with 30 more documents identified during interviews with experts in human factors. Surveys were sent to 15 experts, of which 11 responded. The survey results indicated guidelines used and why these were favoured. Thirty-three of the most applicable guideline documents were described in detailed annotated bibliographies. A bibliographic list containing over 280 references was prepared. Thirty guideline documents were rated for their completeness, validity, applicability and practicality. The experts survey indicated the use of specific techniques. Ten human factors methods of analysis were described in general summaries, including procedures, applications, and specific techniques. Detailed descriptions of the techniques were prepared and each technique rated for applicability and practicality. Recommendations for further study of areas of importance to human factors in the nuclear field in Canada are given. (author). 8 tabs., 2 figs

  7. Factorization method for the truncated harmonic oscillator

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    Fernández C, D. J.; Morales-Salgado, V. S.

    2015-04-01

    Factorization procedures of first and second order are used to generate Hamiltonians with known spectra departing from the harmonic oscillator with an infinite potential barrier. Certain systems obtained in a straightforward way through said method possess differential ladder operators of both types, third and fourth order. Since systems with this kind of operators are linked with the Painlevé IV and V equations respectively, several solutions of these non-linear second-order differential equations will be simply found.

  8. A METHOD OF DETERMINING THE COORDINATES OF THE STIFFNESS CENTER AND THE STIFFNESS PRINCIPAL AXIS OF THE VIBRATING SYSTEM WITH DAMPING

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    Dang Xuan Truong

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The report presents a methodology to determine the directions of the stiffness principal axis (in this case subject to the linear displacement and forced rotation angle of a solid object interact with the surrounding environment by resilient bearing supports. The results also show that determining the coordinates of the stiffness center in the vibrating system with damping factors is necessary in our research.

  9. A rapid method to derive horizontal distributions of trace gases and aerosols near the surface using multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy

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    Y. Wang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We apply a novel experimental procedure for the rapid measurement of the average volume mixing ratios (VMRs and horizontal distributions of trace gases such as NO2, SO2, and HCHO in the boundary layer, which was recently suggested by Sinreich et al. (2013. The method is based on two-dimensional scanning multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS. It makes use of two facts (Sinreich et al. 2013: First, the light path for observations at 1° elevation angle traverses mainly air masses located close to the ground (typically 4. Thus, the average value of the trace gas VMR in the atmospheric layer between the surface and the altitude, for which this observation was sensitive, can be calculated. Compared to the originally proposed method, we introduce several important modifications and improvements: We apply the method only to measurements at 1° elevation angles, for which the uncertainties are especially small. Using only 1 elevation angle also allows an increased temporal resolution. We apply correction factors (and their uncertainties as function of the simultaneously modelled O4 absorption. In this way the correction factors can be directly determined according to the measured O4 dAMF. Finally, the method is extended to trace gases analysed at other wavelengths and also to the retrieval of the aerosol extinction. Depending on the atmospheric visibility, the typical uncertainty of the results ranges from about 15 to 30%. We apply the rapid method to observations of a newly developed ground-based multifunctional passive differential optical absorption spectroscopy (GM-DOAS instrument in the north-west outskirt near Hefei City in China. We report NO2, SO2, and HCHO VMRs and aerosol extinction for four azimuth angles and compare these results with those from simultaneous long-path DOAS observations. Good agreement is found (squares of the correlation coefficients for NO2, SO2, and HCHO were 0.92, 0.84, and 0.59, respectively

  10. Growth and the Growth Hormone-Insulin Like Growth Factor 1 Axis in Children With Chronic Inflammation: Current Evidence, Gaps in Knowledge, and Future Directions.

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    Wong, S C; Dobie, R; Altowati, M A; Werther, G A; Farquharson, C; Ahmed, S F

    2016-02-01

    Growth failure is frequently encountered in children with chronic inflammatory conditions like juvenile idiopathic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cystic fibrosis. Delayed puberty and attenuated pubertal growth spurt are often seen during adolescence. The underlying inflammatory state mediated by proinflammatory cytokines, prolonged use of glucocorticoid, and suboptimal nutrition contribute to growth failure and pubertal abnormalities. These factors can impair growth by their effects on the GH-IGF axis and also directly at the level of the growth plate via alterations in chondrogenesis and local growth factor signaling. Recent studies on the impact of cytokines and glucocorticoid on the growth plate further advanced our understanding of growth failure in chronic disease and provided a biological rationale of growth promotion. Targeting cytokines using biological therapy may lead to improvement of growth in some of these children, but approximately one-third continue to grow slowly. There is increasing evidence that the use of relatively high-dose recombinant human GH may lead to partial catch-up growth in chronic inflammatory conditions, although long-term follow-up data are currently limited. In this review, we comprehensively review the growth abnormalities in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cystic fibrosis, systemic abnormalities of the GH-IGF axis, and growth plate perturbations. We also systematically reviewed all the current published studies of recombinant human GH in these conditions and discussed the role of recombinant human IGF-1. PMID:26720129

  11. The Performance Test of Three Different Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine (HAWT) Blade Shapes Using Experimental and Numerical Methods

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    Wen-Tong Chong; Chi-Jeng Bai; Fei-Bin Hsiao

    2013-01-01

    Three different horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) blade geometries with the same diameter of 0.72 m using the same NACA4418 airfoil profile have been investigated both experimentally and numerically. The first is an optimum (OPT) blade shape, obtained using improved blade element momentum (BEM) theory. A detailed description of the blade geometry is also given. The second is an untapered and optimum twist (UOT) blade with the same twist distributions as the OPT blade. The third blade is unt...

  12. Active stall control for large offshore horizontal axis wind turbines; a conceptual study considering different actuation methods

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    The increasing size of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines and the trend to install wind farms further offshore demand more robust design options. If the pitch system could be eliminated, the availability of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines should increase. This research investigates the use of active stall control to regulate power production in replacement of the pitch system. A feasibility study is conducted using a blade element momentum code and taking the National Renewable Energy Laboratory 5 MW turbine as baseline case. Considering half of the blade span is equipped with actuators, the required change in the lift coefficient to regulate power was estimated in ΔCl = 0.7. Three actuation technologies are investigated, namely Boundary Layer Transpiration, Trailing Edge Jets and Dielectric Barrier Discharge actuators. Results indicate the authority of the actuators considered is not sufficient to regulate power, since the change in the lift coefficient is not large enough. Active stall control of Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines appears feasible only if the rotor is re-designed from the start to incorporate active-stall devices

  13. Effects of sericin on the testicular growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis in a rat model of type 2 diabetes.

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    Song, Cheng-Jun; Yang, Zhen-Jun; Tang, Qi-Feng; Chen, Zhi-Hong

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of sericin on the testicular growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis in rats with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Forty rats were randomly assigned to normal control, type 2 diabetes mellitus, sericin and metformin treated groups. Type 2 diabetes was established by repeated intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin, and identified by blood glucose ≥16.7 mmol/L at 1 week. The diabetic rats were given no other treatment, these rats in the sericin group were intragastrically perfused with 2.4 g/kg sericin and the metformin treated rats were intragastrically perfused with 55.33 mg/kg Metformin daily for 35 consecutive days. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to determine serum testosterone, growth hormone and IGF-1 levels. Immunohistochemical staining, western blotting and reverse transcription-PCR were used to determine testicular growth hormone, growth hormone receptor and IGF-1 expression. The sericin significantly reduced serum growth hormone levels, downregulated growth hormone expression, increased serum testosterone and IGF-1 levels, and upregulated testicular growth hormone receptor and IGF-1 expression. Moreover, there were no significant differences in any of the parameters between the sericin and metformin treated groups. These findings indicated that sericin improved spermatogenic function through regulating the growth hormone/IGF-1 axis, thereby protecting reproductive function against diabetes-induced damage. PMID:26379831

  14. Thyroid hormone modulation of the hypothalamic growth hormone (GH)-releasing factor-pituitary GH axis in the rat.

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    Miki, N.; Ono, M.; Hizuka, N; Aoki, T.; Demura, H

    1992-01-01

    Both thyroid hormone and hypothalamic growth hormone (GH)-releasing factor (GRF) facilitate pituitary somatotroph function. However, the pathophysiological role of thyroid hormone in GRF secretion is less well understood. Thyrotoxicosis, induced by administration of thyroxine (T4) in rats, inhibited both pituitary GH levels and immunoreactive GRF secretion from incubated hypothalamus. At the highest dose of T4 given for 12 d, GRF secretion and pituitary GH decreased by 50 and 39%, respectivel...

  15. A five-factor model perspective on psychopathy and comorbid Axis-II disorders in a forensic-psychiatric sample.

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    Decuyper, Mieke; De Fruyt, Filip; Buschman, Jos

    2008-01-01

    The validity of DSM-IV predictions [Widiger, T. A., Trull, T. J., Clarkin, J. F., Sanderson, C. J., & Costa, P. T., (2002). A description of the DSM-IV personality disorders with the five-factor model of personality. In Costa, P. T. & Widiger, T. A. (Eds.), Personality disorders and the five-factor model of personality (2nd ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association] concerning Antisocial Personality Disorder and the validity of the hypothesized associations between the Five-Factor Model and psychopathy were examined in 48 male forensic-psychiatric patients. Prevalence of psychopathy and comorbid personality pathology was also investigated, as well as the convergent validity of two Dutch personality disorder inventories. Patients provided self-descriptions on the NEO-PI-R [Costa, P. T., & McCrae, R. R., (1992b). Professional Manual: Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) and NEO Five-Factor-Inventory (NEO-FFI). Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources], and were administered the VKP [Duijsens, I. J., Haringsma, R., & EurelingsBontekoe, E. H. M., (1999). Handleiding VKP (Vragenlijst voor kenmerken van de persoonlijkheid). Gebaseerd op DSM-IV en ICD-10. Leiderdorp: Datec] and the ADP-IV [Schotte, C. K. W., & De Doncker, D. A. M., (1994). ADP-IV Questionnaire. Antwerp Belgium: University Hospital Antwerp] to assess personality pathology. Psychopathy was assessed using Hare's Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R; [Hare, R. D., (1990). The Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised Manual. Toronto: Multi-Health Systems]) based on a semi-structured interview and file records of psychiatric and psychological evaluations and criminal history. Results underscored the validity of the FFM Antisocial PD associations, but the hypothesized correlations between the FFM and Psychopathy were less supported. Results supported the convergent validity of the ADP-IV and the VKP, both at the dimensional and categorical level. Around 55% met the diagnostic threshold of

  16. Experimental investigation of factors limiting slow axis beam quality in 9xx nm high power broad area diode lasers

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    GaAs-based broad-area diode lasers are needed with improved lateral beam parameter product (BPPlat) at high power. An experimental study of the factors limiting BPPlat is therefore presented, using extreme double-asymmetric (EDAS) vertical structures emitting at 910 nm. Continuous wave, pulsed and polarization-resolved measurements are presented and compared to thermal simulation. The importance of thermal and packaging-induced effects is determined by comparing junction -up and -down devices. Process factors are clarified by comparing diodes with and without index-guiding trenches. We show that in all cases studied, BPPlat is limited by a non-thermal BPP ground-level and a thermal BPP, which depends linearly on self-heating. Measurements as a function of pulse width confirm that self-heating rather than bias-level dominates. Diodes without trenches show low BPP ground-level, and a thermal BPP which depends strongly on mounting, due to changes in the temperature profile. The additional lateral guiding in diodes with trenches strongly increases the BPP ground-level, but optically isolates the stripe from the device edges, suppressing the influence of the thermal profile, leading to a BPP-slope that is low and independent of mounting. Trenches are also shown to initiate strain fields that cause parasitic TM-polarized emission with large BPPlat, whose influence on total BPPlat remains small, provided the overall polarization purity is >95%

  17. Rearing Mozambique tilapia in tidally-changing salinities: Effects on growth and the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor I axis.

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    Moorman, Benjamin P; Yamaguchi, Yoko; Lerner, Darren T; Grau, E Gordon; Seale, Andre P

    2016-08-01

    The growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis plays a central role in the regulation of growth in teleosts and has been shown to be affected by acclimation salinity. This study was aimed at characterizing the effects of rearing tilapia, Oreochromis mossambicus, in a tidally-changing salinity on the GH/IGF axis and growth. Tilapia were raised in fresh water (FW), seawater (SW), or in a tidally-changing environment, in which salinity is switched between FW (TF) and SW (TS) every 6h, for 4months. Growth was measured over all time points recorded and fish reared in a tidally-changing environment grew significantly faster than other groups. The levels of circulating growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), pituitary GH mRNA, gene expression of IGF-I, IGF-II, and growth hormone receptor 2 (GHR) in the muscle and liver were also determined. Plasma IGF-I was higher in FW and TS than in SW and TF tilapia. Pituitary GH mRNA was higher in TF and TS than in FW and SW tilapia. Gene expression of IGF-I in the liver and of GHR in both the muscle and liver changed between TF and TS fish. Fish growth was positively correlated with GH mRNA expression in the pituitary, and GHR mRNA expression in muscle and liver tissues. Our study indicates that rearing fish under tidally-changing salinities elicits a distinct pattern of endocrine regulation from that observed in fish reared in steady-state conditions, and may provide a new approach to increase tilapia growth rate and study the regulation of growth in euryhaline fish. PMID:27032617

  18. Synthesis of c-axis preferred orientation ZnO:Al transparent conductive thin films using a novel solvent method

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    Transparent aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al, AZO) conducting thin films with a high-preferential c-axis orientation were synthesized using a new sol-gel formula. The films were deposited using a spin-coating route onto borosilicate glass substrates. We used propylene glycol methyl ether (PGME) as the solvent in place of ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME), which is commonly used because it is easier to deposit onto the substrates. PGME is also superior in terms of health and safety. PGME solvent does not need to settle for several days before use and can be spin-coated as soon as the raw material and solvent are mixed. The effects of this novel solvent on the structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties are discussed using XRD, SEM, a four-point probe and UV-VIS spectrophotometry. It was found that the films produced with PGME showed a high-preferential c-axis orientation and compact microstructure in comparison films produced using EGME. The electrical resistivity of AZO thin films produced with PGME solvent was lowered to 3.474 x 10-3Ω cm after annealing in 95 N2/5H2 atmosphere. In addition, the optical transmittances of AZO thin films on glass plates were higher than 90% in the visible wavelength region.

  19. Experimental investigation of factors limiting slow axis beam quality in 9xx nm high power broad area diode lasers

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    Winterfeldt, M., E-mail: martin.winterfeldt@fbh-berlin.de; Crump, P.; Wenzel, H.; Erbert, G.; Tränkle, G. [Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 4, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2014-08-14

    GaAs-based broad-area diode lasers are needed with improved lateral beam parameter product (BPP{sub lat}) at high power. An experimental study of the factors limiting BPP{sub lat} is therefore presented, using extreme double-asymmetric (EDAS) vertical structures emitting at 910 nm. Continuous wave, pulsed and polarization-resolved measurements are presented and compared to thermal simulation. The importance of thermal and packaging-induced effects is determined by comparing junction -up and -down devices. Process factors are clarified by comparing diodes with and without index-guiding trenches. We show that in all cases studied, BPP{sub lat} is limited by a non-thermal BPP ground-level and a thermal BPP, which depends linearly on self-heating. Measurements as a function of pulse width confirm that self-heating rather than bias-level dominates. Diodes without trenches show low BPP ground-level, and a thermal BPP which depends strongly on mounting, due to changes in the temperature profile. The additional lateral guiding in diodes with trenches strongly increases the BPP ground-level, but optically isolates the stripe from the device edges, suppressing the influence of the thermal profile, leading to a BPP-slope that is low and independent of mounting. Trenches are also shown to initiate strain fields that cause parasitic TM-polarized emission with large BPP{sub lat}, whose influence on total BPP{sub lat} remains small, provided the overall polarization purity is >95%.

  20. Research of NPP human factors management method

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    The human factors management is a complex systems engineering in the nuclear power plant. Human factors management can be divided into five parts by establishing of the model: the task, the human performance, the organization, the leadership and the feedback. Based on the research for human factors management, we can take measures to improve each part and establish human factors management system in the nuclear power plant and nuclear industry. (authors)

  1. MicroRNA-196b regulates the homeobox B7-vascular endothelial growth factor axis in cervical cancer.

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    Full Text Available The down-regulation of microRNA-196b (miR-196b has been reported, but its contribution to cervical cancer progression remains to be investigated. In this study, we first demonstrated that miR-196b down-regulation was significantly associated with worse disease-free survival (DFS for cervical cancer patients treated with combined chemo-radiation. Secondly, using a tri-modal approach for target identification, we determined that homeobox-B7 (HOXB7 was a bona fide target for miR-196b, and in turn, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF was a downstream transcript regulated by HOXB7. Reconstitution of miR-196b expression by transient transfection resulted in reduced cell growth, clonogenicity, migration and invasion in vitro, as well as reduced tumor angiogenesis and tumor cell proliferation in vivo. Concordantly, siRNA knockdown of HOXB7 or VEGF phenocopied the biological effects of miR-196b over-expression. Our findings have demonstrated that the miR-196b/HOXB7/VEGF pathway plays an important role in cervical cancer progression; hence targeting this pathway could be a promising therapeutic strategy for the future management of this disease.

  2. An indirect method of studying band alignments in nBn photodetectors using off-axis electron holography

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    Mid-wave and long-wave infrared nBn photodetectors with absorbers consisting of InAs/InAsSb superlattices and barriers consisting of InAs/AlGaSb(As) superlattices were grown using molecular beam epitaxy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction showing significant differences in Ga composition in the barrier layer, and different dark current behavior at 77 K, suggested the possibility of different types of band alignments between the barrier layer and the absorber for the mid- and long-wave infrared samples. Examination of the barrier layers using off-axis electron holography showed the presence of positive charge with an estimated density of 1.8 × 1017/cm3 in the mid-wave sample as a result of a type-II band alignment, whereas negligible charge was detected in the long-wave sample, consistent with a type-I band alignment

  3. L-glutamine supplementations enhance liver glutamine-glutathione axis and heat shock factor-1 expression in endurance-exercise trained rats.

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    Petry, Éder Ricardo; Cruzat, Vinicius Fernandes; Heck, Thiago Gomes; Homem de Bittencourt, Paulo Ivo; Tirapegui, Julio

    2015-04-01

    Liver L-glutamine is an important vehicle for the transport of ammonia and intermediary metabolism of amino acids between tissues, particularly under catabolic situations, such as high-intensity exercise. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of oral supplementations with L-glutamine in its free or dipeptide forms (with L-alanine) on liver glutamine-glutathione (GSH) axis, and 70 kDa heat shock proteins (HSP70)/heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) expressions. Adult male Wistar rats were 8-week trained (60 min/day, 5 days/week) on a treadmill. During the last 21 days, the animals were daily supplemented with 1 g of L-glutamine/kg body weight per day in either l-alanyl-L-glutamine dipeptide (DIP) form or a solution containing L-glutamine and l-alanine in their free forms (GLN+ALA) or water (controls). Exercise training increased cytosolic and nuclear HSF1 and HSP70 expression, as compared with sedentary animals. However, both DIP and GLN+ALA supplements enhanced HSF1 expression (in both cytosolic and nuclear fractions) in relation to exercised controls. Interestingly, HSF1 rises were not followed by enhanced HSP70 expression. DIP and GLN+ALA supplements increased plasma glutamine concentrations (by 62% and 59%, respectively) and glutamine to glutamate plasma ratio in relation to trained controls. This was in parallel with a decrease in plasma ammonium levels. Supplementations increased liver GSH (by 90%), attenuating the glutathione disulfide (GSSG) to GSH ratio, suggesting a redox state protection. In conclusion, oral administration with DIP and GLN+ALA supplements in endurance-trained rats improve liver glutamine-GSH axis and modulate HSF1 pathway. PMID:25202991

  4. Nonlinear Factor Analysis as a Statistical Method

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    Yalcin, Ilker; Amemiya, Yasuo

    2001-01-01

    Factor analysis and its extensions are widely used in the social and behavioral sciences, and can be considered useful tools for exploration and model fitting in multivariate analysis. Despite its popularity in applications, factor analysis has attracted rather limited attention from statisticians. Three issues, identification ambiguity, heavy reliance on normality, and limitation to linearity, may have contributed to statisticians' lack of interest in factor analysis. In th...

  5. Fibroblast growth factor-2 up-regulates the expression of nestin through the Ras–Raf–ERK–Sp1 signaling axis in C6 glioma cells

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    Chang, Kai-Wei [Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Huang, Yuan-Li [Department of Biotechnology, College of Health Science, Asia University, Taichung 413, Taiwan (China); Wong, Zong-Ruei; Su, Peng-Han [Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Huang, Bu-Miin [Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan (China); Ju, Tsai-Kai [Instrumentation Center, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Technology Commons, College of Life Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Yang, Hsi-Yuan, E-mail: hyhy@ntu.edu.tw [Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)

    2013-05-17

    Highlights: •Nestin expression in C6 glioma cells is induced by FGF-2. •Nestin expression is induced by FGF-2 via de novo RNA and protein synthesis. •The FGFR inhibitor SU5402 blocks the FGF-2-induced nestin expression. •The mRNA of FGFR1 and 3 are detected in C6 glioma cells. •Ras–Raf–ERK–Sp1 signaling pathway is responsibe for FGF-2-induced nestin expression. -- Abstract: Nestin is a 240-kDa intermediate filament protein expressed mainly in neural and myogenic stem cells. Although a substantial number of studies have focused on the expression of nestin during development of the central nervous system, little is known about the factors that induce and regulate its expression. Fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) is an effective mitogen and stimulates the proliferation and differentiation of a subset of nestin-expressing cells, including neural progenitor cells, glial precursor cells, and smooth muscle cells. To assess whether FGF-2 is a potent factor that induces the expression of nestin, C6 glioma cells were used. The results showed that nestin expression was up-regulated by FGF-2 via de novo RNA and protein synthesis. Our RT-PCR results showed that C6 glioma cells express FGFR1/3, and FGFRs is required for FGF-2-induced nestin expression. Further signaling analysis also revealed that FGF-2-induced nestin expression is mediated through FGFR–MAPK–ERK signaling axis and the transcriptional factor Sp1. These findings provide new insight into the regulation of nestin in glial system and enable the further studies on the function of nestin in glial cells.

  6. An indirect method of studying band alignments in nBn photodetectors using off-axis electron holography

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    Shen, Xiao-Meng, E-mail: xiaomeng.shen@asu.edu [School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Center for Photonics Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); He, Zhao-Yu; Liu, Shi; Lin, Zhi-Yuan; Zhang, Yong-Hang [Center for Photonics Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Smith, David J.; McCartney, Martha R. [Center for Photonics Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States); Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287 (United States)

    2015-09-21

    Mid-wave and long-wave infrared nBn photodetectors with absorbers consisting of InAs/InAsSb superlattices and barriers consisting of InAs/AlGaSb(As) superlattices were grown using molecular beam epitaxy. High-resolution X-ray diffraction showing significant differences in Ga composition in the barrier layer, and different dark current behavior at 77 K, suggested the possibility of different types of band alignments between the barrier layer and the absorber for the mid- and long-wave infrared samples. Examination of the barrier layers using off-axis electron holography showed the presence of positive charge with an estimated density of 1.8 × 10{sup 17}/cm{sup 3} in the mid-wave sample as a result of a type-II band alignment, whereas negligible charge was detected in the long-wave sample, consistent with a type-I band alignment.

  7. Computation of highly off-axis diffracted fields using the band-limited angular spectrum method with suppressed Gibbs related artifacts.

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    Falaggis, Konstantinos; Kozacki, Tomasz; Kujawinska, Malgorzata

    2013-05-10

    The angular spectrum (AS) method is a popular solution to the Helmholtz equation without the use of approximations. Modified band-limited AS methods are of particular interest for the cases of high-off-axis and large distance propagation problems, because conventional AS methods are impractical due to requirements regarding memory and computational effort. However, these techniques make use of rectangular-shaped filters that introduce ringing artifacts in the calculated field that are related to the Gibbs phenomenon. This work proposes AS algorithms based on a smooth band-limiting filter for accurate field computation as well as techniques that evaluate only nonzero components of the field. This enables accurate field calculations with an acceptable level of computational effort that cannot be offered by current AS methods reported in the scientific literature. PMID:23669842

  8. Immune-Pineal Axis: Nuclear Factor κB (NF-kB Mediates the Shift in the Melatonin Source from Pinealocytes to Immune Competent Cells

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    Regina P. Markus

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Pineal gland melatonin is the darkness hormone, while extra-pineal melatonin produced by the gonads, gut, retina, and immune competent cells acts as a paracrine or autocrine mediator. The well-known immunomodulatory effect of melatonin is observed either as an endocrine, a paracrine or an autocrine response. In mammals, nuclear translocation of nuclear factor κ-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB blocks noradrenaline-induced melatonin synthesis in pinealocytes, which induces melatonin synthesis in macrophages. In addition, melatonin reduces NF-κB activation in pinealocytes and immune competent cells. Therefore, pathogen- or danger-associated molecular patterns transiently switch the synthesis of melatonin from pinealocytes to immune competent cells, and as the response progresses melatonin inhibition of NF-κB activity leads these cells to a more quiescent state. The opposite effect of NF-κB in pinealocytes and immune competent cells is due to different NF-κB dimers recruited in each phase of the defense response. This coordinated shift of the source of melatonin driven by NF-κB is called the immune-pineal axis. Finally, we discuss how this concept might be relevant to a better understanding of pathological conditions with impaired melatonin rhythms and hope it opens new horizons for the research of side effects of melatonin-based therapies.

  9. PERSONNEL DEMOTIVATING: THE REASONS, FACTORS, ELIMINATION METHODS

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    Kuznetsova Ekaterina Andreevna

    2012-01-01

    The motivation of the personnel in any economic conditions remains a leading link in an enterprise control system. At creation of system of motivation tracking of extent of its impact on productivity of work of the personnel is important. The boomerang effect which is shown in a demotivating of separate groups of the personnel is often observed. In article features of manifestation of demotivating factors at various stages of work of the personnel are analyzed, the circle of the reasons bring...

  10. Genetically-Determined Hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE Axis Is a Risk Factor for Aspergillosis in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

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    Cunha, Cristina; Giovannini, Gloria; Pierini, Antonio; Alain S Bell; Sorci, Guglielmo; Riuzzi, Francesca; Donato, Rosario; Rodrigues, Fernando; Velardi, Andrea; Aversa, Franco; Romani, Luigina; Carvalho, Agostinho

    2011-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoi...

  11. A new method for dual-axis fatigue testing of large wind turbine blades using resonance excitation and spectral loading

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    White, Darris L.

    The demand for cost effective renewable energy sources has resulted in the continual refinement of modern wind turbine designs. These refinements generally result in larger wind turbines and wind turbine blades. In order to reduce maintenance expenses, and improve quality and reliability, each new blade design must be subjected to a high cycle fatigue test. With blades expected to soon reach 70 meters in length, traditional fatigue test systems and methods are becoming less practical. Additionally, the relationship between the flap and lead-lag bending moments has not been well understood. This work explores the accuracy of current test methods compared to service loads, presents a new method for fatigue testing larger blades and experimentally validates the analysis. A dynamic model of a generic wind turbine blade and test system has been developed to evaluate the strain profiles during testing, evaluate control strategies and optimize the test accuracy. The relationship between the flap and lead-lag strains resulting from service bending moments has been analyzed. A load spectrum based on the relationship between the flap and lead-lag loads has been developed and compared to traditional test conditions. The effect of using the load spectrum on the test system stability has been analyzed and a new state-space controller has been designed. A 3-D finite element model of a generic wind turbine blade has been used to evaluate the damage accumulation for current test load conditions and the proposed load spectrum. A nonlinear damage accumulation model has been derived to evaluate the effects of load sequencing. Additionally, a new method for applying the fatigue loads to the blades has been developed and implemented. A system that applies a harmonic force at the resonance frequency of the blade in the flap direction has been designed. The new system will reduce the costs and time associated with performing a fatigue test on wind turbine blades. The new system is also

  12. A new method to preserve the c-axis growth of thick YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-d}elta films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Zhu Dongliang; Huang Jie; Li Hui; Shen Mingrong [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Thin Films, Department of Physics, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Su Xiaodong, E-mail: xdsu@suda.edu.c [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Thin Films, Department of Physics, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China)

    2009-11-15

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-d}elta (YBCO) films were prepared on (1 0 0) MgO substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. In order to eliminate the a-axis growth, which is commonly observed in the YBCO film thicker than a critical value, we developed a new PLD target that was sintered at a temperature far below YBCO 123 phase formation. The surface analysis made by AFM technique confirmed that very fine particles of around 20 nm size could be ejected from the new target to the substrate. The fine oxide clusters could be easily moved and incorporated into the YBCO phase thus benefited the c-axis growth even in the thick films. For instance, only the c-axis growth in the new film with a thickness of about 650 nm was larger than a critical thickness of the a-axis growth. However, in the standard film of the same thickness, there is approx24.5% of the a-axis growth accompanying the main c-axis growth. Therefore, the c-axis growth could be preserved in the very thick YBCO film by a non-superconducting target.

  13. On the amount of sieving in factorization methods

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    Ekkelkamp, Willemina Hendrika

    2010-01-01

    Factorization methods, such as the quadratic sieve and the number field sieve, spend a lot of time on the sieving step, in which the necessary relations are collected for factoring the given number N. Relations are smooth or k-semismooth numbers (numbers with either all prime factors below some

  14. DYNAMIC CHARACTERISTIC ANALYSIS OF FUZZY- STOCHASTIC TRUSS STRUCTURES BASED ON FUZZY FACTOR METHOD AND RANDOM FACTOR METHOD

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    MA Juan; CHEN Jian-jun; XU Ya-lan; JIANG Tao

    2006-01-01

    A new fuzzy stochastic finite element method based on the fuzzy factor method and random factor method is given and the analysis of structural dynamic characteristic for fuzzy stochastic truss structures is presented. Considering the fuzzy randomness of the structural physical parameters and geometric dimensions simultaneously, the structural stiffness and mass matrices are constructed based on the fuzzy factor method and random factor method; from the Rayleigh's quotient of structural vibration, the structural fuzzy random dynamic characteristic is obtained by means of the interval arithmetic;the fuzzy numeric characteristics of dynamic characteristic are then derived by using the random variable's moment function method and algebra synthesis method. Two examples are used to illustrate the validity and rationality of the method given. The advantage of this method is that the effect of the fuzzy randomness of one of the structural parameters on the fuzzy randomness of the dynamic characteristic can be reflected expediently and objectively.

  15. Ontogeny of corticotropin-releasing factor and of hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal axis responsiveness to stress in tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus; Teleostei).

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    Pepels, Peter P L M; Balm, Paul H M

    2004-12-01

    The ontogeny of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system and of the ability of the hypothalamic-pituitary-interrenal (HPI) axis to respond to stressors (capture or confinement), or to cortisol treatment was investigated in tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus). In 2 days post hatching (dph) larvae, the first developmental stage used for immunohistochemistry, CRF-immunoreactivity (ir) was observed in the nucleus preopticus (npo), and in two hypothalamic nuclei (nlt and nrl). In this stage, CRF- and AVT-ir was found in the neural part of the pituitary, and endocrine cells in the pars distalis and pars intermedia contained POMC-derived peptides. In the ventral telencephalon, CRF-ir cells were first observed 5 dph, whereas projections from these cells into the anterior part of the latero-dorsal telencephalon (Dla) from 7 dph onwards. CRF, ACTH, alpha-MSH, and cortisol were quantified by radioimmunoassays in homogenates of the anterior-cranial region of the larvae containing brain, pituitary, and headkidneys. CRF contents increased from 43 +/- 3 to 1070 +/- 70 pg/larvae between 5 and 110 dph. Larvae of age 5, 12, 24, and 42 dph were captured sequentially from a group. All life stages were able to rapidly increase their cortisol content in response to this stressor (ANOVA: P 0.162). Whole brain CRF content did not change during the 20 min stress period and the relationship between CRF-producing neurons and the initial HPI stress response in early life stages remains to be established. Cortisol feeding of 18 and 29 dph larvae for periods ranging from 2 to 24 days resulted in elevations of the CRF content (P larvae cortisol feeding abolished the cortisol response to capture stress as observed in control fed larvae (P larvae. Finally, the stress response to 24 h confinement was compared between saltwater adapted and freshwater adapted juveniles (age 77 dph). Confinement stress (24 h) affected cortisol and CRF content (ANOVA: P larvae (five times higher than in saltwater

  16. A composite control method based on the adaptive RBFNN feedback control and the ESO for two-axis inertially stabilized platforms.

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    Lei, Xusheng; Zou, Ying; Dong, Fei

    2015-11-01

    Due to the nonlinearity and time variation of a two-axis inertially stabilized platform (ISP) system, the conventional feedback control cannot be utilized directly. To realize the control performance with fast dynamic response and high stabilization precision, the dynamic model of the ISP system is expected to match the ideal model which satisfies the desired control performance. Therefore, a composite control method based on the adaptive radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) feedback control and the extended state observer (ESO), is proposed for ISP. The adaptive RBFNN is proposed to generate the feedback control parameters online. Based on the state error information in the working process, the adaptive RBFNN can be constructed and optimized directly. Therefore, no priori training data is needed for the construction of the RBFNN. Furthermore, a linear second-order ESO is constructed to compensate for the composite disturbance. The asymptotic stability of the proposed control method has been proven by the Lyapunov stability theory. The applicability of the proposed method is validated by a series of simulations and flight tests. PMID:26434418

  17. Factors of Selection of the Stock Allocation Method

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    Rohov Heorhii K.

    2014-01-01

    The article describes results of the author's study of factors of making strategic decisions on selection of methods of stock allocation by public joint stock companies in Ukraine. The author used the Random forest mathematical apparatus of classification trees building and also informal methods. The article analyses the reasons that restrain public allocation of stock. It shows significant influence upon selection of a method of stock allocation of such factors as capital concentration, bala...

  18. A method to calculate displacement factors using SVM

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    Li Peixian; Tan Zhixiang; Yan Lili; Deng Kazhong

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the precision of mining subsidence prediction,a mathematical model using Support Vector Machine (SVM) was established to calculate the displacement factor.The study is based on a comprehensive analysis of factors affecting the displacement factor,such as mechanical properties of the cover rock,the ratio of mining depth to seam thickness,dip angle of the coal seam and the thickness of loose layer.Data of 63 typical observation stations were used as a training and testing sample set.A SVM regression model of the displacement factor and the factors affecting it was established with a kernel function,an insensitive loss factor and a properly selected penalty factor.Given an accurate calculation algorithm for testing and analysis,the results show that an SVM regression model can calculate displacement factor precisely and reliable precision can be obtained which meets engineering requirements.The experimental results show that the method to calculation of the displacement factor,based on the SVM method,is feasible.The many factors affecting the displacement factor can be considered with this method.The research provides an efficient and accurate approach for the calculation of displacement in mining subsidence prediction.

  19. A rapid method to derive horizontal distributions of trace gases and aerosols near the surface using multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy

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    Wang, Y.; Li, A.; Xie, P. H.; Wagner, T.; Chen, H.; Liu, W. Q.; Liu, J. G.

    2014-06-01

    We apply a novel experimental procedure for the rapid measurement of the average volume mixing ratios (VMRs) and horizontal distributions of trace gases such as NO2, SO2, and HCHO in the boundary layer, which was recently suggested by Sinreich et al. (2013). The method is based on two-dimensional scanning multi-axis differential optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS). It makes use of two facts (Sinreich et al., 2013): first, the light path for observations at 1° elevation angle traverses mainly air masses located close to the ground (typically DOAS) instrument in the north-west outskirts near Hefei in China. We report NO2, SO2, and HCHO VMRs and aerosol extinction for four azimuth angles and compare these results with those from simultaneous long-path DOAS observations. Good agreement is found (squares of the correlation coefficients for NO2, SO2, and HCHO were 0.92, 0.85, and 0.60, respectively), verifying the reliability of this novel method. Similar agreement is found for the comparison of the aerosol extinction with results from visibility meters. Future studies may conduct measurements using a larger number of azimuth angles to increase the spatial resolution.

  20. Multi-Objective Structural Optimization Design of Horizontal-Axis Wind Turbine Blades Using the Non-Dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm II and Finite Element Method

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    Jie Zhu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available A multi-objective optimization method for the structural design of horizontal-axis wind turbine (HAWT blades is presented. The main goal is to minimize the weight and cost of the blade which uses glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP coupled with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP materials. The number and the location of layers in the spar cap, the width of the spar cap and the position of the shear webs are employed as the design variables, while the strain limit, blade/tower clearance limit and vibration limit are taken into account as the constraint conditions. The optimization of the design of a commercial 1.5 MW HAWT blade is carried out by combining FEM analysis and a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm under ultimate (extreme flap-wise load and edge-wise load conditions. The best solutions are described and the comparison of the obtained results with the original design is performed to prove the efficiency and applicability of the method.

  1. An integrating factor matrix method to find first integrals

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    Saputra, K V I [Faculty of Science and Mathematics, University Pelita Harapan, Jl. MH Thamrin Boulevard, Tangerang Banten, 15811 (Indonesia); Quispel, G R W [Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086 (Australia); Van Veen, L, E-mail: kie.saputra@staff.uph.ed [Faculty of Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, 2000 Simcoe St N., Oshawa, Ontario, L1H 7K4 (Canada)

    2010-06-04

    In this paper we develop an integrating factor matrix method to derive conditions for the existence of first integrals. We use this novel method to obtain first integrals, along with the conditions for their existence, for two- and three-dimensional Lotka-Volterra systems with constant terms. The results are compared to previous results obtained by other methods.

  2. An integrating factor matrix method to find first integrals

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    Saputra, K V I; van Veen, L

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we developed an integrating factor matrix method to derive conditions for the existence of first integrals. We use this novel method to obtain first integrals, along with the conditions for their existence, for two and three dimensional Lotka-Volterra systems with constant terms. The results are compared to previous results obtained by other methods.

  3. Investigation of evaluation methods for human factors education effectiveness

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    Education effectiveness in accordance with investment is required in the steam of electric power regulation alleviation. Therefore, evaluation methods for human factors education effectiveness which can observe human factors culture pervading process were investigated through research activities on education effectiveness in universities and actual in house education in industry companies. As a result, the contents of evaluation were found to be the change of feeling for human factors and some improving proposals in work places when considering the purpose of human factors education. And, questionnaire is found to be suitable for the style of evaluation. In addition, the timing of evaluation is desirable for both just after education and after some period in work places. Hereafter, data will be collected using these two kinds of questionnaires in human factors education courses in CRIEPI and some education courses in utilities. Thus, education effectiveness evaluation method which is suitable for human factors will be established. (author)

  4. Identification of kinematic errors of five-axis machine tool trunnion axis from finished test piece

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    Zhang, Ya; Fu, Jianzhong; Chen, Zichen

    2014-09-01

    Compared with the traditional non-cutting measurement, machining tests can more accurately reflect the kinematic errors of five-axis machine tools in the actual machining process for the users. However, measurement and calculation of the machining tests in the literature are quite difficult and time-consuming. A new method of the machining tests for the trunnion axis of five-axis machine tool is proposed. Firstly, a simple mathematical model of the cradle-type five-axis machine tool was established by optimizing the coordinate system settings based on robot kinematics. Then, the machining tests based on error-sensitive directions were proposed to identify the kinematic errors of the trunnion axis of cradle-type five-axis machine tool. By adopting the error-sensitive vectors in the matrix calculation, the functional relationship equations between the machining errors of the test piece in the error-sensitive directions and the kinematic errors of C-axis and A-axis of five-axis machine tool rotary table was established based on the model of the kinematic errors. According to our previous work, the kinematic errors of C-axis can be treated as the known quantities, and the kinematic errors of A-axis can be obtained from the equations. This method was tested in Mikron UCP600 vertical machining center. The machining errors in the error-sensitive directions can be obtained by CMM inspection from the finished test piece to identify the kinematic errors of five-axis machine tool trunnion axis. Experimental results demonstrated that the proposed method can reduce the complexity, cost, and the time consumed substantially, and has a wider applicability. This paper proposes a new method of the machining tests for the trunnion axis of five-axis machine tool.

  5. Matrix factorization method for the Hamiltonian structure of integrable systems

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    S Ghosh; B Talukdar; S Chakraborti

    2003-07-01

    We demonstrate that the process of matrix factorization provides a systematic mathematical method to investigate the Hamiltonian structure of non-linear evolution equations characterized by hereditary operators with Nijenhuis property.

  6. The factorization method for three dimensional electrical impedance tomography

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    The use of the factorization method for electrical impedance tomography has been proved to be very promising for applications in the case where one wants to find inhomogeneous inclusions in a known background. In many situations, the inspected domain is three dimensional and is made of various materials. In this case, the main challenge in applying the factorization method is in computing the Neumann Green's function of the background medium. We explain how we solve this difficulty and demonstrate the capability of the factorization method to locate inclusions in realistic inhomogeneous three dimensional background media from simulated data obtained by solving the so-called complete electrode model. We also perform a numerical study of the stability of the factorization method with respect to various modelling errors. (paper)

  7. Visualization Method for Finding Critical Care Factors in Variance Analysis

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    YUI, Shuntaro; BITO, Yoshitaka; OBARA, Kiyohiro; KAMIYAMA, Takuya; SETO, Kumiko; Ban, Hideyuki; HASHIZUME, Akihide; HAGA, Masashi; Oka, Yuji

    2006-01-01

    We present a novel visualization method for finding care factors in variance analysis. The analysis has two stages: first stage enables users to extract a significant variance, and second stage enables users to find out a critical care factors of the variance. The analysis has been validated by using synthetically created inpatient care processes. It was found that the method is efficient in improving clinical pathways.

  8. Option Pricing Method in a Market Involving Interval Number Factors

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    2005-01-01

    The method for pricing the option in a market with interval number factors is proposed. The no-arbitrage principle in the interval number valued market and the rule to judge the reasonability of a price interval are given. Using the method, the price interval where the riskless interest and the volatility under B-S setting is given. The price interval from binomial tree model when the key factors u, d, R are all interval numbers is also discussed.

  9. On the amount of sieving in factorization methods

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    Ekkelkamp, Willemina Hendrika

    2010-01-01

    Factorization methods, such as the quadratic sieve and the number field sieve, spend a lot of time on the sieving step, in which the necessary relations are collected for factoring the given number N. Relations are smooth or k-semismooth numbers (numbers with either all prime factors below some bound or all with the exception of at most k prime factors that do not exceed a second bound) or pairs of these type of numbers. In this thesis, we predict the amount of k-semismooth numbers needed to ...

  10. Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale: Two Factors or Method Effects.

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    Tomas, Jose M.; Oliver, Amparo

    1999-01-01

    Results of a study with 640 Spanish high school students suggest the existence of a global self-esteem factor underlying responses to Rosenberg's (M. Rosenberg, 1965) Self-Esteem Scale, although the inclusion of method effects is needed to achieve a good model fit. Method effects are associated with item wording. (SLD)

  11. Study on Axis CNC Machining Method of Marine Propellers%船用螺旋桨的四轴数控加工方法研究

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    付大鹏; 王小旭

    2013-01-01

    As the core power components of the ship, marine propellers, due to their own complex surface , and the high requirements and difficulty of machining accuracy, has been a problem in the processing area. How to use the Axis CNC machine to work out High quality propeller is the issue of our study. Put forward a new method after studying, that was correspond the different characteristics of the marine propeller surface, using the appropriate method to write the processing procedures, implementation of a program and repeated with the fourth week rotation and its rotation symmetry, can easily solve this processing problems.%船用螺旋桨作为船舶动力的核心元件,由于自身型面复杂、加工精度要求高、难度大等因素,一直是加工领域中的一个难题.如何利用四轴联动数控机床加工出高质量的船用螺旋桨是我们要研究的主要问题.经研究后提出一种新方法,即针对船用螺旋桨的各不同特征面,采用适当方法分别编写加工程序,利用其回转对称性并在第四周转动配合下反复执行个程序,可方便的解决这一加工难题.

  12. Genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis is a risk factor for aspergillosis in stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Cristina Cunha

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT, although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoing HSCT. Furthermore, studies addressing the functional consequences of these variants were performed. Susceptibility to IA was significantly associated with two distinct polymorphisms in RAGE (-374T/A and S100B (+427C/T genes, the relative contribution of each depended on their presence in both transplantation counterparts [patient SNP(RAGE, adjusted hazard ratio (HR, 1.97; P = 0.042 and donor SNP(RAGE, HR, 2.03; P = 0.047] or in donors (SNP(S100B, HR, 3.15; P = 7.8e-(4 only, respectively. Functional assays demonstrated a gain-of-function phenotype of both variants, as shown by the enhanced expression of inflammatory cytokines in RAGE polymorphic cells and increased S100B secretion in vitro and in vivo in the presence of the S100B polymorphism. These findings point to a relevant role of the danger sensing signaling in human antifungal immunity and highlight a possible contribution of a genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis to susceptibility to IA in the HSCT setting.

  13. Genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis is a risk factor for aspergillosis in stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Cunha, Cristina; Giovannini, Gloria; Pierini, Antonio; Bell, Alain S; Sorci, Guglielmo; Riuzzi, Francesca; Donato, Rosario; Rodrigues, Fernando; Velardi, Andrea; Aversa, Franco; Romani, Luigina; Carvalho, Agostinho

    2011-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoing HSCT. Furthermore, studies addressing the functional consequences of these variants were performed. Susceptibility to IA was significantly associated with two distinct polymorphisms in RAGE (-374T/A) and S100B (+427C/T) genes, the relative contribution of each depended on their presence in both transplantation counterparts [patient SNP(RAGE), adjusted hazard ratio (HR), 1.97; P = 0.042 and donor SNP(RAGE), HR, 2.03; P = 0.047] or in donors (SNP(S100B), HR, 3.15; P = 7.8e-(4)) only, respectively. Functional assays demonstrated a gain-of-function phenotype of both variants, as shown by the enhanced expression of inflammatory cytokines in RAGE polymorphic cells and increased S100B secretion in vitro and in vivo in the presence of the S100B polymorphism. These findings point to a relevant role of the danger sensing signaling in human antifungal immunity and highlight a possible contribution of a genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis to susceptibility to IA in the HSCT setting. PMID:22114731

  14. Recent progress on the factorization method for electrical impedance tomography.

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    Harrach, Bastian

    2013-01-01

    The Factorization Method is a noniterative method to detect the shape and position of conductivity anomalies inside an object. The method was introduced by Kirsch for inverse scattering problems and extended to electrical impedance tomography (EIT) by Brühl and Hanke. Since these pioneering works, substantial progress has been made on the theoretical foundations of the method. The necessary assumptions have been weakened, and the proofs have been considerably simplified. In this work, we aim to summarize this progress and present a state-of-the-art formulation of the Factorization Method for EIT with continuous data. In particular, we formulate the method for general piecewise analytic conductivities and give short and self-contained proofs. PMID:24069064

  15. An efficient block variant of robust structured multifrontal factorization method

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    Zuo Xian-Yu; Mo Ze-Yao; Gu Tong-Xiang

    2013-01-01

    Based on the two-dimensional three-temperature (2D3T) radiation diffusion equations and its discrete system,using the block diagonal structure of the three-temperature matrix,the reordering and symbolic decomposition parts of the RSMF method are replaced with corresponding block operation in order to improve the solution efficiency.We call this block form method block RSMF (in brief,BRSMF) method.The new BRSMF method not only makes the reordering and symbolic decomposition become more effective,but also keeps the cost of numerical factorization from increasing and ensures the precision of solution very well.The theoretical analysis of the computation complexity about the new BRSMF method shows that the solution efficiency about the BRSMF method is higher than the original RSMF method.The numerical experiments also show that the new BRSMF method is more effective than the original RSMF method.

  16. Complex Factorizations of the Lucas Sequences via Matrix Methods

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Firstly, we show a connection between the first Lucas sequence and the determinants of some tridiagonal matrices. Secondly, we derive the complex factorizations of the first Lucas sequence by computing those determinants with the help of Chebyshev polynomials of the second kind. Furthermore, we also obtain the complex factorizations of the second Lucas sequence by the similar matrix method using Chebyshev polynomials of the first kind.

  17. An efficient method for identification of risk factors

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    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a method to identify risk factors during bridge construction.The method integrates the concepts of analytical hierarchy process and fuzzy consistent matrix method.The advantage of the method is that instead of using 9-point scale of relative importance of the conventional analytical hierarchy process,it uses a 3-point scale to describe the scale of importance,thus greatly simplifying the identification problem of risk factors.Moreover,the difficulties of making judgment and comparison caused by uncertainty that jeopardizes the accuracy of the results in the conventional analytical hierarchy process can also be overcome.Another advantage of the method is that it does not involve consistency checking,thus saving a large amount of CPU time.It has been demonstrated with a numerical example that the proposed fuzzy analytical hierarchy process based on 3-point scale can offer significant computational savings over the conventional analytical hierarchy process.

  18. Improved response factor methods for seismic fragility of reactor building

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    A seismic probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) method has been applied to evaluate the safety of nuclear reactor buildings during earthquakes. Improvement was made to two methods (based on linear response and based on non-linear response) of fragility analysis in seismic PRA. The conventional method, which is based on linear response, considers increases of seismic capacity implicitly, using the non-linear behaviour of the structure. We described how to evaluate the capacity increasing factor for the linear response method. Secondly, we proposed a method based on the non-linear response and a stratified two-point estimation method which can efficiently evaluate the variability of non-linear responses. We applied the two method to a PWR-type nuclear reactor building and ascertained that these method are useful and effective. (orig.)

  19. Method to Factorize Fifteen with Josephson Charge Qubits

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    Vartiainen, J J; Nakahara, M; Salomaa, M M; Vartiainen, Juha J.; Niskanen, Antti O.; Nakahara, Mikio; Salomaa, Martti M.

    2003-01-01

    We investigate both the physical and algorithmic requirements for an implementation of Shor's factorization algorithm on a hypothetical Josephson charge qubit register. We represent an implementation which is optimal for small number of available qubits, but still provides a general method to factorize integer without a prior knowledge of the number to be factorized. Furthermore, our strategy is easily generalized to other realizations and parameter values. In order to meet the stringent requirements set by short decoherence time, we accelerate the algorithm by decomposing it into tailored two- and three-qubit gates and find their physical realizations through the numerical optimization.

  20. Cancer family history reporting: impact of method and psychosocial factors.

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    Kelly, Kimberly M; Shedlosky-Shoemaker, Randi; Porter, Kyle; Remy, Amber; DeSimone, Philip; Andrykowski, Michael A

    2007-06-01

    Family history is one the greatest risk factors for disease and one of the most important informational tools in medical genetics for the purpose of diagnosis, risk assessment, prevention and treatment. However, research is needed on the comparability of different methods of cancer family history assessment and the influence of psychosocial factors in family history reports. The purpose of this study was to determine if individuals had discrepancies between written and interview reports of cancer family history and the role of psychosocial factors in these discrepancies. Oncology patients (n=104) were administered a survey to assess psychosocial factors (i.e., information-seeking, worry, perceived risk, and health literacy) and were asked to provide family history in a written and an interview form. Randomization determined which form individuals received first. No differences in the amount of missing data or the amount of unspecified data were noted between the written and interview method. Psychosocial factors did not differentiate between those who had discrepancies in family history reports and those who did not have discrepancies in family history reports; although there was a trend for those with lower literacy and those who were blunters to be more discrepant on type of cancer diagnosis. In sum, this preliminary study indicates that written and interview methods of family history assessment for first degree relatives may be used interchangeably. The ability to use written methods will facilitate collection of basic family history information in the oncology clinic. PMID:17318453

  1. Bleeding after endoscopic submucosal dissection: Risk factors and preventive methods

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    Kataoka, Yosuke; Tsuji, Yosuke; Sakaguchi, Yoshiki; Minatsuki, Chihiro; Asada-Hirayama, Itsuko; Niimi, Keiko; Ono, Satoshi; Kodashima, Shinya; Yamamichi, Nobutake; Fujishiro, Mitsuhiro; Koike, Kazuhiko

    2016-01-01

    Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) has become widely accepted as a standard method of treatment for superficial gastrointestinal neoplasms because it enables en block resection even for large lesions or fibrotic lesions with minimal invasiveness, and decreases the local recurrence rate. Moreover, specimens resected in an en block fashion enable accurate histological assessment. Taking these factors into consideration, ESD seems to be more advantageous than conventional endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), but the associated risks of perioperative adverse events are higher than in EMR. Bleeding after ESD is the most frequent among these adverse events. Although post-ESD bleeding can be controlled by endoscopic hemostasis in most cases, it may lead to serious conditions including hemorrhagic shock. Even with preventive methods including administration of acid secretion inhibitors and preventive hemostasis, post-ESD bleeding cannot be completely prevented. In addition high-risk cases for post-ESD bleeding, which include cases with the use of antithrombotic agents or which require large resection, are increasing. Although there have been many reports about associated risk factors and methods of preventing post-ESD bleeding, many issues remain unsolved. Therefore, in this review, we have overviewed risk factors and methods of preventing post-ESD bleeding from previous studies. Endoscopists should have sufficient knowledge of these risk factors and preventive methods when performing ESD.

  2. A novel role for a major component of the vitamin D axis: vitamin D binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor induces human breast cancer cell apoptosis through stimulation of macrophages.

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    Marco Ruggiero; Massimo Gulisano; Gabriele Morucci; Branca, Jacopo J. V.; Stefano Magherini; Rodney Smith; Maria Giulia Fiore; Stefania Pacini; Lynda Thyer; Emma Ward

    2013-01-01

    The role of vitamin D in maintaining health appears greater than originally thought, and the concept of the vitamin D axis underlines the complexity of the biological events controlled by biologically active vitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D3), its two binding proteins that are the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and the vitamin D-binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor (GcMAF). In this study we demonstrate that GcMAF stimulates macrophages, which in turn attack human breast cancer cells, induce ...

  3. Caloric restriction-associated remodeling of rat white adipose tissue: effects on the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis, sterol regulatory element binding protein-1, and macrophage infiltration

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    Chujo, Yoshikazu; Fujii, Namiki; Okita, Naoyuki; Konishi, Tomokazu; Narita, Takumi; Yamada, Atsushi; Haruyama, Yushi; Tashiro, Kosuke; Chiba, Takuya; Shimokawa, Isao; Higami, Yoshikazu

    2012-01-01

    The role of the growth hormone (GH)-insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 axis in the lifelong caloric restriction (CR)-associated remodeling of white adipose tissue (WAT), adipocyte size, and gene expression profiles was explored in this study. We analyzed the WAT morphology of 6–7-month-old wild-type Wistar rats fed ad libitum (WdAL) or subjected to CR (WdCR), and of heterozygous transgenic dwarf rats bearing an anti-sense GH transgene fed ad libitum (TgAL) or subjected to CR (TgCR). Although ...

  4. Guiding Architectural Decisions with the Influencing Factors Method

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    Stoll, Pia; Wall, Anders; Norström, Christer

    2008-01-01

    The Influencing Factors (IF) method guides the architect through stakeholders’ concerns to architectural decisions in line with current business goals. The result is a set of requirements on software quality attributes and business goals and highlighted trade-offs among software quality attributes and among business goals. The IF method is suitable for sustainable software systems since it allows new concerns, resulting from changes in business goals, stakeholder concerns, technical environme...

  5. Determination of biomass burning emission factors. Methods and results

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    Biomass burning, in a broad sense, encompasses different burning practices, including open and confined burnings, and different types of vegetation. Emission factors of gaseous or particulate trace compounds are directly dependent both on the fuel type and the combustion process. Emission factors are generally calculated by stoichiometric considerations using the carbon mass balance method, applied either to combustion chamber experiments or to field experiments based on ground-level measurements or aircraft sampling in smoke plumes. There have been a number of experimental studies in the last 10 years to investigate wildfires in tropical, temperate, or boreal regions. This article presents an overview of measurement methods and experimental data on emission factors of reactive or radiatively active trace compounds, including trace gases and particles. It focuses on fires in tropical regions, that is, forest and savanna fires, agricultural burns, charcoal production, use of fuel wood and charcoal combustion. 6 figs., 8 tabs., 65 refs

  6. Factors of Selection of the Stock Allocation Method

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    Rohov Heorhii K.

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The article describes results of the author’s study of factors of making strategic decisions on selection of methods of stock allocation by public joint stock companies in Ukraine. The author used the Random forest mathematical apparatus of classification trees building and also informal methods. The article analyses the reasons that restrain public allocation of stock. It shows significant influence upon selection of a method of stock allocation of such factors as capital concentration, balance rate of corporate rights, sector of economy and significant participation of the institutes of common investment or the state in the authorised capital. The built hierarchical model of classification of factors of the issuing policy of joint stock companies finds logical justification in specific features of the institutional environment, however, it does not fit into the framework of the classical concept of the market economy. The model could be used both for formation of goals of corporate financial strategies and in the process of improvement of state regulation of activity of securities issuers. The prospect of further studies in this direction is identification of transformation of factors of selection of the stock allocation method under conditions of revival of the stock market.

  7. Crime vs. demographic factors revisited: Application of data mining methods

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article is to inquire about correlations between criminal phenomena and demographic factors. This international-level comparative study used a dataset covering 56 countries and 28 attributes. The data were processed with the Self-Organizing Map (SOM, assisted other clustering methods, and several statistical methods for obtaining comparable results. The article is an exploratory application of the SOM in mapping criminal phenomena through processing of multivariate data. We found out that SOM was able to group efficiently the present data and characterize these different groups. Other machine learning methods were applied to ensure groups computed with SOM. The correlations obtained between attributes were chiefly weak.

  8. Intermediate boundary conditions for LOD, ADI and approximate factorization methods

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    Leveque, R. J.

    1985-01-01

    A general approach to determining the correct intermediate boundary conditions for dimensional splitting methods is presented. The intermediate solution U is viewed as a second order accurate approximation to a modified equation. Deriving the modified equation and using the relationship between this equation and the original equation allows us to determine the correct boundary conditions for U*. This technique is illustrated by applying it to locally one dimensional (LOD) and alternating direction implicit (ADI) methods for the heat equation in two and three space dimensions. The approximate factorization method is considered in slightly more generality.

  9. Alternating proximal gradient method for nonnegative matrix factorization

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    Xu, Yangyang

    2011-01-01

    Nonnegative matrix factorization has been widely applied in face recognition, text mining, as well as spectral analysis. This paper proposes an alternating proximal gradient method for solving this problem. With a uniformly positive lower bound assumption on the iterates, any limit point can be proved to satisfy the first-order optimality conditions. A Nesterov-type extrapolation technique is then applied to accelerate the algorithm. Though this technique is at first used for convex program, it turns out to work very well for the non-convex nonnegative matrix factorization problem. Extensive numerical experiments illustrate the efficiency of the alternating proximal gradient method and the accleration technique. Especially for real data tests, the accelerated method reveals high superiority to state-of-the-art algorithms in speed with comparable solution qualities.

  10. Parathyroid hormone-mitogen-activated protein kinase axis exerts fibrogenic effect of connective tissue growth factor on human renal proximal tubular cells

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    GUO Yun-shan; YUAN Wei-jie; ZHANG Ai-ping; DING Yao-hai; WANG Yan-xia

    2010-01-01

    Background Enhanced and prolonged expression of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is associated with kidney fibrosis. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is involved in the genesis of disturbed calcium/phosphate metabolism and ostitis fibrosa in renal failure. PTH activated mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway is present in renal tubular cells. The aim of this study was to identify the mechanism how the signal is transduced to result in extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK) activation, leading to upregulation of CTGF.Methods The levels of CTGF mRNA and protein in human kidney proximal tubular cells (HK-2) treated with PTH in the presence or absence of the MAPK inhibitor PD98059 were analyzed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunoblotting assay. The activation of the CTGF promoter in HK-2 cells was determined by the dual-luciferase assay. The effects of the protein kinase A (PKA) activator 8-Br-cAMP and protein kinase C (PKC) activator phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) on MAPK phosphorylation, and the effects of the PKA inhibitor H89 and PKC inhibitor calphostin C on MAPK phosphorylation and CTGF expression were detected by immunoblotting assay.Results PD98059 inhibited the PTH stimulated expression of CTGF, which strongly suggested that the MAPK signaling pathway plays an important role in the PTH-induced CTGF upregulation in renal tubular cells. A PKA activator as well as PKC activators induced MAPK phosphorylation, and both PKA and PKC inhibitors antagonized PTH-induced MAPK phosphorylation and CTGF expression.Conclusion CTGF expression is upregulated by PTH through a PKC/PKA-ERK-dependent pathway.

  11. Plasma stabilization in traps with spatial axis

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    Possible methods of plasma stabilization within traps with spatial axis for both circular and triangular-elliptic magnetic surfaces, applicable to Dracon, Spitzer's Eight and Heliac, are studied theoretically. (author). 18 refs, 5 figs

  12. Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis.

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    Ortiga-Carvalho, Tania M; Chiamolera, Maria I; Pazos-Moura, Carmen C; Wondisford, Fredic E

    2016-01-01

    The hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis determines the set point of thyroid hormone (TH) production. Hypothalamic thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulates the synthesis and secretion of pituitary thyrotropin (thyroid-stimulating hormone, TSH), which acts at the thyroid to stimulate all steps of TH biosynthesis and secretion. The THs thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) control the secretion of TRH and TSH by negative feedback to maintain physiological levels of the main hormones of the HPT axis. Reduction of circulating TH levels due to primary thyroid failure results in increased TRH and TSH production, whereas the opposite occurs when circulating THs are in excess. Other neural, humoral, and local factors modulate the HPT axis and, in specific situations, determine alterations in the physiological function of the axis. The roles of THs are vital to nervous system development, linear growth, energetic metabolism, and thermogenesis. THs also regulate the hepatic metabolism of nutrients, fluid balance and the cardiovascular system. In cells, TH actions are mediated mainly by nuclear TH receptors (210), which modify gene expression. T3 is the preferred ligand of THR, whereas T4, the serum concentration of which is 100-fold higher than that of T3, undergoes extra-thyroidal conversion to T3. This conversion is catalyzed by 5'-deiodinases (D1 and D2), which are TH-activating enzymes. T4 can also be inactivated by conversion to reverse T3, which has very low affinity for THR, by 5-deiodinase (D3). The regulation of deiodinases, particularly D2, and TH transporters at the cell membrane control T3 availability, which is fundamental for TH action. © 2016 American Physiological Society. Compr Physiol 6:1387-1428, 2016. PMID:27347897

  13. Synthesis and properties of highly c-axis oriented PbTiO3 thin films prepared by and MOCVD method

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    Chen, Xian-Tong; Yamane, Hisanori; Kaya, Kiyoshi

    1992-08-01

    Thin films of PbTiO3 were prepared on MgO(100) substrates by chemical vapor deposition using Pb(C2H5)4 (PbEt) and Ti(OC3H7)4 (TTIP) as sources. With decreasing Pb/Ti molar ratio from 1.2 to 1 the degree of c-axis orientation increased. Highly c-axis oriented PbTiO3 thin films were epitaxially grown at 500°C and 2 kPa. The films were transparent and had a refractive index (n) of 2.64 at 632.8 nm which was about 2% lower than that of a single PbTiO3 crystal (n ≈ 2.7). The films prepared on (100)-oriented Pt electrodes deposited on MgO(100) substrates at 600°C and 2 kPa also showed a prominent c-axis orientation and had a dielectric constant of 90.

  14. Intercomparison of selected fixed-area areal reduction factor methods

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    Pavlovic, Sandra; Perica, Sanja; St Laurent, Michael; Mejía, Alfonso

    2016-06-01

    The areal reduction factor (ARF) is a concept used in many hydrologic designs to transform a point precipitation frequency estimate of a given duration and frequency to a corresponding areal estimate. Various methods have been proposed in the literature to calculate ARFs. Proposed ARFs could vary significantly, and it is unclear if discrepancies are primarily due to differences in methodologies, the dissimilar datasets used to calculate ARFs, or if they originate from regional uniqueness. Our goal in this study is to analyze differences among ARFs derived from different types of fixed-area ARF methods, which are suitable for use with precipitation frequency estimates. For this intercomparison, all the ARFs were computed using the same, high-quality rainfall-radar merged dataset for a common geographic region. The selected ARFs methods represent four commonly used approaches: empirical methods, methods that are based on the spatial correlation structure of rainfall, methods that rely on the scaling properties of rainfall in space and time, and methods that utilize extreme value theory. The state of Oklahoma was selected as the study area, as it has a good quality radar data and a dense network of rain gauges. Results indicate significant uncertainties in the ARF estimates, regardless of the method used. Even when calculated from the same dataset and for the same geographic area, the ARF estimates from the selected methods differ. The differences are more pronounced for the shorter durations and larger areas. Results also indicate some ARF dependence on the average recurrence intervals.

  15. Insulin-like factor 3 levels in cord blood and serum from children: effects of age, postnatal hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis activation, and cryptorchidism

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    Bay, Katrine; Virtanen, Helena E; Hartung, Stefan; Ivell, Richard; Main, Katharina M; Skakkebaek, Niels E; Andersson, Anna-Maria; Toppari, Jorma

    2007-01-01

    The Leydig cell hormone insulin-like factor 3 (INSL3) is important for testicular descent. Currently INSL3 levels in cord blood, in serum throughout childhood, and in relation to congenital cryptorchidism are unknown....

  16. Contraceptive Methods and Factors Associated with Modern Contraceptive In Use

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    Hammad Ali Qazi

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The world population will likely increase by 2.5 billion over the next 43 years, passing from the current 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050. Only limited information about the contraceptive practices especially modern contraceptive use is available. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of contraceptive methods and factors associated with modern contraceptive in useMaterials and Methods: A cross sectional study of 288 females selected through consecutive sampling was conducted in Jinnah Post graduate Medical Center family reproductive health care center Karachi, Pakistan from November 2008 to January 2009. Females of reproductive age 16-50 years using any contraceptive measures and giving informed consent were included. Those who with severe debilitating disease, having any physical and mental disability were excluded. Two trained co researchers interviewed the participants for socio demographic reasons. The main outcome variables of the study were comparing modern and traditional contraceptive methods and factors associated with modern contraceptive in use.Results: The results showed mean age of contraceptive users was 29.49 (±6.42 years. Modern contraceptive method was used by 216 (75% and traditional method by 72 (25%. Final multiple logistic regression showed that a few factors have influence on usage rate including: age>30 years [AOR, 0.426 95% CI0.209-0.865], addiction [AOR, 0.381 95% CI0.173-0.839], and means of information like family planning worker (FPW [AOR, 6.315 95% CI 3.057-13.046], Television (TV [AOR, 0.402 95% CI 0.165-0.979] and billboard (BB [AOR, 0.207 95% CI 0.066-0.447].Conclusion: Modern contraceptive method use is very common in our region (75%. The important means of information for modern contraceptive in use were GPs and family planning workers.

  17. Evaluation of methods for modeling transcription factor sequence specificity

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    Weirauch, Matthew T; Cote, Atina; Norel, Raquel; Annala, Matti; Zhao, Yue; Riley, Todd R; Saez-Rodriguez, Julio; Cokelaer, Thomas; Vedenko, Anastasia; Talukder, Shaheynoor; Agius, Phaedra; Arvey, Aaron; Bucher, Philipp; Callan, Curtis G.; Chang, Cheng Wei

    2013-01-01

    Genomic analyses often involve scanning for potential transcription factor (TF) binding sites using models of the sequence specificity of DNA binding proteins. Many approaches have been developed to model and learn a protein's DNA-binding specificity, but these methods have not been systematically compared. Here we applied 26 such approaches to in vitro protein binding microarray data for 66 mouse TFs belonging to various families. For nine TFs, we also scored the resulting motif models on in...

  18. An AHP method for identifying influential factors on insurance cost

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    Firouzeh Azizi; Mehdi Jafarzadeh Kenari; Mehri Nasiri

    2013-01-01

    During the past few years, there have been increasing competitions in insurance firms around the world and most insurance firms try to find appropriate methods to reduce the cost of their products. In this paper, we perform an empirical investigation to find important factors influencing cost management in insurance industry. The proposed study of this paper detects five items including human productivity, economic inflation, competitions within industry, information technology and rate of da...

  19. Two nonnegative matrix factorization methods for polyphonic pitch transcription

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    Vincent, Emmanuel; Bertin, Nancy; Badeau, Roland

    2007-01-01

    Polyphonic pitch transcription consists of estimating the onset time, duration and pitch of each note within a music signal. Adaptive signal models such as Nonnegative Matrix Factorization (NMF) appear well suited to this task, since they can provide a meaningful representation whatever instruments are playing. In this paper, we propose a simple transcription method using minimum residual loudness NMF, harmonic comb-based pitch identification and threshold-based onset/offset detection, and in...

  20. The Etiology of Presbyopia, Contributing Factors, and Future Correction Methods

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    Hickenbotham, Adam Lyle

    Presbyopia has been a complicated problem for clinicians and researchers for centuries. Defining what constitutes presbyopia and what are its primary causes has long been a struggle for the vision and scientific community. Although presbyopia is a normal aging process of the eye, the continuous and gradual loss of accommodation is often dreaded and feared. If presbyopia were to be considered a disease, its global burden would be enormous as it affects more than a billion people worldwide. In this dissertation, I explore factors associated with presbyopia and develop a model for explaining the onset of presbyopia. In this model, the onset of presbyopia is associated primarily with three factors; depth of focus, focusing ability (accommodation), and habitual reading (or task) distance. If any of these three factors could be altered sufficiently, the onset of presbyopia could be delayed or prevented. Based on this model, I then examine possible optical methods that would be effective in correcting for presbyopia by expanding depth of focus. Two methods that have been show to be effective at expanding depth of focus include utilizing a small pupil aperture or generating higher order aberrations, particularly spherical aberration. I compare these two optical methods through the use of simulated designs, monitor testing, and visual performance metrics and then apply them in subjects through an adaptive optics system that corrects aberrations through a wavefront aberrometer and deformable mirror. I then summarize my findings and speculate about the future of presbyopia correction.

  1. Lift Augmentation for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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    Gerald M Angle II

    2010-12-01

    turbine’s rotation. Though this technology can be applied to any wind turbine, whether horizontal or vertical axis, this paper focuses on the application of circulation control for VAWT’s due primarily to reduced hardware complexities and to increase the performance of this design thus helping to level the playing field between the two styles. This performance enhancement coupled with the ability to locate the primary components near the ground allows for easier installation, troubleshooting, maintenance, and future improvement of the circulation control sub-system. By varying the circulation control performance with the blade position, the coefficient of performance, Cp, of the wind turbine can be altered. This variation in Cp resembles a change in the effective solidity factor, the non-dimensional characteristic that accounts for the number of turbine blades, chord length, and turbine radius. The solidity factor is typically used in the design of a wind turbine with its peak performance occurring at various tip speed ratios, at different solidity factors. Prior to the construction of physical models, analytical methods, namely a vortex model, was used to estimate the performance enhancement potential of the blade force augmentation via circulation control. These results were then used to construct and test a wind tunnel blade section model to obtain lift and drag values for a full range of rotational angles. These results were then supplied to the vortex model which indicated that through the addition of circulation control to the blades of a vertical axis wind turbine an approximately 20% improvement in the annual energy production, and consequently the capacity factor, could be achieved.

  2. Design of off-axis PIAACMC mirrors

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    Pluzhnik, Eugene; Guyon, Olivier; Belikov, Ruslan; Bendek, Eduardo

    2015-09-01

    The Phase-Induced Amplitude Apodization Complex Mask Coronagraph (PIAACMC) provides an efficient way to control diffraction propagation effects caused by the central obstruction/segmented mirrors of the telescope. PIAACMC can be optimized in a way that takes into account both chromatic diffraction effects caused by the telescope obstructed aperture and tip/tilt sensitivity of the coronagraph. As a result, unlike classic PIAA, the PIAACMC mirror shapes are often slightly asymmetric even for an on-axis configuration and require more care in calculating off-axis shapes when an off-axis configuration is preferred. A method to design off-axis PIAA mirror shapes given an on-axis mirror design is presented. The algorithm is based on geometrical ray tracing and is able to calculate off-axis PIAA mirror shapes for an arbitrary geometry of the input and output beams. The method is demonstrated using the third generation PIAACMC design for WFIRST-AFTA telescope. Geometrical optics design issues related to the off-axis diffraction propagation effects are also discussed.

  3. Study on steady-state response of a vertical axis automatic washing machine with a hydraulic balancer using a new approach and a method for getting a smaller deflection angle

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    Chen, Hai-Wei; Zhang, Qiu-Ju; Fan, Sheng-Yao

    2011-04-01

    A new approach is used in this paper to analyze steady-state response of a vertical axis automatic washing machine with a hydraulic balancer and a method for getting a smaller deflection angle of the washing/drying assembly is presented. First, a mathematical model of the vertical axis washing machine and a numerical description of the hydraulic balancer are described and a vibration model for the vertical axis washing machine with a hydraulic balancer is built. Second, the vibration model is transformed into an autonomous form whose equilibrium point can be used to analyze dynamics of the washing machine at the steady state. Because the autonomous form can be solved by the Newton-Raphson method which requires only a few iterations, it provides a much faster approach for analyzing steady-state response of the spin drying process than traditional numerical integration methods. Five parameters influencing the spin drying process are considered, and the balancer's importance in reducing vibrations at the steady state is illustrated. Third, the equilibrium conditions of the centrifugal forces acting on the clothes, the washing/drying assembly and the balancer are considered, and a governing equation for getting a smaller deflection angle of the washing/drying assembly is derived. At last, parameters in the governing equation, especially those related to the hydraulic balancer, are discussed.

  4. Association between Social and Demographic Factors with Feeding Methods in

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    Maryam Gholamalizadeh

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Healthy Nutrition has an important role in childhood. Food habits of a child probably will continue to adulthood and increase the risk of many chronic diseases. Role of parents in child nutrition as a food producer and eating pattern has recognized to most important factor of child nutrition. Recent studies have shown that the methods used by parents to child feeding have an important role in the child’s diet and BMI. This paper aimed to investigate which parents use which types of parenting control practices to manage their children’s nutrition. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 208 parents with children aged 3-6 years was carried out in 30 primary schools. Measures included demographic and social factors and aspects of child feeding practices.Results: Results showed that stay at home mothers used more modeling practices. Mothers of sons used more pressure to eat than others. Older mothers used less pressure to eat. Mothers with higher BMI used more emotion regulation strategy and less modeling. And mothers with more education used more modeling.Conclusion: The results showed a significant relationship between demographic and social factors with aspects of the feeding practices.

  5. A survey on critical factors influencing new advertisement methods

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Soft drink beverages are important part of many people’s foods and many prefer soft drink to water when they have dinner. Therefore, this business model can be considered as the longest lasting sector for many years and there has been not much change in these products. However, new methods of advertisement play important role for increasing market share. In this paper, we study the impact of new methods of advertisement in product development. The proposed study of this paper designs a questionnaire for one of Iranian soft drink producers, which consisted of 274 questions in Likert scale and uses factor analysis (FA to analyze the results. The study selects 250 people who live in city of Tehran, Iran and Cronbach alpha has been calculated as 0.88, which is well above the minimum desirable limit. According to our results, there were six important factors impacting in product development, including modern advertisement techniques, emotional impact, strategy of market leadership, pricing strategy, product life chain and supply entity. The most important factor loading in these six components include impact of social values, persuading unaware and uninformed customers, ability to monopolizing in production, improving pricing techniques, product life cycle and negative impact of high advertisement.

  6. An AHP method for identifying influential factors on insurance cost

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    Firouzeh Azizi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available During the past few years, there have been increasing competitions in insurance firms around the world and most insurance firms try to find appropriate methods to reduce the cost of their products. In this paper, we perform an empirical investigation to find important factors influencing cost management in insurance industry. The proposed study of this paper detects five items including human productivity, economic inflation, competitions within industry, information technology and rate of damage paid to customers, which are effective on four important cost components. The implementation of analytical hierarchy process on ranking four cost components indicate that the amount of damage paid to customers is the most important factor followed by administration expenses, commission and advertisement.

  7. Growth and the growth hormone-insulin like growth factor 1 axis in children with chronic inflammation: current evidence, gaps in knowledge and future directions

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    Wong, S. C.; Dobie, R.; Altowati, M A; Werther, G A; Farquharson, C; Ahmed, S. F.

    2016-01-01

    Growth failure is frequently encountered in children with chronic inflammatory conditions like juvenile idiopathic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and cystic fibrosis. Delayed puberty and attenuated pubertal growth spurt is often seen during adolescence. The underlying inflammatory state mediated by pro-inflammatory cytokines, prolonged use of glucocorticoid and suboptimal nutrition contribute to growth failure and pubertal abnormalities. These factors can impair growth by their effects...

  8. Association between Social and Demographic Factors with Feeding Methods in

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    Maryam Gholamalizadeh; Saeid Doaei; Naser Kalantari; Bahram Rashidkhani

    2013-01-01

    Background: Healthy Nutrition has an important role in childhood. Food habits of a child probably will continue to adulthood and increase the risk of many chronic diseases. Role of parents in child nutrition as a food producer and eating pattern has recognized to most important factor of child nutrition. Recent studies have shown that the methods used by parents to child feeding have an important role in the child’s diet and BMI. This paper aimed to investigate which parents use which types o...

  9. Dynamic transitions in a model of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

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    Čupić, Željko; Marković, Vladimir M.; Maćešić, Stevan; Stanojević, Ana; Damjanović, Svetozar; Vukojević, Vladana; Kolar-Anić, Ljiljana

    2016-03-01

    Dynamic properties of a nonlinear five-dimensional stoichiometric model of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis were systematically investigated. Conditions under which qualitative transitions between dynamic states occur are determined by independently varying the rate constants of all reactions that constitute the model. Bifurcation types were further characterized using continuation algorithms and scale factor methods. Regions of bistability and transitions through supercritical Andronov-Hopf and saddle loop bifurcations were identified. Dynamic state analysis predicts that the HPA axis operates under basal (healthy) physiological conditions close to an Andronov-Hopf bifurcation. Dynamic properties of the stress-control axis have not been characterized experimentally, but modelling suggests that the proximity to a supercritical Andronov-Hopf bifurcation can give the HPA axis both, flexibility to respond to external stimuli and adjust to new conditions and stability, i.e., the capacity to return to the original dynamic state afterwards, which is essential for maintaining homeostasis. The analysis presented here reflects the properties of a low-dimensional model that succinctly describes neurochemical transformations underlying the HPA axis. However, the model accounts correctly for a number of experimentally observed properties of the stress-response axis. We therefore regard that the presented analysis is meaningful, showing how in silico investigations can be used to guide the experimentalists in understanding how the HPA axis activity changes under chronic disease and/or specific pharmacological manipulations.

  10. Methods for the estimate of the magnetic axis, the last closed flux surface and the differential shift in an RFP plasma

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    Boboc, A.; Franz, P.; Murari, A.; Giudicotti, L.; Zilli, E.; Zanca, P.; O'Gorman, M.; Prunty, S.

    2002-07-01

    We present a preliminary investigation of the plasma column displacement in the RFX reversed field pinch (RFP) experiment, carried out with different diagnostics. Determinations of the plasma position have been obtained by a set of external pick-up coils, a multichannel far infrared (FIR) polarimeter and a soft x-ray (SXR) tomographic camera. These diagnostics provide complementary information about the plasma position. In particular, the location of the polarimetric chords allows a direct estimate of the horizontal magnetic axis shift. The analysis of the isoemissivity SXR surfaces also allow investigations of the differential shift of the various magnetic surfaces. A comparison of the results of these three diagnostics is reported, and their agreement is found to be satisfactory and consistent with our expectations.

  11. Methods for the estimate of the magnetic axis, the last closed flux surface and the differential shift in an RFP plasma

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    We present a preliminary investigation of the plasma column displacement in the RFX reversed field pinch (RFP) experiment, carried out with different diagnostics. Determinations of the plasma position have been obtained by a set of external pick-up coils, a multichannel far infrared (FIR) polarimeter and a soft x-ray (SXR) tomographic camera. These diagnostics provide complementary information about the plasma position. In particular, the location of the polarimetric chords allows a direct estimate of the horizontal magnetic axis shift. The analysis of the isoemissivity SXR surfaces also allow investigations of the differential shift of the various magnetic surfaces. A comparison of the results of these three diagnostics is reported, and their agreement is found to be satisfactory and consistent with our expectations. (author)

  12. Biological Stability of Drinking Water: Controlling Factors, Methods, and Challenges

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    Prest, Emmanuelle I.

    2016-02-01

    Biological stability of drinking water refers to the concept of providing consumers with drinking water of same microbial quality at the tap as produced at the water treatment facility. However, uncontrolled growth of bacteria can occur during distribution in water mains and premise plumbing, and can lead to hygienic (e.g., development of opportunistic pathogens), aesthetic (e.g., deterioration of taste, odor, color) or operational (e.g., fouling or biocorrosion of pipes) problems. Drinking water contains diverse microorganisms competing for limited available nutrients for growth. Bacterial growth and interactions are regulated by factors, such as (i) type and concentration of available organic and inorganic nutrients, (ii) type and concentration of residual disinfectant, (iii) presence of predators, such as protozoa and invertebrates, (iv) environmental conditions, such as water temperature, and (v) spatial location of microorganisms (bulk water, sediment, or biofilm). Water treatment and distribution conditions in water mains and premise plumbing affect each of these factors and shape bacterial community characteristics (abundance, composition, viability) in distribution systems. Improved understanding of bacterial interactions in distribution systems and of environmental conditions impact is needed for better control of bacterial communities during drinking water production and distribution. This article reviews (i) existing knowledge on biological stability controlling factors and (ii) how these factors are affected by drinking water production and distribution conditions. In addition, (iii) the concept of biological stability is discussed in light of experience with well-established and new analytical methods, enabling high throughput analysis and in-depth characterization of bacterial communities in drinking water. We discussed, how knowledge gained from novel techniques will improve design and monitoring of water treatment and distribution systems in order

  13. Biological Stability of Drinking Water: Controlling Factors, Methods, and Challenges

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    Prest, Emmanuelle I.; Hammes, Frederik; van Loosdrecht, Mark C. M.; Vrouwenvelder, Johannes S.

    2016-01-01

    Biological stability of drinking water refers to the concept of providing consumers with drinking water of same microbial quality at the tap as produced at the water treatment facility. However, uncontrolled growth of bacteria can occur during distribution in water mains and premise plumbing, and can lead to hygienic (e.g., development of opportunistic pathogens), aesthetic (e.g., deterioration of taste, odor, color) or operational (e.g., fouling or biocorrosion of pipes) problems. Drinking water contains diverse microorganisms competing for limited available nutrients for growth. Bacterial growth and interactions are regulated by factors, such as (i) type and concentration of available organic and inorganic nutrients, (ii) type and concentration of residual disinfectant, (iii) presence of predators, such as protozoa and invertebrates, (iv) environmental conditions, such as water temperature, and (v) spatial location of microorganisms (bulk water, sediment, or biofilm). Water treatment and distribution conditions in water mains and premise plumbing affect each of these factors and shape bacterial community characteristics (abundance, composition, viability) in distribution systems. Improved understanding of bacterial interactions in distribution systems and of environmental conditions impact is needed for better control of bacterial communities during drinking water production and distribution. This article reviews (i) existing knowledge on biological stability controlling factors and (ii) how these factors are affected by drinking water production and distribution conditions. In addition, (iii) the concept of biological stability is discussed in light of experience with well-established and new analytical methods, enabling high throughput analysis and in-depth characterization of bacterial communities in drinking water. We discussed, how knowledge gained from novel techniques will improve design and monitoring of water treatment and distribution systems in order

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    Prest, Emmanuelle I; Hammes, Frederik; van Loosdrecht, Mark C M; Vrouwenvelder, Johannes S

    2016-01-01

    Biological stability of drinking water refers to the concept of providing consumers with drinking water of same microbial quality at the tap as produced at the water treatment facility. However, uncontrolled growth of bacteria can occur during distribution in water mains and premise plumbing, and can lead to hygienic (e.g., development of opportunistic pathogens), aesthetic (e.g., deterioration of taste, odor, color) or operational (e.g., fouling or biocorrosion of pipes) problems. Drinking water contains diverse microorganisms competing for limited available nutrients for growth. Bacterial growth and interactions are regulated by factors, such as (i) type and concentration of available organic and inorganic nutrients, (ii) type and concentration of residual disinfectant, (iii) presence of predators, such as protozoa and invertebrates, (iv) environmental conditions, such as water temperature, and (v) spatial location of microorganisms (bulk water, sediment, or biofilm). Water treatment and distribution conditions in water mains and premise plumbing affect each of these factors and shape bacterial community characteristics (abundance, composition, viability) in distribution systems. Improved understanding of bacterial interactions in distribution systems and of environmental conditions impact is needed for better control of bacterial communities during drinking water production and distribution. This article reviews (i) existing knowledge on biological stability controlling factors and (ii) how these factors are affected by drinking water production and distribution conditions. In addition, (iii) the concept of biological stability is discussed in light of experience with well-established and new analytical methods, enabling high throughput analysis and in-depth characterization of bacterial communities in drinking water. We discussed, how knowledge gained from novel techniques will improve design and monitoring of water treatment and distribution systems in order

  15. Biological stability of drinking water: controlling factors, methods and challenges

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    Emmanuelle ePrest

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Biological stability of drinking water refers to the concept of providing consumers with drinking water of same microbial quality at the tap as produced at the water treatment facility. However, uncontrolled growth of bacteria can occur during distribution in water mains and premise plumbing, and can lead to hygienic (e.g. development of opportunistic pathogens, aesthetic (e.g. deterioration of taste, odour, colour or operational (e.g. fouling or biocorrosion of pipes problems. Drinking water contains diverse microorganisms competing for limited available nutrients for growth. Bacterial growth and interactions are regulated by factors such as (i type and concentration of available organic and inorganic nutrients, (ii type and concentration of residual disinfectant, (iii presence of predators such as protozoa and invertebrates, (iv environmental conditions such as water temperature, and (v spatial location of microorganisms (bulk water, sediment or biofilm. Water treatment and distribution conditions in water mains and premise plumbing affect each of these factors and shape bacterial community characteristics (abundance, composition, viability in distribution systems. Improved understanding of bacterial interactions in distribution systems and of environmental conditions impact is needed for better control of bacterial communities during drinking water production and distribution. This article reviews (i existing knowledge on biological stability controlling factors and (ii how these factors are affected by drinking water production and distribution conditions. In addition, (iii the concept of biological stability is discussed in light of experience with well-established and new analytical methods, enabling high throughput analysis and in-depth characterization of bacterial communities in drinking water. We discuss how knowledge gained from novel techniques will improve design and monitoring of water treatment and distribution systems in order to

  16. A role for low-abundance miRNAs in colon cancer: the miR-206/Krüppel-like factor 4 (KLF4 axis

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs are short non-coding RNAs that affect the expression of genes involved in normal physiology, but that also become dysregulated in cancer development. In the latter context, studies to date have focused on high-abundance miRNAs and their targets. We hypothesized that among the pool of low-abundance miRNAs are some with the potential to impact crucial oncogenic signaling networks in colon cancer. Results Unbiased screening of over 650 miRNAs identified miR-206, a low-abundance miRNA, as the most significantly altered miRNA in carcinogen-induced rat colon tumors. Computational modeling highlighted the stem-cell marker Krüppel-like factor 4 (KLF4 as a potential target of miR-206. In a panel of primary human colon cancers, target validation at the mRNA and protein level confirmed a significant inverse relationship between miR-206 and KLF4, which was further supported by miR-206 knockdown and ectopic upregulation in human colon cancer cells. Forced expression of miR-206 resulted in significantly increased cell proliferation kinetics, as revealed by real-time monitoring using HCT116 cells. Conclusions Evolutionarily conserved high-abundance miRNAs are becoming established as key players in the etiology of human cancers. However, low-abundance miRNAs, such as miR-206, are often among the most significantly upregulated miRNAs relative to their expression in normal non-transformed tissues. Low-abundance miRNAs are worthy of further investigation, because their targets include KLF4 and other pluripotency and cancer stem-cell factors.

  17. Stress-dependent phosphorylation of myocardin-related transcription factor A (MRTF-A) by the p38MAPK/MK2 axis

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    Ronkina, Natalia; Lafera, Juri; Kotlyarov, Alexey; Gaestel, Matthias

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    Myocardin-related transcription factor A (MRTF-A) is a known actin-regulated transcriptional coactivator of serum response factor (SRF). Stimulation of actin polymerization activates MRTF-A by releasing it from G-actin and thus allowing it to bind to and activate SRF. Here, we compared protein phosphorylation in MK2/3-deficient cells rescued or not by ectopic expression of MK2 in two independent phosphoproteomic approaches using anisomycin-treated MEF cells and LPS-stimulated mouse macrophages, respectively. Two MRTF-A sites, Ser351 (corresponding to Ser312 in human) and Ser371 (Ser333 in human), showed significantly stronger phosphorylation (12-fold and 6-fold increase) in the cells expressing MK2. MRTF-A is phosphorylated at these sites in a stress-, but not in a mitogen-induced manner, and p38MAPK/MK2 catalytic activities are indispensable for this phosphorylation. MK2-mediated phosphorylation of MRTF-A at Ser312 and Ser333 was further confirmed in an in vitro kinase assay and using the phospho-protein kinase-D (PKD)-consensus motif antibody (anti-LXRXXpS/pT), the p38MAPK inhibitor BIRB-796, MK2/3-deficient cells and MRTF-A phospho-site mutants. Unexpectedly, dimerization, subcellular localization and translocation, interaction with actin, SRF or SMAD3 and transactivating potential of MRTF-A seem to be unaffected by manipulating the p38MAPK/MK2-dependent phosphorylations. Hence, MRTF-A is stress-dependently phosphorylated by MK2 at Ser312 and Ser333 with so far undetected functional and physiological consequences. PMID:27492266

  18. Project-Method Fit: Exploring Factors That Influence Agile Method Use

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    Young, Diana K.

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    While the productivity and quality implications of agile software development methods (SDMs) have been demonstrated, research concerning the project contexts where their use is most appropriate has yielded less definitive results. Most experts agree that agile SDMs are not suited for all project contexts. Several project and team factors have been…

  19. Fish oil supplementation from 9 to 18 months of age affects the insulin-like growth factor axis in a sex-specific manner in Danish infants

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    Damsgaard, Camilla T.; Harsløf, Laurine B. S.; Andersen, Anders D.;

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    Several studies have investigated the effects of fish oil (FO) on infant growth, but little is known about the effects of FO and sex on insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), the main regulator of growth in childhood. We explored whether FO v. sunflower oil (SO) supplementation from 9 to 18 months...... LCPUFA intake and status, at 9 and 18 months. Erythrocyte EPA increased strongly with FO compared with SO (P<0·001). There were no effects of FO compared with SO on IGF-1 in the total population, but a sex×group interaction (P=0·02). Baseline-adjusted IGF-1 at 18 months was 11·1 µg/l (95 % CI 0·4, 21·8;P......=0·04) higher after FO compared with SO supplementation among boys only. The sex×group interaction was borderline significant in the model of IGFBP-3 (P=0·09), with lower IGFBP-3 with FO compared with SO among girls only (P=0·03). The results were supported by sex-specific dose–response associations...

  20. ANALYSIS OF CLIQUE BY MATRIX FACTORIZATION AND PARTITION METHODS

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    Full Text Available In real life clustering of high dimensional data is a big problem. Tofind out the dense regions from increasing dimensions is one of them.We have already studied the clustering techniques of low dimensionaldata sets like k-means, k-mediod, BIRCH, CLARANS, CURE, DBScan, PAM etc. If a region is dense then it consists with number of data points with a minimum support of input parameter ø other wise itcannot take into clustering. So in this approach we have implementedCLIQUE to find out the clusters from multidimensional data sets. Indimension growth subspace clustering the clustering process start atsingle dimensional subspaces and grows upward to higher dimensionalones. It is a partition method where each dimension divided like a grid structure. In this paper the elimination of redundant objects from the regions by matrix factorization and partition method are implemented. The comparisons between CLIQUES with these two methods are studied. The redundant data point belongs to which region to form a cluster is also studied.

  1. Fish oil supplementation from 9 to 18 months of age affects the insulin-like growth factor axis in a sex-specific manner in Danish infants.

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    Damsgaard, Camilla T; Harsløf, Laurine B S; Andersen, Anders D; Hellgren, Lars I; Michaelsen, Kim F; Lauritzen, Lotte

    2016-03-14

    Several studies have investigated the effects of fish oil (FO) on infant growth, but little is known about the effects of FO and sex on insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), the main regulator of growth in childhood. We explored whether FO v. sunflower oil (SO) supplementation from 9 to 18 months of age affected IGF-1 and its binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) and whether the potential effects were sex specific. Danish infants (n 115) were randomly allocated to 5 ml/d FO (1·2 g/d n-3 long-chain PUFA (n-3 LCPUFA)) or SO. We measured growth, IGF-1, IGFBP-3 and erythrocyte EPA, a biomarker of n-3 LCPUFA intake and status, at 9 and 18 months. Erythrocyte EPA increased strongly with FO compared with SO (PIGF-1 in the total population, but a sex × group interaction (P=0·02). Baseline-adjusted IGF-1 at 18 months was 11·1 µg/l (95% CI 0·4, 21·8; P=0·04) higher after FO compared with SO supplementation among boys only. The sex × group interaction was borderline significant in the model of IGFBP-3 (P=0·09), with lower IGFBP-3 with FO compared with SO among girls only (P=0·03). The results were supported by sex-specific dose-response associations between changes in erythrocyte EPA and changes in IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 (both PIGF-1 was sex specifically associated with BMI and length. In conclusion, FO compared with SO resulted in higher IGF-1 among boys and lower IGFBP-3 among girls. The potential long-term implications for growth and body composition should be investigated further. PMID:26758502

  2. Certain methodical aspects of hygienic regulation of hazardous factors

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    The problem of hygienic regulation of hazardous radiation and chemical factors is considered. Differences in reliability of some standards for radioactive and chemical substances are determined in experiments on animals (mices, rats). The differences were established for 60Co, sup(89, 90)Sr, 210Pb, 210Po, 226Ra and for 7 chemical substances (corrosive sublimate, lead, methyl mercury, chlorine compounds, strontium, hexamethylenediamine, beryllium). Maximum permissible concentrations of radionuclides are shown to be superfluously over estimated; standards for toxic chemical substances are not strictly substantiated that is dangerous for human beings and environmental objects. Necessity of unique methodological and methodical approaches to hygienic standardization on the base of cost-benefit analysis is emphasized

  3. Optimisation of Sintering Factors of Titanium Foams Using Taguchi Method

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Metal foams have the potential to be used in the production of bipolar plates in Polymer Electron Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC. In this paper, pure titanium was used to prepare titanium foam using the slurry method. The electrical conductivity is the most important parameter to be considered in the production of good bipolar plates. To achieve a high conductivity of the titanium foam, the effects of various parameters including temperature, time profile and composition have to be characterised and optimised. This paper reports the use of the Taguchi method in optimising the processing parameters of pure titanium foams. The effects of four sintering factors, namely, composition, sintering temperature, heating rate and soaking time on the electrical conductivity has been studied. The titanium slurry was prepared by mixing titanium alloy powder, polyethylene glycol (PEG, methylcellulose and water. Polyurethane (PU foams were then impregnated into the slurry and later dried at room temperature. These were next sintered in a high temperature vacuum furnace. The various factors were assigned to an L9 orthogonal array. From the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA, the composition of titanium powder has the highest percentage of contribution (24.51 to the electrical conductivity followed by the heating rate (10.29. The optimum electrical conductivity was found to be 1336.227 ± 240.61 S/cm-1 for this titanium foam. It was achieved with a 70% composition of titanium, sintering temperature of 1200oC, a heating rate of 0.5oC/min and 2 hours soaking time. Confirmatory experiments have produced results that lay within the 90% confidence interval.

  4. 基于改进遗传算法的三轴磁场传感器校正方法研究%Research on correction method of three-axis magnetic field sensor based on IGA

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    张英堂; 张光; 李志宁; 范红波; 程利军

    2013-01-01

    针对三分量磁场传感器存在三轴非正交性、三轴灵敏度不一致和零点偏移误差,不能满足磁场精确测量的问题,提出了一种基于改进遗传算法的三轴磁场传感器校正方法.建立了实际传感器的测量模型,分析了误差产生的机理,研究了误差校正的方法,设计了基于遗传算法和改进遗传算法的校正参数求解过程,通过仿真实验和实测实验,验证了校正方法的有效性和改进遗传算法的快速性,经校正后的三轴磁场传感器的测量精度得到大大提高.%According to the problem that there are measuring errors in three-axis magnetic field sensor caused by nonorthogonali-ty, different sensitivity and zero-shit, a correction method of three-axis magnetic field sensor based on Improved Genetic Algorithm (IGA) is put forward. The measuring model of actual sensor is built, and analysed the mechanism of errors generating. Studied the method of errors correction, and designed the solving course of correction parameters based on GA and IGA. The validity of correction method and the faster speed of IGA is proved by simulation and measuring experiment. The precision of the three-axis magnetic field sensor is greatly improved after correction.

  5. Vortex capturing vertical axis wind turbine

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    An analytical-numerical study is presented for an innovative lift vertical axis turbine whose blades are designed with vortex trapping cavities that act as passive flow control devices. The unsteady flow field past one-bladed and two-bladed turbines is described by a combined analytical and numerical method based on conformal mapping and on a blob vortex method

  6. Perioperative Modulating Factors on Astigmatism in Sutured Cataract Surgery

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    Cho, Yang Kyeung; Kim, Man Soo

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    Purpose To evaluate the factors that affect postoperative astigmatism and post-suture removal astigmatism, and to evaluate the risk factors associated with astigmatism axis shift. Methods We performed a retrospective chart review of 130 eyes that had undergone uneventful phacoemulsification cataract surgery. Preoperative astigmatism was divided into four groups (Groups I, II, III, and IV) according to the differences between the axis of preoperative astigmatism (flattest axis) and the incisio...

  7. Semiactive Vibration Control for Horizontal Axis Washing Machine

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    Barış Can Yalçın; Haluk Erol

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    A semiactive vibration control method is developed to cope with the dynamic stability problem of a horizontal axis washing machine. This method is based on adjusting the maximum force values produced by the semiactive suspension elements considering a washing machine’s vibration data (three axis angular position and three axis angular acceleration values in time). Before actuation signals are received by the step motors of the friction dampers, vibration data are evaluated, and then, the step...

  8. Preferred axis in cosmology

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    The foundation of modern cosmology relies on the so-called cosmological principle which states an homogeneous and isotropic distribution of matter in the universe on large scales. However, recent observations, such as the temperature anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation, the motion of galaxies in the universe, the polarization of quasars and the acceleration of the cosmic expansion, indicate preferred directions in the sky. If these directions have a cosmological origin, the cosmological principle would be violated, and modern cosmology should be reconsidered. In this paper, by considering the preferred axis in the CMB parity violation, we find that it coincides with the preferred axes in CMB quadrupole and CMB octopole, and they all align with the direction of the CMB kinematic dipole. In addition, the preferred directions in the velocity flows, quasar alignment, anisotropy of the cosmic acceleration, the handedness of spiral galaxies, and the angular distribution of the fine-structu...

  9. Reactor analysis methods. 1. Removal of Numerical Singularity in Analytical Nodal Methods via Continued Factoring

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    nearly no-net-leakage nodes. An algebraically exact method is proposed in this paper to eliminate the numerical singularity. The method is based on factoring out the singular components from the nonsingular components in the highly ill conditioned system that can arise in analytical nodal formulation. The method does not require a priori identification of the singular nodes to treat separately and is valid for all nodes. The proposed method was implemented in AFEN and tested in the rectangular and hexagonal geometries. It should be straightforward to implement the method in ANM

  10. The role of the vascular endothelial growth factor/vascular endothelial growth factor receptors axis mediated angiogenesis in curcumin-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers induced human HepG2 cells apoptosis

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    Full Text Available Background: Curcumin (diferuloylmethane, the active constituent of turmeric extract has potent anti-cancer properties have been demonstrated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC. However, its underlying molecular mechanism of therapeutic effects remains unclear. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF and its receptors (VEGFRs have crucial roles in tumor angiogenesis. Purpose: The goal of this study was to investigate the role of the VEGF/VEGFRs mediated angiogenesis during the proliferation and apoptosis of human HepG2 hepatoma cell line and the effect of curcumin-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers (Cur-NLC. Materials and Methods: The proliferation of HepG2 cells was determined by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium after exposure to Cur-NLC and native curcumin. Apoptosis was quantified by flow cytometry with annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate and propidium iodide staining. Cellular internalization of Cur-NLC was observed by fluorescent microscope. The level of VEGF was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. The expression of VEGFRs was quantified by Western blotting. Results: Cur-NLC was more effective in inhibiting the proliferation and enhancing the apoptosis of HepG2 cells than native curcumin. Fluorescent microscope analysis showed that HepG2 cells internalized Cur-NLC more effectively than native curcumin. Furthermore, Cur-NLC down-regulated the level of VEGF and the expression of VEGFR-2, but had a slight effect on VEGFR-1. Conclusion: These results clearly demonstrated that Cur-NLC was more effective in anti-cancer activity than the free form of curcumin. These studies demonstrate for the 1 st time that Cur-NLC exerts an antitumor effect on HepG2 cells by modulating VEGF/VEGFRs signaling pathway.

  11. Research of misalignment between dithered ring laser gyro angle rate input axis and dither axis

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    Li, Geng; Wu, Wenqi; FAN, Zhenfang; LU, Guangfeng; Hu, Shaomin; Luo, Hui; Long, Xingwu

    2014-12-01

    exciter and the dither mechanical frequencies, the misalignment may be too small to be detected, otherwise, the amplitude of the sum and difference frequencies will show the misalignment angle between the gyro angle rate input axis and the dither axis. Finally, some related parameters such as frequency and amplitude of the angle exciter and sample rate are calculated and the results are analyzed. The simulation and experiment result prove the effectiveness of the proposed method..

  12. A Novel Role for a Major Component of the Vitamin D Axis: Vitamin D Binding Protein-Derived Macrophage Activating Factor Induces Human Breast Cancer Cell Apoptosis through Stimulation of Macrophages

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    Marco Ruggiero

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    Full Text Available The role of vitamin D in maintaining health appears greater than originally thought, and the concept of the vitamin D axis underlines the complexity of the biological events controlled by biologically active vitamin D (1,25(OH(2D3, its two binding proteins that are the vitamin D receptor (VDR and the vitamin D-binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor (GcMAF. In this study we demonstrate that GcMAF stimulates macrophages, which in turn attack human breast cancer cells, induce their apoptosis and eventually phagocytize them. These results are consistent with the observation that macrophages infiltrated implanted tumors in mice after GcMAF injections. In addition, we hypothesize that the last 23 hydrophobic amino acids of VDR, located at the inner part of the plasma membrane, interact with the first 23 hydrophobic amino acids of the GcMAF located at the external part of the plasma membrane. This al1ows 1,25(OH(2D3 and oleic acid to become sandwiched between the two vitamin D-binding proteins, thus postulating a novel molecular mode of interaction between GcMAF and VDR. Taken together, these results support and reinforce the hypothesis that GcMAF has multiple biological activities that could be responsible for its anti-cancer effects, possibly through molecular interaction with the VDR that in turn is responsible for a multitude of non-genomic as well as genomic effects.

  13. A novel role for a major component of the vitamin D axis: vitamin D binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor induces human breast cancer cell apoptosis through stimulation of macrophages.

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    Thyer, Lynda; Ward, Emma; Smith, Rodney; Fiore, Maria Giulia; Magherini, Stefano; Branca, Jacopo J V; Morucci, Gabriele; Gulisano, Massimo; Ruggiero, Marco; Pacini, Stefania

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    The role of vitamin D in maintaining health appears greater than originally thought, and the concept of the vitamin D axis underlines the complexity of the biological events controlled by biologically active vitamin D (1,25(OH)(2)D3), its two binding proteins that are the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and the vitamin D-binding protein-derived macrophage activating factor (GcMAF). In this study we demonstrate that GcMAF stimulates macrophages, which in turn attack human breast cancer cells, induce their apoptosis and eventually phagocytize them. These results are consistent with the observation that macrophages infiltrated implanted tumors in mice after GcMAF injections. In addition, we hypothesize that the last 23 hydrophobic amino acids of VDR, located at the inner part of the plasma membrane, interact with the first 23 hydrophobic amino acids of the GcMAF located at the external part of the plasma membrane. This allows 1,25(OH)(2)D3 and oleic acid to become sandwiched between the two vitamin D-binding proteins, thus postulating a novel molecular mode of interaction between GcMAF and VDR. Taken together, these results support and reinforce the hypothesis that GcMAF has multiple biological activities that could be responsible for its anti-cancer effects, possibly through molecular interaction with the VDR that in turn is responsible for a multitude of non-genomic as well as genomic effects. PMID:23857228

  14. A reciprocating compressor fault diagnosis method based on piston rod axis orbit%基于活塞杆轴心位置轨迹的往复压缩机故障诊断技术研究

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    马晋; 江志农; 高金吉

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a new method of fault diagnosis based on X and Y direction of the piston rod axis orbit is proposed firstly. The five graphs and six parameters were defined to reflect the operation state of the piston rod. Via this method, the traditional means limitation of only monitoring the single vertical displacement is solved. It has been verified the effectiveness of the piston rod axis orbit method by a set of simulation data and a feult instance. The method can analyze the direction and degree of the reciprocating compressor support ring wear, and provide an early warning of the piston components and piston rod running state. The established theory provides a theoretical basis for early warning and quantifying the fault diagnosis expert system rule by defining feature parameters.%提出了一种基于X方向、y方向的活塞杆轴心位置轨迹(Piston-Rod Axis Orbit)的故障诊断分析新方法,通过定义5种图形和6个特征参数来反映活塞杆的运行状态,解决了常规手段只能单一监测垂直方向位移的问题.通过仿真数据和故障数据分析,验证了活塞杆轴心位置图分析方法可以有效判断往复压缩机整个支承环的磨损方向和磨损程度,对于早期预警活塞组件、活塞杆运行状态十分有效.建立的理论方法可以早期、完整地发现往复压缩机活塞组件的潜在故障,定义的特征参数为早期预警和故障诊断专家系统规则量化提供了理论基础.

  15. Area specific stripping factors for AGS. A method for extracting stripping factors from survey data

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    In order to use Airborne Gamma-ray Spectrometry (AGS) for contamination mapping, for source search etc. one must to be able to eliminate the contribution to the spectra from natural radioactivity. This in general is done by a stripping technique. The parameters for performing a stripping have until recently been measured by recording gamma spectra at special calibration sites (pads). This may be cumbersome and the parameters may not be correct when used at low gamma energies for environmental spectra. During 2000-2001 DTU tested with success a new technique for Carborne Gamma-ray Spectrometry (CGS) where the spectra from the surveyed area (or from a similar area) were used for calculating the stripping parameters. It was possible to calculate usable stripping ratios for a number of low energy windows - and weak source signals not detectable by other means were discovered with the ASS technique. In this report it is shown that the ASS technique also works for AGS data, and it has been used for recent Danish AGS tests with point sources. (Check of calibration of AGS parameters.) By using the ASS technique with the Boden data (Barents Rescue) an exercise source was detected that has not been detected by any of the teams during the exercise. The ASS technique therefore seems to be better for search for radiation anomalies than any other method known presently. The experiences also tell that although the stripping can be performed correctly at any altitude there is a variation of the stripping parameters with altitude that has not yet been quite understood. However, even with the oddly variations the stripping worked as expected. It was also observed that one might calculate a single common set of usable stripping factors for all altitudes from the entire data set i.e. some average a, b and c values. When those stripping factors were used the stripping technique still worked well. (au)

  16. Comparison of Different Numerical Methods for Quality Factor Calculation of Nano and Micro Photonic Cavities

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    Taghizadeh, Alireza; Mørk, Jesper; Chung, Il-Sug

    2014-01-01

    Four different numerical methods for calculating the quality factor and resonance wavelength of a nano or micro photonic cavity are compared. Good agreement was found for a wide range of quality factors. Advantages and limitations of the different methods are discussed.......Four different numerical methods for calculating the quality factor and resonance wavelength of a nano or micro photonic cavity are compared. Good agreement was found for a wide range of quality factors. Advantages and limitations of the different methods are discussed....

  17. Comparison of Different Numerical Methods for Quality Factor Calculation of Nano and Micro Photonic Cavities

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    Taghizadeh, Alireza; Mørk, Jesper; Chung, Il-Sug

    Four different numerical methods for calculating the quality factor and resonance wavelength of a nano or micro photonic cavity are compared. Good agreement was found for a wide range of quality factors. Advantages and limitations of the different methods are discussed.......Four different numerical methods for calculating the quality factor and resonance wavelength of a nano or micro photonic cavity are compared. Good agreement was found for a wide range of quality factors. Advantages and limitations of the different methods are discussed....

  18. Discussion on the Two Coordinate Axis Perpendicularity Error Measurement Method%两坐标轴垂直度误差测量方法的探讨

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    刘震

    2014-01-01

    In cartesian coordinate measurement system, the perpendicular error of two axes will directly affect the measurement results. The paper introduces three methods of perpendicular error measurement and describes the principle of different methods, including the calculation method using coordinate values which is mentioned. In this method, the standard device should not special set, and no need to know the actual error of the standard device.%直角坐标测量系统中,两坐标轴的垂直度误差会直接影响测量结果,文中探讨了三种垂直度测量方法,介绍了各种方法的原理,其中提出的利用坐标值计算方法,对标准器的摆放无特殊要求,且无需知道标准器的实际尺寸。

  19. Pauli equation and the method of supersymmetric factorization

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    Ioffe, M. V.; Neelov, A. I.

    2003-01-01

    We consider different variants of factorization of a 2x2 matrix Schroedinger/Pauli operator in two spatial dimensions. They allow to relate its spectrum to the sum of spectra of two scalar Schroedinger operators, in a manner similar to one-dimensional Darboux transformations. We consider both the case when such factorization is reduced to the ordinary 2-dimensional SUSY QM quasifactorization and a more general case which involves covariant derivatives. The admissible classes of electromagneti...

  20. 胰岛素-胰岛素样生长因子-1轴与结直肠癌%Insulin-Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Axis and Colorectal Cancer

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    刘蕊

    2011-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus and colorectal cancer are common chronic diseases.Patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus have an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.Foreign epidemiological studies show that hyperinsulinemia in the context of Type 2 diabetes mellitus is potentially associated with an increased risk of developing colorectal cancer.The risk is higher if the patients have been treated with insulin, and there is an increasing risk of cancer with longer duration of insulin treatment.The hyperinsulinemia hypothesis suggests that elevated levels of insulin and free IGF-1 may promote the proliferation and inhibit the apoptosis of colorectal epithelial cell via the insulin-insulin-like growth factor-1 ( IGF-1 ) axis, ultimately resulting in colorectal cancer.Therefore, the role of the insulin-IGF-1 axis is important in the development of colorectal cancer among Type 2 diabetics.In addition, because most of the early symptoms of this disease are not always obvious, all patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus should choose the appropriate screening modality to effectively prevent or suppress the development of colorectal cancer and get a better quality of life.This review summarizes the epidemiology of insulin therapy among Type 2 diabetes patients with higher colorectal cancer risk and the role of the insulin-IGF-1 axis in the development of colorectal cancer.Furthermore, the present study discusses the application of insulin–IGF-1 axis in targeted therapy for colorectal cancer.This review is intended as a useful reference for the early prevention and targeted therapy of colorectal cancer.%2型糖尿病与结直肠癌均为常见的慢性疾病,并且2型糖尿病患者易并发结直肠癌.国外流行病学发现,2型糖尿病(type 2 diabetes mellitus,T2DM)患者高胰岛素血症与结直肠癌患病风险增加具有潜在相关性,而且长期接受胰岛素治疗的患者可使这种风险加倍,并随着胰岛素治疗年限的增加其患病风

  1. Zero modes method and form factors in quantum integrable models

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    S. Pakuliak

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available We study integrable models solvable by the nested algebraic Bethe ansatz and possessing GL(3-invariant R-matrix. Assuming that the monodromy matrix of the model can be expanded into series with respect to the inverse spectral parameter, we define zero modes of the monodromy matrix entries as the first nontrivial coefficients of this series. Using these zero modes we establish new relations between form factors of the elements of the monodromy matrix. We prove that all of them can be obtained from the form factor of a diagonal matrix element in special limits of Bethe parameters. As a result we obtain determinant representations for form factors of all the entries of the monodromy matrix.

  2. The concept of key success factors: Theory and method

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    Grunert, Klaus G.; Ellegaard, Charlotte

    1992-01-01

    are the value perceived by customers in a business's products, and the costs (relative to competitors) incurred in producing this value. How good a business is in creating customer value at low costs will depend on skills and resources of the company. We therefore define a key success factor as a skill...... or resource that a business can i in, which, on the market the business is operating on, explains a major part of the observable differences in perceived value and/or relative costs. 4. Key success factors differ from core skills and resources, which are prerequisites for being on a market, but do not explain...... differences in value created and costs incurred. They also differ from slack skills and resources, which neither explain differences in value created and costs incurred, nor do they form prerequisites for being on a mark 5. Key success factors differ in their changeability, i.e., in the degree to which...

  3. Pauli equation and the method of supersymmetric factorization

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    Ioffe, M V

    2003-01-01

    We consider different variants of factorization of a 2x2 matrix Schroedinger/Pauli operator in two spatial dimensions. They allow to relate its spectrum to the sum of spectra of two scalar Schroedinger operators, in a manner similar to one-dimensional Darboux transformations. We consider both the case when such factorization is reduced to the ordinary 2-dimensional SUSY QM quasifactorization and a more general case which involves covariant derivatives. The admissible classes of electromagnetic fields are described and some illustrative examples are given.

  4. Pauli equation and the method of supersymmetric factorization

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    We consider different variants of factorization of a 2 x 2 matrix Schroedinger/Pauli operator in two spatial dimensions. They allow us to relate its spectrum to the sum of spectra of two scalar Schroedinger operators, in a manner similar to one-dimensional Darboux transformations. We consider both the case when such factorization is reduced to the ordinary two-dimensional supersymmetric quantum mechanics quasifactorization and a more general case which involves covariant derivatives. The admissible classes of electromagnetic fields are described and some illustrative examples are given

  5. Pauli equation and the method of supersymmetric factorization

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    Ioffe, M V; Neelov, A I [Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Sankt-Petersburg, 198504 Sankt-Petersburg, Russia (Russian Federation)

    2003-03-14

    We consider different variants of factorization of a 2 x 2 matrix Schroedinger/Pauli operator in two spatial dimensions. They allow us to relate its spectrum to the sum of spectra of two scalar Schroedinger operators, in a manner similar to one-dimensional Darboux transformations. We consider both the case when such factorization is reduced to the ordinary two-dimensional supersymmetric quantum mechanics quasifactorization and a more general case which involves covariant derivatives. The admissible classes of electromagnetic fields are described and some illustrative examples are given.

  6. Modified Trial Division Algorithm Using KNJ-Factorization Method To Factorize RSA Public Key Encryption

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    Lal, Nidhi; Singh, Anurag Prakash; Kumar, Shishupal

    2015-01-01

    The security of RSA algorithm depends upon the positive integer N, which is the multiple of two precise large prime numbers. Factorization of such great numbers is a problematic process. There are many algorithms has been implemented in the past years. The offered KNJ -Factorization algorithm contributes a deterministic way to factorize RSA. The algorithm limits the search by only considering the prime values. Subsequently prime numbers are odd numbers accordingly it also requires smaller num...

  7. Evolution of hypothalamus-pituitary growth axis among fish, amphibian, birds and mammals

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    Moaeen-Ud-Din M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hypothalamus-pituitary growth axis (HP growth axis regulates animal growth and development in pre-natal and post natal life governed by many factors. However, until recently, the evolutionary history of this axis among lineages is not understood. Aim of the present study was to understand the major events in evolution and evolutionary history and trend of HP growth axis. The diversity among Homo sapience, Mus musculus, Rattus norvegicus, Gallus gallus, Danio rerio and Xenopus laevis was determined for genes involved in HP growth axis in current study. Sequences of HP growth axis genes were retrieved from NCBI (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/. Nucleotide diversity using Kimura’s two-parameter method; codon-based test of positive selection using the Nei-Gojobori; equality of evolutionary rate with Tajima's relative rate test and phylogenetic history using the RelTime method were estimated in MEGA6. Estimates of the coefficients of evolutionary differentiation based on nucleotides and amino acids substitution patterns of HP growth axis genes showed contrasting evolutionary patterns among the lineages. The results demonstrated that although these genes might have crucial functional roles in each of the species, however, their sequence divergence did not necessarily reflect similar molecular evolution among the species. Codon-based test of positive selection revealed that Human vs Mouse, Chicken vs Rat, Human vs Rat and Mouse vs Rat had similar and higher non synonymous substitutions (P > 0.05. Higher rate of non-synonymous substitutions at similar orthologs level among species indicated a similar positive selection pressure in these species. Results for relative rate test assessed with the chi-squared test showed difference on unique mutations among lineages at synonymous and non synonymous sites except Chicken vs Mouse, Human vs Mouse, Chicken vs Rat, Human vs Rat and Mouse vs Rat. This indicated that the mutagenic process that generates

  8. Comparison of three methods for wind turbine capacity factor estimation.

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    Ditkovich, Y; Kuperman, A

    2014-01-01

    Three approaches to calculating capacity factor of fixed speed wind turbines are reviewed and compared using a case study. The first "quasiexact" approach utilizes discrete wind raw data (in the histogram form) and manufacturer-provided turbine power curve (also in discrete form) to numerically calculate the capacity factor. On the other hand, the second "analytic" approach employs a continuous probability distribution function, fitted to the wind data as well as continuous turbine power curve, resulting from double polynomial fitting of manufacturer-provided power curve data. The latter approach, while being an approximation, can be solved analytically thus providing a valuable insight into aspects, affecting the capacity factor. Moreover, several other merits of wind turbine performance may be derived based on the analytical approach. The third "approximate" approach, valid in case of Rayleigh winds only, employs a nonlinear approximation of the capacity factor versus average wind speed curve, only requiring rated power and rotor diameter of the turbine. It is shown that the results obtained by employing the three approaches are very close, enforcing the validity of the analytically derived approximations, which may be used for wind turbine performance evaluation. PMID:24587755

  9. Comparison of Three Methods for Wind Turbine Capacity Factor Estimation

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    Y. Ditkovich

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Three approaches to calculating capacity factor of fixed speed wind turbines are reviewed and compared using a case study. The first “quasiexact” approach utilizes discrete wind raw data (in the histogram form and manufacturer-provided turbine power curve (also in discrete form to numerically calculate the capacity factor. On the other hand, the second “analytic” approach employs a continuous probability distribution function, fitted to the wind data as well as continuous turbine power curve, resulting from double polynomial fitting of manufacturer-provided power curve data. The latter approach, while being an approximation, can be solved analytically thus providing a valuable insight into aspects, affecting the capacity factor. Moreover, several other merits of wind turbine performance may be derived based on the analytical approach. The third “approximate” approach, valid in case of Rayleigh winds only, employs a nonlinear approximation of the capacity factor versus average wind speed curve, only requiring rated power and rotor diameter of the turbine. It is shown that the results obtained by employing the three approaches are very close, enforcing the validity of the analytically derived approximations, which may be used for wind turbine performance evaluation.

  10. 基于速度阻尼的双轴旋转式激光陀螺捷联惯导标定方法%Calibration method for two-axis indexing RLG-SINS with speed damping

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    王彬; 翁海娜; 汪湛清; 张宇飞; 胡小毛

    2014-01-01

    factor error and bias of the quartz accelerometer, laser gyroscope bias) can be estimated on mooring base during 4 h operation in zero-speed damping mode. The estimated error for accelerator bias is less than 2%, and the estimated error for gyroscope bias is less than 8%, meeting the demands of high accuracy inertial navigation, and showing that this method has certain engineering practicability.

  11. Human factors estimation methods in nuclear power plant

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    The diffinitions and models of mental work-loads are investigated, consequently the most simple and reasonable one is the single channel model, and the channel has limited capacity. The capacity depends on the time related to the brain information processings, like as the recognizations by eyes or ears etc., and the judgements by memory or experience etc., and the actions. In this paper the mental work load is diffined by the relative needed time of such information processing compared to total capacity. Based on the above diffinitions, the model experiment is carried out, the main task is simple additional task of the two digits displayed on a CRT and varying the additional speed from 10 cycle/min. - 60 cycle/min. Four techniques to measure the mental work-load, (1) the task time analysis method, (2) the physiological method, (3) the secondary task method, (4) the subjective method, are examined in the respects of the sensitivity and validity. The measured values gained by the physiological method and the secondary task method and subjective method are compared to those of the task time analysis results, because the task time analysis method is most faithfull to the diffinitions. (author)

  12. A factor analysis method applied in development field

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    Mădălina CĂRBUREANU

    2010-01-01

    Both processes of development and globalization, refers to the nation’s economy and people welfare from all over the world, being subjects of present interest for different organizations. The economic reality and people living status can be described through a batch of variables. The problem appears when the number of variables is significant, and appears the need of handle this great volume of information. A solution to this problem can be the application of a factor ...

  13. A deep matrix factorization method for learning attribute representations

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    Trigeorgis, George; Bousmalis, Konstantinos; Zafeiriou, Stefanos; Schuller, Bjoern W.

    2015-01-01

    Semi-Non-negative Matrix Factorization is a technique that learns a low-dimensional representation of a dataset that lends itself to a clustering interpretation. It is possible that the mapping between this new representation and our original data matrix contains rather complex hierarchical information with implicit lower-level hidden attributes, that classical one level clustering methodologies can not interpret. In this work we propose a novel model, Deep Semi-NMF, that is able to learn suc...

  14. Five Factor Model Prototype Matching Scores: Convergence Within Alternative Methods

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    Samuel, Douglas B.; Edmundson, Maryanne; Widiger, Thomas A.

    2011-01-01

    The Five Factor Model of Personality (FFM) has been proposed as a potential alternative to the current DSM-IV-TR model, which conceptualizes personality disorders (PDs) as categorical constructs. While an extensive literature has pointed out the flaws of the diagnostic categories, they are quite familiar to clinicians and there may still be instances when identifying these constructs for clinical purposes, such as for rapidly communicating information about a patient, is warranted. From the p...

  15. Mining big data using parsimonious factor and shrinkage methods

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    Kim, Hyun Hak; Swanson, Norman

    2013-01-01

    A number of recent studies in the economics literature have focused on the usefulness of factor models in the context of prediction using "big data". In this paper, our over-arching question is whether such "big data" are useful for modelling low frequency macroeconomic variables such as unemployment, inflation and GDP. In particular, we analyze the predictive benefits associated with the use dimension reducing independent component analysis (ICA) and sparse principal component analysis (SPCA...

  16. METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE MAXIMUM ARRANGEMENT FACTOR OF FOOTWEAR PARTS

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available By classic methodology, designing footwear is a very complex and laborious activity. That is because classic methodology requires many graphic executions using manual means, which consume a lot of the producer’s time. Moreover, the results of this classical methodology may contain many inaccuracies with the most unpleasant consequences for the footwear producer. Thus, the costumer that buys a footwear product by taking into consideration the characteristics written on the product (size, width can notice after a period that the product has flaws because of the inadequate design. In order to avoid this kind of situations, the strictest scientific criteria must be followed when one designs a footwear product. The decisive step in this way has been made some time ago, when, as a result of powerful technical development and massive implementation of electronical calculus systems and informatics, This paper presents a product software for determining all possible arrangements of a footwear product’s reference points, in order to automatically acquire the maximum arrangement factor. The user multiplies the pattern in order to find the economic arrangement for the reference points. In this purpose, the user must probe few arrangement variants, in the translation and rotate-translation system. The same process is used in establishing the arrangement factor for the two points of reference of the designed footwear product. After probing several variants of arrangement in the translation and rotation and translation systems, the maximum arrangement factors are chosen. This allows the user to estimate the material wastes.

  17. Method for processing ENDF/B photon form factor data

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    A method is described for processing ENDF/B photon data to generate group-to-group scattering matrices. The method has these salient features: 1. It is tailored toward treating the full energy and angular detail with which the cross sections are represented in ENDF/B; 2. It is simple to program; 3. It closely parallels a treatment developed for producing multigroup neutron matrices; 4. The time required to execute the method on a computer varies linearly with the number of energy groups as opposed to double numerical integration schemes which tend to vary as the square of the number of groups

  18. A Comparison of Distribution Free and Non-Distribution Free Factor Analysis Methods

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    Ritter, Nicola L.

    2012-01-01

    Many researchers recognize that factor analysis can be conducted on both correlation matrices and variance-covariance matrices. Although most researchers extract factors from non-distribution free or parametric methods, researchers can also extract factors from distribution free or non-parametric methods. The nature of the data dictates the method…

  19. SU-E-J-96: Multi-Axis Dose Accumulation of Noninvasive Image-Guided Breast Brachytherapy Through Biomechanical Modeling of Tissue Deformation Using the Finite Element Method

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    Rivard, MJ [Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (United States); Ghadyani, HR [SUNY Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY (United States); Bastien, AD; Lutz, NN [Univeristy Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA (United States); Hepel, JT [Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI (United States)

    2015-06-15

    Purpose: Noninvasive image-guided breast brachytherapy delivers conformal HDR Ir-192 brachytherapy treatments with the breast compressed, and treated in the cranial-caudal and medial-lateral directions. This technique subjects breast tissue to extreme deformations not observed for other disease sites. Given that, commercially-available software for deformable image registration cannot accurately co-register image sets obtained in these two states, a finite element analysis based on a biomechanical model was developed to deform dose distributions for each compression circumstance for dose summation. Methods: The model assumed the breast was under planar stress with values of 30 kPa for Young’s modulus and 0.3 for Poisson’s ratio. Dose distributions from round and skin-dose optimized applicators in cranial-caudal and medial-lateral compressions were deformed using 0.1 cm planar resolution. Dose distributions, skin doses, and dose-volume histograms were generated. Results were examined as a function of breast thickness, applicator size, target size, and offset distance from the center. Results: Over the range of examined thicknesses, target size increased several millimeters as compression thickness decreased. This trend increased with increasing offset distances. Applicator size minimally affected target coverage, until applicator size was less than the compressed target size. In all cases, with an applicator larger or equal to the compressed target size, > 90% of the target covered by > 90% of the prescription dose. In all cases, dose coverage became less uniform as offset distance increased and average dose increased. This effect was more pronounced for smaller target-applicator combinations. Conclusions: The model exhibited skin dose trends that matched MC-generated benchmarking results and clinical measurements within 2% over a similar range of breast thicknesses and target sizes. The model provided quantitative insight on dosimetric treatment variables over

  20. SU-E-J-96: Multi-Axis Dose Accumulation of Noninvasive Image-Guided Breast Brachytherapy Through Biomechanical Modeling of Tissue Deformation Using the Finite Element Method

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    Purpose: Noninvasive image-guided breast brachytherapy delivers conformal HDR Ir-192 brachytherapy treatments with the breast compressed, and treated in the cranial-caudal and medial-lateral directions. This technique subjects breast tissue to extreme deformations not observed for other disease sites. Given that, commercially-available software for deformable image registration cannot accurately co-register image sets obtained in these two states, a finite element analysis based on a biomechanical model was developed to deform dose distributions for each compression circumstance for dose summation. Methods: The model assumed the breast was under planar stress with values of 30 kPa for Young’s modulus and 0.3 for Poisson’s ratio. Dose distributions from round and skin-dose optimized applicators in cranial-caudal and medial-lateral compressions were deformed using 0.1 cm planar resolution. Dose distributions, skin doses, and dose-volume histograms were generated. Results were examined as a function of breast thickness, applicator size, target size, and offset distance from the center. Results: Over the range of examined thicknesses, target size increased several millimeters as compression thickness decreased. This trend increased with increasing offset distances. Applicator size minimally affected target coverage, until applicator size was less than the compressed target size. In all cases, with an applicator larger or equal to the compressed target size, > 90% of the target covered by > 90% of the prescription dose. In all cases, dose coverage became less uniform as offset distance increased and average dose increased. This effect was more pronounced for smaller target-applicator combinations. Conclusions: The model exhibited skin dose trends that matched MC-generated benchmarking results and clinical measurements within 2% over a similar range of breast thicknesses and target sizes. The model provided quantitative insight on dosimetric treatment variables over

  1. SMED METHOD ANALYSIS AS A FACTOR SUPPORTING ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT

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    Joanna Nowakowska-Grunt; Robert Sa³ek

    2010-01-01

    Methods of supporting production processes have the significant effect to the improvement in the effectiveness of company management systems, which in more and more competitive and globalized environment is aspiring to the excellence of functioning, of guaranteeing the appropriate quality and the cost cutting and the lead time. SMED method, of which with primary task there is a minimization of times of rearming production machines, it is possible to find application also in other environment ...

  2. The Factorization Method for Simulating Systems with a Complex Action

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    Ambjørn, J.; Anagnostopoulos, K. N.; Nishimura, J.; Verbaarschot, J. J. M.

    2004-04-01

    We propose a method for Monte Carlo simulations of systems with a complex action. The method has the advantages of being in principle applicable to any such system and provides a solution to the overlap problem. We apply it in random matrix theory of finite density QCD where we compare with analytic results. In this model we find non-commutativity of the limits μ → 0 and N → ∞ which could be of relevance in QCD at finite density.

  3. A Multi-Fork Z-Axis Quartz Micromachined Gyroscope

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    Aiying Yang

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel multi-fork z-axis gyroscope is presented in this paper. Different from traditional quartz gyroscopes, the lateral electrodes of the sense beam can be arranged in simple patterns; as a result, the fabrication is simplified. High sensitivity is achieved by the multi-fork design. The working principles are introduced, while the finite element method (FEM is used to simulate the modal and sensitivity. A quartz fork is fabricated, and a prototype is assembled. Impedance testing shows that the drive frequency and sense frequency are similar to the simulations, and the quality factor is approximately 10,000 in air. The scale factor is measured to be 18.134 mV/(°/s and the nonlinearity is 0.40% in a full-scale input range of ±250 °/s.

  4. Formation factor logging by electrical methods. Comparison of formation factor logs obtained in situ and in the laboratory

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    Löfgren, Martin; Neretnieks, Ivars

    2003-03-01

    In this paper, a new in situ method for obtaining the formation factor, which is essential for the matrix diffusion, is described and tested in intrusive igneous rock. The method is based on electrical resistivity measurements in rock where the pore water and rock resistivities are essential parameters. The method is based on electromigration instead of diffusion as in traditional diffusion experiments. In previous works, quantitative formation factors of rock have been obtained by electrical methods in the laboratory. Here, a similar approach is used in situ. An in situ logging campaign was performed by SKB during 2000 in the 1700-m-deep borehole KLX02 in Laxemar, Sweden. The rock resistivity was measured with the slimhole Dual Laterolog from Antares. The groundwater resistivity was measured with the Difference Flow Meter from Posiva. A formation factor log was obtained with the maximum vertical resolution of 10 cm. In order to validate the log, 100 rock samples were taken from the bore core, and a formation factor log was obtained by using electrical methods in the laboratory. Both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) were used. The measurements on the core confirmed that the in situ log was quantitative, but with a possible systematic error. The in situ formation factors were on average about 1/3 to 1/5 of the laboratory formation factors, depending on depth.

  5. A survey on critical factors influencing new advertisement methods

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    Naser Azad; Seyed Fovad Zarifi; Somayeh Hozori; Shahram Hashemi

    2013-01-01

    Soft drink beverages are important part of many people’s foods and many prefer soft drink to water when they have dinner. Therefore, this business model can be considered as the longest lasting sector for many years and there has been not much change in these products. However, new methods of advertisement play important role for increasing market share. In this paper, we study the impact of new methods of advertisement in product development. The proposed study of this paper designs a questi...

  6. Simple Robust Method for Quasi-Confirmatory Factor Analysis (Three Examples)

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    Sindik, Joško

    2013-01-01

    In this article we present a simple robust method named Quasi-Confirmatory Factor Analysis (QCFA), with the pur- pose of comparing two factor structures, obtained by using exploratory factor analysis (EFA). EFA and CFA (confirma- tory factor analysis) approaches, together with other methods that are used in this field, are often used simultaneously in cross-cultural research in testing the possibility of generalizing imported theoretical constructs on different sample of subjects. In the disc...

  7. Boolean Factor Analysis by Expectation-Maximization Method

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    Frolov, A. A.; Húsek, Dušan; Polyakov, P.Y.

    Heidelberg : Springer, 2013 - (Kudělka, M.; Pokorný, J.; Snášel, V.; Abraham, A.), s. 243-254 ISBN 978-3-642-31602-9. ISSN 2194-5357. - (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. 179). [IHCI 2011. International Conference on Intelligent Human Computer Interaction /3./. Prague (CZ), 29.08.2011-31.08.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP202/10/0262; GA ČR GA205/09/1079 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0070 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : neural networks * hidden pattern search * Boolean factor analysis * generative model * information redundancy * exceptation-maximization Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science

  8. Landscape, ecological and factor zoogeography (methods, approaches, implementation

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    Ravkin Yury Solomonovich

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The realization and development of the ideas of A.P.Kuzyakin in the field of landscape zoogeography are considered. It was showed that the methods of collecting and processing results had been changed for recent 50 years significantly towards the rise of reliability and resolution of the collected information as well as the profoundness of its analysis. The recomendations of A.P.Kuzyakin dealing with the optimization of labor expenditures for investigations in accordance with with the necessary and sufficient precision influenced positively the process of the solution of the raised problem. Comparing with the prospects of the direction outlined by A.P.Kuzyakin, greater detailing and ordering were noted, the attention to the analytical part of an investigation increased significantly, particularly the use of up-to-date methods of processing and visualisation of results as well as their theoretical interpretation.

  9. Optimisation of Sintering Factors of Titanium Foams Using Taguchi Method

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    Ahmad, S.; Muhamad, N; J. Sahari; K. R. Jamaludin

    2010-01-01

    Metal foams have the potential to be used in the production of bipolar plates in Polymer Electron Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC). In this paper, pure titanium was used to prepare titanium foam using the slurry method. The electrical conductivity is the most important parameter to be considered in the production of good bipolar plates. To achieve a high conductivity of the titanium foam, the effects of various parameters including temperature, time profile and composition have to be characterised...

  10. Multi-Axis Accelerometer Calibration System

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    Finley, Tom; Parker, Peter

    2010-01-01

    A low-cost, portable, and simplified system has been developed that is suitable for in-situ calibration and/or evaluation of multi-axis inertial measurement instruments. This system overcomes facility restrictions and maintains or improves the calibration quality for users of accelerometer-based instruments with applications in avionics, experimental wind tunnel research, and force balance calibration applications. The apparatus quickly and easily positions a multi-axis accelerometer system into a precisely known orientation suitable for in-situ quality checks and calibration. In addition, the system incorporates powerful and sophisticated statistical methods, known as response surface methodology and statistical quality control. These methods improve calibration quality, reduce calibration time, and allow for increased calibration frequency, which enables the monitoring of instrument stability over time.

  11. Axis-I comorbidity is linked to prospective instability of diagnoses within eating disorders

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    Milos, Gabriella F; Baur, Volker; Muehlebach, Sabina; Spindler, Anja

    2013-01-01

    Background Eating disorders (ED) are classified into Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified. Prospectively, the diagnostic instability within ED is high, but it is not clear which factors may account for this instability. So far, there is no evidence of whether psychiatric comorbidity may play a role in ED diagnostic crossover. We sought to determine possible influences of comorbidities of axis I and II on diagnostic crossover within ED. Methods Longitu...

  12. Axis-I comorbidity is linked to prospective instability of diagnoses within eating disorders

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    Milos, Gabriella F; Baur, Volker; Muehlebach, Sabina; Spindler, Anja

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Eating disorders (ED) are classified into Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and eating disorder not otherwise specified. Prospectively, the diagnostic instability within ED is high, but it is not clear which factors may account for this instability. So far, there is no evidence of whether psychiatric comorbidity may play a role in ED diagnostic crossover. We sought to determine possible influences of comorbidities of axis I and II on diagnostic crossover within ED. METHODS:...

  13. Determination of correction factor ksat for recombination losses in ionization chambers using dual-voltage method

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    A review is presented of determining the saturation correction factor ksat of ionization chambers using a dual-voltage method. Basic relations are listed for the calculation of the correction factor for continuous, pulsed, and pulsed swept radiation, and the methods are presented of solving the relations. The computer code, graphs and tables are listed for determination of the saturation factor on the basis of measurements. The feasibility of the method for practical measurements is discussed. (author). 3 figs., 2 tabs., 10 refs

  14. Comparison of box-air-mass-factors and radiances for Multiple-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS geometries calculated from different UV/visible radiative transfer models

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of a comparison exercise of radiative transfer models (RTM of various international research groups for Multiple AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS viewing geometry are presented. Besides the assessment of the agreement between the different models, a second focus of the comparison was the systematic investigation of the sensitivity of the MAX-DOAS technique under various viewing geometries and aerosol conditions. In contrast to previous comparison exercises, box-air-mass-factors (box-AMFs for different atmospheric height layers were modelled, which describe the sensitivity of the measurements as a function of altitude. In addition, radiances were calculated allowing the identification of potential errors, which might be overlooked if only AMFs are compared. Accurate modelling of radiances is also a prerequisite for the correct interpretation of satellite observations, for which the received radiance can strongly vary across the large ground pixels, and might be also important for the retrieval of aerosol properties as a future application of MAX-DOAS. The comparison exercises included different wavelengths and atmospheric scenarios (with and without aerosols. The strong and systematic influence of aerosol scattering indicates that from MAX-DOAS observations also information on atmospheric aerosols can be retrieved. During the various iterations of the exercises, the results from all models showed a substantial convergence, and the final data sets agreed for most cases within about 5%. Larger deviations were found for cases with low atmospheric optical depth, for which the photon path lengths along the line of sight of the instrument can become very large. The differences occurred between models including full spherical geometry and those using only plane parallel approximation indicating that the correct treatment of the Earth's sphericity becomes indispensable. The modelled box-AMFs constitute an

  15. Harnessing Tidal Energy Using Vertical Axis Tidal Turbine

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available An overview of the current design practices in the field of Renewable Energy (RE is presented; also paper delineates the background to the development of unique and novel techniques for power generation using the kinetic energy of tidal streams and other marine currents. Also this study focuses only on vertical axis tidal turbine. Tidal stream devices have been developed as an alternative method of extracting the energy from the tides. This form of tidal power technology poses less threat to the environment and does not face the same limiting factors associated with tidal barrage schemes, therefore making it a more feasible method of electricity production. Large companies are taking interest in this new source of power. There is a rush to research and work with this new energy source. Marine scientists are looking into how much these will affect the environment, while engineers are developing turbines that are harmless for the environment. In addition, the progression of technological advancements tracing several decades of R & D efforts on vertical axis turbines is highlighted.

  16. Gonadal steroid hormones and the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis.

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    Handa, Robert J; Weiser, Michael J

    2014-04-01

    The hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis represents a complex neuroendocrine feedback loop controlling the secretion of adrenal glucocorticoid hormones. Central to its function is the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (PVN) where neurons expressing corticotropin releasing factor reside. These HPA motor neurons are a primary site of integration leading to graded endocrine responses to physical and psychological stressors. An important regulatory factor that must be considered, prior to generating an appropriate response is the animal's reproductive status. Thus, PVN neurons express androgen and estrogen receptors and receive input from sites that also express these receptors. Consequently, changes in reproduction and gonadal steroid levels modulate the stress response and this underlies sex differences in HPA axis function. This review examines the make up of the HPA axis and hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis and the interactions between the two that should be considered when exploring normal and pathological responses to environmental stressors. PMID:24246855

  17. Box products in nilpotent normal form theory: The factoring method

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    Murdock, James

    2016-01-01

    Let N be a nilpotent matrix and consider vector fields x ˙ = Nx + v (x) in normal form. Then v is equivariant under the flow eN*t for the inner product normal form or eMt for the sl2 normal form. These vector equivariants can be found by finding the scalar invariants for the Jordan blocks in N* or M; taking the box product of these to obtain the invariants for N* or M itself; and then boosting the invariants to equivariants by another box product. These methods, developed by Murdock and Sanders in 2007, are here given a self-contained exposition with new foundations and new algorithms yielding improved (simpler) Stanley decompositions for the invariants and equivariants. Ideas used include transvectants (from classical invariant theory), Stanley decompositions (from commutative algebra), and integer cones (from integer programming). This approach can be extended to covariants of sl2k for k > 1, known as SLOCC in quantum computing.

  18. Three axis attitude control system

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    Studer, Philip A. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    A three-axis attitude control system for an orbiting body comprised of a motor driven flywheel supported by a torque producing active magnetic bearing is described. Free rotation of the flywheel is provided about its central axis and together with limited angular torsional deflections of the flywheel about two orthogonal axes which are perpendicular to the central axis. The motor comprises an electronically commutated DC motor, while the magnetic bearing comprises a radially servoed permanent magnet biased magnetic bearing capable of producing cross-axis torques on the flywheel. Three body attitude sensors for pitch, yaw and roll generate respective command signals along three mutually orthogonal axes (x, y, z) which are coupled to circuit means for energizing a set of control coils for producing torques about two of the axes (x and y) and speed control of the flywheel about the third (z) axis. An energy recovery system, which is operative during motor deceleration, is also included which permits the use of a high-speed motor to perform effectively as a reactive wheel suspended in the magnetic bearing.

  19. Equilibrium calculations for helical axis stellarators

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    An average method based on a vacuum flux coordinate system is presented. This average method permits the study of helical axis stellarators with toroidally dominated shifts. An ordering is introduced, and to lowest order the toroidally averaged equilibrium equations are reduced to a Grad-Shafranov equation. Also, to lowest order, a Poisson-type equation is obtained for the toroidally varying corrections to the equilibium. By including these corrections, systems that are toroidally dominated, but with significant helical distortion to the equilibrium, may be studied. Numerical solutions of the average method equations are shown to agree well with three-dimensional calculations

  20. Smartamine M and MetaSmart supplementation during the peripartal period alter hepatic expression of gene networks in 1-carbon metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor 1 axis pathways.

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    Osorio, J S; Ji, P; Drackley, J K; Luchini, D; Loor, J J

    2014-12-01

    Peripartal cows likely require greater amounts of Met not only at the tissue and cell level for methylation reactions but also for milk protein synthesis after calving. Thirty-nine Holstein cows were fed throughout the peripartal period (-21 d to 30 d in milk) a basal control (CON) diet (n=14) with no Met supplementation, CON plus MetaSmart (MS; Adisseo Inc., Antony, France; n=12), or CON plus Smartamine M (SM; Adisseo Inc.; n=13). The Met supplements were adjusted daily and top-dressed over the total mixed ration at a rate of 0.19 or 0.07% (dry matter) of feed for MS or SM. Liver tissue was collected on -10, 7, and 21 d for transcriptome profiling of genes associated with Met and glutathione metabolism as well as components of the inflammation, oxidative stress, growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis, and DNA methylation pathways. Data were analyzed using PROC MIXED of SAS (SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC) with the preplanned contrasts CON versus SM + MS and SM versus MS. The S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase (SAHH) gene was the most abundant among all genes evaluated, with overall greater expression in Met-supplemented cows than CON, and in SM than MS. Expression of Met adenosyltransferase 1A (MAT1A) was greater in Met-supplemented cows than CON by 21 d postpartum. A greater overall expression of 5-methyltetrahydrofolate-homocysteine methyltransferase (MTR) occurred in Met-supplemented cows than CON. In contrast, the expression of glutathione synthase (GSS); glutamate-cysteine ligase, catalytic subunit (GCLC); and superoxide dismutase 1, cytosolic (SOD1) was lower in Met-supplemented cows than CON. A greater overall expression of nuclear factor of kappa light polypeptide gene enhancer in B-cells 1 (NFKB1) and greater upregulation of haptoglobin (HP) on d 7 occurred in Met-supplemented cows than CON. Expression of DNA cytosine-5-methyltransferase 3 alpha (DNMT3A) was greater but expression of DNMT1 was lower in Met-supplemented cows than CON. The response

  1. A Method to Determine the Slip Factor of Centrifugal Pumps through Experiment

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    Zhang, Yu-Liang; Zhu, Zu-Chao; Dou, Hua-Shu; Cui, Bao-Ling; Li, Yi; Xiao, Jun-Jian

    2015-04-01

    In this paper, a method to determine the slip factor of centrifugal impellers is proposed based on the experimental result of the external performance of centrifugal pumps. This proposed method is superior to the conventional experimental method, which needs not to measure the flow parameters at impeller outlet. The results show that the present method can be used to obtain the slip factor at offdesign condition in a wide range of flow rate besides at the design point.

  2. Easy axis switching in magnetite

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    The easy magnetic axis switching in magnetite is investigated. Magnetization data confirmed activation character of the process with activation energy of the same order as that of the Verwey transition, suggesting common origin. On the other hand this activation energy rises with pressure (up to 1.2GPa), unlike TV. The axis switching is clearly reflected in field dependence of resistivity and the direct structural data showed that it is simultaneous with the reorganization of structure. Thus, control of the structure can be possible with the application of magnetic field, as in shape memory materials. Finally, NMR showed that all, possibly decoupled entities: lattice distortion and charge and orbital orderings, change simultaneously while the axis switching occurs.

  3. Vertical axis wind turbine airfoil

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    Krivcov, Vladimir; Krivospitski, Vladimir; Maksimov, Vasili; Halstead, Richard; Grahov, Jurij Vasiljevich

    2012-12-18

    A vertical axis wind turbine airfoil is described. The wind turbine airfoil can include a leading edge, a trailing edge, an upper curved surface, a lower curved surface, and a centerline running between the upper surface and the lower surface and from the leading edge to the trailing edge. The airfoil can be configured so that the distance between the centerline and the upper surface is the same as the distance between the centerline and the lower surface at all points along the length of the airfoil. A plurality of such airfoils can be included in a vertical axis wind turbine. These airfoils can be vertically disposed and can rotate about a vertical axis.

  4. Distortion definition and correction in off-axis systems

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    Da Deppo, Vania; Simioni, Emanuele; Naletto, Giampiero; Cremonese, Gabriele

    2015-09-01

    Off-axis optical configurations are becoming more and more used in a variety of applications, in particular they are the most preferred solution for cameras devoted to Solar System planets and small bodies (i.e. asteroids and comets) study. Off-axis designs, being devoid of central obstruction, are able to guarantee better PSF and MTF performance, and thus higher contrast imaging capabilities with respect to classical on-axis designs. In particular they are suitable for observing extended targets with intrinsic low contrast features, or scenes where a high dynamical signal range is present. Classical distortion theory is able to well describe the performance of the on-axis systems, but it has to be adapted for the off-axis case. A proper way to deal with off-axis distortion definition is thus needed together with dedicated techniques to accurately measure and hence remove the distortion effects present in the acquired images. In this paper, a review of the distortion definition for off-axis systems will be given. In particular the method adopted by the authors to deal with the distortion related issues (definition, measure, removal) in some off-axis instruments will be described in detail.

  5. MCVIEW: a radiation view factor computer program for three dimensional geometries using Monte Carlo method

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    A Computer program MCVIEW calculates the radiation view factor between surfaces for three dimensional geometries. MCVIEW was developed to calculate view factors for input data to heat transfer analysis programs TRUMP, HEATING-5, HEATING-6 and so on. In the paper, brief illustration of calculation method using Monte Carlo for view factor is presented. The second section presents comparisons between view factors of other methods such as area integration, line integration and cross string and Monte Carlo methods, concerning with calculation error and computer execution time. The third section provides a user's input guide for MCVIEW. (author)

  6. Dynamic Compensation for Two-Axis Robot Wrist Force Sensors

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    Junqing Ma; Aiguo Song; Dongcheng Pan

    2013-01-01

    To improve the dynamic characteristic of two-axis force sensors, a dynamic compensation method is proposed. The two-axis force sensor system is assumed to be a first-order system. The operation frequency of the system is expanded by a digital filter with backward difference network. To filter high-frequency noises, a low-pass filter is added after the dynamic compensation network. To avoid overcompensation, parameters of the proposed dynamic compensation method are defined by trial and error....

  7. Toward a Unified Theory of the Relationship between Training Methods and Factors of Cognitive Ability

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    Carter, Shani D.

    2008-01-01

    The paper proposes a theory that trainees have varying ability levels across different factors of cognitive ability, and that these abilities are used in varying levels by different training methods. The paper reviews characteristics of training methods and matches these characteristics to different factors of cognitive ability. The paper proposes…

  8. The ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM) and its application to determining the ionospheric delay for GPS

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    Yuan, Y.; Tscherning, C.C.; Knudsen, Per; Xu, G.; Ou, J.

    2006-01-01

    A new method for modeling the ionospheric delay using global positioning system (GPS) data is proposed, called the ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM). It is based on establishing a concept referred to as the ionospheric eclipse factor (IEF) lambda of the ionospheric pierce point (IPP) and t...

  9. Two-axis angular effector

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    A new class of coplanar two-axis angular effectors is described. These effectors combine a two-axis rotational joint analogous to a Cardan joint with linear actuators in a manner to produce a wider range of rotational motion about both axes defined by the joint. This new class of effectors also allows design of robotic manipulators having very high strength and efficiency. These effectors are particularly suited for remote operation in unknown surroundings, because of their extraordinary versatility. An immediate application is to the problems which arise in nuclear waste remediation. 11 figs

  10. Helical axis stellarator equilibrium model

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    An asymptotic model is developed to study MHD equilibria in toroidal systems with a helical magnetic axis. Using a characteristic coordinate system based on the vacuum field lines, the equilibrium problem is reduced to a two-dimensional generalized partial differential equation of the Grad-Shafranov type. A stellarator-expansion free-boundary equilibrium code is modified to solve the helical-axis equations. The expansion model is used to predict the equilibrium properties of Asperators NP-3 and NP-4. Numerically determined flux surfaces, magnetic well, transform, and shear are presented. The equilibria show a toroidal Shafranov shift

  11. Dosimetric analysis of intact breast irradiation in off-axis planes

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    Purpose/Objective: The purpose of this investigation is to quantify dose inhomogeneity of intact breast irradiation in off-axis planes, and determine how dose inhomogeneity varies according to patient breast size and anatomical region of the breast. Methods and Materials: Eleven patients treated with intact breast radiation underwent a treatment-planning computer tomography (CT) scan with 1-cm slices through the entire breast. The area of breast tissue was defined on each CT slice. Treatment planning with lung correction factors was performed using a two-dimensional treatment-planning system that calculates off-axis dose distributions on a slice-by-slice basis. Each plan utilized tangential beams with matched non divergent posterior borders and with collimator rotation to match the chest wall slope. Dose inhomogeneity within the central plane was minimized during treatment planning by the use of a wedge on the lateral tangent field and by the differential weighting of fields. Dose was normalized at the breast and pectoralis major interface at mid separation in the central plane. Off-axis dose inhomogeneity was not considered in the optimization of the treatment plan. Dose distributions were plotted for each 1-cm slice, and the area of each isodose curve within the breast on each CT slice was calculated. The results of each slice were summed to give an approximation of dose-volume relationships. Results: For the entire population, an average of 10% of the breast volume (range 1-40%) received 110% or greater of the prescribed dose. Increasing dose inhomogeneity was positively correlated with increasing breast sizes (r 0.72, p = 0.01--Spearmen rank test). Analysis of dose as a function of location within the breast, revealed that the greatest dose inhomogeneity occurred in the lower anatomical quadrants of the breast (p 0.003--Kruskal-Wallis test). For the group, the mean breast volume that received a 110% or greater dose was: 30% at 6 cm below central axis, 14% at 4

  12. Comparison of factor analysis and phase analysis methods applied to cardiac scintigraphy

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    Since 1982 factor analysis has been proposed as an alternative to phase analysis for the processing of heart scintigraphy at equilibrium. Three factor analysis algorithms have been described and the clinical evaluation of these methods has been carried out in 128 patients with coronary artery disease and compared with phase analysis. The study indicates that factor analysis methods are not more accurate than phase analysis for the detection of abnormalities of ventricular contraction

  13. Fano factor in gaseous argon measured by the proportional scintillation method

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    It is found that the apparent Fano factor in argon obtained by using 5.90 keV X-rays with the proportional scintillation method depends on the gas pressure and that the true Fano factor can be obtained by extrapolating the linear relation between the apparent Fano factor and the reciprocal of the gas pressure. The Fano factor thus obtained gives good agreement, within experimental errors, with the value recently obtained by using a gridded ionization chamber. (orig.)

  14. [A factor analysis method for contingency table data with unlimited multiple choice questions].

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    Toyoda, Hideki; Haiden, Reina; Kubo, Saori; Ikehara, Kazuya; Isobe, Yurie

    2016-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to propose a method of factor analysis for analyzing contingency tables developed from the data of unlimited multiple-choice questions. This method assumes that the element of each cell of the contingency table has a binominal distribution and a factor analysis model is applied to the logit of the selection probability. Scree plot and WAIC are used to decide the number of factors, and the standardized residual, the standardized difference between the sample, and the proportion ratio, is used to select items. The proposed method was applied to real product impression research data on advertised chips and energy drinks. Since the results of the analysis showed that this method could be used in conjunction with conventional factor analysis model, and extracted factors were fully interpretable, and suggests the usefulness of the proposed method in the study of psychology using unlimited multiple-choice questions. PMID:26964368

  15. Comparison of box-air-mass-factors and radiances for Multiple-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) geometries calculated from different UV/visible radiative transfer models

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    Wagner, T.; J. P. Burrows; Deutschmann, T.; Dix, B.; Von Friedeburg, C.; Frieß, U.; F. Hendrick; K.-P. Heue; Irie, H.; H. Iwabuchi; Y. Kanaya; Keller, J.; Mclinden, C. A.; Oetjen, H.; Palazzi, E.

    2007-01-01

    International audience The results of a comparison exercise of radiative transfer models (RTM) of various international research groups for Multiple AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) viewing geometry are presented. Besides the assessment of the agreement between the different models, a second focus of the comparison was the systematic investigation of the sensitivity of the MAX-DOAS technique under various viewing geometries and aerosol conditions. In contrast to...

  16. Measurement and Prediction Method of Compressibility Factor at High Temperature and High Pressure

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    Xiaoxun Zhu; Bochao Xu; Zhonghe Han

    2016-01-01

    In order to get the compressibility factor Z of working fluid under different conditions, experimental measurement method of Z under high pressure and high temperature and data mining method were studied in this paper. Experimental measurement method based on real gas state equation and prediction method based on Least Squares Support Vector Machine were proposed. First, an experimental method for measuring Z at high temperature and high pressure was designed; in this method the temperature, ...

  17. Dynamic Factor Method of Computing Dynamic Mathematical Model for System Simulation

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    老大中; 吴娟; 杨策; 蒋滋康

    2003-01-01

    The computational methods of a typical dynamic mathematical model that can describe the differential element and the inertial element for the system simulation are researched. The stability of numerical solutions of the dynamic mathematical model is researched. By means of theoretical analysis, the error formulas, the error sign criteria and the error relationship criterion of the implicit Euler method and the trapezoidal method are given, the dynamic factor affecting the computational accuracy has been found, the formula and the methods of computing the dynamic factor are given. The computational accuracy of the dynamic mathematical model like this can be improved by use of the dynamic factor.

  18. Circular Interpolation Algorithms of 5-Axis Simultaneous CNC System

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    ZHENG Kuijing; SHANG Bo

    2006-01-01

    Spatial circular arc can be machined conveniently by a 5-axis NC machine tool. Based on the data sampling method, circular interpolation in two-dimensional plane is discussed briefly. The key is to solve the problem of circular center expressed in the workpiece coordinate system by means of the transformation matrix. Circular interpolation in three-dimensional space is analyzed in detail. The method of undetermined coefficient is used to solve the center of the spatial circle and the method of coordinate transformation is used to transform the spatial circle into the XY_plane. Circular arc in three-dimensional space can be machined by the positional 5-axis machining and the conical surface can be machined by the continuous 5-axis machining. The velocity control is presented to avoid the feedrate fluctuation. The interpolation algorithms are tested by a simulation example and the interpolation algorithms are proved feasible. The algorithms are applied to the 5-axis CNC system software.

  19. 用进刀量补偿法减小细长轴车削加工误差%Amount of teed compensation method for reducing thin major axis turning error

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    刘龙田

    2012-01-01

    首先分析了细长轴车削加工时造成的位移,理论上分析了误差的大小与位移量的关系.然后运用材料力学公式得出切削点位移量与切削力的关系,又根据径向切削力经验公式获得切削力与进刀量的关系.推出了理论进刀量与实际进刀量的关系,提出了用进刀量补偿法减小细长轴车削加工误差的模型。最后通过试验验证了采用进刀量补偿方法,在不改变机床精度的前提下显著提高细长轴的加工精度。%The turning of slender shaft processing caused by displacement is analyzed, theoretical analysis of the error and displacement relationship, then the use of material mechanics formula of cutting point displacement and cutting force, and according to the radial cutting force experiential formulas for cutting force and feed amount relationship, introduced the theoretical amount of feed and the actual amount of feed, with feed forward compensation method to reduce the thin major axis turning error model. The test verifies the feed compensation method, in does not change the machine tool precision significantly improve the accuracy of slender shaft processing.

  20. Design Methods and Factors Influencing their Uptake in Product Development Companies: A Review

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    Jagtap, Santosh; Warell, Anders; Hiort, Viktor; Motte, Damien; Larsson, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Design methods are necessary to support product development companies in improving their product development processes, and thereby in producing high quality products. The uptake of design methods in product development companies is limited and lower than one might expect. There is a wide variety of literature related to factors that influence the uptake of design methods in companies. In this paper, we synthesised this literature, and in particular, developed a framework of factors than can ...

  1. Qualitative and quantitative methods for human factor analysis and assessment in NPP. Investigations and results

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    We consider here two basic groups of methods for analysis and assessment of the human factor in the NPP area and give some results from performed analyses as well. The human factor is the human interaction with the design equipment, with the working environment and takes into account the human capabilities and limits. In the frame of the qualitative methods for analysis of the human factor are considered concepts and structural methods for classifying of the information, connected with the human factor. Emphasize is given to the HPES method for human factor analysis in NPP. Methods for quantitative assessment of the human reliability are considered. These methods allow assigning of probabilities to the elements of the already structured information about human performance. This part includes overview of classical methods for human reliability assessment (HRA, THERP), and methods taking into account specific information about human capabilities and limits and about the man-machine interface (CHR, HEART, ATHEANA). Quantitative and qualitative results concerning human factor influence in the initiating events occurrences in the Kozloduy NPP are presented. (authors)

  2. The Post Processing Developing of Five-axis CNC Machine

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    Anjiang Cai; Bin Li; Shihong Guo; Zhaoyang Dong

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we have a research of the methods of the special post processing program developing of Five-axis CNC machine DMC 70ev. On the basis of analysis about the characteristics of MILLPLUS IT V530 CNumerical control system, special post processor applied to five-axis CNC machining mode based on IMSPost was developed. Special post processing program developed was proved its accuracy and reliability by put it into practice. The research results has important significance for post proces...

  3. Calculation of gamma ray buildup factors for a very thick slab with angular eigenvalue method

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    The buildup factors of gamma rays are still widely used in the practical shielding calculations. Although the early compilation of buildup factors was published back to 50's, it is still a tedious, though straightforward, task even for state-of-the-art computers. The most recent database of buildup factors covers the distance up to 40 mean free paths. The angular eigenvalue method, which was proposed by one of the author (A.S.) to calculate the transmission of gamma rays through a homogeneous slab, is based fundamentally on the invariant embedding method. This method has been applied to obtain the gamma ray buildup factors in homogeneous medium. It was found that the buildup factors were easily obtained for the distance over 40 mean free paths. (author)

  4. The analysis of image sequences in nuclear medicine: 2 - factor analysis methods

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    This article is a review of the Factor Analysis methods used in Nuclear Medicine. These methods consist of processing temporal or energetic dynamic scintigraphic series with Descriptive Multivariate Analysis methods. The principle for using these methods is the following: the dynamic series is regarded as a table in which each row is a dixel and each column is an image. The three methods used in Nuclear Medicine are Principal Components Analysis and Factor Correspondence Analysis which are Orthogonal Analysis methods and Factor Analysis which is an Oblique Analysis method. The results of Orthogonal Analysis consist of a limited number of non correlated factor curves and images which can be used for generating parametric images, for nosologic classification, for smoothing or for data compression. The software of Oblique Analysis used in Nuclear Medicine is called factor Analysis of Dynamic Structures (FADS). It generates a limited number of correlated oblique factor images and curves which are estimates of Dynamic Structures and of kinetics in these structures

  5. Vertical axis wind turbine acoustics

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    Pearson, Charlie

    2014-01-01

    Increasing awareness of the issues of climate change and sustainable energy use has led to growing levels of interest in small-scale, decentralised power generation. Small-scale wind power has seen significant growth in the last ten years, partly due to the political support for renewable energy and the introduction of Feed In Tariffs, which pay home owners for generating their own electricity. Due to their ability to respond quickly to changing wind conditions, small-scale vertical axis...

  6. The Analysis of Comparison of Expert System of Diagnosing Dog Disease by Certainty Factor Method and Dempster-Shafer Method

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    Ni Putu Eka Setyarini; Dr. I Ketut Gede Darma Putra, S.Kom. Mt; I Ketut Adi Purnawan, St., M.Eng

    2013-01-01

    Expert system is one of branches of artificial intelligence that studies how to adopt an expert way of, inferring from a number of facts, and making decision. This paper presents a comparison between two methodologies, Certainty Factor Method and Dempster-Shafer Method to identify diseases of the dog. Providing proper health care can be done by knowing common dog diseases and being aware of appropriate prevention and treatment. In this paper used 74 physical symptoms of illness to find 17 typ...

  7. A Portable Single Axis Magnetic Gradiometer

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    Merayo, José M.G.; Petersen, Jan Raagaard; Nielsen, Otto V;

    2001-01-01

    The single axis magnetic gradiometer based on two compact detector compensation (CDC) fluxgate ringcore sensors separated 20 cm is described. Despite its high stability and precision better than 1 nT, the calibration procedures are not straightforward. Firstly, the mono-axial measurement does...... not provide vector information about the magnetic field. Secondly, one of the sensors measures the ambient magnetic field and is used to compensate for the main field at both sensors. Several methods have been developed for characterization of the 2 gradiometer, and the calibration of the gradient...

  8. A new method for continuous measurements of oceanic and atmospheric N2O, CO and CO2: performance of off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (OA-ICOS coupled to non-dispersive infrared detection (NDIR

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    D. L. Arévalo-Martínez

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A new system for continuous, highly-resolved oceanic and atmospheric measurements of N2O, CO and CO2 is described. The system is based upon off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (OA-ICOS and a non-dispersive infrared analyzer (NDIR both coupled to a Weiss-type equilibrator. Performance of the combined setup was evaluated by testing its precision, accuracy, long-term stability, linearity and response time. Furthermore, the setup was tested during two oceanographic campaigns in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean in order to explore its potential for autonomous deployment onboard voluntary observing ships (VOS. Improved equilibrator response times for N2O (2.5 min and CO (45 min were achieved in comparison to response times from similar chamber designs used by previous studies. High stability of the OA-ICOS analyzer was demonstrated by low optimal integration times of 2 and 4 min for N2O and CO respectively, as well as detection limits of −1/2. Results from a direct comparison of the method presented here and well-established discrete methods for oceanic N2O and CO2 measurements showed very good consistency. The favorable agreement between underway atmospheric N2O, CO and CO2 measurements and monthly means at Ascension Island (7.96° S 14.4° W further suggests a reliable operation of the underway setup in the field. The potential of the system as an improved platform for measurements of trace gases was explored by using continuous N2O and CO2 data to characterize the development of the seasonal equatorial upwelling in the Atlantic Ocean during two R/V Maria S. Merian cruises. A similar record of high-resolution CO measurements was simultaneously obtained offering for the first time the possibility of a comprehensive view on the distribution and emissions of these climate relevant gases on the area. The relatively simple underway N2O/CO/CO2 setup is suitable for long-term deployment on board of research and commercial vessels although

  9. Implementing a quick method of determining output factors for small irregularly shaped electron fields

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    Full text: Electron beam output factors for small irregularly shaped electron beam cutouts are time consuming to determine, requiring accurate measurements. At the Nepean Cancer Care Centre (NCCC), a computer program was written using the sector weighted integration method to compute the output factors. This poster presents the implementation process undertaken. The output factors for small and irregularly shaped electron beam cutouts for 6 and 9 MeV electrons from Varian 21EX and 2100CD linear accelerators were determined using (1) direct measurement with diode detector in water phantom, and (2) computational method based on sector-weighted integration method. The computational algorithm is implemented into a computer program written in Visual Basic. Output factors for circular cutouts with various diameters ranging from 2cm to 6cm were measured using a diode detector. The output factors obtained and the shape of the irregular cutout were inputted into the computer program. The computed output factors were compared with the measured values. The results from the sector-weighted method of calculating output factors for small and irregularly shaped electron beam cutouts were within ±2% of the measured value. The computational method can reduce the amount of time required to determine the output factors without sacrificing the accuracy of electron beam treatment, whilst also making the process simpler. NCCC has adopted the sector-weighted integration method to determine the output factors for small irregularly shaped electron beam cutouts. The computer program developed for this purpose is fully tested and used for clinical cases. Copyright (2001) Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine

  10. Research on identifying the dynamic error model of strapdown gyro on 3-axis turntable

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    WANG Hai; REN Shun-qing; WANG Chang-hong

    2005-01-01

    The dynamic errors of gyros are the important error sources of a strapdown inertial navigation system.In order to identify the dynamic error model coefficients accurately, the static erTor model coefficients which lay a foundation for compensating while identifying the dynamic error model are identified in the gravity acceleration fields by using angular position function of the three-axis turntable. The angular acceleration and angular velocity are excited on the input, output and spin axis of the gyros when the outer axis and the middle axis of a threeaxis turntable are in the uniform angular velocity state simultaneously, while the inner axis of the turntable is in different static angular positions. 8 groups of data are sampled when the inner axis is in 8 different angular positions. These data are the function of the middle axis positions and the inner axis positions. For these data, harmonic analysis method is applied two times versus the middle axis positions and inner axis positions respectively so that the dynamic error model coefficients are finally identified through the least square method. In the meantime the optimal angular velocity of the outer axis and the middle axis are selected by computing the determination value of the information matrix.

  11. A comparison of right ventricular volume change during systole obtained using the monoplane Simpson’s method in two-dimensional echocardiographic apical four-chamber view with right ventricular volume change obtained using a prisma model reflecting the systolic long-axis shortening of the right ventricle of the heart: A pilot study

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    Loiske, K; Emilsson, K

    2008-01-01

    The right ventricle of the heart has a complex geometry, making it difficult to measure its function and volume. In the present study, right ventricular (RV) volume change during systole in two-dimensional echocardiographic apical four-chamber view was estimated using the monoplane Simpson’s method. Measurements of volume change using the monoplane Simpson’s method were compared with those obtained using a theoretical prisma model, which is believed to reflect RV systolic long-axis shortening...

  12. 三轴飞行仿真转台自适应复合控制方法%Adaptive compound control method for the three-axis flight simulator

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    王卫红; 姚志超; 郑连强

    2011-01-01

    针对三轴飞行仿真转台高精确度伺服系统中存在的由于系统模型参数变化,以及外部扰动、摩擦引起的不确定性和非线性,提出基于模型参考自适应的复合控制方案.该方案具有连续自适应、离散自适应和复合控制方法的优势,通过自适应增益的调整及数字前馈控制的引入,能够消除内外部干扰产生的误差,保证系统在宽频带范围内的跟踪性能和控制精确度.实验结果表明,提出的控制方案能够有效地补偿转台系统外部扰动、摩擦引起的非线性和不确定性,拓宽了系统频带,将转台双三指标(频率特性幅值介于-0.264 6~0.257 6 dB之间,相位特性介于-3 ~3°之间)由4.5Hz拓展到10 Hz以上,同时,该方案控制结构清晰、响应速度快、实时性好,控制器设计简单.%As for parameters fluctuating, uncertainties caused by external disturbance and friction, the nonlinearity of the three-axis flight simulator turn table servo system, it is proposed a hybrid adaptive compound control method base on studying the model reference adaptive control ( MRAC). It combines the advantages of adaptive control method and the compound control method, and it can eliminate the model errors by the adjustment of the adaptive gains and the application of the digital feed-forward technology , assuring the dynamic tracking performance and control precision at a long range frequency. The experiment results verified that the proposed control method can broaden the frequency band satisfying amplitude frequency response characterristics -0. 264 6 dB to 0. 257 6 dB and phase frequency response characterristics -3 degree to 3 degree to 10 Hz, and restrain the uncertainties and external disturbance of the whole flight simulator system efficiently. Meanwhile, the control method has the explicit control framework with the properties of fast response, high real-time performance. Furthermore, the whole controller design process is clear

  13. Model correction factor method for reliability problems involving integrals of non-Gaussian random fields

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    Franchin, P.; Ditlevsen, Ove Dalager; Kiureghian, Armen Der

    2002-01-01

    The model correction factor method (MCFM) is used in conjunction with the first-order reliability method (FORM) to solve structural reliability problems involving integrals of non-Gaussian random fields. The approach replaces the limit-state function with an idealized one, in which the integrals ...

  14. A new method for high yield purification of type beta transforming growth factor from human platelets

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    Eijnden-van Raaij, A.J.M. van den; Koornneef, I.; Zoelen, E.J.J. van

    1988-01-01

    A new method was developed for the purification of type beta transforming growth factor from human platelets. This method is a three-step procedure including gel filtration, weak cation exchange HPLC and reverse phase HPLC. All steps are carried out at low pH using exclusively volatile acidic buffer

  15. Evaluation of the neutron flux-depression factor via the integral transform method

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    The integral transform method is used to solve a two-region problem relevant to the evaluation of a neutron flux-depression factor. For the latter, numerical results are reported for different values of the physical parameters involved and compared with those obtained through other methods

  16. Finite Difference Methods for Option Pricing under Lévy Processes: Wiener-Hopf Factorization Approach

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    Oleg Kudryavtsev

    2013-01-01

    factorization identity. Notice that our algorithm has the same complexity as the ones which use the explicit-implicit scheme, with a tridiagonal matrix. However, our method is more accurate. We support the advantage of the new method in terms of accuracy and convergence by using numerical experiments.

  17. Estimating electric field enhancement factors on an aircraft utilizing a small scale model: A method evaluation

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    Easterbrook, Calvin C.; Rudolph, Terence; Easterbrook, Kevin

    1988-01-01

    A method for obtaining field enhancement factors at specific points on an aircraft utilizing a small scale model was evaluated by measuring several canonical shapes. Comparison of the form factors obtained by analytical means with measurements indicate that the experimental method has serious flaws. Errors of 200 to 300 percent were found between analytical values and measured values. As a result of the study, the analytical method is not recommended for calibration of field meters located on aircraft, and should not be relied upon in any application where the local spatial derivatives of the electric field on the model are large over the dimensions of the sensing probe.

  18. The Analysis of Comparison of Expert System of Diagnosing Dog Disease by Certainty Factor Method and Dempster-Shafer Method

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    Ni Putu Eka Setyarini

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Expert system is one of branches of artificial intelligence that studies how to adopt an expert way of, inferring from a number of facts, and making decision. This paper presents a comparison between two methodologies, Certainty Factor Method and Dempster-Shafer Method to identify diseases of the dog. Providing proper health care can be done by knowing common dog diseases and being aware of appropriate prevention and treatment. In this paper used 74 physical symptoms of illness to find 17 types of common diseases of dogs. Five options are given to answer questions of calculations using each method: no, quite sure, pretty sure, sure, and definitely sure. The accuracy of the analysis of each method was tested by assessing the results of each analysis method based on the given user enter. The results of the analysis are correct when judged from the point of view of experts.

  19. A Stochastic Method for Semileptonic Form Factor Calculations on the Lattice

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    Evans, Richard; Collins, Sara

    2009-01-01

    We investigate an alternative to the Sequential Propagator Method used in Lattice QCD calculations of semileptonic form factors. We replace the sequential propagator with a stochastic propagator so that, in principle, all momentum and sink smearing combinations are available with only a single spin-color inversion. Practically, the stochastic noise is significant and must be reduced at the cost of more inversions. We study the behavior of the stochastic noise and compare the computational costs of this stochastic technique and the Sequential Propagator Method. We also present preliminary semileptonic form factor results using the stochastic technique on N_f=2 configurations with a non-perturbatively improved Sheikoleslami-Wohlert action generated by the QCDSF collaboration. At a fixed cost, measured in terms of the number of heavy-quark inversions, the method provides more correlators for the extraction of the form factors at various q^2's than the Sequential Propagator Method. These additional correlators re...

  20. Comparison of Different Estimation Methods for Categorical and Ordinal Data in Confirmatory Factor Analysis

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    Hakan Koğar; Esin Yılmaz Koğar

    2015-01-01

    In confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), which is used quite often for scale development and adaptation studies, the selected estimation method, affects the results obtained from the data. Because of the selected estimation method, the model parameters and their standard errors, and the model data fit values may alter the results substantially. So that, the purpose of this research is to compare the performance of different estimation methods for CFA. Maximum likelihood (ML), unweighted least s...

  1. Factors Affecting Test Results and Standardized Method in Quiet Standing Balance Evaluation

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    Yoon, Jung Joong; Yoon, Tae Sik; Shin, Bo Mi; Na, Eun Hye

    2012-01-01

    Objective To identify factors affecting test results of the quiet standing balance evaluation conducted by posturography and to investigate the standardized method by comparing results according to feet width. Method The study cohort consisted of 100 healthy individuals. We assessed the quiet standing balance of subjects by using 3 different methods: standing on a force plate with feet width the same as shoulder width (test 1); with feet width the same as half the shoulder width (test 2); wit...

  2. Improvement of Power Flow Calculation with Optimization Factor Based on Current Injection Method

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    Lei Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an improvement in power flow calculation based on current injection method by introducing optimization factor. In the method proposed by this paper, the PQ buses are represented by current mismatches while the PV buses are represented by power mismatches. It is different from the representations in conventional current injection power flow equations. By using the combined power and current injection mismatches method, the number of the equations required can be decreased to only one for each PV bus. The optimization factor is used to improve the iteration process and to ensure the effectiveness of the improved method proposed when the system is ill-conditioned. To verify the effectiveness of the method, the IEEE test systems are tested by conventional current injection method and the improved method proposed separately. Then the results are compared. The comparisons show that the optimization factor improves the convergence character effectively, especially that when the system is at high loading level and R/X ratio, the iteration number is one or two times less than the conventional current injection method. When the overloading condition of the system is serious, the iteration number in this paper appears 4 times less than the conventional current injection method.

  3. Novel Data Fusion Method and Exploration of Multiple Information Sources for Transcription Factor Target Gene Prediction

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    Dai Xiaofeng

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Revealing protein-DNA interactions is a key problem in understanding transcriptional regulation at mechanistic level. Computational methods have an important role in predicting transcription factor target gene genomewide. Multiple data fusion provides a natural way to improve transcription factor target gene predictions because sequence specificities alone are not sufficient to accurately predict transcription factor binding sites. Methods. Here we develop a new data fusion method to combine multiple genome-level data sources and study the extent to which DNA duplex stability and nucleosome positioning information, either alone or in combination with other data sources, can improve the prediction of transcription factor target gene. Results. Results on a carefully constructed test set of verified binding sites in mouse genome demonstrate that our new multiple data fusion method can reduce false positive rates, and that DNA duplex stability and nucleosome occupation data can improve the accuracy of transcription factor target gene predictions, especially when combined with other genome-level data sources. Cross-validation and other randomization tests confirm the predictive performance of our method. Our results also show that nonredundant data sources provide the most efficient data fusion.

  4. 航空遥感三轴惯性稳定平台双速度环控制%Dual rate-loop control method of three-axis inertially stabilized platform for aerial remote sensing application

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    周向阳; 赵强

    2013-01-01

    航空遥感三轴惯性稳定平台用于稳定成像载荷,获取高分辨率的遥感数据。针对惯性稳定平台视轴稳定控制中单速度环对干扰力矩抑制的不足,提出采用以编码器进行数字测速构成速度内环、利用速率陀螺构成速度外环的双速度环复合控制方案,将稳定回路抗内部干扰功能和隔离外界干扰功能分开设计实现,以提高系统稳定精度。分别对单速度环和双速度环对扰动的抑制能力进行了理论分析和对比,并在理论分析基础上,对单速度环和双速度环的扰动抑制能力进行了Matlab仿真分析和实验验证。结果表明:与单速度环相比,双速度环可明显减小质量偏心、摩擦等主要内部干扰以及外部基座低频扰动造成的稳态误差,静基座摇摆伺服稳定角速度RMS值减小了52.3%,静基座调平姿态精度RMS值减小了22.1%,动基座调平姿态精度RMS值减小了37.4%。%Three-axis inertially stabilized platform can be used to stabilize the imaging sensor in airborne high-resolution remote sensing system. In order to overcome the shortcoming of single rate-loop servo control in disturbance rejection, a dual rate-loop control method is presented in which the measuring signals of encoder and rate gyro are respectively employed to constitute the inner rate loop and the outer rate loop. In this way, the functions of rejecting inner disturbance and insulating carrier turbulence are designed respectively. The performances of disturbance rejection on two control methods are analyzed in theory and are validated in Matlab simulation and experiments. The results show that the dual rate-loop control method can improve the precision of control system obviously through reducing the error caused by mass imbalance, friction and low-frequency carrier disturbance, which agree well with the conclusions of theoretical analysis and simulation results. The angular velocity RMS value and the

  5. Various methods of numerical estimation of generalized stress intensity factors of bi-material notches

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The study of bi-material notches becomes a topical problem as they can model efficiently geometrical or material discontinuities. When assessing crack initiation conditions in the bi-material notches, the generalized stress intensity factors H have to be calculated. Contrary to the determination of the K-factor for a crack in an isotropic homogeneous medium, for the ascertainment of the H-factor there is no procedure incorporated in the calculation systems. The calculation of these fracture parameters requires experience. Direct methods of estimation of H-factors need choosing usually length parameter entering into calculation. On the other hand the method combining the application of the reciprocal theorem (Ψ-integral and FEM does not require entering any length parameter and is capable to extract the near-tip information directly from the far-field deformation.

  6. Human Reliability Analysis for Design: Using Reliability Methods for Human Factors Issues

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    Ronald Laurids Boring

    2010-11-01

    This paper reviews the application of human reliability analysis methods to human factors design issues. An application framework is sketched in which aspects of modeling typically found in human reliability analysis are used in a complementary fashion to the existing human factors phases of design and testing. The paper provides best achievable practices for design, testing, and modeling. Such best achievable practices may be used to evaluate and human system interface in the context of design safety certifications.

  7. Evaluation of Factors Affecting Prescribing Behaviors, in Iran Pharmaceutical Market by Econometric Methods

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    Tahmasebi, Nima; Kebriaeezadeh, Abbas

    2015-01-01

    Prescribing behavior of physicians affected by many factors. The present study is aimed at discovering the simultaneous effects of the evaluated factors (including: price, promotion and demographic characteristics of physicians) and quantification of these effects. In order to estimate these effects, Fluvoxamine (an antidepressant drug) was selected and the model was figured out by panel data method in econometrics. We found that insurance and advertisement respectively are the most effective...

  8. Integrated Evaluation Method-Based Technical and Economic Factors for International Oil Exploration Projects

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    Rui Guo; Dongkun Luo; Xu Zhao; Jianliang Wang

    2016-01-01

    Optimizing international oil exploration projects is one of the main challenges for oil companies in obtaining investment benefits. This paper establishes an integrated evaluation model to maximize investment benefits within the constraints of technical and economic factors, including geological factors, resource quality, geographic conditions, the investment environment, and oil contracts. The paper also proposes a dynamic calculation method of indicators’ weight associated with oil prices. ...

  9. Human Reliability Analysis for Design: Using Reliability Methods for Human Factors Issues

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    This paper reviews the application of human reliability analysis methods to human factors design issues. An application framework is sketched in which aspects of modeling typically found in human reliability analysis are used in a complementary fashion to the existing human factors phases of design and testing. The paper provides best achievable practices for design, testing, and modeling. Such best achievable practices may be used to evaluate and human system interface in the context of design safety certifications.

  10. Correction factor for real-time determination of wood dust mass concentration by photometric method

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    Ankica Čavlović

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Samples of wood dust were collected in the working environment of wood machining processes for the purpose of determining correction factors for measuring mass concentration of wood dust by photometric method. According to the NIOSH 0600 Norm and NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods for photometric measurement, correction factor must be determined before measuring mass concentration of different types of dust. The correction factor is defined as the ratio of mass concentration obtained by the gravimetric method and mass concentration obtained by the photometric method. The correction factor should be determined because of the influence of particle size distribution, density, particle shape and refractive index on values obtained by the photometric method. The aim of the research was to investigate the possibility of using photometric method for the determination of mass concentration of inhalable fraction of airborne wood dust. Sampling was conducted in several woodworking plants during the machining of wet and dry beech-wood, wet and dry oak-wood, wet fir-wood and particleboard. There is a significant correlation between the results obtained by the photometric method and values obtained by the gravimetric method (R2=0.88 and this is the base for using the photometric method in determining mass concentration of airborne wood dust. According to the results of this research, correction factors must be determined and used for measuring mass concentration of inhalable wood dust during the machining of different wood species and wood with different moisture content. The best corresponding results of photometric and gravimetric methods are obtained for the samples collected during machining of wet fir-wood (k=1. The largest correction factor should be used in determining workers exposure to wood dust during machining of dry oak-wood (k=4.4 and particleboard (k=4.5. Only the results of 8-hour measurements of mass concentration by gravimetric methods can

  11. SEISMIC RANDOM VIBRATION ANALYSIS OF STOCHASTIC STRUCTURES USING RANDOM FACTOR METHOD

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    2006-01-01

    Seismic random vibration analysis of stochastic truss structures is presented. A new method called random factor method is used for dynamic analysis of structures with uncertain parameters, due to variability in their material properties and geometry. Using the random factor method, the natural frequencies and modeshapes of a stochastic structure can be respectively described by the product of two parts, corresponding to the random factors of the structural parameters with uncertainty, and deterministic values of the natural frequencies and modeshapes obtained by conventional finite element analysis. The stochastic truss structure is subjected to stationary or non-stationary random earthquake excitation. Computational expressions for the mean and standard deviation of the mean square displacement and mean square stress are developed by means of the random variable's functional moment method and the algebra synthesis method. An antenna and a truss bridge are used as practical engineering examples to illustrate the application of the random factor method in the seismic response analysis of random structures under stationary or non-stationary random earthquake excitation.

  12. An equivalence relation and grey Dancoff factor calculated by monte Carlo method for irregular fuel assemblies

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    The equivalence theorem providing a relation between a homogeneous and a heterogeneous medium has been used in the resonance calculation for the heterogeneous system. The accuracy of the resonance calculation based on the equivalence theorem depends on how accurately the fuel collision probability is expressed by the rational terms. The fuel collision probability is related to the Dancoff factor in closely packed lattices. The calculation of the Dancoff factor is one of the most difficult problems in the core analysis because the actual configuration of fuel elements in the lattice is very complex. Most reactor physics codes currently used are based on the roughly calculated black Dancoff factor, where total cross section of the fuel is assumed to be infinite. Even the black Dancoff factors have not been calculated accurately though many methods have been proposed. The equivalence theorem based on the black Dancoff factor causes some errors inevitably due to the approximations involved in the Dancoff factor calculation and the derivation of the fuel collision probability, but they have not been evaluated seriously before. In this study, a Monte Carlo program - G-DANCOFF - was developed to calculate not only the traditional black Dancoff factor but also grey Dancoff factor where the medium is described realistically. G-DANCOFF calculates the Dancoff factor based on its collision probability definition in an arbitrary arrangement of cylindrical fuel pins in full three-dimensional fashion. G-DANCOFF was verified by comparing the black Dancoff factors calculated for the geometries where accurate solutions are available. With 100,000 neutron histories, the calculated results by G-DANCOFF were matched within maximum 1% and in most cases less than 0.2% with previous results. G-DANCOFF also provides graphical information on particle tracks which makes it possible to calculate the Dancoff factor independently. The effects of the Dancoff factor on the criticality calculation

  13. Medical ultrasound imaging method combining minimum variance beamforming and general coherence factor

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    WU Wentao; PU Jie; LU Yi

    2012-01-01

    In medical ultrasound imaging field, in order to obtain high resolution and correct the phase errors induced by the velocity in-homogeneity of the tissue, a high-resolution medical ultrasound imaging method combining minimum variance beamforming and general coherence factor was presented. First, the data from the elements is delayed for focusing; then the multi-channel data is used for minimum variance beamforming; at the same time, the data is transformed from array space to beam space to calculate the general coherence factor; in the end, the general coherence factor is used to weight the results of minimum variance beamforming. The medical images are gotten by the imaging system. Experiments based on point object and anechoic cyst object are used to verify the proposed method. The results show the proposed method in the aspects of resolution, contrast and robustness is better than minimum variance beamforming and conventional beamforming.

  14. A New Thermodynamic Calculation Method for Binary Alloys Part II: Exploring the Correction Factor Function

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    2002-01-01

    A new method of revising activity values has been derived based on the so called correction factor function for binary alloys with a large difference between two components. The correction factor is a function of physical properties formed by the difference of two components. Its absolute value increases with the enhancement of the difference in the character of components. It can be either positive or negative and the rules for selecting the sign of correction factor have been analyzed. Results are in good agreement with the experimental values.

  15. Qualitative and quantitative methods for human factor analysis and assessment in NPP. Investigations and results

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    A description of the most frequently used approaches for human reliability assesment is given. The relation between different human factor causes for human induced events in Kozloduy NPP during the period 2000 - 2003 is discussed. A comparison between the contribution of the casual factors for events occurrences in Kozloduy NPP and an Japanese NPP is presented. It can be concluded that for both NPPs the most important casual factors are: 1) written procedures and documents; 2) man-machine interface; 3) environmental working conditions; 4) working practice; 5) training and qualification; 6) supervising methods

  16. Effect of Relative Marker Movement on the Calculation of the Foot Torsion Axis Using a Combined Cardan Angle and Helical Axis Approach

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    Graf, Eveline S.; Wright, Ian C.; Stefanyshyn, Darren J.

    2012-01-01

    The two main movements occurring between the forefoot and rearfoot segment of a human foot are flexion at the metatarsophalangeal joints and torsion in the midfoot. The location of the torsion axis within the foot is currently unknown. The purpose of this study was to develop a method based on Cardan angles and the finite helical axis approach to calculate the torsion axis without the effect of flexion. As the finite helical axis method is susceptible to error due to noise with small helical rotations, a minimal amount of rotation was defined in order to accurately determine the torsion axis location. Using simulation, the location of the axis based on data containing noise was compared to the axis location of data without noise with a one-sample t-test and Fisher's combined probability score. When using only data with helical rotation of seven degrees or more, the location of the torsion axis based on the data with noise was within 0.2 mm of the reference location. Therefore, the proposed method allowed an accurate calculation of the foot torsion axis location. PMID:22666303

  17. Krylov single-step implicit integration factor WENO methods for advection-diffusion-reaction equations

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    Jiang, Tian; Zhang, Yong-Tao

    2016-04-01

    Implicit integration factor (IIF) methods were developed in the literature for solving time-dependent stiff partial differential equations (PDEs). Recently, IIF methods were combined with weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) schemes in Jiang and Zhang (2013) [19] to efficiently solve stiff nonlinear advection-diffusion-reaction equations. The methods can be designed for arbitrary order of accuracy. The stiffness of the system is resolved well and the methods are stable by using time step sizes which are just determined by the non-stiff hyperbolic part of the system. To efficiently calculate large matrix exponentials, Krylov subspace approximation is directly applied to the implicit integration factor (IIF) methods. So far, the IIF methods developed in the literature are multistep methods. In this paper, we develop Krylov single-step IIF-WENO methods for solving stiff advection-diffusion-reaction equations. The methods are designed carefully to avoid generating positive exponentials in the matrix exponentials, which is necessary for the stability of the schemes. We analyze the stability and truncation errors of the single-step IIF schemes. Numerical examples of both scalar equations and systems are shown to demonstrate the accuracy, efficiency and robustness of the new methods.

  18. Development of scaling factor prediction method for radionuclide composition in low-level radioactive waste

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    Low-level radioactive waste management require the knowledge of the natures and quantities of radionuclides in the immobilized or packaged waste. U. S. NRC rules require programs that measure the concentrations of all relevant nuclides either directly or indirectly by relating difficult-to-measure radionuclides to other easy-to-measure radionuclides with application of scaling factors. Scaling factors previously developed through statistical approach can give only generic ones and have many difficult problem about sampling procedures. Generic scaling factors can not take into account for plant operation history. In this study, a method to predict plant-specific and operational history dependent scaling factors is developed. Realistic and detailed approach are taken to find scaling factors at reactor coolant. This approach begin with fission product release mechanisms and fundamental release properties of fuel-source nuclide such as fission product and transuranic nuclide. Scaling factors at various waste streams are derived from the predicted reactor coolant scaling factors with the aid of radionuclide retention and build up model. This model make use of radioactive material balance within the radioactive waste processing systems. Scaling factors at reactor coolant and waste streams which can include the effects of plant operation history have been developed according to input parameters of plant operation history

  19. Study on Performance Shaping Factors (PSFs) Quantification Method in Human Reliability Analysis (HRA)

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    The purpose of HRA implementation is 1) to achieve the human factor engineering (HFE) design goal of providing operator interfaces that will minimize personnel errors and 2) to conduct an integrated activity to support probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). For these purposes, various HRA methods have been developed such as technique for human error rate prediction (THERP), simplified plant analysis risk human reliability assessment (SPAR-H), cognitive reliability and error analysis method (CREAM) and so on. In performing HRA, such conditions that influence human performances have been represented via several context factors called performance shaping factors (PSFs). PSFs are aspects of the human's individual characteristics, environment, organization, or task that specifically decrements or improves human performance, thus respectively increasing or decreasing the likelihood of human errors. Most HRA methods evaluate the weightings of PSFs by expert judgment and explicit guidance for evaluating the weighting is not provided. It has been widely known that the performance of the human operator is one of the critical factors to determine the safe operation of NPPs. HRA methods have been developed to identify the possibility and mechanism of human errors. In performing HRA methods, the effect of PSFs which may increase or decrease human error should be investigated. However, the effect of PSFs were estimated by expert judgment so far. Accordingly, in order to estimate the effect of PSFs objectively, the quantitative framework to estimate PSFs by using PSF profiles is introduced in this paper

  20. Study on Performance Shaping Factors (PSFs) Quantification Method in Human Reliability Analysis (HRA)

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    Kim, Ar Ryum; Jang, Inseok Jang; Seong, Poong Hyun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejon (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jinkyun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Hyun [KEPCO, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    The purpose of HRA implementation is 1) to achieve the human factor engineering (HFE) design goal of providing operator interfaces that will minimize personnel errors and 2) to conduct an integrated activity to support probabilistic risk assessment (PRA). For these purposes, various HRA methods have been developed such as technique for human error rate prediction (THERP), simplified plant analysis risk human reliability assessment (SPAR-H), cognitive reliability and error analysis method (CREAM) and so on. In performing HRA, such conditions that influence human performances have been represented via several context factors called performance shaping factors (PSFs). PSFs are aspects of the human's individual characteristics, environment, organization, or task that specifically decrements or improves human performance, thus respectively increasing or decreasing the likelihood of human errors. Most HRA methods evaluate the weightings of PSFs by expert judgment and explicit guidance for evaluating the weighting is not provided. It has been widely known that the performance of the human operator is one of the critical factors to determine the safe operation of NPPs. HRA methods have been developed to identify the possibility and mechanism of human errors. In performing HRA methods, the effect of PSFs which may increase or decrease human error should be investigated. However, the effect of PSFs were estimated by expert judgment so far. Accordingly, in order to estimate the effect of PSFs objectively, the quantitative framework to estimate PSFs by using PSF profiles is introduced in this paper.

  1. A new method for testing the scale-factor performance of fiber optical gyroscope

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    Zhao, Zhengxin; Yu, Haicheng; Li, Jing; Li, Chao; Shi, Haiyang; Zhang, Bingxin

    2015-10-01

    Fiber optical gyro (FOG) is a kind of solid-state optical gyroscope with good environmental adaptability, which has been widely used in national defense, aviation, aerospace and other civilian areas. In some applications, FOG will experience environmental conditions such as vacuum, radiation, vibration and so on, and the scale-factor performance is concerned as an important accuracy indicator. However, the scale-factor performance of FOG under these environmental conditions is difficult to test using conventional methods, as the turntable can't work under these environmental conditions. According to the phenomenon that the physical effects of FOG produced by the sawtooth voltage signal under static conditions is consistent with the physical effects of FOG produced by a turntable in uniform rotation, a new method for the scale-factor performance test of FOG without turntable is proposed in this paper. In this method, the test system of the scale-factor performance is constituted by an external operational amplifier circuit and a FOG which the modulation signal and Y waveguied are disconnected. The external operational amplifier circuit is used to superimpose the externally generated sawtooth voltage signal and the modulation signal of FOG, and to exert the superimposed signal on the Y waveguide of the FOG. The test system can produce different equivalent angular velocities by changing the cycle of the sawtooth signal in the scale-factor performance test. In this paper, the system model of FOG superimposed with an externally generated sawtooth is analyzed, and a conclusion that the effect of the equivalent input angular velocity produced by the sawtooth voltage signal is consistent with the effect of input angular velocity produced by the turntable is obtained. The relationship between the equivalent angular velocity and the parameters such as sawtooth cycle and so on is presented, and the correction method for the equivalent angular velocity is also presented by

  2. Modeling of gamma-ray energy absorption buildup factors using response surface method

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    Buildup factors are always useful for practical computations in gamma-ray shield design. Generally point kernel method being easier to handle is adopted for shielding calculations. This method models a gamma ray directly at the evaluation point without scattering which is multiplied by buildup factors to obtain the gamma dose rate. The American Nuclear Society Standard Committee working group (ANSI/ANS-6.4.3-1991) has compiled the energy absorption and exposure buildup factors from 1 mean free path to 40 mean free paths as a standard reference data base for a large number of elements including water, air and concrete. Literature study reveals that there is a substantially significant disagreement in the buildup factor data by different approximating formulae. In view of this, it is required to compute or predict the buildup factor for those materials. The buildup factor data have been computed by various codes. Some of the codes are ASFIT (Gopinath and Sakamoto et al, 1971), PALLAS (Takeuchi and Tanaka, 1984) and EGS4 (Nelson et al, 1985). Taylor (1954), Berger (1956), Capo (1958) have fitted Goldstein and Wilkins (1954) data to construct parametric buildup factor formulae. Harimaet et al. (1986) has developed geometric progress fitting formula for the ANSI/ANS-6.4.3 (ANSI, 1991). The energy absorption buildup factor is defined as the photon buildup factor in which the quantity of interest is the absorbed or deposited energy in the shield medium and the detector response function is that of absorption in the material. Geometric progression buildup factor formula was simplified using the new modeling (fitting algorithm) of gamma ray energy absorption buildup factor. Advantage of having the simplification of buildup factor formula provides the easiness of usage of point kernel method based gamma shielding in the sense that analytic expression of collided flux can be easily constructed. Furthermore, that analytical expression of collided flux can be optimized to

  3. Role of Met Axis in Head and Neck Cancer

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    Xu, Yiru, E-mail: xuyiru@umich.edu; Fisher, Gary J., E-mail: xuyiru@umich.edu [Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States)

    2013-11-26

    Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer worldwide. Despite advances in aggressive multidisciplinary treatments, the 5-year survival rate for this dreadful disease is only 50%, mostly due to high rate of recurrence and early involvement of regional lymph nodes and subsequent metastasis. Understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for invasion and metastasis is one of the most pressing goals in the field of head and neck cancer. Met, also known as hepatocyte growth factor receptor (HGFR), is a member of the receptor protein tyrosine kinase (RPTK) family. There is compelling evidence that Met axis is dysregulated and plays important roles in tumorigenesis, progression, metastasis, angiogenesis, and drug resistance in head and neck cancer. We describe in this review current understanding of Met axis in head and neck cancer biology and development of therapeutic inhibitors targeting Met axis.

  4. 丝胶对Ⅱ型糖尿病大鼠海马生长激素/胰岛素样生长因子-1轴的作用%Effects of sericin on growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis of the hippocampus in type 2 diabetes mellitus rat

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    和亚强; 王小杰; 苏哲君; 陈志宏

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨丝胶对Ⅱ型糖尿病大鼠海马生长激素(GH)/胰岛素样生长因子-1(IGF-1)轴的作用.方法:雄性SD大鼠随机分为正常对照组、糖尿病模型组、丝胶治疗组和阳性对照组.2%链脲佐菌素3d连续腹腔注射的方法建立Ⅱ型糖尿病大鼠模型后,丝胶治疗组和阳性对照组大鼠分别给予丝胶和二甲双胍灌胃治疗35 d.ELISA法检测各组大鼠血清GH和IGF-1水平,免疫印迹和RT-PCR法分别检测大鼠海马GH、生长激素受体(GHR)和IGF-1蛋白和mRNA的表达.结果:与正常对照组大鼠比较,糖尿病模型大鼠血清GH水平、海马GH的表达明显升高,血清IGF-1水平、海马GHR和IGF-1的表达明显降低;与糖尿病模型组大鼠比较,丝胶治疗组大鼠血清GH水平、海马GH的表达明显降低,血清IGF-1水平、海马GHR和IGF-1的表达明显升高.结论:丝胶可通过调节糖尿病海马GH/IGF-1轴的异常变化减轻海马损伤.%Objective:To investigate the effects of sericin on growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis of the hippocampus of type 2 diabetes mellitus rats.Methods:Male SD rats were randomly divided into 4 groups:a normal control group,a diabetes model group,a sericin treatment group and a positive control group.The type 2 rat model was established by peritoneal injection of small dose streptozotocin continuously.Then the rats in the sericin treatment group and positive group were respectively lavaged with sericin and metformin for 35 days.ELISA was used to detect GH and IGF-1 level in the serum of the rats in each group,and Western blotting and RT-PCR to detect GH,growth hormone receptor (GHR),IGF-1 protein and mRNA expression in the hippocampus.Results:Compared with the rats in the normal control group,the GH level in serum and GH expression in the hippocampus of the rats in the diabetes model group increased obviously; IGF-1 level in serum,GHR and IGF-1 expression in the hippocampus decreased obviously

  5. Integrals of random fields treated by the model correction factor method

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    Franchin, P.; Ditlevsen, Ove Dalager; Kiureghian, Armen Der

    2002-01-01

    The model correction factor method (MCFM) is used in conjunction with the first-order reliability method (FORM) to solve structural reliability problems involving integrals of non-Gaussian random fields. The approach replaces the limit-state function with an idealized one, in which the integrals...... are considered to be Gaussian. Conventional FORM analysis yields the linearization point of the idealized limit-state surface. A model correction factor is then introduced to push the idealized limit-state surface onto the actual limit-state surface. A few iterations yield a good approximation of the...... reliability index for the original problem. This method has application to many civil engineering problems that involve random fields of material properties or loads. An application to reliability analysis of foundation piles illustrates the proposed method....

  6. Model correction factor method for reliability problems involving integrals of non-Gaussian random fields

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    Franchin, P.; Ditlevsen, Ove Dalager; Kiureghian, Armen Der

    2002-01-01

    The model correction factor method (MCFM) is used in conjunction with the first-order reliability method (FORM) to solve structural reliability problems involving integrals of non-Gaussian random fields. The approach replaces the limit-state function with an idealized one, in which the integrals...... are considered to be Gaussian. Conventional FORM analysis yields the linearization point of the idealized limit-state surface. A model correction factor is then introduced to push the idealized limit-state surface onto the actual limit-state surface. A few iterations yield a good approximation of the...... reliability index for the original problem. This method has application to many civil engineering problems that involve random fields of material properties or loads. An application to reliability analysis of foundation piles illustrates the proposed method. Keywords: Directional simulation on a cone; First...

  7. Skp2B overexpression alters a prohibitin-p53 axis and the transcription of PAPP-A, the protease of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 4.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We previously reported that the degradation of prohibitin by the SCF(Skp2B ubiquitin ligase results in a defect in the activity of p53. We also reported that MMTV-Skp2B transgenic mice develop mammary gland tumors that are characterized by an increased proteolytic cleavage of the insulin-like growth factor binding protein 4 (IGFBP-4, an inhibitor of IGF signaling. However, whether a link exists between a defect in p53 activity and proteolysis of IGFBP-4 was not established. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed the levels of pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A, the protease of IGFBP-4, in MMTV-Skp2B transgenic mice and found that PAPP-A levels are elevated. Further, we found a p53 binding site in intron 1 of the PAPP-A gene and that both wild type and mutant p53 bind to this site. However, binding of wild type p53 results in the transcriptional repression of PAPP-A, while binding of mutant p53 results in the transcriptional activation of PAPP-A. Since MMTV-Skp2B mice express wild type p53 and yet show elevated levels of PAPP-A, at first, these observations appeared contradictory. However, further analysis revealed that the defect in p53 activity in Skp2B overexpressing cells does not only abolish the activity of wild type of p53 but actually mimics that of mutant p53. Our results suggest that in absence of prohibitin, the half-life of p53 is increased and like mutant p53, the conformation of p53 is denatured. CONCLUSIONS: These observations revealed a novel function of prohibitin as a chaperone of p53. Further, they suggest that binding of denatured p53 in intron 1 causes an enhancer effect and increases the transcription of PAPP-A. Therefore, these findings indicate that the defect in p53 function and the increased proteolysis of IGFBP-4, we had observed, represent two components of the same pathway, which contributes to the oncogenic function of Skp2B.

  8. The glutaredoxin/S-glutathionylation axis regulates interleukin 17A-induced pro-inflammatory responses in lung epithelial cells in association with S-glutathionylation of Nuclear Factor kappa B family proteins

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    Nolin, James D.; Tully, Jane E.; Hoffman, Sidra M.; Guala, Amy S.; van der Velden, Jos L.; Poynter, Matthew E.; van der Vliet, Albert; Anathy, Vikas; Janssen-Heininger, Yvonne M.W.

    2014-01-01

    Interleukin-17A (IL-17A) is a newly emerging player in the pathogenesis of chronic lung diseases that amplifies inflammatory responses and promotes tissue remodeling. Stimulation of lung epithelial cells with IL-17A leads to activation of the transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), a key player in the orchestration of lung inflammation. We have previously demonstrated the importance of the redox-dependent post-translational modification, S-glutathionylation, in limiting activati...

  9. A study on the improvement of scaling factor determination method using artificial neural network

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    Final disposal of radioactive waste generated from Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) requires the detailed information about the characteristics and the quantities of radionuclides in waste package. Most of these radionuclides are difficult to measure and expensive to assay. Thus it is suggested to the indirect method by which the concentration of a Difficult-to-Measure (DTM) nuclide are determined using the correlations of concentration - it is called the scaling factor - between Easy-to-Measure (Key) nuclides and DTM nuclides with the measured concentration of the Key nuclide. In general, the scaling factor is determined using the log mean average method (LMA) and the regression method. These methods are adequate to apply most corrosion product nuclides. But in case of fission product nuclides and some corrosion product nuclides, the predicted values are not well matched with the measured values. In this study, the ANN method is compared with the conventional SF determination method - the LMA and the regression method - for the improved SF determination. Before these comparisons, the sensitivity analysis for each ANN model is performed to determine the optimum size of hidden layers of ANN models. Moreover, the ensemble model, which combines the ANN model with the regression model, is compared with the original models to evaluate the applicability of the ensemble model in SF determination. It is concluded that the ANN method is superior to the conventional SF determination method in some nuclides and the ensemble model can be used as the supplement of the original models

  10. APPLICATION OF FUZZY CONTROL METHOD WITH SELF-TUNING FACTOR IN JIGGERS DISCHARGING

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    杨洁明; 魏晋宏; 刘素芬

    2000-01-01

    Adopting the strategy of fuzzy control with self-tuning factor within whole universe of discourse, a kind of fuzzy control method for jigger discharging is put forward. This method has many advantages over the conventional PID controller in terms of response speed, stability and robustness. It is effective to restrain the jig bed from over-thick or empty, and the stability of the bed is markedly improved. The good results are obtained in factory tests.

  11. Determining Effective Factors on Adopting and Not Adopting Methods of Environmental Management Accounting

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    Sedighe Azizi; Issa Fahim; Saeed Shahrokhi

    2013-01-01

    This research was performed in order to achieve three goals by EMA base including: 1-Developing theoretical literature of management accounting in Iran by adding EMA to its frame. 2-Recognizing current accounting methods for environmental costs management in Iran. 3-Determining effective factors on adopting methods of environmental management accounting. The results of achieving the first goal of research, in addition to theoretical development of country management accounting, a Persian rich...

  12. Alternating optimization method based on nonnegative matrix factorizations for deep neural networks

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    Sakurai, Tetsuya; Imakura, Akira; Inoue, Yuto; Futamura, Yasunori

    2016-01-01

    The backpropagation algorithm for calculating gradients has been widely used in computation of weights for deep neural networks (DNNs). This method requires derivatives of objective functions and has some difficulties finding appropriate parameters such as learning rate. In this paper, we propose a novel approach for computing weight matrices of fully-connected DNNs by using two types of semi-nonnegative matrix factorizations (semi-NMFs). In this method, optimization processes are performed b...

  13. A Novel Alignment-Free Method for Comparing Transcription Factor Binding Site Motifs

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    Minli Xu; Zhengchang Su

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Transcription factor binding site (TFBS) motifs can be accurately represented by position frequency matrices (PFM) or other equivalent forms. We often need to compare TFBS motifs using their PFMs in order to search for similar motifs in a motif database, or cluster motifs according to their binding preference. The majority of current methods for motif comparison involve a similarity metric for column-to-column comparison and a method to find the optimal position alignment between ...

  14. Factors Influencing Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment in Nepal: A Mixed-Methods Study

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    Wasti, Sharada P.; Simkhada, Padam; Randall, Julian; Freeman, Jennifer V; van Teijlingen, Edwin

    2012-01-01

    Background Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a lifesaver for individual patients treated for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Maintaining optimal adherence to antiretroviral drugs is essential for HIV infection management. This study aimed to understand the factors influencing adherence amongst ART-prescribed patients and care providers in Nepal. Methods A cross-sectional mixed-methods study surveying 330 ART-prescribed patients and 34 in-depth ...

  15. Volume Effects on the Method of Extracting Form Factors at Zero Momentum

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    Tiburzi, Brian C.

    2014-01-01

    The Rome method allows one to extract form factors using lattice computations performed strictly at zero momentum. We investigate the size of finite volume effects resulting from this method. As a test case, we focus on the pion charge radius and show how to ascertain the finite volume effect with the aid of chiral perturbation theory. The framework developed can easily be generalized to account for modified infrared physics of other low-energy matrix elements extracted at zero momentum.

  16. A method to identify dependencies between organizational factors using statistical independence test

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    A considerable number of studies on organizational factors in nuclear power plants have been made especially in recent years, most of which have assumed organizational factors to be independent. However, since organizational factors characterize the organization in terms of safety and efficiency etc. and there would be some factors that have close relations between them. Therefore, from whatever point of view, if we want to identify the characteristics of an organization, the dependence relationships should be considered to get an accurate result. In this study the organization of a reference nuclear power plant in Korea was analyzed for the trip cases of that plant using 20 organizational factors that Jacobs and Haber had suggested: 1) coordination of work, 2) formalization, 3) organizational knowledge, 4) roles and responsibilities, 5) external communication, 6) inter-department communications, 7) intra-departmental communications, 8) organizational culture, 9) ownership, 10) safety culture, 11) time urgency, 12) centralization, 13) goal prioritization, 14) organizational learning, 15) problem identification, 16) resource allocation, 17) performance evaluation, 18) personnel selection, 19) technical knowledge, and 20) training. By utilizing the results of the analysis, a method to identify the dependence relationships between organizational factors is presented. The statistical independence test for the analysis result of the trip cases is adopted to reveal dependencies. This method is geared to the needs to utilize many kinds of data that has been obtained as the operating years of nuclear power plants increase, and more reliable dependence relations may be obtained by using these abundant data

  17. Finding the Axis of Revolution of an Algebraic Surface of Revolution.

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    Alcazar, Juan G; Goldman, Ron

    2016-09-01

    We present an algorithm for extracting the axis of revolution from the implicit equation of an algebraic surface of revolution based on three distinct computational methods: factoring the highest order form into quadrics, contracting the tensor of the highest order form, and using univariate resultants and gcds. We compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each of these three techniques and we derive conditions under which each technique is most appropriate. In addition, we provide several necessary conditions for an implicit algebraic equation to represent a surface of revolution. PMID:26561460

  18. Human factors analysis and design methods for nuclear waste retrieval systems. Human factors design methodology and integration plan

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    Casey, S.M.

    1980-06-01

    The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the recommended activities and methods to be employed by a team of human factors engineers during the development of a nuclear waste retrieval system. This system, as it is presently conceptualized, is intended to be used for the removal of storage canisters (each canister containing a spent fuel rod assembly) located in an underground salt bed depository. This document, and the others in this series, have been developed for the purpose of implementing human factors engineering principles during the design and construction of the retrieval system facilities and equipment. The methodology presented has been structured around a basic systems development effort involving preliminary development, equipment development, personnel subsystem development, and operational test and evaluation. Within each of these phases, the recommended activities of the human engineering team have been stated, along with descriptions of the human factors engineering design techniques applicable to the specific design issues. Explicit examples of how the techniques might be used in the analysis of human tasks and equipment required in the removal of spent fuel canisters have been provided. Only those techniques having possible relevance to the design of the waste retrieval system have been reviewed. This document is intended to provide the framework for integrating human engineering with the rest of the system development effort. The activities and methodologies reviewed in this document have been discussed in the general order in which they will occur, although the time frame (the total duration of the development program in years and months) in which they should be performed has not been discussed.

  19. Human factors analysis and design methods for nuclear waste retrieval systems. Human factors design methodology and integration plan

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    The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the recommended activities and methods to be employed by a team of human factors engineers during the development of a nuclear waste retrieval system. This system, as it is presently conceptualized, is intended to be used for the removal of storage canisters (each canister containing a spent fuel rod assembly) located in an underground salt bed depository. This document, and the others in this series, have been developed for the purpose of implementing human factors engineering principles during the design and construction of the retrieval system facilities and equipment. The methodology presented has been structured around a basic systems development effort involving preliminary development, equipment development, personnel subsystem development, and operational test and evaluation. Within each of these phases, the recommended activities of the human engineering team have been stated, along with descriptions of the human factors engineering design techniques applicable to the specific design issues. Explicit examples of how the techniques might be used in the analysis of human tasks and equipment required in the removal of spent fuel canisters have been provided. Only those techniques having possible relevance to the design of the waste retrieval system have been reviewed. This document is intended to provide the framework for integrating human engineering with the rest of the system development effort. The activities and methodologies reviewed in this document have been discussed in the general order in which they will occur, although the time frame (the total duration of the development program in years and months) in which they should be performed has not been discussed

  20. Finite difference methods for option pricing under Lévy processes: Wiener-Hopf factorization approach.

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    Kudryavtsev, Oleg

    2013-01-01

    In the paper, we consider the problem of pricing options in wide classes of Lévy processes. We propose a general approach to the numerical methods based on a finite difference approximation for the generalized Black-Scholes equation. The goal of the paper is to incorporate the Wiener-Hopf factorization into finite difference methods for pricing options in Lévy models with jumps. The method is applicable for pricing barrier and American options. The pricing problem is reduced to the sequence of linear algebraic systems with a dense Toeplitz matrix; then the Wiener-Hopf factorization method is applied. We give an important probabilistic interpretation based on the infinitely divisible distributions theory to the Laurent operators in the correspondent factorization identity. Notice that our algorithm has the same complexity as the ones which use the explicit-implicit scheme, with a tridiagonal matrix. However, our method is more accurate. We support the advantage of the new method in terms of accuracy and convergence by using numerical experiments. PMID:24489518

  1. A novel method of evaluating large mode area fiber design by brightness factor

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    张海涛; 陈丹; 任海翠; 闫平; 巩马理

    2015-01-01

    A novel evaluation term and a more reasonable criterion which is described by a new parameter of brightness factor for active large mode area fiber design are presented. The brightness factor evaluation method is based on the transverse mode competition mechanism in fiber lasers and amplifiers. Brightness factor can be seen as a description of fiber general property since it can represent the output laser brightness of the fiber laser system and its ability to resist nonlinear effect. A core-doped active large pitch fiber with a core diameter of 190 µm and a mode-field diameter of 180 µm is designed by this method, and the designed fiber allows the effective single-mode operation.

  2. The ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM) and its application to determining the ionospheric delay for GPS

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    Yuan, Y.; Tscherning, C.C.; Knudsen, Per;

    2006-01-01

    A new method for modeling the ionospheric delay using global positioning system (GPS) data is proposed, called the ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM). It is based on establishing a concept referred to as the ionospheric eclipse factor (IEF) lambda of the ionospheric pierce point (IPP) and the...... IEF's influence factor (IFF) (lambda) over bar The IEF can be used to make a relatively precise distinction between ionospheric daytime and night-time, whereas the IFF is advantageous for describing the IEF's variations with day, month, season and year, associated with seasonal variations of total...... electron content (TEC) of the ionosphere. By combining lambda and (lambda) over bar with the local time t of IPP, the IEFM has the ability to precisely distinguish between ionospheric daytime and nighttime, as well as efficiently combine them during different seasons or months over a year at the IPP. The...

  3. Ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM) for determining the ionospheric delay using GPS data

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    YUAN Yunbin; OU Jikun

    2004-01-01

    By establishing the ionospheric eclipse factor (IEF) λ of the ionospheric pierce point (IPP) and its ionospheric influence factor (IFF) λ, and combining λ, λ with t of IPP, a new method of modeling high-precision ionospheric delay using GPS data-ionospheric eclipse factor method (IEFM)-is presented in this paper. The IEFM can effectively select the proper ionospheric models to model the total electron content (TEC) with different changes corresponding to annual, seasonal and diurnal variations. Initial experimental results show that the correction precision of ionospheric delay modeled by the IEFM seems to be close to that of using L3 GPS observations to directly correct the corresponding ionospheric delay.

  4. A novel method of evaluating large mode area fiber design by brightness factor

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    A novel evaluation term and a more reasonable criterion, which is described by a new parameter of brightness factor for active large mode area fiber design, are presented. The brightness factor evaluation method is based on the transverse mode competition mechanism in fiber lasers and amplifiers. The brightness factor can be seen as a description of fiber general property since it can represent the output laser brightness of the fiber laser system and because of its ability to resist the nonlinear effect. A core-doped active large pitch fiber with a core diameter of 190 μm and a mode-field diameter of 180 μm is designed by this method, and the designed fiber allows effective single-mode operation. (paper)

  5. Factors influencing HPAM solution viscosity prepared by produced water using orthogonal method

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    康万利; 王志伟; 周阳; 孟令伟; 刘述忍; 白宝君

    2008-01-01

    The effect of temperature and metal ion components on the viscosity of HPAM solution was studied by means of orthogonal method.Five factors and 4 levels were considered for the orthogonal design.The five factors included temperature,contents of Na+,Mg2+,Ca2+ and S2-,and the four levels mainly considered the level of produced water components in main oilfields in China.The experiment results show that temperature is the most important factor to control HPAM solution viscosity prepared by produced water.The effect of ions was in order of Na+>S2->Mg2+>Ca2+.The mechanism of each factor influencing viscosity was also discussed.Based on the actual condition of Nanyang oilfield,the desulfurization was used to improve the solution viscosity,and satisfactory result was obtained.

  6. Analysis of Social Cohesion in Health Data by Factor Analysis Method: The Ghanaian Perspective

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    Saeed, Bashiru I. I.; Xicang, Zhao; Musah, A. A. I.; Abdul-Aziz, A. R.; Yawson, Alfred; Karim, Azumah

    2013-01-01

    We investigated the study of the overall social cohesion of Ghanaians. In this study, we considered the paramount interest of the involvement of Ghanaians in their communities, their views of other people and institutions, and their level of interest in both local and national politics. The factor analysis method was employed for analysis using R…

  7. The use of human factors methods to identify and mitigate safety issues in radiation therapy

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    Background and purpose: New radiation therapy technologies can enhance the quality of treatment and reduce error. However, the treatment process has become more complex, and radiation dose is not always delivered as intended. Using human factors methods, a radiotherapy treatment delivery process was evaluated, and a redesign was undertaken to determine the effect on system safety. Material and methods: An ethnographic field study and workflow analysis was conducted to identify human factors issues of the treatment delivery process. To address specific issues, components of the user interface were redesigned through a user-centered approach. Sixteen radiation therapy students were then used to experimentally evaluate the redesigned system through a usability test to determine the effectiveness in mitigating use errors. Results: According to findings from the usability test, the redesigned system successfully reduced the error rates of two common errors (p < .04 and p < .01). It also improved the mean task completion time by 5.5% (p < .02) and achieved a higher level of user satisfaction. Conclusions: These findings demonstrated the importance and benefits of applying human factors methods in the design of radiation therapy systems. Many other opportunities still exist to improve patient safety in this area using human factors methods.

  8. Linear Ordinary Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients. Revisiting the Impulsive Response Method Using Factorization

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    Camporesi, Roberto

    2011-01-01

    We present an approach to the impulsive response method for solving linear constant-coefficient ordinary differential equations based on the factorization of the differential operator. The approach is elementary, we only assume a basic knowledge of calculus and linear algebra. In particular, we avoid the use of distribution theory, as well as of…

  9. Understanding the Impact of School Factors on School Counselor Burnout: A Mixed-Methods Study

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    Bardhoshi, Gerta; Schweinle, Amy; Duncan, Kelly

    2014-01-01

    This mixed-methods study investigated the relationship between burnout and performing noncounseling duties among a national sample of professional school counselors, while identifying school factors that could attenuate this relationship. Results of regression analyses indicate that performing noncounseling duties significantly predicted burnout…

  10. Methods of extracting electron-positron enhancement factors from experimental ACAR data

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    Methods of extracting the full shape of the electron-positron momentum density from experimental angular correlation of positron annihilation radiation curves are discussed. The proposed analysis of experimental data allows more reliable verification of the form of electron-positron enhancement factors near the Fermi surface in simple metals. (author). 14 refs, 2 figs

  11. The Accounting Methods of the Local Government Department Output by Factor Analysis

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    Haoyuan Zhong; Guangming Deng

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, using the 2011 national economic accounting data of the provinces, we evaluated the government department performance by factor analysis. And then calculated the local government department's total output taking advantage of the labor production efficiency. And the labor production efficiency of government department concludes the performance information. Which will improved the method of accounting government department's output by cost.

  12. The Effect of Missing Data Handling Methods on Goodness of Fit Indices in Confirmatory Factor Analysis

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    Köse, Alper

    2014-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to examine the effect of missing data on goodness of fit statistics in confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). For this aim, four missing data handling methods; listwise deletion, full information maximum likelihood, regression imputation and expectation maximization (EM) imputation were examined in terms of…

  13. Calibration of three-axis magnetometers with differential evolution algorithm

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    The accuracy of three-axis magnetometers is influenced by different scale and bias of each axis and nonorthogonality between axes. One limitation of traditional iteration methods is that initial parameters influence the calibration, thus leading to the local optimal or wrong results. In this paper, a new method is proposed to calibrate three-axis magnetometers. To employ this method, a nonmagnetic rotation platform, a proton magnetometer, a DM-050 three-axis magnetometer and the differential evolution (DE) algorithm are used. The performance of this calibration method is analyzed with simulation and experiment. In simulation, the calibration results of DE, unscented Kalman filter (UKF), recursive least squares (RLS) and genetic algorithm (GA) are compared. RMS error using DE is least, which is reduced from 81.233 nT to 1.567 nT. Experimental results show that comparing with UKF, RLS and GA, the DE algorithm has not only the least calibration error but also the best robustness. After calibration, RMS error is reduced from 68.914 nT to 2.919 nT. In addition, the DE algorithm is not sensitive to initial parameters, which is an important advantage compared with traditional iteration algorithms. The proposed algorithm can avoid the troublesome procedure to select suitable initial parameters, thus it can improve the calibration performance of three-axis magnetometers. - Highlights: • The calibration results and robustness of UKF, GA, RLS and DE algorithm are analyzed. Calibration error of DE is the least in simulation and experiment. • Comparing with traditional calibration algorithms, DE is not sensitive to initial parameters. • It can improve the calibration performance of three-axis magnetometers

  14. Computer Assisted Mechanical Axis and Kinematic TKA

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    McEwen, Peter; Mahoharan, Varaguna

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has traditionally been and largely continues to be aligned mechanically, that being with a neutral coronal plane mechanical tibiofemoral axis and a joint line orientated at 900 to this axis. Femoral component rotation is set by gap balancing or by externally rotating 30 from any of a number femoral reference lines. This produces a rectangular flexion gap and relaxes patellar tracking. Kinematic alignment (KA) is an alternative technique that aims to restore premorbid alignment, joint orientation and ligament tension. The basic premise for this technique is based on evidence that the medial and lateral femoral condyles consistently equate to cylinders of equal or near equal size and that therefore with a fixed radius, cruciate retaining implant, matched distal femoral, posterior femoral and proximal tibial resections, accounting for bone and cartilage already lost will reproduce the premorbid joint line and restore native premorbid kinematics. Femoral rotation is therefore referenced off the prearthritic posterior condylar axis (PCA) that is on average internally rotated to the AP axis. Kinematic alignment therefore has the potential to challenge patellar tracking, increase patellar load and potentially increase patellar complications. Method: Case control study – level of evidence III-2. Between November 2012 and June 2013 the senior author completed 104 consecutive computer assisted (CAS) kinematically aligned total knee arthroplasties (TKA) with a cruciate retaining, fixed bearing, single radius implant. The results of these surgeries were compared with the results of 91 consecutive CAS mechanically aligned TKA done between November 2011 and October 2012 using the same navigation system and implant Implant sizing and positioning as well as gap measurement and ligament balance was done with computer assistance in all cases. Data was collected prospectively and analysed retrospectively. Results: The Oxford Knee Score

  15. Five-axis rough machining for impellers

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    Ruolong QI; Weijun LIU; Hongyou BIAN; Lun LI

    2009-01-01

    The most important components used in aero-space, ships, and automobiles are designed with free form surfaces. An impeller is one of the most important components that is difficult to machine because of its twisted blades. Rough machining is recognized as the most crucial procedure influencing machining efficiency and is critical for the finishing process. An integrated rough machining course with detailed algorithms is presented in this paper. An algorithm for determining the minimum distance between two surfaces is applied to estimate the tool size. The space between two blades that will be cleared from the roughcast is divided to generate CC points. The tool axis vector is confirmed based on flank milling using a simple method that could eliminate global interference between the tool and the blades. The result proves that the machining methodology presented in this paper is useful and successful.

  16. Factoring

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    Lenstra, Arjen K.

    1994-01-01

    Factoring, finding a non-trivial factorization of a composite positive integer, is believed to be a hard problem. How hard we think it is, however, changes almost on a daily basis. Predicting how hard factoring will be in the future, an important issue for cryptographic applications of composite numbers, is therefore a challenging task. The author presents a brief survey of general purpose integer factoring algorithms and their implementations

  17. Thick c-axis textured (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)2Ca2Cu3O9/Ag0.37 superconducting tapes by an ink spray pyrolysis method using a Tl-free precursor

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    In this letter we demonstrate a synthetic route to thick (5--20 μm) highly c-axis textured, nearly phase-pure superconducting (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)2Ca2Cu3O9/Ag0.37 tapes. First, a Tl-free ink consisting of Pb0.5Ba0.4Sr1.6Ca2.0Cu3.0O9/Ag0.37 precursor powder in an ethanolic ethyl cellulose binder is sprayed onto a heated LaAlO3 substrate. After an intermediate oxygen anneal to remove the carbonaceous binder, a static 2-zone thallination anneal is performed to promote superconducting phase formation. Films exhibit excellent c-axis texturing as evidenced by x-ray diffraction θ/2θ and rocking curve characterization with morphological evidence for partial melting by scanning electron microscopy. Electrical characterization of these films give Tconset values of 106--115 K with Tczero reached by 99--101 K and transport Jc(77K) up to 2.9x104 A/cm2. A mixed strong/weak-linked magnetic field dependence is observed for these films at 77 K and 0.4 T

  18. Thick c-axis textured (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)2Ca2Cu3O9/Ag0.37 superconducting tapes by an ink spray pyrolysis method using a Tl-free precursor

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    Schulz, Douglas L.; Parilla, Philip A.; Ginley, David S.; Voigt, James A.; Roth, E. Peter

    1994-11-01

    In this letter we demonstrate a synthetic route to thick (5-20 μm) highly c-axis textured, nearly phase-pure superconducting (Tl,Pb)(Ba,Sr)2Ca2Cu3O9/Ag0.37 tapes. First, a Tl-free ink consisting of Pb0.5Ba0.4Sr1.6Ca2.0Cu3.0O9/Ag0.37 precursor powder in an ethanolic ethyl cellulose binder is sprayed onto a heated LaAlO3 substrate. After an intermediate oxygen anneal to remove the carbonaceous binder, a static 2-zone thallination anneal is performed to promote superconducting phase formation. Films exhibit excellent c-axis texturing as evidenced by x-ray diffraction θ/2θ and rocking curve characterization with morphological evidence for partial melting by scanning electron microscopy. Electrical characterization of these films give Tc onset values of 106-115 K with Tc zero reached by 99-101 K and transport Jc(77 K) up to 2.9×104 A/cm2. A mixed strong/weak-linked magnetic field dependence is observed for these films at 77 K and 0.4 T.

  19. A Modified Extraction Method of Circulating Free DNA for Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Mutation Analysis

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    Yuan, Haihua; Zhu, Zhong-Zheng; Lu, Yachao; Feng LIU; Zhang, Wenying; Huang, Gang; Zhu, Guanshan; Jiang, Bin

    2011-01-01

    Purpose Circulating free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma is promising to be a surrogate for tumor tissue DNA. However, not all epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in tumor tissue DNA has been detected in matched cfDNA, at least partly due to inefficient cfDNA extraction method. The purpose of this study was to establish an efficient plasma cfDNA extraction protocol. Materials and Methods The yield of plasma cfDNA extracted by our modified phenol-chloroform (MPC) method from non-small-cell...

  20. Statistical Approach for Predicting Factors of Mood Method for Object Oriented

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    Firas Ajil Jassim

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    Full Text Available Object oriented design is becoming more popular in software development and object oriented design metrics which is an essential part of software environment. The main goal in this paper is to predict factors of MOOD method for OO using a statistical approach. Therefore, linear regression model is used to find the relationship between factors of MOOD method and their influences on OO software measurements. Fortunately, through this process a prediction could be made for the line of code (LOC, number of classes (NOC, number of methods (NOM, and number of attributes (NOA. These measurements permit designers to access the software early in process, making changes that will reduce complexity and improve the continuing capability of the design.

  1. HUMAN ERROR QUANTIFICATION USING PERFORMANCE SHAPING FACTORS IN THE SPAR-H METHOD

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    Harold S. Blackman; David I. Gertman; Ronald L. Boring

    2008-09-01

    This paper describes a cognitively based human reliability analysis (HRA) quantification technique for estimating the human error probabilities (HEPs) associated with operator and crew actions at nuclear power plants. The method described here, Standardized Plant Analysis Risk-Human Reliability Analysis (SPAR-H) method, was developed to aid in characterizing and quantifying human performance at nuclear power plants. The intent was to develop a defensible method that would consider all factors that may influence performance. In the SPAR-H approach, calculation of HEP rates is especially straightforward, starting with pre-defined nominal error rates for cognitive vs. action-oriented tasks, and incorporating performance shaping factor multipliers upon those nominal error rates.

  2. The Empirical Verification of an Assignment of Items to Subtests: The Oblique Multiple Group Method versus the Confirmatory Common Factor Method

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    Stuive, Ilse; Kiers, Henk A. L.; Timmerman, Marieke E.; ten Berge, Jos M. F.

    2008-01-01

    This study compares two confirmatory factor analysis methods on their ability to verify whether correct assignments of items to subtests are supported by the data. The confirmatory common factor (CCF) method is used most often and defines nonzero loadings so that they correspond to the assignment of items to subtests. Another method is the oblique…

  3. A Review of Adult Obesity Prevalence, Trends, Risk Factors, and Epidemiologic Methods in Kuwait

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    Stalo Karageorgi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Kuwait is among the countries with the highest obesity rates worldwide; however, little is known about the state of obesity epidemiology research in Kuwait. In this paper, we therefore review the findings and methodology of studies on the prevalence, trends and risk factors of obesity in Kuwait. Methods. The PubMed database was searched using the keyword combination: obesity and adults and Kuwait. Out of 111 articles, 39 remained after abstract review, and 18 were selected after full-text review. Results. The studies were all cross-sectional and published in the last fifteen years (1997–2012. The sample size ranged from 177 to 38,611 individuals. Only 30% of studies used random sampling. The prevalence (BMI ≥ 30 in studies with a nationally representative sample ranged from 24% to 48% overall and in adults >50 years was greater than 52%. Rates were significantly higher in women than those in men. Studies that examined trends showed an increase in obesity prevalence between 1980 and 2009. Multiple risk factors including sociocultural factors were investigated in the studies; however, factors were only crudely assessed. Conclusion. There is a need for future studies, particularly surveillance surveys and prospective cohort studies utilizing advanced methods, to monitor trends and to comprehensively assess the factors contributing to the obesity epidemic in Kuwait.

  4. A Novel Alignment-Free Method for Comparing Transcription Factor Binding Site Motifs

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    Xu, Minli; Su, Zhengchang

    2010-01-01

    Background Transcription factor binding site (TFBS) motifs can be accurately represented by position frequency matrices (PFM) or other equivalent forms. We often need to compare TFBS motifs using their PFMs in order to search for similar motifs in a motif database, or cluster motifs according to their binding preference. The majority of current methods for motif comparison involve a similarity metric for column-to-column comparison and a method to find the optimal position alignment between the two compared motifs. In some applications, alignment-free methods might be preferred; however, few such methods with high accuracy have been described. Methodology/Principal Findings Here we describe a novel alignment-free method for quantifying the similarity of motifs using their PFMs by converting PFMs into k-mer vectors. The motifs could then be compared by measuring the similarity among their corresponding k-mer vectors. Conclusions/Significance We demonstrate that our method in general achieves similar performance or outperforms the existing methods for clustering motifs according to their binding preference and identifying similar motifs of transcription factors of the same family. PMID:20098703

  5. A novel alignment-free method for comparing transcription factor binding site motifs.

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    Minli Xu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Transcription factor binding site (TFBS motifs can be accurately represented by position frequency matrices (PFM or other equivalent forms. We often need to compare TFBS motifs using their PFMs in order to search for similar motifs in a motif database, or cluster motifs according to their binding preference. The majority of current methods for motif comparison involve a similarity metric for column-to-column comparison and a method to find the optimal position alignment between the two compared motifs. In some applications, alignment-free methods might be preferred; however, few such methods with high accuracy have been described. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we describe a novel alignment-free method for quantifying the similarity of motifs using their PFMs by converting PFMs into k-mer vectors. The motifs could then be compared by measuring the similarity among their corresponding k-mer vectors. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We demonstrate that our method in general achieves similar performance or outperforms the existing methods for clustering motifs according to their binding preference and identifying similar motifs of transcription factors of the same family.

  6. Determination of small-field correction factors for cylindrical ionization chambers using a semiempirical method

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    Park, Kwangwoo; Bak, Jino; Park, Sungho; Choi, Wonhoon; Park, Suk Won

    2016-02-01

    A semiempirical method based on the averaging effect of the sensitive volumes of different air-filled ionization chambers (ICs) was employed to approximate the correction factors for beam quality produced from the difference in the sizes of the reference field and small fields. We measured the output factors using several cylindrical ICs and calculated the correction factors using a mathematical method similar to deconvolution; in the method, we modeled the variable and inhomogeneous energy fluence function within the chamber cavity. The parameters of the modeled function and the correction factors were determined by solving a developed system of equations as well as on the basis of the measurement data and the geometry of the chambers. Further, Monte Carlo (MC) computations were performed using the Monaco® treatment planning system to validate the proposed method. The determined correction factors (k{{Q\\text{msr}},Q}{{f\\text{smf}}, {{f}\\text{ref}}} ) were comparable to the values derived from the MC computations performed using Monaco®. For example, for a 6 MV photon beam and a field size of 1  ×  1 cm2, k{{Q\\text{msr}},Q}{{f\\text{smf}}, {{f}\\text{ref}}} was calculated to be 1.125 for a PTW 31010 chamber and 1.022 for a PTW 31016 chamber. On the other hand, the k{{Q\\text{msr}},Q}{{f\\text{smf}}, {{f}\\text{ref}}} values determined from the MC computations were 1.121 and 1.031, respectively; the difference between the proposed method and the MC computation is less than 2%. In addition, we determined the k{{Q\\text{msr}},Q}{{f\\text{smf}}, {{f}\\text{ref}}} values for PTW 30013, PTW 31010, PTW 31016, IBA FC23-C, and IBA CC13 chambers as well. We devised a method for determining k{{Q\\text{msr}},Q}{{f\\text{smf}}, {{f}\\text{ref}}} from both the measurement of the output factors and model-based mathematical computation. The proposed method can be useful in case the MC simulation would not be applicable for the clinical settings.

  7. Application of the AHP method to analyze the significance of the factors affecting road traffic safety

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    Justyna SORDYL

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Over the past twenty years, the number of vehicles registered in Poland has grown rapidly. At the same time, a relatively small increase in the length of the road network has been observed. As a result of the limited capacity of available infrastructure, it leads to significant congestion and to increase of the probability of road accidents. The overall level of road safety depends on many factors - the behavior of road users, infrastructure solutions and the development of automotive technology. Thus the detailed assessment of the importance of individual elements determining road safety is difficult. The starting point is to organize the factors by grouping them into categories which are components of the DVE system (driver - vehicle - environment. In this work, to analyze the importance of individual factors affecting road safety, the use of analytic hierarchy process method (AHP was proposed. It is one of the multi-criteria methods which allows us to perform hierarchical analysis of the decision process, by means of experts’ opinions. Usage of AHP method enabled us to evaluate and rank the factors affecting road safety. This work attempts to link the statistical data and surveys in significance analysis of the elements determining road safety.

  8. Identifying Critical Factors in the Eco-Efficiency of Remanufacturing Based on the Fuzzy DEMATEL Method

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    Qianwang Deng

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Remanufacturing can bring considerable economic and environmental benefits such as cost saving, conservation of energy and resources, and reduction of emissions. With the increasing awareness of sustainable manufacturing, remanufacturing gradually becomes the research priority. Most studies concentrate on the analysis of influencing factors, or the evaluation of the economic and environmental performance in remanufacturing, while little effort has been devoted to investigating the critical factors influencing the eco-efficiency of remanufacturing. Considering the current development of the remanufacturing industry in China, this paper proposes a set of factors influencing the eco-efficiency of remanufacturing and then utilizes a fuzzy Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL method to establish relation matrixes reflecting the interdependent relationships among these factors. Finally, the contributions of each factor to eco-efficiency and mutual influence values among them are obtained, and critical factors in eco-efficiency of remanufacturing are identified. The results of the present work can provide theoretical supports for the government to make appropriate policies to improve the eco-efficiency of remanufacturing.

  9. An integration factor method for stochastic and stiff reaction–diffusion systems

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    Stochastic effects are often present in the biochemical systems involving reactions and diffusions. When the reactions are stiff, existing numerical methods for stochastic reaction diffusion equations require either very small time steps for any explicit schemes or solving large nonlinear systems at each time step for the implicit schemes. Here we present a class of semi-implicit integration factor methods that treat the diffusion term exactly and reaction implicitly for a system of stochastic reaction–diffusion equations. Our linear stability analysis shows the advantage of such methods for both small and large amplitudes of noise. Direct use of the method to solving several linear and nonlinear stochastic reaction–diffusion equations demonstrates good accuracy, efficiency, and stability properties. This new class of methods, which are easy to implement, will have broader applications in solving stochastic reaction–diffusion equations arising from models in biology and physical sciences

  10. Formation factor logging in-situ by electrical methods. Background and methodology

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    Loefgren, Martin; Neretnieks, Ivars [Royal Inst. of Tech., Stockholm (Sweden). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Technology

    2002-10-01

    Matrix diffusion has been identified as one of the most important mechanisms governing the retardation of radionuclides escaping from a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. Radionuclides dissolved in groundwater flowing in water-bearing fractures will diffuse into water filled micropores in the rock. Important parameters governing the matrix diffusion are the formation factor, the surface diffusion and sorption. This report focuses on the formation factor in undisturbed intrusive igneous rock and the possibility of measuring this parameter in-situ. The background to and the methodology of formation factor logging in-situ by electrical methods are given. The formation factor is here defined as a parameter only depending on the geometry of the porous system and not on the diffusing specie. Traditionally the formation factor has been measured by through diffusion experiments on core samples, which are costly and time consuming. It has been shown that the formation factor could also be measured by electrical methods that are faster and less expensive. Previously this has only been done quantitatively in the laboratory on a centimetre or decimetre scale. When measuring the formation factor in-situ in regions with saline groundwater only the rock resistivity and the pore water resistivity are needed. The rock resistivity could be obtained by a variety of geophysical downhole tools. Water-bearing fractures disturb the measurements and data possibly affected by free water has to be sorted out. This could be done without loosing too much data if the vertical resolution of the tool is high enough. It was found that the rock resistivity tool presently used by SKB are neither quantitative or have enough vertical resolution. Therefore the slimhole Dual-Laterolog from Antares was tested with good results. This tool has a high vertical resolution and gives quantitative rock resistivities that need no correction. At present there is no method of directly obtaining the

  11. Formation factor logging in-situ by electrical methods. Background and methodology

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    Matrix diffusion has been identified as one of the most important mechanisms governing the retardation of radionuclides escaping from a deep geological repository for nuclear waste. Radionuclides dissolved in groundwater flowing in water-bearing fractures will diffuse into water filled micropores in the rock. Important parameters governing the matrix diffusion are the formation factor, the surface diffusion and sorption. This report focuses on the formation factor in undisturbed intrusive igneous rock and the possibility of measuring this parameter in-situ. The background to and the methodology of formation factor logging in-situ by electrical methods are given. The formation factor is here defined as a parameter only depending on the geometry of the porous system and not on the diffusing specie. Traditionally the formation factor has been measured by through diffusion experiments on core samples, which are costly and time consuming. It has been shown that the formation factor could also be measured by electrical methods that are faster and less expensive. Previously this has only been done quantitatively in the laboratory on a centimetre or decimetre scale. When measuring the formation factor in-situ in regions with saline groundwater only the rock resistivity and the pore water resistivity are needed. The rock resistivity could be obtained by a variety of geophysical downhole tools. Water-bearing fractures disturb the measurements and data possibly affected by free water has to be sorted out. This could be done without loosing too much data if the vertical resolution of the tool is high enough. It was found that the rock resistivity tool presently used by SKB are neither quantitative or have enough vertical resolution. Therefore the slimhole Dual-Laterolog from Antares was tested with good results. This tool has a high vertical resolution and gives quantitative rock resistivities that need no correction. At present there is no method of directly obtaining the

  12. Comparison of two different methods to determine the air kerma calibration factor (NK) for 192Ir

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    In brachytherapy, encapsulated radioactive Low Dose Rate (LDR) and High Dose Rate (HDR) sources are used to deliver a dose to tissue near the source. One of the nuclides used in LDR as well as in HDR brachytherapy sources is 192Ir. In document IAEA-TECDOC-1079, Calibration of Brachytherapy Sources, recommendations on standardized procedures for the calibration of brachytherapy sources at SSDLs and hospitals are given. One of these recommendations is the use of an ionisation chamber with an air-kerma calibration factor for 192lr sources. The problem to derive a calibration factor for 192Ir is that the most important part of the spectrum of an 192lr brachytherapy source falls in an energy gap between the standards for x-rays and the standards for gamma-rays established at primary laboratories. It is therefore unavoidable to obtain the air kerma calibration for the ionisation chamber using an indirect method. The method recommended by IAEA for the determination of the air-kerma calibration factors is based on a technique developed by Goetsch et al. In the Netherlands a different method is recommended. This method is based on a weighting procedure of the 192Ir energy spectrum over the response curve of an ionisation chamber and differs with the procedure recommended by IAEA for a NE2561 ionisation chamber by about 0.9 %

  13. An Alternative Scaling Factor In Broyden's Class Methods for Unconstrained Optimization

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: In order to calculate step size, a suitable line search method can be employed. As the step size usually not exact, the error is unavoidable, thus radically affect quasi-Newton method by as little as 0.1 percent of the step size error. Approach: A suitable scaling factor has to be introduced to overcome this inferiority. Self-scaling Variable Metric algorithms (SSVM's are commonly used method, where a parameter is introduced, altering Broyden's single parameter class of approximations to the inverse Hesssian to a double parameter class. This study proposes an alternative scaling factor for the algorithms. Results: The alternative scaling factor had been tried on several commonly test functions and the numerical results shows that the new scaled algorithm shows significant improvement over the standard Broyden's class methods. Conclusion: The new algorithm performance is comparable to the algorithm with initial scaling on inverse Hessian approximation by step size. An improvement over unscaled BFGS is achieved, as for most of the cases, the number of iterations are reduced.

  14. Semi-implicit integration factor methods on sparse grids for high-dimensional systems

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    Wang, Dongyong; Chen, Weitao; Nie, Qing

    2015-07-01

    Numerical methods for partial differential equations in high-dimensional spaces are often limited by the curse of dimensionality. Though the sparse grid technique, based on a one-dimensional hierarchical basis through tensor products, is popular for handling challenges such as those associated with spatial discretization, the stability conditions on time step size due to temporal discretization, such as those associated with high-order derivatives in space and stiff reactions, remain. Here, we incorporate the sparse grids with the implicit integration factor method (IIF) that is advantageous in terms of stability conditions for systems containing stiff reactions and diffusions. We combine IIF, in which the reaction is treated implicitly and the diffusion is treated explicitly and exactly, with various sparse grid techniques based on the finite element and finite difference methods and a multi-level combination approach. The overall method is found to be efficient in terms of both storage and computational time for solving a wide range of PDEs in high dimensions. In particular, the IIF with the sparse grid combination technique is flexible and effective in solving systems that may include cross-derivatives and non-constant diffusion coefficients. Extensive numerical simulations in both linear and nonlinear systems in high dimensions, along with applications of diffusive logistic equations and Fokker-Planck equations, demonstrate the accuracy, efficiency, and robustness of the new methods, indicating potential broad applications of the sparse grid-based integration factor method.

  15. Research on pattern recognition for marine steam turbine rotor axis orbit

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    ZHANG Yan; YANG Zhi-da; XIA Hong

    2003-01-01

    The structure,function and recognition method of an axis orbit auto-recognizing system are presented in this paper.In order to make the best use of information of format and dynamic characteristics of marine steam turbine axis orbit,the structure and functions or neural network are applied to this system,which can be used to auto-recognize axis orbit of the system turbine rotor using BP neural network.

  16. Method for determining correction factors induced by irradiation of ionization chamber cables in large radiation field

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    A simple method was developed to be suggested to hospital physicists in order to be followed during large radiation field dosimetry, to evaluate the effects of cables, connectors and extension cables irradiation and to determine correction factors for each system or geometry. All quality control tests were performed according to the International Electrotechnical Commission for three clinical dosimeters. Photon and electron irradiation effects for cables, connectors and extention cables were investigated under different experimental conditions by means of measurements of chamber sensitivity to a standard radiation source of 90Sr. The radiation induced leakage current was also measured for cables, connectors and extension cables irradiated by photons and electrons. All measurements were performed at standard dosimetry conditions. Finally, measurements were performed in large fields. Cable factors and leakage factors were determined by the relation between chamber responses for irradiated and unirradiated cables. (author)

  17. Determination of the principal factors of river water quality through cluster analysis method and its prediction

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    Liang GUO; Ying ZHAO; Peng WANG

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, an artificial neural network model was built to predict the Chemical Oxygen Demand (CODMn) measured by permanganate index in Songhua River. To enhance the prediction accuracy, principal factors were determined through the analysis of the weight relation between influencing factors and forecasting object using cluster analysis method, which optimized the topological structure of the prediction model input items of the artificial neural network. It was shown that application of the principal factors in water quality prediction model can improve its forecasting skill significantly through the comparison between results of prediction by artificial neural network and the measurements of the CODMn. This methodology is also applicable to various water quality prediction targets of other water bodies and it is valuable for theoretical study and practical application.

  18. Using a fuzzy DEMATEL method for analyzing the factors influencing subcontractors selection

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    Kozik, Renata

    2016-06-01

    Subcontracting is a long-standing practice in the construction industry. This form of project organization, if manage properly, could provide the better quality, reduction in project time and costs. Subcontractors selection is a multi-criterion problem and can be determined by many factors. Identifying the importance of each of them as well as the direction of cause-effect relations between various types of factors can improve the management process. Their values could be evaluated on the basis of the available expert opinions with the application of a fuzzy multi-stage grading scale. In this paper it is recommended to use fuzzy DEMATEL method to analyze the relationship between factors affecting subcontractors selection.

  19. Method for exploiting bias in factor analysis using constrained alternating least squares algorithms

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    Keenan, Michael R.

    2008-12-30

    Bias plays an important role in factor analysis and is often implicitly made use of, for example, to constrain solutions to factors that conform to physical reality. However, when components are collinear, a large range of solutions may exist that satisfy the basic constraints and fit the data equally well. In such cases, the introduction of mathematical bias through the application of constraints may select solutions that are less than optimal. The biased alternating least squares algorithm of the present invention can offset mathematical bias introduced by constraints in the standard alternating least squares analysis to achieve factor solutions that are most consistent with physical reality. In addition, these methods can be used to explicitly exploit bias to provide alternative views and provide additional insights into spectral data sets.

  20. Determination of the room scattering factor in a neutron calibration room using the polynomial fit method

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    Full text: The knowledgement of the neutron irradiation spectrum in a point of interest inside a calibration room is of fundamental importance to calibrate neutron instruments. Different factors affect the spectra inside such a room and they must be established to correct the final values of interest. Among these factors the scattering room factor, that include the contribution to the instrument response due to air, walls, floor, ceiling and other equipment present inside this room during the calibration process, have to be carefully determined. The ISO 10647 suggests three methods to carry out this determination: the semi empirical method, the shadow-cone technique and the polynomial fit method. In the case of multi-detector instruments or dosimeters mounted on a thorax phantom, the ISO recommend the polynomial fit method to be employed. This method only disadvantages come from the coefficients of the polynomial fit do not necessarily have physical significance and that a complete set of measurements shall be made for each instrument to be calibrated. In this polynomial fit method, a neutron source was located at a reference point and the instrument to be calibrated-to-source distance was varied between 0,5 m and 3,75 m.The correction due to the neutron scattering inside the room was obtained as following: where Mt is the neutron total count rate, l is the distance between source-to-detector center, Fl(l) is the geometric corrective factor, ? is the fluence at the measure point, R? is the fluence response obtained by the fitting process as well as the fit parameters x and y. In this work an 241AmBe source, emission rate (4,46 ± 0,07) x 106 n/s at july/2005 was used together with Bonner sphere multi detectors (6LiI(Eu)) and a BF3 (ThermoElectron). The obtained results were compared with those obtained by Monte Carlo method simulation. Obtained experimental and Monte Carlo values for the room scattering factor differed less than 2%. (author)

  1. Irregular field calculation on the central beam axis of photon beams using sector-integration

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    A method is proposed for calculation of irregular field factors on the central beam axis and homogeneous medium for x-ray beams. The irregular field factor is introduced as the ratio of the output of a field with and without blocks on the central beam axis. The algorithm is based on the sector-integration method and the circular field quantities are calculated from in-phantom measurements. These circular field quantities are the output per beam monitor unit for circular fields defined by a hypothetical secondary collimator and reduced to a circular field by blocking. A derivation of the sector-integration equation is given from first principles. As it is shown, the circular field quantities are evaluated from data measured for rectangular, block shaped fields. Such quantities contain all beam components, including photons scattered from the blocks, the block tray, and photons scattered in the phantom. Consequently, the so called primary and secondary beam components are readily incorporated in this approach. Once the circular field quantities have been determined from rectangular field data, the irregular field factors for other geometry can be calculated. Irregular field factors for square, rectangular and circular block-shaped fields were calculated for 6 MV photon beams and compared with measured values. The results agree within 0.7%, even for heavy blocked field cases, i.e., a 40x40 cm2 collimator field blocked to a 5x5 cm2 field. The method was tested for a particular source to surface distance, depth, phantom composition, and source to block distance. Calculation of irregular field factors in another set up conditions requires the measurement of the appropriate input data

  2. Exploratory factor analysis and reliability analysis with missing data: A simple method for SPSS users

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    Bruce Weaver

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Missing data is a frequent problem for researchers conducting exploratory factor analysis (EFA or reliability analysis. The SPSS FACTOR procedure allows users to select listwise deletion, pairwise deletion or mean substitution as a method for dealing with missing data. The shortcomings of these methods are well-known. Graham (2009 argues that a much better way to deal with missing data in this context is to use a matrix of expectation maximization (EM covariances(or correlations as input for the analysis. SPSS users who have the Missing Values Analysis add-on module can obtain vectors ofEM means and standard deviations plus EM correlation and covariance matrices via the MVA procedure. But unfortunately, MVA has no /MATRIX subcommand, and therefore cannot write the EM correlations directly to a matrix dataset of the type needed as input to the FACTOR and RELIABILITY procedures. We describe two macros that (in conjunction with an intervening MVA command carry out the data management steps needed to create two matrix datasets, one containing EM correlations and the other EM covariances. Either of those matrix datasets can then be used asinput to the FACTOR procedure, and the EM correlations can also be used as input to RELIABILITY. We provide an example that illustrates the use of the two macros to generate the matrix datasets and how to use those datasets as input to the FACTOR and RELIABILITY procedures. We hope that this simple method for handling missing data will prove useful to both students andresearchers who are conducting EFA or reliability analysis.

  3. Research on Design Method of the Full Form Ship with Minimum Thrust Deduction Factor

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    张宝吉; 缪爱琴; 张竹心

    2015-01-01

    In the preliminary design stage of the full form ships, in order to obtain a hull form with low resistance and maximum propulsion efficiency, an optimization design program for a full form ship with the minimum thrust deduction factor has been developed, which combined the potential flow theory and boundary layer theory with the optimization technique. In the optimization process, the Sequential Unconstrained Minimization Technique (SUMT) interior point method of Nonlinear Programming (NLP) was proposed with the minimum thrust deduction factor as the objective function. An appropriate displacement is a basic constraint condition, and the boundary layer separation is an additional one. The parameters of the hull form modification function are used as design variables. At last, the numerical optimization example for lines of after-body of 50000 DWT product oil tanker was provided, which indicated that the propulsion efficiency was improved distinctly by this optimal design method.

  4. Determination of corrective factors for an ultrasonic flow measuring method in pipes accounting for perturbations

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    By current ultrasonic flow measuring equipment (UFME) the mean velocity is measured for one or two measuring paths. This mean velocity is not equal to the velocity averaged over the flow cross-section, by means of which the flow rate is calculated. This difference will be found already for axially symmetrical, fully developed velocity profiles and, to a larger extent, for disturbed profiles varying in flow direction and for nonsteady flow. Corrective factors are defined for steady and nonsteady flows. These factors can be derived from the flow profiles within the UFME. By mathematical simulation of the entrainment effect the influence of cross and swirl flows on various ultrasonic measuring methods is studied. The applied UFME with crossed measuring paths is shown to be largely independent of cross and swirl flows. For evaluation in a computer of velocity network measurements in circular cross-sections the equations for interpolation and integration are derived. Results of the mathematical method are the isotach profile, the flow rate and, for fully developed flow, directly the corrective factor. In the experimental part corrective factors are determined in nonsteady flow in a measuring plane before and in form measuring planes behind a perturbation. (orig./RW)

  5. Weight Determining of Factors Influencing Grain Output Based on Entropy Weight Method

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    2012-01-01

    This article selects 8 main factors(the number of rural employees,total power of agricultural machinery,effective irrigation area of crops,growing area of grain crops,fertilizer consumption,electricity consumption in rural areas,area affected and area covered) as the factors influencing grain output,and offers the method of determining weight of factors influencing grain output using entropy weight method.According to the relevant data in the period 1985-2005,we analyze the weight of factors influencing grain output in China by example.The results show that the electricity consumption in rural areas has the greatest impact on grain output,followed by total power of agricultural machinery,fertilizer consumption and area covered.To increase grain output,we must enhance the degree of mechanization,free people from the former process of direct cultivation,strengthen water conservancy construction,and do a good job in disaster prevention and mitigation.

  6. Calculation of Stress Intensity Factors Based on Force-Displacement Curve using Element Free Galerkin Method

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    Parvanova, Sonia

    2012-03-01

    An idea related to the calculation of stress intensity factors based on the standard appearance of the force-displacement curve is developed in this paper. The presented procedure predicts the shape of the graphics around the point under consideration form where indirectly the stress intensity factors are obtained. The numerical implementation of the new approach is achieved by using element free Galerkin method, which is a variant of meshless methods and requires only nodal data for a domain discretization without a finite element mesh. A MATLAB software code for two dimensional elasticity problems has been worked out, along with intrinsic basis enrichment for precise modelling of the singular stress field around the crack tip. One numerical example of a rectangular plate with different lengths of a symmetric edge crack is portrayed. The stress intensity factors obtained by the present numerical approach are compared with analytical solutions. The errors in the stress intensity factors for opening fracture mode I are less than 1% although the model mesh is relatively coarse.

  7. Methods for Determining the Activity Concentration Calibration Factor for Ventilation Duct in Cyclotron Sites

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    Cyclotrons are commonly used for production of radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine purposes. The nuclear process requires installation of a ventilation stack. According to the regulations in many countries, the released activity should be monitored and controlled in order to limit air pollution. This requires a stuck radiation detector and determining a converting factor that will translate the radiation detector reading into activity concentration units. Calibrating the conversion factor is done mainly by releasing a known amount of activity. Having a preliminary estimation of the conversion factor, during the site construction stage, is an important option for the duct configuration design, in order to achieve the required detection sensitivity. An algorithm for estimating the stack concentration calibration factor in positron emitting isotopes producing sites was developed. The algorithm which is described in this article is based on three independent methods that consist of MCNP simulations analytical calculations and experimental setup with controlled static calibration releases of gaseous 18F which was produced especially for this purpose by the cyclotron site in Soreq Nuclear Research Center Israel. The specified methods applied on few stack sections with different shapes and sizes

  8. Decreased expression of hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (Hnf4α)/microRNA-122 (miR-122) axis in hepatitis B virus-associated hepatocellular carcinoma enhances potential oncogenic GALNT10 protein activity.

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    Wu, Qian; Liu, Hai-Ou; Liu, Yi-Dong; Liu, Wei-Si; Pan, Deng; Zhang, Wei-Juan; Yang, Liu; Fu, Qiang; Xu, Jie-Jie; Gu, Jian-Xin

    2015-01-01

    MicroRNA-122 (miR-122), a mammalian liver-specific miRNA, has been reported to play crucial roles in the control of diverse aspects of hepatic function and dysfunction, including viral infection and hepatocarcinogenesis. In this study, we explored the clinical significance, transcriptional regulation, and direct target of miR-122 in hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated hepatocellular carcinoma. Reduced expression of miR-122 in patients with HBV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma was correlated with venous invasion and poor prognosis. Furthermore, UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-galactosamine:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-10 (GALNT10) was identified as a bona fide target of miR-122 in hepatoma cells. Ectopic expression and knockdown studies showed that GALNT10 indeed promotes proliferation and apoptosis resistance of hepatoma cells in a glycosyltransferase-dependent manner. Critically, adverse correlation between miR-122 and GALNT10, a poor prognosticator of clinical outcome, was demonstrated in hepatoma patients. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (Hnf4α), a liver-enriched transcription factor that activates miR-122 gene transcription, was suppressed in HBV-infected hepatoma cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed significantly reduced association of Hnf4α with the miR-122 promoter in HBV-infected hepatoma cells. Moreover, GALNT10 was found to intensify O-glycosylation following signal activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor. In addition, in a therapeutic perspective, we proved that GALNT10 silencing increases sensitivity to sorafenib and doxorubicin challenge. In summary, our results reveal a novel Hnf4α/miR-122/GALNT10 regulatory pathway that facilitates EGF miR-122 activation and hepatoma growth in HBV-associated hepatocarcinogenesis. PMID:25422324

  9. Analytical Aerodynamic Simulation Tools for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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    Wind power is a renewable energy source that is today the fastest growing solution to reduce CO2 emissions in the electric energy mix. Upwind horizontal axis wind turbine with three blades has been the preferred technical choice for more than two decades. This horizontal axis concept is today widely leading the market. The current PhD thesis will cover an alternative type of wind turbine with straight blades and rotating along the vertical axis. A brief overview of the main differences between the horizontal and vertical axis concept has been made. However the main focus of this thesis is the aerodynamics of the wind turbine blades. Making aerodynamically efficient turbines starts with efficient blades. Making efficient blades requires a good understanding of the physical phenomena and effective simulations tools to model them. The specific aerodynamics for straight bladed vertical axis turbine flow are reviewed together with the standard aerodynamic simulations tools that have been used in the past by blade and rotor designer. A reasonably fast (regarding computer power) and accurate (regarding comparison with experimental results) simulation method was still lacking in the field prior to the current work. This thesis aims at designing such a method. Analytical methods can be used to model complex flow if the geometry is simple. Therefore, a conformal mapping method is derived to transform any set of section into a set of standard circles. Then analytical procedures are generalized to simulate moving multibody sections in the complex vertical flows and forces experienced by the blades. Finally the fast semi analytical aerodynamic algorithm boosted by fast multipole methods to handle high number of vortices is coupled with a simple structural model of the rotor to investigate potential aeroelastic instabilities. Together with these advanced simulation tools, a standard double multiple streamtube model has been developed and used to design several straight bladed

  10. METHOD OF FACTORIZATION OF ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL OPERATORS AND SOME OF ITS APPLICATIONS

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    Berkovich, Lev M.

    2007-01-01

    The paper is dedicated to analytical and algebraic approaches to the problem of the integration of ordinary differential equations. The first part is devoted to linear ordinary differential equations of the second and nth orders, while the second deals with nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Factorization of nonlinear equations of the second and the third orders both through commutative and noncommutative nonlinear differential operators are considered. The method of the exact lineari...

  11. Assessment concept for the building design process using the Eco-factor method

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    Wahlström, Åsa; Brohus, Henrik

    2006-01-01

    During the last years the pressure for energy improvement has increased. However, a one-sided focus on energy efficiency might be introduced at the expense of indoor climate. Therefore, it is essential that energy optimisation is integrated with assessment of indoor climate. A guideline tool with...... an assessment concept based on the so-called Eco-factor method been developed for an integrated design process....

  12. Crisis of the balance of payments: factors, indicators and prevention methods

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    O. Chernyak, V. Khomiak

    2011-01-01

    The authors analyze the structure and main factors of the crisis of balance of payments in Ukraine's economy. The article considers the existing methods and indicators, which may signal about the approaching balance of payments crisis, as well as the main approaches to modeling such crises, among which the most suitable for Ukraine ones are defined. The authors provide models of the main components of balance of payments, which signal about the crisis and select a set of indicators producing ...

  13. Factors associated with low fitness in adolescents – A mixed methods study

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    Charlton, Richard; Gravenor, Michael B; Rees, Anwen; Knox, Gareth; Hill, Rebecca; Rahman, Muhammad A.; Jones, Kerina; Christian, Danielle; Julien S Baker; Stratton, Gareth; Brophy, Sinead

    2014-01-01

    Background Fitness and physical activity are important for cardiovascular and mental health but activity and fitness levels are declining especially in adolescents and among girls. This study examines clustering of factors associated with low fitness in adolescents in order to best target public health interventions for young people. Methods 1147 children were assessed for fitness, had blood samples, anthropometric measures and all data were linked with routine electronic data to examine educ...

  14. Binding energy of finite nuclei in Jastrow-Factor-Cluster method with applications in helium

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    A general expression for the binding energy of finite nuclei in the Jastrow-Factor-Cluster method is developed upto the three-body cluster term with centre of mass correction. It is applied in mass A = 3 and 4 with the standard Chakkalakal function and the average Pauli condition. Compared to the previous work of Afnan (1969) better saturation properties are obtained for two- and three-body truncation. Convergence is also better. (orig.)

  15. A Systematic Review of Mixed Methods Research on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care

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    Carayon, Pascale; Kianfar, Sarah; Li, Yaqiong; Xie, Anping; Alyousef, Bashar; Wooldridge, Abigail

    2015-01-01

    This systematic literature review provides information on the use of mixed methods research in human factors and ergonomics (HFE) research in health care. Using the PRISMA methodology, we searched four databases (PubMed, PsycInfo, Web of Science, and Engineering Village) for studies that met the following inclusion criteria: (1) field study in health care, (2) mixing of qualitative and quantitative data, (3) HFE issues, and (4) empirical evidence. Using an iterative and collabo...

  16. New uncertainties in QCD-QED rescaling factors using quadrature method

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    Mahadev Patgiri; N Nimai Singh

    2005-12-01

    In this paper we briefly outline the quadrature method for estimating uncertainties in a function which depends on several variables, and apply it to estimate the numerical uncertainties in QCD-QED rescaling factors. We employ here the one-loop order in QED and three-loop order in QCD evolution equations of the fermion mass renormalisation. Our present calculation is found to be new and also reliable when compared to the earlier values employed by various authors.

  17. A Method for Eletric Vehicle Ownership Forecast Considering Different Economic Factors

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    Hanwu Luo; Fang Li

    2013-01-01

    The construction of electric vehicles (EVs) charging station needs to be planed according to the ownership of EVs, traffic condition, population etc. Therefore a BP neural network based method to forecast the EV ownership for a city is presented in the paper, which considers the influence on the EV ownership caused by many related economy factors, including GDP of a city, vehicle production, per capita crude steel production, per capita generation capacity, road passenger traffic, highway mil...

  18. Radiation hydrodynamics with neutrinos: Variable Eddington factor method for core-collapse supernova simulations

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    Rampp, Markus; Janka, H. -Thomas

    2002-01-01

    Neutrino transport and neutrino interactions in dense matter play a crucial role in stellar core collapse, supernova explosions and neutron star formation. Here we present a detailed description of a new numerical code for treating the time and energy dependent neutrino transport in hydrodynamical simulations of such events. The code is based on a variable Eddington factor method to deal with the integro-differential character of the Boltzmann equation. The moments of the neutrino distributio...

  19. Recognition of Factors Affecting Students Trust in Virtual Universities Using Delphi Method

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    Mohammad A. Sarlak; Ali R. Aliahmadi

    2008-01-01

    At the present time in Islamic Republic of Iran the Virtual Universities are operating beside the Non- virtual universities. The problem that virtual universities now confront is low level of students trust which applying to these universities. The current research tries to recognize factors affecting students trust in Virtual Universities using Delphi Method. This qualitative study examined the opinions of a diverse group of participating experts in the area of information technology and vir...

  20. Research on the Influence Factors on the Crop Food Supply Price using Data Envelopment Analysis Method

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    Wang Yan

    2013-01-01

    The study aims to investigate the influence factors on the crop food supply price using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) method. Crops are the basic food rations for urban and rural residents and occupy the most important position in the food consumption. The price of the crop food has important influence on the stable economic operation and even social stability in China; hence it is crucial to find out the fluctuation rules and formation mechanism of crop food supply price. However, ther...

  1. Developmental Testing of Habitability and Human Factors Tools and Methods During Neemo 15

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    Thaxton, S. S.; Litaker, H. L., Jr.; Holden, K. L.; Adolf, J. A.; Pace, J.; Morency, R. M.

    2011-01-01

    Currently, no established methods exist to collect real-time human factors and habitability data while crewmembers are living aboard the International Space Station (ISS), traveling aboard other space vehicles, or living in remote habitats. Currently, human factors and habitability data regarding space vehicles and habitats are acquired at the end of missions during postflight crew debriefs. These debriefs occur weeks or often longer after events have occurred, which forces a significant reliance on incomplete human memory, which is imperfect. Without a means to collect real-time data, small issues may have a cumulative effect and continue to cause crew frustration and inefficiencies. Without timely and appropriate reporting methodologies, issues may be repeated or lost. TOOL DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION: As part of a directed research project (DRP) aiming to develop and validate tools and methods for collecting near real-time human factors and habitability data, a preliminary set of tools and methods was developed. These tools and methods were evaluated during the NASA Extreme Environments Mission Operations (NEEMO) 15 mission in October 2011. Two versions of a software tool were used to collect observational data from NEEMO crewmembers that also used targeted strategies for using video cameras to collect observations. Space habitability observation reporting tool (SHORT) was created based on a tool previously developed by NASA to capture human factors and habitability issues during spaceflight. SHORT uses a web-based interface that allows users to enter a text description of any observations they wish to report and assign a priority level if changes are needed. In addition to the web-based format, a mobile Apple (iOS) format was implemented, referred to as iSHORT. iSHORT allows users to provide text, audio, photograph, and video data to report observations. iSHORT can be deployed on an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad; for NEEMO 15, the app was provided on an iPad2.

  2. The Financial Impact of Risk Factors Affecting Project Cost Contingency: Evidential Reasoning Method

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    Emmanuel Abeere-Inga; Joseph Ignatius Teye Buertey; Theophilus Adjei Kumi

    2013-01-01

    The process of cost modeling using risk analysis for construction projects is very crucial for the achievement of project success. The purpose of this paper is to present an analysis of the financial impact of risk factors affecting key construction work sections; using a systematic risk methodology based on empirical judgment. The failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) and the evidential reasoning methods are presented as qualitative and quantitative risk tools respectively. Data analysis from ...

  3. Application of view-factor method on indirect inertial confinement fusion

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    A view-factor method for calculating the radiation drive from hohlraum walls to the capsule in indirect inertial confinement fusion (ICF) has been presented, with which asymmetry conditions for implosion experiments on laser prototype were evaluated. X-ray intensity distribution on the hohlraum walls was calculated as the radiation drive on the capsule located in the center of the cylindrical gold target. The drive nonuniformity varying with the laser-spot locus and the hohlraum geometry were also given. The results show that this method helps to assess the main parameters of indirect ICF targets and provides useful information for experiment design. (authors)

  4. The unit cost factors and calculation methods for decommissioning - Cost estimation of nuclear research facilities

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    Available in abstract form only. Full text of publication follows: The uncertainties of decommissioning costs increase high due to several conditions. Decommissioning cost estimation depends on the complexity of nuclear installations, its site-specific physical and radiological inventories. Therefore, the decommissioning costs of nuclear research facilities must be estimated in accordance with the detailed sub-tasks and resources by the tasks of decommissioning activities. By selecting the classified activities and resources, costs are calculated by the items and then the total costs of all decommissioning activities are reshuffled to match with its usage and objectives. And the decommissioning cost of nuclear research facilities is calculated by applying a unit cost factor method on which classification of decommissioning works fitted with the features and specifications of decommissioning objects and establishment of composition factors are based. Decommissioning costs of nuclear research facilities are composed of labor cost, equipment and materials cost. Of these three categorical costs, the calculation of labor costs are very important because decommissioning activities mainly depend on labor force. Labor costs in decommissioning activities are calculated on the basis of working time consumed in decommissioning objects and works. The working times are figured out of unit cost factors and work difficulty factors. Finally, labor costs are figured out by using these factors as parameters of calculation. The accuracy of decommissioning cost estimation results is much higher compared to the real decommissioning works. (authors)

  5. Research on process technology of off-axis ellipsoid aspheric mirror

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    Liu, Dongmei; Ma, Ke; Jia, Zonghe

    2015-02-01

    In recent years, the off-axis aspheric surface is widely used in wide coverage and high-resolution space optical systems. In this paper, research on processing technology of high precision and high efficiency off-axis ellipsoid aspheric mirror was studied deeply. With the help of CNC milling and polishing machine, off-axis ellipsoid aspheric mirror with diameter of 58mm was developed, by optimizing the concentration of polish liquid, grinding size, machining direction and other process parameters, based on the disadvantage of traditional processing that off-axis aspheric is easy to generate edge splitting and secondary surface damage, a new processing method "vertical off-axis ellipsoid aspheric surface processing method" was put forward. This method not only ensures the accuracy of work piece of optical axis, surface accuracy and accuracy of the edge, but also reduces secondary surface damage, improves processing efficiency and achieves high precision and high efficiency processing of off-axis ellipsoid aspheric surface, which is conducive to mass production. Through the detection of off-axis ellipsoid aspheric mirror by Taylor Profiler , surface accuracy (PV value) is 0.1981μm, the aspheric surface finish is level II and the optical axis accuracy is 0.01mm that it meets the requirements.

  6. Quantifying human and organizational factors in accident management using decision trees: the HORAAM method

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    In the framework of the level 2 Probabilistic Safety Study (PSA 2) project, the Institute for Nuclear Safety and Protection (IPSN) has developed a method for taking into account Human and Organizational Reliability Aspects during accident management. Actions are taken during very degraded installation operations by teams of experts in the French framework of Crisis Organization (ONC). After describing the background of the framework of the Level 2 PSA, the French specific Crisis Organization and the characteristics of human actions in the Accident Progression Event Tree, this paper describes the method developed to introduce in PSA the Human and Organizational Reliability Analysis in Accident Management (HORAAM). This method is based on the Decision Tree method and has gone through a number of steps in its development. The first one was the observation of crisis center exercises, in order to identify the main influence factors (IFs) which affect human and organizational reliability. These IFs were used as headings in the Decision Tree method. Expert judgment was used in order to verify the IFs, to rank them, and to estimate the value of the aggregated factors to simplify the quantification of the tree. A tool based on Mathematica was developed to increase the flexibility and the efficiency of the study

  7. Introductory lecture on triple-axis spectrometer

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    Triple-axis spectrometer is a multi-purpose instrument for powder neutron diffraction, single crystal neutron diffraction, powder inelastic neutron scattering, single crystal inelastic neutron scattering, and neutron polarization analysis. In this lecture how to use the triple-axis spectrometer is explained for the beginners. (author)

  8. Measuring Second-Order Factors Using Confirmatory Methods: A Case Study Example with the Hendrick-Hendrick Love Instrument.

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    Thompson, Bruce; Borrello, Gloria M.

    The application and utility of confirmatory second-order factor analytic methods are discussed. Factor analysis is central to concerns regarding measurement validity. Confirmatory methods are especially useful because they explicitly consider measurement error influences and because the methods are inherently theory-driven and theory-oriented.…

  9. An alternative approach for addressing the failure probability-safety factor method with sensitivity analysis

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    The paper introduces a method for solving the failure probability-safety factor problem for designing engineering works proposed by Castillo et al. that optimizes an objective function subject to the standard geometric and code constraints, and two more sets of constraints that simultaneously guarantee given safety factors and failure probability bounds associated with a given set of failure modes. The method uses the dual variables and is especially convenient to perform a sensitivity analysis, because sensitivities of the objective function and the reliability indices can be obtained with respect to all data values. To this end, the optimization problems are transformed into other equivalent ones, in which the data parameters are converted into artificial variables, and locked to their actual values. In this way, some variables of the associated dual problems become the desired sensitivities. In addition, using the proposed methodology, calibration of codes based on partial safety factors can be done. The method is illustrated by its application to the design of a simple rubble mound breakwater and a bridge crane

  10. An alternative approach for addressing the failure probability-safety factor method with sensitivity analysis

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    Castillo, Enrique; Conejo, Antonio J.; Minguez, Roberto; Castillo, Carmen

    2003-11-01

    The paper introduces a method for solving the failure probability-safety factor problem for designing engineering works proposed by Castillo et al. that optimizes an objective function subject to the standard geometric and code constraints, and two more sets of constraints that simultaneously guarantee given safety factors and failure probability bounds associated with a given set of failure modes. The method uses the dual variables and is especially convenient to perform a sensitivity analysis, because sensitivities of the objective function and the reliability indices can be obtained with respect to all data values. To this end, the optimization problems are transformed into other equivalent ones, in which the data parameters are converted into artificial variables, and locked to their actual values. In this way, some variables of the associated dual problems become the desired sensitivities. In addition, using the proposed methodology, calibration of codes based on partial safety factors can be done. The method is illustrated by its application to the design of a simple rubble mound breakwater and a bridge crane.

  11. Yaw dynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Hansen, A. C.

    1992-05-01

    Designers of a horizontal axis wind turbine yaw mechanism are faced with a difficult decision. They know that if they elect to use a yaw-controlled rotor then the system will suffer increased initial cost and increased inherent maintenance and reliability problems. On the other hand, if they elect to allow the rotor to freely yaw they know they will have to account for unknown and random, though bounded, yaw rates. They will have a higher-risk design to trade-off against the potential for cost savings and reliability improvement. The risk of a yaw-free system could be minimized if methods were available for analyzing and understanding yaw behavior. The complexity of yaw behavior has, until recently, discouraged engineers from developing a complete yaw analysis method. The objectives of this work are to (1) provide a fundamental understanding of free-yaw mechanics and the design concepts most effective at eliminating yaw problems, and (2) provide tested design tools and guidelines for use by free-yaw wind systems manufacturers. The emphasis is on developing practical and sufficiently accurate design methods.

  12. Yaw dynamics of horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Hansen, A.C. (Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT (United States))

    1992-05-01

    Designers of a horizontal axis wind turbine yaw mechanism are faced with a difficult decision. They know that if they elect to use a yaw- controlled rotor then the system will suffer increased initial cost and increased inherent maintenance and reliability problems. On the other hand, if they elect to allow the rotor to freely yaw they known they will have to account for unknown and random, though bounded, yaw rates. They will have a higher-risk design to trade-off against the potential for cost savings and reliability improvement. The risk of a yaw-free system could be minimized if methods were available for analyzing and understanding yaw behavior. The complexity of yaw behavior has, until recently, discouraged engineers from developing a complete yaw analysis method. The objectives of this work are to (1) provide a fundamental understanding of free-yaw mechanics and the design concepts most effective at eliminating yaw problems, and (2) provide tested design tools and guidelines for use by free-yaw wind systems manufacturers. The emphasis is on developing practical and sufficiently accurate design methods.

  13. Off-axis Fresnel numbers in laser systems

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    Yudong; Yao; Junyong; Zhang; Yanli; Zhang; Qunyu; Bi; Jianqiang; Zhu

    2014-01-01

    The physical meaning and essence of Fresnel numbers are discussed,and two definitions of these numbers for offaxis optical systems are proposed.The universal Fresnel number is found to be N =(a2/λz) * C1+ C2.The Rayleigh–Sommerfeld nonparaxial diffraction formula states that a simple analytical formula for the nonparaxial intensity distribution after a circular aperture can be obtained.Theoretical derivations and numerical calculations reveal that the first correction factor C1 is equal to cos θ and the second factor C2 is a function of the incident wavefront and the shape of the diffractive aperture.Finally,some diffraction phenomena in off-axis optical systems are explained by the off-axis Fresnel number.

  14. Evaluation of prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time mixing studies using an estimated factor correction method.

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    Chen, Jian; Phillips, Bonnie; Chandler, Wayne L

    2016-01-01

    Mixing studies for prolonged prothrombin time (PT)/activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) are used to estimate whether the prolongation is due to an inhibitor or factor deficiency. We propose a new method of mixing study interpretation based on estimation of average factor level changes. Factor level vs. PT/aPTT curves were prepared for single factor, vitamin K-dependent factor, and all factor deficiencies. These curves were used to predict the factor level in the sample and the correction needed to differentiate deficiencies from inhibitors. We compared this estimated factor correction (EFC) method to normal range, percentage correction, and Rosner index. For a given factor level, multiple factor deficiencies prolonged the PT/aPTT more than single factor deficiency, necessitating different thresholds for defining correction on mixing studies. The EFC method was superior to other the correction methods, correctly identifying 38 of 39 known inhibitors, single and multiple factor deficiencies, and correctly identifying inhibitor vs. deficiency in 50 of 59 patient samples. In 99 adult patient mixing studies over 18 months, 30% showed deficiency only, 30% inhibitor only, whereas 40% showed evidence of both. The EFC method for PT/aPTT mixing study interpretation was more accurate than the comparison methods at determining deficiency versus inhibitor. PMID:26397883

  15. Calculation of the fast multiplication factor by the fission matrix method

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    A variation of the Monte Carlo method to calculate an effective breeding factor of a nuclear reactor is described. The evaluation procedure of reactivity perturbations by the Monte Carlo method in the first order perturbation theory is considered. The method consists in reducing an integral neutron transport equation to a set of linear algebraic equations. The coefficients of this set are elements of a fission matrix. The fission matrix being a Grin function of the neutron transport equation, is evaluated by the Monte Carlo method. In the program realizing the suggested algorithm, the game for initial neutron energy of a fission spectrum and then for the region of neutron birth, ΔVsub(f)sup(i)has been played in proportion to the product of Σsub(f)sup(i)ΔVsub(f)sup(i), where Σsub(f)sup(i) is a macroscopic cross section in the region numbered at the birth energy. Further iterations of a space distribution of neutrons in the system are performed by the generation method. In the adopted scheme of simulation of neutron histories the emission of secondary neutrons is controlled by weights; it occurs at every collision and not only in the end on the history. The breeding factor is calculated simultaneously with the space distribution of neutron worth in the system relative to the fission process and neutron flux. Efficiency of the described procedure has been tested on the calculation of the breeding factor for the Godiva assembly, simulating a fast reactor with a hard spectrum. A high accuracy of calculations at moderate number of zones in the core and reasonable statistics has been stated

  16. Analytical linear energy transfer model including secondary particles: calculations along the central axis of the proton pencil beam

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    Marsolat, F.; De Marzi, L.; Pouzoulet, F.; Mazal, A.

    2016-01-01

    In proton therapy, the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) depends on various types of parameters such as linear energy transfer (LET). An analytical model for LET calculation exists (Wilkens’ model), but secondary particles are not included in this model. In the present study, we propose a correction factor, L sec, for Wilkens’ model in order to take into account the LET contributions of certain secondary particles. This study includes secondary protons and deuterons, since the effects of these two types of particles can be described by the same RBE-LET relationship. L sec was evaluated by Monte Carlo (MC) simulations using the GATE/GEANT4 platform and was defined by the ratio of the LET d distributions of all protons and deuterons and only primary protons. This method was applied to the innovative Pencil Beam Scanning (PBS) delivery systems and L sec was evaluated along the beam axis. This correction factor indicates the high contribution of secondary particles in the entrance region, with L sec values higher than 1.6 for a 220 MeV clinical pencil beam. MC simulations showed the impact of pencil beam parameters, such as mean initial energy, spot size, and depth in water, on L sec. The variation of L sec with these different parameters was integrated in a polynomial function of the L sec factor in order to obtain a model universally applicable to all PBS delivery systems. The validity of this correction factor applied to Wilkens’ model was verified along the beam axis of various pencil beams in comparison with MC simulations. A good agreement was obtained between the corrected analytical model and the MC calculations, with mean-LET deviations along the beam axis less than 0.05 keV μm-1. These results demonstrate the efficacy of our new correction of the existing LET model in order to take into account secondary protons and deuterons along the pencil beam axis.

  17. Neuropeptides and the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis

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    Holzer, Peter; Farzi, Aitak

    2014-01-01

    Neuropeptides are important mediators both within the nervous system and between neurons and other cell types. Neuropeptides such as substance P, calcitonin gene-related peptide and neuropeptide Y (NPY), vasoactive intestinal polypeptide, somatostatin and corticotropin-releasing factor are also likely to play a role in the bidirectional gut-brain communication. In this capacity they may influence the activity of the gastrointestinal microbiota and its interaction with the gut-brain axis. Curr...

  18. Maternal control of the Drosophila dorsal–ventral body axis

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    Stein, David S.; Stevens, Leslie M.

    2014-01-01

    The pathway that generates the dorsal–ventral (DV) axis of the Drosophila embryo has been the subject of intense investigation over the previous three decades. The initial asymmetric signal originates during oogenesis by the movement of the oocyte nucleus to an anterior corner of the oocyte, which establishes DV polarity within the follicle through signaling between Gurken, the Drosophila Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-α homologue secreted from the oocyte, and the Drosophila Epidermal Growt...

  19. Prognostic factors for success in the Kangaroo Mother Care method for low birth weight babies

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    Rina Pratiwi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background Low birth weight (LBW is closely related to neonatal morbidity and mortality. Management of LBW infants in developing countries remains limited, due to the low availability of incubators. The Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC method has been shown to be effective for newborns, especially LBW infants, in which skin-to-skin contact may be conducive for infants’ weight gain, thermoregulation, and heart rate stability.Objective To determine the prognostic factors for KMC success in LBW babies.Methods This cohort study included LBW infants at Dr. Kariadi General Government Hospital, Semarang, by a consecutive sampling method. Success of KMC was assessed by infant weight gain, as well as stabilization of temperature, heart rate, and respiration. Prognostic factors for KMC success that we assessed were birth weight, gestational age, KMC duration, age at KMC onset and maternal education level. Statistical analyses used were Chi-square and relative risk (RR tests.Results Of 40 LBW infants, 24 were successful in KMC. Birth weight ≥ 1500 grams (RR 0.4; 95%CI 0.23 to 0.73; P=0.001], gestational age ≥ 34 weeks (RR 0.94; 95%CI 0.46 to 1.89; P=1.00, KMC duration ≥ 65 minutes (RR 1.44; 95%CI 0.76 to 2.75; P= 0.215, high maternal education level (RR 1.25; 95%CI 0.76 to 2.04; P=0.408, and age at KMC onset >10 days (RR 2.69; 95%CI 1.14 to 6.32; P=0.003, were factors that related to the successful of KMC.Conclusion Age at KMC onset > 10 days was a prognostic factor for KMC success in low birth weight babies.

  20. Methods for detrending success metrics to account for inflationary and deflationary factors*

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    Petersen, A. M.; Penner, O.; Stanley, H. E.

    2011-01-01

    Time-dependent economic, technological, and social factors can artificially inflate or deflate quantitative measures for career success. Here we develop and test a statistical method for normalizing career success metrics across time dependent factors. In particular, this method addresses the long standing question: how do we compare the career achievements of professional athletes from different historical eras? Developing an objective approach will be of particular importance over the next decade as major league baseball (MLB) players from the "steroids era" become eligible for Hall of Fame induction. Some experts are calling for asterisks (*) to be placed next to the career statistics of athletes found guilty of using performance enhancing drugs (PED). Here we address this issue, as well as the general problem of comparing statistics from distinct eras, by detrending the seasonal statistics of professional baseball players. We detrend player statistics by normalizing achievements to seasonal averages, which accounts for changes in relative player ability resulting from a range of factors. Our methods are general, and can be extended to various arenas of competition where time-dependent factors play a key role. For five statistical categories, we compare the probability density function (pdf) of detrended career statistics to the pdf of raw career statistics calculated for all player careers in the 90-year period 1920-2009. We find that the functional form of these pdfs is stationary under detrending. This stationarity implies that the statistical regularity observed in the right-skewed distributions for longevity and success in professional sports arises from both the wide range of intrinsic talent among athletes and the underlying nature of competition. We fit the pdfs for career success by the Gamma distribution in order to calculate objective benchmarks based on extreme statistics which can be used for the identification of extraordinary careers.

  1. Robust adaptive spin-axis stabilization of a symmetric spacecraft using two bounded torques

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    Gui, Haichao; Vukovich, George

    2015-12-01

    The spin-axis stabilization of an axisymmetric spacecraft by two control torques perpendicular to the symmetry axis is addressed. Two control laws are designed to align the symmetry axis along a desired inertial direction despite the revolution around the symmetry axis. The first controller takes a saturated proportional-derivative form and can stabilize the spin-axis to the desired direction with a priori bounded torques in the absence of modeling uncertainties. In order to achieve better robustness, an adaptive controller is then designed to account for the inertia uncertainties and disturbances, in addition to actuator saturation. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the advantageous features of the proposed algorithm compared with conventional spin-axis stabilization methods.

  2. Rapid fabrication of miniature lens arrays by four-axis single point diamond machining

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    McCall, Brian; Tkaczyk, Tomasz S.

    2013-01-01

    A novel method for fabricating lens arrays and other non-rotationally symmetric free-form optics is presented. This is a diamond machining technique using 4 controlled axes of motion – X, Y, Z, and C. As in 3-axis diamond micro-milling, a diamond ball endmill is mounted to the work spindle of a 4-axis ultra-precision computer numerical control (CNC) machine. Unlike 3-axis micro-milling, the C-axis is used to hold the cutting edge of the tool in contact with the lens surface for the entire cut...

  3. A novel edge-preserving nonnegative matrix factorization method for spectral unmixing

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    Bao, Wenxing; Ma, Ruishi

    2015-12-01

    Spectral unmixing technique is one of the key techniques to identify and classify the material in the hyperspectral image processing. A novel robust spectral unmixing method based on nonnegative matrix factorization(NMF) is presented in this paper. This paper used an edge-preserving function as hypersurface cost function to minimize the nonnegative matrix factorization. To minimize the hypersurface cost function, we constructed the updating functions for signature matrix of end-members and abundance fraction respectively. The two functions are updated alternatively. For evaluation purpose, synthetic data and real data have been used in this paper. Synthetic data is used based on end-members from USGS digital spectral library. AVIRIS Cuprite dataset have been used as real data. The spectral angle distance (SAD) and abundance angle distance(AAD) have been used in this research for assessment the performance of proposed method. The experimental results show that this method can obtain more ideal results and good accuracy for spectral unmixing than present methods.

  4. Using ethnographic methods to carry out human factors research in software engineering.

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    Karn, J S; Cowling, A J

    2006-08-01

    This article describes how ethnographic methods were used to observe and analyze student teams working on software engineering (SE) projects. The aim of this research was to uncover the effects of the interplay of different personality types, as measured by a test based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), on the workings of an SE team. Using ethnographic methods allowed the researchers to record the effects of personality type on behavior toward teammates and how this related to the amount of disruption and positive ideas brought forward from each member, also examined in detail were issues that were either dogged by disruption or that did not have sufficient discussion devoted to them and the impact that they had on the outcomes of the project. Initial findings indicate that ethnographic methods are a valuable weapon to have in one's arsenal when carrying out research into human factors of SE. PMID:17186760

  5. Kinematical smoothing of rotary axis near singularity point

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    Grandguillaume, Laureen; Lavernhe, Sylvain; Tournier, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with singular configurations of a 5-axis machine tool in high speed milling which may lead to the appearance of large incoherent movements of rotary axes near singularity points. These movements generate slowdowns of the actual feedrate during the execution of the tool path, which affect quality and productivity. Thus, this paper proposes a method to detect these behaviors during machining simulation and correct the tool path. Unlike the literature methods, this correction co...

  6. Factors and methods of analysis and estimation of furniture making enterprises competitiveness

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    Vitaliy Aleksandrovich Zhigarev

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective to describe the author39s methodology for estimating the furnituremaking enterprises competitiveness with a view to carry out the economic evaluation of the efficiency of furniture production the evaluation of the internal component of the furniture production efficiency the identification of factors influencing the efficiency of furnituremaking companies and areas for improving it through improvements in product range production and sales policy of the enterprise. The research subject is modern methods and principles of competitiveness management applicable in a rapidly changing market environment. Methods in general the research methodology consists of six stages differentiated by methods objectives and required outcomes. The first stage of the research was to study the nature of demand within the target market of a furnituremaking enterprise. The second stage was to study the expenditures of a furnituremaking enterprise for implementing individual production and sales strategies. The third stage was to study competition in the market. The fourth stage was the analysis of possibilities of a furnituremaking enterprise in producing and selling furniture in terms of factor values combinations. The fifth stage was the reexamination of the demand with a view to its distribution according to the factor space. The final sixth stage was processing of data obtained at the previous stages and carrying out the necessary calculations. Results in general the above methodology of economic evaluation of the efficiency of furniture production based on the previously developed model gives the managers of enterprises an algorithm for assessing both market and firmlevel component of the furniture production efficiency allowing the subsequent identification and evaluation of the efficiency factors and the development of measures to improve the furniture production and sale efficiency as well as the assortment rationalization production and sales policy

  7. Axis intersection measurement of three-axis turntable with two crosshair targets

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    REN Shun-qing; MA Guang-cheng; WANG Chang-hong

    2005-01-01

    In order to measure three-axis intersection error, two crosshair targets were fixed in the inner axis frame of a three-axis turntable. Also a theodolite was used to point its telescope to the targets and to measure the horizontal angles when three axes were on equi-spaced angle positions. The calculation equations of the axis intersection were deduced from the mounting position of the theodolite, positions of two targets, angular positions of three axes, and the measured horizontal angles with the theodolite. Finally, a practical measurement is carried out on a horizontal three-axis turntable and error analysis is conducted.

  8. Pathophysiology, risk factors, and screening methods for prediabetes in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

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    Gourgari, Evgenia; Spanakis, Elias; Dobs, Adrian Sandra

    2016-01-01

    Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a syndrome associated with insulin resistance (IR), obesity, infertility, and increased cardiometabolic risk. This is a descriptive review of several mechanisms that can explain the IR among women with PCOS, other risk factors for the development of diabetes, and the screening methods used for the detection of glucose intolerance in women with PCOS. Few mechanisms can explain IR in women with PCOS such as obesity, insulin receptor signaling defects, and inhibition of insulin-mediated glucose uptake in adipocytes. Women with PCOS have additional risk factors for the development of glucose intolerance such as family history of diabetes, use of oral contraceptives, anovulation, and age. The Androgen Society in 2007 and the Endocrine Society in 2013 recommended using oral glucose tolerance test as a screening tool for abnormal glucose tolerance in all women with PCOS. The approach to detection of glucose intolerance among women with PCOS varies among health care providers. Large prospective studies are still needed for the development of guidelines with strong evidence. When assessing risk of future diabetes in women with PCOS, it is important to take into account the method used for screening as well as other risk factors that these women might have.

  9. ObStruct: a method to objectively analyse factors driving population structure using Bayesian ancestry profiles.

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    Velimir Gayevskiy

    Full Text Available Bayesian inference methods are extensively used to detect the presence of population structure given genetic data. The primary output of software implementing these methods are ancestry profiles of sampled individuals. While these profiles robustly partition the data into subgroups, currently there is no objective method to determine whether the fixed factor of interest (e.g. geographic origin correlates with inferred subgroups or not, and if so, which populations are driving this correlation. We present ObStruct, a novel tool to objectively analyse the nature of structure revealed in Bayesian ancestry profiles using established statistical methods. ObStruct evaluates the extent of structural similarity between sampled and inferred populations, tests the significance of population differentiation, provides information on the contribution of sampled and inferred populations to the observed structure and crucially determines whether the predetermined factor of interest correlates with inferred population structure. Analyses of simulated and experimental data highlight ObStruct's ability to objectively assess the nature of structure in populations. We show the method is capable of capturing an increase in the level of structure with increasing time since divergence between simulated populations. Further, we applied the method to a highly structured dataset of 1,484 humans from seven continents and a less structured dataset of 179 Saccharomyces cerevisiae from three regions in New Zealand. Our results show that ObStruct provides an objective metric to classify the degree, drivers and significance of inferred structure, as well as providing novel insights into the relationships between sampled populations, and adds a final step to the pipeline for population structure analyses.

  10. Investigation of phase objects using off-axis digital holography with a-priori known information on the reference wave

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    Off-axis digital holography with a-priori known information on the reference wave allows phase reconstruction from a single interference pattern, thus, being a promising tool for investigations of dynamic processes. The paper presents the method aimed for estimation of angles between the object and reference wave from a single digital hologram. This information is essential for hologram reconstruction using a-priori known data on the reference wave and may also be beneficial in other reconstruction methods. The technique was validated using a specially prepared phase object; the recording was performed at various angles between the object and reference beams. Main factors affecting the reconstructed phase quality were analyzed.

  11. Combustion characteristics and optimal factors determination with Taguchi method for diesel engines port-injecting hydrogen

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    This study applies the L9 orthogonal array of the Taguchi method to find out the best hydrogen injection timing, hydrogen-energy-share ratio, and the percentage of exhaust gas circulation (EGR) in a single DI diesel engine. The injection timing is controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU) and the quantity of hydrogen is controlled by hydrogen flow controller. For various engine loads, the authors determine the optimal operating factors for low BSFC (brake specific fuel consumption), NOX, and smoke. Moreover, net heat-release rate involving variable specific heat ratio is computed from the experimental in-cylinder pressure. In-cylinder pressure, net heat-release rate, A/F ratios, COV (coefficient of variations) of IMEP (indicated mean effective pressure), NOX, and smoke using the optimum condition factors are compared with those by original baseline diesel engine. The predictions made using Taguchi's parameter design technique agreed with the confirmation results on 95% confidence interval. At 45% and 60% loads the optimum factor combination compared with the original baseline diesel engine reduces 14.52% for BSFC, 60.5% for NOX and for 42.28% smoke and improves combustion performance such as peak in-cylinder pressure and net heat-release rate. Adding hydrogen and EGR would not generate unstable combustion due to lower COV of IMEP. -- Highlights: ► We use hydrogen injector controlled by ECU and cooled EGR system in a diesel engine. ► Optimal factors by Taguchi method are determined for low BSFC, NOX and smoke. ► The COV of IMEP is lower than 10% so it will not cause the unstable combustion. ► We improve A/F ratio, in-cylinder pressure, and heat-release at optimized engine. ► Decrease is 14.5% for BSFC, 60.5% for NOX, and 42.28% for smoke at optimized engine.

  12. A structured elicitation method to identify key direct risk factors for the management of natural resources.

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    Smith, Michael; Wallace, Ken; Lewis, Loretta; Wagner, Christian

    2015-11-01

    The high level of uncertainty inherent in natural resource management requires planners to apply comprehensive risk analyses, often in situations where there are few resources. In this paper, we demonstrate a broadly applicable, novel and structured elicitation approach to identify important direct risk factors. This new approach combines expert calibration and fuzzy based mathematics to capture and aggregate subjective expert estimates of the likelihood that a set of direct risk factors will cause management failure. A specific case study is used to demonstrate the approach; however, the described methods are widely applicable in risk analysis. For the case study, the management target was to retain all species that characterise a set of natural biological elements. The analysis was bounded by the spatial distribution of the biological elements under consideration and a 20-year time frame. Fourteen biological elements were expected to be at risk. Eleven important direct risk factors were identified that related to surrounding land use practices, climate change, problem species (e.g., feral predators), fire and hydrological change. In terms of their overall influence, the two most important risk factors were salinisation and a lack of water which together pose a considerable threat to the survival of nine biological elements. The described approach successfully overcame two concerns arising from previous risk analysis work: (1) the lack of an intuitive, yet comprehensive scoring method enabling the detection and clarification of expert agreement and associated levels of uncertainty; and (2) the ease with which results can be interpreted and communicated while preserving a rich level of detail essential for informed decision making. PMID:27441228

  13. New Urban Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Design

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    Alexandru-Mihai CISMILIANU; Alexandru BOROS; Ionut-Cosmin ONCESCU; Florin FRUNZULICA

    2015-01-01

    This paper develops a different approach for enhancing the performance of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines for the use in the urban or rural environment and remote isolated residential areas. Recently the vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT) have become more attractive due to the major advantages of this type of turbines in comparison to the horizontal axis wind turbines. We aim to enhance the overall performance of the VAWT by adding a second set of blades (3 x 2=6 blades) following the rules of bi...

  14. Contributing death factors in very low-birth-weight infants by path method analysis

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    Morteza Ghojazadeh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Neonatal deaths account for 40% of deaths under the age of 5 years worldwide. Therefore, efforts to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing childhood mortality by two-thirds by 2015 are focused on reducing neonatal deaths in high-mortality countries. The aim of present study was to determine death factors among very low-birth-weight infants by path method analysis. Materials and Methods: In this study, medical records of 2,135 infants admitted between years 2008 and 2010 in neonatal intense care unit of Alzahra Educational-Medical centre (Tabriz, Iran were analysed by path method using statistical software SPSS 18. Results: Variables such as duration of hospitalisation, birth weight, gestational age have negative effect on infant mortality, and gestational blood pressure has positive direct effect on infant mortality that at whole represented 66.5% of infant mortality variance (F = 1018, P < 0.001. Gestational age termination in the positive form through birth weight, and also gestational blood pressure in negative form through hospitalisation period had indirect effect on infant mortality. Conclusion: The results of the study indicated that the duration of low-birth-weight infant′s hospitalisation is also associated with infant′s mortality (coefficient -0.7; P < 0.001. This study revealed that among the maternal factors only gestational blood pressure was in relationship with infants′ mortality.

  15. 基于多轴差分吸收光谱技术的查找表法反演气溶胶消光廓线研究%Research of Aerosol Extinction Inverted with Look-Up Table Method Based on Multi-Axis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy

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    吴丰成; 谢品华; 李昂; 司福祺; 徐晋; 范广强; 刘建国; 刘文清

    2013-01-01

    The properties of aerosol include physical,chemical and optical characteristics.Whiles the determinant of optical parameters is the prerequisite for accurate estimation to the radiation forcing.A method for determining aerosol extinction with look-up table is presented combined with radiative transfer model.Also the effects of single scatter albedo rate,asymmetry parameter and ground albedo rate on the simulation of O4 air mass factor are studied.Using O4 air mass factor based on multi-axis differental optical absorption spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) measurement at different elevation angles,simulated O4 air mass factor and the factor got through the radiative transfer model are compared.The aerosol optical density,boundary height and extinction coeffcient are retrieved after the process of minimization and linearly interpolation.Creating a look-up table,the aerosol extinction is determined at Shanghai Baoshan monitoring site using MAX-DOAS.Compared with lidar,it sows a reasonable agreement.It's turned out that the look-up table can be used to detect the properties of aerosol.%大气气溶胶特性包括气溶胶的物理、化学、光学特性,而气溶胶光学参数的确定是准确估算辐射强迫的前提条件.提出一种结合大气辐射传输模型,利用查表法反演气溶胶消光的方法,研究了单次散射反照率、非对称因子及地表反照率等输入参数对模拟氧的二聚体(O4)大气质量因子的影响.利用多轴差分吸收光谱(MAX-DOAS)技术在不同仰角下进行测量,将计算得到的O4的大气质量因子与辐射传输模型计算的大气质量因子做比较,通过最小化及线性插值过程反演出气溶胶的光学厚度、边界层高度及地面消光系数.建立查找表,以上海宝山监测点多轴差分吸收光谱仪测量为例,反演出气溶胶的消光,并与雷达监测数据做对比,两者具有较好的一致性.结果表明,查表法可以实现气溶胶特性的探测.

  16. Characterization of a multi-axis ion chamber array

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    Purpose: The aim of this work was to characterize a multi-axis ion chamber array (IC PROFILER; Sun Nuclear Corporation, Melbourne, FL USA) that has the potential to simplify the acquisition of LINAC beam data. Methods: The IC PROFILER (or panel) measurement response was characterized with respect to radiation beam properties, including dose, dose per pulse, pulse rate frequency (PRF), and energy. Panel properties were also studied, including detector-calibration stability, power-on time, backscatter dependence, and the panel's agreement with water tank measurements [profiles, fractional depth dose (FDD), and output factors]. Results: The panel's relative deviation was typically within (±) 1% of an independent (or nominal) response for all properties that were tested. Notable results were (a) a detectable relative field shape change of ∼1% with linear accelerator PRF changes; (b) a large range in backscatter thickness had a minimal effect on the measured dose distribution (typically less than 1%); (c) the error spread in profile comparison between the panel and scanning water tank (Blue Phantom, CC13; IBA Schwarzenbruck, DE) was approximately (±) 0.75%. Conclusions: The ability of the panel to accurately reproduce water tank profiles, FDDs, and output factors is an indication of its abilities as a dosimetry system. The benefits of using the panel versus a scanning water tank are less setup time and less error susceptibility. The same measurements (including device setup and breakdown) for both systems took 180 min with the water tank versus 30 min with the panel. The time-savings increase as the measurement load is increased.

  17. A method to integrate human factors expertise into the PRA process

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    In response to the recognition of need, the USNRC has initiated research directed toward the integration of human factors and hardware engineering expertise throughout the PRA process. Success in this area is perceived as vital to the overall credibility of future PRAs. That is, no matter how adequate state of knowledge single task and sequence evaluation methods are, if they are not fully exploited by qualified human factors and human reliability specialists, realistic assessments of human and hardware performance separately, and in combination, will not be achieved. Also, in response to the prevailing state of PRA, the USNRC has initiated research directed toward methods for systematically applying PRA results as a technical base to: (1) retrofit/redesign equipment-centered and personnel-centered components of commercial nuclear power plants, (2) prioritize and resolve industry-wide safety issues involving human behavior, (3) establish risk-based performance measures for monitoring the effectiveness of operations, maintainability, test and surveillance programs, and (4) establish criteria for selecting, training and licensing, and subsequently evaluating the performance of plant personnel. This paper presents a method for integrating broad-based human factors expertise into the probabilistic risk assessment (PRA)/human reliability analysis (HRA) process in a standardized manner to achieve results which: (1) provide more realistic estimates of the impact of human performance on nuclear power safety, (2) can be fully audited, (3) provide a firm technical base for equipment-centered and personnel-centered retrofit/redesign of plants enabling them to meet internally and externally imposed safety standards, and (4) yield human and hardware data capable of supporting inquiries into human performance issues which transcend the individual plant

  18. Analysis of cultural development of Isfahan city Using Factor analysis method

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Extended abstract1-IntroductionCultural spaces are consideredas one of the main factors for development. Cultural development is a qualitative and valuable process that for assessing it, quantitative indicators in cultural planning are used to obtain development objectives in the pattern of goods and services. The aim of the study is to determine and analyze cultural development level and regional inequality of different districts of Isfahan using factor analysis technique. The statistical population of the study is 14 districts of Isfahan municipality. The dominant approach ofthis study is quantitative – description and analytical. In this study, 35 indices have been summarized by factor analysis method and have been reduced to 5 factors and combined in significant ones and delivered.2 – Theoretical basesThe most important objectives of spatial planning, considering limitation of resources, are optimum distributions of facilities and services among different locations in which people live. To do this,there is a need to identify different locations in terms of having different facilities and services, so that developed locations are specified and planners can proceed to do something for spatial equilibrium and reducing privileged distance between districts.The present study has been conducted to reach to an equal development in Isfahan urban districts following identifying the situation and the manner of distributing development facilities cultural selected indices in different districts.3 – DiscussionCultural development of societies is evaluated by considering the changes and improvement of its indices and measured by quantitative frames. Cultural development indices are the most important tools for cultural planning in a special district in a society. In this study, cultural development indices have been used to determine the levels of districts. By using factor analysis model, the share of influential factors in the cultural

  19. METHOD OF FACTORIZATION OF ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL OPERATORS AND SOME OF ITS APPLICATIONS

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    Lev M. Berkovich

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper is dedicated to analytical and algebraic approaches to the problem of the integration of ordinary differential equations. The first part is devoted to linear ordinary differential equations of the second and nth orders, while the second deals with nonlinear ordinary differential equations. Factorization of nonlinear equations of the second and the third orders both through commutative and noncommutative nonlinear differential operators are considered. The method of the exact linearization for nonlinear equations is explained. Some applications are also considered.

  20. Multi-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety

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    Bordas, Stéphane; Beex, Lars; Kerfriden, Pierre; Paladim, Daniel-Alves; Olivier, Goury; Akbari, Ahmad; Rappel, Hussein

    2015-01-01

    Authors: S. P. A. Bordas, L. A. A. Beex, P. Kerfriden, D. A. Paladim, O. Goury, A. Akbari, H. Rappel  Multi-scale methods for fracture: model learning across scales, digital twinning and factors of safety Fracture and material instabilities originate at spatial scales much smaller than that of the structure of interest: delamination, debonding, fibre breakage, cell-wall buckling, are examples of nano/micro or meso-scale mechanisms which can lead to global failure of the material and s...

  1. Frequency response function method with constraint efficiency factors for Hot/Cold spot problems

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    Temperature fluctuation from incomplete fluid mixing induces typically bending plus peak stress across wall thickness. For this stress mode, author has developed the frequency response function to establish design-by-analysis methodology for this phenomenon. On the other hand, it is pointed out that hot and cold spots appear near T-junctions in piping systems. Those induce other stress modes from three-dimensional temperature distributions. This report describes the extension of the frequency response method to hot and cold spot problems by introducing constraint efficiency factors. Its applicability was validated by application to a hot spot near the T-junction of PHENIX secondary piping system. (author)

  2. Buildup factors for multilayer shieldings in deterministic methods and their comparison with Monte Carlo

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    In general there are two ways how to calculate effective doses. The first way is by use of deterministic methods like point kernel method which is implemented in Visiplan or Microshield. These kind of calculations are very fast, but they are not very convenient for a complex geometry with shielding composed of more then one material in meaning of result precision. In spite of this that programs are sufficient for ALARA optimisation calculations. On other side there are Monte Carlo methods which can be used for calculations. This way of calculation is quite precise in comparison with reality but calculation time is usually very large. Deterministic method like programs have one disadvantage -usually there is option to choose buildup factor (BUF) only for one material in multilayer stratified slabs shielding calculation problems even if shielding is composed from different materials. In literature there are proposed different formulas for multilayer BUF approximation. Aim of this paper was to examine these different formulas and their comparison with MCNP calculations. At first ware compared results of Visiplan and Microshield. Simple geometry was modelled - point source behind single and double slab shielding. For Build-up calculations was chosen Geometric Progression method (feature of the newest version of Visiplan) because there are lower deviations in comparison with Taylor fitting. (authors)

  3. Human Factors methods concerning integrated validation of nuclear power plant control rooms

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    The frame of reference for this work was existing recommendations and instructions from the NPP area, experiences from the review of the Turbic Validation and experiences from system validations performed at the Swedish Armed Forces, e.g. concerning military control rooms and fighter pilots. These enterprises are characterized by complex systems in extreme environments, often with high risks, where human error can lead to serious consequences. A focus group has been performed with representatives responsible for Human Factors issues from all Swedish NPP:s. The questions that were discussed were, among other things, for whom an integrated validation (IV) is performed and its purpose, what should be included in an IV, the comparison with baseline measures, the design process, the role of SSM, which methods of measurement should be used, and how the methods are affected of changes in the control room. The report brings different questions to discussion concerning the validation process. Supplementary methods of measurement for integrated validation are discussed, e.g. dynamic, psychophysiological, and qualitative methods for identification of problems. Supplementary methods for statistical analysis are presented. The study points out a number of deficiencies in the validation process, e.g. the need of common guidelines for validation and design, criteria for different types of measurements, clarification of the role of SSM, and recommendations for the responsibility of external participants in the validation process. The authors propose 12 measures for taking care of the identified problems

  4. A systematic review of mixed methods research on human factors and ergonomics in health care.

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    Carayon, Pascale; Kianfar, Sarah; Li, Yaqiong; Xie, Anping; Alyousef, Bashar; Wooldridge, Abigail

    2015-11-01

    This systematic literature review provides information on the use of mixed methods research in human factors and ergonomics (HFE) research in health care. Using the PRISMA methodology, we searched four databases (PubMed, PsycInfo, Web of Science, and Engineering Village) for studies that met the following inclusion criteria: (1) field study in health care, (2) mixing of qualitative and quantitative data, (3) HFE issues, and (4) empirical evidence. Using an iterative and collaborative process supported by a structured data collection form, the six authors identified a total of 58 studies that primarily address HFE issues in health information technology (e.g., usability) and in the work of healthcare workers. About two-thirds of the mixed methods studies used the convergent parallel study design where quantitative and qualitative data were collected simultaneously. A variety of methods were used for collecting data, including interview, survey and observation. The most frequent combination involved interview for qualitative data and survey for quantitative data. The use of mixed methods in healthcare HFE research has increased over time. However, increasing attention should be paid to the formal literature on mixed methods research to enhance the depth and breadth of this research. PMID:26154228

  5. The interleukin-20 receptor axis in early rheumatoid arthritis

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    Kragstrup, Tue Wenzel; Greisen, Stinne Ravn; Nielsen, Morten Aagaard;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often characterized by the presence of rheumatoid factor, anti-citrullinated protein antibodies, and bone erosions. Current therapies can compromise immunity, leading to risk of infection. The interleukin-20 receptor (IL-20R) axis comprising IL-19, IL-20...... RA synovial fluid compared with monocytes from both RA and healthy control peripheral blood. The plasma concentrations of IL-20 and IL-24 were increased in rheumatoid factor and anti-citrullinated protein antibody positive compared with negative early RA patients (all P < 0.0001). Immune complexes...

  6. DARHT Axis-I Diode Simulations II: Geometrical Scaling

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    Ekdahl, Carl A. Jr. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-14

    Flash radiography of large hydrodynamic experiments driven by high explosives is a venerable diagnostic technique in use at many laboratories. Many of the largest hydrodynamic experiments study mockups of nuclear weapons, and are often called hydrotests for short. The dual-axis radiography for hydrodynamic testing (DARHT) facility uses two electron linear-induction accelerators (LIA) to produce the radiographic source spots for perpendicular views of a hydrotest. The first of these LIAs produces a single pulse, with a fixed {approx}60-ns pulsewidth. The second axis LIA produces as many as four pulses within 1.6-{micro}s, with variable pulsewidths and separation. There are a wide variety of hydrotest geometries, each with a unique radiographic requirement, so there is a need to adjust the radiographic dose for the best images. This can be accomplished on the second axis by simply adjusting the pulsewidths, but is more problematic on the first axis. Changing the beam energy or introducing radiation attenuation also changes the spectrum, which is undesirable. Moreover, using radiation attenuation introduces significant blur, increasing the effective spot size. The dose can also be adjusted by changing the beam kinetic energy. This is a very sensitive method, because the dose scales as the {approx}2.8 power of the energy, but it would require retuning the accelerator. This leaves manipulating the beam current as the best means for adjusting the dose, and one way to do this is to change the size of the cathode. This method has been proposed, and is being tested. This article describes simulations undertaken to develop scaling laws for use as design tools in changing the Axis-1 beam current by changing the cathode size.

  7. Axis of Zodiacal light Near Tropic Cancer

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    Nawar, S; Mikhail, J S; Morcos, A B; Ibrahim, Alhassan I

    2014-01-01

    The axis of zodiacal lights have been obtained in blue and yellow colors using photoelectric observations of zodiacal light. These observations have been carried out at Abu Simbel Site in Egypt, in October 1975. This site lies too near to the tropic of Cancer, at which the axis of the zodiacal light cone perpendiculars to the horizon. The results show that the plane of the zodiacal light is inclined to the normal by 1.59 degrees in blue color and 1.18 degrees in yellow color. This means that there is a slight variation in zodiacal light axis with wavelength, and the axis almost coincide with the ecliptic. The present results for blue color can be considered as the first one in the world near the tropic of Cancer.

  8. A Hyperresponsive HPA Axis May Confer Resilience Against Persistent Paclitaxel-Induced Mechanical Hypersensitivity.

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    Kozachik, Sharon L; Page, Gayle G

    2016-05-01

    Paclitaxel (PAC) treatment is associated with persistent, debilitating neuropathic pain that affects the hands and feet. Female sex and biological stress responsivity are risk factors for persistent pain, but it is unclear whether these important biologically based factors confer risk for PAC-induced neuropathic pain. To determine the relative contributions of sex and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis stress responsivity to PAC-induced mechanical hypersensitivity, we employed a PAC protocol consisting of three, 2-week cycles of every-other-day doses of PAC 1 mg/kg versus saline (Week 1) and recovery (Week 2), totaling 42 days, in mature male and female Fischer 344, Lewis, and Sprague Dawley (SD) rats, known to differ in HPA axis stress responsivity. Mechanical sensitivity was operationalized using von Frey filaments, per the up-down method. Among PAC-injected rats, SD rats exhibited significantly greater mechanical hypersensitivity relative to accumulative PAC doses compared to Fischer 344 rats. Lewis rats were not significantly different in mechanical hypersensitivity from SD or Fischer 344 rats. At the end of the protocol, PAC-injected SD rats exhibited profound mechanical hypersensitivity, whereas the PAC-injected Fischer 344 rats appeared relatively resilient to the long-term effects of PAC and exhibited mechanical sensitivity that was not statistically different from their saline-injected counterparts. Sex differences were mixed and noted only early in the PAC protocol. Moderate HPA axis stress responsivity may confer additional risk for the painful effects of PAC. If these findings hold in humans, clinicians may be better able to identify persons who may be at increased risks for developing neuropathic pain during PAC therapy. PMID:26512050

  9. TOWARDS REDUCING THE MULTIDIMENSIONALITY OF OLAP CUBES USING THE EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMS AND FACTOR ANALYSIS METHODS

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    Sami NAOUALI

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    Full Text Available Data Warehouses are structures with large amount of data collected from heterogeneous sources to be used in a decision support system. Data Warehouses analysis identifies hidden patterns initially unexpected which analysis requires great memory and computation cost. Data reduction methods were proposed to make this analysis easier. In this paper, we present a hybrid approach based on Genetic Algorithms (GAas Evolutionary Algorithms and the Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA as Analysis Factor Methods to conduct this reduction. Our approach identifies reduced subset of dimensions p’ from the initial subset p where p'

  10. SCALE FACTOR DETERMINATION METHOD OF ELECTRO-OPTICAL MODULATOR IN FIBER-OPTIC GYROSCOPE

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    A. S. Aleynik

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Subject of Research. We propose a method for dynamic measurement of half-wave voltage of electro-optic modulator as part of a fiber optic gyroscope. Excluding the impact of the angular acceleration o​n measurement of the electro-optical coefficient is achieved through the use of homodyne demodulation method that allows a division of the Sagnac phase shift signal and an auxiliary signal for measuring the electro-optical coefficient in the frequency domain. Method. The method essence reduces to decomposition of step of digital serrodyne modulation in two parts with equal duration. The first part is used for quadrature modulation signals. The second part comprises samples of the auxiliary signal used to determine the value of the scale factor of the modulator. Modeling is done in standalone model, and as part of a general model of the gyroscope. The applicability of the proposed method is investigated as well as its qualitative and quantitative characteristics: absolute and relative accuracy of the electro-optic coefficient, the stability of the method to the effects of angular velocities and accelerations, method resistance to noise in actual devices. Main Results. The simulation has showed the ability to measure angular velocity changing under the influence of angular acceleration, acting on the device, and simultaneous measurement of electro-optical coefficient of the phase modulator without interference between these processes. Practical Relevance. Featured in the paper the ability to eliminate the influence of the angular acceleration on the measurement accuracy of the electro-optical coefficient of the phase modulator will allow implementing accurate measurement algorithms for fiber optic gyroscopes resistant to a significant acceleration in real devices.

  11. Integrated Evaluation Method-Based Technical and Economic Factors for International Oil Exploration Projects

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Optimizing international oil exploration projects is one of the main challenges for oil companies in obtaining investment benefits. This paper establishes an integrated evaluation model to maximize investment benefits within the constraints of technical and economic factors, including geological factors, resource quality, geographic conditions, the investment environment, and oil contracts. The paper also proposes a dynamic calculation method of indicators’ weight associated with oil prices. The analysis describes the effects of contract terms and the investment environment on project value and quantifies the contractor income ratio for different types of contracts and the investment environment of the host country. Oil exploration projects in Africa are illustrated as examples in which the evaluation indicator Adjusted Concept Reserves (ACR is calculated for each project. The results show that remaining recoverable reserves and contract terms exert tremendous influences on ACR, and remaining recoverable reserves is the essential factor. Simultaneously, changes in oil prices lead to various rates of change in the contractor income ratio, which is determined by different fiscal terms. This study is important in helping oil companies optimize international oil projects and design reasonable investment strategies.

  12. 血管紧张素-(1-7)/M as 受体轴通过调控 NF-κB 通路保护心肌细胞对抗高糖诱导的损伤%Angiotensin-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis protects cardiomyocytes against high glucose-induced injury by modulating nuclear factor-κB pathway

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    梁伟杰; 陈景福; 宋明才; 莫利求; 潘玩莹; 李健豪; 冯鉴强; 张稳柱

    2015-01-01

    AIM:Tostudywhe ther theangiotens in-(1-7)[Ang-(1-7)]/Mas receptor axis protects cardio-myocytes against high glucose (HG)-induced injury by inhibiting nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway.METHODS:The cell viability was measured by CCK-8 assay.The intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species ( ROS) were detected by DCFH-DA staining .The number of apoptotic cells was tested by Hoechst 33258 nuclear staining .Mitochondrial membrane potential ( MMP) was examined by JC-1 staining.The levels of NF-κB p65 subunit and cleaved caspase-3 protein were de-termined by Western blotting.RESULTS: Treatment of H9c2 cardiac cells with 35 mmol/L glucose (HG) for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 min significantly enhanced the levels of phosphorated ( p) NF-κB p65, peaking at 60 min.Co-treatment of the cells with 1 μmol/L Ang-(1-7) and HG for 60 min attenuated the up-regulation of p-NF-κB p65 induced by HG. Co-treatment of the cells with Ang-(1-7) at concentrations of 0.1~30μmol/L and HG for 24 h inhibited HG-induced cy-totoxicity, evidenced by an increase in cell viability .On the other hand, 1 μmol/L Ang-(1-7) ameliorated HG-induced apoptosis, oxidative stress and mitochondrial damage , indicated by decreases in the number of apoptotic cells , cleaved caspase-3 level, ROS generation and MMP loss .However, the above cardioprotective effects of Ang-(1-7) were markedly blocked by A-779, an antagonist of Ang-(1-7) receptor (Mas receptor).Similarly, co-treatment of H9c2 cardiac cells with 100 μmol/L PDTC ( an inhibitor of NF-κB) and HG for 24 h also obviously reduced the above injuries induced by HG.CONCLUSION:Ang-(1-7)/Mas receptor axis prevents the cardiomyocytes from the HG-induced injury by inhibiting NF-κB pathway .%目的:探讨血管紧张素-(1-7)[Ang-(1-7)]/Mas受体轴能否通过抑制核因子-κB (NF-κB)通路对抗高糖( HG)引起的心肌细胞损伤。方法:应用细胞计数检测试剂盒( CCK-8)检测心肌细胞存活率;

  13. Effects of sericine on growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 axis of testis in type 2 diabetes mellitus rats%丝胶对2型糖尿病大鼠睾丸生长激素/胰岛素样生长因子-1轴的作用

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    付文亮; 付秀美; 钟美蓉; 和亚强; 宋成军; 陈志宏

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨丝胶对2型糖尿病大鼠睾丸生长激素(GH)/胰岛素样生长因子-1(IGF-1)轴的作用.方法 40只雄性SD大鼠随机分为正常对照组、糖尿病模型组、丝胶治疗组和阳性对照组,每组均为10只.链脲佐菌素连续腹腔注射制作2型糖尿病大鼠模型,1周后以血糖≥16.7mmol/L作为成模标准.待模型成功建立后,模型组大鼠不做任何处理,丝胶治疗组大鼠给予丝胶灌胃[2.4g/(kg·d)],阳性对照组大鼠给予二甲双胍[55.33mg/(kg·d)]灌胃,均为35d.采用酶联免疫吸附测定(ELISA)方法检测大鼠血清睾酮、GH和IGF-1水平;分别采用免疫组织化学染色、免疫印迹法和RT-PCR法检测睾丸GH、GH受体(GHR)和IGF-1的表达.结果 丝胶可明显降低糖尿病大鼠血GH水平、下调睾丸GH的表达,升高血IGF-1和睾酮水平,上调睾丸IGF-1和GHR的表达(P<0.05,P<0.01).并且丝胶治疗组各项指标与阳性对照组比较无明显差别(P>0.05).结论 丝胶可通过调节糖尿病时GH/IGF-1轴紊乱改善生精功能,发挥对糖尿病生殖功能损害的保护作用,其作用与二甲双胍相当.%Objective To study the effects of sericine on growth hormone(GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 ( IGF-1 ) axis of testis in type 2 diabetes mellitus rats model.Methods Forty male SD rats were randomly divided into 4 groups (n = 10): normal control group, diabetes model group, sericine treatment group and positive control group.The type 2 diabetes model rats were induced by continuous intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin and blood glucose≥ 16.7mmol/L was taken as the criterion one week after injection.After successfully establishing the diabetes animal models, the rats in diabetes model group were not given any more treatment, the rats in sericine treatment group were lavaged with sericine [2.4g/( kg· d), 35d], the rats in positive control group were lavaged with metformin [55.33 mg/( kg· d), 35d].ELISA was used to detect the

  14. Understanding Factors that Shape Gender Attitudes in Early Adolescence Globally: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review

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    Gibbs, Susannah; Blum, Robert Wm; Moreau, Caroline; Chandra-Mouli, Venkatraman; Herbert, Ann; Amin, Avni

    2016-01-01

    Background Early adolescence (ages 10–14) is a period of increased expectations for boys and girls to adhere to socially constructed and often stereotypical norms that perpetuate gender inequalities. The endorsement of such gender norms is closely linked to poor adolescent sexual and reproductive and other health-related outcomes yet little is known about the factors that influence young adolescents’ personal gender attitudes. Objectives To explore factors that shape gender attitudes in early adolescence across different cultural settings globally. Methods A mixed-methods systematic review was conducted of the peer-reviewed literature in 12 databases from 1984–2014. Four reviewers screened the titles and abstracts of articles and reviewed full text articles in duplicate. Data extraction and quality assessments were conducted using standardized templates by study design. Thematic analysis was used to synthesize quantitative and qualitative data organized by the social-ecological framework (individual, interpersonal and community/societal-level factors influencing gender attitudes). Results Eighty-two studies (46 quantitative, 31 qualitative, 5 mixed-methods) spanning 29 countries were included. Ninety percent of studies were from North America or Western Europe. The review findings indicate that young adolescents, across cultural settings, commonly express stereotypical or inequitable gender attitudes, and such attitudes appear to vary by individual sociodemographic characteristics (sex, race/ethnicity and immigration, social class, and age). Findings highlight that interpersonal influences (family and peers) are central influences on young adolescents’ construction of gender attitudes, and these gender socialization processes differ for boys and girls. The role of community factors (e.g. media) is less clear though there is some evidence that schools may reinforce stereotypical gender attitudes among young adolescents. Conclusions The findings from this

  15. UMAPRM: Uniformly sampling the medial axis

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    2014-05-01

    © 2014 IEEE. Maintaining clearance, or distance from obstacles, is a vital component of successful motion planning algorithms. Maintaining high clearance often creates safer paths for robots. Contemporary sampling-based planning algorithms That utilize The medial axis, or The set of all points equidistant To Two or more obstacles, produce higher clearance paths. However, They are biased heavily Toward certain portions of The medial axis, sometimes ignoring parts critical To planning, e.g., specific Types of narrow passages. We introduce Uniform Medial Axis Probabilistic RoadMap (UMAPRM), a novel planning variant That generates samples uniformly on The medial axis of The free portion of Cspace. We Theoretically analyze The distribution generated by UMAPRM and show its uniformity. Our results show That UMAPRM\\'s distribution of samples along The medial axis is not only uniform but also preferable To other medial axis samplers in certain planning problems. We demonstrate That UMAPRM has negligible computational overhead over other sampling Techniques and can solve problems The others could not, e.g., a bug Trap. Finally, we demonstrate UMAPRM successfully generates higher clearance paths in The examples.

  16. A Method for Eletric Vehicle Ownership Forecast Considering Different Economic Factors

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The construction of electric vehicles (EVs charging station needs to be planed according to the ownership of EVs, traffic condition, population etc. Therefore a BP neural network based method to forecast the EV ownership for a city is presented in the paper, which considers the influence on the EV ownership caused by many related economy factors, including GDP of a city, vehicle production, per capita crude steel production, per capita generation capacity, road passenger traffic, highway mileage and the total population.  A BP neural network is set up for the forecast of EV ownership, and the input layer contains seven neutrons, which represent different economic factors. There are three neurons in its hidden layer, and the output is the EV ownership.  Then the method to predict the EV ownership of a city is presented, which is based on the forecast of the civilian car ownership in a city and the country. The EV ownership in the city of Chongqing from the year 2013 to 2020 is predicted, and the accuracy of the model is verified firstly, then the EV ownership in Chongqing is obtained, which is helpful to make plans for the development of electric vehicle.

  17. Determination of stress intensity factor for a crack perpendicular to bimaterial interface by finite element method

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    Abdi's numerical method(ref. 13) for representing a stress singularity by shifting the mid-side nodes of isoparametric elements is reviewed. A simple technique to obtain the optimal position of the mid-side nodes in quadratic isoparametric finite element is presented. From this technique we can directly obtain the position of the side-nodes adjacent to the crack tip. It is also observed that the present technique provides good accuracy for the expression of the opening displacement and the determination of the mid-side nodes for more wide range of material properties than that obtained by Abdi. And the finite element method is applied to determine stress intensity factors for pressurized crack perpendicular to and terminating at the interface of two bonded dissimilar materials. A proper definition for stress intensity factors of a crack perpendicular to bimaterial interface is provided. It is based upon a near-tip displacement solutions on the crack surface for interface crak between two dissimilar materials. Numerical testing is carried out with the eight-node and six-node elements. The results obtained are compared with the previous solutions. (Author)

  18. Evaluation of soybean lines and environmental stratification using the AMMI, GGE biplot, and factor analysis methods.

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    Sousa, L B; Hamawaki, O T; Nogueira, A P O; Batista, R O; Oliveira, V M; Hamawaki, R L

    2015-01-01

    In the final phases of new soybean cultivar development, lines are cultivated in several locations across multiple seasons with the intention of identifying and selecting superior genotypes for quantitative traits. In this context, this study aimed to study the genotype-by-environment interaction for the trait grain yield (kg/ha), and to evaluate the adaptability and stability of early-cycle soybean genotypes using the additive main effects and multiplicative interaction (AMMI) analysis, genotype main effects and genotype x environment interaction (GGE) biplot, and factor analysis methods. Additionally, the efficiency of these methods was compared. The experiments were carried out in five cities in the State of Mato Grosso: Alto Taquari, Lucas do Rio Verde, Sinop, Querência, and Rondonópolis, in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 seasons. Twenty-seven early-cycle soybean genotypes were evaluated, consisting of 22 lines developed by Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU) soybean breeding program, and five controls: UFUS Carajás, MSOY 6101, MSOY 7211, UFUS Guarani, and Riqueza. Significant and complex genotype-by-environment interactions were observed. The AMMI model presented greater efficiency by retaining most of the variation in the first two main components (61.46%), followed by the GGE biplot model (57.90%), and factor analysis (54.12%). Environmental clustering among the methodologies was similar, and was composed of one environmental group from one location but from different seasons. Genotype G5 presented an elevated grain yield, and high adaptability and stability as determined by the AMMI, factor analysis, and GGE biplot methodologies. PMID:26505417

  19. Factors influencing adherence to antiretroviral treatment in Nepal: a mixed-methods study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART is a lifesaver for individual patients treated for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS. Maintaining optimal adherence to antiretroviral drugs is essential for HIV infection management. This study aimed to understand the factors influencing adherence amongst ART-prescribed patients and care providers in Nepal. METHODS: A cross-sectional mixed-methods study surveying 330 ART-prescribed patients and 34 in-depth interviews with three different types of stakeholders: patients, care providers, and key people at policy level. Adherence was assessed through survey self-reporting and during the interviews. A multivariate logistic regression model was used to identify factors associated with adherence, supplemented with a thematic analysis of the interview transcripts. RESULTS: A total of 282 (85.5% respondents reported complete adherence, i.e. no missed doses in the four-weeks prior to interview. Major factors influencing adherence were: non-disclosure of HIV status (OR = 17.99, p = 0.014; alcohol use (OR = 12.89, p = 1 hour (OR = 2.84, p = 0.035. Similarly, lack of knowledge and negative perception towards ART medications also significantly affected non-adherence. Transport costs (for repeat prescription, followed by pills running out, not wanting others to notice, side-effects, and being busy were the most common reasons for non-adherence. The interviews also revealed religious or ritual obstacles, stigma and discrimination, ART-associated costs, transport problems, lack of support, and side-effects as contributing to non-adherence. CONCLUSION: Improving adherence requires a supportive environment; accessible treatment; clear instructions about regimens; and regimens tailored to individual patients' lifestyles. Healthcare workers should address some of the practical and cultural issues around ART medicine whilst policy-makers should develop

  20. On Reducing the Effect of Covariate Factors in Gait Recognition: A Classifier Ensemble Method.

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    Guan, Yu; Li, Chang-Tsun; Roli, Fabio

    2015-07-01

    Robust human gait recognition is challenging because of the presence of covariate factors such as carrying condition, clothing, walking surface, etc. In this paper, we model the effect of covariates as an unknown partial feature corruption problem. Since the locations of corruptions may differ for different query gaits, relevant features may become irrelevant when walking condition changes. In this case, it is difficult to train one fixed classifier that is robust to a large number of different covariates. To tackle this problem, we propose a classifier ensemble method based on the random subspace Method (RSM) and majority voting (MV). Its theoretical basis suggests it is insensitive to locations of corrupted features, and thus can generalize well to a large number of covariates. We also extend this method by proposing two strategies, i.e, local enhancing (LE) and hybrid decision-level fusion (HDF) to suppress the ratio of false votes to true votes (before MV). The performance of our approach is competitive against the most challenging covariates like clothing, walking surface, and elapsed time. We evaluate our method on the USF dataset and OU-ISIR-B dataset, and it has much higher performance than other state-of-the-art algorithms. PMID:26352457

  1. A two-factor method for appraising building renovation and energy efficiency improvement projects

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    The renovation of residential buildings usually involves a variety of measures aiming at reducing energy and building maintenance bills, increasing safety and market value, and improving comfort and aesthetics. A significant number of project appraisal methods in current use-such as calculations of payback time, net present value, internal rate of return or cost of conserved energy (CCE)-only quantify energy efficiency gains. These approaches are relatively easy to use, but offer a distorted view of complex modernization projects. On the other hand, various methods using multiple criteria take a much wider perspective but are usually time-consuming, based on sometimes uncertain assumptions and require sophisticated tools. A 'two-factor' appraisal method offers a compromise between these two approaches. The main idea of the method is to separate investments into those related to energy efficiency improvements, and those related to building renovation. Costs and benefits of complex measures, which both influence energy consumption and improve building constructions, are separated by using a building rehabilitation coefficient. The CCE is used for the appraisal of energy efficiency investments, while investments in building renovation are appraised using standard tools for the assessment of investments in maintenance, repair and rehabilitation

  2. Finding the Orientation of the Stellar Spin Axis

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    Wilkinson, Tessa D.; Lesage, Anna-Lea

    2016-01-01

    The stellar position angle is defined as the projection of the stellar spin axis on the night sky, as measured from North to East. Measuring the stellar position angle gives information that can be used for stellar spin axis evolution and binary formation theories. Current methods to find this angle use imaging with long baseline interferometry for fast rotating stars. There is a lack of observational techniques to find the orientation of the stellar rotation axis for slow rotating stars, which make up the vast majority of stellar population. We developed a new method for determining the absolute stellar position angle for slow rotating stars using a spectro-astrometric analysis of high resolution long-slit spectra. We used the 2m Thueringer Landessternwarte (TLS) telescope to obtain high resolution spectra (R=60,000) with multiple slit orientations to test this method. The stellar rotation causes a tilt in the stellar lines, and the angle of this tilt depends on the stellar position angle and the orientation of the slit. We used a cross-correlation method to compare the subpixel displacements of the position of the photocenter at each slit orientation with telluric lines to obtain the tilt amplitude. We report the results of finding the position angle of the slow rotating K giant Aldebaran and fast rotating reference stars like Vega.

  3. The fear-factor stress test: an ethical, non-invasive laboratory method that produces consistent and sustained cortisol responding in men and women.

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    du Plooy, Christopher; Thomas, Kevin G F; Henry, Michelle; Human, Robyn; Jacobs, W Jake

    2014-06-01

    We describe a method to administer a controlled, effective stressor to humans in the laboratory. The method combines the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST) and the Cold Pressor Test into a single, believable procedure called the Fear-Factor Stress Test (FFST). In the procedure, participants imagine auditioning for the reality television show Fear Factor. They stand before a video recorder and a panel of judges while (a) delivering a motivational speech, (b) performing a verbal arithmetic task, and (c) placing one hand into a bucket of ice water for up to 2 min. We measured subjective anxiety, heart rate, and salivary cortisol in three groups of young adults (n = 30 each, equal numbers of men and women): FFST, TSST, and Control (a placebo version of the FFST). Although the FFST and TSST groups were not distinguishable at the cortisol measure taken 5 min post-manipulation, at 35 min postmanipulation average cortisol levels in the TSST group had returned to baseline, whereas those in the FFST group continued to rise. The proportion of individual cortisol responders (≥ 2 nmol/l increase over baseline) in the TSST and FFST groups did not differ at the 5-min measure, but at the 35-min measure the FFST group contained significantly more responders. The findings indicate that the FFST induces a more robust and sustained cortisol response (which we assume is a marker of an HPA-axis response) than the TSST, and that it does so without increasing participant discomfort or incurring appreciably greater resource and time costs. PMID:24435939

  4. 我国海洋产业结构演化的过程研究%Analysis of Chinese Marine Industrial Structure Evolution and Optimization Based on the"Three Axis Diagram"Method

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    石秋艳

    2014-01-01

    海洋产业结构的优化升级是海洋经济健康持续发展的重要保障,并直接影响着人类未来的发展。在有关学者对海洋产业结构演化的研究基础之上,运用三轴图分析法,构建了海洋产业结构演进模式图,可直观清晰地看出我国海洋三次产业结构的动态演变过程,显示我国海洋产业结构已实现第三产业占据主导地位的三、二、一产业结构模式,并在此基础上对海洋产业结构的演化阶段进行分析。从加强国家宏观调控、优化产业布局、加强科技创新、建立人才队伍等方面提出优化海洋产业结构的对策。%Optimization and upgrading of industrial structure of the ocean is an important guarantee for develping marine economy healthly and sustainly which directly affecting the future development of mankind. Based on the research scholars of the evolution of the marine industry structure above, marine industrial structure evolution model diagram was constructed by using three-axis chart analysis.c The dynamic evolution of the industrial structure of China's three oceans can be revealed as following:The third industry has become the largest industrial sector in marine industry structure . The evolutionary stages of marine industrial structure were analyzed based on the above analysis. Finally, the marine industrial structure optimization strategies were put forward as the following:strengthening the national macro-control, optimizing the industrial layout, strengthening scientific and technological innovation, and establishing personnel.

  5. Bouncing back - trauma and the HPA-axis in healthy adults

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    Ellen Renée Klaassens

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Dysregulation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA-axis is thought to underlie stress-related psychiatric disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD. Some studies have reported HPA-axis dysregulation in trauma-exposed (TE adults in the absence of psychiatric morbidity. In this dissertation we set out to unravel part of the mechanism that underlies the complex relations between trauma exposure, stress regulation, and psychopathology. Mentally healthy TE subjects were compared with non-trauma-exposed (NE healthy controls. To distinguish between the potential effects of childhood trauma and adulthood trauma, we included women exposed to childhood trauma as well as men who were exposed to trauma during adulthood. Basal HPA-axis functioning was assessed with salivary cortisol samples. HPA-axis reactivity was assessed with the dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing hormone (Dex/CRH test. The results show that childhood trauma exposure is associated with an attenuated cortisol response after the Dex/CRH challenge test in women. In contrast, trauma exposure during adulthood was not associated with alterations in HPA-axis regulation after the Dex/CRH test. Neither childhood trauma nor adulthood trauma were associated with basal HPA-axis functioning. Childhood trauma rather than adulthood trauma may chronically affect HPA-axis functioning. Since the association between adulthood trauma and resilience to psychopathology cannot be explained by HPA-axis functioning alone, other factors must play a role.

  6. Simplified Method for Predicting a Functional Class of Proteins in Transcription Factor Complexes

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    Piatek, Marek J.

    2013-07-12

    Background:Initiation of transcription is essential for most of the cellular responses to environmental conditions and for cell and tissue specificity. This process is regulated through numerous proteins, their ligands and mutual interactions, as well as interactions with DNA. The key such regulatory proteins are transcription factors (TFs) and transcription co-factors (TcoFs). TcoFs are important since they modulate the transcription initiation process through interaction with TFs. In eukaryotes, transcription requires that TFs form different protein complexes with various nuclear proteins. To better understand transcription regulation, it is important to know the functional class of proteins interacting with TFs during transcription initiation. Such information is not fully available, since not all proteins that act as TFs or TcoFs are yet annotated as such, due to generally partial functional annotation of proteins. In this study we have developed a method to predict, using only sequence composition of the interacting proteins, the functional class of human TF binding partners to be (i) TF, (ii) TcoF, or (iii) other nuclear protein. This allows for complementing the annotation of the currently known pool of nuclear proteins. Since only the knowledge of protein sequences is required in addition to protein interaction, the method should be easily applicable to many species.Results:Based on experimentally validated interactions between human TFs with different TFs, TcoFs and other nuclear proteins, our two classification systems (implemented as a web-based application) achieve high accuracies in distinguishing TFs and TcoFs from other nuclear proteins, and TFs from TcoFs respectively.Conclusion:As demonstrated, given the fact that two proteins are capable of forming direct physical interactions and using only information about their sequence composition, we have developed a completely new method for predicting a functional class of TF interacting protein partners

  7. Understanding Factors that Shape Gender Attitudes in Early Adolescence Globally: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review.

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    Full Text Available Early adolescence (ages 10-14 is a period of increased expectations for boys and girls to adhere to socially constructed and often stereotypical norms that perpetuate gender inequalities. The endorsement of such gender norms is closely linked to poor adolescent sexual and reproductive and other health-related outcomes yet little is known about the factors that influence young adolescents' personal gender attitudes.To explore factors that shape gender attitudes in early adolescence across different cultural settings globally.A mixed-methods systematic review was conducted of the peer-reviewed literature in 12 databases from 1984-2014. Four reviewers screened the titles and abstracts of articles and reviewed full text articles in duplicate. Data extraction and quality assessments were conducted using standardized templates by study design. Thematic analysis was used to synthesize quantitative and qualitative data organized by the social-ecological framework (individual, interpersonal and community/societal-level factors influencing gender attitudes.Eighty-two studies (46 quantitative, 31 qualitative, 5 mixed-methods spanning 29 countries were included. Ninety percent of studies were from North America or Western Europe. The review findings indicate that young adolescents, across cultural settings, commonly express stereotypical or inequitable gender attitudes, and such attitudes appear to vary by individual sociodemographic characteristics (sex, race/ethnicity and immigration, social class, and age. Findings highlight that interpersonal influences (family and peers are central influences on young adolescents' construction of gender attitudes, and these gender socialization processes differ for boys and girls. The role of community factors (e.g. media is less clear though there is some evidence that schools may reinforce stereotypical gender attitudes among young adolescents.The findings from this review suggest that young adolescents in different

  8. Actuator assembly including a single axis of rotation locking member

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    Quitmeyer, James N.; Benson, Dwayne M.; Geck, Kellan P.

    2009-12-08

    An actuator assembly including an actuator housing assembly and a single axis of rotation locking member fixedly attached to a portion of the actuator housing assembly and an external mounting structure. The single axis of rotation locking member restricting rotational movement of the actuator housing assembly about at least one axis. The single axis of rotation locking member is coupled at a first end to the actuator housing assembly about a Y axis and at a 90.degree. angle to an X and Z axis providing rotation of the actuator housing assembly about the Y axis. The single axis of rotation locking member is coupled at a second end to a mounting structure, and more particularly a mounting pin, about an X axis and at a 90.degree. angle to a Y and Z axis providing rotation of the actuator housing assembly about the X axis. The actuator assembly is thereby restricted from rotation about the Z axis.

  9. Resonance Shift of Single-Axis Acoustic Levitation

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    XIE Wen-Jun; WEI Bing-Bo

    2007-01-01

    @@ The resonance shift due to the presence and movement of a rigid spherical sample in a single-axis acoustic levitator is studied with the boundary element method on the basis of a two-cylinder model of the levitator.The introduction of a sample into the sound pressure nodes, where it is usually levitated, reduces the resonant interval Hn (n is the mode number) between the reflector and emitter.

  10. Psychiatric Axis I Comorbidities among Patients with Gender Dysphoria

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    Azadeh Mazaheri Meybodi; Ahmad Hajebi; Atefeh Ghanbari Jolfaei

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. Cooccurring psychiatric disorders influence the outcome and prognosis of gender dysphoria. The aim of this study is to assess psychiatric comorbidities in a group of patients. Methods. Eighty-three patients requesting sex reassignment surgery (SRS) were recruited and assessed through the Persian Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders (SCID-I). Results. Fifty-seven (62.7%) patients had at least one psychiatric comorbidity. Major depressive disorder (33.7%), speci...

  11. Orthogonal Analysis Based Performance Optimization for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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    Lei Song; Hong-Zhao Liu; Zong-Xiao Yang

    2016-01-01

    Geometrical shape of a vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) is composed of multiple structural parameters. Since there are interactions among the structural parameters, traditional research approaches, which usually focus on one parameter at a time, cannot obtain performance of the wind turbine accurately. In order to exploit overall effect of a novel VAWT, we firstly use a single parameter optimization method to obtain optimal values of the structural parameters, respectively, by Computational ...

  12. Effects of extraction methods and factors on leaching of metals from recycled concrete aggregates.

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    Bestgen, Janile O; Cetin, Bora; Tanyu, Burak F

    2016-07-01

    Leaching of metals (calcium (Ca), chromium (Cr), copper, (Cu), iron (Fe), and zinc (Zn)) of recycled concrete aggregates (RCAs) were investigated with four different leachate extraction methods (batch water leach tests (WLTs), toxicity leaching procedure test (TCLP), synthetic precipitation leaching procedure test (SPLP), and pH-dependent leach tests). WLTs were also used to perform a parametric study to evaluate factors including (i) effects of reaction time, (ii) atmosphere, (iii) liquid-to-solid (L/S) ratio, and (iv) particle size of RCA. The results from WLTs showed that reaction time and exposure to atmosphere had impact on leaching behavior of metals. An increase in L/S ratio decreased the effluent pH and all metal concentrations. Particle size of the RCA had impact on some metals but not all. Comparison of the leached concentrations of metals from select RCA samples with WLT method to leached concentrations from TCLP and SPLP methods revealed significant differences. For the same RCA samples, the highest metal concentrations were obtained with TCLP method, followed by WLT and SPLP methods. However, in all tests, the concentrations of all four (Cr, Cu, Fe, and Zn) metals were below the regulatory limits determined by EPA MCLs in all tests with few exceptions. pH-dependent batch water leach tests revealed that leaching pattern for Ca is more cationic whereas for other metals showed more amphoteric. The results obtained from the pH-dependent tests were evaluated with geochemical modeling (MINTEQA2) to estimate the governing leaching mechanisms for different metals. The results indicated that the releases of the elements were solubility-controlled except Cr. PMID:26996910

  13. Microalbuminuria Measured by three Different Methods, Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Elderly Swedish Males

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    Gösta Florvall

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Microalbuminuria is associated with hypertension and is a strong risk factor for subsequent chronic disease, both renal and coronary heart disease (CHD, Presently there are several methods available for measurement of microalbuminuria. The aim of this study was to evaluate if the three different methods gave similar information or if one of the assays were superior to the others. Blood pressure, inflammatory markers and cardiovascular mortality and morbidity were correlated with urine albumin analysed with a point-of-care testing (POCT instrument, nephelometric determination of albumin and albumin/creatinine ratio in elderly males. The study population consisted of 103 diabetic and 603 nondiabetic males (age 77 years in a cross-sectional study. We analyzed urine albumin with a HemoCue® Urine Albumin POCT instrument and a ProSpec® nephelometer and albumin/creatinine ratio. There were strong correlations between both systolic and diastolic blood pressure and all three urine albumin methods (p < 0.0001. There were also significant correlations between the different urine albumin measurements and serum amyloid A component, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and interleukin-6. The three different urine albumin methods studied provided similar information in relation to cardiovascular disease. There was a strong correlation between systolic and diastolic blood pressure and microalbuminuria in both the whole study population and in nondiabetic males emphasizing the role of hypertension in glomerular damage. The good correlation between the studied urine albumin measurements show that all three methods can be used for monitoring urine albumin excretion.

  14. Insulin like growth factor axis in type 1 diabetic pregnancy

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    Higgins, M

    2011-02-01

    Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, RCPI Four Provinces Meeting, Junior Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland Dublin Maternity Hospitals Reports Meeting, Nov 2011

  15. Factors associated with suicide method among psychiatric patients in a general hospital in Korea.

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    Park, Subin; Ahn, Myung Hee; Na, Riji; Kim, Seon-Ok; Yoon, Jin Sang; Park, Jun-Hyuk; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2013-12-30

    This study aims to highlight the factors associated with suicide method among psychiatric patients in a general hospital in Korea. In a sample of 467 suicides by patients who had received mental health care in a general hospital in Korea, the relationship between suicide method and time of death as well as clinical characteristics, including psychiatric adiagnosis, was examined using multinomial logistic regression analysis. Compared with the general population, psychiatric patients, regardless of disorder, committed suicide by jumping from heights more often than by hanging (OR=2.35-8.64). In particular, patients with psychotic disorders and female patients were more likely to use jumping from a height than hanging to kill themselves (OR=2.98 and 1.83, respectively). Patients were more likely to use suicide methods other than hanging (e.g., OR=6.7 for jumping, 5.3 for drowning, and 2.7 for self-poisoning) between midnight and dawn. Possible suicide-prevention strategies suggested by this study include limiting access to or fencing off tall structures in close proximity to psychiatric institutions and residential care homes. At night, limiting access to or instituting heightened supervision of tall structures is specifically indicated. PMID:24055162

  16. Risk Management method to ERP systems implementation based os critical sucess factors

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    Márcio Saez Caputo

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available From the second half of years 90, the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP systems implementation appears like one of the main investment focus related to the use of information technology in the companies, which aimed to acquire competitive advantages through cost reduction and differentiation of products with the use of these systems. ERP implementation showed to be much more than a technology project, involving structural and managing changes, becoming a complex and high risk process for the organizations. In the literature specialized on ERP, there are many examples of the difficulties of this type of project and about implementations that had not reached the expected objectives, frustrating the expectations of the contractors. The present work describes, first of all, the development of a risk management method to ERP systems implementation, based on critical success factors. Then, a case of application of the considered method is analyzed, detailing the steps and the results gotten until the moment. To the end, evidences regarding to how the method helps to improve risk management during ERP implementations are presented.

  17. Sobel Edge Detection Method to Identify and Quantify the Risk Factors for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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    Allam Appa Rao

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Thepurpose of this studyis toidentify andquantify theneurovascular riskfactors for foot problems inpatients with diabetes mellitus, which is amajor public health concern these days.Themost feared factoramong the diabeticpatients is lower extremityamputation.Thesequence of events leading to amputation isinitiatedby ulcerationcombined with sensation loss.To prevent complications and amputations it isnecessaryto detect the foot at risk of plantar ulceration atan early stage of sensation loss.Doctors useimaging test to determine whether the plantar ulceration has spread to upper areas in the leg, andtoevaluate the size and location of the ulcer.To locate the ulceration area and assess the severity,doctor’susesanimaging technology, such as ultrasound, fluoroscopy, a computed tomography (CT or CAT scan,x-ray, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI test, this procedure is called asan image-guided biopsy.Toaccess the severity of foot ulcer,a new method isintroduced,whichisa popular edge detectionmethod.This method is known asSobel method, whichuses edge detection function for derivativeapproximation tofind edges. TheSobel edge methodreturns edges at those points where the gradient ofthe consideredimage is maximum,so the recognition of risk factors will be analyzed in efficient manner. Based on theseverity of foot ulcer, preventivefoot maintenance and regular foot examinations will take place in diabetespatients

  18. Studying the influence of pore water electrical conductivity on the formation factor, as estimated based on electrical methods

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    In this report the geometric formation factor, as obtained in tracer tests, is compared with the apparent formation factor, as obtained by electrical methods. This should provide information on the data uncertainty associated with the electrical methods utilised in situ within the SKB site investigation programme. Generally, if directly estimating the formation factor from the apparent formation factor, there is a risk of substantial overestimations. This is especially the case at shallow depth at the Forsmark and Oskarshamn sites, where the groundwater is of low salinity. This study is performed on nine drill core samples from the Forsmark and Oskarshamn sites. The formation factor and apparent formation factor of these samples have previously been determined by the through diffusion method, using HTO as the tracer, and by the electrical resistivity method, as part of the site investigation programme. The study is divided in two parts where part 2 was performed successfully, while part 1 suffered from problems. In part 2, eight rock samples were saturated by either a 0.05 or 0.1 M NaCl electrolyte. These electrolytes should represent the groundwater at repository depth. The formation factor of these samples was obtained by the through-electromigration (TEM) method, using iodide as the tracer. In addition, the apparent formation factors were obtained by electrical resistivity methods using direct current and alternating current at 10, 100, and 2,000 Hz. The measurements were performed in duplicates or triplicates, and generally a good reproducibility was achieved. As expected, the apparent formation factors were a few times larger than the TEM formation factor for the same sample. The ratio of the apparent formation factors and TEM formation factors range between about 2 and 12, where larger ratios were found for rock samples of low formation factors. The results were compared with modelled apparent formation factors, where input data were a range of formation

  19. Reliability Analysis of a Composite Blade Structure Using the Model Correction Factor Method

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    Dimitrov, Nikolay Krasimiroy; Friis-Hansen, Peter; Berggreen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    in a probabilistic sense is model corrected so that it, close to the design point, represents the same structural behaviour as a realistic FE model. This approach leads to considerable improvement of computational efficiency over classical response surface methods, because the numerically “cheap......” idealistic model is used as the response surface, while the time-consuming detailed model is called only a few times until the simplified model is calibrated to the detailed model.......This paper presents a reliability analysis of a composite blade profile. The so-called Model Correction Factor technique is applied as an effective alternate approach to the response surface technique. The structural reliability is determined by use of a simplified idealised analytical model which...

  20. Radiation hydrodynamics with neutrinos Variable Eddington factor method for core-collapse supernova simulations

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    Rampp, M; Rampp, Markus

    2002-01-01

    Neutrino transport and neutrino interactions in dense matter play a crucial role in stellar core collapse, supernova explosions and neutron star formation. Here we present a detailed description of a new numerical code for treating the time and energy dependent neutrino transport in hydrodynamical simulations of such events. The code is based on a variable Eddington factor method to deal with the integro-differential character of the Boltzmann equation. The moments of the neutrino distribution function and the energy and lepton number exchange with the stellar medium are determined by iteratively solving the zeroth and first order moment equations in combination with a model Boltzmann equation. The latter is discretized on a grid of tangent rays. The integration of the transport equations and the neutrino source terms is performed in a time-implicit way. In the present version of the program, the transport part is coupled to an explicit hydrodynamics code which follows the evolution of the stellar plasma by a...

  1. The form factors for hadronic tau decay using background field method

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    In the two body hadronic tau decays, such as τ→Kπ(η)ν, vector mesons play important role. Belle and Babar measured hadronic invariant mass spectrum of τ→Kπν decay. To compare the spectrum with theoretical prediction, we develop the chiral Lagrangian with vector mesons in [D. Kimura, K. Y. Lee and T. Morozumi, (arXiv:1201.1794 [hep-ph])]. We compute the form factors of the hadronic τ decay taking account of the quantum corrections of Nambu Goldstone bosons. We also show how to renormalize the divergence of the Feynman diagrams with arbitrary number of loops and determine the counterterms within one loop using background field method. In this report, we discuss the renormalization of [D. Kimura, K. Y. Lee and T. Morozumi, (arXiv:1201.1794 [hep-ph])] by considering the one loop Feynman diagrams

  2. Community Detection in Political Twitter Networks using Nonnegative Matrix Factorization Methods

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    Ozer, Mert; Davulcu, Hasan

    2016-01-01

    Community detection is a fundamental task in social network analysis. In this paper, first we develop an endorsement filtered user connectivity network by utilizing Heider's structural balance theory and certain Twitter triad patterns. Next, we develop three Nonnegative Matrix Factorization frameworks to investigate the contributions of different types of user connectivity and content information in community detection. We show that user content and endorsement filtered connectivity information are complementary to each other in clustering politically motivated users into pure political communities. Word usage is the strongest indicator of users' political orientation among all content categories. Incorporating user-word matrix and word similarity regularizer provides the missing link in connectivity only methods which suffer from detection of artificially large number of clusters for Twitter networks.

  3. A Nonradioactive Method for Detecting DNA-binding Activity of Nuclear Transcription Factors

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    张宁; 徐永健; 张珍祥; 熊维宁

    2003-01-01

    To determine the feasibility of a nonradioactive electrophoresis mobility shift assay fordetecting nuclear transcription factor, double-stranded oligonucleotides encoding the consensus tar-get sequence of NF-κB were labled with DIG by terminal transferase. After nuclear protein stimula-ted with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) or PMA and pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDT C)electrophoresed on 8 % nondenaturing poliacrylamide gel together with oligeonucleotide probe, theywere electro-blotted nylon membrane positively charged. Anti-DIG-AP antibody catalyzed chemilu-minescent substrate CSPD to image on X-film. The results showed that nuclear proteins binded spe-cifically to the NF-κB consensus sequence in the EMSA by chemiluminescent technique method andthe activity of NF-κB in PMA group was more than that in PMA+PDTC group. It is suggestedthat detection of NF-κB by EMSA with chemiluminescent technique is feasible and simple, whichcan be performed in ordinary laboratories.

  4. Decomposing the influencing factors of industrial carbon emissions in Shanghai using the LMDI method

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    Knowledge of influencing factors of industrial carbon emissions (ICE) is crucial to the efforts of reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. In this paper, main factors responsible for the ICE in Shanghai between 1996 and 2007 were identified and quantitatively analyzed using the Log-Mean Divisia Index method. It was found that the industrial output was the main driving force of ICE. The decline in energy intensity and the adjustment of energy and industrial structure are major determinants for reduction of ICE, with the former alone accounting for 90% of the reduction. To better investigate the relative contribution of different industrial sectors and their changes over time, we divided the study period into two equal time intervals and analyzed some high-carbon emission sectors. The results suggested that the intensity of energy use should be reduced further, for it was far higher than the world average. Adjustment of industrial structure by developing low-carbon emission industries is more crucial than energy mix.

  5. Decomposing the influencing factors of industrial carbon emissions in Shanghai using the LMDI method

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    Zhao, Min; Tan, Lirong; Ji, Minhe; Liu, Yuan; Yu, Lizhong [College of Resource and Environmental Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China); Zhang, Weiguo [State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062 (China)

    2010-06-15

    Knowledge of influencing factors of industrial carbon emissions (ICE) is crucial to the efforts of reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. In this paper, main factors responsible for the ICE in Shanghai between 1996 and 2007 were identified and quantitatively analyzed using the Log-Mean Divisia Index method. It was found that the industrial output was the main driving force of ICE. The decline in energy intensity and the adjustment of energy and industrial structure are major determinants for reduction of ICE, with the former alone accounting for 90% of the reduction. To better investigate the relative contribution of different industrial sectors and their changes over time, we divided the study period into two equal time intervals and analyzed some high-carbon emission sectors. The results suggested that the intensity of energy use should be reduced further, for it was far higher than the world average. Adjustment of industrial structure by developing low-carbon emission industries is more crucial than energy mix. (author)

  6. Complex stress intensity factors at cracks in birefringent plates by the method of reflected caustics

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    The optical method of reflected caustics was used for evaluating the stress intensity factors in cracked plates made of birefringent materials in the general case when the crack is submitted to a combined mode I and mode II deformations. It has been already shown that the reflected rays from the rear face of the transparent optically active material form a double caustic due to this optical anisotropy of the material and, on the other hand, it is also known that when a crack in an optically inert material is submitted to a combined mode I and mode II deformation the respective caustic is angularly displaced. In this paper the combined effect of the optical anisotropy of the material together with the general case of loading of the cracked plate defined by the ratio μ = Ksub(II)/Ksub(I), where Ksub(I,II) are the respective SIF's for either mode of deformation was studied. Nomograms for the exact evaluation of the respective stress intensity factors Ksub(I) and Ksub(II) from the geometric characteristics of both branches of the caustic for a series of birefringent materials and for different values of μ are given. A series of experiments with cracked birefringent plates made of polycarbonate with a coefficient of anisotropy xi sub(r) = 0.153 for different orientations of the crack have shown that the determination of Ksub(I) and Ksub(II) by these nomograms is accurate since there is a coincidence between theory and experiments. (orig.)

  7. Enhanced power factor of higher manganese silicide via melt spin synthesis method

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    We report on the thermoelectric properties of the higher manganese silicide MnSi1.75 synthesized by means of a one-step non-equilibrium method. The ultrahigh cooling rate generated from the melt-spin technique is found to be effective in reducing second phases, which are inevitable during the traditional solid state diffusion processes. Aside from being detrimental to thermoelectric properties, second phases skew the revealing of the intrinsic properties of this class of materials, for example, the optimal level of carrier concentration. With this melt-spin sample, we are able to formulate a simple model based on a single parabolic band that can well describe the carrier concentration dependence of the Seebeck coefficient and power factor of the data reported in the literature. An optimal carrier concentration around 5 × 1020 cm−3 at 300 K is predicted according to this model. The phase-pure melt-spin sample shows the largest power factor at high temperature, resulting in the highest zT value among the three samples in this paper

  8. Standardization based on human factors for 3D display: performance characteristics and measurement methods

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    Uehara, Shin-ichi; Ujike, Hiroyasu; Hamagishi, Goro; Taira, Kazuki; Koike, Takafumi; Kato, Chiaki; Nomura, Toshio; Horikoshi, Tsutomu; Mashitani, Ken; Yuuki, Akimasa; Izumi, Kuniaki; Hisatake, Yuzo; Watanabe, Naoko; Umezu, Naoaki; Nakano, Yoshihiko

    2010-02-01

    We are engaged in international standardization activities for 3D displays. We consider that for a sound development of 3D displays' market, the standards should be based on not only mechanism of 3D displays, but also human factors for stereopsis. However, we think that there is no common understanding on what the 3D display should be and that the situation makes developing the standards difficult. In this paper, to understand the mechanism and human factors, we focus on a double image, which occurs in some conditions on an autostereoscopic display. Although the double image is generally considered as an unwanted effect, we consider that whether the double image is unwanted or not depends on the situation and that there are some allowable double images. We tried to classify the double images into the unwanted and the allowable in terms of the display mechanism and visual ergonomics for stereopsis. The issues associated with the double image are closely related to performance characteristics for the autostereoscopic display. We also propose performance characteristics, measurement and analysis methods to represent interocular crosstalk and motion parallax.

  9. An optimization method for importance factors and beam weights based on genetic algorithms for radiotherapy treatment planning

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    We propose a new method for selecting importance factors (for regions of interest like organs at risk) used to plan conformal radiotherapy. Importance factors, also known as weighting factors or penalty factors, are essential in determining the relative importance of multiple objectives or the penalty ratios of constraints incorporated into cost functions, especially in dealing with dose optimization in radiotherapy treatment planning. Researchers usually choose importance factors on the basis of a trial-and-error process to reach a balance between all the objectives. In this study, we used a genetic algorithm and adopted a real-number encoding method to represent both beam weights and importance factors in each chromosome. The algorithm starts by optimizing the beam weights for a fixed number of iterations then modifying the importance factors for another fixed number of iterations. During the first phase, the genetic operators, such as crossover and mutation, are carried out only on beam weights, and importance factors for each chromosome are not changed or 'frozen'. In the second phase, the situation is reversed: the beam weights are 'frozen' and the importance factors are changed after crossover and mutation. Through alternation of these two phases, both beam weights and importance factors are adjusted according to a fitness function that describes the conformity of dose distribution in planning target volume and dose-tolerance constraints in organs at risk. Those chromosomes with better fitness are passed into the next generation, showing that they have a better combination of beam weights and importance factors. Although the ranges of the importance factors should be set in advance by using this algorithm, it is much more convenient than selecting specific numbers for importance factors. Three clinical examples are presented and compared with manual plans to verify this method. Three-dimensional standard displays and dose-volume histograms are shown to

  10. Impact of reconstruction methods and pathological factors on survival after pancreaticoduodenectomy

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    Salah Binziad

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Surgery remains the mainstay of therapy for pancreatic head (PH and periampullary carcinoma (PC and provides the only chance of cure. Improvements of surgical technique, increased surgical experience and advances in anesthesia, intensive care and parenteral nutrition have substantially decreased surgical complications and increased survival. We evaluate the effects of reconstruction type, complications and pathological factors on survival and quality of life. Materials and Methods: This is a prospective study to evaluate the impact of various reconstruction methods of the pancreatic remnant after pancreaticoduodenectomy and the pathological characteristics of PC patients over 3.5 years. Patient characteristics and descriptive analysis in the three variable methods either with or without stent were compared with Chi-square test. Multivariate analysis was performed with the logistic regression analysis test and multinomial logistic regression analysis test. Survival rate was analyzed by use Kaplan-Meier test. Results: Forty-one consecutive patients with PC were enrolled. There were 23 men (56.1% and 18 women (43.9%, with a median age of 56 years (16 to 70 years. There were 24 cases of PH cancer, eight cases of PC, four cases of distal CBD cancer and five cases of duodenal carcinoma. Nine patients underwent duct-to-mucosa pancreatico jejunostomy (PJ, 17 patients underwent telescoping pancreatico jejunostomy (PJ and 15 patients pancreaticogastrostomy (PG. The pancreatic duct was stented in 30 patients while in 11 patients, the duct was not stented. The PJ duct-to-mucosa caused significantly less leakage, but longer operative and reconstructive times. Telescoping PJ was associated with the shortest hospital stay. There were 5 postoperative mortalities, while postoperative morbidities included pancreatic fistula-6 patients, delayed gastric emptying in-11, GI fistula-3, wound infection-12, burst abdomen-6 and pulmonary infection-2. Factors

  11. Establishment and clinical application of an original method of RIA for epidermal growth factor (EGF)

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    Objective: To establish an original method of RIA for epidermal growth factor (EGF) for clinical use. Methods: Human EGF was used to immunize guinea pig,and high titer anti-serum was obtained to establish an original method of RIA for detecting serum EGF concentration in controls and patients with liver cancer, diabetes mellitus, colon cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, uterine-myoma and ovary cancer. Results: The standard curve range was 0.2-27 ng/ml, the intra-and inter-assay CV% was 4.6% and 8.7% respectively, the sensitivity was 0.18 ng/ml, while the recovery rate was 95%∼104%. The serum EGF levels in the controls were 0.52±0.25 ng/ml (n=74), patients with liver cancer 1.29±0.58 ng/ml (n=99), patients with diabetes 1.91±0.58 ng/ml (n=90), patients with colonic cancer 1.43±0.56 ng/ml (n=90), patients with lung cancer 1.30±0.47 ng/ml (n=95), patients with gastric cancer 1.25±0.58 ng/ml (n=87), patients with uterine myoma 1.49±0.46 ng/ml (n=44), and patients with ovarian cancer 1.79±0.60 ng/ml (n=54), respectively. Serum EGF levels in each patient group were significantly (all P<0.01) higher than those in controls. Conclusion: The established original method of EGF RIA can be used for both clinical and research purposes. (authors)

  12. Impact of Sleep and Its Disturbances on Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Activity

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    Marcella Balbo; Rachel Leproult; Eve Van Cauter

    2010-01-01

    The daily rhythm of cortisol secretion is relatively stable and primarily under the influence of the circadian clock. Nevertheless, several other factors affect hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. Sleep has modest but clearly detectable modulatory effects on HPA axis activity. Sleep onset exerts an inhibitory effect on cortisol secretion while awakenings and sleep offset are accompanied by cortisol stimulation. During waking, an association between cortisol secretory bursts and...

  13. Computational studies of horizontal axis wind turbines

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    Xu, Guanpeng

    A numerical technique has been developed for efficiently simulating fully three-dimensional viscous fluid flow around horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) using a zonal approach. The flow field is viewed as a combination of viscous regions, inviscid regions and vortices. The method solves the costly unsteady Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations only in the viscous region around the turbine blades. It solves the full potential equation in the inviscid region where flow is irrotational and isentropic. The tip vortices are simulated using a Lagrangean approach, thus removing the need to accurately resolve them on a fine grid. The hybrid method is shown to provide good results with modest CPU resources. A full Navier-Stokes based methodology has also been developed for modeling wind turbines at high wind conditions where extensive stall may occur. An overset grid based version that can model rotor-tower interactions has been developed. Finally, a blade element theory based methodology has been developed for the purpose of developing improved tip loss models and stall delay models. The effects of turbulence are simulated using a zero equation eddy viscosity model, or a one equation Spalart-Allmaras model. Two transition models, one based on the Eppler's criterion, and the other based on Michel's criterion, have been developed and tested. The hybrid method has been extensively validated for axial wind conditions for three rotors---NREL Phase II, Phase III, and Phase VI configurations. A limited set of calculations has been done for rotors operating under yaw conditions. Preliminary simulations have also been carried out to assess the effects of the tower wake on the rotor. In most of these cases, satisfactory agreement has been obtained with measurements. Using the numerical results from present methodologies as a guide, Prandtl's tip loss model and Corrigan's stall delay model were correlated with present calculations. An improved tip loss model has been

  14. The estimation of b factor of the FAO24 Blaney - Cridlle method with the use of weighted least squares

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    Vasilios, Ampas; Evanggelos, Baltas

    2010-05-01

    The purpose of this paper is the estimation of the factor b in the FAO 24 Blaney and Criddle method for reference crop evapotranspiration. The existing relationships of Frevent et al. and Allen and Pruitt for the estimation of the b factor give variation 15% and 12%, based on the values given in tables from Doorenbos and Pruitt. These relationships were developed based on multiple regression analysis of the variables and pseudovariables. In this research work a new method is proposed for the estimation of b factor based on weighted least squares for the variables and pseudovariables. The weighting factors were based on the frequency of each meteorological parameter. The reference evapotranspiration that was estimated using this b factor gives close results compared to the FAO 24 Blaney and Criddle method.

  15. Search Strategy of Detector Position For Neutron Source Multiplication Method by Using Detected-Neutron Multiplication Factor

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    In this paper, an alternative definition of a neutron multiplication factor, detected-neutron multiplication factor kdet, is produced for the neutron source multiplication method..(NSM). By using kdet, a search strategy of appropriate detector position for NSM is also proposed. The NSM is one of the practical subcritical measurement techniques, i.e., the NSM does not require any special equipment other than a stationary external neutron source and an ordinary neutron detector. Additionally, the NSM method is based on steady-state analysis, so that this technique is very suitable for quasi real-time measurement. It is noted that the correction factors play important roles in order to accurately estimate subcriticality from the measured neutron count rates. The present paper aims to clarify how to correct the subcriticality measured by the NSM method, the physical meaning of the correction factors, and how to reduce the impact of correction factors by setting a neutron detector at an appropriate detector position

  16. Vasoactive intestinal peptide signaling axis in human leukemia

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    Glenn; Paul; Dorsam; Keith; Benton; Jarrett; Failing; Sandeep; Batra

    2011-01-01

    The vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) signaling axis constitutes a master "communication coordinator" between cells of the nervous and immune systems.To date,VIP and its two main receptors expressed in T lymphocytes,vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor (VPAC)1 and VPAC2,mediate critical cellular functions regulating adaptive immunity,including arresting CD4 T cells in G 1 of the cell cycle,protection from apoptosis and a potent chemotactic recruiter of T cells to the mucosa associated lymphoid compartment of the gastrointestinal tissues.Since the discovery of VIP in 1970,followed by the cloning of VPAC1 and VPAC2 in the early 1990s,this signaling axis has been associated with common human cancers,including leukemia.This review highlights the present day knowledge of the VIP ligand and its receptor expression profile in T cell leukemia and cell lines.Also,there will be a discussion describing how the anti-leukemic DNA binding transcription factor,Ikaros,regulates VIP receptor expression in primary human CD4 T lymphocytes and T cell lymphoblastic cell lines (e.g.Hut-78).Lastly,future goals will be mentioned that are expected to uncover the role of how the VIP signaling axis contributes to human leukemogenesis,and to establish whether the VIP receptor signature expressed by leukemic blasts can provide therapeutic and/or diagnostic information.

  17. IL-24 Inhibits Lung Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion by Disrupting The SDF-1/CXCR4 Signaling Axis

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    Panneerselvam, Janani; Jin, Jiankang; Shanker, Manish; Lauderdale, Jason; Bates, Jonathan; Wang, Qi; Zhao, Yan D.; Stephen J Archibald; Timothy J. Hubin; Ramesh, Rajagopal

    2015-01-01

    Background The stromal cell derived factor (SDF)-1/chemokine receptor (CXCR)-4 signaling pathway plays a key role in lung cancer metastasis and is molecular target for therapy. In the present study we investigated whether interleukin (IL)-24 can inhibit the SDF-1/CXCR4 axis and suppress lung cancer cell migration and invasion in vitro. Further, the efficacy of IL-24 in combination with CXCR4 antagonists was investigated. Methods Human H1299, A549, H460 and HCC827 lung cancer cell lines were u...

  18. [Leptin and hypothalamus-hypophysis-thyroid axis].

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    Riccioni, G; Menna, V; Lambo, M S; Della Vecchia, R; Di Ilio, C; De Lorenzo, A; D'Orazio, N

    2004-01-01

    The leptin system is a major regulator of food intake and metabolic rate. The leptin, an adipose tissue hormone whose plasma levels reflect energy stores, plays an important rule in the pathogenesis of such eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia. Thyroid hormones are major regulators of energy homeostasis. It is possible that leptin and thyroid hormone exert their actions on thermogenesis and energy metabolism via the same common effector patways. Leptin influences feedback regulation of the hypotalamic TRH-secreting neurons by thyroid hormone. Low serum levels of thyroid hormones reflect a dysfunction of the hypotalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and hypotalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in patients with nervosa anorexia. Neuroendocrine effects of leptin include effects on the HPT and HPA axis. The aim of this work is to evaluated the interactions between leptina and HPT axis on the basis of recent published works and reviews in literature. PMID:15147079

  19. New Urban Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Design

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    Alexandru-Mihai CISMILIANU

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper develops a different approach for enhancing the performance of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines for the use in the urban or rural environment and remote isolated residential areas. Recently the vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT have become more attractive due to the major advantages of this type of turbines in comparison to the horizontal axis wind turbines. We aim to enhance the overall performance of the VAWT by adding a second set of blades (3 x 2=6 blades following the rules of biplane airplanes. The model has been made to operate at a maximum power in the range of the TSR between 2 to 2.5. The performances of the VAWT were investigated numerically and experimentally and justify the new proposed design.

  20. Diffuser Augmented Horizontal Axis Tidal Current Turbines

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    Nasir Mehmood

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The renewal energy technologies are increasingly popular to ensure future energy sustenance and address environmental issues. The tides are enormous and consistent untapped resource of renewable energy. The growing interest in exploring tidal energy has compelling reasons such as security and diversity of supply, intermittent but predictable and limited social and environmental impacts. The tidal energy industry is undergoing an increasing shift towards diffuser augmented turbines. The reason is the higher power output of diffuser augmented turbines compared to conventional open turbines. The purpose of this study is to present a comprehensive review of diffuser augmented horizontal axis tidal current turbines. The components, relative advantages, limitations and design parameters of diffuser augmented horizontal axis tidal current turbines are presented in detail. CFD simulation of NACA 0016 airfoil is carried out to explore its potential for designing a diffuser. The core issues associated with diffuser augmented horizontal axis tidal current turbines are also discussed.

  1. Modular off-axis solar concentrator

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    Plesniak, Adam P; Hall, John C

    2015-01-27

    A solar concentrator including a housing defining a vertical axis and including a receiving wall connected to a reflecting wall to define an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, wherein the reflecting wall defines at least one primary optical element, and wherein at least a portion of the reflecting wall includes a layer of reflective material, the housing further including a cover connected to the receiving wall and the reflecting wall to seal the opening, and at least one receiver mounted on the receiving wall such that a vertical axis of the receiver is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the housing, the receiver including at least one photovoltaic cell.

  2. Aeroelastically coupled blades for vertical axis wind turbines

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    Paquette, Joshua; Barone, Matthew F.

    2016-02-23

    Various technologies described herein pertain to a vertical axis wind turbine blade configured to rotate about a rotation axis. The vertical axis wind turbine blade includes at least an attachment segment, a rear swept segment, and optionally, a forward swept segment. The attachment segment is contiguous with the forward swept segment, and the forward swept segment is contiguous with the rear swept segment. The attachment segment includes a first portion of a centroid axis, the forward swept segment includes a second portion of the centroid axis, and the rear swept segment includes a third portion of the centroid axis. The second portion of the centroid axis is angularly displaced ahead of the first portion of the centroid axis and the third portion of the centroid axis is angularly displaced behind the first portion of the centroid axis in the direction of rotation about the rotation axis.

  3. Plasma concentrations of blood coagulation factor VII measured by immunochemical and amidolytic methods

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    Bladbjerg, E-M; Gram, J; Jespersen, J

    2000-01-01

    Ever since the coagulant activity of blood coagulation factor VII (FVII:C) was identified as a risk indicator of cardiac death, a large number of studies have measured FVII protein concentrations in plasma. FVII protein concentrations are either measured immunologically with an ELISA method (FVII......:Ag) or estimated with an amidolytic method (FVII:Am). We have investigated whether FVII:Am is a valuable alternative to FVII:Ag. FVII:Ag and FVII:Am were measured in 147 plasma samples from blood donors, patients on oral anticoagulant therapy, postmenopausal women on hormone replacement therapy, in...... after omitting the data from patients on oral anticoagulant therapy, with mean values of 113 U/ml for FVII:Ag and 110 U/ml for FVII:Am (p < 0.01). In a linear regression analysis, the intercept (alpha=-21.50) was different from zero (p < 0.0001) and the slope (beta=1.16) was different from 1.0 (p < 0...

  4. Investigating the Choice of Delivery Method Type and Its Related Factors in Pregnant Women in Maragheh

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    Asghar Mohammadpourasl

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: In recent years there has been an increase in the trend for cesarean section. Due to surgical complications financial costs and mothers long period of hospitalization vaginal delivery is preferred as a favorite procedure. However womens requests for and tendency toward cesarean is one of the main reasons for this increase. The aim of the present study was to study the choice of the delivery method type and its related factors in pregnant women in Maragheh. Method: In this deh1ive cross - sectional study 250 pregnant women were interviewed in three primary health care centers in Maragheh in September 2006. The questionnaire used in the study included items seeking demographic characteristics fertility history selection of the labor type and its reasons. Chi square and independent t– test were used to analyze the collected data through SPSS software. Results: From 250 women who were selected for the study 179(71.8% selected the natural delivery and 71(28.4% preferred cesarean section. Having a history of cesarean section and referral place for control of pregnancy were significantly associated with selection of the labor type (P

  5. The Origins of the SPAR-H Method's Performance Shaping Factor Multipliers

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    Ronald L. Boring; Harold S. Blackman

    2007-08-01

    The Standardized Plant Analysis Risk-Human Reliability Analysis (SPAR-H) method has proved to be a reliable, easy-to-use method for human reliability analysis. Calculation of human error probability (HEP) rates is especially straightforward, starting with pre-defined nominal error rates for cognitive vs. action oriented tasks, and incorporating performance shaping factor (PSF) multipliers upon those nominal error rates. SPAR-H uses eight PSFs with multipliers typically corresponding to nominal, degraded, and severely degraded human performance for individual PSFs. Additionally, some PSFs feature multipliers to reflect enhanced performance. Although SPAR-H enjoys widespread use among industry and regulators, current source documents on SPAR-H such as NUREG/CR-6883 do not provide a clear account of the origin of these multipliers. The present paper redresses this shortcoming and documents the historic development of the SPAR-H PSF multipliers, from the initial use of nominal error rates, to the selection of the eight PSFs, to the mapping of multipliers to available data sources such as a Technique for Human Error Rate Prediction (THERP). Where error rates were not readily derived from THERP and other sources, expert judgment was used to extrapolate appropriate values. In documenting key background information on the multipliers, this paper provides a much needed cross-reference for human reliability practitioners and researchers of SPAR-H to validate analyses and research findings.

  6. Survey of methods used to asses human reliability in the human factors reliability benchmark exercise

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    The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has organised a Human Factors Reliability Benchmark Exercise (HF-RBE) with the aim to assess the state-of-the-art in human reliability modelling and assessment. Fifteen teams from eleven countries, representing industry, utilities, licensing organisations and research institutes, participate in the HF-RBE, which is organised around two study cases: (1) analysis of routine functional test and maintenance procedures, with the aim to assess the probability of test-induced failures, the probability of failures to remain unrevealed, and the potential to initiate transients because of errors performed in the test; and (2) analysis of human actions during an operational transient, with the aim to assess the probability that the operators will correctly diagnose the malfunctions and take proper corrective action. The paper briefly reports how the HF-RBE was structured and gives an overview of the methods that have been used for predicting human reliability in both study cases. The experience in applying these methods is discussed and the results obtained are compared. (author)

  7. Factors Affecting the Quality of Concrete Containing Solar PV Cells through Taguchi Method

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    Cheng An

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to comply with the implementation of sustainable development, the construction industry through the use of less polluting green energy technology is already imminent and more had to do. Production of Portland cement consumes large amount of energy and releases lots of carbon dioxide, nevertheless, the developing of sustainable society means more urgent and important to search for new cementitious materials to replace Portland cement in future constructions. The research employs Taguchi method to identify the key factors influencing the performance of alkali activated silica fume concrete in which amorphous silicon solar cells are ground and added into the mixture. Taguchi method has made valuable contributions to statistics and engineering. It provides techniques for investigating variation in experiments, system, parameter and tolerance design, all of which have been influential in improving manufactured quality. The conclusions were made thru ANOVA and F-test based on the statistical analyses. Next, we expect the inconsistence observed in the study to be further resolved by Grey Relational Analysis which is a normalization evaluation technique to solve the complicated multi-performance characteristics optimization effectively.

  8. Implementation and Methods of Project Learning in Quantity Surveying Firms: Barriers, Enablers and Success Factors

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    Hamzah Abdul-Rahman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Learning from project is vital for organizations to achieve competition and to survive in a dynamic environment. However, learning is not an easy task because there is no specific way for learning from projects. Besides, the practice of project learning and transfer knowledge to the firm’s level is still vague, specifically in the construction milieu. Approach: A questionnaire survey was conducted targeted quantity surveying firms in Malaysia, attempted to identify methods of learning from projects and implement this approach successfully. Interviews with experts in construction projects were conducted to expand and validate the results of the survey. Results: The findings indicated that on-the-job training is the preferable method to learn from construction project in quantity surveying firms. In addition, top management support and employee participants are the main enablers/barriers of project learning implementation. While, top management support found to be the main key success factor of project learning implementation. Conclusion/Recommendations: Determining barriers and enablers of learning showed how construction organization could implement learning from project successfully. This adds a practical tool of promoting learning in the field of organizational learning in construction. Results can be replicated in different industries to observe the disparity in each setting.

  9. Development of a HRA method based on Human Factor Issues for advanced NPP

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    A design of instrumentation and control (I and C) systems for various plant systems including nuclear power plants (NPPs) is rapidly moving toward fully digital I and C and modern computer techniques have been gradually introduced into the design of advanced main control room (MCR). In advanced MCR, computer based Human-System Interfaces (HSIs) such as CRT based displays, large display panels (LDP), advanced information system, soft control and computerized procedure system (CPS) are applied in advanced MCR. Human operators in an advanced MCR still play an important role. However, various research and experiences from NPPs with an advanced MCR show that characteristics of human operators' task would be changed due to the use of inexperienced HSIs. This gives implications to the PSFs (Performance Shaping Factors) in HRA (Human Reliability Analysis). PSF in HRA is an aspect of the human's individual characteristics, environment, organization, or task that specifically decrements or improves human performance resulting in increasing or decreasing the likelihood of human error. These PSFs have been suggested in various ways depending on the HRA methods used. In most HRA methods, however, there is a lack of inconsistency for the derivation of the PSFs and a lack of considerations of how the changes implemented in advanced MCR give impact on the operators' task. In this study, a framework for the derivation of and evaluation in the PSFs to be used in HRA for advanced NPPs is suggested

  10. Simplified method to predict mutual interactions of human transcription factors based on their primary structure

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    Schmeier, Sebastian

    2011-07-05

    Background: Physical interactions between transcription factors (TFs) are necessary for forming regulatory protein complexes and thus play a crucial role in gene regulation. Currently, knowledge about the mechanisms of these TF interactions is incomplete and the number of known TF interactions is limited. Computational prediction of such interactions can help identify potential new TF interactions as well as contribute to better understanding the complex machinery involved in gene regulation. Methodology: We propose here such a method for the prediction of TF interactions. The method uses only the primary sequence information of the interacting TFs, resulting in a much greater simplicity of the prediction algorithm. Through an advanced feature selection process, we determined a subset of 97 model features that constitute the optimized model in the subset we considered. The model, based on quadratic discriminant analysis, achieves a prediction accuracy of 85.39% on a blind set of interactions. This result is achieved despite the selection for the negative data set of only those TF from the same type of proteins, i.e. TFs that function in the same cellular compartment (nucleus) and in the same type of molecular process (transcription initiation). Such selection poses significant challenges for developing models with high specificity, but at the same time better reflects real-world problems. Conclusions: The performance of our predictor compares well to those of much more complex approaches for predicting TF and general protein-protein interactions, particularly when taking the reduced complexity of model utilisation into account. © 2011 Schmeier et al.

  11. Evaluation of Rheumatoid Factor using ELISA versus Latex method: a cross sectional study

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    Khalvat A

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Rheumatoid factor (RF is an IgM antibody against the Fc portion of IgG, which together form an immune complex. RF is an important criterion in the diagnosis of early-stage rheumatoid arthritis (RA and prognosis of RA pathogenesis, as higher levels of RF indicate a higher possibility of more damage. Although 2/3 to 3/4 of patients that undergo ordinary standard tests and have final clinical diagnosis are also positive for RF, a 70-90% prevalence of RF among RA patients can be achieved, depending on the method of detection and the target antibody, IgG or IgM. In this study, we measured the frequency of IgG and IgM RF isotypes using the ELISA and latex agglutination methods and compare these results with those of a hospital control group, tested using standard methods, in order to determine the best method for the measurement of RF.Methods: Of the patients referred to the Rheumatology Clinic of Imam Khomeini Hospital during 2005-2006, one hundred randomly selected rheumatoid arthritis patients, 75 females and 25 males, with classical or definite rheumatoid arthritis (defined by the criteria of the American College of Rheumatology, with a short disease duration of 12-24 months, underwent testing for RF using the latex method for IgM and ELISA for IgM-IgG. The healthy control group (75 females and 25 males were tested for RF using the ELISA method for IgM-IgG. The variables were compared using the Pearson's chi-square test.Results: We found that the measurement of RF among RA patients using did not differ significantly between the two methods. The immune complex in RA is mainly IgM. The positive IgM results in RF patients using two similar methods showed a significant relationship by Pearson's correlation co-efficient (r=0.60, p<0.001. In addition, comparison of the IgM and IgG RF by ELISA showed a weak correlation with low significance (r=0.10, p<0.001. In sum, this study showed a significant difference (r=0.24, p<0.001 between

  12. Solar rotating magnetic dipole?. [around axis perpendicular to rotation axis of the sun

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    Antonucci, E.

    1974-01-01

    A magnetic dipole rotating around an axis perpendicular to the rotation axis of the sun can account for the characteristics of the surface large-scale solar magnetic fields through the solar cycle. The polarity patterns of the interplanetary magnetic field, predictable from this model, agree with the observed interplanetary magnetic sector structure.

  13. A modeling-based factor extraction method for determining spatial heterogeneity of Ga-68 EDTA kinetics in brain tumor

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    ROI method used in Ga-68 EDTA PET dynamic study for quantitative determination of brain tumor BBB permeability assumes that the tumor is homogeneous in terms of Ga-68 EDTA kinetics, even though it is known to be highly heterogeneous. It is desirable to examine regions of different kinetics separately. In this study, we have developed an efficient and effective method to separate tissue regions of different Ga-68 EDTA kinetics. The method uses a two-compartment model to extract three principal component factors (vascular component, fast and slow components) from whole-tumor kinetics by model fitting, then each pixel kinetics in the tumor was expressed in terms of these factors by least-square regression to provide factor images. The whole tumor was separated into two regions - one with mainly fast kinetics and one with slow kinetics. The two regions have markedly different uptake and clearance rate. This method has combined the advantage of statistical factor analysis and modeling approach

  14. Psychiatric Axis I Comorbidities among Patients with Gender Dysphoria

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    Azadeh Mazaheri Meybodi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. Cooccurring psychiatric disorders influence the outcome and prognosis of gender dysphoria. The aim of this study is to assess psychiatric comorbidities in a group of patients. Methods. Eighty-three patients requesting sex reassignment surgery (SRS were recruited and assessed through the Persian Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders (SCID-I. Results. Fifty-seven (62.7% patients had at least one psychiatric comorbidity. Major depressive disorder (33.7%, specific phobia (20.5%, and adjustment disorder (15.7% were the three most prevalent disorders. Conclusion. Consistent with most earlier researches, the majority of patients with gender dysphoria had psychiatric Axis I comorbidity.

  15. A new vertical axis wind turbine design for urban areas

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    Frunzulica, Florin; Cismilianu, Alexandru; Boros, Alexandru; Dumitrache, Alexandru; Suatean, Bogdan

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we aim at developing the model of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) with the short-term goal of physically realising this turbine to operate at a maximmum power of 5 kW. The turbine is designed for household users in the urban or rural areas and remote or isolated residential areas (hardly accsessible). The proposed model has a biplane configuration on each arm of the VAWT (3 × 2 = 6 blades), allowing for increased performance of the turbine at TSR between 2 and 2.5 (urban area operation) compared to the classic vertical axis turbines. Results that validate the proposed configuration as well as passive control methods to increase the performance of the classic VAWTs are presented.

  16. Psychiatric Axis I Comorbidities among Patients with Gender Dysphoria

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    Hajebi, Ahmad

    2014-01-01

    Objectives. Cooccurring psychiatric disorders influence the outcome and prognosis of gender dysphoria. The aim of this study is to assess psychiatric comorbidities in a group of patients. Methods. Eighty-three patients requesting sex reassignment surgery (SRS) were recruited and assessed through the Persian Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I disorders (SCID-I). Results. Fifty-seven (62.7%) patients had at least one psychiatric comorbidity. Major depressive disorder (33.7%), specific phobia (20.5%), and adjustment disorder (15.7%) were the three most prevalent disorders. Conclusion. Consistent with most earlier researches, the majority of patients with gender dysphoria had psychiatric Axis I comorbidity. PMID:25180172

  17. Generator design for vertical axis wind turbine

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    Schüller, Espen Samuelsen

    2010-01-01

    The optimization process for generators are often done for rated speeds and torques. This thesis will discuss and show optimization of a vertical axis wind turbine generator that has a given wind profile. Although the rated power of the turbine is at winds of about 10 m/s, the wind is mostly at 4-6 m/s, thus needing a generator that has high efficiencies also at lower speeds and torques.Vertical axis wind turbine does not use blade pitching as the horizontal ones do and the torque and speed c...

  18. Lift Augmentation for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

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    Gerald M Angle II; Mary Ann Clarke

    2010-01-01

    The concept of harnessing wind power has been around for centuries, and is first recorded by the Persians in 900 AD. These early uses of wind power were for the processing of food, particularly grinding grains, and consisted of stationary blades around a horizontal axis, the precursor to today’s horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT). Technology for these wind mills was essentially the same until the 1930’s when advances in aircraft propeller theories were applied to the blades of the turbine. ...

  19. Calculation of the thermal disadvantage factor for a reactor cell with anisotropic scattering by the Fn method

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    The F sub(N) method is used for the calculation of the thermal disadvantage factor in reactor cells with anisotropic scattering in the moderator. Numerical results were obtained for several reactor cells and compared with the results obtained by other methods. The results confirmed the physical conclusion, that the higher order terms in the expansion of the scattering law have an insignificant effect on the thermal disadvantage factor. (E.G.)

  20. H∞ controller design for a 4-meter direct-drive azimuth axis

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    Chen, Li-Yan; Zhang, Zhen-Chao; Song, Xiao-Li; Wang, Da-Xing

    2015-11-01

    To pursue a higher imaging resolution for exploring more details in the information conveyed by the Universe, the next generation of optical telescopes based on a direct drive widely employ the extremely large aperture structure, which also introduces more disturbances and uncertain factors to the control system. Facing this new challenge, the PID control method in main-axis control systems of traditional astronomical telescopes cannot suffice for the requirement of the tracking precision and disturbance sensitivity in angular velocity. To overcome this shortcoming, we establish a dynamic model and propose an H∞ controller for a 4-meter azimuth direct drive control system that consists of a revolving platform (azimuth axis), a three-phase torque motor, a motor drive, an encoder, a data acquisition card and a small computers. Simulations are carried out to analyze the model and guide the real experiments. Experimental results show that the proposed H∞ controller reduces the tracking error by a maximum of 80.69% (average 57.8%) and the disturbance sensitivity by a maximum of 82.3% (average 50.96%) compared with the traditional tuned PI controller; furthermore, the order of the model describing the proposed controller can be reduced to three, thus its feasibility in real systems is guaranteed.