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  1. Safety Tips: Baseball (For Parents)

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    ... Story" 5 Things to Know About Zika & Pregnancy Safety Tips: Baseball KidsHealth > For Parents > Safety Tips: Baseball ... sport, and it's fun. View Survey Why Baseball Safety Is Important Baseball is by no means a ...

  2. Aerodynamics of knuckle ball: Flow-structure interaction problem on a pitched baseball without spin

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    Higuchi, Hiroshi; Kiura, Toshiro

    2012-07-01

    In the game of baseball, the knuckleball—so-called because the baseball is gripped with the knuckles in a certain position—is pitched in a way that introduces nearly no rotation, resulting in erratic flight paths which confuse batters. The “knuckleball” effect is believed to be caused by asymmetric flow separation over the baseball, but little is known about its flow physics. In the experiment described in this paper, the flow near the seams of the baseball is visualized thoroughly and the velocity vector fields near the surface and in the wake are obtained with Digital Particle Image Velocimetry. Depending on its position, the seam is found to trigger the boundary layer transition thus delaying the separation, or to cause separation itself. Three-dimensional wake patterns associated with specific ball orientations are identified and related to the force variations on the ball.

  3. Baseball Sans Borders

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    ADAM; FEENEY

    2006-01-01

    If anyone needs a reminder that the word "fan" is merely the short form of "fanatic," they need only observe me watching baseball on the Internet. No, I'm not talking about a webcast with images of the game actually being played. My falsely advertised "DSL" Internet connection isn't fast enough for that. Instead, on balmy summer evenings

  4. Traveling Baseball Players' Problem in Korea

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    Jeong, Hyang Min; Kim, Aaram J; Choi, Younguk; Eun, Jonghyoun; Kim, Beom Jun

    2012-01-01

    We study the so-called the traveling tournament problem (TTP), to find an optimal tournament schedule. Differently from the original TTP, in which the total travel distance of all the participants is the objective function to minimize, we instead seek to maximize the fairness of the round robin tournament schedule of the Korean Baseball League. The standard deviation of the travel distances of teams is defined as the energy function, and the Metropolis Monte-Carlo method combined with the simulated annealing technique is applied to find the ground state configuration. The resulting tournament schedule is found to satisfy all the constraint rules set by the Korean Baseball Organization, but with drastically increased fairness in traveling distances.

  5. Traveling baseball players' problem in Korea

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    Jeong, Hyang Min; Kim, Sang-Woo; Choi, Younguk; Kim, Aaram J.; Eun, Jonghyoun; Kim, Beom Jun

    2012-08-01

    We study the so-called traveling tournament problem (TTP) to find an optimal tournament schedule. Differently from the original TTP, in which the total travel distance of all the participants is the objective function to minimize, we instead seek to maximize the fairness of the round robin tournament schedule of the Korean Baseball League. The standard deviation of the travel distances of teams is defined as the energy function, and the Metropolis Monte-Carlo method combined with the simulated annealing technique is applied to find the ground-state configuration. The resulting tournament schedule is found to satisfy all the constraint rules set by the Korean Baseball Organization, but with drastically increased fairness in traveling distances.

  6. Physics of Baseball & Softball

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    Cross, Rod

    2011-01-01

    This book describes the physics of baseball and softball, assuming that the reader has a background in both physics and mathematics at the high school level. The physics is explained in a conversational style, and illustrated with experimental results obtained both in the laboratory and in the field. Simple equations are also used in order to model the experimental results and to test whether the explanations are actually valid. The subject matter provides an excellent opportunity to explain physics in an interesting manner, given the universal popularity of baseball and softball as pastimes. There is also the interaction between a bat and ball, which is a classic problem in physics involving large forces, short time intervals, momentum, and energy transfer, vibration, rotation, and the different physical properties of the wood (or aluminum) of the bat, and the ball. The flight of the ball through the air is another fascinating example of physics in action, involving the effects of gravity, air resistance and...

  7. Baseball and Canadian Identity

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    Humber, William

    2005-01-01

    Baseball research generally acts as a window into the game--a means as it were to understand its underlying order and disorder, its hidden beauty and historic complexity. Less common is the view from the other side of the window in which the patterns of the game are a lens as it were into the outside world, a channel for making sense of a…

  8. Real Time Baseball Database

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    Fukue, Yasuhiro

    The author describes the system outline, features and operations of "Nikkan Sports Realtime Basaball Database" which was developed and operated by Nikkan Sports Shimbun, K. K. The system enables to input numerical data of professional baseball games as they proceed simultaneously, and execute data updating at realtime, just-in-time. Other than serving as supporting tool for prepareing newspapers it is also available for broadcasting media, general users through NTT dial Q2 and others.

  9. Distributed Seams for Gigapixel Panoramas.

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    Philip, Sujin; Summa, Brian; Tierny, Julien; Bremer, Peer-Timo; Pascucci, Valerio

    2015-03-01

    Gigapixel panoramas are an increasingly popular digital image application. They are often created as a mosaic of many smaller images. The mosaic acquisition can take many hours causing the individual images to differ in exposure and lighting conditions. A blending operation is often necessary to give the appearance of a seamless image. The blending quality depends on the magnitude of discontinuity along the image boundaries. Often, new boundaries, or seams, are first computed that minimize this transition. Current techniques based on multi-labeling Graph Cuts are too slow and memory intensive for gigapixel sized panoramas. In this paper, we present a parallel, out-of-core seam computing technique that is fast, has small memory footprint, and is capable of running efficiently on different types of parallel systems. Its maximum memory usage is configurable, in the form of a cache, which can improve performance by reducing redundant disk I/O and computations. It shows near-perfect scaling on symmetric multiprocessing systems and good scaling on clusters and distributed shared memory systems. Our technique improves the time required to compute seams for gigapixel imagery from many hours (or even days) to just a few minutes, while still producing boundaries with energy that is on-par with Graph Cuts. PMID:26357067

  10. Fantasy Baseball with a Statistical Twist

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    Koban, Lori; McNelis, Erin

    2008-01-01

    Fantasy baseball, a game invented in 1980, allows baseball fans to become managers of pretend baseball teams. In most fantasy baseball leagues, participants choose teams consisting of major league players who they believe will do well in five offensive categories (batting average, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bases, and runs scored) or in…

  11. Major League Baseball and Globalization: The World Baseball Classic

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    Mark, Nagel; Matt, Brown; Daniel, Rascher; Chad, McEvoy

    2010-01-01

    In addition to generating initial profits, the WBC has positioned MLB to be the leader in growing the game of baseball and the commercial aspects of the sport throughout the world. As baseball grows, and more importantly as the American brand of baseball grows, it will be interesting to watch the worldwide reaction – particularly if MLB begins to generate huge profits overseas. Other prominent American brands such as Coke, Nike, Disney, and McDonalds have been both embraced and scorned as the...

  12. Cryogenic Testing of Different Seam Concepts for Multilayer Insulation Systems

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    Johnson, Wesley L.; Fesmire, J. E.

    2009-01-01

    Recent testing in a cylindrical, comparative cryostat at the Cryogenics Test Laboratory has focused on various seam concepts for multilayer insulation systems. Three main types of seams were investigated: straight overlap, fold-over, and roll wrapped. Each blanket was comprised of 40 layer pairs of reflector and spacer materials. The total thickness was approximately 12.5-mm, giving an average layer density of 32 layers per centimeter. The blankets were tested at high vacuum, soft vacuum, and no vacuum using liquid nitrogen to maintain the cold boundary temperature at 77 K. Test results show that all three seam concepts are all close in thermal performance; however the fold-over method provides the lowest heat flux. For the first series of tests, seams were located 120 degrees around the circumference of the cryostat from the previous seam. This technique appears to have lessened the degradation of the blanket due to the seams. In a follow-on test, a 20 layer blanket was tested in a roll wrapped configuration and then cut down the side of the cylinder, taped together, and re-tested. This test result shows the thermal performance impact of having the seams all in one location versus having the seams clocked around the vessel. This experimental investigation indicates that the method of joining the seams in multilayer insulation systems is not as critical as the quality of the installation process.

  13. Baseball and American Foreign Policy

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    Robert Elias

    2012-01-01

    While many have observed baseball’s longstanding resonance with U.S. domestic life, our national pastime has also figured prominently in how America has projected itself abroad—in its foreign, military, diplomatic and globalization policies. And vice versa: U.S. foreign policy has affected baseball, as well.For more than two centuries, baseball has shown up in surprising ways as America has emerged in the world, and then built itself into an empire. While baseball was played in America as far...

  14. Design guidelines for multi-seam mining at Elliot Lake

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    With the current expansion in uranium mining, multi-seam mining could again be practised at Elliot Lake as it was in the 1960s. Information on the dimensions of stopes, pillars, and parting zone was gathered from plans and sections of the relevant closed mines. Discussions were held with personnel familiar with these mines to establish instances of pillar, roof, and parting zone failures. Design guidelines are formulated for stope and pillar dimensions in multi-seam mining for a range of orebody configurations using past practice in a back-analysis approach. Constraints imposed by dip and seam thickness on the choice of equipment and mining layout are evaluated. An attempt is made to bring together the engineering aspects, including rock mechanics, of multi-seam mine design with uranium recovery and other economic factors for three alternative mine layouts: single-seam mining, double-seam mining, and seams-and-parting mining. A series of examples are worked through, showing how the design guidelines can be applied for typical orebody configurations

  15. The Flight of a Baseball

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    Nathan, Alan

    2010-03-01

    The trajectory of a baseball moving through the air is very different from the one we teach in our introductory classes in which the only force is that due to gravity. In reality, the aerodynamic drag force (which retards the motion) and the Magnus force on a spinning baseball (which causes the ball to curve) play very important roles that are crucial to many of the subtleties of the game. These forces are governed by three phenomenological quantities: the coefficients of drag, lift, and moment, the latter determining the spin decay time constant. In past years, these quantities were studied mainly in wind tunnel experiments, whereby the forces on the baseball are measured directly. More recently, new tools have been developed that focus on measuring accurate baseball trajectories, from which the forces can be inferred. These tools include high-speed motion analysis, video tracking (the so-called PITCHf/x and HITf/x systems), and Doppler radar tracking via the TrackMan system. In this talk, I will discuss how these new tools work, what they are teaching us about baseball aerodynamics, and how they have the potential to revolutionize the analysis of the game itself.

  16. Estimation of Rotational Velocity of Baseball Using High-Speed Camera Movies

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    Inoue, Takuya; Uematsu, Yuko; Saito, Hideo

    Movies can be used to analyze a player's performance and improve his/her skills. In the case of baseball, the pitching is recorded by using a high-speed camera, and the recorded images are used to improve the pitching skills of the players. In this paper, we present a method for estimating of the rotational velocity of a baseball on the basis of movies recorded by high-speed cameras. Unlike in the previous methods, we consider the original seam pattern of the ball seen in the input movie and identify the corresponding image from a database of images by adopting the parametric eigenspace method. These database images are CG Images. The ball's posture can be determined on the basis of the rotational parameters. In the proposed method, the symmetric property of the ball is also taken into consideration, and the time continuity is used to determine the ball's posture. In the experiments, we use the proposed method to estimate the rotational velocity of a baseball on the basis of real movies and movies consisting of CG images of the baseball. The results of both the experiments prove that our method can be used to estimate the ball's rotation accurately.

  17. Attendance Demand for Baseball Games in Japan

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    Hirao, Yukiko

    2014-01-01

    This paper studies how competitive balance in the Japanese professional baseball teams has changed over time, and estimates the effect of competitive balance on attendance demand for baseball games. Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (the ‘NPB’ hereinafter) consists of the Central League and the Pacific League, and there are six teams in each league. In 2004, a series of changes took place in the Pacific League, including the merger of the two existing teams, the entry of a new team, t...

  18. Laser Seam welding method

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    The present invention provides a laser seam welding method for welding spacers to be used in nuclear fuel assemblies at a stable quality. Namely, the laser seam welding method comprises irradiating, while moving, laser beams to a portion to be welded. In this case, data of the shapes and characteristics of the portion to be welded are inputted to restrict the range of the welding of the portion to be welded. The power, moving speed, distance to a focal point and energy of the laser beams are controlled in the midway of the range for the welding. Then, a welding nugget having a shape defined to a portion to be welded can be formed thereby enabling to keep the portion to be welded to stable quality. As a result, failed welding can be eliminated, and strength of joint can be guaranteed. In addition, auxiliary products of portions to be welded, for example, springs are not failed by laser beams. As a result, satisfactory spacers can be provided. (I.S.)

  19. Shoulder proprioception in baseball pitchers.

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    Safran, M R; Borsa, P A; Lephart, S M; Fu, F H; Warner, J J

    2001-01-01

    We examined proprioceptive differences between the dominant and nondominant shoulders of 21 collegiate baseball pitchers without a history of shoulder instability or surgery. A proprioceptive testing device was used to measure kinesthesia and joint position sense. Joint position sense was significantly (P =.05) more accurate in the nondominant shoulder than in the dominant shoulder when starting at 75% of maximal external rotation and moving into internal rotation. There were no significant differences for proprioception in the other measured positions or with kinesthesia testing. Six pitchers with recent shoulder pain had a significant (P =.04) kinesthetic deficit in the symptomatic dominant shoulder compared with the asymptomatic shoulder, as measured in neutral rotation moving into internal rotation. The net effect of training, exercise-induced laxity, and increased external rotation in baseball pitchers does not affect proprioception, although shoulder pain, possibly due to rotator cuff inflammation or tendinitis, is associated with reduced kinesthetic sensation. PMID:11641701

  20. Magnetic field on the baseball coil

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    An expression is developed in spherical harmonics for the magnetic field of a baseball coil. A simple dipole-layer model for the coil, and the computer program, MAFCO, yield comparable expansion coefficients, and give practically identical fields near the center of the baseball. 13 refs

  1. Seam 2 Web Development LITE

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    Salter, David

    2011-01-01

    Packed with illustrations and examples, this book will make the task of improving your Seam application simple and straightforward. This book is for Java EE application developers who have a Seam web application set up and ready to go, and are looking for information on the key areas of Seam that this book covers. You will need a basic understanding of Java EE and also to be aware of EJB3, although you do not need to know it in any detail. Experience with JBoss AS would be great, but all you really need is to be comfortable using any application server. Knowledge of AJAX and JavaScript would a

  2. British and Finnish Baseball: International Variations on an American Pastime

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    Williams, Emyr W.; Romar, Jan-Erik; Hartman, Michael

    2010-01-01

    Both British and Finnish baseball are easy to introduce, as the specific skills involved in both sports are identical to those used in traditional baseball. If students have the skills to play traditional baseball, they have the skills to play British and Finnish baseball as well. After a brief overview of the unique rules and strategies of these…

  3. MR imaging of the elbow in baseball pitchers

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    Baseball pitcher throwing biomechanics are important to understanding the pathophysiology and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging appearances of injuries in baseball pitchers. Baseball pitchers experience repetitive excessive valgus forces at the elbow. Typical injuries are secondary to medial joint distraction, lateral joint compression, and rotatory forces at the olecranon. MR imaging is useful for evaluation of the elbow in baseball pitchers. (orig.)

  4. Linked Min.B configuration inside high shear magnetic surface

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    Arrangement of the l = m baseball coils to form the toroidally linked Min.B configuration with large rotational transform is studied analytically and numerically. By an optimization the closed magnetic isobars are obtained inside the last closed magnetic surface having practical volume and high shear if l = 3 baseball coils are arranged. (auth.)

  5. Prevention of Elbow Injuries in Youth Baseball Pitchers

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    Fleisig, Glenn S.; Andrews, James R.

    2012-01-01

    Context: Although baseball is a relatively safe sport, numerous reports suggest a rapid rise in elbow injury rate among youth baseball pitchers. Evidence Acquisition: PubMed was searched for epidemiologic, biomechanical, and clinical studies of elbow injuries in baseball (keywords: “youth OR adolescent” AND baseball AND pitching AND “ulnar collateral ligament OR elbow”; published January 2000 – April 2012). Studies with relevance to youth baseball pitchers were reviewed. Relevant references f...

  6. Relation Between Lift Force and Ball Spin for Different Baseball Pitches.

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    Nagami, Tomoyuki; Higuchi, Takatoshi; Nakata, Hiroki; Yanai, Toshimasa; Kanosue, Kazuyuki

    2016-04-01

    Although the lift force (FL) on a spinning baseball has been analyzed in previous studies, no study has analyzed such forces over a wide variety of spins. The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship between FL and spin for different types of pitches thrown by collegiate pitchers. Four high-speed video cameras were used to record flight trajectory and spin for 7 types of pitches. A total of 75 pitches were analyzed. The linear kinematics of the ball was determined at 0.008-s intervals during the flight, and the resultant fluid force acting on the ball was calculated with an inverse dynamics approach. The initial angular velocity of the ball was determined using a custom-made apparatus. Equations were derived to estimate the FL using the effective spin parameter (ESp), which is a spin parameter calculated using a component of angular velocity of the ball with the exception of the gyro-component. The results indicate that FL could be accurately explained from ESp and also that seam orientation (4-seam or 2-seam) did not produce a uniform effect on estimating FL from ESp. PMID:26576060

  7. Baseball and the Cold War: An Examination of Values.

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    Briley, Ron

    1986-01-01

    Maintaining that baseball presents a view of American society in microcosm, this article reviews the Cold War history of American baseball, showing how the statements and concerns of the players and managers reflected popular values of that era. (JDH)

  8. Petrologic and geochemical characteristics of Seam 9-3 and Seam 2, Xingtai Coalfield, Northern China

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    Sun, Yuzhuang [Hebei Institute of Architectural Science and Technology, Hebei, 056038 Handan (China); Puettmann, W. [Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt, FB 17 Geowissenschaften-Umweltanalytik, Georg-Voigt-Str. 14, D-60054 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Kalkreuth, W. [Instituto de Geociencias, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Benito Goncalves, 9500, 91501-970 , Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre (Brazil); Horsfield, B. [ICG-4, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich (Germany)

    2002-04-01

    Six samples of Carboniferous (Mississippian-Pennsylvanian) coal (Seam 9-3) and 11 samples of Permian coal (Seam 2) from the Xingtai Coalfield were studied by petrological and organic geochemical methods. Both seams show different petrological and geochemical compositions. In Seam 9-3 of the Carboniferous age, the predominant maceral is vitrinite (83%) whereas in Seam 2 of Permian age, inertinite predominates (45%). 'Barkinite' was found with an average content 1% only in Seam 2. Sixty-four different aromatic compounds were identified by gas chromatography (GC)/mass spectrometry (MS) analysis of solvent extracts (Extr) of both seams. Abundant polyaromatic sulfur hydrocarbons (PASH) were determined in coal samples from Seam 9-3, while they are very low in samples from Seam 2. 1,2,5-Trimethylnaphthalene and 1,2,5,6-tetramethylnaphthalene contents are much higher in Seam 2, while 2-methylfluorene contents are higher in Seam 9-3. Cadalene was found in Seam 2 with a high content of 94 mg/kg coal but was not detected in samples from Seam 9-3. This might indicate a different floral contribution to the sedimentary organic matter. All petrologic and geochemical results indicate that Seam 2 formed in a more oxidized environment compared with Seam 9-3.

  9. Friendly Exchanges Between Yizheng and Japanese Youth Baseball Teams

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    2011-01-01

    <正>Invited by the Jiangsu Provincial Baseball and Softball Association, and with the help from the Japan IBA Youth Baseball and Softball League, on March 28, the Youth Baseball Team of Kawasaki City of Saitama Prefecture played two friendly matches against the team of Yizheng Experimental School in Jiangsu Province.

  10. Going, Going, Gone! The Making of a Baseball Bat

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    Cantu, Diana

    2012-01-01

    From little league players to professional athletes, baseball has become a sport that is not only fun to play and watch, but also a sport driven by innovation and technology. One particular piece of baseball equipment that has undergone many changes is the baseball bat. Prior to the early 1970s, wooden bats were the only choice available. Today,…

  11. The Effect of Major League Baseball Rehab Assignments on Attendance in the International Baseball League

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    Andrew Turner

    2013-01-01

    Prior to his return from the disabled list, a Major League Baseball (MLB) player may be given a "rehab assignment" to a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) club. One can intuitively expect that successful MLB players should positively affect attendance at the MiLB clubs that they are assigned to. This study develops a regression model to determine the effect of MLB rehab assignments on attendance in the International Baseball League. The regression model also introduces a new technique to measure th...

  12. Scattering of a Baseball by a Bat

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    Cross, R; Cross, Rod; Nathan, Alan M.

    2006-01-01

    A ball can be hit faster if it is projected without spin but it can be hit farther if it is projected with backspin. Measurements are presented in this paper of the tradeoff between speed and spin for a baseball impacting a baseball bat. The results are inconsistent with a collision model in which the ball rolls off the bat and instead imply tangential compliance in the ball, the bat, or both. If the results are extrapolated to the higher speeds that are typical of the game of baseball, they suggest that a curveball can be hit with greater backspin than a fastball, but by an amount that is less than would be the case in the absence of tangential compliance.

  13. EVALUATION OF PAINFUL SHOULDER IN BASEBALL PLAYERS

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    Miyazaki, Alberto Naoki; Fregoneze, Marcelo; Santos, Pedro Doneux; da Silva, Luciana Andrade; do Val Sella, Guilherme; Junior, Adriano Fernando Mendes; Soares, André Lopes; Aihara, Leandro Jun; Checchia, Sérgio Luiz

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To assess the relationship between shoulder mobility and strength and the presence of pain among baseball players. Methods: Between April and July 2009, 55 baseball players were assessed by the Shoulder and Elbow Group of the School of Medical Sciences, Santa Casa de Misericórdia, São Paulo. They were all males, aged between 15 and 33 years (mean of 21); they attended an average of three training sessions per week and had been doing this sport for a mean of 10 years. Results: 14 of...

  14. Influence of a humidor on the aerodynamics of baseballs

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    Meyer, Edmund R.; Bohn, John L.

    2008-11-01

    We investigate whether storing baseballs in a controlled humidity environment significantly affects their aerodynamic properties. We measure the change in diameter and weight of baseballs as a function of relative humidity in which the balls are stored. The trajectories of pitched and batted baseballs are modeled to assess the difference between those stored at 30% relative humidity versus 50% relative humidity. We find that a drier baseball will curve slightly more than a humidified one for a given pitch velocity and rotation rate. We also find that aerodynamics alone would add 2ft to the distance a wetter baseball ball is hit. This increased distance is compensated by a 6ft reduction in the batted distance due to the change in the coefficient of restitution of the ball. We discuss consequences of these results for baseball played at Coors Field in Denver, where baseballs have been stored in a humidor at 50% relative humidity since 2002.

  15. Baseball and society in the Caribbean

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    Andrew Zimbalist

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available [First paragraph] The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic. Rob Ruck. Westport CT: Meckler, 1991. x + 205 pp. (Cloth n.p. Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels Through Castro's Cuba. Tom Miller. New York: Atheneum, 1992. x + 338 pp. (Cloth US$ 24.00 Read Bart Giamatti's Take Time for Paradise (1989 or any of the other grand old game sentimentalists and you'11 discover that baseball somehow perfectly reflects the temperament of U.S. culture. This match, in turn, accounts for basebali's enduring and penetrating popularity in the United States. Read Ruck and Miller and you'11 learn that baseball is more popular and culturally dominant in the Dominican Republic and Cuba than it is to the north. The suppressed syllogism affirms that U.S. and Caribbean cultures hold intimate similarities. If that is true, this Caribbeanist has been out to lunch; then again, no one ever accused economists of having acute cultural sensibilities.

  16. No Dummies: Deafness, Baseball, and American Culture

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    Edwards, R. A. R.

    2012-01-01

    This article begins by examining the historical and social factors that led to 1901 being the "deafest" year in major league baseball history with four deaf players. In particular, the author discusses the career of William Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy, a deaf man from Ohio who became the most celebrated deaf player in history and explores the reasons…

  17. On using of baseball traps for a dense hot plasma confinement

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    A variant of an open trap with the ''baseball-type'' magnetic field, which is produced by deformation and compression of a straight cylindrical liner by a profiled field, has been considered. The magnetic configuration of the ''baseball'' trap is locally stable and permits plasma injection from two plasma accelerators. In the first stage owing to the deformation of the straight liner an open ''baseball-type'' trap is produced. In the second stage two plasmoids having the directed energy above 2 keV are injected into the trap. Colliding the plasmoids stop, as a result of which the trap is filled with the plasma having a temperature of about 1 keV. In the third stage, while the configuration of the trap retains, plasma is being compressed and its temperature increases to 10 keV. The parameters of such a system have been evaluated as follows: for the field of 2 MOe and a temperature of 10 keV the plasma density will be 5 x 1018 cm-3 and the confinement time - 2 x 10-5s

  18. Influence of a humidor on the aerodynamics of baseballs

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    Meyer, Edmund

    2007-01-01

    We investigate whether storing baseballs in a controlled humidity environment significantly affects their aerodynamic properties. To do this, we measure the change in diameter and mass of baseballs as a function of relative humidity (RH). We then model trajectories for pitched and batted baseballs to assess the difference between those stored at 30% RH versus 50% RH. The results show that a drier baseball may be expected to curve slightly more than a humidified one, and that the drier ball will also likely travel slightly less far when batted. We discuss consequences of these results for baseball played at Coors Field in Denver, where baseballs have been stored in a humidor at 50% RH since 2002.

  19. Productivity, Wages, and Marriage: The Case of Major League Baseball

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    Cornaglia, Francesca; Naomi E. Feldman

    2011-01-01

    Using a sample of professional baseball players from 1871–2007, this paper aims at analyzing a longstanding empirical observation that married men earn significantly more than their single counterparts holding all else equal (the "marriage premium"). Baseball is a unique case study because it has a long history of statistics collection and numerous direct measurements of productivity. Our results show that the marriage premium also holds for baseball players, where married players earn up to ...

  20. Major League Baseball Players' Life Expectancies.

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    Saint Onge, Jarron M; Rogers, Richard G; Krueger, Patrick M

    2008-07-17

    OBJECTIVE: We examine the importance of anthropometric and performance measures, and age, period, and cohort effects in explaining life expectancies among major league baseball (MLB) players over the past century. METHODS: We use discrete time hazard models to calculate life tables with covariates with data from Total Baseball, a rich source of information on all players who played in the major league. RESULTS: Compared to 20-year-old U.S. males, MLB players can expect almost five additional years of life. Height, weight, handedness, and player ratings are unassociated with the risk of death in this population of highly active and successful adults. Career length is inversely associated with the risk of death, likely because those who play longer gain additional incomes, physical fitness, and training. CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate improvements in life expectancies with time for all age groups and indicate possible improvements in longevity in the general U.S. population. PMID:19756205

  1. Mutually-Antagonistic Interactions in Baseball Networks

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    Saavedra, Serguei; McCotter, Trent; Porter, Mason A; Mucha, Peter J

    2009-01-01

    We formulate the head-to-head matchups between Major League Baseball pitchers and batters from 1954 to 2008 as a bipartite network of mutually-antagonistic interactions. We consider both the full network and single-season networks, which exhibit interesting structural changes over time. We also find that these networks exhibit a significant network structure that is sensitive to baseball's rule changes. We then study a biased random walk on the matchup networks as a simple and transparent way to compare the performance of players who competed under different conditions. We find that a player's position in the network does not correlate with his success in the random walker ranking but instead has a substantial effect on its sensitivity to changes in his own aggregate performance.

  2. Geomorphology of coal seam fires

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    Kuenzer, Claudia; Stracher, Glenn B.

    2012-02-01

    Coal fires occur in underground natural coal seams, in exposed surface seams, and in coal storage or waste piles. The fires ignite through spontaneous combustion or natural or anthropogenic causes. They are reported from China, India, USA, South Africa, Australia, and Russia, as well as many other countries. Coal fires lead to loss of a valuable resource (coal), the emission of greenhouse-relevant and toxic gases, and vegetation deterioration. A dangerous aspect of the fires is the threat to local mines, industries, and settlements through the volume loss underground. Surface collapse in coal fire areas is common. Thus, coal fires are significantly affecting the evolution of the landscape. Based on more than a decade of experience with in situ mapping of coal fire areas worldwide, a general classification system for coal fires is presented. Furthermore, coal seam fire geomorphology is explained in detail. The major landforms associated with, and induced by, these fires are presented. The landforms include manifestations resulting from bedrock surface fracturing, such as fissures, cracks, funnels, vents, and sponges. Further manifestations resulting from surface bedrock subsidence include sinkholes, trenches, depressions, partial surface subsidence, large surface subsidence, and slides. Additional geomorphologic coal fire manifestations include exposed ash layers, pyrometamorphic rocks, and fumarolic minerals. The origin, evolution, and possible future development of these features are explained, and examples from in situ surveys, as well as from high-resolution satellite data analyses, are presented. The geomorphology of coal fires has not been presented in a systematic manner. Knowledge of coal fire geomorphology enables the detection of underground coal fires based on distinct surface manifestations. Furthermore, it allows judgments about the safety of coal fire-affected terrain. Additionally, geomorphologic features are indicators of the burning stage of fires

  3. Swing Weights of Baseball and Softball Bats

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    Russell, Dan

    2010-01-01

    Baseball and softball bats are sold according to length in inches and weight in ounces. Much to the consternation of players buying new bats, however, not all bats that weigh the same swing the same. The reason for this has to do with moment of inertia of the bat about a pivot point on the handle, or what the sporting goods industry refers to as…

  4. Understanding baseball team standings and streaks

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    Sire, C.; Redner, S.

    2009-02-01

    Can one understand the statistics of wins and losses of baseball teams? Are their consecutive-game winning and losing streaks self-reinforcing or can they be described statistically? We apply the Bradley-Terry model, which incorporates the heterogeneity of team strengths in a minimalist way, to answer these questions. Excellent agreement is found between the predictions of the Bradley-Terry model and the rank dependence of the average number team wins and losses in major-league baseball over the past century when the distribution of team strengths is taken to be uniformly distributed over a finite range. Using this uniform strength distribution, we also find very good agreement between model predictions and the observed distribution of consecutive-game team winning and losing streaks over the last half-century; however, the agreement is less good for the previous half-century. The behavior of the last half-century supports the hypothesis that long streaks are primarily statistical in origin with little self-reinforcing component. The data further show that the past half-century of baseball has been more competitive than the preceding half-century.

  5. Designing IS Curricula for Practical Relevance: Applying Baseball's "Moneyball" Theory

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    Surendra, Nanda C.; Denton, James W.

    2009-01-01

    Baseball's "Moneyball" theory states that the baseball market undervalues some attributes (and players with these attributes) that are key contributors to wins while overvaluing other attributes. Teams who correctly evaluate attributes that contribute to wins have higher winning percentages with relatively low payrolls. We applied the Moneyball…

  6. Little League Baseball and Players' Self-Esteem.

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    Hawkins, Donna B.; Gruber, Joseph J.

    1982-01-01

    The effect of a season of little league baseball on the self-esteem of 94 pre-adolescent players was investigated. The Coopersmith Self-esteem Inventory and a newly devised Baseball-Self scale were administered. Significant improvements in players' total Self-esteem, Home-Parents and School-Academic scores were found. (Author/PN)

  7. Expert Baseball Batters Have Greater Sensitivity in Making Swing Decisions

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    Gray, Rob

    2010-01-01

    This study used signal detection theory to conceptualize the problem a baseball batter faces when deciding whether or not to swing at a pitch. It examined the launch angle (LA) criteria used by expert (college players) and less experienced (recreational league players) batters using a baseball batting simulation. This study showed that, although…

  8. Training the Baseball Hitter: What Does Research Say?

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    Lund, Robin J.; Heefner, Dan

    2005-01-01

    Former baseball star Jim Lefebvre (1983) claimed that hitting a baseball may be the most talked about but least understood skill in all of sports. Historically, hitting instruction has been based on intuitive thinking by "hitting gurus," rather than on scientific fact, which has contributed to this lack of understanding (DeRenne, Stellar, &…

  9. Finding the Area of a Major League Baseball Field

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    Jacob Courchaine

    2013-01-01

    Using a Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball field template for guidelines, we estimate the cost of building the largest possible field accepted under MLB standards. This includes finding the areas of both the clay and grassy regions and determining how many bags of clay and fertilizer are required to cover the field.

  10. Finding the Area of a Major League Baseball Field

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    Jacob Courchaine

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Using a Major League Baseball (MLB baseball field template for guidelines, we estimate the cost of building the largest possible field accepted under MLB standards. This includes finding the areas of both the clay and grassy regions and determining how many bags of clay and fertilizer are required to cover the field.

  11. 76 FR 37007 - Safety Zone; Stockton Ports Baseball Club Fourth of July Fireworks Display, Stockton, CA

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    2011-06-24

    ... SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Stockton Ports Baseball Club Fourth of July... Stockton Ports Baseball Club will sponsor the Stockton Ports Baseball Club Fourth of July Fireworks Display... read as follows: Sec. 165.T11-422 Safety Zone; Stockton Ports Baseball Club Fourth of July...

  12. Is coal seam gas polluting groundwater?

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    Landholders are adamant that coal seam gas is contaminating their groundwater, but natural geological processes make their accusations difficult to prove. Now science is starting to fill in the cracks.

  13. Relationship between performance variables and baseball ability in youth baseball players.

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    Nakata, Hiroki; Nagami, Tomoyuki; Higuchi, Takatoshi; Sakamoto, Kiwako; Kanosue, Kazuyuki

    2013-10-01

    The present study investigated the relationship of performance variables and anthropometric measurements on baseball ability in 164 youth baseball players (age: 6.4-15.7 years). To evaluate their baseball performance, ball speeds in pitching and batting were recorded and kinetic energies of the pitched and hit balls were calculated. To record anthropometric and physical fitness characteristics, height and weight were measured and a battery of physical fitness tests covering standing long jump, side steps, sit-ups, 10-m sprint, trunk flexion, back strength, and grip strengths of both hands were conducted. The results of a multiple regression analysis revealed several significant predictors: age, body mass index (BMI), standing long jump, 10-m sprint, and grip strength for pitched ball kinetic energy and age, BMI, standing long jump, and back strength for hit ball kinetic energy. This study provides scientific evidence that relates certain specific physical performance tests and body characteristics with high achievement in the actual performance of pitching and batting. Youth players, their parents, coaches, and trainers would benefit by addressing these characteristics when planning training programs to improve the baseball performance of youth players. PMID:23838977

  14. Collapsing the Wavefunction of a Baseball

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    Biswas, T

    2003-01-01

    The transition from microscopic to macroscopic in quantum mechanics can be seen from various points of view. It is often not merely a transition from quantum to classical mechanics in the sense of the Correspondence Principle. The fact that real macroscopic objects like baseballs are composites of an extremely large number of microscopic particles (electrons, protons etc.) is a complicating factor. Here such composite objects are studied in some detail and the Copenhagen interpretation is applied to them. A computer game model for a simplified composite object is used to illustrate some of the issues.

  15. Anthropometric and performance comparisons in professional baseball players.

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    Hoffman, Jay R; Vazquez, Jose; Pichardo, Napoleon; Tenenbaum, Gershon

    2009-11-01

    This study compared anthropometric and performance variables in professional baseball players and examined the relationship between these variables and baseball-specific performance (i.e., home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, and stolen bases). During a 2-year period, 343 professional baseball players were assessed for height, weight, body composition, grip strength, vertical jump power, 10-yard sprint speed, and agility. Subject population consisted of players on the rosters of one of the minor league affiliates (Rookie, A, AA, AAA) or major league team (MLB). All testing occurred at the beginning of spring training. Players in Rookie and A were significantly (p baseball-specific power performance. Anthropometric measures failed to add any additional explanation to the variance in these baseball-specific performance variables. Results indicated that both anthropometric and performance variables differed between players of different levels of competition in professional baseball. Agility, speed, and lower-body power appeared to provide the greatest predictive power of baseball-specific performance. PMID:19826310

  16. Sox and Drugs: Baseball, Steroids and Physics

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    Tobin, Roger

    2008-03-01

    The sports world is in an uproar over performance-enhancing drugs. In the United States steroids in baseball have received the most attention, in part because the purported effects are much more dramatic than in any other sport. From 1995-2003 a few players hit home runs at rates 20-50% higher than the best sluggers of the preceding century. Could steroids really increase home-run performance that much? I will describe a model that combines estimates of the physiological effects of steroids, known baseball physics, and reasonable models of batting effectiveness for highly skilled hitters. A 10% increase in muscle mass, which can reasonably be expected from steroid use, increases the speed of a batted ball by 3%. Because home runs are relatively rare events on the tail of a batter's range distribution, even this modest change in ball speed can increase the proportion of batted balls that result in home runs by 30 -- 70%, enough to account for the record-shattering performances of the recent past. I will also describe some of the attention -- both welcome and not -- that comes to the unsuspecting physicist who wades into such emotionally troubled waters.

  17. Scapula Kinematics of Youth Baseball Players

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    Oliver Gretchen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Literature has revealed the importance of quantifying resting scapular posture in overhead athletes as well as quantifying scapular kinematics during dynamic movement. Prior to this project much of the attention in throwing research had been focused on the position of the humerus without description of the positioning of the scapula. Therefore, it was the purpose of this study to present scapular kinematics during pitching in youth baseball players. Twenty-five youth baseball players (age 11.3 + 1.0 years; body height 152.4 + 9.0 cm; body mass 47.5 + 11.3 kg, with no history of injury, participated in the study. Scapular kinematics at the events of maximum humeral external rotation (MER and maximum humeral internal rotation (MIR during the pitching motion were assessed three-dimensionally while pitching fastballs for strikes. Results revealed that at the event of MER, the scapula was in a position of retraction, upward rotation and a posterior tilt. While at the event of MIR, the scapula was protracted, upward rotated and tilted anteriorly.

  18. The Impact of Atmospheric Conditions on the Baseball Totals Market

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    Rodney J. Paul; Weinbach, Andrew P.; Chris Weinbach

    2014-01-01

    A study of the physics of baseball has shown that air density plays a significant role in the distance a batted baseball will travel. Air density is a function of altitude, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. This paper tests if air density impacts the totals market in Major League Baseball by influencing the number of runs in a game above and beyond the betting market total. Through regression analysis and betting simulations of the 2012 season, it is shown that air density has a...

  19. Major league baseball career length in the twentieth century*

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    Witnauer, William D.; Rogers, Richard G.; Saint Onge, Jarron M.

    2007-01-01

    Although baseball is considered “the” American pastime, little is known about the career prospects of the individuals who play the game. This study fills that void by examining the careers of baseball players over the last century. Between 1902 and 1993, 5,989 position players started their careers and played 33,272 person years of major league baseball. A rookie position player can expect to play 5.6 years; one in five position players will have only a single-year career, and at every point ...

  20. Spectrum of shoulder injuries in the baseball pitcher

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    This review describes a range of shoulder injuries experienced by baseball pitchers. It is estimated that more than 57% of pitchers suffer some form of shoulder injury during a playing season. Knowledge of the overhead throwing cycle is crucial for our understanding of these shoulder injuries. Baseball pitchers are prone to rotator cuff tears from tensile overload and impingement. Glenoid labrum degeneration or tears are also common, due to overuse syndrome (micro-instability), internal impingement and microtrauma. An understanding of the lesions involved in overhead throwing is crucial in baseball pitchers, as long-term disability can result from these injuries, sometimes with severe financial consequences to the player. (orig.)

  1. Clinical Measures of Shoulder Mobility in the Professional Baseball Player

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    Downar, Jacquelyn M; Sauers, Eric L.

    2005-01-01

    Context: Professional baseball players must achieve a delicate balance between shoulder mobility and stability to attain optimal sports performance. The sport-specific demands of repetitive overhead throwing may result in an altered mobility-stability relationship.

  2. Motion discrimination of throwing a baseball using forearm electrical impedance

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    The extroversion or hyperextension of elbow joint cause disorders of elbow joint in throwing a baseball. A method, which is easy handling and to measure motion objectively, can be useful for evaluation of throwing motion. We investigated a possibility of motion discrimination of throwing a baseball using electrical impedance method. The parameters of frequency characteristics (Cole-Cole arc) of forearm electrical impedance were measured during four types of throwing a baseball. Multiple discriminant analysis was used and the independent variables were change ratios of 11 parameters of forearm electrical impedance. As results of 120 data with four types of throwing motion in three subjects, hitting ratio was very high and 95.8%. We can expect to discriminate throwing a baseball using multiple discriminant analysis of impedance parameters.

  3. Motion discrimination of throwing a baseball using forearm electrical impedance

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    Nakamura, Takao; Kusuhara, Toshimasa; Yamamoto, Yoshitake

    2013-04-01

    The extroversion or hyperextension of elbow joint cause disorders of elbow joint in throwing a baseball. A method, which is easy handling and to measure motion objectively, can be useful for evaluation of throwing motion. We investigated a possibility of motion discrimination of throwing a baseball using electrical impedance method. The parameters of frequency characteristics (Cole-Cole arc) of forearm electrical impedance were measured during four types of throwing a baseball. Multiple discriminant analysis was used and the independent variables were change ratios of 11 parameters of forearm electrical impedance. As results of 120 data with four types of throwing motion in three subjects, hitting ratio was very high and 95.8%. We can expect to discriminate throwing a baseball using multiple discriminant analysis of impedance parameters.

  4. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AMONG FEMALE BASEBALL PLAYERS: A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBE

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    Dalwinder Singh

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose : The present study was conducted to determine the emotional intelligence among Indian female baseball players. Material : For the purpose of present study, two hundred (N=200 senior national female baseball players were selected through purposive sampling technique from different regions of India. They were selected from four different regions: A (North region baseball players=50, B (East region baseball players=50, C (West region baseball players=50 and D (South region baseball players=50. To collect the required data for the present study, the questionnaire developed by Hyde et al. (2001 on emotional intelligence was administered. One Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA was employed to compare the entire regions. Where ‘F’ values were found significant, LSD (Least Significant Difference Post-hoc test was applied to find out the direction and degree of difference. The level of significance was set at 0.05. Results : Significant differences were observed among North, East, West and South regions female baseball players on the sub-parameters; empathy, self-development, value orientation and on the parameter Emotional Intelligence (Total. No significant differences were noticed on the sub-parameters; self-awareness, self-motivation, emotional stability, managing relations, integrity, commitment and altruistic behaviour. Conclusion: The outcome of results might be due to the fact that East region female baseball players are able to pay attention to the worries and concerns of others, can listen to someone without the urge to say something, can stay focused under pressure, are able to handle multiple demands and able to identify and separate their emotions.

  5. Baseball Digest Production System using Inductive Logic Programming

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    Masaru Miyazaki; Masahiro Shibata; Nobuyuki Yagi

    2010-01-01

    Here, we propose a technique to acquire knowledge for baseball digest video production using an inductive inference approach. We integrated the concept of inductive logic programming (ILP) and baseball game metadata to enable learning of the highlight scene definition from digest video produced by a TV director. ILP is a learning method formed at the intersection of machine learning and logic programming, and an ILP processor can acquire the highlight scene definition by inductive learning fr...

  6. The Classic: Shoulder and Elbow Lesions Distinctive of Baseball Players

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    Bennett, George E.

    2012-01-01

    This Classic Article is a reprint of the original work by G. Bennett, Shoulder and Elbow Lesions Distinctive of Baseball Players. An accompanying biographical sketch of G. Bennett is available at DOI 10.1007/s11999-012-2334-3. The Classic Article is ©1947 and is reprinted with permission from Wolters Kluwer Health from Bennett G. Shoulder and elbow lesions distinctive of baseball players. Ann Surg. 1947;126:107–110.

  7. Mutually-antagonistic interactions in baseball networks

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    Saavedra, Serguei; Powers, Scott; McCotter, Trent; Porter, Mason A.; Mucha, Peter J.

    2010-03-01

    We formulate the head-to-head matchups between Major League Baseball pitchers and batters from 1954 to 2008 as a bipartite network of mutually-antagonistic interactions. We consider both the full network and single-season networks, which exhibit structural changes over time. We find interesting structure in the networks and examine their sensitivity to baseball’s rule changes. We then study a biased random walk on the matchup networks as a simple and transparent way to (1) compare the performance of players who competed under different conditions and (2) include information about which particular players a given player has faced. We find that a player’s position in the network does not correlate with his placement in the random walker ranking. However, network position does have a substantial effect on the robustness of ranking placement to changes in head-to-head matchups.

  8. Algorithm For Simplified Robotic Tracking Of Weld Seams

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    Gutow, David A.; Paternoster, Vincent Y.

    1992-01-01

    Algorithm computes small cross-seam corrections to programmed path of welding robot. Intended for use with add-on vision system loosely coupled to robot, transmitting small amount of information about weld seam ahead of torch. Position of welding torch in reference frame of moving window estimated on basis of data on weld seam and speed of torch. Does not need data on position of torch, and does not transform data on seam to another reference frame.

  9. Controlling Effects of Surrounding Rock to Coal Seam Gas Occurrence

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    Laibin Wang; Shiwen Zhang; Jinshan Shen; Zhongwen Zhang; Xiaotong Yang

    2013-01-01

    Surrounding rock of coal seam was one of the important factors to gas occurrence. The coal seam gas occurrence was studied by the index of roof strata thickness or sand content rate; we found that there were certain shortcomings. In order to reasonably evaluate the influence of coal seam surrounding rock on gas occurrence in Panji mining area, we quantitatively evaluated the effect of coal seam surrounding rock on gas occurrence by influence coefficient of roof strata thickness, and built si...

  10. Study on Impact Loading and Humerus Injury for Baseball

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    Sakai, Shinobu; Oda, Juhachi; Yonemura, Shigeru; Sakamoto, Jiro

    In the United States and Japan, baseball is a very popular sport played by many people. However, the ball used is hard and moves fast. A professional baseball pitcher in good form can throw a ball at speeds upwards of 41.7m/s (150km/hr). If a ball at this speed hits the batter, serious injury can occur. In this paper we will describe our investigations on the impact of a baseball with living tissues by finite element analysis. Baseballs were projected at a load cell plate using a specialized pitching machine. The dynamic properties of the baseball were determined by comparing the wall-ball collision experimentally measuring the time history of the force and the displacement using dynamic finite element analysis software (ANSYS/ LS-DYNA). The finite element model representing a human humerus and its surrounding tissue was simulated for balls pitched at variable speeds and pitch types (knuckle and fastball). In so doing, the stress distribution and stress wave in the bone and soft tissue were obtained. From the results, the peak stress of the bone nearly yielded to the stress caused by a high fast ball. If the collision position or direction is moved from the center of the upper arm, it is assumed that the stress exuded on the humerus will be reduced. Some methods to reduce the severity of the injury which can be applied in actual baseball games are also discussed.

  11. Applied on bolting-cable anchor support of full-seam roadway in weaker thick coal seam

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    赵庆彪; 张生华; 郭励生

    2003-01-01

    The designing method and the supporting mechanism of both bolt and small cable anchor for full-seam roadway in the weaker thick coal seam are systematically analyzed, and the construction technology and the supporting results are briefly summarized.

  12. Ball flight kinematics, release variability and in-season performance in elite baseball pitching.

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    Whiteside, D; McGinnis, R S; Deneweth, J M; Zernicke, R F; Goulet, G C

    2016-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to quantify ball flight kinematics (ball speed, spin rate, spin axis orientation, seam orientation) and release location variability in the four most common pitch types in baseball and relate them to in-season pitching performance. Nine NCAA Division I pitchers threw four pitching variations (fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider) while a radar gun measured ball speed and a 600-Hz video camera recorded the ball trajectory. Marks on the ball were digitized to measure ball flight kinematics and release location. Ball speed was highest in the fastball, though spin rate was similar in the fastball and breaking pitches. Two distinct spin axis orientations were noted: one characterizing the fastball and changeup, and another, the curveball and slider. The horizontal release location was significantly more variable than the vertical release location. In-season pitching success was not correlated to any of the measured variables. These findings are instructive for inferring appropriate hand mechanics and spin types in each of the four pitches. Coaches should also be aware that ball flight kinematics might not directly relate to pitching success at the collegiate level. Therefore, talent identification and pitching evaluations should encompass other (e.g., cognitive, psychological, and physiological) factors. PMID:25809339

  13. On the quantitative determination of coal seam thickness by means of In-Seam Seismic Surveys

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    Schott, W.; Waclawik, Petr

    Vol. 5. Ostrava: Ústav geoniky AV ČR, 2014 - (Koníček, P.; Souček, K.; Heroldová, N.). s. 47-48 ISBN 978-80-86407-49-4. [5th International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics. 24.06.2014-27.06.2014, Ostravice, Karolínka] Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : In-Seam Seismic (ISS) * coal seam thickness * wave guide * dispersion Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  14. Lesson Plan for "Baseball and the Cold War: An Examination of Values".

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    Briley, Ron

    1986-01-01

    Provides discussion questions, activity suggestions and sample quotes to provoke further examination of the Cold War era values evidenced in the baseball subculture (see SO 515 377, "Baseball and the Cold War: An Examination of Values). (JDH)

  15. Study on welded seam recognition using circular laser vision sensor

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    Peiquan Xu; Xinhua Tang; Ri Na; Shun Yao

    2007-01-01

    A novel visual robotic arc welding system based on circular laser vision sensor is developed. After image de-noising, image segmentation, and image thinning, the relation of depth value of workpiece and off-axis angle γ, three-dimensional (3D) calculation, and seam tracking experiments are carried out. Finally, the error for seam tracking system is analyzed. The results show that 1) 3D information can be obtained using the proposed visual robotic arc welding system and the real-time seam tracking is realized; 2) the seam tracking error is small enough for gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process, and this system can be used for seam location and seam tracking or seam finder.

  16. Corked bats, juiced balls, and humidors: The physics of cheating in baseball

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    Nathan, Alan M.; Smith, Lloyd V.; Faber, Warren L.; Russell, Daniel A.

    2011-06-01

    Three questions of relevance to Major League Baseball are investigated from a physics perspective. Can a baseball be hit farther with a corked bat? Is there evidence that the baseball is more lively today than in earlier years? Can storing baseballs in a temperature- or humidity-controlled environment significantly affect home run production? These questions are subjected to a physics analysis, including an experiment and an interpretation of the data. The answers to the three questions are no, no, and yes, respectively.

  17. 78 FR 19799 - United States Mint Kids' Baseball Coin Design Challenge

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    2013-04-02

    ... United States Mint United States Mint Kids' Baseball Coin Design Challenge ACTION: Notification of the Opening of the United States Mint Kids' Baseball Coin Design Challenge on April 11, 2013. SUMMARY: The United States Mint announces the opening of a national kids' baseball coin design challenge on April...

  18. Out at Home: Why the Major League Baseball Advanced Media Agreement May Violate Antitrust Law

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    Schoenvogel, Sally E.

    2013-01-01

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM or BAM) has created one of the most successful technology platforms for broadcasting professional baseball games online. BAM is extremely profitable, but its exclusive online broadcast of professional baseball games through MLB.tv may violate antitrust law. Conventional wisdom may sugges...

  19. 75 FR 39166 - Safety Zone; San Francisco Giants Baseball Game Promotion, San Francisco, CA

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    2010-07-08

    ... SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; San Francisco Giants Baseball Game... Bay off San Francisco, CA in support of the San Francisco Giants Baseball Game Promotion. This safety... Giants will sponsor the San Francisco Giants Baseball Game Promotion on July 16, 2010, on the...

  20. Anthropometric Characteristics of Columbia, South Carolina, Youth Baseball Players and Dixie Youth World Series Players

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    French, Karen E.; Spurgeon, John H.; Nevett, Michael E.

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare measures of body size in two samples of youth baseball players with normative data from the United States National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) growth charts. One sample of youth baseball players participated in a local little league. The second sample of youth baseball players were members of eight…

  1. Body type and performance of elite cuban baseball players.

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    Carvajal, Wiliam; Ríos, Andrés; Echevarría, Ivis; Martínez, Miriam; Miñoso, Julio; Rodríguez, Dialvis

    2009-04-01

    Introduction Appropriate stature and adequate somatotype are not the only attributes determining athletic performance, but they are important prerequisites for sports participation and success. However, there is scant literature on baseball players' kinanthropometric profiles and their association with performance. Given that Cuban baseball players have been among the world's top performers in recent decades, characterization of their morphological features linked to their performance may contribute to developing the evidence base in this area. Objective Describe the kinanthropometric profile related to sports performance of elite Cuban baseball players, classified by playing position. Methods Body composition, somatotype, proportionality, and performance were measured in 100 elite baseball players grouped by playing position and performance. Data from the 2002-2003 baseball season was gathered for players participating in the 43rd Cuban National Baseball Series (November 2003-May 2004). Slugging percentage (SLG) was used to measure performance of all players except pitchers, whose performance was measured as end-of-season win-loss record. Mean and standard deviation values were calculated for anthropometric and performance results, presented in tables for comparison. ANOVA and MANOVA analyses were applied to determine magnitudes of difference between the variables studied, as well as statistical significance of the differences established (p≤0.05 and p≤0.01). Results Performance and body type varied by playing position, and statistically significant differences were found in performance, body composition and somatotype variables between some positions. No significant differences in proportionality were found. First basemen and outfielders (center, left, and right fielders) were the best offensive players with the highest mean SLG, body weight and muscle mass values. Infielders (second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen) had the lowest mean body weight and

  2. 75 FR 34374 - Safety Zone; Stockton Ports Baseball Club/City of Stockton, 4th of July Fireworks Display...

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    ... SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Stockton Ports Baseball Club/City of... Ports Baseball Club and the City of Stockton will sponsor the Stockton Ports Baseball Club/City of... Ports Baseball Club/City of Stockton 4th of July Fireworks Display, Stockton, CA. (a) Location....

  3. Coal seam gas and the atmosphere

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    Specified world coal resources grow with progressing exploration. A present figure would exceed 12Tt. The gases generated by continuing metamorphism of coal continuously penetrate overlying strata to escape into the atmosphere. Mining intercepts some of these gases which mix with return ventilation air, or in part may be conducted or sucked to the surface. In Australia, seam gas drainage is new and less than 20% of underground mined coal has concurrent drainage. The fairly recent contact metamorphism of many Australian coal measures has caused displacement of some of the CH4 by C02, thus reducing the local applicability of seam gas drainage with utilisation based on purity of CH4 and flammability. Both the totals to date of CH4 (2.5Pm3) and CO2(3.3Pm3) produced from coal resources and their annual additions (40Mm3 and 24Mm3 respectively) appear to be quite insignificant in total atmospheric volumes. The gases released annually in return airs are estimated at 37Gm3 of CH4 and 5Gm3 of C02, with an esimtated 3Gm3 of CH4 drained. Seam gas drainage is encouraged, aiming to replace CH4 by CO2 whilst recovering significant energy; even combustion of CH4 in mine return airs is considered, with possible energy and environment benefit. 14 refs., 1 tab., 3 figs

  4. Baseball Aerodynamics: What do we know and how do we know it?

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    Nathan, Alan

    2009-11-01

    Baseball aerodynamics is governed by three phenomenological quantities: the coefficients of drag, lift, and moment, the latter determining the spin decay time constant. In past years, these quantities were studied mainly in wind tunnel experiments, whereby the forces on the baseball are measured directly. More recently, new tools are being used that focus on measuring accurate baseball trajectories, from which the forces can be inferred. These tools include high-speed motion analysis, video tracking of pitched baseballs (the PITCHf/x system), and Doppler radar tracking. In this contribution, I will discuss what these new tools are teaching us about baseball aerodynamics.

  5. Home-run probability as a function of coefficient of restitution of baseballs

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    Kuninaka, Hiroto; Mizutani, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    In baseball games, the coefficient of restitution of baseballs strongly affects the flying distance of batted balls, which determines the home-run probability. In Japan, the range of the coefficient of restitution of official baseballs has changed frequently over the past five years, causing the the number of home runs to vary drastically. We analyzed data from Japanese baseball games played in 2014 to investigate the statistical properties of pitched balls. In addition, we used the analysis results to develop a baseball-batting simulator for determining the home-run probability as a function of the coefficient of restitution. Our simulation results are explained by a simple theoretical argument.

  6. Predicting Baseball Home Run Records Using Exponential Frequency Distributions

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    Kelley, D J; Phillips, J A

    2006-01-01

    A new model, which uses the frequency of individuals' annual home run totals, is employed to predict future home run totals and records in Major League Baseball. Complete home run frequency data from 1903--2005 is analyzed, resulting in annual exponential distributions whose changes can be a used as a measure of progression in the sport and serve as a basis against which record-setting performances can be compared. We show that there is an 80% chance that Barry Bonds' current 73 home run record will be broken in the next 10 years, despite the longevity of previous records held by baseball legends Babe Ruth and Roger Marris.

  7. On the quantitative determination of coal seam thickness by means of in-seam seismic surveys

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    Schott, W.; Waclawik, Petr

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 52, č. 10 (2015), s. 1496-1504. ISSN 0008-3674. [International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics /5./. Karolinka, 25.06.2014-27.06.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : in-seam seismic (ISS) * ISS wave * Love wave * coal seam thickness * dispersion Subject RIV: DH - Mining , incl. Coal Mining Impact factor: 1.332, year: 2014 http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/full/10.1139/cgj-2014-0466#.VgqE1Zc70mt

  8. Stress transfer between multi-seam longwall mines

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    Ganguli, Rajive

    1995-01-01

    The future of most underground coal mining in the USA will entail the extraction of coal under multi-seam mining conditions. Mine design in such an environment will require the accurate prediction of stress transfer between adjacent seams. The available knowledge on criteria controlling stress transfer has been exhaustively reviewed and critical factors affecting multi-seam mining investigated. Young's Moduli of rock layers, thickness of rock layers, number of these layers a...

  9. Numerical Simulation Study on the Coal Seam Pulse Water Infusion

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    Meng Junqing; Zhao Bi; Ma Yechao

    2014-01-01

    In the process of coal seam pulse water infusion, liquid-solid coupling effect exists in coal seam between the stress field and seepage field. Based on the basic principle of liquid-solid coupling, the dynamic liquid-solid coupling effect of stress and seepage field during coal seam pulse water infusion is simulated through secondary development of ABAQUS software, during this process the mathematical model of the strain accumulation model due to the periodic ...

  10. Managing the Process of Review: Playing "Baseball" in Class.

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    Crawford, Donald B.

    1999-01-01

    This article describes using a game entitled "Baseball" to help students with special needs review test questions. Students, organized into teams, use practice test questions to quiz each other. Benefits, in addition to making practice sessions enjoyable, include learning content effectively and teaching students how to self-assess their…

  11. The Use of Ice in Baseball Injuries (Cryotherapy).

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    Suspenski, Thomas J.

    Cryotherapy (the use of ice and exercise to rehabilitate athletic injuries) can be an effective method of treating baseball injuries. It is generally agreed that ice is appropriate for the first 24 to 48 hours, but there is disagreement over its use beyond 72 hours. Some physicians and trainers support the use of heat with either exercise or rest,…

  12. Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Major League Baseballs

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    Gerstman, Victoria; Raue, Brian

    2003-11-01

    In a study inspired by the famous humidor of the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball, we have measured the effects of temperature and humidity on the elasticity of official Major League baseballs. The elasticity, e, also referred to as the coefficient of restitution (COR), of the baseballs was determined by dropping the balls from a fixed height onto a concrete floor and determining the speed of the ball after the initial impact. Corrections for air drag were made to the measured COR. Measurements were done for baseballs stored under a wide variety of conditions that included storage in the freezer compartment of a household refrigerator, storage in an 80^rcC oven with varying humidity conditions, and storage in a crude humidor. The balls were tested over a period of several hours after removal to nominal conditions. Our results show a linear increase of the COR with increasing temperature, as well as a nearly linear decrease in the COR as water mass is increased. Using the results of our measurements, we have determined the effects of temperature and humidity on batted-ball speeds and flight distances at the Rockies' home field.

  13. Does Education Matter? Major League Baseball Players and Longevity

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    Kalist, David E.; Peng, Yingwei

    2007-01-01

    The authors used duration analysis to examine the longevity of Major League Baseball players. Using data on players who were born between 1945 and 1964, the authors found that the hazard rate of death for players who only attended high school was almost 2.0 times higher than those players who attended a 4-year university, evidence that the…

  14. Simplified Models for the Drag Coefficient of a Pitched Baseball

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    Kagan, David; Nathan, Alan M.

    2014-01-01

    The classic experiment to measure the drag coefficient involves dropping coffee filters. Wouldn't it be more fun to try something different? In fact, an experiment on the drag force is conducted nearly 4000 times a day during the baseball season and you have free access to this PITCHf/x data!

  15. Peculiarities of the Major League Baseball Posting System

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    Rockerbie, Duane

    2006-01-01

    The posting system used in major league baseball to obtain free agent players from Japan has some similarities and many differences from the transfer system used to obtain foreign free agents in European football. This paper uses auction theory to assess the efficiencies (or lack of) in the posting system and to suggest alternatives.

  16. Is Baseball Essential?: World War I and the National Pastime

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    Jarosik, Kris Maldre; Sweeney, Jenny McMillen

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the authors demonstrate how a series of National Archives documents related to professional baseball players and the military draft can launch a lesson on the American home front during World War I, as the 100th anniversary approaches.

  17. Plasma confinement in a multi-baseball system

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    Plasma confinement along the field lines in a system of serially interconnected non-adiabatic baseball-type traps with absolute minimum B is considered. It is shown that it is possible to get diffusive flow along the axis of such a system. The confinement time is proportional to N2, where 2N is the number of traps. (author)

  18. Systematic solutions for thick seam mining

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    Zitz, A.

    1986-06-01

    Room and pillar method and rib pillar extraction in thick seams are analysed for non European coal mining and available equipment, the resulting weaknesses are shown - The analysis forms the basis for the development of the model of an integrated machinery system, consisting of excavating machine, continuous transport system and fully mechanised mobile support. Because the continuous conveyor system still remains to be put to underground tests, comprehensive results from applications of other system components only are available. They are the basis for improvement and source of efficiency improvement of the mentioned mining methods. (orig./MOS). With 21 figs.

  19. A quality problem in seam welds in aluminum extrusion

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    M.S. Keskin

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Seam welds occur during the hollow profile extrusion; the billet’s material is divided into separate metal streams by the bridges of the die which support a mandrel, and then these metal streams are welded in welding chamber behind the bridges. When the desired conditions have not been provided, the required quality in seam welds may not occur. One of the possible reasons for this situation is a poor metal feed. In this study, an insufficient pressure problem occurring in seam welds on an aluminum extrusion profile section is investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The study was realized on a hollow extrusion profile type which has seam weld zones. The experimental profile was produced by a real extrusion press which has a capacity of 1460 tones.Findings: The poor metal feed occurring on specimen is shown by microstructural pictures. Microstructure of the main region has a homogenous appearance. In the microstructure, containing seam weld region, only a slight change was observed in seam weld region. However, there was no significant change in near of seam weld regions. This points out that there has been no metallurgical problem. Therefore, the problem is an insufficient pressure problem and this caused poor metal feeding. In the other hand, micro hardness tests are realized on seam weld region, main region and defective region’s surround of specimen’s section. After the micro hardness tests important differences are shown among these regions’ strength. Hardness values of seam weld region were lower than the main material’s hardness values, but higher than the defective region’s.Practical implications: In application, seam welds occur on hollow profiles produced by aluminum extrusion.Originality/value: As a result, this study shows a quality problem in seam welds in aluminum extrusion.

  20. Lower thoracic rib stress fractures in baseball pitchers.

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    Gerrie, Brayden J; Harris, Joshua D; Lintner, David M; McCulloch, Patrick C

    2016-01-01

    Stress fractures of the first rib on the dominant throwing side are well-described in baseball pitchers; however, lower thoracic rib fractures are not commonly recognized. While common in other sports such as rowing, there is scant literature on these injuries in baseball. Intercostal muscle strains are commonly diagnosed in baseball pitchers and have a nearly identical presentation but also a highly variable healing time. The diagnosis of a rib stress fracture can predict a more protracted recovery. This case series presents two collegiate baseball pitchers on one team during the same season who were originally diagnosed with intercostal muscle strains, which following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were found to have actually sustained lower thoracic rib stress fractures. The first sustained a stress fracture of the posterior aspect of the right 8th rib on the dominant arm side, while the second presented with a left-sided 10th rib stress fracture on the nondominant arm side. In both cases, MRI was used to visualize the fractures as plain radiographs are insensitive and commonly negative early in patient presentation. Patients were treated with activity modification, and symptomatic management for 4-6 weeks with a graduated return to throwing and competition by 8-10 weeks. The repetitive high stresses incurred by pitching may cause either dominant or nondominant rib stress fractures and this should be included in the differential diagnosis of thoracic injuries in throwers. It is especially important that athletic trainers and team physicians consider this diagnosis, as rib fractures may have a protracted course and delayed return to play. Additionally, using the appropriate imaging techniques to establish an accurate diagnosis can help inform return-to-play decisions, which have important practical applications in baseball, such as roster management and eligibility. PMID:26559562

  1. Playing Baseball/Playing "House": The Reproduction and Naturalization of "Separate Spheres" in Japanese High School Baseball

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    Blackwood, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Although Japanese schools are generally considered to be one of the most gender-equitable social institutions in Japan, they play an important role in helping to reproduce and naturalize the notion of sex-based separate spheres, through endorsing the maintenance of such separate spheres in extracurricular sports clubs, such as baseball, where…

  2. Influences Determining European Coal Seam Gas Deliverability

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    Clark, G.

    2009-04-01

    Technically the coal basins of Europe have generated significant Gas In Place figures that has historically generated investor's interest in the development of this potential coal seam gas (CSG) resource. In the early 1980's, a wave of international, principally American, companies arrived, established themselves, drilled and then left with a poor record of success and disappointed investors. Recently a second wave of investment started after 2002, with the smaller companies leading the charge but have the lesson been learned from the past failures? To select a CSG investment project the common European approach has been to: 1. Find an old mining region; 2. Look to see if it had a coal mine methane gas problem; 3. Look for the non-mined coal seams; and 4. Peg the land. This method is perhaps the reason why the history of CSG exploration in Europe is such a disappointment as generally the coal mining regions of Europe do not have commercial CSG reservoir attributes. As a result, investors and governments have lost confidence that CSG will be a commercial success in Europe. New European specific principles for the determination of commercial CSG prospects have had to be delineated that allow for the selection of coal basins that have a strong technical case for deliverability. This will result in the return of investor confidence.

  3. SEAM PUCKERING EVALUATION METHOD FOR SEWING PROCESS

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    BRAD Raluca

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an automated method for the assessment and classification of puckering defects detected during the preproduction control stage of the sewing machine or product inspection. In this respect, we have presented the possible causes and remedies of the wrinkle nonconformities. Subjective factors related to the control environment and operators during the seams evaluation can be reduced using an automated system whose operation is based on image processing. Our implementation involves spectral image analysis using Fourier transform and an unsupervised neural network, the Kohonen Map, employed to classify material specimens, the input images, into five discrete degrees of quality, from grade 5 (best to grade 1 (the worst. The puckering features presented in the learning and test images have been pre-classified using the seam puckering quality standard. The network training stage will consist in presenting five input vectors (derived from the down-sampled arrays, representing the puckering grades. The puckering classification consists in providing an input vector derived from the image supposed to be classified. A scalar product between the input values vectors and the weighted training images is computed. The result will be assigned to one of the five classes of which the input image belongs. Using the Kohonen network the puckering defects were correctly classified in proportion of 71.42%.

  4. Filter properties of seam material from paved urban soils

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    T. Nehls

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available We studied pavement seam material. This is the soil substrate in joints of pervious pavements in urban areas. It is mostly 1 cm thick and develops from the original seam filling by depositions of all kinds of urban residues, including anthropogenic organic substances. It was investigated, how this unique form of organic matter influences the filter properties of seam material and how the seam material influences heavy metal transport through the pavement. The seam material is characterised by a darker munsell colour, higher organic carbon content, higher surface areas, higher cation exchange capacities, but a lower fraction of high adsorption energy sites compared to the original seam filling. The deposited anthropogenic organic matter itself could be characterised as particulate and non-polar. Compared to natural soils, it has a small surface area and a low surface charge density resulting in a small cation exchange capacity of only 75 cmol(+ kg−1C. The seam material shows stronger sorption of Pb and Cd compared to the original construction sand. The retardation capacity of seam material towards Pb is similar, towards Cd it is much smaller compared to natural soils. The simulated long term displacement scenarios for a street in Berlin do not indicate an acute contamination risk for Pb. For Cd the infiltration from ponds can lead to a displacement of Cd during only one decade.

  5. Nondestructive technique for assessing field seam quality of prefabricated geomembranes

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    Research was conducted to test various nondestructive testing (NDT) methods that are or can be used to assess the quality of field seams in synthetic geomembranes. The objective of the work was to find a universally applicable technique and demonstrate its capabilities for field use on actual field seams. The research was conducted in two phases: laboratory investigations and a field demonstration. Sixteen different geomembane materials were considered with assorted seam defects including sand inclusions, gas bubbles, and masking tape spots. One technique, ultrasonic impedance plane analysis (UIP), was found to work on nearly all of the seams studied, including seams made from materials with woven scrim reinforcement. The UIP technique was demonstrated under simulated field conditions on a variey of materials. Conventional pulse-echo ultrasonic testing (UT) was found to be applicable to most of the nonreinforced materials. 7 figures

  6. The geomechanics of gas recovery from coal seams

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    Klimov, D. M.; Karev, V. I.; Kovalenko, Yu. F.

    2015-05-01

    A new approach for the creation of scientific foundations for effective and environmentally safe recovery of methane from coal seams is proposed. A virgin coal seam possesses very low permeability. Free gas is contained in isolated microscopic pores and cracks of the coal seam under a pressure close to the rock pressure. An oriented system of cracks, which forms a coupled system of filtration channels, can be formed by means of directed unloading of the rock pressure from the seam due to expanding gas energy. The parameters of the manufacturing effect on the seam are determined based on physical modeling of actual mechanical and filtration processes using the experimental installation of truly three-axial loading and mathematical modeling.

  7. Changes in Cuba’s Migration Policy and Its Impact on Baseball

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    Onesimo Julian Moreira Seijos

    2014-01-01

    Baseball is an essential constituent of the Cuban national identity. For nearly a century, Cuban baseball players had joined high-ranking international leagues, including the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) of the United States. After the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, the professional practice of sport was banned in the country. On the other hand, the revolutionary government instituted migration rules that disallowed Cuban citizens to travel abroad freely. Until the collap...

  8. National Pastime to Dismal Science: Using Baseball to Illustrate Economic Principles

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    Thomas H. Bruggink

    1993-01-01

    The game of baseball has enormous appeal to students and economists. By using baseball examples in teaching economics, the professor creates the atmosphere of fun while covering substantive topics in economics. This paper enables professors to enrich their principles course with illustrations, outlines, and annotations. The paper also provides the motivation and the suggested content of a special topics course on Baseball Economics, a sure winner in any Economics Department.

  9. On the distribution of career longevity and the evolution of home run prowess in professional baseball

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    Petersen, Alexander; Jung, Woo-Sung; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2008-01-01

    Statistical analysis is a major aspect of baseball, from player averages to historical benchmarks and records. Much of baseball fanfare is based around players exceeding the norm, some in a single game and others over a long career. Career statistics serve as a metric for classifying players and establishing their historical legacy. However, the concept of records and benchmarks assumes that the level of competition in baseball is stationary in time. Here we show that power-law probability de...

  10. BASEBALL THROWING MECHANICS AS THEY RELATE TO PATHOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE - A REVIEW

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    Rod Whiteley

    2007-01-01

    It is a commonly held perception amongst biomechanists, sports medicine practitioners, baseball coaches and players, that an individual baseball player's style of throwing or pitching influences their performance and susceptibility to injury. With the results of a series of focus groups with baseball managers and pitching coaches in mind, the available scientific literature was reviewed regarding the contribution of individual aspects of pitching and throwing mechanics to potential for injury...

  11. The Immediate Effect of Lumbar Spine Patterns of Neuromuscular Joint Facilitation in Young Amateur Baseball Players

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    Huo, Ming; Maruyama, Hitoshi; Kaneko, Takasumi; Naito, Daiki; Koiso, Yuta

    2014-01-01

    [Purpose] The aim of the study was to investigate the changes in baseball pitching velocity, the functional reach test (FR) and the simple reaction times (SRT) in young amateur baseball players after lumbar spine patterns of neuromuscular joint facilitation (NJF) treatment. [Subjects] The subjects were 11 young amateur baseball players. An NJF intervention and a proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) intervention were performed. The interventions were performed one after the other wi...

  12. Team performance and within-team salary disparity: an analysis of nippon professional baseball

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    Takuma Kamada; Hajime Katayama

    2014-01-01

    Using data from Nippon Professional Baseball, which is the Japanese professional baseball league, we examine the relationship between within-team salary disparity and team performance. We find that greater salary disparity tends to result in better team performance, which is the opposite of what prior studies have observed for Major League Baseball. Our results suggest that even within the same sport, the relationship may be partly affected by different institutional settings

  13. Grooving corrosion of seam welded oil pipelines

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    Mohamed Hanafy El-Sayed

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available 24” pipeline carrying oil was failed in the form of longitudinal crack at the 6 O’clock position resulting in oil spill. The failed pipe was investigated to reveal the main cause of its failure. The procedure of investigation was built on studying the intact pipe, rupture area, parent material, and intact weld. Results of chemical analysis, mechanical properties, and microstructure of the pipe material were confirmed with the specified standard. Cracks were originated from weld defected sites, initiated by grooving corrosion, propagated by inertia at the normal designed pressure condition, and stopped when stress relief is attained. It is recommended to use high quality ERW pipe, with its seam weld line positioned around the 12 O’clock during installation, to minimize and decelerate grooving corrosion. It is also important to perform regular or routine inspection, on suitable intervals, determined by past experience.

  14. Changes in Cuba’s Migration Policy and Its Impact on Baseball

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    Onesimo Julian Moreira Seijos

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Baseball is an essential constituent of the Cuban national identity. For nearly a century, Cuban baseball players had joined high-ranking international leagues, including the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB of the United States. After the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, the professional practice of sport was banned in the country. On the other hand, the revolutionary government instituted migration rules that disallowed Cuban citizens to travel abroad freely. Until the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cuban national baseball team reigned in amateur competitions worldwide. Sporting successes in general and those of baseball in particular, were managed by the government as a political tool; the government used to display the loyalty of the athletes as a triumph of the Cuban system. However, since the nineties there has been a growing departure of Cuban top baseball players who have had the target of entering in MLB franchises, disregarding that the Cuban migration policy had remained unwavering. On the other hand, after the enactment of changes in the Cuban migration policy in 2013, the unconventional departure of high performance baseball players has increased sharply. The relationship between the migration reform and the increased leakage of baseball players has not been studied by scholars. The relevance of this paper is that it is the first academic approach to that relationship. This paper discusses the migration reform in Cuba and focuses mainly on its impact on baseball.

  15. Corked Bats, Juiced Balls, and Humidors: The Physics of Cheating in Baseball

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    Nathan, Alan M; Faber, Warren L; Russell, Daniel A

    2010-01-01

    Three separate questions of relevance to Major League Baseball are investigated from a physics perspective. First, can a baseball be hit farther with a corked bat? Second, is there evidence that the baseball is more lively today than in earlier years? Third, can storing baseballs in a temperature- or humidity-controlled environment significantly affect home run production? Each of these questions is subjected to a physics analysis, including an experiment, an interpretation of the data, and a definitive answer. The answers to the three questions are no, no, and yes.

  16. Baseball Pitching Biomechanics in Relation to Injury Risk and Performance

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    Fortenbaugh, Dave; Fleisig, Glenn S.; Andrews, James R.

    2009-01-01

    Context: Baseball pitching kinematics, kinetics, ball velocity, and injuries at the shoulder and elbow are related. Evidence Acquisition: PubMed and Sport Discus were searched for original studies published between 1994 and 2008. Relevant references in these studies were retrieved. Inferential studies that tested relationships between kinematics and kinetics were included, as were studies that tested relationships between kinematics and ball velocity. Descriptive studies that simply quantifie...

  17. Biomechanical Comparison of the Interval Throwing Progression and Baseball Pitching

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    Slenker, Nicholas; Limpisvasti, Orr; Mohr, Karen; ElAttrache, Neal S.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: The interval throwing progression is a hallmark of the rehabilitation program designed for baseball pitchers or position players returning from shoulder or elbow injury. It typically begins with flat-ground throws at a short distance and progressively increases to 180 feet or more. For pitchers, this phase is then followed by throwing off the mound, progressing from partial-effort to full-effort pitches. Theoretically, the progression of throwing phases allows an injured athlete t...

  18. Productivity under Large Pay Increases: Evidence from Professional Baseball

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    Papps, Kerry L.

    2010-01-01

    The establishment of the free agency system in the 1970s resulted in large salary increases among professional baseball players. Historical data show that players have tended to perform better at early stages of their careers since free agency was introduced. Under the current salary bargaining system, players only become eligible for salary arbitration and free agency at predetermined points in their careers, resulting in sudden changes in salary growth rates at these points. Using data on o...

  19. Optimal management of ulnar collateral ligament injury in baseball pitchers

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    Hibberd EE; Brown JR; Hoffer JT

    2015-01-01

    Elizabeth E Hibberd,1 J Rodney Brown,2 Joseph T Hoffer21Department of Health Science, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; 2Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USAAbstract: The ulnar collateral ligament stabilizes the elbow joint from valgus stress associated with the throwing motion. During baseball pitching, this ligament is subjected to tremendous stress and injury if the force on the ulnar collateral ligament during pitching excee...

  20. Modeling Rare Baseball Events--Are They Memoryless?

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    Huber, Michael; Glen, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    Three sets of rare baseball events--pitching a no-hit game, hitting for the cycle, and turning a triple play--offer excellent examples of events whose occurrence may be modeled as Poisson processes. That is, the time of occurrence of one of these events doesn't affect when we see the next occurrence of such. We modeled occurrences of these three…

  1. Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling of Hitting Performance in Baseball

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    Jensen, Shane T.; McShane, Blake; Wyner, Abraham J.

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a sophisticated statistical model for predicting the hitting performance of Major League baseball players. The Bayesian paradigm provides a principled method for balancing past performance with crucial covariates, such as player age and position. We share information across time and across players by using mixture distributions to control shrinkage for improved accuracy. We compare the performance of our model to current sabermetric methods on a held-out seaso...

  2. An Econometric Analysis of the 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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    Fullerton, Steven L.; Fullerton, Thomas M., Jr.; Walke, Adam G.

    2014-01-01

    An econometric analysis of 2013 Major League Baseball season is conducted with respect to regular season victories. Results obtained confirm many, but not all, results reported in prior research. The importance of solid team pitching, defense, and offense is underscored. Outcomes for salaries and league affiliations differ substantially from prior seasons. History may serve as a guide to what occurs on the field, but it does not always repeat in the manner indicated in bygone years. Ulti...

  3. An Exploratory Study of Minor League Baseball Statistics

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    Chandler Gabriel; Stevens Guy

    2012-01-01

    We consider the problem of projecting future success of Minor League baseball players at each level of the farm system. Using tree based methods, in particular random forests, we consider which statistics are most correlated with Major League success, how Major League teams use these statistics differently in handling prospects, and how prior belief in a players ability, measured through draft position, is used throughout a players Minor League career. We show that roughly the 18th round pros...

  4. The effect of spin on the flight of a baseball

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    Nathan, Alan M.

    2008-02-01

    Measurements are presented of the Magnus force on a spinning baseball. The experiment utilizes a pitching machine to project the baseball horizontally, a high-speed motion analysis system to determine the initial velocity and angular velocity and to track the trajectory over 5m of flight, and a ruler to measure the total distance traversed. Speeds in the range v =50-110mph and spin rates ω (topspin or backspin) in the range 1500-4500rpm were utilized, corresponding to Reynolds numbers of Re =(1.1-2.4)×105 and spin factors S ≡Rω/v in the range 0.090-0.595. Least-squares fits were used to extract the initial parameters of the trajectory and to determine the lift coefficients. Comparison is made with previous measurements and parametrizations, and implications for the effect of spin on the flight of a baseball are discussed. The lift coefficient CL is found not to depend strongly on v at fixed values of S.

  5. The role of extended conical intersection seams in photochromic systems

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    Boggio-Pasqua, Martial; Bearpark, Michael J.; Robb, Michael A.

    2015-01-01

    We describe the role of conical intersections in the mechanism of photochromic molecular systems. In particular, the extended nature of the crossing seam associated with a conical intersection is highlighted and its significance on dihydroazulenes and diarylethenes photochromism is explained.

  6. 49 CFR 230.30 - Lap-joint seam boilers.

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    2010-10-01

    ..., DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STEAM LOCOMOTIVE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE STANDARDS Boilers and Appurtenances Inspection and Repair § 230.30 Lap-joint seam boilers. Every boiler having lap-joint longitudinal...

  7. Interactive prediction software for underlying multi-seam design

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    Kanniganti, Ravi S.

    1996-01-01

    An extensive review of multi-seam under-mining literature was conducted and a data base of case studies was compiled. A critical review of the design principles outlined in this literature resulted in the compilation of specific design criteria for the design of lower seam mines. Analysis of this criteria demonstrated the necessity for a protocol for the design of unsymmetrically loaded pillars. Such a design criteria was developed using finite element methods for a wide ra...

  8. Properties of seam welds produced with different extrusion parameters

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    A. Bozacl; M.S. Keskin; S. Bingol

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: This study focuses to investigate the effects of different extrusion parameters on microstructural properties of seam (longitudinal) welds in aluminum extrusion profiles.Design/methodology/approach: To realize the study, it is studied on a hollow extrusion profile type which has seam weld zones. The experimental profile was produced in different temperatures, billet temperatures and ram speeds by a real extrusion press which has a capacity of 1460 tones. These parameters are some of ...

  9. Seam tracking for laser welding with an industrial robot

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    Römer, G.R.B.E.; Amerongen, van, W.E.; Jonker, J.B.; Regtien, P.P.L.

    2001-01-01

    Because of their construction and flexibility, industrial robots are suitable to be used, with a laser source and an optical fiber, for laser welding of 3D products. However, the positioning accuracy of robots are insufficient for laser welding. Also the product and clamping tolerances are too wide for laser welding. These problems can be solved by applying sensors, which measure the location of the seam in real-time. This paper describes the integration and performance of a commercial seam t...

  10. Business-IT Alignment with SEAM for Enterprise Architecture

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    Wegmann, Alain; Regev, Gil; Rychkova, Irina; Lê, Lam-Son; De La Cruz, José Diego; Julia, Philippe

    2007-01-01

    To align an IT system with an organization’s needs, it is necessary to understand the organization’s position within its environment a well as its internals. In SEAM for Enterprise Architecture the organization is considered as a hierarchy of systems that span from business down to IT. The alignment process addresses the complete hierarchy. We illustrate the use of SEAM for Enterprise Architecture with a real project in which a new hiring process and an IT system are developed.

  11. Of Rails and Red Stockings: A Vignette on the Extension of Baseball to the American West.

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    Barney, Robert Knight

    During its century and a half history, baseball has been given continued impetus by the development of new technologies in communication--the telegraph, the sports page, the radio and television. Perhaps the most important in the initial spread of baseball throughout America was the railroad. The completion of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1869…

  12. The Baseball Hall of Fame Is Not the Kiss of Death

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    Smith, Gary

    2011-01-01

    E. Abel and M. Kruger (2005) reported that the median life expectancy of Major League Baseball players after election to the Baseball Hall of Fame is 5 years shorter than that of players of the same age who are not elected to the Hall of Fame. This conclusion is surprising because there is no compelling explanation for such a dramatic reduction in…

  13. Smokeless tobacco use among professional baseball players: survey results, 1998 to 2003

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    Severson, H; Klein, K.; Lichtensein, E; Kaufman, N.; Orleans, C

    2005-01-01

    Objective: The use of smokeless tobacco (ST) (snuff and chewing tobacco) has long been associated with baseball in the USA. This article reviews six years of survey data from major and minor league baseball players to evaluate trends in tobacco use and quitting patterns over time in order to gain insight into the effects of past interventions and to document continued intervention needs.

  14. Delving Deeper: Studying Baseball's Wild-Card Team Using Probability

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    Auer, Richard E.; Knapp, Michael P.

    2013-01-01

    The modern era of professional baseball playoffs began in 1903, when the champions of the American League and the National League played the first World Series. Except for one year, 1904, this playoff system was maintained until 1969. Beginning in 1969, each of the two leagues in Major League Baseball (MLB) was divided into two divisions to…

  15. Factors Affecting High School Baseball Coaches' Enforcement of School Tobacco Policy

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    Eaves, Ted; Strack, Robert W.

    2015-01-01

    In spite of policy bans and recommendations against spit tobacco (ST) use, baseball athletes have demonstrated ST prevalence rates ranging from 34% to 50% in high school, 42% in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and 50% in the professional ranks. To evaluate enforcement of ST bans, high school baseball coaches in North Carolina…

  16. Saved at Home: Christian Branding and Faith Nights in the "Church of Baseball"

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    Butterworth, Michael L.

    2011-01-01

    Baseball has enjoyed its status as the "national pastime" in part because it has been associated with democracy. To the extent that baseball, as an institution of civil religion, fosters pluralism and inclusion, it can indeed be viewed in democratic terms. In recent years, the advent of conservative Christian events called "Faith Nights" threatens…

  17. Effects of Neuromuscular Joint Facilitation on Baseball Pitching Velocity and Electromechanical Reaction Times of the Teres Major of Young Amateur Baseball Players

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    Wu, Peng; Huo, Ming; Maruyama, Hitoshi

    2013-01-01

    [Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate the changes of baseball pitching velocity and electromechanical reaction times (EMG-RT) of the teres major of young amateur baseball players after neuromuscular joint facilitation (NJF) treatment. [Subjects] The subjects were 18 healthy males who were divided into two groups: a NJF group and a control group. The NJF group consisted of 10 subjects, and the control group consisted of 8 subjects. [Methods] Participants in the NJF group received ...

  18. Depth Perception Improvement in Collegiate Baseball Players with Vision Training

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    Joseph F. Clark, PhD, ATC

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Vision training is rapidly becoming a component of sports enhancement, but quantifiable and validated improvement in visual performance has not been clearly demonstrated in high-caliber and/or collegiate athletes. We have performed vision training for the last three seasons on the University of Cincinnati baseball team’s hitters. The goal for the work was performance enhancement, and for monitoring purposes, we measured stereopsis pre- and post-vision training. Methods: From the preseason (January 2011 through to the end of the season (May 2013, all hitters in the University of Cincinnati baseball team underwent regular vision training. Out-of-season training was 20 minutes twice per week, and in-season was 20 minutes once per week. Traditional stereopsis (Stereo Fly was performed and recorded. Vision training typically consisted of: Dynavision light board, Brock string, strobe glasses, Eyeport, saccades, and near-far. Results: The players consistently came into the season with stereopsis of 23.7 ± 1.0 mm, and six weeks of training increased this stereopsis to 36.9 ± 0.49 mm (p<0.0001. Discussion: There was a consistent and significant improvement in stereopsis measured by Stereo Fly with the baseball team after 6 weeks of vision training. Equally, the stereopsis returned to baseline out of season. Temporal benefits seemed to continue post-6 weeks of vision training. We conclude that in a population of healthy and high-caliber athletes, stereopsis can improve with training and suffer from detraining effects as well. We suggest that vision training for sports that require good stereo acuity be considered.

  19. Effect of Some Fabric and Sewing Conditions on Apparel Seam Characteristics

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    A. K. Choudhary

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Many previous studies showed that seam appearance as well as performance depends on the interrelationship of fabrics, threads, and the stitch/seam selection and lastly on the sewing conditions, which include the needle size, needle thread tension, stitch density, and the appropriate operation and maintenance of the sewing machine. Present investigation elucidates the effect of blend composition, sewing thread size, and sewing needle parameters on garment seam characteristics (i.e., seam strength, seam strength efficiency, seam puckering, seam stiffness, and drape coefficient. The seam quality characterization is studied through the L9 orthogonal design methodology. In good quality apparels, compatibility of the seams with the functional requirement is very important for serviceability and life of the apparel. Reversibility as well as repairing of seams in the apparel is very limited in the condition of seam failure. Seam strength efficiency is higher for the uniform fiber matrix in the structure of fabrics. The polyester dominated suiting fabrics give minimum seam stiffness because polyester component has low flexural rigidity. The cotton dominated suiting fabrics have less seam puckering due to increase in fabric stiffness.

  20. Radionuclide distribution in a nuclear test cavity: the baseball event

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    In 1994 two holes were drilled into the cavity formed in 1981 by the underground nuclear test named Baseball. An extensive set of side wall samples were collected in these holes. We have analyzed the samples for tritium and for gamma-emitting radionuclides (both fission products and neutron activation products). It appears that the distribution pattern of these radioactive materials, established at the time of the detonation, have persisted even though the cavity has been under water for 13 years. These findings are discussed in the context of radionuclide migration and groundwater contamination at the Nevada Test Site. (orig.)

  1. Zeroing the Baseball Indicator and the Chirality of Triples

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    Simons, Christopher S.; Wright, Marcus

    2004-03-01

    Starting with a common baseball umpire indicator, we consider the zeroing number for two-wheel indicators with states (a,b) and three-wheel indicators with states (a,b,c). Elementary number theory yields formulae for the zeroing number. The solution in the three-wheel case involves a curiously nontrivial minimization problem whose solution determines the chirality of the ordered triple (a,b,c) of pairwise relatively prime numbers. We prove that chirality is in fact an invariant of the unordered triple {a,b,c }. We also show that the chirality of Fibonacci triples alternates between 1 and 2.

  2. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation under simulated coal seam pyrolysis conditions

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    Liu Shuqin; Wang Yuanyuan; Wang Caihong; Bao Pengcheng; Dang Jinli

    2011-01-01

    Coal seam pyrolysis occurs during coal seam fires and during underground coal gasification.This is an important source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) emission in China.Pyrolysis in a coal seam was simulated in a tubular furnace.The 16 US Environmental Protection Agency priority controlled PAHs were analyzed by HPLC.The effects of temperature,heating rate,pyrolysis atmosphere,and coal size were investigated.The results indicate that the 3-ring PAHs AcP and AcPy are the main species in the pyrolysis gas.The 2-ring NaP and the 4-ring Pyr are also of concern.Increasing temperature caused the total PAH yield to go through a minimum.The lowest value was obtained at the temperature of 600 ℃ Higher heating rates promote PAH formation,especially formation of the lower molecular weight PAHs.The typical heating rate in a coal seam,5 ℃/min,results in intermediate yields of PAHs.The total PAHs yield in an atmosphere of N2 is about 1.81 times that seen without added N2,which indicates that an air flow through the coal seam accelerates the formation of PAHs.An increase in coal particle size reduces the total PAHs emission but promotes the formation of 5- and 6-ring PAHs.

  3. Conical intersection seams in polyenes derived from their chemical composition

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    Nenov, Artur; de Vivie-Riedle, Regina

    2012-08-01

    The knowledge of conical intersection seams is important to predict and explain the outcome of ultrafast reactions in photochemistry and photobiology. They define the energetic low-lying reachable regions that allow for the ultrafast non-radiative transitions. In complex molecules it is not straightforward to locate them. We present a systematic approach to predict conical intersection seams in multifunctionalized polyenes and their sensitivity to substituent effects. Included are seams that facilitate the photoreaction of interest as well as seams that open competing loss channels. The method is based on the extended two-electron two-orbital method [A. Nenov and R. de Vivie-Riedle, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034304 (2011)], 10.1063/1.3608924. It allows to extract the low-lying regions for non-radiative transitions, which are then divided into small linear segments. Rules of thumb are introduced to find the support points for these segments, which are then used in a linear interpolation scheme for a first estimation of the intersection seams. Quantum chemical optimization of the linear interpolated structures yields the final energetic position. We demonstrate our method for the example of the electrocyclic isomerization of trifluoromethyl-pyrrolylfulgide.

  4. Conical intersection seams in polyenes derived from their chemical composition

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    Nenov, Artur; Vivie-Riedle, Regina de [Department Chemie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univerisitaet, Muenchen Butenandtstr. 11, 81377 Muenchen (Germany)

    2012-08-21

    The knowledge of conical intersection seams is important to predict and explain the outcome of ultrafast reactions in photochemistry and photobiology. They define the energetic low-lying reachable regions that allow for the ultrafast non-radiative transitions. In complex molecules it is not straightforward to locate them. We present a systematic approach to predict conical intersection seams in multifunctionalized polyenes and their sensitivity to substituent effects. Included are seams that facilitate the photoreaction of interest as well as seams that open competing loss channels. The method is based on the extended two-electron two-orbital method [A. Nenov and R. de Vivie-Riedle, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 034304 (2011)]. It allows to extract the low-lying regions for non-radiative transitions, which are then divided into small linear segments. Rules of thumb are introduced to find the support points for these segments, which are then used in a linear interpolation scheme for a first estimation of the intersection seams. Quantum chemical optimization of the linear interpolated structures yields the final energetic position. We demonstrate our method for the example of the electrocyclic isomerization of trifluoromethyl-pyrrolylfulgide.

  5. Exploiting Seams and Closing Gaps: Lessons from Mumbai and Beyond

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    Dr. Andrea J. Dew

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This article analyzes a single event—the 2008 Mumbai attacks—in order to consider the strategic and operational lessons for dealing with other armed groups. How and why was Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT able to carry out such a sophisticated attack in the heart of Mumbai? And what lessons does Mumbai hold for strategists seeking to counter other armed groups around the world? While tactical level lessons from Mumbai have been well documented, it is important to also consider what the Mumbai attacks tell us at the strategic and operational levels. Specifically, the Mumbai attacks provide valuable insight into how armed groups use the maritime environment, and how they use surprise, denial, and deception to mask intention and invite over-reaction by states. In addition, studying the Mumbai attacks provides insight into some of the strategic and operational seams and gaps that armed groups seek to exploit. These include environmental and geographical factors; institutional, bureaucratic, and jurisdictional seams and gaps between agencies; cognitive seams and gaps that made the use of the sea by LeT so difficult to conceptualize; and the diplomatic seams and gaps that led to heightened tensions among states— in this case, India, Pakistan, and the United States. This article discusses how to categorize these seams and gaps in order to better address the problems they create, and how states might best direct and focus their limited resources when faced with similar challenges.

  6. Morphogenetic classification of coal seam washouts in Donbass mines

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    Shul' ga, V.F.; Vashchenko, V.I.

    1982-09-01

    The paper evaluates washout types in coal seams in Donbass mines. Five washout types are characterized: trough-shaped, V-shaped or U-shaped, lentil-shaped, consisting of groups of small lentils and discontinuous washouts which consist of a number of coal and rock partings. Each of the 5 washout types is shown in a scheme. The following aspects of coal seam washouts are discussed: dimensions, shape, angle of inclination of trough walls, washout dimensions in relation to coal seam thickness, rock types filling washout zones. Effects of seam washouts on longwall mining are analyzed. Morphogenetic characteristics of 5 washout groups are given. Investigations show that trough-shaped, U or V-shaped washouts are of epigenetic origin and lentil-shaped, discontinuous washouts consisting of a number of rock and coal partings and washouts with groups of rock lentils are of syngenetic origin. Washout classification is shown in a table. Classification is aimed at optimizing the mining system in washout zones. It considers washout dimensions, washout dimensions in relation to coal seam thickness and rock type filling the washout (sandstone, agrillite or aleurite). System for coding information on washouts is described.

  7. Epidemiology, Treatment, and Prevention of Lumbar Spine Injuries in Major League Baseball Players.

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    Camp, Christopher L; Conti, Matthew S; Sgroi, Terrance; Cammisa, Frank P; Dines, Joshua S

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, increased attention has been paid to injuries occurring in Major League Baseball (MLB) players. Although most of the current orthopedic literature regarding baseball injuries pertains to the shoulder and elbow, lumbar spine injuries are another common reason for time out of play. Back and core injuries may represent as many as 12% of all injuries that result in time out of play from MLB. This high rate of injury is likely related to the critical role that the spine plays in every major baseball-related movement. Linking the upper extremities to the hips and lower extremities, a healthy, strong, and stable spine and core is a prerequisite for performance in all levels of baseball. It has been well documented that baseball players with poor spinal control and stabilization are at increased risk for future injury. Common etiologies of lumbar injuries include stress fractures, muscle injury, annular tears with or without disc herniation, facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint pain, and stenosis. This review discusses the epidemiology of spinal injuries in baseball. Special attention is paid to the role of the spine in baseball-related activities, common injuries, tips for making the correct diagnosis, treatment options, outcomes, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. PMID:26991566

  8. Investigating customer racial discrimination in the secondary baseball card market.

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    Primm, Eric; Piquero, Nicole Leeper; Piquero, Alex R; Regoli, Robert M

    2011-01-01

    A growing body of literature in a variety of disciplines has appeared over the last 20 years examining customer racial bias in the secondary sports card market; however, consensus on the matter has yet to emerge. In this article, we explore the more subtle ways that a player's race/ethnicity may affect the value of his sports card including a player's skin tone (light- to dark-skinned). Data were obtained for 383 black, Latino, and white baseball players who had received at least one vote for induction into Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame including their career performance statistics, rookie card price, card availability, Hall of Fame status, and skin tone. Findings indicate that card availability is the primary determinant of card value while a player's skin tone has no direct effect. Subsequent analysis demonstrates that a player's race (white/non-white) rather than skin tone did have an effect as it interacts with Hall of Fame status to influence his rookie card price. PMID:21337740

  9. Anxiety and attention shifting in professional baseball players.

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    Han, D H; Kim, B N; Cheong, J H; Kang, K D; Renshaw, P F

    2014-07-01

    Based on the work of both Eysenck and Nideffer, we hypothesized that higher ranking players (HRP) would have lower competitive anxiety and more flexible attention-shifting, compared to lower ranking players (LRP). In addition, different patterns of attention (low anxiety and flexible attention) would be represented by a different pattern of brain activity within the temporal lobe and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. In accordance with the rookie draft ranking, the players were classified into 2 groups: HRP (top 30% of those selected in the draft) vs. LRP (bottom 30% of those selected in the draft). For assessment of executive function, a computerized version of the Wisconsin Card-sorting Test (WCST) was used. Brain activity was assessed using 1.5-Tesla functional magnetic resonance imaging. In response to scenes depicting baseball errors, HRP showed increased activation in the left cingulate cortex and decreased activation in right middle temporal gyrus, compared to LRP. In response to the simplified WCST in the scanner, HRP showed increased activation in left superior frontal cortex (DLPFC), compared to LRP. The present results suggest that HRP may demonstrate elevated cingulate activation and lower temporal cortex activation in response to scenes depicting baseball errors. PMID:24554554

  10. The Effect of Spin on the Flight of a Baseball

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    Nathan, A M; Chong, L; Kaczmarski, H; Nathan, Alan M.; Hopkins, Joe; Chong, Lance; Kaczmarski, Hank

    2006-01-01

    New measurements are presented of the lift on a spinning baseball. The experiment utilizes a pitching machine to project the baseball horizontally; a high-speed motion capture system to measure the initial velocity and angular velocity and to track the trajectory over ~5 m of flight; and a ruler to measure the total distance traversed by the ball. Speeds in the range v=50-110 mph and spin rates (topspin or backspin)in the range omega=1500-4500 rpm were utilized, corresponding to Reynold's numbers Re=(1.1-2.4) x 10^5 and spin parameters R*omega/v=0.1-0.6. Standard least-squares fitting procedures were used to extract the initial parameters of the trajectory and to determine the lift and drag coefficients. Comparison is made with previous measurements or parametrizations of the lift and drag coefficients, and implications for the effect of spin on the flight of a long fly ball are discussed.

  11. Screening for smokeless tobacco use and presence of oral lesions in major league baseball athletes.

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    Conrad, Amy K; Hutton, Stephen B; Munnelly, Maureen; Bay, R Curtis

    2015-01-01

    The historically disproportionate use of smokeless tobacco (ST) by baseball players is well documented. Oral mucosal lesions (OML) are associated with ST use. Prevalence of ST use and OMLs was assessed among a sample of Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) athletes, while also assessing behavioral and demographic risk factors. ST-use prevalence and OML developmental risk was higher than natiornal averages. MLB policy intervention has not changed ST-use rates, and increased prevalence of ST use remains. PMID:25632515

  12. Distal Ulna Fracture With Delayed Ulnar Nerve Palsy in a Baseball Player.

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    Pasque, Charles B; Pearson, Clark; Margo, Bradley; Ethel, Robert

    2016-02-01

    We present a case report of a college baseball player who sustained a blunt-trauma, distal-third ulna fracture from a thrown ball with delayed presentation of ulnar nerve palsy. Even after his ulna fracture had healed, the nerve injury made it difficult for the athlete to control a baseball while throwing, resulting in a delayed return to full baseball activity for 3 to 4 months. He had almost complete nerve recovery by 6 months after his injury and complete nerve recovery by 1 year after his injury. PMID:26866319

  13. Efficiency of application of special exercises and exercises with the use of baseball pitching machine

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    Agapov D.V.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Efficiency of the approach on making up coordination capabilities and technical tactical performances in baseball is confirmed. 100 boys (age 12-14 years take part in experiment. Relative analysis of a level of development of coordination capabilities and technical tactical readiness of baseball players is carried out. The level of development of technical readiness after experiment under the program «pitch, hit and run» is taped. The frame of special exercises with usage of colour balls is featured. Dynamics of hits for baseball players on a flying ball is presented. The approach in modelling of requirements of competitive activity is developed.

  14. Investigation of the Strength of Textile Bonded Seams

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    Urzamal KELESOVA

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The strength of the textile bonded seams was analyzed. Two or more fabric layers joining are based on use of base layers structural properties and thermoplastic properties of adhesive film used for bonding. Five commercial produced fabrics of different structure (woven, knitted, laminate and fiber content (polyester, cotton, flax were used in this experiment. Thermoplastic polyurethane film was transferred from the base of silicone to fabric using 160 °C temperature and 10 seconds pressing duration. Fabric layers were bonded using 180 °C temperature and 30 seconds pressing duration. The strength of textile bonded seams was investigated using four different bond types, in order to determine method suitable for the analyzes of bonded seams of knitted fabrics and method suitable to analyze woven fabrics.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.2.1922

  15. Depth remapping using seam carving for depth image based rendering

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    Tsubaki, Ikuko; Iwauchi, Kenichi

    2015-03-01

    Depth remapping is a technique to control depth range of stereo images. Conventional remapping which uses a transform function in the whole image has a stable characteristic, however it sometimes reduces the 3D appearance too much. To cope with this problem, a depth remapping method which preserves the details of depth structure is proposed. We apply seam carving, which is an effective technique for image retargeting, to depth remapping. An extended depth map is defined as a space-depth volume, and a seam surface which is a 2D monotonic and connected manifold is introduced. The depth range is reduced by removing depth values on the seam surface from the space-depth volume. Finally a stereo image pair is synthesized from the corrected depth map and an input color image by depth image based rendering.

  16. Theory of gas extraction from coal seams and its use

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    FAN Xi-sheng

    2012-01-01

    Gas extraction is one of the main measures of control and use of gas of coal mines.At present,the design method is under the experimental period and do not satisfy the need of practice.In this paper,the theory of gas extraction of coal seams based upon Darcy law was studied.Mathematical model of gas extraction of coal seams was established and two kinds of solving approaches based on computer software and linear approximation were given.The rightness and the validities of the model were examined with a practical example.Results obtained can be used to determine and optimize the parameters related etc.

  17. Seam-Tracking for Friction Stir Welded Lap Joints

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    Fleming, Paul A.; Hendricks, Christopher E.; Cook, George E.; Wilkes, D. M.; Strauss, Alvin M.; Lammlein, David H.

    2010-11-01

    This article presents a method for automatic seam-tracking in friction stir welding (FSW) of lap joints. In this method, tracking is accomplished by weaving the FSW tool back-and-forth perpendicular to the direction of travel during welding and monitoring force and torque signals. Research demonstrates the ability of this method to automatically track weld seam positions. Additionally, tensile and S-bend test result comparisons demonstrate that weaving most likely does not reduce weld quality. Finally, benefits of this weave-based method to FSW of lap joints are discussed and methods for incorporating it into existing friction stir welding control algorithms (such as axial load control) are examined.

  18. Feasibility of an Integrated Thin Seam Coal Mining and Waste Disposal System

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    Basu, Kohinoor

    1997-01-01

    The depletion of more attractive thicker and easily accessible coal seams in the central Appalachia will direct attention towards the extraction of coal seams thinner than 28 in. This thesis investigates the feasibility of an integrated mining and backfilling system applicable to thin seams. Two conceptual mining systems, namely Auger mining and Self Advancing Miner, have been proposed for this purpose. Both these systems are designed to remotely mine coal from the seams. Several ...

  19. Instructional Design for Accelerated Macrocognitive Expertise in the Baseball Workplace.

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    Fadde, Peter J

    2016-01-01

    The goal of accelerating expertise can leave researchers and trainers in human factors, naturalistic decision making, sport science, and expertise studies concerned about seemingly insufficient application of expert performance theories, findings and methods for training macrocognitive aspects of human performance. Video-occlusion methods perfected by sports expertise researchers have great instructional utility, in some cases offering an effective and inexpensive alternative to high-fidelity simulation. A key problem for instructional designers seems to be that expertise research done in laboratory and field settings doesn't get adequately translated into workplace training. Therefore, this article presents a framework for better linkage of expertise research/training across laboratory, field, and workplace settings. It also uses a case study to trace the development and implementation of a macrocognitive training program in the very challenging workplace of the baseball batters' box. This training, which was embedded for a full season in a college baseball team, targeted the perceptual-cognitive skill of pitch recognition that allows expert batters to circumvent limitations of human reaction time in order to hit a 90 mile-per-hour slider. While baseball batting has few analogous skills outside of sports, the instructional design principles of the training program developed to improve batting have wider applicability and implications. Its core operational principle, supported by information processing models but challenged by ecological models, decouples the perception-action link for targeted part-task training of the perception component, in much the same way that motor components routinely are isolated to leverage instructional efficiencies. After targeted perceptual training, perception and action were recoupled via transfer-appropriate tasks inspired by in situ research tasks. Using NCAA published statistics as performance measures, the cooperating team

  20. Instructional Design for Accelerated Macrocognitive Expertise in the Baseball Workplace

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    Peter J. Fadde

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The goal of accelerating expertise can leave researchers and trainers in human factors, naturalistic decision making, sport science, and expertise studies concerned about seemingly insufficient application of expert performance theories, findings and methods for training macrocognitive aspects of human performance. Video-occlusion methods perfected by sports expertise researchers have great instructional utility, in some cases offering an effective and inexpensive alternative to high-fidelity simulation. A key problem for instructional designers seems to be that expertise research done in laboratory and field settings doesn’t get adequately translated into workplace training. Therefore, this article presents a framework for better linkage of expertise research/training across laboratory, field, and workplace settings. It also uses a case study to trace the development and implementation of a macrocognitive training program in the very challenging workplace of the baseball batters’ box. This training, which was embedded for a full season in a college baseball team, targeted the perceptual-cognitive skill of pitch recognition that allows expert batters to circumvent limitations of human reaction time in order to hit a 90 mile-per-hour slider. While baseball batting has few analogous skills outside of sports, the instructional design principles of the training program developed to improve batting have wider applicability and implications. Its core operational principle, supported by information processing models but challenged by ecological models, decouples the perception-action link for targeted part-task training of the perception component, in much the same way that motor components routinely are isolated to leverage instructional efficiencies. After targeted perceptual training, perception and action were recoupled via transfer-appropriate tasks inspired by in situ research tasks. Using NCAA published statistics as performance measures

  1. The view from New Haven: a physicist at Yale is helping baseball umpires make the call

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    King, C

    2002-01-01

    A particle physicist from Yale university has been asked to examine the QuesTec Umpire Information System, a machine that is being used to evaluate umpires in baseball by judging balls and strikes (1 page).

  2. Entry roof truss-bolt system test under the gob of contiguous seams

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    LIAN Chuan-jie; XU Wei-ya; WANG Ya-jie

    2007-01-01

    Roof bolt support system has been widely applied in the No.7.9 seam in Caozhuang coal mine.However,it has not been able to be applied in the NO.10-2 seam since the small interburden(2m)between NO.9 and NO.10-2 seam.The NO.9 and NO.10-2 seams are contiguous seams.The NO.9 seam has been mined out and the NO.10-2 seam will be mined under the gob of the NO.9 seam.The roof strata of the NO.10-2 seam may have been weakened and fractured due to the shear failure caused by the NO.9 seam mining activities.The steel beam sets spaced at 0.8 m have been used to support the entry of the NO.10-2 seam.In order to speed up the advance rate and cut entry development cost,a test area,using roof bolt in conjunction with truss-system,was successfully conducted.This paper presents the support system design,application of designed system,and the test results.Test results provide a cheaper,quicker,and safer way to support entry for the No.10-2 seam.

  3. 18 CFR 270.302 - Occluded natural gas produced from coal seams.

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    2010-04-01

    ... produced from coal seams. 270.302 Section 270.302 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL ENERGY... produced from coal seams. A person seeking a determination that natural gas is occluded natural gas produced from coal seams must file an application with the jurisdictional agency which contains...

  4. The integrated intelligent system for welding seam error and penetration depth identification

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    张华; 胡静; 彭绍彬; 邹春华

    2003-01-01

    A integrated intelligent system for seam tracking and penetration control is given. The system received information of welding seam error and penetration depth from only one sensor, then, it realized seam tracking and penetration control simultaneously. This paper introduces constitution of the system, methods of information recognition, design of the neural-fuzzy controller and results practically.

  5. Kinematic and Temporal Analysis of Overarm Throwing in Finnish Baseball Players Under Different Instructions

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    Alway, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The velocity-accuracy trade-off in overarm throwing has been well studied, but has presented conflicting results. The cause of the velocity-accuracy trade-off is poorly understood. The present study therefore aimed: to determine if a velocity-accuracy trade-off exists in Finnish baseball players, and to determine if there was any difference in kinematics, timing of movements, and intra-subject movement variability between three different throwing instructions. Eight elite Finnish baseball pl...

  6. Vibrational, thermal, and alignment considerations of the laser system for Baseball II-T

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    Designing the Baseball II-T laser system required addressing a number of mechanical parameters. Among them are low frequency floor vibrations, high acoustical noise levels, and large thermal fluctuations in the vicinity of the experiment. In addition, the 8-in. apertures from the 300-K environment of the laser system had to be compatible with the cryogenic environment of the superconducting Baseball magnet. This paper discusses these problems and describes their influence on the laser system design

  7. The Theory of Theft: An Inspection Game Model of the Stolen Base Play in Baseball

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    Theodore L. Turocy

    2004-01-01

    This paper applies the theory of equilibrium in mixed strategies in an inspection game model to describe the strategic interaction in the stolen base play in baseball. A parsimonious simultaneous-move game model offers predictions about how the observable conduct of the teams on offense and defense responds as the characteristics of the players involved change. The theory organizes observations from play-by-play data from Major League Baseball, where highly-motivated, experienced professional...

  8. Major League Baseball Player Contracts: An Investigation of the Empirical Properties of Real Options

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    Matthew Clayton; David Yermack

    1999-01-01

    We study contracts negotiated between professional baseball players and teams to investigate the use of real options in a commercial setting. Baseball contracts feature options in diverse forms, and we find that these options have significant effects on player compensation. As predicted by theory, players receive higher guaranteed compensation when they allow teams to take options on their future services, and lower salaries when they bargain for options to extend their own contracts. The app...

  9. A Biomechanical Model Correlating Shoulder Kinetics to Pain in Young Baseball Pitchers

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    Keeley, David W.; Oliver, Gretchen D.; Dougherty, Christopher P.

    2012-01-01

    Previous work has postulated that shoulder pain may be associated with increases in both peak shoulder anterior force and peak shoulder proximal force. Unfortunately these relationships have yet to be quantified. Thus, the purpose of this study was to associate these kinetic values with reported shoulder pain in youth baseball pitchers. Nineteen healthy baseball pitchers participated in this study. Segment based reference systems and established calculations were utilized to identify peak sho...

  10. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Hüsamlar coal seam, SW Turkey

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    Zeynep Büçkün; HüLya İnaner; Riza Görkem Oskay; Kimon Christanis

    2015-06-01

    The Ören and Yatağan Basins in SW Turkey host several Miocene coal deposits currently under exploitation for power generation. The present study aims to provide insight into the palaeoenvironmental conditions, which controlled the formation of the Hüsamlar coal seam located in Ören Basin. The coal seam displays many sharp alternations of matrix lignite beds and inorganic, lacustrine sediment layers. The coal is a medium-to-high ash lignite (10.47–31.16 wt%, on dry basis) with high total sulphur content (up to 10 wt%, on dry, ash-free basis), which makes it prone to self-combustion. The maceral composition indicates that the peat-forming vegetation consisted of both arboreal and herbaceous plants, with the latter being predominant in the upper part of the seam. Mica and feldspars contribute to the low part of the seam; carbonates are dominant in the upper part, whereas quartz and pyrite are present along the entire coal profile. The sudden transitions of the telmatic to the lacustrine regime and reverse is attributed to tectonic movements that controlled water table levels in the palaeomire, which affected surface runoff and hence, clastic deposition.

  11. The Single Needle Lockstitch Machine. [Sewing Seams.] Module 4.

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    South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Vocational Education.

    This module on sewing seams, one in a series on the single needle lockstitch sewing machine for student self-study, contains three sections. Each section includes the following parts: an introduction, directions, an objective, learning activities, student information, student self-check, check-out activities, and an instructor's final checklist.…

  12. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Hüsamlar coal seam, SW Turkey

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    Büçkün, Zeynep; İnaner, Hülya; Oskay, Riza Görkem; Christanis, Kimon

    2015-06-01

    The Ören and Yatağan Basins in SW Turkey host several Miocene coal deposits currently under exploitation for power generation. The present study aims to provide insight into the palaeoenvironmental conditions, which controlled the formation of the Hüsamlar coal seam located in Ören Basin. The coal seam displays many sharp alternations of matrix lignite beds and inorganic, lacustrine sediment layers. The coal is a medium-to-high ash lignite (10.47-31.16 wt%, on dry basis) with high total sulphur content (up to 10 wt%, on dry, ash-free basis), which makes it prone to self-combustion. The maceral composition indicates that the peat-forming vegetation consisted of both arboreal and herbaceous plants, with the latter being predominant in the upper part of the seam. Mica and feldspars contribute to the low part of the seam; carbonates are dominant in the upper part, whereas quartz and pyrite are present along the entire coal profile. The sudden transitions of the telmatic to the lacustrine regime and reverse is attributed to tectonic movements that controlled water table levels in the palaeomire, which affected surface runoff and hence, clastic deposition.

  13. New research facility for the coal seam gas industry

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    Massarotto, P. [University of Queensland, Qld. (Australia). School of Engineering

    2009-10-01

    A new Geo-engineering Centre, for Gas Coal Dynamics, using earth sciences, mining and chemical engineering expertise in coal seam gas, coal bed methane extraction, and geosequestration of greenhouse gases, has been established at the University of QUeensland. The article outlines it mission, capabilities, areas of expertese and facilities and equipment. 3 photos.

  14. Bilateral midshaft femoral fractures in an adolescent baseball player.

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    Ju, D G; Mogayzel, P J; Sponseller, P D; Familiari, F; McFarland, E G

    2016-07-01

    Bone disease, specifically low bone mineral density, is a common and undertreated complication that begins during childhood in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This case describes a male baseball player, aged 14years, with undiagnosed CF who sustained a left midshaft femoral fracture while running toward base; 8months later, he sustained a right midshaft femoral fracture under similar conditions. After the second fracture, further evaluation revealed low bone mineral density and CF. There is no previously published report of pathologic fractures occurring in the femoral shaft in an athlete with undiagnosed CF. Patients with CF have a higher fracture rate. Low-energy fractures of major bones in athletically active individuals should be viewed with suspicion for an underlying process. PMID:26927602

  15. Improving the CO2 well injectivity and enhanced coalbed methane production performance in coal seams

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    This paper reports on the performance comparison for different CO2-ECBM schemes in relatively thin unminable seams typical of Northern Appalachian coal basin using a horizontal well configuration. Numerical simulations based upon public-domain coalbed reservoir properties indicated that injection of pure CO2 is likely to result in only limited incremental methane recovery if any over primary recovery, due to the low injection rates that can be achieved. On the other hand, the presence of the nitrogen component in the injected gas stream is capable of improving the efficiency of enhanced methane recovery significantly without compromising the net CO2 injection rates, as a result of improved injectivity over pure CO2 injection. There is, however, a trade off between incremental methane recovery and produced gas purity due to early nitrogen breakthrough. (author)

  16. In-mine geoelectric investigations for detecting tectonic disturbances in coal seam structures

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    Gyulai, Ákos; Dobróka, Mihály; Ormos, Tamás; Turai, Endre; Sasvári, Tibor

    2013-10-01

    The methods of in-mine seam-sounding and transillumination (geoelectric tomography) for the detection of tectonic disturbances of coal seams were developed by the Department of Geophysics of the University of Miskolc in the 1970-80's with the effective support of the former "Borsod" Coal Mines Ltd. The paper gives an overview about the theory of seam-sounding and a special geoelectric tomographic inversion, and introduces the in-mine geoelectric seam-sounding and transillumination measurement systems using vertical electrode dipoles. In the second part the paper, the results of an in-mine geoelectric measurement are presented, which was carried out in order to detect tectonic disturbances of the Miocene aged coal seams situated in Slovakia. As results of the geophysical investigation, the authors forecasted the tectonic features in the coal seam. The company confirmed the results by independent information about seam disturbances and tectonic features arising from the excavation of the investigated area.

  17. Coal seam methane distribution and its significance in Pingdingshan mining area

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    郭德勇; 周心权; 沈少川; 张晓萍

    2002-01-01

    A study aimed at the coal seam group E and F in Pingdingshan mining area has been completed. This study is on the relationship of the coal-seam methane reserve to coal thickness, coal rank, coal seam depth, surrounding rock and geological structure and other factors. The study indicates that different geological factor plays different role in controlling the law of coal-seam methane reserve. The coal-seam methane rich area, which was formed because of various factors and comprehensive effect, is the coal and methane outburst-prone area, and also the key area for coal-bed methane recovery. Among all factors, coal seam depth and geological structure is more important factor in affecting coal-seam methane content in Pingdingshan mining area.

  18. Cumulative Incidence of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum in Child and Adolescent Baseball Players

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    Iwame, Toshiyuki; Matsuura, Tetsuya; Suzue, Naoto; Sairyo, Koichi

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: Prevalence of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the capitellum is high among individuals who have played baseball since childhood. Recently two cross-sectional studies according to prevalence of OCD have been published. In a study of 1040 baseball players aged 10 to 12 years, Matsuura et al found that 2.1% of players had OCD, with no differences in prevalence according to age or player position. Kida et al., in their study of 2433 baseball players aged 12 to 18 years, found OCD in 3.4% of subjects. Furthermore, they found that players with OCD began playing baseball at earlier ages, had played for longer periods, and had experienced more elbow pain. The player’s current baseball position may not be related to the existence of OCD lesions. Together, these findings led us to examine the longitudinal study for examining the risk factors for occurrence of OCD. Our objectives were to determine (1) cumulative incidence rates of OCD in the school child players aged 6-11 years old, (2) the relative risk of OCD by age, beginning age playing baseball, playing period, experimental hours per week, playing position, and elbow pain. Methods: A total of 1,275 players aged 6-11 years (mean, 9.4 years) belonged to youth baseball teams without OCD lesions received examination in the next year and were the subjects of this investigation. Subjects were examined by questionnaire, and ultrasonographic and radiographic examination. Questionnaire items included age, player position, beginning age of playing baseball, playing period of baseball, number of training hours per week and history of elbow pain. Ultrasonography of the lateral aspect of the elbow was performed. An irregularity of the subchondral bone of the capitellum was regarded as an abnormality. Radiographic examination was recommended to players who had an abnormal finding on ultrasonographic examination. We investigated the following risk factors for occurrence of OCD: age, player position, beginning age of

  19. Innovative technology summary report: Sealed-seam sack suits

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    Sealed-seam sack suits are an improved/innovative safety and industrial hygiene technology designed to protect workers from dermal exposure to contamination. Most of these disposable, synthetic-fabric suits are more protective than cotton suits, and are also water-resistant and gas permeable. Some fabrics provide a filter to aerosols, which is important to protection against contamination, while allowing air to pass, increasing comfort level of workers. It is easier to detect body-moisture breakthrough with the disposable suits than with cotton, which is also important to protecting workers from contamination. These suits present a safe and cost-effective (6% to 17% less expensive than the baseline) alternative to traditional protective clothing. This report covers the period from October 1996 to August 1997. During that time, sealed-seam sack suits were demonstrated during daily activities under normal working conditions at the C Reactor and under environmentally controlled conditions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

  20. Forced circular seam welding of tubes automated with orbital heads

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    Boullion, R.; Weskott, D.

    1984-06-01

    The MG process with pulse width modulated current and cold wire filler is suitable mainly for the production of high-quality welded joints. Three orbital welding heads adapted to requirements of the nuclear power station constructor have been designed for the mechanized forced circular seam welding of tubes. They differ in respect of their scope, in the structural height and in the number of the motor - controllable functions and the maximal values of the parameters defined by the functions.

  1. Coal seam methane as a natural gas supply

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    An explosive hazard for coalminers, coalbed or coal seam methane will be extracted from large coal fields in Queensland and piped to major industries. Transfield and Tri-Star Petroleum consider the Bowen Basin coal/gas field to contain approximately 4PJ/km2 or up to 16,000PJ, which represent 20% of Australia's known natural gas reserves: enough to supply Queensland, at current consumption rates, for 400 years

  2. Forced circular seam welding of tubes automated with orbital heads

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    The MG process with pulse width modulated current and cold wire filler is suitable mainly for the production of high-quality welded joints. Three orbital welding heads adapted to requirements of the nuclear power station constructor have been designed for the mechanized forced circular seam welding of tubes. They differ in respect of their scope, in the structural height and in the number of the motor - controllable functions and the maximal values of the parameters defined by the functions. (orig.)

  3. Using Statistical Process Control Charts to Identify the Steroids Era in Major League Baseball: An Educational Exercise

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    Hill, Stephen E.; Schvaneveldt, Shane J.

    2011-01-01

    This article presents an educational exercise in which statistical process control charts are constructed and used to identify the Steroids Era in American professional baseball. During this period (roughly 1993 until the present), numerous baseball players were alleged or proven to have used banned, performance-enhancing drugs. Also observed…

  4. Baseball pitching kinematics,joint loads,and injury prevention

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    Sakiko; Oyama

    2012-01-01

    <正>There is a need for the prevention of upper extremity injuries that affect a large number of competitive baseball players.Currently available evidence alludes to three possible ways to prevent these injuries:1) regulation of unsafe participation factors,2) implementation of exercise intervention to modify suboptimal physical characteristics,and 3) instructional intervention to correct improper pitching techniques.Of these three strategies,instruction of proper pitching technique is under-explored as a method of injury prevention.Therefore,the purpose of this review was to explore the utility of pitching technique instruction in prevention of pitching-related upper extremity injuries by presenting evidence linking pitching technique and pitching-related upper extremity injuries,as well as identifying considerations and potential barriers in pursuing this approach to prevent injuries.Various kinematic parameters measured using laboratory-based motion capture system have been linked to excessive joint loading,and thus pitching-related upper extremity injuries.As we gain more knowledge about the influence of pitching kinematics on joint loading and injury risk,it is important to start exploring ways to modify pitching technique through instruction and feedback while considering the specific skill components to address,mode of instruction,target population,duration of program,and ways to effectively collaborate with coaches and parents.

  5. Pitching Emotions: The Interpersonal Effects of Emotions in Professional Baseball

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    Arik eCheshin

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Sports games are inherently emotional situations, but surprisingly little is known about the social consequences of these emotions. We examined the interpersonal effects of emotional expressions in professional baseball. Specifically, we investigated whether pitchers' facial displays influence how pitches are assessed and responded to. Using footage from MLB World Series finals, we isolated incidents where the pitcher's face was visible before a pitch. A pre-study indicated that participants consistently perceived anger, happiness, and worry in pitchers' facial displays. An independent sample then predicted pitch characteristics and batter responses based on the same perceived emotional displays. Participants expected pitchers perceived as happy to throw more accurate balls, pitchers perceived as angry to throw faster and more difficult balls, and pitchers perceived as worried to throw slower and less accurate balls. Batters were expected to approach (swing when faced with a pitcher perceived as happy and to avoid (no swing when faced with a pitcher perceived as worried. Whereas previous research focused on using emotional expressions as information regarding past and current situations, our work suggests that people also use perceived emotional expressions to predict future behavior. Our results attest to the impact perceived emotional expressions can have on professional sports.

  6. Lateral Squats Significantly Decrease Sprint Time in Collegiate Baseball Athletes

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    Jason B. White

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose was to examine the effect of prior performance of dumbbell lateral squats (DBLS on an agility movement-into-a-sprint (AMS test. Twelve collegiate, resistance-trained, baseball athletes participated in three sessions separated by three days. Session One consisted of AMS baseline test, DBLS 5-RM test, and experimental protocol familiarization. Subjects were randomly assigned the protocol order for Sessions Two and Three, which consisted of warm up followed by 1-min sitting (no-DBLS or performing the DBLS for 1 × 5 repetitions @ 5RM for each leg. Four minutes of slow recovery walking preceded the AMS test, which consisted of leading off a base and waiting for a visual stimulus. In reaction to stimulus, subjects exerted maximal effort while moving to the right by either pivoting or drop stepping and sprinting for 10 yards (yd. In Session Three, subjects switched protocols (DBLS, no-DBLS. Foot contact time (FCT, stride frequency (SF, stride length (SL, and 10-yd sprint time were measured. There were no differences between conditions for FCT, SF, or SL. Differences existed between DBLS (1.85 ± 0.09 s and no-DBLS (1.89 ± 0.10 s for AMS (p = 0.03. Results from the current study support the use of DBLS for performance enhancement prior to performing the AMS test.

  7. High resolution processing of 3D seismic data for thin coal seam in Guqiao coal mine

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    Li, Qiaoling; Peng, Suping; Zou, Guangui

    2015-04-01

    Accurate identification of small faults for coal seams is very important for coal-field exploration, which can greatly improve mining efficiency and safety. However, coal seams in China are mostly thin layers, ranging from 2-5 m. Moreover, the shallow coal seam with strong reflection forms a shield underneath thin coal seam which is only about 40 m deeper. This causes great difficulty in seismic processing and interpretation. The primary concern is to obtain high-resolution seismic image of underneath thin coal seam for mining safety. In this paper, field data is carefully analyzed and fit-for-purpose solutions are adopted in order to improve the quality of reprocessed data and resolution of target coal seam. Identification of small faults has been enhanced significantly.

  8. Variation in gas drainage rate from a coal seam during mining

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    Li; Gang; Qi; Qingxin; Li; Hongyan; Fan; Xisheng

    2012-01-01

    Gas flow patterns during draining of gas from a coal seam during mining are discussed.The coal seam is treated as a dual medium with both pores and cracks.The seepage,diffusion,and desorption processes are treated using a gas flow equation that describes flow around drill holes.MATLAB is used to solve the differential equations.The permeability tracer test results from a mined coal seam are used to study the variation in gas drainage from a coal seam during mining.The results show that mining can increase the permeability of a coal seam,which then increases the gas drainage.There are inflection points in this variation over time.A close relationship between this variation and the rate of change in coal seam permeability is observed.

  9. Stochastic reservoir simulation for the modeling of uncertainty in coal seam degasification

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    Karacan, C. Özgen; Olea, Ricardo A.

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam degasification improves coal mine safety by reducing the gas content of coal seams and also by generating added value as an energy source. Coal seam reservoir simulation is one of the most effective ways to help with these two main objectives. As in all modeling and simulation studies, how the reservoir is defined and whether observed productions can be predicted are important considerations.

  10. Gray Comprehensive Evaluation Method on Coal Seam Water Injection in Order of Difficulty

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    Liu Xiao Li; Zhang Zhi Ye; Li Meng Qian

    2016-01-01

    In order to evaluate the coal mine water injection accurately, the gray comprehensive evaluation is applied in this paper, the depth of coal seam, the development degree of coal seam crack, porosity, gas pressure in coal seam, wetting edge of coal, firmness coefficient of coal are chosen as the main index to evaluate the method of water injection into coal mine. The results show that the gray comprehensive evaluation model has a relatively high reliability and accuracy, which can be used to p...

  11. The Designated Hitter Rule and Team Defensive Strategy in Japan's Professional Baseball Leagues

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    Akihiko Kawaura; Sumner J. La Croix

    2005-01-01

    Economists have debated whether and why the designated hitter (DH) rule in North American major league baseball led to an increase in hit-batsmen. We use data from Japan's professional baseball leagues, the Pacific League (DH rule) and the Central League (no DH rule), to re-examine this question. Initial empirical findings reveal increases in hit-batsmen in the Pacific League after we control for the DH’s effect on team batting performance. After controlling for interactions between pitcher q...

  12. A Monte Carlo Approach to Joe DiMaggio and Streaks in Baseball

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    Arbesman, S

    2008-01-01

    We examine Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and look at its likelihood, using a number of simple models. And it turns out that, contrary to many people's expectations, an extreme streak, while unlikely in any given year, is not unlikely to have occurred about once within the history of baseball. Surprisingly, however, such a record should have occurred far earlier in baseball history: back in the late 1800's or early 1900's. But not in 1941, when it actually happened.

  13. Main design elements of the superconducting magnet for the LIN-5B baseball trap

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    A design of superconducting magnet system (SMS) is described for the LIN-5B baseball trap elaborated for the OGRA-3B experimental installation. The general layout of the trap, cross sections of the superconducting coil and load-bearing frame, the current leads arrangement and main LIN-5B SMS parameters are presented. A three-year experience in operation of the baseball LIN-5B SMS and successful tests followed by achieving critical conditions four times permit to make the conclusion that the design and SMS assembly meet the requirements

  14. Definition of Locked-up Stresses around a Rectilinear Welding Seam

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    Velikanov, N. L.; Koryagin, S. I.; Sharkov, O. V.

    2016-04-01

    In article one of the ways of modelling of the locked-up stresses caused by imposing of a welding seam in a plate is described. These stresses are caused by residual deformations of welding seams. In the settlement scheme the welding seam is presented in the form of an element by the thickness equal to the thickness of a plate, inserted in it with a longitudinal and cross-section tightness. The field of locked-up stresses around the welding seam experiences longitudinal and cross-section shrinkage under cooling and it is defined in work with the use of complex potentials of the theory of elasticity.

  15. Effect of Heat Treatment on High Temperature Stress Rupture Strength of Brazing Seam for Nickel-base Superalloy

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    2001-01-01

    In order to enhance the high-temperature stress rupture strength of brazing seam by heat treatment, it was diffusion treated, then solution heat treated, and finally aging treated. The microstructure of brazing seam especially morphology of phase and boride was observed and the strength of brazing seam was measured in this process. The results show that heat treatment can enhance high-temperature stress rupture strength by improving the microstructure of brazing seam. The strength of brazing seam after solution heat treatment decreases in comparison with that only after diffusion treatment while aging treatment after solution heat treatment increases the strength of brazing seam.

  16. Deep coal seams as a greener energy source: a review

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    Today, coal and oil are the main energy sources used in the world. However, these sources will last for only a few decades. Hence, the investigation of possible energy sources to meet this crisis has become a crucial task. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a potential energy source which can be used to fulfil the energy demand. Since the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere from the use of CBM is comparatively very low compared to conventional energy sources, it is also a potential mitigation option for global warming. This paper reviews CBM recovery techniques with particular emphasis on CO2-enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM) recovery. The paper reviews (1) conventional CBM recovery techniques and problems associated with them, (2) CBM production-enhancement methods, including hydro-fracturing and enhanced CBM recovery techniques, such as N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM, (3) the importance of the CO2-ECBM technique compared to other methods and problems with it, (4) the effect of CO2 injection during the CO2-ECBM process on coal seam permeability and strength and (5) current CO2-ECBM field projects and their progress. Although conventional CBM recovery methods are simple (basically related to the drawdown of the reservoir pressure to release methane from it), they are inefficient for the recovery of a commercially viable amount of methane from coal seams. Therefore, to enhance methane production, several methods are used, such as hydro-fracturing and ECBM (N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM). The CO2-ECBM process has a number of advantages compared to other methane recovery techniques, as it contributes to the mitigation of the atmospheric CO2 level, is safer and more economical. However, as a result of CO2 injection into the coal seam during the CO2-ECBM process, coal mass permeability and strength may be crucially changed, due to the coal matrix swelling associated with CO2 adsorption into the coal matrix. Both injecting CO2 properties (gas type, CO2 phase and pressure

  17. Deep coal seams as a greener energy source: a review

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    Ranathunga, A. S.; Perera, M. S. A.; Ranjith, P. G.

    2014-12-01

    Today, coal and oil are the main energy sources used in the world. However, these sources will last for only a few decades. Hence, the investigation of possible energy sources to meet this crisis has become a crucial task. Coal bed methane (CBM) is a potential energy source which can be used to fulfil the energy demand. Since the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted to the atmosphere from the use of CBM is comparatively very low compared to conventional energy sources, it is also a potential mitigation option for global warming. This paper reviews CBM recovery techniques with particular emphasis on CO2-enhanced coal bed methane (CO2-ECBM) recovery. The paper reviews (1) conventional CBM recovery techniques and problems associated with them, (2) CBM production-enhancement methods, including hydro-fracturing and enhanced CBM recovery techniques, such as N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM, (3) the importance of the CO2-ECBM technique compared to other methods and problems with it, (4) the effect of CO2 injection during the CO2-ECBM process on coal seam permeability and strength and (5) current CO2-ECBM field projects and their progress. Although conventional CBM recovery methods are simple (basically related to the drawdown of the reservoir pressure to release methane from it), they are inefficient for the recovery of a commercially viable amount of methane from coal seams. Therefore, to enhance methane production, several methods are used, such as hydro-fracturing and ECBM (N2-ECBM and CO2-ECBM). The CO2-ECBM process has a number of advantages compared to other methane recovery techniques, as it contributes to the mitigation of the atmospheric CO2 level, is safer and more economical. However, as a result of CO2 injection into the coal seam during the CO2-ECBM process, coal mass permeability and strength may be crucially changed, due to the coal matrix swelling associated with CO2 adsorption into the coal matrix. Both injecting CO2 properties (gas type, CO2 phase and pressure

  18. THE UTILIZATION TECHNOLOGIES OF METHANE PRODUCED FROM UNDERGRAUND COAL SEAMS

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    Gökhan AYDIN; Karakurt, İzzet

    2009-01-01

    A few coal mines use coalbed methane recovered from coal seams. As well as being unable to use gas means waste of an economically valuable source, it contributes to global warming. Gases recovered from coal mines can be used for various applications as an alternative source to natural gas or such as generation of power related to methane concentration. In cases the sale and/or use of gas would not be profitable, the best way for decreasing gas emissions is to destroy methane via flaring. In t...

  19. Face shield system for semi-steep seams

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    Betting, B.

    1981-01-01

    About 25% of the coal produced by the HBL coalfield comes from longwall rise faces and is won using double-drum shearers and powered supports for semi-steep workings (30 to 40 degrees). Face spills present a hazard to personnel. Describes tests with a shield system for rise faces with a worked thickness of 2.20 m (seam thickness 2.06 m). Explains how the system operates : a prop, set automatically from inside the support unit, is used to support a shield plate which is anchored between the roof and the floor, thereby supporting the coal face. This shield system effectively protects the solid, even when weakened. (In French)

  20. Feature extraction and classification in automatic weld seam radioscopy

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    The investigations conducted have shown that automatic feature extraction and classification procedures permit the identification of weld seam flaws. Within this context the favored learning fuzzy classificator represents a very good alternative to conventional classificators. The results have also made clear that improvements mainly in the field of image registration are still possible by increasing the resolution of the radioscopy system. Since, only if the flaw is segmented correctly, i.e. in its full size, and due to improved detail recognizability and sufficient contrast difference will an almost error-free classification be conceivable. (orig./MM)

  1. Legal aspects connected with methane recovery from coal seams

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    There are several companies in Germany vesting interest in the recovery of methane from coal seams, this process not to form part of the coal mining activities on site, thus not forming part of the mining operation plan. The provisions of the mining law are such that there is room for integrating technological progress not foreseeable at the time of legislation, so that the Mining Act offers framework conditions which are able to cover such activities as the independent methane recovery. Coal mining companies see the chance of starting a new type of business and combine it into an enlarged range of products covering methane, coal, and minerals. (orig./HSCH)

  2. A penetrative addictive for water infusion in coal seams

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    2003-01-01

    The manufacturing process, characteristics, and application results of a rod-like penetrative additive (the penetrative rod)were discussed. The components and functions of the penetrative rod were studied carefully. A large number of orthogonal combinedtests were carried out and over 100 sample molds were made. Ultimately the components were decided after careful selection amongthese molds, mainly including hygroscopic major components and auxiliary material. The results of on-site practical applicationshow that such an addictive can increase the water penetrative ability effectively and has a remarkable effect on preventing dust pro-duction during coal seam excavation. The penetrating radius, the infusing velocity and the dust-preventive effect were systematicallystudied.

  3. BASEBALL THROWING MECHANICS AS THEY RELATE TO PATHOLOGY AND PERFORMANCE - A REVIEW

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    Rod Whiteley

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available It is a commonly held perception amongst biomechanists, sports medicine practitioners, baseball coaches and players, that an individual baseball player's style of throwing or pitching influences their performance and susceptibility to injury. With the results of a series of focus groups with baseball managers and pitching coaches in mind, the available scientific literature was reviewed regarding the contribution of individual aspects of pitching and throwing mechanics to potential for injury and performance. After a discussion of the limitations of kinematic and kinetic analyses, the individual aspects of pitching mechanics are discussed under arbitrary headings: Foot position at stride foot contact; Elbow flexion; Arm rotation; Arm horizontal abduction; Arm abduction; Lead knee position; Pelvic orientation; Deceleration-phase related issues; Curveballs; and Teaching throwing mechanics. In general, popular opinion of baseball coaching staff was found to be largely in concordance with the scientific investigations of biomechanists with several notable exceptions. Some difficulties are identified with the practical implementation of analyzing throwing mechanics in the field by pitching coaches, and with some unquantified aspects of scientific analyses

  4. Book Review: Baseball, Inc: The National Pastime as Big Business, by Frank P. Jozsa

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    E. Frank Stephenson

    2008-01-01

    Over the past decade, Pfeiffer University’s Frank P. Jozsa, Jr., has authored or co-authored Relocating Teams and Expanding Leagues in Professional Sports, American Sports Empire, and Sports Capitalism. In his latest book, Baseball, Inc., Jozsa examines “a number of the most important and controversial … commercial elements of organized baseball” (p. 2).

  5. Atraumatic Subclavian Vein Thrombosis in a Collegiate Baseball Player: A Case Report

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    Hurley, Wendy L.; Comins, Sonya A; Green, Richard M.; Canizzaro, John

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To introduce the case of a collegiate baseball player who suffered an atraumatic subclavian vein thrombosis. This case presents an opportunity to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of a 22-year-old male with a thrombosis of his right subclavian vein.

  6. Women Working in the Management of Professional Baseball: Getting to First Base?

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    Hums, Mary A.; Sutton, William A.

    1999-01-01

    A survey of 152 women administrators in professional baseball indicated that their greatest challenges and least-enjoyable job aspects were mostly gender-related issues: the need to gain respect and credibility, be taken seriously, overcome stereotypes, and deal with sexism and sexual harassment. Nearly half felt their compensation was less than…

  7. Dynamic sonography with valgus stress to assess elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury in baseball pitchers

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    De Smet, Arthur A. [Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Department of Radiology - E3/311, University of Wisconsin Hospital, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53792 (United States); Winter, Thomas C. [Department of Radiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Best, Thomas M. [Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Bernhardt, David T. [Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin (United States)

    2002-11-01

    Sonography is a valuable method for imaging superficial tendons and ligaments. The ability to obtain comparison images easily with dynamic stress allows assessment of ligament and tendon integrity. We studied the medial elbow joints of two baseball pitchers using MR imaging and dynamic sonography. Both sonography and MR imaging identified the ulnar collateral ligament tears. Dynamic sonography uniquely demonstrated the medial joint instability. (orig.)

  8. Double-Play: Using Minor League Baseball to Apply Themes and Standards in Human Geography Courses

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    Zeitler, Ezra

    2013-01-01

    Growing student interest in sports provides geography teachers with a special opportunity to make connections between it and fundamental concepts in the discipline. This article examines the structure, arrangement, relationships, and distinctions among minor league baseball franchise locations, stadia, and team names, and presents examples of…

  9. Challenges to Cognitive Bases for an Especial Motor Skill at the Regulation Baseball Pitching Distance

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    Simons, Jeffery P.; Wilson, Jacob M.; Wilson, Gabriel J.; Theall, Stephen

    2009-01-01

    We tested expert baseball pitchers for evidence of especial skills at the regulation pitching distance. Seven college pitchers threw indoors to a target placed at 60.5 feet (18.44 m) and four closer and four further distances away. Accuracy at the regulation distance was significantly better than predicted by regression on the nonregulation…

  10. Precocity Predicts Shorter Life for Major League Baseball Players: Confirmation of Mccann's Precocity-Longevity Hypothesis

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    Abel, Ernest L.; Kruger, Michael L.

    2007-01-01

    We tested McCann's precocity-longevity hypothesis, which proposes that early career achievement is related to premature death, for Major League baseball players (N = 3,760). Age at debut was the definition for precocity. We controlled for possible artifacts of life expectancy selection, the "healthy worker" effect, player position, and body-mass…

  11. Statistical evidence consistent with performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball

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    Petersen, Alexander; Stanley, H Eugene

    2008-01-01

    Statistical analysis is a major aspect of baseball, from player averages to historical benchmarks and records. Much of baseball fanfare is based around players exceeding the norm, some in a single game and others over a long career. Career statistics serve as a metric for classifying players and establishing their historical legacy. However, the concept of records and benchmarks assumes that that level of competition in baseball is stationary in time. Here we show that power-law probability density functions, a hallmark of many complex systems that are driven by competition, govern career longevity in baseball. We also find universal power laws in the distributions of all major performance metrics for pitchers and batters. The use of performance-enhancing drugs has a dark history, emerging as a problem for both amateur and professional sports. We find statistical evidence of performance enhancement in the analysis of home runs hit by players in the last 25 years. This is consistent with the findings of the Mi...

  12. As Cutbacks Hit College Sports, Baseball Falls behind in the Count

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    Wolverton, Brad

    2009-01-01

    For two weeks every June, the College World Series showcases one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA's) most popular sports. More than 300,000 fans flock to picturesque Rosenblatt Stadium, in Omaha, with millions more tuning in on ESPN. Ticket sales, which in recent years topped $9-million, make baseball the NCAA's…

  13. Path Analysis Examining Self-Efficacy and Decision-Making Performance on a Simulated Baseball Task

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    Hepler, Teri J.; Feltz, Deborah L.

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between decision-making self-efficacy and decision-making performance in sport. Undergraduate students (N = 78) performed 10 trials of a decision-making task in baseball. Self-efficacy was measured before performing each trial. Decision-making performance was assessed by decision speed and…

  14. THE ROLE OF SHOULDER MAXIMUM EXTERNAL ROTATION DURING THROWING FOR ELBOW INJURY PREVENTION IN BASEBALL PLAYERS

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    Kunio Ida

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to examine whether the passive range of shoulder external rotation (ER, the maximum shoulder external rotation angle (MER during throwing, and the ratio of MER to ER are related to the incidence of the elbow injury. A mixed design with one between-factor (a history of the elbow injury and two within-factors (ER and MER was used to analyze the difference between baseball players with and without a history of medial elbow pain. Twenty high school baseball players who had experienced the medial elbow pain within the previous month but who were not experiencing the pain on the day of the experiment were recruited (elbow-injured group. Another twenty baseball players who had never experienced the medial elbow pain were also used for testing (control group. MER during throwing, ER, and the ratio of MER to ER were obtained in both of the group. A Mann-Whitney test was used for the group comparison (p < 0.05. The ratio of MER to ER was significantly greater in the elbow-injured group (1.52 ± 0.19 than that in the control group (1.33 ± 0.23 (p = 0.008. On the other hand, there was no statistical significance in MER and ER between two groups. The findings of the study indicate that MER/ER relation could be associated with the incidence of the elbow injury in baseball players

  15. Dynamic sonography with valgus stress to assess elbow ulnar collateral ligament injury in baseball pitchers

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    Sonography is a valuable method for imaging superficial tendons and ligaments. The ability to obtain comparison images easily with dynamic stress allows assessment of ligament and tendon integrity. We studied the medial elbow joints of two baseball pitchers using MR imaging and dynamic sonography. Both sonography and MR imaging identified the ulnar collateral ligament tears. Dynamic sonography uniquely demonstrated the medial joint instability. (orig.)

  16. How Do Batters Use Visual, Auditory, and Tactile Information about the Success of a Baseball Swing?

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    Gray, Rob

    2009-01-01

    Bat/ball contact produces visual (the ball leaving the bat), auditory (the "crack" of the bat), and tactile (bat vibration) feedback about the success of the swing. We used a batting simulation to investigate how college baseball players use visual, tactile, and auditory feedback. In Experiment 1, swing accuracy (i.e., the lateral separation…

  17. Foul Lines: Teaching Race in Jim Crow America through Baseball History

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    Laliberte, David J.

    2013-01-01

    Far more than just recreation, baseball offers social, cultural, and political insights into history. For teachers, the goals of this article are threefold. First, this narrative is designed to provide the introductory content knowledge needed to develop a colorful lecture, structure a spirited discussion, or create a student project on the topic.…

  18. A Model of Motor Inhibition for a Complex Skill: Baseball Batting

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    Gray, Rob

    2009-01-01

    The ability to inhibit an ongoing action in response to a signal from the environment is important for many perceptual-motor actions. This paper examines a particular example of this behavior: attempting to inhibit or "check" a swing in baseball batting. A model of motor inhibition in batting is proposed. In the model there are three different…

  19. Coaches, Eying Miami's Success, Try to Turn College Baseball into a Money-Making Sport.

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    Hartley, Charles J.

    1988-01-01

    The University of Miami developed its debt-ridden intercollegiate baseball program into a source of substantial income and visibility, as better players and aggressive marketing helped with the increased attendance and support. Other institutions, even in more northern climates, are following Miami's example. (MSE)

  20. CO2 Sequestration in Unmineable Coal Seams: Potential Environmental Impacts

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    Hedges, S.W.; Soong, Yee; McCarthy Jones, J.R.; Harrison, D.K.; Irdi, G.A.; Frommell, E.A.; Dilmore, R.M.; Pique, P.J.; Brown, T.D

    2005-09-01

    An initial investigation into the potential environmental impacts of CO2 sequestration in unmineable coal seams has been conducted, focusing on changes in the produced water during enhanced coalbed methane (ECBM) production using a CO2 injection process (CO2-ECBM). Two coals have been used in this study, the medium volatile bituminous Upper Freeport coal (APCS 1) of the Argonne Premium Coal Samples series, and an as-mined Pittsburgh #8 coal, which is a high volatile bituminous coal. Coal samples were reacted with either synthetic produced water or field collected produced water and gaseous carbon dioxide at 40 οC and 50 bar to evaluate the potential for mobilizing toxic metals during CO2-ECBM/sequestration. Microscopic and x-ray diffraction analysis of the post-reaction coal samples clearly show evidence of chemical reaction, and chemical analysis of the produced water shows substantial changes in composition. These results suggest that changes to the produced water chemistry and the potential for mobilizing toxic trace elements from coalbeds are important factors to be considered when evaluating deep, unmineable coal seams for CO2 sequestration.

  1. Influence of Mining Thickness on the Rationality of Upward Mining in Coal Seam Group

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    Y. Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to determine the influence of mining thickness on the rationality of upward mining in coal seam group. Numerical simulation and theoretical analysis were performed to investigate the influence of the mining thicknesses of initial mining seam on the destruction and pressure relief effect of the upper coal seam in a high-gas coal seam group. The mechanical model of the roof failure based on the mining thickness was established by assuming that the gob formed after adjacent panels have fully been caved is the infinite plane. On the basis of this model, an equation was derived to calculate the roof failure height of the panel. Considering the geological conditions of No. 9 and No. 12 coal seams of Zhaogezhuang Coal Mine, economic effectiveness, and proposed techniques, we concluded that the top layer (4 m of the No. 12 coal seam should be mined first. The top layer of the No. 9 coal seam should be subsequently mined. The topcaving technique was applied to the exploitation of the lower layer of the No. 12 coal seam. Practically monitored data revealed that the deformation and failure of the No. 2699 panel roadway was small and controllable, the amount of gas emission was reduced significantly, and the effect of upward mining was active. The results of this study provide theory basics for mine designing, and it is the provision of a reference for safe and efficient coal exploitation under similar conditions.

  2. Slagging and fouling characteristics of seam 32/33, Panian coalfield, Semirara Island, Philippines

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    Stella Marris Limos-Martinez; Koichiro Watanabe [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Department of Earth Resources Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering

    2006-02-01

    Twenty samples of seam 32/33, the main seam of Panian coalfield in Semirara Island, Antique Province, Philippines, were collected from a borehole drilled at the northeastern edge of the coalfield. The samples were analyzed to characterize the coal geochemistry of the seam and understand why the coals of Semirara Island exhibit a high tendency for slagging and fouling despite its low average ash content. Analysis of the slagging and fouling characteristics of this seam is important because it supplies five electric power utilities and several cement plants in the Philippines. Proximate analyses and vitrinite reflectance measurements designate the rank of the seam as sub-bituminous C, based on ASTM coal classification. H/C versus O/C ratios indicate that the seam is made up largely of huminite, denoting early stages of coalification. Chemical analysis of the ash reveals high contents of Na, Mg, Fe, Ca, Ba and Sr. The strongly negative correlation of these elements with the ash content indicates an organic affinity of the chemical elements of the seam. Owing to enrichment in alkali and alkali-earth elements, slagging and fouling indices indicate that the seam has medium to high propensity for slagging and a severe tendency for fouling. The detrimental characteristics of coal feedstock from Panian mine is mitigated by modifications to the boiler design and operational conditions and by blending with coals imported from Indonesia, China and Australia. 31 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  3. Pressure relief, gas drainage and deformation effects on an overlying coal seam induced by drilling an extra-thin protective coal seam

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    LIU Hai-bo; CHENG Yuan-ping; SONG Jian-cheng; SHANG Zheng-jie; WANG Liang

    2009-01-01

    Numerical simulations and field tests were used to investigate the changes in ground stress and deformation of, and gas flow from, a protected coal seam under which an extra-thin coal seam was drilled. The geological conditions were: 0.5 meter min-ing height, 18.5 meter coal seam spacing and a hard limestone/fine sandstone inter-stratum. For these conditions we conclude: 1) the overlying coal-rock mass bends and sinks without the appearance of a caving zone, and 2) the protected coal seam is in the bending zone and undergoes expansion deformation in the stress-relaxed area. The deformation was 12 mm and the relative defor-mation was 0.15%. As mining proceeds, deformation in the protected layer begins as compression, then becomes a rapid expansion and, finally, reaches a stable value. A large number of bed separation crannies are created in the stress-relaxed area and the perme-ability coefficient of the coal seam was increased 403 fold. Grid penetration boreholes were evenly drilled toward the protected coal seam to affect pressure relief and gas drainage. This made the gas pressure decrease from 0.75 to 0.15 Mpa, the gas content de-crease from 13 to 4.66 m3/t and the gas drainage reach 64%.

  4. Development of seam tracking system with ultrasonic sensor using self-tuning fuzzy control

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    2001-01-01

    One kind of the SAW seam tracking system with contactless ultrasonic sensor is presented in this paper. The new contactless ultrasonic sensor for seam tracking and the working principle of the seam tracking with the sensor are introduced. Based on the experiments, the optimal values of the fuzzy control parameters α and k3 are defined by means of the off-line adjusting method. Because the self-tuning fuzzy control is adopted in the seam tracking system, the overshoot of the system is restrained, the steady-state error is reduced, and the system’s response speed is improved effectively. The results of the SAW seam tracking experiments show that this system’s tracking accuracy is up to ±0.5mm and the system can satisfy the requirements of the engineering application.

  5. Relative Performance of Lockstitch and Chainstitch at the Seat Seam of Military Trouser

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    Arunangshu Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D.

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available An experimental investigation of the effect of two different type of stitches viz., lockstitch and chainstitch at the seat seam of trouser for military armed forces has been reported. Performance of chainstitched seam is found to be much better as regards lower value of force at low level of strain, higher value of force at break, strain at break and work of rapture. In general with the change in thread linear density, greater improvement in seam strength, seam strain at break and work up to fracture are obtained in case of chainstitched seam. On laundering, in general force at small strain and force at break increases, the change being more in case of lockstitched fabric. However, strain at break decrease marginally on laundering in case of both the stitches.

  6. The Effect of Intermittent Arm and Shoulder Cooling on Baseball Pitching Velocity.

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    Bishop, Stacy H; Herron, Robert L; Ryan, Gregory A; Katica, Charles P; Bishop, Phillip A

    2016-04-01

    Bishop, SH, Herron, RL, Ryan, GA, Katica, CP, and Bishop, PA. The effect of intermittent arm and shoulder cooling on baseball pitching velocity. J Strength Cond Res 30(4): 1027-1032, 2016-The throwing arm of a baseball pitcher is subjected to high stress as a result of the repetitive activity of pitching. Intermittent cryotherapy may facilitate recovery from this repeated high stress, but few researchers have investigated cryotherapy's efficacy in an ecologically valid setting. This study investigated the effects of intermittent cryotherapy on pitching velocity and subjective measures of recovery and exertion in a simulated baseball game. Trained college-aged male baseball pitchers (n = 8) threw 12 pitches (1 pitch every 20 seconds) per inning for 5 total innings during a simulated pitching start. Between each inning, pitchers received shoulder and arm cooling (AC) or, on a separate occasion, no cooling (NC). All sessions took place in a temperate environment (18.3 ± 2.8° C; 49 ± 4% relative humidity). Pitch speeds were averaged for each participant each inning and overall for 5 innings. Perceived exertion (rating of perceived exertion [RPE]) was recorded at the end of each simulated inning. Perceived recovery (perceived recovery scale [PRS]) was recorded after treatment between each inning. Mean pitching velocity for all-innings combined was higher (p = 0.04) for shoulder and elbow cooling (AC) (31.2 ± 2.1 m·s) than for no cooling (NC) (30.6 ± 2.1 m·s). Average pitch speed was significantly higher in the fourth (p = baseball pitching, decreased RPE, and facilitated subjective recovery during a 5-inning simulated game. PMID:24077378

  7. Kinematic and Kinetic Profiles of Trunk and Lower Limbs during Baseball Pitching in Collegiate Pitchers

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    Masahiro Kageyama, Takashi Sugiyama, Yohei Takai, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Akira Maeda

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to clarify differences in the kinematic and kinetic profiles of the trunk and lower extremities during baseball pitching in collegiate baseball pitchers, in relation to differences in the pitched ball velocity. The subjects were 30 collegiate baseball pitchers aged 18 to 22 yrs, who were assigned to high- (HG, 37.4 ± 0.8 m·s-1 and low-pitched-ball-velocity groups (LG, 33.3 ± 0.8 m·s-1. Three-dimensional motion analysis with a comprehensive lower-extremity model was used to evaluate kinematic and kinetic parameters during baseball pitching. The ground-reaction forces (GRF of the pivot and stride legs during pitching were determined using two multicomponent force plates. The joint torques of hip, knee, and ankle were calculated using inverse-dynamics computation of a musculoskeletal human model. To eliminate any effect of variation in body size, kinetic and GRF data were normalized by dividing them by body mass. The maxima and minima of GRF (Fy, Fz, and resultant forces on the pivot and stride leg were significantly greater in the HG than in the LG (p < 0.05. Furthermore, Fy, Fz, and resultant forces on the stride leg at maximum shoulder external rotation and ball release were significantly greater in the HG than in the LG (p < 0.05. The hip abduction, hip internal rotation and knee extension torques of the pivot leg and the hip adduction torque of the stride leg when it contacted the ground were significantly greater in the HG than in the LG (p < 0.05. These results indicate that, compared with low-ball-velocity pitchers, high-ball-velocity pitchers can generate greater momentum of the lower limbs during baseball pitching.

  8. Relationship Between Grip, Pinch Strengths and Anthropometric Variables, Types of Pitch Throwing Among Japanese High School Baseball Pitchers

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    Tajika, Tsuyoshi; Kobayashi, Tsutomu; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Shitara, Hitoshi; Ichinose, Tsuyoshi; Shimoyama, Daisuke; Okura, Chisa; Kanazawa, Saeko; Nagai, Ayako; Takagishi, Kenji

    2015-01-01

    Background: Grip and pinch strength are crucially important attributes and standard parameters related to the functional integrity of the hand. It seems significant to investigate normative data for grip and pinch strength of baseball players to evaluate their performance and condition. Nevertheless, few reports have explained the association between grip and pinch strength and anthropometric variables and types of pitch throwing for baseball pitchers. Objectives: The aim of this study was to...

  9. Relationship between Lower Extremity Tightness and Star Excursion Balance Test Performance in Junior High School Baseball Players

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    Endo, Yasuhiro; Sakamoto, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between lower extremity tightness and lower extremity balance, measured by the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), in junior high school baseball players. [Subjects] Thirty-three male students belonging to baseball clubs in 2 junior high schools participated in this study. [Methods] For the SEBT, we chose to examine the anterior (ANT), posterior (POS), lateral (LAT), and medial (MED) directions. Regarding muscle tightness mea...

  10. On the distribution of career longevity and the evolution of home-run prowess in professional baseball

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    Petersen, Alexander M.; Jung, Woo-Sung; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2008-09-01

    Statistical analysis is a major aspect of baseball, from player averages to historical benchmarks and records. Much of baseball fanfare is based around players exceeding the norm, some in a single game and others over a long career. Career statistics serve as a metric for classifying players and establishing their historical legacy. However, the concept of records and benchmarks assumes that the level of competition in baseball is stationary in time. Here we show that power law probability density functions, a hallmark of many complex systems that are driven by competition, govern career longevity in baseball. We also find similar power laws in the density functions of all major performance metrics for pitchers and batters. The use of performance-enhancing drugs has a dark history, emerging as a problem for both amateur and professional sports. We find statistical evidence consistent with performance-enhancing drugs in the analysis of home runs hit by players in the last 25 years. This is corroborated by the findings of the Mitchell Report (2007), a two-year investigation into the use of illegal steroids in Major League Baseball, which recently revealed that over 5 percent of Major League Baseball players tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in an anonymous 2003 survey.

  11. Evaluation of cold bending and mechanical properties of helical (SAWH) and longitudinal (SAWL) seam pipes

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    Batista, Gilmar Zacca; Sanandres, Simon Ricardo [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Pipeline Engineering Division; Pinto, Percy Saavedra; Mello, Marcelo [Tubos Soldados Atlantico, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    The present work is a part of a comprehensive program that aims to evaluate the helical seam pipe application in pipeline construction and compare with the traditional longitudinal seam pipe that have been used in Brazil. One of the biggest concerns is the cold bending process once the Brazilian land profile is very sinuous, different than other countries where helical seam pipes have been used successfully. At this work, two pipes were used, one helical seam and one longitudinal seam, both API 5L X70 with 28 inch of diameter and 0.469 inch wall thickness. The results of cold bending tests comparing both types of pipe and the mechanical properties from the straight pipe with the bend section are shown. The research methodology includes dimensional analysis, microstructural evaluation and mechanical tests that were performed on the straight pipe and bend areas. The cold bending parameters used to obtain a bend according the design and construction standards requirements are also presented. The results showed that the cold bending process produces a helical seam pipe bend with the most critical radius allowed by the standards, without presenting any evidence of wrinkles, out-of-roundness above the limits or any type of mechanical damage. Both pipes tested met the standards requirements in terms of bending and mechanical properties. The results of this study provide technical information for future helical seam pipe application in Brazil. (author)

  12. Thermal effects of magmatic sills on coal seam metamorphism and gas occurrence

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    Wang, Liang; Cheng, Long-biao; Cheng, Yuan-ping; Yin, Guang-zhi; Cai, Chun-cheng; Xu, Chao; Jin, Kan

    2014-04-01

    Igneous intrusions in coal seams are found in 80 % of coal mines in the Huaibei coalfield, China, and coal and gas outburst accidents have occurred 11 times under a 120-m-thick sill in the Haizi mining field. The magma's heat had a significant controlling effect on coal seam gas occurrence. Based on theoretical analysis, experimental tests and site validation, we analyzed the temperature distribution following magma intrusion into coal measure strata and the variations in multiple physical parameters and adsorption/desorption characteristics between the underlying coal seams beneath the sill in the Haizi mining field and coal seams uninfluenced by magma intrusion in the adjacent Linhuan mining field. The research results show that the main factors controlling the temperature distribution of the magma and surrounding rocks in the cooling process include the cooling time and the thickness and initial temperature of the magmatic rock. As the distance from sill increases, the critical effective temperature and the duration of sustained high temperatures decrease. The sill in the Haizi mining field significantly promoted coal seam secondary hydrocarbon generation in the thermally affected area, which generated approximately 340 m3/t of hydrocarbon. In the magma-affected area, the metamorphic grade, micropore volume, amount of gas adsorption, initial speed of gas desorption, and amount of desorption all increase. Fluid entrapment by sills usually causes the gas pressure and gas content of the underlying coal seams to increase. As a result, the outburst risks from coal seams increases as well.

  13. System for detecting interfaces between mineral seams and the surrounding earth formations

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    The present invention contemplates a system for detecting an interface between a mineral seam and the surrounding earth formation utilizing a radiation source and a radiation receiver mounted on a miner having a positionable cutter assembly. As the miner is moved into the coal seam, a first distance is continuously sensed between one surface formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the surrounding earth formation and the miner cutter assembly is positioned in response to the sensed first distance. As the miner is withdrawn from the coal seam, a second distance is continuously sensed between one surface formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the surrounding earth formation and the miner cutter assembly is positioned in response to the sensed second distance. A substantial portion of the space between the wall formed in the mineral seam by the miner cutter assembly and the radiation source and radiation receiver is substantially filled with a material having a density greater than the density of air to direct a substantial portion of the radiation through the mineral seam

  14. Mathematical modeling for coupled solid elastic-deformation and gas leak flow in multi-coal-seams

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    孙培德

    2002-01-01

    Based on the new viewpoint of solid and gas interaction mechanics, gas leakage in a double deformable coal seam can be understood. That is, under the action of geophysical fields, the methane flow in a double deformable coal seam can be essentially considered to be compressible with time-dependent and mixed permeation and diffusion through a pore-cleat deformable heterogeneous and anisotropy medium. Based on this new viewpoint, a coupled mathematical model for coal seam deformation and gas leakage in a double coal seam was formulated and numerical simulations for gas emission from the coal seam are presented. It is found that coupled models might be closer to reality.

  15. Correlation of Shoulder and Elbow Injuries with Muscle Tightness, Core Stability, and Balance by Longitudinal Measurements in Junior High School Baseball Players

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    Endo, Yasuhiro; Sakamoto, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    [Purpose] The present study longitudinally investigated injury occurrences and the risk factors for muscle tightness, core stability, and dynamic standing balance among junior high school student baseball players. [Subjects] Thirty-nine male students, belonging to baseball clubs at 2 junior high schools, participated in this study. [Methods] Study measurements were obtained twice, once in the early stage of the baseball season (March) and once at the end of the season (July). All subjects und...

  16. Roof structure theory and support resistance determination of longwall face in shallow seam

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    HUANG Qing-xiang(黄庆享)

    2003-01-01

    This paper presents the structure models founded in shallow seam, the roof asymmetry arch with three articulations in roof first weighting and the step voussoir beam in roof periodic weighting. These structure models are differ from classic theory, it establishes the new roof control theory of instability structure roof, especially in shallow seam. Based on the new roof structure theory, the support working state of "given sliding load" is put forward, and the factor of load transmitting is introduced to determine the load on roof structure. Therefore, the proper and accurate calculating methods of support resistance are established. Based on this, the dynamic structure theory in shallow seam could be predicted.

  17. Gray Comprehensive Evaluation Method on Coal Seam Water Injection in Order of Difficulty

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    Liu Xiao Li

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the coal mine water injection accurately, the gray comprehensive evaluation is applied in this paper, the depth of coal seam, the development degree of coal seam crack, porosity, gas pressure in coal seam, wetting edge of coal, firmness coefficient of coal are chosen as the main index to evaluate the method of water injection into coal mine. The results show that the gray comprehensive evaluation model has a relatively high reliability and accuracy, which can be used to predict the difficulty degree of water injection.

  18. Microscopic analysis of the morphology of seams in friction stir welded polypropylene

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    Z. Kiss

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Supermolecular structure of welded seams prepared by friction stir welding (FSW of polypropylene sheets has been studied by optical and electron microscopy. It has been shown that in the central parts of the seam spherulitic structures similar to that of the base material are formed, while at the borderline of the seam, a complex supermolecular structure could be identified. Lower welding rotation speed resulted in a border transition zone of more complex feature than the higher rotation speed during FSW. This was accompanied by reduced joint efficiency.

  19. Study on dragline-bulldozer operation with variations in coal seam thickness

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    Wei Zhou; Qing-xiang Cai; Shu-zhao Chen [China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou (China). School of Mining and Safety Engineering

    2007-09-15

    The dragline is one of the most promising surface mining machines in China. This paper studies the interaction between the working bench advancing speed and the stripping volume with variation in coal seam thickness. Adjusting the bulldozing volume (depth) and/or changing the dragline bench height are proposed as means to ensure a smooth and economical mining operation. When the coal seam is getting thicker it is recommended to reduce the bulldozing volume (depth) for a higher dragline efficiency. When the coal seam is getting thinner it is recommended to increase the bulldozing volume (depth) to ensure the dragline can work at the proper bench height. 7 refs., 1 tab.

  20. Seam-line determination for image mosaicking: A technique minimizing the maximum local mismatch and the global cost

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    Chon, Jaechoon; Kim, Hyongsuk; Lin, Chun-Shin

    2010-01-01

    This paper presents a novel algorithm that selects seam-lines for mosaicking image patches. This technique uses Dijkstra's algorithm to find a seam-line with the minimal objective function. Since a segment of seam-line with significant mismatch, even if it is short, is more visible than a lengthy one with small differences, a direct summation of the mismatch scores is inadequate. Limiting the level of the maximum difference along a seam-line should be part of the objective in the seam-line selection process. Our technique first determines this desired level of maximum difference, then applies Dijkstra's algorithm to find the best seam-line. A quantitative measure to evaluate a seam-line is proposed. The measure is defined as the sum of a fixed number of top mismatch scores. The proposed algorithm is compared with other techniques quantitatively and visually about various types of images.

  1. Changes in physical size among major league baseball players and its attribution to elite offensive performance.

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    Crotin, Ryan L; Forsythe, Charles M; Bhan, Shivam; Karakolis, Thomas

    2014-10-01

    Major League Baseball (MLB) players have not been longitudinally examined for changes in physical size. Height, weight, and body mass indices (BMIs) were examined among offensive league leaders (OLL) and MLB reference cohorts at 1970, 1990, and 2010. Anthropometric values were expected to increase successively, where OLL were expected to be larger at each respective time point. A Mixed Model analysis of variance (p ≤ 0.05) examined anthropometric differences over time within and between groups. Mass and BMI increased over successive years with the largest effect seen between 1990 and 2010 (p baseball scouts may have been influenced by greater offensive prowess shown by larger athletes; yet, increased secular anthropometrics must also be factored in greater heights, weights, BMIs shown over time in MLB. It is possible that greater participation in strength and conditioning programs at an earlier age, advances in sport nutrition, and potential abuse of anabolic drugs are factors perpetuating growth rates at present. PMID:24714544

  2. Detrending career statistics in professional baseball: Accounting for the steroids era and beyond

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    Petersen, Alexander M; Stanley, H Eugene

    2010-01-01

    There is a long standing debate over how to objectively 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. 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 both exogenous and endogenous factors, such as talent dilution from expansion, equipment and training improvements, as well as performance enhancing drugs (PED). In this paper we compare the probability density function (pdf) of detrended career statistics to the pdf of raw career statistics for five statistical categories -- hits (H), home runs (HR), runs bat...

  3. Mass analysis of low-energy ions in the Baseball II plasma containment experiment

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    In a magnetic mirror plasma experiment, the plasma containment time is often limited by the charge exchange of energetic plasma ions with thermal gas. The low-energy ions that result from the charge exchange are not trapped by the magnetic field, but emerge through the mirrors and follow the field lines with an energy of the order of the plasma potential. Mass identification of these ions helps in locating and eliminating the source of the charge-exchange gas. To perform this identification, a modified quadrupole mass spectrometer is operated in the fringe magnetic field of the Baseball II plasma experiment. From the resulting spectra an estimate is made of the density of each component of the thermal gas. For various experimental conditions of Baseball II, component density estimates and time-resolved mass analyses are given. The mass spectrometer and its operation are also described. (author)

  4. Numerical investigation of coal seam gas detection using airborne electromagnetics

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    The use of airborne electromagnetic (AEM) techniques has been mostly utilized in the mining industry. The various AEM systems enable fast data acquisition to detect zones of interest in exploration and in some cases are used to delineate targets on a production scale. For coal seam gas (CSG) reservoirs, reservoir thickness and the resistivity contrast present a new challenge to the present AEM systems in terms of detectability. Our research question began with the idea of using AEM methods in the detection of thin reservoirs. CSG reservoirs resemble thin reservoirs that have been and are currently being produced. In this thesis we present the results of a feasibility analysis of AEM study on coal seam reservoirs using synthetic models. The aim of the study is to contribute and bridge the gap of the scientific literature on AEM systems in settings such as CSG exploration. In the models we have chosen to simulate both in 1-D and 3-D, the CSG target resistivity was varied from a resistive to a conductive target (4 ohm.m, 150 ohm.m, and 667 ohm.m) to compare the different responses while the target thickness was fixed to resemble a stack of coal seams at that interval. Due to the differences in 1-D and 3-D modelling, we also examine the differences resulting from each modelling set up. The results of the 1-D forward modeling served as a first order understanding of the detection depths by AEM for CSG reservoirs. Three CSG reservoir horizontally layered earth model scenarios were examined, half-space, conductive/resistive and resistive/conductive. The response behavior for each of the three scenarios differs with the differing target resistivities. The 1-D modeling in both the halfspace and conductive/resistive models shows detection at depths beyond 300 m for three cases of target resistivity outlined above. After the 300-m depth, the response falls below the assumed noise floor level of 5% response difference. However, when a resistive layer overlies a conductive host

  5. Glenohumeral Passive Range of Motion and the Correlation to Shoulder Injuries in Professional Baseball Pitchers

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    Wilk, Kevin E.; Macrina, Leonard; Fleisig, Glenn S.; Aune, Kyle; Porterfield, Ron; Harker, Paul; Andrews, James R.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Glenohumeral internal rotation deficit (GIRD) indicates a 20 degree or greater loss of IR on the throwing shoulder compared to the non-throwing shoulder. The purpose of this study was to determine whether GIRD and/or bilateral difference in total rotational motion (TRM) of the glenohumeral joint (external rotation + internal rotation) correlated with shoulder injuries in professional baseball pitchers. Methods: This study was conducted over eight competitive seasons (2005-2012). E...

  6. Glenohumeral Passive Range Of Motion And The Correlation To Elbow Injuries In Professional Baseball Pitchers

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    Wilk, Kevin E.; Macrina, Leonard; Fleisig, Glenn S.; Aune, Kyle; Porterfield, Ron; Harker, Paul; Andrews, James R.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine whether GIRD and/or bilateral difference in total rotational motion (TRM) of the glenohumeral joint (external rotation + internal rotation) correlated with elbow injuries in professional baseball pitchers. Methods: This study was conducted over eight competitive seasons (2005-2012). Each year during spring training, the same examiners assessed passive range of motion (PROM) of both the dominant and non-dominant shoulders of professional p...

  7. The relationship between payroll and performance disparity in major league baseball: an alternative measure

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    Daniel Mizak; Anthony Stair

    2004-01-01

    This paper introduces an alternative method of measuring competitive balance in major league baseball and employs it to assess both payroll (talent) disparity and performance (wins) disparity for 30 selected years between 1929 and 2002. Attention is devoted to the impact of two critical events in the evolution of the game: the influx of non-white players and the advent of free agency. The joint effect of these events was to increase payroll disparity while simultaneously reducing performance ...

  8. 78 FR 19799 - National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program Design Competition

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    2013-04-02

    ...The United States Mint announces the opening of a national coin design competition that will culminate in the Secretary of the Treasury's selection of the image for the obverse (heads side) of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. The competition, which is open to all United States citizens and permanent residents ages 14 and over, begins on April 11, 2013, at 12 noon......

  9. The Epidemiology of Hip and Groin Injuries in Professional Baseball Players.

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    Coleman, Struan H; Mayer, Stephanie W; Tyson, Jared J; Pollack, Keshia M; Curriero, Frank C

    2016-01-01

    Injuries of the hip and groin among professional baseball players can result in a significant number of disabled list days. The epidemiology of these injuries has not been delineated. The purpose of this study is to describe the incidence, mechanism, type, and rehabilitation course of hip and groin injuries among Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players. The MLB injury database for hip and groin injuries from 2011-2014 was analyzed. Occurrence of injuries was assessed based on level of play, field location, activity during which the injury occurred, mechanism of injury, and days missed. The treatment was recorded as nonoperative or surgical. The subsequent rehabilitation and return to play were recorded. Chi-square tests were used to test the hypothesis of equal proportions between the various categories of hip and groin characteristics. From 2011-2014, 1823 hip and groin injuries occurred among MLB and MiLB players, which accounted for approximately 5% of all injuries. Of these, 1514 (83%) occurred among MiLB players and 309 (17%) among MLB players; 96% of injuries were extra-articular. Among all players, a noncontact mechanism during defensive fielding was the most common activity causing injury (74%), and infielders experienced the most hip and groin injuries (34%). The majority of extra-articular injuries were treated nonoperatively (96.2%), resulting in an average of 12 days missed. Intra-articular pathology more commonly required surgery, and resulted in an average of 123 days missed. Hip and groin injuries can be debilitating and result in a significant number of days missed. Intra-articular pathology and athletic pubalgia were usually treated surgically, while the majority of extra-articular hip injuries were treated successfully with nonoperative modalities. Correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to a high rate of return to play for professional baseball players with injuries to the hip and groin. PMID:26991571

  10. Lumbopelvic control and days missed due to injury in professional baseball pitchers

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    Chaudhari, Ajit M.W.; McKenzie, Christopher S.; Pan, Xueliang; Oñate, James A.

    2014-01-01

    Background Recently lumbopelvic control has been linked to pitching performance, kinematics and loading; however, poor lumbopelvic control has not been prospectively investigated as a risk factor for injury in baseball pitchers. Hypothesis Pitchers with poor lumbopelvic control during spring training are more likely to miss 30 or more days due to injury through an entire baseball season than pitchers with good lumbopelvic control. Study design Cohort study. Methods Three hundred forty-seven professional baseball pitchers were enrolled into the study during the last 2 weeks of spring training and stayed with the same team for the entire season. Lumbopelvic control was quantified by peak anterior-posterior deviation of the pelvis relative to starting position during a single leg raise test (APScore). Days missed due to injury through the entire season were recorded by each team's medical staff. Results Higher APScore was significantly associated with a higher likelihood of missing 30 days or more (Chi-Square, p=0.023). When divided into tertiles based on their APScore, participants in the highest tertile were 3.0 times and 2.2 times more likely to miss at least 30 days throughout the course of a baseball season relative to those in the lowest or middle tertiles, respectively. Higher APScore was also significantly associated with missing more days due to injury within participants who missed at least one day to injury (ANOVA, p=0.018), with the highest tertile missing significantly more days (mean=98.6 d) than the middle tertile (mean=45.8d, p=0.017) or the lowest tertile (mean=43.8, p=0.017). Conclusion This study found that poor lumbopelvic control in professional pitchers was associated with increased risk of missing significant time due to injury. PMID:25159541

  11. Team payroll and team performance in major league baseball: 1985-2002

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    Frederick Wiseman; Sangit Chatterjee

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines the relationship between team payroll and team performance in major league baseball from 1985 to 2002. The results indicate that the relationship has changed over time. Unlike the early years, there is now a much clearer relationship between payroll and performance. Specifically, in the latter part of the 1990s and continuing into the 21st century, the greater the team payroll and the more equally this payroll is distributed among team members, the better the on-field perf...

  12. The impact of the luxury tax on competitive balance in Major League Baseball

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    Olugbenga Ajilore; Joshua Hendrickson

    2005-01-01

    There has been much discussion recently in the world of professional sports about competitive balance. As more is focused on the growing disparity between large market and small market teams, one must ask whether the luxury tax, as implemented by Major League Baseball, has had its intended effect. This paper adds to the literature on competitive balance by developing measures to quantify competitiveness at the individual team-level. We estimate a model analyzing the impact of the luxury tax o...

  13. Skill-Specific Changes in Somatosensory Nogo Potentials in Baseball Players.

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    Full Text Available Athletic training is known to induce neuroplastic alterations in specific somatosensory circuits, which are reflected by changes in somatosensory evoked potentials and event-related potentials. The aim of this study was to clarify whether specific athletic training also affects somatosensory Nogo potentials related to the inhibition of movements. The Nogo potentials were recorded at nine cortical electrode positions (Fz, Cz, Pz, F3, F4, C3, C4, P3 and P4 in 12 baseball players (baseball group and in 12 athletes in sports, such as track and field events and swimming, that do not require response inhibition, such as batting for training or performance (sports group. The Nogo potentials and Go/Nogo reaction times (Go/Nogo RTs were measured under a somatosensory Go/Nogo paradigm in which subjects were instructed to rapidly push a button in response to stimulus presentation. The Nogo potentials were obtained by subtracting the Go trial from the Nogo trial. The peak Nogo-N2 was significantly shorter in the baseball group than that in the sports group. In addition, the amplitude of Nogo-N2 in the frontal area was significantly larger in the baseball group than that in the sports group. There was a significant positive correlation between the latency of Nogo-N2 and Go/Nogo RT. Moreover, there were significant correlations between the Go/Nogo RT and both the amplitude of Nogo-N2 and Nogo-P3 (i.e., amplitude of the Nogo-potentials increases with shorter RT. Specific athletic training regimens may induce neuroplastic alterations in sensorimotor inhibitory processes.

  14. Bayesball: A Bayesian hierarchical model for evaluating fielding in major league baseball

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    Jensen, Shane T.; Shirley, Kenneth E.; Wyner, Abraham J.

    2008-01-01

    The use of statistical modeling in baseball has received substantial attention recently in both the media and academic community. We focus on a relatively under-explored topic: the use of statistical models for the analysis of fielding based on high-resolution data consisting of on-field location of batted balls. We combine spatial modeling with a hierarchical Bayesian structure in order to evaluate the performance of individual fielders while sharing information between fielders at each posi...

  15. The Economic Impact on the Dominican Republic of Baseball Player Exports to the USA

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    Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich

    2006-01-01

    This paper pulls together into one practical model two strands of economic theory to assess the impact of baseball player exports on the aggregate economic performance of the Dominican Republic. On one hand, foreign trade theory predicts a strong correlation between a country’s exports and economic performance measured as per capita income. On the other hand, microeconomic research finds a positive, but statistically insignificant, impact of sports activities on local economies. A...

  16. Evaluation of Talent in a Changing World: The Case of Major League Baseball

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    Peter A. Groothuis; Kurt W. Rotthoff; Mark C. Strazicich

    2013-01-01

    Comparing talent across time is difficult as productivity changes. To compare talent across time we utilize Major League baseball data from 1871-2010 and time series techniques to determine if the mean and standard deviation of five performance measures are stationary and if structural breaks exist. We identify two structural breaks in the mean slugging percentage: in 1921, the free swinging era of Babe Ruth, and in 1992, the steroid era. Given that productivity changes over time, we develop ...

  17. Computing muscle, ligament, and osseous contributions to the elbow varus moment during baseball pitching

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    Buffi, James H.; Werner, Katie; Kepple, Tom; Murray, Wendy M.

    2014-01-01

    Baseball pitching imposes a dangerous valgus load on the elbow that puts the joint at severe risk for injury. The goal of this study was to develop a musculoskeletal modeling approach to enable evaluation of muscle-tendon contributions to mitigating elbow injury risk in pitching. We implemented a forward dynamic simulation framework that used a scaled biomechanical model to reproduce a pitching motion recorded from a high school pitcher. The medial elbow muscles generated substantial, protect...

  18. Skill-specific changes in somatosensory-evoked potentials and reaction times in baseball players.

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    Yamashiro, Koya; Sato, Daisuke; Onishi, Hideaki; Yoshida, Takuya; Horiuchi, Yoko; Nakazawa, Sho; Maruyama, Atsuo

    2013-03-01

    Athletic training is known to induce neuroplastic alterations in specific somatosensory circuits, which are reflected by changes in short-latency somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEPs). The aim of this study is to clarify whether specific training in athletes affects the long-latency SEPs related to information processing of stimulation. The long-latency SEPs P100 and N140 were recorded at midline cortical electrode positions (Fz, Cz, and Pz) in response to stimulation of the index finger of the dominant hand in fifteen baseball players (baseball group) and in fifteen athletes in sports such as swimming, track and field events, and soccer (sports group) that do not require fine somatosensory discrimination or motor control of the hand. The long-latency SEPs were measured under a passive condition (no response required) and a reaction time (RT) condition in which subjects were instructed to rapidly push a button in response to stimulus presentation. The peak P100 and peak N140 latencies and RT were significantly shorter in the baseball group than the sports group. Moreover, there were significant positive correlations between RT and both the peak P100 and the peak N140 latencies. Specific athletic training regimens that involve the hand may induce neuroplastic alterations in the cortical hand representation areas playing a vital role in rapid sensory processing and initiation of motor responses. PMID:23224701

  19. Curve ball baseball, statistics, and the role of chance in the game

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    Bennett, Jay

    2001-01-01

    In its formative years, from the 1970s through the 1990s, sabermetrics was p- marily an amateur undertaking. Publications were aimed at a relatively small audience of baseball fans. To be sure, this ever-growing group of aficionados brought a lot of sophistication to baseball analysis, and were constantly looking for statistical insights beyond the listings of the top ten batters found in popular newspapers and magazines. But their influence on the baseball profession was very limited. A few consultants like Craig Wright developed temporary relati- ships with various teams, but none were able to stay long enough to create a p- manent sabermetrician staff position. (See Rob Neyer’s November 11, 2002, arti- 1 cle on ESPN. com. ) All of this changed, however, in 2002 with the hiring of Bill James by the Boston Red Sox. With that move, we have seen the admittance of the foremost proponent of sabermetrics into the top echelon of professional ba- ball management. The art and science of careful statistical analysi...

  20. Differences among fastball, curveball, and change-up pitching biomechanics across various levels of baseball.

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    Fleisig, Glenn S; Laughlin, Walter A; Aune, Kyle T; Cain, E Lyle; Dugas, Jeffrey R; Andrews, James R

    2016-06-01

    Controversy continues whether curveballs are stressful for young baseball pitchers. Furthermore, it is unproven whether professional baseball pitchers have fewer kinematic differences between fastballs and off-speed pitches than lower level pitchers. Kinematic and kinetic data were measured for 111 healthy baseball pitchers (26 youth, 21 high school, 20 collegiate, 26 minor league, and 18 major league level) throwing fastballs, curveballs, and change-ups in an indoor biomechanics laboratory with a high-speed, automated digitising system. Differences between pitch types and between competition levels were analysed with repeated measures ANOVA. Shoulder and elbow kinetics were greater in fastballs than in change-ups, while curveball kinetics were not different from the other two types of pitches. Kinematic angles at the instant of ball release varied between pitch types, while kinematic angles at the instant of lead foot contact varied between competition levels. There were no significant interactions between pitch type and competition level, meaning that kinetic and kinematic differences between pitch types did not vary by competition level. Like previous investigations, this study did not support the theory that curveballs are relatively more stressful for young pitchers. Although pitchers desire consistent kinematics, there were differences between pitch types, independent of competition level. PMID:27110899

  1. A Highly Miniaturized, Wireless Inertial Measurement Unit for Characterizing the Dynamics of Pitched Baseballs and Softballs

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    Noel C. Perkins

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Baseball and softball pitch types are distinguished by the path and speed of the ball which, in turn, are determined by the angular velocity of the ball and the velocity of the ball center at the instant of release from the pitcher’s hand. While radar guns and video-based motion capture (mocap resolve ball speed, they provide little information about how the angular velocity of the ball and the velocity of the ball center develop and change during the throwing motion. Moreover, mocap requires measurements in a controlled lab environment and by a skilled technician. This study addresses these shortcomings by introducing a highly miniaturized, wireless inertial measurement unit (IMU that is embedded in both baseballs and softballs. The resulting “ball-embedded” sensor resolves ball dynamics right on the field of play. Experimental results from ten pitches, five thrown by one softball pitcher and five by one baseball pitcher, demonstrate that this sensor technology can deduce the magnitude and direction of the ball’s velocity at release to within 4.6% of measurements made using standard mocap. Moreover, the IMU directly measures the angular velocity of the ball, which further enables the analysis of different pitch types.

  2. Method of estimation of technical preparedness level of baseballs aged 12-14 years

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available The method of estimation of level of technical preparedness is developed for young baseballs. The scale of estimation of level of technical preparedness of sportsmen is formed on the method of sigmantion rejections. In an experiment took part 100 boys in age 12-14 years. The test of the program «Aquafina MLB Pitch was utillized, Hit & Run». The maximally attained indexes are certain on separate baseball skills. The level of development of technical preparedness is exposed after an experiment on the program: a test of «pitch» is 450 marks, a test of «hit» is 402 marks, a test of «run» is a 361 mark, indexes of general marks are 1043 marks. The comparative analysis of level of technical preparedness of baseballs of control and experimental groups is conducted. Authenticity of distinctions is proved between control and experimental groups on the followings criteria of technical preparedness: throw, blow at run.

  3. Combined ANN prediction model for failure depth of coal seam floors

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    WANG Lian-guo; ZHANG Zhi-kang; LU Yin-long; YANG Hong-bo; YANG Sheng-qiang; SUN Jian; ZHANG Jin-yao

    2009-01-01

    Failure depth of coal seam floors is one of the important considerations that must be kept in mind when mining is carried out above a confined aquifer. In order to study the factors that affect the failure depth of coal seam floors such as mining depth, coal seam pitch, mining thickness, workface length and faults, we propose a combined artificial neural networks (ANN) prediction model for failure depth of coal seam floors on the basis of existing engineering data by using genetic algorithms to train the ANN. A practical engineering application at the Taoyuan Coal Mine indicates that this method can effectively determine the network struc-ture and training parameters, with the predicted results agreeing with practical measurements. Therefore, this method can be applied to relevant engineering projects with satisfactory results.

  4. Distribution of Heavy Hydrocarbon in Coal Seams and Its Use in Predicting Outburst of Coal

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    蒋承林; 李增华; 韩颖

    2003-01-01

    In order to verify whether any special gas component exists in outburst samples or not, coal samples from both outburst coal seams and non-outburst coal seams were collected. Some gases were extracted from the samples and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively on chromatogram-mass spectrograph. The qualitative analysis show that there is no special gases in coal seams. And the quantitative analysis indicates that the heavy hydrocarbon content in coal samples from outburst coal seams is apparently higher than that from non-outburst district ones, which reflects the damage of geological tectonic movement to coal body in history. Therefore, the heavy hydrocarbon content of coal sample can be used as an index to predict coal outburst.

  5. Requirements modeling in SEAM: The example of a car crash management system

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    Wegmann, Alain; Bajic-Bizumic, Biljana; Golnam, Arash; Popescu, George; Tapandjieva, Gorica; Saxena, Anshuman Bahadur; Yassaee, Maedeh; Regev, Gil

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    This paper presents how business and IT requirements are captured with the Systemic Enterprise Architecture Methodology (SEAM). The method is applied to the Car Crash Management System (CMS) - Software Product Line (SPL) case study. The existing business situation is analyzed. We identify the problems and list relevant solutions. We select one of these solutions for which we define the business and the IT requirements. We then present the two components of SEAM used in this paper, goal-belief...

  6. Ground Penetrating Radar Signal Processing Algorithm in Advance Detection of Coal Seam

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    Wang Shuqi; Wang Zhen

    2013-01-01

    According to the electromagnetic propagation characteristics of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in the medium, how to identify the target in coal seam using the relative permittivity of the dielectric object is studied, the identification algorithm of dielectric object based on electromagnetic echo field intensity with propagation loss and reflection loss are analyzed. The simulation results show that coal seam attenuation coefficient has extremely weak infl...

  7. Research on drawing coal effects in the dipping and steep--dipping coal seams

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    胡伟; 王窈惠

    2002-01-01

    Controllable drawing roof coal mining method is applied either to rently inclined seam or to big dipping seam. This paper sums up four corresponding methods according to conditions of our country, and analyses the coal-recovering effects and proves applicated conditions and measures for improving by "drawing coal theory of the ellipsoid". Its conclusion basically consists with practice. This work is of guiding meaning for designing drawing coal technology.

  8. A Hybrid Image Retargeting Approach via Combining Seam Carving and Grid Warping

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    Lifang Wu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Image retargeting is a critical technique for browsing images in diversified terminals. In this paper, we propose a hybrid image resizing approach by jointly using seam carving and warping. Firstly, based on the importance partition with the saliency map, we apply a weighted seam carving approach to make the seams distributed dispersedly in the important regions. Then we propose Content Aware Image Distance (CAID to assess the deformation caused by removing seams. The weighted seam carving will stop with a fixed threshold to assure little visual image quality degradation. Finally, the grid based warping is utilized to achieve the final size with a global optimization model, since warping tends to avoid discontinuity artifacts of important region and typically make the distortion distribution of unimportant region more coherently. Experiments and comparison in the public RetargetMe dataset [1] with Dong [2], Energy-based deformation [3], Multi-operator [4], SeamCarving [5], Simple scaling operator, Shift-maps [6], Scale and Stretch [7], Streaming Video [8], Non-homogeneous warping [9], show the superiority of the proposed approach

  9. Analysis on Overhead Shielded Coupling Effectiveness of Ring Seam by Matlab

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    Chun-jiang Shuai

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available it was important to study the shielded effectiveness to reduce the electromagnetic interference and to protect electronic components. in this paper, the boundary element equation of linear segment was derived from the two-dimension boundary integral equation and linear interpolating function, and the formulas of potential and electric field intensity were also given. To demonstrate the accuracy and flexibility of the LBEM (linear boundary element method, the influence of the deformation degree of shielded deformed coaxial cable compared with the multipole theory on the results were discussed.  Taking the overhead shielded coaxial cable and the overhead shielded two-core cable of ring seam as the research objects. The influences of ring seam in shielded effectiveness were analyzed by applying the LBEM with Matlab. The engineering example results showed that for overhead shield two-core cable, the change of coupling capacitance was related with the ring seam in deep layer of overhead shield two-core cable at the location of parallel core distance; and the change tendency of coupling capacitor with the ring seam at the vertical core distance was almost the same as the ring seam at the parallel core distance. But, when the ring seam depth was quite deep, very likely one core was exposed, and then the coupling capacitor decreased rapidly. Therefore the study of coupling effectiveness was instructive for more effective to defense EMI and will improve the overhead shielded cable electromagnetic compatibility.

  10. Assessment of the Influence of Fractures on the Dynamics of Coal Seam Fires by Numerical Experiments

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    Wuttke, Manfred W.; Zeng, Qiang

    2016-04-01

    Uncontrolled burning coal seam fires still constitute major problems for the coal industry by destroying the resource, a serious hazard for the local people by severe environmental pollution, and a tremendous threat to the global environment by the emission of greenhouse gases and aerosols. In particular when the seams are lying shallow the alteration of the immediate surrounding of the coal seam fire feeds back on the dynamics of the fire. Thermal stress induced fracturing produces direct connections of the fire zone with the atmosphere. This influences the supply with oxygen, the venting of the exhaust gases, and the dissipation of heat. The first two processes are expected to enhance the fire propagation whereas the latter effect should slow it down. With our dedicated coal seam fire code ACME ("Amendable Coal-fire Modeling Exercise") we study these coupled effects of fractures in simulations of typical coal seam fire scenarios based on data from Xinjiang, China. Fractures are predefined as 1D/2D objects in a 2D/3D model geometry and are opened depending on the passage of the heat wave produced by the coal seam fire.

  11. A study of static, kinetic, and dynamic visual acuity in 102 Japanese professional baseball players

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    Hoshina K

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Kohji Hoshina,1 Yuichi Tagami,2 Osamu Mimura,3 Hiroshi Edagawa,4 Masao Matsubara,5 Teiichi Nakayama6 1Hoshina Eye Clinic, Nishinomiya, Japan; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Kobe Century Memorial Hospital, Kobe, Japan; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Japan; 4Edagawa Eye Clinic, Tokyo, Japan; 5Department of Ophthalmology, Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Tokyo, Japan; 6Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan Background: It seemed that visual functions might have some effects on the performance of baseball players. We measured static, kinetic, and dynamic visual acuity (SVA, KVA, and DVA, respectively of Japanese professional baseball players to ascertain whether there would be any difference in SVA, KVA, and DVA among player groups stratified according to their performance level. Methods: The subjects were 102 male professional baseball players with a mean age of 26 years who were members of a Japanese professional baseball club from 2000 to 2009. They were stratified into three groups according to their performance level: A (players who were on the roster of the top-level team all the time throughout the study period, B (players who were on the roster of the top-level team sometimes but not all the time, and C (players who were never on the roster of the top-level team. They were interviewed for the use of corrective visual aids, and examined for SVA, KVA, and DVA. The measurements of these parameters were compared among groups A, B, and C. We also investigated and analyzed the association of KVA or DVA with player position (pitchers or fielders and with hand dominance for batting. KVA was compared between the pitchers and the fielders because they each require different playing skills. DVA was compared between the right-handed and the left-handed batters. Results: There was no statistically significant difference among groups A, B, and C. There was a statistically significant difference in

  12. Practical methodology to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints

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    K.C.Goes

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is to present a practical and robust methodology developed to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints under combined cyclic loading.Design/methodology/approach: Fatigue analysis was conducted in virtual environment. The finite element stress results from each loading were imported to fatigue code FE-Fatigue and combined to perform the fatigue life prediction using the S x N (stress x life method. A tube-to-plate specimen was submitted to a combined cyclic loading (bending and torsion with constant amplitude. The virtual durability analysis result was calibrated based on these laboratory tests and design codes such as BS7608 and Eurocode 3. The feasibility and application of the proposed numerical-experimental methodology and contributions for the technical development are discussed. Major challenges associated with this modelling and improvement proposals are finally presented.Findings: The finite element model was validated due to laboratory results. The analytical stress result presented upper value due to the approach used that considered the fillet weld supported all work. The model presented a good representation of failure and load correlation.Research limitations/implications: The measurement or modelling of the residual stresses resulting from the welding process was not included in this work. However, the thermal and metallurgical effects, such as distortions and residual stresses, were considered indirectly with regard to the corrections performed in the fatigue curves obtained from the investigated samples.Practical implications: Integrating fatigue analysis and finite elements, it is possible to analyse several welded joint configurations in the design phase, providing development time and cost reduction, increasing the project reliability.Originality/value: This methodology will permit, in further studies, the modelling of both stresses, in-service and residual stresses, acting together, which seem

  13. Maceral and geochemical characteristics of coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 in fault-controlled Huangxian Basin, China

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    Sun, Y.Z.; Wang, B.S.; Lin, M.Y. [University of Petroleum, Beijing (China)

    1998-12-31

    Seven samples of coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 from the fault-controlled Hangxiang Basin were analysed by coal petrographic and geochemical methods. High huminite ratios and high contents of sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids indicate that coal seam 1 and oil shale 1 are predominantly composed of terrestrial higher plant material. Two ternary diagrams of `facies diagnostic` macerals and biomarkers were used to interpret the depositional environments of organic matter in coal seam 1 and oil shale 1.

  14. 基于全局图像结构信息的Seam Carving算法%Seam Carving algorithm based on global image structure

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    聂栋栋; 马勤勇

    2011-01-01

    This paper presented a Seam Carving algorithm based on global image structure,which changed the sizes and scales of images by the importance of each pixel.It defined a new pixel energy function from both global and local information by extracting special image edges and computing each pixel gradients, which prevented seams from crossing image edges, avoided the pixels on edges moving differently and preserved image edge structures.Experiments confirm that this algorithm reduces the structure distortion and improves the visual effect of images by Seam Carving process effectively.%提出了一种基于全局图像结构信息的Seam Carving算法,它根据像素的重要性修改图像尺寸和比例.通过从图像提取特定方向的边缘结构信息,再利用每个像素的梯度信息,从全局和局部两方面定义新的像素能量计算函数,以此来阻止seam通路与特定方向图像边缘的交叉,避免边缘像素的不一致位移,以此保持图像的边缘结构.实验结果证明,算法减少了处理后图像的结构形变,有效改进了Seam Carving算法的处理效果.

  15. Three-Tesla MR imaging of the elbow in non-symptomatic professional baseball pitchers

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    Del Grande, Filippo [Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Russell H Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Baltimore, MD (United States); Servizio di Radiologia. Lugano, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Lugano-TI (Switzerland); Aro, Michael; Farahani, Sahar Jalali; Carrino, John A. [Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Russell H Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Baltimore, MD (United States); Wilckens, John; Cosgarea, Andrew [Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baltimore, MD (United States)

    2015-01-15

    To retrospectively evaluate the qualitative and quantitative 3-T MR imaging features of the elbow in non-symptomatic professional baseball pitchers presenting as major league draft picks or trades. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved the HIPPA-compliant study. Informed consent was waived. Twenty-one professional non-symptomatic baseball pitchers (mean age 23, range 18 to 34 years old) underwent 3-T MR imaging of the pitching elbow. Two experienced readers independently performed qualitative (collateral ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, ulnar nerve, olecranon fossa, and joint fluid) and quantitative (collateral ligaments and posteromedial plica) evaluation. Descriptive statistics were calculated. Collateral ligament thickening was seen in a high proportion, nearly half, however, without features of full thickness tearing. Tendinosis without tearing was seen in 19 % (4/21) of common extensors. Cartilage abnormalities were infrequent. Bone abnormalities manifested as edema in 24 % (5/21) and humeroulnar osteophytosis. Ulnar nerve signal and/or morphologic abnormalities were seen in a very high proportion, up to 81 % (17/21). The olceranon fat pad showed scarring features in about one third. The median ligament thicknesses in mm measured: 4.6 UCL anterior bundle, 1.8 UCL posterior bundle, 1.9 RCL, 2.5 LUCL, and 0.7 mm anular. The median plica dimensions were 5.3 by 2.2 by 2.7 mm. High-resolution 3-T MR imaging frequently shows abnormalities involving the ligaments, tendons, nerves, olecranon fat pad, and bones in non-symptomatic baseball pitchers. (orig.)

  16. MR imaging of ulnar collateral ligament injury in baseball players: Value for predicting rehabilitation outcome

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    Background: To compare the MR findings of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury in baseball players between rehabilitation and reconstruction surgery. Materials and methods: Thirty nine baseball players with clinical evidence of a UCL injury based on medial elbow pain and valgus instability were included. All patients received the rehabilitation treatment for more than six weeks. The elbow MR images of 27 patients not responding to rehabilitation treatment were reviewed that consequently had reconstruction surgery; in addition to 12 patients with improved symptoms with only rehabilitation treatment. The MR imaging was compared between the two treatment groups using the Pearson's chi-square test, and linear-by-linear association for the following features: the degree, signal intensity and site of the UCL injury on fat suppressed T2-weighted images. Results: High-grade partial tears and complete tears were more commonly seen in the group that had surgery (14 out of 27 patients, 52%; 8 out of 27 patients, 30%), and low-grade partial tears and intact continuity were more common in the group that had rehabilitation only (5 out of 12 patients, 42%; 5 out of 12 patients, 42%) (p = 0.001). The injured UCL showed a fluid-like bright high or intermediate high signal intensity in the group that had surgery more frequently (14 out of 27 patients, 52%; 12 out of 27 patients, 44%), and intermediate high or low signal intensity was more frequent in the rehabilitation group (7 out of 12 patients, 58%; 3 out of 12 patients, 25%) (p = 0.013). The UCL injury at the origin site was most commonly seen in both groups (23 out of 27 patients, 85%; 11 out of 12 patients, 92%, respectively) (p = 0.496). Conclusion: Preoperative MR imaging is useful for predicting the rehabilitation outcome of UCL injuries in baseball players.

  17. Three-Tesla MR imaging of the elbow in non-symptomatic professional baseball pitchers

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    To retrospectively evaluate the qualitative and quantitative 3-T MR imaging features of the elbow in non-symptomatic professional baseball pitchers presenting as major league draft picks or trades. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved the HIPPA-compliant study. Informed consent was waived. Twenty-one professional non-symptomatic baseball pitchers (mean age 23, range 18 to 34 years old) underwent 3-T MR imaging of the pitching elbow. Two experienced readers independently performed qualitative (collateral ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, ulnar nerve, olecranon fossa, and joint fluid) and quantitative (collateral ligaments and posteromedial plica) evaluation. Descriptive statistics were calculated. Collateral ligament thickening was seen in a high proportion, nearly half, however, without features of full thickness tearing. Tendinosis without tearing was seen in 19 % (4/21) of common extensors. Cartilage abnormalities were infrequent. Bone abnormalities manifested as edema in 24 % (5/21) and humeroulnar osteophytosis. Ulnar nerve signal and/or morphologic abnormalities were seen in a very high proportion, up to 81 % (17/21). The olceranon fat pad showed scarring features in about one third. The median ligament thicknesses in mm measured: 4.6 UCL anterior bundle, 1.8 UCL posterior bundle, 1.9 RCL, 2.5 LUCL, and 0.7 mm anular. The median plica dimensions were 5.3 by 2.2 by 2.7 mm. High-resolution 3-T MR imaging frequently shows abnormalities involving the ligaments, tendons, nerves, olecranon fat pad, and bones in non-symptomatic baseball pitchers. (orig.)

  18. Seam tracking with texture based image processing for laser materials processing

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    Krämer, S.; Fiedler, W.; Drenker, A.; Abels, P.

    2014-02-01

    This presentation deals with a camera based seam tracking system for laser materials processing. The digital high speed camera records interaction point and illuminated work piece surface. The camera system is coaxially integrated into the laser beam path. The aim is to observe interaction point and joint gap in one image for a closed loop control of the welding process. Especially for the joint gap observation a new image processing method is used. Basic idea is to detect a difference between the textures of the surface of the two work pieces to be welded together instead of looking for a nearly invisible narrow line imaged by the joint gap. The texture based analysis of the work piece surface is more robust and less affected by varying illumination conditions than conventional grey scale image processing. This technique of image processing gives in some cases the opportunity for real zero gap seam tracking. In a condensed view economic benefits are simultaneous laser and seam tracking for self-calibrating laser welding applications without special seam pre preparation for seam tracking.

  19. Geomechanics of subsidence above single and multi-seam coal mining

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    A.M. Suchowerska Iwanec

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Accurate prediction of surface subsidence due to the extraction of underground coal seams is a significant challenge in geotechnical engineering. This task is further compounded by the growing trend for coal to be extracted from seams either above or below previously extracted coal seams, a practice known as multi-seam mining. In order to accurately predict the subsidence above single and multi-seam longwall panels using numerical methods, constitutive laws need to appropriately represent the mechanical behaviour of coal measure strata. The choice of the most appropriate model is not always straightforward. This paper compares predictions of surface subsidence obtained using the finite element method, considering a range of well-known constitutive models. The results show that more sophisticated and numerically taxing constitutive laws do not necessarily lead to more accurate predictions of subsidence when compared to field measurements. The advantages and limitations of using each particular constitutive law are discussed. A comparison of the numerical predictions and field measurements of surface subsidence is also provided.

  20. Effect of age on anthropometric and physical performance measures in professional baseball players.

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    Mangine, Gerald T; Hoffman, Jay R; Fragala, Maren S; Vazquez, Jose; Krause, Matthew C; Gillett, Javair; Pichardo, Napoleon

    2013-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate age-related changes in anthropometric and performance variables in professional baseball players. Baseball players (n = 1,157) from several professional baseball organizations were categorized into 7 cohorts based upon age. All adolescent athletes were categorized as age group 1 (AG1), whereas the next 5 groups (AG2-AG6) consisted of players 20-22, 23-25, 26-28, 29-31, and 31-34 years, respectively. The final group (AG7) comprised athletes ≥35 years. All performance assessments were part of the athlete's normal preseason training camp testing routine. Field assessments were used to analyze lower-body power, speed, agility, grip strength, and body composition. The players were heaviest between the ages of 29 and 31 (AG5), and their body mass in that age group was 10.1% (p = 0.004) greater than that of AG1. A 7.0% increase (p = 0.000) in lean body mass occurred between AG1 and AG5. No differences in 10-yd sprint times or agility were seen across any age group or position. A 2.0 seconds (p = 0.001) slower run time for the 300-yd shuttle was seen between AG4 and AG5 for all positions combined. Elevations in grip strength were seen at AG4 compared with AG1 (p = 0.001) and AG2 (p = 0.007) for all positions combined. No other differences were noted. Lower-body power was increased for all positions combined from AG1 to AG3 (p = 0.007). This pattern was similar to that observed in position players, but a 12.4% decrease (p = 0.024) in VJMP was seen between AG7 and AG5 in pitchers. Results of this study indicate that lower-body power is maintained in baseball players until the age of 29-31, whereas speed, agility, and grip strength are maintained in players able to play past the age of 35 years. Age-related differences observed in this study suggest that athletes focus on their strength and conditioning programs to extend the length of their professional careers. PMID:22505124

  1. Mortality of major league baseball players from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean

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    Robert J. Reynolds

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Professional baseball players have lower mortality rates than the US general population, but whether this is true of foreign-born players is not known. Using data on ballplayers from six nations, we compare mortality rates with those of US players via standardized mortality ratios. After controlling for confounders, four countries had statistically insignificant SMRs while two nations had significantly elevated SMRs. In the two nations with elevated SMRs, low average ages at death and high crime rates suggest the increased mortality may be linked to violent crime. A full understanding of the causes of disparity in mortality will require further research.

  2. Private Financing and Sports Franchise Values: The Case of Major League Baseball

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    Phillip Miller

    2006-01-01

    This paper examines the impact of receiving a new stadium on team franchise values. I argue that a new stadium will increase the franchise values of teams regardless of how construction was financed. A team playing in a stadium that it owns will be able to capitalize the value of the stadium in the team’s franchise value and will thus have a higher franchise value. Using panel data for Major League Baseball teams from 1990-2002, I find that, after controlling for team quality and metro area d...

  3. Streaming-plasma measurements in the Baseball II-T mirror experiment

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    The warm plasma from a deuterium-loaded titanium washer gun, streaming along magnetic-field lines through the steady-state magnetic well of Baseball II, has been examined for its suitability in this experimental situation as a target plasma for hot-ion buildup experiments and for microinstability control. The gun was positioned near the magnetic axis outside the mirror region. Measurements were made with gridded, end-loss detectors placed outside the opposite mirror, a microwave interferometer, a beam-attenuation detector, and other diagnostics

  4. Do Fans Matter? The Effect of Attendance on the Outcomes of Major League Baseball Games

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    Smith Erin E; Groetzinger Jon D.

    2010-01-01

    We examine the role of attendance in home-field advantage for Major League Baseball, using a dataset of all MLB games played from 1996 to 2005. Using two-stage least squares, we find that attendance has a significant effect on the home-field advantage. Our results indicate that a one standard deviation increase in attendance results in a 4% increase in the likelihood of a home team win. We also find that if attendance as a percent of stadium capacity were to increase by 48%, we would expect t...

  5. Unusual stress fracture in an adolescent baseball pitcher affecting the trochlear groove of the olecranon

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    Stress fractures of the proximal ulna are known to occur in throwing athletes. Most cases extend to involve the olecranon, and cases limited to the trochlear groove are rare. In this report we present a 17-year-old elite baseball pitcher with a stress fracture of the trochlear groove of the proximal ulna. Diagnosis was made by demonstration of characteristic signal changes on MRI of the elbow. The fracture occurred at the cortical notch, also known as the pseudodefect of the trochlear groove. This case suggests that the cortical notch serves as an area of weakness predisposing pitchers to development of a stress fracture. (orig.)

  6. Contested Representations of Taiwanese Baseball: Political Interpretations and Moral Values of a National Sport

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    Jerome Soldani

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In Taiwan, baseball is a national passion that the whole society can relate to. Appeared under Japanese rule, it was enrolled in the nationalist “physical culture” (tiyu 體育 just after WWII and became, at the turn of the 1970s, the “national sport” (guoqiu 國球 and the flagship of a state isolated on the international scene. It thus provides Taiwanese society with many symbols and references which the political elite cannot afford to ignore. Deeply involved with the education of moral values, its representations are used and claimed by the main existing political and ideological forces.

  7. Retired NASA F-18 being lowered on to pedestal mount at Lancaster California Municipal Baseball Stad

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    A large crane gingerly lowers an F/A-18 Hornet aircraft onto a 28-foot-tall pedestal in front of the municipal baseball stadium in the city of Lancaster, California. The blue-and-white F/A-18 was recently loaned to the city by NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. NASA Dryden had flown the twin-jet aircraft as a safety chase and support aircraft over the past nine years. The stadium, known as 'The Hangar,' is the home field of the Lancaster Jethawks, a Class-A farm team of the Seattle Mariners.

  8. Software configuration management

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    Software Configuration Management is directed towards identifying system configuration at specific points of its life cycle, so as to control changes to the configuration and to maintain the integrity and traceability of the configuration throughout its life. SCM functions and tasks are presented in the paper

  9. Conceptualizing Embedded Configuration

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    Oddsson, Gudmundur Valur; Hvam, Lars; Lysgaard, Ole

    and services. The general idea can be named embedded configuration. In this article we intend to conceptualize embedded configuration, what it is and is not. The difference between embedded configuration, sales configuration and embedded software is explained. We will look at what is needed to make...

  10. Study on improving the permeability of soft coal seam with high pressure pulsed water jet

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    Xiao-Hong Li; Yi-Yu Lu; Yu Zhao; Yong Kang; Dong-Ping Zhou [Chongqing University (China)

    2008-12-15

    A new idea of improving the permeability of soft coal seams and increasing the rate of gas release by drilling and splitting the coal seam is presented. Based on the rock dynamic damage model, the dynamic damage properties and the fracture field's dynamic evolution mechanism were studied by theoretical analyses and numerical simulation of the condition of instantaneous dynamic load and flexible impact of a high pressure pulsed water jet. The results show that the effect of the impact, denudation and vibration caused coal to crack and improved permeability. A pulsed water jet gas drainage system has been developed and applied successfully in a typical mine rich in gas and of low permeability in Chongqing. The application demonstrates the high pressure pulsed water jet has effectively improved seam permeability with the drainage flux amounting to 7.8 times per 100 m of drainage hole. 8 refs., 6 figs.

  11. Evaluation of coal bed methane potential of coal seams of Sawang Colliery, Jharkhand, India

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    Anil M Pophare; Vinod A Mendhe; A Varade

    2008-04-01

    The coal seams of Sawang Colliery, East Bokaro Coalfields are bituminous to sub-bituminous in nature and categorized as high gaseous seams (degree II to degree III level). These seams have the potential for coal bed methane (CBM) and their maturity increases with increasing depth, as a result of enhanced pressure-temperature conditions in the underground. The vitrinite maceral group composition of the investigated coal seams ranges from 62.50-83.15%, whereas the inertinite content varies from 14.93-36.81%. The liptinite content varies from 0.66% to 3.09%. The maximum micro-pores are confined within the vitrinite group of macerals. The coal seams exhibit vitrinite reflectance values (Ro% calculated) from 0.94% (sample CG-97) to 1.21% (sample CG-119). Proximate analyses of the investigated coal samples reveal that the moisture content (M%) ranges from 1.28% to 2.98%, whereas, volatile matter (VM%) content is placed in the range of 27.01% to 33.86%. The ash content (A%) ranges from 10.92% to 30.01%. Fixed carbon (FC%) content varies from 41.53% to 55.93%. Fuel ratio variation shows a restricted range from 1.53 to 1.97. All the coal samples were found to be strongly caking and forming coke buttons. The present study is based on the adsorption isotherm experiments carried out under controlled P-T conditions for determination of actual gas adsorption capacity of the coal seams. This analysis shows that the maximum methane gas adsorbed in the coal sample CG-81 is 17m3/t (Std. daf), at maximum pressure of 5.92MPa and experimental temperature of 30°C. The calculated Langmuir regression parameters PL and VL range from 2.49 to 3.75MPa and 22.94 to 26.88m3/t (Std. daf), respectively.

  12. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) and Coal Mining on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, D. A.

    2013-12-01

    Mining of coal bed methane deposits (termed ';coal seam gas' in Australia) is a rapidly growing source of natural gas in Australia. Indeed, expansion of the industry is occurring so quickly that in some cases, legislation is struggling to keep up with this expansion. Perhaps because of this, community concern about the impacts of coal seam gas development is very strong. Responding to these concerns, the Australian Government has recently established an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) to provide advice to the Commonwealth and state regulators on potential water-related impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments. In order to provide the underlying science to the IESC, a program of ';bioregional assessments' has been implemented. One aim of these bioregional assessments is to improve our understanding of the connectivity between the impacts of coal seam gas extraction and groundwater aquifers, as well as their connection to surface water. A bioregional assessment can be defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion, with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are now being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia which are underlain by coal reserves. This presentation will provide an overview of the issues related to the impacts of coal seam gas and coal mining on water resources in Australia. The methodology of undertaking bioregional assessments will be described, and the application of this methodology to six priority bioregions in eastern Australia will be detailed. Preliminary results of the program of research to date will be assessed in light of the requirements of the IESC to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth and State governments. Finally, parallels between the expansion of the industry in Australia with that

  13. Research of Seam Dimensional Dependence on the Short-Circuit Current in Mma Welding Process

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this article the changes of seams properties of steel S235J2(LST EN 10025:2004 were analyzed, produced by welding withdifferent technology are discussed. Samples were welded byhand arc welding, using AV-23 and AV-66 welding electrodes.The welded seams were made by changing short-circuit current.The duration of weld depth, ridge height, metal drop size, metaldrop frequency, short-circuit time and short-circuit current valueare determinated.The results of the research are given in graphs,final conclusions are also written.

  14. Laser-welded Dissimilar Steel-aluminum Seams for Automotive Lightweight Construction

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    Schimek, M.; Springer, A.; Kaierle, S.; Kracht, D.; Wesling, V.

    By reducing vehicle weight, a significant increase in fuel efficiency and consequently a reduction in CO 2 emissions can be achieved. Currently a high interest in the production of hybrid weld seams between steel and aluminum exists. Previous methods as laser brazing are possible only by using fluxes and additional materials. Laser welding can be used to join steel and aluminum without the use of additives. With a low penetration depth increases in tensile strength can be achieved. Recent results from laser welded overlap seams show that there is no compromise in strength by decreasing penetration depth in the aluminum.

  15. IMPROVING METHODS OF MODELING CANAL WAVES PROPAGATION PROCESS IN COAL SEAMS

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available There has been analyzed the principal methods of modeling the process of canal waves propagation in coal seams when carrying out mining geophysical studies. There has been established that the wave guide moving into the surface of the elastic half-space doesn’t practically change the main properties of the interferential waves propagating in them. There has been recommended to use Fourier integral describing the single pulse spectrum for studying the registered seismograms. There have been formulated the main problems of improving physical processes modeling in coal seams when carrying out their geological studying

  16. Reduction of emissions by storing CO2 in coal seams - The EU's RECOPOL project

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    This article describes and discusses the first European field-tests on the long-term storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in unminable coal seams. The project, which is being realised in the Upper Silesian coal-mining area near the city of Katowice in Poland, is described. The RECOPOL (Reduction of CO2 emissions by storing CO2 in coal seams in the Silesian Coal Basin in Poland) project is being funded by the European Union and is to investigate the technical and economical feasibility of this form of carbon sequestration under the geological and infrastructural conditions to be found in Central Europe

  17. The division of coal species in seams by the digital logs in Juye coalfield

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    Tang, Z. [Shandong Coal Geologic Engineering Surveying Institute, Jinan (China)

    1997-12-31

    The division of coal species is based generally on the sampling and analysis. For coal seams with complex texture and higher degree of metamorphism, the qualitative division of coal species is more complex. Using the geophysical characters of coal seams reflected by logging data, combined with the data obtained from the geological description of cores, coal-petrologic identification and coal quality analysis and so on, the better effects are obtained in the comprehensive qualitative classification of coal species. 2 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Experimental Study on the Feasibility of Methane Drainage in Coal Seams with Compound Technique of Perforating and Fracturing

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    Luo Yong; Shen Zhaowu

    2007-01-01

    Compound technique of perforating and fracturing can effectively control the perforating direction and the fracturing expansion. The feasibility of this technique used in fracturing coal seams is analyzed. In this paper, the experiments of perforating and fracturing are carried out on samples of coal and the experimental effects are satisfactory. Compound technique of perforating and fracturing is promising in coal seams.

  19. Adult Education and Radical Habitus in an Environmental Campaign: Learning in the Coal Seam Gas Protests in Australia

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    Ollis, Tracey; Hamel-Green, Michael

    2015-01-01

    This paper examines the adult learning dimensions of protestors as they participate in a campaign to stop coal seam gas exploration in Gippsland in Central Victoria, Australia. On a global level, the imposition of coal seam gas exploration by governments and mining companies has been the trigger for movements of resistance from environmental…

  20. Developing and Implementing Major League Baseball's Health and Injury Tracking System.

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    Pollack, Keshia M; D'Angelo, John; Green, Gary; Conte, Stan; Fealy, Stephen; Marinak, Chris; McFarland, Edward; Curriero, Frank C

    2016-03-01

    In 2010, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement regarding the development and implementation of an electronic medical record system and a new league-wide injury surveillance system. The systems were developed to create a more efficient method to track medical histories of players longitudinally as they move across Major and Minor league affiliates, as well as to identify and monitor injury trends in the sport, identify areas of specific concern, and conduct epidemiologic research to better optimize player health and safety. The resulting injury surveillance system, the Health and Injury Tracking System (HITS), is a robust system that includes all players from the both the Major and Minor Leagues. HITS also allows for data linkage with other player- and game-level data to inform the development of injury prevention policies and programs. In the present article, we document the development and implementation of HITS; describe its utility for epidemiologic research; illustrate the potential analytic strength of the surveillance system and its ability to inform policy change; and note the potential for this new surveillance system to advance the field of sports injury epidemiology. PMID:26874305

  1. Latissimus Dorsi and Teres Major Injuries in Major League Baseball Pitchers: A Systematic Review.

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    Mehdi, Syed K; Frangiamore, Salvatore J; Schickendantz, Mark S

    2016-01-01

    Injuries to the upper extremity in baseball pitchers are not uncommon, with extensive literature on shoulder and elbow pathology. However, there is minimal literature on isolated teres major (TM) and latissimus dorsi (LD) injuries. As a result, there is no consensus on an optimal treatment method. An extensive Medline search on studies focusing on the treatment of isolated LD and TM injuries in professional baseball pitchers was performed to explore this topic. Of the 20 retrieved articles, 5 met our inclusion criteria. There were a total of 29 patients who underwent conservative treatment and 1 who underwent surgical treatment. The average time required to return to pitching was 99.8 days in the conservative group and 140 days in the surgically treated group. Five patients in the conservative group suffered from complications and/or setbacks during their treatment and rehabilitation. The lone surgical patient suffered no complications, returned to preinjury form, and was elected an all-star the following year. The goal of this review is to provide a concise summary of the current literature in order to assist physicians when discussing treatment options with their patients. PMID:26991570

  2. The effects of forearm fatigue on baseball fastball pitching, with implications about elbow injury.

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    Wang, Lin-Hwa; Lo, Kuo-Cheng; Jou, I-Ming; Kuo, Li-Chieh; Tai, Ta-Wei; Su, Fong-Chin

    2016-06-01

    This study investigated the contribution of flexor muscles to the forearm through fatigue; therefore, the differences in forearm mechanisms on the pitching motion in fastball were analysed. Fifteen baseball pitchers were included in this study. Ultrasonographical examination of participants' ulnar nerve in the cubital tunnel with the elbow extended and at 45°, 90° and 120° of flexion was carried. A three-dimensional motion analysis system with 14 reflective markers attached on participants was used for motion data collection. The electromyography system was applied over the flexor carpi ulnaris, flexor carpi radialis and extensor carpi radialis muscles of the dominant arm. Flexor carpi ulnaris muscle activity showed a significant difference during the acceleration phase, with a peak value during fastball post-fatigue (P = 0.02). Significant differences in the distance between ulnar nerve and medial condyle on throwing arm and non-throwing arm were observed as the distance increased with the elbow movement from 0° to 120° of flexion (P = 0.01). The significant increase of the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle activity might be responsible for maintaining the stability of the wrist joint. The increased diameter might compress the ulnar nerve and cause several pathological changes. Therefore, fatigue in baseball pitchers still poses a threat to the ulnar nerve because the flexor carpi ulnaris and flexor carpi radialis all originate from the medial side of the elbow, and the swelling tendons after fatigue might be a key point. PMID:26484578

  3. DIFFERENTIATION OF BODY COMPOSITION OF PLAYERS OF THE POLISH NATIONAL BASEBALL TEAM

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    Jagiełło Marina

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the study is to identify the differentiation of body composition among players of Polish national baseball team in comparison to persons of the same population not professionally engaged in sport. The study involved Polish baseball representatives (n=20. Competitors’ age was 18-28 years, body mass from 67.7 kg to 114 kg (85±10.3 kg, and body height 173-196 cm (185.1±4.8. The training experience was 7-14 years and it was highly differentiated. The stoutness factor is the dominant factor among "infielders" and "pitchers", and among "outfielders" - the length one. The proportions of the features within the factors show that players are characterized by a strongly muscled forearm and a shank and by a clear predominance of the elbow width with a disproportionately - to the overall size of the factor - small knee and shoulder width. In the length factor an even contribution of the upper and lower extremity length with lower sitting body height can be noted. Depending on the position on the field there is a differentiation of the internal proportions of the body.

  4. Localized vitreous adhesion to the retina after ocular contusion with a baseball

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    Kimura M

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Masayo Kimura, Akira Nishimura, Kazuhisa SugiyamaDepartment of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa, JapanPurpose: To report a series of five cases of vitreous adhesions after blunt trauma caused by a baseball strike.Methods: The medical records of patients with ocular contusion after being struck by a baseball, who had undergone pars plana vitrectomy, were reviewed. An aqueous suspension of triamcinolone acetonide was used intraoperatively to facilitate visualization of the vitreous.Results: Five eyes were reviewed in this study. There were two cases of retinal detachment, two cases of traumatic macular hole, and one case of retinal detachment due to traumatic macular hole. Despite the surgical creation of posterior vitreous detachment, if not already present, the thin layer of localized vitreous adhesion to the retinal necrotic area with/without retinal hole was found between the major vascular arcades and the equator in all cases. The thin layer of the vitreous was removed with a vitreous cutter and diamond-dusted membrane scraper, but complete removal was impossible.Conclusions: A thin layer of localized vitreous adhesion at the area of retinal degeneration was observed in eyes following ocular contusion.Keywords: localized, vitreous adhesion, triamcinolone acetonide, ocular contusion, pars plana vitrectomy

  5. Explanation for peat-forming environments of coal seam 2 and 9-2 based on the maceral composition and aromatic compounds in the Xingtai coalfield, China

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    SUN Yu-zhuang; QIN Shen-jun; LI Yan-heng; LIN Ming-yue; DING Shu-li

    2009-01-01

    Maceral composition and aromatic compounds were determined on column samples to study the peat-forming environments of Permian coal seam 2 and Carbonifer-ous coal seam 9-2 from the Xingtai coalfield,China.The macerals were dominated by iner-tinite in seam 2 and by vitrinite in seam 9-2.Three maceral groups were selected as indi-cators of peat-forming environments.Two triangle diagrams were drawn based on the in-dicators to explicate the peat-forming environments of permian seam 2 and Carboniferous seam 9-2.The results indicate that the peat of carboniferous seam 9-2 formed dominantly in wet swamps,whereas the peat of Permian seam 2 formed dominantly in dry swamps and open moor environments.

  6. Permeability Prediction in Deep Coal Seam: A Case Study on the No. 3 Coal Seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China

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    Pinkun Guo; Yuanping Cheng

    2013-01-01

    The coal permeability is an important parameter in mine methane control and coal bed methane (CBM) exploitation, which determines the practicability of methane extraction. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam plays a significant role in evaluating the practicability of CBM exploitation. The coal permeability depends on the coal fractures controlled by strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature which change with depth. The effect of the strata stress, gas pressure, and strata tem...

  7. Sports Adaptations for Unilateral and Bilateral Upper-Limb Amputees: Archery/Badminton/Baseball/Softball/Bowling/Golf/Table Tennis.

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    Cowart, Jim

    1979-01-01

    The booklet discusses sports adaptations for unilateral and bilateral upper limb amputees. Designs for adapted equipment are illustrated and information on adaptations are described for archery (including an archery release aid and a stationary bow holder); badminton (serving tray); baseball/softball (adaptations for catching, throwing, and…

  8. Forgotten Americans and the National Pastime: Bibliographical Guide to Literature on Baseball's Cultural Diversity--Part III.

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    Bjarkman, Peter C.

    1992-01-01

    Continues a series by presenting a representative list of fiction and nonfiction titles on the topic of baseball and cultural diversity. Sources and novels on African-American, Latin American, and Jewish ballplayers are listed, for a total of 246 references. (SLD)

  9. Predicting Intentions to Eat a Healthful Diet by College Baseball Players: Applying the Theory of Planned Behavior

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    Pawlak, Roman; Malinauskas, Brenda; Rivera, David

    2009-01-01

    Objective: To assess factors important to college baseball players regarding intention to eat a healthful diet within the Theory of Planned Behavior. Design: A survey based on the Theory of Planned Behavior was administered during the 2006 summer league season from 5 of the Northern Division teams of the Coastal Plain League. Participants: Male…

  10. The Impact of Baseball Participation on the Educational Experiences of Black Student-Athletes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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    Gawrysiak, Edward Joseph; Cooper, Joseph N.; Hawkins, Billy

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of baseball participation on the educational experiences of black student-athletes at two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the southeastern United States (US). HBCUs were selected for this study because of the limited amount of research on student-athletes at these…

  11. Pick-up of early visual information to guide kinetics and kinematics within a group of highly skilled baseball batters.

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    MüLler, Sean; Lalović, Alex; Dempsey, Alasdair R; Rosalie, Simon M; Harbaugh, Allen G

    2014-10-01

    This pilot study integrated sport expertise and biomechanics methodologies within a baseball batting task. Purpose was to examine differences within a highly skilled group of baseball batters to use visual information to guide weight transfer and bat movements. One batter who played at Major League Baseball (MLB) level was compared to five batters who played at Australian Baseball League (ABL) level in a case-control design. Batters faced pitchers in a simulated competition and attempted to hit pitches, while vision was temporally occluded during ball flight or not occluded. Time of weight transfer (kinetics), as well as bat downswing initiation and duration (kinematics) from the point of ball release, were compared between the MLB batter and ABL batters. Results indicated that the MLB batter coordinated his striking pattern by completing his weight transfer earlier than the ABL batters. His bat downswing was also initiated earlier than some ABL batters, but there was no difference in duration of bat downswing between batters. All batters initiated bat downswing prior to completion of weight transfer. Understanding of motor expertise is furthered using a novel methodology. PMID:25244553

  12. Application of Seismic Anisotropy Caused by Fissures in Coal Seams to the Detection of Coal-bed Methane Reservoirs

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    2000-01-01

    Coal-bed methane is accumulated in micro-fissures and cracks in coal seams. The coal seam is the source terrace and reservoir bed of the coal-bed methane (Qian et al., 1996). Anisotropy of coal seams is caused by the existence of fissures. Based on the theory of S wave splitting: an S wave will be divided into two S waves with nearly orthogonal polarization directions when passing through anisotropic media, i.e. the fast S wave with its direction of propagation parallel to that of the fissure and slow S wave with the direction of propagation perpendicular to that of the fissure.This paper gives the results of laboratory research and field test on the S wave splitting caused by coal-seam fissures. The results show that it is feasible to detect fissures in coal seams by applying the converted S wave and finally gives the development zone and development direction of these fissures.

  13. A unix configuration engine

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    A high level description language is presented for the purpose of automatically configuring large heterogeneous networked unix environments, based on class-oriented abstractions. The configuration engine is portable and easily extensible

  14. Operational Dynamic Configuration Analysis

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    Lai, Chok Fung; Zelinski, Shannon

    2010-01-01

    Sectors may combine or split within areas of specialization in response to changing traffic patterns. This method of managing capacity and controller workload could be made more flexible by dynamically modifying sector boundaries. Much work has been done on methods for dynamically creating new sector boundaries [1-5]. Many assessments of dynamic configuration methods assume the current day baseline configuration remains fixed [6-7]. A challenging question is how to select a dynamic configuration baseline to assess potential benefits of proposed dynamic configuration concepts. Bloem used operational sector reconfigurations as a baseline [8]. The main difficulty is that operational reconfiguration data is noisy. Reconfigurations often occur frequently to accommodate staff training or breaks, or to complete a more complicated reconfiguration through a rapid sequence of simpler reconfigurations. Gupta quantified a few aspects of airspace boundary changes from this data [9]. Most of these metrics are unique to sector combining operations and not applicable to more flexible dynamic configuration concepts. To better understand what sort of reconfigurations are acceptable or beneficial, more configuration change metrics should be developed and their distribution in current practice should be computed. This paper proposes a method to select a simple sequence of configurations among operational configurations to serve as a dynamic configuration baseline for future dynamic configuration concept assessments. New configuration change metrics are applied to the operational data to establish current day thresholds for these metrics. These thresholds are then corroborated, refined, or dismissed based on airspace practitioner feedback. The dynamic configuration baseline selection method uses a k-means clustering algorithm to select the sequence of configurations and trigger times from a given day of operational sector combination data. The clustering algorithm selects a simplified

  15. In situ determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock by PGNAA

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    Borsaru, M.; Berry, M.; Biggs, M.; Rojc, A.

    2004-01-01

    The prompt gamma neutron activation analysis technique was tested successfully for the determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock. The logging tool employs a 3 μg 252Cf neutron source and a 50 mm dia × 100 mm BGO detector.

  16. In situ determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock by PGNAA

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    Borsaru, M. E-mail: mihai.borsaru@csiro.au; Berry, M.; Biggs, M.; Rojc, A

    2004-01-01

    The prompt gamma neutron activation analysis technique was tested successfully for the determination of sulphur in coal seams and overburden rock. The logging tool employs a 3 {mu}g {sup 252}Cf neutron source and a 50 mm dia x 100 mm BGO detector.

  17. Developing selective mining capability for longwall shearers using thermal infrared-based seam tracking

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    Jonathon C. Ralston; Andrew D.Strange

    2013-01-01

    Longwall mining continues to remain the most efficient method for underground coal recovery.A key aspect in achieving safe and productive longwall mining is to ensure that the shearer is always correctly positioned within the coal seam.At present,this machine positioning task is the role of longwall personnel who must simultaneously monitor the longwall coal face and the shearer's cutting drum position to infer the geological trends of the coal seam.This is a labour intensive task which has negative impacts on the consistency and quality of coal production.As a solution to this problem,this paper presents a sensing method to automatically track geological coal seam features on the longwall face,known as marker bands,using thermal infrared imaging.These non-visible marker bands are geological features that link strongly to the horizontal trends present in layered coal seams.Tracking these line-like features allows the generation of a vertical datum that can be used to maintain the shearer in a position for optimal coal extraction.Details on the theory of thermal infrared imaging are given,as well as practical aspects associated with machine-based implementation underground.The feature detection and tracking tasks are given with real measurements to demonstrate the efficacy of the approach.The outcome is important as it represents a new selective mining capability to help address a long-standing limitation in longwall mining operations.

  18. Nitrogen Injection To Flush Coal Seam Gas Out Of Coal: An Experimental Study

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    Zhang, Lei; Aziz, Naj; Ren, Ting; Nemcik, Jan; Tu, Shihao

    2015-12-01

    Several mines operating in the Bulli seam of the Sydney Basin in NSW, Australia are experiencing difficulties in reducing gas content within the available drainage lead time in various sections of the coal deposit. Increased density of drainage boreholes has proven to be ineffective, particularly in sections of the coal seam rich in CO2. Plus with the increasing worldwide concern on green house gas reduction and clean energy utilisation, significant attention is paid to develop a more practical and economical method of enhancing the gas recovery from coal seams. A technology based on N2 injection was proposed to flush the Coal Seam Gas (CSG) out of coal and enhance the gas drainage process. In this study, laboratory tests on CO2 and CH4 gas recovery from coal by N2 injection are described and results show that N2 flushing has a significant impact on the CO2 and CH4 desorption and removal from coal. During the flushing stage, it was found that N2 flushing plays a more effective role in reducing adsorbed CH4 than CO2. Comparatively, during the desorption stage, the study shows gas desorption after N2 flushing plays a more effective role in reducing adsorbed CO2 than CH4.

  19. A versatile new mineralized bone stain for simultaneous assessment of tetracycline and osteoid seams.

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    Villanueva, A R; Lundin, K D

    1989-05-01

    A versatile mineralized bone stain (MIBS) for demonstrating osteoid seams and tetracycline fluorescence simultaneously in thin or thick undecalcified sections has been developed. Bone specimens are fixed in 70% ethanol, but 10% buffered formalin is permissible. Depending upon one's preference, these specimens can be left unstained or be prestained before plastic embedding. Osteoid seams are stained green to jade green, or light to dark purple. Mineralized bone matrix is unstained or green. Osteoblast and osteoclast nuclei are light to dark purple, cytoplasm varies from slightly gray to pink. The identification of osteoid seams by this method agrees closely with identification by in vivo tetracycline uptake using the same section from the same biopsy. The method demonstrates halo volumes, an abnormal, lacunar, low density bone around viable osteocytes in purple. This phenomenon is commonly seen in vitamin D-resistant rickets, fluorosis, renal osteodystrophy, hyperparathyroidism, and is sometimes seen in fluoride treated osteoporotic patients. In osteomalacic bone, most osteoid seams are irregularly stained as indicated by the presence of unmineralized osteoid between mineralized lamellae. The method has been used effectively in staining new bone formation in hydroxyapatite implants and bone grafts. Old, unstained, plastic embedded undecalcified sections are stained as well as fresh sections after removal of the coverslip. This stain also promises to be valuable in the study of different metabolic bone diseases from the point of view of remodeling, histomorphometry, and pathology. PMID:2480003

  20. Dynamic effects of high-pressure pulsed water jet in low-permeability coal seams

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    Li, X.; Zhou, D.; Lu, Y.; Kang, Y.; Zhao, Y.; Wang, X. [Chongqing University, Chongqing (China)

    2009-09-15

    Mine gas extraction in China is difficult due to the as micro-porosity, low-permeability and high adsorption of coal seams. The pulsed mechanism of a high-pressure pulsed water jet was studied through theoretical analysis, experiment and field measurement. The results show that high-pressure pulsed water jet has three dynamic properties. The three dynamic effects can be found in low-permeability coal seams. A new pulsed water jet with 200-1000 Hz oscillation frequency and peak pressure 2.5 times than average pressure was introduced. During bubble collapsing, sound vibration and instantaneous high pressures over 100 MPa enhanced the cutting ability of the high-pressure jet. Through high-pressure pulsed water jet drilling and slotting, the exposure area of coal bodies was greatly enlarged and pressure of the coal seams rapidly decreased. Therefore, the permeability of coal seams was improved and gas absorption rate also decreased. Application results show that gas adsorption rate decreased by 30-40% and the penetrability coefficient increased 100 times. This proves that high-pressure pulsed water is more efficient than other conventional methods. 11 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  1. Forward Modeling of Azimuthal Anisotropy to the Reflected P Wave of Coal Seam

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    ZHANG Jun-gong; DONG Shou-hua; YUE Jian-hua

    2006-01-01

    Under the condition of weak anisotropy, the relation of P-wave anisotropy in direction to fractures of coal seams was researched in order to forecast the density and the direction of the fractures. Although the approximate solution by Rüger is suitable for thick reservoirs, it has some limitations for the composite reflected wave from both roofs and floors of coal seams, as well as multiple reflections. So first, the phase velocity and group velocity as well as their travel time were calculated about the reflected P-wave of the coal seam. Then, the anisotropic coefficients of both roofs and floors were calculated by Rüger formulae and last, the section versus azimuth in fixed offset can be gotten by convolution. In addition, the relation of amplitude of the composite reflected wave to azimuth angle was discussed. The forward modelling results of the coal azimuth anisotropy show these: 1) the coal seam is the strong reflecting layer, but the change of the reflectivity caused by the azimuth anisotropy is smaller; 2) if the azimuth angle is parallel to the crack strike, the reflectivity reaches up to the maximum absolute value, however, if the azimuth angle is perpendicular to the crack strike, the absolute value of the reflection coefficient is minimum; and 3)the reflection coefficient is the cosine function of the azimuth angle and the period is π.

  2. Mechanism of Rock Burst Occurrence in Specially Thick Coal Seam with Rock Parting

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    Wang, Jian-chao; Jiang, Fu-xing; Meng, Xiang-jun; Wang, Xu-you; Zhu, Si-tao; Feng, Yu

    2016-05-01

    Specially thick coal seam with complex construction, such as rock parting and alternative soft and hard coal, is called specially thick coal seam with rock parting (STCSRP), which easily leads to rock burst during mining. Based on the stress distribution of rock parting zone, this study investigated the mechanism, engineering discriminant conditions, prevention methods, and risk evaluation method of rock burst occurrence in STCSRP through setting up a mechanical model. The main conclusions of this study are as follows. (1) When the mining face moves closer to the rock parting zone, the original non-uniform stress of the rock parting zone and the advancing stress of the mining face are combined to intensify gradually the shearing action of coal near the mining face. When the shearing action reaches a certain degree, rock burst easily occurs near the mining face. (2) Rock burst occurrence in STCSRP is positively associated with mining depth, advancing stress concentration factor of the mining face, thickness of rock parting, bursting liability of coal, thickness ratio of rock parting to coal seam, and difference of elastic modulus between rock parting and coal, whereas negatively associated with shear strength. (3) Technologies of large-diameter drilling, coal seam water injection, and deep hole blasting can reduce advancing stress concentration factor, thickness of rock parting, and difference of elastic modulus between rock parting and coal to lower the risk of rock burst in STCSRP. (4) The research result was applied to evaluate and control the risk of rock burst occurrence in STCSRP.

  3. Seam gap bridging of laser based processes for the welding of aluminium sheets for industrial applications

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    Aalderink, Bernard Johan; Pathiraj, B.; Aarts, R.G.K.M.

    2010-01-01

    Laser welding has a large potential for the production of tailor welded blanks in the automotive industry, due to the low heat input and deep penetration. However, due to the small laser spot and melt pool, laser-based welding processes in general have a low tolerance for seam gaps. In this paper, f

  4. Draft Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Maddingley, Isolated from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water

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    Rosewarne, Carly P.; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Bradbury, Mark I.; Midgley, David J.; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    Clostridium sp. Maddingley was isolated as an axenic culture from a brown coal-seam formation water sample collected from Victoria, Australia. It lacks the solventogenesis genes found in closely related clostridial strains. Metabolic reconstructions suggest that volatile fatty acids are the main fermentation end products.

  5. Desorption isotherm as an criterion for methane content in coal seam

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    Medek, Jiří; Weishauptová, Zuzana

    Brisbane : Australian Journal of Mining, 1998 - (Golding, S.). s. 38 [International Conference on Coal Seam Gas and Oil. 23.03.1998-25.03.1998, Brisbane] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA105/94/1371 Subject RIV: DM - Solid Waste and Recycling

  6. Draft Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Maddingley, Isolated from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water.

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    Rosewarne, Carly P; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Bradbury, Mark I; Midgley, David J; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    Clostridium sp. Maddingley was isolated as an axenic culture from a brown coal-seam formation water sample collected from Victoria, Australia. It lacks the solventogenesis genes found in closely related clostridial strains. Metabolic reconstructions suggest that volatile fatty acids are the main fermentation end products. PMID:23405323

  7. Observation of variability in radon concentration in the gases of eruptive seams

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    The methods and the results of preliminary measurements of radon concentration in the gases emitted in coal seams threatened with gases and rocks eruptions have been presented. The changes of concentrations are given in the function of excavation progress. The nature of radon concentration changes points to relationship between radon concentration and the probability of the occurrence of eruption. 4 refs., 2 figs. (author)

  8. Numerical investigations on mapping permeability heterogeneity in coal seam gas reservoirs using seismo-electric methods

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    Gross, L.; Shaw, S.

    2016-04-01

    Mapping the horizontal distribution of permeability is a key problem for the coal seam gas industry. Poststack seismic data with anisotropy attributes provide estimates for fracture density and orientation which are then interpreted in terms of permeability. This approach delivers an indirect measure of permeability and can fail if other sources of anisotropy (for instance stress) come into play. Seismo-electric methods, based on recording the electric signal from pore fluid movements stimulated through a seismic wave, measure permeability directly. In this paper we use numerical simulations to demonstrate that the seismo-electric method is potentially suitable to map the horizontal distribution of permeability changes across coal seams. We propose the use of an amplitude to offset (AVO) analysis of the electrical signal in combination with poststack seismic data collected during the exploration phase. Recording of electrical signals from a simple seismic source can be closer to production planning and operations. The numerical model is based on a sonic wave propagation model under the low frequency, saturated media assumption and uses a coupled high order spectral element and low order finite element solver. We investigate the impact of seam thickness, coal seam layering, layering in the overburden and horizontal heterogeneity of permeability.

  9. The mechanics of intersecting echelon veins and pressure solution seams in limestone

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    Seyum, Solomon; Pollard, David D.

    2016-08-01

    Many studies that describe the formation of echelon vein arrays relate the causative stresses implicitly to the deformation, reliant on simple shear kinematics, such that the vein-to-array angle and the array width are the primary physical quantities. In contrast, we identify twelve physical quantities to describe echelon veins in two dimensions, including coeval, vein-intersecting, pressure solution seams. A finite element method is used to reproduce vein shapes in linear elastic and elastic-perfectly plastic model limestone. Model vein geometries are designed using values within the range of geometries measured from echelon veins at Raplee Anticline and Comb Monocline, Utah. Four physical quantities are significant for describing echelon vein shapes: vein spacing, vein-array angle, limestone elastic stiffness, and closing of orthogonal pressure solution seams. Pressure solution seam closing influences the mechanical interaction between adjacent veins, and for a range of conditions, causes a nearly linear vein opening distribution (triangular shapes) and encourages straight vein propagation, both of which approximate field measurements. Model results show that small spacing of veins with seams and large vein-array angles promote straight vein traces in limestone with stiffness typical of laboratory measurements, given the physical geologic conditions inferred from the burial history of the limestone strata.

  10. Dynamic effects of high-pressure pulsed water jet in low-permeability coal seams

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    LI Xiao-hong; ZHOU Dong-ping; LU Yi-yu; KANG Yong; ZHAO Yu; WANG Xiao-chuan

    2009-01-01

    Mine gas extraction in China is difficult due to the characteristics such as mi-cro-porosity, low-permeability and high adsorption of coal seams. The pulsed mechanism of a high-pressure pulsed water jet was studied through theoretical analysis, experiment and field measurement. The results show that high-pressure pulsed water jet has three dynamic properties. What's more, the three dynamic effects can be found in low-perme-ability coal seams. A new pulsed water jet with 200-1 000 Hz oscillation frequency and peak pressure 2.5 times than average pressure was introduced. During bubble collapsing, sound vibration and instantaneous high pressures over 100 MPa enhanced the cutting ability of the high-pressure jet. Through high-pressure pulsed water jet drilling and slotting, the exposure area of coal bodies was greatly enlarged and pressure of the coal seams rapidly decreased. Therefore, the permeability of coal seams was improved and gas ab-sorption rate also decreased. Application results show that gas adsorption rate decreased by 30%-40% and the penetrability coefficient increased 100 times. This proves that high-pressure pulsed water is more efficient than other conventional methods.

  11. Decrease of desorption intensity of methane due to hydraulic fracturing of coal seam

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    Weishauptová, Zuzana; Medek, Jiří; Němec, Jaroslav

    Brisbane : Australian Journal of Mining, 1998 - (Golding, S.). s. 39 [International Conference on Coal Seam Gas and Oil. 23.03.1998-25.03.1998, Brisbane] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA105/94/1371 Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  12. Friction assisted solid state lap seam welding and additive manufacturing method

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    Prasad Rao KALVALA; Javed AKRAM; Mano MISRA

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes results of seam welding of relatively high temperature melting materials, AISI 304, C-Mn steels, Ni-based alloys, CP Cu, CP Ni, Ti6Al4V and relatively low temperature melting material, AA6061. It describes the seam welding of multi-layered similar and dissimilar metallic sheets. The method described and involved advancing a rotating non-consumable rod (CP Mo or AISI 304) toward the upper sheet of a metallic stack clamped under pressure. As soon as the distal end of the rod touched the top portion of the upper metallic sheet, an axial force was applied. After an initial dwell time, the metallic stack moved horizontally relative to the stationery non-consumable rod by a desired length, thereby forming a metallurgical bond between the metallic sheets. Multi-track and multi-metal seam welds of high temperature metallic sheets, AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloys, Cp Cu, Ti6Al4V and low temperature metallic sheets, AA6061 were obtained. Optical and scanning electron microscopy examination and 180 degree U-bend test indicated that defect free seam welds could be obtained with this method. Tensile-shear testing showed that the seam welds of AISI 304, C-Mn steel, Nickel-based alloy were stronger than the starting base metal counterparts while AA6061 was weaker due to softening. The metallurgical bonding at the interface between the metallic sheets was attributed to localized stick and slip at the interface, dynamic recrystallization and diffusion. The method developed can be used as a means of welding, cladding and additive manufacturing.

  13. Cracks in the joints of superheated steam tubing in the area of welding seams. Pt. 1

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    The authors furnish, on the basis of extensive bibliography, an introductory review of the materials utilised in the construction of power plants and of the crack damage thereby observed in the joints of superheated steam tubing in various areas of the welding seams. The properties of the alloyed materials used in the construction of superheated steam tubing are elucidated. An optimum in creep strength with simultaneous sufficiency in toughness can only be achieved by careful heat treatment. In recent years, cracks have occurred to an ever-increasing extent in superheated steam tubing joints in the area of the welding seams. The incidents of damage dealt with from the bibliography drawn-upon primarily concern welding seam cracks and cracks running parallel to the circumferential welds in the area of the heat-affected zone. On the basis of a detailed illustration, thirteen recent occurrences of damage to the joints of superheated steam tubing in the area of welding seams are discussed; these were the subject of detailed expertises conducted at the Allianz Centre for Technology. The authors also furnish a review of the processes leading up to the occurrence of crack damage in various areas of the welding seams of joints. This is followed by pointers and recommendations for the prevention of such cracks, based on the experience gained from hitherto known incidents of damage. In summing up, the authors find that it should be feasible to avoid crack damage of this nature by means of appropriate material forming and commensurate application of welding techniques. (orig.)

  14. HLT configuration management system

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    Daponte, Vincenzo

    2015-01-01

    The CMS High Level Trigger (HLT) is implemented running a streamlined version of the CMS offline reconstruction software running on thousands of CPUs. The CMS software is written mostly in C++, using Python as its configuration language through an embedded CPython interpreter. The configuration of each process is made up of hundreds of modules, organized in sequences and paths. As an example, the HLT configurations used for 2011 data taking comprised over 2200 different modules, organized in more than 400 independent trigger paths. The complexity of the HLT configurations and the large number of configuration produced require the design of a suitable data management system. The present work describes the designed solution to manage the considerable number of configurations developed and to assist the editing of new configurations. The system is required to be remotely accessible and OS-independent as well as easly maintainable easy to use. To meet these requirements a three-layers architecture has been choose...

  15. Baseball-bat collisions and the resulting trajectories of spinning balls

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    Watts, Robert G.; Baroni, Steven

    1989-01-01

    The collision between a baseball and a bat has been analyzed using the classical theory of rigid body collisions. Also computed are the ranges of batted balls for a variety of launch angles and rotation rates, accounting for both drag and lift forces. If the coefficient of friction is not too small, the batter can give the ball fairly large backspin without fouling it off by swinging under the ball by as much as 1 to 2.5 cm. The increased range resulting from backspin is large, of the order of several tens of meters. The effect of the weather on the ranges has been analyzed briefly and it is found that under extreme conditions it can be surprisingly large.

  16. Ammonia-pellet generation system for the Baseball II-T target plasma experiment

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    The irradiation of a small pellet by a pulsed laser is one method of producing a startup target plasma for plasma experiments employing neutral-beam injection. A system for generating charged, uniformly sized, solid-ammonia, 150-μm-diam, spherical pellets having a charge-to-mass ratio of 10-4 C/kg is described. These pellets are electrostatically guided at a speed of 32 m/sec (over a distance of several meters) to a laser focal zone. This complete system (pellet generation and pellet guidance) has been successfully operated on a 3-m test stand where 250-μm-diam pellets were regularly irradiated by a pulsed, 30-J CO2 laser. The system is now installed on the Baseball II-T experiment; in preliminary tests, several 150-μm-diam pellets were irradiated with the pulsed 300-J CO2 laser

  17. Physical contributors to glenohumeral internal rotation deficit in high school baseball players

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    Elizabeth E. Hibberd

    2015-09-01

    Conclusion: Humeral retrotorsion accounted for 13.3% of the variance in GIRD. The stiffness of the superficial shoulder muscles and capsular thickness, as measured in this study, were not predictors of GIRD. Factors not assessed in this study, such as deeper muscle stiffness, capsule/ligament laxity, and neuromuscular regulation of muscle stiffness may also contribute to GIRD. Since it is the largest contributor to GIRD, causes of changes in humeral retrotorsion need to be identified. The osseous component only accounted for 13.3% of the variance in GIRD, indicating a large contribution from soft tissues factors that were not addressed in this study. These factors need to be identified to develop evidence-based evaluations and intervention programs to decrease the risk of injury in baseball players.

  18. Throwing-related injuries of the subscapularis in professional baseball players

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    To describe the MR appearance of a series of throwing-related injuries to the subscapularis muscle-tendon complex among baseball players. A retrospective review of MR scans of the shoulder in players from 1 professional baseball organization over the course of 5 years was performed to identify cases with findings suggestive of subscapularis injury. These findings were graded and the medical record was reviewed to assess clinical findings, treatment, and follow-up. Preinjury baseline measurements of arm external rotation at 90 of abduction were compared to measurements from a noninjured cohort to evaluate whether this measure is a risk factor for injury. A total of 133 MR scans of the shoulder were evaluated. Eleven of the scans demonstrated signal changes suggesting subscapularis injury; 10 of these 11 patients had clinical findings supporting a diagnosis of throwing-related subscapularis strain. There were four grade 1, four grade 2, and two grade 3 injuries. All injuries occurred in the inferior half of the subscapularis at the myotendinous junction. Risk of subscapularis injury increased with lower levels of dominant arm external rotation (odds ratio, 1.12; 95 % CI, 1.07-1.21; p < 0.001). A threshold of dominant arm external rotation of <106 demonstrated sensitivity of 0.700 (95 % CI, 0.392-0.897) and specificity of 0.951 (95 % CI, 0.888-0.982) for subscapularis injury. Throwing-related subscapularis injuries occur in the inferior half of the muscle at the myotendinous junction. Our data suggest that there is an increased risk of these injuries with lower levels of dominant arm external rotation. (orig.)

  19. Contribution of Visual Information about Ball Trajectory to Baseball Hitting Accuracy

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    Higuchi, Takatoshi; Nagami, Tomoyuki; Nakata, Hiroki; Watanabe, Masakazu; Isaka, Tadao; Kanosue, Kazuyuki

    2016-01-01

    The contribution of visual information about a pitched ball to the accuracy of baseball-bat contact may vary depending on the part of trajectory seen. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between hitting accuracy and the segment of the trajectory of the flying ball that can be seen by the batter. Ten college baseball field players participated in the study. The systematic error and standardized variability of ball-bat contact on the bat coordinate system and pitcher-to-catcher direction when hitting a ball launched from a pitching machine were measured with or without visual occlusion and analyzed using analysis of variance. The visual occlusion timing included occlusion from 150 milliseconds (ms) after the ball release (R+150), occlusion from 150 ms before the expected arrival of the launched ball at the home plate (A-150), and a condition with no occlusion (NO). Twelve trials in each condition were performed using two ball speeds (31.9 m·s-1 and 40.3 m·s-1). Visual occlusion did not affect the mean location of ball-bat contact in the bat’s long axis, short axis, and pitcher-to-catcher directions. Although the magnitude of standardized variability was significantly smaller in the bat’s short axis direction than in the bat’s long axis and pitcher-to-catcher directions (p < 0.001), additional visible time from the R+150 condition to the A-150 and NO conditions resulted in a further decrease in standardized variability only in the bat’s short axis direction (p < 0.05). The results suggested that there is directional specificity in the magnitude of standardized variability with different visible time. The present study also confirmed the limitation to visual information is the later part of the ball trajectory for improving hitting accuracy, which is likely due to visuo-motor delay. PMID:26848742

  20. Ball Speed and Release Consistency Predict Pitching Success in Major League Baseball.

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    Whiteside, David; Martini, Douglas N; Zernicke, Ronald F; Goulet, Grant C

    2016-07-01

    Whiteside, D, Martini, DN, Zernicke, RF, and Goulet, GC. Ball speed and release consistency predict pitching success in Major League Baseball. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2015-This study aimed to quantify how ball flight kinematics (i.e., ball speed and movement), release location, and variations therein relate to pitching success in Major League Baseball (MLB). One hundred ninety starting MLB pitchers met the inclusion criteria for this study. Ball trajectory information was collected for 76,000 pitches and inserted into a forward stepwise multiple regression model, which examined how (a) pitch selection, (b) ball speed, (c) ball movement (horizontal and lateral), (d) release location (horizontal and lateral), (e) variation in pitch speed, (f) variation in ball movement, and (g) variation in release location related to pitching success (as measured by fielding independent pitching-FIP). Pitch speed, release location variability, variation in pitch speed, and horizontal release location were significant predictors of FIP and, collectively, accounted for 24% of the variance in FIP. These findings suggest that (a) maximizing ball speed, (b) refining a consistent spatial release location, and (c) using varied pitch speeds should be primary foci for the pitching coach. However, between-pitcher variations underline how training interventions should be administered at the individual level, with consideration given to the pitcher's injury history. Finally, despite offering significant predictors of success, these three factors explained only 22% of the variance in FIP and should not be considered the only, or preeminent, indicators of a pitcher's effectiveness. Evidently, traditional pitching metrics only partly account for a pitcher's effectiveness, and future research is necessary to uncover the remaining contributors to success. PMID:26677832

  1. Contribution of Visual Information about Ball Trajectory to Baseball Hitting Accuracy.

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    Higuchi, Takatoshi; Nagami, Tomoyuki; Nakata, Hiroki; Watanabe, Masakazu; Isaka, Tadao; Kanosue, Kazuyuki

    2016-01-01

    The contribution of visual information about a pitched ball to the accuracy of baseball-bat contact may vary depending on the part of trajectory seen. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between hitting accuracy and the segment of the trajectory of the flying ball that can be seen by the batter. Ten college baseball field players participated in the study. The systematic error and standardized variability of ball-bat contact on the bat coordinate system and pitcher-to-catcher direction when hitting a ball launched from a pitching machine were measured with or without visual occlusion and analyzed using analysis of variance. The visual occlusion timing included occlusion from 150 milliseconds (ms) after the ball release (R+150), occlusion from 150 ms before the expected arrival of the launched ball at the home plate (A-150), and a condition with no occlusion (NO). Twelve trials in each condition were performed using two ball speeds (31.9 m·s-1 and 40.3 m·s-1). Visual occlusion did not affect the mean location of ball-bat contact in the bat's long axis, short axis, and pitcher-to-catcher directions. Although the magnitude of standardized variability was significantly smaller in the bat's short axis direction than in the bat's long axis and pitcher-to-catcher directions (p direction (p directional specificity in the magnitude of standardized variability with different visible time. The present study also confirmed the limitation to visual information is the later part of the ball trajectory for improving hitting accuracy, which is likely due to visuo-motor delay. PMID:26848742

  2. Throwing-related injuries of the subscapularis in professional baseball players

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    Polster, Joshua M.; Ilaslan, Hakan; Subhas, Naveen [Cleveland Clinic, Imaging Institute, Cleveland, OH (United States); Lynch, T.S. [Columbia University Medical Center, Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Bullen, Jennifer A. [Cleveland Clinic, Quantitative Health Sciences, Cleveland, OH (United States); Soloff, Lonnie [Cleveland Indians, Cleveland, OH (United States); Schickendantz, Mark S. [Cleveland Clinic, Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute, Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2016-01-15

    To describe the MR appearance of a series of throwing-related injuries to the subscapularis muscle-tendon complex among baseball players. A retrospective review of MR scans of the shoulder in players from 1 professional baseball organization over the course of 5 years was performed to identify cases with findings suggestive of subscapularis injury. These findings were graded and the medical record was reviewed to assess clinical findings, treatment, and follow-up. Preinjury baseline measurements of arm external rotation at 90 of abduction were compared to measurements from a noninjured cohort to evaluate whether this measure is a risk factor for injury. A total of 133 MR scans of the shoulder were evaluated. Eleven of the scans demonstrated signal changes suggesting subscapularis injury; 10 of these 11 patients had clinical findings supporting a diagnosis of throwing-related subscapularis strain. There were four grade 1, four grade 2, and two grade 3 injuries. All injuries occurred in the inferior half of the subscapularis at the myotendinous junction. Risk of subscapularis injury increased with lower levels of dominant arm external rotation (odds ratio, 1.12; 95 % CI, 1.07-1.21; p < 0.001). A threshold of dominant arm external rotation of <106 demonstrated sensitivity of 0.700 (95 % CI, 0.392-0.897) and specificity of 0.951 (95 % CI, 0.888-0.982) for subscapularis injury. Throwing-related subscapularis injuries occur in the inferior half of the muscle at the myotendinous junction. Our data suggest that there is an increased risk of these injuries with lower levels of dominant arm external rotation. (orig.)

  3. Contribution of Visual Information about Ball Trajectory to Baseball Hitting Accuracy.

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    Takatoshi Higuchi

    Full Text Available The contribution of visual information about a pitched ball to the accuracy of baseball-bat contact may vary depending on the part of trajectory seen. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between hitting accuracy and the segment of the trajectory of the flying ball that can be seen by the batter. Ten college baseball field players participated in the study. The systematic error and standardized variability of ball-bat contact on the bat coordinate system and pitcher-to-catcher direction when hitting a ball launched from a pitching machine were measured with or without visual occlusion and analyzed using analysis of variance. The visual occlusion timing included occlusion from 150 milliseconds (ms after the ball release (R+150, occlusion from 150 ms before the expected arrival of the launched ball at the home plate (A-150, and a condition with no occlusion (NO. Twelve trials in each condition were performed using two ball speeds (31.9 m·s-1 and 40.3 m·s-1. Visual occlusion did not affect the mean location of ball-bat contact in the bat's long axis, short axis, and pitcher-to-catcher directions. Although the magnitude of standardized variability was significantly smaller in the bat's short axis direction than in the bat's long axis and pitcher-to-catcher directions (p < 0.001, additional visible time from the R+150 condition to the A-150 and NO conditions resulted in a further decrease in standardized variability only in the bat's short axis direction (p < 0.05. The results suggested that there is directional specificity in the magnitude of standardized variability with different visible time. The present study also confirmed the limitation to visual information is the later part of the ball trajectory for improving hitting accuracy, which is likely due to visuo-motor delay.

  4. A 15-Year-Old Male Baseball Player With a Mass in the Brachialis Muscle.

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    Golub, Ivan J; Garcia, Roberto A; Wittig, James C

    2016-05-01

    A 15-year-old boy presented with a mass in his right arm after suffering a minor injury playing baseball. He had been diagnosed with a hematoma. There was no other outstanding medical/surgical history. Magnetic resonance images showed a heterogeneous mass arising from the brachialis muscle that mainly enhanced peripherally with extremely scant internal nodular enhancement. Core needle biopsy cells were positive for CD31 and CD34, markers for atypical endothelial cells, as well as MIB-1 and p53. The final diagnosis was an angiosarcoma of the brachialis muscle. Pediatric angiosarcoma, particularly within deep tissue, is exceedingly rare. Histological and immunohistochemical modalities led to the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance images suggested a mass with a large cystic/hemorrhagic space that could have been misconstrued as a hematoma had there been absolutely no nodular or septal enhancement. The patient underwent neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiation before undergoing limb-sparing surgery that included resection of the mass with the brachialis muscle and short head of the biceps muscle. Neoadjuvant treatment was deemed successful due to a drastic reduction in the size of the tumor and 95% tumor necrosis. The patient was disease free 2 years postoperatively. There had been no local/systemic recurrences. He was pain free, had normal elbow function, and had returned to playing baseball. It is important to be extremely suspicious when a patient presents with a hemorrhagic, painless, enlarging mass after sustaining minor trauma. A careful and meticulous biopsy must be completed to achieve the correct diagnosis. Magnetic resonance imaging with gadolinium is recommended for evaluation because these masses can be often misinterpreted as hematomas. [Orthopedics. 2016; 39(3):e545-e548.]. PMID:27045482

  5. Fuzzy Evaluation of Coal Seam Geological Condition of Fully-Mechanized Face in Ten-Million-Ton Mine

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    2005-01-01

    Based on coal seam geological condition and mining technological characteristic in Jisan Mine, coal seam geological condition is quantitative evaluated by using fuzzy evaluation with the view of coal mining and coalface production. The structure and index system of evaluation factor, the membership functions and weights of evaluation factor, evaluation model and reliability in the coal seam geological conditions are expounded in detail. Eighty-two coalfaces which will be exploited is classified. All of these have provided a theoretical foundation for the selection of coal mining technology and for sustainable development of the coal mine.

  6. Business Model Process Configurations

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    Taran, Yariv; Nielsen, Christian; Thomsen, Peter;

    2015-01-01

    Purpose – The paper aims: 1) To develop systematically a structural list of various business model process configuration and to group (deductively) these selected configurations in a structured typological categorization list. 2) To facilitate companies in the process of BM innovation......, by developing (inductively) an ontological classification framework, in view of the BM process configurations typology developed. Design/methodology/approach – Given the inconsistencies found in the business model studies (e.g. definitions, configurations, classifications) we adopted the analytical induction...... method of data analysis. Findings - A comprehensive literature review and analysis resulted in a list of business model process configurations systematically organized under five classification groups, namely, revenue model; value proposition; value configuration; target customers, and strategic...

  7. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) Extraction on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, David

    2016-04-01

    While extraction of methane from shale gas deposits has been the principal source of the recent expansion of the industry in the United States and Europe, in Australia extraction of methane from coal bed methane deposits (termed 'coal seam gas' in Australia) has been the focus to date. The two sources of methane share many of the same characteristics including the potential requirement for hydraulic fracturing. However, as coal seam gas deposits generally occur at shallower depths than shale gas, the potential impacts of extraction on surface and groundwater resources may be of even greater concern. In Australia, an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) has been established to provide scientific advice to federal and state government regulators on the impact that coal seam gas and large coal mining developments may have on water resources. This advice is provided to enable decisions to be informed by the best available science about the potential water-related impacts associated with these developments. To support this advice, the Australian Government Department of the Environment has implemented a programme of research termed 'bioregional assessments' to investigate these potential impacts. A bioregional assessment is defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are currently being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia underlain by coal reserves. Further details of the programme and results to date can be found at http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au. Surface water and groundwater modelling is now complete for two regions where coal seam gas development may proceed, namely the Clarence-Moreton and Gloucester regions in eastern New South Wales. This presentation will discuss how the results of these

  8. Simulation of double-seaming in a two-piece aluminum can

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    The aluminum can industry in the United States and Canada manufactures over 100 billion cans per year. Two-piece aluminum cans are commonly used to seal and deliver foodstuffs such as soft drinks, beer, pet food, and other perishable items. In order to ensure product safety and performance, the double seam between the can body and lid is a critical component of the package. Double-seaming is a method by which the flange of the can body and the curl of the end are folded over together such that the final joint is composed of five metal thicknesses. There are a number of design challenges involved with the art of double seaming, especially with the push to lightweight. Although the requirements vary by product, the typical beer package must be able to hold pressures in excess of 90psi. In addition, in production, double seaming is a high-speed operation with speeds as high as 3000 cans/minute on an 18-spindle seamer. For this high volume, low cost industry, understanding and optimizing the seaming process can advance the industry as well as help prevent various manufacturing problems that produce a poor seal between the two pieces of the can.To aid in understanding the mechanics of the can parts during double-seaming, a simulation procedure was developed and carried out on a 202 diameter beverage can and lid. Simulations were run with the explicit dynamics solver ABAQUS/Explicit using the continuum shell element technology available in the ABAQUS general purpose FEA program. The continuum shell is a shear-deformable shell element with the topology of an eight node brick. The element's formulation allows continuously varying, solution-dependent shell thickness and through-thickness pinching stress. One important advantage of using the continuum shell as opposed to a traditional shell element is that true contact interactions at the top and bottom surfaces of the can body and lid can be accurately modeled. With a conventional shell element, contact is performed at the

  9. Impacts of Coal Seam Gas (Coal Bed Methane) Extraction on Water Resources in Australia

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    Post, David

    2015-04-01

    While extraction of methane from shale gas deposits has been the principal source of the recent expansion of the industry in the United States and Europe, in Australia extraction of methane from coal bed methane deposits (termed 'coal seam gas' in Australia) has been the focus to date. The two sources of methane share many of the same characteristics including the potential requirement for hydraulic fracturing. However as coal seam gas deposits generally occur at shallower depths than shale gas the potential impacts of extraction and hydraulic fracturing on surface and groundwater resources may be of even greater concern for coal seam gas than for shale gas. In Australia an Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC) has been established to provide scientific advice to federal and state government regulators on the impact that coal seam gas and large coal mining developments may have on water resources. This advice is provided to enable decisions to be informed by the best available science about the potential water-related impacts associated with these developments. To support this advice the Australian Government Department of the Environment has implemented a three-year programme of research termed 'bioregional assessments' to investigate these potential impacts. A bioregional assessment is defined as a scientific analysis of the ecology, hydrology, geology and hydrogeology of a bioregion with explicit assessment of the potential direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining development on water resources. These bioregional assessments are currently being carried out across large portions of eastern Australia underlain by coal reserves. Further details of the program and results to date can be found at http://www.bioregionalassessments.gov.au. In this presentation the methodology for undertaking bioregional assessments will be described and the application of this methodology to six priority bioregions in eastern Australia

  10. Simulation of Double-Seaming in a Two-piece Aluminum Can

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    Romanko, Anne; Berry, Dale; Fox, David

    2004-06-01

    The aluminum can industry in the United States and Canada manufactures over 100 billion cans per year. Two-piece aluminum cans are commonly used to seal and deliver foodstuffs such as soft drinks, beer, pet food, and other perishable items. In order to ensure product safety and performance, the double seam between the can body and lid is a critical component of the package. Double-seaming is a method by which the flange of the can body and the curl of the end are folded over together such that the final joint is composed of five metal thicknesses. There are a number of design challenges involved with the art of double seaming, especially with the push to lightweight. Although the requirements vary by product, the typical beer package must be able to hold pressures in excess of 90psi. In addition, in production, double seaming is a high-speed operation with speeds as high as 3000 cans/minute on an 18-spindle seamer. For this high volume, low cost industry, understanding and optimizing the seaming process can advance the industry as well as help prevent various manufacturing problems that produce a poor seal between the two pieces of the can. To aid in understanding the mechanics of the can parts during double-seaming, a simulation procedure was developed and carried out on a 202 diameter beverage can and lid. Simulations were run with the explicit dynamics solver ABAQUS/Explicit using the continuum shell element technology available in the ABAQUS general purpose FEA program. The continuum shell is a shear-deformable shell element with the topology of an eight node brick. The element's formulation allows continuously varying, solution-dependent shell thickness and through-thickness pinching stress. One important advantage of using the continuum shell as opposed to a traditional shell element is that true contact interactions at the top and bottom surfaces of the can body and lid can be accurately modeled. With a conventional shell element, contact is performed at the

  11. Software configuration management

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    Keyes, Jessica

    2004-01-01

    Software Configuration Management discusses the framework from a standards viewpoint, using the original DoD MIL-STD-973 and EIA-649 standards to describe the elements of configuration management within a software engineering perspective. Divided into two parts, the first section is composed of 14 chapters that explain every facet of configuration management related to software engineering. The second section consists of 25 appendices that contain many valuable real world CM templates.

  12. Configuration management at NEK

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    Configuration Management (CM) objectives at NEK are to ensure consistency between Design Requirements, Physical Plant Configuration and Configuration Information. Software applications, supporting Design Change, Work Control and Document Control Processes, are integrated in one module-oriented Management Information System (MIS). Master Equipment Component List (MECL) database is central MIS module. Through a combination of centralized database and process migrated activities it is ensured that the CM principles and requirements (accurate, current design data matching plant's physical configuration while complying to applicable requirements), are followed and fulfilled.(author)

  13. Ansible configuration management

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    Hall, Daniel

    2013-01-01

    Ansible Configuration Management"" is a step-by-step tutorial that teaches the use of Ansible for configuring Linux machines.This book is intended for anyone looking to understand the basics of Ansible. It is expected that you will have some experience of how to set up and configure Linux machines. In parts of the book we cover configuration files of BIND, MySQL, and other Linux daemons, therefore a working knowledge of these would be helpful but are certainly not required.

  14. CONFIGURATION GENERATOR MODEL

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    ''The Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report'' prescribes an approach to the methodology for performing postclosure criticality analyses within the monitored geologic repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. An essential component of the methodology is the ''Configuration Generator Model for In-Package Criticality'' that provides a tool to evaluate the probabilities of degraded configurations achieving a critical state. The configuration generator model is a risk-informed, performance-based process for evaluating the criticality potential of degraded configurations in the monitored geologic repository. The method uses event tree methods to define configuration classes derived from criticality scenarios and to identify configuration class characteristics (parameters, ranges, etc.). The probabilities of achieving the various configuration classes are derived in part from probability density functions for degradation parameters. The NRC has issued ''Safety Evaluation Report for Disposal Criticality Analysis Methodology Topical Report, Revision 0''. That report contained 28 open items that required resolution through additional documentation. Of the 28 open items, numbers 5, 6, 9, 10, 18, and 19 were concerned with a previously proposed software approach to the configuration generator methodology and, in particular, the keff regression analysis associated with the methodology. However, the use of a keff regression analysis is not part of the current configuration generator methodology and, thus, the referenced open items are no longer considered applicable and will not be further addressed

  15. Airport Configuration Prediction Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Airport configuration is a primary factor in various airport characteristics such as arrival and departure capacities and terminal area traffic patterns. These...

  16. Mining a coal seam below a heating goaf with a force auxiliary ventilation system at Longhua underground coal mine, China

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    Wang Gang; Xie Jun; Xue Sheng; Wang Haiyang

    2015-01-01

    Extraction of a coal seam which lies not far below a heating goaf can be a major safety challenge. A force auxiliary ventilation system was adopted as a control method in successful extraction and recovery of the panel 30110 of the #3?1 coal seam, which is about 30–40 m below the heating goaf of the #2?2 seam at Longhua underground coal mine, Shanxi Province, China. Booster fans and ventilation control devices such as doors and regulators were used in the system. The results show that, provided that a force auxiliary ventilation system is properly designed to achieve a pressure balance between a panel and its overlying goaf, the system can be used to extract a coal seam overlain by a heating goaf. This paper describes the design, installation and performance of the ventilation system during the extraction and recovery phases of the panel 30110.

  17. Hydraulic support stability control of fully mechanized top coal caving face with steep coal seams based on instable critical angle

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    TO Shi-hao; YUAN Yong; LI Nai-liang; DOU Feng-jin; WANG Fang-tian

    2008-01-01

    Analyzed the support instable mode of sliding, tripping, and so on, and believedthe key point of the support stability control of fully mechanized coal caving face with steepcoal seams was to maintain that the seam true angle was less than the hydraulic supportinstability critical angle. Through the layout of oblique face, the improvement of supportsetting load, the control of mining height and nonskid platform, the group support systemof end face, the advance optimization of conveyor and support, and the other control tech-nical measures, the true angle of the seam is reduced and the instable critical angle of thesupport is increased, the hydraulic support stability of fully mechanized coal caving facewith steep coal seams is effectively controlled.

  18. The Impacts of Promotions/Marketing, Scheduling, and Economic Factors on Total Gross Revenues for Minor League Baseball Teams

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    Cebula, Richard; Coombs, Christopher; Lawson, Luther; Foley, Maggie

    2013-01-01

    This empirical study finds that total revenues at minor league baseball games are influenced by marketing, economic factors, scheduling, and the weather. In particular, total gross revenues are an increasing function of marketing/promotions such as low value merchandise giveaways, high value merchandise giveaways, group discounts, and fireworks displays. Revenues are also an increasing function of the metropolitan area population and a decreasing function of poverty rates. Teams with higher p...

  19. Relaxation and gas drainage boreholes for high performance longwall operations in low permeability coal seams

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    Imgrund, Thomas [DMT GmbH und Co. KG, Essen (Germany); Bauer, Frank [Hazemag und EPR GmbH, Duelmen (Germany). Mining

    2013-06-15

    With an increasing depth of cover, gas emission control and gas outbursts prevention has become an increasingly important issue in coal mining. Deep multi-seam mining often requires operation in an environment characterised by a high gas content and gas pressure. Control of gas related risks has to be realised during heading and close to the longwall by proper risk assessment and flexible drilling schemes. These cover exploration and relaxation drilling, in-seam drilling for pre-drainage and cross measure drilling for drainage of roof and the floor gas emissions. DMT provides comprehensive solutions based on a scientific background. These solutions are engineered considering their technical feasibility. Hazemag Mining offers a large number of complete machinery including tools systems for the implementation of those solutions. (orig.)

  20. Laser Ablation Cleaning of Self-Reacting Friction Stir Weld Seam Surfaces: A Preliminary Evaluation

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    Nunes, A. C., Jr.; Russell, C. K.; Brooke, S. A.; Parry, Q.; Lowrey, N. M.

    2014-01-01

    Anodized aluminum panels were cleaned by three lasers at three separate sites with a view to determining whether more economical laser cleaning might supplant current manual cleaning methods for preparation of surfaces to be welded by the self-reacting friction stir process. Uncleaned panels yielded welds exhibiting residual oxide defect (ROD) and failing at very low stresses along the trace of the weld seam. Manually cleaned panels yielded welds without ROD; these welds failed at nominal stress levels along an angled fracture surface not following the weld seam trace. Laser cleaned panels yielded welds failing at intermediate stress levels. The inadequacy of the laser cleaning processes leaves questions: Was the anodized aluminum test too stringent to represent actual cleaning requirements? Were the wrong laser cleaning techniques/parameters used for the study? Is the laser cleaning mechanism inadequate for effective preweld surface cleaning?

  1. Impact of longwall mining on groundwater above the longwall panel in shallow coal seams

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    Yang Li

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Since longwall mining causes subsidence through the overlying strata to the ground surface, the surface water and groundwater above the longwall panels may be affected and drained into the lower levels. Therefore, loss or interruption of streams and overburden aquifers is a common concern in coal industry. This paper analyzed the potential effects of longwall mining on subsurface water system in shallow coal seam. In order to monitor different water level fluctuations throughout the mining period, three water wells were drilled down to the proposed deformation zone above the longwall panel. A GGU-SS-FLOW3D model was used to predict water table contours for the periods of pre- and post-mining conditions. The field data from the three water wells were utilized to calibrate the model. The field test and numerical model can help to better understand the dewatering of shallow aquifers and surface waters related to ground subsidence from longwall mining in shallow coal seam.

  2. Paleoenvironmental implications from biomarker and stable isotope investigations on the Pliocene Velenje lignite seam (Slovenia)

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    Bechtel, A.; Sachsenhofer, R.F.; Markic, M.; Gratzer, R.; Lucke, A.; Puttmann, W. [Montan University of Leoben, Leoben (Austria)

    2003-07-01

    A Pliocene lignite seam up to 160 m thick occurs in the Velenje basin (Slovenia). The seam originated in a topogenous mire and evolved within a non-marine, transgressive setting. Differences in soluble organic matter yield and hydrocarbon content of borehole samples from the lignite are related to differences in the composition of free lipids of microbial origin and/or hydrocarbons derived from the biogeochemical degradation of plant tissue. Variations of the redox conditions within the mire are reflected by pristane/phytane ratios. The abundance of terpenoid biomarkers indicates the predominance of gymnosperms over angiosperms, which is consistent with palynomorphic spectra dominated by pollen of the Sequoia-Taxodium-Metasequoia plant community rather than by angiosperms. Evidence is also provided that the content of land plant derived biomarkers and the preservation of plant tissue is controlled by the input of resin-rich, decay-resistant conifers.

  3. Numerical simulation and damage analysis of fissure field evolution law in a single coal seam mining

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    Feng Gao; Xingguang Liu; Chaofeng Ge; Hongmei Cheng

    2012-01-01

    Based on the different deformation and failure laws of coal and rock materials under tensile or compressive loads,the damage variable was defined to divide three phases from the damage and rupture point of view in order to reveal the fissured field evolution characteristics and spatial distribution of coal and rock in the single coal seam mining with low permeability and rich methane.According to the corresponding damage constitutive equations,the secondary development of the finite element program was completed.The fissures field evolution law of a coal mine with single coal seam mining was calculated and analyzed by this new program and the distribution areas and failure degree of the surrounding coal and rock structures with damage,fissure or rupture are given on the condition of mining.This paper provides a scientific basis for quantitative research and evaluation of the safe simultaneous production of coal and gas.

  4. Ultrasonic seam welding technologies of copper plate and tube for collecting solar energy

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    汤勇; 万珍平; 刘亚俊; 刘树道

    2003-01-01

    The ultrasonic welding is applied more and more extensively due to its advantages such as environmental protection, cleaning and energy saving. By researching the mechanism on ultrasonic seam welding of copper plates and tubes for collecting solar energy, it is put forward that the ultrasonic metal welding process can be divided into two stages, and two factors make functions jointly to join the welded metal specimens. In order to successfully join the welding, three basic conditions must be satisfied, that is, there should be high frequency friction vibration in the contact interface; pressure must be imposed on the plate specimen during friction vibration; the time of friction vibration and pressure imposed should be proper. Furthermore, how to select the hardness of copper plate and tube and ultrasonic seam welding parameters is analyzed by experiments.

  5. Validation of the Social Exercise and Anxiety Measure (SEAM): Assessing fears, avoidance, and importance of social exercise

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    Levinson, Cheri A.; Rodebaugh, Thomas L.; Menatti, Andrew R.; Weeks, Justin W.

    2012-01-01

    In two studies (N = 416; N = 118) examining responses from undergraduates, we developed the Social Exercise and Anxiety Measure (SEAM) and tested its factorial, convergent, and divergent validity. Our results demonstrate that the SEAM exhibits an excellent three factor structure consisting of the following subscales: Social Exercise Self-efficacy, Gym Avoidance, and Exercise Importance. In both studies, Social Exercise Self-efficacy correlated negatively and Gym Avoidance correlated positivel...

  6. The benefits of innovation In-Seam Seismic method in the coal mine condition at the Karvina Subbasin

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    Waclawik, Petr; Schott, W.

    Vol. 5. Ostrava: Ústav geoniky AV ČR, 2014 - (Koníček, P.; Souček, K.; Heroldová, N.). s. 49-50 ISBN 978-80-86407-49-4. [5th International Colloquium on Geomechanics and Geophysics. 24.06.2014-27.06.2014, Ostravice, Karolínka] Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : in-seam sesmic * ISS * coal seam * longwall panel Subject RIV: DH - Mining, incl. Coal Mining

  7. “Community perspectives of natural resource extraction: coal-seam gas mining and social identity in Eastern Australia”

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    Lloyd, D.; H. Luke; W.E. Boyd

    2014-01-01

    Using a recent case study of community reaction to proposed coal - seam gas mining in eastern Australia, we illustrate the role of community views in issues of natural resource use. Drawing on interviews, observations and workshops, the paper explores the anti - coal - seam gas social movement from its stages of infancy through to being a national debate linking community groups across and beyond Australia. Primary community concerns of inadequate commun...

  8. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam: a case study on the No. 3 coal seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China.

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    Guo, Pinkun; Cheng, Yuanping

    2013-01-01

    The coal permeability is an important parameter in mine methane control and coal bed methane (CBM) exploitation, which determines the practicability of methane extraction. Permeability prediction in deep coal seam plays a significant role in evaluating the practicability of CBM exploitation. The coal permeability depends on the coal fractures controlled by strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature which change with depth. The effect of the strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature on the coal (the coal matrix and fracture) under triaxial stress and strain conditions was studied. Then we got the change of coal porosity with strata stress, gas pressure, and strata temperature and established a coal permeability model under tri-axial stress and strain conditions. The permeability of the No. 3 coal seam of the Southern Qinshui Basin in China was predicted, which is consistent with that tested in the field. The effect of the sorption swelling on porosity (permeability) firstly increases rapidly and then slowly with the increase of depth. However, the effect of thermal expansion and effective stress compression on porosity (permeability) increases linearly with the increase of depth. The most effective way to improve the permeability in exploiting CBM or extracting methane is to reduce the effective stress. PMID:24396293

  9. PIV Logon Configuration Guidance

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    Lee, Glen Alan [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-03-04

    This document details the configurations and enhancements implemented to support the usage of federal Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Card for logon on unclassified networks. The guidance is a reference implementation of the configurations and enhancements deployed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by Network and Infrastructure Engineering – Core Services (NIE-CS).

  10. Relationship between Lower Extremity Tightness and Star Excursion Balance Test Performance in Junior High School Baseball Players.

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    Endo, Yasuhiro; Sakamoto, Masaaki

    2014-05-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between lower extremity tightness and lower extremity balance, measured by the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT), in junior high school baseball players. [Subjects] Thirty-three male students belonging to baseball clubs in 2 junior high schools participated in this study. [Methods] For the SEBT, we chose to examine the anterior (ANT), posterior (POS), lateral (LAT), and medial (MED) directions. Regarding muscle tightness measurement, the angle of each joint of the bilateral iliopsoas, quadriceps, hamstring, gastrocnemius, hip internal rotator, and hip external rotator was measured. [Results] The ANT direction of the SEBT was significantly negatively correlated with gastrocnemius tightness. The MED direction of the SEBT was significantly positively correlated with hip internal rotator tightness and hamstrings tightness and significantly negatively correlated with gastrocnemius tightness. The LAT direction of the SEBT was significantly negatively correlated with iliopsoas tightness and gastrocnemius tightness. [Conclusion] Since the rate of upper extremity injury is high in these subjects and this could be due to tightness and instability of the lower extremity from a kinetic viewpoint, the SEBT could be used as a standard evaluation test when examining upper extremity injuries in young baseball players. PMID:24926127

  11. Impact of longwall mining on groundwater above the longwall panel in shallow coal seams

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    Yang Li; Syd S. Peng; Jinwang Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Since longwall mining causes subsidence through the overlying strata to the ground surface, the surface water and groundwater above the longwall panels may be affected and drained into the lower levels. Therefore, loss or interruption of streams and overburden aquifers is a common concern in coal industry. This paper analyzed the potential effects of longwall mining on subsurface water system in shallow coal seam. In order to monitor different water level fluctuations throughout the mining pe...

  12. Selection of an Appropriate Mechanized Mining Technical Process for Thin Coal Seam Mining

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    Chen Wang; Shihao Tu

    2015-01-01

    Mechanized mining technical process (MMTP) related to the control method of the shearer is a vital process in thin coal seam mining operations. An appropriate MMTP is closely related to safety, productivity, labour intensity, and efficiency. Hence, the evaluation of alternative MMTP is an important part of the mining design. Several parameters should be considered in MMTP evaluation, so the evaluation is complex and must be compliant with a set of criteria. In this paper, two multiple criteri...

  13. Coal seams, climate and intranamurian stratigraphical gap in the Upper Silesian Basin

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    Martinec, Petr; Kožušníková, Alena

    Izmir : Dokuz Eylül University, 1999 - (Nakoman, E.), s. 371-382 ISBN 975-441-152-2. [European Coal Conference/3./. Izmir (TR), 05.05.1997-10.05.1997] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA3086504; GA ČR GA205/97/0307 Keywords : coal seams * stratigraphy * Upper Silesian Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  14. Research status of seam tracking methods for orbital pipe welding robots

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    Hu, Sheng; Luo, Yu; Xiangdong JIAO; Canfeng ZHOU; Suxin HAN

    2015-01-01

    This paper first outlines the worldwide oil and gas pipeline laying situation by 2013 and industrial applications, the working characteristics and advantages of orbital pipe welding robots using the gas metal arc metal(GMAW). Then the classifications of commonly used welding seam tracking sensors are comprehensively introduced. The sensor working principles, advantages and disadvantages and the application situation in pipeline welding are analysed in details. The studies show that arc sensor...

  15. Development of a stereo-laser-profile-system for the optical inspection of welding seams

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    Ekkel, T.; Meyer, A. M.; T. Luhmann; H. Hastedt; F. Bethmann

    2013-01-01

    This research project focuses on the development of an optical 3D measuring system that enables high accurate surface measurements of welding seams in order to detect impurities. The systems concept is based on a stereo camera system in conjunction with a projecting line laser. A second camera system is used as tracking or positioning component to obtain the position of the measuring systems in object space. The complete stereo laser-profile system will be used as a hand-held system....

  16. IMPROVING METHODS OF MODELING CANAL WAVES PROPAGATION PROCESS IN COAL SEAMS

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    SMIRNOV YU.M.; КЕNZHIN B.М.

    2012-01-01

    There has been analyzed the principal methods of modeling the process of canal waves propagation in coal seams when carrying out mining geophysical studies. There has been established that the wave guide moving into the surface of the elastic half-space doesn’t practically change the main properties of the interferential waves propagating in them. There has been recommended to use Fourier integral describing the single pulse spectrum for studying the registered seismograms. There have been fo...

  17. A Computer Aided Design and Simulation System for Upward Cross-seam Boreholes

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    Hou Shao-Jie; Zhang Yu-Wei; Cheng Yuan-Ping

    2013-01-01

    In order to prevent gas hazards, thousands of upward cross-seam boreholes for gas pre-drainage are widely used in underground coal mines. Their construction quality directly determines whether coal gas accidents happen and touches miners’ lives closely. However, the quality is difficult to be guaranteed, because of the hostile underground environment, complicated spatial calculation, sightless strata reserves and little digitalized supporting. Based on the ...

  18. All-age hospitalization rates in coal seam gas areas in Queensland, Australia, 1995–2011

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    Werner, Angela K.; Watt, Kerrianne; Cameron, Cate M; Vink, Sue; Page, Andrew; Jagals, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Background Unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) is expanding globally, with Australia expanding development in the form of coal seam gas (CSG). Residents and other interest groups have voiced concerns about the potential environmental and health impacts related to CSG. This paper compares objective health outcomes from three study areas in Queensland, Australia to examine potential environmentally-related health impacts. Methods Three study areas were selected in an ecologic study de...

  19. Coupled flow and geomechanical processes during gas production from coal seams

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    Connell, L.D. [CSIRO Petroleum, Ian Wark Laboratory, Clayton, Victoria (Australia)

    2009-07-01

    Permeability in coal seams is sensitive to stress and pore pressure changes. An additional influence on this behaviour is the nature of the coal matrix to shrink with gas desorption and swell with adsorption. Concise relationships for permeability have been developed which incorporate these mechanisms, some of which are derived from a geomechanical basis such as the Shi-Durucan model and the Palmer-Mansoori model. While these expressions are attractive approaches for defining coal permeability during gas migration, the geomechanical behaviour has been simplified by assuming uni-axial strain and constant vertical stress. In this paper a coupled numerical model is developed and used to investigate the applicability of these geomechanical assumptions for gas drainage from coal seams. The modelling approach involved coupling the existing coal seam gas reservoir simulator, SIMED II, with the geomechanical simulator, FLAC3D. While SIMED II was used to simulate gas migration in a hypothetical coal seam and a series of production scenarios, FLAC3D simulated the geomechanical response of the coal and the adjacent non-coal geological formations to fluid pressure and gas content changes imported from SIMED II. The simulations, which considered a range of property values relevant to the San Juan basin, found that while the assumption of uni-axial strain introduced negligible discrepancy, the assumption of constant vertical stress leads to significant differences between the Shi-Durucan permeability estimate and that calculated from the SIMED-FLAC3D simulation, especially at early times during production. These differences were a result of the pressure and sorption strain changes induced by production leading to arching of stresses in the vicinity of the production well. The mechanism was shown to produce significant differences in the calculated gas rate particularly at early times during production. (author)

  20. Practical methodology to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints

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    K.C.Goes; G.F. Batalha; M.V. Pereira; A.F. Camarao

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is to present a practical and robust methodology developed to evaluate the fatigue life of seam welded joints under combined cyclic loading.Design/methodology/approach: Fatigue analysis was conducted in virtual environment. The finite element stress results from each loading were imported to fatigue code FE-Fatigue and combined to perform the fatigue life prediction using the S x N (stress x life) method. A tube-to-plate specimen was submitted to a combined cyclic loadi...

  1. Risk-based configuration control

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    The presentation discusses the following issues: The Configuration Control; The Risk-based Configuration Control (during power operation mode, and during shutdown mode). PSA requirements. Use of Risk-based Configuration Control System. Configuration Management (basic elements, benefits, information requirements)

  2. The influence of hydrogeological disturbance and mining on coal seam microbial communities.

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    Raudsepp, M J; Gagen, E J; Evans, P; Tyson, G W; Golding, S D; Southam, G

    2016-03-01

    The microbial communities present in two underground coal mines in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia, were investigated to deduce the effect of pumping and mining on subsurface methanogens and methanotrophs. The micro-organisms in pumped water from the actively mined areas, as well as, pre- and post-mining formation waters were analyzed using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing. The methane stable isotope composition of Bowen Basin coal seam indicates that methanogenesis has occurred in the geological past. More recently at the mine site, changing groundwater flow dynamics and the introduction of oxygen in the subsurface has increased microbial biomass and diversity. Consistent with microbial communities found in other coal seam environments, pumped coal mine waters from the subsurface were dominated by bacteria belonging to the genera Pseudomonas and the family Rhodocyclaceae. These environments and bacterial communities supported a methanogen population, including Methanobacteriaceae, Methanococcaceae and Methanosaeta. However, one of the most ubiquitous micro-organisms in anoxic coal mine waters belonged to the family 'Candidatus Methanoperedenaceae'. As the Archaeal family 'Candidatus Methanoperedenaceae' has not been extensively defined, the one studied species in the family is capable of anaerobic methane oxidation coupled to nitrate reduction. This introduces the possibility that a methane cycle between archaeal methanogenesis and methanotrophy may exist in the anoxic waters of the coal seam after hydrogeological disturbance. PMID:26541089

  3. Model test of the overburden deformation and failure law in close distance multi-seam mining

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    YANG Wei-feng; SUI Wang-hua; XIA Xiao-hong

    2008-01-01

    Based on characteristic of the associated mining of multi-coal seam and the engineering geological characteristics of overburden, the mining impact pattern of multiseam mining and the dynamic fracture mechanism of overburden were characterized by applying the engineering geological mechanical model test. The related strata movement arameters and influence area of multi-seam mining were obtained, the strike boundary angle is 61°, the full extraction coefficient is 0.93, the greatest subsidence angle is 81°, the horizontal movement factor is 0.38, the deviation of inflection point/mining deep is 0.11.The development height of caving zone and water flowing fractured zone of multi-seam mining were calculated, is 32 m and 81.5 m separatly. The assess of influence degree of coal layer safety mining is that, there exists the possibility of water and sand inflow when mining, some messures for mine water prevention and control should be used, and the mining thickness should be local strictly limit.

  4. Research status of seam tracking methods for orbital pipe welding robots

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    Sheng HU

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper first outlines the worldwide oil and gas pipeline laying situation by 2013 and industrial applications, the working characteristics and advantages of orbital pipe welding robots using the gas metal arc metal(GMAW. Then the classifications of commonly used welding seam tracking sensors are comprehensively introduced. The sensor working principles, advantages and disadvantages and the application situation in pipeline welding are analysed in details. The studies show that arc sensors and visual sensors have many advantages such as good real-time characteristic, informativeness and high tracking precision, and are most widely used in pipeline welding. Using single sensor in different process can limit the tracking precision easily, but a system with multiple sensors will greatly improve the tracking precision in oil and gas pipeline welding. A system using visual sensor and arc sensor has been used in the gas field pipeline welding in Japan and a good effect has been achieved. Finally the conclusion is drawn that suitable seam tracking sensor should be chosen according to the process features and methods, and using a variety of sensors can improve the welding seam tracking precision, which will become the focus of future researches.

  5. Laser welding process in PP moulding parts: Evaluation of seam performance

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    Oliveira, N.; Pontes, A. J.

    2015-12-01

    The Polypropylene is one of the most versatile polymer materials used in the industry. Due to this versatility, it is possible to use it in different products. This material can also be mixed with several additives namely glass fiber, carbon nanotubes, etc. This compatibility with different additives allows also obtaining products with characteristics that goes from an impact absorber to an electricity conductor. When is necessary to join components in PP they could be welded through hot plate, ultrasonic weld and also by laser. This study had the objective of study the influence of several variables, capable of influence the final quality of the seam. In this case were studied variables of the injection molding process as mold temperature and cooling time. Was also studied laser welding variables and different materials. The results showed that the variables that have the most influence were mould temperature, laser velocity and laser diameter. The seams were analyzed using Optical Microscopy technique. The seams showed perfect contact between the materials analyzed, despite the high standard variation presented in the mechanical testes.

  6. Guiding-controlling technology of coal seam hydraulic fracturing fractures extension

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    Zhai Cheng; Li Min; Sun Chen; Zhang Jianguo; Yang Wei; Li Quangui

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at the uncontrollable problem of extension direction of coal seam hydraulic fracturing,this study analyzed the course of fractures variation around the boreholes in process of hydraulic fracturing,and carried out the numerical simulations to investigate the effect of artificial predetermined fractures on stress distribution around fractured holes.The simulation results show that partial coal mass occurs relatively strong shear failure and forms weak surfaces,and then fractures extended along the desired direction while predetermined fractures changed stress distribution.Directional fracturing makes the fractures link up and the pressure on coal mass is relieved within fractured regions.Combining deep hole controlling blasting with hydraulic fracturing was proposed to realize the extension guiding-controlling technology of coal seam fractures.Industrial experiments prove that this technology can avoid local stress concentration and dramatically widen the pressure relief scope of deep hole controlling blasting.The permeability of fractured coal seam increased significantly,and gas extraction was greatly improved.Besides,regional pressure relief and permeability increase was achieved in this study.

  7. Determination of Fracture Initiation Locations during Cross-Measure Drilling for Hydraulic Fracturing of Coal Seams

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    Yiyu Lu

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available When drilling coal-bearing sequences to enhance coal seam permeability by hydraulic fracturing (HF, the location where fractures are initiated is important. To date, most research on fracture initiation has studied the problem in two dimensions. In this study, a three-dimensional model to assess initiation location is developed. The model analyzes the stress state of both the borehole wall and the coal-rock interface and the model shows that the fracture initiation location is affected by in situ stress, the dip of the coal seam, and the angle between the borehole and the coal seam. How the initiation location changes near different types of geological faults is calculated by assuming typical in situ stresses for the faults. Following these calculations, physical experiments were carried out to emulate cross-measure hydraulic fracturing under stress conditions equivalent to those in the Chongqing Tonghua coal mine, China. Fracture initiation during the experiments was monitored by an acoustic emission system. The experimental results were consistent with the theoretical calculations. This implies that the three-dimensional model for assessing the locations of fracture initiation can be applied to forecast the initiation location of fractures generated by cross-measure drilling. The assessment model provides reference values for this type of drilling in underground mines.

  8. An analysis of injury claims from low-seam coal mines

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    Gallagher, S.; Moore, S.; Dempsey, P.G. [NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2009-07-01

    The restricted workspace present in low-seam coal mines forces workers to adopt awkward working postures (kneeling and stooping), which place high physical demands on the knee and lower back. This article provides an analysis of injury claims for eight mining companies operating low-seam coal mines during calendar years 1996-2008. All cost data were normalized using data on the cost of medical care (MPI) as provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Results of the analysis indicate that the knee was the body part that led in terms of claim cost ($4.2 million), followed by injuries to the lower back ($2.7 million). While the average cost per injury for these body parts was $13,100 and $14,400, respectively (close to the average cost of an injury overall), the high frequency of these injuries resulted in their pre-eminence in terms of cost. Analysis of data from individual mining companies suggest that knee and lower back injuries were a consistent problem across companies, as these injuries were each among the top five most costly part of body for seven out of eight companies studied. Results of this investigation suggest that efforts to reduce the frequency of knee and low back injuries in low-seam mines have the potential to create substantial cost savings.

  9. Relations between coal petrology and gas content in the Upper Newlands Seam, Central Queensland, Australia

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    Walker, R.; Glikson, M.; Mastalerz, Maria

    2001-01-01

    The Upper Newlands Seam in the northern Bowen Basin, Queensland Australia consists of six benches (A-F) that have different petrographic assemblages. Benches C and E contain relatively abundant inertodetrinite and mineral matter, as well as anomalously high reflectance values; these characteristics support a largely allochthonous, detrital origin for the C and E benches. Fractures and cleats in the seam show a consistent orientation of northeast-southwest for face cleats, and a wide range of orientations for fractures. Cleat systems are well developed in bright bands, with poor continuity in the dull coal. Both maceral content and cleat character are suggested to influence gas drainage in the upper Newlands Seam. A pronounced positive correlation between vitrinite abundance and gas desorption data suggests more efficient drainage from benches with abundant vitrinite. Conversely, inertinite-rich benches are suggested to have less efficient drainage, and possibly retain gas within pore spaces, which could increase the outburst potential of the coal. ?? 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Firewall Configuration Errors Revisited

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    Wool, Avishai

    2009-01-01

    The first quantitative evaluation of the quality of corporate firewall configurations appeared in 2004, based on Check Point FireWall-1 rule-sets. In general that survey indicated that corporate firewalls were often enforcing poorly written rule-sets, containing many mistakes. The goal of this work is to revisit the first survey. The current study is much larger. Moreover, for the first time, the study includes configurations from two major vendors. The study also introduce a novel "Firewall Complexity" (FC) measure, that applies to both types of firewalls. The findings of the current study indeed validate the 2004 study's main observations: firewalls are (still) poorly configured, and a rule-set's complexity is (still) positively correlated with the number of detected risk items. Thus we can conclude that, for well-configured firewalls, ``small is (still) beautiful''. However, unlike the 2004 study, we see no significant indication that later software versions have fewer errors (for both vendors).

  11. Equivariant configuration spaces

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    Rourke, Colin; Sanderson, Brian

    1997-01-01

    We use the compression theorem (arxiv:math.GT/9712235) cf section 7, to prove results for equivariant configuration spaces analogous to the well-known non-equivariant results of May, Milgram and Segal.

  12. FEL phased array configurations

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    Shellan, Jeffrey B.

    1986-01-01

    The advantages and disadvantages of various phased array and shared aperture concepts for FEL configurations are discussed. Consideration is given to the characteristics of intra- and inter-micropulse phasing; intra-macropulse phasing; an internal coupled resonator configuration; and an injection locked oscillator array. The use of a master oscillator power amplifier (MOPA) configuration with multiple or single master oscillators for FELs is examined. The venetian blind, rotating plate, single grating, and grating rhomb shared aperture concepts are analyzed. It is noted that the shared aperture approach using a grating rhomb and the MOPA concept with a single master oscillator and a coupled resonator are useful for FEL phased array configurations; and the MOPA concept is most applicable.

  13. Determination of DTL configurations

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    A computer code (DLT) has been developed for quickly designing and evaluating different drift-tube linac (DLC) configurations. Inputs to the code include the power losses on reference DTL components determined previously by a computer code such as SUPERFISH. The scaling parameters for the new DTL configuration are beta (particle velocity), accelerating gradient, synchronous phase angle, transit-time factor, and the number of cells per DTL tank. Resulting calculations determine cell size, rf power losses, beam energy, and DTL length of the new configuration. A complete new configuration can be generated in a few seconds on an Apple II computer. Accuracy of this code is within 1% of the more sophisticated code PARMILA

  14. Drupal 8 configuration management

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    Borchert, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Drupal 8 Configuration Management is intended for people who use Drupal 8 to build websites, whether you are a hobbyist using Drupal for the first time, a long-time Drupal site builder, or a professional web developer.

  15. Airport Configuration Prediction Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — There is presently poor knowledge throughout the National Airspace System (NAS) of the airport configurations currently in use at each airport. There is even less...

  16. Configuration Management Automation (CMA)

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

  17. Computer software configuration management

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    This report reviews the basic elements of software configuration management (SCM) as defined by military and industry standards. Several software configuration management standards are evaluated given the requirements of the nuclear industry. A survey is included of available automated tools for supporting SCM activities. Some information is given on the experience of establishing and using SCM plans of other organizations that manage critical software. The report concludes with recommendations of practices that would be most appropriate for the nuclear power industry in Canada

  18. Implementace procesu Configuration management

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    Šipka, Ladislav

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this Thesis is to describe the practical implementation of process management in terms of Configuration Management process and subsequent implementation support tool, configuration and management database, focusing on describing and identifying particular steps needed for the definition and implementation process and the subsequent selection and implementation support tools. As an initial base of this Thesis I have used the practical experience of projects focusing on the definitio...

  19. Compact Torsatron configurations

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    Low-aspect-ratio stellarator configurations can be realized by using torsatron winding. Plasmas with aspect ratios in the range of 3.5 to 5 can be confined by these Compact Torsatron configurations. Stable operation at high Β should be possible in these devices, if a vertical field coil system is adequately designed to avoid breaking of the magnetic surfaces at finite Β. 17 refs., 21 figs., 1 tab

  20. Configuration by Modularisation

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    Riitahuhta, Asko; Andreasen, Mogens Myrup

    1998-01-01

    Globally operating companies have realized that locally customized products and services are today the prerequisite for the success. The capability or the paradigm to act locally in global markets is called Mass Customization [Victor 1997]. The prerequisite for Mass Customization is Configuration...... creation of a structured product family is presented and examples are given. The concepts of a novel Dynamic Modularisation method, Metrics for Modularisation and Design for Configurability are presented....

  1. Waste minimization assessment for a manufacturer of baseball bats and golf clubs. Environmental research brief

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    Fleischman, M.; Kirsch, F.W.; Maginn, J.C.

    1993-09-01

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has funded a pilot project to assist small and medium-size manufacturers who want to minimize their generation of waste but who lack the expertise to do so. Waste Minimization Assessment Center (WMAC) at the University of Louisville performed an assessment at a plant manufacturing baseball bats and golf clubs -- approximately 1,500,000 bats/yr and 550,000 golf clubs/yr. To make the bats, wood billets are oven-dried and machined to a standard dimension. After sanding they are branded and finished. The golf clubs are made by finishing and assembling purchased heads and shafts. The team's report detailing findings and recommendations, indicated that the most waste, other than rinse water discharged to the publicly owned treatment works (POTW) and wood turnings which are sold, consists of scrap cardboard and paper from the shop and offices, and that the greatest savings, including new income, could be obtained by segregating the cardboard and paper wastes for sale to a local recycler.

  2. The effects of baseball bat mass properties on swing mechanics, ground reaction forces, and swing timing.

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    Laughlin, Walter A; Fleisig, Glenn S; Aune, Kyle T; Diffendaffer, Alek Z

    2016-03-01

    Swing trajectory and ground reaction forces (GRF) of 30 collegiate baseball batters hitting a pitched ball were compared between a standard bat, a bat with extra weight about its barrel, and a bat with extra weight in its handle. It was hypothesised that when compared to a standard bat, only a handle-weighted bat would produce equivalent bat kinematics. It was also hypothesised that hitters would not produce equivalent GRFs for each weighted bat, but would maintain equivalent timing when compared to a standard bat. Data were collected utilising a 500 Hz motion capture system and 1,000 Hz force plate system. Data between bats were considered equivalent when the 95% confidence interval of the difference was contained entirely within ±5% of the standard bat mean value. The handle-weighted bat had equivalent kinematics, whereas the barrel-weighted bat did not. Both weighted bats had equivalent peak GRF variables. Neither weighted bat maintained equivalence in the timing of bat kinematics and some peak GRFs. The ability to maintain swing kinematics with a handle-weighted bat may have implications for swing training and warm-up. However, altered timings of kinematics and kinetics require further research to understand the implications on returning to a conventionally weighted bat. PMID:26836969

  3. THE LAUNCH WINDOW HYPOTHESIS AND THE SPEED-ACCURACY TRADE-OFF IN BASEBALL THROWING.

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    Freeston, Jonathan; Ferdinands, Rene E D; Rooney, Kieron

    2015-08-01

    The speed-accuracy trade-off in throwing has been well described, but its cause is poorly understood. The popular impulse-variability hypothesis lacks relevance to throwing, while the launch window hypothesis has explanatory potential but has not been empirically tested. The current study therefore aimed to quantify the speed-accuracy trade-off and launch window during a throwing task at two different speeds. Nine elite junior baseball players (M age=19.6 yr.; M height=1.80 m; M weight=75.5 kg) threw 10 fastballs at 80 and 100% of maximal throwing speed (MTS) toward a 7 cm target from a distance of 20 m. A 3D motion analysis system measured ball speed and trajectory. A speed-accuracy trade-off occurred, mediated by increased vertical error. This can be attributed to the launch window, which was significantly smaller, particularly its vertical component, during 100% MTS. Maximal throwing speed correlated negatively with launch window size. The launch window hypothesis explained the observed speed-accuracy trade-off, providing a framework within which aspects of technique can be identified and altered to improve performance. PMID:26270853

  4. Origins of superior dynamic visual acuity in baseball players: superior eye movements or superior image processing.

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    Yusuke Uchida

    Full Text Available Dynamic visual acuity (DVA is defined as the ability to discriminate the fine parts of a moving object. DVA is generally better in athletes than in non-athletes, and the better DVA of athletes has been attributed to a better ability to track moving objects. In the present study, we hypothesized that the better DVA of athletes is partly derived from better perception of moving images on the retina through some kind of perceptual learning. To test this hypothesis, we quantitatively measured DVA in baseball players and non-athletes using moving Landolt rings in two conditions. In the first experiment, the participants were allowed to move their eyes (free-eye-movement conditions, whereas in the second they were required to fixate on a fixation target (fixation conditions. The athletes displayed significantly better DVA than the non-athletes in the free-eye-movement conditions. However, there was no significant difference between the groups in the fixation conditions. These results suggest that the better DVA of athletes is primarily due to an improved ability to track moving targets with their eyes, rather than to improved perception of moving images on the retina.

  5. Coordination pattern of baseball pitching among young pitchers of various ages and velocity levels.

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    Chen, Hsiu-Hui; Liu, Chiang; Yang, Wen-Wen

    2016-09-01

    This study compared the whole-body movement coordination of pitching among 72 baseball players of various ages and velocity levels. Participants were classified as senior, junior, and little according to their age, with each group comprising 24 players. The velocity levels of the high-velocity (the top eight) and low-velocity (the lowest eight) groups were classified according to their pitching velocity. During pitching, the coordinates of 15 markers attached to the major joints of the whole-body movement system were collected for analysis. Sixteen kinematic parameters were calculated to compare the groups and velocity levels. Principal component analysis (PCA) was conducted to quantify the coordination pattern of pitching movement. The results were as follows: (1) five position and two velocity parameters significantly differed among the age groups, and two position and one velocity parameters significantly differed between the high- and low-velocity groups. (2) The coordination patterns of pitching movement could be described using three components, of which the eigenvalues and contents varied according to age and velocity level. In conclusion, the senior and junior players showed greater elbow angular velocity, whereas the little players exhibited a wider shoulder angle only at the beginning of pitching. The players with high velocity exhibited higher trunk and shoulder rotation velocity. The variations among groups found using PCA and kinematics parameter analyses were consistent. PMID:26757065

  6. Rotator Interval Lesion and Damaged Subscapularis Tendon Repair in a High School Baseball Player

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    Tomoyuki Muto

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2013, a 16-year-old baseball pitcher visited Nobuhara Hospital complaining of shoulder pain and limited range of motion in his throwing shoulder. High signal intensity in the rotator interval (RI area (ball sign, injured subscapularis tendon, and damage to both the superior and middle glenohumeral ligaments were identified using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Repair of the RI lesion and partially damaged subscapularis tendon was performed in this pitcher. During surgery, an opened RI and dropping of the subscapularis tendon were observed. The RI was closed in a 90° externally rotated and abducted position. To reconfirm the exact repaired state of the patient, arthroscopic examination was performed from behind. However, suture points were not visible in the >30° externally rotated position, which indicates that the RI could not be correctly repaired with the arthroscopic procedure. One year after surgery, the patient obtained full function of the shoulder and returned to play at a national convention. Surgical repair of the RI lesion should be performed in exactly the correct position of the upper extremity.

  7. Unusual chest wall pain caused by thoracic disc herniation in a professional baseball pitcher.

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    Kato, Kinshi; Yabuki, Shoji; Otani, Koji; Nikaido, Takuya; Otoshi, Ken-Ichi; Watanabe, Kazuyuki; Kikuchi, Shin-Ichi; Konno, Shin-Ichi

    2016-06-01

    Symptomatic thoracic disc herniation is clinically rare. There are few cases of disc herniation of the thoracic spine in top athletes described in the literature. We herein present a rare case of chest wall pain due to thoracic disc herniation in a professional baseball pitcher. A 30-year-old, left-handed pitcher complained of left-sided chest wall pain in the region of his lower ribs during a game. Neurological examination revealed hypoesthesia of the left side of the chest at the level of the lower thoracic spine. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the thoracic spine showed a left-sided paramedian disc herniation at the T9-T10 level. The player was initially prescribed rest, administration of pregabalin (150 mg twice a day), and subsequent physical rehabilitation. He was able to resume full training and pitching without medication 6 months after the onset. A follow-up MRI of the thoracic spine showed a reduction in the size of the herniated disc compared to the initial findings. Though relatively rare, thoracic disc herniation should be considered in cases of chest wall pain in athletes. PMID:26983590

  8. Biologic Augmentation of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament in the Elbow of a Professional Baseball Pitcher

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    James K. Hoffman

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Tears of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL of the elbow are common injuries in overhead athletes. Although surgical reconstruction of the UCL has improved outcomes, not all athletes return to their previous level of competition and when this goal is achieved, the time required averages one to two years. Therefore, additional techniques are needed to further improve return to play and the rate of return to play in overhead athletes. A construct comprising a dermal allograft, platelet rich plasma (PRP, and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs has been shown to successfully improve healing in the rotator cuff. Given the promising provisional findings, we postulated that this construct could also improve healing if applied to the UCL. Therefore, the purpose of the present report was to examine the feasibility of utilizing a dermal allograft, PRP, and MSC construct to augment UCL reconstruction in a professional baseball pitcher. No complications were encountered. Although limited to minimal follow-up, the patient has demonstrated excellent progress and has returned to activity.

  9. Kinematic comparison of baseball batting off of a tee among various competition levels.

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    Dowling, Brittany; Fleisig, Glenn S

    2016-09-01

    Determining and understanding baseball batting mechanics at various competition levels may help players and coaches identify key kinematics crucial to being a successful hitter. The purpose of this study was to compare batting kinematics across competition levels. Kinematic and temporal data were analysed for 170 male batters (youth n = 33; high school n = 69; college n = 22; professional n = 46) using 3D motion capture (480 Hz). The results showed differences in angular positions between competition levels during the five phases of the swing, with the greatest differences seen between the youth and professional batters. At the instant of ball contact, professional batters held the bat farther away from their body, with greater back shoulder abduction (35°) and less back elbow flexion (78°) compared to youth (27° and 89°, respectively). These differences were associated with greater back elbow extension velocity for professionals (1539°/s) compared to youth (1174°/s). Additionally, higher level batters had higher bat angular and linear velocities compared to the youth batters. As batters progress through their career, they should focus on their back arm by keeping their elbow up and their arm extended in front of them. PMID:27278749

  10. Overlying strata movement rules and safety mining technology for the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room mining goaf

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    Wang Fangtian; Zhang Cun; Zhang Xiaogang; Song Qi

    2015-01-01

    Aiming at the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room mining goaf, due to that the shallow depth seam is exploited using the longwall mining and overlain by thin bedrock and thick loose sands, many accidents are likely to occur, including roof structure instability, roof step subsidence, damages of shield supports, and the face bumps triggered by the large area roof weighting, resulting in serious threats to the safety of underground miners and equipment. This paper analyses the overlying strata movement rules for the shallow seams using the physical simulation, the 3DEC numerical simulation and the field mea-surements. The results show that, in shallow seam mining, the overburden movement forms caved zone and fractured zone, the cracks develop continuously and reach the surface with the face advancing, and the development of surface cracks generally goes through four stages. With the application of loose blast-ing of residual pillars, reasonable mining height, and roof support and management, the safe, efficient and high recovery rate mining has been achieved in the shallow depth seam proximity beneath a room min-ing goaf.

  11. STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DIVERSITY COAL MASS STRUCTURE AND LITHOTYPE OF COAL IN MULTI-COAL SEAM MINE

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    吴基文; 赵志根; 陈资平

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    Through site observation and indoor measurements in XieJiaji No.2 Coal Mine in Huainen and Luling Coal Mine in Huaibei, it is discovered that the fragmentation degree are different in different coal seams in same mining district and even in sublevels of the same coal seam, the coal mass structures exist much difference. By analyzing the relationship between the constitution of coal matters and the epigenesis breakage of coal. This paper points out that the internal factor which causes the diversity of the coal mass structure comes from the diversity in the contents of telocollinite and desmocollinite in the vitrinite. The contenet of desmocollinite is higher than that of telocollinite in intact coal seam (sublevel) but the former is less than the later in breaking sublevel, the diversity of constituent content more affects the epigenetic fragmentation degree of coal seam. The content of desrnocollinite proves lower than that of telocollinite in the broken coal seam. The new understanding has directing, and reference for the study of coal petrology, coal mine gas geology and coal methane.

  12. Configuration Control Office

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    In order to enable Technical Coordination to manage the detector configuration and to be aware of all changes in this configuration, a baseline of the envelopes has been created in April 2001. Fifteen system and multi-system envelope drawings have been approved and baselined. An EDMS file is associated with each approved envelope, which provides a list of the current known unsolved conflicts related to the envelope and a list of remaining drawing inconsistencies to be corrected. The envelope status with the associated drawings and EDMS file can be found on the web at this adress: http://atlasinfo.cern.ch/Atlas/TCOORD/Activities/Installation/Configuration/ Any modification in the baseline has to be requested via the Engineering Change Requests. The procedure can be found under: http://atlasinfo.cern.ch/Atlas/TCOORD/Activities/TcOffice/Quality/ECR/ TC will review all the systems envelopes in the near future and manage conflict resolution with the collaboration of the systems.

  13. APPLICATION OF EXPERT SYSTEM BASED ON NEURAL NETWORK IN MINING THE GENTLE INCLINED THICK SEAM

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    朱川曲; 施式亮

    1997-01-01

    This paper presents a new method for the correct selection of mining methods and prediction of main technological and economic indexes of the face in the gentle inclined thick seams with the application of the artificial neural network theory and the expert system. The theory analysis and calculating results indicate that the method is reliable, practical and precise. This method has strongly capabilities of self-study and non-linear dynamic data process. It is expected to be widely applied in the policy decision and prediction of mining technology in coal mine.

  14. Numerical Study on 4-1 Coal Seam of Xiaoming Mine in Ascending Mining

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    Lan Tianwei

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Coal seams ascending mining technology is very significant, since it influences the safety production and the liberation of dull coal, speeds up the construction of energy, improves the stability of stope, and reduces or avoids deep hard rock mining induced mine disaster. Combined with the Xiaoming ascending mining mine 4-1, by numerical calculation, the paper analyses ascending mining 4-1 factors, determines the feasibility of ascending mining 4-1 coalbed, and proposes roadway layout program about working face, which has broad economic and social benefits.

  15. Geological storage of carbon dioxide in the coal seams: from material to the reservoir

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    CO2 emissions into the atmosphere are recognized to have a significant effect on global warming. Geological storage of CO2 is widely regarded as an essential approach to reduce the impact of such emissions on the environment. Moreover, injecting carbon dioxide in coal bed methane reservoirs facilitates the recovery of the methane naturally present, a process known as enhanced coal bed methane recovery (ECBM). But the swelling of the coal matrix induced by the preferential adsorption by coal of carbon dioxide over the methane in place leads to a closure of the cleat system (a set of small natural fractures) of the reservoir and therefore to a loss of injectivity. This PhD thesis is dedicated to a study of how this injectivity evolves in presence of fluids. We derive two poro-mechanical dual-porosity models for a coal bed reservoir saturated by a pure fluid. The resulting constitutive equations enable to better understand and model the link between the injectivity of a coal seam and the adsorption-induced swelling of coal. For both models, the pore space of the reservoir is considered to be divided into the macroporous cleats and the pores of the coal matrix. The two models differ by how adsorption of fluid is taken into account: the first model is restricted to surface adsorption, while the second model can be applied for adsorption in a medium with a generic pore size distribution and thus in a microporous medium such as coal, in which adsorption mostly occurs by micropore filling. The latter model is calibrated on two coals with different sorption and swelling properties. We then perform simulations at various scales (Representative Elementary Volume, coal sample, coal seam). In particular, we validate our model on experimental data of adsorption-induced variations of permeability of coal. We also perform simulations of seams from which methane would be produced (CBM) or of methane-free seams into which CO2 would be injected. We study the effect of various

  16. Hybrid Technology of Hard Coal Mining from Seams Located at Great Depths

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    Czaja, Piotr; Kamiński, Paweł; Klich, Jerzy; Tajduś, Antoni

    2014-10-01

    Learning to control fire changed the life of man considerably. Learning to convert the energy derived from combustion of coal or hydrocarbons into another type of energy, such as steam pressure or electricity, has put him on the path of scientific and technological revolution, stimulating dynamic development. Since the dawn of time, fossil fuels have been serving as the mankind's natural reservoir of energy in an increasingly great capacity. A completely incomprehensible refusal to use fossil fuels causes some local populations, who do not possess a comprehensive knowledge of the subject, to protest and even generate social conflicts as an expression of their dislike for the extraction of minerals. Our times are marked by the search for more efficient ways of utilizing fossil fuels by introducing non-conventional technologies of exploiting conventional energy sources. During apartheid, South Africa demonstrated that cheap coal can easily satisfy total demand for liquid and gaseous fuels. In consideration of current high prices of hydrocarbon media (oil and gas), gasification or liquefaction of coal seems to be the innovative technology convergent with contemporary expectations of both energy producers as well as environmentalists. Known mainly from literature reports, underground coal gasification technologies can be brought down to two basic methods: - shaftless method - drilling, in which the gasified seam is uncovered using boreholes drilled from the surface, - shaft method, in which the existing infrastructure of underground mines is used to uncover the seams. This paper presents a hybrid shaft-drilling approach to the acquisition of primary energy carriers (methane and syngas) from coal seams located at great depths. A major advantage of this method is the fact that the use of conventional coal mining technology requires the seams located at great depths to be placed on the off-balance sheet, while the hybrid method of underground gasification enables them to

  17. Layout and support design of a coal roadway in ultra-close multiple-seams

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    严红; 翁明月; 冯锐敏; 李伟康

    2015-01-01

    A roadway within ultra-close multiple-seams (RUCMSs) is one of the most difficult supported coal roadways to deal with in underground coal mines. This is usually due to the unknown stress distributions, improper roadway layout, and unreasonable support parameters. In order to solve this support problem and effectively save RUCMSs from frequent and abrupt disasters (such as serious deformation of the surrounding rock, roof cave ins, and coal side collapse), a comprehensive method is adopted here which includes theoretical analysis, numerical simulation, and field monitoring. A mechanical model was constructed to determine the stress distribution in the coal pillar after two sides of a longwall panel had been mined. Based on this model, the horizontal, vertical, and tangential stress equations for the plane below the floor of the upper-left coal pillar were deduced. In addition, a typical coal mine (the Jinggonger colliery, located in Shuozhou city, Shanxi province, China) with an average distance between its 9# and 11# coal seams of less than 8.0 was chosen to conduct research on the proper layout and reasonable support required for a typical coal roadway located within coal seam 11#. Using FLAC3D (Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continua in 3-Dimensions) numerical software, eight schemes were designed with different horizontal distances (d) between the center lines of the coal pillar and the roadway in the lower coal seam (RLCS). The simulations and detailed analysis indicate that the proper distances required are between 22.5 and 27.5 m. A total of 20 simulation schemes were used to investigate the factors influencing the support provided by the key bolts (bolt length, spacing, distance between two rows, installation angle, and pre-tightening force). The results were analyzed and used to determine reasonable values for the support parameters. Field results show that the stability and strength of the RLCS can be effectively safeguarded using a combination of researched

  18. Coal Seams in the Horna Nitra Valley - the Cigel Mining Are

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    According to the statistics data, coal will become with no doubt the most important energy source in the 21-st century. The Horna Nitra Valley represents one of the main fuels - energy centre of Slovakia. Deposits of caustobioliths - brown coal and lignite present significant raw material potential. The mining companies, along with run-in extraction methods of coal reserves, are giving their time to a research of untraditional coal processing technologies. An in-situ monitoring of coal seams geo-technological properties contributes in a significant way to obtain some complex knowledge on interactions of certain determining factors which influence the coal gases formation underground. (author)

  19. Stress Measurement in Coal Seam Ahead of Longwall Face - Case Study

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    Wollongong: The University of Wollongong, 2015 - (Aziz, N.; Kininmonth, B.), s. 54-61 ISBN 978-1-925100-23-5. [Coal Operators´ Conference. Wollongong (AU), 11.02.2015-13.02.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406; GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : coal seam * stress measurement * destress blasting Subject RIV: DH - Mining , incl. Coal Mining http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2205&context=coal

  20. Controllable theory and applications for the wall bolting reinforcement in the roadway of seam

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    TAN Yun-liang; ZHANG Li-jun; XIAO Ya-xun

    2007-01-01

    By using the Radar penetrating technology and numerical simulations, the fractured zone could be easily determined. Both wall fractured zone and mining action of coal seam roadway were considered, and the bolt reinforcing criteria for wall including low limit condition and up limit condition were put up, which supply a basis for the bolt reinforcement design. For a particular engineering, there existed a bolt reinforcing controllable range which can be determined by the method put up in this paper. For the out of controllable range of bolt reinforcement in engineering, it is necessary to seek for other kind reinforcing technology, because the bolt reinforcing technology is not omnipotent.

  1. The NC Power Supply Design of Large Current and Wide Frequency Pulse in SEAM

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    Jianping Zhou; Yan Xu; Qiang He; Bisheng Zhou

    2013-01-01

    There are a lot of ways to achieve large current pulse power supply, and the more common way is to adopt the inverter switching circuit to achieve pulse power supply. The core of the NC power supply design of large current and wide frequency pulse in SEAM is using two-stage modulation. Combined with inverter technology, DC chopper technology and NC technology, it not only can achieve the adjustability of the output pulse amplitude, but also can realize continuous adjustment of the output puls...

  2. Geometric characterization of a circumferential seam by automatic segmentation of digitized radioscopic images

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    The present study deals with the nondestructive control of a circumferential seam by digital radioscopy. A series of images for one complete revolution of the welded component is available. We first resort to a joint approach by simulation and experimentation. This approach allows the detection of the molten zone limits for an initial image. We then develop a segmentation method that permits automatic extraction of the geometric characteristics of the set of images representative of the weld. These measures supply fast and automatic control of the weld quality. Results are shown for real components. (author)

  3. CEH-20/Pbx and UNC-62/Meis function upstream of rnt-1/Runx to regulate asymmetric divisions of the C. elegans stem-like seam cells

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    Samantha Hughes

    2013-06-01

    Caenorhabditis elegans seam cells divide in the stem-like mode throughout larval development, with the ability to both self-renew and produce daughters that differentiate. Seam cells typically divide asymmetrically, giving rise to an anterior daughter that fuses with the hypodermis and a posterior daughter that proliferates further. Previously we have identified rnt-1 (a homologue of the mammalian cancer-associated stem cell regulator Runx as being an important regulator of seam development, acting to promote proliferation; rnt-1 mutants have fewer seam cells whereas overexpressing rnt-1 causes seam cell hyperplasia. We isolated the interacting CEH-20/Pbx and UNC-62/Meis TALE-class transcription factors during a genome-wide RNAi screen for novel regulators of seam cell number. Animals lacking wild type CEH-20 or UNC-62 display seam cell hyperplasia, largely restricted to the anterior of the worm, whereas double mutants have many additional seam cells along the length of the animal. The cellular basis of the hyperplasia involves the symmetrisation of normally asymmetric seam cell divisions towards the proliferative stem-like fate. The hyperplasia is completely suppressed in rnt-1 mutants, and rnt-1 is upregulated in ceh-20 and unc-62 mutants, suggesting that CEH-20 and UNC-62 function upstream of rnt-1 to limit proliferative potential to the appropriate daughter cell. In further support of this we find that CEH-20 is asymmetrically localised in seam daughters following an asymmetric division, being predominantly restricted to anterior nuclei whose fate is to differentiate. Thus, ceh-20 and unc-62 encode crucial regulators of seam cell division asymmetry, acting via rnt-1 to regulate the balance between proliferation and differentiation.

  4. Do Fans Care about Compliance to Doping Regulations in Sports? The Impact of PED Suspension in Baseball

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    2014-01-01

    There is little evidence in support of the main economic rationale for regulating athletic doping: that doping reduces fan interest. The introduction of random testing for performance-enhancing drugs (PED) by Major League Baseball (MLB) offers unique data to investigate the issue. The announcement of a PED violation: (a) initially reduces home-game attendance by 8 percent, (b) has no impact on home-game attendance after 12 days, and (c) has a small negative impact on the game attendance for o...

  5. On the potential of a chemical Bonds: Possible effects of steroids on home run production in baseball

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    Tobin, R. G.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years several baseball players have hit a remarkable number of home runs, and there has been speculation that their achievements were enhanced by the use of anabolic steroids. Basic mechanics and physiology, combined with simple but reasonable models, show that steroid use by a player who is already highly skilled could produce such dramatic increases in home run production. Because home runs are relatively rare events on the tail of a batter's range distribution, even modest changes in bat speed can increase the proportion of batted balls that result in home runs by 50-100%. The possible effect of steroid use by pitchers is briefly considered.

  6. Ansible configuration management

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    This book is intended for anyone who wants to learn Ansible starting from the basics. Some experience of how to set up and configure Linux machines and a working knowledge of BIND, MySQL, and other Linux daemons is expected.

  7. Space Station Final Configuration

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    An artist's conception of what the final configuration of the International Space Station (ISS) will look like when it is fully built and deployed. The ISS is a multidisciplinary laboratory, technology test bed, and observatory that will provide an unprecedented undertaking in scientific, technological, and international experimentation.

  8. DNS BIND Server Configuration

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available After a brief presentation of the DNS and BIND standard for Unix platforms, the paper presents an application which has a principal objective, the configuring of the DNS BIND 9 server. The general objectives of the application are presented, follow by the description of the details of designing the program.

  9. Inclusive Services Innovation Configuration

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    Holdheide, Lynn R.; Reschly, Daniel J.

    2011-01-01

    Teacher preparation to deliver inclusive services to students with disabilities is increasingly important because of changes in law and policy emphasizing student access to, and achievement in, the general education curriculum. This innovation configuration identifies the components of inclusive services that should be incorporated in teacher…

  10. Depillaring of total thickness of a thick coal seam in single lift using cable bolts:A case study

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    Kumar Rakesh; Mishra Arvind Kumar; Singh Arun Kumar; Singh Amit Kumar; Ram Sahendra; Singh Rajendra

    2016-01-01

    Explaining fundamentals of application of cable bolting for a thick seam depillaring, this paper summa-rizes the results of field studies conducted during adoption of this approach in more than fifteen panels of Madhusudanpur 7 pit and incline mine. Nearly 7.0 m thick Kajora top coal seam of this mine is developed on pillars along the floor horizon to an average height of 3.0 m, leaving a coal band of around 4.0 m along the roof. Analysis of procured core samples showed that roof strata are easily caveable with a caveability index value of around 2000 only. Easily caveable overlying strata and shallow depth of cover alleviated most of the expected strata mechanics problems of the thick seam mining. However, extraction of total thickness at shallow cover caused differential-subsidence and cracks on the surface. These manifestations were immediately tackled to avoid creation of a breathing path for spontaneous heating in the extracted area.

  11. Strata behavior investigation for high-intensity mining in the water-rich coal seam

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    Ding Huande; Miao Xiexing; Ju Feng; Wang Xiulin; Wang Qingcang

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a specific case of mining in a water-rich coal seam in western China. Water inrushes, roof caving and other disasters induced by intensive mining operation could pose great threats to the safety of coal mines. The strata behavior during the high-intensity extraction in the water-rich coal seam is analyzed by employing the numerical simulation method and in situ monitoring. The results show that about 10 m ahead of the workface, the front abutment pressure peaks is at 34.13 MPa, while the peak of the side abutment pressure is located about 8 m away from the gateway with the value of 12.41 MPa;the height of the fracture zone, the first weighting step and the cycle weighting step are calculated to be 45, 50 and 20.8 m, respectively; pressure distribution in the workface is characterized by that the vertical pressure in the center occurs earlier and is stronger than those on both ends. Then, the results above are verified by in situ measurement, which may provide a basis for safe mining under similar conditions.

  12. Interpretation of Coal-Seam Sequestration Data Using a New Swelling and Shrinkage Model

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    Siriwardane, H.J.; Smith, D.H.

    2006-10-01

    This paper deals with the influence of swelling and shrinkage of coal on the production of methane from, and sequestration of carbon dioxide in, a coalbed reservoir. A three-dimensional swelling and shrinkage model was developed. It is based on constitutive equations that account for coupled fluid pressure-deformation behavior of a porous medium that undergoes swelling and shrinkage. The swelling and shrinkage strains are computed on the basis of the amounts of different gases (e.g., CO2, CH4) sorbed or desorbed. The amounts of sorption and desorption are computed from measured isotherms with the aid of the Ideal Adsorbed Solution model for mixed gases. The permeability of the reservoir is modified according to the swelling-shrinkage model. The paper presents numerical results for the influence of swelling and shrinkage on reservoir performance during injection of carbon dioxide. The paper includes results from a number of examples, and analysis of a field injection into a coal seam at a site in the San Juan basin. Results show that with the incorporation of swelling and shrinkage into the analysis, it is possible to get a better history-match of production data. Results also show that coal swelling can reduce the injection volumes of carbon dioxide significantly. The interpretation of field data with the new swelling-shrinkage model shows that the coal swelling during carbon dioxide sequestration in coal-seams is an important factor that can influence field performance.

  13. Research on forced gas draining from coal seams by surface well drilling

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    Wu Dongmei; Wang Haifeng; Ge Chungui; An Fenghua

    2011-01-01

    Surface drilling was performed at the Luling Coal Mine, in Huaibei, to shorten the period required for gas draining. The experimental study was designed to reduce the cost of gas control by efficiently draining gas from the upper protected layer. The structural arraignment and technical principles of pressure relief via surface drilling are discussed. Results from the trial showed that gas drained from the surface system over a period of 10 months. The total amount of collected gas was 248.4 million m3. The gas draining occurred in three stages: a growth period; a period of maximum gas production; and an attenuation period. The period of maximum gas production lasted for 4 months. During this time the methane concentration ranged from 60% to 90% and the average draining rate was 10.6 m3/min. Combined with other methods of draining it was possible to drain 70.6% of the gas from middle coal seam groups. The amount of residual gas dropped to 5.2 m3/ton, and the pressure of the residual gas fell to 0.53 MPa,thereby eliminating the outburst danger in the middle coal seam groups. The factors affecting pressure relief gas draining by surface drilling were analysed.

  14. Recycling of coal seam gas-associated water using vacuum membrane distillation.

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    Heidarpour, Farideh; Shi, Jeffrey; Chae, So-Ryong

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam gas-associated water (CSGAW), which is a by-product of coal seam gas (CSG) production typically contains significant amounts of salts and has potential environmental issues. In this study, we optimized a bench-scale vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) process with flat-sheet hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membranes for the treatment of synthetic CSGAW (conductivity = 15 mS/cm). To study performance of the VMD process, we explored the effects of feed temperature (T(f) = 60, 70, and 80°C), feed flow rate (V(f) = 60, 120, and 240 mL/min), and vacuum pressure (P(v) = 3, 6, and 9 kPa) on water permeability through the PTFE membrane in the VMD process. Under the optimum conditions (i.e. T(f) = 80°C, V(f) = 240 mL/min, P(v) = 3 kPa), water permeability and rejection efficiency of salts by the VMD process were found to be 5.5 L/m(2)/h (LMH) and 99.9%, respectively, after 2 h filtration. However, after 8 h operation, the water permeability decreased by 70% compared with the initial flux due to the formation of fouling layer of calcium, chloride, sodium, magnesium, and potassium on the membrane surface. PMID:26360750

  15. Managing produced water from coal seam gas projects: implications for an emerging industry in Australia.

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    Davies, Peter J; Gore, Damian B; Khan, Stuart J

    2015-07-01

    This paper reviews the environmental problems, impacts and risks associated with the generation and disposal of produced water by the emerging coal seam gas (CSG) industry and how it may be relevant to Australia and similar physical settings. With only limited independent research on the potential environmental impacts of produced water, is it necessary for industry and government policy makers and regulators to draw upon the experiences of related endeavours such as mining and groundwater extraction accepting that the conclusions may not always be directly transferrable. CSG is widely touted in Australia as having the potential to provide significant economic and energy security benefits, yet the environmental and health policies and the planning and regulatory setting are yet to mature and are continuing to evolve amidst ongoing social and environmental concerns and political indecision. In this review, produced water has been defined as water that is brought to the land surface during the process of recovering methane gas from coal seams and includes water sourced from CSG wells as well as flowback water associated with drilling, hydraulic fracturing and gas extraction. A brief overview of produced water generation, its characteristics and environmental issues is provided. A review of past lessons and identification of potential risks, including disposal options, is included to assist in planning and management of this industry. PMID:25783163

  16. How sorption-induced matrix deformation affects gas flow in coal seams: A new FE model

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    Zhang, H.B.; Liu, J.S.; Elsworth, D. [University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA (Australia). School of Oil and Gas Engineering

    2008-12-15

    The influence of sorption-induced coal matrix deformation on the evolution of porosity and permeability of fractured coal seams is evaluated, together with its influence on gas recovery rates. The porosity-based model considers factors such as the volume occupied by the free-phase gas, the volume occupied by the adsorbed phase gas, the deformation-induced pore volume change, and the sorption-induced coal pore volume change. More importantly, these factors are quantified under in situ stress conditions. A cubic relation between coal porosity and permeability is introduced to relate the coal storage capability (changing porosity) to the coal transport property (changing permeability). A general porosity and permeability model is then implemented into a coupled gas flow and coal deformation finite element model. The new FE model was used to compare the performance of the new model with that of the Palmer-Mansoori model. It is found that the Palmer-Mansoori model may produce significant errors if loading conditions deviate from the assumptions of the uniaxial strain condition and infinite bulk modulus of the grains. The FE model was also applied to quantify the net change in permeability, the gas flow, and the resultant deformation in a coal seam. Model results demonstrate that the evolution of porosity and of permeability is controlled by the competing influences of effective stresses and sorption-based volume changes. The resulting sense of permeability change is controlled by the dominant mechanism.

  17. Behaviors of overlying strata in extra-thick coal seams using top-coal caving method

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    Bin Yu

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Accidents such as support failure and excessive deformation of roadways due to drastic changes in strata behaviors are frequently reported when mining the extra-thick coal seams Nos. 3–5 in Datong coal mine with top-coal caving method, which significantly hampers the mine's normal production. To understand the mechanism of strata failure, this paper presented a structure evolution model with respect to strata behaviors. Then the behaviors of strata overlying the extra-thick coal seams were studied with the combined method of theoretical analysis, physical simulation, and field measurement. The results show that the key strata, which are usually thick-hard strata, play an important role in overlying movement and may influence the mining-induced strata behaviors in the working face using top-coal caving method. The structural model of far-field key strata presents a “masonry beam” type structure when “horizontal O-X” breakage type happens. The rotational motion of the block imposed radial compressive stress on the surrounding rock mass of the roadway. This can induce excessive deformation of roadway near the goaf. Besides, this paper proposed a pre-control technology for the hard roof based on fracture holes and underground roof pre-splitting. It could effectively reduce stress concentration and release the accumulated energy of the strata, when mining underground coal resources with top-coal caving method.

  18. Schemes for development and mining of level coal seams without leaving support coal pillars

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    Bakhtin, A.F.; Batmanov, Yu.K.; Taratuta, N.K.

    1982-07-01

    Methods are illustrated for longwall mining without leaving support pillars for strata control. Comparative evaluations in Soviet coal mines show that with increasing mining depth coal losses associated with support pillars increase. Use of support pillars also increases rock burst hazard and increases cost of support repairs in mine roadways. Proportion of coal from longwall mining without leaving coal support pillars increased from 36 % in 1976 to 52% in 1980. Two variants of longwall mining without support pillars are analyzed: with repeated use of longwall gate roads and without their repeated use. Comparative investigations show that longwall mining with the repeated use of the gates (one of the gate roads) is used in coal seams with the most convenient mining and geological conditions, whereas the second system is used under more difficult conditions. Schemes with repeated use are designed for thin coal seams, at a depth not exceeding 600 m, under conditions of stable roof and floor (when the floor consists of less stable rocks absence of water influx is the condition). Repeated use of gate roads is economical when, in spite of repeated gate road use, cost of support repair and maintenance is low. Fifteen schemes for longwall mining with and without repeated use of gateroads are compared. The results of evaluations are shown in a table. Recommendations on the most economical mining schemes are made.

  19. Petrographic and geochemical contrasts and environmentally significant trace elements in marine-influenced coal seams, Yanzhou mining area, China

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    Liu, Gaisheng; Yang, P.; Peng, Z.; Chou, C.-L.

    2004-01-01

    The Yanzhou mining area in west Shandong Province, China contains coals of Permian and Carboniferous age. The 31 and 32 seams of the Permian Shanxi Formation and seams 6, 15-17 of the Carboniferous Taiyuan Formation were analyzed for coal petrology, mineralogy and geochemical parameters. The parameters indicate that the coal is high volatile bituminous in rank. The coal is characterized by high vitrinite and low to medium inertinite and liptinite contents. These properties may be related to evolution of the coal forming environment from more reducing conditions in a marine influenced lower delta plain environment for the early Taiyuan coals to more oxidizing paleoenvironments in an upper delta plain for the upper Shanxi coal seams. The major mineral phases present in the coal are quartz, kaolinite, pyrite and calcite. Sulfur is one of the hazardous elements in coal. The major forms of sulfur in coal are pyritic, organic and sulfate sulfur. Pyritic and organic sulfur generally account for the bulk of the sulfur in coal. Elemental sulfur also occurs in coal, but only in trace to minor amounts. In this paper, the distribution and concentration of sulfur in the Yanzhou mining district are analyzed, and the forms of sulfur are studied. The sulfur content of the Taiyuan coal seams is considerably higher than that of the Shanxi coals. Organic sulfur content is positively correlated to total and pyritic sulfur. The vertical variation of Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Th, U and sulfur contents in coal seam 3 of the Shanxi Formation in the Xinglongzhuang mine show that all these trace elements, with the exception of Th, are enriched in the top and bottom plies of the seam, and that their concentrations are also relatively high in the dirt bands within the seam. The pyritic sulfur is positively correlated with total sulfur, and both are enriched in the top, bottom and parting plies of the seam. The concentrations of the trace elements are closely related to sulfur and ash contents. Most of

  20. Solution of underground mine gas emissions on surface of abandoned mining sites where steep deposited coal seams have been exploited

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    The solution of uncontrolled gas emissions from abandoned underground coal mine sites in Ostrava-Karvina coal-field to surface ground in connection with old mine shafts and drifts and with old mining workings in horizontal and inclined coal seams has many forms. It varies according to geological and mining conditions and the disposition of the site surface. Since four years the gas emission risk has appeared in the area of former exploited vertical coal seams within the historical centre of Orlova town, which is protected by State Monument Protection office. A project based on such special nature of mining-geological and urban conditions was elaborated and already implemented. (authors)

  1. CO2 injection in a coal seam - Insights from the European CARBOLAB project with focus on water geochemical monitoring

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    Gal, Frédérick; Proust, Eric; Leynet, Aurélien

    2014-01-01

    The CARBOLAB project is funded by the European program RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel). It gathers six partners from Spain, France and Poland. One of the main tasks of this project is to perform in-situ CO2 injection in a coal seam located at 464 m depth in the Montsacro pit, Asturias, Spain. Injection of CO2 in coal seams is one of the options for climate change mitigation but it presents lots of uncertainties and technical difficulties. Therefore work is needed to better constraint ...

  2. Back-and-forth mining for hard and thick coal seams-research about the mining technology for fully mechanized caving working face of Datong Mine

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    JIN Zhi-xin; YU Hong; YU Bin; SONG Hua-ling

    2005-01-01

    The article introduced the key technology, mining process, and back-and-forth mining method for the caving working face of hard-thick coal seams in Datcng mine, and researched this innovations process, optimized the systemic design and working face outplay, tried to perfect the caving mining technology of hard-thick coal seams further.

  3. Data preparation for digital modelling of the coal seams in the South Moravian Lignite Coalfield (Czech part of the Vienna Basin)

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    In the contribution data preparation for digital modelling and assessing the Kyjov Seam (Pannonian, zone B of the Vienna Basin stratigraphy) and the Dubnany Seam (Pannonian, zone F) is presented. The seams occur partly as unit seam and partly as seam split in up to four benches. Almost 3000 holes were drilled in the area in the last 50 years. Data about lithological logs, laboratory results and other measurements were gathered, uniformed, and stored in digital database. Input data for modelling, which were the thickness and average values of analytical parameters in set thickness in each data point (drill hole), were derived from the primary data stored in database by designed software. The thickness was defined in five ways in each drill hole. Firstly as the geological thickness to model natural geometry of the seam and secondly as deposit thickness to model only part of the seam with required quality. Deposit thickness was defined in four variants according to limit parameter of maximal average ash content value of 50, 40, 35, and 30 % in the seam in borehole. (authors)

  4. Stellarator - tokamak configurations

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    The stellarator configuration and tokamak configuration with helical fields have been studied both from an equilibrium and stability point of view. The model was restricted to a surface current model with a sharp boundary between plasma and vacuum. A general derivation of equilibrium and stability based on the Energy Principle is given. Physically the unstable modes are identified as external global modes. Detailed numerical results in different parameter regimes are presented and discussed. Critical β-limits for equilibrium and stability are obtained and in particular it is shown that in certain parameter ranges there exist a high-β as well as a low-β-region of stability. 7 refs., 14 figs

  5. Medial ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow in major league baseball players: Where do we stand?

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    Erickson, Brandon J; Bach Jr, Bernard R; Bush-Joseph, Charles A; Verma, Nikhil N; Romeo, Anthony A

    2016-01-01

    The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a vital structure to the overhead athlete, especially the baseball pitcher. For reasons not completely understood, UCL injuries have become increasingly more common in major league baseball (MLB) pitchers over the past 10 years. UCL reconstruction (UCLR) is the current gold standard of treatment for these injuries in MLB pitchers who wish to return to sport (RTS) at a high level and who have failed a course of non-operative treatment. Results following UCLR in MLB pitchers have been encouraging, with multiple RTS rates now cited at greater than 80%. Unfortunately, with the rising number of UCLR, there has also been a spike in the number of revision UCLR in MLB pitchers. Similar to primary UCLR, the etiology of the increase in revision UCLR, aside from an increase in the number of pitchers who have undergone a primary UCLR, remains elusive. The current literature has attempted to address several questions including those surrounding surgical technique (method of exposure, graft choice, management of the ulnar nerve, concomitant elbow arthroscopy, etc.), post-operative rehabilitation strategies, and timing of RTS following UCLR. While some questions have been answered, many remain unknown. The literature surrounding UCLR in MLB pitchers will be reviewed, and future directions regarding this injury in these high level athletes will be discussed. PMID:27335810

  6. Medial ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow in major league baseball players: Where do we stand?

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    Erickson, Brandon J; Bach, Bernard R; Bush-Joseph, Charles A; Verma, Nikhil N; Romeo, Anthony A

    2016-06-18

    The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a vital structure to the overhead athlete, especially the baseball pitcher. For reasons not completely understood, UCL injuries have become increasingly more common in major league baseball (MLB) pitchers over the past 10 years. UCL reconstruction (UCLR) is the current gold standard of treatment for these injuries in MLB pitchers who wish to return to sport (RTS) at a high level and who have failed a course of non-operative treatment. Results following UCLR in MLB pitchers have been encouraging, with multiple RTS rates now cited at greater than 80%. Unfortunately, with the rising number of UCLR, there has also been a spike in the number of revision UCLR in MLB pitchers. Similar to primary UCLR, the etiology of the increase in revision UCLR, aside from an increase in the number of pitchers who have undergone a primary UCLR, remains elusive. The current literature has attempted to address several questions including those surrounding surgical technique (method of exposure, graft choice, management of the ulnar nerve, concomitant elbow arthroscopy, etc.), post-operative rehabilitation strategies, and timing of RTS following UCLR. While some questions have been answered, many remain unknown. The literature surrounding UCLR in MLB pitchers will be reviewed, and future directions regarding this injury in these high level athletes will be discussed. PMID:27335810

  7. Birth order and risk taking in athletics: a meta-analysis and study of major league baseball.

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    Sulloway, Frank J; Zweigenhaft, Richard L

    2010-11-01

    According to expectations derived from evolutionary theory, younger siblings are more likely than older siblings to participate in high-risk activities. The authors test this hypothesis by conducting a meta-analysis of 24 previous studies involving birth order and participation in dangerous sports. The odds of laterborns engaging in such activities were 1.48 times greater than for firstborns (N = 8,340). The authors also analyze performance data on 700 brothers who played major league baseball. Consistent with their greater expected propensity for risk taking, younger brothers were 10.6 times more likely to attempt the high-risk activity of base stealing and 3.2 times more likely to steal bases successfully (odds ratios). In addition, younger brothers were significantly superior to older brothers in overall batting success, including two measures associated with risk taking. As expected, significant heterogeneity among various performance measures for major league baseball players indicated that older and younger brothers excelled in different aspects of the game. PMID:20435800

  8. Social Emotional Needs: On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students: Using a Baseball Metaphor to Illustrate the Opportunities of Gifted Students from Different Socioeconomic Backgrounds

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    Cross, Tracy L.

    2013-01-01

    In this column, the author uses the analogy of baseball to describe the lives of gifted children as a vehicle to think about similarities and differences. The author states that he has experienced how educators often gloss over the powerful and all-inclusive living conditions of high-ability students from financially impoverished backgrounds. In…

  9. Data base for the analysis of compositional characteristics of coal seams and macerals. Part 7. Petrographic variation due to depositional setting of the lower Kittanning seam, western Pennsylvania. Final report

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    Allshouse, S.D.; Davis, A.

    1984-01-01

    Detailed megascopic and microscopic petrographic analyses were conducted on samples of the Lower Kittanning seam from western Pennsylvania. Relationships were sought between the paleoenvironmental setting of the coal swamp and the vertical and lateral variability of lithotypes, maceral composition and vitrinite types. Megascopically, the four samples collected from the freshwater facies of the seam are similar in appearance and relative lithotype composition, and display no distinct vertical zonations. The sample from the marine-influenced central portion of the basin (PSOC-1340) possesses a marked vertical zonation into a bright lower zone and a dull upper zone. The lower zone is similar in appearance to the freswater samples. Detailed microscopic analyses revealed that the vertical zonation of PSOC-1340 is apparent in both the maceral and vitrinite type composition. No similar zonation is apparent in the microscopic analysis of the four freshwater facies samples. Similarities between the lower zone of PSOC-1340 and the whole seam of the freshwater samples are most apparent in the vitrinite-type analysis. The lower zone of PSOC-1340 and the whole seam from the freshwater facies are considered to be laterally equivalent coal types. The dull upper zone of PSOC-1340 is considered to have formed in response to a major change in the paleoenvironment of the swamp, probably a marine transgression. 49 references, 25 figures, 15 tables.

  10. Deformation mechanism and control of lower seam roadway of contiguous seams%极近距离煤层下位巷道变形机理及控制

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    于洋; 神文龙; 高杰

    2016-01-01

    为了解决极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩维护的难题,以山西蒲县北峪煤矿工程地质条件为背景,通过数值计算研究了极近距离上位煤层采空区下底板岩层的应力分布规律及下位煤层巷道变形破坏特征,确定了下位巷道顶板控制原则,并对不同顶板控制方式进行了现场测试;在此基础上,提出了基于水力膨胀锚杆全长锚固和顶板超前插管法的三维联合控顶技术,并依据力学计算和现场测试结果确定了关键参数。工业性试验表明,研究开发的控制技术对极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩的控制作用显著,巷道整体维护状况良好,给类似条件下的巷道围岩控制提供了有益的参考。%In order to solve the support problem of roadway locating in the lower seam of contiguous coal seams, this paper, taking Beiyu coalmine in Pu County, Shanxi Province as a case, has studied the stress field in the floor of gob belonging to upper seam and characteristics of deformation and instability for roadway locating in lower seam by means of numerical simulation. Principles of ground control for roadway roof in lower seam have been determined and different roof control methods have been tested in field. According to this research, three-dimensional combined roof control techniques based on hy-draulic expansion bolt and advancing insertion of tube on roof have been put forward with corres-ponding key parameters being determined through theoretical analysis and field test. Field test has sug-gested that control techniques raised in this paper are effective for the ground control of roadway in lower seam of contiguous coal seams and the general condition of roadway is good, which has provided great reference value for ground control of roadway in similar conditions.

  11. 保护层开采被保护层卸压增透效果的应用研究%Effect of protective seam mining on pressure relief and permeability enhancement of protected coal seam

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    冯拥军; 周玉军; 张喜传

    2014-01-01

    In view of the coal seam occurrence condition and geological condition of the west-ern region of Henan Province,the gas pressure releasing and drainage in protective coal seam was designed and the drilling design was investigated. In addition,the gas parameters and the dis-placement of roof and floor of B1 coal seam were determined. The research results showed that after the protective seam mining,coal seam gas pressure was decreased from the original 0.9 MPa to 0.12 MPa,the original gas content was reduced from the previous 6.52 m3/t to 3.1 m3/t,the expansion deformation of roof and floor reached 20.6 ‰,and the coal seam permeability coefficient was increased 810 times,so that the outburst danger at No. 12112 working face of B1 coal seam was eliminated in the pressure released area.%针对豫西煤田煤层赋存情况及地质状况,设计了被保护层的卸压抽采方案及考察钻孔,对瓦斯基础参数和二1煤层的煤层顶底板移近量进行了测定.研究结果表明,二1煤层在受到保护层开采后,煤层瓦斯压力由原始的0.9 MP a降为0.12 MP a ,原始瓦斯含量由以前的6.52 m3/t降为3.1 m3/t,顶底板膨胀变形量达到20.6‰,煤层透气性系数增大了810倍,在卸压区内完全消除了二1煤层12112工作面的突出危险性.

  12. 极近距离煤层下位巷道变形机理及控制%Deformation mechanism and control of lower seam roadway of contiguous seams

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    于洋; 神文龙; 高杰

    2016-01-01

    In order to solve the support problem of roadway locating in the lower seam of contiguous coal seams, this paper, taking Beiyu coalmine in Pu County, Shanxi Province as a case, has studied the stress field in the floor of gob belonging to upper seam and characteristics of deformation and instability for roadway locating in lower seam by means of numerical simulation. Principles of ground control for roadway roof in lower seam have been determined and different roof control methods have been tested in field. According to this research, three-dimensional combined roof control techniques based on hy-draulic expansion bolt and advancing insertion of tube on roof have been put forward with corres-ponding key parameters being determined through theoretical analysis and field test. Field test has sug-gested that control techniques raised in this paper are effective for the ground control of roadway in lower seam of contiguous coal seams and the general condition of roadway is good, which has provided great reference value for ground control of roadway in similar conditions.%为了解决极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩维护的难题,以山西蒲县北峪煤矿工程地质条件为背景,通过数值计算研究了极近距离上位煤层采空区下底板岩层的应力分布规律及下位煤层巷道变形破坏特征,确定了下位巷道顶板控制原则,并对不同顶板控制方式进行了现场测试;在此基础上,提出了基于水力膨胀锚杆全长锚固和顶板超前插管法的三维联合控顶技术,并依据力学计算和现场测试结果确定了关键参数。工业性试验表明,研究开发的控制技术对极近距离煤层下位巷道围岩的控制作用显著,巷道整体维护状况良好,给类似条件下的巷道围岩控制提供了有益的参考。

  13. 76 FR 30241 - Pipeline Safety: Notice of Public Meetings on Managing Challenges With Pipeline Seam Welds and...

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    2011-05-24

    ... Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477) or view the... Managing Challenges With Pipeline Seam Welds and Improving Pipeline Risk Assessments and Recordkeeping... recordkeeping are driving a stronger focus on better managing these challenges. PHMSA is holding...

  14. Liptinite as an indicator of environmental changes during formation of coal seam No. 207 (Upper Silesia, Poland)

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    Jelonek, I.; Kruszewska, K.J.; Filipiak, P. [Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, Bedzinska Street, 60, 41-200, Sosnowiec (Poland)

    2007-08-01

    The coal seam No. 207 was a subject of palynological and petrographic studies. According to the results of the vitrinite random reflectance measurements supplemented by moisture and calorific value determinations, the rank of this coal is matching the boundary between sub-bituminous and bituminous coals. The aim was to reconstruct the environmental conditions during the biochemical stage of seam formation, as well as the facies development throughout the seam profile. The maceral (incident and fluorescence mode) and microlithotype compositions (incident light) supplemented by palynological analyses, show that there were two main facies developments. In the authors opinion, they correspond with a phase of ombrogenous, raised bog marked by the presence of crassidurite with Densosporites variabilis and a wet-forest swamp phase represented by vitrite and clarite with more diverse spore assemblage including densospores. Other minor but distinctive sediments, a cannel layer and a reeds facies, both occurring in the lower part of the seam. Above the tonstein horizon, a dry forest type of sedimentation is recognized. (author)

  15. Geochemistry of autochthonous and hypautochthonous siderite-dolomite coal-balls (Foord Seam, Bolsovian, Upper Carboniferous), Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Zodrow, E.L.; Lyons, P.C.; Millay, M.A.

    1996-01-01

    The 11-13 m thick Foord Seam in the fault-bounded Stellarton Basin, Nova Scotia, is the thickest seam from the Euramerican floral province known to contain coal-balls. In addition to the first discovery of autochthonous coal-balls in the Foord Seam, Nova Scotia, its shale parting also contains hypautochthonous coal-balls with histologically preserved plant structures. The coal-ball discovery helps fill a stratigraphic gap in coal-ball occurrences in the upper Carboniferous (Bolsovian) of Euramerica. The autochthonous and hypautochthonous coal-balls have a similar mineralogical composition and are composed of siderite (81-100%), dolomite-ankerite (0-19%), minor quartz and illite, and trace amounts of 'calcite'. Similar is also their permineralizing mineralogy, which consists of dolomite-ankerite and siderite. Their low pyrite content and carbonate mineralogy, and nonmarine origin, differentiates the Foord Seam coal-balls from other Euramerican coal-ball occurrences. A preliminary geochemical model, which is based on oxygen and carbon isotopic data, indicates that siderite in both the autochthonous and hypautochthonous coal-balls is of very early diagenetic (nonmarine) origin from 13C-enriched bicarbonate derived from bacterial methanogenesis of organic matter.

  16. Coal-ball floras of maritime Canada and palynology of the Foord seam: geologic paleobotanical and paleoecogical implications

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    Lyons, P.C.; Zodrow, E.L.; Millay, M.A.; Dolby, G.; Gillis, K.S.; Cross, A.T. [US Geological Survey, Reston, VA (United States). National Center

    1997-01-01

    Coal balls in the Canadian Carboniferous System are known from the Clifton Formation (late Bolsovian) of New Brunswick and from the Foord seam (Stellarton Formation, late Bolsovian) of the Stellarton Basin of Nova Scotia. Coal balls from these two units are dominated by arborescent lycopods but ferns, seed ferns, calamiteans, and cordaiteans also occur. Baxter`s 1960 list of coal-ball plants from New Brunswick is updated. The palynomorphs and coal-ball plants of the Foord seam of the Stellarton Basin are illustrated and their paleoecology is discussed. Five genera of arborescent lycopods were present in the Foord swamp: Diaphorodendron, Paralycopodites, Lepidophloios, Sigillaria and Lepidodendron. The first three genera are represented in coal balls; the second two are also represented as compressions in the Foord seam; and all genera are represented in the spore assemblages from the Foord seam. The palynostratigraphy indicates that Sigillaria and Diaphorodendron were almost exclusively confined to the upper bench, whereas the other three genera were probably present in the Foord mire throughout its entire history. Palynomorphic changes in the Foord mire probably reflect gradual changes in wet and dry conditions.

  17. A method of determining the permeability coefficient of coal seam based on the permeability of loaded coal

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    Li Bo; Wei Jianping; Wang Kai; Li Peng; Wang Ke

    2014-01-01

    This study developed the equipment for thermo-fluid-solid coupling of methane-containing coal, and investigated the seepage character of loaded coal under different working conditions. Regarding the effective pressure as a variable, the variation characteristics of the gas permeability of loaded meth-ane-containing coal has been studied under the conditions of different confining pressures and pore pres-sures. The qualitative and quantitative relationship between effective stress and permeability of loaded methane-containing coal has been established, considering the adsorption of deformation, amount of pore gas compression and temperature variation. The results show that the permeability of coal samples decreases along with the increasing effective stress. Based on the Darcy law, the correlation equation between the effective stress and permeability coefficient of coal seam has been established by combining the permeability coefficient of loaded coal and effective stress. On the basis of experimental data, this equation is used for calculation, and the results are in accordance with the measured gas permeability coefficient of coal seam. In conclusion, this method can be accurate and convenient to determine the gas permeability coefficient of coal seam, and provide evidence for forecasting that of the deep coal seam.

  18. Facies, dissolution seams and stable isotope compositions of the Rohtas Limestone (Vindhyan Supergroup) in the Son valley area, central India

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    S Banerjee; S K Bhattacharya; S Sarkar

    2005-02-01

    The early Mesoproterozoic Rohtas Limestone in the Son valley area of central India represents an overall shallowing-upward carbonate succession. Detailed facies analysis of the limestone reveals outer- to inner-shelf deposition in an open marine setting. Wave-ripples, hummocky cross strat- ifications and edgewise conglomerates argue against a deep marine depositional model for the Rohtas Limestone proposed earlier. Stable isotope analysis of the limestone shows that 13C and 18O values are compatible with the early Mesoproterozoic open seawater composition. The ribbon limestone facies in the Rohtas Limestone is characterized by micritic beds, each decoupled in a lower band enriched and an upper band depleted in dissolution seams. Band-wise isotopic analysis reveals systematic short-term variations. Comparative enrichment of the heavier isotopes in the upper bands is attributed to early cementation from sea water and water derived from the lower band undergoing dissolution because of lowering of pH at depth. The short-term positive shifts in isotopic compositions in almost every upward gradational transition from a seamed band to a non-seamed band support the contention that dissolution seams here are of early diagenetic origin, although their formation was accentuated under overburden pressure.

  19. Concept for the monitoring of weld seams on pressure pipes made of austenitic steel using ultrasonic processes

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    A concept for the repeat testing of weld seams in pipelines made of Austenitic steel using ultrasonic processes is developed and tested. Even with varying sound attenuation in the material and on the occurence of 'ghost' indications, it ensures certain indication of faults. Further, the depth of cracks can be assessed, for example by the height of echos, even for large extents. (orig.)

  20. 棒球退出奥运会比赛的现状分析%Analysis of baseball withdraw from the Olympic Games

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    吴刚

    2012-01-01

    From the London Olympic Games start, baseball is no longer an official Olympic sport. October 7, 2005, the International Olympic Committee should be international bar group requirements, announced the Singapore all the project Settings the vote, baseball project for 50 ticket support, 54 votes against to 4 vote short been ruled out of the London 2012 Olympics. Similarly, baseball missed the 2016 Olympics, these decided to give the world baseball sports development brought serious challenges.Why did the International Olympic Committee this decision? The author through widely data access, baseball games out reason of discussion and analysis, and carries on the induction and summary.%从伦敦奥运套开始,棒球不再是奥运会正式比赛项目。2005年10月7日,一际奥委会应国际棒联的要求,公布了新加坡全全项目设置投票结果,棒球项目因50票支持、54票反对,以4票之差被排除出2012年伦敦奥运会。同样,棒球无缘2016年奥运会,这些决定给世界棒球运动的发展带来了严峻的挑战。为什么国际奥委会做出这一决定,作者通过广泛地查阅资料,就棒球退出奥运会的原因进行探讨和分析,并进行归纳和总结。

  1. Automatic Configuration in NTP

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    Jiang Zongli(蒋宗礼); Xu Binbin

    2003-01-01

    NTP is nowadays the most widely used distributed network time protocol, which aims at synchronizing the clocks of computers in a network and keeping the accuracy and validation of the time information which is transmitted in the network. Without automatic configuration mechanism, the stability and flexibility of the synchronization network built upon NTP protocol are not satisfying. P2P's resource discovery mechanism is used to look for time sources in a synchronization network, and according to the network environment and node's quality, the synchronization network is constructed dynamically.

  2. Influence on the soldered seam properties with large gap widths by heat treatment

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    Soldering tests were performed on the nickel base alloy NiCr 20 TiAl with the soldering material NiCrSi. It is seen that soldered seams of over 100 μm width are very brittle. The brittleness is due to the silicides formed during soldering. The ductility behaviour can be considerably improved by an annealing treatment after soldering which does not affect the properties of the basic material. This ductility-increasing heat treatment can also be applied to other soldered joints, the optimum temperatures and annealing times being determined by metallographic and technological investigations. Spot sampling under the actual operational conditions is recommended prior to introducing this heat treatment step into the fabrication. (orig./LH)

  3. Parametric optimization of seam welding of stainless steel (SS 304) sheets

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    Krishnan, Muthuraman Pandi; Sait, Abdullah Naveen; Ravichandran, Manickam [Chendhuran College of Engineering and Technology, Pudukkottai, Tamilnadu (India)

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, seam welding process parameters were optimized for joining 306 stainless steel plates. Welding pressure, welding speed and welding temperature combinations were carefully selected with the objective of producing a weld joint with maximum impact strength and hardness. Taguchi technique was applied for optimizing the selected welding parameters. The factors used in this study consisted of pressure, welding speed and welding temperature, each of which had three levels in the study. L{sub 27} orthogonal array and corresponding levels were selected according to the aforementioned factors and experimental tests were performed. Signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio was used to evaluate the experimental results. The results indicate that the welding speed has the greatest influence on impact strength, followed by welding pressure and temperature. Experiments have also been conducted to validate the optimized parameters.

  4. Development of a stereo-laser-profile-system for the optical inspection of welding seams

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    Ekkel, T.; Meyer, A. M.; Luhmann, T.; Hastedt, H.; Bethmann, F.

    2013-10-01

    This research project focuses on the development of an optical 3D measuring system that enables high accurate surface measurements of welding seams in order to detect impurities. The systems concept is based on a stereo camera system in conjunction with a projecting line laser. A second camera system is used as tracking or positioning component to obtain the position of the measuring systems in object space. The complete stereo laser-profile system will be used as a hand-held system. The development, optimization and testing of the system components (stereo camera system with projecting laser line and tracking component) for surface measurements as well as calibration and accuracy evaluations are the main objectives within this research project. Testing procedures and probes are constructed and evaluated to verify the results. The development considers conditions for a future adaption to underwater use.

  5. Coal seam gas water: potential hazards and exposure pathways in Queensland.

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    Navi, Maryam; Skelly, Chris; Taulis, Mauricio; Nasiri, Shahram

    2015-01-01

    The extraction of coal seam gas (CSG) produces large volumes of potentially contaminated water. It has raised concerns about the environmental health impacts of the co-produced CSG water. In this paper, we review CSG water contaminants and their potential health effects in the context of exposure pathways in Queensland's CSG basins. The hazardous substances associated with CSG water in Queensland include fluoride, boron, lead and benzene. The exposure pathways for CSG water are (1) water used for municipal purposes; (2) recreational water activities in rivers; (3) occupational exposures; (4) water extracted from contaminated aquifers; and (5) indirect exposure through the food chain. We recommend mapping of exposure pathways into communities in CSG regions to determine the potentially exposed populations in Queensland. Future efforts to monitor chemicals of concern and consolidate them into a central database will build the necessary capability to undertake a much needed environmental health impact assessment. PMID:24853090

  6. Test studies of gas flow in rock and coal surrounding a mined coal seam

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    Lv Youchang

    2012-01-01

    An analysis of the variation rule of abutment pressure at the mining working face in a single coal seam and the mechanical behavior of surrounding rock during stoping is presented.Consideration of the elastic and plastic deformation zones that develop during the mining process allowed the determination of a relationship between horizontal stress and vertical stress.Based on this,a confined pressure unloading test was conducted by the use of the "gas-containing coal thermo-fluid-solid coupling 3-axis servo seepage" experimental apparatus.Thus,gas flow patterns in the elastic and plastic zones were derived from an experimental point of view.Darcy's law and the Klinkenberg effect were used to derive a gas flow equation for the elastic and plastic stress fields.The study of gas flow phenomena at the working face during coal mining is of great importance for the study of gas migration and enrichment oatterns.

  7. Multifrequency eddy-current inspection of seam weld in steel sheath

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    Multifrequency eddy-current techniques were used to perform a continuous on-line inspection of the seam weld in the steel jacket for a superconducting cable. The inspection was required to detect both surface and internal weld flaws in the presence of a large, highly conductive central conductor. Raw eddy-current data were recorded on magnetic tape, and test properties such as discontinuity size and weld penetration were determined by mathematically fitting these data to coefficients developed with representative standards. A sophisticated computer-controlled scanning technique was applied, and a unique scanning device was developed to provide full coverage of the weld and heat-affected zone. The techniques used to develop this multifrequency eddy-current examination are described in this report along with the test equipment, test procedures, and computer programs

  8. Configurational Entropy Revisited

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    Lambert, Frank L.

    2007-09-01

    Entropy change is categorized in some prominent general chemistry textbooks as being either positional (configurational) or thermal. In those texts, the accompanying emphasis on the dispersal of matter—independent of energy considerations and thus in discord with kinetic molecular theory—is most troubling. This article shows that the variants of entropy can be treated from a unified viewpoint and argues that to decrease students' confusion about the nature of entropy change these variants of entropy should be merged. Molecular energy dispersal in space is implicit but unfortunately tacit in the cell models of statistical mechanics that develop the configurational entropy change in gas expansion, fluids mixing, or the addition of a non-volatile solute to a solvent. Two factors are necessary for entropy change in chemistry. An increase in thermodynamic entropy is enabled in a process by the motional energy of molecules (that, in chemical reactions, can arise from the energy released from a bond energy change). However, entropy increase is only actualized if the process results in a larger number of arrangements for the system's energy, that is, a final state that involves the most probable distribution for that energy under the new constraints. Positional entropy should be eliminated from general chemistry instruction and, especially benefiting "concrete minded" students, it should be replaced by emphasis on the motional energy of molecules as enabling entropy change.

  9. Geological processes that control lateral and vertical variability in coal seam moisture contents-Latrobe Valley (Gippsland Basin) Australia

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    A study throughout the Latrobe Valley coal measures of coal moisture distribution using downhole bore data and 3D digital models of large bore data sets indicates lateral and vertical moisture variability is controlled by a number of factors. These include burial, type of overburden, age of the seam, marine influence, coal lithotype and lateral compression on folds and monoclines. The same rules appear to apply to the adjacent Alberton coal measures in the south Gippsland Basin, suggesting these factors may be widespread in other brown coal basins where moisture contents are still equilibrating through differential compaction. In Gippsland average moisture down seam decreases by 1-2% per seam and at a rate of approximately 1% every 20 m. Weight average moisture content for each seam decreases on average at a rate of 0.5% every 1 million years. A stepwise decrease in moisture content between the ∼100 m thick major seams of 1-7% reflects large intervals of time are represented by the relatively thinner (1-10 m thick) interseam sediments. Compression by monoclinal folding can decrease moisture contents up to 7%. For any given depth, moisture content appears higher on anticlines due to a lowered intensity of compression than in adjacent synclines. It is considered likely that coals folded over anticlines are more fractured, thereby containing greater amounts of free water. Use of the lower moisture coals and monoclinal coals may be preferable for future power station developments. Despite an increase in overburden/coal ratios, there would be significant savings in a lowered coal volume to calorific value, and a consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emission

  10. Fracture mechanics characterisation of the WWER-440 reactor pressure vessel beltline welding seam of Greifswald unit 8

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    Viehrig, Hans-Werner; Schuhknecht, Jan [Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    WWER-440 second generation (V-213) reactor pressure vessels (RPV) were produced by IZHORA in Russia and by SKODA in the former Czechoslovakia. The surveillance Charpy-V and fracture mechanics SE(B) specimens of both producers have different orientations. The main difference is the crack extension direction which is through the RPV thickness and circumferential for ISHORA and SKODA RPV, respectively. In particular for the investigation of weld metal from multilayer submerged welding seams the crack extension direction is of importance. Depending on the crack extension direction in the specimen there are different welding beads or a uniform structure along the crack front. The specimen orientation becomes more important when the fracture toughness of the weld metal is directly determined on surveillance specimens according to the Master Curve (MC) approach as standardised in the ASTM Standard Test Method E1921. This approach was applied on weld metal of the RPV beltline welding seam of Greifswald Unit 8 RPV. Charpy size SE(B) specimens from 13 locations equally spaced over the thickness of the welding seam were tested. The specimens are in TL and TS orientation. The fracture toughness values measured on the SE(B) specimens with both orientations follow the course of the MC. Nearly all values lie within the fracture toughness curves for 5% and 95% fracture probability. There is a strong variation of the reference temperature T{sub 0} though the thickness of the welding seam, which can be explained with structural differences. The scatter is more pronounced for the TS SE(B) specimens. It can be shown that specimens with TS and TL orientation in the welding seam have a differentiating and integrating behaviour, respectively. The statistical assumptions behind the MC approach are valid for both specimen orientations even if the structure is not uniform along the crack front. By comparison crack extension, JR, curves measured on SE(B) specimens with TL and TS orientation

  11. Structure instability forecasting and analysis of giant rock pillars in steeply dipping thick coal seams

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    Xing-ping Lai; Huan Sun; Peng-fei Shan; Ming Cai; Jian-tao Cao; Feng Cui

    2015-01-01

    Structure stability analysis of rock masses is essential for forecasting catastrophic structure failure in coal seam mining. Steeply dipping thick coal seams (SDTCS) are common in the Urumqi coalfield, and some dynamical hazards such as roof collapse and min-ing-induced seismicity occur frequently in the coal mines. The cause of these events is mainly structure instability in giant rock pillars sand-wiched between SDTCS. Developing methods to predict these events is important for safe mining in such a complex environment. This study focuses on understanding the structural mechanics model of a giant rock pillar and presents a viewpoint of the stability of a trend sphenoid fractured beam (TSFB). Some stability index parameters such as failure surface dips were measured, and most dips were observed to be between 46° and 51°. We used a digital panoramic borehole monitoring system to measure the TSFB’s height (ΔH), which varied from 56.37 to 60.50 m. Next, FLAC3D was used to model the distribution and evolution of vertical displacement in the giant rock pillars;the re-sults confirmed the existence of a TSFB structure. Finally, we investigated the acoustic emission (AE) energy accumulation rate and ob-served that the rate commonly ranged from 20 to 40 kJ/min. The AE energy accumulation rate could be used to anticipate impeding seismic events related to structure failure. The results presented provide a useful approach for forecasting catastrophic events related to structure in-stability and for developing hazard prevention technology for mining in SDTCS.

  12. Coal seam gas-supply and impact on U.S. markets and Canadian producers

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    The basic ways in which coalbed methane differs from natural gas are described. Coalbed methane is stored at a higher capacity in the coal seam, has a different production curve, and exploration costs are lower. Comparing a conventional gas well having 2 billion ft3 reserves with coalbed methane wells in the San Juan and Warrior basins, gas from the conventional well costs $1.90 per 1,000 ft3 and methane from the San Juan and Warrior wells costs $1.50 and $2.40 per 1,000 ft3 respectively. A 90 cent per 1,000 ft3 tax credit on coalbed methane reduces the two latter costs significantly and is without doubt the driving force behind the coalbed methane industry in some areas. Examples from the Warrior and San Juan basins are described to illustrate the technology driven economics of coalbed methane. Substantial improvements in gas production can be achieved by such means as multiple seam completion technologies, improved well stimulation, optimum well spacing, and the use of cavitation completion. Technically recoverable coalbed methane resources in the USA are estimated at 145 trillion ft3, concentrated in the western coal basins. At a wellhead price of $2 per 1,000 ft3, the economically recoverable potential is ca 13 trillion ft3. Examining future production potential, by developing new technologies or bringing more basins on stream, production could be increased to ca 3 billion ft3/d in the late 1990s. It is suggested that the increased volumes of coalbed methane have had minimal impact on gas prices. 9 figs., 12 tabs

  13. A Visual Attention Based Improved Seam Carving For Content Aware Image Rescaling

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    Aparna P

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Content-aware image resizing is a kind of new and effective approach for image resizing, which preserves image content well and does not cause obvious distortion when changing the aspect ratio of images. Saliency detection plays important roles in many image processing applications, such as regions of interest extraction and image resizing. Effective resizing of images should not only use geometric constraints, but consider the image content as well. The basic idea beyond these algorithms is the removal of vertical and/or horizontal paths of pixels (i.e., seams containing low salient information. In The proposed system, present a method which exploits the gradient vector flow (GVF of the image to establish the paths to be considered during the resizing. The relevance of each GVF path is straightforward derived from an energy map related to the magnitude of the GVF associated to the image to be resized. To make more relevant, the visual content of the images during the content-aware resizing, also propose to select the generated GVF paths based on their visual saliency properties and a blending method in order to obtain better visual results in joining adjacent image regions after seams removal. The depth of the scene will be considered to make more visually consistent the resized images. In this way, visually important image regions are better preserved in the final resized image. The proposed technique has been tested, both qualitatively and quantitatively, by considering a representative data set of images labeled with corresponding salient objects (i.e., ground-truth maps. Experimental results demonstrate that our method preserves crucial salient regions better than other state-of-the-art algorithms.

  14. The role of spatial variability in coal seam parameters on gas outburst behaviour during coal mining

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    Wold, M.B.; Connell, L.D.; Choi, S.K. (CSIRO Petroleum, Ian Wark Laboratory, Bayview Avenue, Clayton, Victoria, 3168 Australia)

    2008-06-13

    Gas outburst is recognized as a potentially fatal hazard to be managed during the mining of gassy coal seams. Gas outbursts in Australian coal mines have been associated with the presence of geological structures in the coal and surrounding rocks, having a range of spatial scales from millimetres to metres. The contributing mechanisms are influenced by coal gas reservoir variables including gas composition, fluid pressure, desorption pressure and rate, porosity, intrinsic permeability and relative permeability. They are also influenced by geomechanical variables such as strength, in situ stress and mining-induced stress. The work described here concerns the influence of variability of permeability and strength on outburst behaviour. Key coal properties are characterised for a field site in an operational underground coal mine and then used in a series of hypothetical simulations of outburst initiation. At the field site an array of horizontal holes was cored in-seam. Well tests for permeability and stress were performed in the holes and recovered core was tested in the laboratory for permeability, strength and sorption properties. For permeability and strength sufficient numbers of measurements were obtained to describe these properties statistically assuming that the measurements are uncorrelated spatially. Analysis of the cumulative probability distributions of the field and laboratory permeability data shows a strong size effect that cannot be linearly up-scaled. Using Monte Carlo techniques, these statistical descriptions are used to generate realisations of property values across the model grid used in the simulation analyses. The stochastic model approach demonstrates that the variability of the permeability and strength fields can lead to both outburst and non-outburst outcomes from the same measured input data, depending on the corresponding spatial distribution of permeability and strength at the face. These results suggest the potential application of

  15. Investigations into the prediction and modelling of total sulphur in coal seams, German creek mines, Central Queensland

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    Full text: The German Creek Formation contains five laterally persistent coal seam intervals known as the German Creek, Corvus, Tieri, Aquila and Pleiades in ascending order. The principal seam is the German Creek seam but the Aquila seam and, to a lesser extent, the Tieri seam have also been the focus of past open cut mining operations. The coal measures dip generally eastwards and the German Creek seam reaches depths of 600m to 800m at the eastern lease boundary. The majority of German Creek's production is from the German Creek seam, an ortho-bituminous, low ash, medium rank, hard coking coal, primarily for export. Most of the shallow coal in the German Creek sequence has been mined except in the north of the leases where thinner, poorer quality seams remain. Present day production is from three separate mines, German Creek Open-cut, Central and Southern Collieries. There is a systematic variation in rank across the German Creek mining lease, which is exemplified by a regular decrease in volatile matter in the coal from southwest to northeast. Because many of the coal's coking properties are governed by rank, there is a long-range reduction of coking parameters, such as fluidity and dilatation, towards the northeast. By comparison, the sulphur content of some coal seams can, on occasions, widely vary in both a vertical and lateral sense within and between seams, particularly near dykes and seam wash-out areas. This short-range variability creates problems in predicting the sulphur content of washed product coal, with the possibility of coal shipments to customers being rejected if sulphur levels exceed pre-defined limits. Therefore, if patterns in this variability could be determined and related to some geological property or process of formation of the coal seams, then areas of high sulphur might be predicted in advance of mining. The author instigated a background coal characterisation study, as it was seen as an integral part of ongoing investigations aimed

  16. Significance of Coal Seam in Recognition of Sequence Boundaries and Systems Tract of the Jurassic in East Fukang Slope, Junggar Basin, China

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    2006-01-01

    The Jurassic in the East Fukang Slope can be divided into six sequences based on sequence stratigraphy by combining logging, core and seismic data. The indicators of sequence boundaries include unconformity, coal seams,change of spore and pollen abundance, scour surfaces and base conglomerate, change of logging curve and sedimentary facies. How to determine the location of the first flooding surfaces and the maximum flooding surface is the key step to divide the systems tract. There occurred a topographic slope break in the East Fukang Slope when the Jurassic was deposited, and therefore we can recognize the location of the first flooding surface and establish the sequence stratigraphic framework with the slope break in the study area. Coal seams regionally distributed are correlatable and isochronic, and record the termination of a depositional event or episode. So, the regional coal seam (more than 60percent coverage) can be used as the genetic stratigraphic sequence boundary, while locally distributed coal seam (less than 60 percent coverage) can be used as the systems tract boundary. The thick coal seams distributed regionally in the middle of the Badaowan Formation and the lower part of the Xishanyao Formation in the study area act as the sequence boundaries, while the thin and locally distributed coal seam acts as the systems tract boundary, which results in the correlation of the division of sequence stratigraphy of the Jurassic to the whole basin where coal seams are developed extensively.

  17. High temperature properties of the seam weld portion in 1% Cr-0.5% Mo ERW boiler tubing after long-term aging

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    This study is aimed at the evaluation of reliability of the seam weld portion of 1% Cr-0.5% Mo ERW (Electric Resistance Welding) boiler tubings for high temperature use. High temperature properties of materials aged in the temperature between 500 and 6000C for 5000 h were evaluated by a slow extension rate test (SERT) and a low cycle fatigue test at high temperatures. Microscopic observation was also made with a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope. Proof stress and tensile strength obtained by SERT tend to decrease with an increase in aging temperature. It is confirmed that the strength of the seam weld portion is higher than that of the base metal. The fatigue crack propagation rates studied by test pieces with a side-notch either at the base metal or at the seam weld portion were found to be lower at the seam weld portion compared with that at the base metal. Dislocations of high density and fine precipitates of carbides were observed with electron microscopy in the seam weld portion. It is also found that the size of dislocation cells formed during fatigue is smaller in the seam weld portion than in the base metal. It is concluded that higher strength of the seam weld portion is closely related to the above mentioned microstructure originated in the dissolution of carbides during ERW process. 10 figures, 3 tables

  18. Potential Utility of a Combined Approach with US and MR Arthrography to Image Medial Elbow Pain in Baseball Players.

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    Roedl, Johannes B; Gonzalez, Felix M; Zoga, Adam C; Morrison, William B; Nevalainen, Mika T; Ciccotti, Michael G; Nazarian, Levon N

    2016-06-01

    Purpose To evaluate a combined imaging approach with both ultrasonography (US; conventional US and valgus stress US) and magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography in baseball players with medial elbow pain. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval was obtained and the requirement for informed consent was waived. The study is compliant with HIPAA. Baseball players with medial elbow pain underwent US in addition to MR arthrography. Findings were assessed with each modality alone and both combined in this retrospective investigation. For the evaluation of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears with stress US, the interval gapping of the medial elbow joint was measured between rest and valgus stress both at the injured and at the uninjured (contralateral) elbow. Surgical or arthroscopic correlation was available as the so-called gold standard. McNemar tests compared the accuracies of the imaging modalities. Results In this study, 144 baseball players had 191 findings of medial elbow pain, including 53 UCL tears. With stress US, joint gapping at the injured elbow greater than 1.0 mm compared with the contralateral elbow yielded a sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of 96%, 81%, and 87%, respectively, for diagnosing UCL tears. With MR arthrography, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for UCL tears were 81%, 91%, and 88%, respectively, and increased to 96% (P = .013, McNemar test), 99% (P = .023), and 98% (P < .001), respectively, when combined with US to a dual modality MR and US approach. For 31 patients with ulnar neuritis, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy increased from 74%, 92%, and 88%, respectively, with MR arthrography alone to 90% (P = .07, McNemar test), 100% (P < .001), and 98% (P < .001) combined with US. For the 59 myotendinous and the 48 osteochondral diagnoses, the sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy with MR arthrography alone were 93%, 93%, and 93%, and 94%, 98%, and 97%, respectively, with no additional diagnostic value

  19. Gas Control Technology of Coal Mining in Upper Protective Seam of Contiguous Outburst Seams Group%近距离突出煤层群上保护层开采瓦斯治理技术

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    刘震; 李增华; 杨永良; 唐一博; 季淮君

    2012-01-01

    In combination with the mining conditions of the upper protective seam in Qingdong Mine, the FLAC3D software was applied to the simulation of the floor pressure releasing law in the upper protective seam mining. The study results showed that the pressure released gas emission rate of the protected seam was 30. 0% -36. 5%. After the upper protective seam mined, the in-situ ground stress of the protected seam would be reduced from i0. 5 N i0. 8 Mpa to I. 0 ~ 1.5 Mpa. The initial pressure released location in the protected seam would be 40 - 50 m to the coal mining face. According to the study results, stereo gas control technology with roof rock roadway in coal layer, bedding drainage, a roof high level gas drainage gateway, tubing buried at the up corner, downward borehole through strata with fracturing in the air retuning gateway in the upper protective seam was set up. The engineering application showed that the pressure re- leased gas would account for 86. 8% of the total gas emission of the coal mining face, the gas emission rate of the protected seam was 30. 4% and the initial pressure releasing location of the protected seam was the location that the coal mining face advanced at 40 m.%结合青东煤矿上保护层开采条件,采用FLAC3D软件模拟了上保护层开采底板卸压规律。研究结果表明:被保护煤层卸压瓦斯涌出率为30.0%~36.5%;上保护层开采后被保护煤层原始地应力由10.5~10.8 MPa降低为1.0~1.5 MPa;被保护煤层初始卸压位置为工作面回采至40~50m。根据研究结果制定了顶板岩巷穿层钻孔、顺层预抽、顶板高抽巷、上隅角埋管及上保护层回风巷下向穿层增裂钻孔的立体瓦斯治理技术。工程应用表明,卸压瓦斯占工作面瓦斯涌出总量的86.8%,被保护煤层瓦斯涌出率为30.4%,被保护煤层初始卸压位置为工作面回采至40 m位置。

  20. Mod $p$ truncated configuration spaces

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    Yamaguchi, Kohhei

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we study the homotopy types of mod $p$ truncated configuration spaces. In particular, we investigate a finite dimensional configuration space model for the based loop space of mod $p$ lens space as an application.

  1. Origin of banded structure and coal lithotype cycles in Kargali coal seam of East Bokaro sub-basin, Jharkhand, India: Environmental implications

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    Ram Chandra Tewari; Zahid A Khan

    2015-04-01

    The Kargali seam of Early Permian Barakar cyclothems of East Bokaro sub-basin of Jharkhand, India is 12–30 m thick, splits into two parts, and extends throughout the length of the basin. It is made up of interbedded sequences and variable proportions of Vitrain, Clarain, Durain and Fusain. Application of embedded Markov chain model rejects the phenomenon of randomness in the repetition of coal lithotypes. The preferential upward transition path for coal lithotypes that can be derived for the Kargali top coal seam is: Vitrain → Clarain → Durain ↔ Fusain → Vitrain, and for the Kargali bottom coal seam is: Clarain ↔ Vitrain → Fusain → Durain → Clarain. By and large, the cyclic repetition of coal lithotypes is similar in the Kargali bottom and top seams. Among the noteworthy features are two-way transitions between Durain and Fusian in Kargali top and between Clarain and Vitrain in the case of Kargali bottom coal seam. Entropy analysis corroborates Markov chain and indicates the presence of type A-4 asymmetrical cycles of coal lithotypes. It is suggested that the banded structure of a coal seam is not a random feature and follows a definite cyclic pattern in the occurrence of coal lithotypes in vertical order and is similar to that described in Australian and European coal seams. Asymmetrical cyclic sequences are a normal, rather than an unusual condition, within coal seams. It is visualized that a gradual decline of toxic environment and ground water level resulted in the coal lithotype cycles in the Kargali seam of East Bokaro sub-basin. The close interbedding of Vitrain and Clarain is suggestive of seasonal fluctuation in anaerobic and aerobic conditions during peat formation.

  2. Configuration spaces of tori

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    Feler, Yoel

    2006-01-01

    The configuration space C^n of unordered n-tuples of distinct points on a torus T^2 is a non-singular complex algebraic variety. We study holomorphic self-maps of C^n and prove that for n>4 any such map F either carries the whole of C^n into an orbit of the diagonal Aut(T^2) action in C^n or is of the form F(x)=T(x)x for some holomorphic map T:C^n-->Aut(T^2). We also prove that for n>4 any endomorphism of the torus braid group B_n(T^2) with a non-abelian image preserves the pure torus braid g...

  3. Configurable Aperture Space Telescope

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    Ennico, Kimberly; Bendek, Eduardo

    2015-01-01

    In December 2014, we were awarded Center Innovation Fund to evaluate an optical and mechanical concept for a novel implementation of a segmented telescope based on modular, interconnected small sats (satlets). The concept is called CAST, a Configurable Aperture Space Telescope. With a current TRL is 2 we will aim to reach TLR 3 in Sept 2015 by demonstrating a 2x2 mirror system to validate our optical model and error budget, provide straw man mechanical architecture and structural damping analyses, and derive future satlet-based observatory performance requirements. CAST provides an alternative access to visible and/or UV wavelength space telescope with 1-meter or larger aperture for NASA SMD Astrophysics and Planetary Science community after the retirement of HST

  4. Counterintuitive Behaviors in Configuration Mixing

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    Yu, Xiaofei; Robinson, Shadow

    2016-01-01

    By starting with a simple configurations of 2 neutrons in a single j shell we hare able to learn the effects of high lying configurations on physical properties such as nuclear magnetic g factors. Some counterintuitive results are found when both high lying spin orbit partners are allowed to admix with the basic configuration.

  5. Configuration files processing in Sonix+

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    The work is dedicated to configuration files processing in software package Sonix+. The work contains a list of software data processing drawbacks and their solutions. The structure of configuration files was formalized and the model providing editing of configurations files was developed during the work. The document contains logic of functions related with data processing and description of additional functions for developers.

  6. Novel pre-treatment of zeolite materials for the removal of sodium ions: potential materials for coal seam gas co-produced wastewater

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    Santiago, Oscar; Walsh, Kerry; Kele, Ben; Gardner, Edward; Chapman, James

    2016-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) is the extraction of methane gas that is desorbed from the coal seam and brought to the surface using a dewatering and depressurisation process within the saturated coalbed. The extracted water is often referred to as co-produced CSG water. In this study, co-produced water from the coal seam of the Bowen Basin (QLD, Australia) was characterised by high concentration levels of Na+ (1156 mg/L), low concentrations of Ca2+ (28.3 mg/L) and Mg2+ (5.6 mg/L), high levels of salini...

  7. Modulation of motor area activity by the outcome for a player during observation of a baseball game.

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    Sotaro Shimada

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Observing competitive games such as sports is a pervasive entertainment among humans. The inclination to watch others play may be based on our social-cognitive ability to understand the internal states of others. The mirror neuron system, which is activated when a subject observes the actions of others, as well as when they perform the same action themselves, seems to play a crucial role in this process. Our previous study showed that activity of the mirror neuron system was modulated by the outcome of the subject's favored player during observation of a simple competitive game (rock-paper-scissors. However, whether the mirror neuron system responds similarly in a more complex and naturalistic sports game has not yet been fully investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study, we measured the activity of motor areas when the subjects, who were amateur baseball field players (non-pitchers, watched short movie clips of scenes in professional baseball games. The subjects were instructed to support either a batter or a pitcher when observing the movie clip. The results showed that activity in the motor area exhibited a strong interaction between the subject's supported side (batter or pitcher and the outcome (a hit or an out. When the subject supported the batter, motor area activity was significantly higher when the batter made an out than when he made a hit. However, such modulation was not apparent when the subject supported the pitcher. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This result indicates that mirror neuron system activity is modulated by the outcome for a particular player in a competitive game even when observing a complex and naturalistic sports game. We suggest that our inclination to watch competitive games is facilitated by this characteristic of the mirror neuron system.

  8. Geochemistry and Modes of Occurrence of Hazardous Trace Elements in the No.11 Coal Seam, Antaibao Surface Mine, Shanxi Province

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    SONG Dangyu; QIN Yong; WANG Wenfeng; ZHANG Junying; ZHENG Chuguang

    2007-01-01

    Concentrations of seventeen hazardous trace elements including As, Pb, Hg, Se, Cd, Cr, Co,Mo, Mn, Ni, U, V, Th, Be, Sb, Br and Zn in the No.11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine, Shanxi Province were determined using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES), Cold-Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (CV-AAS) and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS).Comparisons with average concentrations of trace elements in Chinese coal show that the concentrations of Hg and Cd in the No. 11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine are much higher. They may be harmful to the environment in the process of utilization. The variations of the trace elements contents and pyritic sulfur in vertical section indicated that: (a) the concentrations of As, Pb, Mn, and pyritic sulfur decrease from roof to floor; (b) the concentrations of Cr, Zn and Mo are higher in roof,floor and lower in coal seam; (c) the concentration of Br, Sb, and Hg are higher in coal seam and lower in roof and floor; (d) the concentrations of Mo, V, Th and Al vary consistently with the ash yield.Cluster analysis of trace elements, pyritic sulfur, ash yield and major elements, such as Al, Fe, P, Ca shows that: (a) pyritic sulfur, Fe, As, Mn, Ni, Be are closely associated and reflect the influence of pyrite; (b) Mo, Se, Pb, Cr, Th, Co, Ca and Al are related to clay mineral, which is the main source of ash; (c) U, Zn, V, Na, P maybe controlled by phosphate or halite; (d) Hg, Br, Sb and Cd may be mainly organic-associated elements which fall outside the three main groups. The concentration distribution characteristics of trace elements in coal seam and the cluster analysis of major and trace elements showed that the contents of trace elements in the No. 11 coal seam, Antaibao surface mine, are mainly controlled by detrital input and migration from roof and floor.

  9. Configuration space Faddeev calculations

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    The detailed study of few-body systems provides one of the most precise tools for studying the dynamics of nuclei. Our research program consists of a careful theoretical study of the nuclear few-body systems. During the past year we have completed several aspects of this program. We have continued our program of using the trinucleon system to investigate the validity of various realistic nucleon-nucleon potentials. Also, the effects of meson-exchange currents in nuclear systems have been studied. Initial calculations using the configuration-space Faddeev equations for nucleon-deuteron scattering have been completed. With modifications to treat relativistic systems, few-body methods can be applied to phenomena that are sensitive to the structure of the individual hadrons. We have completed a review of Relativistic Hamiltonian Dynamics in Nuclear and Particle Physics for Advances in Nuclear Physics. Although it is called a review, it is a large document that contains a significant amount of new research

  10. Draft Genome Sequence of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley, Reconstructed from Metagenomic Sequencing of a Methanogenic Microbial Consortium Enriched from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water

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    Rosewarne, Carly P.; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Midgley, David J.; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The draft genome of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley was reconstructed from metagenomic sequencing of a methanogenic microbial consortium enriched from coal-seam gas formation water. It is a hydrogenotrophic methanogen predicted to grow using hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

  11. Draft Genome Sequence of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley, Reconstructed from Metagenomic Sequencing of a Methanogenic Microbial Consortium Enriched from Coal-Seam Gas Formation Water.

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    Rosewarne, Carly P; Greenfield, Paul; Li, Dongmei; Tran-Dinh, Nai; Midgley, David J; Hendry, Philip

    2013-01-01

    The draft genome of Methanobacterium sp. Maddingley was reconstructed from metagenomic sequencing of a methanogenic microbial consortium enriched from coal-seam gas formation water. It is a hydrogenotrophic methanogen predicted to grow using hydrogen and carbon dioxide. PMID:23405289

  12. Study on the effect of welding current during laser beam-resistance seam welding of aluminum alloy 5052

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    Li Yongqiang; Zhao Xihua; Zhao He; Cao Haipeng; Zhao Huanling

    2008-01-01

    The effect of welding current on the weld shape and tensile shear load during laser beam-resistance seam welding (LB-RSW) of aluminum alloy 5052 is studied. Experimental results show that the penetration depth, weld width,tensile shear load and the ratio of penetration depth to weld width of LB-RSW are bigger than those of laser beam welding(LBW) under the same conditions and the former three parameters increase as welding current rises. The weld shape of LB-RSW below 5 kA welding current is nearly the same as that of LBW. The weld morphology is protuberant under the condition of 5 kA welding current and 0.8 m/min welding speed. Furthermore, the microstructure of the weld seam of LB-RSW is coarser than that of LBW.

  13. Hubble Space Telescope Configuration

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    This image illustrates the overall Hubble Space Telescope (HST) configuration. The HST is the product of a partnership between NASA, European Space Agency Contractors, and the international community of astronomers. It is named after Edwin P. Hubble, an American Astronomer who discovered the expanding nature of the universe and was the first to realize the true nature of galaxies. The purpose of the HST, the most complex and sensitive optical telescope ever made, is to study the cosmos from a low-Earth orbit. By placing the telescope in space, astronomers are able to collect data that is free of the Earth's atmosphere. The HST detects objects 25 times fainter than the dimmest objects seen from Earth and provides astronomers with an observable universe 250 times larger than visible from ground-based telescopes, perhaps as far away as 14 billion light-years. The HST views galaxies, stars, planets, comets, possibly other solar systems, and even unusual phenomena such as quasars, with 10 times the clarity of ground-based telescopes. The major elements of the HST are the Optical Telescope Assembly (OTA), the Support System Module (SSM), and the Scientific Instruments (SI). The HST is approximately the size of a railroad car, with two cylinders joined together and wrapped in a silvery reflective heat shield blanket. Wing-like solar arrays extend horizontally from each side of these cylinders, and dish-shaped anternas extend above and below the body of the telescope. The HST was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31 mission) into Earth orbit in April 1990. The Marshall Space Flight Center had responsibility for design, development, and construction of the HST. The Perkin-Elmer Corporation, in Danbury, Connecticut, developed the optical system and guidance sensors. The Lockheed Missile and Space Company of Sunnyvale, California produced the protective outer shroud and spacecraft systems, and assembled and tested the finished telescope.

  14. Annual Change Detection by ASTER TIR Data and an Estimation of the Annual Coal Loss and CO2 Emission from Coal Seams Spontaneous Combustion

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    Xiaomin Du; Suping Peng; Haiyan Wang; Sergio Bernardes; Guang Yang; Zhipeng Li

    2014-01-01

    Coal fires, including both underground and coal waste pile fires, result in large losses of coal resources and emit considerable amounts of greenhouse gases. To estimate the annual intensity of greenhouse gas emissions and the loss of coal resources, estimating the annual loss from fire-influenced coal seams is a feasible approach. This study assumes that the primary cause of coal volume loss is subsurface coal seam fires. The main calculation process is divided into three modules: (1) Coal f...

  15. Time-Lapse Analysis of Methane Quantity in the Mary Lee Group of Coal Seams Using Filter-Based Multiple-Point Geostatistical Simulation

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    Karacan, C. Özgen; Ricardo A. Olea

    2013-01-01

    Coal seam degasification and its success are important for controlling methane, and thus for the health and safety of coal miners. During the course of degasification, properties of coal seams change. Thus, the changes in coal reservoir conditions and in-place gas content as well as methane emission potential into mines should be evaluated by examining time-dependent changes and the presence of major heterogeneities and geological discontinuities in the field. In this work, time-lapsed reserv...

  16. Stability of Dirac sheet configurations

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    Using cooling for SU(2) lattice configurations, purely Abelian constant magnetic-field configurations were left over after the annihilation of constituents that formed metastable Q=0 configurations. These so-called Dirac sheet configurations were found to be stable if emerging from the confined phase, close to the deconfinement phase transition, provided their Polyakov loop was sufficiently nontrivial. Here we show how this is related to the notion of marginal stability of the appropriate constant magnetic-field configurations. We find a perfect agreement between the analytic prediction for the dependence of stability on the value of the Polyakov loop (the holonomy) in a finite volume and the numerical results studied on a finite lattice in the context of the Dirac sheet configurations

  17. Modeling and finite element analysis of the nonstationary action on a multi-layer poroelastic seam with nonlinear geomechanical properties

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    Nasedkina, A.A.; Nasedkin, A.V.; Iovane, G. [Southern Federal University, Rostov Na Donu (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-15

    The paper discusses modeling of a multi-layer coal seam under hydrodynamic action based on the coupled equations of poroelasticity and filtration with the nonlinear relationship of permeability and porous pressure. The calculations by the finite element method use correspondence between the poroelasticity and thermoelasticity equations. The influence of input data on the size of a degassing hole area is analyzed for the couple problem and pure filtration problem.

  18. Thermodynamic and kinetic processes associated with CO 2-sequestration and CO 2-enhanced coalbed methane production from unminable coal seams

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    Busch, Andreas

    2005-01-01

    The present thesis investigates the thermodynamic and kinetic processes associated with gas sorption (CO2, CH4) on coal. It is incorporated into a research field which studies CO2-sequestration in combination with CO2-enhanced coalbed methane production in unminable coal seams. This combination is regarded as a viable and promising option to reduce anthropogenic CO2-emissions. At the moment numerous world-wide research projects investigate the feasibility of this concept under different geolo...

  19. Assessing Connectivity Between an Overlying Aquifer and a Coal Seam Gas Resource Using Methane Isotopes, Dissolved Organic Carbon and Tritium

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    Iverach, Charlotte P.; Cendón, Dioni I.; Hankin, Stuart I.; David Lowry; Fisher, Rebecca E.; France, James L.; Nisbet, Euan G; Andy Baker; Kelly, Bryce F. J.

    2015-01-01

    Coal seam gas (CSG) production can have an impact on groundwater quality and quantity in adjacent or overlying aquifers. To assess this impact we need to determine the background groundwater chemistry and to map geological pathways of hydraulic connectivity between aquifers. In south-east Queensland (Qld), Australia, a globally important CSG exploration and production province, we mapped hydraulic connectivity between the Walloon Coal Measures (WCM, the target formation for gas production) an...

  20. 波纹管焊缝跟踪检测技术%Tracking measurement technology for welding seam of bellows

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    段振云; 蒋卫卫; 赵文辉; 任仲伟

    2011-01-01

    In order to improve the seam quality and welding speed for bellows, an automatic welding technique with real-time tracking measurement system was presented according to the welding seam characteristics of bellows.The infrared laser sensor was used for performing the non-contact and real-time detection of welded joint center.The profile data of welding seam was transmitted by IEEE-1384 fire wire communication.Through pre-processing the data and combining with least square method, the coordinates of welding points were storaged and forecasted.Then the data was transmitted to the moving control card to control the welding gun.The experimental results show that the present tracking measurement technology for welding seam is stable and reliable, and is effective for improving the welding quality and efficiency of bellows.%为了提高波纹管焊缝的焊接质量和焊接速度,根据波纹管焊缝的特点,提出了一种实时跟踪检测波纹管焊缝的自动焊接技术.采用红外激光传感器对焊缝中心进行非接触式实时检测,通过1394火线通讯传输焊缝轮廓数据,经焊缝数据点预处理后结合最小二乘法直线拟合原理对焊点坐标进行存储与预测,再向运动控制卡发送数据控制焊枪跟踪焊接.实验结果表明,此焊缝跟踪检测技术稳定可靠,能够有效地提高波纹管的焊接质量和生产效率.